The National Rifle Association hosted the NRA Annual Meetings less than a month ago in Indianapolis, Indiana to some door-busting crowds. With the fodder of new guns and cool, freshly-debuted products also comes the annual announcement of the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine’s Golden Bullseye Awards for industry products. Federal Premium‘s Hydra-Shok Deep took home the Golden Bullseye Award […]
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Earlier this evening, the internet was a flutter with images of a rumored new pistol from SIG Sauer. Well, TFB is here to let you know that the rumblings are true: the SIG Sauer P365XL will be available to consumers in just a few short weeks. A select group of TFB and TFBTV staff were […]
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Welcome to part 2 in our Glock building adventure. Up to now, all we have done is removing material from our 80 percent receiver. The jig should have made this rather easy. Did you take your time? If you did, you should be happy with the result! Thank you all who are following, your interest […]
Stars and Stripes recently ran a story about an embed with Afghan National Army troops operating in a number of provinces. One of the photos taken by the author, J.P. Lawrence, immediately caught my eye for obvious reasons. It features a young ANA soldier, on guard in Logar Province, armed with an M16A2, with some aesthetic […]
Last week, the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees took up their respective suspense files ahead of the Friday, May 17, fiscal deadline. Some of the more egregious gun bills failed to meet the deadline including the firearm excise tax, vehicle storage and dealer liability insurance bills, while other anti-gun bills continue on.
The .350 Legend cartridge was only introduced 4 months ago at SHOT Show 2019 by Winchester, but it is already gaining a lot of momentum as a fan favorite for 2019. In many states, there are admittedly odd restrictions to the cartridges you can use for hunting. Numerous states only allow hunters to use straight-wall […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
THE ENLIGHTENMENT ARTS OF PREPPING
When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were tapped by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804 to initiate an expedition to the far reaches of the western expanse of North America, they spent months prepping for the trip. Part of their planning and preparation included spending time in short courses on a variety of subjects that they would need to succeed on the mission. Other topics included training on a variety of issues they were to explore on the trip. In the day, they called these studies, “The Enlightenment Arts.”
Their training included instruction in such diverse areas as orienteering, geography, medicine, botany, and mapping. Then they spent months gathering up all the supplies they would need for an expedition that basically started in St. Louis on the Mississippi River, then up the Missouri River, then overland across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Quite the bug out.
What Lewis and Clark accomplished is of course over the top for the clear majority of preppers today, but the concepts of training and packing are much the same. The essential take away for preppers now is to make over all preparations as though we might be taking the longest, most arduous trip we could ever imagine, though not to explore, but to escape some SHTF. This also applies to sheltering at home or a bug in.
So, what training? All types of basic skills are always appropriate all across the board. The list may be endless, but all important. Consider hands-on training in engine mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, gardening, canning, cooking, universal tool use, leather work, and related vocational skills.
When it comes to self-defense and protection, the list is long, too. Research and selection of appropriate prepper arms and ammunition is critical. Don’t just rush out to a gun shop or show and buy the first thing some dealer talks you into. Spend time with current gun books and magazines to get a wide spectrum of advice before you lay out the cash. Then shop wisely and carefully to acquire the best pricing. Search on line for good ammo buys that offer free shipping. Add accessories and soft gear like slings, holsters, and ammo carriers over time.
Consider also all the prep for your bug in residence or an alternative bug out location that requires stocking of tools, gear, survival supplies, and security concerns. Your trial during a SHTF may not be like Lewis and Clark’s expedition, but the survival may be about the same.
In this video, Ian takes a peek at a crude-but-beloved weapon of war, the Australian Owen submachinegun. Here’s what he says about it in the video description:
The [Owen] submachine gun is one of the ugliest SMGs ever designed, and yet also one of the most beloved by its users. The original basis for the gun was a 22 rimfire submachine gun designed by 23-year-old Australian Evelyn Owen. That prototype was found by his neighbor Vincent Wardell after Owen left for military service. Wardell was the manager of Lysaght Works, an engineering firm, and thought that the gun might be the basis for a useful military SMG. As it turned out, he was right – it became the standard SMG of The Australian military through World War Two and the Korean War, and was one of the best such guns of that period. For more details on the history of the Owen, see my full article.
Ian’s become somewhat clickbaity with his video titles, and this is no exception: “Local Boy Saves Nation: The Australian Owen SMG”
In this case it’s understandable, because the developers of the gun marketed it to the government in just about those same terms. They wanted to sell this gun, and they needed a good pitch. What better than a country boy designing a gun that may help win a war that included the very real threat of Japanese invasion?
These days, any Aussie who built a machinegun at home would probably be publicly vilified and jailed for eternity. Back then, he was a national hero. Alas.
After the history lesson, we hear those eleven tiny words that send chills up and down the spines of every gun lover: “Let me show you the cool innards of the Owen gun.” Oh man…
Interestingly, I recently listened to an audio book in which the main character joined the Australian Navy in WW2 and ended up being deployed with American Marines in the Pacific, where he fought alongside them with his prized Owen gun… and did quite well with it.
It’s pretty cool. If you like guns, you will almost certainly enjoy this video. Too bad about the sad fate of Owen himself…
A homeowner said someone tried to break into her house for the second time this month -- until she shot at the would-be intruder and scared him away. Channel 2's Alyssa Hyman is in East Point, where police said there have been at least five break-ins in the Heritage Park neighborhood this month.
Two suspects who traded gunshots with a Wabash Trail homeowner Wednesday used the victim’s stolen keys to enter the house. Amarion Meeks, 16, and Tyree Tillman, 20, used the keys, which were stolen along with the victim's car days earlier, to enter the home at about 3:40 a.m., according to the Tallahassee Police Department.
Gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety says it supported a proposal at the Nevada Legislature that would have allowed counties to pre-empt state gun laws and pass stricter firearm regulations but it became clear that the measure could not pass this year in the face of opposition. The proposal was part of a broader gun bill moving through the statehouse but the bill's sponsor, Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, released a statement Friday saying she was removing the provision at the request of Everytown and other groups.
The city of Pittsburgh has agreed not to enforce recently passed gun restrictions until lawsuits filed by gun owners are resolved. The city is also facing three lawsuits over the gun control laws. One has the support of the National Rifle Association, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
A multifaceted gun control bill pushed by Oregon Democrats may be dead this session, but advocates and opponents alike are confident it will return.The measure would have required safe gun storage; placed liability on gun owners if a gun is stolen, but not reported, and used to injure a person or property; outlawed untraceable and undetectable firearms; granted local authorities the power to regulate firearm access in public buildings; and allowed retailers to set higher minimum purchasing age restrictions.
Last week, Governor Janet Mills signed Legislative Document 27, "An Act To Allow the Use of a Crossbow for a Limited Duration during the Archery Season on Deer and the Fall Season on Wild Turkey."
Bushnell has been on a furious pace in the last year to innovate and re-create their brand with a flurry of new products. This has come in the form of new riflescopes, red dots, rangefinders, and many other shooting related components. With this has come 4 new series of products that essentially exemplify 4 different […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
FOR THE LOVE OF A SINGLE ACTION
A number of audible sounds in the shooting world are undeniably associated with different kinds of guns. Those sounds, when heard, are immediately recognized by those of knowledge within the shooter realm. When a pump shotgun’s slide is racked, it gains everybody’s instant attention. The same can be said for the clam shake slam of the action on a Garand M-1 Rifle. How about the closing slide on a 1911 pistol? A classic lever action rifle emits a sound known by any shooter.
Too, there is the distinctive sound of the slow drawing back of a single action revolver’s hammer. As the hammer comes back, the cylinder turns and springs twitch. That classic three step cocking action has a unique sound all its own. It means a badass handgun has just been readied for action.
If you have a single action gun, take it out. Close your eyes as you slowly but with purpose paw the hammer back into full cock. It’s music to the ears. Few other guns make such a sound.
That measured meticulous cocking of the hammer can be argued is by design. It allows the shooter to ready the gun for the next shot as the barrel and sights are aligned on the target. Then a singular moment lapses while the shooter pauses momentarily before gingerly pulling the trigger to discharge the firearm. It is a stepped motion intended to allow for precision shooting.
Now sure, if practiced and confident you can always speed shoot a single action or even fan the hammer aka. Kevin Costner as Charley Waite in Open Range. However, in truth and practice fanning a hammer is not recommended as it more often than not can cause damage to the action of a single action. The single action mechanism is intended for a concerted cock.
With the measured cocking of the single action comes the idea to aim and shoot the weapon with purpose. Even with plinking, learning to shoot properly with a good hand grip and position on the gun, sight alignment and trigger control can all be learned better in the slow motion.
Thus, a single action revolver with practice and study can become a highly effective handgun for prepping work, game hunting, and even self-defense for short range encounters. Modern single actions are typically very sturdy and reliable guns. They can take normal wear and tear in stride and provide years of service without being temperamental about ammunition. Sixguns can make great prepper guns.
Frequent author of anti-hunting bills and new chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation last week at the behest of anti-hunting extremists and campaign donors to ban the hunting of grizzly bears “and other purposes.
When a 27-year-old crook reportedly illegally entered a house in Lancaster, California and made himself at home on Sunday May 12, 2019, the homeowner ended his criminal career permanently with a single shot to the bad guy’s noggin.
The same miscreant had tried to enter other homes in the area before he made his final mistake.
Doorbell video from [a nearby] home shows the man on a front porch trying to enter.
He eventually entered a home through a first-floor window at the rear of the house and began walking around inside. The couple and their children “heard loud banging noises” which alerted them that something bad was happening.
When the trespasser walked into an upstairs bedroom, the man of the house defended his family by using his firearm with either luck or skill, firing one shot that hit the crook in the brainpan.
On Tuesday, the county coroner’s office… confirmed his cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.
And just like that, the crook stopped invading homes.
Proving that some Californians are not gun-fearing morons, neighbors agreed with the homeowner’s action. Neighbor quotes include, “I’m gonna go get me some more protection,” and “I would do the same thing.”
Smells like progress maybe?
Back in August 2018, TFB reported that the McMillan McCubed (MC3) stocks became available for preorder. A couple of days ago, the company announced that these stocks are now shipping. The stocks are available in two versions called The Legend, which is the tactical MC3 stock line, and The Tradition – the hunting MC3 stocks. […]
Many of us hunters and sportsmen chase more than just one game animal throughout the year. We usually chase many! Whether that is ducks, walleye, turkeys, elk, deer, or something else. As a Minnesotan, there are tons of things to hunt and fill your freezer with throughout the year, but even I can get a little low on sustenance between spring and fall. For that very reason I have been making a pilgrimage south to Big Oak Elk Ranch in Iowa, a phenomenal game farm, to tide me over until the fall when my calendar is covered with hunting seasons. Usually I shoot a delicious pig and call it day, but this year I added a rambouillet sheep they offer to my tab as well.
I have hunted almost every type of game animal you legally can in the US except for sheep so I was excited for the challenge! We’ll take a look at the firearm and gear I used for this hunt as well as give you a better look at Big Oak Elk Ranch in West Union, Iowa.
For this hunt, I knew I would be hunting in some very hilly terrain with a lot of ravines. Even though the fenced-in area for the sheep was a manageable 100 acres, there would be opportunities to potentially shoot 400 yards. So a lot of my gear I chose believing a long shot could be possible even with the up-and-down terrain that Iowa can offer.
For this hunt I did not want to carry around any unnecessary or extra bulk so I did not outfit the rifle with a bi-pod or a sling. My shooting options would be laying down prone or if I would be in a more wooded area, I would potentially kneel or stand with my off-hand bracing against a tree. Even with this being a game farm hunt, I took my preparation very seriously because like hunting in the wild, I am providing sustenance for my family and myself; failure is not an option.
To get ready for the rambouillet sheep hunt at Big Oak Elk Ranch I mounted up my Bergara B14 HMR Pro with the Bushnell Nitro 6-24x50mm FFP, and began testing different ammunition for accuracy. I was given three different flavors to shoot from Federal Premium for testing of the Bushnell optic and whatever ended up being most accurate I would be taking on my hunt. I shot multiple 3-Shot groups for every ammo and these were the best groups I achieved for each:
It is a pretty well known fact that the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge tends to shoot more accurately (in most firearms) with heavier grain weight ammunition so these results were not surprising to me. After this was completed, it was essentially a no-brainer. I packed up all of my hunting clothes and gear heading south to Big Oak Elk Ranch with some Federal Premium Gold Medal 140 Grain Sierra Matchking.
A little background on Big Oak Elk Ranch and why visiting them for the past 6 years has been a staple for our family. For one, the meat you harvest tastes second to none. Whether it is a pig, rambouillet sheep, or whatever it may be the meat you get tastes better than what you can buy in a grocery store. The reason being is all of the animals harvested are field-dressed outside their fenced-in area. The pigs, elk, deer, rams, and everything on the property are foraging and eating natural foods.
Also, once the hunt is over and all the victorious photos are done being taken, your game is field-dressed, quartered, washed, and chilled in a walk-in cooler immediately. There is no strapping your game to the bed of a trailer and driving down dirt county roads. It is not hung in a tree and aging in the worst possible way. Your game is treated like the meal it will eventually be for yourself and your family.
A typical hunt begins some time after noon with you hunting and moving at your own pace being guided (if you choose). Once you successfully complete your hunt, whether that is in the early afternoon or closer to late in the evening, you can retreat to 1 of 3 cabins where there are beds, a TV, shower, and a quaint kitchen to make yourself supper if you do not drive into town for a fast-food joint.
After regaling your friends of your hunt all night long and getting some sleep, by the next morning before you leave your entire animal is cut into butcher cuts of meat and given back to you neatly in white freezer paper. The price of any hunt includes:
When you factor in everything you are getting… the sport of the hunt, lodging accommodations, processing… it is one heck of a deal! This is the most recent price list Big Oak Elk Ranch has published on their Facebook which should be correct, but it never hurts to give them a call with your questions.
Once I arrived down in Iowa for my hunt and dropped off my extra gear in my cabin it was GO time! We jumped into a UTV and jetted off to the area where the rambouillet sheep were to set off on foot. Within a short amount of time we were able to glass and spot some sheep. They were roughly 200 yards below us in a creek bottom feeding. This would be an easy shot for a 6.5 Creedmoor, but there were trees currently in the way so we needed to re-position ourselves above them on a ridge. While trying to do that they busted us and ran.
We saw where they were headed and the guide knew where they were likely wanting to end up at. So we took to the creek bottom, worked our way around to where the guide believed they would be, and he was exactly right. It was almost a mirrored role-reversal. We were now at the creek bottom staring up at a small herd of sheep above us on a different location on the ridge roughly 125 yards away.
I laid out prone, flipped my safety off, and aimed at the largest one in the group. Gently pressing on the trigger and controlling my breathing I gazed through my Bushnell scope awaiting the sound… BANG!!! The sheep tipped over instantly and perished. A clean kill shot on my part and a terrific job of my guide re-positioning us to exactly where we needed to be.
The guide exclaimed that he has seen a lot of rifles used on his sheep, but never has he seen a sheep knocked over so quickly with so little fuss. Once the sheep was later field-dressed we learned I was able to connect on a perfect heart shot. With the paired accuracy of the Bergara rifle and the Bushnell scope plus the energy of the 6.5 Creedmoor we got a quick, humane harvest.
Earlier on this day I also harvested a hog with a Springfield Armory XD(M) Competition 10mm, but that is a story for another day. All in all, I was able to bring home a lot of pork and sheep meat that will keep me eating happy all summer long until fall rolls around.
As always, the accomodations were fantastic at Big Oak Elk Ranch, and I would HIGHLY recommend anyone interested in this style of hunt to reach out to them. Also, there is a lot of thanks to go around because I was afforded the opportunity to use a lot of top-notch gear for this hunt. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Bergara rifles for lending me one of their B14 HMR Pro 6.5 Creedmoor rifles because it shoots like an absolute dream! A huge THANK YOU to Bushnell for the use of their Nitro 6-24x50mm FFP with Deploy MOA reticle making it easy to zero my rifle and connect on my sheep! A huge THANK YOU to Federal Premium ammunition for giving myself so much ammo to use towards testing the Bushnell scope and use on this hunt!
For any of our readers out there, have you shot or do you own a Bergara rifle? Are you currently running a Bushnell Nitro scope on any of your firearms? What is your go-to ammunition when it comes to medium- or big-game hunts? Have you gone on a sheep hunt recently? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
A man in Thurston County was forced to defend himself Friday when a homeless intruder broke into his home. Police say the suspect trespassed onto the property and refused to leave after being told by the homeowner. That's when things took a turn for the worse.
Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently came out with a proposal to "end gun violence." In her plan, she called for the typical points ant-gunners love to cling to.
When officials arrived on the scene, they learned that the now-deceased man had broken into the home and was seen by the homeowner entering his daughter's room. Police said the father confronted the man and wrestled to get the man's gun away from him.
The father was able to get the man's gun and shoot him, officials said. After the man was shot, he went downstairs and began stabbing himself, police said.
He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. An autopsy will reveal which instance ultimately caused the man's death.
As the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) starts today at The Tampa Convention Center (Florida) FN will be showing a prototype of a 6.5 Creedmoor Mk 48 Mod 2 Machine Gun. SOFIC is described as the premier venue for the SOF community to interact with relevant industries “and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives, and […]
In the market today, there are almost endless options for slings and a number of larger companies that make high-quality functional AR slings. There are a ton of variants but I get the most questions about single point and two point slings. So we will focus on those for this article, but in the future, […]
There I said it in the title, Leupold Warranty IS one of the best! I say that because I have an old straight X12 Leupold scope from 1968, it has been well taken care of but being 51 years old it lost some of its function.
I have used this scope continuously since it was given to me by my grandfather in the mid-1970s. And again I took great care of it. The photos will show how well it has been taken care of.
But over the years it has not perfect, adjustments didn’t seem to move as much as before and on a 22 rifle, the zero setting would hold for a long time. If I moved it to a 223 it would not hold zero for even a whole day of shooting.
So a friend of mine said, “Just send it back to Leupold, they will fix it”. I never thought that a scope of that age could be repaired, I figured those parts are LONG out of production!
I called and talked to the repair department, they told me that yes it is covered 100% BUT, because of the age they will have to get it in and check on the parts. Then he told me if I check the box, they will send me a new scope IF they can’t fix the old one.
So I boxed it up and shipped it off to Leupold, 6 weeks later it came back, the replaced both turrets, replaced the front parallax system and cleaned the glass inside and out. They even shipped it back in an old Leupold box (which I did not have). I folded my address section under so I could show you the report.
They sent me info before/after sheet and now it works as it did 51 years ago. All this for zero money! So if you have an old Leupold that is 30 years or older and it’s just not what it used to be, send it in!
Leupold is a scope I have used for years and will continue to use along with the new models and other brands out today.
See you out there!!
Preorders now open for my book, Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016! Get your copy here!
As the MAS 44 saw combat service with French Marines in Indochina, some of its shortcomings began to reveal themselves. The rifle was reliable and durable, but it lacked some capabilities, most importantly rifle grenade launching and optics mounting. After a test series of MAS 44A rifles, a new pattern was adopted as the MAS 49 and put into production in 1951.
A total of about 80,000 MAS 49 rifles were made, and they incorporated a scope mounting dovetail in the left side of the receiver and a grenade launching muzzle device and sight. In addition, the bayonet was left out, as it was no longer seen as necessary. Not all rifles were used with scopes or for launching grenades, but with the universal capability it was simple to adapt any rifle to whatever specialized role was required. Ultimately the MAS 49 would be replaced again in only a few year, by the MAS 49-56 iterative improvement – but that’s a subject for a future video.
CCI has rolled out a new flavor of ammo specifically meant to duplicate duty loads, but at a more affordable price-point for practice with their Heavy Blazer Brass 9mm in a 147 Grain FMJ (Full-Metal Jacket). A lot of hollow point offerings for 9mm come in heavier grain weights than traditional, cheap training ammo. It […]
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In another of his short videos on long range shooting made for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ryan Cleckner discusses the advantages of shooting from a bag versus using a tripod. For Cleckner it comes down to two things - consistency and having his gear available.
Today we present a great photo in all its simplicity. The CRU 222 is one of three Afghan Special Police Units dedicated to the immediate police response. Their job is to hunt down terrorists in Kabul, Afghanistan. Their base is located at the old Camp Gibson, outside Kabul. According to this source, another three CRU-like […]
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This is bizarre. The death was a legitimate act of self-defense, provoked by a friend of the shooter claiming that the guy outside sounded like someone who had raped her. But she later admitted she made up the rape. Pinellas County Arrest/Affadavit. More details at 5/19/19 The Smoking Gun.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
LUNCH BAG MINI FIRE KITS
Most preppers are probably into recycling as well as many other socially redeeming programs. In our city, we get recycled paper products and plastics picked up once a week that is supposed to contribute of offsetting our monthly water and sewer costs. I’ve never seen evidence of that, but even so, recycling is a good thing.
Though you don’t see classic brown paper lunch sacks much anymore, a few come through the house once in a while. I hate throwing them away or even adding them to the recycle bin. I know they must have many other potential uses. Accordingly I have found one use to suggest to all preppers, campers, hikers and other outdoors people wanting help starting a quick fire.
These brown paper bags can easily be filled with other smaller pieces of waste paper that are easy to set fire to initiate a camp fire, cook fire, warming fire, or just a comfort fire for use out in the wilderness, bug out camp or wherever. Even if nearby tinder is damp or wet, these mini fire kits will help get things going.
What to use to stuff these paper sacks? You know you get tons of junk mail every week at home and work. These worthless sales flyers and promotional documents make excellent fire fodder. That is nearly any paper but the slick photo type paper which often does not burn well. Tear any junk mail in half or strips and drop them into a brown paper bag. The bags only need to be about half to three-quarters full to make them useful for starting a fire.
I pull all the subscription renewal cards out of the magazines as I read them. I stack these up until I head to the garage the next time. I usually have 3-4 bags to fill up at any given time. After dinner if the napkins are only partially soiled, I collect those, too. Same with many paper towels used to wipe up spills or other uses. These burn quickly and clean.
Once the mini fire kit bags are nearly filled, just roll the top down tight to secure it. If you have the time or inclination, you could staple the top closed as well to keep the contents contained, especially if you decide to store several in a vehicle EDC storage box. If you collect paper matchbooks, include one of them, so the fire kit is complete and ready to use, anywhere, any time.
SIG Sauer has been in the game of making quality firearms for a very long time, but only recently have they dove into the arena of optics. They are acquiring a lot of contracts with law enforcement and military groups alike drawing a lot of buzz around their line of electro-optics. I have personally fondled […]
Leonard and Guy A-R-West have released the second book in their series on antique military rifles, this time on the Dreyse system. As anyone interested in the Dreyse has probably already learned, there is very little written in English about them, and this book a welcome addition! It includes an engaging history of the military use of the various Dreyse arms by the different German states, a series of overviews of the different Dreyse models, and plenty of additional information about accessories. As the West brothers are also avid shooters, the book includes plenty of material about the proper construction of cartridges for the system and shooting impressions from a variety of different models.
As with their previous book on the Chassepot, this volume is illustrated with a mixture of photographs and painting done by the authors. Cutaway images are used well to illustrate the mechanical differences between models, and overall the book is an excellent reference guide to the system for shooters, collectors, and historians alike.
Available direct from the publisher for £45.
Today’s Photo Of The Day was found on the social media pages of the Cleveland branch of Shoot Point Blank shooting ranges and gun stores. The picture was accompanied by the following text: Ever wonder what happens to all the bullets fired into the range backstop? The lead is safely mined or collected and then […]
As previously alerted, yesterday was the deadline for legislation to pass out of the policy committee in the second chamber. A waiver was granted for Assembly Bill 291, exempting the bill from the deadlines. This waiver coupled with the rules suspension that occurred earlier this week means that AB 291 can be considered at any time.
Good afternoon silenced shooters and welcome back to the latest edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. We spend a lot of time analyzing, researching and discussing the best suppressors for your needs within my weekly ramblings – which is obviously important. But we don’t spend enough time on the importance of ammo selection. Even the best […]
Preorders now open for my book, Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016! Get your copy here!
The Chatellerault FM 24/29 is an oft-forgotten light machine gun despite its relatively early design (predating the ZB/Bren series, DP28, and Nambu LMGs) and very long service life. It was the standard French LMG for World War Two, Indochina, Algeria, and many small African interventions. It has a decent bipod, good 25-round box magazines, a front handguard for hip- and shoulder-firing, and a dual trigger system for semiauto and fully automatic fire. I was curious to see how it handles, so we took this one out to the range courtesy of the Morphy Auction Company…
Technology has advanced exponentially with regards to night vision and thermal. Thermal imagers have improved and become more and more affordable each year. You can get a thermal imaging device for under $3,000. Night vision and thermal can be used to see in the dark, however, they are not exclusively independent systems. In some cases, […]
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I really wish this photograph could talk. In the mid-1920s, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were part of a larger cross-country camping trip that included guests such as Harvey Firestone and President Harding. This photo is from part of that trip. Thomas Edison, in his early 70s, is shown sitting in one of Ford’s automobiles, […]
Welcome back to another Featured Deals of The Week. I’m your host Benjamin, and as always please leave a comment if you want to see more or less of any certain type of deals. Sig P365 9mm – $450 With Quote What the deal is: Yes, it’s the SIG P365. And I’m sure that someone […]
As NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox reported in March, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up a challenge by an NRA state affiliate to a New York City gun control scheme that effectively prohibits lawfully licensed handgun owners from leaving the city with their own firearms. The plaintiffs in the case have raised a number of objections to the regime, the foremost of which is that it violates the Second Amendment. The case is New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. New York City.
LMT Defense have confirmed their award of the contract for the Estonian Defence Forces new 5.56×45 and 7.62x51mm rifles. We have been closely following the Estonian rifle trials here at TFB and back in December 2018, we reported that Estonia’s military had chosen two of LMT’s rifles. The contracts have now been signed and production […]
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On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 302 by Representative Dennis Paul (R-Houston) & Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), NRA-supported legislation that prohibits “no firearms” clauses in residential leases.
Can we finally put the claim that “gun violence” research is underfunded to rest? The Bloomberg Professor of American Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Daniel Webster, and his colleagues at the Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research launched their much anticipated massive, open online course “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change” this week. The course is available on Coursera, an online learning platform.
In the wake of tragic and senseless shootings at a high school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and a college campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, we once again find ourselves asking why these attacks occur and how we can stop them in the future.
At the National Retail Federation’s 2018 convention in New York City, Levi Strauss & Co. Brand President James Curleigh told those assembled that the multinational pants manufacturer intends to be the “most relevant lifestyle brand.” Evidently, part of creating that “lifestyle” includes foisting a doctrinaire set of political beliefs onto its employees and customers.
