The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) does a lot of advocacy and good works within the firearms community, that is no doubt. One of their premier initiatives has been Project Childsafe. For 20 years now that program has increased awareness of safe firearms handling and storage practices among millions of gun owners, helped reduce accidental firearms […]
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American Defense Manufacturing have announced that Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, in Louisiana, have selected American Defense Mfg.’s .308 UIC10 rifle. What role the new rifles will have has not been announced but the rifle’s calibre suggests it may be used as a sharpshooter/marksman’s rifle. Here’s American Defense Mfg.’s announcement in full: American Defense Manufacturing is proud […]
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SIG Sauer have announced that Milwaukee Police Department will transition to using the P320 in 9x19mm as their official duty pistol. The P320 will replace the Smith & Wesson M&P .40 S&W which has been in use since 2009. Here’s SIG’s announcement in full: SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the City of Milwaukee Police […]
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The letter from Sean Maloney, Tim Knight, Esther Schneider, and Robert Brown provoked an almost immediate response from the NRA and NRA President Carolyn Meadows.
The official statement:
Four members of the NRA Board of Directors have sent a letter to the Board and Officers calling for an independent investigation and review of the following:
The members who sent this letter were Sean Maloney, Tim Knight, Esther Schneider, and LtCol. Robert Brown. The issues raised mirror the letter from former NRA President Oliver North sent on April 25th to the Board where he announced the formation of a crisis management committee. They also correlate with the joint North-Childress letter of April 18th which questioned in detail the billings of the Brewer firm.
- Allegations of financial misconduct
- Review of the billings of Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors
- Creation of an outside, independent committee tasked for investigating the issues surrounding potential financial misconduct and the Brewer billing. This committee would then report back to the Board of Directors its findings.
July 22, 2019
President Carolyn Meadows
The National Rifle Association of America
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Secretary John Frazier
The National Rifle Association of America
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The National Rifle Association of America Board of Directors
The National Rifle Association of America
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Fairfax, VA 22030
Friends and Patriots of the NRA
RE: Independent investigations
Continued leaks, accusations, and counter accusations have left a haze of conjecture surrounding our Association. It is our duty as a duly elected Board of Directors to dispel this cloud, right the Association’s path and restore the trust of our members.
Because of our dedication and loyalty to the NRA, the Answer and Counterclaim filed on behalf of Oliver North, in the case of National Rifle Association v. Oliver North, compels us as Board Members – legally bound by our fiduciary duty of care – to act. To ensure that we are fully and accurately informed about the financial health of the Association, we must make the following requests.
First, that the NRA engage outside professionals to conduct an independent, internal investigation and confidential audit into the allegations of financial misconduct. Second, that the NRA conduct an outside, independent review of the millions of dollars in payments to Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors for legal fees. Third, pursuant to NRA Bylaw Article IV, Section 2, Board of Directors, Powers and Duties, that an Outside Independent Special Committee be formed, tasked with investigating and addressing the problems identified above, and required to report its findings and recommendations to the entire Board of Directors.
With this degree of scrutiny and transparency, the Board can fulfill our legal obligations, remove all doubt regarding our Association’s direction, and allow us to return to our mission of protecting our Second Amendment.
Yours for freedom,
/S/ Sean Maloney
/S/ Timothy Knight
/S/ Esther Schneider
/S/ Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.)
Like most good stories begin, Savage Arms came from humble beginnings all the way back in 1894 with some of their first firearms. Now fast forward 125 years to present day and they still are producing tremendous products for the firearms community. In honor of that long period of continued progress, Savage Arms has announced […]
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Today I am chatting with Miles Vining, co-creator of Silah Report, a blog and intelligence network researching firearms in MENA – the Middle East and North Africa. Miles and his colleagues have created an organization that both understands the languages and customs of this region, but also are serious “gun guys”, able to recognize and speak on technical matters relating to firearms. Miles’ work has appeared in Small Arms Review, Small Arms Defense Journal, TFB, RECOIL, Armament Research Services, and more.
Check out the Silah Report through your choice of platforms:
Khyber Armoury on YouTube is also a Silah Report contributor.
Background: Back in April TFB covered the developing story between PRIME Ammunition and RUAG Ammotec. At that time this writer had had a lengthy discussion with the CEO of PRIME and determined the issues presented were complicated and would likely not be resolved quickly. Fortunately, for both parties, proceedings did not drag on as long […]
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…” one of the most butchered quotes in all of Hollywood history could be applied here tonight. Two weeks ago TFB broke the news that the GLOCK Slimline pistols, previously only available in two-tone silver slides, would be hitting the shelves in all black. Now, […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
PREPPER HOME FIRE SUPRESSION
Of all the many myriads of prepper subjects attended to on a regular basis, little is covered about how to avoid or suppress a home fire. If you take the worse possible scenarios when it comes to social disorder, then one has to consider the firing of businesses, and residential homes as a likely possibility.
With civil services apt to be busy elsewhere contending with fires generated by rioting thug marauders, homeowners may be faced with firefighting on their own. In cases of disasters like wildfires or even destruction from tornadoes or earthquakes, rampant fires have to be factored into the equations of survival.
Again, consider the worst can be possible, then anything that happens less than that will be even more survivable if we are prepared and ready. Of all the things we have to keep in mind for self-protection, home security, and bug in survival, the fear of fire has to be overcome. It will have to be dealt with directly.
So, ok, you say fire could be an issue. So, we just get a few fire extinguishers and place them around the house just in case. That does it, right? You read this, and you are already smiling, knowing the issue is so much more complicated. But it does not have to defeat us, if we are prepared to give our best effort to defeat it.
Naturally, a first line of active offense against a fire of any size are implements to extinguish fires. High quality fire extinguishers of suitable capacity to put out a fire as quickly as possible. These units should be readied in various easy access points around the house or business where people can find them quickly. Smaller units can be placed in support of main units. These extinguishers could be stored in a secure location only if they are distributed once a SHTF is unfolding.
In particular homes can be made less fire active by clearing back brush, any dead debris in flower beds, backyards, corners, etc. Anything that would burn easily should be cleaned up. The same should happen inside. Throw out stacks of old newspapers, magazines, boxes, and other hordes of fire fodder. Combustible chemicals, fuels, and such should be secured. Water hoses should be prepared to use to battle fires assuming water is available. Work out ways to use them indoors, too.
Ideally defensive firepower should be used to defray external threats. It’s always best to stop any threat of fire before it occurs. This is easier said than done. So, plan now, gear up, train, and practice.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
BUG OUT DETOURS
As most preppers know and fully realize, it may become necessary during some SHTF’s to have to bug out. This essentially means going on the run away from the disaster event as quickly as is feasible to escape destruction, harm, and personal security.
It has long been advised that everyone needs to plan for such an escape by mapping out various options for routes away from potential oncoming disasters of all kinds. This means literally getting out a map to investigate all the travel routes away from home, work, or school and to become intimately familiar with such routes.
Usually trying to get away from most residential areas, work centers and schools will offer multiple ways to drive out of the area. You should become up to speed on all these routes paying attention to road names and highway numbers. These can be jotted down in a preparation manual or notebook to keep copies in all vehicles.
Then becomes the constant and regular awareness of these routes and any potential changes in routes, road hazards, construction or delays and such. If you do not maintain a regular observation of your elected routes, then things could change that could alter your safe escape or worse, cause you to become locked in traffic or unable to get out of the area.
Case in point as an example in our area, there have recently been a number of rural bridge closures mandated by the Federal Transportation Commission due to unsafe or failure to pass timely bridge inspections. In our area, once outside of many towns you are suddenly in rural areas. Such routes are critical for evacuation from disasters or other SHTF events.
In this case, if you were to pile in the family SUV with bug out bags stowed and ready, you could drive down one of these county escape route roads only to be halted by a bridge out of service. Where I live, two of these exit roadways are currently out of service due to closed bridges. I drove these routes recently to double check on their status. This is the kind of information you need to constantly factor in to any bug out plan.
As you develop escape routes, note, too, the availability of essential services. Mark locations for gas stations, convenience stores, food and water supplies, medical services, road repair, overnight motels, campgrounds, and such. A bug out during an emergency situation is not pleasant at best, but can be managed better by having a pre-determined plan in hand.
Welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB will discuss the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol competitions. Chances are there […]
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Three is a magic number – and this is the third edition of the Photo Of The Day: Minigun Monday, where we admire pictures of Miniguns in various places. We are now in California, at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. Or “MCAGCC” for short. U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. William Chockey, Team […]
At the beginning of the current year, during the SHOT Show 2019, Winchester introduced a new cartridge – the .350 Legend. This cartridge has a straight walled case and it is primarily marketed to hunters who live in areas where hunting certain species is allowed only with straight-walled cartridges. Having a completely new cartridge case […]
Apparently cognizant of the risks of pressing ahead with the defense of its nonsensical and extreme firearm law, New York City has now ramped up its arguments that the legal challenge to the law is “moot” and no longer merits the intervention of the United States Supreme Court.
A study published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics this week generated considerable media attention that focused on the purported finding and not the underlying research design:
Jeremy Gresham, Director of Sales and Marketing at IWI US, have posted on the Tavor 7 Facebook Group about 15 minutes ago with this update on the Tavor 7 7.62x51mm Bullpup Rifle.
This will be the final update on the T7 before we start shipping. As you can see below we are building racks of guns and test firing as I type this message out. For a better part of year and a half of extra testing on the rifle we have come to the conclusion that the Tavor 7 will not get the accuracy of 1.5 MOA that we set out to get. Overall the weapon system as a whole was never designed in a way to achieve this 1.5MOA. It was designed to shoot minute of man on today’s battle fields with a high degree of reliability. In the last update I posted we got it down around the 1.5MOA but we gave up too much in other areas so that simply wasn’t the answer. After all this the engineering team has put a major focus on accuracy going forward with new product development on top of what we already do well. We have shot more 308/7.62 NATO in the last year of testing than I believe most people will fire in a lifetime times 10. In conclusion it’s a solid weapon system for what it was intended for and soon you’ll be able to get your hands on it. By soon I’m thinking middle of August we will start shipping unless something unforeseen shows up. Please tag me when you are asking questions and I’ll speak to what I can as always.
The question left standing is, will you still buy one given this type of accuracy (or lack thereof)? Please let us know in the comment section below.
Victrix Armaments, Italian manufacturer of precision long-range rifles, has announced on their social media pages that another Italian company called Rottigni Officina MEccanica (ROME) bought the Victrix brand from Beretta. The Victrix Armaments used to belong to ROME and was sold to Beretta in 2016. The sum of the deal is not disclosed. Here is the full […]
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Aim Surplus has introduced a new slide for one of the most popular carry pistols currently available on the market – the SIG Sauer P365. This new product is called AIM S3 SIG P365 Slide. Due to the cuts on the front portion of this slide, it weighs 7.3 oz which is lighter than the […]
Back in February, I told y’all about The Stan Project, a new video documentary about “Yukon Man” Stan Zuray that was being crowd-funded. Well, thanks to many of you, it surpassed the goal for funding and work has been underway for a while now. Most recently, they’ve been shooting video at Stan’s fish camp while the family catches and processes the fish they need to help sustain them into the coming winter.
They recently linked to a video from their Facebook page which shows their travel to the fish camp, beginning with boarding a small airplane for a flight to Tanana, the remote village where Stan lives when he’s feeling sociable. Next we find them speeding down the Yukon River in Stan’s boat — a rare opportunity to see Stan sitting down instead of working on stuff.
The video is only 3:22 long, but it has some lovely scenery and offers a small glimpse of what’s to come as the Stan Project works its way forward. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more!
Until then, we will just have to settle for this. Enjoy.
A few months ago, we told you about a “three-pronged attack” on the Second Amendment by the CEO of Levi Strauss, Chip Bergh, who has been using company profits to break his oath to the Constitution of the USA. Well, they’re sticking to the plan, according to a recent article by AWR Hawkins.
Hawkins reports that even when faced with information that their anti-gun actions were costing them business, Levi’s executives simply don’t care.
On September 4, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Levi Strauss was launching a million dollar gun control campaign. This also entailed teaming up with Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control Everytown for Gun Safety, going so far as to provide jeans for actors who appeared in Everytown PSAs.
The Free Enterprise Project’s David Almasi approached Levi’s executives with polling data which showed that many customers tended to shop elsewhere following the company’s adoption of gun control. Yet the executives were unmoved. The Free Enterprise Project reported that “leaders of the clothing manufacturer stood their ground, telling shareholders they would continue to risk profit and the company’s future by pursuing what they refer to as a ‘values-driven’ business model.”
As near as I can tell, The Free Enterprise Project is an outfit which attempts to influence business owners and shareholders to act in more conservative ways, or at least in less-liberal ways. In their words, they “create the incentives for corporations to stay focused on their missions.” “Mission” in this sense means that if you make jeans, your company mission should be to sell jeans — not to campaign against basic civil rights such as the right to security and self-defense.
Back to the article:
Almasi [of the Free Enterprise Project] spoke to Breitbart News’ about Levi Strauss’ gun control position, saying:
‘Levi’s is all-in with the social justice warriors. In addition to anti-gun activism, they are also lending corporate support for environmental causes and various matters associated with leftism. Levi’s will continue its anti-gun activism and support for anti-gun causes even after the Free Enterprise Project gave them polling data showing it hurts their reputation and can drive customers elsewhere. Taking on this unnecessary risk is an affront to investors of any political alignment. Levi’s owes it to its investors, employees, and business partners to remain politically neutral to protect the brand.’
Almasi noted that Levi’s is ‘putting politics ahead of pants.’
To many of you, this is not news… but it will hopefully serve as a reminder to spend your money elsewhere instead of supporting enemies of your freedom.
We are already less than two months away from the major fall hunting seasons, but are you ready? Many companies are geared up for the fall hunting rush and Bushnell is one of them! They just announced the NEW Bushnell CORE and CORE DS Trail Cameras for all of your hunting exploits. Steve Smith, the Bushnell Product Manager, goes on to elaborate a little bit about each of the new trail cameras that are now available:
Good trail cams take great pictures during the day. Better trail cams take great pictures at night. Bushnell’s CORE Cam DS with Dual Sensor technology does both. With two sensors – one optimized for sharper day pics, one for more detail and contrast at night – the CORE DS leads the pack night and day. Now, finding the best trail camera is as simple as: Good. Better. Bushnell.
Within both the Bushnell CORE and CORE DS Trail Cameras you have options of a low-glow and no-glow variant. This affords hunters more options to choose a trail camera specific to their environment and what game they may be chasing. The specifications along with pricing and their associated sell sheets can be read below as presented by Bushnell.
With one year of battery, a quick photo capture speed, and a moderate price-point of $139.99 – $149.99 this trail camera could be a great option for many hunters who do not have a bevy of trail cameras at their disposal as we head into fall.
The Bushnell CORE DS kicks everything up a notch to give sportsmen and sportswomen the best clarity for photos and video captured of potential trophies. Between both of these models, which one are you liking the best? The Bushnell CORE? Or the CORE DS? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
Savage Arms has announced a limited edition 125th Anniversary Model 110 to commemorate their illustrious history of arms making. They began all the way back in 1894 and more than a century later they are still going strong. This 125th Anniversary Model 110 is going to display the very best Savage Arms has to offer. All of the specifications for the rifle can be read below as presented by Savage Arms:
At the moment, there are five different cartridges you can choose to order this limited edition rifle in, but this is one of those scenarios where you need to get off the fence. Only 1,894 rifles will be made this year and once they are gone they are truly gone. If you put in an order for one, the expected wait time is 12 to 16 weeks. Beth Shimanski, the Marketing Director for Savage Arms, made these remarks concerning the announcement of the Savage Arms 125th Anniversary Model 110:
We at Savage are excited about this limited-edition opportunity and are happy to share this moment with our enthusiastic and loyal customers. So far more than half of the rifles have been ordered and spoken for, so anyone interested in getting one of these rifles that represent of our historic milestone should not delay.
The price for one of these rifles is currently benchmarked at $1,499 in any of the 5 cartridges offered. For all of the Savage Arms lovers out there, what do you think of this rifle? Is this something you would like to put over your mantle? Or would you take this rifle out on your next big-game hunt? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Kimber has announced that they are finally shipping some of their newest variations of 1911 models in the KHX and Aegis Elite in both Optics Installed (OI) and Optics Ready (OR) offerings. These models were introduced in late 2018 and early 2019, but most of the general public got their first eyes on them from […]
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We all have our “Grail Guns” – firearms that we have lusted and yearned after for years but may not have the means to obtain. Given the opportunity, and resources, we’d jump at the chance to own that one gun that might as well be in a museum and unavailable to the masses. At the […]
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Back before World War One, when Abercrombie & Fitch was still a true sporting goods company catering to the likes of Joseph Steinbeck and Theodore Roosevelt, they decided to offer Luger pistols for sale. This was simple enough, with guns ordered from DWM in Germany. It became harder after the war, however, when the Versailles Treaty strictly limited German arms production. So Abercrombie found a workaround by ordering 100 pistols through Hämmerli-Walther in Switzerland, who bought incomplete guns and installed their own barrels and did their own finishing. These guns (50 in .30 Luger and 50 in 9x19mm) arrived with the barrels marked with A&F’s name, and they are a particularly desirable variation of Luger for collectors.
So, today Brad Simpson from Simpson Ltd is going to walk us through how to authenticate a true Abercrombie Luger. We will look at the serial number, the finish, the front sight, and the frame reinforcing on the inside.
It is a little known fact that Ruger is approaching their 70th Anniversary of providing the world with quality firearms for all of us to enjoy. To help revel in that celebration and keep the good times rolling, CCI has teamed up with Ruger to create a limited-edition run of rimfire ammunition. It will not […]
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What could possibly trump our previous U.S. Marine with camouflaged H&K MP7? Well, quite possibly this uncamouflaged but suppressed H&K MP7? The pistol grip says MP7 A1, and the suppressor says Rotex II, made by B&T Switzerland. The suppressor would be this one, dedicated for the MP7 and its rather small caliber: B&T Rotex-II™ SMG/PDW suppressor, […]
Lt. Col. M. L. "Matt" Cavanaugh, Ph.D., just published an article entitled "How the Military Murders Meritocracy". It was on the Modern War Institute at West Point's website. Col. Cavanaugh is an active duty US Army strategist and a professor of practice with Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies.
Cavanaugh's article dealt with military bureaucracy and the hindrance of a real meritocracy within it. He notes that soldier, sailors, marines, and airmen "self-silence" real and legitimate criticism because they fear a swift and painful reprisal by those above them. Doesn't that sound like another large organization that I know and love?
It’s under cover of that darkness that the rot in the system manifests in subtle ways. In a healthy meritocratic system, there would be a relatively free flow of honest feedback that enables the best idea, or the best person, to succeed—in respectful ways that improve organizational effectiveness. But that’s not the norm, as can be seen on any given day in any American military unit.If you were to substitute "NRA" for "military" and "manager" or "director" for "officer in these paragraphs, it could have been written about the National Rifle Association.
It’s the higher-ranking individual that ignores or denies or evades real problems flagged by a junior officer or noncommissioned officer. It’s the indirect, I-agree-with-you-completely-but-we-can’t-do-that-because-it-just-might-upset-someone-higher-up-the-chain conversation. It’s a subordinate’s quietly paralytic fear of confrontation with a senior.
Nobody talks about it, but it knocks military candor down at every turn, making us weaker all the time. Sometimes the emperor you serve isn’t wearing socks, or much of anything else, and as things stand in the US military, saying something about that nudity is so severely stifled it’s a wonder it ever happens. And our adversaries may be far from perfect, but they can certainly find the vulnerable chinks exposed by an emperor’s nudity.
Big, brittle systems with such weaknesses always get exploited. It’s a “when,” not an “if.”
In almost any gun store or forum, you can find someone who can’t wait to give you unsolicited information. A lot of the “advice” that Over Eager Jerry likes to “share” with you is stuff that has been repeated ad nauseam in gun circles, but it isn’t always backed up by facts. For example, they […]
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I know CNN is the home of "fake news" and the rest of that nonsense. Still, even a blind squirrel can sometimes find an acorn. They had a story yesterday about the struggle of the NRA to maintain the political influence it had in 2016 in the 2020 elections. The lead for the story is the personal influence that former NRA-ILA director Chris Cox had with politicians. I mentioned the same thing in my post about Jason Ouimet being appointed the interim head of ILA.
From the CNN story:
The NRA accused Chris Cox -- the man who had controlled the organization's lobbying and political activities for more than 15 years -- of trying to overthrow Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre, according to a lawsuit filed last month.Honestly, from my conversations with others, I don't think Wayne LaPierre really understood the value of Chris to the campaign side of NRA-ILA. All he could see was a potential rival for power that had to be vanquished. As to the supposed "coup", I think it is a figment of his imagination as it has been played upon by the NRA's outside counsel William Brewer III. Witness the gratuitous mention of Chris in one paragraph of the NRA's lawsuit against Ollie North.
Cox denied the charge to The New York Times, but quickly resigned. His unceremonious sacking stunned NRA board members, who saw Cox as a potential successor to LaPierre, and infuriated political staffers. Some started packing up their desks, unsure of whether they would be ousted too, multiple NRA sources said.
That's when the Washington power brokers really started to worry. Cox's departure, after months of turmoil at the NRA, only amplified the sense that the gun-rights group might not be the political powerhouse in 2020 that it has been for decades, including notably in 2016.
When President Donald Trump convened a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers and signaled and openness to some gun control measures in the wake of a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, it was Cox who showed up at the White House the following evening.
Afterward, Cox tweeted that Trump didn't want gun control. For his part, Trump tweeted: "Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!"
The reservoir of goodwill toward Cox ran deep on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
"Every Republican senator who matters has Chris' cell phone number," one GOP operative who worked closely with Cox on the political side told CNN. "And vice versa."
The operative recounted one meeting between Cox and a senator, ostensibly about a policy issue, that instead was focused primarily on the senator's favorite hunting grounds in his home state. Cox knew them all in advance -- and had been to them himself.
Cox and his team held weekly calls with Republican committees to share tips about ongoing campaigns -- calls that increased in frequency in the lead-up to key primaries and Election Day, according to former officials. "Senators didn't call Wayne," the GOP operative said of LaPierre. "They called Chris."
That's partly because it was Cox's job to maintain those contacts, while LaPierre oversaw the organization. Cox has moved on to launch his own Washington consulting firm. But unease over his departure -- and LaPierre's efforts to consolidate power -- is fueling uncertainty about the direction of the organization overall.
Published in 2008, “Arming the West” is, as it self-describes, “a fresh new look at the guns that were actually carried on the frontier.” Herbert Houze used the sales records of the Shuyler, Hartley, and Graham company to compile a survey of the makes and models of firearms actually shipped to the frontier states and territories from 1868 to 1886. The romantic view of the frontier would have every man (and many a woman) armed with a Winchester 1873 and Colt Peacemaker – but the reality was very different. Colts and Winchesters were expensive guns, and many settlers had plenty of expenses to eat up their whole savings without buying a flashy premium firearm. Instead, many bought utilitarian arms from second-tier manufacturers or surplus arms form the US Civil War or European armies.
Shuyler, Hartley, and Graham was by no means the only wholesale supplier of arms in the US at the time, but they were one of the largest, and their sales records provide a representative picture of what was being sold overall. Houze has broken down the sales by date and by state/territory, which gives a further interesting differentiation of what sorts of guns were popular in which parts of the frontier – the needs of Montana were very much different from those of Texas!
“Arming the West” was published in 2008, and is widely available through Amazon and other booksellers.
Photo Of The Day – time to go back in time to Operation Iraqi Freedom, where we look at an Estonian Soldier with a Galil SAR in 5.56×45 mm. The Estonian Defence Forces plan to replace the Galil, and LMT Defense won the order as reported by TFB in LMT Defense Announces Award with Estonian […]
For daring to say that the New Zealand mosque killer's manifesto shows he hoped his attack would lead to more gun control, he was an extreme environmentalist, and a probable socialist who hated capitalism.
Here's the manifesto.
Good morning everyone and thank you for tuning in to TFB’s Silencer Saturday – where the neighbors have no idea how much lead you throw in the back yard. Today we start the difficult task of picking the best suppressors currently on the market. And, as I am not a Dictator, I will rely on […]
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The Tirmax is a handy little carbine made between 1909 and 1914 in Liege by a German company. It is a semiauto action using a 5-round detachable magazine. The guns are quite scarce today because only a fairly small number appear to have been produced before World War One ended its manufacture.
Mechanically, the Tirmax is simple blowback, although incorporating a heavy hammer spring into the system to increase the bolt’s resistance to opening when fired. The hammer also has a lever extension on the left side of the receiver, allowing it to be manually cocked prior to manually cycling the bolt.
Out on the range, this particular example exhibited a bunch of problems, although that may or may not be representative of overall production. In addition to feed problems, I had one instance where the firing pin appears to have stuck in the forward position, resulting in 3 rounds slam firing in extremely fast succession – note that this is part of why one does not put one’s hand over the ejection port! After that incident, I stopped firing and the gun’s owner will have it looked at by a good gunsmith.
Great, a Best Revolver article written by a guy who believes a defensive handgun should be a semiautomatic and be made of polymer. You can go ahead and stop reading now. All kidding aside, my advice to everyone looking for a defensive weapon is buy something that works for you and learn how to shoot […]
At SHOT Show 2019 Streamlight showed off their new TLR-VIR II. It is a compact pistol weapon light that is night vision friendly. It has visible white light, IR illuminator, and an IR laser. The best part? It costs less than the SureFire X400V. TLR-VIR II Streamlight came out with the first generation TLR-VIR a […]
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Above you can see a High Explosive artillery 155 mm round being fired from an M109A6 Paladin, in a live-fire training at Combined Resolve IX at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. That is the subject of this Photo Of The Day. The updated A6 Paladin version can come from the move to a halt and fire […]
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It’s your boy Benjamin F coming at you pre-written with another Featured Deals of the Week. I am cutting it way too close to the publishing deadline this week, so I’m going to be really salty if any of these deals get sold out before Sunday. As always please leave a comment if you want to see […]
A memo went out today from Wayne LaPierre. Among the things in the memo was a consolidation of the public affairs function and digital networks, the production in-house of America's 1st Freedom, and news about NRA Women. This follows Wednesday's departure of Jennifer Baker from her position as Director of Public Affairs for NRA-ILA.
One wonders whether this consolidation is for cost savings and efficiency as suggested by the memo or is it a matter of consolidating power in the hands of trusted appartchiks? It could, of course, be the former with the latter being just a beneficial side effect if you are Wayne and the Old Guard.
The memo is reproduced below:
MEMORANDUMTO: All NRA Staff and AssociatesFROM: Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President/CEODATE: July 19, 2019Today’s announcements are about positioning ourselves for prosperous long-term growth. We are announcing key restructuring initiatives that are expected to drive a momentous transformation to meet association demands logistically, financially, to efficiently compete in our markets, and most importantly to better serve our members.Restructuring Initiatives:NRA Public AffairsNRA Public Affairs serves an important function as the voice of the NRA to our members, the news media, and key stakeholders. As an organization, it is critical that our public outreach is highly coordinated, our messaging is consistent, and our external communications are oriented toward our mission: defense of the Second Amendment.In support of these goals, I am pleased to announce a restructuring of the NRA Public Affairs Department. Effective immediately, I am consolidating all our media and communications functions under one department, NRA Public Affairs. This division will serve all of the NRA’s needs for public affairs, social media, and crisis communications. This department will coordinate official spokesperson duties for all of the NRA, including NRA-ILA and General Operations.NRA Public Affairs will report directly to the Executive Vice President through the Managing Director of Public Affairs, Andrew Arulanandam. As you may know, Andrew has more than 18 years’ experience working in all phases of communications for the NRA and NRA-ILA. He has a strong background in media relations and executive communications and will continue to serve the NRA well.These changes will not only enhance our public advocacy, eliminate duplication of efforts, but also help us realize cost savings on behalf of our members.NRA Digital NetworkEffective immediately, Information Services will oversee all technical development and support for all NRA web properties. With the exception of Membership, NRA ILA, and NRA.org, NRA Publications will manage the editorial creation, review, and posting of online content. Publications will also manage advertising sales for websites, e-newsletters, video, and social media. General Operations will continue to use the same existing process submitting e-newsletters and content changes to their properties as supplied by program managers. This is a key initiative to generate new sources of revenue moving forward as well as providing a more unified digital package.An announcement will be made shortly for a seminar to be scheduled with key stakeholders to clarify the updated procedures going forward.America’s 1st FreedomAmerica’s 1st Freedom will be exclusively produced in-house by NRA Publications. A new Editor-in-Chief, Frank Miniter, has joined NRA Publications and reports to Editorial Director, John Zent. We are confident that under their leadership, we will maintain our commitment to quality journalism. Please join me in welcoming Frank Miniter to his new assignment.NRA Women’s Digital InitiativeNRA Women will unify all of the NRA's online outreach to this growing segment of firearm owners while continuing to have General Operations, Advancement, and Membership operate their respective initiatives. We will have a destination site which merges all of our efforts into a more cohesive package optimized for search engines with fresh innovative content published on a daily basis. NRA Women will be an important component of the NRA Digital Network. Reporting to Editorial Director John Zent, Ann Y. Smith will serve as the Senior Executive Editor for NRA Women. With years of experience as a Senior Executive Editor for AmericanRifleman.org, Ann will lead our editorial efforts to grow and engage new audiences with a particular emphasis on mobile, social, and video features.A digital seminar will be announced at a future date to discuss specifics with stakeholders.The restructuring efforts above are as a result of extensive research, reflection, and listening to the concerns and suggestions from staff and key stakeholders. We aim to utilize our innovation on an all-encompassing scale while unifying the underlying processes and sales/advertising opportunities critical to our organizational health and vitality.I know these changes will better position the NRA for the future and am confident that our new structure will enable us to benefit from the many extraordinary opportunities ahead.
Sometimes .177 makes more sense than .308, that’s why we are diving in to training with airguns.
I have a 110-yard range available in my own back yard, plenty of guns and ammunition. With all that, I find myself using airguns increasingly frequently for training myself and others. There’s a good reason for that — separation of marksmanship basics from the gun handling tasks, as well as the reduction in shooter fatigue, reduction in noise, and saving ammunition for the types of training where air guns just won’t work.
With pistol, shooting stationary targets is fun but reaches the point of diminishing returns on training time. Shooting moving objects presents a couple of challenges: high expenditures of ammunition to reach basic competency, and minimum safe distance requirements for metallic targets. Using an air pistol with pellets or frangible BBs permits closer minimum shooting distance, along with greatly-reduced ammunition costs.
The miniature Texas Star shown here is a great way to work up to a full size one. The air gun version is cheap, light, and portable. The backstop requirements are minimized, so is the noise. My friends and I have each expended well over 200 shots each to get basic competency with it, which would have been slightly expensive with centerfire ammunition. What’s more, we could shoot it during the cool evening hours without worry about disturbing neighbors with the reports. The principle of operation is the same regardless of size: the first hit folds or displaces one of the impact targets, unbalancing the wheel and sending it into back-and-forth rotations.
This presents rather more challenge than still targets, especially if both ammunition and time are limited. Best out of ten shots over ten seconds often resulted in no hits at all… at first. A couple of hours later, we were running 40-50% hits with a smoothbore BB pistol at five yards. A rifled pellet gun improved the score further. Once competent with the noiseless, recoilless shooting, we can transition to rimfire and then centerfire practice. The only differences would be decreased lead required and having to control the weapon more due to recoil.
The same is true of rifle practice. This shooter started with a 308 AR10, then moved down to a .22 caliber suppressed air rifle. Shiny pellets exiting at about 1000 fps can be readily seen in flight through the scope, looking almost like white tracers. Prone or standing, being able to spot your own shots is a great help. The drop and the wind drift are greatly exaggerated relative to full-bore centerfire bullets, and even compared to rimfire. This way, 60-yard practice provides learning opportunities similar to 300-400 yard shooting with the AR10.
Pellets cost less than 2 cents each, compared to 40-50 cents for 308 ball. The wear on the shooter is also reduced, allowing concentration on the firing technique and spotting rather than fighting recoil and muzzle rise. Crosman Marauder, the rifle shown here, isn’t cheap but pays for itself as a training tool. Significantly cheaper options without sound suppression are available, and going down to .177 caliber reduces the cost of both the gun and the consumables.
Airguns won’t work for practicing recoil control, or for getting used to firearms manual of arms. They do work exceptionally well for practicing marksmanship basics. While air guns can deliver stellar accuracy, for our purposes, their external ballistic limitations like increased wind drift are a plus. Being able to see wind and gravity effects through the optic provides learning opportunities eminently applicable to longer distances and bigger guns.
The Ruger LCP has been on the market since 2008. The LCP’s small frame and controllable .380 ACP chambering have lent itself well to those that need to carry a firearm in a deeply concealed manner. Its six (plus one) capacity offers enough gun for a close-in self-defense situation where bigger guns are harder to […]
What you see here is not a Glock, nor is it a Glock clone from Turkey. It’s a pistol called the TM-9, made by TARA Aerospace & Defense Products from a small European country called Montenegro.
It’s an affordable striker-fired, polymer frame semi-auto pistol chambered in 9mm. It has a low bore axis of 22mm (.866″) and it features their unique DARE (Double Action Rapid Engagement) trigger. It works like a double-action trigger — if the 9mm round failed to ignite after a trigger press, you can press the trigger again without having to rack the slide. This pistol does not require the operator to squeeze the trigger during disassembly.
Trigger weight is long and heavy at about 6 pounds but it has a good reset travel. It features white 3-dot sights and the slide serration provides good purchase. While it has an ambidextrous safety, the slide release is not ambi. There is no interchangeable back strap, but if the manufacture were to incorporate it, it would increase the cost.
It also carries a NATO stock number (NSN) 1005-77-000-0001.
It will begin to ship to dealers in the next few days with a MSRP of $375 CAD. Actual retail price will likely be lower. This will be an excellent beginner pistol as a new Glock 17 Gen5 9mm in Mexico North is $780 CAD.
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With the new release of the SIG Sauer X-Five Legion, I’ve gotten some questions about the new Legion version vs the older polymer X-Five model. There are a number of differences between the regular X-Five and the new upgraded X-Five Legion. I had a chance to take my personal X-Five out and run it next […]
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Sen. Kamala Harris is leading the pack of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates when it comes to outlining executive action she would take if she were elected and her proposals were thwarted by Congress.
Levi Strauss joined hands with the gun control lobby in the Fall of 2018 and is sticking to their guns whether customers agree or not. On September 4, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Levi Strauss was launching a million dollar gun control campaign. This also entailed teaming up with Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control Everytown for Gun Safety, going so far as to provide jeans for actors who appeared in Everytown PSAs.
Over at my second digital family – AR15.com – one user has started making his own GLOCK magazines with a stock 3D Printer, some filament and CAD files released by a group called Deterrence Dispensed. The end result are functional 3D Printed GLOCK magazines that may not look as polished as a factory specimen, but […]
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Welcome to Mailroom #24, where James Reeves opens your terrible fan mail. Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for details on our monthly gun giveaway. TFBTV is giving away one gun a month to a randomly selected $5-level (and […]
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Strike Industries has announced the availability of their new GRIDLOK series of handguards. Some of the key features of these rails are the modular construction and the possibility to quickly detach the rail from the barrel nut. Let’s take a closer look. Here is what Strike Industries said when introducing this new product: Since the […]
On July 18th, Initiative Petition 40 was filed in Oregon to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law abiding adults by imposing a broad, one-size-fits-all method of storing firearms. This egregious attack on our freedoms uses virtually the same language as the failed Initiative Petition 44 from 2018 as well as the same provisions from Senate Bill 978 that did not pass during the 2019 legislative session. Anti-gun proponents will stop at nothing to restrict self-defense rights in Oregon, and will be using this initiative petition in an attempt to coerce legislators to pass gun control during the 2020 short session.
Canada was the first country to adopt the FAL rifle, purchasing trials rifles from FN within weeks of the formal standardization of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. Canada acquired production rights to the rifle along with the technical package form FN, and spent 18 months converting the drawings into 1st-angle inch pattern (which would be used by the rest of the Commonwealth nations subsequently). Both a C1 rifle pattern and a C2 LMG pattern were made, although todays we are looking at just the C1.
The first production was a run of 20 toolroom prototypes, one of which we have in today’s video. After a few changes were made – most distinctively to the rear sight – full-scale production commenced. Over the following years, a few minor changes were made, and a slightly improved C1A1 pattern adopted. These would service the Canadian military until eventually replaced with the C7 rifles.
Snipex, a Ukrainian company specialized in manufacturing of anti-materiel rifles, has announced a new rifle called Snipex T-Rex. The new gun is chambered in 14.5x114mm. The model name is given because of the very powerful cartridge and the distinctive shape of the rear monopod that reminds the legs of Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Snipex T-Rex is a […]
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A couple of weeks ago I got two emails on the same day from reporters at Bloomberg's TheTrace.org asking about a blog post I had written. While I did give them a clarification on one item, I kinda ignored the request to put them in touch with my sources on the NRA Board of Directors.
Then yesterday, a friend sent me a link to an article in Slate.com regarding Marion Hammer's condescending email about those purged from their committees on the NRA Board. It included this paragraph.
