The Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) has expanded its caliber offerings into the .338 Lapua Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum for some more thunder out of the popular platform. The introduction of these new cartridges brings shooters the same familiar weapon system in the RPR, but with a lot more heft to it. These magnum RPR […]
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Although the L1A1 SLR (FN FAL) service rifle served the Australian “Digger” faithfully for an extremely long period of time, infantrymen in the Vietnam War realized that the rifle could be “tweaked” to fit the combat that the soldiers had to fight in day after day. Undergoing field modifications that would be against regulations anywhere […]
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The story of the USS Niagara is quite an odd little corner of history. It was a ship built in 1877 and acquired by the US Navy in 1898, fitted out as a water distillery and supply ship. That fitting out was not actually done by the Navy, though, but rather by a group of wealth private citizens in New York, headed by William Randolph Hearst. As an outburst of (allegedly) grassroots support for the US war effort against Spain, these men outfitted and donated the Niagara to the Navy. And the fitted it out like a private yacht, with porcelain china and silver flatware for all the officers and sailors, and much more. The arms and accouterments purchased were all finely stamped or engraved with the name of the ship, including 35 brand new Remington Rolling Block rifles in 7mm Mauser, with “NIAGARA” engraved in bold letters across the top of the receiver.
Once the outfitting was complete and the ship was in Navy service, she sailed down to Cube, stayed on station for about two months without participating in any action of note, and then sailed back to New York to be decommissioned and sold for scrap. Francis Bannerman was on hand at the scrap auction, and bought most of the small items form the ship (including the rifles). Bannerman’s catalog would list Niagara items until 1927…
When it comes to flashlights, chances are a lot of people grab a flashlight at a local big box outlet store, or buy something off Amazon, or even Ebay. When making the purchase do we give any thought as to where the flashlight will fit into our survival preps? Or, do we buy the flashlight because we like the way it looks?
Why should we care about flashlights?
The ability to create light frees us from the day – night cycle of the sun. We can stay up past sundown, and get up before the sun comes up. Coupled with solar panels and rechargeable batteries, we have a renewable light source.
Then there is the security aspect. When the dogs start barking at night, we have a way to check on things.
Let’s divide lights into three segments:
Just as the name implies, these are flashlights an individual uses for their personal needs. This could be going to the bathroom, getting up in the middle of the night, going outside, camping, hiking… etc.
Examples would include flashlights with an 18650, AAA, or AA batteries – something that could be charged using solar in a few hours.
These are lights which would be used to light up an entire room. A lot of preppers would probably use kerosene lanterns for this. However, over the past few years I have been leaning towards LED lanterns over kerosene. We talked about this in another article – Replacing kerosene with solar.
Rather than using personal flashlights to light up a room where everyone has gathered, we can use LED rechargeable lanterns.
These lanterns can also be used to light up outdoor areas. Harvest a deer on an evening hunt? An LED lantern can provide area light for processing the deer.
While the lantern will light up a small area outside, we also need something that will throw a beam for security reasons, or for hunting stuff like rabbits at night.
One good flashlight could provide enough light for three rabbit hunters – one with the flashlight, and the other two with firearms.
It was sometime in the late 1970s, or the very early 1980s my uncle took my brother and I rabbit hunting at night. We walked side by side, with my uncle in the middle with the flashlight. Depending on what side of us the rabbit was on, the person on that side got to shoot. There was no shooting across the front of the line. In other words, the person on the right shot towards the right, and the person on the left shot towards the left. If the rabbit was straight ahead, my uncle said which shooter would take the shot.
Over the decades I have used a number of flashlights for outdoor activities around the farm, and I keep going back to the two or three D cell Maglight. While there are smaller, lighter, and brighter flashlights, the D cell Maglight is hard to beat. Plus, the D cell Maglight can double as a baton for self defense.
As with stockpiling everything else, what role will the item play in the overall scheme of things. Some readers may say, “It’s just a flashlight, so what?” When the next power outage happens, try to read with a 1,000 lumen tactical flashlight. Or even read with a regular flashlight. Then read with an LED lantern providing area affect lighting.
Rather than each person using a flashlight while playing board games or reading, a couple of lanterns will do a much better job.
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Thus far Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been home to only a few legitimate knife launches. Time and again they have had “new” knives come up that are either revamps of old knives or “launches” from brands that spec out work. Truly new designs from real production companies or makers are rare. Kickstarter takes a lot of the blame because until relatively recently they have had a “no knives” rule (actually, it was a “no weapons” rule, then someone told them that 99.999999% of knife use is non-weapony and so they allowed knives). But Indiegogo, another crowdsourcing funds site, has allowed knives from the beginning and still very few have been real launches.
Among those knives that did launch two stand out—the DPx Gear Urban HEST and the Darriel Caston Kadima. Both were great launches and both did something different for their main brand and thus represented a perfect use of crowdsourcing funds. The Urban HEST was an EDC folder from a company that was as tactical in brand identity as it gets, while the Kadima was a production launch from a truly innovative designer best known for one-off designs. These new spaces were ideal extensions for both makers.
Bade Knife Works is trying something different—he is trying to launch its first mass produced knife on Indiegogo. The choice of knife looks spot on, but the lack of publicity has limited the knife’s ability to meet its funding goals. The Wolverine, on paper, looks like a winner—M390 blade steel, 3.2 inch blade, bearing pivot with ceramic detent, carbon fiber inlays, and an integral design. The real clencher is the price—the Wolverine is debuting on Indiegogo for $279.95. That price is staggering for an integral knife.
Integral folders are knives where the handle is a single piece of material, in this case titanium, and a channel is cut down the middle to house the blade. The idea is that an integral folder is stronger, more durable, and requires less maintenance than a traditional folder design. But the process to make them is both time consuming and wastes a significant amount of material. Those to aspects to integral folder construction have meant that integral folders have been exceptionally expensive knives. The two Spyderco integral folders, the Nirvana and the Paysan, have both MRSPed for over $500. Benchmade’s Anthem costs a similar amount. There is simply no way around it—integral folders are very expensive. So to see one for under $300 is pretty remarkable.
The Wolverine’s launch is not a foretold thing despite the shiny specs and integral design. As of right now the knife has only a few backs, many fewer than are needed to launch the knife. It also lacks a good deal of information in the specs section. For example, its not clear who is actually making the knife. Bade Knife Works has been on the Instagram knife scene before as a modder and custom maker, but its unlikely these will be handmade (though if they are, that should definitely be in the product text as that would be a huge bonus). Check Indiegogo’s failed backing policy before you back the Wolverine, but the risk is probably worth taking if you like integral folders. You’ll never see one this cheap again.
What: Bade Knife Works Wolverine
When: If funded, funding ends in around 23 dates
Specs: 3.2 inch blade, 7.6 inch OAL, 4.8 ounces
Highlights: Integral design, high end steel and features, $279.95 price tag
WARNING: This project has yet to fund, back with caution and read Indiegogo’s policies
The Ruger SP101 has a long tenure of being a reliable service revolver. They also have chambered it in a pretty wide array of cartridges to give consumers a lot of choices for concealed carry. One element that has been lacking as a factory option though is a blued steel frame. This might be a […]
The Department of Defense has confirmed that SIG Sauer have been awarded a contract to provide the US Special Operations Command’s new SFP Squad Variable Power Scope. The contract is worth just under $12 million. On the 4th October we reported that Night Force Optics had been awarded a $16 million contract to provide the […]
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Sears is pushing some serious sales lately, and this deal on work boots is as impressive as another recent tool kit sale we covered where you can effectively get the sale price back in cashback points after completing your purchase. This time around there are a number of options to choose from including work boots from Timberland, Wolverine, and DieHard with either soft, steel, or composite toes. Where this deal is optimized is on the more budget-conscious boots, as you can earn $60 in cashback points on boot purchases of $60 or more. A prime example are these waterproof Elk Woods Boots seen below, which are already on sale to begin with for $65.05 from $120, before you even consider the additional cashback promotion.
The details of this deal are relatively straightforward, and sadly they don’t cut you a payment for $60 as soon as you spend $60. Instead, you get your cashback in three instalments of $20. The first is issues on purchase, and the two following instalments land in November and December. Sadly you can’t save and stack them either, as one expires before the next one starts, but if you’re a regular Sears shopper to begin with you’ll have no problem putting this cashback to good use.
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The Firearm Blog has visited another exclusive gun store in London. In the past, we have visited the Beretta Gallery and the Holland & Holland Flagship store. We can also recommend The Imperial War museum, Part I and Part II. The James Bond in Motion is still showing, but you can check our story here […]
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Alexander Global Strategies I recently attended Law Enforcement Protective Operations with Alexander Global Strategies. This was a 5 day course at the Alliance Police Range in Alliance, Ohio. This course teaches the fundamentals of executive protection. Due to the student base of this course, content focused on departments providing or assisting a protection team. However, […]
The series on the state party platforms of the Democrat Party continues with Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.
The Montana Democrat Platform addresses firearms in the section on Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation and in the section on Crime and Punishment. Under the Hunting section, it says:
The right to keep and bear arms as defined in both the Montana and the U.S. Constitutions.That section goes on to say that they support public hunting as a game management tool.
Responsible ownership of firearms, including gun safety practices and the education and supervision of children in the use of firearms.That sounds good until you read their action agenda which says they will "Advocate policies that address and prevent gun violence." The very use of the word "gun violence" (sic) indicates to me that they are blaming the firearm and not the person misusing it.
Firearms and Gun Violence Prevention
Nebraska Democrats recognize that gun violence is a serious problem that claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans per year, injures many more, traumatizes countless others, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. We support the right of Americans to live free of gun violence. We recognize that gun violence is the consequence of an inadequately regulated consumer market.
We support the repeal of the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which offers special immunities from liability to gun manufacturers and sellers and deprives injured persons from their right to legal remedy in the courts.
Nebraska Democrats support the right of communities to respond democratically to gun violence by passing local ordinances to address their needs. If gun s are owned, they must be used responsibly. We support criminal and civil liability for those who do not safely secure their guns. We support a tax on weapons and ammunition to fund school security measures.
We agree with the American Medical Association ’s proposals regarding firearms: limiting the purchase of guns to individuals 21 and over; supporting legislation that allows relatives of suicidal people or those who have threatened imminent violence to seek court - ordered removal of guns from the home; requesting better training for physicians to recognize patients at risk for suicide; and ensuring domestic abusers do not have access to firearms.
The Nebraska Democratic Party further supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ proposals to enact a strong, effective assault weapons ban, require mandatory background checks and waiting periods of all firearm purchases, enact a ban on high - capacity magazines, enact strong handgun regulations, and require safe firearm storage under federal law.
We support scientific research into gun violence by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and other research agencies.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
We support common sense gun safety and gun violence prevention measures, because what happened on 1 October must never happen again.
We support the right to bear arms in a responsible manner. We oppose “Stand Your Ground” laws. We support banning bump stocks or any device that makes a semi - automatic weapon fire like an automatic weapon. We support a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We support outlawing guns on school campuses and keeping guns out of public and government buildings. We support technology aimed at keeping children safe and ensuring that firearms are stored safely in gun owners’ homes. We support the implementation and enforcement of the ballot initiative that was approved by the voters in 2016 to close the gun show loophole. We oppose any efforts by the Nevada Legislature to make it easier for potentially dangerous people like convicted domestic abusers , violent criminals , stalkers , and those lawfully adjudicated as mentally ill to have easier access to weapons. We support strict standards on reciprocity laws in Nevada that protect our families and visitors. We support reporting gun injuries and deaths as community health problems, and keeping statistics and studying those statistics as a public health issue.
I do hate to break it to whomever wrote this platform but so-called gun-free zones do not reduce "gun violence". They only put law abiding people at risk from predators and other psychopaths.
- We believe in universal background checks to protect our communities from gun violence.
- We believe that military - style weapons, bump stocks, and high - capacity magazine s do not belong on our streets.
- We believe in the establishment of gun - free zones in certain public places, such as schools , as a means of reducing gun violence.
- We support a ban on guns in and on the floor of our State House for the safety of our residents, guests , and children who visit .
Specifically, as governor Phil Murphy would:With the exception of getting tough on gang members, there is not a thing in that list which would reduce criminal misuse of firearms. It is aimed at the law-abiding gun owner and not the criminal. As we have also seen, Murphy is actively anti-hunting with his ad hoc ban on hunting of bears on state lands. Murphy doesn't even pretend to make lip service about supporting hunters.
- Sign commonsense legislation that Christie vetoed: Phil Murphy would start by signing every piece of gun violence prevention legislation that Governor Christie has vetoed. These bills would have enacted bipartisan and sensible solutions, such as keeping guns out of the hands of gang members and domestic abusers.
- Mandate gun safety training: No one should be able to purchase a firearm without first attending a gun safety training course.
- Promote smart gun technology: We must regain our position as a leader in the smart gun movement by requiring all gun retailers to carry at least one smart gun once they are commercially available.
- Keep guns out of the hands of those suffering with mental illness: New Jersey already requires background checks, but it should follow the lead of nearly half the states in the U.S. and require timely reporting of mental illness episodes to the national background check database.
- Tax gun sales to prevent violence: All gun sales should be subject to a tax that will fund law enforcement, drug treatment centers, and mental health services.
- Strengthen regulations on gun transfers: Phil Murphy would make it a crime to sell guns without conducting a mandatory background check, and would require individuals to register their firearms kept in the state.
- Work with neighboring states to promote gun violence prevention: An estimated 80 percent of guns involved in crimes in New Jersey come from out of state. As governor, Phil Murphy will engage partners in neighboring states to find common ground on gun violence prevention efforts.
- Direct the Attorney General to vigorously defend our gun laws: Governor Christie has allowed the Attorney General’s office to relax enforcement of our gun safety laws, including laws that prohibit illegally transporting guns into New Jersey from out of state. As governor, Phil Murphy would direct the Attorney General to vigorously defend and enforce our gun laws, rather than to act as an agent of the NRA.
The Bundeswehr’s programme to replace the Heckler & Koch G36 by 2020 has stalled. German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag reports that none of the weapons submitted have fulfilled the Bundeswehr’s “individual mandatory requirements.” Die Welt have seen a copy of a confidential report from the German Defense Ministry’s procurement office, the BAAINBw, outlining the failure. The controversy surrounding […]
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At a minimum, Kavanaugh appears to be a vote for the Supreme Court to consider cases involving the court’s landmark Heller decision, in which the justices said the Second Amendment includes the right to own a handgun inside the home for self-protection.
A spokesman for a Democratic group that is supporting former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen in his run for a U.S. Senate seat referred to “white male” gun owners as "Murican gun nuts" in response to a Facebook post asking people to identify “the biggest terrorist organization on the planet,” according to a report.
Organizers of a small-town Kansas parade decided Friday night that they won't stop Republican candidate Kris Kobach from having a replica machine gun on a jeep after initially objecting to a key symbol of his campaign for governor and support for gun rights.
Molinaro, speaking to reporters Friday at the state Capitol, said it’s more important to look at the root cause of the violence, such as a generational poverty, a failing education system, and what he deemed a decades-long dismantling of mental health services.
When it comes to trail cameras, users seem to be divided into two categories – Those who use trail cameras all year long, and those who use their cameras a few times a year. If someone is only going to use a product a couple of times a year, why spend a lot of money on it?
Starting around September or so, sometimes October, big box outlet stores start getting their hunting gear in. One item that often sparks interest are the low cost trail cameras. Some of them cost as little as $30. So what kind of quality could someone expect from a $30 trail camera? The answer may be surprising.
For this project a Tasco 8MP game camera was purchased from a local big box outlet store for around $30, tax included. Some readers may think this is a small sampling size of just one camera. For over a decade I have used numerous cheap / low cost trail cameras with similar results. While we are discussing one certain camera, I feel it is representative of low cost game cameras in general.
The Tasco trail camera was placed near a wildlife feeder, left for several days, checked, moved back a little bit away from the feeder, then left out for several more days. Over the course of the testing pictures of deer, my dogs, and a coyote were taken.
Original pictures were taken at 8 megapixel, which measured 3264 x 2448, and ranged in size from 800kb to 1.80 mb. Daytime pictures were acceptable for the price of the camera, but night time were not as clear, which is to be expected. For $30 I feel the camera took more than acceptable pictures.
Pictures lack a temperature stamp that most higher end cameras have on them. Then again, how many people pay attention to the temperature on the pictures?
One problem with the camera, it took a lot of pictures of nothing. It seemed as if the camera was taking pictures when the wind blew.
Let’s be honest, most hunters are going to use their trail camera two, maybe three months out of the year. The camera may be set out a month or so before hunting season, then put out right before hunting season.
Let’s be honest about another topic, and that is trail camera theft. If a camera is stolen, do we want to lose a $100+ camera, or do we want to lose a $30 camera? Don’t say it does not happen either. Thieves will steal just about anything. I have heard of everything from trail cameras, to entire stands being stolen. When the thieves can not seal, they destroy.
As stated earlier in the article I have been using trail cameras for over a decade. After looking through a number of pictures I found a trail camera picture from 2006.
The picture from 2018 seems to have more vivid colors than the one from 2006.
Unless someone wants super high quality pictures, 8mp seems to be more than adequate for a trail camera.
Are cheap trail cameras worth the money? Sure they are. I would not hesitate to pick up a few more.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
As you sit at your desk at work or you’re standing on the assembly line or working to stock the shelves at a retail location, news comes of a severe storm brewing. You stop long enough to check your weather App on your iPhone to see more details on what is coming. It looks bad.
Natural disasters hit somewhere in America nearly every day. Some are storms such as tornadoes or hurricanes that we have seen recently, others are brush or forest fires that can pop up with a bolt of lightning. There have been surprise flash flooding that causes rivers and creeks to rise out of their banks in a matter of hours. That is the nature of SHTF.
The big question is are you ready to bug out at the drop of a hat? Can you gather up your family, bags, and gear in an hour or less and be headed to a safe zone? Do you know how to find out where those safe zones are and how to get there? Are your bug out backs packed right now, ready to throw into the car and go? Have you pre-practiced escape drills before to know the routine?
The first step in this bug out scenario is to have a well-defined plan. On any given day, know where all the members of your family are. Have a line of communication established to contact them for a bug out notice. You may have to run to one school or job site to pick up one person, while mom leaves her job or home to run by football or soccer practice to get a child. Keep your iPhones charged at all times and stay in communication as much as possible.
Once family members are together, meet at a pre-determined bug out site. This may be home or another location. If one member can run by the house to gather the gear, the other can pick up the kids. Whatever works for your family, establish a routine and learn it well ahead of time.
Pick out safe escape destinations ahead of any disaster. Have alternative routes and safe “houses” in several directions, some avoiding interstate highways that will become quickly clogged as were Florida highways recently during Hurricane Irma.
You bug out bag(s) should be complete with supplies for a minimum of three days. Pack required meds, a first aid kit, food, water, flashlights, and some clothes. Some have essential documents packed for a quick exit. Have sufficient self-protection modes available in case things go sideways. Above all, plan, communicate, practice and know what to do.
The Popular Mobilization Units or PMU of Iraq had a critical role in repelling the so-called ISIS attacks, Iran’s support for Iraq in the confrontation of Daesh/ISIS included weapons and military expertise (please note that there are PMU in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen so we have to clarify which PMU we refer to, even though all […]
The 5 Best $1000 Scopes is a video you have been asking for all year. Joel got it done here! Check out these great optics and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV is giving away one gun a month to a randomly selected $5-level […]
The Heckler & Koch MP7 is such a cool firearm. I guess everyone would like to have one, if only they could. Joining the Norwegian Home Guard is one way of shooting one. In Today’s Photo Of The Day we take a closer look at the MP7, as used by Norway. Below: Home guard soldiers […]
This Thompson is being sold by Morphys on October 30, 2018. Note that I refer to the M1A1 in this video as a transferrable gun; it is actually a pre-May dealer sample. Sorry!
While the US Army was satisfied with the Thompson as a fighting weapon in World War Two, it was most certainly not happy with the gun’s exorbitant price tag. The Thompson was a very expensive gun, and the Army wanted to see that change. In March of 1942, engineers at the Savage factory submitted a simplified version for Army consideration, and it was accepted and adopted the very next month. Savage would transition from M1928A1 production to the new M1 pattern in June and July of 1942.
This new M1 Thompson had eliminated at last the unique and unnecessary Blish lock system in favor of a simple blowback action delayed only by bolt mass. In addition to greatly simplifying the production of bolt components, this also allowed the receiver internal shape to be much simplified. A further simplification would follow shortly, as the hammer and floating firing pin were replaced by a fixed firing pin milled into the bolt face in October of 1942 – this new type being designated the M1A1. Another 715,000 M1 and M1A1 Thompsons would be produced by Savage and Auto-Ordnance by February of 1944, when the Thompson was finally replaced by the yet cheaper M3 “Grease Gun”.
This is the fourth in a 5-part series on the development of the Thompson…
Our story starts in the 1970s when my dad would take my brother and I squirrel hunting. After waking up early on a cold Southeast Texas winter day, dad would take my brother and I across a creek and into old growth pine and oak forest where we would take several cat (aka gray) and fox squirrels.
After getting back to the hunting camp, dad, my brother, and I would clean the squirrels. Once the squirrels had been cleaned and washed, dad would make a pot of squirrel and dumplings. It seemed like a lot of work for a meal, and it was a lot of work. Why not just go to town and get something to eat? Therein lies the problem.
In a previous article we talked about using holidays as a bug out test run. What is one thing people pack for a trip to the hunting camp? Store bought food. We cram our vehicle full of hot dogs, pork chops, cans of beans, chips, snacks, soft drinks… etc. In essence, when it comes to food, the bug out location becomes an extension of our home.
Why would we practice bugging out, only to take processed food with us? Part of it has to do with time, and much needed rest and relaxation for a hard week at work. We may go fishing, but how many of the fish are brought back to feed the family? A lot of us catch and release, including myself.
When my family was on a hunting lease, one of the yearly traditions was feasting on a roasted wild pig opening weekend, which is the first weekend of November. Typically, someone would head to the hunting lease a few days before deer season opened, trap a pig (or pigs), keep the pigs in a pen, then butcher a pig for everyone to eat on the evening before opening day.
On closing weekend, which is typically the first weekend in January, some of the members would bring catfish caught at Lake Sam Rayburn, and we would have a fish fry.
Between the first weekend of November, and the first weekend of January, a lot of the members ate store bought food. They would harvest a deer, or pig, process the animals, then pack it away in an ice chest to be taken home.
One thing about being part of a hunting lease, there is always someone who needs help skinning a deer. Opening day it would not be uncommon for several deer to be brought into camp. A bunch of us would get our knives out, skin and quarter the deer.
While some of us would be skinning and quartering a deer, others would take their kill straight to the butcher, which I have done also. Sometimes the hunter does not want to take the time to skin and quarter the deer. Going straight to the butcher is a quick and easy way to get the deer processed.
Access to easy food has made a large portion of the population lazy. Preppers, when we make a practice run to the bug out location, we bring a lot of store bought food with us, and I am guilty of that also.
A lot of us pass up opportunities to practice our survival skills, which includes processing and cooking wild game. Next hunting season, let’s take the time to hunt, process, and cook wild game while we are at the bug out location, or hunting camp.
In 1918 the United States began manufacturing tanks for the war effort in Europe, and these tanks naturally required armament. The British were mostly using the Hotchkiss Portative for they new tanks and the French were using the Hotchkiss 1914 heavy machine gun. The initial American weapon of choice for tanks was the Marlin 1917, as straight gas piston conversion of the Colt 1895 design – but the Marlin had substantial flaws and a better gun was desired.
Good afternoon tax stampers and welcome to the latest edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where we bring you the latest in news, announcements and product releases from around the suppressor industry. Today we will reflect back on the week’s events and then dive in to an academic discussion about designing and building the world’s perfect […]
(They should have asked me: I got ATF's administrative record for that move via FOIA a year or two ago. The agency's problem: the green tip's core consists of a steel penetrator followed by a lead slug, and the statute defines armor-piercing ammo as that which has a core "entirely" of forbidden metals, including steel. ATF cited some references that stated a bullet can have multiple cores, and was arguing that green-tip has two cores, and if any part of the core is a forbidden metal, than the bullet is AP. But the statute refers to "core," not "any one of its cores" and uses that in conjunction with "entirely.").
Today we are out shooting the H&R M14 “Guerrilla Gun” prototype, but fitted with a standard M14 stock and barrel. With these parts, it handles and fires exactly like a standard M14 – so I can answer the most pertinent question:
Is the M14 really so uncontrollable in full auto?
The vote was unanimous. Its sponsor explains, "the city's residents and stakeholders deserve to know how the city's public funds are being spent, and whether taxpayer funds are being spent on contractors that have contractual or sponsorship ties with the NRA."
So you think the 45 ACP is a good choice for defense against large animals? Well, that’s exactly what Paul Harrell takes a look at in this video. Specifically, is the 45 ACP actually up to the task — and if so, what sort of ammo will work best?
We begin by comparing three run-of-the-mill 45 hardball loads over the chronograph… then we move along to a high-falutin’ Remington HTP (High Terminal Performance) load, which is a jacketed hollowpoint — and, naturally, costs a good bit more.
Back to the chrony, we find that the super-duper ammo produces velocities that are… disappointing. Essentially, this costly defense ammo moves more slowly than two out of the three hardball (FMJ) loads that he tested earlier.
Kinda sad, ain’t it?
Whether you agree it’s sad or not, you probably agree that testing expansion is a good idea… and that’s what he does next.
And I think we can all agree that expansion was perfectly satisfactory. And when he repeats the test at longer range, we find the same result: Great hollowpoint expansion, which would likely result in effective game-stopping.
When tested on Harrell’s “patented meat target,” expansion was markedly worse. Hmmm. Doesn’t seem like you should hang your hat on the 45 ACP to properly penetrate and stop big heavy wild critters.
But wait! What about semi-wadcutters? Well, they produce better penetration than the HPs.
Then again, so do the FMJs… and in the end, they kinda look like the HPs fired from 15 yards!
As for the answers to the original questions, let’s just say the 45 is a lot better than nothing… although it is definitely not the best choice for protection from big game.
In his words, Hardball is hard to beat.
Enjoy the video.
I ran across a booth at TriggrCon 2018, and it was loaded with many things to upgrade your Mossberg and Remington shotguns. New stocks, forends, and magazines of all sizes. I talked with Doug from Adaptive Tactical for a while, when I noticed towards the back of the booth there was a whole display of […]
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Springfield Armory has delivered on a plea from its shooting base by finally bringing us (on October 10th – 10/10/2018) an XD(M) 10mm! For those who were seeking more ammunition capacity than Springfield Armory’s TRP 10mm models you now have the opportunity to carry and send off 15+1 rounds in a very accurate pistol. Springfield […]
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Gun rights groups, including the NRA’s Delaware affiliate, the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, scored an encore legal victory this week when the Superior Court of the State of Delaware invalidated parts of newly promulgated regulations imposed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) on firearms in state parks and forests.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo convened a task force focused on “gun safety” last April, comprised predominantly of members drawn from “the judiciary, the Attorney General’s Office, state and local law enforcement agencies, gun violence prevention advocates, mental health advocates, public health experts, educators, and other community members, including affected families and youth.” A number of university professors are included in the ranks.
Joe Gaddini (inventor of the Omega silencer baffle and the former owner of SWR) and Kyle Grob (KGMade suppressors) have teamed up to form a new venture to produce the Hopaii – an extreme duty use silencer built mainly for the military and law enforcement markets. The two partners have joined forces under RMS2, a […]
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Gun control advocates are constantly looking for the right messenger to push an agenda that boils down to law-abiding Americans giving up their freedoms, their security, and their property without expectation of affecting the behavior of criminals. It’s a tough pitch, which is probably why it has always been difficult for its adherents to sustain any lasting intensity in the public debate.
Actors and actresses should generally stick to what they know best; repeating the lines others have written for them. Jamie Lee Curtis recently decided to try to explain, in her own words, how much she really supports the Second Amendment, but ended up showing how dependent she is on her screenwriters.
In what observers have pegged as a preparatory step for a presidential run in 2020, on October 10 billionaire gun control financier and former-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg registered as a Democrat. Bloomberg ran as a Republican in his 2001 and 2005 mayoral campaigns. In 2009 Bloomberg ran for reelection as an independent. Despite having spent the better portion of the last two decades working to dismantle various freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the would-be oligarch claimed he rejoined the Democrats to stand “as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution.”
Today there are two types of camouflage methods that immediately come to mind when we consider the task of trying to better conceal infantrymen and their weapons throughout the world. The first and more readily available example is that of camouflaging (or bou-flauging as Marine Snipers call it) the small arms by hand. This can […]
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"The state respectfully disagrees with the court's ruling and maintains that Montana law does not allow cities to enact a patchwork of firearm regulations," Department of Justice spokesman John Barnes said.
A radical gun-control group, Lincoln-based Nebraskans Against Gun Violence (NAGV), is seeking to punish Lincoln’s honest hard-working gun owners for the acts of criminals.
As part of its efforts to push gun control measures in statehouses across the country, the political arm of Everytown for Gun Safety announced Friday it will spend $500,000 in support of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf before the Nov. 6 midterms.
Beginning in November 2018, Discovery Channel will be airing a series of episodes under a new show called “Master of Arms”. The show will consist of a skills competition wherein different contestants will be asked to create a particular weapon that was used in the medieval era. After their wares have been completed in a specified […]
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We know TFB readers and viewers have watched a John Wick film and thought, “damn, I wish I could shoot like that.” Fortunately, James Reeves has your back: James and the TFB crew went out to Taran Tactical Innovations to meet and train with living legend Taran Butler – the man who trained Keanu Reeves […]
I had the chance to install and use a KE Arms SLT-1 single stage drop in trigger; I have to admit I am surprised. I have always used Timney and even Elftmann but this was my first KE Arms model. I really was not sure what to expect, to be honest.
It’s like the other drop-in triggers as far as installation goes. And so far it has stayed in place without the “walking out” of the trigger pins (I was a little concerned as this trigger has two springs on the bottom to apply pressure to the pins) but to be fair they are strong springs and they really do hold a nice amount of upward pressure. 1,200 rounds so far and they are still in place!
The SLT-1 is very well built all the way around and slips right in without any modification at all. It does have a 4.5-pound break but with the extremely short pre-travel and nice clean break you don’t notice that it is set at 4.5 pounds, it seems less. Mine test on the digital trigger pull gauge at an average of 4.3.
The SLT-1 has a unique look to the trigger itself, both on the curved and straight trigger shoe, it looks like a rounded off gear on the back of the shoe. Something I believe is just on the KE Arms triggers. It has a great reset and you can tell it is well built throughout.
Now I know some of you will say why would I want a 4.5-pound pull if I am putting an aftermarket trigger in? Not everyone wants a 2.5 pound or less, they just one that is smoother, crisper on the break and wants to stay in the 4 to 4.5-pound range. You would be surprised to know the number of people that are actually afraid of a 2.5 or less on an AR rifle for whatever fear they have.
There is a market for this trigger and I think KE Arms is filling that group just fine with the SLT-1. Personally, for any rifle, I use in competition I want from 1.5 minimum to no more than 2.5 pulls but for the other rifles, like a home defense rifle the SLT-1 is a great option!
You can check KE Arms site for not only their triggers but for everything they make below:
Stay safe and see you out there!
Grayboe Stocks now provides In-House Custom Shop Work to supplement the already diverse assortment of high-end stocks they offer to the shooting market. These services should fill a niche for customers with unique asks such as left-handed shooters, odd barrel contours and those seeking improvement in their bottom metal. A Press Release issued by the […]
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While Harrington & Richardson was making M14 rifles for the United States military, they were also experimenting with other variations on the design. Among these was the “Guerrilla Gun”, an shortened and lightened M14. The barrel was reduced in length by 4.5 inches and also reduced significantly in diameter, and a special conical flash hider fitted. The intention was to make a version more suitable to small-statured Asian soldiers, and several of these rifles were made in the X-40 range of serial numbers. This particular one was also fitted with a custom made underflowing stock which further lightened the gun as well as making it quite compact. One can only imagine how difficult this configuration would have been to shoot in fully automatic!
This rifle was registered and sold by H&R in the mid 1980s, and it is well provenance to the factory. A previous owner replaced the short barrel with a standard length one as well as a standard stock, and in that configuration it is a quite scarce fully transferrable M14. The short barrel and its fittings (less the flash hider) are still with it, however, and hopefully the next owner will return it to its original form.
When someone entertains the idea of carrying for the first time they will inevitably be inundated with one slapstick cliche after another. The main objective for any new concealed carry holder is to wade their way through these tongue and cheek comments to find the best pistol, holster and carrying situation for themselves. To not […]
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If you recall, almost a year to the date, RS Regulate announced their milled Galil handguard. It upgrades your Galil with MLOK or Keymod slots. Well the evolution of that rail is now for AK rifles. The RS Regulate GKR AK Handguard was unveiled last weekend at the Red Oktober rifle match The factory Galil […]
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But in the McSally-Sinema Senate race in Arizona, I think it just happened. Right as the early ballots are on the way to voters.
Waterproof gear is better than non-waterproof gear — it’s as simple as that. But how best to waterproof your gear? Well, that varies depending on what it’s made of… but for fabric stuff such as hats, light jackets, backpacks, ditty bags and such, this formula should work just fine. In fact, I’m tempted to call it do-it-yourself Scotchgard.
Sadly, we have another annoying background music video… making this a prime candidate for using closed captions along with the mute button.
Find a two-quart container in which you can mix a quart of mineral spirits with HALF of a 2.8-ounce tube of clear, 100% silicone sealant. Pour in the mineral spirits, add the sealant, and mix the heck out of it.
Next, paint it onto the fabric you’d like to waterproof. Let it dry for about 24 hours, and you’re done.
This should provide a lot more coverage — especially per dollar — than spraying with Scotchgard.
I think I’m going to try this on my hunting pack…
Michigan deer hunters are reportedly being warned to watch out for bovine tuberculosis in the deer they harvest.
Michigan is said to be the only state in which bovine tuberculosis is known to have infected wild deer herds. It’s suspected that sharing a food source is the root cause of spreading the disease between cattle and deer.
Infected deer can appear as the photo above, which shows the interior of an infected animal’s ribcage.
Bovine tuberculosis can spread to humans in a number of ways, and at one time this was more common due to consumption of contaminated, unpasteurized dairy products. For hunters, gutting or otherwise processing a deer may allow infection through a cut or open sore. Overall, the risk of a hunter becoming infected is quite small.
According to CDC:
Infection can also occur from direct contact with a wound, such as what might occur during slaughter or hunting, or by inhaling the bacteria in air exhaled by animals infected with M. bovis. Direct transmission from animals to humans through the air is thought to be rare, but M. bovis can be spread directly from person to person when people with the disease in their lungs cough or sneeze.
Michigan’s wildlife managers are hoping to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from MI’s deer herd, and are asking that hunters who take deer in the following counties to submit the head for testing at a game check station:
Locations of check stations can be found here.
As far as I can tell, it’s perfectly safe to eat the meat of a deer infected with bovine tuberculosis, because the “bad stuff” is rarely on or in the meat itself. More on that here.
All in all, it sounds like a minor issue… all the same, I’m glad this is not happening where I hunt.
A top spokesman for the Tennessee Democratic Party's effort to get Phil Bredesen elected senator has said he views "white male" gun owners as "the biggest terrorist organization on the planet." Mark Brown is communications director for Tennessee Victory 2018, a project of the state Democratic party that's been working exclusively on electing Bredesen. The group is hosting Bredesen for a Johnson City meet-and-greet on Thursday afternoon.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
ANGLED VS. VERTICAL AR FOREND GRIPS
Stabilizing the shooting hold of an AR-15 rifle is not without its options. Certainly the majority of common everyday AR shooters will simply shoulder the weapon, grab ahold of the forend with the offhand underneath for support, and shoot away. This is of course, the standard hold format for shooting any rifle, the AR being no real exception in this regard. But are there better ways to keep the muzzle end of these rifles even more steady? You bet.
Some really tacticool shooters have even been seen wrapping their offhand over the top of the quad rail, KeyMod, or M-Lok forend rather than underneath. This is often witnessed at 3-gun shooting competitions as a shooting technique giving some sort of edge I guess to the shooter. The theory here is that by applying judicious downward pressure with the hand on top of the rail and barrel helps to control the muzzle rise, even with the very real controllability of an AR rifle platform.
This is the case, too, even with sustained rapid firing of the rifle. Shooters learn to adapt to trying things that make the shooting more comfortable and accurate. Funny things happen when shooting any rifle especially a semi-auto capable of running out a 30-round mag in mere seconds. Even a bit of fatigue factor can begin to set in thus permitting the muzzle to slump down somewhat in a prolonged string of shots.
To assist with this condition as well as just to offer other viable ways to support the shooting of an AR, accessory engineers and manufacturers conjured up a couple of additional add-ons to help out. These can now be bought from a wide variety of sources in styles, sizes, and colors to suit the shooter. They are easy to attach via Picatinny rail, KeyMod or M-Lok options.
First up is the angled foregrip ala Magpul or others which creates a stable shooting hold aiding in the control of recoil. It attaches underneath the rail. Using this hold thus places the shooter’s offhand positioned high up on the center line of the barrel’s bore. Pushing forward and with slight downward pressure helps to counteract muzzle rise from recoil. Some shooters hold it in the web of the hand between the thumb and forefinger. Yes, it works.
The other option is a vertical foregrip that attaches like the angled models. This hold simply provides a secure grip in the palm of the hand with fingers wrapped around it. Gripping surface materials vary, so find one you like. Some fold up, but most do not. Some have screw off bottom caps to store small items inside. There are long, short, and molded grip models.
I use both of these forend grip devices and find them both effective. The angled model hangs up less, but the vertical offers a more stable hold. You choose one or both as they are easy to put on or take off.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
PREPPER TIPS: FOR FIRST TIME PREPPERS
As residents in Houston, Texas quickly realized with Hurricane Harvey prepper planning had to come months ahead of time. Last minute prep for a storm just about to hit land is just a course for chaos. The disaster scenario always seems to play out about the same.
When the final realization eventually hits home with calls for evacuations from storm targeted areas, the highways are jammed with people ill equipped to be escaping at all, much less from an F4 hurricane or catastrophic flood waters. If it is just human nature to put off the inevitable, then preppers need to learn to adopt just the opposite traits.
Though experience is the best teacher, there are other ways to learn advanced planning for any kind of a SHTF event, even a hurricane. First, it is critical that preppers in hurricane or other storm prone areas to know by history what the limitations are for hunkering down. At some point when things finally reach critical mass, a bug out becomes necessary. Know this point of no return.
Much has been written here and countless other sites or books about preparing Bug Out Bags with critical gear and supplies. These should be in “ready-to-go” mode at all times even though materials can be cycled in and out of these bags to keep items fresh. This means water, food, medical supplies, clothing, a good battery weather/news radio, cell phone with multiple option chargers, and items for personal protection as needed.