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens does not believe a law-abiding citizen has a right to possess firearms under the Second Amendment, and he wants to make sure everyone knows it. He made his position clear when he authored a dissenting opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, where the Supreme Court, in fact, held that the Second Amendment does protect an individual right.
I am so far out of my element with this press release that I probably should have sent this over to Matt, Joel or virtually anyone else on the staff for a proper analysis. But our friends at Nosler are always a pleasure to deal with, so I’m happy to drop PR out to you […]
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Once again the Florida Legislature has turned a deaf ear to the pleas of ministers, church administrators and church members. Churches have repeatedly – for over 3 years – prayed and urged the legislature to correct the provision in Florida law that usurps their right to provide safety and security on their property.
As early as next week, the Connecticut state Senate may hold votes on a broad-based set of gun control legislation. The state House of Representatives previously passed these to require firearms be made unavailable for self-defense, effectively end the centuries old practice of home-manufacturing firearms for personal use, and impose unnecessary restrictions on transporting handguns.
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday for signing NRA-backed legislation that protects tenants’ rights by prohibiting “no firearms” clauses in residential leases.
Back in November 2018, Meridian Defense Corporation has released the first rifle (Pestilence) of the four limited edition AK rifles themed after the four horsemen of the apocalypse – Pestilence, War, Famine, Death. Recently, the company has announced the release of the second horseman – the WAR. Here is the MDC’s description of their Apocalypse series AK rifles: APOCALYPSE AK SERIES THE SPECIAL PROJECTS […]
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On Tuesday, May 21, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to consider gun control legislation (HB 483) that would deny a gun owner their right to keep and bear arms without due process.
Federal Premium‘s coveted Hydra-Shok bullet that has been backed by law enforcement and civilians the world over is finally being sold as an individual reloading component so you can handload your own Hydra-Shok ammunition. Over the past year Federal Premium has been bolstering their reloading component offerings to shooters and the announcement of the Hydra-Shok […]
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Pre-sales for my book, Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866 – 2016 are now live on Kickstarter – check it out!
The French Army had been planning a semiauto infantry rifle since 1921, but indecisiveness and bureaucracy delayed its development. A major trial was held in 1931, and elements of two experimental rifles were chosen to be combined into what would eventually become the MAS 1944. It was put through field trials in late 1939, and passed with flying colors – but too late to get into production before the 1940 armistice with Germany. The project was hidden from the Germans at St Etienne, and would be revived upon the factory’s liberation in the fall of 1944. By late 1945, rifles were coming off the production line.
The MAS 44 was a direct gas impingement operating system with a tilting bolt, as was a remarkably rugged, dependable, and simple rifle. It was initially adopted by the French Navy, and only 6200 were made before a number of improvements were made and a new model was designated; the MAS 1949. When those 6200 rifles were ultimately surplussed in the 1980s, the vast majority of the surviving examples came to the United States, where their scarcity is not well appreciated.
Matador Arms has released a quite an interesting new muzzle brake called Regulator. At first glance, this new muzzle device may look like a generic three-port brake, however, if you take a closer look, you’ll see that it almost looks like there are two brakes installed into each other. Let’s see what advantages such design […]
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On May 21st, the Illinois state House of Representatives Rules Committee will hear House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 1966 and send it to the Judiciary Committee for further consideration. HA 1 to SB 1966 would impose various gun control schemes in Illinois, such as criminalizing private transfers and increasing the cost and red tape for a FOID card.
I’ve seen this debate online a few different times. People saying they either need little to no ammo or 17 back up magazines on their person at all times. Now I know everyone’s different and you may not agree with me one way or another. That’s okay though. We as a community can talk about […]
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Today we have some cool photos of US and German troops training with each other. US troops from the South Carolina National Guard fire the Heckler and Koch P8 9mm pistol (adopted by the Bundeswehr in 1994) and the HK G36 (adopted in 1996). They’re taking part in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge qualification, March […]
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Egyptian military industry dates back to ancient times of the pharaohs’ era. As recorded on papyrus inscriptions and antiquarian artifacts, they produced defensive and offensive military equipment from warships to bows and arrows, steel swords and shields to use in their battles which they recorded on the walls of their temples spread along the Nile […]
Yesterday, the Vermont House passed waiting period legislation S.169 by an 82 to 58 vote.
The Vermont House on Wednesday evening gave preliminary approval to gun violence prevention measures in S.169 (link is external) on a vote of 82-58. The law is intended to provide a "cooling off" period for people considering suicide. The bill also updates language regarding the purchase and use of high-capacity ammunition magazines. The law, if signed as is by Governor Phil Scott, would: •Establish a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of handguns; and, •Update and provide clarity on several restrictions on the transfer and use of high capacity ammunition feeding devices.
NRA Applauds Attorney General and Governors Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge.
As an update to yesterday’s post regarding YouTube’s decision to permanently demonetize some smaller gun-related YouTube channels, now it seems YouTube will become the arbiter of what constitutes safe gun handling [from their offices in San Francisco]. If you didn’t see yesterday’s article, of course, go read it, but the crux of that story is that […]
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When we think of the iconic Cold War G3, we automatically think Heckler & Koch – but that wasn’t always the case. When the fledgling West German Army adopted the, now famous, roller-delayed rifle it was produced by not just H&K but another famous German arms manufacturer – Rheinmetall. Today, thanks to the Cody Firearms […]
Yesterday, Wednesday, May 15 the Alabama House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 595, sponsored by Representative Proncey Robertson (R-7), with a vote scheduled for next week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.
SureFire have announced that their SOCOM300-Ti suppressor is now shipping. We got a look at the SOCOM300-Ti first hand at this years NRA Annual Meeting, SureFire describe it as “ultimate lightweight suppressor for 7.62 mm bolt action rifles.” The SOCOM300-Ti is 7.9 inches long, 1.5 inches wide and weighs in at 11 ounces. Available in black and FDE it uses […]
The Trump administration late Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn New York City’s controversial rule that bans individuals from transporting handguns outside their home in most cases. In a brief filed with the high court, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice, which is not a party to the litigation, argued in a brief to the court on Wednesday that the rule contradicts the Second Amendment and unlawfully restricts interstate commerce by limiting where gun owners can bring their firearms. The rule is being challenged before the high court by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, which appealed a lower court decision upholding the regulation from last year. The group is affiliated with the National Rifle Association.
A Cleveland man shot by a Metro by T-Mobile employee during an attempted robbery also committed a hold-up days earlier at another cellphone store, court records say.
Kamala Harris is upping her gun-control game, apparently in a desire to keep up with Cory Booker. Specifically, she’s threatening executive action if Congress fails to act in the first 100 days of her presidency, and she’s gradually putting out details of what she thinks she can accomplish this way.
Name a gun control regulation, and you’ll find Democratic presidential candidates who enthusiastically support it. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., promised Wednesday that if she becomes president she will use executive orders to mandate background checks on the private transfers of guns, revoke the licenses of gun makers and dealers whose guns are used in crimes, and ban the importation of many semi-automatic guns. Her proposals follow Sen. Cory Booker’s push for licensing gun owners and an even longer list of gun regulations. Like Harris, Booker, D-N.J., is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
New legislation introduced late Wednesday afternoon in Springfield would, for the first time, require gun owners to be fingerprinted. Under the proposal, a Firearm Owners Identification Card would surge in price from $10 to $50 and the duration of the card would be cut in half from ten years to five years.
Competition AR-15 rifles for practical shooting is always an interesting topic. Everyone has their own preferences, based on experience (or the lack of!), budget or other constraints. Today, we have some top quality pictures, taken by Henry Spuhr Photography, based in the south of Sweden, and a story about the Schmeisser Dynamic AR15 modified to […]
Details continue to emerge surrounding the horrific machete attack on the Appalachian Trail last week where one man was killed and another narrowly escaped with serious injuries.
The man responsible for this heinous crime, James Louis Jordan, 30, of Massachusetts, has since been ordered by a U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent to undergo a series of rigorous mental evaluations after brutally attacking a group of campers along the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County.
According to The Roanoke Times, an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Micah Childers states Jordan was playing tunes on his guitar while singing and “acting disturbed and unstable” when he made contact with the group of four hikers on Friday, May 10. The group almost immediately recognized Jordan from social media posts about a previous incident last month in Unicoi County, Tennessee, where Jordan allegedly threatened other hikers in similar fashion. None of the previous hikers pressed any charges, however, and Jordan was only arrested on misdemeanor charges, possession of marijuana and criminal impersonation. He was fined, placed on probation and released.
On top of that, Jordan had already made a name for himself along this stretch of the Appalachian Trail – between Smyth and Wythe counties – apparently going by the name “Sovereign,” meaning “supreme ruler.”
This is when things start to sound like a real life slasher film.
BREAKING: Friday’s attack on the Appalachian Trail has turned deadly. One man was killed and a woman is severely injured. The suspect, James Jordan, has been charged: https://t.co/0o5Dm975A7 pic.twitter.com/ITWtZ3LOtU
— News 5 WCYB (@news5wcyb) May 12, 2019
After making contact with Jordan on Friday, the group of four hikers pressed on and tried to get some distance between themselves and Jordan. But he “began randomly approaching the hikers’ tents, making noises and threatening them,” according to Childers’ statement. It was after Jordan threatened to set their tents on fire that the group decided to pack up and get out of there.
But Jordan caught up with them once again, this time wielding a machete.
At this point, two of the hikers (referred to as Hiker #1 and Hiker #2 in the affidavit) in the group took off running, and Jordan followed. He returned to the camp shortly after, and argued with a male hiker from the party, called Victim #1 in the affidavit. Jordan began stabbing him in the upper body while a female watched. The woman, described as Victim #2, then ran away frantically for her life, but Jordan was right on her tail.
“She turned to face Jordan and raised her arms as if to surrender when Jordan began stabbing her and she received multiple stab wounds,” the affidavit reads. She fell to the ground and played dead in a desperate attempt to get Jordan to leave, which he eventually did to go look for his dog.
The woman took advantage and bolted, running south on the trail until she met up with two more hikers. She continued for 6 miles more miles into Smyth County where she would finally call 911.
By that time, the 911 dispatch had already received another call about what was happening – presumably from the first two hikers who escaped.
A little after 6 a.m., a tactical team from the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office entered the camp and located Jordan. He had blood stains on his clothes and they promptly took him into custody. They also found the male victim, who they pronounced dead at the scene of the attack.
All three survivors unequivocally identified Jordan as the attacker.
“I commend local law enforcement in Wythe and Smyth counties for mobilizing successful rescue and tactical operations in this remote region,” U.S. Attorney Cullen said in a statement. “Thanks to their efforts, the suspect was safely apprehended and a seriously wounded victim received critical medical care.”
Jordan made an appearance in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon Monday, where Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent ordered his psychiatric evaluations be completed by August 1.
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Hornady is expanding their horizons with the new .350 Legend hunting cartridge in their American Whitetail hunting ammunition line. The new cartridge will be loaded with 170 grain InterLock® bullets. Hornady describes their Interlock bullets below: InterLock® bullets feature exposed lead tips for controlled expansion and hard-hitting terminal performance. Bullets used in American Whitetail®ammunition feature our pioneering secant […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves looks at the incredibly tiny Bond Arms Bullpup 9, the successor to the Boberg XR9. This is a unique, boutique pistol that costs $1,099 MSRP, so you better do your homework before you decide to drop that kind of coin on a gun. Is this little fella worth […]
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Here is an interesting design which has been seized by authorities on a number of occasions in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, first documented in August 2017. It is an eight-shot pump-actuated revolving shotgun chambered in 12 gauge and represents the cutting edge in Favela Firepower. Along with other homemade firearms, they appear […]
It took me a while to get a copy of the second resolution that was introduced at Meeting of Members at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The first resolution was to thank President Trump for withdrawing from the UN's Arms Trade Treaty and the third resolution was an off-the-wall ode to Dana Loesch by some fan girl. You may have read about some of the fireworks that were associated with this resolution which condemned Wayne LaPierre as well as the Audit, Finance, and Executive Committees of the NRA Board of Directors. The resolution was ultimately referred to the Board of Directors for discussion.
Stephen Gutowski of The Free Beacon put up a short video that captures some of the dynamic of the meeting. On one side you had the old guard such as Marion Hammer, James Porter, and others who have served on the Board of Directors for many years. The other side might be called the insurgents. You had people like gun rights attorneys Adam Kraut and Joshua Prince along with a number from Pennsylvania. You had trainer Rob Pincus who now is the Executive Director of 2A.Org. Plus many others.
Below is the full resolution that was presented by Frank Tait who graciously sent me a copy.
Resolution submitted to the Annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association, 27 April, 2019
WHEREAS, the National Rifle Association exists for the benefit of its members and has a long, illustrious history as the nation's premier provider of firearms safety, training, and competition, as well as our country's oldest and most effective civil rights organization; and
WHEREAS, the various missions of the NRA are dependent upon the hard work and generosity of our members and volunteers, who donate countless hours and tens of millions of dollars to our cause each year to help defend our rights and sustain our long tradition of shooting, hunting, and defense of self, family, community, state and country; and
WHEREAS, the NRA is chartered in the state of New York and subject to the laws of that state and the authority of the governor and attorney general of that state, who have declared their desire and intention to destroy our organization; and
WHEREAS, recent revelations of questionable business and financial practices within the NRA regarding their dealings with various vendors and contractors, who have received tens of millions of dollars from the NRA without clear accountability or oversight, leading to a lawsuit against one vendor, whom the NRA paid more than $40 million in 2017; and
WHEREAS, the NRA has filed a lawsuit against one of those vendors, admitting that they have paid large sums of the members' money, without detailed contracts, proper invoicing, or any way to effectively determine what was received in exchange for that money; and
WHEREAS, very similar issues were raised over 20 years ago involving this same vendor, but were squelched and ignored; and
WHEREAS, Wayne LaPierre was the Executive Vice President of the NRA 20 years ago when these issues were originally raised, and actively opposed and blocked any investigation or corrective action at that time, and during his long tenure as EVP of NRA, has often supported and defended this vendor, their practices, and other vendors and contractors who have similarly reaped huge rewards from the NRA without demonstrating any substantial return on our investment; and
WHEREAS, these highly suspect practices and failures to properly safeguard the assets of the association and its members, have created serious vulnerabilities that can, and almost certainly will be exploited by the very hostile attorney general of New York, and could result in the dismantling of the entire organization; and
WHEREAS, the ultimate responsibility for this situation, which has been ongoing for the past 20 years, rests with the Executive Vice President of the association, Wayne LaPierre, who receives over $1.4 million from the association each year, and has been reported to have a clause in his contract obligating the NRA to continue paying him the same amount as a speaker and consultant after he leaves the NRA; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that, on this 27th day of April, 2019, the members of the National Rifle Association of America here gathered at the Annual Meeting of Members in Indianapolis, Indiana do hereby express our disappointment, frustration, and lack of confidence in Wayne LaPierre's ability to guide the association out of the dangerous mess he has created, and call for his immediate resignation; and be it further
RESOLVED, that we, the members here gathered, also have no confidence in the members of the NRA Board of Directors who serve on the Audit Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Executive Committee, who were directly tasked with oversight of the operations of the organization and its finances and failed to identify and correct these long-running discrepancies that have cost our association tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, and put it in such a precarious position; and be it further
RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution, along with a brief description of its reception and passage by this body, should be prominently published in the Official Journal of the association within six months of adjournment of this meeting.
Sp-01 Phantom, AN APTLY NAMED PISTOL The CZ SP-01 Phantom is a variant of the famed CZ 75 in the SP-01 line. However, the Phantom differs from the rest of the SP-01’s in that it is 14.5 ounces lighter than its steel framed predecessor. The Phantom weighs in at 26.2 ounces unloaded (according to my […]
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Normally we try to fill TFB with a cool photo of a firearm every day, but today is “greener” and different. Today’s Picture is of a watermelon shot by an unspecified sniper rifle from 400 feet away. This happened at Army Sniper School, on a range at Fort Benning, Georgia, and serves as a warning […]
Welcome everyone to the tenth edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you missed any one of our other articles, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this gat a sweet deal […]
SIG Sauer has launched the Small Parts Shopper for the MCX and P365 weapon platforms, allowing for owners to quickly and easily find and purchase previously difficult to find assemblies. The web pages are intuitive, using a graphical interface to search for small parts by visual comparison, a categorical listing by type as well as […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
IDLE FIREARMS ARE A SHTF LIABILITY
Any mechanical device that goes unused will eventually fall into non-readiness. The same goes for the user. Guns that are bought with the intent of becoming the defensive front line of self-protection during a SHTF event should be used regularly and well maintained.
So many times working gun shows, I work with people looking to buy prepper guns for self-defense, concealed carry, or other uses. When they finally select a gun to purchase, they rarely buy ammunition on the spot. Do they not intend to fire the gun, or even learn to shoot it and practice with it regularly? In many cases that never happens.
Having such a gun in the house if you do not ever intend to use it, is a total waste. In fact the gun in reality becomes a liability. Preppers simply cannot become proficient with any firearm without engaging proper training followed up with regular practice along with the expenditure of ample rounds of ammunition to maintain readiness.
Readiness, of course, is a prime directive to survival. The use of firearms for protection or defense from external threats is a hallmark of prepper planning and plan execution. Therefore, the acquisition of firearms for these uses is far from an end goal. It is the beginning of a long term relationship with the tools of self-protection and their effective use.
Likewise, remember how frustrating it can be every spring to roll out the lawn mower after it has been sitting up in the garage all winter? The battery may be dead, the oil spoiled to a useless fluid, and the spark plug corroded beyond use. The thing won’t start. Oh, heck, you forgot to drain the gas and now everything is gummed up including the carburetor. Off to the shop it goes.
The same can happen to firearms that are left unattended in a closet, safe, or dresser drawer. Gun oils can turn to goo, long time loaded magazine springs weaken, and blued steels start to rust. Even stainless can rust, so it’s not a free ride. Firearms that are used regularly can be monitored for cleaning and other maintenance issues. They need to be kept in ready to roll status.
Ironically, the same can be said for the gun user. If you do not practice on a regular schedule, you can lose whatever skills you honed. They go dull, slow, and non-reactive. Shooting practice is paramount for the prepper to be ready for a potential SHTF threat. So, don’t let yourself or your guns remain idle for very long, lest they become a liability.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
THE A.H. FOX STERLINGWORTH
It should be without reckless abandon to venture into the world of collecting double barreled shotguns. It is wrought with many a lowland swamps designed to sink you to the waist and suck out all of your hard earned deposits. If you get the itch, be careful how hard your scratch.
Of all the stories, tales, renditions, tomes, and sad laments by a multitude of outdoor writers, double gun hunters, and collectors, it seems more tears have wetted the cheeks of well-meaning gentlemen over the buying, selling, trading, and using of twin barrel shotguns than any other gun, save maybe old Winchester levers and Colt Single Action Army’s. It is a realm not to be entered into by the faint of heart or the shallow of pocketbook.
Still the lure is there, and it calls out to us. Every gun show I attend, the moans come from show tables like so many puppies at the rescue pounds crying to “please take me home.” These yearnings for companionship are hard to ignore.
At the last gun show I attended, I was ambushed from behind. Well, truth is I was fully aware of seeing that long tubed double laying on a dealer’s table. The old gun harbinger was noted for hoarding back some select stock. Whatever he was selling was high quality with prices to match. I always studied his wares, but from afar just to be on the safe side. I got too close this time and the double’s pull was just too much to resist.
On the old man’s table was a gun that met my fancy. First, it had 30-inch tubes, the bluing and case-hardening was flawless. The card indicated it was indeed a 12-bore with chokes he gauged at full, and super full. I’m was not sure about that. The card also said the double’s chamber held 3-inch shells. I’m was not sure about that either.
One barrel was marked “Made by A.H. Fox Gun Co.Phila.PA.USA. The opposite barrel was marked Sterlingworth Fluid Compressed Steel. The trigger guard tang revealed the serial number 625XX. The gun is not stamped for gauge or choke. The action is stamped for a No.2 barrel weight. This grade had double triggers.
The walnut stock shows enough figure to quicken the heart rate. A Pachmayr recoil pad was added, but the job was professionally done with a fine edged fit. The forend was the slim type. All the wood has fine cut checkering where it belongs. The gun was a very nice specimen.
Mr. Pete confided he thought the gun to be a duck gun with the tight chokes. He also confessed he had shot it several times. I think he “field tests” all of his trade guns to make certain everything is ok, before he puts them up for sale. His reputation has been trustworthy, but then he is a gun dealer. At least he don’t sell cars or real estate.
He held tight on his price. He told the story of the acquisition just two weeks before. An old gun trading buddy was headed to a divorce and did not want the ex to get money from his guns. So he parted with a whole collection with his final retort that after the split was official, he would be back to buy back as many as he could. I think I would have just hidden them. Pete had already sold several of the guns, so that guy is going to be disappointed if he ever returns.
So, after day one of the show, I went home with research to do hoping the gun would not sell. I knew about Fox guns but not the Sterlingworth models. What I found was a mixed bag of historical information and a confusing trail of manufacturing. I did find that Ansley H. Fox made good guns. Fox started production in the first decade of the 20th Century and sold to Savage Arms Company in 1929. Savage is still making shotguns bearing the Fox name.
Though the Sterlingworth brand models were billed as “good guns, cheap” by some, other sources spoke well of them as hardy, great hunting guns. Turns out the Sterlingworth guns now have quite a following and are sought by collectors. That was good news. Prices I saw listed at various sites were much higher than what Pete had printed on his gun card. I also found that the serial number on Pete’s Fox fell in the 1911 production year, an interesting year in gun history.
So, after a whole weekend of wheeling, dealing, arm twisting, offering dogged out sorry looks, and near begging, the harbinger lowered the ticket below the magic one grand threshold. So, yeah, I fell off the wagon on this one. Sometimes you have to take a risk. That is part of gun collecting.
So, I brought the beauty home. I’ll put it through a good take down cleaning and polishing. At least I now know that 2 ¾ inch and 3-inch shells do fit in the chamber and extract when opening the action. I doubt I’ll shoot the 3’s anyway.
The triggers work, the safety works, and the barrels are chrome shiny inside down the bores. The gun may not be showroom original, but it is a nice piece, and I can’t wait to get back afield to run some shot down the barrels. I just hope the swamp is not too deep.
Several guntubers woke up to unwelcome but possibly-not-unexpected emails from YouTube on Wednesday morning, wherein YouTube told these creators that their channels were going to be permanently demonetized. A Brief De-Monetization History: Those of you who consume firearm-related content on YouTube are probably aware of YouTube’s constantly escalating economic marginalization of gun content on the […]
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Earlier today, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 392 with a bipartisan vote of 8 to 1, sponsored by Senator Randy Price (R-13). SB 392 could be heard as soon as tomorrow by the full Senate.
The US Marine Corps has confirmed to TFB that the Corps will be procuring only the M18 compact variant of the Modular Handgun System. Back in March 2018, the USMC confirmed that they would be procuring the SIG Sauer Modular Handgun System and while it was stated that 35,000 MHS pistols would be purchased they […]
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REMEMBER the four rules of gun safety: All guns are always loaded. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. TFB FIELD STRIP: WALTHER PPK In today’s edition of TFB […]
SIG Sauer is introducing three law enforcement commemorative pistols with the expressed desire to help contribute to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). The NLEOMF was started in 1984. The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to tell the story of American law enforcement, honor the fallen and make it […]
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Authorities released the 911 call recording of a home invasion in Seattle's White Center neighborhood, where the homeowner shot and killed the 29-year-old intruder. A newly-trained 911 operator received a call at about 2:40 a.m. on April 22 from a man who claimed an intruder was in the house. Within a minute of her asking the homeowner what he was reporting, crashes can be heard.
NRA is supporting a legal challenge to Illinois's FOID Act brought by Guns Save Life, an organization dedicated to defending the Second Amendment rights of Illinois residents.
I’ve never taken a really serious look at a derringer-type pistol, except to appreciate it as I appreciate all firearms. But some people seem to like them a lot — even when the little handguns go beyond their traditional role of small-caliber, easy-to-handle last-ditch defense sidearms.
For example, Bond Arms makes and sells a line of top-hinged two-shot derringer-style pistols chambered to fire both the 45 Colt and 410 shotgun shells. This sounds ridiculous… these rounds are fairly powerful, and putting them into tiny packages means the shooter will feel one heck of a kick. Even the stumpy little 2.5-inch-barrelled models that take 357 S&W Magnum or 38 S&W Special are a real handful.
Add to that a hefty price tag that can exceed a thousand bucks (and the lowest MSRP on their website is a whopping $534), and things become even more inconceivable. Why would anyone want such a gun? And honestly, I can’t say I don’t want one… after all, I like all firearms… but for that kind of money I would expect more. And for a carry handgun, why would anyone want something heavy and difficult to grip that only holds two rounds?
I just don’t get it.
So… to all big-bore derringer lovers: Why? Why do you like them? What is it about them that pulls your money out of your pocket? Why are you willing to punish your hands with those tiny grips? And finally, do you prefer to carry them instead of toting a revolver or semi-auto pistol?
Let us know in the comments below.
Katie Pavlich said Sen. Kamala Harris’ proposed executive action on gun control would be “an attack on Second Amendment rights.” Harris, D-Calif, is expected to pledge at a campaign event in New Hampshire Wednesday that if she’s elected president, she would sign an executive order banning the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons, Politico reported. "If by my 100th day in office when elected president of the United States, the United States Congress fails to put a bill on my desk to sign with all of the good ideas or any of the good ideas that I'm prepared to take executive action because that's what's needed," Harris said on CNN Sunday.
On May 7th, Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 72 into law.
A single-shot shotgun? Yes, you read that right. In a world of fully- and semi-auto automatic and even pump and side-by-side shotguns is there really a place for a single-shot scattergun? Rossi certainly thinks so, and with a recommended price of 172 American Dollars, they may have a point, as the Tuffy is focused for […]
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he is open to a federal firearm licensing system and suggested fingerprint-locked guns as a way to combat gun violence. “I’ve never heard of that before, I think it’s worth looking into,” Biden told the Washington Examiner Tuesday at a campaign stop when asked his position on federal firearm licensing. “I don’t know whether, where that is in terms of under the Constitution whether we’re able to do that. My guess is we could.”
Kamala Harris' unilateral crackdown on guns is expanding. At a presidential campaign event Wednesday in New Hampshire, Harris will pledge to take executive action banning the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons — a move that comes just three weeks after the California Democrat rolled out her sweeping gun-control proposal. Harris — a former career prosecutor who appears intent on owning the gun issue in the crowded primary — said if Congress fails to pass stricter gun laws in her first 100 days as president, she would take matters into her own hands. That involves signing executive orders requiring near-universal background checks on gun sales, closing the so-called "boyfriend loophole," reversing the Trump administration's move to allow fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants to buy guns, and repealing a law that prevents victims from holding gun-makers and firearms dealers liable for their losses.
