Monday, 11 November

17:00

TFB Review: Rifle Cases from Savior Equipment [The Firearm Blog]

Rifle Cases from Savior EquipmentSavior Equipment is looking to make your everyday range bag just a little more affordable with their new Urban Warfare Bags and Ultimate Guitar Case.  Whether it’s a bug out bag or just something to haul your rifles to the range, they’ve got you covered. Savior Equipment was kind enough to send over a pair […]

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10:18

Veterans' Day [Of Arms and the Law]

Stories from my own family (all now deceased):

Dad (Albert D. "Bud" Hardy) enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1940. He was fresh out of St. David, AZ, a tiny town in southern AZ, and had lived in a one-room adobe shack with his grandparents -- no running water, no utilities, lit by lamp or candle, cooking on a wood fire outdoors. For him the Army was wonderful, hot food, nice barracks, etc. Even if he never got his wish -- the recruiting sergeant had sworn that he could get Dad sent wherever Dad wanted. None of which was true, of course. But Dad stopped complaining after December 7, since his pick had been Hickham Field, and he was an aircraft mechanic.

It did leave him with a lifelong terror of flying, tho. When I got married in DC, he drove the family from Tucson to DC rather than fly. He told me of being flown in transports by pilots who washed out of fighter school. The transports had their center wheel in the tail, most fighters had it in front, so the pilots would tip the plane forward to try to land on the nose wheel -- suddenly realize there was no nose wheel -- and tip the plane back hard.

Another time they were taking off, facing into a tree-covered mountain, heavily loaded. All he could see thru the windshield was trees, as he heard the pilot muttering "come on baby, you can make it baby, come on baby..." He said they seemed to clear the trees by inches.

Another time they arrived over a field at night, and it had low cloud cover. Neither they nor the field had radar, and if you tried to land in the cloud cover and it went down to the ground you'd crash. The pilot circled until he saw a gap in the clouds, then stood the plane on one wing and dived for it. They survived.

While in the Army, he had the first sit-in on a segregated bus (sorry, Rosa Parks, you had to hear someday). He sat down in the back, refused to move, said he enjoyed it there. The bus driver threatened him with arrest, Dad stayed where he was, and the bus driver gave in.

My uncle, George Ferguson, a/k/a Fergie or Bubbles, enlisted in the Coast Guard around the same time, figuring war was likely and the Coast Guard a safe assignment. Wrong, he wound up on a small boat with a depth charge launcher escorting convoys across the terrible North Atlantic. He talked of seeing clusters of sailors in the water in their life preservers, frozen to death in minutes after sinking. The ships were forbidden to pick them up; that'd make the ship a sitting duck, with a U boat within range.

After the war he was demobilized on the east coast, and had to get home via bus. Before WWII, he said, servicemen were poorly treated: they were presumed to be folks who couldn't hold down a regular job. In segregated Norfolk, VA, signs often read "Negros and Sailors Not Admitted." (I've read of other signs, reading "Sailors and Dogs Keep Off the Grass." When he was demobilized, tho, he travelled cross country and never paid for a single meal. Restaurant owners would refused to give him a tab, saying "it's on the house, sailor," or "you're money's not good here, sailor" with a grin. On the few times he got a tab, a civilian took it away from him and paid it. Dad reported similar events. In 1940 you were scum, in 1945 you were a heroic figure who'd helped save Western Civilization.

My late father-in-law (late father of my late wife), William Turner "Bill" Avery, served in the Army, mostly as a translator in Egypt, England and India. In the Army his buddy was Willie Jordan, who after the war introduced him to his sister, Frances, who'd lost her husband shortly after D-Day. Frances and he eventually married.

He had tales of India and Egypt. In India, at one point the toilets were metal pipes running into the ground with a concrete square around it. You squatted over it and when done flushed by pulling a chain to a shower head overhead. The monkeys, loved to swing down and pull the chain while the user was still squatting, drenching him as they and the other monkeys chattered in laughter.

One day an officer suggested that Bill, with doctorate and all, was a wonderful candidate for Officer Candidate School. Bill pointed out that at some point soon, we were going to be invading Europe, and we both know that the lifespan of a new junior officer during that invasion is going to be a lot less than the lifespan of a noncom translator in India!

Before the war, he had done postdoctoral work at the American Academy, in Rome. One day he walked past the last public rally that featured Hitler and Mussolini. He translated between a German who had driven all the way from Munich on his motorcycle just hear his fuhrer speak and an Italian gate guard who was saying he didn't care, you can't get in without a ticket. At another, he looked at a high Nazi official thru binoculars and was confronted by the Gestapo, telling him it wasn't allowed, binocs might conceal a gun barrel in one and a scope sight in the other.

After the war, he taught languages and founded the Univ. of Maryland Department of Classical Languages (which has since been merged, I believe). He told me of one diplomatic assembly to honor a Central American poet. When they brought out the cupcakes, he said a aloud a Spanish saying -- "For the dead there is the grave, but for the living there is cake." (Cake and grave rhyme in Spanish, and sweets are often presented at a Spanish funeral). The women blushed and the men laughed, and he asked a friend what did I say, and the friend replied, in this country "cake" is slang for a part of a woman that men like to eat."

He died in 1985, just before his grandson was born, and I told the minister about the incident, and he worked the saying into the end of the eulogy, with the note that it hadn't worked well the last time Bill used it. My wife, Frances, Jr., was weeping but looked at me with a smile and said "Daddy would have been so proud."

09:17

Mother calls for arrest of defender who shot him during his armed robbery [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. I'd raise a further question. Since the robber had recently worked there, he'd be recognized by the employees, and all his personal data is in the files. They had a robbery here (may have been a Pizza Hut, too) where the robbers tried to solve the problem by murdering all the employees.

08:48

Let’m Go, Let’m Grow [AllOutdoor.com]

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications

LET’M GO, LET’M GROW

In the business of consulting with landowners and hunting clubs, the biggest complaint I hear is that “We just don’t see any big deer.” Then, every year, when I monitor their harvest record books, most of what I see are young bucks being taken. There are always a few really nice bucks brought in, but by and large, the majority are 2-3 year old bucks with small to medium 6-8 point racks. So, why is that?

Bucks are like fine wine. Generally, the older they get, the better they get. That translates into bigger size and certainly bigger racks. Even then, it’s not an automatic thing. Your resident deer herd also has to have the genetics to produce really high quality bucks.

Growing big bucks also takes quality food, either in the forms of natural forage and browse, and/or supplemental food plots. I can toss a coin on supplemental feeding as is commonly done in some states like Texas. When the solar powered feeders go off, every deer within ear shot (ala Pavlov’s theory) comes running. Somehow that seems unnatural to me. I am for sure a fair chase kind of deer hunter.

So, you have to have genetics in your deer to produce good racks. You have to have good food for the deer to eat, the higher the protein the better, and water of course as a nutritional or dietary consideration. Then you have to have age. In all cases age is the single most important component to producing big racked bucks.

Even if, (and that is a huge IF) your deer have the innate genetics to grow big racks, they still will not likely do so to full potential until they reach an age factor of 5 plus years or more. This is not a hard science, as so many factors are involved in a whitetail buck growing a big antlered rack. Massive racks are almost an art form. Which is why we want them.

For deer hunters, landowners, deer managers, and club members then, restraint is the key when hunting and harvesting bucks. Truly the management style needs to be “let them go, to see them grow.” There is no hunting strategy that will improve genetics. Taking out so called “cull bucks” is generally just a poor excuse for making a mistake.

Here are a couple more things to ponder. Bucks born on your property will not stay there unless the buck was orphaned as a fawn. The bucks on your property came from somewhere else. Does contribute more to buck characteristics than bucks. Let your bucks grow to 4-5 years old and learn how to tell the difference on the hoof.

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07:39

7 Archery Tactics to Use Hunting Immediately this Fall [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to archery hunting for whitetail deer in the lower 48 states there are unique challenges that archers must confront that other hunters in different disciplines do not. For one, in many states the archery season may run for multiple months that will eventually overlap firearm and muzzleloader seasons. For the die-hards among us, that can mean a hunting season that spans from summer to fall and into winter. You may also be hunting before the rut, during, and after. Your tactics and mindset should evolve just as the seasons and weather do. These are some tactics to bear in mind while you continue your pursuit of whitetail deer with your stick and string.

Shoot & Practice from Varying Positions

Many of us archers, whether it is indoors or outdoors, will only practice with our bows on level ground. This is very common and practical because of the shooting venues that may be available to you, but if possible, you should try to shoot from varying positions. Shoot your bow with your hunting pack on your back. You might kick up a deer walking to your stand and need to take a shot quickly before your window of opportunity fades. Try shooting while kneeling if you hunt from a ground blind. Give elevated positions like from your treestand a try. When you shoot uphill or downhill your body’s posture will change and your shooting mechanics should not fall apart. By attempting varying shooting positions before the hunt if you are then called upon to improvise during your hunt you will be ready.

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Hunt Food Sources Hard

When it comes to locating deer many of us archers are more than proficient in finding scrapes, rubs, and deer trails. The dilemma comes in hunting over those areas and not seeing any deer. Then, what do you do? While a gnarly scrape or impressive rub can definitely get your optimistic juices flowing, those signs could be on the fringe of a buck’s working territory; a place they only intermittently visit. A smarter bet is to find some of that aforementioned sign closer to food sources. This could be giant white oaks dropping fuzzy acorns, a farmer’s corn or soybean field, or even a food plot you planted yourself. Deer, like us humans, have got to eat. So position yourself near their food sources and you will up your odds of seeing more deer throughout all seasons and weather changes.

Trail Cameras are your Friends

Some of us are freezer fillers and other archers are hunting wall hangers, but regardless of what your pursuit is a trail camera can be a tremendous ally. It allows you to inventory your potential deer herd in your area and know what is out there when you are not around. This is beneficial because if you are blessed with having lots of opportunities at deer you do not want to burn up your tag on a spike buck when a hefty doe might be more delicious venison in your eyes. Or you do not want to arrow a basket 8-point buck when you know there is a 10-point brute hiding somewhere. Trail cameras can provide you with very valuable information you might not otherwise have at your disposal.

Be Prepared to Invest your Time

While many hunters lust over the chase of big bucks during the rut, most of the year bucks will not be pumped full of testosterone and jacked up chasing does. For those months of pre- and post-rut, it may take a lot of stand time to see the deer you want to put in the freezer or hang on the wall. With that being said, be prepared to invest the time out in nature to eventually cross paths with the deer you are looking to tag.

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Layer yourself like an Onion

Archery season for many states can be a very unpredictable and tumultuous time in regards to the weather we may need to endure. You could creep out to your stand in the dark when its 30°F and by noon it might be 70°F. That is why it can be advantageous to dress in layers so as the weather evolves you too can adapt by peeling or adding layers as necessary.

Keep that Brush Saw in your Pack for Awhile

As tempting as it may be to brush out wide, easy-to-see shooting lanes early in the season try to refrain from doing so. As the leaves change, a small amount of trees die, and leaves fall most areas will become more open later in the season. If you clear out a ton of brush too early in the season you may feel naked and exposed later because you cut down too much brush. Cover and concealment are valuable.

Be a Chameleon, Evolve your Tactics

Many of us can fall into the trap of repetitively doing things the same way without changing. If the wind changes, we do not change our stand location. If a farmer harvests a corn field we were hunting over, we continue to errantly hunt that spot with misguided optimism. When conditions change so should our tactics. Whether it is the weather, food sources, the wind, fallen down trees, or deer vanishing off our trail cameras, we need to adapt more. The definition of insanity is to allegedly do the same thing over and over expecting different results. So to be a sane, experienced archer we must try different tactics as the need arises.

For all of our stick and string enthusiasts in the reading audience, what do you think? Are there any valuable tips or tricks you have learned over the years that you would like to share with others? If so, what are they? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate the feedback.

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07:38

Intelligently Prepping All of your Gear for Fall Hunting [AllOutdoor.com]

Fall is sweeping across the US and for sportsmen and sportswomen like us that means we have a multitude of fall hunting seasons to look forward to! It is important though to not get so swept up in excitement that we make childish mistakes like forgetting our quiver of arrows or box of ammunition back at the hunting shack. To avoid Homer Simpson “D’oh!” moments we need to prep our gear and ourselves for all of the fall hunting we might be doing. These are simple precautions and reminders for all of us as we begin to journey afield in pursuit of small or big-game.

Are you Charged, or Running Dead?

This is a problem that plagues all of us and we do not notice it until it is too late. If any of your gear requires batteries, whether it is flashlights, optics, or anything else, make sure to test them, and ensure they are good to go for a few consecutive months of hunting or at least a weekend’s long hunt. No one wants to be out in the woods trying to trail a deer with a dead flashlight, or see a 10-point buck and your red dot on your shotgun is nowhere to be found. Spring the extra money for fresh batteries and avoid headaches in the future.

Confirm & Get Zeroed

This is another thing that far too many of us confidently and knowingly overlook. We might have our ol’ trusty bow we shoot once a year that drives tacks so we never bother to confirm that the pins are zeroed from year to year. The time you finally notice was your moment of truth while trying to shoot an animal, and you miss! It is a heart-sinking feeling and can make you judge everything you had done leading to that moment. “Did I forget to wear my lucky hat today?!” Before you run off to your secret hunting spot, be sure to zero your bow, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, or whatever it is you are hunting with.

Don’t Hang Loose

When it comes to treestands most of us likely have been in our fair share of less than stable ones. Maybe it was something built from pallet wood last minute, or it is a treestand that has been through 20 Wisconsin winters and is in dire need of repair (but it never gets it). Always verify the safety of the treestand, ladder stand, or even ground blind you are hunting in. Conditions change and you should never endanger yourself or anyone in your hunting party with an unsafe stand. Also, if you are going any distance up a tree you should use a harness as an additional safety precaution. There is no victory in boldly climbing into a treestand that is disheveled and shakes like a leaf. Be safe and ensure yourself many years of future hunts.

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Collect the Correct Tags

Make sure you have the correct tag to be hunting the game and season you are in. Some states sell a sportsman’s license that is a do-all type of license while other states charge you for every discipline of hunting (archery, firearm, and muzzleloading). Whether you are hunting in your home state or have committed to an out-of-state hunt. Make sure to read up on the laws so if you harvest some game you can legally keep it.

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Season your Clothing

Some people hang their camouflage clothing outside on a cloth’s line for a week in advance while others use special hunting detergents. Whatever the method to your madness is, do not forget that crucial step of your hunt. If all of your clothing is piled in the corner of your garage collecting dust and soaking up motor oil it will not help you bag a deer this fall. Adequately prep your clothing just as you do any other tool in your arsenal.

Leave the Kitchen Sink at Home

Verify your pack is full with essentials, but leave the kitchen sink at home. There are a plethora of things you might need out in the field like water, tree climbers, gutting knife, gutting gloves, or an emergency Snicker bar among other things. Do not get so swept up in being a good boy scout that you need to start a bodybuilding program to carry your backpack out to your treestand. Verify you are prepared with the essentials, keep extra tools and equipment on standby in your vehicle, and take comfort that you are a knowledgeable, capable hunter. If you forgot something, you will find a way to make it all work out in the end like the resourceful hunter you are.

So for some of our veteran hunters out there, what do you think? Are there any other nuggets of wisdom you would impart on younger or less experienced shooters when it comes to hunting? Is there a tactic you regret having tried for fall hunting? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:34

Top Hunting Essentials & Gear for a Successful 2019 [AllOutdoor.com]

We are in the thick of hunting seasons throughout the US and many of us are scrambling for all of the gear we packed away into storage from last year. Whether you are chasing elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, or some other big-game, you likely could not survive without certain hunting essentials you lean on every year. If your personal gear set is lacking anywhere we have a few suggestions for you to round it out. Check out this Top 10 list of hunting essentials and gear to ensure your next successful hunt for 2019.

Primos Double Bull Surroundview 360 Ground Blind

This blind has been the talk of the hunting industry since it has been unveiled. A major gripe with most blinds is that you have all kinds of blind spots that can leave you vulnerable to being busted by the game you are hunting. This blind is the 1st of its kind to truly have no blind spots and let you see everything! If you are a hunter who likes to keep your feet on the ground this blind is a must-have.

The revolutionary Primos Double Bull SurroundView™ 360° Blind is the Blind Without A Blind Spot™. It’s constructed with exclusive one-way see-through walls that let you see all of your surroundings without being seen. Now you can spot all the movement you miss with traditional blinds, yet remain just as concealed. The SurroundView 360° comes with four one-way see through walls with one movable black out wall to place on any wall you choose.

5.11 Tactical Apex 6” Wedge Boot

When it comes to traversing varying terrain and unknown outdoor endeavors, this boot has the grit to get er’ done for you. You will definitely be impressed. Whether you live in a semi-arrid environment like the southern US or even the colder conditions of the Midwest, this boot is pliable enough to keep moving and keep you warm.

The Apex 6″ Wedge is built with a D30® support footbed for revolutionary shock absorption, all day comfort, and lasting heel and arch support. Its lightweight Vibram® Christy resoleable outsole gives all day stability and comfort.. The outsole also features Vibram Newflex to maximize your grip and enhance your energy. The APEX wedge is ready to put some in serious miles in over all kinds of territory. Count on it.

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Primos Auto Pilot Low Glow Trail Camera

A trail camera can be a tremendously valuable tool for any kind of hunting or outdoor activity you might have planned. It can give you a better perspective of the wild game in your area to assist you in forming a plan of attack through hunting season. This camera brings a no-frills, all-work mentality that is not over-engineered.

The new AutoPilot™ from Primos is built from the inside out to be exactly what hunters want their cameras to be: Reliably Simple. This camera practically drives itself. Just put it out, flip a few switches and you are snapping best-in-class images. The Auto Pilot features rugged construction and is designed to record animal activity in the outdoors. Your AUTOPILOT Camera features a compact, portable size and an extra-long battery life.

Ravin R26 Crossbow

When it comes to lethal crossbows Ravin is bar none the best in the industry and they continue to hold that position year after year. The R26 Crossbow is a continuation of that same speed, quality, and accuracy that archers will love and appreciate.

The new R26 is Ravin’s most compact and lightweight crossbow to date. Weighing in at only 6.5 pounds, the Ravin R26 generates speeds of 400 FPS from a 9.5-inch power stroke and measures just 26 inches in length. Ravin’s R26 axle-to-axle width is an amazing 5.75 inches when fully-drawn – making the Ravin R26 the most compact crossbow on the market. The new R26 will be available in the new Predator Dusk Camo, exclusive to Ravin Crossbows.

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Buck Knives 657 Pursuit Large Guthook Knife

Whether you are tagging bear, elk, or whitetail deer, a good gutting knife is as valuable as the tool used to harvest your game. Buck Knives carry their tenured legacy of high-quality blades and offer intuitive features such as a guthook to make your game processing go as smoothly as possible.

A multi-purpose alternative to traditional hunting knives, the Pursuit Series fills the need for a mid-range hunting knife designed from the beginner to the experienced, serious hunter. Added detail was put into the design creating a comfortable, non-slip profile and full tang, dependable blades. Designed for excellent performance, the Pursuit Large Guthook fixed blade is a perfect field option. Made in the USA.

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Leupold LTO Tracker-2 HD

While many states do not allow for hunters to use thermal to actively hunt game, there are a significant amount of states that will let you employ thermal handhelds to recover downed game. This piece by Leupold is one of the best you can throw in your pack for under $1K.

Being aware of your surroundings not only takes skill, it takes the right tools. The Leupold LTO-Tracker 2 HD is the next evolution of thermal that allows you to see through darkness, track an animal, aid in search and rescue, or any other tasks where identifying a heat source might come in handy. The LTO-Tracker 2 HD features our new Beacon mode, which allows you to quickly recalibrate the screen to improve daytime use. This makes it easier to identify objects that have a similar heat signature to their backgrounds—like a downed deer on a sunny hillside. Housed in an all-aluminum body that’s only 5.5 inches long and 7 ounces, it’s ready to go wherever your next adventure takes you.

5.11 Tactical Bravo Pant

These pants were tested extensively by our staff in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota in some torrential rain conditions and performed superbly! Whether you are scouting for your next perfect stand or are barreling down logging roads to recover your recent trophy, these pants are top-notch.

You’ve got things you need within reach when you’re on the go, but that doesn’t mean wearing a big, ol’ bulky pant. The Bravo is proof of that. It’s engineered with a super-lightweight, ultimately flexible fabric blend with a durable water-repellent finish. The Bravo supports your range of motion in the waist, via a fixed waistband with soft jacquard logo elastic, and at the knees, which feature articulated backs. And for all your stuff, there are 7 total pockets, including nylon-6-reinforced hand pockets, plus back pockets, and two back yoke mag pockets. Reflective trim on the inner side seam adds an element of safety to this stylish pant. Step into the Bravo and carry your gear with confidence.

CVA Paramount .45 Caliber Muzzleloader

Muzzleloaders from year-to-year continue to impress with how far hunters can accurately shoot relative to the ol’ smokepoles many of us grew up with. This CVA pushes the limits of accuracy with a blackpowder rifle by refining accuracy and Foot-Lbs of energy out to potentially 300 yards in a factory muzzleloader.

The PARAMOUNT® is CVA’s newest addition to its muzzle-loading rifle family. Unlike any other CVA rifle, this .45 caliber bolt-action gun was developed and designed to handle “super-magnum” propellant charges and thus provides the higher velocities necessary for killing shots at 300 yards and beyond.


We threw out a wide variety of hunting essentials and gear that most any hunter, sportsman, or outdoor enthusiast may love to have. Out of that  list, do you already own any of those products? Are there any that you would add to that list or suggest to fellow hunters? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:27

Don’t Miss Out on Fall Crappie Fishing [AllOutdoor.com]

As the summer heat gives way to the cool temperatures of fall, a lot of sportsman leave the comforts of their homes to get ready for hunting season.  We may clear the shooting lanes, fill up the feeders, or pick a good straight tree for a climbing stand.  This leaves a wonderful opportunity for fishermen, and that fall Crappie fishing.

Let’s back up a few months.  As spring fades into the blistering heat of summer, typically people avoid the heat and stay indoors.  Also, the fish tend to move into deeper water to get away from the warming shallows.

As the water is cooled by fall temperatures fish return to their spring areas.  However, something has changed as great number of sportsmen are now focused on hunting rather than fishing.  This means less people on the lakes and rivers, which provides a wonderful opportunity for not only fishing, but to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

What about lures?

My personal go-to lures are black chartreuse crappie tubes, or black chartreuse wiggly tail with a Blakemore Road Runner chartreuse head. Then again, a crawfish colored small crankbait has had great success with both crappie and bass. Small lures will typically catch a lot of small fish, while larger lures tend to catch fewer but larger fish.

Crappie fishing

For those readers who have not yet ventured to Ebay in search of lures, take the plunge and go look. Over the past few years Ebay has been my go-to place for crappie lures as the assortment and selection are mindbogglingly. During the off months when the brutal summer heat keeps most of us inside this would be an excellent time to do some shopping. One of the nice things about Ebay is being able to buy in bulk. When we go shopping at the local sporting goods store lures are per-packaged with just a few in each package. On Ebay we can find bulk purchases of 50, 100, 200.. etc.

Here is a little tip my dad told me about fishing, and it seems to be true – fish in the shade. This means fish areas that are shaded by trees or something else. Fishing a river or slough, fish which ever side trees are shading. In a pond or open body of water, fish lily pads, fallen trees, around submerged rocks, or submerged outcrops. The story I was told says the sun hurts the eyes of the fish. Whether that is true or not, I do not know. Maybe fish like the shade as much as we do?

Besides trying out new gear, cool weather of fall, and good fishing, we get to witness changing of the seasons first hand.

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06:00

SilencerCo’s New Omega 36M – A Can That Punches Outside Its Weight Class [The Firearm Blog]

Back in July, SilencerCo invited some media including The Firearm Blog to check out their factory and unveil a new suppressor. We were under embargo until today. SilencerCo is coming out with a new all-in-one suppressor called the Omega 36M. It is based on their Omega rifle can but it is modular. The Omega 36M […]

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05:27

Persian Model 1314 Luger and Artillery Luger [Forgotten Weapons]

In 1934 (just  year before officially requesting that the Western world call his country “Iran” rather than “Persia”), the Shah of Iran ordered 4,000 Luger pistols form the Mauser company. These were to be divided between 3,000 standard P08 models and 1,000 LP08 artillery models (plus a handful of cutaways, interestingly). The guns were delivered in 1935 and 1936, and are unique for having all of their markings printed in Farsi, including the serial numbers, model designation, safety, and even Mauser’s name.

04:52

Veterans Day 2019 []

Let me start off by thanking everyone who served in the military regardless of branch. Without your service, in both peacetime and war, we wouldn’t have the freedoms that we have today.

I was thinking about my Dad this morning. He served 28 years of active duty in the Army and was medically retired in 1972. He was 53 and was suffering from a wide range of health conditions probably brought on by his military service.

My Dad died at age 62 and 10 days. He was actually born on April 3rd and not April 13th like it says on the grave marker.

On May 5th, I officially outlived him. Unlike him, I never smoked, I never was in a war zone, and I was never exposed to Agent Orange. With the exception of not smoking, I wasn’t exposed to the things he was thanks to his service and that of millions of more men and women just like him.

So on this Veterans Day, remember and thank those family members and friends who did serve. Thank them for the lives we live thanks to their hard work and sacrifices.

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04:09

A New Candidate for Confiscator-in-Chief [NRA-ILA News]

Former Texas Congressman Robert Francis O’Rourke abandoned his run for President last week, once again leaving a void for the most strident anti-gun candidate seeking the Democrat nomination. Even before declaring his candidacy for President, California Representative Eric Swalwell raised the specter of banning AR-15s and similar firearms, forcing Americans to turn them in through a confiscation scheme mislabeled as a “mandatory buyback,” then “go[ing] after” resisters. He even famously “joked” about using nukes to enforce his scheme.

04:04

Strong Firearms Preemption Laws are More Important Than Ever [NRA-ILA News]

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Tremp In recent weeks, gun owners have been given two prime examples of just how important strong firearms preemption laws are to the vibrant exercise of Second Amendment rights. On October 22, the Montana Supreme Court struck down a Missoula ordinance that purported to restrict city residents’ ability to transfer firearms. On October 29, Allegheny County Common Pleas Senior Judge Joseph M. James struck down a raft of Pittsburgh ordinances that purported to regulate the use of firearms in public places within the city and provide for the confiscation of firearms without due process. In both instances the tribunals pointed to the state firearms preemption statute as precluding the locality’s anti-gun efforts.

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16:30

POTD: Snipers from Finnmark (Norway) [The Firearm Blog]

Today we take a look at some Norwegian soldiers from the Finnmark Land Command training with soldiers from the Home Guard. The Norwegian Army, including the Home Guard, has a very fancy taste in firearms. All that oil money needs to go somewhere… In the story below you can see the HK417 used as a […]

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11:17

A Trip To Cold Mountain []

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission runs a number of shooting ranges that are open to the public. The one closest to me is the Wayne E. Smith/Cold Mountain Shooting Range. It is in the shadow of Cold Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. The range first opened in 2008.

When I first went to the Cold Mountain Shooting Range, it was an unmanned 100-yard range with a gravel parking lot. The only improvements were the berm, the covered shooting line, and concrete walkways to the 25, 50, and 100 yard lines. There was no range safety officer, no toilets, and no pistol only range.

This is what it looked like looking towards the shooting line.

Fast forward to yesterday. There are now dedicated rifle and pistol ranges. The rifle range has a series of steel strike baffles going out to 50 yards. Each of the five rifle stations is universally accessible and have sound suppression baffles.

More importantly, there is a range safety officer hired by the NCWRC there at all times. All first time users must go through a safety briefing. Everyone gets a shooting range pass which can be used at any of the ranges run by the commission. The RSO assigns shooting lanes, maintains control of the range, calls cease fire, etc. In other words, the often unsafe practices of the unmanned range are gone.

There is a range office and a pair of PortaJons.

There are now 10 Wildlife Resources Commission managed ranges, another one is under construction, and two more are proposed.

I think the Wildlife Resources Commission should be applauded for how they have continually upgraded this range as well as the other ones. It takes money and it appears they have spent it wisely. Given most of these ranges are free, that money has come from licenses and Pittman-Robertson monies.

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08:44

Happy 244th Birthday, US Marine Corps []

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress commissioned Tun Tavern‘s innkeeper Samuel Nicholas to raise two battalions of Marines.

JOURNAL OF THE CONTINENTIAL CONGRESS

(Philadelphia) Friday, November 10, 1775


Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered as part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.


Ordered, That a copy of the above be transmitted to the General.

Since that time, the US Marine Corps has been defending America.

And it isn’t just men doing the defending.

As my fellow Polite Society Podcast co-host Amy Dillon will attest. Among other jobs in the Marines, Amy served as a drill instructor at Parris Island.

Since 1921 the Commandant of the Marine Corps has released a birthday message on November 10th. Commandant David Berger has continued that tradition and his message is here. He says, in part:

The strength of our Corps is our Marines. Our success depends on all Marines embodying the values in which our Corps was founded; it requires leveraging the talents and ingenuity of every Marine to strengthen our Corps. Since 1775, courageous Marines have answered the call to fight for freedom and shaped our reputation as the most feared fighting force the world has seen. Marines from each generation approached every battle with a lethal combination of versatility, perseverance, and adaptability that has allowed us to prevail in any clime and place.

Even though I come from an Army family, I recognize that the Marine Corps, more than any other branch of the US Armed Forces, seems to make the greatest effort to transmit their values, history, and tradition to the next generation of Marines.

So to all my friends and readers who served in the United States Marines Corps, Semper Fi and Happy Birthday!

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08:00

Sierra 3 BDX From SIG Sauer [The Firearm Blog]

Check out this review of the SIG Sierra 3 BDX Optic. Scope, rangefinder, and app all work together to provide you with a fast and efficient firing solution. Making ethical and fun hits on game and targets a lot easier!   ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star […]

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Saturday, 09 November

16:30

POTD: The M74 Mortar [The Firearm Blog]

Photos where the photographer manages to capture the projectile as it leaves the barrel are the best, we love them! As you can see we have a contender in this Photo Of The Day, where a 120 mm mortar round leaves the barrel of the M74 Mortar. The location is the Besmaya Range Complex in […]

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14:14

SILENCER SATURDAY #98: The Lightweight SureFire SOCOM300-TI [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #98: The Lightweight SureFire SOCOM300-TIGood afternoon everyone and thanks for joining us for the 98th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – home of the new YHM Resonator R2 and YHM Turbo T2 suppressors. Last week we discussed shotgun suppressors, specifically the SilencerCo Salvo 12 and their place in the firearms world. I didn’t […]

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13:30

Uncle Joe is losing it [Of Arms and the Law]

In New Hampshire. It's at about the 30 second mark of that video.

""I believe in the second amendment but nobody says you can have a rounds -- a magazine with a hundred clips in it -- a hundred [fumbling for words] bullets in it. We protect geese more that we protect, no joke, you can only have three shotgun shells when you go shoot for geese."

Amusing that he begins by asking "We don't have the courage to take on the NRA?" and ends with "We stand for unity, not division."

Earlier, in Iowa: ""The idea that we don't have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them. It's absolute mindless."

Interesting to compare him speaking six years ago: he's quite coherent. Wrong, but coherently wrong.

05:27

Book Review: Vickers Guide to the Kalashnikov, Volume II [Forgotten Weapons]

 

Fair disclaimer: I may be biased, as I am a co-author of this work…

Vickers Guide is back with the second volume on the AK, specifically on 5.45mm and 5.56mm Kalashnikovs. If you like the first volume, you will definitely like this one – it was led by Larry Vickers with myself and Rob Stott co-authoring, and addition contributions from Maxim Popenker, Miles Vining, Nic Jenzen-Jones, Jack Dutschke, Kevin Greggory, Lyndon Schooler, Vladimir Onokoy, Zoltan Szoros, Jonathan Ferguson, and more!

This volume is 350 pages, with almost the first half dedicated to Russian rifles. These includes a whole bunch of the high-tech interesting developments like balanced-recoil designs along with trials and prototype guns, LMGs, grenade launchers, and a wide variety of standard production guns. The second half of the book covers the rest of the world, including Bulgaria, Burma, China, the Czech Republic, East Germany, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Romania, and South Africa.

As before, this is intended as a coffee table book and not a detailed reference book, but we have all done our best to ensure that the commentary is technical and as good as we can make it. Coupled with James Rupley’s outstanding photography, I think it’s an even better book than Volume I…

Only available direct from Vickers Guide.

Friday, 08 November

17:00

Friday Night Lights: DIY Night Vision 2.0 – Modified Functional Dummy PVS-31 [The Firearm Blog]

The PVS-31s are the ultimate in binocular night vision goggles. They are made by L3 Technologies and the price tag is not for the faint of heart. Just ask fellow writer Richard L. he has a set. PVS-31 cost around $10k. Well in the world of night vision users, specifically airsoft night vision users there […]

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16:30

POTD: German Kampfschwimmers with G28s and G29s [The Firearm Blog]

Fire from above in this Picture Of The Day, as a German Kampfschwimmer (“Combat Swimmer”) aims his G28 rifle towards the ground. He’s riding an H145M LUH SOF battlefield support helicopter. According to Airbus, it’s “a medium-sized military multi-role helicopter capable of performing a wide spectrum of missions with a common platform, from transport, SAR, […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – 11/8/19 [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Hello again everyone. It’s that time of the week again, it’s deal time. But it’s also a very special week for me because this week (or well really last week but who’s counting) marks my 1-year anniversary of starting writing here at TFB. Tavor TS12 15+1 bullpup shotgun – $1199.99 What the deal is – […]

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11:17

Wisconsin: Legislators Protect Second Amendment, Adjourn Special Session [NRA-ILA News]

On November 7th, the Wisconsin Legislature adjourned from its special session not long after it was convened. Governor Tony Evers’ latest attempt to pass gun control failed.

11:00

Gun Stickers: The Dangers Of Displaying Your Love Of Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

Gun stickers: the dangers of displaying a love of gunsThe debate about whether or not to place gun stickers or other firearm-related material on your vehicle is usually a split, between those that choose not to, and those that want to boldly use their First Amendment right.  As Americans, we’re used to being able to say whatever we feel, but it’s usually directed towards […]

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10:00

Pawn Shop Finds – The Blown Up Smith & Wesson Model 15 [The Firearm Blog]

Last week, I was walking around in a local gun shop and they had an extremely blown up Smith & Wesson K-38 Combat Masterpiece (Model 15) in the case. I was immediately interested in the story behind this classic wheel gun. When I picked up the old Smith, I saw it wasn’t for sale sadly […]

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08:00

SIG SAUER Introduces 6mm Creedmoor Elite Match Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Sig Sauer 6mm CreedmoorWe are knee-deep into the fall season and SIG Sauer has just released its latest addition to the Elite Match series of ammunition. Long-range shooting is serious business and it can be incredibly rewarding – unless your ammo isn’t reliable. If you’re a 6mm Creedmoor shooter, SIG now has your favorite caliber in their high-end […]

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07:00

Modlite Handheld Body Coming Soon [The Firearm Blog]

In the world of weapon-mounted lights, Modlite has been turning some heads. They have been picked up by a number of dealers including Brownells and their lights are all the rage for law enforcement. Just recently Big Tex Outdoors posted up some comparison of a new Modlite handheld body.   According to Big Tex Outdoors, […]

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06:00

TFBTV Picks the 5 Best REAL Guns of CoD: Modern Warfare [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves picks out the 5 best real life guns from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) and discusses how the guns in the game compare to their real life counterparts, reviewing stats, performance, and configurations of the game guns to the real deal. If you are looking for a […]

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Bullberry Barrel Works is Officially Closing Up Shop [The Firearm Blog]

Bullberry Barrel Works - RetiringBullberry Barrel Works closing shop Fred Smith, owner of Bullberry Barrel Works has announced that his shop will be closing operations. Bullberry Barrel works have been in business for over 40 years and have been making custom bolt action barrels for all sorts of customers. Started in 1988, Fred Smith, who was a recently retired […]

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05:27

Chambers Flintlock Machine Gun from the 1700s [Forgotten Weapons]

Joseph Chambers invented a repeating flintlock weapon in the 1790s, and I think it is appropriate to consider it a “machine gun”. The design used a series of superposed charges in one or more barrels, with specially designed bullets that has hollow central tubes through them. This would allow the fire form a detonation charge to transit through a bullet at the rear and set off a subsequent charge. The result was a single trigger pull to use a flintlock action to start an unstoppable series of shots. Chambers made pistol and musket versions, as well as a full-on mounted machine gun.

He submitted his design to the fledgling US War Department in 1792, but it was not accepted. He brought the guns back to their attention when the War of 1812 was declared, and this time he found an eager client in the United States Navy. More than 50 of the machine guns were built and purchased to use on Navy warships. This version had 7 barrels, each loaded with 32 rounds, for a total of 224 shots, at (apparently) about a 120 round/minute rate of fire. The British found out about the guns and made some effort to reverse engineer them, and there was also interest in France, the Netherlands, and Spain. Ultimately, the potential unreliability of the system prevented more widespread adoption, but the gun is a fascinating example of early automatic firearms.

For more information, see Andrew Fagal’s article “The Promise of American Repeating Weapons, 1791-1821”.

Thanks to the Liege Arms Museum for access to film this for you! If you are in Belgium, definitely plan to stop into the museum, part of the Grand Curtius. They have a very good selection of interesting and unusual arms on display.

05:05

NRA Drops Lawsuit Against San Francisco []

The NRA officially dropped their lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco yesterday. The lawsuit was brought due to a resolution approved by the Board of Supervisors branding the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization”.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(i), Plaintiff the National Rifle Association of America voluntarily dismisses without prejudice the above-entitled action against all Defendants. This notice of dismissal is being filed with the Court before service by Defendants of either an answer or a motion for summary judgment.

San Francisco, in their reply to the original complaint, contended their resolution was a “statement of policy” and “non-binding”.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Mayor London Breed had already told city staff that the measure did not limit the city’s dealings with any vendors doing business with the NRA. Stefani said her resolution was a legitimate public denunciation with no binding consequences.

At the time Mayor Breed made her statement that the resolution would not impact dealings with vendors, NRA outside counsel William Brewer III indicated that the lawsuit would continue until the the resolution was formally revoked. As of yesterday, the resolution had not been revoked but nonetheless the case was dismissed.

Both sides are now claiming victory in the lawsuit.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera issues a short statement that said:

“We’re pleased the NRA backed down on its frivolous lawsuit. This was a baseless attempt to silence San Francisco’s valid criticisms of the NRA and distract from the gun violence epidemic facing our country. San Francisco will never be intimidated by the NRA. If the NRA doesn’t want to be publicly condemned for its actions, it should stop sabotaging common sense gun safety regulations that would protect untold numbers of Americans every year, like universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and restrictions on high-capacity magazines.” 

The NRA and its attorney proclaimed victory in a multipart Twitter post:

Today the NRA withdrew its lawsuit in SF – and now celebrates the important victory it obtained on behalf of its members. As has been widely reported, after the Association challenged the unconstitutional resolution, the City beat a hasty retreat and backed down from its wildly illegal blacklisting scheme. The censors are on notice. The NRA will always fight for the Constitution, and will re-file if the City tries anything like this in the future.

So it appears that each side got a participation trophy allowing both sides to claim victory. The NRA got San Francisco to declare that the resolution was non-binding and San Francisco got the lawsuit dismissed without officially revoking the resolution.

I don’t think anyone can question that the NRA had to sue San Francisco in this case. However, I did find it interesting that the NRA didn’t use attorney Chuck Michel and his firm to handle the lawsuit. Michel and Associates has traditionally been the NRA’s go-to law firm for California related cases. Instead they used Las Vegas based Garman Turner Gordon as their attorney on the ground and Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, as “of counsel”.

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Thursday, 07 November

17:00

A Beginner’s Precision Long-Range Setup [The Firearm Blog]

Growing up hunting in the area of Texas that I did, the terrain and vegetation meant we never needed to shoot very far. Almost all of our whitetails were taken at less than 200 yards. In the Army, we qualified with M4s from 50m-300m and close-quarters combat training is – unsurprisingly – performed in close […]

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16:30

POTD: NAVY SEALs and FN Herstal MK 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo of the Day brings more NAVY SEALs with FN SCARs. We love when we can zoom in on a high-resolution image and read “FN Herstal Belgium MK 17 Mod 0. Cal 7,62 mm” on the side of the firearm. It is even possible to read the serial on the original picture above, if […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: The Back Up Gun Debate [The Firearm Blog]

I didn’t quite understand how polarizing the BUG gun ( Back Up Gun) debate was until I was out to dinner with six or seven friends a few weeks ago. My friends all had extremely strong feelings and reactions to a very simple question. Regardless of what you think about back up guns, there’s no […]

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11:19

"I say hold onto your guns, people." [Of Arms and the Law]

A relative of the folks massacred in Mexico speaks out:

"These things are happening here in Mexico because people can't protect themselves because by law they're not allowed to own these guns.

So since the government isn't doing their job of protection in the way that they should, these cartels can just wreak havoc and the people are left defenseless."

11:08

Kentucky: State Senator Damon Thayer Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award [NRA-ILA News]

On November 12, 2019, state Senator Damon Thayer (R-17) will receive the Defender of Freedom Award from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend liberty and protect the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Kentucky.

11:00

Sabatti Tactical EVO Bolt-Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Sabatti Tactical EVO Bolt-Action Rifle (12)Sabatti have expanded their line of bolt-action rifles by introducing the Tactical EVO. If you are familiar with the products of this company you may have noticed the similarity in appearance with another Sabatti rifle, the Tactical Syn. However, in their press release, the company notes: “Tactical EVO is not just a restyling of the Tactical Syn, […]

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10:00

Czech Senate to Introduce Constitutional Amendment that Adds the Right to Carry and Use Weapons for Self-Defense [The Firearm Blog]

Czech Republic Self Defense FirermsThe firearms freedom of the average Czech Republic may be about to grow as the Czech senate is attempting to increase the self-defense rights of its citizens. A rare occurrence indeed. The new amendment would add the right to make use of a legally possessed weapon (firearm) to the already existing right to defense of life. […]

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08:32

Background check bill facing uphill battle in Ohio Senate [NRA-ILA News]

When do you know your legislation is facing an uphill battle? When the chairman of the committee is calling elements of it out on the carpet for not being clear enough in its first hearing.​ That is exactly what happened to State Senators Cecil Thomas and Peggy Lehner as they introduced a bill they say would close loopholes that allow private sellers to transfer firearms at gun shows without needing to get a background check first.​

08:26

After Democratic legislative gains, Virginia governor vows new gun-control push [NRA-ILA News]

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s push for new gun control laws after the May massacre of 12 people in Virginia Beach flopped when the Republican-controlled state legislature acquiesced to his call for a July special session but left without a vote.

08:00

Mesa Tactical LEO Gen II Telescoping Stock Adapter for Remington V3 Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

Mesa Tactical LEO Gen II Telescoping Stock Adapter for Remington V3 Shotguns (1)Mesa Tactical has introduced the second generation of their LEO shotgun stock and grip adapters. The first LEO Gen II model is designed for Remington V3 semi-auto shotgun. The general concept is the same as in the first generation LEO adapters – the adapter replaces the stock of the shotgun and provides attachment points for […]

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07:51

Build a Bow Like a Pro With These 10 Bow Accessories [AllOutdoor.com]

Here we have a topic which, if not careful, could potentially cause a dispute or two. So, before we dive in, lets set aside our brand-militia mentality and take a realistic look at building the ultimate bowhunting setup.

It seems fitting to first establish what actually makes a good setup for bowhunting. This is where we run into our first conundrum, as everybody has their own preferences and capabilities, however we all should be able to agree on this statement:

The best bowhunting setup should be fit to suit the individual who is shooting it, and to be as effective as possible in the magnitude of hunting scenarios bowhunters encounter.

Speed is important, true, but we must also consider consistency and confidence when we pull back and take aim. Missing fast isn’t effective, but the same can be said for arrows with too little energy at impact.

The key is to find a setup that aids to accuracy and forgiveness. So when a deer takes a walk by your treestand, you only have to focus on one single thing; making a lethal and effective shot. A bow will only perform to the level of the functional components you bolt to it, so it feels trivial to even call some of these items “accessories” because they’re integral to the overall performance of the bow.

So if you just unwrapped a brand new, bare bow that’s in dire need of outfitting, hopefully this article will point you in the right direction:

Rest

Like many young hunters, my very first bow had a Whisker Biscuit on it. These are by far the simplest bow rests to start out with and, contrary to some folk’s opinion, they perform just fine for youth hunters. Some of the common complaints often heard with this style of rest are: loss of speed and decreased accuracy, too much noise when drawing, increased wear and tear on arrow fletchings, and performance issues in wet or freezing weather conditions.

For these reasons, my recommendation is to try a drop-down or fall-away rest as an alternative.

QAD HDX Ultrarest

This top of the line UltraRest has all the features of the UltraRest HD, with an eXtreme edge for the die hard hunter! The new modern design and sleek styling of the UltraRest HDX offers eXtreme compatibility, versatility, and even custom colors! If you are the archer that demands nothing but the top of the line, with all the bells and whistles, then the new UltraRest HDX is for you!

Sight

Ultimately, bowhunting comes down to putting an arrow where you aim. To accomplish this task, you will need some type of sight (unless of course you shoot instinctively, which if you do, well, hats off to you), and there’s a seemingly endless list of options available on the market today.

Among those, Black Gold has a solid reputation for producing durable, no-nonsense sights, with the Ascent Whitetail standing superior.

Packed with Features

  • High performance PhotoChromatic Technology™ automatically darkens in bright light to dull pins, prevent pin halo. Patent #7290345.
  • The revolutionary SkyCoil™ gathers light from above for unmatched pin brightness when you need it!
  • “Dial-of-Death” adjustment system gives target sight accuracy to bowhunters; 80% more gear surface interface means smoother operation, no gear burnout; reliable SureGrip knob.
  • Light Weight Compact Whitetail Base.
  • Level Head sight ring with pre-installed level that’s much easier to adjust and far more secure.
  • Machined aluminum guard for maximum durability and pin protection.