Initially think in terms of the first 72 hours of survival away from home, or at home if you decide to bug in, assuming that would be a wise option. So, that is 3 days of supplies for each person in your immediate group/family. This does not allow for taking on anybody else, unless you plan for it. If you have a pet(s), then plan for them, too.
Pending any kind of a developing SHTF situation, keep abreast of the news and official warnings at all times. Keep your primary escape vehicle fueled at capacity. Consider a safe fuel can(s) with 5-10 extra gallons of gas. Know all the viable escape routes from your location to several options away from the coming threat. If you plan to evacuate, get the jump and do so as early as possible.
Beginner preppers may be overwhelmed with such planning and execution. This is why it should be done well in advance, equipped, and practiced ahead of time. Remember that “prepping” stands for preparation.
Fairfax, Va.— On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Yvette Herrell for U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico.
The Bavarian State Police have announced their adoption of the FN SCAR-L. The news was announced by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior through the Strategie & Technik blog. The contract was awarded at the beginning of September and the guns will be issued to the Bavarian Bereitschaftspolizei (riot or rapid reaction police). The Bavarian police […]
This new Taylor Freelance product may look like just another magazine extension, however, it has a lot of interesting and innovative design features. The Goliath +20 aluminum Glock magazine extension is built to withstand extreme use, it is easily serviceable, it can be custom fitted to the magazine and it looks cool. One of the most important design […]
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Speaking on Sunday at a campaign event for local Georgia Democratic candidates, former Attorney General Eric Holder flatly rejected former first lady Michelle Obama's widely cited call for civility and instead seemingly urged Democrats to brawl with Republicans. "It is time for us, as Democrats, to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are," Holder told a crowd of campaign volunteers and candidates. "Michelle always says -- I love her; she and my wife are like, really tight, which always scares me and Barack -- but Michelle always says, 'When they go low, we go high.' No. When they go low, we kick 'em."
A radical gun-control group, Lincoln-based Nebraskans Against Gun Violence (NAGV), is seeking to punish Lincoln’s honest hard-working gun owners for the acts of criminals. The group is proposing restrictive gun control mandates, sometimes called Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws, that would micromanage the lives of Lincoln’s law-abiding gun owners. If adopted, these measures would make it harder for Lincoln residents to protect and defend themselves while doing nothing to stop criminals.
Insight is well known for making weapon lasers like the PEQ-15. They also made a weapon laser sight for grenade launchers. The PSQ-18 and PSQ-18/A are the laser sights for the M203 and M320 grenade launcher. They have a laser pointer but they also have an integrated IR laser illuminator that works very well. While […]
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They may sign petitions on Change.org or follow the Facebook page of the U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, even though they don’t live in Texas. Maybe they attended the Women’s March two years ago, or the March for Our Lives this spring.
Bloomberg, 76, announced Wednesday that he had re-registered as a Democrat for the first time since leaving the party in 2001, in what some are interpreting as a sign that he may run for president under that party's banner in 2020.
Should holding an unloaded gun at an off-campus event lead to questioning from college administrators?
Phil Bredesen seems at home in the woods. Wearing a flannel and a shooting jacket three weeks ago, he blasts orange clay pigeons out of the sky and into black dust clouds with an over and under shotgun before turning to the camera to talk about the Second Amendment in one ad.
Sen. Jon Tester, Montana Democrat, saw his National Rifle Association rating downgraded Tuesday to a “D,” even though his campaign said he has shot “hundreds of cows and hogs.”
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is great at shooting cows on his Montana land but terrible at supporting pro-gun judicial nominees for the Supreme Court.
Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen was filmed attending a fundraiser in New York City with multibillionaire — and now official Democrat — Michael Bloomberg. Since leaving the New York City mayor’s office, Bloomberg has been bankrollingEverytown for Gun Safety along with other left-leaning causes.
Sellier & Bellot has introduced a new lead-free rifle ammunition line specifically designed for use in hunting training systems also known as shooting cinemas. The new ammunition line is called SCREEN AMMO which stands for Shooting Cinema Range Entertainment with Environmental and Non-toxic Ammunition. Let’s watch the demo video first. Shooting cinemas are indoor training […]
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When you hear a combatant in Arab regions saying “Doshka” or “Dishka” it doesn’t necessarily mean the DShK machine gun itself but it refers to anything related with 12.7x108mm, even an OSV-96 AMR is called a Doshka Rifle because it uses the same caliber. The Sakoor Youth Coordination “Tansiqeyyet Shabab Al-Sakhoor تنسيقية شباب الصاخور” is […]
The moment I saw this picture I knew it would make a good Picture Of The Day here at TFB. It’s not everyday you see an Armored Vehicle on a boat blasting for all it’s worth out to the sea. First I thought the LAV was on one of the U.S. Carriers and wondered what […]
By 1939, Auto-Ordnance was thoroughly bankrupt, having about $400 in assets and a debt of more than $1.2 million to the estate of the late Thomas Ryan, it’s original financier. Ryan had died in 1929, but the company shareholders had prevented his estate from forcing the sale of the company for a decade. In 1939 they could hold out no longer, and the company was sold to one Russell Maguire, a high profile corporate raider.
Maguire, however, saw the potential of a submachine gun company on the brink of a new world war, and negotiated a contract with the Savage Arms Company to begin new production of Thompsons (the original Colt guns from 1921 having finally all sold). Orders began to come in from Europe, and new Model of 1928 Thompsons were sold to France, Sweden, and most substantially, the United Kingdom. The US military would also start buying Thompsons in quantity (designated the M1928A1), but the UK orders (paid for in bullion) were a massive source of profits for the company.
Auto-Ordnance would roll some of these profits back into the company, buying an old automotive brake factory in Bridgeport Connecticut and tooling up their own production of receivers and trigger frames to supplement Savage’s production. A number of changes were progressively made to the guns to simplify and speed up their manufacture, including smooth barrels, stamped ejectors, vastly simplified rear sights, and horizontal front grips. By the time the M1928A1 was replaced by the M1 Thompson, more than 1.1 million had been made by AO and Savage combined. The Thompson had at last found it’s purpose!
This is the third of a 5-part series on the development of the Thompson…
No, it is not the weekend quite yet. Whereas we usually like to share our heavy silencer news, information and analysis on TFB’s Silencer Saturday series, today we have a special treat. Kicking off the season of new NFA product announcements is Dead Air Armament with the new Nomad 30 – a lightweight, modular 30 […]
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This morning Armament Technology Inc., the worldwide distributor for Tangent Theta military grade scopes, unveiled on their Facebook page the brand new Gen 3 XR reticle that will soon be available on their line of scopes. It will first be available in mrad (mils) which is the more common in today’s tactical scopes than MOA.
The new reticle features a floating center dot for reduced obstruction on the target, as well as more data for ranging than the current Gen 2 XR reticle available today. This reticle looks fairly similar to other popular reticles such as Kahles SKMR3 reticle as well as Trijicon’s own reticle on the new Accupower 4-5-30x scope.
It is expected to be available starting first quarter of 2019.
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If you are fortunate enough to have access to a range that let’s you shoot at night, then shooting targets in the dark is one of the most fun and challenging things to do with a gun. Lately my friends and I have been shooting well into the late night. However I am the only […]
This past week, I finally got a Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20×50 that I’d been sitting on mounted on a rifle and was able to take it out and start messing around with it on the range. I shot this scope alongside a completely different scope from Leupold on a completely different gun, just to maximize my […]
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The fourteenth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by M Bear. Any mention of “Project Nemesis” immediately brings up visions of Milla Jojovich and a genetically engineered zombie apocalypse. This build would probably serve well in putting down the lower undead, but may not fair as well against the actual Nemesis. Unless it […]
Eric at IV8888 mated a Brownells Retro XM177E2 upper with a full auto M-16 lower. The fun you can have with full auto! No pumpkin, soda bottle, or watermelon is safe.
Just think, if we didn't have the Hughes Amendment, we could get new full auto lowers or even complete guns.
Budget-friendly and built like a tank, the Luminox Sentry was just spotted on sale (today only) on eBay, cutting its price of entry down to $109.99. These carbon-polyurethane composite cases have proven to be extremely durable as well as lightweight, and the use of Tritium tubes instead of more conventional luminous material for its indices and hands means you’ll have a clear view of the time even if your watch has not recently been exposed to sunlight. The current offer includes both the fully blacked out stealth model, as well as the black dial with contrasting (and highly legible) indices and hands.
Swiss quartz-powered Luminox models generally deliver good value to begin with, but at just over $100 this thing is tough to beat. The 43mm diver-meets-field watch features a screw-down crown and caseback, giving the piece a water resistance rating of 100m (plenty for a daily-wear tool watch). It also features a unidirectional 60 minute timing bezel with a good crisp action to it. At 43mm its by no means the largest in the Luminox catalog, and though it’ll wear a bit chunky, the fact that the piece weighs a featherlight 60 grams makes it that much more approachable for all wrist sizes.
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The highly anticipated Heckler & Koch G28 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) in 7.62x51mm have landed in Canada for civilian sales. Interestingly, the German government allowed these rifles to be exported carrying the actual Bundeswehr designation instead of G28Z which is the commercial market name. It features a 16.5″ cold hammer forged barrel and it has a guaranteed accuracy of 1.5 MOA with 10 rounds of match ammunition. The G28 DMR is based on the MR308/MR762 rifle, but unlike the MR308/MR762, the upper receiver is made of steel instead of aluminum which was a Bundeswehr requirement.
It carries a MSRP of $16,000 which equals to just over USD $12,000. Sadly, due to restriction in Canada, they are limited to 5-round magazines only instead of the original 20-round magazines and being a restricted firearm, licensed firearm owners can only take it to and from a shooting range.
The complete G28 rifle package includes the harris bipod, vertical grip, Schmidt & Bender 3-20×50 PM II in RAL8000 color, scope mount and Aimpoint T1 in 4 MOA. It is just like how the rifle is issued to the Bundeswehr by Heckler & Koch Germany.
Given the chance, will you get this over the new Heckler & Koch M110A1?
The National Rifle Association released a new ad opposing Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen and supporting Republican Marsha Blackburn this week in the gun-rights group's latest foray into the hotly contested Senate race. "The Supreme Court is divided," the ad begins. "Our right to self-defense hangs in the balance. If Phil Bredesen wins, Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein will destroy our right to self-defense." The ad then goes on to advocate that Tennesseans vote for Bredesen's opponent. "But there's something you can do about it," the ad says. "Marsha Blackburn will defend our rights. Always. On November 6, vote Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate."
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today launched a seven-figure ad campaign to inform voters that Sen. Joe Donnelly cannot be trusted to support their constitutional right to self-defense. The television ad, titled DC Joe , will air on cable and broadcast stations.
Senator Tester's communications director tweets "While you [his electoral opponent were busy making your millions developing Maryland farmland, @johntester was making a living shooting hundreds of cows and hogs."
My father told me that once, while he was deer hunting in the Kiabab, he stopped at a diner, and a man pulled up with a small cow he'd shot tied to his car. Everyone was laughing until one person stood up, and cried out "That's MY brand!" I asked what happened and Dad chuckled, "It was the most expensive beef that man ever bought."
By now you know the media narrative: young Americans are uniformly working together on “grassroots” anti-gun activism in an attempt to unseat pro-gun elected officials across the country at all levels of government. The danger facing gun owners is very real. Without an historic effort from pro-gun voters, gun control will be on the agenda throughout the country come January. But the threat doesn’t come from a grassroots movement, it comes from a cadre of wealthy elites intent on eliminating your fundamental rights.
While Congressional elections will likely get the lion’s share of media coverage leading up to November 6, gun owners know that threats to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms do not only emanate from Washington, DC. State legislatures regularly move far more swiftly than Congress when it comes to considering proposals that impact our Second Amendment freedoms.
Wow! This just might be the greatest treasure trove of previously-undiscovered WW2 small arms ever. This video shows a huge array of military weaponry and equipment including grenades, mines, Mauser rifles, insignia, helmets, etc.
Here’s what they say about the site where they’re doing this “magnet fishing:”
In this video we went back to the the location where German forces surrendered to the allied army. Right at that place lots of equipment and ammo was collected by the allies and dropped in a nearby Pond. Once again we found some fantastic relics! The pond hides a lot of incredible ww2 history, it’s really the holy grail of all ponds!
Some things are German, but some are recognizable as coming from the USA — the entrenching tool (folding shovel), for example.
This video’s finds include detonators, a machinegun bipod, MG42 muzzle brake (they call it a “mount”), old glass bottles, and an MG15 machinegun!
The conditions of these finds is really incredible. The silt in the pond must have prevented much oxygen from attacking the steel — and even the wooden pistol grip.
At the end of the video, they show some nice “after” photos of the MG15, sitting on the bipod they’d found earlier. Cool!
In April the state of Vermont moved to ban bump stocks, the ban officially began on the 1st October. In the run up to the ban, however, Vermont State Police held a voluntary amnesty for citizens wishing to give up their bump stocks. The scheme has not been the success that police might have hoped for. […]
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Have you ever wondered how a scope mount is made? That is the story behind Today’s Photo of the Day. In the pictures you can see a “before” and “after”. You start with a block of aluminum, of alloy 7075 T651. Obviously this is the lump of metal to the left in the picture. This […]
Carhartt’s tough outdoor clothing is now available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, a popular camouflage pattern among hunters. Here’s more from the press release:
With fall hunting seasons upon us, Mossy Oak and Carhartt are pleased to announce all-new Carhartt apparel available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, America’s No. 1 Camo Pattern and the official camouflage of the QDMA.
The new hunting apparel product line from Carhartt features a wide variety of clothing options to satisfy the needs for hunting in hot, cold, or rainy conditions.
The Carhartt 8-Point Jacket is made from a lightweight, 3.5-ounce, 100% polyester lined with nylon quilted to 100 gram polyester insulation for added warmth. The jacket comes with two lower-front pockets with zipper closures, two inside pockets, and a left-chest map pocket with magnetic closures. The 8 Point is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country.
The Carhartt Buckfield Camo Pant pairs well with the aforementioned item. These pants are perfect for cool fall days. Rain Defender water repellent helps keep hunters dry in the woods even as the soft material wards off burrs and resists odors. These pants have triple-stitched main seams, a hook-and-loop adjustable waist, and snap-button adjustable leg openings. Perhaps best of all, side cargo pockets have zippered, magnetic pockets for quiet use while hunting. The Buckfield Camo Pant comes with a 32-inch or 34-inch inseam and is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country and Mountain Country.
For hunts where more warmth is needed, there’s the Carhartt Quilt-Lined Camo Bib Overalls. These bibs are made from 12-ounce, 100% cotton duck, a tightly-woven cloth ideal for stopping the wind from cutting through your clothes while hunting. Insulation is nylon-quilted, midweight polyester. Features include multiple tool and utility pockets, a hammer loop, and ankle-to-knee zippers with protective wind flaps. These heavy-duty bibs are being offered in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country.
Mossy Oak Break-Up Country is featured prominently throughout Carhartt’s hunting apparel line. Break-Up Country was designed to annihilate your outline in the woods and fields thanks to digitally-enhanced, enlarged images of natural elements. With this pattern you’ll blend into the trees like never before making you harder to see at a variety of distances in terrain across the country. This is more than a camo pattern, it’s who you are.
MSRP varies by product. Apparel can be found online at Carhartt.com.
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Although rebel groups and insurgents are usually focused more on small arms themselves instead of the accessories that can be attached to them, we are continuing to see the diversification of these after-market accessories throughout the world as the firearms themselves become more modular than ever before. The fighting in Syria for example as brought […]
Four major Evergreen State law enforcement organizations representing the overwhelming majority of sheriff’s deputies, local police and state troopers have lined up against Initiative 1639, which would make Washington’s gun laws among the strictest in the nation.
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DEER HUNTING MICRO CLIMATES
The white-tailed deer is famous for finding the best, most secure hiding places on any given piece of property landscape. Often their hiding strategy is driven by ever changing environmental conditions. This causes the deer to seek out alternative habitat areas that are usually isolated from spots where hunters might typically hunt.
The trick for hunters is not only to find these micro-climate habitat hideouts, but also to monitor the environmental changes that might push deer into these areas. This requires a constant monitoring of changing weather, prevailing winds, precipitation, cold and hot fronts, freeze snaps, and other conditions that can impact deer movements and hunting success.
This also requires a very intimate knowledge of your hunting property. Many hunters just continue to hunt the same old spots season after season, but often never venture into the far outposts where good bucks may be hiding out. Know all the land features of your property and how to approach them quietly with scent control in mind. You may just find some isolated micro climate areas for new hunting challenges.
In warm climatic areas like the Deep South it is often heard each season that “all we need is a big cold front to make the deer move.” This does not always work out according to the script. When deer are used to warm temperatures most of the time even in the winter months, then a super cold front rolls in, very often the deer hunker down for a spell. They are not used to freezing, so they hide out in thick cedar ridges, on the sunny sides of hills, or other places out of the cold wind. Hunt them there or wait for them to finally move out to eat.
Now, after a few days every deer has to finally get up to eat and drink. Stake out a place on the fringe of these safe harbor areas and watch closely for deer movement. It will come, but not immediately.
Reverse these for cold climates when a super freeze blows in. Again, deer are used to cold up north, but not sudden subzero temps. They have an adjustment period for this, too. Within a few days these frigid shocked deer will move. If there is deep snow, then hunt areas where you know food is under that layer of snow. The deer will find it.
To hunt the micro climates, watch weather trends and be ready to go. Know your land and where and when to change up old hunting habits. You might just catch a crafty old buck on the move.
Gun-control advocate Mike Bloomberg hosted a Manhattan fundraiser for Bredesen Tuesday.
What isn’t up for discussion is that the 30-page initiative, on the Nov. 6 ballot, will vault Washington into the vanguard of state gun-restriction laws with Massachusetts, Hawaii and California.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to restrict target shooting in San Diego County's backcountry near Dulzura, citing a 2017 wildfire that was sparked by gunfire.
A national gun control group co-founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is endorsing Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in the nation’s most expensive House race.
Springfield Armory has been receiving longing requests for an XDM 10mm for quite some time and now shooters can rejoice because it is here! On the extremely fitting day of October 10th (10/10/2018) Springfield Armory has announced the XDM 10mm in 2 different models: 4.5″ standard and 5.25″ competition. Both of these models deploy the same 15 round magazines and same frame size. What varies between them are smaller things such as the sight picture, barrel length and amount of magazines you receive from the factory.
This pistol boasts a Match-Grade quality barrel in both configurations for tremendous accuracy. The full-frame design also tames down the recoil even while shooting full power loads of 10mm as the cartridge was always intended. These new XDM 10mm pistols also harbor a trove of safety features like all XDM models. You have a trigger safety to prevent accidental discharges. There is a loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide to provide a visible and tactile acknowledgement as to whether the gun is loaded or not. A striker status indicator also lets the shooter know whether the striker is loaded (capable of firing) or if it is unloaded and could not strike a cartridge at the moment.
All of these elements culminate to create a well-rounded pistol for hunting, defense or simply recreation. Springfield Armory’s President, Steve McKelvain, shared these excited words about finally bringing an XDM 10mm to market which so many people have been asking for:
Our customers have been very vocal about their excitement at the prospect of an XD(M) chambered in 10mm. We are thrilled to now offer them exactly what many of them have been asking for: the power and velocity of the 10mm round delivered in the reliability of the XD(M) platform, proven through our 10,000 round torture test documented on video.
As you can see from the 10,000 Round Torture Test video from above this pistol is built to endure. Many firearm owners will never shoot 10K rounds through any pistol they own in the entirety of their ownership of the firearm; let alone in one range session. So this truly speaks to the quality and durability of the XDM 10mm pistol.
With the 4.5″ standard XDM 10mm we are looking at an MSRP of $652 while the 5.25″ competition XDM punches in at $779. These appear to be very fair price-points for what looks to be an accurate, durable and high capacity 10mm sidearm.
The biggest question is though, what do all of you think? Is this something that you are going to need to add to your arsenal? Or will you take a hard pass on it? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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This November, North Carolina voters will decide whether to codify the right to hunt and fish in the state’s constitution. This type of amendment is not new, though it has rapidly gained steam in the last two decades. More than 20 states have cemented a constitutional right to hunt and fish -- most through the ballot box. The effort is backed by outdoor sporting groups and the National Rifle Association (NRA) and faces concerns from animal rights groups. If approved by voters, this change would limit the state's ability to regulate hunting and establish hunting as the "preferred" means of managing wildlife.
Springfield Armory released an XDm in best millimeter at last. I have been calling and writing emails to them for years, nagging for a 10mm version of their XDm. And it is finally here. Andrew reviews the brand new Springfield Armory XDm 10mm. If you would like to rent a highspeed camera like the one […]
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If you recall, I got a chance to visit GSL Technology back in August. There I learned that Greg Latka, founder and owner of GSL Technology, was the wizard behind the curtain at Gemtech. One of the things Greg designed and developed was the Gemtech Aurora. Well he has continued to develop his original design […]
Springfield Armory has released an XDm in best millimeter at last. I have been calling and writing emails to them for years, nagging for a 10mm version of their XDm. And the XDm-10 is finally here. I am a big proponent of 10mm Auto because it is an extremely versatile cartridge. It can be loaded with […]
The German military first encountered American Bazookas in Tunisia in 1943, and quickly put in place a program to copy and improve on the design. At that point, the latest German antitank weapons was the Racketenwerfer 43 “Puppchen”, which was a locked-breech rocket launcher built on a carriage like a standard AT gun. It had a substantial range and a very effective 88mm shaped charge warhead, but lacked the one-man mobility offered by the Bazooka. So, the Rackenetpanzerbuchse 43 – shortly thereafter renamed the Panzerschreck – was developed in late 1943.
The Panzershreck kept the 88mm bore of the Puppchen, so that the warhead could be kept unchanged. The rear half of the munition was redesigned to fit an open tube type of launcher. The early Bazookas captured by German forces were at that time fitted with a battery-powered firing system, which the Germans opted to replace (as would the Americans, in later versions). The Panzerschreck trigger used a small generator, where a heavy spring pushed an iron core through a copper winding and magnet, this creating an electrical charge to fire the rocket.
One shortcoming of the Panzerschrcek compared to the Bazooka was that the German rockets did not burn completely within the launch tube – the motors continued to fire for about the first 2 meters of flight. This meant that the shooter would receive substantial burns to the face and hands if protective gear was not worn when firing. Initially, troops were instructed to wear filter-less gas masks and winter gloves when shooting, but it was quickly recognized that this was an impractical burden. Soldiers in the field began to craft protective shields to mount on the tubes, and these were formalized in a windowed shield was introduced in 1944 as standard on new production launchers and as a kit to retrofit existing weapons in the field.
Billionaire gun control activist Michael Bloomberg will be headlining an Oct. 9 fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen after the candidate was accused of misleading people on his gun record. The fundraiser is planned to take place at Bloomberg's home in Manhattan, according to CNBC. The former New York City mayor and top funder for many national gun control groups is asking donors to contribute as much as $2,700 to attend the event. While the event is being organized by the Bredesen campaign, it is unclear if the candidate will be there in person.
For people who live in restricted states, you have very limited options to continue to keep and bear arms. Moving is not a realistic option for most, no matter how many times people in free states say to do so. So what options are there? Register or go featureless. Dan, of Arms Room California, noticed […]
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SIG Sauer has announced that Virginia’s Division of Capitol Police has selected the SIG Sauer P320. Virginia Division of Capitol Police can lay claim to being the US’ oldest police department, established during the 17th century when the Colony of Virginia was first founded. The department conducts both uniform patrols but also oversees the personal protection […]
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As you are probably aware, wall penetration is a common topic discussed by those who debate which round is best to use for home defense. Because most rounds fired in gunfights miss their intended targets, it’s prudent to think about where those bullets are going to end up if they don’t hit the bad guy. This is one of the main objections many people have to using at AR with 223 or 5.56mm ammo in a home defense scenario.
This guy decided to do a little drywall penetration test, to compare 9mm vs. 223… and he adds some 22 Long Rifle rimfire, just for variety. He had some leftover drywall, so why not? Or in his words:
Don’t like for anything to leave the Buffalo compound without some bullet holes in it.
He uses a Glock 9mm in a carbine conversion with a 16″ barrel for the 9mm portion of the test. The Blazer Brass 124-grain FMJ (about 1300 fps) penetrated 22 layers of 3/8″ sheet rock and dented number 23.
For 223, he uses an AR with Perfecta 55-grain FMJ ammo, which travels around 2800 fps. It penetrated the same number of drywall layers, but shredded them more dramatically.
Back to 9mm, he tries out a hollowpoint 124-grain Remington Golden Saber Black Belt +P round (about 1400 fps). That bullet went through 17 layers of sheet rock, shredding their back surfaces similarly to the 223 bullet. Expansion of the hollow point was minimal, which is to be expected in a non-hydraulic medium (drywall instead of meat).
223 again: Hornady V-Max 55-grain bullet. Designed for varmints, the V-Max is meant to provide “rapid, explosive expansion” (2930 fps). This one made it through 13 layers of drywall before what was left of the bullet came to rest.
To top it off, he grabs a lever-action carbine and some CCI Mini-Mag 22LR ammo, with 40-grain round nose bullets (1220 fps). This one makes it through 11 layers. The same round fired from a semi-auto pistol with a 4″ barrel (929 fps) made it through 10 layers — the equivalent of 5 household walls.
The moral of today’s video seems to be this: If you think your 9mm will go through significantly fewer walls than a 223, you’d probably be wrong. And the 22 can be a lot more effective than some folks would have you believe.
Wildlife Campus recently posted a series of impressive action photos on their Facebook page, showing a honey badger fighting it out with a gemsbok and a jackal.
A phenomenal series of images of a honey badger attacking a gemsbok in Etosha National Park, Namibia. The emaciated state and heightened aggression may be due to the badger being rabid.
Photographer: Dirk Theron
Remind me to never tick off a honey badger. Congrats to Dirk Theron for capturing such stunning photos.
Continuing on with my series of posts detailing the position of the individual state Democratic Parties on firearms, we move on to a quintuplet of "M" states.
The Massachusetts Democratic Party platform actually has very little in it regarding firearms. My supposition is that it was created in 2017 before red flag laws came into vogue and, perhaps more tellingly, because Massachusetts already so much gun control.
From the platform adopted in 2017:
Preventing gun violence through universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.This was from the section entitled, "Public Safety and Crime Prevention", which deals more with the militarization of the police, community policing and corrections, and the like.
Enact common sense gun safety measures. Democrats recognize the Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear arms under the 2nd Amendment. The vast majority of Michigan gun owners are responsible citizens and sportsman that value the strong Michigan tradition of hunting and safe use of firearms. Democrats, along with vast majorities of the American public, support common sense gun safety proposals like closing the gun show loophole and preventing potential terrorists from purchasing firearms. If an individual is deemed too dangerous to fly, they should be too dangerous to buy a gun. Democrats also support banning military style weapons, like the AR-15, which has been used in mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Dallas, Orlando, and across the nation.The Michigan Democrat's platform was one of the first I remember seeing advocating using the "no-fly" list to make one a prohibited person.
Reasonable firearm policies that promote public safety and crime prevention without infringing on the rights of hunters and other sports enthusiasts.Now the question as to what is a reasonable policy is open to discussion. I would call attention to the fact that they don't want to infringe "on the rights of hunters and other sports enthusiasts". They say nothing about those who would use a firearm for self-protection and self-defense. This is interesting as this section also calls for mandatory sentences for drug dealer and rapists as well as stiff penalties for child abuse.
Reasonable firearm policies that promote public safety and crime prevention without infringing on second amendment rights. Mandatory background checks and 72-hour waiting periods on the purchase of weaponsPerhaps not surprising given that Ferguson was in Missouri but the platform endorses Black Lives Matter, body cams for cops, eliminating minimum sentences, and training in non-lethal techniques for police. It also calls for full restitution of voting rights and the ability to hold public office after a sentence is served.
- An assault weapons ban
- Keeping daycares, schools, health care providers, churches, and universities as gun-free zones
- Keeping illegal guns off our streets and out of the hands of kids
- Preventing domestic abusers from owning guns
We all know camouflage is key when hunting season rolls around, and these days gearing up for the season can be expensive. Thankfully we’ve found a solid deal on new camo gear from ReadHead Hunting that runs until October 21st, saving you up to 35% on camo pants, jackets, and other apparel. The already affordable line delivers solid bang-for-buck, and is a solid pick for those just getting into hunting, as much as it is for the more seasoned hunters in the room that aren’t spending countless hours trekking in the backwoods.
The Fall Harvest Sale at Bass Pro Shops covers a few other bases as well, including a $300 savings on the Leupold VX-6 HD rifle scope, Gerber knives and tools, as well as tree stands, deer lures, and even a half decent selection of ammo. Between this latest offer, and the boot sale we recently tracked down at Sportsman’s Guide, it’s seeming like the perfect time of year to upgrade your hunting gear on the cheap.
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Remember that awesome Firearm Coloring Book For Big Kids we posted about early last year? Well, there’s another coloring book with guns on the way, this time it will be based on historical firearms. The coloring book will include both detailed drawings of the guns along with detailed specs on them. Check out an example out […]
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The USMC recently posted some photos of the M45A1 CQBP in action during a training session aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit put some rounds through the M45A1, above we see Lt. Samantha Rosales, a logistics planner, and below we see the 31st MEU’s commander, Col. Robert Brodie, taking […]
Earlier this year, I told y’all about the new soft-side coolers from Otterbox. Well, I’ve been using one of them for several months now, and it’s served me well. And now the time has come to write a review of the Otterbox Trooper 20 Cooler.
I’ll start with some of the manufacturer’s specs, and add my comments to each:
I didn’t measure the capacity, but the liner is tough and robust.
Pretty much. The opening is a bit smaller than the interior, but not by much.
This is true — once you figure out how to use the latch, and if the cooler is not empty. Some weight in the cooler is useful for one-handed opening. But it is MUCH better than fighting a zipper every time you want to open and close your cooler.
The lid is rigid plastic with hinges, but has a soft top. The lid closes into a hard plastic frame which has a rubber gasket to seal it when shut.
Even after the ice melted, I didn’t have any water sloshing out of the cooler’s lid.
Yep — and mine also included a lanyard do-hickey where you could attach your [whatever]. The bottle opener works fine.
This zipper pocket on the front is fairly roomy, 7.5″ x 7.5″ by about 1″ to 1.5″ deep.
It’s a good strap — and the attachment points are high enough on the cooler that it doesn’t want to flip over when you carry it by the strap. I tested another brand on which the straps attach lower, and it tends to flip over when I shoulder the strap.
This is also a good time to mention the side handles, which unfortunately are not great. They’re plenty tough, but they’re difficult to grab because they’re small — and the shoulder strap can interfere with getting your hands on them.
I found this to be true. I was greatly impressed by this cooler’s ability to retain ice and keep my stuff cold.
The base is flexible — don’t be misled by the use of the word “solid” — but it’s also tough and durable. And although soft, the base and sides have enough structure to support the rigid lid assembly up top.
The back is made of the same tough material as the base (see photo below), and has a heavy-duty stitched-on strap for attaching stuff.
I didn’t mean to treat the Trooper 20 as badly as I did, but when I drove off with it perched on the edge of my UTV’s bed, it had to take a tumble… and in this case, it landed on a rough gravel road.
The base and lid frame took the brunt of the fall, but there was no damage other than a few scratches. Nice!
In reading user reviews of the Otterbox Trooper 20, I ran across some criticisms which I feel are less-than-valid (or simply moot), and which deserve to be mentioned here.
This is true… but it’s not a big deal. If you need to drain water, simply crack the lid open a little and carefully tip the cooler to drain out all or some of the water. Then top off the ice and rock on. No need to remove the cooler contents.
You have to pull up on the lid a bit to open it. This is because it seals with that rubber gasket I mentioned above. This is a good thing! Without that seal, your ice would melt a lot faster, and water would slosh out of the cooler lid.
Mine has not done this, but some of the early ones did. Otterbox is aware of this and is willing to make it right — after all, they back their products with a lifetime warranty.
When I first got it, I felt that this cooler was a bit larger than I needed it to be. Turns out, it’s just about right — and it’s even replaced a 48-quart hard cooler for some of my shorter ventures. Sometimes I wish it was a bit larger — but for that, you can try the larger Trooper LT 30.
All in all, this seems to be about the best small soft cooler around, especially in terms of easily accessing your stuff… and that’s pretty important.
It keeps ice for days, especially if I pre-cool it. I keep one or two large jugs of frozen water in my freezer for this purpose. Hours before I will need the cooler, I slip one of these jugs into the cooler and close it. When it’s time to pack the cooler, I swap the jug out for drinks and ice… and the ice always lasts a surprisingly long time.
I can definitely recommend the Otterbox Trooper 20 as a tough and useful cooler.
Disclosure: A review sample was provided by the manufacturer, but this review is unbiased.
Finland’s police are set to update their firearms inventory, reportedly replacing the venerable Heckler & Koch MP5 with the Czech CZ Scorpion EVO 3. YLE, Finland’s national public broadcasting company, reports that with the end of a contract with Heckler & Koch, Finland’s Poliisi are set to transition to the Scorpion EVO 3. Since September 2017, […]
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With the recent and very unpleasant exception of a year-long stint with the Samsung Galaxy S8+, I’ve been an iPhone user for most of the past decade. I don’t really care that much about Android phones, and I don’t generally read Android phone reviews.
But I kept seeing these CAT-branded phones come up in my feed, and when I finally looked at a review of the CAT S61 ruggedized smartphone I knew I had to try one. Here was a phone made not for the bling-obsessed “you ain’t even up on this” crowd, but for the kinds of real-world use and abuse that hunters and outdoorsmen subject their gear to.
The CAT line of phones was originally made with the jobsite in mind; these are phones for people who work in harsh environments, and who typically have to wrap their smartphones in giant Otterbox cases to keep them from being destroyed. With this in mind, the S61’s basic pitch is brilliant: instead of wrapping a giant case around a small phone, just ruggedize a state-of-the-art phone itself and pack it full of battery and extra sensors.
In other words, for about the same amount of space in your pocket that a heavily armored iPhone takes up, you get a bombproof, Leatherman-tool-of-a-smartphone with days of battery life and complement of specialized built-ins like a FLIR thermal sensor, air quality detector, and laser measuring device. Why has nobody thought of this before CAT?
I was originally drawn to the S61 as a prepper phone — this is the kind of device that you can stuff full of offline maps and books and add to your emergency kit. It has so much battery that it even doubles as a charger for other, lesser phones and gadgets. At some point I will review this phone from the standpoint of prepping, but for now I’m going to discuss its highlights as an outdoors phone.
Here’s a look at my first couple weeks with the CAT S61 on T-Mobile.
The S61’s basic specs are solid enough to be competitive with the current crop of smartphones. You can find an extensive spec sheet, here, but below are the highlights:
So far, it looks like your average high-dollar premium smartphone circa 2018. But the first hint, aside from the thermal camera, that you’re looking at something really different is the insane amount of talk time and standby time.
I don’t know that I’ve spent 35 hours of talk time with the device, but I can vouch that the standby time is measured in weeks, not days. I’m on T-Mobile LTE, and I can easily get over two weeks of standby out of this thing without running it all the way down, depending on what I leave running and how I configure the other wireless radios in it.
The insane battery life, the price of which is the device’s overall bulk, is one of the main selling points.
The phone’s ruggedized aluminum case is another; it’s MIL SPEC 810G certified, and can survive a drop onto concrete of up to 2 yards. The ruggedization also extends to temperatures, as the phone can keep working in temperatures from -13 F to 131 F.
CAT is also touting the phone’s water resistance. More and more smartphones are okay with a brief dunk, but the S61 is sealed off by default and can survive up to 60 minutes submerged in up to 3 meters of water.
There is also an ingress protection rating (IP68 &IP69) — this means the phone is dust- and sand-resistant — along with category 4 shock resistance, and resistance to humidity and salt mist.
What all of this adds up to is a phone that’s well-suited for outdoors use, even in extremes of summer or winter. It’s just not going to choke if you drop it in sand or snow.
One of the main attractions of this phone for me is the FLIR thermal camera. Thermal imagers, which you can rent at Home Depot, have a ton of uses in construction and manufacturing. You can locate leaks in a building, do pest control, or measure the amount of heat being put off by a machine (regarding this last, the S61 can measure temperatures up to 750F).
The camera works really well in the day, and uses the regular camera to provide an outline/edge view that maps onto the thermal view and makes it easier to tell what you’re looking at.
There are also some new night-optimized filters for using the camera to see in the dark. This lets the phone replace a dedicated hand-held thermal unit for a number of close-range hunting and tracking situations, i.e. spotting a downed animal in the brush, or following a warm blood trail in the dark.
The FLIR camera works very well, and while I couldn’t manage to get any deer on it at night I did take it out to look at my horses in the dark. At one point I turned on a flashlight and the camera used the regular light input to overlay the outlines of the fence and another structure onto the image.
Again, this is a relatively close-range affair, so it’s not going to replace a multi-thousand-dollar handheld unit. But it has plenty of outdoor uses within the range in which it works.
Two of the other major features of this phone don’t have obvious outdoors uses, but I’ll mention them, anyway.
The first is the laser measurement feature, which is sort of like a short-distance rangefinder that can measure distances of up to a few feet. This is easy enough to use, though you do need to calibrate it. I’d love to see this morph into a real long-distance rangefinder for shooting, but at present about the only way I could think of to use it outdoors would be in measuring game.
The indoor air quality monitor is intended to warn you when a job site has become unsafe. The sensor measures volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which per the EPA are found in the following types of places:
I can see this being a useful prepper tool in a bunker scenario, but not really as an outdoors thing. But it’s a nice value-add, and there is a corner of my house where this thing keeps going off, prompting me to look deeper and figure out what I need to fix.
One of the many places this phone shines is that it gives you a vanilla install of Android, with zero garbageware and a specially-curated CAT app store. Unlike my Samsung Galaxy S8+, this phone is not constantly interrupting me in order to get me to sign up for some set of cloud services that I want no part of, or to enable some barely-functional voice assistant I couldn’t care less about, or to otherwise rob me of my privacy and sanity. The phone just leaves me the heck alone to do my thing, which is exactly what you want from a device that pitches itself as a working tool (vs. a lifestyle gadget).
Back in my gadget-reviewing days, I used to like the Google Pixel phones for this exact reason — they were just stock Android installs, and stock Android is pretty good.
The UI is responsive, and the CAT-curated app store features a growing array of apps that make use of the device’s unique array of sensors and are aimed at working users.
The curated CAT app store is nice — it helps with discovery of new apps, and will probably keep getting better. Most of what’s in there right now is construction- and farming-related, with a smattering of outdoors apps. I looked for a ballistic solver app and couldn’t find one, and I consider that an oversight if they’re trying to pitch outdoorsmen. Overall it’s a good resource, but if you’re like me you’ll probably end up using the Play store a lot more.
The call audio quality is good, and the speaker is plenty loud. The audio quality via the headphone jack is also good — I couldn’t tell a difference between it and my Galaxy S8+.
The phone gets great reception — the aluminum case doesn’t seem to hurt the signal.