One day later, NRA board member and Soldier of Fortune magazine founder and publisher Robert K. Brown reported on Facebook that he had been removed from the Grassroots Development Committee, the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, and the Legislative Policy Committee. “[Nobody] in the NRA power structure has the guts to explain to me why this was done,” Brown wrote at the time. “NRA leadership lacks any moral character and basically falls under the label of loathsome toads.” (Blogger John Richardson reported that Brown had maintained assignments on the Publications Committee and the Special Contributions Committee. Brown declined to comment to Slate, but said he is a board member.)What the hell is this world coming to when those with paid jobs in the media have to reach out to us citizen journalists and/or quote our work? I think it would amuse the late Mike Vanderboegh given the work that he, David Codrea, and Dave Workman did in exposing Project Gunwalker aka Operation Fast and Furious.
When I started concealed carrying I thought most people carry in their home as well as in public. After working in the industry and talking to a ton of everyday people who carry, I’m honestly shocked at how many people decide not to carry in the home. The most common thing I hear from people […]
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Photo Of The Day – we travel to Al Taqaddum, Iraq, to look at Iraqi Security Forces who practice combat marksmanship with AK-47 assault rifles earlier this year. The range training is part of the development of the Iraqi soldiers’ individual skills and confidence to operate the Kalashnikovs. Perhaps this wasn’t a live-fire exercise at […]
There’s no denying the Heckler & Koch MP5 is one of the most iconic submachine guns ever made. Its full-auto cyclic rate was really controllable and is always worth a good smile. HK brought in their civilian legal MP5 models in the 1980s but in recent history has been extremely difficult to find on the […]
I'm reading A most interesting book, Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era, released by the U of Georgia Press. One of the points made is that the plaintiff in the keystone case of Brown v. School Board had draw his revolver and shoot a segregationist in self-defense.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Michael Watson for Mississippi secretary of state in the 2019 primary election.
Phoenix police say a 19-year-old man fatally shot a knife-wielding robber attempting to steal his car at a gas pump outside a convenience store early Wednesday morning.
Doublestar has unveiled a Brand New AR Pistol leading into this fall and TriggrCon 2019 with their STAR10-P .308 Win which could be perfect for compact hunting, range fun, or competition. It utilizes their new Stronghold Pistol Grip with G10 Panels which by itself is rather impressive looking. In a world that is heavily saturated […]
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Twelve years ago today, The Firearm Blog opened its doors to the world with one main objective: to provide factual information about guns without all the usual tribal political debates that tend to follow. Our founder, Steve Johnson, had a unique vision that would bring gun owners from around the world together to appreciate the […]
Democratic leaders are opening the door to eliminating the 60-vote legislative filibuster if they recapture the Senate majority in the 2020 elections. The future of the filibuster has emerged as a divisive topic in the crowded 2020 presidential primary field, which includes a half-dozen Democratic senators.
It seems like every year there is a new hip bandwagon of color, accessorizing, or even a certain caliber that gun lovers all need to jump over. In prior years it was everything FDE (Flat Dark Earth) or zombies or the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge which is still riding high. Well, this year it might be […]
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Former U.S. Representative Ron Paul’s Safe Students Act was first announced back in 2007 to delete the “gun-free zone” portion of the 1990 “Crime Control Act” — and let us all remember that crummy law was introduced into the U.S. Senate by joker Joe Biden.
U.S. Representative Thomas Massie has brought back the Safe Students Act as H.R.3200, introduced last month and currently “Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security” by the “Committee on the Judiciary.”
Here’s hoping it will gain some steam. It will have a much better chance if you contact your U.S. Reps and urge them to support it.
Why get rid of a sweeping Federal ban on guns in certain areas? For one thing, it would better allow school boards and local government to make their own rules without Washington red tape. Hopefully those local “authorities” will opt to allow people the choice of defending themselves rather than being unarmed victims.
‘The only thing gun-free zones do is disarm law-abiding citizens and take away their ability to protect themselves and others,’ said U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, a co-sponsor. ‘We shouldn’t leave our most vulnerable – our children – in an unsafe environment like gun-free zones where acts of violence cannot be stopped.’
The Gun-Free School Zones Act, part of the Crime Control Act of 1990, was the brainchild of Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl and by then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden. The act has long restricted gun possession within 1,000 feet of a school campus although it has been successfully challenged in the courts as unconstitutional, leading the law to be modified in 1996. Several attempts by Republican lawmakers to repeal its provisions wholesale over the years have failed.
President Trump, while campaigning for the White House in 2016, said he would support getting rid of gun free zones in schools and military bases.
Here’s hoping, anyhow.
Once again we bring you “the Mister Rogers of gunsmithing,” Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA as he demonstrates how you can reinforce the wrist area of a wooden rifle stock.
The wrist is the area just behind the receiver, which you grasp while aiming the rifle. Because it’s the slimmest portion of the stock, it’s also the most likely to break… and on many rifles, it has no reinforcement.
The repair is simple and straightforward — heck, the video is not even two minutes long.
All you do is drill a long hole into the stock from the receiver cutout, through the center of the wrist. Mix the epoxy and cram some into the hole you just drilled as well as coating the allthread rod with it.
Shove it all down into the hole and remove most of the excess epoxy, leaving a little on top of the hole. You may need to push the rod back down if the compressed air inside the hole pushes it back up out of the hole.
Allow to cure and clean up the cured epoxy. Done!
That was easy.
With the burgeoning popularity of AR and AK pistols, SB Tactical has one of the most in-demand accessories on the market with their pistol braces. As their light continues to shine brighter there will always be those who go to great lengths to copy a good idea whether in a legal or illegal fashion. As […]
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Last month, our man Hrachya discussed the debut of factory subsonic 7.62×39 loads that are designed to cycle semiautomatic firearms like AK47 patterned rifles. The move is a tear-inducing moment for me, to take an iconic gun and set it up as a suppressor host, seasoned with quieter ammo. Just in to retailers is the […]
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Hidden away up on the 4th floor of the Paris Army Museum (in Les Invalides) is the rather unexcitingly-named Musée de Plans-Reliefs. Up here in the dark is a collection of strategic dioramas dating back some 350 years. French King Louis XIV created a workshop to build these 1:600 sale models of the major fortifications around the French coast as a tool for planning military actions. Napoleon resumed the practice in the 1800s, and today the collection includes some 100 different models. Not all of these are on display, but they are quite large and intricately detailed. Truly a hidden gem of military history in the attic of the museum. If you have an opportunity to visit the Paris Musée de l’Armée, don’t miss the chance to take an hour or so to see these!
PROOF Research announced today that they’ll be providing barrels to the DoD’s extended long range sniper program. These new Barrett MRAD rifles are chambered in Hornady’s new 300 PRC round (that I recently had a chance to try in a different rifle). Here’s what PROOF Research had to say in today’s press release. The […]
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Jennifer Baker, the NRA-ILA Director of Political Affairs, is stepping down from her post and leaving ILA. This comes from a report posted about an hour ago in Politico. Ms. Baker was a reported to be a key aide to former NRA-ILA Director Chris Cox and was active on the campaign side of ILA.
Baker’s departure, which was confirmed by several people familiar with the matter, could further complicate the group’s ability to play in the 2020 election. She had been playing a key role in mapping out the NRA’s electoral strategy.This comes less than three weeks since Chris Cox resigned. As I mentioned when Jason Ouimet was appointed the interim head of NRA-ILA, the loss of Chris Cox would have its biggest impact on the campaign side of NRA-ILA. The departure of Ms. Baker will only exacerbate this loss of knowledge, relationships, and political savvy when it comes to political campaigns.
The move comes one month after Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief political architect, resigned. Cox had deep relationships with Republican political class, and with his exit many of the party’s top strategists have expressed concern that the organization will be severely hamstrung heading into the presidential election. The NRA plays a major role in turning out gun owners, and many in the party are worried that the group will be less effective in 2020.
The NRA has long been a centerpiece of the Republican Party ecosystem. But the organization has found itself in intense chaos in recent months, confronting embarrassing tales of self-dealing at its highest levels of leadership, a failed coup attempt and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into its tax-exempt status.
Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the N.R.A.’s lobbying arm, said Mr. Cox and Mr. LaPierre had “worked closely together for a quarter of a century, and any notion that Chris participated in a coup is absurd. Chris Cox is known as a calming force who always acts in the best interests of our members by effectively defending the Second Amendment, so it’s not surprising that board members would reach out to him for advice during tumultuous times.”I have no idea on Ms. Baker's future plans. That said, I would not be surprised in the least if she ended up at Cox's new venture Capital 6 Advisors.
“The NRA announced a reorganization of its public affairs function this week," the NRA said in a statement to The Hill. "The change consolidates and improves our communications, public affairs, and social media functions. All these operations now operate under one department, eliminating a parallel function in NRA-ILA. We are excited about the change and the benefits it brings to the organization and its members.”It is also a consolidation of power in the executive suite of the NRA and a further diminishment of the role of the NRA-ILA. Prior to this, if I remember correctly, most communication with the press especially on things with a political overtone was done through NRA-ILA.
Recently Lithgow Arms extended an invitation to TFB for the purposes of visiting the factory in Lithgow, Australia. Along with TFB writer Anthony J., we were able to get an extremely in-depth and up-close look at what goes on behind the scenes at Lithgow Arms. Behind the modern day company, there is a large amount […]
The theme of Today’s Photo Of The Day is the M40A6 Sniper Rifle. Made by Remington Arms and introduced in 1966 it has seen action in several conflicts. The M40A6 edition has been with the Marine Corps since the middle of June 2016. Just like the H&K MP5, it’s happy to celebrate 50 years – […]
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Welcome everyone to the 17th 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 gat a sweet deal […]
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In this video, we get a history lesson on the military arms of Luxembourg in the years following World War 2. If that seems boring, you probably shouldn’t read any further. Specifically, Ian of Forgotten Weapons discusses the “Sniper” version of the FN49 which was ordered from Fabrique Nationale (FN) by Luxembourg.
The FN49 is a semi-automatic battle rifle; these particular ones were chambered for 30-06. They came equipped with scope mounts, but not scopes. The scope mounts were made by “some guy in Boise, Idaho” rather than being built in Belgium along with the rifles themselves.
A wooden cheek rest was added to the stock to help align a shooter’s eye with the scope… a nice touch which will be appreciated by anyone who has ever fired a rifle with a scope mounted too high for the stock.
The sturdy and repeatable scope mounts were made by the American fellow who patented them, while the scope bases were made by FN and permanently pinned to the receiver.
In most other respects, there wasn’t much difference between these and run-of-the-mill FN49s.
Not long ago, I told our readers about US Navy veteran Joe Robertson, the Montana landowner who was prosecuted, fined $130,000 (by short-changing his Social Security payments), and jailed — for digging ponds on his own property. He served 18 months in Federal prison and was still on parole when he died at age 80 last March.
I also told you his widow was planning to appeal on his behalf. Well, she did… and won. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit court’s judgement in April 2019 “and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit for further review.” On July 10, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reportedly vacated its conviction.
July 10, 2019: Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the conviction of Navy veteran Joe Robertson, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in fines after he dug fire-fighting ponds near his home in Montana. Sadly, Joe passed away in March, but his wife, Carri Robertson, continued his legal battle.
‘We are very pleased that the Ninth Circuit agreed that Joe’s convictions should be vacated and very pleased for Carri, who will no longer have a $130,000 federal judgment hanging over her head,’ said Tony Francois, a senior attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation. ‘It has been an honor to represent Joe and now to be able to complete his vindication on behalf of his wife, Carri.’
Federal regulators said that Robertson polluted a ‘navigable water’ — a small ditch with a trickle of water — when he dug the ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency said the ditch was a federally protected waterway under the Clean Water Act and required a federal permit — even though his home is 40 miles from the nearest navigable waterway.
The same court upheld his conviction two years ago and refused to give him rehearing in 2018.
As part of the ruling, $1,250 stolen from his Social Security payments will be returned to his widow.
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Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus, Rowan) is planning to offer a substitute amendment to the NC Senate's S 5 - School Safety Omnibus. It would create the position of volunteer school faculty guardian. Requirements would be a 16-hour training course from the NC Criminal Justice and Training Standards Commission, drug testing, and possession of a NC Concealed Handgun Permit. It would only apply to those who are either full or part-time faculty or staff of a school. The substitute is based upon his HB 216.
GRNC says, and I agree, that it is time to push Republicans in the proper direction on school safety.
From the alert:
SCHOOL SAFETY IS UP TO
NC HOUSE REPUBLICANS
Pro-gun stalwart to offer full school protection bill as an amendment…
If you follow GRNC’s alerts, then you know that GRNC 4-star statesman, Rep. Larry Pittman (Cabarrus, Rowan), can always be counted on to stand for your gun rights. In fact, he not only stands for them, he takes strides to advance them, and advance a pro-gun bill is exactly what Rep. Pittman intends to do, with your help.
Studies by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), with respected researcher Dr. John Lott at its helm, have concluded that schools that allow educators and administrators to be armed are much (much) safer than their gun-free counterparts. To read more about the CPRC’s study, click here. Incidentally, thanks to GRNC’s hard-working volunteers, NC’s House Republicans have been made well aware of this study and its results, so any legislator’s claimed ignorance of this truth is not viable.
Help Rep. Pittman Help North Carolina
Rep. Pittman intends to offer House Bill 216 (H216) (School Self-Defense Act), in its entirety, as an amendment to Senate Bill 5 (S5) (School Safety Omnibus), which is quite alive, but has just been sent back to the Rules Committee. We must encourage the Rules Committee members and other House Republicans to either allow a full hearing for H216 or to move forward with S5, with H216 as an amendment.
Note that the addition of language from H216 to S5 (or the passage of H216 by itself, in its entirety) would make school protection complete—entirely practical and most importantly: effective. The uniting of these two bills (or H216 alone) would be a great development, however, Rep. Pittman needs your help if this is to happen.
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Suggested Subject: "Republicans Must Protect School Children Now"Dear Representative,
I’m delighted to have learned of the push to amend S5 (School Safety Omnibus) with the entirety of H216 (School Self-Defense Act). The uniting of these two bills would be a wonderful development and is exactly what is required to protect North Carolina’s school children in a practical and effective manner. I have also been informed that S5 has been sent back to the Rules Committee, which would allow for a committee hearing for S5 in the coming days.
With the protection of the children in our state’s schools in mind, I must insist that one of two things occur:
1) H216, in its entirety, should be heard on the House floor and receive a vote; or
2) SB5 should be heard in the Rules committee, and H216 should subsequently be allowed as an amendment.
Through the work of the Crime Prevention Research Center, with respected researcher Dr. John Lott at its helm, we now have unambiguous, academic studies showing schools that allow teachers and faculty to be armed are much, much safer than their gun-free counterparts. There is just no way around it, allowing adults who are on scene to protect their students in a practical, immediate manner is the only way to effectively save the lives of school children, should the worst occur.
With this in mind, Representative, whose side are you on? I know which side I’m on, the side that puts children under an umbrella of genuine protection, an umbrella provided by the responsible adults who surround them.
Our state’s school children must be protected. To make this good and proper sentiment a reality, I insist that you push for the uniting of H216 and S5, or a full hearing and vote for H216, that you vote for them in committee (where that may apply), and on the House floor, ultimately voting in favor of protecting school children.
I've been informed that GRNC will be tracking votes on the amendment and on the amended bill. Of course, gun owners will also be watching, but perhaps most importantly, concerned parents will be watching.
I’ll be monitoring your actions on this matter through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.
The Glock pistol hardly needs an introduction. Its place in the pistol market has been firmly established over the last three decades between military, police and civilian usage. It’s been said that 65 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States issue Glocks. I have carried three different Glocks through my career and I’ve […]
As soon as New Jersey’s new Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, arrived in office he began working with the Democratic majority in the legislature to pass onerous gun control laws. Not satisfied with that effort, he’s now rolled out a new package of legislation along the same lines, referring to it as “Gun Safety Package 2.0.” One of the chief elements of this new legislation deals with so-called “smart guns” and mandates regarding their availability in the Garden State. (NJ.com)
The Liberator12k is a revolving 12 gauge shotgun which uses mostly 3D printed parts combined with easily available metal components including steel tubing for the barrel and chamber inserts. The basic idea behind the design is to allow anyone with a $200 3D printer to be able to simply order some suitable steel tubing along […]
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A burglar who attacked and stabbed a Lake Murray man today during an early-morning confrontation in the victim’s house was fatally shot moments later by the wounded homeowner’s adult son, according to San Diego police. This particular case is leading people to question the logic of the San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot’s new law that would require gun owners to safely store their guns in either a safe or with a trigger device when not in use.
More than half of Illinois’ 2,351 federally licensed gun dealers haven’t applied for state licenses required by the new Illinois’ Firearm Dealer License Certification Act, which takes effect today. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the state’s Firearm Dealer License Certification Act on Jan. 18 after taking office. Lawmakers held the measure over from the previous General Assembly after former Gov. Bruce Rauner vowed to veto it.
It may seem counterintuitive to some shooters, but a backup reflex or red dot optic on top of a 1x variable optic does make sense. Competition shooters can transition between close and far targets without having take a hand off to move the magnification ring. Similarly, home defense setups can have optics with two zero […]
Depending on your personality, upgrading a brand new pistol is either the very first thing you want to do or the last. Trust me on this one, make it your first upgrade. A few years ago I invested in both a Volquartsen hammer and sear for my MKIII and, before the replacement, I would have […]
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In this video, Brannon LeBouef, of NOLATAC and St Bernard Indoor Shooting Center, takes an early look at a prototype Naroh Arms N1 sub-compact 9mm pistol. Brannon, James, and Ryan try out this early version of the pistol. While Brannon is not a fan of “long stroke double action triggers”, he seems to think this […]
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In the early 1930s, Walther began to experiment with changes to its Olympia target pistol in hopes of beating the Colt Woodsman out of its place as the most popular pistol of the type. The most distinctive difference between the Woodsman and the Olympia was in their grip angles; quite straight for the Olympia and sharply angled for the Woodsman. In an effort to answer the question of which was better, Walther built this prototype Olympia with a Woodsman-style grip angle.
They clearly decided that they preferred their existing grip design, because the new 1936 pattern Olympia would continue to use it, leaving this gun as a dead end of an experimental hybrid.
Edelweiss Arms is running a monthly giveaway allowing you to enter a chance to win a P49 Swiss Army pistol valued at $3,000. Later designated as the P210, the P49 was first produced in 1947 and issued to the Swiss Army in 1949. Details, links and additional information can be found below. Good luck. Edelweiss […]
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This phrase should be embroidered on a tapestry to be hung over every mantle in every prepper’s home, and should be memorized by every prepper. It comes from the movie The Mechanic, but that is a moot point; it is the message that teaches the lesson.
When a SHTF incident or any other type of disaster happens, we all want to live through it. That obviously does not happen by accident, and though luck may play a role sometimes, it is not a factor to be counted on. Being prepared is the single most important factor to rely upon no matter the threat or the event that might befall us.
Without preparation we would surely be lost, but with an earnest effort at planning and preparation we at least stand a chance. You simply cannot sit and hunker down without any means to survive and expect to outlast a disaster, storm, wildfire, volcano, hurricane, chemical explosion, or other similar accident.
It would be the same for a societal meltdown, a delay in delivery of entitled benefits, a shortage of food caused by a truck driver strike, or a fuel stoppage. Any such event would precipitate a chain reaction of other events with rioters taking to the streets in search of anything they could steal. Maybe the government would step in with the military or national guard — or maybe not.
In terms of classic prepper philosophy, preparation is the foundation upon which to build any chance of survival. Experienced preppers well into their plans have known exactly what to do and planning has long been executed. For those just now waking up to the realities of prepping, start now with the basic elements, then continue to build, step by step.
First up, make a plan to hunker down where you live. If a SHTF prevents that, then consider a safe haven elsewhere or an alternative bugout location. At home, secure every element of your household, doors, windows, garage doors, etc. in an attempt to curtail a home invasion. Prepare for security by arming yourself and family with suitable defensive weapons, ammo, and training. You may be required to defend yourself under the most dire straits.
Begin to supply yourself for a minimum of three months. This not easy or cheap. You’ll need a water supply, a variety of foods, medical and first aid supplies, and everything else you need to prevail until hopefully calm is restored.
Prepping is a lifelong endeavor waiting for something that may never happen. But what if it does?
I heard how rewarding it was to build a “clone” rifle probably five or six years ago, so I decided to go for it and built an MK12 MOD 0 about four years ago. Clone rifles are a great way to build something you can use your imagination and learn a lot about history. It […]
Photo Of The Day – we take a look at a handmade knife and a double rifle. The double rifle is a 450 Express, marked “J Areschougs Malmö” (Malmoe, Sweden), but it is originally a German rifle made before 1892 according to the owner. The knife is a sticking knife, so it resembles a dagger […]
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Lately, I’ve had a number of conversations about different ways to keep your firearms in storage and how to maintain them. I think it’s pretty obvious the importance of firearm storage and having the ability to protect your firearms. Security is obviously a reason, but protecting your investments is another great reason to make sure […]
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Gun Owners of America (GOA) is saying pro-gun forces have won a victory in the state of Virginia. After warning early last month that anti-gun people in government were pushing for gun control in the wake of crimes at Virginia Beach, they recently sent out an email proclaiming success.
Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam tried to exploit the Virginia Beach shooting by calling an emergency legislative session to pass radical gun control bills.
But, powered by grassroots defenders of our God-given rights like you, we pressured the Virginia House and Senate to protect the Second Amendment…
…And gun owners everywhere won.
His special session happened — but ZERO gun control bills were passed.
No matter where you live, this was a massive victory against the bloodthirsty anti-gun mob. Which is why we want to hear from you now.
As expected, some spineless Republicans introduced “compromise” bills to try and appease the radical anti-gunners who have waged war on our God-given rights.
One bill would have made it a FELONY for gun owners to merely step into a Gun Free Zone.
But the RINO who authored this bill felt pressure from countless patriots who refused to let their Second Amendment rights get ripped to shreds.
This should be a lesson for all of us. We can never put our blind faith in elected officials to follow through on their campaign promises.
It’s up to us to remind them who they work for… YOU.
At that point in the email, readers are urged to take a poll. I won’t urge you one way or another, but I will place a link here.
It’s nice to see some success for a change. Now if only we could get a bunch of bad laws repealed here in Florida…
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It’s been a while since I posted anything about BulletSafe, the innovative company which makes a variety of bulletproof stuff, including baseball caps, vests, shields, and now a bandana. The company’s claim to fame is making good-quality bulletproof products that are actually affordable.
It’s not exactly what I would call a bandana, but it’s designed to cover your neck and lower face and that’s often how a bandana is worn… so there’s that.
It’s a simple product that might save your life if you’re ever in a situation where someone might just be trying to kill you. Add this to your bulletproof vest and ball cap (or helmet maybe), and you’ve got pretty good coverage of your upper body.
But does it work? BulletSafe CEO Tom Nardone puts it to the test in this video, with a short-range shot from a fifty-cal Desert Eagle.
A bullet hitting the “bandana” would surely jolt and bruise you… but it would be a heck of a lot more survivable than if you weren’t wearing it. You can buy one of these bulletproof bandanas for $129.
Check out the video and let us know what you think.
Modular Driven Technologies has just announced the MDT Unimount, a rugged and repeatable optics mount for precision rifle shooters. Available for 34mm and 35mm scopes, the MDT Unimount features four high-strength lugs that all contact the Picatinny rail for stability. The mount can be purchased in three height options: Low 1.18”, Med 1.34” and High 1.50” […]
Love M-LOK? Well, Springfield Armory now have you covered. They have introduced a new slim-line M-LOK handguard to their SAINT line of ARs. Here’s what Springfield Armory have to say about the new rifles: Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce new M-LOK compatible SAINT rifles chambered in 5.56mm NATO. These SAINT rifles now feature slim […]
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Anderson County deputies are investigating after a homeowner said he has to shoot a man to defend his family when the intruder forced his way into his Williamston home. Deputies said they were called to the home on Boiter Road just after 10 p.m.
Davidson’s, one of the US’ largest firearms distributors, has announced a partnership with B&T USA for the distribution of B&T’s sought after products. B&T USA recently won the contract to provide the US Army’s new Sub Compact Weapon. B&T confirmed that Davidson’s would be distributing products from across their Civilian product line. While Davidson’s law […]
In case you didn’t know, Hudson Manufacturing is kaput. After lots of hype and build up the makers of the H9 pistol went under. However, the H9 will live on but as a replica airsoft gun. I just recently got into airsoft and I was browsing Evike when I spotted the new Hudson H9 Airsoft pistol for […]
Today I am joined by an Estonian collector friend to discuss gun laws in Estonia. This a continuing series on gun laws in different countries around the world, and is intended to be an overview only – we do not cover every detail and many subtleties are generalized. I find it interesting to learn what the different laws are in different places, as they often include some unexpected details – like the Estonian firearms permit requiring first aid training.
Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk Radio, has called for Wayne LaPierre to step down. He addressed the troubles with the NRA this past Sunday on his radio show. To anyone who doubts his credentials in service to the Second Amendment, I'd remind them he is on the Board of Directors for the Second Amendment Foundation and on the Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation plus his long running radio show.
His comments start at the 2:08 mark and end at 11:54. It is worth spending the 10 minutes to listen to Tom's entire commentary.
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the Icarus Precision ACE 365 aluminum grip modules for SIG Sauer P365 pistols. Recently, the company came up with the second version of this frame that lacks the palm swells on the grip. The new grip module is called ACE 365 V2.0. While the concept of having […]
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As the popularity of classic Colt 1911 clones continues, well-known gunmaker Remington expands its own line of pistols. Their excellent line of R1 1911 pistols has been out for some time and have been proven at the range and in the field. Now Remington has upped the ante by introducing a line of “Limited Series” pistols.
This new Limited Series has been factory-crafted to perform at championship status. The specifications and features reflect this mission. The PVD coating, 5-inch stainless match grade barrel, slide and frame produce a slick operation even in heavy duty shooting use.
The extended thumb safety is ambidextrous for equal ease and function with either hand. The trigger is a skeletonized match grade part. Sights include a fiber optic front sight and a fully adjustable rear LPA target sight. The magazine well is enhanced with a wide mag insertion collar to facilitate easy and quick magazine changes for competition shooting events.
These 1911s utilize a full-length one-piece guide rod. Slide gripping surface serrations are applied both front and rear for a firm grasp to cycle the pistol. At the rear is an extended beavertail grip safety for comfort and function. The PVD finish is applied with the intent of extending the use and wear profile of the pistol. The grips are VZ G10 for a firm grip during shooting exercises.
The Limited Series consists of five models that vary by cartridge and magazine capacity. The two design versions include both single-stack and double-stack models. All guns have standard 5-inch barrels with 1:10 twist. Overall length is the same across all models at 8.5 inches and a height of 5.75 inches. Trigger pulls are factory set between 3.5 and 5 pounds. Weights vary from 38 to 41 ounces depending on caliber and stack features.
Cartridge and configurations includes two models of 9mm pistols, one with 9+1 mag capacity and one with 19+1 capacity. Two are chambered for the 40 S&W, one with 8+1 mag capacity and the other 18+1 capacity. The final Limited Series pistol is a classic 45 ACP version with a mag capacity of 16+1. MSRPs run from $1250 to $1399.
These new Limited Edition series Remington R1 1911 pistols were specifically engineered for competitive shooting, offering the most-requested custom features in a factory gun. These new pistols are ready to go out of the box. Check them out at www.remington.com.
A recent television show on defensive combat shooting dispelled the likely success of performing a “Quigley Shot.” That was a new term to me. A few things get by me at my age, but I am usually up on shooting terminology, and this one escaped me somehow.
So, what is a “Quigley Shot?” Apparently it was derived from a scene in the movie “Quigley Down Under,” staring Tom Selleck. As you may recall from the movie, Quigley arrived in Australia “Down Under” to secure a position as a predator shooter for a large rancher. He used an 1874 Sharps single-shot rifle with an “experimental” cartridge, the 45-110, paper patched bullet. This round used 110 grains of black powder. You know the rest.
Though I don’t recall it, I guess at one point Quigley made a shot with his Sharps taking out two ranch desperados with one shot. This has become known among military snipers as the “Quigley Shot.” To which I say, that is cool as hell.
However, movie or not, or exceptionally-trained military snipers fully capable of performing such shots, such a shot is not to be counted on by us average gunners, preppers, hunters, or survivalists. It is best to concentrate active-shooter pistol work on hitting a single intended target with accuracy to quell the threat.
In the field of hunting, I have twice witnessed two kills with one shot. One was an accidental harvesting of two turkey gobblers with one shot, not figuring the second bird to be inside the shot pattern. During a deer hunt back in the 1970s in Missouri, I saw another hunter take down a large doe well downhill of my standing position. Upon examination and lifting up the sizeable doe, we discovered a yearling doe, dead, underneath the first doe. I am still amazed by that shot, but it was anything but planned.
In the realm of defensive shooting though, especially in the heat of the moment, it is unreasonable to expect to execute a “Quigley Shot” by actually trying to line up two targets one behind the other. It is also unreasonable to expect a typical handgun round (or even some rifles) to penetrate two targets with equally lethal results.
While you may be a fan of the “double tap” or putting two quick rounds into a single target, it is not the same as the Quigley. So, for purely defensive purposes, concentrate on hitting one target at a time with terminal results.
The GSG-16 is the latest version of American Tactical Inc’s popular GSG-5 .22LR plinker. It is based off the same internals as a GSG-5 but has a new exterior housing to update the GSG into the GSG-16. GSG-16: The New GSG On The Block Just like the popular GSG-5, the GSG-16 has the same feel […]
This is the second article in a series of “Photo Of The Day”, where we admire pictures of Miniguns of various kinds and situations. The series is called Minigun Monday. Miniguns on a Monday – it’s as simple as that! Today we take a look at the GAU-17 Minigun, mounted on Special Operations Craft Riverine […]
After moving out from behind enemy lines years ago, my first act was to divest myself of my high-end air guns and stock up on NFA items like suppressors. It was a wonderful feeling. But every so often I get the urge to pick up a new FX or Daystate PCP .25 caliber rifle. Besides […]
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With the closure of NRATV, Cam Edwards of Cam & Co., NRA News, etc. was free to seek new opportunities. He announced today that he is becoming the new editor of BearingArms.com. The site is part of the Townhall/Salem group of companies.
From the announcement:
This is a critical time for our right to keep and bear arms. Never before have American gun control activists been so emboldened. From gun bans and confiscation to the tracking of gun owners’ ammunition purchases (not to mention licensing and registration schemes), a constitutional right is being treated as if it is a privilege. Even worse, Americans who dare to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights are being otherized by the news media, politicians, celebrities, and anti-gun advocates. If they can’t repeal the right to keep and bear arms, they’ll do everything they can to de-normalize it.
As the new editor of BearingArms.com I want to expose those attempts at delegitimizing our constitutional rights and the Americans who exercise them, but that’s only half the battle. We need to tell the stories of the countless men and women who are fighting to not just keep our rights secure, but to make them stronger than ever. From courtrooms to boardrooms, in tree stands and in state capitols, there are millions of us who aren’t just bearing arms, but are bearing witness to the power of self-defense, of hunting, of competition, and even the therapeutic benefits of shooting. It’s up to us to tell and share these stories, and we will.
This video tells the tale of Ka-Bar knives, in documentary style complete with actors and professional-quality production.
The story really begins with a name any “knife guy” will recognize: Case.
More than 30 cutlery operations connected to the Cases branch out over the span of a few decades. This dynasty begins with Job Case…
One of Job’s grandsons, Wallace Brown, became a traveling knife salesman, learning the ropes of the business, then started The Union Razor Company, a mail-order cutlery business, in 1894. His brother Emerson joined the company as well, expanding into the warehousing business as well as selling razors made for them by local companies and sold under the company name Brown Brothers Razor. It was a flop.
Some years later, Wallace bought out a struggling knife company in Tidioute, PA. Before long, the company’s name was changed to The Union Razor Company, hearkening back to his earlier effort. Down the road, they began making more knives and changed the name again. In 1909 it was renamed The Union Cutlery Company.
When approached by the Chamber of Commerce of Olean, NY, who offered bribes such as tax breaks, land, and even a building if he would move to Olean from Tidioute, Wallace accepted. The company was successful and their hunting knives became popular. Then one fateful day, an interesting package was received by Wallace Brown.
In the package was the skin of a Kodiak bear and a letter written by an Alaskan hunter who wished to thank the Union Cutlery Company for “their outstanding knives.” This morphed into a legend that the original of the Ka-Bar was based on “kill a bear (or b’ar).”
The current company owners heard this legend when they purchased Ka-Bar, but never knew for sure until they found some old documents.
The truth was never really totally known until recently. Twenty years after we purchased the company we unearthed a document… a manual written by the grandson of one of the original owners of Union Cut[lery]. In there, it specifically references the letter…
This corroborated the story, although the manual excerpt leans more towards “Kodiak” as the source of the “K.”
At any rate, the Ka-Bar name became a registered trademark in 1924.
In the midst of the Great Depression, leadership of the company was left in the hands of 26-year-old Danforth Brown after his father and uncle both died young. Union Cutlery made it through, and was ready and able when World War 2 came around with its many manufacturing jobs.
The most famous combat knife to emerge at this time was the 1219C2, or USMC Fighting Utility Knife, which was designed by USMC Capt. (some sources say Maj.) Howard America, USMC Col. John Davis — and Danforth Brown.
At this time, Danforth made the fateful decision to mark products made for the war with the Ka-Bar name, rather than “Union Cutlery.”
Most 1219C2 knives were made by other companies, but most troops seemed to agree that a Ka-Bar branded 1219C2 was better than the rest. The name gained such popularity that Union eventually changed the company name to Ka-Bar.
When hard times came again, Danforth agreed to the same sort of “relocation bribery,” this time moving the company to Dawsonville, Georgia. It was a huge mistake, and two years later he was back in New York where an established factory and skilled workforce stood ready to make more Ka-Bars.
Danforth passed away in 1970, and the company was bought and sold numerous times, eventually going bankrupt. After being saved a time or two, Ka-Bar was purchased by a large conglomerate who used the brand on cheap imported knives. It was a sad time for anyone who really cared about the Ka-Bar name.
Cutco, then known as Alcas, bought Ka-Bar in the mid-1990s. Alcas had been making the old classic Ka-Bar-branded fighting knife for a couple of decades, so it was a natural fit as far as that goes. With the surge of warfare in the early 2000s, a new generation of soldiers began using Ka-Bar knives. Working with independent knife designers has also been lucrative for them in recent years.
In April 2018, the company celebrated “120 years in the Ka-Bar story.”
An alleged intruder was shot and injured Saturday night after breaking into a home in Lehi, police said. About 8:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to 391 N. 900 East on the report of a burglary in progress, according to a statement from Lehi police. The 20-year-old man had gotten into the second-level apartment and "was armed with a knife," Lehi Police Sgt. Robert Marshall said.
On Monday, Eric Swalwell became the first of the many pretenders for the Democrat presidential nomination to bow (or perhaps slink) out of the race. The U.S. Congressman from California’s 15th District had tried to distinguish himself from the field by putting extreme gun control front and center in his messaging. The result was a campaign that lasted only four months and that relegated the 38-year-old lawmaker to obscurity.
Facebook has teamed up with what it calls “third-party fact-checkers” to punish users of its platform that post information embarrassing or inconvenient to this outlook. Yet like most sources of what passes as “news” or “journalism” these days, these “independent” organizations have knowledge deficits and outright biases that color the information they provide to the public. Take, for example, Politifact’s assertion that a gun ban is not a gun ban if there are still guns left to be banned.
It’s no secret that Hollywood has a very loose relationship with reality. The movie industry, after all, is based on fantasy and escapism, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If someone wants to forget about their daily struggles in the real world, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sitting through the latest blockbuster; watching an improbable hero overcome overwhelming odds to save the day, America, Earth, or even the whole universe. Just try to remember not to confuse what you see on your screen with real life.
In this video, Paul Harrell takes a close look at the US M1 Carbine, that handy and fast-handling short rifle that was adopted specifically to replace the 1911 in its role as a smaller alternative to a full-size battle rifle.
After a short intro, he begins by talking about the power (or lack thereof) of the 30 carbine cartridge, which is a diminutive round about the length of a 357 magnum, but considerably smaller in diameter.
This brings to mind a conversation I had with my father nearly 40 years ago. We were talking about the 30 carbine and I asked about using it for hunting. Dad said it was underpowered for deer. I thought it odd that a round designated for people-killing was not powerful enough to reliably take whitetail deer, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget his reply:
Son, people are easy to kill.
He expounded some on the toughness of deer and the psychiatric effect of being shot if you’re a human, and his point was made… especially as time went by and I grew up hunting and killing deer and learned how truly tough they can be.
Back to the video: After much discussion and point-making — all of which is worth listening to — Paul gets down to comparing actual effectiveness using his own personal yardstick: The meat target.
With comparable jacketed hollowpoint bullets, his carbine showed good effectiveness; with hardball (FMJ, or full metal jacket), it did not. So he decided to compare hardballs: 30 carbine vs 5.56 NATO.
