Monday, 25 March


Barrett Celebrate MRAD Winning US SOCOM ASR Contract [The Firearm Blog]

MRADOn 12th March we reported that Barrett Firearms Manufacturing had been awarded a contract worth nearly $50 million to produce their MRAD rifle fulfilling the US Special Operations Command’s Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) requirement. Barrett have welcomed the contract and confirmed that the rifle purchased is the MRAD or Multi Role Adaptive Design. Here’s what Barrett had […]

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Top 5 Turkey Blinds for Gobbler Clobbering in 2019 []

top 5 turkey blinds for gobbler clobbering

When it comes to hunting turkeys across the United States, most of us utilize a blind of some sort to stay concealed from our feathery prey. Whether you are chasing Eastern, Merriam, Osceola, or Rio Grande turkeys one of the best ways to hide is with a good ol’ fashion turkey blind. The days of hard to see out of, bulky, and cumbersome blinds are nearly a thing of the past thankfully. Nowadays there are lots of options for lightweight, spacious, and even more creative blinds for hunters to pick from. We will walk you through a list of some of the hottest and most sought-after turkey blinds on the market and you can decide for yourself which one is best for you!

#5 – GhostBlind Predator Ground Hunting Mirror Blind

To kick off this list, we will start with the most unique and non-traditional blind you might not have heard of: a Ghostblind Mirror Blind. Kind of like the name implies, you essentially get a wall of durable mirrors that perfectly reflect back whatever type of surroundings you happen to be hunting in. It seems almost too simple to work and too rudimentary to be effective, but contrary to first impressions, it works great! The only downside to this type of blind is you are exposed to the elements (wind and rain). The luxury of enclosed blinds is you are likely willing to hunt longer if you are staying dry and hiding from the wind. An upshot though is the Ghostblind Predator Ground Hunting Mirror Blind only weighs 12 pounds. For the out-of-the-box thinking, lightweight nature, and an MSRP of $249, the Ghostblind claims our opening number five spot.

#4 – ameristep deadwood stump blind

This unique blind boasts a lot of the features everyone would hope for like a top-notch camo pattern, nearly silent opening doors, and quite a bit of space. The most intriguing characteristic though is its shape. In a world of square hub-style blinds the Ameristep Deadwood Stump blind has jutting edges, odd corners, and a generally weird overall shape – like a stump. For that reason, it might blend into nature better than anything else from the perspective of a turkey, but without knowing what is really going on inside a gobbler’s noggin, we will truly never know.

At Ameristep, we like to build what should be impossible. Creating an authentic, lifelike tree stump blind was that kind of a mission. But after years of development, we got what we were after with the Deadwood™ kick-out blind. This is the most realistic portable tree stump blind you’ll find on the market; its ability to mimic nature is undeniable.


Ameristep Deadwood Stump Ground Blind – MSRP $459

The addition of kick-out technology not only adds room and maneuverability inside the blind, it also contributes to the Deadwood’s realistic shape outside the blind. Further improving cover, all shooting windows display a natural, organic shape that blends with the environment. The windows have more than just the right shape – they have the right materials and functionality, too. Shoot directly through the replaceable shoot-through mesh, or adjust the silent window cover to customize your shot without making a sound. Finally, access the blind via the new hinged silent door for quick entry that retains your cover. All this combines to let you hunt your way without compromise.

This blind with its truly one-of-a-kind shape, spacious room, and unique camo pattern punches in at an MSRP of $459 for those who are interested. So what do you think? Is a deadwood stump blind clever enough to trick a turkey? Keep reading to see if this number four spot blind is your favorite or if others interest you!


The Barronett BEAST Backwoods blind truly lives up to its name because it is without a doubt a beast! It is the clever marriage of two blinds in one giving you some of the most spacious room imaginable as far as blinds go. You can very comfortably seat up to 4 people in collapsible stadium chairs as well as extra gear. The trade off to this gargantuan size is weight. This blind weighs in at 33 pounds so it is definitely not light. So while it has an 80″ ceiling and over 68 square feet of room it is a bit much to haul around. At a full MSRP of $289 it claims our number three spot for blinds to get for turkey hunting this spring season!


Barronett BEAST Backwoods Ground Blind (BE650BW) – MSRP $289

#2 – HME (Hunting Made easy) Executioner Blind

The HME (Hunting Made Easy) Executioner Blind might not be the biggest name brand in hunting blinds, but they make one of the lightest ones on the market. When you are toting some decoys, a shotgun or bow, the blind, and potentially a backpack with more gear into the field pounds and ounces can begin to add up. The HME Executioner weighs only 16 pounds making it less of a chore to move around and merely an afterthought. With options of a 2-person or 3-person blind retailing between $129 – $169 it is not only light, but also affordable. Being lightweight and at a good price, this blind takes our number two spot.


HME (Hunting Made Easy) EXECUTIONER 3-Person Ground Blind (Cervidae Camo) – MSRP $169

#1 – Primos Double Bull Surroundview 360° Blind

What has turned out to be one of the most heavily talked about and anticipated blinds in recent memory, the Primos Double Bull Surroundview 360° Blind is the talk of the hunting industry for 2019. It is being touted as the Blind Without A Blind Spot™ and it is holding up to that moniker perfectly. Whether you are new to blinds or a wiley veteran, there is one thing that typically is the achilles heel to every blind – a blind spot.

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

At an MSRP price of $499, it is on the spendy side for hunting blinds, but this one has already received the nod from hunters as likely the best blind ever. For that reason and all those previously mentioned, it holds down our number one spot.

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North & Skinner Wedge-Lock Revolving Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

This rifle is lot #1237 in the upcoming May 2019 Rock Island auction.

Patented in 1852 by Henry North and Chaucey Skinner, about 700 of these revolving rifles were made by 1856. The design used a locking wedge to seal the cylinder forward so that the firing chamber would nest into the barrel and seal the cylinder gap. The operating lever that did this also served to index the cylinder and recock the hammer, making for a fairly sophisticated design. The rifles were manufactured by North & Savage of Middletown Connecticut; the Edward North who was partner in the company was brother of Henry North, who was co-designer. The company dates back to the North & Cheney partnership formed to produce military pistols for the US government in 1799.

The improved patent of 1856 would replace the locking wedge system with a toggle link, and would be the basis for the North & Savage “Figure 8” revolvers. The revolving rifle design was abandoned in favor of handguns, as they presumably were significantly more popular on the market.


Sharps Bros MB74 5.45x39mm Milled AK Receiver [The Firearm Blog]

SHARPS Bros MB74 5.45x39mm Milled AK Receiver (1)If you are into AKs then you probably know about the Sharps Bros MB47 milled 7.62x39mm AK receivers. But did you know that recently the company has released the 5.45x39mm version of this receiver called MB74? This new receiver has all the good features of the 7.62mm one but its dimensions are tailored for the 5.45mm AK […]

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DC Circuit Stays Bump Stock Rule (Updated) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has issued a stay on the enforcement of the BATFE's bump stock ban. It is only temporary and is intended to give the judges on the Circuit Court the time needed to study the expedited appeal. It doesn't go to the merits of the case but the judges acknowledged that the March 26th deadline was an issue.

From the court's order:

BEFORE: Henderson, Millett, and Srinivasan, Circuit Judges


Plaintiffs in these three consolidated cases challenge a final agency rule banning Bump-Stock-Type Devices, 83 Fed. Reg. 66514 (Dec. 26, 2018) (“Bump-Stock Rule”), which is scheduled to take effect on March 26, 2019. On February 25, 2019, the district court denied the plaintiffs’ joint request for a preliminary injunction staying the Bump-Stock Rule’s effective date. On March 1, 2019, this court granted the Appellants’ joint motion for expedition of this case, in which they sought resolution of the appeal on a highly expedited basis before the March 26, 2019, effective date. Under that expedited schedule, this case was argued on March 22, 2019. At oral argument, counsel for the government explained that it was now its position that the Bump Stock Rule’s March 26, 2019 effective date should be viewed as the date when the government will cease exercising its prosecutorial discretion not to enforce federal law against those who possess or trade in bump-stockdevices covered by the Bump-Stock Rule. Oral Arg. 49:00-51:55. Following oral argument, the Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc. filed a voluntary motion to dismiss its appeal, or in the alternative to stay its appeal, and advised that the government opposes the motion to dismiss. In light of these representations, it is

ORDERED that the motion of the Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc., to dismiss its appeal, No. 19-5043, be granted. Appeal No. 19-5043 is hereby dismissed. It is

FURTHER ORDERED, on the court’s own motion, that the effective date of the Bump-Stock Rule, 83 Fed. Reg. 66514 (Dec. 26, 2018), be administratively stayed in its application only as to the named Appellants in appeals Nos. 19-5042 and 19-5044, pending further order of this Court. The purpose of this stay is exclusively to give the Court sufficient opportunity to consider the disposition of this highly expedited appeal, and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of the appeal. See D.C. Circuit Handbook of Practice and Internal Procedures 33 (2018).
 As I understand this, it only applies to the individuals and organizations named as plaintiffs in the cases.

UPDATE: The attorneys for the appellants have filed an Emergency Joint Motion to Modify the Stay Order. Since the government refuses to compromise, they are requesting either clarification from the Court saying the stay " includes their respective members, supporters, and those similarly situated members of the public" or to stay the Final Rule in its entirety until the DC Circuit has made a decision on the merits. They request either alternative be extended to 48 hours after the Court makes its final determination in order to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The motion can be found here.

UPDATE II: Please see the comment from Brandon Combs of the FPC/FPF below. FPC v. Whitaker was dismissed only insofar as its appeal goes. As Brandon notes, they plan to amend their filing in District Court now that AG William Barr has "ratified" the earlier decision.

Sunday, 24 March


Washington: Firearm Seizure & Other Bills to Be Heard In Committees [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice and the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary will be hearing several bills affecting Second Amendment rights that crossed over from the opposite chamber.


Upgrading My $1 Mossberg 500 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Years ago I won a Mossberg 500A 12 gauge shotgun in a raffle held by a local police department auxiliary. The entry fee was $1 and I paid it with change in my pocket. The shotgun was in a woodland camo and came with both a 18.5" improved cylinder barrel and a 20" barrel with rifle sights. This shotgun sat in a box for years until just recently when I decided to upgrade it for a home defense shotgun.

My first step was taking it apart (thank you YouTube!) and giving it a deep cleaning. The barrel had a bit of rust on the outside of it so with a mix of sandpaper and rust remover I cleaned it up. I used Birchwood Casey's Gun Scrubber Synthetic Safe Cleaner on all the parts to remove dirt, fouling, and old grease. I then scrubbed the bore of the barrel until it shone like a mirror.

My next steps were to decide if I wanted to replace the follower, to add a picatinny rail, to add a red dot sight, whether to make it compatible with mini-shells, and to upgrade the follower spring. Once I decided to upgrade the stock Mossberg follower I had a number of choices to make. Delrin plastic or aluminum? Lime green or any number of anodized options? It came down to the lime green Delrin  follower from S&J Hardware and the aluminum anodized one from NDZ Performance. I eventually decided on the S&J follower because it seemed "slicker". If I was also going to replace the thumb safety, I might have gone with a NDZ combo package. However, the existing safety seems perfectly adequate.

S&J Hardware Delrin follower - picture from their website.
I had planned to replace the existing spring with a Wolff Extra Power magazine spring. Indeed, I actually bought one. However, it was so strong that it was near impossible to get it installed. I finally gave up and stayed with the stock spring. I may eventually switch but I think the stock spring will work for now.

The brass bead on the 18.5" barrel would have been perfectly adequate. I had toyed with adding the XS Sights big dot sight but decided a red dot would work better in the long run. I got a UTG picatinny rail from Amazon along with a certified refurbished Bushnell TRS-25 red dot sight. I have used the Bushnell sight on a Ruger 10/22 and on an AR-15 pistol. I was concerned whether it would hold up to the shock of a shotgun round but was assured in an email from Bushnell that it would do fine with 2.75" shells.

As I intend to give 1 3/4" mini-shells a try, I bought an OPSol Miniclip 2.0 Flex directly from OPSol Texas. Every review, written and video, agreed that the OPSol Miniclip was the way to go. The Miniclip is a little rubber doo-dad that can be slipped in and out of the shotgun to let the mini-shells feed.

After going to all the trouble to update the internals of the Mossberg 500, it would have been a shame to ignore the exterior. Remember I had to sand some rust off the barrel. I went back and forth on a number of camo patterns and eventually settled on a modified tiger stripe. It would be easy to do using spray paint and blue painters tape.

I had planned to just use black and olive drab for the tiger stripe pattern. I decided to modify it a bit by using a light olive as an accent to the black stripes. These were done using a pair of fishnet pantry hose, more blue tape, and the lighter olive spray paint.

 As you can see in pictures below, I think it came out nicely. I did go over the finished paint job with two coats of a matte finish sealer.

And a closer detail picture of the modified tiger stripe camo.

The blue tape is, obviously, still on the safety and the pump rails. I want to let the sealer cure overnight before removing it.

All that is left to do is mount the picatinny rail and red dot as well as reassemble the internals of the shotgun. That and to take it to the range for testing!

This was a fun project that didn't cost that much money. Everything all told was less than $100 and will make this old Mossberg 500 much improved.


Book Review: La Régia Fabbrica d’Armi di Terni [Forgotten Weapons]

This is no ordinary firearms reference book. This is a 900-page, nearly 12 pound tome in Italian. And not justify Italian; hand-written cursive Italian. With a substantial number of hand-painted illustrations. It is about the history of the Terni Arsenal and its products, from the needlefire Carcano through the M91 in World War Two. I can’t read Italian, but the sections at the end covering a number of unusual experimental weapon designs persuaded me to order a copy, and I don’t regret it (although it is an expensive book, at about $150 shipped depending on where you buy it). I really can’t offer any review of the text content as a result, but if the depth and scale of the information matches that of the illustrations, it must be quite substantial. Definitely not a book for everyone – or even for very many – but it’s quite the impressive work to look at!


New Hampshire: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

On March 26th, the New Hampshire state House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold public hearings at 10:00 AM on House Bill 564, which would require loaded firearms to be placed off-body while driving through a school zone, and House Bill 696, which would take away the constitutional rights of individuals without due process.

Saturday, 23 March


(IWA 2019) Then came the protesters… []

Surprisingly, on Saturday March 9th, the first day on the weekend of the IWA show in Nuremberg, Germany there were a few anti-gun protesters present.

Now, you don’t have to be fluent in German to know what they are protesting about. Majority of the show participants were ignoring them, but I could not help but to snap a few photos.

I applauded their effort to add a spice of dramatic effect of red paint on the replica rifles as well as the white sheet over a body-shape object. The protesters were peaceful and nobody was harmed.

They were not present the next day of the show. Perhaps they realized they were wasting their time with the wrong audience.

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Black Collar Arms’ Pork Sword Chassis Kit For Remington 700 [The Firearm Blog]

Pork Sword ChassisBlack Collar Arms has introduced their Pork Sword chassis system for the Remington 700 bolt action.  The chassis is designed to be built as a pistol and has a rear Picatinny attachment point for an SB pistol brace.  The Pork Sword chassis is also built to accept AICS pattern magazines.  Black Collar Arms had this […]

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SILENCER SATURDAY #65: BOMBPROOF – Energetic Armament VOX [The Firearm Blog]

Energetic Armament VoxGood morning everyone and thanks for joining us for the 65th installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Even though the seasons officially changed this week, the weather refuses to cooperate with my range schedule. As such, this weeks Silencer review of the Energetic Armament VOX will be broken up into two parts: an overview of the […]

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Israeli Light-Barrel FAL (from DS Arms) [Forgotten Weapons]

Israel was one of the very First Nations to adopt the FN FAL rifle – after Canada but before many actual NATO nations. Israel made its first purchases of the rifles in 1955, and delayed them almost immediately in the 1956 Suez Crisis. The first rifles were wholly made by FN in Belgium, but over time IMI in Israel would produce almost all parts except receivers (they had a good working relationship with FN, which had licensed production of the Uzi submachine gun from IMI). These first rifles are good examples of many early FN design elements, which are not seen on later major NATO contracts, as the design details evolved over time. Israel would use the FAL through the Yom Kippur War in 1973 before transitioning to the 5.56mm Galil rifles.

In addition to the light-barrel infantry rifle, Israel also adopted a heavy barreled version of the FAL as a light machine gun or automatic rifle. These were fitted with stout bipods, but used the same 20-round magazines as the standard rifles.

A very small number of Israel semiauto FAL rifles were imported in the late 1980s, and they are very scarce in the United States today – or they were, until DS Arms acquired a supply of Israeli light-barrel parts kits and began assembling them into complete rifles to sell. They are particularly nice builds as the DSA markings and serial number are on the inside of the magazine well, allowing the external surface to be engraved with a very nice recreation of the original Israeli receiver markings with their distinctive Hebrew text and IDF insignia.

DSA is offering the rifles in two grades; “Soldier” with the unimproved parts kit finish and bare muzzle for $1400, and “Officer’s” with a later FN muzzle device and black Duracoat refinish for $1500.

Stay tuned for an upcoming 2-Gun Action Challenge Match on InRangeTV using this rifle!

Friday, 22 March


Colorado: Contact Needed! - Senate Passes “Red Flag” Legislation on Second Reading [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Colorado Senate passed gun control legislation, House Bill 1177, on second reading.


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Night Vision Contacts [The Firearm Blog]

Advancements in Night Vision Night vision is a high-tech industry that is ever-changing. However, for quite a while we have been stuck with analog technology. While it performs well and advancements are pushing the envelope, you would think by 2019 we would not have large tubes in front of our eyes. Like other electronics, night […]

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POTD: GAU-12 Equalizer [The Firearm Blog]

In the late 1970s, while designing the GAU-8 Avenger for the A-10 Warthog, General Dynamics developed a smaller NATO friendly counterpart.  The GAU-12 Equalizer would incorporate similar design features while using the slightly smaller 25mm ammunition.  A small but notable step down from the 30mm ammo used in the GAU-8 Avenger. Using five barrels instead […]

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Attend Firearms Law Seminar in Indianapolis [NRA-ILA News]

Please join us at the Annual National Firearms Law Seminar to be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. This all-day seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law. CLE credit for all states is available.


Arkansas’ Springdale PD to Buy Glock 43 as Back Up Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Arkansas’ Springdale PD will purchase around 150 new 9x19mm Glock G43s to equip the department’s officers with backup guns. Springdale’s City Council unanimously approved the purchase and the guns will be purchased using department funds and a federal grant. The City Council approved the idea 8-0, and $35,000 from Springdale PD’s budget and a federal Justice […]

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Vermont: Senate Passes Handgun Waiting Period Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Despite passing the most sweeping gun control bill in the history of the state last session, the gun ban groups proved that their thirst to end your constitutional rights is far from quenched.


Delaware: House to Vote on Gun Control Legislation Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, the Delaware House is scheduled to vote on House Bill 63.


U.S. Politicians Cheer New Zealand Gun Confiscation [NRA-ILA News]

American gun owners have once again been reminded that the ultimate goal of U.S. gun control advocates is firearms bans and confiscation. Since the heinous terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, American anti-gun politicians, activists, and media outlets have offered their full-throated support for the New Zealand government’s efforts to ban and confiscate firearms from law-abiding gun owners.


Illinois Court Throws Out Deerfield Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

NRA applauds Illinois court ruling throwing out Village of Deerfield's ban on commonly owned firearms and magazines.


Legacy Media Push New Zealand Gun Confiscation Using Lies about Australian Ban [NRA-ILA News]

The ongoing cheerleading effort by the international press in furtherance of the New Zealand government’s gun confiscation plans is enough to make any journalist with even a shred of objectivity blush. Worse, some outlets have resorted to or propagated lies about Australia’s gun confiscation experience in order to push their anti-gun agenda.


Alaska State Commission for Human Rights Director Attacks Human’s Rights [NRA-ILA News]

The Last Frontier is also one of the last places one expects to find rights-trampling government officials. The state’s strong libertarian streak is one of the reasons a recent report regarding the authoritarian behavior of an official from the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is so jarring.


Pro-Gun Senators Introduce Bill to Prohibit Discrimination in Financial Services [NRA-ILA News]

On March 14, pro-gun Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced S. 821 the Freedom Financing Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination against the firearms industry in the provision of financial services.


Remington Lawsuit – The Sky Is Not Falling [The Firearm Blog]

On March 14th of this year, the Connecticut Supreme Court narrowly held that Remington Arms Company could be sued by the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. This holding was based on what the court majority called “one narrow legal theory.” What has been decided is that the plaintiffs are “entitled to […]

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Judge throws out Deerfield's "assault weapons" ban [NRA-ILA News]

A Lake County Circuit Court judge ruled Friday that the village of Deerfield overstepped its authority last year when it enacted a ban on "assault weapons" five years after the Illinois legislature declared such regulations the exclusive power of the state. Judge Luis Berrones issued a permanent injunction blocking the village from enforcing its ordinance. In the ruling, Berrones wrote that the plaintiff gun owners have “a clearly ascertainable right to not be subjected to a preempted and unenforceable ordinance” that prohibits possession of "assault weapons", imposes financial penalties for keeping them and allows their property to be confiscated.


All Army, The US Army’s 2019 Small Arms Competition [The Firearm Blog]

All Army competitionThe United States Army held their annual seven-day Small Arms Championships, also known as “All Army”.  The event was held at Fort Benning, Georgia and included teams and individual shooters from all four components of the Army. The competition has 11 different courses of fire using primary and secondary weapons.  Dvids (Defense Visual Information Distribution Service) […]

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Supreme Court to Review New York City Gun Control Law [NRA-ILA News]

A headline in Reason Magazine said it all: “Have Gun, Can’t Travel.” That’s the plight of New York City “premises licensees” under one of the most bizarre and oppressive gun control laws in the nation. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has that law in its sights.


Feinstein Pushes to Ban America’s Most Popular Firearm, Again [NRA-ILA News]

It’s been nearly 25 years since Dianne Feinstein uttered those words while discussing the 1994 ban on semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns. With that proclamation, she made clear that her ultimate goal when it comes to firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens is nothing short of confiscation.


Why New Zealand's New Gun Controls would be Unconstitutional in America [NRA-ILA News]

As my colleague Anna Giaritelli notes, gun control activists are calling for U.S. adoption of New Zealand's new gun regulations, as ordered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following last week's terrorist attack.


ASP Tactical Lighting Tools [The Firearm Blog]

Armament Systems & Procedures (ASP) is well known for their collapsing batons. Did you know they have been making flashlights as well? They started with the Triad light which replaced the end cap of an ASP baton thus turning a baton into a flashlight. 20 years later ASP tactical lighting tools have evolved into a […]

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Dems and Gun-Control Advocates Celebrate New Zealand Gun-Confiscation Plan [NRA-ILA News]

American gun-control advocates and Democratic politicians took to social media to celebrate New Zealand's plan to ban and confiscate many semiautomatic rifles and magazines on Thursday in the wake of the deadly Christchurch mosque attack. New Zealand's plan involves banning the sale and possession of any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun capable of accepting a magazine that holds more than five rounds of ammunition. Those who own such firearms would have to turn them in to police during a yet-to-be-determined buyback period or face criminal prosecution, fines, and jail time. The policy further restricts gun ownership in the country, which has a small number of gun owners. State officials enjoy wide authority to deny or revoke gun ownership licenses, which are required to purchase or own firearms.


NRA President Oliver North on Washington state’s gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

NRA President and retired Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North stopped by The Dori Monson Show Wednesday to talk about the 2020 field of Democratic presidential candidates, and to go over new gun laws in Washington state. “None of these things are going to stop the kinds of heinous crimes we’ve been watching over the past several years,” he told Monson. “When you look at some of these acts — these mass killings — the legislation that Washington, and many other states, are enacting aren’t going to stop any of these.”


MSNBC’s Ali Velshi: ‘Nobody in America Has Suggested Banning Any Guns’ (They Have) [NRA-ILA News]

MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi said "nobody in America has suggested banning any guns" during coverage Thursday of new gun control measures in New Zealand, although in fact many people in America have suggested banning types of guns. "Nobody in America has suggested banning any guns, but we have so many guns in this country that it causes other problems, right?" he asked, going on to discuss a recent NBC News report on the prevalence of suicide by guns in the United States. Velshi's comment is curious, given the intense wave of support for gun control measures on the left, particularly in the past year since the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Florida.


Iowa: House Passes Bill to Improve Hunting Opportunities [NRA-ILA News]

On March 20th, the Iowa state House of Representatives voted 57-40 to pass House File 716 to improve hunting opportunities in Iowa by expanding the types of cartridges that may be used for hunting.  HF 716 will now go to the state Senate for further consideration.


Guntec USA Introduce 9mm AR-15 Mag Adapter [The Firearm Blog]

As the pistol calibre carbine market continues to grow in popularity, Guntec USA, based in Scottsdale, AZ, have announced the launch of their 9x19mm AR-15 magazine adapter. Guntec’s adapter has an aluminium body with steel inserts, including the extractor, it works with the classic Colt submachine gun magazines and holds the bolt open on the last […]

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Gerber is bringing back the Mullet and You’ll Want One []

Gerber has a new solid-state multi-tool that is approved for airports with the rocking cool name of the Mullet. While many of us relate the name Gerber to big blades and large elaborate multi-tools they also can make some really awesome diminutive pieces as well. Some of the unique tools and features that embody this small multi-tool can be read below as presented by Gerber:

  • Pry Bar & Wire Stripper
  • Nail Puller & Scraper
  • Small & Large Flathead Driver
  • ¼” Hex & Cross Driver
  • Bottle Opener, Belt Loop Hanger & Key Lanyard
  • Length 3.0” | Width 0.75” | Weight 0.7 Oz.



The one thing that most of us can never have enough of is multi-tools. With a grass is greener mentality thinking the next one you buy will be the last one we are always in pursuit of cool tools to throw in our packs, pockets, or key chains. Gerber goes on to further explain their newest little wonder tool in this Press Release statement from their website:

“Problems aren’t scheduled in advance, but solutions can be planned for. The Mullet is a compact keychain tool that houses 9 tools to handle those unexpected daily tasks. When accessibility is key, the Mullet answers with the ability to be carried on a keychain, from a belt loop, or through an airport.”

You can get the Mullet mutli-tool and be one of your first friends to be rocking it at the affordable MSRP of $10. You have your choice of a Stonewash or Black finish depending on how you roll. The Mullet also carries the Gerber Guarantee and Limited Lifetime Warranty.

We are all probably experiencing a little bit of cabin fever and wanting to get outside sooner than later so what do you think of this product? Is this something you would be willing to put on your key chain for everyday carry? If not, is there another product you have your eyes on? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.



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TFBTV @ Hollywood Weapons: Behind the Scenes of a True Gun TV Show [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James takes you behind the scenes of the Outdoor Network program, Hollywood Weapons, which is also available for streaming on Netflix. As you will see from this mini-documentary, Hollywood Weapons is an excellent show for firearms enthusiasts, gun guys, special effects nerds, and movie buffs as well. The show looks […]

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L118A2: Accuracy International Arctic Warfare [Forgotten Weapons]

After the British adoption of the Accuracy International PM as the L96A1 sniper rifle, other nations began to give a very serious look at the company and its rifles. One of the first was Sweden, which requested a rifle like the PM/L96 but with a few changes to better suit the northern environment of Scandinavia. The bolt body surface area was reduced with scalloped relief cut to prevent ice form locking up the bolt, and a 3-position safety designed to allow the bolt to be cycled while still locking the trigger. Use of the rifle with gloves was eased by increasing the size of the stock thumbhole and giving the magazine floor plates protruding grasping tabs. The result was an excellent rifle, and was adopted into service by the Swedes in 7.62mm NATO, becoming known as the Accuracy International “Arctic Warfare.”

British special forces took note of the improvements, and opted to purchase some of the Arctic Warfare rifles themselves. While the weapon was formally classified as the L118A1 (fixed stock) and L118A2 (folding stock), only very small numbers were acquired and it did not replace the L96. The rifles were in fact simply commercial AW rifles sold to the UK, not specially made. A number of features were added over the basic commercial model including improved bipod mounting options and a rear monopod foot, and in British service they were issued with a wide selection of additional kit. This included both thermal and image-intensifying (aka night vision) optics to mount in front of the L17A1 3-12x Schmidt & Bender scopes, backup iron sights, thermal straps, and suppressors.

Although only used in small numbers, the L118 rifle would be the transitional weapon leading to the L96’s eventual replacement by the .338 Lapua Magnum Arctic Warfare Magnum as the L115. Thanks to Steve Houghton, for providing me access to this rifle! If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend checking out Steve’s newly released book, “The British Sniper: A Century of Evolution“.

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Weatherby Introduce New Italian-made 18i Inertia-Driven Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

Weatherby 18iWyoming-based Weatherby have announced the launch of a new line of 12 gauge inertia action shotguns. Weatherby recently made the move from California to Wyoming and are launching the new 18i Italian-made shotguns as their first line launched from their new home. Here’s Weatherby’s press release on the new shotguns: Weatherby is proud to announce […]

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(IWA 2019) Aimpoint ACRO C-1 Micro Red Dot Sight []

Aimpoint have launched their new ACRO C-1 Micro Red Dot Sight at IWA show in Nuremberg, Germany this month.

It’s the commercial variant to the ACRO P-1, the main difference is the water resistance rating is at 5m (15ft) instead of P-1’s 25m (82ft). The C-1 and P-1 look externally identical other than the model designation laser engraved the side.

Featuring a 3.5 MOA dot and 1.5 year battery life at position 6 out of 10, it is the first fully enclosed micro red dot optic. It has been tested to withstand 20,000 rounds mounted on a .40S&W pistol.

There are adapter plates available for various optic ready pistols such as the Glock MOS, CZ P10C OR, Sig P320/M17, Sig X-Five, CZ Shadow 2 OR, etc. Adapter plates of various heights are also available for mounting on picatinny rail on rifles.

There’s no word on delivery time or pricing. We expect this to cost a bit less than the P-1 similar to how the Aimpoint Micro H2 costs less than the T2.

The ACRO P-1, first announced in 2018, is expected to deliver to US dealers in the next few weeks.

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Thursday, 21 March


Remington’s New 700 CP Pistol []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Sometimes it is difficult to stay ahead of the curve of new firearms introductions. The lifeblood of gun makers is to constantly bring new products to the market. This is what keeps shooter interest high and generates new excitement in the firearms marketplace.

This new one from Remington may cause some raised eyebrows, curious looks, and lots of questions. If you take a hard look though, you’re going to break out into a broad smile. Their new Rem 700 CP or Chassis Pistol is a bolt-action based pistol designed to be ready for field action for a wide spectrum of shooting, hunting, and recreational pursuits.

The 700 CP action is the famous 700 chassis rifle platform, so shooters will be highly familiar with this set up. Out of the chute the 700 CP will be chambered for three popular rounds including the .223, the .300 Blackout, and the .308 Winchester. The action is magazine fed and comes with a polymer 10-round magazine.

Specs on the CP include barrel length of 10.5 inches for the .223 and .300 BK and 12.5 inches for the .308. Overall length will be 20.81 inches for the .223 and .300 Blackout and 21.75 for the .308. The muzzle will be threaded for a suppressor complete with a thread protector cap. There was no total weight listed for the 700 CP, but it should be heavy enough to dampen recoil substantially.
Features include a hard coat anodized black Cerekote finish, an MLOK handguard for adding accessories, a top Picatinny rail section for optics mounting, a Magpul MIAD pistol grip, the X Mark Pro adjustable trigger, a rear single point QD sling adaptor, and a large magazine release. The bolt has an enlarged knob for quickly handling and cycling the action. The safety is the usual Remington 700 type at the rear of the bolt on the right side. Retail is set at $1020.

The chassis frame is formed forward of the magazine box to allow for positioning on a target shooting bag, fence post, tree limb, or shooting sticks. This helps to balance the 700 CP for precision shooting at the bench or in the field.

With the overall firearm length of only 20-21+ inches, the 700 CP is going to be a quick handling gun with the single point sling attachment feature. It will be easy to deploy in the field off a Primos Trigger Stick or other shooting support. Farmers, ranchers, and hunters are going to enjoy this new model for dispatching varmints or even a deer. Check it out further at

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Beans, Bullets, and Bandaids []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


If you wanted to know the most basic, yet essential ingredients to survival prepping, this title is it. This is from the back of a t-shirt from the American Ops survival and camping store in Pearl, Mississippi. When you boil it all down, these three items are it. Of course, you can expand a bit on each one, but as for categories of survival supplies and gear, this pretty well sums it up.

Beans, literally in some cases, sacks of all kinds of beans make for an easy and nutritional meal for SHTF survival camps. When I was a kid, my mom made entire meals out of a bag of pinto or Navy beans and a chunk of ham. We usually got 2-3 meals out of one pot, but you had to stay upwind for several days. Beans can be fashioned into a lot of good eats including soups, stews, side dishes or just a big bowl of steaming beans for dinner.

Under the category of beans the intention was to stock up on food. If you bug in or prepare a bug out location in advance, then amass a supply of canned goods of all kinds including vegetables, meats, and fruit. Balancing not only the nutrition but also the tastes and textures of foods will go a long way toward making survival easier to tolerate. Add other canned foods or ready-made items like soups, chili, tomato pasta combinations and such.

Of course, along with food, you have to have water and not just for drinking. If you are lucky during a SHTF, the water utility will remain in operation. If you are remote camping, then find a water source that can be boiled for drinking and cooking. A stream, river, lake, or pond would be a God send for water, and bathing. This water can be useful for personal hygiene, too. If you bug in, and there is no running water, then store up alternative sources for all your water needs.

Bullets implies the whole realm of self-defense, security and protection. Harbor enough arms and ammunition to secure your location from outside threats. You can get whole books on this subject.

Band-Aids means medical supplies of every description from medicines, OTC remedies, bandages, and everything in between. Have supplies for common ailments plus accidents like cuts, bruises, and breaks. Stock up on critical medicines you have to have.

Beans, bullets, and bandaids just about covers the water front. Naturally there are many other things, supplies and gear to consider. But these three get you started down the right pathway.

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Only 5 Excusable Upgrades For a Carry Glock [The Firearm Blog]

Carry glockThe Glock evokes a lot of emotion from the TFB community. It’s amusing. You have people who are Glock haters, many times because the Glock is the “Toyota Camry” of the gun industry: Reliable, prolific, “boring.” And then you have the tuners who will modify their stock Glock beyond recognition, and even go so far […]

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POTD: M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS) [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Picture is a rather odd firearm. It has one of the largest charging handles I’ve ever seen, but there’s a good reason for that as you have to push the shotgun cartridge forward to chamber it. The M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS) is the military version of C-More Systems Lightweight Shotgun System (known […]

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Interview with Ash Hess – The Man Who Won a DMR Match With an SBR [The Firearm Blog]

Interview with Ash Hess – KAC Employee Who Won a DMR Match With an SBR (1)I was recently contacted by Corey Wardrop, Knight’s Armament Company employee and a former TFB TV videographer, who said that he has a story that might be interesting for TFB readers. Of course, I was all ears and when I learned that Ash Hess, one of Corey’s colleagues at KAC, won a DMR match with […]

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Bullet Points: Top 5 Rounds From Sig Sauer Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Sig Sauer AmmunitionOk, so there are more than just five items on my list; I couldn’t decide which of the SIG Sauer ammunition should take the top five slots. But since SIG has been nice enough to supply me with ammo for decibel testing for TFB’s Silencer Saturday, I thought it would be a good idea to […]

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(IWA 2019) Beretta 1301 Comp Pro 12g Semi-Auto Shotgun []

Beretta is certainly investing more into their 12ga 1301 semi-auto shotgun by introducing the 1301 Comp Pro designed for competition. This is followed by the new 1301 Tactical introduced at SHOT Show 2018.

It features their signature cold hammer forged barrel with a stepped rib and fiber optic front and a mid-bead. The gun comes with 3 extended chokes out of the box.

It has all the standard features of a competition shotgun – extended bolt release, extended charging handle, extended feed lip, extended magazine tube holding 10+1 rounds.

The only thing missing is a TiN bolt carrier, but that will clash with the nice anodized blue receiver.

The gun feels great in the hand, I wished they could be more aggressive in further opening up the loading port like the Benelli M2 3-Gun Edition.

This shotgun is configured similar to the Benelli M2 3-Gun Edition, but with the advantage of the 3.5″ receiver which allows easier loading.

Official Press Release is attached below:



After achieving several podium finishes at the last World Shotgun Championships with its unrivalled cycling speed, the 1301 Comp has evolved into the Pro version following the implementation of suggestions made by Beretta’s multiple medal-winning shooters.

With the comfort, stability and easy swing offered by the new stock, the ultra-fast, safe loading system, the new oversized cocking handle and bolt release lever, and its 10+1 round capacity magazine, the 1301 Comp Pro is now, even in its standard configuration, the most competitive dynamic shooting platform, but has plenty of capacity for further personalisation and is therefore very sought after by the most demanding of shooters.

The 1301 Comp Pro includes a new polymeric stock with the Kick-Off Plus system consisting of two elastomer dampeners complete with return springs, positioned near the rubber insert, which effectively mitigate the first recoil peak reducing the perceived recoil by up to 40%.

A third elastomer dampener, located in the pistol grip, absorbs the impact of the slide against the stock, thus reducing the second recoil peak, muzzle jump and any vibrations caused by the movement of the slide.

The B-Steady system divides the stock into two sections: butt and pistol grip. The recoil absorption point is in an advanced position, moving in unison with the pistol grip, which is free to move back leaving the butt stable and avoiding any annoying rubbing of the comb against the cheek. The cheek remains still and rests perfectly without ever losing the line of fire.

For more comfort, the comb comes with Soft Comb, a soft insert which is gentle against the cheek.

The rubber Comfort Grip improves sensitivity and pistol grip.

The spacers provided allow the drop and cast to be adjusted.

The MicroCore recoil pad ensures perfect shouldering and maximum stability when shooting and allows for the possibility to adjust the stock’s length to suit your requirements using the two spacers provided.

The ergonomic Comfort Grip forend, also made of polymer with a rubber insert, offers maximum grip even in poor weather conditions.

Extending out from the forend is the aluminium Tony System magazine tube which holds up to 10 cartridges. This is connected to the barrel via an aluminium clamp for increased stability. Inside the magazine tube there is a dedicated spring with an elongated red Ergal cap which makes it easy to check if the magazine is empty. The system is specifically developed for the 1301 Comp Pro to ensure maximum feeding reliability.

The blue anodized Ergal receiver combines lightness with extreme robustness and reliability, and inside houses the re-loading system, the ultra-tested gas system with rotating head B-Link closure system, which has a 36% faster cycling speed than any other semi-automatic, it is reliable and accurate round after round, even with light loads.

The 1301 Comp Pro has a 3” chamber but uses an oversized 3.5” receiver which facilitates cartridge loading. To make quick loading and the quad-load even easier, the loading port has been enlarged and the lifter has a system which keeps it raised during loading operations, thus creating a sort of “chute” for the ammunition, which simultaneously eliminates the risk of the user pinching their thumb between the lever and the port.

The cocking handle and bolt release lever are also oversized, all details which contribute to making re-loading even easier, including during competition peaks when the gun is pushed to the max.

Four threaded holes on the upper part of the receiver enable a Picatinny rail to be attached.

The ballistic performance of the 1301 Comp Pro takes full advantage of the Beretta Steelium barrel’s exceptional features. Created using Beretta’s exclusive tri-alloy steel (Ni, Cr, Mo), deep drilling, cold hammer forging, vacuum distension and characterised by the elongated 80 mm double forcing cone. The internal profile of the OptimaBore HP barrels was designed and tested to guarantee excellent ballistic performance with all types of ammunition: lead, steel and High Performance steel. The result is pattern distributions which are always dense and perfect, partly thanks to the three interchangeable OptimaChoke HP Black Edition choke tubes it is supplied with, making it possible to adjust the choke depending on the competition.

10×8 stepped rib with fibre optic sight and mid-bead sight for optimum target acquisition.

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Montana: Preemption Legislation Passes out of Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 325 and 357 by a party line 6 to 4 vote.


Federal Unveils New Top Gun Sporting Loads for Clay Shooters []

As many of us around the United States are thawing out and are having fond day dreams of warmer weather, you might have trap or clay pigeon shooting on the mind. If so, you are not the only ones because so does one of your favorite ammunition companies. Federal Premium has recently unveiled NEW Top Gun Sporting loads for clay shooters in 4 shotgun calibers with different shot sizes just in time for spring shooting.

Like the stalwart shells we have come to know over the years from Federal Premium, these NEW Top Gun Sporting loads will have many of the same accurate characteristics. Some of the specifications for these new shotgun shells can be read below as presented by Federal Premium:

  • Loads designed specifically for sporting clays shooters
  • High velocities and less felt recoil
  • Hard pellets
  • Consistent, reliable Federal primer
  • Unique wad column produces consistent patterns

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To initially start out, Federal Premium will be offering Top Gun Sporting in 4 different shotgun calibers from 12 Gauge down to .410 Gauge with shot sizes from the expected #7.5 shot to #9 shot. All of the Top Gun Sporting loads that will be available can be read below with their associated price points:

  • 12 Gauge 2 ¾” 1 Ounce #7.5 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGSF128 7.5 | MSRP $8.95
  • 12 Gauge 2 ¾” 1 Ounce #8 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGSF128 8 | MSRP $8.95
  • 12 Gauge 2 ¾” 1 Ounce #7.5 Shot | 1,250 FPS | TGS128 7.5 | MSRP $8.95
  • 12 Gauge 2 ¾” 1 Ounce #8 Shot | 1,250 FPS | TGS128 8 | MSRP $8.95
  • 20 Gauge 2 ¾” 7/8 Ounce #7.5 Shot | 1,250 FPS | TGS224 7.5 | MSRP $8.95
  • 20 Gauge 2 ¾” 7/8 Ounce #8 Shot | 1,250 FPS | TGS224 8 | MSRP $8.95

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  • 28 Gauge 2 ¾” 3/4 Ounce #7.5 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGS2821 7.5 | MSRP $13.95
  • 28 Gauge 2 ¾” 3/4 Ounce #8 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGS2821 8 | MSRP $13.95
  • 28 Gauge 2 ¾” 3/4 Ounce #9 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGS2821 9 | MSRP $13.95
  • .410 Gauge 2 ½” 1/2 Ounce #7.5 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGS41214 7.5 | MSRP $13.95
  • .410 Gauge 2 ½” 1/2 Ounce #8 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGS41214 8 | MSRP $13.95
  • .410 Gauge 2 ½” 1/2 Ounce #9 Shot | 1,330 FPS | TGS41214 9 | MSRP $13.95

After a fairly long winter with a lot of heavy snow fall, who is itching to get back outside and dust some clay pigeons? Are Federal Premium shells your go-to? If not, what is your favorite brand or load that you rely on for trap and clay shooting? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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NRA Praises Vermont Superior Court Decision on Magazine Bans [NRA-ILA News]

NRA applauds the Vermont Superior Court for allowing a lawsuit challenging the State's ban on standard capacity magazines to proceed.


3D Printed Acoustic Metamaterials: A New Frontier For Suppressors? [The Firearm Blog]

Recent research from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Boston University made headlines in several non-specialized blogs and media, thanks to its potential. Boston Engineers managed to design and manufacture a noise canceling barrier which allows airflow to pass through. The team of Engineers set forth on developing a sound barrier that could, for example, […]

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Judge rejects state’s motion to dismiss "high-capacity" magazine ban case [NRA-ILA News]

Judge Mary Miles Teachout says attorneys arguing for and against a high-capacity magazine ban in Vermont need to fight it out in court before she decides on the constitutionality of a law passed last year. The state filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the gun owners and sellers bringing the case did not have legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the ban. Attorneys representing the gun owners were seeking a summary judgement, arguing that the facts of the case proved beyond debate that the ban is unconstitutional.


Outlaw Soaps Make Soap That Smells Of Gunpowder And Leather [The Firearm Blog]

Outlaw SoapsManly smelling soap isn’t the most gun related product announcement you’ll see on TFB, but keeping you aware of products that exude gunnery counts, right?  Perhaps you’ve been looking for something to replace your Hoppe’s No. 9 makeshift cologne that your significant other has been complaining about.  Outlaw Soaps create a variety of western themed soaps. […]

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U.S. Democrats rally as New Zealand bans semi-automatic firearms [NRA-ILA News]

New Zealand moved with relative light-speed political urgency to ban semiautomatic weapons in the wake of Friday’s massacre at two Christchurch mosques, sparking a discussion in Washington: If a ban could happen there, could it also happen here? Democrats looking for a similar path will face different obstacles in a country where gun rights enshrined in the Constitution have been impervious to a row of mass killings. New Zealand has a tradition of hunting and shooting as sport similar to the United States, but there is no legal provision to own weapons for self-defense.


LSI Citadel’s RS-S1 Shotgun Begins Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

RS-S1 shotgunLegacy Sports International have announced their Vepr 12-style magazine fed 12 gauge shotgun the Citadel RS-S1 is now shipping. Here’s what they have to say about the new shotgun: One of the most versatile shotguns to have this year is the new Citadel Semi-Automatic RS-S1 Shotgun, based on the popular AK platform. The RS-S1 is […]

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Gerber COMPLEAT: The Product You Didn’t Know You Wanted []

When it comes to camping gadgetry and things that blur the lines between want and need most of us are always willing to open up our wallets for something cool. For myself, the coolest thing I have come across in recent memory is a widget to help you cook and eat your food while out in the woods. The NEW Gerber Compleat camping tool is as handy as a Swiss Army knife, can help you prepare your meals, and it is compact enough to stick into your pocket.

At a full MSRP of only $28, this is a tool I believe a lot of us could dive into with full bellies and no regrets. The list of specifications and the tools it hides inside itself can be read below as presented by Gerber:

  • Length 7.75″
  • Width 1.50″
  • Weight 2.3 Ounces
  • Spatula [Serrated & Silicone Edge]: High-Temp Nylon w/ Silicone Over-Mold


  • Long Tine Fork
  • Deep Basin Spoon
  • Tongs [Fork or Spoon + Spatula]
  • Multi-Tool: 1) Bottle Opener, 2) Veggie Peeler, 3) Serrated Package Opener, 4) Can Opener

For people who even want to add a little flair to their gear, you can order the Gerber Compleat in 3 different color options: Burnt Bronze, Flat Sage, and/or Silver. The price does not change depending on which color suits your fancy. Gerber shares their own thoughts on what could be one of their hottest camping tools to debut this year:

On the trail, the most important meal of the day is the one you’re about to eat. Gerber’s ComplEAT tool has the bases covered with a fork, spoon, spatula, and 4 function multi-tool that nest for transport as well as snap together to convert into functional tongs. Cook, eat, clean and get back out there… Mealtime in the backcountry often equates to lugging multiple utensils in prime real estate: the backpack. Gerber took a look at the process as a whole, from prep to clean up, and delivered an innovative tool that solves for all of it.


For those of us who cannot wait for spring, summer, and fall to arrive to get outside and start hunting and camping, is this something that you could see yourself using? Are there other “must-have” tools already in your arsenal? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.



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Indiana: Bill Amended To Expand Self-Defense Opportunities [NRA-ILA News]

On March 20th, Senate Bill 119 was amended by the House Public Policy Committee and passed by a vote of 13-0 to include language that was originally in House Bill 1643.


‘My firearm would’ve saved me’: Raped as a Temple student, she now fights for gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

Savannah Lindquist desperately tried to remember what she’d learned in the women’s self-defense class. She jerked her wrists, fighting to break her attacker’s grasp. She couldn’t.


Bernie Sanders: U.S. must follow New Zealand's lead and ban "assault weapons" [NRA-ILA News]

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said late Wednesday the U.S. must follow New Zealand's lead in banning assault weapons, and it should do so by taking on the National Rifle Association — which swiftly rejected the call. “This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States"


Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) Announces Training Partnership with QPro Defense [The Firearm Blog]

qpro defenseIf you have never shot long range before and are entertaining joining a league or getting yourself more educated on the burgeoning sport, this is a great opportunity! Modular Driven Technologies (MDT), the world-class manufacturer of after-market stocks for competition rifles, is teaming up with QPro Defense to provide shooters with an extraordinary, educational experience. […]

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Washington: NRA & SAF Lawsuit Against City of Edmonds Moves Forward [NRA-ILA News]

On March 20th, the Washington Superior Court rejected the defendant’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation against the City of Edmonds to invalidate the mandatory firearm storage ordinance passed by the City Council.  The lawsuit can now proceed.