The rubber back is grippy without being obnoxious, and all of the buttons are sturdy and sensibly laid out.
The camera is solid — it’s not on the level of a new iPhone camera, but the pictures are good:
I really like the ability to add storage to the Android phones; I was able to insert, format, and use a 256GB microSD card with no problems.
The screen on this is quite good. It’s not on the level of the new OLEDs, but it’s definitely competitive with other smartphones in the mid-range to higher end. I get the feeling that CAT had to sacrifice a tiny bit of clarity and crispness to get the level of indestructibility they were going for, but it’s not noticeable unless you’re holding it next to something like an iPhone X.
I really like the fact that the phone supports NFC for contactless payments and hardware authentication. I’m going to be taking a look at this as a prepper phone soon, and I’m planning to get my YubiKeys working with it. So I’ll be able to report on that when I get it going.
Unfortunately, I’m locked into the Apple ecosystem thanks to iMessage, the Photo stream sharing feature, and iTunes music — as a parent, I use these tools to make and share pictures with my 100% Apple-using family. But if I weren’t, I’d drop the iPhone for this in a heartbeat. This phone does everything I typically need a phone for, plus a whole bunch of extra stuff I need when I’m outside in the woods or on a hunt.
Apart from the features, battery life, and durability, the thing that’s most exciting to me about the CAT S61 is what it represents — that there are whole categories of users that at least somebody is taking seriously as a market. This is a maturing of the smartphone market, in that it’s expanding to encompass usage scenarios beyond the usual communication, games, fitness tracking, and productivity apps.
This trend could be greatly expanded with some new products in this space, for which I’m happy to spitball ideas because I’d love to buy any of these:
One of the products I’d love to see from CAT is a rugged iPhone case that takes the sensor bundle, battery capacity, and durability of the S61 and grafts it onto an iPhone model. I think that with a bit of engineering, they could wrap what is essentially an S61 around Apple’s mobile line and add a ton of value for workers, first responders, outdoorsmen, and preppers.
The other thing which occurs to me is that this phone isn’t that far from being able to totally replace a Kestrel Elite. Why have the Kestrel as a separate device that’s linked to a smartphone, when you could pack just a few more sensors and a wind attachment onto the phone and only carry one thing? With a Kestrel-type version of the S61, you could pick with ballistics solver you want to use with the sensor array — so Applied Ballistics, Hornady 4DOF, or whatever.
For prepping purposes, I can’t imagine it would be too complicated to pack a radiation sensor into the phone — something small and compact, like the Nukealert keychain sensor, would be great to have in a radiation emergency and wouldn’t add much bulk or cost. You could pair this with an app that keeps track of dosage.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a phone that doubles as a hard-use jobsite tool or an outdoors companion, there really is nothing on the market in late 2018 that comes anywhere close to the CAT S61. CAT has this entire space all to themselves for now, but it’s hard to complain about the lack of competition when they’re doing this good of a job with it.
In my 15 years as a features editor at a major online tech publication, I’ve reviewed plenty of smartphones and gadgets, but it has been a very long time since I’ve seen a smartphone come across my desk that defines a totally new product category this authoritatively. So bravo to CAT — I hope they keep these phones coming.
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The NRA endorses Sen. Roger Wicker for reelection to the U.S. Senate because Mississippi can count on him to stand up for their right to self-defense and our nation’s hunting and recreational shooting heritage.
Kalashnikov Media has published an article telling the story of a very interesting device designed to allow feeding linked ammunition into standard magazine-fed RPK-74 light machine guns. This device was called SPU (СПУ – Съемное Подающее Устройство, stands for Detachable Feeding Device) and it was developed in the late ’70s right after the adoption of 5.45x39mm cartridge […]
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A senior editor of the left-wing website The Raw Story is facing blowback from conservative Twitter after he said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise deserved a “Darwin Award” for continuing to oppose gun control policies despite almost dying from a mass shooting last summer.
Cox, when asked for his views on gun safety, called for the media to “stop publicizing the names and pictures of these perpetrators of gun crimes,’’ adding “I think California has done a lot to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally deranged.’’
The gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety said Monday it’s putting $2 million into statewide Florida elections to help elect Democrats who favor restrictions on guns.
"She is violating the Second Amendment," Republican Jay McMahon, a Bourne-based attorney challenging Healey in the Nov. 6 elections, said in a debate broadcast on WGBH radio Wednesday night. "She's been a political activist ... by her reinterpretation of the assault weapons ban. She signed an edict declaring whole categories of guns illegal to possess."
A public safety initiative aimed at reducing gun violence has City Council members divided.
Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC) Crane has released a requirement for a Handgun Aiming Laser or HAL. The Request For Proposals (RFP) notice was originally posted at the very end of August but NSCW Crane has extended the submission period from 5th October to the 18th October. SOCOM wants the Handgun Aiming Laser to be a “non-visible laser […]
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The non–NFA scattergun market has boomed in just the last two years. Heck, these shot shell packers aren’t even classified as shotguns – with an overall length of 26+ inches, a smooth bore and being born without a shoulder stock, they are classified simply as firearms. Legally, shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches in […]
The USMC had acquired a few hundred early 1921 model Thompson submachine guns in 1926, and prompted the US Navy to formally test the guns. The Navy requested a reduction in the rate of fire, in order to improve controllability and reduce ammunition consumption (20 round magazines go quickly at 900rpm!). Auto-Ordnance happily complied, and Oscar Payne returned to the company on his spare time to modify the gun. He did this my adding a substantial amount of mass to the actuator, and was able to reduce the rate of fire substantially. The Navy subsequently ordered 500 guns, designated the Model of 1928.
Since most of the original 15,000 guns made by Colt were still in inventory, Auto-Ordnance simply overstamped the “1” at the end of “1921” with an “8” and put the new heavier bolt assemblies in the guns, leading to the collector term “21/28 overstamp” for these Thompsons. The lower rate of fire would become the new standard for the Thompson.
By late 1928, only about 6,000 Thompsons had been sold, and by the end of 1938 10,300 had been sold. Of these, about 1500 total had gone to the US government, about 4100 exported, and the remainder to American police and security agencies. Times were not good for the Thompson – it was an expensive military weapon without a war that needed it. Despite the gun’s huge notoriety, it was actually not used in particularly large numbers by the motor bandits of the 20s and 30s, nor in great numbers by the police. While the FBI did purchase Thompsons, they only bought 115 in total, and not until 1935.
This is the second part in a 5-part series on the development of the Thompson…
Tomorrow, October 9, at 9:00 a.m., the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will be considering an ordinance to ban recreational shooting on BLM land. This is a result of the June 26, 2018 meeting where Supervisor Dianne Jacob quietly agendized (Item 17); a proposal to ban recreational shooting on BLM land around Donohoe Mountain.
The magical bore cleaning Huntego Cleanshot shotgun ammunition is now available in 20 gauge. Externally they look like your normal yellow shells, however, these are loaded with patented Cleanshot components just like their 12 gauge counterparts. In a nutshell, what these shells are designed to do is to clean the bore of your shotgun in […]
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Steyr has introduced a new bolt action rifle called MONOBLOC. The new rifle has a number of innovative features such as the one-piece barrel and receiver as well as the new ergonomic stock. Let’s take a closer look. The most significant feature of this rifle is that the barrel and receiver are a one-piece part. […]
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The NRA endorses Kevin Cramer for U.S. Senate in North Dakota because he strongly opposes the Pelosi/Schumer/Bloomberg gun control agenda and will vote to confirm pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court justices.
Radical Firearms eclipsed an extremely significant milestone recently rather unceremoniously. Many people know that Radical Firearms is in the business of creating everything AR-15 related, but they have additional goals and aspirations as well. They have donated their 300th RF-15 firearm to benefit law enforcement, our military, and first responders. This includes both rifle and […]
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SIG Sauer have unveiled their newest entry into the small arms market at the 2018 AUSA exposition, which began today in Washington, DC. Described as the Light Weight Machine Gun, the new weapon was reportedly developed for US Special Operations Command’s medium machine gun requirement and is chambered in .338 Norma Magnum – a rival to […]
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Wyoming has been doing a tremendous job in recent years by bringing more and more firearm companies to their state. Weatherby had announced at SHOT Show 2018 that they would be re-locating from California to the cowboy state. They have also been able to draw in Magpul and HiViz as well. Now, the state of […]
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Attorneys for the village of Deerfield and gun rights advocacy groups are due back in court Oct. 12 to wage arguments in two lawsuits challenging the village’s authority to ban assault weapons.
Add another billionaire to Andrew Gillum’s growing list of well-heeled financial backers.
The Providence Journal reports the recommendations released Thursday do not include a ban on military-style assault weapons, but instead a requirement that they are registered with state or local law enforcement.
About a year ago, we reported the release of Brownells slides for the Gen 3 Glock pistols. Recently the company has announced that now similar slides are available for the Gen 4 Glock 17 and Glock 19 pistols. Let’s watch the video showcasing these new products, then go through their specs. As seen in the video, […]
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««« FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA »»» https://www.facebook.com/TheFirearmBlogTV/ https://www.instagram.com/TFBTV/ In August 2018 Ivan, from Kit Badger, headed out to a press event with Sig Sauer. There he was able to put in some time with Sig’s new P320-M17. The pistol that bridges the gap between Sig’s P320 and the newly awarded winner of the MHS […]
If there is one firearms safety aspect I am fanatical about (outside of the four golden rules) it has to be the use of proper eye protection. Watching Instagram or YouTube videos of hard-chargers banging steel with no eye coverage is a heading-shaking personal choice, I guess. But watching kids learning to shoot with no […]
Signal flares were an important communications tool for aircraft during World War Two, and a multitude of flare pistol types exist with mounting brackets for aerial use. The introduction of pressurized fuselages made this a much more difficult proposition, however. These two flare pistols were designed by the British to maintain the pressurized seal of an aircraft body while still allowing firing and reloading through a pivoting mount and system of seals. I bet you haven’t seen something quite like these before!
To some preppers the idea of owning property in a rural area (far away from the nearest city, and nuclear targets), is an end sum goal. The isolation and access to resources, such as hunting and fishing, provides an excellent opportunity to weather just about any type of man made or natural disaster.
However, prepsteaders in rural areas face their own concerns. In this article we are going to discuss various issues preppers in rural areas worry about.
One example, let’s take people evacuating before a hurricane makes landfall. People leaving the cities typically fuel up their vehicles, then proceed along evacuation routes.
When they need to fuel up again, a lot of the people will stop in small towns. After all, those are the only places to get fuel along the routes.
Need food? Stop at rural grocery stores. Small rural towns are quickly drained of resources, such as:
Small communities may have a super Walmart, but mostly grocery stores large enough for the community. During holidays the Walmart may be cleaned out of certain foods and bottled water. In the face of a disaster supplies disappear at an astonishing rate.
Depending on location, people living in rural areas are barely able to pick up a TV station with an antenna, and maybe a couple of radio stations.
Then there is the lack of support services, such as police and ambulance.
Around a decade ago my elderly aunt fell at her home and was unable to get up. When an ambulance was called, the first responders were unable to find her house. A family member had to drive out to where two roads met, then take them to my aunts house.
During a disaster, emergency services are quickly overwhelmed. Roads may become blocked or washed out, which means nobody gets in or out.
On of the big concerns is friends and family members being able to get out of the city. Once the family members each the rural bug out location things will be fine, it is just a matter of blocked roads along the way.
For example, when my parents evacuated for Hurricane Rita, what was typically a 90 minute drive took eight hours. All along the evacuation route were cars and trucks that ran out of fuel and had to be abandoned.
One of the big concerns is being able to feed pets and livestock, especially dogs. Given enough land, livestock such as goats and chickens can forage, but the family dog is a different story.
While my dogs hunt and will sometimes bring home a partially eaten rabbit, they depend on my wife and I to feed them. Sometimes, my dogs are fed cooked chicken eggs, the chickens do not lay enough eggs for the dogs and my family.
Then there are people who have livestock, but do not have enough land for the livestock to graze. One thing about having extra livestock, the extras can be butchered.
We have only scratched the surface, and some of the other topics will be covered in follow up articles.
When a prepper moved from an urban to rural area they may think a lot of their worries are over. That is simply not true. We deal with a whole new set of worries, which some are similar to urban dwellers, such as pets, while others are different.
One thing is for sure, depending on where the reader is at, they have a list of troubles and worries that others do not.
Frankly, I don’t know. It doesn’t even make sense, but I find myself carrying a 5-shot Ruger LCRx revolver more often than I thought I would (my review on the LCRx is below). The best part about it is that Ruger didn’t even send me this gun – I bought it from an online gun […]
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Phillip Price is the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina. He will be facing incumbent Rep. Mark Meadows (D-NC-11). I would be in Meadows' district if I lived a mere 10 miles further south.
Price owns a company that deals in reclaimed lumber as well as continues to be a touring musician with his band called D. S. F. Earthcorps. He is also a self-proclaimed hunter and has been running the following ad on local TV stations saying no one is coming for his guns or your guns.
In a section on his campaign website called "Vision", he devotes a page to "Common Sense & Guns" which features a banner photo of the Demanding Moms for Illegal Mayors. As he makes clear, he has their endorsement. Here is what he says on that page:
Gun ReformNot coming for your guns? Really? He says one thing on TV and figures he can tell the real story on his website because few people will read it.
Our schools, churches, movie theaters and concert venues are becoming targets for gun violence, and it is no longer enough to offer thoughts and prayers. We need change, and it is up to our elected officials to create it.
That’s why I support sensible gun reforms. I want to close the loopholes on background checks to buy weapons and ban gun purchases for those who have a history of domestic violence, violent mental illness or animal abuse. We must restore the ban on those semiautomatic weapons that have been used in so many attacks, and get rid of the large capacity magazines and bump stocks that make it even easier to hit multiple victims so quickly.
I’m a hunter and a gun owner and I stand with most Americans who already support these commonsense changes in policy.
After reviewing the campaign’s stance, I recently received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction, acknowledging my support for real reform.
If my vision reflects your vision, won’t you please volunteer or contribute to our campaign? Working together, our vision can become reality.
Normally in big game rifles, one has the choice of either a double barrel or a bolt action (semi autos being generally eschewed as not reliable enough). After the surely unnerving experience of being charged by three elephants simultaneously, however, Hungarian hunter Joseph Szecsei decided he wanted both the immediate followup shot of the double barrel and the capacity of the bolt action all in a single rifle. So working with Fuchs Fine Guns in Austria, he created just that – a double barrel bolt action rifle.
The system uses six locking lugs on the rear end of the bolt to lock two bolts and chambers, and a dual magazine which holds three extra rounds for each barrel. The guns are made to order for the very high end of the market, and are available in pretty much your choice of caliber – this particular example is in .416 Remington Magnum. Interestingly, Fuchs also makes an over/under pattern of this system as well as a miniaturized rimfire pattern. Neat!
Welcome fellow NFA junkies, thank you for joining us for episode #40 of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where we do our best to show you why all barrels deserve quality cans. Last week we talked about the next installment [upcoming] in the Build Your Own Silencer Series. To help us on this journey, the ATF has […]
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The National Rifle Association today applauded the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the Hudson H9. The Hudson H9 is well known and has attracted a lot of attention as a result of its super-low bore axis. As with anything in the gun industry, when a pistol creates controversy, there are positive and negative opinions formed by authorities in the […]
Kimberly Strassel is a journalist and member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board. Unlike many in her profession, she is a conservative. Moreover, she has been steadfast in her support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and has been very vocal about it on Twitter.
Yesterday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (RINO-AK) broke with her Republican colleagues and voted against invoking cloture on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. While saying that Kavanaugh was a good man she said he was not the right man for the Supreme Court "at this time".
Strassel, in a pair of tweets, points out what Murkowski is really standing for.
2)— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) October 5, 2018
--to abandon due process and presumption of innocence.
--to potentially leave High Court at a 4-4 deadlock, putting the loony 9th circuit in control of everything that matters to Alaska--development, prop rights, gun rights, enviro rules, etc.
Quite the statement.
The first prototype Thompsons submachine guns (and it was Thompson who coined that term, by the way) were produced in 1919 and dubbed the “Annihilators”. The gun was intended to be a military weapon to equip American soldiers in World War One, but by the time the gun was developed the war had ended. Still, Thompson and his Auto-Ordnance company contracted with Colt to manufacture 15,000 of the guns. These were the Model of 1921, and they were marketed to both the US military and as many European armies as Thompson and his salesmen could reach. They found few takers in the climate of the early 1920s, however, and sales were slow.
This is the first in a 5-part series about the development of the Thompson, concluding with a trip to the range to fire three different patterns side by side…
Most of the time we choose content based on a complex algorithm that involves consulting the stars, throwing chicken bones, and getting the editorial staff really inebriated. Rarely do we give you the ability to tell us what YOU think are good products. To facilitate this, we are starting a new monthly feature on the […]
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Plastic fantastic by all means, but there’s something special with products made out of natural leather, by hand. I noticed this fantastic holster in a Facebook group and asked the owner for permission to use the pictures as well as ask him for a few details. I can honestly say I am stunned by the […]
Steiner Germany is one of the leading providers of binoculars and optical sights. Surprisingly they started their rifle-scope business not too long ago, only about 10 years ago. Steiner’s best known products, the 8×30 and 7×50 binocular models have since long been the standard issue for many armies in the World, the US Army included. […]
On Friday morning, the United States Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate on the confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Now, your U.S. Senators need to hear from YOU to ensure he is seated on the nation’s highest court. Even if you've already contacted your Senators, please do so again before Judge Kavanaugh's final confirmation vote tomorrow.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today kicked-off a seven-figure campaign in Tennessee to inform voters that a vote for Phil Bredesen is a vote for the Schumer/Pelosi/Feinstein gun control agenda. The first ad of the campaign, Always Tennessee, will air on cable, regional broadcast, radio and digital platforms.
I first had the pleasure of getting hands on with the Micro Roni during an event at the end of 2016. The event was focused on the Micro Roni, the MH1 Reflex Sight, and a training course (“IDF Train the Trainer”), and was run by Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA (and a retired Lt Col […]
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It might be quite a surprise to many of you that Savage Arms used to make pistols. This dates back to 1910, but it is true. What also may surprise you is their short stint in producing pistols almost dethroned John Moses Browning’s now legendary Model 1911! The first pistol Savage Arms ever made was […]
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Just in case gun owners needed another reason to back Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court or to get energized ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey gave us one. On September 28, District Judge Peter G. Sheridan denied a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have enjoined enforcement of New Jersey’s 10-round magazine capacity limit.
Doctor Garen Wintemute’s latest contribution to “the prevention of firearm violence” comes in the form of a Perspective column published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Wintemute, you may recall, is the Director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program and the UC Firearm Violence Research Center. He proposes a two-prong solution to stop mass shootings. The solution, according to Doctor Wintemute? So-called “comprehensive background checks” and emergency protective orders, which “allow courts to have firearms removed temporarily from people who pose an imminent hazard to others or themselves but are not members of a prohibited class.”
Earlier this week, FiveThirtyEight collaborated with The Trace to report that the CDC is publishing unreliable data on nonfatal firearms injuries. Fatal firearms injury data from the CDC is based on death certificates. Nonfatal injury data is collected through a survey conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The survey is small – only 100 out of 5,534 registered hospitals are surveyed and only 66 provide the relevant data. That is less than 2% of all hospitals in the country. The results are harrowing.
The words “unstable” and “sniper” are two things you really don’t want to combine in one sentence, however in real life that choice may not be yours. On top of that you have the weather, temperature and wind to take care of. Shooting on the move can mean so many things. Just scroll down and […]
The NGSAR is dead, long live the NGSW. We haven’t heard much from the US Army about its next generation infantry weapons programme since the announcement of six contract awards for the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) back in June. Just a week before the Association of the United States Army (AUSA)’s 2018 annual […]
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October 4th in National Vodka Day. I'm old enough to remember when vodka came in one flavor. Now you can get flavors ranging from birthday cake and bubble gum to virtually any flavor of citrus you could come up with.
I'm not a vodka aficionado. It serves its purpose in some cocktails like a Bloody Mary but that is about it. I'm more of the opinion of author Fred Minnick as expressed in his tweet today.
Happy National Vodka Day: Pour it in the drain. And drink bourbon.— FredMinnick (@FredMinnick) October 4, 2018
Remember, we've never had a vodka rebellion! pic.twitter.com/NPLDu51xQH— Liberty Pole Spirits (@LibPoleSpirits) October 4, 2018
The Senate voted 51-49 to invoke cloture on debate regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. This means that a final vote can be taken as early as Saturday afternoon. Cloture was invoked at 10:36am EDT which started the 30 hour clock on debate. If the Democrats relinquish the floor at anytime during that 30 hour period, the final vote can be called.
The only Democrat to vote for cloture was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) while the only Republican to vote against it was Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Manchin is up for re-election this year while Murkowski doesn't have to face Alaska voters until 2022. President Trump won both states in the 2016 election.
If this vote holds without any more Republican defections, then Judge Kavanaugh will become Justice Kavanaugh. The one wrinkle in this right now is Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) who plans to be out of town on Saturday to attend his daughter's wedding. Too bad she didn't have a June wedding!
The ayes and nays are below:
Grouped By Vote PositionYEAs ---51Alexander (R-TN)
Young (R-IN)NAYs ---49Baldwin (D-WI)
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Speer is revered in ammo circles for the performance of their Gold Dot hollow-points for law enforcement. For some time now, if you wished to reload your own Gold Dot ammunition you could for your handgun calibers, but not rifle. They now have opened the door for all of us to produce our own rifle […]
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The US Marine Corps have shared an interesting short video that gives us a look inside the Corps’ Precision Weapon Section, responsible for assembling, refitting and maintaining the Marines’ precision weapons such as sniper rifles and competition firearms. In the video Gunnery Sergeant Ricky Vega discusses the Precision Weapon Section’s recent work, including the upgrading […]
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Ideal Conceal began shipping and filling orders of their IC380 two-shot derringer pistol earlier this spring. As they have filled those orders they have been receiving and implementing critical feedback from consumers. Like any new endeavor, they have experienced some growing pains with their Ideal Conceal IC380, but they are slowly improving it. One of […]
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The FG-42 is a tremendously hyped rifle, but very few people have ever had a chance to actually shoot an original one (including me, until today). It was a rifle intended to take on the roles of both infantry rifle and light machine gun gun for the German Fallschirmjager. The M14 was supposed to do the same thing, and was neigh uncontrollable. So the question is, was the FG-42 a better design, or did its reputation simply come from the mystique of a very rare gun?
Well, in my opinion the praise is entirely justified. This was one of the most controllable and pleasant-shooting full power select-fire rifles I have ever shot. It is absolutely far better than the M14, and better than the AR-10 as well and also the G3 in its stock form. The FAL is a closer competitor, but in my opinion still outclassed by the Fallshirmjagergewehr. The FG was expensive and not as durable as its later competitors, but it truly is a very impressive piece of engineering. This particular one is going up for sale at the Morphy auction company (which acquired the James D Julia firearms auction a few months ago), and I hope the new owner enjoys it as much as I did!
If an original FG like this one is out of your price range, consider the semiauto reproduction made by SMG Guns in Texas. Their web site is awful, but their guns are excellent!
The model 112 knife for Buck Knives has been a classic and staple of their line-up for many years. Now they are introducing it with even faster deployment. Buck Knives is now offering a 112 Auto and 112 Auto Elite that springs into action at the push of a button. They simultaneously are releasing a 112 Ranger and 112 Ranger LT which is more economical, lighter and features a better blade.
The materials and craftsmanship poured into the construction of these knives are very similar to their standard 112 knives. All of the new knives and their associated specifications and price-points can be read below:
All of these knives that Buck is introducing are made in the USA and are backed by their Forever Warranty. All of these new additions also boast blades finished with Buck’s advanced Edge2x technology. What this does for the consumer is create a knife that is sharper out of the box, holds an edge longer, and is easier to re-sharpen. All valuable properties when most knife owners are very harsh (at best) on their blades.
So with all of the new blades that Buck Knives is rolling out, what do you guys and gals think? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
When we last left our dear readers, I was sharing my hopes and dreams when it comes to the National Firearms Act (NFA) and the process that is required to both transfer and make NFA regulated weapons. Aside from scrapping the law in its entirety, it seems that we all have just to hope for a […]
At the Jurist. If you're wondering how a court can alternate between being very pro-2A to being very, very anti-2A... this is the 9th Circuit. It has 22 active judges and 20 senior (part-time) judges, and each case is decided by a panel of three. So it all depends upon what panel you draw. But with any pro-2A panel decision, there is an appeal to the court sitting en banc. In most courts that means the entire court hears it, but the 9th is so large that it's heard by 10 judges plus the chief judge. Thus far, every pro-2A panel decision has been taken en banc, and reversed. Welcome to the 9th!
TangoDown has announced the addition of a new AK grip to their Battlegrip family of pistol grips. The new grip is called BG-AK. As the title of this article implies, this is exactly the same grip as the US PALM AK pistol grip. The latter became an accessory that is very hard to come by and […]
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The classic Daisy Red Ryder lever action BB gun was introduced back in 1938 and has been enjoyed by generations of Americans. Now Daisy Outdoor Products have introduced a limited edition scaled up adult (or bigger kid) sized Red Ryder. The Model 1938ARR, full sized BB gun, has been made available on Daisy Outdoor Products online store […]
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If you like climbing sticks and lock-on tree stands for hunting, there’s a new product out there which you might just have to have. It’s from Stacked Outdoors and they’re calling them Ladder Sticks.
They’re essentially molded-plastic climbing sticks, with two steps per stick, which strap to a tree to provide you with a means to climb it. And their claim to fame is that they stack — easily. They say you can stack them just like stacking red Solo cups.
Here’s what they say about them:
The Stacked Ladder Sticks from Stacked Outdoors are the most revolutionary climbing aid on the market. They’re fast, quiet, super solid on the tree, and they stack like red solo cups. With their light-weight, compact, vertical nesting design, and the shoulder strap that’s included, you’ll forget you’re carrying them. The non-metal construction material allows these sticks to grab the tree and hold on unlike the metal sticks of yesterday. There are no bolts or screws to come loose thanks to the ingenious one-piece design. They meet TMA safety standards and were subjected to testing far beyond the industry standard.
Oddly enough, on their website they list a single Ladder Stick at $51.99.
Here’s a short video that shows a little about how they strap on, etc.
And here is another video, with an overview & demo.
Do you use hang-on stands and climbing sticks? Let me know in the comments below.
Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, today released the following statement in response to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to vote against the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee:
Just announced as Leatherman’s ‘Tool of The Month’, the Skeletool KB/KBx is now up for grabs at a 20% discount in both smooth, and partially serrated blade configurations. When you think of Leatherman, it’s more likely that one of their complex multitools comes to mind first like the Leatherman Signal we reviewed a little while back. Although the KB/KBx is a simple offering, it still has an added trick up its sleeve. The broad opening in its blade actually doubles as a bottle opener, making it a prime everyday carry pocketknife for those who always want to be prepared for beer o’clock.
There’s a lot of competition in the more entry-level pocketknife category these days, but the saving grace that regularly sets Leatherman (as well as a handful of other established North American brands) is its 25-year warranty. Regardless of whether you’re spending $100+ on a multitool, or under $20 on this great deal, you’re not going to have to worry about chasing a replacement blade after a few years of heavy use.
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Chainsaw mills allow folks to convert timber into lumber, using a tool most often used for crude freehand cutting (a chainsaw). If you are a hands-on kind of person, you have probably seen chainsaw mills in use and thought, “Man, that’s cool! I wish I could do that myself.” But the main hurdle to that is the high cost of most chainsaw mills — especially the ones that meet this guy’s criteria:
The video has some great info and demonstrates good craftsmanship, but unfortunately there’s loud background music interfering with some of his soft-spoken narration. Most of this sawmill is made of wood, which is pretty cool.
This is only the first video… there’s another, which I’ll add down below. He made that video after making some refinements to the mill.
Just as soon as this next video begins, he lets us know that it contains a paid promotion. Sounds like he got a free chainsaw out of the deal… nothing wrong with that.
Next up, we learn that he made his mill super-portable for a surprising reason… it had to fit into his Prius! Ha!
We get to see the mill deployed in the field, and used to cut some large slabs of southern yellow pine. A hand crank also helped keep the saw fed into the work more steadily.
Enough from me… watch this video, and enjoy.
There’s a new handgun in the world, and it looks pretty cool. It’s the Laugo Arms Alien, and it’s been making a splash in certain circles of the firearms world. This semi-automatic 9x19mm pistol is apparently aimed at competition shooters, for reasons that will become clear.
The Laugo Arms Czechoslovakia Facebook page has been teasing fans with photos for a while now, and some videos have come to light as well. Some of the more notable features:
This video is only 13 seconds long, and shows how quickly the top rail — which actually contains the sear and hammer, as well as the sights — can be swapped out to quickly change from open to optical sights.
The most thorough video I’ve seen yet is from Polenar Tactical. In it, we see the gun being fired — but more importantly, we see it stripped and reassembled, with an explanation of what makes it so unique.
It begins with a lovely lady shooting the Alien — and the lack of muzzle flip is evident. From there we go to a teardown and explanation of its features, including the low bore axis, gas-delayed blowback action, and the sear & hammer which work from the top instead of the bottom.
This video ends with something I never thought I’d see: Competition pistol shooting while wearing stretchy skinny jeans.
It’s a really neat-looking pistol, and I’d love to put one through its paces. But as of now, they don’t even have an importer lined up as far as we know.
No word yet on what the retail price might be, but they are hoping to release the Alien(!) in 2019.
Now that we have to wait on the FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, it is time to continue my series on party platforms. This post will look at the Democrat Party platforms for Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, and Maryland. When I finish this series on the Democrats, I plan to do a similar one on Republican state party platforms.
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) signed permitless concealed-carry into law in 2015. Last year, campus carry was legalized as of July 1st. Bear this in mind when reading what Democratic Party of Kansas has to say on firearms.
From the addendum to their platform adopted in 2018.
Kansas Democrats believe guns have no place in public schools, in our colleges, universities, public libraries, or other public buildings.In other words, they object to all the progress on gun rights passed in Kansas over the past few years.
We insist that firearms be carried only by those who have been properly trained and certified in their use, have passed a thorough background check, and have been licensed by the state.
With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe. To build on the success of the lifesaving Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, we will expand and strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws; repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to revoke the dangerous legal immunity protections gun makers and sellers now enjoy; and keep weapons of war—such as assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines (LCAM’s)—off our streets. We will fight back against attempts to make it harder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to revoke federal licenses from law breaking gun dealers, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, intimate partner abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues. There is insufficient research on effective gun prevention policies, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must have the resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue.Louisiana
d. Support for programs that increase gun safetyAnd then under "Freedom, Safety, and National Security":
5. Ensures responsible gun ownership in accordance with the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and works to strengthen background checks for every firearm sale within the State of Maine and promotes the restoration of gun safety research..As Democratic state party platforms go, that is relatively weak stuff.
Gun SafetyI searched their webpage for any mention of the murder rate in Baltimore, gang violence, or even crime (other than "gun crimes") and I couldn't find anything. I guess it is easier to go after domestic abusers who are already banned under Federal law (Lautenberg Amendment) from possessing a firearm than it is to attack criminal gangs and drug-related crime in Baltimore.
Democrats support Americans’ Second Amendment guaranteed rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
We also believe the government should pass sensible laws that stem gun crimes, violence that too often destroys families and communities. A staggering 89 percent of unintentional, fatal shootings of children occur in the home.
Guns and domestic abusers are a deadly combination.
Of women killed by men, more than 90 percent are killed by a man they knew personally.
At least 62 percent are killed by an intimate partner. Over the past 25 years, more intimate partner homicides have been carried out with guns than with all other weapons combined.
No law will prevent all gun crimes, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t implement sensible gun regulations that strike a balance between liberty and safety.
Currently the law prohibits a convicted domestic abuser from purchasing or possessing a gun, but the law does not provide a timeline for forfeiture or a requirement of proof of forfeiture.
General Assembly Democrats are leading the fight to require abusers to forfeit guns within 48 hours and to give notice of forfeiture within 5 days.
In a time when many (most?) Americans are divided along party lines and stand rigidly either for or against Donald Trump, a certain amount of perspective is needed. And this may just provide that — for anyone willing to think an original thought rather than simply hewing to party lines.
At least one thing Trump is reportedly doing should please liberal Democrats and disgust Republicans: He’s still ready and willing to ban bump stocks.
According to this recent Reuters article:
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday his administration is just a few weeks away from finalizing a regulation that would ban so-called bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns.
‘We’re knocking out bump stocks,’ Trump said at a White House news conference. ‘We’re in the final two or three weeks, and I’ll be able to write out bump stocks.’
As usual, this new restriction on firearms is a knee-jerk action to a controversial “gun crime.” Namely the much-doubted public record account of last year’s Las Vegas mass murder, which claims that 12 so-called bump stocks were used to kill dozens of people. There are plenty of holes in that story, but even if you buy it there’s no reason to outlaw such stocks.
Yet Trump is banning them.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in March the Justice Department was proposing a rule that would effectively ban the devices. In February, Trump had signed a memorandum directing the department to make the regulatory change.
The change required a public comment period before taking effect.
‘We are now at the final stages of the procedure,’ Trump said.
Trump devotees will certainly gloss this over, saying things like “Who needs them?” “Nobody I know ever had one,” and “Trump is a genius so he’s throwing a bone to the antis.”
We’ve all seen how well “throwing a bone” works… it’s the equivalent of lifting the tent to allow the camel’s nose to slip under.
As a true conservative, I am appalled at any sitting president’s willingness to institute bans on guns, ammo, accessories, etc.
You should be, too.
The notion that certain Americans are preemptively guilty of wrongdoing, whether there’s any corroborating evidence to back up an accusation or not, isn’t reserved for conservatives who happen to be in contention for a Supreme Court seat. In the hierarchy of progressive values, due process is a bottom dweller.
During the debate, the candidates were divided sharply on issues related to gun control. McMahon, an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, said government gun control policies rarely reduce violence, but rather take guns out of the hands of law-abiding gun owners and sellers.
The Department of Defense has confirmed that Idaho-based Night Force Optics have been awarded a contract for the US Special Operations Command’s new Squad Variable Power Scope. The contract is worth just under $16 million with an option to expand future orders. the firm fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is worth the $15,760,499. While the Department […]
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A gripe a lot of AK owners have is not being able to easily suppress their boomsticks. With unique left-hand thread pitches, most of us in the US are short on resources to change out muzzle devices. It makes sense that many AK platforms have muzzles like this since they do hail from Europe though. […]
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For this episode, we go to Northern Thailand where we take a look at some of the shooting ranges in Chiang Mai. Specifically, we were able to sit down some of the shooters, owners, and instructors at a range called “Shooting Adventure Chiang Mai” and “Range 333” where we quizzed them on such topics of […]
The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a “no” vote on Initiative 1639, a sweeping measure that would dictate numerous changes to state law. As always, this is merely a recommendation, and we hope the initiative leads to continued debate on the pressing issue. This nation desperately needs to recalculate a gun culture that leads to more than 30,000 firearm fatalities each year.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is partnering with the National Rifle Association to offer an online hunter education course to Oklahomans. The course replaces the wildlife department’s previously offered online course. “This free course from the NRA will allow us to maintain high quality hunter education training at no cost to the Wildlife Department or our hunters,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the wildlife department. Hunter education topics include firearms safety, wildlife conservation and identification, safe archery and more. The wildlife department says the classes help people become safe, legal and ethical hunters. The course is required for most hunters ages 10-30 who wish to hunt without a mentor present.
Anti-gun billionaire and ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will headline a fundraiser for Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen's Tennessee U.S. Senate bid. An invitation says the New York event for Bredesen next Tuesday costs $5,000, $2,700 or $1,000 per person. Bredesen faces Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. The Bloomberg fundraiser is drawing outcry from Republicans because the billionaire is a leading gun control advocate.
SIG Sauer have announced they will present the US Army’s ‘Old Guard’ with special ceremonial versions of the US Army’s new M17 Modular Handgun System pistol. If you ever wondered what a more ‘traditional’, non polymer M17 might look now we have some idea. SIG will present the US 3rd Infantry Regiment, who provide the […]
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Owners of the Remington 700 SA now have another option from MDT. The MDT ACC (Adjustable Core Competition) is a competition focused chassis developed for shooters who want to adjust their setup for complete control over balance and recoil reduction. The target group is specifically competitors in the PRS & NRL (Precision Rifle Series and […]
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Whew – this was a long one! As usual, I had far more questions submitted by you awesome Patrons than I could answer, so if yours didn’t get in this time please submit it again next time.
0:00:52 – What have been my favorite or most enlightening trips abroad?
0:02:55 – Systems like Blish that work despite being based on faulty physics
0:05:30 – Gun stands and display blocks
0:08:18 – Window or aisle? Airline preferences?
0:11:54 – Specific future improvements in guns and ammunition
0:14:10 – 6mm Unified and the lack of modern SCHV military cartridges
0:16:06 – What is a “parts kit”, anyway?
0:20:52 – Plans to cover the Savage 99?
0:21:42 – Plans to re-film any of the older videos?
0:23:25 – 1930s French plans for a 9×66 machine gun
Recommended: Huon & Barreliers’ book on French machine guns
0:25:12 – Which are the most interesting combloc surplus pistols?
0:27:36 – Modernized SKS, yea or nay?
0:29:17 – War or battle where difference in small arms was decisive?
0:30:24 – Makeup of my gun collection
0:32:06 – Best TSA/Customs story from my traveling
0:34:35 – Ideas for a pre-1898 collection?
0:37:48 – Why have European nations abandoned small arms manufacture?
0:40:38 – Why metallic feed strips instead of belts?
0:43:21 – Thoughts on writing firearms reference books today
0:48:41 – What can the American firearms community learn from our international colleagues?
0:50:15 – Market for modernized historical firearms?
0:52:48 – Thoughts on the Ohio Ordnance HCAR
0:54:47 – Quad-stack or drum?
0:56:45 – What modern military rifle feature is unnecessary but still used?
0:58:19 – Should the US have retained the 1903 Springfield or switched to the 1917 Enfield?
0:59:42 – How often do I have trips get cancelled?
1:00:52 – Why 9×19 in all the Rhodesian guns?
1:02:21 – Why is the Browning High Power not modernized like the 1911?
1:04:18 – Did the British consider the m/31 Suomi?
1:05:42 – Guns I am content to not own?
1:07:28 – Mauser 1945 Volkspistole and HK VP70 similarities
1:08:56 – Channel demographics (age, gender, geography)
1:11:19 – Favorite and least favorite belt-fed semiautos?
1:14:30 – Folding guns for CCW
1:14:50 – Why semi-rimmed pistol cartridges?
I recommend this video on the subject.
1:15:18 – Gaseous propellents in place of gunpowder
1:15:52 – Collection military uniforms?
1:16:48 – Why the trend away from bullpup rifles?