This is pretty cool. If you own a farm in the Great Lakes region of the USA (Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio) or in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, or Quebec, you can have a side-by-side UTV delivered to your farm for a 24-hour real-use test — for free.
From the press release:
- Can-Am now offering Defender Farm Test program in 5 states and 5 Provinces
- 24-hour real farm use test of Can-Am Defender side-by-side vehicles
- Program is free of charge, and includes vehicle drop-off and pickup
Can-Am is expanding its popular Defender Farm Test Program, which allows farmers and landowners to personally experience how a Can-Am Defender can help them on their property.
The program is now available in five states, including Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. It is also available in Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
The Defender Farm Test Program is free of charge, and includes a 24-hour test of a Can-Am Defender. To make it as convenient as possible, the vehicle is dropped off and picked up.
People can click the applicable link below to register for the Defender Farm Test Program.
Great Lakes (Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio)
Canada (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec)
The Can-Am Defender lineup can tow up to 2,500-lb, and has up to 1,000-lb cargo box payload capacity. The Defender also features a tight turning radius, removable storage options, and different drive modes to get over any terrain.
For more information on all Can-Am Vehicles, visit www.can-am.brp.com.
Almost makes me wish I had a farm way up there in the land of snow…
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Expanding on her gun control proposals, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris will announce on Wednesday that if elected president she will prohibit imports of some high-powered guns into the United States. Harris has already endorsed a swath of gun control measures, but at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, she will promise to institute a ban on “AR-15-style assault weapons,” a senior campaign official said. There is legal precedent for such a ban, the aide said, pointing to similar measures by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush taken in order to study permanent bans.
William Brewer III is the outside counsel for the NRA and is the lead counsel in their case against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State. He is also at the center of some of the controversy surrounding the NRA due to his bills.
I stumbled across this very recent article written by Brewer in Texas Lawyer. The article is entitled Advocacy as Art: Lawyers Must Engage in Issues and Crisis Management. The article is behind a paywall but registration is free and you can read up to 3 articles per month.
His thesis in this article is that in large cases attorneys must manage both the courtroom litigation and the public relations outside the courtroom. I think you are seeing that very clearly in that he is the one who provides the response in many cases to the billing controversies, the Ack-Mac leaks, and the case against Ack-Mac itself.
From the article:
The fusion of legal and communications resources can produce more compelling, effective advocacy—enabling clients to favorably posture themselves, mitigate reputational damage and have a voice in the telling of the stories that define them.If you read that last paragraph closely, you can see what he is trying to do for his firm with the NRA. He is seeking to be the legal counsel, the Ack-Mac PR firm, and the NRA-ILA wrapped up into one neat package. In other words, he wants to be the one-stop shop for all their needs and in turn get all the money.
What’s more, lawyers who manage issues and crisis management are able to help clients gain strategic advantages in their advocacy and recognize improvements in operational efficiencies, including cost-savings.
When communications professionals are deployed within law firms, the resources are more quickly and readily available. They are unencumbered by the drag of expensive “ramp up” periods often required by PR firms—which often renders the messaging “late” and diminishes its effectiveness.
There is also an inherent advantage in having law, media and politics all directed under the umbrella of the attorney-client relationship. The advocacy can be coordinated and responsive— working in alignment with a client’s legal objectives, elements of which might not be fully appreciated by a siloed PR firm.
On Tuesday, the Judiciary/Public Safety Conference Committee voted down the addition of anti-gun language from House Files 8 and 9 onto the Omnibus Bill, SF 802.
A few weeks ago I posted my review of the CZ SP-01 Tactical. The gun was silky smooth from the factory, but I kept hearing what amazing things Cajun Gun Works do to CZ handguns. Once I finished my review and had everything, I packed the gun up and shipped it down to Louisiana to […]
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Switzerland was the First Nation to adopt the Luger as a service pistol, and they purchased them DWM in Germany from 1900 until 1914. World War One stopped deliveries, of course, and after the war the Swiss opted to begin their own production at Waffenfabrik Bern. These Swiss Lugers have become known as the model 06/24 by collectors, and were made until 1933. During that time, Bern was looking for ways to simplify and economize their production, and these efforts came together with the development of the Model 1929. It actually entered production in 1934, and was made until 1947 with a total of about 28,000 made for the military and about 1,900 made for the civilian market.
The main mechanical change to the 1929 pattern was a lengthening of the grip safety. Other changes included simplifying the profile of the front strap of the grip, removing knurling and serrations on the controls, and only serializing four parts. A production date stamp was also added to the inside of the frame, however.
Back in March, we reported that the Air Force Security Forces Center had received its first Modular Handgun System compact M18 pistols. Now the first USAF Security Force Squadrons are receiving their first pistols with the 673d SFS, based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, receiving new M18s. Captain Dane Johnson, the 673d SFS’ logistics officer said: […]
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Monday and Tuesday were big days for amicus briefs in NY State Rifle & Pistol Association et al. v. City of New York. By my count, there were 25 briefs submitted pro and con but mostly in favor of NYSRPA. Obviously, when you have 25 briefs that is a lot of reading. I haven't even begun to start.
Last week, a pro-Second Amendment group of Senators took a stand against Senate Bill 978 by refusing to participate in floor sessions until the omnibus gun control bill was withdrawn from consideration. Yesterday, Oregon Senate Leadership reached an agreement that anti-gun legislation, which includes SB 978, will not be moving forward this year and is defeated for the session.
As I said in one of our previous articles dedicated to the new AutoMag pistol, I really like the way Auto Mag Ltd. Corp. keeps us posted about the development of their ambitious project of reviving the pistol. They tell us the full story including the failures and issues they had during this journey of […]
Today’s Photo is from a beaver hunt. Hunting from a canoe on the water has a special feeling of freedom and harmony. Imagine sliding, almost without a sound, over the mirror-like water in tranquility. The rifle is a Carl Gustaf M/96, made in 1915. The caliber is 6,5x55mm Swedish Mauser, and the ammunition is the […]
Allen West is in his second term on the Board of Directors of the NRA. He is a retired Army Lt. Colonel and a former Congressman representing Florida. He also is refusing to hew to the party line that all is hunky dory in the NRA and won't be shut up. His statement released today on his The Old School Patriot website makes that abundantly clear.
I am liking Allen West more and more as the days go on. He is calling for term limits and a smaller board in addition to the departure of Wayne LaPierre. He wants the NRA to return to its roots of promoting marksmanship, encouraging the shooting sports, and protecting the Second Amendment.
His statement is below. I have taken the liberty of highlighting parts of his statement.
It has become very apparent that I need to speak out about what is happening at the National Rifle Association.
I am in my second term as a Board member, and I am deeply concerned about the actions and statements being made. The recent statements by Charles Cotton and Carolyn Meadows that are appearing in the Wall Street Journal, and now other news outlets, are outright lies. I have never been told, advised, informed or consulted about any of these details mentioned in the WSJ, and who knows how much more despicable spending of members’ money.
These statements have maliciously, recklessly and purposefully put me, and uninformed Board members, in legal jeopardy.
Prior to the NRAAM in Indianapolis I sent an email to Wayne LaPierre’s managing director, Millie Hallow, expressing my sentiment that Wayne LaPierre resign immediately.
I also drafted a memo entitled “Resolution of Concerns,” both of these statements are known to the NRA Board. It is imperative that the NRA cleans its own house. If we had done so in Indianapolis, much of this could have been rectified.
I do not support Wayne LaPierre continuing as the EVP/CEO of the NRA. The vote in Indianapolis was by acclamation, not roll call vote. There is a cabal of cronyism operating within the NRA and that exists within the Board of Directors. It must cease, and I do not care if I draw their angst. My duty and responsibility is to the Members of the National Rifle Association, and my oath, since July 31, 1982, has been to the Constitution of the United States, not to any political party, person, or cabal.
The NRA Board of 76 is too large and needs to be reduced to 30 or less. We need term limits of four (4) terms on the Board. We need to focus the NRA, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization on its original charter, mission, training and education in marksmanship, shooting sports, and the defense of the Second Amendment.
I will dedicate all my efforts to the reformation of the National Rifle Association and its members, of whom I am proud to serve.
It sickens me to publicly make this statement, but I will not allow anyone to damage my honor, integrity, character, and reputation. Needless to say, there are those who have willingly done so to their own.
Steadfast and Loyal,
Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Retired)
Member, 112th US Congress
Patriot Life Benefactor, Board Member, National Rifle Association
In a joint statement to the Washington Free Beacon from NRA president Carolyn Meadows, first vice president Charles Cotton, and second vice president Lt. Col. Willes Lee (ret.), the three defended LaPierre and accused West of making false statements about the way the board has operated.I find it interesting that the rest of their joint statement tried to make it look like Col. West was not fulfilling his fiduciary duty of care.
"It is unfortunate that certain board members have resorted to making false and misleading public statements about proceedings of the NRA board of directors," the joint statement said. "As those board members know, we are not at liberty to discuss the particulars of the board of directors meeting that occurred in executive session on April 29. However, every board member was afforded the opportunity to speak openly about any issues of concern to them. To suggest otherwise is dishonorable."
"Beyond that, every board member was invited to attend committee meetings where legal, financial, regulatory, and business issues are thoroughly addressed. The NRA has an office of the general counsel, and separate independent outside counsel to represent the board of directors. In sum, there is no excuse for any board member to claim they are unaware of legal and business concerns being addressed by this Association."...That last paragraph is rich. I'm just going to leave it at that.
"It shocks the conscience to read that certain board members have apparently not kept themselves updated, informed and active on matters that are of interest to our 5 million members," the three officials said. "They have an open invitation to get more actively involved—and to join the conversation in an appropriate way, as is provided for in our Bylaws."
May 17th is the deadline for legislation to pass out of the policy committee in the second chamber. Assembly Bill 291 and Assembly Bill 153, which were previously heard in a joint Judiciary Committee hearing, can be scheduled for a work session and vote at any time.
REMEMBER the four rules of gun safety: All guns are always loaded. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. TFB FIELD STRIP: Ruger Revolvers In this edition of TFB’s […]
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Links here. A tactical novelty by the other side: having briefs filed which in fact are anti-2A, but labelled a brief "in support of neither party." I can't quite see the point -- posing as neutral to make their message seem less partisan? Trying to disrupt the flow of briefing, and prevent petitioner from having the stage? It gives no time advantage -- briefs in support of neither side must be filed with the petitioner's amicus briefs, perhaps because the Court is aware of such a tactic.
UPDATE: there are about 26 amicus briefs filed, including ones by 118 Congressmen and by 24 states, and by the United States. Four or five (including Brady Campaign and Giffords) are actually anti-2A but filed as briefs supporting neither side.
Tomorrow, the Louisiana House is scheduled to consider preemption legislation, House Bill 281.
Monday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee passed S.169 on a 7-4 vote, setting up a potential gun debate on the House floor during the last days of the 2019 legislative session.
Good news for pistol calibre carbine lovers, Stag Arms have introduced their new PXC series. Not only does it feed from Glock mags but it also has a last round hold open. The PXC will initially be chambered in 9×19, with other calibres to follow, and is available in various barrel lengths and configurations including […]
A home invasion suspect was shot dead by a Grand Prairie homeowner early Monday. Police said the suspect, Rayme Castilleja, 20, “specifically targeted the residence” in the 2000 block of Plains Court about 1:15 a.m. Monday in an attempt to rob the homeowner.
It’s no secret that Kim Rhode is an excellent shooter. This fantastic female has been winning with her shotgun internationally since age 13! And now at age 39, she’s made history yet again.
I last wrote about Kim here in 2016, after she’d just won a Bronze Medal in Women’s Skeet at the Summer Olympics in Rio. That one win made her:
On May 10, 2019, she made shooting history yet again… this time at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup shooting event in Changwon, South Korea. Kim won Gold for the fourth time in a row, becoming the first person to ever do so. On top of that, she has now won the World Cup 21 times — which is 10 more wins than anyone else has achieved!
In Changwon, Rhode missed only six targets out of 185 between qualifying and Friday’s final. She hit 57 out of 60, including her final 31 shots, in the final to beat Italy’s Diana Bacosi, who hit 54 of 60. Fellow Italian Chiara Cainero won bronze as Italy claimed the two available quota spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The U.S. already secured its two quota spots in women’s skeet.
She’s truly a force to be reckoned with.
Rhode, who will turn 40 in July, has won all three 2019 World Cups, as well as the September 2018 stop in Tucson, Arizona.
‘It’s like a flashback to the Rio podium,’ Rhode said from Korea. ‘I’m still in shock and can’t believe I’ve been able to win four straight World Cup golds. With so much talent out there on the line, I still can’t believe I am lucky enough to wear the Red, White and Blue, let alone win gold. Right now, I’m focused on making the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, so all the rest is just icing on the cake!’
I can attest that Kim Rhode is just as humble in person as she sounds in her public statements. I’ve been blessed to have met and spoken with her a few times and she’s always been down-to-earth and real.
What a great person to represent the USA and the shooting sports.
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When Pittsburgh passed restrictions on guns last month, it reignited a fight over which level of government should regulate firearms. In recent weeks, two Republican lawmakers began pushing to strengthen the state’s control over gun regulations and make it easier for some groups, such as lobbyists, to recoup legal fees to fight cities’ rules.
Back in April 2018, we reported that Germany’s Hesse state police were in search for a new 5.56x45mm rifle. German defence blog Strategie-Technik reports that Hessian state police have selected a variant of the Heckler & Koch HK416. Hessian Police were in search for a mid-range weapon that “serves as a compact shoulder-mounted weapon system for medium […]
Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has introduced legislation that would ban the hunting of grizzly bears anywhere in the country except for Alaska. Grijalva, who chairs the House Resources Committee, is a frequent author of anti-hunting bills and is consistently rated at 100% by the Humane Society of the United States.
The Moscow Victory Day Parade takes place on Red Square each year on May 9. It is dedicated to commemorating the anniversary of victory in World War II. From the standpoint of small arms enthusiasts like me and you, it is always interesting to watch it because often times you can see new weapons and […]
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Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15, the Alabama House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hear House Bill 595, sponsored by Representative Proncey Robertson (R-7). HB 595 would create a new lifetime carry permit issued by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to state residents.
The US Marine Corps have released a request for information (RFI) notice calling for a new rifle optic, the Squad Common Optic. The idea of having a Squad Common Optic has been around for a couple of years, an RFI for the 1-8x optic was first released back in August 2017. The new RFI is […]
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“Bullet is a Fool, Bayonet’s a Bully” said late 18th century Field Marshal Alexandr Suvorov. He wasn’t far off the truth — for the day. Beyond the poor accuracy and low rate of fire of the flintlock muskets, beyond the danger each shot posed to the shooter (the wigs of the time were mainly to protect the hair from burning powder flakes) and the frequent misfires, there was the issue of training. Lead and gunpowder were expensive, so many armies restricted live fire practice to fewer than ten shots annually. Up until the 1830s, marksmanship training was limited to a few jaeger units.
Around the time most armies began conversion to caplock rifles, the issue of infantry competency arose. Switzerland, rather poor at the time, used crossbows fitted with range-adjustable rifle sights. By the 1850s, more and more countries started using some cost-saving methods of getting live fire practice, beginning with sub-caliber inserts for naval artillery and then onto sub-caliber trainers for infantry. A barrel insert with a percussion cap on one end and a BB on the other came into use. In Germany, where firearm marksmanship competitions go back to the early 16th century or further, sub-caliber rifles made by converting older flintlocks or percussion guns to gallery rifles served a double duty of military trainers and arcade or pub entertainment.
In addition to percussion caps and BBs, rimfire BB caps — much the same thing but assembled into a single unit — also became popular. Come of the guns, like the example here, could use both.
This rifle fires a 4mm spherical projectile down a much shorter tube to reduce friction. This tube is countersunk in the longer, wider barrel and so produces negligible report. To reach the cartridge, the firing pins can be up to half of the length of the barrel. The barrels often have up to a dozen lands and grooves, predating Marlin’s Microgroove by a few decades. At short, windless indoor ranges, the accuracy can be excellent. Set triggers and good balance of the guns helps too. Single hold groups at 15 yards aren’t rare.
Calibers of such rifles vary and can reach 4.5mm at the largest. Although no gunpowder is used, velocity ranges from 800 to 1000fps!
Sometimes, factory made ammunition isn’t available, so improvised substitute was made with a different bolt and caps plus 4.5mm air gun pellets that swage down the bore. This example uses Eley 22LR cartridges with bullet and powder removed as the driver for an airgun pellet.
I always liked the worn look on some pistols, not all brands and models, but I think Glock is one that does! So with that in mind, I decided 3 years ago to do this on my 42. I also didn’t want to send it out and have it coated with any type of finish. Sandpaper, steel wool, and FrogLube is all I used.
I started out with 400 sandpaper, then 600 and then 1000 grit. After that, I went over it with steel wool and flitz with the Dremel. The final step to get the look I wanted, I went over it one more time very lightly with 2000 grit.
Now to see what works to prevent any rusting I treated it 4 times in 8 days with FrogLube. That meant heating the slide with a heat gun. Once it is HOT you coat it with the FrogLube paste. It will melt instantly. At that point, you just let it cool.
Once cool and it dries with a film covering it I added more FrogLube paste and reheated it again and let it all melt on the slide. Once dry and has the film once again I wiped it off with a microfiber towel. I did this a total of 4 times again in 8 days.
Now it has been over 3 years and it has never rusted anywhere at all. Days in the leather holster at a time, in the Hummer as a backup gun, you name it and it has been rust free. I do wipe it now with Lucas gun oil (blue oil) when I clean it.
So after all this time, I thought I should do this to my 43. Through the same process, I have the same outcome. The FrogLube really works for this! I have to say I really like the look and again it is almost a natural look. So I can say if you like this look you can do the same thing without having it painted!
See you soon!
The other day, Herschel at The Captain's Journal had a blog post regarding the government profile barrel for the AR-15 and the M16A2. He made the point that the government profile barrel was adopted based upon erroneous assumptions and without proper engineering failure tests. He also said that top end AR makers continuing to put out rifles with government profile barrels was dumb.
First, I question their testing of the resistance to bending of a “government profile” barrel. They obviously never got real engineers involved in this problem. The highest bending moment in a cantilever beam will be where it is pinned, which in this case will be at the receiver. As best as I can tell, not only didn’t they solve a real problem, they didn’t even solve the pretend problem.It was an interesting post with good comments. You should read the whole thing.
Second, engineering resources would have performed a failure mode and effects analysis of the problem. A failure investigation team of engineers should have been commissioned, not a military team.
Third, if you believe the problem is that Soldiers or Marines are using their rifles to pry open boxes or crates, then teach them not to do that. That’s stupid. I remain unimpressed with folks who try to mistreat, abuse and beat up their guns only to complain when they don’t work.
Preorders now open for my book, “Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016“! Get your copy now, and get the Kickstarter discount!
Today we are looking at the results from the Rock Island May 2019 sale to see what happened with the guns that I featured in videos over the last few weeks…
Matador Arms have begun shipping a SIG P320 magazine adaptor for AR-15s. The Mag-X, P320 allows standard SIG Sauer P320 magazines to be used alongside a 9x19mm adapted bolt and a 9mm barrel. No modifications to the lower receiver or the magazines themselves are needed. It has a steel ejector and paddle magazine release at […]
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Multiple variants of SIG’s widely successful MCX Rattler were brought to this year’s SHOT Show. SIG seems keen to show off the versatility of the Ratter platform. Of the new Rattlers, one particular variant caught my eye, the Rattler Canebrake. Featuring a new oversized rail with a faux suppressor tucked underneath, the Canebrake looks like […]
Today we have some more photos of the US Army’s new Modular Handgun System, the SIG Sauer M17, in action from a number of US Army units including the 1st Cavalry Division, 1-502nd Infantry Regiment and 108th Cavalry Regiment. A Soldier with 1-502nd Infantry Regiment “First Strike,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, fires his […]
REMEMBER the four rules of gun safety: All guns are always loaded. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. TFB Field Strip: UZI 1. Remove the magazine. […]
The President has signed the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. On a quick read it seems to increase Pittman-Robertson funding for shooting ranges.
Paul Harrell is back at it, this time looking at a specific sort of shotgun shell and how it might — or might not — be useful for home defense. He already took a look at birdshot in general for home defense, but this time he focuses on turkey loads… which, for those who may not know, are shotshells designed to kill turkeys, usually at fairly long range… and they’re typically loaded with more pellets than the average birdshot shell.
Fair warning: If you know Paul’s videos, you know he begins each with the caveat that he is working on a live range and he asks viewers to “bear with any gunfire” they may hear in the background. In other videos we’ve heard the occasional shot in the distance, but this time it sounds as if there’s someone just out of view who’s having one heck of a good time firing double-taps and whatnot. So… brace yourself and don’t turn up the sound too high if you like your eardrums.
Paul goes right to his tried-and-true patented meat target, designed to more-or-less simulate a clothed person for the purposes of comparing effectiveness of ammo for defending against bad guys wearing clothes.
He begins with a typical bird shot load, so we can compare that with the turkey loads. At 7 yards it is extremely effective without overpenetrating.
Next up, he goes to the chronograph. Standard Remington bird shot loads with 1.25 ounces of shot averaged 1243 fps, while Remington 1.5-ounce turkey shells averaged 1162, Winchester 1.75-ounce loads averaged 1145, and Federal Premium with 2 ounces of shot averaged 1048.
We can see from this that turkey shells don’t necessarily move any faster — and this makes sense because heavier payloads quite often move slower than lighter ones when fired from the same gauge or caliber.
Then he tosses in a bit of a monkey wrench by deviating from the turkey ammo theme, bringing in some pheasant ammo. Unnecessary in my opinion, but Paul’s gonna do what Paul wants to do.
From there, we hit the meat target once again, and he finds some difference between turkey shells. He seems surprised by the Winchester ammo opening up its pattern quickly, but that’s what it’s designed to do… this is my turkey ammo of choice and it’s meant to produce turkey-killing patterns both near and far.
Beyond that, there’s a bit of digression as he adds more pheasant ammo and a 20-gauge shotgun to the mix. So is this a purely-turkey-ammo video? Nah. But it’s all Paul, and fans will tell you that’s what matters.
Tomorrow, the Judiciary/Public Safety conference committee will reconvene at noon in Capitol Room 120, or at the call of the chair, to discuss SF 802.
The very public scene of hundreds of Colorado students and their parents walking out of a vigil that was turned into political theater by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was so embarrassing that the gun control group actually issued an apology.
Back in June 2018, we reported on the US Air Force’s new survival/self-defence weapon – the GAU-5A. The GAU-5A is an upgrade to the M4 which allows it to be stowed in the survival kit of US Air Force fighter jets. The Aircrew Self Defense Weapons (ASDW) is fitted with a takedown system that allows […]
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There’s not a lot of explanation to go along with this video, released by police and showing a home’s door being kicked in during a home invasion. At least four armed thugs in one group were boldly entering the house when the crook in the lead, clearly familiar with the building, quickly made his way into a hallway. The homeowner was waiting for him, and opened fire.
The bad guy apparently saw the gun just in time and his crew took the cue, all of them scramming in one big hurry. Muzzle flashes are visible through the darkened doorway as the resident fires at him. We then see a cloud of dust arise as one shot presumably hits the wall to the left of the doorway.
The audio is out of sync with the video, and the sounds of the broken door and gunfire are delayed.
Afterward we hear some sounds of someone in distress, and the last thing heard is an angry bellow. This may be from the home’s resident as he realizes he’s been shot in the hand.
There’s a rifle or shotgun leaning in the corner to the left of the front door… I guess our hero is fortunate the bad guys were too busy running to grab it.
A Kentucky sheriff’s office has released video of a home invasion where the homeowner and one of the intruders exchanged gunfire.
Warren County deputies responded to a home on Louisville Road Wednesday night after receiving a call about shots being fired. When they arrived, they found the homeowner had a gunshot wound to his right hand.
Investigators reviewed home security video showing that someone kicked the door in, and four intruders entered the home. You can see the gunfire being exchanged when the lead intruder enters the doorway where the victim was.
The victim was transported to Jewish Hospital in Louisville to have his injuries treated.
The intruders ran away from the scene. The sheriff’s office is asking for anyone with information on the case to call (270) 842-1633. The suspects will face charges of attempted murder and first-degree burglary.
Strangely, this video was apparently taken by a smart phone held at an angle to a computer monitor.
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Lyman has published a press release announcing the acquisition of Mark 7 Reloading ammunition reloading equipment manufacturing company. Here is Lyman’s press release in full: Lyman Products is extremely pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Mark 7 Reloading® is now a Lyman brand and a part of the Lyman family, which includes Pachmayr, TacStar, A-Zoom, Trius, and […]
This week, the Louisiana House is scheduled to consider two pro-gun bills, House Bill 281 and House Bill 235.
Three controversial gun bills will not be released from committee, meaning they are essentially dead. The measures, which were discussed before a packed house in the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday, would have prohibited a variety of semi-automatic firearms classified as “assault weapons,” criminalized magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds and established a permitting process to buy a gun. While the bills faced an uphill climb to become law, defeat in the first real test of the legislative process is a surprising outcome and a big blow to gun control advocates. Opponents on the committee still could reverse their decision and send the bills to the entire Senate, but the odds of such a change of opinion appear slim.
Presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said that she does not support creating a federal firearm licensing system. “No, I think there is a better approach,” Gillibrand told the Washington Examiner at a campaign stop in Warner, N.H., on Saturday, when asked about a plan proposed by primary rival Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. “To end gun violence, I would do three things,” she said. “I would, No. 1, pass universal background checks, which are commonsense and supported by 70% of America."
The Fact Checker obviously has no opinion on whether guns should face regulatory oversight for safety or design. But Booker’s comparison of the regulations of toy guns and real guns is specious. In the Medium post, he made clear that when he said “more regulation,” he meant CPSC regulation, not all regulation. The careful language was probably just One or Two Pinocchios. But such nuances were lost when he spoke on television or tweeted about it, pushing himself into the Three Pinocchio range. The CPSC does not regulate guns, but it does regulate toy guns. That does not mean there are “more regulations” of toy guns than real ones. Firearms, at just about every level, are highly regulated in the United States. Booker is calling for another level of regulation, but he can’t suggest toy guns are even more highly regulated.