The 5.56, which is essentially .22 caliber, produced much more damage with less penetration than the .30-cal carbine FMJ. This is of course due to the 5.56 bullet moving at a much faster speed than the 30 carbine slugs.
Next comes accuracy, and the 30 carbine did pretty well.
More facts follow: Weight of rifle, weight of ammo, and a bunch more stuff that gun people ought to be interested in.
So what’s the bottom line? Well, the M1 carbine is a nice little firearm which can get the job done with the right ammo, but if you’re shopping for a defensive rifle in a “military” caliber, you’re probably better off finding an AR in 5.56/223.
Enjoy the video.
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Our friends at Ammunition Depot dropped us a note to let us know that they are plaintiffs in a lawsuit setup against the new California Ammo Law. Starting July 1, purchasing any amount of ammunition in California requires a criminal background check. The current process now requires California residents to undergo a point-of-sale “eligibility check” […]
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For the last five years, ARMY-2019 have been the biggest military weapons exhibition in Eastern Europe. Unlike many other military shows that occur every two years, “Army” is an annual exhibition, so Russian firearms manufacturers have to come up with something new and “groundbreaking” every single year. Anyone who is familiar with how the firearms […]
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We are taking a look at the Sawyer Mini vs. LifeStraw to see which is the best option for your bug-out bag.
Portable water filters are incredibly handy to have when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with an empty water bottle or CamelBak. Whether you’re in the midst of an emergency situation, out on a particularly long hike, or camping, they can help prevent dehydration and water-borne illnesses. Portable water filters purify your water by eliminating pathogens and toxic compounds, leaving behind clean drinkable water. Arguably, the two most popular filters on the market are the Sawyer Mini and the LifeStraw. But which one should you choose? Here’s how they match up:
On the surface, these two products appear very similar. For example, they’re both easy to use hollow-fiber membrane filters, as opposed to mammoth ceramic water filters. As the water pours through the filter, the membrane catches pathogens, algae, bacteria, and other unwelcome elements. The best thing about this style of filter is that you never have to change it out. Another plus is that there is no pumping required. These key factors make both ideal for distribution in catastrophic situations, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and they’ve provided a cheap and easy solution for many people.
Now, here’s where they begin to differ: the Sawyer Mini and the LifeStraw, while made with similar materials, were designed with different purposes in mind. LifeStraw was made with 3rd world countries in mind, as cheap, convenient, and disposable water filters that can quickly be distributed to save lives. The Sawyer Mini was made for backcountry use: camping, backpacking, climbing, and so on. It improves upon the basic concept that the LifeStraw was developed from.
A key difference between them is in the amount of microns that are removed by the individual filters. This is rated by the size of the particles that can get through the filter (the smaller the number, the better). The Sawyer Mini wins this battle at 0.1 microns, compared to LifeStraw’s 0.2 microns. Essentially, the Sawyer Mini is said to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, while LifeStraw is said to remove 99.9%. This number doesn’t make much of a difference to me, personally, but a lot of people consider this to be an important factor in their decision.
Here is the biggest deciding factor: the LifeStraw is literally just a straw, while the Sawyer Mini is much more versatile. With the Sawyer Mini, you can use it as a straw to drink directly from the water source if you choose to, but you can also use it to drink from a bottle or other container, connect it to a water bladder in your backpack, or squeeze water through it into any receptacle. In comparison, with the LifeStraw, you will likely have to get down on the ground, put the straw into the water source, and drink through it like that, which is much less convenient. You can’t take the filtered water, fill up any containers, and it’s a lot more work to suck through a straw while you kneel on the ground with your face up to a murky puddle or stream. This alone makes the Sawyer Mini a clear winner to me.
Ultimately, both the Sawyer Mini and the LifeStraw will help you in a pinch. But when it comes down to convenience and ease of use, the Sawyer Mini is the clear winner. It may cost a bit more than the LifeStraw, but I think the convenience of being able to filter water and carry it with you is well worth the trade-off. Also, the Sawyer Mini will filter 100,000 gallons of water before you have to replace it, while the LifeStraw will only filter 264. You should take the versatility and longer life over the small savings any day.
The only true way for you to know which is going to be best for you is to buy both and give them a try! You should never wait until you absolutely need a water filter to make sure it’s going to work for you. Try them early and often.
You can buy either of these water filters at the links below:
Images courtesy of Sawyer and Lifestraw
If you see this little blaster first time, don’t worry, you don’t have vision issues – it indeed has two barrels. Moreover, it fires two rounds simultaneously upon a trigger pull – a type of firing that is defined as volley fire which is different from the full auto definition. In fact, when Standard Manufacturing […]
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Contrary to what some mainstream media outlets might portray, data from the American background check system ‘NICS’ shows that guns aren’t “icky” and the shooting sports is still a popular recreational activity. 2019 marks the first year that recorded more than two million NICS checks per month. The data comes with a caveat: due to […]
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Fairfax, Va.—Underscoring the NRA’s $3 million investment in hunting’s future in creating the most comprehensive, free online hunter education program nationwide, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced state wildlife agencies now may claim a dollar value of the NRA’s Free Online Hunter Education Course as in-kind match dollars to access federal Pittman-Robertson (P-R) grant funds. The move marks a major win for the NRA and state wildlife agencies, which rely on the P-R dollars administered by the USFWS’ Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Division for their fish and wildlife conservation programs, and is a giant step forward in bolstering states’ hunter recruitment efforts and the national NRA-backed R3 movement (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation).
The 5.56x45mm Carmel was introduced recently by IWI Israel. We haven’t really gotten a chance to get our hands on one until now when we caught up to IWI in Tel Aviv, Israel. No word yet on whether or not the rifle would be introduced to the U.S. commercial market but it does look like […]
Today I’m with Larry Vickers, taking a look at the recreation of his Delta Force Colt 723 carbine – the rifle he used at Modelo Prison in Panama and in Desert Storm hunting for SCUD missiles. Use of carbines like this one by Delta and other special forces groups set the stage for the adoption of the M4 Carbine and Aimpoint M68 optic by the US military at large, and it’s very interesting to listen to Larry’s first-hand experience of how and why it was put together.
The newest Vickers Guide book, WWII Germany Volume II (which I co-authored with Larry) is now available, along with AR Volume I and AR Volume II at VickersGuide.com.
The march towards 300 Blackout world domination continues! Ruger has just announced the AR-556 Pistol chambered in the heavier supersonic/subsonic crossover round. Details, specifications and other information can be found below. If I had the ear of the good people inside the product development and marketing teams at Ruger, I might suggest a name change […]
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Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons posted an interview with Larry Vickers. They discussed his Colt 723 carbine that he was issued when he was first with SOF-D aka Delta Force.
Ian says in the description for this episode:
Use of carbines like this one by Delta and other special forces groups set the stage for the adoption of the M4 Carbine and Aimpoint M68 optic by the US military at large, and it's very interesting to listen to Larry's first-hand experience of how and why it was put together.
SUMMERFIELD — Marion County sheriff’s officials say a homeowner armed with an AR-15 shot and killed two intruders and was injured himself during a home invasion robbery in Summerfield Wednesday night.
Two other robbery suspects — Robert John Hamilton, 19, of Ocala, and Seth Adam Rodriguez, 22, of Belleview — were detained near the scene, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Nigel Doyle, 22, of Summerfield, and Keith Jackson Jr., 21, Ocala, were killed. The homeowner, whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Office, was in stable condition at a hospital Thursday afternoon.
Marion Hammer, former NRA president and WLP supporter extraordinaire, sent out a public email today that was posted to Facebook. She takes the position that the purges are the prerogative of the president and that those who got purged were "not professional". What an utter crock of bullshit.
Those purged - and especially those whose purge hasn't been made public yet - are, on the whole, some of the most professional, most responsible, most cognizant of their fiduciary responsibility, and most serious about the Second Amendment on the whole board. That they are not toadies to Wayne and his posse says something about their dedication to the mission of the NRA which is the Second Amendment and not the preservation of Wayne's job.
Since Ms. Hammer chooses to include bloggers as those that have suspect motives, let me tell you mine with regard to the NRA. As an Endowment Life member I want to see a stronger, more pro-active advocate for the Second Amendment. Moreover, while I am a conservative/libertarian, I want the NRA to focus exclusively on the Second Amendment and gun rights. I don't care what your position is on abortion, I don't care whether you approve or disapprove of the LGBTQ community, and I don't care about hundreds of extraneous issues not related to the Second Amendment. I care about the Second Amendment. Period. Finally, as someone who has served as both an officer and on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization, I want to see a Board of Directors taking their fiduciary responsibility seriously and making the hired management subservient to them and not vice-versa. Unfortunately, it seems that the Board is subservient to Wayne and not the other way around.
Read Ms. Hammer's entire missive and make up your own mind. I've reprinted it below.
Sent: Sun, Jul 14, 2019 12:06 pm
Subject: Committee Assignments
DATE: July 14, 2019
TO: NRA Board Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer, NRA Past President
RE: Committee Assignments
Committee assignments are the prerogative of the President of the National Rifle Association of America. The assignment process is taken very seriously with meetings in person and even more meetings over teleconferences. I don’t know of any NRA President who hasn’t consulted with other officers and leaders before making the final selections.
This year the process took longer because there were numerous discussions. To say that this year is unlike any other would be an understatement. The NRA finds itself under attack. These attacks are well funded. They are well coordinated. They come from noteworthy and powerful gun control advocates.
But, they are not the only ones attacking the NRA. We are also under attack by one of our former vendors. These attacks have been particularly nasty and have played out in the press.
And, it doesn’t stop there. Some within our ranks - members of the NRA Board of Directors - have joined in these attacks. There have been leaks of proprietary and confidential information to the front pages of newspapers, websites and social media pages.
Members of the board have a fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interests of our Association. Yet, some have chosen not to do so. When given the opportunity to speak their minds, silence was chosen. And now, after the time to be heard in an appropriate setting has passed, the agitation continues. That is truly unfortunate.
We must now move on. Those who truly care about the Second Amendment and Freedom will move on. The NRA has real work to do. We have significant challenges - the 2019 elections and of course the pivotal 2020 elections. Let’s not forget, we must get through these politically motivated witch hunts in New York and now the District of Columbia.
Some board members were, in fact, stripped of their committee assignments. I know that was a hard decision. But, we stand behind it. I went through it myself in 1997 and it was the right thing to do. Some have made reference to a “naughty” and a “nice” list. But it’s actually more of a “professional” and “not professional” list. There are 76 of us. We don’t expect all of us to march lockstep. But, we must will hold steadfast that board members must act in a professional manner. That is a non-negotiable.
To those who are seeking facts, it is recommended that you review our legal documents - including the attachments - all available in the public arena. If you have trouble accessing these documents, simply request them and they will be emailed to you. Using news stories, a blog or social media post or relying on leaks to form your judgements only means that you’re forming your opinions based on the viewpoint of the author. Who knows what their motives may be?
There are also numerous well-informed board members who have taken the time and made the effort to learn the facts rather than rely on falsehoods and gossip. Reach out to them – it is your duty and in the NRA’s best interests that you inform yourself of what the NRA is really facing and what the NRA is really doing about it.
As I said earlier, these committee assignments are – and always have been – the prerogative of the President. Those who didn’t get an assignment might want to consider whether or not they want to help us save the Second Amendment or continue on a course detrimental to NRA and our mission. The decision is ultimately theirs.”
Today’s Photo Of The Day shows a Heckler & Koch G28 DMR, fully loaded with accessories like the Schmidt & Bender PMII 3-20×56, Aimpoint Micro T2 red dot as well with a Hensoldt NSV night sight attachment. To make the installation complete, there is an H&K Sound Suppressor (probably made by Swiss B&T) to quiet […]
In my Facebook feed this morning I saw another member of the NRA Board of Directors got cut off from his committees. This time it is LTC Robert Brown who has been a board member for a long time and has been outspoken about things including AckMac for years. Brown is the founder and publisher of Soldier of Fortune magazine.
From his Facebook post:
FYI, all SoF'ers... I also have been dropped off "Grassroots Development Committee," "Veteran's Affairs," and "Legislative Policy." No body in the NRA power structure has the guts to explain to me why this was done. NRA leadership lacks any moral character and basically falls under the label of loathsome toads.I don't know if this represent all committees that Col. Brown served on or not. I do have a message into him asking about that.
David Nielsen’s newly released book on Chilean Mauser rifles is a tremendous piece of academic work – which is both good and bad. It is 192 pages dedicated to the testing and procurement of the Models 1895, 1912, and 1935 Chilean Model Mauser rifles and carbines (although the focus is much more on the 1895 than the other two). As an academic type of work, it is scrupulously detailed and references, with an extensive bibliography of primary sources. It is also relatively dry, unless one is already particularly interested in the subject matter. I cannot help but think of a comparison to Anthony Vanderlinden’s book on FN Mauser rifles, which is about an equally esoteric topic, but does a tremendous job of drawing the reader into its story. Nielsen’s work has more of the academic feel in which being too expressive is somehow vaguely uncouth.
That being said, this does not in any way detract form the book’s value as a reference to the inside story of Chilean Mauser rifles adoption. It covers the state of the Chilean military (and its associated politics) prior to the arrival of the Mauser, and has a quite detailed account of the Chilean rifle and ammunition trials that eventually led to selection of the 1893 Mauser. The primary source basis for the book also allows wonderful insight into the behind-the-scenes machinations and negotiations between FN, Steyr, and DWM over who would win the Chilean contracts.
A few related topics are covered, like the Chilean 1895 Navy rifles, the conversion to 7.62mm NATO, and the Chilean purchase of embargoed Boer rifles/carbines. There are all dealt with quite briefly compared to the main focus of the book, however (which are the main contracts and rifle patterns). Could this book have been improved by much more and better photography? Yes, absolutely. However, the most important core material for historians is there, and was clearly the focus of the author. At $35 retail (and more like $25 on Amazon as of this writing), the book is a bargain for anyone interested in the subject.
Available direct from the publisher, Schiffer, or from Amazon:
The California Legislature has recessed for the summer and will return August 12 from the break. Last week, the following actions were taken by the Senate Public Safety Committee, Senate Natural Resources, and both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Above, featuring TFB’s Picture Of The Day, we see a Polish PTS-M carrying Romanian Marines – all arms forward! – onto the beach during an amphibious assault exercise at Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 exercise. During the Distinguished Visitors Day in Palanga, Lithuania, several NATO countries demonstrated their amphibious capabilities and cooperated in a unified amphibious […]
Good afternoon everyone and thank you for tuning in to yet another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where a trip to Home Depot’s plumbing section is not just for leaky faucets anymore. Today we will finish up with the Yankee Hill Machine Turbo K review with a comparative look at perceived ‘at ear’ performance against […]
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Canik has been making affordable Walther clones for years, but with the recent introduction of the ONE Series of value-priced TP9 variants, they’ve officially entered the “cheap” territory. Are the ONE series pistols a better value than the full priced variants? Are the TP9SFL and TP9SFX good enough for competition on a budget? Let’s hit […]
This is a somewhat wry look at the history of rye whiskey. My pun is fully intended.
In terms of the rye whiskeys that I've actually tried, they include Bulleit, Wild Turkey (not a fan), Woodford Reserve, Old Henry Clay, Sazerac, and Michters. I really am not sure if they are Maryland ryes or Pennsylvania/Monogahela ryes.
Some of my last footage from my trip to Switzerland last year; a bit of shooting with a SIG 553R. This is the model in 7.62x39mm, and the guns here are set up with 3-round burst. Cameo by Larry Vickers.
Sorry that it’s not a proper full video, but the time wasn’t there.
I recently polled the TFB Staff on what they would consider the Best Summer Carry Guns. After the usual focused expletives and suggestions of flashbangs and SIG Rattlers tucked away in backpacks, I started getting some serious answers. Obviously, with the summer heat comes the inability to conceal a pistol under jackets, sweaters and (gasp) […]
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An opportunity arose when Digital Crosshairs reached out to TFB. They wanted us to review their Digital Crosshairs 1000R which is a digital night vision camera system that clips onto your scope. The 1000R only retails for $700 ($600 on sale at the time of this article) so I figured it might be an interesting […]
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Of all modern firearms out there, this is probably the one that is tempting me the most at the moment. So what are we looking at here at Photo Of The Day? It’s the new LWRCI SMG-45. I would, of course, SBR mine, and put a Trijicon MRO on it. Below: SMG in caliber […]
Welcome back to another Featured Deals of the Week, I’m your host Benjamin F. As always please let me know in the comments if you want to see more of any kind of deal. Mossberg 590 Shockwave 12ga – $249.99 What the deal is: Alright most of you are probably already very familiar with this […]
Another day and another NRA Board member reports that he has been removed from all his committees. In this case, it is Sean Maloney of Ohio. He, along with Tim Knight, are two of the stalwarts of the grass roots in the NRA. When the recall campaign began in Colorado a few years ago, both he and Tim answered the call and went to Colorado to help in the successful effort.
You may also recall that when CarryGuard was introduced, a number of companies that offered legal protection services for concealed carriers were summarily disinvited to the NRA Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta. Sean Maloney's Second Call Defense was one of those organizations.
Below is the form letter that Sean received from NRA President Carolyn Meadows.
July 12, 2019
Carolyn D. Meadows
National Rifle Association of America
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
RE: NRA Committee Assignments for 2019-2020
Dear Madam President,
I recently received notification from you, that you removed me from all my NRA Board of Directors Committee Assignments, with no explanation. Even after repeated phone calls to you, which resulted in voicemails asking for a return call, I still have not received a return phone call, letter or email of explanation.
Shockingly, you even removed me from the NRA-ILA Grassroots Development Committee, after many years of serving on that committee with perfect attendance. After years of volunteer grassroots activism, I was recognized in 2010 with the NRA-ILA Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award and recognized on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives for my work as an Election Volunteer Coordinator for NRA-ILA in Ohio.
In 2012, I was inducted into the NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator Hall of Fame, resulting from my time and dedication to the Grassroots Division as an Election Volunteer Coordinator.
Over the years, as a Volunteer for the NRA, paying my own way for travel expenses, and receiving no compensation from the NRA, I have continued to dedicate myself to grassroots activism.
In 2013, I traveled to Colorado to participate in the successful recall election effort of two anti-gun Senators. Again, in 2013, I traveled to Virginia under the direction of NRA-ILA Grassroots Division to campaign on behalf of pro-gun Gubernatorial, Senate of Virginia and Virginia House of Delegates Candidates.
In 2014, I traveled to Connecticut, Iowa and Ohio, under the direction of NRA-ILA Grassroots Division and campaigned on behalf of Federal State and Local pro-gun candidates during Primary and General Elections.
In 2015, I traveled to Virginia under the direction of NRA-ILA Grassroots Division to campaign on behalf of Senate of Virginia and Virginia House of Delegates pro-gun Candidates.
In 2016, I traveled to Florida to assist in the General Election; that same election cycle I returned to Ohio where I volunteered for the top NRA-ILA Campaign Field Office in the Country, in support of Donald Trump, and other Federal, State and Local candidates.
In 2018, I campaigned in Ohio under the direction of NRA-ILA Grassroots Division on behalf of Federal, State, and Local candidates. I also hosted a pro-gun meet and greet Ohio Candidate Forum for all Federal, State, and Local pro-gun candidates up for election in Ohio. In Ohio, under the direction of the NRA-ILA, I assisted in successfully electing a 100% pro-gun Executive Slate.
Earlier this year, in May, I co-hosted a shooting event for my pro-gun Congressman Warren Davidson. Most recently, I traveled to Sandusky County, Ohio, and spoke to a “100 NRA Club” considering ending its affiliation with the NRA, because of recent concerns. I successfully persuaded them to remain an NRA Club.
Yet, after all I have done in support of the Grassroots Development Committee, and all the other NRA Committees of which I faithfully served, I was blacklisted. I can only surmise, that I was blacklisted for taking actions to obey my oath as an NRA Board Member, and follow the Code of Ethics for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations; which required me to exercise my fiduciary duty of care; which caused me to question management decisions within the NRA, and to further investigate matters of which I was made aware.
I respectfully request that you reconsider your decision to remove me from all Committees, particularly the Grassroots Development Committee, and reappoint me to the Grassroots Development Committee, and further communicate to me your rational for removing me from all my Committee assignments.
Very truly yours,
/s/ Sean Maloney
At a time when many high-profile politicians are comfortable proposing laws that impose serious burdens on the right to keep and bear arms, including the mass confiscation of commonly owned firearms, it’s important to remember that those same firearms are regularly used by average Americans to defend their life, liberty, and property.
This a longer video for Ian of Forgotten Weapons; at 26 minutes it’s kind of a whopper. But the reason is that he’s at Heckler & Koch Military and Federal Law Enforcement center in Ashburn, Virginia, where he has access to a wide variety of H&K firearms. It’s a rare opportunity to lay hands on a series of developmental pieces which were part of the process of creating the Mk 23 Mod 0.
From his video description:
The H&K Mk 23 pistol was developed in the 1990s for the US Special Operations Command and US Navy. The goal was to produce an “offensive handgun” that could serve as a primary armament for a special forces operator as well as a backup arm. It was required to be no more than 12 inches long, fit a suppressor and aiming module with laser and illumination options in both visible and IR spectrum, have at least 10-round magazines, chamber 45 ACP, and pass a 30,000 round endurance test.
The testing this pistol went through during development is really quite remarkable.
In the early days of SOCOM, there was no standardized sidearm, which created quite a snag for maintenance and supplying things like magazines & ammo. Because of the potentially important role of a sidearm in special operations — where a handgun is much more likely to become a vital part of a warfighter’s kit than in the regular army — SOCOM created a whole passel of requirements for the new firearm.
One of the most important specs was the use of 45 ACP +P ammo with 185-grain bullets — a much more effective man-stopper than the 9mm in use by most of the USA’s military. Another unusual request was the ability to fire the pistol with the slide locked in the forward (closed) position, to ensure effective use with a suppressor.
After an initial round of submissions, the government was willing to pay private companies to develop their pistols and select a winner later on. But there was a snag when only two companies submitted pistols in the first phase: Colt and H&K. Each company produced a batch of pistols to be torture-tested… which they most certainly were. The endurance test was 30,000 rounds, which H&K’s offering passed — and was still able to accurately hit a target at the end. Colt’s offering failed the tests.
H&K then went on through phase two and further refined the pistol into the final product: the H&K Mk 23 SOCOM. Ian takes a look at Mk 23 pistols from all three phases of development.
The first-phase example had a rather funky-looking suppressor, with a sort of boxy-looking chamber hanging off the bottom. In the second phase, the suppressor was changed completely into a spring-buffered version that was built by a different company (Knight’s Armament). This was a much better way to keep the gun reliable for suppressed semi-auto firing.
Another change in phase two was the elimination of the ability to fire the gun with the slide locked forward. Other alterations include checkering on the front- and back-straps, improved magazines & mag well, and a new slide finish.
The final product lacks any front slide serrations for gripping, but was not much different than the phase two version.
Pretty cool walk down memory lane, thanks to H&K and Forgotten Weapons.
San Diego City Attorney, Mara Elliott has asked the City Council to consider a draft ordinance that would require mandatory locked storage of firearms in the home and would propose a conflicting law regarding the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Ms. Elliott works closely with gun control advocates in the City and made a strong effort to justify her request for the City to take action at the June meeting of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee. While the Committee was divided on the issue, the proposal did get enough votes to put it before the full City Council for consideration.
First it was NY Attorney General Letitia James who issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association as part of an investigation to see whether they are violating New York's non-profit organization laws. Now it seems that Karl Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia, wants to get into the action.
From the Washington Post which first reported it:
The office of Attorney General Karl A. Racine is seeking financial documents from the NRA and its foundation. The NRA Foundation is chartered in the District and the NRA is registered as a nonprofit and does business there.The Code of the District of Columbia gives the Attorney General significant powers when it comes to non-profit corporations. The Attorney General can seek the dissolution of a non-profit, can impose "a constructive trust" on compensation for directors, officers, and managers, and can seek other equitable or injunctive relief as the courts deem necessary. The language of the code gives him great leeway in bringing such actions. For example, if he deems that the corporation has "continued to act contrary to its nonprofit purposes", this give his office grounds to bring actions in court. That language is so wide open that virtually any non-profit could be taken to court if the Attorney General has an axe to grind. Racine has used these laws against the Trump inaugural committee and the Catholic Church.
“The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and the NRA Foundation, Inc., as part of an investigation into whether these entities violated the District’s Nonprofit Act,” Racine said in a statement.
He continued: “We are seeking documents from these two nonprofits detailing, among other things, their financial records, payments to vendors, and payments to officers and directors.”
Recently, I have been accused of being an “elitist” and a “gun snob” in the comment section of various articles. I will be the first person to admit I love my share of high quality and functional firearms. After some reflection, I figured I would go out of my comfort zone for the reader’s entertainment. […]
Four armed crooks reportedly stormed into a quiet country home on Marion County, Florida in a dramatic home invasion robbery attempt on the evening of July 10, 2019. Only two lived to tell about it… because the disabled-veteran homeowner was armed with an AR-style rifle. Unfortunately, the good guy was also sent to the hospital with a gunshot injury.
It happened in Summerfield, a quiet rural community not far from where I used to live.
One report notes that the suspects’ vehicle had been parked nearby for a couple days earlier, apparently while the crime was being planned by the bad guys.
‘I told the police before that on the weekend I saw a car, a newer car, Volkswagen car that they had reversed into a lot that’s empty next door. I saw it for two days and my neighbors’ aid they saw it prior to that so this was not just a random act on their part,’ [a neighbor] said.
The Sheriff’s Office found the car parked nearby with its doors open. It was registered to one of the deceased assailants.
Prior to the home invasion, one crook had cased the place by snooping around.
During the investigation, the homeowner said he vaguely remembered one of the suspects from a past Craigslist transaction.
The homeowner told detectives that about an hour before the incident one of the suspects knocked on his door. He said he didn’t answer it and then saw the man peering through his back sliding glass door. He said the man mentioned the previous Craigslist transaction and said he needed help with his vehicle. The homeowner told him he was disabled and not able to help and the man left, the report says.
The homeowner went to sleep after that guy departed, to be awakened by loud sounds indicating people storming into his home from both front and rear. He grabbed the AR-style rifle he keeps nearby for self defense.
When faced with a mask-wearing person holding a gun, he said there was an exchange of gunfire. The homeowner did not know who fired first, but that both he and the masked man were firing. Encountering another armed enemy, the homeowner fired at him and “knew he shot him because he heard him moan.”
The masked person was wearing a “Jason” mask and the homeowner thinks that is who shot him. The masked man was found dead on the floor of the dining room “with a semi-automatic pistol with the slide locked near his head.”
When police arrived, they found the masked man as described above and another perforated crook “was found outside the home with a shotgun lying on the ground next to him.” That guy was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
The hospitalized homeowner was reported to be in stable condition.
K-9s tracked the other two home invaders to some woods nearby, where they were taken into custody. They told detectives their intention was to steal marijuana and guns from the home they’d attacked.
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We at TFB have been closely following the progress of the Modular Handgun System since the US Military launched its search for a new service pistol. Since the SIG Sauer P320’s selection back in January 2017, the pistol has undergone continuing evaluation and a steadily increasing roll-out to US combat troops and has begun to […]
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When he called the Republican-controlled Virginia Legislature to the state Capitol for a special session this week, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam wasn’t really attempting to make changes to the state’s gun laws that would have stopped the murderer who killed a dozen people in Virginia Beach in May.
If you recall earlier this year I reviewed the SiOnyx Aurora night vision camera. The Aurora is a handheld digital camera that has a rather sensitive CCD sensor to low light. In the right lighting conditions, it is arguably better than night vision. The regular Aurora retails for $799. Well, on July 9 they launched […]
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Legendary firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch will be supplying the U.S Army Squad Designated Marksman Rifle known as the M110. The Army have recently been evaluating the rifle and various potential accessory setups. H&K is ramping up to supply 5,000 to 6,000 of the HK417 variants by early next year. Each rifle will receive upgrades and […]
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The P7 was one of the most interesting and original handgun designs of the last few decades. Originally created for West German police trials, it was chambered in 9x19mm. As it became popular beyond Germany, the question arose of it being offered in additional calibers. The P7M10 was released in .40 S&W (that’s a story for a different video), but it was never put into serial production in .45 ACP, despite H&K USA pushing heavily for it.
On the technical side, the .45 ACP cartridge caused problems with the design’s gas-delay system. It simply did not work reliably with the bullet weight and gas pressure of the .45 cartridge. Instead, H&K engineers replaced the gas piston with a hydraulic buffer or damper. However, only a total of 6 prototype were made in the mid 1980s, as the German branch of the company was against its production (presumably because they did not think it would sell well enough to justify the production retooling costs it would require). I believe this example (serial number 2) is the only one in the United States today.
The POF-USA Revolution .308 AR10 patterned rifle has won the 2019 Rifle of the Year award from the Firearms Industry Choice Awards. Details on the announcement and the award can be found below. POF-USA revolution Wins Rifle of the Year for the 3rd Year in a Row (06/18/2019) Phoenix, Arizona – And the winner is… Patriot Ordnance […]
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Yes, I know, Firearms, Not Politics, but my friends at the American Suppressor Association need your help. Raising awareness, fighting ignorance and protecting the rights of NFA owners across the U.S. takes money. There are approximately 24 hours left in the ASA’s ‘Cans Not Bans’ membership drive and donation campaign and if you enjoy owning […]
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Many of you may not know it, but I love to saltwater fish in Florida. I try to go 4-5 times a year with my dad fishing around Tampa Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. There’s nothing more relaxing than dropping the boat off the lift and heading out for a day of sunshine and […]
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We’re looking at five German Soldiers stepping out of an Austrian C-130 Hercules of the European Tactical Airlift Program. Today’s Photos show three of the soldiers carrying the standard issue Heckler & Koch G36. The soldier to the far right carries the Heckler & Koch G28 Designated Marksman Rifle, with the Schmidt & Bender rifle […]
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With summer now in full swing, this is the perfect time to get out and do some long range rifle shooting. Usually, this is where I find myself behind a cozy bench with a Range Safety Officer (RSO) nearby. This is all good and fun, but it just doesn’t come close to shooting in the […]
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More NRA Board of Directors are announcing that they've received notification of being removed from their prior committees. The latest is Duane Liptak. In addition to being a board member, he is the Executive VP of Magpul Industries as well as a veteran of the US Marine Corps where he served as both an infantryman and as a F/A-18 pilot.
From his Facebook post:
I’ve been out of the office, but I’m back now. Last year, I was chairman of the education and training committee, I was on military and veterans affairs, and I was on sport shooting and action shooting. I’ve repeatedly requested finance and legislative policy since I started my involvement with the NRA, and I have attended those meetings whenever I could. I guess I’ll have less schedule conflicts to worry about when attending other meetings since I’ve been stripped of all my formal committee assignments except action shooting. I guess at least Julie A. Golob still likes me. 😁 Despite a lot of effort on my part to promote the importance of the organization and remind folks of the capabilities of the NRA that we must preserve as we move forward, I have landed on the “naughty list”. This needs to get sorted out, now.Duane is correct about his role in promoting the importance of the NRA. A quick Google search shows open letters from him as well as an op-ed stressing the role of the NRA in promoting and preserving gun rights.
Buck Knives has just announced a new line of hunting knives, dubbed the Pursuit line and billed as “a multi-purpose alternative to traditional hunting knives.” What’s that all about? Let’s dive it and find out.
First off, yes they are all made in the USA. Pursuit knives include both folders and fixed-blade knives “designed for beginner to serious hunters.”
From the press release:
A multi-purpose alternative to traditional hunting knives, the Pursuit Series features a variety of competitively-priced knives available in fixed and folding versions with standard or guthook blades in 420HC steel. Added detail was put into the design creating a comfortable, non-slip profile. Designed for excellent performance, the Pursuit Series line is a perfect field option. The three fixed and folding versions include a black polyester sheath with green trim.
All knives in the Pursuit Series line feature blades finished with Buck’s advanced Edge2x technology that makes them sharper out of the box, hold an edge longer, and easier to re-sharpen. All are made in the USA and backed by Buck’s respected Forever Warranty.
The 656 Pursuit Large is a drop-point fixed-blade knife with the following specs:
Model 657 is much the same as the 656, with the addition of a gut hook.
The Buck 658 Pursuit Small is a shorter fixed-blade drop point
Model 659 is a large lockback folding hunter.
The 660 Folding Pursuit Large Guthook is much the same as the 659, but with a gut hook added to the back of the blade.
Finally, we have the 661 Folding Pursuit Small, a lockback folder that comes with a sheath but may feel right at home in your pocket.
Thumb studs on the folders should make them easy to open one-handed, and they’re slim enough that pocket carry could be a good option, although each includes a polyester belt sheath.
It’ll be interesting to see how these work in the field. The handles look like they’ll do okay when slick with fat and blood, but you never can tell until you try. What do you think of them?
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves gives a full review and comparison of the SIG P365XL against its predecessor from last year, the SIG P365. To make things interesting, SIG sent along a prototype RomeoZERO optic for James to run on the new optics-ready P365XL. Is the XL worth a look or an upgrade […]
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The Keltec PMR30 and Keltec CMR30 enjoy a well-deserved popularity as accurate, low recoil field guns. Like most firearms, they become more effective when combined with appropriate accessories and upgrades.
The first, most essential accessory, is the magazine loader. The 30-round magazine can be loaded to 20 easily, to 25 with effort…loading it to full 30 shot capacity often leads to creasing the thin rimfire casings with the rims of those above. American Speedloaders make three kinds, with the “nest” style shown here being the quickest in use. Drop one cartridge at a time into the opening, press the magazine against spring-loaded base — repeat 29 more times — done! Loading the magazine to capacity takes only 20 seconds or so, and with zero physical effort.
This simple-looking 3D printed device allows easy full capacity loading with no risk of damaging rimfire ammunition. An absolutely ingenious invention, in my opinion.
And, speaking of ammunition: the Keltec PMR30 and Keltec CMR30 work with all full-power 22WMR loads. Accuracy seems to improve as the bullet weight increases: my CMR30s shoot roughly 2MOA with most 30 grain loads, 1.5MOA with 40 grain ammo and 1MOA or better with Federal Game Shok, the sole 50 grain load on the market. In addition to being highly accurate, this ammo also offers substantial penetration (21 inches in gel, with 90% weight retention and slight expansion to .26″).
For the Keltec PMR30, Speer Gold Dot is the more reliably expanding of the two pistol-specific loads (Hornady Critical Defense 45gr being the other). At about 1350fps, this cartridge does better than most from short barrels. In my experience, it worked nearly perfectly: 14″ of gel penetration with 98% weight retention and .36″ expansion. It also performs well out of the carbine too: 13 inches of penetration and approximately .33″ expansion with 90% weight retention. The reduction in both penetration and expansion comes from partial fragmentation using up part of the kinetic energy. At 50 to 100 yards, the velocity would drop off enough to yield pistol-like terminal performance.
The Keltec PMR30 was meant as a lightweight and hardy kit gun, so a similarly tough holster is in order. C&G makes an excellent one for 1.75″ belts. Made with molds generated from 3D scans of actual pistols, these Kydex holsters are resistant to rain and snow, and provide excellent retention with minimal stand-off from the body. For more discreet carry, an IWB model in available. Both feature full sweat guards for safe re-holstering. The same company offers Nylon wilderness belts.
When speedy reloading is a concern, or when the guns are operated with gloved hands, Tandemkross-made loop floorplates help pull these non drop-free magazine out of the mag well.
Another extremely useful TK product for all three guns is the “cornerstone” safety lever: it provides a more sure activation with wet or gloved hands, also acts as a thumb rest for a steadier hold.
While all three of these guns have negligible recoil, the same central balance that makes them easy to aim accurately facilitates muzzle rise on rapid fire. Muzzle brakes work extremely well without noticeable concussion. Game Changer (above) and the even more effective Game Changer Pro (below) are very popular with Rimfire Steel Challenge competitors.
If you prefer to keep your Keltec CMR30 on target the old-fashioned way, with muscle power, extended foreand come into play. Long forends add a little weight to the front of the carbine but offer a better bipod mounting position, the ability to control aim a little more precisely, and an option to pull the gun out of recoil quicker.
Keltec made a few (above), proving the concept. They should have more available on their web site in the near future. Dan Haga Designs took the concept further with the 3D printed Mlok handguard. The longer forend also puts lights where their beam avoids occlusion by the barrel.
While many other accessories exist, these basics seem like the most obvious upgrades to me.
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In the last 10 years or so there has been a general trend among young shooters to customize every part of their pistol and make it as personalized as possible. This has been especially true with a few different types of pistols like Glock, Smith & Wesson, HK, and sometimes with the SIG P320 line […]
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A few months ago, Strike Industries released a new Extended Magazine Plate, or EMP, for Glock full-sized magazines. The EMP is currently available for the Glock models 17 and 22 and will give an extra 6 or 5 round capacity respectively. The EMP kit also includes an extended spring and steel locking plate with a […]
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Walmart will reportedly stop selling guns at its New Mexico stores later this month. The retailer’s decision came after the state passed a new law expanding background checks, which was put into effect on July 1, CBS News reported.
