Wednesday, 08 July

12:45

North Carolina: Veto Override Fails for Second Amendment Preservation Act [NRA-ILA News]

On July 8th, the veto override attempt in the House of Representatives for House Bill 652, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, received a vote of 66-48, failing to meet the 3/5 minimum needed. HB 652 previously passed both chambers of the General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Gov. Cooper erroneously claimed that the bill will allow guns in schools and threatens the safety of students and teachers. Instead, it would have only applied to churches that operate schools and simply would have allowed parishioners to carry when the schools are not in session, if the church chose to opt-in.

11:00

New Partnership: Silencer Shop And Orchid Advisors Join Forces [The Firearm Blog]

New Partnership: Silencer Shop And Orchid Advisors Join ForcesAlthough I don’t have a Federal Firearms License (FFL), I thoroughly appreciate the industry information and analysis from the professionals at Orchid Advisors. Already providing a suite of solutions to help FFL’s take care of business, Orchid Advisors and our friends at Silencer Shop are announcing a partnership to help clients in the industry manage […]

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10:00

The New Viridian E-Series Ruger Specialized Green Lasers [The Firearm Blog]

The New Viridian E-Series Ruger Specialized Green LasersViridian Weapon Technologies has been in the business of offering reliable, smart, and innovative weapon integrated weapon lights, cameras, and lasers that offer users great visibility, documenting, and aiming reliability for quite a while now. Viridian Weapon Technologies has just released its E-Series green laser lineup for Ruger pistols with the first two being the […]

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09:00

TFBTV – How to Win the Fight: Thunder Ranch Fundamentals [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves brings you more Thunder Ranch and Clint Smith gun genius in this entry of the “How to Win the Fight” series (check the end card for the full playlist). If you want to know what it takes to win, you’ve gotta work on your fundamentals. Clint Smith discusses what basics you need to get down pat to be a better shooter, and we go over a Thunder Ranch exercise from the comfort of our own homes. Stay tuned for more.

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08:00

RA-15 – New AR-Style Rifle Designed in Russia [The Firearm Blog]

Many think of Russia as a land of Kalashnikov and the US as a realm of AR-15, but the reality is always more complicated. Many US companies produce different variants of an AK platform and several Russian companies manufacture AR-style rifles. Until recently, those Russian ARs were pretty typical run-off-the-mill builds, but recently one of […]

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07:00

Carry LESS, See MORE – NEW Vortex Diamondback HD 15x56mm Binos [AllOutdoor.com]

Vortex Optics has unveiled a new set of binoculars that are lighter yet brighter for hunters and sportsmen alike in the Diamondback HD 15x56mm. As many of us begin to think of our future exploits this fall it might be time to gear up and fill any voids in the essentials we will need for our hunts. If the NEW Diamondback HD binoculars look appealing to you, you can check out some of their features below as presented by Vortex Optics:

  • 15x magnification—Greater range for open-country spotting.
  • HD optical system—Superior image resolution and improved light transmission to spot every detail from first light to last.
  • Magnesium alloy chassis—Lightweight durability to keep you mobile.
  • An included tripod adapter for mounting on a tripod and included GlassPak™ for safe, stress-free carry and storage.

diamondback hd

The current MSRP  for the Vortex Diamondback HD 15x56mm binoculars are set at $474.99 each. This should be something that will come available very soon at any of your local Vortex Optics dealers. The big selling point to these binoculars is the fact that they are lighter than a normal set of binos with the ability to allow you to see even more. Vortex goes on to explain how they crafted these to be an elite set in their Press Release statement below:

“BARNEVELD, Wis. – Hunting open country is demanding enough without having to carry inadequate or unnecessary gear. For the dedicated hunter looking for a binocular powerful enough to replace a spotter in their pack, the new Diamondback® HD 15×56 packs all the optical strength you need into a lightweight package that will keep you in the field and on budget.

15x magnification gives you the raw power to glass at distance, while the HD optical system provides superior image resolution and improved light transmission to make long glassing sessions easy on your eyes. And, crucial to hunters, the HD system also helps make the Diamondback® HD 15×56 extremely effective in low light, such as first and last light, when game animals tend to be on the move.

You might think all that optical strength would make these binoculars hang heavy on your neck, but a lightweight, Magnesium alloy chassis keeps them under 35 ounces, and ensures a tough build capable of handling tough country. Plus, the Diamondback® HD 15×56 comes standard with a GlassPak™ for worry-free carry and storage, and a tripod adapter for rapid mounting and dismounting to keep you mobile.

Simplify what you carry into your hunt with all the power and clarity you need to help make sure you’re packing more out.

Due to this optic’s magnification, we recommend use with a tripod.

While many of us are willing to pour a lot of money into our rifles and associated scopes, it can be equally valuable to invest good money in a set of quality binoculars if you do a lot of glassing on your hunts. Would you consider getting a set of these for this fall? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

Homemade Ruger PC Carbine Stock With Influence From WW2 [The Firearm Blog]

The Ruger PC Carbine garnered plenty of aftermarket support, almost as soon as it was released, but tinkerers have been having their fun with it too.  Some of our TFB readers surely remember one such homemade Ruger PC Carbine project that involved using a surplus PPSh stock, but our friend Axel reached into more German […]

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06:27

WW1 French Contract Colt 1911 for Tank Crewmen [Forgotten Weapons]

France was in an interesting position during World War One of being a primary supplier of rifles and machine guns to its allies, but a major importer of handguns. In addition to a great many Spanish pistols of several types, the French government purchased both revolvers and Government Model 1911 pistols from Colt. Specifically, they purchased 5,000 standard commercial 1911s off the shelf from Colt, with deliveries starting in April of 1915 and ending in January 1916. These appear to have been issued to tank crewmen, but not exclusively. It is unclear how exactly they were distributed, but after the war they were sold as surplus through Belgian dealers.

These French purchase 1911s were not given any markings by the French, and appear as standard commercial 1911s. They can only be identified by serial number and by Colt factory letter. We know the whole of the order was fulfilled with pistols between number C17800 and C28000, but only about half of the guns in that range went to France. Colt did not ship the guns as a continuous serial number range, but rather took them basically at random from warehouse stocks. To date, no complete listing of their individual serial numbers has been made.

Thanks to Ozark Machine Gun for loaning me this pistol! Check out his cool machine gun rental range in Missouri, and his sales on GunBroker.

06:00

Federal Premium Ammunition Debuts NEW Black Cloud TSS 20 Gauge [AllOutdoor.com]

Federal Premium’s Black Cloud TSS ammunition has been a crowd favorite for ducks and geese since its introduction and now people who tote 20 Gauges out into the woodlands and ponds in pursuit of waterfowl can utilize them, too. It might be only July, but many hunters have their gaze set on the hunting seasons fast approaching this fall. If you are one of the 20 Gauge faithful these are the qualities you can come to expect if you dive in on some of the NEW Black Cloud TSS 20 Gauge loads:

  • New option pushes 20-gauge effective range to 50 yards
  • 60% TSS pellets
  • TSS is more than double the density of steel & 56% denser than lead
  • 40% FLITESTOPPER Steel
  • FLITECONTROL FLEX wad provides the most consistent patterns in all waterfowl chokes
  • Reliable primer & clean, fast-burning propellant
  • Blended load featuring No. 9 TSS & No. 3 FLITESTOPPER Steel
  • PWBTSSX209 39 | 20 Gauge 1 Ounce 3″ | 3 FS Steel & 9 TSS | 10-Count | MSRP $38.99

As with the 12 Gauge loads developed by Federal Premium in Black Cloud TSS, they truly are a unique blend that competing manufacturers have not caught onto yet. Between the proprietary TSS material and mindful selection of both #9 and #3 shot, it is a waterfowl swatting load, for sure.  Federal Shotshell Product Manager, Dan Compton, goes on to further explain this new offering from Federal Premium:

“The hard-hitting TSS pellets make up 60 percent of the payload, our FLITESTOPPER steel pellets make up the remaining 40 percent. A raised cutting ridge encircling the exterior gives the pellets an unparalleled ability to slice through feathers and flesh, with no loss of penetration or adverse effect on ballistics and flight characteristics. FLITESTOPPER steel creates significantly larger wound channels than standard round pellets. Coupled with TSS, this blended load delivers extremely impressive results.”

According to Federal Premium, these 20 Gauge Black Cloud TSS loads are now shipping to retailers. If you are already patterning your shotgun and counting your decoys, this might be a load for you to try in a few months. The real question though is what do you think? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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06:00

Armenia Starts Assembling AK-103 Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Armenia AK-103 (2)The news concerning the establishment of an AK-103 assembly line in Armenia has been reported by several Armenian and Russian sources within the past month, however, there was no official statement. Yesterday, this information was officially confirmed as the Government of the Republic of Armenia published a news release covering Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s visit […]

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05:43

NRA Endorses Rick Tillis for Tennessee State House [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA has endorsed Rep. Rick Tillis for re-election to the 92nd House district of Tennessee.

05:33

Archery Programs Cultivate New Hunters [AllOutdoor.com]

After this past Christmas was long over and gone, I began hearing a faint swishing sound from across my neighbor’s fence. I was curious. The next time I saw my neighbor out in the yard I made an inquiry as to that curious noise. “Arrows,” he said. “My girls are shooting arrows.”

Turns out his two youngest daughters of four, Charlotte and Anastasia, got archery gear from Santa. Their bows are not high tech compound units, but simple, primitive bows. Apparently they are taking to their bows like ducks to water. They have always been the outdoor types, especially fishing, but expressed some interest in joining dad on duck hunting trips.

Their father said he was hoping to plant a seed of interest in them for deer hunting, or just hunting. That is a growing trend around the country with the growth of archery shooting programs in private and public schools. Mississippi is big into this program having established the AIMS program or Archery in Mississippi Schools. The program is growing by leaps and bounds.

To support the statewide program the city of Clinton of which I am a resident is partnering with a local private Christian college (Mississippi College) and the city’s parks and recreation program to build a professional level archery range to be called the Arrowhead Archery Range. Assisting with this archery program is the state wildlife agency. The AIMS program will promote archery programs for students in grades 4-12.

Recruitment to the archery program has been overwhelming and successful. The main reason seems to be that archery does not require the student participant archers to be any kind of a special athlete with special talents. There are already an estimated 80,000 archers enrolled in the AIMS program statewide. That is a heck of a start for a new program.

The construction of Arrowhead Archery Range is being developed at a local city recreation park. Plans call for a field at the park for target archery. A wooded area on the property will be used for a 3D archery range for more field practical skills development. The 3D targets will include small animals such as skunks to large animal targets like elk.

The range will be open to the public as well for supervised archery practice, AIMS archery competitions and other school archery programs. This new facility will be available to host state, regional, and national tournaments including K-12 and college archers. A long term goal is to also build an indoor range as well.

Though the AIMS program is not specifically preparing students to become hunters, it is only natural that many may follow that path. The program is good for developing outdoor skills and perhaps to invite these archers to become future bow hunters.

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Tuesday, 07 July

17:00

TFB Review: CZ USA Scorpion Bullpup [The Firearm Blog]

CZ Scorpion Evo Bullpup w/ P90 style gripThe CZ Scorpion Evo is one of the most popular pistol caliber carbines. It is affordable and is a lot of fun to shoot. It was brought into the US as a pistol but after a short while, CZ USA started offering it as a full carbine. While rifles are cool they are a bit […]

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16:30

POTD: French Snipers with the PGM Precision Hecate II [The Firearm Blog]

In today’s Photo Of The Day, we take a look at the elite snipers from the French 126e Régiment d’Infanterie. These snipers are training on the Larzac plateau shooting .50 BMGs through the heavy sniper rifle of the French Army. The rifle is called Hecate II, a name that comes from Greek mythology. It is produced […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? 22LR Gatling Diehard or Fudd Tryhard? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 57th 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

CZ-USA Releases Bren 2 922r Compliance Conversion Kits [The Firearm Blog]

Bren 2 922r Conversion KitTwo weeks ago, CZ issued a soft release of their U.S.-made conversion kits for the Bren 2. The kits are made for Bren owners that wish to update the furniture to have the look and functionality of the Czech-made version. For those unaware, U.S. law, (18 U.S. Code § 922) commonly referred to as “922r” requires […]

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10:50

What’s the Best Bolt & Screw Extractor? [AllOutdoor.com]

Most outdoors folks are do-it-yourselfers, and that usually extends to mechanical work… like the small tractors which I routinely repair. The newest of these machines is almost 40 years old, and the one I most recently overhauled turned 60 this year. This means stuck and broken screws, which always suck.

In the Project Farm video here, a variety of extractors for broken bolts & screws are tested. He says the most expensive one in this test costs a whopping 6.5 times as much as the cheapest one he tries.

Brands include (in order of price):

  • TIAMAT $9.99
  • Irwin Hanson $10.34
  • Yosco $10.99
  • Ryobi $11.99
  • Speed Out $12.95
  • Bosch $24.99
  • Rennsteig $25
  • Irwin Hanson $28.49
  • Grabit Pro $31.89
  • Drill Hog $59.99
  • Cleveland $66.41

His first test is of questionable value due to the small diameter of the screws he used; they were simply too slim and often snapped instead of unscrewing. This would be a better test if it was done on fasteners of larger diameter. That said, both the Grabit Pro and Speed Out removers did best at removing a long wood screw from a pressure treated 4×4.

He did test some of the larger extractors in the sets on some bigger Grade 5 bolts, to see how much torque they would apply and how much damage they would sustain.

I have experienced a few successes with “easy-out” type extractors such as the one in the top right corner of this chart… but I’ve had them break just as often, leaving hunks of hardened steel stuck in the fastener I’m trying to remove. When they don’t break, they usually just strip out the hole… but every now and then, I find success — and it’s made all the more sweet by those bitter defeats.

It’s nice to know which brands are using better steel, which you will learn by watching the video to see which ones stripped instead of gripping the bolt.

When’s the last time you successfully removed a stuck screw? For me it was a 60-year-old rusty set screw with the Allen head stripped… and it came out with one of these spiral easy-outs. For a wrench-turner, there may be no better feeling.

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10:14

Mississippi Legislature Adjourns from Session Interrupted by COVID-19 [NRA-ILA News]

COVID-19's disruption of the legislative session, which ended last week, stalled efforts to pass NRA-backed House Bill 1215 by Rep. Shane Barnett (R-Greene, Perry & Wayne Cos.).  This legislation would have added state agencies to the existing preemption statute which limits the authority of cities and counties to pass arbitrary restrictions on firearm possession and also would have provided citizens a remedy for challenging unlawful gun restrictions imposed by these entities.  This is an especially important protection for enhanced and regular carry permit holders.  Preemption statutes protect gun owners by ensuring there is uniformity of laws across the state and not a "patchwork" of confusing and conflicting regulations.  NRA-ILA will continue to work to pass this key measure in 2021.

10:05

June 2020 Adjusted NICS Checks []

The National Shooting Sports Foundation adjusted NICS figures have been released. June 2020, while having the most raw NICS checks on records, actually is behind March 2020 when adjusted for permit checks and rechecks.

Nonetheless, June was an impressive month and the first half of 2020 was likewise impressive.

From NSSF:

The June 2020 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 2,177,586 is an increase of 135.7 percent compared to the June 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 924,054. For comparison, the unadjusted June 2020 FBI NICS figure 3,909,502 reflects a 70.6 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,291,066 in June 2019.

The second quarter 2020 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 5,451,599 reflects an increase of 92.8 percent over the 2,827,606 figure for first quarter 2019.

The NSSF-adjusted NICS figure for March 2020 was 2,375,525.

It should be pointed out the states of Alabama and Michigan have had their qualified alternatives under the Brady Law removed in 2019 and 202 respectively. This means in those states, you can no longer use a carry permit as a substitute for a NICS check. That raised the percentage of NICS checks in those states by over 400% compared to last June.

To see how June 2020 compared to the month of June in past years, look at this graphic. You can see that it just skyrockets!

As I remind everyone when I post these numbers, neither the raw nor the adjusted-NICS checks are a one to one correlation with gun sales. They do not capture private sales where legal, they don’t capture sales where an alternative is accepted, and they don’t figure in multiple firearms sold with one NICS check. The Form 4473 has room on it for up to four firearms per transaction. Thus, it is safe to assume the actual number of firearms sold in the month of June is well past 2.1 million.

Now if all those new gun owners will vote the Second Amendment, we should be in good shape. Time will tell.

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10:05

An Aladdin’s Cave of Ethiopian Arms from InterOrdnance [Forgotten Weapons]

I have been able to bring you a bunch of videos of guns with Ethiopian connections over the last few months thanks to InterOrdnance, aka Royal Tiger Imports. They have purchased essentially the entire stock of obsolete arms in Ethiopian stockpiles and brought them to the collector market here in the US. Because Ethiopia had military support from such a wide variety of nations over the past 140+ years, and because they kept even very old rifles in stockpiles, this is a real treasure chest of collectible rifles. It is on par with things like Sam Cummings buying up the Spanish stocks in the 1950s and IMA buying out the Nepalese stocks 10 or 20 years ago.

The guns coming out of Ethiopia are often very worn, but many of them have a truly unique history and they cover nearly a century of development from single shot systems like the Burden and Gras to bolt action repeaters like the Carcano, Enfield, and Mauser to Cold War self loading rifles like the MAS 49/56, Hakim, and vz.52. For the collector, this really is a tremendous opportunity, which we are unlikely to see again for a long time.

For the record: I have no financial interest in InterOrdnance’s sales; I don’t receive a commission or kickback. I have gotten a number of rifles as they bring in different models, and those are mine to keep. I have done my best to show those rifles in the condition that I get them, so anyone considering buying something themselves can see exactly what they are likely to get.

10:00

ZEV Technologies Introduces New Custom SIG Z320 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

ZEV Technologies introduces a new custom Sig offering, the Z320.By now, the ZEV Technologies brand is practically synonymous with high-end custom guns, especially Glocks. The Centralia, Washington-based company began in 2006 by offering competition-focused drop-in Glock replacement triggers. Over the last fourteen years, they have expanded their offerings to include a vast spectrum of premium upgrade parts for Glock handguns, some SIG parts, their […]

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09:23

Harbor Freight Recalls Replacement Jack Stands, Too [AllOutdoor.com]

Back in May, we told you about a Harbor Freight Tools recall on certain vehicle jack stands, which they said “may drop suddenly” — never a good thing for a jack stand! Well, now they have broadened their recall AND offered refunds to owners of other jack stands which they say are not affected.

In a letter to customers, Harbor Freight owner/founder Eric Smidt apologized, then confessed that he’s “disappointed and embarrassed” that they have now found defects in the replacement jack stands originally offered as replacements.

“A few months ago, we recalled our Pittsburgh 3 ton and 6 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56371, 61196 and 61197) due to a manufacturer’s defect. We asked customers to return them and receive a gift card that could be used to purchase replacement jack stands. I felt terrible about that recall because you should never have a concern about the safety of any of our products.

“Today, I feel even worse. I’m disappointed and embarrassed because we’ve identified a welding defect in a small number of the Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKU 56373) that replaced the recalled jack stands. We’re now adding these jack stands to our recall. Unfortunately, this defect wasn’t discovered during the initial recall investigation. If you own these jack stands or any of the jack stands in our original recall, whether or not you have had an issue with them, please stop using them immediately and bring them back to your local Harbor Freight Store for a full cash refund or store credit.”

Recalled jack stands:

  • Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKU 56371)
  • Pittsburgh 6 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 61196 and 61197)
  • Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKU 56373)

Smidt said that although they couldn’t find problems with other Pittsburgh brand jack stands and are not recalling them, they will provide “a full cash refund or store credit” for anyone who’s lost confidence in their jack stands. Those include:

  • Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 38846, 56372, 57308, 62392, 69597)
  • Pittsburgh 6 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 38847, 56368, 56369, 56370, 62393, 69596)
  • Pittsburgh 12 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 34924, 56374, 56375, 61599)

It’s worth noting that if you choose cash instead of store credit, you’ll get less. Here’s a chart showing what HF will pay for various jack stands (you can also see details by clicking here).

It’s sad they’re having so many problems with this, but I have to give them credit for recognizing what a loss of confidence this could bring to consumers, and offering to buy back jack stands that haven’t shown any signs of trouble.

Smidt ended the letter by assuring customers that Harbor Freight has learned from this and will be improving:

“I want to apologize to all of our customers. While we’ve dramatically grown our team of engineers and inspectors, and intensified our tests and inspections, I assure you that the lessons learned from this will drive further improvement.

“As the owner and founder of Harbor Freight, I want you to know that we stand behind every product we sell and that safety will always be our top priority.”

Sincerely,

Eric Smidt
Owner and Founder
Harbor Freight Tools

What do you think? Are you done with HF jack stands? Now I’ve got to go check the SKUs on the pair out in my shop…

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08:00

Federal Custom Shop Expands Big Game Rounds to include 14 Cartridges [The Firearm Blog]

federal custom shopThe Federal Custom Shop which was announced at NRAAM 2019 (NRA Annual Meetings) is now expanding the amount of rounds they will hand-tailor produce to 14 new cartridges for big game hunters. This will include some of the most popular reloading tips a handloader could choose: Barnes Tipped TSX, Berger Hunter Hybrid, Hornady ELD-X, Nosler […]

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07:00

AllOutdoor Review: Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

The Springfield Armory Hellcat has been out for nearly 1 year now and it has been dominating the CCW (concealed carry weapon) market from the very outset. Along the way we have seen a few new iterations come along with the most notable one being an OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) version to more readily allow the addition of a micro red dot. The newest one to date though is a Desert FDE Cerakote model in both a standard and OSP configuration. So, in this AllOutdoor review we will take a look at the newest micro-compact offering from Springfield Armory in the Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm. Let’s dive in!

Specifications: Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm

You might have caught a review of the Springfield Armory Hellcat on our sister-blog of TheFirearmBlog.com (TFB) this past February where we went into detail about the world’s highest capacity micro-compact. The most obvious difference between the one reviewed on TFB and this one we will review today is the Desert FDE Cerakote finish. The rest of the technical specifications can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • CALIBER: 9mm
  • COLOR: Desert FDE
  • BARREL: 3″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, 1:10
  • SLIDE: Billet Machined, Desert FDE Cerakote Finish
  • FRAME: Desert FDE Polymer w/ Adaptive Grip Texture
  • SIGHTS: Tritium/Luminescent Front, Tactical Rack U-Notch Rear

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  • RECOIL SYSTEM: Dual Captive Recoil Spring w/ Full Length Guide Rod
  • GRIP WIDTH: 1″
  • MAGAZINES: (1) 11-Round, (1) 13-Round Extended
  • WEIGHT: 17.9 oz w/ Flush Mag, 18.3 oz w/ Extended Mag
  • LENGTH: 6″
  • HEIGHT: 4″ w/ Flush Mag, 4.5″ w/ Extended Mag

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The MSRP for this standard configured Springfield Armory Hellcat in the Desert FDE Cerakote is benchmarked at $610. If you opt for the OSP version in Desert FDE it would be a touch higher in price at $643. Both of the Desert FDE models are more expensive than all of the black Hellcat permutations which is understandable because of the more durable Cerakote finish. A Press Release statement can be read below from Springfield Armory which talks about the handgun we are reviewing here today in greater length:

“The Springfield Armory® Hellcat® is a class leading concealed carry handgun that packs up to 13+1 rounds of 9mm into a space previously reserved for pocket guns. Now available in Desert Flat Dark Earth, the Hellcat offers a 3″ Melonite®-finished hammer forged steel barrel along with legendary Springfield Armory reliability in a trim package a mere 1″ thick. The Hellcat is the definitive concealed carry pistol.”

First Look: Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm

We can let the elephant out of the room immediately and talk about the glaring change on this Hellcat: its Flat Dark Earth (FDE)! It is simply more than that though. It is a slightly different shade of FDE (Desert FDE, to be exact) which is pretty important if you care about the finer details of its appearance. Typically when we see AR-15s in some kind of FDE color scheme there are 4 different hues of brown on the same firearm. But why? It looks gross. The reason most manufacturers struggle with colors other than black is because one given color of FDE does not appear the same on metal parts as it does on polymer ones. So when you look at the Springfield Armory Hellcat in Desert FDE it is actually very impressive and attractive that it is the same color top to bottom. No funny 50 Shades of FDE.

While the Desert FDE Cerakoted slide, frame, and magazine floorplate are a striking finish all of the black controls are a nice offset in their own right. Every piece that is important to the control and manipulation of the firearm is black which acts as a great visual marker. The Magazine Release, Trigger, Slide Lock, Disassembly Lever, Sights, Barrel, Slide Cover, and Guide Rod are all black. So, while there is no replacement for strong fundamentals and training in firearm handling the black components are easily distinguished from the rest of the slide and frame.

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Another element that is immediately noticeable on the Desert FDE Hellcat are the sights. You have a Tritium/Luminescent Front Sight paired with a Tactical Rack U-Notch Rear that is easy to acquire in both blinding sunlight and low scenarios around dusk, dawn, and night-time. This is a sight picture that is available on some of the XDS Mod.2 pistols and I am glad to see it get carried over to the Hellcat as well.

Range Time: Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm

When it comes to shooting this pistol, just like when I formally tested the black Hellcat in February, it is startlingly accurate. For a handgun with only a 3″ barrel, albeit constructed from hammer-forged steel, it shoots with the steadiness, precision, and accuracy of a full-frame firearm. I had the ability to test out a black Hellcat in a “normal” Minnesota winter which consisted of -10°F temperatures with much more frigid wind chills. Before my hands went numb I was able to produce 1 ragged hole on targets varying from 15 – 20 yards. Now flash forward to this past June and July where Mother Nature becomes bi-polar in the summer in Minnesota and it is now 90°F with an even higher heat index on any given day. I primarily used Federal American Eagle Syntech ammunition for testing and regardless of the temps outside I am getting point-of-aim, point-of-impact accuracy. Once again, in my eye’s this is pretty impressive coming from a carry gun.

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Carry Time: Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm

I had 4+ months of experience carrying a black Hellcat and now I added to that by carrying the Desert FDE Hellcat for a couple months more. My favorite method of carry originally for the Hellcat was Appendix Inside-the-Waistband (AIWB) so I did that again with the Desert FDE Hellcat. It was very comfortable to carry all day in this position whether it was seated in a vehicle commuting, at an office, or strolling around my family’s gun store (where the Hellcat sells like hotcakes, by the way).

AIWB has become my favorite method of carry over many years because it can easily be hidden by a simple T-shirt whether it is a hot July day or a frigidly cold one in January. Simultaneously, it is very fast to draw from if you give it a little bit of practice. A third reason I support AIWB carry is it keeps the firearm between you and anyone you encounter. What I mean by that is no one with evil intentions is going to sneak up on you, and take your sidearm from you if you are carrying AIWB. The Hellcat could be carried anywhere, but it felt most at home for me while carrying AIWB.

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Final Thoughts: Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm

So, what are my final thoughts?… Overall, I am just as impressed with the Desert FDE Hellcat as I was with the original one. They knocked it out of the park in regards to capacity, the overall footprint for concealed carry, the sights, texturing, and even the sexy aesthetic of a Desert FDE Cerakote. There is not much to dislike about this firearm unless you truly need something larger because you have grizzly bear paws or desire something awkwardly smaller purely for the convenience of size knowing it will recoil brutally worse.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Springfield Armory for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Springfield Armory Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm is something worth spending your money on? Would you carry it while camping or hiking? Shoot a league with it? Use it as your everyday carry? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

New AK Muzzle Brakes and Triangle Stock by Circle 10 AK [The Firearm Blog]

New AK Muzzle Brakes and Triangle Stock by Circle 10 AK (1)Circle 10 AK has added three new products to their line of AK accessories – two muzzle brakes and a version of their fixed aluminum triangle stock compatible with Yugoslavian AKs. All these new AK products are made in the United States thus each of them counts as one 922(r) compliance parts when building AKs […]

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06:27

The Gras in Ethiopia: Carbines of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taytu [Forgotten Weapons]

Ethiopia is a fascinating and unique example of an African nation that was able to uphold its sovereignty through forve of arms, and resist become a possession of any of the European powers during the age of colonial expansion. The defining event in this history was the Battle of Adwa in 1896, when Emperor Menelik II’s army thoroughly defeated an Italian expeditionary force. Menelik and his wife Empress Taytu were a talented and intelligent couple who worked together to play European powers against each other and maintain Ethiopian independence and encourage its development at the same time.

During the 1880s and 1890s, Ethiopia was particular supported by arms from Russia and France. The Russians wanted to support a fellow Orthodox nation, and the French wasn’t;t to stymie Italian expansion in East Africa. The Russians supplied many Berdan rifles, and the French supplied Gras rifles and carbines. Today we are looking at a pair of Gras carbines, which are marked in Ethiopian Ge’ez script as being property of Menelik (the Gendarmerie carbine) and Tatyu (the cavalry carbine). I think they have a wonderful story to tell…

06:00

Primos Custom Mill Shop: Hand-Tailored, Individualized Turkey Calls [AllOutdoor.com]

If you are hunting for a better turkey call then you might need to hit up the Primos Custom Mill Shop for a truly hand-tailored turkey call. The Primos Custom Mill Shop was introduced a little over a year ago and even though Father’s Day has come and passed they are still available year round for your personalized calls and accessories. You can choose from turkey calls to boot pullers to even Euro plaques as gifts for friends and family or simply to splurge on yourself.  More information is outlined in the video below from Primos Hunting:

Many of the items you can receive from their Custom Shop are actually very affordable ranging in price from loosely $50 – $150. It is important to note that all sales are final which is understandable considering every piece that leaves their facility is hand-crafted upon a personal request. Primos Hunting goes on to further elaborate their process and what they have to offer below:

FLORA, Mississippi – June 2020 – “The online Custom Mill Shop offers users the ability to design a customized version of some of Primos’ most famous calls including the GameKeeper Box Call, Heart Breaker Box Call and Grunt Call. And while these calls are works of art worthy of display, they also produce a sound that only the finest, select, hand-tuned hardwoods can create.

Other popular options available from the Custom Mill Shop include euro plaques and a boot puller. From these hand-crafted products, users can select custom patterns, laser-etched hunting scenes, as well as custom inscriptions and messages.

Custom Mill Shop items range from $55 to $150 and each item receives a mark of authenticity from a Primos Master Craftsman prior to completion. All items are shipped in a protective package.”

If Primos knows one thing it is absolutely everything about hunting down to the finest minutia; especially calls. Many regions of the United States have fall hunting seasons for turkey so that gives many of us plenty of time to plan accordingly for the future season. Would you consider purchasing a customized turkey call from the Primos Custom Mill Shop? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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06:00

AR-9 on a Budget Part 1: Magazine and Lower Options [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop compares all magazine and lower options for building an AR-9 on a budget. Reviewed and evaluated in this video are the Torkmag Magdapt adapter for Glock mags, KAK Industries adapter for Colt mags, Mean Arms Endomag 9mm conversion for PMAGs, and a dedicated lower made by Palmetto State Armory. […]

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Strike Industries STRIKE 80 Compact 80% Glock Frame Kit [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries STRIKE 80 Compact Pistol Frame Kit (11)Strike Industries first introduced these 80% polymer Glock frames back in January, at SHOT Show 2020. These frames are manufactured by Polymer80, however, they feature some ergonomic and aesthetic changes that set them apart from Polymer80’s own frames. Recently, Strike Industries announced that the new Strike 80 Compact frame kits are now available for preorder. The Strike […]

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05:33

The Company you Keep [AllOutdoor.com]

During WWII there were all kinds of sayings and posters warning citizens to be careful of associations with unknown people or talking too freely about personal business or jobs they held. Nothing has changed in that regard. For preppers and survivalists, your business is your business and best kept to yourself or close known and trusted contacts.

From the Redford movie The Company You Keep the lesson to be learned was how to manage a list of known contacts, how you communicate with them, and what information you exchange. In the movie a number of the members of the old dissident group the Weathermen had all dispersed to their hidden lives around the country once their terrorist activities ceased.

Once one member turned himself in to authorities, the character played by Redford began a search for an old associate in relation to a shootout murder during a bank robbery. She eventually turned herself in, exonerated him to return to his daughter. That was not the story for preppers. The trail left active by all the members of that gang along with the chain of connections was the story.

As they said during WWII “loose lips sink ships” remains true even at the micro level of your own personal prepping efforts. If you are actively involved in prepping at any stage or a full blown survivalist, be careful who you share that information with at all times. Just the hint of an interest in such things at a neighborhood cook out could label you as something you are not or draw attention to your efforts.

It may seem a sad state of affairs, but in this day and age “Never Trust Nobody” as the local DJ says on the radio every day here. Try to cloak your efforts to even your closest friends and family at least until you know for certain what their beliefs are on such things. Frankly, a lot of preppers get verbally harassed or maligned by people who don’t know what prepping is all about. Avoid being falsely labeled as “crazy” or worse.

Preppers should periodically review their inner circle of friends or contacts through activities in which you are involved. Just be careful what you share, how much prep you have done, how many guns you own, how much food and supplies you have stocked, and such. Just because people are watching or listening to you is no reason to be paranoid. Or is it?

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04:47

H652 Over-Ride Vote Wednesday []

The vote to over-ride Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D-NC) veto of H652 – Second Amendment Protection Act is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8th.

The bill passed both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly with bi-partisan veto-proof majorities. That is, if the Democrats who voted for the H652 don’t cave to pressure from Gov. Cooper and his anti-gun allies such as the Bloomberg-funded North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic).

Looking over the list of Democrats who voted for the bill, you find a majority of them, whether African-American or white, represent areas that are mostly rural. Those areas have many small churches and they invariably have smaller police or sheriff’s departments. I think they realized that this bill contained nothing to endanger students and teachers but rather would help churches protect their congregations from the deranged.

Grass Roots North Carolina has issued an alert asking that these swing voters be contacted. I have added it below:

CONTACT SWING VOTERS NOW, CHURCH CARRY VETO OVERRIDE VOTE IS ON WEDNESDAY
Cooper has never met a gun that he wouldn’t ban. In vetoing a bill that would protect churches from violent sociopaths, as has so far occurred at least three times in other states, Cooper has yet again demonstrated that he is not fit to hold the office of governor.
 
Both the Senate and the House passed the Second Amendment Protection Act
with a veto-proof majority, but Governor Cooper vetoed it anyway.  In his explanation, he stated “This bill allows guns on school property which threatens the safety of students and teachers. Therefore, I veto the bill.”
 
The Governor’s argument makes little sense.  Remember, this bill would allow concealed handgun permit-holders to carry firearms for self-protection in religious institutions which are co-located with educational facilities, provided that: (1) No curricular or extracurricular educational activities are taking place (meaning that no students or teachers are present); and (2) The person in control of the property has not posted a “no guns allowed” sign.
 
We thank the 33 Senators and 77 Representatives who voted “yes” on this bill the first time around, and now we ask these same Senators and Representatives to HOLD STRONG and reiterate their votes during the veto override vote scheduled for Wednesday, July 8.
 
How can you help?  By calling and emailing your Senator and Representative and reminding them that this bill was a good idea the first time they voted for it, and it is still a good idea and you expect them to support it again! 
 
Although no law prohibits concealed carry in religious institutions, those which operate a school are considered to be “educational property,” even when no school is currently operated. As such, concealed firearms are currently prohibited.
 
Recent years have seen no fewer than three cases in which armed parishioners were able to stop murderous rampages by violent sociopaths: 
Colorado Springs, Colorado (12/9/07): Armed church volunteer security member Jeanne Assam shot and wounded rampage killer John Murray, who then committed suicide.
Sutherland Springs, TX: (11/5/17): Armed citizen Stephen Willeford used an AR-15 to exchange fire with murderer Devin Patrick Kelly, wounding him and stopping the rampage.
White Settlement, TX (12/29/19): At the West Freeway Church of Christ, volunteer church security member Jack Wilson stopped rampage killer Keith Thomas Kinnunen seconds after the killing started with a single shot to the head.
The 2nd Amendment Protection Act would: Specifically tailor existing law to allow all churches and places of religious worship to provide for the safety of their congregants.

Protect their congregants by adding a section into existing gun laws that says if a person is legally permitted to carry a concealed handgun, that person can carry a handgun on the property of a church or other place of religious worship provided: (1) No curricular or extracurricular educational activities are taking place; and (2) The person in control of the property has not posted a “no guns allowed” sign.
  Allow all places of religious worship, whether or not they run a school, to offer the same level of protection to congregants.
  Sheriffs will have to issue CHP renewals without retraining if applied for within 60 days of expiration

A refresher course will be available for those who renew 180 days out

EMS personnel, after training, will be allowed to carry

Additional “special” law enforcement employed personnel will be allowed to carry This is not a new concept. Not only has it been offered in previous sessions of the General Assembly, it mirrors what has been in effect for most churches in the state since concealed carry was passed in 1995.  The 2nd Amendment Protection Act will close the loophole that treats some worshippers differently than others and ensure that all can worship safely and freely.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
Those of us who live in the real world know that mass murderers bent on evil won’t be stopped by silly rules or signs.
This is why you must urge your Senator and Representative to continue to support this life saving legislation.  EMAIL THE SWING VOTERS: Tell them that we need them to reiterate their support for this important piece of legislation for the Safety and security of all North Carolinians.
 
The shootings at New Life Church, First Baptist Church, and West Freeway Church of Christ prove that only a good guy or gal with a gun can stop those bent on pure evil.  Liberty free [gun free] zones only disarm the innocent when seconds count and law enforcement is minutes away.
CONTACT YOUR STATE HOUSE AND SENATE REPRESENTATIVES: Urge them to reiterate their support for this important piece of legislation that will ensure our safety.
PHONE MESSAGE:

My name is ______ and I’m calling to urge you to reaffirm your support for the 2nd Amendment Protection Act, expanding our common sense human right of self-defense in places of worship co-located with educational facilities.  The recent past has shown that mere signs or rules will not stop evil men bent on mass murder.
Armed citizens are the only way to ensure our safety in these situations.  I expect you to live up to your principles and I urge you to support this critical piece of legislation. CONTACT INFO   Swing Voters:
  Chaz.Beasley@ncleg.net; Scott.Brewer@ncleg.net; Jean.Farmer-Butterfield@ncleg.net; Elmer.Floyd@ncleg.net; Charles.Graham@ncleg.net; Joe.John@ncleg.net; Marvin.Lucas@ncleg.net; Garland.Pierce@ncleg.net; Joe.Queen@ncleg.net; Ray.Russell@ncleg.net; Brian.Turner@ncleg.net; Michael.Wray@ncleg.net; Jay.Chaudhuri@ncleg.net; Don.Davis@ncleg.net; Kirk.deViere@ncleg.net; Harper.Peterson@ncleg.net; EricaD.Smith@ncleg.net  

Phone Your Rep:
  Phone your own Representative: CLICK HERE and use your address to find your representative and his/her contact information. Click on the ‘NC House’ radio button. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO GRNC: Help us fight gun control while we promote Second Amendment principles. Please CLICK HERE to contribute. Bear in mind that GRNC is an all-volunteer organization, so you can be sure your donations are put to the best possible use. Any amount helps, and any amount is appreciated.  
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Suggested Subject:  Support the 2nd Amendment Protection Act   Dear Senator/Representative,   I’m writing to urge you to reaffirm your support for the 2nd Amendment Protection Act.  This will expand the ability for ordinary citizens to carry firearms for self-protection in places of worship which are co-located with educational facilities.
Recent tragedies have shown that a good guy or gal with a gun can be critical in saving lives.   This is true common-sense safety legislation that will protect the public.
Mere signs or rules never deter those of evil intent and mass murder.  These only serve to stop innocent people from ensuring everyone else’s safety. 
I expect you to stand up for everyone’s common sense human rights and support this important step in safety once again. I will continue to monitor your actions on this important issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.    Respectfully,  

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Monday, 06 July

17:00

My First ATF EForm 1: Easier And Faster Than I Expected [The Firearm Blog]

ATF EForm 1, $200 tax stampI finally did it.  After years of hem-hawing and debating the ATF EForm 1 process, I am now officially an owner of a National Firearms Act (NFA) Stamp.  I didn’t get struck by lightning and all my animals are still alive.  Not only that, but it was much easier than I ever thought it could […]

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16:30

POTD: Polish 15 Giżycko Mechanized Brigade with FB Mini-Beryl [The Firearm Blog]

FB Mini-BerylPOTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures and stories out there. Today we found them in Poland, from the 15 Giżycka Brygada Zmechanizowana. We’re looking at the life of soldiering and the operation of a reconnaissance company in the Polish […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: Franklin Armory BFSIII 22-C1 Binary Trigger Review [The Firearm Blog]

Rimfire Report Review: Franklin Armory BFS III 22-C1 Binary TriggerWelcome back to The Rimfire Report! In this ongoing series, we review, discuss, and explore the various aspects, firearms, and practices of the rimfire world. This week we have a special rimfire upgrade review for the Rimfire Report – the Franklin Armory BFSIII 22-C1 Binary Trigger. This is a binary trigger upgrade for the stock […]

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15:44

Firearm sales hit new record [Of Arms and the Law]

In June firearm background checks hit nearly four million. The true number of firearms sold probably was greater. A person can buy without a background check if he has a CCW permit.

I can remember a time (late 1970s) when total American gun production and importation was three million per year. We just exceeded that in one month.

15:21

2020 NRA-ILA Summer Auction [NRA-ILA News]

Click here to check out the 2020 NRA-ILA Summer Auction!

15:15

Choosing Self-Reliance: New NICS Record [NRA-ILA News]

June 2020 set another all-time background check record. The FBI NICS office ran 3,931,607 total background checks last month, breaking the previous record by nearly two-hundred-thousand checks.

15:12

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds 2013 Magazine Ban [NRA-ILA News]

In 2013, Colorado enacted House Bill 13-1224, which made it a crime, with some exceptions, to sell, transfer, or possess any “large-capacity magazine”after July 1, 2013. A “large-capacity magazine”meant any “fixed or detachable magazine, box, drum, feed strip, or similar device capable of accepting, or that is designed to be readily converted to accept, more than fifteen rounds of ammunition.”

13:28

Virginia: NRA Monitoring Upcoming Special Session [NRA-ILA News]

Last month, Governor Ralph Northam called for the General Assembly to convene a special session in August. The central focus is likely to be budgetary concerns for the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. While there have not been any indications that Gov. Northam or the anti-gun majority will use this special session for a renewed push towards comprehensive gun bans, your NRA will be actively monitoring the session.

12:10

North Carolina: Second Amendment Preservation Act Up for Veto Override Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will consider overriding Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Gov. Cooper erroneously claimed that the bill will allow guns in schools and threatens the safety of students and teachers. Instead, it only applies to churches that operate schools and simply allows parishioners to carry when the schools are not in session, if the church wishes to opt-in.

11:00

Reptilia Diving Board Mount Introduced for 34mm Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

Reptilia's new Diving Board add-on for 34mm scope mounts.Nevada-based Reptilia Corp has been putting out firearms accessories like optics mounts and weaponlight mounts for over a decade, drawing on prior experience with companies like Magpul, SilencerCo, and others. Products like their dot mounts, RMR mounts, and light bodies have proven to be popular rifle add-ons. With a July 1st announcement, they have expanded […]

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10:59

Wayne LaPierre: The World Lost One of its Brightest Stars [NRA-ILA News]

The world knew Charlie Daniels as a wizard with a fiery fiddle.  A legendary musician.  A true American icon.  But, to his NRA family, Charlie was all that and a lot more.  We knew and loved Charlie as an outspoken patriot whose passion for freedom was unparalleled. Charlie didn’t just preach about values — he lived them every day. A proud NRA Life Member and lifelong Second Amendment supporter who performed at countless NRA events, and courageously spoke out for freedom every chance he got.  The world lost one of its brightest stars.  Our country grieves for a true patriot.  Our NRA family mourns the loss of a brother.  Rest in Peace, Charlie.​

10:15

Taofledermaus Shoots Flechettes [AllOutdoor.com]

Flechettes! Ermagerd!

Okay, sorry. But haven’t we all seen flechette rounds — shotgun shells loaded with hardened steel darts instead of shot pellets — and wanted to shoot some ourselves? Well, the goofballs at Taofledermaus did too. But they have the advantage of people sending them ammo for free just so they could test them. Nothing wrong with that!

We don’t get to learn what brand flechette loads they use in this video, and it’s apparent from the video description that this was done on purpose…

You will note that he pronounces sabot “say-bow.” I prefer “sab-ut” myself, but different strokes for different folks and all that.

The first shot was at 10 yards, and in their words the flechettes flew “like garbage.” Each of the 6 impacts we see was from a dart that hit sideways, due to unstable flight. The shell purportedly contained 19 of the mean little darts.

In the second shot, 17 of 19 flechettes tumbled while 2 flew in a relatively stable manner. The two stable flyers did penetrate the body armor, which I guess is what some folks expect from a flechette round… piercing body armor, that is.

They fired into ballistic gel from just ten feet, in hopes that most of the darts will actually hit the gel. They do, and they make one heck of a mess.

At 35 yards they seem a tad more stable, but still less than ideal.

This brand claims on the box that it’s “better than buckshot,” but I can’t say I agree.

Check it out before you decide whether to buy some of your own… these shells ain’t cheap at $4-$5 a pop.

Have you ever used flechette ammo? Did your results match these?

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10:00

Icarus Precision ACE 365 XL Hybrid Pro: Full-Length SIG P365 XL Aluminum Grip Module [The Firearm Blog]

ACE 365 XL Hybrid Pro (4)Icarus Precision released their first SIG pistol grip module about a year ago and since then, the company has been steadily adding new models to the ACE (Accuracy, Control, Enhanced) family of aluminum grip modules designed for different models of SIG Sauer handguns. At SHOT Show 2020, we saw some of their newest products and […]

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08:59

A Cap-Fired Breech Loading Musket Whose Bayonet is a Sword [AllOutdoor.com]

In the 1850s, the French military (stop laughing) experimented with a number of breech-loading guns, in hopes of improving their rate of fire over muzzleloading arms — especially for their cavalry, because loading a front-stuffer while on horseback isn’t exactly easy. Oddly enough, this attempt to make life easier for mounted troops also included a humongous bayonet!

A fellow named Arcelin came up with the Arcelin Mousqueton, which is more or less a bolt-action single-shot musket — which still requires a musket cap for ignition, as would a muzzleloader. You essentially open the bolt, insert a cartridge (paper containing powder & bullet), close the bolt, cock the hammer, cap the nipple, and you are ready to shoot.

In describing the process, Ian misspeaks when he says the plunger on the front of the bolt creates an air space between bolt and cartridge. It does nothing of the kind; it simply shoves the cartridge up into the chamber. An air space with black powder could be quite dangerous.

Unfortunately, this design lacks a proper gas seal at the rear, which is one reason turnbolt muzzleloaders never quite caught on back then; the metallic cartridge’s brass case does most of the job of gas sealing in a cartridge gun, and that case is of course absent from this design. For that reason, fouling — black powder fouling, which is particularly heavy and nasty — would eventually clog up the works, making the bolt difficult to turn. This led to broken bolt handles, which is never good.

This gun is quite interesting, but sadly the camera work is less than stellar this time… though it does improve once we start looking closely at the gun’s workings.

When we get to the bayonet, you start to realize just how nuts those guys must have been. It’s just about as long as the gun! And mounting it on the rifle makes the entire setup amazingly long.

It was mostly used for ceremonial stuff anyhow, since the only real use these muskets received was with the emperor’s personal guard.

And I used to think those old Japanese Arisaka bayonets were long!

Enjoy the video.

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08:00

New Night Sights: XS Announces More DXT2 and DXW2 Options [The Firearm Blog]

XS Sights' DXW2 line is one of their two product families getting new options.Night sights are often one of the first modifications that shooters make to their handguns – and in many cases, the only change they may choose. There is a vast array of different makes/models to choose from, and it isn’t uncommon for someone who has a plethora of pistols to use the same version of […]

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07:59

Is the 22 LR Viable for Defense? [AllOutdoor.com]

The 22 long rifle rimfire cartridge has been around since 1887 from the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company. It is probably the most widely used and shot powder driven cartridge in the world. Though it is touted as having been responsible for the most kills ever on white-tailed deer, I believe that award goes to the classic 30-30 Winchester.

Be that as it may, there can be few detractors for the 22 Long Rifle used within the suitable realms for which it was designed to be effective. You likely have read of accounts of this rimfire being used in Africa by poachers to quietly dispatch elephants to secure their valuable ivory tusks. It has likewise been used by shooters in this country to take game illegally, or for the pure sake of hunger back in more trying times. The 22 LR is no doubt a killer with reasonable restrictions.

Many preppers and survivalists, hunters along with general shooters have ping-ponged the tactical aspects of the 22 Long Rifle around bug out campfires for eons of time. However, when asked the direct question if they would pick the 22 rimfire for personal or property defense, to the letter, nobody would pick it as their top choice. That’s understandable.

But, when considered as a supplement to more substantial tactical arms, a good shooting rimfire rifle as well as handguns are highly recommended for inclusion in any prepper arms battery. Why?