I had a chance to play with the prototype of this gadget at SHOT Show 2019 and was really impressed with its simplicity and functionality. And it’s great to learn that it is now available for purchase. The Strike Industries AMBI Mag Release is exactly what its name implies – an ambidextrous magazine release. It […]
A plethora of over 1,000 firearms of various types, calibres, makes and models have been seized by LAPD at a Bel-Air residence. Police reportedly acted on an anonymous tip-off and gained a search warrant to raid an 8,000sq foot home in the affluent Holmby Hills area. The home, valued at $7 million, is reportedly owned by Cynthia Beck, […]
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Since 1932, Danner Boots has established themselves as one of the most reliable manufacturers of footwear in the world. Danner’s journey began way back in 1932, when Charles Danner set out to build affordable work boots for loggers in the town of Chippewa Falls, WI. Over the past 80+ years, Danner has evolved into a footwear powerhouse, developing some of the best shoes and boots for a number of pursuits, including hunting, hiking, law enforcement, and everyday use. This year, we saw a new boot hit the market aimed at the LEO and military community that is comfortable and functional enough for almost any use. That boot is the Danner Fullbore.
The inspiration for the Danner Fullbore was hiking focused. What works for a hiker should most certainly work for someone who is wearing their boot all day in a law enforcement or military setting. What Danner created is an extremely comfortable boot that has the hallmark design features that die hard customers have come to expect.
Starting with the outsole, the Danner Fullbore features self-adapting lugs, a specially formulated compound called ‘Megagrip’, as well as strategically placed flex lines.
The Danner Fullbore comes in two styles. The first is a coyote brown model which is water resistant and made for more arid climates. This boot features a suede & mesh upper as well as air mesh lining that allows for increased airflow and comfort in hot weather. The black model features Danner Dry and is 100% waterproof. It also incorporates a full-grain leather & mesh upper as opposed to the suede upper on the coyote model.
You Can pick up a pair of the coyote brown boots for $150 or the black for $180. Considering how well Danner boots are crafted and the comfort these boots will bring to your life, they are a steal at that price.
For more information on these boots, head over to www.danner.com.
Pre-sales for my book, Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866 – 2016 are now live on Kickstarter – check it out!
After the adoption of the single-shot Gras rifle in 1874, attitudes towards repeating rifles began to shift in the French military. The Battle of Plevna had shown that regardless of their hypothetic detriments, repeating rifles could substantially magnify a force’s firepower and allow a smaller force to defeat a larger one. In 1878 the French Navy had adopted a tube-magazine Kropatschek rifle, and the head of the Chatellerault Arsenal tool shop, Albert Close, spent several years improving it and adapting it for French production.
He presented his completed rifle in 1883, and it was adopted and put into mass production. Both the Chatellerault and St Etienne arsenals would build Mle 1884 rifles, although they both ceased in 1886 when the Lebel and its smokeless powder changed the whole face of military small arms. A total of about 83,000 Model 1884 rifles were made, and they would serve as the basis for the 1885 and by extension the Lebel itself.
If you’re in the market for a replica Old West cartridge revolver or a classic percussion pistol reproduction then you may be familiar with Italy’s Pietta Firearms. This year they’re expanding their line of Colt 1873 Single Action Army revolvers with half a dozen calibre options and 30 configurations available. Here’s Pietta’s announcement: Pietta Firearms, […]
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Welcome to Mailroom #22, where James Reeves opens your terrible fan mail. Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for details on our monthly gun giveaway. TFBTV is giving away one gun a month to a randomly selected $5-level (and […]
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This photograph is just pure awesome. John Moses Browning poses for a photo in 1918 holding one of his Browning Automatic Rifles (BAR) with Winchester gun designer Frank Burton. Of course, Browning needs no introduction, but in case you’re new to the gun world, here’s just some of his countless contributions to our industry: M1911 […]
Plea agreement here. It gets interesting around page four. He was a security guard, and at night he would take guns and parts from guns that were supposed to be destroyed, take them home, and sell them. He stole quite a load, including some full-autos, and including 3,000 Glock slides!
Over and above Wayne LaPierre's spending on his wardrobe are expenses he billed to Ackerman-McQueen for travel, food, and apartment rental for an intern according to a letter they sent to him on April 22nd. These expenses have become the basis for stories in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and many other publications.
From the Wall Street Journal:
National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre billed the group’s ad agency $39,000 for one day of shopping at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique, $18,300 for a car and driver in Europe and had the agency cover $13,800 in rent for a summer intern, according to newly revealed NRA internal documents.Carolyn Meadows, the new NRA President, in a statement to the WSJ said:
The documents, posted anonymously on the internet, provide new details of the clothing, travel and other expenses totaling more than $542,000 that Ackerman McQueen Inc. alleges Mr. LaPierre billed to it.
The travel expenses allegedly include more than $200,000 in “Air Transportation” costs during a one-month period in late 2012 and early 2013, in part related to a two-week trip over Christmas to the Bahamas by Mr. LaPierre.
The additional details behind the ad agency’s claims comes as Mr. LaPierre faces internal scrutiny at the NRA over his expenses amid an extraordinary falling-out between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen.
The NRA released a statement from Carolyn Meadows, its new president, who said the “entire board is fully aware of these issues. We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre.” She added that “it is troubling and pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas.”I sure hope Mrs. Meadows is using the royal we to refer to herself when she says "we have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre" because I would hope that some board members - and I know there are some who don't have full confidence in Wayne.
Tomorrow, the Senate Appropriations Committee will be hearing Senate Bill 120 and Senate Bill 172.
Suing Ackerman-McQueen might have been a smokescreen as some have said to cover the fiduciary lapses of NRA executives and board members but it seems to have become a bonfire. We are now finding out that Wayne LaPierre was quite the clothes horse. Given his preference for navy blue suits and white shirts, you have to wonder just how many he needed.
As I facetiously said on Facebook, for that amount of money, Wayne could have flown to Hong Kong, stayed in a first-class hotel, gotten measured, and come home with quite a few custom suits that looked like that they actually fit him for a heckuva lot less money. Indeed, he could have even been measured by many Hong Kong custom tailors here in the United States as his measurements changed over time.
Several weeks ago we took a look at the five most interesting, rare and unusual firearms consigned to the May 2019 Rock Island Premiere Firearms Auction. As always, RIA’s premiere auction was full of one of a kind lots. The auction ended past Sunday and the company has published the list of prices realized. As […]
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This new book from Mowbray is an English translation of a work originally written in Spanish by Fernando de Aguinaga and Jose Luis de Aguinaga, which clearly involved a tremendous amount of original research. The full title is “Spanish Rolling Block: The Basque Made Rifles of the Third Carlist War“, and it is a very specifically focussed book. The main production of small arms for the Spanish military during this period (the 1870s) was the Oviedo Arsenal. However, the Carlist Wars and the fighting in Cuba and Puerto Rico involved substantial numbers of locally organized volunteers, who could not source their arms form the military. Instead, they purchased gun made by private companies, most substantially La Escalduna in Placencia and La Azpeitiana in Azpeitia.
The military also contracted for rifle production from these factories, and this led to several different classes of arms: commercial contracts, military contracts, and Carlist occupation production. Most of the guns made were versions of the Remington Rolling block, but they also included pinfire swivel breech guns, Snider conversions, and more.
This book does an excellent job of documenting the variations in these arms and the history surrounding their production. Many original documents are reproduced and cited to explain different production orders, and the subtle variations between the different models are well documented photographically. It is a very well done book on a very specific and narrowly focused subject.
Below is the joint letter from then-NRA President Oliver North and then-First VP Richard Childress to John Fraser, NRA General Counsel, and Charles Cotton, Chair of the NRA Board's Audit Committee (and now First VP), regarding the payments to the NRA's outside counsel William Brewer III.
Another board member who shall remain unnamed told me that Brewer could become the NRA's biggest vendor - more than Ack-Mac - if things keep going this way. He also was very dismissive of his legal abilities, he had concerns about his ethical issues, even more concerns about his sway with Wayne LaPierre, and characterized him as a hustler. A friend who is an attorney in Dallas where Mr. Brewer is located said Brewer was "an asshole". I will make no judgment on his legal competency as I'm not a lawyer but would say you could get some of the best lawyers in DC like Paul Clement and the firm of Cooper and Kirk for probably less.
The nine page letter is below:
Below is the letter to John Fraser, NRA General Counsel, and William "Wit" Davis, NRA Board Counsel, from Oliver North announcing the formation of a crisis committee along with the memo to be shared with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
By now, everyone should know that Ollie North is out as president of the National Rifle Association. I think it came down to a power struggle between Col. North and Wayne LaPierre over the direction of the NRA. Given the glaringly obvious support that LaPierre holds on the Board, North lost this struggle.
The most obvious indication of this was at the Meeting of Members on Saturday morning, April 27th, when the meeting convened and there was no Ollie. After the people on the stage were introduced, then-First VP Richard Childress addressed the meeting and read the following letter from Col. North.
Rio’s police authorities have been establishing growing records as far as the seizure of illegal weapons is concerned. The vast majority of this being credited to the very active PMERJ – Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State Military Police). Taking into account the first quarter of 2019 and rifles […]
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Good afternoon everyone and thanks for stopping in for some hot suppressed lever action on today’s edition of Silencer Saturday. Since my experience with leverguns is a sample size of one, I’m a bit of a fish out of water with the platform. Not to worry, there are plenty of experts out there that we […]
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Knights Armament introduced their “Assault Machine Gun” a couple years ago, and I had a chance to take both versions (5.56mm and 7.62mm) out to the range recently. The gun is the spiritual descendant of the Stoner 63, but is more directly mades on Eugene Stoner’s Model 86 light machine gun. It utilizes the content recoil principle, with the bolt never actually contacting the rear of the receiver during the cycling process. This results in recoil being felt by the shooter as a continuous steady force instead of a rapid series of impacts and that makes it tremendously controllable. Not surprisingly, these guns are already being sold to military and security organizations worldwide…
Because so many of their colleagues refuse to do their duty to protect the rights of law-abiding Oregonians, a group of pro-Second Amendment senators have taken the step of refusing to attend floor sessions unless Senate Bill 978 is withdrawn from consideration.
Nitecore makes handheld flashlights and their Li-ion battery chargers are the industry standard. Cloud Defensive uses their battery chargers for their OWL. Well, Nitecore offered up their MT10C for review. Nitecore MT10C Is A Pocket Rocket The MT10C is a single cell light. However, it is dual fuel just like the new Streamlights and SureFire […]
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Today’s POTD doesn’t actually portray any firearm, but the connection with the AR-15 is obviously strong. It is the Helm Forge ST-1 self-defense tool. At first glance, the item looks like a modern style ambidextrous charging handle, similar for example to the Radian Raptor, sharpened to a needlepoint. A closer inspection shows that the “grip” […]
Welcome back to another Deals of the Week post everyone. As always let me know in the comments if you want to see more or less of a specific type of deal. S&W M&P40 Police Trade-IN w/ night sights – $279.99 What the deal is: I know, I know. Believe me, I can already see […]
Shannon Watts has developed her persona as a “full-time volunteer” who wants nothing more than to bring “common sense gun laws” to this country. However, she once again reminded gun owners of her true agenda with a recent tweet. We are used to individuals misrepresenting our message to push their own political agendas, but, in this case, we thought it necessary to correct the record.
Late on Thursday, May 9, the House passed two additional NRA-backed bills by voice vote: House Bill 1143
NRA-ILA has previously written about the FBI’s “Rap Back” service, a law enforcement tool allowing authorized agencies to receive automatic criminal history updates about particular individuals – a person under criminal investigation or subject to probation or parole, or for noncriminal purposes, to monitor an employment applicant or person in a position of public trust, to ensure that they are not engaging in criminal conduct that would disqualify them from that employment.
Politicians treat so-called "gun violence" as a lever issue, hoping to energize their base and guilt law-abiding Americans into supporting policies that would have no effect on crime or help the mentally ill. Part of this effort entails presenting as large a number of fatalities as possible, and so researchers, the media, and anti-gun politicians combine suicide, homicide, accidents, legal interventions, and incidents in which the intent is unknown.
On Monday, in an obvious and desperate attempt to garner attention in an overcrowded 2020 Democratic presidential field, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) threw long-cultivated anti-gun strategy and messaging to the wind and further exposed the gun control endgame when he released his “Plan To End the Gun Violence Epidemic.” The document is a slapdash gun control advocate wish list, at the core of which is a plan to create a may-issue federal gun owner licensing scheme and confiscate millions of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.
On Saturday, May 11, at noon or at the call of the chair, in room 120 of the Capitol, the Judiciary/Public Safety conference committee on SF 802 will reconvene.
Manticore Arms has announced that their new 15″ M-LOK handguard for CZ Scorpion EVO 3 PCCs is now available. According to the company, this handguard “will fit all models of Scorpion EVO including the carbine, pistol, S2 Micro, and EVO’s using the Bullpup Conversion Kit“. The Manticore Arms new CZ Scorpion handguard is made of […]
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Gunshots ring out like a war zone, one right after the other in a sporadic pattern of near-deafening blasts. I’ll never forget the many evenings I spent sitting on that wooden bench, sipping my off-brand root beer, and watching my dad and grandfather take on bright orange clay birds one by one, week after week.
I stumbled across the Noblex-Docter Optics GLOCK M.O.S. red dot sight while hanging out with my other cyber family over at AR15.com. There are currently two threads discussing this ultra low profile mini red dot sight designed specifically for the GLOCK optics read pistols. This thread has general information and links while this one is written by […]
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A splintered New York state Court of Appeals said an upstate shooting victim cannot pursue a negligence lawsuit against an Ohio firearms dealer who sold a gun in Ohio that was later resold on the black market and used in the shooting.
Intro: There are tons of ballistic solvers out on the market. A quick glance at the app store will bombard a shooter with choices. I recommend my students go with the one that is the most user-friendly for them and has the features they need. For me, this has been Applied Ballistics, because it is […]
TFB TV takes a look at one of the famous gun shops in Erbil, a city in northern Iraq. Wasta Bakhtiar has had his gunsmithing business for a number of years, starting in his own father’s shop as a child in Kurdistan. Today he fixes both Peshmerga and civilian small arms alike, sometimes even traveling […]
When Missouri hunter Colby Brown shot a wild turkey on Sunday, May 5, 2019, he knew there was something odd about it. Even from 300 yards away, he and his buddy could tell it was different. It was only after the shot was fired and the bird was recovered that they realized just how weird it really was.
Fortunately, I was able to get in touch with Colby via social media to get his side of the story.
Colby and his friend Hunter Leeper were hunting turkeys in a river bottom near Jefferson City, Missouri when Hunter spotted something a long way out. It was a turkey, so the duo got behind a levee to hide from the bird and closed the distance. When they stopped to eyeball the turkey again, the binoculars revealed something really unusual.
Hunter said, ‘Look at him. He’s got something on his head.’
I looked through and at first I didn’t think it was a turkey. I didn’t know what the hell it was to be honest, but then he turned and I saw his beard.
The hunters then ducked back behind the levee and moved on down until they were opposite the gobbler, which was out of range about 60 yards away.
He strutted and hung around 60 yards for an hour and a half. Hunter would give him a little call and he’d gobble like crazy but not cut the distance. Finally he come in around 40 yards and I popped up from the top of the levee and smoked him.
They wasted no time getting to the downed bird.
When we got down there we looked at him and kinda laughed at how goofy he looked. I think that’s when Hunter said he’d never seen anything like it, adding, ‘I think you might’ve just become famous.’
Back at Hunter’s house, they contacted a local game warden about the oddball bird. Like them, he had never seen anything like it.
Colby Brown is 25 years old, and although he hunted in his early teens he hasn’t been back in the woods until the last three years.
This was the second time I went and hunted with Hunter at his place. Two years ago I shot a gobbler and this year shot one Saturday and then the crazy one Sunday, to tag out in Missouri.
It’s unlikely he will ever shoot another turkey like this one, and he tells me it’s in the freezer waiting to be mounted. As for the oddness on its head, here’s how he describes it:
Where the feathers on its head were, there was a bone coming out of its skull like an inch long. This bone had a knot on the end almost like a ball joint like you have in your shoulder — and that’s where the feathers were coming from.
As for fame, Colby’s not looking for that. He just wanted to share this unique bird and the experience with others.
Aside from the funky topknot, the gobbler was typical for an adult Tom, weighing in at 21 pounds 2 ounces with spurs more than an inch long, and Colby estimates the beard to be about 10 inches long.
All successful turkey hunts are memorable, but I’m sure this is one particular hunt that will go into Colby’s Big Book of Great Hunting Memories… and I bet that mounted bird will make a great reminder for years to come. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
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It’s taken years, but I’ve finally found a B&T firearm that I won’t consider performing evil acts to obtain. My friends over at AR15 maintain several threads dedicated to B&T guns, on of which is specific to the TP9. A few days ago, a sharp-eyed poster found a listing for a TP9-45 short barreled rifle […]
During the test, I subjected each pistol to identical round counts, with identical ammo, while running identical drills.
As stated in the previous review, and to ensure readers who are presently unaware have the appropriate context: FN firearms have been in wide use by the United States Military, as well as other government agencies, for quite a while. In fact, if you’ve served in the Army or Marine Corps in the last few decades, it is very likely that your issued weapon was an FN product. They have historically made cutting edge and reliable firearms, and continue to do so.
The specs for the FN 509 (which I will refer to as the “509 Standard” in order to alleviate any confusion by simply calling it, as FN does, the FN 509) are listed below:
MAG CAPACITY: 10 or 17 Rd.
WEIGHT: 26.9 oz.
BARREL LENGTH: 4.0″
OVERALL LENGTH: 7.4″
TWIST RATE: 1:10″ RH
TRIGGER PULL: 5.5 – 7.5 lb.
SIGHT RADIUS: 5.79″
Those with a keen eye may notice that the 509 Standard and the 509 Midsize have almost identical specs: same barrel length, sight radius, trigger pull and overall length. They even weigh almost the exact same amount, with only 0.4 oz. separating the two and share an identical MSRP of $649. The only significant difference between the two is the size of the grip. Some may argue that they have different magazine capacities, which is true to some extent, but you can insert a 509 Standard 17 round magazine into the 509 Midsize, essentially eliminating the difference.
With taller grip on the 509 Standard, there is a slight difference in feel when depressing the magazine release or hitting the slide lock, but those differences are soon forgotten after a few rounds are sent down range. The FN 509 Standard, like the FN 509 Midsize, is comfortable to hold “in the hand” and presents very similar to the 509 Midsize. The 509 Standard comes with interchangeable back straps, for those who need to get that perfect fit.
After shooting both the 509 Standard and 509 Midsize, I found that I actually preferred the shorter grip of the Midsize. I feel like I was able to get a more solid hold on the gun, and keep the web of my right had high in the beavertail by slightly pushing down on the magazine floorplate with my fingers. This made managing recoil a bit easier with the Midsize. It wasn’t a major difference, but it was noticeable. That difference would disappear, however, if I were to shoot the Midsize with a 17 round magazine instead of the shorter 15 round magazine that comes standard. So, I guess you could call it a wash between the two.
Like all other features above the frame on the 509 Standard and 509 Midsize, the sights are identical. They give you your standard 3 dot system, with a slightly larger dot on the front sight for quicker sight acquisition. They also offer somewhat of a shelf on the rear sight for one handed cycling. As stated before, I think the sights are just fine. I would, however, like to blackout the rear sights. It’s just easier for me to pick up and focus on the front dot when I’m not distracted by 2 other similar looking dots.
Again, the trigger in the 509 Standard is identical to the 509 Midsize; which is to say it is somewhat of a shortcoming. And to temper some of my words from Part 1 of this series, I think the trigger would suit most people well, but I’m a bit picky. I honestly think with a bit of polishing of the trigger components, I could nearly eliminate my desire to pick up an aftermarket option. As it stands though, it isn’t very light, or smooth, nor does it have a super short reset. This makes it more difficult for me to shoot fast than say a CMC trigger in a highly modified Glock.
I did the same walk back drill with the 509 Standard, and since the sights are the same, the sight radius is the same, the trigger is the same, and the barrel is the same, the results of the walk back drill were the same. I was able to make it back to 50 yards on a C-Zone target without any issues.
Fast Cadence Shooting
As stated above, the 509 Standard gives away a slight edge to the Midsize in grip, which manifests itself in fast cadence shooting. I did the same drills on all pistols, and concluded with several iterations of the Bill Drill. Though I preferred the grip of the Midsize, the Standard gave similar time results across the series of Bill Drills, though I felt it was easier with the Midsize.
To reiterate from the previous review, this is one area where I did want to test the system’s reliability a bit in addition to ease of use. I fully loaded two of the 17 round magazines and shot one round, dumped the mag, and inserted another, then shot one round. I repeated this until both magazines were empty.
There were no malfunctions due to the hard (but reasonable) treatment of the magazines during this test. Both the pistol and magazines functioned flawlessly. Also of note, I did find it a bit easier to insert the 17 round magazines into the magazine well on the Standard as compared to the Midsize.
There are too many similarities between the FN 509 Standard and the Midsize to really say which one is better for what. Both are very good pistols, and I would trust my life to either of them. I would, however, say that I enjoyed shooting the Midsize more than the standard, and if given the choice, would take the smaller option.
Preorders now open for my book, Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016! Get your copy here!
The French Navy chose not to adopt the Gras rifle, and continued to use the paper-cartridge, needlefire Chassepot into the late 1870s. When they finally decided to adopt a new metallic-cartridge rifle, they decided to jump right to a repeater. Testing was done in 1877 of the Winchester-Hotchkiss, Krag-Petersen, and Kropatschek, and the Kropatschek was the winner. As the Navy did not need very many rifles, it opted to buy them directly from the Werndl factory in Steyr (Austria), which owned the rights to the system. An order for 25,000 was placed in 1878 and deliveries were completed in 1881.
This rifle was designated the Model 1878 Marine (ie, Navy), and it was chambered for 11mm Gras with a 7-round tube magazine. They were delivered polished in the white, as naval small arms often were at the time. While limited in number, these rifles would see widespread service in French colonies, and would also form the basis for development of the French-build model 1884 rifles – which we will cover in the next video.
Brownells has just announced the availability of the Tommy Built Tactical T36C – a revamp of the famed Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle. This one, of course is semiautomatic only, and is sold as a pistol. For those interested in jumping into the ATF eForms Form 1 world, a tax stamp for making your […]
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May 9th was the deadline for the majority of bills to pass from their chamber of origin to the opposite chamber. Despite efforts by anti-gun legislators to restrict your rights, no gun control bills have advanced.
Lawrence Person in his Battleswarm Blog does a great job in providing a summation of the issues facing the NRA. I think it is a must read. In full disclosure he does quote me in his post but don't hold that against him!
As to getting its house in order, he writes:
There are some that claim cleaning up the NRA would offer too much succor to the gun-grabbers. But the organizational dysfunction and self-dealing is already out in the open, and is already hurting the NRA’s effectiveness (and has been for several years). If not now, when? Better to do it now, the year before an Presidential election, with Republicans holding the White House and the Senate able to block gun-grabbing initiatives, than during it.Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned also links to this blog post. He endorses the idea of an independent outside audit team from one of the Big Four accounting firms to come in and do an audit. He is a bit skeptical that it will happen and that even if it does happen then the results will be kept internally.
Other than being a member, I am very far indeed from the center of NRA power. For all the grumbling over the NRA caving over bump-stocks, there’s no other organization with the size, scope and political power of the NRA to protect Second Amendment rights in America. But to do that, the NRA has to be on solid organizational and financial footing, and right now it does not appear to be on either. The NRA has to get its own house in order, this year, or expect forces hostile to it and its goals to do it for them.
But just because its sensible doesn’t mean it will happen. I’ve seen a lot of sensible things fall by the wayside in a non-profit and we don’t have to deal with paid staff who also have opinions, and have a lot more time and incentive to manipulate things to come out in their favor. I’m not holding my breath. Even if it does happen, it’ll probably be kept internal.I hope he is wrong in his skepticism but he has always had a better feel for the inner workings in Fairfax than most anyone else not named Knox.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) is a junior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He ranks 20th in seniority among 25 Democrats in the committee majority. The House Ways and Means Committee helps to oversee the Internal Revenue Service. He is using his membership on the committee to push the IRS into investigating the NRA's 501(c)(4) non-profit status. This comes a couple of weeks after Everytown filed a complaint with the IRS regarding that status. While still a junior member of the committee, his request obviously carries more weight than that of Everytown.
Today he sent a letter to Commissioner Charles Rettig of the IRS asking him to review the NRA's non-profit status in light of the recent allegations of "self-dealing, deceptive billing, and other abuses of tax exempt status". The letter is below and a PDF can be seen here.
Dear Commissioner Rettig:Schneider references a 2018 report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration regarding referrals alleging improper political activity by tax-exempt organizations. Mind you that at 501(c)(4) is allowed to engage in some political activity. Moreover, it was the weaponized IRS during the Obama Administration that was going after Tea Party and other other conservative organizations. Remember Lois Lerner? I wonder how many of the referrals that were not pursued were related to that time period. Hmm.
As a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, I take very seriously my role and responsibility in conducting oversight of our nation’s federal tax laws and ensuring the federal tax code is working as intended. It is with this duty in mind that I am writing to strongly encourage you to investigate recent reports of possible wrongdoing by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which enjoys status as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The allegations against the NRA reported in The New Yorker on April 17, 2019, including instances of egregious self-dealing, deceptive billing practices, and preferences in contracting are most troubling.
Our tax system is based on voluntary compliance. It is therefore essential that individuals and entities alike have full confidence they will be treated fairly, and the rules and regulations under the law will be applied equally. The American people trust the government will actively ensure all organizations are not engaging in misconduct, and specific to tax-exempt organizations, refraining from impermissible political activity. All entities and individuals who skirt the rules for personal gain should be pursued and penalized.
As you well know, Section 501 of the IRC lays out the types of organizations that qualify for tax-exempt status, as well the rules and regulations such organizations must follow. It is a basic assumption that active oversight and enforcement will improve compliance. However, in 2018, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a report that found the further processing of multiple legitimate referrals alleging improper political activity by tax-exempt organizations were not pursued. This report finding raises questions about the IRS’s enforcement of our federal tax laws.
I am concerned about the potential long-term harm that diminished enforcement will have on the many nonprofit organizations that do follow the rules and take their charitable and social welfare purpose seriously. The alleged NRA operating practices also raise the question of whether current rules and procedures are adequate to guard against abuse.
In light of this information, I respectfully ask that you review whether the recent allegations against the NRA warrant reconsideration of the organization’s tax-exempt status. If you determine there is not sufficient information or resources to undertake this review, and other routine examinations of tax-exempt social welfare organizations, I ask that you provide recommendations to Congress on how we can best ensure the IRS is able to appropriately enforce our nation’s tax laws.
Non-profit organizations have always played a critical role in our society, improving the lives of millions of Americans. When trust in our tax laws is eroded, Congress and the Administration have a joint responsibility to investigate and act. The American people deserve to know that tax-exempt organizations are not abusing their preferential tax treatment and are operating according to their intended social welfare purpose, which is to benefit society.