Q&A 27: Machine Guns with John Keene [Forgotten Weapons]

For today’s Q&A, I am joined by John Keene, retired US Army Master Sergeant and NFA specialist for the Morphy auction company (and for the James D Julia company before their acquisition by Morphy’s). John has a tremendous knowledge of machine guns, the machine gun collecting community, and the legal issues surrounding it. We have some great questions from Patrons, and I think you will really enjoy the show today! Timestamps for questions:

0:00:52 – Favorite WW2 machine gun to handle or shoot?

0:02:28 – What transferrable MG is the best investment?

0:03:47 – What delayed development of large-caliber heavy MGs like the M2?

0:05:20 – If the NFA registry for machine guns was reopened, would you be happy?

0:10:14 – US copy of the MG42 in .30-06
US training film about German MGs:

0:15:40 – Is the Browning M2 still made or are the guns all WW2 vintage?

0:16:51 – What MG deserved more attention than it got?

0:20:42 – Opinion on Soviet MGs?

0:23:39 – Why did the Germans have high rates of fire on the MG34 and MG42 and why did the US not do the same?

0:25:58 – What was the most important development in early MGs?

0:28:08 – Converting PPSh or PPS to 9x19mm

0:30:58 – Why did the US not adopt the MG3?

0:33:14 – How common are rewelded/reactivated machine guns?

0:35:50 – What are good options for the introductory machine gun collector on a budget?

0:42:15 – Why did Germany continue to produce the MG34 after the introduction of the MG42?

0:44:15 – What factors determine machine gun value, and do some obscure guns fall through the cracks?
“The Schmeisser Myth” on Amazon:

0:50:27 – What are some examples of transferrable guns the you wouldn’t expect to exist in the registry?

0:52:56 – What are the strangest machine guns that came through Julia and Morphy’s?

0:55:29 – What is the process for moving to a different state with NFA items?

0:56:20 – If you had to pick just one type of MG belt to use.

0:58:01 – NFA fakes?

1:01:15 – How do you know how many guns of a particular type are in the registry?

1:06:20 – Why did the US stick with the M1918A2 BAR as a light machine gun in WW2?

1:15:06 – How many machine guns came back with US GIs after WW2?

1:21:05 – Did the bump stock ban impact machine gun prices?


Oregon: Rally to Defend the 2nd Against California-Style Infringements [NRA-ILA News]

Second Amendment rights in Oregon are under attack like never before and it is critical that every NRA member and Second Amendment supporter takes an active role to fight back.  Local Oregon businesses Radian Weapons and Noveske Rifleworks hope you will join them in Salem for the Defend the 2nd rally where law-abiding citizens will remind their elected lawmakers who they work for and tell them to end this assault on our Constitutional rights.


QPro Defense along with MDT announce Training Partnership []

QPro Defense (Quiet Professional Defense) along with MDT (Modular Driven Technologies) has announced a precision rifle training partnership. If you have ever entertained getting into precision rifle shooting or long range shooting of any kind, but did not know where to start, this would be a terrific opportunity to learn from some of the best!

The 1st class being offered between this stellar partnership of QPro Defense and MDT is March 30th and 31st. To register for this 1st class, to obtain information about future classes, or just to ask some more questions, feel free to reach out to QPro Defense on their website HERE. The complete Press Release for this newly forged venture can be read below:

Everson, Washington – March 13th, 2019 – Modular Driven Technologies is proud to announce a partnership with QPro Defense. QPro Defense is a Veteran Owned Small Business based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. QPro Defense specializes in providing small arms instruction and is staffed by an instructor cadre of current and former Special Operation personnel from the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, and United States Air Force.

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Modular Driven Technologies is providing QPro Defense with six rifles to be used for QPro’s precision rifle classes. The rifles feature our ACC, LSS -XL Gen 2, ESS, and Oryx chassis systems. Three of the rifles are chambered in 6mm Creedmoor and three in 6.5 Creedmoor. The barreled actions are Howa 1500’s and the rifles are equipped with the Lucid MLX 30mm First Focal Plane Rifle Scopes. The rifles will be available for student use at no extra cost. Students simply provide their own ammunition.

An MDT representative will be available during class to offer a presentation about our chassis systems, answer questions, and assist with class. Customers will now have the opportunity to try out one of our chassis systems while receiving world-class precision rifle instruction.

I know many of us here are hunters, preppers, and outdoorsman of all kinds of passions, but how many of you participate in precision rifle shooting? Long range shooting? Have you thought of trying it? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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NEW Nighthawk Custom Interchangeable Optic System (IOS) Upgrade [The Firearm Blog]

Interchangeable Optic SystemWith the exponential growth and desire for handgun shooters to use red dot optics, more and more firearm manufacturers are offering catalog models with that ability readily available. Most of the time though it is only specific models offered by a gun maker that consumers would have to settle for. Nighthawk Custom is taking the […]

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Sellier & Bellot to supply ammunition to Canadian special forces []

Sellier & Bellot, an ammunition factory located in Vlašim, Czech Republic, is to supply the Canadian special forces with a large order of ammunition.

Due to the sensitive nature of the order, there is no detail of the types and quantities of what was being ordered. It’s safe to guess there are NATO calibers such as 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm.

Sellier & Bellot is the oldest ammunition manufacturer in the world. In 2025 they will celebrate their 200th anniversary. They produce 3 million rounds per day.

S&B is owned by CBC, an ammunition manufacturer located in Brazil. CBC also own the firearms manufacturer Taurus.

They recently went through renovations in 2016 which added a state-of-the-art automated warehouse and brand new production facility. You can see more in the video below.

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World Class Snark [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I love snark. The tweet below is, in my opinion, world-class.

As most probably know, that Irish-American former congressman from Texas by the name of O'Rourke has decided to run for president. I'd wager that if he were forced to take an Ancestry DNA test, the only Spanish blood in his veins might have come from a survivor of the Spanish Armada that washed ashore in Ireland.

Cheer to entrepreneur and business advisor Carol Roth for giving us the proper pronunciation of O'Rourke's first name.

Wednesday, 20 March


The EU Firearms Directive – Latest News from Spain [The Firearm Blog]

TFB has reported about the EU Firearms Directive (called the EU Gun Ban) before, and as the directive now slowly is settling around the various EU countries we continue to report about the development. We do this from a firearms legislation standpoint, not a political one. In short, the EU directive lists the Union’s minimum […]

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POTD: Malt Liquor with a Brown Paper Bag from Autonomous Armory [The Firearm Blog]

autonomous armoryEvery once in a while when you are mindlessly thumbing through your newsfeed on Facebook you come across something extraordinary! For me recently, that extraordinary thing came in the form of Malt Liquor on the side of a Hi-Point. A small custom shop named Autonomous Armory delivered a special paint job to one of their […]

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Eerie Nights []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


It has long been implied and assumed that nasty things happen at night. Darkness cloaks a lot of misdeeds and plundering about. Whether in civil discourse or on the battlefield, night time brings the opportunity to conduct illegal activities while natural light is gone or dim, and municipality lighting is often insufficient, neglected, abandoned or non-existent.

Darkness is an element that often accompanies a SHTF. This is a condition that bug in preppers and survivalists must prepare for in advance. The same is true should you happen to be in a bug out mode in travel or already hiding out somewhere from the mainstream.

If at home and threats are about, the first issue is a total lockdown of all entry points to the house. Depending on the dire circumstances, this may also require the addition of extra blocks by doorways to further deter entry. Black out windows as best you can so no inside lighting of any kind can be seen from outside, thus revealing your presence at home.

Again, depending on the situation, gather everyone into one “safe room” where you can control noise and lighting. Both of these should be kept to a bare minimum especially if you detect movement or prowling outside the house. This is one theory based on trying to present the picture as though you are not home. However, be prepared that this can backfire.

If utility power is still on, then maintain your home security system in ready condition. If a door or window is breached, then an alarm can help to scare threats away as well as send notice that a break in has been attempted. If there is no power, then perhaps a battery backup can be used until daylight comes. Running an external generator is an option but it attracts attention.

The other theory then is to light your residence up as much as possible with all outside lighting on. Sure they can knock these out, but threats may want to avoid homes where there is reasonable evidence that it is occupied. Some of my prepper friends go so far as to post some popular metal signs outside indicating an armed residence. These are decisions you have to make for your situation.

By all means, have your self-defense weapons loaded and at the ready to deploy. Carry them with you in the house and/or post some at other entries for easy access. Train everyone on this. The nighttime may be eerie, but it is no reason not to prepare to survive the night.

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Handguns of American Hoodlums []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


The era of gangsters in America is a unique study of the firearms and weaponry of organized crime. During the roaring 20’s into the 30’s nearly until the Second World War battles were waged on the streets of American cities most notably Chicago and New York City. Control was fought over illegal booze, prostitution, gambling, running numbers, and betting on anything there was to bet on. It was big money into the millions a year, untaxed.

From this time came some of the finest firearms to ever be manufactured in America. WWI was over, GI’s were home looking for jobs in a depression economy, so many turned to elements of crime to survive. These were the men who knew guns and how to use them. They used a lot of them.

This whole era was depicted well in the classic movie Hoodlum. Taking place in the streets of New York City and Harlem in the 1930s, the screenplay featured the classic gangsters Dutch Schultz, Lucky Luciano, and Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson with his girlfriend Francine. These characters were played in order by Tim Roth, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne, and Vanessa Williams. The “Queen” of Harlem crime was play by Cicely Tyson.

When Bumpy was reunited with his crime buddies in Harlem, he received a gift from his cousin a Colt Police Positive in nickel finish. A classic 4-inch barreled revolver in .38 Special, tens of thousands of Police Positives were produced and used in those days. Black hard rubber grips and open sights, the six-shot Colt was a favored with crimesters, as well as police.

The Smith and Wesson Model 10 was used in various models throughout the movie and the era. The 2-inch snub-nose was a favored pocket pistol in the day. Easy concealment with 6 shots available, the M-10 in .38 Special was ideal for close quarters work. A Model 10 with a silencer was notably used by one of two assassins hired by Schultz to whack Bumpy in addition to them both carrying pickaxes.

Other noted Colts used by hoodlums included the Detective Special, the model equivalent of the Smith 10. A Colt 1903 in .32 ACP was used by an Irish “Mick” police captain. Dutch Schultz used a Model 1911 MKIV Series 70 which he always kept in his waistband most certainly in .45ACP. Other 1911A1s were wielded by countless shooters and was a favored big bore “automatic” by gangsters of this era. Colt New Service revolvers were also popular.

Beside numerous sawed off shotguns and Thompson Sub-machine guns, handguns were the most prolific firearms used by hoodlums. Easy to tote, conceal and shoot, handguns were “the” gun to carry and remain so.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Browning SUPER Hi-Power [The Firearm Blog]

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

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Indiana: Senate Committee Passes Important Self-Defense Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On March 20th, the Indiana state Senate Judiciary committee voted 7-3 to pass House Bill 1284 to enhance protections afforded to law-abiding citizens acting in defense of themselves and others.


Vermont: Gun Control Bill Placed On Senate Calendar and Ready for Floor Vote [NRA-ILA News]

The Vermont Senate is expected to vote on this year’s biggest gun control bill as early as tomorrow.


Handgun Shooting: Don’t Focus on the Front Sight []

While perusing YouTube recently, I spotted a teaser screen which said, “Do not focus on the front sight!” Naturally, I decided to check it out.

The video is from NOIR Training, a service founded by Navy SEALs which “provides world class firearms and tactical training to Military, Law Enforcement, and Civilians.”

Like the video itself, the description is direct and to the point:

All about standard pistol sights. This is required viewing before any NOIR Training pistol course.

If you have any interest in shooting handguns with iron sights, view the entire video. It contains some of the best and most-understandable explanations and descriptions you’ll find, given by a narrator as we see a series of images to coincide with his words. For example, he does a good job explaining why it can be perfectly acceptable to fire at a target without a perfect sight picture, depending on the size and proximity of the target.

Around the 3:40 mark, things get even more interesting.

This is one area we differ from conventional shooting doctrine: We advocate shooting with your eyes focused on the threat, rather than the front sight.

The reason for this is, in a real life-threatening situation, your eyes will naturally focus on the threat. Since you can shoot perfectly accurately while focusing on the threat, we believe front sight focus is an unnatural and unnecessary complication.

He then goes on to explain the difference between front sight and target focus. While front sight focus can and will allow you to shoot accurately, he says, it’s “unnatural and unnecessary.” By contrast when you focus on the target, which is the natural thing to do when faced with a threat, you can still see both front and rear sights well enough to line them up to aim.


He then goes on to explain why we should all learn to shoot our handguns with both eyes open — because in a real life-threatening situation, we need to keep both peepers peeled.

I hope you find this as interesting as I did. Yes, it’s basic… but even the most experienced shooters can benefit from a fresh look at the basics.

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(Enforce Tac 2019) FN SCAR-L 5.56mm []

At Enforce Tac show in Nuremberg, Germany, FN Herstal unveiled the latest SCAR-L rifle in 5.56mm NATO that was the winner of the latest rifle contract by Bavarian police.

It has been updated with Keymod handguard at 3 & 9 o’clock, shedding a bit of weight in the process.

It’s surprising that the Belgian manufacturer has been awarded a German police contract usually reserved for Heckler & Koch. The HK416 was most recently seen in Utrecht shooting incident used by the Dutch police in the Netherlands.

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Missouri Bill Would Ban all Federal Gun Control []

The Sentinel reports that “Missouri may have just made the most monumental step towards freedom and individual liberty since the signing of the Bill of Rights.” It further adds, “In an upcoming vote by Missouri’s state senate, the state is expected to pass a bill that would nullify ALL Federal gun laws and regulations, and make enforcement of those laws by federal officers within the State of Missouri a criminal offense.”

Missouri Senate Bill 367 reads in part:

1.430. All federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States I and Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

The bill doesn’t leave it that vague… instead, details are provided for those measures it will nullify:

(a) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;

(b) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;

(c) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;

(d) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens; and

(e) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens

Finally, a state that’s actually standing up for the rights of its citizens. I like it.

The “Teeth”

And get this:

Any person while acting as an official, agent, employee, or deputy of the government of the United States, or while otherwise acting under the color of federal law while within the borders of this state, who knowingly, as defined under section 562.016:

(1) Enforces or attempts to enforce any of the infringements identified in section 1.410; or

(2) Gives material aid and support to the efforts of others who enforce or attempt to enforce any of the infringements identified in section 1.410;

shall be permanently ineligible to serve as a law enforcement officer or to supervise law enforcement officers for the state or any political subdivision of the state.

In other words: Anyone who tries to enforce anti-gun stuff in MO would be permanently barred from police work in that state. Bravo!

As always, I’m saddened that such things are necessary — but heartened that there are still some folks willing to stand up and do them.

Here’s hoping it will pass and be signed into law… and that other states will ‘grow a pair’ and follow suit.

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Nolte: CNN Wins Cronkite Award for Jake Tapper’s Rape Victim-Booing Town Hall [NRA-ILA News]

As if to prove just what a rotted and rancid institution journalism has become, of all the media events to occur last year, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism has been given to the CNN town hall where a rape victim was booed.


Muzzle Your (Bull)Pup – OSS Is Now The Official Suppressor For IWI [The Firearm Blog]

Oss Official suppressor IWIIf you haven’t followed our recent coverage of OSS Suppressors, the Millcreek, UT based company has undergone a near-complete transformation in the past few years. What used to be a hexagonal, multi-part suppressor that would confuse even veteran NFA owners, is now a sleek, round, one piece tube available in either steel or titanium and […]

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Interesting grants of cert. [Of Arms and the Law]

Discussion here. Four very interesting cases. And that doesn't count NYSRPA v. NY, or the census question case (and the Supremes just asked for briefing on a new aspect of that, whether adding the question on citizenship violates the enumeration clause of Article I, sec. 2, which underlies the census, and simply refers to taking an enumeration of the people for allocating House seats.

A guess as to why the Court wants that added -- what if some Justices are of the mind that a power to take an enumeration of the people does not include doing anything else? You can count heads, but not ask much else?

Another possibility, and I'm not familiar enough with the case to know this.... might it challenge not only asking the question, but whether non-citizens should be excluded from the count? If so, there might be an issue as to whether a population is enumerated when certain persons are not counted. But if that was an issue, I'd have expected plaintiffs to raise it as Argument I, and not wait for the Court to raise the idea.

In any event, most Terms have a small number of interesting cases and a lot of uninteresting ones. It doesn't sound like October Term 2019 is going to be like that.


NEW Leica FORTIS 6 Rifle Scope (1-6×24 & 2-12×50) [The Firearm Blog]

NEW Leica FORTIS 6 Rifle Scope (1)Leica has introduced several new products among which the most interesting one is arguably the Fortis 6 scope. It is available in two versions: 1-6×24 and 2-12×50. Leica describes these scopes as “The new benchmark in the 6x zoom class“. Let’s take a closer look. According to Leica, the unmatched performance is achieved due to […]

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Connecticut: Committee Votes Today For Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

On March 20th, the Connecticut state Joint Judiciary Committee will be voting on a number of bills before them that would affect your Second Amendment rights, including bills to continue the never-ending push for more gun control in Connecticut.


The Real Reason Connecticut's Decision About Remington and Sandy Hook Doesn't Make Sense [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control activists joyously celebrated a court decision Thursday, claiming that the ruling will be a massive step towards ending gun violence.


United Sporting Companies NOT Going Bankrupt; Consolidating Warehouses [The Firearm Blog]

united sporting companiesThere have been rumors circulating that United Sporting Companies (USC) was in bad trouble and could potentially be going bankrupt. To quench those rumors, USC has made a Press Release to announce that instead, they are consolidating warehouses in hopes to improve their efficiency and save on costs. The Press Release was first sent to […]

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Barnes TSX (Triple-Shock X) Returns to Federal Premium Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

barnes tsxA favorite bullet that a lot of hunters rely on when reloading is the Barnes TSX (Triple-Shock X) tip. Its extremely high weight retention even when impacting bone is tremendously appreciated when hunting big game. Also, the ballistic coefficients (B.C.) for a hunting bullet are very high which turns over into repeatable, good accuracy for […]

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Data Review Contradicts Hickenlooper Claim on Colo. Gun-Check Law [NRA-ILA News]

A review of Colorado data on gun background checks contradicts recent claims by former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper has repeatedly touted his signature on a universal background check measure. He has said the law was important because background checks in Colorado have prevented people from purchasing guns and that the system in place beforehand didn't require checks on half of all gun sales.


Avain-X Waterfowl Decoy Review []

Hunting waterfowl is very demanding for hunters and their gear. Of all our gear, decoys take the most abuse throughout the season. Day after day being shot over, as well as thrown in boats causes a lot of wear.

Avain-X decoys, however, are some of the best on the market and have some rather impressive features that showcase their craftsmanship. At first glance they are very atomically accurate to live birds as well as having in-depth feather appearance along with a perfect paint job. Which is a reflection of their great detail in each decoy, also unmatched by others of the same price point. Speaking of price point, a set of six will cost consumers around $99.99. This might come across as higher than normal but when it comes to gear that works day after day it’s worth the extra cost to have something that’s reliable.

With all of that aside, we can agree that there is always that one guy in our group the shoots a decoy every time ducks work the spread, or accidentally runs over them at the boat ramp. Things of this nature generally decimates the decoy beyond repair. Although this is true, Avain-X doesn’t have that problem with their foam filled design. Being foam filled, makes them virtually unsinkable in most applications. Furthermore this feature, among many others, makes them one of the most rugged decoys on the market today.

Trying every decoy on the market is costly, especially when hunters have to replace numerous sets each season. Replacement is due to wear or simply because of poor quality. Most of the time it is due to budget shopping but I realized that decoys are an investment which will either be a reoccurring purchase each season or last a lifetime. Though this is true about a  lot of things hunting wise, Avain-Xhas decoys on hand that will last longer despite the conditions you experience.

The bottom line is that Avain-X is dedicated to providing consumers with the highest quality products which can handle any situation afield. Whether its tough open water diver hunts or green timber mallards they have everything you need to improve your chances.

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Hudson Mfg Bankruptcy and the Reality of Firearms Manufacturing [Forgotten Weapons]

We have just seen the news that Hudson Manufacturing has filed for bankruptcy – and the HMG Sturmgewehr rifles are also still nowhere to be seen. What’s the deal?


Desert Eagles Now Completely Made in the US by Magnum Research [The Firearm Blog]

Desert EaglesMagnum Research is most famously known for their “Big Boys,” their “D-Eagles,” or whatever affectionate moniker you would like to tie to the company who makes handguns in all things large. A new title they can add to their growing legend is “Made in the USA” because now all of their Desert Eagles will be completely […]

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Polenar Tactical At CZ Media Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The guys and girl at Polenar Tactical, the Slovenian firearms training and video folks, have just produced a Full 30 video on the CZ's Media Day. Among the firearms shown are the Bren 2 in .308, a CZ precision rifle, and various CZ competition pistols with and without optics.

Tuesday, 19 March


Blowout Prices! Hudson Pistols Now On Sale For $599 [The Firearm Blog]

Hudson pistolsThe TFB team has spent the last hour mulling over this blowout deal – Hudson Pistols are now on sale for $599 at Before we go any further, I want to make it perfectly clear that this is not an advertisement; I received this email blast just like thousands of other shooters across the […]

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TFB Review: Sellier & Bellot 6.5 Creedmoor Tactical – 1 USD each [The Firearm Blog]

As the popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor increases, we’re looking for accurate ammunition which doesn’t cost a fortune to shoot. In Europe the caliber is only starting to grow in popularity, so the volumes are low – prices sky high. Shooters want accurate ammunition, for free and we want it now! This test was done […]

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POTD: Nigerian Navy Honour Guard with SIG 540s [The Firearm Blog]

Nigerian SIG 540sThis photo taken on March 14, at the opening ceremony of exercise Obangame Express 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria shows a Nigerian Navy honour guard rendering honours to distinguished visitors including Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, director of intelligence, U.S. Africa Command. Most interestingly, the guard are armed with 7.62x51mm SIG 542 rifles, the larger calibre variant of the […]

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Beretta Holding Take Majority Stake in Chapuis Armes [The Firearm Blog]

During the days of IWA 2019, the French manufacturer Chapuis Armes revealed on their Facebook page that Beretta Holding Group had just become their majority shareholder. Below is the full press release. Beretta Holding SA take a majority stake in the French company Chapuis Armes SAS. The Beretta Holding Group, world leader in the hunting […]

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(IWA 2019) Walther PPQ Series Expert Drop-In Trigger Kit []

To those who own a Walther PPQ or looking to purchase a Walther Q5 but are not impressed with their factory 5 pound trigger, well you are in luck. At IWA Show in Nuremberg, Germany, they unveiled the Expert Drop-In Trigger Kit designed for both PPQ and the Q5 Match series. You can adjust the pre-travel, over-travel and weight. Trying it at the Walther booth gave the impression it was around 3 pound pull with an extremely short reset.

The kit includes different trigger housing profiles for you to customize to your own liking.

This factory trigger kit, however, is NOT drop safe since it does not feature a trigger safety or hump in the middle.

The Expert trigger drop-in kit are available for Steel Frame, SKU# 2841037 and Polymer Frame, SKU# 2841070.

They expect to hit US market in the next few months and pricing is yet to be announced.

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Firearms Reporter Takes Kirsten Gillibrand to the Woodshed Over Her Anti-Gun Remarks [NRA-ILA News]

It’s not that they don’t know. I’m sure they do know by now. They have to, but for the sake of the narrative, they need to peddle straight garbage about firearms to get their base drummed up.


(IWA 2019) Arma Zeka AZ-P1 9mm Sport Pistol []

Competition pistol market is getting more saturated in 2019 with more steel frame designs from the likes of Beretta and Walther joining the foray along with the ever popular Shadow 2, now in Optic Ready model which started to ship since late last year.

A new company called Arma Zeka, from Czech Republic had their new AZ-P1 9mm pistol on display at IWA Show in Nuremberg, Germany. Their pistol had only been available within their home country of Czech Republic in the last few months. This was the first time they displayed it at an international show and they are looking for distributors worldwide.

The pistol features a 5″ bull barrel on an alloy frame. It’s chambered in 9mm but it will also be available in .40S&W and .45ACP. It does have a wide frame in comparison to other 9mm pistols. It has standard fiber optic sights with an adjustable competition DA/SA trigger. The only other notable feature is the captive take down pin.

I was told by their representative that the company first started as a machine shop producing small parts for CZ. It appeared it was only logical that the next step is to start making pistols themselves.

Unfortunately, at the time of the show they did not have pricing for the US market.

Their website can be found at

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The Colt Revolver so Light It’ll Kill You []

Here’s one for the “Well, that was a bad idea” department: A revolver that’s identical to other revolvers except that it’s made much less strong, and therefore will blow up if loaded with standard ammunition. Derp.

It’s the Colt M13 Aircrewman Air Force revolver, a compact 6-shot revolver chambered for 38 Special, but with frames and cylinders made of lightweight aluminum alloy to make them lighter — and weight is always an issue when you’re talking about aviation. If you don’t have low-pressure groceries, you’d better not fire one of these little wheel guns, because the cylinders can’t take the pressure. The Air Force specified a particular low-pressure load for them.

Here’s what Ian says about it in the video description:

In 1951 and 1952, Colt supplied a small number of extremely lightweight revolvers to the US Air Force, designated the M13 Aircrewman. These guns were very similar to the commercial Colt Cobra; 38 special 6-shot revolvers with aluminum alloy frames and cylinders with a loaded weight of just 11 ounces. Only 1189 were made, and they were issued with a special low-pressure loading of 38 Special ammunition. It was designated M41 and fired a 130 grain FMJ bullet at just 725 fps. This reduced-pressure loading was safe in the aluminum cylinders of the guns, but nothing prevented a person from loading and firing standard 38 ammunition — which was definitely not safe. In 1959 the Air Force decided that the potential hazard from standard ammunition was not worth the slight weight reduction of the aluminum cylinder, and recalled the guns for destruction. Only a small number survived to get into the commercial market today, making the Colt Aircrewman a very scarce revolver indeed.

It would’ve made a lot more sense to short-chamber the guns so they wouldn’t accept standard 38 Special ammo, instead using something mild and uncommon such as the 38 Short. But because whatever can go wrong will go wrong, people were wont to cram full-power groceries into the Aircrewman, which is a recipe for disaster.

Therefore, the Air Force recalled them from use and destroyed most of them… instead of, you know, maybe fitting them with steel cylinders so they could still be used. Typical government waste.

And it’s that same sort of government inefficiency that explains why there are some of these guns still around… they weren’t tracked well, and some found their way home with servicemen. The few which remain are highly desirable, and it’s nice to observe the real-life features that make them what they are, from the markings on the frame to the Air Force medallions in the grips, instead of the Rampant Colt medallion commonly used on Colt grips.

Enjoy the video.

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Bullseye Gun & Pawn Employees Thwart Attempted Theft Of Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Bullseye Gun, Gear and PawnEmployees at Bullseye Gun, Gear and Pawn in Murfreesboro, Tennessee were on the ball when a group of men began looking at pistols with the help of one employee.  The following video from the Liveleak YouTube channel begins moments before the attempted theft.  One of the men was looking at a pistol, while another man […]

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What Does Beto O’Rourke Believe? [NRA-ILA News]

There has been a debate, both in the run-up to and since last week’s launch of Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, about his ideology and policy positions. It has two dimensions.


NEW Liberty Suppressors Infiniti X Lightweight Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

NEW Liberty Suppressors Infiniti X Silencer (1)Liberty Suppressors has published a video announcing the addition of new Infiniti X can to their line of silencers. Apparently, this is a reintroduction of the discontinued Infiniti suppressor except the new one has a number of features borrowed from the company’s Mystic X suppressor. Let’s watch the video first. And here is the description of this new […]

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You Can Wash Your Down Jacket & Sleeping Bag []

Sleeping bags and jackets with natural down (feathers) as insulation are known to be some of the warmest available… but many folks shy away from them because they don’t think their down-insulated products can be washed. But wearing the same jacket season after season without washing it can make it rather ripe, and sleeping bags can also get funky. What to do?

A recent survey revealed that while 70% of respondents own at least one down product, more than half of them thought the items should not be washed. A third of respondents said they don’t wash their down products because they don’t know how, and another 20 percent believed they don’t have the proper machine or products to do so. You might be surprised to learn that “down care” ranked twice as high as “animal welfare” among the reasons people may choose not purchase a down insulated product. Lastly, 62 percent of respondents said they would consider adding a down-specific detergent at time of purchase if it were readily available.

Well, there’s a new product coming out that will help with that. It’s called Down Wash, and it’s coming from Allied Feather & Down, a company which has an awful lot of experience washing down — they’ve been perfecting their method for 30 years — and have created an environmentally-friendly product for washing down garments, comforters, etc.

The press release specifies that Down Wash is palm-oil-free… but why should we care about that? Delving deeper, I learned that most laundry detergents use palm oil, which is bad for down. And there’s also concern that widespread use of palm oil may contribute to deforestation and loss of habitat for orangutans.

They also say this is the first “home laundry solution for down” to be produced by a “non-chemical company in the outdoor industry.”

So, if you have down products that need to be decontaminated and you want to be palm-oil-free, here’s what you do:

  1. Start by running your down product through a rinse only cycle, without detergent, to thoroughly wet the product. Most jackets can be washed at home, but some heavier weight sleeping bags may require a commercial washer and dryer.
  2. Using a down-specific detergent such as ALLIED’s Down Wash, wash in cold or warm water and, if possible, add an extra rinse following the wash without detergent.
  3. Dry thoroughly on low heat. This may take several cycles. Many times, the exterior shell will feel dry but the down inside is still slightly damp. It is critical to dry your down product completely and it is unlikely you would damage the down when using low heat.
  4. While drying, add two to three clean tennis balls to aid in breaking up the clumps of wet down and maximizing loft.

Looks like a jug of Down Wash will cost you about ten bucks.

Down Wash will launch in specialty retail outlets globally and online in 400ml bottles, initially priced at $9.99 USD.

There’s a preorder page here, which allows interested parties to add their email address to Allied’s list

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Colorado: Senate Committee Rapidly Passes “Red Flag” Bill to the Senate Floor With Little Notice [NRA-ILA News]

With less than 12 hours-notice to the public, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed gun control legislation, House Bill 1177, this morning.


Maryland: House Passes Multiple Gun Control Bills to the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Maryland House passed multiple gun control bills.  House Bill 786 was passed by a 90 to 49 vote, and House Bill 740 was passed by a 94 to 45 vote.


Maryland House of Delegates OKs bills requiring long gun background checks, banning 3D-printed guns [NRA-ILA News]

The Maryland House of Delegates gave final approval Monday to bills that would ban 3D printed guns and require background checks for all sales of long guns, such as shotguns and rifles. The bills are among the priorities of gun-control advocates, but just as strongly opposed by gun-rights supporters.


Rhode Island lawmakers consider gun control bills [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers are set to take up a number of bills related to gun control. Among them, is a measure that would raise the age to buy a gun in Rhode Island.


New RUGER Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

New RUGER Custom Shop 1022 Competition Rifle (main)Ruger Custom Shop has released its third firearm and the second 10/22 Competition rifle. The main difference of this rifle from the first Custom Shop 10/22 is the stainless steel barrel and brown laminate stock. Let’s see what other features it comes with. The Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Competition rifle features a CNC machined 6061-T6511 […]

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Iowa: Remind Your Representative to Support The Family Defense Act [NRA-ILA News]

Under current law, Permit to Carry Weapons (PCW) holders are left defenseless when they choose to pick-up or drop-off their loved-ones at school or have to comply with the anti-self-defense policies their employer sets for parking lots.  Legislation is currently sitting in the Iowa state House of Representatives awaiting further action that would ensure law-abiding citizens can defend themselves and their families as they go about their daily activities.


Daniel Defense M-LOK and KeyMod OMEGA Rails [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel Defense has announced that the M-LOK and KeyMod versions of their Omega Rail are now available for order. This rail is a drop in part allowing to have a free floated barrel on your basic pattern AR-15 rifles that originally came with polymer handguards retained by the delta ring and front handguard cap. Here […]

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Innovative New 300 Blackout Ammunition From Sig Sauer []

I’ve always been a fan of 300 Blackout, mainly because it’s a ballistic geek’s delight. The ability to swap between supersonic and subsonic performance simply by changing magazines the availability of loads ranging from 110-grain rockets to 240-grain bricks is compelling features. That’s a lot of performance variance out of the same rifle or pistol. Adding a suppressor makes the 300 Blackout shine. The suppressed supersonic loads are muted, at least for the muzzle blast components of noise, and the subsonic loads are shockingly quiet when fired through a silencer. The sound of “thud” comes to mind when the noise of those heavy subsonic bullets hitting the backstop dwarfs the volume of the shot itself.

I tested out some of the new Sig Sauer 300 Blackout ammo with an Aero Precision 7.5-inch barrel upper receiver mounted on a Springfield Armory SAINT Edge pistol lower.
I tested out some of the new Sig Sauer 300 Blackout ammo with an Aero Precision 7.5-inch barrel upper receiver mounted on a Springfield Armory SAINT Edge pistol lower.

There have been two big problems with 300 Blackout that have inhibited wider adoption, at least in my opinion. First, establishing simple aim points for such widely varying ammunition types through a standard scope requires math and memorizing custom hold-overs. Second, while it’s easy to make expanding supersonic ammunition for hunting or defensive use, subsonic loads have been a challenge. The standard 220-grain load will tumble when it hits an organic target because of its inherent instability, but up until now, a more traditional expanding bullet has been hard to find.

Previously the team at Sig Sauer Ammunition developed a variety of 300 Blackout offerings including 125-grain full metal jacket supersonic and 220-grain full metal jacket subsonic loads. The company also developed a 120-grain supersonic HT cartridge that fired an all-copper expanding bullet. This year, there are new members of the family, two of which are optimized for short-barrel 300 Blackout rifles and pistols where the 300 Blackout shines.

Here’s the thing about “short barrel” ammunition. Designing a bullet to perform to very specific penetration and expansion goals is a balancing act. Both factors work against each other. With all else being equal, more aggressive expansion will limit penetration as the bullet encounters more friction and loses velocity quickly. Bullets that penetrate deeply generally have slower or reduced expansion. Additionally, both factors are velocity sensitive. At higher than expected velocities, a bullet can expand too aggressively and penetrate less. Lower than expected velocities may not create an expansion effect at all.

Whether of the supersonic or subsonic variety, 300 Blackout just screams for a silencer, so I used this SilencerCo Specwar 762 suppressor.
Whether of the supersonic or subsonic variety, 300 Blackout just screams for a silencer, so I used this SilencerCo Specwar 762 suppressor.

So, “normal” ammunition is designed to balance penetration and expansion at “normal” velocities. When a firearm has a shorter than “normal” barrel length, it will launch any given bullet at a lower speed. Performance differs, but you can expect a 30 to 60 foot per second velocity decrease for each inch of barrel length reduction. Here, we’re working with a 7.5-inch barrel rather than a standard 16-inch rifle barrel, so we might see actual velocities from the pistol that are several hundred feet per second slower than the same ammo fired from a full rifle barrel. Manufacturers design this “short barrel” ammo to balance penetration and expansion at those reduced velocity levels.

With all of that said, the folks at Sig Sauer have developed three new 300 Blackout offerings, two of which are optimized for short barrel pistol or rifle use.

Sig Sauer Supersonic 300 Blackout SBR Elite Copper Duty 120-grain

This supersonic load is like the existing HT all-copper bullet but has notable differences. As the name implies, the bullet has been redesigned to expand at lower velocities. Factory velocity is rated at 1,897 feet per second when fired from a 6 ¾-inch barrel, delivering 959 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. You’ll notice that the case is coated with a black oxide finish, partly to provide a visual cue that it’s the short barrel version.

The new Copper Duty supersonic rounds feature and all-copper expanding bullet and coated cases for easy identification of the short barrel version.
The new Copper Duty supersonic rounds feature and all-copper expanding bullet and coated cases for easy identification of the short barrel version.

Sig Sauer Subsonic 300 Blackout Elite Tipped Hunting 205-grain

This subsonic round is rated at 1,000 feet per second, which should operate well below the speed of sound in most any normal atmospheric conditions. As a reference, here in South Carolina, the speed of sound is normally somewhere in the 1,130 feet per second range. It features a jacketed lead-core bullet with an unusual shape. More on that in a minute. This projectile features a polymer rounded tip which presumably aids both feeding and expansion at lower velocity. At the rated velocity, this 205-grain projectile will deliver 455 foot-pounds to the target. Sig recommends that you use a firearm with at least a nine-inch barrel with this particular load. The factory tested velocity from a 16-inch barreled rifle.

The subsonic Tipped Hunting and Tipped Duty ammo features these innovative steeped bullets for reliable feeding. The subsonic Tipped Hunting and Tipped Duty ammo features these innovative steeped bullets for reliable feeding.
The subsonic Tipped Hunting and Tipped Duty ammo features these innovative steeped bullets for reliable feeding.

Sig Sauer Subsonic 300 Blackout SBR Elite Tipped Duty 205-grain

Coming out in April is a variant of the Tipped Hunting round, but for tactical use. The Tipped Duty round is also subsonic but designed for short barrel firearm use so the similar looking bullet is reconfigured to expand at lower velocity. The company recommends an eight-inch or longer barrel for this one. Like the Tipped Hunting, it features the stepped bullet design and rounded polymer tip.

Shooting Configuration

I got my hands on two out of three of these loads, the Short Barrel 120-grain and the Tipped Hunting 205-grain. I should note that the 205-grain Tipped Hunting round is not optimized for short barrel use – it’s intended for full-length rifles and Sig recommends that you use a firearm with at least a nine-inch barrel. I tested it anyway with the Aero Precision 7.5-inch barreled upper, so just know that the results here are not official as I did not meet the factory spec. Therefore, they’ll be a bit slower than advertised and may not expand properly with my gun configuration. The Tipped Duty ammo should be out in the April time-frame so we’ll get our hands on some to test then.

Function so far has been perfect across the board using both standard Magpul and Lancer magazines. I did do all testing with a SilencerCo Specwar 762 suppressor attached because it seemed a shame not too. Besides, I think it’s probably illegal, or at least a violation of good taste and class to shoot subsonic rounds without a silencer.

Weird Subsonic Bullets

If you jumped right to the pictures, you might have noticed something strange about the appearance of the subsonic Tipped Hunting bullets. At first glance, they look more like a staged Saturn V rocket than a typical rifle projectile thanks to their stepped body design. There’s a good reason for this. The 300 Blackout cartridge case is a cut-down version of the .223 Remington and the cartridge uses the same magazines as the popular .223. The challenge is that most magazine ribs are placed squarely in the cartridge case neck area on the .223. Since that doesn’t exist in a shorter 300 Blackout case, the bullet itself aligns on that rib. To reliably cycle subsonic rounds, the clever folks at Sig designed the bullet to have the right diameter at the right place to sit in magazines properly. That means you can stuff a standard magazine full of 30 rounds and everything will work. I verified this and had no reliability issues at all with the subsonic Tipped Hunting rounds.

Trijicon 3×30 Compact ACOG Scope

I mounted a unique Trijicon ACOG optic on the Aero pistol upper. This particular model is a great fit for this 300 Blackout pistol as the low fixed magnification (3x) allow natural “both eyes open” shooting while providing enough magnification boost for accurate shooting out to a couple of hundred yards. Like other ACOG models, this one features dual illumination. A light gathering tube on top powers the bright green center crosshair in daylight conditions while Tritium makes it glow in dark conditions.

I used this Trijicon 3x30 ACOG scope that's optimized for 300 Blackout use.
I used this Trijicon 3×30 ACOG scope that’s optimized for 300 Blackout use.

What really makes it interesting is the custom design features for the flexible 300 Blackout round. The reticle is graduated to accommodate both 115-grain supersonic and 220-grain subsonic rounds, so you can change magazines at will, and with no scope change, put rounds on target at a variety of distances. The crosshair bars mark supersonic projectile bullet holdover points while two round dots indicate hold points for subsonic rounds at 50 and 100-yard distances.

The two new Sig Sauer rounds weigh a little more and less for the supersonic and subsonic rounds respectively. Also, I’m shooting both from a short barrel configuration, so velocity also differs from the reticle calibration design. I zeroed this pistol with the Sig 120-grain Short Barrel rounds at 50 yards and see how things worked with both ammo types and the Trijicon 300 Blackout reticle.

The actual crosshairs are for supersonic bullet use while the two dots mark hold points for subsonic bullets at 50 and 100 yards.
The actual crosshairs are for supersonic bullet use while the two dots mark hold points for subsonic bullets at 50 and 100 yards.

With the scope adjusted so that the 120-grain SBR ammo impacted on the center crosshairs at 50 yards, I did some quick tests with the supersonic loads at 100. Accounting for group variance, I figured the point of impact was a hair less than an inch higher than the aim point. That’s close enough for me, so I decided to stick with the 50-yard zero.

Next up I wanted to see if the two subsonic aim points matched “close enough” to the points of impact. The Sig Sauer 205-grain Tipped Hunting loads were spot on at 50 yards and as near to “on target” as I would need at 100. As far as I’m concerned, this configuration is good to go, even with the slight variances in projectile weights and muzzle velocities from the design specs of the Trijicon reticle.


Since I didn’t yet have the new Tipped Duty ammo, I went ahead and tested both the supersonic Elite Copper Duty and the subsonic Tipped Hunting rounds. I figured that the forthcoming Tipped Duty would be similar in terms of velocity and accuracy performance even through my 7.5-inch barrel test pistol is a bit below factory recommendations. That would only really matter for testing expansion and penetration performance anyway.

Setting up a Shooting Chrony Beta Master 15 feet down range, I clocked multiple-shot strings and averaged the recorded velocities for the two new ammo types. Since I had them, I also included some of the Sig 300 Blackout 125-grain FMJ ammo released a couple of years ago.

300 blk 1


I’d shot this Aero Precision upper before with other types of ammunition and a higher magnification scope. At 100 yards, and with most ammo types, it would shoot five groups in the two to three-inch range from its short 7.5-inch barrel. With that baseline in mind, I set up targets at 50 yards. That distance seemed more appropriate for practical AR pistol use with the Trijicon 3x ACOG sight. Again, I shot multiple five-shot groups for both new ammo types and “control” groups of the Sig Sauer Elite Performance 125-grain Match bullet loads. After averaging the group sizes, here’s how they stacked up from the Aero upper.

300 blk 2

Given what I’d recorded in the past with this particular upper, the 50-yard results were consistent with the performance past performance of the pistol itself, so no complaints there.

Accuracy from the Aero upper was just fine with this ammo, at least compared to previous ammo tests with the same upper. I lated adjusted the scope to put the shots right on the bullseye for a 50-yard zero.
Accuracy from the Aero upper was just fine with this ammo, at least compared to previous ammo tests with the same upper. I lated adjusted the scope to put the shots right on the bullseye for a 50-yard zero.

I’ve tested the 120-grain Sig Sauer Elite HT 300 Blackout ammo in the past and gotten fantastic results with expansion and penetration. These all-copper bullets expand into picture-perfect four petal blossoms that increased to over double their original diameter. The spent projectile sitting on my desk measures a whopping .63 inches across. Given the explosion of the AR-15 pistol market, I’m glad to see a short barrel optimized version in the supersonic category.

As for the subsonics, what’s not to love about that? Before, the easy availability of big and heavy bullets that would tumble when hitting a target was interesting, but there’s just something about a controlled expansion bullet the provides a level of confidence and precision. Whether for hunting or defensive use, I suspect these innovative expanding subsonics will breathe new life and enthusiasm into the 300 Blackout SBR and pistol market.

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A Look Into Kalashnikov USA [The Firearm Blog]

With a name like Kalashnikov USA, what kind of guns do you expect? Yes, the Soviet kind… I had the good fortune of going to check out their factory in Florida. Kalashnikov USA, while they used to be an importer, now is a manufacturer. They currently, 2019, produce their KS-12 Shotgun, patterned of a Saiga, […]

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Swing and a Miss: The Joslyn Army Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

Benjamin Joslyn patented this .44 caliber, 5 shot, side-hammer revolver in 1858. He initially contracted with one W.C. Freeman to act as manufacturer and sales agent, but Freeman was unable to actually fulfill the first 500-unit order received from the US military. The contract was cancelled, Joslyn brought manufacturing in-house, and proceeded to make 2500-3000 of the guns to sell on the commercial market. About 1100 of these were purchased by various units of the Federal military, including 225 bought (and formally inspected and marked) by the US Navy – one of few (if not the only) significant purchase of .44 caliber revolvers by the Navy. The guns did see combat at Shiloh and in other battles, but the records available show a generally poor reputation among troops.



New Optics Available from Crimson Trace [The Firearm Blog]

Crimson Trace CTS1100Crimson Trace have announced some new additions to their optics range with red dot sights including a 3.5x battlesight and a 1x red dot optic. Aiming for the sporting, home defence and tactical markets, the MSRP for the new sights starts at around $199. The new red dots are part of Crimson Trace’s expanding optics […]

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(IWA 2019) Chiappa Black Rhino CBR-9 9mm PDW []

Chiappa Firearms, a small but rather interesting manufacturer situated in Brescia, Italy, have announced a brand new 9mm carbine or PDW called Black Rhino CBR-9.

It features low bore-axis similar to the Chiappa Rhino revolver (hence the name Black Rhino), as well it features patent-pending magazine design that merges the double-stack rounds into a single stack feeding that alleviates the pressure on the feed lips. Notice how close the person’s index finger is to the barrel.

It has a hammer that sits above the barrel and swings downwards instead of going upwards like almost all traditional semi-auto carbines.

Handing the production units at their booth at IWA, it felt really nice in the hand. The receiver is quite wide to accommodate the big bolt carrier as this is a blow-back design. Take down only takes a few minutes via the removal of 2 pins. The muzzle device is locked by a tab can be unscrewed by hand by depressing the tab.

The collapsible stock can be quickly deployed with one hand. The only criticism is the lack of cheek weld especially when an optic is mounted. The gun features integrated fiber-optic sights sitting right on the same plane on the picatinny top rail.

I was told the full-auto version, strictly for military & law enforcement and marketed by Tangfolio, can be fired one handed with very little recoil.

Americans will have to hang tight as Chiappa is currently working with the ATF to get their final approval for this product to become commercially available in the US, either as a carbine with 16″ barrel, a pistol without a stock and/or via a use of a pistol brace. It will be slightly different to what you see in these press photos.

As an gun enthusiast, it’s nice to see there are companies out there that are still innovating and trying to bring something unique to the industry. We can’t wait to get our hands on one at the firing line soon.

Official press release is attached below:

Chiappa Firearms introduces the CBR-9 ‘Black Rhino’ pistol, a brand-new weapon intended for personal defense and professional activities

With a substantial shift from its traditional production line, but following a logic started with the Rhino revolver, Chiappa Firearms introduces a new personal defense weapon: the CBR-9 Black Rhino. Not something “just like” anything else already seen around, the CBR-9 Black Rhino is an original project.

The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino is a 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol, built around a steel upper receiver hosting all mechanical components and a polymer lower receiver, hosting the ejector and the magazine, inside the grip, which provides a better balance in off-hand operation and shooting.

A blowback-operated pistol, the CBR-9 Black Rhino features a low-weight bolt and an inverted-operation, heavy hammer. This peculiar interlocking system between the hammer and the bolt provides an inertial increment for a superior reliability in all situations and with any load.

The CBR-9 Black Rhino feeds through double-stack, single-feeding proprietary magazines featuring a patented feed lip system that can withstand substantial use and undergo deformation without affecting negatively the overall reliability of the system. Magazines are available in 15, 18 and 30 rounds versions, depending from local laws and regulations.

Featuring a substantially lower barrel axis than many similar firearms on the market, the Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino provides superior controllability in rapid fire. A patented high-effectiveness flash hider drastically reduces muzzle blast for operation in low-light conditions when muzzle flash could impair the shooter’s vision.

The CBR-9 weights 2,2 kilograms, but the barycenter is located in the area of the pistol grip, hosting the magazine, so offering a balanced off-hand operation also. The sliding (metal struts) stock e polymer buttstock, along with the front folding grip provide additional stability and precision shooting.

The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino comes equipped with low-profile, high-visibility fiber-optic emergency sights. A full-length top MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail and two front rails at sides of the front grip offer plenty of room for flip-up open sights, red dot sights or other kind of accessories.

The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino comes with a set of three safeties: an automatic safety against accidental hammer drop; a trigger safety; and a manual safety, to provide one of the highest levels of safety in a firearm of this class.

The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino has been designed to allow both left-handed or right-handed operations: the slide stop release lever is ambidextrous, while the cocking handle, the magazine release catch and the manual safety are reversible.

The location of all key components within the upper receiver makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze. The weapon strips AR-15 style, easily and without tools, by simply removing the flash hider and the large passing pin located at the back of the receiver.