You might not have heard of Bulletproof Everyone yet, but you should have heard of AFA, LLC. They are the producers of the world’s 1st automated speedloader that we discussed in September 2017. Bulletproof Everyone is another project of AFA, LLC’s that is seeking to make bulletproof jackets that are affordable for everyone. So far […]
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In June, Rene Boucher, who assaulted Sen. Rand Paul from behind, leaving him in serious medical condition with several broken ribs, was sentenced by a Clinton-appointee to 30 days and a year's probation. From what I can see, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines call for a sentence of between 18 and 24 months. A judge can depart from those, but is required to explain and the explanation is subject to appeal. A departure from a 1.5 - years down to 30 days is a pretty big departure....
The government appealed the sentence, and the Sixth Circuit just denied a rather weak motion to dismiss the appeal.
Shotgun kabooms do not seem to be as common as rifle kabooms. We all know how often .300blk/5.56 kabooms happen and how easily they can happen. Well Vickie Lawrence posted this on her Facebook page. This shotgun that had a catastrophic malfunction resulting in a Browning A5 Kaboom. Paul bought Bryson this Browning A5 gun […]
Does quantity have a quality of its own? The Franklin Armory PDW-C7 is at its core a compact 5.56 AR Pistol with a 7″ barrel. What sets it apart from other factory AR pistol offerings, however, is its factory installed BFSIII binary trigger. One can debate the hazards and merits of binary triggers all one […]
The thirteenth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by Steve. This is Steve’s FINAL submission. Submit early and often and you too can showcase your works. Honestly I like most everything on this build–it is pretty clean and has a nice aggressive look to it (without going overboard). My only hang up is […]
Today’s Photo is from the Silverstone Shooting Centre, United Kingdom, and their Gallery Rifle in Silverstone Cup.. What you’re looking at is a photo of a bullet that passed just on the turn, and cut the paper neatly in half. I’ve seen similar things happen with 22LR pistols, but never a “lucky shot” like this […]
Strike Industries continues developing and releasing new products designed for Glock pistols. They have recently announced that their new Improved Flat Trigger is now available for purchase. Let’s first watch the demo video of this product. Now let’s see how the company describes this new trigger: Enhance the aesthetics, feel, and control of your Glock with […]
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Chiappa Firearms released today photo of the new Nebula 6″ Rhino Revolver that will be available in 2019 in a rather unique PVD finish.
The Rhino, to those who are not aware, have the barrel aligned with the bottom of the cylinder. The reason for this is for reduced recoil due to the barrel more inline with the center of your hand. It was originally conceived as a CCW pistol with a 2″ snub nose barrel, resembling a rhino. The design have evolved over the years and now they offer 6″ barrel “Charging Rhino” model that are designed for high speed competition.
Pricing of the new Nebula 6″ Rhino should be in line with Rhino in PVD gold finish at MSRP$1,479.00.
There will be more exciting stuff coming from Chiappa later this year. Keep a close eye on this company from Brescia, Italy.
Treacherous terrain and dropping temperatures are just the beginnings of why good insulated hunting boots are an absolute asset. The various hunting seasons around the country are either rapidly approaching or already upon us, and the folks at Sportsman’s Guide are giving shoppers a bit of a break as they gear up for 2018/19. Offerings from four known brands including Irish Setter and Wood ‘N Stream are up for grabs for up to 65% off.
Of the offerings at hand the majority are both insulated and waterproof, ensuring your feet stay warm and dry for the duration of the hunt. They also come in a range of heights, from lightweight and compact 7″ to a serious set of 16″ Snakeproof (and waterproof) boots from Rocky’s. One way or another there’s a budget-friendly option in the list that will fit the bill.
Houston, TX – After a wealthy attorney purchased an M4 Sherman World War II tank for $600,000 and had it restored, he parked it outside his mansion last year — right in a public roadway. And while his neighbors actually liked having it around, busybodies at the HOA sent him a letter demanding that he move it.
The tank in question landed at Normandy on June 10, 1944, helped liberate Paris, and continued all the way to Berlin. Tank owner Tony Buzbee said it took a year for it to make its way to him, and he needed a place to park it. What better location than on the road outside his home?
The HOA’s letter claimed the tank “caused serious concerns” for his neighbors… but the TV news crew couldn’t find a single person who was unhappy about the tank’s presence. At least one person said, “I wish it was permanent.”
Buzbee was in no hurry about moving the tank.
I guess they could ticket it. I guess they could try to tow it. But the truth is, until I decide to move it, it ain’t goin’ anywhere.
In another video about the conclusion of the Houston tank battle, we learn that the tank was indeed moved… after it had been enjoyed by many locals who loved to admire it. Despite the HOA letter and two parking tickets from Houston Police Department, the tank kept calm and carried on… until Buzbee was good and ready.
He printed a “love note” to police and other concerned citizens, noting that a Sherman tank isn’t exactly a “large vehicle” according to city code, and therefore couldn’t be cited as such. He added that he was also planning to move it, “not because you are putting useless tickets on it, but because I want it on my ranch for hunting season.”
He signs off in the perfect way:
God Bless you and call on me if you ever need anything. TB.
Nice. Watch the video below for more details.
The Fix is Kevin Brittingham’s flag ship bolt gun for Q. He came out with a Mini Fix SBR which is small enough to fit into a backpack. Just like the Honey Badger pistol, Q collaborated with SB Tactical and had them make a custom brace so they can make a Mini Fix Pistol. Adam […]
Springfield Armory wants your business… and they’re willing to give you free goodies to get it. And through the end of 2018, the SA “All XD Gear Up” means you can get 3 extra magazines and a range bag for FREE if you buy a new Springfield Armory XD, XD Mod.2, XD-S, XD-S Mod.2, XD(M), or XD-E pistol.
And if you want even more great stuff, you can upgrade your gear-up by paying $99 on top of the price of your new pistol. For that, you get a Surefire 6PX tactical light, a Kershaw XD-branded folding knife, and a Kershaw Springfield Armory-branded carabiner.
To redeem the deal, go here and grab the redemption form — or enter your gun’s serial number and purchase date and complete the steps online. If you choose the upgrade option, this is when you will pay the extra $99.
I can tell you from experience that the XD-S Mod.2 9mm is a sweet little carry piece.
Interested? Click here to find a retailer of SA firearms.
Gotta love free stuff.
The Vermont State Police has received two bump stocks ahead of the Oct. 1 date when possession of the rapid fire devices became illegal in the state.
California’s Legislature revved into high gear when it came to writing laws in 2018, sending the most bills to the governor’s desk in more than a decade.
Magazine loaders – handy tools to have in your range bag if you are going to have a range day involving a lot of shooting. Nowadays, we have a metric ton of options on the market, however, many of those that allow you to load all the 30 rounds into the magazine in a single […]
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I know lots of folks who love Henry rifles. And in this case, I’m referring to the modern version, built and sold under the current ownership of Anthony Imperato, who we have seen on those TV infomercials and who says he personally answers phone calls and emails from customers. One reason for this fondness is the clear quality of these firearms; another is their motto: “Made in America or Not Made at all.”
And there’s their guarantee; this is a quote from their website from the company owner:
Henry owners have my personal guarantee to make certain that they are 100% satisfied with their purchase of our rifles. If you are going to spend your money on a Henry, I can assure you that we will do whatever it takes to make sure that you are happy that you bought a Henry.
So it only makes sense that gun folks would be interested in seeing how these guns are made.
The tour opens with the vice president and general manager, who says they will “follow” a Henry 45-70 through the production line. We see the steel forgings for receivers and trigger guards, then move on to barrels… which is interesting, especially considering how large the barrel blanks are. They are so fat — like an extreme “bull” barrel — that the 45-70 bore looks plumb wimpy.
The rest of it is also interesting, and if you like guns you should check it out. And for some, 7:52 begins the most interesting portion of the video…
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It was not too long ago when we did not have overflowing options for concealed carry pistols. Your choices were snubby revolvers or full-frame pistols and that was nearly it. When the Ruger LCP came out 10 years ago as one of the 1st small carry pistols it initiated an avalanche of pistols to come. […]
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We put the 10mm Glock models 29 and 20 against each other head to head to compare velocity from the two barrels in this video and we also fired 10mm Underwood 220 grain hard cast and 10mm Lehigh 140 grain Extreme Penetrator into a long row of ballistic gel blocks to find out which is […]
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The Varan pistol was developed by two Rhodesian designers, Tony Blackshaw and Stewart Beecham, and was originally designated the PMX-80. Development would take nearly a full decade, however, and mostly took place in South Africa. The goal was simply to create a good domestic service handgun, as such things were relatively difficult to obtain in these countries at that time. When it was finally completed in 1990, the Varan PMX-90 would fill this role reasonably well. It was not an exceptional handgun, but it was serviceable and reasonably high quality, and about 2,000 were produced before it become commercially unable to compete with the Vektor Z88 and SP1.
The PMX-90 offered substantial ambidextrous features, including a top-facing ejection port in the early models. These would also allow the safety lever, slide release, and magazine release to be swapped to either side to fit the shooter’s preference. In time, several of these features were discarded, and the later versions had a right-side ejection port and fixed slide release lever.
The gun included several interesting features from a manufacturing point of view as well. The magazines were made of a transparent plastic, although it tended to turn to an opaque yellow with exposure to gun oil, and cracked easily. A later black plastic magazine partially solved the cracking problem. The frame was a hybrid milled and stamped assembly, presumably to reduce fabrication costs. Otherwise, it was mechanically a copy of the Browning High Power, including a single action only trigger mechanism.
Standard Manufacturing has released the shortest version of their SKO semi-auto shotguns – the SKO Mini. Perhaps the most interesting “feature” of this shotgun is that just like the Remington Tac-14 or Mossberg Shockwave, it is legally considered not a shotgun but a “Firearm” despite the barrel length of 14 3/4″. If I understand correctly, the reason this […]
Have you ever worked on an AR that you bought used or one for friend only to find out that it was built by someone that should have never tried to build one? I have in the past, a total of 2 times. This last one was the worse. This one was a mess to work on and a simple job took much longer than it should.
This was a complete rifle from Del-ton and had been worked on before. I was asked to put a new floating handguard on it. I agreed to do it and they wanted me to make the low gas block out of the original sight. That was not an issue, cut the lugs off and cut the upper sight off on each end and file down.
Then it came time to remove the barrel to install the new barrel nut that came with the floating handguard. I locked it in the AR upper receiver block and put it in the first vise. It was a vise from Lowes that I have used many times in the past. During the process of trying all of this, at some point the vise cracked. So I had to break out my drill press vise and clamp it on the table by quick clamps and move on.
I was VERY surprised that this vise held up during all of this work to get the AR barrel nut off. I broke the “lugs” off the barrel nut and then even the studs off my AR barrel nut wrench. I tried everything I had at the bench to get this done. I had to end up cutting off the delta ring and pulling apart the spring behind it. I had to do all this to get the barrel nut so I could try a few more things.
Even the old bar style torque wrench bent and was off the scale trying to get this to break free, over 100 foot pounds of pressure. I couldn’t believe it; a friend of mine who has built over 100 AR’s stopped by and was shocked.
I tried overnight soaking with PB Blaster, Ballistol, you name it. Heating up the nut didn’t work with any wrench I had until I had to dig out the BIG pipe wrench from the garage that hadn’t been used for anything since the late 1970’s. With this little vise and how it was mounted, I had to turn the wrench around to be able to use it.
Finally the BIG wrench with heat and PB Blaster broke it free. Once that happened it turned trouble free with your fingers. I checked the upper and nothing bad had happened to it. The issue, best I could figure out, was that there was NO anti-seize or grease at all anywhere on the barrel or nut. It looked like it was sonic cleaned it was so dry! Plus the unholy amount of torque by whomever installed this AR barrel.
If you don’t build it yourself, you never know what you will run into!
Stay safe and see you out there!
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Nearly as hot-buttoned as the 9mm versus .45ACP debate, Heckler & Koch’s paddle style magazine releases are either the best thing or the worst thing about their German-engineered pistols depending on the audience. I happen to like the large paddle on the side of the trigger guard, but take a random poll of shooters and […]
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Remember those guide rod lasers for Glocks by Lasermax? What if you could have a flashlight instead and use any holster you wanted? Well Deadpoint has made a guide rod weapon light for Glock pistols. They make a total of four guide rod weaponlights. Glock 17 and Glock 19 both Gen 3 and Gen 4. […]
In this video, I give a quick rundown of some of the newer small arms presented by Kalashnikov group at ARMY-2018 expo: AK-200 series, AK-308, AM-17 and AMB-17. For the last three years, “Army” remains to be the biggest and most popular military/small arms exhibition in Russia. With that, you would expect every exhibition to bring a […]
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The wait for an FN SCAR MK20 SSR package is nearly over. For years SCAR owners have been asking for a SCAR MK20. The fixed precision stock with adjustable length of pull and cheek rest, 20” barrel and extended M1913 Picatinny Rail have been showed extensively at trade shows but are essentially “unobtainium” on the civilian […]
I have been looking at the picture of this setup, trying to figure out how the system works. I think that when you pull the trigger on rifle #1 (middle), it fires and sends its gas to cycle and fire rifle #2 (bottom), which will do the same with #3 (top), which will then send […]
Arkansas has always been a popular destination for waterfowl within the Mississippi flyway. This agriculture rich ground holds some of the largest waterfowl populations in the nation and produces every year. In fact people come from all over to experience a hunt here, whether it be in the flooded timber, beans or in rice fields.
Recently I was fortunant enough to hunt teal with Black River Outdoors located in Newport AR. The lodge is very welcoming and the hunting is outstanding, as one would expect from these hallowed grounds. With daylight quickly approaching we place the last decoy and tucked into the willows located along a shallow water slough. Moments before shooting light, several teal made their presence known as they touched down into the spread. Patiently waiting for the clock to click one last time, we scanned the water and sky for more approching fowl. As the time aligned perfectly the birds were flushed, of which we dropped two. Filled with anticipation Avery whimpered until I said her name. She bolted from the willows retrieving both marked birds without hesitation or issues.
Moments later, as we stood around conversing about what had happened, another large group made their final swing to land. Just before they could land Garrett called the shot that resulted in several more retrieves. One bird inparticular landed in some thick marsh grass that Avery didn’t see but neither of us noticed the large group working our way. As we left the cover of the willows another group poured in flaring just out of range due to our presence. She found the bird and we tucked back into cover for more action.
Shortly after our return, a group read the script and attempted to land. After the shot was called birds began to fall, showering the bank with feathers. At this point we realized we had quite the bag of teal that totaled eight
Out of all of the places I’ve hunted Black River Outdoors is hands down my favorite. Garrett has an outstanding operation and I will be back time and time again for some awesome waterfowl hunting. Who knows I might have to tag a deer on my next venture here because he has some monsters on this farm.
On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Scott Wagner for governor of Pennsylvania.
Only days after the FBI’s annual crime report appeared showing that rifles of any kind are used in a fraction of homicides in Washington State—thereby weakening arguments in support of a far-reaching gun control initiative—three major law enforcement groups are taking positions against the measure, according to an announcement by the National Rifle Association.
Ever since the official release of the H9 Pistol in 2017, Hudson Manufacturing has been constantly upgrading it and introducing new accessories for this handgun. During this time we’ve seen a new muzzle device, suppressor ready sights, threaded barrels, a slide with a milled red dot sight cut, an aluminum framed version and probably several other upgrades […]
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DAISY INTRODUCES ADULT RED RYDER
Just above my office desk as I write this sits a Daisy Red Ryder BB-gun. This model is the 75th anniversary version as stamped on the buttstock 1940-2015. I bought this air rifle because it is legendary, also so stamped on the stock “True Legends Live Forever.” I remember my own childhood Daisy that I shot so much, the leather gaskets wore out.
My new Daisy is the standard model, which in fact does have a rather short length of pull due to the very short buttstock. This stock of course was designed for kids to shoot. Adults can shoot it fine, but it is a bit cramped and lining up the sights is a bit of a challenge with everything being compact. Still it is a true Daisy.
For Daisy to announce the introduction of an adult sized model of the Daisy Red Ryder is remarkable. Apparently there has been a long time interest among consumers for Daisy to produce a Red Ryder version with adult dimensions. I mean, heck, adult BB gun shooters want to fully enjoy shooting their own air rifle appropriately sized to fit adults comfortably.
The specifications for this new Daisy rifle includes a total weight of 2.95 pounds or very light for carry and shooting. The action is the classic lever action type with a spring air operation. The sights include a blade and ramp front sight with an adjustable open rear sight. This Daisy has a crossbolt trigger block safety, which provides a safety measure also teachable for older youth or teens to learn shooting basics.
The adult Daisy Red Ryder uses standard .177 caliber (4.5mm) BBs that with full spring tension cocking produces a muzzle velocity of 350 feet per second. The overall length of this air rifle is 36.75 inches, a good length to represent a more full sized rifle.
The stock and forearm sections are stained solid hardwood with a walnut looking finish. The barrel is steel, smooth bore and finished in a classic blue. The receiver is a stamped metal fabrication with the classic western style saddle ring including a leather thong.
The BB capacity of the under barrel tube magazine is 650 BB shot. Daisy estimates that the BBs shooting from the Red Ryder can reach a distance of 195 yards. As you can see, this new Daisy or any modern air rifle is not a kid’s toy. These are serious shooting BB rifles and should be a ton of fun to shoot. Check it out at www.daisy.com. Suggested price from Daisy is $69.99.
On September 21, Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, took part in an event where the latest developments of the Ukrainian defense industry were demonstrated. Among a variety of new and upgraded weapon systems and vehicles (helicopters, armored vehicles, UAVs etc.), they also revealed a remote-controlled conversion of […]
The Orinda City Council has announced that they will consider a mandatory lock storage ordinance for the City. NRA and CRPA reached out to the City Council to advise them of the legal pitfalls in implementing this type of ordinance.
With a little more than a month until the midterm elections, Morrisey, the state’s Republican attorney general, is working to paint Manchin, the Democratic senator up for re-election, as an agent of gun control.
The father of a Parkland shooting victim schooled actress Alyssa Milano for blaming the National Rifle Association for the death of his daughter.
A school superintendent in Illinois carried a concealed weapon to school for the first time last week, after completing police academy training to her protect her students against a school shooter.
Our northern neighbors up in Canada has finally received a long waited shipment of FN Five-seveN pistols that are being officially distributed for the first time by the Canadian FN distributor North Sylva.
They were unofficially imported through various grey market dealer previously, just like the PS90 that are still unavailable through official channels.
They are in the most updated, Mk II configuration, which means it has front slide serrations and the controls such as the safety, slide stop, trigger are in black instead of grey.
These pistols are chambered in the controversial 5.7x28mm round that, in the special law-enforcement only ammunition, are designed to penetrate level III body armor. Regular, non-body armor penetrating FMJ “sporting” ammunition is available through retailers.
In order to comply with Canadian laws, they are equipped with 10-round magazines.
The FN Five-seveN pistols are retailing at MSRP of CAD$2000, plus applicable taxes. They are only available in limited quantities in black.
Yes, it’s expensive. But how can one resist not to own this iconic pistol? Who doesn’t like Belgian waffles?
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You may have heard of Laugo Arms. They are the ones who designed the CZ Scorpion Evo 3 and sold it to Česká zbrojovka aka CZ. They have been teasing photos of the Laugo Arms Alien pistol. It has such a different approach and they are clearly going after the competition market with this offering. […]
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When one visits the Montfaucon American Monument (to the soldiers in the Meuse-Argonne offensive), one finds the road in flanked by a pair of (mostly) surviving German bunkers. These standing artifacts of 20th-century warfare are something that we simply don’t have in North America, and I find them fascinating and poignant to experience. Today’s video is not a detailed history, but simply a look in and around one of these bunkers.
Thanks to Military History Tours for making this video possible!
Everyone’s enchantment with all things Creedmoor continues and Savage Arms is ensuring they are in the party. Their premium MSR 10 Long Range rifle will now be chambered in 6mm Creedmoor for another option to those who love shooting far distances and still love their AR platform. A short overview for those who may not […]
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As hunting season approaches, big box outlet stores will be getting their seasonal deer hunting supplies in stock. Depending on location and opening of deer hunting season, stores may be setting up feeders and stands where customers can see them.
One such item is the tripod deer stand. This is a metal frame supported by three legs, thus the name “tripod.” Some tripods have two seats, while the most common only have one seat.
Why would some consider purchasing a tripod stand? They are fairly easy to setup and move. Within a few minutes, two people can take the stand down, load it in a truck, and relocate it to another location. For all intents and purposes, this is one of the easiest deer stands to setup.
However, as easy as the tripod stand is to setup it provides no protection from the elements, and the hunter is sitting in the wide open. A lot of hunters will attempt to set the stand next to a clump of bushes or trees to conceal their movements.
So, what can be done to the stand to provide protection from the elements and hide the hunter?
One easy solution is to attach pressure treated plywood to the metal frame with self-tapping screws. After the plywood is attached, paint it your favorite camouflage pattern.
Another option is to attach pressure treated 1x4s to the base of the frame, and just under the guardrail, then staple a camouflage tarp to the 1x4s.
To provide rain protection, use cable ties and attach 1x1s to the uprights, then build a frame at the top of the 1x1s. On top of the frame screw a piece of plywood, tarp, or metal tin. On top of the plywood put some strips of roofing tar paper.
Wrap the guardrail with pipe insulation and secure with cable ties.
What we are left with is a lightweight and portable deer stand that provides some protection from the elements.
The following tools were used to modify a tripod deer stand here on the farm:
In all, it took around 1/2 a day to get boards screwed on, the roof mounted, and the tarps wrapped around the stand.
The bad news is if the reader uses tarps, the tarps will have to be replaced every few years. UV rays break the material down and the tarps will come apart. A more permanent solution would be to use metal for the sides, or pressure treated plywood.
When the tripod is stood up, be sure to drive long nails through the base of the legs. Some people tie a cinder block to the bottom of the stand. The cinder block and nails are to help prevent the stand from blowing over during rain storms.
Good luck and happy hunting.
It was just 4 months ago at the NRA Show that Springfield Armory announced their new offering of a SAINT 300 Blackout AR-15 Pistol. After listening to their customers and taking in a lot of critical feedback they made a lot of small modifications to the original model chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. This updated […]
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Following the capture of several .50 BMG-chambered rifles from Brazilian criminals in the last few years, the time has come that the armament involved has become even more, eh, aggressive. TFB has just reported (https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2018/09/27/m2-browning-guns-seized-brazil/) that a Browning “fifty” of the AN/M2 variant used in WWII aircraft was seized in Rio de Janeiro prior to […]
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Washington's premier law enforcement associations are opposing I-1639 including the Washington State Sheriffs Association (WSSA), the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association (WSLEFIA), and the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs (WACOPS).
ATN has partnered with ICOtec, Predator Tactics, and The Firearm Blog to give you the Ultimate Predator Hunting package. Call those yotes in with the ICOtec Night Stalker, Illuminate and extend the range with the Predator Tactics Coyote Reaper XXL Infrared Illuminator and hunt in total darkness and record every minute with the ATN X-Sight […]
Today’s Photo is of the brand new Heckler & Koch MR223 A3 GZ. GZ is short for Gurtzuführung, which is German for belt-fed. This construction will bypass all magazine restriction, as there is no magazine. Well it would be nice if it was true, but it is not. It is just a normal HK MR223 […]
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday signed several gun control bills into law, including legislation that raises the minimum age for buying rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21.
Leaders in this East Bay city will on Tuesday night consider approving an ordinance that would require firearms and certain other weapons to be stored in a locked, secure container when not being handled or carried on one's person.
The recent shooting death of a Stamford teenager was on the minds of many of those who gathered in Greenwich to hear Connecticut’s assistant attorney general speak about legal challenges to gun safety legislation.
During July and August 2018, the PMU released video footages demonstrating two of their locally made .50 cal/12.7mm heavy sniper rifles. Introduction The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) (Arabic: الحشد الشعبي Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi or the Popular Crowd Forces in literal translation) is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of some 40-50 militias that are mainly Shiite groups, but also including Sunni Muslim, Christian, and Yazidi […]
Springfield Armory has announced a new XD(M) 4.5″ OSP 9mm pistol that is sure to get a lot of people excited. This model ships with two barrels which adds a lot of value for consumers as opposed to buying them separate of a factory package. You also receive 3 base plates that will afford you […]
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I’ve long been a fan of the TV show Alaska: The Last Frontier, and I just saw a short preview of the upcoming new season of the program. It was of course packed with all kinds of hijinks and adventure, but what struck me most was the way Eivin Kilcher was transporting his son Findlay during a big game hunt.
I snapped a couple of photos of the TV, just so I could share them here with you.
We’ve learned from the show that Eivin is a hardcore hunter and is no stranger to long exhausting hikes. So when he wants to share the hunt with his little boy, he must improvise — if not, little Findlay could never keep up with him.
What does he do? He dons a backpack with a sizable platform, on which Findlay can stand while holding on. The places the boy’s head even higher than his father’s, giving him a superb view of the rugged Alaskan landscape — and potentially allowing him to spot animals even before his father’s trained eye can pick them out.
Pretty cool! It’s no wonder the young ‘un is smiling while he rides. I’m looking forward to the actual episode, so I can learn more about this cool setup. The new season (8) will premier on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 9:00 PM on Discovery.
What a great way to introduce a young person to hunting. Although I’d be happier if that rifle was being carried differently…
What do you think?
There is a new kid on the block of black rifles, and that is the Ruger AR-556 MPR 450 Bushmaster. This AR-15 will look to fill a niche market for AR-15 aficionados that also love to hunt. In some regions of the country, if you are hunting various game, local wildlife authorities do not allow […]
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Crimson Trace, which is a subsidiary of American Outdoor Brands Corporation, has taken a huge leap with their company. Not only have they unveiled new branding with a more modern and attractively-styled logo, but they also have LOTS of new products for all of us. This includes 5 new electronic sights spanning platforms from rifles […]
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One of Paul Mauser’s lifelong projects was the design of a semiautomatic rifle for the German military. He would go through a multitude of different designs searching for something that would be sufficiently reliable, durable, and simple – and ultimately he would never fulfill the goal. But his efforts left us a trail of very interesting prototypes!
In 1898 he conceived this sort of flapper-locked system, on a short recoil action. It is actually a pretty clever system mechanically, but apparently lacked sufficient protection against an out of battery detonation. In 1901, one of the C98 rifles of this pattern (but not this specific gun) suffered an out of battery detonation while Mauser was firing it, and the explosion broke his finger and took his left eye. After this experience, Mauser would not give up on his search for a military selfloader, but his subsequent designs (like the long-recoil C02 pattern) would have a much greater emphasis on mechanical safety.
Speer is now offering two new selections of their Total Metal Jacket reloading bullets to consumers to grow their current line of available projectiles. The Total Metal Jacket line available to handloaders is currently pretty sparse with a total of only 3 offerings: two .30 caliber and one .22 caliber bullet to pick from. While […]
For people who live in rural areas, there are several clues that hunting season is drawing near. One is the obvious influx of trucks with trailers loaded down with ATVs, deer stands, deer feeders, generators… etc.
The other clue is the amount of trash out-of-towners throw on the side of the road.
I live next to a hunting lease. Several people park their vehicles on the side of the road, then take an ATV into the woods to reach their deer stand. It never fails, during hunting season there will be some kind of trash where the vehicles were parked.
During the 2017 – 2018 hunting season, one hunter left a bag where the truck had been parked. The gas station brand name printed on the side of the bag is not found within 100 miles. This meant the hunter stopped on the way to the lease, bought some stuff at the gas station, drove the 100+ miles to the hunting lease, then tossed their trash on the side of the road.
I almost promise the reader, the person who dumped the bag, along with the contents, would not like someone throwing trash out on their road. So why would they throw trash out on the road I use daily?
Yes, it is nice to get away from the city and visit the country. However, that is no excuse to throw trash out of the vehicle.
Then there is the issue with empty deer corn bags that blow out of the back of a truck. Sometimes it is not just one or two bags, sometimes it looks like a half dozen bags laying on the side of the road. It takes just a few seconds to secure the empty deer corn bags. Put them under an ATV tire, tie them down with a ratchet strap… do something to stop them from blowing out of the truck.
The honest truth is, rural America has its own internal problems with trash. The problem was talked about in this article – Loss of Respect For Nature.
People who live in rural areas already have to deal with neighbors dumping trash on the side of the road, and in some cases, creeks and streams. Out-of-towners throwing bags, beer cars, coke bottles… on the side of the road compound the issue.
There is nothing to worry about, it is just one bag, right? Well, there are probably thousands of people who think that same thing.
If you venture to a rural area to hunt, please be mindful of your trash. Take it back home with you and dispose of it there.
Today Joel shoots two almost identical Seekins SP10’s except one is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor while the other is a .308! Shooting steel to 1000 yards to see which one comes out on top. Military B-Roll segments, credit to Defense Vids Hub (open source) 6.5 x 55 schematics and a photo credit to Wikipedia (open […]
I’ve had one of these little rangefinders for a while now, and it works surprisingly well for something from a name I didn’t recognize, which isn’t really well-known. It’s the ProWild from TecTecTec.
Some of the features per the sale page:
It’s currently priced at $99.99 with Amazon Prime, and is rated the #1 Best Seller in laser rangefinders.
Getting tired of gun control and crime? Me, too. So, here’s something everyone can relate to: the need to catch mice and the wide variety of ways they can be caught. And this time, we join “Mousetrap Monday” man Shawn Woods as he tests a mouse trap design that was patented in 1900.
It’s a simple setup — like most practical mouse traps that work. You prop up a bowl and use a couple levers to set it up, then the bowl falls down to contain the critters.
After trying it on one of his pets, he puts it in the barn to catch a wild mouse — which he does. The next morning, he turns it loose.
Am I the only one who wanted to see a snake eat that mouse as it ran away? I hate mice around my home, shop, or camp — which is why I love having non-venomous snakes around.
Anyhow, this is one more way you can catch those pesky little rascals. Enjoy.
Among the other bad things California governor Jerry Brown has recently signed into law, we find among them a prohibition on firearm sales to anyone younger than 21. A few exemptions reportedly exist (for police, members of the military, and those with a valid hunting license).
As a lifelong Floridian, I must sadly report that Florida had this same horrible measure implemented even before California did, thanks to that jackass of a governor, Republican Rick Scott… and of course a pathetic state legislature that hurriedly passed a bunch of new gun restrictions earlier this year.
I provided a summary of the new Florida law here, and reported on the hundreds of Floridians already disarmed under the draconian measure here.
In addition to the purchase ban for young people, California will now steal gun ownership rights — for life — from anyone who has been involuntarily admitted to a facility for mental health disorders.
The new laws also require quite a bit of training before they will allow someone to carry a concealed firearm.
In an apparent case of a child defending a mother from abuse, a 12-year-old boy reportedly shot and killed the man of the house, hitting him twice with a Ruger lever-action 44 magnum carbine.
Per the Jackson Sun:
A Morgan County man was fatally shot by a 12-year-old boy during a domestic dispute with his wife in what authorities say appears to be a justifiable case of the child defending his mother.
The victim, identified as Kevron Thomas “Tommy” Durham, 56, was shot twice, including once in the chest, with a Ruger .44 magnum, lever-action rifle late Saturday night at a home in the Deer Lodge community, according to a news release from 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office.
A family member, who was not present during the shooting, called E-911 from another residence.
Authorities received at least five previous calls for service from the home involving domestic violence incidents, none of which resulted in criminal charges, according to the release.
The shooting remains under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
“It appears that this is going to be a situation of the juvenile coming to the defense of his mother, who was a victim in this and the other incidents of domestic violence,” Johnson said.
He added that the challenge now is deciding how best to ensure the child’s well-being going forward.
“We feel like this juvenile suspect needs counseling and services that could be provided in juvenile court, if he were charged in juvenile court,” Johnson said. “But if he were an adult, we wouldn’t charge him — it’s defense of a third party.”
We should all find that last part a bit disturbing. It appears to say that an adult who did what the boy did would not be charged and that would be the end of it. But because he is a youth, the DA is considering charging him as a juvenile only to force government-sponsored “counseling and services” upon him.
That’s not right. Such things are not within the purview of a free country’s government.
At any rate, at least one woman is safer today because there was a gun in the house and someone with the knowledge and guts to use it in her defense. And that, my friends, is a good thing.
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Century International Arms has imported a quantity of Ethiopian ammunition, and asked me to do a video on it. So, I have a three-part evaluation here: appearance and packaging, live fire testing (including velocity and consistency), and teardown and bullet weight consistency. This ammunition was produced (as best I can tell) at the Emperor Haile Selassie Ammunition Factory, established with Czech technical aid in the late 1940s in Addis Ababa. This ammunition was produced between 1977 and 1895, for use in Ethiopian BM59 and M14 rifles, as well as machine guns.
I tested velocity using a 7.62x51mm Israeli K98k Mauser rifle (barrel length 23.6 inches). Measurements were take at 10 feet from the muzzle, with a sample size of 15 rounds fired. I found an average velocity of 2637 fps, extreme spread of 143 fps (max 2689, min 2546), and standard deviation of 33.29 fps. At least half of the rounds fired exhibited a very brief hangfire, although every round fired on the first primer strike.
I tested the weight of 10 bullets using a calibrated Lyman electronic scale. I found an average weight of 143.4 grains, extreme spread of 1.7 grains (max 144.4 gr, min 142.7 gr), and standard deviation of 0.52 grains. Bullet construction is boat tail with an open base, lead core, and gilding metal over steel jacket (these bullet do attract a magnet).
Century advertises this ammunition as using corrosive primers, and I took them at their word and did not test for corrosivity.
Velocities (fps): 2641, 2629, 2629, 2646, 2606, 2663, 2616, 2679, 2546, 2637, 2689, 2651, 2630, 2646, 2649
Bullet weights (grains): 143.3, 143.2, 142.7, 143.6, 143.9, 144.4, 142.9, 143.2, 142.9, 143.7
Welcome back decibel chasers, thank you for joining us for another episode of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where the suppressor industry can be as strange as a bad acid trip on Halloween. I had grand plans of metering and reporting results on not one but two Delta P Design Brevis II 3D printed silencers, but since […]
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Yesterday, September 28, Governor Brown took action on the remaining firearm-related bills awaiting his consideration, vetoing two anti-gun bills which would have expanded the current one handgun per month limitation to apply to all guns and prohibiting gun shows at the Cow Palace.
The Webley Model 1911 is a single-shot, self-ejecting target pistol made only for a few years. It was fitted with a long barrel to increase sight radius and also a detachable shoulder stock for those who wanted a bit more stability when shooting. Mechanically, the piece must be loaded manually, and it will then open the slide and eject the empty case automatically when fired, leaving the slide open for the shooter to load the next round. These were manufactured until 1914, with the final batch of pistols sold in 1919 from remaining parts stocks.
I am at the range with this example on Malta, thanks to the Association of Maltese Arms Collectors and Shooters. I thought it would be interesting to compare shooting with and without the stock, although my biggest takeaway was that I need more practice time on the range!
As a company, Spyderco tends to release a lot more “experimental” designs than other companies. While ZT is happy to produce one titanium framelock folder after another, Spyderco zigs while others zag releasing things like the Introvert alongside stuff like sprint run steel versions of the Delica. Strange knives are a thing for Spyderco and have been for a long time (Exhibit #2: Spyderco Gunting).
But they also have a few “by-the-numbers” releases all of which are focused on high value. This started with the bland but popular Tenacious. It was the exact opposite of the Introvert and thanks to its price point and size, people loved it. They even release a whole line of budget folders, one larger and two smaller than the Tenacious. They were “real” Spydercos that were the price of the Byrd line of knives. Since then Spyderco as occasionally gone back to the by-the-numbers approach and released things like the Efficient, which was an excellent knife with a droopy appearance, and the Polestar. Both were improvements on the meh ergonomics of the Tenacious (meh for Spyderco, for most other companies they were quite good).
But none of these budget folders hit all of the right points, in my opinion. The Efficient was just kinda fugly and a bit too heavy and the Polestar was too big. Then, a few months after the Polestar was released, Spyderco released the Alcyone, which was, according to some sources, a terrible selling knife. The reality is, it is the best value Spyderco made and one of the most underrated blades out there.
The Alcyone is an Chinese made Spyderco. It was designed by Sal Glesser and sports check-patterned gray G10. The knife locks via a linerlock and has a spoon-style Spyderco clip with the lanyard hole between the three screws. The knife has a classic Spyderco blade shape with a full flat grind. It has an open construction with three pillars and a lanyard tube. The blade is 2.91 inches long and made of BD-1. The knife weighs 3.3 ounces. The clip is four-way positionable. I purchase the review sample from Blade HQ. The Alcyone may be out of production, but it is still available online. The street price is $61.72.
The Alcyone is an ideal EDC and for testing I carried for a two week period straight and then alternated carry with other knives for another six months. The knife was excellent in the EDC role as it’s tall blade and thin, flat grind made it slice very well, just a step below the best slicers on the market, which includes knives like the Spyderco Chaparral and the TRM Neutron. I used the knife in food prep and it excelled in that role, cutting and not splitting apples and processing cheeses and meat nicely. I also did some box busting and it worked well there too, though the BD-1 wasn’t excellent hair popping after a few breakdowns.
In many ways the Alcyone is the final evolution in a design approach that Spyderco really focused on five or ten years ago. Looking back at the gen 3 Delica and the gen 3 Native, there are a lot of cues from those knives in this knife. And those knives were pretty functional designs. Since then Spyderco have moved on to knives with half and half finger choils, less humpy designs, and wire clips. That’s not to say that the Alcyone is bad, its not–its just that Spyderco has moved in a different. But, given its last gen design approach, the Alcyone benefits from years of insights. It may seem out of step with the new hotness, but the Alcyone is very, very refined. One slice of the blade will prove to you that this knife is an excellent user. Suffice to say, even last gen Sal Glesser designs are still awesome. One example is the handle shape. Its simple, but still has a bit of a palm swell and a nice birds beak at the end. This knife really fits in the hand quite well without the use of design crutches like finger scallops. Think of it like the last special edition of the C6 Corvette while the market has moved on to the C7–you get a damn fine product even if it is a bit out of step with current preferences.
The bit surprise with the Alcyone compared to something like the Tenacious is just how well made the Alcyone is. The Tenanciouses that I had were cursed with uneven grinds, wavy cutting bevels, gritty pivots, and bland G10 handles. None of those things are found here. The lock is rock solid and easy to access. I’d even go so far as to say that the Alcyone has a bit of panache with the gray G10. The edges appear to be translucent and the result is a budget knife that is neither bland nor forgettable. The grinds are much better, the pivot is smoother, and the blade centering, something that lots of folks complained about with previous budget Spydercos, is dialed in perfectly.
With Spyderco’s recent MAP shift, even their budget offerings are expensive, putting more space between the bottom of Spyderco’s line and the top of the Byrd line, which, from a sales perspective makes sense. So when I say the Alcyone is a budget knife, it is really compared to Spyderco’s line and not the market. In a world where the TBFK exists, this is not a cheap blade. But what those cheap blades generally lack is great ergonomics and the Alcyone has that in spades.