I thank you in advance for your consideration.
Bradley S. Schneider
MEMBER OF CONGRESS
When someone walks into a gun shop looking at their first firearm for concealed carry, it can be intimidating. The firearms market is full of great carry options for people. Over time people usually find what works best for them. When I worked behind the gun counter trying to help people find a concealed carry […]
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This week social media lit up when an AR with an AR57 upper was seen during the attempted coup in Venezuela. Made by AR57 LLC, of Kent, Washington, the AR57 launched a few years ago. People on social media were quick to question how this AR57 made its way to Venezuela, some even suggesting it was […]
When I decided to pick up a SIG Sauer MCX Rattler back last year, I really struggled to figure out exactly what I wanted to put on as an optic. So I started looking at various Aimpoint and Trijicon optics to see what I liked. After searching around I decided to go with an RMR […]
The Vermont legislative session is nearing the finish line, and an anti-gun bill that was being heavily and rapidly pushed months ago has fallen off the pace as gun owners have persistently expressed opposition to the bill.
Thank you to all the Texas NRA supporters who made the trip to Indiana this year to attend the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. And to all of those who couldn’t make it, we missed you!
And, for once, Brady Brady apologizes for politicizing their loss. There's a first time for everything, I guess.
Thank you to all the Louisiana NRA supporters who made the trip to Indiana this year to attend the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. And to all of those who couldn’t make it, we missed you!
I often get questions from people about the best way to carry a spare magazine. I’ve struggled to find what works for me, but there are a few different ways of carrying a spare magazine concealed. Before I started trying out different carry options, I use to carry a spare magazine in my pants pocket. […]
Having thus far failed to break through in the Democratic primary, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is seeking to gain an edge in the contest by advancing the most extreme package of gun-control proposals to be touted by any presidential aspirant in two decades. In addition to the usual laundry list — “universal” background checks, a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” the prohibition of standard-capacity magazines — Booker hopes to establish not only a federal registry of guns, but a federal registry of gun owners, too. Under the terms of Booker’s plan, Americans wishing to exercise their Second Amendment rights would have to apply to Washington for permission — not just once, but every five years — and to inform the executive branch of each weapon they own in their home.
The Bluegrass State was well represented at the National Rifle Association’s 148th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis last month by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. In addressing members at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum, Bevin made clear he will fight to protect our God-given right to defend ourselves, our families, and our homes.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) filed a new brief in their lawsuit against New York City’s handgun laws. The case has gathered rapt attention and has the potential for a decision as sweeping as DC v. Heller more than a decade ago. This brief, filed late in the day on Tuesday, May […]
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Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB-7030 within hours after receiving it. SB-7030 contains the language that authorizes local school boards to allow classroom teachers to go through training and carry firearms on school campuses. News reports suggested that "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" and another Bloomberg group, "Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America," were apparently pushing on Governor DeSantis to veto SB-7070 -- the wrong bill.
Students and parents walked out of a planned vigil for the victims of a shooting at a Colorado high school after they say the memorial became political, 9 News reported. The event was described as an “interfaith memorial vigil” to honor victims of the Tuesday shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, which left one student dead and eight others injured. Students from STEM reportedly became frustrated when two Democratic politicians from Colorado, Rep. Jason Crow and Sen. Michael Bennet, who is running for president, began to speak about gun control and policy.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro kept one of his campaign promises on Tuesday by signing an executive order to relax his country’s 2003 firearms law.
More Florida teachers will be eligible to carry guns in the classroom under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday that immediately implements recommendations from a commission formed after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland. DeSantis signed the bill in private and didn't issue a statement afterward. The bill was one of the most contentious of the legislative session that ended Saturday. It expands the "guardian" program that allows school districts to approve school employees and teachers with a role outside the classroom, such as a coach, to carry guns. School districts have to approve and teachers have to volunteer. They then go through police-like training with a sheriff's office and undergo a psychiatric evaluation and a background check. The new law expands the program to make all teachers eligible regardless of whether they have a non-classroom role.
Students who survived Tuesday's suburban Denver school shooting walked out of a gun-control rally Wednesday night in anger and tears over concerns the event inappropriately politicized their grief. While primarily billed as a vigil to honor high school shooting victim Kendrick Castillo, most of the speakers at the 2,000-person rally were politicians and gun-control advocates pushing Congress to change the nation's gun laws. After about 30 minutes, hundreds of students from the STEM School stormed out yelling "this is not for us!", "political stunt" and "we are people, not a statement."
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker says gun violence “is an everyday experience to people like me.” As he unveiled a wide-ranging gun control proposal this week and showcased his call for federal licensing of firearms, the Democrat from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark -- one of the toughest cities in the nation -- emphasized that “I can’t stay away from this.” Booker became the latest Democratic White House hopeful to make the issue of gun violence a top priority in the 2020 campaign. In the wake of the 2018 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, gun control has returned to the center of the Democratic Party’s spotlight.
The National Rifle Association's Institute For Legislative Action's Chris Cox penned an article reminding Second Amendment supporters of the challenges – and victories – gun owners have had, despite calls for stricter gun control legislation. Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts saw the piece but must have skimmed it. Either that or she doesn't understand the very basics of firearms and ammunition. She took to Twitter to attempt to call out the NRA for defending "armor piercing ammunition," the very ammo that's used for self-defense purposes.
Introduced at SHOT Show 2019, ODIN Works adjustable AR buffers are now available for purchase. These buffers come with a set of weights and allow to relatively quickly and easily adjust the overall weight by installing a proper combination of steel, aluminum or tungsten weights. Now, of course, you can replace the weights in any […]
The Choate Machine and Tool company has released a new shotgun magazine extension tube, named the Night Manager, that doubles as a mounting point for weapon mounted lights and lasers. The installed Night Manager offers an extra two rounds to the shotgun’s capacity. The tube is drilled and tapped to accept Picatinny rail sections for […]
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Yesterday, the Senate Executive Committee held a hearing to consider a package of gun control bills
Thank you for hosting more than 81,000 NRA members in Indianapolis last month at the NRA’s 148th Annual Meeting! We greatly appreciate the warm welcome you extended to all of us. One of the highlights of the meeting was hearing from Gov. Eric Holcomb, Sen. Todd Young, and Sen. Mike Braun at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. All three made clear they will fight to protect our God-given right to defend ourselves, our families, and our homes.
I am very happy to be joined today via Skype by Russian small arms researcher Max Popenker. You may know Max from his nearly 20 years publishing Modern Firearms, one of the original small arms reference web sites. He has also written numerous magazine articles and several books in both Russian and English.
Today, Max is going to discuss the development of the AK and address several questions that are not well understood in the US:
How did a neophyte designer like Kalashnikov produce such an excellent gun? Was he just a fake figurehead created for Soviet propaganda?
How much influence did German engineers have in the design and production of the AK?
When the whole story of the AK is understood – as Max does a great job conveying – lots of things make much more sense. The AK was just one element of a much larger program to create a wholly new small arms system in an intermediate caliber. The SKS, RPD, and AK were adopted as part of this program, filling the roles of infantry carbine, squad automatic weapon, and submachine gun. So settle in and join me for a history lesson from an expert int he subject!
About a month ago, Iraqi police seized over one thousand Ukrainian Fort-19 pistols that were smuggled into the country. Reportedly, the documents accompanying the cargo and the markings on the boxes were stating that the articles inside the container are bicycles. The seizure took place in Umm Qasr, a port city in southern Iraq. As you […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
A CASE FOR LONG GUNS
This is not about the justification for owning long guns, rifles and shotguns. That’s a given. What this is about is taking care of the ones you already own and use, or may intend to buy in the future. Quality firearms are a huge investment. They require, demand, maintenance and protection from the elements.
A big part of prepping and survival is building the constitution for self-preservation and self-reliance through self-defense. A component of that mission is to arm yourselves appropriately and to take care of the tools you have. For long guns that means a good, secure and protective gun case.
The marketplace is literally jammed with choices for long gun cases. Some are simple cotton or synthetic slip cases that basically just keep the dust off. These are OK for some conditions such as short term storage in the corner of a room or the back seat of a vehicle. These do not offer any cushion against everyday knocks and bumps. They do attract moisture so be sure to wipe guns down with a good oil, and check them often. Again these are for short term use.
If part of your EDC includes a long gun that is carried or stored regularly in vehicle, then get a gun case that offers more protective value in terms of padding. These will protect your valuable long guns under more stressful uses and save them from the everyday banging around in a vehicle. Keep these cases securely closed to avoid dust and grime.
Most of the better grade long gun cases available now can be zipper closed with pulls that allow a small padlock to secure them. You have to decide if you want such a case locked. If or when you might need to put this gun into action, that can be slowed by having to find a key to unlock the case. Think about those choices ahead of time.
Cases differ in designs and purposes, too. Many cases for AR-15 type MSR rifles have external pockets to carry extra magazines, but these are obviously visible to the public so beware of that. Other cases are “discrete” which do not draw attention. Now cases are made that look like other sports bags for tennis rackets or baseball gear.
Your prepper guns are expensive and deserve protection. Pick a long gun case that fits properly then monitor the gun for moisture issues or rust.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
DAN WESSON REVOLVERS
In all the years that Daniel Wesson worked for the Smith and Wesson gun manufacturing company in Massachusetts he learned a tremendous amount. However, for Daniel it was not enough, not near enough. Even though Daniel was the great grandson of the original Daniel B. Wesson founders of Smith and Wesson, young Daniel had his own ideas.
In the late 1960’s Daniel left as Superintendent of the Smith factory to start his own company, Dan Wesson Firearms. What he took with him were his ideas for a whole new revolver platform. It was to be something nobody had ever seen before and in its own small way, it started a new revolution in the ways of thinking about making revolvers.
Wesson’s revolver design used a frame that would accept consumer installed barrels and shrouds of various lengths, styles and weights. The grip was attached onto a stud that protruded from the bottom of the frame and was screwed on tight via a screw through the wood grip into the stud. All DW handgun revolvers were six-shot, double action models.
The screw in barrels were spaced at the revolver’s cylinder by using a factory supplied feeler gauge. Then the barrel was screwed tight to the frame by using a special nut and wrench at the muzzle end. The owner of a single frame could then convert their own Dan Wesson handgun into barrel lengths of 2.5, 4, 6, and 8 inches as standard.
A more advanced Model 15 revolver with fully adjustable sights also accepted barrel lengths of 10, 12, and even 15 inches. The front sight blade was also interchangeable with different styles including a red insert for easy recognition and target alignment. This model ran in production from 1975 until 1995.
Dan Wesson revolvers were chambered for the .357 Magnum (most popular), the .22 Long Rifle, .32-20, and .32 Magnum. A larger frame version was made to handle the .41 and .44 Magnums as well as the .45 Colt. Sometime later a stretched frame model was made to shoot the Super-Mag cartridges of .357, .375, .414, and .445. Other models and versions are also noted in the history of the company. All guns were of blued steel and later stainless steel.
Dan Wesson eventually had to close his gun company, but all assets were obtained by CZ-USA. They now manufacture excellent 1911 pistols under the DW name and are once again beginning to manufacture the original DW revolvers.
Ammo.com has an interesting analysis of crime rates and gun laws in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
I recall once coming across a book, circa 1910, that spoke of crime rates in major American and British cities. (National level crime stats were then unavailable). New York and Detroit had much higher rates than did several British cities, long before any gun control worth mentioning in either nation.
When one walks around any large gun/defense/security exhibition, the variety of weaponry on display usually causes a mind-boggling effect, particularly when a camera is being carried by the person mentioned. You turn away from a particular stand or booth and have a glimpse of a gun-covered panel just past a massive APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) […]
Today’s POTD is pretty interesting, we have a member of Spain’s Special Operations Forces armed with a Heckler & Koch G36, in an intriguing configuration. The SOF Operator’s G36KE appears to be set up in a Designated Marksman role with an added cheek riser fixed to the folding stock, a shortened (possibly 15 or 20 round) […]
Welcome everyone to the ninth edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you missed any one of our other articles, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this a sweet deal or […]
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Now that spring turkey season is winding down, it might be a good time to figure out what to do with some of the turkey parts we’ve gathered during our hunts. Wild turkey gobblers have such beautiful feathers that it’s a shame to just throw them away… but how many turkey wings does a guy need? One idea which I really like and will be trying in the future, is making a turkey call out of the wing bones of a turkey. In other words, using turkey parts to call turkeys. Brilliant!
In the video below, Catman Outdoors takes us through the process, from removing the wing from a wild turkey and skinning it to remove the feathers, separating the meat from the bones and then cooking them to help clean off the meat and sinew.
Along the way he shows what part of the wing to use in order to make a compact wing fan you can carry to the woods in order to imitate a turkey flying down from the roost. That’s cool… I’ve heard of people using wings for that, but a whole turkey wing is really big and awkward to carry around.
He then carries on through two rounds of boiling (once with Borax and Dawn, once without), cleaning the bones, cutting and fitting them, gluing them together, finishing the call, and finally there’s even a lesson in how to use it to call turkeys.
It’s a non-nonsense video that shows the method well, and I’m looking forward to making one or two of these calls.
Well folks, I’m just gonna come right out and admit that I messed up… and next, I’ll tell you all about it. It’s embarrassing, but that shouldn’t keep me from ‘fessing up in order to better inform my readers. The bottom line is that the Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 9mm pistol I reviewed here a while back went through an unintended torture test, and is none the worse for wear.
When this model was first announced in August of last year, SA proudly boasted of its reliability, saying “The XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm survived a grueling 25,000 round torture test without a failure.” That’s one reason I put my hands on one as soon as I could, and before long it had become my new favorite carry gun. After reviewing the XD-S Mod.2 9mm, I couldn’t make myself send it back, so I bought it.
Fast-forward 8 months, and I’m on a big ol’ Deutz-Fahr tractor plowing summer food plots. I began the work with my SA pistol — carried for coyotes, snakes, or whatever — tucked into my waistband in a Clinger holster. That soon proved far too uncomfortable with the way the tractor seat was arranged, and I slipped the pistol & holster into the right rear pocket of my Wranglers. This worked fine.
Next day, I grabbed my popper to head out plowing and decided not to bring the holster, since I was going to carry it in my pocket. Big mistake.
I don’t know if you’ve ever run a farm tractor plowing hard ground with a 4-gang disk harrow, but if not you may be interested to know there’s a lot of bouncing and maneuvering, especially on smaller food plots where you don’t get a lot of time moving in a line before it’s time to lift the harrow and quickly turn the rig around, re-engage with the ground and continue plowing. There’s a lot of twisting and turning and braking and a fair bit of clutch work as well… anyhow, you’re not just sitting there in the seat while the tractor does all the work. There’s a bunch of upping and downing and legwork going on.
It’s also loud.
Which leads me to confess that somehow and without me realizing it, my little pistol got out of my pocket, bounced against numerous hard steel surfaces on its way to the ground, and got plowed.
I was so caught up in my work that I didn’t know the gun was gone until I spotted it lying in the dirt, only partially exposed. I have no way of knowing how many passes I’d made over it… but it must have gotten manipulated a good bit, considering that the magazine was missing.
I walked the plot looking for the magazine, but had no luck. I went ahead and finished plowing, then headed back. It was Sunday and one of my buddies was coming to the property the following weekend, so I asked him to bring a metal detector so I could try to hunt down the missing magazine. And no, I didn’t tell him I’d plowed my gun, only that I’d lost the magazine!
As for the pistol, I shook the dirt out of it, brushed it off, and checked the bore — clear as a bell. Back at camp, I crammed in the extended mag and continued to carry it as needed.
Seven days after losing the magazine, I began hunting for it with the help of a metal detector. When I found it, the body of the mag was lying on the surface. It had been plowed again and brought up after I’d recovered the pistol, and the follower and all seven rounds of ammo were lying inside and near it. The floorplate was missing, as was the spring.
I was so happy to find it that I neglected to take any photos of it where it lay. A little work with the metal detector allowed me to find the spring, but the plastic floorplate and corresponding plastic locking plate were both nowhere to be found.
The magazine body and spring both looked just fine, with no visible distortion at all.
Later, I cleaned all the dirt, dust, and grit from the magazine body, follower, spring, and ammo. Then I assembled it using a locking plate from a spare mag and the pinkie-extension floorplate that came with the pistol and loaded it up with those 7 rounds of Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep ammo.
I took the popper out back, crammed in the rebuilt mag, and fired it. The pistol and magazine performed flawlessly, firing every round without a hiccup of any kind.
I should add that I never did tear the pistol down or give it much of a cleaning after I picked it up out of the dirt. Just knocked off the big hunks, wiped it on my jeans, and shoved it in my pocket.
So there ya go — my confession and shame, in order to let y’all know how tough these little guns are. And yeah, I know it deserves a good cleaning and it will get one. But I wanted to make a point of testing it before I gave it any real attention.
Aside from losing the two plastic magazine parts — which I can’t seem to buy, I can only find complete magazines — the worst result of this was a small smear of green paint from the Deutz tractor and a couple of very small marks on the gun — one of which I rubbed off with my thumb, and the other is just a slight deformation of the lettering molded into the polymer frame.
The takeaway here is not to go plow your guns. It’s that you should be smarter than I, and secure them properly. And that in my case, a Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 9mm pistol and magazine survived multiple passes of a large ground-chewing disk harrow, and came out just fine.
My biggest loss is the flat magazine floorplate, which I prefer for concealed carry. Anybody want to trade a flat one for a pinkie extension?
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The main brief in the NRA supported case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association et al v. the City of New York and the New York City Police Department-License Division has officially be filed with the Supreme Court.
Ghost guns from across the pond Pictures released by the UK Crown Prosecution Service show the handguns produced in an illicit workshop shut down in a well-publicized raid on an industrial unit in Hailsham Sussex to be copies of the Browning FN 1922 7.65 (.32 ACP) self-loading pistol. This is quite an unusual choice and […]
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It’s right there for all to see—and with pride: Henry—Made In America, or Not At All. That’s the mantra of Henry Repeating Arms, a gun manufacturer based out of Bayonne, New Jersey.
In terms of parts of the AR15 platform, is there anything more seemingly trivial than the ejection port cover? Even the flappy little trigger guard protects, well, the all-important-trigger. Heck, I would be willing to bet that most of you rarely, if ever, stretch that trigger finger up between strings of fire and close that […]
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I was interviewed by Craig DeLuz on Coffee with Craig earlier in April regarding the lawsuit brought against Remington by certain Newtown families. It was done after the Connecticut Supreme Court found 4-3 in favor of letting the suit proceed despite the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
Coffee with Craig is a production of the Firearms Policy Coalition.
You can view the 15 minute interview below.
Just like Chinese water torture, I think we are in for a series of NRA articles from The New Yorker detailing self-dealing, lavish spending, accounting irregularities, nepotism, and sweetheart deals at the National Rifle Association. The latest episode was released yesterday and is entitled, "An Internal Memo Raises New Questions About Self-Dealing At The N.R.A."
The article starts off describing a one and a half page memo from the NRA's accountants to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. The memo details a range of "questionable transactions and business arrangement" involving several of the NRA's top vendors and executives. This memo, unlike earlier leaks, does not go into the Ackerman McQueen issues but rather deals with other items that were found to be irregular. These include reportedly payments made to former CFO Woody Phillips' "significant other", cumulative rent of $1.8 million paid for a house to be used by Associated Television International and owned by ATI's president, and to their fund-raising contractor Membership Marketing Partners.
The memo goes on to question management overrides and approval of housing expenses for certain upper executives.
In addition, the memo drew attention to “senior management override of internal controls,” which led to violations of “accounts payable procedures” and “HR policy,” including “hiring of staff without HR knowledge.” It names four executives who, at the time, were receiving “reimbursement of expenses relating to apartments and living expenses beyond HR Policy Manual stipulations and on a permanent basis.” The N.R.A.’s accountants added that there was “no contract to support the reimbursement request,” which the four individuals continued to claim as a “relocation expense.” The executives named include Doug Hamlin, the N.R.A.’s executive director of publications; Eric Frohardt, the director of education and training; Joe DeBergalis, the executive director of general operations; and Josh Powell, LaPierre’s chief of staff.Powell is the person responsible for bringing in CarryGuard while Eric Frohardt is the former Navy SEAL whom Powell installed as director of education and training and director of training for CarryGuard. Frohardt still lives in Colorado where he owns a range and other businesses according to his LinkedIn page. It is my understanding from those who would know that Frohardt is flown in at the NRA's expense to work 3-7 days a month. While I have the utmost respect for Frohardt's service to the nation, 12 years as a Navy SEAL does not make one an expert in training civilians in the legal use of a firearm.
Andrew Arulanandam, the N.R.A.’s managing director of public affairs, said that the organization “has, at times, made such accommodations for employees who travel extensively for their jobs.” He added, “The practice of providing such accommodations is approved by N.R.A. leadership and is not uncommon for an organization the size of the N.R.A.”
The N.R.A.’s accountants completed their memo in mid-July. Around this period, the N.R.A.’s new C.F.O., Craig Spray, had to temporarily step away from his role at the organization to deal with a health matter. Someone would need to take his place as the organization’s chief manager of financial activities. According to an internal N.R.A. communication, in July, 2018, Powell was appointed acting C.F.O. for about three weeks, placing him in charge of the accountants who documented his conflicts of interest.I won't get into the other issues with regard to Powell other than to say his departure from the NRA would help the organization. Placing him as the senior strategist to work with outside counsel William Brewer on New York litigation is a disaster in the making.
On May 9th, a subcommittee of the South Carolina state Senate Committee on Judiciary will hold another hearing on Senate Bill 139, the SC Constitutional Carry Act of 2019, to ensure that any law-abiding adult who may legally possess a firearm may carry a handgun for self-defense without first having to go through government red tape.
A Senate committee is set to hear three highly controversial gun bills this afternoon. The Senate Executive Committee is scheduled to convene at 2:30 today to listen to testimony and vote on legislation that would create a permitting process to buy a firearm, ban “assault weapons” and prohibit magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds.
There’s a new SAINT in town and it’s got some serious thump. The new Springfield Armory SAINT Victor 308 is an AR-10 rifle that delivers more foot-pounds down range while keeping the popular lightweight attributes of the smaller AR-15 platform in play.
At just 7.8 pounds empty, it won’t break your back or cause irritable bunion syndrome while toting around the range or field.
As with other SAINT family members like the SAINT Edge pistol we tested a while back, the SAINT Victor .308 doesn’t skimp on details and premium upgrades. Some, like the Bravo Company Mod.3 pistol grip and 6-position butt stock are obvious. Others, like the quick detach sling point on the receiver butt plate don’t stand out, but offer thoughtful additions. You’ll also notice that the SAINT Victor ships with flip-up front and rear sights. The front is adjustable for elevation with a standard AR sight post tool. The rear adjusts for windage and has both large and small apertures for fast and precise aiming.
The barrel is a 16-inch lightweight profile model with a 1:10 twist rate. It’s free-floated and surrounded by a generous 15.5-inch M-LOK compatible handguard with infinity-billion attachment points at the 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 o’clock positions. The top rail is smooth except for a short rail segment up front for the iron sight and for an inch or so just forward of the receiver rail.
The trigger is not in any way, shape or form a standard AR rifle trigger system. That’s a good thing. The nickel boron trigger is flat for starters. The flat surface is exactly finger width. That, combined with the bend at the top and small hook on the bottom gives automatic and consistent trigger finger placement for every shot. The take-up stage is 1/8th of an inch. The next 1/16th of an inch breaks the shot at five pounds of pressure. That surprised me as it feels less due to the smooth and crisp operation. I wouldn’t touch this – at all. The five pound pull is perfect for service or defensive use and the quality of the trigger makes it just fine for most other applications too.
The gas system in the SAINT Victor is adjustable. Rather than a simple gradual adjustment, you have choices in how you want to set up the rifle. The system uses various included plugs that screw into the front of the gas block. The rifle comes with an extra-long Allen key that allows you to access the gas block plug without removing the handguard. The rifle ships with a fixed plug in place that provides the highest gas volume to the bolt carrier group through the gas block and tube. This is called Mode 1 and is optimized for standard ammunition. If you’re going to use higher pressure ammo, then you’ll want to reduce the gas flow using one of the following two methods.
Mode 2 uses three Included gas block screws with bored out centers to create gas flow adjustments. Each has a different size hole, or metering jet, which serves to regulate how much gas is allowed to escape rather than going back through the tube to the action. They’re color-coded for easy identification. The orange jet is biggest with a 0.081 bore, then yellow with 0.071, and green with a 0.062-inch hole. If you want to go this route, you start with the largest jet, which releases more gas out of the front of the block and sends less to the action. If the rifle functions, you’re done. If the bolt won’t lock back or ejection is erratic, move to smaller jets until function is perfect. This mode is mainly for higher pressure ammo use and not for suppressors. It’s also the “set it and forget it” solution if you want to any tuning to your most commonly used ammo.
Mode 3 uses a screw that adjusts the gas flow from zero to mostly all going to the action. This is screw adjustable, so you can set it exactly where you want. If you’re using a suppressor, this is the mode you’ll use as you can tweak it down for less gas flow when shooting with a can.
For testing, I mounted a couple of different scopes on different outings including a Burris XTR II 2-10×42 and a Burris 2-10×50. Those I used for accuracy testing so I didn’t have to rely on my ancient eyes. I also mounted a Steiner P4Xi 1-4×24 for general purpose shooting. That’s the one that would live on this rifle I think. I just didn’t want to rely on the 4x maximum magnification for shooting precise groups.
As expected with nearly any pairing of a flip up site and a true optic, not a red dot, I had to remove the rear sight to mount the scope with its Burris P.E.P.R mount. Of course, if you use a higher mount or use an optic with a longer eye relief, like a red dot or long eye relief scope, you can mount it a bit farther forward and keep the flip up sight in place.
I took the SAINT Victor to the range with a pile of quality .308 ammo with bullet weights ranging from 150 to 175 grains. Rifles all have their preferences, and I didn’t know what weight and bullet type the Victor would appreciate, so I tried a variety.
In general terms, I found the SAINT Victor to speak loudly but carry a small recoil. The muzzle brake directs gas out to both sides and straight up. The idea is to accomplish two things: counter overall recoil effects and keep the muzzle down so the rifle remains on target. The cost of that shooting convenience is noise. You’ll hear it, especially if you’re standing to the side of the shooter. In fact, you’ll feel it. When my range officer buddy was shooting, I manned a spotting scope about 10 feet to his left. With every shot, I experienced a refreshing breeze of hot gas. Yes, I love the smell of muzzle exhaust in the morning. Anyway, the effectiveness of the brake is excellent. I had no trouble at all watching my shots impact at 100 yards, even with the Burris XTR II 2-10×42 scope I was using scope set to maximum magnification. The muzzle didn’t bounce upward with any of the ammo types I shot.