The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino comes in a dedicated case with 4 magazines (two 15 or 18 rounds magazines, plus two 30 rounds magazines, depending on local laws and regulations), a magazine loader, a carry sling and a cleaning kit.

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Monday, 18 March


Nevada: Omnibus Anti-Gun Bill Introduced, Legislator Bill Introduction Deadline Extended [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Assembly Bill 291 was introduced by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui (D-41).  This omnibus anti-gun legislation is a threat to both gun owners residing in Nevada and those who are visiting.


History and Evolution of Soviet/Russian AK Muzzle Devices [The Firearm Blog]

History and Evolution of SovietRussian AK Muzzle Devices (1)In this article, we’ll discuss the history, development and evolution of muzzle devices seen on Mikhail Kalashnikov’s Avtomat. In particular, we’ll talk about those made in the Soviet Union and Russia. Just like in the case of one of our previous installments dedicated to the history of Soviet/Russian AK bayonets, this article is also primarily based […]

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POTD: Heckler & Koch Beer Steins [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo is a bit odd, I admit it, but we all need to relax with a beer every now and then. What could be better than to drink that beer in a very limited edition of a HK Stein? At least 100 people had the same thought, they were gone in minutes of being […]

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

It is no secret that we have our fair share of GLOCK pistol fans here at TFB. Sure, we love a solid AR15, a sleek pistol caliber carbine or a classic scattergun just as much as the next shooter. But, without naming any names, many of the resident TFB staff seek the comfort of Austrian polymer […]

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Homemade Rifle Using Basic Tools (No Welding) []

In less than 15 minutes, this video shows the making of a homemade rifle without using a welder… just to prove it can be done.

It’s a hammer-fired single-shot 22WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) rifle that he makes using the following tools:

  • Reciprocating saw (Sawzall)
  • Cordless drill & drill bits
  • File
  • Deburring tool
  • Tape measure
  • Jigsaw
  • Wrenches
  • Hammer
  • Bench vise
  • Tap & die set

For a barrel, he’s reusing one that someone gave him. Beyond that, he’s using common hardware items and miscellaneous steel parts.

Interestingly, the barrel and forend make up an assembly that’s completely separate from the receiver. You slip a round into the chamber, then slide the two parts of the gun together, and hold lightly back on the front end when you fire it.

He points out that, when fired, there’s really no strong force trying to make the two parts of the gun fly apart. Hmmm.

Anyhow, it’s pretty cool… and illustrates how dumb it is to try to outlaw firearms.


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LIGHTNING REVIEW: Hold Up Displays Vertical 6 Gun Rack [The Firearm Blog]

Hold Up DisplaysWhen you think of the classic gun rack, visions of a single-shot 20ga shotgun perched in a cheap pine, plywood or particle board cradle may come to mind. And I can say that with a straight face because in a previous life I’ve owned that complete setup. Hold Up Displays was nice enough to send […]

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Proposed Bill Outlaws Social Media Pics of Kids with Guns []

Just when you thought anti-gunners couldn’t get any more invasive or ridiculous, they come up with something like this. It’s Florida Senate bill SB1310, and it makes it illegal for a minor to post a photo of a gun — or even something that looks like a gun — on social media.

Aren’t these the same people who want 16-year-olds to vote? Lawdy.

Oh, and it would also allow cops to steal any gun that appears in such a photo — as well as “warrantless arrest.”

Even if you forget about the obviously anti-Second-Amendment intent of this stupid bill, even the most rabid anti-gunner should be apalled at the infringement upon the First Amendment being allowed here, clearly setting a precedent that could be used to squash expression of an idea about which he or she may deeply care.

As Reason Magazine summed it up:

(1) A minor who posts or publishes a picture of a firearm, a BB gun, an air or a gas-operated gun, or a device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable [by up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1000].

(2)(a) Any parent or guardian of a minor, or other adult responsible for the welfare of a minor, if the minor possesses a firearm in violation of this section, may, if the court finds it appropriate, be required to participate in classes on parent education which are approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice, upon the first conviction of the minor. Upon any subsequent conviction of the minor, the court may, if the court finds it appropriate, require the parent to attend further parent education classes or render community service hours together with the child.

(3) Any firearm that is possessed or used by a minor in violation of this section shall be promptly seized by a law enforcement officer and disposed of ….

What is wrong with people? Are they so stupid they can’t look back just a few decades to a time when guns were in nearly every home and were freely carried about in public and plainly visible on gun racks in pickup trucks… and nobody ever used them to shoot up schools?

How can people not realize that the tool is not the problem?

Sigh. Worst of all for me, this crap is being proposed in my own home state… once referred to as “the gunshine state” because of its lack of idiotic gun regulation, Florida began a downward spiral one year ago, when the Republican-led legislature and Republican governor Rick Scott enacted a sweeping anti-gun bill that’s already causing strife for legal gun owners.

Humans can be such a disappointment.

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(IWA 2019) Beretta 92X Steel Frame 9mm Competition Pistol []

Fans of the Beretta 92 series will be happy to know that after 10+ years, they have released a 92 pistol featuring a frame safety like a 1911. The last 92 pistol featuring a frame safety, called 92 Steel I, was a limited production pistol produced around 2004.

This “new” pistol, 92X, is designed specifically for competition such as 3-Gun, USPSA & IPSC similar to the popular CZ Shadow 2 & Walther Q5 Steel Frame pistols. It features a steel frame with Vertec grip. After all these years, Beretta finally admits that the regular 92 series grip is simply too big.

Slide is the Brigadier-style, heavy slide with aggressive serrations. Checkering on the grip is also improved. Sights have been upgraded with fiber-optic front and blacked out adjustable rear sight.

In addition, it has an adjustable trigger that weights just over 3 pounds in single action. This pistol remains as double-action/single-action, not single-action only.

One known issue that we already noticed at IWA is that due to the wide safety, it’s very difficult to engage the slide release with your thumb unless you reposition and rotate the pistol slightly. This is not an issue for striker fired pistols like Glock 17/34 and Walther PPQ/Q5.

The rear sight, due to its increased length, also causes difficulty for the operator to cock the hammer. Unfortunately, the skeletonized hammer is an existing, off-the-shelf part and is not made specifically for the 92X.

It would also be nice if Beretta is able to offer different sizes slide release and safety levers. They are going to the right direction with this pistol, but there are still more work ahead.

The 92X is due to be available across Europe in June 2019 with US release slated for later time.

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Swedish special forces unit using EOTech sights []

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden recently paid a visit, complete in her army uniform, to the Särskilda Operationsgruppen – Special Operations Group (SOG), Swedish’s only Special Forces unit. It might be a bit surprising to discover the Swedes, home of Aimpoint, were seen using American made EOTech holographic sights.

They are also using American made LWRC‘s piston driven ARs in 5.56mm Nato & 7.62x51mm stead of the green army’s AK5. What you do not see, however, is the pixelated portions of the photos which masked the type of IR laser illuminators they are using.

Needless to say, it looks like the Crown Princess knows what she’s doing and she certainly had fun blowing stuff up. It reinforces the fact that female vikings is likely not a myth.

Photo: Jimmy Croona / The Armed Forces

Photo: Jimmy Croona / The Armed Forces

Photo: Jimmy Croona / The Armed Forces

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Proposed legislation calls for a firearms registry in Pennsylvania [NRA-ILA News]

tate lawmakers are proposing new legislation that would create the Firearms Registration Act, which would force gun owners to turn over thorough personal information to State Police. Not only would each of their firearms need to be registered, but Commonwealth citizens would have to re-up that registration annually -- paying a non-refundable fee to PSP each time.


Hawaii: Senate Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, March 19th, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs will hear anti-gun legislation, House Bill 720.


(IWA 2019) Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame Custom “We The People” Live Photos []

We now have live photos of this fully engraved, one of one, Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame “We The People” 9mm pistol first displayed to the public at IWA Show in Nuremberg, Germany.

All the engravings were done by hand by master engraver in Germany with all controls done in 24 Karat gold plating. The barrel could not be gold plated so it is finished in titanium nitride (TiN).

We were told by Walther that it was for sale with a MSRP of 38,500 EUR which equals to roughly $44,000 USD and the pistol is now sold to one lucky owner.

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Bill requiring background checks for private long gun sales moves forward in Maryland House of Delegates [NRA-ILA News]

The Maryland House of Delegates is moving forward a bill that would require background checks for all purchases of long guns, including shotguns and rifles. The measure is a priority of gun control advocates and, after receiving preliminary approval Saturday, it is set for a final vote Monday.


Alert! Look Out ALABAMA! Here comes D.J. Parten's Bait & Switch [NRA-ILA News]

It looks like D.J. Parten is making a move on Alabama.  We’ve heard that he’s trying to establish himself in another state – Alabama.  So, if you know people in Alabama, forward this email to them to give them a heads-up. Alabama is our neighbor, be neighborly!


Tornadoes, Fallen Grids and 12 Years to Live []

Disaster preparedness and disaster prevention should be at the forefront of American culture. We have seen disasters rock this nation in every aspect. From water to fire we have seen communities ravaged by mother natures wrath.

In a purely beautiful display, we have seen neighbors and communities step up after these brutal disasters and help one another. Still the question hangs out there to be asked.

Why don’t Americans care about preparing for disaster?

In the last few weeks we have seen another rash of natural disaster and emergencies.

Alabama Tornadoes

Between three and five tornadoes probably touched down in central southeastern Alabama, she said. The Weather Service confirmed that a tornado at least a half-mile wide with 136 to 165 m.p.h. winds — or an EF-3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale — had touched down in the southern part of Lee County.

23 people lost their lives in this nasty outbreak of tornadoes. There were incredible pictures of things like fallen cell towers across highways. Alabama gets hit by tornadoes but we are watching this problem from a national view and it doesn’t seem to have the affect on people that it should.

We have more covered, deeper coverage but the meter on national preparedness just doesn’t seem to be moving. Could it be that we are just too busy to be bothered by disaster preparedness.

Venezuelan Grid Failure

A failure of the power grid left 70 percent of the nation of Venezuela without electricity in early September.

Venezuela was the world’s eighth-largest net oil exporter in 2010, and, the same year, had the second-largest natural gas reserves in the Western Hemisphere.

The power line failure blacked out 14 of the country’s 23 states and the nation’s capital, Caracas…

It’s rare that we get to witness a nation suffer a 70 percent grid failure. Its also rare that we watch a nation suffer a full scale socialist meltdown.

The long term power outage is one of the most terrifying disasters of them all. The idea that essential services, supply chain and the modern conveniences of our world could go away for months, is horrible to imagine.

In 2018 the US government drafted a simple document on the affects of a large scale grid failure. The draft mentioned many things, not the least of which was the average Americans neglect of emergency preparedness. They talked about the minimal amount of preps most people have on hand and how unprepared they would be for a situation like this.

12 Years to Live

While this is the least concrete of the threats, it’s the influence and the impact that is worth discussing. We are seeing presidential candidates like Beto and AOC talking about the impacts of climate change in the next 12 years.

The theory is that devasting affects will be felt in that time by some populations across the world. No matter how you feel about human impact on the planet you cannot argue the fact that if you pave the ground that should absorb the water, you get flooding. It’s a simple example of how we negatively affect the world around us.

Having these voices in the highest offices in the world lamenting mass extinction of species and dire consequences for humans is just another layer to the cake. However, we see very little movement on the prepping front.

The Five Factors that Affect Americans from Prepping for Certain Disaster


Most Americans are laden with debt. They are broke. There is no money saved and they are living paycheck to paycheck. It’s a scary thing but its real. SO, you add to that the idea that scrapping a living also needs to include stockpiling resources for a possible disaster and people just go dark.

As Americans we have to get out from under debt.


Whether you fear words like Alt Right or Communist or Neo Marxist, there will always be name calling in the cultural spectrum. That said, we need to get away from the idea of being called a “Doomsday Prepper” and start concerning ourselves with what might happen following a natural disaster or greater.

Many Americans fear being made fun of or called names.


Disaster preparedness is just another commitment in an already busy world. People are overwhelmed with all their running and their dashing from place to place. In order to find balance, they spend their quiet time in front of a screen. This leaves very little time to focus on preparedness.

When you start down the path of preparedness you quickly realize how much time you have been wasting!


The threats we face are terrifying. There is no getting around that. Just the fact that a hurricane can blow into your city and take everything you have worked for is enough to cause a panic attack. Many Americans put up a natural defense to this and just decide to ignore it. The fear is to great, so they turn it off.


Unfortunately, we can also find ourselves in a situation where family forces us to be less prepared. We might have family members that do not agree with our actions and do not support them. In this case we are stopped short of meeting our full potential.

In this scenario we have to become leaders in the household and point to these very real threats to get the rest of the family to see the light.


Now is the time to start setting aside preps. Focus on things like water and food. You increase reliance on self and not on others when you have food and water. There is real liberty in these things.

We are ushering in an age of high population density and an uptick in emergency and natural disaster. That is just the reality of things. Its time for modern Americans to take ownership of their level of preparedness. We can change the culture in this nation one person at a time. So, I implore you, start prepping, start storing and start sharing information about preparedness culture.

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Gun Controllers Don't Really Want That "Conversation" [NRA-ILA News]

Time and again, we hear from those advocating for more gun control laws who intone with a sense of moral superiority that we need to have a “conversation” on guns. The goal, they say, is to reduce violence, suggesting that they are somehow more evolved. Yet, just this week, some anti-gun activists and politicians were caught red-handed fantasizing about wanting to shoot politicians and gun rights advocates as well as suggesting the “doxing,” or publicly posting private information, on gun owners.


Exodus: As Bay Area Moves Left, These Conservative Voters Move Out [NRA-ILA News]

Retired engineer Stewart Tagg spent four decades in the Bay Area — appreciating the blue skies, good schools and strong economy.  But in recent years, his home changed too much for his liking: higher taxes, an open immigration policy and no end in sight to the state’s liberal direction.

Exodus: As Bay Area Moves Left, These Conservative Voters Move Out [NRA-ILA News]

Retired engineer Stewart Tagg spent four decades in the Bay Area — appreciating the blue skies, good schools and strong economy.  But in recent years, his home changed too much for his liking: higher taxes, an open immigration policy and no end in sight to the state’s liberal direction.


Beto O’Rourke: Ban AR-15 Sales in America [NRA-ILA News]

During a weekend interview presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke said AR-15 sales should be banned in America.


Italy Eyes Stand Your Ground-Style Law for Lethal Firearm Use [NRA-ILA News]

Italian leaders are eyeing a Stand Your Ground-style law that would offer protections for Italians who perceive a threat and kill someone in their home.


Minnesota Can be a National Leader on CWD [NRA-ILA News]

Like many area residents, I was extremely concerned when the DNR revealed last month that a wild deer in Crow Wing County had tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.


Montana: Legislation to Strengthen Preemption Laws Heads to Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Currently pending consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee, are House Bills 325 and 357.


Idaho: Self-Defense Legislation Passed Out of House, Heads to the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Idaho House passed important self-defense legislation, House Bill 206 by a 53 to 14 vote.


Charter Arms to Unveil New Professional Revolver at Concealed Carry Expo [The Firearm Blog]

Charter Arms PROFESSIONALCharter Arms are launching a new revolver, the Professional, chambered in .32 H&R Magnum at the 2019 Concealed Carry Expo. Here’s what Charter Arms have to say about their new revolver: Charter Arms, manufacturers of affordable, American-made revolvers for more than 50 years, will introduce the PROFESSIONAL model at the 2019 Concealed Carry Expo May 17-19, […]

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NRA Endorses Brian Hagedorn for Wisconsin Supreme Court [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Judge Brian Hagedorn for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.


BREAKING NEWS: Hudson Manufacturing Files For Bankruptcy [The Firearm Blog]

Hudson Manufacturing, makers of the much-vaunted Hudson H9, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on March 14th. This is, presumably, in direct response to their previously cataloged troubles. Cambridge Valley Machining has sued Hudson over unpaid debts after being contracted to machine parts for them. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy There are several different types, or chapters, of […]

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Arkansas: Urgent Action Needed – Urge Governor Hutchinson to Sign Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Currently awaiting the Governor’s signature is pro-gun legislation, Senate Bill 400.


High Quality, Low Drag: NEW Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter Loads [The Firearm Blog]

hybrid hunterFederal Premium in their endless pursuit to bring shooters and hunters alike the best ammunition possible has teamed up with Berger for some new offerings. They now have available to us premium Berger Hybrid Hunter loads in 10 common and favorite hunting cartridges. These new ammunition selections are supposed to be shipping to retailers as […]

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New Hampshire: House Floor Votes Scheduled For Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

On March 19th, the New Hampshire state House of Representatives will be holding floor votes for a number of bills that would impact your Second Amendment rights, including legislation to criminalize private transfers, impose waiting periods, and allow local governments to impose a patchwork of restrictions.


Small Arms Cache Discovered During Renovations [The Firearm Blog]

It’s been a recurring dream of myself and I’m sure most of you readers. Just picture it. You’re renovating your house, tearing up the floor or taking down a wall. Suddenly you find that the previous owners left you a nice surprise of the weapons cache variety. The Discovery of the Cache: The developers of […]

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Schlegemilch 1896: Closest Competition to the Mauser 98 [Forgotten Weapons]

Louis Schlegemilch had been one of the contributors to the Gewehr 1888 and when the German military decided to replace it, Schlegemilch was there with a design he hoped would win. His model 1896 rifle was a two lug bolt action design with a number of clever machining details, and a distinctive massive shroud covering the bolt. The rifle was chambered for the 6x58mm cartridge and was tested from 1896 to 1898 against Paul Mauser’s best design. Schlegemilch ended up losing the trials, and aside form a few rifles made for the hunting use of German aristocracy, the design never saw further production.


Lone Wolf Distributors Work With Police To Solve Credit Card Theft [The Firearm Blog]

In late February, Lone Wolf Distributors, well known for their variety of custom Glock parts and barrels,  became aware that certain orders had been placed using stolen credit card information. In a recent article on the Lone Wolf company blog, they explained that they filled and shipped ten separate orders for gift cards for a […]

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Give Thom A Call This Morning [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) has been equivocating on red flag laws in his letters to constituents (like me!). Tillis is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee which is holding hearings on red flag laws. Now is the time to send Thom a message regarding red flag law. Grass Roots North Carolina is asking for people to give his office a call this morning to let him know this ain't OK.

Tillis, by the way, is up for reelection in 2020 so he is in that part of his term where he needs to play politician 100% of the time. We need to use that to our advantage.

From the GRNC alert:


On Friday night, GRNC alerted supporters to the fact that US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) looks to be capitulating to his anti-gun colleagues in Washington. Tillis has telegraphed his support for "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" (or "Red Flag" laws) by supporting S. 7. This bill would allow the word of an accuser, voicing “concerns,” to strip a citizen of several of the Constitutional protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights—without due process. Yet, in Senator Tillis’ recent correspondence with concerned constituents, he did not address any of the glaring and very serious problems with S. 7. Telling the "whole" truth is to tell the truth. Omitting critical details on such an important matter is, well... something else. This does not inspire voter confidence in Tillis' resolve to support the Bill of Rights.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Judiciary Committee, of which Tillis is a member, will conduct a hearing on S. 7 on March 26. Human rights are non-negotiable, and therefore, Tillis must not vote for this bill---but he seems poised to.

As part of Friday's alert, we asked gun owners and other supporters of the Bill of Rights to phone Thom Tillis' DC office on Monday morning (3/18/2019), and this alert is a friendly reminder to do just that. Below, in the Immediate Action section, find details on how to reach Tillis and demand that he stand for the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments, not against them. 

To read more about "Red Flag" laws, and Thom Tillis' willingness, to cozy up to them as a member of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, click to read Friday's alert, and/or click to read a previous alert on the topic.
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  • PHONE SENATOR THOM TILLIS: On Monday morning (3/18/2019), please phone Thom Tillis’s DC office at this number: (202) 224-6342. If you can’t call in the morning, please call as soon as you can after that. Deliver the following message to Tillis’ staff or his voice-mail.  
Hello, I am calling about the senator’s recent correspondence on the topic of Senate Bill 7, “Extreme Risk Protection Orders,” sometimes called, “red flag” laws. In this correspondence, he conspicuously failed to address the severe Constitutional problems with red flag laws; the establishment of ex parte hearings is just one of many examples. In fact, these laws threaten Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment protections—at least.

I am quite troubled by Senator Tillis’ effort to dance around the major problems with red flag laws and I expect him to be more candid, indeed more honest, with me in the future. As a North Carolina voter and a gun owner, I also expect the senator to live up to his oath of office, to the Republican Party’s platform, to the pro-Second Amendment statement on his own website, and to do everything in his power to defeat this revolting, un-American bill, and any other bill like it. Thank you.

Sunday, 17 March


As Seen On TFB: The Best Of Week 11, 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

Week 11Good evening TFB fans. Hopefully you all had a chance to get out on the range and do some shooting this weekend. As winter passes through the rear view mirror here in the northern hemisphere, warmer weather should help us get back behind the sights (or glass) and dust off our skill sets. Looking ahead […]

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One to Watch–Spyderco Shaman in M4 []

People love the Paramilitary 2.  It is one of the most heralded Spydercos ever with a bevy of steel choices and a plethora of aftermarket parts from scales to clips.  There has been a brisk business in PM2 mods with stonewashed blades and reprofilings.  Spyderco iterated on it recently with the Para3, which, in my mind, missed the mark, losing the big knife that carries like a small knife design trick that made the PM2 so notable.  But for quite a few folks the Paramilitary 2 has been replaced as the go-to mid-sized hard use folder from Spyderco.  In its stead for a lot of people is the Spyderco Shaman.

With superb ergos and a shape that echos its smaller but older brother, the Native, the Shaman has all the great things about the Paramilitary 2–the compression lock, hardy build quality, and a decent blade to weight ratio.  But it improves upon the formula with a handle that allows for more room around the compression lock, and a taller, wider blade that makes for better slicing.  I am not sure all of the PM2 acolytes agree, but there is at least a reason to consider something else in this price and size range for once.

The Internet Knife Community’s (IKC) overwhelming complaints with the Shaman come in two forms–price and steel.  The Shaman came out when Spyderco announced its Amazon-resistant MAP increase and as a result the price went up considerably in the first six months the knife was in production.  The second complaint, the steel, is something that can actually be fixed.  And fixed it has been.

Blade HQ recently announced that it will sell an exclusive Shaman in Jade G10 with M4 steel.  A lot of people, or actually just one, have been really clamoring for just such a knife.  And when you add M4 to the already great ergos you have the makings of a classic.  For those unaware, M4 is a high hardness and high toughness steel that gives up a bit in corrosion resistance for this unusual use profile.  Many steels are high hardness (ZDP-189, M390) and many are high toughness (3V, INFI, and Vanadis 4 Extra) but no steel really matches M4 in its combination of the two.

While quite a few people don’t like Jade G10, I for one, do.  Its ghostly effect makes the internals of the knife mostly visible, as if you are looking at them through water or smoke.  Here you can see the locking leaf of the Shaman’s compression lock and the liners, giving the knife an almost fountain pen demonstrator like appeal.

Like the standard Shaman this Blade HQ exclusive features a four way positionable pocket clip, sculpted handles, a half-and-half finger choil, and the traditional thumb hole opener that all but two Spydercos have (bonus points if you can name which two).

Important Info:

What: Spyderco Shaman in Jade G10 with M4 steel

Where: Blade HQ exclusive

When: Spring 2019

Price: $199.95

Specs: 3.01″ blade, 5.24 ounces

Highlights: M4, Limited Edition, Jade G10 scales

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Indiana: Senate Committee to Hear Important Self-Defense Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On March 20th, the Indiana state Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing House Bill 1284 to enhance protections afforded to law-abiding citizens acting in defense of themselves and others.


ManuFrance Commercial Luger [Forgotten Weapons]

Between 1909 and 1915, the huge French mail-order firm of Manufacture Francais d’Armes et Cycles de St Etienne (later called Manufrance) sold Luger pistols (as well as many other types of firearms). They were enough of a substantial customer that DWM was willing to roll-mark their pistol barrels with the company name. In total, the company would sell 236 Luger pistols during the period, approximately evenly split between 9mm and 7.65mm. They cost 110 Francs each, equating to about $2500 in today’s US dollars – not cheap guns! Manufrance also sold C96 Mauser’s and 1905 Mannlichers during this period, and it is interesting to note that Mannlicher and Luger sales were roughly equal, which C96 Mauser’s sold twice as well as either.

The Lugers being sold with the St Etienne retail mark were standard 1906 commercial models, with serial numbers in the upper 40,000 and lower 50,000 range. There is no specific listing of serial numbers, as they were simply pulled from normal stock when an order was placed. This example also has a pair of numbers in the bottom of the grip, the significance of which is not clear.


LAST CALL – Reader’s Choice – Vote For The Best AR15 [The Firearm Blog]

Vote For The Best AR15We are getting near the end of the voting phase for the Best Factory AR15, so if you haven’t had the time to weigh in, now’s your chance. We’ve updated the list to include your suggestions as well as a few that we neglected to add from the beginning. Review the orginal list of candidates, […]

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Saturday, 16 March


New Mexico: Legislature Adjourns from 2019 Legislative Session – Multiple Anti-Gun Bills Defeated [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the New Mexico Legislature adjourned from its hectic and busy 2019 Legislative session at noon.  While this session saw the passage of extreme gun control legislation, Senate Bill 8, multiple gun control bills were also defeated as the final gavel dropped


SILENCER SATURDAY #64: 5.56mm Allen Engineering Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

Allen Engineering SuppressorsGood afternoon friends and thanks for joining us once again for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. We have a special treat for you today: a comprehensive test of five of the most popular Allen Engineering Suppressors available. The M4S, AEM2, AEM3 and AEM4 respectively are all designed around the profile of the M4 barrel. As a comparison, […]

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Whitney Wolverine: Atomic Age Design in a .22 Rimfire [Forgotten Weapons]

The Whitney Wolverine was a .22LR semiauto pistol designed by Robert Hillberg in 1954. It is a very distinctive looking gun, with the nickeled versions in particular being the epitome of Atomic Age styling. Unfortunately, the gun was a commercial failure, and only 13,371 were made in total by two different companies before the whole project shut down in the early 1960s. Today we will look at the mechanics of the Whitney and also discuss why it failed.

Friday, 15 March


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Want Natural Night Vision Without Goggles? Chinese Eyeball Injection Can Have You Seeing In The Dark!! [The Firearm Blog]

Back in 2015 a biochemistry researcher, Gabriel Licina, volunteered to take Chlorin e6 eye drops to biohack his eyeballs for natural night vision. Fellow TFB writer Richard L. wrote an article about your actual Natural Night Vision. Well, recently scientists in China and the University of Massachusetts have developed an eyeball injection that allows mice […]

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POTD: British Nuclear Police – Now & Then [The Firearm Blog]

Sellafield policeThe Civil Nuclear Constabulary at one of the UK’s nuclear powerplants in Sellafield, Cumbria recently shared a cool ‘then and now’ photo on Twitter. The CNC are a special police force responsible for protecting Britain’s civil nuclear power infrastructure. As such most CNC officers are authorised firearms officer. The UK’s CNC is based at 10 sites around the UK […]

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Featured Deals of the Week – 3/15/19 [The Firearm Blog]

Featured Deals of the Week HeaderWelcome to another Deals of the Week post ladies and gentlemen. As always, please let me know in the comments if there are any deals you want to see more of, less of, or that you want me to hunt for. 8mm Lebel ammunition – $19.95 What the deal is: As most ammo nerds know, 8mm […]

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New Mexico: House Passes Gun Control Bill to Governor’s Desk [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the New Mexico House passed a bill to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham that would go beyond federal law by removing certain individuals’ Second Amendment rights.


Activist Court Turns the Law Designed to Protect the Firearm Industry from Frivolous Lawsuits on its Head [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the Connecticut Supreme Court created a dangerous new exception to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a strong safeguard for our right to keep and bear arms.


Canada’s Senate Holds Hearings on “Rube Goldberg” Gun Control Law, Bill C-71 [NRA-ILA News]

Last month, the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence (SECD) concluded two days of hearings on Bill C-71, the Liberal government’s gun control bill. (An additional hearing date has been set for March 18, 2019.) The committee has so far heard from approximately 40 witnesses, including gun rights advocates, gun control groups, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, researchers and academics, sport shooting associations, industry groups, small business owners, Statistics Canada, community activists, and others.


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We have a soft spot for Leatherman tools, as much on account of their clever design as for their very respectable bang-for-buck pricing. Each month their deals and promotions change, and this time around a new batch of tools is up on the clearance list, with discounting as low as 40% off. Their custom shop offerings are currently marked down by 25% for those wanting a more personal look for their multitools, and beyond that we’ve narrowed down a brief highlight reel of some of our other favorites that are currently on sale.

Leatherman Juice C4S

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Simple and compact, the Juice C4S is the contemporary interpretation of the classic Leatherman multitool, boasting 15 practical tools in one easy to carry package. Currently discounted by 25%, the C4S is available in either blue or grey handled versions.

Leatherman Cam

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A bit more of a task-specific item, the Leatherman Cam is the perfect companion for bowhunters and archery enthusiasts. The clip-on carry tool includes a bit driver, gut hook, as well as a broadhead sharpener and wrench that allows for easy bow maintenance either a the range or out on the hunt. At only $18, it’s currently 40% off its sticker price.

Leatherman Freestyle

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The Freestyle is effectively a scaled down version of the Leatherman Skeletool that keeps things simple (and on budget). More complex than a simple folding blade, the Freestyle incorporates pliers and wire cutters into the occasion without bulking up your pocket much more than a standard blade would. Though not currently marked down, at $31.96 it’s still a steal in our eyes.

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Rhode Island: Gun Day Hearing Scheduled in House Committee on Tuesday [NRA-ILA News]

Next Tuesday, March 19, upon rise of the House (around 3:30pm) in Room 101, the House Committee on Judiciary has scheduled a long list of gun bills for consideration


Natural Resources Management Act Passes Congress 363-62 []

Conservation has made a huge win with our legislators after the Natural Resources Management Act passed in the House of Representatives 363-62. This is just a month after it had also passed in the Senate 92-8. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) strongly supported this bill from its outset and is tremendously proud to see its passage.

The reason why the Natural Resources Management Act is so important is because it permanently restores the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is important because it protects wildlife areas for hunting and recreation whether it is land or water. Back in 1964 the LWCF was established and ensures that $900 Million is set aside annually to complete conservation work. This money comes from federal offshore drilling fees.

Kyle Weaver, who is the President and CEO of the RMEF, had these words to share regarding the Natural Resources Management Act passing in the House and Senate:

We wish to thank Congress for acting in a positive and timely manner in getting this done. This important legislation permanently reauthorizes LWCF—the nation’s most important land conservation tool that expired in 2015. We now call on President Trump to sign it into law. Once that happens, LWCF will become a regular part of the appropriations process and will be available to help RMEF and other organizations continue to conserve wildlife habitat and secure access to public lands.

The RMEF has directly benefited from the LWCF in growing their own conservation efforts over the years. Through 2018, the RMEF has received $108 Million from the LWCF and that has helped 80 different projects affecting 152,000 acres of land. Some of the most important highlights of the Natural Resources Management Act containing the LWCF can be read below as presented by the RMEF:

  • Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF w/ 3% or $15 Million of Annual Appropriations made available for the Purpose of Securing Additional Access for Hunting, Fishing, Recreational Shooting & other Outdoor-Related Activities
  • Authorizing the Transportation of Archery Equipment through National Park Service (NPS) Units
  • Directing Bureau of Land Management (BLM) & US Forest Service (USFS) Lands to be Open for Hunting, Fishing & Recreational Shooting unless specifically Closed
  • Directing the NPS, BLM, USFS & the US Fish and Wildlife Service to annually Identify Lands where Sporting-Related Activities are Permitted, but where Access is currently Unavailable or Restricted
  • A number of measures to Conserve National Parks, Monuments, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers & Conservation/Recreation Areas around the Country

As you can see, the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act is a huge victory for hunters, shooters, recreational enthusiasts, sportsmen, sportswomen, and everybody in between. What do you think though? Should we be setting aside more money for efforts like this? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


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Why The 5.11 Rush 72 Should Be Your Next Backpack []

A lot of people tend to tell you that carrying a tactical backpack is a big “NO-NO”; that couldn’t be further from the truth. While they say you are declaring yourself as a threat to others around you, or that you have tons of gear that others might want (thieves), that is minimal in comparison to the benefits that you gain from carrying an EDC backpack such as the 5.11 Backpack Rush 72.

If you are a prepper, then you understand the importance of having everything you need close by. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in an active situation, not having what you need, but knowing exactly what needs to be done. Without your equipment and/or gear, you are fairly useless … and that’s a horrible feeling.

But, that the exact reason that you should considering a large bag such as the 5.11 Backpack Rush 72. But, if that’s not enough of a reason, here are a few more reasons why you need to make your next backpack a 5.11 Backpack Rush 72.

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It Could Outlive You

The 5.11 Backpack Rush 72 is built for use and abuse. They use high-quality, ultra-durable, water-repellant nylon to build each backpack. Additionally, they include dual-zippered front and main compartments to ensure a smooth, consistent zip each and every time; no more rips and tears from a stuck zipper.

Now, it won’t really outlive you, unless something “freak accident” style happens, but they will last through a lot of rough seasons. If you want a backpack that can handle your lifestyle, then the 5.11 Backpack Rush 72 should be your next backpack.

It Can Hold Everything You’ll Ever Need

Of course, a backpack is just a big compartment that can hold everything you need in one jumbled mess … right? NOPE!

In fact, while this can hold everything you need, they’ve made sure to incorporate TONS of storage compartments. Don’t waste time trying to find that flashlight at the bottom of the bag; instead, go straight to it because it is exactly where you put it. In a frantic moment, you don’t have the time to waste digging around for the right tools.

Just because a bag is big, doesn’t mean it is effective. But, the 5.11 Backpack is not your standard backpack. It was designed for the tactical minded protector and prepper. So, know where you equipment is and rest comfortably knowing you have what you need, where you need it.

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It Is Customizable For You

And finally, most backpacks don’t allow for any type of customization. But, the 5.11 Backpack Rush 72 does. You can add AR Mag Pouches, Radio Pouches, HEXGRID Inserts, Hook Adapters, Joey Pouches, H20 Carriers, Holster Pouches, Ammo Pouches and so much more to your backpack from 5.11. Too many manufacturers believe they’ve made the best possible product, only to have left something out that you need. But with this 5.11 backpack, you add anything you may need.

For the tactical minded survivalist, having a durable, long-lasting, hold everything you need, fully customizable backpack is just the start. While some may scoff at the idea of carrying a backpack with all your gear, first aid, and weapons, you’ll be prepared for what comes your way. Don’t be caught in a BAD situation wishing you had your gear. You can prep for every situation in the world, but if you leave your home without your gear, you could be risking it all. Don’t take a chance like that … get a 5.11 Rush 72 and you’ll be glad you did.

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A Russian “Transformer” Fishing Knife []

Now this is a really cool knife, and would be a great one for a fish camp… at least as a conversation piece. While it looks like a simple tube, you have a really useful design that can deploy a blade that’s surprisingly long, and a handle that’s equally impressive.

It’s a Russian creation, known as the Fortel Fisherman and sold by Atroposknife. There’s a video down below showing how it works.

The round micarta handle can be separated, revealing the blade and a pair of sharp spikes on the removable portion of the handle.

Fortel Fisherman knife

Fortel Fisherman knife

You can then deploy the other half of the blade from the handle, giving you a really long blade.

Fortel Fisherman knife

Fortel Fisherman knife

You can even reconnect the handles if you want, and have this super-lengthy knife.

Fortel Fisherman knife

Fortel Fisherman knife

On the company website, this knife is cataloged under the heading “Transformer.”

The guy in the video calls the spikes a primitive fork, but commenters inform him the spikes are used to secure a fish while you fillet it with the blade. Nice!

This thing is really cool… but if you’re really trying to sell knives to fishermen, don’t make them round. Round stuff rolls a lot on a rocking fishing boat! And an apparently-Russian commenter observes that it’s an old design and that this blade may be too stiff to function well for filleting.

For $235 I think I’ll pass… but I do admire the design. What do you think of it?

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Hawaii: House Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Today March 15th, the Hawaii state House Committee on Public Safety, Veteran and Military Affairs is hearing anti-gun bills SB 600, SB 621, and SB 1466.


Gray Wolf Seasons are Coming Back across the Lower 48 []

US Wildlife officials are expected to remove the protections placed over the gray wolf across the Lower 48 states. No formal announcement has currently been made, but there are stronger rumors that a press release or public statement is soon to come. This effectively will open the door for states to decide if a hunting season will once again take place on them. Many states will capitalize on this opportunity because of the amount of complaints, conflicts, and issues faced by ranchers, farmers and hunters due to the gray wolf.

We at AllOutdoor reported twice last year on how US Wildlife officials were making a serious assessment of removing protections on gray wolves. It was back in June 2018 that the US Fish and Wildlife Service openly stated that they were examining the idea of lifting protections from wolves. While this news was happily greeted by ranchers and farmers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service received a lot of backlash from anti-hunters. Then, in Novermber 2018 the House voted in favor (196-180) to lift protections from gray wolves.

Fast forward to present day and the Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was expected to make a public announcement on this on Wednesday, but it simply did not happen. US Wildlife officials have more than determined that gray wolf populations are at stable and healthy levels throughout the Lower 48 states. In fact, the Associated Press has been quoted as stating this:

State officials and government biologists have said wolves continue to thrive despite pressure from hunting. The animals are prolific breeders and can adapt to a variety of habitats.

Many wildlife biologists believe gray wolves to be at healthy population levels, but contend that opening up a season on them would be premature at this point. The interesting part is when they are asked at what point would it be more safe to open up hunting seasons to the public?… they do not have a figure or answer in mind.

With populations of gray wolves rebounding significantly across the United States, do you believe the US Fish and Wildlife Service is making the correct call? If so, would you hunt them if a season opened up in your state? Have you already? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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TWIST OFF! Innovative Wrenches From [The Firearm Blog]

SuppressortoolsFor those of you who shoot suppressed and also understand the satisfaction from a purpose-built tool, Warren Innovative Technologies may have just the thing for you. has almost 20 3D printed tools, each one is designed specifically for today’s most popular silencers. I’m hoping to get my hands on a couple for a lightning review […]

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Tennessee: Multiple Gun Bill Hearings Scheduled in the Volunteer State [NRA-ILA News]

Next week, the Tennessee General Assembly has multiple gun bills being considered in multiple committees, and your legislators need to hear from you!


Three Reasons Why You Need A CRKT M21 As Part Of Your EDC Kit []

If you consider yourself a survivalist, a protector, or  someone with a survival mindset, you should considering carrying a CRKT M21 pocket knife. If you don’t already have an EDC pocket knife, then you need to check out the CRKT M21. If you do have an EDC pocket knife, you may want to consider an upgrade.

Either way, here are three reasons why you need a CRKT M21 as part of your EDC kit.

Self Defense

This falls into the category of … DUH! But, think about it for a moment. Some threatening encounters happen when you “can’t carry” a pistol or they happen in extremely close combat type situations. In those moments, having an EDC pocket knife such as the CRKT M21 is your fastest, most efficient, most effective weapon.

Since your first intention is to use the CRKT M21 as an EDC weapon, you need to train with it. No, don’t go around stabbing and slicing your friends up. But, practice pulling it out and engaging with it. You train with your other weapons, so why not train with this too?

First Aid

First aid situations never occur at the “right time”, but you can be prepared for it with a CRKT M21. Sometimes you simply need to get a splinter out, or cut away a little skintag. Other times, you may have to cut clothing off of a badly injured buddy/family member. And if you are prepared, you’ll be working against time.

Imagine you came up on a car wreck and the occupant was trapped inside by their seatbelt. What would you/should you do? If you have a CRKT M21 on you, you would cut the seatbelt and remove them from the scene. If you weren’t carrying a CRKT M21 (or another type of EDC pocket knife), they may not survive before help arrives.

Opening Packages

And finally, and this is the “big” one, you need to carry a CRKT M21 so you can open packages. Okay, so we’re being a little sarcastic here, but it does help.

When your wife is on here 15th package from Amazon this week, it’ll be a whole lot easier cutting into the box with a CRKT M21 pocket knife. And since you already have it on you (part of your EDC kit), you’ll be the hero she wants and needs.

With the cost of a CRKT M21 being so relatively inexpensive versus what you get, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be part of your EDC arsenal. Even if you carry another type of EDC pocket knife, you can never have too many pocket knives.


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Florida House panel advances two gun bills backed by NRA [NRA-ILA News]

A House panel has advanced two gun bills, backed by the National Rifle Association, that are reopening a debate about whether people with concealed-weapons licenses should be able to carry guns on school campuses used by churches and store firearms in vehicles on school property.


Crimson Trace’s New Rifle Scopes Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Crimson Trace ScopeOregon-based Crimson Trace, best known for their lasers and lights, have announced the launch of a range of new rifle scopes. The range includes 1-4x23mm, 4-20x50mm and 5-25x56mm scopes at prices ranging from $499 to $1,999. Earlier this year at SHOT Show Adam had the chance to take a look at a couple of Crimson […]

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The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority [NRA-ILA News]

Republicans are eyeing a path to the House majority that takes them through Trump country. The GOP has already put 55 districts held by Democrats on its target list for 2020. But Republican hopes are highest in the 31 districts that President Trump carried in 2016. That includes 13 districts where the real estate mogul bested Hillary Clinton by more than 6 points.


Australian Regulation: Make Museum Guns “Metal Blobs” [The Firearm Blog]

The firearms and museums communities were recently made aware of an online petition started by the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum aimed at saving the firearms (and the history) in their collection. Apparently, the government in New South Wales (that’s in Australia, for the geographically challenged among us) changed the requirements for firearms displayed in […]

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Maryland: Gun Control Bills on the Move in Maryland! [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee amended multiple gun control bills before sending them to the House for further consideration.


British Squad Firepower: The Bren Light Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

The Bren light machine gun was one of the more robust and successful light machine gun designs to see service in the Second World War among the Allied forces. During the war, it was even produced full scale not only in Britain but also in Canada and Australia where it saw extensive service with the […]

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Liberty Suppressors WHITETAIL Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Liberty Suppressors Whitetail (1)Introduced a little over a month ago, the Whitetail rifle is quite an interesting new Liberty Suppressors product for hunters. It is basically a shortened and suppressed Ruger American Rifle chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor. The company advertises this weapon as an integrally suppressed rifle. Here is how the company describes the Whitetail rifle (quoted from […]

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Mississippi: Pro-Gun Bill Signed by Governor [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, March 14, Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed NRA-supported HB 1581 into law after it was passed unanimously in each chamber earlier this session.


Knoch Needlefire Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

This is a handmade, single shot needle fire pistol (zündnadelpistole) made by a German gunsmith named A. Knoch in Munich in 1850. I have been unable to find any documentation about the man, but the gun is an interested example of the needle fire system that existed as one of the intermediate technologies between the percussion cap and the self-contained metallic cartridge. This example is in unfortunately rough condition, but on disassembly we can see how everything was supposed to work.


Belgian Police Adopt FN SCAR-SC in .300BLK [The Firearm Blog]

Belgian Police are to acquire 1500 new FN SCAR SC carbines chambered in .300BLK. The Belgian interior minister has described the move as equipping the police with weapons equal to those used by criminals. Currently, Belgian police are armed with a mixture of 9x19mm submachine guns including the UZI, the Heckler & Koch MP5 and […]

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Thursday, 14 March


Reactions, Pro And Con, To Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

As you can well imagine the gun prohibitionists are ecstatic over the Connecticut Supreme Court's constitutionally dubious ruling in Soto et al v. Bushmaster et al today. Both the Brady Campaign and the Giffords Law Center had filed amicus briefs in the case.

From the Brady Campaign which has been working hard to punch holes in the Protection of Legal Commerce in Arms Act for many years:

Justices have reversed a lower court ruling allowing the lawsuit to move forward and put the question to a jury of whether or not Remington and gun dealers can be held accountable for its role in the 2012 shooting. The lawsuit argues that the assault-style weapon used in the massacre had knowingly been marketed to the public despite being designed for military use. It is also argued that the weapon’s marketing deliberately appealed to young people, particularly those like the 20-year-old who killed 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut.

“This is a good day for justice and for victims of gun violence everywhere,” stated Brady President, Kris Brown. “The law requires everyone, particularly businesses, to operate in a way that will not cause foreseeable harm. It’s time for gun companies to be held to this same standard, and stop being allowed to put profits over people. Brady stands ready to continue our support of Sandy Hook families in their quest for justice.”

For 30 years Brady’s legal team has led the way in winning precedent setting cases that hold gun companies accountable for their role in gun crimes. These cases are reining in and challenging gun industry protection laws, and include a negligent marketing claim against the maker of an assault weapon used in a mass shooting in 1993. This case was discussed at length in today’s decision. Brady’s team provided advice and counsel to the Sandy Hook lawyers throughout the case, also filing an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs.

“We are happy that the Sandy Hook families will get the day in court they deserve. Companies that choose to market weapons of war to the public should not get a free pass from the duty to use the reasonable care that every other person or business must follow,” stated Brady’s VP of Legal, Jon Lowy. “It is unfortunate that the gun industry’s special protection law forced these grieving families to endure years of appeals to get what should be rightfully theirs -- their day in court and an opportunity to prove their case. Thankfully this court recognized that if you unreasonably market weapons of war to the public, you can be held accountable for the consequences.”
Reader of this blog know that not one military in the world has adopted the semi-automatic AR-15 or its progeny for use. Calling it a "weapon of war" and "designed for military use" is an outright lie and both Brown and Lowy know it.

Likewise, the Cult of Personality's Legal Arm otherwise known as Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has weighed in on the ruling with a comment from Adams Skaggs who is their chief counsel.
“Today’s decision is a victory for the families of Sandy Hook and a victory for the principle that no industry is above the law or above accountability. The Connecticut Supreme Court squarely rejected the idea that any industry, no matter how powerful, can slam the courthouse doors shut to the victims of their illegal marketing practices. Now, these families who suffered so much will have the day in court they rightly deserve. We look forward to working with them as this case moves forward, and to supporting all victims of American gun violence as they pursue justice.”
Understandably, those who stand for the rule of law and the recognition that the liability for the criminal misuse of any legal product lies with the criminal were not pleased with this ruling.

Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation responded strongly saying, in part:
“This ruling strains logic, if not common sense,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The court dismissed the bulk of the lawsuit’s allegations, but appears to have grasped at this single straw by deciding that the advertising is somehow at fault for what did that day in December more than six years ago.

“This is like suing Ford or General Motors because a car they sold was stolen and used to run over a pedestrian all because the car manufacturers advertised that their car had better acceleration and performance than other vehicles,” he added.

, 20, first killed his mother and took her legally-purchased Bushmaster rifle to the school, where he murdered 20 youngsters and six adults. The lawsuit contends that Remington’s advertising was designed to glorify the Bushmaster rifle and enhance its appeal to younger consumers.
Justice Richard Palmer, writing for the majority, said that the “regulation of advertising that threatens the public’s health, safety, and morals has long been considered a core exercise of the state’s police powers.”

“That is absurd in this case,” Gottlieb observed. “Did the advertising even remotely suggest that the Bushmaster is best for murdering people? It appears to me like the court was looking for a way to squeak around the provisions of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that Congress passed in 2005. After all, the court dismissed most of the allegations, but now has decided that advertising might be at fault. That’s a stretch of credulity worthy of surgical elastic.”

“There is no evidence the killer was driven by any advertising whatsoever,” he said. “This is an affront to the First Amendment as well as the Second. Even hinting that the killer was motivated in some way by an advertising message is so far out in the weeds that it may take a map for the court to find its way back.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is located in Newtown, Connecticut and whom is the actual lobby for the firearms industry, also disagreed with the majority's opinion in the ruling. While a bit more circumspect that the SAF's comment, it still expresses their displeasure.
NEWTOWN, Conn. – The Connecticut Supreme Court today reversed (4-3) a state Superior Court ruling and decided in Soto v. Bushmaster that the case can go forward based on the plaintiffs’ allegation that the defendants marketing and advertising of a legal product somehow violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA). The Court’s split decision held that CUTPA fit within an exemption to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) that permits lawsuits where the defendant violated a statute applicable to the sale of firearms. In a strongly worded and well-reasoned dissent, Chief Justice Robinson rejected the majority’s overly broad interpretation of the scope of the limited exception, which is contrary to legislative text, canons of statutory interpretation and the legislative history of the PLCAA. The majority’s decision today is at odds with all other state and federal appellate courts that have interpreted the scope of the exception. As the trade association for the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® filed an amicus brief in support of the defendants in this case and both respectfully disagrees with and is disappointed by the court’s majority decision.
Finally, from what I can tell from an internet search, neither Cerberus Capital Management nor Remington Outdoor Company have issued statements.