This is the best of the budget Spydercos. It is the best of the previous generation of designs. And, even as the market has moved on to other trends, it is still an excellent user. At $60 or so bucks, its not the cheapest knife, but it is very good. Unfortunately in this day and age where knives are for flipping (as in opening and closing), flipping (as in buying and quickly selling), or Instagram a solid user seems to have fallen between the cracks. This is one underrated blade if you actually, you know, use your knives.
Even though I started writing this column days ago, apparently Wednesday was National Situational Awareness Day. So much for my digital self-awareness. But the timing couldn’t be better: The US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) dropped a hypothetical restaurant layout on their Facebook page a few days ago, asking their readers to pick their preferred seat and […]
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Drumroll…..And the winner for the second set was William C with his AR “In All It’s Glory” build. The randomly picked winning voter was R C. William C will receive a gift card to a retailer where he can acquire more parts for his next build (and be entered in the BOTY. R C will get […]
On Thursday, the nation witnessed what happens when a man of principle, integrity, and dignity clashes with Washington, D.C.’s political hit machine. U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh presented a scorching defense of his record and his character after Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sprung last-minute accusations to try to derail what seemed like Kavanaugh’s likely confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, your U.S. Senators need to hear from YOU to ensure he is seated on the nation’s highest court when it begins its next session in October. Politely but firmly tell them you stand with Judge Kavanaugh and demand a “yes” vote on his confirmation. You can use the TAKE ACTION feature of our website or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your Senators’ offices.
Who likes to drink beer and wander around in the woods — not necessarily in that order? This guy, along with thousands of other folks. And we are being encouraged by Busch Beer to do just that. They’re offering free Busch beer for a year to anyone who finds a medallion in a National Forest and proves that they did.
Want to win free beer for a year?* On 09/25, Busch and @nationalforests are releasing a clue every hour from 12-5 EDT. Each clue has the location of a specially-marked tree. Find it first and you could win! Full rules in our bio. *Cash equivalent in certain states. pic.twitter.com/X1UNE06zZT
— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) September 24, 2018
The promotion was announced a few days ago on their Twitter page, with this blurb:
Want to win free beer for a year?* On 09/25, Busch and @nationalforests are releasing a clue every hour from 12-5 EDT. Each clue has the location of a specially-marked tree. Find it first and you could win! Full rules in our bio. *Cash equivalent in certain states.
They posted yesterday that “Two medallions are still out there waiting to be found. Get to it!”
I must confess I’m not fan of Busch beer… but if you are, maybe it’s time to get out there and start hunting for a medallion! Find one, take it home, and send in photos of you with it (both sides), plus a photo of your photo ID to prove you’re old enough to legally swill suds.
Visit their Twitter feed for clues and more details.
This Aussie found a deal on a Plumb brand axe head for $5. It wasn’t pretty; someone had welded a bit of steel into it, which had broken off. But he took it home and went to work on it.
After removing the steel handle and welds, he set to work cutting a handle out of an old board of jarrah, which is “a very hard Australian hardwood.” He even cut up an old leather belt to wrap the handle.
For practical use, I think I would prefer it without the wrap… but hey, it’s his axe and he can do what he wants.
The mirror finish on the final product is pretty nice.
Mike Bloomberg is digging deeper into his vast fortune and will spend $100 million to try to flip the House to Democratic control in the midterm elections, according to a report Thursday.
Democratic lawmakers, gun-control groups and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are teaming up for a 24-hour fundraising blitz to help pro-gun-control candidates “take back seats from the gun lobby.”
The Dutch government rowed back Thursday after an uproar over reported plans to register the race and religion of gun owners following a string of European terror attacks.
California law, AB 1014, allows a family member or law enforcement officer to obtain a court order – a “gun violence restraining order” (GVRO) – against another person. The order requires the mandatory confiscation, by local law enforcement, of all firearms the restrained person owns, possesses, or has access to. A temporary or emergency order is issued without notice or the opportunity to contest the order by the affected person, and is effective for 21 days pending a second court hearing. At this full hearing, where the affected person has a right to appear and answer the allegations, the court may either terminate the 21-day order or extend the gun ban by issuing a one-year GVRO. A court may renew such one-year orders indefinitely, leading to a potential lifetime gun ban. A restrained person who violates a GVRO commits a criminal offense and, in addition to the other penalties, faces an additional, mandatory five-year gun ban, which begins to run once the existing GVRO expires.
When Paul Harrell decides to compare a pump shotgun with a semi-auto, he just can’t go the traditional route. So although the pump gun he uses is more or less “run-of-the-mill,” the automagic is pure tactical all the way, and looks like an overgrown AR15. It’s a Mossberg 590A1 vs. Rock Island VR60 with detachable magazine. There’s nothing like shooting two guns side by side on an equal footing to see how things really compare.
Rate of fire, when placing rounds on more than one target, is pretty much the same in Paul’s hands… but reloading is, of course, much faster when you can simply dump an empty box mag and replace it with a full one.
Tubular mags are great for topping off during a lull in the action, or for slipping in a slug as the need arises. Box mags, not so much.
He does a side-by-side slug accuracy test, and the results may surprise you.
And as usual, there’s an informative recap to help educate folks.
The verdict? Well… you be the judge.
One of my fondest memories is of my early hunting days. At age 11, I began carrying a gun of my own in the woods while hunting with my father. It was an ancient and much-worn Lefever Nitro Special side-by-side 410 shotgun, and back then we had a fair supply of paper shotgun shells for it. I quickly learned to love the smell of one of those old paper hulls after it was fired.
These days, I carefully ration my paper shells in all gauges, because they don’t make paper shells anymore. Except, they do.
Federal Ammunition is making paper shotshells, and recently announced several new paper loads in their Gold Medal Grand line of shotgun ammo.
Aside from my nasal nostalgia, I believe paper shells to be better for my guns. When fired, there is something like off-gassing that comes from plastic shells, which makes shotgun chambers rust quickly. I’ve seen this in a number of scatterguns, and I’m sure it’s true. Paper shells don’t produce the same rapid rusting.
That said, I readily admit that plastic shells have numerous advantages which include increased weatherproofness (usually), greater durability, and greater ease of reloading.
Anyhow, here’s the press release from Federal Premium.
Federal Premium is proud to announce new paper-hull shotgun shells to its Gold Medal Grand product lineup. The look, feel, smell and performance of Gold Medal Paper shotshells made them the favorite of the most serious clay target shooters. Now there’s an even better option with the all-new Gold Medal Grand Paper which includes various new 12-gauge loads in shot size No. 7.5 and No. 8. Shipments of this ammunition are being delivered to dealers now.
These new paper-hull loads combine Federal Premium Ammunition’s classic paper hull with an improved design that provides less felt recoil, more reliable ignition and improved shot hardness.
Features & Benefits
- Exclusive Federal Premium paper hull design
- Two-piece wad utilizes SoftCell technology to decrease perceived recoil and produce more uniform patterns than one-piece designs
- Rigid PrimerLock head improves primer sensitivity, ensuring proper ignition in the event of a light hit
- Lead shot is engineered for the optimum blend of hardness and density for even patterns and maximum downrange power
Part No. / Description / MSRP
- GMT175 8 / Gold Medal Grand Paper 12 gauge 2 3/4″ 2 3/4 Dram 1 oz. / $13.95
- GMT117 7.5 Gold Medal Grand Paper 12 gauge 2 3/4″ 2 3/4 Dram 1 1/8 oz. / $13.95
- GMT117 8 / Gold Medal Grand Paper 12 gauge 2 3/4″ 2 3/4 Dram 1 1/8 oz. / $13.95
- GMT118 7.5 / Gold Medal Grand Paper 12 gauge 2 3/4″ 3 Dram 1 1/8 oz. / $13.95
- GMT118 8 / Gold Medal Grand Paper 12 gauge 2 3/4″ 3 Dram 1 1/8 oz. / $13.95
- GMT171 7.5 / Gold Medal Grand Paper 12 gauge 2 3/4″ HDCP 1 1/8 oz. / $13.95
- GMT171 8 / Gold Medal Grand Paper 12 gauge 2 3/4″ HDCP 1 1/8 oz. / $13.95
Federal is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.
More power to ’em.
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I’d like to begin this text to point out that TFB is purely trying to report the facts about gun laws around the World, not the politics, politicians or parties behind. Please bear this in mind when reading and commenting. Dutch is not our first language, but we have tried our best to get the […]
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The FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report earlier this week. The report aggregates crime data, including offender and victim information, from law enforcement agencies across the country. About 90% of law enforcement agencies participated. From the FBI’s press release: “After two consecutive years of increases, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 0.2 percent in 2017 when compared with 2016 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes dropped 3.0 percent, marking the 15th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.
YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE— Register to Vote Election Day is drawing closer, and your NRA wants your voice to be heard! Our Second Amendment rights are being threatened by the anti-gun forces like never before. If you have been following the news, more than likely you have seen the fervor with which our opponents are pushing their agenda.
Earlier this month, we revisited the bizarre story of how an aide to anti-gun senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris (D-CA) was once arrested for impersonating a police officer, with accusations that included wearing a phony uniform, driving a phony police car, and carrying an all-too-real sidearm. Meanwhile, another prominent anti-gun Democrat on the East Coast is now facing an embarrassing firearm-related episode of his own, having been forced to fire his deputy criminal justice director as police continue to investigate the woman’s possible involvement in an illegal shooting.
The speed is considered hypersonic if it exceeds the Mach5 mark (5,626 fps) which basically means five times the speed of sound. In an interview given to Russian RIA Novosti news agency, Vladislav Lobaev, the founder and chief engineer of Lobaev Arms, said that they are researching the hypersonic ammunition and in case of a government […]
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Once you shoot suppressed, you’ll never want to go back. While suppressed pistols are nothing like what’s portrayed by Hollywood and politicians, they are much more pleasant to shoot.
For starters, the noise and blast is greatly reduced. In round numbers for a 9mm pistol, the sound level is reduced from about 158 dB to the 130 dB range. Stated differently, a suppressed 9mm still makes about the same amount of noise as a chainsaw or jackhammer. Even still, that reduced noise level is hearing safe (in moderation) and far more polite for others near the range. The shooting sensation is also dramatically changed for the better. With muzzle blast largely eliminated and felt recoil dampened, a suppressor allows one to focus on the joy of shooting without all the distracting commotion.
The newest offering from Springfield Armory, the XD(M) OSP Threaded, is all about optimizing a 9mm pistol for suppressed use. It sports a threaded barrel ready for silencer attachment, an optic sight mounting system on the slide, a Vortex Venom red dot sight, and suppressor-friendly iron sights. In other words, all you need to do is screw on a suppressor, and it’s ready to go.
One thing that’s always impressive about Springfield Armory gear is the packaging and extras. While many companies try to cut corners by including minimal accessories and using cheap cardboard boxes, the Springfield Armory folks tend to do it right. This pistol arrived in a 12×15-inch hard plastic case complete with locking tabs and two holes for padlocks. It’s ready for secure transport, even for commercial air travel. Inside, you’ll find the expected spare magazines and additional mounting plates for different optics types. But that’s not all. The pistol also ships with a standard non-threaded barrel, so if you want to use your XD(M) for carry or other lower-profile use, just swap that barrels and you’re good to go. I broke out the ruler to see the difference between the two. With the standard barrel installed, the muzzle protrudes just about ⅛ of an inch beyond the slide, while the threaded barrel extends ¾ of an inch.
The basic features of the XD(M) full-size pistol are the same as those of previous versions, so we won’t re-hash all that here. Instead, let’s focus on the optics and threaded features that make this different from previous models.
The obvious primary requirement for a suppressor-ready pistol is a compatible threaded barrel. The pattern on the threaded barrel is 1/2×28, which is standard for most 9mm pistols.
In my view, the optics mounting system is also a “suppressor-ready” feature as one of the little gotchas when adding a pistol suppressor is that you normally can’t use the standard sights anymore – the suppressor body blocks all or most of the iron sight picture. The optic, with its higher sight plane, solves this problem handily. I had a perfect and unobstructed view even when using a larger .45 caliber suppressor. More on that later.
To support red dot sights, the company includes three mounting plates plus a slide cover. If you order the OSP with Venom sight package, plate 1 will already be installed as it fits the Vortex sight. Plates 2 and three allow attachment of other sight brands. The cover is useful if you want to use the pistol without an optic as it provides a smooth slide surface along the top just like on a standard XD(M) pistol. There is a fourth mystery plate packaged with the others. While not intended to use used on the OSP pistol the Vortex folks include it in case you want to move the Venom to another rifle or pistol with a standard rail and Springfield passes it along as a convenience.
The last “suppressor feature” is the inclusion of taller suppressor sights. Both front and rear steel sights are extra tall for two reasons. First, the added height allows you to see through the sights over a suppressor body. Second, the taller sights provide a backup solution for the optics. These iron sights are positioned so that you can see them in the bottom 15 or 20% of the Vortex Venom optical sight. They’re way down low in the sight picture, so they’re out of the way when you’re relying on the red dot. However, if the dot fails, the iron sights are usable without removing the optic itself. Keep in mind that the position of these sights in the optic window may vary a bit if you choose a red dot sight other than the Vortex.
You can order the OSP in one of two configurations, with or without the Vortex Venom. If you already have a red dot or prefer a different model, no worries. Both packages come with the same mounting plate options to fit sights including, but not limited to, the Burris FastFire, Leupold DeltaPoint, J-Point, and Trijicon RMR.
The Vortex Venom red dot sight sports a three-MOA dot size with ten intensity levels. Up and down arrow buttons on the left side allow you to choose brightness. At the lower levels, you can leave the dot illuminated full time. The manufacturer says that you’ll get up to 30,000 hours in manual mode on the lowest setting. That’s about three years on continuous operation before changing batteries. If you leave it in the brightest setting, you’ll get 150 hours. I’m finding that I like level 3 for indoor use, so I expect I can leave this on for many months before changing batteries. There’s also an automatic mode that powers off the unit after 14 hours of inactivity. When using that way, you’ll have to remember to turn on the red dot manually to revive it. For home defense use, I’ll stick with the “always on” option and figure out how frequently I need to change batteries to avoid an outage. The battery compartment is accessible from the top, so you don’t have to remove the sight – and lose your zero – to change the battery.
I started off checking the handling with some offhand and informal shooting. As with its predecessors, the standard full-size XD(M) and OSP models, this pistol features a 1911 grip angle, so it’s more vertical than, say, a Glock. It points naturally for me. The trigger weighed in at 5.25 pounds according to my Timney Triggers scale. The slide is easy to rack, in part because the Vortex optic provides plenty of surface area for your racking hand.
While I did force myself to shoot this pistol unsuppressed, at least a little, I did most of the shooting using a SilencerCo Osprey 45 suppressor. That’s what it’s built for, right?
To avoid shooting my chronograph, I started with some 25-yard shots to verify the zero of the Venom red dot. For me, the factory setting was about 1 ½ inches low and left of my aim point, so I made some quick elevation and windage adjustments to get most ammo types near the bullseye area.
I shot a pile of rounds through my chronograph from a distance of 15 feet, in part because I keep geeky records like that but also to function test the pistol. No failures or hangups. The pistol arrived well-lubricated, and I took it straight to the range with no preliminary maintenance, cleaning, or oiling. I also wanted to see the velocity difference between the longer threaded barrel with a suppressor attached and that of the standard barrel, which is about ¾ inches shorter. As I expected, there was about a 40 foot per second difference for one of the loads tested. Here’s the rundown on measured velocities.
|Federal HST 9mm 124 grain||
|Threaded barrel with SilencerCo Osprey 45|
|Federal HST 9mm 124 grain||
|Sig Sauer V-Crown 9mm 124 grain||
|Threaded barrel with SilencerCo Osprey 45|
|Sig Sauer FMJ 9mm 115 grain||
|Threaded barrel with SilencerCo Osprey 45|
|Sig Sauer V-Crown 9mm 147 grain||
|Threaded barrel with SilencerCo Osprey 45|
|American Eagle Suppressor 9mm 124 grain||
|Threaded barrel with SilencerCo Osprey 45|
|Hornady American Gunner XTP 9mm 115 grain||
|Threaded barrel with SilencerCo Osprey 45|
Accuracy testing was easy thanks to the red dot sight. With pistols, most of the challenge is getting a perfect sight picture at 25 yards to see what the gun will do when optical imprecision is factored out. Cranking the red dot down to a lower power level gave me a nice crisp dot and a rest weighed down with a bag of lead shot provided a stable shooting platform. I fired five-shot groups with all the ammo I used for velocity and function testing and came up with the following results.
|Ammo||5-Shot Group (25 yards)|
|Federal HST 9mm 124 grain||
|Sig Sauer V-Crown 9mm 124 grain||
|Sig Sauer FMJ 9mm 115 grain||
|Sig Sauer V-Crown 9mm 147 grain||
|American Eagle Suppressor 9mm 124 grain||
|Hornady American Gunner XTP 9mm 115 grain||
I’ve tested Springfield Armory XD(M) pistols in the past and have always been impressed with their accuracy. This model certainly lived up to that reputation. You always read marketing specs that talk about “match grade barrels” and so on. Well, here’s where the rubber meets the road on whether that’s marketing fluff of meaningful data. The results speak for themselves in this case; the pistol will perform.
On the subjective side, this pistol is easy to shoot. As a full-size 9mm, recoil is a non-issue. Adding the suppressor mitigates blast and recoil even more, making this handle more like a .22 pistol than a centerfire. The grip surface is aggressive, and in the hot and sweaty South Cackalackee range conditions, I had no trouble maintaining control without having to readjust my grip. I also liked the Vortex Venom red dot. I’ve used a Trijicon RMR quite a bit, and while it’s effective and plenty durable, it does have a smaller window, so some training is required to reliably find the dot quickly. The Venom has a much larger window and less bulky surrounding frame. The result is that the sight doesn’t interfere with your vision nearly as much. It’s fast and easy to acquire.
All said and done, this is a fantastic suppressor platform. I’m sending a check so I can keep this one.
Capacity: (2) 19-round magazines
Barrels: 5.3” 1/2×24 threaded and 4.5” non-threaded steel hammer-forged with Melonite finish, 1:10 twist rate
Frame: Black polymer with changeable backstraps
Slide: Forged steel Melonite milled for optics plates (3 included)
Recoil system: steel, one-piece guide rod
Height: 5.5” not including sights
Grip width: 1.2”
Weight with empty magazine: 29 ounces
Sights: Steel suppressor-height, co-witnessed with optic
MSRP: $710 without Vortex Venom, $958 with Vortex Venom included
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In this episode of TFBTV, James grabs a thick Tecate and announces the winner of the S&W 500 Magnum revolver giveaway. Plus, James discusses new Patreon giveaways (including the giveaway of a Ruger Security-9 for Patreon supporters who give $5 or more) and opens a picture of a… *ahem*…just watch the video. ««« FOLLOW US […]
The Tactical Application Rail for SIG P365 pistols is an accessory made by a company called Six Axis Development. It is designed to convert the proprietary SIG P365 rail into a standard 1913 Picatinny rail section. The conversion makes this handgun compatible with a wide variety of accessories (lights, lasers etc.) that are designed for the Picatinny […]
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The Mamba was originally conceived in a 1970s Salisbury, Rhodesia barroom bull session about the best elements of semiauto pistols. The project would wind up being pushed by an American expat named Joe Hale, and production of parts was contracted out to a South African engineering firm.
The Mamba was hugely hyped at the time as being the best service handgun ever developed. It was an SA/DA system based on the Smith & Wesson Model 59, with ambidextrous safety, all stainless steel construction, and nary a single stamped part. Probably less than 100 were ever made (definitely not more than 200), as a result of massive technical problems. Many of these were ultimately because of an improper heat treating regimen insisted upon by Hale, but poor quality control in the manufacturing process didn’t help anything. When the South African manufacturer bailed on the gun (having gotten a lucrative armored car contract from the South African government instead), the parts and IP were purchased by Navy Arms of the US. A small number of guns were assembled in New Jersey from South African parts, but there the project died.
Today, the Mamba is a vary scarce pistol, for all the obvious reasons. Many thanks to the South African collection who provided this one for filming!
So you own a Bushmaster ACR but don’t think it’s special enough? Kinetic Research Group – or KRG for short – got you covered with their new line of ACR accessories. They have three new products developed, all presented in writing and with pictures below. There are two new stocks. You can chose to go […]
MagPod – a patented baseplate for the Gen2 Magpul PMAG magazines, that functions both as a monopod and a magazine (ammunition) identifier and reloading aid. I only have one, given to me by a friend, and I think they’re great. They can offer great help when you’re shooting prone, and it’s another tacti-cool LEGO piece […]
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called out Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and his lies about service in Vietnam. As I have mentioned more than once on this blog, my father was both a WWII and Vietnam veteran.
He was drafted in October 1940 before WWII, served in the Caribbean Defense Command during the war, married my mom in 1945, and got his GED and college degree after he was discharged. He rejoined the Army in 1953 and served continuously from then until his medical retirement in 1973 caused by a transient ischemic attack and the beginnings of COPD. Along the way, he went to Vietnam in 1967-68 and again in 1970-71.
I hate politicians like Blumenthal who have lied about their service and I always will. Cotton, by the way, was a Harvard Law grad and practicing attorney when he applied for Officer Candidate School. He could have gone JAG but went Infantry and has his Combat Infantryman Badge. I respect that.
.@SenBlumenthal lied for years about serving in Vietnam, which is all you need to know about his courage & honesty. Maybe he should reconsider before questioning Judge Kavanaugh’s credibility.— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 27, 2018
About a month ago, Christopher Bartocci of Small Arms Solutions, posted on his website an AR-15 rifle that he was going to sell (already sold out). When I visited the page, I was really intrigued by the description of the rifle. Chris wrote: “It has hand selected components to make a reliable combat rifle. This […]
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The European Rifle Championship becomes the IPSC Rifle World Championship. After the devastating forest fires that forced IPSC Sweden to cancel the European Rifle Championship there is now some good news on the horizon. In the recent vote at the IPSC General Assembly Sweden won the bid for the Rifle World Championship. The event will […]
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Reloaders who handload rifle ammo for personal defense will likely rejoice at some new bullets being introduced by Speer. These new projectiles wear the well-respected Gold Dot name, and are said to offer excellent weight retention, accuracy, and “Consistent penetration and expansion through common barriers.”
Here’s what the press release has to say about it:
Law enforcement professionals trust the Gold Dot bullet design with their lives every day. Speer Bullets now offers consumers the same great performance in a new line of personal protection rifle bullets. Speer bullets exclusive manufacturing process bonds a uniform jacket to the core one atom at a time, ensuring proper expansion and nearly 100 percent weight retention. The result is superb accuracy and immediate, threat-stopping performance. Shipments of these new reloading components are being delivered to dealers now.
Features & Benefits
• Personal protection rifle bullets in a variety of popular calibers
• Gold Dot technology virtually eliminates core/jacket separations and produces a very uniform jacket
• Extreme accuracy
• Reliable performance to eliminate any threat
• Consistent penetration and expansion through common barriers
• 100-count packs
Part No. / Description / MSRP
22455GDB / 224 cal. 55-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $23.95
22462GDB / 224 cal. 62-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $23.95
22475GDB / 224 cal. 75-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $23.95
264120GDB / 264 cal. 120-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $29.95
264140GDB / 264 cal. 140-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $36.95
277115GDB / 277 cal. 115-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $29.95
27790GDB / 277 cal. 90-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $33.95
308150BLKGDB / 308 cal. 300 Blackout 150-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $33.95
308150GDB / 308 cal. 150-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $33.95
308168GDB / 308 cal. 168-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $36.95
310123GDB / 310 cal. 123-grain Gold Dot 100-count / $33.95
What sets these bullets apart from hunting bullets? Well, I asked that question. I’m not sure I learned the answer, but I did learn more about these new Gold Dots. Here ya go:
Gold Dot rifle bullets are optimized to ensure expansion out of barrels down to 10″ at a wide variety of velocities out to 200 yards. This kind of performance greatly increases the capabilities of duty rifles and provides an advantage when it matters most. In addition, these bullets boast outstanding feeding in short, very short, and standard-length AR platforms.
Like their handgun counterparts, the Gold Dot rifle bullets are constructed using Gold Dot technology. The process of joining the jacket and core one molecule at a time eliminates the potential for the leading cause of bullet failure—jacket/core separation. It also ensures weight retention through barriers as tough as auto glass.
So if you are a handloader who uses an AR platform for home/personal defense, I’d say you owe it to yourself to check out Gold Dot rifle bullets.
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Now here’s a video DIY I might just have to try myself. It’s all about pemmican, which is essentially a preserved food of concentrated meat and fat… talk about the perfect food for me! I guess you could say pemmican was the Spam of its day.
This is actually a series of short videos, with the first one educating us about what pemmican is and what it’s good for. It calls pemmican “the ultimate survival food” and goes on to tell us why, along with some history of pemmican, which began with the American Indians. After being prepared and placed in rawhide bags with buffalo tallow poured over it, it could last as long as 20 or 30 years!
Part 2 (below) purports to tell us how we can prepare pemmican to eat at home, in camp, or even at historical reenactments. But it begins with even more history, which is not a bad thing.
He takes some really delicious-looking dried meat and breaks it up into a sort of meat powder, which I confess I would eat with a spoon. I could never make pemmican; I’d eat up all the meat before the recipe could be completed.
On to the third installment, which tells us how to use pemmican to prepare rubaboo (a sort of stew or soup once widely consumed by fur traders and Métis natives). Yummy…
In the final pemmican video, which is another short-and-sweet one, we learn about rousseau or pemmican hash, another popular pemmican dish from back in the day. And true to form, we begin with a Townsends history lesson to learn about the history of rousseau and how it earned its name.
I can’t say his rubaboo looked great to me, but his rousseau had me salivating.
Must… have… pemmican…
Tin pants? What the heck are tin pants? Well, according to Merriam-Webster, they’re “trousers of stout material soaked in paraffin for waterproofing and worn especially by lumbermen.” Hmm, learn something new every day. They sound pretty good… and here’s a video demonstrating how to make your very own DIY tin pants, which they claim will be both waterproof and fireproof.
Here’s what the video description says:
This is the ultimate guide to making tin pants. I wanted to find a better recipe for making tin pants, so I did hours of research and testing. I wasn’t going to just remake a video with recycled recipes and techniques. This video was made from scratch, based on science. I hope my efforts have earned your approval. Thank you for watching.
Any video that starts out by touting its own value makes me question its value. So that put me off… but science! And he promised that it will be informative. So I forged on.
He says he’s gonna test the pants. So… try them for waterproofness or fire-resistance? Maybe whack them with something sharp to see how well they stand up?
Nope. Just a bunch of boring footage of him walking around and cutting stuff with a chainsaw.
At the five minute mark, he stumbles through some brush to show that he can. I guess they were briars, although that’s unclear.
5:50 begins a description of his research and testing, and things get more interesting. Paraffin wax is brittle and flaky, beeswax is stretchy but also easy to break due to its molecular structure. Enter microcrystalline wax, which is composed of different crystals and thus is much more flexible and durable.
His melt test seems biased. He’s judging the waxes based on which one melts last… and he starts with a considerably larger hunk of microcrystalline wax than the other types. Gotta call BS on that.
Why should you make your own, when you can buy tin britches? Well, because they’re not cheap. A quick look around showed prices from $125 up to $215. So it depends on how much your time is worth. If, like me, you have more time than money, you should make your own. But this method is time-consuming and you might not be up for it. If you want to be sure about what sort of wax is in your tin pants, though, you might want to do it yourself.
Once he has the solution applied to his liking, he hangs them up — for three weeks. Then he goes over the britches with a heat gun to melt the wax into the cloth a little more, at which time he tests the “waterproofbility.”
His “flameproof” test is to play the flame of a micro-torch across the pants. Hmmmm. They burn less than I imagine they would if they hadn’t been “waxed,” but something tells me they will certainly burn under the right conditions.
This video does have value, and I was wrong to doubt it.
What’s the best way to pass a line between massive naval vessels in rolling seas with the deck pitching? Firing it from a rifle of course! The US Coast Guard continue to use specially adapted Springfield M1903s, in service since the 1930s, for the job. The smoothbore guns fire a rod-like projectile using a blank […]
We’ve got another guns seized in Brazil post, but this ones a real doozy! Police in Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood in the west side of Rio de Janerio, Brazil recently found and seized an M2 Browning machine gun chambered in .50 BMG. We’ve posted about gun finds in the favelas of Brazil before, there […]
An Associated Press review of all firearms-related legislation passed this year, encompassing the first full state legislative sessions since the Las Vegas attack, shows a decidedly mixed record. Gun control bills did pass in a number of states, but the year was not the national game-changer that gun-control advocates had hoped it could be.
Californians will have to undergo at least eight hours of training, including live-fire exercises, before carrying a concealed weapon, under one of several firearms bills acted on by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Most gun owners will agree that California is anything but a firearms paradise. Restrictive laws continue to oppress citizens by restricting their civil rights… and now concealed carry applicants will reportedly have more hoops than ever to jump through. Oh, and bump stocks are a no-no.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law requiring that Californians undergo at least eight hours of training, including live-fire exercises, before carrying concealed weapons.
He also signed a bill making it clear that rapid-fire “bump stocks” like those used in last year’s Las Vegas Strip massacre are illegal in California.
The news is not as bad as it could have been, though. Brown actually vetoed some “worse” laws that were passed by state lawmakers.
But he announced Wednesday that he vetoed a bill to expand California’s gun violence restraining order law, despite a move in other states to approve such laws in the wake of mass shootings in Las Vegas and at a Florida high school.
The bill would have allowed colleagues, mental health workers and school employees to seek restraining orders.
He also vetoed requiring officials to study allowing suicidal individuals to ban themselves from buying weapons.
So I guess there’s that. But in reality, what we’re seeing is not a victory by any means; it’s simply a further erosion of rights we were all born with, and which are not granted by government.
I do have to add that things are pretty bad when Jerry Brown vetoes the sorts of things which were signed by Republican Rick Scott as governor of Florida.
I learned about this products while watching the latest TGC News video. In a nutshell, this is a spring loaded rifle sling (similar to a seat belt) stored inside an AR-15 stock. This new accessory is called SlingStock and it is made by a company called WMD Guns. So far, it was only demonstrated to […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
PREPPER TIPS: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REBATE COUPONS
Preppers are missing out if they do not take full advantage of manufacturer’s rebate coupons or other sales specials for survival gear. Preppers need to be proactive when it comes to keeping an eye out for coupons and special product rebates that can save some extra bucks on gear you might be buying anyway.
Another check just came in the mail for a new shotgun. Just by accident when I was shopping around at a big box outdoors equipment retailer I happened to notice a tablet of peel off rebate coupons on the counter. These are a lot more common than you might think, but often the sponsors don’t really advertise them that much. I shopped the gun at another outlet at a better price, but the rebate was still good.
An exception for these advertised rebates are with firearms manufacturers. They will run a series of full page ads in many of the major outdoor magazines featuring shooting, guns, and hunting. Most of the rebate details are then offered through their own web site or one set up just to handle the rebates.
Then, many times the retailers will have these rebate coupons lying around on the sales counters or in a special designated place in the store. I have seen some circumstances when the rebate announcement poster or placard in the store will say “See store management for details.” This usually means the customer service counter has the coupons or necessary manufacturer’s paperwork to fill out for a mail in submission.
How ever the rebate works, be sure to fill out the coupon or paperwork completely as instructed. Failure to do this properly may result in not getting the rebate at all or certainly causing a delay if they have to return it to you for correction, deletions, or additional information that was left off or otherwise submitted incorrectly. It’s not like they are trying to trick you, but they have their procedures to get the money, and you have to follow them to the letter.
Most of the time the coupons will ask for the original dated sales receipt to prove the product was bought during the rebate campaign so be sure to keep that. Also sometimes the company will want a serial number sticker off the box or owner’s manual, too.
Product rebates save you money. I have seen them for chainsaws, gasoline generators, tools, camping gear, and all types of firearms. Be sure to take advantage of such offers.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
HORNADY’S CRITICAL DEFENSE RIFLE AMMO
If there was truly a cutting edge for ammunition innovations, then surely Hornady is on it. Time and time again the ammunition manufacturer located in Grand Island, Nebraska has proven they know what shooters and hunters want, mainly because they are shooters and hunters themselves and not just the company PR people.
After a remarkable and greatly successful run of handgun ammunition under their named category of Critical Defense ammo, they have now introduced two new loads for rifles. These Critical Defense rifle loads are specifically for the .223 Remington (5.56) and the .308 Winchester (7.62). These are great choices all around.
Both of these rounds are highly popular among preppers, survivalists, and for individual personal and property security defense. While not specifically targeted for hunting, given the bullet choice and the load specifications, I am certain these two loads will find great utility in the field as well as the home, business, vehicle carry, SHTF preparation and bug out use.
The .223 and .308 Critical Defense loads utilize Hornady’s FTX bullet design. The FTX bullet maximizes the potential of the hollow point by pushing the envelope one step further. The “Flex Tip” aids in bullet expansion on the target and does away with the concern of the HP cavity clogging from target material upon impact.
When traditional hollow point bullets hit conventional targets, they collect foreign materials while passing through the target, be it clothing, sheetrock, or other mediums. This greatly reduces the effectiveness of the hollow point design to expand upon impact. Hornady’s FTX bullets eliminates this issue.
Furthermore, the cases for these two rifle loads are nickel-plated. This increases the case visibility in low light conditions for the user. Also these rounds are loaded with a special low-flash propellant that will not hinder night vision. These properties can be critical for self-defensive uses.
The .223 load uses a 73 grain FTX bullet that generates a muzzle velocity of 2790 feet per second. This creates a muzzle energy of 1262 foot pounds. At 100 yards these numbers are 2448 fps for velocity and 971 foot pounds of energy. These are better ballistics numbers than the standard 55 grain, .223 loads.
For the .308 load, the FTX bullet is 155 grains. Muzzle velocity is 2785 fps with 2669 foot pounds of energy. At 100 yards the ballistics are 2499 MV and 2150 ft.lbs of energy. Impressive numbers for sure.
So, if you have a .223 or .308 rifle to be used for critical defenses, then pick up a box of the new Hornady Critical Defense loads. I checked, and they are already on the shelves at dealers now.
I saw this moments ago in The Outdoor Wire. Too bad I won't be able to attend. I'm guessing Mr. Zinke will be talking about arrests for bear poaching. That is what it usually is.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will host a press conference in Asheville, North Carolina, on Thursday, September 27th to announce the results of a major joint law enforcement operation. Secretary Zinke will be joined by Federal, Tribal, State and local partners. This will be the Secretary's third trip to the Asheville region since taking office.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
Federal, Tribal, State, and local partners
A press conference to announce the results of a major law enforcement operation in Indian Country
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Veach Baley Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
IEA Mil-Optics is a German company supplying premium solutions for Armies and professionals. Their booth at IWA (or any other exhibition) is always worth at least one visit, if you’re a TFB reader you should have seen already a few pictures from there. According to several sources, for instance IEA themselves and Mittler Report Verlag […]
Introduction After the fall of Baghdad in 2003 and the dissolving of the Iraqi regular Army, many of the former army personnel and members got involved in armed factions and militias to get back into action against the coalition forces and carry on the fight. They engaged with irregular forces and non-central command, not only […]
Today I am joined by my friend Kristoffer to speak briefly about gun laws in Sweden while we take a break from the competition at Finnish Brutality 2018. As always, this is not intended to be legal advice for Swedish viewers, but just a basic overview for the edification of folks in other countries.
Lantac United Kingdom just released these pictures of the 9INE, which is a straight-pull 9×19 mm rifle. Why you ask? Well you are probably allowed to own a wider range of firearms than the (poor) people living in the United Kingdom then. Imagine an Island banning bump-stocks, without having them. Imagine an Island where it […]
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I saw this posted this morning on MeWe by Kevin Z. Williamson. The more I watched it, the more I thought The Prisoner was way ahead of its time and that it was a preview of what we might see today from certain members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Will Judge Kavanaugh be found to be disharmonious? Will he be deemed unmutual? Will DiFi remember to wear her top hat and stripes?
Earlier today I published the prepared testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh which contained his unequivocal denial of participating in any and all sexual assaults. Needless to say, I believe him.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's attorney has now posted her prepared testimony which is scheduled to be delivered before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow. If this were the court of law instead of the court of public opinion, this case would never have even gotten to trial. As it is, this was meant to be the Democrat's bombshell revelation that would take down a good man and destroy his chances of serving on the Supreme Court. I imagine it was also intended to force him to step down from his position as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. I think it will fail as well it should.
If you were on Family Feud and the category was “traditional knife brands” about 97% of respondents would say “Case Knives.” Case has dominated the traditional market for decades. And while other production companies like case make traditionals, they have expanded their line up beyond small folders. Case, on the other hand, is know almost exclusively for their array of historical pattern folders with classic material handles like stag and jigged bone.
Case did try to to change this perception a few years ago with their Tec X collection (which, surprisingly, is still being made), a line up of knives with modern features like one-handed opening blades, locking blades, and aluminum and FRN handles, but the inexpensive, overseas-made, bland knives were as popular with Case fans as a hamburger is with a bunch of vegans. The Tec X blades were neither fair nor foul—they lacked the warmth and heritage of Case’s popular lines, but they also lacked the fit and finish and blade steel needed to compete in the modern folder market.
Case has gone back to the drawing board one more time in an effort to capture new knife buyers, folks that look upon stag handles like they would a Model T—a reference to an older age. This time they have pared with Southern Grind. For those unaware, Southern Grind is a company launched by Zac Brown, a country music singer, that is focused on making high end production knives. They have made a number of fixed blades, including the well-regarded Jackal, and a handful of very expensive folders using some of the best material available. They are one of only select few production companies, for instance, that regularly make knives with damascus blades.
The collaboration between Case and Southern Grind looks like a win for both companies. It is a mid- to large sized folder with a 3.375” blade. The knife sports a flipper which runs on bearings, and the blade steel is the all-around excellent S35VN. The knife has a very modern lock design—the frame lock. If you removed the Case logo it would take you an hour to correctly guess this was produced in collaboration with the venerable institution of the knife world.
The CG01 (“Case” and “Grind”) comes in two blade styles, a big belly drop point and a tanto grind. It also comes in two handle colors—a vibrant red and the standard issue black. The knife is much more expensive than the average case, coming in at $200 MRSP, while most non-special edition or exotic material Cases hit well below a $100 price point. On paper, there is very little to criticize. This is a good looking knife that has all the features the market is looking for, and the knife represents what is hopefully the beginning of an exciting period of collaboration for Case and Southern Grind.
What: Case/Southern Grind CG01
When: Available Now
Made in the USA: Yes
Specs: S35VN steel, 3.375 inch blade length, 4 ounces
Highlights: A Case with modern steel, deployment method, and lock
The frequency that Strike Industries releases new products at is really amazing. Almost every week they reveal a new accessory. This past Friday we told you about the company’s latest product and today, less than a week later, we are reporting about the availability of a new one – the LINK Hand Stop Kit. […]
Welcome to part 5 in the LYMAN and TFB series on casting bullets. This is the final post in this series and it would not have been possible without our relationship with Lyman. If you are interested in taking up bullet casting (or reloading) please consider Lyman for your equipment–they have been amazingly helpful in […]
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Who ever said making an AR15 stock was easy? It seems the updates about the KILN stock are about yearly, the latest news TFB have on this stock is just shy of a year old. The first TFB reported about this stock was in November 2016, but the project is developing – just not a […]
Judge Brett Kavanaugh's prepared testimony for his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee has been released. In it, he addresses the charges by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually attacked her at a party 36 years ago. He categorically denies it.