Got too much gas? As previously discussed, the Victor comes with an adjustable gas system. It’s kind of neat how it works, and I’ll certainly experiment with it more. For the initial outing I left the pull-power gas plug in place, so full gas was coming back to the receiver. This didn’t agree with the Sig Sauer HT 150-grain ammo because the bolt movement was too fast from too much gas coming through the system. With the bolt coming back before pressure dropped enough to allow the case to retract from the chamber walls, a number of primers dropped out and the extractor yanked the crap out of some case rims. It’s important to note that this was a gas function with one ammo type, not an issue related to over-pressure or chamber size. Every cartridge uses a different combination of powder type and volume. Some have different burn characteristics and produce gas at a different rate and volume like this particular load. When there’s too much too fast, recoil begins a hair earlier than it should. That’s one of the reasons for an adjustable gas system on this AR-10 rifle.
On my next outing, I installed the largest jet gas plug, which provides the lowest amount of gas pressure to the bolt carrier group. As expected, problem solved with the Sig Sauer HT. Better yet, the system functioned perfectly with all the ammo tested on the previous outing. Since I’d now found a setting that provided perfect function with less wear and tear on the rifle, I’ll just stick with this configuration unless I do something wonky with a different type of ammo or add a suppressor.
Here’s what I found with each type of ammo tested.
This 168-grain match bullet left the Victor’s 16-inch barrel at an average of 2,491.0 feet per second according to my Shooting Chrony Beta Master placed 15 feet down range. Between myself and a couple of range friends, we fired (3) five-shot groups from 100 yards and measured center-to-center diameters of 1.66, 1.93, and 1.28 inches. That averages out to 1.62 inches. That 1.28-inch group was the last one fired of the day and it did appear that as the barrel broke in a bit, groups tightened up.
The Berger Hybrid Hunter projectiles moved just a hair faster than the Sig OTM’s of the same weight. I measured average velocity of 2,509.0 feet per second. The Bergers had the best group so far at just 0.85 inches for five shots at 100 yards. The average of three groups by different shooters came in at 1.57 inches.
These all copper bullets moved somewhat faster due to their 150-grain weight. I clocked the average at 2,700.7 feet per second. I fired (2) five-shot groups from 100 yards and measured diameters of 2.57 and 1.67 inches for an average of 2.12 inches.
I chronographed these relative heavies at a surprising 2,524.3 feet per second. Even though heavier by seven grains, they were faster than the two other 168-grain loads I tested.
Accuracy with the 175-grain bullets was also surprising. I’ve fired this load (the same lot even) from several bolt and AR-10 rifles and gotten sub-inch five-shot groups from 100 yards from the bolt guns and inch to inch and a half averages from AR-10s. However, the SAINT Victor didn’t seem to like these particular heavier 175-grain projectiles. I fired the first two five-shot groups and measured 3.2 and 3.9 inches on target. It just goes to show, every rifle like different ammo, even varieties within the same weight range.
I re-shot the Federal 175’s on my next range outing after I had adjusted the gas system and found that the groups improved considerably. Whether that’s a result of gas adjustments, the rifle breaking in, or Global Warming I can’t say. The two 100-yard groups I shot (five rounds) measured 2.38 and 1.69 inches. While better than the first outing, it’s clear that this rifle prefers the lighter weight projectiles in the 150 to 168-grain range.
The Federal Gold Medal Match 168-grain load won top honors for accuracy. The first two groups I fired from 100 yards measured 1.11 and 1.00 inches for five shots. Not bad at all.
Once I got the gas pressure right for this ammo, it performed well. I shot a couple of five-shot 100-yard groups and they averaged 1.23 inches with the best group coming in at just 1.03 inches across.
I tested this one just for fun. It’s a 169-grain bullet loaded to subsonic velocity. I measured the quiet pop of shots at just 1,074.7 feet per second. Compared to the regular .308 loads, this one sounded more like a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. I’ll have to put a suppressor on for the next outing, but even unsuppressed this load was ultra-quiet. By the way, this ammo wouldn’t cycle the action, but I didn’t expect it to.
The accuracy and point of impact surprised me. I expected this round to have a trajectory like a brick, but it held up pretty well over its 100-yard flight. Using ballpark math, I figured the point of impact was maybe four to six inches lower than the full-power rounds. The groups were respectable at 2.09 and 2.39 inches. This ammo could be fun…
This is a nice AR-10. I appreciate the light weight too. As part of the weight savings comes from the lightweight profile barrel, you may notice some heating and accuracy variance with heavy shooting sessions, but that’s always the tradeoff. I do like the options for tuning the gas system to your specific shooting scenarios. Having the “set and forget” alternate gas plug option is handy as you can set that screw in place and not worry about it self-adjusting over time. Adding the variable jet give you suppressor options while maintaining the flexibility to shoot loud and proud.
Caliber: .308 WIN
Magazine: (1) 20-Round Magpul Gen M3
Barrel: 16″ Lightweight Profile, CMV Melonite® Finish Internal & External, 1:10
Front Sight: Spring Loaded Flip-Up
Rear Sight: Spring Loaded Flip-Up
Muzzle Device: SA Muzzle Brake
Trigger: Enhanced Nickel Boron Coated Single Stage Flat
Upper Receiver: Forged Type III Hard Coat Anodized, 7075 T6 Aluminum
Lower Receiver :Forged Type III Hard Coat Anodized, 7075 T6 Aluminum w/ Accu-Tite Tension System
Handguard: 15″ M-Lok Aluminum Free Float w/ SA Locking Tabs
Gas System: Direct Impingement Mid-Length, Pinned Gas Block
Receiver Extension: Mil-Spec Dimension Carbine, 7075 T6 Type III Hard Anodized Aluminum
Bolt Carrier Group: MPT, Melonite® Finish w/ 9310 Steel Bolt
Buffer Assembly: Carbine “H” Heavy Tungsten Buffer
Charging Handle: GI Style
Butt Stock: Bravo Company 6-Position
Safety: 90 Degree Single Sided
Trigger Guard: Integral to Receiver
Pistol Grip :Bravo Company Mod.3
Length: 37.75″ Fully Extended, 34.5″ Collapsed
Weight: 7 lbs 11 oz (with magazine)
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Two companies in Colombia have produced a VR (Virtual Reality) shooting simulator for training soldiers and law enforcement. Simultech and Brash3d gave the Colombian Army a chance to test out their new system, named the “Vulcano”. The Vulcano is said to offer all types of environments, including rural and urban settings, as well as various […]
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On Tuesday Shannon Watts used Twitter to mock the NRA’s opposition to a ban of centerfire rifle ammunition. Watts is the founder of Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action. Her criticism was ubiquitously rooted in the NRA’s opposition to an “armor piercing” ammunition ban. What Watts missed is that the opposition rests, in part, on gun controllers’ ambiguous use of the phrase “armor piercing,” whereby they expanded the term beyond its actual meaning in order to broaden the scope of the ban being sought.
If you aren’t familiar with the Shooter Symposium, let me fill you in. The Symposium is a 4-day annual event put on by The Ranch TX, southeast of Austin, TX. They bring together some of the top names in the firearms industry to put on classes and share knowledge with all those in attendance. It […]
Kimber have introduced a new entry to the EVO SP family, their line of high-end compact carry 9mm pistols. The Stainless EVO SP Raptor is part of Kimber’s Raptor line of pistols which also includes 1911s. It has top strap serrations and scaled Millenium Wood grips. Here’s what Kimber have to say about the Raptor: […]
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The One submachine gun is one of the ugliest SMGs ever designed, and yet also one of the most beloved by its users. The original basis for the gun was a .22 rimfire submachine gun designed by 23-year-old Australian Evelyn Owen. That prototype was found by his neighbor Vincent Wardell after Owen left for military service. Wardell was the manager of Lysaght Works, an engineering firm, and thought that the gun might be the basis for a useful military SMG. As it turned out, he was right – it became the standard SMG of The Australian military through World War Two and the Korean War, and was one of the best such guns of that period. For more details on the history of the Owen, see my full article.
A central powers stew The story of how Hungary came to equip its armed forces with Swiss machine guns, like many origins in WWII, goes back to WWI. The treaty of Versailles prohibited or significantly inhibited arms production by any former Central Powers countries, Hungary being one of them. Many small arms designers impacted by […]
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Double the lead, half the noise I’m no stranger to double stack 1911’s, as I used to carry a Para Warthog over a decade ago, and I’ve shot many competition configured STI’s. That Para Warthog went by the wayside years ago after I discovered improperly heat-treated parts (via them breaking while at the range). Remington […]
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Here’s not something you see every day: a President aiming a rifle on Air Force One. And yet, that’s exactly what this is. On a trip to California in November 1983, President Ronald Reagan was photographed aiming a bolt-action rifle out one of the windows aboard Air Force One. Staffers watch on and smile – […]
In the gun community, the Surefire X300 Ultra has one of the best reputations for reliability and quality among the flashlight companies on the market. My X300 journey started around five years ago. I picked up my first Surefire light and started using it for daily carry. Fast forward five years and countless rounds later, […]
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At NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, ADM (American Defense Manufacturing) was showcasing their new full titanium quick-detach scope mounts to the public.
These mounts were shown without the final finish in black to better show the bare titanium which is lighter, stronger and has less zero shift in extreme temperature.
Instead of machining from a block of titanium which is extremely time consuming and costly, the mount is made using MIM (metal injection molding) process which uses less material and takes less time to produce. Yes, even the screws are titanium.
What is the advantage? You get 44% lighter weight compare to their aluminum mounts and the thread provides double the pull strength at 1800 lbs. It is only $60 more than the aluminum version.
The cage you see surrounding the portion that touches the scope is there to protect the screws as well as the inner rings from damage.
These mounts features the same tool-less, adjustable tension, patented QD Auto Lock lever system as all of their QD mounts.
Holding the mount in my hand felt like I was holding nothing at all. The weight saving is substantial although I’m not sure if there are military demand for such mounts. There’s little doubt that 3-Gun competitors will get their hands on them ASAP.
The Titanium Recon Cantilever 30mm Mount will be available at their web store at $254.99 in the next 1-2 months. 34mm version as well as versions with 20 MOA cant will be available in the near future.
There will also be quick-detach mounts designed for the Trijicon MRO as well as Aimpoint Micro T1/T2 both in 1/3 lower cowitness as well as full cowitness.
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From New Zealand to Sri Lanka, houses of worship are under attack. This has been an all too common phenomenon around the world. At home, there have been recent shootings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego, and at churches in Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, and South Carolina. So how do we make people safer?
Last week, Governor Steve Bullock vetoed preemption legislation, House Bill 325.
The one good thing about them is that no one can say "nobody is coming for your guns" anymore.
It is interesting that the same people who say a requirement of picture ID for voting is a crushing repression of voting rights, aimed at poor and minorities, will push a requirement of fingerprint background checks...
Next week, the Louisiana House is scheduled to consider pro-gun legislation, House Bill 281 and House Bill 235.
Milkor USA have announced a small batch of original US Army trade-in M32 revolving 40mm grenade launchers are available for purchase. Of course, being 40mm launchers the M32s in civilian hands must be registered as Destructive Devices. The launchers will come as a package including sling, bag, reflex sight and a cleaning kit. Some of the M32s […]
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Two lawmakers say Google’s stance on refusing to run paid ads for pro-hunting groups steps on centuries of the country’s hunting legacy.
In the past, I’ve seen this debate all over, whether it’s online or in a gun store. There is a common misconception that you are only allowed to shoot paper or steel and one MUST be better than the other. The truth is both paper and steel targets have advantages. Both can be beneficial for […]
I recently learned of a clever shotgun magazine extender which doubles as a picatinny mounting location for lights or whatever. It’s called the Night Manager and is made by Choate Machine & Tool, and is available for a number of popular shotgun models.
You get a steel mag extension (adds two shells to the capacity) with an aluminum shroud that slides over it. The shroud is drilled & tapped for mounting picatinny rail, so you can attach a hunk of rail and then rotate the shroud and lock it in place (via locknut) to put the rail on either side, bottom, or anywhere in between.
Here are the high points of the Night Manager:
Night Manager is a shotgun magazine tube extension with an integral light and accessory mounting system. Night Manager boosts capacity by two extra shotshells and has an indexable Picatinny rail section to add a light or laser.
The Night Manager is an all-steel-construction magazine tube extension with an aluminum shroud. The shroud is drilled and tapped along the bottom and sides for mounting Picatinny rail sections. Its unique design allows the shroud to rotate to orient the attached Picatinny rails where needed and then uses an AR-15 castle nut to lock it down in the desired location.
Mounting accessories on the magazine tube extension instead of the forend allows use of the full length of the forend, which can be short on law enforcement models.
The Night Manager comes in a matte black finish and is listed in three versions on the Choate website:
As near as I can tell, they are only for 12 gauge.
MSRP is $92.77 with no light nor laser included. Sure does look handy.
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Democratic presidential candidates are headed sharply left on gun control as New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Rep. Eric Swalwell sought Monday to one-up each other with calls for the government to confiscate firearms. Booker pledged to take executive action on his first day in office “closing dangerous loopholes in gun sales, cracking down on unscrupulous dealers and gun manufacturers, and investing in communities impacted by gun violence.”
Cory Booker said he backs legislation that would get Americans “thrown in jail” for owning "assault weapons" if they do not hand them over in a buyback program in which they would be sold to the government. Booker, a senator for New Jersey and 2020 presidential hopeful, said that incarceration would be an option after a “reasonable period" following the buyback offer. “Again, we should have a law that bans these weapons, and we should have a reasonable period in which people can turn in these weapons. Right now we have a nation that allows in streets and communities like mine these weapons that should not exist,” Booker said on CNN on Monday.
Today, the Connecticut House of Representatives will hold votes for a broad-based set of gun control legislation that would require firearms be made unavailable for self-defense, effectively end the centuries old practice of home-manufacturing firearms for personal use, and impose unnecessary restrictions on transporting handguns.
The Thailand King’s Guard was recently seen sporting a gold colored Tavor rifle. Curiously, there appears to be only two photo thus far posted on Reddit, 9gag and Bron Milmag’s Facebook page. The first photo below is blurry and appears to come from a screen capture from television footage, while the second image is much […]
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Canik USA have announced the launch of a pair of new 9x19mm TP pistols, the ONE Series. Available through Canik’s importers Century Arms, the ONE Series is described as a “distinctive packaging and are offered at incredible prices.” Here’s Canik’s press release about the new pistols: DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Canik, manufacturer of handguns and […]
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Preorders now open for my book, “Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016”! Get your copy here!
Today we are looking at the results from the Morphy’s April 2019 sale to see what happened with the guns that I featured in videos over the last few weeks…
Generations have grown up with Bill Ruger’s iconic .22 calibre pistol. Hundreds of thousands have learnt to shoot and spent countless hours plinking with the Ruger Standard. The Standard was the pistol Ruger was launched on and 70 years later the company have announced a commemorative 70th-anniversary edition of the Standard MkIV. The limited edition […]
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Welcome to another installment of TFB’s First Firearm Series. This series is dedicated to those that are contemplating buying their first firearm ever, or the first firearm for the specific topic that we are discussing each week. In this week’s edition, we are covering the first hunting shotgun someone might purchase and things to consider before you […]
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Derringer – Today’s Photo Of The Day here at TFB. Derringer is a collective name for a type of compact gun that usually lacks a magazine, for it to become as small as possible. Some Derringers are available in multi-shot design; this is achieved with the help of several barrels instead of a magazine. Typically […]
In 2003, I was a young shooter and really my only other experience with a handgun was with a 2nd generation Glock 17. Prior to owning my first gun, I spent a lot of time on Glocks and a Smith and Wesson 686 I loved. I researched for a couple months and still couldn’t figure […]
I’ve reviewed several different boots over the years, but when it comes to lower shoes I just haven’t done a lot with them. Truth be told, I spend about half my life without any real shoes on, instead traipsing around in mandals (man sandals, of course) because here in Florida, why not? But during the cooler months it’s nice to be able to slip on some comfortable shoes with my jeans when I’m doing yard work, taking short hikes in the woods, walking the fenceline to see what needs repairs, overhauling a tractor out in the shop, or whatever. Enter the Maddox from LOWA Boots, which ain’t a boot.
As you will see in the photos, I have not babied these shoes. I’ve spent countless hours wearing them as I worked on tractors in my concrete-floored shop and while I did just about every outdoor chore you can think of. They’re spattered with orange paint (Power King, not Kubota) and who knows what else.
The shoes I’ve used for this sort of thing in the past have typically been slip-ons with good arch support. I like being able to step into my shoes and get them on without any fighting. That’s not how it works with the Maddox, but it’s still pretty good. I slipped the shoes on, snugged up the one-lace system by moving the slider into position, then locked it and tucked the excess under the elastic loop above the tongue. And that’s where it stayed.
Instead of just stepping into the shoes, I do have to do the old finger-shoe-horn maneuver… but the payback is that these shoes stay on more securely during active endeeavors.
The soles are aggressive and tough, both of which are common traits of all my LOWA boots. They’re also comfortable, and prevented fatigue from standing and walking on concrete for hours on end.
The Maddox looks like a running shoe, and while I’m no runner I would be okay with these on my feet should the time come to flee. Mandals, not so much…
If I have one complaint about the Maddox, it is that the tongue of my right shoe is prone to wander. There’s nothing to keep it centered, and it will slide off to one side. Examination shows that the left shoe’s tongue is stitched to prevent that, so I reckon that stitching came out of my right tongue. A few minutes with a needle and thread would remedy that.
One odd thing is that, although these shoes are size 12, I have been told more than once they make my feet look small. Not sure how that happened, but whatever.
LOWA has this to say about the Maddox Lo TF:
An ultra-lightweight athletically inspired training shoe. A one-pull speed lacing ensures easy tightening and even pressure distribution. The midsole is a dual density DynaPU® with the upper PU MONOWRAP® layer providing stability and support, while the bottom layer provides shock absorption. The Enduro Evo outsole has sharp edge lugs and a heel brake for reliable traction in all terrain. Durably waterproof/breathable.
I like my LOWA Maddox Lo TF shoes, and I’ll keep wearing them as long as I can. Are they that much better than lower-priced shoes? Well… they are definitely better than the $30 shoes they replaced. But the lowest price I’ve seen for these is $175 per pair shipped, and that’s not cheap for a pair of shoes.
Bottom line: LOWA Maddox shoes are comfortable and they’ve held up well, and that’s more than I can say for most of the cheap shoes I’ve gone through the in the past.
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Today, a conference committee will convene to consider Omnibus Judiciary and Public Safety bills, SF 802 /HF 2792.
Here’s some good news for devotees of Federal’s Hydra-Shok handgun defense bullet: You can now buy Hydra-Shok bullets as components for loading your own ammo. This means you can load your own defensive ammo with the same bullets that Federal has been providing in loaded ammo for three decades.
They are available for loading in 9mm, 38/357, 40 S&W/10mm, and 45 ACP.
From the press release:
Federal Premium Hydra-Shok, the bullet design that’s defined self-defense for a generation, is now available as a component for handloaders. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.
Introduced in 1989, Hydra-Shok remains one of the most popular choices for protecting home and family, thanks to a proven hollow point and iconic center post that provide extremely consistent and effective expansion. Now available in a complete range of bullet weights and diameters.
Features & Benefits
- Proven self-defense bullet design now available as a component for reloading
- Superb accuracy and overall ballistic performance
- Notched copper jacket
- Center-post hollow-point design provides reliable expansion
Part No. / Description / MSRP
PB38HS129 / 357 cal. 129-grain, 100-count / $30.95
PB9HS124 / 355 cal. 124-grain, 100-count / $30.95
PB9HS147 / 355 cal. 147-grain, 100-count / $30.95
PB357HS158 / 357 cal. 158-grain, 100-count / $31.95
PB40HS165 / 400 cal. 165-grain, 50-count / $16.95
PB40HS180 / 400 cal. 180-grain, 50-count / $16.95
PB45HS185 / 451 cal. 185-grain, 50-count / $18.95
PB45HS230 / 451 cal. 230-grain, 50-count / $18.95
I think this is a good move for Federal. It opens up a whole new market for the Hydra-Shok and is unlikely to have much (if any) negative effect on sales of factory Hydra-Shok ammunition.
Do you load your own defensive ammo? I have done so before and have no qualms about it. You hear the old “urban legends” about someone who loaded his own ammo and used it for self-defense and was then raked over the coals in court for loading the ammo himself… but I have never known of any actual evidence of such a thing. Have you?
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On Wednesday, May 8 at 2:30pm in the Senate Chamber, the Senate Executive Committee is scheduled to consider three extreme gun control measures, Senate Bill 68, Senate Bill 70, and Senate Bill 82.
Usually, in the shooting community, there are two types of people. The first are the people who love big bore handguns either for hunting or just a range gun. The second are the people who see zero purposes to big bore handguns. Big bore handguns can be intimidating but once people shoot them, they usually […]
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Friday night, the Colorado General Assembly adjourned from its 2019 Legislative Session.
In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James tells you which of the NEW guns from NRA Annual Meeting 2019 were his top 5 favorites. This list does NOT include rifles – check Joel Wise’s Top 5 Rifles from NRA vid for those. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for details on our monthly […]
Ruger has just released their new offerings for the new .350 Legend cartridge in the form of their semi-automatic AR-556 MPR and American bolt action rifles. Winchester’s introduction of the .350 Legend cartridge this year created a stir amongst hunters that are limited to “straight-wall” cartridges. In continuance of listening to the desires of customers, […]
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Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment.
As previously reported, important self-defense legislation, House Bill 1264 /Senate Bill 705 passed the General Assembly.
One of the products I ran across at the recent 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits were the revolver speedloaders from Quickloader Revolver Speedloader Systems.
The company sells two different types of revolver speedloaders. The StripLoader Hybrid Strips are a variation of the classic Speedstrips offered by Bianchi and others. The difference is that instead of lining up the cartridges in a single row on the unit the StripLoader Hybrid Strip is wider with the cartridges arranged in two rows. It’s like the difference between a single-stack and a double-stack pistol magazine. This arrangement allows the shooter to load one or two extra rounds into the cylinder with each action which makes them quicker than conventional single-line strips. These are available for a variety of five and six shot revolvers.
The company also makes the RoundLoader speedloader. This is a conventional “load all at once” loader with the advantage of having only one-moving part and no buttons to press or knobs to turn.
The company also makes transparent cases for both types of loaders designed to carry the loaders in a pocket while preventing the accidental release of the rounds.
For more information on the products by QuickLoad Revolver Speedloader Systems watch the video from the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.
On April 26, Governor Doug Burgum signed pro-gun Senate Bill 2140 into law.
On Thursday, the Texas Senate voted 25-6 to give final approval to House Bill 302 by Rep. Dennis Paul (R-Houston), NRA-supported legislation that prohibits “no firearms” clauses in residential leases. This will protect tenants’ rights to possess lawfully-owned firearms and ammunition in dwelling units and on manufactured home lots, and to transport their guns between their personal vehicles and those locations.
Sen. Cory "Spartacus" Booker (D-NJ), erstwhile presidential candidate, unveiled a proposal today that would warm the hearts of authoritarians like the late Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Booker's proposal would require a license to purchase a firearm. The license would only be good for five years, would require fingerprints, would require an in-person interview with the licensing authority, and would require a class in "gun safety" before issue.
As the New York Times reports, the gun control industry has glowing reviews of Booker's proposal.
“Senator Booker’s plan is bold and thoughtful,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization led by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He added that it was a “positive sign” that presidential candidates were “coming to the table with serious policy proposals to make our country safer.”...The gun owner licensing proposal is only one part of his 14-part gun control platform. The platform includes things like microstamping, an IRS investigation of the NRA, and the rest of the usual claptrap. The full platform is not on his campaign website but can be found here.
John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy organization that seeks to end gun violence, said he had seen a “seismic shift” from past campaigns, when the issue of gun violence was considered the “third rail” of American politics.
“Today what we’re seeing is people coming out muscularly for gun safety,” Mr. Feinblatt said. “We’re early on in the 2020 cycle, and I think you’re going to see more and more of this.”
Ah, the famous SIG Sauer P320 M17 pistol, placed into service by the U.S. Army and other branches after a long and pronounced testing and evaluation period that was not without controversy. But, besides a few slight specifications and material treatment variations, the M17 is nearly identical to the civilian P320 pistols laying on the […]
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Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey rolled out a broad plan on Monday that seeks to combat "gun violence" through measures including a gun licensing program and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The most notable piece of Mr. Booker’s plan is the proposed gun licensing program, which would enact minimum standards for gun ownership nationwide. Under such a program, a person seeking to buy a gun would need to apply for a license in much the same way one applies for a passport. Mr. Booker’s campaign said the process would involve submitting fingerprints and sitting for an interview, and would require applicants to complete a certified gun safety course. Each applicant would also undergo a federal background check before being issued a gun license, which would be valid for up to five years.
For those not familiar with Colin Furze, he is an eccentric mad tinkerer in England. He has a substantial following on his YouTube channel and he makes some really cool gadgets. I first came across Colin 5 years ago when he made working Wolverine claws from X-Men. Then he made wrist mounted flame throwers based […]
After the disaster of the Franco-Prussian War, it was clear to the French military that the rationale for using paper cartridge in the Chassepot was no longer valid – a future rifle would need to use brass cartridges. A competition to design a conversion of the Chassepot to use modern ammunition resulted in the 1874 adoption of the rifle designed by French Artillery Captain Basile Gras. This maintained the use of the bolt handle as a single locking lug, but introduced a separate bolt head and extractor. The new cartridge was the 11mm Gras; very similar to the Chassepot loading but at a slightly higher velocity.
The Gras would be produced from 1874 until 1884, with more than 4 million made in total. Most were full length infantry rifles, but two patterns of carbine and a musketoon were also included for cavalry, gendarmerie, and artillery troops. These rifles saw significant use in colonial conflicts, but the much-anticipated war of revenge against Germany would not happen while the Gras was the standard French rifle. Instead, it would see a supporting role in the First World War, both in the original 11mm caliber and also converted to 8mm Lebel.
On May 10th, the Maine Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold public hearings on a self-defense bill along with numerous anti-gun bills. It is critical that committee members hear from NRA members and Second Amendment supporters like you! If you are able to do so, please attend these hearings in Room 436 of the State House at 9:00 AM on May 10th in order to oppose gun control.
With summer approaching that brings us warmer weather and new options to carry firearms! We might be rockin’ cargo shorts versus parkas, and we may be looking for smaller guns to be rockin’ as well. So as we begin May we have made it into our 7th edition of the Reader’s Choice Awards! For the month of […]
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I'm on the mailing list of the gun control organizations. I get the emails from Everytown and Brady and Giffords and the list goes on. I do it so I can read what they are up to in their own words. I'd encourage you to do so as well. It is important to know what the enemies of freedom are doing in advance rather than finding out after they've just passed another gun control law.