Rimfire ammo is cheap, lightweight, in ample supply (right now), and quite accurate. A typical round of 22 rimfire costs about 6 cents. Compare that to a 223 at .50 cents, and a .308 at nearly a whopping $1.00 per shot. If you had to carry a supply of these ammo choices, a 500 round block of rimfire weighs about 5 pounds. An equivalent “brick” of 223 would weigh about 15 pounds, while 500 rounds of .308 would go around 30 pounds. If you were headed out to patrol a property perimeter, which would you rather tote for 5 miles?

I know, power wise, we’re talking apples and eggplants. While there are literally dozens of 22 LR rimfire loads available, the typical 40 grain load yields a muzzle velocity of about 1150-1435 mv with an energy of 117 to 183 foot pounds. Puny. Well, yes compared to a 223 or 308 for example.

I’ve always had this idea that more rounds downrange was always better than throwing rocks. I’m quite sure I’m not going to peek around a corner where bullets are busting the plaster off the wall right by my eyes. Same argument as bringing a knife to a gunfight.

The 22LR is not the first tactical choice, but is better than nothing, and really good for a whole lot of prepping and survival work where centerfires are not needed. Throw another log on the fire and ponder on that for a while.

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07:28

North Carolina: Gov. Cooper Vetoes Bipartisan Second Amendment Preservation Act [NRA-ILA News]

On July 2nd, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 652, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, despite it passing the General Assembly with bipartisan supermajorities. He erroneously claimed that the bill will allow guns in schools and threatens the safety of students and teachers. Instead, it only applies to churches that operate schools and simply allows parishioners to carry when the schools are not in session, if the church wishes to opt-in. Gov. Cooper’s veto shows that he cares little about personal safety or private property rights. HB 652 will now go back to the General Assembly, where they may consider a veto override.

07:00

Hornady’s 6mm ARC — “Advanced Rifle Cartridge” for your AR-15 [AllOutdoor.com]

Roughly one month ago, Hornady invented a new cartridge for all of us to swoon over in the 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) and we are here with more information for you. For those who may not be aware, Hornady has produced some big hitters in the realm of cartridges lately. They have given us both the 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor within the last decade which have been extremely popular for hunters and target shooters alike.

Now, with some motivation and inspiration from the Department of Defense (DoD) they have conjured up the 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge). Hornady’s Press Release statement further explains where it all started:

“Tested, selected and fielded by a specialized group within the U.S. DoD for its multipurpose combat rifle program, the versatile 6mm ARC does much of what larger cartridges can and everything that smaller cartridges can’t. Designed to meet the needs of the world’s toughest critics, the 6mm ARC utilizes efficient, high-BC bullets to deliver unprecedented performance from the AR-15 platform. Commercial 6mm ARC offerings will feature bullets selected to deliver ideal performance for hunting, match shooting and personal protection applications.”

If you are of the mindset that this is another wildcat cartridge that will fade out of the market in a few years it already appears to have staying power. With it only being 1 month old, it already has 22 gun makers producing arms to back it and give it traction in the industry. These are all of the firearm manufacturers who are currently producing rifles for the 6mm ARC:

  • Adams Arms
  • APF Armory
  • Barrett
  • Brownells
  • Christensen
  • CMC Triggers
  • CMMG
  • GAP
  • Geissele
  • Howa
  • Lantac
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San Tan Tactical STT-15-6ARC Rifle
  • Mile High Shooting Accessories
  • Mossberg
  • NEMO
  • Noveske
  • Odin Works
  • Proof
  • Radical Firearms
  • SanTan Tactical
  • Seekins Precision
  • Uintah Precision
  • Wilson Combat

At the moment, Hornady is producing 3 different types of ammunition in 6mm ARC for those who might be looking to jump on board. In time, undoubtedly more ammunition manufacturers will begin to produce ammo, but right now you will essentially have to go to the source by utilizing Hornady’s ammunition for their new cartridge. The offerings that are currently available are as follows:

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If you are more of the reloading type and would prefer to safely experiment and create your own ammunition, that is definitely a route you can take as well. With Hornady also being a reloading manufacturer aside from an ammunition producer they have all of the components and tools you will need to get started. All of those are listed below as well:

  • 6mm ARC Unprimed Cases (50 ct) Item No 86287
  • 6mm ARC Series III Two-Die Rifle Die Set (.243) Item No 546251
  • 6mm ARC Full Length Die (.243) Item No 046262
  • 6mm ARC Seating Die (.243) Item No 044244
  • Neck Size Die Item No 046047
  • Shell Holder #6 Item No 390546
  • Shell Plate #6 Item No 392606
  • Small Rifle Case Feeder Plate Item No 095314
  • Trimmer Pilot #3 (.243) Item No 390945
  • Bullet Puller Collet #3 (.243) Item No 392156
  • 6mm ARC Modified Case Item No A6MMA

So, Hornady has done it once again and created another hot, new cartridge. The largest question that still remains is will you buy it? New ammunition, new rifle, and a new unique performance compared to other cartridges could await you. Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below if this is something you are interested in. We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

Savage Announces New Red, White, and Blue Rascal [The Firearm Blog]

Savage Announces New Red, White, and Blue Rascal 1Coinciding with this Independence Day weekend, Savage Arms has announced a new version of their .22LR Rascal that screams “Hell yeah, ‘Merica!” Had rimfire bolt guns been a thing in 1776, no doubt the founding fathers would’ve been proud to arm their Minutemen with the Stars and Stripes pattern first created by the most celebrated […]

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06:27

Russian FN 1905 Vest Pocket Officer’s Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

In the years before World War One, the Imperial Nicholas Military Academy in Russia purchased several thousand handguns from FN for resale to its officer candidates and graduates. These were mostly FN 1900 and FN 1905 models, although also a small number of FN 1903s. The pistols were marked with a pair of crossed Mosin Nagant rifles and and inventory number, making them easily identifiable as Russian-purchase pistols today. Both blued and nickel-plated examples were purchased, although the majority (like this one) were nickeled. Most of the purchases were about 1908 and 1909, and that is evident in this example, which is the early pattern of FN 1905 without a thumb safety.

Thanks to Legacy Collectibles for the loan of the pistol!

06:00

Federal Custom Shop Offering 14 Cartridges for Big Game Hunting [AllOutdoor.com]

The Federal Custom Shop is now offering 14 centerfire cartridges that can be specifically tailored for your exact rifle to successfully achieve your next big game hunt. If you make a request you have the option to choose your cartridge, projectile, and the weight of bullet you prefer. Also, you get to choose from an extensive listing of some of the most accurate and popular rounds on the market: Barnes Tipped TSX, Berger Hunter Hybrid, Hornady ELD-X, Nosler AccuBond, Nosler AccuBond Long Range, Nosler Partition, Sierra MatchKing, Federal Premium Terminal Ascent, and Federal Premium Trophy Copper just to name a few. The 14 new centerfire cartridges introduced can be read below:

  • 243 Win
  • 257 Roberts +P
  • 257 Weatherby
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 6.5-284 Norma
  • 270 Win
  • 270 WSM

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  • 284 Win
  • 7mm Rem Mag
  • 308 Win
  • 30-06 Sprg
  • 300 Win Mag
  • 300 WSM
  • 338 Federal

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All of this ammunition is made in the Federal Custom Shop in Anoka, MN and is hand-tailored in a state-of-the-art reloading room separate from the rest of the factory floor. Some of Federal’s most elite and experienced employees are now tasked with filling Federal Custom Shop orders. Federal goes on to explain how the entire process is achieved in this Press Release statement below:

Federal Custom Shop Ammunition Explained

Federal recently introduced its new online custom-loaded ammunition shop. Here, customers can order direct from several different shotshell and centerfire rifle offerings, with a wide selection of the best bullets from Federal, Speer, Nosler, Sierra, Berger, and more. In addition, custom TSS Shotshells for turkey, waterfowl and upland game are available.

“The Federal Custom Shop is an all-new way to deliver your preference of the perfect centerfire rifle or shotgun load built by our ammunition experts,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink.

Custom Shop products are for hunters and shooters who demand ammunition tailored for their individual needs at the highest level of quality, or who can’t find the right ammunition on the retail shelf.

“If it’s not in Federal’s vast catalog as factory-loaded ammo, we may have it listed on our website as a load we will custom hand-load for you. We now have a specific selection of rifle and TSS shotshell loads that we will build on-demand, per order.” Vanderbrink said. “For example, Barnes 120-grain Tipped TSX in 6.5-284 Norma and 28-gauge TSS turkey loads aren’t products we list in our catalog, but you can certainly order them through our Custom Shop.”

This new line of ammunition will be packed inside durable, high-quality Custom Shop packaging and then shipped directly to customers.

While many of us might be reloaders ourselves, we simultaneously know how time consuming and difficult it can be to formulate and execute the perfect handload for an upcoming, significant hunt. That is why it might be beneficial for many of us to utilize the Federal Custom Shop.

The most important thing though is what do you think? Would you use their services? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below.

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06:00

The US Army Announces the Selection of Interim Anti-Drone Systems [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army has announced the selection of a raft of anti-drone systems to combat the threat of small drones which are proliferating on battlefields around the world. The new Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft System (C-sUAS) capabilities range from fixed systems to optics for small arms. Small drones pose a real and increasing danger to ground forces, […]

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Sunday, 05 July

16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch MP5 Cutaway Models [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Established in 2014 and a way to show carefully selected photographs from the world of firearms on a daily basis. As a bonus, you get a short story, and hopefully, you’ll learn something new. Today we take a look at the Heckler & Koch MP5 “Schnittmodell“, which is a cutaway model for […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO [AllOutdoor.com]

Springfield Armory has been producing high-quality, modern sporting rifles for quite a few years now. If you want an actual SBR (Short-Barreled Rifle) or simply an AR rifle or pistol they have got you covered. While most people would agree that they had burst onto the scene with some good quality offerings there is always room for more. A tiny inkling to tweak and make things better, and that is where the SAINT Victor B5 variant comes in. This is a new permutation of the SAINT Victor rifle now offered by Springfield Armory and we recently had the opportunity to test one out. So, in this AllOutdoor Review we take a look at the NEW Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO AR-15 Rifle and see how it holds up!

Specifications: Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO

The Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 rifle is very similar to most of the previous offerings through the SAINT Victor line of firearms. The key differences are in the B5 Systems upgrades to various pieces on the rifle. This includes most notable the stock, pistol grip, trigger guard, and handguard. The complete specifications for this rifle can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • CALIBER: 5.56x45mm NATO (.223 REM)
  • BARREL: 16″ CMV, Melonite®, 1:8
  • SIGHTS: Low Profile Spring-Loaded Adjustable Flip-Up
  • UPPER RECEIVER: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum, Type III Hardcoat Anodized, Forward Assist, M4 Feed Ramps
  • LOWER RECEIVER: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum, Type III Hardcoat Anodized, Accu-Tite™ Tension System
  • BOLT CARRIER GROUP: Enhanced M16 w/ 9310 Steel Bolt, HPT/MPI, Melonite®
  • GAS SYSTEM: Direct Impingement Mid-Length, Low-Profile Pinned Gas Block

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  • HANDGUARD: Aluminum Free Float w/ SA Locking Tabs, M-Lok
  • STOCK: B5 Systems Enhanced SOPMOD
  • TRIGGER: Nickel Boron Coated Flat GI
  • MUZZLE DEVICE: SA Muzzle Brake
  • RECEIVER EXTENSION: Mil-Spec
  • RECEIVER END PLATE: QD
  • BUFFER ASSEMBLY: Carbine “H” Heavy Tungsten Buffer

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  • CHARGING HANDLE: GI Style
  • SAFETY SWITCH: Ambidextrous
  • TRIGGER GUARD: B5 Systems, Polymer
  • PISTOL GRIP: B5 Systems Type 23 P-Grip
  • MAGAZINES: (1) 30-Round Magpul® PMAG® Gen M3™
  • WEIGHT: 6 lbs 12 oz
  • LENGTH: 33.25″ – 36.75″

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The MSRP for the Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 is currently benchmarked at $1,073. Like all Springfield Armory products, it is covered by their Lifetime Warranty in the rare event that you should ever need service for your firearm. A final Press Release statement can be read below from Springfield Armory that further outlines the New SAINT Victor B5 rifle:

“The SAINT® Victor 5.56 takes the already superb SAINT rifle and amps up the features. The full-length 15″ aluminum handguard has ample M-Lok® real estate for accessories and reaches out far enough to accommodate modern shooting styles. The mid-length gas system ensures reliable operation, smooth function and long life, while the flat trigger face lends itself to serious precision. Nickel boron fire controls help you put rounds on target every time, and B5 Systems furniture rounds out the package.”

First Look: Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO

For those who are familiar with the line of SAINT rifles from Springfield Armory, this rifle from afar will look nearly identical to previous ones, but the pivotal differences are in the finer details. While much of this rifle is comprised of the same premium yet proprietary Springfield Armory components, there are 4 new pieces added into the SAINT Victor B5 rifle. You have a B5 Systems stock, pistol grip, trigger guard, and handguard.

All of the B5 Systems components appear to be simple enough upon face value, but once you begin to handle this newly equipped rifle you realize just as the B5 Systems mantra states its about function not flash. I appreciated the update to a lot of the B5 components chosen by Springfield Armory like the small circumference of the M-LOK handguard and the robust nature of the collapsible stock. The true test would come once I got out to the range and placed some rounds on steel.

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Range Time: Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO

Once I got the Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 rifle out to the range the real fun began. One of the first things that I noticed was the Type 23 P-Grip from B5 Systems. It was set at a much steeper grip than traditional AR-15 pistol grips which placed my hand in a more upright position. This allowed me to have more of a benchrest trigger press and follow through; better ergonomics to pulling the trigger. Also, since there were multiple panels of stippling for dexterity you had a truly positive grip.

Right next to the Type 23 P-Grip was the B5 Systems trigger guard. It was more spacious, thick, and robust than other simple trigger guards I have seen on modern sporting rifles. This would allow for plenty of room while shooting with a glove whether it is a thick one for inclement weather or a thin one for high-volume, competitive shooting.

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The next piece of furniture that you will reach for is the B5 Systems M-LOK handguard. It felt like one of the slimmest handguards I have ever handled, and B5 actually advertises it as one of the narrowest on the market. I liked this because I could fully get my hand wrapped around the handguard (this coming from a shooter with average sized hands) and better control of the rifle for faster transitions and movements.

The final B5 Systems component you will encounter on this rifle is the Bravo SOPMOD stock. It truly embraces the B5 mantra of function not flash. It is incredibly light, streamline, and has no “gucci accessories” hanging off of it to slow you down. The angled buttstock ensures a positive shouldering of the weapon every time, and an overmolded, steel anti-rotational QD sling mount plus two different fixed sling mounts let you carry your rifle in an assortment of ways.

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As far as accuracy goes, the SAINT Victor B5 was as accurate as all previous SAINT rifles I have ever tested. Meaning, if you buy premium ammunition or handload your own, this rifle can be a 1 M.O.A. (Minute of Angle) shooter. The bulk of the shooting I did was on steel roughly 25 – 75 yards away because I was aiming to get a feel for the new B5 Systems components. Through those different range exercises I constantly was ringing steel as long as I did not jerk the trigger or completely fudge a shot. The rifle always did its part.

Final Thoughts: Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO

So, what are my final impressions about the NEW Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO rifle? Overall, extremely positive. You have an American manufacturer producing a high-quality rifle with a lifetime warranty. The accuracy is absolutely there as long as you are a good student of your weapon system by training and feeding it good ammunition. I definitely appreciated the upgraded components from B5 Systems chosen by Springfield Armory. Do they lack curb appeal? Absolutely. Do they completely slay on function and practicality though? Absolutely.

Some people might argue that the MSRP of $1,073 is a bit much, but quality is never cheap. Accuracy, practicality, reliability, and good quality control has a price tag. This rifle is very appropriately priced for the value it provides to the end user. Some of the components might be a bit thin or small if you are big dude, but for the other 80% of the shooting population it will feel fantastic. If you are in the market for a new AR-15 I would not hesitate to recommend this one.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Springfield Armory for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO rifle. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm NATO rifle is something worth spending your money on? Would you carry it while camping or hiking? Shoot a league with it? Hunt with it? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

Making the Guns from Pirates of the Caribbean [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves takes you behind the scenes at ISS, Independent Studio Services, for the making of the gun from Pirates of the Caribbean. A lot of work goes into making and using the black powder firearms from movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, and Larry Zanoff of ISS explains to […]

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Saturday, 04 July

12:06

SILENCER SATURDAY #132: Suppressed Pen Gun – Two Stamp Quill [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #132: Suppressed Pen Gun - Two Stamp QuillGood afternoon dear readers and Happy Independence Day for all our fellow Americans. Welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturer’s of the eagerly anticipated YHM R9 suppressor. Last week we debuted the Dead Air Nomad-TI, an excellent edition to their 30 caliber […]

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06:45

Nashville, TN [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police say they are classifying a deadly Nashville shooting as justifiable homicide after a man shot and killed a burglar in his home.

The call came in around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Radnor Street, located just off of Nolensville Pike. The shooting happened at the back side of the home.

Metro Nashville police say a 72-year-old Henry Schuster came home after eating breakfast to find a kitchen window screen lying on the floor along with several other items. According to investigators, he drew a pistol and began searching each room of the home.

Police say he encountered 27-year-old Taylor Lowery in a bathroom. Schuster told police he shot Lowery when he lunged at him and tried to grab for the gun. Neighbors like Adam Troy had no idea the shooting even happened....

Schuster ran outside and called 911. Lowery was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

06:27

AJ Ordnance “Thomas” at the Backup Gun Match [Forgotten Weapons]

Today, I’m taking the AJ ordnance “Thomas” .45 to the Backup Gun Match to try it out on the clock. The Thomas was designed as a concealed carry pistol, with no external controls and a long revolver-like double action trigger in lieu of a safety. It actually performed better than I expected, especially on the plate rack in the last stage. The fixed barrel makes it a mechanically quite accurate pistol, but the trigger and sharp recoil impulse make it difficult to realize that potential accuracy.

06:00

Now Shipping Out! Springfield Armory 1911 Ronin Operator Commander [AllOutdoor.com]

At the start of the year Springfield Armory debuted a new class of 1911s with their NEW Ronin models. The new series features two different sizes with a Ronin Operator Commander (4.25″ barrel), and a Government or full-size model (5″ barrel). Now a few months after the dust of SHOT Show has settled the Springfield Armory 1911 Ronin Operator Commander chambered in .45 ACP and 9mm is now shipping out to local and online retailers.

While many manufacturers are chasing some over-the-top and tacti-cool designs when it comes to 1911s, Springfield Armory is boiling the Ronin back down to the basics. You have a gorgeous aesthetic paired with a tight slide-to-frame fit all at an affordable price-point. The complete specifications listing for the Ronin Operator Commander in .45 ACP and 9mm from Springfield Armory can be read below:

  • CALIBER: 9mm | .45 ACP
  • COLOR: Satin Aluminum / Black
  • BARREL: 4.25″ Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade, Fully Supported Ramp, 1:16
  • SLIDE: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
  • FRAME: Forged Aluminum Alloy, Satin Aluminum Cerakote®
  • SIGHTS: Fiber Optic Front, Tactical Rack White Dot Rear

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  • RECOIL SYSTEM: Commander Length GI Style
  • GRIPS: Crossed Cannon Wood Laminate
  • MAGAZINES: (1) 9-Round 9mm | (1) 8-Round .45 ACP
  • WEIGHT: 31 oz (9mm) | 29.5 oz (.45 ACP)
  • LENGTH: 7.9″
  • HEIGHT: 5.5″

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The current MSRP for both the 9mm and .45 ACP versions of the Ronin Operator Commander are benchmarked at $849. While many common, taken-for-granted firearm models are drying up across the country at your local gun store (LGS), it is great to see that these Ronins will be hitting the shelf soon. A final press release statement can be read below presented by Springfield Armory:

“Springfield Armory® is proud to introduce the Ronin™ Operator® 4.25″, a lightweight, rugged and reliable 1911 pistol built for a lifetime of service offered at an excellent value. Available in 9mm and .45 ACP variants, the pistol features a forged steel slide and lightweight forged alloy frame as well as a hammer-forged barrel for unparalleled durability and strength.”

With today being the 4th of July it is very patriotic and fitting news that we learn more 1911s from a prominent manufacturer like Springfield Armory will become available very soon. The real question that remains is what do you think? Is this something that you would be willing to spend your money on? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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04:08

“In Congress, July 4, 1776” (Updated) []

This is a document that I believe every American should read at least once a year. I think with all the turmoil in the streets, the cancel culture, and the pernicious Maoist attack on history, it becomes an imperative. It sets forth in very elegant language why our founding fathers decided to become citizens rather than to stay subjects of the British Empire.

I think to today’s social justice warriors. They are probably appalled by the language of this wondrous document which speaks of “merciless Indian Savages” and makes an appeal to the “Supreme Judge of world.” I say this knowing that not a one of today’s social justice warriors would have had the spine to do what the men whose signatures were affixed to this document did. That is to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor and to be willing to suffer the consequences of their actions. Thus, they contrive to tear down statutes dedicated to these patriots.

It gets even worse. A Texas newspaper, The Liberty County Vindicator, had been publishing the entire Declaration of Independence a few paragraphs at a time as a way to encourage historical literacy. Last year, they also posted these to their Facebook page. The first nine parts went fine but the tenth did not. Facebook’s algorithm for “hate speech” obviously was designed by the social justice warriors because it flagged it for a violation of the policy. The editor said he thought it was probably paragraph 31 which did speak of the “merciless Indian Savages.” After the news went public is when Facebook realized that they had a problem on their hands and reversed themselves.

And finally, the City of Charlottesville, Virginia is ended it commemoration of Jefferson’s birthday. It will be replaced by the Orwellian sounding Liberation and Freedom Day to be celebrated on March 3rd. That was the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Virginia near the end of the Civil War.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America


When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.


He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.


He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.


He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.


He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.


He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.


He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.


He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.


He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.


He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.


He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.


He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.


He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.


He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:


For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:


For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:


For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:


For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:


For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:


For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:


For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies


For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:


For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.


He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.


He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.


He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.


He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.


He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.


In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.


Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.


We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.


— John Hancock


New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton


Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry


Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery


Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott


New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris


New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark


Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross


Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean


Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton


Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton


North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn


South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton


Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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03:54

The Mecklenburg Declaration and Resolves (Reposted) []

I originally posted this on July 4th of 2010 and have reposted every year since then. I am reposting it to recognize these early North Carolina patriots from Mecklenburg County. Despite all the changes in the Queen City since then, there are still many there or from there who continue the fight for liberty and especially our Second Amendment rights.

Before there was a Declaration of Independence of 1776, there were the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775 and the Mecklenburg Resolves of May 31, 1775. While there is significant controversy over the authenticity of the former, there is none regarding the latter. There is controversy about the Mecklenburg Declaration because the original copy is reputed to have been destroyed in a fire and mention of it then only comes to light in 1819. Nonetheless, May 20, 1775 is the date enshrined on both the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina and the State Flag.

Both the Declaration and the Resolves were adopted in Charlotte Town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Charlotte Town is now known as Charlotte. The area had been settled by the heavily Presbyterian immigrants from Northern Ireland and Scotland known as the Scotch-Irish. Upon hearing of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, they had been outraged and the Declaration was the result.

The Mecklenburg Declaration

  1. That whosoever directly or indirectly abetted or in any way, form or manner countenanced to unchartered & dangerous invasion of our rights as claimed by G. Britain is an enemy to this County – to America & to the inherent & inaliable rights of man.
  2. We the Citizens of Mecklenburg County do hereby desolve the political bands which have connected us to the Mother Country & hereby absolve ourselves from all allegiance to the British crown & abjure all political connection, contract or association with that nation who have wantonly trampled on our rights & liberties & inhumanely shed the innocent blood of American patriots at Lexington.
  3. We do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people – are & of right ought to be a sovereign & self-governing association, under the controul of no power other than that of our God & the general government of the congress, to the maintainence of which independence civil & religious we solemnly pledge to each other our mutual cooperation, our lives, our fortunes & our most sacred honor.
  4. As we now acknowledge the existence & controul of no law or legal officers, civil or military, within this County, we do hereby ordain & adopt as a rule of life, all, each & every of our former laws – wherein nevertheless the crown of great britain never can be considered as holding rights, privileges, immunities, or authority therein.
  5. It is also further decreed that all, each & every military officer in this County is hereby reinstated in his former command & authority, he acting conformably to these regulations. And that every member present of this delegation shall henceforth be a civil officer, viz. a Justice of the peace in the character of a ‘Committee-man’ to issue process, hear & determine all matters of controversy according to sd. adopted laws – to preserve peace, union & harmony in sd. County & to use every exertion to spread the love of country & fire of freedom throughout America until a more general & organized government be established in this province. A selection from the members present shall constitute a Committee of public safety for sd. County.
  6. That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted by express to the President of the Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia, to be laid before that body.
    Ephraim Brevard
    Hezekiah J. Balch
    John Phifer
    James Harris
    William Kennon
    John Foard
    Richard Barry
    Henry Downs
    Ezra Alexander
    Charles Alexander
    Zaccheus Wilson
    Waightstill Avery
    Benjamin PattonMatthew McClure
    Neil Morrison
    Robert Irwin
    John Flennegin
    David Reese
    William Graham
    John Queary
    Hezekiah Alexander
    Adam Alexander
    John Davidson
    Richard Harris
    Thomas Polk
    Abraham AlexanderJohn McKnitt Alexander

While there still exists much controversy on the authenticity of the Declaration, none exists with regard to the Resolves adopted on May 31, 1775. Captain James Jack of Charlotte was sent with a copy of the resolves and a letter to the North Carolina delegates to the Continental Congress requesting their approval by Congress.

The Mecklenburg Resolves

This day the Committee of this County met, and passed the following Resolves:
WHEREAS by an Address presented to his Majesty by both Houses of Parliament in February last, the American Colonies are declared to be in a state of actual rebellion, we conceive that all Laws and Commissions confirmed by, or derived from the Authority of the king or Parliament, are annulled and vacated, and the former civil Constitution of
these Colonies for the present wholly suspended. To provide in some Degree for the Exigencies of the County in the present alarming Period, we deem it proper and
necessary to pass the following resolves, viz.
1. That all Commissions, civil and military, heretofore granted by the Crown, to be exercised in these Colonies, are null and void, and the Constitution of each particular Colony wholly suspended.
2. That the Provincial Congress of each Province, under the Direction of the Great Continental Congress, is invested with all legislative and executive Powers within their respective Provinces; and that no other Legislative or Executive does or can exist, at this Time, in any of these Colonies.
3. As all former Laws are now suspended in this Province, and the Congress have not yet provided others, we judge it necessary, for the better Preservation of good Order, to form certain Rules and Regulations for the internal Government of this County, until Laws shall be provided for us by the Congress.
4. That the Inhabitants of this Country do meet on a certain Day appointed by this Committee, and having formed themselves into nine Companies, to wit, eight for the County, and one for the Town of Charlotte, do choose a Colonel, and other military Officers, who shall hold and exercise their several Powers by Virtue of this Choice, and independent of Great-Britain, and former Constitution of this Province.
5. That for the better Preservation of the Peace, and Administration of Justice, each of these Companies do choose from their own Body two discreet Freeholders, who shall be impowered each by himself, and singly, to decide and determine all Matters of Controversy arising within the said Company under the Sum of Twenty Shillings, and jointly and together all Controversies under the Sum of Forty Shillings, yet so as their Decisions may admit of Appeals to the Convention of the Select Men of the whole County; and also, that any one of these shall have power to examine, and commit to
Confinement , Persons accused of Petit Larceny.
6. That those two Select Men, thus chosen, do, jointly and together, choose from the
Body of their particular Company two Persons, properly qualified to serve as Constables, who may assist them in the execution of their Office.
7. That upon the Complaint of any Person to either of these Select men, he do issue his Warrant, directed to the Constable, commanding him to bring the Aggressor before him or them to answer the said Complaint.
8. That these Eighteen Select Men, thus appointed, do meet every third Tuesday in January, April, and October, at the Court-House in Charlotte to hear and determine all Matters of Controversy of Sums exceeding Forty Shillings; also Appeals: And in Cases of Felony, to commit the Person or Persons convicted thereof to close Confinement, until the Provincial Congress shall provide and establish Laws and Modes of Proceeding in Such Cases.
9. That these Eighteen Select Men, thus convened, do choose a Clerk to record the Transactions of the said Convention; and that the said Clerk, upon the Application of any Person or Persons aggrieved, do issue his Warrant to one of the Constables, to summons and warn the said Offender to appear before the convention at their next sitting, to answer the aforesaid Complaint.
10. That any Person making Complaint upon Oath to the Clerk, or any Member of the Convention, that he has Reason to suspect that any Person or Persons indebted to him in a Sum above Forty Shillings, do intend clandestinely to withdraw from the County without paying such Debt; the Clerk, or such Member, shall issue his Warrant to the Constable, commanding him to take the said Person or Persons into safe Custody, until the next
sitting of the Convention.
11. That when a Debtor for a Sum below Forty Shillings shall abscond and leave the County, the Warrant granted as aforesaid shall extend to any Goods or Chattels of the said Debtor as may be found, and such Goods or Chattels be seized and held in Custody by the Constable for the space of Thirty Days; in which Term if the Debtor fails to return and discharge the Debt, the Constable shall return the Warranty to one of the Select Men of the Company where the Goods and Chattels were found, who shall issue Orders to the Constable to sell such a part of the said Goods as shall amount to the Sum due; that when
the Debt exceeds Forty Shillings, the Return shall be made to the Convention, who shall issue the Orders for Sale.
12. That Receivers and Collectors for Quitrents, Public and County Taxes, do pay the same into the Hands of the Chairman of this Committee, to be by them disbursed as the public Exigencies may require. And that such Receivers and Collectors proceed no farther in their Office until they be approved of by, and have given to this Committee good and sufficient Security for a faithful return of such Monies when collected.
13. That the Committee be accountable to the County for the Application of all Monies received from such Officers.
14. That all these Officers hold their Commissions during the Pleasure of their
respective Constituents.
15. That this Committee will sustain all Damages that may ever hereafter accrue to all or any of these Officers thus appointed, and thus acting, on Account of their Obedience and Conformity to these Resolves.
16. That whatever Person shall hereafter receive a Commission from the Crown, or
attempt to exercise any such Commission heretofore received, shall be deemed an Enemy to his Country; and upon Information being made to the Captain of the Company where he resides the said Captain shall cause him to be apprehended, and conveyed before the two Select Men of the said Company, who, upon Proof of the Fact, shall commit him the said Offender into safe Custody, until the next sitting of the Convention, who shall deal with him as Prudence may direct.
17. That any Person refusing to yield Obedience to the above Resolves shall be deemed equally criminal, and liable to the same Punishments as the Offenders above last
mentioned.
18. That these Resolves be in full Force and Virtue, until Instructions from the General Congress of this Province, regulating the Jurisprudence of this Province, shall provide otherwise, or the Legislative Body of Great-Britain resign its unjust and arbitrary Pretentions with Respect to America.
19. That the several Militia Companies in this county do provide themselves with proper arms and accoutrements, and hold themselves in constant Readiness to execute the commands and Directions of the Provincial Congress, and of this committee.
20. That this committee do appoint Colonel Thomas Polk, and Doctor Joseph Kennedy, to purchase 300 lb. of Powder, 600 lb. of Lead, and 1000 Flints; and deposit the same in some safe place, hereafter to be appointed by the committee.

Eph. Brevard, Clerk of the Committee.
Singed by Order of the Committee.

This document was printed in the North Carolina Gazette on June 16, 1775,
and the Cape-Fear Mercury on June 23, 1775. There was a slight variation in wording in the two newspapers.

 So on this day as we honor the Nation’s Founders and the Declaration of Independence of 1776, let us also honor these men from a provincial North Carolina backwater who recognized that our future lay in independence from Great Britain.

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Friday, 03 July

17:00

Friday Night Lights: Steiner DBAL-A4 All-In-One MFAL [The Firearm Blog]

When shooting with night vision it is a lot easier to shoot with an infrared laser than it is to shoot passively looking through an optic like a red dot. You have better situational awareness and a clearer sight picture. There are only a handful of trusted manufacturers that make MFAL (Multi-Function Aiming Lasers) and […]

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16:30

POTD: The M3 “Grease Gun” on Full-Auto [The Firearm Blog]

m3 grease gunAn American .45-caliber submachine gun on full-auto. I think most people would think of the Thompson M1A1 submachine gun, except this one came in service from 1943, and was much cheaper to produce. The M3 submachine gun (a.k.a. Grease Gun) is our Photo Of The Day. I can appreciate a collection of historic firearms, but I […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – 4th of July Weekend 2020 [The Firearm Blog]

DOTW Independence DayLadies and Gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. The time of the year for fireworks, beer, burgers, and celebrating the fact that we don’t have to give a damn what the British think, for 244 years and counting. But at least this evening, it’s not quite the 4th yet. So sit down, crack open […]

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12:15

NRA Endorses Sen. John Stevens for Tennessee State Senate [NRA-ILA News]

NRA is proud to announce their endorsement of John Stevens for re-election to the 24th Senate district of Tennessee.

11:51

NRA Endorses Sen. Bill Powers for Tennessee State Senate [NRA-ILA News]

NRA is pleased to announce their endorsement of Bill Powers for re-election to the 22nd Senate district of Tennessee.

11:00

Springfield Armory 1911 Ronin Operator Commander – Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

ronin operator commanderWe covered earlier this year that Springfield Armory had unveiled at SHOT Show 2020 a Ronin Operator Commander and Government model 1911, and finally the 4.25″ variant is shipping out from the Springfield factory. While many firearm manufacturers are dialing back their production due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and are innovating less, it is great to […]

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10:00

Pork Chop Anyone? MasterPiece Arms New Purpose Built Varmint Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Pork Chop Anyone? MasterPiece Arms New Purpose Built Varmint GunMasterPiece Arms (MPA) has been in the business of making great bolt action rifles and chassis systems for years. They’ve just announced their latest addition to their line of chassis rifles – the Pork Chop rifle. This is a purpose-designed rifle for varmint hunters, ranchers, and those who need a rifle for herd management purposes. […]

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09:50

NRA Endorses Sen. Paul Rose for Tennessee State Senate [NRA-ILA News]

NRA is proud to announce their endorsement of Paul Rose for re-election to the 32nd Senate district of Tennessee.

08:00

FN SCAR-H and a Whole Lot More for Indian Special Forces [The Firearm Blog]

With India’s armed forces still awaiting a new service rifle, it seems that Indian Special Forces are forging on ahead. Indian media outlets have reported that India’s Para (Special Forces) unit have selected the 7.62x51mm FN SCAR-H along with a number of other weapons. The selection has reportedly been approved by the Indian Ministry of […]

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07:15

Clocking CCI VNT 22 Magnum Ammo in a Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

When I reviewed the super-speedy CCI VNT 22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) ammo a couple weeks ago, I recorded velocity for a number of 22 Magnum loads, including the VNT. I also fired the ammo from my old faithful Colt Frontier Scout revolver, but didn’t bother checking velocity from that gun. Naturally, someone asked for it… so here it is.

The revolver itself has a barrel that’s nominally 4-3/4″ long, but it actually measures 4-11/16 inches.

I used a Shooting Chrony Beta chronograph, and as with the rifles it was placed 4 to 5 yards in front of the muzzle. I fired ten shots with the VNT ammo and five shots of some Winchester ammo I had on hand, just for comparison.

CCI 30-grain VNT

The CCI VNT ammo was fairly consistent, with an average of 1445 FPS (feet per second) and most readings hovering near that number.

The lowest reading was 1359 and the highest was 1533.

Readers of the original review may recall that the rifles produced average readings of 2271 (24″ barrel) and 2278 (20″ barrel), so the combination of cylinder gap and much shorter barrel resulted in a loss of roughly 829 FPS, which is quite a bit.

It’s worth remembering that every one of my rifle velocities with the CCI VNT ammo were higher than the advertised 2200 FPS, which is impressive.

Winchester Super X 40-grain Jacketed Hollowpoint (JHP)

A revolver with a much shorter barrel produces lower velocities than a rifle; that’s a given which we’ve also proven. But how does it compare with typical 22 WMR ammo?

I ran five rounds of good quality hunting ammo through the old single action, namely Winchester Super X 40-grain JHP.

  • High: 1120 FPS
  • Low: 1046 FPS
  • Average: 1092 FPS

This shows that although the CCI VNT is much slower through the old wheel gun than a rifle, it’s still 353 FPS faster than typical 22 WMR hunting ammo. That’s a gain of almost 1/3, so if you’re a speed freak with a 22 magnum, VNT might be just what you want.

Conclusion

What can I say? If you like fast rimfires that carry some mass, CCI’s 30-grain VNT is a great choice. And here’s something interesting: While the VNT produced a velocity gain of roughly 15-20 percent in 20″ and 24″ rifle barrels, the revolver comparison is more like 30%.

How meaningful is that? You be the judge.

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07:00

Hosted Hunts RELIVE-IT Personal Hunting Trip Video Giveaway [The Firearm Blog]

relive-itMany of us started our passion through firearms as hunting during our youth years. Some of those experiences would have been incredible to capture on camera – let alone to have a professional cameraman follow some of our crazy exploits. Well, with Hosted Hunts that could still happen! They are giving away a $4,500 Value Package […]

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06:27

AJ Ordnance “Thomas” – A .45 Locked by Grip Alone [Forgotten Weapons]

Designed by one Frank Thomas Jr. in the 1970s, this pistol was produced by the AJ Ordnance company of Covina California, and named after its creator. It was designed to be a concealed carry pistol chambered for .45 ACP ammunition without needing a manual safety. Thomas wanted to avoid exposed hammers and manual safeties, which he saw as being potential failure points and potential places for a pistol to snag on the draw. So, he created a single-stack .45 with a long DA-like trigger and an internal striker instead of a hammer. What makes the pistol truly unique is its locking system. It is delayed blowback, using a pair of wedges that the slide must push down before it can open. These wedges engage the slide only when the shooter grips the gun, by way of a grip safety type lever in the backstrap.

This results in a gun that is rather unpleasant to shoot, as the action of cycling slaps the grip lever back into the hand with each shot. Only about 600 of the guns were made, although I was unable to determine exactly why production ended so quickly. It’s not so much a surprise that it didn’t see greater success, but rather a question of which potential problem caused it to fail commercially (or if it was all of them acting together…).

NOTE: I mixed up a piece of footage, and put the wrong sight picture clip in at 1:44. Sorry! That sight picture is a WALAM 48, not the Thomas.

06:00

Utah Encourages Hunting of Invasive Bullfrogs (No License Needed) [AllOutdoor.com]

The state of Utah has declared open season on an invasive species of bullfrog and is actively encouraging people to hunt them to combat the growing population. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has even gone as far as to allow the hunting of these gigantic bullfrogs without a hunting license.

Utah Encourages Hunting of Invasive Bullfrogs (No License Needed)
Photo: Carl D. Howe

In a tweet on June 24th, 2020 the DWR officially stated that people could catch as many as they wanted and provided a link to a blog post with tips on catching and cooking them.

These bullfrogs are purported to be as large as 8 inches and weigh up to 1.5 pounds. The bullfrogs are normally native to eastern parts of the United States, most notably in the marshes of the Great Salt Lake. According to the DWR, it is unclear when the bullfrogs first arrived in Utah, but they do note there have been breeding populations of the frogs since the early 1970s.

Utah Encourages Hunting of Invasive Bullfrogs (No License Needed)
Photo: MDC-MO.gov

Typically you would use fishing gear to hunt for the frogs (often called frog gigging), but some hunters will opt to use archery equipment while bowfishing to snag some bullfrogs (bowfrogging). Ja Eggett, the supervisor of the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range Facilities and Grounds explains in detail how to find, catch, and cook them in his blog post on the DWR website:

“Most of the ponds and marshes along the Wasatch Front contain bullfrogs. A quick evening trip and some listening will reveal if you’ve found a spot where bullfrogs are present. They breed from late spring through early summer, during which time you’ll hear males call together in a chorus. Bullfrogs are typically green or gray-brown with brown spots and have easily identifiable circular eardrums — or tympanum — on either side of their heads. Based on how much they have spread, I think you could find them in many locations throughout the state.”

Ja goes on in his article to warn potential hunters that it is illegal to transport the frogs while they are still alive. Dues to the invasive nature of the bullfrogs, transporting live ones increases the risk they will spread even further. There is no limit and no season for bullfrog in Utah and a license is not required to catch them, but Ja recommends that you have a fishing license with you if you inadvertently catch a fish to avoid any legal trouble.

Utah Encourages Hunting of Invasive Bullfrogs (No License Needed)
Photo: YouTube user FLAIR

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06:00

New HIPERFIRE X2S Family Of Two-Stage AR Triggers [The Firearm Blog]

Hiperfire X2S Family Of Two-Stage AR Triggers (1)HIPERFIRE has introduced a new line of two-stage AR triggers called X2S. This trigger family currently consists of three triggers – MOD-1, MOD-2 and MOD-3. All three triggers are compatible with AR-15 and AR-10 type firearms as well as AR-pattern pistol caliber carbines including the SIG Sauer MPX. Let’s see what other features the new HIPERFIRE X2S […]

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05:42

New Rimfire Ammo from CCI [AllOutdoor.com]

CCI Ammunition, long known for its excellent rimfire products, is offering three brand-new products for 2020.  First, the new Clean-22 Suppressor 22 LR rounds, packaged in CCI’s new easy-to-pour, bulk-pack cartons. Next, CCI is offering two 22 WMR loads along with a 17 HMR load, all three also packaged in easy pour bulk cartons.

CCI’s new Rimfire ammo is ideal for suppressed or non suppressed guns!

The Clean-22 Suppressor ammo uses an advanced polymer bullet coating to reduce lead fouling inside a suppressor by up to 60 percent. The exclusive feature allows much easier suppressor cleaning and maintenance, as well as excellent accuracy. With dependable CCI priming and consistent propellant, the loads cycle reliably through any suppressed firearm.

“Clean-22 ammunition provides an advantage because its polymer coating replaces the wax that is traditionally applied to 22 LR ammunition,” according to a CCI Rimfire Product spokesman. “The goal of traditional wax is to protect the barrel of the gun from buildup of lead or copper created as bullets pass through it. But this wax does not totally encapsulate the bullet, so metal and wax deposits eventually build up and the gun needs to be cleaned. However, because the Clean-22 polymer coating completely encapsulates the bullet, it does a better job protecting the barrel from dirt and buildup than wax. The cleaner results are quite impressive.”

Features of Clean-22 ammo include:

  • Black polymer bullet coating reduces lead fouling in suppressors up to 60 percent
  • Ballistically optimized 40-grain lead round nose bullet
  • Reliable function in semi-automatic firearms
  • Extremely reliable CCI priming and brass case

 

The Clean-22 Suppressor comes in the easy pour 200 round bulk carton. MSRP $30.99

As for the new CCI Maxi-Mag 22 Magnum or VNT in 22 Mag and 17 HMR. Both also are available in the CCI Pour Packs of 125 rounds. Offered in three different loads, 22 WMR 30-grain VNT, 17 HMR 17-grain VNT and 22 WMR 40-grain Maxi-Mag Jacketed Hollow Point.

Maxi-Mag JHP ammunition provides the precision and all-around performance for a wide range of shooting and hunting, while VNT’s thin jacket and polymer tip offers accuracy and explosive expansion on impact. The convenient cartons pour easily for high-volume shooting at the range or in the field.

Features of the CCI Maxi Mag and VNT loads include:

  •  Convenient 125-count convenient, easy-to-pour cartons
  •  Containers can be closed after use
  •  VNT offers both long-range accuracy and explosive terminal performance
  •  Maxi-Mag JHP provides all-around precision and power in the field or at the range
  • 22 WMR 30 grain VNT 125 count, MSRP $42.99
  • 22 WMR HP 40 grain Maxi-Mag 125 count, MSRP $36.99
  • 17 HMR 17 grain VNT 125 count, MSRP $41.99

CCI ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from CCI. For more information on all products from CCI visit, cci-ammunition.com

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Thursday, 02 July

19:08

Cooper Vetoes H652 – Second Amendment Protection Act []

In what should not be a surprise, anti-gun Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) vetoed H652 – Second Amendment Protection Act.

In his veto message he said:

Governor Cooper shared the following statement on HB 652:

“This bill allows guns on school property, which threatens the safety of students and teachers.”

This is utter bullshit.

Section 1 (a) of the bill explicitly states that guns may not be present during school hours.

The handgun is only possessed and carried on educational property outside of the nonpublic school’s operating hours. A nonpublic school’s operating hours are any time when curricular or extracurricular activities are taking place on the premises and any time when the premises are being used for school-sponsored activities.

Moreover, it only applies to non-public schools which also are used for church services. These are typically small Christian schools co-located with a church. During the week the Sunday School rooms are used for the school and on Sunday for church services.

An earlier post detailed the other parts of the bill which included reasonable accommodations for renewing your NC Concealed Handgun Permit and to protect EMTs who are backing up police tactical teams.

The bill passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. Indeed, if the Democrats who supported the bill initially don’t get cold feet, the veto can be overriden.

If your representative or senator voted for it, then I would be calling them now and asking them to support an override.

The house roll call is here and the senate roll call can be found here. Remember every one of them is up for re-election.

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17:00

TFB REVIEW: Primary Arms SLx Gen III 5X Prism Scope [The Firearm Blog]

TFB REVIEW: Primary Arms SLx Gen III 5X Prism ScopePrimary Arms has always been a decent option for budget-minded individuals looking for some entry-level options into the magnified optics world. Today we’ll be examining the recently released SLx Gen III 5X Prism Scope I was sent for testing and evaluation. The series so far has been a great success commercially but Primary Arms has […]

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16:30

POTD: Meopta MeoPro Optika6 5-30×56 FFP [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – We take a look through the glass of brand new Meopta MeoPro Optika6 5-30×56 FFP scope. I have a Meopta 1-4×24 on one of my rifles, unfortunately, it’s one of those rifles that see the inside of the safe most of the time. The new Optika6 seems like a nice riflescope for […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Preventing Surface Rust On Carry Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Let’s face it, during the summer months, carrying a gun can get a little hot and uncomfortable at times. Naturally during this, the body will sweat and your gun may have sweat on it after a long day of carrying it concealed. It’s not a big deal if it only happens once in a while, […]

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13:54

North Carolina's Gov. Cooper Vetoes Bipartisan Right To Carry in Church Bill [NRA-ILA News]

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would allow churches that run schools to allow parishioners to carry firearms when schools are not in session.

13:35

Gun Background Checks Hit Record High in June, a Sign of Booming Sales, FBI Reveals [NRA-ILA News]

Firearm-related background checks reached 3.9 million in June, the most since the tracking system was created more than two decades ago amid multiple crises in the coronavirus pandemic, an economic downfall and protests over police brutality and racial injustice. The lastest numbers are the most since the FBI began tracking such checks in 1998.

11:00

20K Round Endurance Test Accomplished for the Springfield Hellcat 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

hellcat 9mmThe Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm is known across the world for its high capacity in a micro-compact frame, but Springfield recently subjected their own firearm to a brutal 20,000 round endurance test to prove its reliability as well. Springfield Armory took one Hellcat 9mm at random and laid a gauntlet of 10,000 rounds and it chugged […]

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10:31

Maven Introduces New RS.4 Long-Range Riflescope – Order by July 6th and Save $400 [AllOutdoor.com]

Maven’s RS.4 Riflescope was specifically designed for those who require maximum precision when minor adjustments can make all the difference. Maven is accepting presale orders for the RS.4 now, and if you order by July 6th you can save $400.

Maven RS.4 Riflescope
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“The Maven RS Series represents our elite line of rifle scopes, designed to fit your specific needs, delivered for a fraction of the cost to comparable rifle scopes and stacks up with the most celebrated and expensive scopes in the world. Our modern sportsman inspired designs paired with the best available materials and state of the art technology create an uncompromising optic that meets the demands of the modern hunter.”

With a broad magnification range, precision dialing capabilities, and an entirely new reticle design, the RS.4 is our recommended rifle scope for precision rifle shooting competitions and long range enthusiasts.

For more details, here’s the RS.4 Riflescope press release from Maven:

LANDER, Wyo. (Jun. 9, 2020) – Competitive shooters, long range enthusiasts, and long-range hunters demand a level of precision that is not found in standard hunting and target scopes. The RS.4 Riflescope was specifically designed for those who require maximum precision when minor adjustments can make all the difference.

A 5-30x zoom range covers every shooting situation imaginable and is built around a 34mm tube for maximum dialing adjustments and light transmission. The 56mm objective lens captures every ounce of available light and allows you to stay on target when lesser scopes have packed up and gone home.