A Tampa pastor held a suspected intruder at gunpoint while he waited for police to arrive, authorities said. Police said the burglar set off the alarm system at the Seminole Heights Baptist Church shortly before 1 a.m.
An intruder armed with a machete was shot Thursday morning when he broke into a north DeKalb County home, police said. The man was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. While he has not been positively identified, investigators believe he lived next door to the home he’s accused of breaking into in the 3300 block of Northlake Trail in unincorporated Doraville.
Two months ago, SIG Sauer rolled out the Small Parts Picker for their popular lineup of MCX rifles and P320 pistols. The concept is beautifully simple: all those small, hard to find parts can now be found in one place as a searchable exploded diagram with part numbers and one-click ordering. Many manufacturers could follow […]
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During the SHOT Show 2019, we had a chance to take a closer look at the final version of Schmeisser 60-round quad-stack AR-15 magazines and learn about their construction. Back then the company told us that Blue Line Solutions will be the importer of the magazines. Recently, they announced that their distributor has changed and […]
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Lever-delayed blowback is a relatively uncommon action system, although it is applicable to a wide variety fo firearms and has been successfully used in submachine guns, rifles, and light machine guns. It uses a principle of mechanical disadvantage on a fulcrum lever to force a mass to accelerate rearward while the bolt remains closed. This allows the effective weight of the moving parts to be amplified, resulting in a lighter firearm.
One of the hottest ideas to appear at the 2019 SHOT Show was the Noveske Space Invader pistol caliber carbine. Debuted by Mike Pappas Of Dead Air Silencers, he and TFBTV’ Executive Producer James Reeves shared a mid morning honey bun and discussed a few specifics. Most notably, rather than using the mag-du-jour (GLOCK) the […]
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Right here. So much for being "silencers"-- only the suppressed .22 rimfire has a report below the level of "threshold of pain." With everything bigger, you'd be well advised to wear hearing protection.
I was just coming of age, as it were, in the late 1960s, when hearing protection became popular. Most shooters older than I were pretty hard of hearing. I remember one NRA committee meeting, circa 1985, when one member had to take a break to replace his hearing aid batteries, and several others said they'd do the same. Harlon Carter remarked, "Dave, this his got to be the deafest Board of Directors of any major corporation." I once heard a joke about Elmer Keith's silenced .44 Magnum. It was only silent to him....
Shooting for the peak A term we often bandy about here at TFB is “peak handgun”, also known as the Glock 19. It is the ubiquitous, somewhat unavoidable baseline of a compact, striker fired pistol. Other handguns in this category, especially new ones, need to escape the black hole that the G19 creates by […]
If you’ve seen a tractor in a field, you may have wondered how you’d mount a rifle or shotgun to it. Such queries have been discussed in forums for all types of vehicles on occasion. AR15.com member and farmer, Griffin86 posted pictures of how he secures his rifles in his enclosed cab John Deere tractor. […]
Welcome everyone to the 16th 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 gat a sweet deal […]
During the July 9th special session, House and Senate leadership directed the Virginia State Crime Commission to undertake a “systematic review” of the tragic May 31st attack in Virginia Beach, along with the legislation submitted during the special session.
In a recent article entitled, “Colt Made Me Equal: A Disabled Libertarian’s Case For Gun Ownership,” Caleb Shumate discusses the fact that cerebral palsy keeps him in a wheelchair and that 1) he is more vulnerable to violent crime, 2) there are people who actively seek to kill the disabled, and 3) the Founders of the USA very clearly intended every American be armed and able to resist government tyranny.
I have always been a strong advocate for gun rights. Because of my disability, I realize probably better than most people that individual firearm ownership is foundational to self-preservation and the protection of private property. Given my position in life, I understand just how precious and necessary gun ownership is.
Let’s face the facts. Despite being strong in my upper body, my cerebral palsy puts me at a natural disadvantage when it comes to defending my right to exist against those who might seek to rob me of it.
He’s not paranoid; people really do seek to kill people simply because they are disabled. He cites a case in which a Japanese man used a knife to kill 19 and injure 25 in a facility for the disabled. His stated goal? “A world in which, in cases where it is difficult for the severely disabled to live at home and be socially active, they can be euthanized with the consent of their guardians.”
How can any disabled person resist a determined assault by an able-bodied and strong assailant?
With. A. Gun.
Our forefathers had incredibly radical views on gun ownership by today’s standards. They knew without the unrestrained private ownership of firearms, a tyrannical government could easily trample on the liberty of the citizens of the newly formed republic.
I, like the founders of this great country, understand that every gun law is an infringement on my right to defend myself. I will fight for the restoration of the second amendment’s original intent because it quite literally preserves my life and liberty. The gun is my equalizer when it comes to self-defense. It makes me equal to otherwise able-bodied men.
I am living proof of the oft quoted words that ‘God made all men, but Samuel Colt made them equal.’
Well said, Mr. Shumate.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today announced its endorsement of Delbert Hosemann for lieutenant governor of Mississippi in the 2019 primary election.
In this six-minute video, Paul Harrell talks — sorry, no shooting other than when he tosses the “bird” to YouTube — about Independence Day and freedom of speech among other things.
He opens with a sentiment I’ve long held, which is that calling Independence Day by another name (“Fourth of July,” “The Fourth,” etc) is not right because it dilutes the meaning of the holiday. At least, that’s where I expected him to go with it… instead he notes sensibly that if Independence Day were celebrated on the same day of the week each year (such as Memorial Day or Labor Day), that would make more sense.
Hard to argue with that… nothing wrong with three-day weekends.
About halfway through, he gets into the issue of rights and freedoms; specifically, freedom of speech and YouTube’s right to punish him for his subject matter by “demonetizing” his videos so that his work will make money for YouTube but not for those who actually make the videos. It’s no mystery why he counts YouTube’s right on his middle finger.
He’s not wrong when he holds up a couple firearms, and while displaying each one he states, “This… is freedom.” He then addresses the topic of exercising one’s freedoms and rights responsibly in hopes of never using one’s rifles against one’s fellow Americans.
You only really have those freedoms and rights which you can defend… and we defend those freedoms with our voices and our votes — both of which have to be used frequently and responsibly. And I am steadfastly of the opinion that if you frequently and responsibly exercise the rights of your voice and your vote, that will preclude the need to defend your rights with your rifle.
He ends the video holding up two fingers of each hand. Pair of peace signs? V as in victory? Four fingers for July 4, 1776?
You be the judge.
Every Democrat presidential hopeful supports a slew of gun controls but eight in particular actually plan to ban certain guns that law-abiding Americans currently possess. The positions vary from simply banning certain types of guns to confiscating them via a mandated ban and buyback combo.
With the 4th of July just passing by, I tend to get a ton of requests from friends and co-workers to go out and learn how to shoot. Typically in the past, I will pass on taking new people out to shoot, but lately, I have switched my position. Many of you don’t know but […]
Ruger have announced the introduction of a new Ruger Custom Shop 1911, in .45 ACP, joining the SR1911 in 9mm. The pistols use Koenig Shooting Sports’ low-mass hammer and competition sear, flat-faced match trigger shoe, precision-machined Cylinder & Slide disconnector. The pistols have forged slide stops, and hand-tuned sear springs. They have a stainless steel frame […]
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In a video reported by Radio New Zealand, NZ Police officials demonstrate how they will destroy firearms collected from residence after a recent law banning ownership by citizens. The machine, a hydraulic press or bending machine is used to crush the firearm, in this case, an AR15, in three or four locations. The barrel, receiver […]
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Back in January TFB reported that ZEV Technologies were introducing their first pistol, the O.Z-9. ZEV have now announced that they will be releasing an O.Z-9 modular build kit using components from their design. The O.Z-9 Modular Build Kit (MBK) will offer a high level of customization that will allow users to build their O.Z-9 […]
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In the late 1930s, Walther experimented with the idea of an Olympia target pistol in .32 ACP. They used the frame from a 1936 pattern standard (.22LR) Olympia with a .32 caliber barrel, increased mass slide, and magazine adapted from a Walther PP. The project never progressed beyond the toolroom sample we have today, probably due to a combination of less-than-huge market demand for such a gun and the increasing military production Walther was undertaking.
This year, Molot Oruzhie was exhibiting first time in the largest arms exhibition in Russia called International Miltary-Technical Forum ARMY. At ARMY-2019 they showed a variety of products designed both for military and civilian markets. In this article, we’ll take a look at two of the most interesting new Molot firearms – the VPO-183 bolt action rifle […]
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In the early 90s, the gun world was about as stable as dating a dancer named Tiffany you met at the gentleman’s club on a Tuesday night. In short, it was a roller coaster time for the industry and times were slowly changing. Colt was trying to keep up with the times and as a […]
Today’s Photo Of The Day comes from the Italian company Breda. The photo shows a shotgun barrel in three of its production stages. I thought it was interesting to see how the barrel “grows” from a massive steel rod into a thin barrel which will produce perfect shotgun patterns (choke allowing). I was also surprised […]
As a kid, I used a large donut-shaped magnet that I found in the garage, attached it to a length of rope and scoured under brackish water bridges for lost treasure. Besides dozens of crab traps, a few shopping carts and random ferrous trash, my dream of reenacting a scene from The Goonies went largely […]
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GLOCK has announced to distributors that the new G43X and G48 Black Slide models will be hitting loading docks across the country in a few short weeks. For those of you who were on the GLOCK slimline train last year, but wanted a round trip ticket to Black Slide bliss, your reservation now awaits. From […]
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The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today announced its endorsement of Mark Baker for Mississippi attorney general in the 2019 primary election.
The NRA has endorsed Tate Reeves as he runs for governor in the 2019 Mississippi primary election.
Small pistols and small silencers go together like cold beer and salty peanuts. But, at the risk of stating the obvious, reducing the volume of a suppressor also decreases overall noise reduction – unless you have some way to seal off the end cap after the bullet exits the bore. Using rubber wipes is a […]
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FAIRFAX, Va.– The acting executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Jason Ouimet, released the following statement today regarding the special session in Virginia: "The National Rifle Association has a long history of working to reduce violent crime rates within the Commonwealth of Virginia. We commend the House and Senate Republican leadership for renewing the focus on putting violent criminals behind bars and a much needed refocus on mental health initiatives. This special session by Gov. Northam was a complete taxpayer-funded distraction. The discussion before the Virginia Crime Commission should focus on solutions that provide strong due process and puts a stop to the continued politicization of law-abiding individual’s constitutional rights."
Remember Eric Swalwell? No, I wouldn’t either except that I recently wrote a piece about his blockheaded proposal to limit ammo possession to 200 rounds, which was only notable because he’s a USA Representative and was running for President at the time. Well, now he’s out of the race… and guns are probably the reason for his dropout.
Gunpowder Magazine reported that he dropped out of the 2020 Presidential race “days after a Twitter poll he posted… backfired dramatically.”
On July 1, he created a poll in Twitter, which was of course worded in an anti-gun fashion. To vote in favor of guns, you had to claim you love guns more than you love children.
Assault weapons have become the firearm of choice in too many mass shootings. We don’t have to live this way — those guns only belong on battlefields. Do you support a ban AND buy-back of every weapon of war in America?
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 2, 2019
Even at that, his cause lost dramatically, as you can see above: 79% of respondents said they DO NOT support a “ban AND buy-back of every weapon of war in America.”
The most-retweeted reply to his post was, “How about, ‘No, I have firearms BECAUSE I love my family and want to keep them safe.'”
Thanks, America. Now vote this goober out and force him to get a real job.
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Some of you may recall I wrote a Concealed Carry Corner piece about Trigger Guard Holsters. In that article, I mentioned doing a how-to Kydex article in the future. Well, the future is now. Also known as “minimalist holsters,” they offer a zero-profile way to secure that your trigger won’t get snagged on something in […]
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Summer is a time for being outdoors, especially if you’re a school-aged kid and it’s your summer break from indoctrination…. er, I mean education. What better time to set up a roadside lemonade stand to learn about commerce and try to make a buck or two? As long as Johnny Law doesn’t come along and shut them down, that is…
Yep, that’s right. According to lemonade giant Country Time, impromptu lemonade stands are only legal in 16 of the 50 United States. Land of the free??? But they’re working to do something about it. They’ve created a website at https://countrytimelegalade.com/ with info on where it’s legal, how to change lemonade stand laws, and how Country Time will pay for permits and fines relating to kids’ lemonade stands.
You can even download a cool sign like this one:
It’s pretty sad when a government — especially in a nation which is supposedly known for freedom — imposes restrictions on roadside sales… especially when kids are doing the selling. Sadly, my home state of Florida is among those outlawing lemonade stands. I fail to be surprised, however, considering that we also have “red flag laws” which allow government to steal citizens’ guns without due process, and nobody younger than 21 is allowed to buy a gun.
But I digress… let us instead focus on the fight at hand and get busy legalizing lemonade! Let’s turn this map yellow.
Here’s a short video from Country Time.
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If you live in the USA and enjoy the outdoors, especially west of the Mississippi, you’re probably familiar with federal, or public, land.
Public lands offer access to all sorts of activities, and an overland vehicle will help you get there. The farther out you get, the fewer people you’ll encounter on the trail, and with a capable overland vehicle, you can experience some of the best solitude you’ll find here in the lower 48.
Here in Utah, I regularly use several types of federal land: National Parks Service land, Forest Service land, and Bureau of Land Management land. Each has its own quirks and rules, but all offer a good amount of freedom and access for those looking to get into overland travel and off-road adventures.
First, National Parks are great — they preserve some of the most-stunning natural features in our country for future generations. While I’m a fan of national parks, I will say that many of them have turned into tourist traps — if you’ve ever visited Yellowstone in the summer with its traffic jams, you’ll know what I mean. Many parks have been developed, with stairs and railings to assist tourists of all abilities to scenic overlooks, where they can snap a selfie and get back to their road trip. Most of these tourists will only see a tiny portion of the park from the paved road.
With an overland vehicle, you can often find less-traveled back roads and trails within national parks. In Utah, Canyonlands has several beautiful trails accessible only by high-clearance 4x4s, and Arches has a trail that takes you into the heart of the park from the north, rather than sitting in line with all the other cars at the official south entrance.
These lands are usually a little more regulated than other federal lands, so you might not see many smaller off-road trails. You may also be required to camp in designated campsites.
Next are Forest Service lands. Officially managed by the US Dept. of Agriculture, their purpose is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands. Much less traveled than national parks, forest service lands offer easy access to higher elevations, with mountains, creeks, waterfalls, prairies and more.
Many of my go-to campsites are in Forest Service land. The Forest Service has an extensive network of forest roads across the USA, which are marked and numbered on most maps. While the trails are generally not the most technical, 4 wheel drive and good tires are recommended, especially when traveling in the spring or fall when you might encounter snow or washed-out trails.
On Forest Service land, you’ll find fewer tourists and more locals. What the land might lack in famous landmarks, it makes up for with an abundance of access to all sorts of activities, whether it’s hiking, hunting, fishing, or camping.
Last is Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, land. These lands are also a huge favorite of mine. Want to go drive off-road and camp? BLM land. Want to go shooting? BLM land. Hiking, climbing, BASE jumping, biking, you name it — you can probably do it on BLM land. BLM land is multi-use, so you’ll encounter everything from recreation to grazing or mining.
BLM main roads are decently maintained, but I’ve seen everything from wide gravel roads to washed-out dirt trails and rutted single track, so having a well-prepared overland vehicle is critical when planning long trips to remote areas. I always plan ahead and let someone know where I’m going, take maps, extra gas, and enough food and water to survive for a while.
Here in Utah, the BLM manages more than 40% of the land in the state. That means we have off-road trails crisscrossing Utah, varying in difficulty and length. You can drive anything from a quick 30-mile trail through the desert, to a 700-mile loop around southern Utah, all on dirt roads.
Of course, before you head out on an overland adventure, check with your local agency to make sure that you have the proper permission or permits necessary to travel to your location.
I’d recommend looking up the public land you have in your area. You might be surprised at how many overland trips you could take. Follow public land news in your area as well; we enjoy these lands today, but you never know when someone will be trying to shut down motorized access in the future. Public lands are a huge benefit to anyone who enjoys overlanding.
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Virginia lawmakers return to the state Capitol Tuesday with one item on their agenda: Guns. The special session called by Governor Ralph Northam gets underway at noon.
Usually, if you’ve seen one semi-auto pistol you’ve seen them all, but that is not the case with this new 10mm Auto offering. Springfield Armory adds to its 1911 TRP line by installing a factory reflex sight mill-mounted into the rear of the slide. That makes this 10mm Auto pistol special.
SA’s TRP (Tactical Response Pistol) will come in two new models, one with a 5-inch barrel and the other with a 6-inch slide and tube for even more heft up front. These pistols will feature National Match frames and slides in a Black T finish. This finish will withstand tough use and outside conditions. The barrels are stainless steel and fully supported.
Exact specs are still coming out but the standard TRP with a 5-inch barrel will tip the scales at 40 ounces and have a height of 5.5 inches and overall length of 8.6 inches. The front strap and mainspring housing are checkered in Posi-Lock for a firm grip. The mag well has the TechWell System that permits rapid mag changes. These pistols will also have the Springfield Armory Gen 2 Speed Trigger for a 4.5-to-5-pound pull with a clean break. The safety will be ambidextrous. Grip panels will be G-10 VZ for a firm grasping surface.
The reflex sight chosen for these packages is the Trijicon Ruggedized Miniature Reflex. The Trijicon RMR mount features an integrated rear tritium sight. This setup allows for a lower 1/3 co-witness on the front tritium sight post, which is a heavy-duty raised blade for easy sight acquisition.
The Trijicon sight itself is made from 7075-T6 aluminum to mil-spec ratings. Its sight lens has a patented shape that can absorb the impacts of the 10mm Auto recoil and deflects the recoil stresses away from the lens and sight. This substantially increases the sight’s durability and reliability.
The 10mm can produce a fair amount of muzzle rise, muzzle blast, and recoil. It takes a proven set of optics to withstand that kind of shooting turbulence. Trijicon has a well-established reputation for producing high-quality optical products.
Though the 10mm Auto has a bit of a reputation for being a snappy round, it is entirely controllable with the weight of a pistol like the Springfield Armory TRP. That makes this tactical response pistol with the Trijicon RMR sight one slick package.
We here at TFB have been following the P365 XL since news of its launch broke back in May. Well, we can now confirm that SIG Sauer’s latest pistol is now shipping. The P365 XL has a longer barrel, frame and slide but retains the original P365’s grip size adding only 1/2 inch to the […]
Manta Defense has launched the new generation of their suppressor covers – the Manta V2. This new product looks a little bit different than the previous Manta Defense suppressor covers and also has been redesigned to make it slimmer and lighter compared to the first generation. Particularly, the Manta V2 has a 2.1″ diameter when […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the Rex Delta, a reasonably priced 15+1 striker-fired 9mm handgun clearly geared towards inching in on the Glock 19 market share. But how does it compare to the Glock 19? What does this Slovenian pistol do differently or better? We find out today. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» […]
Many in the industry have heard the rumors over the last year that Vista Outdoor was seeking a buyer for their firearm brands. While the news may surprise some given how strong Savage products have been over the last decade, it appears that this is part of a much larger play for Vista. The news officially broke yesterday, stating that Vista has offloaded Savage and Stevens to the tune of $170 million to a currently unknown financial buyer.
You can read the full release below.
ANOKA, Minn., July 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Vista Outdoor Inc. (“Vista Outdoor”) (NYSE: VSTO) announced today that it has completed the sale of the legal entity operating its Savage Arms and Stevens firearms brands to a financial buyer for a total purchase price of $170 million, comprised of $158 million paid at closing and $12 million to be paid upon maturity of a five-year seller note issued by the buyer to Vista Outdoor in connection with the transaction.
The sale is part of Vista Outdoor’s previously announced transformation plan, which outlined the intent to reshape the company’s portfolio by cutting costs, consolidating leadership, paying down debt, and divesting certain brands, including both its eyewear brands and firearms brands, in order to pursue growth in product categories where the company believes it can be market leaders. As the company now looks forward, the focus is on ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories, hydration bottles and packs, outdoor cooking products, and cycling/ski helmets and accessories.
“Divesting our Savage brand was a key aspect of our transformation plan,” said Chris Metz, Chief Executive Officer of Vista Outdoor. “While it was a difficult decision to sell such an iconic brand, I remain confident that this was the correct choice to help Vista Outdoor grow in those categories where we can have leadership positions. Savage is a fantastic business, and it deserves to continue to evolve into other firearms categories. At this time, however, we simply do not have the resources to transform Savage into the full-service firearms company that it deserves to be and, therefore, we determined the brand would be better off with a different owner. We’re excited to see Savage reach its full potential under new ownership.”
Savage was acquired by Vista Outdoor’s predecessor, ATK, in 2013. ATK’s sporting business – which included Savage, Bushnell, Federal and CCI Ammunition, and dozens of other hunt/shoot accessories brands, spun off in 2015 to become Vista Outdoor.
“The Savage acquisition helped create Vista Outdoor, and we’re grateful for all the success the brand brought to our company over the past six years,” said Metz. “However, this divestiture now gives our ammunition brands flexibility to work with any industry partner to create the best products and meet our consumers’ needs.”
At closing, Vista Outdoor received gross proceeds from the divestiture of $158 million. Vista Outdoor will use the net after-tax proceeds of the sale to repay outstanding indebtedness.
“Reducing our debt is a key part of turning around our business,” said Metz. “Selling Savage and further reducing our overall leverage will improve our financial flexibility and better position the company for long-term growth. We’ve now rebuilt the company’s foundation to provide a more stable base upon which to grow. We have a portfolio of brands that all have the potential to be strong, market leaders in their respective categories and I’m proud of my team’s efforts in reshaping the portfolio over the course of the past year.”
Robert W. Baird & Co. served as transaction and financial advisor and Reed Smith LLP served as legal advisor to Vista Outdoor in connection with the transaction.
About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. For news and information, visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.
Certain statements in this press release and other oral and written statements made by Vista Outdoor from time to time are forward-looking statements, including those that discuss, among other things: Vista Outdoor’s plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; projections with respect to future revenues, income, earnings per share or other financial measures for Vista Outdoor; and the assumptions that underlie these matters. The words ‘believe’, ‘expect’, ‘anticipate’, ‘intend’, ‘aim’, ‘should’ and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. To the extent that any such information is forward-looking, it is intended to fit within the safe harbor for forward-looking information provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause Vista Outdoor’s actual results to differ materially from expectations described in such forward-looking statements, including the following: general economic and business conditions in the United States and Vista Outdoor’s other markets outside the United States, including conditions affecting employment levels, consumer confidence and spending, conditions in the retail environment, and other economic conditions affecting demand for our products and the financial health of our customers; Vista Outdoor’s ability to attract and retain key personnel and maintain and grow its relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners, including Vista Outdoor’s ability to obtain acceptable third party licenses; Vista Outdoor’s ability to adapt its products to changes in technology, the marketplace and customer preferences, including our ability to respond to shifting preferences of the end consumer from brick and mortar retail to online retail; Vista Outdoor’s ability to maintain and enhance brand recognition and reputation; others’ use of social media to disseminate negative commentary about us and boycotts; reductions in or unexpected changes in or our inability to accurately forecast demand for ammunition, firearms or accessories or other outdoor sports and recreation products; risks associated with Vista Outdoor’s sales to significant retail customers, including unexpected cancellations, delays and other changes to purchase orders; supplier capacity constraints, production disruptions or quality or price issues affecting Vista Outdoor’s operating costs; Vista Outdoor’s competitive environment; risks associated with diversification into new international and commercial markets including regulatory compliance; changes in the current tariff structures; the supply, availability and costs of raw materials and components; increases in commodity, energy and production costs; changes in laws, rules and regulations relating to Vista Outdoor’s business, such as federal and state firearms and ammunition regulations; Vista Outdoor’s ability to realize expected benefits from acquisitions and integrate acquired businesses; Vista Outdoor’s ability to execute our strategic transformation plan, including our ability to realize expected benefits from the successful divestiture of non-core brands and profitability improvement initiatives; Vista Outdoor’s ability to take advantage of growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; the outcome of contingencies, including with respect to litigation and other proceedings relating to intellectual property, product liability, warranty liability, personal injury and environmental remediation; risks associated with cybersecurity and other industrial and physical security threats; capital market volatility and the availability of financing; changes to accounting standards or policies; and changes in tax rules or pronouncements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements we make. Vista Outdoor undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as otherwise required by law. For further information on factors that could impact Vista Outdoor, and statements contained herein, please refer to Vista Outdoor’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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I’m happy to be joined once again by Russian small arms historian Max Popenker, for a discussion of the development of the Kalashnikov PK machine gun. This is universally regarded as one of the best general-purpose machine guns ever designed. We will look at the Soviet machine gun systems at the end of World War Two, the development of the Nikitin MG, the Kalashnikov competing design, and then the modernization of the PK into the PKM and PKP Pecheneg (with it’s interesting Lewis-style cooling system).
During the ARMY 2019 arms exhibition, Russian TsNII TochMash showed a lot of different firearms. Besides the new guns such as the Udav pistol, they also brought several interesting samples of experimental firearms developed in 1960s-1980s. Let’s take a brief look at each of these guns. AO-22M This general purpose machine gun was developed by […]
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Welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB will discuss the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol […]
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Whether you just bought your first AR15 rifle or you’re working on building your third AR15 pistol, buying a few extra top quality magazines every so often is a great idea. As part of TFB’s Top Picks series we are bringing you a list of the best AR15 magazines currently on the market. What makes […]
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This is the first in a series of “Photo Of The Day”, where we will admire pictures of Miniguns of various kinds. The series is called Minigun Monday, a name which should require no further explanation. Today we take a look at the Mark 44 Minigun, being fired from a vehicle in the Farah Province, […]
The firearms industry as of late continues to shift and morph in unique directions. We want smaller carry guns that carry more rounds and are as accurate as our full-size pistols. This postured idea might seem improbable, but not impossible. That burning question gave birth to the SIG Sauer P365, and most recently the upgraded […]
Savage Arms and their Stevens brand were bought in 2013 by ATK for $315 million in cash. After the split of ATK into ATK Orbital and Vista Outdoor, it became part of Vista Outdoor where it stayed until today. It was announced this evening that Vista Outdoor sold Savage Arms and Stevens to a management group led by CEO Al Kasper. The purchase price was $158 million now with another $12 million to be paid in five years. Vista Outdoor had planned to divest themselves of Savage and leave the firearms manufacturing industry. They will remain a significant ammo and accessory maker.
Savage Arms sent out the following by email:
“We want to thank Vista Outdoor for the support over the last six years. They invested in us and provided guidance in the transformation of the Savage brand, further developed our product portfolio allowing entry to new markets,,” said Al Kasper, Savage President and Chief Executive Officer. “Savage is an extremely strong brand and in a great position to keep charging forward. The momentum gained under Vista Outdoor will propel us for future success. It is business as usual and Savage is excited to continue building on existing relationships within the firearms industry.”Headquarters of Savage Arms will be Westfield, Massachusetts which has been its home since their founding by Arthur Savage in 1894.
Savage, Stevens and Fox shotguns have been delivering innovative products for more than 125 years. In 1894, Savage forever changed the world of firearms with a commitment to a higher standard in quality. Savage has built a reputation for continuously improving firearm design while becoming the standard for accuracy and value in the industry.
“We are excited to build on the Savage legacy and are blasting into our next chapter. Here at Savage we are excited to show you what we have coming, because we are just getting our barrels warm! You’ll see more customizable platforms based on our incredibly versatile Accufit stock system, and a continued focus on making your firearm best fit your shooting and hunting needs.” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing. “As we are transitioning, you’ll see more detailed information coming, with updated contacts and information.”
A conspiracy relies on secrecy. Some are, perhaps, never uncovered. Others are exposed by the conspirators themselves, who cannot help but share the details whether from arrogance or anxiousness. For years, law-abiding gun owners and the American public at large have been told by anti-gun candidates that they “aren’t coming to take your guns” but they “just want to…”
Firearms registration facilitates firearms confiscation. This fact has been demonstrated in recent weeks, as the New Zealand authorities have lamented that the country does not have a firearms registry to assist them in their gun confiscation efforts.
A recent Morning Consult/POLITICO poll, conducted immediately prior to the recent Democratic debates and gathering responses from 1,991 registered voters, asked about views toward the candidates, issues of potential importance in the election, voting intention, and the like. Of special concern to us were questions about gun policy (i.e., gun control). “Gun policy,” like “common-sense laws,” seems a benign allegory for denying Americans’ Second Amendment freedoms.
Governor Ralph Northam and his gun ban allies are ready to push their extreme anti-gun agenda when the General Assembly convenes its special session tomorrow--July 9th. Your NRA is calling on members and Second Amendment supporters to join in the fight against Gov. Northam’s misguided gun control proposals by coming to Richmond on July 9th to personally urge their elected officials to stand up for our rights and oppose the Northam gun ban agenda.
Ray Arnett was EVP of NRA in 1985, and before that Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. I was in email communication with him until not long before his death. It was something to be in contact, in 2019, with a Marine who fought at Guadalcanal! He was 18 when he fought, and lived to 95.
Nancy Miramontes had 30 seconds to find the gunman. The Utah school psychologist weaved through a maze of dusty halls before spotting him in the corner of a classroom, holding a gun to a student’s head. She took a deep breath and fired three shots, the first time she’s ever used a gun. One bullet pierced the shooter’s forehead.
It wasn’t the first time the man had broken into the home, but it was the first time he’d been shot while trying. Spokane police say the intruder barged into his neighbor’s home this weekend armed with “large kitchen style knives” in each hand – and was then shot in the chest by the homeowner.
Leupold recently reported that the United States Marshals Service has selected their DeltaPoint Pro pistol red dot sight. It will also be paired with the Dawson Precision sights and interchangeable plate. According to several forums (example HERE), the Marshals Service has allowed red dot sights on personally owned pistols for some time already. However, it […]
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What a difference three years makes. The first primary debates showed us just how far the Democratic party has drifted on Second Amendment rights.
Hot off the wire is the news that the sale of Savage Arms, to a financial buyer, has been completed for $170M. The possibility of Savage Arms leaving Vista Outdoors has been discussed for more than a year, with discussions starting after a business transformation plan announcement in May of 2018. Previously, Savage arms was […]
Fishing is as old as civilization itself and although the sport we all love and care for is based in tradition, there is no denying how helpful new technology can be. Whether it’s a new reel, depth finder, or the latest lure, technology has its place in the fishing world and fishing apps are just the latest tool we should all consider adding to our tackle box. Below, we reviewed some of the best fishing apps on the market today and how they can help you. From finding and sharing information, to understanding regulations and navigation these apps are sure to improve your angling days.
FishAngler acts as a fishing specific social platform to connect anglers all over the world. Close to a million anglers are on the network, where they share photos of fish and their catch data. Users can record every detail of their catch with an incredibly detailed logbook and can then choose to share that info publicly or keep it private for their own benefit. The app also is a home for groups and businesses to further connect to their audiences. Aside from the social aspect, FIshAngler also provides detailed maps, weather, solunar, wind and tide forecasts and other tools to help anglers everywhere land more fish. Also did we mention it is free?
Price: Free (with in app purchase)
Fishbrain is another social sharing app specifically for anglers. Fishbrain offers millions of fishing locations and catch records anglers can use to find which bait, or lures, are working. You can add to all the information with your own catches as well. Try filling out the personal catch log to keep track of which tactics worked on which day and further your fishing knowledge through firsthand experiences. The app even has the ability to help you decide on which lure to use by making recommendations based on your target species. Fishbrain also comes with its own set of weather forecasting like FishAngler.
Price: Free (with paid upgrade options)
Fishidy connects to a parent website and allows an angler to save their favorite fishing sites, and catches and share them socially. The free version contains information on nearly 20,000 lakes and ponds, 180 saltwater spots and 1750 creeks and rivers. The bodies of water are even further enhanced by the high quality maps, which allow for pinpoint navigation to new bodies of water and bends in the river.
Price: Free (With in app purchases)
Fishing Points is a tool box app. Inside you can use satellite imagery and tracking to monitor your days progress and waypoints to mark your favorite fishing spots you discovered. You also have access to weather forecasting and fish activity predictions. For offshore anglers Fishing Points also offers a tide prediction chart, as well as a marine forecast, which predicts waves, swell, sea temp and ocean currents. The in app upgrade gives you limitless fishing spots and even more in depth weather forecasting.
Price: Free (with in app upgrades)
Basemap may not be a fishing specific app, but its maps are the key to unlocking fishing spots you never knew about. The satellite imagery maps show you every body of water in your area and the seemingly infinite number of layers will distinguish public land and private land, giving you a whole new perspective on fishing access. The app even give you the property owner’s name. Water specific map layers give you water depths for U.S lakes (including the Great Lakes) and for East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico. Add on fishing access points and labeled names of rivers and lakes and the fact this can all be used without cell service and you have a powerful fishing tool at your disposal.
Pro Angler is all salt all the time. The ocean specific fishing app brings you up to date reports from real, trustworthy fishing captains for different coasts and the Gulf of Mexico. A fish directory with over 250 species is perfect for labeling unknown fish you reel in from the depths and the hot spots guide gives you info on over 15,000 fishing spots.
Other features include weather and solar forecasting, regulations, a digital guide to knots, gear and lures and a digital wallet that can store important information like licenses and permits and more.
We get it. Fishing regulations can be hard to understand and even harder to keep up with. Conservation officers and specialists have an important job to do by changing limits and catch rules and now with Fish Rules keeps track of that data. With a quick glance, the app provides all the catch information you need. You can quickly find out if a species is in season, the limit on another, size restrictions and more.
The app covers every stretch of ocean from Maine to Texas and even has picture guides to help you identify species you’re not familiar with.
The app can even work without cell service by using your GPS coordinates to pinpoint your location and identify your fishing regulations.
When picking magazines, it doesn’t always seem like an important piece of the puzzle and most people just buy a few to have back up magazines for their gun either at the range or at home. Now I know this isn’t everyone but some people think of magazines as an afterthought to the actual gun. […]
Some guy got the bright idea to build a pair of 1911 pistols from a metal meteorite… and he seems likely to make a pile of money when they sell at auction this month, where they’re reportedly expected to bring about 1.5 million bucks. Gunsmith Lou Biondo of Business End Customs was hired to do the job.
This pair of poppers is made from part of the “Muonionalusta Meteorite,” which was found in Sweden back in 1906 — five years BEFORE the 1911 was adopted by the USA’s military. But a century is a drop in the bucket for the meteorite, which is supposedly 4.5 billion years of age.
Biondo explained that he had to be extremely careful when he was cutting through the chunk of meteorite. “It was definitely one of those jobs where you had to go by feel and sound,” he said. “If you mix carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and throw in some diamonds, that’s what it felt like.
The gunsmith added that, while there are no actual diamonds in the meteorite, there are “diamond-like inclusions,” in the material the guns were fashioned from. While the cutter went through some parts of the meteorite fairly easily, there were other parts that were more difficult. “I actually broke a couple of cutters,” he told Fox News.
The guns are fully functional and are not identical. One is made in the “government model” configuration while the other has custom features such as beavertail grip safety, skeletonized hammer, extended thumb safety, etc.
Both pistols have been fired by the maker, but only 35 rounds apiece. The majority of the metal in these guns is from the meteorite.
Heritage Auctions has three auction listings on their website, featuring the government model and custom model as individual items, or both together as a pair. I assume they will only sell as a pair if the bids on that auction exceed the bids on the other two auctions combined.
The auction will take place on July 20, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Suetterlein represents a state Senate district that runs from Bedford County to Wythe County. He is a Republican. On April 17, 2007, then-Governor Tim Kaine emphatically expressed his disdain for those who would attempt to use the horrific murders at Virginia Tech for political advantage. "I think for people who want to take this after just twenty-four hours and make it into their political hobby horse to ride, I’ve got nothing but loathing for them,” Governor Kaine declared. “They can take that elsewhere."
Constructed by Lou Biondo of Business End Customs, two 1911 pistols made from meteorite metal are heading out for sale by Heritage Auctions for approximately $1M. The meteorite pistols are constructed from part of the Muonionalusta Meteorite discovered in Sweden in 1906. The meteorite likely fell to earth about 1 million years ago. The catch? Both […]
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Citizens of New Zealand are reportedly resisting the sweeping ban on semi-automatic firearms thrust upon them by an emotional parliament last April.
The Washington Post’s article is predictably poorly-titled: “New Zealand is trying to buy back the military-style weapons it banned in April. It’s not so easy.”
Firstly, no entity can buy “back” something which it never owned before. The government has never owned these firearms which it seeks to steal from their rightful owners. They are merely offering a bribe to those who comply.
Secondly, none of the guns are “military-style.” Being black and shaped similarly to military firearms doesn’t make a semi-auto rifle or shotgun “military-style.”
Now the good news: New Zealanders are not complying. There are an estimated “1.2 million to 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand,” yet only “about 700 firearms have been voluntarily surrendered.”
More good news: There’s no registry of semi-auto firearms in NZ, so door-to-door armed thefts of such firearms can’t be done.