This sight allows you to choose between a single up-pin housing and run the sight as a standard, single pin adjustable, or opt for a 3-pin housing. The sight also features an oversized gear knob that aids to easy adjustments when you have gloves on. It’s fully adjustable with three axis adjustments, and the sight attaches to the bow at a 45-degree angle, allowing for more viewability at various angles.

String

If you have the opportunity to select the bowstrings for your setup, look no further than America’s Best Bowstrings. They have been manufacturing high quality custom bowstrings since 2006 with a commitment to the never ending search for perfection. This never ending drive to be the best has once again led ABB to raise the bar in custom bowstring manufacturing. ABB have made significant improvements to their technologies and developed new processes including EST, ACCU-SET, and FIBER-LOC. Along with technology improvements, ABB has expanded their manufacturing capacity so they can deliver even faster. At the end of the day, it is their goal to improve your bows performance and make your archery experience more enjoyable.

Release

I consider myself pretty fortunate. I was introduced to hunting and archery at a pretty young age, and thus, have countless reps of flinging arrows under my belt. Today, it’s hard for me to even imagine starting out for the first time! When a buddy of mine asked me one day how he can get started bowhunting, the first words out of my mouth were “Nock On.” He stared back at me with a confused look on his face, when I began to tell him who John Dudley is and why that would be the best place to start. I went on to explain how there’s a ton of free information available online these days, and with some practice he could be bowhunting in no time.

I suggested he experiment with as much equipment as he can to get a feel for what he likes and what he doesn’t like. I also suggested he start out learning how to use a tension release – something I wish I had started with back when I first got started.

To help determine which tension release is right for you, check out the video below:



Stabilizer

An often overlooked component to bow setups; the stabilizer. If chosen correctly, this odd little tool will be your best friend! Stabilizers do exactly what their name suggests, they assist in keeping your bow balanced in your hand by adding weight towards the front of the bow.

The Static Stabilizer from Trophy Ridge is a popular choice among bowhunters, because it allows you to control the weight and balance with customizable weights. It’s unique design also plays an important role, as it allows air to pass through it, giving shooters a steadier shot during windy conditions.

Anchor Point

The anchor point is crucially important for bowhunters. Having a single spot to which you routinely draw means you will be able to aim properly and with consistency.  Again, there are a number of methods and products available to help you find and mark your anchor point, but this one is fairly new to the market: The Bowmar Nose Button

Similar to a “kisser button” which secures to your bowstring and gently rests in the corner of your mouth at full draw, the Bowmar Nose Button sits slightly higher and makes contact with the tip of your nose when you’ve reached your anchor point.

Arrows & Broadheads

There are so many different arrows available on the market today, it’s nearly impossible to not be overwhelmed by all the options. The more you dig into it, the further into the weeds you will go. It’s all dependent on the game you’re pursuing, as arrow diameter and shaft weight play a vital role in arrow penetration, and finding the right combination might be the difference in coming home empty handed or not.

When it comes to broadheads, the one big decision you’ll have to make is do you prefer mechanical or fixed blade?

The good news is there’s really no right or wrong answer, however, if the goal is to build the most effective bowhunting setup, you’re going to want to consider the speed at which your arrow is flying. This is a good question to bring to your local bow shop.

Bowcase

There’s a good chance you’ve invested a good amount of money into building your bow, so make sure it stays safe and protected.

Pelican makes a great bow case that’s up to 40% lighter than other cases, and seems to have taken extra precautions in protecting your bow from the unknowns of going through TSA.

Bow Accessories

  • Super-light proprietary HPX Polymer makes this case up to 40% lighter than the competition
  • Includes: 2 foam arrow holders, 2 small foam bumpers, 2 large foam bumpers, 2 arrow tube straps, 2 small accessory pouches, 6 bungee cords, 1 padded divider
  • added divider provides protection for your bow and features a large storage pocket on the top
  • Molle Strap System creates a customizable interior
  • Integrated stainless steel bearing wheels for easy transit
  • 6 press and pull latches with 2 TSA approved locking latches for security

The Bow

Finally, let’s talk about the bow. There’s a good chance you already have the bow of your choice selected, which hopefully means you landed on this article to help get yourself squared away.

I’m going to start by saying it really doesn’t matter which brand of bow you choose to run. The fact is, bows on the market today are built so incredibly well across the board, it would be hard to knock any particular bow. It comes down to what you like and what feels good to your eyes and in your hands.

Take a trip to a bow shop and ask to pull back a variety of bows to see how different each one feels. For beginners just getting started, a bow with a let-off in the 70-80% range is probably best. This makes holding the bow at full draw a little easier, which goes back to remaining calm and patient when an animal is in range, or getting ready to present a shot opportunity.

In closing, never lose sight of how important it is to follow your instincts. Building a bow is personal, and the setup you decide on should make you feel calm and confident.

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07:01

Wisconsin: Special Session On Gun Control Convenes [NRA-ILA News]

Because the Legislature defended your freedom and did not accede to his demands, Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order for a “special” session that convenes today, November 7. Gov. Evers previously tried to undermine your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms through a confiscation scheme devoid of due process and the criminalization of private transfers – and he’s hoping you won’t notice his stubborn attempt to steal your rights again.

07:00

Dead Foot Arms Gen 2 MCS Folding Stock Adapter [The Firearm Blog]

Dead Foot Arms Gen 2 MCS Folding Stock Adapter (1)Lighter, Sleeker, Stronger – that’s how Dead Foot Arms describes the new second generation of their MCS (Modified Cycle System) side folding AR-15 stock adapter. The company has been developing and testing the Gen 2 MCS for about six months and now it is finally released. Retaining the same “fire when folded” capability, the Gen […]

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06:00

From the Ashes: Taran Tactical Innovations Back in Action After California Wildfires [The Firearm Blog]

California Wildfires at Taran Tactical InnovationsIt’s no secret that the last couple of days has been stressful for those in Simi Valley California. A good friend of TFB’s, Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovations has been impacted by the Wildfires in California. The TTI Range succumbed to the fires, however, no people or animals were harmed as the fires consumed […]

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05:27

Q&A 35: Books, Black Powder, and Why the DP12 is So Annoying [Forgotten Weapons]

0:00:36 – Why so few .380 ACP military pistols?
0:02:09 – Thoughts on the NGSW program guns
0:03:24 – Exciting new things in the firearms industry today
0:04:21 – Why did the USSR not use detachable mags on the SKS?
0:06:40 – Books on the Krag and Trapdoor Springfield
0:08:05 – Ideal guns for Classic Division in Desert Brutality 2020
0:10:05 – If Forgotten Weapons a team or still a solo enterprise?
0:10:38 – Semiautomatic guns using black powder
0:13:16 – Is the Mosin Nagant really such a bad rifle?
0:15:19 – Why is it so hard to design something like a good bipod?
0:17:00 – Magazine coupling systems – good or bad?
0:19:25 – If small arms cause only a few casualties, do they need to be the best?
0:21:36 – What would guns like the FAL or MAS-49 look like with 50 years of development?
0:23:55 – Why did the .303 British cartridge have a rim?
0:27:01 – When did 3-round-burst become a thing and why?
0:32:29 – First semiauto pistol I would choose over a revolver
0:35:44 – Next joint project with C&Rsenal?
0:36:49 – Why do I now link to RIA YouTube and Instagram pages?
0:38:05 – If you take over FN or DWM in 1900, what do you convince them to make?
0:40:29 – No NFA: What is your first new machine gun?
0:42:09 – Why no more dual firing pins on rimfire guns?
0:43:48 – Why no .30 Carbine AR15?
0:46:51 – Thoughts on the Horne StG45
0:48:37 – What’s up with front sights on French rifles?
0:51:30 – Mauser production under French occupation
0:53:49 – What goals now for me and Forgotten Weapons?
0:55:38 – Non-Colt-made C&R eligible 1911
0:57:41 – What is my favorite Brownells Retro rifle?
1:00:02 – Which is better, ZB26 or Bren?
1:01:13 – Advice for a would-be firearms designer
1:02:53 – What is France had not rushed the Lebel and 8mm round?
1:06:08 – Overlooked obsolete calibers, and 7.65 French Long
1:07:27 – Movie guns I hate
1:09:18 – Thoughts on the L85A3
1:11:24 – If I could buy or build any one gun
1:12:51 – Why not more delayed blowback pistol-caliber carbines?
1:15:09 – How will 3D printing impact arms collecting?

04:40

Boycotts Versus Buycotts []

Ed Stack, the anti-gun CEO of Dick’s, said the buycott of his chain really didn’t help his company’s bottom line. However, the boycott of Dick’s by Second Amendment supporters did hurt the company’s finances.

This comes from an interview Stack did with Business Insider.

Dick’s Sporting Goods contended with both boycotts and “buycotts” in the wake of its decision to draw back from the gun business.

But according to CEO Ed Stack, the consumers who gave the company the cold shoulder had a far greater effect on business than any newfound supporters.

The word “boycott” originated with a protest by the Irish Land League against the actions of Captain Charles Boycott 1880. It means withholding your services or financial support as a means of political protest.

“Buycott” is of more recent vintage and means just the opposite. You go out of your way to buy the product or services of a company as a show of support for their political position.

Stack noted that while he appreciated all the support for stopping sales of modern sporting rifles, it was short lived.

“The buycotts were really nice and we appreciated it, but they were kind of short-lived,” Stack told Business Insider.


Stack said that alienated consumers included both hunters and non-hunters who felt “angry” over Dick’s decision to back away from the gun business. All in all, striking guns from the stores ended up costing the company.


“By the time we got done, it was about a quarter of a billion dollars,” Stack said.

It is one of the tenets of sales that it costs more to gain a customer than to keep one. Moreover, the lifetime value of an existing customer far outweighs that of a one-time purchaser. The person who spends $750 on an AR and comes back to you to buy ammo on regular basis is worth more to your company than the mom who drops in once in a blue moon to buy running togs.

Stack should have read Joe Girard’s book How to Sell Anything to Anybody. Joe Girard was the world’s greatest car salesman. He found that the average person has about 250 friends and acquaintances who will show up to your funeral. If you make that person angry by your service or attitude, he or she is likely to influence 250 other people. Unfortunately for Stack, people are more likely to complain than to give kudos and his bottom line proved it.

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Wednesday, 06 November

17:00

Reader’s Choice BEST Pump-Action Shotgun: Remington 870 [The Firearm Blog]

Reader’s Choice BEST Pump Shotgun: Remington 870For the month of October and our Reader’s Choice voting, we voted on the BEST Pump-Action Shotgun you could potentially have. For some of us, that open-ended statement might need to fill the need of hunting, home defense, competitive shooting, recreation or oddly enough all of the above! This month’s voting was as much of […]

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16:51

Yom Kippur Attack []

Last month In Halle Germany, a murderous psycho tried to enter a synagogue, intent on killing Yom Kippur worshipers while live streaming his violent rampage on the social media platform Twitch.   

(Sebastian Willnow/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images) 

In light of the recent increase in anti-semitism in Germany, the synagogue had requested a police security detail for the holiday—but the request had been denied. Fortunately synagogue leadership did institute their own security protocol which included security cameras and locked doors. This surely saved lives! During the Torah reading, a loud booming noise was heard and a man dressed in black was seen amid a cloud of smoke via the security monitor.  

An assailant shot repeatedly at the door and ignited several Molotov cocktails and homemade grenades attempting to force his way in,  but the door held.  Amid his frustration for failing to enter the synagogue,  he shot a forty year old woman who was passing by. He then drove down the street and killed a twenty year old man in a kebob shop. 

The weapons used by the perpetrator were hand-fashioned from wood, steel pipes, sheet metal and plastic, using plans he had found readily available on the Internet. Additionally some components did appear to be manufactured using a 3D printer found at the assailant’s home.  

There have been concerns voiced that this extremists’ use of homemade weapons will—by example—usher in a new era of violent attacks.  I hate to be the one to break this news, but terrorists and criminals have always been able to manufacture their own weapons with a simple trip to any hardware store!  This of course assumes that they choose not to shop on the black market where fully functioning, commercially manufactured weapons of every description, are available at bargain prices to any criminal willing to break just one more law, before they go break even more consequential laws.  

There were also several commentators who stated with great certainty that this event would have been much worse had it taken place in the United States where real guns are so easy to obtain.  What this line of thinking fails to recognize is the possibility that in the United States, the worshipers hiding behind the locked door of the synagogue might be armed and trained to protect themselves and their community from just such an attack!  Or the possibility that the woman passerby might have been carrying a concealed pistol and could have ended the entire incident right there. Another possibility could be that upon hearing gunfire up the street, a concealed carrier in the kebob shop might have had time to draw his pistol from concealment and readied himself to fire upon the murderer as he entered, thus saving the life of the young man in the restaurant.   

God forbid I am ever unlucky enough to be caught up in an attack where someone is shooting at me. However—if it did happen—I would hope for two things: Number one, the attacker is using a homemade weapon, and number two, I’m not defenseless in Germany!  

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16:30

POTD: Norwegian Majesty’s Ship in New York [The Firearm Blog]

Today we are looking at a pretty cool image of a Norwegian gunner, with braid, in front of the Statue of Liberty, as the ship HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl sails out from New York City. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France? Anyway, you can see the M2HB Heavy Machine […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Ruger Police Service Six [The Firearm Blog]

Police Service Sixpolice service six: an early double action from Ruger Today we are looking at an early double action from Sturm, Ruger & Co: the Police Service Six.  The Police Service Six is a line extension of the Security Six model marketed towards law enforcement in the ’70s and ’80s.  They are rugged and inexpensive, made […]

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15:56

An Explanation Of “Assault Rifles” []

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know I love infographics. The Babylon Bee, a Christian satire site, has come up with an explanation for “assault rifles” (sic) which is a hoot.

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12:20

The Most Surprising Speaker At The 2A Rally []

If you had told me that a former president of the Brady Campaign was going to speak at the 2A Rally Saturday, I would have wondered what substances you had ingested.

Dan Gross, former president of the Brady Campaign, was an unannounced speaker at the 2A Rally. What he said took a lot of people by surprise including me. You can listen to his short speech below:

Since then he has done a few interviews. The first probably was with John Crump who writes for Ammoland. His full candid interview is here. One thing Gross said really stood out in my opinion.

I think there are people on the “gun control or gun safety” side that have too loud of voice that really believe that there’s no place for guns in our country. Those are the people that lead to a lot of exhaustion that leads me to where I am now.

While Gross believes in background checks, he said he had no problem with someone selling a firearm to a friend without such a check. He also said it was wrong to focus on an assault weapons ban.

Given the tweets from Brady today, I can see why Gross has moved on. What they are calling for in the way of “gun violence prevention” will really have no impact. It is the mag bans, the “assault weapon” (sic) bans, and other such “gun safety” (sic) proposals.

Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation also interviewed Gross for Liberty Park Press. As he notes in his piece on it, they had a 50-minute phone conversation. Gross stressed that there is a common ground and government doesn’t have to be involved.

Gross acknowledged his apprehensions about appearing at the rally and speaking to a crowd of Second Amendment activists. His fears dissipated when it became evident that people who attended are interested in the same things he’s interested in, which boil down to safer homes and safer families.


“We still disagree on some things I am sure,” he emphasized, “but we can’t let that get in the way of a real opportunity to accomplish some things.”

Some of those things are keeping firearms secured from young children and getting more training. I can agree with that.

Gross said that he and Rob Pincus have been working together for the past year on creating a Center for Gun Rights and Responsibilities. It will be interesting to see what comes of that.

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12:11

Prospective voters [Of Arms and the Law]

Well, of course, first you'd have to know did he need shootin'?"

11:00

SIG SAUER Super Target Air Pistol and New Line of Pellets Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

So as the winter months are closing in and the lazier amongst us might not get to the range quite as often. If you’re looking for a new home plinker then SIG Sauer have just introduced the ASP Precision Super Target Air Pistol, a .177 single shot pneumatic air pistol which SIG say is ‘highly […]

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10:54

NRA Statement on 2019 Election Results [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association released the following statement on the 2019 election results: "As if Gov. Northam’s legacy of ineptitude wasn’t enough, Virginians are about to experience life under a distant tycoon’s thumb."

10:00

Constitutional Carry Now In Effect In Oklahoma [The Firearm Blog]

Oklahoma Constitutional Carry“Constitutional Carry” or “Permitless Carry” became legal in Oklahoma this past weekend.  The law was signed by Governor Kevin Stitt in February of this year.  Oklahoma is now the 16th state that has some form of Constitutional Carry provided for its citizens.  For those unaware, Constitutional Carry allows people over 21 years of age to […]

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08:18

6 Steps to Deadly Bow Shots on Deer [AllOutdoor.com]

When the moment of truth arrives while bowhunting deer, I’m a firm believer in being prepared. Just like in other sports, mental preparation is key. I was a college pole vaulter, and we were taught to visualize everything before actually doing it. I think these same techniques can be used for bowhunting, and it’s something I do on almost every sit. For me, it’s a process I go through. Here are my 6 steps to deadly bow shots on deer.

Begin the process by looking over your hunting area and determining where you think deer are likely to appear. Next, decide where you’d like to draw so you’re ready when an approaching deer hits your shooting lane. Go through the various shot ranges, calming your nerves, picking a spot on the animal, and the feeling of a nice, easy squeeze on your release. Lastly, with that spot on the deer in your mind, visualize yourself making the perfect deadly bow shot.

After you get settled in the stand, begin planning and visualizing for a successful shot.

Here are six steps to deadly bow shots that help make this happen when the moment of truth arrives.

1. Time your draw. I like to pick a spot in my ambush setup where I plan to draw. This is usually an area where the deer wouldn’t be able to see me move due to thick cover. If there isn’t much cover in the area, then you need to really watch a deer’s body language. I prefer to draw early; I like to be at full draw when I calm my nerves, and not worried about busting a deer during the draw.

As a rule, if you can see a deer’s eyes, then the animal can see you move.

2. Find your anchor point. I have a kisser button on my bowstring; it helps ensure I anchor at the exact same spot every time. This is a simple accessory that can be added to help get to that same spot regardless of what is going on. After finding my anchor, I look at my bowsight pin through my peep.

A kisser button on the bowstring ensures a solid anchor point every time.

3. Don’t torque the grip. After finding my pin in my peep, I adjust my left hand (I’m right-handed) and put all my finger tips on the bow grip. This helps me avoid torquing my bow during the shot.

Here, I’m finding my bowsight pin through my peep. My next step is to gently close my left hand, placing my fingertips on the bow grip. Shooting with an open hand encourages a quick squeeze of the bow upon release, which destroys accuracy.

4. Concentrate on “the spot.” I like to float the bowsight pin on small spot on the animal, and focus 100 percent on this area. I keep focusing on this spot even after the shot to ensure perfect follow-through. That’s one of the key things that hunters do wrong. They don’t focus on the spot. I know this can be hard when it’s a big buck, but you can’t look at the antlers after you’ve decided to try for a deadly bow shot. If you want to fill your tag – focus on the spot!

5. Don’t punch the trigger. When the time comes to squeeze the trigger of my release, one thing I’ve learned is to keep my index finger in front of the trigger for a longer period. This entire time I’m ready for the shot, but I’ve learned that if I do it too quickly, I might punch the trigger. I also like to use my back muscles and shoulder blades to trigger the shot. My index finger forms a hook around the trigger, then my back muscles move that hook rearward, triggering the shot. It’s just another easy way to keep from punching the trigger.

My left hand is in perfect position here; my next step is to carefully reach my right index finger over the trigger to form a hook. I’ll trigger the shot by pulling with my back muscles. I’m 100 percent focused on “the spot.”

6. Follow-through. After-the-shot follow-through is extremely important. This is the last step to ensuring a good hit. Keep your eye on that small spot you picked out earlier, and don’t take your eye off it until the arrow impacts. Too many people try to see quickly where the shot hit, and in doing so they lift their head and/or move their bow out of the way, causing the arrow to miss its mark. Deadly bow shots have follow through – Every time!

One final thought: Use those few seconds after the broadhead strikes to mentally note details of arrow impact, animal reaction, and deer exit path. Mentally mark the last spot you saw the animal. Example: it disappeared just to the right of that odd-shaped stump; make a note on your smartphone if you must. Listen. And watch. There will be plenty of time to celebrate later if you successfully make a deadly bow shot; now is the time to gather as much information as possible with your eyes and ears.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Images and article by Melissa Bachman

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08:10

Are You Making Mock Scrapes? Here’s How and Why You Should Be [AllOutdoor.com]

Similar to their ‘Das Boat’ series on YouTube, MeatEater’s ‘Back 40’ mini series is also loaded with knowledge and information you can take into the field or on the water. ‘Back 40’ is geared specifically towards whitetail hunters, showing how to take a plot of land and turn it into a whitetail haven. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on making mock scrapes.

In addition to regular episodes, viewers will also get useful how-to videos every other week to help take their own hunting property to the next level. These videos will break down important topics and tactics every whitetail hunter should keep in their back pocket.

In the video below, listen as Mark Kenyon explains everything you need to know about making mock scrapes – how to make them, the best time of year to hunt over them, ect.

Get out your notebooks, it’s time to go to whitetail school!

 

Image courtesy shutterstock

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08:05

Brawling Bruins: Is This Scrap Between Two Brown Bears The Best Bear Fight Ever? [AllOutdoor.com]

This video of two hefty brown bears going at it in the middle of a Finnish forest puts the “wild” in wildlife. Just watching the video might make you a little uneasy!

The violent brawl was witnessed and recorded by nature photographer Tero Pylkkänen, who was camping near Kuhmo, Finland. Pylkkänen said he watched the bears follow each other around the forest for a couple of hours. Then, they wound up directly in front of him and that’s when things got hairy.

Pylkkänen captured the intense bear brawl on video and shared the three-minute video on his YouTube channel. He titled it “Best Bear Fight Ever,” but we’ll let you be the judge of that!

Brown bears live in both forest and mountain regions of North America, Europe and Asia – making them the most widely distributed bear in the world.

They can reach heights up to 8 feet tall, and weigh close to 800 pounds. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that slows them down! Despite their massive size, brown bears are surprisingly fast, having been clocked doing speeds of 30-mph.

These bears, like most, tend to live a solitary life with the exception of sows and their cubs. However, as depicted in the video above, they do congregate from time to time. And yes, it usually ends up like this.

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08:00

ODIN Works CQ-S Spring-Loaded Compact AR-15 Stock [The Firearm Blog]

ODIN Works CQ-S Spring-Loaded Compact Stock (1)Introduced at SHOT Show 2019, the Odin Works CQ-S (Close Quarter Stock) is now available for purchase. This AR-15 stock system has a micro buffer and flat wire spring which allow having a much shorter buffer tube that extends behind the lower receiver by only five inches. The short buffer tube, in its turn, makes […]

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07:00

Henry Introduces Two New Side Gate Lever Actions [The Firearm Blog]

This spring Henry launched their new line of side-gate loading lever actions. Initially offering them in .30-30 Win, .38-55 Win, and .35 Rem. Henry have now introduced two more chamberings – the classic .45-70 and the every fun and practical .410 shotshell.   Here’s what Henry had to say about the new side-loading guns: The introduction […]

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06:16

SCCY CPX-3: CCW for Your Mom [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the SCCY CPX-3 to see if it’s worth buying even if you’re not someone’s mom. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if you enjoy our program, and consider helping us at TFBTV out! We give away hundreds of dollars […]

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06:00

CABOT Gun Of The Month – 12 Limited Edition 1911 Pistols For Each Month of 2020 [The Firearm Blog]

CABOT Gun Of The MonthCabot Guns has announced that for 2020 they are launching a special project called Gun of the Month. The idea behind this program is to release a custom 1911 every month of the next year. These will be limited edition guns with only 20 of each month gun to be made. Each of the dozen […]

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05:27

Cooey: The Unassuming Canadian Workhorse [Forgotten Weapons]

Cooey is a brand name that will be immediately recognized by Canadians, but pretty much unknown everywhere else. Founded in 1903 by Herbert Cooey, the company would produce a series of simple and practical firearms that became hugely popular and common in Canada. The basic models were the single-shot .22 Model 39, the bolt action magazine-fed .22 Model 60, and the break action single-shot Model 84 shotgun (and the Model 64 semiautomatic .22, made after the company was sold out of the Cooey family). These are not particularly exciting firearms, but they are ubiquitous across Canada, having served Canadian families reliably for a
century now.

Tuesday, 05 November

17:00

TFB Review։ Type A’s 10.5 308 AR Pistol – The Shredder of Everything [The Firearm Blog]

I can’t really explain why I have wanted to try an AR-10 pistol out but it’s been a long time coming. It’s something about having such a hard-hitting round in a compact package. Let’s be honest, I know some of you are going to say I’m insane for wanting a short 308 AR pistol. I […]

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16:30

POTD: The FN Patent 1900 as a Hunting Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

-“This is one of my favorite hunting rifles, which I use a lot when hunting with my dog.” The FN Patent 1900 was patented in 1899, becoming one of the earliest semi-automatic rifles of its kind. The FN 1900 was only ever produced in the .35 Remington caliber. Without a doubt, it’s a rather unique […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Super Hero or Poopy Zero? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 32nd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have […]

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11:00

Soft Sided Mag Carriers vs Kydex Carriers – What’s Best? [The Firearm Blog]

Over the last couple of months, people have asked me what’s the best way to carry rifle magazines at the range. The two main ways typically to carry magazines on a belt is either with a magazine pouch or molded Kydex carrier. Both ways can be extremely useful depending on the application. For this article, […]

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10:00

Weaponized T-Rex Rubber Band Minigun [The Firearm Blog]

Rubber Band MinigunWeaponized T-Rex is coming out with a wooden rubber band gun on performance enhancing drugs. Sure your run of the mill rubber band guns are quaint but many of them are not full auto. The few that are full auto are not handheld miniguns. Yes, they are making a wooden rubber band minigun.   Like […]

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08:00

1791 Gunleather Introduces Tactical Kydex Outside The Waistband Paddle Holster [The Firearm Blog]

1791 Gunleather Kydex OWB Holster1791 Gunleather is proudly introducing their 1791 Tactical Kydex Outside The Waistband Paddle Holster (TAC Kydex OWB Paddle). This holster features rounded polished edges and an enlarged opening for easier reholstering. This new holster adds to the already existing lineup of Kydex offerings available from the guys at 1791. All of their holsters are made […]

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07:00

A Gun Rack for Your… Bicycle? [The Firearm Blog]

The firearms industry produces its fair share of, shall we say, “niche” products. From Henry’s smoothbore .22 repeater to folding Glocks and much, much more, most of us have come across at least a few offerings that make us scratch our heads. For many, the Grubee bicycle gun rack is likely to be one of […]

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06:28

Florida Alert! Gun Rights Groups, Moody Target Assault Weapons Ban [NRA-ILA News]

An anti-gun organization called BAWN (Ban Assault Weapons Now) has been gathering petition signatures in an effort to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2020 election ballot to ban possession of so-called "assault weapons."  In reality, the amendment would effectively BAN ALL SEMIAUTOMATIC LONG GUNS.

06:21

Create Your Own Classic Hunting Camp [AllOutdoor.com]

Stories about the olden hunting camps of eras gone by have always been an interesting read. Way back in the day, hunting camps were a “man thing” focused on the business of gathering game meat for the winter to sustain a family for a long time. Although I am pretty sure those old guys thoroughly enjoyed being around the campfire, hunting big game, sharing stories and the wine jug, I am not sure they classified it as recreation as we do today.

You’ve probably seen some of the old movies like Jeramiah Johnson or even the more recent Revenant that depicted the hardships of just trying to find something to eat on a daily basis. Today we take for granted opening the refrigerator or turning on the water tap at the kitchen sink.

There is no more toting a bucket of water from a creek several hundred yards from camp. Getting to a hunting area today means simply cranking the ATV or maybe saddling a good horse on a western hunt. Barking a flint to start a fire was a job back then, far from striking a match to some lighter fluid soaked newspaper to set a campfire ablaze. Take a steak out of the plastic wrap to throw on a charcoal fire. Pop a tab on an ice cold beer.

That we have these modern conveniences is no reason not to harken back to the yesteryears way of creating a memorable hunting camp. It matters not whether it is a deer camp or a duck lodge, or even a gathering of friends for a small game hunt. We can still build an atmosphere of fun, fellowship, and kindred spirits out in the wilds.

How to create a classic hunting camp? First, invite close friends and family and don’t leave the kids at home. Have jobs and “pitch-ins” planned for everybody. Every hunter or bystander in camp has to contribute to the welfare of the whole. Somebody cooks, another cleans up, some hunt, and others clean game. Let the kids gather kindling for a bonfire at the end of the day. Don’t shove off all the kitchen or kid work to the ladies. Share and share alike.

Have some camp games planned as simple as horseshoes or a bean bag toss. Use the opportunity to teach kids or neophyte adults how to start a campfire, drive an ATV, sharpen a knife or shoot a gun. Take lots of photos to share later. That way you create your own classic hunting camp.

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06:00

Dropping Live Ammunition CAN Lead To Detonation [The Firearm Blog]

Dropping Live AmmunitionFor those that have been wondering about the potential dangers of dropping live ammunition, we have a well documented example for you.  The Family Shooting Academy had a recent incident in which a customer dropped a box of ammo.  Upon hitting the floor, there was a loud bang and the box flew apart.  Despite several […]

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05:27

Morphy’s Final Prices Fall 2019: Simply Sumptuous Subguns [Forgotten Weapons]

With the Morphy’s fall 2019 auction now complete, it’s time to take a look at what the market says guns are worth. This time, it’s mostly submachine guns – with an interesting mix of transferrable and pre-samples.

Monday, 04 November

18:01

What is a well-regulated militia? [Of Arms and the Law]

The title of a Reason Online article by Brian Doherty.

Of course, if a state were to create a well regulated militia, by 1789 standards (a day of training once or twice year) and order its members to become equipped to sufficient standards (M-4s, SAWs, a reasonable amount of artillery, all without federal regulation, of course) the Heller and McDonald dissenters would doubtless find some reason why that was not allowed, either. Their purpose is to negate the Second Amendment, not in honesty, to interpret it.

Hat tip to David McCleary....

17:00

TFB Review: IWI Tavor TS12 Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

IWI Tavor TS12 ShotgunIWI Tavor TS12: The Spacegun Shotgun Making a big splash at SHOT Show 2018, the IWI Tavor TS12 shotgun was impossible to walk by without noticing.  Even at early hours, there was a line to pick up and handle this thing.  This author was expecting a lot more heft, but even at roughly 8lbs unloaded, […]

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16:41

2019 GRPC Presentation []

Thanks to Paul Lathrop of the Polite Society Podcast, I have a YouTube of my GRPC presentation. I posted the text of it earlier but this lets you hear it warts and all.

I am not a public speaker. I do much better one on one. However, at the risk of tooting my own horn, I think I did OK.

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16:30

POTD: Various Pictures from the Russian Exercise Tsentr 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo Of The Day is a mixture of photos from the Russian exercise Tsentr 2019, which involved 8 countries in 17 locations.Tsentr 2019 was aimed at “countering the threat of international terrorism” and involved no less than 128 000 troops, 20 000 pieces of military equipment, 600 aircraft and 15 ships. Above you can see […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: My Top 5 Favorite Plinking Targets [The Firearm Blog]

Rimfire Report - Favorite Plinking TargetsMy top 5 Favorite Plinking Targets Plinking is fun. That’s all there is to it. For all the training, competing, hunting and drilling we do, shooting “just for fun” is something that we probably don’t do often enough. Paper targets are great for honing your accuracy, exposing bad habits or sighting in a new scope. But […]

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12:06

National Hearing Conservation Association Supports Suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

Photo Courtesy of Silencer Shop On October 28th, the National Hearing Conservation Association sent its new position paper on firearms suppressors to the American Suppressor Association. The paper, in short, recognizes the important role that firearm suppressors play in reducing hearing loss associated with firearms and endorses the Hearing Protection Act, which would eliminate the current antiquated and overly complicated process for acquiring suppressors and instead use the same instant background check system that is used for almost all firearms.

11:50

Pregnant Florida Woman Kills Home Intruder with AR-15 [NRA-ILA News]

A pregnant Florida woman saved her husband and daughter's lives by killing a home intruder with an AR-15.  The mom, who is eight months pregnant, retrieved the weapon after the intruders pistol-whipped her husband and violently grabbed their 11-year-old daughter last week.

11:11

Hunting Persistence [AllOutdoor.com]

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications

HUNTING PERSISTENCE

In the wide world of white-tailed deer hunting, much is written on the strategies and tactics of hunting America’s No.1 game animal. One can find tons of material on every possible aspect of pursuing the wily antlered buck or even the smarter it seems at times whitetail doe.

Scan a bookstore rack for the hunting titles and peruse the tables of contents to get just a rough idea of the myriad of topics covered on everything deer hunting. Besides coverage of the perfect rifle, shotgun or handgun for hunting deer, or the ideal cartridge, scope, sling or every imaginable accouterment known to man, there are the torrent of ways to hunt deer. Oh, and let’s not forget the archery hunting either, as equal as or more complex than firearm hunting.

Methods and strategies abound for chasing deer. Tree stands, ground blinds, shooting houses, food plots, stalking, still hunting, deer drives, timber hunting, open field hunting, stalking swamps, and on and on. Then there is the camouflage, lots of camouflage to consider.

And scents, cover up and attractants. Deer supplements, protein and snack enticements, salt blocks, deer dust, and sprays. Sprays to attract deer to your hide, to make you smell like something else, to dispel your own stink or to make bucks think you are an in season doe.

What about calls, doe bleats, buck snorts, wheezes, buck butter, limb licking liniments, fake rubs, and false scrapes. There is much to ponder on how to fool a big buck or a meat doe.

After all that, there is the psyche of the hunter. Their attitudes and behaviors that add up to whether a pursuer is capable of outsmarting a buck or staying the course long enough to outwit one. Of all the qualities of a great hunter, in my estimation the greatest trait of all is simple persistence. Time on task as my own doctoral dissertation outlined.

A recent article by Duncan Dobie in Sporting Classics illustrated this. His story was of the pursuit of a lone wolf in Northern Minnesota that started in 1916. It was the byproduct of deer hunts there. One hunter tracked and trailed that wolf while deer hunting for over ten years. Others chased the wolf, too, as it was a legend.

Finally in 1926 five deer hunters were out just before Thanksgiving. One of the hunters, Fred Darkow of Detroit Lakes ended the saga of the old wolf with one shot from his Winchester 55 lever gun. Their persistence had outlasted dumb luck.

Deer season is not far off. Get all your gear ready to go. Plan to hunt long and hard. Put your boots on the ground and hours in the stand. Persistence will pay the biggest dividends.

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11:00

TFB Round Table: Hey Shorty!! Good Things in Small 12 Gauge Packages [The Firearm Blog]

shortyWelcome back to another edition of TFB’s Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB will discuss the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol competitions. Chances are there is someone here at TFB who can […]

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10:35

Behar to Dems: Don’t Announce Gun Bans — Wait Until You Get Elected, Then Take Them [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View,” while discussing the failed 2020 presidential candidacy of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), co-host Joy Behar commented on O’Rourke’s calls for a ban on assault-style weapons.

10:28

Member Spotlight: Benghazi Survivor Tig Tiegen Speaks Out Against Dems’ Gun Control Schemes [NRA-ILA News]

Benghazi survivor and veteran John “Tig” Tiegen says veterans are increasingly concerned that gun confiscation schemes like the one Beto O’Rourke pushed could leave them defenseless. Tig, who now advocates for veterans through his foundation Beyond the Battlefield, says veterans who struggle with PTSD fear that gun control advocates are coming for their guns. Tig, a proud NRA member, warns veterans to not be complacent about their rights.

10:00

Early Production Johnson Rifle with a Handguard! [The Firearm Blog]

The Johnson rifle has one of the most recognisable profiles of any World War Two rifle. It’s undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s most interesting military rifles, in terms of both design and history. I recently had the chance to take a look at an early production example, part of the Cody Firearms Museum‘s amazing […]

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08:00

Franklin Armory Claims NASGW Caliber Award for Best New Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Franklin Armory Claims NASGW Caliber Award for Best New Shotgun Less than a week ago The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) hosted its 2019 Caliber Awards.  Founded in 1953 to bring together shooting sports buyers and sellers together, NASGW provides education, marketing, and communication opportunities for its hunting and shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers, and […]

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07:00

Build your Dream 1911 with Alchemy Custom Weaponry [The Firearm Blog]

Alchemy CustomAlchemy Custom Weaponry is now accepting custom commissions Alchemy Custom Weaponry (ACW) is a maker of handcrafted 1911’s. The handguns are designed by Rob Schauland – a master gunsmith. ACW is now offering limited availability full custom build projects. This could provide some much-needed variety for people who are bored with cookie-cutter firearms. Alchemy Custom Weaponry […]

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06:15

Lithia, FL [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

11/4/19 New York Post:

A pregnant woman is credited with saving the lives of her husband and daughter after she used an AR-15 to fatally gun down a home intruder, a report said.
The hero mom sprung into action when two intruders entered the family’s Lithia, Fla. home last week and pistol whipped her husband while violently grabbing their daughter, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
“They came in heavily hooded and masked,” the husband, Jeremy King, told Bay News 9.
“As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter.”
The robbers then pistol-whipped King and kicked him while the man’s wife, who is eight months pregnant, retreated into the bedroom.
“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him,” King told the outlet. “He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”

06:00

TFBTV Reviews The Ultimate Tactical Shotgun? The IWI Tavor TS12 Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James discusses his review of the three prototype copies of the IWI TS12 he has used over the past few months. Is this the ultimate tactical shotgun? According to IWI: The Tavor TS12 12 gauge shotgun is a gas regulated bullpup shotgun with an innovative design that feeds from one […]

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06:00

Naval Surface Warfare Center looking to buy M110K1 6.5CM Upper Receivers from Knight’s Armament Co [The Firearm Blog]

Six Point Five Creedmoor – it’s not new, but expect to hear and read more about this caliber as the “Department of the Navy Office: Naval Sea Systems Command” is looking to buy MK110K1 uppers from Knight’s Armament Co. The upper is supposed to fit the M110K1 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS), which can be seen in […]

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05:27

Pistols Taken From the Walther Factory in April 1945 [Forgotten Weapons]

Courtesy of Legacy Collectibles, we have a variety of pistols to look at today which were taken as souvenirs by American GIs when the Walther factory was captured in April of 1945. Walther was making PP, PPK, and P38 pistols right up until US soldiers walked in, and there were a wide variety of complete guns and miscellaneous parts accessible in the factory. Army forces secured the arms within a week or so of the town of Zella-Mehlis being captured, but by that time plenty of first-wave soldiers had take the opportunity to secure a trophy pistol (or several). These range from complete and proofed guns ready to ship out to major completed sub-assemblies put together (resulting in mismatched and unproofed guns) to complete dog’s lunch guns made of completely mismatched, unfinished, and reject parts put together by soldiers themselves or by factory workers in exchange for a few dollars or trade items.

To see more about Legacy, check out their YouTube channel.

 

04:11

The Aerial Peril of Tree Stands [AllOutdoor.com]

Have you ever fallen out of a tree stand or come close? I have. Twice. Neither of those events I would classify as among my most enjoyable incidents. Lucky for me I was not injured seriously, except for a disjointed shoulder and missing a cypress knee by mere inches. I still think about that one in a cold sweat.

Hard to believe that deer hunting seasons are upon us. Some bow hunting seasons open in September, more in October. Many gun seasons start in November when it is finally cold and subject to icing conditions. So, it’s time to start thinking about gathering up hunting stands for inspections and maintenance. Fix them up, repair or replace them and get ready to hide them in favorite places, always with safety in mind.

Tree stands are popular. Tree stands are dangerous. That is a combination for a high likelihood of an accident. Sure it will never happen to you. It was never going to happen to me either, but it does.

If you have gotten a new stand, assemble it exactly as the manufacturer’s directions instruct you to do. Don’t alter anything, and don’t skip anything.

Clean and inspect any safety harness you have or if worn out, replace it. Get a whole body harness for the upper torso and the legs that will keep you vertical should you slip out of a stand, climber, lock-on or even a ladder stand regardless of the height you hunt. Use the safety harness when climbing up or down. Take your time, it is not a race. Use a gear tether, too.

When installing any tree stand, get help. Have somebody on the ground to watch and assist. They can help hold a ladder in place so it does not slip sideways or fall back when attaching the lock down ratchet strap. Fully tighten the strap. Some use two. Make sure the ladder feet are set into the ground. For lock-on stands, double check the stand and the climbing sticks to fully secure them. If the stand has a bad attachment to the tree, do it over, get it right.

Tree stand safety should be a top priority for any deer hunter, archery or firearm that hunts elevated. Use common sense any time you climb into a tree stand or come down out of one. Get used to wearing a safety harness. It could save your life.

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04:11

Camp Freedom Helps the Disabled Enjoy Hunting and Shooting [NRA-ILA News]

Over ten years ago, Bill Bachenberg noticed the lack of disabled shooters at his business, Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, Pa. What he found out is that wheelchairs were not able to navigate his stone pathways and many were on disability and could not afford to shoot sporting clays.

03:58

Do as I Say Not as I Do [NRA-ILA News]

On October 19, Everytown’s Moms hosted a “Firearms 101” event at a New Jersey public library, featuring speaker Scott Pappalardo, its “volunteer leader.” The objective was to educate attendees on “firearms basics–how they work, how they are classified and how the permitting process works in NJ and in other states across the country.”

“Hypocrisy in Action: Gun Control Advocate Breaks Gun Laws While Teaching Gun Class” [NRA-ILA News]

On October 19, Everytown’s Moms hosted a “Firearms 101” event at a New Jersey public library, featuring speaker Scott Pappalardo, its “volunteer leader.” The objective was to educate attendees on “firearms basics–how they work, how they are classified and how the permitting process works in NJ and in other states across the country.”

03:54

Bloomberg’s Gun Control Apparatus Lies to Virginia’s Firearm Owners in Election Mailing [NRA-ILA News]

Here’s a hint for Virginia gun owners and sportsmen: When you get a firearm-related election mailing with a New York City return address and proudly proclaiming that it’s printed on soy ink, you can safely assume it doesn’t reflect reality, much less Virginians’ values on the right to keep and bear arms.  In fact, it’s probably the only time that blaze orange is being used as camouflage.

Sunday, 03 November

17:42

The Lost Art of Deer Drives [AllOutdoor.com]

Strategies for hunting white-tailed deer east of the Mississippi River have changed dramatically over the past 40-plus years. In the big dense Eastern woods from Maine and Vermont going southwest through the country to Missouri and the south, a lot of deer hunting was done by conducting massive drives back in the “old” days. Today, not so much.

That tactic used sitters and drivers to kick deer up and to move deer through the woods. In practice, the sitters were actually standers. They would post themselves behind trees or cover in a position where they could see both the deer coming through the woods as well as the drivers walking by their stands. Wearing hunter orange and making lots of noise was crucial to the safety of this strategy.

As the deer poured by the standers, this naturally required quick reaction to connect on running shots. But they were not always that way. Many times the deer — especially the bigger more mature bucks — would just tiptoe by or find some thick cover to hide in. It was not unusual at all to see deer stand still, allowing the drivers to walk right past them. Then they would double back and head the other way. A whole drive could easily take an hour or more depending on how much territory the drivers were set up to walk.

Productive? Sometimes the standers got in several shots at running deer at ranges from 20 to 75 yards depending on how thick the woods was. Much of the time drives were held and not a single deer was shot at or even seen. That was the nature of the animal. Conducting drives was a good way to learn about deer hunting and deer behavior under pressure.

So what happened to deer drives? Deer hunting has nearly become an individual sport focusing on any number of micro-strategies from deer stand hunting, hideouts in ground blinds, rattling, decoying, scent tactics, more technology, and deer profiling. Many deer hunters are strictly archery hunters, hunting close, stealthy, camo covered, and scent blocked.

Today’s deer hunters rely heavily on tracking information using multiple trail cameras to canvas an entire hunting area. They carry phones that track weather, wind movements, thermals, humidity, and barometric pressure. They hunt more by data analysis and less by instincts.

Things always change. Group hunting is dying, though some deer clubs around the country likely still hunt the old ways. Who is to say which method is better, but for sure hunting with your family or buds can be a whole lot more fun to make lifelong memories.

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16:30

POTD: German Snipers with the G22 [The Firearm Blog]

In today’s Photo Of The Day here at TFB, we look at what the German Snipers have achieved during one of the exercises. As Main Battle Tanks roll across the grounds of the Munster / Bergen Training Area, side by side with allied forces of others Nations, the snipers are hiding in their well-prepared hideouts. […]

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06:00

Top 5 Most Expensive Firearms Sold in October 2019 MORPHY Firearms Auction [The Firearm Blog]

October 2019 MORPHY - 1883 Gatling (4)As we promised in our article about some of the most interesting and rare lots seen in the online catalog of October 2019 Morphy Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction, after the auction ended and the results were published, we put together the list of five most expensive firearms sold during the auction. As in the case of […]

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05:27

Shanghai Municipal Police Colt 1908 in Competition [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I am shooting a Colt 1908 originally issued to the Shanghai Municipal Police in 1925. The gun was chosen for issue by William Fairbairn, who is best known for training OSS and SOE operatives in hand-to-hand combat techniques during World War Two. Fairbairn worked for the Shanghai city government modernizing and running their police department in the 1920s and 1930s; one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the work at the time. He chose the 1908 Colt Pocket Hammerless for his Chinese officers, complete with a few custom modifications.

Frankly, the Colt 1908 is a fantastic pistol. I had a great time shooting this one today – it was flawlessly reliable, accurate, and fast. What more can you ask? You can see my full video on the SMP version of the Colt (not this exact gun) here:

General Rules for the B.U.G. Match:
Score is points minus time. Time is recorded as the number of full seconds only (ie, 5.75 seconds is scored as 5). All targets are worth up to 7 points. Steel that falls is full score, and 3 points per hit that does not cause it to fall. Paper targets are worth 7 in the head, 5 in the A zone, 3 in the C zone, and 1 in the D zone. Shoot as much or as little as you like; no penalties for missing or not engaging.

 

Saturday, 02 November

17:22

Dan Boren’s Resignation Letter []

I sent an email to Mr. Boren today and an aide sent me his resignation letter. I am embedding it so you can read it in its entirety.