Available in MOA or MIL, this first focal plane scope is designed to take the shooter to the next level. Whether shooting steel at 1200 yards or delivering a precise shot on that trophy bull at extended range, the RS.4 delivers unrivalled precision. Built with a rock solid zero-stop, broad parallax adjustments, and 2 color options of illumination with multiple brightness settings, the shooter is sure to find the perfect setting for every condition. Capped with large tactile turrets and a beautifully machined zoom ring, the RS.4 looks as good as it performs.

To take full advantage of all the RS.4’s capabilities, Maven introduced an entirely new reticle design – enter the CFR-MIL (MRAD). Designed by competitive shooter Collin Fossen, the Competition Focused Reticle is a tree style reticle with floating center diamond and is intended for ease of use with either dialing or rapid hold-over shots. Closely spaced stadia marks aid in precise elevation and wind holds, and strategically placed floating diamonds provide quick visual references without obstructing your view of the target.

CFR-MIL
Maven

“The short body of this scope holds impressive clarity and a bright full field of view. Overall, the RS.4 is a great balance between size, zoom range, and functionality,” said Collin Fossen, Competitive Shooter. “I designed the CFR-MIL reticle for flexibility – This reticle provides the flexibility I need for holdovers, wind holds, and for measuring target dimensions on even the smallest target sizes.”

The RS.4 is also available in Maven’s popular, purpose-designed reticles, the MOA-based MOA2 and SHR-W reticles, as well as the newly introduced SHR-MIL, MRAD-based reticle.

Maven RS.4 Riflescope
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Maven RS.4 Riflescope
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Maven RS.4 Riflescope
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And just like all riflescopes in the RS Series, the RS.4 features crystal clear ED glass for tack-sharp clarity, a silky focus mechanism, precision-milled adjustments, solid click detents, and durable anodizing to stand up to heavy use.

Whether you’re a Competitive shooter, a long-range shooter, or a long-range hunter, the RS.4 offers a level of precision and flexibility unmatched by similarly priced riflescopes.

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10:00

MDT Announces New Inlet Options for XRS Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

MDT's XRS chassis system is now available with Savage, Howa, Remington 783, and Tikka compatibility.Precision rifle shooters, this one is for you. British Columbia-based Modular Driven Technologies, or MDT for short, has grown into a popular brand since its founding in 2009. Their long-gun chassis systems and other sniper rifle components are loved by many users of Remington actions, Savage, Howa, and more. One of their hit products, covered […]

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09:45

These Are Raw NICS Numbers But Still Wow! []

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services released the NICS background checks for the month of June 2020 yesterday. June was the highest month on record going back to November 1998.

For the month, the FBI conducted 3,931,607 checks. That beat the previous high in the month of March 2020 by almost 200,000.

Now remember these are raw numbers. Some of the checks were for carry permits, some were recurring checks for stuff like FOID cards, and many sales do not require a NICS check due to the purchaser holding a carry permit in certain states. Nonetheless, most probably were for firearm sales.

I can’t wait to see the NSSF adjusted NICS checks for the month. They should be available early next week.

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09:30

Florida Sheriff Vows to Deputize Every Lawful Gun Owner in his County [AllOutdoor.com]

Remember last month when I said police cannot protect homes and businesses from violent criminals? I’m referring to the type of criminals who choose to “demonstrate” by way of destruction of property and assault during the riots of late. Well, one Florida sheriff has reportedly admitted that — but has also gone farther by announcing his intention to deputize every gun owner in his county!

The location was Green Cove Springs, Florida, a formerly-sleepy waterfront town not far south of Jacksonville (and considered one of its suburbs) and the county seat of Clay County.

Sheriff Darryl Daniels, who is himself black, opens the video by discussing his department’s oath, which ends with the words, “So help me God.” He then goes on to say this:

“God is absent from the media’s message, or Black Lives Matter, or any other group out there that’s making themselves a spectacle, disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country.

“In Clay County, we have a great quality of life…

“Lawlessness: That’s unacceptable in this country… in Clay County. And if you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.”

The white-hat-wearing sheriff says he and his department will “stand in the gap between lawlessness and the good citizenry that we’re sworn to protect and serve.”

Peaceful protests and peaceful marches are just fine of course, but “the second that you step out from up under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on ya — and we’ll give ya everything you want: all the publicity, all the pain, all the glamour and glory for all that five minutes will give you.”

“Is this a threat? Absolutely not. But somebody has to step up in front of the camera and say, ‘Enough is enough.’

“Tearin’ up Clay County, that’s not gonna be acceptable; and if we can’t handle you, ya know what I’ll do? I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility.

“That’s what we’re sworn to do, and that’s what we’re gonna do.

“You been warned.”

Stay safe out there, folks. Here’s the video if you’d like to watch for yourself.

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08:00

Weatherby Vanguard MeatEater Special Edition Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Weatherby has teamed up with MeatEater outdoor company to release a new iteration of their Vanguard bolt action rifle. The company describes the new Vanguard MeatEater rifle as a “culmination of in-field experience, trends, and Meat Eater’s personal touches rolled into a collaboration between two top brands in the outdoor industry“. Let’s see what features these […]

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07:30

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #13: Jeremy Gresham From IWI [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #13: Jeremy Gresham From IWIWelcome back to another episode of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast where we take a behind-the-scenes look at the firearms industry. Today we talk with Jeremy Gresham, Director of Sales and Marketing at Israel Weapon Industries (IWI). Jeremy and IWI have been our friends and partners for a number of years, trusting us to give […]

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07:00

New From Faxon Firearms: Fill-In Magazine Marker Bands [The Firearm Blog]

New From Faxon Firearms: Fill-In Magazine Marker BandsFaxon firearms have added a new product to their line of firearms accessories. The new Fill-In Magazine Marker Bands are a cheap and easy way to keep your magazines marked when they are loaded. These marker bands could keep an unaware individual from loading the wrong ammunition into your rifle. New From Faxon Firearms: Fill-In […]

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06:52

There Are Lever Actions And Then There Is This []

Lever action rifles are usually as traditional as you can get. They feed from a tube (Winchester 94), a tubular magazine (Savage 99), or a box magazine (Browning BLR). They don’t feed from a belt.

Until now.

A guy in the UK decided to convert his Ruger 96 in .44 Magnum into a belt-fed rifle. He didn’t stop there. He also made it into a bullpup. Thus, he had a belt-fed, bullpup lever action rifle.

You see in the UK he couldn’t have a semi-auto rifle but they didn’t have a restriction on magazines. As with all laws restricting firearm design, there are ways around it and someone will be ingenious enough to do it.

Here is part of what he said in the introduction to his video on the project.

In 2019 I set myself the challange to see if I could produce a belt feeding mechanism for my Ruger Model 96. I also wanted to see if I could set this up in a compact Bull-pup stock to make, What I believe to be, the ultimate in manually operated Guns.

Here in the UK, we can’t have semi-auto firearms BUT – we can load our guns with as much ammo as we can (no magazine restrictions!). Therefore I believe this set-up offers the most fire power you can legally own here in the UK.

All I could think of while watching this video were very non-PC thoughts. Such as could you imagine if Custer and the 7th Cavalry were armed with these rifles when they faced off against Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and thousands of Sioux warriors? There would be no “Custer’s Last Stand” and no monuments to the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It would just be another battle in the Indian Wars of the latter half of the 19th Century. That is, of course, so long as the troopers carried enough belted ammo in their saddle bags.

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06:40

Hide Your Game Trail Cams From Deer (and Thieves) [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to trail cameras, most of us take the easy route… we find an obvious spot, hang the camera at a convenient height, and rock on. But that’s the really the best way to go about it, and I’ve seen plenty of indications that deer — especially mature bucks — often get spooked by trail cameras.

You know what I mean… you get one pic of a nice buck and he’s staring right at the camera… then you never see him again.

Well, Jeff Sturgis of Whitetail Habitat Solutions has some suggestions to help out with that, in a video titled, “4 Easy Ways To Hide Trail Cams.”

As usual, Jeff rambles quite a bit before he gets to the point… so skip to the 2-minute mark if you’re not interested in a brief history of game camera technology. That’s when he finally gets started on the topic at hand, by addressing the height of the camera.

Hang ’em High

Jeff hangs his cameras 6 to 7 feet off the ground. Even if you’re NOT using blackout cameras with “invisible” IR flash, hanging them high can often prevent critters from spotting them, simply because it’s higher than they typically look.

Tree Size: Bigger is Better

Hang your cameras on the biggest trees you can, to prevent them from being easily spotted. This helps prevent the critters from seeing the shape of the camera “protruding” from the tree trunk. Which leads us to:

Profile

Another way to prevent the profile of the camera from bothering mature deer is to set up the camera right next to another tree trunk or some other natural object that prevents the camera being “skylined.”

No Red Bulbs!

We’ve been told for years that deer can easily see infrared light, and even you and I can see the red lights when an IR flash goes off on a game cam. Jeff says he’s seen deer stare at the red lights even with the camera mounted 14 feet off the ground! And I have definitely seen many a critter eyeballing my cameras when they flash. So get the blackout type.

He finishes that up by the five-minute mark in an 8-minute video. What’s next? A speech telling us how important it is to hide the cameras — from deer as well as humans.

It’s good advice, and I think I’m going to change my ways with trail cams. Will you?

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06:27

Optics for Machine Guns: The Spuhr B.A.M. [Forgotten Weapons]

I have been thinking about machine gun optics for a while, as I am on the waiting list for a Lage Max 11/15A1 5.56mm upper for my M11A1 (registered and legal) machine pistol. I am fitting the Lage upper with a BlkLbl bipod/handguard, and that leaves the question of what sighting system to put on it. Red dots allow one to maintain a sight picture while firing, but offer no ability to identify targets beyond range of the naked eye. Magnified optics allow much better visibility, but are difficult to use effectively beyond the first shot in a burst. Even a variable at 1x has an eye box and relatively fine reticle.

The solution I have found that I think will be the best compromise is the Spuhr BAM (Ballistic Adjustable Mount). This is a mounting platform that holds an Aimpoint CompM4 red dot and an Aimpoint 3x magnifier and has a BDC allowing both dot and magnifier to be adjusted to hit at 250, 400, 500, or 600m. The Aimpoint has no holdovers in its reticle (which is just a plain dot), so this adjustment allows the dot to be used effectively out to the maximum effective range of the 5.56mm cartridge. The magnifier is fitted via a flip-over/twist-off mount, so it can be flipped out of the way when not in use (ie, after a target is identified), or detached completely when not wanted.

I am really eager to get this mounted on the Lage Max 11/15A1 and actually try it out on the range! This rig is not exactly cheap, and I am grateful to Spuhr for providing me with the BAM mount, and to Optics Planet for providing the Aimpoint and magnifier. Everything Spuhr makes is of excellent quality, and I highly recommend him for all sorts of scope mounts, if you can afford his work.

06:00

Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm Devours 20K Rounds… and its STILL Hungry [AllOutdoor.com]

The Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm has experienced a catastrophic rise to popularity after being released roughly 1 year ago as the world’s highest capacity micro-compact pistol. While capacity is a high priority for most concealed carry holders, something that even trumps that is reliability. So, Springfield Armory took one Hellcat 9mm at random and laid a gauntlet of 10,000 rounds before it last fall and it chugged through them like it was an appetizer. That brutal, single-day range session was thoroughly documented HERE on TheArmoryLife.

While a round count of 10,000 rounds is nothing to slouch at it is very possible some shooters may launch even more lead down range than that throughout the ownership of their pistol. So, with that in mind Springfield Armory recently upped the ante. They worked with Federal Premium  and Action Target™ to shoot another 10,000 rounds through the same serial-numbered pistol as before! That endurance test can be witnessed HERE once again on TheArmoryLife.

For Round 2 of endurance testing Paul Carlson, owner of Safety Solutions Academy, was recruited to document every round fired. Carlson is a respected self-defense and personal-protection trainer, but a task this daunting merited the help of some friends so he brought along a team of shooters who helped him push the 10K round Hellcat (serial # AT234795) all the way through to 20K rounds total! Over the span of a single 10-hour day, Carlson and his team of shooters discovered — and proved — what Springfield Armory already knew: that the Hellcat possesses durability and strength beyond anything that should ever be reasonably expected from a micro 9mm. Steve Kramer, the Vice President of Marketing at Springfield Armory, shared his own thoughts on the experience:

“We are very proud to see that the Hellcat once again proved its dominant position in the market as the finest and most durable micro 9mm available. Carlson’s test held the Hellcat to a very high standard, and it once again showed that the pistol has what it takes to deliver the performance and capability concealed carry users should demand.”

hellcat 9mm

For many people, it might not come as a surprise at all that the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm was able to achieve this 20,000 round endurance test. As of right now, shooters have their choice of the Hellcat 9mm in 6 different configurations between different colors, iron sights, and the option of an OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) model. All of those can be read below along with their associated price-points:

  • Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact Handgun w/ Fiber Optic Sight | HC9319BFO | MSRP $569
  • Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact OSP Handgun w/ Fiber Optic Sight | HC9319BFOOSP | MSRP $599
  • Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact Handgun | HC9319B | MSRP $569
  • Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact OSP Handgun | HC9319BOSP| MSRP $599
  • Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact Handgun FDE | HC9319F | MSRP $610
  • Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact OSP Handgun FDE | HC9319FOSP | MSRP $643

With that many options and color schemes to choose from, you can have a reliable yet stylish concealed carry pistol that is unique from all of your range buddies who may also own one. Dennis Reese, the CEO of Springfield Armory, had no doubt in his mind when starting this endurance test that the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm would come out on top and he elaborated those thoughts in the comments below:

“No one would ever expect a micro-sized pistol intended for CCW to be subjected to such an incredibly demanding test, but we never doubted the Hellcat would come out on top. Quality is our number one priority and it always will be, and the Hellcat proved that during this test. We’ll be watching as it continues to prove itself for the next 10K rounds, and beyond.”

As stated earlier, the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm burst onto the seen turning heads for its incredibly high capacity in a micro-compact frame, but now it is carving out its legacy in the industry through its reliability. For everyone in the reading audience, have you shot a Hellcat 9mm yet? Do you own one? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


About Springfield Armory

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic.  The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers.  For more information, please visit us at: springfield-armory.com.

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06:00

End Of An Era: No More GLOCK Gen4 Guns; .40S&W Will Go Gen5 [The Firearm Blog]

End Of An Era: No More GLOCK Gen4 Guns; .40S&W Will Go Gen5It appears that what many of us were predicting finally happened yesterday: GLOCK Gen4 guns are no longer being produced in favor of the Gen5 GLOCK pistols. Residents of California and other more restrictive states have nothing to fear: the Gen3 GLOCKs will continue to be manufactured to support those customers. In addition, the GLOCK […]

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04:35

Savage Arms Rolls out Four Rifles in High-Performance 300 PRC [AllOutdoor.com]

Savage Arms of Massachusetts just released four rifles for precision shooting and hunting enthusiasts. These are the latest civilian rifles to represent relatively new chamberings designed by Hornady. The 300 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) was designed in response to a Department of Defense announcement for lightweight, long-distance-capable, terminal-ballistics-effective ammunition.

Shooters can enjoy Savage’s customizable AccuTrigger and Accustock features while the cartridge stretches out their range with Savage’s well-known outstanding accuracy for an off-the shelf product. The rifles feature button-rifled barrels and locknut barrel headspacing. Each includes a polymer AICS magazine and serrated lock nut. On top is a monolithic, 20 MOA rail.

110 Long Range Hunter

There are three precision-shooting specialty rifles and one hunting-oriented rifle in the new lineup. All are built around the company’s proven 110 short action receiver.

The rifles are:
• 110 Long Range Hunter, 26-inch barrel. MSRP $968
• 110 Precision, 24-inch barrel. MSRP $1,499
• 110 Elite Precision, 30-inch barrel. MSRP $2,149
• 110 HS Precision, 26-inch barrel. MSRP $1,284

Both right- and left-handed bolts are offered. For more information, see the Savage Arms website.

110 Elite Precision
110 HS Precision

This chambering holds a lot of promise for the hunt field. According to a Savage press release:
While 300 PRC is capable of exceptional accuracy, the round is not simply a paper-puncher. The true potential of the 300 PRC comes from the intentional pairing of heavy .30 caliber bullets with non-belted cases and temperature-stable powders. The 300 PRC’s projectiles achieve repeatable accuracy thanks to their high ballistic coefficients. The 30-degree shoulder of the case provides stable chamber alignment, while the non-belted cases stack efficiently and feed reliably from magazines. The combination allows for fast follow-up shots.

The 300 PRC is a magnum cartridge and a riff off the 375 Ruger. It uses a standard .532-inch magnum bolt face and headspaces off the 30-degree shoulder. According to a Hornady press release, it has superior chamber alignment than standard belted magnums. Its shape facilitates better stacking and feeding from fixed magazines than previous industry standard. Standard magnum cartridge powder is used in both Hornady’s current 300 PRC products, but the company’s data indicates 300 PRC delivers more consistent velocity and less barrel wear than other magnum loads.
The Hornady PRC factory loads include 225 grain ELD Match and 212 grain ELD-X Precision Hunter. Both deliver impressive ballistic coefficients. The Precision Hunter bullet is designed for knockdown power at sub-400 yard shots. At greater distances, the synthetic heat-protector tip presses into the jacket to initiate mushroom-like expansion to take down big game.

300 PRC

Data from Hornady’s 24-inch test barrel show good consistency in sustained velocity over distance. The 212-grain bullet has 2,860 feet per second (fps) muzzle velocity. At 500 yards, it’s still going 2,212 fps, with a loss of 38.3 inches of elevation. The 225 grain match bullet is speeding at 2,810 fps out of the muzzle, slowing to just 2,250 fps at 500 yards with 38.4 inches of elevation loss. One tester’s analysis describes the round as having the ballistic advantages of 6.5 Creedmoor with a 300 Norma-like bullet, but lacking the shortcomings of 300 Norma. Both bullets are available for hand-loading.

The marriage of Savage’s off-the-shelf precision barrels and custom ergonomics with what looks to be a new precedent in accuracy for magnum cartridges promises to deliver satisfaction for big game hunters, match competitors, and recreational long-range shooters alike.

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Wednesday, 01 July

17:00

Ban State MP5 – The Compliant PTR-9R [The Firearm Blog]

PTR-9RDid you know that an M.A./N.J. compliant PTR-9R is identical to a non-compliant 9R? Except that it ships with 10-round magazines. I didn’t, at least not until PTR sent me one to review. Opening the box on this beauty has probably made it into the top 5 of my favorite moments working for TFB. There’s […]

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16:45

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Eligible for the Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Despite making a commitment to working on COVID-19 related legislation and budget issues only, anti-gun legislation continues to move forward in the Hawaii legislature. HB 1902 and HB 2744 were passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and are now eligible for floor votes.

16:30

POTD: Royal Marines Commandos New Uniform [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo of the Day comes courtesy of the UK’s Royal Navy which has recently unveiled a new uniform and flash for the elite Royal Marines Commando units. The photos feature the new uniform manufactured by US-based Crye Precision. The Royal Marines Commandos trace their history back to World War Two when the first units were […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: 1959 Edition [The Firearm Blog]

1959 ManualLet’s Take a Trip in the Wayback Machine This week on Wheelgun Wednesday, we’ll be traveling back to 1959 to take a look at the NRA’s Basic Pistol Marksmanship manual.  Found in a collection of my grandfather’s old papers, the booklet is an interesting look back at conventional pistolcraft of the ’50s. While some of […]

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11:00

“Summertime Silence” Demo and Vendor Event by Silencer Shop and Texas Ordnance Depot [The Firearm Blog]

Silencer Shop and Texas Ordnance Depot will host a "Summertime Silence" suppressor demo day on June 18th.Since opening its doors in 2010, Austin, Texas-based Silencer Shop has proven to be a key player in the recent explosion of the suppressor market. Their efforts and innovations have done as much or more to make suppressors accessible than anyone else in the game. This accessibility and increased demand can then, in turn, be […]

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10:45

Indiana: Effective Today! License to Carry Fees Eliminated [NRA-ILA News]

Starting today, sections of House Bill 1284 (2019) go into effect.

10:19

Delaware: General Assembly Officially Adjourns for the Year [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Delaware General Assembly adjourned from its 2020 Legislative Session.

10:00

Remington Preps for Bankruptcy (Again), Possible Sale [The Firearm Blog]

Remington is in financial trouble and facing likely bankruptcy again.Virtually any institution with a history spanning more than two centuries is almost certain to experience its fair share of ups and downs over those many years. America’s oldest gun maker, the Remington Arms Company, is no exception. Since its founding by Eliphalet Remington in Ilion, New York in 1816, Remington has seen some of […]

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08:00

12 Shots – 12 Gauge – 0.72 Seconds – New Record of Raniero Testa [The Firearm Blog]

TFB readers may remember when Raniero Testa managed to hit 13 clay targets in 1.6 seconds in 2017. In the meantime, the Winchester sponsored pro-shooter was able to best himself, hitting 14 hand-thrown clay targets before they reached the ground. Not one who sits on his laurels, now with the “stage name”  RT14, he recently participated […]

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07:00

Sector Optics G1T3 LPVO With T3 Thermal Internal Display [The Firearm Blog]

Sector Optics is a division of Torrey Pines. Torrey Pines is known for making small thermal viewers. They came out with their G1T2 system. The G1T3 is a similar set up with a simpler thermal viewer. Similar to the G1T2, the G1T3 utilizes their G1 1-8×24 LPVO. The G1 utilizes Sector Optics’ ID technology. ID […]

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06:45

Coronavirus’s Outdoors Black Swan Impact [AllOutdoor.com]

Who would have ever thought that the American outdoors could be so negatively impacted by a disease? COVID-19 has caused a catastrophic shutdown of virtually all outdoors activities and venues nationwide. Sure you can still walk on your street so long as you stay away from other people, but universally our great outdoors has been gated and locked since early March.

So, what is a black swan event anyway? The Black Swan theory was developed by author Nassim Taleb as a metaphor for an event or scenario that comes out of nowhere as a total shock to people. COVID-19 is a classic Black Swan. It came as a surprise and has caused a great impact to health and economies all over the world. If the theory holds true, COVID will be wrongly rationalized later as we look back on the entirety of its impact.

Some of the restrictions are just now beginning to be lifted, but not altogether yet. Then there is the fear that a resurgence may emerge once people start dropping social distancing rules again. These are scary prospects as we enter the late spring of the best fishing seasons, and hunters are even starting to think about going to the woods again.

COVID-19 has caused the outdoors and nearly all related activities to be sheltered. In most states all public outdoor venues have been closed. This includes state and local parks, wildlife management areas, state fishing lakes including those managed by the Corps of Engineers, access to national forests and parks, and so much more. Many public access walking and hiking trails have been closed or have highly restrictive use practices especially social distancing rules. This makes citizens feel very limited as to what outdoor activities they can participate in.

Public camping area including ones associated with state parks have been sheltered, too. This is the prime time of year for people to be outside especially camping, RVing, canoeing on rivers, creeks, and lakes, general boating activities and all of the traditional outdoor pursuits this time of year. The Black Swan has put a hold on nearly everything outdoors people do this time of year.

Hopefully as the Covid cases begin to level off, or decline some of the venues will begin to open up. This is happening now in limited cases around the country. It will take time to once again experience full participation in usual outdoor activities. All we can do is continue to protect ourselves and family while we wait for safe access to outdoor venues once again.

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06:32

Goetz Fires up Opposition to Secretly-Planned Arm Brace Ban [AllOutdoor.com]

On June 16, 2020, Congressman Matt Goetz (R-FL), sent a letter to US Attorney General William Barr and Regina Lombardo, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The letter demands answers regarding the apparently-secret plan by ATF to implement a ban on currently legal and popular arm braces. The plan was crafted in the absence of voter or elected representative involvement.

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Congressman Matt Goetz (R), Florida District 1.

Arm braces for AR- and AK-style pistols were originally devised as adaptive equipment for people with injuries that prevent them from shoulder-mounting the firearm. Braces have gained vast popularity among gun owners with and without physical handicaps. ATF has, over the past five years, issued vague written interpretations of what is and isn’t legal regarding other accoutrements and use of brace-equipped firearms. It is generally accepted that their legal use includes using the brace as designed, strapped around the forearm and wielded at arm’s length or with the butt supported at the sternum or cheek with no shoulder contact. Additionally, if court precedents are any indicator, foregrips large enough to be grabbed by a fist are generally considered illegal on brace-fitted guns. A $200 National Firearms Act stamp (and the associated months- or years-long wait for approval) is required for the licensed owner to use a braced pistol (which is then re-defined as a short-barreled rifle) with confidence that s/he is clear in the eyes of ATF enforcers.

Goetz’s letter bemoans both existing arbitrary and proposed details of the ATF’s brace enforcement policy. Its vague terms facilitate the agency’s inconsistent and seemingly selective enforcement. Length of pull is given as an example.

ATF memes became de rigeur as a reaction to confusing, evolving braced firearm rules.

Goetz claims that ATF has a firm but unpublished standard that any pistol with less than 13.5 inches’ length of pull—as measured from rear of the butt to the front of the trigger—constitutes a short-barreled rifle (SBR). Yet the agency has in several cases claimed that other firearms with a length of pull in excess of 13.5 inches was also an SBR, with no apparent law or consistent logic behind those decisions. In many cases, he says (and history proves), the outcome has been surprising and selective enforcement upon unwitting gun owners.

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“Felons overnight.” The author fires an AR pistol using the sling as support.

Now, with the word leaking out that ATF is considering an outright ban on braces, Goetz points out that approximately 700,000 current, law-abiding owners could become felons overnight. The agency has already earned infamy from meme artists for instigating paranoia with slippery definitions and fear of selective enforcement around braced firearms.

Three direct questions are posed by Goetz to Barr and Lombardo, as follows:

1. What specific criteria does ATF use to determine whether a firearm is designed and intended to be fired from the shoulder?

2. What specific ATF publications are available for Americans to determine whether their firearm is designed and intended to be fired from the shoulder?

3. How many firearms with affixed arm braces have been evaluated by the Firearms and Technology Division (of ATF) in support of other law enforcement agencies or criminal prosecutions?

These questions are clear evidence that Goetz has done his homework and knows that the agency will not be able to confidently answer questions 1) and 2), at least. He’s doing right by gun owners nationwide to take this matter to the judicial branch and bringing light to issues of government overreach that cause confusion and chronic anxiety among owners, vendors, and manufacturers of brace-equipped firearms.

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Just as the meme craze subsided, ATF gave gun owners inspiration for more. (credit: babylonstepback)

 

 

 

 

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06:27

Elmech EM-992: Croatia’s First Domestic Sniper Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

There was a fair amount of small arms production in Croatia during the breakup of Yugoslavia, but most of it was not particularly high quality. After the government of Croatia had become established, it looked to arm a formal military, and turned to the Elmech company to produce a sniper’s rifle. The result was the EMM-992 in .300 Winchester Magnum and a companion rifle in 7.62x51mm NATO, the EM-992. Adopted by the Croatian military and police forces in 1992, production ran until about 1997. It is not clear how many were made in total, although the majority were the .300 WM model.

Mechanically, the rifle is a simple push-feed, rotating bolt system. It uses a detachable magazine (unfortunately missing on this example) that could hold either 5 or 7 rounds (I presume 5 in .300WM and 7 in 7.62 NATO). The barrel is free floated, and has integral porting at the muzzle. The trigger is a commercial Timney unit, and the scope chosen was the Leupold 3.5-10 x 24mm. A commercial Harris bipod and composite wood stock round out the elements of the rifle. They apparently served well, but have since been replaced in military service by the Sako TRG-42.

Interestingly, a number of Elmech rifles have been documented in use in Syria, by ISIS and other groups. This particular example was imported into the US directly from a Croatian police department.

Thanks to The Mosin Crate for the loan of this rifle! If you know of a source for a magazine to fit it, please contact them or me; it would be great to find one to make the gun complete.

06:07

How to Win the Fight: Thunder Ranch Fundamentals [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves brings you more Thunder Ranch and Clint Smith gun genius in this entry of the “How to Win the Fight” series (check the end card for the full playlist). If you want to know what it takes to win, you’ve gotta work on your fundamentals. Clint Smith discusses […]

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06:00

NEW Strike Industries CZ Scorpion EVO 3 Accessories – Pistol Grip and Selector Switch [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries CZ Scorpion EVO Accessories - Pistol Grip and Selector Switch (1)Strike Industries has launched two new products, a pistol grip and a selector switch, designed for the CZ Scorpion EVO 3. Both of the new parts are compatible with all CZ Scorpion EVO 3 models. Let’s see what features each of the new parts packs. SI CZ Scorion EVO 3 Pistol Grip Compared to the factory […]

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04:28

The Smith & Wesson Model 66 357 Magnum Stainless Combat Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

With an original life span of 1970-2004, the Smith & Wesson Model 66 357 Magnum Stainless Combat Revolver was essentially a Model 19 in stainless steel. The blued steel Model 19 had already proven itself as a slick, attractive, reliable, accurate double action six-shot revolver and the 66 put all of that goodness into a stainless steel package.

While the 66 was being made, S&W made a number of engineering changes, designated by adding a dash and a number after the model number marking on the revolver’s frame. Two Model 66 revolvers are pictured in this article; a Model 66-1 with 4″ barrel and a Model 66-2 with 2.5″ barrel. The last 66s made before they were discontinued in 2004 were marked “66-6.”

The Model 66 was so good that after about ten years’ absence, S&W brought it back as the 66-8 in 2014 and it now retails for a whopping $854 (MSRP).

According to my research, this 66-1 was made in 1981 and the 66-2 was made in 1985 — but the 66-1 was not purchased new until 1987. Not long afterward, my father acquired it and christened it Snuffy Smith, after the long-running comic strip character.

Right side of S&W Model 66-1 double action revolver with 4" barrel. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Right side of S&W Model 66-1 double action revolver with 4″ barrel.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

S&W designates its frame sizes by letter, and the Model 66 is made on a K frame. The 66 was made in both square butt and round butt, and both are seen in these photos; naturally, the round butt version is more concealable when carried.

Aside from the 2.5- and 4-inch barrels, the factory also offered 3- and 6-inch barrel lengths over the years.

Interestingly, these two revolvers are alike in many ways, but the stumpy 66-2 has a smooth trigger, while the 66-1 has vertical grooves on the face of its trigger. I’d have to call both “standard,” as the optional target trigger was 0.4″ wide and grooved.

While we’re talking about differences between standard and target models, both of these guns have standard 3/8″ wide hammer spurs with generous checkering; the target hammer has a half-inch-wide spur.

Both revolvers are marked “S.& W.357 MAGNUM” on the right side of the barrel, with the following on the bottom-right portion of the frame’s right side:

MADE IN USA
MARCAS REGISTRADAS
SMITH & WESSON
SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

Left side of S&W Model 66-1 double action stainless steel revolver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Left side of S&W Model 66-1 double action stainless steel revolver.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Pachmayr finger-groove grips on this 66-1 are superb, with an excellent fit in my hand. For that reason, I purchased Pachmayr finger-groove grips when I bought a Model 19 years ago, but I was disappointed; they are of a different design and don’t fill the hand as well as these.

As mentioned, the Model 66 is tough and reliable and does its job well. Being a 357 magnum, it will also safely fire 38 special ammunition, including extra-hot 38 ammo designated “plus-p” (+P) and “plus-p-plus” (+P+).

It should go without saying that you should never attempt to fire 357 ammo in a 38 Special firearm… but I’m saying it anyhow.

Markings on the left side include “SMITH & WESSON” on the side of the barrel and the S&W trademark logo on the frame below the cylinder latch.

The front sight has an excellent plastic insert and the rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The front sight has an excellent plastic insert and the rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The front sight is quite good, a wide sturdy ramp sight built integral to the barrel and including an orange plastic insert for visibility. About the only improvement I’d make would be to make the insert white.

The blued steel rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation, and both of these revolvers have blued sights, although some were made with stainless sights. It’s also notable that the 66-1 doesn’t have the white outline (WO) rear sight, but the 66-2 does.

The front & rear straps of the model 66 grip frame are typically grooved, and these are no exceptions.

This 66-2 has the same front sight as the 66-1, but the rear sight has a white outline. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
This 66-2 has the same front sight as the 66-1, but the rear sight has a white outline.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Both of these revolvers are accurate and have great triggers — but the snub-nose 66-2 has the better one. Its single action (SA) pull breaks between 2.5 and 3 pounds, while the equally-crisp 66-1 breaks at 3.75-4 pounds.

Both have good double action (DA) trigger pulls, which are even more consistent through the pull than a Colt Python I was able to use for comparison. I will add, though, that my Dan Wesson 44 has them all beat when it comes to DA.

Proof that stainless steel will rust. This damage was caused by storing the revolver in a leather holster. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Proof that stainless steel will rust. This damage was caused by storing the revolver in a leather holster.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Some folks will tell you stainless steel won’t rust; they’d be wrong. As you can see by these deep rust pits, oxidation is certainly possible under certain circumstances.

In this case the culprit was a leather holster in which my father stored the revolver. Leather is not a good material for firearm storage, due to its tendency to absorb moisture and due to the sometimes-corrosive chemicals used in processing the leather itself. Once Dad discovered the damage, it had gotten pretty bad.

S&W Model 66-1 revolver with 4-inch barrel. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
S&W Model 66-1 revolver with 4-inch barrel.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The advantage of stainless steel is that while this gun is marred by the rust pits, they don’t detract from the gun’s attractiveness nearly as much as the same rust damage would do to a blued steel firearm — and it if had been blued instead of stainless, the damage would have been even worse.

Another plus is that rub wear (such as wear from being carried in a holster) usually won’t damage the finish, and dings or other minor flaws can often be polished out. To do so on a blued gun would cause even more damage to the finish.

S&W Model 66-2 revolver with speed loader, extra grips, and a couple empty shells. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
S&W Model 66-2 revolver with speed loader, extra grips, and a couple empty shells.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The first time I wrote about the Model 66 was more than a decade ago, and in the intervening years another one crossed my path — and I was smart enough to take plenty of photos while I had it. The round butt version of the Model 66 is certainly more compact, and the Lasergrips on this one are comfortable as well as useful for close-quarters defensive work.

This 66-2 saw a lot of use in the quarter-century or so before it came into my life, as the battered wood grips testify. Fortunately for me, the previous owner had purchased Lasergrips as well as a small Hogue monogrip and included them in the deal.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 357 Magnum Stainless Combat Revolver, first engineering change (66-1), with factory original box, paperwork, original grips, screwdriver, and ammo. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Smith & Wesson Model 66 357 Magnum Stainless Combat Revolver, first engineering change (66-1), with factory original box, paperwork, original grips, screwdriver, and ammo.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

It’s always nice to have original “stuff” such as this factory box in which the 66-1 was originally purchased. Also pictured is the obligatory S&W screwdriver which used to come with every new S&W revolver, the factory grips, some ammo, and original S&W paperwork from the 1980s.

When these guns were made, wood grips (S&W calls them “stocks”) were standard, and their square-butt guns came with goncalo alves wood “target” grips which have a sharp edge or corner around the bottom. Dad disliked this, so he rounded that off and sanded away some wood that made it uncomfortable for him to fire the revolver, as he was a southpaw. He then refinished the grips.

I can’t write about this old 66-1 without including an incident in which Snuffy prevented a violent crime.

Dad had retired and become old and gray, probably appearing to be a prime victim. One early morning while driving through Tampa’s deserted streets, he stopped for a red traffic light.

In Dad’s peripheral vision he detected a large creepy-looking fellow, who suddenly began sauntering towards the truck. No one else was in sight; it was just the two of them.

Rather than challenging the guy directly, Dad simply leaned over to reach under the seat, where his hand found Snuffy’s grip. Leaving the revolver in its holster and still not making eye contact with the threat, he raised the firearm into the bad guy’s view for just a second before setting it on the seat beside him.

Just a quick peek at that revolver caused the crook to turn on his heel and make tracks for elsewhere.

Conclusion

The Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum is a six-shot double action stainless steel revolver chambered for 357 S&W Magnum, and has been available in numerous variations over the years, with about a ten-year gap in production from 2004-2014.

Made on the K frame, the 66 is reliable, tough, accurate, and well-made. It’ll serve as happily shooting targets as it will for self-defense, and the stainless steel finish means it won’t readily show wear.

You could do a lot worse than the ol’ Model 66.

This S&W Model 66-2 revolver has a 2.5-inch barrel and a superb trigger pull. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
This S&W Model 66-2 revolver has a 2.5-inch barrel and a superb trigger pull.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

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Tuesday, 30 June

17:00

True Exodus Range Day and Interview [The Firearm Blog]

True ExodusBaret Fawbush of the popular Instagram account True Exodus recently held a public range day in his background shooting gallery just outside the Southern Indiana town of Poseyville. Admission was free as long as folks signed a COVID-19 release form. This wasn’t the first shoot that Baret had hosted behind the church that he is […]

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16:30

POTD: FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air Defense System [The Firearm Blog]

stinger missileWelcome to TFB’s Photo Of The Day series. Every day we show you a selection of pictures and today the location is Jurmalciems in Latvia. We have soldiers assigned to the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment firing the FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air Defense System. The Stinger is an infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM), and each missile […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Awesome Flamethrowers or Akimbo Fugliness? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 56th Edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or does it […]

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11:53

Taurus Announces New G3c Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Taurus, based in Brazil with US headquarters in Georgia, just announced the release of a new carry-size pistol, the G3c. As the name implies, it’s a compact version of their popular full-size G3.

The polymer-lower, striker-fired pistol is available with three 10-round or two 12-round magazines. The mag floorplates are shaped to provide pinky support while economizing on space and not inducing palm pain when slapped into place. All dimensions and weight of the two models are the same, so the difference is strictly in magazine capacity.

Numerous trendy and user-centric features were integrated into the pistol. Of course, the inclusion of three magazines is among them. Also, Its sights are compatible with many aftermarket models, though the specific brand match is unclear. The rear sight is driftable for windage adjustment, and has serrations to cut glare in dark conditions.G3c oblique

On the slide are front and rear serrations. To reduce clothing-catching protrusions, there is a cut-out on the chamber that acts as a loaded chamber indicator with visual-only confirmation.

The attractive and functional moderately grippy texture pattern on other G series guns is present on the G3c as well. Strategically molded indentations on the grip enhance recoil control and allow for shorter fingers to reach where they need to.

There is a manual safety on the G3c, with no apparent option to not have one. The gun also sports a passive trigger block safety.

Speaking of the trigger, this one is of the quality that modern striker-fired pistol fans expect in a stock pistol. It has a modest travel distance and short reset. Its easy but not match-level operation make this a gun that can be enjoyed on the range and perform well for defensive use.

The big question is, how will the G3c fare in comparison to the company’s nearly identical G2c? The 12+1-round G2c has the same dimensions, same appearance, and is available with no manual safety, with a front tritium sight, and is available in numerous colors whereas the initial run of the G3c is black/tenifer-coated only. While it can be expected that options like this might be offered in time, there’s a $35 difference in MSRP on base models, with the G3c being higher-priced. Will Taurus phase out the G2c? Hopefully we will learn more at one of the trade shows during the next six months.G3c right view

Taurus G3c Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 10- or 12-round, both +1
  • Slide Finish: Tenifer matte black
  • Operational Controls Finish: Black teflon coating
  • Grip/Frame: Polymer
  • Firing System: Single action with restrike capability
  • Action Type: Striker
  • Safety: Manual, trigger safety, striker block
  • Sights Front: Fixed (white dot)
  • Sights Rear: Serrated drift adjustable
  • Slide Material: Alloy steel
  • Overall Length: 6.3″
  • Overall Width: 1.2″
  • Overall Height: 5.1″
  • Barrel Length: 3.2″ (stainless steel)
  • Weight: 22 oz. (unloaded with magazine)
  • Magazines: 3×10 rounds or 3×12 rounds
  • Additional Feature: Picatinny Rail (Mil-STD 1913)
  • MSRP: $305.74

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11:00

Savage Adds 300 PRC Options to 110 Series Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

One of Savage's rifle models which will now be offered in 300 PRC is the 110 Precision.In the 1890s, Arthur William Savage obtained patents for a repeating rifle and hammerless striker-fired mechanism, and then he founded Savage Arms in Utica, New York. More than a century later, today the company that still bears his name produces a host of rifles and shotguns for a variety of uses. They have recently announced […]

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10:21

Virginia: Anti-Gun Laws Take Effect Tomorrow, July 1 [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, July 1st, the anti-gun bills passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam will take effect. Though Gov. Northam was unable to get the General Assembly to pass his comprehensive gun ban during the 2020 session, he stated during his press conference at the bill signings that he will seek it again next year.

10:00

Hoppe’s “How to Clean” Videos Give Firearms Maintenance Tips [The Firearm Blog]

Hoppe's "How to Clean" Video series is available now on YouTube.Have you ever encountered a gun guy who wasn’t thoroughly acquainted with the aroma of Hoppe’s #9 gun cleaner? Such an anomaly would likely be difficult to find. Since Frank August Hoppe first mixed that famous nine-chemical concoction 117 years ago, the brand has become virtually ubiquitous in the realm of firearms cleaning. For many […]

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09:21

Hosted Hunts, Inc “RELIVE-IT” Personal Hunting Trip Video Giveaway [AllOutdoor.com]

We all watch hunting shows on television and get to see the intimate details of a riveting hunt that are simply too difficult to retell through word alone. Many of us have always dreamed “what if I could do that? what if that was my hunt?” Well, with Hosted Hunts, Inc. it could be your hunt! They are giving away a $4,500 Value Package of a personalized and FREE video-captured hunt in their “RELIVE-IT” Personal Trip Video Giveaway.

By entering their free giveaway, you will have all of the professional equipment and staff to have a broadcast-quality hunt to bring home and share with your family and loved ones. Memories can last a lifetime, but a professional quality video can make those moments even more memorable. ENTER now to win a professionally filmed and edited video of your trip.

  • Professional videographer/photographer to accompany you on your trip (up to 5 days)
  • You get a TV-quality, edited video of your trip to share with friends and family
  • Plus, professional lifestyle photos too!

The fantastic thing about the Hosted Hunts, Inc. prize package is that they are not forcing you to do any specific hunt – you get to choose. If you want to do a javelina hunt down south, go for it! If you want to chase Rocky Mountain Elk out west, have at it! If monster black bear in Minnesota are more your speed, game on! These are the few simple rules you will need to bear in mind.

  • Trip must take place between August 1, 2020 and December 31,2020
  • Trip must be in Lower 48 States
  • Drawing to be held on July 31, 2020
  • All “normal” expenses for videographer’s travel are included. If the winner is on a trip that requires “special” expenses for the videographer (charter flights, etc.) or the trip is greater than 5 days, Hosted Hunts will work with the winner to identify what those costs are before they accept the prize.
  • The winning Relive-It Trip Package is not transferable
  • Relive-It Trip Package value: $4,500

So, best of luck to everyone who enters the Hosted Hunts, Inc. “RELIVE-IT” Personal Trip Video Giveaway! Hopefully several months from now we can see someone from our AllOutdoor reading audience on YouTube in their own fantastic hunt-of-a-lifetime! All of the Sponsors of the Hosted Hunts, Inc. “RELIVE-IT” Personal Trip Video Giveaway ($4,500 Value) can be read below.

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09:07

New Gun Owners Could Sway Future Elections [NRA-ILA News]

The record-breaking gun sales during the coronavirus pandemic could bolster candidates that support the Second Amendment in 2020 and alter the course of American gun politics for the foreseeable future. Several of the country's leading gun-rights groups are working to convert many more first-time owners into new gun-rights voters in the run-up to the 2020 election.

08:00

Federal Premium Now Offering Fusion 350 Legend Ammunition [AllOutdoor.com]

Summer may have only just begun, but Federal Premium ammunition has their gaze set towards fall and all of the hunting seasons we are likely to partake in. In fact, Federal Premium is now offering Fusion 350 Legend ammunition just in time for all of our fall hunting excursions for big game. This is still a relatively infant cartridge, but it has gained a lot of traction since its introduction being it is a straight-wall cartridge and more widely accepted throughout the Lower 48.

The Fusion line of ammunition from Federal Premium is as bread ‘n butter as apple pie. It is affordable for most hunters, is accurate across numerous cartridge offerings, and generates enough Foot-Lbs of energy to humanely down medium to large sized game. Some of the other specifications that Federal Premium is touting for this new Fusion 350 Legend ammunition can be read below:

  • Copper jacket is electro-chemically applied to its pressure-formed lead core
  • Skived, pre-programmed nose provides consistent expansion
  • Maximum weight retention for deep penetration
  • Quality components and excellent accuracy

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At the end of this article is a Product Specification Sheet from Federal Premium on the Fusion 350 Legend ammunition, but there is already an updated MSRP of $28.99 on Federal Premium’s website compared to the specification sheet listed below. The Federal Centerfire Product Manager, Eric Miller, shared more details surrounding the Fusion 350 Legend ammunition as well as other 350 Legend ammo offerings from Federal Premium:

“The 350 Legend delivers superior ballistics and fast velocities for a straight-wall cartridge. It has become quite popular because it’s legal for hunting in many areas where bottleneck centerfire rifle cartridges are prohibited. Fusion is one of our most loved product lines because it offers best-in-class performance. Offering 350 Legend in our trusted Fusion lineup is something we know deer hunters will appreciate.”

While many areas of the United States are regulated to only being able to use straight-walled cartridges like the 350 Legend, this round looks like it could continue to burgeon in popularity for years to come. The most important thing though is what do you think? Do you currently own any rifle chambered in 350 Legend? If you do, would you shoot this ammo through it? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

 

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08:00

Spain Approves Initial Production of New Armored Fighting Vehicles [The Firearm Blog]

On 23 June, the Spanish government announced that it had approved the production of 348 VCR 8×8 armored fighting vehicles, with the value of the order estimated to be around €2 billion or $2.24 billion. A formal contract signing is expected to take place in August. The 🇪🇦 government approved today the building of the […]

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07:49

The More You Know []

Steve Kerr is the coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. He also played for seven different NBA teams including championship teams in Chicago and San Antonio. He still holds the career record for highest percentage of 3-pointers made at 45.4%.

Kerr is also an ardent gun prohibitionist and has lent his name to the Brady Campaign for fundraising. Indeed, I just got an email from Brady yesterday featuring him.

Here are parts of it.

John – as a young man, Steve Kerr thought bad things happened to other people – that his life was impenetrable, and that his family was immune to everything. Steve was consumed by basketball, but his life changed forever instantly when his father was senselessly shot and murdered outside his office.
That’s why Steve is working with Brady to elect gun safety champions. He knows that preventing pain and devastation for thousands of families across the country depends on stopping Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump’s inaction on gun violence.

Now you may be thinking that Kerr’s dad was the victim of a robbery or a school shooting given he was murdered outside his office.

And you would be wrong.

Kerr’s father, Professor Malcolm Kerr was a political scientist whose specialty was the Middle East. He had taught at the American University of Beirut. Professor Kerr continued his career at UCLA where he went on to become chairman of the political science department and then dean of the division of social sciences. Then in 1982 he returned to the American University of Beirut as its president.

I should note here that the Kerr family had a long history in Lebanon with both Steve and his father Malcolm being born in Beirut. Steve’s grandparents like his father had been affiliated with the American University of Beirut. AUB has traditionally been considered one of the best universities in the Middle East and North African region outside of Israel.

When Malcolm Kerr took the presidency of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon was still in the throes of its civil war which lasted from 1975 until 1990. Israel had invaded Lebanon in 1982 to wipe out the PLO and the Marine Barracks in Beirut was bombed in late 1983. The American Embassy had been hit with a car bomb a few months earlier in 1983 killing 63.

1980s Beirut was a dangerous place with Maronite Christians, Druze, Sunni Muslims, and Shiite Muslims all vying for power. You could throw in the Palestinians, the Syrians, and the Iranians into the mix as well for good measure. If you were an American or other westerner in Beirut, you were a target. Kidnappings were rife along with murders and assassinations.

Professor Malcolm Kerr was just such a target as he was the head of one of the most prestigious institutions affiliated with America in Lebanon. On January 19, 1984, two gunmen fired two shots into the back of his head from a silenced pistol as he walked to his office.

As the New York Times reported on Kerr’s assassination at the time:

Soon after the killing of the 52-year- old educator, a male caller telephoned the Beirut office of Agence France- Presse and said the slaying was the work of Islamic Holy War – supposedly a pro-Iranian underground group.

Callers saying they were from Islamic Holy War took responsibility for bombing the American Embassy in Beirut last April 18 and the attack against the Marine compound here on Oct. 23. But the police have no evidence that the group actually exists. Dr. Kerr’s assailants escaped after the attack.

‘We Are Responsible’

The Islamic Holy War caller told Agence France-Presse in Arabic: ”We are responsible for the assassination of the president of the American University of Beirut, who was a victim of the American military presence in Lebanon. We also vow that not a single American or Frenchman will remain on this soil.”

The group who killed Kerr was called Islamic Jihad at the time. Now we know them as Hezbollah. There were ties to Iran as well which actually led the Kerr family to sue Iran in 2001.