Pro-gun groups plan to challenge the ban in court.
The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners, New Zealand’s leading gun lobby, announced recently that it intends to challenge the buyback program through the courts.
Nicole McKee, the group’s secretary, said the plan is “to take legal action, likely to be by way of a class action.”
In a separate case, gun collector David Craze Sr., who is also a hunter and competition shooter, said he is considering a lawsuit seeking proper compensation for what he described as “property confiscation.”
Under the government’s buyback program, he would receive about 30 percent of the actual value of his collection of dozens of firearms, amassed over 50 years, he said.
He had intended to sell some of the firearms as part of his retirement plan, he said, describing his collection as an “investment.”
The government has set the buyback value at 95 percent of the estimated base price for new or nearly new firearms. The amount is less for weapons in poorer condition.
There has been no indication from officials that the compensation rates will be increased, and an amnesty period expires Dec. 20.
The government is talking softly at the moment, but with the December deadline looming, there are hints they will consider using the violence of law enforcement agencies against citizens.
“We urge people to stay calm,” Mike Clement, New Zealand Police’s deputy commissioner of national operations, told The Washington Post.
“We acknowledge that you’re a law-abiding citizen and through no fault of your own you now find yourself in possession of firearms that are now illegal,” he said, but he noted that once the amnesty period expires, there is no excuse for holding on to weapons.
Personally, I fully support New Zealand’s gun owners who resist this theft of their rights and property, and I sincerely hope no more of them comply with the oppressive ban. I’m probably being overly optimistic, but as they say, ‘Hope springs eternal.’
Good on ya, Kiwis.
A year and a half ago, Franklin Armory broke the gun internet – by announcing an AR15 rifle with a barrel less than 16” that does not require a National Firearms Act tax stamp. It was the equivalent of achieving absolute zero while simultaneously inventing cold fusion. The Reformation’s secret was a straight twist barrel […]
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What exactly is with all this gun control mania? When it comes to politics and government’s tendency to exert its control, the least common denominator is to “follow the money.” For the life of me, I cannot figure where the money is in gun control. In fact, more prohibitive gun control actually stifles commerce. Putting businesses out of business diminishes taxes, causes a huge ripple effect in job losses, increases crime, and reduces the citizens feeling of protection and security. In so many ways, more gun control makes no sense whatsoever.
In fact, so many studies have shown that a reduction in access to legal gun and ammunition ownership has no impact at all on reducing crime including murders, assaults, mass shootings, or any other form of gun related criminality. Basically in truth and proof, gun control does not work. So, what is their continual push to have more of it?
And since we mention gun control at all, remember that every state in the United States already have countless gun laws that have been on the books for decades. Ironically, those states or cities with the most-restrictive gun control laws have the highest gun-related crime rates. Remember Chicago with a dozen murders virtually every weekend, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Memphis, and on and on. Even our nation’s capital Washington D. C. is replete with unabated gun crime. Exactly what new gun law could be enacted to stop this?
It is unrealistic to think a country where millions of firearms in private ownership could ever be successfully confiscated as Hillary suggested. If all gun sales, gun and ammo manufacturing were outlawed today, this would do nothing to reduce the inventory of guns already held (legally I might add) in private ownership. It’s simply a stupid idea. In fact, gun owners possess more firearms 5-1 over hunters. Remember, the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution is not about hunting.
Gun control advocates may not be bothered by so many Winchester 94s in 30-30, but the pervasive possession of so-called black rifles scares the hell out of the Feinsteins, Schumers, Pelosis, Boxer\s, Bloombergs and such. Though they all have personal bodyguards carrying black pistols and black rifles. We are left to defend ourselves.
So, is gun control a cornerstone of socialism, communism, Nazism, or other political philosophy? It sure worked for Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. Just reason enough to fight it here.
America was founded on freedom. Let’s keep it that way.
Everyday users of AR-15 type rifles are always tweaking the ways they carry their rifle or carbine. As you know, there are virtually endless ways to tote an AR given the different kinds of slings and sling attachment options on the market. Most ARs are probably carried via some type of nylon or synthetic sling that is attached to the rifle with the sling over the shoulder.
Options for that include single, double, or even triple point attachments, so the AR can be carried in a variety of ways. These carry options present the firearm in a ready-to-use fashion so the operator has the gun hanging down to one side, in front of the torso, a conventional over-one-shoulder carry, or slung across the chest. Those carry options are status quo.
Now, a new system has been developed by Stratus Support Systems of Huntsville, Texas that offers a virtually hands-free carry option. The Stratus Support Systems device is installed on an AR rifle behind the receiver ahead of the buffer tube assembly. This device includes a protruding “knuckle” (as they term it) which hooks or locks into a receiver mount that is hung over a conventional pants belt, or on a Molle attachment point on a vest.
The Stratus Support System allows for easy hands-free carry. The weapon is held just at the right position for comfortable weight and balance. It is also held securely in a position for ready access when needed. In this mode the rifle can also be equipped with a sling or not as is the choice of the user.
This rifle retention system is secure and the gun will not come out of the knuckle receiver until the user removes it. When released, the knuckle does not interfere with pointing, aiming, charging, or firing the weapon. Meanwhile, the hands-free condition permits the user to have full use of both hands and arms for other duties or actions.
The SSS retention system also greatly reduces carry fatigue or shoulder or neck binding by using a standard type sling attachment. Your weapon also does not swing around uncontrolled. It is easy to place one hand on the rifle grip for added control when having to move, dodge, or run in action as required in duty use. Check out this new system at www.stratussupportsystems.com.
This is a very interesting WW1 heavy machine gun. It is a Russian M1910 Maxim that was repaired at some point using the brass jacket from a 1905 Russian Maxim. This may have been done by Russians or buy Germans, as the gun was also captured by German forces at some point and refitted to use German 8x57mm ammunition. We can see the changes made to do this – the “S” marking on the top cover to indicate 8mm, the changes to the feed block and the fitting of a German MG08 lock as well as a German optics mounting bracket. The mount, however, is a very rare WW1 pattern Russian Sokolov mount with both wheels and tripod legs. These tripods would be simplified after the war to remove the legs, and finding a WW1-pattern example intact is quite difficult today.
Micro-pistol owners rejoice, as SIG is bringing a suitable option for deep carry pistols like the SIG P365 and other single stack 9mms, and even slim 1911s: Enter, the ROMEOZero. SIG sent a prototype copy of the ROMEOZero that I will be running to review over the new P365XL. It’s clear that slide-mounted optics are […]
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When you ran afoul of Josef Stalin, if you were lucky you got sent to the gulag. If you were not so lucky, you got the proverbial ounce of lead and burial in an unmarked grave. You were also airbrushed out of any picture in which you appeared with the General Secretary.
And now the retribution: Because I publicly expressed concern over current NRA management’s leadership and spurious spending, I am being punished. It has come down from the Officers of the NRA, as I publicly predicted, I will not be given any committee assignments.Tim does remain a member of the Board of Directors. For now.
Today’s Photo brings us to the Combined Arms Training Center at Camp Fuji, Aichi, Japan. We look at US Marines operating a vehicle-mounted M2 machine gun on a range during Exercise Fuji Viper. Below: Marine Combined Anti-Armor Teams specialize in the operation of vehicle-mounted weapon systems. Below: –“The Kost is clear!” U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. […]
The latest Vickers Guide book is now available: WWII Germany, Volume 2. Where the first volume focused on bolt action rifles and submachine guns, this second volume has the really cool stuff: semiauto and select-fire rifles, machine guns, and last-ditch arms. It also includes a section on presentation pistols. And fair disclosure; I was one of the contributing authors, so you will find some of my bylines in the book.
The Vickers Guide series are not meant to be reference books, but rather gorgeous coffee-table material. The photography that James Rupley brings to them is just fantastic; a quality you will not find in any other firearms print material. That said, the books have been getting slowly more detailed in their text commentary over time, and this one includes sections from a bunch of subject-matter experts – you might just learn something while looking between the photographs!
Of particular note in this book in terms of rarity are both early and late pattern FG-42s (and their accessories), a Grossfuss StG, an StG45(H), MG-30, MKb42(W), and a folding-stock G33/40 rifle. If you are interested in German WWII small arms, it is not one to miss.
In previous Photos Of The Day articles we have taken a look at the Idaho Army National Guard reference style pictures of the M107 Semi-Automatic Long Range Sniper Rifle and the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System. Today it is time for the M249 Light Machine Gun.(FN MINIMI) Below is from Idaho Army National Guard’s own description: The M249 light machine […]
Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Last week we unboxed the Dead Air Wolfman 9mm modular silencer. We’ll have a range review of the Wolfman and the YHM Turbo K here in the next few weeks. There’s a chance I’ll break the two reviews out into standalone posts on the blog. […]
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Thanks to Milkor USA, I have a chance today to do some shooting with both the M32 and M32A1 rotary grenade launchers they make for the US military. I’m using 40mm chalk training ammunition, with some steel targets at about 75-85 meters. In live fire, it’s quite clear how much of an improvement the M32A1 trigger is over its predecessor!
If you have been following along our Friday Night Lights series, night vision is a big part of seeing in the dark. While night vision is great at seeing in the dark, it does have its limitations. Night vision can only amplify light that is already there. While some night vision systems do a better […]
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Picture Of Today is an FN SCAR 20S, being zeroed at the range. This is a great photo. Almost so perfect you would think it is computer generated. Everything is put in place. Even the shooting mat is brand new and unused. I guess that’s what the marketing department is for? The FN SCAR also […]
Featured Deals of the Week – Immediately posted after the “Down with the Crown” Day. 25% Off CMC Triggers at Brownells What the deal is: Brownell’s is doing a blanket 25% off all CMC triggers. CMC triggers are all match-grade, single-stage drop-in AR triggers. They come in both curved and flat profiles, with pull weights […]
Ruger is releasing a spruced up* version of their popular Ruger American Rimfire rifles that feature the Go Wild Camo brush stock with bronze Cerakote barrel, Receiver and bolt handle. The new Go Wild Camo rifles are offered in .22lr, .22WMR and .17HMR and follow their latest additions to the line a few months ago. […]
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We here at TFB have been following the progress of the $12-million refurbishment of the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming since the major project began. We’re excited to see what the finished renovation looks like and the museum is finally due to open fully with a grand opening even on 6th July. The new […]
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The first batch of the much anticipated LWRCI SMG .45 has shipped earlier this week. Within the next few weeks, more will show up at local dealers. These versions all come with an 8.5″ barrel, the SB Tactical SBTi folding subgun brace and two 25-round magazines (or less capacity depending on how much Freedom your […]
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Two great companies have come together to design, produce and market both a PEQ-15 front sight and NGAL front sight. Midwest Industries in cooperation with Defense Solutions Group (DSG Arms) are releasing the two rail mounted sight options for users of the weapon mounted laser/illuminator devices for night vision use. Because of the way the […]
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The USMC adopted the Milkor USA M32A1 rotary multiple grenade launcher (MGL) in 2012. The history of this weapon goes back to South Africa, where designer Andries Piek was inspired to create it after building the 37mm “Stopper” for the South African police and then seeing a Manville 25mm gas launcher in the movie “Dogs of War”. He created a 6-barrel 40mm launcher that was adopted by the South African military, and proved quite popular. It was adopted by other countries subsequently, and by the early 2000s a company bought rights to produce it in the United States – Milkor USA.
The original M32 version was used in small numbers by US SOCOM, and the updated M32A1 widely purchased by the US Marines. The A1 version has a shorter barrel and is generally strengthen, allowing it to fire medium-velocity grenades instead of just the low velocity loadings. This increased its effective range from 375m to 800m as well as allowing larger grenade payloads and increased effectiveness on target.
Advanced Target Technologies has just released a Simunition/UTM version of their Lumatic Target Plates. The system is designed for target designation and hit notification with sensors that display information via self healing LED lights. The Sim/UTM Lumatic Targets complement ATT’s current system for live fire training available here. Details, links and information can be found […]
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Welcome everyone to the 15th 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 gat a sweet deal […]
So you bought that new 6.5 Creedmoor bolt action rifle and you’ve been following the Precision Rifle Series competitions for a while. Now you want to stretch the distance a little bit, don’t you? You want the skill to hit that 1000 yard target at the range, but right now you simply don’t possess the […]
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In the free world, like the United States Of America, companies can freely make and sell products to consumers. Capitalism isn’t perfect, but it is a part of what makes America great. So when Nike decided to kill their plans to release “Betsy Ross” themed sneakers based on one ex-Footballer’s comment, it didn’t bother me […]
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Summer Jam Playlist 2019!!! https://open.spotify.com/user/1246539487/playlist/7zxOhorKlLj8LLc5VDEgB5?si=NoLFkkW2RoeCVoUYQeJ-Wg In this episode of TFBTV, James celebrates America’s Independence Day by restoring a classic American pistol to its full glory for…just five dollars??!? Ok, so maybe James spent fifteen dollars on this special custom paint job, but he still gives you the scoop on refinishing a beater handgun with a […]
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One holiday enjoyed by most Americans regardless of race or religion is Independence Day. The vast majority of us can agree it’s a great time to visit and eat good food with friends and family. While we’re doing that, let us not forget the reason for the day: Armed citizens stood up against an overbearing government — and won.
We Americans must remain vigilant and perform the role our Founders intended for us, which is basically “riding herd” on our government. Hold those with public power accountable for their actions, both good and bad.
Today, enjoy yourself. Keep an eye on your dogs and their well-being while fireworks are booming; 15 years ago today, a longtime pet dug out from under our fence and was never seen by us again.
By all means, enjoy your firearms today — as long as you’re firing into a good safe backstop. Remember… what goes up must come down.
Today and every day, let’s all try to be worthy of the many sacrifices made by our forefathers.
Happy Independence Day.
Forgotten Weapons began as an archive for historical firearms data – photos, manual, trials reports, and more. Over the years it has evolved into a daily video channel, but I would like to expand back towards my original vision for the site. However, I have no available time to put into sourcing, curating, and organizing a significant archive, because I am continuing to produce daily video. So, I would like to be able to hire a professional curator to oversee a new incarnation of ForgottenWeapons.com, complete with a budget to pay researchers. This is an ambitious goal, and the financial cost of providing a competitive salary for a qualified person as well as a budget for paying researchers is pretty daunting.
In theory, this could perhaps be financed through advertising. However, I would much prefer to keep the site an oasis of ad-free content in an internet that is awash in popups and banners. From the other side, most major online ad networks aren’t willing to work with sites that focus on firearms. Considering both of these issues, I would much prefer to have the project funded directly by those of you who want to see it happen.
I have made a couple tweaks to the Forgotten Weapons Patreon page to reflect this project. I don’t have specific perks for supports figured out yet – I need to consider what will be valuable and desired without compromising the fundamental goal of making the archive information all freely, readily, and easily accessible.
If you think this is a project worth doing, let me know and please consider showing your support directly via Patreon.
I originally posted this on July 4th of 2010. I am reposting it to recognize these early North Carolina patriots from Mecklenburg County. Despite all the changes in the Queen City since then, there are still many there or from there who continue the fight for liberty and especially our Second Amendment rights.
Before there was a Declaration of Independence of 1776, there were the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775 and the Mecklenburg Resolves of May 31, 1775. While there is significant controversy over the authenticity of the former, there is none regarding the latter. There is controversy about the Mecklenburg Declaration because the original copy is reputed to have been destroyed in a fire and mention of it then only comes to light in 1819. Nonetheless, May 20, 1775 is the date enshrined on both the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina and the State Flag.
Both the Declaration and the Resolves were adopted in Charlotte Town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Charlotte Town is now known as Charlotte. The area had been settled by the heavily Presbyterian immigrants from Northern Ireland and Scotland known as the Scotch-Irish. Upon hearing of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, they had been outraged and the Declaration was the result.
The Mecklenburg Declaration
- That whosoever directly or indirectly abetted or in any way, form or manner countenanced to unchartered & dangerous invasion of our rights as claimed by G. Britain is an enemy to this County - to America & to the inherent & inaliable rights of man.
- We the Citizens of Mecklenburg County do hereby desolve the political bands which have connected us to the Mother Country & hereby absolve ourselves from all allegiance to the British crown & abjure all political connection, contract or association with that nation who have wantonly trampled on our rights & liberties & inhumanely shed the innocent blood of American patriots at Lexington.
- We do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people - are & of right ought to be a sovereign & self-governing association, under the controul of no power other than that of our God & the general government of the congress, to the maintainence of which independence civil & religious we solemnly pledge to each other our mutual cooperation, our lives, our fortunes & our most sacred honor.
- As we now acknowledge the existence & controul of no law or legal officers, civil or military, within this County, we do hereby ordain & adopt as a rule of life, all, each & every of our former laws - wherein nevertheless the crown of great britain never can be considered as holding rights, privileges, immunities, or authority therein.
- It is also further decreed that all, each & every military officer in this County is hereby reinstated in his former command & authority, he acting conformably to these regulations. And that every member present of this delegation shall henceforth be a civil officer, viz. a Justice of the peace in the character of a 'Committee-man' to issue process, hear & determine all matters of controversy according to sd. adopted laws - to preserve peace, union & harmony in sd. County & to use every exertion to spread the love of country & fire of freedom throughout America until a more general & organized government be established in this province. A selection from the members present shall constitute a Committee of public safety for sd. County.
- That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted by express to the President of the Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia, to be laid before that body.
Hezekiah J. Balch
John McKnitt Alexander
This day the Committee of this County met, and passed the following Resolves:So on this day as we honor the Nation's Founders and the Declaration of Independence of 1776, let us also honor these men from a provincial North Carolina backwater who recognized that our future lay in independence from Great Britain.
WHEREAS by an Address presented to his Majesty by both Houses of Parliament in
February last, the American Colonies are declared to be in a state of actual rebellion, we
conceive that all Laws and Commissions confirmed by, or derived from the Authority of
the king or Parliament, are annulled and vacated, and the former civil Constitution of
these Colonies for the present wholly suspended. To provide in some Degree for the
Exigencies of the County in the present alarming Period, we deem it proper and
necessary to pass the following resolves, viz.
1. That all Commissions, civil and military, heretofore granted by the Crown, to be
exercised in these Colonies, are null and void, and the Constitution of each particular
Colony wholly suspended.
2. That the Provincial Congress of each Province, under the Direction of the Great
Continental Congress, is invested with all legislative and executive Powers within their
respective Provinces; and that no other Legislative or Executive does or can exist, at this
Time, in any of these Colonies.
3. As all former Laws are now suspended in this Province, and the Congress have not
yet provided others, we judge it necessary, for the better Preservation of good Order, to
form certain Rules and Regulations for the internal Government of this County, until
Laws shall be provided for us by the Congress.
4. That the Inhabitants of this Country do meet on a certain Day appointed by this
Committee, and having formed themselves into nine Companies, to wit, eight for the
County, and one for the Town of Charlotte, do choose a Colonel, and other military
Officers, who shall hold and exercise their several Powers by Virtue of this Choice, and
independent of Great-Britain, and former Constitution of this Province.
5. That for the better Preservation of the Peace, and Administration of Justice, each of
these Companies do choose from their own Body two discreet Freeholders, who shall be
impowered each by himself, and singly, to decide and determine all Matters of
Controversy arising within the said Company under the Sum of Twenty Shillings, and
jointly and together all Controversies under the Sum of Forty Shillings, yet so as their
Decisions may admit of Appeals to the Convention of the Select Men of the whole
County; and also, that any one of these shall have power to examine, and commit to
Confinement , Persons accused of Petit Larceny.
6. That those two Select Men, thus chosen, do, jointly and together, choose from the
Body of their particular Company two Persons, properly qualified to serve as Constables,
who may assist them in the execution of their Office.
7. That upon the Complaint of any Person to either of these Select men, he do issue his
Warrant, directed to the Constable, commanding him to bring the Aggressor before him
or them to answer the said Complaint.
8. That these Eighteen Select Men, thus appointed, do meet every third Tuesday in
January, April, and October, at the Court-House in Charlotte to hear and determine all
Matters of Controversy of Sums exceeding Forty Shillings; also Appeals: And in Cases
of Felony, to commit the Person or Persons convicted thereof to close Confinement, until
the Provincial Congress shall provide and establish Laws and Modes of Proceeding in
9. That these Eighteen Select Men, thus convened, do choose a Clerk to record the
Transactions of the said Convention; and that the said Clerk, upon the Application of any
Person or Persons aggrieved, do issue his Warrant to one of the Constables, to summons
and warn the said Offender to appear before the convention at their next sitting, to answer
the aforesaid Complaint.
10. That any Person making Complaint upon Oath to the Clerk, or any Member of the
Convention, that he has Reason to suspect that any Person or Persons indebted to him in a
Sum above Forty Shillings, do intend clandestinely to withdraw from the County without
paying such Debt; the Clerk, or such Member, shall issue his Warrant to the Constable,
commanding him to take the said Person or Persons into safe Custody, until the next
sitting of the Convention.
11. That when a Debtor for a Sum below Forty Shillings shall abscond and leave the
County, the Warrant granted as aforesaid shall extend to any Goods or Chattels of the
said Debtor as may be found, and such Goods or Chattels be seized and held in Custody
by the Constable for the space of Thirty Days; in which Term if the Debtor fails to return
and discharge the Debt, the Constable shall return the Warranty to one of the Select Men
of the Company where the Goods and Chattels were found, who shall issue Orders to the
Constable to sell such a part of the said Goods as shall amount to the Sum due; that when
the Debt exceeds Forty Shillings, the Return shall be made to the Convention, who shall
issue the Orders for Sale.
12. That Receivers and Collectors for Quitrents, Public and County Taxes, do pay the
same into the Hands of the Chairman of this Committee, to be by them disbursed as the
public Exigencies may require. And that such Receivers and Collectors proceed no
farther in their Office until they be approved of by, and have given to this Committee
good and sufficient Security for a faithful return of such Monies when collected.
13. That the Committee be accountable to the County for the Application of all Monies
received from such Officers.
14. That all these Officers hold their Commissions during the Pleasure of their
15. That this Committee will sustain all Damages that may ever hereafter accrue to all
or any of these Officers thus appointed, and thus acting, on Account of their Obedience
and Conformity to these Resolves.
16. That whatever Person shall hereafter receive a Commission from the Crown, or
attempt to exercise any such Commission heretofore received, shall be deemed an Enemy
to his Country; and upon Information being made to the Captain of the Company where
he resides the said Captain shall cause him to be apprehended, and conveyed before the
two Select Men of the said Company, who, upon Proof of the Fact, shall commit him the
said Offender into safe Custody, until the next sitting of the Convention, who shall deal
with him as Prudence may direct.
17. That any Person refusing to yield Obedience to the above Resolves shall be deemed
equally criminal, and liable to the same Punishments as the Offenders above last
18. That these Resolves be in full Force and Virtue, until Instructions from the General
Congress of this Province, regulating the Jurisprudence of this Province, shall provide
otherwise, or the Legislative Body of Great-Britain resign its unjust and arbitrary
Pretentions with Respect to America.
19. That the several Militia Companies in this county do provide themselves with
proper arms and accoutrements, and hold themselves in constant Readiness to execute the
commands and Directions of the Provincial Congress, and of this committee.
20. That this committee do appoint Colonel Thomas Polk, and Doctor Joseph Kennedy,
to purchase 300 lb. of Powder, 600 lb. of Lead, and 1000 Flints; and deposit the same in
some safe place, hereafter to be appointed by the committee.
Eph. Brevard, Clerk of the Committee.
Singed by Order of the Committee.
This document was printed in the North Carolina Gazette on June 16, 1775,
and the Cape-Fear Mercury on June 23, 1775. There was a slight variation in wording in
the two newspapers.
This is a document that I believe every American should read at least once a year. It sets forth in very elegant language why our founding fathers decided to become citizens rather than to stay subjects of the British Empire.
I think to today's social justice warriors. They are probably appalled by the language of this wondrous document which speaks of "merciless Indian Savages" and makes an appeal to the "Supreme Judge of world." I say this knowing that not a one of today's social justice warriors would have had the spine to do what the men whose signatures were affixed to this document did. That is to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor and to be willing to suffer the consequences of their actions.
It gets even worse. A Texas newspaper, The Liberty County Vindicator, had been publishing the entire Declaration of Independence a few paragraphs at a time as a way to encourage historical literacy. They also posted these to their Facebook page. The first nine parts went fine but the tenth did not. Facebook's algorithm for "hate speech" obviously was designed by the social justice warriors because it flagged it for a violation of the policy. The editor said he thought it was probably paragraph 31 which did speak of the "merciless Indian Savages." After the news went public is when Facebook realized that they had a problem on their hands and reversed themselves.
And finally, the City of Charlottesville, Virginia is ending it commemoration of Jefferson's birthday. It will be replaced by the Orwellian sounding Liberation and Freedom Day to be celebrated on March 3rd. That was the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Virginia near the end of the Civil War.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
A story that Trump creates VIP section for viewing fireworks on the mall. There's always been such a section. Heck, one year I got into it. I knew the right people, and they weren't political appointees, but career staff, and they got into it, too. We're talking 25 years ago, so the custom has been around for a long time.
A better view was actually to be had out on the mall. It was unbelievable. At the finale, I had to close my eyes and plug my ears because it was like being under an artillery barrage. I only viewed it that once, because the rush of people trying to leave at the end swamped the subway, it took forever to get on a train, and people who'd drunk way too much beer on a hot day were barfing here and there. in VIP section you got to bring your car and just endure a big traffic jam.
BTW, I was told the fireworks were the product of bidding between the two big firms. That year "bang-bang" Zeffereldi (my memory of the name may be off) won with a bid of $100,000 (double that for today's prices) and ran it at a loss as advertising.
During the initial review of the SIG Rattler Canebrake, I ended up liking the firearm more than I initially thought I would. As I mentioned at the conclusion of the original review, I liked it enough that I decided to buy it, and then take things a step further. Thanks to the currently short eforms […]
Today’s Photo comes courtesy of the U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs Office and takes us to Camp Barommatrailokkanat in Thailand. We look at a Royal Thai Army soldier as he fires his weapon during basic rifle marksmanship earlier in 2019. Soldiers from both the U.S. and Thailand learned each other’s techniques of firing weapons to gain […]
Formerly known as Renault Trucks Defense, and part of the Volvo Trucks Group, the French company Arquus are working on something a little bit more than your ordinary Volvo station wagon. As the French Army is planning to buy a new fleet of light armored vehicles by 2025, the Scarabée is going to be one […]
In a July 3, 1776 letter to his wife Abigail, founding father John Adams wrote about how Independence Day should be celebrated. Adams explained, I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
Talon Grips out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado manufacturers die-cut adhesive grip panels for numerous firearms. Their grip overlays are made for more than 200 firearms including the most popular pistol models and several other applications.
As you may know from reading here, the Remington Tac-14 shotgun based on the proven 870 is taking the market by storm. The Tac-14 is an ideal self-defense shotgun for home security in both 12- and 20-gauge versions. Preppers, survivalists, homeowners, campers, and travelers are taking to the Tac-14 for its reliability, ease of handling, and portability.
Due to its overall short profile of 26 inches utilizing a specialized rounded Raptor pistol grip, the Tac-14 is handy for point-and-shoot style targeting. It is great for tight quarters and vehicle carry.
The forend on these shotguns is the well-made and functional Magpul accessory furniture. This Magpul forend is made with M-Lok slots for adding essential accessories as desired, but also these slots aid in barrel cooling. If there is any downside to this Magpul forend, its material tends to be a bit slick especially when damp. Gripper gloves can help maintain control.
The problem of slickness is easily solved with the simple application of a Talon Grip. The Talon Grip is precisely cut to fit over the bottom and sides of the Magpul forend. Before applying the grip, lay it over the forend as a test-fit to orient yourself to how it fits end to end correctly.
Following simple procedures outlined in the instructions (even though they were written mainly for installing Talon Grips on handguns), first use the supplied alcohol wipes to thoroughly clean the entire surface of the forend. If you need more, use gun patches and rubbing alcohol. Let dry completely before applying the grip panel.
Once ready, peel off the backing material of the grip panel and slowly lay it into proper position. I stabilized the gun in a cleaning vise to hold it still, giving me two hands for the work. I laid the panel first down the middle, aligning the panel slots with the M-Lok slots. Then I slowly pressed down the sides into the forend finger grooves. Press everything down firmly.
Next, using a hair dryer or heat gun, heat the Talon Grip per instructions. While it’s warm, press it firmly to ensure the panel adheres. Be sure to press down all the edges for a solid fit.
That’s it. You’ll appreciate immediately the gripping power and firm control a Talon Grip offers.
CRPA, with the support of NRA, challenged the ammunition background check law in court months ago with the filing of the Rhode v. Becerra case. The lead plaintiff in the case is Olympic gold medalist shooter Kim Rhode.
Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) is known for producing high-quality gear for the precision rifle shooter. Their ACC chassis system, that is now available in the CZ455 inletting, is respected by precision shooters for being both feature-rich and relatively affordable as competition gear goes. MDT has just announced a small, but functional product that adds two […]
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Springfield Armory is announcing a new promotion called the Instant Gear Up. With the purchase of a qualifying pistol, customers will receive five additional magazines, a hard case, soft case, holster and magazine carrier at the time of purchase. There are no rebate forms to fill out or waiting for gear to be shipped. All […]
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Norway has a special relationship with the Heckler & Koch MP7 (from Maschinenpistole 7), as they are most likely the country that has bought most of them. If we trust Wikipedia as a source, the numbers are around 6,500 as it replaced (some of) the HK MP5s. Even some soldiers in the Norwegian Home Guard have it. […]
Jason Ouimet, the NRA-ILA's Director of Federal Affairs, has been named the interim head of NRA-ILA. The news was first leaked in a story by Danny Hakim in the New York Times who seems to be the go-to guy for NRA leaks. It was later confirmed in a series of tweets by Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon as well as in a memo sent out to all NRA employees.
TO: All NRA EmployeesFrom what I understand, Ouimet is both well-liked and well-respected within the NRA-ILA. It is rumored that there may be a search committee to find a permanent head of ILA but hopes are that Ouimet would be the leading candidate.
FROM: Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
DATE: July 2, 2019
SUBJECT: Appointment of Interim Executive Director of NRA-ILA
I am pleased to announce Jason Ouimet’s appointment as Interim Executive Director of NRA-ILA.
As many of you know, Jason - a 14 year NRA veteran, - currently serves as our Director of Federal Affairs, a position he has held since January 2015. Jason rose through the ranks after being hired as a federal lobbyist in 2005 and then being promoted to Deputy Director at NRA-ILA Federal five years later.
Jason has a strong legislative and campaign background. On Capitol Hill, Jason was a legislative assistant for former Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) where he was responsible for oversight of significant issues like taxes, Homeland Security appropriations, transportation, small business, Social Security, welfare, science & technology, government affairs, Commerce Justice State appropriations and pensions. He also served as Staff Director of the Life Insurance Caucus of which Senator Chambliss was a co-chair.
Prior to working on Senator Chambliss’ personal staff, Jason held the position of Senior Research Analyst at the National Republican Senatorial Committee working on projects for key Senate races. Jason began his career in 1999 as a Junior Analyst with the Republican National Committee where he conducted field research in Florida, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania for President George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.
Jason is a graduate of Kent State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree in 1999.
Jason is an experienced government affairs professional and a skilled political strategist. He is committed to our noble cause and I know that he will do very well.
Please join me in congratulating Jason.
“No organization has been more important to conservative voter education and engagement than the NRA. We all hope they’re able to mount the kind of effort in the 2020 cycle they have in the past,” said Gregg Keller, a former American Conservative Union executive director. “But in case they can’t, given their current situation, I hope they’re being forthright about that within the movement so others can pick up the slack.”Steven Law, head of Mitch McConnell's SuperPAC, said this about the departure of Chris Cox.
“The situation,” he added, “has folks nervous.”
Concerns over the NRA intensified last week after the resignation of Chris Cox, who had been the head of its lobbying arm since 2002. Cox was well-liked by NRA staff and board members and had deep relationships with major donors and many of the party’s top strategists. He recently participated in 2020 planning meetings with the pro-Trump America First Action super PAC and the anti-tax Club for Growth. The groups discussed polling and opposition research, voter registration efforts, and ensuring smooth coordination.Wayne LaPierre's legacy will be as the guy who caused us to lose gun rights in order to preserve his perks if the Republicans fail to hold on to at least one House of Congress and the Presidency. His paranoia and arrogance caused him to listen to the wrong guy and we are all suffering as a result.
With Cox gone, it's an open question who will oversee the NRA’s 2020 strategy.
“Chris Cox is the guy everybody dealt with,” said Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC closely aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Fobus APN holster is the company’s latest IWB offering and is currently for sale in the United States. It is designed as an ambidextrous all polymer IWB holster with a sweat guard and comes in three different configurations; the APN26 for the Glock 26, APN365 for the SIG P365, and the APN43 for the […]
Built in the 1990s, this rifle is part of an experimental series of precision rifles made by H&K. It is marked “SL7 Match”, and uses the same action as the standard SL7 sporting rifle (the roller-delay blowback system of the G3). It is set in a competition type stock the an adjustable cheekrest and front rail for a sling mount. It is chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, and never went into series production.
The Russian .345 TK cartridge was released at the beginning of the current year. It was designed to be chambered in pistol caliber carbines for the Russian civilian market. And today we’ll talk about the first firearm made to shoot this cartridge. At the ARMY 2019 exhibition, Kalashnikov Concern introduced the TR9 PARADOX carbine which is […]
We are in the heat of summer and most of our guns are equally hot, too! Hopefully, everyone is hitting the gun range and sending some lead down range. With the beginning of a new month, we have a new category for our Reader’s Choice Awards! For July, we are asking you what is the […]
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Big, heavy guns in Dillingen, Germany, in Photo Of The Day here at TFB. In a traditional manner, the gunmen open the program on the Danube river for the “Day of the German Bundeswehr”. The Danube river (Donau) is Europe’s second longest river, after the Volga. It is located in Central and Eastern Europe and […]
It has been 30 years since the Swedish Police Force last changed their service weapons. But they’re now beginning the search for new duty pistols. The Swedish Police are evaluating several brands and models. In the last few months, the Police have tested no less than twelve different models. In the end, only one will remain which will […]
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Before Edward Reis passed away after becoming redridden with debilitating multiple sclerosis, firefighters took him for one last “walk” in the woods he so dearly loved.
Reis was described as a “former forest surveyor” who “lived for the outdoors.” Sounds a lot like a bunch of us, don’t you think? Unfortunately, he was on his way out of this life and was in hospice care and could no longer get outdoors to recharge his soul through nature.
(If this story is familiar to you, forgive me. It happened in 2014 but it’s a heartwarming story that loses nothing by being retold now.)
The hospice chaplain, Curt Huber, knew Reis dreamed of getting back outside and he hatched a plan to get him there. On their second visit together, Huber learned that Reis felt closest to God whenever he was in a forest.
‘I could just see his spirit kind of light up as soon as we started talking being outside, and in the forest, in particular, and I had just the thought right at that moment that, “Gosh, it would be good if we could get him outside,”‘ Huber recalled.
Believing that being in the great outdoors was a “spiritual need” for Reis, Huber went to work.
Huber contacted the chaplain at the Snohomish Fire District 1 and they got other people involved in the discussion. Two weeks later, a fire department medical unit was at the adult home to pick up Reis and, along with a fire truck, take him to the Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds.
Once there, seven members of the fire department — accompanied by [hospice nurse Leigh] Gardner and Huber — took Reis on a nearly three hour tour of the park. Wheeling him on his gurney, they took him on trail after trail, stopping so he could listen to a running brook or gaze at a verdant vista.
‘…we would stop every so often and he would just sit and listen,’ Gardner said of the March 26 excursion. ‘And you know I went over to him and I said, “Are you happy?” He’s like, “I’m so happy.”‘
Gardner said the firefighters would periodically go off and get a piece of cedar and bring it to Reis’s gurney, holding it near his face so he could inhale the fragrance of the forest.
‘He was just smiling the whole time. He was saying he was so happy,’ Gardner said. ‘He was incredibly grateful to us.’
Less than three weeks later, Edward Reis died. But he and his love for the outdoors — along with the folks who helped make one of his final wishes come true — are not forgotten.
The act of kindness was also therapeutic for the firefighters who participated, because they’d recently been working to recover bodies after a deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington claimed more than 40 lives. They, too, needed an injection of human love and kindness. Firefighter Shane Cooper had this to say:
We saw a lot of bad things up there in Oso, and this was a time to just watch somebody at the end of their life enjoy what they could. It felt good inside to help him and to watch his face. The payment was in his expression when he was out there.
Reis couldn’t speak much, but was able to form words to describe the moss on trees and birds in the woods.
That made it all worthwhile. It was a good trek. That’s a highlight of my career. I’ve been here for 25 years and that’ll stay one of the highlights.
Cooper explained that firefighters had received special permission for the excursion, had charged nothing, and that their duty area was covered by another fire station while they were attending to Mr. Reis’s spiritual need for nature.
It feels good to share such a positive story for a change. Now I think I’ll go outside, just because I can.
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Science keeps proving things that many folks have known all along. This time, it’s that people who grow up in an area with natural growth around their homes become happier — and saner — adults than those who spend their childhoods surrounded by a cityscape of concrete and asphalt.