Dan Boren NRA Resignation by jpr9954 on Scribd

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch MG3 vs MG5 (Bonus Video: MG6 Minigun) [The Firearm Blog]

German Machine Guns – that is the subject of this Photo Of the Day here at The Firearm Blog. The Machine Gun MG3, made by Rheinmetall, is probably one of the most iconic firearms of the Bundeswehr. In service since the 1960s and proven over the decades. The time has come for a change, an […]

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09:12

SILENCER SATURDAY #97: Shotgun Suppressors – Worth It? [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #97: Shotgun Suppressors - Worth It?Good morning everyone and thanks for joining us for the latest edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – manufacturers of the new Resonator R2 with adaptable interface (additional information below). Last week we took you through the basics on how to buy a silencer; an important topic but admittedly […]

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07:16

Dan Boren Makes Eight []

There are times in life when you say, “I’m tired of taking this shit.” Dan Boren had to be there when he resigned from the NRA and NRA Board of Directors yesterday.

Leadership portrait of Dan Boren Date taken: August 8, 2013 Photographer: Marcy Gray

Boren’s resignation makes the eighth director to resign from the NRA Board of Directors since the beginning of the year.

Tom King, president of the NY State Rifle and Pistol Association and a NRA Board member, reportedly had filed an ethics complaint against Boren. Taken with a grain of salt given he is a LaPierre loyalist, he told Newsweek:

“Mr. Boren resigned in the face of an ethics complaint, which I filed, that cites troubling communications and serious allegations linking him to suspected extortion against the NRA and billing fraud by the NRA’s former vendor, Ackerman McQueen,” NRA board member Tom King told Newsweek in a written statement. “Under these circumstances, this news is not surprising.”

That was just the latest in actions aimed at Boren. In the case aimed at avoiding paying Oliver North’s legal bills, the NRA contended that Boren had somehow conspired with Col. North in the supposed “coup attempt”.

Then, in the NRA’s Federal case against Ackerman McQueen, they named him a “non-party co-conspirator” along with Col. North.

Mr. Boren entered into an agreement, combination, and/or conspiracy with the Defendants for the purpose of carrying out the fraudulent behavior, the attempt to de-railing the resulting NRA investigation, and the attempt to extort Mr. LaPierre and the NRA alleged herein. In addition, there exists a small group comprising former vendors, professionals, and consultants of the NRA whose economic incentives, like AMc’s, were challenged by the NRA investigation and, like Mr. Boren, joined the agreement, combination, and/or conspiracy.

My sources told me after the NRA Annual Meeting, that in their opinion, Boren had hoped to act as an intermediary to try and salvage the multi-decades relationship between the NRA and AckMac. There was nothing unsavory about his actions.

Boren was named Oklahoma president and Chief Banking Officer of First United Bank on October 10th. From The Oklahoman:

Boren, 46, who has spent nearly seven years as president of corporate development for the Chickasaw Nation, will begin work in early January at First United. The bank is based in Durant and has locations in Oklahoma and Texas.


First United CEO Greg Massey said, “I am excited to have Dan join our team. His passion for serving Oklahoma aligns perfectly with our purpose at First United.”

Boren, a Blue Dog Democrat, served four terms in Congress representing a district in eastern Oklahoma from 2005 until 2013. According to The Oklahoman, he had been considering a run for governor of Oklahoma last year. They note he hasn’t ruled out running for office in the future.

Taken on the whole, I’d say the NRA really needed a man like Boren more than he needed them. As a Democrat, he gave them at least some semblance of being bi-partisan. As a Congressman, even though it is now former Congressman, he gave them a strong influence on Capitol Hill. When you add that to his role with a large Indian tribe and his new job in banking, he brought a lot to the table.

What did he get in return for what he gave the NRA? A pile of paranoid crap. I’m surprised he didn’t resign earlier. I sure as hell would have and done so with a clear conscience.

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06:27

Book Review: FN49 – The Last Elegant Old World Military Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

I have been impatiently awaiting the expanded second edition of Wayne Johnson’s “The FN-49: The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle” ever since I heard a rumor that it was in the works. The first edition was printed in 2004, and sold out before I started looking for a copy. There was also a Collector Grade book on the FN-49, but there were aspects of the story that it does not adequately cover. Well, Johnson’s new book is finally here, and it’s a massive expansion from the first version. In fact, the page count has more than doubled, to over 450 pages and more than a thousand photographs.

It is printed by Wet Dog Publications (Anthony Vanderlinden), and his experience with his own previous books on Mauser rifles and handguns clearly shows in the layout and editing of this work. It begins with some basic history of FN and of designer Dieudonné Saive for context, and then moves into the developmental work done by FN on semiauto rifles in the years before World War Two. There is a series of chapters on each of the production contracts for the FN-49 (Argentine, Belgium, Belgian Congo, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Luxembourg (and their Gendarmerie), and Venezuela. The second part of the book then covers sniper versions, bayonets, manuals, accessories, and such, along with detailed disassembly and operating instructions and a thorough part-by-part breakdown of the whole rifle.

Johnson has done a great job both researching the history of the FN-49 and then organizing his information into a clear and expressive collector’s reference. In addition to the original factory history of design and production, he also discusses the rifles’ serve use and how they came into the United States. This includes substantial information on things like the Century Arms work assembling mixed lots of parts into Egyptian-pattern rifles, and the safety concerns for those who want to shoot their FN-49 today.

Where the first edition was a good companion to the Collector Grade Publications book, this new second edition thoroughly eclipses it. If you can only have one book on the FN-49, this is definitely the one to have.

Available direct from the publisher or via Amazon:

Friday, 01 November

17:47

TFB GLOCK GIVEAWAY! Win A New Black G43X Or Black G48 [The Firearm Blog]

TFB GLOCK GIVEAWAY! Win A New Black G43X Or Black G48Happy November 2019 everyone! GLOCK is offering you all the chance to win a new black G43X or black G48. Details can be found below. Good luck and thanks for reading TFB. TFB GLOCK GIVEAWAY! Win A New Black G43X Or Black G48 Back by popular demand is the GLOCK giveaway! Right in time for […]

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17:00

Friday Night Lights: Magnum Universal Night Sight (MUNS) PVS-27 [The Firearm Blog]

PVS-27 on Larue 6.5 GrendelA year and a half ago I got a chance to briefly check out my friend JW’s Knights Armament PVS-30. It is a CNVD (Clip-on Night Vision Device) used for shooting long distances in the dark. Well, now we will take a look at something similar called the MUNS PVS-27. Magnum Universal Night Sight (MUNS) […]

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16:30

POTD: Suppressed 9x19mm – Bergara BA-13 Takedown [The Firearm Blog]

So you think think the Ruger PC Carbine is too common and boring? Well, Today’s Photo Of The Day is going to give you some inspiration. This configuration is going to be extremely quiet with 9×19 mm heavy subsonics. I‘m always on the lookout for small, nifty rifles – and yes, I found a new […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – Spooky Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Hello my spooktacular readers. Yes, I know that Halloween was yesterday, but that doesn’t mean these spooky savings aren’t still screaming good deals! You’ll be haunted by regret if you don’t at least give them a look! Okay, I’m done with the Halloween puns now, I promise. CAA Glock Micro Conversion Kit – $170 What […]

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15:15

Tote Your Climbing Sticks on Your Bike [AllOutdoor.com]

A while back, I received a PR email with the subject line, “Ladder Sticks for the Traveling Hunter.” Hmmmm.

They’re advertising Stacked Outdoors Ladder Sticks, which I mentioned here last fall. These are molded plastic steps which you secure to a tree in order to form an improvised ladder, for getting up above the game you’re hunting. It’s not a new concept by any means, and many folks like to use climbing sticks.

The claim to fame of these is that they’re compact and they nest together in a stack, so you can lasso 4 of them together in a package that’s smaller than most hunt packs.

From the press release:

The beauty of Stacked Ladder Sticks is the extremely strong, single-piece composite design. Unlike traditional ladder sticks with joints and moving parts, the Stacked Outdoors sticks stack together like red solo cups, creating a single piece that is light and ready for travel.

The major benefit of owning a set of ladder sticks that travel well is the ability to take personal equipment anywhere. When the morning hunt arrives, the sticks will quickly secure to any tree, providing a stable and safe platform for climbing. The possibilities are endless while hunting over the most durable and stable ladder sticks on the market.

Stacked ladder sticks also increase mobility in the field. Sitting on an unproductive stand often calls for a quick change and a new tree. Heavy, clunky ladder sticks make this difficult. The Stacked advantage is instant mobility. Unstrap from the tree, stack them together, and quietly move to a new location for a quick setup.

Here are some of their bragging points:

  • Longer tree straps than our competitors
  • Tree straps include large hand loop for easier grip and tightening
  • Bigger Surface Area with Aggressive Tread Design for your Boots
  • No Assembly or Moving Parts that can Fail or Break
  • Solid One-Piece Design
  • Dual Strap Post Design for added Stability
  • Heavy Duty Polyester Straps
  • Shoulder Strap Included

And the specs:

  • Weight: 2.35 lbs per stick and 9.4 lbs per set of 4 without straps
  • 300 lb load capacity
  • Ladder Stick Length: 21
  • Distance Between Steps: 17.25″
  • Single Stick: $39.00 or Stack of 4: $149.00

(These prices are lower than last year, when they were $48.99 and $179.99.)

To order, visit the Stacked Outdoors website.

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14:24

Henry Adds Rifle & Shotgun to 2019 Side Gate Models [AllOutdoor.com]

Henry Repeating Arms has just announced the release of two new lever-action long guns — a rifle and a shotgun — with the addition of side gate loading. Side gates, though relatively ancient technology in terms of firearms development, have been hailed as wonderful additions to Henry’s tube-fed long guns, which until now were made to load from front-to-back.

Earlier this year, the side gate was made available in 30-30 Win (30 WCF), 38-55 Win, and 35 Remington.

The new models are very much like their predecessors in that they can still be loaded — and unloaded — from the front of the magazine tube. The side gate pretty much just makes it easier to “top off” the magazine, or to load it without taking anything apart.

Henry Side Gate 410 Shotgun (Image © 2019 Henry Repeating Arms)

Henry Side Gate 410 Shotgun
(Image © 2019 Henry Repeating Arms)

Here’s what the press release says about it:

BAYONNE, NJ — November 1, 2019 — The introduction of the Henry Side Gate Lever Action Rifle earlier this year laid the groundwork for an entirely new category in Henry Repeating Arms’ already-sprawling product lineup, and that category is expanding further with the release of Henry’s new Side Gate Lever Action Rifle in 45-70 Gov’t and Side Gate Lever Action 410 Shotgun.

Cosmetically and functionally, the new Side Gate Lever Actions share much with the earlier models. The firearm’s namesake, the loading gate on the right side of the receiver below the ejection port, is coupled with Henry’s historically inspired removable tube magazine. Having these two methods of loading and unloading allows the shooter to safely unload the firearm without working live rounds through the action and keep the magazine topped off through the side gate.

‘We put a lot of focus into listening to what our fans and customers want from the next Henry,’ says Henry Repeating Arms President and Owner, Anthony Imperato. He continues, ‘Real feedback and product suggestions from people that are out there using our rifles and shotguns carries a lot of weight and it’s what drives a lot of our product development. Our release of the Side Gate Lever Action earlier this year, and these new calibers are a great example of that.’

Customers asked, and Henry delivered. Requests for additional side-gate models flooded them, and both 410 and 45-70 were popular with folks requesting new models.

The new Side Gate Lever Action 45-70 rifle and Side Gate Lever Action 410 share a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,045.

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11:47

2019 Whitetail Deer Rut Forecast [AllOutdoor.com]

Jeff Sturgis is at it again, this time predicting the whitetail rut for 2019. He won’t stop at that of course; he also offers up advice to hunters about how to use their rut hunting time wisely and where best to hunt during various parts of the rut.

This 2019 Whitetail Rut Forecast can not only help you narrow down when to predict and hunt the annual rut, but how to use the tools of the rut to significantly increase your level of potential success. Maximize the timing of your rut hunt, to make sure that you are in your favorite treestand or deer blind during the best days to be there.

Spoiler alert: Jeff says the rut timing doesn’t change from year to year; instead it will occur about the same time every year in any given location.

If you know when the rut usually happens in your area, you’re ahead of the game… but weather will play a big part in how your hunting goes. You want good weather — because without it the rut will still take place, but the “good stuff” may well take place during night hours.

The way he sums that up — and he explains this thoroughly — is that hunting one or two days when weather conditions are favorable is much better than hunting a week in poor weather. Why? Because you’re not spreading your scent around your prime hunting spots during times when mature bucks are unlikely to travel there.

Then he lists what he calls “tools of the rut” — with the caveat that if you are not using great care on a daily basis to prevent alarming mature bucks, you might as well not bother.

  • Water holes
  • Morning stands that relate to bedding areas
  • Mock scrapes
  • Good access
  • Silence is golden
  • Weather hunting formula

It’s way more thorough than I can reflect here, so you might as well just watch it. And prepare yourself hear the phrase “playing poker in the deer woods” dozens of times.

It’s worth it.

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11:00

Taurus 1911 Commander 9mm Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus have announced that their latest addition to their Commander line of 1911 pistols is now shipping. The new pistol is chambered in 9x19mm, with a 9-round magazine, a 4.2in barrel and weighing in at 38.08 oz. Taurus adds a new model to its popular 1911 Commander series with the introduction of the 1911 Commander 9mm […]

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10:00

Daniel Defense GRIP-N-RIP Ambidextrous Charging Handle [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel Defense GRIP-N-RIP Ambidextrous Charging Handle (1)Daniel Defense has announced that the GRIP-N-RIP charging handle that was previously seen in new DD5 rifle models, is now available separately. The new ambidextrous charging handle has two versions – for AR-15 and AR-10 pattern weapons. This accessory is packed with all the features modern shooters demand from an AR charging handle. Here is […]

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08:46

Are Fixed-Blade Broadheads Dead or Deadly? [AllOutdoor.com]

Did that just happen? I was JUST getting ready to call it for the morning, when I looked up and saw two deer walking into range of the tree I was sitting in. The first, a five point, walked straight to a licking branch about 25 yards in front of me, while the second deer made other plans and split – wise decision. With all of my attention now on the five point, I clipped on my release and began going through my pre-shot routine.

Suddenly, the deer looked in my direction. That’s it. Hunt over. But then, to my surprise, he took a step towards me. Then another. Before I knew it, I was staring straight down at the deer while it literally sniffed the first few steps of the ladder stand I was perched in. I couldn’t believe it! The deer slowwwly turned around to walk back where he came from, and I used the small window to get drawn. I took a moment to adjust not only for the close distance, but also the dramatic downward shot angle I was taking. When the bow fired, I knew I made a good shot, which was confirmed by the buck jumping and kicking backwards.

I followed him for roughly 40 yards, and then lost him after he stopped in some thick brush. I stood in my stand for 20 minutes looking at the same spot trying to locate him, but nothing. I decided to get down and start looking for blood. It was fairly heavy starting out, but tapered off the longer I tracked him. I was down to a drop here, and a drop there when I decided to make a small jump to the area where I last saw him standing.

I went to where I thought I saw him last, and turned to locate my stand as a point of reference. Well, laying about 10 yards away from me, I could see his antlers sticking up behind the tall grass. I got my buck.

Fixed-Blade Broadhead

Even better, the 125 -grain G5 Montec I was shooting did the job and got this deer down quick. After making a switch from an expandable broadhead last season, I was very pleased with the results.

If you’re looking for a definitive answer as to which is better between fixed-blade and mechanical broadheads, you won’t find one anywhere. It’s really just a matter of preference, and something you’ll have to decide for yourself.

With that in mind, here’s some food for thought on fixed-blade broadheads.

Five of the best Fixed-Blade Broadheads

Before we get started, here are five of the best fixed-blade broadheads for you to consider. This is meant to give you a look at some of the better options available right now.

Muzzy Trocar 

Muzzy Trocar

Founded in 1984, Muzzy is the number one name in fixed-blade broadheads, and proudly Made in the USA. The Muzzy Trocar is perhaps the hardest-hitting broadhead in the Muzzly line. It has a hardened chisel tip design with a 1-3/16 inch cutting diameter. This compact 100-grain fixed-blade broadhead comes pre-assembled with razor-sharp blades and years of experience backing it up. It has a .035-inch right helical design for easy tuning and true flight. A truly great fixed-blade design.

Magnus Stinger Buzz Cut 

Magnus Stinger

The Magnus fixed-blade broadheads have a long-standing reputation for toughness and penetration on big game. The Magnus Buzz Cut Stinger has a main blade with stinger blades coming out of the sides. The Buzz Cut blades are serrated for deeper cutting. The Magnus fixed-blade broadheads are made from 420 stainless steel with a .40-inch thickness. They are backed by a lifetime warranty with a machined and spin-tested construction for true flight.

G5 Montec

G5 Montec

If you prefer one-piece construction, look no further than the time-tested G5 Montec. This stainless-steel, three-blade broadhead comes in 85-, 100- and 125-grain versions, with cutting diameters of 1-inch, 1 1/16-inch and 1 1/8-inch, respectively. You can even order them in pink in the 100-grain offering. The best part is they can be re-sharpened for years of service.

NAP Thunderhead

NAPI would be remiss if I didn’t include a NAP Thunderhead fixed-blade broadhead in this list. The newest models come pre-assembled, yet still retain the classic replaceable blade design the Thunderhead is known for. You can get the Thunderhead in 100- and 125-grain sizes and will be happy with the performance and tune-ability of these fixed-blade broadheads.

WASP Drone

WASP

When you’re looking for strong fixed-blade broadheads, there are a couple of things to look for, which can be found in the WASP Drone. These tough fixed-blade broadheads have a chiseled trocar tip, stainless-steel construction and a 1-1/8 inch cutting diameter. They have a reduced ferrule surface, so they tune easy and fly extremely well.

Which is Better – Fixed-Blade or Mechanical Broadheads?

One of the biggest negatives of using a fixed-blade head is bow tuning. You’re shooting a fixed-wing aircraft out of your bow without flaps, rudder or ailerons. Your arrow vanes help in stabilization, but those wide blades sticking out in front of the vanes can have a tendency to veer off target.

In contrast, most mechanical broadheads have the profile of a target tip, so they cut the air with little resistance or air-deflection issues. They’re easier to tune, and you can likely shoot another model and still be relatively sighted-in if you find yourself without your brand of mechanical in the outback.

That said, most modern compound bows tune so precisely that getting a fixed-blade broadhead to fly with accuracy is hardly a problem. Any pro shop technician worth their weight will have you hammering 10-rings with a fixed-blade head after one visit. The trend in low-profile broadheads aids this tuning issue with less wing surface to steer an arrow astray.

Take the time before hunting season to ensure that fixed-blade heads fly accurately. In addition, make sure they impact the target in the same place as your field points. If they don’t, you may have to adjust your bow sight for broadheads.

A second major consideration is cutting surface. Some mechanical broadheads deploy and have a cutting surface of more than 2 inches. Several spread out to carve nearly a 3-inch hole through your target. Compare that to the typical fixed-blade head that averages a 1 1/8-inch cutting surface to slice through a target.

Of course, it’s not all apples to apples. A mechanical broadhead requires additional kinetic energy to deploy, robbing some of the energy needed for arrow penetration. This is particularly true on quartering shots requiring added penetration to reach vital organs. If you’re shooting an 80-pound draw, it likely doesn’t matter, but for the mainstream shooter, companies took this into consideration. Many now manufacturer mechanicals with rear-sliding cutting blades instead of those that fold (jackknife) back. Rear-sliding blades use less kinetic energy during deployment.

Regardless of the size of the cutting surface, it’s razor sharpness that gets the job done with either style of head. Broadheads kill via hemorrhaging, so to create the most bleeding possible, they have to be operating-room sharp. Kinetic energy or not won’t help you if you try to punch a Popsicle stick through a buck instead of a scalpel.

Why is that a con for fixed-blade heads? Some require you to re-sharpen after use, and that means you need to be skilled with sharpening tools. Companies such as G5 make it simple with sharpening tools so easy to use that Bubbles the chimp could operate them.

A final thought is price. Most fixed-blade heads cost 25 to 50 percent more than mechanicals. In Washingtons, that relates to an added expense anywhere from $10 to $30 per three-pack of fixed-blades. It likely won’t cause a divorce, but if you’re prone to missing.. just saying.

A sturdy, fixed-blade broadhead works great on big game such as elk. This Muzzy 3-blade broadhead punched clean through a mature bull elk.

What are Some Benefits to Shooting Fixed-Blade Broadheads?

As I explained earlier, fixed-blade broadheads tend to be stronger and more durable simply by their design. The cutting blades are secured front-to-back, whereas most mechanicals deploy upon impact, leaving them only attached to the front or midsection of the ferrule. Some fixed blades, such as the G5 Montec I’m currently running, are a one-piece construction. It’s virtually indestructible.

Adding to the ‘pros’ list is the simplicity factor. There are no moving parts, no hinges, and no rubber bands found on any fixed-blade broadhead. With no moving parts, and the sturdiness of a one-piece construction, you can have confidence every time you send an arrow towards your target.

Finally, a razor-sharp, cut-on-contact fixed-blade head doesn’t eat up any kinetic energy during blade deployment. Giving it more energy to punch deep into vitals.

Like I said, there really is no right or wrong answer here. Just some food for thought as you’re navigating the isles looking for your next set of broadheads.

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08:00

Firearm Insurance Programs Denied In New Jersey [The Firearm Blog]

Firearm Insurance Denied In New JerseyLast month, TFB reported about the New Jersey Governor’s executive order which would restrict some companies that offer firearms insurance under certain provisions. The order also limits the state from doing business with companies that don’t have “public safety principles” and related policies.  The executive order directed the state’s Commissioner of Banking and Insurance to […]

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07:59

Fountain Pen Day 2019 []

The first Friday in November is celebrated as Fountain Pen Day. It is a day to celebrate, embrace, promote, and share the use of fountain pens.

This year I’m going international. The two pens I have currently inked are from China and Pakistan respectively.

The former is a Kaco Edge made in Shanghai. It is a smooth writer, feels good in the hand, and remind me of a Lamy 2000. The only downside is that the clip is so tight that it is hard to fit in your shirt pocket. It is available on Amazon for $17.50 and does come with a converter.

The latter is a Dollar i717 demonstrator (clear) pen made in Pakistan. I picked up a dozen of them for about $15 on EBay. It is a piston filler that starts right away. Fountain pens often are hard to get the ink flowing if they’ve sat for a day or two. I have given away a number of these pens to fellow fountain pen geeks. You can read a review of it here.

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07:00

Kinetic Development Group Releases Ambidextrous Magzaine Release for HK417 [The Firearm Blog]

Kinetic Development Group Releases Ambi Mag ReleaseFor those of you who own HK417 or MR762 variant rifles, Kinetic Development Group or KDG has just released their newest aftermarket accessory. The Kinetic Development group Ambidextrous Magazine release is set to improve the ergonomics of the Heckler and Koch 417 variant rifle. In a brief press release featured below, Kinetic Development Group explains how […]

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06:27

The Ross in the Great War: The Mk III (and MkIIIB) [Forgotten Weapons]

While the MkII (1905) iteration of the Ross rifle had resolved most of the major mechanical problems form the MkI, it retained a number of characteristics that the Canadian (and British) military was not fond of. In particular, it was not suited to the use of stripper clips. Starting with experimentation on sporting rifles, Ross substantially redesigned the action for the final 1910 pattern – aka the MkIII.

The MkIII used a rotating bolt as before, but with six locking lugs in two rows of three, instead of two large lugs as the MkI and II. The magazine was replaced by a conventional single-stack design, with a stripper clip guide built into the receiver, and with a nicely adjustable rear aperture sight. This would be the model to equip the Canadian infantry who went to Europe to fight in 1914 and 1915 – and it is there that a new set of problems would begin to plague the Ross.

In keeping with its sporting legacy and reputation for outstanding accuracy, the MkIII Ross was made with a rather tight chamber, optimized for the excellent-quality Canadian production .303 ammunition. Britain had been forced to massively increase ammunition supply as the war lengthened, and British standards had widened to accept ammunition that was really of rather questionable quality. The SMLE rifles used by British forces had chambers made to accommodate this, but the Rosses did not. Canadian ammunition was supposed to follow the Canadian troops, but it was usually diverted to other services because of its high quality, and the Canadians left with ammo that was difficult to chamber or extract in the Ross.

This led to men having to beat open rifle bolts, which led to damage to locking lugs, in a viscous circle of escalating problems. By the time of the German gas attack at Ypres, Canadians were ditching their Rosses for Lee Infields by the thousands, despite specific orders to the contrary. General Haig finally had enough of the issues, and ordered the Ross removed from combat in 1916, to be replaced by the SMLE (which was finally available in sufficient numbers to arm the Canadian troops).

06:00

FLIR CSR and TradeForce Support US Veterans [The Firearm Blog]

Flir announced recently their latest programs to help and support U.S. Military Veterans. Flir’s HERO Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is determined to double its current amount of veterans employeed at FLIR by the end of 2022. They also have an introductory training programs through TradeForce to teach veterans how to use thermal technology. ARLINGTON, Va., […]

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04:44

Jim’s Take On NRA v. AckMac []

Jim Shepherd of The Outdoor Wires is one of the more astute observers of the firearms world. It doesn’t hurt that he helped Ted Turner found CNN. He, of course, doesn’t take credit for what CNN has become in the years since he left!

He devoted some of his column this morning to the Federal court battle between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen. Continuing the divorce theme, he said it would drive a divorce attorney to drink.

Jim’s take:

Actually, it’s more like the Borgia family chronicles than litigation between two groups of adults. Replace the “he said-she said” with “the defendant alleges” and you get the picture. Up is down, black is white, right is wrong, and inside is outside-depending on which document you’re reading.


Central to all this, as he apparently insists on being in virtually every matter, is Wayne LaPierre. The NRA characterizes him as the ceaselessly crusading reformer, out to save the National Rifle Association from the Oklahoma hordes determined to loot the treasury, burn the building and at least savage the five million members. Ackerman McQueen draws a somewhat different picture: that of a man obsessed with absolute control of everyone and everything around him except his spending habits. There, he’s more like a drunken sailor on a short shore leave.


It’s ugly, it’s personal, and it’s likely going to get worse before it resolves itself. No one on either side looks good in this situation, and that’s about as positive a face as anyone can put on it. It’s also about all I can tell you without either speculating or presenting gossip as fact.

Jim’s correct: it’s ugly, it’s personal, and none of the participants looks good.

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Thursday, 31 October

17:00

The Best Premium Blades: EDC Knives For Gun Owners [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier, TFB’s Editor In Chief Pete had a look at The Best Budget Blades: EDC Knives For Gun Carriers. There were a lot of comments and feedback which encouraged us to continue with similar articles. We are fully aware that the name and focus of this blog is Firearms, but we do take the liberty to widen […]

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16:30

POTD: Milrem Robotics [The Firearm Blog]

In Today’s Photo we take a look at Milrem Robotics, and perhaps the future of the battlefield. Above you can see it deployed for the first time with the FN Herstal DeFNder Medium cupola, with a 12.7mm HMG. Milrem Robotics’ was established in 2013 and their main focus is manufacturing unmanned ground vehicles for defence […]

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16:26

Paul Harrell Reviews Rambo: Last Blood [AllOutdoor.com]

Just when you though Paul Harrell couldn’t surprise you, he decides to do a movie review.

Yeah, that’s right.

Like many of his videos, he throws out some caveats right away:

  1. Don’t expect movie reviews to be something they do often.
  2. This video is in addition to his weekly videos, not instead of… so regular viewers shouldn’t complain.
  3. He will try not prevent dropping spoilers on us, but
  4. He’s assuming viewers have already seen the first 4 Rambo movies.
  5. Paul says “I make no claim that my opinions have their origin in cinematic genius.”

What does he think about the flick? Well you’ll want to watch his video below, but one highlight is that the movie is not all blood & guts, but Stallone does some real acting, which Paul thought was well done.

Also, it’s not all roses; in the movie, some bad things happen to some good people. Realism = good.

He also says the movie has “a real ending,” which he liked.

What did he dislike?

  • Over-the-top henchmen (too many, too dedicated to the bad guy)
  • Over-the-top Rambo improvised booby traps
  • Way too stabby
  • Overdone climax

It was booby trappy happy.

He sums up the way he and his crew felt as they left the theater: Disappointed. But he still wants to see a Rambo 6…

Enjoy the video.

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16:00

Spice up your Glock with Overwatch Precision’s new #PumpkinSpice Triggers [The Firearm Blog]

Every year the advent of fall brings changing leaves, cooler weather, football, and of course: the return of the seemingly ubiquitous #PumpkinSpice craze. While it started primarily with pumpkin spice lattes, the autumnal flavor and accompanying orange color themes can be found practically everywhere around this time of year. Thanks to an office joke between the Glocksmiths […]

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14:58

So much for gun permit laws, red flag laws, etc. [Of Arms and the Law]

School crossing guard overheard complaining that a School Resource Officer left his post has guns and gun permit seized. He complained to a friend that with the SRO off to catch some coffee someone could come in and shoot up the school, and that was all it took.

Hat tip to reader Alice Beard...

13:45

Constitutional Carry OK in Oklahoma [NRA-ILA News]

FAIRFAX, Va.– The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) welcomes Oklahoma as the newest constitutional carry state. Constitutional carry, now the law in 16 states across the country, allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms without first getting government permission to do.

12:59

New Hampshire: Firearm Seizure Bill Headed to House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

On October 30th, the New Hampshire state Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee sent House Bill 687 to the House floor for further consideration after a motion to kill the bill failed by a vote of 9-11.

11:00

Blackhawk Recall Issued For T-Series LC2 Holster When Used With Modular Handgun System [The Firearm Blog]

Blackhawk Recall for T-Series Holster with MHS M-17/M-18Just last week word went out from the Consumer Products Safety Commission that there has been a Blackhawk recall for the new T-series holster. The holster design can change the position of the safety switch on the firearm without the user knowing it. This could lead to a negligent discharge when drawn.   Due to a tight cavity, […]

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10:00

Underground Arms Watch – October Pt.2 [The Firearm Blog]

Continuing from Part 1 of Underground Arms Watch, below are several more notable examples of criminally produced firearms seized worldwide by police and security services in recent months. Mock M4 A 9mm SMG seized in Espírito Santo, Brazil. Cosmetically It has likely been combined with airsoft M4 parts and furniture, though internally retains a simple open bolt […]

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09:12

Guns I Traded I Should Have Kept [AllOutdoor.com]

Have you ever done something and then almost immediately wish you had the moment back? Those regrets are not just things you may have said in haste or error, but acts or transactions you wish you could undo? Most of us have, if we tell the truth.

Gun enthusiasts who buy, sell, and trade firearms fall into this category. If you are a gun collector with any history at all, I am guessing you have released some guns over the years that you now wish you had back in the security of your safe keeping. It is just part of the process and inevitably comes with the territory. I fall into this category.

Many of the firearms I have traded or sold for better ones over the years I don’t even recall the details. I just know they are gone and I miss some of them. The first gun I ever owned that was really mine was a new Ruger Bearcat revolver my dad bought me for Christmas in 1960. Somewhere, somehow, I traded it. It was replaced later with another one, but it’s not the same.

In college I let a sweet Browning Hi-Power go to a friend who wanted it more. I needed the funds to buy a new Smith & Wesson Model 29 in 44 Magnum after Clint’s movie. My first deer rifle, which I bought in 1970 for $66 at J.C. Penney, was a classic Winchester 94 in 30-30. It killed my first buck, a 9 point non-typical still on my office wall. After the season was over, I swapped it for something else.

I bought one of the very first Smith & Wesson Model 39s in 9mm. At the time it was the hottest thing going and to possess. That fame wore off quickly after the Model 59 came out. I traded the 39 for a Ruger Blackhawk in 357. Given all the great 9mm pistols that have come out since, the S&W 39 has not been missed.

Two guns I let get away have really been missed because they became too expensive to replace. Those were Colt Diamondbacks in 22LR, blued, one four-inch and one six-inch. Back in the day those revolvers were easy to find, but no more. The last new Diamondback I saw was more than $3000.

A rifle I should have kept was an original Beretta BM-59 battle rifle. Tears abound over that one.

In 50 years of collecting since I was a kid, a number of great guns have moved on. If you start collecting guns, think twice before you trade some of them off.

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08:00

The All New All Fun Crosman Full Auto Series [The Firearm Blog]

Crosman Full Auto SeriesThe Crosman Full-Auto Series Crosman has just released an all-new series of BB guns. The Crosman Full Auto Series features the Crosman R1 Rifle and Crosman P1 Pistol – both full-auto firing BB guns. If you’re looking for early ideas for Christmas gifts for your young ones (of for your fun-loving self), these two new […]

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07:00

Hornady 2020 New Products – Bullets, Ammunition, Safes and Reloading Equipment [The Firearm Blog]

Hornady 2020 New ProductsAs usual, by the end of the year, Hornady announces the first new products of the next year. And as always there is something new in each of the company’s product categories. For 2020 they have new bullets, ammunition, gun safes, and reloading equipment to offer. Let’s take a brief look at each of the […]

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TFBTV Halloween Special 2019: Escape from Planet Pumpkin [The Firearm Blog]

Starring: Anonymous Space Force Soldier – James Reeves Pumpkin People – Actual Pumpkins Texan Mission Control Operator – James Reeves Engineer – James Reeves Space Force Weapons and Tactics Tech – Laurence Fishburne Credits: Director – James Reeves Producer – James Reeves Special Effects – James Reeves Sound – James Reeves Lights – James Reeves […]

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06:27

An American .30-06 MG-42, and GPMGs after WWII [Forgotten Weapons]

The perk for $100 Patrons is choosing a gun they would like me to find and film, and one such Patron (Mark) expressed a curiosity about US testing and lack of adoption of an MG-42 in .30-06 caliber. So, today we will discuss that (the trials gun was designated the T24) as well as why it took so long for the FN MAG to be developed and adopted.

Full T24 trials report and photos.

Resources for this video included:

MG34-MG42: German Universal Machine Guns” by Folke Myrvang
German Universal Machine Guns, Vol II: MG08-MG3” by Folke Myrvang
Rock in a Hard Place: The Browning Automatic Rifle” by James Ballou
The Browning Machine Gun, Vol I” by Dolf Goldsmith
Ars Mechanica” by Auguste Francotte, Claude Gaier, and Robert Karlshausen
The Machine Gun, Vol I” by Col. George China

06:00

New Concealed Carry Leggings From Tactica Defense Fashion [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Leggings by TacticaTactica Defense Fashion just announced their new leggings designed specifically for concealed carry.  Tactica Defense Fashion is dedicated to empowering women to carry firearms while remaining fashionable.  It’s no secret that concealed carry for women is… well, to steal a feminine phrase, “it’s complicated.”  The new Concealed Carry Leggings are just one of Tactica’s fashionable […]

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Wednesday, 30 October

17:00

TFB Review: Remington 700CP – A Pistol Remington 700 [The Firearm Blog]

Last November Remington unveiled their pistol version of the venerable Model 700. They reached out and offered up the 700CP for review and I volunteered. It took them a while but it showed up at my FFL and I have been having a blast shooting this 700CP pistol. I like to call it the “pocket […]

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16:30

POTD: Royal Jordanian Special Operations Forces with M240B Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day and we take a look at the exercise during Eager Lion 2019 in Jordan. Above you can see a Royal Jordanian Special Operations Forces service member posing for a photo with an M240B machine gun during the visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) joint exercise. Another name for the M240B is […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: One-Handed Revolver Drills [The Firearm Blog]

One-handed revolver drillsFor this week’s TFB Wheelgun Wednesday, we’ll explore some revolver drills that focus on using only one hand to shoot and reload your defensive revolver.  The whole premise of one-handed revolver drills is that one of your arms or hands have been injured, or that it’s being used in another capacity.  Statistically speaking, armed encounters […]

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13:32

Pennsylvania Hunting Alert: House Overwhelmingly Passes Pro-Hunting Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives took a historic step toward strengthening hunting rights in the Keystone State. Thanks to your calls and emails of support, the House voted 144 to 54 to pass important pro-hunting legislation, Senate Bill 147.

12:00

TFB HALLOWEEN: Your Worst Gun Fears And Spooky Buys [The Firearm Blog]

TFB HALLOWEEN: Your Worst Gun Fears And Spooky BuysI have learned a lot about the firearms industry from my time here at TFB. But one of my most important lessons has been to never predict the death of a company or a segment of the industry until you see a corpse in a coffin and you’re throwing dirt on the lid. And even […]

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11:22

Hang & Weigh Your Kill With the Hanging Judge [AllOutdoor.com]

A small fabrication company in Georgia called Ranew’s has turned out some interesting products for hunters, including the Firminator, which competes with the Plotmaster as an all-in-one “food plot implement.” But the Ranew’s product that caught my eye recently is considerably less bulky, and apt to get more use in any given hunt camp. It’s called the Hanging Judge.

The Hanging Judge is a gambrel with a built-in digital scale. If your hunt club is like most, you may have a homemade gambrel and a cheap scale that one of the members purchased. These scales tend to vary in their reliability & accuracy. And suspending a scale and a gambrel from a hanging pole adds length, which can be inconvenient at times.

Putting the scale within the gambrel means the scale is much smaller and adds almost no length to the hanging rope vs. a conventional gambrel. Nice.

Did I mention it’s made in the USA?

I like the looks of this thing, and although it retails for $69.99, I’m considering getting one for our club. Our old spring-loaded scale is decades-old and kinda ragged around the edges.

What I don’t see listed on their website (which is a bit buggy and feels incomplete) is the scale’s capacity.

Would you consider using this for your hunt camp?

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11:00

Federal Ammunition to Launch Exclusive Line of MeatEater Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Federal Ammunition will be launching an exclusive line of ammunition together with MeatEater. Ranging from .223 Rem to .338 Lapua Magnum, the MeatEater line will (initially) include no less than 18 different calibers. If you are using calibers like .270 Win, 30-06, 300 Win Mag or 6.5 Creedmoor you are safe as well. Please find […]

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10:15

Who Is The Real Enemy? []

When you are in a war you always have to keep the end objective in mind. Is it merely to win the battle or ultimately to win the war? That seems to be the issue right now for the National Rifle Association.

The question for the NRA is who is the real enemy. Is it Ackerman McQueen or anti-rights groups like Brady United Against Gun Violence? It seems that this focus has eluded the outside attorneys for the NRA in their efforts to win the Federal lawsuit against AckMc.

The reply by the NRA filed with the US District Court in Dallas has given the anti-rights forces such as Brady, Media Matters, and others plenty of ammunition.

For example from a Brady email sent out night:

In more bad news for the NRA, newly uncovered court filings show that NRA executives themselves thought NRATV was blatantly racist. Yet they continued to let it air.

The timing is convenient: It’s been unearthed that the NRA opposed its own racist content only now that it’s in court against its longtime PR firm, Ackerman McQueen. 

This proves what we have long known: that the NRA will peddle any lie in order to protect its own interest — which is to sell more guns, no matter what the cost. But we’re calling them out. We won’t let them pretend they didn’t condone outright racism. They knew what they were selling.

And there is this from Media Matters:

The National Rifle Associated admitted in a legal filing that its former media operation NRATV was viewed by NRA leadership as racist and that the project’s programming “often became viewed as a dystopian cultural rant.” That is true, but the messaging at NRATV was largely indistinguishable from the racist paranoid rantings of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

Michael Collins of Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, may have thought including that inflammatory condemnation of NRATV in his court filings was wise. His goal after all is to savage AckMac so as to win this case.

I disagree.

Our blood enemies are those who would deprive us of our God-given rights to an armed self-defense. They will use anything and everything against us. Since much of their strategy involves using propaganda, the use of ill-chosen words that can come back to haunt us is self-defeating. We need to be smarter and we should demand that attorneys for Second Amendment organizations likewise be smarter.

The NRA and outside counsel Michael Collins should have remembered Napoleon’s advice – “when the enemy is making a false movement we must take good care not to interrupt him.” They have just given our blood enemies that “false movement”.

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10:00

AK-12 Meltdown by Kalashnikov Media [VIDEO] [The Firearm Blog]

AK-12 MeltdownKalashnikov Media, apparently inspired by IV8888, conducted a meltdown test of AK-12, the latest iteration of Kalashnikov rifle that was recently adopted by the Russian military. They fired this 5.45x39mm rifle in full-auto rapidly changing the magazines until the barrel ruptured right behind the gas block. The gun performed pretty well though firing 680 rounds […]

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09:35

Gun Grabbers Misleading Us [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law's primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.

09:32

Tactical Hoodies [AllOutdoor.com]

Really? Tactical hoodies? That is a Facebook ad I actually saw this week posted about some supply company going out of business, again. I know the majority of survivalists, preppers, and outdoor enthusiasts are pretty darn savvy when it comes to buying gear and supplies for their readiness plans, but there are some just getting started who might get sidetracked by such ads.

There has never been a hoodie that is inherently tactical. Now, a hoodie can be put to a tactical use or mission application, but the garment itself is not tactical. “Tactical” is not a thing, it is a process, strategy or procedure. Speaking of hoodies, just don’t be hoodwinked.

Worse than hoodies, there is also an ad running selling tactical beer coozies. Give me a break.

My goal is is to draw attention to being careful what you buy for your prepping supply closet or even everyday wear or product use. This is particularly the case if many of your purchases are made via the Internet. If you can, it is much better to be able to personally inspect gear you want to buy before shelling out critical prepping dollars.

I guess among certain segments of the community being tactical (however you define it for yourself) is just the super-coolest thing ever. The problem is there is a lot of cheap junk out in the www marketplace. Sometimes it is difficult or impossible to return items that prove to be less than what you expected. We have all likely been stung by such purchases. That is what they are counting on. Selling cheap stuff and then fading into the sunset.

As to the tactical hoodie, it is probably okay to wear around town if you want to draw that kind of attention to yourself. However, a hooded cotton-poly garment may not be the best in terms of durability, wear, endurance, insulation, or impression. Those are decisions you have to make, just make them wisely. Be especially mindful of certain messages, images, or logos that might present the wrong impression to others. Heck, caution has to be used these days even if you wear a MAGA cap in public.

Again, no product is tactical unless it is used in an operational plan or strategy. The caution is to research thoroughly any product you are considering adding to your prepping or survival supplies or gear.

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09:31

Dust Bowl Food Plots [AllOutdoor.com]

How fast things can turn around when Mother Nature is calling the shots. This past spring, much of the Deep South especially along the Mississippi River Delta in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana experienced record-book flooding. For nearly three months much of the rich Delta farmlands were under ten or more feet of water along with homes and farming equipment.

Then the river finally receded along with most all of the tributaries feeding it. Amazingly, in just a short couple of months the same region was declared in drought. By the time the end of summer rolled around and hunters were talking fall hunting seasons the land was hard rock dry. Landowners and game managers went from one extreme to the other.

Talk of planting wildlife food plots finally became the subject of the day as landowners began to assess their hunting lands for the coming deer seasons. Most archery deer hunting seasons opened October first or mid-month as states like Mississippi had to adjust to the flooding impacts on wildlife. Still, plots had to be planted.

When our hired food plot farmer finally rolled into our property, he found all the plots waist-high in tough, unrelenting weeds. The bush hog had such a tough time cutting down the heavy vegetation that the machine twisted its bearings out of the drive housing. Mowing plots was out of business. He had to resort to disking.

As they say, that was a tough row to hoe. After three to four passes on each plot, the clods were still as big as softballs. The dust billowed twenty or more feet up in the air. It reminded us of stories about the Kansas dust bowls in the Great Depression. It was going to be one of those years. Expectations were quickly re-evaluated.

We had no choice but to press on. After a week of whacking at the weeds in the 40 acres of food plots, we were “ready” to plant. We let the dust and dirt settle hoping for a little rain before throwing seed on the clods. Time was getting thin, so by mid-October we finally bought seed, lime, and fertilizer and went to planting. We finished cultipacking everything on a Friday afternoon. Monday it started to rain.

Ironies of ironies, we got nearly three inches of a good soaking rain as reported by one of the owners on Wednesday. Another rain is due this coming week. Maybe just by accident or faith we played our cards right for a change. Maybe Mother Nature felt sorry for us. Hopefully by deer gun season in November the deer will have some new green lush to munch on.

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09:30

Watch Fred Bear Hunt Kodiak Bear With a Recurve Bow [AllOutdoor.com]

If you like archery and hunting, you know Fred Bear’s name. He was an archery evangelist who spread the bowhunting gospel while he used a recurve bow & arrow to take all kinds of animals, including dangerous game. This video is about him hunting Kodiak Bear in the 1950s.

The series is “Fred Bear World of Adventure” and this episode is called Kodiak Country.

They set out on a boat — wearing suits and ties. How times have changed.

Along the way, they practice archery; they toss floating targets overboard from the Valiant Maid and shoot them with floating arrows, then gather up the arrows and do it again.

They do a little goose hunting on the side… using shotguns.

I thought it was interesting the narrator said 50 yards or less is “within range” for these archers. You’d think the range would have to be considerably shorter than 50 yards with a recurve bow.

We don’t get a good view of the kill shot at 6:45, but we’re told it was a clean lung shot and the bruin doesn’t go far. On the premise that the bear was too small to suit Bear, they return the following spring to hunt again with the Valiant Maid.

They see a lot of different wildlife, including elk, whale, sea otters, sea lions, and more.

Around 16:15, we get some fun of my sort: Shooting an M1 carbine. While I don’t like the breaking of bottles and slinging the glass into the sea, it’s pretty impressive to see the boat’s captain shooting moving targets while they are still airborne.

Around 18:25, they hunt crows with arrows! You don’t see that every day.

Not long after, they finally spot a big bear track and get after it.

This is a truly impressive hunt, as the hunter ends up about 20 feet from a huge bruin when he takes the shot with the recurve bow. The beefy beast goes less than 100 yards before falling, less than 15 seconds after being arrowed.