Concealed Carry Corner: Concealed Carry At Home [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying At HomeIn this edition of Concealed Carry Corner, we’re discussing carrying on your person, while at home. Of all places that you should be able to feel comfortable, secure and safe, it may not actually be that safe after all.   CONCEALED CARRY CORNER: CONCEALED CARRY AT HOME I grew up in a town of about […]

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POTD: Oddball Uppers [The Firearm Blog]

Thanks to Alex W for sharing his collection of oddball and prototype uppers. I will be honest, I do not recognize most of these. But they look cool. Here is a list Alex posted with his photos. Prototype/oddball uppers -656 -M16a1e1 (complete) -M16a1e1 (just the upper but have the barrel and handguards for it so […]

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Impressive 3D-Printed HK G11 Prop Build [The Firearm Blog]

Everyone loves Kraut Space Magic, the Heckler & Koch G11 in particular so may recently have seen some photos on social media of a pretty impressive Heckler & Koch G11K2 prop build. HK were so impressed they even shared it on their Instagram page: The 3D printed prop is so detailed that at a glance you […]

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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Remington Can Be Sued Regardless Of PLCAA [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled today that Remington can be sued by families of Newtown victims. This overturns a 2016 Connecticut Superior Court ruling that said that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act precluded such a lawsuit. The 4-3 decision by the state supreme court held that while most claims were properly dismissed Bushmaster's marketing of the AR-15 amounted to violations of the state's unfair trade practices.

The majority opinion  written by Justice Richard Palmer concluded:

For the foregoing reasons, we conclude that the trial court properly determined that, although most of the plaintiffs’ claims should have been dismissed, PLCAA does not bar the plaintiffs’ wrongful marketing claims and that, at least to the extent that it prohibits the unethical advertising of dangerous products for illegal purposes, CUTPA qualifies as a predicate statute. Specifically, if the defendants did indeed seek to expand the market for their assault weapons through advertising campaigns that encouraged consumers to use the weapons not for legal purposes such as self-defense, hunting, collecting, or target practice, but to launch offensive assaults against their perceived enemies, then we are aware of nothing in the text or legislative history of PLCAA to indicate that Congress intended to shield the defendants from liability for the tragedy that resulted.

The judgment is reversed with respect to the trial court’s ruling that the plaintiffs lack standing to bring a CUTPA claim and its conclusion that the plaintiffs’ wrongful death claims predicated on the theory that any sale of military style assault weapons to the civilian market represents an unfair trade practice were not barred under the applicable statute of limitations, and the case is remanded for further proceedings according to law; the judgment is affirmed in all other respects.
 The majority also concluded that it was doubtful that the most popular rifle and carbines sold in the US over the last few years was even protected by the Second Amendment. As Professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection notes, the Connecticut Supreme Court seems to be daring the US Supreme Court to take this case.

Jacobson goes on to say:
The question is not only whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case, but when that will happen — now, or only after a final judgment is rendered in the CT courts. That’s key, because if a gun manufacturer otherwise protected by PLCAA has to go through discovery and trial, that defeats the purpose of PLCAA.
The dissent  written by Chief Justice Richard Robinson examined the PLCAA, Congressional intent, and case law and concluded:
In summary, whether this court agrees with Congress or not, in adopting the arms act, Congress adopted findings and statements of purpose in 15 U.S.C. § 7901; see footnote 1 of this dissenting opinion; which made very clear its intent to absolve defendants like these— gun manufacturers and distributors—from liability for criminal use of firearms by third parties except in the most limited and narrow circumstances and, particularly, to shield them from novel or vague standards of liability.22 This court is obligated, therefore, to construe the predicate exception to the arms act, 15 U.S.C. § 7903 (5) (A) (iii), narrowly in light of that clear expression of congressional intent.
Chief Justice Robinson continues:
Consequently, I strongly disagree with the majority’s conclusion that CUTPA, which is a broadly drafted state unfair trade practices statute applicable to all commercial entities in a variety of factual circumstances, comes within that exception.24 Instead, I would conclude that, because CUTPA, both in its statutory text and in its implementation under the cigarette rule, reaches a range of commercial conduct that far exceeds the manufacture, marketing, and sale of firearms, it is not by itself a predicate statute. That state unfair trade practices statutes had not been used to hold firearms manufacturers civilly liable to crime victims25 renders the plaintiffs’ CUTPA claims particularly novel in the contemplation of Congress; see 15 U.S.C. § 7901 (a) (7) (2012); and, thus, subject to preclusion under the arms act.
I most certainly hope that Remington appeals this decision to the US Supreme Court as this ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court certainly serves to undercut the supremacy of Federal law. More importantly, I hope the US Supreme Court takes this case sooner than later.

As an aside, Justice Palmer who wrote the majority opinion in this case served as the US Attorney for Connecticut from 1991 to 1993 and was appointed by President George H. W. Bush. So much for assuming Republicans respect the rule of law, the Constitution, or the supremacy of Federal law on what is rightfully a Federal issue. I guess Justice Palmer didn't want to irritate his friends down at the country club by ruling in favor of those icky gun companies.


Arizona: School Pick-Up/Drop-off Bill Passes Committee, Headed To Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

On March 14th, the Arizona state Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass House Bill 2693, sending it on to the full Senate where it will await a floor vote.  HB 2693 would improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families by reducing arbitrary boundaries that leave them defenseless.


Iowa: Both Chambers Pass Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On March 13th, the Iowa state Senate voted 33-16 to pass Senate Joint Resolution 18 to propose an amendment to the state Constitution affirming and recognizing the right of Iowans’ to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right.  Later the same day, the state House of Representatives voted 53-46 to concur.  While this important amendment will not appear on the ballot until 2022, there are still two pieces of critical, pro-gun legislation that can be heard and enacted this year.


California: Anti-Gun Joint Resolution Passes Assembly Public Safety Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 12, the Assembly Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hear anti-gun bills, AB 12, AB 276 and AJR 5.  AB 12 and AB 276 were both pulled from the agenda and are expected to be rescheduled for a later date. AJR 5 passed by the Committee and is eligible for third reading on the Assembly floor at any time.


The Hang N Hook DIY Target Hanger Kit Looks Pretty Cool []

I always enjoy shooting… but some things make it more enjoyable. Reactive targets are the most fun, because you can see your target react to the shot — and when you miss, you know it’s time to correct some problem with you, the gun, the ammo, or all of the above.

I recently ran across a kit called the Hang ‘N Hook which includes several specially-cut pieces of 1/4″-thick steel, which can make a nice target stand when combined with some one-inch metal conduit pipe. You slip the 4 hooks over a crosspiece, add the leg adapters, add legs, and you’re ready to start hanging stuff to shoot.

Steel targets can be expensive, and that’s a bummer. And some reactive targets seem to cost a bunch just because they’re targets. And while this little kit isn’t dirt cheap, neither is shipping these days — and you can get this setup sent to you for just 35 bucks. Drop another few dollars on 1″ EMT conduit pipe and you can conjure up a pretty cool-looking setup for hanging all kinds of different objects.

The steel parts are powder coated, so they won’t rust away — and as the tongue-in-cheek guy in the video (company owner?) says, “to look beautiful.”

Speaking of the video, scroll down to check it out. I’m not easily impressed by cheeseball humor, but this silly guy made me smile while selling his product, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

You may wonder why he doesn’t include the conduit pipe. Frankly, it’s not worth the cost of shipping because EMT is pretty cheap. Head on down to a hardware store or Lowes and pick up a hunk or two. In fact, it would take two 10-foot lengths to make the frame in the video. Around here, one stick will run you about $10 plus tax.

Hang ‘N Hook is a cool product; hopefully I can put my hands on a kit so I can test it for y’all.

In the meantime, enjoy the video below.

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Vermont: Senate Judiciary Committee Acting on Gun Bills This Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday morning, March 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be meeting again to “mark-up” several gun bills, and they could potentially vote on some of the legislation.


Texas: NRA-Supported Bills on the Move in the House & Gain Key Support from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick [NRA-ILA News]

​Gun control measures loom in the background as session truly starts cranking this month


Comparing Remington Ammo: UMC vs. Rem Green & White []

Most shooters are aware that different ammo companies make different grades of ammo, and several have even created lower-cost versions with no real indicator of the difference aside from less-ornate labeling and a lower price. For Remington, most handgun ammo sold on the civilian market in recent years has been in a green and white box with a stylized Remington logo.

Also seen in recent years was a yellow box with “Remington” in small letters and “UMC” in large letters. I always considered this to be Remington’s answer to the “Winchester white box” ammo that’s of good quality but less expensive. And apparently, that yellow packaging has gone by the wayside.

In its place is another green-and-white (G&W) box, but like the old yellow-box groceries it bears both the Remington and UMC names. Paul Harrell takes a look at both of these green-and-white-boxed versions to see if he can determine whether there are any appreciable differences between them.

For what it’s worth, UMC stands for Union Metallic Cartridge, an old ammo company which was acquired by Remington more than one hundred years ago. These days, Remington usually uses the UMC brand to designate their lower-priced ammo.

Paul begins by comparing velocity between Remington G&W and Rem-UMC ammo in 9mm Luger 115-grain FMJ.

  • G&W: 1128 FPS
  • UMC: 1141 FPS

The UMC actually seemed a bit more consistent. (My numbers vary slightly from Paul’s because I “crunched the numbers” myself.)

Next he compares 45 ACP ammo in a 1911, 230-grain FMJ.

  • G&W: 836 FPS
  • UMC: 811 FPS

On to the accuracy test, starting with the 9mm and then the 45. Both did just fine.

His conclusion: :If there is any difference, it’s not enough to make a difference.”

Happy shooting.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Hood Rich Hi-Point .45 [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome everyone to our third edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you missed our first or second articles, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this a solid deal or Fudd […]

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Sector Optics G1T2 System – Rifle Scope With Bult-in Thermal Screen [The Firearm Blog]

Sector Optics G1T2 System - Scope with Bult-in Screen (1)Sector Optics is a new brand name in thermal imaging and rifle scopes market. It is the division of Torrey Pines Logic, which products include a wide variety of other electro-optical devices. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Sector Optics G1T2 riflescope system. The Sector Optics G1T2 system consists of the company’s […]

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Kentucky Governor Welcomes NRA to Bill Signing Ceremony [NRA-ILA News]

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin welcomed NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox to a ceremonial bill signing for SB 150, an NRA-backed bill that fully recognizes the constitutional right of law-abiding gun owners to carry a concealed firearm.


Iowa lawmakers approve gun rights constitutional amendment [NRA-ILA News]

The Iowa Legislature has again passed a resolution that would add the U.S. Constitution's gun protections by amendment to the state constitution.


Pittsburgh Council gears up for gun bill votes [NRA-ILA News]

Debate in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers warmed up Wednesday ahead of next week’s expected preliminary votes on amendments to three proposed gun-control bills, even though the motion on the table merely called for adding an appendix.


The Left Can’t Blame Money in Politics for Its Policy Failures [NRA-ILA News]

Both of our political parties are dominated by people who believe that the American people are fundamentally on their side. When they face political setbacks, then, there must be some nefarious explanation for the thwarting of the people’s will. For contemporary Republicans, that explanation is likely to involve the media or the “deep state.” For Democrats, it will probably include money in politics. On the left, it’s the go-to theory for why progressive policies haven’t already been adopted. Why hasn’t the federal government taken strong action to fight climate change? It must be due to the influence of the fossil-fuel industry. Why doesn’t serious gun control ever get traction in Congress even when polls seem to back it? It’s because of the National Rifle Association’s contributions to campaigns.


IFG Introduces The Defiant Stock I Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

The Italian Firearms Group (IFG) is an Amarillo (TX) based importer established in 2010 and specialized, you guessed it, in Italian made firearms. Their main brands are F.A.I.R., Pedersoli, Sabatti, and Ft. Italia. The latter manufacturer, unlike the others, can sound like a new name to those already familiar with Italian firearms. It turns out […]

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Taurus Introduces New 856 Concealed Hammer Models [The Firearm Blog]

Building on the line of custom colours recently unveiled for the 856UL compact revolvers, Taurus have now announced the introduction of the same custom colours to their 856 Concealed Hammer Models. Here’s what Taurus had to say about the introduction of the new revolvers options: New Line-Up Boasts Carry-Friendly Spurless Hammer and Available Custom Colors […]

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Walther Model 3: A Tiny Early .32 [Forgotten Weapons]

Walther was founded as a rifle making company in the 1880s, and expanded into the flourishing market for semiautomatic pocket pistols around 1910. The Model 3 was the company’s first .32 ACP caliber pistol, and was a very small gun. With a 6-round capacity it offered one round more than the Pieper Bayard, the only smaller .32 available at the time. Compared to guns like the FN 1910, it was quite tiny indeed. Only about 3500 were produced between its introduction in 1913 and the end of WW1, and its production was massively superseded by the larger but otherwise very similar Model 4, which was ordered in significant quantity by the German military during the war. Walther development after WW1 would return to a focus on the .25 ACP cartridge.


XTech Tactical and Gun Dynamics Launch Smart Laser [The Firearm Blog]

Gun Dynamics have announced a crowdfunding campaign to bring XTech Tactical’s Smart Laser to market. XTech Tactical are better known for their grips, magazines and other accessories, the laser is new ground for the Arizona-based company. The Smart Laser has a sensor which detects the shooter’s finger movement and turns on the laser or 200-lumen […]

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Wednesday, 13 March


Washington: Gun Ban Bills Fail Crossover Deadline [NRA-ILA News]

Today, March 13th at 5:00PM, was the cutoff deadline for all bills to be voted out of the chamber in which they originated.


Should You Blur Out Serial Numbers In Gun Photos? [The Firearm Blog]

This is the serial number on my Surefire FA556ARYes, that’s a photo of my own Surefire FA556AR silencer and the serial number is P01239. No, I’m not particularly concerned about posting it. There are a lot of odd and mistaken beliefs that get repeated in gun circles. Like the idea that racking a shotgun will scare intruders away. Or that using a scary […]

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POTD: Armageddon Gear and The Rookie Mistake [The Firearm Blog]

Customer Relationships. That is the topic for Today’s Photo here at TFB. Armageddon Gear, Buena Vista, GA., makes and markets shooting bags, rifle slings, suppressor covers and such. Here you can see their Product Warranty: All products manufactured by Armageddon Gear carry a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Defective products will be […]

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Nevada: Bill Introduced to Criminalize Firearm Modifications [NRA-ILA News]

On March 12th, an anti-gun bill was introduced in the Nevada state Senate that would criminalize common firearm modifications.


US Army Buys Aimpoint FCS13-RE Sights for Carl Gustaf M3E1 MAAWS Recoilless Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

US Army Buys Aimpoint FCS13-RE Sights for Carl Gustaf M3-E1 MAAWS Recoilless Rifles (1)Aimpoint has announced that they have been awarded a $24 million US Army contract for supplying FCS13-RE Fire Control Systems. The Army is acquiring this aiming system to use with the recently adopted 84mm M3E1 MAAWS (SAAB Dynamics Carl Gustaf M4) recoilless rifles. The Aimpoint FCS13-RE is a Dynamic Universal Reflex Sight (DURS). Basically, it combines a […]

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Shooting Rubber “Reballs” From a Shotgun []

If you’re anything like me, you might think this would be just another “shoot weird stuff from a gun” video. But it’s actually really interesting to see what happens to some of these solid rubber balls when they hit a target — after being fired from a 12 gauge shotgun.

They take “reballs,” which are reusable rubber balls the same size as paintballs, and replace the shot load in a shotgun shell… then they shoot them at various surfaces.

It’s pretty amazing to see how some of the balls react when they hit a solid object. Some expand 5 times their original diameter, if not larger, and bounce off with extreme force, like a Superball. Others just hit and bounce off without drama.. and the one that hit the ceramic tile really put on a show, with a ring of rubber separating from its center after impact, and wobbling off through the air like a rubber band.

The effect on the big block… er, face… made of modeling clay was the most dramatic.


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"The Ceasefire in the War on Guns is Over" [Of Arms and the Law]

David Keene, former president of NRA and of the American Conservative Union, will be giving a talk with that title at the Heartland Institute, on Tuesday, March 26, at 5:30-7:30 CDT. The Institute is in Arlington Heights, IL. You can get tickets here, and it may be podcast.


Yesterday’s Scandal, Today’s Mandate: Anti-gunner Embraces Operation Choke Point as Official Policy [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) unabashedly embraced the tactics behind one of the most shameful policies of the Obama era, openly using the guise of her federal authority to berate and not so subtly threaten a bank for lawfully serving businesses that don’t reflect her political views.  While the media did their best to protect Barack Obama and his administration from any hint of scandal, two gun related issues managed to stain the White House with considerable and widespread disrepute.


Seizing Crops After a Collapse of Society []

From time to time there is  a theory that makes its rounds through the prepping community.  This theory says if a collapse of society were to ever happen, the local sheriff (or any high raking government official) could seize crops from farmers, then distribute those crops to the starving masses.

Believe it or not, we have an example from the 20th century of that exact event happening.  The event was the Russian Famine of 1921- 1922. Even though there were numerous causes of the 1921-1933 famine, it was in part due to the seizing of grain in Russia under the Prodrazvyorstka policy of Vladimir Lenin.

With their crops seized, and no money, farmers had to leave their farms to find food.  It is estimated around 5 million people starved to death in the famine.

To solve the problem created by Prodrazvyorstka, Lenin introduced a new policy called the “New Economic Policy.” Under the new policy, rather than seizing crops from farmers, the government bought crops from the farmers.

Using the real world example of the Russian Famine of 1921-1922, we have an idea of what could happen if the local government started seizing crops after a Doomsday event.

Think this story has a happy ending?  Think again.  After Lenin died, Stalin implemented his own policies, which included driving farmers off their land, sending them to prison camps, then putting people who are loyal to the communist party to work on the farms.

What happens when someone new is put on the job and replaces someone who has decades of experience?  Typically, production goes down.

If we look at the estimated grain production of Russia during the 1930s, we see production took a nosedive after Stalin put his policies into effect – Estimates for grain production in the USSR between 1928 and 1940 millions of tons.

Let’s use the revised grain production column:

1930 83.5 million tons.
1931 69.5 million tons.
1932 69.8 million tons.

From 1931-1940, there were only two years that exceeded grain production in 1930.

Seizing crops failed, which contributed to the Russian famine of 1921-1922.  An estimated 5-10 million starved to death.

Seizing land failed, which resulted in the Russian Famine of 1932-1933. An estimated 5-7 million people starved to death.

Depending on source death toll between the two famines vary widely.

Final Thoughts

We have three examples set by the Russians during the 20th century:

Seizing crops

Selling crops on the free market

Seizing land and replacing workers

The only example that worked, and still works, is the free market system.

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Delaware: House Committee Passes Gun Control Legislation to the House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the House Judiciary Committee passed gun control legislation, House Bill 63.  HB 63 will now head to the House floor for consideration.


Florida Alert! Moms Demand Action Publicly Criticized for INACCURATE Testimony [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, two bills supported by NRA & USF were heard and overwhelmingly passed in the House Criminal Justice Committee.  Ms. Shannon Guse, speaking on behalf of Moms Demand Action, made patently false statements in her testimony about HB-403.  But she didn't get away with it.  Democrat Ranking Committee Member, Rep. Michael Grieco, called her out  in front of the Committee for her inaccurate testimony.


Five Critical Prepper Web Gear Items []

Walking into a genuine war surplus store can give you goosebumps. What the military has shed in terms of high quality used gear or contract overruns of brand new gear can be put to good use by preppers, survivalists, outdoors people, campers, and such. However, of all the gear and goodies to be had in such stores, there are at least five pieces of web gear that every prepper should have.

If you ever get to Seattle, then wonder back off the famous fish market area to 1st Avenue. There is the location of the Federal Army & Navy Surplus. This is nirvana for military surplus as well as more commercial outdoors gear of all kinds. Their selection of genuine military goods is hard to beat. Here you can find all your web gear.

Preppers are often envisioned as outback campers that have either escaped the latest SHTF event or they are just off the grid for a weekend (or longer) adventure. Carrying on prepper survivalist activities in the outdoors often means having to carry certain types of gear on your belt or harnessed over your shoulders. Web gear does that.

Though there are undoubtedly many choices for what are individual priorities, at least five pieces of web gear should be purposed for carrying stuff on a daily basis. This is in addition to the assumption that one will likely be carrying a rifle with sling over the shoulder and/or some type of handgun in a holster of choice. These web gear choices support those items.

In no particular order of priority you will need mag pouches to tote extra magazines and ammo or Blackhawk and others make a bandoleer that carries both pistol and AR/AK or other rifle magazines. Next comes one or two of a general Molle pouch into which can be carried a wide variety of items from knives, flashlight, or nabs. These can go on your belt or a web Molle gear carrier.

Then go for a canteen or a water bottle carrier. Next, add a compact medical/FAK pouch. Pare this down to essentials. Finally add a communications zipper pouch to secure your iPhone and or a com radio to stay in touch with base operations.

Certainly more web can be added and carried, but these are the basics to get you by in the field. Some prefer a gear vest carry system or a backpack. Your option. Consider what you need to take away from camp and get the proper web gear to carry it.

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Keeping Guns in Vehicles Safely []

Lately there seems to be a high crime rash of breaking into vehicles and stealing firearms. Ironically, in many of the cases the police determined that the vehicles robbed were not even locked at the time of the theft. It would seem like a no brainer that people would lock their vehicle doors especially if there is a firearm inside.

So, are there safe ways to leave a firearm in a vehicle? Well, of course, but you have to be smart about it, because criminals that break in will know where to look that makes it easy on them. First rule, don’t make it easy for a gun to be stolen in a vehicle or at home either.

Despite what you might think and we are all guilty of this, a gun in a car or truck is not totally secure even if the vehicle doors are locked, windows are up, and the trunk or hatch is locked. A break in is just that. It means a forced entry to steal whatever is lying around in the vehicle, or hidden somewhere inside.

So, under the seat is not good enough. Sure, if the doors are locked and a gun is totally out of sight and nothing else of value is visible, then a crook might pass to go to the next car in the lot or driveway. Remember, time has to be on their side. They don’t have a lot of time to rummage around inside a vehicle. If there is an alarm, all the better. Thieves hate noise that draws attention.

Next, a glove compartment or even a center console is not a gun safe. In fact, for criminals that know what they are doing. These are the first places they search for anything of value. It just takes a second and a good pry bar to pop these open. Don’t keep your guns there.

To properly secure a firearm in a vehicle, what you actually need is a gun lock box made specifically for a vehicle. There are many of these on the market that can be permanently bolted into the vehicle in different manners. Some of these lockable safes are also designed with easy and fast access when needed. Again, it is best to install these out of sight, too.

Guns can be carried safely in a vehicle. If you have to keep a firearm in a vehicle beyond just a trip to the range or hunting, then install a locking gun safe device in your vehicle. But never leave the vehicle unlocked.

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A NEW Form of Stun Gun: Wattozz Wireless Electroshock Weapon [The Firearm Blog]

wattozzWhen it comes to stun guns and similar less-lethal products, they all are very similar in their design that direct contact has to be made. Whether that is through wired projectiles that need to hit their mark or you openly walk up to an individual and touch them with two probes. In either scenario, there […]

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Sign in Print Woman booted from Conn. gun hearing for texting she'd 'blow away' GOP lawmaker, NRA members [NRA-ILA News]

A woman was escorted from the Connecticut State Capitol building after someone spotted her writing a text that said she wanted to "blow away" a Republican lawmaker and National Rifle Association members during a public hearing on gun control Monday.


Illinois Democrat pushing to ban Second Amendment sanctuary cities [NRA-ILA News]

Video: Illinois Democrat pushing to ban Second Amendment sanctuary cities


Hang Tight! Get a Better Grip on your Gun with the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider [The Firearm Blog]

ArachnigripIf you have ever felt uncomfortable racking the slide of your favorite pistol or feeling the appropriate dexterity was not quite there, then a company called ArachniGRIP has a product for you. They make adhesive grips that can be placed over the top of a pistol’s slide to increase your dexterity while grabbing the already present […]

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FK BRNO’s New Multi-Caliber Version Of 7.5FK Field Pistol, The PSD [The Firearm Blog]

FK BRNO PSD PistolSoldier Systems reported that FK BRNO has developed a polymer framed, multi-caliber version of their Field Pistol, which they unveiled at the IWA 2019 show in Germany. The standard 7.5mmFK model has a steel frame, but TFB’s Rusty reported during SHOT 2019, the company wanted to reduce weight and cost by offering a polymer version. With […]

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Lawmakers set to introduce gun control legislation requiring background checks on ammunition purchases [NRA-ILA News]

Several lawmakers are joining together on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to talk gun control legislation.  U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Sschultz are holding a press conference Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to introduce 'Jaime's Law.'  The bill would require universal background checks for ammunition purchases.


Pachmayr Raffir Alume 1911 Grips [The Firearm Blog]

Pachmayr Raffir Alume 1911 Grips (m)Pachmayr has announced that a new series of 1911 grips made of a material called Raffir Alume is now available for preorder. Raffir is the name of the company who makes the Alume material. It is basically an epoxy with aluminum mesh embedded into it. Here is how this material is described on Raffir’s website: Raffir Alume […]

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5.11 Launches ‘5.11 ABR Academy’ at Company-Owned Retail Stores []

Irvine, Calif. (March 12, 2019) – Global leader in innovative tactical apparel, footwear and gear, 5.11 Tactical, is officially launching a program of instructional classes hosted at its 45 company-owned retail stores throughout the U.S. The 5.11 ABR (Always Be Ready) Academy events are free to the public and will be held monthly at different company-owned retail locations nationwide. The 5.11 ABR Academy shows 5.11’s commitment to the 5.11 Always Be Ready mentality extending beyond just a customer’s apparel, footwear and gear.

“One of the main focuses of 5.11’s company-owned retail expansion plan is to make 5.11 stores experiential retail destinations,” said 5.11’s Senior Vice President of Retail, Jeff Roberts.

“We will provide our consumers with not only the gear they need to be ready – but also practical experiences to help them be prepared too.” Roberts continues, “Our 5.11 ABR Academy program will transform our stores into more than just a point of sale – they’ll serve as the interactive consumer destinations we always intended for our stores to be.”

The clinics themselves will provide attendees with lessons in readiness skills within five main areas of training: trauma care, self-defense, everyday/concealed carry, fitness and outdoor adventure. Each class will be hosted by certified experts in each field and provide consumers with first-hand learning and guidance in these areas of practice.

The 5.11 ABR Academy mission is to empower the community to “Always Be Ready.”


To learn more about 5.11’s ABR Academy and see a list of events nationwide, please visit:

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Removing Hunting Rifles from Stores []

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced on Tuesday they will be removing hunting rifles and other hunting products from 125 of its stores.

Last year, in a move that was highly disappointing for gun sellers, buyers and the firearms industry as a whole, the sporting goods store pulled all modern sporting rifles from their shelves. On Tuesday, the company doubled down on that strategy and will be moving even further away from selling firearms.

According to The New York Times, Dick’s plans to replace hunting goods with merchandise such as ski apparel, batting cages and other outdoor gear. Nonetheless, this type of shift to scale back on gun sales appears to be a growing trend for the store and its chief executive, Edward Stack.

“If it goes as well as expected, we would probably take another batch of stores next year,” Stack reportedly said.

The changes are expected to be final by the end of this year.

Dick’s has over 700 stores located across the U.S.

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Win a Chance to Hunt for the Grand Slam with Mossy Oak GO []

Download Mossy Oak GO (MOGO), the streaming television provider for all things outdoors, and you can win a chance to Hunt for the Grand Slam. Follow the steps to enter here.

Mossy Oak GO features original, 100% free outdoors video content and offers a vast library of online videos for those who live the outdoors lifestyle. With no subscription costs like other content providers Mossy Oak GO, removes the hassle of free trials, monthly fees or restricted access.  Available for Apple and Android devices, the Mossy Oak GO app is supported across all smart devices without subscription, allowing you to watch the best in outdoors TV anytime, anyplace.

Access Mossy Oak GO from your favorite streaming media player like Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. Mossy Oak GO is also available through your computer, tablet, iOS or Android device.

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Model 1927 Thompson Semi Automatic Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the rarest versions of the Thompsons Submachine Gun is the Model of 1927 Thompson Semi Automatic Carbine. These were regular 1921 machine guns that had their fire control groups slightly modified to only firm in semiauto and their receivers remarks to show Model 1927 instead of 1921. The rationale was a number of requests Auto Ordnance received from potential customers who wanted the look of a Thompson, but not an actual machine gun – mostly police and prison agencies that did not want to entrust their officers will fully automatic arms. Only about 100-150 1927 model guns were sold (and there is no specific serial range, they were simple converted one at a time as ordered). Of that very small number, only a very small percentage survive intact today, as most were converted back to fully automatic by later owners. Note that because the receiver is basically identical to a standard Thompson SMG receiver, these are considered machine guns under US law despite being factory semiauto carbines. However, this does mean that they can be legally converted to fully automatic (as, in fact, most have been).


Chinese LEOs Doing Bullpup Speed Reloads [The Firearm Blog]

Chinese Soldiers Doing Bullpup Speed ReloadsIf you are used to and have experience with rifles of traditional layout, then it should be quite awkward for you to do simple weapon manipulations with a bullpup rifle. And arguably the most difficult is to do a magazine change with a decent speed. People who do a mag change in a split of […]

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Tuesday, 12 March


Wind Of Ball Theory, Could A Near Miss Of A Cannonball Kill You? [The Firearm Blog]

Wind of BallIt’s time for another trip in the TFB Time Machine; to a window of time when the seas were host to tall, wooden ships of the line, powered by green energy before it was cool, battling for dominance of trade and territory.  To that end, one of the tools employed was the cannon, or rather, […]

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POTD: Let There Be Light [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Let there be Light! There are so many nice things attached to this rifle, like a Schmidt & Bender Ultra Short Dot with MSR reticle and an Aimpoint T-2 on top for a fast aim. The AR15 is suppressed too, by an ASE Utra. I think I see a Magpul […]

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Plain Meaning Of Statutory Terms? I Don't Think They Understand The Term [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, otherwise known as the Cult of Personality's Legal Arm, has filed a notice that they will be filing an amicus brief in Guedes et al v. BATFE et al. This is the bump stock ban case that is on appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit after the denial of a temporary restraining order. The amicus brief will be in support of the government's position.

Pursuant to D.C. Circuit Rule 29(b), Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (“Giffords Law Center”) hereby gives notice that it intends to file a brief in this matter as amicus curiae in support of Defendant-Appellees. Giffords Law Center focuses specifically on firearms policy and the plain meanings of statutory terms, highlighting Appellants’ reasoned approach to and the pressing need for bump stock regulation. All parties have consented to the filing of this brief.
Beyond the fact that the BATFE are the appellees and this notice highlights"Appellants' reasoned approach", to say that Giffords Law Center focuses on "the plain meanings of statutory terms" is an oxymoron. The National Firearms Act is clear on the definition of a machine gun and the BATFE's own expert from the Firearms Technology Division Richard Vasquez got it right when he said bump stocks were not machine guns.

The rule from BATFE and the DOJ justification of it were made up from whole cloth. Both the NFA Handbook and ATF Ruling 2006-2 are clear on the definition of a machine gun and a bump stock doesn't meet that definition. Congress was clear in what they meant in their definition of a machine gun and that is the real plain meaning.


Modlite Upgrades For SureFire M600DF [The Firearm Blog]

There is a a guy quietly making SureFire M600DF great again. Cory of Modlite has been quietly working for the past 3 years to make the best weaponlight possible. I know that sounds like every other light manufacturer’s goals and claims but Modlite’s offerings are truly going to be setting the standard. Modlite upgrades include […]

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Training for Consistent Repeatability []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


The dictionary describes the word “practice” as “To perform habitually or customarily; make a habit of; to exercise or perform repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill; to work at; to carry out in action.” That defined, this article could probably end right here.

Except as humans we rarely do what we are supposed to do in order to maintain our skills or otherwise behave in ways that would contribute to our overall well-being. That is human nature. Otherwise we would all be on a diet of some kind, exercise daily, quit our vices, stop drinking including soft drinks, drop that occasional cigar, and shoot our guns more regularly.

Some professionals such as military and law enforcement are required to shoot regularly. I know police that have to qualify once a month, some every other month, but few of them like it. I know one highway patrol officer that gives most of his allotted ammo to his next door neighbor rather than shoot it himself at the range as required. That’s comforting.

Every gun owner should know their own guns inside and out. They should practice with them regularly, like it or not. Same with tennis, golf, or whatever. We preach to preppers and survivalists all the time to hone their shooting skills in order to be at a decent level of proficiency should a SHTF occur, demanding heightened self-defensive response to threats.
This requires shooting practice.

I can hear the defeatist commentary now. “I don’t have the time to run to the range every month. Shooting practice is expensive, ammo is so costly now. If I shoot my pistol, then I’ll have to clean it. Heck, I may never have to use my gun in self-defense anyway. I love my AR-15, but it is a royal pain to take down for a thorough cleaning,” says the distractors.

Gun ownership demands shooting practice. Today, there are many choices for ranges indoor and outdoor, some public that are reasonably priced and easy to access. You can shop endless venues these days for better ammunition prices, some with free shipping. Targets can be made from many sources. I use the cardboard inserts in frozen pizzas and just mark off an “X” on them. Gun cleaning should be a hobby instead of a task.

Take pride in your practice as your skills increase. Don’t forget to shoot weak side and from various positions, around barriers, and practical situations. Then should a real SHTF occur, you’ll be ready and confident.

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Build a Special Purpose Rifle []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


For any number of reasons a user of many weapons should construct an SPR type rifle. What for and what is one? Using the military model as a template, an SPR is a rifle built up or even accessorized from a basic or custom rifle to perform special tasks. Those tasks could be long range targeting of steel or hide, or even for precision shooting to execute an exact target.

One could create an SPR as a type of sniper rifle, but its application is much broader in its use at the range, or afield. It could be used for targeting adversaries at a non-typical range, or likewise for putting the crosshairs on a select deer, varmint, or other like game for the cartridge you elect to choose for the chamber of your SPR.

There are many scenarios for which an SPR rifle could be set to task. For preppers and survivalists, it could be for dispatching an adversary or their vehicle of conveyance from some distance apart from a bug in residence, or across a field or down a roadway from a bug out hideaway encampment. It is built for exact targeting not for laying down a broad range of fire.

For these purposes, an SPR could be built on an AR platform, or a precision bolt action rifle chassis. This may depend only on the shooters preference. The military and law enforcement have such rifles in stock and trade they label as sniper rifles. So be it, it does not matter the category name.
Many will I think choose to build such a rifle on an AR format. The concept of a quick repeated follow up shot is to the liking of many. Though it is but a campfire or gun shop counter argument about the same potential of a bolt operated SPR. You choose. What else about this rifle should equip it to be a suitable SPR?

Cartridge choice first. Keep it on the light side but big bores are viable, too. Choose your own level of recoil. Among the list of potentials would be the .223/5.56, .223 Wylde, .224 Valkyrie, .22 Nosler, .243 Winchester, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington, 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 Remington SPC, 7mm-08, .300 Blackout, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, 338 Federal, and the .338 Lapua. Some of the later choices more suited to the bolt actions. Other potential rounds are out there including some still considered wildcats, but soon to enter the realm of mainstream use.

After picking the cartridge, then choose a high quality AR or bolt rifle so chambered. The higher the innate quality the better. This likely will be gauged by cost and value. Good rifles can be found and enhanced to fit the SPR format and purpose without having to mortgage the ranch. Be sure there is a good accessory driven fore arm equipped to handle MLOK or KeyMod attachment points. A long Picatinny rail on top is a must.

Besides the basic rifle, enhancements could or should include adding a precision trigger like a Geissele, a barrel of at least 20-inches of a medium profile to control heat, a solid muzzle brake not necessarily a flash hider, a hard, durable, matte exterior finish in a terrain enhanced coloration, ambi-safety controls and mag releases would be good. Have a sturdy, but adjustable buttstock with a cheek height suitable for comfort, but cheek placement for precision shooting. Some may prefer a high quality fixed buttstock and that is OK.

The choice of optics is critical. Combined with this is a really good scope mount to fit the rail to lock down solid. A one piece mount of any primary brand will provide the best foundation to place an optic on this rifle. Choosing an optimal optic can be more confusing than one might think. The optics marketplace is more stacked than a corned beef sandwich at New York’s Katz’s Deli.

Picking a suitable optic for an SPR takes a lot of shopping and product comparison. This rifle is going to demand a high quality, named brand traditional glass scope with exceptional multi-coated lenses with a crosshair option designed for precision targeting. I have often advocated paying more for a high end scope than paid for the rifle itself, but this is a thin line of recommendation. I believe there are very good scopes well under $2000 and few in my mind offer that much more when priced above that level. Same for rifles.

There are many high quality scopes including Leupold, Nikon, Zeiss, Schmidt and Bender, Kahles, Nightforce, Steiner, SIG, Vortex, and Trijicon. The difficulty is choosing a model. First, choose a variable scope with a power selection range of at least 3x to a high end, or better yet a 4.5 to an upper power of 12-20x. Don’t overwhelm the rifle with a huge, heavy scope.

Pick an objective lens of at least 44mm, but 50mm is better for enhanced light gathering. A 30mm scope tube transmits more light and is a stronger scope, but you can get by with a traditional 1-inch tube. Be sure the exterior finish is a dark matte to reduce or eliminate glare.

What else? For precision shooting in the field or even off a range table or other platform, a really good bipod is a necessary accessory. From raw experience I like the GG&G XDS heavy duty bipod. I understand that Magpul now has a good, military grade bipod. Others are out there, just examine them carefully.

For field carry a good sling with solid attachment points is required. I prefer the push-button release type made by GG&G but others are available. This type of rifle is going to need two points of attachment for comfortable carry. Forget the single point for this gun.

Finally, use thoughtful care in adding other accessories to avoid cumbersome weight. I see no reason for a light or a laser on an SPR. Use quality magazines that work, ten or 20 round should do. Above everything else plan on plenty of range practice to get this rifle kit dialed in for precise shots out to 300 yards as necessary. Most cannot even see a man-sized target at 800-1000 yards, so don’t be obsessed with that. Just make your special purpose rifle for special purposes.

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BREAKING: Dick’s Sporting Goods To End Gun Sales In 125 Stores [The Firearm Blog]

End Gun SalesIn 2018, Dick’s Sporting Goods halted sales of “assault weapons” in all retail locations, citing the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, as the reason for the move. The company also raised the purchase age of firearms to 21 and stopped selling “high capacity” magazines. Today, Dick’s will now end gun sales in […]

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Rocket Ammo — Firing a Gyrojet Pistol and Carbine []

Once upon a time, the Gyrojet was invented; a gun which fired self-propelled rockets instead of simply flinging projectiles. And… it failed. But why?

Cost was certainly one large factor. Not only were the guns costly, the ammo was much more expensive than other ammunition.

The guns were apparently priced high purely for profit reasons, because they are actually simpler than conventional firearms, and don’t even have to be as strong, because they are not tasked with containing the extreme pressures of conventional ammo. Instead, they simply ignite each round and then serve as a launch tube to direct its flight.

The projectiles are quite light, with an unfired 13mm (roughly .50 cal) Gyrojet round weighing just 240 grains — the weight of a 44 Magnum hunting bullet. Remember, the Gyrojet “cartridge” also contains the propellant, which will burn off in flight, further reducing its weight before impact to about 209 grains.

Unlike conventional bullets, which begin to slow and fall towards earth as soon as they exit the muzzle, Gyrojet ammo actually accelerates as it flies downrange.

In the video, a Gyrojet pistol and carbine are both fired. The first is from the pistol, and it fails. I mean, it does fly, but the primer ruptures and it flies in an unintended way, hitting higher than expected and having to be recovered with a metal detector days later.

The second round buried itself into a Kevlar vest… something even a 45 ACP isn’t apt to do. The third round hit their watermelon target, and the fourth was stopped by a fiberglass panel.

Somewhere, I have some ammo for these things. I probably need to sell it off…

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YHM ULTimate AR15 Upper Review – Subsonic 300BLK Metering [The Firearm Blog]

YHM ULTimateHot off the heels of double Yankee Hill Machine silencer reviews this past Saturday, we are right back at you today with some 300BLK subsonic goodness. The YHM ULTimate upper receiver (“top end”) was announced in mid-October 2018, and since the government “processing” of NFA items like suppressors is painfully slow, even if you bought […]

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Lightning Review: Mean Arms EndoMag Converts 5.56 PMAG to 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

Last year Mean Arms, the makers of the MA Loader, came out with a caliber conversion insert. The EndoMag converts a 5.56x45mm PMAG into 9mm. With the EndoMag you can use your standard AR lower to shoot 9mm and all you need is a 9mm upper. Installation of the EndoMag is straightforward. Take a Gen […]

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Iowa: House Floor Hearing For Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On March 13th, the Iowa state House of Representatives will hear House Joint Resolution 13 to propose an amendment to the state Constitution affirming and recognizing the right of Iowans’ to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right.  In addition, House File 636 to reduce arbitrary boundaries where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless and House File 716 to expand the types of cartridges that may be used for hunting are also currently in the House awaiting a hearing.


Barrett Awarded $50 Million SOCOM Sniper Rifle Contract [The Firearm Blog]

MRADThe US Department of Defense has announced that Barrett Firearms Manufacturing has been awarded a near $50 million contract to produce their MRAD sniper rifle to fulfil US Special Operations Command’s requirement for an Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR). While not confirmed explicitly in the DoD announcement the procurement is almost certainly related to the ASR […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Says She isn't Putting Moderate Democrats in a Tough Spot. They Disagree [NRA-ILA News]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive superstar who has captured an enthusiastic following, disputed charges from moderate Democrats that she is making it harder for them to win re-election in 2020.


Arizona: Senate Judiciary Committee to Hear Pick-up/Drop-off Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On March 14th at 10:00AM, the Arizona state Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing House Bill 2693 to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families by reducing arbitrary boundaries that leave them defenseless.


Dick's to stop selling guns in 125 stores amid sales fallout from ban [NRA-ILA News]

Dick’s Sporting Goods Opens a New Window.  is planning to eliminate guns and other hunting products from 125 stores Opens a New Window.  in 2019, a move that comes as the retailer continues to suffer fallout from its controversial decision to ban the sale of some firearms.


Czech Republic PM Gives President Trump A CZ 75 Republika Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

CZ 75 Republika given to President TrumpThe Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš planned to present a special edition of the CZ 75 pistol to President Donald Trump during his visit to the White House on March 7, 2019. The Republika pistol was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and only one […]

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Gov. Murphy’s hike on gun fees is about control, range owner says [NRA-ILA News]

It's been just under a week since Gov. Phil Murphy outlined his $38.6 billion state budget, including a proposed $9 million hike on gun fees and taxes. And that's sent shockwaves through New Jersey's community of licensed gun owners and second amendment supporters. As laid out in Murphy's budget blueprint, gun fees would increase from $5 to $100 for a firearms purchaser identification card, and from no charge to $50 for a duplicate ID card. They'd increase from $2 to $50 for a permit to purchase; from $20 to $400 for applications or renewals of gun-carry permits; and from $15 to $45 for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System review for firearms purchases.


Massachusetts AG’s Attempt to Block Gun-Rights Suit Fails [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, a federal judge denied Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey's (D.) request that a suit filed against her decision to unilaterally redefine "assault weapons" be stayed. Healey had requested the stay because she believes a parallel case against her 2016 decision to expand the definition of banned "assault weapons" should be decided first. U.S. District Court judge Timothy Hillman ruled the federal case deals with factors beyond those at hand in the state case. "The Enforcement Notice warrants constitutional review for vagueness without reaching the state law issue," he wrote in his ruling.


Governor Signs KY Bill into Law Allowing Concealed Carry Without Permit [NRA-ILA News]

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill to change gun laws in the Commonwealth. Bevin signed the NRA-backed measure, Senate Bill 150, into law Monday. It allows anyone 21 and over to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in the state of Kentucky.


Federal Premium Bolsters their Hydra Shok Deep Offerings with .40 S&W and .45 ACP [The Firearm Blog]

hydra shok deepFederal Premium has expanded out their line of Hydra Shok Deep to now include .40 S&W and .45 ACP for those who rely on those cartridges for carry and protection. This bolstering of the Hydra Shok Deep line of ammunition occurred recently in the middle of February and firearm retailers are now seeing shipments of […]

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Forehand & Wadsworth Old Army Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

The Forehand & Wadsworth company was a better firearms manufacturer than most people tend to give them credit for. It evolved from Allen & Wheelock, with Sullivan Forehand and Henry Wadsworth both having married daughters of Ethan Allen. When Wheelock died in 1863, the two were made partners in the firm, which became Ethan Allen & Co. Forehand was a particularly hard worker, and when Allen also passed away in 1871, the company again changed names to Forehand & Wadsworth. Their main business was .32 and .38 pocket revolvers, which they made a quiet large number of. In 1873 they decided to compete in the service revolver arena, releasing the Army model we see here today. It was a 2.5 lb gun with a 7.5 inch barrel, chambered for the .44 Russian cartridge. Single action only, with a 6-shot cylinder and a rather weak and clumsy manual ejector rod. Ultimately, the gun simply could not compete with the superior Colt and Smith & Wesson offerings, and less than a thousand would be made in total. A slightly improved version chambered for .44-40 was introduced in 1878, but this also failed to gain any significant traction in the market.


NC Bill Allowing For Armed Teachers Makes Fox News [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

NC Senate Bill 192, the School Security Act of 2019, was introduced in the General Assembly last week. It would allow for teachers who have completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training program to become "teacher resource officers". They would get a bonus for serving as a teacher resource officer in addition to their normal teaching duties.

As the gun prohibitionists like to say about any gun control bill, "It's a good first step." However, in this case it is the first step in allowing some teachers to be armed in an effort to protect students. The BLET requirement is overboard in that it requires the teacher resource officer to be trained in many things that would be extraneous to actually protecting students. For example, there would be no need for a teacher resource officer to know anything about motor vehicle laws, law enforcement driver training, or traffic crash investigation. That said, it gets our foot in the door.

Retired NC teacher and USMC veteran Jean Fitzsimmons was interviewed on Fox and Friends First regarding arming teachers. Here is what he had to say. Kudos to him to him for getting up that early in the morning and for the mention of Grass Roots North Carolina.


This Reader’s Gun is a Crime Against Humanity and Represents Everything That’s Wrong in the World [The Firearm Blog]

There’s a lot you can tell about a person by their firearm choices. For example, if a guy carries an Interarms import Walther PPK or an H&K P7, he’s probably a well-heeled shooter and maybe a little of a Bond or Hans Gruber fan. If he carries a revolver, he’s likely an older gent who […]

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Monday, 11 March


TFB Exclusive: Tour Of ISS Props – Cave Of Wonders [The Firearm Blog]

Last September The Firearm Blog got a behind the scenes look at how an episode of Hollywood Weapons was made. Larry Zanoff, one of the co-stars of the show, is the lead armorer at Independent Studio Services (ISS) Props. While we were in town, Larry gave us a tour of ISS Props’ cave of wonders. […]

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Recommended Prepper Supply Quantities []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


One of the initial primary concerns of newbie preppers just getting into the planning and preparation for SHTF survival is just how much stuff to store up. Certainly this varies in each individual case depending on a lot of factors such as how many people you are planning for, what kind of budget you may have, medical issues, security concerns, housing options, transportation, bug in or out philosophy, and so forth.

First, establish priorities. It makes little sense to stock up weapons and ammo if you have nothing to drink or eat, so start there. If the water utility service ends, then count on having storage water for three months. That is a tall order. Maybe a hand pump well is an option, a creek, or rain water tank to provide water that can be treated or boiled as needed. Save milk jugs to store extra water for multiple uses.

Stock your pantry plus add extra storage cabinets to store enough long term canned, survival foods or dehydrated foods to last at least six months. Put all of these foods on a rotation basis to freshen the stock but also to determine which foods will actually be eaten. This way you can also learn how to prepare such foods and conduct real SHTF practice.

After water and food, concentrate on essential health needs. If you require meds to live for a specific disorder, disease, or whatever, then collect as much medicine as you can acquire. This is not easy these days with all the restrictions in force now. Same with common everyday OTC med needs. Stock up heavy on pain relievers, stomach meds, cough and cold remedies, eye drops, lotions, soaps, and anything needed to make aches and pains easier to deal with. Stock up on anything you use regularly. Include personal hygiene items.