It is a strong statement but I wish he might have taken the approach of Justice Clarence Thomas and called it for what it is - bullshit. However, Kavanaugh is a more measured, judicious, and temperate person than I am which is why he's a judge and I'm not.
As posted at The Atlantic:
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee:
Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.
Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last-minute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.
As I told this Committee the last time I appeared before you, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I am and will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. I am here this morning to answer these allegations and to tell the truth. And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone—not in high school, not in college, not ever.
Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously. Those who make allegations deserve to be heard. The subject of allegations also deserves to be heard. Due process is a foundation of the American rule of law.
Dr. Ford’s allegation dates back more than 36 years, to a party that she says occurred during our time in high school. I spent most of my time in high school focused on academics, sports, church, and service. But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now. But that’s not why we are here today. What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.
The allegation of misconduct is completely inconsistent with the rest of my life. The record of my life, from my days in grade school through the present day, shows that I have always promoted the equality and dignity of women.
I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge.
Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed parted ways as of Friday, September 21st, according to the new Director of Defense Distributed, Paloma Heindorff. The news came in a press conference held in Austin, Texas yesterday (September 25th).
Good morning, thank you for attending. My name is Paloma Heindorff, I’m the new director of Defense Distributed and CEO of Ghost Gunner. I spent last three years at DD working as director of development and VP of Operations.Also on the stage at the news conference were Defense Distributed's attorneys Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law Houston and Chad Flores of Houston law firm Beck Redden.
Cody Wilson tendered his resignation on Friday evening to focus on personal legal affairs. Defense Distributed Board of Directors accepted his resignation and thus his role at the company has been concluded.
The same as we stood before. We believe in the right of people to have these files; we believe in our right to publish them. I believe very strongly in both the First and Second Amendment causes in the case. That's where I stand. The same as where I stood a week ago.Asked if she had spoken with Cody Wilson, she said, "Cody and I have been speaking. It is important for the transition. We still have some paperwork to do."
It's the most effective and elegant activism I'd seen performed and I wanted to be a part of that. It's just so beautiful, isn't it, to exercise one's rights like that and to do so in a way that pushes authorities to allow you to. Too often people are perturbed by threats, and I found it incredible that this company persisted.Heindorff spoke about this in more detail at last year's Gun Rights Policy Conference held in Dallas. You can see her comments in this video starting at about the 24:30 mark.
Polenar Tactical have posted a rather artistic tour video taking a look inside CZ’s factory. The slowed down footage shows production of guns from much of CZ’s current military and civilian lines. A couple of weeks ago the Polenar team toured CZ’s main factory in the town of Uhersky Brod, in the east of the […]
Federal Premium has tuned up their classic Speed-Shok line of waterfowl shotgun shells to be even better coming into the fall duck and goose seasons around the country. By expanding into new gauge sizes for consumers and employing better quality components across the board they hope to draw in even more waterfowlers to the Speed-Shok […]
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Back in 2012 the Indian Army purchased just over 1,500 B&T MP9 submachine gun after serious equipment shortfalls were highlighted by senior army officers. It’s unclear if India have made subsequent MP9 orders. These were issued to the Indian Army’s specialist Ghatak Platoons. Each Indian battalion has an attached Ghatak platoon which is specially trained for […]
We start out with another good video from Townsends, which talks about the history of earthen ovens and then goes on to tell you how you can make one yourself. And if you ever were to find yourself in an off-grid situation, this info might be come in pretty handy.
You’ll need sand, clay, and grassy fiber such as straw or hay, and something (such as a tarpaulin) on which to mix it into cobb. And then you will need a base for your oven. He chose a wooden table with a firebrick top.
On that, he builds a positive form around which to construct the oven. He used wet sand and bricks to build up a sand castle-type dome, which he then covers with paper to prevent it from sticking to the cobb.
Make sure you get the height of the opening tunnel just right; if it doesn’t match the correct ratio, your oven won’t work properly.
The first layer of cobb is just sand and clay (no straw). Make it about three inches thick, and allow it to dry somewhat — but not too much. The second layer is about as thick, but contains the straw binder that provides more strength to the finished product.
Once you finish it up, get ready to wait — for weeks — for it to dry before you apply fire to it. He was able to remove some of the supportive sand from his after a day or two.
Next up is part 2, in which he stokes up a good fire and bakes some bread. After some discussion of the items you’ll need, he tells us it’ll take a couple hours to get the oven warmed up.
You’ll know it’s warmed up when it stops producing smoke and the black soot inside burns to gray ash. And to my surprise, all the fire is removed before any baking takes place. When it finally does happen, the actual baking only takes 10-12 minutes.
Interestingly, you can cook all kinds of different things in one of these ovens after you bring it up to heat. You simply start with whatever needs the most heat to cook, and progress to things that don’t need much — such as drying herbs or even drying out the wood for your next baking day.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today announced its endorsement of Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor and Secretary Jon Husted for lieutenant governor.
New Hampshire’s Republican-led Legislature rejected several gun control measures after the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip last fall and the school shooting in Florida in February, choosing instead to expand a law on where firearms can be carried.
The state of Florida is arguing there is no reason for the names of two 19-year-olds to be kept confidential in a challenge to the state's new gun law.
When it comes to butchering a deer, there are many ways to do about it. And although I have never done up a deer in the way this guy does, it’s worth a look at the very least.
I’ve always just taken out the backstrap whole, but this video shows how to cut it into bone-in steaks or chops instead.
To begin with, this guy is using a huge knife for this job. Something smaller has always been a lot more handy for me on the 60+ deer that I’ve cut up, but he seems to be used to it. I’m mentioning it so inexperienced folks don’t think they need to rush out and get a big ol’ knife.
He first carves off part of the backstrap. I generally go higher (up behind the hams a bit) myself.
Why do people feel the need to add background music to videos? It’s pretty much worthless — except when someone is also talking. Then it’s worse than worthless, because it interferes with what you’re trying to hear. But I digress.
Then he saws down the ribcage using a miter box saw. I would recommend using two hands, but perhaps he thought that would obstruct the video camera.
A few steps later he’s removed a hunk from the deer and headed inside to the cutting board, where he trims away tough sinew as well as way too much of the fat. I’m not sure why he feels the need to remove every trace of fat from a chop that’s going to cook up dry anyhow because it’s so lean.
Am I the only one who laughs at the idea that “two or three” of these would be enough for a hungry man?
While out in Canada filming with Britishmuzzleloaders, Mike had a Chinese Type 97 bullpup rifle in .223 Remington shoved bodily into his hands. What else to do than make a video about the rifle that is so uncommon in the USA due to import restrictions? This little bullpup rifle is, however, unrestricted in Canada and […]
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“He’s a fierce gun control person, he’s been a climate champion,” Steyer said of Gillum in an interview with The Times. “He’s called for the impeachment of the president. He’s been willing to talk plainly to Florida voters, and they’ve responded.”
State officials frustrated by a judge’s decision to prohibit grizzly bear hunting in the Yellowstone region and put the animals back on the threatened species list will likely appeal but that’s not their only option to contest the decision.
A national group is changing a political ad after a Colorado father who lost his daughter in a fatal school shooting condemned it, saying it mirrored the last moments of Emily Keyes’ life.
Illinois Carry is seeking foster parents in Illinois as plaintiffs in a Second Amendment lawsuit. I'm guessing it will be similar to the recent lawsuit in Michigan. In that case, a Michigan foster parent sued the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services over a requirement that firearms and ammunition to constantly locked and inaccessible. A Federal judge said the suit should be allowed to proceed.
From Illinois Carry:
Are You An IL Foster Parent?
Are You Willing To Be A Witness/Co-Plaintiff In A Second Amendment Lawsuit?
Please contact IllinoisCarry spokesperson Valinda Rowe immediately by sending an email to:
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
RAKOVALKEA- THE CLASSIC FINNISH CAMPFIRE
Of great interest recently seems to be a newly found fascination with campfires. It makes me reflect back upon a fantastic hunt I was invited to attend way back in 1999. At the time I was fortunate enough to be a writer for the basically now defunct North American Hunter magazine produced by the North American Hunting Club out of Minnesota. You may have been a member of the club, too.
Anyway, one day the editor called to say none of the office staff could attend this hunt and he wanted to know if I could go. Naturally I asked where. He told me the hunt was an exclusive invitation by the Sako Arms Company of Riihimaki, Finland. The hunt was for moose. After I stuttered at bit, I took the offer.
Long story short I finally arrived in Helsinki out of New York City after a missed flight via Atlanta. Finland is one beautiful country and the Sako folks were delightful hosts to the twelve hunters chosen for the hunt. We traveled by custom bus to the factory city Riihimaki for a tour, overnight stays, dinners, and preparations for the hunt.
In Finland you have to qualify for a license to hunt. This test was to place three shots into the kill zone on a moving life sized moose target running on a rail system. We all qualified using Sako 75 rifles in 30-06. Afterwards we were transferred to an 80,000 acre hunting camp for several days of hunting. I ended up taking a bull moose and one cow. I got the favored sprig of evergreen in my cap denoting I was a successful hunter and suited for many backslaps and jiggers of vodka.
Ironically, one of the main things I remember was the campfire. Called a rakovalkea, the fire consisted of two basic logs 6-8 feet long that are stacked and pinned by four stakes. One flat side is cut on each log and mated together in the stack. Sandwiched in between the two logs are kindling, sticks, dry grass and other fire starter material. You can Google this to see the details.
Once the kindling is set afire, the two logs ignite, one burning down, and the other up. The fire lasts for days if the logs are not too dry. This slow burning blaze is ideal for a campsite in front of a tent for a screen of warming fire. Try it out the next time you are in Bug Out Camp.
The Department of Justice has awarded a private vendor a contract to provide a California federal prison with new Glock 19X pistols. The contract was awarded on the 19th September by the federal Bureau of Prisons and is worth nearly $70,000. Described by the Department of Justice as ‘Glock 19X Coyote Gen5-9mm’, the contract is […]
If you bought a Rossi revolver made between 2005 and 2017, you need to read this:
Rossi is issuing a voluntary safety warning on .38 Special and .357 Magnum revolvers made between the years 2005 and 2017 that may have a condition that could cause, under certain circumstances, the revolver to fire if dropped
This Safety Warning covers .38 Special and .357 Magnum revolver models R351, R352, 461, R462, R851, R971, and R972 with serial numbers beginning with the letter Y, Z, or A through K.
Rossi is developing inspection and repair solutions. Rossi will make every effort possible to ensure Rossi Revolvers will be inspected, serviced if necessary, and returned to customers in a prompt, timely fashion.
Issues underlying this Safety Warning are currently pending before the court in a proposed class action lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida styled Burrow v. Forjas Taurus, S.A., civil action file no. 1:16-cv-21606-EGT
ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
Stop using your revolver immediately.
Call 855-982-8787 for assistance.
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Charles Clement is best known for a series of civilian pocket pistol made in the years before World War One, but today we are looking at a prototype Clement military pistol from 1914. This gun retains most of the same mechanical features of Clement’s pocket guns, but is scaled up to the 9x20mm Browning cartridge for potential military use. It is a shrouded-hammer, simple blowback action, with a single stack magazine and a quite long barrel (probably to complement the shoulder stock which it is cut to fit). Only two examples of these are known to exist today, and probably only about 15 were originally made. They were trialled by the Belgian military, but not adopted – probably in part because of the outbreak of World War One.
For much more information on Clement and his guns, I recommend this excellent collaborative article by Ed Buffaloe, Bill Chase,
Dr. Stefan Klein, and Dr. Dirk Ziesing.
With a more traditional form factor, GLOCK magazine capability and a threaded barrel option, for the money The Ruger PC Carbine is hard to beat. It is fun, useful accurate and, when paired with a quality silencer, quiet. Much like the 10/22 platform, Ruger has left the PC Carbine with room for upgrades made by […]
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On September 19, while reporting the Gunsmith’s Day events in Izhevsk, a Russian TV channel showed non-firing prototypes of a modular weapon system designed by the students of Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University. The modular design of the rifle is supposed to allow switching between different calibers and build an SMG, assault rifle, DMR or LMG in […]
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««« FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA »»» https://www.facebook.com/TheFirearmBlogTV/ https://www.instagram.com/TFBTV/ Late August of 2018 I had the good fortune to visit Sig Sauer in New Hampshire for a 2 day media event. There I was given a first look at Sig Sauer’s newest AR-15 Rifle, The TREAD. What?! Another AR on the market? Stay with me […]
Continuing our series of articles telling about most expensive firearms sold in the major US auction houses, today we’ll take a look at the five most expensive firearms sold in September 2018 Rock Island Premiere Firearms Auction. This auction set a world record of the largest single firearms auction in the history with combined sales worth over $20 […]
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September 25, 2018RESCHEDULED NOTICE OF COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE BUSINESS MEETINGThe Executive Business Meeting originally scheduled by the Committee on the Judiciary for Monday, September 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building has been rescheduled for Friday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m.By order of the Chairman.I. NomineesBrett M. Kavanaugh, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United StatesJonathan A. Kobes, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth CircuitKenneth D. Bell, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North CarolinaStephanie A. Gallagher, to be United States District Judge for the District of MarylandMary S. McElroy, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode IslandCarl J. Nichols, to be United States District Judge for the District of ColumbiaJohn M. O'Connor, to be United States District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of OklahomaMartha Maria Pacold, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of IllinoisMary M. Rowland, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of IllinoisSteven C. Seeger, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
II. BillsS.2785, DETER Act (Durbin, Graham, Blumenthal, Cruz)S. 3178, Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 (Harris, Scott, Feinstein, Leahy, Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Coons, Blumenthal, Hirono, Booker)
Barnes comes to SIG SAUER with a robust background in retail commercial sales, serving the last nine years at Dick’s Sporting Goods where he was Vice President General Merchandise Manager. While at Dick’s, Barnes focused on the hunting and outdoor categories, and led the development of the Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field & Stream retail stores from concept to grand opening. He further led the continued growth and sustainability for Field & Stream stores through sales, inventory control, and merchandising. Prior to that, Barnes worked for twelve years at Wal-Mart in various management roles. Notably, Barnes gained tremendous firearms experience as a professional competitive shooter, before he began to focus his career in retail sales management.I don't know whether Mr. Barnes left Dick's on his own or was forced out when Dick's CEO Ed Stack went full gun control after the Parkland mass murders. Regardless, I'm glad to hear he is now with a company that respects the Second Amendment.
US Special Operations Command has awarded L3 Technologies a $48 Million contract for a Squad Aiming Laser. The Department of Defense confirmed the contract award on the 21st September. The project began in 2017, and was run by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. L3 Technologies is a major defence contractor with numerous branches, the winning […]
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The general approach to shooting was so much more relaxed before. The pictures below are from the shooting range inside the Swedish National Bank, where officials trained with their pistols. Apparently hearing protection was not invented and no-one cared, the staff looks happy as the four Gentlemen fire away. I suppose they were part in […]
On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Bill Schuette for governor of Michigan.
John J. Woods
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ATV RAMP SAFETY
Loading and unloading an ATV from the bed of a pickup truck safely does not get much attention, but it is a dangerous undertaking. There are still many hunters, and others that carry their 4-Wheelers up in the back of their truck beds instead of on a trailer to tow. The loading and unloading procedure requires some safety precautions.
Without being too overly simplistic, naturally one has to know that their ATV will fit in the bed of their pickup truck. Some of the newer models are getting so big, they may be too wide for the wheel wells and most certainly could be too long to fit without the tailgate being left in the down position.
Next, consider the proper loading ramp, especially the overall length of it as well as the width of the individual ramps if there are two separate ones. Some ATV loading ramps come as bi-fold or even triple platform ramps. Be certain to be safe that the height of the tailgate off the ground and the length of the ramps provide as low an angle as possible.
ATV ramps come in many sizes from lengths of 65 inches to 90 or more inches long. Ramp widths vary from 10 to about 12 inches. The ramp surfaces vary widely too, so buy one with good tire gripping texture. A smooth ramp can result in tires slipping up the incline especially if wet, which during hunting seasons is often the case.
Every ATV ramp platform should come with some type of security strap or chain to connect to an inside the bed loop, or on the bumper or hitch of the truck. These safety straps keep the ramp(s) in position to prevent them from sliding out from under the ATV during the loading and unloading process.
If available it is easier to load an ATV up a ramp if the front of the truck is up a slight incline itself. On flat ground the angle is even steeper. The ramps should be attached and lined up properly with the wheel base of the ATV. Driving up the ramp should be done slowly and deliberately stopping in time to avoid hitting the back of the bed below the back truck window.
Once the ATV is in the bed, if the tailgate cannot be closed, because the rear ATV wheels rest on it, then the machine should be tie down strapped to the truck via ratchet straps from bed loops to the ATV racks front and rear. Lock the ATV brakes. On long haul trips, stop periodically to tighten the straps. Reverse this action for unloading and just use smart caution.
I have been reloading now since I was 7 years old, which means I have been doing it now for a total of 46 years. And I started with my grandfather and then some friends and even a couple bosses I have had through the years, which means I have done just about everything to clean brass.
I started with a bucket and dish soap and shaking, stirring really anything I could do to get the hot water and dish soap to clean the brass. Then I discovered the dry media tumble, life was good or so I thought. About 8 to 10 years ago I got a new at the time, Hornady sonic cleaner and dry tumble was out the window!
My first sonic cleaner
Then I got another model Hornady sonic cleaner with a built in heater and a much longer timer! To me this was it; I knew I have crossed over into the shiny brass bridge! I didn’t even mind turning each piece of brass over on a metal rack so I could put them in the oven on low to dry for 30 minutes of so. But then one day I tried just taking them from the cleaner to rinse under hot water to a towel.
Towel dried but some of the insides are still not cleaned great
I take the towel and put the brass in the middle, fold the towel over and let the brass sag a little and roll the edges up and work the towel back and forth to shake and roll and tumble the water out of the cases. After a couple minutes I dump the brass into another towel that is dry and do it for about 3 to five minutes and the brass is dry and ready to use!
I was satisfied until a friend of mine comes over to give me some 9mm and 45acp he cleaned. It looked like brand new brass, in fact I would have bet money on it. This brass was also deprimed and resized but the inside of each case looked like it has never had powder in it and I swore he was giving me new brass. Well I was wrong, he said he tumbled it. I called him a liar and laughed saying I tumbled brass for years and it NEVER looked like new inside and out!
Current brass cleaner I have and use with 5 pounds of stainless steel media
He then said, “Wet Tumble” and do it with stainless steel pins. He bought a brand new wet tumbler and as great friends do, he passed his older model to me, stainless media and all. So now I will say there is NO BETTER WAY TO CLEAN ANY USED BRASS, even the old black looking found lying in the wet grass at the range the WET TUMBLE with stainless media! I am using hot water with a little of the Hornady sonic cleaner fluid for now because I have a few left, but you can use hot water and a little dish soap or Simple Green.
Hard to see but the inside of these 223 brass are just as clean as the outside with the wet tumbler!
Get one, and if you are just starting out in reloading, don’t waste time and money on dry tumbler or sonic cleaner (unless you want to sonic clean gun parts) and get a wet tumbler with stainless media first and be done with it!!!
Here is a link to Amazon with some of the wet tumblers they sell: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=reloading+wet+tumbler&sprefix=Reloading+Wet+tu%2Caps%2C175&crid=2JBGYY4U3OHCT
Stay safe, share the sport!
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I need to get this new Glock G45 not because it’s the newest model but because I want it and I like it. Glock is always trying to please their biggest customers, the law enforcement and militaries of the world. When they want something Glock will do what is needed to get the contracts as best as they can.
The 19X was per military request, for the most part it worked out for them. LEO depts liked the 19X but needed it to first be a black color but also a few little changes. A lot of the LEO depts are going back to the 9mm away from the once loved 40s&w and 45acp.
This again can use the the mags of 17, 19, 24, 31 and 33. This has the new Gen 5 marksman barrel in the 4.02 length and the G17 frame size. One of the little differences is the factory FRONT SERRATIONS, after years of us asking for them it took the LEO to make it happen! Either way, WE now have them!
One of the other changes is the removal of the front cutout at the bottom of the grip. There is no lower front extension the covers the mag base plate as on the 19X. There is the slight flared magwell as on the Gen 5 models and the same new Gen 5 coating on the slide. You have the ambi slide stop also.
I think this will be a continuing great seller for Glock as time moves on. They are trying to get everything everyone wants a little at a time!
Here are some fast stats:
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All photos are stock photos- I don’t have this pistol YET..!
Hope to see you out there!
The New Zealand Herald has reported that the 9,040 LMT 5.56x45mm MARS-L rifles purchased by the New Zealand Defense Force have suffered critical parts breakage in certain components of the rifles, specifically the firing pins, bolt carriers and inside the trigger mechanism (the specfic part is not mentioned in the article). According to the article issues […]
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Initiative-1639 has been the root of controversy ever since supporters began asking for signatures. It became even more complicated when the Washington Supreme Court overturned a Thurston County judges decision after the judge initially threw out over 300,000 signatures saying the petition didn't follow election law claiming it was unreadable. Robin Ball owner of Sharp Shooting Range in Spokane, is leading the charge in Eastern Washington when it comes to Initiative-1639. She believes the ballot measure infringes on law-abiding gun owners.
Gun control will be on the ballot this November as advocates hope to implement much stricter legislation statewide. Initiative 1639 would be the most sweeping gun control legislation passed recently in the state and would mandate a host of measures which advocates say would help curb gun violence, and which opponents say would price poor people out of having guns and infringe on Second Amendment rights. I-1639 would raise the minimum age to purchase a semiautomatic assault rifle, a term used in the legislation, to 21.
On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Chip Roy for U.S. House of Representatives in the 21st Congressional District of Texas.
SilencerCo is throwing down one heck of a strong statement: their new Switchback rimfire suppressor is the quietest can to ever hit the market. At a reported 108 decibels, I agree, the Switchback has the potential to make bolt action rifles awe-inspiringly quiet. So how did SilencerCo design and build such a master rimfire silencer? […]
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An abusive man who was choking a mother of 3 was reportedly shot and killed by her offspring last month.
Steven Kelley had a history of domestic abuse and had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from two other women in two other states, and he had previously assaulted his girlfriend and fired guns inside the home to intimidate and threaten her.
When he attacked her again a few days later, he choked her and yelled “that he was going to cut her throat and kill everyone in the house.” That’s when the woman’s children beat him to the punch. The 12-year-old boy retrieved a single-action Colt 45 revolver and his 15-year-old sister used it on Kelley, hitting him twice in the chest.
Police found him dead at the scene.
One bullet reportedly fragmented and grazed another daughter’s leg; a minor injury that was easily treated.
For those who believe gun laws will help remove guns from the world: Kelley was a convicted felon and therefore prohibited from owning a gun — yet he “had multiple guns in the house and frequently carried one.”
In this case, access to a firearm saved at least four lives from a violent criminal. And I am thankful for that — and that the kids’ late father had taught them how to shoot, according to District Attorney Ted Bell. For those who aren’t aware, the single-action revolver she used must be cocked before each shot, and I’m sure glad she knew how to use it.
It’s unclear whether the revolver was one of Kelley’s, or one which the mother had “hidden… around the house for protection when the boyfriend started acting dangerously in recent weeks.”
Bell said his office determined the shooting was justified and that no charges are warranted against the children.
‘It was absolutely clear that the mom’s life was in jeopardy, as well as potentially the children, and so in that situation we absolutely support the right of somebody to defend themselves and others with deadly force,’ he said. ‘I commend the 15-year-old for doing a very difficult thing by saving her mom’s and siblings’ lives and showing an amazing amount of maturity.’
Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control advocacy group founded by Michael Bloomberg, is launching a $5 million digital ad campaign featuring ominous allusions to recent mass shootings in an effort to flip 15 Republican-held suburban House districts.
A campaign by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to crack down on the National Rifle Association and similar groups is facing its first big legal test, with a federal judge expected to decide soon whether to allow a challenge to go forward.
To those who are interested to purchase a combat-rated optic for their AR rifles and the like, now it’s the chance. Armament Technology, the worldwide distributor for ELCAN Optics is having a limited time inventory sale directly on their website.
The SpecterDR 1/4x is a great optic for anything from CQB to out to 500-600 yards. They carry a MSRP of $2700 but now they’re down to $1675 with shipping included. While the SpecterDR 1.5/6x would be great on a .308 semi-auto platform such as the FN SCAR Heavy.
Plano Molding has announced upgrades to their All Weather line of hard cases for long guns, saying they’re better than ever… and the MSRPs are attractive in comparison to some other brands. They come in three different sizes, and all have “pluck to fit” foam — a much better solution than cutting foam with an electric carving knife, which is how I had to fit my rifles into a more expensive case.
Here’s what their press release has to say:
Plano, IL (September 25, 2018) – Traveling hunters and shooters demand hard-sided cases they can trust to protect their valuable firearms. Plano’s venerable All Weather series gun cases have earned the confidence of firearms owners who appreciate premium Plano-grade protection at a practical price. New for 2018, Plano has enhanced their best-selling All Weather line of long-gun cases with an upgraded look and improved functionality.
Available in 36-inch, 42-inch and 52-inch sizes, All Weather cases feature rugged, industrial-strength construction and an improved, continuous Dri-Loc® seal to create a watertight and dust-proof shield that protects firearms or other valuable gear in even the most extreme conditions. Additional features like heavy-duty dual-stage lockable latches, built-in pressure-release valves and molded padlock gates combine to make All Weather cases ideal for airline travel. Durable molded handles facilitate easy transport, while the 52-inch model even has easy-glide wheels.
Inside, All Weather cases feature customizable pluck foam to create a clean and ultra-secure fit that cradles firearms and accessories while isolating them from every bump, jar, jostle and drop.
PLANO ALL WEATHER RIFLE/SHOTGUN CASE FEATURES
- 36″, 42″ and 52″ length models available
- Rugged, industrial-strength construction
- Continuous DRI-LOC® Seal creates a watertight shield for maximum protections
- Customizable pluck-to-fit foam
- Pressure release valve equalizes pressure caused by altitude or temperature
- Dual-stage lockable latches
- Padlock gates
PLANO All WEATHER 36″ RIFLE/SHOTGUN CASE SPECIFICATIONS
- Model: PLA11836
- UPC: 0 24099 11836 1
- Interior dimensions: 37″ x 14″ x 5″
- Exterior dimensions: 38.4″ x 16.8″ x 6.4″
- Pluckable interior: 33.75″ x 12″
- Ideal takedown case for shotguns and modern sporting rifles
- MSRP: $99.99
PLANO ALL WEATHER 42″ RIFLE/SHOTGUN CASE SPECIFICATIONS
- Model: PLA11842
- UPC: 0 24099 11842 2
- Interior dimensions: 43″ x 14″ x 5″
- Exterior dimensions: 44.4″ x 16.8″ x 6.4″
- Pluckable interior: 39.75″ x 12″
- Ideal size for most scoped rifles
- MSRP: $119.99
PLANO ALL WEATHER 52″ WHEELED RIFLE/SHOTGUN CASE SPECIFICATIONS
- Model: PLA11852
- UPC: 0 24099 11852 1
- Easy-glide wheels for transport
- Interior dimensions: 51.5″ x 14″ x 5.5″
- Exterior dimensions: 53.5″ x 17″ x 7″
- Pluckable interior: 48.75″ x 12″
- Accommodates most fully assembled firearms, including shotguns with a 30″ barrel
- MSRP: $169.99
Plano offers dozens of options for hard-sided long-gun protection, but hunters and shooters have come to prefer its best-selling All Weather Series cases ever since their introduction over a decade ago. Now redesigned and enhanced with upgraded features and improved performance, Plano All Weather series cases protect the passions of hunters and shooters like never before.
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When police in Maryland went to the wrong address to serve a search warrant, they reportedly broke in the front door. Jolted awake by the sound of his home’s door being destroyed, the resident responded by firing a shotgun blast as the door opened. His main concern was protecting his daughter from harm.
As the door swung wide, he realized that his home was being invaded by police, so he dropped his shotgun and began shouting to the officers.
He immediately drops that weapon, he immediately goes to the window and starts communicating, ‘you got the wrong address, don’t shoot my daughter, don’t shoot my daughter.’ [Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski]
Thankfully, police accepted his surrender rather than killing him, although one officer did fire one shot at the resident.
Two officers had been hit by the shotgun blast; one in the shoulder and the other in the hand. The homeowner was understandably concerned about the officers he’d hit.
What the community needs to know is that this man was devastated when he realized that he had fired upon police officers, and he was as worried about their safety once he realized that had happened, as he was worried about the safety of his own daughter.
Chief Stawinski announced there would be no criminal charges against the homeowner.
Stawinski apologized for the error and said he has halted executing search warrants until the department reviews its procedures, news outlets reported.
This is a good thing. Search warrants are so often executed in such a militaristic invasion manner, destroying private property in the process, that it’s a wonder this doesn’t happen more often.
The individual that we are targeting does not live at that address … a law-abiding, hard-working citizen of Prince George’s County and his daughter were home at the point where we were executing that search warrant. He did not know there were police officers attempting to enter his apartment. That individual acted to protect himself and his daughter from what he believed to be a threat of home invasion.
It would be inappropriate to hold this gentleman criminally responsible for his actions.
Quite right, Chief. And will you be paying to repair his front door?
If you’ve been on Gunstagram this morning, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen the newest model of handgun from the Slovenian military manufacturer, Arex – the Arex Delta. The Delta is a polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol (yes, like a Glock) that has capacity, specs, and dimensions very close to the Glock 19. This is a […]
Savage Arms announced yesterday four new versions of their Rascal, an undersized single-shot bolt-action rimfire rifle designed to offer high performance in a compact format that should be perfect for youths and smaller folks. The new versions feature synthetic stocks (and there’s a pink version of the Rascal FV-SR) and heavy, suppressor-ready threaded barrels. AccuTrigger comes standard, of course.
From the press release:
Savage is pleased to take micro rimfire rifle performance to new heights with the new Rascal FV-SR (Suppressor Ready), Rascal Target and Rascal Target XP. Shipments of these firearms have been delivered to dealers.
The Rascal FV-SR enhances accuracy with a heavy barrel featuring a threaded (1/2-28) muzzle. Like the original Rascal, the single-shot rifle cocks by lifting the bolt and unloads easily—without pulling the trigger. The design also builds superior shooting skills thanks to full-size rifle features, including a peep sight, tough synthetic stock and Savage’s user-adjustable Accu-Trigger system. The two new suppressor-ready Rascal models are available in pink or black.
The new Rascal Target is built for accuracy and adaptability, thanks to a precision hardwood stock, heavy 16 1/8-inch barrel, one-piece Picatinny rail and threaded (1/2-28) muzzle. Like the Rascal FV-SR, the Rascal Target offers full-size rifle features, including Savage’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger system and suppressor-ready barrels. Collectively, the platform offers far better safety, functionality and accuracy than competing designs.
The Rascal Target XP offers all the Rascal Target amenities in a ready-to-shoot package that comes with a mounted and boresighted 4x32mm scope, as well as a bipod sling swivel stud mount. A left-hand model of this configuration is also available.
Rascal Target, Target XP Features & Benefits
- Precision hardwood stock
- 16 1/8-inch heavy barrel with threaded muzzle (Suppressor Ready)
- One-piece Picatinny rail
- Reliable, single-shot action
- Manual safety
- Unload without pulling the trigger
- Adjustable AccuTrigger
- Feed ramp
- Includes ear plugs and firearms lock
- 11-degree target crown
- 4x32mm scope (Rascal Target XP)
- Bipod sling swivel stud mount (Rascal Target XP)
Part No. / Description / MSRP
- 13834/Rascal FV-SR Black, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $219
- 13835/Rascal FV-SR Pink, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $219
- 13823/Rascal Target, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $314
- 13824/Rascal Target XP, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $399
- 13836/Rascal Target XP LH, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $399
(end press release)
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If you are seriously interested in ammunition design and history or if you are a cartridge collector then I am sure I can find you in the forum of International Ammunition Association. The IAA forum is one of the unique places on the Internet where you can learn about rare, unusual and experimental ammunition. Recently, […]
Here at a forested railroad crossing outside Compiègne in Picardy, France, two rail cars met in November of 1918 – one with members of the Allied/Entente high commend and ones with representatives of Imperial Germany. They met here to end 5 years of slaughter; the German delegation being presented terms for armistice by the Allies. Faced with no other viable option, they would accept these terms, and the fighting officially ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day or the 11th month of 1918. More than a year would go by before the Treaty of Versailles was fully ratified, but it was here that the decision to end the death was made.
The rail car in which the papers were signed was kept as a monument here, along with a rather pointed monument to the French dead, featuring a slain German Imperial eagle. A large stone message was also put up in the center of the clearing, reading (in translation):
“Here on the 11th of November 1918 succumbed the criminal pride of the German reich, vanquished by the free peoples which it tried to enslave.”
The peace would not last, of course – far from being a peace without victory, the Allied terms were vindictive enough to set a plain course for the Second World War. When France signed an armistice with Germany in 1940, Hitler would have those papers signed here as well, in that very same rail car. The car was then taken to Berlin as a trophy, and the monuments here destroyed. The car itself was burned accidentally in 1945, but the monuments were rebuilt by the French following the war, and a sister car is now on display here with many of the original artifacts of the Armistice (which were hidden from the Germans in 1940).
Thanks to Military History Tours for making this video possible!
When it comes to popular rifle calibers it is hard to beat anything that has the name “Creedmoor” associated with it lately. The 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor are garnering a lot of attention and even a newer variant, the 8.6 Creedmoor, has a lot of people intrigued. A benchmark ammunition choice for discerning shooters […]
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What if I told the reader there is a certain store someone could go to and obtain a wealth of information? This is not the cooperate owned big box stores, such as Academy Sports and Outdoors or Wal-Mart.
We are talking about the locally owned and operated rural farm supply stores. What about the farm supply stores sometimes found in cities? There is a big difference between the rural and urban farm supply stores.
Urban farm stores are mostly going to sell decorations, tools, saws, lawnmowers… etc. They may not even sell livestock feed, chicks, or local farm fresh eggs. These types of stores target people who live in an urban area but want their home to have a rural look to it.
Rural farm supply stores sell livestock feed in bulk. Customers who visit the rural stores typically have access to land where they raise chickens, guineas, cows, goats, and horses.
Let’s be honest. Chances are people living in cities are not going to be buying very much livestock feed, or buying fertilizer by the ton. There have been times when I brought home 500 pounds of chicken feed and 13-13-13 fertilizer, and that is a light trip for some people. Customers to Circle Three Feed in Jasper, Texas will sometimes buy 1,000 pounds of horse feed at a time.
Besides inventory there is another resource the small town farm supply stores have to offer, and that is experience.
Several years ago a family I knew went to a big box farm store and bought some chicks. When they asked about feed, the sales person sold them hen scratch, which chicks can not eat. A few days later the chicks died from starvation. The family called and asked why all of their chicks died, I asked a few questions, which is when they read the name off the side of the feed bag.
In other words, the sales person did not have the slightest idea of what they were doing. Compare that to a rural farm supply store where the owners work at the store and have years of experience with various types of livestock.
Then there are the seeds and fertilizer. Not very many people living in the city or urban areas will purchase seed by the pound to plant acres of land. This is why most big box stores sell seeds by the packet.
In contrast, rural farm supply stores expect people to buy seeds (such as corn, peas and beans) by the pound, and fertilizer by the hundreds of pounds, maybe even by the ton.
This means if a survivalist wanted to stockpile seeds, they are going to be able to purchase seeds in bulk at the rural farm supply store. There is nothing wrong with buying seed packets, but some people want to stockpile seeds in bulk.
As with the chick example from the big box farm supply store, people who work at the rural stores typically have a wealth of information about growing a garden.
While the rural stores may not sell guns, they typically sell ammunition. Combined with seeds and deer corn, the rural farm store should most of the stuff hunters need to get started.
On a personal note, when hunting season get near I typically pick up corn for the feeders here on the farm when I get chicken feed.
Typically, but not always, the corn found at the rural supply stores will be better quality than the deer corn sold at the big box mart outlet stores. Notice the Lone Star brand name on the bags of deer corn. Lone Star is a popular livestock feed. So not only does Lone Star make deer corn, they also make chicken, cattle, horse, and goat feed.
Special thank you to Circle Three Feed in Jasper, Texas for letting me take pictures of their warehouse. Is this article an advertisement for Circle Three? Nope, not at all. I have been doing business with them for years. They are just an example of a rural farm supply store.
A great number of people have never stopped at a rural farm supply store, much less know what they have to offer. For a prepper, this is an excellent and often overlooked resource.
Next time the reader is driving through a rural area and see a rural farm supply store, stop, go inside, and see what they have for sale.
This is part three of my ten part series on the party platforms of the various Democrat state parties with regard to firearms, gun control, and the Second Amendment. I am publishing these in five state increments. This will probably be the last for this week as I leave in the morning for the Gun Rights Policy Conference as well as AMM-Con.
For a state with very strict gun control laws, the Democrat Party of Hawaii has very little to say about firearms or gun control. And that may be reason as there is little more that they can do without getting even the 9th Circuit to say no. They already require both permits to purchase and the registration of all firearms.
3. MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER NOW – in schools and on the streets and in our homes (including advancing gun control measures such as ban on assault weapons and full background checks for all; make elimination of police corruption a priority; advance restorative justice programs for offenders and oppose privatization of prisons and provide an effective means of assisting victims of domestic violence).
14. WE SUPPORT THE FULL TEXT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT: “A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”
● We demand universal criminal background checks.
● We demand laws that keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers.
● We support the rights of hunters and sportspersons in Idaho.
● We support scientific research on gun violence.
With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe. To build on the success of the lifesaving Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, we will expand and strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws; repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to revoke the dangerous legal immunity protections gun makers and sellers now enjoy; and keep weapons of war—such as assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines (LCAM's)—off our streets. We will fight back against attempts to make it harder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to revoke federal licenses from law breaking gun dealers, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, intimate partner abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues. There is insufficient research on effective gun prevention policies, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must have the resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue.I did learn a new acronym reading this - LCAM - which stands for large capacity ammunition magazines. That's what you and I would call standard capacity.
Close the gun show and terrorist watch-list loophole and ensure every transaction involving the sale of a firearm includes a comprehensive background check. Strengthen child access prevention laws to ensure the safe storage of firearms.