Anyway, in the Weekly Update from the Brady Campaign was this tidbit:
Brady Will be at Bonnaroo this June!Most people my age don't have a clue what Bonnaroo is but impressionable Millennials do. Bonnaroo is a four-day music festival held in Manchester, Tennessee which attracts upwards of 100,000 festival goers for music, art, camping, and "changing the world." Think Woodstock without the mud and with a dose of social justice.
For the second year in a row, Brady is among a small group of nonprofits selected to partner with the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, taking place June 13-16 in Tennessee. We’re excited to introduce the 50,000 concert-goers to Brady and the fight to end gun violence. Our Team ENOUGH leaders will serve on a panel discussion about gun violence prevention, we’ll host an activist-oriented DJ set, and we’ll run a booth throughout the festival. If you’re at Roo, be sure to say hi!
We've long said that if you want to make sure you get pro-gun politicians elected to Congress and the various state houses, we have to start pushing candidates at the local level. It is the rare candidate that starts out running for office at the state or national level. For every Donald Trump, there are thousands and thousands of other politicians that started with the school board, town council, or even just a town or county appointed committee.
Everytown has just made endorsements for three candidates at the school board or city council level. The fact that they are pushing gun prohibitionists at this level says a number of things. First, they are actually using Bloomberg's money to start building an actual grassroots. Second, they recognize that candidates start local and then move up from there. Third, it is an expansion of their efforts from the state level to the local level since they have no had success (so far) at the nation level. Finally, getting anti-gun politicians elected to school boards will help in their efforts to make schools less safe (gun free zones) and to encourage hoplophobia in the curriculum.
From their press release:
NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund today endorsed three Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteers, two of whom are also survivors of gun violence. The endorsements include Rhonda Hart, a survivor of gun violence and a volunteer with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action; DeAndra Yates-Dycus, a survivor of gun violence and a volunteer with the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action; and Christine McGrath, a volunteer with the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action.
“As leaders in the gun safety movement, these candidates have proven that they will never stop fighting to protect their neighbors,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Everytown is proud to endorse Rhonda Hart and DeAndra Yates-Dycus — gun violence survivors who are turning their pain into action — and Christine McGrath, a Moms Demand Action volunteer leader who is working hard to keep her community safe.”
“These volunteers and survivors, some of whom have experienced firsthand the toll of our nation’s gun violence crisis, are running for elected office to enact change in their communities,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Our volunteers have the courage and fortitude to do whatever it takes to make their communities safer, including moving from shaping policy as volunteers to actually making it as lawmakers.”
More on the volunteers and survivors endorsed today and their elections:
*Rhonda Hart, Dickinson, Texas School Board
Hart’s 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, was killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High school almost a year ago. Before the shooting, Hart was a school bus driver in Santa Fe, Texas. Hart is a volunteer leader with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action and an Everytown Survivor Fellow. Her general election for Dickinson School Board in Texas is on May 4.
*DeAndra Yates-Dycus, Indianapolis City-Council District 13
Yates-Dycus’ 13-year-old son, Dre, was wounded by a stray bullet in Indianapolis on February 1, 2014. Yates-Dycus is a volunteer leader with the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action and an Everytown Survivor Fellow. Her primary election for Indianapolis City-Council District 13 is on May 7.
*Christine McGrath, Verona, New Jersey Town Council
McGrath has been a volunteer leader with the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action in Essex County for the past two years. She’s running for Verona Town Council and her general election is on May 14.
This vintage photo of New Zealand SAS operators has been doing the rounds on social media lately. It features a pair of operators armed with MP5s. New Zealand’s SAS was established in 1955 but their counter-terrorism element was only established in the 1970s. The photos are annotated with a 1980 date and the operator on […]
On May 7th, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing at 9:45 AM on House Bill 696, which would take away constitutional rights of individuals without due process.
The April 2019 Morphy Extraordinary, Sporting, & Collector Firearms auction has ended and the list of prices realized has been published by the auction house. As always, we examined the list and found the five most expensive firearms sold during this auction. Our list goes in a price ascendancy order. The lot names are linked to […]
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John C. Simpson has been teaching military and police sniper training since 1985 – nearly as long as I have been alive. I encountered him back when I filmed a video on a Confederate Whitworth sniper, and he helped me correct my explanation of how the British were measuring rifle accuracy and precision. This speaks to his understanding of sniper craft in long historical perspective, and it made me much more interested in his printed work.
He most recent book is a small paperback of just over 120 pages. It is “Foundations of Sniper Marksmanship”, a handbook intended as preparation for a person attending a sniper training course. While it is limited to the basic fundamentals of the subject, it is presented to make clear what is important and what is not. I learned several new pointers on positional shooting and scope zeroing, and several myths are tackled and clearly debunked. In a field like this where the fundamentals have been well understood for many decades (if not centuries), newcomers looking to attract attention will often add complexity to create an impression of special greater knowledge – Simpson cuts through this with the practical experience of a man with more than 30 years’ experience both teaching and doing.
The impetus for this book was to prepare students before attending a class, and I can completely understand that motivation. I have seen plenty of people arrive to a shooting match with a brand new, un-zeroed gun and do terribly as a result. Simpson describes the same thing; students wasting their time and others’ at a training course by arriving without a proper zero and a proper understanding of basic marksmanship principles. He also includes a section on practical fitness, which I was happy to see acknowledged as an important part of real practical shooting.
This is not the sort of book I typically cover here on Forgotten Weapons, but I know we have a subset of viewers and readers who are active military and law enforcement. This is a valuable tool for that group, as well as folks interested in getting started in precision rifle shooting from a practical rather than narrowly competitive perspective.
The highlight of any training within the military? Shooting fully automatic firearms for sure, as well as blowing things up, and in Today’s Photo, you can see soldiers of the Austrian Bundesheer working their issued Maschinengewehr 74. Perhaps running with the 12 kg heavy (plus ammo and other gear) isn’t the highlight of the day, […]
Good morning everyone and thanks for reading yet another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, a safe space for common people preserving their hearing, not government-backed movie assassins. Today we will be talking about a peripheral issue effecting suppressed shooters: sight picture. The question (or comments) regarding the use of suppressor height sights on pistols is […]
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Here are the Top 5 Rifles from the NRAAM 2019 (according to Joel). We’ve got everything from a $399.00 22LR all the way to a precision rifle that can cost upwards of $12,000! See which gun comes out on top. Leave your comments if you agree or disagree. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team […]
The FN MAG was adopted by the United States military to replace its aging inventory of M60 machine guns. It was designated the M240 in US parlance, and first used as a vehicle-mounted machine gun. Subsequently both the US Army and US Marine Corps adopted ground mount versions for infantry use; the Army chose the B model with a handguard and the Marines chose the G model without the handguard. Today we are going to do a bit of shooting with a 240G…
Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for giving me the opportunity to bring this 240 Golf on camera for you!
The Connecticut House of Representatives will soon be considering a broad based set of gun control bills that would require firearms be made unavailable for self-defense, effectively end the centuries old practice of home-manufacturing firearms for personal use, and impose unnecessary restrictions on transporting handguns.
When trying to see in the dark with night vision, most people start off with a monocular like the PVS-14 or a split view device like the PVS-7. If you have more money to burn you go with dual tubes, one image intensifying tube for each eye giving you 3D stereoscopic vision. You can do […]
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“Prepare for tomorrow’s threats, today” – that is the motto of the Norwegian Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK), a unit name that translates to the Norwegian Naval Special Operation Commando. Today’s Photos are nothing short of amazing, as they show off a live fire exercise from their speed boats. Below: Operators from Norwegian Naval Special Operation Commando in […]
In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James meets with H&K to talk about the newest addition to Heckler & Koch’s striker fired polymer wondernine, the VP9. In particular, the VP9L as it is called is a long slide version of the venerable VP9 and VP9-B, and it will give additional controllability and better accuracy […]
For the month of April, we challenged our readers with a pretty broad category for the Reader’s Choice by asking you what is the “BEST Overall Accessory for a Rifle, Shotgun, or Pistol.” We received appropriate criticism that the category is indeed very broad which we will not disagree with. We at TFB slightly enjoy […]
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Last Friday, President Trump took the historic step of ordering the “unsigning” of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty during his address to the NRA-ILA’s Leadership Forum. President Trump’s action effectively withdraws the United States from the most comprehensive effort towards international gun control.
On Wednesday, Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) led several pro-gun members of his caucus – including Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), Andy Barr (R-Ky.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) – in introducing a bill to modernize the way firearms are sold under federal law. The Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act (FICRA) would update antiquated provisions of the Gun Control Act that reflect a bygone era of criminal recordkeeping and remove arbitrary impediments for law-abiding gun buyers and sellers.
Can you think of a better way to spend 37 minutes than watching Hickok45 tell the world about Winchester lever-action rifles, from their roots in the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, through Henry’s first successful lever-action rifle, and on through the 1895 Winchester with numerous stops in between?
It’s a fun video, and at first I wondered whether it would hold my attention, considering that I already knew a good bit about these guns and their development. The answer is definitely “Yes,” and who but Hickok45 could do it all in one take? Pretty sweet.
The series begins with the original Henry toggle-link design and proceeds through the 1866, 1873, 1876, 1886, 1892, 1894, and 1895 — the last four of which were designed by the legendary John Browning, whose innovation greatly improved the strength of the lever guns Winchester was making.
What more is there to say? Get to watching… you can thank me later.
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Combining three of my favorite things into one complete package, Tim from the Military Arms Channel and James from TFBTV get a first look at the New B&T US Army Sub-Compact Weapon in this exclusive new video. We’ve covered the Army’s new contract for B&T sub guns several times in the past, and as an […]
In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James meets with Beretta reps to talk about the new additions to Beretta’s tactical/practical competition shooting guns. This clip looks at Beretta’s new gas-operated semi-auto shotgun built specifically for competition, the Beretta 1301 Competition Pro shotgun. This high-speed low-drag scattergun has a LOT of features geared towards competition […]
Sometimes even the worst of the media inadvertently stumbles upon the truth. On April 30th, MSNBC reported that the socialist government of Venezuela was running over its citizens with armored vehicles amidst protests of the government’s ongoing tyranny.
May 17th is the deadline for legislation to pass out of the policy committee in the second chamber. Assembly Bill 291 and Assembly Bill 153, which were previously heard in a joint Judiciary Committee hearing, can be scheduled for a work session and vote at any time.
Promoting the defense of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms of NRA’s more than 5 million members, as well as tens of millions more law-abiding gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, is a distinct privilege I cherish every day.
This week the Assembly Appropriations Committee sent Assembly Bills 18, 1064 and 1254 to the Suspense file for consideration at a later date and the Senate passed Senate Bill 220.
As NRA-ILA previously reported, on May 19 Swiss citizens will vote in a referendum to determine whether the idyllic and well-armed mountain nation will conform their domestic gun laws to the new European Firearms Directive. Expedited following the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, the new European Firearms Directive requires European Union member states to enact a host of minimum gun control laws, including new registration and licensing requirements and restrictions on centerfire semi-automatic firearms. Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but is a member of the Schengen Area. Swiss gun control proponents have claimed that a failure to align domestic law with the European Firearms Directive would endanger the neutral nation’s Schengen status.
How did we arrive at a Dan Wesson ECP Vs Wilson Combat ULC showdown? After years of carrying and practicing with a Glock 19, and a couple of other compact polymer double-stack 9mm pistols, I found I wasn’t really getting to where I wanted to be with my CCW pistol training. Specifically, I felt my […]
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In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James Speaks with the gang from POF about their new POF Revolution, a .308 AR-15 (NOT an AR-10) that WEIGHS LESS THAN A 9MM MP5! How do they achieve this? Check the video and find out. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for details on our monthly […]
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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to buy into New York City’s transparent scheme to avoid the Court’s review, and wisely denied the city’s request to indefinitely put a hold on NY State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. It’s the Supreme Court’s first true Second Amendment case since 2010.
During his first term in office, President Trump has already solidified his legacy of remaking the courts and appointing conservative, constitutional loyalists to the federal bench. Today, Rodolfo Armando Ruiz became the 100th judge to be confirmed under President Trump's tenure in the White House.
With the market flooded in AR magazines, there’s been the age-old rivalry between metal magazines and polymer magazines. Often there are debates between people on which style magazine they prefer and give a number of reasons. There are also companies who make hybrid magazines which use both metal and polymer features. So what do you […]
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Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court refused to grant a request by the City of New York to delay the proceedings in the NRA-supported appeal of New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. City of New York (No. 15-683). The case arises out of a challenge to New York City’s notoriously restrictive handgun licensing scheme.
About a year ago Umarex introduced their new line of licensed airsoft replicas of Glock pistols. Back then, they launched the G42, G19, G17, and G17 Gen4 replicas. Recently, they have added three other airsoft Glocks including a G19 Gen4, G18C, and G19X. Although there are many other airsoft Glocks on the market, to my knowledge, […]
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THE KIMBER DASA IS COMING
The long awaited and highly anticipated Kimber DASA revolver is being shipped to dealers now. DASA of course stands for double action-single action meaning this Kimber handgun from the K6 stable now sports an external hammer. That feature is going to be very popular among traditionalists as well as handgunners that want the double trigger mechanism option.
Much of the design features and configurations of the new K6 DASA remain the same as the DA only versions which have become quite popular. This is evidenced by the occasional difficulty in finding them on dealers’ shelves. The K6s have been out for a while now, so sales must be strong. We’ll see how long it really takes before the DASA models can be handled by consumers. The MSRP is set at $949.00.
Specifications for the two-inch version of the K6 DASA are published, but for some reason the data for the 3-inch model is missing from the Kimber website. I feel certain they will catch up on that in due time. I often find official web sites behind on introductions of new guns coming on the market.
Be that as it may, the 2-incher has an overall length of 6.62 inches, a width of 1.39 inches, with a cylinder capacity of 6 rounds of .357 Magnum or also the .38 Special. The K6s are all stainless steel in a brushed type satin finish. The back straps are serrated for extra surface grip.
The sights are a fixed combat type sight rear with three white dots. The front sight is an elongated post with a white dot insert. These may vary in time. The handgun’s grips are fashioned from handsome walnut with a checkered palm surface along with the “Kimber” name engraved in the wood. These grips are very form fitting to the frame.
A feature often pointed out about the Kimber K6s is the cylinder release button on the left side of the frame. It is truly a button, and not a conventional slide forward or rearward slide fixture like a Colt or a Smith and Wesson. The release button makes for a positive release of the cylinder from the hand grip position.
Another desirable feature of the Kimber K6 is the cylinder itself. It not only is chambered for six rounds rather than a usual five on a compact revolver, but the cylinder itself is not scalloped or fluted like a conventional six gun cylinders. Rather it has flat sections thus permitting a full six rounds but with plenty of metal to handle .357 Magnum loads. Check out the K6 DASA at www.kimberamerica.com.
Geeks Gadgets and Guns, a gun-related podcast website, has published on their social media pages a photo from an ongoing LFD Research project depicting cartridges loaded with saboted bullets. Well, at first glance, I didn’t see anything extraordinary because these cartridges looked like Remington Accelerator replicas with different bullets. But when I read the caption […]
In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James visits with his close friends, Taran Butler and Jade Struck, to talk about the SIGs used in John Wick 3. The SIG MPX is a favorite of Taran’s, so it only makes sense that Taran, as the trainer for the John Wick actors like Keanu Reeves and […]
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The Model 1866 Chassepot was France’s first military cartridge-firing rifle. It used a self-contained paper cartridge on the same basic principle as the Prussian 1841 Dreyse rifle, but was a substantial improvement on that system. The Chassepot fired an 11mm bullet at about 1350 fps (410 m/s), which was substantially higher velocity than the Dreyse. It was more accurate and had a substantially longer effective range. The French would produce about 1.5 million Chassepot rifles, most of them before the Franco-Prussian War.
Despite the quality of the Chassepot rifle, that war would go tremendously badly for the French, with hundreds of thousands of men and arms captured by the Prussians and the new German state being declared in the palace of Versailles. In the aftermath, many German cavalry units would adopt Chassepots for their own use, until the Gewehr 71 was available in carbine form. The French would resume Chassepot production briefly after the war, but would soon transition to a new rifle, the metallic cartridge firing Gras.
Now don’t get me wrong. The AR-15 is an amazing platform and I own several. I love how ergonomic and modular the rifles are along with the availability of parts in the market. I have been trying to get away from the AR-15 control system and look at new options because it’s never bad to […]
Many of you know by now that Taurus is moving their US operations from metro Miami, Florida to Bainbridge, Georgia. They are in the process of building a new plant there in southwest Georgia and plan to be ready to go in December.
Taurus will be holding a job fair in Bainbridge next week on the 7th and 8th of May. While a number of employees will be relocating from south Florida, a number will not. The announcement below gives an indication of who isn't making the move for whatever reason. Bainbridge, by the way, is less than an hour north of Tallahassee, Florida.
Here is there job fair announcement courtesy of the Outdoor Wire:
Job Fair May 7 – 8 located Charles H. Kirbo Regional CenterMay 2019 (Miami, FL) – Taurus®, manufacturer of quality handguns for personal defense, hunting, and recreational shooting, is participating in the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center job fair and will be looking to fill numerous positions for its new Bainbridge, Georgia, headquarters and manufacturing facility.Operations for the new Taurus facility in Bainbridge will commence in 2019, providing exceptional career opportunities in several occupational areas, such as skilled labor, administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, manufacturing, and management. In addition to becoming part of a forward-thinking community with a mission of building feature-driven and affordable firearms, Taurus offers a competitive pay structure with health and retirement benefits for its employees.Join us at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, Southern Regional Technical College – Bainbridge Campus located at 2500 E. Shotwell Street, Bainbridge Georgia on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th from 10:00am until 7:00pm.Following are the current job openings for which Taurus seeks to recruit successful applicants:
- Product Design Engineers
- Sales Analyst
- Accounting Manager
- Staff Accountant
- Inventory Accountant
- Accounts Receivables Clerk
- Accounts Payables Clerk
- Accounting Clerk
- Administrative Support Staff
- Network Administration Manager
- Help Desk Engineer
- Quality Control Inspectors
- Quality Control Analyst
- Document Control Specialist
- Inventory Control Clerks
- Materials Manager
- Production Planners
- MRO Buyer/Tool Room Planner
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Process Technicians
- Tool Maintenance Technician
- Shipping and Receiving Supervisor
- Shipping and Receiving Clerks
- Firearm Gunsmiths
- Firearm Inspectors
- Manufacturing Helpers
- Production Helpers
- JanitorsAll job candidates must be US Persons (Citizens or Permanent Residents) and be able to successfully pass a background and drug test screening.Interested candidates should also submit their resume directly at email@example.com.To learn more about Taurus firearms, click here.
Grass Roots North Carolina issued this alert on Wednesday and I'm late putting it up. If you live in Western North Carolina or will be visiting the weekend of May 11th and 12th, you should come to the Asheville Gun Show. If you could donate a couple hours of your time to help work the GRNC booth, I know a guy who get you into the show for free.
Go to a decent gun show, help out gun rights, save some money on admission. It works.
ASHEVILLE GUN SHOW
Volunteers are needed to help man the GRNC table at the upcoming Asheville Gun & Knife Show, in Asheville, on May 11 and 12, 2019. The show will be held at WNC Agricultural Center, located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC, 28732.
Help defend Second Amendment freedom and join GRNC in expanding North Carolina gun rights!
Potential Volunteers should contact John Richardson at 828-768-3520 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galco Gunleather exhibited their newest products at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
The products include the new Paragon Kydex inside the waistband holster, the King Tuck Classic, a variant on the hybrid King Tuck, an Ankle Trauma Medical Kit, and the new gunbelt, the EDC (Everyday Carry) Belt.
For more information on these products watch the video from the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
Intro The debate over off body carry has been one that has been going on for well over a decade now. It’s still just as strong today as it was when it started. There are Pros and Cons to off body carrying and no matter what, people will have different uses or criticisms for this […]
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Taken on May 16, 1919, this US Signal Corps photo shows a new potential mode of transportation in the immediate WWI era. What is believed to be a Columbia brand bicycle has been outfitted with a metal scabbard of sorts – complete with ‘US’ embossing – that enables the rider to have easy access to […]
Ruger exhibited their new rifles chambered for the .350 Legend cartridge at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits. The .350 Legend cartridge is designed to offer improved ballistic performance over existing straight-walled cartridges and should be popular with hunters in those states that mandate straight-walled cartridges for certain game in certain locations.
The Ruger American Rifle Ranch in .350 Legend is available in in a Standard version with a overall length of 36″ and a length of pull of 13.75″ and the Compact version has a overall length of 34.75″ and a length of pull of 12.50″.
Both versions of this bolt-action rifle feature the Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger, a synthetic stock, Factory-installed, one-piece Picatinny scope base, cold hammer-forged barrel threaded with included thread protector, and a detachable five-round AR style magazine.
The Ruger AR-556 MPR brings the .350 Legend cartridge to the semi-auto AR style platform.
The rifle features an aerospace grade 7075-T6 aluminum receiver, the Ruger Elite 452 AR-Trigger, Magpul MOE grip and MOE SL collapsible buttstock, Magpul M-Lok accessory attachment slots along the 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions and a free-floated handguard.
For more information on the new .450 Legend rifles from Ruger watch this video from the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
Last year, I came across a Ukrainian company called Crook (Крук, means “raven”) and wrote a short article about their Mosin-Nagant chassis. Several months ago, I learned that this company has released a new aluminum AK handguard. I reached out to the folks at Crook asking for more information about this new product and they replied […]
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The Primos Wing Man turkey hunting chair grew on me… quickly.
During my first turkey hunt of 2019, I used my old tried-and-true turkey hunting seat. You know the one I mean… a tubing frame with webbing and 4 legs, two of which are longer than the others to — hopefully — allow it to sit level when you place the seat next a tree. Then you sit on the tiny platform, lean on a tree, and try to remain stock-still for hours at a time. It’s totally doable for a younger person, but since I’m knocking on the door of the ol’ half-century mark, that can get old in a hurry. And I always have to carry a separate cushion.
My nephew joined me for a couple days, and had to sit on the ground. He had barely gotten home before he started sending me links to turkey hunting chairs, and one of the best-looking was the Primos Wing Man. So, even though my old turkey seat has been good to me and I’m not always a fan of change, I placed an order for a Wing Man.
Thank goodness I did.
When I got the Wing Man, I was hesitant. It’s pretty heavy at more than 6 pounds, and bulkier to carry through the woods. But I grabbed it and went hunting on the same day I got to camp, and haven’t used my old hunting seat again. It’s not perfect, but I reached for it every time I headed to the woods, and was able to sit still longer using the Wing Man — and I didn’t have to carry a cushion.
Best of all, I never had an aching tailbone after sitting for hours on the Wing Man, and that happens often when I use my other seat.
On that first afternoon, I wrote this in my notes:
This Primos Wing Man hunting chair is not bad but I have to be reclined. Feet are going to sleep.
I experienced the same problem with numbing feet & legs a number of times during the following week, and at times I wished the Wing Man had a different angle on the back rest so I could sit up straighter. But if that’s a real problem, one can always find a tree to lean against. And that brings me to my next point…
Using my handy-dandy little turkey hunting seat means I have to lean against something, and that something is usually a tree. Leaning on a tree is not a bad idea, because a large tree helps hide you… but it can also be a real hassle. Then when you find a tree with decent cover around it, the ground usually slopes away from the tree… and my little seat’s uneven legs usually don’t have enough difference in length to make up for it.
Enter the Wing Man; a self-supporting chair that doesn’t require a tree! Suddenly I can hide in many places where I couldn’t before. And that, my friends, allowed me to clobber a gobbler.
The second day of the hunt was pretty bad in terms of weather, but I went out in the afternoon anyhow. Cold wind was blowing in gusts and it was raining about half the time. Between showers, I walked back to an open area to eyeball for birds. None were present, but it wasn’t raining at the moment so I decided to sit down and hunt a while. I spotted a viny thicket of young saplings, shoved my way into it, and sat down on the Wing man.
Lacking any tree more than an inch or two in diameter, it was a place I never would have hunted without a chair… and just over an hour later, I dropped the hammer on a gobbler! Gotta love that.
The first “bad” thing on my list is relative; in some weather it would be a bonus. I’m talking about the large area of mesh fabric that makes up much of the seat and back of the Wing Man turkey hunting chair. On a cold and windy morning, that mesh kinda sucks because your legs and backside can get right chilly. Then again, in warm weather the mesh is mighty nice.
I had some doubts about the long-term durability of the mesh fabric, but it’s really tough stuff and seems to be holding up well.
Next, it can be a bit noisy. A few times when I got out of the chair by kind of rolling over to one side onto my knees, I heard what sounded like fabric loudly ripping! Turns out, it was the black foam padding rotating on the arm rest — it simply makes that sound when that happens. But again, this is a minor detail compared with the comfort it provides.
But this one might be more serious: After several days of hunting with the Wing Man, I noticed some bent rivets and deformation of the frame.
I kept right on hunting with the Wing Man and I plan to keep on doing so… but this does give me pause. At first I wondered whether the rivets were bent on purpose during manufacture, but a look back at earlier photos showed they were straight when the chair was new — and they had already begun to bend less than 24 hours after I first hunted with it.
For the record, the chair is rated for 300 pounds and I weigh in at about 230.
When deploying the chair on the second morning of the hunt, I noticed the side rails of the seat were not sitting properly in the plastic cradles that are intended to support them near the front of the chair. I have no idea whether this has anything to do with the bent rivets, but I hadn’t noticed it before.
Thereafter, every time I opened the chair I had to manually align the rail — the round tubing that’s to the right in the photo above — with the cradle, on both sides of the chair. If I didn’t there was nothing holding up the front of the seat. So, keep an eye out for that.
Although I’d worried about carrying the Wing Man through the woods, I had very little trouble with it. By the end of the week, I’d settled for a diagonal carry with the chair behind me and the strap across my chest diagonally.
There’s a short strap with a plastic clip for keeping the Wing Man folded up, so there’s no need to fuss with a bag. Sweet!
The Primos Wing Man is more than just a place to put your butt. It gives you freedom from hunting for trees to lean against, allowing you to hunt in places previously out of bounds… and it provides a lot more comfort in the process. I certainly plan to reach for it next time I go turkey hunting, and I think it’s going to see some use in the deer woods as well.
The fact that even my bony backside was able to endure hours on this chair says a lot about its comfort. I usually have to use a cushion — a thick and forgiving cushion — to sit anywhere for hours at a time. But I never needed one with the Wing Man.