The assassination of Malcolm Kerr was a targeted act of political terrorism. Hezbollah assassins just as easily could have used a car bomb, a knife, or a rope to murder him. It was only an “act of gun violence” (sic) because the assassins used a handgun. No amount of gun control or gun prohibition could have prevented this act of state-sponsored terrorism.

There is no correlation between the targeted political assassination of Professor Kerr and your garden variety murder or shooting in the United States. The death of Professor Kerr was a tragedy on both a personal and national level. That said, a contribution to the Brady Campaign is not going to end murders in the United States nor will it stop state-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East. The Brady Campaign knows that and one would hope that Steve Kerr knows that as well.

It is sad that Steve Kerr lost his father to a political assassination. It is even sadder that he is using that event to push an unrelated political agenda in the United States.

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07:00

Find your Hiding Spot: NEW Primos Smokescreen & Hidesight Ground Blinds [AllOutdoor.com]

Primos Hunting announced earlier this year the introduction of two NEW hunting blinds and now the Primos Smokescreen and Primos Hidesight ground blind are shipping to retail locations. The two new options expand Primos’ line of high-quality ground blinds and provide even more options for hunters to use this fall hunting season.

The NEW Primos Smokescreen and Primos Hidesight are designed to offer hunters affordable concealment without sacrificing function. Both are manufactured with a durable 300D Polyester low sheen fabric. This intuitive design allows hunters to perfectly blend into their surrounding thanks in part to the Ground Swat camouflage pattern, and each blind can easily accommodate up to three people.

Primos Smokescreen

The Primos Smokescreen punches in at a retail price of $299.99 with enough room to comfortably sit 3 people with spacious viewing room for all. You have 270 degrees of viewing space through 7 shoot-through ports and 3 max-viewing windows. Some of the other specifications for this new ground blind for 2020 can be read below as presented by Primos Hunting:

  • New material allows hunters to see out while not allowing game to see in
  • Triangle door
  • 300D Brushed Polyester
  • Aluminum Hubs
  • Ground Swat Camo
  • Hub to Hub: 70”
  • Height 67”
  • Floor Space: 56” x 56”
  • Weight: 20 lbs

“The Smokescreen blind continues the company’s revolutionary see-through technology, allowing hunters the ability to see out while not allowing game to see in. The new blind offers 270 degrees of viewing capability that allows hunters to maximize their chances of success. With seven shoot through ports and a 56” x 56” floor space, the blind can easily accommodate bow, gun and crossbow hunters alike. Additional standard features include a triangular door for easy accessibility and aluminum hubs for reduced weight and portability into the field.”

primos smokescreen

Primos Hidesight

The Primos Hidesight has a benchmarked MSRP that is even more affordable than the Primos Smokescreen by being set at only $199.99 per ground blind. The top edge of this ground blind utilizes Brush Deception holders so you can place sticks, twigs, and brush that are native to the topography you are hunting for even greater concealment in your blind. Some of the other specs as presented by Primos Hunting can be read below:

  • Hub to Hub: 70”
  • Height 67”
  • Floor Space: 56” x 56”
  • Weight: 20 lbs

“For those hunters looking for an entry level ground blind that doesn’t fall short on capabilities, the Primos Hidesight is the perfect option. While the Ground Swat camouflage pattern allows it to easily disappear into any terrain, the blind offers additional concealment options through its Brush Deception™ holders. This simple yet effective design element allows owners to brush in stick, branches and other natural elements with ease. Four large triangular windows allow convenient access for viewing and with its spacious 56” x 56” floor space multiple hunters can stay close to the action.”

primos smokescreen

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07:00

Helix 6 Precision Pre-Fit Carbon Fiber Barrels for Ruger Precision Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The Helix 6 Precision Pre-Fit Upgrade for the Ruger Precision RifleThe Ruger Precision Rifle has been a massive hit with both experienced and new precision rifle shooters. The modular design of the rifle allows shooters to customize their rig to fit their needs and is competitively priced. The Helix 6 carbon fiber barrel is a pre-fit upgrade designed specifically for the Ruger Precision Rifle meant […]

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06:40

Refurbishing A Gun Show Find [AllOutdoor.com]

For preppers, survivalists, hunters, and all gun enthusiasts, a gun show is the ideal place to fill voids in your gun cabinet. Maybe you need a first prepping shotgun or a second or third as backups. Could be you want another rifle specifically for hunting big game in your area. It could be there is an urge to add another handgun, pistol or revolver to your weaponry. In these cases a good used gun may be the most cost effective bet.

First, know what you’re shopping for and try to skip all the rest, though always keep a keen eye open for a good buy. Know that “used” can mean a lot of things. You’ll see virtually new guns with little mileage on them as well as firearms that look like its mileage was all down gravel roads.

Check everything mechanical. Inspect the bore with a light. Make sure the safety works. Steer clear of bad dings and dents. What is the overall condition? Does it need some refinishing and would it be worth the effort?

If you make the buy, continue to inspect the gun to see what work needs to be done. Disassemble as appropriate. Clean everything especially the bore and bolt. For a rifle take the barreled action out of the stock if you plan to refinish it. How is the metal, bluing, and finish?

For a wood stock, small dents can be taken out by wetting a wash cloth and using a clothes iron set to its highest heat. Press it down on the wet cloth over the dent to steam it out. This will make most dents rise up. Refinish the wood like you would a piece of furniture, but go slow.

Be careful around checkering and critical dimensions. Strip the wood, sand it down, finish with fine steel wool. Re-stain it if you want color back. Then finish it with a hand rubbed oil or spray on a urethane coating if that is your choice.

Remove metal rust spots with fine steel wool and oil. Go easy. If there are spots that need rebluing, use a gun metal blue paste to cover the worn spots. It may take several trials. Finish off with a good gun oil coating.

All this is over-simplified, so consult references if you need help. These steps apply to rifles, shotguns, and handguns as appropriate. Little can be done to repair or improve blemished synthetic stocks or grips, so pass on that or replace them. Remember if a gun needs severe major work, then it may be smart to pass on it.

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06:27

How Does It Work: Push Feed vs Controlled Feed [Forgotten Weapons]

In a controlled feed rifle design, a cartridge slips under the extractor as soon as it is released from the magazine. This means than if the bolt is retracted before being locked into battery, it will pull the cartridge back out as it retracts. On a push feed action, the extractor does not capture the cartridge rim until the bolt is locked into battery. Thus if a push feed action is retracted early, it will leave the cartridge mostly in the chamber, potentially setting up a double feed malfunction.

On the other hand, push feed actions generally use plunger extractors, which are able to eject an empty case after a shorter travel, where a controlled feed must be opened completely to eject. This makes a controlled feed action more prone to unintentional short-stroking.

In practice, neither of these issues is really a significant concern and the hype over the difference is meaningless for the vast majority of applications.

06:00

By July 2020 Indiana Carry Licenses Will be Completely Free [The Firearm Blog]

By July 2020 Indiana Carry Licenses Will be Completely FreeThe Indiana House recently voted 64-17 for Bill HB 1284 which helped expand Indiana’s stand-your-ground laws. Inside that bill was also legislation that removed all fees associated with the cost of Indiana Carry Licenses as well as removing court costs for justified use of force in certain circumstances. The Indiana Senate approved the bill by […]

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Monday, 29 June

17:00

M.A.C.S Rifles – SNES Laser M16s [The Firearm Blog]

M.A.C.S. riflesTwo years ago I posted about the Multi-purpose Arcade Combat Simulator (M.A.C.S). It was a basic rifle marksmanship training system that was based on a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) gaming console. Hook it up to a TV, plug in the M.A.C.S. cartridge and plug in what looks like an M16 into the SNES console. […]

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16:30

POTD: Riding Towards Nuclear Explosion With an AK [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – A picture and story found at the Soviet Wastelands, we’re looking at “a Chinese PLA horseman riding towards a nuclear explosion whilst aiming a Kalashnikov during a Nuclear weapons test in Lop Nur China 1964.” Times were certainly different then. Just imagine sitting on a horse at full speed, gas […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: What it Takes to Get Extreme Long Range out of 22LR [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back to The Rimfire Report! In this ongoing series, we aim to explore the various firearms, ammunition, competitions, history, and news surrounding the rimfire world. This week we’ll be exploring a rimfire shooting practice that has been picking up more and more attention in recent years – The Extreme Long Range 22LR (ELR Rimfire). This […]

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14:54

Remington Arms Eyeing Bankruptcy…Again []

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Remington Arms is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again. If so, this will be the second time in about two years that they’ve sought the protection of the bankruptcy court.

As Michael Bane pointed out on Facebook, Remington had already shut down their AR brands and has missed out on the boom due to COVID-19. Moreover, pistols are selling like hotcakes – except for 1911s. Again, Remington missed out.

Now here is where the potential bankruptcy gets interesting. The probably lead bidder for Remington is the Navajo Nation.

From the WSJ:

The bankruptcy filing could come within days as the gun maker makes preparations for the Navajo Nation to serve as the lead bidder to purchase Remington’s assets out of chapter 11, these people said. Founded in 1816, Remington’s namesake weapons are mainstays in hunting, shooting sports, law enforcement and the military.

The Navajo Nation—a territory with roughly 175,000 people across parts of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico—could finalize a bid for Remington as soon as Friday, one of the people said. Any bid for the company would be subject to competing offers and require bankruptcy-court approval.

The timetable could be pushed back, and an offer from the Navajo Nation isn’t guaranteed to materialize, people familiar with the matter said.

The Navajo Nation, which explored buying Remington as far back as 2018, owns a set of business enterprises in industries including energy, transportation, and utilities. In 2019, a business owned by Navajo Nation purchased coal company Cloud Peak Energy’s mining assets out of bankruptcy.

What makes ownership by the Navajo Nation particularly interesting is that they have sovereign immunity. This is especially true in light of the litigation in Connecticut over Remington’s supposed liability for the Newtown murders.

Jim Shepherd of The Shooting Wire had some very astute comments on this issue today.

So what would a Navajo acquisition look like?

With their business acumen and consultants, it probably wouldn’t look very different from most other offers price-wise. But the Nation’s unique status would introduce two variables: sovereign immunity and tribal law.

Interpreting what sovereign immunity really means, especially in a business negotiation, is an assignment I’m not equipped to complete. It is a complicated relationship between the various tribes and the federal government. While their businesses generally operate under the U.S. tax codes including taxes, there are some very notable exceptions.

Tribes under the terms of sovereign immunity are shielded from litigation much the same as states. That protection “usually extends to suits arising from a tribe’s ‘off-reservation’ or commercial activities, including the activities of an off-reservation tribal casino.”

With regard to business endeavors, federal courts, according to the American Bar Association, generally do not distinguish between “governmental” and “commercial” activities. “Numerous courts,” says the ABA in Doing Business in Indian Country: A Primer “have thus held that tribal sovereign immunity extends to tribal casinos, businesses, schools and corporations (my emphasis).”

While it’s not absolute, there’s a “strong presumption” against any waiver of that immunity, and it can only be abrogated otherwise by an “unequivocal expression” of Congress.

Tribal officials and employees acting in their official capacities and within the scope of their employment are also shielded from damage suits and requests for injunctive relief. They’re also immune from subpoena enforcement to “compel production of tribal witnesses or documents.”

Think what having tribal sovereign immunity would do for a firearms manufacturer. They wouldn’t have to depend upon the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which a President Biden and a Democrat-run Congress have promised to repeal. They could look both Brady Legal Project attorneys and ambulance chasing plaintiffs attorneys in the face and say “eff off.” Moreover, could you really imagine any Congress, Republican or Democrat majority, in these days and times trying to take immunity away from tribes?

2020 which was already an “interesting” year just got more interesting. I am anxious to see how this all plays out.

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13:34

Remington Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy & Protections… AGAIN… [AllOutdoor.com]

In the last 2 decades we have seen Remington Outdoor Company acquire many other manufacturers – Bushmaster, DPMS, AAC, and Marlin to name a few – to burgeon themselves to a one-stop-shop, powerhouse in the firearms community. As a result of this aggressive expansion and growth they have experienced some expected growing pains. Most notably when they filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in 2018 and once again as they prepare for Chapter 11 to potentially have all of their assets sold.

The Wall Street Journal was the first media outlet to report on this last Friday, and although no names have been named, according to the Wall Street Journal “people familiar with the matter said” that Remington is preparing for Chapter 11 protection and to sell to the Navajo Nation (the perceived lead bidder at this time). The Navajo Nation is comprised of roughly 175,000 members throughout the states of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Optimistic estimates, again from “people familiar with the matter,” state that the Navajo Nation could have a bid for all of Remington’s assets as early as Friday, July 3rd. This is not a finalized transaction you can put a bow on by any means though. There could still be competing offers from numerous unidentified players at this point and there still needs to be bankruptcy-court approval.

It is estimated that the 1st time Remington Outdoor Company went through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in 2018 that they cut $775 Million in debt. Despite that they have been quagmired in more debt from litigation surrounding the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting lawsuit, high interest costs, operational mishandling, and sometimes questionable guiding of their brands.

In this chaotic year of quarantine and a presidential election, Remington Outdoor Company openly chose to not produce modern sporting rifles through their household name brands of DPMS and Bushmaster. Simultaneously, competing companies like Smith & Wesson are seeing record-breaking sales for AR-15s and simply cannot meet demand. It seems like they blatantly shot themselves in the foot to not produce economical and profitable rifles like the DPMS Oracle which could have prevented the need for bankruptcy yet again.

Once the dust settles if Remington Outdoor Company does sell to the Navajo Nation or another unidentified bidder, the winning bidder would be free from all previous litigation (like the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting lawsuit) which would be very advantageous moving forward. The real question here is what do you think? Should Remington have been producing modern sporting rifles all this year and would that have saved them? Or, do you potentially see this as a positive where a new owner or group could take Remington Outdoor Company in a better direction? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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12:40

Record firearm sales [Of Arms and the Law]

Barak Obama and Bill Clinton have just fallen to 2nd and 3rd great gun salesmen in history. Antifa is leaving them in the dust.

"More than 6.5 million gun-sale background checks were conducted from January 1 through April 30, according to the latest NSSF research, which showed a 48% year-over-year rise from the same period in 2019. Firearms retailers surveyed by NSSF in May estimated that 40% of their sales came from first-time gun buyers."

When I started writing on the gun issue in the late 1970's, the US was producing 3 million firearms a year. In the last few years, it was six million per year. Now, its six million in four months.

11:00

TFB Round Table: We CRAVED More so Along Came the 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

creedmoorWelcome back to another edition of the TFB Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB discusses 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 offer you […]

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10:29

Trump Hits Judicial Milestone [NRA-ILA News]

This week, President Donald Trump’s 200th judicial nominee was confirmed; Judge Cory Wilson of Mississippi. Wilson will join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Trump has now filled all federal circuit court vacancies, and appointed more appellate judges than any other president at this point in his presidency. He is closing in on making as many circuit court appointments as President Obama made throughout his two terms in the White House.

10:25

Maryland Illustrates Problem with Requiring Permission to Exercise Constitutional Rights [NRA-ILA News]

2020 continues to serve up examples of why Americans should not tolerate gun control schemes that require citizens to obtain government permission before exercising their Second Amendment rights. This week, the Maryland State Police experienced what they termed a “catastrophic hardware failure” that interrupted that state’s ability to process regulated firearm purchase applications. The failure complicated Marylanders’ ability to access handguns at a time when many residents are seeking to protect themselves.

10:23

When They Go Lowe… Okla. Supreme Court Invalidates Attack on Constitutional Carry Law (Again) [NRA-ILA News]

The latest chapter in a sustained campaign to undo Oklahoma’s new constitutional carry law has ended, with a court ruling adding a fresh defeat to what has so far been an unbroken series of failures.

10:00

SIG Sauer MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Sig's new air-powered copy of their MCX Virtus.SIG’s MCX Virtus Patrol Rifle is a premium series of 5.56/300BLK gas piston firearms intended to compete in the higher end of the AR-heavy modern rifle/carbine market. Available in FDE or gray, it weighs in at just under 8 pounds with a full-length 16-inch barrel and comes with Sig’s Matchlite Duo trigger. Would you like […]

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09:56

Brush Guns: Bullet Deflection Through Brush [AllOutdoor.com]

Something many hunters have heard about over the years is the ability (or lack thereof) of a particular cartridge as a “brush round” or “brush buster,” meaning a cartridge whose bullets have an ability to maintain a straight path through sticks & leaves. Conventional wisdom claims that heavier bullets of larger diameter (caliber) are better brush busters. But is that really true?

Paul Harrell decided to take a look at it, and starts out using a 9mm pistol with 115-grain FMJ bullets. Some deflection does occur, but not a lot. He repeats the test with a 45 ACP and 230-grain FMJs and we see little to no evidence of deflection, nor tumbling.

Heading towards the light-and-fast end of the spectrum, he then shoots with an AR and 223 Rem 55-grain FMJ ammo. The group is just fine, but some of the bullets struck the target sideways (or “keyholed”), so the small, light, fast bullets definitely tumble when they hit brush. A repeat of this test through thicker brush shows tumbling as well as significant deflection.

He then moves to a WASR-10 AK in 7.62×39 with 123-grain FMJs. This is certainly not what I think of as a brush round, but it’s definitely larger and slower than the 223 he was using… and it showed no evidence of deflection nor tumbling.

On to what many would call the ultimate brush round: The 45-70. Paul shoots some 405-grain JSPs through the brush, and this is really the first and only one of his tests that uses an actual hunting bullet. Why he chose to use non-hunting FMJ bullets in the other rifles is beyond me.

Disappointingly to folks who believe that slower, heavier bullets can plow through anything and keep going straight, the 45-70 experiences both tumbling and deflection.

Naturally, you shouldn’t shoot through stuff and expect perfect performance out of ANY bullet, no matter the size. That said, I do feel that slower/heavier bullets have less tendency to experience a negative effect from hitting twigs and leaves in flight.

Bottom line for hunters? Wait for a clear shot instead of shooting through brush, no matter what cartridge you use.

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08:00

Clean-22 Suppressor Ammo from CCI [The Firearm Blog]

CCI Ammunition introduces new Clean-22 suppressor-friendly ammo.Who doesn’t enjoy shooting suppressed .22s? Terrifically quiet, smooth and easy-shooting, and far less expensive to blow through rounds than probably any other gun you own except a Daisy Red Ryder. Tons of people enjoy hushed plinking for fun, and many shooters also use .22 firearms for more purposed endeavors like small varmint hunting and […]

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07:24

Does Fuel Stabilizer Prevent Ethanol Damage? [AllOutdoor.com]

Outdoors folks typically run a lot of engines, mostly gasoline. Generators, ATVs, UTVs, boats, tractors, chainsaws, pole saws, cars, trucks, and many other pieces of vital outdoor equipment burn gasoline. The problem is that most gasoline sold these days is polluted with ethanol, which causes fuel components to degrade and corrode — especially in small engines.

I started buying ethanol-free gasoline for all of my small engines years ago, and have had much better luck with them ever since — especially when the equipment has to sit unused for a while. Some folks swear that adding stabilizer to ethanol gas will provide the same results… but is that true?

Project Farm took on that topic, testing fuel with 15% ethanol, 10% ethanol, and no ethanol with and without stabilizer.

The results show us a few things, but my summary is as follows:

  • Ethanol will cause damage to small engine components, with or without stabilizer.
  • 10% ethanol will cause noticeably less damage than 15% ethanol — but it will still cause damage.
  • Stabilizer doesn’t significantly add to the life span of gasoline, with or without ethanol.
  • Ethanol-free gasoline does not need stabilizer to prevent corrosion nor to increase its life span.

Bottom line: It is most certainly worth the expense and trouble to get ethanol-free fuel for your small engines… and stabilizer is probably a waste of money. Do you agree?

Enjoy the video.

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07:00

Phoenix Weaponry Introduces Integrally Suppressed Shotgun Line [The Firearm Blog]

Phoenix Weaponry Introduces Integrally Suppressed Shotgun Line (333)Phoenix Weaponry has introduced a new line of integrally suppressed shotguns currently consisting of two models – Cindy and Eliza. Cindy is their entry-level integrally suppressed shotgun whereas Eliza shotguns have a number of other improvements besides the integrally suppressed barrels. Both of these shotguns feature a true integral silencer system where the suppressor overlaps the ported […]

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06:36

California: Assembly Sends AB 88 Back to Senate without a Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Last Friday, the California Assembly was expected to vote on AB 88, the public safety budget trailer bill that was recently amended to include gun control language. The Assembly instead returned AB 88 to the Senate without taking a vote, prior to adjourning and resuming the summer recess.

06:36

Is the 223/5.56 Losing AR Ground? [AllOutdoor.com]

Since the dawn of the now famous AR rifle or Armalite Rifle it was chambered for the 5.56 round commonly known as its shadow the 223 Remington. When the automatic version the M-16 went to war in Southeast Asia we know as Vietnam, the AR fully deployed the 5.56.

Initially the M-16 and the 5.56 caught hell on the battle field because of a myriad of issues mainly solved by better cleaning and maintenance procedures as well as some adjustments to the ammunition. Since those issues were worked out, the 5.56/223 has become the standard bearer of the AR rifles to date.

However, those folks loving to tinker with things that aren’t broke but might could be improved have dreamed up and brought to fruition a number of new or remodeled cartridges to function in the AR-15 carriage. The list is rather long now and continues to grow. This is in fact testimony to the success and functionality of the AR platform. Otherwise why bother?

One has to view these cartridge developments for the standard AR rifle platform not as a threat to the boiler room 223/5.56, but as additional opportunities to enhance the AR you may already have in the gun safe. Several of the new cartridge developments only involve the upper unit. This means the barrel, bolt carrier unit, and other parts are only altered in the upper side unit. Install the new chambered upper on your lower, use the same or different magazines, and start shooting. This gives the AR owner/shooter additional rifles with only one lower unit.

In some cases though a whole new rifle had to be built around the AR configuration in order to accommodate the new cartridge especially the magazine well and magazine. This is a rather standard course of action so it is not surprising that in some cases to acquire the use of a new cartridge development, a new rifle is required.

The current list of AR cartridges available among some others includes the 6.8 SPC, 300 Blackout, 6.5 Grendel, 5.45×39, 7.62×39, 224 Valkyrie, 22 Nosler, 450 Bushmaster, 458 SOCOM and the 50 Beowulf. Some of the newest like the 224 Valkyrie and the 22 Nosler are causing quite the stir among shooters and hunters. More are likely to come.

So, will these new rounds eventually displace the 223/5.56? I doubt it. The proprietary AR round is well ingrained. It has earned its place in history both on the battle field as well as in law enforcement, personal protection, and hunting. The 223/5.56 is here to stay, but enjoy the other flavors, too.

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06:27

NKVD Officer’s Model Nagant Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

When the Tula Arsenal restarted production of M1895 Nagant revolvers in 1924 after the Russian civil war, they made both full sized standard guns and also compact “Commanding Officer” models. These had a shorter grip and barrel (85mm), and were intended specifically for people who would carry the guns concealed in civilian clothing, like NKVD agents and customs officers. About 25,000 of the compact models were made total, with production ending in 1932.

Thanks to Legacy Collectibles for the loan of the pistol!

06:07

Follow-Up To Brady And Mail In Ballots []

I noted in a story on Friday that Brady United is pushing vote by mail. There seems to now be a concerted effort by Democrats and other progressive groups to push voting by mail. They are pushing both its convenience and safety.

60 Minutes ran a big story on it last night which was slanted, as you might imagine, towards the Democrats’ version of the issue. They even had the obligatory Republican saying how well it worked in Oregon.

What they didn’t cover and what most of the media seems to want to gloss over is the fraud issue.

The latest case in point comes from Paterson, New Jersey which had a municipal election in May. One in five ballots in that election have been rejected as fraudulent and the local chapter of the NAACP is pushing to have the entire election invalidated.

From Real Clear Politics:

Over 800 ballots in Paterson were invalidated for appearing in mailboxes improperly bundled together – including a one mailbox where hundreds of ballots were in a single packet. The bundles were turned over to law enforcement to investigate potential criminal activity related to the collection of the ballots.

The board of elections disqualified another 2,300 ballots after concluding that the signatures on them did not match the signatures on voter records.

Reporting by NBC further uncovered citizens of Paterson who are listed as having voted, but who told the news outlet they never received a ballot and did not vote. One woman, Ramona Javier, after being shown the list of people on her block who allegedly voted, told the outlet she knew of eight family members and neighbors who were wrongly listed. “We did not receive vote-by-mail ballots and thus we did not vote,” she said. “This is corruption. This is fraud.”

There were multiple reports that large numbers of mail-in ballots were left on the lobby floors of apartment buildings and not delivered to residents’ individual mailboxes, further casting doubt on the integrity of the election.

NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, no friend of gun owners, announced vote fraud charges against four people involved in that election including both a councilman and a councilman-elect.

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced voting fraud charges against Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and two other men in connection with the May 12, 2020 special election in the City of Paterson.

All four men are charged with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots during the election, Grewal said. The investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability (OPIA) began when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service alerted the Attorney General’s Office that hundreds of mail-in ballots were found in a mailbox in Paterson.  Numerous additional ballots were found in a mailbox in nearby Haledon.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all voting in May 12 elections in New Jersey was done by mail-in ballots.

If you have this level of fraud in one election in one city in one state, imagine it on a national scale. A vote here and a vote there is enough to tip the scales in many battleground states. Invariably that scale will be tipped towards anti-gun Democrats and that is how it becomes a Second Amendment issue.

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06:00

Ukrainian Border Guard Tests Locally Made SMG-15 Submachine Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Ukrainian Border Guard Tests Locally Made SMG-15 AR-Pattern Submachine Gun (1)The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has published a press release telling about the new, domestically-produced submachine gun called SMG-15 that they are currently testing and may adopt in the foreseeable future. The press release notes that the gun is made by a company called “UKROP” LLC (ТОВ «УКРОП») which according to some Ukrainian […]

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Sunday, 28 June

16:30

POTD: Benelli M4 Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Shotguns – one of the most powerful hand-held firearms civilians are allowed to own. Often underestimated, as it can be used in so many ways by just changing the ammunition: birdshot, buckshot or slugs and other variants. Of course, a shotgun has limits, you don’t see too many of them on the Long Range Precision course, […]

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09:00

The Top 5 Most Expensive Guns from Movies [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode, TFBTV GOES TO HOLLYWOOD! (Well, technically Burbank, California.) This video is a part of a 5 episode series covering guns used in cinema and film, and we kick off the playlist with this Episode 1, “The Top 5 Most Expensive Guns from Movies”. In terms of episode ones, we think this ep […]

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Saturday, 27 June

22:41

Remington planning on bankruptcy [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. It's a form of bankruptcy that lets the company stay intact and keep its assets, holding the creditors off until it can stabilize things.

16:30

POTD: M27 IAR in Spain – Combat Marksmanship Range [The Firearm Blog]

m27 iar hk416 US MarinesPhoto Of The Day – The COVID19 Coronavirus certainly changed the world. Today we’re looking at an event from the beginning of this month, held at the Móron Air Base in Spain. Above you see a U.S. Marine with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa 20.2, as he fires at his target during a combat […]

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10:44

Florida Alert! Fitzenhagen Tries to Walk-Back Pledge to Democrat - But We're Not buying It [NRA-ILA News]

After refusing to deny or confirm her commitment to support Senate Democrat Gary Farmer for Senate President when asked by a Politico reporter on Tuesday, Republican Heather Fitzenhagen has now rushed out a statement pledging support for Republican Wilton Simpson.

06:27

1911 vs M1 Carbine in a Practical Match [Forgotten Weapons]

The M1 Carbine was developed to be a personal defense weapon to replace the 1911 pistol for groups of soldiers like drivers, artillery crews, and others who did not need a full-size M1 Garand but did need a firearm of some sort. The idea was that a light carbine would be much easier to use effectively with limited training, and effective to a much longer range. Basically, the 1911 was recognized to be an expert’s weapon, and the Army needed something easier to use.

Now, many folks will take it for granted that the M1 Carbine will meet this requirement easily, but I think it will be interesting to try it out. So, today I am shooting the four stages of a Backup Gun Match with a 1911 and an M1 Carbine. This match has stages at close range and low round count – really much closer range than the M1 Carbine was expected to be capable of. So, I think this setup gives the 1911 the best possible odds. And yet, we see that the Carbine still beat it handily; with he closest stage being a draw between the two. The Carbine is easier to hit with a long range, faster to fire followup shots with, and more forgiving of errors. In short, it is exactly what the Army wanted!

06:21

SILENCER SATURDAY #131: Dead Air NOMAD-TI Review [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #131: Dead Air NOMAD-TI ReviewGood morning everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new R9 suppressor. Last week we finished up the last of the integrally suppressed firearms from Innovative Arms – the IA-SC9-K Scorpion K. This week we head back to […]

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Friday, 26 June

17:00

Friday Night Lights: Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVG) [The Firearm Blog]

A little over a year ago my friend JW Ramp was in CA and I got a chance to check out his ANVIS10 aka PNVG (Panoramic Night Vision Goggles). Well fast forward to last Wednesday, I got a chance to check out the more expensive L3 GPNVG (Ground PNVG). I was able to spend a […]

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16:30

POTD: Operation Urban Steele in Latvia [The Firearm Blog]

Each day TFB publishes one or more photographs from the fascinating world of firearms. Along with this comes a brief explanation about what is going on. Today’s Photo Of The Day is enhanced by a series of pictures from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia. We’re looking at some Canadian Soldiers (above & below) with […]

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16:10

NEW Dead Air Nomad Titanium Silencer Review at Thunder Ranch! [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the all-titanium Dead Air Nomad Ti silencer/suppressor. First thing’s first: If you want to run this can on a 5.56mm/.223 rifle with shorter than a 12.5″ barrel OR on a full auto OR if you just like mag dumping, this is NOT the can for you. If […]

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16:00

Solar Red Dots from Sightmark: Sun-Powered Targeting [The Firearm Blog]

Sightmark's two new solar-powered red dots.At SHOT Show 2020, TFB reported on Sightmark’s forthcoming solar-powered red dots. With a new social media announcement, Sightmark has shared that the first batch of these sun-loving optics have arrived and will soon begin shipping to pre-order customers. On 22nd June they said, “Good news! The first batch of Element Mini Solar red dots have […]

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12:30

California: Assault Weapons Ban Expansion Moving Quickly! [NRA-ILA News]

The California Assembly will be voting on AB 88 today, after the legislation was passed through the Senate late yesterday.

11:00

Davidson’s Exclusive 1911 with Colt and Baron Engraving [The Firearm Blog]

The new Davidson's exclusive .38 Super 1911 with Colt and Baron Engraving.The venerable 1911 – you’d be hard-pressed to find a shooter who isn’t at least broadly familiar with this classic design. Through 75 years of military service and countless variations on John Moses Browning’s original model, some have hated it and many have loved it. As it has aged, the 1911 has come to spark […]

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10:00

M-LOK Red Dot Sight Mounts For Marlin & Ruger From Midwest Industries [The Firearm Blog]

M-LOK Red Dot Sight Mounts For Marlin & Ruger From Midwest Industries (1)Just this year, Midwest Industries launched a new type of M-LOK red dot sight mount that is compatible with the rails they make for Marlin lever-action rifles and Ruger’s PC Carbine.  The optic mount is made to attach to the rail via M-LOK slots and eliminates the extra space between the optic and barrel without […]

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08:17

Iowa: Gov. Reynolds Signs Pro-Gun & Pro-Hunting Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being shut down by unreasonable local ordinances and ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected across the state. On June 18th, she signed House File 716 to improve hunting opportunities in Iowa by defining the types of cartridges that may be used for deer hunting and expanding opportunities for youth hunters to hunt under the supervision of an adult.

08:00

Pietta and Davidson’s Announce Exclusive 1873 Revolvers [The Firearm Blog]

Davidson's and Pietta introduce two new exclusive 1873 revolvers.Italian gunmaker Pietta has partnered with Davidson’s to produce two new exclusive revolvers. Founded in 1963, Pietta specializes in historical weapons. The brace of brass-and-blued model 1873s will be available chambered in .357 Magnum and the classic .45 Long Colt. Their recent press release introducing this pair of wheelguns reads as follows below with more […]

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07:51

North Carolina: Second Amendment Preservation Act Clears General Assembly [NRA-ILA News]

On June 25th, the North Carolina Senate voted 33-14 and the House of Representatives voted 77-38 to pass House Bill 652, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, to expand the ability of citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones while attending religious worship. After this bill stalled last year, the Senate took swift bipartisan action on June 19th of this year, sending it to the House. The House and Senate agreed in conference to extend the legislation beyond the freedom to worship safely, making it easier for individuals to renew their conceal handgun permit, as well as two minor exemptions for first responders.

07:48

HB652, Second Amendment Protection Act, Passes NC General Assembly []

HB 652, the Second Amendment Protection Act, has passed both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly and now goes to the governor for his signature (or veto). The bill was passed with bipartisan support. The vote was 33-14 in the Senate and 77-38 in the House.

The bill would:

  • Allow concealed carry in churches that are also deemed educational property. Person must have NC CHP, it can only be a handgun, it can’t be during school hours, and the church must not be posted against carry. This only applies to private school property.
  • A lapse in a carry permit that is no more than 60 days would not require a person to retake another safety and training class
  • A lapse in a carry permit that is over 60 days and under 180 days would only require a refresher course on carry laws and not a new class
  • Expands the scope of permitted areas of carry in law enforcement facilities for non-sworn officers who have been so designated
  • Allows EMTs to carry concealed if providing tactical medical assistance to law enforcement in emergency situations such as the deployment of a SWAT team. EMTs would be required to have additional training to qualify.

Grass Roots North Carolina is asking that people contact the Governor’s Office and urge Gov. Cooper (D-NC) to sign the bill. The bill did pass with veto proof majorities providing all the Democrats who voted aye maintain their votes.

They ask you to send the following to the Governor’s Email Contact.

Dear Governor Cooper,

I’m writing to urge you to sign the 2nd Amendment Protection Act.  This will expand the ability for ordinary citizens to carry firearms for self-protection in churches which are co-located with educational facilities, provided the property is not controlled by a board of education.

Recent tragedies have shown that a good guy or gal with a gun can be critical in saving lives.   This is true common-sense safety legislation that will protect the public.

Mere signs or rules never deter those of evil intent and mass murder.  These only serve to stop innocent people from ensuring everyone else’s safety.

I expect you to stand up for everyone’s common sense human rights and support this important step in safety. I will continue to monitor your actions on this important issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.

Respectfully,

It took me 30 seconds or less to do the above. Most of the time was spent filling out my name and contact info.

As you might expect, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic) opposed the bill and wants people to be like sheep led to slaughter. They are asserting it will put school children at risk never minding the actual language of the bill.

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07:00

Ruger Is Hiring At Seven Locations Across The U.S. [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger is Hiring, firearms careerFor anyone looking into a career in the firearms industry, Ruger is now hiring multiple positions throughout seven locations across the United States.  There’s a wide range of positions Ruger is currently hiring for, such as Production Associates, Industrial Tech Helpdesk, Occupational Health Nurse, Product Design Engineer, Tool Maker, and several others.  Ruger also listed […]

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06:55

Massad Ayoob: Thumb Positions for Defensive Pistols [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to defensive handgun use, Massad Ayoob is a well-known and much-respected figure, and someone well worth listening to. In this video, he discusses advantages and disadvantages of various thumb positions for pistol shooting.

I’ll happily admit that I’m old school, in that I grasp a gun and shoot it. Revolver, pistol, whatever… and I’ve never bothered to mess around trying to shoot with my thumb(s) parallel with the gun’s bore. It looks awkward, and I have no interest in trying it. After all, I can hit my target, and I never inadvertently lock the slide back or engage the safety because my thumbs are up where (I feel) they shouldn’t be.

But hey, I like learning gun stuff and Ayoob is the man.

The first thing I learned is the “flag thumb” method, which I didn’t even know was a thing. Don’t we need our thumbs to retain a good controlling grip on the firearm? Poking it up in the air seems even weirder than laying it along the bottom edge of the slide. But before long, our instructor points out how this thumb position can help prevent a semi-auto from becoming snagged on heavy or loose clothing when you fire the pistol near your body. Hmmmm.

What’s bad about it? Aside from feeling unnatural, the high thumb may prevent a shooter from properly activating a grip safety.

Next, he talks about 45-degree thumb and why it can be beneficial for folks who carry certain types of firearms, including the Beretta 92 and other pistols with a slide-mounted rotating safety.

Straight thumb comes next, with suggestions on how to prevent that from gimping up the gun as you shoot.

The final thumb position is what I consider a natural position, in his words “with the thumb curled down.” Early on, he notes that some folks consider this an old technique, but it “is enjoying some renaissance today.”

This is the strongest thumb position, and he notes that Bill Wilson of Wilson Combat (the folks who posted this video) uses this position. I feel like I’m in good company.

At this point, he changes tack and concentrates on close-quarter combat and a possible struggle for the gun. If there’s a “winner” among the thumb positions, it’s the natural thumb-down position, which gives you a much stronger grip on your handgun. Ayoob tells us this is why he uses the thumb-down position these days.

He then cites Rob Latham and Bill Rogers, both of whom teach straight-thumb for 2-handed shooting and thumb-down for one-handed shooting.

But as he says, each of us will have different needs and different priorities. He also adds these words of wisdom:

“It’s not a religion, folks — it’s an evolving art & science. ‘Doctrine’ is a word that has no place in it. Find what works for you for the particular task.”

Well said. Enjoy the video.

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06:27

Arcelin Mousqueton: An 1850s Breechloader with a Ludicrous Bayonet [Forgotten Weapons]

The Arcelin system was a capping breechloader provisionally adopted by the French military in 1854. It was a bolt action system with a folding bolt handle, firing a paper cartridge. It impressed Emperor Louis Napoleon III in initial trials, and he directed it be used to arms his elite Cent Gardes bodyguard. More extensive testing showed that it suffered from insufficient obturation, and would would with extended use, eventually becoming so difficult to close that bolt handles would break. Its adoption was rescinded, and it was replaced by the Treuille de Beaulieu 9mm pinfire carbine in Cent Garden use within just a few years.

The most distinctive element of the Arcelin in use was its bayonet – a true full-length sword complete with brass handguard that could be clipped to the muzzle. This was chosen for its impressive length, although it would have been cumbersome if used beyond ceremonial guard duties.

Thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum for allowing me access to film this very rare and very cool musketoon and its bayonet!

06:13

Why Would The Brady Campaign Be Pushing Vote By Mail? []

I received a text from the Brady Campaign (or Brady United as they are now called) the other day asking me to sign a petition pushing universal vote-by-mail. They called it a health issue.

A health issue or a progressive attempt at making it easier to harvest ballots?

While ballot harvesting is legal is such progressive strongholds as California with the predictable results, it is illegal here in North Carolina and a 2018 congressional election was invalidated over it. It is also ripe for voter fraud.

I think we know the answer.

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06:00

Home On The Range #001: Finding A Place Of Your Own [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to our reoccurring series of “Home on the Range.” Here, we would like to share all of our experiences for those who may be homesteading, living off the land, hunting, farming, ranching, and truly investing in nature and the great outdoors. The ability to provide for yourself and your family can be tremendously rewarding and simultaneously difficult at times. So, in “Home on the Range” we want to share our different exploits so you can learn and hopefully we can receive your feedback along the way as well.

The Searchers

A bit of background: for years, I have been looking for a place to start a small-scale agricultural operation.  I previously had some land that I hunted, fished, and did wildlife habitat rehab on.  Unfortunately, it was no good for farming or ranching year round.  The growing season at such a high altitude (over 7000 feet) was too short, and the winter (which in the mountains can be 8 months) access from my house was too long of a drive.  Other ranchers in the area all had winter pasture in lower elevations, something I did not have.  I would have had to fight an uphill battle trying to make a go of it in such a harsh place.  Instead, when I was ready to start the ag operation, I looked for greener pastures.

This put me in the same boat as many others out there looking to make a go of it themselves with a self sustaining ag operation.  I don’t have the advantage of growing up doing this.  I do, however, have the huge advantage of having an excellent mentor with more than a half century of experience in farming, ranching, and transforming solar energy into food under his belt.  That, combined with a healthy dose of ag classes, gave me the motivation and ability, and a little bit of base knowledge to go forward with realizing my dream.  Note: This brief article is in no way the “only way” or “best way” to find a place to farm, rather it is the direction I decided to go, and it has worked well for me so far.

Find a Direction

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Good Water Rights and Infrastructure are a Must

Before starting my search, I knew exactly what my goals were.  That gave me a clear direction to go in and criteria to look for.  My goals were to raise bison for personal consumption as well as small scale sales, and to have space to grow at least enough produce for my own family.  Everyone will have their own goals and criteria to look for.  These are just what works for my vision.  My criteria were:

  • Water rights and infrastructure: I needed decent priority rights and was looking for a place with a decent system in place.  I’ve rehabbed a system that was neglected for 30 years before, and had no desire to do it again.
  • Structures, or rather lack thereof: I didn’t want to pay a premium for a fancy house or for a run down cabin about to fall apart.  Price per acre goes way down when there’s not pre-existing structures you’re paying for.  The same can be said for ag facilities.

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    A Blank Slate can be an Advantage in Certain Situations
  • Good year round access: Of course there’s a caché to super remote locations, but getting to and from there can get old if the roads are bad.
  • Soil quality/carrying capacity: Make sure the land can sustain your maximum targeted number of livestock and/or grow what you want/need.
  • Good neighbors: Neighbors, even if they have thousands of acres, can be a tremendous resource or a tremendous pain in the rear.  I was looking for trustworthy, helpful neighbors, who I wouldn’t mind working together with on fencing, firefighting, road maintenance, escaped livestock, etc.

Pool Your Resources

Be sure to draw on your own circle of human resources to aid you with establishing your goals and criteria, and assessing potential properties.  Lessons in agriculture are often hard learned, and someone with experience can spot a potential problem or advantage that you might not see if you are just starting out.  If you have a specific area of agriculture that you would like to focus on, there are many good organizations out there that can provide you with a wealth of information as well as a network of knowledgable individuals to call upon for advice.  In my own example,  the National Bison Association is a tremendous resource for networking and knowledge for the aspiring bison rancher.

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Room to Grow

Opportunity Found

I live in a “mountain state”, and good, arable land is at somewhat of a premium.  I looked at a lot of places, and discouragements abounded.  Stubborn tenants, wonky water rights, complicated easements, historical graveyards, pumps held together with baling twine, derelict gas stations, you name it.  Thankfully, last year a very good opportunity came up with no structure, just an excellent overhead irrigation system already in place on a viable alfalfa operation.

The water rights are decent, the roads good, the soil excellent, and the neighbors have a good reputation.  After doing detailed assessments of the water and soil, I was convinced that this was a place where I could make a good attempt at reaching my goals.

As I embark upon or complete each project on the ranch, I will try and relate my experiences to you, the readers.  Hopefully a few of you can take away something from my experiences, successes and failures, and use it towards realizing your own goals and dreams.

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7ft high steel pasture fencing starting to go in place

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06:00

Barnaul Steel-Cased 300 Blackout Ammunition Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

Barnaul 300 Blackout Steel-Cased Ammo Now Available (1)Barnaul Cartridge Plant has announced that the steel-cased 300 Blackout ammunition which they first introduced at the end of the past year, has now arrived at stateside and is available for purchase. Currently, depending on the quantity you buy (20 or 500 rounds) this ammo will cost you from $0.41 to $0.43 per round (Brownells prices). That […]

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05:51

Jerry Miculek vs. Bump Stock: Which is More Dangerous? [AllOutdoor.com]

Here’s a video Jerry Miculek uploaded a while back, which was spurred because his super-fast trigger finger was reportedly cited in a lawsuit as an example of the futility and idiocy of banning bump stocks.

Jerry says he’d never used a bump stock before and wanted to see what all the yakking was about. He borrowed one from a friend and went to the range to “race it against his finger.”

He gets off to a slow start, although during the first mag he does get off a few “bursts.”

“Well I can see it’s gonna take a little bit of practice. It goes against all my fundamentals of accuracy and control of the firearm… it’s gonna be a challenge.”

Sadly, his bump-stock-equipped AR didn’t cooperate with him… but then he lays it aside and grabs one of his competition rifles — and places two shots on each of three targets in less than one second.

The man is a machine.

What’s it prove? Mainly that Jerry Miculek is way more dangerous than any bump stock! But he’s got nothing against them.

“If you like to go out and giggle and shoot fast… hey that’s up to you.”

Yep.

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Thursday, 25 June

17:00

TFB Review: Vortex Strike Eagle 5-25×56 Has Landed [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex Strike Eagle 5-25x56Just this year Vortex has been quite popular especially with their 1-10×24 Razor LPVO which Matt E  reviewed. I was more interested in their new Strike Eagle 5-25×56 as an upgrade from my Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50mm. How does the Strike Eagle 5-25×56 hold up to long range shooting? Let’s take a closer look. Step Aside, […]

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16:30

POTD: Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – A close-in weapon system, or CIWS for short, is a point-defense weapon system for detecting and destroying incoming missiles and enemy aircraft which may have penetrated the outer defenses. It looks a bit like R2D2 in Star Wars when it has its full suite of panels on. It works well […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: The Problem With Carrying Too Much [The Firearm Blog]

All over the internet, there are articles where people talk about what’s best to have on your body when concealing a firearm. It’s not uncommon to talk about various lights, knives, medical supplies and spare magazines. Having different items on you is a great way to be prepared for daily life, but it’s really easy […]

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15:20

Major Pro-Gun Measures in Effect July 1 [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association is pleased to inform law-abiding Indiana gun owners that, beginning July 1, NRA-backed changes to existing law will go into effect allowing state residents to obtain a 5-year license to carry a handgun free of charge.

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12:38

Pennsylvania: House Votes to Protect Second Amendment with Emergency Powers Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Pennsylvania is one step closer to joining the growing list of states which are protecting Second Amendment rights when a state of emergency is declared.

12:05

SA Universal Sight Pusher Test [AllOutdoor.com]

Between working as a gear reviewer and instructor, not to mention my own shooting activities, it seems there are often sights to be adjusted. Frustrated by the occasional stubborn rear sight and feeling bad about the ding I recently put on a student’s sight by using improvised items for the task, I studied a plethora of sight pusher reviews in the sub-$100 price range, finally settling on the Sylvan Arms Gen 4 Sight “Pursher,” as it’s affectionately named.

If you’re like me, a highly stereotypical picture of an old chap who says “pursher” instead of “pusher” comes to mind upon reading the product name. But I digress.

The kit arrived in a sturdy box with the Sylvan Arms logo. Inside is a zippered cloth case with carry handles, containing the many blocks and the pusher in a Styrofoam shell that has cutouts for each pair of blocks. There is a generous length of tape-backed loop material included, to cut to size and protect a slide or sight during use.

The frame of the tool is 9310 steel. From the tone of the Amazon listing, this is an apparent upgrade from previous versions. The blocks are 6061 aluminum and CNC-machined to fit, jigsaw-style, common rear sight profiles.

Someone with lots of sight tool experience would surely have been faster than I setting the tool up for its first use. An inventory of parts, followed by some mock use, preceded the actual work and helped me understand its operation.

My first two projects with the tool were a minor adjustment to the Salient Arms sights on my Canik TP9 Elite Combat pistol, and the (attempted) removal of an XS Big Dot sight from a Glock 19. I had oiled both sights’ bases the day before to reduce resistance.

The only difficulty in preparing the tool was the tendency of the slides, clamped on one end, to move out of place under their own weight. Setting a book under the loose side solved that. Told you there’d be amateur problems.

Moving the Canik rear sight was a ten-minute process not counting the orientation process nor the task of locating two crescent wrenches (not included) to turn the bolt. Moving the XS Big Dot sight on the Glock was only partially successful. Although the tool is advertised to fit every sight out there, this is one that can only go so far. With the sight pushed about 2/3 of the way off, its tall profile sidled up to the pushing block, and there it stopped. There was no more room to move. So It became necessary to drive the sight the rest of the way out using a punch and mallet.

The “Pursher” would still work to adjust this sight, just not installation/removal.

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The tool can adjust, but not completely remove, this aftermarket sight.

Is the SA Universal Sight Pursher is worth the $68 I spent on it? For anyone who’s adjusting sights weekly or more often, I think the answer is a resounding “yes.” I would add a set of dedicated wrenches for convenience and store a small magnetic tray with the kit to corral tiny set screws and other parts while working.

Is it worth the outlay for the occasional adjustment? The answer is still yes — if you’re in the camp that gets disturbed over scratches from punches and such. For those not in those groups, my recommendation is to keep doing things the hard(er) way, or maybe try one of the many less-expensive tools available if they’re a fit for your brand of pistol—and supply your own protective material.

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11:17

The Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

We’ve been talking Ruger 44 magnums lately, so why not keep it going? Here’s a look at a New Model Super Blackhawk single action revolver chambered for 44 Remington Magnum.