340. guardian accountability for minor negligent-gun-access
341. public/private property gun-free zones
342. updated version of the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, restricting:a. silencers/suppressorsb. bump-stocksc. high-capacity-magazinesd. fragmentary-rounds343. mandatory safety/proficiency training
344. expanding NICS
345. firearm transfer universal background checks
347. waiting periods
348. just-cause Sheriff discretion issuing Concealed-Carry
349. mandatory liability insurance for gun/ammunition owners/sellers/manufacturers
351. mandatory reporting lost/stolen firearms
352. reasonable gun-regulation/responsible gun-ownership
353. gun buybacks
355. Dickey Amendment
357. private post-1968 firearms transfers without serial numbers
The following Monday, July 2, 2018, Plaintiff (Terry) Jahraus contacted the DOJ for assistance, but the DOJ official told him, essentially, “it was [his] responsibility to comply with the law [and] that he had all year to do so.” In other words, DOJ blamed him for failing to register, even though its own statutorily-mandated registration system was inaccessible and defective throughout the entire period he had attempted to register it well before the deadline.
SACRAMENTO, CA (September 24, 2018) — Attorneys for seven California gun owners and five advocacy organizations announced a new court filing in a now-federal constitutional rights lawsuit over the State of California’s “assault weapon” registration debacle. The case, Sharp, et al. v. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al., was originally filed in the County of Shasta Superior Court. But in late August it was removed to federal district court in Sacramento at the request of Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the DOJ defendants. The new court filing is online at https://www.firearmspolicy.org/sharp.
On August 24, the California Attorney General moved the case to federal court on the basis that the plaintiffs’ claims present a federal constitutional question, in addition to their state-based claims. That same day, the lawsuit was assigned to District Court Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. Two years ago, Judge England issued a bench ruling to enjoin a California statute that criminalized the use of Assembly video footage in political advertisements in a case brought by Firearms Policy Coalition and its Proposition 63 ballot initiative political committee, FPC Second Amendment Defense Committee.
“While it’s interesting that Attorney General Becerra doesn’t want his own state’s courts to hear how badly he mis-administered the mandated firearm registration program, we welcome the opportunity to show Judge England how the DOJ violated the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs and others like them,” said George M. Lee, lead counsel for the plaintiffs. “General Becerra’s actions and failures affected many gun owners from San Diego to Eureka. These law-abiding gun owners tried to register their weapons as required by law but could not do so because DOJ’s registration system was wholly inadequate to do the job. We are simply asking that those injuries be reasonably remedied so that those citizens are not subject to criminal liability for possessing illegal, unregistered weapons – solely as a result of DOJ’s failures.”
In the latest complaint, submitted last Friday, the plaintiffs added a claim for deprivation of their due process rights under Title 42, Section 1983 of the United States Code. The complaint also adds as an institutional plaintiff the Madison Society Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fights to protect the right to keep and bear arms.
The plaintiffs say that Becerra and the DOJ had a legal and constitutional duty to provide a functional registration system during the registration period, but that they were unable to exercise their own rights and legal duties “due to the Defendants’ actions and failures, including but not limited to the inaccessibility, defects, and/or non-functionality of the DOJ’s CFARS-based registration system.” The plaintiffs alleged that the DOJ’s ‘botched’ “assault weapon” registration scheme – including the error-prone Internet application for registration that often crashed completely – violated both the U.S. Constitution and California Constitution’s guarantees of due process. They also allege that the failed DOJ system violated the plaintiffs’ and other similar gun owners’ statutory rights.
“Even though the lawsuit is now in a federal district court, it’s still just a straight-forward case about how Attorney General Becerra and his DOJ didn’t do the job they were mandated to do,” explained Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs. “Their actions and failures violated the rights of thousands of California gun owners. It’s just that simple.”
Under California’s voluminous gun control laws, someone merely transporting an unregistered “assault weapon” to the shooting range – even if one believes it was legal and registered under other DOJ systems, like DROS – “is guilty of a felony” and potentially subject to a prison sentence of “four, six, or eight years.” Other crimes can be added on to that, including common separate charges like possession and manufacturing.
The complaint says the plaintiffs “seek an un-extraordinary result, compelled by the basic tenets of due process: That they simply be allowed to register their eligible firearms and comply with the law, and that the Attorney General, the DOJ, and their officers and agents similarly comply with the law by allowing such registrations and ensuring they are properly and timely processed through a functioning online database as they have been required by statute to do.”
“This unjust California government-created problem must be stopped immediately,” Second Amendment Foundation Founder and Executive Vice President, Alan Gottlieb, said in a previous statement. “Gun owners should not be put at risk due to state regulatory incompetence.”
The plaintiffs said that they would soon be asking Judge England for a preliminary injunction to protect affected gun owners’ rights and property while the case goes forward to summary judgement or trial.
The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys George M. Lee and Douglas Applegate of San Francisco-based Seiler Epstein Ziegler & Applegate LLP, as well as Raymond M. DiGuiseppe, a former California deputy attorney general and prosecutor. Attorneys Bradley Benbrook and Stephen Duvernay of the Sacramento-based Benbrook Law Group, who earlier this month secured a major First Amendment victory in a case that challenged a different California gun control statute that banned truthful, non-misleading speech about handguns, have been added to the legal team.
The lawsuit is backed by The Calguns Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), and Madison Society Foundation (MSF), also institutional plaintiffs in the case.
Californians who tried to register their firearms as “assault weapons” before July 1 but were unable to, or who suffered a privacy breach at DOJ, should contact the organizations’ Legal Action Hotline immediately at https://www.firearmspolicy.org/hotline or by telephone at 855-252-4510.
The 33rd Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago ended yesterday. I was honored to be on the panel speaking on Using New Media to Advance Gun Rights. I was joined on the panel by Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media, Paul Lathrop of the Polite Society Podcast, and Charlie Cook of Riding Shotgun With Charlie (on YouTube). This was my fourth time to be on the panel and I'm still surprised to be asked each year.
Below is my speech. This year I recognized that we are under attack like never before and need to up our game. I also recognized the diversity of those supporting our civil right to keep and bear arms. I don't care who you sleep with or the color of your skin or even your political beliefs so long as you unreservedly support the right to self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms.
I’m John Richardson.
I blog at No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money and am also a co-host of the Polite Society Podcast.
If anything this year and indeed this past week have shown, it is that we are in a culture war. Everything we hold dear is under attack by an unholy alliance of the well-financed gun ban lobby, tech oligarchs, and the mass media. They have the money, they control the air waves, and are increasingly controlling and censoring our social media. Moreover, they have gotten smarter, savvier, and are actually, unfortunately, gaining a grass roots.
Nothing but our personal destruction will satisfy them. One need only to look at what they are trying to do to Judge Kavanaugh or to the vile, personal, and vicious attacks by former Parkland student David Hogg on those who would oppose his gun control agenda to understand this. In my past talks on using new media to advance gun rights I took a kinder, gentler approach.
We are all warriors in this culture war or we wouldn’t be in this room this morning.
I look out across this room and I don’t see men or women, young or old, gay or straight, liberal or conservative, white, black, Hispanic, or Asian. I see the Special Forces of the gun rights movement – people who believe in freedom, the right to armed self-defense, and the right to keep and bear arms – and who have the will to fight for it.
We have to be like the Green Beret A Teams sent behind enemy lines to create insurgencies to sap the strength and will of those who would curtail our constitutional rights.
Let me give you an example. When a Federal court in Washington State ignored the First Amendment implications of suppressing computer code and issued a temporary restraining order preventing Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation from putting it online, a group of civil rights groups including the Calguns Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition who were not covered by the order set up a website and put the information online themselves. They knew you couldn’t stop the signal.
I and hundreds of thousands others downloaded it. However, we didn’t stop there. We put the links up on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. When the oligarchs running Facebook and Twitter tried to suppress the links, we went around them and put up pictures of the links or used barcodes. CodeIsFreeSpeech.com is still up and running and it infuriates the anti-gun, anti-civil rights elites.
That is just one example.
Virtually everyone in this room right now has on their person a very effective weapon. I’m not talking about those who the state of Illinois allows to carry concealed but rather all the iPhones and Android cell phones. They allow you to take both pictures and video as well as being connected to the Internet.
What kind of pictures or videos?
Well, my favorite ones are of anti-gun politicians and gun control celebs like Mike Bloomberg, Shannon Watts, and David Hogg surrounded by their armed security guards. They don’t want you to be able to protect your family and yourself. However, they insist on their own armed protection. You know there is a word for people like that – hypocrites. If you do get those kinds of pictures, post them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every other place you can think of. If you see them posted by someone else, share or retweet them. Make it go viral!
Likewise, if you are going out shopping or taking friends out for dinner and you come across a store or restaurant that is posted against carry, take a picture. Post it to social media. Ask why these establishments want to keep you defenseless and put you at the mercy of those who would harm you or your family. As Massad Ayoob has said many times, gun free zones are nothing but hunting preserves for psychopaths.
Go to events sponsored by the gun control lobby. If they are having a town hall, record it on your phone. Take pictures of the Demanding Moms or the student marchers. Compare the numbers reported in the media with what you see with your own eyes and call them out on inflated numbers. I remember my late friend Bob Owens of BearingArms.com going to an anti-NRA rally held by Shannon Watts in Nashville. He took pictures from all angles and then compared them to their “official” picture. He exposed their lies and showed how they rigged the photo to make it seem like there were a lot more people there than there actually were.
My final thought on using New Media to advance and protect our rights and our culture. We have all the tools we need. We just have to have the will to use them and use them effectively.
Thank you for your time today.
The US Army’s Contracting Command has announced the award of six separate Fixed Priced, Full and Open Competition Prototype OTA’s confirming earlier reports. The successful vendors will now provide the Army with the 10 testing an evaluation weapons needed for the programme’s testing phase. As earlier reported between the 14th and 17th September, the US […]
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Colt have been awarded to a contract worth nearly $60 million to produce M4 carbines for America’s allies. Back in July we reported that Colt, along with FN, Remington and Daniel Defense, had been selected to produce M4 carbines for Foreign Military Sales. Remington is believed to have been the first to have been awarded […]
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Every day, actually every hour, animal-rights extremists, and supposedly well-meaning but ill-informed people in the United States and across the globe, are working to end hunting. They rely on emotion and misdirection to confuse average citizens into supporting their cause. Articles, opinion pieces and editorials in local, national and even international outlets confuse hunting with poaching; demonize hunters; blame hunters for wildlife population declines; and make the false claim that there are no limitations on hunting whatsoever. The people writing these articles are so far removed from nature that they don’t realize—and don’t care—that they are trying to remove the one component absolutely necessary to successful conservation throughout the world: the hunter.
Rifle Dynamics has designed a new tunable AK gas block. Currently, it is available only as an upgrade option for the company’s production model rifles, however, according to the company officials, they may offer it as a separate part in the foreseeable future. Let’s first watch the Rifle Dynamics video where Jim Fuller introduces this […]
Andrew Gillum came to Broward County Friday to raise money and talk about guns.Sheriff Scott Israel helped him with one, but not so much the other.
Fairfax, Va. – On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Geoff Duncan for lieutenant governor of Georgia.
Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg said he’ll decide whether to mount a 2020 challenge to President Trump after the midterm elections.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has drawn the ire of the National Rifle Association over claims that the AR-15 – which the group calls “America’s rifle” – is not “in common use.”
The OSS (Office of Strategic Services) was the precursor to the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), and as you would expect it has a shady history, most of which we will probably never know. So to see something like this is kind of a treat. It’s the “Stinger” cigarette gun (not to be confused with the Stinger pen gun).
Ian takes a look at these itsy-bitsy firearms which were essentially scrawny .22-caliber rimfire guns that consist of little more than a barrel. For this reason, thay’re referred to as “cigarette guns.”
Here’s what Ian says in the video description:
During World War Two, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) was the primary US clandestine operations organization. It was responsible for making all sorts of unique weapons, including these “Stinger” cigarette guns. They were single shot disposable 22 Short pistols.
The first pattern was contracted and manufactured entirely by the OSS, and 25,000 of them were manufactured early in the war. They proved to have a myriad of minor to moderate problems, though, including failures to fire and burst barrels. A second version was produced by the Ordnance Department in 1944, with a strengthened and improved design, and 25,500 of those were made.
I have not found any documentation of these being actually used, but then again not much documentation exists on the use of any OSS weapons. These sorts of things were often provided to infiltration agents who might never be heard from again, or dropped to partisan or resistance groups who weren’t exactly writing field reports on their gear.
Factory-loaded with a measly 22 Short cartridge and meant to only be fired once, they were clearly intended to be easy to conceal while providing the carrier with almost enough oomph to defend him- or herself — or to assassinate someone. In fact, about the only effective use I can think of would be to place this thing against someone’s noggin or bare chest.
Problems arose with these quickly-designed guns, and they were redesigned. There’s no telling how many folks were hurt using these guns, both on the giving and receiving ends.
Enjoy the video.
Last week we reported that the US Army had selected six entries from vendors for its Sub Compact Weapon programme to find a new compact, concealable 9x19mm submachine gun for issue to personal protection details. One other manufacturer we spoke to, Handl Defense, confirmed that their submission had been rejected on what they believed to be […]
So you’re out in the boonies toting only the basics, and you need a hammer or mallet for driving tent stakes, shelter posts, splitting firewood, or whatever. What to do? Well, that’s what these folks want to show you. Specifically, this video is about making a nice robust wooden mallet or maul using only a light axe.
Begin by hunting for a tree with dense wood, such as oak, hickory, or ash. Ideally, a knotty place in the grain will make a good mallet head, so look for a place where several small limbs emerge from the tree’s trunk.
By the way, don’t tote your wood and axe the way he did when he gathered up the hunks of tree to carry them back to camp… if he stumbles, he could fall on that blade and lay himself wide open.
From there, you need to pare down most of its length so you end up with a handle that’s easy to hold onto as well as a nice bulky head that can hit stuff with authority.
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InRangeTV recently took a look at the 30 carbine cartridge, in response to a question from a Patreon sponsor.
Here’s the question:
I was wondering if you could address the choice by the US Army of the M1 Carbine in 30 Carbine, over a full-auto weapon like the Thompson or the grease gun, and in a new and otherwise un-used cartridge, instead of something already in production and in the supply chain.
What practical real world benefit would the 30 Carbine round offer that would offset the nightmare of getting yet another item to troops in all theaters of the war?
Why go to a semi-auto carbine, when the Russians and Germans were proving the effectiveness of full auto SMGs that could also be fired single shot from the shoulder?
While the M1 Carbine is a handy little rifle, it seems like there would have been better options available to the Americans when it was adopted.
The 30 carbine was actually created in order to more or less replace the 1911A1 pistol. Most soldiers had a hard time hitting anything with a handgun — and I mean any handgun, not specifically the 1911 — so the search was on for a light, handy firearm that could hold more rounds and deliver more hits on target, all while taking ammunition that weighs a lot less per round than the 45 ACP.
In the video they diss the 1911 as “an expert’s weapon” at ranges beyond seven yards, but millions of handgun lovers have disproven that old myth.
Back to the 30 carbine: It’s a cute, handy little carbine (pronounced kar-bean) with peep sights, making it arguably one of the easiest-to-shoot small arms the USA has ever fielded.
Interestingly, this subject brings me back to my youth, when I was receiving a firearms education from my father. He’d taught me some about the 30 carbine and back then he had one. I’d asked him about using it for hunting and he advised that the cartridge was really too weak for hunting deer or other big game. I was probably in my early teens.
I thought it was odd to select a round too wimpy to reliably kill deer in order to fight a war, and I said so. I have never forgotten his reply:
Well son, people are easy to kill.
With that, here’s the video.
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The Benelli MR1, a semi-automatic rifle in .223 Remington developed and manufactured by the Benelli Armi SpA of Italy was never a hit in the USA. The action is the ARGO system patented by Benelli, and the MR1’s bigger brothers can be found in the Benelli Argo full sized hinting rifles. The MR1 is odd […]
I’ve been watching the TV series Swamp People from the get-go, and while much of it is hokey and contrived, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve gotten to meet Troy Landry a few times, and even had him hand me a nice cold beer at the SHOT Show. So my heart is heavy as I report that someone from the show has recently passed away.
As posted on Junior and Willie Edwards’ Facebook page:
It is in deep sadness that I make this post. Junior and Theresa’s son, Willie’s brother, Randy passed away in a vehicle accident early this morning. Randy was 35.
Please keep the Edwards family in your prayers and also please respect their privacy at this time.
Louisiana State Police reported a single-vehicle crash in the wee hours of September 15:
Shortly before 3:00 am on September 15, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash on LA 75 south of LA 3066 in Iberville Parish. The crash took the life of 35 year old Randy Edwards of Donaldsonville.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Edwards was traveling southbound on LA 74 in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado when he failed to negotiate a left hand curve. Edwards’ vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Edwards’s vehicle began to overturn after impact, causing him to be ejected.
Edwards was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is suspected to be a factor and a toxicology sample was taken from Edwards for analysis.
My heart aches for the family. Viewers have seen Randy’s parents Junior and Theresa in their home and on the water, and I’ve especially enjoyed watching his brother Willie, who often seems the most genuine and hardest-working gator hunter on the show. We have also seen Randy on the program.
Randy’s obituary states that he left behind a wife and three children, besides his parents, brother, sister, and many other family members.
Randy Dale passed away Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the age of 35. He was a pipefitter and fisherman; resident and native of Bayou Sorrel, La.
Randy was an amazing father, a loving and caring son who was devoted to his family. His bond was one of a kind and unbreakable with his brother and sister. He loved to work, hunt and fish. He never met a stranger and touched many lives.
This is the second Swamp People cast member viewers have had to say goodbye to. Mitchell Guist passed away in 2012 due to an apparent heart attack. Mitchell was one-half of a gray-bearded pair of brothers shown engaging in various adventures around the swamp.
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This week, with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives coming back from their summer break, it is possible that House Bill 2227 may be up for a vote. HB 2227 would allow the seizure of firearms with little or no access to due process.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
SURVIVING AN URBAN SHTF
During a recent visit to the mega city of Nashville, Tennessee, it occurred to me just how tough it would be to survive a SHTF scenario in such a congested city. Then just imagine a place like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. What a nightmare.
With six to eight lanes of traffic in such places going both directions, it is blind blowing to ponder how difficult a bug out scramble would be trying to escape. I nearly think it impossible to comprehend. Just imagine the impact on basic services like gas stations, convenience stores, and all the other supply outlets needed for survival. This puts a whole new perspective on prepper planning.
Unless the disaster is a nuclear event in which most will die anyway, or a seaside hurricane which mandates an evacuation from the area, then the best bet is either an advanced bug out or a bug in to hold out until conditions normalize again. In the first option, you really have to be on top of current events. If there is any reasonable notice at all that some SHTF event is coming, then you have to be prepared to drop everything and get out of Dodge.
If you get caught in the spin up, then you likely will not have any option but to lock down to wait it out. As far as prepper planning is concerned, then everything you will need for a long haul, maybe a month at the minimum should be acquired, stored, and in a rotation program.
In such cases, you always have to make security concerns a top priority. This means protecting yourself, family, friends, or even neighbors, but especially you and your immediate resident family. That is your primary responsibility. Plan it out, gear it up, and stock up. You’ll need enough arms and ammunition to withstand the long haul and hope you don’t need it.
You’ll need water, at least a gallon per person per day and ideally much more. You can never have too much water. Also you cannot count on any utilities being functional. You may not have water or electricity. You’ll need light, maybe heat depending on the season, a way to cook, and maintain hygiene. Sounds easy on paper, but it is not in reality. It will be the toughest thing you’ve ever done.
Lots of people love living in big cities. Many have no choice. If some kind of major SHTF hits your town, you have to be ready to hold out to survive until organized help comes. Prepare now and be ready. You just never know.
Alongside the new G45, GLOCK is announcing a few additions to the modular optic-ready lineup.The G17 MOS and G19 MOS both get the Gen5 treatment. But like their G45 cousin, the new GLOCKs are also blessed with forward slide serrations and the deletion of the grip cutout on the front strap. The new MOS pistols […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James unveils the brand new Glock model 45. The Glock 45 takes after the popular Glock 19X, but with some changes. First, the full suite of Gen 5 improvements have been added: black NDLC coating, a beveled and flared magazine well, ambidextrous slide stop, and the Glock marksman barrel, among […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves looks at two more Glock models: The Glock 19 MOS and the Glock 17 MOS, both in generation 5. While Glock recently improved it’s line with the 5th generation, including the Glock marksman barrel, nDLC coatings, beveled and flared magazine well, ambidextrous slide stop, and the omission of […]
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Building on the success of the G19X, GLOCK has released a new crossover hybrid that brings the form factor of the MHS submission along with a blend of Gen5 and “summer series” features. Christened the G45 and referred to as the Ultimate Service Pistol, Austria and Smyrna are taking aim at a law enforcement market […]
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The firearm in today’s Photo of the Day has been around since 1948. The producer, SAAB, calls the Carl Gustaf a “man-portable multi-role weapon system.” This makes sense, considering the wide range of ammunition types that can be used. Just take your eyes of the huge flames and focus on the picture with some of […]
Most of the readers should know what happened to native peoples around the world when European explorers arrived. With the explorers came diseases such as Small Pox, Flu, Whooping Cough… etc. With no resistance to the diseases millions of natives died. In the time span of a few years, entire cultures were wiped out.
If we take those history lessons and apply them to modern prepping, humanity is losing survivability with every passing generation.
Why are we losing our survivability?
What contributed to our current situation? A lot of it has to do with jobs. For centuries there has been a slow, but steady, exodus from rural to urban areas. This exodus was accelerated by World War II veterans using their GI Bill to go to college. Rather than returning to the rural farms they grew up on, veterans became engineers, geologists, and other professions.
As more people settled in urban areas, there was no need to hold onto the family farm. This meant when papa and granny passed away the farm was sold or lost to the county over unpaid property taxes. On a personal note, my family lost around 400 acres during the Great Depression because the family could not pay the property taxes. A local timber company bought the land for back taxes. That is banter for another article.
In the mid to late 1900s, hunting and fishing may have been a short drive for most families. Then urban sprawl happened and cities took in thousands of acres to build subdivisions. The land people may have hunted on was turned into HOA governed neighborhoods. Rather than driving a short distance to hunt or fish, families now made to drive for hours.
Eventually fewer people made the trip to go hunting, camping, and fishing. Stories of squirrel hunting, fishing and gardening faded to a memory passed down from one family member to another.
What do native populations and the modern young generation have in common? Neither groups had (has) resistance to change.
In the past hundred years, developed nations went from growing a large portion of our food, to being totally dependent upon grocery stores and the modern food supply chain.
People have become so spoiled to having easy access to food, some call the police when a fast food place runs out of a certain item. For example, a woman called 911 when McDonald’s ran out of chicken nuggets.
How about this example – Children starting school unable to hold a pencil. Rather than giving kids crayons and coloring books, parents give their children tablets.
Another example is the lack of coping skills amongst college age young adults. When Milo went to speak a Berkley there were so many protest, the speech was canceled.
How did we go from school age children knowing how to read, write, fish, dig potatoes, pick peas…. to not even being able to hold a pencil?
When I was a child of no older than 5 or 6 years old, my brother and were helping granny collect eggs, helping milk a cow, dad took us squirrel hunting and fishing. I remember mom and dad taking my brother and I fishing at a local pond, and we were maybe 4 or 5 years old.
While going through my grandparents letters, I came across some World War II ration books. I fear the day when a generation that has never been told no faces the grim reality of disease, or war.
Take that person and place them in a grid down situation such as after a hurricane made landfall, or in a situation as my uncle says, “After the bombs fall.” If college age young adults are threatened by an opposing idea, how can they be expected to make personal sacrifices?
Just as native populations did not understand disease, neither will future generations understand hunger and sacrifice. If society does not reverse course and teach young people long forgotten skills, such as fishing, and gardening, humanities survivability decreases with every generation.
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The Government Accounting Office just issued this report, concluding that in Fiscal Year 2017, there were over 112,000 "denials," of which ATF investigated about 1,200. It referred about 50 for prosecution, and the Department of Justice prosecuted a whole 12. The Point of Contact states didn't do much better. "Troopers in Oregon and Virginia commented that in their experience, there can be some degree of inaccuracy in the criminal records in their state. For example, they said that arrests and prosecution results may not be accurately reflected in the criminal history of the denied person. When the trooper checks the actual record, it is sometimes discovered that the person is not prohibited. A Virginia trooper said this is especially common for juvenile convictions."
I recall that John Lott looked into this issue and concluded that a large proportion of denials were in error, a large proportion of the remainder involved things no one would think worth prosecuting ... a denial due to an old non-violent conviction, that manner of thing.
Over the last few years, we have seen some huge technological leaps in knives and flashlights. Things haven’t just gotten better, they have gotten exponentially better. We are in, as I have referenced many times, a Golden Age of Gear. But even in this amazing era for gear, 2018 is a standout year. 2018 has been marked by a huge number of tremendous innovations and leaps in the world of gear. Things that were formerly the province of high end gear or custom tools, such as a high hardness stainless steel, have filtered down to midpriced stuff. But the thing that makes the current gear world so interesting is that innovation is not just coming in terms of engineering or materials, which has always been the hallmark of cool gear. Now we are seeing new ways for gear to make it market and new ways that users are having impact on what and how things are being made. That was just the beginning. Here are five new trends or tech revolutionizing gear people carry.
Steel rusts. That just one of the things that you had to accept if you wanted a blade made out of something other than titanium (there are titanium blades but they either stink or cost a ton like Beta Ti). Then a few years ago steel makers swapped out carbon for nitrogen in steel recipes. By removing or minimizing the amount of carbon in a steel, the manufacturers were minimizing the rust-causing element. The first few nitrogen steels were meh—H1, for example, holds a pretty poor edge. But now we have LC200 N (aka Z Finit) and the choice between stain resistance or edge retention is no longer necessary. LC200 N is the reasonably priced material that does well on all three main attributes of steel: hardness, toughness, and corrosion resistance. Think of it as CPM154 that doesn’t rust. Pretty amazing right?
Example: Spyderco Spydiechef
Steve Jobs’ philosophy on design was distinctly elitst—make good things and tell people what they want. That might work with electronic devices, but for tools that engage with the stubborn real world, every design has to work. What better way to make designs that work than consulting people doing that work. And that is what sites like Massdrop do—they poll users and watch their forums and then collaborate on producing gear that meets people’s wants and needs. One look at the Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Gent tells you that this is a product born from user experience and not a desire to include all of the bells and whistles, many of which you never need.
Example: Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Gent
Reflectors, the faceted mirrors in the head of a flashlight, are the only part of a flashlight that is still very challenging to make. The rest of a torch is basically a machined tub, a switch, and circuit completed by the switch. If you want multiple modes, throw a tiny CPU in there. But reflectors still take tremendous brainpower to design and high end machines to make. This is why truly great beam patterns are so rare. Of the major production brands only Surefire consistently produces great reflectors. The advent of total internal reflectors, or lens (as opposed to mirrors) that focus a beam, stands to change all of that. Once designed they are easy to produce, cheaper, and more robust. The best TIR produce beams just as good as a reflector. Average TIRs vastly superior to average reflectors.
Example: oLight S1RII
AUS-8 used to be the average steel. Now, compared to what is out there it is positively AUful. LA Police Gear put out a flipper last year with S35VN and sold it for around $35. The cheapo Chinese brands on Amazon all sport D2 or 14C28N. The average steel now is the very good S35VN. Times have changed and steels have gone bonkers. M390 and 20CV (such as the TRM Neutron pictured above) are not all that rare anymore and there is the aforementioned LC200 N, ZDP-189, and a series of ever harder esoteric steels. Maxamet, REX121, and the non-steel steel found on the Sandrin Knives, Tungsten Carbide promise edge retention that just a few years ago was believed impossible on production knives. And it is not just that great steels are more common—they are cheaper too. Buck makes a special edition Vantage with 20CV that sells for around $90. You can find M390 on knives around $150. We are witnessing an unprecedented steel arms race and unlike a real arms race this is great for everyone.
Example: LA Police Gear TBFKS35VN
Hard, sandpaper-coarse nylon has been standard fare for packs for a decade now. And while it is very hardy its pretty heavy, and quite ugly. But now we are starting to see a bunch of new fabrics that are stronger, lighter, and comfortably smooth. Dyneema and Spectra are both fibers made from ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene. They are, by weight many times stronger than steel, and are even stronger than kevlar. They can, of course, repel water and the like. The secret to these fabrics is biomimicry—Dyneema and Spectra are made by heating the UHMWP into a gel and then forcing them through artifical spinnerets. This is human-made spider silk.
Example: Tom Bihn Synapse 19
I imagine that 2018 is just the start of a few of these trends. I can see Massdrop and places like Massdrop dominating the gear world. They tailor their approach to the niche audience and that, in the end, is who supports the gear world most loyally and drives innovation. I could even see a major gear site like GP Knives or Blade HQ adopting the crowdsourcing model. I also see the steel arms race continuing to go crazy. The first $50 M390 is just around the corner. I can also see the superfabrics continuing to make waves. As cool as packs are that are made from this stuff, its strength means there are whole product classes that can be made from this material.
Today I am testing out a new .30-06 Chauchat magazine converted from a Johnson M1941 machine gun magazine. The workmanship on this new mag is excellent, and much more extensive than I had initially realized would be necessary. This had the side effect of also making is a very expensive magazine to have made properly.
Unfortunately, the cost of that project has become unjustifiable. I initially wanted to have 5 or 6 of these, to allow me to have about 100 rounds loaded into magazines for competition use. Instead, I will be using a French 8mm Chauchat for anything requiring more than 10-20 rounds of ammunition, and leave this gun for more historical uses. While 8mm Lebel ammunition is expensive as well, I have a substantial number of good military magazines for it, as well as a much more accessible market of spare parts should anything break.
I know a bunch of people will ask about 3D printing magazines. The reason that is not practical is because all of the clearances in the gun were designed around a magazine made of thin metal. In order for a 3D printed plastic to be strong enough to withstand the force of a stack of ammunition under sufficient pressure to feed reliably, the plastic would need to be substantially thicker than the original steel design. And there is not physical space inside the gun for that – the clearances between the bolt head, magazine feed lips, cartridge pusher, and barrel extension don’t allow it.
As far as producing EDC lights go, few if any are just flat out better than the oLight S1R Baton. This light is the result of years of product design and iteration. It was an evolution on the original S10 Baton, one of the first, high profile sideswitch lights. The sideswitch allowed for a much smaller body without sacrificing output. But the S10 Baton lacked some features that were showing up on other production lights. The S1R addressed those concerns, adding a TIR optic (replacing the hard to make emitter), including a very handy magnet in the tail of the light and it allowing for easy recharging via a charging port and included charging station.
Even today, two years after its release the S1R is still among the cream of the crop. But oLight has decided to upgrade its standard bearer. Of course we get a new emitter, because, what would be the point of a new light without incorporating the newest emitter. We also get a slimmer charger, a new machining pattern on the body, and a smaller profile. But the real upgrade is that the S1RII now uses high discharge batteries allowing for some truly eye-frying outputs.
The battery used is an “IMR” battery. These cells, in theory, solve a few problems that have plauged other rechargable cells. Until recently, you had two choices for rechargeable cells—NiMH cells and Li-On cells. NiMH cells were very safe and had very little “recharge” memory (meaing their capacity didn’t degrade with successive chargings), but they couldn’t output a huge amount of energy. Li-On cells, on the other hand, did have some recharge memory and could output large amounts of energy. The trade off was that these cells could be overcharged resulting in very dangerous conditions that could lead to fires and even explosions.
IMRs use a new battery chemistry that acts like NiMHs in some ways and Li-Ons in others. IMRs use LiMn2O4 material instead of more common Li-On or NiMH chemistry. This material has two inherent advantages over other rechargeable materials. First, it offers a very high discharge rate (that means it can “push” out a lot of energy quickly). Second, because of the molecular structure of LiMn2O4 it has a lower overall power capacity and it can’t be overcharged. This results in a safer battery when compared to Li-Ons. LiMn2O4 cells have some recharge memory issues, but they are a bit better than Li-Ons in this regard.
In real world terms, the S1RII is about twice as bright as its older brother, hitting a high of 1000 lumens thanks to the high discharge IMR cells. However, unlike a lot of ultra bright lights, it still has a good moonlight low, outputing .5 lumens on its lowest setting. The only drawback, which is a plague on production lights, is the awful friction fit clip. Pitch it and carry this in the coin pocket of your pants. You’ll be happier.
What: oLight S1RII
When: Just released
Made in the USA: No, produced in China
High and Low: 1000 lumens, .5 lumens
Highlights: IMR cell, magnetic base, charging port with base included, and TIR optics.
In the past two years we have seen a lot of stalwarts of the production knife world turn their attention to EDC knives. Hipsters on Instagram and folks that just like having a little tool to help them through the day, have started carrying pocket knives and the market has expanded beyond the normal hunting/outdoors/military/emergency responders. As a result, we have seen both Spyderco and Benchmade release smaller, thinner, lighter, and more discrete blades. For example, less than a year after introducing the truly massive Crooked River, Benchmade followed up the knife with the Mini Crooked River. Most of Benchmade’s showing at SHOT this past January was smaller versions of last year’s new knives.
Spyderco, of course, has always been a proponent of small knives and the Dragonfly is my favorite EDC of all time, but even Golden has started to pay attention to the EDC market. The Chaparral and its many variants my great knives for folks looking for their first knife to carry daily. The recently released Spyderco Brouwer was explicitly designed with everyday carry in mind, and Spyderco stated as much in the product literature.
SOG, on the other hand, has made a lot of tactically oriented knives. There are, of course, great EDC knives in the SOG line up—the Flash series, the Aegis series, and the Twitch series, for example, all do well has everyday carries (of that bunch my favorite is the Mini Aegis). But a quick glance at the SOG product catalog shows a distinct and clear emphasis on the four traditional knife markets. With sawback fixed blades and giant folders, the EDC knives in the SOG line up were few and far between.
But they recently announced the Terminus XR looks to change all of that. First, it is a flipper, one of the few in the SOG line up. Flippers, because of their ease and speed are excellent for everyday carry. You can quickly open your knife, use it, and slide it back into your pocket before drawing too much attention. Second, the knife sports carbon fiber and G10 handle scales, a nodding to EDCers’ preference for light, high tech materials. Third, the knife sports a deep carry clip, again a nod to the desire to carry discretely. Finally, the knife comes in under the magic 3 inch limit, a frequently used number in knife laws.
The Terminus XR sports a few other features that show that SOG is raising its game. Time and again, SOG knives had exposed rear tangs, a sharp point of exposed steel when the knife was closed. The Flash series and the Twitch series were especially bad in this regard, but the Terminus’s blade spine is flush when closed. The knife also sports a new, easy to use lock design. Finally, the knife sports a very good modestly priced blade steel—CTS-BD1z. Unlike many recent SOGs, this is an American made steel and vastly better than the Cr series of blade steels they have been using.
The Terminus is a sign that SOG, like Benchmade and Spyderco, recognizes that the market is changing. This is their first EDC-focused knife and it looks quite impressive.
What: SOG Terminus XR
When: Soon to be released
Specs: 2.95 inch blade, 3.2 ounces
Made in the USA: No, Made in China
Highlights: New lock, flipper, deep carry clip, and CTS-BD1z steel
Happy second day of fall suppressed shooters and thankyou for joining us for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Where steaming some milk for your pumpkin spiced latte is louder than most of our subsonic setups. With hunting season upon us, those who live in restriction-free areas can reach for their suppressed rifle of choice. For many hunters […]
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves looks at the 10 best selling rifles and shotguns of Summer 2018. These results were taken from a survey of over 300 stores during a 3 month sales period this summer. Ruger makes a very strong showing, and there’s also guns from Remington, Smith and Wesson, Mossberg, Springfield, […]
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We have a new Brownells BRN-10A reproduction AR-10 to take a look at today, hot off the production line! Brownells is making both AR-15 and AR-10 rifles in their “Retro” reproduction line, but this is definitely the more interesting one to me. You can piece together a good retro AR-15, but the AR-10 platform has until now been very limited in retro options.
In today’s video, I am comparing the BRN-10A to a semiauto conversion of an original Portuguese AR-10. This allows some good comparisons, but it is also of limited use, because Brownells has chosen to reproduce the cleaner lines of the early Cuban-pattern AR-10. Details like the muzzle, handguards, charging handle, and front sight block are quite different between early and late original AR-10s, but the comparison with a late Portuguese one does allow us to see how much detail did go into properly replicating many of the other elements.
Overall, I am quite impressed by Brownells’ new rifle. There is room for improvement, and my biggest complaint is the feel of the handguards – but they certainly do look right. Incidentally, after I finished filming I spoke with the company, and was told that a more accurate pistol grip is in development, as are waffle-pattern mags. Those will be nice improvements added to guns as they start shipping. The BRN-10 is definitely a much better reproduction than the old Armalite AR-10B rifles, and a heck of a lot less expensive than finding a semiauto conversion of an original one!
Semiauto Original Portuguese AR10: https://youtu.be/7hibrCMBq_8
Armalite AR-10B Reproduction: https://youtu.be/OJcuBB24yoE
Shooting a Sudanese AR10: https://youtu.be/nuEKwdwoqBA
Agency Arms is well known for their Glock modifications. They have just expanded their customization with their AOS. The Agency Optic System is a modular optic mounting system for attaching micro red dots onto Glocks. The AOS has interchangeable plates for use with the top four micro red dots. Trijicon RMR, Shield RMS, Leupold Delta […]
Wooden handguards fitted for an M16/AR15-patterned rifle are nothing new in the United States among the boutique custom build community. Some folks prefer the older, more nostalgic look of the solid wood grips that used to be so common on firearms of all types prior to the switch to polymer within small arms of all […]
Italian shotgun manufacturer Caesar Guerini has introduced to US market limited edition versions of their Maxum Sporting over and under shotguns. These are high-end shotguns with beautiful wood and engraving. They are available chambered in 12 gauge only and offered with two barrel length options: 30″ and 32″. Here is how the company describes the engraving […]
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On Monday, September 17, the Assembly Judiciary Committee gave approval to A.3129 and made amendments to the bill. As is typical in Trenton, things only got worse.
“Because I can” isn’t exactly “Yes, we can,” but Preckwinkle’s no-frills 20-minute speech reflected a no-nonsense approach she’s long brought to bear, first as a schoolteacher and gun control advocate and later as a Hyde Park alderman and the county’s chief executive.
Backers of a voter-approved gun buyer screening initiative that passed in November 2016 but was never enacted have filed notice they'll ask the Nevada Supreme Court to overrule a judge who decided the measure was fatally flawed and could not be enforced.
I'm very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I've made along the way. One of the things I never really did was watch myself.
Earlier this month, a federal court invalidated California’s ban on premises advertising relating to handguns (but not other firearms), disparaging the state’s proffered justification for the law as nothing more than “mere speculation and conjecture.”
Gun control advocates often use some version of the phrase “if it saves one life” in order to justify their ineffective proposals. This week, the anti-gun editorial page of the Chicago Sun-Times offered a different take. Fearful that the Right-to-Carry was getting too much good publicity in the wake of an Illinois concealed carry permit holder’s heroic actions, the Sun-Times editorial board felt it necessary to lecture its readers, “One brave rescue of a Cicero cop doesn’t justify concealed guns.”