I ran across this in a recent article, which cites a particular study performed in Denmark and published earlier this year. The study itself can be seen by clicking here, but I’ll touch on the high points for you, because it’s all rather clinical.
Urban residence is associated with a higher risk of some psychiatric disorders, but the underlying drivers remain unknown. There is increasing evidence that the level of exposure to natural environments impacts mental health, but few large-scale epidemiological studies have assessed the general existence and importance of such associations. Here, we investigate the prospective association between green space and mental health in the Danish population.
Unfortunately, the trend is more towards urban living than rural.
The number of people living in cities is increasing, and, globally, more than 50% of the human population is now city dwellers, with no sign of this trend slowing down… In some societies, urban residents have almost 50% higher risk of developing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and mood disorders compared with their rural counterparts, and schizophrenia risk is 200% higher for children growing up in the most urban environments.
The study used satellite imagery to determine how much “green space” surrounded the childhood homes of study participants. They got pretty fancy with it, classifying it as “normalized difference vegetation index” or NDVI. Through this, they studied NDVI and instances of a long list of mental troubles.
Our results show that high levels of childhood green space are associated with lower risk of developing any of a spectrum of adolescent into adult psychiatric disorders. Living at the lowest levels of green space compared with living at the highest levels of green space was associated with 15 to 55% higher risk, except for intellectual disability and schizoaffective disorder.
The protective association remained after adjusting for other known risk factors including urbanization, socioeconomic factors, family history of mental illness, and parental age, indicating an independent association with green space.
Our results are in line with previous reports of positive impacts on mental health from green space. Furthermore, the association with NDVI was comparable in magnitude to or even higher than those of other known risk factors, including parents’ socioeconomic status, history of mental illness, and age.
The study is long and exhaustive, but the end result is the same: If you want your kids to be happier, move out of the city! Heck… if you want to be happier in general, move to the woods.
This is in line with another recent post asserting that kids need hours outdoors daily. And I can certainly say I’m glad I grew up in the country and I’m always happier with some green space around me.
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This new TACCOM product may look like a simple captive buffer assembly for AR-pattern firearms, however, as its name implies, this system delays the rearward motion of the reciprocating parts. The delay is achieved thanks to the use of rare-earth neodymium magnets. Let’s see how the company describes the operation of this delayed blowback recoil […]
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This summer Taurus USA has unleashed a flurry of new handgun iterations that bring in more exotic looks, desired accessories, and specialty engraving to woo your wallets. These come through their staple models of the Taurus 92 9mm, Judge .45 Long Colt/.410 Gauge, and 1911 in .45 ACP cartridge. We have a lot to cover […]
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Israeli start-up ReCover Tactical was displaying some of their new Glock 43 components on a massive, scaled up handgun which drew the attention of almost every passerby. But the best announcement from the company is the confirmation that their Hi-Power grips are finally available for order in the United States at a price point of […]
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The name Springfield Armory is synonymous with rifle making. The history of the original company goes way, way back. Then after that war that was supposed to end all wars, the company was essentially privatized into a commercial venture. SA is probably now best known for their line of M1A rifles, the civilian version of the M-14 battle rifle in 7.62 or 308 Winchester.
The company has stayed on the cutting edge by producing a comprehensive line of modern pistols in numerous models as well as other products. When public interest in AR-15 rifles gained speed years ago, Springfield Armory finally got into the game with their line of Saint MSRs. These have earned an impressive market share because of the innovative designs and high quality, and the Saint line continues to expand.
The current expansion comes with the introduction of the Saint AR-15 SBR and the Saint Edge AR-15 SBR, both chambered for the 5.56. The Saint SBR comes with a 11.5-inch CMV government profiled barrel with a Melonite finish in and out. Other features include a free float handguard with their own 4-point attachment to the barrel nut. The handguard has M-Lok slots. The top includes a Picatinny rail for optics and sight options.
Overall length runs 27.5 inches with a weight of 5 pounds, 9 ounces. The upper and lower units are hard-coat anodized aircraft grade 7075 T6 aluminum forgings. The trigger is nickel boron coated. Bravo Company hardware includes the pistol grip and the buttstock. The package includes one 30-round Magpul magazine and a soft rifle case. This rifle retails for $1049.00.
The Saint Edge version is very similar to the Saint SBR, but with custom features. This includes a trigger guard that’s integral to the receiver, match grade short-reset trigger, mid-size charging handle, and 90-degree ambidextrous safety. The Saint Edge retails for $1299.00. Complete specifications on these two new rifles can be seen on the SA web site at www.springfield-armory.com.
The Springfield Armory SBR rifles were designed from concept to production to be highly conducive to easy, smooth, and fast handling. Though these are perfect for military and law enforcement applications, many civilian shooters will also want to check these out.
Remember — these are SBRs or short-barreled rifles. This means the civilian purchaser will have to secure an NFA permit to legally own one of these rifles. Even jumping through those hoops should be worth the effort to have one of these SA SBRs in the corral.
A question for every prepper is whether or not to stay perpetually loaded up in the bug-in. This goes far beyond keeping a gun or two loaded for self-defense in the event of a front-door-crash home invasion, or a quick gun to grab for disturbances outside. During a full scale SHTF when you decide to fully initiate a bug-in protocol, you may have a dozen guns loaded and ready. What is the best plan?
Many factors can influence this decision, so map them all out for consideration. This includes: how many guns, what types, hiding & storage spaces, ammo supply, shooting positions, positions to guard, shooting ports, who has guns where, training, practice, and vigilance. Of course, you have to consider who is in the house with you on a dayd-to-day basis. Are there children, teens, or maybe elderly parents? Can they all handle guns proficiently or at all? Can they be trained? Should they be trained?
If you have decided to pass the test for keeping multiple guns loaded and ready inside the house, then security is paramount. However, ready access is critical as well. It can be difficult to balance the two. Whatever guns you decide to keep have to be ready to be picked up and used at a moment’s notice. Trigger locks or cable locks may be too slow to put into action.
The same condition exists if you have all your SHTF emergency guns, ammo, and gear locked in a safe inside a locked closet, gun room, or secure room. Time can be a factor. A safe is good for storage and long term security, especially while you are away from the house, but it’s not great for speedy access.
In our favor though, usually in today’s world of immediate news, weather forecasts, and reports on threats natural and unnatural, there is usually reaction time to get ready for such events. Sometimes not. Consider those conditions as well. Always stay abreast of news.
Once all these decisions are worked out, act. Post loaded guns on safety where they are most likely to be needed. It may be possible to place them in high places to hide or protect them. If everyone in the house is gun-responsible, maybe you can lean a shotgun and/or rifle at each entry point. Secure handguns in other places. Have ammo ready for access, too.
Keeping multiple loaded guns in the house is a serious issue. It is not to be taken lightly. Done right with security, training, and practice, it could save lives during an emergency SHTF.
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SIG Sauer has introduced a BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW Custom Slide Assembly for their P320 series of pistols. The New Pro-Cut Slide Assembly unveiled today will fit either the P320F or P320C models from SIG. Unfortunately, these new custom slides are not compatible with the P320 X-Compact because the barrel inside that firearm is too short. […]
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Continuing our periodic series discussing gun laws around the world, I am joined today by Stephen Patroni of the Association of Maltese Arms Collectors and Shooters to discuss the laws on Malta. Malta is one of the smallest countries in the European Union, and has some rather remarkable laws by comparison to most of the EU. As always, please remember that this is an overview only, and many details are generalized.
TFB reported about the initial announcement of this new 9mm competition handgun a little over a month ago. And now, the P320 XFIVE Legion is officially released and listed on SIG’s website. This is the first striker-fired pistol to become a Legion series firearm. It packs a bunch cool competition gun features, however, its most […]
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If you've read the book Atlas Shrugged (or seen the movie) you are familiar with the phrase "Who is John Galt?" I think we in the gun rights community may be adding a variant of this: Who is MJP?
MJP authored a "white paper" on the NRA that appeared on Facebook this weekend. The white paper examines in detail the issues with the NRA leadership, the lawsuits, William Brewer, AckMac, etc. It is a long read but well worth the 15 minutes it takes to read it. As to the identity of MJP, all we can deduce from reading the white paper is that he or she has been a lawyer for over 50 years.
Here are a few excerpts:
On the AckMac lawsuits
Meanwhile I read the pleadings in the NRA’s litigation. Over many years I have analyzed and answered dozens of civil complaints and written some as well. The two that were filed by NRA are unique in my experience; I’ve never seen anything quite like them. They lack a sharp legal focus and ramble on excessively, sounding more like an overwrought lament than a justiciable claim. They present a real mystery to me; I cannot imagine competent lawyers writing such things.
On the Ollie North lawsuit
Whoever conceived this latest lawsuit gave scant thought to the legal reality that a suit alleging conflicts of interest, breach of fiduciary duty and actions “contrary to the best interests of NRA” is not a one-way street. Putting such concepts at issue kicks open the door to exposure of NRA’s own conduct which the defendant can freely explore in depositions, interrogatories and requests for production of documents that can be judicially compelled. Predictably the media will enjoy a feeding frenzy, and the Board better hope that its director liability insurance policy is still in place following NRA’s rupture with Lockton Affinity after Carry Guard capsized.
On the ouster of Chris Cox
Then we have Chris Cox and his chief-of-staff, Scott Christman, suspended on suspicion of being “implicated” in the alleged coup d’etat. If criticism of LaPierre is synonymous with disloyalty to NRA, the Cult of the Personality now has found its most sublime expression. This could not have come at a more critical time for NRA. Since the last national election, ILA needs its full strength to fight the impending battle in Congress—not decapitated in a vengeful internecine “cleansing”. Are Childress and Mrs. Meadows “implicated” too? Who will pay their legal bills when they are subpoenaed?
On the need for a forensic audit
One might reasonably expect that the Board will immediately initiate a fresh forensic audit of disbursements to outside contractors during Woody’s tenure. But the Board’s recent responses to discoveries of impropriety are not encouraging. It would hardly be surprising if there is simply an angry denunciation of the New Yorker article —which indeed was written by the same nefarious Bloomberg reporter as before— coupled with another tight-lipped announcement that nothing is wrong because everything has been “reviewed, vetted and approved”.
Get a tight grip: while Carolyn Meadows insists “everything is on track”, NRA looks headed for derailment. I feel sick.
Prime Day has continued to expand since its original inception, and this will be the biggest one yet involving more countries and products than ever before. The company has set their sights on being able to dominate the other retail holidays, which means things are only going to keep getting bigger.
When it comes to your own experience with Prime Day, preparation is key. Amazon announced the official start of the holiday to be the 15th and to run through the 16th. Deals will continue to be introduced throughout the duration of the event, so expect it to resemble the excitement of a circus. Regardless as to whether this is your first or fourth Prime Day, buckle up, do your homework, and be ready to save big!
The biggest thing to remember before diving in to our list of the best deals, is that you need to be a Prime member to get access. Head over and sign up for Prime here if you aren’t already a member.
The Mountaintop 40 liter hiking backpack with rain cover looks about as roomy as you can get in a compact pack of this nature, complete with a 90-day warranty. It has 6 adjustable straps for lashing on hammocks, sleeping bags, tarps, etc. The hip belt, adjustable 25-53 inches, is permanent and there’s an adjustable sternum strap as well. This bag even meets carry-on size requirements for most airlines. 20″ tall, 13.8″ wide, and 6.3″ deep, weighs in at just over 2 pounds. Mesh padding to help you stay cool during a hike, D-rings for hanging goodies, and a laptop/bladder compartment mean you can gear up for work or play. A rain cover is integrated, so if a monsoon hits, you can cover your bag to protect your gear. Heck, it even comes in a dozen colors, so shop for yours today.
Once upon a time, I owned a Caldwell Stable Table Portable Shooting Bench just like this one, and I wish I still did. It’s one of the most heavy-duty portable shooting benches I have ever used, and it still looked great after several years in the great outdoors. The 23″ x 34″ table top is molded plastic and it’s plenty big for using a Lead Sled or similar shooting rest. The padded seat is adjustable for height (16″-22″) and rated for up to 275 pounds.
Adjustment for uneven ground is easy, there are locking screws/clamps to reduce movement to keep your aim steady. There are carrying handles in the molded plastic top, and it comes with a pair of rubber-lined plastic “cleaning forks” that you can stick in the handle holes. Then you can prop your long gun in those forks to hold it while you clean it or perform other maintenance.
Also molded into the top is a groove along the perimeter. This thoughtful addition keeps your ammo from rolling off. I gotta say, I’m sorry I ever let mine go; you really should go buy one now.
The Coleman Sundome 4-person tent looks like just the ticket for camping with a friend or two. With a footprint of 7 x 9 feet and a 4-foot 11-inch center height, you’d have to be really friendly to sleep 4 folks… but I’ve done more with less, and you probably have too. Says you can set it up in 10 minutes due to the snag-free, continuous pole sleeves. WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry, and large windows & a ground vent for ventilation. Shop for yours today.
This FREE SOLDIER waterproof portable tarp is a lot nicer than any el cheapo you might pick up at Harbor Freight. Made of ripstop 190T polyester with anti-UV properties, it’s waterproofed and wear-resistant. They say it’s well-stitched, and even call it a “tactical tarp.” At 118″ x 126″, it’s pretty large, but only weighs 2 pounds, 10 ounces with guy lines and plastic adjusters. It comes with a carry bag which they say is about 14″ long and about 17.3″ in circumference. A ridgeline seam and reinforced fabric loops instead of traditional grommets add up to one sweet tarp. Shop for yours now.
The HONEST OUTFITTERS sleeping bag with compression sack is another great buy for outdoors folks. At 29.5″W x 87″L and weighing in at 3 pounds, it has a waterproof 210 T Polyester shell and a liner of polyester pongee, with hollow fiber insulation. This bag has a mummy hood to keep your noggin warm, and a draft tube to keep cold out. They say you’ll be nice and comfy in temps of 35°F – 40°F. An interior pocket for your phone, wallet, or hankie and a lifetime warranty mean you really ought to go buy one today — and it even comes with two stuff sacks so you can tote more stuff than just this sleeping bag. Dirty laundry, anyone?
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For the month of June, we asked all of you to vote on the topic of “BEST Sub-Compact Striker Fired Pistol” which elicited a lot of different responses in our Reader’s Choice voting. Some of you said our definition was flawed and others threw out anecdotal evidence to sway others to their side, but overall the commenting was […]
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Today’s Picture takes us to the Island of Sardinia in Italy, and the Teulada Training Area. We look at a 2nd season soldier of the 1st battalion of the Luftwaffe property protection regiment, as he secures the area with a Heckler & Koch G28. This was part of the large-scale exercise Trident Juncture back in […]
According to Technology Review, the Pentagon has an infrared laser that can detect the beating of a human heart within 200 yards away. Sounds like science fiction? Well, it reminds me of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. Not the video game but the 1998 novel. It is one of my all-time favorite Tom Clancy books. In […]
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On June 30th, the Oregon Legislature adjourned Sine Die from the 2019 Legislative Session, resulting in omnibus gun control Senate Bill 978 being officially defeated.
Yesterday, July 1, AB 711 (2013), which NRA opposed, is now fully implemented, meaning that the taking of any wildlife with a firearm requires California hunters to use certified "non-lead ammunition".
Today, South Dakota’s Constitutional Carry law goes into effect.
Backpack feed systems are nothing new to light machine gun design, these examples dating to the early days of the AR10 and AR15, in addition to modern Russian concepts, and even a Libyan take on the idea. The Prime ManPack/ Machine Gun Backpack from Aleppo Systems is a current Israeli take on the concept. Earlier […]
Now this is just weird. Or maybe not… because it seems to prove that humans are idiots.
Yeah, I know.
Anyhow, this one-minute video was taken by a security camera mounted on the side of an apartment building or townhouse reportedly near Toronto, Canada. It begins by showing a coyote strolling along the edge of a building. Someone, apparently a woman, steps around the corner of a neighboring building and watches the wild predator, but apparently becomes quickly bored because after 12 seconds, she steps back around the building. The canine then trots away from the camera through the yard behind a building.
It trots until it’s out of sight, then you see movement out front again, from where the animal originally approached. It’s a young boy running, followed by his little sister.
Returning attention to the back yard, we can see the coyote has turned around and is coming back toward the camera. There’s a small tree that’s been recently planted, and the children are going back there to check on it to see how it’s doing.
The boy is larger and faster than the girl, and he gets to the tree first. The coyote hastens towards the sound of running footsteps, then slows when the boy comes into view. It seems interested, but hesitates because the boy is larger than itself. The boy remains entirely unaware of the nearby threat.
Then the little girl speeds into the canine’s view, and things change. Just as soon as the coyote can see her smaller form, it begins running towards her. The boy finally spots movement when the coyote is quite close, but the girl doesn’t seem to know it’s there until it has closed its jaws on her.
The coyote’s teeth grab the girl by the waist and its momentum pulls her down. It then lets go and runs out of the camera view.
Her brother turns tail and runs away, rather than helping his little sister! Shame on him.
Meanwhile the parents seem to be talking with the woman who placidly watched the coyote earlier. When the coyote attacks, the father runs towards his fallen child with arms spread, going towards the coyote in order to scare it. I guess by his action that the animal must have lingered nearby until he rushed at it. The mother follows, and then both parents take off after the coyote.
The cowardly brother, meanwhile, has abandoned his family to the whims of fate and run away around the front of the building.
The girl was not injured badly, having what her mother called “a very superficial lesion” and will recover fully.
This coyote was known to be in the area and “People in the neighbourhood [had] been talking about the coyote for several weeks.”
The girl’s mother said a camera mounted on the front of their home spotted the coyote about two weeks ago.
Coyotes are versatile animals which can thrive in urban environments. And when they do, someone needs to kill those coyotes. Not just stand there watching them or doing nothing while they roam freely your neighborhood.
Joe Gajcevic of Rampart posted some pictures of something cool in Canada. The Colt Canada Eagle is a 40mm launcher. Why does Colt Canada have cooler stuff than Colt USA? It features an ambidextrous barrel so it can swing both ways. Along with ambi-controls. Here is the blurb from Colt Canada’s website. Colt Canada EAGLE […]
Polk County, FL — County Sheriff Grady Judd is a peace officer who knows and appreciates the value of armed citizens. In this short video, he encourages people to get guns and become good at using them.
If you’re not afraid of a gun, get one. Become proficient. Get a concealed firearms license and carry it.
And if you need to shoot somebody, shoot ’em a lot.
He also notes that “the armed assailant doesn’t plan on you fighting back. He plans on having a gun, doing all the shooting, and you’re just the sitting duck.”
Well the ducks need to shoot back.
Good advice. It worked for the guy who was attacked at a gas pump last month. He put one bad guy in the hospital and walked away. Don’t you just love a happy ending?
Enjoy the video; it won’t take much of your time.
Sheriff Judd says everyone needs to prepare for an active shooter. If you're comfortable with a gun, arm yourself, he says. "And if you need to shoot somebody, shoot 'em a lot." MORE: fox13news.com/news/local-news/262968643-story
Posted by FOX 13 News – Tampa Bay on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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The two Democratic presidential debates last week in Miami were marked by calls to remember Florida’s Parkland High School shooting, which occurred only 50 miles away from where the debate took place. The Democrats agreed on two solutions to stop these attacks: impose background checks on private transfers of guns, and ban “military-style” “weapons of war.” Even when the questions weren’t about gun control, candidates still found ways to bring up the topic.
Let’s take a trip back in team to December 1984. Just before SHOT Show, Heckler & Koch USA advertised the models HK91A2 and HK93A2 for $399 each. The deal was: “At Rock-Bottom prices you will never see again.” They weren’t wrong. We often read this in advertising, but how often is the statement even remotely correct? […]
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Let’s face it, whether it’s in a large open field or at an indoor range, we all had to learn how to shoot at some point. None of us wake up having amazing fundamentals without firing a shot. I get a fair amount of questions from new shooters asking what the best method of learning […]
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Czechoslovakia adopted the 7.62x45mm cartridge after World War Two, introducing both a vz.52 rifle and vz.52 light machine gun using the round. It was about 200 fps faster than the Soviet standard 7.62x39mm. It was marginally more effective in the LMG, but not so much that the Czechs put up a big fight to keep it, and changed over to the 39mm round in 1957. At that time, they converted both the rifles and light machine guns to the new round with the designation vz. 52/57. The rifle would be quickly replaced by the much superior vz.58, but the LMG would stick around for a while.
The vz.52/57 machine gun is the last production iteration of Holek’s original ZB 26 light machine gun. This design was tremendously successful, with the ZB 26 and slightly improved ZB 30 doped by many nations. It was also the basis for the .303 British conversion that became the Bren. Scaled down to intermediate cartridges, it was used by the Czechs in this form and also copied by the Finns as the KvKK-62.
The vz.52/57 is one a rather small group of guns which can be fed from either belts (50 round here) or box magazines (25 rounds). It is also one of a small group which use the pistol grip as the charging handle. Despite not seeing more widespread us, it is mechanically a very interesting and claver design.
Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for giving me the opportunity to bring this 52/57 on camera for you!
Last year, we shared a lot of pictures from Swedish Ordnance and their showcase at EnforceTac in Germany. (TFB: Swedish Ordnance at EnforceTac 2018) They have now developed a speed loader for HK MP5 and G3 magazines, as well as AR15/M16/M4/STANAG magazines. I have seen a prototype of their G3 Speed Loader earlier this year, but […]
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In these Photos Of The Day we look at high-speed projectiles in the form of missiles. The frigate Hamburg shoots an air target missile (RAM Rolling Airframe Missile) from the front launcher on the missile deck, located in front of the bridge of the ship. With the RAM as close-range defense, the crew can fight […]
As was mentioned in yesterday's post on the Rob Pincus' deposition in the NRA v Ackerman McQueen case, it was explicitly acknowledged that Rob was not properly served and that he appeared voluntarily. In the video below you can hear the objections of the attorneys for AckMac to the deposition including the fact that it was delivered to a location in New Jersey where he had not lived for years. You will also hear the fact that Rob explicitly acknowledges he is appearing voluntarily when asked by the attorney from the Brewer firm Michael Collins.
Thanks to Rob for providing this video excerpt of the deposition.
UPDATE: Rob has released a second video excerpt of his deposition. In the video below, he explains how he first came across the documents that purportedly were "leaked". It was on Facebook on a page where he didn't even know who managed the page. You can't get any more public domain than that!
Save the Second has a long post on their website with more details on how Rob spent Friday.
TFB EXCLUSIVE: Pre-Production Development of The CZ P-10 C – Part 3 The CZ P-10 family has grown. CZ started with P-10 C and decided to expand the family to cover both subcompact and full-size guns. The CZ P-10 C is called a compact gun, but I like to consider it less than full size. […]
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On July 1st, the remaining provisions of Initiative 1639 will go into effect. Previously, on January 1st, a provision from I-1639 went into effect to prohibit young adults under the age of 21 from receiving semi-automatic rifles, along with a provision that bans sales to out of state residents. NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging I-1639 in November 2018 not long after it passed. The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington rejected a motion by the Washington state government defendants to dismiss this lawsuit back in May, clearing it to proceed.
Chas Lotter was 22 when, in 1971, he enlisted as a field medic in the Rhodesian Army. He served until 1980, leaving as a Sergeant and emigrating to South Africa. His book, “Echoes of an African War” is a collection of poetry he wrote throughout his military service and in the years after. It shows the Rhodesian War not from a tactical or strategic or political perspective, but rather as a camera tuned inward on a single soldier and his psychological experience of the war. From basic training to combat engagements to the fury of retribution for comrades killed to the bitter pill of reconciliation and political cease-fire to the struggles of reintegration into civilian society in a new country and new city and the latter-year reminiscences that lose their edge or fear and horror.
This is a journey of a soldier’s experience that transcends the particular war he fought in and, I believe, shows a common set of experiences and emotions felt by men who have fought in every war, and on both sides. For what my opinion is worth having never experienced these things, Lotter’s work stands as a worthy companion to the soldier poets of World War One.
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The Picture Of Today is a Glock 17 taking a refreshing swim, to keep it cool. Haven’t we all been there? Shooting a firearm so hot you get burn marks if you touch it? Still we want to keep on shooting. The pistol is a Glock 17, Generation 4. It has the Aimpoint ACRO (not […]
In Florida, US Rep. Darren Soto is stumping for gun control, speaking alongside a state legislative candidate, Elizabeth McCarthy, who describes herself as a doctor who on the night of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting "'removed 77 bullets from 32 people," McCarthy said as she showed to the public bullets extracted from bodies.
It turns out she isn't a doctor, and her RN certification expired ten years ago. Oh, and her claimed education doesn't check out either, nor does her claimed sports career.
David Codrea has created one, which is explained at the link. The point is that the White House website describes the Second Amendment as "giving" a right to arms, when it guarantees a right, rather than creates one.
Looks like he's already got nearly a thousand signatures, but it takes a hundred thousand to earn a response. After you sign, you get an email asking you to confirm.
Earlier in June, it was revealed that a number of people had been subpoenaed in the NRA's lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen. While most of those who received a subpoena were NRA Board of Director members, trainer and activist Rob Pincus was also served. Ostensibly, the subpoenas were to find out who leaked information such as the bills from Ackerman McQueen regarding Wayne LaPierre's clothing purchases, Oliver North and Richard Childress' letter regarding outside counsel William Brewer III, and other such information.
Yesterday, Rob gave his deposition in the case to attorneys representing both the NRA and Ackerman McQueen.
As I’ve said many times, I wasn’t involved in any “leaks” and I don’t know who was. Now that is part of the court record... officially. After consider time, effort and expense.The location was Silverton, population 630, which is the county seat of San Juan County, Colorado. In other words, it was a long way from the big city. Or even any city.
The NRA sent a team of lawyers from VA & TX and hired a local videographer and court reporter. They sent them to one of the most remote locations in the Continental US and rented the town hall for the proceedings. I walked over with my daughter and she hung out with the local pre-schoolers and a friend while the deposition took place.
I had offered to provide the documents that revealed pretty clearly when I first encountered the (already public) documents and save everyone a lot of time and money. The NRA Attorney’s wanted to do this today. Ackerman’s attorneys attended via phone line and video feed.
Did you ever read about “Boaty McBoatface”? Facially, it’s a true news story. The gist; in 2016, the Brits polled the internet for assistance in naming a new research ship. Certainly, this seemed like a good idea at the time – using democracy to come up with a popular name. It was not a good […]
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If you ask Bond Arms, they will tell you that their Bullpup9 (previously the Boberg XR9S) gets multiple benefits from its unique operating mechanism. Most everyone familiar with the gun knows about the idea that it provides and extra cartridge-length worth of barrel for the same overall length as a traditionally design pistol. However, it is also claimed that the Boberg design reduces slide weight and velocity, thus imparting less felt recoil and less muzzle climb when firing.
This is an interesting question, and one that is often ignored in discussion of the design, I think. It’s easy to fixated on the more obvious strengths and weaknesses of the design, but the question of felt recoil has a lot of merit. Felt recoil is influenced by many factors, and I am curious whether Bond Arm’s claim in this matter is justified.
So, I grabbed my long-time friend Joel and we took a selection of comparable pistols out to put it to the test. We have a Bond Bullpup9, a Rohrbaugh R9, a Kahr PM9, and a Sig P365. The intent is not to judge them overall, but just to compare recoil and handling, both by shooting impression and also through high speed videography. So, let’s get down to it!
To see more of Joel and get an entertaining and educational perspective on off-grid life, check out his web site – Joel’s Gulch.
Today, the Oregon Senate Minority Caucus will return to the Capitol to finish the 2019 legislative session and adjourn Sine Die by June 30th to officially defeat omnibus gun control Senate Bill 978. Returning to the Capitol to finish essential tasks prior to the session ending helps prevent the convening of a special session, where anti-gun legislators have threatened to bring SB 978 back into consideration. By returning and avoiding a special session, SB 978 will be dead for the year upon adjournment.
Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us for another installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. I’ve been away from the range for the last week, so I’ll finish up with the small footprint, small price tag YHM Turbo K next Saturday. I also want to check back in with our CCI Quiet Clean suppressed […]
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With the new restrictions on sales and transfers of ammunition taking effect July 1, 2019, NRA and CRPA fully expect California licensed ammunition retailers will be inundated with angry and frustrated customers who are unable to purchase ammunition as a result.
As an owner of a FLIR T50 ACTS, I was excited to check out FLIR’s latest offering in handheld thermal imagers. I remember drooling over the FLIR Q14B when they debuted it at SHOT Show 2017. Was it worth the 2.5-year wait? We shall find out in this FLIR thermal showdown. We will take a […]
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As reported last week, federal district court judge Cathy Bencivengo dealt a severe blow to anti-gun forces by issuing an order in the CRPA and NRA supported lawsuit titled B&L Productions v. 22nd District Agricultural Association prohibiting the Del Mar Fair Board from enforcing a recently enacted ban on gun shows.
We travel to the Mountains of Austria in these Photos Of The Day here at TFB. We see soon-to-be Ranger Soldiers doinig mountain combat traning at the Hochfilzen Training Center, where they learn to master their infantry weapons according to the terrain. Above, in the outpost, you can see the Maschinengewehr 74 (MG74 – Rheinmetall […]
And now back to your regularly scheduled programming. I’m your host, Benjamin F, and these are the Featured Deals of the Week. I have read your comments, and I know that a lot of people are upset that deals end up sold out after only being on here for a brief period of time. I […]
The state of Illinois holds a B+ rating from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (the highest rating given is an A). Gun control advocates would have you believe this means it should be a relatively safe place.
Anti-gun bills continued to move this week and more are on the calendar for next week. Below find an update on this week's committee actions and the bills scheduled for hearings next week.
Last Sunday, the “news” program 60 Minutes ran a story it called “What makes the AR-15 style rifle the weapon of choice for mass shooters?” The producer of the piece, Ashley Velie, claimed the intent was to present a story that was “completely apolitical.” From the very outset, however, starting with the inflammatory and inaccurate title, it was clear the real intent was to vilify the most popular centerfire rifle in America.
A.C.S Industries is an Israeli startup that has been successful in producing and selling a quick-deploy polymer grenade pouch wherein users simply unlatch and rip a grenade out of a polymer casing to immediately deploy it. At ISDEF 2019 they were demonstrating a similar concept in terms of a polymer STANAG magazine pouch design wherein […]
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Virginia’s 400,000 concealed handgun permit holders would not be able to exercise their Right-to-Carry in large portions of their capital city if Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney had his way. On Monday, Stoney proposed a local ordinance that would prohibit law-abiding gun owners from carrying a firearm in any “[c]ity-owned building, park, or recreation or community facility.
Anti-gun folks typically characterize their gun control restrictions as “common sense” and “responsible,” regardless of how poorly grounded in reality these “solutions” tend to be, or how little their proponents understand what these measures will do (like the gun control supporters at one event who, when asked, were unable to explain what an AR-15 or a bumpstock is).
A recent paper published by a group of people ostensibly involved in the wildlife sciences highlights the clear threat animal rights thinking represents to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation—a threat that extends to hunting’s very important place within that model. The paper, published in Conservation Letters and prepared by researchers at Oregon State University, attacks what the authors term “trophy hunting.”
LongShot Mfg of Andover, New Jersey, specialize in the design and manufacturing of lightweight aluminum and alloy components that directly replace many of the original plastic components that often come as standard on firearms. They now have “Viper styled” thread protectors for the Hi-Point 1095TS carbines. Of course, the product will also fit other firearms […]
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Don’t you just hate it when a bear comes into your house, locks itself in, tears up the room, then naps on a shelf?
It happened recently in Missoula County, Montana, according to a Facebook post by the local sheriff’s office. The bear came on in to a mud room and locked itself in. Went a little nuts tearing the place up, then decided violence was not the answer and laid down for a nap.
WOW!!! WHAT A DAY! Today at approximately 5:45am deputies responded to a call up Butler Creek for a bear stuck inside a home. When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside. After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.
When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door. Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks showed up to assist and tranquilized the bear so he could be relocated. The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities!
Sidenote: This is another good reason to lock up, as we also have unconfirmed reports that he tried two other closets before he decided this one was juuuuuust right (kidding)! But seriously, lock up!
Locking your doors isn’t just about keeping out people. Do it, folks! Bears should be AllOutdoor animals. Er, something like that anyhow.
Thanks for reading.
YouTuber NightHawkInLight does some cool stuff, and this is one of them. Early in the video, entitled, “How To Make A Cheese Ball Machine Gun,” viewers are offered some good advice:
If you need to ask why anyone would want a cheese ball machinegun, you should probably turn back now.
I have to agree! And no, I did not turn back.
It looks pretty straightforward, but it’s tricky… dropping light, fluffy, delicious snack spheres into a pipe through which high-velocity air is flowing requires a bit of trickery to the air flow, which he explains succinctly and well. Heck, the whole video is only 4 minutes long but if you have any mechanical inclination at all, you will be able to build your own cheeseball machinegun after viewing it.
When a crook with a gun reportedly tried to rob a man at a gas pump in Martinsville, Virgina, he learned the hard way that not everyone is a sheep. His intended victim was armed, and responded to the threat as any wolf would: he fought back. That is, he drew his own firearm in self-defense. Shots were fired — I have not seen any report as to who shot first — and the crook caught some lead.
The bad guy had an underage accomplice who also fired at the victim. Neither the juvenile nor the good guy were injured.
Apparently the bad guy’s injuries were not life-threatening, as he was hospitalized and charged with armed robbery, shooting into an occupied vehicle, shooting into an occupied building, use of a firearm in committing a felony, reckless handling of a firearm, felony damaging property, and discharging a firearm in public.
His young buddy later surrendered to police to face warrants for “attempted robbery, shooting into an occupied vehicle, use of a firearm in committing a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possess firearm under age, and conspiracy to commit a felony” and went straight to juvey.
Thank goodness the intended victim here was armed and able to defend himself.
Watch yourselves at gas pumps, folks. Many times, we get distracted or simply fail to pay attention to our surroundings. Maintain situational awareness and always lock your doors when you’re sitting inside your vehicle in a public place. The delay caused by an assailant being unable to yank open your door might give you the precious seconds you need to pull your gun and save your life.
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Dongrun Safety is a Chinese company that presented an armored dress-vest that could be ordered in various ballistic ratings up to the Chinese GA141-2010 Level 3, or roughly equivalent to an NIJ IIIA. Incorporating Kevlar ballistic material into dress attire has existed for some time now, albeit it hasn’t taken off too much within the […]
Robert Reese, one of the well-known founders of Springfield Armory, has peacefully passed away in Bettendorf, Iowa at the age of 87. He undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the firearms industry through his 45+ years of restoring the Springfield name, growing new lines of popular firearms, and bringing honor back to ones of old […]
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In this “Guns of SOCOM” episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the SIG P226 Mk25 “Navy” edition from SIG Sauer. James further discusses the history behind the SIG P226 Mk25 “Navy” (and its predecessor, the Mk24) and the history of the Navy SEALs’ selection of the P226 Mk24 and Mk25 as the sidearm for the […]
The H&K Mk 23 pistol was developed in the 1990s for the US Special Operations Command and US Navy. The goal was to produce an “offensive handgun” that could serve as a primary armament for a special forces operator as well as a backup arm. It was required to be no more than 12 inches long, fit a suppressor and aiming module with laser and illumination options in both visible and IR spectrum, have at least 10-round magazines, chamber .45 ACP (specifically a 185gr +P loading), and pass a 30,000 round endurance test.
Only two companies were able to supply acceptable initial pistols; H&K and Colt. The Colt pistol failed to pass the 1st phase testing. H&K presented a gun based on the recently-developed USP design, was ultimately chosen as the project winner; adopted as the Mk 23 pistol in 1996. The testing this pistol went through during development is really quire remarkable!
Orsis was at ISDEF 2019 with the relatively new to U.S. readers .308 Win ‘Bro’ semiautomatic precision rifle. Known more for their T-5000 manually repeating rifles in use throughout the world, the K15 is the company’s entry into the semiautomatic field. As of yet, we don’t know of any large scale Military or Law Enforcement […]
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I saw a tweet today that just made me roll my eyes. It was from Lauren Hogg who is the younger sister of David "Camera " Hogg.
NRA TV is dead because of a couple angry teenagers with Twitter. Never underestimate the power of some “kids” with goals.— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) June 26, 2019
When I was younger, I heard a ton of different negative arguments about carrying a handgun inside your pocket. I decided to start pocket carrying about eight years ago and I’ve definitely have learned things along the way. Pocket carrying is like anything else and should be looked at as a tool in your toolbox […]
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In this Picture Of The Day, we are looking at something as odd as U.S. Reserve Soldiers shooting a Swiss B&T APC9 in Italy. This happened as they represented the USA in the Lombardia Commando Raid competition. The Lombardia is a multi-national Italian Army Reserve-led military patrol competition that runs for three days every year. […]
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This guest post is written by John B Mulloy, a firearms enthusiast and collector who shares his firsthand experience of importing antique firearms from Europe. John tells us about the importation processes that he went through and gives us tips on what to look for and what to avoid when starting the process of importing […]
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On Monday, July 1, California’s Ammunition Background Check Requirement law takes effect. Originally enacted in 2016 as part of Proposition 63 and Senate Bill 1235, the new ammunition background check requirements will generally require anyone purchasing or receiving ammunition at a firearms dealer or ammunition vendor to first undergo a background check prior to receiving any ammunition.