It’s a cool blast from the past, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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08:00

Firearms Guide Publishes 10th Edition – 13,000 Gun Schematics [The Firearm Blog]

Firearms Guide Flash Drive.Impressum Media just released the latest edition of their gun encyclopaedia, the Firearms Guide. It looks to be a handy source of data that sometimes may be hard to retrieve, in a format more practical, and easily updated, than a 500 pages book. Here below the full press release: New 10th Edition Firearms Guide comes with […]

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07:49

Using Google to Pre-Scout Public Hunting Lands [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to maps, people typically turn to Google Earth or Google Maps.  It seems the days of having a physical paper map are long gone, even though some of us prefer them over an electronic map.

Why use Google Earth to pre-scout an area?  Well, there are several reasons such as terrain, logging roads, creeks, nearby houses, etc.  My personal reason for using Google Earth is to see how remote an area is.

For example, in my area, motorized vehicles are prohibited on public hunting lands.  Even if there is a dirt road that goes through the area, chances are that road is reserved for United States Forest Service (USFS) use only.  Those private roads will typically have a USFS a road number, such as USFS 153.  If we cannot drive the USFS roads, how do we know where they go?  This is where Google Earth and Google Maps come into play.

Rather than spending a lot of time scouting the area for creeks, elevations, etc, pull up Google Earth and Google Maps.  Google Earth shows creeks and streams better than Google Maps,  Then again, Google Maps has a route and distance tool.

While scouting public hunting along the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas, I found nice remote area.  This is a difficult place to reach, even by boat.  You have a follow a narrow slough that is shallow and filled with submerged logs.  Once I reached the spot, how far was it from the main river channel?  Using Google Earth the distance was an estimated 1/2 mile.  Chances are if someone comes in from the main river they are not going to walk 1/2 mile inland.  That 1/2 mile was at the narrowest spot where the river makes a turn.

With all of this information in hand, I know that chances are slim that I will run into another hunter.

  • Find public hunting lands in your area.
  • Use Google Earth and Google Maps to find USFS roads, pipelines, highlines, etc.
  • Look for waterways (creeks, streams) and elevations.
  • Find a place on the map that looks interesting.
  • Finally, boat or drive to the area and scout the land.

I would like to hear from the readers. How many use electronic maps to look at an area before heading out?

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07:00

True Precision Adds Threaded And Non-Threaded Barrels For The SIG P365XL [The Firearm Blog]

True Precision SIG P365 XL barrelsThe True Precision has announced their line of threaded and non-threaded barrels for the SIG P365 XL pistol.  To say that the SIG P365 and the P365 XL have been gaining traction would be an understatement.  Both SIG models have been featured here on TFB and already have a surprising amount of aftermarket support.  True […]

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06:27

Ross MkII: Sorry, We’ll Get it Right This Time [Forgotten Weapons]

The many significant problems with the Model 1903 / MkI Ross rifle had quickly led to the development of the improved MkII design. This strengthened many parts, including the sights, nosecap, bolt latch, and more. The receiver was made thicker, and an extra set of cams added to make the bolt throw smoother. Primary extraction was added by way of angling the locking lugs. Mk II rifles began to come off the Ross Rifle Company production line in December of 1905.

Between its introduction and its replacement by the MkIII in 1912, the MkII Ross would undergo 5 changes in type, mostly involving different rear sights. However, a distinct “long” pattern was also made, designated the MkII**. This model had a longer barrel and some mechanical changes, and was also fitted with a rear aperture sight and stripper clip guide. These would be very successful in competition shooting at the time, and helped salvage the reputation of the Ross after the problems of the MkI.

Overall, 13,700 “long” MkII Rosses were made along with 124,000 of the “short” type. They did see use in World War One, as armament for Canadian artillery units. They were also used as training rifles by the military, and the US government also purchased 20,000 of the MkII3* pattern for use training the multitudes of new US soldiers joining up to fight in Europe.

Many thanks to the private collectors who allowed me access to their rifles to make this video!

06:00

Bigger, Stronger, Faster – The Ghost Gunner 3 is Coming [The Firearm Blog]

Ghost Gunner 3The Ghost Gunner 3 is here to keep your homemade firearm dreams alive and with newly added technology. Surpassing previous versions of the Ghost Gunner, the Ghost Gunner 3 boasts 5 times the speed, 2 times the build space, internal illumination and automatic leveling. Also set for 2020, the Ghost Gunner is purported to be […]

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Tuesday, 29 October

17:00

The New Zero Tolerance 0223 Review by Rambo, Hedge Fund Manager [The Firearm Blog]

Zero Tolerance 0223 Folding KnifeMy name is John J. Rambo.  You may remember me as the residency-displaced activist from the documentary motion picture First Blood, which film chronicled my advocacy for economically-challenged and domiciliary-fluid persons in a small Washington town run by law enforcement officials that had overstepped their constitutional authority. I’ve turned over a new leaf since Hope.  […]

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16:47

AckMac’s Counter-claim Makes Interesting Reading []

I don’t which side is telling the truth in the divorce between the NRA and AckMac. It could be neither of them. It could be both sides depending upon their perception of the issues.

I will note that the AckMac description of the influence on Wayne LaPierre by William Brewer III does strongly correlate with what insiders have told me. Brewer was described to have isolated LaPierre from long time friends and associates and fed his paranoia.

That said, the narrative in Ackerman McQueen’s reply and counter-claim filed on October 1st makes for interesting reading. Of particular interest are pages 19 through 42. The rest is mostly legalese. I have embedded it below. If you click on the heading, you can also download it to read later.

Ackerman McQueen Texas Coun… by Stephen Gutowski on Scribd

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16:33

The Divorce Gets Uglier []

The divorce between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen is ugly and is getting uglier. The NRA’s reply to Ackerman McQueen’s reply and counter-claim was filed with the US District Court on Friday. There were a number of news stories yesterday that excerpted parts of the reply with regard to NRATV and its characterization by the NRA as “distasteful” and “racist“.

The reply brought attention to an episode of NRATV featuring Dana Loesch in which she portrayed Thomas the Tank Engine in a KKK hooded robe.

From page 3 of the reply:

As AMc’s bills grew ever larger, NRATV’s messaging strayed from the Second Amendment to themes which some NRA leaders found distasteful and racist. One particularly damaging segment featured children’s cartoon characters adorned in Ku Klux Klan hoods. Unfortunately, attempts by the NRA to “rein in” AMc and its messaging were met with responses from AMc that ranged from evasive to hostile. At the same time, when NRA executives sought performance metrics for NRATV, AMc contrived a pretext to demand that each interlocutor be sidelined or fired. Simultaneously, in closed-door meetings with Mr. LaPierre (which AMc insisted remain “confidential”), the agency presented fabricated and inflated sponsorship and viewership claims. The simple request for the number of “unique visitors” to the site was not answered, despite multiple attempts by Mr. LaPierre and other NRA executives. In fact, AMc’s representations to the NRA leadership regarding the viewership for the digital platform it created, presented, and administered were, by 2017, intentionally (and wildly) misleading. Tellingly, when NRATV finally shut down in June 2019, no one missed it: not a single sponsor or viewer even called, confirming what at least some NRA executives suspected—the site had limited visibility and was failing the accomplish any of its goals.

Ackerman McQueen fired back today on the “distasteful” and “racist” claims in the NRA’s court filing. Like yesterday’s press release, the gloves are off and AckMac is taking no prisoners.

Ackerman McQueen recognized and handled the offensive imagery on the show, “Relentless”, in a proper fashion, like any media company would. We identified those responsible and put new processes and oversight in place. NRA executives acknowledged the corrective action taken by Ackerman McQueen, were satisfied with the response and a couple months later, renewed NRATV for 2019.

However, if the NRA wants to conduct a public conversation about distasteful and racist, they should consider their systematic behavior. This is the same executive leadership team and Board of Directors that refused to address the Philandro Castile tragedy. This the executive leadership team that put their heads in the sand every time a board member said something the could be perceived as distasteful or racist. This is the same executive team and Board of Directors that ignored, and didn’t even watch, the impactful programming that the NOIR team produced, telling important stories on minority issues. There are countless more examples, decisions and comments that plague the organization and will be a part of AMc’s defense.

As AMc said in its latest filing, Wayne LaPierre defrauded Ackerman McQueen. When AMc representatives discovered what he, his executive team as well as the Board of Directors were really doing, and AMc refused to have any part of it, the cabal that is left at the NRA retaliated. Now they want to blame anyone else for the people they actually are.

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16:30

POTD: Remington 700 with Aimpoint Acro and EAW Twist Mount [The Firearm Blog]

In TFB’s Photo Of The Day, old meets new, as we take a closer look at a custom EAW twist mount to make a modern Aimpoint Acro fit a Remington 700. EAW was founded by Ernst Apel Senior in 1919 and is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, manufacturer of mounts in the […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Patriotic Pew or Russian Rickroll? [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome everyone to the 31st edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have […]

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15:27

Pennsylvania Court Knocks Out Pittsburgh Gun Control in NRA-Backed Case [NRA-ILA News]

In an NRA-backed challenge, the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas found that Pittsburgh's attempt to impose local gun control measures was a clear violation of state law.

15:11

‘Freedom Cabinets’ Hide Your Gear in Style [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the most-enduring posts I have ever made here at AllOutdoor is this one about furniture in which you can hide guns or other valuables. Hiding stuff in furnishings that otherwise appear “normal” can be a great way to make sure you’re prepared in case of a home invasion or some other emergency, and it’s an idea that many folks really like.

The coolest stuff I’ve seen lately is from Metal Art of Wisconsin, which offers secure “Freedom Cabinets” featuring Mossy oak camo patterns.

"Mossy Oak Camo" Freedom Cabinet

“Mossy Oak Camo” Freedom Cabinet

They come with foam inside that you can custom-cut to fit whatever sort of stash you need to secure. Bottle of hooch? Cash stash for the pizza delivery guy? Uzi for greeting someone who knocks with a boot against your front door? No sweat; it’ll fit.

From the press release:

Metal Art of Wisconsin is a brand that specializes in designing and manufacturing American-made metal art. It is a family-owned business in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Its Freedom Cabinet is a wall vault that features Biometric Fingerprint Scanning Technology and is inlaid with 16-gauge steel. Each one is handmade in Wisconsin and comes packed with high-density foam, to secure and contain all you want to hide away. Cabinets are available in wood or steel, and doors are available in wood, carbon fiber or hydro-dipped steel. Prices start around $149 and go up, depending on size and options added.

The camo patterns available on various models are Mossy Oak Bottomland, Shadow Grass Blades, Break-Up Country. In addition, models are available in the Mossy Oak Fishing pattern, Elements Agua.

Numerous options are available. Here are some more details, from the manufacturer’s website:

  • Cabinet comes stuffed with foam that can be configured to store guns, booze or any of your dirty little secrets
  • Flag is cut from 16 gauge, cold rolled, mild steel (very strong). Ground and polished, then covered in 3 layers of glossy clear coat.
  • 1 to 4 week manufacturing time.
  • HAND MADE in Wisconsin, USA

"Mossy Oak Blades" Freedom Cabinet

This is really cool stuff.

I think I prefer the “Branded” one, which has scorched wood below the steel flag, with a Mossy Oak logo on the steel. Maybe because there’s a better chance of hanging that in our living room than one of the camo versions…

Which is your favorite?

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13:43

Hunters, Stop Wasting Your Time (and Money) [AllOutdoor.com]

What are the top five hunting time-wasters? Let’s find out. Here’s a quick rundown from noted deer hunting authority Jeff Sturgis. This guy does this stuff for a living, so he knows a thing or two.

  • Tiny Water Holes — If you put in a water hole/trough/pond, make sure it’s big enough. Small ones run dry and mature bucks will establish a travel pattern elsewhere when that happens.
  • Head-High Wood Cutting — Cutting trees to create “deer cover” that’s about as high as a deer’s head. This is a fad which Jeff says is a complete waste of time in the long run. Don’t do it! if you want to create bedding cover for deer, create side cover instead of top cover… because deer aren’t hiding from airplanes.
  • Open Box Blinds — You will rarely see big bucks from these, unless they are only hunted a few times per year.
  • Mock Scrapes — Do not use unnatural material such as rope to make a mock scrape. Always hang a natural branch or vine.
  • Rubbing Posts — Don’t bother with these; they simply don’t draw in deer because they just don’t use rubs like they do scrapes (real or mock).

There ya go! Now we are all destined to shoot more big bucks. Sweet…

Happy hunting.

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12:05

Pennsylvania Urgent Hunting Alert: Your Representative Needs to Hear from You Immediately! [NRA-ILA News]

Your State Representative is expected to vote on important pro-hunting legislation, Senate Bill 147, as early as tomorrow!

11:00

New Weatherby Mark V Carbonmark Models Available in 3 Stunning new Models [The Firearm Blog]

Weatherby Mark V CarbonmarkThe popular magnum cartridge gun manufacturer Weatherby is proud to announce three new Weatherby Mark V Carbonmark Rifles. These new rifles will provide custom-built features in an extremely precise rifle platform. These rifles are purported to have some aggressive pricing and boast numerous models with all-new features and technologies available to the shooter. The new […]

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10:00

Spuhr gets new AK4C order from the Swedish Armed Forces [The Firearm Blog]

Spuhr in Sweden just released the news that they got a large H&K MP5 upgrade order from the German Bundespolizei. Just a few days later it is time for another positive announcement. On this occasion, it’s another upgrade for an aging Heckler & Koch firearm, but for the Swedish Armed Forces which is Spuhr’s home market. […]

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08:00

Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) Acquires Assets of J Allen Enterprises [AllOutdoor.com]

MDT (Modular Driven Technologies) as well as J Allen Enterprises have been leading the way for chassis systems in the world of firearms for quite some time now. These two independent titans of custom, long-range stocks have now struck a marriage where MDT will receive some of their assets. The complete Press Release can be read below outlining everything:

MDT is excited to announce the acquisition of the designs, tooling and patents of the renowned precision rifle chassis system, the J Allen Chassis JAE-700 and JAE-100.

The J Allen Chassis systems have been touted as one of the most comfortable and configurable stock-style chassis systems in the last two decades, making it one of the most popular chassis among top precision rifle competitors. MDT is proud to continue the J Allen Legacy under the MDT line of precision rifle chassis and accessories.

CEO Maarten Van Ruitenburg states, ‘The acquisition of the tooling, patents, and design of the J Allen Chassis systems strengthens MDT’s position as the premier chassis manufacturer in the industry and offers another proven product to help customers SHOOT BETTER.’ MDT will begin the transition of the Chassis production late 2019 at its Everson WA, USA facilities and plans to be in full production by mid 2020.’ MDT will produce the J Allen Chassis with the same quality and expanded features that MDT and JAE customers expect,’ says Van Ruitenburg.

For all of the long-range and precision rifle shooters in our readership this is huge news! MDT will undoubtedly be bringing big things to us in the very near future with these newly acquired assets. MDT, being the leading precision rifle chassis manufacturer that they are, have offices and production in both Canada (Chilliwack, British Columbia) and the USA (Everson, Washington).

Rifle stocks, just like cars or trucks, have die-hard legions of fans. Some of us may have been loyalists with our wallets to MDT while potentially others to J Allen Enterprises. Who is excited to see what MDT might be bringing out in the coming years? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

Strike Industries VOA Handguards for Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries VOA Handguards for Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 Shotguns (22)I first saw the pre-production prototypes of VOA aluminum handguards for Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 shotguns at Strike Industries booth at SHOT Show 2019. Recently, the company has announced that these forearms are now available for purchase. Let’s see what features the VOA forearms offer. The VOA handguards are made by machining 6061 aluminum […]

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07:00

Focused for hunting – The new Schmidt Bender 3-21×50 EXOS [The Firearm Blog]

The Schmidt & Bender hunting scope 3-21×50 Exos was introduced earlier this year, but are only now showing up. Apart from the introduction and description from the maker TFB have some really good pictures of the reticle from LongRange.sk. Below: Press picture from Schmidt & Bender. The 3-21×50 Exos has a second focal plane reticle […]

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06:27

Sir Charles Ross was a Jerk: The Martello Tower [Forgotten Weapons]

Sir Charles Ross was really a jerk sometimes. Not the sort of guy you would want to go into business with…

06:00

Franklin Armory Announces Lawsuit Against New Jersey [The Firearm Blog]

Franklin Armory have announced they were filing a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey. Specifically they have filed suit alleging that by barring them from selling the Franklin Armory Reformation, New Jersey has violated their 2nd Amendment rights. The Reformation Readers may recall that in SHOT Show 2018 Franklin Armory debuted the Reformation. Mostly […]

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Top 5 Glocks that SHOULD Exist (But Don’t…yet) [The Firearm Blog]

Fantasy Glock survey!: https://forms.gle/ULyeK33MMTHM7SzL8 In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves talks about his top 5 Fantasy Glocks. You know, Glocks that don’t exist, but should? We have some WILD ones in here today, someone check on James because we think he’s not doin’ so hot. He’s talking about 1911s again. And do you have […]

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Monday, 28 October

19:27

NRA Member spotlight: Meet the Man Who Helped Turn an Anti-Gun Townhall into a Pro-gun Rally [NRA-ILA News]

At a townhall meeting in Michigan this month, Congresswoman Haley Stevens appeared to lose control when the NRA came up and began emotionally screaming, “The NRA has got to go! The NRA has got to go!” The audience was filled with pro-2A Michiganders. Justin Nazaroff, an NRA Life- and Business Alliance Member, was among them. He defended gun owners in a hard-hitting TV interview afterwards.

19:16

Of Course Shannon Watts and Everytown are Anti-gun and Hate the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Shannon Watts must be making a late run at PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year. On the October 18 edition of CBS’s “The Takeout with Major Garrett,” the gun control activist told the correspondent, “Often people think that because we're doing this work, we're anti-gun or we don't support the Second Amendment. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Anyone remotely familiar with the American gun control debate will know that nothing could be closer to a demonstrable lie.

19:13

Anti-gun Ghosts Consider Challenges to President Trump as Current Field Falters [NRA-ILA News]

This is the time of year when hideous creatures emerge on television and computer screens to menace and prey upon the unwary.

18:33

NRA Statement On AckMac Suit []

As I said earlier, the NRA filed an amended complaint in their lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen on Friday. This lawsuit is before the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Official Picture from Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors

Michael Collins, a partner in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and the NRA’s attorney in the case, released this statement regarding the amended complaint. It was released, I believe, on Friday.

“The NRA believes Ackerman McQueen breached its fiduciary duties, engaged in fraudulent billing, and failed to maintain adequate books and records – all in an effort to enrich itself at the expense of the NRA and its members, ” says Michael J. Collins, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and counsel to the NRA. “The allegations reveal a pattern of corruption that included NRATV, a failed media enterprise the agency proposed, managed and sustained through misleading accounts of viewership and promised commercial viability. In the end, the NRA believes NRATV became all ‘smoke and mirrors’ – a vehicle touted by Ackerman for the sole purpose of continuing the flow of millions of dollars of fees which the agency needed to sustain itself.”

Collins continued, “At the same time, when questions began to arise about Ackerman’s billing practices and whether it was taking advantage of the considerable discretion it possessed in such matters, the agency stonewalled the inquiry and embarked upon a scorched-earth campaign against all of its perceived adversaries. Ultimately, this included the CEO of the Association, executives, and outside professionals charged with obtaining answers to legitimate concerns about the agency’s practices. The NRA and its members are determined to ferret out what now appears to have been a considerable amount of corruption.”

Again, thanks to Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon for posting the statement from Michael Collins.

Amanda Suffecool of Eye on the Target Radio made a comment about this case tonight as we were recording the Polite Society Podcast which I thought was insightful. Watching the NRA/Wayne LaPierre and AckMac go after one another is liking watching a bitter divorce in action. You have both parents fighting over the marital assets, you have both parents fighting for custody of the kids (the NRA members), and both parents are slinging mud for all they are worth. In the end no one wins and the kids are the victims.

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17:00

TFB Review: Infitech Aimpoint Micro Mount, Enlarged Magazine Release & Charging Handle [The Firearm Blog]

We have previously covered the Infitech Ruger PC Carbine Aimpoint Micro Mount and other accessories, but it was now time to put them on an actual rifle. I probably have spent more time upgrading and evolving my Ruger PC Carbine (hunting version) than shooting it, but that was going to change as soon as I […]

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16:30

POTD: B&T APC223/556 with a Vortex UH1 [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – we take a look at some high-quality photos of a Swiss B&T APC-223/556. I have no figures, and I don’t think anyone else does either, but the market dominance for AR15s in the .223Rem/5.56 semi-automatic rifle market must be extremely dominant. There are good reasons for this dominance, but it […]

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16:00

TFB FIELD STRIP: The 1895 Nagant Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Field Strip: 1895 Nagant RevolverThe 1895 Nagant revolver is a unique wheelgun that stands out from many designs.  The Nagant revolver is well known as a Russian revolver, however it was actually designed by Emile and Leon Nagant in Belgium in the early 1890’s.  In 1898 the full production began in Russia. The unique features that make the 1895 […]

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15:12

AckMac Goes Nuclear On NRA []

The NRA filed suit against Ackerman McQueen and some of their employees in US District Court for the Northern District of Texas at the end of August. Ackerman McQueen responded to the lawsuit on October 1st with a counter-claim and added a third party complaint naming Wayne LaPierre. On Friday, the NRA filed an amended complaint. I will get to each of these in a separate post.

Thanks to Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon, we have the press release sent out by AckMac in response to the amend complaint. It takes no prisoners. After saying that Wayne LaPierre defrauded AckMac many times as they declared in their court filing, they go on to say, part:

LaPierre controlled every aspect of NRATV for which he recruited talent, approved every budget, audited every metric and required ultimate confidentiality. Ackerman McQueen routinely offered and toward the end of the relationship demanded an outside firm audit NRATV performance but LaPierre refused. Unlike the NRA, AMc welcomes full transparency. LaPierre’s apparent paranoia and lust for secrecy fed his justification for private air travel, luxury hotels and countless other expenses for himself, his family and friends that were all paid by member dues.

The membership is being misled. The NRA is pouring tens of millions of non-profit funds into lawyers and lawsuits to cover up the abject failure of executive and board leadership. They continue to contrive allegations that they are not currently proving and will continue to not be able to prove in any legal setting. Instead they grovel at the feet of the media they used to decry, hoping to create some spin for Wayne LaPierre.

The latest NRA legal filing is another cynical attempt to distract from Wayne LaPierre’s documented mismanagement of the organization and the captive board’s complicit behavior. These collective failures are the only reason the NRA faces multiple state attorneys general investigations, a US Senate Finance Committee investigation, calls for the IRS and FBI to investigate, a class-action lawsuit and countless legal disputes filed by the NRA intended to intimidate anyone who opposes LaPierre’s reported misuse of NRA resources.

Damn!

Given that AckMac helped build the image of Wayne LaPierre from the 1990s onwards, I suspect they know more about Wayne than most do or want to know. If we needed any more proof that the symbiotic relationship between Wayne and AckMac is over, we now have it.

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11:00

New Multi-Caliber Sniper Weapon System for Swedish Armed Forces [The Firearm Blog]

The current sniper rifles in the Swedish Army are the PSG90 and the AG90. The AG90 is the Barret M82 in .50 BMG and the PSG90 is made by Accuracy International in .308 Win. The M82 is more of an anti-material rifle than a sniper rifle. After a lot of testing the Accuracy International L96A1 AW, […]

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10:45

Should we Reconsider the 308 Battle Rifle? [AllOutdoor.com]

How many of the readers have either added a 308 battle rifle (PTR-91, FN/FAL, M1A) to their arsenal, or are planning on adding one?  For more than a decade I was a proponent of having at least one, if not several 308 battle rifles.  However, after deep consideration I have grown to doubt that philosophy.

What are some of the benefits of a 308 semi-automatic rifle?  One of the main selling points is that the 308 Winchester can harvest larger game than the 223 / 5.56mm and 7.62×39.  Another selling point is a balance between modern hunting and military-grade firearms.  Modern military rifles opt for a smaller cartridge than the 308 and 30-06.

Why would we want to reconsider having at least one, if not several 308 battle riffles?

Price

Price is a factor for most readers.  There are a few who can throw thousands of dollars around at a whelm, but most of us live on a budget.  Rather than breaking down prices for the PTR, FN/FAL and M1A, let’s say the average rifle costs around $1,100.

A Marlin 336 will typically set the reader back around $400.  That means we can buy two Marlin 336 30-30 lever action rifles for around $850 (tax included), then dump $250 into ammunition.

DS Arms FN/FAL rifle

Let’s mix things up a little bit… a S&W M&P 15 costs around $600 (tax included).  Let’s throw a $400 lever action into the mix, and that leaves us with around $100 for accessories and ammo.

If we wanted to go really cheap, how many used guns could we get for $1,100?  We could probably walk into any Pawn Shop and walk out with half a dozen guns for less than $1,100.

With all of that in mind, does it make sense to invest so much money in a single firearm?

Heavy and Bulky

The M1A, FN/FAL and PTR-91 date to an era before “space-age polymers” and aluminum became widespread.  In short, these are steel-framed rifles made for the battlefield.

For example, my personal FN/FAL with scope and five rounds of 308 Winchester weighs in at 11.4 pounds.  The rifle was weighed for this article.

Remington model 700 chambered in 280 Remington 7mm express (with a heavier aftermarket stock) weighs 8.4 pounds.

Marlin 336 (no optic) weighs seven pounds.

Overall height of a FN/FAL with optic is 9 3/4 inches.

Overall height of a Marlin 336 without optic is around 6 inches.

Final Thoughts

Some people may say we are comparing apples to oranges, and that is fine.  However, if we are going to invest thousand of dollars into firearms, shouldn’t we consider our options?

Then again, with all of that said, while planning for an upcoming hunting trip I cannot decide between my 308 battle rifle, Remington bolt action, and Marlin lever action. If we were post-collapse the choice would be easy — it would be the FN/FAL.

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10:00

Microtech Suppressors in the Wild [The Firearm Blog]

About this time of the year, in 2017, TFB announced that the Microtech Suppressors had been approved by the ATF. Two years have passed and since then there has been very little news, other than a constant flow of new knives from the company. This all changed recently, and TFB got approval to quote the news […]

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09:32

Watch: Best Deer Hunting Call Ever [AllOutdoor.com]

Whitetail guru (or at least respected whitetail authority) Jeff Sturgis talks about deer calls in this video. He runs down the list of common calls and discusses the pros and cons of each… then he finishes off this short video with his favorite deer call of all time.

This is a guy who has killed a bunch of mature deer, so when he talks about hunting and what works, it’s a good idea to listen.

  • Rattling — can be great, but mainly where bucks can’t circle downwind of you (and where other hunters haven’t been rattling).
  • Snort wheeze — sometimes effective, but it’s an aggressive tactic which will usually repel wary mature bucks.
  • Doe bleats — calls it a “Hail Mary” call. Unlikely to spook deer, but often ineffective.
  • Decoys — (not a call, but still a tactic to attract deer) Can be effective, but decoys spook more deer than they don’t (this is my experience also).

But what is the best-ever deer call, according to Jeff? A good ol’ grunt tube.

He describes how a seeking buck can be drawn in with a grunt call… and why you should not be aggressive with it if you can see that a buck has heard you and is interested. Stop calling… otherwise the buck may pinpoint you too well.

I know the grunt can be a great call… I learned that in about 1994, when I burped at a movement in the brush and a big buck hopped out and stared me down. And later that morning, I used my “burp grunt” to attract and slay a whitetail buck.

Anyhow, enjoy the video… and keep your grunt call handy.

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08:43

11-Year-Old Girls Bags 12-Point Buck on Her First Hunt [AllOutdoor.com]

Minnesota resident Lilly Mickelson is only 11 years old, but on her first hunt she reportedly bagged a huge whitetail buck with more points than she has years on this earth.

Friday night, around suppertime, 11-year-old Lilly Mickelson proved she can make even grown men green with envy.

She killed the big beast while hunting with her father just 10 minutes’ travel from her home… and she spotted it before he did.

‘He didn’t see [the deer] at first, so I had to point it out to him,’ said Lilly. ‘We were both shocked, and we were trying to get a good aim.’

As it was her first time behind the gun on a deer hunt, Lilly was concerned that she might miss. She didn’t miss, but he did have to finish off the big buck. Many adult hunters — myself included — have been in the same boat.

‘I hit it in the back, so I broke its back and had to go up to it again and shoot it a couple times before it died completely,’ she nodded.

I see but one problem with this — other than I’ve never gotten a buck nearly that big — and that is, where can she go from here? Here’s hoping she adopts my late father’s motto: “I’m a trophy hunter — I’m just not particular about my trophies.”

If not, she may hunt a lifetime without getting a chance at a bigger buck. But it’s all about the experience, not the size of the critter. Even a doe can still get my heart racing.

She owes her opportunity to a youth hunt, implemented by Minnesota DNR to help get more young ‘uns involved in hunting. Awesome!

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08:06

Video: Making the Coyote Skull Chandelier [AllOutdoor.com]

A while back, I showed y’all the amazing chandelier some young ladies had created — using 300 coyote skulls! It’s an amazing creation, to say the least, hanging in the shop of Lauren Hull of Hull’s Skulls.

A few hours ago, Lauren posted a video showing time-lapse building of the canine cranium composition, as well as some really cool views of it after the build was complete.

Building the impressive coyote-skull chandelier.

Building the impressive coyote-skull chandelier.

Here’s what she said about it:

I had always wanted an antler chandelier for my shop but never had enough antlers…what I did have was a boatload of coyote heads in my freezer brought to me by a friend who traps. So after 5 months of fleshing, beetling, degreasing, and reassembling 300 coyote heads, the coyote skull chandelier was born.

This chandelier was made possible by my minion/cousin/apprentice/skull fleshing whiz, Christina. Couldn’t’ve gotten this done without her, or my Gram, who glued in 12,600 coyote teeth!

Last but not least, Thank you to my friend Jake Richmond who made this awesome timelapse!

Looks kinda spooky in the dark.

Looks kinda spooky in the dark.

It’s a really creative way to demonstrate just how good they are at their business of skull cleaning, while not letting the headbones of trapped nuisance coyotes go to waste. Neat!

This is perhaps the best use of any coyote — ever.

An eerie glow from within lights the 300 coyote craniums in this chandelier.

An eerie glow from within lights the 300 coyote craniums in this chandelier.

Here’s the time-lapse video… enjoy.

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08:00

CMC Now Offers Drop-in Triggers for the Glock Gen 5 [The Firearm Blog]

The subjects of firearms and triggers can go on for a long time. If you start discussing Glock and triggers the debate will go on forever. I have spent quite a lot of time with the Glock 17 Gen 4, and a little with the Gen 5 and I think the trigger is an improvement […]

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07:00

What Would You Buy If You Had An Hour To Spend 1 Million Dollars On Guns and Gear? [The Firearm Blog]

Occasionally I’ll sit down in a restaurant with family or good buddies and strike up gun related conversations. A few years ago my dad jokingly said he would love to give me a million dollars to buy whatever gun parts I wanted, but the catch would be I only had an hour to spend it. […]

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06:27

Ross MkI: Canada’s First Battle Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

Sir Charles Ross was heir to a very wealthy Scottish family, and was a talented if temperamental engineer. He took an interest in firearms and their design, and worked with American and English connections to produce a line of his own straight–pull sporting rifles. Upon returning from the Boer War he looked to expand into the military market.

At this same time, the Canadian government was looking to replenish its arms supplies after the war, and requested Enfield rifles form the British. The request was turned down, as Britain did not have enough supply to spare any form the Canadians. The Canadians were expected to construct their own factory to make rifles oft he standard British pattern. Well, the Canadian government was not eager to invest that sort of capital into the project. They investigated buying arms elsewhere, but the consensus was that Canada’s armaments should come from either Britain or from within Canada itself. No good solution was apparent until Sir Charles Ross stepped in.

Ross offered to fund the construction of a factory himself, and use Canadian labor and industry to manufacture Ross rifles for the military. This seemed like an excellent solution – for zero initial cash outlay, the Canadian government would get rifles both designed and produced domestically! The rifles would be chambered for the standard .303 British cartridge, thus handling the British objections about arms compatibility (Ross pointed out that the British themselves used something like 7 different patterns of rifle at the time).

In 1902, Ross and the Canadian government signed a contract for 12,000 rifles to be made in 1903 and 10,000 per year thereafter, at the price of $25 each. In addition to the Canadian military, the Royal North West Mounted Police also adopted the new Ross rifle. Military deliveries did not actually begin until 1905, and when they did plenty of disturbing problems arose. The rifles proved fragile and unreliable – and a weak bolt latch periodically allowed the bolt to fall completely out of the rifle on parade drill – not a good start!

Only 9,500 of the Mark I Ross rifles were made, and an improved Mark II pattern would follow as quickly as Ross could make it a reality.

Many thanks to the private collectors who allowed me access to their rifles to make this video!

06:00

Cobalt Kinetics Ceases Premium AR15 Production [The Firearm Blog]

With the recent sneak peek of the new Cobalt Kinetics line of 1911-Style Pistols, there was also some other less positive news attached to the same release. About five years ago Cobalt Kinetics released their new series of modern AR-15s. Most of them had a very aggressive design combined with fancy colors and details, and over […]

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Sunday, 27 October

16:30

POTD: General Dynamics RM277 – Next Generation Squad Weapon [The Firearm Blog]

TFB’s Matthew Moss did an excellent article about the RM277 – General Dynamics’ Next Generation Squad Weapon and in today’s Photo Of The Day we will follow up with some more speculations. And the photo above of course, which is the main attraction! Today we are looking at the RM277, General Dynamics’ rifle/carbine entrant into […]

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12:20

Movement On School Safety In Illinois []

The Illinois Association of School Boards’ Resolution Committee is recommending passage of a school safety resolution backing voluntary armed school staff. The measure will be voted on at the Joint Annual Conference to be held November 22nd through 24th in Chicago. IASB represents 98% of the school districts in the state of Illinois.

The resolution entitled Student Safety states:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support and advocate for legislation which provides local school boards the option of developing Student Safety and Protection Plans which allow voluntary district employees, in any capacity, the ability to carry a concealed firearm on district property, provided the employee has a valid Illinois FOID card, holds a certified Illinois Concealed Carry License, has completed all additional trainings and certifications set forth by the respective school board, one of which MUST include yearly certified Active Shooter Training. Only district employees who fulfill all requirements listed and receive Superintendent and Board approval would be eligible as an active and armed part of the Student Safety and Protection Plan.

The resolution was submitted by Mercer County School District 404. As part of their rationale for passage of this resolution, they pointed out that their district has 5 school building in three different towns spread out over 378 square miles. They go on to add:

The districts in our state should be allowed to determine what is best for them, rather than leaving the determination to those in Springfield who do not know or understand communities outside their own.

The Resolutions Committee agreed and noted that rural school districts do not have “the fast response times of emergency responders in urban and suburban areas.” They went on to point out the lag times can be substantial due to both geography and resources. This plus the fact that the decision on armed school staff would be left to local discretion were the primary reasons that they urged passage.

The Daily Northwestern reported that the IASB delegate for the Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Joseph Halipern, opposes firearms in schools but did recognize it is as a concern for rural school districts.

“The district and Resolution Committee’s rationale for putting (the resolution) in speaks to the diversity of school districts in Illinois, and it makes a lot of sense,” Hailpern said. “Districts in rural communities have a very different lived experience regarding access to police, proximity to police and response times.”

Halipern serves on the District 65 Board of Education and is principal of Braeside Elementary School in Highland Park located in District 112.

A similar resolution was voted down last year by the IASB delegates.

The issue really comes down to the fact that rural school districts are different that large urban and suburban school districts. They generally have a smaller tax base, less resources, have slower emergency response times, and are less anti-gun. They are miles – not mere blocks – away from police or sheriff’s departments.

The sad thing is that even if the IASB passes this Student Safety resolution at their Joint Annual Conference it won’t get through the Illinois General Assembly. Even if that unlikely event were to happen, Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D-IL), would veto the bill and school safety be damned if it means armed school staff.

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08:00

OBSOLETE: Here’s Why Revolvers Are LESS Reliable Than Autos [The Firearm Blog]

Befuddled old men are fond of saying that revolvers are “six for sure” and insist that they cannot ever fail. But are revolvers really more reliable than self-loading handguns? Let’s find out by gettin’ dirty.   ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if you enjoy our […]

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06:27

Book Review: French Tanks of the Great War [Forgotten Weapons]

Having recently finished guiding a WW1 battlefield tour in France and Belgium, I found myself curious to learn more about the details of French tank development and service. We are used to seeing and hearing about the British tanks, but it was actually the French Renault FT-17 light tank that would set the future of modern tank development. The book I found was Tim Gale’s “French Tanks in the Great War”; a history of both the development and combat use of the three models that saw French service (the Schneider, the St. Chamond, and the FT-17). The developmental story is not really technical in this book – it is focused instead on the logistic and organizational development of the tank service (the “Special Artillery”). The technical development is covered, but not in much detail.

Where the book is loaded with detail is in the combat history of the tanks. From the Nivelle Offensive in 1917 through the end of the war, Gale describes the actions of the tank units deployed to each major unit. This information comes form the original after-action reports of the French military archives, and is loaded with details, often down to the actions of individual tanks. What we see from this is a very interesting evolution of French tank doctrine, from a shaky start when no-one had any experience in the employment of tanks (and when a poor performance could have jeopardized their whole existence) to the fall or 1918 when the art of tank employment (which was really the art of combined arms operation, including infantry, tanks, aircraft, and artillery together) was really coalescing as a proven doctrine.

The ties to small arms are  a bit slim, but the book does discuss German anti-tank weaponry and tactics, including the deployment in 1918 of the tankgewehr AT rifles. In my opinion, the understanding of tanks is essential to a proper well-rounded understanding of the First World War, but this is definitely not a book heavy on small arms information. For the price, though (around $20 on Amazon at the time of this writing), it is a wealth of information and I would definitely recommend it.

Saturday, 26 October

16:30

POTD: German Panzergrenadier with Heckler & Koch HK69A1 [The Firearm Blog]

Time for another Photo Of The Day. This time we’re in Germany for some training with their soldiers. We take a closer look at a Heckler & Koch that we don’t see too often, namely the HK69A1 or the Bundeswehr designation “AG40 A1“. In German, the grenade launcher is auto-translated into a “grenade pistol“, which […]

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15:28

Gen. Flynn is in good hands [Of Arms and the Law]

Originally he was represented by Covington & Burling, a big and well-regarded Washington DC firm. Then he retained Sidney Powell, and things are rapidly changing. And this is, I think, just the judge for a case like that. At the outset, he issued an order requiring certain disclosures to the defense. For a bit, people thought it extraordinary, then it was discovered that he does that in every prosecution. I seem to recall he does it because of what Ms. Powell uncovered in an earlier high profile prosecution, where the government was concealing critical information.

12:54

SILENCER SATURDAY #96: NFA Process 101 – How To Buy A Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #96: NFA Process 101 - How To Buy A SilencerGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to another Silencer Saturday and brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine. Last week we talked about the National Firearms Act (NFA) and why it kills design and manufacturing innovation in the firearms industry. From the consumer’s standpoint, the process to buy, transfer and own NFA items can be […]

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09:00

Washington: Tacoma City Council to Vote on Proposed Gun Tax [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, October 29th, the Tacoma City Council is scheduled to hold a Final Reading and vote on a proposed ordinance to tax the purchase of firearms and ammunition. Additionally, the City Council is considering an amendment to exempt manufacturers from this tax scheme, leaving local gun store owners and their law-abiding patrons to the foot the bill.

08:27

Shadow Systems MR918 9mm FDE Pistols Shipping Now [AllOutdoor.com]

Shadow Systems Corp. based in Plano, Texas, carrying on from the great success of the MR918 (MR = Multi-Role) 9mm platform have released the Elite and Combat series with flat dark earth (FDE) frames. The prices remain the same as the black version, with Elite version starting at $989 USD and Combat version starting at $879 USD.

Both pistols feature front and rear slide serrations with the Elite version that also has top serrations and window cut-out up front. Frames are made in-house and features build-in flared magwell (in addition to a removable, larger magwell that comes in the box) as well as the ability to change the grip angle by changing the backstrap. Like the black version, the FDE frames has trigger undercut and aggressive stippling job.

Sights are Ameriglo HD Night Sights with yellow front outline containing tritium and blackout rear.

These pistols can be configured to be optic ready, with slides directly machined to accept RMR footprint red-dot optics such as the Trijicon RMR, SRO and Holosun HS507C.

These pistols are shipping to dealers nation wide and are also available at their website at shadowsystemscorp.com.

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06:39

BOOMER LIST: Top Craptastic Fudd Gear Available Today [The Firearm Blog]

BOOMER LIST: Top Craptastic Fudd Gear Available TodayAs we have demonstrated time and time again within the walls of TFB’s “HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP” series, being labeled a Fudd is an indictment of a state of mind, not term based solely on the equipment you own or the activities you pursue. Case in point: I own a KA-BAR knife in a […]

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06:27

Star Model 1914 at a Backup Gun Match [Forgotten Weapons]

This didn’t come out as well as I was hoping (one of the stage videos got corrupted and the others don’t show the shooting stages as well as I’d anticipated), but I will do better in future work. The gun, on the other hand, performed much better than I was expecting!

The Star Model 1914 was a pistol purchased by the French army starting in 1915 as an emergency wartime substitute standard sidearm alongside the Ruby. The Star was a more expensive gun, but also higher quality than many of the Ruby clones. It is a single-action, simple blowback action chambered for .32 ACP (7.65mm Browning) with a single-stack 9-round magazine. I did have to download the magazine to 8 rounds for it to be reliable, but that may well just the result of wear and tear on a century-old magazine.

The match where I am shooting today is designed for backup guns, like compact automatics and snub-nosed revolvers. Each stage is designed for 5-10 rounds, with no mandatory reloads – which makes it a good venue for me to use a gun like, which I only have a single magazine for. Note that because of the wide variety non non-range-safe ways people carry backup guns, the match stages never begin with a live gun holstered. Instead, you substitute a dummy gun in your carry style of choice (for me today, a 1916 pattern French Ruby holster). At the buzzer, you draw the dummy gun and then swap it for your real gun.

Overall, I placed much better than I had expected – tied for 4th out of 28 shooters!

Friday, 25 October

17:00

Friday Night Lights: COD MW Dark Edition Pano NVGs – More Doodie Than Duty [The Firearm Blog]

Dark Edition Pano NVGsCall of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) came out on November 9, 2009. The Prestige Edition of MW2 came with extras for the game including a set of digital night vision goggles. Fast forward almost a decade later and Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) just came out and just like its decade-old predecessor, this […]

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16:30

POTD: Spanish Snipers from Battle Group Latvia [The Firearm Blog]

Today we take a look at Spanish Snipers and spotters from the eFP Latvian BattleGroup, as they maintain their level of marksmanship on a range in Camp Ādaži training area in August 2019. Above you can see a sniper shooting with a tripod. This is much more difficult than it looks, at least that is […]

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16:00

TFB FIELD STRIP: The Mosin-Nagant Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?s=field+stripWelcome to another edition of TFB’s Field Strip series.  Today we’ll cover the disassembly process of the famed Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle.  Since the Mosin-Nagant rifles have hit the surplus market, people seem to either love them or hate them.  Regardless of your feelings on them, the Mosin-Nagant has sealed its place in history, despite […]

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13:38

Illinois: Gun Control Bill May Move Soon [NRA-ILA News]

The Illinois General Assembly will reconvene for a Veto Session on October 28th and gun control legislation may move quickly. Anti-gun legislators are not giving up in their attempt to pass Senate Bill 1966 to criminalize private firearm transfers and unnecessarily increase the cost and red tape for a FOID. SB 1966 previously passed the House, so it is critical that the Senate votes it down in this Veto Session.

12:26

Pennsylvania: Your Action Needed - Urge Your Representative to Support Important Pro-Hunting Legislation on Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, October 28, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is scheduled to consider pro-hunting legislation, Senate Bill 147.

11:53

New Hampshire: House Committee to Vote on Firearm Seizure Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On October 30th, the New Hampshire state House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold the final executive session on the carry-over House Bill 687, which would allow Second Amendment rights to be suspended and firearms seized without due process.

11:00

Bergara Rifles Introduces Their B-14R .22 LR Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

To give people a hint of their new rifle, Bergara North America showed the public a picture of the magazine (see below). That does look a little strange, but it doesn’t take long before the average reader understands it’s a magazine for .22LR.     Moments later the full product release was unveiled. Press Release: […]

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10:00

NEW Night Fision Tritium Pistol Night Sights with GLOW DOME Technology [The Firearm Blog]

NEW Night Fision Tritium Night Sights with Glow Dome Technology (1)Night Fision has announced the launch of new tritium handgun night sights that utilize a technology called Glow Dome. This technology is incorporated into the front sight design and as seen in the below-embedded image, its main design element is the dome-shaped optical part placed in front of the tritium insert. According to the company, […]

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08:00

Washington: Court Upholds State Preemption in Legal Victory for NRA & SAF [NRA-ILA News]

On October 18th, law-abiding gun owners won a major victory when the Washington Superior Court granted a motion for summary judgment against the City of Edmonds for violating the state’s preemption statute. This win invalidates the mandatory firearm storage ordinance passed by the City Council, and constitutes a victory for freedom and the Second Amendment.

08:00

The Ignition Custom Engineering Nerf Rifle Has Been Retired [The Firearm Blog]

The Precision Rifle Series Australia will lose a little bit of flare this year. The notorious Ignition Custom NERF Rifle has been retired. Throughout two years of competitive Australian precision and practical rifle events, the Ignition Custom Engineering NERF Rifle served with dignity and style. After two years of everything we could throw at it […]

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07:00

Dan Wesson 1911 meets CZ in a new pistol named DWX [The Firearm Blog]

It’s not every day we get to tell you about a new handgun, but today we have the pleasure of introducing the DWX (Dan Wesson X).  The model is a merge between a Dan Wesson and a CZ. Think of it as a pistol that uses the single-action trigger of a 1911 in combination with […]

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06:27

Three Variations of Party Leader PPK Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

Today, courtesy of Tom from Legacy Collectibles, we are taking a look at “party leader” PPK pistols. There are three different versions of these, and we will look at all of them in sequence. They are highly valued in the collecting community, and also extremely easy to fake, making authentication quite difficult. I will give you as much information as I can to assist in this, and Tom is happy to help (free of charge) as well.