Personal security and self-defense wise, think at least in supplying the minimum. That would mean at least one handgun, shotgun, and rifle. Tomes are written on this, so do your research. If you need more weapons, then standardize them. Add extra magazines, carry gear, cleaning tools and supplies. As to ammo, build a stock of at least 1000 rounds in each caliber or gauge you have. Backup redundancy is a wise strategy.

Preppers need to realize that Rome was not built in a day. Dedicate as much reasonable time and money as you can to achieve your prepping goals. Prepping is a lifelong learning experience. Supply, train, and practice to be ready.

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Home-Kids-Guns []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Just last week another young child found a gun at home and in the process of playing with it shot his little brother. This is happening far too often these days. Who is at fault in these situations? Should the parents be blamed, and charged? What are kids doing “playing” with guns anyway? And what happened to basic at home safety about a whole list of things including guns, matches, electrical cords, the stove, and opening the door to strangers?

Ironically, like so many safety issues in and around the home, gun safety is really an easy one, a no brainer. Any gun in the house should be properly locked up, hidden away, or secured in a manner to keep it out of sight until needed. The same with ammo. Even a loaded gun can be secured in a house away from prying eyes and little hands.

Virtually every gun these days bought new comes with an owner’s manual that covers every possible safety issue related to handling that firearm. But, do owner’s read it? I doubt it. In many retail gun shops, the sales staff usually goes over some basic gun safety issues especially related to shooting, loading, unloading, and the gun’s safety mechanisms. Many new guns come with cables and locks to secure the firearm from being accidentally loaded or discharged, but they have to be used.

We know the arguments about having a gun at home, kids or not. In some neighborhoods in this country unfortunately drive by shootings or home invasions are all too common. A gun locked away in a closet is therefore unavailable for quick access to respond to a threat. What good does it do to have a personal defense gun at home if it is locked up, unloaded, or cable locked with the action open? These are tough questions.

First, responsible adults who decide to have a gun at home, can keep it loaded, perhaps without a round in the chamber, then put up where it cannot be easily accessed. Next, every person in the house should be briefed on having a gun in the house. Kids should be taught “hands off”. Older children can actually be taught safe gun handling and taught how to shoot responsibly with the whole “it’s not a toy” dialogue.

Training and education is paramount for every household that contains a firearm no matter what kind. Even hunting guns, rifles or shotguns, must be secured. Gun safety really is a no brainer, if gun owners will just do it.

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Streamlight’s New TL-Racker Integrated Shotgun Weapon Light [The Firearm Blog]

TL-Racker shotgun lightThe Streamlight company recently announced their new TL-Racker shotgun forend which is compatible with Remington 870 or Mossberg 500/590 shotguns. The TL-Racker forend has an integrated weapon light and boasts 850 lumens with one and a half hours of run-time. Streamlight is marketing the TL-Racker for military and police operations and home defense. This is […]

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POTD: L115A3 Long Range Sniper Rifle with Night Vision [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Picture of the Day shows a British soldier with his L115A3 Long Range Sniper Rifle, taking part in the annual International Sniper Competition. The location is the Salisbury Plains training area. The British Armed Forces adopted the Accuracy International AWM rifle as the L115A1 Long Range Rifle, outfitted with Schmidt & Bender 3-12×50 mm PM II […]

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Delaware: Gun Control Legislation Scheduled for House Committee Hearing on Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, at 1:00pm in the House Majority Hearing Room, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider gun control legislation, House Bill 63.


Colorado: “Red Flag” Legislation to be Considered in Senate Committee on Friday [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, upon adjournment as early as 10:00am in Room 357, the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider “Red Flag” legislation, House Bill 1177.


Governor Bevin Signs NRA-backed Constitutional Carry [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA applauds Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin for signing Senate Bill 150 into law, an NRA-backed bill that fully recognizes the constitutional right of law-abiding gun owners to carry a concealed firearm.


Fox, the NRA, and Liberal Repression of Dissent [NRA-ILA News]

The other day, somewhat lost in all the coverage of President Trump at CPAC, there was a very concerning CPAC talk by Wayne LaPierre. Wayne is, of course, the longtime head of the National Rifle Association. And what he had to say was as enlightening as it was concerning.


Hearing on gun bills packed as lawmakers discuss several bills [NRA-ILA News]

Advocates for gun rights and gun control packed a legislative hearing on several firearms bills. The Judiciary Committee's hearing happened at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday at 10 a.m. The proposals discussed brought on a flood of written testimony.


Woman Reportedly Booted From Gun Hearing After Threatening To Shoot Lawmaker, NRA Members [NRA-ILA News]

An unidentified woman was reportedly ejected from a Connecticut gun hearing Monday after she was spotted sending a text threatening to shoot a lawmaker and NRA members.  “If I had a gun, I’d blow away Sampson and a large group of NRA,” a photo of the text message-in-progress reads, according to a tweet. The woman appeared to be directing her ire at Republican Connecticut state Sen. Rob Sampson, who describes himself as a Constitutional conservative and is an NRA “Defender of Freedom Award” recipient


Montana: Two Gun Control Bills Scheduled for a Hearing in House Committee Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider two gun control measures that would make it difficult for individuals to defend themselves in certain self-defense situations.


Maryland Democratic official takes heat for calls to 'dox' gun rights activists [NRA-ILA News]

A Democratic Party leader in Maryland is facing criticism for last month posting on Facebook a call to “dox” gun rights activists. Maryland Democratic Party Secretary Robbie Leonard took to social media to post photos from a Maryland House Judiciary Committee meeting in late February, where gun rights activists wore “We Will Not Comply” shirts during the hearing on additional gun control measures, along with a message calling the advocates “homegrown terrorists” and calling on his followers to “dox” them.


Arkansas: Multiple Gun Bills Scheduled for a House Committee Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider multiple bills.


Maryland: House Committee to Consider HPRB Repeal [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow at 1:00pm, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1343, legislation to repeal the Handgun Permit Review Board.


Ohio: Governor Signs Legislative Fix into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 86, legislation that fixes a drafting error passed in the previous legislative session.


House Republicans find Silver Lining in Minority [NRA-ILA News]

House Republicans would much rather be in the majority, passing bills and fulfilling President Trump's agenda. But they are quickly realizing that life in the minority can come with some perks — and some easy political victories.


Will Hunting Season Mean Bad Times for Dick's Sporting Goods Again in Q4? [NRA-ILA News]

A ban on sales of certain rifles at Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) backfired as gun enthusiasts continue to take their business elsewhere, both for gun and other outdoor gear. The impact of their absence is noticeable.


The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Selects RISE Armament Rifles in .223 Wylde [The Firearm Blog]

Rise ArmamentsThe Cherokee Nation Marshal Service have selected RISE Armament to provide new patrol carbines. The new carbines will be chambered in .223 Wylde. The Marshal Service selected the RISE Watchman, which was specially developed for Law Enforcement officers. The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service has more than 32 Deputy Marshals and has jurisdiction throughout the Cherokee Nation. […]

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THE MORE YOU KNOW: What Is An Assault Rifle? [The Firearm Blog]

What is an assault rifleOf all the questions in the gun world, What Is An Assault Rifle, seems to be the one answered and used by those least competent to do so. And since TFB is (arguably) the world’s leading resource on firearms, I thought we should take a minute to settle the debate once and for all. So, […]

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Armed with Pastel Handles and Pink Holsters, Women are Storming Into Gun Sales [NRA-ILA News]

BANG! Ping. BANG, BANG! Ping, ping. Gunshots echoed through the trees of a rural farm, lead disintegrating into dust as it exploded against thick steel targets.


Hi-Point Barrel Contained 35 Bullets, Why Didn’t it Explode? []

Somewhere, there’s a Hi-Point 45 carbine owner who 1) probably needs some firearms education and 2) has a very effective guardian angel.

Hi-Point recently posted a couple photos on Facebook, explaining that a customer had sent in a 4595TS 45 ACP carbine, telling them he was unable to hit a target with the firearm. The reason? His bullets were not even making it through the barrel!

The issue probably began with a squib round, an underpowered cartridge which lacked the oomph to propel the bullet all the way through the barrel.

His next shot should have ruined the gun. Most of the time, when a firearm is fired with an obstructed barrel, the barrel fails by rupturing in an explosive manner. But the Hi-Point did not fail.

The hapless shooter continued firing — 34 more times! And the Gun. Still. Would. Not. Fail.


Then, instead of chalking it up to firearms abuse and saying it wasn’t covered under warranty, Hi-Point replaced the barrel and returned the gun.

Doesn’t matter whether you love Hi-Point or hate them… you have got to be impressed by the fact that the gun was not utterly destroyed, and that they replaced the barrel for free.

About my only misgiving is that this owner may be one of those folks you wish really wouldn’t own a gun, much less fire it next to you at the range. Fortunately, he chose a really strong firearm.

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Will Insulation Stop a Bullet? []

When talking about overpenetration in home-defense scenarios, the main concern is that bullets may pass through walls and cause injury to someone on the other side. And apparently there are folks who attribute fiberglass insulation with bullet-stopping capabilities. So Paul Harrell has decided to demonstrate for all to see whether the most-common wall insulation in the USA (fiberglass “wool”) has any value for stopping bullets.

There are people who strenuously assert that this stuff is some kind of bullet stop. Well… let’s put that to the test.

To give the fiberglass its best chance, he starts with a wimpy round: 25 ACP — firing hollowpoints, which should penetrate less than “hardball” (a.k.a. FMJ) bullets. Predictably, it fails.

He then fires a typical small 9mm personal-defense pistol through a chronograph with and without insulation “slowing” the bullet. With average velocities of 1100 vs. 1081 fps, we can see that the bullet is — maybe — slowed by a mere 19 feet per second… which ain’t much.

Insulation as a bullet stop? Yeah… no.

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World-Record Whitetail Scores Even Higher Than Before []

North American Whitetail reports that Luke Brewster’s huge whitetail buck was scored even higher than before, becoming the largest-antlered free range buck ever recorded to be taken by a hunter. The buck was slain on November 2, 2018 in Edgar County, Illinois.

Brewster took his Illinois giant with a compound bow, making his buck the new archery record-holder as well — by a margin of almost 34 inches.

The Illinois giant’s score was verified Friday by the Pope & Young Club and already has been accepted by the Boone & Crockett Club, whose copyrighted scoring system P&Y uses by permission. On Jan. 5 Luke’s trophy had been officially measured by Tim Walmsley at 320 5/8 net, but the P&Y panel found another 7 2/8 inches of length in the rack’s massive array of abnormal points.

Luke’s buck now will rank No. 3 all time in B&C, whose records include trophies taken not just by hunting but also found dead. The only two wild whitetails scoring higher are the so-called “Hole in the Horn” buck, which scores 328 2/8 net, and the world-record “Missouri Monarch,” which tops the list at 333 7/8 net. The former deer was found dead in Portage County, Ohio, in 1940, while the latter was found dead just north of St. Louis in 1981.

As you can see, Brewster’s buck is non-typical… the current world-record typical whitetail was also taken in Illinois.

Illinois already could boast of one archery world record, with the late Mel Johnson’s 204 4/8-inch typical from 1965 still wearing the crown in that category. Acceptance of the Brewster buck’s score of 327 7/8 makes Illinois the only state to have held the No. 1 spots in each category simultaneously.

Amazing… and something not many people will ever experience. But Brewster does say, “if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody.”

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“No Guns” Sign Fails to Stop Armed Robbers, Good Guys With Guns Kill One []

Another for the “Duh” file… turns out, a sign saying “No Firearms or Weapons” was reportedly not effective at keeping gun-wielding crooks out of a liquor store in Houston, Texas… and thankfully it also failed to prevent a legally-carrying citizen from being there when a good guy with a gun was needed to stop a crime.

Two armed thugs entered the store and attempted to rob the place. The store owner and an employees responded with their own firearms and thwarted the theft.

In a video interview, the store owner Mike described the encounter, saying the crooks barged in and demanded that everyone get down on the floor. Customers complied and one of the crooks “starts shooting.”

He didn’t even ask me for money, he didn’t ask for nothing. He just POW POW POW POW [unintelligible] these bullets to me.

Mike got out of the line of fire long enough to arm himself.

I got my shotgun, I came back.

Mike and another employee, who was armed with a handgun, returned fire and the crooks decided to retreat. One of the employee’s bullets hit the older crook in the chest.

Both miscreants fled the store, and one of them, aged 35, was later found dead nearby. His 17-year-old accomplice was later picked up by police, apparently uninjured.

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Review: Salomon XA Forces GTX Mid Boots []

Salomon has a broad presence in the world of outdoor gear, and particularly in the area of functional footwear. If you have at least one foot, and do things with it, Salomon has a footwear option for you (likely a good one). Their options span from trail running shoes, to Nordic ski racing boots, to water shoes, and of course, tactical boots.

I was first introduced to Salomon some years ago when I picked up a pair of their GTX boots form a prize table at a match. A number of my friends had Salomon boots, and I saw numerous pairs sported by competitors at matches, but I never had any for my own until then. Only a couple weeks after the match I found myself, and my new boots, in the North Cascades in Washington state. There wasn’t much rainfall on that particular trip but there were plenty of creek crossings, steep slippery slopes, and dew-wet vegetation. My feet stayed dry and comfortable the entire time. From then on, Salomon was my default brand for footwear.


The Salomon XA Forces boot looks a lot like its sibling, the XA Pro 3D, but with a more robust design to handle the rigors of tactical or similarly demanding use. Design efforts toward durability are clear when looking at the XA Forces. It looks like a tough, business ready boot without appearing overbuilt and clunky. Because of the XA Forces’ aesthetic, I don’t think I’d wear them to the office on a daily basis (though I have worn them a few times). I do, however, love wearing them at the range, on the trail, or whenever the barometer drops.

Salomon XA Forces

Lacing System

The XA forces is equipped with the Salomon Quicklace® system. I’m sure most of you are familiar with this system, and those similar to it, but for those who aren’t:

Step 1: Put your foot in the shoe.

Step 2: Pull the laces evenly to a comfortable level of tightness.

Step 3: While maintaining tension on the laces, push the buckle down to your foot.

Step 4: Tuck the buckle and excess lace into the elastic pocket at the top of the tongue.

I’ve found the Quicklace® system to be incredibly convenient and easy to use. It is my favorite feature of the majority of the Salomon shoes I own. They never come untied (obviously) and loosen only in the rarest of circumstances. I have found the system particularly convenient when I have cold clumsy hands or while wearing gloves. If you haven’t tried them yet, I’d highly recommend it.

Salomon XA Forces

GTX Waterproofness

One of my favorite things to do with my gear is test it in inclimate weather. I feel almost invincible wearing a Gore-Tex jacket when the snow, sleet, or rain is coming down so hard that visibility is barely 100 feet, and yet, I remain dry and comfortable, defying the elements. I was excited to test the Salomon XA Forces and see how they’d perform.

The boot’s first test was freezing rain in Ohio. It wasn’t extended exposure, but I made sure to, like a child, step in every puddle I could find. I made it to every stop with warm dry feet. The feeling of invincibility started to grow..

Salomon XA Forces

The next, much more challenging test took place a little over a week later in Utah. The rain switched to sleet, then back to rain again, as is typical in early March, so I decided to go on an extended walk to really put the Salomon XA Forces boots to through their paces. I set out along a trail system that meanders through some wetlands and wooded areas near my home. The paved path was clearly no challenge for the XA Forces boots and I soon made my way off trail. I walked through soaked long grass, stepping on and over fallen logs, cattails and other slick wet vegetation as the rain beat down in a consistent drum against my hooded head and shoulders. The boots maintained their grip and my feet maintained their comfort.

After an hour or so of walking, and still having completely dry feet, I decided to take the test one leap further. There is a small creek that runs along part of the trail. Instead of simply crossing the creek, exposing the XA Forces to only a couple of seconds under water, I decided to stand near the edge of the creek, with the majority of the boots completely submerged. There I stood for an entire minute with no water making it to my feet. I was impressed.

Salomon XA Forces

Breathability and Temperature Regulation

It’s one thing to be waterproof, it’s another thing entirely to be breathable. As a kid, I’d line the insulation of my snow boots with a plastic grocery bag and be baffled when I pulled my soaked feet out of what I thought were completely waterproof boots. It was much later in life that I realized the importance of breathability in footwear to not only keep my feet dry but regulate temperature as well.

Since I haven’t worn the Salomon XA forces boots in warm weather, I can’t really say how well they regulate high temperatures. Looking at them though, I see some thick paneling on the upper, above the inside arch. These boots are designed to be tough, durable, and withstand the use, abuse, and harsh treatment required of a tactical deployment. I suspect the robustness comes at the cost of some breathability.

In the time I’ve worn them I haven’t noticed any excessive moisture accumulation, or that hot, stifling feeling of poorly designed footwear suffocating my feet. I’m glad to say that my feet have remained completely comfortable in every place and condition I’ve worn the XA Forces boots, including temperatures well below freezing for many hours on the range, and while walking for what seemed like 5 miles from one end of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to the other.

Salomon XA Forces


By all appearances, and all experiences thus far (about a month or so of consistent use), the XA Forces boots look nearly brand new. As mentioned previously, the boots have a new, thick rubber paneling on the upper that appears to be either for fast roping or super aggressive hacky sack play. In either event, you’ll definitely be covered, and the boots will perform admirably.


The Salomon XA Forces Mid GTX boots are priced at about $189, and if the boots are as durable as Salomon has intended them to be, they will be well worth it.

I’ll admit, I have a clear preference for Salomon footwear. I wouldn’t call it a bias per-se, as I  have no personal affiliation with the company, and I buy their boots and shoes with my own money, but I do very openly admit that I love their stuff. Their products look good, feel good, and perform as you would expect them to.

After what I would consider a very successful test, I plan on the Salomon XA Forces being my primary footwear throughout the summer while teaching courses, shooting matches, and archery hunting. I also plan on using them throughout the fall and maybe even into the early winter months for late season archery. These boots work well for me, and I think they will likely work for you too.

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New Echo Sport Pull & Release Trigger System By FosTecH Inc. [The Firearm Blog]

Echo Sport triggerFosTecH Inc. has created the Echo Sport trigger, their second pull and release trigger system for AR-15 rifles. The Echo Sport is different from Fostech’s first version in that there’s an added paddle switch to change firing modes from binary to standard semi-automatic firing instead of using the safety selector like the Echo AR-II. Fostech […]

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Man Charged With Stealing Firearms And Parts From The ATF [The Firearm Blog]

firearm parts stolen from the ATFThe Journal reported that 52 year old, Christopher Yates has been arrested and charged with stealing a firearm and firearm parts from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE/ATF). The thefts reportedly took place at an ATF facility in West Virginia. From a complaint filed by ATF Special Agent Seth Cox on 28 […]

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TFBTV Rating Guns of Bird Box: Good Survival Picks? [SPOILERS] [The Firearm Blog]

[SPOILERS AHEAD] In this episode of TFBTV, James reviews and rates the guns used in Netflix’s post-apocalyptic thriller, Bird Box, featuring Sandra Bullock. Bird Box puts quite a tactical spin on the genre because the good guys can’t use their eyes (or any imaging, for that matter) outdoors, while the enemy can. So what options […]

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Spanish 1892: Last of the Single Stack Magazine Mausers [Forgotten Weapons]

The Mauser 98 may have been the best bolt action design of all time, but it did not spring forth from Paul Mauser’s head fully formed. The Mauser took nearly 10 years of development and iteration to reach its full potential, and the 1892 pattern Spanish Mauser we are looking at today is one of the scarcer intermediate variants showcasing that development.

The model 1892 uses a unique improved single stack magazine that can be disassembled using a cartridge case. It also introduced the central safety position for disassembly of the bolt, the long rotary extractor, and a guide rib in the receiver to help smooth the bolt movement.

Spain tested and approved the 1892 pattern, first with a small purchase in 7.65mm and then with a much larger order for rifles in 7x57mm. However, the introduction of the 1893 pattern with its flush double-stack magazine was a significant improvement, and Spain opted to supersede its order for 1892 rifle with 1893s instead. As a result only about 2000 rifles and 400 carbines were actually received in the 1892 pattern.


New Magnifiers By American Defense Manufacturing [The Firearm Blog]

New Flik Magnifiers American Defense Manufacturing (ADM) announced the release of two new magnifiers available May 2019. The Flik3 and Flik5 will provide shooters the option of 3x and 5x magnification. With the increased popularity of flip to side magnifiers it is great to see more competitors entering the space. Both models will be water […]

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Some Humor To Start Your Monday Morning [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

It's a Southern Thing is one of my favorite humor sites. They have been running a series on the correct pronunciation of towns in various southern states. They have arrived at North Carolina and the results are funny.

As a native North Carolinian and life-long resident, I should note that some of these are hard even for us. I did OK on the western and Piedmont names but got a bit lost on some of the coastal NC names. I had 11 correct and four wrong which is probably because I grew up in the Piedmont and moved to the mountains in my 20s.

I'm a bit surprised that they didn't include some more Cherokee names like Lake Junaluska or the name of my favorite NC town which is Whynot.


Consumer Safety Alert For S&W M&P 15-22 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Smith & Wesson has issued a consumer safety alert for all versions of their M&P 15-22 manufactured before February 1, 2019. They found that in a couple of samples the breech face counter bore depth was not within manufacturing specifications and could cause slam fires.

The full alert sent out on Friday is below:

ESCRIPTION - Please Read This If You Have A M&P15-22 Rimfire Firearm.

ALL models of M&P15-22 rifles and pistols manufactured before February 1, 2019.

Smith & Wesson has identified two M&P15-22 firearms from recent production on which the breech face counter bore depth was not within manufacturing specification. In those firearms, the lack of depth may allow the bolt, upon closing, to crush the rim of the case, causing the round to fire, cycling the bolt, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger. This issue can occur in the following two scenarios:

1) With a loaded magazine in the firearm and the bolt locked to the rear, depressing the bolt release to allow the bolt to drop freely may ignite the round as the bolt closes without engaging the trigger and with the safety selector in either the safe or the fire position, and may also result in multiple discharges.

2) With a loaded magazine in the firearm, bolt in the closed position and a round in the chamber and the safety selector in the fire position, depressing the trigger will cause the round to fire normally, however as the bolt cycles, the next round may be ignited by the bolt crushing the rim of the case as it closes, causing multiple discharges.

We believe that these are isolated incidents, however, any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury. Therefore, we have developed this inspection procedure to ensure that all products in the field are safe to use. We are asking customers to perform the following procedure and to refrain from using their M&P15-22 until the bolt has been inspected and replaced as necessary.

The out of specification condition has been found only in bolts that were recently manufactured. While our investigation suggests that the incidents are isolated, we have established this inspection procedure as a precautionary matter to ensure that all M&P15-22 firearms in service meet our design specifications. We are asking consumers of all M&P15-22 firearms manufactured before February 1, 2019 to inspect their bolt for this condition.

The bolt from your M&P15-22 must be inspected to determine whether it exhibits the condition identified in this notice. To determine whether your firearm is affected by this condition, please inspect your firearm by following the inspection instructions provided here.

If you are uncomfortable in conducting the bolt inspection outlined here, or are unsure whether the condition described in this notice applies to your bolt, please send your bolt to Smith & Wesson for inspection and replacement if necessary.

If you want Smith & Wesson to perform the inspection, send your bolt to Smith & Wesson for free inspection and replacement (if necessary).

If you want to perform the bolt inspection yourself, contact us for the free M&P15-22 BOLT INSPECTION GAUGE Part Number: 3012155 OR place an ORDER ONLINE to recieve inspection gauge.

If the bolt from your firearm is affected by the condition outlined in this notice, please send the bolt to Smith & Wesson. If necessary, your bolt will be replaced at no cost to you. Your bolt will be returned as quickly and efficiently as possible. All shipping and replacement costs will be covered by Smith & Wesson.
To determine if this consumer advisory applies to your M&P15-22 firearm, please utilize our

Website For More Information:
Customer Service Phone: 1-800-713-0356


GRNC Alert On US Senate Gun Control Hearings [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who suddenly grew a spine during the Kavanaugh hearings may be backsliding a bit. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee he plans to hold hearings on gun control including on red flag laws. The Brady Campaign is crowing about it in an email and set up a special alert so as to pack the hearing room.

Grass Roots North Carolina took notice of the hearing a bit earlier and sent out their own alert. This is one that readers from anywhere can use to contact Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If you are from a state where one of your senators is a member of the committee, make sure to use their email contact form. Just modify the one GRNC composed to be sent to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).

From GRNC:


Is the old Lindsay back? According to US Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), so-called “red flag” laws are an area where Republicans may just reach across the aisle…

As you review the details below, please keep a few things in mind:
  • "Red Flag Law” and “Extreme Risk Protection Order” are simply euphemisms for the unlawful suspension of a person’s constitutional rights, absent any due process, based solely on hearsay from an accuser who has neither witnessed a crime, nor been victimized by one. 

  • The US House is currently held by Nancy Pelosi’s extremely anti-gun party. This means the Senate may be the only reliable road block to extremist gun control bills. Yet, we now see influential Republican senators suggesting they just might send a “red flag” bill to Speaker Pelosi for her party’s rubber stamp.

  • If it can pass the Senate, it’ll breeze through the House, and then it’s on to the President, who unfortunately, seems open to unconstitutional ‘red flag’ laws, and who gets along great with Lindsay Graham.
This is Serious
Wednesday, speaking on CNN as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Graham confirmed that the powerful committee will hold a hearing on gun control. The hearing is expected to cover “extreme risk protection” orders (“red flag” laws). Gun control is a topic usually shunned by members of the Republican held senate, and rightfully so. This is why their sudden interest in a gun control hearing is an ominous sign. 
Click here to read the CNN story, a story that quotes Senator Graham (emphasis ours):
I think there's a lot of common ground
[with Democrats] on enrolling people in
the background system who are a
danger to themselves or others.
It’s probably safe to assume that you don’t want to be “enrolled” in anything concocted by Lindsay Graham and approved by Nancy Pelosi, especially when it comes to infringements on your Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The CNN Story goes on:
Graham, a supporter and strong ally of President Trump also says he has spoken with the President about it.
(See the last bullet point, above).
Say NO to Ending American Due Process
It is critical that each of us contact the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Particularly North Carolina’s own, Senator Thom Tillis. Below, see how you can reach each member, starting with Senator Tillis, and let them know that you expect them to stand for due process, for gun rights, and against “red flag” laws. 

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  • SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO US SENATOR THOM TILLIS (R-NC): Tillis is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Use the link provided below, under 'Contact Info,' to visit his Senate contact form. Use the copy/paste message provided below, under ‘Deliver This Message.’   

  • PHONE ALL SENATE JUDICIARY REPUBLICANS: Use the phone numbers provided below. Tell them you are calling about the Judiciary Committee's upcoming gun control hearing (March 26), and make the following points:

    • “Red flag” or “extreme risk protection” laws are a blatant violation of the due-process rights guaranteed to each citizen by the Constitution, not to mention a violation of Second Amendment rights themselves.
    • The Senator surely knows that the term “red flag law” is simply a euphemism for the unlawful suspension of Constitutional rights, and the suspension of these rights is based on hearsay from someone who was neither a witness to, nor a victim of, a crime.
    • Supporting this type of legislation would be a violation of the senator's oath of office and would be a severe breach of the trust the senator has earned from the voters. 
    • No American lawmaker could support this sort of law and still claim to be a supporter and protector of the Bill of Rights. Therefore, I demand that the senator lend precisely zero support to any gun control legislation, particularly “red flag” bills.

  • 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.

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: 
Committee Member Contact Info
Sen. Thom Tillis (NC)
(Please phone & email Sen. Tillis. Copy/paste text below.)
(202) 224-6342
web contact form (email):
Sen. Lindsay Graham (SC) (Chairman) (202) 224-5972
n. Chuck Grassley (IA) (202) 224-3744
Sen. John Cornyn (TX) (202) 224-2934
Sen. Mike Lee (UT) (202) 224-5444
Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) (202) 224-5922
Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) (202) 224-4224
Sen. Joshua Hawley (MO) (202) 224-6154
Sen. Joni Ernst (IA) (202) 224-3254
Sen. Mike Crapo (ID) (202) 224-6142
Sen. John Kennedy (LA) (202) 224-4623
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (TN) (202) 224-3344


Suggested Subject: "NO to Unconstitutional ‘Red Flag’ Laws!"  

Dear Senator Tillis:

It has come my attention that the Senate Judiciary Committee intends to hold a gun control hearing on or around March 26. I also understand that the committee chairman has expressed a willingness to work with Democrats on gun control, specifically so-called “red flag” laws.

“Red flag” or “extreme risk protection” laws are a blatant violation of the due-process rights guaranteed to each citizen by the Constitution, not to mention a violation of Second Amendment rights themselves. Because of this, supporting this type of legislation would be a violation of your oath of office and would be a severe breach of the trust you’ve earned from the voters you serve. 

You know as well as I that “red flag law” is simply a euphemism for the unlawful suspension of (several) Constitutional rights. The suspension of these rights is based on hearsay from someone who was neither a witness to, nor a victim of, a crime. No American lawmaker could support this sort of law and still claim to be a supporter and protector of the Bill of Rights.

Therefore, I demand that you lend precisely zero support to any gun control legislation, particularly “red flag” bills. Rather, I expect you to speak against “red flag” laws, exposing them for what they are.

I will be monitoring your actions on this matter through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.


Sunday, 10 March


Washington: Gun-Free Zone Expansion & Firearms Seizure Bills Up For Vote Soon [NRA-ILA News]

On March 9th, Senate Bill 5434 to expand arbitrary boundaries where law-abiding citizens would be unable to defend themselves and Senate Bill 5745 to expand the program to seize firearms without due process were pulled from the Senate Rules Committee and may receive floor votes as early as tomorrow, March 11th.


Utah: House Committee Scheduled to Hear Anti-Gun Bill Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider gun control legislation that would hold gun owners liable for the criminal actions of others, House Bill 190.


California: registered gun owners double in seven years [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Pretty surprising, given the increasingly burdensome laws there. Given that, if ownership is steeply increasing in a place like California, it logically is increasing where it's easier to become a gun owner, this is a rebuttal to survey-based claims that fewer households are owning guns.


Inter Ordnance’s Prepper Duo Choice []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Among many debates, one of the most heated fire ring discussions in a prepper camp is which rifle(s) to have? After the talk simmers down like a good venison stew, the choices boil down to either the AR-15 platform or an AK-47. Those two rifles are the classic choices.

Now, with one company manufacturing semi-auto MSRs (Modern Sporting Rifle) in both categories, preppers can get one of each and end the debate. Inter Ordnance, Inc. has now introduced the M247 and the M215 rifles to satisfy everyone.

Located in Palm Bay, Florida, I.O. is producing several models of each famed platform so preppers among others can find just the outfitted rifle they want. I.O. has ARs and AKs in both classic and upgraded formats. The AK’s are chambered in standard 7.62×39 and the AR’s in 5.56×45. Their web site is

Their M247 series offers the Classic model with a bolt hold open, buffer, nitrided barrel, and an extended magazine release. This model will accept all standard AK and RPK magazines so supplying additional magazines should not be an issue as these are fairly common. The wood stock is “classic” laminated wood. The rifles are patterned after the Polish blueprints.
Other specs include a mil-spec receiver, 1:10 RH barrel twist, a threaded muzzle, 36-inch length, 16.5 inch barrel with a weight of 8 pounds. The metal finish is a manganese phosphate, Parkerized finish. Adjustable front and rear sights are standard. The MSRP is listed at $739.95, but in the ad photo, you see the price listed at $459.95 which is really appealing.

There are two models of the AR-15 version of the rifles I.O. calls their M215 KeyMod and their Low Profile models. The LowPro model is a no frills rifle with standard type AR features. The KeyMod version has a full length hand guard with plenty of KeyMod slots to add all types of accessories such as lights, sling attachments, forward hand holds, etc.

The KeyMod hand guard is a slimline version, free-floated, and 15 inches long. This makes the rifle easy to handle. The Low Profile is equipped with a standard issue flat top receiver with a 1913 rail making it optics ready. The KeyMod rifle has a mil-spec receiver, 1:8 barrel twist, 36-inch length and a weight of 6.3 pounds. List price is $699.95, but again can be bought for $459.95 per the ad.

For under $1000 a prepper could stock up with both platforms, so all the bases would be covered for ammo supplies, optics, and other accessories. Only then, you’d have to find another debate topic for the fire pit. Try optics.

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Has Hyper-Competitiveness Ruined Shooting Sports []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


For certain it is human nature to want to win, to want to be the best, the top of the class. But in some cases has this gone so far that it has damaged the participation levels in some shooting sports? Indeed, has the competitiveness gotten so intense that sponsorships, equipment demands, and skyrocketing costs to keep up have kept most average shooters out of the game for which it was intended in the first place? One wonders.

Back in the 1970s, when I lived and attended college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, a simple man by the name of Ray Chapman was building a new shooting game. Call it “Action Shooting” or whatever, he officially founded the International Practical Shooting Confederation or IPSC in 1976. He later began his Chapman Academy of Practical Shooting in 1979. I remember seeing Chapman on his first outdoor range well before that.

Friend Allen McElroy of Columbia was one of the first to sign up to shoot Chapman matches. He used a simple, stock Colt Commander 1911 in 9mm. I went to several matches just to watch, collect notes, and write it up. Within a few short years, Allen was literally priced out of the game when expensive, customized pistols took over the matches. He simply could not keep up.

Highly customized pistols costing thousands began to show up. I hear you saying, “The gun don’t make the shooter”, but it sure helps to have a fully decked out match gun with a special barrel, tightened bushing, lowered ejection port, high-viz sights, and other features that took away the competitive edge from the average shooter.

We all know where IPSC went years later and where these matches are today. It’s hard to recognize the pistols used in matches today amidst the sponsor banners, free gear, and cash incentives to promote the best shooters. You judge if it has ruined that shooting sport for “Joe.”

Take the simple shooting sport of “Cowboy Action Shooting Sports.” I joined that organization to see what it was all about. It, too, started out as a fun way to shoot a weekend match. Soon there were so many match rules, custom guns, and period clothing outfits, that Bubba and his stock Colt or Ruger single actions were shamed out of the matches. A straw hat, jeans and a cowboy shirt were no longer enough. Some made Roy Rogers look like a street bum.

Maybe I’m too harsh, but as a psychologist I know the worst of human behavior. Given an inch some will take two miles. When this happens in shooting sports, it ruins it. Start with simple rules, enforce them, and let everybody into the game with safety first.

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As Seen On TFB: The Best Of Week 10, 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

As Seen On TFBHi everyone, last week Pete launched “As Seen On TFB”, our new weekly review of the news, reviews and editorials from the past seven days here on The Firearm Blog. We will be continuing to recap of all the highlights, at the weekend, in cased you missed them during the week! As we mentioned last […]

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Bolt Action Cartridge Conversion of a French M1822 Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

This is a conversion of a French 1822 rifle to a single shot bolt action, using a newly manufactured receiver. It is unfortunately not marked with a patent name or date, and I have been unable to find any additional information about it. It actually seems like a pretty solid system, compared to many of the crude and complicated alternatives that many inventors produced.

Saturday, 09 March


West Virginia: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die [NRA-ILA News]

On Saturday, March 9th, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2019 Legislative Session.  While the legislature failed to pass House Bill 2519, the Campus Self-Defense Act, it did pass legislation to help ensure that Second Amendment rights remain equally protected across the state.


St. Patrick’s Day At TFB: Skilled Shooter, Lucky Shot [The Firearm Blog]

Lucky ShotThere are many traditions associated with Saint Patrick’s Day: wearing green, window-mounted shamrocks, disgusting green beer and now TFB’s Skilled Shooter, Lucky Shot posts. I’d like to think that we have included a little something for everyone (who doesn’t need more magazines). Here’s a little known fact about Saint Patrick that is worth sharing: he […]

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Silencer Saturday #63: YHM Resonator And YHM Turbo REVIEWS [The Firearm Blog]

YHM ResonatorGood afternoon everyone and thank you for reading TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where we voluntarily register our firearms with the government and gladly pay $200 for the pleasure to do so. Today we get to review the YHM Resonator and YHM Turbo, complete with some scientific decibel meter readings. We have also shot and tested the […]

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Genhart Horizontal Turret Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

Heinrich Genhart was a Swiss designer working in Liege, Belgium in the 1850s making horizontal turret rifles. His design was actually pretty decent, and included recessed chamber mouths and a calming barrel which would lock more or less solidly into each chamber for firing, thus minimizing cylinder gap flash. This particular example is a roughly .38 caliber rifle with a 10-shot cylinder, in a pretty rough stock (I suspect a replacement). Genhart patented this design in Belgium in 1853 and in the United States in 1857, but turret rifles quickly fell out of popularity and his production ended by about 1860.

The Genhart guns were designed for a specialty cartridge, formed of lead or tin foil using tools sold with the gun. They used a type of tube primer set into the base of each cartridge during assembly, which was crushed by a hammer moving directly upwards. The whole system seems quite good, but doomed by the advent of much better cartridge technology.


NEW PISTOL: The Beretta 92X Performance Competition Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Just announced is the Beretta 92X Performance – a steel-framed pistol with upgrades that are geared towards the competition shooter. Besides the new Vertec steel frame, the Beretta 92X features an oversized, ambidextrous, frame-mounted safety versus the traditional slide safety or decocker on previous 92 pistols. The new gun also features a Brigadier slide and […]

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Friday, 08 March


POTD: Tanfoglio Domina XTREME 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

In 2016 TFB was the first to report about the new Tanfoglio Domina Open pistol. Time flies and the Domina can now be seen in competitions around Europe. Tanfoglio (Italy) just released pictures of the 2019 version, which is the topic of Today’s Picture Of The Day here at TFB. Even in the open Division, […]

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Lion’s Gear Solution – Aurora Bridge Hyperion Mount [The Firearm Blog]

The SiOnyx Aurora is a rather capable night vision camera. Read my review of it here. While the Aurora night vision camera was never intended to be helmet mounted I was able to cobble something together to see if it could be done. The popularity of the Aurora camera has driven individuals like Lucian of […]

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Zombie Apocalypse Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome everyone to our second edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, our newest series here on TFB. If you missed our first article, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this a good deal or a Fudd’s attempt at keeping it […]

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S&W Safety Alert: M&P 15-22 Needs Inspection [The Firearm Blog]

Smith and Wesson just issued a safety alert regarding recent production M&P 15-22 rifles and pistols. According to the safety alert some M&P 15-22 bolts may be out of spec. They have issued a PDF and a video to help you find out if your M&P 15-22 is affected. The safety alert applies to ALL […]

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Arkansas: House Committee to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

As early as next Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee could consider important pro-gun legislation, Senate Bill 400.


Democrat Congressman Wants to Tax and Register Squirrel Guns [NRA-ILA News]

By the standards of today’s anti-gun zealots, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) seems at first glance to be aiming rather low with H.R. 1263, which seeks to add to the National Firearms Act any “semiautomatic rifle or shotgun that has the capacity to accept a detachable [magazine].” Oh, don’t get us wrong. No reasonable, freedom-loving person would try to impose such a preposterous, constitutionally-suspect burden on such a large swath of America’s firearm owners.


Maryland Democratic Party Secretary Labels Gun Rights Activists “Terrorists,” Calls for Doxing [NRA-ILA News]

In addition to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the Bill of Rights protects Americans from government action “abridging the freedom of speech” and ensures “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This week, Maryland Democratic Party Secretary Robbie Leonard offered further evidence that anti-gun advocates are so intent on attacking the Second Amendment that they are willing to destroy the rest of the Bill of Rights along with it.


The New Winchester 350 Legend []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


The shooting and hunting world for consumers is always stimulated by the announcement of something completely new in the gun or ammunition marketplace. Winchester has hit a home run with their new 350 Legend cartridge for hunting. It is already be touted at the range and in the field as the fastest straight walled cartridge ever.

The .350 Legend will handle bullets of .357 inch diameter with an overall case length of 1.71 inches. Among the six loads to be available some are polymer tipped. This load will yield optical accuracy, penetration, and energy transfer on the target.

Its 200 yard energy foot pounds of 903 exceeds the .300 Blackout at 790, and the 30-30 at 781. The recoil is especially mild rated at only 8.52 pounds as compared to the 30-30 at 9.64 and the .243 at 10.38. Both the 30-30 and the .243 have always been characterized as having mild recoil for sensitive shooters.

One of the features of the new Winchester .350 Legend ammo is its excellent penetration. Tests on ballistic get at 200 yards show that the .350 Legend will penetrate this gel target for 11.7 inches. That is impressive in anybody’s book. For white-tailed deer and similar sized game, this new round should prove not only highly effective in the hunting fields, but also popular with hunters of mid-sized game.
The new .350 Legend ammunition will be delivered in six different loadings including (1) a 150 grain Extreme Point, (2) a 180 grain Power Point, (3) a 180 grain Power Point Hog Special, (4) a 145 grain FMJ flat nose, (5) a 160 grain Bonded JHP, and (6) a Super Suppressed 265 grain Open Top. These diverse bullet offerings in the .350 Legend allows for numerous game applications in the field including deer, hogs, and even bears.

So, what guns will the .350 Legend be chambered in? That is a good question, one which I have already queried Winchester about. I did get a clue though in doing some research on the matter. Photographs coming in from Range Day at this year’s SHOT Show going on in Las Vegas this week show shooters trying out the new round in a Winchester bolt action rifle. That rifle appears to be an XPR model designed as one of Winchester’s newest foundation hunting rifles. That choice would be excellent to match up with the new .350 Legend. Check out both for ammo, and for the new rifles.

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Make Your Weak Side Your Support Side []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Very few people are truly ambidextrous having equal skills to use both right and left sides. This is even more evident with shooters, but it is a skill that can be acquired and honed with training and practice. Learning to shoot decently well with your weak side is essential.

I am right handed and never ever once fired a handgun with my left or weak side until a couple years ago. I was shooting an 80-round required concealed weapons permit course when the instructor explained the next shooting string. We were to shoot our weapons with our weak side. A cold sweat came over me, but ironically I placed 8 of 10 controlled shot rounds in the target center at ten yards. I was impressed, but learned a vital lesson.

First, shooting well weak handed is not a given. I really had to bear down and concentrate on the sights of my Beretta 92. During just that short session, I came to realize that it is a skill all of us gun handlers, preppers and survivalists need to acquire. The likelihood of our strong side being injured or impaired at some point is pretty high. We will have to shoot back weak handed.

Learning to shoot with your weak hand definitely enhances your basic marksmanship skills. It is a critical part of your total shooting portfolio that you need to expand. Every aspect of how your shoot well strong handed has to be transferred to your weak side as well, just in case as a backup. Every time you go to the practice range, some of the time shooting needs to be done weak handed. Make weak hand shooting the same challenge as regular strong side shooting.

Being able to shoot with your weak hand will also reduce your exposure to frontal threats. In fact, weak hand shooting can be deployed as needed when angles of attack are not prime for the strong side use. Your backup could be used as your main approach to return fire.

When learning to shoot with your weak side, you can also develop many new firing positions that will increase your defense effectiveness. Going left if you are right handed can help you protect corners, stairway angles, shooting at otherwise blind spots, under or out of vehicles, and many other confrontational combinations. Consider your weak side your support side.

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Vermont: Please Attend Public Hearing on Gun Bills Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 12, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, VT.


Your Support In Action [NRA-ILA News]

AS A PARTNER IN FREEDOM, you'll join a special community of monthly donors who are committed to defending our Second Amendment rights in Congress, the courts, and all 50 state legislatures. Your monthly gift will ensure NRA-ILA has the resources we need to fight every hour, every day, on every critical front where our firearm freedoms are at stake.


Featured Deals of the Week – 3/8/19 [The Firearm Blog]

Featured Deals of the Week HeaderI hope you guys enjoy a deal or two this week. Let me know in the comments if you want to see more or less of something, if there’s a deal you want hunted down, or any other comments and concerns. Beretta CX4 Storm 92mag 9mm – $599 What the deal is: This carbine is […]

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US Air Force Begins Issuing M18 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

USAF M18The US Air Force has begun to issue the new M18 Modular Handgun System to Air Force Security Forces. The new compact M18 will replace both the Beretta M9 and the older SIG Sauer M11A1 pistols with Air Force security personnel. Interestingly, the Air Force also noted that the M18 will also replace the last […]

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Default Proceeds Replaced by Default Infringement [NRA-ILA News]

For most people, a NICS check is instantaneous or at least expedient. Other people are subject to a delay, which is best explained by the FBI itself: “When a NICS background check matches a record to the prospective firearms transferee, the NICS Section determines if a federal prohibitor exists. However, if a federal prohibitor does not exist, the NICS Section employee processing the background check must further review the record match(es) to determine if any applicable state law renders the prospective firearms transferee prohibited.”


Anti-gun Democrats Press for Publicly Funded Gun Control Advocacy [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations held a hearing supposedly geared toward “Addressing the Public Health Emergency of Gun Violence.”


Outdoor Weekly With Jules McQueen – Brought to you by Shell Rotella Gas Truck []

The 2019 Outdoor Weekly season is under way! Jules McQueen is back to tell you about snow goose conservation, erupting volcanoes, and a run in with a rude bird. Jana Waller joins the show to share some extraordinary footage of her bear season.

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Kids Need Hours Outdoors Daily []

I recently ran across a blog post which claims that “children should be outside for 4-6 hours every day.” And I can’t say I disagree.

As a young ‘un, I spent a lot of time outdoors. There really wasn’t that much to do inside our house anyhow. We got 3 or 4 TV channels, we had no video games, and we lived in a place where I could roam in the woods nearby, often to my heart’s content.

It was undoubtedly good for this skinny, shy kid.

The author of the article in question states that while she’s aware that 4-6 hours per day is recommended — saying “I first came across this time recommendation in the works of Charlotte Mason, a classical English educator who lived at the turn of the 20th century” — she can only manage to do it three or four times per week. Still, that’s a lot more than many kids get these days.

She was a hesitant convert to this philosophy, but gave it a try and became a believer:

At the invite of a friend we began to spend large immersive chunks of time in nature and immediately my eyes were opened. Children who are allowed this freedom of time outside get lost in nature. They get lost in their imaginations and they get lost in wonder. And then they rapidly develop. There are many factors why but one reason is due to the rich sensory environment that nature always provides.

She also notes that the findings of Charlotte Mason are being backed up by modern research as well:

In Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children, Angela J. Hanscom writes ‘kids of all ages should get at least three hours of free play outdoors a day.’ (emphasis in original)

I’m sure glad I spent a lot of time outdoors as a young person, and I continue to do so as an adult. It enriches my life and I’m sure it has made my life more complete. Our planet is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and can best be enjoyed via “boots on the ground,” so to speak.

She makes another good point as well:

If children can consume media through screens 1200 hours a year on average than [sic] the time is there and at least some of it can and should be shifted towards a more productive and healthy outcome. ​

Sounds right to me… after all, it’s not called “The Great Outdoors” for nothing!

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Intruders With Knife & Bat Lose to Homeowner’s Gun []

When a man and woman, armed with a knife and baseball bat, ignored a “no trespassing” sign and forced their way into a home in Los Lunas, New Mexico, they threatened the homeowner and demanded money from him. Instead, he provided precious metal… that is, fast-moving lead from his firearm.

Los Alamos Daily Post reports:

[The couple] were both armed with weapons when they knocked on the front door of a residence on Valencia Drive.

When the homeowner opened the door, [the two crooks] forced their way into the residence demanding money from the homeowner. The homeowner was able to retrieve his personal weapon and fired several shots toward [them], striking both of them.

KOB4 reports:

[A]fter being shot both suspects ran off, collapsing… about 75 yards from the home.

They were both taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Moral: Always be armed. And never bring a knife or bat to a gunfight.

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McConnell works to freeze support for Dem campaign finance effort [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pulling out all the stops to make sure not a single Republican senator backs the campaign finance and ethics reform bill that House Democrats are set to pass on Friday. McConnell, a longtime opponent of campaign finance reform who battled the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over the issue, made clear in December that the House proposal would never see floor time in the Senate.


What The Potential 2020 Candidates Are Doing And Saying, Vol. 9 [NRA-ILA News]

For the first time in 2019, this week saw more potential 2020 presidential candidates remove themselves from the running than join the race, with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and even Hillary Clinton all saying that they would not launch campaigns. Two candidates did announce campaigns, however: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. They are the race’s first governors, and upwards of 10 more people, most notably former Vice President Joe Biden and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, continue to wait in the wings.