Ruger’s first centerfire handgun was the Blackhawk, introduced in 1955 to great success. One year later the 44 Remington Magnum made its entrance, and the first single action revolver available for that round was Bill Ruger’s Flat Top Blackhawk 44. The 44 mag was a bit much for the Blackhawk’s frame, and a few years later that chambering moved to a beefed-up wheel gun dubbed the Super Blackhawk.

Fast-forward to 1973, when William Batterman Ruger, ever the tinkerer, decided to overhaul his single action designs to make them safer by preventing the hammer from ever touching the firing pin directly. Another notable feature is that no movement of the hammer is required to load or unload the redesigned revolvers, because the loading gate itself releases the cylinder when opened.

These new versions were called “New Model” and were met with both cheers and jeers by handgun lovers; cheers because now they could more safely carry a single action revolver with a full load of 6 rounds in the cylinder, and jeers because the trigger pull was not as nice and the cylinder indexing can make loading and unloading a pain the butt.

Right side of Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 magnum single action revolver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Right side of Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 magnum single action revolver.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This particular one has a 7.5-inch barrel and was made around 1981. This was one of my first firearm purchases ever, and it’s been good to me… although I have never taken any big game with it.

The ejector rod housing is made of aluminum alloy rather than steel, but most of the metal on this popper is ferrous. The only marking evident on the right side is the serial number, stamped at lower right portion if the frame.

Left side of Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 magnum single action revolver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Left side of Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 magnum single action revolver.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Most of the markings are on the left side of the New Model Super Blackhawk, like so:

Left side of barrel:

BEFORE USING GUN-READ WARNINGS IN INSTRUCTION MANUAL AVAILABLE FREE FROM
—–STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.—–

Left side of frame:

RUGER .44 MAGNUM CAL.
NEW MODEL SUPER BLACKHAWK
(in various fonts)

Interestingly, the Ruger “phoenix logo” is not marked on this gun, although it was on the metal inserts in the tiny factory wood grips.

If you look closely, you’ll notice the frame & barrel are a different color than the cylinder. This is most likely due to different steel alloys reacting differently to the bluing salts when the metal parts were finished.

Ruger always used itty-bitty walnut grip panels on its single action revolvers; grips which I dislike to the extreme. Therefore, I started hunting for new grips just as soon as I got this revolver. Fortunately, I found this Hogue Monogrip early in my search, and it was thus over. I’ve been pleased with it, although I have little or no positive feeling for the Hogue company or its other products.

Rear view of the Super Blackhawk New Model. I added some white paint to the front sight. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Rear view of the Super Blackhawk New Model. I added some white paint to the front sight.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The sights on this revolver are sturdy and useful. The rugged all-steel front ramp sight appears to be soldered to the barrel, while the fully-adjustable rear sight seems to be of Ruger’s own manufacture as a more-or-less imitation of the Micro brand sights used on earlier Blackhawks. It is mounted in a recess milled into the top of the frame — and the raised portion of the frame illustrates the difference between most Blackhawk frames and the old “Flat Top” versions.

While I prefer the Flat Top Blackhawk 44 I’m blessed to own, this New Model gun does have some better features. One is the nice wide hammer spur, which has a good grooved top surface to aid in cocking. Another is the wide comfortable grooved trigger.

Those are two of the things which make this Blackhawk “Super” rather than being “just” a Blackhawk. Other Super features include a larger grip frame, an unfluted cylinder, and a square-back trigger guard.

Loading gate open on New Model Super Blackhawk. Note how the cartridge doesn't line up with the opening. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Loading gate open on New Model Super Blackhawk. Note how the cartridge doesn’t line up with the opening.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Since it’s a pet peeve I might as well talk a little more about the indexing of the cylinder, meaning the position in which it comes to rest as it’s rotated. New Model Ruger revolvers index the cylinder in such a way that each chamber fails to line up with the frame opening that’s normally filled by the loading gate. This requires the user to use his or her fingers to stop the cylinder in between its index positions in order to load or unload it.

This is, in my opinion, ridiculous at best. It’s simply poor design, and in light of that it’s a bit unusual that Bill Ruger never corrected it, considering his penchant for changing things.

Wide, grooved trigger on a Suger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 magnum revolver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Wide, grooved trigger on a Suger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 magnum revolver.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

As I mentioned earlier, I’m a fan of the Super Blackhawk’s trigger. It’s nice and wide, has vertical grooves to give it some texture, and it’s located in the middle of the frame — unlike Blackhawk triggers, which are off-center, skinny, and slick.

This one’s trigger pull is not awful, with a pull weight of roughly 3.3 pounds but with enough creep to make one long for an old model.

The Super Blackhawk's steel grip frame is one of the toughest ever manufactured. The little thing hanging down below the front of the butt is for attaching the Hogue grip. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The Super Blackhawk’s steel grip frame is one of the toughest ever manufactured. The little thing hanging down below the front of the butt is for attaching the Hogue grip.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

With the six rounds of 240-grain JSP ammo shown at the top of this page and with this Hogue grip, this handgun weighs 3.43 pounds. It’s a solid beast built for strength, not comfort.

The 7.5-inch barrel length seen here is probably the most popular length for the Super Blackhawk, which is fully capable of digesting a steady diet of heavy loads.

Conclusion

If you want a tough and reliable single action revolver with a long track record of actual service afield, look no further than the Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk. The 44 magnum cartridge is perfectly capable of bagging big game and defending one against dangerous animals with 2 or 4 legs.

This Super Blackhawk shoots very well, and has never failed me.

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11:00

Jard’s Side Charge AR-15 Upper Receivers And Bolt Carriers [The Firearm Blog]

Jard Inc Side Charge AR-15This Side Charge AR-15 Upper Receiver and Bolt Carriers aren’t exactly a new offering from Jard, although we haven’t yet covered it here at TFB. Jard’s Side Charge upper receiver and bolt carrier are designed to be able to disassemble without the use of tools by way of a slot that allows the side charging […]

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10:00

Walther Awarded Contract to Supply PPQs to Brevard County LEOs [The Firearm Blog]

Brevard County Sheriff's Deputies will soon carry the Walther PPQ M2.Walther Arms was founded in Germany in 1886. Since then, they have primarily produced handguns and today their lineup includes the PPQ or PolizeiPistole Quick Defence. Available since 2011, the PPQ comes in several variants and calibers including 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The M2 version is characterized by a left- or right-hand reversible […]

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08:00

Stay At Home With Purdey – Educational Video Series [The Firearm Blog]

Last week we saw the peculiar experience of John Rigby & Co. during the British lockdown, now we have a look at another great firm from London: James Purdey & Sons. Here we’re invited to stay safe at home (yeah, we may have heard it already…) and we are offered the chance to pass the […]

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07:06

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #12: Jack Carr – NYT Bestselling Author, USN SEAL [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #12: Jack Carr - NYT Bestselling Author, USN SEALWelcome back to the latest episode of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast. This week we sit down with Jack Carr, the New York Times Bestselling author of The Terminal List, True Believer and Savage Son, all of which are published by Simon and Schuster. Jack served in the U.S. Navy as a SEAL, as a […]

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07:00

The New Hera Arms H7 Remington 700 Chassis and Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

HERA ARMS H7 rifleOne of TFB’s most popular articles is the HERA Arms CQR Stock and CQR Front grip (from 2016), so it’s evident that their products create a lot of interest. As you may have noticed from Hrachya’s article on the new Hera Arms VRB Pump Action Rifle it’s time again for a bunch of new products from […]

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06:27

Q&A 42: Books, Machine Guns, Cannons, and Forgotten Weapons by Mail [Forgotten Weapons]

Q&A time again! This time we have:

00:17 – Favorite military uniform or camo pattern
01:12 – Stockpile of odd ammo?
02:15 – Bolts closing automatically when a new magazine is inserted
04:18 – Filming in French museum and arsenal collections
06:08 – Gas operated revolvers
06:55 – Videos about 1st generation infrared optics
08:08 – How is the FR-F1 treating me? What are its import marks like? Have I seen “15 Minutes of War”?
12:36 – Have rifle improvements made the OICW concept viable today?
14:30 – Book on Ethiopian guns?
15:38 – What country has stayed ahead of the small arms design curve?
16:44 – Three guns I’d like to film that have no surviving examples
17:55 – Should the French Army have adopted the FAMAS G2?
20:12 – Shotguns as a military weapon?
22:22 – Beginner cannons
25:18 – What has been the historical accuracy standard for military rifles?
26:27 – Publicity for Forgotten Weapons or Headstamp outside the gun community?
27:26 – What gun’s popularity stumps me?
29:52 – What do militaries so with surplus and obsolete arms?
31:37 – Gotten hair stuck in a gun?
32:03 – Russian silenced handguns
32:55 – Video about books/library?
34:30 – Did I buy the Lewis at Morphys?
36:40 – Breda Modelo 30 vs Chauchat Mle 1915
37:45 – Forgotten Weapons by mail
39:37 – What makes a good pistol for competition?

06:00

Aimpoint Wins US DoD Follow-Up Contract for FCS13RE Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Aimpoint will deliver additional FCS13RE sights to the US Army, Marine Corps, and SOCOM.To most shooters, Aimpoint is best known for optics like their rifle-mounted red dots such as the PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic) or the Micro series, and their increasingly popular ACRO P-1 pistol sight. In March 2019, TFB reported that the US Department of Defense would be purchasing $24 million worth of Aimpoint FCS13RE sights for […]

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Wednesday, 24 June

18:25

New pro-2A group [Of Arms and the Law]

The National African American Gun Association announces it has 34,000 members and 75 chapters,

17:00

TFB Review: Leupold Performance Eyewear – Packout Edition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Leupold Performance Eyewear - Packout EditionLeupold has recently launched its Performance Eyewear line of glasses. As a designer and manufacturer of high-quality optics, this is a bit of a departure from their normal product line up. However, I’m willing to give almost anything a shot, and Leupold generously sent out a pair of “Packout” style glasses for testing and evaluation. […]

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16:30

POTD: UZI in Special Forces Weapons Course [The Firearm Blog]

uziPhoto Of The Day – We are back in what may be one of the most popular classes. Unfortunately, most people cannot take it, but at least we’re able to enjoy this picture. I think you share my view that we need more Uzi content, and here we see it on full-auto on the Special Forces […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: The Happy Medium – S&W Model 60 [The Firearm Blog]

Model 60; Stainless Painless (For the shooter, that is…) I spent a number of years carrying the S&W 340PD as a jogging/backup gun.  Those years were painful ones at the range.  I try to train with at least 100 rounds of full power defensive ammo in my carry pieces.  Therefore I often bloodied the web […]

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14:59

After the Hunt: Loading a Big Animal Alone [AllOutdoor.com]

I ran across the above illustration a while back, and figured it was worth sharing with our readers. It shows a method of loading a large animal such as a deer, hog, or bear into a truck bed without herniating yourself or having to go fetch help.

You fix a pulley to a rope across the front of the truck bed, then thread another rope through it. Tie one end of that rope to the animal you’re loading, after getting it sorta-kinda started on a ramp made of something such as plywood.

Then you attach the other end of the rope to a fixed object such as a tree or post, and drive away.

Here’s a video that shows the method, and although he uses plywood for the video, he suggests you use 2×8 or 2×10 boards 8-10 feet long.

Here’s another idea; this guy made a “back board” to lash the animal onto. Then he can lift one end of the board onto his tailgate or ATV rack, then lift the pther end and slide it on in.

I have a UTV with an electric winch on the front. A loading method I’ve been happily using for a while now is to toss the synthetic winch line over the top of the machine and attach it to the animal, then simply winch the critter on up into the bed. Works like a champ!

What’s your favorite method for loading a heavy animal alone?

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14:16

Project Farm Tests Knife Sharpeners: $9 vs $900 [AllOutdoor.com]

I see this guy’s videos all the time. He tests all sorts of things, sometimes in a rather flaky way, but usually interesting. Stuff like rust preventers, lubricants, drill bits, engine additives, you name it. And this time, he’s testing knife sharpeners, including some well-known name brands. He is pretty good about explaining his criteria, and he bought a knife sharpness tester for this video.

Knife sharpeners tested:

  • Rada
  • Fiskars
  • 400/1000 grit whetstone
  • Lansky
  • Spyderco
  • Chef’s Choice Trizor Edge Model 15XV
  • Edge Pro Apex
  • Wicked Edge Gen 3 Pro

This is the order in which they are tested; from cheapest to most expensive.

Here are the results measured with the sharpness tester… a lower number is better, and each knife started at 145 and was dulled to more than 1800.

  • Wicked Edge Gen 3 Pro: 100
  • Lansky: 110
  • 400/1000 grit whetstone: 120
  • Edge Pro Apex: 170
  • Spyderco: 170
  • Chef’s Choice Trizor Edge Model 15XV: 190
  • Rada: 230
  • Fiskars: 230

Even the comparably high 230 number is considered “very sharp” for a kitchen knife according to his knife sharpness chart.

After that, he dulls the knife edges on an ironwood cutting board to test each edge’s durability. Sharpness tester results follow:

  • Wicked Edge Gen 3 Pro: 140
  • 400/1000 grit whetstone: 150
  • Lansky: 185
  • Edge Pro Apex: 220
  • Chef’s Choice Trizor Edge Model 15XV: 225
  • Fiskars: 280
  • Rada: 290
  • Spyderco: 530

Clearly, Wicked Edge won out in both tests. So he decided to use it to test a dull cheapo knife to see if a cheap knife can actually be sharpened well.

The Farberware knife was an extremely dull 1390 on the sharpness tester. After attacking it with the Wicked Edge, it measures a stunning 85.

So what next? Sharpening a butter knife, of course! It seems that he was worn out from all the Wicked Edge work, because he used the electrically-powered Chef’s Choice to sharpen the butter knife. Even with the electric motor, it took him half an hour!

When he’s done, it slices paper easily and measured an impressive 160 on the sharpness tester. Heck, that’s better than the edge produced by the same sharpener with the higher-quality knife used in the initial test.

Here’s the video; check it out and judge for yourself whether it’s worth the $900 to get a Wicked Edge.

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11:00

The US Air Force Begins Fielding 125,000 SIG Sauer M18 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

The US Air Force has announced that it has begun fielding the first of approximately 125,000 new SIG Sauer M18 Modular Handgun System 9x19mm pistols. The Air Force announced that it has opted for the more compact M18 over the M17, selected by the US Army, in May 2018. The very first pistols began reaching Air […]

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10:48

New Hampshire: Senate to Vote on Firearm Seizure Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee sent House Bill 687 to the Senate floor for consideration after a motion to kill the bill failed by a vote of 2-3. Next week, the Senate is expected to hold a floor vote on this firearm seizure bill that would take away the constitutional rights of individuals without due process.

10:08

Ultralight Silence – The New Dead Air NOMAD-TI [The Firearm Blog]

Ultralight Silence - The New Dead Air NOMAD-TIDead Air Armament has just announced the release of the NOMAD-TI – a sub-10 ounce .30 caliber rifle suppressor built on the successes of the prior NOMAD and NOMAD-L releases. Fans of our Silencer Saturday series will remember the NOMAD as being one of my all-time favorite 300BLK suppressors. Besides being adaptable to a variety […]

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10:00

New WCP320 CARRY Pistol by Wilson Combat and SIG Sauer [The Firearm Blog]

WCP320 CARRY Pistol by Wilson Combat and SIG Sauer (1)Several months ago, Wilson Combat announced the WCP320 9mm pistol which was the first pistol designed in collaboration with SIG Sauer and represents an enhanced P320 upgraded with Wilson Combat’s signature parts and design improvement elements. Yesterday, the company published a press release introducing the second WC/SIG pistol called WCP320 Carry. Compared to the full-size WCP320, […]

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08:00

Adams Arms Announces Rifles from VooDoo Innovations [The Firearm Blog]

Brooksville, Florida-based Adams Arms has announced that VooDoo Innovations has moved into the AR-15 market with the launch of two new rifles, the Witch Doctor and the Dark Moon, both chambered in 5.56×45 and priced under $800. Here’s what Adams Arms had to say: Adams Arms announces the launch of VooDoo Innovations. VooDoo Innovations, known […]

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07:00

Michigan Poacher Charged with 125 Wildlife Crimes [AllOutdoor.com]

Chippewa County Michigan resident Kurt Johnston Duncan is facing 125 wildlife crimes for illegally harvesting several species of animals over the last 18 months. Michigan is home to several species of game animals including bear, deer, elk, turkey, various waterfowl and birds as well as fur-bearing animals like wolves and foxes.

Each of the charges is a misdemeanor and were all brought to light through a months-long investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNC discovered that over the last 18 months Duncan had poached 18 wolves, and 3 bald eagles.

 Michigan Poacher Charged with 125 Wildlife Crimes

Wolves are not only protected animals in Michigan, but they are also on the federal endangered species list. Meanwhile, Bald eagles fall under both state law and a federal protection act – The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection act.

The poacher faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each wolf, 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine for each eagle as well as restitution of $1,500 for each eagle and $500 for each wolf killed. Other wildlife crimes he was charged for involved deer, turkey, bear, and bobcat. Each of those charges will set him back a further 90 days and an additional $500 fine for each charge.

 Michigan Poacher Charged with 125 Wildlife Crimes

Duncan appeared in court on May 20th and pleaded not guilty to all charges. When questioned as to why he was doing this Duncan responded that he was catching the animals because he could and “likes to do it.” DNR detectives served Duncan four search warrants in the month of March and detectives said that Duncan was using the animals for various reasons like crafts and selling the animals.

Michigan Poacher Charged with 125 Wildlife Crimes

In total, the Prosecuting attorney’s office is after $30,000 in restitution from Duncan for the illegally taken animals. While the restitution charges are quite high, his cash bond is only set at $500 but with stipulations. The Conditions for his bond state that he may not have any contact with co-defendants, cannot possess firearms or dangerous weapons, and finally, he may not engage in hunting or fishing.

All Photos Credit: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

 

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07:00

The New RMP Series Rigid Organizational Panel by Grey Man Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

The New RMP Series Rigid Organizational Panel by Grey Man TacticalGrey Man Tactical has just released the latest addition to their already extensive line of tactical gear – the RMP Series Rigid Organizational Panel. This panel is designed to help organize and conceal a wide variety of firearms, medical supplies, hunting gear, and overland gear all on the back of your seat. The New RMP […]

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06:27

A Walther copied by Hungary for Egypt: the WALAM 48 [Forgotten Weapons]

The WALAM 48 was a copy of the Walther Model PP made by Fegyver- és Gépgyártó Részvénytársaság (aka FÉG) in Hungary in the years after World War Two. It was originally produced as the 48M police pistol (in .32 caliber) to replace the aging stocks of Frommer Stop pistols used by Hungarian police. Once that contract was completed, FÉG moved to looking for commercial and export sales. In 1957 a deal was worked out with General Nasser in Egypt to sell a version of the 48M as well as the Tokagypt copy of the TT33 for the Egyptian military. The gun was called the WALAM 48, meaning “WAlther- LÁMpagyár” (the factory name at that time). This model was chambered for 9x17mm (aka 9mm Browning Short, aka .380 ACP) and 10,000 were ordered. The contract was cancelled prior to completion for unclear reasons, resulting in some pistols being made with an Egyptian crest on the slide and some with blank slides.

 

06:25

Precision Rifle Expo to Be Held September 2020 in Blakely GA [AllOutdoor.com]

Blakely Georgia will be the site of the 2020 Precision Rifle Expo (PRE) this year. With the reopening of the American economy, the event organizers have confirmed the expo will, in fact, be taking place in September of this year at the Arena Training Facility.

Precision Rifle Expo to Be Held September 2020 in Blakely GA

Precision Rifle Expo to Be Held September 2020 in Blakely GA

If you’d like to attend this year’s Precision Rifle Expo then you can visit the registration page for the expo here. Keep in mind that personal firearms will not be permitted on the ranges and only sanctioned firearms will be available on the range.

Precision Rifle Expo to Be Held September 2020 in Blakely GA

Each registration entitles you to attendance to both days of the Precision Rifle Expo event and access to the exhibitor tent and many education classes and range experiences. No physical tickets will be provided, instead, you can check-in at the check-in tent where you will be granted a wristband which will give you access to the expo.

Keep in mind that the $35 entry price is only available to those who register for the Precision Rifle Expo ahead of time. If you plan on only signing up at the door you can expect to pay $50 for the price of admission and this applies to attendees between the ages of 12 and 18 (attendees between this age range must be accompanied by a parent).

The Precision Rifle Expo will have exhibitors from top brands in the tactical and precision rifle market. You can expect manufacturers to showcase their best actions, optics, ammo, reloading equipment, stocks, chassis, electronics, and supporting equipment like bags and tripods at the event.

Precision Rifle Expo to Be Held September 2020 in Blakely GA

As with other expos, the event will still offer hands-on instruction and live-demonstration of rifle systems at long ranges as well as displays from various industry leaders.

Precision Rifle Expo to Be Held September 2020 in Blakely GA

The event will be held at the 2,300-acre facility which is home to multiple shooting ranges with engagement distances between 50m all the way out to 2,300 meters and has features such as covered shooting positions, benches, steel and paper targets with the longest ranges being the “unknown distance” range where you can expect to engage targets all the way out to the maximum 2,300 yards.

For more information about the 2020 Precision Rifle Expo, you can visit the event website here.

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06:00

SIG SAUER Introduces M400 TREAD COIL Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer has just announced the M400 TREAD COIL, a new and enhanced version of their popular ready-out-of-the-box TREAD series of rifles. SIG Sauer describes the new rifle as “a new standard of performance and value in the AR market”. The new TREAD COIL comes with a ROMEO5 TREAD red dot optic, a Matchlite Duo trigger, and a […]

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Tuesday, 23 June

17:00

TFB Review: Springfield Armory SAINT Victor .308 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier I reviewed the Cypher X SCAR17Shorty, a SCAR 17S pistol cut down to 13″. When the opportunity to review the new Springfield Armory SAINT Victor 308 Pistol presented itself I jumped at it. I was curious what a 10.3″ .308 pistol would be like. I was pleasantly surprised and it exceeded my expectations. Springfield […]

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16:30

POTD: US Troops Get to Grips with British Bullpups [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo of the Day sees US troops stationed in Poland get to grips with some British small arms. Men from two cavalry regiments – one British, one American, took part in a familiarisation exercise at Bemowo Piskie, in Poland, on 30th April 2020. The two units are part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence that consists […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Freedom Pigeon or Dumpster Chicken? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 55th 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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15:17

California: Gun Control in the Budget [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, June 24, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will be hearing several budget trailer bills including Assembly Bill 88 relating to the public safety budget.

11:06

The Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum Double Action Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

I seem to be on a bit of a 44 magnum kick lately, so I might as well talk about the Ruger Redhawk, that double action revolver which was introduced in 1979. By then, Sturm, Ruger, and Co. had been making double action centerfire revolvers for several years and had found success with its line of medium-frame guns based on the Security Six.

The Redhawk, which was necessarily larger to handle the 44 Remington Magnum cartridge, was not just a scaled-up version of the Security Six; one reason being that Bill Ruger was a tinkerer who often changed his designs, even on the same model. And of course, he needed the new revolver to be very strong.

The resulting gun was surely strong, but the trigger pull is terrible — suggesting he might should’ve stayed with the same trigger design used in the Security-Six. The Redhawk’s single action trigger pull is one of the worst-ever, and like other Ruger double action revolvers the double action pull is inconsistent and heavy.

Although designed for the 44 mag, the Redhawk has also been offered in 357 S&W Magnum, 41 Remington Magnum, and 45 Colt (with the latter version being somewhat notorious for poor accuracy).

The gun shown in this article is an older version that’s no longer available, with 5.5-inch barrel and blued steel finish (blued versions were dropped in about 2005). These days they only come in stainless steel, with barrel lengths of 2.75, 4.2, 5.5, and 7.5 inches.

Right side of Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum double action revolver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Right side of Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum double action revolver.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The right side of this revolver is marked “RUGER Redhawk” and has Ruger’s trademark phoenix logo stamped on the lower portion of the frame, with “.44 MAGNUM CAL.” on the right side of the barrel.

The Redhawk is easily taken apart without many tools, and one of the tools you need is a pin that stores between the grips… but you probably shouldn’t go there unless you have a good instruction book and are mechanically inclined.

I’m not a fan of the factory grip supplied with Redhawk revolvers, and have been known to classify it as “extremely poor.” What’s worse is the large number of aftermarket grips I’ve tried that were equally crappy. The fairly decent rubber grips shown on this gun are Butler Creek brand.

Some years ago, a friend searched long and hard before finding a decent grip for his stainless Redhawk; here are some things we learned:

  • Factory Redhawk wood grips offer poor control and aren’t very “grippy”
  • Hogue finger-groove grips are too narrow and provide poor control
  • Pachmayr finger-groove grips aren’t much better than Hogue
  • Collecting Redhawk grips is not cheap
  • The best grips he could find were standard Pachmayr rubber grips without finger grooves. They fill the hand pretty well and give reasonable confort & control.
Left side of Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum double action revolver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Left side of Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum double action revolver.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Stamped on the left side of the barrel is the obligatory Ruger “read the manual” warning.

Like any 44 magnum revolver, the Redhawk will happily digest ammo marked 44 Special as well. This is roughly comparable to shooting 38 Special in a 357 Magnum revolver.

Top rear view of Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum Double Action Revolver showing the sights and hammer spur. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Top rear view of Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum Double Action Revolver showing the sights and hammer spur.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Redhawk’s front sight has an interesting design with a quick-change feature. This one has a nice red-orange plastic insert, and can be removed by pressing a plunger at the front of the sight’s base.

The frame is inletted for the rear sight, which pivots up & down on a cross pin via the elevation screw. If you remove the rear sight by removing the elevation screw and cross pin, take care not to lose the spring(s)!

The cylinder latch is on the left side of the frame, like many other double action revolvers; to open the cylinder, press the button inward towards the gun’s centerline.

I have heard complaints of short firing pins on many Redhawks. If you have that trouble, consider getting an extended one from Bowen.

Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum double action revolver with cylinder open. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum double action revolver with cylinder open.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The thick cylinder walls are one feature which has helped the Redhawk earn a reputation for toughness; another is the cylinder that’s a touch longer than other 44 mag revolvers. It also helps that the cylinder latch secures the crane as well as the rear of the cylinder — and the frame has a lot of mass and lacks a side plate.

Conclusion

The Ruger Redhawk is rugged, and many consider it about as tough a 44 mag as you can lay your hands on. It’s usually dependable and accurate, with the possible exception of 45 Colt models.

A capable and well-practiced shooter could surely use the Redhawk 44 to hunt big game and/or as personal protection while hunting/hiking in bear country. It’s a bit large for self defense carry, and it might be a good idea to get some frangible bullets in 44 special if you plan to use it for home defense.

It’s a big, heavy, tough revolver and many folks dearly love the Ruger Redhawk 44.

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11:00

Winchester Debuts the Wildcat Super Speed 22LR Semi-Auto Optimized Cartridge [The Firearm Blog]

Winchester Debuts the Wildcat Super Speed 22LR Semi-Auto Optimized CartridgeWinchester has been producing 22LR rimfire ammunition for quite a long time. I would consider Winchester to be one of the leaders in rimfire ammunition production along with giants such as CCI and Remington. They have just released their new Wildcat Super Speed 22LR cartridge aimed at semi-auto rimfire shooters. Winchester Debuts the Wildcat Super […]

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10:00

Hera Arms VRB Pump Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Hera Arms VRB Pump Action .223 Rem Rifle (1)German firearms and accessories manufacturer Hera Arms has released a pump-action rifle chambered in .223 Remington. The new rifle is called VRB which stands for Vorderschaftrepetierbüchse and literally means pump-action rifle. Let’s take a look at the design and features of the new Hera Arms VRB rifle. What immediately jumps out when you first look at this […]

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09:54

Jerry Miculek asks “Concealed Carry — Hot or Not?” [AllOutdoor.com]

In this video, pro shooter Jerry Miculek talks about whether you should carry a firearm with a round chambered, or not.

This seems a bit out of his wheelhouse, and he agrees:

“I’m by no means an expert when it comes to concealed carry, but I do listen to soldiers and police officers and individuals who have used firearms for that purpose.”

To illustrate the difference between the two conditions (chambered or un-chambered), he fires a pair of shots. For both, his hand is on the grip of the pocketed pistol with his finger on the trigger guard. When his timer beeps to begin, he draws the pistol and fires the shot.

With a round chambered, it took him 1.06 seconds. When he chambered a round, it took him 1.62 seconds.

This may not sound like much difference, but Jerry is a professional shooter known for his speed. All of these motions are extremely familiar to him and deeply ingrained. He also knows what’s about to happen and he’s relaxed — two conditions which will NOT apply in a defensive shooting situation.

As he points out, six tenths of a second is long enough for him to put 4 or 5 holes into someone — and definitely plenty long enough for an assailant to fill you full of lead while you’re fumbling with your slide. And as Jerry says:

“This is one time in your life when it’s WAY better to give than it is to receive.”

Another good point he makes is that you may need to use your weak hand to protect your head from a knife or club while you are drawing your firearm. In that situation you are helpless with a gun in your hand if it’s not already chambered.

Check out what he has to say about that and a few other things, like making sure your finger is never on the trigger during the draw. Then let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

Personally, I believe you should carry chambered or not at all. Your opponent certainly will be fully stoked.

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09:28

Hawaii: More Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled! [NRA-ILA News]

Despite pressing issues the state is facing surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, lawmakers are continuing the assault on our Second Amendment Freedoms, scheduling additional anti-gun bills for a hearing this week. The House Pubic Safety and Judiciary Committees are holding a joint hearing on Wednesday, June 24 to hear SB 2635 and SB 3054.  Additionally as reported, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering HB 1902 and HB 2744 on Thursday, June 25.

08:00

The New Russian PB-4SP Barrelless Traumatic Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

The New Russian PB-4SP Barrelless Traumatic PistolRussia’s sole state intermediary for the importation and exportation of defense-related products – Rosoboron Export – has just made their two latest products open to the market. The Legion Multi-Purpose shooting shield and the PB-4SP OSA traumatic cartridge firing pistol. Each of the two products is aimed at providing security forces with non-lethal options against selected […]

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07:04

HB 652 Needs Support In NC []

NC House Bill 652 would expand the ability to carry in churches. I hardly need to mention that churches have been the targets of the evil and the deranged. Needless to say but North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic) is adamantly against this bill if the emails I’ve received are any indication.

From NCGV:

“We oppose H652. It circumvents state policy outlawing concealed carry of firearms on school grounds and would put school children at more risk of gun violence,” said NCGV Executive Director Becky Ceartas. “State law applies to both public and private school property and makes no exception for schools owned and operated by places of worship for a simple reason: it endangers school children. 

“The fact that weapons would be allowed at the place of worship with schools but not at the associated school itself on the same property practically amounts to a distinction without a difference,” Ceartas added.

According to their email they are also opposed to making it easier for EMTs to legally carry. Don’t EMT lives matter?

Grass Roots North Carolina sent out an alert on this bill yesterday evening.

We need you to call NC House and urge them to support HOUSE BILL 652
We know that having citizens carrying in churches and other gatherings have saved countless lives.
HOUSE BILL 652 will expand the ability to carry in Churches; this is why it is critical that you call NC House Republicans to bolster their support for this important piece of legislation.
New Life Church, Colorado Springs First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement
What do all of these have in common?
They are three of the legion of examples of ordinary citizens stopping a mass murderer and saving countless lives.   Three of the millions of cases where guns have saved lives.
The left likes to pretend to be against gun violence and for ‘gun safety’.   So, they should also support this bill. [Pause for Laughter]
This is an important step for preserving liberty and true gun safety, we need you to voice your support of this life of death issue.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
Unfortunately, we don’t live in the wondrous ‘Utopia’ of the liberty grabber left, where unicorns prance over rainbows and mass murderers are stopped by absurd rules that only disarm the innocent.
This is why you must urge NC House Republicans to support this life saving legislation.  EMAIL NC HOUSE REPUBLICANS: Tell them clearly that they need to support this important piece of legislation.
The shooting at New Life Church, First Baptist Church, and West Freeway Church of Christ prove that only a good guy or gal with a gun can stop those bent on pure evil.  Liberty free [gun free] zones only disarm the innocent when seconds count and law enforcement is minutes away.

Use the copy and paste addresses below.
PHONE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP & YOUR GOP REP: Urge them to support this important piece of legislation that will ensure our safety.


PHONE MESSAGE:

My name is ______ and I’m calling to urge you to support HOUSE BILL 652, Expanding our common sense human right of self-defense in places of worship.  The recent past has shown that mere signs or rules will not stop evil men bent on mass murder. 

Armed citizens are the only way to ensure our safety in these situations.  I expect you to live up to your principles and I urge you to support this critical piece of legislation.

CONTACT INFO  NC House:  
Dean.Arp@ncleg.net;Kristin.Baker@ncleg.net;  Lisa.Barnes@ncleg.net;John.Bell@ncleg.net;Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net; Jamie.Boles@ncleg.net;William.Brisson@ncleg.net;Mark.Brody@ncleg.net; Dana.Bumgardner@ncleg.net;Jerry.Carter@ncleg.net; Debra.Conrad@ncleg.net;Kevin.Corbin@ncleg.net;Ted.Davis@ncleg.net; Jimmy.Dixon@ncleg.net;Josh.Dobson@ncleg.net;Jeffrey.Elmore@ncleg.net; John.Faircloth@ncleg.net;John.Fraley@ncleg.net;Edward.Goodwin@ncleg.net; Holly.Grange@ncleg.net;Destin.Hall@ncleg.net;Kyle.Hall@ncleg.net; Bobby.Hanig@ncleg.net;Jon.Hardister@ncleg.net;Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net; Craig.Horn@ncleg.net;Julia.Howard@ncleg.net;Chris.Humphrey@ncleg.net; Pat.Hurley@ncleg.net;Frank.Iler@ncleg.net;Steve.Jarvis@ncleg.net; Jake.Johnson@ncleg.net;Brenden.Jones@ncleg.net;Perrin.Jones@ncleg.net; Donny.Lambeth@ncleg.net;David.Lewis@ncleg.net; Pat.McElraft@ncleg.net;Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net;Jeffrey.McNeely@ncleg.net; Allen.McNeill@ncleg.net;Tim.Moore@ncleg.net; Larry.Potts@ncleg.net;Michele.Presnell@ncleg.net;Dennis.Riddell@ncleg.net; David.Rogers@ncleg.net;Stephen.Ross@ncleg.net;Jason.Saine@ncleg.net; Wayne.Sasser@ncleg.net;John.Sauls@ncleg.net;Mitchell.Setzer@ncleg.net; Phil.Shepard@ncleg.net;Carson.Smith@ncleg.net; Sarah.Stevens@ncleg.net;Larry.Strickland@ncleg.net;John.Szoka@ncleg.net; John.Torbett@ncleg.net;Harry.Warren@ncleg.net;Donna.White@ncleg.net; Larry.Yarborough@ncleg.net;Lee.Zachary@ncleg.net;

Phone Republican Leaders and Your Rep:
Rep. Tim Moore (Speaker): 704-739-1221 Rep. John R. Bell (Maj. Leader): 919-715-3017 Rep. Jon Hardister (Maj. Whip): 919-733-5191 Rep. David Lewis:  910-897-8100
Phone your own Republican Rep: CLICK HERE to use your address to find your representative and his/her contact information. Click on the ‘NC House’ radio button.


PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO GRNC: Help us fight gun control while we promote Second Amendment principles. Please CLICK HERE to contribute. Bear in mind that GRNC is an all-volunteer organization, so you can be sure your donations are put to the best possible use. Any amount helps, and any amount is appreciated.  
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Suggested Subject:  Support HOUSE BILL 652   Dear Representative,   I’m writing to urge you to support HOUSE BILL 652 that will expand the ability for ordinary citizens to carry concealed on educational property that is the location of both a school and a place of religious worship.
Recent tragedies have shown that a good guy or gal with a gun are critical in saving lives.   This is true common-sense safety legislation that will protect the public.
Mere signs or rules never deter those of evil intent and mass murder.  These only serve to stop innocent people from ensuring everyone else’s safety. 
I expect you to stand up for everyone’s common sense human rights and support this important step in safety. I will continue to monitor your actions on this important issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.    Respectfully,  

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07:00

NEW Ranger Point Precision Marlin M-LOK Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

Ranger Point Precision Marlin M-LOK Handguard (1)Ranger Point Precision has released a new aluminum M-LOK handguard for Marlin lever-action rifles. If you want to get into the currently popular game of modernized lever-action rifles and make your good ol’ Marlin lever gun more suitable for accessorizing, the RPP Marlin M-LOK handguard should be a great accessory to use in such a project. […]

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06:27

Wartime Evolution of the No4 Lee Enfield Rear Sight [Forgotten Weapons]

Most of the significant wartime simplifications we see on rifles from World War Two are from Germany and Japan, but the rear sight of the No4 Lee Enfield is a good example of a similar action taken by Britain. By 1942, the finely-made milled rear sight assembly of the rifle had become a limiting factor for production, and something needed to be done. So in 1942 a very simple two position “L” flip sight was adopted as a temporary solution. While that allowed production to speed up, a better solution was being developed by BSA. Late in 1942, the Mk III rear sight was adopted, effectively a stamped version of the original. This became the new standard, and some rifles with Mk II flip sights were update din the field by unit armorers.

06:26

Indiana: Law Eliminating Fees for a License to Carry a Handgun Goes into Effect July 1st [NRA-ILA News]

Next Wednesday, sections of House Bill 1284 (2019) will go into effect.  A five-year License to Carry a Handgun will now be free to obtain.

06:00

India’s AK-203 Program Delayed [The Firearm Blog]

AK203 announcementWe have been closely following India’s tentative steps towards modernisation of her Army’s small arms and the replacement of the INSAS rifle. It seemed that with the selection of Kalashnikov Concern’s AK-203 that India had selected a rifle suited to its soldier’s needs but recent reports suggest that the progress toward beginning production of the […]

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Monday, 22 June

19:30

Supreme Court’s Inaction Frustrates Second Amendment Supporters, Emboldens Anti-gun Activists [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners are by now used to being disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to uphold their rights or even to defend its own Second Amendment precedents. But the court’s neglect reached a new low last Monday, with its sweeping decision to deny review of the many Second Amendment cases pending on its docket.

19:25

Legal Reckoning for Jackson, MS Mayor’s Foolish Carry Ban [NRA-ILA News]

As we reported earlier, Chokwe Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, announced an executive order on April 24 as part of his response to the COVID-19 civil emergency. The order prohibited the “carrying of an unconcealed loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver or any other firearm, carried upon the person or in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case, with such pistol, revolver, or firearm being wholly or partially visible.”

19:21

Florida Court Recognizes Popularity of Carry Permits, Rules Police Cannot Use Possession of a Gun as Sole Basis for Investigatory Stops [NRA-ILA News]

An appellate court in Florida recently decided that a police officer who sees a firearm when approaching a citizen is not permitted to rely exclusively on the possession of the firearm as the justification for an investigatory stop and search. Bearing arms is not only a lawful activity, it is “a specifically enumerated right” protected under both the state and federal constitutions. Taking into consideration the sheer number of persons in the state who are permitted to carry concealed weapons, this “potentially lawful activity cannot be the sole basis for a detention. If this were allowed, the Fourth Amendment would be eviscerated.”

17:00

TFB REVIEW: The Brand New Taurus G3c Compact 9mm Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TFB REVIEW: The Brand New Taurus G3C Compact 9mm PistolIf you’re the type who’s in the market for a $200-$300 semi-automatic concealed carry option then you’ve likely shot or at the very least handled a Tuaurs G2c pistol. The Taurus G3c Compact 9mm pistol is the gun made to replace the G2c and it carries with it some new features and welcome upgrades. Taurus […]

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16:30

POTD: Defensive Combat Shooting with MG5 and G36 [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Defensive Combat Shooting from the Panzergrenadier Battalion 122. We look at sergeant candidates in the Panzergrenadier Battalion 122, during their training in group defense. They are using the Maschinengewehr MG5 (HK121) and the standard-issue HK G36. 7,62 NATO and 5,56 NATO in a fine combination, but the G36 is soon in for […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: The Ruger 10/22 Charger – My Backpack Gun [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: The Ruger 10/22 Charger - My Backpack GunWelcome back to The Rimfire Report. In this ongoing series of articles we explore, discuss, and examine various firearms, ammunition, and topics surrounding the rimfire world. This week I’ll be sharing my recent backpack gun build – a Ruger 10/22 Charger. The intention for this gun is to be an easily stowed and easily deployed platform that […]

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14:38

My Ruger 44 Carbine and Me [AllOutdoor.com]

This past Father’s Day, I found myself somewhere my late father would’ve loved… an off-grid hunt camp deep in the swamps of Levy County, Florida. I was there to visit with friends, have a lot of laughs, and hopefully slay a pig with the first centerfire rifle I ever carried in the woods: a Ruger 44 Magnum Carbine.

It all began for me at age 13, when I was allowed to hunt deer with something larger than the little double barrel 410 shotgun I’d been using up until then. I don’t guess I’ll ever forget the way Dad showed me how to use the gun, especially the loading and unloading. This was an early model without the magazine release button, so you have to run each cartridge through the action in order to unload the magazine.

Dad showed me, and then had me load & unload the gun as he watched. Then he made me do it again. And again. And again. I don’t recall just how many times he made me repeat the actions, but it was a lot, and almost 40 years later that moment remains one of my most-important hunting memories.

Ruger 44 Magnum Carbine, officially the Model 44. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Ruger 44 Magnum Carbine, officially the Model 44.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I loved the little rifle, with lines Bill Ruger had obviously borrowed from the M1 Carbine. The simple stock is well-designed, which is a good reason Ruger kept the same overall appearance when he conjured up the 10/22 some years after the Model 44 was born.

With an overall length of just 37 inches and an 18-inch barrel, the compact 44 magnum had already proven deadly, and by the time I started carrying it Dad had brought home 3 deer and 5 hogs with it, and no telling how many squirrels and rabbits it beheaded over the years. To date, I have used it to slay 14 deer and several swine.

Its short length and low weight of 6.4 pounds unloaded (6.7 with the pictured leather sling), even a skinny kid like me could tote it easily.

The aluminum butt plate has seen a lot of wear. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The aluminum butt plate has seen a lot of wear.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The sights were superb for my young eyes, because the Williams peep sight Dad had mounted to the rear of the receiver pairs perfectly with the rugged and sensible front sight, which Ruger unfortunately discontinued shortly after this one was made in 1962.

Williams receiver sight on Ruger 44 carbine. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Williams receiver sight on Ruger 44 carbine.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)
1962 44 carbine front sight: Rugged and reasonable. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
1962 44 carbine front sight: Rugged and reasonable.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I will never understand why Bill Ruger got rid of the superb front sight and replaced it with the wimpy version used on most 44 carbines as well as 10/22s, that skinny thing with the brass bead that’s easily broken off.

Anyhow, back to my youth: I was deeply in love with the rifle, which was of course not mine at the time… officially. One day, the klutzy teenager that I was managed to clobber the stock with part of a metal tree stand, gouging the wood deeply. Oh, the horror!

Awash with fear and self-loathing, I hiked to the truck with the marred rifle. Dad was waiting there, and I wasted no time ‘fessing up and apologizing. I’m pretty sure I burst into tears, as un-manly as that may seem.

Dad looked at me and asked, “Well, did you learn anything?”

“Yessir.”

“What?”

“To be more careful, put the gun farther away when I’m handling the stand.”

“Okay then.”

And that was that.

I've refinished the stock twice since I damaged it, but left the deep scratch as a reminder. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I’ve refinished the stock twice since I damaged it, but left the deep scratch as a reminder.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

After the gun became mine I refinished the stock, and years later refinished it again… and although I sanded the stock lightly after stripping off the old finish, I couldn’t stand to remove all the wood necessary to fully erase the damage, so it remains as a reminder of youthful ineptitude and fatherly forgiveness.

Every bit of finish is worn off the back of the trigger guard. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Every bit of finish is worn off the back of the trigger guard.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

As the years progressed and my hunting skills came into existence, I put many miles on the little carbine… so many that the rear of the trigger guard is devoid of the original black finish, and much of that finish is missing from the remainder of the trigger guard & magazine well area. Every bit of that wear is from hand wear or from riding on my shoulder.

Silver shows where paint has been worn from the button which must be depressed to load the rifle or to release the bolt. The suede sling wears a bit of pine sap from one of the many trees I climbed with this rifle. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Silver shows where paint has been worn from the button which must be depressed to load the rifle or to release the bolt. The suede sling wears a bit of pine sap from one of the many trees I climbed with this rifle.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Early on, Dad came home with an old shotgun he’d picked up somewhere. It wore a suede sling with which I immediately fell in love, and I glommed the sling then & there. Thereafter, this rifle and that sling simply went together, and an original set of Uncle Mike’s QD sling swivels made it easy to remove the sling in the tree stand so it didn’t flap in the breeze and alert critters of my presence.

The carbine rode many miles with the left side of its muzzle resting on the floor of a pickup truck. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The carbine rode many miles with the left side of its muzzle resting on the floor of a pickup truck.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Dad loved the 44 carbine so much that he bought another one for himself to hunt with. We took care of our rifles, but we also used them. This meant they lost bluing and other bits of finish over the years. Dad refused to mourn to deeply over such things, dubbing them “character marks.”

Bluing worn from muzzle and front sight of Ruger 44 magnum carbine. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Bluing worn from muzzle and front sight of Ruger 44 magnum carbine.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

In the early days I hunted with ammo Dad had reloaded, always with 240-grain jacketed bullets except for the few 250-grain Hambrick half-jacketed bullets I used for a year or two. After a decade or so I needed more ammo, and found great success with Winchester “white box” factory ammunition with 240-grain jacketed soft point bullets.

That empty shell represents the most recent kill for my 44 carbine. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
That empty shell represents the most recent kill for my 44 carbine.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Years later I got some reloading gear and started building my own hunting ammo, like this current batch of groceries consisting of Remington brass, Winchester primers, 22 grains of 2400 powder, and 240-grain Hornady XTP bullets… which brings me back to the present, or more accurately yesterday.

Father’s Day.

My buddy Henry and I were visiting the aforementioned hunt camp, owned by our mutual friend Gary. A good time was had by all… and especially by me, when I used my handy-dandy 44 carbine, which had been purchased and blooded by Dad before he generously passed it on to me, to kill a nice little hog.

Good ol' dead pig. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Good ol’ dead pig.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Before and after — especially after — my companions and I had an awful lot of fun. All in all, it was one of the best Father’s Days I’ve had. My father wasn’t there physically, but his presence was all around us, in the skills and humor he’d instilled in me as well as the physical tools he’d given me. Like my first hunting rifle, the 44 carbine.

The 44 carbine is one fine game-getter. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The 44 carbine is one fine game-getter.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Thanks, Dad.

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11:00

Smith & Wesson Reports 4Q and FY2020 Financials [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson's fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2020 financial reports have been released.Earlier this month, TFB reported that American Outdoor Brands was preparing to spin-off from Smith & Wesson. That recent news makes Smith & Wesson‘s financials even more interesting than usual, and they have announced that current reports are in with a June 18th press release. Due to the volume of information, only a portion will […]

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10:19

Great American Outdoors Act Breezes Through Senate [AllOutdoor.com]

On June 17, 2020, the US Senate passed a bill to support conservation efforts on public lands. Senate Bill 3422, nicknamed the Great American Outdoors Act, amends existing legislation to fund the physical maintenance of certain public federal lands.

Federal land leases dedicated to oil and gas drilling, coal extraction, and alternative energy development generate substantial revenues. Under the Act, 50 percent of those revenues, with a cap of $1,900,000,000 for fiscal years 2021-2025, would be shunted to deferred maintenance projects in national parks, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Bureau of Indian Education properties. The bill also mandates annual project for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which will maintain an interest-bearing investment account using the funds.

The Great American Outdoors Act is really an amendment. It adds a chapter to Title 54 of United States code. The bill has garnered what is in modern politics almost-unheard-of enthusiastic bipartisan support. It was sponsored by Republican Cory Gardner, junior Senator from Colorado. The list of co-sponsors is long and includes former Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar.

The bill is specific in how funds will be allocated. National Park service is allocated 70 percent, Forest Service would receive 15 percent, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education schools would each receive five percent. There is a requirement that, on an annual basis with each agency’s allocation, transportation projects such as paving and bridge/tunnel repairs can comprise no more than 35 percent of the allocation. Priority will be given to other deferred infrastructure maintenance or capital improvement projects. Bonuses for federal employees working on the newly funded projects may not be paid from the funds. Nor can the funds be used to supplant regularly budgeted maintenance expenses or land acquisition.

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Oil well on a Bureau of Land Management pasture. Photo by J. Onsurez

Investments in projects covered under the bill will purportedly benefit a wide swath of public land users. Hunters, anglers, and adventurers will enjoy improvements to outdoor features in their favorite Parks and federal lands. According to a letter from Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), all kinds of communities will enjoy greater and closer access to outdoor recreation as a result of the bill’s enactment. The Act funds projects that renovate community water delivery and wastewater treatment facilities, and can be used to restore and build playgrounds will benefit suburban and urban residents.