 

06:27

Japanese WW2 Training Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 2086 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphy Extraordinary auction.

Before and during World War Two, the Japanese used a variety of training rifles and machine guns in both formal military instruction and technical schools to teach basic military drill. These guns were used for teaching basic drill skills, and were built to use wooden-bullet blank ammunition instead of regular cartridges. This greatly simplified arranging safe facilities for the training.

The training machine guns were intended to replicate the basic handling of the Type 96 and Type 99 Nambu guns, with similar bipods, grips, stocks, sights, and top-mounted magazines. Mechanically, however, they are simple tube receivers with blowback open bolt firing mechanisms. Some, like this one, have dummy gas systems so that bayonets can be fitted as on real machine guns and so the gas adjustment procedure can be pantomimed. The parts are held together by simple screws for simplicity of production. At least six different companies made training machine guns, and they are found in a wide variety of configurations – usually without any identifying markings. This example is one of the more complex designs and also a very nice-condition example. Unfortunately, the magazine is missing (as they usually are).

WARNING: DO NOT FIRE LIVE AMMUNITION IN THESE GUNS! They are intended only for wooden-bullet blanks, and live ammunition will severely damage the gun and potentially injure the shooter. Also, be aware that these guns are considered machine guns by Federal law in the US, and are illegal if not registered under the NFA.

06:00

Springfield Hellcat vs. SIG P365: Which is Better? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the new Springfield Hellcat and compares it to the SIG P365. Both of these guns are ultra-compact doublestacks – truly the only guns of their type on the market. They are almost identical in size and weight and the capacity is similar: But which one should you […]

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The Guns of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie [The Firearm Blog]

The guns of El CaminoThe guns of el Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock or hate entertainment, you should have caught a glimpse of the new Netflix original movie, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Directed by Vince Gilligan, the original director of the Breaking Bad series and starring Aaron Paul as the […]

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Thursday, 24 October

18:31

Lott’s Mexico []

Dr. John Lott had a new piece in the Wall Street Journal this week about Mexico’s extremely high murder rate despite its strict gun control laws.  

Photo Credit: The Wall Street Journal

The figures Lott quotes are staggering:  with almost six times as many murders per 100,000 people as in the U.S., Mexico has a serious problem.

By all accounts the problem may be of their own making.  As highlighted in the Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Mexico’s strict gun control measures began in 1972 ostensibly to control violence.  Presently only 1% of Mexicans possess a license to own a firearm, obtaining a permit to legally carry a pistol is unheard of and private sales are for all practical purposes forbidden yet since 1972 the murder rate has doubled! 

While addressing how many of Mexico’s crime guns come from the U.S., Dr. Lott explains why the 70% figure cited by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is grossly exaggerated. He points out that number is a select subset of a select subset and the actual number may be closer to 17%.

Furthermore, it appears evident the bulk of Mexico’s crime guns, often fully-automatic, are cartel supplied and originate in Central and South America or other international locations.  Once again, it is evidenced that when strict gun control laws leave the general population unarmed, vulnerable, and powerless, criminals will feel emboldened.  Layer onto this a history of military and police corruption along with a powerful cartel presence and you have the perfect recipe for out of control criminal violence.  

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17:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Night Sights vs Fiber Optic With A Weapon Light [The Firearm Blog]

In my previous articles, I’ve talked about why it’s important to have some sort of light when concealed carrying whether it’s a weapon-mounted light or some sort of handheld light. When concealed carrying, it’s important to have some sort of light source if you’re going out with a handgun at night. A common question I […]

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16:30

POTD: Indian Army Snipers Train with US Army [The Firearm Blog]

Last month during the US India Yudh Abhyas 19 training exercise Indian Army snipers had an opportunity to get acquainted with the US Army’s M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle. The exercise took place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington State, aiming to strengthen the relationship and improve combined interoperability between US INDO-PACOM Land Component Forces and the Indian Army. […]

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16:00

TFB Review: Engineered Silence Chassis For 10/22 Takedown [The Firearm Blog]

Last August I reviewed the Enoch Odin Chassis for the 10/22. Well, Engineered Silence reached out and sent in their own 10/22 chassis. However, what separates the Engineered Silence chassis from the rest of the 10/22 chassis market is that it is designed for the 10/22 Takedown. A 10/22 Chassis Unlike The Others While PMACA […]

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14:40

Oregon: NRA Files Opposition to 2020 Proposed Restriction on Gun Rights [NRA-ILA News]

On October 24th, NRA filed comments with the Oregon Secretary of State opposing a proposed ballot initiative that seeks to restrict the self-defense rights of Oregon’s law-abiding citizens. This egregious attack on our freedoms, known as Initiative Petition 40, rehashes the failed language from Initiative Petition 44 that was defeated in 2018. It is apparent that Oregon’s anti-gun activists think they can outlast you in their incremental war of attrition; it is their fervent hope that your family will be too busy or too tired to notice their continued efforts to erode your freedom. Pay attention: These ballot initiatives represent a direct attempt to coerce Oregon legislators to pass gun control during the 2020 short session.

12:44

Phoenix and Beyond: Muzzleloader Hunting With New and Old Rifles [AllOutdoor.com]

In years past, I’ve hit the deer woods as early as possible, no matter the weather. But where I do most of deer hunting in middle Georgia, archery season usually kicks off the weekend after Labor Day, when it’s hot and humid and the deer are smart enough not to move much during daylight hours. So maybe I’m showing my age, but this year I held out until muzzleloader season before I took to the trees in search of a venison supper.

The trip began on a somber note, as I was travelling on the day of a friend’s funeral. And in keeping with the theme of old friends, I started out the hunt with my father’s old sidelock muzzleloader he’d salvaged from the junk pile and christened “Phoenix.” It’s a .50-caliber smokepole that was in rough shape when Dad got it, but its chrome-lined bore had saved it from total destruction. Dad overhauled it, took it to the woods, and killed a buck or two with it. And now it’s mine.

Dad named this old gun Phoenix. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Dad named this old gun Phoenix.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

On opening morning, I had a fine opportunity to shoot a doe, but she was on the small side and the hunt was young, so she walked on. As the day wore on through a 5-hour morning and 4-hour evening hunt, I started to wonder whether I’d made the correct decision when I held my fire, especially since I’d always wanted to slay a deer with ol’ Phoenix. Ah well.

Sunday produced a grand total of zero deer sightings, but some much-needed rain rolled in that afternoon, which was a real blessing. Monday morning, I enjoyed watching 7 deer and again had a fine opportunity to take a younger doe, but passed. She just didn’t measure up… but it sure was nice to watch her happily feeding on greenbriar leaves at a distance of about 30 feet, blissfully unaware of my presence.

On Tuesday morning, I decided a change of venue was in order and I sat on a ladder stand overlooking a grove of acorn-producing oaks. The deer stayed away, and when rain rolled in that afternoon, I headed for a box stand with a roof. After a short initial shower, the rain settled into a Seattle-style misty drizzle for most of the afternoon. Maybe I wouldn’t see a thing, but it would sure beat lazing around in camp watching the rain fall.

This was as wild as things got for me Tuesday morning. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

This was as wild as things got for me Tuesday morning.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I assuaged my boredom by reviewing my well-worn copy of The Old Man and the Boy, reading a few words in between scanning the woods for action. And after about four and a half hours of that, some deer showed up.

It was a good-sized doe with a couple of large fawns. The old nanny paused and posed and the moment was just right! I quietly cocked Phoenix’s rust-pitted hammer and rested it solidly, took careful aim with the crude iron sights, and squeezed the trigger to send the .490″ lead round ball on its way.

The shot produced an instant smoke cloud from the black powder, but it was easy enough to see the deer double back, running the way from which she’d come. The fawns scrambled into the woods that way also, and shortly I heard some movement that way, which I hoped was the sound of the deer crashing.

Spoiler: Nope.

The shot had felt good and I thought it was a good double-lung hit. A dollop of lung blood behind where she’d been standing seemed to agree. But there was no other blood to be found nearby. It was dusky and the rain was beginning to increase. With no blood trail, I searched the woods in the direction from which I’d heard the crashing earlier. No dice.

Long story short, with true darkness closing in I began tracking the deer. Not blood-trailing; tracking. This was not easy in the woods, but I was able to make out her route through the woods for a ways… and then I found blood! It soon became clear that she’d taken a more northeasterly direction than it had seemed.

An hour had passed since I’d pulled the trigger, and the rain fell harder with each passing minute. I began following the blood trail, losing it a few times but finding it again… until finally, it was gone. By now the rain was steady and hard and had already erased blood sign I’d found just minutes before. The thick woods were black dark. I ventured ahead in the direction the trail indicated, searching blindly in the dark and wet… and when I circled back, I had a heck of a time finding my well-marked blood trail again.

With no more blood and no more chance of finding blood due to the rain, it was time to call it. The deer would only be found by searching, and that would be best accomplished in the daylight. Reluctantly, I called off my search and stumbled back to my stand. I slowly packed up my gear and slogged on back to camp, while the rain fell harder throughout the night.

I did not sleep well.

In the morning, I hit the woods with my buddy Richard, feeling confident we would find the deer. With some difficulty, we retraced the blood trail which I had marked by dropping small bits of paper towel. Then we began a methodical search.

Richard soon found the doe… or its carcass anyhow. A pack of coyotes had laid waste to my deer, stripping it down to bare bones and empty hide.

Heavy sigh.

By the time we found it shortly after sunrise, there wasn't much left of my deer. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

By the time we found it shortly after sunrise, there wasn’t much left of my deer.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Lesson: I should have aimed a smidge farther forward in order to break one or both of the deer’s shoulders.

Should I have gone straight to tracking rather than looking for the deer in the woods? Probably; but in many other similar situations in the past, that had proven counterproductive and I’d found the deer more quickly with a visual search. All situations are different; I’d done all I could have done, and the songdogs got a free meal. Such is life.

That said, I was done toting Phoenix for a while. For the afternoon hunt, I slipped my Savage Model 10ML-II inline muzzleloader out of its case. This is a modern muzzleloader in every sense of the word, and can even be used with certain smokeless powders… and it’s topped off by an ugly 3x-9x Zeiss scope which I’d procured from yet another now-deceased friend.

Modern muzzleloading: Using a Crosstac bag with my Savage inline. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Modern muzzleloading: Using a Crosstac bag with my Savage inline.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The evening hunt showed me a fine opportunity to harvest a gaunt doe and her clingy buttonhead fawn. She was plenty mature, but her ribs showed clearly and her belly was sunken, and that fawn clearly needed her more than I did.

The next morning was the first actual cool weather we’d had all year, and the 45-degree temperature felt great. The deer seemed to agree, and I observed 4 does and 5 fawns during a 6.5-hour sit. I didn’t stay out of the woods long, just hit camp for some lunch before I skedaddled back to the woods. I’d started to wonder just where the heck all the bucks were hiding.

20 minutes after settling in on a ladder stand that hadn’t been hunted that year, I spotted a deer nearby; it was a doe fawn, so young that I could still make out the faded remnants of two rows of spots along her spine. Hardly a candidate for filling the freezer.

The afternoon wore along, and three hours later I was watching the same deer or one just like it when I spotted movement about a hundred yards out, and caught a glimpse of light-colored antlers. I eased the scope to my eye and spotted a good-sized buck surveying the scene, with one of the oddest racks I’ve seen in the woods.

As he moved his head, I counted four points on his right antler, making him legal to take… but his left antler was only a straight spike.

It was decision time.

The last buck I’d shot with a muzzleloader was a quarter-century earlier, way back in the 1900s as it were… and I wasn’t fond of the thought of this guy spreading his funky genes by breeding up our does. So: Take him!

That decision made, my heart began to hammer. The buck had turned its rump to me and was working a licking branch, and I talked myself down from taking a neck shot or driving the 300-grain Hornady XTP jacketed hollowpoint bullet through him lengthwise.

I waited and watched through the scope as I looked for a good shot. And yes, I was reminding myself to hit some bone and break him down, as I’d failed to do with that doe.

Finally, he turned broadside, quartering slightly away. His right side was exposed and his head & neck turned toward me as I held on his shoulder and steadily squeezed the AccuTrigger.

At the shot, the sleek buck fell right there, and after a few kicks he lay still.

My heart was anything but still. I sat there shaking, breathing hard, with my blood-pump trying to knock a hole in my ribs.

The magnificently funky buck, just as I found him. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The magnificently funky buck, just as I found him.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

That curly brow tine actually sticks up from the antler base. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

That curly brow tine actually sticks up from the antler base.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Over the course of 32 years I have slain more than 60 whitetail deer and roughly half of them have been bucks… but the old adrenaline injection still gets me every time.

As my daddy once said as I watched him reload Phoenix with trembling hands after killing a buck, “The day I stop shaking is the day I stop hunting.”

I ain’t quitting yet.

The best buck I've ever taken with a muzzleloader... and one of the most unique. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The best buck I’ve ever taken with a muzzleloader… and one of the most unique.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

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11:00

Soft vs. Hard Rifle Cases – What’s Better For You? [The Firearm Blog]

When thinking about hard and soft rifle cases, it’s easy to just pick one without really looking at what works best. For years I picked one style of case and used it regardless of whether or not it was the best choice for me. Over the last few months, I’ve been asked several times how […]

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10:00

The German Bundeswehr buys more Heckler & Koch 40 mm Grenade Machine Guns [The Firearm Blog]

The German Bundeswehr (German Army) is going to equip more vehicles with the Heckler & Koch GMW (GranatMaschinenWaffe) in the common NATO caliber 40 x 53 mm. The weapon is perhaps more known, as on H&Ks own homepage, as the GMG which you can study more in detail here. It is a recoil-operated, inertia bolt, […]

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09:12

Federal Ammo Teaming up With MeatEater [AllOutdoor.com]

There’s about to be a new line of Federal ammo on gun shop shelves, co-branded with MeatEater. Look for it in early 2020.

From the press release:

Federal Ammunition, the world’s largest ammunition manufacturer, announced the forthcoming launch of an exclusive line of ammunition in partnership with MeatEater. This new line of ammunition will be available in stores starting January 2020.

MeatEater is a media company and lifestyle brand founded by renowned outdoorsman, TV and podcast host, and conservationist Steven Rinella. Federal Ammunition’s MeatEater line will include centerfire, shotshell, and rimfire ammunition that delivers on the expectation of premium performance for all hunting disciplines.

“The MeatEater brand and Federal Ammunition are a great match,” said Federal Ammunition’s President Jason Vanderbrink. “The connection Steven Rinella has with his dedicated audience is on par with Federal’s history and heritage within the hunting community.”

MeatEater’s passionate fan base is already well-acquainted with the field-to-table ethos that is at the center of the brand’s content, from podcasts and TV to articles and social media. To match that core value, every centerfire box of MeatEater ammunition will include a favorite recipe from MeatEater’s experienced kitchen.

“I’ve used Federal Ammunition for most of my life because it’s the best on the market,” said Steven Rinella. “Our whole team is excited to be partnering with the brand we depend on for quality and consistency in the field, which leads to quality and consistency in the meals we share with our families.”

Initially, Federal Ammunition will launch the MeatEater line of ammunition with the proprietary Trophy Copper centerfire ammunition. The line will feature eighteen calibers ranging from .223 to 338 Lapua Magnum and will include popular offerings in 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win, 30-06, and 300 Win Mag. The comprehensive line will include turkey loads, bismuth offerings for waterfowl and upland enthusiasts, and rimfire products for plinking and small game hunting.

Will it be better than other Federal ammo? To quote Paul Harrell, “You be the judge.”

As for me, I’ll refer to one of my late father’s favorite lines: “If it shoots, I like it.” So yeah, I’m in favor.

For more information on Federal ammunition, visit www.federalpremium.com.

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08:00

Underground Arms Watch – October Pt.1 [The Firearm Blog]

Occasionally police operations across the world churn up weapons produced solely for the criminal market. Some of these are improvised while others are semi-professionally produced in illicit workshops. Documented here are a handful of interesting examples uncovered in recent months. According to The Star, last week police in Sheffield UK seized a firearm disguised as […]

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07:38

NRA & Gun Owners Win. Bloomberg / Everytown Lose. [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded a decision by the Montana state Supreme Court protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners in that state. In an NRA-backed case, the justices held, in a 5-0 decision, that the City of Missoula's attempt to impose extreme gun control measures was a clear violation of state law.

07:00

Spuhr gets large MP5 upgrade order from the German Bundespolizei [The Firearm Blog]

If you are travelling to Germany you may see more of the Spuhr MP5 upgrades in the near future, as the German Bundespolizei (German Federal Police) have bought another a total of 6 000 Spuhr stocks. You are more likely to see them at the Airport Police, but they may be used in other locations […]

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06:27

Q&A 34: Brought to you by Scotch [Forgotten Weapons]

Today’s Q&A is brought to you by the Patrons who make Forgotten Weapons possible! Not actually by Scotch (although maybe that’s why it went longer than normal). Our questions this month are:

0:00:50 – Why not post a series of videos all back-to-back?
0:02:58 – Most I have filmed in one day or trip?
0:05:21 – Self-cocking revolvers
0:06:32 – How much money to save for surplus rifles?
0:07:00 – Magazine safeties
0:09:24 – Example of the right gun at the right time
0:12:13 – Why not more revolver carbines?
0:14:30 – The one that got away?
0:15:40 – Simultaneous development of tilting bolt semi autos?
0:17:33 – My favorite Lee Enfield
0:18:37 – Would the USSR have benefitted from more SVT-40 rifles?
0:20:03 – My favorite modern pistol
0:20:34 – Would the vz.58 have benefitted from using AK magazines?
0:23:04 – What if Germany was first to invent smokeless powder?
0:25:15 – Will Headstamp publish a new version of my father’s book?
0:26:25 – Disconnecting mainspring from bolt a la G41(M)?
Recommended video (Dreyse 1910): https://youtu.be/IY-fbrzPS5U

0:28:46 – Why did Britain keep using military revolvers so long?
0:31:09 – M1E5 folding-stock Garand
0:33:42 – Book on British top-break revolvers
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0:35:31 – Thoughts on the Gewehr 88
0:37:36 – Will the machine gun registry be reopened?
0:39:00 – Straight pull vs turnbolt
0:40:30 – My choice for hearing protection
0:41:59 – Best book for collecting Japanese rifles?
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0:43:08 – Modern red dot on a WWII rifle
0:44:26 – Can the public view the NFA registry?
0:44:48 – Ejection ports angled 45 degrees downward
0:45:30 – Rifle AA sights
0:46:48 – What gun made the 9×19 cartridge so popular?
0:47:27 – HK VP70 vs Mauser M712
0:48:43 – Modern toggle-lock pistol?
0:49:08 – Favorite .22 plinker
0:49:46 – Post-WWII nations abandoning national arms manufacturing
0:52:25 – Books about WWII firearms (all of them)
0:54:29 – Guns that were good but failed to catch on
0:57:26 – Franklin Armory straight rifling
0:58:40 – If WWII went into 1946/7, could the G30/WAR have been adopted?
0:59:52 – Japanese Type 64 reduced-power 7.62×51
1:01:56 – PSG-1 and WA-2000 both the Ultimate German Sniper Rifle?
1:02:38 – Using the M1 left handed
1:04:25 – Guns I have examined but really want to shoot
1:06:14 – Who approached who for Project Lightning?
1:06:52 – Plan to visit Russia?
1:08:40 – Have I ever been scared or overwhelming by the amount of support?
1:12:50 – Future of bullpups, given Chinese adoption of a conventional rifle?
1:13:40 – Single-shot military rifles without handloading
1:15:35 – What odd 9x19mm pistol would I live to have?
1:16:20 – How to write a book without time or resources
1:18:04 – Reloading for .32 French Long
1:19:48 – Modern stocked pistols like the B&T USW and P320 Flux?

Contact:
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Tucson, AZ 85704

06:00

The Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon Will Feature Smart Gun Technology [The Firearm Blog]

US Army Seeks Next Generation Squad Weapon for the Digital Age The United States Army is on track to select a defense contractor in 2020 for its Next Generation Squad Weapon. Defense contractors General Dynamics, SIG Sauer, and the Conglomerate Textron have been narrowed down as the three finalists for next year’s contract award. The […]

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04:46

Bill Ruger Designed A Machine Gun? []

Years before he co-founded Sturm, Ruger & Co., Bill Ruger worked for Auto-Ordnance. When the Army’s Ordnance Department was seeking a replacement for the M1919A4 light machine gun, he designed and submitted a prototype. Unfortunately for Ruger, it failed the endurance test as did the other submissions. Ultimately, the Army went with an updated version of the Browning design.

Ian McCollum goes on to add this about the prototype which now is part of the Cody Firearms Museum’s collection.

As it turns out – and as Ruger would later write – it could be quite hard to create a ground-up new design to beat John Browning’s work in just 4 or 5 months (shocking!). When Ruger’s gun was tested, it was found to have a few good aspects, but was generally unreliable and failed to complete the scheduled 10,000-round endurance test. All of the other guns in that trial failed for various reasons, though, and a second trial was scheduled, giving the manufacturers time to improve their designs. Ruger and Auto-Ordnance were unable to substantially correct the problems with the gun, however, and it did as badly in the second trial as it had in the first. Ultimately, a separate procurement process by the Infantry Department would result in the M1919A6 Browning, which was adopted for the role of light machine gun.


This experience would serve Ruger well, as he would go on to do quite a lot more work with Auto-Ordnance before forming his own tremendously successful company.

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Wednesday, 23 October

17:00

308 Magazine Showdown – Whats The Best AR-10 Option? [The Firearm Blog]

Over the last few years, I’ve been flooded with the same question about what 308 magazine is best for AR platforms. In a perfect world, I could sum this article up in about two seconds by saying buy Knights Armament SR-25 magazines. The problem with the Knights SR-25 magazine is the staggering price of $95.79 […]

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16:46

Kudos To The NRA On Adaptive Shooter Database []

If you have read this blog over the years, you know I am both a Endowment Life Member of the NRA and a critic of some of the stupid things they have done. Here is one thing that they are doing that is commendable and needs more publicity.

The NRA has created a database of the best products, services, and training meant for disabled shooters. It is part of the NRA’s Adaptive Shooter Program.

From the NRA:

“People of all ability levels are heading into the outdoors to take part in the shooting sports at impressive levels,” said Dr. Joe Logar, national manager of NRA’s Adaptive Shooting Programs. “This database provides a one-stop resource to ensure they can make the most out of those experiences.”


The Adaptive Product Providers database is available on the NRA Adaptive Shooting Programs website under the Resources tab. There users will find organizations with products and services that make the outdoors and the shooting sports more accessible to people with disabilities. Featured outfits range from companies selling devices that make loading pistol magazines easier to all-terrain wheelchairs to take hunters anywhere wild game may go.


“Helping people find their way back to the outdoors is incredibly rewarding,” Dr. Logar said. “Hopefully this database will make that journey a little bit easier.”

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16:30

POTD: Circus Kalashnikov in Vladivostok [The Firearm Blog]

In today’s Photo Of The Day, we find ourselves in Vladivostok and something that looks like Circus Kalashnikov. About 100 military personnel from the Philippine Navy arrived in Vasldivostok in the landing platform docks named “Tarlak”. As they were there on their first-ever visit, the guests were shown various shows-of-force, like how to pass an obstacle course […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? True Grit or Rhinestone Cowboy? [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome everyone to the 30th (wow 30 already!) edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many fine series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the essential question – is this Gat a […]

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15:23

That's got to hurt! [Of Arms and the Law]

Brother of Sandy Hook shooting victim says Biden lies when he claimed to have met with families of victims.

"This is a lie," Joseph Theodore "J.T." Lewis said on Twitter. "Obama came to Sandy Hook and met with every family. "Joe Biden DID NOT."

12:51

Best Way to Skin a Squirrel? The Tail Method [AllOutdoor.com]

Sometimes, you find a jewel you didn’t know you were looking for… until you see it. That’s now it was for me with this video.

I’ve skinned a mess of squirrels in my time, and my preferred method is the way my daddy showed me… pinch the hide in the middle of the back and cut a slit, then slip my index fingers under the hide and pull my hands apart. It’s like taking off his pants & shirt.

But now I see this “tail method” for skinning squirrels, which is shown in the video below. And it works pretty dang well.

You begin by holding the squirrel with his nose towards the dirt. You take a sharp knife — “You have to have a sharp knife” — and make a sideways cut below the critter’s grommet.

Your landmark is the squirrel’s anus.

You cut through the hide and gently feel with your knife blade for a joint in the spine/tail and cut on through. As soon as your knife passes through that joint, STOP cutting.

Step on the tail, grab the squirrel by the hind legs, and pull.

It’s a slow, steady pull.

Stop when the torso is bare meat, and remove the hide from the hindquarters.

They carry on through the entire process of removing the paws and head, removing the innards, and cutting it up.

The main advantage of this method over mine is that it’s much easier to keep hair off of the meat. Hmmm, I’m thinking I need to hit the squirrel woods with the ol’ Henry 22 Small Game Rifle before long…

Enjoy.

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11:32

October 2019 Dunstan Chestnut Food Plot Trees [AllOutdoor.com]

When I checked on my Chestnut trees in September, I gave them protection in the form of wire cages and weed barriers on the ground, and finagled a way to set water buckets out to water them slowly.

Because two of my four trees had died of thirst and one of the survivors was pretty sad-looking, I’d stopped by Chestnut Hill Outdoors on my way home and picked up a couple new trees as replacements. Happily, these trees were already taller than I am when I picked them up. After a few weeks at home, they went to deer camp with me for a muzzleloader hunt.

The top of tree 2 is looking sadder. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The top of tree 2 is looking sadder.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Tree 3, the one that was almost leafless after the long hot summer, looks about the same. But tree 2 (photo above) has lost some ground, with something apparently having eaten the leaves that ventured to poke up out of the grow tube.

It had been a dry couple of weeks, but I got some water on the old trees and a few days later I was able to get the new ones in the ground.

I'm calling this one tree 5. It came in a one-gallon container. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I’m calling this one tree 5. It came in a one-gallon container.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This is the first of two new Dunstan chestnut trees to replace the dead ones. I planted it more or less where tree 1 had been.

New cage and weed barrier installed on tree 5. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

New cage and weed barrier installed on tree 5.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used up the last of my fence wire making a pair of cages to protect my two new trees. With any luck, this will be sufficient to get them established and producing chestnuts to attract more deer.

The second new tree is tree 6. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The second new tree is tree 6.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Tree 6 went in the same hole tree 4 was in, but already has a head start because it’s larger and is well-protected by a wire cage.

These trees are amazing in that they are about 7 feet tall, but their roots were fully contained in a small one-gallon pot. The notion is that those roots will grow out into the ground and establish themselves over the winter, and when spring comes they’ll be ready to spring on up. And as long as I can keep water on them, I have no doubt that’s what they’ll do.

By the time my hunting trip was over, they’d already gotten two good rains. Here’s hoping that continues throughout the fall and winter.

Stay tuned… and happy hunting.

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11:00

Guinness World Record: 14,167 Clay Targets Shot by 5-Person Team within 12-Hour Time Frame [The Firearm Blog]

Well, it turns out there is a Guinness World Record for most clay targets shot within 12 hours by a 5-person team. And a team lead by the CZ-USA pro shooter Dave Miller (a.k.a. Clay Killer Miller) just recently broke the old record and set a new one. I learned about it from the Aguila […]

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10:00

How Many Parts Does Your AK Need to Fire a Cartridge? [The Firearm Blog]

How Many Parts Does Your AK Need to Fire a Cartridge (1)Kalashnikov Media has published a new Gun Myths series video showing a quite an interesting experiment set up to find out what is the minimum amount of parts that an AK rifle needs to fire a cartridge. Most of you have probably seen videos where people fire AKs without a receiver top cover or gas […]

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08:00

Try The New CZ Online Configurator [The Firearm Blog]

CZ has a brand new Online Configurator for us to play around and toy with. At the moment you can build and configure the CZ P-10 pistol, the CZ-457 rifle and the CZ Scorpion EVO3. Apart from choosing color variants, you can also add different sights, other accessories and options. As you change parts and […]

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07:00

Tennessee to Allow Felons to Posses Firearms, as Long as They’re More Than 120 Years Old [The Firearm Blog]

TN Felon FirearmsFelons can now possess “antique” firearms in Tennesse A recent change in the Volunteer State’s definition of what a firearm is will now allow felons to own a gun. That is, as long as it was manufactured before 1899. Technically this means that the “guns” don’t qualify as firearms. This also means they’d be pretty […]

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06:27

Bill Ruger’s Prototype WW2 Light Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

In April 1940, the US Ordnance Department circulated a request for a new light machine gun to replace the Browning M1919A4. It was to be shorter and lighter than the Browning, and was not to be based on the Browning system (presumably the Department wanted to move on from the bulky and heavy 1919 system to something more modern). Being an optimistic and self-confident young engineer at the time, Bill Ruger figured, “How hard could it be?”. He whipped up a design and took it to the Auto-Ordnance corporation, who promptly wrote up a contract to build the gun and submit it to trials.

As it turns out – and as Ruger would later write – it could be quite hard to create a ground-up new design to beat John Browning’s work in just 4 or 5 months (shocking!). When Ruger’s gun was tested, it was found to have a few good aspects, but was generally unreliable and failed to complete the scheduled 10,000-round endurance test. All of the other guns in that trial failed for various reasons, though, and a second trial was scheduled, giving the manufacturers time to improve their designs. Ruger and Auto-Ordnance were unable to substantially correct the problems with the gun, however, and it did as badly in the second trial as it had in the first. Ultimately, a separate procurement process by the Infantry Department would result in the M1919A6 Browning, which was adopted for the role of light machine gun.

This experience would serve Ruger well, as he would go on to do quite a lot more work with Auto-Ordnance before forming his own tremendously successful company.

Thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum for allowing me access to film this!

06:00

The HK USP Compact – After 15 Years Of Use [The Firearm Blog]

The HK USP Compact holds a very special place in my heart. It was the first handgun I ever had and for the first five years, I shot the crap out of that gun. I think there’s always a special place in your heart for the first gun you own. The USP Compact was the […]

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How Cheap is Too Cheap? Kel-Tec P17 Review [The Firearm Blog]

The new Kel-Tec P17 is set to dethrone the Taurus TX22 in size, weight, and most importantly: price. But only if it actually works. In this episode of TFBTV, Hop puts the P17 through its paces to see if it can hang with the big bulls. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out […]

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Tuesday, 22 October

17:00

The Rimfire Report: An Ode to the Legendary Ruger 10/22 [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: An Ode to the Ruger 10/22Happy 10/22! Today’s special edition of The Rimfire Report should come as no surprise. The first rifle experience many of us probably had was the Ruger 10/22. This rifle often holds a special place in our hearts. Whether it’s small-game hunting, target shooting, competing or just plinking, the 10/22 can be found. Today we’ll go […]

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16:30

POTD: Silent Danish Gat Build [The Firearm Blog]

What do you get when you bring together replica STEN parts, a .22 semi-auto and a lot of hard work? You get a pretty cool build. Marius Horskjær, from Denmark sent us in some photos of a build he recently finished. Initially, asking if it might be eligible for our Hot Gat Fudd Crap series, wondering […]

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16:27

Why Are ALICE Packs So Enduring [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes time to head to the hunting camp, or maybe go on a camping trip, how many people think of grabbing their trusty ALICE pack?  Chances are there are a lot of readers who have never used an ALICE pack, so they probably can not relate.

For those of you who have never had an ALICE pack, think about a friend who has never let you down.  Or maybe a pet who will always be glad to see you.  Something that is reliable and will get the job done.

However, in an age of technology, space age polymers, and where just about everything is comfort driver, why has something dating from the 1960s remained so enduring? Maybe because of how durable and simplistic the ALICE pack is?

What brought this topic up?  I am planning a multi-day hunting/camping trip on a local river.

During the hunting season of 2018 – 2019, Southeast Texas received so much rainfall public hunting lands along a local river were flooded.  The bad news is that I had wanted to hunt those areas but the flooding made that impossible.  Fast forward to the 2019 – 2020 hunting season.  The river is at a normal level and we have been receiving a normal amount of rain.

While planning for a camping trip the choices were a medium MOLLE, large MOLLE or large ALICE pack.  Even though the large ALICE is slightly smaller than the large MOLLE, I feel the design of the ALICE is superior than the MOLLE.

Why is the large ALICE superior to the large MOLLE?  A large part of it is design.  The large ALICE has six external pouches, and one internal pouch.  The external pouches are ideal for storing commonly used items, such as bug spray, water filter, bandanna… etc.  The large MOLLE has no built in external pouches.  Some may say this is a bonus as the pouch size can be customized to what the person wants.

The internal pouch of both the medium and large ALICE is ideal for items such as a stove, canister of blended fuel, cook set, a small book… etc.  Being able to organize items is a huge selling point over other packs.  Some people may like how modular MOLLE gear is, while others simply want to grab and go.

However, with all of that said, if someone just wants capacity, then the large MOLLE with two sustainment pouches is the way to go.  Each sustainment pouch can hold around two days of food, which frees up room in the main pack for other gear.  So yes, there are times when the large ALICE is left at home.

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16:00

TFB Review: Vortex Razor HD 1-6X24 Gen II-E [The Firearm Blog]

In the world of low power variable optics (LPVO), there are countless choices for whatever budget you’re working with. I have tried out other options before but have never tried a higher-end LPVO for an extended period of time. After a lot of debating, I decided to purchase a short AR10 and needed an optic for […]

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15:03

Hodgdon Recalls ALL IMR 4007 SSC Powder []

If you are a reloader and you have some IMR 4007 SSC smokeless powder, you need to pay attention to this announcement from Hodgdon.

IMR Legendary Powders is officially announcing a product safety warning and recall notice for IMR 4007SSC smokeless powder. All lots of powder are included in the recall. IMR has received reports that this particular powder, sold in 1 pound and 8 pound containers, could become unstable due to possible rapid deterioration. Use of this product may result in combustion, fire damage and/or possible serious injury.

What to do:

1. If you are in possession of IMR 4007SSC, STOP USING THE PRODUCT IMMEDIATELY! Fill the powder container with water, which will render the product inert and safe for disposal.

2. Mail, email or fax a copy of the powder label with the lot number to the contact information below, and include your name, address, phone and email.

3. You may select a replacement IMR smokeless powder product of your choice, which will be shipped to you at no charge.

4. If you have loaded the powder subject to this recall into ammunition, we recommend that you pull the bullets, remove the powder and wet the powder with water for safe disposal.

IMR deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause, but we believe in safety first.

Contact information: Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc., 6430 Vista Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218, email help@imrpowder.com, imprpowder.com, call 1-800-622-4366 or 913-362-9455 and fax 913-362-1307.

Hodgdon Powder Company has discontinued this powder for safety reasons and is now is doing right by the customer. They are replacing your powder and shipping it to you at no charge. They are eating the HazMat fee as well.

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14:00

Howdy, Hellcat! First Impressions & Comparison with XD-S Mod.2 3.3. [AllOutdoor.com]

Today, I got my first taste of Springfield Armory’s new Hellcat pistol… and so far I like it. It’s a nice small 9mm carry piece which accepts double-stack mags in a grip frame that’s not much if any thicker than many single-stack CC poppers. In fact, they call it “The world’s highest capacity micro compact.”

Once I got done with the requisite paperwork and skedaddled on home form the gun shop, I popped the top on the new box and dug in.

My Hellcat came with a zipper case with embroidered SA logo. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

My Hellcat came with a zipper case with embroidered SA logo.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Con: It’s a cardboard box instead of a hard case.
Pro: A soft zipper case is included, which is much more compact than a hard case. Honestly, I have enough hard cases… and a carry gun doesn’t live in a case.

Two magazines are included: one 11-round mag with flat and pinky-extension bases, and one 13-round extended mag.

Springfield Armory Hellcat pistol with included accessories. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Springfield Armory Hellcat pistol with included accessories.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

After giving stuff the once-over, I pawed my carry gun out of my waistband and started comparing… and I was immediately impressed. I’ve been toting SA’s XD-S Mod.2 3.3 single-stack 9mm for about a year, and I’ve enjoyed it. But I expected the Hellcat to be bigger and bulkier. Nope!

Here is where I must extend a hearty “Thank you” to SA’s marketing folks for giving this new gun a nice simple moniker. ‘Hellcat’ is one heck of a lot easier (and more fun) to remember — and to type — than ‘XD-S Mod.2 3.3.’ So for the sake of convenience, I’ll refer to this single-stack simply as the Mod.2 for the balance of this article.

Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 3.3 left, Hellcat right. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 3.3 left, Hellcat right.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Hellcat’s overall length is less than the Mod.2, and even with the longer 13-round (!!!) magazine in place, the grip is not as long as the Mod.2 with 7-round mag and pinky extension.

While the grip is about the same thickness on these two pistols, the Hellcat’s grip frame is quite a bit smaller front-to-back. I’m not yet sure what I think of this as far as grip comfort, but it should print less during carry — and the vast majority of the time a CC piece is simply carried without incident.

Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 3.3 left, Hellcat right. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 3.3 left, Hellcat right.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The photo above is a tad “off” in perspective; the slides are more or less the same height. The Hellcat’s white-outline rear sight is a step up from the Mod.2’s unadorned serrated rear.

But the lead here is the grip width… the Hellcat’s grip is only marginally thicker than than of the Mod.2. That’s impressive.

You’ll also notice the lack of a grip safety on the Hellcat. I presume it was eliminated for two reasons: To save on weight and to allow the grip frame to be shortened front-to-rear. Some will bemoan its absence; others (myself included) won’t mind.

Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 3.3 left, Hellcat right. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 3.3 left, Hellcat right.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

In looking these guns over to see what parts they have in common, the answer is “not many,” but it would appear that the front sights are identical, which is good. SA calls it “a high visibility tritium & luminescent front sight.” I like it.

The Hellcat’s rear sight is a Tactical Rack U-Dot, considerably nicer than the Mod.2’s serrated rear (although both have the “tactical rack” feature on front edge of rear sight).

While the Mod.2 has a loaded chamber indicator that can be felt as well as seen (it’s loaded in these photos for demonstration purposes), the Hellcat’s is nothing more than a hole at top rear of barrel. If you look in there and brass or nickel gleams back at you, it’s loaded. Hard to do in the dark, but life ain’t perfect.

Springfield Armory Hellcat left, XD-S Mod.2 3.3 right. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Springfield Armory Hellcat left, XD-S Mod.2 3.3 right.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

In this photo, the Hellcat’s on the left for a change. Teardown of the pistols is accomplished identically.

As you can see, sight radius is a smidge shorter on the Hellcat, thanks to its shorter overall length. Also note the Hellcat’s more streamlined slide & frame (long bevels on the sides up front and long bevels along each side).

The Hellcat’s magazine release is not ambidextrous, but they do say it’s reversible. I found nothing in the owner’s manual about that, though. In comparing the two, I prefer the Hellcat’s mag release because it’s much more streamlined and less obtrusive, while still being easy to operate.

Trigger pull on both of these pistols is far from great, but the Hellcat requires somewhat less travel after taking up the slack. Pull weight is about the same. I prefer the familiar feel of the Mod.2’s curved trigger, but the Hellcat’s flatter bang switch is touted as a feature on the SA website.

The trigger guards offer about the same amount of room, but the Hellcat’s is quite a bit slimmer (side to side) than the Mod.2 trigger guard.

Weight of the empty pistols: Hellcat 16.1 ounces; Mod.2 19.6 ounces. This shows that Springfield Armory was serious about paring down the weight of the gun itself to help compensate for the added weight of the ammo.

How does she shoot? Well, you’re just going to have to stay tuned for the full review… but I can say that she goes bang every time and running a mag through this little rascal is not exactly hellish, if you know what I mean.

MSRP on the Hellcat standard model (this model) is $599.

UPDATE: I can’t help myself; I just have to add that, stoked with the same ammo (Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep 135-grain JHP), the Hellcat is still lighter! 24.9 ounces (Hellcat, 13+1 rounds) vs. 25.3 ounces (Mod.2, 7+1 rounds). Nice.

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13:28

NOTICE: Facebook And Google Indexing Your Firearm Serial Numbers [The Firearm Blog]

NOTICE: Facebook And Google Indexing Your Firearm Serial NumbersGoogle and Facebook have now made it possible to find photos of firearms by simply typing a serial number into the search box.  Earlier today, the automotive website Jalopnik published a story showing how license plate numbers are evidently scanned using optical character recognition (OCC) on Google images, allowing them to be searchable using text queries. […]

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13:01

USCCA Fined By Washington State []

The United States Concealed Carry Association was fined $100,000 by the Washington State Department of Insurance. The violation was “selling unauthorized insurance that illegally covers defense costs for criminal shootings. ” USCCA also agreed to pay “$5,457 in unpaid premium taxes, penalties and interest. “

In a press release dated October 21st, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler (D-WA) said:

“We made two things very clear to USCCA,” Kreidler said. “Insurers must be authorized to sell in our state, and policies can’t cover illegal activity. These law violations are fixable, if the company wishes to do business in Washington state.”

USCCA and other such plans only cover you for viable self-defense incidents and not “illegal activity”. Even though USCCA made this perfectly clear, the Department of Insurance contended that there was no mechanism to reclaim payments made to members who were later convicted of a crime.

Anti-gunners love to talk about “loopholes”. The only loophole I see here is one that allows bureaucrats to make regulations out of whole cloth.

On the authorization issue, Washington is probably correct. Selling insurance in a state does require a license from each individual state and the District of Columbia.

Kreidler’s press release notes that USCCA could possibly still do business in the state.

USCCA could sell insurance legally in Washington by changing its policies to not insure criminal activity, and either becoming a registered insurer or by placing insurance business through surplus lines brokers.

Earlier in the year, Kreidler and the Department of Insurance went after the NRA’s Carry Guard program.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today banned the sale of illegal insurance policies branded by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and will fine two companies involved in underwriting and selling them in Washington state. 


Kreidler ordered Illinois Union Insurance Co. to stop underwriting the policies, branded under the NRA as self-defense policies. They are illegal in Washington state because they insure unlawful activity. 


Kreidler also seeks to fine the company $102,000 for selling 811 of the illegal policies to Washington state consumers. 


Kreidler also seeks to fine Lockton Affinity L.L.C. $75,000. Lockton Affinity is the licensed insurance producer that sold the illegal policies on behalf of the NRA.  


“When it comes to insurance products associated with the NRA, it’s buyer beware,” Kreidler said. “The attempt to insure a criminal act is a rip-off for consumers. The policies sold are deceptive and dishonest. I would be remiss as the state’s insurance regulator if I didn’t shut them down.”

Kreidler, 76, is in his fifth term as insurance commissioner. He is an optometrist by training. He served 16 years in the Washington House and Senate as well as one term in Congress. He lost re-election in 1994 after voting for the Clinton “assault weapons ban”.

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11:22

Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings? [NRA-ILA News]

Many Americans worry about when – not if – another mass shooting will occur, and a Gallup poll from September found that nearly half of Americans fear being a victim of one of these attacks.

11:00

New Big Bore Calibers for Wilson Combat Rifles – .350 Legend, .375 SOCOM, .450 Bushmaster [The Firearm Blog]

New Big Bore Calibers for Wilson Combat Rifles - .350 Legend, .375 SOCOM, .450 Bushmaster (1)Wilson Combat has added three new big bore caliber offerings for their line of AR-15 pattern rifles. The new chamberings include the .350 Legend, .375 SOCOM and .450 Bushmaster. These cartridges are added to two other big bore calibers currently offered by the company – .458 SOCOM and .458 HAM’R. Let’s see what options are […]

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10:00

A New Crop of 9s [AllOutdoor.com]

We are well into 2019 and a whole new crop of 9mm pistols is being harvested from the firearm manufacturing fields. Those seeds were planted way back months ago at the annual SHOT Show in Vegas or maybe even before that in handgun hothouses during the winter months. Regardless, those shopping for fresh fruit will be pleased at what is available anew. Make your picks while the new crop is ripe and ready.

Ruger slipped in their new Security 9 pistol without initial fanfare, but the pistol is picking up speed now. It is classified by Ruger as a mid-sized pistol, not a compact. It has a 4-inch barrel, weighs 23.7 ounces, has drift adjustable sights, a glass filled nylon frame, alloy steel slide and a 15+1 magazine capacity. Its MSRP is set at $379.00. Sounds like a lot of pistol for the money.

The new FN 509 is a double action pistol with multiple features. It has a 4-inch barrel, weighs 26.9 ounces, changeable back straps for personal fit, 3-dot or night sights are available which are considered combat sights. Magazines carry either 10 rounds or 17 and the pistol comes supplied with two magazines. It retails for $649.

The all new Archon Type B introduced in 2017 is finally here, if you can find one. Made in Germany and Hungary at RUAG Ammotec plants, the Archon striker fired pistol come with a 4.29 inch barrel, a weight of 29.6 ounces, rail section, in a black polymer package. Its double stack magazines hold 15 rounds. The package comes with fiber optic sights, four magazines, and a range bag. The grip is heavily textured and is almost considered abrasive in nature. The front frame grab serrations are extreme, too. The price tag comes in at $850. You judge the value of that.

The Walther PPQ Sub Compact makes for a PPP or perfect packing pistol. Its 3.5 inch barrel is shorter than most, thus the sub compactness. Its weight is only 21.2 ounces. Mags are 10 rounds, but 15 and 17 are available. Features include 3-dot sights, black matte Tennifer finish, ambi-slide release, and a short grip with gritty surface and a mag extension for better fit. Suggested retail is $649.00.

SAR USA (Sarsilmaz) has bought out their black striker fired pistol in a 9 version. The pistol has a rather standard 9 profile look, but it is feature rich. The list starts with 3-dot white combat type sights, frame cocking serrations forward angled, change out back straps and grip panels, 4.4 inch barrel, 27.1 ounces weight, 15+1 magazine, rail slots, and ambidextrous safety. This made-in-Turkey 9mm handgun goes for $449 list.

So, that’s the fall crop of 9s. Pick one for a side dish or gather up two or more for a Cobb salad.

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10:00

Maximum Performance, Minimal Price – New Springfield Armory SAINT Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Springfield Armory is introducing a new pistol, belonging in the SAINT line. A line of rifles and PWDs which TFB has covered several times before. Since the word “price” is likely at least one of the reasons why you chose to read more about this pistol we can start off by mentioning that the MSRP […]

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08:29

Wisconsin: Gov. Evers Orders Special Session to Ram Gun Control Through Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

Because the Legislature defended your freedom and did not accede to his demands, Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order for a “special” session to convene on November 7. Gov. Evers previously tried to undermine your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms through a confiscation scheme devoid of due process and the criminalization of private transfers – and he’s hoping you won’t notice his stubborn attempt to steal your rights again.

08:00

Lyman Products Exhibiting at 2019 NASGW Expo & Annual Meeting [The Firearm Blog]

NASGW - Annual Expo and MeetingLyman Products will be exhibiting at this year’s National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers a.k.a NASGW in Orlando Florida beginning on October 22nd and lasting through the 25th of the month. This expo and annual meeting will bring wholesalers and manufacturers together to grow business, introduce new products and build new relationships. Lyman Products is […]

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07:00

The Top 3 Red Dots On The Market For Their Price Range [The Firearm Blog]

Throughout the crazy world we call the internet, there are countless optics available for sale in every budget you can imagine. Throughout the years, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a ton of different optics and prefer a few in various price ranges. Out of all the red dots on the market, there are […]

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06:27

Martyr of Verdun: Émile Driant’s Command Post [Forgotten Weapons]

Émile Driant was a French army officer who served originally as an aide to General Boulanger (and married his daughter). This connection would tarnish his career when politics forced Boulanger to resign (and shortly afterward commit suicide). It became clear that he would never rise much in rank, and in 1905 he resigned his commission. In 1910 he was elected to the French National Assembly, where he was still serving when was erupted in 1914. Driant was focused on French military readiness his entire life, and wrote extensively about potential future wars.

In 1914, he was recalled to military service, although he retained his Assembly position. He was given command of a reserve unit of Chausseurs (infantry) in the quiet backwater Verdun sector, where he couldn’t cause too much trouble to the military establishment. Through 1915 he watched Joffre remove men and guns from the forts around Verdun to reinforce more active areas of the front. He was intensely concerned that this was leaving Verdun a weak point ripe for German attack. As an officer, there was not much he could do about this except complain to his own commander – but as an active member of the National Assembly, he was able to bypass the military chain of command and take his concerns directly to the civilian government. This did nothing to endear him to Joffre, but the attention he brought did result in more defensive preparations being made in and around Verdun.

On February 21st, 1916 Driant’s warnings were proven true when the Germans launched the Battle of Verdun, which would become one of the most significant operations of the war for France. Driant and his 1200 Chausseurs were stationed in the Bois de Caures forest, right in the middle of the German offensive. His men fought valiantly to hold back the attack in their sector, but were reduced to less than 200 men combat-effective by the 22nd. Driant ordered a withdrawal that morning, and was killed by a gunshot while aiding a wounded trooper.

He was buried with military honors by the Germans, but later re-interred by the French where he had fallen. Today his command post remains just a few hundred yards from his gravesite, and a memorial marks the spot. Driant quickly became recognized as one of the heroes of Verdun, for his efforts before the battle and his front-line leadership during the initial attack.

06:00

Cobalt Kinetics – Sneak Peek of their new line of 1911-Style Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Cobalt Kinetics, Washington Utah, have some good news for lovers of the 1911-based handguns. Over the years TFB have reported about the fancy and colorful rifles that Cobalt Kinetics have brought to the AR15 market, and it is now time for them to offer 1911s. There is no mentioning of any prices, but they indicate […]

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Monday, 21 October

20:23

Get woke, go broke [Of Arms and the Law]

Dick's Sporting CEO estimates the company lost a quarter BILLION dollars over its antigun position, but still feels it was the right thing to do. I wonder if his shareholders agree?

17:00

TFB Review: Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56 PMII with Long Range Reticle – Milliradian (LRR-Mil) [The Firearm Blog]

This is an extented review of the Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56 PMII rifle scope with the LRR-MIL reticle in a Spuhr SP-4602 mount. When I think of it, the Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56 PMII is probably one of the most expensive products we at TFB have ever tested. For sure it has got to be […]

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16:30

POTD: USAF Honor Guard Practices at the Lincoln Memorial [The Firearm Blog]

It’s time for TFB’s Photo Of The Day again. Today we take a look at some very skilled members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard, as they conduct training in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, District of Columbia. The four-man team practiced a variety of movements and rifle tosses in front […]

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16:00

TFB Round Table: 5 BEST 22 Magnum Rounds for Self-Defense and/or Hunting [The Firearm Blog]

22 magnumWelcome back to another edition of TFB’s Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB will discuss the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol competitions. Chances are there is someone here at TFB […]

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15:56

Building a Sub-100-Dollar Camping Bug-Out Bag [AllOutdoor.com]

Let’s take a few minutes to put together an overnight camping / bugout bag that costs less than $100.  This topic has been covered ad nauseam, so why talk about it again? Rather than waiting until Christmas to put together a prepping-related gift, let’s start while we have plenty of time.

For the pack I decided to go with a military surplus 3-day assault pack. These are rugged and large enough for a warm weather overnight camping trip. Truth be known, I used to go camping with a Jansport book bag that is much smaller than the 3 day assault pack. The two packs I just ordered cost $39.90 each with free shipping.

The next question is water: do we go with two canteens or one? Depending on location and if there are water sources available, we may be able to get away with one canteen. If we wanted to go really cheap, get a one-liter water bottle from the corner store and use it. One canteen with a pouch can be found on eBay for $17.75 with free shipping. This does not include the canteen cup.

Total cost so far for pack, canteen and canteen pouch: $57.65

Before we go any further let’s recognize prices could be reduced by going with other options, such as a used bookbag at a thrift store and a one liter water bottle. If we went that route, we would probably be less than $20 in at this point.

Next on the list is a cook pot. We need something large to hold 16 to 24 ounces of water. If we wish to look for an example, the US GI canteen cup would be excellent for what we are wanting to achieve. There have been times when I used a steel canteen cup and a camp fire to heat water for noodles.

Here we have a number of choices such as garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, used pots off eBay, or just a good ol’ canteen cup. Several years ago I went to an estate sale and everything in the kitchen was for sale; this is not uncommon.

For the sake of discussion, let’s go with a stainless steel canteen cup for $10.30 off eBay with free shipping. As mentioned previously we could probably shave a few dollars off this with a used pot of comparable size from a garage sale.

Cost for pack, one canteen, pouch and cup: $67.65

Water should be next. For this let’s consider the Sawyer Mini or the Survival Straw. For previous items on our list we can cut corners by picking used equipment, but when it comes to water filters let’s not cut any corners.

Some of the readers are going to say, “Kevin, for years I used a bandanna and water purification tablets.” Yea, and so have I. In the 1980s and 1990s I would use a bandanna to filter out heavy sediment going into the canteen, then water purification tables. But personal water filtration options have come a long way over the past few decades.

Sawyer mini water filter

Amazon Prime has the Sawyer Mini listed for $19.95 with free shipping.  For a filter that has a life expectancy of 100,000 gallons (depending on source water) it is very difficult to beat.

Something we may want to mention: The Sawyer Mini will fit onto the end of a one liter water bottle, such as Aquafina.  If we wanted a reason to cut the canteen out, I feel the water bottle and filter combination may be a viable reason.

At this point we are up to $87.65.

Now we have a choice to make: Shelter or flashlight, or maybe both.

If we get on eBay and look for a AA battery flashlight we will find options that cost less than one dollar.  Sometimes we get what we pay for, so let’s move that price up a little bit. With so many flashlight options on the market let’s just pick one. For this example I picked the Rayovac I2AA-B industrial flashlight With krypton bulb for $7.08 with free shipping.

Cost so far: 94.73

Let’s see if we can find a rain poncho for less than $5. The answer is yes. An eBay search for rain poncho brings back all kinds of results.

If we replaced the canteen with a water bottle we can shift some money to a blanket. Amazon has a wool blanket listed for $16.37 with Prime shipping.

This leaves us with:

  • Military surplus 3 day assault pack
  • Water bottle – reuse from another purchase
  • Cook pot – garage sale / Goodwill
  • Sawyer Mini
  • Rayovac AA flashlight
  • Rain poncho
  • Wool blanket

The greatest cost is the military surplus pack, which is not set in stone. We could go with something less expensive and shift some of that money to something else.

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15:50

Veteran Criticizes Police Practices, Gets Guns and Firearm License Seized by Chief of Police [NRA-ILA News]

Watch what you say about local officialdom in Tisbury, Mass., or you may find Police Chief Mark Saloio knocking at your door to revoke your Second Amendment rights.

14:22

Washington: Tacoma City Council Meeting for Proposed Gun Tax [NRA-ILA News]

On October 22nd, the Tacoma City Council will be holding its First Reading on a proposed ordinance to impose a new tax on all purchases of firearms and ammunition. The proposed tax would unnecessarily burden law-abiding gun owners, while doing nothing to reduce crime.

12:41

Vital Deer Hunting Tools: Tree and Brush Cutters [AllOutdoor.com]

What do you need to deer hunt beyond a firearm, ammo, and clothing? That could be an endless list. To look inside the hunting closets and garages of most serious deer hunters you would likely find enough gear to open a store. Deer hunters tend to accumulate a lot of stuff to help make their sport easier and more effective.

Among all the items you could put on a “must-have” deer gear list, what would you include? High on my list is a good set of hunting stand prep tools. Most of the time you simply cannot go out into the woods or an edge area and throw up a hunting stand without doing some work on that spot around the stand location.

This tool kit includes a good set of brush and limb clippers and a handy cutting saw. I have yet to scout out a new place to pop up a ladder stand or other type of tree stand without having to prep the site. First the base of the selected tree needs to be cleared out so you can easily and quietly approach the stand, but also to clean out any brush so the stand can be set securely.

A good set of hand bypass pruners will clear out brush, vines, thorn bushes, and other vegetation that can block access to a good tree stand site. Do yourself a favor and buy a heavy-duty, even a commercial pruner that has the power to cut through heavy vegetation. Forget the dainty little clippers you often see in hunter gear packs used for trimming a few vines, and stay away from the cheap junk. Check out your local hardware stores for the real tools.

In some cases you may want or need a heavy-duty lopper tool with longer handles for more leverage against the thicker vines and brush. These can also be used to quickly clear out shooting trails and lanes leading away from your stand set. Once the stand is secured in place, then climb up and look around at all the available shooting angles. You’re going to see greenery that needs trimming.

Finally a good saw with aggressive teeth can be used for bigger limbs up in the stand or along trails or shooting lanes. Get all of this work done well ahead of the opening day, and you’ll be in the clear to spot deer moving around.

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12:40

Dupe an M-4 Carbine [AllOutdoor.com]

Time and time again at regional gun shows I am asked by customers, “How can I build or buy a very basic AR to use for home, farm, or ranch protection or as a truck rifle?” You see, not everyone wants to use an AR as a platform for hanging accessories onto.

If you want or need a base AR platform, what should you select?

What I suggest is an AR modeled after the military version known as the M4 Carbine but in a civilian semi-auto format. This rather plain-Jane AR platform is a working man’s rifle. Specifications should closely follow the original M-4 carbine with an overall length of 33 inches with the stock extended and 29.75 inches with the stock retracted. This would allow the rifle to be cased in many popular discreet type bags.

The barrel should be the shortest available without getting into SBR territory. That would be a 16-inch barrel with a standard birdcage flash hider on the muzzle. The barrel should be thin to stay with an M-4 profile, but select a heavier barrel if you like. The forend should be the standard ribbed handguard without a bunch of rails.

The top of the upper unit can be either the old Army type with a carry handle to stay true to form or a flat top with a section of Picatinny rail for optional optics. I can certainly argue for the rail top to attach a primo red dot or holographic sight. These days it is hard not to support the use of a good optic on any AR.

Regular BUIS iron sights can be good as a backup knowing that the standard M-4 open sights includes the high “A” frame front sight as I call them. For many, this would be another point for going with the flat rail top.

These are options and features only the buyer should pick. A rifle like this could be built or bought in the $400-500 range.

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12:00

Mailroom # 27: I’m All Outta Mail, I’m So Lost Without You [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Mailroom, James Reeves opens and reads your weird assed letters and packages. Our box is wide open: MAILROOM: TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if you enjoy our program, and consider […]

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11:00

The Rimfire Report: How Long Will Your .22LR Suppressor Last Firing 223/5.56? [The Firearm Blog]

Suppressors are great tools. Were it not for their status as an NFA item I reckon they’d be a far more common sight. Because of their status as NFA items, suppressors have attained a somewhat enigmatic reputation both inside and outside the firearms world. This mystery often leads to misunderstanding, confusion and apparently $200 tax […]

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10:04

Sharpening an Axe [AllOutdoor.com]

Here’s a short video about how to sharpen an axe. Like all sharpening, it’s not complicated to sharpen an axe… but there are right and wrong ways to do anything.

An axe is a beautiful tool. It deserves to be treated with respect. Be nice to your axe.

From files and oil stones to belt grinders and polishing wheels, this guy covers the basics in less than 8 minutes. He also provides tips on filing steel,cleaning files, and making sure you don’t get your axe head too hot if you use power tools.

He advises users of power tools to sharpen their axes bare-handed so they can touch the edge often to make sure it’s not getting too hot. Personally, I prefer to wear gloves to protect my hands from clumsy mistakes, and use water frequently to ensure the steel is cool.

Enough talk; enjoy the video.

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10:00

Fingernail Polish On Guns: Pure Vanity, Or Mildly Useful? [The Firearm Blog]

Nail Polish On Guns?Filling in roll marks with fingernail polish on firearms can be a fun project to make your gun have a more custom look and make it stand out against factory stock. This can be done with paint pens, crayons, model paint, or fingernail polish. In this article, we’ll focus on fingernail polish, but the methods […]

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09:34

All-Day Sits For Deer Hunting: Yes or No? [AllOutdoor.com]

Should you hunt all day in one spot in order to get a deer? Well…. maybe. Jeff Sturgis takes on that subject in this video.

Rarely does one deer stand have what it takes for an all day sit. There is a huge risk when you head to the woods to sit all day in one location. You need to ask yourself two important deer hunting questions:

  • Is it the right time for an all day sit?

  • Does your favorite stand or blind have what it takes for a high-quality all-day sit?

 

Jeff says that most of the time, sitting in the woods all day is inefficient and you’ll burn yourself out, and that during most of the deer season, mature bucks won’t move during midday hours. But when should an all-day sit be considered?

The rut! Especially during the peak… and sometimes the post-rut, when bucks may be traveling long distances in search of unbred does.

During the pre-rut, he says, all-day sits can be wasteful because hunters should hunt different areas in the morning vs. evening.

During the rut when it’s time to take all-day sits, what should you look for in a stand? He says you should try to be between a bedding area and a food source AND between two different bedding areas.

And on opening day, it can be a good idea to hunker down somewhere similar and hang out all day.

His summary? It’s not about the amount of time you spend in the woods — it’s the amount of quality time you spend in the woods.

Happy hunting.

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08:14

DSC Foundation Videos Explain Why Hunting Is Conservation [NRA-ILA News]

Though many American hunters may not realize it, the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) and its DSC Foundation (DSCF) has been a prime supporter and promoter of anti-poaching efforts on the African continent. A mission-focused conservation organization, the DSC is funded by hunters from around the world and hosts what it calls “The Greatest Hunters Convention on the Planet,” an annual hunters’ convention that raises tremendous funds for grants in the conservation, outdoor education and hunter advocacy arenas.

08:00

Breast Cancer Awareness – The Pink Bipod from Accu-Tac [The Firearm Blog]

If you need a good bipod in a rather unusual Ceracote color (Tactical Pink) and do some good at the same time here is your chance. Otherwise it will make a great gift of Christmas present (yes, it’s soon that time of the year) on someone else’s rifle. The price for the Pink Cerakote bipod […]

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07:00

Maven Releases RS.3 5-30x50mm for Pre-sale [The Firearm Blog]

Introduction: Maven Optics, a direct to consumer scope company, has released the RS.3 for presale.  The RS.3 is their 3rd rifle scope, hence the name. With more long-range shooters getting into hunting and more hunters getting into long-range shooting we are seeing more of what I like to call cross over scopes, or scopes that […]

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06:27

Papers Behind the Pistol: Mauser’s Archives on the Model 1910 [Forgotten Weapons]

Courtesy of the Paul Mauser Archive, we have a very cool opportunity to look at the documentation and paperwork behind a production pistol design, from beginning to commercial sales. This sort of documentation is rare for pre-WW1 German small arms in general, and the Mauser Model 1910 pistol is a very rare example of a complete set of archival papers surviving. So, what we can look at is the whole development process form behind the scenes at Mauser. Initial design drawings, blueprints, glass-plate photography, internal assembly instructions, costing, corporate-level final approval, marketing, and final print manuals. Thanks to Mauro Baudino for supplying these original documents for me to show you!

The Paul Mauser Archive is a wealth of information for researchers, and make sure to check out the recent book on Mauser coauthored by Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren: Paul Mauser: His Life, Company, and Handgun Development 1838-1914.

06:01

Assault on Firearm Industry Fails: Federal Court Dismisses Ohio Lawsuit [NRA-ILA News]

On October 9, a federal court in Ohio considered and dismissed, with prejudice, a lawsuit against Smith & Wesson, Remington, Sig Sauer, and other gun manufacturers, arising from a class action brought by Primus Group LLC. Primus Group LLC v. Smith & Wesson Corp., et al, No. 2:19-cv-3450, 2019 WL 5067211 (S.D. Ohio, Oct. 9, 2019).

06:00

9th Annual Blue August Range Day [The Firearm Blog]

Here is a look at the 9th Annual Blue August Writer’s Event. Think of it as a miniature SHOT Show, but you probably won’t get sick or end up with bloody shins from someone dragging a swag cart around behind them. It is a opportunity for a number of vendors to come out and present […]

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Franklin Armory Title 1 – New Long Gun for The Golden State [The Firearm Blog]

Franklin Armory Title 1Franklin Armory (Nevada) just introduced a new firearm which will be of interest especially for enthusiasts in the State of California (and similar ban states). “Title 1” is the name of the firearm which is said to have all features and no magazine lock. The “long gun” has a standard push button magazine release and an A2 […]

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05:57

California Gun Confiscation Draws ACLU Opposition [NRA-ILA News]

We know that gun rights are interconnected with other civil rights. In their zeal to attack law-abiding gun owners and Second Amendment rights, gun control advocates have shown a willingness to trample other cherished civil liberties. Anti-gun advocates and lawmakers have openly stated their desire to abrogate individuals’ Second Amendment rights based on the exercise of their First Amendment right to free speech. Other politicians have sought to restrict gun owners’ First Amendment rights to associate and engage in pro-gun political activism. Governments have attempted to violate gun owners’ privacy rights through intrusive surveillance practices.

05:54

Confiscation or "Mandatory Buyback"? [NRA-ILA News]

It is interesting to watch certain Democrats struggle when trying to convince law-abiding gun owners how “reasonable” it is for the government to take away your firearms.  Do the anti-gun groups and candidates pushing confiscation honestly believe you’ll be fooled?

05:47

Maine: Legislative Council to Consider Gun Control Bills For Next Year [NRA-ILA News]

On October 23rd, the Maine Legislative Council will meet to approve requests to introduce emergency legislation. Several of the proposals before the council include anti-gun schemes such as banning commonly-owned firearms, requiring gun owners to purchase mandatory liability insurance, expanding arbitrary zones where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless, and imposing one-size-fits-all storage requirements that render firearms unavailable for self-defense.

Sunday, 20 October

16:30

POTD: These Things We Do, That Others May Live [The Firearm Blog]

Flash forward to the Kadena Air Base in Japan in Today’s Photo here at TFB! Here you can see U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Keon Miller, special mission aviator assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron, as he fires a GAU-18 machine gun aboard a Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk. The unit’s motto is: ‘These things we […]

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06:27

Transferrable? Pre-May? Post-86? Dewat? John Keene Explains… [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I am speaking with retired Master Sergeant John Keene, who is the NFA specialist for the Morphy Auction Company. Specifically, we are discussing the terminology and categories of legal machine guns in the United States. From the very common misconception of a “Class III License” (which does not exist), to the variety of terms like pre-May, post-May, pre-86, post-86, transferrable, defat, deactivated, and so forth – what do they all mean? Who can buy a machine gun, and what is the legal process for doing so? It’s a complicated topic, and hopefully this discussion will make things clearer!

Saturday, 19 October

19:07

Life After Dick’s []

There is life after Dick’s. At least there is for some former Field & Stream stores. The two in North Carolina that were purchased by Sportsman’s Warehouse have now opened for business.

We are in the Piedmont Triad this weekend visiting the granddaughters and took some time to check out the Greensboro store. It is still laid out – for now – like the old Field & Stream. Moreover, from my conversation with a store employee, much of the staff came over from Field & Stream. That said, they appeared to be happy with the move.

From an email, I understand the Asheville store has opened as well. The grand opening at both stores will be October 25th and 26th. I’m sure there will be some specials but the store staff hasn’t been told what they will be yet.

The other thing I noticed was this sign.

The store was still stocked with a good deal of Field & Stream branded products but as you can see they are clearing it out.

I didn’t take much time to check out prices as this was a run in, run out type of visit. I did notice that the gun racks had some large open spots. There was a sign saying to expect more firearm inventory soon. I’m guessing that will include those evil AR-15s now that Ed Stack is gone.

I am happy with the change and hope Sportsman’s Warehouse does well in North Carolina.

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16:30

POTD: Live Fire with 120 mm Mortars [The Firearm Blog]

Today we have a look at the artificial Battlefield at eFP Battle Group in Latvia, where troops from the Czech Republic conduct a live fire exercise with 120 mm mortars. Somewhere further down there are going to be big holes, and/or a lot of fragments, from these massive 120 mm rounds. If my Google-fu skills […]

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15:00

SILENCER SATURDAY #95: Why The NFA Kills Innovation [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #95: Why The NFA Kills InnovationGood afternoon everyone and thank you for once again joining us for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. We are bought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, the manufacturer of the YHM Turbo K. Last week we went through a list of some of my quietest host/silencer favorites available to the American consumer market. As I wrote that […]

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06:27

Origins of Constant Recoil: The Ultimax Mk3 (feat. Mae & a Yeti) [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 2052 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphy Extraordinary auction.

The Ultimax light machine gun was developed by James Sullivan for the Singaporean military, and it is the first mass-production machine gun to be designed with the “constant recoil” system in which the bolt never impacts the rear of the receiver and the recoil impulse is felt as a continuous push instead of series of rapid impacts. So, is it really as good as people say? Let’s find out – and let’s get more than one opinion on the question.

Thanks to Mae and Othais at C&Rsenal for appearing in this video!

 

Friday, 18 October

17:00

Friday Night Lights: Olight PL-PRO Valkyrie [The Firearm Blog]

PL-Pro on Glock 19XOur Editor in Chief Pete asked some of us to honestly review some Olight lights. No this was not a request direct from Olight. As Luke C. had mentioned in his Olight S2R Baton review, this is a non-shill review. I had already bought some Olights on my own with my own money before Pete […]

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch GMG at the Grenade Launcher Range [The Firearm Blog]

Today we take a look at the Heckler & Koch Grenade Machine Gun (GMG – GranatMaschinenGewehr), as it plays a main part in a live fire exercise in Latvia with multiple nations. The action is recoil-operated, inertia bolt, and the GMG fires from the open bolt. The grenade feed mechanism is via belt, either from […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – 10/18/19 [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, I know you all just saw me on Monday but it’s back to our regularly scheduled Friday programming. As always please leave a comment if you want me to go hunt for a particular type of deal. “Compliant” Ruger AR-556 – $349.99 What the deal is: It’s a hideous abomination […]

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11:00

JMac Customs X-Series Muzzle Brakes / Suppressor Mounts [The Firearm Blog]

JMac Customs has released their new X-Series of muzzle devices that thanks to the external threads also double as suppressor mounts. In fact, the letter X used as a series designation stands for eXternal thread. The muzzle brake portion of these muzzle devices is similar to the company’s RRD brakes. Currently, there are two models […]

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10:00

Rearming the Polish Policja (Police) with the Beretta APX [The Firearm Blog]

On October 8th, the National Police Headquarters of Poland announced their selection of a new sidearm for their officers. The new sidearm will supplement the aging SA/DA P-83 and Glock 19 pistols in their current inventory. UMO, the organization responsible for facilitating the bids for various Polish military and police forces put out several bids […]

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08:00

Strike Industries COBRA Vertical Foregrip/Monopod [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries COBRA Vertical Foregrip Monopod (1)This new Strike Industries product, Cobra vertical foregrip/monopod, may look familiar to you. That’s because it is based on the Strike Industries MFS Monopod design. The difference is that if the MFS Monopod was an SI Modular Fixed Stock specific product due to the clamping portion designed for the MFS stock bottom loop, the Cobra […]

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07:00

SIG Sauer’s Local New Hampshire Police Department Transitions to P320 [The Firearm Blog]

New Hampshire’s Newington Police Department have transitioned to the SIG Sauer P320. With just 10 full time and three more part time officers, this small department may be dwarfed by some of SIG’s other recent law enforcement contracts but Newington PD are responsible for serving not just Newington but also Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Pease International Tradeport […]

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06:27

Before the Lewis Gun was the McClean Automatic Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1158 in the upcoming October Morphy Extraordinary auction.

Samuel McClean was a medical doctor from Iowa who began tinkering with firearms designs in 1889, and formed the McClean Arms Company in 1896. He was an intelligent and talented designer, but never quite managed to get a gun good enough for military acceptance. His work included bolt actions rifles, self-loading shoulder rifles, machine guns, and self-loading cannons. By 1910 his company had gone bankrupt twice, and he was forced out by his investors. Isaac Newton Lewis was brought in, and turned McClean’s initial concepts into the ultimately-successful Lewis Machine gun.

However, McClean made one least attempt to produce his own gun after World War One. This is the McClean Automatic Rifle, and it was tested by the US Navy in 1919 – and rejected. This pattern uses an operating system similar to McClean’s early work, and thus also quite similar to the Lewis gun. Instead of two large locking lugs, however, it has several dozen small lugs in two rows on each side of the bolt. The gas piston is also huge by modern standards; over an inch in diameter. The gun is unfortunately missing its magazine Still, it is the only example of the type known to exist, and probably the only one ever manufactured.

06:00

Ruger AR-556 Pistol – The Budget Baseline [The Firearm Blog]

Is it still worth it to build your own budget AR Pistol? In this episode of TFBTV, Hop hits the range with the new pistol variant of the Ruger AR-556 to find out if it makes all other budget builds obsolete. Here are the vital stats from Ruger: Barrel Length: 10.5″ Twist: 1:8″ Weight: 6.2 […]

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06:00

HK416A5s and SFP9s for Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency STAR Teams [The Firearm Blog]

From 23 to 26 September 2019, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Special Task And Rescue (STAR) Team held a weapons familiarization training exercise at the Mantin Shooting Range in Negeri Sembilan. Notably, the STAR team members were trained on their new Heckler & Koch HK416A5 assault rifles and SFP9 pistols for the first time […]

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Thursday, 17 October

17:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying Different Systems Vs One Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Honestly, one question I get fairly often when talking about concealed carrying is whether or not to have multiple guns to carry depending on what you’re doing that given day. There are benefits of carrying different guns at different times of the year, but it’s also important to be proficient with one gun. Does that […]

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16:30

POTD: FN 2000 in Urban Operations Training [The Firearm Blog]

The FN 2000 made its debut in 2001. Designed by FN Herstal in Belgium, it is a bullpup rifle chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO. I just had a look at the FN Herstal homepage and the FN 2000 is not to be found anymore. Rumor has it that the production has stopped. If true it is sad, […]

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16:00

Pawn Shop Finds – The Magnum Research Mountain Eagle [The Firearm Blog]

When looking around at different pawn shops around the state, I always think it’s amazing what I find. One of the best purchases I’ve made was the Magnum Research Mountain Eagle. This rarity was on the shelf for $150 originally and after some negotiation, I managed to talk the guy down to $119.99. Now I […]

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11:00

SIG Sauer’s updated MPX Copperhead [The Firearm Blog]

The SIG Sauer MPX Copperhead is now available with some new features, like an A2 flash-hider which is suppressor ready, all black color (in lieu of the Cerakote E190) and a 30 round magazine. You can check one of TFB’s previous articles on the MPX Copperhead here. From the beginning it looks like they will […]

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10:56

Joyce Malcolm's new paper [Of Arms and the Law]

It's posted on SSRN. It focuses upon the English and early American perceptions of a right to be armed outside of the house.

10:00

Thyrm Introduces the VariArc Helmet Mount [The Firearm Blog]

It’s been a while since TFB covered anything from Thyrm, but with their release of their new Helmet Mount VariArc it’s time again. Previously we have, for instance, covered their Switchback. I don’t really use mine as advertised, but it’s got a steady place on one of my Surefire flashlights. The VariArc is $29,99 which […]

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08:00

[DSE Vietnam 2019] SVN-88 Less Lethal Pistol and Riot Control Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

This year, Vietnam had its first large international defense exhibition, DSE Vietnam 2019. The expo was located in Hanoi downtown, next to all the museums and government buildings, just a two-minute walk Vietnam Ministry of Public Security. Not surprisingly, the Ministry of Public Security had the largest booth at the exhibition, where they showcased some […]

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07:00

Unity Tactical TAPS SYNC – Improved Laser/Light Manipulation [The Firearm Blog]

Unity Tactical is known for their TAPS (Tactical Augmented Pressure Switch). The TAPS is a two button remote switch that allows you to control a light and laser. The TAPS switch just had one button for laser and one button for light. They came out with a programmable version called the TAPS PRO but it […]

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06:27

Biggest Revolver Yet? A 10-Gauge Colt 1855… [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1268 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphy’s Extraordinary auction.

This ludicrously huge handgun is actually a 10-gauge Colt 1855 Revolving Shotgun with a cut-down barrel and a newly made grip frame. The backstop and trigger guard of the shotgun were handily reshaped into a grip frame, and the finished product actually looks nicely proportional – until you try to actually pick it up, of course. .The grip is filled with brass inlay, about a third of which are missing (possibly from the recoil of actually firing?). Despite the rather poor finish condition, the gun cycles smoothly, and appears to be fully functional. Just the thing for someone who wants to make the Colt Walker look puny!

06:00

The Curious Case of Joseph Roh [The Firearm Blog]

The internet, or at least the parts of it that deal with guns, is aflame in recent days about an ATF decision to defer prosecution against one Joseph Roh. But who is Joseph Roh? Why does his deferred prosecution matter? Did the ATF actually shake federal gun law to its core? To answer that question […]

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Wednesday, 16 October

20:49

Yeadon, PA [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

10/13/19 Delco Daily Times:

The U.S. Marshals Service have arrested one of the named in a robbery attempt in Yeadon last month in which the suspect fought back, fatally shooting another of his assailants. 
Tyrone "Chub" Madison, 26, of Philadelphia, was arrested about 6:30 a.m. Friday morning by the U.S. Marshals Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force and Yeadon Police Department in the 1200 block of West Venango Street in North Philadelphia.
Madison had been wanted by Yeadon police for a slew of robbery and assault charges after Omar Thompson, Madison’s alleged partner in crime, was killed trying to rob a man behind the Parkview Court Apartments in the 2500 block of Alfred Drive on Sept. 18. The fatal shooting was ruled a justifiable homicide and no charges were filed against the intended target.

19:58

Camping Still Popular in America [AllOutdoor.com]

As the joke goes, “My idea of camping is staying at a Motel 6.” However, ever since I can remember people loved the great outdoors and really genuinely enjoyed camping out. This was in the national forests, state park campgrounds, private camping facilities, or even in their own backyards. Camping has always been a favored activity.

Connecting with nature has always been second nature to the human race. Just experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, and feels of being outside in the woods, by a lake, or other outdoor area is a thrill. The camping industry too is as strong as ever. Camping and RVing is a recreational activity that people are going to do regardless of the costs involved.

From a recent data survey in 2017 some 18 million households went camping three or more times a year. That number was up over 64 per cent from 2014. Young people and families are getting into the act too going camping in remote places where they can camp peacefully and leave no print behind. Some even backpack in to areas using a minimalist approach.

When I was a kid in Missouri, we would close the family auto parts store at noon on Saturday, load the old GMC and head for Kentucky Lake east of Murray, Kentucky. Dad bought a lake lot there and we initially cleared a road trail to the back of the lot overlooking a wooded ravine enough for a campsite. We would arrive well after dark and set up the tent by truck headlights.

We cooked on a gas stove and the only light was a Coleman Lantern. We had a campfire too which was great. The lake was nearby for fishing and swimming every day. My brother and I would take long walks in the woods for hours. Those are some of my most fond memories.

Today’s camping is a lot more sophisticated but it does not have to be. The gear, goods, equipment, supplies, and camping stuff market is jammed with high quality tents, sleeping bags, cooking stoves, campsite gear, quick-fix foods, and everything else needed to make a weekend getaway a little more simple and easy leaving time to enjoy outdoor spaces.

If you delve into the research of great places to go in this country you can find any type of outdoor environment you want from mountains, plains, deserts, forests, lake sites, remote trails and everything else. There is no shortage of all types of places to camp.

Camping of course is great practice for prepping too. These outdoor experiences allow one to test outdoor skills and suitability to camping. Practice is the best teacher.

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17:00

TFB’s Top 10 Hollywood War Movie Gun Guy Scenes [The Firearm Blog]

Top Ten War movie scenesWelcome back folks, last time we talked about the top 10 Hollywood gun guy scenes. Before we get started with today’s list, I’d like to add an honorable mention that you guys felt should have been on the previous list. Final shootout – the way of the gun (2000) Reader “RGB” in the comments garnered the […]

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16:30

POTD: Who can name the weapons in these photos? [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo Of The Day is a bit special. To make it a little different we are going to ask you to identify the different weapons (and weapon systems) in the photos below (and above of course). As many as you can please, it should not be too difficult. What you are looking at are […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: S&W TRR8 [The Firearm Blog]

S&W TRR8S&W’s .357 “Eightgun” In 2005, Smith and Wesson came out with a hot rod revolver with an unfluted 8-shot cylinder, the 327sc “Jerry Miculek” edition.  (Honestly, I think competition had a lot more to do with the development of the 327 series than SWAT or FBI wanting a gun for use close in to ballistic […]

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11:00

Otis Technology Acquires DRD Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

New York-based Otis Technology, best known for their cleaning kits, have announced their acquisition of Atlanta, Georgia-based rifle manufacturer DRD Tactical. DRD specialise in tactical rifles receiving a number of foreign contracts in recent years. Back in August, we reported that DRD had received a contract to supply their APTUS(AMG) Rifle to an undisclosed US ally in Asia. Manufacturing […]

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10:00

[DSE Vietnam 2019] Vietnamese Made Less Lethal SVN 15 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Even among professionals, not much is known about modern Vietnamese small arms. You can seldom see Vietnamese manufacturers at defense exhibitions and every time they make an appearance, there is a lot to talk about. This year, Vietnam had it’s first large international exhibition – DSE Vietnam in Hanoi. And while this particular exhibition did not showcase […]

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08:45

#ReleaseTheList []

The ultra-progressive group Demand Justice released a list of 32 potential nominees for the Supreme Court. They want Democrat presidential candidates to adopt this list or to release one of their own. This is what then-candidate Donald J. Trump did in 2016 to good effect.

I agree. Release the list! If the list(s) adopted by any of the Democrat candidates is anything like the Demand Justice list, it will be full of radicals, with little judicial experience, chosen to appease constituent groups.

Professor Josh Blackman provides a convenient grouping on The Volokh Conspiracy.

Academics: Michelle Alexander (Union Theological Seminary),  James Forman, Jr. (Yale), Pamela Karlan (Stanford), M. Elizabeth Magill (Virginia), Melissa Murray (NYU), Bryan Stevenson (NYU), Zephyr Teachout (Fordham), Timothy Wu (Columbia),


Progressive Litigators: Brigitte Amiri (ACLU), Nicole Berner (GC SEIU), Deepak Gupta (Gupta Wessler), Dale Ho (ACLU), Sherrilyn Ifill (NAACP LDF), Shannon Minter (National Center for Lesbian Rights), Nina Perales (MALDEF), Thomas A. Saenz (MALDEF), Cecillia Wang (ACLU),


Current/Former Government Officers: Xavier Becerra (California AG), Sharon Block (one of the three NLRB appointments at issue in Noel Canning), Vanita Gupta (Former Obama DOJ), Lawrence Krasner (Philadelphia DA), Catharine Lhamon (U.S. Commission on Civil Rights), Katie Porter (House of Representatives), Jenny Yang (Former EEOC Chair)


Federal Judges: Richard F. Boulware (D. Nev.), Jane Kelly (8th Circuit), Cornelia Pillard (D.C. Circuit), Carlton Reeves (S.D. Miss.)


State Judges: Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (California Supreme Court), Anita Earls (North Carolina Supreme Court), Leondra Kruger (California Supreme Court), Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court)

Let’s look at the sitting judges first. All of the Federal judges were appointed by President Barack Obama. They have between five and nine years of experience and only one of them is on a Circuit Court of Appeals.

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08:00

Homemade Firearms Used In Halle Attack [The Firearm Blog]

Several improvised / homemade weapons were employed in an attempted attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany on Wednesday during Yom Kippur. The whole event was live-streamed via a GoPro to the video game streaming website Twitch. Luckily the attacker’s inability to breech a door prevented him from entering into the building where 70 to […]

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07:00

BrickWurX Manufacturing Red Ryd-AR Lever-Action AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

BrickWurx Manufacturing Lever Action AR-15 Red Ryd AR (1)So you thought you have seen it all in the AR world? Well, then meet the mind-boggling Red Ryd-AR lever-action AR-15 by BrickWurX Manufacturing. When I came across this project, all I could find were the photos from the BrickWurX Mfg. Facebook page that you can see embedded in this article and a YouTube video […]

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06:27

Shooting the AuSTEN MkI – Not Actually So Bad! [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1019 in the upcoming October Morphy Extraordinary auction.

I have read much about the Australian dislike for the Austen submachine gun, but until now I never had the chance to actually try shooting one. I did not have very high expectations, but the gun is actually pretty darn reasonable! It doesn’t climb like I expected the stock would cause it to, and the pistol grips are a huge improvement over the Sten. The sights are not ideal, and the stock does wobble – but I didn’t find anything that seems like it would justify the intense dislike for the gun in Australian military service. Now I’m curious to dig into this gun more and find out just what was at the root of the Aussie complaints. Perhaps it was simply a matter of reliability in less-then-ideal circumstances?

06:00

TFBTV: CZ P10C vs. Glock 19 (and Full Review) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the CZ P10C and pits it against its obvious competition, the Glock 19. These guns have a lot in common and are almost the same size with the same features, and can even use the same holsters in many cases. Similarities aside, what are the differences and […]

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FIRST LOOK: Nord Arms Semi-Automatic 338 Lapua Magnum Precision Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Last month, at DSEI 2019 in London, I had the chance to take a look at some of Nord Arms’ rifles ranging from their NA-9, 9x19mm pistol calibre carbine right up to their new .338 Lapua Magnum marksman’s rifle. Nord Arms are an Estonian company specialising in AR-pattern rifles and is run by a pair of […]

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Tuesday, 15 October

17:22

At Townhall: Felons Voting While In Prison In D.C. [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall on the push in Washington, DC to let felons vote while they are still serving their sentence in prison. The piece starts this way:
Washington, D.C.’s council seems posed to let felons vote while they are still serving their sentences in prison. Surely, that has the benefit of ensuring that these individuals turn out to vote. But one claim made to push the change, that felon disenfranchisement is racist, is absurd. 
Many states have had that rule as long as they have been states, and places such as Vermont in 1793 or later in North and South Dakota can hardly be claimed to have adopted these rules because of concerns about black voters.
Democrats used to argue that once felons had served their time, they had paid their debt to society and should be able to vote. Now, after Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) earlier this year argued for felons to vote while they are in prison, even for those who have committed the most horrible crimes, other Democrats have picked up the cause. 
Other than racism, there is a more straightforward explanation for this prohibition. We learn about murderers and rapists in terms of how they care about their fellow citizens in other ways. The Boston Marathon bomber killed three people and wounded 260 others. How will someone willing to take many lives and maimed or disfigured for life many others vote on issues from law enforcement to health care policy? How will they vote on issues that depend on compassion?
Why is it in the interests of women that rapists should have a say in deciding who will win elections? Sexual offenders aren’t going to support women’s safety and health issues or education the way that other citizens will. Criminals probably shouldn’t be deciding what the laws should be or how they should be enforced.
The rest of the piece is available here.

17:21

Peter Navarro quoted Character He Invented in His Books [John Lott's Website]

From the Daily Beast:
Economist and Assistant to the President Peter Navarro has admitted to quoting a fictional character he made up and named after an anagram of his last name, The Chronicle Review reports. Tessa Morris-Suzuki, emeritus professor at the Australian National University, was reportedly working on an essay involving Navarro's books when she noticed an oft-quoted man named Ron Vara—a rich military veteran and Harvard-trained economist who studied utilities regulation. None of Morris-Suzuki's Harvard contacts had any record of a Ron Vara, but Ron Vara's name suspiciously shared letters with Navarro's last name. Both Vara and Navarro also reportedly studied utilities regulation in their real and fictional bouts in higher education. 
In a statement, Navarro fessed up to Vara being fictional and called the character a “whimsical device and pen name I’ve used throughout the years for opinions and purely entertainment value, not as a source of fact.” He also likened his use of Vara in his own works to director “Alfred Hitchcock appearing briefly in cameo in his movies,” and said it was an “inside joke that has been hiding in plain sight for years.” One of Navarro's co-authors, Columbia professor Glenn Hubbard, said he did not know Vara was a fictional individual and said he was not okay with Vara being in the book that he and Navarro wrote. . . .

17:20

Illinois: Task Force May Ponder More Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

The Illinois House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force is scheduled to meet on October 16, 2019. The task force could potentially make policy recommendations with various gun control schemes. %MCEPASTEBIN%

17:00

8 Rare Firearms Seen in October 2019 MORPHY Firearms Auction Catalog [The Firearm Blog]

October 2019 MORPHY Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction (1)Continuing our series of articles dedicated to covering the major American firearm auctions, today we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting, rare and unusual guns seen in the online catalog of the upcoming October 2019 Morphy Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction. As usual, the Morphy auction catalog includes dozens of such […]

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16:30

POTD: European Tactical Airlift Center [The Firearm Blog]

Beware of various Heckler & Koch rifles in this Photo Of The Day, as we visit the European Tactical Airlift Center in Zaragoza (Spain). This is a multi-national training center for tactical air transport. Nine nations are currently participating in the European Tactical Airlift Program Training (ETAP-T), to work together to harmonize tactical procedures in […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: 3D Printed Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Bolt Racker [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger Mk. IV 3D Printed Bolt RackerWelcome back to the Rimfire Report! This week we’re going to talk about a home-cooked modification for the Ruger Mk. IV. The Ruger Mark .22LR series of pistols have been a staple in the rimfire community since its introduction in 1949. Offering at first simple design, the series has gone through 9 iterations since then to […]

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12:16

Game Theory []

Certain truths can be stated without reservation.  FACT ONE: American youth love video games.  And, FACT TWO: Guns have been a large part of our history and culture for hundreds of years.  Here’s another: Without the constant renewal and growth of new participants, the gun culture and shooting sports will wither and die, and the Second Amendment will be closely behind it.  The Second Amendment would become a quaint reminder of a distant past, then, gradually, incrementally, be reduced to an abstract symbolic concept.  

If one were to set out to address the challenge of finding new participants for the shooting sports, where would you look and who would you look for?  Well, it would be nice to target young people, heaven knows the more “mature” crowd is already well represented!  It would also make sense to target people who already have demonstrated some interest in and knowledge of guns.  

This ideal demographic of future competitive shooters, firearms enthusiasts, and Second Amendment activists exists within the world of video gaming.  We know from anecdotal evidence that the cross-pollination opportunity between the video gaming culture and the “real” gun culture is significant.  In fact, even the briefest look at the gaming industry reveals the staggering scale of the numbers involved.  Gaming is huge!  According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 97% of all teenagers play video games; and 81% of 18-to-29 year olds are gaming, and a large percentage of those games are based on shooting and gun themes.  For example, the Red Dead Redemption Part 2 Cowboy’ action game grossed over $725 million its opening weekend and has sold over 25 million copies.

In fact, my own introduction into the world of firearms was the indirect result of video games.  My sons’ interest in guns was piqued after playing video games, which lead to an interest in paintball and airsoft guns.  Realizing quickly if I had declared real guns forbidden it would have only strengthened the attraction, I embarked on a mission to learn all I could about safe gun use in order to educate my sons and keep them safe.  I reached out to a knowledgeable gun-owning friend, who gave us a brief introduction to guns and recommended a safety training class.   To my great joy,  guns and the shooting sports have become a central part of our lives ever since, providing countless hours of enjoyment and family bonding.

Of course, only a small percentage of gamers will make the leap from shooting guns in video games to shooting guns in real life.

But a small percentage of a big number is still a big number.  There are barriers to entry that must be overcome. Not everyone has a gun-owning friend (that they know of) to whom they can reach out.  With this in mind, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), promotes the excellent “First Shots Program” offered at many local shooting ranges. The program is geared towards safely introducing first-time shooters to the fun of shooting.

Andrew Gottlieb, Director of Outreach for the Second Amendment Foundation, has begun some excellent work on the issue of gaming and how it relates to the Second Amendment.  A key point he made in his presentation at the 34th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix related to the inevitable blame-game and finger-pointing that occurs whenever a mass murder event occurs and it’s subsequently revealed the “murderer was a video game player”.   Mr. Gottlieb said plainly “The gun people need to stop pointing to the video games as the cause,  because that just makes the gamers point back to the gun as the cause when both parties should be pointing to the acts of the individual perpetrator!”  I must admit, I have been tempted myself to point to games as a causal factor; however, considering how pervasive gaming actually is you might as well point to shoes as the cause of mass murder because as far as I know most murderers aren’t barefoot!  Alas, there are not simple answers to complex problems.  