Victor Stock Company’s Titan 1022 is a newer stock system made for the Ruger 10/22 rifle. And just changing your factory stock out to a Victor Titan stock will increase your accuracy. That is what I have seen and heard. This is the first thing you can do to make your 10/22 build a better shooter. The second thing is a better trigger. With this I had to check it out!
I have a build with a Boyds stock, in a top notch build 10/22 with match barrel, Timney CE trigger, modified bolt and all. To prove what I’ve heard about the Victor Titan claims, I locked the rifle as it was in my rifle Hy-skor bench rifle rest. The rifle locks in place by Velcro, has adjustments and the recoil is handled by two shocks built in. Now for 22LR the shocks don’t matter but the rifle locked in and shot repeatability does.
The rifle shot as great as it ever has, so I measured and logged in the results. While at the range I removed the Boyds stock and changed the stock out to the Victor Titan. Then I locked the rifle in and made sure the scope was right on the center of the next target and hooked the trigger release that takes all human element out of the testing, just as I did for the first stock. I then I fired a group of 5 shots and went down to the target. Impressive!
After all of this my friend got behind the rifle on the bench and bag rest and fired some shots with great results!
I have to say, the claims are in fact true. Just by changing into the Victor Titan the rifle shot better. Also this stock is designed more toward a bench rest style as it fits in the bench bags perfect. Then also is a perfect fit to hold and shoot, add in the three cheek rest risers you can get the perfect fit for you.
The Titan also comes with a molded in aluminum pillar for solid mount, and a metal tang area that has an adjustment screw to really lock the back of your receiver in place. This fits super tight in the rear of the stock and has three dimples on the surface where I like to put my thumb for the shots.
The Titan makes the difference!
The Victor comes with built in quick detach sling mounts on front and back and on both sides, plus it also have the old style swivel mounts. This stock is well thought out and is an easy way to improve your accuracy on your 10/22 build or Ruger rifle upgrade! At this time it comes in black, OD green and FDE for now, I am sure soon they will add more colors.
This Victor Titan is now on my bench rest 22LR that I use monthly! I LOVE this stock, better than any Magpul.
Get your own Victor Company Titan stock here: http://victorcompanyusa.com/titan-1022.html
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Presma scopes are a neat option for an affordable scope to put on your rifle. I have two from them, one is their 18 max power and the other is their 36 max power scope. I have had these for about 4 months now and have spent a lot of time behind the glass on these. I am impressed with how well they work for their price point.
The 18 power model is around the $499 price and the 36 power is $599 price. Now understand that these are not 36 power Nightforce quality and they don’t claim to be. They are a great option for their price and if you are looking to get into something in 18 or 36 power and you don’t have $1,500 to $3,000 to spend on one then Presma will fill your need.
18 Power on the DR Guns /Wilson Combat AR
36 Power in the 10/22
They have an illuminated reticle but you have black etched and light up in red, blue and green. I was not sure if I would like the other colors but now I find myself using the blue more and more as I go. They do have locking turrets, side focus parallax adjustment and they also ship with a sunshade. For the illumination it does take the CR 3032 battery but they give you the battery to get you started.
Both of these models have a 35mm tube and they do sell a 35mm cantilever mount if you need to buy one. It has two cross bolts and two half inch black nuts to tighten to your pic’ rail. I have one on a Ruger 10/22 and the other right now is on the DR Guns/Wilson Combat AR in 223Wylde.
I have not had any problems with either scope as far as function and all the workings and features of the scopes. The glass is good but on 36 power it’s not super clear but it is still very useable. I have to say that the more I use them on these rifles the more I like them. They are again, a way for someone to get a higher power scope for not a lot of money. You may find out they are all you need or get you by until you can spend $3,000 at a later date.
They also make AR parts and I have one of their 19 inch front rails for a 24 inch National Match barrel AR that I am also building. So check out their site for a bunch of different products, you will be surprised! They have a bunch of different sighting systems and I am sure they will have one for you!
You can check Presma yourself here: https://presmainc.com/
Billionaire gun control financier and former-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is once again floating a presidential run.
Senator Dianne Feinstein has spent the last 26 years pushing gun control at the federal level and earlier this month demonstrated her willingness to distort facts and Supreme Court precedent in her ongoing effort to restrict your Second Amendment rights. During a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, Feinstein ludicrously claimed that semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15 – long heralded as “America’s Rifle” – are not “in common use.”
Armoury Division of South African Truvelo Manufacturers Pty Ltd has published on their social media pages images of a newly introduced suppressed bolt-action anti-materiel rifle called AMRIS. This new weapon is chambered in 20x42mm caliber. It was introduced at Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition. Although no details are published on the company’s online resources yet, […]
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Before we begin, yes everyone makes facepalm style mistakes. And while this one is over seven years old, the video simulation of an improved magazine design by the Armament Research, Design Engineering Research Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal had me rolling. Here we have some of the best and the brightest minds working together to […]
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Advanced Armament Corporation has introduced a new shotgun flash hider called Brakeout 2.0 SG12. It is designed for Remington 870, 1100, 11-87, V3 shotguns or any other 12 gauge shotgun that utilizes choke tubes compatible with Rem Choke thread pitch. In the image embedded below, you can see that the flash signature reduction is really impressive compared to […]
An anti-Second Amendment group is planning to attend the Lincoln City Council meeting on September 24th in order to urge them to adopt a gun control ordinance that would make firearms unavailable for self-defense. They are working in coordination with Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird to further restrict law-abiding gun owners' right to protect themselves and their families.
A YouTube channel called 45Snipers has published a video showing a very detailed 3D model of the IWI Tavor X95 rifle and demonstrating how different parts and assemblies of that weapon work. The animation starts with stripping the rifle down to the firing pin then adding the parts and naming them and then it goes […]
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Last week saw our twelfth installment of Build of the Week and we have plenty more submissions to go. As we mentioned, we have a plan in mind for some interactivity with this series to keep it a little more fun and lively. As is our process, after every four posted Builds, we are going […]
The Ventura County Fair Board will be meeting on Tuesday September 25 and the topic of gun shows is on the agenda. As seen up and down the state, anti-gun activists have been making a push to ban gun shows at publicly owned venues, and Ventura is no different.
Today’s rifle is not quite an Austrian military StG-77, but it is virtually identical. This is one of the commemorative rifles sold by Steyr, which has been rebuilt with military parts and is a registered dealer sample machine gun (which is why I can show you the complete full-auto functionality in the trigger group.
The AUG (Armee Universal Gewehr) was one of the wave of bullpup-style military rifles developed and adopted in the 1970s, along with the British SA80 and French FAMAS F1. The AUG embodied a number of very forward-looking elements in its design, including extensive use of polymers (including the entire fire control group), a completely modular barrel, and standard integrated optical sight (albeit one considered obsolete today). Mechanically, the rifle’s operating mechanism is a derivative of the Armalite AR-18, as are many other service rifles from this period.
Special thanks to Bear Arms in Scottsdale, AZ for providing this rifle for video!
Strike Industries has just released a new product – the Glock Modular Blade Sight. As in the case of many other Strike Industries products, this one is also packed with features. Probably the most notable of these features is the construction of the front sight which has interchangeable vertical blade style inserts that allow the […]
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Good evening everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Concealed Carry Corner, where we discuss everything related to the CCW world. Like most topics in the Every Day Carry (EDC) world, today’s discussion will involve personal and mission-specific parameters. Specifically, should you carry a spare magazine? Now before you wheelgun lovers start throwing stones at my […]
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Hipefire has released a new ambidextrous AR-15 safety selector called HIPERSWITCH (High Performance Switch). The key feature of this safety selector is that it has a 60-degree throw (as opposed to conventional 90-degree) which is designed to allow faster selection between the safe and fire modes. Let’s watch the introduction video then go through the specs […]
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We Like Shooting interviewed Sven Jonsson of Manticore Arms last weekend. Sven explains how the Bullpup Scorpion was developed and how simple the conversion will be. Sven came up with the idea a two years ago and it has gone through some significant changes. Most importantly the chassis has the approval of CZ-USA and it […]
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The U.S. Marines were recently in Sweden training for amphibious landings and assaults. The exercise Archipelago Endeavor 2018 was just finished, and was a bilateral exercise with units from the United States Marine Corps’ Marine Rotational Force-Europe and Sweden’s 1:st Marine Regiment. Exercise Archipelago Endeavor included the skills of 170 Marines from Sweden’s 2nd Marine […]
The Turkish firearms manufacturer ATA Arms have signed a contract with the Turkish Under-secretariat for Defence Industries (SSB) for the local production of a 40mm grenade launcher. ATA Arms will produce their BA 40 grenade launcher. The company has historically been known for producing sporting guns such as shotguns and hunting bolt action rifles. The BA […]
Texas Republicans refuted talk of a coming "blue wave" on Tuesday by flipping a state senate seat that had long been held by the Democratic Party. Republican Peter Flores, a retired game warden, pulled an upset win in a special election for Texas’s 19th Senate District over the Democratic nominee, former congressman Pete Gallego. The district, which contains all or parts of 17 counties and spans 35,000 square miles—400 of which are on the border between the United States and Mexico, is one of the largest legislative jurisdictions in the country and until recently one of the most Democratic in Texas.
Fairfax, Va - Washingtonians and the National Rifle Association for Freedom are pleased to announce that a group of Washington’s most passionate gun rights organizations, the Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Washington Arms Collectors (WAC), have joined our efforts to fight an extreme gun control initiative in Washington state, I-1639.
On behalf of our six million members, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Rep. Pete Sessions for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Richard Hudson for re-election to North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District.
I’ve been a fan of Talon Grips for a few years now, and reviewed them here a while back. And since I’m currently toting around one of Springfield Armory’s new XD-S 9 Mod.2 pistols, I reached out to Talon’s Director of Operations Adam Spector, who was kind enough to send me one of the very first Talon Grips for this little pistol. I installed it a couple days ago, and I’m pretty happy with the results.
Talon Grips are pre-cut adhesive-backed grip enhancements, designed specifically for individual handguns. They have dozens available on their website. You clean the surface to be covered using alcohol, and then get busy applying the Talon Grip material.
Directions say to start on the left, and I did… but be sure you start at the bottom rear left, and don’t stick the front edge down… because you will want to lift it up after you wrap the material around the front, so you can tuck it under the left side.
After you get it stuck on where you want it — you can lift and re-stick it to improve alignment — go ahead and mash it down good.
Next, grab a hair dryer or heat gun and heat it up. Don’t go nuts… they say you want it only as hot as a cup of coffee. While it’s warm, you press down all over the grip material. This secures the adhesive securely to the surface, and allows it to closely conform to the grip. I went all over the grip two or three times, until I was satisfied that I’d heated and pressed down all the surfaces and that I’d gotten them to properly conform.
I’ve had a Talon Grip on a little Kel-Tek PF-9 for years, and I’ve carried that little popper in all sorts of conditions — including heavy sweating in Florida and Georgia summers. The Talon Grip shows no sign of deterioration or lifting.
The old Kel-Tec PF-9 in the background, with the SA XD-S 9 Mod.2 in the foreground (below).
After being heated and pressed, the Talon Grip is well-adhered to the pistol frame and won’t come off until you remove it. They say removal can be done easily, with most of the glue remaining on the Talon Grip (clean up the rest with rubbing alcohol).
The Talon Grip really enhances the “grippiness” of this little Springfield, which already had a pretty good grip. In short, it makes a good little carry gun even better.
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When we last left or friend Sebastian he was hard at work improving his topside takedown 10/22 receiver that allows for a quick and efficient disassembly of the most classic of rimfire rifles. Since then, he has worked countless hours and invested a great deal of resources to achieve a now patent pending design that sits […]
The host of Demolition Ranch YouTube channel has published a video announcing the launch of airsoft AR-15 pattern rifles branded after the channel. These airsoft guns are the result of the collaboration of Demolition Ranch with F1 Firearms and EMG International. Let’s watch the mentioned video then go through the specs of these airsoft guns. As […]
A few months back I went on a hunt for an affordable bow sight that would hold up to some abuse and have all of the adjustability I was looking for. The first company I reached out to was Feradyne Outdoors and it sent over a Rocky Mountain 5-Pin Direct Mount sight for me to test.
Rocky Mountain lists the 5-Pin Direct Mount sight for $80 on its website, but I have found some for under $60 at online retailers. You can certainly find less expensive bow sights, but I’ve not seen one with second and third axis adjustability in this price range anywhere.
It’s that third axis adjustability that most budget sights don’t offer. This is what you want if you do any shooting with significant up or down angles. If your third axis isn’t dialed in, your impact point is going to be off – possibly by a lot. You can read more about the importance of third axis adjustment here.
Unlike some cheap bow sights I’ve tested before, moving the individual pins is pretty simple – just loosen a screw with a hex key and move your pin up or down as necessary then lock it back down. When you lock the screw back down, the pins don’t rotate or move on you, which is a problem many cheaper sights have.
You can micro adjust the entire scope (all five pins at once) up/down or left/right without any tools at all. There are laser etchings you can use as markers. One thing I’d like to see is an arrow or some marker on the sight block that points at those etchings to make it easier to mark the changes you’ve made.
As for build quality, the Rocky Mountain 5-Pin Direct Mount sight features all aluminum construction. I installed the sight on a Hoyt Carbon RX-1 bow and shot thousands over the past few months and have had zero issues. Nothing has come loose, and nothing is vibrating. That’s about all I can ask for out of any sight, let alone one in this price range.
Pin brightness has been impressive. The sight has a built-in light adapter, but I have not needed to install one. The pins are all .19” and alternate green, red, green, red, green. I have mine set up at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 76 yards, with the last one used for long range practice and fun shoots at my club.
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Delaware Gun Rights is firing back at lobbying efforts underway by the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, who's calling on lawmakers to introduce another ban on assault weapons next session.
Kaitlin Bennett is determined not to let Kent State University thwart her plans to promote gun rights while carrying a firearm on campus.
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As long as I have known Johnny I can say with 100% certainty that he NEVER stops pushing the envelope and trying to best his own designs and work! Now before someone makes a comment, I am sponsored by Johnny Glocks Custom Triggers, and have been for a couple years. Now the rest of this statement, I did use his triggers for a year or a little more that I purchased just like anyone else would before we talked sponsorship. I wanted to let you the reader know so it’s out there and you know I used his product before along with almost all the other types of Glock aftermarket triggers.
Now he has a few new options including different triggers for the Gen 5 Glocks from carry triggers to competition triggers. He is working with a polymer flat faced trigger from Overwatch Triggers now to use on his own trigger bars and custom work.
But for the competition line like for my Raceguns in a Gen 3 – 17’s he has a trigger now that is so fast and unbelievably smooth and short to run he is getting 8oz trigger pull weights! That is crazy fast for a Glock pistol! I have called Johnny in the past the Einstein of Glocks and he just keeps proving me right all the time.
What I like about him is when you call, you talk to him. You tell him what you have and what you are looking for and then he will do his questioning with you on the phone. You may find out what you want for a carry pistol is not the best thing, you should NEVER put a super short and fast 8oz trigger in a carry gun, that’s just an accident waiting to happen. He will get you in the right direction and then be able to build you the BEST GLOCK TRIGGER out there himself, and again he uses STOCK GLOCK PARTS unless you want a flat faced trigger.
Give Johnny a call at: 941-376-4383 and like I also say, Buy your LAST Glock trigger FIRST with Johnny Glocks Custom Triggers! Oh and he also does frame work!
Tell him Ron Gunner sent you!
By the way, it’s not just me telling you how good Johnny is, here is an article that was done by RECOIL on his triggers!
Visit his website here: https://johnnyglocks.com/
Visit his YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgYCc1_8FaM86jpCkMs5Fw/videos
Enjoy, call Johnny and stay safe!
On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Scott Tipton for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.
According to ADBR (Australian Defence Business Review), Australian Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne has approved the LAND 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier Systems project. LAND 125 is a multi-phase program dedicated to equipping the Australian Defence Force (ADF) soldiers with advanced gear and equipment that meet the modern combat requirements and provide advanced features such as decreased detectability, enhanced protection […]
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Take 2! I have some ammunition loaded up for me by awesome viewer Cameron, and we’re going to try it out in the MAS-38 submachine gun. This is loaded hot enough to properly cycle Mle 1935 pistols, unlike the ammunition available form Reed’s and Buffalo Arms. However, it is a bit shorter than the original French loading, and I don’t know if the length and bullet profile will properly cycle the MAS-38.
For the second article in “My old gun” let me show you my 1921 Colt Police Positive 32cal DA revolver. This has been hardly shot at all and in original bluing and condition. I have had this for a few years now and got it off an older gentleman who owned it for years and claimed to never have shot it.
He told me that he bought it in 1949; sad part is he had no box or anything anymore. I was hoping he had everything to go with it but it was not to be. I could not pass it up and since I owned it I have never shot it even thought it still functions perfect and has a very nice smooth action!
For me this is just going to be a collection revolver, at some point it will be maybe on display in a custom box that I will hang on the wall. I know this may not be worth a lot of money and I am fine with that. I got it because I “like” it and I wanted it. I did not get it to make money from, I did that with another Colt that I regret selling.
Now for some info:
.32 Colt Police Positives were manufactured between 1907 and 1943.
199,000 .32 Colt Police Positives were manufactured overall.
It was improved from the “New Police” with what is called the Colt Positive Lock. This internal safety device prevents the hammer from moving forward unless the trigger is drawn completely to the rear.
Meaning this gun will not discharge if dropped or mishandled.
It was adopted by LEO depts like crazy when it came out.
Then they made it in the model 38 Colt Police Positive when the 38S&W round come out so they could have more power
So this will be in the safe in the safe door room and then at some point on the wall for a while. Someday I may take it out and shoot it and if I do I will take a camera to record how it does.
Stay Safe and see you out there!!
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
DEER HUNTING TORNADO DAMAGED HABITAT
In many deer hunting locations across the country it has been a bad season for tornadoes. The latest area hit was Oklahoma, but many other white-tailed deer habitats have been destroyed or heavily damaged by twisters.
My own hunting land in Central Mississippi was hit by a F3 tornado back in April. It came right up the highway, right through the rural town and across our neighboring deer hunting club. The entire 680 acres sustained some type of damage or another, worse in some areas than others.
Direct tornadoes are not good for timber. The trees are either pushed completely over leaving huge root balls and deep holes exposed, or the tops are twisted out of huge oaks. Pine trees fly apart like toothpicks. The high quality oak trees are twisted like a licorice stick from the base all the way to the tops. This twists the wood beyond any value other than firewood, as the wood cannot be cut for board timber or construction materials. It is ruined.
The deer habitat looks like a giant stepped on it. There is, however, salvation for the deer. If a deer managed to survive the falling trees and blowing limbs, which is most likely, then this new habitat is not really bad for the deer. They adapt quickly. Within days they are likely munching on the lush green tops of the oaks, some with green acorns just starting to form. In terms of timing, this storm generated a brand new food supply that came at a time when deer needed it most especially the does bringing on new fawns. Does with young ones need high quality fresh browse to produce nursing milk and bucks need it for antler development.
As for the hunting terrain, it may be obscured now by a lot of downed trees, but this gives the deer lots of cover to hide in and move around in. Within a very short time the resident herd will have already started charting trails around all the obstructions. Bucks will find blow downs to move into and bed in. For the deer, this new terrain structure may seem perilous, but they figure it out quickly.
As to hunting this mess, the trick is to wade right in. Locate the new trails and passage ways through the maze. Erect new stands in spots where views allow a high vantage point looking down into the downed timber. Set up a ground blind at trail crossing spots and sit tight. Make sure you work with prevailing winds and control your scent.
The NRA endorses Bruce Poliquin for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District of Maine.
The M320A1 was originally made by H&K. It is a 40mm grenade launcher that has been seen on M4s, G36s and as a standalone weapon system. Capco got the contract to manufacture US made M320A1 Grenade Launchers. The H&K AG-C/EGLM is their designation for their 40mm grenade launcher. @Steve_MP5 has an airsoft replica mounted to […]
Dolphin Gun Company is a precision rifles and accessories manufacturer located in the United Kingdom. If you do a little research, you’ll find out that the products of this company are quite popular among European long range and competition shooters and have a reputation for being high quality and precision made ones in general. In this article, […]
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund today called on U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen to retract a false and misleading campaign ad where he cites an incorrect NRA grade and misleads voters by claiming to support the Second Amendment.
RPP on Point Ranger Point Precision is the gift that keeps on giving for us levergun shooters. I doubt a day goes by that they are not examining Marlins, Winchesters, and Henry rifles; asking themselves “What else can we improve?”. I’ve already modified my Marlin 1894 quite a bit with their parts, and have been […]
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Kalashnikov Concern has announced that production of their 9x19mm PL-15 pistol has been given the green light. The Russian Military sees the pistol as promising, however, they have not yet expressed public interest. The Russian Military currently uses the Makarov and the newer, also Kalashnikov Concern-designed, MP-443 Grach. Back in March, we reported that Kalashnikov was […]
Customization is growing in popularity. Customers don’t settle with just another black rifle, so when we order a new one it might be a special Ceracote instead of a black rifle off the shelf. This trend goes even in a small country like Finland (population 5,5 million), where probably a fraction of firearms are sold […]
Russia’s National Guard, the Rosgvardia, has placed orders with Kalashnikov Concern for several hundred of the company’s new AK-200 rifles and AK-205 carbines. The AK-200 and AK-205 are 5.45x39mm variants of the new improved AK-200 series of rifles. The 340,000-strong Rosgvardia is currently equipped predominantly with AK-74 and AK-74M rifles. As such the bulk of the […]
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NRA-PVF endorsed Pete Flores defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego in the runoff election for the Senate District 19 seat in San Antonio, further increasing the Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber ahead of the November elections. Flores will replace Democrat State Sen. Carlos Uresti, who was forced to step down in June after being sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal fraud and money laundering charges.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Figures researched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation show that just over 16 million semi-auto rifles such as AR-15s and AKs have been produced or imported into the country since 1990. Combing through figures from federal regulators and verifying the break out against companies who make selected semi-auto rifles with detachable magazines, termed modern sporting rifles by the industry, the group says guns like the AR and AK are white hot with consumers.
On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Kim Reynolds for governor, Adam Gregg for lieutenant governor, and Paul Pate for secretary of state in Iowa.
A tracked ATV can be a great asset, especially for getting around in the snow. The problem is, those tracks cost a LOT and can be a real hassle to install. This video shows how one person built a set of half-tracks out of some old snow tires. Installation is simple, and doesn’t require any alteration of the vehicle.
He provides measurements and specifics, but these will vary depending on what ATV you’re working with.
He begins work by cutting the sidewalls & treads off of the snow tires. Then they are joined together, two tires per track tread.
Some steel parts are then fabbed up. He gives pretty good explanations of those.
This project relies on your ATV having a rear trailer hitch and a rear rack. Spring tension is exerted downward from the rack via the shock/spring assembly, to keep the track in contact with the ground.
The ratchet strap provides tension on the insides of the tracks.
It seems to go just fine, but how well does it turn? Pretty well, actually. I was pleasantly surprised.
When a pair of Cicero, Illinois police officers stopped a car that had been moving erratically, the car’s driver reportedly came out shooting. He hit one of the cops three times in the process — and a nearby armed citizen joined in the shooting to put an end to the fight.
Cicero police Officer Luis Duarte, 32, was shot three times Thursday on Cicero Avenue near I-55 in Chicago. He and his partner were in uniform in an unmarked squad car when they tried to stop a black Mercedes that was driving erratically.
The officers boxed in the car, prosecutors said, and Mageo got out shooting. The officers returned fire, but Duarte was shot in his shoulder, hip and leg before Mageo took off running, authorities said.
The helpful citizen fired three shots at the bad guy, hitting him once in the leg. Injured and with every cartridge in his pistol’s “extended clip” (eyeroll) fired, the crook apparently asked police to finish the job.
Mageo then yelled at the officer that he should kill him, Lisuzzo said.
The bad guy was denied bail, had previously been convicted of human trafficking, and had outstanding warrants for a parole violation and a sex offense.
Although one report says the citizen missed, an interview with him (video below) says that he is the one who put the bad guy down. After the action, he rendered first aid to the injured officer.
The armed citizen was reportedly lauded by police.
‘We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there who’s a concealed-carry holder, and he also engaged in gunfire,’ Cicero Police Supt. Jerry Chlada Jr. said
Cicero town President Larry Dominick commended the citizen shooter, who has not been named.
‘He got out and started helping the police, which is something I’ve got to be proud of,’ Dominick said.
Would you have done the same?
Montana Sen. Jon Tester, a red state Democrat running for re-election in one of the closest Senate contests this year, has campaigned as a big hunting proponent, sending out mailers to voters that show him on his farm with his gun in hand.
Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano is not backing down after finding himself in the crosshairs of the National Rifle Association for receiving a sizable political contribution from a group that backs gun restrictions and has ties to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Kent State gun girl" Kaitlin Bennett has switched her controversial open carry rally to a walk after the university banned guns at the event and charged thousands of dollars in security costs.
US Navy has published a solicitation for development of “Small Arms Long-Range Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) Munition”. The solicitation was published on the website of a US government program called SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research). According to the solicitation text, currently all the services field the Taser International X-26 “Taser” as a non-lethal electro-muscular disruption device which […]
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At the beginning of the current year, Century Arms announced that they started importing Romanian AK-based 9mm pistols called Draco NAK9. JMac Customs, being one of the leading AK accessories making companies, has already designed and prepares to launch three new products for NAK9 pistols. Today we have a chance to take a sneak peek at […]
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Elon University student forced to remove NRA banner from his dorm room window.
If he gets the ordinance passed in Wayne County, Davis said, he would like to see it implemented at the state and, eventually, federal level.
OK, this is not the KGB you thought about. In this case, KGB stands for Kraft Gun Builders and KGB LLC is an American company specialized in making AK accessories. Their latest product that has just been released is an AK pistol brace adapter called Stinger47. Let’s take a closer look. The idea behind this […]
Today’s Special Presentation is an overview of all the semiautomatic pistols that were actually put into serial production before the year 1900. We have looked at these individually before, but I think it is worthwhile to examine them together in context, to gain a better understanding of what the automatic pistol scene was really like in the last years of the 19th century.
Want to learn more about any of these? Here are some videos on individual guns:
Schwarzlose 1898: https://youtu.be/rYl0dQAJMh4
Mannlicher 1894: https://youtu.be/lBBCZ_5SveE
Mannlicher 1896: https://youtu.be/vtInWFneOtA
Bergmann No1: https://youtu.be/SGNPqqau-E0
Bergmann No2: https://youtu.be/yiT_LzDJqTM
Bergmann No3 & 4: https://youtu.be/gNERn3UXZXg
Bergmann No5: https://youtu.be/HnKKmeTOU-s
Rise Armament is known across the firearm industry for their tremendously high quality AR-15 rifles and components. In addition to that, this year they have gone out to specifically help our veterans and law enforcement through multiple endeavors. Rise Armament in conjunction with Folds of Honor released a Patriot Trigger back over Memorial weekend this […]
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What is the one thing all hurricanes have in common? The reader may say something along the lines of “Rain, wind?” No, we are not looking at the hurricane itself. We are observing how people behave before, during, and after the storm.
While watching news on Hurricane Florence, it seemed like a stuck record player – People did not listen to the warnings, people had to be recused from flood waters, cars and trucks washed off roads by rushing water, and people standing in line looking for food and water.
Maybe it is human nature to ignore something until it is at our door step; or in the case of Hurricane Florence (and other hurricanes), blowing the roof off the house. However, when the roof is gone and the rain is pouring in, it is a little too late to think about preventive measures.
So what is the one thing all hurricanes have in common? People do not listen to the warnings.
How can we take this example and apply it to prepping for a SHTF or doomsday event? People know there is a storm on the way, yet they do not spend the slightest second prepping. They go about their everyday lives ignoring the monster bearing down on them. With this example, how would people act when a new plague arrives?
Random thought: even after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, a lot of people interviewed on the street could not point to New Orleans on a map.
It is just a matter of time before humanity faces another plague. This could be some form of antibiotic resistant disease, or some kind of new viral pathogen. When the topic of disease comes up, a number of people point out advances in medicine and vaccines.
To those people I say, HIV has been with humanity since at least the 1980s. For the past 30+ years, HIV has ravaged portions of humanity, yet we still do not have a vaccine or cure. If HIV was airborne, humanity would probably have been set back centuries, if not eons.
There was once a time when papa and granny grew a large portion of their own food, and granny canned what she could. They had a milk cow, plow horse, turkeys, guineas, chickens, and fruit trees. For the most part they lived a semi-self sufficient lifestyle.
Somehow we went from being able to feed ourselves, to ignoring hurricane warnings. Even since the 1970s we went from duck and cover drills to streaming cat videos on YouTube.
Maybe it is time for the general public to do an about-face on prepping?
This is a continuation of my series of posts pointing out the political platforms of the individual state Democrat parties on firearms, gun control, and the Second Amendment. Remember, this is the official position of the Democratic Party in each state and you can expect Democrats to work to enact laws along these lines.
Colorado Democrats have an explicit gun control agenda in their platform. Moreover, firearm restrictions come up in other areas such as schools and National Parks and Forests.
Firearms and Gun SafetyWith regard to making schools gun-free zones, the Colorado Democrats say:
We agree with individual ownership of firearms for hunting and personal safety, but also believe that firearms should be regulated as follows:
1. Ban assault weapons, bump stocks, and high capacity magazines.
2. Enact universal background checks federally.
3. Enact restrictions: Must be 21 and must demonstrate competency with firearms to purchase a firearm.
4. Prohibit the possession and purchase of firearms by people with violent criminal offenses or on terrorist watch list.
5. Except for security personnel, ban firearms on K-12 schools, college campuses and allow cultural institutions to ban firearms on their premises.
6. Enact Extreme Risk Protection Order law, which would allow families and law enforcement to seek a court order to temporarily disarm a person who is dangerous to themselves or others.
7. Enact criminal penalties when adults fail to properly store firearms and minors gain access and harm themselves or others.
8. Restrict firearms use in National Forest to designated areas, except during hunting season.
9. Allow the CDC and other government agencies to conduct gun violence research, and properly fund.
We oppose guns in school, more guns would make our schools less safe and but all (sic) students and staff at increased risk of becoming a victim of gun violence.Finally, with regard to public lands and wildlife, it says, "We support the restriction of shooting in National Forests and Parks."
Connecticut Democrats are proud to stand behind common sense gun violence prevention measures. As a result, Connecticut has one of the lowest gun death rates in the country.
Gun violence in our urban centers needs to be addressed. This can be supported through incentivized proactive measures such as buybacks, and reinforcing “no questions asked” protections where appropriate in order to get guns off the streets.
Connecticut can do more. There is progress to be made in the areas of Domestic Violence and Extreme Risk protections as these scenarios are a source of mass shooting violence and gun suicide.
Preventing Gun Violence: Gun violence is taking far too many lives in Delaware. Delaware Democrats support common sense gun safety measures while respecting responsible gun ownership. We will build on successful efforts at the state level and proposed efforts at the federal level to get weapons of war away from criminals and off our streets, while preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Preventing Gun Violence
"Proud NRA sellout" Adam Putnam and his Republican party would rather give guns to people who shouldn't have them than enact comprehensive gun control policies. The Republican Party's dependence on the NRA for money is why they refuse to enact policies that a majority of Floridians support. Unlike Republicans, Democrats support banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and a 3-day waiting period for gun sales. Democrats realize that this isn't about taking away the rights of responsible, law abiding gun-owners. This is about making our state safer so that there isn't another shooting in Parkland, Pulse, or anywhere else in Florida. Florida has endured 4 mass shootings in 18 months because of Republicans' refusal to implement common sense gun reform. Let's make sure there isn't a 5th.
As Governor, Stacey will:
- Fight for common-sense gun reforms including universal background checks, repeal of campus carry, and extreme-risk protection orders
- Support protections and services for victims of domestic violence
- Invest in mental health services
- Support community and hospital programs to stop the cycle of gun violence
- Opposed legislation which required that guns confiscated in crimes be returned to the street
- Opposed campus carry
- Received only Ds and Fs from the National Rifle Association
- Endorsed by Moms Demand Action and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence
Yesterday we reported that the US Army had selected six entries from vendors for its Sub Compact Weapon programme to find a new compact, concealable 9x19mm submachine gun for issue to personal protection details. Today, we have a first look at one of the submissions that we initially knew little about. Global Ordnance have been […]
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Most firearm aficionados and gun gurus know that it is important to safely store their prized possessions. More importantly, if you have the space necessary and can afford it, it is a great investment to get a fire-rated safe that can store all of your gun related items. This should most certainly include your ammunition. […]
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About a year ago we published an article telling about less-lethal SIG P226 clones made by a Russian company called Techcrim. Apparently, the company is planning to expand their line of handguns. Kalashnikov Gun Magazine has published an article telling about the three new 1911-pattern pistols that Techcrim is going to release to the Russian market. […]
This video takes me back to my youth, when my elementary school and the local civic center — and many other things in the area — were surrounded by orange groves. There was always discussion among us young rogues about scaling the fence and making a run for freedom! Especially when the oranges were nice and ripe, begging for our hungry sugar-loving mouths to devour them…
Naturally, I never did… and part of the reason was the local legend that grove owners aggressively patrolled their groves with shotguns loaded with rock salt! Exactly what that would do to a boy I never particularly cared to find out, but I always sort of wondered.
Turns out, I was not alone… and in this video, Paul Harrell takes on this legend by actually cramming some rock salt into a muzzleloading scattergun and making it go boom.
The premise is that rock salt won’t cause any serious injury, but it will sting like the dickens — and creating any wound with salt is precisely the same as rubbing salt into a wound.
He starts out with a possibly meaningless comparison, by firing two ounces of number 4 lead shot into one target, and “a handful” of rock salt into another. And, er… turns out, that’s pretty much the entire shooting test.
The results are predictable. Why was I so scared, lo those many years ago?
Probably because I knew that if Dad had found out about me trespassing — and especially stealing — he would have used his trusty leather belt to inflict a lot more temporary pain than all the rock salt in the world. Come to think of it, that might be why I’ve always been a straight arrow…
Anyhow, enjoy the video.
The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have released the tentative agenda for the 2018 Gun Rights Policy Conference. The conference is being held starting this Friday evening in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency - O'Hare Airport. While pre-registration is now closed you can register at the door.
You can find the agenda here.
There will be plenty of gun rights leaders from around the country with whom you can mix and mingle. There will also be these guys.
11:15 a.m. Using New Media to Advance Gun Rights
Charlie Cook, YouTube host, Riding Shotgun with Charlie
Don Irvine, chair, Accuracy in Media
Paul Lathrop, Polite Society Podcast
John Richardson, blogger, Only Guns and Money Blog
The Smith & Wesson Model of 1940 Light Rifle received that moniker from the British government when it was developed. In this video, Ian of Forgotten Weapons takes a look at two of them: A Mark 1 and a Mark 2. He discusses the differences between the two along with some of its history.
Developed in 1939, the Light Rifle was an open-bolt semi-auto chambered for 9mm Luger. Rejected by the U.S.A.’s military, it was peddled to the UK, which happily ponied up a huge deposit… but after the guns failed during an endurance test, the deal fell through.
The magazine arrangement is rather odd. The mag goes into a “tower” of sorts, which descends from the receiver — but the mag only occupies half of the tower. The rear portion is simply an open passage through which empty cases (no Ian, they are not “cartridges” at that point) travel after ejection. And while this helps prevent dirt and crud from getting into the works and keeps you from raining hot brass all over your buddies, it also means there’s no convenient way to reach into the action to clear a stuck case or some other sort of jam.
Once the Mark 2 came around, the weird safety lever went away and a large knurled sleeve was placed around the receiver between trigger guard and ejection/magazine tower.
The firing pin was also simplified; a floating pin on the original was replaced with a fixed one on the Mark 2.
Shocker! The PR folks lied when they told the public that the Mark 2 had a stronger receiver than the Mark 1. Turns out, it’s probably weaker.
Although most of the British ones were trashed long ago, S&W mothballed 200+ of these poppers until 1974, when they were dusted off and sold to a distributor, who in turn sold them to the public… which is where these two came from.
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B&T USA posted this tempting configuration of a B&T TP9-N with an Aimpoint Nano, Telescopic Brace Adapter and a Generation 1 Tail-hook. Any bullets fired through this configuration also have to pass a B&T TP9 Suppressor. Below: If you go with heavy subsonic bullets this is going to be a quiet firearm. Note that the […]
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks have recently added to their website the new Sentry modular bolt action rifle stock. This stock is compatible with AR-15 receiver extensions, stocks and pistol grips. The huge variety of mentioned AR-15 parts available on the market along with the number of accessories offered for this stock by the manufacturer provide virtually endless amount of […]
On Saturday, September 22, the fourth annual New Jersey SAFE Conference will be held at Cumberland County College.
Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is getting hit from the right over a donation to his political committee from the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. The pro-gun control organization gave $200,000 to Galvano's Innovate Florida committee, according to state filings dated Sept. 4. Galvano, a moderate, voted for SB 7026, the 2018 law that raised the minimum age a person is allowed to buy a gun, created a three-day waiting period to buy any firearm, banned bump-stock sales and allowed armed staff in public schools.
Today we are taking a look at an interesting crowdfunding project hosted on Kickstarter.com. It is started by Fulcrum Knives to fund the manufacturing of a coin-shaped morphing EDC knife called Eclipse. In a matter of seconds, this gadget converts from a circle of 1.8″ diameter into a handy little knife. This little gadget will occupy minimal […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, Jimmy walks you through the Lynx Polish AK-M/AK-47 Pistol. The Lynx AK47 Pistol is a semi auto 7.62×39 AKM Pistol built in Poland by WBP Rogow. These pistols are built with a blend of old school Kalashnikov build techniques and modern machinery. It all starts with a brand new FB […]
Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement today regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her allegations of an attack by Judge Brett Kavanaugh while they were teenagers. The statement below does a good job at being respectful to Ford, calling out Dianne Feinstein and the Democrats, and nailing those in the media who leaked Ford's name. Grassley has always championed whistle blowers and he brings that credibility to this statement.
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
“Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner.
“The standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. Consistent with that practice, I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups. Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set them up.
“Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week. Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs. The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed.
“It’s deeply disturbing that the existence of these allegations were leaked in a way that seemed to preclude Dr. Ford’s confidentiality.
“Over my nearly four decades in the Senate I have worked diligently to protect whistleblowers and get to the bottom of any issue. Dr. Ford’s attorney could have approached my office, while keeping her client confidential and anonymous, so that these allegations could be thoroughly investigated. Nevertheless, we are working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims.”
Judiciary Committee to Hear from Kavanaugh, Ford in Public Hearing
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today announced that the Committee will hold a public hearing with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard. My staff has reached out to Dr. Ford to hear her account, and they held a follow-up call with Judge Kavanaugh this afternoon. Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in this effort. However, to provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing,” Grassley said.
Below is the official notice for Monday’s hearing.
NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING CONTINUATION
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on the nomination of the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States will continue Monday, September 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman.