A woman shot and fatally wounded an armed attacker outside her home in Dale City early Thursday, police say.
Prince William County prosecutors have ruled the incident a justified homicide and say the victim acted in self defense.
Officers were called to the 4100 block of Hoffman Drive at 12:25 a.m., where a 44-year-old woman reported she was leaving her house when she saw an unknown, masked man approaching her from the side of the home.
The victim, who was also armed at the time, shot the individual as he approached the front door of her home, Prince William County police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.
Officers arrived and found a man near the doorway suffering from gunshot wounds. They also located a loaded handgun in the man’s possession, Perok said.
The Custom Dial System (CDS) from Leupold matches any CDS Leupold optic to your rifle. Taking into account your rifle’s ballistics and average environmental conditions, Leupold’s CDS turrets take care of the rest. These turrets come marked for specific distances and allow the shooter to dial for a specific distance much faster. To see just how […]
Photo Of The Day: “This thing is ridiculously clean – EAA Witness Elite Gold Custom” ~ Triple J Armory. I’m happy to say that I own the same pistol, which is my main competition gun for IPSC Open Major. Mine looks a little different, but it’s basically the same gun with a competition frame, chrome finish, […]
Over the last week, I have been down in Myrtle Beach visiting friends and seeing the various sights there are down in the southeast part of the country. Every time I head down to the boardwalk or any other touristy place around the area, I started thinking about the pros and cons of carrying when […]
I am reading Kurt Schlichter’s latest Kelly Turnbull thriller The Split. It had a quote that combines my Irish heritage and my disdain for “woke-ism”.
An Irish crime boss is being questioned in his Charlestown bar by a People’s Bureau of Investigation (what used to be the FBI) Special Agent regarding a bank robbery gone bad. The agent is warning that trouble is coming from the authorities if he doesn’t cooperate.
“We’ve survived Cromwell and the Potato Famine by sticking together,” Seamus said.
“But will you survive woke?”
“We’ll take our chances.”
Schlichter is a good story teller and he knows just how to parody the politically correct. I can recommend reading the whole series.
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Elftmann Tactical has just introduced the industry’s first truly finger adjustable AR-15 trigger. The Elf SOCOM Trigger is a drop-in solution for competitors, precision shooters, and service members who need or want the ability to fine-tune their trigger pull on the fly, all without the use of tools. The Elf SOCOM will be offered in […]
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The vertical grip is a very common accessory in the AR-15 world for many riflemen both for duty and competitive use. The BGV-ML1 is TangoDown’s latest offering in their extensive lineup of bipods, foregrips, rail covers, and magazines for the AR-15 platform. The BGV-ML1 combines the original design of the tango down stubby grip and […]
Lots of gun and gear companies are starting their own coffee brands these days, but Bravo Concealment of Texas recently got into the consumables game with something completely different: salsa! Bravo Salsa is a way to show the gun-loving priorities of a home or restaurant without being over the top. This vinegar-based sauce is made with spices from four peppers; heavy on the cayenne. It’s bottled in a table-friendly bottle that allows the sauce to be slightly dosed or generously drizzled on breakfast eggs, burgers, or whatever you like.
The company is doing a soft introduction including mini-bottles of Bravo Salsa as a surprise with orders. The gifts are accompanied by a card asking folks to post a picture with the product to social media hashtagged as #bravosalsa. As of this writing, it’s not yet available for individual order.
I sampled a bottle of the hottest of the hot Bravo Salsa. As a veteran hot chile eater, I have what must be 80 percent Teflon taste buds. Upon seeing the smooth consistency and easy-pouring qualities of the salsa, I was expecting something along the lines of Tabasco sauce when I squirted a generous portion onto a corn chip and popped it in my mouth. The hiccups that ensued were a reality check. When Bravo says HOT, they mean it. There are three grades of heat to this product, by the way: mild, spicy, and hot. While I’d classify this as a sauce, not a salsa, it’s definitely a step above run-of-the-mill hot sauce, both in tartness and heat. It doesn’t take much of the “hot” variety to make boring fare much more stimulating for both tongue and sinuses. In the right food/sauce proportions, it’s great.
Bravo Concealment’s primary wares are body-hugging kydex holsters, made for outside- or inside-the-waistband carry. Until recently, their holsters were primarily a mail order or boutique shop find, but now Bravo Concealment holsters are available in numerous big box sporting goods stores. Additionally, they’re now producing left-handed holsters, something consumers have been asking for. Here’s to hoping they’ll soon make matching kydex bottle holsters so fans of the hot never have to go without.
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The story of Thomas Bacon is a lesser-known one and an even less investigated one. From my quick research, I found that he had connections with Ethan Allen of Allen & Thurber pepperbox pistols. He got his start as a machinist in the 1800s and eventually started his own manufacturing company that made cheap single-shot, percussion pistols and later pepperboxes. Eventually, this 1st company went out of business due to lack of funds. Bacon was not deterred though! After working for the Manhattan Arms Company he started a 2nd company making pocket revolvers like the one above until he was sued by Smith & Wesson over Rollin White’s patent of the bored through cylinder. Thomas Bacon was not a man to be dissuaded though. He started a 3rd company producing revolvers that were intended for police or military use, but when the civil war hit there was a surge of cheap guns being made and his name became drowned out in the noise. He passed away in 1873 as a small echo in firearms history.
“This revolver is a First Type, manufactured in the early 1860s with about 400 produced. The cylinder must be removed for loading by withdrawing the jointed/hinged lever under the barrel which acts both a center pin and ejector rod. The frame has a broad scroll engraving. The top barrel flat is marked “BACON MFG CO NORWICH CONN”. Fitted with smooth two piece grips.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 296: Two Antique American Revolvers [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #49, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 21, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/49/296/two-antique-american-revolvers
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Three years ago we featured a unique homemade reimagining of the popular 10/22 rifle. At the time the 11/22 OpenTop receiver was just the fevered dream of long-time TFB reader and fan Sebastian Unger from Austria. Today, he is happy to announce that along with Fletcher Rifle Works in the United States he is finally […]
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I don’t drink nearly enough water. My wife will even fill my large water bottle for me to make it easier. What it all comes down to is temperature. Many of us prefer to enjoy our favorite beverages cold. Keeping them cold can be a task. Fortunately, insolation technology has come a long way allowing us to take our cooled items along for hikes, hunts, and camping trips. Introducing several new options for you to keep your stuff cool and dry, TrueTimber has just released a new line of dry bags as well as a cooler.
TrueTimber has announced the introduction of a new line of dry bags and a cooler designed for a variety of applications. The lineup offers multiple sizes and configurations to meet the demands of hunters, fishermen and outdoor adventurists while maintaining TrueTimber’s trusted ruggedness, reliability and performance.
If you can wear it, TrueTimber makes it. Take a look at their website to see a large number of clothing options, as well as their outdoor accessories. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates from the company. Now fill up your cooler and go outside!
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SIGHTRON is an optics company founded in 1993 by a group of sportsmen dedicated to producing optics for sportsmen. The company has just announced the addition of a new line of riflescope with their SVIII 5-40×56 ED premium riflescope which boasts first-focal plane technology, a large lineup of reticles to choose from, and a new […]
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Having wrapped up our series on the major development of the Lee Enfield rifle in British service, I figured it would be a nice addendum to talk about the bayonets developed for the No4 rifle. These went through a substantial evolution, and are an interesting field for collectors all by themselves.
During World War One, the British used the Pattern 1907 bayonet, a long blade type essentially copied form the Japanese Type 30. By the 1920s, this was being reconsidered – the long blades were expensive, fragile, and perhaps not really necessary. When the No1 Mk VI rifle was put into trials, it was given a new bayonet style. This was inspired by the Swiss cyclists’ bayonet, with a cruciform spike instead of a true blade. It was only 8 inches long; this was determined to be long enough for virtually all use cases and being short minimized weight and bulk.
As World War Two progressed, the spike bayonet was simplified several times. Before the initial production of the first standard model (No4 MkI) was completed, the cruciform pattens had already been abandoned for a much simpler (and faster and cheaper) round body spike with a screwdriver-like point at the end. This was in turn simplified by separating the socket and spike into two parts for easier production, and then further simplified by casting the stocked instead of forging it. After the war, the spike as replaced by a short blade-type socket bayonet (the No9), although this was rather short-lived because of the adopted of the SLR (FN FAL).
TFB’s very own resident gun runner Benjamin F might be the team’s most underrated powerhouse of creativity. Some of Benjamin’s posts in the past have triggered those who have a proclivity for 1911 pistols as well as those who are short on wit and big on assumptions. For those of you who don’t know, staff […]
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Glock pistols can quickly turn into projects once you start attempting to adapt them to fit your personal preferences. I’ve been carrying my Glock 48 for about 2 years now and over many range sessions and rounds downrange, I finally decided that I wanted to change up a few things to turn it into a more […]
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Photo Of The Day: Today we’re going to look at U.S. soldiers doing the German Armed Forces badge of marksmanship called Schuetzenschnur. This decoration can be awarded to German military personnel of all grades, but only enlisted members are allowed to wear the badge. Soldiers qualifying for the Schuetzenschnur have to fire both the H&K P8 […]
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Last week on Wheelgun Wednesday, we got some of Rusty’s insights, range time, and critiques of the new Colt Anaconda .44 Magnum. As a whole, he was very impressed with this newly reintroduced wheelgun and what Colt has been able to do by breathing new life into it. With this seemingly tremendous success of the Anaconda: […]
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Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided to hear the NRA-ILA backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. And just last week, NRA-ILA filed the opening brief in this crucial case, which is located here.
The viability of the 1911 platform is a constant subject of debate among modern pistol shooters. What’s not up for debate is the beautiful lines and craftmanship often associated with the 110-year-old design. Graced with the work of a master engraver is the newest high-end offering from Nighthawk Custom. Introducing the Nighthawk Custom VIP (Very Impressive […]
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Following a busy year, the Maine Legislature adjourned from its 2021 Legislative Session on Monday night.
There’s no argument that .357 Magnum isn’t a man-stopper. The success of this round has kept it in vogue since its introduction in 1934. Just as time has lead to advancements in the caliber’s ballistics, it’s also lead to better guns to carry it in. Revolvers are still being carried every day in this country. People are quick to dismiss them as antiquated, but Smith & Wesson has been fit to continue bringing the revolver into the modern age. Now new from the Smith & Wesson Performance Center, this is the Model 19 Carry Comp!
Designed for concealed carry, this new Model 19 Carry Comp® features a 2.5″ PowerPort vented barrel for exceptional recoil management in a small and strong k-frame package.
The Model 19 Carry Comp is a carry gun that’s full of features. The barrel is 2.5 inches and is PowerPort vented. The vent at the top of the barrel helps tame the roar of the .357 Magnum keeping you on target. Just behind that vent is a tritium front night sight. This is paired with a fully adjustable blacked-out rear sight. The gun leaves the Performance Center with a fresh trigger job. The trigger also features an overtravel stop. The barrel, frame, and cylinder are made of carbon steel. The matte blue finish complements the custom wood and synthetic grips. The k-frame size makes the gun small enough to conceal and large enough to shoot comfortably.
Clearly, this is not the only revolver or carry gun made by Smith & Wesson. If you’re interested in seeing the other pistols they offer, head over to their website. To help with your research, you can follow Smith & Wesson on all of your favorite social media platforms: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Carry where you can and stay safe!
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Wilson Combat has introduced a new model to their SFX9 pistol lineup. The new SFX9 has a 15 round capacity and a subcompact 3.25” barrel. The frame is solid milled T6-7075 aluminum allowing it to be light enough to carry for long durations. The enhanced grip shape significantly enhances recoil control during rapid fire and […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I am a sucker for the past because it is something to learn from; stuff like what did and did not work. Take this Dumonthier Pinfire Knife Revolver for instance. Who would not want a backup to their first line of self-defense? Boom! Revolver plus knife, it is a no-brainer. Obviously, this idea did not take off, but it was not an uncommon business adventure for most of the 1800s. There were all sorts of handguns that had bayonets, folding knives, and built-in knives just like this knife revolver.
“Combination double-action revolver and knife with Liege proofmarks. This double-action, six-shot 11M/M pinfire revolver, has a part-octagon barrel with 12-inch knife blade. The revolver has two-piece wooden grips with iron screw escutcheons, a loading gate on the right side of the frame and a round butt with a lanyard ring. The unidentified revolver is very similar to the Belgium 11 M/M Lefaucheux double-action revolver with the exception of the combination knife/barrel. The left side of the barrel lug is roll-stamped: “DUMONTHIER/BREVET BTG” in two lines. An oval, Liege, proofmark is stamped on the cylinder. The revolver was probably manufactured in the early-mid 1860s.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 235: Dumonthier Pinfire Revolver/Knife Revolver 11 mm pinfire/20 gaug [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #49, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/49/235/dumonthier-pinfire-revolverknife-revolver-11-mm-pinfire20-gaug
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When it comes to treestands, setting up and tearing down a ladder can be a big pain. Fortunately, innovation never stops in this industry. Primal Treestands, based right near me in Littleton, Colorado continues the tradition of looking for ways to make hunting simpler. New from Primal Treestands is the Standz Up Ladder Aid System!
Stop fighting your ladder! The Standz Up Ladder Aid System by Primal Treestands is the ultimate ladder stand installation device. It eliminates the hassle of setting up a ladder stand so you can be in your stand in no time. With the Standz Up Ladder System, there will be no more back-breaking days of setting up and taking down ladder stands.
The Standz Up Ladder Aid System is constructed of steel. It can accommodate any ladders that measure between 14″ and 20″. The goal of this system is to have an easy time setting up your ladder stand. The unit straps to the tree and is connected to your ladder with two pins. After that, you simply walk the ladder up the tree. Once it’s in place, remove the ladder from the Standz Up unit and seat your ladder. The Standz Up system can also be used to lower your ladder. Just do the same process in reverse order. Take a look at the video on the product page to see it in action.
Primal Treestands makes blinds, ladders, and all sorts of accessories. Go to their website and check it all out. You can also find them on the usual social spots. They are on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Deer season is approaching, so get your gear in order and fill that freezer until it bursts!
You all know them and love them – Henry Repeating Arms. The company has enjoyed a lot of recent success over the years with the leadership of now-former company president Anthony Imperato. Now, Mr. Imperato is handing off the reigns of the Henry Repeating Arms brand to the new company president Andy Wickstrom. Andy has […]
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Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided to hear the NRA-ILA backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. NRA-ILA’s opening brief is located here.
Treestands are probably the best way to do some proper deep woods hunting. Getting you high above the sight range of most deer, a treestand can be not just a quiet and advantageous place to hunt, but also a relaxing place to sit and observe. Millennium has just released its new Ultralite M100U Hang-On Treestand with its exclusive ComfortMAX seat. The M100U features all the same quality you’ve come to expect from Millennium Treestands, but is now in a much lighter and mobile package.
Millennium M100U Hang-On Features
- 20% LIGHTER THAN THE ORIGINAL M100.
- Exclusive, patented ComfortMAX contoured, tight-sling seat
- Durable powder-coat finish
- Comfortable, quiet, easy setup
- Seat folds up for standing shots
- Easily folds flat for backpacking
- MODEL #: M-100-SL
- UPC #: 853421001886
- Material: Powder-coated Aluminum
- Capacity: 300 Lb.
- Weight: 14.5 Lb.
- Platform Seat: 20.5” W x 38”
- Size: L 18” H x 20” W x 16.5”
- MSRP: $259.99
The M100U Ultralite features the same classic design of the original M100U treestand, but combines a new aluminum frame and ComfortMAX seat to give it a much lighter and more comfortable carrying weight of just 13.5 pounds. This comes out to be about 20% lighter than the original M100U and it still features all the same safety features as the original. The ComfortMAX seat is water-resistant and also features a durable non-stretch fabric that is also quiet to the touch. Whether you’re hunting with a bow or a firearm, the Ultralite features an open design that can accommodate both and even can be paired with Millennium’s M101 Shooting Rail or the M600 Bow Holder.
Finally, the entire treestand packs up into a flat package and comes with shoulder straps to give you a hands-free carrying experience when you’re heading to and from your favorite spot. The Millennium M100U Ultralight hang-on tree stand is available now for $259.99.
Night sights are a great way to cover all of your bases whether you’re shooting in daytime or nighttime conditions. Night sights offer superior sight picture acquisition during low light conditions and don’t require frequent battery replacement like red dots do. Now there is a new set of M&P Shield Plus XS night sights available […]
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the NRA-ILA backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. NRA-ILA’s opening brief is located here.
The final standard pattern of the venerable Lee Enfield as a standard-issue service rifle was the No4 MkII, introduced after the end of World War Two. The new pattern was adopted to resolve problems that had come about because of wartime simplifications to the rifle. Specifically, the use of kiln-dried wood for stocks. On the original No4 design, the trigger was pinned to the trigger guard, which was in turn connected to the front handguard. The sear was pinned to the receiver. If the handguard swelled, shrank, or warped (which was much more likely on the quickly kiln-dried stocks used during the war, compared to the naturally dried pre-war wood), the trigger/sear interaction could be impacted.
To solve this, the receiver was changed slightly to include a boss for attaching the trigger. This kept both the trigger and sear pinned to the (metal) receiver, and stock shifting was not longer a problem. In addition, a change was also made to remove the boss originally intended for mounting the magazine cutoff lever, so that No4 rifles would be made using No5 receiver forgings (this change did not result in a new rifle designation).
Many existing rifles were refitted to the new standard, with upgraded MkI rifles becoming Mk I/2 and upgraded MkI* rifles becoming MkI/3.
SilencerCo has been a recognizable brand in the suppressor industry, and in the larger firearms industry, for more than a decade. Since their founding in 2008, they’ve produced and sold many successful products, and raised more than a few eyebrows with some interesting innovations. From the integrally suppressed Maxim 9 handgun design to the unusually-shaped […]
The “Made in America” pre-Independence Day promotion at Brownells raised over $150,000 for the Firearms Policy Foundation. This money will certainly help the FPF in supporting their Second Amendment legal efforts.
In another day or time, you have to think this donation would have gone to another firearms group. You know that one where this donation would only cover about 1/10th of the Executive VP’s annual salary? Or maybe a fraction of the monthly billing from their outside counsel? Yeah, that one.
From the release:
Brownells donated more than $150,000 to the Firearms Policy Foundation, with money generated by the “Made in America” promotion at Brownells.com leading up to Independence Day.
The Firearms Policy Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization which helps fund the Firearms Policy Coalition, a 501(c)4 dedicated to defending the Constitution of the United States, especially the individual right to keep and bear arms.
The donation will help with the on-going struggle to restore and eventually expand constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights for all Americans.
“I want to thank everyone who bought American to help save the 2nd Amendment,” said Brownells Chairman Pete Brownell. “We all benefit from the great work of the Firearms Policy Coalition.”
“On behalf of the FPC team and our members, we are humbled and honored that Brownells and its amazing customers have so generously provided this significant funding for our critical pro-rights legal and education programs, including dozens of active lawsuits and new cases being prepared today,” said FPF Chairman and FPC President Brandon Combs. “Especially in this era where our rights are under attack at all levels, from the Biden administration to local governments like San Jose, California, every dollar counts and will go straight to the front lines in principled efforts to defend and expand individual liberty,”
The FPC has been involved in several recent high-profile Second Amendment court cases, including Miller v. Bonta which resulted in California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” to be declared unconstitutional.
FPC also filed suit against Nevada’s recent ban on homebuilt firearms, and filed a brief in support of the right of all Americans to carry arms on their person in public.
To find ways to become involved in the struggle to maintain and recover 2nd Amendment rights, visit the Brownells Second Amendment Action Center.
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Welcome to the second edition of the Police Guns Of The World series, where we’ll take stock of what law enforcement agencies are issuing to their officers. Just as a recap, I set some parameters to narrow the field to the top federal, national, or state agencies of each country, which should still give us […]
Subject: Photo Of The Day. Location: Romania (2021). What’s going on? Romanian, Ukrainian and U.S. Army Green Berets conduct close quarters battle (CQB) training during Trojan Footprint 21. Trojan Footprint is Special Operations Command Europe’s annual exercise to demonstrate proficiencies, assess the readiness and lethality of countries’ respective forces, and continue improving interoperability with allies and partners. Due […]
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Welcome everyone to the 102nd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]
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Constitutional carry won't become law there for a while. While both houses passed it with "veto-proof" majorities, several senators switched sides.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided to hear the NRA-ILA backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. NRA-ILA’s opening brief is located here.
Cold Steel has just released their newest offering to the EDC, hunting, and tactical knife community by offering a lower-cost version of their popular AD-15 sub-4-inch tactical folding knife – the AD-15 Lite. Like the Standard AD-15, the AD-15 Lite still uses the innovative Scorpion Lock Design and sports a 3.5-inch AUS 10A steel blade. […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at SilencerCo speaking with Beaver, the in-house firearm expert, about five unusually good suppressor host guns. This video features a handful of guns that are not very common, but work really well with suppressors for a number of different reasons. Check these out today on TFBTV.
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Botach Tactical is a web-based retailer offering a vast array of products related to the firearms and tactical industry, with hundreds of brands listed in their digital catalog. Headquartered out of Las Vegas, Botach provides some specialty services that are often absent from other businesses. Some of these include a robust initiative in open box […]
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In the first half of this series, the very unique Enigma carry system by Phlster was introduced, along with my initial experiences using this rig for daily carry. In this final installment, I describe what it was like to do some activities that are a bit out of the box for my daily routine, all while wearing the Enigma.
A frequent excuse for both men and women not to carry on-body is that the form-fitting nature of dress clothes cannot insure against printing, the term used for the identifiable shape of a gun under a garment. Since printing prevention is the Enigma’s forte, and I sincerely attempt to go armed whenever feasible, I decided that a friend’s wedding represented a perfect testing ground.
For the occasion I chose a boldly-patterned skirt to cover which covers most of the holster and all, but the top half of the grip. A slight flare at the waist of my cotton blouse, along with the slightly stiff texture of the fabric, was enough to hide the grip. Now, I’m not saying I could get a secure firing grip in lightning-fast time, but the gun stayed in place all evening and I was able to hug and dance freely with no concern for the gun coming loose or being detected. By this time, I’d been wearing the Enigma without the leg leash and was confident going without that accessory. Though the gun stayed perfectly in place, by the end of the evening the belt had worked its way up to my lower thoracic spine. I felt it catch on the back of a folding chair once as I rose to stand, but otherwise it didn’t bother me.
Conclusion of the Wedding Test: The Enigma makes for a secure, snug fit under formal wear. Not only did I prove this to myself; a handful of other wedding-goers on the Phlster Concealment Workshop page have done likewise, even in floor-length gowns. Helpful discussion about drawing from such unwieldy garments ensues there also. As is always the case when I wear the Enigma obtaining a firing grip with the gun holstered is possible, but a two-handed operation (clear shirt/obtain grip). I have to wear this holster fairly deep inside the squishy place between my hip bone and navel. Others can wear the gun at 12:00 under the navel. For me, obtaining the grip requires a rather aggressive thumb-plunge to get past my belly and get the “V” of my hand high on the backstrap. With repeated draws, my belly gets a little abraded. That’s with short fingernails. Manicured fingernails can complicate gun handling, and drawing from the Enigma is a likely place for that to happen.
On the Phlster Concealment Workshop page on Facebook, a couple people have noted their holster rides up when they draw. The leg leash should protect against that, and though I dispensed with it entirely early on, I don’t suffer with this problem much. I attribute that to assertively snatching the gun out of the holster rather than pulling on it (pro tip there, regardless of the holster).
It was 108F the day I decided to do a hike in Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico. The Enigma came along. It was a Sunday and the most popular trails were crowded with weekend revelers, so I chose one headed away from the waterfall attraction that draws the most traffic. It would become a memorable day, in part because of what happened in a narrow canyon blessed with a precious above-ground spring. The resultant water creates an oasis in a landscape parched from a seven-year drought. The trail followed a narrow, dry passage between a rock cliff to my right, and the boggy strip of above-ground moisture to my left. On the moist side of the path was a wall of grapevines with the biggest leaves I’d ever seen on those plants. Each leaf was larger than my hand with fingers outstretched. The wall of vines was more than a story high. As I marveled at the sight, I heard shuffling from the ground behind the veil of vines. “Deer,” my mind said, making the assumption I’d soon see the most common source of a ruckus in the brush, but I assumed wrong. The bow-shaped, mohawk hairdo-decorated outline of an adult collared peccary, commonly called javelina, appeared as a silhouette. As I suppressed a gasp of excitement, it skedaddled in the direction I was also headed, staying behind the vine wall. The critter was followed by two miniature versions of itself. There was more shuffling where the first noise had started. Two more young javelina appeared, partly shielded behind the vines. They faced me, and stopped. I caught my breath and turned on the camera of my phone, already in hand.
The bravest junior pig from the latter group came closer, as curious about me as I was fascinated by our encounter. It stepped nearer, with little hooves poking silently into the ground. It made a sort of grunt that didn’t exactly sound like a farm pig. Thinking it would be fun to “talk” and having nothing better to do, I imitated the sound back. We had our own little conversation going for a few seconds.
About that time there was more shuffling and a deeper grunt from the right – Mama Javelina. About then it occurred to me that I was standing there, my back to a ledge, between a mother pig and part of her litter. Suddenly, it seemed like a very good idea to have a gun in hand and consider a retreat. Also suddenly, I was cursing to myself that drawing from the Enigma was not an efficient process, especially with one hand as I, however stupidly, continued to try and capture photos of this once-in-a-lifetime meeting. The friendly junior javelina was about 12 yards away and curious enough to perhaps come closer.
Finally with gun in hand, I decided to go on in my originally intended direction, understanding now that the noises the sow was making were about rooting and whatever else javelina parents say to their kids. I took a deep breath, told my feet to move, and turned right to pass by the sow and her other two offspring. I was still cautious, but somehow confident all would be okay. It was then I felt my fingers begin to tremble, and realized I’d had an adrenaline dump that was just starting to resolve.
The path immediately passed through a low arch of sorts, a combination of overhanging branches and boulders. As I passed through those into a grassy opening, a rush and rustle of grass immediately headed toward me. The tall grass hid whatever it was, but it was coming fast. It hit the open trail just as I raised the Sig’s muzzle in the direction of the disturbance. It was one of the young javelinas, running blindly through the grass, spooked by my motion, but unable to see me. As it broke into the clearing, the sight of me gave the critter as much of a fright as its approach had me. It wheeled and sped back in the direction of the others. I breathed a sigh of relief. It would be the last I’d see javelina for the day. Pretty sure we were in mutual agreement that we’d had enough of each other for a while.
While no harm was done, the incident was a blunt reminder that most violent criminal attacks happen in less than five seconds. The time it took me between recognizing a potential threat and drawing was – well, more than five seconds. Some of that was how I was prioritizing my actions, and some was due to the added difficulty of deep concealment. There is a compromise with the Enigma or any deep concealment method, and draw time it is.
By the time I finished the hike, the leash-less Enigma belt had crept well up my back, but I didn’t care. The metal/magnetic buckle had worn a small raw spot on my side; a small concern in comparison to other events of this day – the javelinas were just a small part of it.
The Fidlock magnetic quick-release buckle deserves commentary of its own. It’s part of what makes the Enigma unique. It takes no time to buckle into or release the hold of this flat, brilliantly designed bit of hardware. Where circumference is concerned, I’m on the border between the normal size Fidlock and the reduced size one Phlster now offers, at a $12.95 premium.
After the hot weather hike, enough salt (from sweat) had accumulated on the webbing to put some white marks on the webbing. It’s unsightly, but doesn’t affect function. It does serve to remind me that there are washable covers made for this rig, available both from Phlster and from other providers who can be found on the Phlster Concealment Workshop page.
Overall, the system kept the gun concealed which was really only a concern in the parking lot where an open-carry gun could draw unwanted attention. It kept the gun secure on a long hike, but where draw speed is concerned, it lags behind both open carry and my normal inside-waistband holster.
Anyone who carries where deep concealment is necessary, or who doesn’t want to severely compromise their manner of dress to accommodate a holster, should check out the Enigma. Plan on investing not only money ($84.99 for the belt system plus up to $79.99 for a holster), but time early on. Fitting this holster to virtually every body is possible. There is substantial information on doing so not only on the Phlster website, but especially on the Phlster Concealment Workshop Facebook page. This system has a supportive community around it like no other. The Workshop page constitutes a supportive family of other Enigma owners, not to mention direct Q&A with the producers themselves. If your grip is sticking out too much even after a belt angle adjustment and you need a wedge that’s just right, there are people there to share where to get experimental or permanent wedges and how to install them. If you have a victorious day of carrying concealed in some uniform or setting where it wasn’t feasible before, it can be celebrated there. It’s the only place on the internet I’ve seen where there’s no shaming and a wealth of technical support for AIWB carry regardless of body type. Discussion is not restricted to the Enigma, but is mostly oriented around it.
In addition to the Phlster website, there is a wealth of information on the Enigma on channels like YouTube where men and women from various walks of life provide reviews. This system represents the freedom to carry without compromising how one wants to, or is expected to, show up for work or other social situations. It is one of the rare products that actually lives up to that overused term, “game-changing.”
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I love trap shooting. Many folks do not know that the origins of trapshooting started with shooting literal birds or pigeons that had been trapped; thus, the name trap shooting. It was not always easy to get a hold of some live birds to go release and shoot at. It most certainly was not cheap if you did not trap them yourself. Maybe you would be the type of sportsman who was not interested in taking a life in the name of sport. Enter the glass ball target! These glass balls would often be filled with feathers or other easy-to-identify materials. The glass balls would be placed in a catapult of sorts and when a string connected to a trigger was pulled the glass ball would be released into the air to be shot.
“Round amber glass target ball, made from three piece mold, approximately 2 7/10 inch in diameter with a 3/4 inch top opening with ground-down pouring lip. No makers or identification marks.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 37: Two Glass Target Balls [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #49, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/49/37/two-glass-target-balls
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Raven Concealment Systems has been cranking out holsters, magazine carriers, and related products for over a decade. Some of their noted prior offerings include items like Eidolon holsters and the Vanguard series, or their Copia mag pouches. Now they’ve released a new mag carrier, originally designed for low-profile usage to conceal AR/M4 mags under plain […]
Whether you’re big into hunting or precision rifle shooting there is something new coming from the folks over at MDT and PROOF Research. The two companies are proud to introduce their new PROOF Research MDT Chassis Rifle. The rifle boasts a guaranteed sub 1/2 MOA accuracy guarantee and the rifle will ship in a custom-fit case which will make it perfect for showing off your new favorite precision rifle. The PROOF Research MDT Chassis rifle will be available in 223 Rem, 6 ARC, 6 Dasher, 6 Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 308 Winchester.
The MDT Chassis will feature PROOF Research coloring and engraving and provide you with all the adjustments you could want out of a rifle stock. The ACC Chassis features a full Arca rail down the entire length of the fore-end for maximum bipod adjustment and features as well as the typical length-of-pull, and comb height adjustments you’ve come to expect from precision rifles.
The core of the MDT Chassis rifle is centered around the Zermatt Arms TL3 Action and the Triggertech Pro adjustable trigger which can be dialed from 32 ounces all the way down to 4 ounces. The Rifle feeds from an MDT 12-round AICS-pattern steel magazine which helps reduce the overall height while giving the user higher capacity. The rifle is paired with a PROOF Research Competition Conture Steel Barrel which is topped off with an Area 419 Hellfire Muzzle Brake.
The new rifle will also come in its own custom-fit hard case and be backed by PROOF Research’s accuracy guarantee. The MSRP on the PROOF Research MDT Chassis rifle is $5699. This rifle would make for one serious big-game hunting rifle or be the start of a new precision rifle obsession for you.
PROOF Research MDT Chassis Rifle Specifications
- MDT ACC Chassis
- Zermatt Arms TL3 Action
- Adjustable Triggertech Pro Curved Diamond Trigger
- MDT 12 Round AICS Steel MAG
- 26″ 1:7.5 twist PROOF Competition Contour Steel Barrel
- 20 MOA rail
- Weight – 15lbs-14oz w/ mag
- SUB 1/2 MOA Guarantee
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Blaser USA (importer of Germans firearm brands Blaser, Mauser, and J.P. Sauer) has announced that the Blaser R8 straight-pull bolt-action rifle is now available in 6.5 PRC. Similar in caliber to 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC has a higher impact velocity and a flatter trajectory, which makes it popular with long-range hunters. Blaser Group @ TFB: […]
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0:00:27 – Stocked pistols as submachine gun substitutes?
Shanghai stocked pistol: https://youtu.be/Lf6S7faQbhg
0:03:20 – Haunted guns?
0:03:58 – Is the NGSW hybrid cartridge case a gimmick?
0:06:23 – My loadout for Desert Brutality 2021 (and Finnish Brutality 2021)
0:08:42 – M60 vs FN MAG
0:11:49 – Why so few 10mm Auto PCCs? Also, 10mm H&K Mk23.
0:14:15 – Best design for an assault rifle in WW1
0:16:37 – Did WW1 accelerate or decelerate small arms development?
0:21:11 – Why no more hammer prices in auction videos?
0:22:23 – Actually trying volley fire with rifles
0:25:13 – Using the same bore diameter for pistol, PDW, SMG, rifle, and SAW
0:27:55 – [in French] Do my videos change the prices of milsurps?
0:30:08 – Gun collecting in 2121 – will modern rifles still be cool?
0:35:28 – Were other countries trying to develop smokeless powder at the same time as France?
0:37:23 – Making .44 Automag form .308 Winchester
0:38:30 – How do NFA sales at auction work in terms of possession and transfer paperwork?
0:41:54 – Garand or SKS?
0:43:26 – How is the LMG project (Lage Max11/15A1) going?
0:46:57 – Was Sam Colt a charlatan?
Colt company history: https://youtu.be/fk_TxE1d9HY
0:48:58 – Why weren’t more top-fed guns made/adopted?
0:52:22 – German “wonder weapons” for the 1919 spring offensives?
0:54:12 – Was the Thompson made in .38 Super?
0:57:37 – Did German miss an opportunity for the Vollmer M38 to be an early Sturmgewehr?
0:59:27 – Are small arms obsolete in an era of hypersonic missiles and cyber warfare?
1:01:12 – How did designers or inventors handle the NFA legalities before 1968?
Hill H15: https://youtu.be/tAZs7GdLreI
1:05:00 – How to donate a collection to a museum
1:10:37 – Advanced Primer Ignition: is it really a thing? (Bloke says no)
1:13:09 – LMGs other than the Breda using round-nose ammunition?
1:16:09 – Difference between “carbine” and “light rifle”?
With the increasing scrutiny of Law Enforcement agencies, departments across the nation are attempting to find ways to keep the record straight. Viridian Weapon Technologies has stepped in for the Somerville Police Department in order to help them deploy the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera. The FACT Duty weapon-mounted camera features not just video and audio […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at SilencerCo speaking with Beaver, the in-house firearm expert, about five unusually good suppressor host guns. This video features a handful of guns that are not very common but work really well with suppressors for a number of different reasons. Check these out today on TFBTV. ««« […]
File this Politico story under the “No Shit, Sherlock” label.
Senate Majority Whip and Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) said “there are a lot of issues” over David Chipman’s nomination to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Durbin goes on to say:
Durbin acknowledged Monday that the whip count “is not where we want it yet, but there’s always a chance.”…
“Members understand this is a highly controversial position,” Durbin said Monday. “It has been left vacant because Republicans and Democrats couldn’t find someone to fill the slot so it’s no wonder that we’re having some difficulty with it.”
What I read Durbin’s statement to mean is that he hasn’t been successful in convincing Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) that the political fallout from supporting Chipman won’t be as bad as they think. They are still listed in the undecided column.
It is either that or the incentives that he is offering to them have not risen to the level where they will hop onboard. By incentives I mean support for pet legislation, campaign money, and the like.
If Durbin and Chuck Schumer were convinced they had 50 votes to confirm Chipman, the vote would have already been held. Since they don’t, Chipman remains in limbo. The longer it goes, the less likely he is to be confirmed. All it takes is for one non-Republican to come out against Chipman and the nomination will be withdrawn. One way to read Durbin’s interview with Politico is that he is signaling the White House it is time to pull Chipman’s nomination.
As to the issues surrounding David Chipman, I think that I and virtually every other gun owner in America would run out of fingers if we had to list them all.
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Welcome to the TFB Podcast Roundup 2: This week we’ve got a fresh new variety of podcasts as well as one special throwback episode featuring the legendary Chuck Pressburg from Presscheck Consulting. I was drawn back to this particular podcast because of the recent uptick in activity surrounding the Next Generation Squad Weapon. In the […]
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You’re looking at another Photo Of The Day and today we have some Russian Marines demonstrating an amphibious landing operation. In total, about 500 military personnel of the Russian Marine Corps were involved, including 10 ships, boats and vessels and more than 30 units of automobiles and other special equipment. Regardless of the color, I […]
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No matter if it is hunting, plinking, competition shooting, or just plain old fun, there is no doubt in my mind that .22LR is by far the most popular cartridge on the planet. The .22LR rimfire cartridges have been effectively used nearly everywhere on the planet for a variety of reasons and for many, the […]
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One of the by-products of the COVID-19 pandemic is that people are consuming more alcohol. Both the medical community and the popular press have noted that. In North Carolina, you can buy beer and wine at many outlets including grocery stores. However, if you want to buy hard alcohol or spirits, you must go to the ABC store run by the local alcohol beverage control board. North Carolina is what is referred to as a “control state”.
Mecklenburg County ABC Board data shows March sales to businesses have already sold 65% of the bottles sold last year and retails sales have more than doubled over last years sales, the board and N.C. Spirits Association said in a news release Friday.
Last year during pandemic shutdowns, ABC stores saw a nearly 30% jump in sales compared to 2019 as more people stocked up at home, the Observer previously reported. But as more restaurants and bars have reopened, demand is up for spirits.
Recent reports coming out of Charlotte, the state’s largest city, indicate people were indeed buying a lot of liquor at the ABC stores and now it is impacting the supply available for bars and restaurants. It is also impacting what is available on the shelves in ABC stores themselves.
Supply and demand is the first law of economics. In this case there isn’t enough supply to meet the demand. In an uncontrolled system, prices would rise as a result of the shortage. However, prices in North Carolina are set by the state. The advantage to the consumer is that that bottle of Maker’s Mark is the same price in Murphy as it is in Manteo.
Individuals in Charlotte seeking their Tito’s Vodka or a specific brand of tequila have an easy option. They can just cross the border into South Carolina where liquor sales are not state run.
But Drew Podrebarac, the owner of Southern Spirits, said across the border in South Carolina, currently, they’re fully stocked.
“Definitely in North Carolina, just because the way they do their liquor, I know they’ve had tons of problems but that’s part of the reason that they come to South Carolina to buy the liquor,” said Podrebarac…
“Right now, North Carolina currently has about 500-700 available liquors in stock. We currently have at Southern Spirits almost 6,000 different liquors, so when people actually say, ‘Wow, there’s a lot more available,’ people just kept coming and started telling their friends and it definitely boosted sales and customer numbers,” said Podrebarac.
However, North Carolina bars and restaurants don’t have that option as their license requires them to buy only from the ABC stores. Moreover, they have to pay a $2-3 premium per bottle compared to what the consumer pays in the store.
By interfering with the law of supply and demand, the laws of the state of North Carolina have created a situation where businesses who struggled to survive the pandemic cannot obtain the raw material for one of their most profitable items – cocktails. By contrast, South Carolina doesn’t have a supply shortage and does have many more choices. If there was ever an argument about privatizing the ABC System, this is it.
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PROOF Research has just been awarded a new military contract for new “medium caliber” weapons systems which builds upon the company’s previously successful small caliber barrel technology which is currently in service with U.S. Military Forces. PROOF Research specializes in precision-made firearm barrels for both bolt-action and AR-type rifles and even produces complete rifle systems. […]
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When making the Trail Cuisine series, I contemplated base starches and proteins that could compliment each other to make meals. Rice was an obvious choice, as was chicken. One of my first ideas was to see whether I could make my own DIY Fried Rice, not entirely recalling that many large companies have been making this for decades. My hope was stunted, but not lost.
Continue reading and see why you should still follow this recipe and try to make it yourself!
Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” We want to take you along for our exploits in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring in this series. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels, and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.
Home-made trail cuisine can provide many benefits to over-processed food that comes in heavy combat/space packaging. Many of the benefits come from creating/modifying recipes to your desires and (medical/allergy) needs. It is easy to beat freeze-fried bag meals in volumetric/weight-based, nutrient density; I don’t know exactly where it came from, but the standard is to pack at least 100 calories per 100 grams of food.
There are always things about pre-packaged camp meals that don’t taste exactly how I hoped/expected them to taste. With your own food, you can choose to add more sugar, salt, or whatever else, without having to unseal the bags before you’re out in the woods (you really should repackage camp food bags and other pre-made meals, they’re bulky and gigantic!). For today’s Trail Cuisine meal of DIY Fried Rice, the cooking time is less than three minutes from turning on the stove to food in your mouth. When you’re hungry or already reaching levels of hangry… seconds count!
Who really enjoys spending six bucks on food that may or may not be mediocre? Being on the trail, spending big money on nutrition that will be buried “at least 6-8 inches” in a few hours is ludicrous. Saving $2.00 to $5.00 per meal for a week of hiking can spare you enough cash to buy that Gucci headlamp or hammock you’ve been thinking about.
With the Trail Cuisine series, I’ll only be purchasing things I can get at my local stores – nothing online… unless I can’t find it in my extremely rural West Virginia stores. (I’ll let you know if this occurs.)
Before making my own home-made fried rice that was able to be made out on the trail, I had to see what was already out there. Bought a pack of Mountain House’s (MH) Chicken Fried Rice, and after making it, I was unsure whether I could beat it in flavor or texture. MH’s fried rice was pretty enjoyable, but definitely salty and did not have as much protein or veggies as I wanted; these traits were the impetus for me continuing to improve upon an established food.
MH’s nutrient density compared to my Trail Cuisine Fried Rice has 1.09 calories/gram more than my concocted recipe. I believe this is due to having more rice (carbohydrates) and sugar. The MH meal once completed weighs 177g more than mine due to requiring 355g of water, compared to 180g of water for mine – that’s half the weight of a weight-weenie sleeping pad!
After making my recipe and refining it over the second iteration, I have no qualms in stating that I am fully satisfied with the flavor, consistency and texture. The only thing I wish is that I would have used freeze-dried peas and carrots rather than dehydrating my own. While not strenuous, I believe their rehydration would have been easier.
For cost, my fried rice recipe is 46.5% of the cost of the MH fried rice, and is only 23% of the cost per ounce compared to MH’s. Trail Cuisine’s Fried Rice also only has a cook/wait time of four minutes, with MH’s fried rice instructing roughly 11 minutes of cook and wait time. As stated earlier, minutes count when you’re wanting food ASAP.
Out on the trail, you’re going to want energy. While most snack foods and goodies are high in carbs, I have started to moderate my starch based calories. The Trail Cuisine Fried Rice’s 55 carbohydrates are less than MH’s 82 carbs. Consuming too many carbohydrates at once can slow your body’s ability to absorb them properly. Additionally, I listed the nutritional data for Minute Brown Rice despite using plain Minute Rice, as that is what I had opened in my kitchen and it takes me nearly a year to use a box of it.
One could use a variety of oils for caloric increase. I chose ghee to help keep my pot from having things stick to it, as well as not having enough sesame oil for two batches of the fried rice. Ghee is very shelf stable, nutty and somewhat neutral in flavor and has some of the greatest levels of fat per gram as there is little to no water in it. I think this would have been fantastic with some chili infused sesame oil. I think Uncle Roger would have been proud if I did this.
Once having your caloric requirements satisfied, you can figure out what foods can accommodate the starch and oils to make things enjoyable. Vegetables, fruits, meats, flavorings, and other goodies are good when dining out. Why would you want to neglect them out in the woods?
Trail Cuisine Fried Rice needed things to increase the flavor and texture factor as compared to the pretty okay MH Fried Rice. Here is where I sort of cheated… Bringing eggs on the trail is tough, and honestly kind of a bad idea. They need special care and packaging. MH makes a package of freeze-dried Scrambled Eggs and Bacon, which when the bacon is removed is not too salty. They do need extra care, otherwise the eggs feel like a dried sponge instead of a fluffy egg in a fried rice dish. I have found that pre-soaking the pack that the meal is in a few hours beforehand helps out with this.
While optional, I did bring a packet of chunk white meat chicken in a similar package to tuna that you see for roughly a dollar. This increased the amount of protein in the meal dramatically, and allowed me to call this meal a Chicken Fried Rice! The flavor of the chicken is bland, so make sure you add a gram of extra seasoning to cover it.
Once again, ideally you should try and get freeze-dried vegetables. I don’t have access to them in my home town, so I stuck them in my oven at 165 for a few hours. After they mostly dried out, I placed the foil sheet with the vegetables on it on top of my basement dehumidifier for a few days. I then left the vegetables in a folded and “sealed” piece of foil one last time in my oven after making a pizza to kill bacteria one last time. They stored like this for two weeks before attempting to create the recipe, with no problems. Dehydrating isn’t tough, but buying freeze-dried peas and carrots would have likely been 100 times easier!
Soy sauce is like 99% water. There was no way I was going to visit a Chinese restaurant and take like ten packets of soy sauce for a recipe. Luckily, my store had Kikoman’s Fried Rice Flavoring, which is mostly powdered soy sauce, and a few other things. It worked perfectly with the umami and typically Asian flavors you would expect!
|Minute Brown Rice||45g||162.||35.10||1.35||0||1.80||3.60||0||0|
|Frozen Peas and Carrots||25g||50||10||0||20||3||2||0||0|
|Mountain House Eggs & Bacon||25g||131.58||4.39||8.33||286.50||0||9.65||2.63||0|
|Kikkoman Fried Rice Seasoning||9g||32.14||6.43||0||475.71||0||4.50||4.50||4.50|
|GV White Chicken||74g||70||0||1.50||360||0||13||0||0|
|Percentage of DRV||26.57%||20.33%||27.16%||49.66%||17.14%||65.50%||14.26%||12.00%|
|Food||Cost for weight||Cost per gram|
|Frozen Peas & Carrots||$0.07||$0.00|
|Mountain House Eggs & Bacon||$2.11||$0.08|
|Kikkoman Fried Rice Seasoning||$0.39||$0.04|
|GV White Chicken||$1.18||$0.02|
Place all ingredients into a one-cup snack size bag in this order:
The purpose for this order is the importance of where water will settle when cold soaking. Having the spices soak into the eggs and vegetables will likely break down cell walls a bit with the sodium amount and allow higher levels of rehydration.
Add roughly 180ml of water (this led to the water level reaching between the 3/4 cup and one-cup markers on the baggy) at prior meal. Ex: If eating for lunch, add water at breakfast time. If eating for dinner, add water at lunchtime.
Empty into pot, begin to heat on medium for one minute, wait for boil, heat until rehydration/moisture level is at adequately desired level, disassemble camp stove, enjoy your meal!
As stated before, if you want to try and make your own meals or give suggestions on things I should try – let me know in the comments!
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Kelbly has introduced two new Remington 700 footprint bolt-action rifle actions called Prometheus and Nanook. These actions share a lot of features but they also differ significantly. In a nutshell, the Prometheus is designed for tactical rifle builds whereas the Nanook is a hunting rifle action. Let’s take a closer look at the similarities and differences […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a squirt gun from the 1890s. I looked into it and this USA Liquid Pistol was marketed for self-defense. The patent paperwork mentions the use of any liquid, but especially ammonia. As seen on the box behind it, it is to be used in defense against any “dog (or man).”
“Cast iron with nickel finish. The left side is marked “USA/ LIQUID/ PISTOL” with “PATD/ JUNE 30/ 1896” on the right side. The grips are integral to the pistol and are checkered. Complete with box that contains directions for use in the lid and advertising flier.
Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 582: Two Pistols [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #49, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/49/582/two-pistols-a-usa-liquid-pistol-with-original-box-and-paper
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Established in 1751 in Suhl, Thuringia, J.P. Sauer & Sohn is the oldest existing hunting arms manufacturer in Germany. In celebration of their 270 year anniversary, the company has released a limited edition knife. This knife is made by German knife maker PUMA to Sauer’s specifications. As noted by Sauer, like in the case of their firearms, creating lasting values for […]
Florida-based Sticky Holsters just announced their newly available optics-ready holsters. The new holsters are consistent with the company’s existing sizing standards, but include a cut-away section for increasingly popular red dot optics. Sticky Holsters are so named because of their unique texture. These sheath-style holsters are made of a neoprene-like fabric. The outside finish has an almost rubbery texture that allows for clip- and loop-free retention when a holster is worn with a belt or taut drawstring inside the waistband, or carried in a pocket.
While there are some imitation products on the market today, Sticky Holsters represent the original and “stickiest” choice for no-strap retention in this style of holster. The soft insides of the holster insure a scratch-free experience for those who want to preserve their gun’s bluing, nitride, or other barrel/frame finish. The price of the new optics-ready holsters is $39.95. The 14 new models represent a very broad range of handguns including most that are popular for concealed carry. Finding the right fit is made simple by using the gun size or brand-model search function on the Sticky Holsters website. There are also magazine carriers available to match.
This budget-friendly holster represents a good choice for both entry-level and experienced concealed carry practitioners. When used correctly, these holsters provide secure trigger guard coverage and retention. Potential customers should be aware to follow firearms safety rules at all times including when using Sticky Holsters. Because this inside-waistband/inside-pocket holster is soft-sided, it goes flat when the gun is drawn. Thus it is advised to remove the holster from the body after drawing, safely insert the muzzle into the Sticky Holster while holding the gun in a firing grip with finger off trigger, and placing the open end of the sheath-like holster over the muzzle from above using the support hand. This avoids “muzzling” the support hand. When the gun is fully inserted into the Sticky Holster, the gun/holster unit can then be inserted into the waistband, pocket, or other carry position.
Credit card companies, banks, and just about every other financial institution out there have made it pretty clear that gun companies aren’t their favorite customers. In fact, a lot of gun companies have been outright discriminated against for using their services meaning many have had to find alternate credit card processing services in order to […]
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Much has changed since last summer. In July 2020, notoriously anti-gun researchers circulated a paper that alleged an association between what they deemed “excess” gun purchases early in the pandemic and violence. This year, the same researchers disproved their original findings with the addition of new data.
On June 29, Yves Giroux, Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer, released a report on the estimated cost of implementing the firearm confiscation (“buyback”) program that is part of the sweeping Order-in-Council announced by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 1, 2020.
Since I happen to have simultaneous access to both a military-pattern F1 FAMAS and also a civilian semiautomatic MAS-223, I figured it would be nice to compare them side by side and see how they differ. A number of changes were made for the civilian semiauto rifles, including:
– Rifle grenade capability
– Stock recoil buffer
– Fire control mechanism
– Muzzle device
– Night sights
Tired crank Keith Olbermann reached a new low in weak-minded rhetoric in recent months with his doltish insight into the Second Amendment. According to the former MSNBC bloviator, the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right to own firearms because the word “own” does not appear in the text.
Last September we reported on the saga of Ka'Mauri Harrison, a Louisiana elementary school student who was suspended for having a BB gun that happened to come into view while the fourth grader was participating in online schooling in his own home.
Welcome to Amazon Deals 3. Today is July 19th, 2021 otherwise known as Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day (what a mouthful). As a pilot myself, I have a lot of respect for what these men and women do to support the airline industry. A lot of time, dedication, and training goes into turning these people […]
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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday it will not be pursuing charges against the 72-year-old man who shot and killed David Austin in April because the shooting was deemed justified....
An eyewitness, who did not know the shooter, said Austin approached the 72-year-old man in an aggressive manner even though the 72-year-old had a handgun.
The eyewitness said Austin approached the 72-year-old in a "boxer's stance." As the witness passed by the two men, he saw the shooter lower the handgun and walk backwards as Austin walked towards the man with the gun, reports said.
Seconds later the witness heard a single gunshot.
The shooter ran home and called 9-1-1, then went back to the scene and waited for police.
He told police that Austin had hit him in the head - and feared another blow would kill him, reports said.
Welcome back to TFB’s Photo Of The Day. As the name indicates, our POTDs are dedicated to interesting pictures and are updated daily. Today we have a mixture of international Corps of Marines from Sweden, Finland, and the U.K. conducting amphibious assaults on a beachhead in Ravlunda, Sweden. This happened in front of the local […]
Credit for the first-ever color photograph taken goes to the mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell. At a lecture in 1861 he unveiled what is to be considered as the first durable color photograph. Fast forward over 150 years, and we expect nothing but high-quality color photographs like the ones we’re looking at today. I don’t […]
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the award-wining YHM Turbo K 5.56mm rifle suppressor. Last week we tested the Rugged Oculus, a superb rimfire silencer with modular features. This week we take a dive into the integrally suppressed rimfire world with the Tactical […]
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Welcome to the first installment of the Police Guns Of The World series, in which we’ll explore the current state of police firearms around the globe. In the first and second editions, we’ll be taking a look at what’s currently riding in federal law enforcement holsters of South America. Seeing as how we’re almost a […]
Photo Of The Day – TFB is now on our 7:th year of bringing you high-quality photographs from the world of firearms every day. The world is full of stories and photographs and today we focus on Special Forces Green Berets assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group, as they fire their M4 carbines. Dot […]
Another week has passed and it is now Friday afternoon. Today we take a look at something we sort of looked at before – Steiner’s PVS-21. However, this is the Model 2740 LPNVM PVS-21 monocular. As always, Friday Night Lights is brought to you by ATN Corp, manufacturers of night vision and thermal optics like the […]
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The Veto Override session is officially happening because of YOU! History has been made but our Second Amendment is still on the line.
Last week, Culper Precision made a big splash in the firearms industry with the introduction of their Block 19 customization of Gen 3 and 4 Glock 19 pistols. That splash also caught the attention of the national news media, as well as the LEGO corporation. LEGO issued a cease and desist letter to Culper Precision […]
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The good folks at Phlster were kind to share one of their breakthrough holster systems for testing. Seeing it described as a “breakthrough,” and having seen an article in which the wearer described being able to wear formal attire and conceal comfortably one day, then go running in their Enigma the next, made me interested to see what it’s all about. After all, there’s generally not much new under the sun in the holster market despite plenty of dramatic marketing language. I was skeptical, but I found out the Enigma really is in a class of its own.
This product and the experience of wearing it turned out to be novel enough that this will be a two-part series.
The Enigma is different than other holsters and is truly a system; it can accommodate many companies’ “shells” (the kydex holster itself) which attaches to a flexible, laser-cut frame at a customizable angle and height. That frame, which faces out to the world while the holster is against the body, is secured by an adjustable web belt and a flat cord called the leg leash. All that to say this is the only holster I’ve seen that allows front-of-body carry in a way that offers security of the gun in terms of keeping it put and covering the trigger guard, provides for safe re-holstering without removing the holster, and does not require belted pants. Also, it conceals even a full-size gun really, really well if you’re willing to invest some time experimenting at the outset.
This system can be ordered as a complete set if Phlster makes a shell for your gun. Or add your own non-light bearing holster with a ModWing, Darkwing, Raven wing, or similar AIWB concealment claw/wing attachments with standard 5/8ths hole spacing. Many Enigma users have found ways to use a light-bearing holster, even for full-size guns, as well as attach magazine and blade carriers.
If you’re getting the impression that using the Enigma is a combination of trial, error, and maybe some DIY ingenuity in exchange for the ability to carry with just about any kind of clothing, you’re on the right track. But it’s not necessary to go it alone. For Facebookers, there is a massive support and education system centered around the Enigma. The design and sales team behind this product, Sarah and Jon Hauptman, provide the Phlster Concealment Workshop as a forum for concealed carriers, and the group’s focus is largely around the Enigma. In this group can be found an endless array of discussions, Q&A sessions, and an amazing assortment of photos showing how people are making the Enigma work for them. Shopping for a holster from a traditional retailer is fraught with dilemmas, especially when a person is much smaller or larger in circumference than the typical gun model. Or maybe their manner of dress isn’t the typical presentation of jeans and a tee shirt. No worry, someone in the group has you covered, whether your attire is an oxford style dress shirt and slacks or even a two-piece bathing suit (not kidding, it’s in there — and the gun is astonishingly invisible).
My own trial of the Enigma entailed some normal daily wear for my life, including going to the store, riding my horse in English riding breeches, and low-impact workouts. At the extreme ends of this test were wearing it to a wedding and reception in a skirt and dress top, and taking a six-mile hike in 108F heat. While some may not agree with my conclusions, they are earned, and should of course be considered somewhat unique to me as it’s obvious that this system can be adapted for wear by just about anyone who has a waist.
The term “printing” will be used in this article. For concealed carry purposes, that word refers to the visible and at least sometimes identifiable outline of a gun, usually the grip, under a garment. A gun that’s identifiable to onlookers, even if it’s under clothing, is not concealed under practical nor numerous states’ definitions of “concealed.”
My days are pretty casual, for the most part. When I’m not teaching on the range or working security with a belt-borne OWB holster, mags, and other gear, I’m in jeans, riding breeches, or shorts with a tee-shirt. After years of donning a belt or making sure I have a drawstring pulled tight enough to act as one, it was liberating to pull on a pair of elastic-waist shorts and to wear breeches and have the Sig seemingly disappear. I could even wear the Enigma and, with the belt slung a little lower than I prefer, wear low, hip-hugger pants and a shirt that covers the waistband, to hide the belt which was still visible at the small of my back. While the gun was well-concealed this way, sitting brought back the memory of trying to conceal my old Glock 19, which poked me in the thigh and wore an abrasion. This could be remedied by changing the holster angle, but since hip huggers aren’t my usual attire, I didn’t do that—there is the usual recommendation to use a dab of Loctite on the attachment screws when moving the holster around, and I’m no fan of losing screws from holster experimentation.
From reading comments in the aforementioned Facebook group, I’m aware I’m in a minority, but definitely not alone in struggling with the leg leash. First, let’s discuss why it’s there. It keeps the Enigma from riding up too high. This can be a concern during repeating drawing/re-holstering practice, and I would definitely wear the leash if I were to, say, take a full class with or even shoot a 50-round qualification with my concealment gun. The leash is easy enough to attach, even for fumble-fingered people like me, though it doesn’t appear like it would be. It dangles like a lasso from the support side thigh front of the Enigma, loops around the thigh, and buckles somewhere in the front. The buckle didn’t print under my thin tactical pants, but I struggled constantly with it dangling down to my knee in the back, hanging up there being distracting. It wasn’t painful or abrasive, just distracting and visible when I wore shorts. Though the leash has a slider adjustment, no amount of sliding would correct the too-long contraption. Over the long term, I’ll likely keep it because it does serve a function, but cut some length off.
Conclusion of the EDC test: Superior concealment, including while riding which has not otherwise been possible and keep the gun off bony areas short of wearing a fanny pack. That’s a fashion faux pas at equestrian events. I take comfort in the fact that, while astride a horse, I can position the gun so there are no hard materials over any bones in case of an unplanned dismount. The Enigma provides more freedom in terms of what I can wear and still conceal. A skin-tight tee still prints, but I can get away with a wider range of shirt fits compared to my usual belt-borne IWB setup. The downside is that my drawstroke is slower, in excess of two seconds, and requires two hands—with work, I can get to a single-handed draw with most pants, but doing so is slower than drawing with the aid of my support hand to clear the shirt out of the way. I am slightly annoyed with how the back of the belt creeps up on my back during the day. My waist is short and my hips are significantly wider than my midriff, so this problem is probably limited to people with similar conformation. It is not so bad when I wear the leg leash, which does hold the entire belt down.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but to be clear, this system is safe in terms of shielding the trigger guard while carrying and keeping the gun from falling out of the holster or off the body. Of course, the user is responsible for keeping their own digits, clothing, and whatever else out of the trigger guard.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, in which I attend a wedding and have a somewhat scary encounter with wild animals while wearing the Enigma.
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For the third year running, Anderson Manufacturing has once again claimed the #1 spot in “Miscellaneous Firearms Production.” This unprecedented accomplishment follows on the heels of two previous years where Anderson Manufacturing produced well over 300,000 firearms outranking other firearms giants like Brownells, Ruger, Mossberg, and Palmetto State Armory. Anderson Manufacturing @ TFB: NEW: Anderson […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! During a repeater renaissance that was the 1800s, inventors dabbled in all sorts of repeater mechanisms. One such example would be a harmonica style like this Jarre pinfire pistol. Others would be revolvers, duckbills, and even big organ guns. Rock Island Auction Company goes into deeper detail below! Make sure to check them out!
“The work of Alphonse Jarre of Paris, France, patented in the United States in 1862, Jarre intended his “breech-bar” system to be used in pistols, rifles, and even cannons. Marked “A. JARRE/ BTE S.G.D.G.” in an arch on the right underside of the barrel group and on the left side of the frame, “8” on the bottom of the barrel group, and “PC” on the front of the action. The barrel group has ten barrels arranged horizontally, with a hinged gate holding the cartridges in place and a stop on the top left. In operation, the group is pushed in from the left side of the frame, and advances one chamber to the right with every pull of the double action trigger. Sighting is by a post sight on the top of the frame, and an ejector rod is screwed into the top of the grip section. Grips are checkered ebony, with a bird’s head butt. Jarre’s work in the harmonica gun field, and this pistol in particular, were featured in an article by Charles Grimes in the August 2005 (Volume 51, Number 3) of The Gun Report (photocopy of article provided with gun).”
Lot 1120: Rare Documented French Jarre 10-Shot Double Action Pinfire Harmo [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #48, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 15, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/48/1120/rare-documented-french-jarre-10shot-double-action-pinfire-harmo
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WOOX is well known for making some finely crafted stocks and blades that expertly blend materials to create unique and aesthetically pleasing tools. The new Leggenda (Legend) folding EDC knife features a unique blend of American Walnut, Carbon Fiber, and Carbon Steel to give the end-user a distinguishing blade to carry. There will be two options available for the Leggenda EDC folding knife including one with carbon fiber inlaid directly into the walnut handle. Each of the blades will be available both online through WOOX as well as their authorized retailers nationwide.
The Leggenda sticks with the distinct Italian-American design that other WOOX products feature and takes it a step further by incorporating Carbon Fiber highlights into one of its two designs. WOOX claims that the Leggenda brings world-class performance to the EDC knife world as well as cutting-edge materials to make it a high-performing, and outstanding EDC knife. According to WOOX, this EDC folding knife has been a project years in the making and it is a one-of-a-kind folding knife fit for any collector or knife enthusiast.
The blade features a high carbon steel edge and core while the bearing pivot system seems like a very nice luxury for making opening and closing the knife much more smooth. The Leggenda will be available in either a purely walnut-handled option or a more stylized hybrid of American walnut and carbon fiber inlay with the WOOX “X” logo at its center. The knife is currently on sale for $249 for the standard version and the carbon fiber version is currently available for $349. Both knives currently have free shipping as a standard offer. The Leggenda leather sheath is sold separately for $29. Custom Engraving is also available if desired.
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Taylor’s & Company has been in the business of importing dutifully recreated Old West firearms as well as modern designs. Taylor’s is proud to announce their latest offering the T86 Takedown Rifle as an addition to their Lifestyle Series for 2021. The TC86 will be a 16.5″ rifle chambered in .45-70 Government. Intended for “the […]
For long days out in your stand or hiking through the backcountry to your secret hunting spot, you’ll need to stay hydrated and ready to take the shot. Hydration bladders are a great way to quench your thirst without lugging around a water bottle, but some of the current offerings on the market aren’t all that robust to stand up to the abuse that hunters and outdoorsmen can subject them to. So, 5.11 Tactical is proud to announce the introduction of their very own WTS 3L Hydration System boasting a 100 fluid ounce capacity and a robust damage-resistant design.
Released to work perfectly in tandem with 5.11’s new Rush24 2.0 backpack. The new WTS 3L Hydration system sports the classic look that you’ve come to expect from 5.11 Tactical while improving on the overall design of other hydration bladders currently on the market. To start off the WTS 3L features a 100 fl oz or 3-liter capacity meaning you’ll have enough water to last you throughout the day.
The WTS 3L also features an improved durable yet flexible outer 0.4mm TPU Hydrapak reservoir that is both BPA and PVC free. The Hydrapak reservoir can easily be filled from the top using a hose or spigot and quickly resealed with 5.11’s patented slide-seal closure. The Hydrafusion hydration tube features a fast flow rate and a 1mm layer of outer insulation to keep the water in the tube from heating up in the sun. Finally, the Blaster bite valve features a twist-on/off design for quick cleaning and also features a handy dust cover for keeping dirt and debris out of it while not in use.
At the time of writing the WTS 3L is not quite ready for ordering, and thus, no pricing or preference details have been made available. For more information and to keep track of when you can order your own WTS 3L Hydration system you can visit 511tactical.com.
There is nearly an endless amount of semi-auto shotguns available on the market today to choose from. However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like the VRF14 before. The new VRF14 from Rock Island Armory is the company’s newest offering that takes the concept of a Mossberg Shockwave or Remington TAC-14 and melds […]
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As part of the Warsaw Pact, Poland anticipated adopting the AK-74 after it was developed by the Soviet Union. However, the eventual Soviet terms for license fees and export restrictions were too severe for Polish taste. Instead, Poland opted to develop its own new rifle to use the 5.45x39mm cartridge. This would essentially be a 5.45mm version of the AKM. That sounds like an AK-74, but the 74 actually involved a significant number of changes to parts which the Poles though could be leave identical tot he AKM (like the rear trunnion, for instance). The Poles also wanted to separate the selector lever into two separate controls, with a safety lever on the right and a selector lever (including a 3-round burst option) on the left side.
This new project, codenamed Tantal, was adopted as the wz.88 just before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Production ran for only a couple years, with a total production of 30-50 thousand rifles. Once it became clear that Poland had a path to join NATO, the Tantal was dropped in anticipation of a new rifle in 5.56x45mm NATO. For much more information on the Tantal, see Leszek Erenfeicht’s extensive article.
The RCBS ChargeMaster line of powder measures is the top of the line when it comes to reloading equipment. With a grain measuring resolution of 0.1 grains and a 2000 grain capacity, the new Bluetooth compatible RCBS ChargeMaster Link is the latest addition to the ChargeMaster lineup. RCBS has recently released the full details of […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves goes over the top 5 rifles that are NOT an AR-15, but that ARE chambered in 5.56mm or .223 caliber like the AR-15 or M16. This was a tough list to make but James buckled down and did it anyways. Do you agree with this list of top […]
Welcome back to my escape from California bondage. This is Part 2. If you read the first part, you know what this is all about. If not, check it out Un-Californiaizing My AR-15 Part 1. We left off having completed the upper half of the rifle, sans optic. Again, we’ll be working on that in the third […]
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The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School is conveniently abbreviated to USAJFKSWCS. In our Photo Of The Day, we’re going to look at students assigned to this school and doing the Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Course. Above you can see a student with a Steyr AUG from Austria. Below we have […]
Over the last few weeks, I’ve gone over my personal setup and various ways to carry on the body. Carrying on the body is by far the most secure way to carry but a number of people messaged and commented about off-body carry. Since someone brought it up a few weeks, I have been rattling […]
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What is more important than our Bill of Rights? Nothing!
Started by late Simon Dominic Clode (Chairman & Managing Director of Westley Richards) in 2015, the Westley Richards Synthetic All Weather Mountain Rifle project has come to fruition. The company published an article telling the story of this rather unusual Westley Richards bolt-action rifle. Let’s take a closer look. Westley Richards @ TFB: Hemingway’s .577 Nitro Rifle […]
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Last week, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned from its 2021 Special Session having passed the Environment Omnibus legislation and no anti-gun measures.
ODIN Works released their first complete AR-15 pattern rifle, the Odin Tactical Rifle or OTR-15, back in November of 2020 and a couple of weeks ago they introduced the 6.5 Grendel version of the OTR-15. Both of these rifles are built on in-house machined billet aluminum receivers. Now for those of you who’d like to build […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This one is particularly exciting for me because I actually had the chance to shoot one of these little guys. This is a Bravermann Pen Pistol. These Pen Pistols were available in the 1990s and retailed for around $100. They were made in 22 long rifle and 25 ACP. There was a 380 cap barrel available, but it was only to be used if carried for self-defense since the barrel would eventually destroy the function of the pistol. Owning a 380 barrel would void your warranty.
I got to shoot a 25 ACP version and it was somewhat terrifying. The recoil was fairly stout since there really is not much meat there to add weight. These pen pistols are not considered NFA items since they have to be made to look like a gun before firing.
“With nylon belt pouch and additional 16 1/2″ threaded barrel with attached Barska 3-7×20 scope. Consignor states the 16 1/2” barrel is a prototype and only two are known to exist.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 43: R.J. Bravermann Stinger Pen Pistol with Rare 16 1/2 Inch Barrel [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #2047, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 14, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2047/43/rj-bravermann-stinger-pen-pistol-with-rare-16-12-inch-barrel
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NRA-ILA filed the opening brief in the Supreme Court case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. The case provides the Supreme Court with the opportunity to finally affirm what most states—and common sense—tell us: the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to bear arms for self-defense outside of the home.
If you’re like me and can’t stop collecting cool knives (I’m sure you have a drawer full of them) then you’ll be excited to hear that Cold Steel has released yet another knife to their 2021 collection. The New AD-15 Lite takes the original design of the AD-15 and slims it down in a few key areas to make it a more budget-friendly version of its far more expensive cousin.
Cold Steel AD-15 Lite Specifications
The Original AD-15 made use of some seriously high-quality steel and aluminum components that were precision CNC machined. Now Cold Steel has taken the very popular knife and made it less expensive and a bit more accessible if you like the design of the original AD-15, but aren’t willing to shell out nearly $300 for the standard version.
In total, you’re saving a little over $100 by going with the AD-15 Lite versus the standard AD-15. For daily use and abuse, I tend to favor knives around the middle of the pack in terms of price. Cheaper knives generally don’t handle the type of abuse I dish out to them and either sharpen poorly or need to be sharpened too often. On the converse side, I don’t really like spending nearly $300 on a knife only to lose it or have it completely wrecked by my wanton blade abuse.
The AD-15 Lite foregoes the S35VN stainless steel in favor of the less expensive AUS 10A which has started to become a staple of Cold Steel’s mid-range knife blades. Further cost savings are made by switching from a 3D CNC-machined aluminum billet frame and using instead an injection-molded Griov-EX handle material. The Scorpion Lock design of both the AD-15 and the AD-15 Lite makes use of a strong compression spring and the rear yoke which allows the user to both open and close the knife with one hand very easily.
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Bushnell has updated their Elite Tactical riflescope lineup with new versions of the XRS and DMR optics, the XRS3 and DMR3. Though Bushnell is known for being a budget-oriented brand, their Elite Tactical line includes full-featured scopes that compete with many of the big-name long-range optics. Bushnell @ TFB: Bushnell’s New Fusion X 10×42 Rangefinding […]
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Trail cameras are a great way to time your hunts and keep track of what game is in your area. However, a lot of time and effort can be wasted by trekking out to check each of your cameras and then back again to reload the SD cards. The Covert Scouting Cameras’ new WC-30 wireless trail camera not only saves you time checking your cameras, but also features some impressive range and a generous amount of onboard storage for keeping track of what animals are crossing your path and when.
The new WC-30 comes with an AT&T or Verizon Wireless SIM Card so that your trail cam can do the work for you. However, this is nothing new for the hunting industry. What the WC-30 best is offer lightning-fast trigger speeds, high-resolution photos, and a long flash range of 100 feet topped off with long battery life from its 12 onboard AA batteries. The camera is also capable of transmitting high-resolution images and 720p videos to the covert web portal and mobile app so you’ll have access to everything your trail cam captures no matter where you are.
WC-30 Specifications and Features
The WC-30’s various camera works with Covert Scouting Cameras’ MaXimum Silence Image Capture technology that prevents the trail cam from spooking game and running the risk of them avoiding the area. Each photo and video that the WC-30 captures is timestamped with the Time, Date, Temperature, and Moon Phase and stored onboard and is also sent to the Web Portal and your wireless app. The WC-30 Wireless trail camera is available for $169.99.
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The US Army MMO or Mounted Machine gun Optic program has selected the Trijicon MGRS (Machine Gun Reflex Sight) for use on the Browning M2 and M2A1 platforms. The initial MMO program started in 2018 put out a request to manufacturers for a mounted weapon platform optic in order to facilitate “faster target acquisition times […]
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It is a bit surprising that there has not previously been a significant book written on the M3 “Grease Gun” submachine gun – but Michael Heidler has corrected that empty space in the firearms literature. His new book “The US M3/M3A1 Submachine Gun” is 224 pages covering all aspects of the Grease Gun’s development, manufacture service, and accessories.
The M3 was the American second-generation SMG, developed for maximum simplicity and production economy. Heidler covers more than a dozen different proposed guns that competed for adoption before the M3, and also discusses the development of the T-15 and T-20 guns that became the M3. This includes specific testing procedures and trials reports. He then explains the mechanics and disassembly of the gun, and goes into detail about its manufacture. The M3 was produced by GM’s Guide Lamp division, a company specializing in sheet metal stampings that was an excellent choice for the new design.
As the M3 saw field use a number of shortcomings came to light, resulting in the improved M3A1 variation. Production only ran for a couple years however, ending in the summer of 1945 once enough guns were in inventory to fulfill American military needs. A relatively sparse number of accessories were made, which are also covered in the book. In addition, Heidler has some discussion of experimental patterns (like the curved-barrel types, 9x19mm conversions, silenced models, and .30 Carbine experiments) and foreign production copies of the M3.
Overall, the book is an excellent source for all things Grease Gun. The text is a bit short in some places, buoyed by a lot of photographs, both period original pictures and images or guns and parts. I would have liked to see it go a bit more in-depth in some areas, but there simply might not be much more detail available. This was not a gun that had an extensive service life or a complex production history, after all. It is a classic and essential piece of US military history, though, and it is nice to finally have a book covering it.
At the time of this writing the cover price is an even $45.00 and it is available from the publisher directly:
Or from Amazon:
LMT Defense (Lewis Machine Tool) has been a long-time supplier of both the United States military as well as law enforcement and commercial consumers. The company is popular for manufacturing high-quality AR-15 rifles and parts as well as some heavier hitting items like the M203 40mm grenade launcher. TFB had the pleasure of hosting Joe and […]
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Springfield Armory is a storied name. Its lineage stretches back to America’s early days, more than two centuries before the genesis of today’s Hellcat pistol. The original version of Springfield Armory was a military weapons storage facility in Massachusetts, ordered by George Washington in 1777. In 1795, they added arms production capability for the fledgling […]
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Photo Of The Day: We promised a follow-up on the Celebrities vs Special Forces – Tactical Challenge 2020 and here it is! Above you can see the former NFL player Andrew East firing away at steel targets from behind a car during the Special Forces Tactical Challenge at the Miller Training Complex at Fort Bragg, […]
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Today on Wheelgun Wednesday, you’ll be getting TFB’s impressions of the new, re-introduced Colt Anaconda from not one but two of our writers. Read on, and you’ll see what Rusty S. and Adam S. have to say about the new .44 Magnum main squeeze from Colt. Colt Revolvers @ TFB: Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt King Cobra Target […]
His newest paper is here. An imaginative title: "Faux History of the Right to Bear Arms: Young v. Hawaii."
Gunman, likely out for mass killing, murders a stranger at a gas pump, fires on a second, and approaches a third. The third is an undercover deputy, who kills the murderer with one shot.
Land Rover vehicles – perfect means of transportation for hunting trips with bespoke British guns! Well, British gunmakers apparently agree with this statement as they introduce custom Land Rovers tailored for this purpose. We’ve previously seen the Holland & Holland Range Rover and today we’ll take a look at another British gun company and Land Rover […]
Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around I covered the background information and history of the Hugo Hensel gun factory. I had also previously covered this revolver over at our sister site TFB. Today we are back to our firearm shrouded in mystery. The Hugo Hensel name and the H. Hensel mystery revolver. This time around we are back to our regular format: Specifications, Range Time, and Final Thoughts! Let’s dive right into the rabbit hole!
Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older firearms like we do, and simultaneously you can teach us things as well through sharing your own expertise and thoughts in the Comments. Understanding the firearms of old, their importance, and their development which lead to many of the arms we now cherish today is incredibly fascinating and we hope you enjoy what we have to share, too!
The construction of this revolver is a lot like police revolvers common in Europe in the mid- to late 1800s. All sorts of companies, brands, and factories produced bulldog and constabulary-style, double-action revolvers. Often with a manual safety – oddly enough – compared to the standards of today. It would be comparable to guns being made by outlet and hardware stores in the USA back in the day except those were licensed or commissioned.
As far as my speculation of the intended cartridge of this firearm goes I am pretty much decided on a 380 Long or Short of some sort. I realize that is fairly vague, but so are the research results. The 38 Short Colt is the cartridge that I have fired from it without much of an issue beyond the rim thickness preventing rapid ejection since the firing pin sticks slightly too far forward where the rim catches when rotating the cylinder during the ejection operations.
The reason for no cartridge determination is because there were no SAAMI specifications or any sort of standardization back in the day. Sure every factory may have made a 380 rimmed cartridge, but they themselves were the captains of their own specifications. The brass could have all sorts of variation and guns were usually made with either a loose tolerance in mind or a very specific dimension required.
Another reason I plant my flag in the 380 rimmed categories is that 38 short colt is very similar to all of those cartridges. Walter Hugo Erich Hensel made his way to the USA and lived there in order to make money for his family during the Great Depression. As I mentioned above in the history portion he worked as a gunsmith at a factory somewhere. It is very possible that he came across some American revolvers chambered for 38 Short Colt and decided that would be a cool idea.
Below is a rough sketch of chamber casts that I made hoping to have a guess on dimensions. More than anything the rim was the hardest since the recess intended for it is very thin. The dimensions below are definitely not exact. If anything they are an average of measurements taken from multiple casts. The rim thickness was attempted to be identified, but I deem it immeasurable from the casts. If anyone out there has a guess at what this gun should be shooting let us know in the comments and politely talk amongst each other.
Range time with this revolver is always very pleasant. It looks and feels fragile but after the first three shots that all melts away. The grip for me is just right and comfy. The recoil with 38 Short Colt is very manageable. The sights are discernable enough to make a decent group. The target below depicts my exact feelings while shooting the revolver. As seen in the upper right are my first three almost hesitant shots and then closer to the center is a tight group of three more where I had aimed. The target was roughly 15 yards away.
I love this revolver and I love the mystery in it. I really enjoy the idea that I may have added a small puzzle piece to Armin and his father’s passing research. This object is still an unknown even though I have come to know so much. It is very beautiful even as it sits old and tarnished with exchanging hands. You can imagine what it would have looked like the second it passed out of the H. Hensel gun factory in Breslau. Mechanically it is sound and smooth and elegant. I am proud to have this revolver in my collection. I am even more excited that it may open doors and answer questions. Thank you all who have tagged along and especially if they have any information to add.
Important Note: Armin has given me permission to share his email with you all in hopes of learning more about his family history and the Hugo Hensel firearms history. If you have such information feel free to message him at this email: email@example.com. I am sure he would be happy to hear if you own any H. Hensel firearms or have any further information. Please be polite and considerate!
A big thank you to the gracious folks over at the Cody Firearms Museum. They were kind enough to lend me a little of their extremely busy time and give me some of their thoughts and guesses. This is where I was informed that the German proof marks dated 1891-1939. Thanks to them and along with Armin’s information I would wager (only a guess on my part) that this revolver was made somewhere in 1917-1938.
In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety? What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Having firearms books with high-quality photos and interesting factoids is a must for any self-respecting gun owner looking to decorate their coffee table. Even if you don’t read them they are always nice to have around for guests who come over. One such series of books I’ve seen gain a lot of popularity is the […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The ’60s involved the space race and for a space race, you need a space gun. Here we have the infamous Gyrojet. The Gyrojet was a pistol that fired a unique rocket-style cartridge. The cartridge literally fires its whole self. The hammer falls reward and hits the tip setting off the rocket and momentarily delaying the rocket in order to build pressure. From there the rocket resets the hammer and leaves the barrel spinning and completing its ignition.
“Made between 1962 and 1970, the Gyrojet pistol was intended to replace the standard powder filled cartridges with a super high velocity “rocket” type cartridge. In place of a traditional cartridge, it instead fires a self contained spin stabilized solid fuel rocket, removing the need for a strong breech or precise gas sealing. Fed by an internal fixed magazine, the hammer, mounted in front of the grip, drives the rocket back onto a fixed firing pin, and is reset as the round shoots forward. A sliding action cover takes the place of a traditional slide, and is ported to direct the escaping gas to the sides, away from the shooter. The grips are smooth walnut, with a proper cutout on the left side for the magazine follower. Included with the pistol is a MBA box hand numbered to gun with shipping sleeve, and a factory ammunition box containing 22 (not a typo, twenty-two) rounds of scarce Gyrojet ammunition. This pistol is consecutively numbered with the Gyrojet pistol below.”
Lot 2035: Mba Gyrojet Mark I Pistol 12 mm [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July12, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/2035/mba-gyrojet-mark-i-pistol-12-mm
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Hunters around the world should be very familiar with Blaser and their extremely versatile R8 Straight-Pull, bolt-action rifle. Blaser Group has just announced that the R8 will be receiving yet another chambering that is becoming very popular with hunters these days – 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge). The 6.5 PRC round has all the benefits of the similar 6.5 Creedmoor, but with an even flatter trajectory and even better terminal performance for bagging game at long range.
The new 6.5 PRC version of the R8 straight-pull rifle will be available with a Synthetic Stock, Wooden Stock, the highly stylized Leather Edition, or the R8 Ultimate edition which features an ergonomically optimized synthetic stock with adjustable comb, recoil pad, and an integrated recoil system for those heavier hitting calibers. It is unknown if the new 6.5 PRC option will be available for the R8 Ultimate Silence with an integrated suppressor.
The R8 series has always offered hunters loads of premium features including a sub 2-Lb trigger pull (listed as 900 grams), a manual cocking system for added safety during hunting, quick takedown and re-assembly, and fast barrel changes from calibers ranging from 204 Ruger up to the mighty 500 Jeffrey. The fast barrel change system allows traveling hunters to carry a single rifle with them while maintaining the versatility of multiple calibers to match the environment and game they will be hunting next.
“If you combine all the different standard options on an R8, you can build over 47 million unique rifles and that does not even include custom shop options, The interchangeability makes it incredibly easy to convert your rifle from one caliber to another by simply switching out the barrel and bolt head. This can be done in less than a minute. The engineering and craftsmanship is so extraordinary, after any barrel change, the rifle will shoot to within 1/2 MOA every time.”
-Jason Evans CEO, Blaser Group
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Getting the reps in is crucial for just about anything – especially a perishable skill like archery. If you don’t want to miss that buck on your next bow hunt then you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your dope dialed in for your specific type of arrow, bow, and possible optic. Now that’s pretty hard to do if you keep breaking broadheads, field tips, and you keep destroying your targets with all the practice. The new BLOCK Infinity Crossbow target is made from BLOCK’s PolyFusion technology and boasts extreme stopping power, easy arrow removal, and the ability to stop some of the deadliest bolts currently on the market.
- PolyFusion layered technology
- Easy arrow removal
- Stops all field points and broadheads
- 6-sided shooting
- Multiple aiming points on all sides
- Built in convenient carrying handle
- Stops all field points and broadheads up to 520 F.P.S. using standard diameter bolts
BLOCK has built up a reputation over the years of having some of the most durable targets available to archers and the BLOCK Infinity should be no different. The core is made from a high-density layered foam which is then encased in a softer self-healing exterior foam wall which delivers both extreme stopping power and exceptional durability while still offering you easy arrow removal. The BLOCK Infinity uses the outer layer to aid in slowing the projectile before it enters the layered core which uses friction to slow the bolt rather than brute force.
The six-sided target features five unique designs strategically placed to offset aiming areas for extended target life and maximum durability. The BLOCK Infinity is safe to use with not just field points, but also fixed and even expandable broadheads. The BLOCK Infinity is guaranteed to stop standard diameter arrows traveling at up to 500 FPS. The BLOCK Infinity will be available in two sizes: 20 x 20 inches or 22 x 22 inches. The 22-inch version will sell for $213 while the 20-inch version will sell for $192.
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Wilson Combat‘s history in the firearms industry stretches back nearly half a century. From his background as a trained watchmaker, company founder Bill Wilson made the jump into guns in 1974 with a retail store, then shifted to manufacturing three years later. From the late 1970s to today, the brand’s principal domain has been in […]
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Nighthawk Custom is no stranger to high-end 1911s. Recently, Nighthawk released the first in what they’re calling the Ambassador Series. This is the second installation in the series. Introducing the Delegate. Nighthawk Custom @ TFB: Nighthawk Custom VIP Agent 2 Limited Edition Pistol The Thunder Ranch Combat Special by Nighthawk Custom Nighthawk Custom Shadow Hawk Long Slide Pistol […]
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When we think of “last-ditch” rifles, we normally think of 1945 and the very end of World War Two. For the British, however, the lowest ebb of the war was in 1941 and 42, and it is during that period that the Lee Enfield was at is crudest. British ordnance instituted a number of simplifications to maximize weapons production. In particular:
– Walnut replaced with kiln-dried birch and beech for furniture
– Two-groove barrels replacing five-groove ones
– A vastly simplified 2-position flip sight in place of the original fine micrometer style
– Simplified bolt release, designated the No4 MkI* (which was only produced in the US and Canada)
– Aluminum buttplates
– Much reduced standards of fit and finish, leading to really ugly machine marks and haphazard markings.
Most of these changes would be walked back later in the war as Britain’s footing became more solid, but they make a very interesting period of changes for the collector to study.
ATN Corp is the industry’s premier leader in glass when it comes to night vision and thermal optics, and there are innumerable ways they can aid you in hunting and working in the outdoors. They also offer one of the industry’s only Upgrade Programs and models with Mossy Oak pattern camouflage to blend into your environment as best as possible. For all of these reasons, it is a no-brainer to want to deploy ATN thermal optics when heading into the field for varmint hunting, big-game hunting (where legal and applicable), and even taking inventory of livestock. ATN Corp has generously lent us some of their products to use this year so we will take a look at what we have, and how we intend to use it. Let’s dive in!
The 1st piece is an ATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Rifle Scope with a Quick Detach Mount. Like all of ATN’s thermal optics, this model has a very comfortable eye relief to mount it on a wide variety of firearm platforms and it uses standard 30mm rings. This would be as comfortable on a modern sporting rifle like an AR-15 or a traditional bolt-action rifle depending on the field use we are summoning it to do. The model we will be using is a matte black finish, but they are also available in Mossy Oak camouflage patterns – Break-Up Country, Elements Terra, and Bottomland – if you want it to match your rifle, clothing, or both. The MSRP is $3,999 for the ATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Rifle Scope.
The 2nd tool in our arsenal will be a monocular for detecting, recognizing, and identifying game. This variable power thermal monocular can detect game out to 1,500 meters, recognize it out to 680 meters, and positively identify game to 340 meters. With over 9+ hours of continuous use and battery life available, a thermal monocular can be invaluable for scouting potentially hunting locations, recognizing game before you stalk and pursue it on foot, and handy when attempting to recover game as well. The MSRP is $1,999 for the ATN OTS LT 320 4-8X Thermal Monocular.
So, now that we have our hands on some thermal optics in the ATN OTS LT 320 4-8X Thermal Monocular and ATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Rifle Scope we need to put them to practical use. Since I personally hail from Minnesota, there are an assortment of ways I am going to be able to put these thermal optics to use. One way will be scouting for our state’s fall turkey season. In the fall, the boys aren’t chasing the girls anymore; moreover, they are not mating so it is more difficult to pattern the movements of turkeys. Being able to deploy a thermal handheld to spot and identify roosting locations for turkeys will go a long ways. Successful turkey hunters base their blind and hunt locations off of where turkeys roost and will inevitably come down from in the morning. So, getting a leg up on where they are located the night before a morning hunt can be invaluable.
I can’t bare the thought of what I am about to say being as it is July, but once it begins to snow in Minnesota livestock can become the targets of coyotes. My family has a modest cattle herd of one dozen head and ensuring they make it through the winter to either breed once again or be butchered for our family is vitally important. Not only will hunting and harvesting coyotes with a thermal riflescope save our cattle, but it will also protect the local whitetail deer population as well.
Another unlikely issue Minnesotans are forced to combat is that of flooding and the surprise deforestation of land by beavers. With the North American beaver being the 2nd largest rodent in the world – weighing upwards of 80 Lbs – they can do a lot of damage to one’s property and quickly destroy aquatic ecosystems as well. With trapping becoming a dying art form, I get requests locally to trap nuisance beaver. The ATN thermal monocular will be valuable in identifying active beaver lodges (their homes) versus vacant ones so I know where to focus my efforts. There’s typically geese, waterfowl, and other critters on beaver ponds as well so you will never be short on entertainment while using a thermal monocular there.
A final way we would like to put these ATN products to the test and deploy them in real-world hunting scenarios is by detecting, recognizing, and identifying prairie dog towns. This venture will warrant a road trip to the Dakotas, but harvesting prairie dogs for ranchers is valuable because it protects livestock from getting injured and it saves their grasslands from being destroyed. Prairie dogs burrow underground leaving large divots on the soil that cattle can fall into twisting joints and potentially breaking bones. Also, they eat the roots of grasses and native plants effectively killing them. So, hunting prairie dogs serves a valuable purpose and identifying active prairie dog towns versus vacant ones will save time as well.
With a little over 5 months left in the year there is still a lot of hunting, exploring, and adventures to be had when you have the capable technology of ATN thermal optics by your side. From turkey to beaver to prairie dogs we are looking to utilize these products in new, creative ways. For our reading audience out there, how have you used thermal optics in the past? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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SIG SAUER is one of the biggest names in the world of gun brands. They’ve produced more than a few massively popular firearm models in their nearly half-century history. The recent transition from their German roots to a new US-based operational structure, with SIG Germany having shut down just over a year ago, appears to […]
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In this episode of TFBTV Mailroom, James curses, complains, and reads your awful mail. NSFW language. Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if you enjoy our program, and consider helping us […]
It’s 2022, the Covid-19 pandemic has passed but humanity has another crisis to face – future aliens. This 4th July weekend Amazon dropped a major new military sci-fi movie, The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J. K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson and Edwin Hodge. The premise is interesting, future soldiers travel back […]
Opinion here. It starts, "When do constitutional rights vest? At 18 or 21? 16 or 25? Why not 13 or 33? In the law, a line must sometimes be drawn. But there must be a reason why constitutional rights cannot be enjoyed until a certain age. Our nation's most cherished constitutional rights vest no later than 18. And the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms is no different."
What could be better than the Heckler & Koch HK433? Quite possibly the Heckler & Koch HK437 right above you, chambered in .300 Blackout (7.62x35mm). The rifle is also equipped with a VarioRay laser light module from Rheinmetall and an EOTech EXPS. You don’t hear as much about the .300 Blackout caliber as before, but […]
Welcome everyone to the 101st edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]
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The 1911 pistol (along with the M2) have withstood the test of time and ventured far beyond anyone’s expectations when it has come to their longevity. Further proof of that exists today with the addition of the new Bantam 1911 Carry pistol from SDS imports. This new fully-featured 1911 carry pistol packs loads of customer-requested […]
On August 21st-22nd, “Bass and Bucks” in Wabash, Indiana will be hosting the 4th Annual NFAA (National Field Archery Association) MidWest Classic Trail Shoot. The NFAA MidWest Classic Trail Shoot is a know yardage 3D archery event with NFAA scoring. The event is modeled after the Western Classic Trail Shoot in Redding, California. Both events have long yardage and great target sets to test an archer’s shooting ability. Two years ago I discovered this event while looking for archery matches on Facebook. When I discovered the match was crossbow friendly, I had to shoot it! My family had a great time, and we want to attend the match every year.
The event is held at “Bass and Bucks” 182 acre property outside of Wabash, Indiana. Last year 331 shooters from 22 States attended the event. Over the course of 2 days, shooters will walk just under 10 miles participating in the event. The course has a varied terrain; wooded rolling hills to flat open fields. The event is relaxing and an enjoyable time. I enjoyed every minute of it! Heck, they even had great BBQ on the course!
The NFAA MidWest Classic Trail Shoot has a slightly different flavor than most of the 3D events I normally compete in. NFAA scoring is used. Each target has a sticker applied to it with the scoring rings. The sticker has a center orange dot (11 ring), and a yellow ring around the orange ring (10 ring). Arrows landing anywhere outside the scoring rings, and are in foam are scored an 8. The size of the scoring ring sticker varies with yardage and size of the target.
Second, archers fire 2 arrows from each stake. Competitors shoot 40 targets the first day and 30 the second day. With exception of the Pee-Wee classes (ages 0-7), archers shoot 140 arrows during the competition. I really enjoy that aspect of the match. I said countless times on a 3D course: “I really would like a second chance at that shot.” The Trail shoot format gives you the opportunity.
Thirdly, and my favorite aspect of the NFAA MidWest Classic Trail Shoot – yardage. Adult competitors will shoot targets from 4 yards out to a Bigfoot target at 101 yards. Competitors shooting from the White stake will have 10 targets from 4-19 yards, 20 targets from 20-30 yards, 32 targets placed at 31-60 yards, 7 targets set at 63-88 yards, and 1 target at 101 yards. The course will put your shooting skills and endurance to the test.
The NFAA MidWest Classic Trail shoot offers all NFAA divisions plus added a few more this year to really make the match interesting. Just about all types of archery equipment are represented as well as classes are broken out in Male and Female divisions. There is truly something for everybody at this match. The Trail shoot offers 4 stakes to shoot from. White has an average distance of 37 yards, blue is an average distance of 23 yards. The red stake will average 19 yards, and Orange is 10 yards. The yardages and scoring ring size are listed in the table on the MidWest Classic Trail Shoot website.
The match directors have added Youth and Cub Crossbow Unlimited classes this year. Crossbow Unlimited is my favorite class to compete in, and this year it will be super exciting to have my children competing with crossbows as well. Monopods are legal in the youth and cub division. My children will also shoot from the 25 yard stake. My daughter harvested her first Whitetail buck last year with a crossbow, and she is quite good with a crossbow; particularly using a monopod! I am expecting a rather high score from her and my son.
For the MidWest Classic Trail shoot the match directors are not enforcing the speed limit in the Crossbow Unlimited class. Doing so will open the match up for hunting crossbows. Normally, the Crossbow Unlimited class has a speed limit of 330 FPS; however, very few new crossbows are sold with that low of a velocity. I will shoot my IBO setup and my kids will shoot my ASA tuned bow. Furthermore, I am not sure I would want to shoot the course with a 480 feet-per-second firebreather – that would make for a long weekend! I would not forget bottles of Woody’s Arrow Lube and an arrow puller.
Predominately, you will see mostly vertical compound shooters participating, but there will be recurve and traditional shooters competing as well. I think the Trail shoot would be an absolute blast shooting it with a traditional bow.
The NFAA Midwest Classic Trail Shoot offers 3 different prize divisions. Your final score determines placing in all 3 divisions. There is the Trail Shoot, where you are competing for plaques. There is a Money Shoot which is available to adult divisions with enough competitors. The NFAA Tournament has trophy rings as awards. The trophy rings are huge and resemble Super Bowl rings to me. They are extremely cool! In closing, if you are looking for an extremely fun 3D archery match, the NFAA MidWest Classic Trail shoot will not disappoint!
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Few things in life are as universally loved as integrally suppressed firearms. From the MP5SD to guns like the Maxim 9 and AS VAL, there is just something unique and fascinating about integrally suppressed arms. That is why B&T is excited to announce the introduction of their precision bolt-action .300 Blackout integrally suppressed rifle, the […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The other day I shared the Kolibri pistol which is arguably the smallest pistol in the world. Here we have a small pistol from the 1920s. The Liliput pistol fired a 4.25mm centerfire cartridge fed from a detachable magazine. This is a highly embellished example that was seen on Rock Island Auction Company’s website.
“The 4.25 mm Liliput pistol is one of the smallest semiautomatic handguns ever made (the Kolibri is generally considered the smallest). This Model 1927 pistol features factory engraving covering approximately 95% of the gold plated metal surfaces. The frame, barrel, slide, trigger, trigger guard and grip straps have an extensive oak leaf and acorn engraving pattern, with an exceptionally fine punch dot background. The engraving even extends to the base of the gold plated magazine. The barrel has a crown/N commercial proof on the left side and the left side of the frame is marked “LILIPUT KAL-4,25 / Modell 1927″. The trigger is numbered to the gun. Fitted with ivory colored checkered plastic grips with caliber medallions.”
Lot 3220: Menz August Liliput Pistol 4.25 mm [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 12th, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/3220/menz-august-liliput-pistol-425-mm
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If you’re a fan of either the .45-70 Government cartridge or classically designed lever-action rifles, then you’ll be happy to know that Taylor’s and Company have just added their new TC86 Takedown to their 2021 Lifestyle Series lineup. The TC86 Takedown blends the classic lines and function of a Winchester Model 1886 and adds modern flair and functionality to it complete with a 5/8″ x 24 threaded barrel and oversized lever loop. The new/classic rifle looks like it would make for a great hunting rifle when topped with a nice piece of glass and capped with a matching suppressor.
The rifle can hold up to 4 rounds of .45-70 Gov’t within its tubular magazine which sits under the 5/8″ x 24 threaded, matte blued, partially octagonal barrel. The threaded barrel means the addition of a 45 caliber suppressor comes straight from the factory. The new TC86 Takedown Rifle is available for order now for an MSRP of $1,839.86.
The Color Case Hardened TC86 will look just as good in your gun safe as it does on the back of your ATV or gun rack in your truck. Along with its rubber butt pad-equipped walnut stock, the rifle also features an oversized lever loop, checkered grip, Skinner peep sight, and weaver rail-base integrated into the Semi-octagonal barrel. The oversized lever loop is quite popular these days and most importantly makes for an easy-to-use winter hunting rifle when you’ve got to wear heavy gloves to contend with the cold environment.
“Taylor’s & Company brings to the gun enthusiast classic firearms that made cowboys, lawmen and outlaws famous, but with a modern twist. All Taylor’s premium firearms are made using the latest in precision machinery and high-quality materials with one goal in mind; to create reliable and accurate reproductions of Civil War, Old West, hunting and tactical guns from the 19th century. The TC86 Takedown is a perfect example of this.”
-Rob Girard – VP of Sales and Marketing Taylor’s and Company
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I know judging by the image above you’ll instantly want to call out “that’s a shotgun!” However, contrary to its ammunition usage and design, the new Rock Island VRF14 is in fact classified by the ATF as a “firearm” and not a “shotgun.” The VRF14 takes what I could consider being the natural endpoint of designs like the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington TAC-14 and turns the pump guns into some seriously powerful semi-auto goodness.
“The VRF14 is the first semi-automatic short-barrel firearm of its kind. It boasts a familiar pistol-style grip so you can shoot 12 GA shells from the hip.”
The new VRF14 adds to the already extensive lineup of the Rock Island “VR” series with a novel approach to 12-Gauge. Who really needs a stock when your end goal is self-defense in confined quarters? Who really needs a stock when your end goal is just blasting soda cans in the backyard on a hot summer day just to blow off some steam? The VRF14 may not have a clear-cut purpose, but it definitely looks cool. At the time of writing, little is known about the VRF14 Firearm including its pricing and availability. What is known is that it will feature a 5-round detachable box magazine, have an overall length of 26-inches, a barrel length of 14-inches, and feature both top, bottom, and small left and right sections of Picatinny rail for mounting optics and accessories.
The VRF14 features a traditional pistol grip and the receiver is made from 7071 series aluminum while the fore-end is made from a tough polymer keeping the weight of the entire firearm at just 6.6-pounds. The new firearm will in fact be compatible with all of RIA’s VR-series 9 and 19-round magazines meaning that for a small price you can purchase a bit of extra capacity to keep the shooting going on longer. The firearm is capable of using both 2-3/4″ as well as 3″ 12-Gauge shells. The rear of the firearm also includes an attachment point for a single-point sling to help enhance your stability while firing without a shoulder stock. To keep track of when the VRF14 will become available you can visit the Rock Island Armory website.
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I’m a huge fan of in-ear hearing protection as opposed to over-the-ear hearing protection. While ear muffs have much better sound mitigation capabilities, I just can’t stand the heat and sweat they generate on a hot day. Howard Leight has just introduced their very own offering of in-ear noise canceling hearing protection with the New […]
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Fine-tuning your own special blend of hunting ammunition just got a lot easier. RCBS has just introduced their new RCBS ChargeMaster Link which is now Bluetooth enabled too with their MatchMaster app. This essentially combines the reliability and consistency of the Chargemaster Lite with the Bluetooth capability of the much more expensive MatchMaster to bring you an affordable and accurate powder measure that doesn’t break the bank.
The new RCBS® ChargeMaster Link packs unparalleled powder-measuring accuracy in a compact package and adds Bluetooth technology for a streamlined performance.
- Bluetooth Compatible with free App
- 0.1 Grain Accuracy
- 2000 Grain Capacity
- Ability to run on external battery pack
- CE Approved 4 Country Universal Power Supply
- 16 Segment LCD Touchscreen Display
- Quick Warm-Up Period
- Sealed Platen to keep powder out
- User serviceable infinite lifeshaft seals
- Optimal dispense tub angle for speed and accuracy
- Ability to disable audible beeps
- Overcharge Warning – Flashing screen
The ChargeMaster Link will allow reloaders to attend to other operations while the powder measure does all the work. The ChargeMaster Link can be calibrated, charged, logged, and reviewed all from the MatchMaster App. The App allows you to customize settings, record results, and save load preferences so you will have to spend less time messing with getting the first powder throw correct and instead get right to reloading.
Since the ChargeMaster Link is built upon the ChargeMaster Lite, your entire setup can be moved into a stable or more safe location and you can power the unit using an external power source. This will allow your workflow to remain both safe and efficient. The New Bluetooth-enabled RCBS ChargeMaster Link is available now for preorder and will begin shipping in August. If you’re looking to pick one up, a ChargeMaster Link will set you back $349.95 and financing is available through Sezzle.
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Holosun came on the scene in 2013 with the intent to bring some new product options into the optics and laser/infrared market. Over the course of the last eight years, they have advanced their operations substantially and committed to seek significant improvements in their offerings. As a result of this dedication and growth, today they […]
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When I went looking for a piece of good modern software to use for maintaining a collection inventory, I came up almost completely empty. Talking to Ashley Hlebinsky, formerly of the Cody Firearms Museum, it was rather surprising to learn just what a dearth of good inventory software exists even for large institutions. However, I did find a really good piece of software called CatalogIt – they just didn’t support firearms specifically.
I reached out to see if they would consider adding firearms support, and the result was several months of collaboration between myself, Ashley, and CatalogIt to create a firearms classification system for their software. It’s now complete and available, and I think it is an outstanding tool for firearms collections from the amateur hobbyist to the largest museum organization. It offers a huge selection of information that can be stored, excellent organization, and access from both desktop and mobile systems. Best of all, accounts with up to 50 items are free, so it’s easy to try out.
Whether you are going to use the system for insurance itemization, financial record keeping, mobile access to your collection, or some other reason, try out CatalogIt!
Note: CatalogIt gave me a free subscription for my help building the firearms category, but I get no kickback or other remuneration from them.
Armor is becoming an increasingly hot topic in this country and whether you’re on the side of donning it for only the direst of circumstances or putting it on as part of your daily job I think most people can understand the need for concealment in certain situations. Premier Body Armor has just announced the […]
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Welcome to the TFB Podcast Roundup 1! With the amount of gun-related podcasts currently out there, it can be quite overwhelming trying to pick out what to listen to. With this weekly series, we aim to give you the bullet points of a few choice podcasts from within the gun-o-sphere to make your listening choices […]
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Photo Of The Day and we have some great lifestyle pictures from Smith & Wesson and their Model 686 in .357 Magnum (also compatible with .38 Special cartridges). This revolver was introduced in 1981. What do you think about it and which model would you prefer? This 686 is a double-action revolver and has a […]
Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This series is all about the rimfire firearm world, its guns, its competitions, its trends, ammunition, and quirks. This year was my Rimfire Precision Rifle Series debut. While I’m not a top competitor by any means, it’s safe to say that my first match had […]
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Texas-based Radical Firearms has grown over the years, from a hobby to a small retail store to a full-scope Title II NFA Gun Manufacturer. From their humble beginnings handling FFL transfers and assembling a small number of ARs, they now operate a full suite of CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment which allows them to […]
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HB-259, The Church Carry bill passed both the House and Senate and has now been signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. It took effect immediately. This bill authorizes persons who have concealed weapons or firearms licenses to carry firearms on property of churches, synagogues, or any other religious institutions, unless specifically prohibited to do so by the church, synagogue, religious institution or other property owner.
Three things I have learned from dating West Virginia girls is they like to say they enjoy (and may or may not be true); hiking
, to the Whole Foods to get wine, and boating (despite WV having less than 0.2% of its total square miles accessible by boat [3 foot depth]).
Today we’re going to review the Do’s and Don’ts for taking your first date hiking, and increasing the likelihood of a second date.
Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” We want to take you along for our exploits in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring in this series. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels, and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.
Who takes their first date on a hike?
How long have you known this person?
If you still feel comfortable taking your first date on a hike, follow these tips:
If you’re reading this, more likely than not, you’ve got some miles under your belt. Make sure that you’re not going a thru-hike distance on the date unless planned for ahead of time. There’s no reason to hike twelve miles in one day, unless both parties are able and willing to do so. Try to keep the hike between 2-3hr for a first date. This gives enough time to get some photos for the Gram, have small talk evolve into more advanced conversations, and spend some time letting the date take the lead to enjoy the view.
But Baby, my hobby makes me money!
Just because you have a fifteen ounce Helinox folding chair and hiking poles that weigh less than a bottle of water, this doesn’t mean your date takes the outdoors as seriously as you. Be ready to forego some of your luxuries OR bring extras for the date to enjoy similar amenities as you. Imagine a friend bringing you to the race track, offering you his ’86 Tercel, when he’s driving a Singer Porsche. This isn’t about trying to impress your date by showing you
waste spend more money than you want to talk about on outdoor supplies.
You and your first date go out and some of the trail is uneven or a bad step on slippery roots results in a sprained ankle. Both of you combined have enough wilderness knowledge to survive, but how long is it going to take to hike out with the injury? Be in an area where you can call someone and be able to bail out early. State Parks are usually some of the best for this, as the trails can be as short as 0.5-1.5 miles. We’ve all been out on that one trail where you’re seven miles from the closest road or sign of civilization, no bars on your fancy iPhone 15XXL, right?
Crazy Hypothetical: Your date finds out you dated her college roommate, or that you don’t think Ski Mask the Slump God is the best artist of 2021, or that you aren’t a fan of White Claws… She gets huffy and leaves you, with her regional championship cross-country finalist speed and brevity. She’s out of sight before reaching the trailhead. Your date has ditched you. Your date isn’t responding to texts, but you’re assuming it is because her dorm-sister told her about that time at Alpha Sigma Phi. A day later, police show up at your door asking where she is.
You recite the story of how you said you’d rather drink brake fluid than Mango White Claws, and she told you to not follow her. You’re brought downtown for questioning and fingerprinted. Come to find out your date took a deer trail a half mile from the parking lot trail head and ended up lost by the creek overnight, foraging on acorns and likely getting giardia from drinking water straight from the stream.
This would have had much less of a chance of going from wrong to HORRENDOUSLY WRONG if the trail was clearly marked.
TPLT True Story – Hiked the High Falls of Cheat and had a minor muscle injury that left my knee sore for days. We hiked 9 miles in less than three hours, only stopping at the midway point.
Ended up having to ‘baby’ my right leg when descending the final two miles, as steep pitches resulted in sharp pain. I don’t know if it was the innate behavior of wanting to do your best around others, or subconsciously showing off, but it left my right knee out of commission for anything, but plain walking for about two days. This could have been prevented if we took a more reasonable pace, or did some pre-hike calisthenics… but we all know you don’t look cool when doing pre-workout stretches, right?
Another TPLT True Story – Decided on taking about five miles of forest terrain in
Notpyle, Notsylvania out and back on the side of the mountain to sneak a peek of some historic sites (to be un-named), since the site was closed due to COVID.
I CANNOT STRESS TO YOU HOW STUPID THIS WAS; FOLLOW ALL LAWS!
As you can see from this anonymized map, this trek was mostly on the side of a cascading forest covered hill, with little more than a deer trail, if that. At 80% of the way to the site, I had minor symptoms that my blood sugar was getting low. So on top of not knowing how far/long my date and I would be hiking, I also started to feel a little wonky. Being adamant, I knew we could get there with no problem…
On the return back to the car, we used the railroad path that we had found. This expedited the trip in terms of difficulty/elevation/terrain. By the time we got back to the rough area we planned on going back up the mountain to get to the car. My knees were locking up, and my communication became very silly. My date had experienced this several times before (even calling EMS in the middle of the night after other activities), and knew that getting my blood sugar back up was a priority.
She hoofed it straight up the hill and raced back down, Clif Shots in pocket. Things were back to normal, but this event was never played down and keeping snacks on person (and her purse) became more standardized… and mandated.
Even if you’re not diabetic, you can still bonk. Don’t leave snacks in the car, thinking you won’t need them for a “short trip.”
For some, a certain activity is their specific way of winding down after a rough work week. If hiking becomes you and your first date’s newest, greatest, most favorite activity… Be sure to express that this activity is not only dating fodder, but also your way of disconnecting from the world to de-stress. On a first date, you can’t be sure if she’s going be the Dollar Store version of Overly Attached Girlfriend and will act funny if you go out for a weekend alone. Set boundaries and make sure they’re understood.
After Hiking, are you just going to anticipate a peck on the
cheek lips, avoid communicating for two or three days, then start communicating again?
Plan an immediately subsequent activity after completing the hike. Examples: swimming, dining, getting an adult beverage.
This gives additional time between you and your first date in an environment other than nature. After your hike, caloric intake will likely be a benefit, and gives great opportunities to see whether they have strange eating habits; think eating pizza with a knife and fork or chewing with their mouth open… Ugh.
Not only are you out there trying to fill in a figurative Sudoku puzzle to see whether this date is going to be a keeper, but also spending time together appreciating some (hopefully) great locations.
Have any horror stories? Any great hikes that turned into a lasting relationship?
Tell me in the comments!
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While I personally look at Cimarron’s firearms more as a novelty or a collector’s item, I know plenty of people who actively seek out replica “Old West” firearms for the pure joy of having and shooting them. Cimmaron has recently released a special edition revolver in honor of one of the firearms industry’s oldest and […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a belt buckle that is also a pistol. Called the Angem Belt Buckle Pistol, this rare piece of WWII desperation functioned as follows. This Belt Buckle Pistol is toggled via a system of levers. There is a lever to open the spring-loaded door, a lever to cock the four barrels, and individual levers to fire each barrel.
“Rare WWII Nazi escape device in the form of a four barrel Nazi Belt Buckle firing pistol. It is theorized that this device was developed as some kind of a last ditch escape device that would be used by high ranking SS, Army officers or Nazi party members to evade capture by the Americans or Russians. The original design was the product of inventor Louis Marquis, who supposedly came up with the idea for this design while interned in a WWI POW camp. As an engineer and inventor, Marquis refined his original design after his release and in 1943 reportedly received an order to make examples for Himmler’s SS
The front of the belt buckle has a large gold washed aluminum Nazi Army eagle affixed to it. Normally these eagles are the natural aluminum silver color. This is the first Nazi gold eagle the writer has seen on one of these buckles. According to page 31 of “Inside The Third Reich Memoirs” by Albert Speer, Hitler was the only member of the Nazi Party to wear the gold “badge of sovereignty”, the eagle with the swastika in its talons. Everyone else wore the round party badge.
-Rock Island Auction Company.”
Lot 1715: angem Belt Buckle Pistol 7.65 mm auto [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 89, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/1715/angem-belt-buckle-pistol-765-mm-auto
The legendary 1911 needs no introduction in the United States, but Larry Vickers and the folks over at Vickers Guide have just announced that their latest book is now available for Pre-Order. Vickers Guide 1911 Volume I and II are available now in several different versions including a few premium versions and even one signed by Larry Vickers himself. Books like these make for great shelf stuffers or great books for waiting rooms and coffee tables to entertain waiting guests. As legendary as the 1911 pistol is, this book is sure to draw attention from just about anyone who is even mildly interested in American small arms.
Vickers Guide: 1911 will be at home on your coffee table, workbench or bookcase. It is art for your living room. It will serve as a fantastic guide for your own firearm collecting. It will make a lasting impression. Most importantly, Vickers Guide: 1911 will serve as a lifelong 1911 reference book.
The book is 448 pages, measures 13″ wide by 11″ tall, is made with commercial quality section, and its sewn style binding allows the book to lay flat on a table. Each of the photos is a full-color print on premium quality photo paper stock for extra clarity on each of the images. The outside of the book is made from a foil stamped, gray linen hardcover protected by a full-color dust jacket to keep the outside looking nice and pristine.
The book will also be available in a Signature edition which will be signed by Larry Vickers, and a slipcase edition that features a decorated collectible slipcase. Each of the books will be able to be purchased individually or as a set for $176.00. You can also purchase the set in their respective Slipcase editions for $260. For more information on the book series or to place a preorder, you can visit vickersguide.com.
Pre-Orders are expected to arrive at their fulfillment center by December 1st, 2021 and they will begin shipping shortly thereafter. However, production and global shipping logistics are a mess and Vickers Guide cannot guarantee a delivery date.
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Although ammunition availability is starting to become a regular thing again, some big box stores are still missing crucial calibers as well as reloading supplies. A message that was released via YouTube by Remington president Jason Vanderbrink had one simple message “Big Green Ammo is Back on the Shelf.” In the video listed below, Vanderbrink […]
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One of the more common tactics of anti-gun extremists is to make some dramatic statement comparing our nation’s gun laws with some other aspect of everyday life. Every time—not usually or often, but every time—the comparison is wildly inaccurate. One of the more outrageous claims was made in 2016 by then-president Barack Obama (D), who claimed, “We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”
By now, many careful observers of Second Amendment issues are aware of the supposedly “groundbreaking” gun control laws the media is celebrating as having been “enacted” in San Jose, CA.
Hall of Fame college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian once remarked, “The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky they're going to give Cleveland State another year of probation.” Tarkanian’s contention was that college basketball’s governing body was unable or unwilling to police certain powerful institutions, but would attempt to assert their legitimacy by punishing comparatively irrelevant actors. It’s easy to see a parallel between the New York government’s treatment of actual violent criminals versus law-abiding gun owners and the gun industry.
SDS Imports has just announced the introduction of their newest 1911 offering – the Bantam 1911 Carry Pistol. The new pistol will be available in both 45ACP and 9mm and will come loaded down with features geared towards the modern concealed carrier. The pistols will be available through distributors at the time of posting and the pistol will come in at a price point of less than you’d expect for a dressed-up and modernized 1911.
“Our customers kept asking us a for a 1911 with more features and we think the Bantam will fill that need.”
-Dave Biggers V.P. of Sales and Marketing – SDS Imports
1911 Carry Bantam Semi-automatic Pistol, .45 ACP
– Hammer Forged Slide and Barrel
– Bobtail Aluminum Frame w/ Textured Front & Back Straps
– Commander Length Slide w/ Machined Lightening Cuts
– Flared and Lowered Ejection Port
– Ambidextrous Safety
– Combat Sights, U-Notch Rear w/ Fiber Optic Front
– Series 70 Internals
– 2: 8rd. Magazines, Cleaning Kit and Owners Manual Included (two 9-round magazines will be included with the 9mm version)
The Bantam 1911 pistol will be available in either 45 ACP or 9mm and will come with two flush-fit magazines. The modernized 1911 will also feature a flared and lowered ejection port, ambidextrous safety, and combat sights which feature a bright green fiber optic front sight for easy sight acquisition. The 1911 Carry Bantam will be available through distributors and will cost $1,199.95. While there are loads of feature-packed pistols out there that come in under this price level, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a 1911 pistol that has this many improvements made to it over a standard 1911 at this price point. The whole package will come shipped in a locking hard-sided case for secure storage to and from the range.
1911 Pistols have made their way from their beginnings on the front lines of WWI to now being used as boutique pistols, competition pistols and everyday carry pistols for average citizens. The Bantam really does look like it offers a lot to the modern concealed carrier who wants to lug around this piece of machinery as their daily carry and look good doing it.
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The Finnish Defence Forces Logistic Command has ordered a variety of lasers and image intensifiers from Senop Finland. In total, the contract is worth more than 13.6 million Euros and the deliveries from Senop will continue towards the end of October of the next year. You can find information about the Senop M20 Tactical Laser […]
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The Valmet company in Finland made excellent AK-type rifles for the Finnish Defense Forces, but also offered a variety of designs on the international commercial market. The Valmet was a very expensive rifle for a AK, however, and only a few significant commercial sales were made. One of these was a batch of rifles for Qatar, which included perhaps 50 (the exact number is unclear) made with fancy wooden furniture and nickel-plated for use by the Qatari Royal Guard. These were the m/71-76 pattern, with the 76 indicating Valmet’s stamped aKM-type receiver. The m/71 was a rifle pattern which reverted back to traditional AK-style open notch sights instead of the rear aperture adopted by Finland on its rk/62. The m/71 was not adopted by the Finnish military, but is was chosen by Qatar, and also imported into the United States in semiauto-only form.
Many thanks to Sako for providing me access to film this unique AK variant in their reference collection!
Welcome to Amazon Deals 2! Today is July 12th – National Etch A Sketch Day. What does an Etch-A-Sketch have to do with guns or gun gear? Well, to be completely honest, probably nothing. However, I was looking at one of these toys from my childhood in a store recently and it got me thinking […]
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TFB will be running several Photo Of The Days from the 2021 Danish International Sniper Competition. These competitions are a great source of information about which types of firearms various countries and armies use, and how they use them. There’s also a lot of other gear to admire. These photos come from the 2. Brigade […]
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This guest post authored by Andrey Ulanov.
In the USSR, the issue of choosing the main pistol cartridge was dealt with twice. For the first time, this was done by a commission in the early 1930s. Back then, a number of Soviet and foreign pistols and submachine guns were tested. In addition to other characteristics, lethal force was also tested. Shooting was carried out at bulls and horses.
The following conclusion was made:
CONCLUSION ON THE CARTRIDGE.
Moving on to the question of the cartridge, the commission considers Mauser’s 7.63mm cartridge to be undesirable for the following reasons:
- A large charge with a relatively light bullet, which provides a high initial velocity and great flatness, at the same time significantly increases the recoil of the system in comparison with systems for other cartridges (for example, 9 mm Parabellum cartridge.). The latter circumstance makes it very difficult to design both small pistols within a certain specified weight, and, in particular, the design of small pistols and submachine guns for a single cartridge (also within a specified weight), since with a large recoil, which strongly shakes the entire system during automatic fire, maintaining the aiming line is impossible and accuracy is negligible, which was confirmed when testing domestic submachine guns chambered for 7.63mm Mauser, which will be discussed below.
- In addition, this cartridge presents great difficulties in production, due to the bottle shape, which also complicates the production of the cartridge chamber. On the other hand, the caliber of the bullet makes it possible to use the 3-line (.30 inch) barrels already in service, which simplifies and standardizes production.
When comparing the characteristics of the Mauser cartridge 7.63mm and 9mm Parabellum cartridge. It can be seen that the Mauser cartridge (see Appendix Nos. 8 and 9), having a charge that is 50% more than the charge of the Parabellum cartridge and the bullet that is 48% lighter, gives an initial velocity that is 25% more than the Parabellum cartridge, while having approximately the same punch action as it. At the same time, due to the smaller caliber, its lethality must be considered significantly inferior to the lethality of the 9 mm Parabellum cartridge. Looking through the weapons of foreign armies, it can be seen that in almost all foreign countries the caliber of pistols is 9 mm and higher. At the same time, due to the smaller charge, the recoil of the system under the parabellum cartridge should be considered less for a given weight of the pistol.
Therefore, the commission considers the 9 mm Parabellum cartridge to be more suitable for adoption, especially since no significant alterations to the Tokarev pistol system, replacing the barrel with a large-caliber barrel, according to the designer’s statement, will be required. As to the cartridges Nagant 7.62mm, Parabellum 7.65mm, and Colt 11.43mm, the commission considers them less suitable for adoption.
As can be seen from this document, the Soviet military in 1930 considered the 9×19 cartridge to be the best for themselves. But at that point, production considerations were more important. In 1930, the USSR was just beginning to industrialize. The necessary tools were available for the 7.62 mm caliber. For the 9mm, they would have to be remade. Therefore, the TT pistol and Soviet PPD submachine guns received a 7.62 mm cartridge.
The second time, the question of the pistol cartridge in the USSR was dealt with after the Second World War. The army’s transition to the new cartridge 7.62×39 mm meant that the submachine gun would no longer be the main weapon of the infantry. As well, the Soviet military wanted a more compact, convenient, and reliable pistol.
In 1947, pistol cartridges were tested at the GAU KA shooting range:
American readers will be interested to know that when compiling the test methodology, Soviet officers carefully studied the opinions of American specialists. Here is a list of the methodological literature used in the preparation of:
YS Filatov. Abstract on the stopping and lethal effect of bullets.
The American Rifleman, June 1946. “The Army Is Studying German Pistols”
Ibid, S. Hatcher. “Someone else always seems better.”
The American Rifleman September 1946. “Technical consultation”. S. Hatcher “How stopping action is defined.”
Army Ordnance November-December 1945. Melvin M. Johnson “Are American Weapons the Best.”
V.L. Aleksandrov. Technical hydrodynamics. Ed. 1946.
In the USSR, it was decided to carefully study the effect of bullets. Several target options were used. First, they fired at clay slabs of varying moisture content (an analogue of ballistic gelatin). A slice of clay made it possible to study well the behavior of bullets after being hit.
At the second stage, shooting was carried out at fresh bones of animals (calves) covered with a 5 cm layer of clay. A series of tests was performed with bones of various types and thicknesses.
The test report is over 100 pages long, not counting the tables in the appendix. Therefore, I will confine myself to brief conclusions.
The 11.43 mm bullets gave the deepest penetration and destroyed bones well.
7.62 mm bullets gave good penetration, but quickly lost speed inside. On the bone, they acted worse than 11.43mm, except for the cases when the bullet hit the bone in the lateral position. However, it turned out that the 7.62 bullets quickly lost stability and began to snarl, causing a significant amount of damage.
Bullets 9×19 mm were slightly inferior to both.
Bullets 9×18 mm were inferior to the first three. But even here, the gap was not very significant.
7.65 mm proved to be significantly worse than all the others.
As you know, soon, the USSR received Makarov and Stechkin pistols chambered for 9×18 mm. The Makarov pistol is still very common in the Russian police, although the army replaced it with a 9×19 weapon.
I will allow myself to comment on the conclusions of the officers of the training ground with observations from personal experience. As a shooter, I often have to talk with Latvian police officers or employees of private security firms. After 1991, many of them changed the Makarov pistol for various pistols or revolvers (9×19 or .38sp). The Glock 17 became the standard police weapon but after several years, some officers returned to the Makarov pistol or purchased compact models under the .380. Note that in Latvia the use of expansive bullets for self-defense is legally prohibited, only FMJs are allowed. Nevertheless, many believe that for practical use 9×18 mm or .380 is quite sufficient.
I have done some videos previously with Tom Whiteman from Legacy Collectibles – mostly ones about his area of specialty; German WW2 handguns. Well, he has now published a reference book compiling more than 20 years of research on SS-contract Walther PP and PPK pistols. Thanks to records captured by American military intelligence at the end of World War Two, a substantial amount of data survives on these pistols, which Tom and other collectors and researchers have used to identify the characteristics of nearly a dozen different specific contract purchases.
If you are interested in collecting the specific group of pistols, Tom’s new book is an absolutely essential reference, placing all the information easily at your fingertips. At $50 for a relatively small paperback volume the price seems high, unless you consider how much it will assuredly save the first time you can use it to identify a good deal or spot a fake. While there is not a huge value proposition here for the mildly interested person, it is an excellent reference for anyone planning to acquire even just one of the pistols it describes.
Availably directly from Legacy Collectibles or through Amazon:
Good afternoon suppressor fans and welcome to the 184th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the awesome YHM Turbo K. Last week we tested the Dead Air Mask rimfire silencer. This week we take a peek at another industry leader – the Rugged Oculus […]
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Photo Of The Day: The Green Berets in Okinawa (Japan), moving through ankle-high water during the 4th Marine Regiment Jungle Warfare Exercise at the Jungle Warfare Training Center. During the exercise, they trained forward reconnaissance, terrain analysis, practice using a variety of communication platforms, small unit tactics and patient extraction procedures. As you may tell, […]
Yesterday, several Louisiana Sheriffs stood with liberal democratic Governor John Bel Edwards against your Second Amendment rights.
Yesterday we took a look at the inner workings of the VHS-2, and today we are going to put some rounds through it. I am trying out both a short-barreled VHS-K2 that was limited to 2-round burst (for French police trials) and a full-length VHS-F2 from French military trials.
Overall, I quite liked the VHS. The length of pull is a bit long (I kept the stock almost fully collapsed), but the in-line layout prevents it from wanting to climb in automatic and it is a very pleasant rifle to shoot. I like the aperture sights, and the long Picatinny rail makes any optic an easy option. I also like being able to set the rifle up for left-handed ejection, but still being able to shoot it right-handed if necessary (and vice-versa). The controls are completely ambidextrous and easy to use, the weight and balance are good, and the trigger is not bad. This is definitely one of my top few bullpups!
Recently, due to the reaction of the U.S. government to Coronavirus, my day job has become 100% remote work. I work in the television industry, which has always meant one horrific thing. I was stuck living in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in LA, but as I got older and my priorities changed, […]
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Photo Of The Day: Some duties in the military may be rather boring, but machine gun training must be on top of the list of how much fun you can have. Here we’re looking at U.S. Marines with the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, as they conduct a live-fire with the M2 .50 caliber machine gun […]
Well hello there fellow night vision enthusiast and welcome to Friday Night Lights. FNL is brought to you by ATN Corp, manufacturers of night vision and thermal optics like the THOR LT. As with all of our sponsored series, Friday Night Lights will continue to bring you unbiased news and reviews from a variety of companies. […]
On July 13th, the Assembly Public Safety Committee is hearing SB 264, legislation that prohibits gun shows from taking place on any state property, and SB 715, legislation that limits when a hunting license can be used for firearm purchases.
Every time Johann Fanzoj publishes a press release telling about another finished project, it is guaranteed that you’ll see not just a deluxe firearm but a true masterpiece, an exquisite work of art created by the wizards of this 230-year-old company. Their latest creation, a set of weapons dubbed The Leopard, is no exception. This set consists […]
If you frequently use compound or recurve bows as part of your hunting gear then you’ll know from experience that keeping your bow attached to your person is kind of difficult. If you’re planning on climbing up a tree stand, going on horseback, or riding on a 4 wheeler then you’ll inevitably have to either carry it off your body or leave it behind and hoist it up later if you’re in a tree stand. The Bow Spider is easily integrated into your existing gear setup and offers you quick and reliable access to your bow when it is needed.
“Out of frustration from the lack of products on the market to carry your bow, I developed the Bow Spider. The Bow Spider is a multi-functional tool that can be used to carry your bow for quick, quiet easy access. Never miss the moment with the Bow Spider!”
-David Merrill Founder
The Bow Spider Bow Packing system allows you to affix your bow to any pack, hip, street, wall, or car for quick storage and access. Each Bow Spider Bow Packing system comes with all the mounting hardware you need to equip one bow with the anodized aluminum mounting post and one receiver that can be mounted to just about anything. Receivers come in a variety of colors including black, green, tan, and pink, and are all made from high-quality polymer to hold up to your rugged adventures.
The Bow Spider Bow Packing System will set you back $84.95 and a long list of aftermarket and additional parts are available for attaching the Bow packing system to just about anything including yourself with the addition of the Attack Pack which allows you to mount your bow directly to your back for easy riding on a dirtbike, quad or horseback without the need for a backpack or MOLLE webbing equipped carrier.
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Have you ever been in the heat of battle and ran out of ammunition and thought to yourself “Man I really wish I had a bayonet!”? Or have you ever wished that you could blend the integrated design of the Mosin-Nagant carbines integrated bayonet on an AR-15? Ontario Knife Company has just released a new […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Target pistols are goofy looking, aren’t they? This Russian Margolin Olympic target pistol is pretty stylish though! According to my quick research, Russia took 7th place in the shooting portion of the 1964 Summer Olympics. This Margolin pistol is 22 caliber with a 7-inch barrel.
“Manufactured in 1961 by the Tula State Arsenal, this pistol was manufactured for use by the Russian Shooting Team in the 1964 Olympic Games. The only markings on the pistol are the serial number on the barrel and frame, “1961” on the left rear of the barrel and proofmarks on the sides of the trigger guard. The pistol is equipped with adjustable target sights, an adjustable trigger stop and black checkered plastic grips with right hand thumb rest. Complete in a wooden case with a grip extension, oil container, screwdriver, four barrel weights, muzzle break, cleaning rod and extra magazine.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 3262: Cased Russian Margolin Olympic Target Pistol with Accessories [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 8, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/3262/cased-russian-margolin-olympic-target-pistol-with-accessories
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation is running ads in both Maine and West Virginia against David Chipman to head BATFE. The ad asks viewers to contact their senators and ask them to vote against confirming Chipman.
According to the NSSF, this is first time they have run television ads on any subject.
“This is monumental for NSSF and it speaks to the importance the firearm industry places on protecting the 342,330 jobs and $63.5 billion economic impact this industry provides,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “David Chipman’s nomination is clearly a move to politicize the ATF. Voters in key states reject his nomination and those senators have been advised of those polls by NSSF. We are now taking our opposition to the public to remind their senators that Chipman’s nomination is a threat to jobs, revenue and not the least – the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their God-given Second Amendment rights.”
A reader of this blog made an interesting comment regarding Chipman. Given that virtually no one would be as bad as Chipman, his defeat would allow the Biden Administration to appoint another anti-gunner who would not be perceived as “bad”. The person still would be horrible for gun rights but wouldn’t be Chipman.
I have mixed feelings. There will be a Biden nominee for BATFE, and the nominee will be rabidly anti-gun. There is no doubt about that. The Senate cannot block a Biden nominee forever.
Which makes me wonder if we should call their bluff and let Chipman slide through. He will energize people for 2022. There is no better opponent than a polarizing jack-a$$ like Chipman. Heck, he even makes WLP and his cronies look useful.
The question for me is not “how bad is Chipman,” the question for me is who is on deck?
That is a conundrum. Is it better to have an ideologue like Chipman who isn’t even respected by ATF Special Agents as director and use that as the basis for energizing the base or to defeat him and have to worry about a stealth candidate?
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Hunters for the Hungry is a great organization that allows hunters to donate their taken game to those who are less fortunate. They operate all over America and provide millions of meals a year to families in need. The organization has support from local hunters as well as from big names. The NRA’s Hunters’ Leadership Forum has just announced an increase in their support to Hunters for the Hungry.
The NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum (HLF) is pleased to announce a new level of support for Hunters for the Hungry (HFH), including the creation of a $50,000 fund available to affiliates throughout the country. An NRA-supported initiative, Hunters for the Hungry donates millions of meals to charities and programs focused on feeding the less fortunate every year.
“There are many NRA-supported programs that don’t get the spotlight they deserve – Hunters for the Hungry is one of them,” says Joe DeBergalis, executive director of NRA General Operations. “Through the program, more than 2.1 million pounds of meat are donated every year. That translates into 8.1 million meals for friends and neighbors in our communities. That is meaningful food on the table, provided by NRA members and supporters.”
The NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum has created a $50,000 fund to help with expenses. Since Hunters for the Hungry is such a small organization, often run with little to no budget, the cost associated with processing and shipping meat is a huge hurdle. This $50,000 will be aimed toward exactly those costs. Hunters who donate animals are given the option to pay these expenses, but with this fund, those who can only afford to donate the animal can still contribute at no cost to Hunters for the Hungry.
To read more about the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum, head over to their website. You can also learn more by following them on Twitter. You can also follow NRA Blog on Twitter to learn more about Hunters for the Hungry and how you can help. Hunt safe and be kind to each other!
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The Arms and Security 2021 exhibition was held in Kyiv, Ukraine from June 15 to 18. Many Ukrainian small arms manufacturers released new products during the show most of which we have already covered. The Ukrainian FORT company (Science Industrial Association (SIA) “FORT” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine) introduced two new firearms during this exhibition – […]
Music can bring any get together to the next level or perhaps make some boring work more bearable if you’re by yourself. The problem is that wearing earbuds can be dangerous at times (or socially inappropriate if you’re in a group). A portable, external speaker with good power and connectivity is what is really needed to bring your tunes to you when you need them. Bushnell has just released their own offering to the Bluetooth speaker market with the Bushnell Outdoorsman. The outdoorsman boasts rugged construction, rainproof design, terrific sound quality, and true wireless stereo modes for great listening.
There’s nothing like your favorite tunes to set the mood for a tailgate party, evening barbecue, or a gathering by the campfire, and the Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker delivers the music you love, anytime, anywhere, and with premium sound quality no matter the weather.
- Item ID (SKU) OUTM1BTS
- Product Name Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker
- Color Camo / Black
- Output Power 10 W
- Battery 500 Mah 7.2V
- Play Time 10 Hours
- Charge Time 3 Hours
- Charge Port Micro USB
- Height (in.) 7.62″
- Weight (g) 723 g
- Waterproof Rating IPX6
- Country of Origin China
- Warranty 1 Year Limited
The rugged construction and rain-proof design of the speaker mean that it is ready for almost anything. The speaker features ExoArmor slip-on sleeves for extra protection, but you can remove them for easier stowing if need be. You’re able to mount the outdoorsman out of harm’s way or in a better listening spot by making use of either the bite magnet on the speaker rear or the bite-strap that works on non-metal surfaces. Either way, you’ll be able to securely mount your speaker(s) to almost any surface you want.
Another unique thing about the Outdoorsman is the capability for true stereo listening. You can link two Bushnell Outdoorsman speakers together to give you and your party a true stereo experience. Lastly, if you’re running low on juice, the speaker is able to work as a portable charger for cell phones or other smart devices by using the included micro USB cable. The Bushnell outdoorsman is available for pre-order now for just $119.
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Company collaborations, just like a song with Timbaland, can lead to some pretty great products. Aside from the people with no respect for safety who shoot blindly at dark shapes in their homes, we all understand the need for a flashlight. Different applications change what kind of light you need. Sometimes a handheld is the […]
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HS Produkt of Croatia makes an interesting modern bullpup rifle, the VHS. The rifle has gone through several major design iterations in the past two decades or so, and the most recent version (the VHS-2) was part of the competition to replace the FAMAS in French military service. It ultimately placed second, behind the HK 416, and I have been very interested to get a closer look at one for some time. Well, today I was able to!
What we have here is not just a VHS-2, but actually one of the group of rifles actually tested by the French, designated a VHS-F2. It has the longer of the two barrel lengths (about 19 inches) and uses STANAG M16-type magazines (although a FAMAS-magazine adapter was developed and offered). So let’s dig into it!
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves answers the 5 most-asked questions from his comments about his gun gear including holsters, eye protection, chest rigs, watches, and more. So what are a few of James’ favorite things? James gets a rare opportunity to talk about guns AND gear he likes instead of just guns in […]
Fans of the original Recover Tactical 20/20 should be happy to know that there are now two options available along with the new 20/20N. The new 20/20N will be compatible with a few new pistols, be compliant with all current NFA rules, and will completely replace the current production 20/20 models. Along with the launch […]
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In my trips to the range, I have only dabbled in shooting steel. Everyone’s gateway metal target is rimfire spinners or resetting targets and those are really enjoyable. Can shooting a big AR500 silhouette really be any better? I’ll let you know below in my review of the Caldwell 66% IPSC Silhouette Target. Let’s dive […]
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Photo Of The Day: We have a close-up of the Scharfschützengewehr (Sniper Rifle) G22A2 with the Steiner M5Xi 5-25×56 riflescope. Accuracy International Ltd. (AI) won the tender to upgrade the existing G22 sniper rifles of the German Armed Forces. The German Army uses .300 Winchester Magnum, or 7.62x67mm in Bundeswehr’s nomenclature. Caption, machine-translated from German: 45 minutes of […]
Every week, there are a few individuals who reach out to talk about certain aspects of carrying a concealed firearm. Whether it’s a question regarding holsters, guns or accessories, I get asked a fair bit about my personal carry options. So since you guys have asked repeatedly, I have decided to help out and break […]
Skunkwerks, the special projects division of Gunwerks, came up with another limited-edition wonder rifle called The CUT. The goal of Skunkwerks engineers when creating The CUT was to design the lightest possible version of the Gunwerks ClymR rifle without compromising its strength and integrity. They extensively used lightweight materials and lightened/skeletonized parts, however, in Gunwerks’ own […]
One of the main focuses of Nevada-based Franklin Armory is creativity. One particularly creative product series with which they have made waves, their Binary Triggers, has been previously released for ARs, AKs, 10/22s, MP5 clones, and more. These triggers are unusual in that they not only fire when pulled, like a normal semi-automatic fire control […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! We have a long one today thanks to Rock Island Auction Company (check them out). Today we have a photo of an ordinance department ordered cartridge counter Luger. Let’s dive right in! The base of the magazine is a normal wooden 9mm style one. The magazine itself is modified with a slot on the left side and the follower has a pin attached in order to point to the number of rounds left.
“The left grip is also conversely slotted and covered with a 3 1/4 inch celluloid strip, with a small delicate metal strip underneath the celluloid that is painted with the black numbers (1-7) running from the top down, to indicate the number of rounds remaining in the magazine. “
“Example of an extremely rare 1902 DWM Luger that has been fitted with the unique “Powell Indicating Device”, commonly called a “Cartridge Counter” on the left side of the grip. There were exactly “50” of these pistols produced, and they fall into a specific serial number range (22401-22450), with the serial number of this specific example produced right at the end of the production range, which is probably why it has remained in such exceptional condition. This cartridge counter device was a US developed feature and was expressly ordered by the US Board of Ordnance for testing in late 1902 early 1903. The US Government then acquired these pistols in exchange for 50 each, 1900 Test Luger pistols in the spring of 1904. The Model 1902 “Cartridge Counter” Luger pistols were issued to the Cavalry and Light Artillery Boards at Ft. Riley, Kansas on April 19,1904 for field testing. On July 4, 1904, the Cavalry Board issued the final test report on the Model 1902 Luger, which recommended that these Lugers NOT be adopted for service. This Powell Indicating Device consists of a standard wood base magazine that has been slotted on the left side of the magazine body and fitted with a special follower that had a small pin/special indicator screw fitted on the left side that would move up and down, from the fully loaded, to empty position as the cartridges are fired.”
Lot 3371: Rare DWM Model 1902 Cartridge Counter American Eagle Test Luger [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 7, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/3371/rare-dwm-model-1902-cartridge-counter-american-eagle-test-luger
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a new executive order this week declaring a disaster emergency over gun violence in his state. “Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must treat it like one,” Cuomo tweeted. Cuomo saying anything about public health crises or how to handle them is well, laughable, given his colossal and deadly mismanagement of the Wuhan coronavirus in New York.
Whether you buy them to proudly display on your mantle (or flex on your friends) or buy them to take to your local SASS match, replica revolvers, shotguns and rifles are a joy to be around. Cimarron firearms have teamed up with the bi-monthly publication American Handgunner to help celebrate the magazine’s 45th anniversary with a custom, specially engraved Frontier 45 LC revolver.
“No better firearm to convey our proud American firearms history than a Frontier revolver. Congratulations to American Handgunner and their staff of dedicated writers and editors.”
-Mike Harvey, founder and CEO of Cimarron Firearms
As stated above, the Cimarron revolvers will be engraved by Baron Technology and will touch up the cylinder, frame, and the 4 3/4-inch barrel. In addition to the custom hand engraving, DeSantis Gunhide will provide a leather tooled holster that has been made especially for the Frontier revolver.
The specially engraved Frontier revolver is a traditionally-styled, single-action. No transfer bar means no loaded cylinder for safe carrying and this is true to form for early SAA revolvers. The revolver features a “swiss style” safety which is made from a cylinder base pin with two notches on the front. The sights are said to be very clear and square on the engraved Frontier 45 as they are not of the “pinched” variety, but rather square notched rear sight with a non-tapered front sight.
As part of the 45th-anniversary celebration, American Handgunner will be hosting a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive the Custom Engraved Frontier 45LC from Cimarron – what a prize! While these types of firearms aren’t exactly my cup of tea I can appreciate just like anyone else the amount of craftsmanship that went into producing it. I especially like the gold inlay and engraving and think it would make a great decoration or addition to any collection, especially for fans of the American Handgunner.
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Walther Arms is primarily known for making handguns. This German manufacturer produces a variety of semi-automatic pistols suitable for a range of purposes. Their modern lineup includes models optimized for competition, concealed carry, duty use, and more. Even James Bond is a fan, with the iconic PPK serving as 007’s primary sidearm throughout a great […]
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A California homeowner fatally shot an armed intruder who kicked down his door Tuesday while he and his wife were eating breakfast, authorities said. The Fairfield Police Department in California received a call around 8:30 a.m. from a resident about a home invasion.
I’m sure I don’t have to be the one to tell you that it’s been a little tough finding ammunition for your favorite pistol or hunting rifle. While pistol ammunition seems to have taken the biggest hit along with popular calibers like 223 and 5.56, our favorite hunting calibers aren’t immune from the shortage either. There does seem to be a little bit of relief along the way as Remington President Jason Vanderbrink announced via the companies YouTube channel that customers are reporting that ammunition is starting to be seen in stock on shelves again saying: “Big Green Ammo is Back on the Shelf!”
Back in April, the company announced a set or price increase as well as a new work schedule. The Company would run 24/7 in order to help keep shelves stocked throughout this strange time for ammunition manufacturers and firearms owners. While ammo didn’t instantly come to shelves, it seems that the companies new work schedule is starting to close the gap and finally outpace demand. Part of the price increases can be understood even if we don’t like them as raw materials have increased in price and the cost of the additional labor for a 24/7 operation doesn’t come free. However, one thing is for sure, ammunition is slowly, but surely coming back to the shelves of the stores we frequent. Hopefully, primers are on the way too.
While this return of regularly stocked ammunition is perhaps a light at the tunnel for shooters who can afford to justify the increased prices, I have to wonder what this means for the reloaders out there who are still struggling to find primers without having to camp out at the gun store every morning waiting to buy up the one or two cases that come in. It is my hope that the panic buying will continue to die down and ammunition shelves can once again be full with a wide variety of ammunition at affordable prices.
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Culper Precision recently introduced their Block19 customization option for the third and fourth generation Glock 19 pistols. The Block19 customization is designed to resemble a gun made of Lego bricks, but of course, be fully functional at the same time. Aside from resembling a Lego gun, Culper Precision machines the slide to actually accept Lego […]
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I have a number of interesting custom guns, and I figured it would be fun to do videos on a couple of them…let me know if you enjoys this and would like to see more like this!
Today’s example is what I call my Remington Auto-8. It’s a recreation of the FN Police Model Auto-5. Those guns were standard Auto-5 actions made with longer 8-round magazine tubes and full-length hand guards. The most well-known purchase of them was by the Rhodesian military (probably through Portugal), but they were bought in small numbers by a variety of police and security organizations. A shotgun of this pattern was also a personal favorite of Charlie Askins.
Mine was built from a generic Remington Model 11 by the shotgun wizards at Vang Comp, with their barrel, a sling, shortened stock, and modernized Auto-5 lifter that allows one-handed loading. It still has the original safety in the trigger guard, but is otherwise a pretty capable tactical shotgun…and a heck of a head-turner at the range!
Austin Rex is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Or maybe that is his beloved cat Bandit. Austin Rex is one of TFB’s most skilled long-range shooters and highly knowledgeable when it comes to some of his favorite subjects like reloading, ballistics, suppressors, combloc weaponry, and fighter jets. Austin currently calls Salt […]
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It is not every day you get the opportunity to review a book on the life and inventions of the grandfather of modern firearms or as the book refers to him,” the Thomas Edison of guns”. When I saw the chance to read all the way through the new book published by Simon & Schuster: […]
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Photo Of The Day: The SL40 grenade launcher is made by Steyr Mannlicher and was selected by Thales Australia as the preferred choice when the EF88 assault rifle was under development by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Note that the soldier aims through what is most likely a red dot with a pretty tilted zero […]
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This week on Wheelgun Wednesday I am bringing the Hugo Hensel back for all you revolver lovers and appreciators. It has been a while since I was at the helm of a good old wheel gun article and I assure you I have been super excited and patient to share some more information I found […]
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Last week marked the two-year anniversary of New Mexico's ban on private firearm transfers, otherwise known as the state's "universal background check" scheme, taking effect. That law and the subsequent red flag firearms surrender bill passed in 2020 have been abject failures at controlling crime in the Land of Enchantment.
FAB Defense is an Israeli-based company offering a variety of firearms accessories. Their product lines include buttstocks, grips, handgun PDW conversion kits, rails and rail attachments, magazines, and more. Their website asserts that “FAB-Defense® superior ergonomics, functionality and durability, reflects decades of design experience through continuous improvement and successive generations of weapon accessories.“ TFB has […]
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Having the experience I have had so far in the firearm world things have a way of getting somewhat mundane and the extraordinary tends to blur into the ordinary. That is when you really start looking for those things to put a real big smile back on your face. This is why I sought out the opportunity to review the Franklin Armory BFSIII AR-C1 Binary Trigger. For those of you who do not know what a binary trigger exactly is, I am happy to explain. To put it simply, if you pull the trigger the gun goes bang once and when you release the trigger the gun goes bang once. Now before you start scouring the internet make sure to check your local laws on binary triggers.
The Franklin Armory BFSIII AR-C1 specifically is a replacement trigger for any mil-spec AR15 style rifle, including rimfire models (not the M&P15-22 though since it would necessitate the modification of the receiver of a firearm). The BFSIII AR-C1 has a similar counterpart to the BFSIII AR-S1 which is also meant for AR15 style rifles, but it has a flat-faced trigger instead of a standard curve. The BFSIII AR-C1 comes in a nice little package with all the parts you need to install this in your firearm (besides the tools and know-how required to disassemble an AR lower). They give you the following:
The MSRP of the BFSIII AR-C1 is $429.99 and as of the time of me writing this, it is on sale for less. I have seen Franklin Armory do many sales in the past so if the understandably expensive upgrade to your firearm is daunting fret not there will always be sales ahead! When I say I find the expensive nature understandable it is mainly because of the nature of the world we live in. Uneducated people have the potential to deem a binary trigger to be something other than what it actually is since in a sense it helps decrease the time between follow-up shots. This trigger does not make your gun into a machine gun! Pull = Bang. Release = Bang. More on the BFSIII below:
“The Binary Firing System® GEN 3 (BFSIII®) is a 3-position trigger. In position 3 it fires one round on pull and one round on release, making this trigger ideal for both tactical and competition use. The BFSIII® provides greatly reduced split times between rounds, allowing for tighter groups…
Franklin armory® is a Nevada corporation that specializes in manufacturing quality firearms for sporting, military, and law enforcement applications. We are well known for our creative products such as the binary firing system, reformation, providence, the f17 series of rimfire rifles in 17 WSM, and our finely machined ars. We are very adept at creating products for restrictive jurisdictions such as our home state of California, and every firearm we make uses 100% American made parts and materials.”
First and foremost I highly recommend you take this to someone who knows what they are doing. On the outside, disassembly of an AR lower may look easy to a newbie, but they have their quirks and it will save you plenty of headaches if you prepare beforehand. After your lower receiver is stripped to the necessary extent for installation the install is fairly straightforward and easy, especially with the included slave pin! I will have a separate article on the installation of the trigger.
As of right now, I have installed this trigger into three separate AR platform firearms. One my standard AR15 build that I have had forever, another was my co-workers Springfield Armory Saint Edge PDW for some backpacking, and then lastly an AR-15 chambered in 22 Long Rifle. In the process of swapping out from gun to gun, I have learned some things and more importantly constructive critiques. The BFSIII was extremely easy and simple to transfer from firearm to firearm with the help of the included slave pin.
One thing I noticed upon my first installation is the manual is very cut and dry and simple. That sounds great, but it leaves more to be desired. I ran into only one thing that made me scour the manual and it led me to this conclusion: there is not much in the way of troubleshooting. Your instructions in the safety checks explain how to do safety checks, but fail to help you if the trigger does not pass. That being said if anyone out there has any questions Franklin Armory’s customer service can be found here.
My only other critique is a very minor one, but I bring it up because I do not like feeling like things are left incomplete. Upon transferring the trigger system from one gun to the next I attempted to remove the sticker from the first firearm to put it on the next to properly show it has a binary trigger. Unfortunately, the way the stickers are constructed they are definitely a one-time use. It basically fell apart into two layers and was not able to be remedied. It would be really handy if Franklin Armory included multiple stickers, but it only comes with just one. You can get spares but they only are available with some spare springs and a slave pin as well, those are available here.
Range time with the BFSIII AR-C1 was exhilarating, to say the least! It was fantastic amounts of fun especially with the 22 Long Rifle I had it in. Besides playing with the rapidity of the system I wanted to see how well it would shoot in a hunting scenario. A co-worker of mine had a binary trigger on a pig hunt when they were up in a helicopter and that struck me as odd initially, but then it made sense. It would be nice to have close behind follow-up shots. So, I set up a target and got the results seen below.
It should be stated that this quick test was at 50 yards using my AR-15 build paired with a Vortex Sparc AR Red Dot, Athlon 3x Magnifier, standard 55-grain ball ammo, and Silencer Central Banish 30. The photo directly above is two shots in regular semi-auto mode as fast as I could pull the trigger. My point of aim was the circle in the middle and as you can see my first shot was a pass and the follow-up shot skewed to the right by about 4.5 inches. The picture below was two shots in binary mode. My point of aim was at the top left corner square and obviously, you can see I hit my spot and my shots were much closer together. A whole 1.5 inch spread by the looks of it.
The BFSIII AR-C1 always worked perfectly. I felt very comfortable with its safety features. It is reassuring to know that if I pull the trigger in binary mode I can flip the switch to semi or safe and releasing the trigger will not fire a round. Everything about the trigger was reliable and highly enjoyable.
I do not want it to sound bland, but I got what I was expecting for the most part with the BFSIII AR-C1. When I say that I mean it was kick butt! This trigger was a ton of fun and a definite upgrade to any firearm out there. The biggest downside is the price tag which I get, but cannot say I like. It was stupendously easy to install even with the lack of proper troubleshooting. It proved itself to me at the range with its reliability and surprising results with the change in accurate follow-up shots. All and all, I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
In closing, I want to say thank you to Franklin Armory for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their BFSIII AR-C1. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that this uplifting upgrade is worth spending your money on? Would you take this out to the range? Would this be your go-to competition accessory? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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For the most part, finding a holster for your firearm is easy. If the major holster companies don’t have one, there’s some dude making them in his garage. That all changes when you add a weapon light. Some of the more popular, full-sized lights will have support, but the more recently popular compact lights do […]
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Today, NRA-ILA appealed a federal judge’s ruling that begrudgingly upheld the state’s ban on transferring firearms to young adults between the ages of 18-20.
Two years have now passed since the first of several hotly debated gun-control bills passed in Santa Fe. When these gun-control bills were passed, we were told by supporters that these laws were “proven” to reduce violent crime and homicides. But what has actually transpired since? Quite the opposite.
With the introduction of new price thresholds for the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) specifically in regards to the Production Class, shooters have been struggling to get every advantage they can out of their rigs without crossing the $2,500 limit. MPA just introduced the Production Class-minded MPA BA PMR Pro Rifle II which will retail for […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The 1950s were always looked at as a wonderful cookie-cutter time in the then modern-America. Some may forget it was also a time where people were always fascinated by what the future would look like. Sleek, smooth, chrome, and all! Enter Whitney and his Wolverine pistol. These 22 caliber pistols are collectible as is today, but the nickel ones are highly sought after since there were reportedly only 500 made.
“Manufactured from 1955 to 1962, only around 500 of the Wolverine production run was finished in nickel. Partridge blade front and notch rear sight, with “WHITNEY” in black filled letters on the left side and the three line caliber, patent and address markings on the opposite side around the ejector port. Fitted with a serrated trigger, smooth straight spur hammer and checkered grips.”
Lot 1968: Whitney Arms Company Wolverine Pistol 22 LR [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 5, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/1968/whitney-arms-company-wolverine-pistol-22-lr
Premier Body Armor has been steadily making improvements to its lineup of affordable body armor and plate carriers for the consumer market. They’ve just announced the addition of their new Core Plate Carrier which includes cummerbund armor with the carrier. The plate carrier will be compatible with almost all 10×12 sized PBA plates and will […]
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The stalwart No1 MkIII “Smelly” served the United Kingdom well during the First World War, but by the 1920s it was growing obsolescent. The war had revealed a number of shortcomings of the design, and in the interwar years the British developed a replacement. The main issues that the new rifle would address were:
– Better mechanical accuracy, through use of a heavier barrel
– Better practical accuracy, through use of a micrometer-adjustable aperture sight
– A more practical short spike bayonet
– More efficient manufacturability
After a brief dalliance with the No1 MkV rifle in the early 1920s, the No1 MkVI was developed, which was fundamentally the new No4 rifle, just without the name. In the early 1930s a run of about 2500 No4 MkI rifles was produced, and they would go through field trials for the next several years until being formally adopted in 1939. Production actually began in the summer of 1941 at Maltby, Fazakerley, and BSA.
In order to override Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto of Senate Bill 118, Constitutional Carry, your state Senator AND Representative must first vote to have a veto session.
FAB. Defense has just added the new flip-up FRBS Offset Kit to their lineup of backup iron sights and other AR-15 accessories. The new sights offer the user a collapsing pair of fully adjustable iron sights for when their primary optic either becomes inoperable or unsuitable for the shooting situation at hand. The new sights […]
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Before releasing the first VP9 in 2014, Heckler & Koch had worked on the design for more than four years. Although they hadn’t been in the striker-fired pistol game for some time at that juncture, H&K was not new to the concept either, having pioneered the VP70 and P7 models more than three decades prior. […]
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Photo Of The Day – We’re happy to see that the life of exhibitions is going back to normal. FN Herstal are exhibiting at DEFEA 2021 in Greece next week. There are no real new firearms to be exhibited, but FN Herstal attached a few really nice photos to their press release for us to […]
Welcome everyone to the 100th Edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]
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Remember when Gov. Andrew Cuomo told everyone the SAFE Act was going to make New York streets safer?
The American Accountability Foundation has produced a 24-page research report on David Chipman. They have dug very deep into his background. It is well worth a read.
Some of the things that popped out at me were his divorce, how he tried to play the system to get relocation expenses, his change in behavior and views, and how he became increasingly both radical and anti-law enforcement.
Discussions with friends who used to work with him at BATFE were interesting. For example, a former BATFE agent who had been his friend had this – “but after he got divorced, and then joined AA, he because very self righteous and almost evangelical in views that he holds; no more competing ideas and middle ground, and more like once he gets in his head that something is “right” he pursues it with a passion and fury.” That leads to the question as to whether Chipman is a recovering alcoholic. If so, for how long? While that does not disqualify him for the position, it does raise questions on how he handles stress.
I would read the whole report and then contact my senators signifying my opposition.Chipman-Research-Report
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Well, this was the last thing I was expecting to see come out of the gun industry! Just a few days ago Noveske, a well-respected producer of AR-15 rifles, released their Water Hog 5000 squirt gun. Perhaps it was due to being stuck inside the office or at the shop all day long unable to […]
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Earlier this session, the New Hampshire House and Senate passed pro-gun legislation which fixes the handgun purchase process in the Granite State and authorizes ATV Carry.
Continuing the coverage of new Ukrainian firearms released at the Arms and Security 2021 exhibition, today we’ll take a look at the Ballista rifle introduced by a Ukrainian company called Magna. The Magna Ballista is a multi-caliber semi-auto bullpup rifle. It has been in development for several years. The samples brought to the show are pre-production prototypes and […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! On November 22nd, 1963 President John F Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. In the decades since a rather morbid curiosity and fascination with historical firearms has drawn the Carcano rifle into the spotlight. Here we have an example of an extremely similar rifle to Lee Harvey Oswald’s because it was purchased from the same sporting goods store. Rock Island Auction Company goes into more detail below:
“Ordered from Klein’s Sporting Goods of Chicago under the alias Alek Hidell, Oswald’s Model 38 Carcano was delivered fitted with a similar black leather sling, Ordnance Optics scope, and dark stock finish. Following a legal dispute over the ownership of the rifle, due to Oswald’s widow Marina selling her rights to it after the assassination, the carbine was declared government property, and now sits in the National Archives and Record Administration Building in Maryland. Included with this lot is 4 en-block clips (3 blue, one brass, the latter dated “953”, like the one in Oswald’s), 6 loose rounds of ammunition, one box of Western Cartridge Lot WCC-6000 ammunition, and a grouping of papers relating to the Kennedy Assassination in general and the Carcano in particular, including several copies of Life magazine. Also a list of serial numbers and configurations of other Carcano Rifles from the infamous shipment.”
Lot 3373: Carcano 1938 Carbine 6.5 mm [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 5, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/3373/carcano-1938-carbine-65-mm
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On June 7th, ATF published a new notice of proposed rulemaking on its website entitled Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on June 10th, 2021, giving interested parties until September 8th, 2021 to file comments.
Having a truck isn’t just fun. The utility provided to a number of roles can’t be overstated. Whether you’re driving to the hardware store to spend your life savings on a piece of plywood, or you’re driving out for a hunt, the pickup truck will work for you. But what if you want more? What if you want to stand out while blending in? Realtree and Chevrolet have crafted something for your exact situation. Take a look at the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition (if you can see it).
Chevy Silverados have pretty much served as an office for our Realtree video team for decades now, and the 2021 Silverado Realtree Edition helps them churn out their work more efficiently than ever. The current team is on the road year-round, thus their Realtree 365 name. This crew puts hundreds of thousands of tough miles – both on and off road – on these trucks, and their reviews truly reflect 100% satisfaction. They see every conceivable condition, from washed-out muddy roads to boulder-strewn rocky passes to no roads at all – with thousands of highway and city miles in between. In short, team members report that this truck checks all the boxes, from comfort to handling to features and performance.
Also available on the Custom Trail Boss, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition pumps out 420 horses. The 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine roars under a hood detailed with Realtree camo. Camouflage accents have been expertly placed on the hood, tailgate, outside box, and in the cabin. To up the special edition game, the truck sports black Silverado, Z71, and Custom emblems. It also comes with a two-inch lift from the factory.
Realtree has a lot of camo on a lot of other cool stuff. Head over to their website to take a gander at what they’ve got. Don’t forget to follow along on social media. Realtree can be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. If you’re interested in some truck action, I’m sure Chevrolet can be found in all the same places. Now get out and explore!
Finnish Hydraulic Press Channel is a well-known YouTube channel that puts various objects under the intense stress and pressure of a 150-ton hydraulic press for no other reason than to see what happens. Just last weekend they decided to see what would happen if they tried to pierce an AR500 steel plate with a few different objects […]
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We’ve been seeing more and more companies working hard on conservation efforts. Some companies focus on wildlife, while others focus on the land itself. Yamaha has been contributing to these efforts for 12 years. The popular motorsports company has just completed its list of organizations that will benefit from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative for the first quarter of 2021.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the completion of the 2021 Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) first quarter grant cycle with funding decisions totaling $225,000. The first quarter applicant pool represented a wide-ranging selection of OHV enthusiasts with projects working to supply ATV, Side-by-Side (SxS), motorcycle, and snowmobile riders with safe and sustainable trails and riding areas for responsible recreation. As the powersports industry’s leading land access program, the Yamaha OAI remains an essential resource to grassroots efforts initiated by riding clubs, land stewardship organizations, and public land managers across the country.
Issuing a total of $225,000 in grants this quarter, Yamaha is continuing to put its money where its mouth is. Motorized recreation is growing. More people are getting outside and enjoying the world around them. Since the beginning of the Outdoor Access Initiative, $4.5 million has been granted to almost 400 conservation efforts. If you’d like to apply for a grant, you can find the guidelines and application at YamahaOAI.com.
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Swampfox Optics makes a wide variety of budget-friendly firearms aiming solutions. Their current product lines include both rifle- and pistol-intended red dots, LPVOs, long-range precision riflescopes, two prism scopes, and numerous complementary parts and accessories like scope rings, throw levers, and more. TFB has covered a number of their products since their founding on July […]
Please join us at the Annual National Firearms Law Seminar to be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The Seminar will be held at the Hilton Americas-Houston. This all-day seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law. CLE credit for all states is available.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves takes another look at the Ideal Conceal “cell phone gun”. There have been some developments since the cell phone gun in .380 was introduced, including a new caliber. With more developments, accessories, and calibers on the way, James takes the opportunity to discuss the Ideal Conceal with its […]
Pistol cleaning and maintenance kits are a range essential for any training day. If you’re planning on testing out a new red dot optic or use a single optic for multiple guns, then you need a precise and convenient set of tools to get you and your gun back on target. Fix It Sticks has […]
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Professional “fact checkers” at the Washington Post and elsewhere aren’t notable for their pro-gun bias. In the past, for example, these propagandists have condemned as incorrect claims that Hillary Clinton doesn’t believe in the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense, and that Joe Biden supports gun confiscation, while using the same framework of politically desirable reality to uphold bogus gun control talking points – for instance, Biden’s statements that no background checks are required for firearm purchases at gun shows, that gun manufacturers are the only entities “exempt from being sued,” and that the Clinton assault weapon ban law was effective.
As we celebrate America’s birthday, gun owners should affirm the rights our founding fathers enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Freedom-loving Americans can make their voices heard and protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms for future generations by contacting their Senators and telling them to reject gun control lobbyist David Chipman’s nomination for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
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When Commodore Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay in 1853, he began a serious upheaval of Japanese life. Among other things, the insular Japanese society had been virtually the only nation to ever successfully implement gun control, with a virtually complete prohibition of any arms manufacture or import. This was done to preserve the position of the Samurai nobility. As European aristocrats discovered, the lifetime of martial training of an expert mounted swordsman in armor is handily ignored by a handful of peasants with simple firearms.
At any rate, Perry brought quite a lot of firearms with him, and within a few decades many Japanese government agencies began importing and using handguns – their possession by civilians even became legal. This led to substantial importation of European and American arms into Japan, and eventually to the adoption of a standard handgun by the Imperial Army and Navy. This first official standard sidearm was the Smith & Wesson No.3 revolver, chambered for .44 Russian. The Japanese military made dozens of small purchases of these revolvers from 1878 until 1908, totaling some 17,000 (including nearly a third of all No.3 New Model production, and more than any other export customer except Russia).
Japanese purchases actually included 2nd and 3rd pattern Russian Model guns, New Model guns, and even at the end, Frontier Model guns (these fitted with .44 Russian cylinders instead of the normal .44-40 cylinders, so they could continue to use the standard Japanese ammunition). Japan liked the top break system enough that when they decided to produce their own domestic revolver, it (the Type 26) would be a top break type as well.
Many thanks to Mike Carrick of Arms Heritage Magazine for providing me access to film this example!
Welcome to the first of our weekly TFB Amazon Deals posts. Amazon had a ton of affordable and quality gun gear with some companies like Trijicon, Holosun, Caldwell, and Streamlight all setting up shop with the gigagiant that is Amazon. Today is Monday, July 5th, 2021 – National Workaholics Day. I don’t personally think of […]
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Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a Congregationalist clergyman and a prominent abolitionist. He and his church shipped so many Sharps rifles to anti-slavery settlers in Kansas that the Sharp rifles became known as "Beecher's bibles" and his church as the "Church of the Holy Rifle."
He was a rifleman, no doubt. I own his copy of Cadamus Wilcox's book, Rifles and Rifle Practice." I just located a book he coauthored, a sort of spiritual self-help book, "Life Thoughts" (1858). In it he reflect, "True aiming, in life, is like true aiming in marksmanship. We always look at the fore-sight of a rifle through the hind-sight."
This is a document that I think every American should read at least once a year. As I said when I first started posting in the first year of this blog, it explains why we are citizens and not subjects.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
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I originally posted this on July 4th of 2010. I am reposting it to recognize these early North Carolina patriots from Mecklenburg County. Despite all the changes in the Queen City since then, there are still many there or from there who continue the fight for liberty and especially our Second Amendment rights.
Before there was a Declaration of Independence of 1776, there were the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775 and the Mecklenburg Resolves of May 31, 1775. While there is significant controversy over the authenticity of the former, there is none regarding the latter. There is controversy about the Mecklenburg Declaration because the original copy is reputed to have been destroyed in a fire and mention of it then only comes to light in 1819. Nonetheless, May 20, 1775 is the date enshrined on both the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina and the State Flag.
Both the Declaration and the Resolves were adopted in Charlotte Town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Charlotte Town is now known as Charlotte. The area had been settled by the heavily Presbyterian immigrants from Northern Ireland and Scotland known as the Scotch-Irish. Upon hearing of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, they had been outraged and the Declaration was the result.
The Mecklenburg Declaration
While there still exists much controversy on the authenticity of the Declaration, none exists with regard to the Resolves adopted on May 31, 1775. Captain James Jack of Charlotte was sent with a copy of the resolves and a letter to the North Carolina delegates to the Continental Congress requesting their approval by Congress.
The Mecklenburg Resolves
This day the Committee of this County met, and passed the following Resolves:
WHEREAS by an Address presented to his Majesty by both Houses of Parliament in
February last, the American Colonies are declared to be in a state of actual rebellion, we
conceive that all Laws and Commissions confirmed by, or derived from the Authority of
the king or Parliament, are annulled and vacated, and the former civil Constitution of
these Colonies for the present wholly suspended. To provide in some Degree for the
Exigencies of the County in the present alarming Period, we deem it proper and
necessary to pass the following resolves, viz.
1. That all Commissions, civil and military, heretofore granted by the Crown, to be
exercised in these Colonies, are null and void, and the Constitution of each particular
Colony wholly suspended.
2. That the Provincial Congress of each Province, under the Direction of the Great
Continental Congress, is invested with all legislative and executive Powers within their
respective Provinces; and that no other Legislative or Executive does or can exist, at this
Time, in any of these Colonies.
3. As all former Laws are now suspended in this Province, and the Congress have not
yet provided others, we judge it necessary, for the better Preservation of good Order, to
form certain Rules and Regulations for the internal Government of this County, until
Laws shall be provided for us by the Congress.
4. That the Inhabitants of this Country do meet on a certain Day appointed by this
Committee, and having formed themselves into nine Companies, to wit, eight for the
County, and one for the Town of Charlotte, do choose a Colonel, and other military
Officers, who shall hold and exercise their several Powers by Virtue of this Choice, and
independent of Great-Britain, and former Constitution of this Province.
5. That for the better Preservation of the Peace, and Administration of Justice, each of
these Companies do choose from their own Body two discreet Freeholders, who shall be
impowered each by himself, and singly, to decide and determine all Matters of
Controversy arising within the said Company under the Sum of Twenty Shillings, and
jointly and together all Controversies under the Sum of Forty Shillings, yet so as their
Decisions may admit of Appeals to the Convention of the Select Men of the whole
County; and also, that any one of these shall have power to examine, and commit to
Confinement , Persons accused of Petit Larceny.
6. That those two Select Men, thus chosen, do, jointly and together, choose from the
Body of their particular Company two Persons, properly qualified to serve as Constables,
who may assist them in the execution of their Office.
7. That upon the Complaint of any Person to either of these Select men, he do issue his
Warrant, directed to the Constable, commanding him to bring the Aggressor before him
or them to answer the said Complaint.
8. That these Eighteen Select Men, thus appointed, do meet every third Tuesday in
January, April, and October, at the Court-House in Charlotte to hear and determine all
Matters of Controversy of Sums exceeding Forty Shillings; also Appeals: And in Cases
of Felony, to commit the Person or Persons convicted thereof to close Confinement, until
the Provincial Congress shall provide and establish Laws and Modes of Proceeding in
9. That these Eighteen Select Men, thus convened, do choose a Clerk to record the
Transactions of the said Convention; and that the said Clerk, upon the Application of any
Person or Persons aggrieved, do issue his Warrant to one of the Constables, to summons
and warn the said Offender to appear before the convention at their next sitting, to answer
the aforesaid Complaint.
10. That any Person making Complaint upon Oath to the Clerk, or any Member of the
Convention, that he has Reason to suspect that any Person or Persons indebted to him in a
Sum above Forty Shillings, do intend clandestinely to withdraw from the County without
paying such Debt; the Clerk, or such Member, shall issue his Warrant to the Constable,
commanding him to take the said Person or Persons into safe Custody, until the next
sitting of the Convention.
11. That when a Debtor for a Sum below Forty Shillings shall abscond and leave the
County, the Warrant granted as aforesaid shall extend to any Goods or Chattels of the
said Debtor as may be found, and such Goods or Chattels be seized and held in Custody
by the Constable for the space of Thirty Days; in which Term if the Debtor fails to return
and discharge the Debt, the Constable shall return the Warranty to one of the Select Men
of the Company where the Goods and Chattels were found, who shall issue Orders to the
Constable to sell such a part of the said Goods as shall amount to the Sum due; that when
the Debt exceeds Forty Shillings, the Return shall be made to the Convention, who shall
issue the Orders for Sale.
12. That Receivers and Collectors for Quitrents, Public and County Taxes, do pay the
same into the Hands of the Chairman of this Committee, to be by them disbursed as the
public Exigencies may require. And that such Receivers and Collectors proceed no
farther in their Office until they be approved of by, and have given to this Committee
good and sufficient Security for a faithful return of such Monies when collected.
13. That the Committee be accountable to the County for the Application of all Monies
received from such Officers.
14. That all these Officers hold their Commissions during the Pleasure of their
15. That this Committee will sustain all Damages that may ever hereafter accrue to all
or any of these Officers thus appointed, and thus acting, on Account of their Obedience
and Conformity to these Resolves.
16. That whatever Person shall hereafter receive a Commission from the Crown, or
attempt to exercise any such Commission heretofore received, shall be deemed an Enemy
to his Country; and upon Information being made to the Captain of the Company where
he resides the said Captain shall cause him to be apprehended, and conveyed before the
two Select Men of the said Company, who, upon Proof of the Fact, shall commit him the
said Offender into safe Custody, until the next sitting of the Convention, who shall deal
with him as Prudence may direct.
17. That any Person refusing to yield Obedience to the above Resolves shall be deemed
equally criminal, and liable to the same Punishments as the Offenders above last
18. That these Resolves be in full Force and Virtue, until Instructions from the General
Congress of this Province, regulating the Jurisprudence of this Province, shall provide
otherwise, or the Legislative Body of Great-Britain resign its unjust and arbitrary
Pretentions with Respect to America.
19. That the several Militia Companies in this county do provide themselves with
proper arms and accoutrements, and hold themselves in constant Readiness to execute the
commands and Directions of the Provincial Congress, and of this committee.
20. That this committee do appoint Colonel Thomas Polk, and Doctor Joseph Kennedy,
to purchase 300 lb. of Powder, 600 lb. of Lead, and 1000 Flints; and deposit the same in
some safe place, hereafter to be appointed by the committee.
Eph. Brevard, Clerk of the Committee.
Singed by Order of the Committee.
This document was printed in the North Carolina Gazette on June 16, 1775,
and the Cape-Fear Mercury on June 23, 1775. There was a slight variation in wording in
the two newspapers.
So on this day as we honor the Nation’s Founders and the Declaration of Independence of 1776, let us also honor these men from a provincial North Carolina backwater who recognized that our future lay in independence from Great Britain.
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Photo Of The Day: I guess everyone wants and needs a suppressed Barrett M107A1? If you’ve never seen a suppressor for a .50 caliber rifle, I can tell you that they are huge. If I had the chance to fire any of these systems, I’d probably go for the H&K 40mm Grenade Machine Gun, loaded with […]
Hello suppressor fans and welcome to the Independence Day weekend edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the awesome YHM Turbo and Turbo K 5.56mm rifle suppressors. Last week we compared the SilencerCo Octane 45HD and the newer Octane 45 pistol caliber suppressors. This holiday weekend I set […]
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Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. While it is first and foremost a yearly reminder of our independence from colonial rule, it is also a yearly reminder that nothing gets done without a little bit of banging (the explosive kind). Fireworks are great and I’ll be partaking of some of these traditional celebratory […]
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Shootah (a portmanteau of “shoot” and “Utah”) is an annual range day featuring Utah-based gun businesses. Shootah 2021 was hosted at the Garth Killpack shooting range in Springville, Utah. The range sits at the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon and has recently undergone an expansion. Utah News @ TFB: Utah Adopts Constitutional Carry Utah High […]
Those who have been around TFB for a few years will surely remember the G29 Viper project from German GunWorks. They made an exceptional Haenel RS9 in .338 LM. German GunWorks has its roots in various conversions of firearms, which formed the basis of the company even before the trade in weapon accessories and firearms. […]
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I see you have come looking for some cool night vision and thermal content. Welcome, reader, to Friday Night Lights. FNL is brought to you by ATN Corp, manufacturers of night vision and thermal optics like the THOR LT. As with all of our sponsored series, Friday Night Lights will continue to bring you unbiased news […]
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Don’t even get me started on the firearms that police are issued. Some officers in the Los Angeles Police Department are still training with Vietnam War-era M16 rifles. Fortunately, some departments have the funds to upgrade their duty guns. The Massachusetts State Police is one of those departments. They have now adopted the wicked cool […]
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John Crump had a very interesting article in Ammoland.com today. It seems that ATF leadership is asking its industry inspectors to gather names of those of us who used our carry permit to substitute for a NICS check. In North Carolina, the Concealed Handgun Permit substitutes for the NICS check. You still have to fill out the Form 4473 but no call is made to the FBI to run a background check. It is presumed that the check run to issue or renew the CHP establishes that you are not a prohibited person.
In the conference call, the ATF leadership asked its Industry Operations Inspectors (IOI) to collect information on the customers that used concealed carry permits instead of obtaining a background check through the NICS. The purpose of obtaining this information would be to run the customer’s data through the NICS to see if the customer would have received an approved or denied status. In addition, the IOI will pass on the names and information of customers denied by the NICS to the criminal branch for a special agent to follow up….
The information from the firearms background check paperwork (ATF Form 4473) is not submitted to the FBI when the customer uses their permit. Before the new policy, the only time the government would know a person bought a gun is when the FFL goes out of business, a trace request is submitted, or the customer buys multiple handguns within a seven-day period.
It is as if the BATFE doesn’t trust state and local law enforcement to do their job on background checks. The Complementary Spouse just submitted the paperwork to renew her own NC CHP. Included in the packet of paperwork were multiple releases authorizing the sheriff to get any mental health records from mental health providers. This was in addition to the requisite criminal background check.
Read the whole article.
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I have always been a huge supporter of anyone expressing interest in the items of old or items that emulate the old. Black powder has always been something I’ve known well enough about to be helpful to anyone asking, but this was my first real-deal event of working with a black powder revolver. This time around I had the fantastic opportunity of working with a beautifully embellished reproduction of a Colt 1851 Navy black powder revolver. Pietta plans on offering this excellent-looking 1851 Navy London Old Silver model later this year or early next year, but let’s get into the nitty-gritty and see how the review went!
The manual says for .36 Caliber Colt style revolvers using a .380 round ball are to use a target load of 16 grains of 3F or a maximum charge of 25 grains of 3F. I used round balls and around 12-15 grains of Pyrodex P powder since my powder measure was a bit flimsy. I started out by using grease to seal the chambers, but eventually decided that the lead ring being shaved was enough for just plinking and I no longer had to deal with the mess as much. To my inexperienced surprise, this really was a messy slow process until I got the hang of it.
As I mentioned in the intro this particular Pietta is one that is yet to be released. I was told that it is planned to hit the market later this year or early next year and will be available through EMF which is a subsidiary of Pietta. The rough estimate of the MSRP is $330 which is super fair given the sheer beauty of it. On Pietta’s websites they have this to say of the 1851 Navy:
“A very popular revolver for its time, the model 1851 Navy revolver was adopted by both the U.S. and British military.
The 1851 Navy model was probably Col. Samuel Colt’s favortie. It was he who called it Navy, thus indicating its use for the navy thanks to its small caliber, the 36. However, it was sold in greater quantities to the army and became the inseparable companion of the Northerners throughout the Civil War.
The Model 1851 Navy Yank was considered among the brightest single action revolvers, thanks to its rapid draw and light recoil. Available in the versions “SHERIFF’S Model” with reduced barrel (the favorite weapon of the legendary Sheriff of Abilene, Will Bill Hickok), “CIVILIAN Model” with silver plated brass underguard and clamp, and “LONDON Model” with steel underguard and clamp as those produced precisely in the city from which they took their name from 1853 to 1856.
After the war, the Southern government found itself appealing to the sense of patriotism of anyone who could contribute to the production of weapons. The patriot M. Griswold replied to this request for help. The production of arms of Griswold & Grier was immediately stopped due to the lack of steel; Church bells, sword handles and cannon parts were then used. Thus was born the Reb Confederate, with round barrel, red / yellow brass receiver, brass bands and underguard like the slide, the Reb Nord Navy with the only difference being the octagonal barrel.
To complete the range we have introduced the SHERIFF’S and CARABINE versions.
Upon first receiving this T&E (Test and Evaluate) sample from Pietta things were a little confusing, but were thankfully cleared up by the kind people I was working with. I did not know that this revolver was an upcoming offering initially so I was scouring the web for a SKU number to share or an official MSRP. Luckily that was all cleared up and I can dive into the first impressions out of the box.
The Pietta 1851 Navy London Old Silver comes in the normal Pietta cardboard-sleeved foam box. The cardboard depicts a western-style setting. The foam box is divided nicely and houses a gun, tube of lube, and the manual. The Manual was the first thing I really dove into because when working with black powder you want to cover all your bases before you start loading anything.
I have had several range trips with this beauty because it is genuinely so much fun, but more on that later. The first time loading the cylinder was my very first time loading one like this. I knew how to do it and that it is a messy process, but I had no idea how difficult it could actually be. It was a windy day, my powder measure was a flimsy one, the grease was messy, and it took me probably around 5-10 minutes to load one full cylinder. I started by firing just the caps to clear the nipples of any debris and then loaded. After loading I aimed at the target and my first shots are in the picture below. It was a six-shot group spanning about 5 inches at 15 yards.
Shooting it was interesting because as I said it was my first extensive experience with a black powder revolver. Depending on how well I packed powder there would be a very slight delay between the hammer dropping and setting the gun off and that was so interesting to feel. The accuracy was actually super surprising. On the most recent range trip with it, I shot at a metal target 25-30 yards away and was hitting right where I intended. The spent caps tended to jam if I did not operate the gun in a certain rhythm which I already know is normal of the colt style revolvers.
Now back to the fun! This gun was an absolute blast to work with. It made me feel even more like an old soul than I already am. I think it says a lot about the quality and ease of use in general if an experience that is normally messy and cumbersome was positive. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this revolver and would not hesitate to work with another!
My final thoughts on the upcoming Pietta 1851 Navy London Old Silver are quite simple. Thanks to Pietta and their excellent craftsmanship my first real experience with a black powder revolver was a positive one. This particular example is absolutely beautiful and it stays that way after a range session. Like all black power guns, it got gummed up and dirty and needed proper cleaning, but man did it still look attractive. If I had the opportunity to find this one on a shelf and I had the money I would buy it in a heartbeat. I am spoiled because I am not hard to please and I have wonderful chances to work with items I think I will like, this one definitely did not disappoint!
In closing, I want to say thank you to Pietta for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their upcoming 1851 Navy London Old Silver. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that this charming cowboy gun is worth spending your money on? Would you take this out to the range? Would this be your go-to western revolver? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Compared with its younger competitors like the P320 series, SIG SAUER‘s P229 handgun is something of an elder statesman. It evolved from the P226, which SIG designed in the early 1980s as their entry into the US Army’s XM9 Service Pistol Trials, under the Joint Service Small Arms Program, in an effort to replace the […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The Kolibri! This small piece of kit was made famous by the likes of the Forgotten Weapons YouTube channel and the Battlefield I video game. Not only does this tiny handgun shoot a magazine full of ammo, but the ammunition is also unique in that it is centerfire!
“Designed by Friederich Pfannl of Austria, this pistol was intended as a novelty item, firing the very small 2.7mm Kolibri center-fire cartridge. Produced without sights, “FEU” and “SUR” safety markings and “22” on trigger and barrel. Crown/N proofs are marked on the barrel and slide. Checkered grips with “FP” in an oval at the top, with the right panel having the additional “KOLIBRI” in a banner on the bottom. Complete with the factory case with a royal purple lining and bottom portions of the ammo box. – Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 1677: Scarce Kolibri Miniature Pistol with Original Case [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 1, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/1677/scarce-kolibri-miniature-pistol-with-original-case
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Regardless of your industry, hobby, or brand of humor, passing it along to the next generation is important for survival. Especially in shooting sports, we’re seeing the next generation being told that what we do is wrong. To break this cycle of thinking, Remington Ammunition has partnered up with the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. Together, with a grant from MidwayUSA Foundation, they are building a sporting clay course for youth shooters in Arkansas.
Remington Ammunition, in partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, has been named the recipient of a generous MidwayUSA Foundation Range Development Grant. The grant has been awarded to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and will be used at the Remington Gun Club facility to build a new sporting clays course. This state-of-the-art facility will be open to youth as well as shooters of all ages. The course is on track to open late summer 2021.
The course will be built as an addition to the Remington Gun Club in Lonoke, Arkansas. This addition is made possible through the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Range Development Grant. Continuing their efforts to grow shooting sports across the country, the MidwayUSA Foundation is opening the world of trap and skeet to many young shooters. The course is expected to be completed late this summer.
To learn more about the goals of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, head over to their website. You can find out even more when you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you want to look at the vast catalog offered by Remington Ammunition, check out their website, as well. Make sure you follow them on all of their socials for updates. They can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Now go teach someone to shoot!
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Yesterday, we took a look at the new Snipex Monomakh anti-material rifle released by this Ukrainian company at the Arms and Security 2021 exhibition recently held in Kyiv, Ukraine. Besides this expansion of their anti-materiel rifle line, the company has also introduced a new belt-fed heavy machine gun chambered in 12.7x108mm. The new HMG is called […]
Ruger 10/22 has been a faithful companion for many shooters for decades and has more or less remained in the same configuration since its initial introduction. For those who don’t know, the 10/22 uses a V-block to secure the barrel to the receiver and keep it under the proper amount of tension. Sometimes this block […]
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The National Wild Turkey Federation is still committed to keeping turkeys in the wild and preserving our way of life as hunters. Right alongside them has been popular outdoor company, Mossy Oak. The two companies have maintained a relationship, and that relationship is set to continue. Mossy Oak and the National Wild Turkey Federation are going to continue partnership in an effort to conserve our valuable natural resources.
Mossy Oak recently renewed its support of the National Wild Turkey Federation, signing a five-year agreement to continue as official camouflage of the NWTF, official convention sponsor and facilitate mission related activities to conserve the wild turkey and preserve our hunting heritage.
“We are pleased to continue our strong partnership with Mossy Oak,” NWTF Becky Humphries said. “Mossy Oak is equally dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage, and together we can move mountains.”
Mossy Oak has pledged another five years of partnership with the NWTF. Spread across those five years, Mossy Oak will be donating a total of $375,000 to aid in conservation efforts. This is not a new partnership, but it is an important one. Since 2016, Mossy Oak has been raising money for the NWTF through sales of products sporting their Obsession pattern. Obsession is the official NWTF camouflage and integrates its logo.
If you want to know more about the National Wild Turkey Federation, please head to their website. Let’s do what we can to make sure their goals are met. You can also find more about the organization on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. If you want to find out more about Mossy Oak and what they offer, visit them online. They are also on all the major social sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. Happy hunting, everyone!
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FN began developing the P90 in the late 1980s, actually preceding the NATO requirement that it would eventually compete for. The idea of the P90 was to develop a weapon for secondary troops to replace 9mm pistols and SMGs. There was an anticipated threat of Russian paratroops wearing armor that could defeat 9mm ball. The P90 was intended to be a light and handy weapon that was easily controllable without a tremendous about of training, and could defeat that sort of body armor.
The result was the 5.7x28mm cartridge, firing a 31 grain armor-piercing bullet at 2350 fps. This was combined with a simple blowback action and a Hall-style 50-round magazine in a fully ambidextrous, bullpup layout. The gun was introduced onto the market in 1990, and has been widely purchased by security and special operations organizations. In its original intended role for support troops, it has only been adopted by Belgium.
While I had heard rumors of Lloyd’s of London refusing to renew the NRA’s Directors and Officers insurance, Stephen Gutowski of The Reload confirmed it yesterday morning. He noted that in this past weekend’s Board of Directors meeting, they voted to create a $5 million fund to cover the board and executives as they search for a new policy.
NRA board member Phillip Journey told The Reload the fund was announced during the closed executive session of the gun group’s Saturday board meeting. He said board members were authorized to talk about it after the session ended, though. He believes the fund was created to alleviate concerns about liability raised by a number of board members.
“It was apparent from the comments that there are several board members that have expressed concerns,” Journey said. “This was their attempt to address the concern, knowing that the policy expires in, golly, less than 40 days.”
Lloyd’s did not respond to a request for comment. The elite business group has a reputation for insuring high-risk clients, and Journey said its decision not to renew the NRA’s policy is bad news.
“I mean, if Lloyd’s won’t insure you, who the hell will?” he said.
Judge Journey is correct. Lloyd’s of London will insure and reinsure risks that traditional insurance companies will refuse to cover. It should be noted that Lloyd’s is not a company but a marketplace that brings together investors, underwriters, brokers, and insurance companies.
I taught insurance and financial planning at Western Carolina University as an adjunct instructor for a decade. One of the topics we covered was risk management and ways to mitigate it. Insurance is the proper tool to use when the severity of the loss is high and the likelihood of an occurrence is low. It is properly termed “risk transfer”.
Without getting too deep into the weeds, there are a few definitions that need to be clarified when speaking of insurance. First, risk is the probability or chance of a loss. In the NRA’s case, I am speculating the underwriters calculated that the probability of a loss or claim against the directors and officers for failing to do their fiduciary duty was rather high.
Going further, peril is the direct cause of a loss while a hazard is something that either causes or increases the likelihood of a loss. If you have a homeowner’s policy you will see these terms on it. Looking at the recent condo collapse in Dade County, the collapse was the peril while the deteriorating concrete was the hazard. In terms of the NRA, you could say that Wayne LaPierre’s grifting behavior is the peril and that the Board of Directors acquiescence in letting Wayne do anything he wants is the hazard.
A couple of the major considerations in underwriting D&O insurance are recent legal actions alleging violation of federal or state law and involvement in bankruptcy proceedings. The NY Attorney General’s lawsuit to dissolve the NRA and hold Wayne and others personally responsible fits that bill as does the abortive attempt to use bankruptcy to evade New York’s enforcement authority. When you add that to the Board’s seeming unwillingness to do its fiduciary duty, it is no wonder that the underwriters at Lloyd’s said nope.
As a result, the NRA will self-insure as noted in the article from The Reload. Frank Tait, who is running for the Board, has an excellent look at what self-insuring or setting up a captive insurance company would mean for the NRA.
A more humorous look at this whole debacle comes from Bitter at Shall Not Be Questioned. She notes that Wayne is a bigger risk than fire and brimstone. Lloyd’s is willing to insure the Hawaii neighborhood that sits on top of an active volcano but is not willing to insure the NRA’s directors and officers. At least with the volcano you know the extent of the losses.
So to answer the question posed in the headline, I think you could say that Wayne is the peril and his continuing presence at the top of the NRA is the hazard. Dumping the Gang of Four of Wayne, Carolyn, Charles, and Willes won’t cure the NRA’s problems but it would be a step in the right direction.
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Phoenix-based manufacturer KE Arms makes a variety of firearms-related products, from small parts up to complete firearms. Their most recent claim to fame has been the release of their new KP-15 monolithic polymer AR lower. This receiver was intended to be significantly more durable than other manufacturers’ prior attempts at polymer AR receivers, as durability […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the brand new Ruger LCP MAX .380 pistol. According to Ruger, the LCP MAX is: “The latest upgrade to America’s favorite ultra-compact pistol: the LCP® MAX. Chambered in .380 Auto, the Ruger® LCP® MAX fits 10+1 rounds into the same footprint as the LCP® II. Compact and […]
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Long range shooting is one of those intersections of science, skill, and art. It’s hard enough on a flat range, but when done in high winds and from different positions, the difficulty level ramps up. A lot of the skills used in long range shooting can be honed with decent gear and enough practice, but […]
Another day with TFB’s Photo Of The Day sharing great photos from around the world and the world of firearms. Today we have Polish soldiers with MSBS Grot and PM-84 Glauberyt, not exactly the most common firearms around. The FB Radom MSBS Grot is Poland’s Modular Firearm System chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. In the configuration […]
The great debate of carrying a spare magazine has gone on for years, but the idea of carrying a spare magazine is not a new one. Depending on the handgun, it’s extremely reasonable to carry a spare magazine as an insurance policy. The concept of carrying a spare magazine is fairly common among the younger […]
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Yesterday, the Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2021 legislative session. During this session, the House passed House Bill 2840, critical self-defense legislation to reduce arbitrary boundaries where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to take action on HB 2840 before session ended.
Yesterday, the General Assembly adjourned sine die from its 2021 legislative session. During this session, the General Assembly continued its erosion of Second Amendment rights by passing House Bill 125, to essentially end the centuries-old practice of home-built firearms for personal use, to ban existing home-built firearms, and to restrict free speech on firearms design. It is currently before Governor John Carney for his consideration.
Ruger has announced the introduction of their latest offering to the concealed carry community – the LCP MAX. The LCP MAX is a slight departure from the swarm of 9mm micro-compact pistols we’ve seen start to flood the market and I think there are a lot of people who would be happy to pick up […]
If you were thinking about picking up one of Taurus’ new GX4 pistols but thought the standard black finish was not exciting enough for you, then Taurus has some good news for you. The Taurus GX4 is now available in two new slide finishes – Tungsten and Coyote. The pistols are available now from $410.61 MSRP. […]
Recently I had the opportunity to review 5.11 Tactical’s Range Ready Bag 43L. While reviewing it I put everything in it I always put in my range bags and it made me think this would be a fun article to ponder. What are range bag essentials? Are there ten basic ones to cover? Let’s jump right into (in no particular order) my top ten picks for Range Bag Essentials!
Safety first as they say. It is always smart to at least have two pairs of safety glasses in your range bag. This covers you and a potential associate or stranger in need. This also helps out if you happen to have a mishap where one pair gets busted and you have a convenient spare. Sure some people may think that being cognizant of safety is boring, but eye protection does not have to be! There are all sorts of eye protection out there made for the too cool for school types of folks out there also. Stuff like tinted safety glasses or sunglasses made with shatterproof/shockproof materials. I personally have two pairs of regular clear shooting glasses and one pair of tinted ones.
There are technically three standards in terms of safety glasses: US Military, OSHA, and ANSI. OSHA is more generic in terms of the requirements. The US Military requires eye protection to pass a certain 22 caliber ballistics test. Lastly and most commonly for shooting glasses is ANSI which has a focus on high velocity, high impact, and their eyewear denotations are Z87.1 and Z87.1+. The plus version is made to be even more impact-resistant.
I personally am pretty hard of hearing and other than out-of-the-ordinary life events shooting has to be a reason for some of my hearing loss. As a kid, I grew up running around a farm shooting at pop cans and such without any sort of hearing protection. Some of that is on my folks, but they also were raised like that and it was only a 22 and I would probably admit that I did not need any ear protection so I do not hold it too much against them.
But hearing protection is essential if you do not have the luxury of owning a suppressor (I highly recommend looking into getting one; Silencer Saturday over at our sister site TFB is an excellent source of information). Hearing protection is very available and can be super cheap. Options range from foam earplugs to high-end electronic muffs or plugs. I personally always pack a bag of foam plugs if anyone else needs them and my Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs. They collapse to be stored, block out gunshots, and are comfortable. They usually retail for around $70.
First aid in a range bag usually is a forgotten item, but it’s super important! Obviously, you are working with firearms and freak accidents are just as likely as small “boo-boos.” Always be prepared! A standard first aid kit is fine and dandy, but I would recommend something a little more heavily equipped. A tourniquet at the very least is the major one and of course, two is better than just one. Things to control bleeding and disinfect. I personally have a medical kit in one pocket which has a medical cross patch on the pocket. Mine has a lot of basic stuff, but most important to me is it has a tourniquet and heavy bandages/gauze.
A less intense essential item for sure, but it’s still something I frequently have used. Two pairs of gloves should be a go-to range bag grab. One light pair for general use to keep your hands off hot guns/suppressors and just overall clean. The other pair a little more heavy-duty and built to be in harsher weather or conditions. I live in Minnesota so it can get fairly cold up here and with my job I still have to go to the range so gloves have been a must.
Tools are a handy “just in case thing” just like a first aid kit or medical bag is. I personally have a cheap multitool with different screwdriver bits and then a couple of actual Phillips screwdrivers I got for free at one point. My recommendation would be a multitool of some kind and also a small hex bit set. Shoot AR15s a lot? There are all kinds of companies that make portable AR tools like this Gerber one that fits in a pistol grip.
Extra targets are always nice since they usually are an item that gets forgotten at home. The rifle club I am a member of gives us free targets, but I always have some cheap spare ones and some nice splatter ones just in case. Just make sure you do not forget a way to set up a target!
As I just mentioned it’s smart to have spare targets in case you forget, but I would bet that the most common thing forgotten on a range trip is a way to secure a target to something. Tape is the easiest; otherwise, a small staple gun would not be awful. I usually have some small nails in my bag aside from tape just in case I need to hammer a target up.
A small cleaning kit or lube at the bare minimum is essential. Some guns need to be lubricated constantly while others don’t need it much, but it’s nice to have them available. CLP is always a safe bet, but my personal favorite is G96. A bore snake for the calibers you are bringing to the range would be nice, but that involves some prior planning.
Flashlights are an obvious just in case sort of thing. It does not need to be a high-cost, high-lumen torch. This is for checking bore obstructions, help seeing malfunctions, inspecting jams, or just finding your way in dark areas if it comes to that. I personally own a Nebo Redline Flex that is rechargeable, uses AA batteries, and is 450 lumens. It’s plenty for everything I’ve used it for and it’s affordable for a decent flashlight.
This one is borderline of being an honorable mention. I personally own a few different speed loaders or handy loaders so rapid reloading does not have to hurt my thumbs. In my range bag, I have a Uplula, and two types of Ruger MK4 speed loaders. One being an old-school HKS speedloader and a McFadden speedloader.
Blaze Orange Hat: If it’s an outdoor range or a private property gun range it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have some sort of Blaze Orange around just in case you need to trek out into the nothing to take a leak or you want to be sure you are extra visible to other people at the range.
Brass Bag: If you are a reloaded or a thrifty recycler a bag to clean up brass is always handy. I personally have a small neon green bag with a patch spot that is my brass bag. Some range bags like the 5.11 Tactical Range Ready Bag pictured have a built-in brass bag!
Toilet Paper: When you gotta go, you gotta go and you may not be near a bathroom. Be prepared when duty calls!
Round Tray: I do not personally use a round tray since I am kind of frugal with my ammo, but I know some people use them. I understand and admire the convenience of pouring out a box of ammo into a tray if I intended on expending the whole lot of ammo.
Other Minor Honorable Mentions: Rope, Rags, Firestarter, Raincoat.
Well, that’s all folks! In closing, I want to say thank you to 5.11 Tactical for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Range Ready Bag 43L. That is greatly appreciated. Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback. What do you all think are range bag essentials?
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I love finding guns that I have never seen. Today’s example of that is the Parrot Beak pistol. The Parrot Beak was a .22 caliber Derringer made by Hopkins & Allen from 1911 to 1915. Four years really is not that long and this is probably because it did not sell well. It probably did not sell well because… well… it looks weird. Weird guns sell well today when everyone wants to be unique, but back at the beginning of the 20th century weird meant… weird.
“Manufactured from 1911 to 1915. This derringer was also known as “Parrot Beak” and had a total production of around 1,400. It features a 1 3/4 inch hinged barrel that pivots downward for loading and is striker-fired double action only operation, with serrated casehardened folding trigger. The derringer has the standard floral scroll engraving on the sides of the frame and rear sides of the barrel, and zigzag bordering around the frame and barrel sides. The left side of the barrel is marked “HOPKINS & ALLEN ARMS CO / NORWICH, CONN. U.S.A.”. Blade front sight and fitted with two piece pearl grips with inset gilt Hopkins & Allen medallions.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 1160: Scarce Hopkins & Allen Vest Pocket Derringer with Pearl Grips [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 30, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/1160/scarce-hopkins-allen-vest-pocket-derringer-with-pearl-grips
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Snipex is a Ukrainian company (XADO Chemical Group subsidiary) specialized in designing and manufacturing anti-materiel rifles, particularly, AMRs chambered in 14.5x114mm. We have previously reported about their T-Rex and Alligator 14.5mm bolt action (single-shot and magazine-fed) anti-material rifles. The company continues expanding their 14.5mm anti-materiel rifle line and during the Arms and Security 2021 exhibition introduced […]
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Whether its a single range day or a long weekend trip to the middle of nowhere you should always have an efficient way of carrying the necessary gear for good fun and proper safety. Having a good range bag with efficiency built into it is important. I would argue that it is hard to go to the range without one once you’ve experienced the convenience of having one. I had the awesome opportunity to get to hang out with 5.11 Tactical’s Range Ready Bag 43L and I took it on a few range days and one long trip. Full review is available below!
Out of the box, well it’s just the range bag. It was sent to me in a cardboard box and inside a very large plastic bag. I assume this is standard practice since it’s a very big bag. The Range Ready Bag 43L itself just had the normal tag you’d expect on a gun case or range bag detailing the highlights and worthwhile specs. My Range Ready Bag was black, but they also offer it in a sandstone (tan) color.
The MSRP of the 5.11 Tactical Range Ready Bag 43L (both black and sandstone) sits at $99.99. For the overall construction and quality of materials, I understand why it is at that price and I believe it is fair because of that, but it would not surprise me if someone leaned into the more affordable range bags that 5.11 Tactical offers. 5.11 Tactical goes into more detail on their Range Ready Bag 43L below:
“Constructed from durable, all-weather 600D nylon, the Range Ready Bag features seperates padded storage for multiple pistols, a zip-down front organizer that effectiviely stores 8 magazines, side pockets, a removable ammo tote to keep you topped off, and a removable brass tote for easy cleanup. With a padded should strap, easy-grip handles, and an ID insert, you’ll be home on the range in no time.”
First impressions out of the box were somewhat surprised at the sheer size of the Range Ready Bag. It is pretty big, but not super heavy or unwieldy looking. It appears to have a good amount of exterior pocket space and plenty of interior space, especially when you take the ammo/brass tote insert out. I noticed right away that 5.11 Tactical did a really good job of not wasting any walls of the bag. What I mean is that if you take that interior tote out, the inside walls have pockets. To me that’s efficient and efficiency makes my brain feel good.
Range time with the Range Ready Bag 43L was sort of surprising in some aspects. When I say that I mean that working with this product made me feel sort of torn about range bags in general. In a separate article, I’ll use this bag as an example when we cover the top ten items to store in a range bag so I won’t give away too much of that, but the biggest consensus that I came to was that although this bag is big I felt like space was cramped.
When I say that I mean that the pockets, for example, look huge cause they are and that’s awesome cause when I got to the range I want to pack this with what I need and not have it be a pain in the butt. Unfortunately, I noticed one thing that I understood, but was disappointed over. This bag is padded well. Like really well! It’s great if you put fragile items or things you want extra protection for (like handguns) in the pockets. The caveat is that you get large-looking pockets with less space than you would think because of the padding.
The padding taking up space is really my only critique and it’s not even a bad one per se because it is doing exactly what it’s supposed to (and doing it well) and just has an inescapable, unfortunate byproduct in terms of space. Overall, I would feel plenty comfortable putting a handgun, nice pair of shooting glasses, or hearing protection in them.
It surprised me that after I filled this range bag with what I would call the bare minimum for a decent range trip it was pretty heavy. Not uncomfortably heavy; just heavy. I did not have a scale on hand so I apologize I could not tell you an accurate weight. The weight was not a huge deal to me since 5.11 Tactical gives you a nice shoulder strap.
The size of the bag is a little on the bulky side. It feels like you definitely have the potential to bump into all sorts of stuff while walking around, but with that extra padding, I did not mind. If this looks or sounds like it may be on the bigger side to you then I would not hesitate to recommend 5.11 Tactical’s other range bag offerings cause they really do have good quality stuff and great customer service.
The real highlights to me were what I would refer to as the cup holder, the center flap/zipper configuration, the mag pouches, the inner tote, and overall efficient use of space. That center flap with a one-loop zipper on either side was super handy. Loved that! I realize that comes on a lot of range bags these days and I can see why. The inside tote is a cool idea. It’s easy to take in-and-out, and convenient to set on a bench while shooting, putting brass in, or taking ammo out.
The mag pouch side is overdoing it for me because I only own one gun that has a bunch of pistol magazines and I rarely shoot it. If I did shoot it I sure would not use up that much ammo in one range trip, but that’s not the point! This bag makes it so you can and I appreciate that. Behind the magazine pouches is a nice padded space for a handgun or in my case I put a few extra paper targets.
The “cup holder” was useful for holding a spray paint can for my AR500 target, but it could also easily be used for some aerosol lube like CLP or my favorite – G96. Other than that, obviously you could put a tumbler or some sort of source of hydration like a metal refillable water bottle.
All in all, I really enjoyed working with 5.11 Tactical’s Range Ready Bag 43L! First and foremost it was high-quality materials and construction. That being said alone I think the price is justified. I did not find one thread out of place or fraying under the stresses I inflicted. It is on the larger side, but honestly, I would rather have extra space over not enough. Like I said earlier the weight when loaded up is not a huge deal with the strap and the size kind of tells you that you can make it pretty heavy. I really enjoyed it and I encourage anyone out there to check out what 5.11 Tactical has to offer. This Range Ready Bag might be the range bag for you!
In closing, I want to say thank you to 5.11 Tactical for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Range Ready Bag 43L. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that this Range Ready Bag is worth spending your money on? Would you take this out to the range? Would this be your go-to piece of range kit? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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With all the focus from Ruger recently being on their new MAX-9 micro-compact 9mm, I was surprised to see just last week the announcement of a new accessory from one of their pistols released in 2020. Ruger just announced the addition of an LCP II 22LR Threaded Barrel Kit for their Lite Rack pistol. Although […]
Accuracy International’s L96A1 was a stunning success in British military trials, and became the basis for one of the most respected line of precision rifles in the world. However, it very nearly was abandoned almost as soon as the first rifles were delivered to the British military in 1986. Production had been subcontracted to a firm called Pylon Industries, a respected high-tech military equipment manufacturer. Pylon bungled the production so badly that the rifle was nearly recalled when improper materials use led to broken firing pins and out-of-battery detonations. One Royal Marine was seriously injured, and serious steps were taken to bring back the old L42 snipers…
Want to know more about the L96A1? You can get a copy of Steve Houghton’s book “L96A1: The Green Meanie” from Swift & Bold Publishing here:
Burris is a household name in optics when it comes to hunting equipment, magnified optics, electro-optics, spotting scopes, and even thermal optics. During TFB Gun Fest 2021 we had the opportunity to talk with Phil Harding with Burris optics about all the new and exciting optics that Burris has now brought to the market including […]
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Welcome to Your Gun’s Extended Warranty 1. Here we’re going to focus on specific firearms, their range essentials, their care as well as tips and tricks that have been learned from both official armorers as well as gunsmiths and experienced shooters. We will go over in detail what types of tools we recommend, links to where you […]
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TFB’s Photo Of The Day and Special Forces in almost any kind of exercise is something that go very well together. Today we have some really cool pictures from the Danube river. Here we’re taking part in an operation where Hungarian Special Operations Forces and Naval Special Warfare operators conduct infiltration and exfiltration training with […]
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Welcome to TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday, where we explore all sorts of revolvery goodness. This week we’ll take a look at the Lend-Lease Victory model from Smith & Wesson that I acquired from The Mosin Crate. The batch he was able to source came from Israel, which included models issued to the New Zealanders, however, I […]
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The NRA Annual Meeting is little more than two months away. They are finalizing their speakers and seminar presenters as they should. One of the seminar presenters is John Correia who is a trainer, self-defense analyst, and all around nice guy.
John is putting on six classroom seminars over the course of the NRA Annual Meeting weekend. These are free to Annual Meeting attendees. In a state that will be going permitless carry just in time for the Annual Meeting, seminars on the do’s and don’t’s of protecting yourself and loved ones would seem to be critical to me. His training is evidence-based and is real world.
John is not getting paid to present these seminars. However, presenters such as John have gotten their travel expenses compensated for in the past as well they should. I know my good friend David Yamane had his hotel and travel expenses covered when he spoke at the National Firearms Law Seminar back in 2019 in Indianapolis. I know because David told me.
I saw a post from John today on Facebook that just had me shaking my head.
Just a single point of data, but it is true. I was asked by the NRA to kind of headline a training push at NRAAM this year, and so asked to do 6 classroom seminars over the weekend. I agreed and all I asked in return was two coach plane tickets and a pro-rata share of the Airbnb I am renting for ASP staff for the weekend.
They initially agreed but yesterday emailed to tell me that they no longer can offer any reimbursement for speakers travel or any honorarium.
I guess that failed bankruptcy filing and making sure WLP has a nice jet to fly on and new suits costs too much to think about the people who will actually help your constituents at your conference.
Le sigh. We will still be there, and I will still do a seminar every day because it will help the attendees and the overall RKBA. But as a benefactor patriot whateverthehell level life member I am right now, it’s frustrating to see the organization miss the mark so often.
John wasn’t asking for a private Gulfstream charter with a suite at the Four Seasons. He was asking for coach tickets and a pro-rata share of his Airbnb.
Do you think Wayne flies coach and stays at an Airbnb to save on the NRA’s expenses?
If you listened to just a few minutes of his rambling testimony during the abortive bankruptcy trial you know the answer to that.
All I can say – as many of us have said over and over – WTF NRA?
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Slimline 9mm pistols have been all the rage over the last few years. One of the first to the market, however, was Kahr Arms. Regardless of when you enter the game, you need to evolve to survive. Kahr understands this and continues to offer new versions of its classics. Packed with the features modern concealed […]
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Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around I extensively covered the Swedish M96 Mauser and some of its accessories. Originally, it was not my intention to have five whole parts dedicated to that specific gun, but to not inform I felt would be a disservice to anyone out there that follows the segment. Today I have a cool story and a firearm shrouded in mystery. The Hugo Hensel name and the H. Hensel mystery revolver. Let’s dive right into the rabbit hole!
Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older firearms like we do, and simultaneously you can teach us things as well through sharing your own expertise and thoughts in the Comments. Understanding the firearms of old, their importance, and their development which lead to many of the arms we now cherish today is incredibly fascinating and we hope you enjoy what we have to share, too!
In the early fall of 2020, a gentleman had walked into the gunshop I work at looking to sell a handful of handguns he had bought a long while ago. In this lot of guns was a peculiar-looking revolver. Accompanied with the revolver was a tag that read “Gun #83 Hensel Military Pistol German. Taken from German soldier.” The tag strikes me as something that would be at an auction or gun show and that being said there is really no way I can know if the tag was true or just some lore to help sell an old revolver. Nonetheless, I was fascinated and bought it hoping to find out more. Little did I know it would turn into an exciting rabbit hole.
Fast forward to January of 2021. At this point, I did all the digging I could on a gun that only had a handful of markings on it. “H. Hensel Breslau” and some proof markings. I decided it was time to throw it into the machine that is Wheelgun Wednesday over on our sister site TheFirearmBlog.com. I shared all my speculation and curiosity. In an introductory statement regarding my initial research I said:
“I am going to tell you upfront that this is fairly open-ended and nothing is terribly set in stone. I put in a lot of time looking into this enigma and this is what I found. H. Hensel stands for Hugo Hensel and Breslau used to be a city in Poland and is now known as Wrocław. At the time of this revolvers creation, Breslau was most likely a part of Germany. The proof marks (two crowns and a U beneath them) are German as well dating 1891-1939. The Hugo Hensel name can be found on a myriad of side-by-side shotguns and drilling guns throughout the internet. I also found it on an old munitions box dated from 1900.”
After my little article went live I decided to check the comments for a few days to see if anyone else out there had something similar or with the Hugo Hensel name attached to it. This is how I met (via the internet) Armin Hensel. Armin lives in Germany and his great-great-great-great grandfather Carl is the founder of the Hugo Hensel brand and his great grandfather was one of the master Gunsmiths who worked at the Hugo Hensel factory.
I have had a good amount of correspondence with Armin and he has been extremely helpful and informative. Armin mentioned that neither he nor his father has ever seen a Hugo Hensel revolver so they were very curious to see my article on it (link here). He and his father are interested in their family’s past and have done a lot of their own research and digging. That being said the information compiled below and some of the photos are from them and with their kind blessing I am happy to share it with you.
“In 1846 Carl Hensel (born 1817) founded a small shop for hunting rifles in Breslau, now Wroclaw, which was the capital of Schlesien. He was a “Buechsenmachermeister,” I think something like “Master Gunsmith” in American English.” – Armin Hensel
Carl Hensel’s son (Robert Gustav Hugo Hensel, born 1846), Carl’s grandson (Max Georg Hugo Hensel, born 1872), and Carl’s great-grandson (Walter Hugo Erich Hensel, born 1899) all worked as gunsmiths in the Hugo Hensel gun factory in Breslau. The best financial period for the factory was from around 1910 to 1918. When World War One ended so did the gun factory due to the new firearm and firearm manufacturing restrictions put on countries such as Germany.
When the Great Depression hit in 1929 Germany was not doing really well either. Armin’s Great Grandfather (Walter Hugo Erich Hensel) decided to go to the United States in hopes of making money to support his family. He moved to a city that had a few major firearm manufacturers. Armin had guessed Detroit (he assured me it was only a guess) and if I had to guess it would be somewhere on the east coast like Connecticut or Massachusetts. Regardless where, Walter got a job as a gunsmith and would return to Germany two years later to help his father at their family’s shop as a gunsmith and engraver.
Meanwhile, at his family’s shop in Breslau, Walter’s father Hugo was allowed to manufacture firearms only intended for hunting. These were mainly shotguns and rifles most of which Hugo engraved. There you can find scattered around the internet on various old auction pages and articles like my own. Armin had sent me some photos he said I could share and one below is a document by the Hugo Hensel shop.
As with so many other things at the time, the Hugo Hensel shop came to a final close in 1936. This was due to regime changes of the time in that part of the world. Fast forward to the end of World War Two and the Hensel family had been “chased away from Breslau” as Armin put it in some of his correspondence with me. Most of the documents regarding the Hugo Hensel shop and gun factory history are presumed to have been burned and firearms were taken by allied troops (this is one reason why you may find them in the US) or destroyed. The shop was torn down and Breslau would eventually become Wroclaw Poland under the Soviet regime.
The family tied to the Hugo Hensel shop and gun factory were spread all over Europe as refugees like so many families. They carried with them no documents of their history nor firearms of their lineage. They never set up to build or tinker with firearms again.
Even though the family was spread all over there is still an ongoing interest in the past by the Hensel family, especially with Armin and his father. Eventually, Walter and his son Lothar (born 1919, Armin’s Grandfather) moved from northern Germany to the south and found work, and raised their respective families. Lothar had a son (also named Lothar born 1948) and a daughter. Lothar eventually had Armin who has been so very helpful in supplying information on his family’s firearm connection. The two of them love to hunt, talk about older firearms, and research the Hugo Hensel name.
Armin informed me that Hugo Hensel hunting guns are still used around Europe today even though they are almost 100 years old. Armin has given me permission to share his email with you all in hopes of learning more about his family history and the Hugo Hensel firearms history. If you have such information feel free to message him at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sure he would be happy to hear if you own any H. Hensel firearms or have any further information. Please be polite and considerate!
Well folks you know the drill! I hope I adequately explained the beginning and end of the Hugo Hensel factory and store. Big thank you to Armin Hensel and his family for being so helpful and informative. I am sure that there will be many people out there that will find help or at the very least some interest in this topic. It is a pleasure to share my findings and I am excited to share the rest with you in Part II.
In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety? What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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At the Arms and Security 2021 exhibition held in Kyiv, Ukraine, the Ukrainian small arms manufacturer FORT (Science Industrial Association (SIA) “FORT” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine) has introduced two new firearms – the FORT-230 submachine gun and the FORT-20 striker-fired pistol. In this article, we’ll take a look at the FORT-230 SMG. FORT @ TFB: Ukrainian FORT-19 Pistols Smuggled to Iraq as Bicycles Ukrainian FORT Launches New […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Did you know that the Ladysmith revolvers by Smith and Wesson have been around since the beginning of the 20th century? Nowadays the Ladysmith has its place in the 642 series of Smith and Wesson revolvers as a stainless colored frame and wood grips. The Ladysmith was originally marketed for women since it was said to be a full-powered gun, but easier to use and handle. Later it would be more widely accepted as an everyman gun and that is exactly the place it has today.
“Approximately 4,575 of these 1st Model revolvers were manufactured between 1902 and 1906. They were primarily made as a defensive weapon for women. Fixed sights, with the two line address/patent dates flanked by Maltese crosses on top of the barrel, one line caliber marking on the left side and the small Smith & Wesson logo on the left side of the frame. Fitted with the distinctive checkered circular cylinder latch on the left side of the frame, a pinned barrel, 7-round fluted cylinder, casehardened hammer and trigger, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with a diamond pattern around the screw, patent date on the lower left panel and “S&W” in a circle at the top.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 576: Scarce 1st Model Smith & Wesson Ladysmith Double Action Revolver [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 29, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/576/scarce-1st-model-smith-wesson-ladysmith-double-action-revolver
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Florida's Governor, Ron DeSantis (R) has signed HB-259, the Church Carry bill, into law. The bill takes effect immediately.
The 2020 Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit is where I first became acquainted with Mid-Evil Industries of California. The company was a sponsor of the event and allowed members of the media to thoroughly test their products, including live fire. At that time – Steve Azocar, the owner/product designer – presented Mid-Evil’s two flagship products: the VFG, a very innovative foregrip that can change angle and direction with ease for work around barricades (including rocks, trees, and the like), and the Overwatch Commander, a monopod/tripod system that can quickly be adjusted for height and angle of presentation on numerous planes. There’s simply nothing else like these products.
It’s no surprise, then, that the latest Mid-Evil offering is a new pistol grip for long guns that’s unlike any other. The 360͘° Adjustable Rifle Grip (ARG) does exactly what the name implies. In recent weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to install and test the ARG on one of my own ARs. This little grip follows the Mid-Evil’s path of re-envisioned long gun accouterments that deliver a very unique handling experience. The Mid-Evil crew shares credit with Hopkins Industries for the ARG’s development.
What is the ARG? It replaces the usual pistol grip on an AR-platform gun as well as some with similar receivers. Installation is fairly straightforward, though with more parts than a traditional grip. There are four sections to the ARG: the receiver base, two cylindrical pieces that form the middle section, and the bottom cylinder which screws into the outer middle section. There is also a screw-in bottom on the grip which can stay attached for installation.
There isn’t a grip detent spring included with the grip, so it’s vital to not lose the original during the change-out. The receiver base fits easily onto the receiver, and the spring is dropped into its hole on the base. Tension must be maintained to keep the base seated properly on the receiver while inserting the middle, outer cylinder. There is an oblong socket in the base into which the ball attachment goes, matched by shape and seated completely into the base. I learned that it’ll go on without the ball base being completely seated, but function, and probably the security of the attachment, will be limited.
An extended Allen head driver is needed to perform this installation. My Lyman 45-piece Master Gunsmith Toolkit had all I needed tool-wise. Mr. Azocar recommends a tiny bit of Loctite on the installation screw, in addition to admonishing against over-tightening. Mid-Evil is growing fast, but is still small enough that the Azocar, the Main Man himself, was kind enough to give me a phone call and later view my kitchen-table video to help me be sure I was doing things right.
Handling the rifle with the ARG attached took a little getting used to, but I ultimately came to prefer it to my normal grip. It’s important to lock the grip into place before using the rifle. That takes a quick, approximate quarter-turn of the grip. When I first picked up the rifle and ran the charging handle to load the grip wasn’t locked out and I fumbled the procedure with the heavy Battle Rifle Company Cutlass AR15 with a bipod not being as rigid against my arm as it normally is thanks to the moving grip. Locking the grip into place feels intuitive and is definitely easy, though.
This grip is one-of-a-kind in that its angle is instantly changeable for different users and applications. Proning out? Put that traditional steep, milspec angle on it. Making a snap shot on a deer or clearing a room? Put it vertical. Working angles around a V-Tac board in training or around boulders on a hunt? Angle that puppy sideways and the rifle will fit in tighter places, listing left or right.
Those who like aggressive grip texture will love the ARG. It is finely pebbled to an extent that could scratch a wooden table if it were rolled firmly on it. It’s a bit shorter than a normal pistol grip, and the texturing makes up for that loss of real estate. If I were covering miles with it, though, I’d want gloves on.
I am not alone in feeling frustration with many traditional grips in terms of the distance from the web of my hand to the safety, or in the case of a classic A2 grip, even the trigger. No compromise is necessary with the ARG. I can get a perfectly clean trigger press with no drag on the receiver, and can reach the safety without dislodging a firing grip. Likewise, those whose fingers are so long that they tend to over-reach into the trigger guard can use this grip to back off for a good finger-on-trigger position.
A big plus to the ARG, or VFG for that matter, is that there is no un-learning needed when moving from a Mid-Evil-enhanced rifle or shotgun to one that uses a traditional grip. Often this is a pitfall of having some unique feature on one’s gun. In a “battlefield pick-up” situation, whether hunting or on a tactical mission, the advantages of an accessory can become disadvantages if a gun is substituted at a critical moment. Mid-Evil grips do not present that challenge. That puts these products in yet another different – and clearly advantageous – category.
Finally, the screw-off bottom of the grip offers secure, and probably watertight (within reason) storage for tools, matches, or whatever miscellany the user desires. The closure is far more secure than the pop-off kind on many grips that are advertised as having storage – which inevitably ends up in loss when that cap drops off somewhere afield. I can imagine it might be possible to get certain kinds of grip-stored contents caught up in the rotator ball mechanism over time. It’s probably best to store things in a small pill bottle-type container and not risk an entanglement inside the grip.
There are numerous videos on Mid-Evil’s other products online, but the ARG being new, lags in this regard. Mid-Evil would do well to create a clearly detailed installation video to help ensure customers’ success with this device. The ARG retails for $119.95 and is available by direct order.
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Fix-It Sticks has just introduced their new Compact Pistol Kit for use with virtually any handgun and is the perfect size for throwing inside of a range bag or glove box in your car. The new kit contains everything you could possibly think to have for maintaining or modifying your pistol either at the range or at home. There is probably even some crossover between pistols and rifles so throwing one of these in your hunting backpack might not be a bad idea in case you have the need for any field-expedient fixes.
The new compact pistol kit is meant to work with a wide array of handguns. The new kit has everything including wrenches, hex bits, and a variable torque driver for getting the perfect torque on all of your mounting hardware. All of the bits, punches, wrenches, and tools (including a Glock sight tool) fit inside of a compact carrying case small enough to fit inside a pistol range bag.
Compact Pistol Kit includes the following parts, tools and bits:
- Ratchet T-Handle w/Locking Hex Drive
- Mini All-In-One Torque Driver
- Steel Pick
- Cleaning Brush Bit
- Aimpoint Bit
- Glock Sight Tool
- 1911 Bushing Wrench
- 3/32″ Pin Punch
- 1/8″ Pin Punch
- Four brass rods
- Set of two 8-32 adapters
- 12 Electroless Nickel Plated Bits: T6, T8, T10, T15, P1, H1.5mm, H2mm, H3mm, H1/16″, H5/64″, H3/32″ Extended Bit (for adjusting hard to reach screws on optics), SL5mm.
- Compact Carrying Case
The new kit comes with a low-profile bit holder that can hold any tool or accessory with a 1/4″ base including the Fix It Sticks torque limiter. The new Compact Pistol Kit is available for $180. These highly modular multi-tool systems are a must-have for any serious shooter whether that be at distance with a long-range rifle or up close with a handgun. I personally keep tools in every one of my range bags specific to each gun so this would be right at home in nearly any of my pistol range bags.
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The lever action rifle modernization trend continues growing and Midwest Industries keeps releasing new products for this market. The company has expanded their line of Two Chamber Muzzle Brakes by introducing two new large bore options. While the MI’s new Large Bore Two Chamber Muzzle Brakes can be used on any firearm with a matching […]
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More information is always better. Trail cameras supply hunters with a sharp advantage through the information they gain. Higher-resolution footage is literally the camera capturing more information and detail. Most reality TV shows these days are shooting in 4K. This means with a 4K trail camera, you could make a reality show about the dating lives of turkeys. While that’s mostly a joke, the point is that 4K trail cameras are giving hunters broadcast quality images to aid in their hunts. Bushnell’s newest model is exactly that. Welcome to your shot at Real Housewives: Gobble Gobble. This is the Bushnell Core S-4K No-Glow Trail Camera.
Introducing the all-new Core S-4K No-Glow Trail Camera from Bushnell. This picture magician checks all the boxes successful hunters want most: The highest resolution for superb image and video quality, plus best-in-class battery life for more time between battery changes. Get yours today!
The Core s-4K No-Glow Trail Camera captures 30MP images and can use SD cards up to 512GB. With a range of 110 feet at night, hunters are bound to capture exactly what they need. The trigger speed is lightning fast at 0.2 seconds, meaning nothing will escape the single 4K sensor. As the name implies, the camera is equipped with no-glow LEDs. The unit runs off of six AA batteries, but is also compatible with solar power. The 4K resolution gives supreme detail, allowing hunters, or those with security concerns, to get as much information from their images as possible.
For more details about the Core S-4K, make sure you go check out Bushnell’s website. While you’re there, take a look at all of the other hunting equipment they offer. You can also get more updates when you follow Bushnell on their socials. They can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Happy hunting, everyone!
TFB recently reporting on the announcement of a safety recall for certain lots of Winchester and Browning 9mm ammunition. The 115-grain rounds in question, manufactured for these brands in East Alton, Illinois by the Olin Corporation, are subject to a factory defect causing the powder to burn improperly. This can cause what is known as […]
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Finland’s standard light machine gun going into the Winter War was the LS-26, a gun which did not succeed in field use. It was complex and cumbersome, and Finnish troops quickly replaced it with captured Russian DP-27 LMGs. Part of the problem of the LS-26 was it’s recoil-operated design. Finnish military authorities specified a recoil-operated mechanism for their LMG in light of the success of the recoil-operated heavy Maxim guns in Finnish service. Gas operation was quickly recognized as a superior system for light machine guns, but too late to stop adoption of the LS-26.
In the early 1930s, Aimo Lahti did design a gas-operated LMG, heavily influenced by the Czech ZB-26 system. A handful of prototypes were made by VKT, looking for both Finnish military acceptance and international sales. The gun was made in several calibers, most notably 7.62x54R for Finland and 7.92x57mm Mauser for export. However, bureaucratic issues prevented its consideration by the Finnish Army, and the timing was too late for exports. The L-34 was significantly lighter and simpler than the LS-26, and it was performed quite well in Finnish trials – which did not happen until the 1950s. By that time, the Finnish military was looking for an intermediate-caliber belt-fed gun, and the L-34 was not suitable regardless of its performance.
Many thanks to Sako for providing me access to film this L-34 from their reference collection!
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the advent of the laser rangefinder. As a special tribute to the technology, Bushnell has released their Fuxion X 10×42 rangefinding binoculars. The binoculars feature a one-mile ranging capability with a one-yard plus or minus accuracy potential and include preloaded data for both bow and rifle ballistics. The […]
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Recently I was asked to crank out yet another ”best guns for women” article. I cringe every time I see that sort of title, because the truth is, guns don’t care what sex you are. In more than eight years of instructing and 15 years of daily carry, I’ve learned (and it’s confirmed by US […]
Water Survival Advanced, or WSA for short, is the highest swim qualification Marines and sailors can obtain before moving onto the next echelon of becoming a Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival. That’s the topic for our Photo Of The Day. The week-long course kicks off with a water survival pre-screening event, and the remainder […]
Welcome everyone to the 99th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]
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Grass Roots North Carolina released an alert yesterday evening urging people to contact those legislators on the bubble. It is time for them to decide if good people who merely want to protect their fellow churchgoers are more important or is party more important.
You know my feelings on the subject. I think the veto was not only disingenuous but evil.
|OVERRIDE GOVERNOR COOPER’S VETO OF SB43|
|Since 1995, the majority of North Carolina churches have had the protections that SB43 would have extended to all places of worship. Guns have been present in those places for decades as a lifesaving protection against evil. |
Despite solid bipartisan majorities in the legislature who voted not once but TWICE to send this bill to his desk, despite the thousands of emails and calls last week to the Governor’s office imploring him to correct an injustice recognized by all, Governor Cooper chose not to follow the will of North Carolinians but the dictates of the leftist anti-liberty lobby instead.
A veto override in both chambers will be required to remedy this clear and present danger to churchgoers across the state.
The antis object to the people being able to defend themselves based on a fanatical fear that someone, somewhere, sometime in the distant future may casually leave a gun laying around. Uncaring that they are endangering children because they are deathly afraid that guns might be present in certain places.
Those who obtain a concealed carry permit have to undergo extensive background checks and training. They invest time and money in the proper holster and equipment to safely carry their firearms.
History has shown there is a far greater risk from crime or mass murderers than those who have show themselves to be of exemplary character in obtaining a concealed carry permit.
We know we can count on the Republican members of the General Assembly to vote in favor of an override, but can we count on the support of the Democratic legislators who previously supported the bill to do the same?
We need the Democrat legislators to stand firm on their principles and not give in to political pressure and vote WRONG.
The following members of the NC Senate: Senators Sarah Crawford, Don Davis, and Kirk deViere; and members of the NC House: Representatives Charles Graham, Abe Jones, Brian Turner, Shelly Willingham, and Michael Wray, along with Senate Leader Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore need to hear from you TODAY that we expect a veto override vote to be scheduled and won without delay. Those who would vote to deny this equal protection under the law for all, and certainly those who would change their prior vote of support for a blindly partisan vote of opposition will have blood on their hands if violence is perpetrated against a church unjustly prohibited to use all means available to protect themselves and their congregations during worship services.
We need not a thousand calls and emails but tens of thousands to demand the immediate override of this veto.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
Call the following list of Democratic Representatives along with Senate Leader Pro Tempore Berger and House Speaker Moore:
Senate Leader Pro Tempore Phil Berger (919) 733-5708
Senator Sarah Crawford (919) 733-5850
Senator Don Davis (919) 717-8363
Senator Kirk deViere (919) 733-5776
House Speaker Tim Moore (R) (919) 733-3451
Representative Charles Graham (D-47) (919) 715-0875
Representative Abe Jones (D-38) (919) 733-5758
Representative Brian Turner (D-116) (919) 715-3012
Representative Shelly Willingham (D-23) (919) 715-3024
Representative Michael Wray (D-21) (919) 733-5662
Hello, my name is (name). I am calling to direct the legislature immediately take action to override the dangerous veto of Senate Bill 43 (Protect Religious Meeting Places) and expect you to remain true to your previous votes in support of this measure. Don’t allow some churches to be singled out for violence merely because of petty partisan politics. I will be following this matter through GRNC legislative alerts. Thank you.”
Email members of the Senate:
Email members of the House:
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE
Suggested Subject: “Don’t Single Out Certain North Carolina Churches for Violence
Since 1995, the majority of North Carolina churches have had the protections that SB43 would have extended to all places of worship. Guns have been present in those places for decades as lifesaving protection against criminals and mass murderers who are stopped by silly rules or signs about massacre zones.
Those who object to the people being able to exercise their common sense civil right of armed self-defense do so based on the feeble excuse that someone, somewhere might leave a gun laying around. Those who take on the solemn duty of defending their family and their fellow man undergo extensive background checks and training and they invest a lot of time and money to safely carry their firearms.
They do not just leave them lying around as some would have you believe. Those who object to SB43 are endangering certain people based on a rare possibility instead of the real threat of crime or a mass shooting. They are rendering people unsafe based on this belief.
It is time that you step up to protect the people of North Carolina and override the governor’s veto. You voted twice previously to support this legislation and I now expect you to remain true to your previous votes in support of this measure. I will be following this matter through GRNC legislative alerts.
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Back in pre-pandemic times, Mark Serbu of Serbu Firearms brought to SHOT Show 2020 an interesting prototype of a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 5.56×45 mm, which he christened the Diabolus. Now, after about 17 months, we’re given the opportunity to get an update on the development of this firearm, thanks to Mark Serbu’s own YouTube […]
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Although SIG SAUER is best known for their firearms manufacturing, that’s certainly not all they do. They also make optics, suppressors, ammo, airguns, and plenty of other firearms-related parts and gear. In terms of optics, their product catalogue includes options for pistol micro red dot sights, LPVOs, long-range rifle scopes, rifle red dots, magnifiers, thermals, binoculars, […]
I imagine most people by now have heard about President Biden’s speech where he said you needed F-15s and nukes to take on the US government. Of course there are always those naysayers ranging from the Viet Cong to the Taliban to just about everyone in the gun culture.
The memes have abounded as social media has shown.
Palmetto State Armory is going one step beyond the memes. They are now offering “Tyranny-15” stripped AR lowers for pre-sale.
It is a pre-order item going for $79.99 with about a 12 week lead time.
I have to hand it to them. This is about as in your face as it gets from its name to the engravings. Even the serial number string of TJEFFERSON xxxx recalls Thomas Jefferson’s 1787 “Tree of Liberty” letter where he said the “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” This was the quotation that Biden mangled in his speech.
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There’s something about a perfectly cushioned sock. Whether it’s keeping my toes toasty on a cold day or providing a little comfort when it’s over 100 degrees and I’ve been on my feet for hours, taking a moment to feel the bit of ease that great socks add to the day is more than luxury. Quality socks reduce foot fatigue and make it possible to enjoy or persist through good and bad days afield and at work.
This article takes a look at the outdoor-styled sock brands that have emerged as personal favorites in recent years. Whether it’s been hiking on rocky terrain, standing guard duty in both sub-freezing and asphalt-melting temps, or riding and tending horses, these brands make the cut for providing durable value and allowing me to do my best at work and recreation.
This merino wool company also makes undergarments. They are the latest I’ve tested, and how! The primary test was comprised of a very hot 12-plus hour day wearing the crew-height Mountain Heritage Lightweight socks. The day started with a short guard shift with the socks under 6″ tall duty boots plus an ankle-borne first aid kit. Doing my customary laps around the block on foot patrol, these socks’ wicking qualities kept my feet comfortable. That shift was followed by a four-plus hour hike in low-top hiking shoes over very rough terrain. Minus33’s wool blend materials mean that socks dry fast and never stink. It was amazing that, at both the midday shoe change and at day’s end, these socks were damp on the outside, but dried quickly while still on my feet. There was no bunching or other sock-related discomfort.
Minus33 socks are offered in four sizes fitting as small as a women’s size 4 up to a men’s 14.5 shoe. The Mountain Heritage Lightweight Crew is representative of the company’s pricing at $19.99 in five subtle and attractive color combinations. I’ve also tried a pair of their ankle-height socks and enjoy both the cushioning and looks of the mountain-inspired, woven-in design on the cuff.
This company has become an old standby for me. Their sock choices run the gamut of synthetic and wool blends appropriate for any season or activity. Their summer weight crew socks are a range-day staple; after two summers of near-daily wear my original Fox River socks are just beginning to lose some elasticity.
Great deals can be had during Fox River sales. For example, their Basecamp Lightweight Crew is currently under the $7.00 mark if your size is in stock. Athletic socks for all sorts of pursuits are a Fox River specialty. Though I’m not a skier, their Arapahoe Ultra-Lightweight Over-the-Calf socks are a great solution for under riding boots and chaps.
This company uses materials sourced from American, non-corporate farmers to make luxury socks in the USA. Although I’m less than enamored with their Instagram presence, which at times has pushed political stances more than socks, the quality of their socks is top-rate with the toe seams never being palpable. The selection of styles and colors is rich.
Farm to Feet offers a dedicated Tactical line of socks for duty and gym plus designs for general needs. Their Boulder Full-Cushion Crew ($15/pair) is a favorite of mine for duty wear. The generous cushioning is a fatigue-fader while the somewhat loose knit makes them breathable. Pick from subtle to bold designs with this artsy, all-American brand. If you find a favorite, buy extras as their offerings do change. Their no-longer-available ankle-height socks have become my favorite for biking.
This British label’s mission is to “get people outside.” Their sock selections have become my go-to choice for warmth and wool-enhanced cushioning. Typically, Hi-Tec is the most affordable of the sock choices named here. They even have a new line of work socks being sold by Walmart.
While direct order from Hi-Tec is not available, most online and brick-and-mortar hiking supply stores sell this brand. People who need sizes other than average will probably be disappointed in Hi-Tec. However, their average sock is way above the average Walmart sock in terms of durability and comfort.
I should note that none of these brands make a sock that are restrictive of the forefoot. Many of these sock varieties do offer a bit of midfoot elastic support. As a person who has become an amateur student of footwear due to rehabbing of shoe-induced foot damage, I’ve learned that toes were meant to spread out wide – though most western socks and shoes literally squeeze toes together. Based on a lot of reading and foot rehabilitation, I shun socks that squeeze toes together in the name of “support.”
A trait each of the above sock makers offer is consistently generous heel cushioning. With the back of the heel being a common friction point, any good sock will offer a little extra there.
Socks are often overlooked when planning a kit. After all, they’re usually out of sight and most of us are just glad to have something to cover what’s often the least attractive feature of our anatomy. Yet the right sock can make a difference. A good sock set is an investment that pays off in how we experience the outdoors and in how we show up to perform there.
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Idaho-based company OuterImpact is best known for producing optics mounts, particularly their M.R.A., or Modular RedDot Adapter. Typically, in order for a micro red dot sight to be installed on a handgun, the pistol’s slide needs to include an optics cut. Although an increasing number of manufacturers are offering these as either optional or standard […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The Luger pistol is such an iconic piece of history and has been greatly beloved due to coverage in popular culture. The Luger Carbine was drawn by influences of World War One trench carbines. These trench carbine PCCs were things like C96s, Lugers with detachable soft holsters, and even Steyr 1912s, but those were very rare. Rock Island Auction Company goes into much more fantastic detail below!
“This is a solid example of a late production 1920 DWM Luger carbine that is complete with a contemporary walnut stock and original attaching iron. These 1920 Luger carbines were all assembled with early 1902/1906 frames that had the old style rear grip safety and lower position safety lever. The frames were factory altered to add the attaching iron on the front end to make a carbine type pistol for sales after WWI, and this example conforms exactly to that configuration. There are very few examples of these 1920 Lugers as the DWM factory was busy reworking standard WWI lugers during the Weimar period and produced very few of these 1920 carbines…
The 11 3/4 inch barrel is fitted with the three position rear sight graduated for 100, 200 and 300 meters with a ramp front sight base with bead front sight. The forend and grip are checkered walnut with a single sling swivel on forearm. The stock is a replacement all walnut version that has more rounded sides than the flat board stock of the WWI period, and is fitted with an unnumbered attaching iron. The buttplate is a replacement steel non-factory variation.”
Lot 399: 1920 DWM Luger Carbine with Replacement Stock [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 28, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/399/1920-dwm-luger-carbine-with-replacement-stock
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Well-known adventure footwear company Vasque recently announced their lightest hiking shoe ever, called the Satoru LT Low. I was lucky to get a sample, and gave it an unexpectedly rigorous test in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeast New Mexico. The shoes are available in nearly identical men’s and women’s models. I chose the women’s olive color. Women’s are also available in black or purple. Men’s are offered in two editions of black, plus a dark greenish gold called “dried tobacco.”
Appearance-wise, these are attractive and unique shoes. The bas relief-style pattern of the fabric makes them different, and the material both feels and performs better than the fine mesh that is common on athletic shoes. Yes, they’re called “low,” but come up all the way to below the ankle and offer good heel coverage. The collar is well-padded for comfort.
I like subdued colors for outdoor work/play and was at first a bit turned off at the sole sides being off-white. After a day on the trail, they took on a pleasant bit of wear that took off their bright visual edge.
This test entailed a rigorous hike on rocky, moderate to difficult trails of the Guadalupe Mountains in the Lincoln National Forest. It was about six miles and included very rough terrain, not to mention that even on the gentlest of trails in this area, there is scarcely any plant life that doesn’t attempt to pierce or snag whatever passes over it.
Donning the shoes, many helpful traits were immediately obvious. The wide toe box is conducive to healthy feet. I’ve learned the hard way that most shoes in the western world are foot-deforming, and am pleased to say that the Satoru LTs left me with zero forefoot or sole pain; a rarity in the years since my feet began to painfully protest narrow toe box construction.
The shoes are well-padded throughout, especially under the laces which is a friction point for some hikers. They’re also remarkably breathable. It was 103F on test day, and the hike was conducted in Mountain Heritage merino wool socks by Minus33. These are a great pairing for the Vasque Satoru LTs. Despite truly hot temps and a blazing sun, my feet never felt overheated. (That said, I am adapted to the climate and stayed hydrated).
In terms of traction, the Vasque Satoru LTs have probably spoiled me for life. The trail was often steeply slanted up, down, or sideways, and usually strewn with rocks that could dislodge with slight errors in hiker balance. These shoes have significant flexibility, which is good for foot health and traction, but there’s more. The soles have raised, cloverleaf shapes rather than continuous, car tire-like rubber. It seemed appropriate to do a tire test on the tread depth. They’re just a little deeper than Abe’s head, passing the test for a car – and for me. It is no exaggeration to say I’ve never felt more confident in my trail traction. These strike a great balance between flexibility and grip.
The flexible, soft rubber panels interspersed in the Vibram soles are placed intelligently at the toe base and midfoot. While the resultant flexibility is really wonderful for comfort, these panels are also vulnerable to wear. They had deeply-embedded grassburrs upon my arrival home, not to mention one significant tear, maybe from a sharp rock but more likely from a short cactus I never saw. I’d expect to get a year of solid use out of the Vasque Satoru LTs under hard desert wear, but not a lot more due to this vulnerability. Keep in mind, most people are probably not walking in such extreme conditions on the regular.
Laces are an important aspect of hiking footwear, and I breathed a sigh of relief to see that these shoes have flat laces—which means they stay tied. There probably is a trick to keeping round laces tied, but I’ve never figured it out. The laces match the olive shoes and will be impossible to match on replacement, though. They did snag quite a lot on the many prickly pear and catclaw encountered when exploring off-trail. The now-ragged appearance doesn’t bother me, but it might bother others. Remarkably, the shoe material did not snag despite exposure to some wicked-jaggy plants.
Speaking of lacing, there is a fairly large gap between the top eyelets when lacing these up. One should make a conscious effort to tie the knot in the middle of the foot or risk the shoe pulling to one side. The tongue is thickly padded so there’s no lace pressure on the foot.
At the outset of this test, I was skeptical about finding shoes that would be comfortable on my bunion feet. I often wear men’s shoes to find a wide-enough toe box. My faith in footwear is bolstered after trying the Vasque Satoru LT Lows. Not only do they leave me pain-free, I am safer and more confident on rough terrain with their unique traction design. I really cannot recommend them highly enough. I’m no sizing expert, but they seem to run true to size. They’re offered in men’s sizes 7 to 14 and in women’s 6-11; both in regular width for $149.99.
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Back in November of 2020, ODIN Works introduced their first complete AR-15 pattern rifle called Odin Tactical Rifle or OTR-15. Recently the company announced the release of the second rifle in the Odin Tactical Rifle line, the OTR-15 6.5 Grendel. As its name implies, the main difference from the first 5.56/223 OTR-15 is that the new rifle […]
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0:02:05 – Why no Madsen LMGs in WW1?
0:06:26 – MG34 use post-WW2, and Norwegian rechambering of the MG34
0:10:40 – Post-WW2 use of the MG42, and comparison to the MG5
0:13:34 – Difference between prototyping and troop trials
0:17:45 – Modern handgun to use 7.65mm French Long?
0:20:18 – Least appropriate gun at the Backup Gun Match
0:21:08 – The Indian INSAS
0:21:39 – Why did anti-tilt M16 followers take so long?
0:22:52 – H&K Mk23 for home defense?
0:25:29 – “Re-homing” individual guns vs batches?
0:27:55 – Archive project progress
0:29:19 – Left-handed guns
0:30:23 – Other YouTube channels I would like to collaborate with
0:31:48 – Difference between locked and delayed (ie, roller or flapper)
0:33:17 – Borchardt the first bullpup PCC?
0:34:05 – Contacting gun companies for research
0:36:11 – Covid’s impact on my work
0:37:36 – Guns other than High Powers and Brens sent to China?
0:40:30 – Why no modern revolving rifles?
0:43:00 – Is the surplus market dead?
0:45:45 – Three suggestions for the French armament program in 1906
0:50:37 – Why no spitzer handgun bullets?
0:53:39 – French Foreign Legion arms procurement
0:54:47 – Semi-pistolgrips on lever actions?
0:55:10 – Status of the Calico shooting
0:56:27 – Impact of the Maker’s Match on public perception of DIY guns?
0:58:11 – Issues reprinting firearms reference books
1:01:39 – Supervision handling guns in other countries
1:03:16 – MAS49 vs FN49
1:05:01 – What is my favorite rum?
In this episode of TFBTV, Hop pits the Ruger Max-9 against the Taurus GX4 to see which delivers a better value in the micro 9mm handgun category. Both pistols are about the same size and deliver similar capacity, but are otherwise very different. The Max-9 has an optics cut allowing for the mounting of micro […]
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EOTech has just introduced its latest offering to the long-range shooting market – the Vudu 8-32×50 Second Focal Plane (SFP) Long-Range Riflescope. The new scope offers a maximum of 32X magnification for extremely precise holds, a 50mm objective lens for increased light transmission, a side-mount parallax adjustment, and an ultra-small 0.15MOA @32x aiming dot that […]
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In an earlier review, we took a look at the jeans from Dynamis Alliance. In this review, we’ll be examining the pouch system that goes along with the jeans, called the IWS. Current pouches range from Glock 19 and SIG P365 holsters, associated magazine pouches (AR15 STANAG and handgun, even MP7), trauma kits, baton pouches, and […]
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Breaching by explosives is pretty hardcore, and in our Photo Of The Day, we’re looking at just that. These are combat engineers from the New Zealand Army. They are carrying the MARS-L rifle made by Lewis Machine & Tool Company, with the Trijicon ACOG optic with an RMR red dot. Below: Everyone please stay behind […]
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Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world. If you had asked me two years ago if I thought reloading would be almost dead I would have told you no. However, as most of you who do reload have seen we’ve reached somewhat of […]
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The Maine House and Senate passed Legislative Document 759, which is unnecessary, overly broad, and impairs the ability of law-abiding Mainers to access firearms in their homes in order to defend themselves and their families.
A new flavor of Hi-Point carbine is coming to the market just in time for the 4th of July with the new 995FLG (9mm) and 4595FLG (.45ACP) carbines featuring a hydro dipped Grand Union Flag. The new carbines will be made available through Sportsmans Outdoor SuperStore and Classic Firearms and can also be purchased by […]
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Here's the amicus brief I just filed, for Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation, supporting the petitioner. At this stage, you aren't trying to persuade the Court that the good guy should win, you're trying to persuade it that it should take the case (it takes about 70-80 cases per year out of maybe 10,000 petitioners, I haven't checked the recent numbers). The best argument for it taking a case is that the lower courts have split on an issue or issues. One law applies in part of the country, another in another, the Court must resolve the question. In the case of the 2A, there are a LOT of splits!!
West Virginia has historically been one of the East Coast’s most used, but not talked about playgrounds. Whether it be shredding powder, off-roading, rafting, or other activities, West Virginia also has some of the best, but least busy trails all within miles of metropolitan locations. Today’s focus will be on the Allegheny Trail, and why I believe people should skip the AT as their first thru-hike and do this instead.
Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” We want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring in this series. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels, and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.
The Appalachian Trail has been declaring record numbers of thru-hikers each year, with roughly 25% of all attempts completing the entire 2000+ mile journey. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy state up to 3,000,000 individuals step foot on the AT each year. Crowding in some areas is common. Most people complete the 2,190 miles of AT within six months (+/- a few weeks).
Within 300 miles of either beginning point of the Allegheny Trail, there are roughly 8-million residents. If even 0.1% of them were interested in hiking, the Allegheny Trail would have seen 8000 people complete the trail. Rough calculations for a complete thru-hike from 2010-2020 are less than 100 individuals per year. The Allegheny Trail has some gnarly sections and great spans of wilderness.
There are no calculated averages on how long it takes to complete, but the few individuals I have interviewed claim a month is about right for its 330 miles. One of the Trail Coordinators I interviewed claimed the West Virginia Scenic Trail Association was in contact with an experienced thru-hiker that planned out his days and miles before setting out; making mail delivery stops and carrying food/water weight a predetermined science. Due to the challenging terrain, the experienced thru-hiker re-assessed his calculated quest and gave up several days in. It is recommended to go at your own pace on this trail with little expectation for a finishing date beyond the “one-month” quota.
On June 18, 2021, I drove down to Watoga State Park, in Marlinton, West Virginia for the 34th Annual Woods Week of Wacky Work and Welaxation. This is a week when West Virginia Scenic Trail Association members join in for hard work and fun times. It officially ran from June 17th – 25th, but as a salaried employee, I had prior obligations on the first day.
That Friday, I met many members of the WVSTA during their annual membership meeting. The President, Laura Finch ran the meeting and went over the current status of the trail, plans, and took recommendations (and votes) from attending members. Awards for trail dedication were handed out to many members putting in countless hours to ensure the quality of the trail continues to improve.
I counted 25’ish attendants to the annual meeting and met some of the most dedicated outdoorsmen in ages. Doug Wood has been developing and hiking the Allegheny Trail before I was born. I don’t want to pin an age on him, but he claims the first time he hiked a decent section of the Allegheny Trail was in 1978. During the wonderful dinner, I spoke to an award recipient, Greg. He states he’s an out-of-stater that has fallen in love with the Allegheny Trail decades ago and would often go out and maintain sections of it before finding out there was a(n non-profit) organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the trail.
During the annual meeting, a member of the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau came and expressed interest in partnering with the organization in gaining mutual exposure for the town and trail. With the major influx of outdoor activities, especially during Coronavirus 2020-2021, it would make sense to promote activities that keep people safe, and away from each other; the Allegheny Trail does just that!
Future goals of building shelters every five miles on the trail were expressed, as state and federal agencies partner with the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association in terms of labor or materials to help continued maintenance. One of the big activities this year was to repair a bridge crossing a creek. Long-lasting pressure treated, weather-resistant lumber was to be hiked into the woods and cut on-site to replace the boards from the bridge’s inception in 1996.
Saturday morning, I was planning on hiking in a few boards 2-miles each direction to the site of the bridge. Mitch Klein, secretary, and coordinator for the WVSTA states it was a challenge to get to the location. Unfortunately, with a lack of close monitoring of my Type-1 Diabetes and eating foods that others prepared, I felt like complete garbage in the morning with blood sugar running over 300. This doesn’t happen very often for me, maybe once or twice a year. I unfortunately returned home and got IV fluids to help reduce nephropathy. Did take a picture on the way back!
Many willing heads and hands attended the W5 this year, with shelters, trails, and bridges all-seeing love and attention. Here are some photos, more can be seen on their Facebook page.
If you’re interested in hiking the Allegheny Trail or joining the West Virginia Scenic Trail Association, check out their site: https://www.wvscenictrails.org/
There’s a 25mi hike likely occurring October 8th – 11th, 2021, starting in Durbin, WV. Pre-registration, Liability Waiver, and Attendance Fees (fundraising + food!) can be found here: https://www.wvscenictrails.org/trek
FULL DISCLOSURE: The writer is a voting member of the WVSTA; receives no additional benefits from being part of the organization (other than tasty meals and voting rights!), nor compensation for this article.
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CAA is excited to announce their latest iteration of the Micro Conversion Kit intended for VIP protection, security, home defense, and of course range fun. The new CAA USA MCK TAC is the most compact version of the Micro Conversion Kit to date and is available and shipping now. The MCK TAC will also be […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I got really excited when I saw this Model 38 Carcano Carbine because it has a rare side-mounted grenade launcher. I love goofy ideas like this because some of those goofy ideas are good ideas! Here you have your rifle and you need to toss this grenade real far. Conveniently, the launcher is attached to your rifle and it is not necessarily inhibiting the function. The way the launcher works is you start by removing your bolt from your rifle, put it into the grenade launcher, throw a blank and grenade to launch and that’s it. Pull the trigger!
“This is a very rare “Special Troops” (Truppe Speciali) variant Italian bolt action carbine, the top of the rear portion of the barrel is marked with “GARDONE / V.T. / 929-VII” and the serial number on the left. Blade front sight and adjustable rear sight graduated to 1500 meters, with iron battle sight underneath the adjustable arm. The carbine is equipped with a matching numbered side mounted grenade launcher with it’s own receiver. Mounted with a full length, one piece straight grip stock and handguard with “LP” in a circle on the left side at the receiver and a round “FARBRIC D’ARMIR FERNI 1929” Coat of Arms and matching serial number on the left side of the buttstock.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 216: Carcano 1938 Rifle 6.5 mm Carcano [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 27, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/216/carcano-1938-rifle-65-mm-carcano
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Concealment is one of the primary concerns for reconnaissance and sniper teams and a single glint of sunlight off of a scopes objective lens could be all it takes to reveal the location of an observational team. The YORK Development Tactical Scope Cover has taken the idea of a KillFlash and redesigned it to be […]
Bushnell is famous for making a lot of great optics. From red dot sights to trail cameras, Bushnell pretty much has you covered. One of their newest releases – the Fusion X – is a pair of rangefinding binoculars that boast a whopping one mile of range. In addition, the IPX7 waterproof-rated binoculars also offer hunters a unique set of features including Angle Range Compensation (ARC) mode for assisting with shots taken at more extreme angles. Another great feature included with the Fusion X is their ActivSync technology which adapts the readout’s display from red to black to give you the best contrast for what you’re currently looking at.
- Item ID (SKU) FX1042AD
- Product Name Fusion X 10×42 Rangefinding Binoculars
- Magnification x Objective Lens 10x42mm
- Reticle Activsync Display
- Color Black
- Length (in./mm) 7 in. / 177mm
- Weight (oz./g) 35 oz / 992 g
- Frame Construction Composite
- Exit Pupil (mm) 4mm / 0.157in
- Eye Relief (in.) 16.0mm / 0.630in
- Field of View (ft. @ 1,000 Yds.) 305
- Close Focus (Ft./M) 21 / 6.4
- Eyecups Twist-up
- Focus System Center
- Lens Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
- Dielectric Prism Coating Yes
- PC-3 Phase Coating Yes
- Prism Glass BK-7
- Prism Type Roof
- Ranging – Deer/Flag (Yds.) 700
- Ranging – Tree (Yds.) 900
- Ranging – Reflective (Yds.) 1760
- ARC Modes Regular, Bow, Rifle A-J
- Accuracy +/- 1 Yard
- Targeting Modes Scan, Bullseye, Brush
- Water Resistant Yes, IPX7 Waterproof
- Gas Purged Yes, Nitrogen
- EXO Barrier Yes
- Adapts to Tripod No
- Locking Diopter No
- Battery Included Yes
- Battery Type CR2
The ActivSync display fluidly morphs from black to red readouts against bright backgrounds to help contrast the information for easier reading. The Fusion X offers IPX7 Waterproof construction and this means that the electronics contained within the Fusion X will be protected for 30 minutes even when submerged in water up to 1 meter in depth.
Finally, the Fusion X features Bushnell’s EXO barrier lens protection. The proprietary lens coating bonds to the exterior of the lens surfaces to repel things that might obscure your view like oil, dust, water, and other debris. The new rangefinding binoculars come with Bushnell’s lifetime warranty which is fully transferrable with no receipt required. So, if your trusty binoculars suddenly quit on you for any reason, Bushnell will have you covered. These rangefinding binoculars would be a great hunting companion for the parts of the country where long ranges can be expected and very few changes in elevation.
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Pietta is an Italian replica firearm manufacturer that specializes in historic long arms, single-action revolvers, and black powder revolvers. Davidson’s has partnered up with Pietta to create three new Pietta Exclusives for their customers. The trio will include two new revolvers and one double-barrel side-by-side 12 gauge shotgun. All three of these new exclusive items […]
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When John Browning developed the self-loading shotgun that would become the Auto-5, he decided to depart from his existing standard business relationship with the Winchester company. Browning had historically sold his patents to Winchester for a flat fee, but with his new shotgun he decided he wanted a royalty per gun sold instead. Winchester thought about it and decided that perhaps Browning was not quite as important as he though he was, and they rejected his request. So Browning instead took the design to Fabrique Nationale in Belgium, who was happy to offer him a royalty.
The design became a tremendous success, and it left Winchester in a bit of a pickle. They had been planning on marketing a self-loading shotgun, but now the didn’t have the rights to one. So what they did was to purchase one of the very first FN guns made (serial number 262) and use it to figure out a loophole around Browning’s patent. The most significant feature was the bolt handle, which unlocked the action and allowed the bolt to be opened without the barrel reciprocating (this was a long-recoil action). Winchester ended up using the very simple method of adding some texturing to the barrel and requiring the user to simply cycle the barrel back all the way to open the action. Needless to say, this was substantially inferior to the way one could operate the Browning Auto-5, and it was a factor in the Winchester design (the Model 1911, not to be confused with the 1911 pistol) garnering the nickname “Widowmaker”. But that’s a story for another episode…
Thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum for allowing me access to film this very cool prototype shotgun! Check them out here:
A lot of the “grey man” gear I see online I feel goes out of its way to be exactly the opposite. A lot of times you will find a backpack that is meant to be discreet but ends up having the entire outside of it covered in MOLLE and will inevitably have a giant […]
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Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee split along party lines when voting whether to advance the nomination of David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
According to the president and his ever-obliging attorney general, a “crackdown” is coming on America’s federally licensed gun dealers (FFLs), with “zero tolerance” for allegedly illegal behavior. While no decent person – least of all the NRA or its members – supports arming dangerous criminals, a recent case from Texas provides disturbing hints as to what this policy might look like in practice.
President Joe Biden, along with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, spoke briefly on Wednesday, June 23, about the administration’s plans to combat rising crime. This came after a roundtable event with a select group of mayors, a police chief, eight state attorneys general, and a group that was referred to as “community violence intervention experts.” Biden claimed this was a “bipartisan group,” but the only identified Republican was Steve Allender, the Mayor of Rapid City, S.D.
I was passed the unclassified document below by a friend of a friend. It is published by the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Center. The ostensible purposes is to make “first responders” aware of “privately made firearms”. It was just published on June 22nd but not made public. It contains a notice that it is for official use only and not to be made available to the public, the media, or other personnel without authorization from DCTC, DHS, or the FBI.
Just like all the 3-D printing files out there, you cannot stop the signal. If I have it, others have it.
While it contains the disclaimer that “many of the activities described herein may involve Constitutionally protected activities and may be insignificant on their own”, the whole tenor of the six page document is that only criminals, terrorists, and domestic extremists (from the right) would ever engage in making their own firearms. I guess that would make the Gun Maker’s Match recently held in Florida a gathering of “domestic terrorists”. No matter that the sponsors included 2A Gaming, Brownells, GOA, and the Firearms Policy Coalition among others.
JTAC asserts that awareness of PMFs (personally made firearms) can enable first responders to aid in their recovery, prevent illicit activities such as terrorism, and promote public safety. It then goes into how a RMVE group used a foreign instant messaging service to post files on 3D printing and machining. In government speak, RMVE is a “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist group. In other words, despite the assertions of Attorney General Merrick Garland that they are everywhere, it is referring to the handful of white supremacists.
In my opinion, this demonization of 3D printing and machining and personally made firearms is all part of the same campaign to outlaw the sale of 80% lowers/frames and the like.
Read the document for yourself and make your own decision on its purpose.
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At TFB we’re devoted to finding the best and most interesting firearms-related photos together with a short story. You’ll find them here every day in our Photo Of The Day article series. Today we have Paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Airborne). Above you can see them unleashing their weapon systems at various […]
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Lawmakers are ready to wrap-up their regular legislative session, and all indications point to a swift plan to slide a few anti-gun bills through at the last minute.
Tom R is a staple in the TFB Community. With his vast knowledge and dedicated research into survival and medical equipment and practices, Tom is often a valuable resource for both the firearms community who read TFB as well as the writers who look up to him for advice and experience. Today on the podcast […]
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Today we have some really good pictures from a unit we haven’t seen on TFB before: the Latvian Sauszemes spēku Mehanizētā kājnieku brigāde. My Latvian language skills are a bit poor, but it should be the “Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Land Forces” translated to English. As you can see, they are using their standard-issue Heckler […]
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Good afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us for another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-caliber suppressor. Last week we got a peek at the new SIG Sauer MODX-9 3D printed pistol caliber suppressor. This week we compare the SilencerCo Octane 45 […]
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Today I learned, by reading academic literature, that by engaging in trophy hunting or merely desiring to do so, I am:
Who would have thought I was “guilty” of all of that just for wanting to go on a once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip to Africa.
The paper, The Elephant (Head) in the Room, can be found here.
This same lead author also thinks tsetse fly eradication is not ethically justified. This is despite almost 70 million Africans who are at risk for sleeping sickness. The disease, by the way, is fatal without treatment.
Batavia was also one of the star’s of the anti-hunting Humane Society of the US’s YouTube diatribe on trophy hunting.
At Academia.edu, I subscribe to be notified of articles about wildlife conservation, Africa, and trophy hunting. Most articles are much different but I do find it instructive to know what is going on in academia as they are teaching (supposedly) the next generation of wildlife biologists.
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Huzzah! I finally have a chance to take a proper full-auto FAMAS F1 out to the range. My conclusions? It’s very nice, just like the semiauto civilian model. It has a limited 3-round-burst option for those who need it, but also unrestricted automatic for those with enough practice to use it. The gun really doesn’t try to climb at all; the in-line design (like an AR) pushes recoil straight back into the shoulder. The rate of fire is higher than most 5.56mm shoulder rifles, measuring right about 950 rpm on this example. Automatic is of limited practical use from the shoulder, but given the FAMAS’ free floated barrel and integral bipod, it is certainly capable of limited supporting type fire from the prone position.
I may be a bit prejudiced, mais il est un magnifique fusil.
Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for the GOA announced via his Twitter yesterday (June 25th, 2021) that the previous judgment regarding Gun Owners of America v. Garland has been vacated via a three-judge panel. This essentially means that the panel ruled that bump stocks are not machine guns. This is a victory for the […]
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Personally, I hate jeans. Unlike my colleague James Reeves, the outer garments have always been too tight, with too few options for pockets, and I feel they are restricting to me in warmer climates when I need clothing to be loose. I hate having to make a pincer-like motion with my fingers just to get […]
The Estonian Special Forces (ESTSOF) are using the HK416A7 by Heckler & Koch. Here you can see them at a shooting range during winter. We had our hands on the “A7” at the Heckler & Koch booth at EnforceTac already in 2018, but it can still not be found on HK’s webpage. Germany’s Special Forces […]
Welcome back, night enthusiasts. Friday Night Lights is brought to you by ATN Corp, manufacturers of night vision and thermal optics like the THOR LT. As with all of our sponsored series, Friday Night Lights will continue to bring you unbiased news and reviews from a variety of companies. We revisit helmet lights and take a […]
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In recent years, Star Wars fans have begun to ditch their dreams of building a Mauser C96 based replica of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster due to soaring costs, and have a new hope in the much more affordable AR-15 DL-44 clones. Enter Canto Arms, which, at present have a dedicated line of AR-15 DL-44 clones […]
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In the waning hours of last night, the final day to sign Louisiana’s Constitutional Carry Legislation into law, John Bel Edwards decided to listen to the anti-gun minority in the Sportsman’s Paradise, and veto Senate Bill 118.
Last November, SIG Sauer announced their new Image Stabilized Binoculars in two sizes and magnification levels which I immediately requested the 16x42mm version. Six months later, I had them in hand. Optical Image Stabilization technology has been around since the late 1980’s beginning with photography in mind; however, that technology has a place for helping people see more detail outside of photography and videography such as military, law enforcement, and especially outdoorsy people such as ourselves. Let’s take a closer look at SIG’s Zulu6 16x42mm Optical Image Stabilized Binoculars.
This was my first foray into Image Stabilized optics, but I was greatly looking forward to it. The heavy-duty cardboard box that the SIG Zulu6 binocs come in was sleek and stylish, which is kind of a precursor indication that you’re about to hold something really nice, even though I don’t really keep stuff in the original boxes. Inside the fancy box, was a set of instructions, and a soft protective case with a belt loop, inside of which were the actual Zulu6 binoculars. Since I was the one that had requested to review the Zulu6 binocs, I expected a different look than that of traditional looking binoculars, and I wasn’t disappointed when I lifted them out of the box. The SIG Zulu6 binocs actually look more akin something you’d see in a sci-fi film, but I’m a geek anyway so I thought they looked pretty cool.
I first adjusted the diopter ring to my eyes, then adjusted the focus on various objects, and I was quite pleased with the results. The two eyepieces are separate from the main tubes which are in one housing, and the eyepieces are designed to work together, so when one is moved in or out, the other eyepiece does the same, symmetrically speaking.
The image is crisp and clear, but due to the higher magnification of the 16 power, it was easy to see how much vibration I was inputting into the system. Just standing in place wasn’t horrible without image stabilization, but it was slightly noticeable. The SIG Zulu6 comes with a AA battery included, which is blocked from activation by a plastic barrier inside the battery compartment. The compartment door has a hinged tab for easy removal and replacement. I was eager to check out the image stabilization, so once the battery was engaged inside, I flipped the switch on the top of the binoculars to “on.” I was instantly in awe of how big of a difference there was between the “off” and “on” functions.
Cutting right to the chase so to speak, I took the SIG Zulu6 binoculars on a family trip to town (which makes me sounds pretty hick-ish, but that’s fine with me) to see how the image stabilizer works while really moving. The results were stunning to say the least, and this is really where optical image stabilization shines. In the “off” position, the Zulu6 binocs were usable, but getting any sort of detail like license plates, or just enjoying wildlife were pretty difficult at speed. Switching them “on” instantly calms the image to where you can see every detail, whether it’s reading that license plate or seeing every spot on a fawn. The video below is an example of how it looks switching it off and on. I apologize for the picture moving around, holding the camera up to the eyepiece was a bit hard while trying to use the switch at the same time.
The unconventional housing style, coupled with the battery compartment placement makes holding the SIG Zulu6 bincos a bit awkward at first, but the more I used them I found what worked for me. The 16x42mm model is a bit bulky to keep on a belt in the case, but keeping them in a pack, or using the provided strap around your neck and shoulder keeps them out of the way until needed.
The video below shows the internal mechanism at work while the electronics are switched on. The arrows point to the moving lenses that adjust for the movement you put into it.
SIG’s Zulu6 Image Stabilized are a great option for outdoorsy adventurers, especially if you’re wanting to spot things while on the move, such as while on the road or on the water or even while walking a trail (as long as you pay attention to what you’re doing). The MSRP may seem a bit steep at $769, which it is compared to non-image stabilized binoculars, but if you do a search for other brands of stabilized binocs, the SIG Zulu6’s price turns out to be a much easier option for your wallet. Image stabilization technology has kind of eliminated the need to mount binoculars on a tripod, but a mounting point would make the Zulu6 a little more versatile for a hands free option; however, for now an adaptor or make shift option would have to do for users that still want to mount them. Overall though, the SIG Zulu6 is a great model that worked great and did everything it was built to do, and I can certainly recommend it if it’s within your budget. You can find the product page for the Zulu6 binocs page HERE, or visit SIG’s website for more of their products.
If you’ve already grabbed a pair of the SIG Zulu6 image stabilized binoculars, which model did you get, and what are your thoughts on it so far? If you’ve used another brand of stabilized optics, how do you employ them?
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Shooting requires protective equipment. Proper ear and eye protection are an absolute must anytime you’re going to a range day or other event that’s going to involve live fire. Too many shooters have learned the hard way that your senses are precious and damaging or losing them while enjoying the shooting sports is a tragedy […]
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Yesterday, a federal district court judge in the United States District Court Northern District of Florida upheld a Florida law that prevents law-abiding citizens between the ages of 18 and 20 from purchasing a firearm.
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I think it is amazing that prototypes and experimental firearms make their way out of the dark. Here we have an experimental Remington Arms double-action percussion Rider revolver. The style of grip appears to be influenced by a lot of 1850 and 1860 style derringer pistols. The science the behind double-action revolver was in its infancy and a convoluted one at that. Half the industry could not make much of a double-action. They were not easy, affordable, and most of the time they did to work after too long. The other half of the industry was not super interested in the possibility of rapid-fire. Black powder is dirty and fouls up rapidly and why would you want to do that and also possibly miss most shots.