As firearms enthusiasts, gun owners and Second Amendment advocates, let’s actively look for ways to reach out to the people who are already interested in what we do.  Get out there and find a gamer to take shooting, it’ll be a blast!

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11:16

Update On NYSRPA V. City Of New York []

The Supreme Court released new orders relating to oral arguments in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York.

The motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted. The motion of Neal Goldfarb for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is denied.

The Supreme Court usually approves the request of the Solicitor General to participate in oral arguments as amicus curiae and will grant his or her request for divided argument.

As to Mr. Goldfarb, he is the only one of those submitting amicus briefs who requested to participate in the oral argument. From what I can tell, he is something of a gadfly who wants to apply linguistics to the legal interpretation. His brief insists that the Court was wrong in its interpretation of language in DC v. Heller.

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11:00

Battle Of Bunker Hill First Shot Musket Up For Auction – $300K [The Firearm Blog]

Battle Of Bunker Hill First Shot Musket Up For AuctionThe famous command given to Revolutionary War soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill – “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” – resulted in forever identifying the musket credited with the first shot fired against British troops on that fateful day in June of 1775. John Simpson, a Private in the […]

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10:00

General Dynamics’ Next Generation Squad Weapon – The RM277 [The Firearm Blog]

General Dynamics have closely guarded their Next Generation Squad Weapon prototypes, despite my best efforts they stuck to their guns and saved the big reveal for this year’s AUSA Exposition in Washington, D.C.There have been murmurings that their submission would be a bullpup for sometime and it has now been confirmed, meet the General Dynamics RM277. […]

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08:00

CAA USA Confirms Exclusive Licensing Agreement with SB Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

roni and SB tacticalCAA USA, designers, and developers of the MCK/Micro Conversion Kit confirmed that since May 2019, it has a licensing agreement with SB Tactical, the originators of the patented Pistol Stabilizing Brace, for exclusive use on CAA USA products. “CAA USA is very excited about this exclusive agreement with SB Tactical,” LTC. (Ret.) Mikey Hartman, CEO […]

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07:00

Overt Defense – Introducing TFB’s New Sister Site [The Firearm Blog]

The Firearm Blog are pleased to announce our new sister site dedicated to covering the latest military and defense technology news. If you’re interested in larger caliber guns, missiles, military aviation, naval news, armed and unarmed drones, the latest in ground vehicles and the application of special operations forces then Overt Defense has you covered! […]

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06:27

The Owen SMG: Looks Bad; Shoots Good [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 2012 in the upcoming October Morphy Extraordinary auction.

The Owen Gun is one of the really good submachine guns fielded during the Second World War, but is a very scarce gun to find today. I had a chance to briefly shoot one year ago, and when I had the opportunity to try one out at Morphy’s, I jumped at it. Feeding from the top and ejecting out the bottom, and using a unique internal design that keeps the mainspring segregated from dirt and debris, the Owen was a famously reliable gun. It may look like a lot of rubbish, but it handles well and shoots well!

06:00

US Army, USMC and British Army Collaborate on Developing Lightweight Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army, US Marine Corps and British Army are collaborating on developing new lightweight small arms ammunition. In recent years there has been an increasing interest in hybrid ammunition, especially those using polymer case components. Todd Townsend, supervisor of the research, development, test and evaluation for the Product Manager for Small Caliber Ammunition recently […]

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Monday, 14 October

17:00

TFB Review: The FIMS Firearms FMR. Out of the Box Excellence? [The Firearm Blog]

In a market absolutely saturated with AR-15 style rifles, it’s hard to stand out. Seemingly everything has been done to make the platform more reliable, more accurate and more ergonomic. Even with all the top tier options out there, some available at very reasonable prices, people still choose to go with PSA and Anderson Rifles. […]

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16:40

Crossing Guard Reinstated To Job; Guns Still Seized []

Stephen Nichols has been restored to his job as a crossing guard in Tisbury, Massachusetts. He was removed from his job over an overheard remark that a nosy waitress construed as a threat to the local school. You can read more about the circumstances in this post.

Tisbury PD Chief Mark Saloio maintains Mr. Nichols was never fired. Rather his job was just under “review” according to his statement to the MV Times.

“The town, collectively, has expressed an outpouring of concern about Mr. Nichols, and his employment as a school crossing guard. We as well share those concerns. We wish to make you aware that today, Mr. Nichols was informed that he may return to his crossing guard duties tomorrow morning,” Saloio wrote in an email to The Times. “This return to work was always pending upon a final review that was in process. Throughout this period, Mr. Nichols has retained his position as a crossing guard for the town. However, these reviews are thorough and complete, and neither immediate nor instantaneous.”

Chief Saloio went on to defend the school resource officer whose forays to a buy coffee while on the job were criticized by Mr. Nichols.

While Mr. Nichols has his job back as a school crossing guard, his firearms and license to carry have not been restored to him.

Dan Larkosh, of the Edgartown firm Larkosh and Jackson, represents Nichols, and he was pleased Nichols was reinstated. Nevertheless he intends to file an appeal of the decision by Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio to seize guns owned by Nichols, as well as his license to carry.


Saloio declined to comment when approached at the Tisbury Police Station. He later told The Times, “There’s nothing that I can legally discuss about the matter. Period.” The police department has also refused to release the police report from the investigation citing the “personnel” exemption of the public records law.

Supporters of Mr. Nichols started circulating a petition to get him both reinstated and to get his firearms and carry license restored to him. According to the MV Times, it has garnered over 800 signatures as of this morning.

Absent the publicity brought to this case by it going viral, I doubt Mr. Nichols would have his job restored to him. Now let’s hope it helps to restore his means of self-defense.

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16:30

POTD: M32 Speedloader – For Your 40mm Wheelgun [The Firearm Blog]

M32 SpeedloaderVLTOR recently posted a photo of the M32 speedloader. Yes, it is a speed loader for their revolver grenade launcher. If you were one of the few that could afford the $15k transferable Milkor M32 grenade launcher then this is a must-have accessory for you! Are you tired of loading 40mm chalk rounds one at […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? “‘Hell Yeah, Brother’ or ‘I Live with my Mother'” [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome everyone to the 29th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series (and you’ve been missing out), this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this gat a sweet deal […]

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15:00

Featured Deals – Columbus Day Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Hello my half a dozen faithful readers. I know you were all just utterly ambivalent when you didn’t see a DOTW post last Friday. But have no fear! It’s a special edition for Columbus Day and the first day of Sukkot for any other Jewish gun owners out there. Chag sameach (happy holidays)! M&P Shields […]

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14:09

Award for my Dred Scott book [Of Arms and the Law]

The International Book Award program of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society has given my Dred Scott book first prize in Historical Nonfiction! (The book is available on Amazon). Here I am, receiving the award from Maya Davis, who headed the event.

12:27

California: Anti-Gun and Anti-Hunting Bill Signed into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Prior to the October 13 deadline, Governor Newsom signed the final anti-gun and anti-hunting bills, AB 1254 and SB 172 into law.

11:55

LOL! [Of Arms and the Law]

Background to this ABC World News tweet: they aired footage of a supposed firefight along the Syrian border. Multiple sources of full auto fire using tracers, impressive explosions and fireballs.

The footage turned out to be from the annual full-auto event at the Knob Creek shooting range, in Kentucky.

Fake news, anyone?

UPDATE: more on this.

11:32

The Slow Burn [AllOutdoor.com]

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications

THE SLOW BURN

Be careful and stay aware, a new gun restriction law or other type of ordinance may be coming to you soon. The primary strategy now of anti-gun, anti-hunting, anti-outdoor use, and the anti-democracy movement is incremental progressivism. That simply means the politicians in control at every level of government in this country are working hard to slip in new legislations, rules and regulations to keep you from enjoying freedoms assured by the Constitution.

Of course, these groups totally ignore the U.S. Constitution as though it does not matter or exist anymore or they consider it simply outdated. But then they mostly ignore a great deal of the laws in this country anyway such as immigration laws, rules for becoming legal citizens, sanctuary cities, concealed weapons permits, hunting seasons, rules and regulations, and the 2nd Amendment in general. Beware of how these groups try to influence changes in these laws.

All that along with a plethora of fake news that obscures the truth and confuses people. It’s difficult these days for even a reasonably intelligent person to fully understand what the truth is and what is not. Even the news sources we have most often considered very conservative often venture off the pathway to get their wheels mired in the ditch.

Whether you are a hunter, angler, shooter, gun collector, arms dealer, conservationist, prepper or survivalist, it is prudent to keep abreast of such actions in the community where you live, the state as well as on the national scene. Often such actions come from under the table hidden or cloaked in other actions so the true meaning or impact is clouded. It takes a concerted effort to keep up with all this nonsense. Thankfully we do have some organizations in this country that are in big part the watchdog agencies on our behalf.

First and foremost, we have the NRA. I am a life member, you should be, too. We don’t have to agree with everything they do and doubtless we all tire of their relentless fund raising, but it is just part of the package for non-profits. In their support they do keep a close watch on anti-gun and hunting legislation or community actions. Those are most often listed on their web site and certainly covered in their member magazines. If you do not belong, then join.

The burn may be slow, but don’t let the frog be boiled alive as the heat is turned up. Stay vigilant and aware. It is our business to help protect our own self interests in a world saturated by them.

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11:31

Henry Rifle’s Fast Handling Weather Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications

HENRY RIFLE’S FAST HANDLING WEATHER GUN

Tis the season. No, not Christmas. Although many stores are already putting out Christmas oriented products, toys, and some displays. For hunters though, this is the season of deer hunting. It is already snowing across the upper Midwest, and temps are dropping in the south. Finally there is some rain, too. Conditions are getting right for stalking a big buck.

For that you need the right equipment especially an ideal rifle for slipping along deer trails, the edges of bedding zones and feeding areas. For this style of deer hunting you need a quick pointing and handling rifle that can be brought to bear at the flicker of an ear or antler. What you need is a speedy, short barreled lever action rifle like Henry’s Big Boy All-Weather.

Speaking of weather, some of the best buck stalking conditions are during a light misting rain or better yet a light snow revealing evidence of tracks showing deer movement. The Henry Big Boy is finished in an industrial hard chrome satin coating. The stock is made of American walnut, but you’d never know that since it is coated in a highly durable industrial grade coating that is black in finish color. This is a rifle made for rough conditions.

The Henry Big Boy All-Weather rifle is produced in three cartridges of choice. These include the .44 Magnum/Special, the .45 Colt or the .357 Magnum/Special. Note here again that the .44 Magnum and the .357 Magnum can both handle the “Special” versions of those caliber cartridges. This could aid in training and practice, or even hunting in very chose quarters situations.

The Henry Big Boy All-Weather comes with a 20-inch barrel which is just right for quick handling and aiming in tight woodland environments, brush cover, and CRP type fields. The round barrel is hard chrome plated steel again for protection from fall and winter conditions. The overall length of the rifle is 37.5 inches, very handy indeed.

Its weight is only 7 pounds. More evidence that this rifle would be perfect for classic still hunting slipping through whitetail habitat. Sights are a brass bead front on a heavy duty post. Rear sight is a fully adjustable semi-buckhorn with a diamond insert. The receiver is drilled and tapped for a BB-RSM sight. The safety is a transfer bar type. Sling swivel studs included.

As Henry says, “this is a real working gun.” For sure.

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11:00

Taurus Adds .454 Casull to Raging Hunter Line [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus Raging Hunter .454 6.75".After introducing the .357 Magnum version, Taurus has decided to inject some serious power in the Raging Hunter line by introducing a .454 Casull version. This addition gives more purpose to the hefty yet aggressive lines of the revolver and it surely broadens its appeal to hunters. Here below the full press release: (Miami, FL) […]

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10:00

The German Army takes the next step towards a new assault rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Since the late 1990s, the Heckler & Koch G36 is the standard rifle of the German Bundeswehr. Already in the 2nd quarter of 2017 it was made official that the Bundeswehr were going to procure roughly 120 000 assault rifles with accessories, to replace the G36. In total the order value was estimated to about […]

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08:20

Review: 5.11 Apex Wedge Boot [AllOutdoor.com]

Work boots, by the simplest definition, are any boots in which you do work. But not all work boots are created equal because not all work is the same. Work boots for some are nothing less than steel-toed, brown leather, waterproof and able to withstand anything a construction work site can dish out. Work boots for others are lightweight, ventilated and light tan in color — intended for desert combat conditions. Some work boots are stylish, pointy-toed, cordovan leather dress boots meant more for the boardroom than the field. Whatever boots and work are your type of boot and work, most of us will benefit from having a versatile boot in our wardrobe.

I’ve been wearing these Apex 6” Wedge boots for several weeks now — not for any one particular work activity but for many, actually. This has included all kinds of work, from going to a job that requires some time in a manufacturing facility to working around the yard to wearing for casual outings. And therein lies the versatility of the Apex. Besides being supportive and protective, these boots are also comfortable for all-day wear and stylish enough for a night out.

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A few points about how they’re made: A D30(r) support footbed absorbs whatever shock would like to travel into my foot from my stomping around, while the Vibram Christy outsole provides a comfortable, stable platform. And not only is the outsole resoleable, it also features Vibram Newflex for maximum grip. All the surfaces and places I traversed felt like … well, I’m not sure I actually remember. But that’s what good boots do; they don’t get in the way of the work you’re doing. Not once have they ever registered as uncomfortable in my mind. But more than that, they’ve proven very comfortable and supportive.

Made from premium leather, the Apex boots lace up and wrap around my foot and ankle, providing a definitive layer of support and protection. What’s more: Each boot has a unique covert pocket built into the side, suitable for storing some extra cash or perhaps an extra folding knife.

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Break-in took just a couple weeks of consistent wearing and some natural creases would eventually show in the leather. It didn’t look bad at all, but a quick treatment with a leather conditioner or mink oil brought them right back to looking like they just came out of the box from the store.

Wear them enough and the sole will likely be the first thing to wear to the point of needing repair. Hence the resoling capability of the Vibram outsole. But that’s the sign of a quality boot: Publishing the capability of resoling. The laces may eventually wear out but the rest of the boot likely won’t.

5.11 Apex Wedge boots come only in the color you see here: Rust. Retailing for $149.99, they might be the only work boots you need for a long time.

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08:00

Berger Bullets Announces New 85.5 Grain Projectile in .22 Caliber [The Firearm Blog]

Introduction: Berger Bullets, a member of the Capstone Precision Group, announced the release of their new .22 caliber projectile.  Weighing in at 85.5 grains it is the second heaviest bullet Berger offers for that caliber. It’s lighter weight allows it to be pushed a little faster than the 90 gr offering as well as allowing […]

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07:00

OuterImpact Releases Red Dot Adapters (M.R.A’s) for the SIG Sauer P320 [The Firearm Blog]

OuterImpact® is proud to announce the newest addition to the Modular Red Dot Adapter (M.R.A.) line of products. The OuterImpact M.R.A. line of adapter plates gives shooters an easy to install option for mounting mini red dot sights onto their Sig Sauer P320 pistols without the need for milling or drilling of the slide. Note: […]

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06:27

Systema OBREGON: The Mexican Rotating-Barrel 1911 [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1500 in the upcoming October Morphy Extraordinary auction.

Patented by Alejandro Obregon in Mexico in 1934 and in the US in 1938, this pistol is an adaptation of the classic Browning 1911 to use a rotating barrel locking system. In addition, Obregon integrated a couple other clever elements. The safety lever and bolt stop were combined into a single part, in the process doing away with the need for the plunger tube on the side of the frame. The mainspring was made into a contain unit with the guide rod and spring plug, and a magazine safety was added through slight modification of the trigger bow and magazine catch.

Only about 800 of these pistols were made, at the Fabrica de Armas factory in Mexico City. It was not adopted by the Mexican military (which used the M1911A1), and was relegated to private sales only.

06:00

SIG Sauer ROMEO1PRO Red Dot Pistol Sight Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer’s ROMEO1 pistol red dot reflex sight has been around for a few years now, but this week SIG announced it would be joined by the new ROMEO1PRO claiming a new level of reliability and durability. Available in black and FDE with SIG claim the new red dot has a 20,000-hour battery life with a new […]

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Sunday, 13 October

16:42

Research Press And The History Of Long Range Shooting []

I stumbled across a very interesting website dedicated to the history of long range target shooting today. It is called Research Press: Firearms, Long Range Target Shooting & Associated History. It comes from the United Kingdom.

A mailing list to which I subscribe had a link to an article on it about the .45-70 Springfield and a 2 mile shot made in 1879.

THE SHOOTER at the heavy bench rest squinted as he aligned his .45-70 Allin-Springfield Model 1873 Army rifle on the distant target. The rifle fore-stock and barrel was cradled in a rest; the butt was supported by his shoulder. The rear sight was flipped up to its full height, so with no stock support for his head, the rifle tester from Springfield Armory worked carefully to align high rear and low muzzle sight on the speck that was the target – a surveyed 2,500 yards distant.


Holding his breath, he squeezed the 7-pound trigger. The rifle fired, and some 15 seconds later, signals from the target indicated that his shot had struck well inside the 6-foot diameter bullseye on a target well over a mile away!

The website has a lot of history dealing with the growth of rifle marksmanship and long range shooting in Great Britain. The growth of it was spurred by a fear in 1859 of a potential invasion of Britain by the French. Volunteer groups promoting marksmanship were raised across the country and eventually were merged with the yeomanry to become the Territorial Army which is the reserve element of the British Army.

Local and regional rifle matches become commonplace and by the end of the decade of the 1860’s Great Britain, with no prior tradition for rifle marksmanship, had thousands of trained riflemen.


Great Volunteer reviews before large crowds of spectators, and sometimes royalty, were held throughout the country where the men demonstrated their skill at drill and skirmishing.


The original arm of the Volunteers was the muzzle loading Enfield rifle. In September 1870 this was replaced by the Snider, a breech loading conversion of the Enfield. The adoption of the Martini-Henry breech loading rifle by the Volunteers was commenced in 1879 but not completed until 1885. The issue of the Lee-Metford magazine rifle was authorised in 1895.

This is just skimming the surface. If you have an interest in the history of organized rifle shooting, I’d suggest taking some time and perusing the site. It will be worth your time.

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16:30

POTD: CZ Scorpion Briefcase Gun [The Firearm Blog]

CZ Scorpion Briefcase GunAs a fan of briefcase guns, this intrigues me. Thanks to my friend Erik C. who recently returned from his trip to Berlin for this photo. He shot it at the Berlin Spy Museum. There are some really interesting things going on with this briefcase design. First of all, I have never seen this briefcase […]

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13:28

Life In The Volksrepublik []

JayG used to refer to Massachusetts as the Volksrepublik in his old blog Marooned. It was a snarky take on life in a very liberal state with an overbearing government. Volksrepublik derives from the German for People’s Republic which is a term often used by Communist or otherwise authoritarian states.

Though East Germany, officially Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR, was merely a “democratic republic” and not a “people’s republic, it did have the Volkshammer, the Volksarmee, and the Volkspolizei. Respectively they were the People’s Chamber legislature, the National People’s Army or their military, and the People’s Police or the national state police. The DDR also had the Staatssicherheitsdienst aka the Stasi. This was the secret police agency meant to repress any dissent. The Stasi encouraged and made extensive use of mass surveillance. This meant neighbor spying on neighbor and children spying on parents all with the purpose of reporting deviations to the secret police.

Bear this history in mind when you hear the story of Stephen Nichols, 84, of Tisbury, Massachusetts. It is a small town on Martha’s Vineyard. Mr. Nichols is a Korean War veteran, a former officer with the Tisbury Police Department, a former court official, a former constable, and now a former school crossing guard.

I say former school crossing guard because a waitress at Linda Jean’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs overheard his complaints about a school resource officer, misinterpreted them, and then reported him to the Tisbury Police.

As reported by the MV Times on Friday:

Nichols said he was unimpressed with the Tisbury School resource officer’s alleged trips to Xtra Mart to get coffee when children came to school in the morning. While dining at Linda Jean’s a couple of weeks ago, Nichols said he told a friend about this and suggested somebody could “shoot up the school” in that officer’s absence, which he described as “leaving his post.” 

Nichols said the waitress made a complaint to Tisbury Police about what she overheard and on the strength of that, (Tisbury PD Chief Mark) Saloio and another officer relieved Nichols of his crossing guard duties while he was in the midst of performing them and subsequently drove to his home and took away his firearms license and guns. 


“He came up and told me what I said was a felony but he wasn’t going to charge me,” Nichols said of Saloio. 


The confiscated guns were later turned over to Nichols’ son-in-law, Nichols told The Times.


Asked if he was given a letter or any paperwork for the seizure of his license, Nichols said, “No he just told me to hand it over so I took it out of my wallet and handed it to him.”


Nichols said he has been licensed for firearms since 1958.


He said he didn’t receive any paperwork or receipts for the seizure of his guns, either.

The Stasi would be so proud of that anonymous waitress as well as the reaction of the police.

The story goes to note that the both Mark Hanover who owns Linda Jean’s and Andy Marcus who was having coffee with Mr. Nichols assert no threat was made. Mr. Nichols merely thought it irresponsible that the school resource officer would leave his post to get coffee. Only one person construed it as a threat and the police ran with that.

This is a reprehensible situation. You have an elderly widower now left defenseless, children were put at risk pulling the crossing guard in the middle of his shift, and a man’s reputation is sullied based upon an overheard comment that was misunderstood.

The responses of the Tisbury Police Department and the Tisbury Town Administrator were classic bureaucratic evasiveness. They refused to talk about it because it was “a personnel matter.”

Now think about this situation in light of the push for red flag laws. Instances like Mr. Nichols will become more common and with more tragic consequences. In this case you had an elderly man who was not a threat to anyone, who loves kids, and who didn’t even carry outside the home. What if it had been a disturbed person triggered to violence by having his or her firearms removed. They are still on the street, they didn’t get the help they needed, and they are only down one tool out of many with which they can commit a violent attack.

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13:04

ATF drops case over manufacture of "80% receivers" [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here.

Here is the ruling. Its format suggests that the judge issues tentative rulings, so counsel can prepare their oral argument in light of what he is inclined to do. I can see why ATF chose to abandon the case. He was prepared to rule that (1) the legal "receiver" of an AR-15 is NOT its lower receiver (ATF's longtime position) since it doesn't meet the definition used in ATF's regulations; (2) ATF's practice of declaring or classifying receivers doesn't comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (and by implication, a lot of ATF procedures do not) and (3) ATF's position here would make the statute (!!!) and its regulation void for vagueness.

UPDATE: the practical significance of this is (at the very least):

1. The legal "receiver" of an AR-15, the firearm under GCA, is (interpreting the ATF reg) the upper receiver rather than the lower. Needless to say, the required markings on every AR-15, tens of millions of firearms, is on the lower and not on the upper.

2. Any past conviction for anything regarding a lower receiver (manufacturing them or selling them without an FFL) is called into doubt.

3. ATF should (and I've said this for years) specify by regulation, for any multi-part receiver, which part is the legal "receiver." It's one of many areas where ATF relies on internal interpretations and "if you ask us, we will tell you." All that is supposed to be published in regulations so that (1) the public is on notice as to what they must do and (2) they can't be changed without a public process.

12:44

Mass murders are not increasing [Of Arms and the Law]

Clayton Cramer performs an interesting analysis of the question. The media, of course, has a vested interest in keeping people scared or angry (and thus watching TV or reading a journal) and so creates the impression that they are, just as it creates the impression that homicide rates are increasing, when in fact they have fallen by 50% over the last quarter century.

06:27

Turkish Conehammer “Broomhandle” C96 Mauser [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 2493 in the upcoming October Morphy Extraordinary auction.

The “cone hammer” was the first commercial version of the Mauser C96, so named for the stepped conical sides of its hammer. The C96 did not sell particularly well in the first few years after its introduction, and the only major bulk sale was to Sultan Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire, who bought 1,000 of the guns for his palace guard. These guns were numbered in Farsi in their own range from 1 to 1000, and were all sold with matching shoulder stocks. The order was signed in December of 1897 and the guns were shipped a few months later, in May of 1898.

Under the Sultan’s rule, there was significant concern over potential military coups, and most arms were locked away in armories, including many of the C96 pistols. After the revolution in 1908/9, guns were more liberally distributed to the military and police, and these C96 pistols were issued out to both groups for service use. Some were used in combat in World War One, and after the war they were considered surplus, available for purchase inexpensively by Army or police officers. This meant that they saw a lot of use, and as a result few survive today, with many of them in rather rough condition.

Saturday, 12 October

21:23

One way of solving a problem [Of Arms and the Law]

Let's send them better rifles. Or reinforcements of a thousand Cajun hunters, told that Boko Haram taste good in gumbo, and the hunting season just closed.

17:22

I So Want One Of These! []

In the video below, Larry Vickers discusses and shoots the Swedish K Gun. Also known as the Carl Gustav M/45, this submachine gun was used extensively in Vietnam by Special Forces and in the Congo by Swedish UN peacekeepers.

The Swedes objected to the US forces using it in Vietnam and imposed an embargo on their sale. Smith & Wesson made a clone called the Model 76 for use by our military. I had a chance to shoot one of these years ago at a blogger shoot put on by LuckyGunner.com. Let’s put it this way, if I had the extra money and didn’t mind waiting months I’d buy one.

The going price for a transferable K Gun is in the $20,000 range. You can get the S&W Model 76 for much less.

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch HK416 in FDE (Concamo) [The Firearm Blog]

Today we take a look at a Special Forces Soldier with the Heckler & Koch HK416 in FDE (Flat Dark Earth). The uniform is with Concamo – Confusion camouflage, developed by Matthias Bürgin. H&K describes the HK416 A5 as “the next evolution in assault rifle technology.” (Source) Photo: Heckler & Koch   The soldier also […]

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12:49

New California gun laws [Of Arms and the Law]

Fox News is reporting. I don't have time to look up the laws themselves, but this report of them raises big constitutional questions (other than the obvious 2A and due process ones). Does the law make failure to turn over firearms a criminal offense? If not, where is the probable cause for a search? "Probable cause" assumes a crime. The provision that a warrant may be issued with the order, to become effective if the gun owner refuses to turn over a gun, raises questions of anticipatory search warrants. Those were a big issue some years ago, I forget how it turned out, but they weren't in favor with the courts. The idea was to issue a search warrant over a future event, to become effective (without further restore to a court) if something happened. E.g., here is the evidence we have of drug dealing (not quite probable cause). We're going to send in an informant. This warrant to immediately search the house will become effective only if the informant comes out and reports he made a drug buy inside.

10:00

SILENCER SATURDAY #94: Quietest Suppressor Setup [The Firearm Blog]

Quietest Suppressor SetupGood morning everyone and thank you for joining us for another installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, makers of the YHM Turbo K 5.56 silencer. Last week we discussed first silencers for the beginner. Today we’ll reach for the proverbial stars and attempt to define the quietest suppressor, host […]

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06:27

SMG Comparison: Bernardelli VB vs Beretta Model 4 [Forgotten Weapons]

These are Lots 1069 (Bernardelli) and 2034 (Beretta) in the upcoming October 2019 Morphys Extraordinary auction.

Yesterday we looked at the short-lived Bernardelli VB submachine gun made a few years after World War 2, and compared it to the post-war Beretta Model 4 SMG. Having seen how different the two guns really are, it’s time to take them to the shooting range and see how they compare in actual firing…

Friday, 11 October

17:00

Friday Night Lights: Nitecore NU05MI Mini IR Signal Light & CI7 IR Vampire [The Firearm Blog]

NU05MI and CI7The last time I reviewed a Nitecore light I was a bit underwhelmed. The P20 was a mediocre light for a weapon-mounted flashlight and underpowered compared to other offerings. Nitecore did offer up their new NU05MI mini IR signal light and their CI7 dual output IR flashlight. NU05MI IR Marker Normally I do not get […]

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16:30

POTD: Help Jeremy name his modified Glock 19 [The Firearm Blog]

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures out there. Today we take a look at a rather special Glock 19. In fact, there isn’t much Glock left in this Glock, as it’s been heavily modified. I asked the owner, […]

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16:00

Reptilia Corp launches TORCH Light Body [The Firearm Blog]

Firearms accessories manufacturer Reptilia Corp have released a new long-gun light mount dubbed the TORCH. It is designed to tuck neatly under ATPIAL/PEQ-15 and similar top-rail devices, with a $119.95 MSRP. This machined aluminum mount weighs in at just under one ounce, and is made in the USA. It comes in either a right- or […]

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13:19

Grassley Tells IRS To Ignore Calls For Russia-NRA Probe []

The Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee issued a staff report in September calling on the IRS to investigate the NRA over a trip to Russia. They want the IRS to pull the NRA’s 503(c)(4) tax designation. The Senate Finance Committee minority members even called the NRA a “foreign asset”.

Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley fired back in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. He characterized the Democrats’ efforts to get the IRS to investigate the NRA as “partisan” request. He said that the IRS ” is not a political weapon, and it should not be used as such. “

Sen. Grassley goes on to note:

The Minority report focuses on certain NRA personnel who traveled to Russia in December 2015 for a goodwill trip. After reviewing nearly identical evidence as the Minority staff at great length, it was clear to the Majority staff that nothing in those documents reasonably raises questions about whether the NRA should maintain its tax-exempt status under the tax code. Indeed, rather than present a careful and serious analysis, the Minority staff report offers incendiary conclusions unsupported by paragraphs full of belabored references to behavior that “raises serious” but undefined “concerns.” Even the cover of the Minority staff report deems the NRA a “Russian asset,” while nothing in the text of the actual report ever does more than editorialize to that effect.

He recalls the efforts of Obama Administration to politicize the Internal Revenue Service with some sadness.

Moreover, the IRS should never investigate taxpayers as a result of potential political motives. It is critical for the administration of our tax system that the IRS remain ideologically neutral when it comes to enforcing the tax code, and it is just as critical that taxpayers all throughout the United States know and believe this to be true. This decade has already seen the IRS involved in enough controversy around politically-motived tax enforcement, and the IRS should strive mightily to avoid such episodes in the future. As you are well aware, in May 2013 a scandal engulfed the IRS with its partisan enforcement of applications for tax-exempt status under Sec. 50I(c)(4) of the tax code, as led by Ms. Lois Lerner. Sadly, that scandal may have been precipitated by partisan requests for the IRS to investigate its perceived political opponents. This was a tragic episode in the IRS’ history and it must not happen again.

Grassley goes on to conclude that the IRS does important work. However, he warns that if the IRS is to retain its legitimacy with the American people, it must not “biased against them based on the exercise of their constitutional rights.”

He is right. The only way the IRS can ultimately get compliance with tax laws is voluntary compliance. If it is seen as a punitive tool by the Democrats – or the Republicans – it loses any sort of legitimacy and with that compliance. There are not enough IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents to compel compliance if the American people as a whole say, “I will not comply.”

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13:06

Why Continue to Prep? [AllOutdoor.com]

Has the urge to prep come and gone now? There is some buzz in the prepper media that perhaps we all need to reconsider our efforts, as a number of threats seem to have diminished over the past few years. After all, prepping is not only time-consuming, it can also be very expensive. Costly enough, in fact, to put a significant drain on many peoples’ budgets.

Prepping is definitely a state of mind, but it’s not paranoia. Preppers don’t just sit around wringing their hands waiting for chickens to fall from the sky. For the majority of serious preppers it is a matter of common sense to be prepared for whatever.

Threats gone? Hardly. Natural disasters are simply a matter of life. They happen somewhere virtually every day. It’s either some type of storm that wreaks havoc destroying property and injuring people, or it is some other catastrophic event like the eruption of a volcano in Hawaii, a wildlife in Colorado, a mudslide somewhere, or something else. They are unavoidable.

Social unrest and such events are much harder to predict, but anyone remaining aware of what is going on in this world can surely keep on top of the news about such things. We’re sitting on a virtual powder keg now with immigration issues, the so-called separation of families from young kids, or just the incarceration of illegals coming into America.

Whatever it is about these people not understanding the laws of this country is amazing to most of us. Regardless, anytime the law enforcement agencies try to gather up a group of these illegals and those already here (also mostly illegal) start protesting and rioting, then there is cause for concern. If the fuse is lit, it will burn and may explode.

At some stage there may be a breaking point when an all-out full scale dissent starts. This could produce threats we can’t even predict. It could produce fighting in the streets which in turn could disrupt all sorts of municipal services, a burden on medical services, a strain on law enforcement that could carry over into residential and commercial areas. Such threats are real.

This is certainly no time to give up on prepping if you want to be prepared to survive whatever social onslaught or disaster might develop in this country. These are literally crazy times. People do not want to follow the laws and some government officials and politicians do not want to enforce them. Law enforcement and the military are caught in between. Remain vigilant, aware, prepared, and be careful who you vote for.

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12:54

Time To Win A Gun Or Two []

I haven’t posted the monthly contest round-up from The Weapon Blog for a bit now. My mistake!

Aaron’s round-up this month includes 16 handguns, 13 rifles, and a Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 shotgun. There is some nice stuff in there. The list is below.

Handguns
  • Primary Arms Customized Glock
    Deadline: October 13, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://gleam.io/7Bfo2/glocktober-built-for-carry-giveaway
  • Falkor Defense FG-9 PCC 9mm
    Deadline: October 25, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://gleam.io/7N0Zi/win-a-falkor-defense-fg9-pcc-9mm-pistol
  • Springfield XDS Mod.2
    Deadline: October 25, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://www.rkguns.com/giveaway-2019-september
  • Freedom Ordnance FX-9
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://www.clearviewfx9.com/trigger-time-tv
  • FNH FNX-45 Tactical
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://fnamerica.com/giveaway/
  • Ballistic Advantage 10.3″ Blackout AR Pistol
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://ballisticadvantage.com/giveaway
  • CMMG Banshee 300 Mk4 AR-15
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://www.cheaperthandirt.com/category/contest.do
  • Springfield Armory Hellcat
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://gatdaily.com/the-armory-life-hellcat-giveaway/
  • Canik TP9 Elite SC
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2019/09/canik-tp9-elite-sc-giveaway/
  • Kimber EVO SP CS
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    https://gatdaily.com/kimber-carry-package-giveaway/
  • Adams Arms P2 Pistol
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    http://win.tacticalshit.com/ts/boogaloo-bugout-kit-giveaway/
  • Glock 19 Gen 4
    Deadline: November 10, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://moriartiarmaments.com/monthly-giveaway
  • Poly80 Roland Special
    Deadline: November 16, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    https://gatdaily.com/polly80-roland-special-giveaway/
  • Walther PPS M2
    Deadline: December 30, 2019
    Added to list: November 11, 2019
    https://gleam.io/R8thc/walther-fall-comfort-carry-giveaway
  • Glock 17
    Deadline: December 30, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    https://secondamendmentuniversity.com/2019/09/19/glock-17-giveaway-ends-on-2019-12-31/
  • Glock 19 Gen 4
    Deadline: 10,000 Mailing List Subscribers
    Added to list: April 25, 2017
    https://www.facebook.com/537382422969862/photos/a.540151952692909.1073741831.537382422969862/1457936634247765/?type=3&theater
Rifles
  • 50 Beowulf AR Pistol
    Deadline: October 15, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://www.classicfirearms.com/contest/win-an-alexander-firearms-50-beowulf-ar-pistol/
  • FN Ballista
    Deadline: October 16, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    https://gleam.io/nquh9/the-big-fn-hunting-giveaway
  • Ruger AR-556
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://grabagun.com/giveaway
  • Aero Precision M4E1
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://www.aeroprecisionusa.com/monthly-rifle-giveaway
  • Thiessens Guided Hunt & CZ 557
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    https://gatdaily.com/thiessens-gear-up-hunting-giveaway/
  • Kimber Hunter Black
    Deadline: November 10, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    https://gatdaily.com/on-target-fall-hunting-giveaway/
  • Aero Precision M5
    Deadline: December 1, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://gatdaily.com/precision-rifle-system-giveaway/
  • CBC Industries CBC3V1 AR-15
    Deadline: 11,000 Facebook Fans
    Added to list: January 17, 2018
    https://www.facebook.com/cbcindustries/photos/a.945555062124183.1073741829.811600472186310/1583023605043989/?type=3&theater
  • Savage MK II BTV
    Deadline: 5,000 Group Members
    Added to list: January 7, 2015
    https://mewe.com/join/pray_hard_shoot_straight
  • Xena-15 GEN4
    Deadline: 100,000 Subscribers
    Added to list: February 18, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFY0jhhMw54
  • $100 Pacific Coast Outlet Contest
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: April 9, 2018
    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=347929455602091&id=204494296612275
  • Cerakote
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: October 17, 2016
    https://welikeshooting.com/bdl/
  • CVA Muzzleloader
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: January 1, 2015
    http://www.cva.com/CVA-Contest.php
Shotguns
  • Benelli Super Black Eagle 3
    Deadline: October 11, 2019
    Added to list: August 21, 2019
    https://www.impactguns.com/giveaways/
Air Rifles
  • None this month
Ammunition
  • 50 rounds of 9mm and 200 rounds of .223
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: May 5, 2017
    https://ammosubscription.com/news/FREE-AMMO-Yes-we-have-a-FREE-AMMO-Drawing-monthly
  • 2,100 rounds of Federal Cartridge 5.56mm 62gr SC FMJ
    Deadline: 20,000 Facebook Fans
    Added to list: April 25, 2017
    https://www.facebook.com/308ghillies/posts/1322348397859140:0
Knives
  • None this month
Accessories
  • Geissele SSA-E and Bolt Catch Giveaway
    Deadline: October 18, 2019
    Added to list: September 25, 2019
    https://gunnersden.com/best-ar-15-trigger/
  • Enhance Your Rifle Giveaway
    Deadline: October 28, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://www.ammunitiondepot.com/contest-enhance-your-rifle
  • Barnett Whitetail Hunter Crossbow
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://www.ruralking.com/giveaway-2019-october
  • $2,500 Tru-Spec Gear
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Added to list: September 20, 2019
    http://tacticalgear.com/sweeps
  • Tactical Toolbox Giveaway
    Deadline: November 1, 2019
    Added to list: September 23, 2019
    https://gunsandgadgetsdaily.com/tactical-toolbox/
  • Last Days of Summer Giveaway
    Deadline: November 15, 2019
    Added to list: August 22, 2019
    https://gatdaily.com/last-days-of-summer-giveaway/
  • $1,000 Giveaway
    Deadline: December 2, 2019
    Added to list: October 11, 2019
    https://app.viralsweep.com/sweeps/full/aaa28e-57558
  • Concealed Carrry Weekly Podcast Giveaway
    Deadline: Recurring Weekly
    Added to list: July 3, 2019
    https://www.concealedcarry.com/podcastprize/
  • $500 Cheaper Than Dirt Gift Card
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: July 11, 2017
    https://www.cheaperthandirt.com/category/contest.do
  • $500 Gift Card
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: March 6, 2017
    https://app.brandsatisfaction.com/land/2165?front_surveys=2134
  • Solo Stove Campfire
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: March 6, 2017
    https://www.solostove.com/monthly-giveaway/
  • Relentless Tactical Gun Belt
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 16, 2016
    https://relentless.leadpages.co/relentless-tactical-belt-giveaway/
  • $100 60X Gift Card
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
    http://www.60xcustomstrings.com/giveaway/
Raffles
  • Sinner Mass 10-4 Charity Raffle
    Deadline: 500 Tickets Sold
    Added to list: September 24, 2019
    https://www.sinnermass.com/tenfour/
Training
  • Tactical Training Adventure
    Deadline: 60,000 Contest entries
    Added to list: August 17, 2015
    https://freedomfightersfoundation.org/sweepstakes/
Hunting

11:00

A Million Harbor Freight Pocket Knives Recalled, Literally No One Surprised [The Firearm Blog]

KnifeFOX News is reporting that Harbor Freight is recalling a million knives it sold over the past ten years. Knife elitists everywhere say “told you so” and then reach into their pockets to gently caress their Sebenzas. A lot of you out there are steel snobs (“Like the guy in the $5,000 suit is going […]

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10:00

Strike Industries MASS DRIVER – Forward-Moving Pistol Compensator Design [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries MASS DRIVER Compensator for Gen3 Glock Pistols (1)Strike Industries has released a Gen3 Glock pistol compensator called Mass Driver. As you can expect from a new product made by this company, this is not just another compensator but it packs some cool features. By calling it forward-moving not only I mean that it is an advanced pistol compensator design but it actually […]

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09:07

A Sea Change From A “C” Change Will Help Us See Change! []

In musical notation a change in pitch up or down a full octave is known as a C change.  Anyone paying attention to the fight to protect our second amendment rights has likely noticed the sound of the most prominent voices has indeed risen a full octave.  I am referring of course to the growing cacophony of women’s voices that refuse to be ignored or marginalized.  

When considering the protection of our 2nd amendment rights it is easy to get overly focused on legislation and litigation and ignore the cultural messaging that is the true driver of both.  It is in this messaging that the women in the gun rights movement seem to be having great success.  It is much harder to use the same old arguments and decades old character assassinations against a mom who says she just wants to be able to protect her family.  

When Dianna Muller of the DC Project testifies before a house judiciary committee and says ”I will not comply” she can’t be dismissed as just some eccentric rancher that needs to be taken down.  When A Girl and A Gun women’s shooting league hosts their Fall Festival it gets press as a fun event for strong women offering training, competition and fellowship not a para military terrorist training camp.  

The other factor to remember is that winning hearts and minds on the issue of guns is an emotional endeavor that can’t be won by just regurgitating facts and figures and on this point women speak with much greater perceived authority and sincerity.  

One woman speaking sincerely of her journey from victimhood to empowerment from fear to strength can open a lot more minds than a thousand men shouting Molon Labe.  

I’ve come to recognize in my own life that for all my bravado it is often my wife that really get’s things done, especially the hard things!  So I say thank you to all the women in the shooting sports and the 2nd amendment battle, keep doing what you’re doing it’s working and always know we got your back! 

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08:08

Move Over 80% Lowers! []

80% lowers have been around for a while now. In some areas like California if you finish one, you have to apply for a serial number, pay a fee, and then engrave the finished lower.

The term 80% lower or frame comes from a BATFE determination that it isn’t a firearm if it is only 80% finished. Thus, there is no NICS check on an 80% lower or frame and it can be mailed to you. Given it was a determination by BATFE, you know it can be changed at any time.

Here is an alternative.

You say it is only a chunk of 6061-T6 aluminum. Not so fast. According to the manufacturer, it is the 0% billet AR-15 lower receiver. It helps to have your own CNC machine or a Bridgeport milling machine. I guess you could go all Khyber Pass and finish it strictly with hand tools. Both methods are beyond my level of skill so I’m stuck with off-the-shelf lowers from Aero-Precision, Anderson, or Spikes.

The manufacturer, 80% Arms, adds that they are restricting sale to the USA only.

While these weapons are not regulated under ITAR yet, we still don’t want these dangerous things to get into the hands of the wrong people, like Kim Jong-un. Therefore, shipping of 0% lowers is strictly limited to USA only. 

Well played, sirs, well played.

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08:00

Red Dot Only Vs Co-Witnessing – What’s Best? [The Firearm Blog]

With a growing number of companies making different types of fixed iron sights, I’ve been getting a ton of questions on what’s best. Some say red dot only is best while others say having fixed or back up irons to co-witness with are great too. Both styles have their advantages depending on what your needs […]

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07:58

DTLGear Outdoorsman First Aid Kit [AllOutdoor.com]

Are you an avid outdoorsman? Do you like to hunt, fish, hike, camp, boat, target shoot or travel? Then you should already have a first aid kit with you or at least nearby all the time. Question is does your kit have the essentials you may really need aside from Band-Aids and tweezers? Whether around the house, in your car, office or in your backpack, quality first aid gear should be the norm rather than the exception. There are many kits on the market today, but let’s face it:  the everyday first aid kit from Walmart is generally lacking in both quality and content that is truly useful in a serious bleeding event.

Recently, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the Outdoorsman First Aid Kits from DTLGear. I found that it has lots of what you would expect in an everyday first aid kit:  bandages, Band-Aids, gauze pads for wounds, tweezers/nail clippers for resolving poke-ems, moleskin for blisters, a CPR mask, antibiotic ointment, and first aid cream for insect bites to mention just a few basics.

DTLGear First Aid Kit

Quality items in the DTL 1st Aid Kit

But what I really like about the kit is that is addresses one of the biggest threats in many outdoor accidents, serious bleeding.  Even the basic kit from DTLGear comes with a SWAT-T (Stretch, Wrap and Tuck Tourniquet) that can be used as either a pressure bandage or a true tourniquet in the event of an arterial bleed. Also included in the basic kit is a vacuum-sealed pack of compressed gauze, ideal for packing a severe laceration with profuse bleeding. Buyers have the option, with an upgraded kit, to add the SOFTT-W (Special Operations Tactical Tourniquet-Wide) and QuickClot gauze. The SOFTT-W is a much more aggressive tourniquet and the QuickClot gauze has a hemostatic agent that facilitates blood clotting. A side note concerning tourniquets; although applying a tourniquet is not rocket science, I would recommend receiving training on the models you carry from a qualified source.

DTLGear First Aid Kit

Tourniquets and wound dressing options in the DTLGear 1st Aid Kit

DTLGear summarizes why their first aid kits are better:

  • Designed by an EMT who is also a sportsman. The Sportsman Kit is designed specifically for hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities
  • Reduced ultraviolet signature on bandages that prevents animals from detecting the wearer while in the field
  • Designed to be useable by one person on themselves
  • Lightweight and compact (8x6x4.25 inches, 1pound, 14 ounces)

Available soft sided kit colors include First Aid Red, Safety Orange, Tactical Black, and would easily stow in a backpack or camp box.  A Water Resistant kit is also offered, ideal for any boating excursion. At a minimum, each kit contains 32 individual first aid items.

DTLGear First Aid Kit

DTLGear Ist Aid kit in a water tight box (optional)

Options and upgrades offered for the Outdoorsman First Aid Kit are as follows:

-Basic kit: (includes SWAT-T Tourniquet & Compressed Gauze) MSRP $99.95

-Intermediate Kit: (includes SOFFT-Wide Tourniquet & Compressed Gauze) MSRP $114.95

-Advanced Kit: (includes SOFTT-Wide Tourniquet & Quick Clot Gauze) MSRP $136.95

The company also offers a bleeding control individual first aid kit (IFAK) that focuses exclusively on serious hemorrhaging, prices start at $79.95.