A primary, non-partisan source of legislation information, GovTrack.us, offers predictive values for passage of bills into law. According to this source, The Great American Outdoors Act has an usually high chance, 82 percent, of becoming law. It moves on to the House of Representatives for inspection and a vote in coming weeks.

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10:17

New Hampshire: Firearm Seizure Bill Set for Committee Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

On June 24th, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 687 which would take away the constitutional rights of individuals without due process. Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to attend this meeting remotely starting at 9:10 AM, to OPPOSE HB 687.

10:00

Polish Special Forces Seek Carbines [The Firearm Blog]

Hk416f francePoland’s Jednostka Wojskowa Formoza and Jednostka Wojskowa GROM, both key elements of the Polish Special Forces, are seeking to procure new carbines. JW Formoza are seeking a new modular carbine while JW GROM are seeking an unspecified number of Heckler & Koch HK416 carbines. A tender notice was published by Poland’s state treasury on behalf of JW Formoza on […]

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09:19

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

After recessing due to the COVID-19 crisis, the legislature is back at it pushing gun control. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, June 25th at 10 a.m. to consider HB 1902 and HB 2744.

08:00

Meprolight Introduces New Adjustable Day/Night Pistol Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Meprolight's adjustable handgun sights.Probably best known in the US for their pistol night sights, Israel-based Meprolight makes a variety of aiming solutions for a spectrum of firearms. In addition to their brightly-colored three-dot handgun sights, they also produce various long-gun optics, a line of thermals, and even a self-illuminated reflex sight for 40mm grenade launchers. Now with a […]

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07:00

5,500 New AK-12s Issued to Russia’s 144th Motorized Rifle Division [The Firearm Blog]

AK-12 Special ForcesBack in March, we reported that the special forces of the Western Military District had been issued with the Russian Army’s newest rifle, the AK-12. The Russian government recently announced that the 144th Motorized Rifle Division deployed in the Smolensk Region has also now received the new rifle. The delivery of 5,500 of AK-12s is the largest […]

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06:27

WW1 Night Sights: Gewehr 98 and SMLE [Forgotten Weapons]

Germany, Britain, and France all introduced luminous night sights for their service rifles in 1916. Today we are looking at a Gewehr 98 and an SMLE that have detachable WW1 night sights fitted (and the SMLE also has a metal muzzle cover device).

06:06

“Will No One Rid Me Of This Meddlesome Priest?” []

The quote in the title is attributed to King Henry II of England with reference to his dispute with Thomas a’Becket who was the Archbishop of Canterbury. In response, four Norman knights traveled from Normandy to Canterbury, confronted Thomas, and ultimately killed him. The murder in 1170 was later made into plays by T. S. Eliot and Jean Anouilh as well as a movie with Richard Burton.

This is not meant to be a history or literature lesson. Rather a lawsuit by the NRA against Oliver North in NY Supreme Court, County of Albany made me think of that quote.

I could almost hear Wayne LaPierre saying, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome president.” To which, William Brewer III replied, “I will, my liege!”

The complaint, much of which is redacted, seeks to have Oliver North removed from the NRA Board of Directors. According to a footnote, they redacted much of the complaint because it might contain information that Col. North might argue should be kept under seal.

The complaint alleges that Col. North has an “irreconcilable conflict” due to his employment with Ackerman McQueen and his membership on the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee, which had approved the arrangement, later rescinded their approval in May 2019 after the conflict between Wayne LaPierre and Col. North had come to a head.

The NRA is seeking a declaration that Col. North’s refusal to terminate his employment with Ackerman McQueen “was an election by him to terminate his NRA Board membership.” Here is where I might note that Col. North was the leading vote-getter in the 2019 NRA Board of Director election.

The attorneys bringing he lawsuit on behalf are Svetlana Eisenberg and William Brewer III of Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors.

When Pete Brownell resigned as President of the NRA in 2018, a great effort was made to get Col. North to be President. At the time, he was under contract to Fox News and would have to resign that in order to become NRA President. I have been told by multiple insiders as well as have seen in court filings that Wayne LaPierre actually negotiated Col. North’s contract with Ackerman McQueen. The whole “they won’t give us the contract” so we can know what conflicts Ollie has is a charade as is the declaration by the Audit Committee.

In reality, the conflict is between Wayne LaPierre, his cronies on the Board, and his attorney who is sucking the NRA dry and those who wanted to return the NRA to effectiveness and to see Brewer gone.

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06:00

Strike Industries’ “Slide Adapter Plate” For Gen 3 & 4 Glock Parts Swap [The Firearm Blog]

Slide Adapter PlateStrike Industries recently added another firearm accessory to its wide list of products, with this latest giving Glock owners, or Glock aftermarket support owners the ability to better swap slides and frames between different generations.  Strike Industries’ goal with the Slide Adapter Plate was to allow a better fit between a Gen 3 slide on […]

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Sunday, 21 June

16:30

POTD: 15th MEU Marines Conduct Stand Off Munitions Disruption Training [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo of the Day takes us to US Marine Corps Camp Pendelton, with a series of photos taken during a standoff munitions disruption (SMUD) training exercise. Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit tackled a number of munitions using M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems. In the first photograph above, Sgt. Michael Roberts, a reconnaissance assistant team […]

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15:08

What’s A Girl To Do…In New Jersey []

My friend ScotShot who has penned an editorial or two on this blog, sent me this from one of his instructors, Heidi Bergmann-Schoch. He had read a note in NSSF data that pointed out the number of new women gun owners since the outbreak of COVID-19. He reached out to Heidi for her opinion on it as she, in addition to being an instructor, is a coordinator of one of The Well-Armed Woman chapters in New Jersey.

Here is what she had to say. I am posting it with her permission.

I have looked through the newsletters I receive from TWAW and have not found anything that relates specifically to these topics. But I can give you my take on it.

Women have historically had a difficult time being taken seriously when researching and actually acquiring firearms. It’s been a “man’s world” and us little ladies shouldn’t be worrying our little heads about such things. But we have to….our town or development may be the next one in line to have a “peaceful” demonstration that evolves into violence as night falls. We all hear it, “call the police, it’s their job” except they are overwhelmed and will NOT be coming right over to check the group at your front door. They can’t. They’re already tied up with the dozens of calls before yours. So what do we, as responsible, independent women, do to fix the problem and be safer? We get training. We buy guns.

Except we can’t. At least not in an expeditious manner.

Though the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution says we have the right to bear arms and protect ourselves, New Jersey has us jump through more hoops then a pack of Jack Russells at a Dog and Pony show in order to do it. And that’s during “normal” times. Now it is nearly impossible to acquire a gun in a timely manner and impossible to receive training and get practice time as the indoor ranges are closed and the outdoor ranges severely restricted.

The 2nd Amendment Daily News says America added 2 million first time gun owners in 5 months. 800,000 of those were women. Sales are up 80% over May of last year. The percentages hold through New Jersey. So by limiting access to training is the Government of New Jersey setting us up for a greater fall? Just waiting for the first inappropriate discharge of a firearm from a brand new firearm owner? Makes you wonder…

And then there are the others murmurs about restricting ammunition sales. Right now you may find some calibers in somewhat short supply. Everyone who can wants to be ready to defend themselves. Currently it’s a volume problem but looking at the future and the murmurs in quiet corners, it could very well be more then that in the future with the NJ Government abolishing the ability to acquire ammo on line. It hasn’t happened yet, but we know the current regime is rabidly against personal firearms ownership and stay up at night figuring out how to further deprive us of personal protection.

So what’s a girl to do?

Numerous women’s gun organizations have come into being over the last 5 to 10 years, all with the goal of supplying women with the resources to become better shooters and better defenders of themselves and their loved ones. And while the emphasis is on firearms, particularly handguns, other means of protection are also covered. Most local chapters of these organizations meet once a month and have an educational segment as well as range time. Topics are diverse; one meeting may be on proper shooting stance and the next on situational awareness.  All subjects have the goal of better preparing the women to be responsible for themselves and confident in their actions.

Since shooting is a perishable skill, groups like The Well Armed Woman strongly encourage their members that attend a meeting to follow up by going out on the range after the classroom portion is over. They even track who has completed range time and counsel those who do not practice to do so, at least with the group. For some, this is the new “bowling night”, socializing with friends who have similar likes and attitudes with the added benefit of education. Many of these women have no other outlet or social circle to discuss and enjoy this hobby/lifestyle. Guns are feared by many and there are those out there that feel women with guns are an aberration. Instead of ostracism, in these groups they find welcome and acceptance.

The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters continually support women and their quest to protect themselves. Once a year on June 6th, they hold a reminder that women who choose to can be, and are, proactive in protecting themselves. Using the hash tags #IAmEmpowered, #IAmPrepared and #IRefuseToBeAVictim these guiding principles of #NOTMe and #NeverAgain  support women’s ability to keep safety in their own hands and not rely on anyone else.

Except this year in New Jersey, they could not. Covid-19 came along and government shut down our society and ranges. And now, even as commercial sports are opened up to the multitudes, ranges are still closed. The thousands of new guns owners, women and men, go home with their proud acquisition unable to even fire it for the first time.

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Saturday, 20 June

16:30

POTD: The Carl Gustav M/45 – Swedish K Gun (+ HK MP5 SD) [The Firearm Blog]

swedish k100% sure – Would not skip class. In today’s Photo Of The Day we’re looking at the Carl Gustav M/45, also called the Swedish K Gun. Kulsprutepistol m/45 (abbreviated Kpist m/45), which can be translated to something like bullet spraying pistol. A pretty accurate name, in fact. The M/45 is fully-automatic only, and the model is still used […]

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11:47

SILENCER SATURDAY #130: Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed Scorpion K [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #130: Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed Scorpion KHappy Saturday everyone and welcome back to TFB’s weekly discussion of silencers and accessories designed to make suppressed weapons perform to their fullest potential. Last week we talked about the current state of the National Firearms Act – a series of laws and regulations initially designed to essentially ban silencers from common use that now […]

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06:27

PCC Showdown: H&K SP5 vs Kalashnikov USA KP9 vs CMMG Banshee [Forgotten Weapons]

Since SHOT Show this year, I have gotten three different 9mm carbines that are all interesting in their own ways. The Kalashnikov USA KP-9 is a virtual copy of the Russian Vityaz submachine gun, much more sophisticated than the other 9mm AKs available today. The CMMG Banshee is a delayed blowback AR with a very clever operating mechanism and the ability to fit a standard AR lower. And the H&K SP-5 is the long-awaited semiauto civilian iteration of the MP5, my favorite submachine gun of all.

As I have done videos on each of these, lots of people have asked to see them compared to each other. Today, we are doing that! I have a selection of cool target systems from MOA Targets – an 8-plate duelling tree, a mini-Mozambique, and a Redneck Star. These will serve to test target transitions, precision shots, and moving targets respectively, and we will see which of the carbines comes out on top!

06:00

NEW Taurus G3C – First Impressions [The Firearm Blog]

The Taurus G3C is a successor to the G2C and PT111 G2 that incorporates the improvements from the full-size G3 pistol. In this episode of TFBTV, Hop takes the new G3C to the range to see how it handles. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if […]

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Friday, 19 June

17:00

Friday Night Lights: AGM Asp-Micro TM384 Thermal Monocular [The Firearm Blog]

AGM Global Vision is a relatively new company. I discovered them at the last SHOT Show back in January. At the time I did not see much that was interesting but lately they have come out with some affordable products that are worth looking into. If you recall, they have a dual-tube bino night vision […]

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16:30

POTD: General Dynamics NGSW Engineers at the Range [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s photo of the day comes from General Dynamics-OTS who are current contenders in the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program. The photo was shared on General Dynamics Ordnance  & Tactical Systems twitter page earlier this year. It features their NGSW – Automatic Rifle prototype with engineers from Williston, Vermont, talking operators over the new […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – 6/19/20 [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Welcome one and all, to the Father’s Day Weekend edition of the one, the only, Deals of the Week. I’m your host Benjamin F, coming to you from my secluded bunker downtown writing studio. Bringing you nothing but the best deals I can find, even in the middle of a panic buying session that’s lasted for […]

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15:08

Virginia: Alexandria Set to Create Countless Gun-Free Zones, Undermine Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

With Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s raft of new gun controls set to take effect on July 1st, Alexandria Mayor Justin M. Wilson and the City Council are wasting no time in attacking gun rights. HB421/SB35, signed by Northam on April 22nd, weakened the state firearms preemption statute to allow localities to prohibit the possession, carrying, or transportation of firearms in an array of locations.

13:00

POF-USA Founder and CEO Frank DeSomma Dies in Car Accident [The Firearm Blog]

DeSomma is pictured here manning the POF-USA booth at his last SHOT Show in 2020.Patriot Ordnance Factory, or POF-USA, started in Frank DeSomma’s garage in 2002. Over the last eighteen years he has grown the company to become an industry leader in piston-driven ARs and more. Tragically, on the way home from his office yesterday, June 18th, 2020, the 57-year-old entrepreneur and former aerospace engineer died in a car […]

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11:28

This Could be the Worst AK in the Universe [AllOutdoor.com]

In the spirit of camaraderie and because he made the video, I will let Ian of Forgotten Weapons introduce this one:

“This is in fact I think the most horrific example of gunsmithing I have ever seen in my life. Let me show you.”

It’s a stumpy little AK, which when fired on camera managed to fling the gas block assembly downrange along with a bullet. No kidding!

On the surface, it’s an AK pistol chambered for 5.56 NATO, and it’s pretty clear that someone cobbled it together… someone who had no business attempting such a thing. Ian sets right in describing its many lamenesses:

  • Pro Mag magazine.
  • Latch for side-folding butt stock is absent.
  • Many of the rivets ain’t.
  • Divots for safety selector lever roughly formed with a cutoff wheel.
  • The barrel was ground down by an insane chimp on meth (my guess).
  • Gas block (formerly) brazed to the barrel rather than pinned.
  • The bolt locking lugs have been ground away.
  • Barrel cutout for hand guard roughly gouged out with a hand grinder.
  • The barrel was not originally an AK barrel.
  • Barrel has been partially lathe turned, giving it a Jekyll/Hyde appearance.
  • Chambering marked as “.223MM,” which is approximately .009 caliber.
  • Did we mention the rivets suck?

The side of the gun is marked with the maker’s name, but Ian hides it from viewers. I suppose he’s concerned about the guy complaining, but I’d rather know the name — so I could avoid it.

“This is the essence of the Wile E. Coyote school of gunsmithing.”

The horror… the horror…

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11:00

Rigby Keeps Calm and Locks-in During Lockdown [The Firearm Blog]

The days of strict lockdown and quarantine are behind for most of us, and hopefully the whole pandemic nightmare will soon be a thing of the past for the whole world. During these difficult times, we had to find ways to cope with new routines. Some of us may have dedicated more time to their […]

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10:00

CrossBreed Holsters For the Taurus G3c [The Firearm Blog]

Springfield, Missouri-based CrossBreed have announced that holsters from across their range are now compatible with the new Taurus G3c which launched at the beginning of the week. CrossBreed have worked with Taurus to ensure their holsters fit the new Taurus compact 9mm pistol. The G3c compatible range includes inside the waistband, belly bands and outside […]

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09:14

Mother Outraged After Police Search Home Over BB Gun Seen During Virtual Class [AllOutdoor.com]

Navy veteran Courtney Lancaster was surprised earlier this month when police officers came knocking on her door to search her home for “weapons” in order “to address an issue with [her] son’s school.”

Shocked, she consented to allow the officers to search her home. Although no violations were reportedly found, the concerned mother delved deeper and was upset to learn how this had all come about.

“I felt violated as a parent, for my child, who’s standing there with police officers in his room, just to see the fear on his face,” she said.

Courtney learned that during a Google Meet class in which her 11-year-old son participated, his BB and airsoft guns were visible in the background. During that class, someone took a screenshot and sent it to the school principal. The school safety officer then called police “because the weapon was not secured.”

She said the principal initially compared the presence of the BB gun to bringing a firearm to school!

School administrators refused to show Courtney the screenshot of her own child “because it’s not part of his student record.” The mother is concerned about who is watching her child through the cameras during online classes, and wonders whether images of her child could end up in the wrong hands.

“It’s absolutely scary to think about,” Courtney said. “Who are on these calls? Who do we have viewing your children and subsequently taking these screenshots that can be sent anywhere or used for any purpose?”

Aside from that, Lancaster wonders why nobody even contacted her before calling police. She’s also concerned because there seem to be no clear guidelines about what can trigger a home inspection from police.

“There’s no more trust. There have just been a series of lies and just no cooperation,” she said.

Now, she worries about the future of virtual learning without clear policies in place.

“So, what are the parameters? Where are the lines drawn? If my son is sitting at the kitchen island next to a butcher block, does that constitute a weapon? It’s not allowed at school, right? So, would my home then be searched because he’s sitting next to a butcher block? I feel like parents need to be made aware of what the implications are, what the expectations are.”

I guess the moral of the story is that we are always being watched, and we should probably get used to it.

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08:00

Speer Gold Dot G2 Carry Gun Ammo Is Here [The Firearm Blog]

Speer's new Gold Dot G2 Carry Gun ammo, optimized for compact pistols.During January’s pre-SHOT Show frenzy, TFB reported on several new ammo options that would be coming out over the course of 2020. At SHOT, TFBTV went a little more in depth with Speer about their new additions. Now in a June 18th press release, Idaho-based ammo manufacturer Speer has announced that their Gold Dot G2 […]

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07:43

Speer Offers New Gold Dot Carry Gun Ammo [AllOutdoor.com]

For many years as a full-time law enforcement officer I carried Speer Gold Dot every day as a duty round. Now Speer has taken their Gold Dot G2 hollow point bullet and modified it for the everyday carry gun market. This specialized ammunition is designed to provide superior feeding, ballistics, and terminal performance through compact handguns. Speer’s new Carry Gun lineup includes 9mm 135-grain, 40 S&W 165-grain, and 45 Auto +P 200-grain loads. Currently Speer Gold Dot is one of the top picks for law enforcement ammunition nationwide. With the new offering for the civilian concealed carry market, Speer has really expanded its lineup.

According to a recent press release by Speer and Vista Outdoors, not all carry gun ammunition is created equal. By taking the Gold Dot G2 bullet and customizing it to function in short-barreled defense pistols, Speer has created a self-defense load truly optimized for the guns in which it will be carried. Many shooters believe that a defensive bullet—any defensive bullet—will perform well in typical self-defense situations. But a bullet designed and optimized for a full-sized duty handgun may not perform to the same standard when shot from a short-barreled carry or backup gun according to a company spokesman. 

Gold Dot Carry Gun features the original G2’s exclusive bullet nose design. Instead of a large hollow-point cavity, it has a shallow dish filled with a high-performance elastomer. On impact, the material is forced into engineered internal fissures to start the expansion process. The result is extremely uniform expansion, better separation of the petals, and more consistent penetration across barrier types. Speer Gold Dot Carry Gun also utilizes quality nickel-plated cases that feed dependably, advanced powders that perform consistently, and a sealed CCI primer that is sensitive and reliable.

Features of the new Gold Dot Carry Gun HP include:

  • Gold Dot G2 bullet design optimized for compact carry pistols
  • Shallow dish nose cavity filled with elastomer and structural-plated, pressure-formed core improve performance through barriers
  • Extremely uniform expansion and penetration when fired through short barrels
  • Exclusive Gold Dot construction virtually eliminates core/jacket separation
  • Quality, reliable components and consistent accuracy and performance

Gold Dot Carry Gun is offered in the following choices:

  • 9mm Luger 135-grain Gold Dot Carry Gun HP, MSRP, $28.99
  • 40 S&W 165-grain Gold Dot Carry Gun HP, MSRP, $30.99
  • 45 Auto +P 200-grain Gold Dot Carry Gun HP, MSRP, $33.99

The new Carry Gun Gold Dot is being shipped out to dealers now. More information can be found on the Speer website, www.speer.com

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07:00

TRUGLO Sights for the New Taurus G3c Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Aftermarket accessories and upgrades for Taurus USA’s new G3c Compact 9x19mm pistol continue to be unveiled. TRUGLO have announced TRUGLO TRITIUM PRO sights in both orange and white for the new Taurus pistol. TRUGLO, Inc., the leading manufacturer of fiber-optic and tritium sighting systems for handguns, is pleased to announce that all varieties of TRUGLO sights are […]

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06:27

Samopal vz.58: The Czechoslovakian Answer to the AK [Forgotten Weapons]

Among the nations of the Warsaw Pact, only Czechoslovakia designed and produced its own infantry assault rifle – everyone else used the Kalashnikov. The Czech vz.58 is often mistaken for an AK because it has the same basic layout, but is in reality a completely different gun mechanically and has no interchangeable parts with an AK. It is a short stroke gas piston system will a pivoting locking block like a Walther P38 pistol and a unique linear hammer for firing. The vz.58 was produced from 1958 until 1984, and underwent no substantial modifications during its service, although various new bolt-on parts are available today for commercial sale.

06:00

Polish Armed Forces Order Another 18,000 MSBS Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

A WOT Promo photo featuring the MSBS (WOT)The Polish government have announced their intention to procure a further 18,000 MSBS-5.56 rifles. Back in September 2019, the Polish Ministry of National Defense signed contracts to officially begin the production of Poland’s next-generation MSBS “Grot” assault rifles and the VIS 100 pistol for the Polish Army. In a statement in late May, the Polish Ministry of Defense said […]

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Thursday, 18 June

17:00

TFB Review: SIG Sauer P320 RXP XCompact [The Firearm Blog]

In the past few years, there have been a number of great little concealed carry options hitting the market. Whether it’s the Glock 43X, 19X or Springfield Armory Hellcat, there are plenty of new options available. Recently, SIG announced their red dot equipped X-Series called the RXP. The new RXP pistol has a few different changes […]

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16:30

POTD: Concamo – Shooting with Secondary Sights [The Firearm Blog]

G95 hkSecondary sights – everybody talks about them. TFB’s comments section is full of comments telling how important they are. But how often do we even zero them? Is your secondary sight zeroed, or do you just wait for the main optic to break (probably when you need it the most) before you do that? The picture […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: The Art of Avoidance and Being Realistic [The Firearm Blog]

There’s no denying, society and current events have been a little more unpredictable and crazy than they typically are in a given year. Between COVID shutting down the country for the last few months and recent unrest in major cities, it’s easy to get into a defensive mindset when traveling. Recently, I took a trip […]

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13:15

Stuff You Find When Looking For Something Else []

I was reading a couple of articles about how an insignificant party attendee ended up getting doxxed in an article in the Washington Post. Her crime was to attend a party pretending to be Megyn Kelly in blackface – two years ago.

Now I’ve never worn blackface nor do I encourage it. That is, unless you are using black in conjunction with other colors for camo face paint in hunting. I still think a camo face mask is easier and certainly easier to remove.

Back to the subject at hand.

This got me to thinking of that old Southernism, “He needed killing.” It turns out that this was often called the “Texas Defense”. Despite that, there was no law in Texas or anywhere else I can find that allows the murder of someone because they were reprehensible human beings. Despite being called the Texas Defense, it actually originated with an 1870 Kentucky case dealing with self-defense. Dave Hardy covered that case in his Of Arms and the Law blog back in 2011.

All of this eventually led to Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary on the entry on Homicide. Published in 1906, it is available for free on the Internet thanks to the Gutenberg Project. If you haven’t read entries in it, you should.

HOMICIDE, n. The slaying of one human being by another. There are four kinds of homocide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy, but it makes no great difference to the person slain whether he fell by one kind or another—the classification is for advantage of the lawyers.

As the Complementary Spouse would assure you, my mind sometimes does work like that. I start at Point A, meander a bit here and there, dawdle for a while on something totally irrelevant but interesting, and eventually end up at Point Z. It is like following links on the Internet where you keep following link after link until you remember what you were originally trying to find and you go back there.

If you are of a certain age, you may remember a Chicago newspaper columnist by the name of Sydney J. Harris. Long before there was an Internet, he would write about “Things I Learned While Looking Up Other Things.” It was full of interesting trivia. I can only imagine what he’d come up with now thanks to the Internet.

And that is how I got from some Social Justice Warriors thinking it was their duty to dox an ordinary person who then lost her job to “he needed killing” to good old Ambrose Bierce (and Sydney J. Harris).

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13:02

California: Bills Pass Senate Appropriations Committee Now Eligible for Floor Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Senate Appropriations considered bills sent to the Suspense File earlier this month, passing SB 914 and SB 1175 on party-line voting.  Both bills are eligible for votes on the Senate floor.

12:16

TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #11: Mike Pappas And Eric Rogers of Dead Air Armament [The Firearm Blog]

TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #11: Mike Pappas And Eric Rogers of Dead Air ArmamentWelcome back to the latest episode of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast. This week we sit down with Mike Pappas and Eric Rogers from Dead Air Armament, manufacturers of some of the best silencers on the market. Not only does the Dead Air team know how to make great suppressors, but they are also a […]

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11:00

Adaptive Defensive Shooting Seeks to Include Shooters with Disabilities [The Firearm Blog]

The Adaptive Defensive Shooting Summit will hold its second annual event this fall.The shooting sports are a wonderful way to bring people together. The camaraderie, the learning experiences, and the competitive aspects can forge great friendships over common interests and experiences. Moreover, defensive firearms use can be important for all kinds of people. The folks over at the second annual Adaptive Defensive Shooting Summit, led by US […]

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10:00

Kalashnikov Delivers 35,000 AK-12s to Russian Army [The Firearm Blog]

First 8,000 AK-12 Rifles Are Issued To Central Military District of Russian Armed Forces (2)Russian state news service TASS has reported that 35,000 new 5.45x39mm AK-12s have been delivered to the Russian army. With deliveries continuing apace this indicates that Kalashnikov Group are on track to meet their target of delivering over 110,000 rifles by 2021. Kalashnikov Group CEO Dmitry Tarasov told TASS that “We have already closed the contract […]

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08:00

New Radical Firearms and MFT Exclusives at Davidson’s [The Firearm Blog]

Davidson's three new exclusives come courtesy of Radical Firearms and Mission First Tactical.In a June 15th press release, Davidson’s announced three new exclusive ARs thanks to two recent partnerships. Texas-based gunmaker Radical Firearms and Pennsylvanian accessory manufacturer Mission First Tactical (who themselves just came out with a line of cool drinkware) have come on board with Davidson’s, and the trio of companies wasted no time in birthing […]

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07:34

CCI’s 22 WMR VNT Ammo is Truly Impressive [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve long been fond of the 22 Magnum, or the 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR) if you wish to get “proper.” It’s a fine cartridge that was introduced in 1959 and has been going strong ever since. A wide array of firearms have been (and continue to be) made to fire this impressive round, which makes the 22 LR seem plumb tame.

I’m also a devotee of heavy bullets, or at least “heavy for caliber” bullets, but when the CCI 22 WMR VNT load came out, I just had to give it a try.

There’s a reason the ammo package says “varmint” — you’re unlikely to have a whole lot of edible meat left on anything you hit with a VNT. Then again, that’s the point!

CCI 22 WMR VNT ammo package. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
CCI 22 WMR VNT ammo package.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Speer VNT bullet is polymer-tipped and has “an extremely thin jacket” to promote “explosive terminal performance on impact.” The 22 Mag loads use 30-grain VNTs touted to scoot along at 2200 FPS (feet per second), which is a good bit faster than the 17 Mach 2’s 17-grain VNT bullet, spec’d at 2010 FPS. Bigger, heavier bullets going even faster? Yes, please.

I hit the range with three 22WMR firearms:

  • Savage Model 65M bolt action rifle with 20″ barrel
  • Mossberg Chuckster Model 640KA bolt action rifle with 24″ barrel
  • Colt Frontier Scout ’62 single action revolver with 4.75″ barrel
Savage Model 65M (top) and Mossberg Chuckster Model 640KA bolt action 22 Magnum rifles. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Savage Model 65M (top) and Mossberg Chuckster Model 640KA bolt action 22 Magnum rifles.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I began with some chronograph comparisons using the two rifles and some other 22 WMR ammo I had on hand. Because the barrels differ in length by 4 inches, I decided to test each load in each rifle. For each result you see here, I fired 4 shots and averaged the measurements, which were obtained using a Shooting Chrony placed about 4 yards in front of the shooting bench.

Here are the results in FPS:

CCI 40-grain Jacketed Hollowpoint (JHP)

  • Mossberg (24″): 1797
  • Savage (20″): 1800

CCI 40-grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)

  • Mossberg (24″): 1879
  • Savage (20″): 1899

Winchester Super X 40-grain FMJ

  • Mossberg (24″): 1877
  • Savage (20″): 1846

CCI 30-grain VNT

  • Mossberg (24″): 2271
  • Savage (20″): 2278

As you can see, the 4-inch difference in barrel length didn’t make a lot of difference in bullet speed. But more notably, the VNT ammo measured considerably faster than its advertised 2200-FPS muzzle velocity. That’s impressive.

I fired a variety of ammo for comparison purposes. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I fired a variety of ammo for comparison purposes.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The other ammo I fired for comparison is several years old, while the VNT is last year’s batch.

Fun Stuff

Next, I decided to blow up some stuff… kinda. I filled pairs of aluminum soda cans with water, then shot one with conventional WMR ammo and the other with VNT. Scientific? Nah, just fun!

The range was 17 yards.

I first shot a pair of small 7.5-ounce soda cans. Both of them ruptured rather excitedly, with the first being hit with a Winchester Super-X JHP — but the VNT can kinda went BLOOEY just a tad faster than the other. Interestingly, both cans ruptured in almost-identical fashion.

This pair of cans ruptured almost identically. One was shot with VNT, the other with Winchester Super-X JHP. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
This pair of cans ruptured almost identically. One was shot with VNT, the other with Winchester Super-X JHP.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Next was a pair of 12-ounce Coke cans and the Winchester Super-X JHP again. Again, both cans blew into similar shreds but the VNT hit was decidedly more violent.

I changed it up for the final pair, which was 12-ounce Cherry Coke cans, the first of which was hit with a CCI JHP, and the second with the VNT. The results were similar to watch, but the bottom of the VNT can seemed to show evidence of considerably greater pressure, as it seemed to have taken on the shape of the sand on which it was setting when shot.

Can on right was shot with CCI JHP; two-piece can on left with VNT. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Can on right was shot with CCI JHP; two-piece can on left with VNT.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)
This shows the bottom of both cans. The sandy one is from the VNT hit, and shows much greater effect. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
This shows the bottom of both cans. The sandy one is from the VNT hit, and shows much greater effect.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

For the grand finale, I filled a 3-liter olive oil can with water and capped it, then shot it with some VNTs. I shot a bit of video with my phone, and I have to say I really enjoyed the results.

The first shot caused a really nice explosive rupture and the entire can jumped up about twice its height, and I had to be fast to work the bolt and get another VNT into the can before all the water gushed out. That hit provided another satisfying jump. Then I shot it another time or two for good measure.

The VNT had an impressive effect on this 3-liter can filled with water. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The VNT had an impressive effect on this 3-liter can filled with water.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

That little 30-grain VNT pill packs a wallop.

I wasn’t smart enough to take a before and after photo, but this can used to be rectangular and its silver bottom used to be crimped on. Here are some screen shots from the video.

The can "blowed up real good." (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The can “blowed up real good.”
(Photo © Russ Chastain)
My finger is pointing at the initial hit, which blew the bottom right off the can. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
My finger is pointing at the initial hit, which blew the bottom right off the can.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Shooting Groups

Next, I slid on out to 50 yards to shoot some groups with the two rifles.

The Mossberg Chuckster has a decidely better trigger pull, and both rifles wear identical scopes, i.e. “el cheapo” Bushnell Sportview 3x-9x with 1″ tubes. The Mossberg’s two 50-yard groups measure 3/8″ and 1″ while the Savage’s groups were 1-1/8″ and 1″ measured center-to-center from the farthest bullet holes.

I fired the two 50-yard groups on the left with the Mossberg; right with Savage. The top groups were fired from bags while the bottoms were fired from a Lead Sled DFT. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I fired the two 50-yard groups on the left with the Mossberg; right with Savage. The top groups were fired from bags while the bottoms were fired from a Lead Sled DFT.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Moving out to 100 yards, I decided to forgo the Savage and stick with the Mossberg. The first 5-shot group was fired with the center of the paper as my aiming point and measured 1-5/8″ — and if you eliminate the flyer, it’s a one-incher.

I fired these two 100-yard groups using the Mossberg. I aimed at center of target for the top group, then adjusted the scope and aimed at the bottom left bull. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I fired these two 100-yard groups using the Mossberg. I aimed at center of target for the top group, then adjusted the scope and aimed at the bottom left bull.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This rifle had been hitting high left consistently, so I adjusted the scope down 8 clicks and right 8 clicks and fired five more, aiming at the lower left bullseye. That group had 2 flyers and a cluster of three in less than a half-inch. The overall group size (including flyers) is 2-5/8 inches.

After a Break

I decided to knock off for a while, because I was getting a bit overheated. I figured the rifles could use a good cleaning, too, so I retreated to my office to cool off and get to work on that.

I gave each rifle a good bore cleaning, and the Mossberg was by far the skankiest. Then I hit the range again the following morning, set up at 100 yards, and fired a pair of 10-shot groups with the VNT ammo. Each rifle had its identical scope set at 9x, and I aimed at the center of each target (between the 4 bullseyes).

These rifles are old, but they've served well. Savage 65M (top) and Mossberg Chuckster 640KA. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
These rifles are old, but they’ve served well. Savage 65M (top) and Mossberg Chuckster 640KA.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Mossberg’s performance was surprising as well as confusing, with 9 shots creating an unpleasantly-large group that measures 2-7/8″ — but the real kicker was a high-and-right flyer that almost missed the target! It’s possible this was my first shot.

For now, I’m going to chalk the Mossberg’s performance up to rifle trouble of some variety. I cleaned the rifle from the muzzle, and it’s possible that I nicked the crown and created some damage that I can’t see with an eye loupe magnifier. I’ll have to give that one some more love when I get a chance.

Ten-shot groups fired at 100 yards aiming at center of targets. Left Mossberg group inexplicably large, with a high-right flyer on the edge of the target. Savage group much better. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Ten-shot groups fired at 100 yards aiming at center of targets. Left Mossberg group inexplicably large, with a high-right flyer on the edge of the target. Savage group much better.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Savage 65M placed all ten shots in a 2″ circle, which is not the best I’ve ever done, but I was not shooting under the best conditions. I’m certain the ammo and rifle can do better than this, and I’m satisfied that CCI’s 22 WMR VNT ammo is of good high quality and consistency.

The Revolver

My old Colt single action revolver likes the VNT ammo just fine, ringing the Birchwood Casey steel gong as long as I aimed a touch high with its fixed sights. I love this old wheel gun! And VNT ammo gives it more oomph than it already had.

Colt Frontier Scout '62 single action 22 magnum revolver with CCI VNT ammo. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Colt Frontier Scout ’62 single action 22 magnum revolver with CCI VNT ammo.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Conclusion

In the end, I have to admire this new load and especially the VNT bullet, and its explosive performance on the oil can gives me a bit of an itch to target some coyotes with a 22 Mag and CCI VNT ammo.

It’s good stuff, and if you have a 22 Magnum rifle and can find it in stock anywhere I recommend you jump on it.

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07:00

SOCOM & the Next Generation Squad Weapon [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army is forging ahead with the evaluation of the prototype Next Generation Squad Weapon rifles and automatic rifles and it has been confirmed that U.S. Special Operations Command is both involved in the program and watching its developments closely. SOCOM has been working closely with the Army and have also provided initial special […]

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06:27

The Worst AK Build I Have Ever Seen, Bar None [Forgotten Weapons]

This AK was purchased by someone I know, and it is so utterly awful that I just had to put it on camera. I’m obscured the name of the shop that did the build because I don’t know the circumstances, how long ago it was done, and if the builder still has any affiliation with the shop – and I don’t want to bring down the wrath of the internet on someone. Instead, let us simply marvel at the carnival of failure that is this .223mm “Krink”…

06:00

Multiple Sighting Products Already Online for Taurus G3c Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

On June 15, Taurus announced the release of the G3c, a compact version of their G3 pistol, with clone-like resemblance to their G2 carry gun. On the same day, numerous companies sounded off regarding accessories for the pistol—a surprisingly speedy industry response.

Sighting systems are one of the most popular aftermarket purchases for defensive pistols, and with good reason. Aiming responsibly is a tenet of gun safety. Whether it is for the G3c or other handgun, products like those presented here can customize a gun to make it more functional for its owner. While replacement sights and lasers represent a significant expense in comparison to the G3c, sights are a long-lasting investment and deliver great value to improve both confidence and accuracy.

Here is an overview of offerings announced on the aiming device front. Companies represented are Truglo and Viridian.

TrugloTruglo Tritium Pro in darkness

Truglo Tritium Pro in darknessBased in Texas, Truglo has a long list of products suitable for the G3c. These include:

  • TFX Pro – Tritium and fiber optic day/night rear U-notch and front sight set with daytime contrast on front sight
  • TFX – Tritium and fiber optic day/night rear and front sight set
  • Tritium Pro Orange – Similar to TFX Pro, with orange highlighted front sight
  • Tritium Pro White – TFX Pro sights with white contrast on front sight. Available in standard and tall heights
  • Tritium – Standard three-dot tritium sights in CNC-machined steel housing
  • Fiber Optic Pro – Plain rear blade sight; red fiber optic in front with full-length reflector for brightness
  • Fiber Optic – Contrasting green rear/red front fiber optic sights
  • TFO – Green front and rear sights with both fiber optic and tritium

    Truglo Tritium Pro in daylight

Truglo products can be found through dealers, and thorough product information is available on the company website.

Viridian

The E-Series by Viridian is a trigger guard-mounted, red laser. It fits many Taurus models including the G3c. It’s housed in polymer and has a laser with a purported range of up to 25 yards in daytime and one mile in darkness.

After an easy clamshell-style installation using two screws and a provided Allen wrench, the laser is operated via on-off push button (located on both sides for ambi convenience). It is adjustable for windage and elevation and has a five-minute shutoff function to save the (included) battery. Viridian says the red beam will work for up to six hours of constant use. The E-Series laser can be ordered direct with free shipping for $132.Viridian E-Series laser

May your aim be ever true.

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06:00

South Korea Selects DSAR-15PC Carbine for RoKA’s Special Warfare Command [The Firearm Blog]

The Republic of Korea’s Army Special Warfare Command has selected the Dasan Machineries DSAR-15PC as its new service carbine to replace the current K1A carbine and K2 rifle. The piston-driven DSAR-15PC was the preferred bidder for the tender reported to be worth KRW3.8 billion or $3.1 million. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the […]

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Wednesday, 17 June

17:00

A Quick Guide to Firearms Insurance: How do you Insure Your Guns? [The Firearm Blog]

A Quick Guide to Firearms Insurance: How do you Insure Your Guns?Most responsible firearms owners already take several measures to protect their gun collections. While guns are quite different from many of our other possessions, they are still just that – property. Firearms insurance is just another step that you can take to safeguard your treasured collection from unnecessary loss should something unthinkable happen to them […]

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16:30

POTD: SOCOM Sniper Stretches M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo of the Day features a beautifully composed photograph of a U.S. Army Special Operation Soldier with 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) firing an M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle during Integrated Training Exercise 3-19 at the US Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, California. The photo was taken last May by […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt Police Positive Special [The Firearm Blog]

Colt Police Positive SpecialColt’s Manufacturing Company, LLC has been around for over 150 years and has produced revolutionary designs that have been loved and made iconic. Designs such as the model 1911 bought from John Browning are beloved and adopted by militaries as well as copied constantly in modern day. For the sake of today, we will be […]

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11:00

Breaking News: ATF’s Secret Brace Ban [The Firearm Blog]

Here we go again. If you recall, the ATF, unfortunately, has a history of backpedaling pre-established decisions and interpretations of the law and later changing their minds. The Bump Stock Ban is a great example where they took a pre-established firearm accessory and changed the narrative to claim that they are now considered machine guns. […]

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10:00

Winchester Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Contract for Frangible 9mm Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

Winchester Ammunition have confirmed that they have been awarded a substantial $38 million contract to provide frangible 9mm ammunition for close-quarter battle and indoor/outdoor CQB training. The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract awarded by the Department of Defense, on behalf of NSWC Crane, also has the option of of an expansion up to a value of just over $62 […]

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08:00

Viridian Announces E-Series Red Laser for the New Taurus G3c [The Firearm Blog]

With the unveiling of the new Taurus G3c this week aftermarket support and accessories are beginning to be announced. Viridian Weapon Technologies have introduced an E-Series Red Laser for the brand new G3c Compact 9x19mm Taurus. The E-Series for the G3c is simple to operate with just an on-off switch and a battery life rated for […]

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07:00

Holster Choices Abound for New Taurus G3c [AllOutdoor.com]

Taurus made news in June with the release of their new G3c carry gun, a subcompact 9mm that’s the little stablemate to the original G3. It’s also a near-clone of their G2c, which is perhaps why an unusually large proliferation of holsters can already be found for this brand-new pistol.

Crossbreed Reckoning
Crossbreed Reckoning holster

Crossbreed Holsters

Crossbreed, of Missouri, worked with Taurus in the pre-release phase and provided a same-day announcement of no less than 11 holsters and four magazine pouches to fit the G3c. These include:

• Reckoning (Holster, System, and Limited Edition)
• Reckoning Upgrade Kit
• Hybrid MT2
• SuperTuck
• Freedom Carry
• DropSlide
• SnapSlide
• SuperSlide
• BellyBand
• Purse Defender
• Pac Mat
• Ohai
• Ohai Mag Carrier
• IWB Mag Carrier – Single and Dual
• OWB Mag Carrier – Single and Dual
• The Accomplice Mag Carrier

These products encompass both inside- and outside-waistband models. As of this writing, they’re in stock and ready to ship. Crossbreed is known primarily for its leather-backed, kydex-shell, custom-fitting holsters. Users can choose inside- or outside-waistband models for their G3c. Prices start at $41.61 for holsters.

N8 Tactical

OT2 holster
OT2 Holster by N8 Tactical

Another Missouri company, N8 Tactical, announced a tuckable, inside-waistband holster for the G3c. Their OT2 IWB model is a generic fit for compact guns, but appears to offer security for the firearm as well as a solid belt clip.

The OT2 IWB has smooth black leather against the pants/shirt and undyed suede against the body for comfort. In between those layers is breathable neoprene. Users can adjust the cant of the patent-pending LockDown Clip. Right- and left-hand draw models are available. All N8 Tactical holsters come with a two-week return period and a lifetime guarantee. The holster is currently offered at a sale price of $33.95 by direct order.

Shared DNA

Coincidentally, Crossbreed Holsters and N8 Tactical are related. MTC Holsters, LLC, of Springfield. Missouri is the parent company of Crossbreed Holsters. The company now called N8 Tactical was founded as a small business by two friends named—you guessed it—Nate. It was originally N8 Squared Tactical. In January of this year, MTC Holsters purchased the company and moved operations to Springfield.

These holster companies both offer good options for anyone interested in packing the new G3c. Taurus fans should be pleased. It’s not every day that a brand-new gun has a selection of holsters ready for order the same week of its release.

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07:00

Ukrainian Snipex Alligator 14.5×114mm Anti-Materiel Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Ukrainian Snipex Alligator 14.5×114mm Anti-Materiel Rifle (1)Snipex, a Ukrainian company specialized in designing and manufacturing anti-materiel rifles, has recently announced the release of a new rifle called Alligator. If you recall, about a year ago, we reported about their T-Rex rifle. Both the T-Rex and Alligator are bolt action rifles chambered in 14.5x114mm and apparently share a lot of design elements. […]

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06:00

SIG Sauer’s First Polymer Framed Handgun: The SIG Pro SP2340 [The Firearm Blog]

The SIG Sauer SP2340 was introduced in the late 90s as the first pistol in the SIG Pro series, and SIG’s first polymer framed handgun. In this episode of TFBTV, Hop talks about the history of the SIG Pro and tests the SP2340 with a .357 SIG conversion barrel … even though it isn’t technically […]

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CMMG Offers RESOLUTE and ENDEAVOR Rifles in 6.5 Grendel [The Firearm Blog]

Hot on the heels of announcing their Resolute and Endeavor series rifles will be available in the new 6mm ARC round, CMMG has announced that the Resolute and Endeavor series will also now be available in 6.5mm Grendel. Both rifles are based on CMMG’s Mk4 lowers which allows for greater compatibility with other Mil-Spec AR15 […]

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05:47

Shooting Pennies From a Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Have you ever wondered whether it would be a good idea to cram some one-cent coins into a shotgun shell and fire away? Of course you have! And why wouldn’t you?

It only. Costs. Pennies.

The coins are a tad too large for 12 gauge, and flat disks don’t like to fly well… so Tao-whatshisname deforms the pennies into small metallic domes. This reduces the diameter and makes them fairly aerodynamic.

At 7 yards, a stack of these things showed impressive penetration into a hunk of lumber… and completely purees the Tatermaus. Oh, the humanity!

Backing out to 20 yards, results are still impressive — even when just one coin strikes the target. But they have trouble getting them to fly together… as the video shows, they didn’t try very hard to make them consistent in shape when they were bending the cents.

Kinda cool… and watch all the way to the end if you’re worried about the legality of squishing cents.

Enjoy.

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04:27

S&W Chemical Company 37mm Gas Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

The Smith & Wesson company was purchased by the Bangor Punta conglomerate in 1964, and BP also owned one of the early pioneers in police tear gas products, the Lake Erie Chemical Company. Once it had both companies under single ownership, the decision was made to rebrand the tear gas product line as the Smith & Wesson Chemical Company. S&W was obviously a brand with lots of recognition in law enforcement, so this was a good idea. S&W began production of a new model of 37mm tear gas launcher using the N frame revolver clockwork, coupled with a simple break action barrel. The system was available as either a pistol (7.5 inch barrel) or a stocked carbine (14 inch barrel) – and a nautical line-throwing version was also made. This is probably the finest quality tear gas or flare gun ever made, as the clockwork from the revolvers gives it a great single action and double action trigger pull compared to the typical utilitarian flare gun.

A variety of projectiles were made, including short-range, long-range, and barrier penetrating models (see poster below). These were all available loaded with smoke, CS, or CN gas. Production appears to have ceased in 1984, when the Bangor Punta conglomerate was bought out, and Smith & Wesson sold off from it shortly thereafter.

Source of the quote about Roush:
https://archive.org/details/strikestrategy00steurich/page/8/mode/2up

S&W Chemical Company products
S&W Chemical Company products (click for full size)

 

Police Chemical Agents Manual (English, 1969)

Tuesday, 16 June

17:00

Top 5 Most Expensive Firearms Sold in June 2020 Rock Island Premier Gun Auction [The Firearm Blog]

June 2020 Rock Island Premier Gun Auction - Boutet Flintlocks (39)Continuing our series of articles dedicated to the most valuable firearms consigned to major American auctions, today we’ll take a look at the top 5 most expensive lots sold during the June 2020 Rock Island Premier Gun Auction. This auction took place from June 4th to 7th and as usual, shortly after it ended, Rock […]

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16:30

POTD: Kalashnikov Rifles in Special Forces Weapons Course [The Firearm Blog]

No prior knowledge of the Russian language to take this class. Photo Of The Day, and we’re back to the Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Course with the focus on various versions of the rifles designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. By the looks of it, they had an interesting day in the sunshine. Iron sights all the way.   […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Regal or Ruined Glock 19? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 54th 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 Fudd appeal?  […]

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11:12

Noticeable Spike Reported in Interest from Women Who Want to Learn About Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Local firearm instructors said concealed carry classes are in high demand, and moms are the ones lining up at the door. For Cape Coral mother, Chrisy Franks, the decision to take a concealed carry class was for her kids.

11:03

Pay To Play In California? []

California is one of the few remaining “may issue” states. Given yesterday’s refusal by the Supreme Court to consider a number of carry cases, that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

While some counties in California are effectively “shall issue”, the majority are not. That is the case with Santa Clara County which includes cities like San Jose.

This has led to charges of favoritism towards campaign donors to Sheriff Laurie Smith. NBC News Bay Area has done an investigative report on the issue. They found that there were 749 new applications for a carry permit in the 2014-2018 time period. If you were not a donor to the sheriff’s re-election coffers, you had about a 5.5% chance of obtaining a permit. However, if you were one of the 28 people who donated either directly or indirectly, your chances skyrocketed to a 79% approval rate.

While Sheriff Laurie Smith denies any correlation between campaign donations and CCW permits, the issue is still under investigation by the Santa Clara County DA’s office.

Rob, who publishes 2A Updates on Twitter, noted, “Wow hard to believe a permit system where an elected official has unlimited discretion to approve or deny applications would result in political favoritism.”

This generated a response on Twitter to the effect that the Sheriff should just post the going amount to obtain a permit so that people could budget for it.