Noisefighter Gel Pad Installation [The Firearm Blog]

Noisefighter Pads Gel cups can be a great accessory for hearing protection. Noisefighter was founded by Neal Brace, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Made in the USA, Noisefighter produces some very unique gel cups that are a welcome addition to most major brands and models. Not only is the gel […]

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Democrats Care More About Winning Than Usual [NRA-ILA News]

Electability is a very slippery concept, especially in presidential elections, so caution should be taken when saying Jane Candidate can or can’t win a general election. Electability means different things to different people, but whatever it means to them, more Democrats than usual may be prioritizing it when deciding their primary vote in 2020.


How to Weaponize Flat Steel Bars []

The Slingshot Channel’s JoergSprave is always looking for ways to make weapons, and he’s used a lot of flat bar stock of mild steel to do so. In this video he shows numerous things he’s made out of it without any worries about heat treatment or anything fancy… you can just make it and get to work hacking zombies.

See how we use flat steel bars for a sword, for the meanest fidget spinners on the planet, for a makeshift throwing knife and even for “Runes”, a home made throwing ax that ALWAYS sticks.

There’s a brief intro and a heck of a chopper that he calls an “orc sword,” then starts talking about weaponized fidget spinners.

The fidget spinner thing is sorta interesting, but not all that useful from a “defend my bugout camp” perspective. So he includes a caption suggesting folks skip to the 5:40 mark if they’re “sick and tired of fidget spinners.”

When you do, you find him making a simple throwing “knife.” It works, but it doesn’t always stick for inexperienced users, and that’s not good if you suddenly find yourself needing to defend yourself from a slew of baddies. So he moves on to a “Flying Death” throwing weapon and his own homemade version, which he calls “Runes.”

Apparently, one can throw “flying death” silently… but Runes must be hurled with a war cry!

I like it.

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Dems want $50 million for biased research to attack gun ownership [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats in the U.S. House are likely to approve spending $50 million in taxpayer funds for public health research on gun violence. While that may sound like a good idea at first glance, it really wouldn’t do anything to reduce gun violence in our country.


Permit to Carry Holders Reach an All-Time High in MN []

Every year the FBI’s BCA division (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) publishes a report documenting statistics on Permit to Carry applications in MN. A similar report is issued in every state depending on the laws for an individual’s right to purchase and/or carry a handgun. For Minnesota in the previous year of 2018, they saw their highest participation yet for Permits to Carry at an astounding 290,500 active permits.

The full report given by the FBI through the BCA can be found here. The counties in MN that had the most individuals apply for a Permit to Carry all surrounded the metro of Minneapolis/St. Paul which is not surprising for nothing other than the fact of the high population density there. Roughly 60% of those permits applied for were brand new applicants while the approximate other 40% were individuals renewing.

These statistics speak to the reality that firearm retailers are seeing. More and more individuals are approaching them as first-time handgun buyers with the intent to potentially carry or take their Permit to Carry course soon. How many of the 290K individuals are actually carrying on a semi-regular basis is unknown, but while long guns sales are extremely seasonal throughout MN handguns continue to move a steady rate with the growth of indoor gun ranges on the frozen tundra and a blossoming interest in getting a Permit to Carry.

The Star Tribune of MN had this to say regarding the new statistics announced recently by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension:

Last year sheriff’s offices across the state issued more than 66,000 permits to those wanting to carry a gun, the second-highest total in the past five years. As of Friday, the state had more than 290,500 permit holders, a high-water mark, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

While cumulatively the previous year saw its highest participation throughout the state as whole, the highest individual year for applications submitted was back in 2016 on our last presidential election cycle. The previous 5 years of applications submitted by year can be read below:

  • 2018 – 66,053
  • 2017 – 55,069
  • 2016 – 71,156
  • 2015 – 44,696
  • 2014 – 41,493

As MN is currently in a battle for their gun rights with HF8 (MN House File 8 – Universal Gun Registration) and HF9 (MN House File – Red Flag Gun Confiscation Orders), they are seeing one of their most active years in Permit to Carry participation and application filings. What do you guys and gals think? Would the state you live in possibly have even higher participation? Lower? Do you think these stark gun control measures that have been proposed will drive permit applications even higher? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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California: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearing in Assembly Public Safety Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 12, the Assembly Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun bills AB 12, AB 276 and AJR 5.


Dan Haga Designs CMR-30 M-LOK Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

If you recall, I modified my CMR-30 over three years ago. I got a spare extrusion and rails from Kel-Tec to extend the CMR-30 handguard. A similar handguard popped up at the Kel-Tec booth during SHOT Show 2017. Well, now someone has finally taken it upon themselves to make a proper handguard for the Kel-Tec […]

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PSA: Don’t Shine A Laser At Aircraft Especially LE Helicopters [The Firearm Blog]

There are certain actions in the society that one would think common sense dictates you just do not do those things. Like yelling “fire” in a theater, “bomb” in an airport etc. Unless those things are actually happening. Don’t bring anything gun shaped into a school. You know, common sense. But this Clearwater Florida man is […]

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M37: The Ultimate Improved Browning 1919 [Forgotten Weapons]

In November of 1950, the US Ordnance Department requested an improved version of the Browning 1919 air cooled machine gun for use in tanks. The new version was to be able to feed from either the left or right, a feature which was unimportant for an infantry gun but much more relevant when mounting guns into the tight spaces of an armored vehicle. An interim conversion of existing guns to the M1919A4E1 pattern came first, followed by manufacture of all-new guns by the Rock Island Arsenal and Saco-Lowell company from 1955 until 1957. 

The design of the gun fell to Bob Hillberg at High Standard. He came up with a clever set of reversible plugs to change the bolt between left and right hand feed, as well as a captive recoil spring, manual safety, improved top cover and rear cover latches, and several other strengthened parts. He also incorporated a charging handle extension with integral manual hold open and a link ejection chute that could be mounted to either side of the gun. His T153 design was formally adopted as the M37, in caliber .30-06. A 7.62mm NATO version (the M37E1) followed as well. The M37 would serve into the late 1960s on the M48 and M60 tanks as well as several helicopters.

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Illinois: Bill to Create Gun Seizure Regime Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

Illinois state Senator Michael Hastings (D-19) has introduced legislation to create a gun seizure regime that would even apply to those who have simply failed to renew their firearm license.


POTD: LWRCI REPR MKII-SC with Side-Charge [The Firearm Blog]

Not a lot of AR-styled clones are side-charged. I have a JP Enterprises PCS-12 which has this functionality, and the pictured REPR MKII-SC (Side-Charge) from LWRCI is another example. As you may have guessed, the new side-charged REPR is the subject of Today’s Photo here at TFB. Basically, there are no changes on the specifications […]

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CONCEALED CARRY CORNER: CCW Rules Of Engagement [The Firearm Blog]

Ccw Rules Of engagementThe term “mindset”, when it comes to defensive situations, may be a bit cliche by now. The word draws images of a warrior in quiet contemplation, clicking carabiners while staring off into an infinite expanse. While that may be what I do every morning to prepare for that one defining, heroic moment that may never come […]

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TFB Review: Comfort Combo by Qore Performance and Noisefighters [The Firearm Blog]

Comfort Combo Qore Performance and Noisefighters teaming up to offer the Comfort Combo. Qore Performance is known for innovative products designed for temperature regulation. Their latest project, IceVent padding, increases breathability while reducing heat injury and fatigue. Noisefighters offers gel cups with relief cuts for many popular models of hearing protection. The design allows for eye […]

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What’s really at stake in the Supreme Court’s new gun case [NRA-ILA News]

When the Supreme Court agreed to hear N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Assn’ v. The City of New York (N.Y. Rifle & Pistol) in late January, it broke a decade-long reticence on the Second Amendment. The case, a challenge to a New York City law restricting the transportation of handguns, isn’t the minor issue it may seem at first glance. Indeed, N.Y. Rifle & Pistol is much more than a case about a dumb city law—it will set the future of how all Second Amendment cases are decided in this country. N.Y. Rifle & Pistol concerns an utterly bizarre city law that effectively bans pistol permit holders from transporting their firearms outside of New York City (the irony of which seems to be lost on the eminently anti-gun municipality, one would think they would want as many guns to leave the city as possible). Still, this absurdity offers an opportunity: The case gives the Court a chance to set Second Amendment law straight after the lower courts have spent the last decade running roughshod over the amendment.


Medium ALICE Pack Load Out []

We have talked about the medium ALICE pack in previous articles, but we haven’t really talked about load out in detail. So let’s take a few minutes and talk about loading out a medium ALICE pack.

For the intents and purposes of this article we will look at the medium ALICE pack as a warm / hot weather backpack, although I am sure some of the readers have hiked the arctic tundra for months on end with their medium ALICE, and without a resupply.

My personal experiences with the medium ALICE started in the early part of 1992.  A buddy of mine returned from Operation Desert Storm; while visiting he showed me some of his military gear, which included a medium ALICE pack.  I thought the pack was perfect for the types of camping we did, so I bought one a few months later.

Since 1992 my medium ALICE has been used on numerous hiking and camping trips.  These trips include camping everywhere from swamps along the Texas Gulf Coast, to the rolling hills of Southeast Texas.

Medium ALICE Outside Pouches

On the backside of the medium ALICE are three large pouches.

ALICE pack outside pouches

Left pouch:  Hammock.  When I reach a camping site one of the first things I do is select two nice-sized trees and string up a hammock.  This is so I can take a break and relax.  However, I typically hammock camp in the rolling hills of Southeast Texas. When camping near a swamp or marsh, I bring a one person tent.

Middle pouch:  Rain poncho.  A U.S. GI military surplus rain poncho will fit, but it will be snug.

Right pouch: Water filter, mosquito repellent, toilet paper.  In the load out example for this article, the water filter is a Sawyer PointOne with a platypus bag for a gravity filter setup.

Medium ALICE Main Compartment

At the bottom of the main compartment is typically a tarp.  This is usually something along the lines of a 4×10 or 6×12 tarp.  The bad news, tarps can be heavy and bulky.  If we wanted to cut some weight and bulk, get a rain fly designed for hammock camping.

Why put a tarp or rain fly in the bottom of the ALICE pack?  So the contents do not get wet.  It is an extra layer of protection for the gear inside the pack, while also providing a rain fly for the hammock.

There have been times when the pack was set on the ground, I did not realize the ground was wet, the moisture seeped through the pack, and got my spare clothes wet.

On top of the tarp or rain fly goes:

  • Change of clothes, especially socks, shirt, and underwear.
  • Food.  This is typically snacks and a couple of freeze-dried meals.
  • Lightweight blanket or poncho liner in a waterproof bag.

During summer camping or hiking trips, I typically bring an extra shirt, underwear and change of socks.

Radio Pouch

ALICE pack radio pouch

Inside the medium ALICE is a radio pouch which is ideal for organizing smaller items.

  • Stove, pot, lighter and fuel.  I use a BRS micro stove which stores nicely inside of a Toaks 750 ml titanium pot.
  • Spork
  • Extra matches inside a pill bottle.
  • Flashlight.
  • 550 cord.

Some people may forgo the pot and use a canteen cup instead.  Carrying the canteen cup in the canteen pouch outside the pack saves room inside the pack.  However, stainless steel canteen cups weight more than a titanium pot.

Personally, I do not like to use an aluminum cook pot.  Even though they are lightweight, aluminum can sometimes leach into the food.  That is why I avoid aluminum canteen cups.  Some people may not have an issue with aluminum, I just prefer to avoid them.

Depending on how much gear an individual carries, there may be room for a small first aid kit in the radio pouch.  If someone wants a larger first aid kit than will fit in the radio pouch, pick up a surplus first aid kit with ALICE webbing and attach it to the outside of the pack.

ALICE Pack Flap

Small items can be stored in the flap that covers the top of the pack.  Velcro helps close the pack so items do not fall out.

Inside the flap is where I typically store my navigation gear:

  • GPS
  • TOPO maps
  • Spare compass

They are all sealed inside of a one gallon ziplock bag.

Sleeping Pad, Bag, Tent

Due to the size of the medium ALICE, the tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag will typically be carried on the outside of the pack.  On the bottom of the medium ALICE are two loops which make it easy to attach something with a nylon strap.

A small pup tent without the poles may fit inside the pack.

The sleeping bag is one reason I prefer to use the medium ALICE as a warm-weather pack.  Replace the sleeping bag with a poncho liner or lightweight fleece blanket that can be stored inside the pack, and just carry the tent and sleeping pad outside the pack.

I typically like to carry the sleeping pad on the bottom of the pack, and the tent on the top.

Final Thoughts

Even though the medium ALICE was not designed for comfort, it is one of my favorite packs.  That statement comes after using the medium ALICE for 27 years.

It may not be the lightest pack on the market nor the most comfortable, but one thing is for sure — it should give you decades of use.


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Washington: Bill to Increase Government Red Tape For CPL May Be Voted On Soon [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 5174 has been pulled from the Rules Committee and is now eligible for a floor vote.  SB 5174 would make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain a Concealed Pistol License.


Why the AR is Not for Interior Home Defense []

In this discussion, so there is no confusion, by “home defense” we mean inside the house, not outside. In defense of your home or property for threats outside then that would be different. By inside we mean a home invasion in which the active threat is already within the confines of your home.

Walk around your house a few times to consider again just how confined most of the spaces are. Hallways can be narrow, doorways can be more of an obstacle than a benefit, small rooms can be deadly, and big open areas like a great room can be difficult to defend, especially in the dark. Corners around rooms or spaces present unique issues, as do so many entries, exits or stairways as you pass through the house. Also, residences offer threats a lot of places to hide or block vision.

Now, consider trying to wield a long gun in this environment. If you think not, then take your AR or even the quail gun you have, walk around the house, the rooms, the corners, and try swiftly mounting that gun as a training exercise confronting a ghost threat. It’s not easy is it? Did that long barrel strike a wall or scratch across a corner or something else? Were you able to obtain a clear view down the barrel or was it cumbersome? That’s just part of the equation when using any long gun for self-defense inside a house.

The other major concern is penetration inside a dwelling. An AR-15 of any description chambered for the standard 5.56 Nato/.223 puts out an also standard 55 grain bullet, very often a full metal jacket (FMJ) design at around 3200 feet per second give or take 200 fps depending on the load. That bullet will slice through sheetrock, flimsy construction, faux brick, and other materials like a Jedi light saber through cream cheese. Who is on the other side?

Well, maybe you’re home alone when the threat strikes or maybe your wife is in the kitchen cooking brownies for the kid’s sleep over troupe in the playroom. It is simply too great a risk in house to use a 5.56 for defense. It can be argued too that at such close ranges, that 55 grain FMJ bullet might not produce the results on the threat you hoped. It might take multiple shots.

So, with manipulative issues using a long gun inside the house, and given a standard AR-15 round, this rifle simply is not the best choice for interior home self-defense.

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Stealing the Tacticool Soul []

You can learn a lot by listening to talk radio. Well, the right programs that is I guess. My local radio guy is a staunch conservative, shooter, hunter, and generally has no problem telling it like it is. He is “our” kind of guy. Frankly I am amazed the radio station allows him to continue, but he is in the Deep South and he speaks our language.

Last week he spent his afternoon off shooting at a newly opened indoor shooting range and firearm school. The outfit has ten indoor lanes, rents guns, sells guns and ammo, and provides all types of shooting courses for folks at all ages and shooting levels. Sounds like a perfect place for preppers to train and practice.

The radio guy remarked that he had been wanting to shoot and practice with a revolver his mother-in-law had given him. It was a pocket type handgun, snub barreled .38 Special. He ran two boxes of ammo through the 5-shot wheel gun until he felt comfortable enough to consider carrying it for his concealed gun.

What he did not like or appreciate was the sneers and chuckles he got from his “fellow” range shooters for showing up with a lightweight revolver. Trust me, this mattered not one iota of wit to this guy, but his commentary about it made a good point for all of us to let soak in.

Right now we are virtually overwhelmed by the “tactical” mentality of shooters, guns, and shooting equipment, including just the right gear and clothes to wear with it. The average shooter or even prepper does not fit the so-called “tacticool” orientation. And for good season.

Those other shooters at the range by the radio personality’s description were all shooting semi-auto 9s, 45s, or other hulk combat guns. They were all sporting the latest range bags, gizmos, gadgets, and accessories and shooting top of the line (read expensive) ammo as well. Each was decked out in the tacticool combat pants, and correct logo t-shirts to match. There is nothing wrong with any of that. Each to his own in that regard.

What average shooters or preppers have to come to understand is that if we don’t fit into the manufactured tacticool realm, that is okay. We’re not all real or fake wannabe secret agents, elite force personnel, or even did time in the military or law enforcement. We’re just average Joe’s trying to learn to shoot so we can protect ourselves and our families. If that takes a .38 Special pocket revolver, then so be it. Oh, we can always wear the right t-shirt, too, if we want.

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14 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches []

This video shows numerous ways to start a fire without matches. Mixed between some that most of us know — fun with batteries and steel wool, ferro rods, etc. — we have plenty of oddball stuff that’s not as commonly known.

This first one was new to me… combine old ashes with some cotton, and roll it between two boards until friction does its thing and an ember is formed. That’s what you see in the photo above.

Number two is one you do NOT want to learn by accident: Spontaneous combustion of oil-soaked rags.

Then there are the primitive methods such as the fire plow and fire saw.

The guy has a sense of humor… amid his panting and grunting while trying the labor-intensive methods, he quips that “Four years of making YouTube videos has not prepared me physically for this.”

Even the most experienced survivalists among us can probably find something to learn from this video. I especially like the way he shreds jute to make tinder.


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Desperately Seeking Seekins []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Walking into a well-stocked gun shop these days with the intention of selecting a new AR-15 to purchase is nearly akin to walking into Baskin-Robbins wanting something besides vanilla or chocolate. Just too many flavors, too many sprinkles, too many add-ons, and then whether to go with a cup or a cone. Decisions, decisions.

With this goal in mind then, let me recommend you seek out Seekins Precision. Seekins is not readily a household name even among hip line gun people and shooters, but trust me it is going to be. So, start your desperate search by seeking out this company in Idaho at

So, why a company with a curious name? Several reasons, but chief among them is the story of Glen Seekins having risen from his Alaskan heritage and a desire to achieve something perfect, i.e. precise, or precision, hence Seekins Precision. As Robert Duvall said in the movie Apocalypse Now, “I love when a plan comes together,” or something of that nature.
Seekins’ plan came together.

And his own destiny in the rifle making business came from something as simple as broken scope rings on a deer hunt back in 2004. So, he built his own proprietary scope rings to withstand the rigors of hunting in Idaho and thus began his creation of a machine shop with one mission in mind. That was the precision manufacturing of rifle components and eventually a complete line of rifles, lowers, uppers, scope rings, mounts, bolt rifle parts, and accessories. The rest of his history is still in the making. That, with the dedicated help of his wife, Katie.

So, today Seekins Precision is in a new production facility in Lewiston, Idaho making rifles and stuff. They now have their own line of precision bolt action rifles aptly named the Havak. You simply gotta love that. Here I refer you back to their web site for the full details. Now, understand, these are not cheap rifles, because they are precision built to order. Check out the Havak Pro and the Havak Pro Hunter.

Turning to AR platforms Seekins’ selection is both broad and refined. So far, they have nine models varying in formats and features. The buyer picks what he wants, and the rifle is made. His AR prices are within the margins of upper end precision products, but affordable. Study their web site, call and ask questions. Then buy one of the best rifles being made today.

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Check Out the New Smith 442 Revolver []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Small, handy pocket revolvers are making a comeback. Working gun shows regularly, we get inquiries all the time about which revolver is best for concealed carry, personal protection, and vehicle carry. There is plenty of room in the marketplace for more quality pocket revolvers.

The Smith and Wesson Performance Center must have been monitoring the sales of these types of guns when they developed and introduced their new Model 442 revolver. This model is a lightweight handgun built on the proven J-Frame. With its popular internal hammer design it is snag-proof and ideal for concealed carry, purse carry, IWB or OWB carry.

Other features include a new two-tone finish, contrasting the cylinder matte stainless finish with the balance of the gun in a matte black finish. The soft rubber type grips are Crimson Trace LG-105 Lasergrips. The action is also specially tuned at the Performance Center for smooth trigger double action shooting.

These Lasergrips emit a red laser beam for quick target pointing. Lasers are very popular for shooters concerned about personal protection at home, work, outside the house, travel, or from a vehicle. The red beam pinpoints the target making acquisition fast and precise.

The Model 442 is chambered for the .38 Special +P with a five round capacity. The cylinder is manufactured from stainless steel with highly polished cylinder flutes and a polished cylinder release thumbpiece. The action plate screws and the trigger are also polished in the same manner to give this new handgun a distinctive appearance.

Sights are open and fixed designed for quick point-n-shoot situations. The front sight is a ramp with the sight plane down the top of the frame designed to channel the sighting eyes down the barrel, across the ramp sight, and on the target. Couple this with the laser grips and aiming should be quick and simple.

The Performance Center action tuning makes for a very smooth and lighter trigger pull. These features should make the 442 ideal for a woman shooter, or a senior citizen that may have difficulty in pulling a trigger. Don’t get me wrong, I know many lady shooters that can handle any firearm, but selling guns, I know a fair amount of female customers are looking for a gun they can load easily, and shoot without difficulty. This is why many shy away from semi-auto pistols that they do not have the hand or grip strength to cycle a slide to load it. Check out the new Smith Model 442 at

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Global Ordnance and GRAND POWER Announce Partnership to Market STRIBOG SP9A1 [The Firearm Blog]

STRIBOG SP9A1Global Ordnance and Slovakian manufacturer Grand Power have announced a partnership that will allow Global Ordnance to supply Grand Power firearms in the US. This includes the new STRIBOG SP9A1 pistol calibre carbine which had been selected for evaluation in the US Army’s Sub Compact Weapon System programme. Here’s what Global Ordnance have to say about […]

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Old Police Video: How to Use Revolver Speed Loaders []

I recently ran across an old police training video, and thought it was interesting enough to show here. This is from back in the day when most police officers carried revolvers. Everybody knows rapid reloading is often necessary in a gun fight, and this shows recruits how to use the Safariland speed loader and belt-mounted carrier.

The video was used by the Indiana State Police, and the revolver shown is a model my father owned and loved for many years: The Smith & Wesson Model 66.

I’ve used revolver speed loaders before, though not this type. I’ve only used the ones with a small knob you twist to retain or release the cartridges.

Speaking of cartridges, the narrator in this film does use that correct term, but most of the time his terminology is way off. I was especially irked when he referred to the cylinder’s 6 chambers as “slots” and to cartridges as “bullets.” I prefer accuracy in language as well as firearms, but mine may be a losing battle.

The video also shows how to reload one-handed while kneeling, standing, and lying on your back.

An interesting blast from the past… and good info for any fan of revolvers or “wheel guns.”

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Rock River Arms Adds LAR-22 to Rifle Lineup [The Firearm Blog]

RRA .22 tacticalRock River Arms have introduced a range of three new .22LR AR-style carbines. The rifles represent their entry into the low-cost training and plinking AR market. Three models are now available, the Tactical Carbine, the Mid A4 and the NM A4 CMP Trainer for CMP National Match competitions. Here’s what Rock River Arms have to […]

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New Mexico: Senate Concurs on New York-Style Gun Control Legislation, Sends to the Governor’s Desk [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the New Mexico Senate concurred on legislation to criminalize almost all private sales of firearms, Senate Bill 8.


Levi Strauss’s Three-Pronged Anti-Gun Attack []

It’s no secret that many companies — companies we have made wealthy by spending our hard-earned cash for their products — use their deep pockets to influence public policy. And Levi Strauss has long been known to do that in an anti-gun fashion. Well, late last year they reportedly began to go above and beyond their past endeavors by using their wealth to campaign against our civil rights.

An article at GunsAmerica reports that Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh will be using company resources to pay young folks to campaign against guns. The term “youth activists” was used… you know, formerly anonymous folks such as David Hogg, who are given the spotlight by liberal media and actually paid to rant against gun ownership.

In the best attempt to date to unseat Edward Stack as the nation’s Virtue Signaler in Chief, Levi Strauss’s CEO Chip Bergh bravely announced this week his company’s support of “youth activists” working to end the “gun violence epidemic” in America and encouraged other “business leaders” to do the same.

“As business leaders with power in the public and political arenas, we simply cannot stand by silently when it comes to the issues that threaten the very fabric of the communities where we live and work,” he said in a recent op-ed published by Fortune. “While taking a stand can be unpopular with some, doing nothing is no longer an option.”

The article describes three ways Bergh will attack your civil rights:

  • Establish a “Safer Tomorrow Fund” to dispense $1 million via “philanthropic grants” to “nonprofits and youth activists who are working to end gun violence in America.”
  • Join “Everytown for Gun Safety’s” new “Business Leaders for Gun Safety” coalition. GunsAmerica adds: “Roughly paraphrasing Everytown’s website, this group is working to join banks and other businesses doing their darndest to bankrupt gun companies and marginalize gun owners.”
  • Financially support employees who give money to anti-gun organizations, by matching donations DOUBLE their usual charitable donation match — and by giving employees paid time off to do volunteer work for these anti-gun groups.

Bergh has sworn an oath to the Constitution as a former officer in the U.S. Army and claims these actions are in line with that oath and that he supports the Right to Bear Arms… while at the same time avowing that equal rights aren’t for everybody.

Bergh quotes retired four-star general Michael Hayden, who said in a promotional piece for the Giffords Center that “some people… should never have access to any weapons.”

Folks, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t spent a dime for a Levi Strauss product in decades because of the company’s anti-gun stance. I can’t tell you how to spend your money, but I’m hoping you join me in letting that company wither and die.

Are you with me?

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U.S. Survival Pack/AR-7 By Henry Repeating Arms []

Henry Repeating Arms is a company well known for its quality firearms, all made here in the USA. Most folks are aware of the AR-7 survival .22 rifle that Henry manufactures but may not realize that as of 2018, the company offers a U.S. Survival Pack that includes the AR-7.

If you’re like me, you are probably ever-mindful of maintaining a kit that offers the ability not only to hunt and defend, but will also provide for a survival situation. The U.S. SurvivalPack – or Kit as it is sometimes called – is designed as a grab & go package to provide for basic survival needs.

U.S. Survival Pack by Henry Repeating Arms
U.S. Survival Kit by Henry Repeating Arms

The AR-7 is a .22 semi-auto long rifle caliber at the core of the pack. It weighs only 3.5 pounds and breaks down for carry in its own 16.5-inch stock at. Barrel, action, and magazines all store inside the water-resistant ABS plastic stock. The little rifle comes with two eight round magazines. The disassembled AR-7 fits perfectly in the Allen brand carry bag that stores the other components of the U.S. Survival Kit. Two roomy side pockets would also allow for additional small items of your preference.

U.S. Survival Pack by Henry Repeating Arms
The barrel, action and magazines store inside the waterproof stock

The U.S. Survival Pack comes standard with the following items that would be of use in any survival situation:


22 long rifle carbine in black finish.


Mil-C-504H Type III Camo Green 483x100ft – Henry Private Labeled that can be used for lashing duties, snares or cut down for fishing needs.


SWAT-T (stretch, wrap, and tuck) black mode. This tourniquet can also serve as a pressure dressing to hold gauze or other blood stop material in place.

Cold Resistance

Mylar vacuum-sealed space blanket that can be also be used for signaling due to its highly reflective silver color.

Fire Steel

ESEE brand steel that can be used with your ferro rod for fire-starting and also has a center divot for use with a bow and drill.

U.S. Survival Pack by Henry Repeating Arms
Fire starting with the Esse steel and a ferro rod

Life Straw

Water purifying straw by Aquamira Frontier that can provide filtration for up to 30 gallons of water.

U.S. Survival Pack by Henry Repeating Arms

Datrex Food Bar

Highly concentrated 1000-calorie food bars vacuum bagged in a specially designed polymer/foil package, certified to keep fresh for a minimum of five years – four per pack.

Folding Knife

Buck Rival folding knife with 2.75-inch stainless steel blade, Henry branded (on blade) and black handle with one-handed thumb opening stud.

U.S. Survival Pack By Henry Repeating Arms
Esse fire steel and Buck knife come standard in the Survival Pack

I personally tested the AR-7 and found it to be simple to assemble, reliable and accurate. I fired at least 50 rounds the AR-7 and it never had a failure to feed or eject. I also fired five rounds into a 1.5-inch bullseye offhand at about 15 yards, certainly plenty of accuracy for small game hunting. The sights on the AR-7 are a peep style rear sight and a high visibility orange front sight.

U.S. Survival Pack by Henry Repeating Arms
5 Shot group fired from the AR-7

Although a U.S. Survival Pack comes standard with the black AR-7 rifle, two additional AR-7 camo patterns are available for purchase separately, called True Timber-Kanati and Viper Western.

U.S. Survival Pack by Henry Repeating Arms
Henry AR-7 in Viper Western Camo pattern

MSRP for the U.S. Survival Pack (including AR-7) is $550.

MSRP for the AR-7 (w/black finish) is $305; in one of the camo patterns: $368.

As standard for Henry Repeating Arms all items in the survival pack are quality-made here in the US. This pack is lightweight, compact and offers an added layer of preparedness for any outdoor enthusiast. You can find the US Survival Kit and other offerings from Henry Repeating Arms at

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Murphy wants to hike taxes and fees on guns and ammo in N.J. [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Phil Murphy is once again taking aim at firearms sales in New Jersey, asking lawmakers to significantly raise permit fees and enact new taxes on guns and ammunition. The governor on Tuesday renewed a call for New Jersey to raise fees for permits and licenses needed to buy and sell guns in the Garden State, which have remained the same since the 1960s.


Bloomberg reveals he won't run for president in 2020, but urges Dems to 'defeat Trump' [NRA-ILA News]

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday he will not run for president in 2020 while also bashing President Trump in an op-ed and pledging to ramp up efforts to solve national issues. “I’ve never made any secret of my belief that Donald Trump is a threat to our country.” Bloomberg opened his piece, which was published on


Kris Kobach: When People Without Gun Experience Pass Gun Laws [NRA-ILA News]

The Democrats’ latest legislative achievement in Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives is a perfect example of what happens when people who have no clue about a subject draft legislation on the topic.


West Virginia: Campus Carry Bill Fails in Senate Judiciary Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, House Bill 2519, The Campus Self-Defense Act, failed to pass the West Virginia state Senate Judiciary Committee.  HB 2519 previously had passed the state House of Delegates by a vote of 59-41.


TFB Review: Tikka T1x .22 Initial Impressions [The Firearm Blog]

I come from the land of the ice and snow After over a year of waiting, I finally found a Tikka T1x in .22LR (one was sold out from under me while I was at SHOT this year, ironically).  I handled one at SHOT 2018 and was impressed, but acquiring one of my own proved […]

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US Army Testing the NEW Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDM-R) & Compact, Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle (CSASS) [The Firearm Blog]

SDM-RThe US Army has been testing its new precision rifles, the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle and the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle and the first feedback from troops is coming in. Last year TFB reported the adoption of the two new rifles, which are both based on Heckler & Koch’s 7.62x51mm HK417. Stars & Stripes recently […]

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Pelican EL27 Elite Weekender Suitcase Review []

Pelican Cases are widely known for their durability. Although readers of this review may know Pelican primarily for their hard gun cases, they are often used to protect and carry photography equipment, electronics, sensitive medical gear, and just about any other valuable or otherwise fragile item. This Pelican EL27 suitcase is no exception in terms of robustness and durability.

Two days after receiving the EL27 Elite Weekender (which I’ll refer to as “the Weekender” for short), I literally flew across the country, making a number of stops from Salt Lake City, to Minneapolis, Columbus, Dayton and Atlanta. Having made the past mistake of purchasing “budget minded” luggage that fell apart on the first leg of an extended trip, and having to hand carry said luggage from stop to stop, I was excited to see how well the Weekender would perform.

Though my trip wasn’t a combat tour, the case was certainly exposed to the elements. We had abundant snow in Minneapolis, freezing rain in Columbus, and traversed the lengths of numerous dusty airport parking garages. The weekender took everything in stride, and was ready to roll at all times.

The Weekender, being 24.59″ x 16.85″ x 10.82″, exceeds the carry-on size for most major airlines, but you may get lucky at Southwest by employing a little sweet talk with the gate agent. I always check a bag anyway, as I like to bring a cutting tool everywhere it is possible, so this isn’t an issue for me. For those who would prefer a carry-on option, I’d suggest considering the Pelican EL27 which is 21.64″ x 13.87″ x 9.00″, and was designed with carrying on in mind.

They call this case the Weekender, but I think it is plenty large for me to last a week or so of travel (with the addition of a backpack, of course) before things started to get out of hand. I had plenty of extra space for my 4-day trip and could have easily made it much longer.

This suitcase weighs in at 19.34 lbs., which I found quite manageable, and was actually surprised at when I read the spec. It felt much lighter to me. At no point did the weight of case encroach on my consciousness.


The Pelican EL27 Elite Weekender certainly looks tough, but not over the top. It clearly has the appearance of a Pelican; ready to handle a rough ride, but wouldn’t look out of place in an upscale hotel. I never felt as though all eyes were on me while walking through the numerous airport terminals, but the Weekender did stand apart from the rest with its “I’m here for business, but I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty” look.

Pelican EL27


This case has a very clever and efficient system for organizing your clothing and footwear. This maybe common in high end luggage, but I’ve never experienced it before, and it was quite the luxury. It came with a lid organizer (super slick click-in attachment system), Dopp style toiletry kit, zippered shoe sack, laundry bag and garment bag.

Pelican EL27 Elite Luggage

I used all of the organizational accouterments with the exception of the garment bag, and was very pleased with how they performed. Instead of stuffing things wherever they will fit, and knowing it’ll all come to pieces when I take the first item out, the Weekender allowed me to easily remove and replace any single item without a catastrophic explosion. Very convenient, and very low stress, which is greatly appreciated during travel.


The lock is a TSA approved lock, which means it does more for warm fuzzies than for securing the contents of your luggage. It has a three-digit wheel combination, and a somewhat flimsy arm that spans from the bottom half of the suitcase to the top half when locked, then retracts when unlocked. The lock is the least “Pelican” feature on this luggage. Ideally, I would like to have the option to apply my own personal padlocks (American Lock Co. is my preference) for times when the TSA isn’t snooping around in my bags, but this is a minor complaint when considering all the other excellent features of this suitcase.

Pelican EL27 Elite Luggage


All handles on the Weekender are as robust as you would expect. They extend to a reasonable length when needed, offer a nice tacky rubber grip, and retract flush to the body of the suitcase when not needed.

The telescoping handle is wide (almost as wide as the case itself), sturdy, and easy to index. The arm has only two settings: extended and retracted. There are no intermediate positions for those who may want them. I thought this maybe an issue for my own use, as I am bit taller than average at 6’3”, but I never found it to be a bother.

Pelican EL27 Elite Luggage


As most readers are likely aware, Pelican stands behind their products. The Pelican EL27 Elite Weekender is no different and is guaranteed for life. It is also guaranteed to be waterproof at 1 meter depth for 30 minutes, which is impressive and handy for travels that include a bit of over-water travel.

To be honest, when I first got the Weekender, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to come up with enough to say about it to write a reasonable review. I was wrong. This thing is excellent, and I find myself recommending it to everyone, including those who aren’t even in the market for a suitcase. I find it strange to be excited about luggage, but here I am.

The Pelican EL27 Elite Weekender is durable, well organized, good looking, and is exactly what I want in a suitcase. Well done, Pelican.

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Interview with Eric Grauffel – changes brand and joins the CZ Shooting Team [The Firearm Blog]

I had the pleasure to meet and compete together with Eric Grauffel a few times, from pistol to rifle and shotgun. I – and everyone else – always do our best to chase him. In handgun, I don’t stand much of a chance, but I was happy to share the podium with him on the […]

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Project Lightening Episode 07: Conclusions [Forgotten Weapons]

Project Lightening is a collaborative series with Othais and Mae of C&Rsenal in which we test all seven light machine guns and automatic rifles of World War One and put them through a series of tests and evaluations. Each week we will be posting one video on Forgotten Weapons and one on C&Rsenal. Today we have the final conclusions, with a series blooper reel posted right now over on C&Rsenal:

Want to keep a copy of the entire series for yourself? You can download the entire series right now to keep for just $6.

Wednesday, 06 March


POTD: Dry Fire Training: The Coin Exercise [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Picture is from Beretta Defense Technologies. I think the pistol is a Beretta APX, but I have been wrong many times before. Anyway, the real point here is the dry fire training and the coin exercise. Have you ever tried this exercise? To be honest, I have never seen it before, but I’m going […]

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VFGs, AOWs, PSBs and SBRs: A Return To Understanding The NFA [The Firearm Blog]

Understanding the NFAIn the past few years, we have drilled down into the netherworld of NFA laws, attempting to determine the subtle differences between short barreled rifles (SBRs), Any Other Weapons (AOWs) and simply firearms. We’ve also reviewed the new ATF accessory classification process and gone over the use of the ATF eForm system that anyone can […]

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Hawaii: Gun Control Bills Pass Chamber of Origin & Resolution Introduced to Redefine or Repeal the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

This week, a resolution was introduced in the Hawaii state Senate calling on the U.S. Congress to change or repeal the Second Amendment.  This resolution shows a gross disregard for individual liberties that the United States was founded upon.


6 Reasons Why the Galil ACE is Better than the AK-47 & AKM [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode, James discusses 6 reasons why the Galil ACE is better than the AK-47/AKM. According to IWI’s marketing materials: “The modernized Galil ACE is based upon the reliable mechanism of the original Galil rifle first developed by IMI in the late 1960s. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Russian AK-47 and the Finnish Valmet […]

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Guest Post: Mikhail Kalashnikov’s First Light Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Guest Post Mikhail Kalashnikov's First Light Machine Gun (660)Today’s guest post is written by Andrey Ulanov. Andrey is a firearms enthusiast, historian, researcher and writer. He is the author of numerous interesting small arms articles in various websites. Here is an example of an article written by Andrey. Let’s see what’s the story of Mikhail Kalashnikov’s first light machine gun. Kalashnikov light machine gun […]

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Are Holsters Passe’? []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


John Wayne would probably roll over in his grave. Well, figuratively anyway. Us old cowboy movie buffs amply recall the classic sixgun holster rig that John Wayne wore with this 4-inch Colt Single Action Army “cowboy” gun. The gun was canted ever so slightly forward for a quick grab or more precisely a draw. Even the John Bianchi leather company so designated a holster rig in Wayne’s honor.

You don’t see those holster rigs much anymore. The sole exception might be with the Cowboy Action Shooting Sports, which frankly seems to be dying off. That’s another whole subject, but when fun shooting turns into cut throat competition the average guys end up losing interest or can’t afford to stay in the game. That has happened with many sports.

Unless you are in law enforcement, security work, or the military, what we think of as traditional holsters for sidearms are few. That or the configurations have become so quasi-radical, that the current trend for carrying a pistol or revolver no longer resembles the old classic designs.

That may not really be a bad thing either. Like so many other things in shooting and gun work, the market changes to meet the demand. Today, concealed carry is all the rage and that does not promote the wearing of traditional belt carry holsters with leather hammer straps or a thumb break.

In fact, leather itself has taken a bit of a back seat to what the market offers today. So many “holsters” are now molded polymer plastics like Kydex shaped to fit the exact firearm model. They either have a built in belt loop or clamps that slip over the pants belt either inside the waistband or out.

There is even a vendor at the local gun shows here that will mold a custom gun slip either plain or with a colorful graphic of your choice while you wait for under $50. Then there are custom shops like On Your Six Designs in Texas where Kydex rigs can be ordered on line at a very reasonable cost. I have several of these and they are excellent products. While a quality Kydex holster is hard to wear out, the down side is that perceptible “click” or audible plastic noise when inserting or extracting a firearm. Minor detail.

Even so, I just got a high quality DeSantis holster for my Ruger Redhawk Snubs in .357 and .44 in a crossdraw configuration. I still love the feel, smell, and sound of leather. Even though classic leather holsters are not passé, there are other options out there for sure.

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Should You Buy an AK-47? []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


One of the most popular all time debates among “assault” rifle enthusiasts, preppers, and survivalists is which or what rifle to buy. This could be for self-defense, property protection, offensive or defensive action, hunting, target shooting or just fun plinking. You know the choices, but the argument usually boils down to the AR-15 of American origin or the AK-47 developed by the Soviet Union. To feed fuel to the fire, there are actually dozens of other viable choices, too.

So, skipping all the pros and cons of these two choices or even other options, let’s just consider one here. Is the AK-47 a good choice to fill these roles for a prepper or any individual looking for a reliable rifle that has the capability and capacity to halt a threat or reduce it to alternative considerations, withdrawal or a full stand down?

First the sales pitch. The AK-47 was developed in the Soviet Union we know as Russia in 1949 the year before I was born. Behind the Iron Curtain production continued until 1978 when I completed my PhD. Then and since, the AK-47 has been produced to the tune of 100 million rifles, estimated to be one-fifth of the arms in the entire world. It has been manufactured in 32 other countries around the globe and has been or is in current use in 121 countries. What else do you want to know?
You Vietnam and Middle East vets out there faced these weapons head on, so you know their capabilities to deliver harm even under the most arduous conditions afield. They overshadowed the early AR-15 or M-16 so much that some troops took up recovered AKs for their own use. On the nightly news even today, wars in foreign lands everywhere show troops or rebels holding the AK-47. What else do you need to know?

There just is no viable debate about the utility of the AK-47 as a firearm model. It runs well, and often. It has a stellar reputation for functioning in mud, blood, beer, rain forests, deserts, sand, or any other place on Earth. It will do well here among the city streets, urban neighborhoods, and outlying rural areas.

They are easy to maintain, parts are available and ammunition is prolific everywhere in this country. Accessories are readily available like extra magazines, slings, sights, optics, stock variations, hardware, modern furniture, cleaning supplies, kits, and cases. Associated web gear is easy to find as well. You can even get the Chinese helmet if you want that, but it isn’t necessary except to the collector.

So then there is little question about the choice of an AK-47 when discussing reliability, function, utility, and serviceability. It has been proven battle and civilian ready all over the world and it is already equally as popular here in the United States. That too, despite the fact that we are the home to the AR-15 and military M-16 as well as over 450 clones in current production. Let there be no doubt about this proven design, no matter how ugly it looks or sounds when fired.

The platform is good, but what about the cartridge? So long as the rifle can deliver its loaded rounds repeatedly with little effort, then the concern should turn to the cartridge itself. The Soviet M43 round or the 7.62×39 as we commonly recognize it, was adopted by Russian forces in 1943. It came to regular use after WWII.

The standard military load used a 122 grain ball bullet with a muzzle velocity of 2329 feet per second. That generated roughly 1470 foot pounds of energy. Russian ammunition for the AK-47 used steel cases for which the chrome lined chambers of the AKs were designed to handle. Steel cases were much cheaper to manufacture than brass and the materials were more readily available. If by chance you have another type of rifle that uses the 7.62×39, then it is recommended to use brass cased ammo in those and not the steel cased ammo which could stick in non-chrome lined chambers.

So the 7.62×39 is compared to what? With a factory 150 grain load it exceeds common 30-30 loads out beyond 100 yards. Side by side to the .223 (5.56) out of an AR-15, it gens up a MV of 3200 with a ME of 1280. While bullet speed is higher with the .223, the terminal target energy is less, because the .223 uses a standard 55 grain bullet. In these regards, the AK’s 7.62×39 is a better performer with certain range limitations that should be recognized.

The AK-47 and its 7.62×39 ammunition is not a long range affair. It was intended for combat, then modernized with enhanced ammunition to be effective for hunting game sized animals up to white-tailed deer. It makes a grand varmint round for coyotes and even wild hogs at reasonable ranges.

When shopping look for tested foreign made AKs from Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. New American made or assembled AKs include guns from Inter-Ordnance, Century Arms, and Palmetto State Armory. Atlantic Firearms AKs have been earning a good reputation building new rifles using excellent components from Poland as I understand it. Make sure you buy quality and know what you are buying.

Any drawbacks? As a stock rifle, it is not easy to accessorize as is the AR. It is awkward to add any optical sight or electronic red dot type sight. It has no Picatinny rails to add stuff. Some complain about the trigger. It may be rough, but again it is a rifle intended for combat in harsh conditions. These are not bad things, just features to be aware of if you go to shop for one.

So, finally is the AK-47 and its proprietary round suitable for prepping, survival, personal defense, property protection and even hunting? Our vote is a resolute yes. Though I am stanchly an AR-15 guy, I have owned and used an AK. If you can find one at a reasonable price in new or excellent used condition, buy it. You could do a whole lot worse.

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Arkansas: House Committee to Consider Gun Control Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider gun control legislation, House Bill 1655, which would expand the list of prohibited persons under state law to include individuals who are not currently prohibited under federal law.


New Jersey: Unrelenting Assault in the Garden State [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Phil Murphy might not be able to handle a snowstorm, but he sure knows how to attack law-abiding gun owners.


SIG Sauer Reaches Preliminary Deal with German Court Over Arms Sales [The Firearm Blog]

Arms salesA court in Kiel, Germany has come to a preliminary agreement with the legal counsel for three SIG Sauer executives which, in return for a guilty plea, will see the Sig Sauer employees avoid prison sentences. The three executives had been accused of the sale of 38,000 SP2022 pistols to Colombia between 2009 and 2011. […]

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More Brass from SIG SAUER – Now with 270 Win and 30-06 Springfield [The Firearm Blog]

The Art of Reloading, a hobby larger than the shooting itself for some. Owners of rifles chambered in .270 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield can now source high-quality brass from Sig Sauer. All of the SIG Sauer Elite Components are manufactured in the USA, at their own factory in Jacksonville, Arkansas. According to SIG Sauer’s Press […]

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Kentucky governor says he will sign concealed carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he will sign a bill letting people carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training. The Republican governor told reporters on Tuesday that the measure is supported by a vast majority of Kentuckians. The measure won final approval from state lawmakers last week. Its supporters include the National Rifle Association.


Democrats Point to Student Gun-Control Activists As a Reason to Lower Voting Age to 16 [NRA-ILA News]

H.R. 1, a massive voting rights/election security/campaign finance/ethics bill now making its way through the House of Representatives, would make "significant changes to the operation of federal elections by states," according to a summary produced by the Congressional Budget Office. The bill does not allow 16-year-olds to vote, but Democrats are offering amendments that would do just that. Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) introduced their amendments Tuesday night before the House Rules Committee. Both lawmakers pointed to the activism of young gun control advocates as one of the reasons for lowering the voting age.


Paperwork problem delays gun control legislation [NRA-ILA News]

The gun background check bill isn’t headed to the governor’s desk just yet. A clerical error in a committee document means the proposal, Senate Bill 8, is headed back to the Senate rather than directly to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.


French Army Seeking NEW Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

MAC 50The French Army is seeking to replace its ageing MAC 50 and MAS G1 9x19mm pistols and has published a tender requesting proposals from prospective companies. The move comes as part of the French Army’s larger small arms modernization programme which has seen the adoption of the German HK416 as the HK416 F and the […]

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Wells Clayton Whitworth Memorial Pheasant Hunt []

Hunting is a tradition that is passed down from generation to generation; however there are different traditions every family has developed over the years. Traditions like, Chad and Kelly Whitworth, having a new gun ready for a child before they are born. Although everything was going great Wells Clayton Whitworth went on to heaven before his time of birth. There isn’t a word that can provide comfort during a time like this other than the words from the Bible, which is good and true.

Despite their pain, the Whitworth’s decided to do something to help other families who experience situations just like theirs, which is admirable. Thus hosting the Annual Wells Clayton Whitworth pheasant hunt in Madison Alabama, of which all of the proceeds went to a fund at the Huntsville Hopsital to provide proper care as well as funerals for many families facing this type of situation.

Before the hunt everyone was gathered around sharing stories of old times as well as making new friends. The weather wasn’t perfect but held off long enough to have a successful day afield. After spending some time talking with everyone, it was clear that the Whitworths hearts are in the right place and have a genuine purpose for helping others. As pheasants began to fly the sounds of shotguns rang out and feathers flew all day long.

Photo by: Kelly Whitworth 

Although we harvested a bounty of pheasant no one was there for that sole reason. This hunt was one of the largest displays of community support I’ve ever seen. Hunting is always something I take very seriously; however this was an enjoyable experience to honor the life of a young boy taken before birth and to do something for others despite tragedy.

Words can’t express my gratitude or my appreciation for the Whitworth family but I know that God is using them for His glory. Remember to celebrate life in every second for we are not promised tomorrow, furthermore never take for granted the blessings that surround you every single day.

If you would like to donate to this fund follow the link below.