DTLGear First Aid Kit

DTLGear Outdoorsman 1st Aid Kit

Quality first aid is essential to have on hand, the old adage of better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it comes to mind. DTLGear has done a good job in providing not only a well-built first aid kit with quality components, it has also raised the bar when it comes to including tools that would really make a difference in a serious bleeding event. Check them out at DTLGear.com

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07:00

Offset Light Mounts – Why They’re Important [The Firearm Blog]

There are endless debates on what flashlight is best for a rifle but not many people talk about the benefits of offset light mounts vs standard factory mounts. I didn’t think much of offset light mounts until I started using a Haley Strategic SBR Thorntail mount on my 10.5 AR Pistol. Now that I’ve had […]

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06:27

Bernardelli VB: Not Actually a Beretta 38 Copy [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1069 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphys Extraordinary auction.

The Bernardelli company, known mostly for sporting arms, made an effort to break into the law enforcement/military/security market in the year after World War Two. This Model UB submachine gun was manufactured in 1948 and 1949, with a total of about 500 made. While it looks like a copy of the Beretta 38/42 at first glance, it actually differs in almost every detail. The receiver length is different, disassembly is different, sights, bolt handles, ejection ports, safeties, triggers, and recoil springs are all different and not interchangeable. At about this same time, Bernardelli also introduced tow different types of 9x19mm service pistol, which were similarly unsuccessful.

06:00

Maxim Defense Sponsored By MCoE (Maneuver Center of Excellence) [The Firearm Blog]

Last month Maxim Defense was sponsored by the U.S. Army’s MCoE “Maneuver Center of Excellence” to be part of the AEWE (Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment). The Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) sponsors U.S. based Maxim Defense to be part of the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) in 2020. St Cloud, MN – Maxim Defense Industries, […]

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Thursday, 10 October

17:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Limitations Of Concealed Carry During Mass Shootings [The Firearm Blog]

Limitations Of Concealed Carry During Mass ShootingsTFB’s Concealed Carry Corner series has always had an underlying heaviness to it. That heaviness is due to the fact that it’s a wide topic about the possibility of having to take someone’s life if you find yourself or a loved one a victim of an assault involving deadly force. Well, in this edition of […]

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16:30

POTD: Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A6 [The Firearm Blog]

One of the key players in this Photo Of The Day is the German Main Battle Tank, the Leopard 2A6. For several weeks, tanks will roll across the grounds of the Munster / Bergen Training Area in Germany, side by side with allied forces of other nations. Under the motto “Was.Wir.Können”, (translated: What.We.Know) the combined […]

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16:00

TFB Review: Oakley Standard Issue Eyewear – Ballistic, Thin Blue Line & Speed Jacket [The Firearm Blog]

oakleyOne thing that is almost a sure bet we all own, but do not always put a tremendous amount of thought in are our shooting glasses or eyewear. When it comes to shooting, hunting, boating, and generally being an active outdoors person we all probably own a slew of glasses (where did I put them […]

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15:59

NRA Wins, Ollie Loses On Reimbursements []

The National Rifles Association will not have to pay former NRA President Oliver North’s legal bills. That was the ruling today by Justice Joel Cohen in the lawsuit brought by the NRA seeking a declaratory judgement. Col. North had sought indemnification for legal expenses incurred as a result subpoenas in the second Ack-Mac case and the Senate Finance Committee’s request for documents.

From Bloomberg.com:

Justice Joel Cohen said Thursday that the gun rights group isn’t required under its internal rules or state bylaws to indemnify North for expenses he’s incurring as a witness in legal matters triggered by the infighting, including a probe of the NRA’s nonprofit status by New York’s attorney general.


The turmoil began when North alleged that Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s longtime leader and public face, used the NRA to enrich himself, an accusation LaPierre denied. North was accused of trying to overthrow him.


Ruling from the bench, Cohen said the case boiled down to the meaning of a 93-word sentence in the NRA’s bylaws and didn’t hinge on allegations between the parties, including the group’s claim that North acted in bad faith when he began looking into alleged wrongdoing at the organization.


“No sentence should be 93 words long, but once you wade through it, the meaning is clear,” Cohen said. “Colonel North’s reading would require something close to a blank check, and that’s just not what the bylaw says.”

As of this writing, the NY State Courts Electronic Filing system does not have the actual ruling posted.

As might be expected, NRA outside counsel William Brewer III called this a “resounding win” for the NRA. What would be interesting to know is how much Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors billed to handle this case. It would also be interesting to know what the legal bills submitted by Col. North amounted to by comparison.

This case was on the surface about whether Col. North was entitled to indemnification or reimbursements of his legal bills incurred. Below the surface you have a very successful effort to get rid of Chris Cox who was a potential successor to Wayne LaPierre. It also consolidated the hold that Brewer has over LaPierre by damaging those who were independent of Brewer or who opposed him. You see more and more of that coming out as time has passed.

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11:00

New RCBS MatchMaster Powder Dispenser – fast and accurate down to 0.04 Grain [The Firearm Blog]

RCBS was founded in 1943 by Fred T. Huntington in Oroville, California, and is the “Green” alternative for reloaders who don’t use Red or Blue. Just like when shooting, reloaders like features like accuracy and speed in their reloading kit. The new RCBS MatchMaster Powder Dispenser offers a fast 0.04 Grain Accuracy in Match Mode, […]

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10:00

Special: Magpul PMAG 300BLK in Medium Coyote Tan [The Firearm Blog]

Most of our readers, and probably everyone who owns a firearm in the 300 Blackout caliber, knows that Magpul has a designated PMAG for the 300BLK. The magazine is supposed to give the shooter an increased reliability and performance compared to the use of traditional 5.56×45 magazines. The risk of unwanted feeding problems and inadvertently […]

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08:37

World-Record Archery Buck Taken Without Camo or Scent Control [AllOutdoor.com]

Most deer hunters will do just about anything to get an edge on their prey. We purchase photo-quality camo patterns, scent-control clothing, soaps, and sprays (or even electronic gadgets designed to kill your human scent), trail cameras, deer lures, decoys, mock scrapes… well, the list goes on. But is that stuff really necessary?

The late Mel Johnson would’ve probably said, “No.” He’s the guy who arrowed the biggest recorded archery buck ever, back in 1965… wearing faded blue dungarees and a red & black checkered shirt.

The story is recorded at Legendary Whitetails; here are some highlights.

He and hunting buddy Bill Kallister had seen several large deer on a certain farm during the 1964 season, so they obtained permission to hunt there in 1965.

When season arrived, it didn’t take long before they knew a giant buck was around. Mel actually spotted him twice, but each time he was too far away. Knowing what was near, both archers passed up shots on smaller deer early on.

Mel had been using stands that would allow shots well out into the field. Now, however, he decided to change tactics and take a ground stand, from which he could watch the edge of the timber instead of only the field.

He found a brushy spot and settled in. The wind was blowing from the woods across the field — perfect. Sure enough, the bowhunter soon noticed a deer stepping from the timber at the upper corner of the field, about 300 yards away. It was a huge buck, standing motionless, scenting and looking over the open field before taking another step.

Mel’s adrenaline began to pump as the massive animal worked his way across the field and turned toward Mel’s position. Mel realized that if the buck continued on his present course, eventually he’d wind up right in his lap!

“Several times in the past, I had things happen that spooked deer, like a quick change in the wind direction or perhaps a slight movement on my part,” Mel said. “I didn’t want it to happen this time, so I kept hugging the concealment of my blind.”

This time, the wind remained in Mel’s favor, and the buck never changed direction. Soon, the huge deer was within 30 yards. The spread of the antlers was breathtaking. Mel swallowed to avoid coughing and moved his right leg slightly to relieve a cramp.

The buck continued toward the archer, who suddenly realized the brute was now too close. “I was pinned down and couldn’t rise to try a shot. At that close range, he would see me and be off like a flash. I decided to wait, let him get by me and gamble on a shot going away.

“He was about three or four rows into the bean field,” Mel added. “At one time, when he was only about 20 yards away, we stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity. Eventually, he swung his head to scan the open field and started moving again.”

That’s when Mel went into action. He rose quickly from his stand, drawing his 72-pound recurve in the same motion. The left-handed shooter let an arrow fly; the buck jumped and raced a short dis­tance to the middle of the open field before pausing on a ridge, watching the hunter. The deer seemed curious as to what had happened. Then it turned and again ran from Mel’s sight.

When the bowhunter next spotted the buck, he was lying on the ground, kick­ing his last. En route, Mel found his arrow intact on the ground. It had passed completely through the deer, which had never made it out of the bean field.

Mel tried to drag the huge buck from the field but couldn’t budge him. Fortunately, the farmer offered a hand, and the deer was soon secured across the top of Mel’s car trunk.

Doing the right thing at the right place at the right time. That’s what it boils down to; not gadgets or high-tech goodies. Mel summed it up like this:

It was just luck. That’s what it amounts to. I guess the whole thing is being able to hold your composure when you get such an opportunity. That’s the difference between getting a big deer and not getting one.

Just a friendly reminder as we head into the 2019-2020 deer season. Play the wind, keep still, and be observant. I’ll try to keep this in mind as I attempt to NOT use my smart phone as a crutch to help pass the time in my stand this year.

Happy hunting!

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08:01

Own the Musket That Fired the First Shot at Bunker Hill [AllOutdoor.com]

If you are American and care about historical firearms, here’s something that will grab your interest: The Dutch flintlock musket that fired the first (admittedly premature) shot at the Battle of Bunker Hill in the early stages of the American Revolution is about to be sold for the first time since then.

Both sides of the famous Bunker Hill Musket

Both sides of the famous Bunker Hill Musket
(Photo © Morphy Auctions)

It’s probably the best-known and most important firearm from the Revolutionary War. It was owned by private John Simpson, and he was court martialed (but only “lightly reprimanded”) for disobeying the famous order of his commanding officer Colonel William Prescott, “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!”

Muzzle of the famous Bunker Hill Musket

Muzzle of the famous Bunker Hill Musket
(Photo © Morphy Auctions)

John’s criminal feat gave him fame as well as an upbraiding and he went on to “serve his country with honor,” according to a historical marker commemorating his shot.

Top of Bunker Hill Musket lock & barrel

Top of Bunker Hill Musket lock & barrel
(Photo © Morphy Auctions)

The musket itself is of Dutch manufacture, referred to as a “Type III,” one of thousands shipped to the Colonies before and during the war. These arms were commonly used in the conflict.

Notable features of this musket:

  • Tapered round smoothbore barrel inscribed “No. 696” on top, near the breech
  • Bayonet lug on bottom of barrel
  • Original barrel retaining pins and ramrod ferrules removed & four brass barrel bands added (a common modification)
  • Flat banana lockplate has beveled edges, stamped with a small rectangular “FC” cartouche
  • Standard Type III brass furniture
  • Buttplate tang inscribed “G”
  • Walnut stock of typical early Dutch form with carved teardrops around lock, sideplate, and barrel tang.
  • Comb is high and pronounced in early Dutch and German fashion
  • Includes original matching numbered bayonet inscribed “G – No. 696″ on the socket with faceted double-edged 12-1/8″ blade (16-5/8” overall length)
Bunker Hill Musket's muzzle and bayonet

Bunker Hill Musket’s muzzle and bayonet
(Photo © Morphy Auctions)

The condition is varied, as some things have been polished while others have not.

CONDITION: Barrel and lock retain an undisturbed heavy brown patina, lock is in its original flintlock configuration. The post on the cock was broken off during the period and is absent. Brass has been partially polished and shows some marks from use and darker areas. Stock shows some scattered marks from use and light areas around brass furniture from polishing. Stock retains an original undisturbed surface. Complete with original iron ramrod. Bayonet retains a matching dark heavy patina with some minor period nicks to edges. All markings on musket are excellent.

Also included with the musket and bayonet are several copies of a research book about the gun, as well as John Simpson’s original 1778 New Hampshire commission as a Second Lieutenant.

Left side lock area of Bunker Hill Musket

Left side lock area of Bunker Hill Musket
(Photo © Morphy Auctions)

Simpson has other claims to fame as well:

John Simpson was the grandfather of Ulysses S. Grant and the great grandfather of Meriwether Lewis. The musket was passed down to his son, Samuel Simpson, Sr. then to his grandson, Samuel N. Simpson, Jr. The musket then went to the current owner’s maternal great-grandfather Charles Lyon Simpson. It was then given to his grandmother, then his mother, and finally, to the current owner.

After being owned by the family all this time, the old musket is finally coming up for sale.

Want to own this hunk of history? Get ready to bid! It’s Morphy Auctions Lot 2172 (click here for details), and the current bid is $75,000. The live portion of the auction will begin on October 23, 2019.

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08:00

NYC Mootness Argument Denied – NYSRPA Case Going to Oral Argument [The Firearm Blog]

New YorkThe Supreme Court on Monday issued a preliminary rejection of New York City’s motion to “moot” the lawsuit filed against them by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA). The case will be heard at Oral Arguments on December 2nd. What happened? On July 22nd of this year, New York City filed a […]

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07:00

Revolutionary Rimfire: 3D Printed Receiver For Ruger 10/22 Style Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

3D Printed Receiver For Ruger 10/22 Style RiflesOur friend Sebastian Unger (aka homegunsmithunger), inventor of the innovative “Topside Takedown 10/22 Receiver” has been working hard to find a manufacturing partner for his unique twist on a classic firearm design. In the middle of his prototyping phase, he has designed something equally unique: a 3D Printed Receiver for Ruger 10/22 style rimfire rifles. […]

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06:27

Osorio Selectiva: A Nicaraguan .22 Rimfire Machine Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1067 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphys Extraordinary auction.

Made by Señor Osorio in Nicaragua, this is a .22 rimfire caliber machine pistol with several clever design elements. It fires from an open bolt, using a .22-round Italian magazine of indeterminate origin. It has a selective trigger, with the top firing in full automatic (sliding rearward) and the bottom firing in semiauto only (pivoting). Aside from some sharp edges on the vz61-like folding stock, it is a remarkably well built and refined little pistol!

06:00

NEW! SIG P365 SAS Review: How Does it Stack Up? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves gives a full review and comparison of the SIG P365 SAS against the SIG P365. Is the P365 SAS worth a look or an upgrade if you have the P365 already? Watch today and find out. According to SIG: “The P365SAS was designed for the serious CCW user […]

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World War II Revival – Tanks & Guns in Belgium 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

In this post, we offer an amazing selection of photos from Mons in Belgium and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II As American troops (83rd Reconnaissance Battalion of the 3rd U.S. Armored Division) entered Belgian territory in September 1944, Mons was one of the first cities in Belgium to be liberated. […]

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Wednesday, 09 October

17:00

TFB Review: The New and Refreshed Ruger PC9 Chassis Model [The Firearm Blog]

PC9 Chassis ModelSturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. recently released their free-float handguard version of the PC9. The welcome addition of the free float handguard model to the PC9 platform breathed a breath of fresh air into the pistol caliber carbine market. Ruger has decided once again to subvert expectations and re-release the PC9 with even more updates. […]

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16:30

POTD: SVD and M700 Marksmanship Training [The Firearm Blog]

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we do our best to find the best firearms related pictures out there. Today East meets West, or perhaps it’s vice versa? The photo is taken in Yavoriv, Ukraine, and you see Soldiers of Task Force Carentan joined Combat Training Center-Yavoriv OC/T’s and […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Creating a Replica of Gustave Young Engraved Colt Dragoon Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

Wheelgun Wednesday Replica of Gustave Young Engraved Colt Dragoon Revolver (23)My good friend John Lyons is a big fan of American Old West history and a collector of percussion firearms. I remember when his collection started several years ago with an acquisition of a Uberti replica of Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver. Fast forward a couple of years and now he has about a dozen […]

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15:28

Anti-PLCAA Forces Bring Out Big Legal Guns []

Remington Arms et al v. Soto et al is at the US Supreme Court on appeal from the Connecticut Supreme Court. Remington is asking for a writ of certiorari and is seeking to overturn the horrendous ruling out of Connecticut. That 4-3 ruling stretched state law to cover acts that should have been precluded from suit by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

This past Friday the respondents (aka the anti-PLCAA side) filed their reply brief. The brief itself is not the story here. Rather it is who the ambulance chasing Joshua Koskoff with his novel legal theories corralled to be the counsel of record and to argue the case before the Supreme Court.

The counsel of record is Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. who served as Obama’s Solicitor General from 2011 until 2016. He is now a partner is the high powered California-DC law firm of Munger, Tolles, and Olson. That firm was co-founded by Warren Buffet’s investment partner Charlie Munger.

Donald Verrilli attorney for Soto

The National Law Journal’s Supreme Court Brief has this to say about his appointment.

The families of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting have retained former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. to represent them in their U.S. Supreme Court fight with gunmaker Remington Arms Co. LLC.

Verrilli, now a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, was counsel of record for the plaintiffs, according to new filings in the U.S. Supreme Court. He filed a brief on their behalf Friday to oppose Remington’s attempt to have the U.S. Supreme Court rule that a federal law shields it from liability in the Sandy Hook case….

“The Sandy Hook victims were slain in a commando-style assault on the school. Their killer’s weapon of choice was a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, manufactured and marketed by petitioners,” the Munger Tolles team said in their opposition brief. “The XM15-E2S was designed for military combat, specifically to inflict maximum lethal harm on the enemy. Petitioners’ marketing emphasized precisely those characteristics of the firearm. In words and images, petitioners touted the XM15-E2S as a combat-tested weapon that would bestow the power to ‘perform under pressure’ and ‘single-handedly’ conquer ‘forces of opposition.'”

If I had to hazard a guess, I would say Verrilli and the rest of the Munger, Tolles team are doing this case pro bono. The firm takes great pride in their pro bono activities.

This case is all about the supremacy of Federal law. Thus, it takes a bit of chutzpah (or hypocrisy) for Verrilli to argue against PLCAA when one of his self-identified landmark wins (Arizona v. US) was all about the supremacy of Federal law.

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11:00

TFB LIGHTNING REVIEW: Colt Woodsman, Having A Blast With The Past [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Colt WoodsmanMost of our reviews here at TFB involve more modern products that are still available from manufacturers.  However, after borrowing a family member’s Colt Woodsman, I was pleasantly surprised with it. Enough so, that I thought I’d report on it in case readers find one for a great price. The Colt Woodsman hasn’t been produced […]

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10:44

How to Read a Whitetail Buck Antler Rub [AllOutdoor.com]

Here’s another informative video from Whitetail Habitat Solutions for deer hunters, this time talking about antler rubs and how to read them. Did you know you could guesstimate the age of a buck from his rub? Pretty cool, and there’s always something new for any hunter to learn, no matter how long we’ve been chasing critters.

From the video description:

Learning to read a whitetail buck rub can help you understand the seasonal timing, antler size, and even the approximate age of a buck. From historical buck rubs to fresh, giant buck rubs, here is how to make sure that you are reading the clues that an old giant has left behind.

Although the video was made in January after hunting season, it’s worth a look right now as we head into the fall season for whitetails across most of the USA.

If you want to get right to the rub data, skip the first minute… although you will miss some other useful info if you do.

Some high points include:

  • Rubs are not habitually visited by bucks in the way rut scrapes are.
  • Older “historical” rubs that have been used over a few years can indicate when big bucks are on a property.
  • You can tell which way the deer was facing as it rubbed.
  • Always check the back side of the rub to look for tine marks and gouges from sticker points.
  • Wood shavings on the ground can help you determine when the rub was made.

I’m looking forward to my first deer hunt of the year, and this is great info to have fresh in my mind as I slip out into the woods and decide where to hang my stand.

Happy hunting!

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10:00

Alpha Munitions Offers Premium Brass for the 6 Dasher Caliber [The Firearm Blog]

Alpha Munitions is a private U.S. company that – in their own words – is committed to making the best precision rifle brass in the World. They are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can find some of their collection of brass here, but the real news is that they are starting to make […]

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09:48

Self-Installed Precision Barrels for Savage Rifles [AllOutdoor.com]

Several years ago, I rebarrelled a Savage rifle from 30-06 to 338-06. Changing the barrel on a Savage “110 Series” rifle is a fairly easy task, due to the clever way they are made — with a locknut to control headspace. This helps Savage create accurate rifles with a minimum of labor and machining as compared to more traditional headspacing methods. To see how it’s done, check out my 338-06 article.

The product was a fine hunting rifle which I’ve carried for many miles and which has provided me with a lot of game.

I recently got a PR email from Helix 6 Precision, touting their pre-fit barrels specifically for use on Savage rifles. Shooters can take a run-of-the-mill Savage bolt-action rifle and add a precision-made barrel without need for a lathe or a chamber reamer.

Here’s what they say about it:

Each of our Savage barrels features a hand lapped button-rifled 416R stainless steel core wrapped in carbon fiber using our proprietary process. The final product is a precision rifle barrel that delivers outstanding accuracy and performance.

All Helix 6 Precision barrels are proudly 100% made in the USA. Every Savage barrel is built using a match-grade 416R stainless steel core. We then wrap the Savage barrel with our proprietary carbon fiber layup — our design dampens barrel harmonics for outstanding accuracy. Button rifling and hand lapping improve accuracy while minimizing fouling.

Installing a Helix 6 Precision carbon fiber barrel on your Savage rifle is simple. All that’s needed is a Savage barrel nut wrench, a barrel vice with inserts, and cartridge-specific headspace gauges (no-go and go). If this is beyond your comfort level, ask your gunsmith for help.

They’re currently listing four (4) of these pre-fit Savage barrels:

  • 6.5 Creedmoor — 26″ long, 1:8 twist
  • 7mm Remington Magnum — 26″ long, 1:8 twist
  • 308 Winchester — 26″ long, 1:10 twist
  • 300 Winchester Magnum — 24″ long, 1:10 twist

MSRP is $995.

Each barrel has a straight taper contour and industry-standard 5/8-24 muzzle threads for muzzle brake or suppressor.

Perhaps the best thing of all is the weight, listed at just 2.75 pounds. There’s no way you’d ever achieve that with an all-steel barrel of this profile. This compares with the weight of a lightweight sporter barrel contour of similar length, i.e. a skinny barrel which would be more prone to flexing… so the weight savings with one of these Helix 6 barrels would be notable.

I don’t have any experience with Helix 6, but they say these are “the world’s ultimate pre-fit barrels for Savage rifles.” Have you used Helix 6 stuff or heard much about their quality? If so, please comment below.

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09:13

ARGO XTVs Can Take Hunters and Anglers Where Other Vehicles Can’t [AllOutdoor.com]

Whether you’re a casual off-roader or a die-hard gearhead, most of us have been there – staring at the taillights of your buddy’s Side-by-Side as he tears off down the trail… while you’re stuck in a quagmire of ‘skeg. It’s no fun.

Unless, of course, you’ve got an ARGO XTV, which can spare you the indignity of calling out for help by ensuring you’re not the one getting stuck in the first place. Setting themselves apart from a traditional ATV or side-by-side is ARGO’s calling card, as the company specializes in building rigs that are capable of tackling terrain that would cause many other off-road vehicles to turn tail. In fact, with their water fording capability, an ARGO XTV is considered a true amphibious vehicle, giving it all sorts of extra applications that Side-by-Sides simply can’t boast, and allowing them to plow through obstacles that would stymie traditional land-based crafts.

ARGO 1

That’s great news for hunting and fishing enthusiasts, who can make use of the ARGO’s next-level utility to get set up in spots that were previously inaccessible by a motorized vehicle. The brand’s Frontier 600 model, for example, uses its V-Twin engine to shuttle power to all six of its wheels, producing massive amounts of ground traction and climbing ability that would make a mountain goat jealous. Meanwhile, a 1200-pound towing capacity means hunters can cart home some of the largest game.

ARGO Aurora Huntmaster 850

Plus, thanks to a built-in bilge pump that comes standard, anglers can go straight from land to the water in an ARGO, negating the need to haul a boat just to get to one’s favorite fishing hole. Load capacity on the water is just under 400 pounds with a top speed of 3 MPH for the Frontier 600 6×6, which sure beats having to wrangle with two different modes of transport just to land that prize catch, while ARGO’s low center of gravity keeps things right-side up both on and off the water. Whether you’re looking to pick the perfect spot for your tree stand or duck blind, ARGO lets you determine where to set up, not the terrain (or your Side-by-Side’s limitations).

ARGO 3

With a top land speed of 22 MPH on most models, you won’t win many drag races on your ARGO XTV. The drags you will win, however, are the ones where you’re hauling your buddy’s buried Side-by-Side free from the muck for the third time that day. ARGO truly turns the outdoors into the great outdoors, removing barriers and boundaries to help you get where you want to go without issue, even if those spots were previously inaccessible with your old vehicle. And if your ARGO XTV can’t remove the barrier, chances are it’ll clamber right over it. Because getting where others can’t can make all the difference between a great day of hunting or fishing and a frustrating one.

Right now, ARGO is offering the all new Frontier 600 6×6 for only $7,999 for a limited time. This six-wheel drive brute has nine inches of ground clearance, water fording ability, a receiver hitch ready to haul 1200 pounds, and an adventurous attitude. A winch and tough-looking brushguard are optional and for a few bucks more, you can even fit a set of tracks and turn this thing into a mini tank.

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So when it comes to your next outdoor adventure, stop wasting those valuable daylight hours getting stuck in tricky terrain and start getting back to what’s truly important: enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer. This time, with no limits.

Visit ARGOXTV.com today to find a dealer near you.

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08:00

Yard Sale Find: A Remington M1903 A3 (A4) Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Yard Sale Find: Remington M1903 Sniper RifleA few weeks ago, a Redditor named Mark happened across a Remington M1903 “03-A3” sniper rifle at a yard sale.  He snatched it up without being sure of what he had, but it turns out his gut was right.  Mark provided more photos of his new-to-him Remington M1903-A3.  Given the many faked surplus rifles out […]

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07:00

HK369 – Heckler & Koch’s new Multiple Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of small arms with roots in Germany. For more than 60 years, they have been developing and manufacturing various types of firearms. Their 40 mm Grenade systems may not be what they are most famous for, but if you take care to study photos of […]

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06:27

The WW2 Double-Magazine MP40/I [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 2051 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphys Extraordinary auction.

The MP40/I was an experimental modification of the MP-40 submachine gun developed by the Erma company (we think) in late 1942. It was presumably developed in response to complaints of Soviet fire superiority with SMGs because of their large drum magazines (and also the larger number of SMGs used by the Soviet forces compared to German units).

The concept is a pretty simple one – the regular magazine housing was replaced by a much wider housing with a sliding block that held two separate standard magazines. One of the two magazines would always be positioned where it could feed and fire, and when that magazine was empty the shooter could simply slide the block to one side and move the second (still full) magazine into position to fire. The prevented the need to fish around in a slow magazine pouch to find a new magazine when a reload was needed.

However, there were several disadvantages to the dual magazine system. For one thing, an MP-40 with two full magazines hanging off it becomes quite the heavy and poorly-balanced weapon to handle and carry. The additional open areas required for the sliding block were much more prone to gather dirt and foul than the standard gun, and the extra weight on the relatively thin receiver tube often contributed to creases or other damage to the magazine well and ejection port areas of the gun, rendering them unusable. The large amount of m metal removed from the receiver tube also left it much more vulnerable to bending than a standard MP40.

Only a small number of these guns were ever made (around the middle of 1943), and very, very few survive today. They were made form preexisting gun retrofitted, and do not appear have comprised any specific serial number block. In addition to the magazine housing, the conversion process also involved slightly shortening the ejector and reshaping the bottom of the buttplate so that it would clear the new magazine release catches.

06:00

Griffin Armament 30SD-K GATE-LOK™ Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Griffin Armament, famous for its line of silencers, muzzle devices and accessories has just released a new product aimed at the Active Retention Tactical Market Segment. The new 30SD-K GATE-LOK Suppressor boasts a compact 30 caliber package that will deliver full-auto functionality at a sub $1,000 price. A full press release from Griffin Armament about […]

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Tuesday, 08 October

17:00

TFB Extended Review: SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm – A Summer of Carry & Lead Slinging [The Firearm Blog]

p365xl 9mmThe SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm is no longer “breaking news” since it has been out on the market for roughly 3 months now. It has had an impressive rise to fame though as the original P365 broke the mold for what people believed a carry gun could hold and achieve. The P365XL 9mm looks to […]

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16:30

POTD: Wolfpack Armory AK with Carbon Fiber Wrapped Barrel [The Firearm Blog]

POTD Wolfpack Armory AK with Carbon Fiber BarrelToday’s Photo Of The Day was found in one of the online communities dedicated to AKs. It depicts a half-built Wolfpack Armory AK with a carbon fiber wrapped barrel. While carbon fiber barrels are nothing new in the industry and there are probably half a dozen companies making such barrels, they are mostly seen on bolt […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Mac-11: Devil Spawn or Hellish Abortion? [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome everyone to the 28th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series (and you’ve been missing out), this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this gat a […]

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13:40

Experimental Henry Lever-Action Rifle With Triple Magazine! [AllOutdoor.com]

In this video, Ian takes a look at an experimental version of a brass-frame Henry repeating rifle from long, long ago when Winchester owned the company and someone in their R&D department started fiddling around with brass and solder and conjured up a triple-tube magazine for it.

The magazine assembly consists of three brass tubes ganged together with solder, which rotate around the rifle barrel manually. Each one holds (about) seven rounds. It seems to be a pretty good system.

One advantage of this over a standard Henry of the time is the lack of a follower poking out of the magazine tube, to interfere with your supporting hand as you hold the front of the rifle up.

It also serves as a pretty decent forend — something the old Henrys notably lack.

This would be a really fun gun to shoot… but alas, it’s sequestered at the Cody Firearms Museum. Heck, I couldn’t afford the ammo anyhow.

Enjoy the video.

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12:51

How to Crown and Chamfer a Rifle Barrel Muzzle [AllOutdoor.com]

If your old faithful hunting rifle suddenly starts slinging slugs hither & yon, it might be time to check the crown. Any number of things can cause crown damage, including steel cleaning rods or allowing it to contact other hard objects such as stones (say, if you slip while hunting). When buying a used rifle, always closely examine the crown for any signs of damage.

In this tech video from Brownells, Steve Ostrem shows viewers how to crown a rifle barrel. What’s the crown, you ask? It’s the extreme forward end of the rifling out at the muzzle, and because it’s the last place the bullet touches before it leaves the firearm and begins its flight, any imperfection can cause accuracy problems.

Steps involved in re-crowning a gun barrel:

  • Use a hacksaw to chop it off ONLY if the rifling is damaged down inside the muzzle
  • Smooth it off with a file (if you cut it off)
  • Square it off with a muzzle squaring tool (if you cut it off)
  • Select the chamfering tool that matches your desired crown (narrow 45 degrees or wide 11 degrees)
  • Select pilot to match your rifle bore size
  • Lap it to remove fine burrs and scratches
  • Smooth and/or round the outside diameter of the muzzle

It’s not that difficult… but I recommend examining the crown closely with a strong magnifying lens, to ensure good uniformity. I’ve cut a few crowns, and sometimes metal burrs can form next to the rifling lands… you don’t want that, so lap them off if they occur.

That’s about it!

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11:00

DeSantis Adds Holsters To Fit The SIG SAUER P365 XL [The Firearm Blog]

DeSantis holsters for SIG P365 XLDeSantis recently debuted no less than 10 holsters designed to fit the SIG SAUER P365 XL pistol.  TFB has kept readers up to date with the latest DeSantis has to offer over the years.  The SIG SAUER P365 and P365 XL have become quite popular.  Below are the latest holster models that DeSantis has updated […]

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10:00

Brownells Retro 4X Carry Handle Scope Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Brownells Retro 4X Carry Handle Scope Now Shipping (1)Introduced at SHOT Show 2019, the Brownells Retro 4X Carry Handle Scope is now available for purchase. If you have acquired one of the Brownells retro guns or if you have other AR-15s with a carry handle, now you can retrofit it with the replica of this historical Vietnam War era Colt scope. In fact, this […]

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08:00

New Savage Precision Series Rifles With MDT Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

Savage Precision Series RiflesSavage Arms announced a new series of rifles, dubbed The Precision Series, which includes a wide variety of caliber options.  Savage has been collaborating with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to provide a chassis system to pair with the new Precision Series.  The three precision rifles will include the 110 Elite Precision, the B Series Precision, […]

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07:00

Nebraska State Senator Takes 1st Place In International Multigun Cup 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

NE State Senator BrewerA Nebraska State Senator, Tom Brewer and his son-in-law, Dalton Boden just took first place in the International T-Class Multigun Competition.  The competition was held in Bulgaria from September 27-29, 2019.  Not only did they take first place, but Senator Brewer did the entire competition, including running, jumping and all sorts of shooting positions with […]

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06:27

At the Range with the Marlin UD-42 SMG [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1106 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphys Extraordinary auction.

The Marlin / United Defense US-42 submachine gun was not used by the American military, but it did see service in World War Two. Its 9mm chambering made it inconvenient for the US, but ideal for agencies like the OSS and SOE to drop to resistance organizations within occupied Europe. So, let’s take this one to the range and see what those resistance fighters were actually getting…

06:00

Vudoo Gun Works Adds the JP APAC to the Apparition Line of Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Vudoo Gun Works, a leader in rimfire precision rifles, is proud to announce the addition of the JP Enterprises APAC Chassis to the Apparition line of rifles. The Vudoo Gun Works Apparition is a purpose-built competition/target rifle with sub-MOA accuracy and an impressive list of options that come standard. The JP Apparition is created around […]

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Monday, 07 October

22:10

Georgia case: lessor of land from city (in state with pre-emption) cannot ban firearms [Of Arms and the Law]

Captain's Quarters has the report. Attorney John Monroe of Georgia Carry picked his target carefully.

18:46

CAA USA Confirms Exclusive Licensing Agreement with SB Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

Caa USASeveral weeks ago, TFB was contacted by a minority shareholder of CAA Israel purporting a change in licensing and distribution in the United States. Regretfully, the information contained in the now removed post was incorrect. Since that time, we have been working closely with our long time friends at CAA USA to publish a proper […]

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17:00

Follow-Up: Australia’s “Metal Blobs” Museum Legislation [The Firearm Blog]

Back in March, I reported on a new regulation that would turn firearms held in Australian museums into “metal blobs.” The impact this could have on the collection at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum was at the heart of the discussion. On August 30th, the New South Wales government released an amendment to their 2017 […]

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16:30

POTD: USS Gabrielle Giffords Launches a Naval Strike Missile [The Firearm Blog]

In today’s Photo, we go to the waters near Guam and take part in the exercise Pacific Griffin as USS Gabrielle Giffords launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM). Unknown to many this missile is developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace as an open sea anti-ship/land attack cruise missile. In this operation, the NSM works […]

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16:00

What Round For…T-Rex? Ammunition For Packing A Fall Woods Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Ah, Pumpkin Spice season – My favorite time of year. While the rest of the world is asking for an additional pump of high fructose corn syrup, hold the nutmeg, I feel the urge to retreat into the woods towards peaceful isolation – black coffee in hand. Strangely enough, I’m not alone in my need […]

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14:44

FBI: Killers Prefer Knives, Hammers, Fists, and Feet Over Rifles [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve seen numerous articles recently discussing the findings in the latest FBI crime report, which shows clearly that rifles do NOT pose any sort of impending threat to the safety of the general public. I have pondered how best to share this with our readers, and when I saw this Law Enforcement Today article, I knew I’d found it.

What the antis don’t want you to realize is right there in black & white: In 2018, more people were killed with knives, hammers, clubs, and even feet than were killed with rifles. And this includes ALL rifles, not just the semi-autos that are currently being demonized.

From the article:

According to the FBI, more than five times as many people were killed in 2018 by knives, clubs and other cutting instruments than with rifles.

The metrics show that there were a total of 1,515 deaths by knives or other cutting instruments last year. Compare that against 297 people killed by rifles…

It gets better. More than 100 more people were killed with hammers and clubs in 2018 than were killed by rifles. There were 443 people killed with hammers, clubs, or other ‘blunt objects.’

We need to point out that the data isn’t just semiautomatic rifles – it’s ALL rifles, including bolt action, pump or lever action rifles as well.

If you were to contrast the numbers between JUST semiautomatic rifles and knife homicides, the gap would be even larger.

Fists and feet are used to kill far more often than rifles are.

Here’s another number that will blow your mind. The data also shows that in 2018, there were 672 deaths from ‘fists, feet and other “personal weapons”‘ -– which is once again more than with rifles.

In 2017, there were 692 people killed in the same way –- a number larger than the total number of homicides by rifles and shotguns combined.

The article continues considerably farther, and I encourage you to check it out in full, as it ventures into the current Democratic appetite for gun bans. I will leave our readers with the knowledge that there is not any sort of rifle-murder epidemic… and this final thought from LET:

Another theme pushed again and again [in anti-gun rhetoric] was that ‘assault weapons’ like the AR-15 are ‘battlefield weapons’ that have no place on ‘America’s streets.’

Fortunately, as witness Amy Swearer testified, the overwhelmingly majority of the 16 million or so AR and AK pattern rifles in America are not ‘on the streets’ but in the homes of law-abiding owners who never have and never will use them for anything other than lawful purposes.

Stay safe, my friends.

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14:07

Adding a New Deer Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

You want a new deer rifle this year? Who doesn’t? Frankly, there is nothing really wrong with your old standby. It’s been a good deer gun for many seasons, but like an old truck it is getting a little outdated. You just have a hankering for something new, updated, different. Nobody wears white socks every day, I hope.

Reviewing the announcements, press releases, websites and other sources, the current count of new deer hunting rifles for 2019 is 61. Many of these were showcased last January at the SHOT Show. However, quite a few more were introduced quietly, then were brought out of hiding in new advertisements or hunting television shows. So with all those choices, how in the world do you pick one?

Start the selection process with what you want: bolt action, semi-auto, lever action, or even a single shot. Undoubtedly more deer hunters are going to pick the proven and reliable bolt action. It is the most popular, but lever action rifles have been having a resurgence, hence many new models being introduced.

Think of the profile of the rifle you want. Long-barreled rifles are in vogue now up to 26 inches, mainly for long range shooting. If you have ever tried manipulating a super-long rifle barrel in a tree stand, ground blind, or shooting house, you probably would not select a long tube. The average barrel length for most deer rifles is 22-24 inches, though carbines might have an 18- or 20-inch barrel.

Do you want open sights or a receiver ready to accept scope mount bases and rings for a traditional scope? Some rifles give you both options, so consider that. You won’t see many hunting rifles these days without a riflescope.

Consider stock type; wood or synthetic. A whole book could be written on those choices. Wood is pretty and traditional, while synthetic is tough and withstands the elements better. Wood is warm and easy to handle. Synthetic stocks can be cold, slick, and noisy. When you bump one on a metal tree stand, every deer in the woods might know.

Caliber-wise, stick with a choice you can shoot well. There are plenty of choices out there. Pick one that will get the job done. Above all else, handle a lot of rifles. Shoulder mount them, feel the weight, sight down the barrel, examine the safety and other features. Then pick the one that fits best and you like best.

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14:07

Out of Range on Long Range Hunting [AllOutdoor.com]

Today’s hot topic of long range hunting is really more about long range shooting. The debate is about what is appropriate or even ethical when it comes to game hunting at very extreme ranges. Then one has to also define what is meant by “extreme?”

When I learned to hunt big game like elk, mule deer, antelope or even white-tailed deer, the number one skill to acquire was stalking as close to the animal as possible. Now it seems there is a new trend growing among some hunters to see just how far away they can take down a big game animal. I fear this approach takes away from the real intent of what hunting is supposed to be all about.

I can certainly admire the acquisition of the skills required to hit targets out beyond 500 yards and in some cases 1000 yards. I can also appreciate the types of equipment in terms of rifle, optics, and ammunition being capable of such shooting. But banging a steel gong or a boulder at such ranges is different than trying to execute an ethical killing shot on a game animal at these ranges. I hope the shooter’s reasoning is more than “because I can.”

To the majority of traditional hunters, the real skill is being able to stalk within close range of your quarry. Many more hunters take great personal pride in being able to creep to within 100 yards to take a good shot. This can be a lot more difficult than most can imagine.

This takes a number of skill sets including doping the wind for scent dispersion, stealth including using terrain features to stay hidden, securing field shooting positions, ranging, optical observation, and just plain ol’ keeping quiet in the stalk among other things including patience. Waiting for just the right shooting opportunity as well as when the game animal is positioned correctly for a clean shot.

Only a hunter can determine if his or her shooting skills and equipment are up to the task of making a long range shot. I have hunted out west enough times to know that a 300+ yard shot across a canyon with a swirling wind is no picnic. Many of those shots are missed and sometimes it results in wounded game that can be difficult to track. It’s a tough call.

Long range shooting can be great sport. However, I wish it was not promoted for hunting.

What do you think? Let us know. Then we’ll talk about these bowhunters shooting game at 75 yards.

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11:00

The Full TFBTV Video Library Now Available on GunStreamer (Gun-Friendly Video Hosting) [The Firearm Blog]

View TFBTV on GunStreamer at: https://gunstreamer.com/@TFBTV  As we have documented in the past, such as here, here, and here, YouTube, the previous de facto home for gun video content, has implemented a series of measures that have demonetized and driven traffic away from gun channels, and in some cases, YouTube has banned channels outright. Google has […]

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10:13

Concealed Carrier Saves Kidnapped Woman From Sexual Assault or Worse [AllOutdoor.com]

A man in Redding, California was legally carrying a firearm when he noticed a woman “in distress” at a gas station… and he did something about it.

Police were reportedly searching an area for a 44-year-old man who had assaulted two women and took one captive before driving away with her. When they received reports of a confrontation at a nearby gas station, they responded.

While searching the area, officers got a tip [the bad guy] and the woman had been spotted at the nearby Win-River Mini-Mart and gas station, [Sgt. Todd] Cogle said.

As officers headed to the gas station, calls started coming in reporting a man there pointing a gun at another man, police said. Cogle said it turned out a citizen with a concealed-carry permit pulled his gun on [the guy] because he could tell the woman was there against her will, so [the crook] ran away through some fields.

He was later found with the help of a helicopter and a K9 unit and charged with domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, kidnapping, sexual battery, and resisting arrest.

The kidnapper had assaulted his captive and attempted to sexual assault her, she told police.

A good guy with a gun was in the right place at the right time… and apparently, he did the right thing.

Redding Police Sgt. Brian Torum said citizens don’t necessarily intervene with crimes that often, but in this case, it was clear that the woman needed help.

‘If people are good people and they’re brave enough to do it and they see something is clearly amiss, you know, sometimes it happens. We don’t see it a whole lot because a lot of times, crimes don’t go to a level where people feel like they need to,’ Torum said.

Nice.

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10:00

NeoMag Introduces The New Sentry Strap for AR Slings [The Firearm Blog]

Neomag has introduced its newest product called the Sentry Strap. This new sling strap is designed to be a sling staging strap that will help keep a single or two-point sling out of the way when storing a rifle or shooting when a sling is not needed. The design consists of a nylon strap with […]

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08:00

New MDT LSS-RF Gen2 Chassis System for .22LR Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

The Canadian company Modular Driven Technologies continues to push out new chassis systems for our pleasure. This time it’s a chassis made for many of the popular .22LR caliber rifles and it’s named LSS-RF Gen2 Chassis System. The new chassis comes with M-LOK pattern attachment slots on sides and bottom of the forend, barricade-stop grooves ahead […]

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07:32

NEW ZEV OZ9: Not Just Another Fancy Glock? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves looks at the NEW ZEV OZ9 pistol. With an MSRP just under $1,700, is this “Original ZEV” truly something new and innovative, or just another overpriced Gucci Glock? James Tells you today on TFBTV. According to ZEV’s marketing materials about the OZ9: “ZEV Technologies’ first complete 9mm pistol […]

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07:00

Guardian Goes To Ireland [The Firearm Blog]

If you are into long range shooting competitions, then you have likely heard of the Guardian matches. The Guardian is unique in that a portion of the proceeds from their events go to supporting adoption and foster programs. I recently had the opportunity to cover their first ever international match in Ireland.  Follow along for […]

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06:00

Definitive Arms DASA Remington 700 Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

I am not sure how but the Definitive Arms DASA flew under our radar. I only recently discovered this thanks to my friend Vic at Spartan Rifles. I know of Definitive Arms as makers of some phenomenal AKs. Due to having an FFL SOT they get to play with machine guns. But if you told […]

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Sunday, 06 October

16:30

POTD: Polish Armed Forces at Exercise Saber Junction 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures out there. Today we get a look at members of the Polish Armed Forces at the Hohenfels Training Area, in Germany. It looks like the soldier above carries a FB Mini-Beryl. In […]

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09:00

How Many Licks Does It Take To Get To The Center Of A Rifle Plate? [The Firearm Blog]

People think ceramic armor is fragile, but is it really? To find out we blew up a Shot Stop level IV+ rifle plate (model #D1581SSB) and then shot it with an AK and an AR. Info about this plate: https://www.shotstop.net/rifle-plates High-Speed Camera Courtesy of Aimed Research https://www.aimed-research.com/high-s… nboor@aimed-research.com 724-877-5472 ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» […]

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06:27

The CIA’s New Liberator: the 9mm Deer Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

This is Lot 1523 in the upcoming October 2019 Morphy’s Extraordinary auction.

The Deer Gun is a covert CIA pistol inspired by the Liberator. In fact, the initial desire was to pull Liberators out of storage to use in the 1950s, but out was found that they had all been scrapped in 1947/8. So instead, a new gun was designed with the same criteria of simplicity and low cost. Instead of being stamped like the Liberator, this would be made primarily form a single aluminum casting, and chambered for 9x19mm. It was loaded by unscrewing the barrel and manually inserting a cartridge, then replacing the barrel and manually cocking the striker. A hollow in the grip held a couple spare rounds and an ejector rod.

Russel Moore of American Machine & Foundry was given a contract for $300,000 to build 1000 of the guns, which he did in 1962. The intend was that once tooled up, subsequent contracts would cost only $3.95 per gun – but no further purchases were made. The use of the Deer Guns are largely unknown, as the CIA has rejected all FOIA requests related to them.

Saturday, 05 October

16:38