Back in May TFB reported on Heckler & Koch’s first quarterly financial report for 2019. We reported that the company was enjoying a large order intake for both military and law enforcement contracts, many of which we have covered here on TFB, but also noted the company’s problems with cash flow. We published Heckler & Koch’s […]
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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) has released an updated draft of the lead rules they originally released last year following stakeholder meetings. These proposed regulations will impose complicated and expensive burdens on shooting ranges and retailers, potentially making it difficult for some to continue operations. DOSH will be holding additional stakeholder meetings to discuss these proposed regulations.
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A couple of months ago we reported about the prototype of a civilian AK-12 rifle that was being tested by competition shooters in Russia. That rifle had a model designation Saiga-AK12. Several days ago, Kalashnikov Concern announced that 2,000 deactivated AK-12 rifles will be sold to the civilians. And the latest news is that the civilian […]
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WARNING — GRUESOME IMAGES BELOW!
Here’s one for the “Yikes!” department: A severely-emaciated-but-still-living man was reportedly discovered inside a bear’s den, having been attacked by the bear and dragged into its lair, presumably to be eaten at a later date.
It’s a story that’s difficult to confirm — reports vary as far as location — and probably contains errors, but the images are quite arresting. Be aware that as you scroll down, the photos become more gruesome.
The man is said to only remember his first name (Alexander) and not much else.
A group of local hunters found Alexander after their dogs refused to leave the area of the den.
Their persistent barking pushed the hunters to check inside the lair, where they found a barely-alive man. He was rushed to the local hospital and has been diagnosed with a broken spine and severe emaciation.
Alexander remembers his first name but not his age, and was reportedly in the den for around one month, drinking urine to survive.
He is now in the intenstive care with multiple injuries and rotting skin.
He can move his arms, local hospital doctors said.
The article mentions a video in which the man opens his blue eyes and responds to his name.
It is as yet unclear if he was a hunter, too, and how his encounter with the bear happened.
He managed to explain that he was attacked and dragged inside the den when he broke his spine.
The attack happened approximately a month ago, Alexander said.
‘The bear preserved me as food for later,’ he explained.
A video filmed inside the local hospital shows that the man turned into a ‘speaking mummy’ with his tissues rotting after lying motionless for so long.
Local medics say they cannot explain how the man survived such injuries.
Stories about this “bear man” were apparently reported in at least two major Russian news outlets, but actual facts seem scarce. Either way, it’s about as creepy a story as you’re likely to find about a victim of a wild animal attack.
Here’s the short video — use discretion because this guy is in very bad shape.
I sure hope Alexander can heal up and recover some quality of life again.
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Steyr Arms USA recently announced that they would be hosting a FREE Range Day open to the public at their Steyr Academy located at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park. Well, the date has finally been set for July 27th for those who may be interested in attending. Steyr Arms has a full day of activities […]
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A Ford Motor Co. dealership in Chatom, Alabama recently made headlines for offering to provide buyers of their vehicles with a copy of the Holy Bible, a USA flag, and a shotgun for the rest of June and all of July, 2019. Kinda sounds like Gun Pride Month…
The dealership is Chatom Ford, and they seem to have changed their offer a bit. A recent video posted to their Facebook page less than one day ago replaces the shotgun with a gift certificate. Here’s what the ad says:
It’s back on at Chatom Ford. God & glory! All the rest of this month and all of July, we’re gonna give away a Bible, an American flag, and a gift certificate to use wherever you want for whatever you want — it’s your right.
Come see us — every vehicle sold: a Bible, a flag, and a gift certificate.
Nothing wrong with that. Maybe you want a rifle or revolver instead of a scattergun. Or a nice new tree stand… or a nice reserve stock of ammo. Whatever!
It may have been their plan all along to promise a shotgun and later change it to a gift certificate… who knows? Either way, I’m betting it is going to help them sell flivvers.
And why not? Free enterprise is the American way.
Here’s the latest video:
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Corny gun-loving YouTuber Hickok45 and his son John recently announced their decision to part ways with the NRA. They’ll no longer accept sponsorship money from NRA, nor will they continue begging viewers to join NRA.
From the video description:
We have high hopes that the NRA will come out of all this strong, lean, and more effective; however, we’ve come to the tough decision that we can no longer take support from the NRA or continue to use our brand to ask people to join. It was not easy yesterday to tell the NRA folks we needed to part ways, but they were very professional about it and understood.
He and his son both said they just don’t feel comfortable anymore encouraging viewers to join NRA, in light of recent revelations that have exposed deep-rooted corruption within the organization.
I personally dropped my NRA membership almost 20 years ago when I learned of dirty dealing by them, even to the point of NRA pushing for gun control legislation behind the scenes — because the threat of impending doom scares citizens into sending them more money. I became a life member of GOA because they do not often compromise on gun rights — and I continue to keep a vigilant eye on them and chastise them whenever they endorse candidates which are not truly pro-gun.
This is what any member of any lobbying org should do; ensure they are truly doing the work for which you are paying them!
Sorry — back to the video. Both father and son say they “want a strong NRA” and they’re “rooting for them from the sidelines” and they will continue as NRA members. Like most of us, they don’t really know what’s happening inside the NRA structure right now, but they want viewers to know they’re not oblivious to (or ignoring) the situation.
Subscribers will see NRA plugs in upcoming videos that have already been produced but not yet published, but after that they’ll cease “plugging the NRA” unless something changes at a future date.
In true Hickok45 form, there’s a good bit of repetition and more words than necessary. But there’s good stuff throughout… such as encouragement to be active and responsible in your support of gun rights rather than simply sending money to a gun rights organization and figuring that you’d done something useful.
They also add that, now that they’ve officially cut ties with NRA, they “can speak their mind” freely about NRA without any nagging conscience about it.
For anyone who happens to own a rifle chambered in 450 Bushmaster, Federal Premium has made a Press Release stating exactly what grain weight is likely to perform best for that cartridge. This was a message they recently sent out to dealers and distributors of Federal Premium ammunition who might be stocking the .450 Bushmaster […]
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The Speer Gold Dot G2 line of hollow-point ammunition has been a staple for law enforcement and now it is finally available for the commercial market! Shooters have their choice of 3 predictable suspects in either 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP. For 3 years now law enforcement have been able to top off their […]
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Russian small arms researcher Max Popenker joins us again today, and this time he is discussing the history and development of the Dragunov rifle. We start from the desire to match longer-ranged NATO forces and the competition between Simonov, Konstantinov, and Dragunov through its development and adoption. Then various experiments in flechettes and larger and smaller cartridges, as well as the bullpup SVU rifles. Finally, we cover the interactions of modernized Dragunovs through the SVD-M currently in use. Max presents a fascinating history of the rifle, the likes of which you will not find anywhere else in English!
As we have discussed before, the beauty of SIG’s grip module system is that the frame of the firearm is not the serialized part thus legally it’s just an accessory. This feature allows the end users to easily acquire and swap frames of different colors and shapes on the same pistol. This is also the […]
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On June 26th, the Pennsylvania state Senate voted 36-14 to pass Senate Bill 147. Your NRA would like to thank all of the Senators who voted in favor of this important pro-hunting reform bill. It will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
An email went out this morning to all NRA employees informing them that Chris Cox has tendered his resignation. This is a sad day in the fight for gun rights on Capitol Hill. Chris Cox and the NRA-ILA have been, more or less, effective in keeping the Republicans and some Democrats on the side of gun rights.
Wayne LaPierre's email is below:
From: "LaPierre, Wayne"That's nice. Wish Chris and his family the best after he has been stabbed in the back.
Date: June 26, 2019 at 8:50:14 AM MDT
To: #All NRA Employees <#AllNRAEmployees@nrahq.org>
Subject: Important Announcement
Dear Board Members and NRA Staff,
I wanted to inform you that Chris Cox tendered his resignation as executive director of NRA-ILA. I have accepted it and want to thank Chris for his service to the NRA and for his efforts to advocate for the Second Amendment.
Chris’s action follows our filing of a lawsuit in New York on June 19. Thereafter, I announced that, pending our pursuit of the facts relating to certain allegations contained in that lawsuit, Chris was placed on administrative leave. Naturally, that pursuit will continue in the interest of the NRA and our members.
In the meantime, NRA-ILA continues to benefit from a strong team with deep political experience, valued relationships, and a passion for the Second Amendment. We will make an announcement soon about an interim director of ILA and, in the meantime, continue to position the NRA for great success in the 2020 election season and beyond.
Please join me in wishing Chris and his family the best.
Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon attended the court hearing today in Alexandra, Virginia in the case of NRA v. Ackerman McQueen. He reported on the case is a series of tweets on Twitter. The whole thread is here.
However, a couple of things just jumped out at me.
The judge had a lot of questions about the relationship between Brewer, the NRA, and Ackerman. Brewer is apparently a client of Ackerman McQueen. However, in the end, he let the Brewer attorney join the case.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) June 26, 2019
|Bill and Skye Brewer at a Ralph Lauren charity event.|
While I'm doing a data dump today, I might as well add this. It is a letter sent out by the NRA to all of its certified instructors. As I am certified to teach Basic Pistol, I received it. It really doesn't say anything different than what was placed on the www.nratv.com website. In other words, it is still the same self-serving BS that we've come to expect from Wayne.
Dear NRA Instructor,As many of you may know, we have been evaluating if our investment in NRATV is generating the benefits needed. This consideration included the return on investment and the cost and the direction of the content. Many members expressed concern about the messaging on NRATV becoming too far removed from our core mission: defending the Second Amendment.So, after careful consideration, I am announcing that starting today, we are undergoing a significant change in our communications strategy. We are no longer airing “live TV” programming. Whether and when we return to “live” programming is a subject of ongoing analysis.The NRA will continue and improve our service on social media channels and our flagship website, www.nra.org – your trusted resource of information. Our many web sites will continue to showcase new and archived videos, as we reorganize much of this information in a way that better serves our key audiences.What necessitated the change now is our conclusion that our longtime advertising firm and website vendor failed to deliver upon many contractual obligations it made to our Association. The NRA will always hold our vendors to high standards and ask that they maximize their value to the Association. No exceptions.Looking ahead, you can expect great things from your NRA. We will energize our messaging strategy, become more cost efficient, and promote the NRA’s singular focus like never before. Simply put, our messaging strategy will advance the NRA’s core mission: to serve our members and fight for our Second Amendment.– Wayne
National Rifle Association of America • 11250 Waples Mill Rd • Fairfax, VA. 22030
When I first picked up my P365 in January of 2018, I was one of the lucky few to actually find one. I drove down in one of the worst snowstorms I’ve ever seen, but I was determined to pick up this elusive gun right after returning from the SHOT Show. Right after filling out […]
Wooden stocks on AKs are nothing new, neither are side folding stocks. However, the combination of both is something that simply doesn’t exist (not counting the custom made ones). Well, didn’t exist: Kalashnikov Concern has released a limited edition commemorative TG2 rifle with a side folding wooden stock. TG2 is an AK-103 pattern rifle chambered […]
Welcome everyone to the 14th 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 gat a sweet deal […]
Who is the head of your prepper team? Is it confined to family and/or extended family, or do others like friends and neighbors gather together for a united front? Who is actually in charge of your SHTF execution? It is best to decide now, well ahead of any need, in the event a real SHTF develops. When the event gets real, real management is essential.
You may be the head of the household, but you might not be the best planner or one to keep up with all the prepping details. Certainly you have to be keenly involved, but others can be designated to handle certain aspects of planning, security, medical, supply, and other components of your plan. Prepping is not a venture for just one person. There are simply too many details and too much to do for one person to handle it all, especially during deployment.
It is no sin not to be the best one in a family for the leadership role. Conventional tradition points to the man of the family, the dad, to handle much of the job of keeping the family prepped and ready. In today’s world though, many women have high-level management and organizational skills as well. Decide who is best at what and apply everyone’s talents in the right places. Cross-training is also important, to back up every position or role.
Believe it or not, the kids should contribute as well. Kids may have crazy ideas sometimes, but they often catch little things others may miss. Even so, everybody in the family needs to play a role and be actively involved. Buy-in must come from every member of the family or team.
If you are involved in a team approach with two or more families, leadership must be defined and identified. It can be shared to some extent, but remember, when things get really tough, somebody has to issue orders and make sure they are followed. This is not an easy arrangement, as sometimes people under stress can act unusually or non-compliant. Be aware of these things and consider them now rather than later.
Think of your prep family or extended team in terms of functioning like a military unit or law enforcement where somebody has to be in charge. The subordinates have to understand their roles are critical too, but leadership must be established and followed. That is the only way it can work when the stuff really hits the fan.
Horace Kephart was a legendary knife designer and maker who has often been referred to as “the father of modern-day bushcraft.” His book “Camping and Woodcraft” was authored in 1906 and is still widely read. His designs and blade creations have been the foundations for many other knife makers’ designs. His work is carried on today.
Ethan Becker is carrying on the tradition started by Kephart. Ethan started his knife company, the Becker Knife and Tool Company, back in the early 1980s. Today, he owns one of only two known examples of of the original design Kephart Sheath Knives made by the Colclesser Brothers of Eldorado, PA. The original selling price shown in an old Colclesser ad was $2.00 including the leather sheath. The other Kephart knife is in a museum.
Becker partnered with the famous knife company KA-BAR in 2008 to reproduce the Kephart knife, now known as the Model BK62 in the KA-BAR catalog. It is a genuine effort to copy the original design in every way possible — with some modern upgrades. The only big difference I can ascertain is that the handle pins have been replaced by small bolts and countersunk nuts. Otherwise the new knife is the old knife.
The BK62’s blade is 5.125 inches long. It is constructed from 1095 CroVan carbon steel. Its hardness is HRC 56-58. The knife is 9.6 inches long. It is a full tang blade for strength with a flat grind in a matte finish. The blade thickness is 0.158 inches. The blade’s handles are rather simple, smooth walnut panels.
This knife is carried in the included leather sheath. The leather is thick, stiff, and well-shaped for the knife. The sheath has a simple belt loop sewn over at the top. Four sets of metal grommets supplement the sewn edge of the sheath. Inside the sheath is a plastic sleeve to protect the leather from the blade (and vice versa). In my estimation this sleeve was inserted backwards in the sheath I received. It seems the blade should be against the folded side of the sleeve when the knife is in the sheath rather than the open side. I simply reversed the sleeve.
The new knife’s handles seem to be screaming for some sort of oil treatment. They are plain, and the wood looks overly dry. A good application of some light wood oil should improve this. Some I know have removed the panels to coat and seal the wood from moisture on all sides, a good idea.
This Kephart design for meant for camping. It can handle anything from camp chores like preparing game or food, cutting cordage for projects, and general camp chores. It has excellent balance and weight for bushcraft work. MSRP is $182.27. Check it out at KA-BAR or Smoky Mountain Knife Works.
Flex Force Enterprises (formerly Radio Hill) is more widely known for their counter UAV handheld DroneBuster device but the company also makes machine gun mounts that are currently in use by the U.S. Government. Their ASP-Land and ASP-Maritime are gyrostabilized mounts that are designed to be used in both a manual operator role and in […]
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On Thursday, June 27th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on the Committee of Conference report for HB 564. House Bill 564 would restrict law-abiding citizens from defending themselves and their loved ones on school grounds.
Constriction of the shotgun bore diameter at the muzzle end is probably the most widespread technique of changing the shot pattern density at a given distance. It is achieved either by having a permanent constriction built into the design of the barrel itself or by the use of removable choke tubes. As you know, the […]
Anti-gun politicians in the 116th Congress have no shortage of ideas when it comes to different ways of threatening the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners in America. The misnomer phrase “common sense gun safety” includes misguided and ineffective policies such as requiring background checks to purchase ammunition or requiring so-called “smart gun” technology despite the slew of unanswered questions that experts have posed about the reliability of the unproven technology.
In early June, I visited the Vortex Rampage match of the National Rifle League in Iowa. In my previous article describing the match itself, I mentioned that I would also report on some of the guns shooters were running. The match was fun to attend and it had a laid back, friendly atmosphere. Of course, […]
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LaPierre is behaving like a mini-Maduro, dragging the organization down around him while trying to hold on to power.
Browning has already lifted the veil off of their newly redesigned BPS shotguns for the upcoming year 2020 with more mindful features for hunting and shooting. One immediate improvement is the checkered grip surfaces on Walnut stock models and textured grip surfaces on their composite stocked counterparts. While the NEW Browning BPS shotguns look nearly […]
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Precision Rifle Network reviews the CZ457 22LR Pro Varmint. Amazing little rifle is a tac driver with a ton of great features for less than $600.00! Check out the tiny groups from this thing. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV is giving away one gun per month to a randomly selected $5-level (and higher) Patreon supporter. […]
In the 1960s, the Sterling company began to worry about the prospects of continued sales of the Sterling (Patchett) SMG, especially in light of new competitors like the H&K MP5. Its chief design engineer, Frank Waters, created the S11 as a gun to replace the classic Sterling. The S11 was based on a simple stamped/folded steel receiver, and was intended to have a lower unit cost that the Sterling. It kept the excellent Patchett magazine, but had a barrel and sights offset to the left side, and offered two separate bayonet lugs – one for the No5 rifle and one for the L1A1/FAL.
Unfortunately for Sterling, it was determined that the tooling cost would have made the S11 actually more expensive that the existing guns, whose tooling costs had been long since covered. Also, the S11 was just not a very good or very reliable design – a “donkey in a thoroughbred race” to quote one Sterling manager. This one prototype was the only example ever made, and the project was shelved in 1967 in favor of expanding into more civilian models of the original Sterling.
Many thanks to the Royal Armouries for allowing me to film and disassemble this one of a kind submachine gun! The NFC collection there – perhaps the best military small arms collection in Western Europe – is available by appointment to researchers. You can browse the various Armouries collections online here.
Faxon Firearms have announced the launch of their new 9x19mm pistol line, with the guns available from the 24th June. The FX-19 Hellfire and the compact FX-19 Patriot come with custom Faxon frames and barrels, a 1911-profile grip angle, an undercut trigger guard, extended magazine releases and cutouts for pistol optics. FX-19 Patriot Pistol (Faxon […]
Live production of NRATV has ceased. The announcement was made yesterday and follows a demand from Ackerman McQueen to be paid for its services. The move was widely expected given the parting of the ways between the NRA and AckMac.
From the New York Times:
The N.R.A. on Tuesday also severed all business with its estranged advertising firm, Ackerman McQueen, which operates NRATV, the N.R.A.’s live broadcasting media arm, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.It is somewhat ironic that one of the reasons stated for shutting down NRATV was the content that strayed from Second Amendment issues into other conservative social issues. Ironic because I think Wayne LaPierre used it to burnish his conservative credentials when appearing at events like CPAC. In a statement, he said regarding NRATV:
While NRATV may continue to air past content, its live broadcasting will end and its on-air personalities — Ackerman employees including Dana Loesch — will no longer be the public faces of the N.R.A. It remained unclear whether the N.R.A. might try to hire some of those employees, but there was no indication it was negotiating to do so.
“Many members expressed concern about the messaging on NRATV becoming too far removed from our core mission: defending the Second Amendment,” Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.’s longtime chief executive, wrote in a message to members that was expected to be sent out by Wednesday. “So, after careful consideration, I am announcing that starting today, we are undergoing a significant change in our communications strategy. We are no longer airing ‘live TV’ programming.”I think when NRATV was just Cam Edwards with Cam & Co. or special reports by Ginny Simone along with commentary from "the young guns" it was OK. Then it added programming from people like Dana Loesch and Grant Stichfield and it began to move more into other social issues. This loss of focus on the Second Amendment and threats to gun rights was when many members started having second thoughts about its usefulness.
Ackerman, in its own statement, said it was “not surprised that the N.R.A. is unwilling to honor its agreement to end our contract and our long-standing relationship in an orderly and amicable manner.”The full letter from the NRA terminating its business relationship with Ackerman McQueen and the Mercury Group is below. The letter also demands all materials produced by AckMac for the NRA.
“When given the opportunity to do the right thing, the N.R.A. once again has taken action that we believe is intended to harm our company even at the expense of the N.R.A. itself,” the company added. It said it “will continue to fight against the N.R.A.’s repeated violations of its agreement with our company with every legal remedy available to us.”
Story here. That's strange. I thought their "stringent gun laws" prevented bad guys from getting guns. If those laws are failing, I'm sure this new one will be equally effective.
The longer you own firearms the greater your holster collection becomes. In my travels, carrying exploits, and writing for TFB I have handled a lot of holsters. Many really good and some that were not up to par. Many of which were specialty makes and models. We can all likely point to a specific favorite […]
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Artillery and indirect fire: The M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer is the subject in this Photo Of The Day, with pictures from both Germany, Austria and Norway. They provide far-reaching fire support, with help from the reconnaissance battalion. Together they prepared the attack of the Panzergrenadier Brigade, as they bombarded the targets before the main battle tanks […]
Are you looking for a Remington 700 chassis that is ultralight and includes all the features requested by top precision rifle shooters? Say no more. Q, of ‘The Fix’ fame, have just announced the release of the Side Chick, a sub 3 pound chassis for the 700 receiver footprint. Included are a fully adjustable folding […]
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Smith & Wesson Shield 380ex fills the vital but oft-neglected category of “guns as personal effects” which also includes cell phones, pocket flashlights, small folding umbrellas and other useful items that anyone can use effectively. This design bucks the trend of fitting more and more powerful cartridges into increasingly small and light weapons in favor of moderate performance allied to high usability.
This approach can be traced back to the Browning-designed Colt Hammerless 1903 model (32ACP) and the later 1908 (380ACP). The two variants were streamlined, thin and (for the time) lightweight at 24oz. In both calibers, recoil was mild, the cocking effort likewise unremarkable, and fixed barrel combined with a crisp trigger gave very good accuracy, so long as the vestigial sights could be seen. This pistol was produced in five variants for over forty years, a testament to the usefulness of the design envelope. Few pistols made since have improved on it in the sum of performance and use comfort. Shield 380ez is one of those few, picking up where Colt left off and achieving a substantial improvement on the already excellent concept.
By going with tilt barrel short recoil and a locked breech, 380ez cuts the overall weights by a quarter to mere 18oz without increasing recoil. The overall length (6.7″) an the barrel length (3.675″) are about the same as the later variants of 1903. 8+1 capacity improves by one over the original. Button magazine release speeds up reloads over the original heel release. Shield has a more prominent grip safety and an option of adding prominent ambi manual thumb safety: it is less streamlined than the original, which makes it bulkier but also easier to engage or disengage. A good firing grip has the strong-hand thumb riding the thumb safety lever.
Three dot sights are better than the 1903 originals, but optional tritium upgrade is much recommended. Another recommended accessory would be a light/laser combo to fit the accessory rail. Depending on the carry method, the manual safety may be unnecessary — I opted out of it on my own 380ez, but my friend has it on hers.
What do you gain by going from a 9mm Luger down to 380ACP? A supremely usable and comfortable weapon that can be useful effectively by everyman. All physical tasks, like racking the slide and controlling the recoil, are easy to perform. I’ve tried running this pistol with two hands, strong hand only, weak hand only, with a deliberately loose grip — no malfunctions. I used a wide variety of common and specialty ammunition, it fed them all. It was designed to work in an emergency even for people who aren’t gunnies, and seems to fulfill that purpose admirably.
The pistol status can be seen and felt with the prominently raised extractor serving as a loaded chamber indicator. Thanks to the short recoil action, extraction is positive but not violent. The pistol has a concealed hammer, just like the M1903/08 pistols.
Introduced with the 1908 Hammerless, 380ACP is no powerhouse at about 60% of the 9mm Luger. Most loads are adequate for either penetration or expansion, seldom for both. In blowback pistols, the more energetic loads are contraindicated due to increased recoil and possible premature breech opening. The locked breech action of 380ez handles the hotter 380 ammunition effortlessly.
I tested a wide variety of loads. Shooting a lot of ammo made me appreciate the easy-load magazine, with the cutaway to depress the follower to facilitate refilling. As you can see from the velocity chart, the difference in energy between loads can be quite considerable.
Underwood Defender 65gr 1314fps
Underwood Penetrator 90gr 1100fps
Underwood +P Hardcast 100gr 1164fps
Winchester HP 95gr 981fps
Aguila 95gr FMJ 899fps
HPR 100gr TMJ 873fps (no data page available)
The difference in felt recoil was minimal. All loads functioned perfectly, and accuracy was similar across the board. About 300 rounds were fired by three shooters. The targets were steel silhouettes representing A and B torso zones, and 8 inch round steel roughly representing head-sized targets. The trigger is heavy enough to be safe, light and crisp enough to permit accuracy even with weak hand. Measured at 5.6lbs, it felt lighter.
No fatigue was felt about 150 shots made in a quick sequence. Recoil was stronger than with 22LR but not by much. This pistol is a lot of fun to shoot, and only the cost of 380ACP ammunition relative to rimfire prevents it from becoming my primary plinker. It’s certainly easy enough on the hands to facilitate long training sessions for new shooters.
In ammunition selection, we have two options. The first is to stick to the standard 380ACP power level and enjoy the minimal recoil and rapid follow-up shots. Winchester makes ballistically matched 95gr JHP and FMJ loads, and most makers 90gr FMJ and 90gr JHP are close enough. These loads also remain subsonic at the muzzle, reducing the noise level a bit. The second is to maximize the power of each shot and deal with the very slight increase in felt recoil. For that, Underwood 90gr copper penetrator and 100gr hardcast lead flat point work very well. Most JHP ammunition from Federal, HPR and other major makers perform well, but may lack penetration on thick opponents, or those screened by light cover.
Overall, 380ez was meant to provide TV remote point-and-click level of functionality to peaceable people who just need a consumer level defensive tool. It meets that goal remarkably well, and does so on a budget: most variants retail in the low $300s. I highly recommend it whenever 9×19 guns are just too much to handle.
Steyr Arms is extending a tremendously generous offer to LE Marksmen by opening up their Steyr Training Academy for FREE long distance marksmanship training for any qualified law enforcement marksmen. The following Press Release was issued by Steyr Arms a little over a week ago notifying law enforcement that if you can find a way […]
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As Glock continues to grow out their line of Gen5 pistols so does Lasermax with their Guide Rod Lasers that fit inside. For those who might be unfamiliar with the concept, Lasermax produces a laser that is tucked neatly inside the guide rod/recoil assembly of various semi-automatic pistols. By doing this, owners do not need to […]
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— A 75-year-old grandmother in Alabama helped capture a suspect wanted for car theft, holding him at gunpoint Monday until deputies arrived.
“I walked out and said, ‘can I help you?’ And he said, ‘yes ma’am, I’d like to use your phone,'” Marcia Black, a grandmother of four, told WAAY.
Investigators said the suspect, Cameron Powers, had been on the run for some four hours after crashing a stolen car during a high-speed chase with deputies near Black’s home in Limestone County.
President Trump on Monday said he would make a nomination to the Supreme Court if there's a vacancy anytime before the 2020 presidential election. "Would I do that? Of course," Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Hill when asked if he would try to fill a high court vacancy during election season.
The man authorities say broke into a Botetourt County home is in the hospital after being shot by the homeowners' adult daughter's boyfriend Thursday afternoon, according to the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office.
At about 4:30 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call about a person who forced his way into a home in the 3300 block of Ball Park Road, near Eagle Rock.
A man reportedly entered the home, pointed a gun at the female homeowner and demanded that she give him the keys to her truck.
When she refused and yelled for another person in the home, the intruder began firing his weapon inside the home.
Another resident retrieved a weapon, came down the stairs and he fired one shot at the intruder, who was coming up the stairs, hitting him in the neck.
Two can play at the judiciary game, Democrats and their secret list of nominees suggest. In 2016, then- candidate Donald Trump released his list of judicial nominees to great success, having eventually seen several of those individuals confirmed to courts across the country under his presidency. Now liberals apparently have a response.
Diab was about 30 minutes into transporting an inmate, identified as Jamey Aaron Griffin, from the jail in Trenton to Mosaic Hospital in St. Joseph, when Griffin somehow got Diab’s gun and shot her in the stomach. Griffin was shot in the hand.
“The vehicle by that time came to a rolling stop on us 69 Hwy,” said Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Jake Angle. “There were some citizens a the Pit Stop convenience store in Winston, Missouri, that I suppose sensed something wasn’t right. Came over to her aid and subdued the suspect until law enforcement arrived.”
One of those good Samaritans was legally armed with a gun.
“In this case, they chose to intervene and come to an officers aid and subdue the suspect and possibly keeping him from escaping or doing more harm,” Angle said. “I am not advocating that people need to feel that they intervene in a situation this level, however, people chose to and in this situation it was critical.”
Smith & Wesson are celebrating shipping their three millionth M&P Shield. Since its introduction back in 2012, Smith & Wesson have shipped the pistol in various calibres and configuration including .380 APC, 9x19mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Since the very first Shield, we’ve seen the M&P Shield M2.0 and the M&P380 Shield EZ. The M&P […]
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A violent criminal who forced his way into the Virginia home of a woman in her 60s and severely beat her with a crowbar has reportedly received a sentence of more than 100 years behind bars. Sadly, the victim was a gun owner, but the bad guy got to her gun before she did.
He had already told her he was going to kill her. After he got the gun, he turned it on the woman.
I said, ‘Oh honey don’t do that. Don’t shoot me.’ And that’s when he turned around and left. [laughs] ‘I mean, I’m the only person in the world who’d call someone “honey” when they’re pointin’ a gun at me.’
Back to the sentencing:
Teresa Arthur Moore testified [the crook] forced his way into her Charleston home with a crowbar in April 2018 and beat her. Moore’s purse, a loaded gun, and some jewelry were stolen. Police found the purse at [the suspect’s] home and two of Moore’s rings in his pocket.
A jury convicted [him] of burglary, robbery, assault, felony use of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Keeping him off the streets is great, but I can’t help thinking how much better this could have been if she’d had her gun nearby when she really needed it.
Arm yourselves. Defend yourselves.
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Kalashnikov Concern has announced that 2,000 AK-12 rifles will be deactivated and sold to the civilians in Russia. In fact, you can already find these dummy rifles listed on the KC’s website at an MSRP of 19,900 roubles which is about $315. The model designation of these deactivated AK-12s is a little bit vague. On […]
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Over many years of filming with my high speed camera, I have a decent little library of malfunctions in a wide variety of guns. These don’t normally make it into videos, and I figured it would be neat to present a bunch of them together. Enjoy!
For those who may be gearing up for western big game hunts this fall a new contender to the market is the Savage Arms 110 High Country. If you have been watching Savage Arms this last year you may have noticed that they are upgrading and re-doing all of their Model 110 rifles. This includes […]
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As reported earlier this month, NRA and CRPA will be hosting a free live webinar discussing all of the upcoming ammunition background check requirements scheduled to take effect July 1.
Hello everyone and welcome to the first installment of TFB’s Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go. In this multi-part series, TFB writers will discuss the characteristics of great ammunition for a particular application. Be it self defense, small game hunting, precision rifle matches, target/plinking or pistol competitions, chances are there is someone here at […]
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Today’s Photo Of The Day takes us through frigid water and freezing conditions as US Marines and Norwegian Coastal Ranger Commandos embrace the elements. Recently U.S. Marines with the 1st & 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, as well as Norwegian Coastal Ranger conducted the Exercise Platinum Ren at Fort Trondennes in Harstad, Norway. The Exercise Platinum Ren […]
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A few months ago, I decided to pick up something different from what I currently shoot. I snagged a Beretta APX Compact at my local gun shop. When I first picked it up and put the gun in my hand, I immediately noticed how aggressive the grip checkering was on the handgun which isn’t a […]
What should have taken place years ago appears to be taking place now. Advertising firms are being invited to pitch the NRA their services as a replacement for Ackerman McQueen. The news comes from the British advertising news site Campaign.
Interpublic CEO Michael Roth announced that they would not be pitching the NRA account.
Roth said: "There is a review out for the NRA and we're not participating in that. And that's not just coming from me, it's coming from our agencies, you know. Our people don't want to work on an engagement like that."Interpublic is the fourth largest advertising company in the world with annual billing revenue of $7.5 billion. Their major advertising subsidiaries are McCann Worldgroup and Mullen Lowe Group. Some of McCann's clients include MGM Resorts, Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, and GM. Meanwhile, Mullen Lowe represents companies like Burger King, Schick, and E-Trade.
Northam conceded that his proposals wouldn’t have necessarily prevented the Virginia Beach shooting. But he said the legislation his administration has backed would have helped.
In this video, Paul Harrell answers one of those questions people love to ask, which is, “Just who the heck is HE to tell us stuff about guns? Why should anyone listen to Paul Harrel?”
He’s reticent on the subject, but in this case he goes ahead and outlines his qualifications regarding firearms and the use thereof. He’s received a lot of training and he’s won a fair number of shooting competitions… but I’ll let him tell you about it:
I spent twenty years in the military. In my initial enlistment, I was in the active duty Marine Corp for 4 years. I had an infantry MOS I was an 0311, but I spent a couple of years as a combat marksmanship instructor in the Marine Corp Security Forces School. So as such, I had to have training and education beyond what normal Marines were getting at that time.
So in addition to basic training, infantry school, and so on, I also went to a couple of citizen schools, such as the Ray Chapman Academy of Practical Shooting and a course at Gunsite. I also went to the Navy’s CRF school (that’s a S.W.A.T. school) and I got sent to a Marine Corp school called “the Formal Schools Instructor Course,” where you learn to create class outlines, and select tasks for training, and create a curriculum — and teach classes…
Anyway, when I got out of the Marine Corp I went into the reserve component of the military, specifically the Oregon Army National Guard…
Okay, that’s enough quoting. Paul talks pretty fast and I don’t type that way, so you’ll want to watch the video for yourself if you’ve read this far.
Bottom line: Paul Harrell knows stuff.
He also touches on the subjects of eye & ear protection and how viewers can financially support his video channel. This video has been out for a couple years but like most of his work, it still contains good info.
The revolver which Vincent Van Gogh allegedly used to shoot himself has sold for almost three times more than its anticipated selling price. Sold in Paris last week for 130,000 Euros or $145,700 the revolver was said to be the pistol the troubled Dutch painter used to shoot himself almost 130 years ago. The gun was […]
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Russian RIA Novosti news agency reports that Albert Bakov, the CEO of TsNII TochMash, informed them that the first batch of new Udav pistols is delivered to the Russian military for field testing. Normally, large-scale field testing is the final stage before adoption. Often times it results in slight design changes followed by the start […]
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The delisting of wolves from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife has been tossed around for quite some time. This Tuesday, June 25th 2019, an open house and public hearing will be held in Brainerd, Minnesota by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to more seriously discuss that issue.
Blake Henning, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) chief conservation officer, wrote this in a public comment submitted to the USFWS:
Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in many states, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the western Great Lakes region. RMEF maintains that where wolves exist, they should be managed by state wildlife agencies just as they manage elk, bears, deer, mountain lions and other wildlife.
It will be interesting to see how the hearings and ensuing legislation pan out in the coming months because both the Trump administration and the former Obama administration openly acknowledged that wolves have adequately recovered in numbers and should be removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.
The RMEF has significant interest in these hearings and any potential legislation surrounding it because wolves have a very direct impact on elk as well as other big game animals. In a recent article from Elk Network, the blog for the RMEF, they provided these statistics and comments:
Wolves are currently above objective in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and are spreading into California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and other states. The species is already under state management in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming where populations range anywhere from 150 to 400 percent above minimum recovery goals.
Personally, being a MN resident I have seen the negative effects of wolves on local whitetail deer populations and the detriment they can be to cattle farmers. What do you think we should decide to do? Remove wolves from the endangered species list or not? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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German Sports Guns (GSG) have produced a purple framed version of their Firefly .22lr pistol, which is being imported through American Tactical. The GSG Firefly has been available since 2016, but this version offers a little more color to contrast the typical modern firearms market. American Tactical had the following to say about the new […]
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Summer might have only just begun for many of us, but that does not mean we are not thinking about fall and all of the various hunts we are planning. If you have your eyes set on hunting big game out west this year and are in need of a rifle, you might want to take a gander at the NEW Savage Arms 110 High Country. This rifle is fabricated from the buttpad to the muzzle for long-range big game hunting. All of the specifications for the NEW 110 High Country can be read below as presented by Savage Arms:
This rifle boasts a unique camouflage pattern, but that is not the only forward-thinking trait about it. As silencers continue to garner more and more traction throughout the USA, so has the demand for factory rifles with threaded muzzles. The 110 High Country also sports an adjustable comb height and length-of-pull to fully ensure it fits you perfectly. The current MSRP for any of the calibers being offered is $1,129. Your choice of various cartridges can be read below as presented by Savage Arms:
For those in our reading audience, how many of you have gone out west to chase elk, mule deer, antelope, grizzly bear or other big game? Is this a rifle you would be willing to take into the mountains with you? What cartridge would you pick? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
I’ll clarify right off the bat: Tar Heel State Firearms (THSF) actually has five of the unique B&T APC40 pistol caliber carbines, but three of them were already spoken for at the time of this writing. I spoke with Scott at THSF earlier this week, hoping that the batch included an APC40SD model (don’t judge, […]
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The SPIW program began in 1962 with entries from Colt, Springfield, AAI, and Winchester. The first set of trials were a complete failure, and both Colt and Winchester abandoned the project at that point. AAI pressed on, producing these second generation rifles – one for trials in 1966 and one after. Both are chambered for the XM-645 5.6x57mm single-flechette cartridge. Under testing, both showed multiple serious problems in reliability, noise, cook-offs, and accuracy. The company would struggle on for years continuing to develop the flechette rifle system, but would be ultimately unsuccessful.