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Sons Of Liberty Gun Works Launch AR15s Into Space [The Firearm Blog]

Sons Of Liberty LaunchAnyone following Sons Of Liberty Gun Works might be aware that they had recently made hits on a target two miles away.  Well, they’ve since aimed a lot farther, using a 90-degree vertical hold-over.  The Sons Of Liberty Gun Works crew posted a video on their Instagram account of a privately launched rocket containing two […]

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Trijicon RMR Type 2 Overview []

Since Trijicon’s introduction of the revolutionary Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR) in 2009 their name has become synonymous with red dot sights. It’s sturdy and reliable design made it one of the most popular sights used in USPSA Carry Optics division. It’s strength also made it the leading red dot pistol sight.

Then in 2017 Trijicon decided to up their game showcasing the RMR type 2.

In today’s world a second-generation product means nothing more than a new paint job. Maybe they add one or two new features, but these can be unnecessary and even bring down the quality of the original unit.

That is not the case with this product.

What’s Different?

The first thing that sets the RMR type 2 apart from its predecessor is the brightness settings. Previously, you had to purchase different versions of the RMR to suit your brightness needs like the LED model, adjustable LED or dual illuminated version.

Now with the type two the adjustments are built in. Or if you don’t want the hassle of switching between the variations, you can simply turn on auto-adjust. This mode detects ambient light and gives you the red dot best suited for your current environment.

You will be further pleased with the new redesigned internal circuitry and ruggedized battery contacts that ensure increased performance and survivability in harsh environments.

The windage and elevation adjustments have also been improved with simplistic dials that give you audible clicks as you set and detents that are more resistant than before making sure your setting are maintained and do not drift during hard use.


The standard RM06 Type 2 is a heavy-duty light sight weighing in at 1.17oz. The body is made from forged aluminum alloy and is powered by a standard CR2032 battery.

The reticle’s brightness is adjustable to eight different settings and features a lockout mode to prevent adjustment slips.

The available mounting adapters mean that the RMR Type 2 can be mounted on any rifle, shotgun or handgun.

Its sight window is .87 x .63in and total dimensions are 1.8 x 1.2 x 1.0 in.

Who uses the RMR Type 2?

The original RMR was never really designed for handgun use. However, its ability to undertake the harsh recoil produced by handguns made it popular for these users. The only issue was that sometimes the battery contacts would lose their “spring” making the reticle unreliable.

The RMR Type 2 has fixed this problem, making it one of the most popular red dot pistol sights sold. This is due to the increased accuracy, improved precision and faster shooting people see at the range.

This item has been used by law enforcement, the United States Military Services and recently picked up a 5-year contract with the U.S Special Operations Command.

With those type of credits, you can easily see this is a top of the line product. You will be shelling out some decent cash to get your hands on one, with an average cost of about $500-$600, but it is an investment that will likely last a career. This unit won’t break or need repair.

Multiple shooters have run thousands of rounds through the weapon and the Type 2 has performed flawlessly. This was with being continuously banged around, suffering harsh weather conditions and multiple one-handed reloads. The unit showed no signs of flicker, no loss of zero and the red dot continued to point straight.

This product continues to satisfy customers in all weapon realms, so if you are looking to upgrade your red dot sight consider spending a little extra money for the RMR Type 2.

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World Record: Three Consecutive Hits At 2,118 Yards [The Firearm Blog]

World Record Three Consecutive Hits At 2,118 Yards (1)Every now and then you hear about a new long-range world record set at unbelievably long distances. However, often times you find out that the shots were fired on quite a large target and only one of many fired rounds hit the target. Should we really count such hits as records? I mean if you […]

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Springfield Arms Double Trigger Navy Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

The Springfield Arms Company existed only for a brief period in 1850 and 1851, making revolvers designed by its chief engineer, James Warner, before being driven out of business by Colt patent lawyers. During that time, Springfield (no relation to the arsenal) made a variety of models in .28, .31, and .36 caliber and with a variety of barrel lengths and other features (including a well-designed safety notch to allow the guns to be carried fully loaded safely). In an attempt to avoid patent infringement, Warner separated the cylinder rotation and firing mechanisms into two different triggers on some models, including this Navy pattern example. The front trigger would rotate and lock the cylinder, and then it would trip the rear trigger which released the sear and fired the gun. This was not sufficient to save him from copyright infringement suits, though, and only about 125 of the double-trigger Navy revolvers were made.



Standing United [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Second Amendment community is like a family. We may squabble amongst ourselves but unite when we are attacked by outsiders. This latest release from the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms illustrates that. It takes aim at attempts by House Democrats to cripple the National Rifle Association through multiple investigations.

BELLEVUE, WA – Reports that the National Rifle Association is being engulfed in what one publication described as “a rapidly expanding tangle of congressional investigations” raise an important question that nobody has been asking: Is this a deliberate effort by anti-gun-rights Congressional Democrats to overwhelm the organization’s leadership and prevent NRA from fulfilling its mission to protect the Second Amendment?

That’s what the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are wondering as House Democrats are pressing their gun control agenda.

“According to The Trace, which is funded by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Congress has launched six investigations of the NRA,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “With Democrats in control of the House, promising to push a full slate of gun control measures, that seems just a little curious.”

Gottlieb, who also chairs the CCRKBA, said it is fair to question an avalanche of investigations involving the NRA at a time when its attention should be focused squarely on renewed efforts to erode the Second Amendment.

“Are these investigations legitimate,” Gottlieb wondered, “or are they a deliberately choreographed attempt to distract the NRA’s focus when it needs to be concentrating on the battle now developing on Capitol Hill?

“We’ve been delighted to work with NRA on a number of efforts,” he continued, “including our successful lawsuits against the 2005 post-Katrina gun grab in New Orleans, the San Francisco gun ban, our joint challenge of Seattle’s attempted parks gun ban and our ongoing federal lawsuit against a gun control initiative in Washington State. So, when we see this kind of congressional onslaught at the same time Beltway anti-gunners are trying to ram through an aggressive gun control agenda, let’s just say our radar is up.”

Gottlieb said that if there are legitimate issues, they need to be explained to the nation’s 100 million gun owners.

“Otherwise,” he observed, “all of this may amount to a lot of smoke and mirrors designed to not simply distract NRA but to discredit it in the eyes of its members, supporters and allies when we all should be working together to defend our fundamental rights at a time when they are under unceasing attack.”

I agree with Alan that this is "curious" at a time when more and more gun control bills are being introduced in Congress. Indeed, I read a bill this morning that would put any semi-automatic rifle including Ruger 10/22s capable of accepting a magazine under the purview of the National Firearms Act. 

Tuesday, 05 March


TFB REVIEW: KNS SwitchSight Glock Sights [The Firearm Blog]

You just bought a Glock, and let’s face it, those plastic factory Glock sights are flat out embarrassing. Plastic sights on a metal slide just don’t make a whole lot of sense, and they are definitely nothing to write home about. When it comes time to upgrade those sights there are two things you may […]

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POTD: AR15 and Microtech H.A.L.O. VI [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photos are of a rather special knife together with an AR15. The Microtech H.A.L.O. VI is an Out-The-Front, Single-Action Automatic knife. Single-Action Automatic knife? Really? Yes, after you pushed the button and released the blade out in the open it is fixed and won’t go back by another push on the button (like the […]

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Edelweiss Raid 2019 – “Unofficial World Championship of Mountain Soldiers “ [The Firearm Blog]

The “Edelweiss Raid 2019” is an international, military special competition for mountain fighters from 12 nations. The competition teams come from Austria, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the USA. Most of these photos were chosen as they include some firearms that we don’t see too often in the open. […]

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Kalashnikov Concern to Make Civilian AK-12s called SAIGA-AK12 [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov to Make Civilian AK-12s called SAIGA-AK12 (5)Sureshot Armament Group sent us a tip with pictures of a rifle that will soon become the civilian version of AK-12. The new rifle is called SAIGA-AK12. The pictures are from testing of this rifle conducted by George Gubich (six-time IPSC champion of Russia) in the premises of a company called Orengun. George posted on his […]

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Michael Bloomberg Will Not Run for President in 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who joined the Democratic Party last year to crusade against President Trump, has decided not to challenge Mr. Trump as a candidate in the 2020 election.


Herter’s Select Defense Double Round Ball Shotgun Ammo []

We all know that in order to be effective, a home defense round must have balls. Er, wait… my mistake. Turns out, we’re just taking a look at Herter’s Select Defense Double Round Ball 12 gauge shotgun shells, which contain not one but two lead sixty-five-caliber round balls inside.

Yeah, that’s right.

In the video below, Paul Harrell tests some of these impressive loads in typical PH fashion, first shooting at a paper silhouette target to compare buckshot to slugs at 25 and 50 yards, demonstrating that at longer range (for most home defense scenarios, 50 yards is huge) a slug gives you a much better chance of hitting your intended target than buckshot. But what about the double ball ammo?

At 50 yards, the DRB shells don’t group worth a hoot from his smoothbore shotgun, and they hit considerably lower than his point of aim, unlike the buckshot and slugs he fired.

At 25 yards — still pretty far for home defense — the group tightens up and all five hits are in center mass of the silhouette target… with each pair o’ balls tearing a single (though sometimes oblong) hole in the target. That would most definitely “leave a mark” on your foe… but why even fire two projectiles if they’re only going to punch one hole?

Paul then seemingly departs from the land of logic and tries a full-choked shotgun at 50 yards in an attempt to get the two balls to separate during flight. What the?? Aren’t full chokes meant to keep shotgun projectiles closer together? The theory seems to be that the full choke would slightly delay the plastic shot cup at the gun’s muzzle, allowing the pairs of round balls to carry on without it and thus separate during flight. Yeah… no.

Next, a comparison of velocity. The Herter’s DRB ammo clocks an average of 912 fps, while a typical one-ounce rifles slug moves at 1487. That’s a huge difference… but both were about as effective at busting up concrete blocks.

Moving on to “the patented meat target,” we get some surprising results. The DRB ammo, although much slower than the slug, fully penetrated the entire setup, including the fleece blankets intended to catch the bullets. The slug, however, stops at the first blanket — after grenading the daylights out of the “simulated lung tissue.”

My takeaway? Herter’s Select Defense Double Round Ball 12 gauge is a gimmick… and not a really desirable home defense round, especially for those concerned about overpenetration. Nobody wants to shoot a bad guy and later find more casualties caused by projectile(s) in the next room — or next door.

Check out the video and let us know what you think.

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Stan Zuray Video Project Still Needs Funding []

Attention fans of Alaska, outdoorsmen, survival, and ingenuity. In case you missed it, there may be a new filming project featuring Stan Zuray, who became well-known on the bygone Yukon Men TV show. It’s called “The Stan Project” and as I wrote three weeks ago, there’s a Kickstarter page set up to raise money for the project. As I write this, they have raised $15,146 of their $20,000 goal — but there are only a few days left.

This is an “all or nothing” Kickstarter, which means the project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, March 14 2019 11:19 AM EDT.

The goal of the project is to show more of Stan’s real life and his real story, without the false drama that was sometimes incorporated into the old TV show. It’s something the husband-and-wife team can’t do if they take money from a TV network or some other financier… but if it’s funded by people who actually want Ryan and Kari to make their documentary in the way they wish to do, they can enjoy the freedom to tell us about a remarkable man and how he’s lived a rugged-but-satisfying life in the boondocks of Alaska, despite having been born in the city of Boston.

The couple who hope to make the video series made a short video update, which Stan posted yesterday on his YouTube channel. Here it is:

Here are some links so you can learn more about it:

This is not a sponsored post and I’m not on their payroll or anything… I’m just a longtime fan of Stan and I would love to see this project completed. So please share this and kick in a few bucks if you have it to spare.

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Utah: Gun Control Bills Pending Hearing in House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Several gun control bills are currently pending consideration in the House Rules Committee which if enacted into law would severely impact the rights of Utah’s law-abiding gun owners.


Heckler & Koch 416F deployed in Sahel, Africa [The Firearm Blog]

According to this report from the French Armed Forces, they seem very happy with their new Heckler & Koch HK416Fs in the deserts of Sahel. They have used the HK416 out to 600 meters, with good results. It may sound silly, but if you previously had to hand-carry your flash/weapon-light as you couldn’t mount them […]

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Arkansas: Important Self-Defense Legislation to Receive Committee Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on an important bill that would clarify Arkansas’ current self-defense law, Senate Bill 484.


Federal Ammunition Has New Packaging []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Pretty soon when you go to your local gun shop, outdoor store, gun show, or any retailer that stocks ammunition you are not going to be able to find Federal ammunition. What? Are they going out of the ammo production business? Hardly, in fact this year they are introducing an additional 25 or more new products for 2019. What they are changing up is the design of their ammunition packaging.

Federal’s marketing gurus are labeling the new packaging scheme as “The New Look of Authority.” This begins with a completely new ammunition product logo and an entirely new packaging redesign that is fresh, and quite attractive.

The new Federal ammo logo is going to be more contemporary and will be used throughout the complete comprehensive line of ammunition that Federal manufactures. Labeling includes new fonts, bold colors, and ideally better product recognition by the consumers. Federal attaches a number of marketing catch phrases to announce this ammo packaging change, which is what marketing people do. I think consumers will like what they will see on the shelves soon.

“All Federal products will now have an exciting new look on its packaging. Using bold eye-catching aesthetics, the design will make it easier for consumers and sales associates to quickly identify Federal products on the shelves. The Premium line is being reinvigorated with many exciting new products and a return to its iconic gold color”, says Federal Ammunition President, Jason Vanderbrink.

“With so many ammunition options at retail, we made sure this packaging stands out and immediately communicates what we know consumers want to see,” Vanderbrink stated.

Why should consumers care what ammunition packaging looks like? Have you shopped for ammo lately at a large retail operation or even the local mom and pop gunshop? Scanning down the ammunition aisles all the boxes create a blur. If you want a particular brand of ammunition, it takes a while to zero in on the brand you want to buy. Once you learn to recognize this new packaging, you can focus on the Federal ammunition you want.

If you intend to attend to the SHOT Show this year in Las Vegas, be sure to go by the Federal booths to see the new ammunition packaging firsthand. I think you will be impressed with the bold colors and the new logo that creates a whole new look for a well-established ammunition product line. For more information, look at

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Stairways to Heaven or to Hell []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Defending or securing a building with stairwells is a tough proposition. Clearing bad elements from stairs going in either direction up or down is one of the toughest security tasks there is. Much training and practice by preppers and survivalists needs to be undertaken to acquire the knowledge, tactics and skills necessary to clear stairwells.

Negotiating a stairwell or series of stairs can take you either way, up or down, to the heavens of success or to the hells of failure. Do not take defense of stairways lightly as there are many traps to fault you and tricks to working them successfully.

Whether in an attack defensive posture from either above or below there are countless modes of exposure for you to work through. Stairways and long stairwells with many steps and gaps between floors offer many angles both protective and with dire exposure. You have to remain constantly vigilant in observation at all times. It may be that only small pieces, parts or portions of an adversary can be seen at any given time.

Do not rush into a defense of a stairwell. Rather maintain a steady momentum, but not a fast speed forward. Use the outside stair walls to press against to move forward or back. Stay away from open hand rails or gaps that open to floors above or below. Attackers will be looking up and down these openings ready to fire at any sight of movement.

Use extreme care in approaching entry/exit doors at every level especially if there are viewing panes of glass in the doors. If you have to open a door to exit or entry, be sure to fully check spaces that might hide someone lurking behind a doorway. Try to peer slowing at the corner of a glass window to see as much of the stairs up and down as possible. Having to defend a position in a doorway is another tactic altogether. Train for that, too.

When assaulting a stairwell, keep your constant checking vision in a 360 degree manner as much as possible. A threat could come from anywhere at any second. Stop, look, inspect and then move ahead. Remember the momentum idea. Also use all of your senses as you go. Besides sight, listening and even smell can assist you just as much as sight.

If you reside or work in a building with stairwells, then take a professional training course to help you be ready for such threats. Then you will be prepped for survival.

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Straight Pull Rifles from German Schmeisser [The Firearm Blog]

Almost ten years ago I shot a Schmeisser AR15 for the first time, and I recently examined two brand new Schmeisser AR15s. There was no possibility to shoot them, but I found them to be of good quality and design. At IWA in Germany Schmeisser will be releasing a list of new firearms and products. […]

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Bumpstock Case Appealed To DC Court Of Appeals [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

As I reported a week ago, Judge Dabney Friedrich of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied the motions for a temporary restraining order in the multiple bumpstock ban cases. The plaintiffs including the Firearms Policy Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition indicated they would appeal and they did. On Friday they requested an expedited hearing and briefing before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and it was granted.

More on the case from this joint press release from FPF and FPC:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2019) — Today, attorneys for Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation filed opening briefs in their consolidated appeals with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the ongoing federal litigation challenging the confiscatory “bump-stock” ban rulemaking by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Copies of the briefs and related filings are available at

On February 25, United States District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich denied motions for preliminary injunction in the matters. The ruling came little over one year after President Trump directed the Department of Justice, at the time headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to “as expeditiously as possible” propose “a rule banning all” bump-stock type devices. The challenged Final Rule was signed by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and published December 18, 2018.

Counsel for FPC and FPF filed notices of appeal on February 25, and on February 26, they requested an expedited appeal schedule from the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Last Friday, March 1, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit granted FPC’s and FPF’s joint motion to expedite the briefing and arguments, setting today as the deadline to file the opening briefs. The government’s answering brief will be due on March 13, and the appellants’ reply brief will be due on March 15. Oral arguments will be heard by the Court of Appeals on March 22 at 9:30 a.m.

In its brief, FPC argues that the Rule is invalid because it was issued by then-Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. FPC explains that the designation of Mr. Whitaker – who was neither in the Department of Justice chain of command nor confirmed by the Senate – to serve in that role was both illegal and unconstitutional.

In the Guedes appeal, FPF argues that the text of the federal statutes at issue in the Final Rule are clear and unambiguous, that the rule of lenity precludes the ATF’s proposed new definition of ‘machinegun’, and that the rule is unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious. The brief also argues that the “district court abused its discretion in finding the statutory language ambiguous and erred as a matter of law in according ATF Chevron deference regarding the terms ‘single function of the trigger’ and ‘automatically’.”

Thomas C. Goldstein, Daniel Woofter, Charles H. Davis, and Erica Oleszczuk Evans of Goldstein & Russell, P.C., are on the brief for the FPC appeal. Attorneys Joshua Prince and Adam Kraut of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., and Erik Jaffe of Schaerr Jaffe LLP are on the brief for the FPF appeal.

Unless the appeals result in a temporary injunction or stay of enforcement, the ATF’s Final Rule will take effect on March 26, when the federal government will consider the affected devices to be illegal “machinguns” and carry severe criminal penalties including large fines and up to ten years in federal prison.

FPC and FPF remain committed to protecting Americans who own and possess bump-stock devices from the ATF’s unlawful Final Rule.

The case of David Codrea et al v. Barr will also be heard at the same time as the Guedes and Firearms Policy Coalition cases.

Stephen Stamboulieh, who is the attorney for Codrea et al, has this to say about the appeal:
This appeal is about an agency action in which a regulation was promulgated which seeks to dispossess hundreds of thousands of Americans from their private property. The ATF expressly acknowledges that “[b]etween 2008 and 2017, however, ATF also issued classification decisions concluding that other bump-stock-type devices were not machineguns . . . .” 83 Fed.Reg. 66514, 2018 WL 6738526 (Dec. 26, 2018). It is also undisputed that ordinary law-abiding individuals have spent, during that time period, millions of dollars of the purchase of such items in full reliance on repeated decisions of the ATF. Id. at 66543 (“This final rule is expected to have an impact of over $100 million in the first year of this regulatory action.”).

Yet, under the ATF’s new rule at issue here, if those Americans don’t surrender or destroy their heretofore legal private property, they will be prosecuted as felons. However, due to political pressure from an incident in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay and an instruction from President Trump to ban bump stocks, the ATF has taken an unambiguous congressional statute and has redefined plain text into something congress did not intend when it passed the National Firearms Act (“NFA”), just at ATF itself acknowledged during this time period. Worse, the district court sustained this agency action by applying the Chevron doctrine in direct contravention of controlling Supreme Court precedent that make plain that the Chevron doctrine has no place in the construction of criminal statutes.

Justice requires an injunction issue in this case. It requires such because the ATF has no authority to rewrite a congressional statute to fit the current agenda. Congress has expressly denied the ATF the authority to issue regulations with retroactive effect. “Congress alone has the institutional competence, democratic legitimacy, and (most importantly) constitutional authority to revise statutes in light of new social problems and preferences. Until it exercises that power, the people may rely on the original meaning of the written law.” Wis. Cent., Ltd. v. United States, 138 S.Ct. 2067, 2074 (2018). This is not merely a suggestion to the agencies, but a mandate from our highest court. While individuals may or may not like bump stocks, that “new social problem[ or] preference[]” is properly left to Congress to declare such and not an unelected agency which has stated over and over in the past that is has no authority to regulate bump stocks.


District Court Denies TRO In Bump Stock Cases [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Judge Dabney Friedrich of the US District Court for the District of Columbia turned down a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent the Trump Administration’s bump stock ban from going into effect. This ruling impacts a few of the bump stock ban challenges including Guedes, FPC v. Whitaker, and Codrea v. Barr.

In his ruling Judge Friedrich said that the BATFE was entitled to Chevron deference allowing it to redefine the actual meaning of words.

Most of the plaintiffs’ administrative law challenges are foreclosed by the Chevron doctrine, which permits an agency to reasonably define undefined statutory terms. See Chevron v. Nat. Res. Def. Council, 467 U.S. 837 (1984). Here, Congress defined “machinegun” in the NFA to include devices that permit a firearm to shoot “automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger,” 26 U.S.C. § 5845(b), but it did not further define the terms “single function of the trigger” or “automatically.” Because both terms are ambiguous, ATF was permitted to reasonably interpret them, and in light of their ordinary meaning, it was reasonable for ATF to interpret “single function of the trigger” to mean “single pull of the trigger and analogous motions” and “automatically” to mean “as the result of a self- acting or self-regulating mechanism that allows the firing of multiple rounds through a single pull of the trigger.” ATF also reasonably applied these definitions when it concluded that bump stocks permit a shooter to discharge multiple rounds automatically with a single function of the trigger. That this decision marked a reversal of ATF’s previous interpretation is not a basis for invalidating the rule because ATF’s current interpretation is lawful and ATF adequately explained the change in interpretation.
The plaintiffs have already said that they plan to appeal this to the DC Court of Appeals.

You can read the reaction of the plaintiffs in this joint statement by the Firearms Policy Coalition and the Firearms Policy Foundation.


Get A(K) Grip: New TangoDown AKOE Battlegrip [The Firearm Blog]

You’ve got an AK but don’t want a grip that stores your batteries, dollar bills, condoms, matches or that last round? The good news is that you’re going to save $5,55, as the newly released AKOE from TangoDown is down on price versus its predecessor. Below: Pure and simple – the TangoDown AKOE Battlegrip. Empty inside. […]

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New Mexico moves to expand background checks on gun sales [NRA-ILA News]

Legislators sent a bill to expand background checks on private gun sales in New Mexico to the governor's desk Monday for certain approval after a bruising series of debates and objections from county sheriffs across much of the state. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vowed to sign the legislation and immediately issued a statement that applauded final legislative approval by the House on a 42-27 vote, after legislators exhausted a three-hour limit on floor debate.


Another gun-control law in New York: Safe storage in the home may be required [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners in New York with children in their homes may have to take steps to keep their weapons in safe-storage units. The state Legislature on Monday passed a bill that aims to prevent kids from having access to guns in their homes, making it a potential criminal charge if the weapons are not safely stored.


Mississippi: Your State Senator Needs to Hear your Support for HB 1581 [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary A Committee unanimously passed NRA-supported House Bill 1581.  HB 1581 now moves to the Senate floor for final consideration.

Mississippi: Respectfully Urge Your State Senator to SUPPORT HB 1581 [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 5, the Senate Judiciary A Committee unanimously passed NRA-supported House Bill 1581.  HB 1581 now moves to the Senate floor for final consideration.


GIGN Adopts the BCB’s FRAMM Stock [The Firearm Blog]

FRAMMIt has been announced that France’s GIGN, the elite police tactical unit of the National Gendarmerie have adopted the FRAMM multi-position stock, for use with ballistic face shields, from BCB International. Here’s BCB’s video demonstrating the FRAMM: Here’s BCB’s press release on the adoption: Riot and ballistic face shields are essential for law enforcement officers in active […]

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[IDEX 2019] Truvelo AMRIS 20×42 mm from South Africa [The Firearm Blog]

Truvelo is a South African firearms manufacturing company which we know for their large caliber sniper and anti-materiel rifles. In IDEX they had a small booth where they managed to fit their newest baby and two of its bigger siblings. Truvelo Manufacturers (Pty) Ltd The company was founded in 1966 to manufacture accurate speed measurement […]

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Colt M13 Aircrewman Revolver: So Light it was Unsafe [Forgotten Weapons]

In 1951 and 1952, Colt supplied a small number of extremely lightweight revolvers to the US Air Force, designated the M13 Aircrewman. These guns were very similar to the commercial Colt Cobra; .38 special 6-shot guns with aluminum alloy frames and cylinders with a loaded weight of just 11 ounces. Only 1189 were made, and they were issued with a special low pressure loading of .38 Special ammunition. It was designated M41 and fired a 130 grain FMJ bullet at just 725 fps. This reduced pressure loading was safe in the aluminum cylinders of the guns, but nothing prevented a person from loading and firing standard .38 ammunition – which was definitely not safe. In 1959 the Air Force decided that the potential hazard from standard ammunition was not worth the slight weight reduction of the aluminum cylinder, and recalled the guns for destruction. Only a small number survived to get into the commercial market today, making the Colt Aircrewman a very scarce revolver indeed.

Monday, 04 March


Oregon: Magazine Ban & Gun-Free Zone Expansion Bills Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

On March 4th, legislation was introduced to allow local governments and other entities to ban the carrying of firearms in public buildings and to ban firearm magazines with a capacity greater than ten.  This comes less than a week after legislation was introduced to ban many commonly owned semi-automatic firearms used by countless gun owners for target shooting, hunting, and self-defense.


Arizona: School Pick-up/Drop-off Bill Passes House, On to Senate [NRA-ILA News]

On March 4th, the Arizona state House of Representatives voted 31-27 to pass House Bill 2693 to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families by reducing arbitrary boundaries that leave them defenseless.  Your NRA would like to thank Representative Warren Petersen (R-12) for sponsoring this critical bill and the Arizona House of Representatives for voting to pass it.  HB 2693 will now go to the state Senate for further consideration.


POTD: ”You can feel it in your body” [The Firearm Blog]

In Today’s Photo we’re looking at the various flashes the M/86 recoil-less rifle produces as it’s being fired by Swedish soldiers. The weapon is exported under the name AT4 (eighty-four), which also can be read as the caliber “84 mm” or “Anti-Tank”, which is one of many uses. According to Wikipedia, an AT4 CS (AT4 […]

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The Low-Recoil Space-Age MARS Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The Space Age MARS Rifle (1)I learned about the MARS rifle right before the SHOT Show 2019. The video demonstration of this rifle on the company’s website showed that while being chambered in .308 Winchester, the rifle virtually has no recoil. Needless to say that I was curious to find the MARS Inc. at the show and see if the […]

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[IDEX 2019] Steyr AUG .300 BLK and STM556 from Austria [The Firearm Blog]

Steyr Mannlicher attended IDEX with a somehow low profile booth in the Austrian pavilion. In the small space, they managed, however, to showcase a good selection of their products, from the new A2 pistol in different configurations to the impressive HS50 anti-materiel rifle. The two most interesting products were, however, an “Americanized” Austrian bullpup and […]

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Connecticut: Gun Bill Day, Multiple Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard [NRA-ILA News]

On March 11th, the Connecticut state Joint Judiciary Committee will be hearing a number of bills affecting your Second Amendment rights, including bills to continue the never-ending push for more gun control in Connecticut.  NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are invited to attend the public hearing and make their voices heard.


Tennessee: Legislature to Consider Numerous Gun Bills This Week [NRA-ILA News]

This week, multiple gun bills have been scheduled for hearings and floor votes.


Maryland: Joint Hearing Scheduled on Yet Another Anti-Gun Bill This Friday [NRA-ILA News]

This Friday, in the Joint Hearing Room at 9:00am, after multiple days of extended testimony in opposition to anti-gun bills in Maryland, a joint hearing between the Executive Nominations Committee and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to consider yet another anti-gun bill, Senate Bill 1000.


Minnesota: Anti-Gun Bills Advance to Judiciary Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the House Public Safety Committee passed two anti-gun bills out of committee, House File 8 and House File 9.


Benchmade Attempts Damage Control on Gun Talk Radio []

By now, you may have heard about Benchmade’s infamous decision to help Oregon City Police by destroying guns for them. Naturally, this caused a wave of anti-Benchmade sentiment among their customer base, which is largely composed of gun owners who fully support gun rights and the Second Amendment.

On top of that, Benchmade has also donated to anti-gun Democrats… so yeah, not a good time to be Benchmade if you wish to continue receiving gun owners’ dollars.

Tom Gresham talked about the topic in a recent Gun Talk radio session, which I’ll include below via YouTube. According to him, it’s Benchmade that reached out to him.

Tom talks with Matt Elliott, Director of Marketing for Benchmade Knife Company, about the company destroying firearms for the Oregon City Police Department and donating to anti-gun Democrats.

The Benchmade topic begins around the 2:30 mark, and by way of introducing it he talks about being “Zumboed” as in Jim Zumbo’s unfortunate remarks about modern sporting rifles and his resulting fall from grace.

It would seem that Benchmade has been Zumboed.

If you want to get right to it, skip to the 5:45 mark. Here are some of the high points:

  • Benchmade has been destroying guns for the police for “a few years” but less than a decade.
  • No law requires the police to destroy the guns; they could be sold to the public. This PD “has made a political decision to not sell guns back into the lawful trade stream.”
  • Benchmade is selling this as “being supportive to law enforcement.”
  • Benchmade said they’ll stop destroying guns for the police.
  • Benchmade has made multiple political donations to anti-gun Democrats and has no record of contributing to any Republicans or pro-freedom candidates.
  • Benchmade says they contribute to Democrats because Democrats get elected in Oregon, and apparently these donations are intended to help pass a law to protect interstate travel for people transporting certain knives.
  • Tom Gresham thinks that law is terrible and says, “I hope it never passes and I think you guys are wrong, to an incredible extent, to be pushing that.” He adds the new law “will only get people arrested.”
  • After Tom says, “It’s even so bad that Dianne Feinstein supports it,” he’s met with dead air from Benchmade’s PR man.
  • The lobbying group hired by Benchmade is ultra-liberal and one of their biggest clients is Planned Parenthood.

At the end, Matt states:

The contributions that [Benchmade] has made to the shooting sports industry and to pro-gun organizations, whether that’s through discounts to members, donations for funding, financial support of youth programs, co-branded knife lines, memberships, or simply to the supply chain of the industry, has been consistent throughout the course of our history and to the tune of millions of dollars.

Take that as you will, folks. As for me… I don’t own any Benchmade knives and now I don’t think I ever will.

What’s your take?

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New York lawmakers aim to expand gun storage rules [NRA-ILA News]

- Democratic lawmakers want to expand New York’s gun storage law to cover homes with children. The proposal expands the state’s existing safe storage law, which already applies to homes where there is a resident barred from owning a gun, such as a convicted felon or someone subject to a protective order, according to the Times Union in Albany. To comply, gun owners must have a locking device for their firearms or store them in locked containers. Under the new proposal, the storage requirements would expand to cover any residence with children under age 16.


2A Fee Hike in New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Wants to Price Guns Out of Reach of the Poor [NRA-ILA News]

Under current law, applicants must pay $52.66 to be fingerprinted when applying for a New Jersey Firearm Purchaser ID card or a pistol permit. The permit application itself costs $5. (The handgun permit fee is $2.) Governor Phil Murphy wants to increase the application fee to sixty times the current amount (and have permits expire in four years). A source close to the Murphy administration has confirmed with NJ2AS that he will be advocating to raise the cost of a firearm identification card to $300 and also raise the cost of a retired law enforcement conceal carry permit to $150. We expect this announcement to occur during his budget address Tuesday afternoon.


German Redneck Does CSI on Poacher and “Awful Dad” []

JoergSprave, everyone’s favorite(?) slingshot-amping German YouTuber — and the same guy who recently built a homemade weapon to throw spinning saw blades — saw a story being reported in Germany and called BS… then he made a video to disprove it.

There was a photograph with the article, showing a very short arrow with an odd tip… a blunt point designed for stunning/killing small game animals such as rabbits. A dead deer had been found with this arrow inside, apparently having bled to death.

After the story went public, a local father told police that his 14-year-old daughter had accidentally shot the deer while shooting her bow, when the deer had unexpectedly run out in front of her. JoergSprave saw this story and immediately saw it for what it is: BS.

In the video, he uses bows, crossbows, similar blunt tips, and a few different arrows to show that the arrow found in the deer is a crossbow arrow (or bolt), that it couldn’t have been fired from a youth bow, that a youth bow couldn’t have penetrated a deer with that sort of tip even on an arrow of the correct length for the youth bow, and finally that a crossbow could indeed have caused brutal penetration into a deer using that blunt tip, creating trauma by ripping its way through flesh and hide.

In other words, the father lied on numerous fronts… and even if the daughter had been the one firing the crossbow — illegal for someone younger than 18 in Germany — wouldn’t a good father have taken the rap by saying that he fired the shot?

But after all, who expects decency from the sort of jerk who would shoot a deer with this type of arrowhead anyhow? A real piece of work.

I can’t help but wonder whether this video helped police do their work… and what the result was.

Much of what he shows us in the video is common knowledge to many Americans, but many folks have no clue about arrows, arrowheads, and their effects on animals…

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New Mexico: Last Chance to Contact your Lawmakers in Opposition to New York-Style Gun Control Bill [NRA-ILA News]

As early as tonight, the New Mexico House could hold the final vote on legislation that would criminalize almost all private sales of firearms, Senate Bill 8.


SIG Sauer’s MPX Copperhead []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


A copperhead snake is a vicious threat. If you don’t live where copperheads are prevalent, then you are lucky. The whole concept of a creature like a snake that will actively seek and attack a human target gives an interesting impetus to naming a firearm a copperhead. For those of us in snake country, it certainly gets our attention.

SIG Sauer has been on the cutting edge of developing new firearms for a wide variety of applications. Their latest series of firearms have proven exceptional for uses including military, law enforcement, homeland security, personal defense, property protection, concealed carry, and just pure shooting enjoyment.

SIG has just recently announced another new firearm coming on the horizon soon. It will likely be shown at the annual SHOT Show next week. This new firearm is the Compact MPX Copperhead. The new model is another in the MPX product line. This new model is an ultra-compact firearm undoubtedly classified as a pistol.

The MPX Copperhead is only 14.5 inches in total length. The barrel is a mere 3.5 inches. The gun’s weight is 4.5 pounds. Chambered for the ever defense popular 9mm with a multi-round magazine, the Copperhead is designed for easy handling, quick responses to common threats that military, law enforcement, and private citizens could use for counteraction against today’s threats.

The MPX Copperhead is finished in a Cerakote E190 finish that is a subdued desert earth color. It can withstand hard use, harsh conditions, and maintain high reliability and function.

The platform of the MPX includes a buttstock that extends from the receiver on a stout rod that adds stability and enhances accuracy. This buttstock can be quickly collapsed to create a compact firearm. This system is called a Pivoting Contour Brace or PCB. This brace has a swivel operation that moves with the shooter’s arm to be quickly deployed to assist in quick and accurate shooting.

The pistol grip offers great ergonomics and a firm grip. At the muzzle, there is a forward stop built into the frame structure to offer an extra manner for gripping the forward section of the gun. This prevents the offhand from slipping forward off the firearm. The integrated muzzle brake is a rakish design. The top of the receiver is lined with a Picatinny rail for mounting sights, open or electronic. Check out all the details at

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Handgun Finger Positioning []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Believe it or not, a handgun’s trigger is not just a mechanical device that is used to discharge the weapon. For best consistent shooting accuracy and results, the shooter’s finger has to be positioned correctly for repeatability in shooting. But in all concerns, safe trigger positions are paramount.

Proper finger positioning also has to be deployed in order to maintain safety and security in the use of a handgun. The old adage of “keeping your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot” is not just a shooting range rule or motto. It is a regiment that has to be trained and maintained.

In every case when handling a handgun whether loaded or not, but be sure you know, the trigger finger should always remain outside the trigger guard. The universally accepted position of the trigger finger even in a “ready” condition is to line the finger above the trigger and trigger guard alongside or just under the slide of pistol or the frame of a revolver.

As appropriate, some shooters may keep their trigger finger poised or hooked on the slide release if the release is an ambidextrous model available on both sides of the pistol. Depending on the actual length of the shooter’s finger, this position may be more comfortable for shooters with shorter or stubby fingers. Regardless, the trigger finger is to be kept out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to actuate the handgun.

Furthermore, another accepted position for the shooting trigger finger is placed just below the ejection port on the right side of the pistol. Again with proper training and good shooting habits this position keeps the trigger finger off the trigger until ready to actually fire the gun.

These are all safety procedures used to help avoid accidental discharges. This can happen easier than one might imagine if you find yourself in a dangerous self-defense situation or any other stressful condition with a weapon drawn. You certainly want to avoid a nervous jerk or premature trigger action before you are actually fully ready to engage a target threat.

Other considerations for proper finger positioning are when you draw your firearm from a holster, pocket hide, or other concealment condition. Train yourself to bring that weapon out to bear without your finger on the trigger. It should automatically be positioned outside the trigger guard and off the trigger without a second thought. Safe gun handling is the first priority.

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Fire at SIG Sauer’s German Factory [The Firearm Blog]

SIG factory fireOn 27th February a fire broke out at SIG Sauer’s factory in Eckernförde, Germany. No staff were injured but the local fire brigade did respond to a call out to fight the fire. The fire started in the Eckernförde factory’s underground firing range where SIG Sauer test their weapons. SIG Sauer established their factory at Eckernförde in Schleswig – […]

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Georgia: Pro-Hunting Bill Heads to House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Georgia state House Committee on Game, Fish and Parks passed Senate Bill 72 and it will now head to the House floor for a final vote.


The Crimson Trace CTL-5324 5-Series™ Tactical Riflescope 3-24X56MM []

Crimson Trace is no stranger to the gun business, nor are they a stranger to optics. They are, however, a new player in the ever growing and increasingly popular discipline of practical long-range precision shooting. Some shooters may shy away from “unproven optics companies”, but I am typically intrigued, as the new guys often offer a fresh perspective, often willing to do things that other, more traditional optics companies, are unwilling to. The changes don’t always contribute to progress, but often they do, if for no other reason than proving that certain “wished for” concepts don’t actually translate to functionality.

Enter the Crimson Trace CTL-5324, which is a 3-24×56 FFP tactical long-range scope that has all the features you’d expect in what is being called by Crimson Trace a “…premium long-range rifle scope”, with plenty of nuance to separate itself from the pack.

Crimson Trace CTL 7

Though it may work well for other shooting disciplines (i.e. hunting, LARPing etc…), this scope appears to be aimed squarely at the precision rifle match shooter.

Among a number of somewhat universal precision rifle shooter needs are the following:

  • Large magnification range (to balance ease of target location and target identification)
  • Easily adjustable, but stable turrets with a zero stop
  • Turrets and reticle that speak the same language
  • At least 10 mils, or 25 MOA per turret revolution
  • First focal plane reticle
  • A reticle that with enough stadia for the shooter to hold accurate wind adjustments/calculate corrections from misses, but also clean enough to be able to spot misses.
  • Reasonable weight, but really, the lighter the better. Nobody wants a top-heavy gun.
  • Robust enough to not only handle recoil, but long road trips and multi-day matches.
  • Lifetime warranty


Let’s take a second and review the published specs:

  • Adjustment Per Rotation: 10 MIL
  • Elevation Range: 32 MIL
  • Windage Range: 20 MIL
  • Scope Length: 13.9″
  • Scope Weight: 34.9 oz.
  • Scope Body: 34mm
  • Objective Diameter: 56mm
  • Warranty: Full Lifetime Warranty + Lifetime Battery replacement

It would appear that Crimson Trace hit the majority, if not all, of the major shooter needs with this one.

 Magnification Range

The magnification range of this optic is exceptional: 3-24 power. I feel that this is a very usable magnification range; It has enough low end to allow a shooter gain orientation for those stages with a wide engagement area, and high enough for those stages that require a high degree of precision (think 100-yard paper stages, or KYL stages). Although it is needed on occasion, I rarely find any situation which would require more or less magnification than this scope offers.

The full range of magnification adjustment is buttery smooth. I feel it offers just the right balance of ease of adjustment and resistance. It reminded me somewhat of my old Premier Heritage 3-15, before magnification throw levers were a thing.

Reticle (LR1-MIL™)

The reticle is the one area I was left disappointed. I am a traditionalist of sorts, when it comes to reticles, and long for the days of the simple, yet elegant, Premier Gen II XR. Although the LR1-MIL has a lot of features I really like (floating center dot, 0.2 mil windage stadia, and a mostly intuitive flow), it comes up short in one critical aspect: It doesn’t draw your eye to the center. In fact, it took me a second to figure out exactly where the center aiming point was. Every time I look through the scope, weather to dry fire, zero, or engage another target, I have to take a little extra time to make sure I’m looking at the right dot on the right row. This is the case at high magnification and only more pronounced on the low end, making any individual stadia very difficult to see, if not nearly invisible at 3x.

I would think that if you were the kind of shooter who likes the Horus brand of reticles, this would likely be of interest to you.

Crimson Trace CTL 2

Price (MSRP)

Given the features and capabilities of this optic, I think the $1,999 MSRP (likely lower street price) is certainly reasonable but not a bargain.


The CTL is a fairly plain looking optic, but it has two distinct features: a thin white centerline along the scope body, and a noticeably short overall length. Apparently, the line is there to help level the scope. The logic is that you can align the markings with the top of your ring base and have a leveled scope. The problem is, this doesn’t work with the rings I have, or will it work with ARC or Spuhr mounts, since they aren’t a standard perpendicular ring base/ring cap configuration.

The scope is short. Really short. It’s only 13.9”, which is shorter even than my Razor Gen II 3-18×50, which comes in at 14.4”. The CTL is also significantly lighter than the Razor weighing in at 34.9 oz. as compared to 46.5 oz. respectively. I don’t have any strong feelings about specifics on the length or weight of a scopes, but I do prefer a scope that is handy, and the CTL certainly is that.

Crimson Trace CTL 8

Glass Clarity

I’m no expert on glass clarity by any stretch, but while comparing the CTL to other scopes with similar features, I didn’t notice a difference that would make the CTL any more or less usable in a match environment. I had no trouble locating and clearly identifying targets while looking through the Japanese made ED glass. For the purposes of match shooting, I would be surprised to hear anyone account for lost points in a match due to a lack of optical clarity from the CTL.

Turrets/Zero stop

The turrets aren’t super flashy, but they have a great deal of functionality. They offer 10 mils per revolution and have a zero stop. They are reset by the standard three setscrew design and do not lock (which I much prefer). The stadia on the turrets are in a somewhat unique linked diamond formation, where the stadia increase in size to the half-mil, then decrease until the full mil mark. This makes it easy to differentiate between say a 0.4 or 0.5 mil adjustment. The clicks are more audible, but slightly less tactile than the turrets on my Vortex Razor Gen II 3-18×50, and the CTL’s turrets are much more tactile and audible (as well as easier to read) than the turrets on my Schmidt & Bender PM II 3-20×50.

Crimson Trace CTL 5

I ran the CTL through several iterations of what I call a “Usable Tracking Range Test”. After zero or bore sight, I run the scope up 15 mils from zero, then 5 mils of wind in each direction, then return to zero. I’m not a believer in maxing out turrets in all directions. I never use that much adjustment in a match, so I don’t think it’s a very useful metric. The two questions I like to ask are: Can this optic repeatedly adjust to the value I input through the turrets? And can it reliably return to zero? The answer is yes on both accounts for the CTL.

Crimson Trace CTL 3


As with most rifle scopes these days, the CTL comes with a lifetime warranty. The difference is that Crimson Trace also offers lifetime battery replacement in addition to their lifetime scope warranty, which is pretty unique. Basically, if your battery poops out, let Crimson Trace know, and they’ll send you a new one.


The CTL does a lot of things very well. It has a great magnification range, excellent turret feel and appearance. Its compactness and lightweight make it a very handy scope that may even find its way onto a hunting rig. Really, on the surface, this scope has almost everything I’m looking for. And it probably has everything many shooters are looking for, including the reticle.

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How Much Prepping is Enough? []

When should a prepper say, “That is good enough?”  Some people may say, “It’s never enough.”

Let’s be honest, how many pounds of freeze dried food do we need; how many pounds of food stored in mylar bags do we need; how many seeds should we stockpile; how many thousands of rounds of ammunition do we really need?  Is 10,000 round of 22 long rifle enough?  How about 20,000 rounds, is that enough?

Surely there comes a point when we are happy with our preps?

Let’s take ammunition for example, how much ammunition is enough?  Someone may say, “Kevin, you can never have enough ammo.”  Ok, so when the garage is full of ammo cans and you have to buy a storage shed just for the ammo, is that enough?  If not, how many storage sheds are enough?  Maybe rent a warehouse just for the ammo?

What about freeze dried food? When the storage room, closets, and even under the bed are filled with #10 cans of freeze dried food, it that enough?

How many seeds are enough? For example, my oldest son and I recently planted 14 rows of corn.  We used around one pound of corn seed to plant those 14 rows. I have several pounds of corn stored in the deep freezer.

Seeds for sale at Circle Three Feed in Jasper, Texas.

Seeds for sale at Circle Three Feed in Jasper, Texas.

Even if we planted 28 rows of corn each year, I have enough corn to plant four, five or more years of corn. The rows we planted are around 70 feet long. Then there are the beans, peas, greens, squash, zucchini… seeds.

There are two tubs in the deep freezer filled with seeds, then there are several pounds of seed in the deep freezer door.  If I add any more seed to my SHTF seed stockpile, one whole shelf in the deep freezer will be dedicated to seed. Just so everyone knows this is an upright freezer.

What about food stored in mylar bags?  After several 55 gallon drums are filled with my pouches of beans, rice, oatmeal… would that be enough?  Let’s say someone has 200 pounds of rice stored in mylar bags, would that be enough rice?  Personally, I probably have around 50 pounds of rice and beans stored in mylar.

Some of those statements about the freeze dried food and ammo are facetious.  Who is going to rent a warehouse just for ammunition, or fill the closets with cases of freeze dried #10 cans.

How many lures are enough, what about fishing poles?  Two, three, four, five… rifles chambered in 22 long rifle, how many are enough?

Then there is the training and practice aspect.   Go to the shooting range 10 times, five times, three times a year?

Where should someone draw the line?  How much money, time and effort should someone put into prepping before they say, “That is good enough?”



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Heckler & Koch Germany not accepting commercial orders indefinitely []

Last week, Heckler & Koch Germany sent out a notice to commercial distributors that they are currently not accepting new orders until they can mitigate and fulfill existing backlog of orders for their ever popular line of rifles and pistols, used by militaries around the world.

The letter states:

We regret having to inform you that due to overwhelming demands from the military and law enforcement agencies regarding rifles our company will be unable to accept new orders from the civilian field until further notice.

We will try to work off already existing orders within the scope of the remaining resources. In doing so, however, there may unfortunately be considerable delays in delivery which at present cannot yet be assessed in detail.

We are unsure if this will affect deliveries for Heckler & Koch USA, which is a separate entity from Heckler & Koch Gmbh. We will reach out for comment with H&K representatives this week at Enforce Tac in Nuremberg, Germany.