The system in California and other states where carry permits are “may issue” is ripe for abuse. You have seen cases in New York City where police officials have been arrested on charges of accepting bribes to issue permits.

Sheriff Smith’s campaign donation approach is just a little less obvious than an envelope full of cash – but not by much.

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11:00

Supreme Court Declines To Hear ALL Firearms Related Cases [The Firearm Blog]

Supreme Court Denies Cert to firearms casesThe United States Supreme Court has once again denied certiorari to all firearms related cases appealed from lower courts. These denials are added to a decade long list of other denials since the last landmark firearms case, McDonald v City of Chicago in 2010. The cases currently being rejected include arguments such as “justifiable need” […]

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10:37

NEW BLING: Smith & Wesson Launches Performance Center M&P9 Shield EZ [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson Launches Performance Center M&P9 Shield EZInitially geared towards shooters with grip strength limitations, the M&P EZ series of pistols from Smith & Wesson have actually enjoyed broad popularity across the concealed carry community. Today, S&W launched the Performance Center M&P9 Shield EZ that sports a bit more flair than its 9mm predecessors. Accented with gold or silver triggers and grip […]

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10:08

Cabot 1911 Pistol: a True Work of Art [AllOutdoor.com]

If you are an admirer of the 1911, one of the most revered semi-auto handgun platforms of all time, you may want to take your admiration a step further. You most likely appreciate and respect the lines and precision of a well-built pistol and perhaps own one of the classics already. But if you want to go a step beyond the norm and be the proud owner of a firearm that could be considered a work of art, you may want to take a hard look at a Cabot 1911.

Cabot is an American company based in Cabot, Pennsylvania, with roots in Indiana. While not every Cabot is a one of a kind, many are. An example is their mirror image, right and left hand set of pistols constructed out of a meteorite. Dubbed the “Big Bang” set, these pistols debuted in 2015 and are valued at $4.5 million.

The Cabot 1911 has been rightfully nicknamed the Rolls Royce of handguns. Most are milled from a single block of stainless steel. The company prides itself in the use of exclusive or rare materials in grip construction. Their left-handed pistols are engineered to be entirely left-hand oriented, including brass ejection.

Cabot 1911, Vintage Classic…photo courtesy Cabot Guns

One of the company’s most popular 1911 models is the Vintage Classic, a 1911 finished with a vintage worn look, a gold bead front sight, and blued finish. Grips on this pistol are Turkish Walnut with other options including Desert Ironwood and White American Holly. The vintage Classic is priced at $3,995, not an economy gun by any stretch but certainly in the ballpark of any high-grade custom built 1911.

If you’re feeling a bit patriotic, take a look at the American Joe Commander. It’s a beautiful gun with American flag panel grips and a commander size 4.25-inch barrel, available in 45ACP or 9mm. A brushed stainless finish sports engraving that is a tribute to the enduring strength of America and its industry. The American Joe Commander moves up the price scale to $4,500.

Cabot 1911, American Joe…photo courtesy Cabot Guns

Perhaps you’d prefer something with a prehistoric touch? Then you may want to consider the Monarch. This unique 1911 comes with your choice of ancient mammoth grip scales, made from the tooth of a prehistoric woolly mammoth. Other features include a 5-inch national match barrel and a mirror finish, hand-polished slide, to mention but a few. The Monarch is priced at $9,950.

How about a mirror image right and left-hand matched pair of 1911s? Cabot offers a selection of these one-of-a-kind sets for your consideration. Take for example, the Jones Deluxe. This set offers an exact mirror image right and left hand 1911 set with mammoth tooth grip scales. These are only available by special order and you can commission Cabot to build any 1911 mirror set to your liking. A matched set like this will run in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Cabot has many other offerings and price ranges. If you are an admirer of the 1911 and enjoy history with an artistic touch, you can’t help but to want to at least see or hold one of these pistols. Check them out at cabotguns.com

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10:00

The Microtech Knives Molon Labe Collection [The Firearm Blog]

Microtech Molon Labe Sparta automatic knives collectionMolon Labe (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ) is ancient Greek and means “come and take them“. According to Plutarch, a Greek philosopher, this is what Leonidas I replied when Xerxes The Great offered to spare the lives of the Spartans if they gave up their arms. Since then the phrase has become an expression of defiance and has also been […]

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09:22

Federal Court Prohibits Future Restrictions On Open Carry by City of Jackson [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA reported to you in April that the Mississippi Justice Institute, a non-profit constitutional litigation center, had filed a lawsuit on behalf of pro-Second Amendment State Rep. Dana Criswell (R-Mount Olive) against Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's executive order prohibiting the open carry of firearms in the city.

08:00

How Do Russians Put Out An Oil Fire? With An Anti-Tank Gun, Of Course! [The Firearm Blog]

After conventional methods failed Russian troops deployed an unusual and rather spectacular tactic to deal with an oil well fire that had been raging since 30 May at a remote Siberian field operated by the Irkutsk Oil Company (IKC). The fire in the Yarakta oil field, which is about sixty miles (100 kilometres) from the […]

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07:37

Flapper Lock Prototype Friberg/Kjellman Semi-Auto Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

In this video from about 2.5 years ago, Ian of Forgotten Weapons takes a look at a prototype of a “flapper lock” semi-automatic rifle whose basic design was patented in 1870 but which couldn’t be made viable until smokeless powder came onto the scene in a big way.

The rifle was built in Sweden, and is one of fifty-something rifles made by the company to be used as sales tools in an attempt to procure lucrative government contracts. These prototypes were manufactured in a wide array of configurations and calibers, the one in the video being 8x57mmS.

For a semi-automatic centerfire rifle built around 120 years ago, it’s certainly impressive. But no military contracts were procured, and the company went belly-up.

It has a selector switch that allows it to become a manually-operated repeater rather than a semi-auto; that’s kinda cool.

The safety doubles as a face protector… for real. It’s a flip-up piece located a ways behind the receiver, which blocks the trigger when down — and when you flip it up so the rifle can fire, it prevents you from placing your face in a position to be pummeled by the bolt when it flies rearward.

Inside, a rather small lever is the thing that flings the bolt open and then throws it forward again. Interesting, and rather ingenious.

Unlike many other FW videos, we get to watch the gun being fired at the range. It’s a bit of a jam-O-matic, but recoil is quite mild.

I want one.

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07:00

Amend2 6.5 Grendel 10-Round Magazines Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

Amend2 6.5 Grendel 10-Round Magazines (1)Amend2 Magazines have announced that their 6.5 Grendel 10-round AR-15 magazines which were earlier shown in past industry exhibitions, are now available for purchase. The Amend2 6.5 Grendel magazines have a unique double to single stack construction that is designed to increase the reliability with the 6.5 Grendel cartridge. Let’s first see how the company describes […]

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06:27

High Speed Low Drag in the 30s: Arisaka QD Sling [Forgotten Weapons]

People tend to think of quick-detach slings as the stuff of nylon and fast-ex buckles, but these things have actually been around for a long time. One example is this Japanese Arisaka sling. Using two wire clips to attach to sling swivels, it is very quick and easy to detach from the rifle. We don’t know exactly who these were intended for, but they ended up being used on a wide variety of rifles. In particular, they appear to have been fairly popular on the Type 2 Paratrooper model of the Arisaka – although they were made before that rifle was adopted.

06:00

Vickers Guide Announce Latest Book – SIG Sauer Vol.1 [The Firearm Blog]

Vickers Guide have announced the pre-sale of the first of two volumes looking at SIG and SIG Sauer firearms. The first volume will look at pistols, submachine guns and pistol calibre carbines, while the second, due for release next year, will look at the company’s rifles, machine guns and other special weapons. The 380-page book […]

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05:55

Paul Harrell on Bulletproofing a Book Bag [AllOutdoor.com]

Paul starts this video by saying he really doesn’t want to talk about this, but he will because it might help someone. The subject is bulletproof book bags for kids; something that shouldn’t really be necessary but, sadly, sometimes is.

His first move is to cram 48 layers of fleece blanket into a backpack and shoot it at 7 yards with 115-grain 9mm jacketed hollowpoint (JHP) ammo. Predictably, the blanket — serving as stand-in for your jacket or PE clothes — doesn’t protect the soda jug at all.

Next comes a pair of thick books, which he assaults at 7 yards with the same pistol, this time shooting 115-grain full metal jacket (FMJ) ammo. This was nicely effective.

The same scenario is then played out with 45 ACP and 230-grain FMJs, with a pair of books that are not quite as thick as the two used above. The 45 slugs were all stopped by the books — and then before the dissection he shoots the same thing with 12 gauge 00 buckshot. The front book stopped all of the projos, although one of the buckshot busted a soda jug because it missed the books.

Now it’s AR time; Paul grabs a couple new books and backs off to 15 yards with at A1 platform 5.56 NATO rifle loaded with 55-grain FMJs. A single shot from that effectively destroys the soda jugs which represent you. Ouch.

He then repeats the same test, but places a single layer of 3A body armor behind the books and in front of the soda jugs. Fail!

Next he adds a 1/4″-thick ceramic tile between the books and the body armor. This fails to protect the jugs, but it does significantly decrease the amount of energy the bullets have when they reach the jugs.

His next recipe for backpack fill is (from the jugs towards the shooter): 3A body armor, 1/8″ plexiglas, 1/4″ ceramic tile, pair o’ thick books, and a not-as-thick book. When the 5.56 55-grain FMJs are fired from 15 yards, with pretty dang good results. 5 out of 6 bullets were stopped.

Done yet? Nope! Pual hauls out an AK in 7.62×39 and stokes it with 123-grain FMJs. Results this time were even better, with all 6 bullets failing to penetrate the backpack.

In summation, Paul offers “a few more things:”

  • This video was only about the bullet-resistant properties of a kid’s book bag
  • 3A body armor may be prohibited in certain areas
  • No politics!

Enjoy the video.

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Monday, 15 June

18:29

Florida Alert! Young Americans for Liberty Force Nikki Fried to Reopen Concealed Weapons License applications in Florida [NRA-ILA News]

Young American for Liberty declared VICTORY today after forcing Florida Agriculture Commissioner to back down.

17:18

Alan Gottlieb On Denial Of Cert In 2A Cases []

Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation issued a strongly worded statement today on the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in virtually every Second Amendment Case before it. The only case that touches on the Second Amendment remaining is Rodriguez v. San Jose. Given that property was taken by the police and not returned, you could easily make the argument that it was a takings case and not a 2A case.

“The Supreme Court’s refusal to take a Second Amendment Foundation case falls squarely at the feet of Chief Justice John Roberts.

“He owes every gun owner in the United States an explanation about why the high court declined to hear a number of important Second Amendment cases.

“Given the fact that the Supreme Court had a cafeteria-style menu of cases from which to choose, there is no excuse why the court at this time chose to ignore the need to rule on any of these cases, and send a message to lower courts that they can no longer thumb their noses at the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court decisions affirming the individual right to keep and bear arms.

“There is still one more case pending cert before the high court that was filed by the SAF. It is known as Rodriguez v. San Jose, a firearms confiscation case out of the State of California.”

Alan is 100% correct. This needs to be laid at the feet of John Roberts. One does wonder what sort of blackmail material that the Obama Administration and/or the liberal wing of the Court has on him that he has gone so wobbly. It is either that or a pathetic need to be loved by the mainstream media elites.

He wants the “Roberts Court” to be respected. However, the Chief Justice should remember that respect is earned and not given. He sure as hell didn’t earn any respect today.

In a time when there is unrest in our streets and the pandemic has led to an increase in crime in many locations, the need for the Court to reaffirm its rulings in Heller and McDonald was now.

They had 10 chances and they blew every bloody one of them.

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17:00

Han Solo’s Blaster Revisited: A Movie-Quality Firing Replica [The Firearm Blog]

This former heavily-damaged Broomhandle Mauser reborn as a firing replica of Han Solo's DL-44 blaster.Many of you saw my recent article about my friend’s rough replica of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster from the Star Wars movie franchise. If you missed it, you can find it here. The idea behind that build was to construct an AR pistol to look like a rough approximation of the movie prop, as inexpensively […]

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16:30

Victory in New Mexico [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA won. The rights of law-abiding New Mexicans to purchase a firearm and go to the range have been vindicated.

16:30

POTD: Thermal Imaging with the new Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XP50 [The Firearm Blog]

Pulsar TRAIL 2 LRF XP50 thermal imagingPhoto Of The Day – We take a look at a JP Enterprises (JP Rifles) with the brand new Pulsar TRAIL 2 LRF XP50 thermal imaging sight with a laser rangefinder. The rifle is Cerakoted in white and has an Urban Digital pattern. The rifle is chambered in .223 Remington and has a 14.5″ barrel with […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: The MGV-176 22LR Submachine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: The MGV-176 22LR Submachine GunWelcome back to The Rimfire Report. In this ongoing series of articles we explore, discuss, and examine various firearms, ammunition, and topics surrounding the rimfire world. This week we’re exploring a somewhat unknown firearm that hails from Slovenia – the MGV-176 22LR submachine gun. The Rimfire Report: The MGV-176 22LR Submachine Gun For the keen-eyed reader, the […]

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14:09

NRA’s Statement on Today’s Inaction by the Supreme Court [NRA-ILA News]

The Bill of Rights specifically includes the right to keep and bear arms because self-defense is fundamental to the liberty of a free society. Today’s inaction continues to allow so-called gun safety politicians to trample on the freedom and security of law-abiding citizens. This fight is not over for the NRA.

13:53

Louisiana: Governor Signs Package of Pro-Gun NRA-Backed Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Over the weekend, Governor John Bel Edwards showed his strong support of the second amendment by signing the NRA’s pro-2A legislative package.

11:49

Residents Complain D.C.’s Police Department Creating Bottleneck for Handgun Purchases [NRA-ILA News]

In an arrangement unique to Washington, D.C., the local police department is the only federally licensed firearms dealer that is open to the public. Residents tell the Washington Free Beacon, however, that legally obtaining a handgun has become nearly impossible due to the department's inaction.

11:00

TFB Round Table: Anything Special About 38 Smith & Wesson? [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back to another edition of the TFB Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB discusses 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 offer you […]

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10:16

For Shame Is Correct []

Attorney Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute had a series of tweets regarding the Supreme Court’s abdicating its duty to say what the law means with regard to the Second Amendment.

Shapiro is correct. The Supreme Court should be ashamed of itself.

You can also read his full blog post here.

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10:06

Supreme Court Decides To Be A Doormat []

In the face of numerous US District and Appeals Courts flat out ignoring its rulings in Heller and McDonald, the Supreme Court has obviously decided they preferred to be a doormat. In today’s Orders of the Court, every single case dealing with the Second Amendment had certiorari denied.

With the exception of Rogers v. Grewal, a New Jersey carry case, all the other cases were denied certiorari without any comment or dissent. I don’t count the granting of permission to file an amicus brief and then denying cert as the Court did with Mance and Cheeseman as a comment.

The across the board denial of certiorari could mean a number of things. First, it could be a strategic move by Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh to not bring a case where they weren’t sure they had the vote of Chief Justice John Roberts. He seems more interested in his own legacy as it will be written by the Washington elite and liberal academia. The man has lost all semblance of a spine. You saw it with clarity in his decision in the ObamaCare case. Roberts either sees himself as the successor to Justice Kennedy’s man in the middle or has decided to go full-Souter.

Second, it could mean the more conservative justices are waiting until such time as Justice Ginsberg is off the Court in hopes that President Trump will appoint someone would vote to respect the Second Amendment. This, too, has risk as the presidential election appears to be a toss-up right now and Ginsberg keeps hanging on (and on and on) despite her health issues.

Third, a number of the justices find the Second Amendment “icky” and any attempt to go beyond Heller and McDonald is a bridge too far. Certainly the liberal four are in this camp and they are depending upon the lower courts to continue to emasculate those rulings. They consider the Second Amendment a second-class civil right.

Fourth, it means that the Roberts Court has no self-respect and doesn’t give a big rat’s ass if their rulings are roundly ignored by the lower courts. We all know that if it a lower court ignored a ruling on abortion or some other most favored “right”, the Court would have been all over it and swatted the lower court down like flies.

I will examine Justice Thomas’ dissent on the denial of certiorari in Rogers v Grewal in which Justice Kavanaugh joined in part in a subsequent blog post. There is a lot there. I do find it instructive that the only justice to actually face racial discrimination is the primary supporter on the Court of the Second Amendment.

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10:00

Survival Style Build From A Keystone Crickett Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

While checking out Reddit recently, I stumbled on a unique survival pistol project.  I recognized the base firearm as the Keystone Crickett, of which I’ve taught several of my kids to shoot with.  However this build started life as a pistol, and happens to utilize the “Alloy” chassis stock Keystone released a couple years ago. […]

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08:58

Joe Tartaro, Obituary []

Below is the obituary for Joe Tartaro posted on the funeral home’s website. There is nothing yet on his local Buffalo, NY newspaper.

From Amigone Funeral Home:

TARTARO – JOSEPH P.

June 13, 2020, age 89. Beloved husband of 63 years to the late Patricia B. (nee Burke) Tartaro; loving father of Mark J. (Dolores) Tartaro, Patricia M. “Peggy” Tartaro and Bridget F. (Laura Gorman) Tartaro; cherished grandfather of Marc (Anne), Deanna (Mike) and Joseph M.; adored great-grandfather of Kyle, Kiki and Hailey; caring brother of the late Vincent, Salvatore (late Ann), Pierina and Zena Tartaro; also survived by nieces and nephews. Joseph was a former Ad Executive for Tartaro Advertising and Former President and Editor of the Second Amendment Foundation. Arrangements by the AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Donations in his name may be made to the Second Amendment Foundation (saf.org) or The Buffalo and Erie County Library. Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.AMIGONE.com.

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08:51

Savage’s 410 Turkey Guns: Small Bores for Gobblers [AllOutdoor.com]

Oddly enough, hunting turkeys with the diminutive 410 shotgun has become really popular of late. In fact, the Stevens 301 line of single-shot break-action 410 turkey guns was one of Savage’s top-sellers for 2019, which came as some surprise. I fired one at the 2020 SHOT Show Range Day and was impressed, consistently hitting a steel target at 30 yards.

Savage offers multiple options for hunters who wish to tote a 410, and they say the guns are optimized for Federal HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads. So if you’re thinking ahead about using a 410 during the 2021 turkey season — or you just want a light, reliable reacher-outer shotgun — the Savage Stevens 301 line might be right for you.

301 Turkey

The 301 Turkey is available in 2 Mossy Oak camo patterns for the stock: Bottomland or Obsession. Barrel and action are finished in matte black. With an MSRP of $204, it’s one of the most affordable new turkey guns you can find. This model comes with a picatinny rail for mounting an optic, which you can remove to use the front bead sight. It comes with one choke tube: Extra Full.

Here’s what Savage says about it:

  • Single-shot, break-action shotgun
  • Synthetic stock and fore-end with Mossy Oak Obsession camo
  • 26-inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3-inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore-end
  • Removable one-piece rail for optional optic or red dot
  • Bead sight compatible with TruGlo® sight systems
  • Extra-full choke included (Win. choke pattern ½-32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

301 Turkey XP

Like the previous version, this one comes in Mossy Oak Bottomland or Mossy Oak Obsession. Near as I can tell, the 301 Turkey XP is a 301 Turkey with a 1x 30mm red dot sight mounted on the optics rail. MSRP is $239, so you’re basically paying $35 for the red dot.

Features:

  • Single shot, break action shotgun
  • 1×30 Red Dot Mounted & Boresighted
  • Synthetic stock and fore end with Mossy Oak Obsession camo
  • 26 inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3 inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore end
  • Removable one piece rail
  • Front bead sight
  • Extra full choke included (Win. Choke pattern ½ 32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

301 Turkey Thumbhole

The only non-camouflage version of the 301 series, the 301 Turkey Thumbhole naturally has a thumbhole stock. The stock is olive drab and the gun metal is matte black. Like the basic 301 Turkey, it has an optics rail but doesn’t include an optic. At $219, you’re shelling out an extra $15 for that thumbhole butt stock.

Features:

  • Single-shot, break-action shotgun
  • Rugged, synthetic, olive drab thumbhole stock and forend
  • Ambidextrous cheek riser
  • 26-inch barrel optimized for Federal Premium® HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads
  • 3-inch chamber
  • Swivel studs on stock and fore-end
  • Removable one-piece rail
  • Front bead sight
  • Extra-full choke included (Win. Choke pattern ½-32UN)
  • Manual hammer blocking safety
  • Recoil pad
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 41.5″

Interested?

Are you interested in hunting turkeys and other game with a 410? I have to say, 410 is what I started with but I don’t feel a burning urge to return to the little booger when it comes to pursuing game. Am I wrong?

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08:24

Supreme Court denies cert in all pending 2A cases [Of Arms and the Law]

Docket here. Justices Thomas and Kavavaugh dissent. I could not anything of their rescheduling these cases, some for over a year, and can make even less of then denying them all.

08:00

Seekins Precision DMR Now Available in 6mm ARC [The Firearm Blog]

Seekins Precision DMR Now Available in 6mm ARC (11)Seekins Precision has announced that their DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) rifle which was previously chambered only in .223 Wylde, is now also available in Hordany’s new cartridge, the 6mm ARC. Unlike its .223/556 siblings that are offered with shorter 16″ and 18″ barrels, the 6mm ARC Seekins Precision DMR is equipped with a 22″ barrel to allow […]

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07:43

Federal offers new Ammo for Waterfowl and Upland Bird Hunters [AllOutdoor.com]

Federal Premium Ammunition, always a leader in new and innovative products for the shooter and hunter has released two new products. Just now being made available as of June 2020, these two shot shell offerings are sure to please waterfowl and upland bird hunters alike for the fall hunting season.

Black Cloud TSS 20 Gauge

Federals new Black Cloud TSS 20 Gauge

Duck and goose hunters can now get the same performance in a 20 gauge they found in Black Cloud TSS 12 gauge. The new Federal 20-gauge load is a blend of No. 3 FLITESTOPPER Steel with No. 9 Tungsten Super Shot. More than double the density of steel and denser even than lead, TSS pellets maintain velocity further, hit harder and penetrate deeper according to a Federal Ammunition spokesman.

The TSS pellets make up 60 percent of the payload and the FLITESTOPPER steel pellets make up the remaining 40 percent. A raised cutting ridge encircling the exterior gives the pellets the ability to slice through feathers and flesh with little to no loss of penetration. Federal uses their FLITECONTROL FLEX wad and a reliable primer with clean, fast burning propellant. The end result of this new Federal 20-gauge load is, extending the effective range past 50 yards.

MSPR for Federal Black Cloud TSS 20 Gauge load is $38.99 for a 10-round box.

MeatEater Bismuth 12 and 20 Gauge

Federal MeatEater Bismuth Loads

This new offering made especially for waterfowl and upland hunting brings back the performance of lead without the heavy metal. The MeatEater line of ammunition features high quality and density bismuth pellets. Offerings in this new line will come in 12-gauge, 3 and 2 ¾ inch shells while the 20 gauge will be offered in 3-inch shot shells. Shot size will be offered in 3, 4 or 5 shot.

Federal Premium Bismuth is softer than tungsten and steel therefore allowing use in older shotguns. In addition, bismuth is considered nontoxic meeting state and federal requirements for waterfowl hunting and in many cases upland bird hunting regulations. Federal MeatEater line of shot shells also uses the FLITECONTROL FLEX wad that as mentioned, tightens patterns for greater range and lethality.

MSRP for Federal MeatEater Bismuth is $71.99 for a 25-round box.

Both of these new offerings from Federal ammunition have begun to arrive at dealers and are coming up on the Federal Premium website. Federal has been is the ammo business for over 100 years now and continues to bring products to shooters that produce quality results. I would say that record speaks for itself.

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07:00

Mission First Tactical Introduces Ordnance-Themed Drinkware [The Firearm Blog]

Mission First Tactical drinkware, available now.Experienced shooters know the importance of proper hydration. Anyone who’s spent long days on an outdoor range in the sun, traversed patches of wilderness in search of game animals, or taken any physically-intensive defensive firearms classes will be well aware of the human body’s need for good liquid intake. Not getting enough water during a […]

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06:36

Not Funny: Firearm Prohibitionists Finally Target Elmer Fudd’s Gun [NRA-ILA News]

For some in the pro-gun community, the term “Fudd” denotes a person who owns guns, typically not for self-defense, but considers themselves above the fray of Second Amendment politics. But it is not owning this or that type of gun that makes a person a Fudd. Rather, it’s an attitude of indifference to the besieged plight of gun owners generally. The name derives from Elmer Fudd, the classic Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon character who single-mindedly pursued ducks and rabbits (Daffy and Bugs in particular) with his trusty assortment of long arms, usually to his own detriment.

06:28

Free NRA Hunter Ed Classes Raise $150,000 for State Wildlife Agencies [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA knows how to measure success. Nearly a year since announcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) now allows states to use the NRA’s free Online Hunter Education Course as Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act match dollars, the NRA is pleased to follow up that good news with the fact the course has raised more than $150,000 for state wildlife agencies through matching federal P-R grants to date. This is an impressive and welcome update since the USFWS announced its new policy 11 months ago, particularly as America works to do more with less amid the coronavirus pandemic.

06:27

Luxembourg Model 1884 Gendarmerie Nagant [Forgotten Weapons]

The military of Luxembourg chose to purchase Nagant revolvers in the 1880s, and they got three different models. The most interesting of these was the Model 1884 for the Gendarmerie, which was chambered for the black powder 9.4x22mm cartridge and fitted with a long barrel so it could mount a tiny little spike bayonet. Curiously, the Army purchases were all chambered for the newer 7.5mm cartridge, the same as the Swedish Model 1887 Nagant revolvers. At any rate, the best number I can find for production of this Gendarmerie pattens is a mere 190 – which makes sense given that the Luxembourg Gendarmerie at the time only numbered about 250 men.

Mechanically, this pattern shows an interesting middle ground between the Belgian 1878, 1883, and 1886 models, with the simplified clockwork of the 1886 but some of the fancy features of the 1878 like the cylinder axis pin locking catch.

Thanks to Legacy Collectibles for the loan of this revolver!

06:21

Lessons in the Value of Strong State Firearms Preemption Laws [NRA-ILA News]

Along with the sweeping success of the Right-to-Carry movement, strong state firearms preemption laws have been among the most important developments over the past half-century in the way average Americans own and use firearms. To open a circa 1970 edition of ATF's State Laws and Published Ordinances is to encounter an incomprehensible patchwork of county and city regulations that made it impossible for otherwise law-abiding gun owners to confidently exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

06:00

Taurus USA Releases the New G3c Compact 9mm Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus USA Releases the New G3c Compact 9mm PistolTaurus has just announced the release of its latest addition to the G-series of pistols which is by far their most popular series of defense/EDC pistols to date. The new G3c Compact  9mm pistol builds on the past success of the G-series of pistols by adding another option for new and seasoned shooters alike. Taurus […]

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I Left My Glock 17 Outside During a Tropical Storm for 2 Days [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves capitalizes on a rare chance for one of mother nature’s best Glock torture tests: tropical storm. Tropical storm Cristobal made landfall in Louisiana on June 7, 2020, so before the storm hit, James left his Gen 5 Glock 17 in the backyard. Out there it sat for two […]

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Sunday, 14 June

16:30

POTD: M/45BE Swedish Police Submachine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Today we have some TFB exclusive pictures of the Swedish M/45BE submachine gun. “E” stands for “Enkelskott” in Swedish, or single shot (semi-automatic) in English, which is quite appropriate for a Law Enforcement firearm. The M/45BE was the reinforcement support weapon of the Swedish Police before the Heckler & Koch MP5 […]

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13:44

Happy 245th, US Army! []

Today is the 245th birthday of the founding of the United States Army. On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress formed the Continental Army. George Washington was unanimously elected by the Congress to be the Commander-in-Chief of this fledgling army.

I think this calls for a little musical tribute with the Army’s official song, The Army Goes Rolling Along. It was adopted in 1956 to replace the earlier The Caissons Go Rolling Along.

There is a part of me that still prefers the earlier version especially with this version filmed in 1942.

So happy birthday to the US Army in which my father served 28 years.

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07:51

Joe Tartaro RIP []

I received word yesterday that Joe Tartaro has passed away. Joe was the longtime president of the Second Amendment Foundation. I was privileged to meet Joe and his daughter Peggy at many of the Gun Rights Policy Conferences that I attended.

Photo by Sean Rameswaram of WNYC
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolabmoreperfect/episodes/gun-show

From his blurb on the SAF website:

Joseph Tartaro is president of the Second Amendment Foundation and executive editor of TheGunMag.com. With Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, he is co-editor of the monthly newsletter, The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report. In addition, he has written news and commentaries columns for firearms trade and consumer publications, as well as newspapers around the nation. He is the author of Revolt at Cincinnati and of The Great Assault Weapon Hoax, which was published in the University of Dayton Law Review, December 1994. He has been a campaign consultant for candidates and on firearms-related ballot issues, and has appeared frequently on radio and television. He is a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War; and was an editor of Pacific Stars & Stripes.

Dave Hardy at Of Arms and the Law had this to say about Joe:

Just got the word. He’d been with the gun rights movement for eons. He left the only written account I know of relating to the Cincinnati Revolt of 1977, which created the modern NRA, and of which he was one of the team of good guys. Yep, he was an established activist 43 years ago. Good man.

Dave is absolutely correct – Joe was a good man. A man of his like will be sorely missed.

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07:26

Time-Lapse Map Of Allied Armies In Normandy []

The above is a time lapse map of the Allied advance in France starting with the Normandy Invasion and then going for the next 87 days. Click on the map to set it in motion.

If you look closely at the 7 second mark, you will see the Falaise Pocket as it closes around a number of German divisions.

The color code is as follows:

  • Black = German
  • Blue = American
  • Orange = British
  • Red = Canadian

I found this on the “map porn” subreddit of Reddit which has a plethora of interesting maps from across the centuries.

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Saturday, 13 June

16:30

POTD: Lantac’s 11.5” 6mmARC Pig Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

When Hornady announced the new 6mmARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) cartridge, there were a few firearms and barrel manufacturers ready with products in the caliber for those who want to become early adopters. In our Photo Of The Day, we’ll take a look at one of them, namely the Lantac 11.5” 6mmARC Pig Pistol. Below you can admire and […]

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13:05

Joe Tartaro passes on [Of Arms and the Law]

Just got the word. He'd been with the gun rights movement for eons. He left the only written account I know of relating to the Cincinnati Revolt of 1977, which created the modern NRA, and of which he was one of the team of good guys. Yep, he was an established activist 43 years ago. Good man.

09:26

SILENCER SATURDAY #129: NFA 2020 – Rights Still Delayed; Rights Still Denied [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #129: NFA 2020 - Rights Still Delayed; Rights Still DeniedGood morning quiet shooters and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Nitro N20 suppressor. Last week we discussed a unique subsonic ammunition solution from Seismic Ammo – 185gr bullets in a 9mm cartridge traveling at about 1000fps. This week we look […]

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06:27

Berthier with a Chauchat Magazine at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I am out at the range to put the first shots through a completed replica of the French Chauchat-magazine Berthier conversion. The real versions of these guns were made on Mle 1890 cavalry carbines and Mle 1907-15 long rifles, as survival rifles for pilots and observers (fixed wing and balloon) early in World War One. This example was built up from parts and based on an M16 Carbine (with the upper handguard).

I was hoping to be able to use this in a competitive environment to compare it to a Mauser 98 or Springfield 1903 with an extended trench magazine, but it doesn’t look like that will be possible, unfortunately.

06:00

Thunder Rants! Episode 2: More Gun Knowledge from Clint Smith [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves brings you episode two of “Thunder Rants”. This series captures bits and pieces of knowledge dropped by Clint Smith while James was visiting Clint at Thunder Ranch in Oregon. You’ve got gun knowledge, life knowledge, and Clint’s opinions on random subjects. Clint and Heidi Smith were generous enough […]

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Friday, 12 June

17:00

Friday Night Lights: Dual Tube Spotlight – RNVG, Sentinels, & ANVS [The Firearm Blog]

For this week’s Friday Night Lights we will take a look at not just one but three dual tube setups. The RNVG, Sentinel and ANVS goggles. They are very similar to each other and actually are evolutions of each other. You can almost think of them as grandparent, parent and offspring. ANVS Goggles ANVS goggles […]

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch MP5K in Full-Auto [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch MP5kAt TFB we’re devoted to finding the best and most interesting firearms-related photos together with a short story. You’ll find these photos here, and what could be better than a Heckler & Koch MP5K going fully automatic? Look at the expression on the soldier’s face (can’t blame him) and look at the heatwave above the HK. […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – 6/12/20 [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Welcome back ladies and gentlemen to another Featured Deals of the Week. I am your host, sort-of, Benjamin F, and these are the sales, discounts, and in-stock notices you’ve all been waiting for. Or at least it caught your eye while you were scrolling through our feed. Either way, let’s dive in. North American Rescue […]

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15:49

Local covid-19 data [Of Arms and the Law]

Yesterday the Arizona Daily Star ran an article on covid-19, saying that its incidence increased ten days after Governor Ducey lifted the order closing non-essential businesses. Ten days was chosen, the article said, because that was the accepted interval between exposure and the development of symptoms. (They were a little mistaken: it's more like five days average for symptoms to develop, plus five days average for testing results to be posted. But ten days is a good interval.

I responded with a letter to the editor, which I doubt they will publish, pointing out that by the same standard the demonstration/riot downtown on May 31 had a much worse effect. Which is just commonsense. Which is more likely to pass a respiratory virus, having your hair cut by a barber wearing a mask, or standing shoulder-to-shoulder for hours in a crowd of chanting and shouting people?

Here are my figures, taken from the Arizona Dep't of Health Services website. I take the numbers and rate of daily increase for one day before and after the tenth day:

Business reopening, May 16

May 29: 56 new cases, 2.6% increase
May 30: 78 " " 3.4%
May 31: 14 " " 0.5%

Demonstrations/riot, May 31

June 9 189 new cases, 6% increase
June 10 129 " " 4%
June 11 149 " " 4%

12:14

California: Assembly Passes Firearm Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the California Assembly passed anti-gun bills AB 2362 and AB 2847.  The bills will now move to the Senate for further consideration.  Next week the Senate Appropriations Committee will move bills off the suspense file and to the floor. Anti-gun and hunting legislation SB 914 and SB 1175 are eligible for votes.

11:00

Ballistic Helmet on a Budget: The Tendy Defendy from Citizen’s Armor Co. [The Firearm Blog]

The "Tendy Defendy" ballistic helmet from Citizen's Armor Co.As at least five or six out of ten doctors would probably agree, the head is a relatively important part of the human body. It contains your brain, as well as all of the necessary organs and equipment for four out of the five senses. Even less severe head wounds tend to bleed heavily due […]

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10:00

US Army Begins Fielding New M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army has begun fielding their new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle or SDMR. The latest familiarisation initiative began at Fort Stewart, Georgia, earlier this month. Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (the Raiders) began familiarisation with the new rifles at Fort Stewart’s sniper range on 5th June, 2020. The […]

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09:20

The Armed Citizen® June 12, 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

Armed Citizen® TodayAround 4 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, four men arrived at the Firing Line gun shop in Philadelphia, Pa., and used tools to break into the building. Once in, they headed up a staircase to the second floor.

08:40

Experimental Colt Revolver Automatically Ejects Empty Shells [AllOutdoor.com]

Here we have an experiment doomed to failure from the get-go. It’s a double-action Colt revolver that can eject one empty case each time the gun is fired.

That’s not the “failure” part; it seems that it did indeed kick out an empty case as long as there was one present… but there was no way to eject the case of the last round fired. So the shooter would still have to open the cylinder and manually eject it, which requires no more effort than ejecting all 6 empties. Derp!

There’s also the fact that when you fully load and fire the gun, the gas from the fired round is going to “try” to eject the loaded round from the chamber opposite the gas port. So your six-shot wheel gun actually ain’t.

Colt engineer Robert Roy apparently built the thing, and I find myself more interested in the way it’s put together. A gas port is dovetailed to the barrel and a tube runs from there toward the cylinder. The tube appears to be silver-soldered into a steel bracket screwed to the right side of the frame, and a flanged hex nut on the end serves as a way to more-or-less seal off the face of the chamber from which the empty case is to be blown.

I enjoyed seeing that nut. Using random hardware is the way most of us mad scientists operate, and it’s cool to see others do it.

This revolver sold for $1,840 in September, 2018.

Enjoy the video.

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08:00

Brazil’s IMBEL and SIG Sauer Exploring Partnership to Produce the P320 [The Firearm Blog]

Back in April, Brazil’s IMBEL released a statement on their future plans for expanding their product portfolio, this included a passing reference to a potential partnership with SIG Sauer. The statement, however, did not go into details of what the cooperation between the two companies might involve. We now have some more details on what […]

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07:06

Jerry Miculek on Shooting Steel Targets & the Correct Ammo [AllOutdoor.com]

Here’s a video from professional shooter Jerry Miculek, covering target safety. It seems that shooting steel is more popular than ever these days, and many may not know how dangerous that can be.

I love the audible feedback of steel, and I’ve really enjoyed my Birchwood Casey 2×4 steel target… it’s safe and is set at the correct angle to deflect bullet splatter safely downward. But not all steel targets are created equally, and I’ve watched a shooter hit a swinging steel plate as it’s swinging back towards him, resulting in some bullet splatter hitting the ground pretty darn close to the firing line.

The point is, some targets are truly dangerous — especially when paired with the wrong type of bullets.

Jerry starts out by showing a long-range steel rifle target and explaining why it’s fine for that role but terrible for shooting with a handgun at closer range. He also shows a steel target designed for handgun ammo — and he explains how to properly present it to the shooter in a safe manner.

After that, he moves on to the subject of rifle shooting at mild steel targets. Rifle bullets can create craters or pockmarks in the steel, which makes it unsafe to shoot. When a bullet hits a cratered surface, the soft lead can easily be redirected right back at the shooter. Un-good.

This is also true of FMJ bullets; even with a “full metal jacket,” a significant portion of the bullet can still come right back at ya.

Always pay attention to what’s below the target as well; gravel, concrete, a steel target stand, or another hard surface will fail to absorb the bullet fragments and can easily put you in harm’s way.

Another tip: Don’t shoot steel targets with steel-jacketed bullets. You know, like that foreign military surplus stuff in which the bullet sticks to a magnet. That can cause fires and ricochets. No bueno.

When he heads to the range with some cardboard as a visual aid, it gives viewers a really good idea of just what happens when you shoot a steel target. FMJ or ball ammo splatters in every direction, and some of the chunks of metal are pretty big. Frangible bullets on the other hand break down into much smaller particles, more or less like grains of sand. This means they carry much less energy and are far less likely to bounce around and clobber anything they shouldn’t.

“Always match your ammunition to the target requirements, and always shoot the correct target for the application, and you’ll have a good day on the range.”

Here’s the video; enjoy.

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07:00

Rossi Announces New Rio Bravo .22LR Lever-Action [The Firearm Blog]

Bainbridge, Georgia-based Rossi have announced the launch of a new lever action rimfire rifle – the Rio Bravo. Chambered in .22LR the Rio Bravo is based on Rossi’s line of center-fire R92 lever-action firearms. Available in either German beechwood or black synthetic stocks, the Rio Bravo has a 15 round tube magazine and is available with traditional […]

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06:27

Walther Q5 “Arabesque”: Art in the Form of a Match Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

Engraved pistols are not just the domain of antiques; they are being made right now, on the most modern platforms. This is the “Arabesque”, a project between Walther and Bottega Incisioni Giovanelli. The base gun is a Walther Q5 Match, and engraver Dario Cortini put nearly 140 hours of work into a beautiful hand-made engraving job, complete with tasteful gold accents.

06:18

Hatsan Announces New Tactical Semiauto Shotguns in Bullpup, AR styles [AllOutdoor.com]

Based in Turkey with a US distribution center in Bentonville, Arkansas, Hatsan just announced the release of two stylish guns in their new Escort VTS (versatile tactical shotgun) line. The VTS guns are, as of this writing, chambered in 12 and 410 gauge. Hatsan manufactures the Escort brand of shotguns.

The company only makes airguns, 22 LR rimfire rifles, and shotguns. Many are based on popular, often-pricey guns from household-name companies. The Hatsan brand is well-known and respected among upland game hunters in the UK.Removable barrel cover Escort tactical

 

There are currently three guns in the VTS lineup. All will fire either 2.75 or 3-inch shells. The models are:

  • Escort DF12.
    This is the flagship of the VTS selection, chambered in 12 gauge only. This AR-style shotgun features an upper, lower, and vented handguard made from aluminum alloy. It’s available in black or flat dark earth Cerakote.

 

  • Escort SDX.
    Like the DF12 in function and appearance, the SDX has an aluminum upper and polymer lower. Inside the magazine well, alloy guides provide rigidity and help insure proper mag function. The SDX is offered in both .410 and 12 gauge.

 

  • BTS Bullpup.
    The BTS is 28.8 inches overall in 12 gauge; nine inches shorter than the AR-style VTS shotguns. The .410 is an inch longer. Either is available in Black or FDE. It weighs 8.2 pounds in 12 gauge; 6.8 pounds in .410. Two five-round magazines are included with purchase.

Escort VTS Bullpup

Takedown is simple and familiar with a two-pin system, at least on the AR models. Unscrewing the barrel cover gives quick access to the handguard and any needed adjustments to the gas system.

Hatsan is proud of its gas piston system in these guns. In their own words:

“The piston floats around the barrel itself, not a secondary tube placed below the barrel. This improves efficiency and decreases the overall size and weight of the gun, making it more user-friendly. The in-line gas system also helps reduce muzzle rise, improving the speed at which follow-up shots can be taken.”

These are feature-rich shotguns. The rubber handgrips are compatible with other standard grips, as are the adjustable cheek riser stocks on the Stoner style guns. There’s also an interchangeable rubber butt pad to soften recoil. Both the removable carry handle and top rail feature Picatinny rail for mounting accessories. Sling loops and adjustable flip-up front and rear sights are included, too.

VTS shotguns include a cylinder bore choke brake for use with both slugs and shot. The choke brake dampens recoil. Every VTS shotgun ships with a standard and full choke.flip-up BUIS

Purists may find Hatsan’s clone-like interpretations of more popular shotguns laughable, but the price and positive customer service reputation should make potential buyers take a second look. MSRP is $589.99.

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06:00

Kaw Valley Precision MACH Modular Linear Compensator [The Firearm Blog]

If you have not heard of Kaw Valley Precision before, they make linear comps for firearms. They recently came out with a new modular linear comp that is similar to the modular suppressors we have seen from Q and other suppressor manufacturers. The Kaw Valley Precision MACH linear comp can be built to any length […]

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Thursday, 11 June

17:00

SHTF Guns: Heavy Metal – SCAR 17 and Glock 20 [The Firearm Blog]

Editing Credit: Pete.308 and 10mm: A potent Duo for the Rural American West I don’t put a huge emphasis on being a prepper as part of my identity, but it’s just a reality of life living, farming and ranching in a more rural area.  Unfortunately, a lot of people nowadays are seeing what “SHTF” is in the […]

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16:30

POTD: French FAMAS in Operation Carnyx [The Firearm Blog]

FAMAS Ecoles de Saint-Cyr CoëtquidanThe École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr (“Special Military School of Saint-Cyr”) is the foremost French military academy. In our Photo Of The Day, we’ll follow some of the soldiers in this military school and their FAMAS bullpup rifles. As I’m sure you’re already aware of, the FAMAS is being phased out and replaced by the Heckler […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Being Educated vs Emotional [The Firearm Blog]

Recently, I drove from Michigan to Tampa for a much-needed vacation. While driving down, I decided to turn on the FieldCraft Survival podcast to pass the time. Usually, I will save a few episodes up to entertain me on long trips. Their latest episode touched on recent events of unrest and what it means to concealed […]

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13:06

Florida Alert! Anti-gun Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Takes One Step Back Over Lawsuit [NRA-ILA News]

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has been knowingly and willfully violating the law and Constitutional rights.  It’s a shame it took a lawsuit to make her do her job and take a step back from breaking the law.

11:00

York County Sheriff’s Office Selects Walther PPQ M2 9mm Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Walther has announced that York County, Pennsylvania’s Sheriff’s Office has selected the PPQ M2 9mm pistol. The deputies of York County are transitioning away from their older .40 caliber pistols and have picked 9x19mm and Walther as one of the issued pistols for the agency. It appears from photos on the Sheriff’s Office social media pages that […]

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10:00

CMC Introduces 6mm ARC Enhanced BCG [The Firearm Blog]

CMC Enhanced BCG 6mm ARC (1)The list of products supporting Hornady’s new 6mm ARC cartridge keeps growing. CMC Triggers has announced the addition of a new iteration of their Enhanced AR-15 bolt carrier group featuring a bolt compatible with this new cartridge. The new CMC Enhanced BCG is also suppressor optimized. Let’s see what other features CMC has incorporated into […]

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08:17

There Are Days When You Want To Go Full Mencken []

When this all began with coronavirus and the quarantines, I felt like I was living in some real life post-apocalyptic fiction novel. You know where China or Russia develops some killer virus and they infect the world – especially the Western world – with it to achieve domination. The novel then devolves into isolated groups of preppers surviving TEOTWAWKI thanks to preps, guns, and scavenging. If you have read any of the stories or books by James Wesley, Rawles, William Forstchen, A. American, Gary Ott (Tired Old Man) or Jerry D. Young, you know what I mean.

Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of the MPD, it has morphed from PAW fiction into a recreation of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. You have the attempted shaming of anyone who dissents, you have the violence, you have the cultural artifacts from an earlier time being torn down, and the list goes on. The only thing that seems to be missing is Mao’s Little Red Book.

As to Seattle, maybe Glen Tate’s 299 Days wasn’t fiction after all.

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08:00

Winnipeg Police Seize AR15 and Glock with 3D Printed Receivers [The Firearm Blog]

Yesterday, Winnipeg Police released pictures of a number of firearms seized from a residence late last May. The lower receivers of two shown having been produced using a 3D printer, which was also seized. Winnipeg police made the city’s first ever seizure of a 3D-printed ghost gun. Police expect to start seeing more of this. […]

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07:00

Davidson’s Adds Polymer 80 Complete Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

The firearm wholesaler Davidson’s just announced that they’re adding to their catalog complete pistols from Polymer 80. You may be familiar with the models and you may appreciate their ergonomic choices over the well-known platform. If you don’t think you are skilled enough to complete an 80% build, now there’s the option to buy the […]

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06:27

Restoring Sporterized Military Rifles for Fun and…Probably not Profit [Forgotten Weapons]

I get a fair number of questions about restoring sporterized rifles, so I figured I should address them in a stand-alone video…

06:07

Savage Sierra 308: My Favorite Hunting Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

As I often do between hunting seasons, I was recently thinking about some of my favorite rifles. After carrying a Ruger 44 Magnum carbine my first two decades of deer hunting in Florida where long shots are not the norm, I began to expand my ability to reach out a bit farther. As usual with me, I did not buy new and I picked up a few different models & calibers along the way in an effort to find one I liked best.

The one rifle which has accompanied me to the woods on every season since I got it is a little Savage Model 10 bolt-action rifle in 308 Winchester. I got to thinking about that faithful firearm, and realized that if I had to choose just one favorite deer hunting rifle, Sierra would be the one.

The Sierra provides scale for this huge antler rub. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The Sierra provides scale for this huge antler rub.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Roughly 15 years ago, I purchased the gun from the brother of its original owner. He’d inherited the rifle and decided to pass it along to someone who could use and appreciate it. I had recently enjoyed hunting with a Savage 110 chambered for 270 Winchester, and while I’d been successful I was interested in the shorter barrel, shorter action, and larger caliber of the 308… and I had gained an affinity for the lightweight synthetic stocks Savage was using at the time.

The Sierra’s stock is nice & light… and unique. The rubber recoil pad is ventilated rather than solid, and the checkering molded into the pistol grip & forearm is decidedly odd.

The molded-in stock checkering is unique -- and weird. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The molded-in stock checkering is unique — and weird.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)
Forearm checkering is also funky. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Forearm checkering is also funky.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Model 10FM, or Sierra, was Savage’s answer to the “mountain gun” models offered by its competitors. This is evident in the light weight of the rifle and its 20-inch light-contour barrel, as well as the Sierra logo etched on the bolt — which is blued instead of the more common polished silver finish on Savage bolts of the period.

The Sierra has a blued bolt with sliver-colored etching. It's seen a lot of wear in the past 15 years. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The Sierra has a blued bolt with sliver-colored etching. It’s seen a lot of wear in the past 15 years.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Sierra felt right at home in my hands, and I quickly struck a deal with the seller. Before long it was wearing a 3x-9x Sightron S1 scope, and I’d begun working up a handload for it. Less than two months later, that rifle put its first deer in my freezer using my handloads, a trend that continued for five years until its score was ten and I’d built Little Lotta, another Savage I’d rebarreled to 338-06.