“Produced circa 1858, this Rider Experimental revolver is equipped with a unique trigger guard loading lever. The plunger is housed in the lower frame and is attached to the upper front of the trigger guard, and the rear of the trigger guard latches into the frame directly behind the trigger, when pushed forward, the trigger guard unhooks and can swing down to work the plunger. The top strap is marked “J. RIDER.” and there are no other visible markings. Brass cone front and frame notch rear sights, brass frame and metal parts appear to have been left in the “white”. The revolver functions in both single and double action. Fitted with smooth two piece walnut grips. The revolver is accompanied by the original three page patent papers for the Rider Revolver, which have been laminated for preservation.”
Lot 1183: Remington Arms Inc Rider Revolver 31 percussion [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 24, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/1183/remington-arms-inc-rider-revolver-31-percussion
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If you’re on the hunt for that extra bit of precision at long ranges then EOTech has a new offering for you. Their new Vudu 8-32×50 SFP riflescope offers a clear image, impressive magnification, and tons of options for dialing in your targets at extended ranges. The new EOTech Vudu 8-32x50mm SFP riflescope was developed for dedicated long-range shooters in mind and features their HC2 MOA-based reticle for precise holdovers at extended ranges.
“The Vudu 8-32×50 SFP riflescope delivers features F-Class, benchrest and varmint shooters love. And like all EOTECH optics, the Vudu 8-32×50 SFP will endure the rigors of everyday professional use.”
Vudu® 8-32×50 SFP Scope Specifications
The EOTech 8-32x50mm riflescope is aimed squarely at the precision shooting competitor crowd. Like all other Vudu scopes, the 8-32x50mm is made from an aircraft-grade aluminum main tube with a hard-anodized finish. The combination creates a durable yet lightweight and waterproof package. Each Vudu scope is environmentally tested to ensure durability in all conditions.
The 8-32x version of the Vudu features an HC2, MOA-based hashmark reticle that was designed specifically for the long-range shooter. The non-illuminated crosshairs allow for windage and elevation correction and the ultra-small center aiming dot provides both a clear view of the target and pinpoint accuracy even when magnified fully. Finally, each click of the turrets yields a 1/8″ drift @ 100 yards (.125 MOA) for precise adjustments. This adjustment rate produces a full 10 MOA of adjustment per rotation of the turret. The 34mm main tube allows shooters to adjust up to 100 MOA in elevation and 80 MOA in windage meaning you can use this scope out to extreme ranges.
This scope could work easily in the hands of a skilled hunter who has their rifle dialed in, but is probably best suited for those shooting in a competition setting. However, having known some pretty ballsy hunters using some pretty common calibers (6.5 Creedmoor and the like) to take down their game at well over 1,000 yards! If this seems like something you would do then you’d ideally want all the magnification you can get to make sure you’ve got the right holdover for the distance of your target.
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There is a vast market for those looking to pick up an AR-15. Budget plays a big part in a shooter’s decision. There are plenty of budget options out there, but the owner will eventually find that they want to upgrade. Parts add up. Next thing you know, that budget rifle can end up costing more than your car. To cut down on the cost and effort of buyers, some manufacturers have begun including these upgrades from the factory. Sporting some of these upgrades, the new M&P15T II should be on your list if you’re looking for an out-of-the-box rifle with all of the features you want to be included.
Smith & Wesson Inc. has announced the launch of its latest modern sporting rifle, the M&P15T II. Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, the new M&P15T II features premium enhancements that include a full-length aluminum M-Lok® handguard, flat face trigger, Magpul® CTR® stock, M&P grip, and more.
Vince Perreault, Senior Brand Manager, said, “With the M&P15T II, we set out to include some of the latest features that consumers demand on a high-end MSR – a full-length handguard, flat face trigger, ambidextrous controls, and more. The M&P15T II delivers premium enhancements in a high-performance modern sporting rifle.”
The first thing you’ll notice is the Magpul furniture. The backup iron sights are from Magpul, as well. The grip comes from Smith & Wesson and looks oddly familiar. The handguard is of the 15″ M-LOK, free-floated variety. The charging handle has been upgraded to an ambidextrous Radian Raptor-LT charging handle. Another desirable feature is the factory flat-faced trigger.
There’s no better place to learn more details than from Smith & Wesson themselves. Head over to their website for all of the available information. Don’t forget to follow along on social media. You can find Smith & Wesson on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Now find some ammo and keep training!
Constitutional Carry is hot right now. The list of states officially supporting the practice has grown to nearly half of the US. Texas recently became the twenty-first such state, and this new legislation will go into effect as of September 1st of this year. Second Amendment advocacy groups are working with legislators in several other […]
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There’s no question that the small frame .357 Magnum revolver is an EDC legend. Dependable, compact, and powerful, the snubnose revolver is still a popular choice for concealed carry over a century after the snubby was introduced. But should it be as popular as it is, still? Within the past decade, ultra compact, dependable, high […]
Inspired by American Hunter Jackie Bushman and his television show Buckmasters, SIG Sauer Electro-Optics has released the affordable Buckmasters line of Riflescopes and Rangefinders. The new riflescopes feature Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) reticles with included holdovers and feature plenty of light transmission through the lenses for those low-light situations. Meanwhile, the new rangefinder is loaded down with features that will help new and experienced hunters alike on their next hunt.
The Buckmasters riflescope line comes in three different configurations – all with Second Focal Plane reticles. The smallest of the scopes features a 3-9x magnification and a 40mm objective lens for short to medium range engagements and is available for $169.99. Carrying the same 3-9x magnification, but with a much larger 50mm objective scope, the most expensive option in the Buckmasters lineup is still just $159.99. Finally, a 3-12x magnification with a 44mm objective lens option is also available and sits right in between the two other Buckmasters scopes at $159.99.
The Rangefinder offers a whole host of benefits that are useful to both experienced and new hunters. The rangefinder features a “Buckmasters Mode” which contains 8 onboard ballistic groups so that the rangefinder can indicate which Buckmasters BDC holdover to use with your corresponding riflescope. This means that by pairing up the rangefinder with the riflescope you shouldn’t have to make any guesses about where your holdover should be. The rangefinder makes use of a single CR2 battery, weighs just 5.3 ounces, and can reach out to 600 yards on deer for ranging and up to 1500 yards with a reflective target. The 6X magnification should give you great target identification before you even switch to your riflescope to take the shot. Finally, the Rangefinder is IPX-4 water-resistant so carrying it out in the field should be pretty safe provided you’re not hunting in a thunderstorm. The standalone rangefinder is sold for $179.99.
The Riflescope and Rangefinder can also be purchased as a bundle from between $329.99 and $349.99. Both products are available now directly from sigsauer.com. SIG Sauer Electro-Optics has been doing some great work to bring effective yet affordable optics to the market and this new pairing of riflescope and rangefinder is looking to be a great option for those looking to get their first set of hunting optics.
Since its reveal at the online-only SHOT Show 2021, many fans of SIG Sauer’s P320 platform have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the P320 XCarry Legion pistol. For those that don’t remember, the P320 XCarry Legion is a compact pistol set up with a threaded barrel from the factory as well as suppressor height […]
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The Vickers company developed several versions of the Vickers machine gun for aircraft use during the 1920s and 1930s, but they also worked on armored vehicle versions of the gun in the 1930s. Between 1930 and 1936 these were adopted by the British military as the Mk IV through Mk VII guns, but the gun we are looking at today is the commercial export pattern, the Class C/T. This particular gun is one sold to Argentina.
The basic mechanics of the gun are unchanged from the standard Vickers heavy machine gun, but a bunch of adaptations were done to make the guns more suitable to use in armored vehicles. A pistol grip was developed to mount under the gun in place of the spade grips. Coupled with a large leather-covered buttpad and cheek pads, this allowed the gunner to hold the gun much like a rifle; essential in the tight confines of a turret. The barrel was shortened, and a new style of booster was designed which allowed the barrel to be removed from the rear of the gun, allowing the gun to be worked on from within the protection of the vehicle. The top cover was also give a hinge on the side, again for more compact use. The most complex change was the development of interchangeable feed blocks to allow left-hand or right-hand feeding with only the changing of that one unit.
One of the really interesting aspects of these tank guns was the experimentation around their cooling systems. For the British military, the goal was to have a gun capable of firing 3,000 rounds in 30 minutes. Normally this would be an easy bar for a Vickers to clear, but it would require refilling the water jacket – and that was a really clumsy exercise inside a tankette turret. Various types of circulating systems were tried out, but they all had problems with the need for the guns to be in flexible mounts. What would seem like a perfect idea of plumbing the gun into the vehicles existing radiator had the unfortunate consequence of rendering the whole vehicle immobile if the gun’s jacket took a bullet hit and leaked…
Overall production was low, and the guns were primarily used in vehicles that Vickers was building themselves. By the time World War Two began, the Vickers was clearly obsolescent in this role; there were much cheaper air-cooled options (like the Besa, which the British would choose for their own use).
There has been a decades-long battle going on between fans of direct impingement versus piston-driven rifle systems. Which is cleaner, more accurate, or more reliable? In the past, we have had several AR platforms adapted for use with a gas piston system like the HK 416. TINCK Arms, a Slovenian manufacturer of firearms, is developing […]
The Cadex CDX-50 Tremor is designed to deliver the massive .50 BMG payload with extreme accuracy. The newest variant to the Tremor lineup is the compact 20″ barreled one that’s designed specifically for Law Enforcement and Military applications. Manufactured using both Canadian and American parts, the Tremor series promises extreme range supremacy. Eager to see […]
Photo Of The Day: The caption above says the U.S. Marine above is firing his M27, but I’d say he’s using the M38 Designated Marksman Rifle because of the Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T 2.5-8x36mm variable power scope and the QDSS suppressor. You can read Leupold’s description here: Earlier this year (2018), the Marine Corps […]
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Let's get this straight. (1) Resistance if Futile unless you have nukes and air support, but (2) a bunch of people entered the Capitol, without so much as BB guns, and this posed an existential crisis to the Republic?
Often times I will get a number of questions about a certain type of carry style. Whether it’s carrying in a pocket or a shoulder holster, there will always be pros and cons to each method of carrying a concealed firearm. Every rating is based on my personal experiences as well as a number of […]
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The Arizona Legislature may adjourn as soon as today. House Bill 2840, a critical self-defense bill, is still sitting in the Senate awaiting floor action.
Pennsylvania’s effort to join 21 other states with Constitutional Carry advanced as the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chaired by Senator Lisa Baker, voted to move Senate Bill 565 to the Senate floor for consideration.
When it comes to handling your firearms in any capacity or context, nothing is more important than safety. Everyone should know the basic firearms safety rules inside and out before they ever get on a live-fire range. Beyond those fundamentals like keeping your gun pointed in a safe direction and keeping your finger off of […]
Cold Steel has just introduced the latest series of their Leatherneck family of knives – the Mini Leatherneck. The Mini Leatherneck knives are made from a Kray-Ex grip combined with an 8Cr13MoV steel blade for easy sharpening. The new knives are supposed to retail for between $26 and $30 and will come with a sheath […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Merwin & Hulbert revolvers are a subject I know little about, but are extremely fascinating. At the time of their introduction revolvers around the world were blossoming, and better yet, they were all trying to avoid patent infringement so that necessitated creative design. In the Merwin & Hulbert revolver aspect of things, it was the idea of quick eject. Smith & Wesson would have a few top-break revolvers and the Peacemaker had its loading gate and ejector rod.
Burst onto the scene in 1876 was Merwin & Hulbert’s Frontier model in which it featured a quick eject that was competitive with the top break design. In this case, the revolver can be unloaded via a small tab on the underside of the frame is pushed rearward. After the tab is pushed the barrel assembly can be rotated 90 degrees and pulled forward. Upon pulling forward the shells are ejected and the gun can be reverse maneuvered back into a revolver in which it can be reloaded through the downward traveling loading gate.
These revolvers never quite caught on extensively like most quick eject designs that involved moving or weakening the top strap. This was because of the introduction of more powerful ammo which made the top strap a must in the event of a catastrophic failure. The only real holdout from the 1800s was the Webley revolvers that lasted well into the 20th century. As of today, I have only seen a Merwin & Hulbert revolver unloaded and reloaded at the end of one motion picture. That movie in question is Bone Tomahawk and I highly recommend it. The scene is very brief, but if you look closely you can see the quick reload nature of these fine revolvers. Otherwise, a closer look can be found in the YouTube sphere.
[Photograph found in Photos, Cody Firearms Museum’s Facebook]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 23, 2021.
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One of your favorite online retailers of firearms, ammunition, gear, and equipment has just stated via their social media outlets that all online sales of American-made products made between June 22nd till July 4th will now have 2% of the proceeds to the Firearms Policy Foundation. The Firearms Police Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition are […]
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NRA-ILA Executive Director Jason Ouimet released the following statement on Thursday regarding David Chipman’s party line vote out of Senate Judiciary Committee.
GoWild has quickly become a leading social media community and gear platform for outdoor enthusiasts. The app is free to use, and it is chock full of curated threads discussing gear, tactics, and so much more. AllOutdoor (AO) caught up with GoWild Co-Founder and CEO Brad Luttrell (BL) for a quick chat.
AO: What is your role at GoWild? What does that role include?
BL: I am the Cofounder, CEO, which for a startup means I wear a lot of hats (most of them are still camo, though!). My role is to stay focused on the company’s future and ensuring we have the resources the team needs to get there.
AO: What is your background?
BL: I grew up in Southeastern Kentucky in the Cumberland Gap. Hunting, fishing and off-roading was a part of life. I went to the University of Kentucky, and became a journalist after college. From there, I led a meandering career of founding (and closing) companies. Eventually I found myself in advertising, where I worked for a few ad agencies. With about seven years of branding and marketing experience in that space, I decided to break out on my own and found GoWild.
AO: Who else is on the executive team at GoWild?
AO: How would you describe the GoWild app to someone who hasn’t heard of it/checked it out yet?
BL: For people who love the outdoors, GoWild is the best digital platform to interact with other outdoor enthusiast, and learn about new gear, tactics and content. Only GoWild delivers a fun community, gear insights and a fun way to share your story, as evident from the hundreds of thousands of people engaging with the platform.
AO: What is your personal favorite feature of the app?
BL: Gearbox, which is our collection of gear that you can tag in content and buy. With Gearbox, you get to see what other people are using for their trophies, which could be fishing or hunting. And for about 15,000 products, you can actually just buy those right through the app.
AO: What has been the most surprising thing about building/launching/growing the platform?
BL: The most surprising part of it all is how much people actually love the GoWild mission to unite outdoor enthusiasts. We’re all so tattered and war-torn from defending our lifestyle on other platforms. It’s empowering to see people saying how much the community means to them, and telling us about skills they’ve learned and new hobbies they’ve tried for the first time because of GoWild.
AO: What is your favorite outdoor sport/hobby?
BL: I like to fish, hike, camp, and off-road, but I absolutely love hunting. It is my passion.
AO: What else is important to note?
BL: GoWild is the best resource to learn. It is amazing how many people join GoWild, and their first post will have more engagement than any of their last dozen posts on other platforms. It’s a highly engaging platform.
If you read the headline for this article and immediately checked your calendar to discern whether it’s April Fools’ Day, and/or began wondering if you’re losing your mind, neither is the case. There genuinely exists such a thing as the Conway Twitty Tribute Pistol, and it’s presented here for your likely incredulity, amazement, and entertainment […]
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John Moses Browning is, without argument, the greatest firearms designer in history. While we have had many brilliant designers who had their names forever connected to guns (Maxim, Luger, Kalashnikov…), Browning invented whole *categories* of firearms. Gorenstein’s new book “The Guns of John Moses Browning” is a welcome biography of the man, giving great insight into Browning’s life and work. The book is well researched, well written, and thoroughly engaging. It is also worth noting that Gorenstein is himself a competitive shooter, and understands the world that Browning operated in.
I think my back-cover blurb for the book (for which I received no compensation; full disclosure) sums it up well:
Following Browning from his birth in rural Utah to his death in urban Belgium, we see how a changing world shaped his inventions and how, in turn, his inventions shaped a changing world.
Browning began in the last years of the Wild West inventing lever action rifles, then became a major part of the blossoming of the automatic pistol, then invented the semiauto shotgun before designing the modern machine guns that become iconic to the United States’ involvement in two world wars. It is a tremendous story, and Gorenstein’s book lays it all out for the reader.
If you’re an experienced shooter, by this juncture you’re painfully aware of how brutal the ammo supply has been over the last year and change. Supply has been down, costs have gone up, numerous price increases have been announced, and there’s been precious little end in sight for months. Starting in early 2020, the industry […]
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There is nothing like a good old Joe Biden word-salad speech as shown below to inspire some good, down-home snarkiness.
Oh, where to start. I guess we’ll go with Miguel from Gunfreezone.net.
President Nice Tweets goes full Swalwell and implies that he’s willing to nuke Middle America https://t.co/0nbPSnakeB— Miguel (@GunFreeZone) June 24, 2021
Let’s move on to Dana Loesch who is always good for some snark.
Wait, so a guy dressed like a Burning Man reject in a buffalo head and his motley crew of Red Dawn LARPers almost overthrew the entire government but you can’t own a semi-auto because the mighty government will nuke you into next week? PICK A NARRATIVE— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 23, 2021
Moving on to Maj Toure.
Them: “You’ll never beat the govt with your little guns. You’d need F15’s and nukes, the govt would destroy you.”— Maj Toure (@MAJTOURE) June 24, 2021
Also them: “Those unarmed men STORMED the capitol in an insurrection and almost overthrew the govt!”
How about this from firearms patent attorney Ben Langlotz.
A hundred losers and FBI plants with costumes and zip ties nearly toppled the government, but 100,000,000 citizen riflemen with ‘weapons of war’ don’t stand a chance? https://t.co/Wn5DHg5rvA— Ben Langlotz (@GunPatent) June 24, 2021
We have to get in a meme using Sponge Bob.
A new hashtag has been created!
Did sleepy Joe literally just threaten to blow us all up???— Southeerner (@whatgives1313) June 24, 2021
Now to a serious comment. I do sincerely believe that Joe Biden is showing age-related cognitive decline. I see similar behaviors to what I saw in my own mother who suffered from dementia for years before she passed away. However, while we can laugh and make fun of Biden’s speech, we need to realize that it will be his authoritarian administration using the jack-booted thugs of BATFE (potentially led by Chipman) and other agencies carrying out these anti-self defense policies. They are not demented and they are evil and they will use lawfare. If lawfare fails, they will use deadly force backed by false narratives parroted by a compliant media. Biden’s speech was the side-show; the implementation of these evil policies will be the main event.
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Nearly 40 million background checks in 2020. A check of course isn't exactly equal to a gun sale, let along a new gun sale, but it should give an idea of an enormous market. I can recall back in the 70s that guns were being produced and sold at about 3 million a year, increasing slowly to six million decades later. Those enormous sales are driving much of the ammo shortage, from what I hear.
In the recent times of Covid, along with the countless other things driving people to buy more firearms, the used gun has taken somewhat of a beating. I get constant messages from people saying they can no longer find deals because there’s nothing left on the shelves. To their defense, the used market isn’t as […]
Each day a different image from the World of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it’s our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures out there for you. Today we have Norwegian Naval Special Operation Commandos on a shooting range […]
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When it comes to the long lineage of snake guns, we all knew there was one at the top we were waiting for. Well folks, the king in the Colt Anaconda is finally here! It was revealed back in March this year that Colt would be bringing back the Anaconda notably chambered in .44 Magnum […]
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We know that David Chipman served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division of BATFE. He served in that position from November 2006 until March 2009. While serving in that position, he is alleged by a fellow BATFE Special Agent to have made disparaging remarks about the number of African-Americans who had passed the BATFE promotion exam to be ASAC’s. That agent filed a complaint with the EEOC about the comment.
“Wow, there were an unusually large number of African American agents that passed the exam this time. They must have been cheating.”
The Daily Caller spoke with another former ATF Special Agent who said Chipman’s comments spread throughout the Field Division.
The former Detroit-based ATF agent, who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, did not personally witness Chipman making the comment, but recalled colleagues talking about how Chipman “made this remark that all the African Americans must be cheating because there’s no way they could get these scores.”
“He made this remark in front of a bunch of witnesses,” the former Detroit-based ATF agent said. “It spread like wildfire at the agency. It got tremendous blowback, as it should. Here you have a middle manager saying something like that with absolutely no proof.”
Chipman was asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) about any EEOC reports and responded that there had been two. He went on to add that they had been resolved without any finding of discrimination. Chipman then added that his ATF personnel file remains under the control of the Federal government.
Chipman has been very reticent about providing his personnel record for public review. According to Tom Jones, president of the American Accountability Foundation, this is a big red flag based upon his own 13 years serving as a Senate staffer. As a result, AAF filed a Freedom of Information Act request on April 20th requesting documents relating to “all complaints, grievances, requests for investigation, or investigatory documents related to employee misconduct, harassment, malfeasance, or other violations of the standards of professional conduct” concerning Chipman. They filed another request in May after being told his records had been sent to the National Personnel Records Center of the National Archives.
As you might expect out of the Biden Administration, this request has been stone-walled with no definitive answer. Thus, the American Accountability Foundation filed a Federal lawsuit in US District Court for DC seeking these documents. They are seeking a formal response from BATFE to either comply with or deny the request. They then ask for these documents to be released as they believe records are still being held within BATFE.
Do I think Chipman could have made these remarks? I do because I think he is arrogant enough to have made them and because too many other agents have some recollection of it. Do I think it probably was swept under the table at the time? Sure. The BATFE management has a history of protecting their fair haired children and it appears that Chipman was one of those.
The FOIA lawsuit is below:
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Tomorrow is the committee vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on David Chipman’s nomination to head BATFE. If you haven’t contacted your own senators, do it now. In addition, contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well. The alert from Grass Roots North Carolina has both their email contact and phone numbers.
Do it before it is too late.
|THIS IS SERIOUS!! ATF NOMINEE CHIPMAN HAS MADE MILLION+ LOBBYING AGAINST YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS|
|IF THE CHIPMAN CONFIRMATION IS ALLOWED TO PASS IT WILL SPELL DISASTER FOR YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS! |
Joe Biden has found a special someone who hates your liberties as much as he does and wants to have that Waco Whacko head up the ATF or is it the “AFT” (to quote Biden).
CHIPMAN HAS MADE IN EXCESS OF A MILLION DOLLARS LOBBYING AGAINST YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!!!
When Chipman champions “gun safety” the real meaning behind the lie is ‘No firearm protection from criminals for you’— indeed, Chipman’s advice for you in these dangerous times is to”Buy stronger deadbolts for the exterior doors of your home”.
Mr. Chipman sidled up with Mike Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety (safety for criminals only) and is a Senior Policy Advisor for Gifford’s ANTI-GUN GROUP.
What kind of a nut does Mr. Chipman have to be, to believe that the demoralized and defunded police will get to your home in time to save you in those precious seconds when death is at your door? He didn’t care about the children burned to death at Waco, no doubt he doesn’t care about YOUR safety either.
What level of fear (of someone or something) would it take to tempt any Senator to betray their oath to uphold the Constitution by confirming someone who is against YOUR right to keep and bear firearms to head up the ATF? Chipman was unable (or unwilling) to describe to Congress what he considers to be an “assault weapon”-how could he possibly be qualified to lead the ATF ? Someone who believes that firearms are scary and should be so heavily regulated as to make the Second Amendment useless is not qualified to do anything but lobby for the anti-gun left.
A stronger deadbolt is a road bump to disaster if you have no means to protect yourself from the criminal kicking in your door-or breaking your window.
A FIREARM IS A SHIELD NOT A SWORD! Chipman’s worldview envisions an American populace without the means to protect itself-criminals would have no fear of immediate consequences. Senators who might vote to confirm this man must understand this danger-why would any Senator betray the Constitution they took an oath to uphold?
A VOTE TO CONFIRM CHIPMAN IS AN ANTI-GUN VOTE AND WE SHOULD TREAT IT AS SUCH. CHIPMAN MUST NOT BE CONFIRMED!
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
Call AND email Senators on the Judiciary Committee: The links below will take you to a website form. These are not email addresses. Just click on the link and it will take you to the form.
Dick Durbin, Chair https://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/email Washington, D.C. 20510 p: 202.224.2152 Springfield, IL 62703 p: 217.492.4062
Chuck Grassley https://www.grassley.senate.gov/contact/questions-and-comments Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202.224.3744 Sioux City, IA 51101 P: (712) 233-1860
Patrick Leahy https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact Washington, DC 20510 p: (202) 224-4242 Burlington, VT 05401 p: (802) 863-2525
Lindsey Graham https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact-form Washington, DC 20510 P: (202) 224-5972 Columbia, SC 29201 P: (803) 933-0112
Dianne Feinstein https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3841 Fresno, CA 93721 P: (559) 485-7430
John Cornyn https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/node/5853 Washington, DC 20510 P: 202-224-2934 San Antonio, TX 78205 P: 210-224-7485
Sheldon Whitehouse https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/email-sheldon Washington, DC 20510 P: (202) 224-2921 Providence, RI 02903 P: (401) 453-5294
Amy Klobuchar https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-amy Washington, DC 20510 P: 202-224-3244 Moorhead, MN 56560 P: 218-287-2219
Chris Coons https://www.coons.senate.gov/contact/share-your-opinion Washington, DC 20510 P: (202) 224-5042 Dover, DE 19901 P: (302) 736-5601
Ben Sasse https://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-ben Washington, DC 20510 P: 202-224-4224 Kearney, NE 68845 P: 308-233-3677
Richard Blumenthal https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact Washington DC P: (202) 224-2823
Washington, DC, 20510 P: (202) 224-2823
Josh Hawley https://www.hawley.senate.gov/contact-senator-hawley Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6154 Kansas City, MO 64106 P: 816-960-4694
Mazie Hirono https://www.hirono.senate.gov/share-your-opinion Washington, DC 20510 P: (202) 224-6361
Honolulu, HI 96850 P: (808) 522-8970
Tom Cotton https://www.cotton.senate.gov/contact/contact-tom Washington, DC 20510 P: (202) 224-2353 Jonesboro, AR 72401 P: (870) 933-6223
Cory Booker https://www.booker.senate.gov/contact/write-to-cory Washington, DC 20510 P: (202) 224-3224 Camden, NJ 08103 P: (856) 338-8922
John Kennedy https://www.kennedy.senate.gov/public/email-me-form Washington, DC 20510 P: (202) 224 462 Baton Rouge, LA 70809 P: (225) 926 8033
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Suggested Subject: Do Not Confirm David Chipman ATF Nominee
I am contacting you today to demand that the Biden nominee for leading the ATF be rejected without compromise. David Chipman has no business leading an agency that has as it’s mission statement “…to protect communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations….” when he is so dedicated to removing the legal means of citizens to protect themselves from criminals via firearms.
David Chipman is as anti-Second Amendment as they come and there is no place more dangerous than a gun free zone as we can see in Chicago and many other American cities right now. David Chipman is a danger to my safety and that of my family.
I will continue to monitor this important issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. Any vote for Chipman will be considered a vote against gun owners.
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Welcome back to the Underground Arms Watch. The first week of June saw a number of seizures of the FGC-9, the widely reported on 3D printable 9mm carbine released by Deterrence Dispensed last year. The example below was one of two seized from a ‘factory’ operating in Tampere, Finland which was uncovered during raids on […]
Maven has slowly but surely started making its way into the forefront of people’s minds when it comes to riflescopes for precision and hunting applications. The new Maven RS.5 4-24x50mm Second Focal Plane Riflescope is now available for shooters who want the magnification of a powerful riflescope without the downsides of the reticle that a […]
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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Everyone loves a good mystery. This mystery is in the form of an 80 round chain rifle called the Guycot Chain Rifle. The quote below mentions rocket ball ammunition. Rocketball ammunition is basically a bullet with a hollow base. In the hollow base are powder and a primer of some sort. No shell casing needed! Very few substantiated facts are out there on this Guycot rifle which is why I will let Rock Island Auction Company who always does a great job explain further:
“Produced circa 1878, this unusual and rare rifle features a chain loading system housed in the frame and stock with a 80 (yes that’s eighty) round capacity. Running from the front section of the cylinder, through the stock and back again, the chain carries 80 chambers, which are then loaded with self contained center fire rounds in the style of the Hunt Rocket Ball. Operating in double action style, a pull of the trigger retracts a long needle-like firing pin, advances the chain to bring the next chamber in line, an inner barrel is drawn back through the heavy outer barrel until it covers the bullet end of the cartridge. When the drag on the trigger ends, the firing pin is released which drives through a small hole in the base of the container. Pin front and notch rear sights, with a loading gate set into the top of the frame, scroll style trigger guard, sling swivels and a hollow straight grip buttstock. P. Gay, a French engineer and Mrs. H. Guenot, a French merchant secured British patent #187 in 1879, otherwise the origin of the Guycot remains a mystery and historical facts are sketchy. No markings are present.”
Lot 1109: Rare French Guycot Chain Rifle [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/1109/rare-french-guycot-chain-rifle
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Tomorrow, the New Hampshire House and Senate will hold floor votes on the conference committee report for House Bill 334, which allows an individual to carry a loaded firearm on an Off-Highway Recreation Vehicle (OHRV) or snowmobile.
There are 3 new blades to be had underneath the Cold Steel name with their new lineup of Mini Leatherneck fixed blade knives. Resembling the shape and relative dimensions of full-sized fixed blade knives, the Mini Leatherkneck takes all of that and shrinks it down into a compact everyday carry (EDC), compatible set of knives that are also extremely easy to sharpen on account of their 8Cr13MoV steel.
“With its compact size, sturdy build, and robust grip, the Mini Leatherneck is an optimal balance between traditional fixed blades that may be too big and folders that may be too small for the mission. The Mini Leatherneck is easy to carry, diverse in function, and perfect any time you need a manageable knife with a big attitude.”
Cold Steel says the new knives are geared towards tactical, hunting, and everyday carry applications with three different blade styles to choose from. The Mini Leatherneck will be made available with a Tanto, Double Edge Spearpoint, and a stout Clip Point. Each blade will be 3.5″ long with an additional 3.25 inches worth of handle made from Kray-Ex material making them both compact and ergonomic. You can think of the Kray-Ex material as being a sort of hard rubber that has just a little bit of “give” to it making it easy to grip, but incredibly compact.
The new Leatherneck knives are not currently available for sale from Cold Steel yet, but are coming soon. The Mini Leatherneck Clip Point and Tanto will be sold for $29.99. While the Double Edge Spear Point will be sold for $25.99. I think my favorite of these new models has to be the Tanto point. I do a lot of box opening and cutting and Tanto point blades tend to do a very good job at piercing things while still maintaining a nicely shaped un-serrated blade for slicing. I wouldn’t recommend this blade for skinning your next deer though!
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Whether you’re a hunter or precision rifle competitor, knowing your range can make or break your performance. Laser rangefinders can be incredibly valuable for anyone taking shots at a distance. Bushnell has been in the game since the beginning and continues to put out new rangefinders to help you find your range. Their newest is the Bushnell 1800 6×24 Laser Rangefinder.
Bushnell’s new Prime 1800 Laser Rangefinder delivers 2X the light transmission over others in its class, with the added advantage of ActivSync, our ground-breaking readout technology that automatically and fluidly morphs the display from red to black for maximum contrast and readability against any background and in all conditions.
The Bushnell 1800 6×24 Laser Rangefinder uses the new ActivSync display tech. ActivSync automatically switches from black to red readouts, depending on lighting variations around your target. The body is ready to accept a tripod, using 1/4-20 threads, allowing for even quicker ranging and target acquisition. The range display updates four times every second, so your range maintains accuracy even as you track moving targets. The lenses are fully multi-coated with Bushnell’s EXO Barrier for resistance to the elements, as well as improved glass clarity. The 1800 also uses Angle Range Compensation to give true range readings when ranging up or downhill. They are IPX4 water-resistant for use in rain and other wet conditions. The required CR2 batteries are included as well.
Bushnell has been making laser rangefinders and optics for a very long time. Be sure you head to their website to see all they have to offer. They have a bunch of video content on their YouTube channel, including a video celebrating the 25th anniversary of the laser rangefinder. Make sure you follow them on Facebook and Instagram for further updates.
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Federal Ammunition have announced that they have been awarded a 3-year contract with the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium. The contract will cover the development of new ammunition and ammunition technology with enhanced lethality. Federal Ammunition @ TFB: Federal Awarded 5.56mm NATO Service and Training Ammunition Contract for the DOJ & FBI Federal Ammunition Receives $13.8 Million […]
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A lot of hunters can attest to the benefits of the second focal plane scope for short- to mid-range hunting. Not only is your reticle perfectly sized no matter the magnification level, calculating ballistic drop at longer ranges is going to require you to work your brain a little bit which I think makes for a more challenging and more sporting hunt. The new Maven RS.5 second focal plane riflescope is just the optic for this type of job. So, if you’re looking for a new second focal plane scope for this year’s hunting season, perhaps you might consider the new RS.5 SFP scope.
- Premium Model
- Size: 14.4 in.
- Weight: 25.5 oz.
- Second Focal Plane
- 0.25 MOA/click or 0.1 MRAD/click
- No-Shim Reset-able Zero Stop
- 2 reticle options: SHR-W (MOA), SHR-W (MIL)
- 10 Level Red Reticle Illumination
- 30mm Tube
- Extra-Low Dispersion ED Glass
- Exceptionally Clear, Bright, High Contrast Image
- Excellent Color Fidelity
- Waterproof and Fog Proof
- Lifetime Warranty
- Direct to Consumer / No Retail Markup
The Maven RS.5 will retail for $1,400 and as you read above this is direct-to-consumer sales so you aren’t paying a bunch of extra money to have it passed from Maven to a big box store or local gun shop only for them to mark it up even more and then sell it to you. I think this is an incredibly smart business model that allows for the consumer and producer to both benefit from the streamlined exchange.
Some of the features I most like about this scope are its 10 levels of illumination, the no-shim rest-able zero stop as well as its included neoprene cover. I never thought illumination was very important till I started shooting multiple targets at various ranges without setting up first. In a hunting situation, this could mean something like cloud cover or perhaps an unexpected target color meaning the illumination would help your reticle stand out better when put up against your target – it’s an incredibly useful feature even if you don’t use it all the time.
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I was recently bumming around on YouTube when I came across an interesting video from May 26th featuring a supposedly 100% original design of a semi-automatic .22LR pistol. Coming from the YouTube channel Humphrey Wittinsworth IV, the so-called “Mega Pistol” features a 40-round fixed rotary magazine that would only really be possible to the common […]
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I received a press release yesterday from Roy Hill with Brownells. It was announcing that Brownells will donate 2% of sales on American-made products from yesterday until July 4th to the Firearms Policy Foundation. You can read the full release at the end of this post. I applaud them for doing this as I think the Firearms Policy Foundation is a great organization and I have donated to them multiple times. They are the 501(c)(3) component of the Firearms Policy Coalition.
Now think about this. The Chairman of Brownells is Pete Brownell. He is a former president of the National Rifle Association and was a board member for many years. He has been rather quiet as the controversies surrounding the NRA have played out over the last couple of years. By contrast, Larry Potterfield of Midway-USA seems to have bought into Wayne LaPierre’s line that nothing is wrong and all has been put right. While I am not knocking Mr. Potterfield, I think it speaks volumes that Brownells is donating to the the Firearms Policy Foundation and not to the NRA or its foundation.
The full press release is below:
GRINNELL, Iowa (June 22, 2021) – Brownells will take a stand for freedom and declare support for the Second Amendment by donating 2% of sales on American-made products from June 22 through July 4, 2021 to the Firearms Policy Foundation.
The Firearms Policy Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the charitable legal, research, and education programs of the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Law, the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“FPF and FPC have been effective partners in the defense of freedom,” said Brownells Chairman of the Board Pete Brownell. “Freedom is never free, and over these 13 days, your purchase helps defend our gun rights.”
“We are honored to have the Brownell family and Brownells team standing with us in this incredibly important and pivotal time,” said FPF Chairman and FPC President Brandon Combs. “Their generous support of our work to defend the rights of the People and expand liberty evidences their resolute commitment to the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms and will allow us to apply critical resources to issues that affect millions of law-abiding people.”
The FPF is a key contributor to many important pro-rights efforts, including a Second Amendment challenge to California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” (Miller v. Bonta) that resulted in a post-trial judgment and permanent injunction against the challenged regulations, the first such victory in United States history, as well as recently filed challenges to Nevada’s new confiscatory ban on home-built firearms (Palmer v. Sisolak) and Illinois’ ban on handgun carry by law-abiding adults under the age of 21 (Meyer v. Raoul).
To learn more about how to support the restoration and expansion of freedom, liberty and gun rights, visit the Brownells “Take Action” page.
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Thanks to Legacy Collectibles, today we have a unique Colt prototype pistol to look at today – a double-action variation of the 1911. Judging by the grips and markings, this was made in the late 1950s – but I have been unable to find any documented record giving details. The double action capability was added by dropping the trigger mechanism down a bit, extending the trigger, and adding a linkage between lugs added to the side of the trigger and hammer. The original single action sear mechanism and trigger bar were left intact, and the added mechanism is simply a cocking lever – firing is done by the original elements.
In addition to the D/A linkage, another safety mechanism has been added to the slide. What looks like a decocting lever is actually a simple firing pin retractor. When engaged, it pulls the firing pin forward such that the hammer does not strike it when dropped. This effectively safes the gun. Presumably, this would have been a replacement for one of the other safeties already present on the design (grip and thumb), as it seems rather redundant when added to those others.
Make sure to check out Legacy Collectibles’ YouTube channel! They have a bunch of videos on interesting firearms and firearms collecting:
With the ongoing and continually increasing proliferation of sound suppressor usage in many areas of the firearms industry, new manufacturers with new innovations have been frequently cropping up for quite some time now. One company that has gained some notoriety in recent years is OSS Suppressors. This Utah-based operation’s principal claim to fame comes in […]
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Jonathan Ferguson’s new book on British bullpup rifles is one I’ve been waiting a long time for. Five years ago I wrote my Master’s thesis on the development of the early Cold War British bullpup rifle, the E.M.2, and the politics which engulfed it. It’s just over 40 years since Thomas Dugleby published his book […]