Heckler & Koch is currently delivering or about to deliver the following military & law enforcement contracts:

These are the ongoing military trials they are taking part of:

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HANDS ON: SIG’s Latest Canebrake MCX Rattler [The Firearm Blog]

Arriving in the mail for review today was SIG Sauer MCX Rattler Canebrake.  Thanks to SIG’s fantastic customer service team, I was able to get this gun promptly and I can’t thank them enough.  Now, let’s take a closer look at the newest addition to the MCX lineup.   Hands On   Right out of […]

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India To Produce 750,000 AK-203s [The Firearm Blog]

AK203 announcementNews Agencies from both India and Russia have confirmed that India will adopt the 7.62x39mm AK-203, with production to be established at a plant in India. Production of as many as 750,000 rifles is planned. In recent weeks we’ve seen a lot of progress in India’s struggle to modernise its Army’s small arms. Not only […]

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Venezuelan Kalashnikov Factory to be Operational By the End of the Year [The Firearm Blog]

Venezuelan paratroopers with AK-103sFor many years we at TFB have been following the progress of Venezuela’s efforts to build a factory and produce AK-pattern rifles. In recent years 2019 has been the projected start date for production. Well, it’s now 2019 and according to Russian media sources everything is on track for Venezuelan AKs to start rolling off […]

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Portugal Signs Small Arms Deal with FN [The Firearm Blog]

On the 20th February, FN Herstal was awarded a ‘major contract’ for rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers by NATO’s Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA) on behalf of the Portuguese Army. The contract is said to be for “5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO caliber FN SCAR assault rifles, FN40GL grenade launchers, MINIMI 5.56 and 7.62 Mk3 […]

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Yugoslav M52 Sniper: East Meets West [Forgotten Weapons]

In 1947, Yugoslavia received about 4600 Russian M91/30 PU sniper rifles as military aid, which were basically not used, as Yugoslavia had standardized on the 8mm Mauser cartridge. In 1952, however, a new sniper rifle was requested and the 91/30s were put to use. The Zastava factory took 4,618 M48A rifles of particularly good accuracy and fitted them with the rails and scope mounts from the Soviet 91/30s. Onto this, a domestic Yugoslav copy of the PU scope was mounted, and the result was the M52 (or M53, depending on the source) sniper rifle. The new optic was necessary because of the difference in ballistics between the 7.62x54R and the 8×57 cartridges.

It is unclear whether these rifles were all made and were actually put into service or not. In addition, some appear to have had the scope mounts welded into the rails and some had threaded muzzles for suppressors. Documentation is very sparse on these rifles, and I suspect there are some inaccuracies in the story as we currently understand it. Regardless, this is a very interested type of east/west hybrid design with a Mauser action and a PU optic!


Colorado: “Red Flag” Legislation to be Voted on in the House [NRA-ILA News]

As early as this morning the Colorado House could vote on “Red Flag” legislation, House Bill 1177.


Kentucky lawmakers approve NRA-backed concealed carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

Kentucky lawmakers have approved a bill to allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training. The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, won final House passage Friday and now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin.


Defiant U.S. sheriffs push gun sanctuaries, imitating liberals on immigration [NRA-ILA News]

A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Sunday, 03 March


Satire Is Sometimes The Best Way To Get The Message Across [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

A group of ham actors on YouTube calling themselves "Gun Control Hunters"  have created an excellent satire about red flag laws. The video below is a parody but it gets the message across that red flag laws are dangerous, evil, and contemptuous of the Constitutional rights such as due process.

Share this video with your friends, family, and especially those on the fence about red flag laws aka extreme violence protection orders.


As Seen On TFB: The Best Of Week 9, 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

As Seen On TFBGood morning everyone and welcome to “As Seen On TFB”, a weekly review of the news, reviews and editorials from the past seven days right here at The Firearm Blog. The idea came to us from a reader who requested more content on the weekends. While we work out what would work best as Saturday […]

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Merckelbagh Needlefire Conversion Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

This is an example of a needle fire conversion of a French 1822 rifle based on the patent of L. Merckelbagh. The conversion was done in Paris, probably in the early 1870s. Other base rifles were converted as well (like this example), but like most upgrade conversion systems it does not appear to have been commercially successful. Unfortunately, there is virtually nothing I could find written about the man or design.

Saturday, 02 March


The Kel-Tec Sub-2000- The Perfect Prepper Vehicle Gun []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


In today’s world of guns there are few “perfect” ones for any given job. That is why gun users often have several different firearms available for multiple tasks. Some are easier to assign than others given that a rifle or handgun makes a pretty poor quail gun, and a shotgun is not much punk for taking down a deer for food at 300 yards.

Preppers and survivalist though often have to balance what expenditures can be dedicated to certain plan categories. Personal security and firearms is one of those categories. Many preppers only have one bolt action rifle, one AR-type rifle, a single handgun and a shotgun. Others may have ten times that inventory on hand. The search is always on for just a few guns that can satisfy the most needs.

Part of a comprehensive Every Day Carry plan is to have a firearm concealed on person, and ideally another suitable gun hidden away in the primary vehicle just in case. There has been much covered on what type of firearm is best to stow in a vehicle as a backup to the EDC gun, usually a handgun. Everything from ARs, AK, AR pistols, and such have been considered. I have one more option to offer.

The Kel-Tek Sub-2000 is one unique rifle. It is a 9mm (or .40S&W) PCR firearm that folds in the middle to reduce its storage size from 30.5 inches down to 16.25 inches. This package would easily fit under a seat front or rear in a zippered bag or discreet case. The unit weighs 4.25 pounds sans magazine. The Sub-2000 comes with open sights with a front adjustable.

The Sub-2000 is designed as four models to accept pistol magazines from Glock, Beretta, SIG and Smith. This allows compatibility between a user’s select handgun and this rifle. The model I acquired is ready to handle Beretta 92 mags, because I already use and stock them. With standard double stack mags, this offers up 17 rounds. Beretta makes a 30 round, 92 mag.

The Sub-2000 is primarily of polymer construct with metal reinforcements and barrel of course. It has very good gripping surfaces with dimensions easy to grab for secure carry. The charging handle is a round pedestal knob on the bottom of the receiver tube. The safety is a positive push-bolt above the trigger. The forend rail accepts M-LOK accessories. The muzzle is threaded for a suppressor. Optics could be added forward. The butt is adjustable for length.

Preppers and personal defense interested parties should take a serious look at this gun. It is not a precision shooter or for long range. It is ideal for up close work and urban environments.

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Evacuation Fatigue []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


A big part of surviving any disaster is surviving the survival. Say what? Every prepper and disaster evacuee has to know that just the task of executing a survival plan and bugging in or out is an extremely exhausting experience. Even those who planned well, and made it out alive or sheltered in place from any catastrophic disaster later succumbed from the sheer fatigue of the event. The deal is to plan on becoming fatigued and train to deal with it.

Fatigue at the genuine gut level is much more than just being tired. I might work in the yard all day and at my age it does not take long to be tired. But if I get really fatigued, then I risk other health issues including severe dehydration, muscle breakdown from heavy labor, nutritional depletion and other issues like heat stroke or frostbite depending on the environmental conditions at the time.

As part of your prep plan, calculate in also time for recovery from the evacuation or the hours of sheltering in place with little or no movement. Certainly many tasks will be required to be initiated and put into play, but also institute some scheduling for rest, just plain relaxation or down time to chill. This will help you both mentally and physically.

Paramount in the survival of survival is proper and effective hydration on a regular time frame. Naturally this requires substantial resources and back up. This is why needs for water and food should come first in any prepper planning. Input varies by source recommendations, but at the minimum plan on a gallon of fresh water intake per day per person. If it is possible and convenient double that amount.

Take into account the full impact of such a demand for bugging out. Water is heavy at eight pounds a gallon (8.3454 to be exact), and it demands volume space. Carry what you can with the intent on scrounging for more all along the way. During most disasters, assistance stations may be set up to distribute water and food. Plan to take full advance of any such resources saving your own stores for later more dire circumstances.

After water, then food, then rest. On a bug out, drive 3-4 hours, then rest half an hour. For bugging in just pace yourself. Get essentials done like locking down, security measures taken, armed and ready, then take a seat for a while. There is no sense in killing yourself trying to live.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #62: Yankee Hill ULTimate And Reader’s Notes [The Firearm Blog]

Yankee Hill ULTimateWelcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where even the best firearms are incomplete without a proper suppressor. Since that stupid groundhog seems to have been wrong about the change of seasons yet again, testing of our next batch of silencers has been postponed a few days. Here’s what we have in store for you in […]

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Benelli B76 vs MP3S at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

The Benelli MP3S is a very rare pistol in .32 S&W, and a nearly unheard of one in 9mm Parabellum. Well, thanks to viewer Todd we have one of those 9mm examples to take to the range today – thanks, Todd! I figured it would be interesting to try it side by side with my standard Benelli B76 and see what benefit I could get from the extra bullseye features of the MP3S…

Friday, 01 March


Washington: Protect Your Second Amendment Rights from California Style Infringements, Attend NRA-ILA Legislative Workshops [NRA-ILA News]

Second Amendment rights in Washington are under attack like never before and we need your help to fight back.  That’s why we hope you will join us for a one of our NRA-ILA Legislative Workshops where you will learn more about the threats to your rights in Washington and what you can do to help us defeat them.


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Budget $44 DIY IR Driving Lights [The Firearm Blog]

A huge thanks to my friend Tom Sardo for sharing his DIY IR driving light setup. I replicated his build and have tested it. This $44 DIY IR driving light setup will allow you to drive your car or similar vehicle in complete darkness while wearing NODs (night observing devices). For those who have used […]

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POTD: The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo consists of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery performing in the Castle Arena, Windsor. (United Kingdom). Windsor Castle is a nice place if you ever consider going. You can see soldiers from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery performing at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The cannon […]

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Featured Deals of the Week – 3/1/19 [The Firearm Blog]

Featured Deals of the Week HeaderMagpul PMag for AK rifles – $14.29 What the deal is: Pretty simple to be honest. It’s a Magpul PMAG for AK rifles, specifically those using 7.62 Soviet (7.62×39). Specifically, these are sand finish. Not much else to say. Why it’s a good deal: They’re being sold for $12.66 off list price, which is pretty […]

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Federal Gun Control is on the Move! Tell Your Senators to Oppose H.R.8, S.42 and H.R. 1112! [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun Democrats made good on their promises this week, advancing two extreme gun control bills through the U.S. House of Representatives. While there remains a slim pro-gun majority in the upper chamber, your U.S. Senators need to hear from you NOW to ensure the Second Amendment firewall stays intact and stops this treacherous legislation in its tracks.


Chiappa Black Rhino CBR9 to be announced at IWA []

That Italian manufacturer Chiappa Firearms, known for their Rhino revolvers, has provided us a teaser photo on their Instagram account for an upcoming pistol caliber carbine called the Black Rhino CBR9. This looks to be a very interesting firearm.

Based on the name and what we can see in the photo, we can guess that it carries a lineage from the Rhino revolvers.

We will attend IWA and provide live updates at the event next week. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Choosing a Defensive Handgun in 24 Hours []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Walk into a well-stocked gun shop and up to the display cases showing self-defense handguns. What would be your first impression? Likely it would be something like, “How in the world am I going to pick one of these today?” It would be a tough decision.

Hopefully, you would not be under such pressure to have to buy a self-defense handgun in short order. I have seen this circumstance when working gun shows. Either somebody has a feeling of an eminent threat, or cause for needing self-protection. Often there is an urgency attached to the search for a sound, effective firearm for self-defense. Here are some considerations for choosing an effective gun for protecting yourself.

It may sound odd to take this approach to buying a gun to thwart a threat, but first assess your budget. Decide what you can afford and look no further. Concentrate your search in that price range. That may have to be a used gun.

Next, as quickly as possible decide if the gun is to be a revolver or a semi-auto pistol. Seems easy on the surface, but it isn’t. If you want the quickest, easiest decision, then pick a 5-6 shot revolver with a 2-3 inch barrel. If you want or think you need more shots, then you’ll have to go with a magazine fed pistol offering 6-10 rounds.
Once you decide the type of handgun you want, then narrow your search there. Keep focus on the goal and don’t stray. Handle as many models as the dealer or gun show has on display that day. Honestly, you might have to shop more than one dealer, but this is the mission to buy a suitable protection handgun today.

You’ll be better served in the long run by balancing your budget with a gun from a major manufacturer that has a good reputation for quality and reliability. It is far better to invest in a good firearm up front than risk a cheaper, less well made gun that might not serve well. This might also mean stretching your budget to the limit or exceeding it.

Brands? Gun prices vary but look first at Smith, Colt, SIG, Ruger, Charter Arms, Springfield Armory, Walther, and a few others. Stick with a known brand. Cartridge wise go with a .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Special, .380, or 9mm. If you can handle a big auto, consider the .45 ACP. Buy good defensive ammo and practice with it ASAP. Then hope you won’t have to use it.

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Springfield Armory’s Saint Edge []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Springfield Armory has hit a Statue of Liberty pass for an end zone touchdown as if it were Tom Brady in a Super Bowl game. Too much flattery for one new gun at one time? I don’t think so, and you won’t either once you handle one. I have and it is definitely on the bucket list.

It should go as no surprise that these new pistol AR-15 platform firearms are the latest rage when it comes to a forearm braced weapon. While a number of these new configurations are also pistol caliber carbine types, a few more models are now being produced in the full power 5.56/.223 rifle caliber. And these are not SBRs either, being sold as legal pistols.

This new pistol format platform shooting a 5.56 is exceedingly handy and that is the first reason this new firearm will become immediately popular. For preppers, survivalists, ranchers, farmers, security services, truck drivers, and even hunters among many other applications, the SA Saint Edge is going to fill a new niche for shooters wanting compact self-protection.

The Springfield Armory Edge comes as a compliment to the SA Saint line up of AR type rifles except of course in a new pistol format package. It combines all of the most cutting edge features of the Saint rifle product line. The least of which is the Maxim Defense CQB Brace (more commonly known as an adjustable buttstock) that has 4-position adjustability. The MD Brace is made of a 7075 aluminum housing with built in QD sling mounting points.
The Saint Edge package is 28.5 inches long overall and 24.6 inches when the MD Brace is collapsed. This is 3-5 inches shorter than a conventional AR-15 rifle. Portability again is one of the best properties of this new AR pistol. The barrel is 10.3 inches, lightweight configuration that is Melonite treated. Package weight is 5 lbs., 11.5 oz.

Multi-features include a machine billet lower, optics ready rail, installed flip-up open sights, M-LOK forend with a forward hand stop, an enhanced M16 bolt carrier group Melonite treated, ambi-safety, skeletonized integral trigger guard, mid-sized charging handle, adjustable gas block for ammo tuning, A2 flash hider, match trigger, Maxim buffer system, and a Bravo Company MOD 3 pistol grip. The SA Saint Edge retails for $1559.

A word to the wise on purchasing an AR “rifle” in a currently legal pistol format. There is apparently still some discussion at ATF if these weapons really constitute being a legal pistol. Brace or not, shooters are naturally going to shoulder this gun, and that makes it a rifle. Be certain there are no rules against buying them where you reside. They could eventually be outlawed.

Handling this new AR pistol would be like dancing with Lady Gaga. You have to get your hands on it to appreciate its maneuverability. Check it out at

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Thunderbeast Arms, a quiet innovator []

Thunderbeast Arms has been in business for a decade, but they are only “widely known in narrow circles”, namely the long-range precision and tactical shooting world.

Thunderbeast Arms sound suppressor for 338 Lapua Mag looks much like the original at first glance. The original, by the way, was the size and the weight of a water bottle — 16.9 ounces — yet tamed the noise and much of the recoil of magnum rifle calibers. Peak recoil was cut by 40%.

New this year, 338Ultra SR , an update of the 338 Ultra with a positive and secure QD mount permitting quick reassembly of a backpacked rifle, especially something already compact like Desert Tech SRS. The QD mechanism adds only three ounces of weight.



Even a light 338LM rifle is pretty heavy, so TBA also presented a new bipod, light, robust and easily adjustable with one hand.

My friends and I put it through the paces and found it ergonomically superior to other models on the market. It also held up well to rough use.


One click unfolds this bipod, one click extends each leg, one click changes the angle from horizontal to vertical to 45 degrees. For greater elevation, legs extensions click in without tools. We tested it on a 7.62 rifle, but it’s rated for 50BMG recoil, or a stationary rifle with a person sitting on top of it. Quick-swap piked or soft rubber feet may be used, depending on the terrain.

For durability, all critical surfaces are stainless; and every part, aluminum, titanium or steel, is coated with Type III anodizing, PVD, or ISONITE QPQ Nitride, respectively for long-term functionality. TBAC bipod‘s main claim to fame is that all this strength and adjustability add up to mere 14.5oz. It also takes a variety of top plates, small, large or Arca Swiss camera plate standard. That allows the use of sniper rifles interchangeably on a bipod and a tall camera tripod, as needed.

Folded under M+M10x DMR variant. With a 1-6x optic and Hornady SST ammunition, this configuration is steady enough and accurate enough for reliable 500 yards hits on a silhouette target.

Full 90 degree drop (above), 45 degree drop (below) for lower silhouette.

We found this bipod to be very user-friendly, with no pinch points or sharp edges. Highly recommended.


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Wicomico Co. Sheriff takes hard stance on gun bills in Annapolis [NRA-ILA News]

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis has a bold statement for Maryland legislators considering one proposed gun law. “I will not comply with that law. I will not send my deputies into harms way to remove any weapon from anyone that they lawfully and legally purchased. It’s wrong, it’s unjust and it’s unconstitutional. It’s fundamentally flawed and I can’t do it,” says Sheriff Lewis. Sheriff Lewis is talking about a proposed bill that he believes takes away the rights of law abiding citizens. Senate Bill 737 would add the heavy barreled AR-15 to the list of weapons that have been deemed dangerous in the state of Maryland.


Blast from the Past: Proof Found That Brady Campaign Still Exists! [NRA-ILA News]

Nostalgia gripped gun owners this week as longtime foe the Brady Campaign managed to garner a few measly headlines in the media landscape they once commanded so ably. As it happens, the Brady Campaign has decided to go undergo another rebranding effort and will now go by simply “Brady.” For those counting, this is the fourth different name for the outmoded handgun prohibition organization.


Go Figure: Gun Controllers Use Fuzzy Math to Push an Agenda That Doesn’t Add Up [NRA-ILA News]

There are a lot of things Second Amendment supporters and gun control advocates disagree on, including history, constitutional interpretation, the frequency of armed self-defense, and the role of human agency in violent crime.


What Makes The AR-15;America’s Gun?; You Can Make It Your Own [NRA-ILA News]

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents the gun industry, Americans own up to 16 million ARs and similar “modern sporting rifles,” as the foundation calls that class of gun. Production has exploded in the past few years, hitting an estimated 2.1 million in 2016, excluding exports.


H.R. 8 Votes Reveal Dem House Leadership Values Illegal Aliens over Law-abiding Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed gun control measures H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 largely along party lines this week. However, a surprise procedural move by a Republican prior to the passage of H.R. 8 underscored the deep divisions in the Democratic Party along with the depth of the leadership’s deep disdain for gun owners. Moreover, the procedural wrangling around the bill further revealed that gun control efforts are not about confronting criminal conduct involving firearms, but rather about burdening gun owners.


Wyoming: Legislature Adjourns from 2019 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Wyoming Legislature adjourned from its short 2019 Legislative Session.


Permitless concealed carry bill passes Kentucky House [NRA-ILA News]

A bill allowing permitless concealed carry in the state of Kentucky passed the House Friday by a 60 to 37 vote. Senate Bill 150, backed by the NRA, was debated heavily with several legislators attempting to add amendments that ultimately failed.


Oregon: Gun Ban Introduced in the State Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, anti-gun Rep. Carla Piluso introduced a draconian gun ban bill, House Bill 3223,that would impose California-style gun control in Oregon by banning many commonly owned semi-automatic firearms used by countless gun owners for target shooting, hunting, and self-defense.  HB 3223 has not yet been referred to a committee for consideration at this time.


Gun-rights groups protest proposal for new R.I. tax on firearms, ammo [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s attempt to levy a 10-percent surcharge on the price of guns and ammunition drew hundreds of opponents in matching yellow T-shirts to the Rhode Island State House on Thursday to whoop and cheer each time a lawmaker likened the governor’s move to an unconstitutional “assault on the Second Amendment.″


House votes to extend wait time for gun background checks [NRA-ILA News]

The House on Thursday passed a bill that would extend the time for conducting background checks for gun purchases. The legislation passed 228-198 and would provide up to 20 days for background checks to be completed, up from the current three days. The measure was sponsored by Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., who authored the bill years ago following a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston.


Pennsylvania: What's the point of passing a law that everyone knows is illegal? [NRA-ILA News]

PITTSBURGH — The mayor of this city, Bill Peduto, in relatively short order will likely pass an anti-gun bill with the support of most of city council. It is a Democratic city in a Democratic county run overwhelmingly by Democratic machine politics, so that part is not noteworthy. What is noteworthy is that it is blatantly against the law. Peduto knows it, Councilman Corey O’Connor, who introduced the legislation knows it, and they have bluntly said to anyone in shouting distance they don’t care. Why? Because they believe they have the moral authority to break the law. So they will.


Pelosi mulls House rules change to thwart GOP amendments [NRA-ILA News]

Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated Thursday that Democrats could change House rules in a way that would make it harder for Republicans to make last-minute tweaks to legislation, a move that the GOP warned would amount to a suppression of their rights as the minority party. Pelosi, D-Calif., said a bipartisan panel reviewing how the House operates may also examine a floor procedure known as the “motion to recommit.” The MTR, as it is known, effectively gives the minority party a chance to amend legislation just before it's about to be passed. Normally, those amendments are easily blocked by the majority. But Republicans have scored two victories so far with MTR measures by luring in Democrats from swing districts, and Democratic leaders aren't happy about it.


Democratic party divisions play out behind closed doors [NRA-ILA News]

House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge.


Texas: House Committee to Consider Critical Self-defense Reform Measure Protecting the Right-to-Carry During Emergencies [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, March 6, the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee will consider House Bill 1177,


NEW Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino [The Firearm Blog]

I didn’t write the type of this firearm in the title because I am not really sure what it is. It is not a pistol, because it has a stock … or is it a brace? WIll they sell it in SBR form only? Or is it an SMG/PDW marketed for the military and LE markets? […]

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Reader’s Choice: Best AR-15 (Stock or Factory Model) [The Firearm Blog]

Reader's Choice Best AR-15 (Stock or Factory Model) 660It is March, and we all know what that means… you need to grab a green beer, pretend to be Irish (if you already are not), turn on some March Madness college basketball, and get those taxes filed. To most of us, if you actually get money back from your taxes it is not a […]

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The SIG Sauer MCX Canebrake Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

The SIG MCX family keeps growing, and the MCX Rattler Canebrake is the newest addition. The caliber is 300 BLK, perfect for those that plan on running their MCX as a suppressed firearm. The Rattler Canebrake comes with pre-installed inert training device, so you can use it out of the box while you wait for […]

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Grassroots Spotlight: NRA Collegiate Coalition at ECU--Making a Difference on Campus [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA Collegiate Coalition (NRA CC) at East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina) is off to another great start this semester.  The group, founded by Giovanni Triana in 2017, is among the most active in the nation.  Giovanni took the initiative to start this group “to bridge the gap between staunch supporters of the Second Amendment and skeptical students with minimal exposure to the gun community.” They have in fact lived up to this mission, and embrace the full gamut of what it means to be Second Amendment advocates on campus.


Kentucky: Permitless/Constitutional Carry Heads to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

On March 1st, the Kentucky state House of Representatives voted 60-37 to pass Senate Bill 150, clearing the way for it to go to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk for his signature.


‘This is not a day at the beach’: Pelosi tells moderate Dems to stop voting with GOP [NRA-ILA News]

House Democrats held an emotional debate behind closed doors Thursday over how to stop losing embarrassing procedural battles with Republicans — a clash that exposed the divide between moderates and progressives.


Polymer 80 Introduces IMI’s Kidon Pistol Chassis, Works With 100 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Kidon pistol conversionThe Polymer 80 company is well known for producing Glock pistol frames that are 80 percent finished, leaving the buyer to finish the remaining 20 percent. However, they’ve just released information that they’re now selling the Kidon pistol conversion kit developed and made by Israel Military Industries (IMI).  The kit allows for an existing pistol […]

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She was raped in college. Now she’s fighting against federal gun control [NRA-ILA News]

In 2014, Shayna Lopez Rivas was raped on her college campus. “I had pepper spray, but he had a knife,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “And I knew my fight was over the moment he pulled it out.” “After that vicious attack, I promised myself I would never, ever be a victim again,” she continued. “Had I been armed that night that stole so much from me, I am confident things would have been different.” In a one-on-one interview with Blaze Media after a press conference against a new House gun control bill, Lopez Rivas explained how she became a Second Amendment supporter after her horrific experience. After the attack, she said, a friend of hers invited her to the shooting range to learn about gun safety.


IWI Tavor 7 Status Update []

Yesterday on the Tavor 7 Facebook Group, Jeremy Gresham, Director of Sales and Marketing at IWI USA posted the following update on the highly anticipated Tavor 7 7.62x51mm bullpup rifle.

Update 2.28.19

We took 3 rifles out for endurance testing.

Accuracy was checked at the start. 3 groups per rifle average around where we wanted it shooting off a lead sled , 168gr Gold Medal Match, Nightforce, Vortex, and Leupold scopes where used.

The goal was 20K through each gun under a controlled specification. At the end of a firing iteration the rifle was cooled and the firing sequence would begin again.

The Good:
Accuracy was were we wanted it. Much more consistent from where we started.

The rifles ran with no issues. I witness this first hand and my shoulder can speak to it. Over 3 days in cold and wet conditions I had ZERO failures.

The Not so good
A part was wearing abnormally which at that point we stopped to address the issue. Can’t speak to it but at this point we stopped testing. This is protocol per how testing is defined. The team from Isreal was here for the testing and will make corrections. Then we will go at it again.

Here in the states I’d say I’ve got more rounds through a T7 than anyone. It’s a battle through and through. They just keep chewing up and spiting out 308. The accuracy has improved from the start. I have full faith that the engineering teams will get us right the best we can. To everyone that’s going to ask…… How does this impact my timeline? Uncertain. What is certain is we are committed to providing the best possible product we can.

IWI USA were not present at the SHOT Show Range Day this year, but they did showcase the Tavor 7 at their booth.

We will provide more update once we get more information on an ETA.

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DIY Guide: $6 Cardboard Target Stand [The Firearm Blog]

A friend of mine wanted to build some target stands for holding up cardboard targets. Sort of like what you see in USPSA, IPCS or IDPA. He wanted to build those H shaped 2×4 target stands and I told him there is a much easier way of holding up cardboard and it is cheap. Plus […]

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New Sound Suppressors from Voere (Austria) [The Firearm Blog]

Voere of Austria’s Sten-styled, suppressed rifle that accommodates AR15 magazines – the VOERE S16 – caused quite a lot of discussions when TFB wrote about it last year. Voere has more hush-hush in stock, with their brand new sound suppressors available for hunting and sporting. The material is combination of carbon, steel and aluminum and judging […]

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Benelli B76 Family: Italian Inertial Locking Autopistols [Forgotten Weapons]

Benelli is not the company we think of today for modern service pistols – and according to the sales record of the B76 family, they weren’t in the 1980s either. Designed in the early 1970s and put into production in 1976, the Benelli B76 is very pretty single-stack service pistol, notable for being an inertially locked design. Aside from the Sjogren shotguns of the very early 1900s, Benelli is really the only company to successfully market inertially locked guns – shotguns, specifically. They tried to do the same with the B76 pistols, but the result was basically a commercial flop. The whole family was:

– B76 – 9mm Parabellum, inertially locked, SA/DA trigger
– B76 Sport – same as B76 but with extended 5.5″ barrel, adjustable sights, and target grips
– B77 – .32 ACP, simple blowback, SA/DA trigger
– B80 – 7.65mm Parabellum, inertially locked, SA/DA trigger
– B80 Sport – same as B80 but with extended 5.5″ barrel, adjustable sights, and target grips
– B82 – 9x18mm Ultra, simple blowback, SA/DA trigger
– MP3S – 9mm Para or .32 S&W Long, 5.5″ barrel, extra fine finish, target grips, adjustable sights, and SA-only trigger

The B76 used a single stack 8-round magazine, had a relatively finicky disassembly process, and a not-particularly-ergonomic safety; all features which did not help it compete against the new generation of “wondernine” service pistols hitting the market at about the same time. Less than 10,000 were made by 1990, when the whole series was discontinued. Of those, less than 500 were the very high-end bullseye MP3S model – one of which we are thankful to have on loan from viewer Todd!


New Mexico Update: Multiple Gun Bill Hearings Scheduled for Saturday [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Public Affairs Committee have scheduled hearings on multiple gun control bills.

Thursday, 28 February


Gobbler Tricks with an Avian-X Jake []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


When it is all boiled down to the basics of turkey hunting, it is all about tricking the gobbler into making him think the hunter is a hen. As seasoned turkey hunters know already, there are a ton of tactics and tricks to fool a tom, but it can sometimes be easier said than done. A good hunter is always looking for an edge. Using a decoy is one of them.

Turkey decoy manufacturers are coming up with more realistic looking decoys all the time. Avian-X out of Port Clinton, Ohio has been perfecting their turkey decoys for a while now, and their latest trickster is going to be something else. To be called their Avian-X HDR or Heavy Duty Realism, this jake decoy has unbelievable realistic colorations and form to outwit any gobbler.

The whole turkey hunting concept behind the Avian-X HDR is not to agitate a home bound gobbler but make him think another bird is after his ladies. This decoy looks like a smaller sized jake that is on the prowl looking for active hens. Being a smaller looking bird this will not intimidate a boss gobbler, but attract him within range to check out the competition.

The Avian-X HDR is blow molded in a quarter-strut pose with bristling subdominant feathers. This posture makes the decoy look like he is laid back, but ready to take on a challenger without being overwhelming. A gobbler is not going to allow a jake to take his hens, so the approach is on.

Additionally the HDR decoy has two removable heads. One is a curled, taller, aggressive posture, while the other option is lower that appears more submissive. You have to work with both heads to see how the gobblers in your hunting areas respond.

Avian-X has made this decoy to withstand the elements, too. Made of rubber molding the HDR can take a gobbler pounding and be ready for the next hunt. When coupled with an Avian-X laying hen, this combination is set for some gobbler tom foolery.

The decoy comes with a mounting stick for quick set-up that stores in the tail. The paint scheme and feather detailing is super realistic including the synthetic jake beard and rubber molded leg stumps with spur detail. The Avian-X decoy package includes the decoy, two heads, a carbon stake and a carry bag. Check it out at

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

An alternative headline could have been Why (Most) Reporters Shouldn't Write About Guns.

Every reporter who even mentions a firearm in a story should be required to read this little guide first. The National Shooting Sports Foundation created so reporters aren't so grossly ignorant about firearms. Obviously, Ms. Bowman did not read it.


CONCEALED CARRY CORNER: GLOCK G43 vs G43X By The Numbers [The Firearm Blog]

G43 VS g43xGood afternoon shooters and welcome back to TFB’s Concealed Carry Corner where we discuss anything and everything related to the topic of packing a firearm for personal protection. Today we are going to revisit a topic we touched on more than two years ago: a by the numbers look at two of the most popular […]

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POTD: Custom Heckler & Koch MR 223 A3 11” [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo is a custom made Heckler & Koch MR 223 A3 with an 11” barrel. Schrombo built it with a nice selection of parts and took the picture so we can share the experience. It took quite some time and quite a few parts to make the Heckler & Koch MR 223 A3 11” […]

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Connecticut: Bill to Ban Hunting Along Quinnipiac River To Be Heard [NRA-ILA News]

On March 1st, the Connecticut state Joint Committee on Environment will be hearing Senate Bill 245, which would make the unprecedented move of legislatively banning hunting along the Quinnipiac River in New Haven.


Reader’s Choice BEST Full-Size Striker-Fired Pistol: Glock Gen5 17 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

Reader’s Choice BEST Full-Size Striker-Fired Pistol Glock Gen5 17 9mm 660We apologize for our tardiness in getting you the results for January’s poll. SHOT Show had us all run a little ragged and overwhelmed. This was a pretty fun one to debate though because the options and possibilities seem nearly endless! We also all have our own personal preferences and biases we lean strongly towards. […]

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New Hampshire: Firearm Seizure Bill to be Heard [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, the New Hampshire state House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 687, which would take away the constitutional rights of individuals without due process.


Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Headed to Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs passed three anti-gun bills out of committee that could come up for a vote on the Senate floor as soon as tomorrow.


Nebraska: Committee Heard Firearm Seizure Bill Without Due Process [NRA-ILA News]

On February 28th, the Nebraska state Judiciary Committee heard Legislative Bill 58 and may bring it up for a vote soon.  LB 58 would allow Second Amendment rights to be suspended following baseless accusations without due process.


A Rifle Built Just for Women Hunters []

In case you have not noticed this trend over the past decades or so, there are more women hunters afield these days. Data compiled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surveys revealed that approximately 11 percent of hunters were women. The National Sporting Goods Association reported this number at 13 percent and growing. You simply cannot be immersed in what is happening in the hunting world today and not realize that more women are hunting now than ever. And that is a good thing.

The problem is or was that women hunters could not find gear made or suited to their needs including hunting clothing, boots, jackets, vests, or much else. Women hate wearing hunting camouflage made for men. And most don’t like the pink camo either. That is changing. Just look at the comprehensive line of Prois Hunting Apparel designed and produced by lady huntress Kirstie Pike out of Gunnison, Colorado. This is cutting edge hunting clothes for women. Many other new products for women hunters are coming out all the time.

Likewise, women are having a hard time finding hunting firearms, rifles and shotguns that really fit their physique. Quite often they just settle for any rifle and cut back the stock butt or just use it as it. They get by and are successful, but really need a rifle cultured just for their fit.

Enter Weatherby’s new Camilla Deluxe. This may be the first hunting rifle designed just for women. Named after the wife of Weatherby founder Roy Weatherby, this rifle was also created in part by current Weatherby CEO Adam Weatherby’s wife Brenda, who is an accomplished hunter in her own rights. Adam Weatherby is Roy’s grandson.

The Camilla Deluxe is one beautiful rifle. In terms of a Weatherby model it is in the Mark V series, which is their top of the line guns. The stock is a “AA” fancy grade claro walnut with an exotic hardwood forend and grip cap with Maplewood spacers. The stock finish is a classic Weatherby lacquer with diamond point Fleur-de-lis checkering.

The stock is formed, shaped, and sculpted to properly fit a woman. The grip angle is changed, a trigger finger guide added, slimmed forend and right side palm swell for better fit and balance.

Chambered for the .240 Wby Mag, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, .270 Winchester, and the 30-06, with a 24-inch #1 contour barrel. The overall length is 43.5 inches with a weight of 6.5 pounds. The Weatherby Camilla Deluxe is both beauty and function just for women hunters. See for full details.

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Arizona: Vote Expected at Anytime on School Pick-up/Drop-off Bill [NRA-ILA News]

The Arizona state House of Representatives may consider House Bill 2693 at any moment.  HB 2693 would improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families by reducing arbitrary boundaries that leave them defenseless.


Heckler & Koch Fined $4.2 Million for Rifle Sales In Mexico [The Firearm Blog]

mexico policeA Stuttgart court has passed judgement in the case that accused five Heckler & Koch employees of illegally selling firearms to Mexico. Heckler & Koch were found guilty of breaking Germany’s ‘War Weapons Control Act’ by selling over 4,000 HK G36s to the Mexican government buyer. As a result the company have been fined 3.7 million […]

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NRA Reacts to assage of H.R. 1112 [NRA-ILA News]

FAIRFAX, Va.– For the second day in a row, the anti-gun leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives passed an extreme gun control measure designed to discourage law-abiding Americans from exercising a constitutional right. Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, released the following statement in reaction to H.R 1112, the so-called "Charleston Loophole” bill, passing the House by a vote of 228 to 198:

NRA Reacts to Passage of H.R. 1112 [NRA-ILA News]

FAIRFAX, Va.– For the second day in a row, the anti-gun leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives passed an extreme gun control measure designed to discourage law-abiding Americans from exercising a constitutional right. Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, released the following statement in reaction to H.R 1112, the so-called "Charleston Loophole” bill, passing the House by a vote of 228 to 198:


20mm Anti-Aircraft Munitions Washing Up On Shore In Washington State [The Firearm Blog]

20mm anti-aircraft roundsThe “tragic boating accident” phrase has seen a lot of use this past year, but solid examples continue to pop up.  The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office in Washington released a warning to the public about 20mm anti-aircraft ammunition washing up on shore.  The Sheriff’s Office Facebook post is as follows: The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s […]

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This Unique Blake Rifle Lost to Krag & Lee []

The Krag-Jorgensen rifle is only widely known today because it was once an official long arm of the USA and that it’s one of the smoothest-running bolt-action rifles ever designed. The Krag’s cartridge, which came to be known as the 30-40 Army and eventually the 30-40 Krag, also endures mainly because of its brief military service. In this video, we see a cool design which competed with the Krag and lost (it later lost to the Lee Navy as well) and therefore failed to endure.

Here’s what Ian says about the rifle in this video:

The Blake was one of many rifle designs submitted to the US Army trials that would ultimately result in the adoption of the Krag-Jorgensen as the US Army’s standard rifle. The main innovation of Blake’s design was a unique ammunition “packet” system which held 7 cartridges. The rifle would be loaded from the bottom with pre-loaded packets, which would be carried like clips or magazines by troopers. However, the loading was not as quick or simple as with more typical clips, and the trials board felt the packets were both too fragile and too bulky. Blake went on to submit his rifle for Navy testing a few years later, where it lost out to the Lee Navy straight pull. His last effort was commercial production of the rifles, which got him a few sales, but not enough to sustain manufacture. This example is one of the commercial rifles.

What’s interesting to me is the creativity with which both the Blake and Krag rifles approached the magazine. Both designs took a thoughtful approach to ammo carrying & feeding. The Blake uses something most folks have never seen before, and that’s a removable and replaceable rotating clip assembly which holds seven cartridges.

The “packet” which holds the ammo has to be removed to load the ammo, and it’s a bit tricky to insert… it certainly can’t be slapped in place like the box magazines which dominate today’s military arms. But the steel door which covers the bottom of the magazine well is incredibly stout!

Like the Krag, the Blake has a magazine cutoff which would allow a soldier to casually fire rounds one at a time as if the rifle was a single-shot, only switching over to use the magazine in the heat of battle when rapid fire is desired.

It’s a complex rifle which would almost certainly be more expensive to produce than the Krag, which is probably one of the reasons it lost out.

This particular rifle sold at auction for $2,875 in 2015.

I hope you enjoy the video.

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Smith J’s and K’s []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Smith and Wesson is among the most ironic manufacturers of revolvers. The company history is long and storied. It dates back to 1857 in Springfield, MA, and still resides there. Over the many years of operation Smith and Wesson was bought and sold by many investment concerns, then sold and bought a few more times.

During this whole series of company transformations, they have continued to make some of the finest revolvers, and pistols in the handgun marketplace. Smith remains highly active in the handgun marketplace with new introductions or model enhancements for each year of production.

The foundation of the Smith and Wesson revolver product lines have been based on the size of the handgun frames as designated by the company. These have included the I, J, K, L, M, N, and X frame identifications. The “I” frame was for the small .32 calibers. The “J” was for the small .38 frames. “K” designated the medium frame for .38s. The “L” was for the medium-large frame. The “M” was assigned to the small, early model Ladysmith revolvers. The “N” was used for the large frame revolvers and the “X” came for the X-large 500 line of handguns.

Though all of these frame sizes have been popular all along, in terms of recognizing a classic Smith and Wesson revolver, the “J” and “K” framed guns are probably the most widely known among them all. In the long list of named and numbered revolver models produced in these two frame sizes, two models stand out as the most universal. This would be the Model 36 in the “J” frame and the Model 10 in the “K” frame.

These models are both chambered for the .38 Special, though the 36 is the smaller with a cylinder only bored to hold five rounds. The Model 10’s were larger with a cylinder to hold six rounds. A base Model 36 with a 2-inch barrel weighs only 19 ounces with fixed sights. The Model 10 in a 2-inch barrel by comparison weighs about 30 ounces. These are unloaded weights. Other barrel lengths exist.

In practical use the Model 36 is known as the Chiefs Special. The 5-shot, double action revolver was often chosen by law enforcement for undercover work. It is easily concealed in a coat pocket or an ankle holster as a backup gun.

The Model 10 series has been a premier law enforcement handgun for decades having a total production of over 6,000,000 guns. Being heavier and loaded with 6 rounds, it was a good choice for general street police work. At least until the .357 Magnum came along.

Collecting all “J” and “K” framed Smith revolvers is a good hobby. Good used specimens are still available, but they are getting harder to find all the time.

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Minnesota Democrats advance gun restrictions in late-night vote [NRA-ILA News]

House Democrats advanced their plan to require background checks on most gun sales and transfers in Minnesota during a late-night vote Wednesday. The measure passed along party lines, 9-7, in the House Public Safety committee. Late Wednesday, the panel was also considering legislation allowing police to seize guns from people deemed by a judge to pose a threat to themselves or others.


Surprise Republican win in House exposes divisions in Democratic leadership [NRA-ILA News]

A surprise Republican win in the House on a procedural vote Wednesday exposed divisions within the Democratic leadership, set off recriminations and underscored that the party is still adjusting to its new majority. GOP leaders used one of the few tools available to the House minority to amend a Democratic gun-control bill, adding a provision that would require notification to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when illegal immigrants try to buy a gun.


House Democrats weigh rules change after GOP floor victory [NRA-ILA News]

Democratic leaders are considering changing House rules to make it harder for Republicans to spring surprise procedural votes on the majority after several embarrassing incidents on the floor in recent weeks.


[IDEX 2019] Stoeger STR-9 from Turkey [The Firearm Blog]

Stoeger is a Turkish manufacturer mostly known for its shotguns, which are frequently based on designs of the parent company Benelli. Being part of the Beretta Holding, however, Stoeger has also been manufacturing semiautomatic pistols for some years. Specifically, they took over from Beretta the production of the 8000 series “Cougar” models. This was the […]

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How to Skin a Rabbit in 6 Seconds — Without a Knife []

Last month, we took a look at a video showing how to harvest and process a domestic rabbit that had been raised for meat. In this video, a hunter shows a super-fast way to skin a rabbit he took while hunting.

His method is pretty much the way my father taught me to skin a squirrel, although squirrels are tougher so you need to make a cut in the hide opposite the spine in about the middle of its back. Then you grab the hide and pull, and basically “take off its shirt and pants.”

Rabbit hide is much more fragile, so it tears more easily. This is why he’s able to skin it without ever using a knife.

Once you “undress” the critter, remove the head and feet and then you can get on to gutting it.

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West Virginia: Campus Carry Passes House, On to Senate [NRA-ILA News]

On February 27th, the West Virginia state House of Delegates passed House Bill 2519 by a vote of 59-41 to ensure that law-abiding adults are not stripped of their right to self-defense when they cross an arbitrary boundary onto a college campus.  Earlier on the same day, HB 2519 was motioned to be referred to the House Rules Committee.  Despite that delay, HB 2519 returned to the floor in time for a vote and will now go to the state Senate Judiciary Committee for further consideration.


The Top 3 CRKT M16 Knives for the Money []

The Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) M16 was a widely influential knife series immediately after its release in 1999. Designed by Kit Carson, M16s were the first pocket knives to feature the flipper. This unique feature allowed for the fastest one-handed deployment in the tactical and everyday carry (EDC) world.

The quality and practicality of these knives led them to be largely received by the United States Military and civilians alike.

Now with over 25 varieties of M16s, it may be a little difficult to figure out which model is best suited for you. Of course, you need to ask yourself what the primary use you are looking to get out of your knife as well as what you are willing to spend.

To make it a little easier, here are the top picks in the basic, middle and high-end categories.

M16-01Z (basic)

crkt M16 5

Knife users told CRKT that they wanted “an affordable work knife that we can give hard use without feeling guilty and one that won’t break us up if we leave it”. The M16-01Z was CRKT’s response.
It starts with a glass filled nylon InterFrame that offers both strength and resistance to solvents. The M16-01Z has a bead blasted 3” spear point or tanto blade in 8Cr15MoV high-carbon stainless steel which gives you both toughness as well as edge-holding ability. The handles are Zytel over stainless liners.
Of course, the knife includes the patented Carson Flipper, which speeds up opening and acts as a blade guard, along with an automated liner safety.
This is a strong multi-use knife that will cost you less than $30.00.

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M16-03Z (sweet spot)

CRKT M16 6

The best middle of the road, or “sweet spot”, knife in the M16 series has to be the M16-03Z. While this tactical pocket knife shares many of the attributes of the M16-01Z (glass-filled nylon frame, Zytel handle with stainless liners, Carson flipper, and automated liner safety), it differs in one important area, the steel.
The M16-03Z is made from AUS 8, 58-59 HRC steel which makes it tougher than its basic counterpart. Besides the higher-grade steel, this knife gives you more of it. The blade length is 3.5” which is a 1⁄2 inch longer than the M16-01Z.
You can buy this knife in either the spear point or tanto blade that features the unique Veff Serrations giving it the superior cutting ability for cordage, rope and other fibrous materials.

Like all CRKT M16s, the M16-03Z has the iconic bored hole handle that gives you a stronger grip and a lighter weight.

You will be paying a little more for the steel with a cost of around $41.00 but it will be worth it in the long run.

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M16-04a Automatic (high end)

CRKT M16 4

If you have the money and the desire to buy a top of the line pocket knife, you may want to consider the M16-04a Automatic. This knife comes with a 4” blade made from CPM 154 steel which is high-end stainless steel made in America by Crucible. It holds an edge very well and is more durable than the AUS-8 and 8Cr15MoV.

It comes with most of the features listed for both the 01Z and 03Z but has a heavier weight, anodized aluminum handle, and a push button automatic opening with patented safety.

Cost again is important because you will be shelling out between $200 – $300 for this item.

CRKT M16 3

There are many other M16 models to choose from, but these are the best in the respective class due to simplicity. All models are lightweight and easy to carry making them great for tactical use or everyday carry. No matter which variation of the M16 you choose, you can rest easy knowing you bought an affordable high-quality knife that will suit any need.

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AFVG – Angled Vertical Grip Hybrid [The Firearm Blog]

I saw this in a local store. When I mentioned who I write for, he said: “you may be interested in this”. It is a custom AFVG. That is not what he calls it, that is just what I called it. It is a hybrid of an angled foregrip and vertical grip. Walter Davis is […]

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[IDEX 2019] InterProInvest Malyuk from Ukraine [The Firearm Blog]

Malyuk is the new bullpup assault rifle which has apparently been adopted by the Ukrainian Army. Over the years, TFB has been following the development of the rifle which evolved from a relatively crude bullpup AK to a more polished version with fairly unique features. The samples brought to IDEX represent the latest stages of […]

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Project Lightening Episode 05: Reload [Forgotten Weapons]

Project Lightening is a collaborative series with Othais and Mae of C&Rsenal in which we test all seven light machine guns and automatic rifles of World War One and put them through a series of tests and evaluations. Each week we will be posting one video on Forgotten Weapons and one on C&Rsenal. Today we have the reloading comparison, and the TOTAL DAMAGE over on C&Rsenal:

Want to see the last two parts right now, instead of waiting until next week? You can download the entire series right now and have a permanent copy to keep for just $6 (all proceeds split between Forgotten Weapons and C&Rsenal):


Every Picture Tells A Story, Part VIII [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Every Picture Tells a Story has been an ongoing series on this blog since 2011. It graphically illustrates the growth in firearm carry rights over time. Going back to 1986, over 90% of Americans lived in states with either no carry permitted or may-issue carry permits. By contrast, approximately two-thirds of all Americans live in a state with either shall-issue permits or constitutional carry.

The area that has shown the most growth in terms of number of states is constitutional or permitless concealed carry. With the recent addition of South Dakota and Oklahoma, there are now 15 states that do not require you to have a permit to carry concealed. This equates to about 11% of the population of the United States.

As the creator of this graphic, Rob Vance, notes, "While the Supes are figuring out if the word "bear" in the 2nd Amendment actually means something - 15 states have already clarified that simple reading of the English word meaning 'to carry.'"

This number would have jumped even more if the Republican leaders of the North Carolina Senate had not refused to bring up the bill allowing permitless carry in the state. The bill had passed the NC House but Senate Republican were afraid of losing their super-majority if they went on record voting for permitless carry. Ironically, they lost their super-majority anyway.

Wednesday, 27 February


Winchester Issue Warning and Recall Notice on 130 Grain Full Metal Jacket .38 Special [The Firearm Blog]

Winchester have issued a recall notice on several lots of their 130 grain Full Metal Jacket .38 Special white box ammunition. This is due to the possibility that they have incorrect powder loadings. Here’s Winchester’s product recall notice in full: Olin Winchester, LLC (“Winchester”) is recalling three (3) lots of 38 Special 130 Grain Full Metal […]

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POTD: USMC M38 DMRs Stretch their Legs [The Firearm Blog]

USMC M38It’s been a while since the US Marine Corps announced that they would be deploying the M27 IAR in a Designated Marksman Role, adapting it by mounting the Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T 2.5-8x36mm rather than an ACOG. The USMC have shared some photos of Marines from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division training […]

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