Thanks to the Rock Island Arsenal Museum for allowing me access to film this very interesting rifle! If you are in the Quad Cities in Illinois or Iowa, the Museum is definitely worth a visit. They have a great number of small arms on display as well as an excellent history of the Rock Island Arsenal.
Midwest Industries Ruger takedown upgrades are coming out soon. They already came out with an MLOK adapter for the Ruger PCC. Well, now they have a handguard for the 10/22 takedown and the PCC. They are also throwing their hat into the ring of PCC chassis. Above you can see a Ruger PCC with the […]
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The North Carolina pistol purchase permit is an archaic law that has its roots in segregation. As I've written many a time about its history, the law was designed to keep blacks, populists, and union leaders disarmed and at the mercy of the KKK and racist Democrats. It is still supported by the North Carolina Sheriffs Association and the gun prohibitionists.
The permit came to fore again as the NCSA tried to hijack a bill concerning church security to increase the price for a pistol purchase permit and, oh yes, include the "good moral conduct" requirement in our concealed handgun permits. The time for permit to go is long gone by. Why we even have a law on the books that was implicitly meant to discriminate against one race is beyond me.
Grass Roots North Carolina agrees and is saying it is time again to contact your legislators to demand this archaic, racist, and ineffectual law be eliminated. I agree.
A RACIST LAW NEEDS TO END
The latest round of shenanigans by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association and our state legislature leave no doubt that the only proper course of action is to put North Carolina's racist Jim Crow-era pistol purchase permitting in the trash bin.
Enacted during the Jim Crow era as a way to prevent African Americans from purchasing handguns, North Carolina's pistol purchase permit system has long been sold as a "public safety measure," when it is anything but. Not only did it give sheriffs wide latitude to deny someone the right to purchase a handgun, but it also creates a dangerous safety loophole that allow criminals to circumvent point-of-sale background checks.
The right to keep and bear arms can never be subject to the whims of elected officials, and Grass Roots North Carolina has worked tirelessly to ensure that the permitting process (like the concealed handgun permitting process) remains "shall issue" (meaning that a sheriff can not arbitrarily deny a permit.) The well-funded anti-freedom movement has worked hard to perpetuate this racism under the auspices of "public safety," and it's now clear that the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association pays the same lip service to the second amendment as does the proliferation of Bloomberg-funded anti-gun astroturf groups.
Here's the irony: the pistol purchase permits create a massive loophole for criminals to purchase firearms through legitimate channels of commerce. A pistol purchase permit is good for 5 years, and there is absolutely no mechanism in place through which a permit can be revoked if the bearer becomes, for instance, a convicted felon. The permit allows the purchaser to completely circumvent the NICS FBI background check normally done at the point of sale.
A racist law that makes us less safe ... one has to wonder why some politicians and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association keep supporting this terrible legislation. Is it the profit motive for the sheriffs? Is it the mere desire for control? Do these groups want criminals to get guns?
Isn't it time that our politicians and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association speak up and tell us the truth?
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Suggested Subject: "Repeal NC's Racist Jim Crow Pistol Purchase Permit NOW!"Dear Senators:I write this letter to you today to demand that you work to repeal North Carolina's racist, Jim Crow-era pistol purchase permitting system.
The pistol purchase permit system provides criminals with a dangerous loophole: since there is no mechanism for a Sheriff to revoke a pistol purchase permit, someone could be convicted of a felony and still circumvent the NICS background check with a pistol purchase permit in hand. Furthermore, we have seen how deeply-pocketed special interests like Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun organizations and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association will try to further their elitist agenda with the same capriciousness that Jim Crow-era sheriffs used the pistol purchase permitting process to deny African Americans the right to keep and bear arms.
North Carolina is no place for dangerous, racist legislation like this, and the people of this state deserve nothing less than a full repeal of this Jim Crow law.
I will be monitoring your actions on this issue closely through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.Respectfully,
Today’s Photo Of The Day comes from the Heckler & Koch Instagram account as a reminder to all gun owners to be really careful when shooting. I count 13 bullets in that poor barrel. Am I correct or do you count less or more bullets? On the other hand, there could be more as the […]
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Joel Black partnered with several coauthors (Joseph L. Davis and Roger G. Michaud for the first and Homer Ficken and Frank Michaels for the second) to produce two volumes cataloging an immense variety of Webley solid-frame revolvers. These books include only small and scattered text segments, with the bulk of the pages consisting of photography of hundred of different Webley revolvers. They are organized by model and serial number, and each gun does have a caption itemizing its characteristics. While this may sound less than helpful, I found it to be very useful. The organization (particularly by serial number) made it easy for me to locate where one of my own revolvers would fit, and see the characteristic it was supposed to have, as well as compare it to the iterations before and after.
These books include not just the standard Webley models, but also a great many variations both rare and common, and also copies made by other shops in Britain and beyond. The small amount of text is well utilized to explain context about different models as well as Webley contracts, relationships with retailers, and other important details.
At $99 per volume, these are not cheap books, particularly as most people who are interested in one would probably prefer to have both. However, for the aspiring collector, that $200 would very likely pay for itself almost immediately by putting a potential purchase in proper context. These books are certainly of only niche interest, for those those folks who do share the interest they are an outstanding reference.
Summer is the time of year to go fishing in Alaska. The best months are usually July, August, and September. The weather is better and bugs are fewer. The two big fish most anglers go for in Alaska are the salmon and the halibut. How best to do it?
Based on five fishing trips to Alaska, my brother and I have picked up a few pointers. We have found the most simple and least expensive way (relatively speaking) is to fly into Anchorage a couple days early, stay in a motel and enjoy the city. If you can spend a Saturday in town there is an excellent city market downtown with local crafts, food and entertainment.
We have always stayed at the Long House Hotel on Wisconsin Street. This is actually a converted Navy dormitory, but plenty adequate. City bus service runs right by and they have airport shuttle service. When we’re ready to fish, we rent a car and drive south to Seward. We prefer this area to Homer, although the fishing is about the same. Do a search for motels and bed & breakfasts in the area. There are plenty of choices, but book early.
To find a fishing charter, drive downtown to the main business street area. There is a huge hardware store there with a complete charter booking service. The docks are right across the street with plenty of parking. Most halibut charters are “6-Pack boats” or six anglers and a crew of two. If you want river salmon on the Kenai or Kasilof Rivers, you can book those, too, but the drive to the rivers — which is enjoyable — takes a couple hours.
Halibut fishing is done in deep water. Boats leave Seward Harbor early to go nearly 60 miles out of the bay. Water can be 100+ feet deep. Downriggers are used to catch halibut, which are bottom-dwellers. The limit has long been two fish per person per day. These fish can go from 40 pounds to more than a hundred. The smaller ones eat better. The charter will process and bag your catch back at the dock. Most motels have freezers for your catch.
River float fishing for salmon is a great trip. A guide plus two anglers per boat float the swift glacier waters while the bait drifts behind the boat. The scenery alone is worth the trip. Salmon runs vary by year, so check the regs before you go. Some of it is catch and release.
If you have never gone fishing to Alaska, it is a bucket list must-do. Get online and sign up for tourist information and make some calls. You’ll book the trip of a lifetime.
Today’s Picture is from a demo with the Norwegian Special Operation Commando. We’re looking at Norwegian operators on a Supacat HMT Extenda vehicle as they secure the area while a Bell 412 SP helicopter flies over the area. As TFB reported in February 2019, the Norwegian Armed Forces ordered 1300 new M2A2N in .50 BMG […]
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Good afternoon friends and welcome back to our little silent safe haven for everything suppressor related. Following up on last week’s unboxing of the YHM Turbo K, we’ll get into some initial observations and a discussion on which host pairs best with a shorter silencer. Call them mini, kurz, or short, these silencers have a […]
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The weekend is here and with it, a new batch of deals from brands like Brownells, Palmetto State Armory, and Aero Precision. We’ve compiled a few of the best deals we’ve see from around the web below.
If you aren’t following the High Point naming drama, you should be. They recently offered to allow their fans to name their new 9mm and have since decided that wasn’t a great idea. Why? Because the fans wanted it to be called the “Yeet Cannon.” I won’t tell you what it means, you’ll have to look it up.
After yesterday’s look at the history and mechanical details of the Israeli Negev LMG, today we are taking it out the the range.
It certainly is a very pleasant experience to shoot! The recoil is very light, although not as light as in a true constant-recoil system like the new Knight’s LAMG. As you can see in the high speed footage, the bolt carrier clearly does impact the back of the receiver with each shot. Still, it has a simple gas adjustment, a very easy barrel-changing system, excellent sights, and runs well on both magazines and belts.
Over a recent week of web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the web.
This was made possible by the web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Seen from the inside, its Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software. . . .
My tests of Chrome versus Firefox unearthed a personal data caper of absurd proportions. In a week of web surfing on my desktop, I discovered 11,189 requests for tracker “cookies” that Chrome would have ushered right onto my computer, but were automatically blocked by Firefox. These little files are the hooks that data firms, including Google itself, use to follow what websites you visit so they can build profiles of your interests, income and personality. . . .
Chrome is even sneakier on your phone. If you use Android, Chrome sends Google your location every time you conduct a search. (If you turn off location sharing it still sends your coordinates out, just with less accuracy.) . . .
Last November, Rusty S, reviewed the ATN ThOR4. It was a mixed review. Some positives with a healthy dose of negatives. I got a chance to review the ATN ThOR4 640×480 whereas Rusty reviewed the 394×288 version. ATN sent me both to compare. So here is the ThOR4 revisited. ThOR4 Revisited The two ThOR4 scopes […]
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Today’s Photo Of The Day shows some fine products Made In Europe. We have a Glock 17, in generation 4, the Aimpoint ACRO and a B&T Impuls-IIA suppressor. The weapon light is a Streamlight TLR-1s. I think the combination is a great example what a moderns handgun can look like, which is quite a development […]
Welcome to another “Featured Deals of the Week!” This week is extra special because I am not your regularly scheduled deals writer and we are going to cover everything YEET! If you are wondering What in the good Lord does Yeet even mean? We can assure you, you are not alone. Our own TFB staff spent a […]
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I have a feeling this information is going to change some lives for the better… and no, I’m not exaggerating. You’re about to learn how to avoid poison ivy rashes even after you’ve touched it.
Here’s what we hear early in this short video:
If you understand how poison ivy works, you never need to get a serious rash again for the rest of your life.
A bold claim to be sure, but give the guy a chance. He says he’s “put together a simple, easy program that stops urushiol from entering [his] skin.”
Urushiol is the irritating oil found in poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. It can get on your hide and give you a rash even if you don’t touch one of those plants — because the oil is long-lasting and can remain on tools or tractor tires for months or years.
This is important: You don’t get a rash because you get urushiol on your skin; you get a rash because you didn’t get it off of your skin fast enough. If you clean off the bad oil “within 2 to 8 hours of contact,” that’s good enough. But it’s not as easy as just taking a quick shower.
The video provides good imagery by using black axle grease to simulate urushiol, which itself is nearly invisible. If you’ve been exposed to poison ivy, you need to clean thoroughly using a washcloth. He even says a damp washcloth with no soap or cleanser is more effective than any sort of soap without a washcloth. Friction and thoroughness are key.
He advises us to wash and rinse three times to get it all… and make sure you wash everything you touched. Take a leak in the woods after being exposed to poison oak? Yeah… you’d better give ol’ Willie some cleansing friction.
Enjoy the video.
It is Friday afternoon and it is time for a laugh after the NRA news of the week. My friend and fellow blogger David Yamane posted the picture below on Facebook. It had the following caption:
Photo from 2040 of Wayne LaPierre holding onto the Executive Vice Preisdency of the NRA in his cold, dead hands.
#guns #gunculture #gunculture2point0 #nra #2a
Today's ruling in Rehaif v. United States. Defendant was a person who overstayed a visa and thus became an illegal alien, and a prohibited person under the GCA. He visited a gun range and shot at it. The GCA provides for the punishment of anyone who "knowingly" possesses a gun while he is prohibited person. Question: does that mean the person must 1. know that he possess a gun and know that he is a prohibited person, or just that he knows he possessed a gun whether or not he knew he was prohibited? The Supreme Court, 7-2, says he must know both things. Good language about how courts should assume that legislatures wanted intent to be something close to he knew he was breaking the law, and rejecting the theory that "regulatory" offenses don't require intent (which the Court correctly notes must be limited to regulatory offenses that carry minor punishments. The government doesn't have to show a driver knew he was breaking the speed limit, but here the offense carries ten years in prison).
I often get questions on my social media pages about Weapon Lights. There are a ton of variations on the market today and it can sometimes be overwhelming. The most asked question I get is what kind of activation is best when running it on a PDW or rifle set up? I usually start to […]
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Welcome to the third article in our Build Your Own Glock series. By the end of this article, you will have YOUR custom build in your hands completed. I will go over how I initially break in the action, not necessary but I noticed good results. I get long in my articles, so my dear […]
The Kel-Tec SUB2000 is one of the more popular firearms produced by Kel-Tec. Its folding barrel makes the whole platform compact when stored. The latest iteration of the SUB2000 comes with a factory threaded barrel. The problem is when you attach a suppressor to the SUB2000, it sticks out past the stock when folded. Robert […]
Glock have announced that Allentown Police Department, in Pennsylvania, have selected the Glock 19 Gen5. Just under 300 officers, in Pennsylvania’s 3rd biggest city, will be switching from SIG Sauers to Glocks. Here’s what Glock had to say about the new adoption: GLOCK, Inc. is pleased to announce the transition of Allentown Police Department in Pennsylvania […]
When the Israeli Defense Forces tested the FN Minimi, they found it to be lacking in a few areas, and decided that they could develop a better SAW domestically. Developed in the 1980s, the result was the Negev. Like the Minimi, the Negev is a 5.56mm light machine gun that can feed from either belts or box magazines (Galil mags or AR mags with an adapter), has quick-changes barrels, and fires form an open bolt. The Negev has several features the Minimi does not, though, including a semiauto fire control position, optics mounting on the receiver (instead of the top cover), a standard folding stock, and some mechanical improvements internally.
So, let’s dig into this Negev and see how it ticks!
The news yesterday regarding the National Rifle Association was headlined by a story in the New York Times that said Chris Cox, head of the NRA-ILA, was suspended and put on administrative leave. This followed a late Wednesday filing in New York Supreme Court (the trial level courts in that state) in which the NRA sought a declaratory judgment that Ollie North was not entitled to his legal expenses as a director of the NRA. Also suspended was Scott Christman who served as Cox's deputy chief of staff at the NRA-ILA.
Both Cox and Christman are accused along with NRA Board member and former Congressman Dan Boren of participating in a failed "coup" attempt orchestrated by Ackerman McQueen and Ollie North. Cox vehemently denies this.
“The allegations against me are offensive and patently false,” Cox said. “For over 24 years I have been a loyal and effective leader in this organization. My efforts have always been focused on serving the members of the National Rifle Association, and I will continue to focus all of my energy on carrying out our core mission of defending the Second Amendment.”The New York lawsuit was filed on behalf of the NRA by outside counsel William Brewer III and his firm. It seeks a declaratory judgment stating that Ollie North is not entitled to reimbursement for legal fees and expenses incurred as a result of subpoenas in the second Ackerman McQueen lawsuit and the Senate Finance Committee's request for documents. When a declaratory judgment is sought, it is making a statement that the facts are not in question and that the only thing sought is a declaration as to matters of law. That said, the complaint filed is a mish-mash of allegations that in no way could be considered a 100% recitation of facts. The full complaint is here.
North and his co-conspirators orchestrated these threats through, among other things, a string of text messages that are filed herewith. The text messages were produced in the Virginia Litigation by Dan Boren, an NRA board member employed by one of Ackerman’s other major clients, the Chickasaw Nation. Boren relayed the contents of Ackerman’s threatened letter to North and helped to choreograph the ultimatum they presented to Mr. LaPierre. Moreover, in email correspondence transmitted over non-NRA servers, Boren admitted his knowledge that Ackerman may have been invoicing the NRA for full salaries of employees who were actually working on the Chickasaw Nation account. The same text messages and email messages demonstrate that another errant NRA fiduciary, Chris Cox —once thought by some to be a likely successor for Mr. LaPierre—participated in the Ackerman/North/Boren conspiracy.The text message can be seen in this exhibit. It should be noted that from what I've been told that exhibits are not usually submitted when asking for a declaratory judgment. Reading the texts between Boren and Cox, I fail to see this as a "coup" attempt. Rather, in my opinion, it seems they are concerned about the war between AckMac and the NRA and its future impact on the NRA. Cox is correct when he calls what had been going on "a tragic mess".
The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) ensures that military personnel have modern, robust and safe materiel to work with. According to Jane’s and other sources they have signed a framwork agreement with FN Herstal of Belgium to supply the following firearms: Browning M2HB QCB (Quick Change Barrel) .50 BMG. FN MAG in 7,62 NATO General […]
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When we carry a concealed weapon, there are many choices that we have to make. Pick the right gun, the right holster, find the clothes that won’t expose it, find a way around gun free zones and overly sensitive colleagues and relatives that don’t support your life choices. But there is one more choice that […]
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Today’s Photo Of The Day takes us to Europe and Bulgaria, where the exercise Strike Back 19 has been ongoing. Novo Selo is the major Bulgarian military training facility established in the early 1960s, and where the US Army invested to develop the infrastructure just over 10 years ago. For more information check the Bulgarian–American Joint […]
CZ 457: A rimfire Lux-ury The CZ 457, introduced just this year by CZ and CZ-USA, has big shoes to fill. It’s predecessors, the 455 and 452 series rimfires, were well made and generally well liked. The “Lux” line of CZ rimfires represent a rifle with a touch of elegance. They are distinguished by their […]
A Texas Longhorn steer from Alabama has officially been recognized as having the longest horns ever. Guinness World Records posted that Poncho Via’s whopping 10-foot-7.4-inch tip-to-tip span has surpassed all other records for steers, being recognized as “largest horn spread on a living steer” and “largest horn spread on a steer ever.”
Poncho lives on a ranch in the small town of Goodwater –- southeast of Birmingham, Alabama -– where he has been raised since he was a weanling by the Pope family.
The Popes have been avidly following this record category for several years. Their “Could we have a record-breaker?” moment arose when Poncho was aged around four, after they noticed that their steer’s horns were not curving up like those of most longhorns, but instead growing straight out.
The family’s instinct that Poncho could be a record holder was borne out last month, when Guinness World Records approved the measurements of his rack. His horn tip span supersedes that of the previous record holder -– a fellow longhorn steer called Sato, from Texas -– by just over an inch.
Poncho’s owner Jeral Pope recalls the first time he ever set eyes on this striking breed: “My wife and I went somewhere out west, riding a hay wagon. Up on the hill, outlined against the sky, were three or four longhorns. They stood out like anything on the crest of that mountain – it was the prettiest thing. I told my wife, we got to have one of them.”
“He was six months old when I got him. I named him Poncho Via, after the [1960s] TV and movie character [based on the early-20th-century Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa].”
Poncho is a gentle giant, but his horns can still be dangerous. Stand too close when he gets bitten by a bug and you might just get flung!
While Poncho has never hurt anyone with his horns intentionally, the unwieldy appendages have occasionally proven a liability -– as Jones knows all too well. “One day, I was out fishing and Poncho came up behind me…” he begins to recount ruefully.
“He pulled a water bottle right out my pocket with his tongue. He’s there playing with the bottle and I reached and scratched him for a bit…
“That went on for a little while and I guess a horsefly got on him or something [because], all of a sudden, he turned that head and I went airborne into the pond! He just knocked me completely off my feet into the water.”
Poncho enjoys a nice brushing.That’s one heck of a huge set of horns! But here I am just wondering how he will taste when rendered into ribeyes and such…
You can see more of him in the short video below…
Finally, summer has arrived, and we can start the long slide from the longest day of the year down to the shortest. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy a nice dose of humidity, a helping of mosquitoes and those noisy pool parties put on by your idiot neighbor. “I asked you to keep it down, […]
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The background of this Handguard and Chassis from Infitech Sweden Ltd. is that after a lot of bureaucracy, the Ruger PC Carbine was finally approved for hunting purposes in Sweden. As soon as this happened the orders started coming in to dealers, and it might become the most sold hunting rifle in Sweden in 2019. […]
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The Portuguese NAVY joins the Swedish Army and Home Guard in bringing eternal life to the Heckler & Koch G3 by buying the Spuhr Upgrade Kit for their service rifles. The deal is done by the NT Group in Portugal. According to their homepage, their mission is “…to provide goods and services with added value […]
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In terms of ultimate shotgun firepower, the TriStar Compact Shotgun certainly fills the bill. This AK-platform shotgun brings the same reliability and performance of the classic type AK rifles. In this case, it brings with it the 12-gauge shotgun chambering.
Designated as a “compact” shotgun, the TriStar is only 30 inches in overall length with a 20-inch barrel. It uses box-type polymer detachable magazines and comes with two 5-round Saiga-type mags. It can handle larger-capacity magazines that are available in the marketplace.
The TriStar’s 12 gauge chamber is sized to accommodate up to 3-inch shells, so it will handle shotshells for a wide range of applications. This semi-auto shotgun can shoot standard field loads up to slugs interchangeably. Though one might think such a bullpup configuration is more for defensive use or protection, it certainly could be used for hunting.
This would make a good platform for preppers and survivalists for many uses afield, bug in or bug out.
This shotgun also features a choke tube system. The choke threads are based on Beretta and Benelli threads, so chokes for those guns should work well. Included with the shotgun is one extended and ported cylinder bore choke tube. Other features include a rubber recoil pad, sling attachment points, and a fixed carry handle.
The Picatinny rail on top of the receiver is set with open sights front and rear. These sights are of the flip-up BUIS type. There is also a short rail section installed on the lower unit forward of the trigger guard assembly. This would be suitable for a light or a laser. The mag release paddle is set just behind the magazine well.
Remember with a bullpup format, some of the controls might appear to be in an odd position, but the firearm’s configuration with the mag well behind the trigger group and the AK-type safety lever to the rear does make sense. It just takes a little familiarization to get used to how it handles.
Speaking of the safety, it is located on the right side right below the ejection port. When the safety is ON, it blocks the trigger, the hammer lever, and the hammer. This makes the entire firing operation suspended from fire mode.
The TriStar Compact Bullpup Shotgun is a neat package. With an extended magazine in place, its firepower is considerable. Engaging via a shoulder sling shooting hold, it would be formidable.
Many mom and pop gun shops are in trouble. Here locally, more than a few gun stores have had to close up shop. Why? Well small businesses of all kinds are in dire straits these days for many reasons. In particular small-scale hometown gun stores are having a difficult time keeping the lights on.
It is no secret that the irony of Trump being elected partly on a platform of maintaining our 2nd Amendment rights has had a negative effect on gun sales. Manufacturers and wholesalers geared up for a different election result, but now are caught with excessive inventories and a lot of capital invested in warehouse stock. It’s an unusually precarious predicament.
With lots of gun and ammunition inventory on hand, one would think prices would dip and sales would pick up. Thus far, there is little evidence of that. Just a weekend ago at a local gun show, one dealer sold twenty guns. Twenty. Really? Even if they profited $50 per gun, which I doubt, $1000 in gun sales would hardly cover their expenses for the weekend. For some, just moving some inventory was a good thing.
There is actually very little profit in a gun sale. If money is to be made it is in accessories and shooting supplies. Ammunition sales are steady, but prices have actually gone up in some sectors. Though 1000 round cases of typical AR ammo has dropped a bit, self-defense and hunting ammo continues to be expensive, and sometimes in short supply.
Bounce these market conditions forward to “Buddy’s Gun Shop” or that little hometown shop on the corner trying to eke out a living. Sales are deflated and money is tight, but overhead expenses go on. Some shops have had to resort to only ordering guns on demand, unable to afford the cost of maintaining an in-store inventory. Even maintaining a decent stock of ammo, shooting accessories, reloading supplies, gun cleaning, and optics is tough.
Among gun dealers, the joke is always “all we need is a crisis” to stimulate gun sales. Though none of them capitalize on events such as mass shootings, the results are always a rattling of chains for more gun controls, which never work. This year, not even the calls for stricter controls have resulted in a sales rush.
We need to support our local gun shops to keep them open. They are the lifelines to all our shooting sports. So, drop into your nearby gun store and spend some money.
Wilson Combat has added another gun to their line of custom shotguns. This time it is based on a Remington 870 DM and called accordingly M.F.S. – Magazine Fed Shotgun. As in the case of other Wilson Combat shotguns, it packs a bunch of custom features that combined convert the stock gun into an ultimate […]
In this episode of TFBTV, it’s Reeves…James Reeves, looking at the ultimate modern-day spy gun, the SIG P365 with a Dead Air Odessa-9 silencer. Why does James think that this is the best contemporary spook combo? James tells you in this video and says the word “package” a whole lot. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV […]
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Another month, another Q&A!
00:24 – Why did the British adopted the Besa?
03:51 – Reproduction French WW1 uniforms (Doursoux)
04:54 – Could the Magpul Masada/ACR worked as a replacement AR upper?
08:02 – Why are auto-ejecting magazines not popular?
11:03 – What smaller countries have impressive small arms development?
13:50 – En-bloc clips – pros? Cons? History?
18:21 – Smaller/faster cartridges in future handguns?
20:14 – How is group size measured?
24:03 – Guns with added ballast just to control recoil?
26:04 – Guns that fire open-bolt in full auto and closed-bolt on semi
29:17 – Future of the SIG 550 series in the US?
31:51 – Will there be an ebook version of Chassepot to FAMAS?
33:31 – Would the Dreyse have been good in the US Civil War?
34:19 – Memorably surprising auction prices
36:10 – How did I hurt myself on an EM2?
37:25 – Most advanced arms that could have been made ca. 1900?
40:06 – Thoughts on the Daewoo K2
41:29 – French trials of the Madsen LMG
42:01 – Lefty-friendly rifles and pistols
43:26 – British 4.85mm (The Last Enfield by Steve Raw)
44:55 – Lunch at Rock Island Auction Co
46:27 – What weapon for fighting Franco in 1936?
49:12 – What are the most interesting firearm locking and operating systems?
49:50 – What “Forgotten Weapon” do I want to see back in production?
A university student in the UK has been convicted of firearms offences after being found in possession of two 3D printed guns. Tendai Muswere, 26, a student at London South Bank University and Zimbabwean national admitted printing a Washbear PM522 revolver and a Hexen .22 pepper-box using a 3D printer at his flat in Pimlico, […]
Joe Biden proposes to require guns to read fingerprints and DNA, because he saw that in a James Bond movie. I think Judge Dredd shoots down that idea....
Story here, in Reason Online. Congrats to Don Kilmer and Chuck Michel on the win!
For the last couple of years, I have been buying rifles and building mostly rifles and pistols when coming up with projects. I have a few pump action shotguns, but I don’t have anything when it comes to semi-automatic tactical shotguns. A few months back, I decided to start researching what shotgun I wanted to […]
We got to Austria for Today’s Photo Of The Day, to have a look at some new firearms and systems that have been introduced. In the Spring of 2018, TFB reported about the new modular Steyr Mannlicher SSG M1. Recently, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Office for Armaments and Defense Technology, […]
Welcome everyone to our 13th 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 gat a sweet deal […]
When fishing, it can sometimes pay to expect the unexpected. So when Gregory Wallace went fly fishing for pike last week and hooked a blonky bluegill, he held onto that huge panfish.
Gregory Wallace set out to catch some pike on a fly rod the week of June 12, 2019 at Totten Reservoir in the Southwest corner of the state. He unexpectedly tied into a Colorado state record fish in the process, although not a pike.
Wallace now holds the state record for bluegill with a fish that measured 12 3/4 inches long and weighed 2 pounds, 9 1/2 ounces. He caught the fish on a sculpinator pattern while targeting pike.
This huge bream topped the old record by 4 ounces in weight, and a full two inches in length!
Although this is a huge bluegill, it’s still two pounds shy of the world record bluegill, which weighed in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces and was caught back in 1950, according to the International Game Fish Association. Sadly, there are no known photographs of that big slab.
Congrats Greg! Hope you caught up with some pike too.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) you may remember called a special session of the Virginia General Assembly after the murders in the municipal building in Virginia Beach. His intent is to have a number of gun control bills passed ranging from universal background checks to red flag laws. As I wrote then, none of his proposals would have changed a thing in Virginia Beach.
Delegate David Yancy (R-Newport News) has an idea for a law that might impact the criminal misuse of firearms. While it wouldn't have changed things in Virginia Beach, it might have an impact on armed crime in Virginia. Many criminals obtain their firearms through the criminal black market where stolen firearms are bought and sold.
Yancy has proposed a bill that is similar to the Federal Rule 35 procedure. He says:
And one tool they (law enforcement) told him that wish they had is one federal law enforcement agencies have used for seven decades. It is the power to ask judges to cut convicts’ sentences if, once in prison, if those offenders give police the information needed to bring drug-smugglers, gun-runners and other organized criminals to justice.The Virginia Pilot story goes on to note:
“I think this could help,” Yancey said, adding that in his experience, most gun crime in Newport News and many other communities involves stolen weapons.
"You'll see someone crashing a car into a pawnshop and clean out all the guns, then those guns end up on the street," he said.
The average time federal offenders serve after a Rule 35 sentence reduction is just under seven years, according to a recent U.S. Sentencing Commission study. On average, Rule 35 results in a 39% reduction in the length of a sentence, the federal agency found.Providing incentives to criminals to turn in their source makes sense. His bill introduced last year to add to sentences for the theft of firearms with the intent to sell them also makes sense. Both might have a great impact on crime by drying up the supply of stolen firearms than anything Northam or the gun control industry has ever proposed.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia grants the most Rule 35 sentence reductions, or some 1,645 out of a national total of 10,811 between 2009 and 2014, the study found.
Though such a rule wouldn’t have prevented a gunman from killing a dozen people in a Virginia Beach municipal building last month, Yancey said it would be a way of addressing gun violence that doesn’t infringe anyone’s Second Amendment rights. The right to bear arms doesn’t include the right to steal guns or possess a stolen weapon, he noted.
It’s also in line with legislation enacted last year that allows judges to reduce sentences for offenders who provide a lot of help to an investigation or prosecution of drug dealing.
Yancey's proposal would allow a judge to revise a sentence after the offender has already started serving it.
His concern with stolen weapons led him last year to introduce a bill that would have set a series of mandatory minimum sentences for stealing guns with the intention of selling them, receiving or selling stolen firearms, or using stolen guns in a crime. The bill died in committee.
Tompkins Township, MI — A down-on-his-luck man reportedly living in a fifth wheel camping trailer on his own land has been fined by the government which truly does own the land. How sad.
When medical bills forced Robert Sharp to sell his home in 2018, he ended up on this 19-acre plot in Jackson County’s Tompkins Township.
‘I bought this with my own money. It’s right by my parents old house. It’s the neighborhood I grew up in and I always wanted to stay here,’ Sharp said.
A former construction worker — retired after several spinal surgeries. [sic] Sharp got his permit to build a house in December of 2018.
But now he’s received a ticket because he’s stayed in his trailer a little longer than his local “authorities” think he should. Here’s this poor guy trying to get his ducks in a row, and his local government is making things even harder on him.
Sadly enough, he says he got verbal permission from the Tompkins Township Supervisor, who declined to comment and who has apparently decided to single him out.
‘If you’re going to single me out you’ve got to single out everybody else,’ Sharp said.
Down the road, a mile away from his land, another camper sits in the yard of a house in progress.
‘There’s several,’ Sharp said. ‘There’s one on Hopcraft road five minutes from my house, there’s one Onedega road two minutes from my house, I mean they’re everywhere in Tompkins Township.’
His own proposed home is not currently in progress, which is probably the reason for the ticket. That doesn’t make it right of course… he should be able to live in a grass hut if he wants to!
‘The weather since I dug the hole on May 4th has done nothing but rain every other day, which makes it incredibly hard to pour concrete because it will mess up the ground, make it settle,’ Sharp said. ‘So I’m just waiting for some good days and plus I only get paid once a month.’
When money is tight, you can count on government to make it even tighter. How is he supposed to build if he has to spend his time and money appeasing busybodies?
The Township Supervisor says the maximum fine for the ticket is five-hundred [sic] dollars with no jail time.
However, Sharp says that between building his house, court and medical fees, he doesn’t have the money and has no place to go.
‘I have been here a little longer than he wanted but the whole issue is, I’m basically homeless and I needed this place. It’s what’s going to get me to my house,’ Sharp said.
What a crock. It’s clear that no matter whose name is on a deed, the government actually owns the land. The government can kick you off unless you pay the proper bribe (er, I mean “property taxes”), and it can and will harass and heckle until you comply or sell up and move away.
Is this what George Washington and his cohorts were longing for when they fought the American Revolution?
I really like when large companies besides publishing product promotional and news content also come up with useful tips and drop knowledge bombs. These companies employ some of the industry’s most professional folks and I am sure any of them can produce such educational content like the recently published Savage Arms video where Patrick Kelley […]
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The N-Vision Halo LR is the new hot thermal sight that a lot of hunters have switched to. Night Vision Outfitters posted a video on Facebook about the new N-Vision Halo Bobro mount. In the photo above, you can clearly see the factory ADM mount versus the Bobro mount. One of the major upgrades the […]
TFB has covered the Laugo Arms Alien Pistol several times, and I had my first look at it at IWA in Germany this spring. Unfortunately there was no opportunity to shoot one, but a few friends ordered one and are waiting for delivery. I am looking forward to try and evaluate one, the concept looks really […]
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With the Heckler & Koch MR223 A3 (European version) being virtually impossible to source in Europe as the Heckler & Koch factory has chosen to focus on finishing Military and Law Enforcement orders it is interesting to see the MR556A1 Upper Receiver Kit on offer in the US webshop. If you wonder why the top […]
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The Sanna 77 was a semiauto copy of the Czech Sa 25 submachine gun. It was first produced in Rhodesia by the GM Steel company for the Rhodesian military. In this form, it was the GM-15 and GM-16 (available as either civilian semiauto or military full auto), and was made without and licensing agreement. The Rhodesian military wanted more submachine guns, and a captured Czech example looked like a simple and effective weapon that would be easily manufactured.
It appears that when the tooling was made for the GM-15/16, a second set was also produced, and brought into South Africa. In 1978, the Sanna 77 was put on the market as a semiauto only version of the GM-15/16. It differed only in the stock, which was a single polymer part (instead of a the metal stock of the Czech original and the Rhodesian copy). A substantial number were made and sold by 1983, when production ceased. The remain relatively common in South Africa today, although they have a poor reputation for reliability and virtually all of the stocks have broken.
Beretta has some news for those of you who are avid upland hunters. They have introduced the updated version of their 686 Silver Pigeon I over and under shotgun. The company calls it “The Evolution of the Icon” and advertises it with a steampunk-ish looking metal bird which probably symbolizes another slogan for this gun – […]
A couple of weeks ago I reported the case of a New York resident who shot two home invaders, and then was arrested on felony charges because the gun he used, which he'd inherited from his father, was not registered. He now has a Gofundme page, which has already exceeded its total requested.
Hat tip to David Codrea for the story.
I discovered 3D Stage Builder in my stream on Facebook, as several friends had bought their products and started showing off their stage builds. It looked like a great idea, and great ideas are made for sharing. Hopefully you have a need for these kits, otherwise, just enjoy the pictures of what these kits can […]
I have to admit that ever since the introduction of HBO, Netflix and iTunes I do most, if not all, of my movie watching in my home sofa. Today’s Photo is a Glock 34 with inspiration from the Marvel Universe. Austria Arms posted this in their social media, with these excellent pictures attached. “Daddy has […]
Charter Arms firearms is not a name you hear every day in the gun world, but the company has been in the business of manufacturing handguns and other firearms since 1962 in their Connecticut facility. They have been best known for small revolvers used as hideaway guns for concealed carry, self-defense, and personal protection. The standby name for most of their most common handguns is the Bulldog.
The XL frame version is something new for Charter Arms. This larger frame size has permitted them to expand their revolver lines into arms that can handle larger, longer cartridges offering more power and penetration. In the case of these two new offerings, they are chambered for the 45 Colt and the 41 Magnum.
Both models follow earlier models by having five-round cylinders instead of six. This permits a smaller, thinner profile for a revolver, but at the same time maintaining a strong cylinder and frame fully capable of handling more powerful loads.
The Bulldog XL in 45 Colt tips the scales at a mere 22 ounces. It has a more-or-