I took this big doe at 220+ yards with the little Savage Sierra 308. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I took this big doe at 220+ yards with the little Savage Sierra 308.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Among the critters slain with the 308 during that time were my first-ever sure-nuff “trophy buck,” which I bagged during my first deer season after my best buddy (Dad) passed away. I also used it to take a few big does that season.

This is the first buck I ever had mounted, taken with the little Savage 308. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
This is the first buck I ever had mounted, taken with the little Savage 308.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

For the next five years I carried the 308 off and on, but usually did my deer shooting with the 338-06, also taking a couple with my handgun Brün Hilda, various muzzleloaders, or the custom Mauser 93 I built. Then Winchester introduced a new type of hunting bullet called Deer Season XP, which impressed me. So I got hold of a couple boxes in 308 and, a decade after I’d first carried the Sierra into the woods, I went back to carrying it almost exclusively. The rifle was so comfortable, convenient, and familiar and did so well with that ammo that I had a hard time hunting with anything else.

The Savage Model 10 is the short-action version of the famed 110, the bolt-action rifle whose locknut-barrel design kept manufacturing cost down while accommodating fast and accurate headspacing. This allowed Savage to establish itself as the source for affordable bolt action centerfire rifles that were almost always accurate & reliable out of the box. In more recent years the company moved away from that image and raised the cost of their old tried-and-true actions… a decision about which I have mixed emotions.

Left side of the Savage Model 10FM (Sierra) (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Left side of the Savage Model 10FM (Sierra)
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Sierra has a 20-inch barrel with a nice light contour, and the short barrel with short action make for a nice handy rifle, with an overall length of just 40 inches. The trigger is not the Accutrigger version, but that doesn’t hurt it one bit as it breaks cleanly with a pull weight of about 3.75 pounds.

The large scope appears out of place atop the compact rifle, but I've learned to love good glass. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The large scope appears out of place atop the compact rifle, but I’ve learned to love good glass.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

It’s the lightest bolt-action centerfire rifle I’ve toted in pursuit of game, and even with its oversized Zeiss 4x-16x scope that weighs a pound and a half by itself, this shootin’ iron weighs in at 8 pounds unloaded.

There's no opening in the bottom of the stock, which simplifies -- and lightens -- things. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
There’s no opening in the bottom of the stock, which simplifies — and lightens — things.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Like most of the 10/110 series, my Sierra has a 4-round integral box magazine without a floorplate, which means it loads and unloads from the top. Some find this troublesome, but I usually keep ammo in the magazine during the hunt and simply remove the round from the chamber for transport and while at camp. No problem.

My first kill with Deer Season XP ammo was one shot into this big doe, which never took another step. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
My first kill with Deer Season XP ammo was one shot into this big doe, which never took another step.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Once I combined the Sierra with Winchester Deer Season XP, I was on a roll. During the first season I used it to lay down two mature does and my heaviest whitetail to date, a 172-pound 8-point that really made my day/week/month/season.

My heaviest buck to date was a one-shot kill which never left my sight after the shot. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
My heaviest buck to date was a one-shot kill which never left my sight after the shot.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The following season, I used this rifle to take a buck on the only “double-header day” I’ve ever had with one of my uncles, when he took a nice doe in the morning and I nailed a tall-racked buck in the afternoon. The buck was 260 yards from my muzzle when I ruined his day.

I took the double-header 8-point after helping my uncle slay a mature doe that morning. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I took the double-header 8-point after helping my uncle slay a mature doe that morning.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

After a short break with another brand of ammo that didn’t treat me as well accuracy-wise, I returned to Deer Season XP and remain happy with the combination. Since then I’ve used it to harvest a few does and a fine last-minute buck on my final deer hunt of 2018, my second-heaviest whitetail to date.

My last-minute redemption buck weighed 168 pounds and did not go far after the shot. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
My last-minute redemption buck weighed 168 pounds and did not go far after the shot.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

There’s no telling what the future holds for me and my handy little rifle, but you can be sure that no matter which deer gun I decide to carry, the Sierra will not be far away — and will almost certainly accompany me to the deer woods more than once each season.

The Savage Sierra 308 is the handiest bolt-action deer rifle I own. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The Savage Sierra 308 is the handiest bolt-action deer rifle I own.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I guess I’d have to call it true love.

Are you too in love with a deer rifle? Please comment to tell us about it.

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06:00

Torture Testing an Expensive 1911: How Does the Alchemy .45 Do? [The Firearm Blog]

Brannon LeBouef of NOLATAC and the St Bernard Indoor Shooting Center reports back after 6 months and over 1000 rounds with the Alchemy Custom Weaponry “Brimstone” 1911 from Cabot Guns, in 45 ACP, in the Concealed Carry Officer size. This is a high-end custom 1911 handcrafted by a single gunsmith. This gun is flat out […]

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New from Federal Ammunition: Black Cloud TSS 20 Gauge [The Firearm Blog]

Federal Ammunition announces the Black Cloud TSS 20 gauge.A worldwide leader in ammunition, Federal, has announced an addition to their Black Cloud line with a new 20 gauge option for waterfowl hunters. Their Black Cloud TSS product offers a 60/40 mix of Tungsten Super Shot pellets, which are a blend of powdered tungsten and iron, combined with Federal’s elliptical “Flitestopper” pellets. Adding Federal’s rear-opening […]

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05:28

SanTan Tactical Unveils Two Rifles in 6ARC [AllOutdoor.com]

SanTan Tactical, of Arizona, announced the June 2020 release of a new rifle, in a new chambering.

The STT15-6ARC is an AR-platform rifle featuring a carbon fiber barrel by Proof Research. Ammunition maker Hornady Manufacturing has joined the marketing effort, displaying its three current 6ARC cartridge variants.

The new cartridge called 6ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) was developed in response to a call a specialized set of operational needs within the US Department of Defense. They sought a new round that would consistently stretch past the reliable range of 5.56 NATO while still delivering knockdown power. The resulting cartridge is capable of high ballistic coefficients and good energy delivery downrange — and bullet variants can make it appropriate for smaller targets and closer ranges.Hornady and BCG

Flexibility of the 6ARC cartridge is touted as a selling point for hunters, property defenders, and match shooters, as bullet types and weights can serve numerous domestic purposes. Its parent cartridge is 308 Winchester and the cartridge is handloader-friendly.

Low recoil is another attractive feature of 6ARC. With SanTan Tactical devising a Stoner-style rifle for it, efficient operation for both military and civilian users is achieved.

Proof Research, renowned for their precision rifle barrels, contributes an 18-inch carbon fiber one to the STT15-6ARC, with a 1:7.5 twist.

Hornady’s contribution includes three new products. The new loads are, respectively, 108 grain ELD-“Match,” 105 grain boat tail hollow point “Black,” and 103 grain ELD-X “Precision Hunter.” Factory tests with a 24-inch barrel yielded ballistic coefficients of .512 to .536. Muzzle velocities are similarly close; 2,750 to 2,800 feet per second.

SanTan Tactical (STT) designed the upper and lower, cut from single-billet 7075-T6 aluminum. Uppers and lowers are cut from matched pillars. In the company’s words, “The bore, receiver extension face, barrel nut threads, and barrel extension surfaces are all machined in one operation ensuring that they are perfectly concentric and perpendicular to the barrel assembly.”

Ambidextrous mag, sling, and bolt interfaces are an unusual feature of this rifle. That’s nothing new to SanTan, though, as they have long produced an ambi lower for M4/AR15 rifles. No word on if the safety follows suit.

There is a “Lite” variant of the STT15-6ARC, which lacks the texturing treatment and “signature lightning cuts.” The company doesn’t provide weight specs on its website. The Lite does not have ambi features.

Magpul furniture finishes out the STT15. The long M-LOK forend provides massive room for accessories.STT-Hornady-Proof

San Tan Tactical STT-15-6ARC Rifle Features:

• STT Suppressor Optimized Enhanced Bolt carrier group
• STT 6 ARC HPT MPI Bolt, Crane O-ring Upgrade
• Proof Research 18” Carbon Fiber 6ARC Barrel
• CMC Triggers 3.5lb Single Stage Match Trigger
• MagPul MOE plus Grip
• MagPul CTR Stock
• MagPul MBUS Pro
• STT 15 16” MLOK Rail
• Precision CNC machined from billet 7075-T6 certified aluminum
• Proprietary special burnished bore that gives a compacted internal surface,
resulting in a much smoother surface finish
• Type 3, class 2, deep black, hardcoat anodized black
• Features extended feed ramps
• Ambidextrous Mag and Bolt release controls (ambi version only not Lite)
• CERAKOTE options are available for an additional cost

Both versions of the STT15-6ARC are priced at $2,895. This appears to be the first complete rifle offering by the company, a well-known producer of AR components. Appearance would indicate STT was prepared and decided to go big with a wildcat chambering, exclusive parts, and high-quality machining.

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Wednesday, 10 June

18:43

Hilarious! [Of Arms and the Law]

June 9: Antifa takes over six blocks of Seattle calls it Free Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.

June 10: They invite some homeless into their zone.... who promptly swipe all their food.

I wonder why they didn't call the police ... oh, that's right, I forgot...

18:25

Everytown Announces Endorsements For Senate []

As Tom Knighton said in reference to the announcement that Everytown endorsed 11 Democrats for the US Senate, they “announced Senate candidates it was buying.” I think he hit the nail on the head.

As with their endorsements for the House of Representatives, they rolled out the announcement to The Hill.

The gun-control advocacy group threw its support behind 11 Democratic Senate candidates including Mark Kelly in Arizona, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Sara Gideon in Maine, Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina, Jaime Harrison in South Carolina and MJ Hegar in Texas.

The endorsement of Gideon is particularly notable given the group endorsed incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine) in 2014. 

The group also backed incumbent Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Gary Peters (Mich.) and Tina Smith (Minn.). 

With the possible exception of Gideon, there are no surprises on this list.

Mark Kelly was a gimme given he is “Mr. Gabby Giffords” and is trying to ride the gun control train into office. Likewise, John Hickenlooper aka Hickenstupid sold his soul to Michael Bloomberg years ago.

Closer to me, Jaime Harrison is the former head of the SC Democrat Party, is a protege of House Majority Whip James Clyburn, and parlayed his work for Clyburn into a job as a lobbyist for the Podesta Group. I have been seeing his ads since early spring as our local TV stations cover the Upstate of South Carolina. If his ads were the only thing you knew about him, you would know he got a scholarship to Yale and that he taught school for a year. He never happens to mention he went to law school or that he worked for many years as a lobbyist.

Moving on to Cal Cunningham here in North Carolina, you saw a ton of ads for him early in the spring. Some so-called veterans PAC was running a lot of ads for him touting that he served in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star. You got the impression he was like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) who, despite being a Harvard Law School grad, served as an infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. If that was your impression, you’d be wrong. Cunningham served as a JAG attorney in the Army Reserve attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps. His Bronze Star was awarded for meritorious service overseeing a number of attorneys and paralegals. In other words, he got it for acting like the managing partner of a law firm – not for leading troops in combat.

While Cunningham served in the State Senate from 2000-2004 representing Davidson County, he now lives in Raleigh though he is still listed as an attorney in his father’s law practice in Lexington. He is also the VP and General Counsel of solid waste company WasteZero. If I had to characterize Cunningham, it would be as the John Edwards of 2020 without the narcissistic attention to hair. Cunningham has also been endorsed by the Cult of Personality known as Giffords.

One final note – Mary Jane “MJ” Hegar of Texas is in a runoff for the nomination. She faces State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) in the July 14th runoff. While she leads in money raised and came in first in the primary, West has the backing of most Democrats in the Texas Legislature.

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17:00

TFB Review: Custom Smith MFG 3D Printed MP5 Upgrades [The Firearm Blog]

Printed MP5 UpgradesWith the roller delayed blowback renaissance, accessories for the MP5 platform have exploded on the market. With the improved quality of rapid prototyping, now individuals can print out functional parts and sell them. Custom Smith MFG (CSM) makes 3D printed MP5 upgrade parts for the king of pistol caliber carbines. We got their MP5K AFG […]

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16:30

POTD: Winchester Model 1876 Revived by Turnbull Restoration [The Firearm Blog]

POTD Turnbull Restoration Winchester Model 1876 50-95 Win (1)Turnbull Restoration is a well-known company specialized in restoring and color case hardening firearms. If you browse the Restoration Gallery page of the company’s website or visit their social media pages, you’ll find hundreds of pictures showing how they restored dozens of beaten-up old guns often making them look even better than their original factory […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: One-Handed Revolver Reload – Revisited [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome to another Wheelgun Wednesday, where we cover all things of Wheelgunnery. In my “One Handed Revolver Drills” article from last year, readers mentioned that the article skimmed over the whole process of reloading with only one hand. There was another question posed in the comment section that I’ll address here as well, so if […]

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13:03

Iowa: Senate Passes Bill to Expand Hunting Access [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Iowa Senate voted 37-13 to pass House File 716 to improve hunting opportunities in Iowa by defining the types of cartridges that may be used for deer hunting and expanding opportunities for youth hunters to hunt under the supervision of an adult.

11:05

Louisiana: Urge Governor Edwards to Sign Pro-Gun Measures before Weekend Deadline [NRA-ILA News]

A weekend deadline is fast approaching for four pro-gun bills sitting on Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk.

11:00

Chipotle Publishing Launches Vickers Machine Gun Book Kickstarter Campaign [The Firearm Blog]

Chipotle Publishing has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publishing of a book on the iconic Vickers Machine Gun. The new book The Vickers Machine Gun: Pride of the Emma Gees is an in-depth history of the British Vickers medium machine gun used by Britain and the Commonwealth nations during World War One, World […]

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10:55

Virginia: Gov Northam Appoints Anti-Gun Lobbyist to Crime Commission [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Ralph Northam announced a trio of appointments to the Virginia State Crime Commission, including Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone and Lori Haas, Virginia State Director for a national gun ban group called the "Coalition to Stop Gun Violence."

10:00

Umarex Introduces Airsoft Glock 45 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Umarex Introduces Airsoft Glock 45 Pistols (3)Umarex has added an airsoft Glock 45 pistol to their line of Glock airguns that were first introduced in September of 2017. Back then, Glock for the first time officially licensed the manufacturing of airsoft replicas of their pistols. Let’s see what features the new Umarex Glock 45 packs. The new airsoft G45 is added […]

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09:32

Three Ways to Make His Day: Experiences with Dad [AllOutdoor.com]

Shopping for the gun-loving or outdoorsy dad (or dads) in your life is almost too easy today. Whether he’s into tactical or competitive shooting, hunting, long-distance precision, or a combination of these, a plethora of gun and sporting websites offer gear choices to fit just about every budget.

That’s where this article started—as a discussion about gear for dad. But with recent national and world events reminding us that time together is precious, it seems appropriate to talk about that one gift that goes with every budget and every father’s lifestyle: experiences. The cool new ear muffs, slings, and socks I was going to write about will wear out or become outmoded with time, but memories can be retrieved anytime and enjoyed forever.

So let’s look at some ways you can give your dad an unforgettable Father’s Day.

1. Marksmanship, cold beer, and history

Got an urban dad or just have the itch to go to the city? Schedule a simulator and/or range session at one of the fine “Guntry Clubs” — a range/store combo that’s designed to equip, train, and/or entertain — around the nation. The national chain Gander Outdoors and Forth Worth’s Defender Outdoors, to name two, offer not only superb sporting goods but also social shooting experiences that double as marksmanship skill-builders.

Regardless of your dad’s interests where guns are concerned, there is a simulator somewhere to accommodate him. From steel challenges, to hunting big and small game, to taking on bad guys, today’s commercial simulators are realistic and employ genuine name-brand pistols outfitted with laser “cartridges” and realistic target responses. Or hit the live fire range for some full-auto fun, almost guaranteed to result in giggles. Bonus points for researching and firing any models your own dad or grandfather used in his military career, or any that were used in historical events in your city—always fodder for great conversation, too.

simulatorMany of these shooting centers offer a bar and/or food service for post-range refreshment. Or saunter to a location near where historic gun-related events took place. Discuss the types and models of guns involved and what things were different then. Some of the historical facts may elicit humor, others can inspire poignant reflection or heartfelt opinion. Allow time and space for chat, just you and Dad—even if your opinions differ!

Plan on spending amusement park-scale fees for a visit to an exclusive shooting center. On a budget or don’t have such a range nearby? Set up a surprise target array and some shooting games. One quick solution for game ideas are the targets at RealGunGames.com. There you’ll find all you need for a range time full of fun and laughs—and you’ll both leave better shooters! Be a good kid and bring some ammo for Dad’s gun!

Pack a picnic lunch with Dad’s favorite treat, or indulge in an ice cream cone after a good shooting session. Bonus points for researching something gun-related about Dad’s hometown history, and taking him to visit pertinent sites. Whether that history comes from cowboy lore, the Revolutionary or Civil War, WWII defense manufacturing, or a true crime story, guns are part of our heritage, just like Dad, so why not make a memory around them?

2. Take it to the Hunt Field

June isn’t exactly a prime hunting month. Still, there are fun excursions to consider. A morning spent eradicating varmints or other legal quarry is a great bonding experience. Coffee and breakfast added to it set the tone for Dad’s perfect day.Helo hog hunt

Got some coin to plop down? Consider a feral hog hunt—always in season and often resulting in great bacon and sausage later, hog hunts can range from low-budget and laid back to adrenalin-packed. This is the only chance you’ll get, outside of the military, to legally shoot a rifle from a helicopter, so if the budget will allow it, take yourself and Dad to one of the Texas ranches offering this unique experience. Or, plan ahead for a night or two of camp lodging as well as night vision equipment for more traditional hog pursuits—which can also be adrenaline-filled in some settings. Many outfitters offer hunts appropriate for mobility-challenged dads; so keep an open mind if yours meets that description.

A hunt with dad, big or small, is a great way to build the family story collection as well as fill the freezer (or not). Remember to snap some photos of not only the trophy shot, but also the moments that seem mundane. Those are often the ones that evoke the fondest memories and tales later on. Bonus points for keeping a diary of the experience to share with Dad later!

3. Get some awesome training

“I know what I want for my Mother’s Day,” I overheard a recent concealed carry student say to her husband. “I want to go to a defensive pistol class.” As they say, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander! To train together is to bond together. Military forces use this principle to meaningful ends, and the same applies to family ties.

If guns are directly involved with the training, choose a class or academy that values safe gun handling as a primary criterion for selecting the experience. After that, the sky and your budget are the limit in what you choose—maybe a weekend-long competitive shooting clinic, maybe a force-on-force scenario class for the concealed carry dad, maybe an outdoor survival class for the hunter.

Appleseed rifle marksmanship weekend clinics are a great, economical weekend getaway for dads who want to learn or confirm rifle fundamentals. Even little kids are welcome, but well-controlled, at these events which happen around the United States. For reality-based tactical training, a great number of instructors and schools offer classes on a local or mobile basis. Among them are Trident Concepts, Sentinel Concepts, and Defense Training International. Or check out expanding the family’s survival skillset with one of the thousands of classes offered in local communities regarding edible and medicinal plant selection and preparation, emergency medical training, and the like. Your County Extension agent, whose office is usually found under the name of the state university but at the county level, is often knowledgeable about these local classes.

Most times, this gift is best presented as a proof of entry for a future class. Present it as a surprise wrapped in a box meant for everyday gear like a knife or holster for best effect. Bonus points for including a practical joke in the process!

The gift of experience is, by definition, a fatherly one. We look to fathers and father figures for guidance for the survival of our species and cultures. Sharing a new experience with Dad, in his honor, is an investment in the future. May you create meaningful, lasting memories with the dads in your life.

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08:00

New American Defense PRC-700SA Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

PRC-700SA chassisPrecision Rifle Components have collaborated with American Defense MFG and developed the PRC-700SA chassis. The Remington 700 Short Action chassis is purpose-built for the Precision Rifle Competitor, with features like modular weight kit and adjustable thumb rest. The new chassis is designed from the ground up to provide a stable shooting position off barricades, bags, tripods, and […]

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07:58

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #10: Jimmy Hamilton From Vortex Optics [The Firearm Blog]

TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast #10: Jimmy Hamilton From Vortex OpticsWelcome back to the latest edition of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast that features industry leaders talking about their backgrounds, company history, products and information that can help you become a better shooter. Today we feature Jimmy Hamilton from Vortex Optics. Besides being a fantastic guy, Jimmy is hyper-knowledgeable in his field of shooting optic […]

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07:00

Springfield Armory Dips the Hellcat 9mm in NEW Cerakote Desert FDE [The Firearm Blog]

cerakote desert fdeThe Springfield Armory Hellcat in 9mm has been one of, if not the most, popular carry guns since it was debuted last September 25th as the world’s highest capacity micro-compact on the market. The 1st iteration released to the public was a Black Melonite version which is not surprising because the matte black aesthetic of […]

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06:27

M44L: The Experimental Midlength Folding-Bayonet Mosin Nagant [Forgotten Weapons]

Courtesy of The Mosin Crate, we have a Soviet “M44L” today. This was an intermediate length (24 inch barrel) pattern of the Mosin Nagant rifle with an M44-style permanently attached folding spike bayonet. Developed in 1944, it was intended to serve as a universal replacement for the Mosin Nagant rifles and carbines in service, but trials did not begin until after the German surrender in 1945 and the program was dropped.

Total production is not known, although the initial order was for 1,000 rifles in this infantry configuration plus 200 more without bayonets for use as snipers’ rifles. When development ceased, the existing guns were refurbished, put into storage, and eventually distributed with other Rosins as military aid to allied nations. This example was imported from Bulgaria by Century, and is imported marked by them as an “M44”. The term “M44L” has been adopted by the American collector community in lieu of knowing a proper Soviet designation for the pattern.

06:02

NEW Cerakote Desert FDE Finish for the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

Springfield Armory has given their Hellcat 9mm a NEW Cerakote Desert FDE (Flat Dark Earth) finish as a new discreet color for carry. Now anyone who wants to use the world’s highest-capacity micro-compact has two color choices to pick from: Black Melonite or Cerakote Desert FDE. The Hellcat 9mm being offered in a new color palette is not just an upgrade in curb appeal, but for many it can blend in better to their daily lives.

Many of us sport tan tactical pants like those from 5.11 Tactical on a daily basis, and even wear khaki colored shorts in the summertime. So, the NEW Cerakote Desert FDE Hellcat 9mm can be a great companion for carry in the hotter summer months. At the moment you have two options to pick from with that color:

hellcat 9mm

For those who may not currently own a Hellcat 9mm or had the opportunity to shoot one yet, all of the traits from the original Black Melonite version carry over into the newer Cerakote Desert FDE model. All of those specifications can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Magazines: One 11-Round w/ Finger Rest, One 13-Round Extended
  • Barrel: 3″ Hammer Forged Steel w/ a Melonite® Finish & 1:10″ Right-Hand Twist
  • Sights: U-Dot™ Tactical Rack Rear & Tritium/Luminescent Front
  • Frame: Desert FDE Polymer w/ Adaptive Grip Texture™
  • Slide: Billet Machined w/ a Cerakote Desert FDE Finish
  • Recoil System: Dual Captive Recoil Spring w/ Full Length Guide Rod
  • Overall Length: 6″
  • Overall Height: 4″ w/ Flush Mag, 4.5″ w/ Extended Mag
  • Overall Width: 1″
  • Weight w/ Empty Mag: 18.3 Oz w/ Flush Mag, 18.6 Oz w/ Extended Mag

Click here to read a full review of the Springfield Armory Hellcat by our own Russ Chastain.

As with all new releases from Springfield Armory, they are not only happy to provide this new offering to the public, but simultaneously proud. They are in tune to what their customers are clamoring for and a simple Cerakote finish like this is one iteration the public has been requesting. A simple Press Release from Springfield Armory can be read below elaborating more:

GENESEO, ILL. (06/10/20) – Building on its strength as the highest capacity micro compact 9mm in the world since its launch in 2019, Springfield Armory® is proud to announce an exciting new variant of the Hellcat® in Desert Flat Dark Earth (FDE). It is being offered in both standard and OSP™ versions.

The Hellcat was an immediate hit upon its release late last year, offering shooters and CCW enthusiasts a paradigm-shifting combination of high-capacity and compact size as well as the ability to mount an optic. The result was a pistol that fully lived up to the mission statement established by Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese when he said, ‘Every detail of the Hellcat has been shaped by a singular mission — to deliver the definitive concealed carry handgun.’

For all of our CCW (concealed carry weapon) holders in the reading audience, what do you think? Have you personally had the opportunity to shoot or carry the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm? Would you dive in on this new Cerakote Desert FDE finish version? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


About Springfield Armory

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic.  The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers.  For more information, please visit us at: springfield-armory.com.

hellcat 9mm

hellcat 9mm

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06:00

CMMG Endeavor & Resolute Rifles now Available in 6mm ARC [The Firearm Blog]

The wave of 6mm ARC chambered platforms continues to grow after the launch of the new round. CMMG are the latest to announce that not one but two of their rifles will be available in the new 6ARC round. Heralded as their “newest long-range offerings” CMMG now offer both their Endeavor and Resolute rifles in […]

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04:48

First US Law To Treat Repeating Arms Differently []

Attorney and Second Amendment scholar David Kopel had an interesting article published yesterday. It dealt with the racist history of gun control and how it is still being written by gun control advocates.

The article recounted the advice of journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells to fellow blacks to “buy a Winchester”. As Kopel notes, Wells was the leading anti-lynching advocate of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She felt that a repeating rifle in the hands of armed black men and women was essential to lynch mobs.

On June 25, 1892, Wells penned an iconic article for the New York Age, which was reprinted as a nationally circulated pamphlet, “Southern Horrors.” After noting cases in which lynch mobs had been defeated by armed blacks, Wells continued: “The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for the protection which the law refuses to give.

“When the white man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great a risk biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life. The more the Afro-American yields and cringes and begs, the more he has to do so, the more he is insulted, outraged, lynched.”

Wells was referring to an incident in Jacksonville, Florida in which armed black men with their repeating rifles prevented a black prisoner from being lynched.

The result of this incident is that that Florida legislature enacted a gun control law in the next session that required a license to carry or possess “a pistol, Winchester rifle or other repeating rifle.”

This appears to be the first American statute that treated repeating arms differently from other arms. The 1893 Florida tradition is continued today by states such as California and Massachusetts, which ban many common repeating rifles and shotguns, and limit magazine capacity to only 10 rounds. (emphasis mine)

In the 1941 case Watson v. Stone, the Florida Supreme Court construed the statute narrowly. The court held that the statute didn’t apply to carrying in an automobile. Concurring, Justice Buford explained the racial background:

“I know something of the history of this legislation. The original Act of 1893 was passed when there was a great influx of negro laborers in this State drawn here for the purpose of working in turpentine and lumber camps. The same condition existed when the Act was amended in 1901 and the Act was passed for the purpose of disarming the negro laborers. … The statute was never intended to be applied to the white population and in practice has never been so applied. (emphasis mine) … [T]here has never been, within my knowledge, any effort to enforce the provisions of this statute as to white people, because it has been generally conceded to be in contravention of the Constitution and nonenforceable if contested.”

This law was only repealed in 1987 when Florida adopted shall-issue carry permits.

The gun control lobby is still trying to keep “repeating arms” out of the hands of blacks – and whites and Asians and Latinos and Native Americans. Indeed, Joe Biden, he of the double-barrel shotgun, vows to do away with “repeating arms” on his campaign website. He may call them by a different name but they are still repeating arms.

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Tuesday, 09 June

17:00

Top 6 Gun Personalities At The Range – Part 2 [The Firearm Blog]

On Christmas Day, I posted about the top gun personalities you see at the gun range. We can all relate when seeing the various stereotypes at the range and have a good chuckle about it. I fell into a number of categories last time, so it’s perfectly fine to have fun with it and just […]

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16:30

POTD: Blitzkrieg AR-15 Spike Front Sight Post [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Secondary sights – We are looking through a Trijicon MRO with the Blitzkrieg AR-15 Spike Front Sight Post / White Stripe. The light is an Arisaka 600 Series IR Light on their Picatinny Offset Mount, mounted on a Centurion Arms CMR MLOK Rail, and of course a Blitzkreig White Stripe FSP […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Valorius Optimized or Victimized Ruger LCPs? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 53rd 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 (most of the time) and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet […]

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11:00

Ammo Manufacturer, Stand 1 Armory, Returns After Three-Year Hiatus [The Firearm Blog]

TX-based ammo maker Stand 1 Armory announces their return.For several years, many shooters looking for bulk premium remanufactured ammo turned to Stand 1 Armory. The Dallas, Texas-based bullet farm was first incorporated in 2013 and soon became a popular source of ammo for shooters of many different calibers and styles. Offerings included a variety of 9mm, .40, .45, .223, .308, 300BLK rounds, and […]

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10:00

Canada’s Banned Firearms List Is Growing, and Quietly [The Firearm Blog]

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or "Mounties", under whose jurisdiction Canada's new ban falls.Last month, TFB reported on Canada’s sweeping new ban of more than 1500 firearms – including more than a few unusual or unexpected entries on the list. Of note were numerous items that civilians would have almost no opportunity to purchase anyway, such as rocket launchers and mortar systems. There are also tentative plans to […]

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08:00

The Selection of Germany’s Next Service Rifle Delayed Again [The Firearm Blog]

Bundeswehr G36It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the decision on which supplier that will deliver the next standard assault rifle for the German Army has reportedly been delayed once again. According to several German news outlets the program has once again been delayed. What is surprising is that the COVID-19 Coronavirus is […]

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07:00

Finnish Reservists Gets New AKs From South Korea [The Firearm Blog]

MPK-kivääriThe Finnish Reservists are getting a new rifle. The rifle is a semi-automatic AK-clone made by Dasan Machineries of South Korea. The design of the MPK rifle is made to resemble the Rk series (rynnäkkökivääri or “assault rifle”) of rifles. MPK is The National Defence Training Association of Finland, established in 1993. The purpose of the MPK […]

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06:27

M91/41: A Step Back From the M38 and the Last Carcano [Forgotten Weapons]

In my opinion, the M38 Carcano as a very insightfully designed infantry rifle for World War Two, acknowledging the real-world use conditions of such weapons. With the M91/41 (aka M41), Italy took a step back from that. Originally designed as the M40 in 1940 with a new rear sight design adjustable out to a reasonable 500m, it was adopted in 1941 with a copy of the original M91 carbine rear sight, graduated out to 1000m. The barrel was shorter than the M91 rifle, but only by about 3.5 inches. It had a straight bolt handle, and sling attachments on both the side and the bottom.

The M41 was produced at the Terni Arsenal until September 1943, when Italy signed an armistice with the Allies. Production also took place at Armaguerra in the north, and that factory was controlled by German forces after the armistice, and would continue producing rifles in 1944. A total of about 917,000 M41 rifles were made between the two factories.

06:00

Burris RT-6 vs Vortex Strike Eagle: Budget LPVO Shootout [The Firearm Blog]

Can you get by with a budget LPVO? In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the Burris RT-6 and Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x low power variable optics to see how they stack up. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if you enjoy our program, and consider […]

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05:59

Thomas Thornton’s 14-Barrel Flintlock Volley Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

So you want a flintlock rifle, and you want more than one barrel. You also happen to have plenty of ye olde golde… what to do? Why, commission a 14-barreled rifle with two triggers, two locks, and two clusters of 7 rifled barrels of course.

The gun in question was more or less made as a symbolic piece, but it’s certain that this is a well-made arm which was fully capable of being fired.

It was made in London around 1800 for Lt. Col. Thomas Thornton, who apparently harbored some resentment for a concerted effort by fellow officers to have him drummed out of the military, which explains the gold-filled writing on the barrel proclaiming “Perdition to Conspirators.”

The fourteen 7-cornered polygonally-rifled twist steel barrels are roughly .30 caliber, and were probably intended to use non-round projectiles. Each trigger pull will fire 7 barrels.

This frightening assault flintlock has a vertical foregrip, which probably makes it illegal in some locations (derp).

When you’re as well-to-do as Thornton obviously was, you don’t load each barrel individually. Heavens no! Instead, you use your handy-dandy custom-made 7-chambered powder measure.

When he got tired of toting all 14 barrels about the countryside, he could slap one set of barrels into his second stock, which only holds one lock and one cluster of 7 barrels — and which is apparently of French manufacture.

I reckon Thornton was fond of the number 7…

Enjoy the video.

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04:57

Finally! An Official Notice Of NRA Meeting []

We finally have official confirmation that the Meeting of Members and the NRA Board of Directors Meeting will be held in Springfield, Missouri over Labor Day Weekend.

From the NRA Blog:

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce that the 149th Annual Meeting of Members, previously schedule for Saturday, April 18, 2020 in Nashville, TN, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 5, at the Springfield Expo Center located at 635 E. Saint Louis Street, Springfield, Missouri.​

The Meeting with take place in Halls A/B/C of the Expo Center and commence at 9:00am Central Time. All members are invited to attend.

The news had leaked out a week ago thanks to a posting by the NRA Whittington Center.

Now that it is official, it is time to start planning your trip to beautiful southwest Missouri. Airfare is still relatively cheap, hotel rooms are quite reasonable, and Interstate 44 goes right through Springfield. The city is about a three hour drive from both Tulsa, Oklahoma and Kansas City and about 3 1/2 hours from Saint Louis.

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Monday, 08 June

17:00

TFB Review: XTech Tactical AK Magazines and Accessories [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: XTech AK Magazines and AccessoriesFounded in 2013, XTech Tactical was formed by a group of firearms enthusiasts.  If their reputation lives up to the hype, this could be a huge win for any and all fans of the Kalashnikov platform. They offered to send some of their newest AK Magazines, and other accessories over for review. With my work […]

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16:30

POTD: The Owen Gun (Royal Australian Regiment) [The Firearm Blog]

Owen gunEvelyn Ernest Owen (15 May 1915 – 1 April 1949) designed the Owen machine carbine or Owen Gun in 1939. This is the topic of our Photo Of The Day. TFB wrote about it already in 2013, in the article: Made In Australia: The Owen Submachine Gun. As I’m sure you’ve figured out already, the Owen Gun was […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: A Fresh Look at the Savage Arms Minimalist Rimfire Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: The Savage Arms Minimalist Rimfire RifleHello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report. In this ongoing series we discover, review, and discuss anything and everything surrounding the rimfire firearm world. This week we’ll be covering a recent release by Savage Arms – the Savage Arms Minimalist rimfire rifles. These newer offerings from Savage are set to redefine the rimfire […]

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13:11

New Leupold Riflescopes and Reticles for 2020 [AllOutdoor.com]

In 2018 Leupold & Stevens, Inc. first introduced the VX-Freedom line of riflescopes. These scopes offer excellent performance in low light conditions thanks to a proprietary lens coating and design elements of the scope itself, known as the Leupold Twilight Management System. The VX-Freedom line is built for reliable performance across a variety of hunting and shooting endeavors.

Now for 2020, five new illuminated reticle model scopes are joining the VX-Freedom family. According to a Leupold spokesman, “Illuminated reticles are a benefit that hunters and shooters can make use of, game animals tend to move when light is at its lowest.” The Firedot reticle makes it easier to ensure your point of aim is where it is supposed to be, especially in low light conditions.

The new offerings include the following:

  • 5-4×20 (30mm) with an illuminated FireDot MOA-Ring reticle, MSRP $519.99
  • 3-9×40 (30mm) with Illuminated FireDot Tri-MOA, MSRP $519.99
  • 3-9×50 (30mm) with Illuminated FireDot Twilight Hunter, MSRP $649.99
  • 4-12×50 (30mm) CDS with Illuminated FireDot Duplex, MSRP $779.99
  • VX-Freedom AR 1.5-4×20 (30mm) with 223 Mil Illuminated FireDot MIL-Ring, MSRP $649.99

All five models share these common features:

  • A 30mm main tube
  • A version of the FireDot illuminated reticle designed to help you see your aiming point
Leupold FireDot MOA-Ring Reticle

Some folks may ask is a 30mm tube (1.18 inches), being larger than a the more customary one-inch tube, really necessary? A lot depends on the application, but there are a few advantages of the larger tube. Essentially, the walls of the tube can be made thicker for added strength and durability, or the internal lenses can be slightly larger, which increases optical performance simply because larger lenses always perform better than smaller ones. Normally there is more internal adjustment range on the 30mm tube as compared to the one-inch tube. This extra room for adjustment may be an advantage for long range shooters.

One of the newest models for 2020, the FireDot Twilight Hunter reticle, was designed with the most dedicated whitetail hunters in mind. Military-spec lens coatings provide abrasion resistance, protecting the riflescope in challenging terrain. The ergonomically advanced power selector ring is low-profile, but provides exceptional grip and ease of use, even in the cold, wet, or when wearing gloves. The VX-Freedom series is designed, machined, and assembled in the United States at the company’s Beaverton, Oregon factory, and is backed by Leupold’s lifetime guarantee.

Leupold FireDot Twilight Hunter Reticle

Over the years I have used many different brands of scopes in a wide range of applications from long range shooting to close and mid-range hunting. I have found that no matter the need, I can always depend on Leupold to deliver a quality optic.

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11:55

Enter the ATN Father’s Day Giveaway for a Chance to Win their X-Sight 4K Pro 3-14 w/ ABL 1000 [AllOutdoor.com]

Right now, over on ATNcorp.com, you could win one of their ultra high definition day AND night rifle scopes as part of their Father’s Day Giveaway promotion.

Assuming you already follow ATN on Instagram, (why wouldn’t you be?!) perhaps you recall their Thor LT Memorial Day Giveaway. This is the same deal, where all you have to do is enter your email at the top of their website. That’s it. Then one lucky subscriber will be randomly chosen to receive a brand new X-SIGHT 4K PRO – The future of optics.

Don’t miss another opportunity to capture that once in a lifetime moment. Record your hunting adventures in Full HD and take photos to bring adventures back home to share with friends, family and on social media.

X-SIGHT 4K
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Oh yeah, and the X-Sight comes with an ABL 1000 rangefinder already attached. This is one sweet little setup!

Behind the optic

 

As far as technology goes, the X-SIGHT 4K PRO has everything you could ask for – and probably more than you even thought you needed. But believe me, you need it! Check out this in depth review of the optic from ATN’s YouTube channel, which shows a real-time night test, as well as highlights the crystal clear audio performance:

If you have any other questions, you can find out more on ATNcorp.com

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11:00

Class is in Session! NEW Springfield Vickers Tactical Master Class 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

vickers tacticalJust when you thought school was out for the summer and it appears class is now back in session courtesy of Springfield Armory and host of other high-caliber outfits. Springfield Armory in collaboration with Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical and Wilson Combat have debuted a NEW Lipsey’s distributor exclusive of a Vickers Tactical Master Class […]

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10:47

COVID-19, Riots, and Individual Liberty [AllOutdoor.com]

Disclaimer: This is simply one man’s opinion.

As the USA and the world at large experienced historic widespread lockdowns in response to the perceived threat of coronavirus / COVID-19, responses from individuals were broad and widely varied. Many believed it overblown and frankly insane. Others soaked up all the fear which their governments and mass media poured out in record doses, and shrank into their homes, afraid to go out. Most fell somewhere in between.

A most interesting shift occurred as time passed. Some doubters began to take it more seriously, while some believers eased up in their fear. And as even more time went by and it became clear that this was anything but a pandemic, most citizens began to see the shutdown for what it really is: A huge infringement on their freedom to assemble, to move about unencumbered, to do just about anything liberty-related.

Citizens were told that these lockdowns would “flatten the curve” so a large outbreak wouldn’t overwhelm our medical infrastructure. But time passed and there was never a curve at all in most areas, and bans on “elective” medical procedures led to massive layoffs of medical personnel who had no work to do.

Insanity.

As this happened I noticed more of my Facebook friends and associates became more outspoken about individual liberties. This includes many who previously were perfectly happy with any government response to anything, as long as their candidate was residing in the White House. Trumpsters and Obamaholics alike are simply followers of a cult of personality, which is always dangerous to liberty.

But the COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions began to awaken many, pricking their consciences to push back against instruments of government control such as bans on non-risk activities like hiking or going to the beach — and most especially against sweeping regulations such as mandatory mask-wearing in public places, even as the number of new COVID-19 cases shrank. Growing concern for economic damage due to government’s forced closure of private businesses began to place more pressure on elected officials to lift the bans.

At that juncture, when chronic news-watchers had had it up to their eyeballs with coronavirus and mask-wearing, what should occur? Riots, looting, widespread destruction and theft — all illuminated by the national spotlight and thrust into our collective face. It began as a well-justified protest against police brutality, but perhaps some “crisis engineers” were looking for any cause to serve their purpose… and George Floyd’s death was an opportunity.

The result? All or most of those people who’d been recently awakening to the importance of individual liberties were suddenly in favor of further militarizing our already-army-like law enforcement communities and even using our actual military forces against their fellow citizens. Even more disturbing was the fact that many folks who’d been self-described libertarians for years began advocating violent military response to riots and looting.

In other words (in my opinion): At the moment when an engineered crisis intended to expand government control and shrink individual freedom was being recognized for what it is, another crisis arose to turn public opinion away from liberty and toward even wider government control. It doesn’t take a tin foil hat to see that for what it is.

Private Problem, Private Solution

Folks who are not in favor of using government resources and personnel to abuse and kill criminals as they run amok with looting/burning/vehicle-smashing crowds are viewed with horror. Don’t we want looting to stop? (Yes.) Are we okay with looting and riots? (No.) Are we crazy insane leftist Democrats? (Mostly no.)

Most of us who object to such things are able to view this situation for what it is: A private problem.

Violent, destructive gangs are stealing from private companies and burning stores owned by private entities.

Who should protect such businesses? Their owners, of course. Not police, not the National Guard.

Private problems require private solutions… such as the Korean business owners who armed themselves with guns and successfully defended their property during the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

Police can’t — and shouldn’t be expected to — protect your home, vehicle, or business from harm. Police exist to hopefully punish guilty people after crimes have occurred. While the Department of Justice states that police exist “to prevent crime and disorder,” our law enforcement officers are usually not effective preventers of crime — especially during periods of social unrest — and I for one do not wish them to be equipped for large-scale control of the populace.

Should you legally arm yourself? You betcha. And if you own a business anywhere near a scheduled riot, you should surround it with armed security personnel and defend what’s yours to the best of your ability.

Police can’t, and the military shouldn’t.

You should. Legally and without violence, if at all possible. After all, the mere presence of a gun is often enough to prevent crime.

I predict that widespread private defense of businesses would swiftly end the looting and return focus to the actual issues. After all, a chance at free TVs will always motivate certain people to “protest,” while the possibility of taking a bullet tends to keep them at home.

Perhaps then we as a nation can get back to discussing the importance of individual liberty and how to regain it without further bloodshed.

That’s how this guy sees it, anyhow.

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10:00

Senegal’s Security Forces Buy Taurus Carbines & SMGs [The Firearm Blog]

As Brazil’s Taurus Armas seeks to ensure its financial stability and expand its export sales they have announced a contract with Senegal’s security forces to provide 1,000 5.56x45mm T4 carbines and 200 9x19mm SMT9 submachine guns. While the value of the Senegalese contract is currently undisclosed last year it is estimated that about 80% of […]

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08:00

US Forces Test SMART Shooter Optic in Syria [The Firearm Blog]

The Department of Defense recently released some interesting photos of members of Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve familiarising themselves with the Smart Shooter system. The training session took place at a range near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria on the 30 May. Smart Shooter claims that by combining “simple-to-install hardware with our own advanced image-processing software” they can […]

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07:57

NEW Steel! Springfield Armory Vickers Tactical Master Class 1911 .45 ACP [AllOutdoor.com]

Once again, while most of us in the world have been reading horrific news headlines and barely surviving quarantine, Springfield Armory has gone and produced another tremendous new firearm! Springfield Armory in collaboration with Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical and Wilson Combat have debuted a NEW Lipsey’s distributor exclusive in the Vickers Tactical Master Class 1911 chambered in 45 Auto! Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical shared his thoughts on the project:

I’m pleased with the Vickers Tactical Master Class 1911 and how a real team effort brought it together. Springfield Armory, Lipsey’s, Wilson Combat and I got to work to bring a superb quality pistol to the market at a great price point. I’m proud to be a part of it.

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While the firearm itself  has stunning curb appeal and you can tell from the aesthetic that a lot of quality was poured into it, the appearance does not do it proper justice alone. As with everything that Springfield Armory crafts this firearm oozes meticulous quality from every corner and crevice. The complete specifications can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory and Vickers Tactical:

  • COLOR: Black
  • BARREL: Custom 5″ Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade, 1:16
  • SLIDE: Forged Carbon Steel, Black-T
  • FRAME: Forged Carbon Steel, Black-T
  • SIGHTS: Tritium / Luminescent Front, Vickers Elite Battle U-Notch Rear

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  • RECOIL SYSTEM: GI Style
  • GRIPS: G10
  • MAGAZINES: (2) 8-Round
  • WEIGHT: 41.5 oz
  • LENGTH: 8.6″
  • HEIGHT: 5.5″

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The MSRP might be one of the most surprising aspects of this pistol. After seeing what it looks like, the collaboration that has been struck, and it being a Lipsey’s exclusive it has to run close to $2,ooo right?… Actually, it is only $1,495 making it very affordable as far as Custom Shop quality 1911s go. Dennis Reese, the CEO of Springfield Armory, shared these words on their newest firearm:

We are extremely proud to have partnered with respected firearms expert and combat veteran Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical on this exciting new pistol. This pistol, which combines Vickers’ tactical expertise with Springfield Armory’s renowned manufacturing skills, delivers a top-tier 1911 for the most serious of applications.

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With much of the United States still in some form of quarantine it does not leave many of us with much options for recreation except going to the gun range. Would you consider picking up one of the NEW Springfield Armory Vickers Tactical Master Class 1911 pistols chambered in .45 ACP? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

Look Into The Future – The New Vortex Diamondback HD 15×56 Binoculars [The Firearm Blog]

My current binoculars are 8 power, and sometimes that is less magnification than I wish I had. The Vortex Viper HD Ranging Reticle Eyepiece is one option, but typically it is too much to carry such a system around. The new Vortex Diamondback HD 15×56 binoculars come with a powerful 15x magnification, and with what Vortex call High […]

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06:27

FN 1900 for the Russian Imperial Army Fencing & Gymnastics School [Forgotten Weapons]

We have an FN 1900 to look at today that was purchased by the Russian Imperial Army’s primary Gymnastics and Fencing School (Главная гимнастическо-фехтовальная школа). That was an institution established in 1909 to train officers who would become fencing and gymnastics instructors for the Army at large.

Russian officers could carry private-purchase handguns from a list of approved designs, which included the FN 1900, 1903, and 1905. A bunch of Army schools and institutions bought batches of FN pistols between 1907 and 1914 for resale to officers. These will often, but not always, be marked with a crossed pair of Mosin Nagant rifles.

There was no formal adoption of the FN 1900 by Russia, and so there was no large Army order specifying that crossed-rifle marking. Instead, small contracts were made by institutions, who could make their own choices about how the guns would be marked.

One of the interesting and distinctive elements about these Russian purchases is that while some of their guns were blued, a significant number were ordered with a factory nickel-plated finish, which is rare on FN pistols. This example shows very nicely how FN left a few small parts (magazine release, trigger, safety) in a black primed state instead of plating them. It had been found that when those parts were plated, the change in surface thickness could cause fitting problems.

Thanks to Max Popenker for the marking assistance, and to Legacy Collectibles for the loan of the pistol!

06:00

LRH-MOA – New reticle for the Schmidt & Bender 3-21 EXOS [The Firearm Blog]

3-21 EXOS S&BThe new Schmidt Bender 3-21×50 EXOS riflescope is mainly aimed at customer’s looking for a great hunting riflescope. The model is now available with a new illuminated LRH-MOA (Long-Range Hunting) reticle. The LRH-MOA reticle is in the second focal plane (SFP = stays the same regardless of magnification) and MOA based, which should attract customers on […]

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Sunday, 07 June

16:30

POTD: Thompson M1A1 Submachine Gun in Full-Auto [The Firearm Blog]

Today the photographer really nailed it! We’re looking at a Thompson M1A1 submachine gun as Special Forces students assigned to the U. S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School take a class in the open air. It looks like the student above wears a 1st Marine Division patch. This happened in Fort Bragg, North […]

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11:49

Loss of a good man [Of Arms and the Law]

My friends lost their son. I never had the honor of meeting him, but Stephen Peter Tylutki was a hell of a good fellow.

06:00

Gun Ownership in South Africa: What it’s Really Like [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, we look at firearms ownership in South Africa. We discuss how many and what types of firearms a person can own and the steps in the process of purchasing a firearm. We look at the different kinds of firearms licenses available (self-defense, sport, hunting and collecting), and the national police […]

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Saturday, 06 June

16:30

POTD: Korps Commandotroepen Sniper in Afghanistan [The Firearm Blog]

Hk417Photo Of The Day and yet another great photo by Hille James Combat Photographer. Today we’re looking at a Dutc