In this episode of TFBTV’s NRAAM 2019 coverage, James Reeves visits with Desantis to talk about new holster designs from the company, which has been in business for nearly 40 years, hand making holsters in leather and synthetic materials for Glocks, 1911s, and many, many other pistols. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for […]
In response to an NRA-supported lawsuit, Washington passed a law prohibiting the release of gun owners' private information to the general public.
At the Apex Tactical booth at NRA Annual Meeting last week in Indianapolis, they were showcasing their new 5″ Barrel & Optic Ready Slide for the FN 509 service pistol.
New pistols like the Beretta 92X Performance & Walther Q5 Steel Frame are examples of big gun manufacturers taking note of the competition market where they would make dedicated competition specific pistols for customers shooting 3-Gun and USPSA/IPSC.
Earlier in the day, we approached FN America and asked if they will make a 509 long slide. Unfortunately, their customer base seem to be mainly consists of military/LE and conceal carry users.
Apex Tactical saw the demand and came up with their own 509 long slide. The pistol is shown with their 509 Action Enhancement Kit with an updated curved trigger. The slide is milled to be optic ready (fits 10+ models of red dot sights) and uses the same patent-pending optic mount system as the 509 Tactical. The slide kit also includes their 509 Failure Resistant Extractor.
Expected MSRP is going to be $600 for the complete slide & barrel (Trijicon RMR is not included) that can be easily dropped in to the frame. It is expected to be available at Apex dealers in the next few months.
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NRA is supporting a legal challenge to Illinois's FOID Act brought by Guns Save Life and an 84-year-old Marine combat vet.
At the Holosun booth at NRA Annual Meeting last week, they showcased their prototype sealed emitter red dot sight. This is interesting as they are following Aimpoint ACRO to produce a red dot sight that can be used in mud, rain & snow. The problem with red dot sights such as the Trijicon RMR & Leupold Delta Point is that if dirt, water or snow get on the emitter, the dot becomes blurry and difficult to see.
The sight features a red 2 MOA dot with a selectable circle-dot reticle with a 2 MOA dot and 32 MOA ring or just the 32 MOA ring. Other reticle colors such as green and gold are expected to be available just like their HS507C model. It features 10 brightness settings which can be set in automatic brightness mode or manual adjustment mode.
The housing is made of titanium with a grey finish and it has a solar panel on top. It accepts the common CR2032 battery with a sliding battery tray. It has battery life of up to 100,000 hours.
The prototype currently mounts onto picatinny due to the shape of the enclosure. They are still deciding on a standard, most likely the Aimpoint ACRO mount or potentially the Meprolight MicroRDS mount.
There is no pricing as of yet but it is expected to be available at Holosun dealers in the next few months.
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In 1987, only ten states had concealed carry laws that treated the Right-to-Carry in a manner consistent with our constitutional right to bear arms. Understanding that the whims and prejudices of government officials are incompatible with the proper recognition of a constitutional right, in the following three decades NRA and our members have worked to replace discretionary may-issue concealed carry permitting statutes with shall-issue Right-to-Carry laws. Today, 42 states and even the District of Columbia have Right-to-Carry laws that grant permits to law-abiding residents.
Beretta’s contribution to the ever-growing lineup of small – but shootable – conceal carry pistols is the Beretta APX Carry.
My very first memory of seeing a pistol in person was when I was 4 years old. My dad was just hired as a deputy with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, and I remember seeing his issued pistol in his duty holster one day after he came home from work. The gun was a Beretta 92, and it was just about the coolest thing I had ever seen. I was fascinated with it, and always wanted to look at it, hold it and wanted to know everything about it. To me, there was no better gun in the world than the one my dad carried. I had many arguments with my childhood friends on a subject none of us knew anything about (combat handguns), with the exception of our dad’s position on the matter, which to us, was as good as the word of God.
Beretta has come a long way since the 92, although it is still a very popular handgun. Beretta, along with the majority of pistol makers now making striker-fired pistols, and many with a single stack, sub-compact option in 9mm.
Below are the specs for the Beretta APX Carry as stated by Beretta.
The APX Carry comes with four different frame color options: black, flat dark earth, OD green, and wolf grey. As of now, the APX Carry is only offered in 9mm, which I think makes a lot of sense.
I think Beretta did a fine job with the sights on the APX Carry; it comes standard with a blacked out rear sight and white(ish) dot on the front sight. They aren’t night sights, but I still think they are superior to a 3-dot option even with tritium. Small pistols are typically hard to shoot, and they are even harder to shoot when you’re trying to align three nearly identical dots in a particular order during recoil, especially when you’re shooting fast.
For those who would prefer a 3-dot tritium option, Beretta offers a sight upgrade for $129, but if it were me, I’d keep the stock sights.
The trigger is my one big complaint about this pistol, and it is a big one. The pull weight isn’t terrible, and neither is the break, but the reset is pretty dang bad. You almost have to release the trigger to extension in order to get it to reset. This was extremely difficult for me to get used to, and it took quite a bit of dry fire practice to feel moderately comfortable with the trigger.
I filled the two included APX Carry magazines, one 6 rounder and one 8 rounder, and, with a slow and controlled cadence, shot the 14 loaded rounds. To my surprise, the APX Carry controlled the recoil quite well. It didn’t want to jump out of my hands like quite a few other sub compact pistols have in the past, and even performed better than some smaller sized double stack pistols I’ve owned.
I’m sure there were a lot of factors at play, but I do believe that a significant amount of the controllability of the pistol from shot-to-shot was due to the unusually aggressive texturing on the back strap. I didn’t notice it at first, but after 50 rounds or so, my palm was a bit sore. This is a small price to pay for a gun that handled so well, and I would continue endure it happily.
Although the Beretta APX Carry is an itty-bitty concealed carry pistol, designed as a last-ditch weapon in a close-up engagement, I wanted to see how accurate It was at distance.
I started the walk back drill at 15 yards, holding center mass, shooting 2 rounds every 5 yards at a steel C-Zone target. I was able to make it back to 35 yards before I missed, and I missed low, due to a trajectory that made a 22lr look like a laser beam. I was impressed with the APX Carry’s performance on the walk back drill, and I think the little Beretta is capable of accuracy well beyond its intended use.
You have three things at work here: a small pistol that manages recoil reasonably well, with a front sight that’s easy to follow, and a trigger that makes a quick, smooth, follow-up shot more difficult than it should be. When pushing the pistol as fast as I could pull the trigger, it wasn’t unusual for me to drop a round. This could very well be a training issue, but the simple fact that my trigger finger is traveling an unusually long distance to reset the trigger, then that same distance back to break the shot, cannot be good for performance.
Mag changes were surprisingly simple with the APX Carry. The placement of the magazine release was logical, and easy to index, without being too easy. The magazines, although small, were easy to insert in the mag well of the abbreviated grip. I did 30 or so live fire magazine changes with both the 6 and 8 round magazines, and they were actually quite smooth. I figured I would have greater difficulty with the shorter 6 round magazine, but it proved to be as easy to work with as the larger 8 rounder.
In addition to a well-executed magazine release, the slide release functioned nicely as well. Dropping the slide on a newly loaded magazine was as nearly as easy as it is on some full-size pistols, and easier than on a lot of competing sub-compact pistols.
If you are looking for a sub-compact pistol that comes with good sights, manages recoil nicely, and makes magazine changes a breeze, assuming you’re not too picky about your triggers, then the Beretta APX Carry maybe an option to consider.
Self-defense legislation House Bill 1264 /Senate Bill 705 have now officially passed both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.
If you have been following my posts for a while, you already know I planted four Dunstan chestnut trees on my hunting property in fall of 2018, and I posted an update in March of this year. At that time, I could detect new growth on only two of the trees.
The trees came from Chestnut Hill Outdoors, and are a blight-resistant chestnut tree. They say the real draw for us deer hunters is that deer prefer these chestnuts over acorns 100 to 1! I decided to give them a try and let you readers learn with me as we watch the trees develop over time. I’ve planted them near a traditional food plot which has a permanent deer stand, but which usually underperforms as far as deer sightings. My hope is to draw more deer to the area using these trees.
While hunting turkeys on the property about a month after my March update, I found that all four trees are doing great!
Tree 1 was showing impressive growth, and will hopefully be taller than the grow tube when I see it next.
This is what tree 2 looks like inside its protective grow tube. The tube is recommended by Chestnut Hill and it helps ensure the tree will get a good foothold before its foliage and trunk are exposed.
Tree number 2 is really encouraging. I was concerned about it and tree 4 when I couldn’t detect new growth four weeks earlier.
In March, tree 3 only had a tiny bit of new growth. Now, I can’t even see the tip of the trunk where the new stuff was sprouting forth then.
Tree 4 was the most worrisome last time; this time it’s the tallest of the bunch!
I’m pleased with all of the trees, but I’m especially impressed with tree 4.
Here’s hoping that the next time I see these trees — probably not until August — they will all be considerably taller than their grow tubes and have sturdier trunks to support that growth. Either way, you can count on me to let you know what I find at that time. Meanwhile, thanks for joining me in this learning experience.
If you’d like to plant some of these trees on your hunting land, check with your local Wal-Mart or Rural King and ask if they carry Dunstan Chestnut trees.
At last SHOT Show, SB Tactical showed off their prototype for their new SBA4 stabilizing brace. With the popularity of their SBA3 brace, SB Tactical made an SBA4. As I mentioned in my SHOT Show article, the SBA4 is a hybrid of the SBM4 and SBA3 braces. Saint Petersburg, Fla. (May 2, 2019) – SB […]
Teachers in Florida will soon be able to carry arms into classrooms. And contrary to what the groaners on the left will say, that means Florida is poised to become one of the safest states in the nation for little kids and teens to go to school. The House voted 65 to 47 in favor of the bill; the Senate, 22 to 17; the governor, Republican Ron DeSantis is poised to sign it into law.
A journalist reporting on the crisis in Venezuela Tuesday said the efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro are taking longer than expected in part because not everyone in the country is allowed to own guns. “So if the military have the guns, they have the power,” MSNBC contributor Kerry Sanders told host Andrea Mitchell during her show, according to a report from Mediaite.
It is debatable if the unique Spencer Rifle expedited the end of the Civil War. In terms of the rifles used in that war, the firepower represented by the Spencer Rifle certainly gave a decided favor to the Union troops that were lucky enough to be issued one toward the end of the war.
The Spencer Rifle was invented by Christopher Spencer who established the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company in Boston, Massachusetts in 1860. Some 144,500 were manufactured in rifle and carbine configurations. They were issued to troops of the 5th Michigan Calvary at Gettysburg commanded by George Custer. After the war the Spencer rifles saw action in the western Indian wars. The Spencer Repeating Rifle Company went out of business in 1869.
Original Spencer’s were chamber for the .56-56 rimfire cartridge using 350-360 grain lead bullets. The black powder load consisted of 42-45 grains. Incidentally, sporting wise this load was considered only marginal for deer sized game. In the post-Civil War era the Spencer’s were also chambered for the .56-52 and the .56-50. You may recall seeing a Spencer in action by Clint Eastwood as Will Money in the movie Unforgiven.
Today, modern reproduction models of the Spencer Rifle have been manufactured by Armi-Sport of Brescia, Italy. This company began business in 1958 and was later transformed into the Chiappa Firearms Company USA, Ltd when it was established in America. Armi-Sport made faithful reproductions of the Spencer rifle in the one barrel band, carbine models with a 22-inch barrel. Their rifles however were chambered for the .45 Schofield, a round also used in the break open action Schofield revolvers which saw Army action before the 1873 Colt Peacemaker took over.
The .45 Schofield used solid lead bullets weighing from 200 to 250 grains. These rounds generated from 859 fps in the light bullets to 710 fps in the heavier. Bullet energy was rated from 283 to 328 foot pounds. Ammo is still available.
The Armi-Sport Spencer’s have all the features of the originals. This includes the saddle ring slide rod on the left side as a sort of sling attachment point likely for a leather braided rope. Stock wood is satin finished walnut. All the steel has a deep mirror blue with the action components finished in a case-hardened blended blue and patina. Sights on the rifle include a blade front and a ladder type rear sight for long range shots. Spencer’s are loaded through a metal gate in the butt that feeds a magazine tube up to the action via the loading lever.
The Spencer Rifle played a pivotal role in the Civil War. Original rifles are highly sought after collector’s guns. Reproductions like the Chiappa Firearms-Armi-Sport are equally hard to find but would make a great shooting war replica.
SIG Sauer’s air weapons division, SIG AIR, continues to expand introducing a new PCP or Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle based on their MCX Virtus range of rifles. The new MCX Virtus based rifle has a PCP reservoir making up its butt and feeds from the SIG Rapid Pellet Magazine. Earlier this month SIG AIR also […]
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In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James visits Naroh Arms for the ‘skinny’ (LOL pun) on Naroh’s new Naroh N1 single stack 9mm pistol. Naroh has already been in the gun business, manufacturing AR-15 parts and accessories, but they’ve decided to try their hand at manufacturing pistols, now, and they are starting with the […]
The Department of Defense has awarded FN America a five-year indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery contract to supply machine gun barrels. The model of gun the barrels will be for was not stated but it is likely for the M240 general purpose machine gun and/or the M249 light machine gun – originally designed by FN. The […]
It’s nothing short of a miracle that these two gentlemen are still alive after a bass boat crash while traveling over 100-mph.
Evidently, the guys who made this video proclaim they already reached speeds up to 106-mph on open water, and this was their attempt to top that. Their souped-up bass boat had other plans, though, and something went wrong once they hit 102-mph..
Assuming you have some boating experience, you probably realize how just 30-mph seems so much faster on the water. So with that in mind, can you even fathom how fast 102-mph must feel?
And while we’re hovering around the subject, imagine how hitting the surface of the water felt moving at a clip like that. One word comes to mind – OUCH!
Let this be a lesson to always make safety the number one priority when on the water. Accidents like this can occur in a moments notice, so be safe out there!
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In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James meets with representatives from boutique uber-manufacturer, Nighthawk, to looks at the newest member of the Nighthawk 1911 lineup – the Nighthawk Firehawk 1911. James and Nighthawk also look at Nighthawk’s new means of attaching a red dot optic to the slides of Nighthawk’s 1911 modelss. ««« PATREON […]
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Ruger has added a new competition revolver to their Custom Shop products. The new wheel gun is called Super GP100. This is not just a tuned GP100 but rather a hybrid of a GP100 and Redhawk. It is based on a Redhawk frame that allows having a large 8-round .357 Magnum cylinder but it also […]
In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James meets with Beretta to look at the new-for-NRAAM Beretta APX Carry. This tiny pistol packs 6 rounds of 9mm in a smaller version of the familiar and reliable Beretta APX pistol. This gun is geared towards CCW/EDC/concealed carry, and will be priced very fairly. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS […]
Last year SIG Sauer launched their own line of air weapons, SIG AIR. Their latest offering is a BB / .177 version of the popular P365 pistol. The P365 BB weighs in at 13 oz or 0.36 kg, which is only slightly lighter than the real thing which comes in at 17.8 oz or 0.5 kg and […]
The MG-13 is a transferrable machine gun being sold as lot #746 in the upcoming May 2019 Rock Island auction.
The MG13 was an interim machine gun used by the German military in the 1930s until the MG34 was adopted and widely issued. The MG13 (so designated to allow a claim that it was a WW1 era design, not a new development by Rheinmetall in the 1920s) was a closed-bolt, magazine fed, short recoil, hammer fired design. It has a particularly interesting mechanism allowing the recoil spring tension to be adjusted, and also has a folding stock – an unusual feature on a light machine gun. Fed by both 25 round box magazines and 75 round double drums, this particular example is a Portuguese contract example designated the M938. Today’s video will focus on the mechanical operation of the gun, rather than its developmental history.
I’ve had the Aimpoint ACRO P-1 now for a while. I didn’t realize I was one of the first ones to get one, so I took no hurry in my evaluation. On the other hand, there are some benefits with evaluating products over time rather than just over the day. “ACRO” stands for “Advanced Combat […]
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Today’s POTD depicts a pair of beautifully engraved Colt Thuer derringers found in the catalog of the upcoming May 2019 Rock Island Premiere Firearm Auction. These derringers are chambered in .41 RF and feature checkered ivory grips and nickel plated finish. Here is how the Rock Island Auction Company describes this lot: This exceptionally rare […]
Colt introduced a 2″ barreled version of their King Cobra revolver at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits. This snub-nose version is the second version released of the King Cobra since Colt introduced an updated version of the revolver with a 3″ barrel length earlier this year.
The 2″ King Cobra Carry is designed to be slightly easier to conceal than it’s bigger sibling while still providing six rounds of .357 Magnum or .38 Special firepower. The gun is double-action only with a bobbed hammer. The King Cobra Carry is made of stainless steel with a Hogue Overmolded grip for recoil control.
The gun is not yet listed on the Colt website so specific details on overall length and weight were not available.
For more information on the Colt King Cobra Carry 2″ barrel model watch the video from the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
Today there is a new and exciting word from the Supreme Court in the case brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) against New York City. The case, with potentially national implications, can move forward. New York City’s motion (discussed here) which would have paused the case was denied. Had their […]
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Ruger introduced their new Wrangler revolver at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. The .22 LR single-action revolver is manufactured from aluminum alloy and is designed to be a less expensive version of their classic Single-Six revolver.
The Wrangler holds six-rounds of .22 LR ammunition and has a transfer-bar safety system that allows holster carry with all chambers loaded. The Wrangler is available in Black Cerakote, Burnt Bronze Cerakote and Silver Cerakote. The sights are a integral rear notch and non-adjustable blade front. The grips are checkered synthetic and the grip frame will accept any Single-Six grips.
I got a chance to examine all three versions of the Wrangler at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. Although the Cerakote finish is not traditional it is a tough and durable finish that makes sense for this gun. Of the three, I think the Silver looks the best, followed by the Black and Burnt Bronze.
The Ruger Wrangler seems like a direct response to the budget single-action revolvers made by other manufacturers. The aluminum frame should be a good selling point when compared to those that use lower cost cast zinc frames.
Ruger Wrangler Specs:
Cylinder Frame – Aluminum alloy
Barrel – Cold Hammer Forged Steel
Length – 10.25″
Barrel Length – 4.62″
Weight – 30 ox
For more information on the Ruger Wrangler watch the video from the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James meets with Beretta reps to talk about the new additions to Beretta’s tactical/practical competition shooting guns. This episode looks at the Beretta 92X competition, which was built from the ground up to be a competition/tactical pistol. It comes standard with a lot of match quality features, however, most […]
At the 2019 NRA National Meeting, Brannon LeBouef meets with the guys from Keystone Sporting Arms, most famous for their Cricket and Chipmonk line of youth model single shot .22LR rifles, about some new offers. The highlight was the new “Mini-Mosin.” This is a .22LR replica of a Mosin Nagant that uses their cricket action. […]
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On April 28th, the Washington Legislature adjourned sine die from the 2019 Legislative Session.
At NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis last week, Grand Power was present with their Canadian sponsored shooter, Kayla Wirth at their booth.
Recently Grand Power has a new US distributor Global Ordnance after a 5 year partnership with their previous importer Eagle Imports.
The Stribog (means Storm in Slovak) 9mm is available as a pistol without a stock or with a collapsible pistol brace. While the small amount of existing Stribog imported into the US features a reciprocating charging handle, we were told the upcoming shipment of Stribog will have a non-reciprocating charging handle which improves on handling and prevent your hand from blocking the charging handle which can cause a jam.
When Kayla’s not competing, she works full time as a manager at a shooting range in Vancouver, Canada.
Kayla’s Instagram can be found at www.instagram.com/kaylawiirth
Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee passed pro-gun measures, House Bill 281 and House Bill 235.
I got an email today from North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic), a wholly owned subsidiary of Everytown, regarding the murders on the campus of UNC-Charlotte yesterday. The email epitomizes their "call to action" strategy even when we know next to nothing about the murderer, the victims, etc.
Yesterday, two people lost their lives and four were injured by a mass shooter at UNC Charlotte. North Carolinians Against Gun Violence mourns with their families, friends, and communities.For those that are not North Carolinians you might not know that university campuses are officially gun-free zones. North Carolina General Statute § 14-269.2. deals with this and makes it a Class I felony to carry openly or concealed any firearm on campus. Firing the gun is a Class F felony.
“Every shooting is a human tragedy and my prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Becky Ceartas, Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence. “Today’s awful events are yet another urgent call to action to prevent this from happening again.”
While this story is still developing and we do not have much information about the shooter, including how he got his gun, we do know that certain gun reforms need to happen in our state. Specifically, we need to keep our college campuses and K-12 schools free of guns, retain our background check system on all handgun sales (pistol purchase permitting system), and preserve our concealed-carry weapons permitting system.
“We ask North Carolinians to join us in mourning those lost in this horrific act. And we ask North Carolinians to act with us to help prevent this from happening again,” said Ceartas.
In this episode of TFBTV’s #NRAAM2019 coverage, James gets his hands on the glorious resurrection of the SIG Sauer P210 pistol. The P210 is a Swiss legend, renowned for its accuracy and top-shelf trigger. And although SIG is bringing back the P210, this model isn’t a carbon copy: It includes a number of meaningful and […]
Back in March Ian McCollum, Nic Jenzen-Jones & James Rupley launched Headstamp Publishing, a new publishing house specialising in small arms and military history. The first book published by Headstamp will be Ian McCollum’s book on French Military Rifles. Headstamp Publishing have just announced the launch of a Kickstarter pre-order campaign for Ian’s book Chassepot […]
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U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein intends to introduce a bill to Congress that would ban the sale of “high capacity” magazines and “assault weapons” to adults under age 21. Feinstein, a California Democrat who is the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Monday that she intends to propose the legislation in coming days.
The Finish Army have release photos of their newly upgraded RK62 service rifle. The RK62M embodies a number of ergonomic improvements over the original rifle and allows more modularity. Finland adopted the 7.62x39mm Valmet RK62 in 1965 with over 300,000 produced by the early 1990s. The RK62 has long been in need of an upgrade with […]
Last week, the Nevada Assembly passed legislation that would give county politicians unprecedented control over gun rights across the state. Assembly Bill 291, which was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but has not been scheduled at this time for action, would criminalize certain firearm modifications, allow local level of gun control laws, and expand the authority for localities to create “gun-free zones.” The passage of this bill would inevitably result in a patchwork of laws for both residents and visitors to navigate while subjecting Nevadans in one county to rules and regulations regarding their constitutional rights different from those in a neighboring county.
Yesterday, the Senate Local Government Committee passed enhanced preemption legislation, Senate Bill 531 by a 7 to 4 vote.
In this episode of TFBTV’s NRAAM 2019 coverage, James Reeves is at Remington’s booth to talk about the new practical tactical Marlin Dark series of lever action carbines. James seems impressed, but is this a “Bubba yes!” Or a “Bubba NOOO!?” ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for details on our monthly gun giveaway. […]
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FAIRFAX, Va.– The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) awarded Indiana State Representatives Jim Lucas and Ben Smaltz the Defender of Freedom Award at the 148th National Rifle Association Annual Meeting (NRAAM) in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 27.
CZ-USA have announced that they will be investing $90 million to establish their new headquarters and manufacturing base at Little Rock, Arkansas. The two-phase, $90 million project hopes to create 565 jobs over the next six years. Construction at the new site will begin in March 2020. Here’s CZ-USA’s statement on the move to Little Rock: CZ-USA, the […]
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We found Dania Vizzi at the Winchester booth to promote their new .350 Legend ammunition, the fastest straight-walled hunting cartridge in the world. She is a double World Skeet Champion and she uses Winchester 12 gauge shot shells for competition.
Dania is currently busy practicing to qualify for the USA Olympic team for the upcoming 2020 Olympics to take place in Tokyo, Japan. She’s always a pleasant to talk to and a wonderful ambassador to shooting sports. We wish her the very best!
You can follow her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/daniavizzi.
The SIG P210 is an iconic pistol and while SIG Sauer have been offering the Target version of the pistol for a few years, featuring a match trigger and target-style grips, they have now introduced the US-made ‘P210 Standard’. While the new pistol isn’t hard and fast true to the original Swiss design, it offers […]
This conversion kit is lot #1713 in the upcoming Rock Island May 2019 auction.
In 1927, a Berlin resident named Richard Kulisch patented a .22 rimfire conversion kit for the Luger pistol. Kulisch’s conversion used a magazine and fired semiautomatically, which made it a much more practical conversion for military and police training than the 4mm single shot conversions than in use. Kulisch appears to have sold the rights to his design to the Erma company – they were an ideal company to market such a thing, having previously sold a .22 rimfire conversion for the Gewehr 98 rifle to the German military. They proceeded to do the same thing with the Luger conversion, which was tested by the military in 1931 and adopted in 1932. It would remain in production until 1940 for the military and police, although it was not really made in large numbers.
In addition to this military contract, Erma made a version for the Swiss commercial market, which was sold by a Zurich gunsmith named W. Glaser. The kit turned the Luger into a simple blowback pistol, and is quite a clever design. In the 1950s, Erma would begin production again for the American commercial market, with a few changes. These were sold by Interarmco, and packaged in a distinctive green box.
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At the NRA Annual Meetings this past weekend, Full Conceal addressed a lot of comments from their customers by creating a lighter and more affordable version of their folding Glock, and unveiling the Full Conceal Aluminum frame. This is something that they alluded to accomplishing when we met with them at SHOT Show 2019 this […]
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As if Keystone Sporting Arms (KSA) bringing their Mini Mosin Nagant youth rimfire rifle to the NRA Show would not draw enough attention, if you journeyed further into their booth you found more surprises that are not listed on their website. They will soon be unveiling a Warthog pistol chassis for people to drop 10/22 […]
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For those who may not be up to speed with the progression of Springfield Armory’s quality within their SAINT series of AR-15s, the newest SAINT Victor iteration should provide you with a rifle that has familiar handling with many intangibles you may not notice. Springfield is not a company to rest on their laurels so […]
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When you think of knives, you might think of Spyderco or Victorinox. But if you pull out a ways, fix your gaze into a global view you will quickly see knives all over the place. There are a huge variety of folk designs—the bolo from Indonesia and the machete from Central and South America, but in the 21st century there high tech hotspots for knife making. This is a quite tour of a couple of places.
Pacific Northwest, United States
Companies with genealogy from Gerber (Gerber, Kershaw, and CRKT) are here and if you broaden the definition of Pacific Northwest you sweep up both Buck Knives and Chris Reeve Knives. Benchmade is also here. The combination of an educated work force, ample access to the outdoors, and a skill manufacturing base (thanks to companies like Boeing) makes this is the single most prolific knife hotspot in America. A century ago it would have been northern Pennsylvania (with Case) and New York (with Queen and Ka Bar). The location has changed, but the clustering of knife companies hasn’t.
Because of the companies present, you see the full range of knives from import OEM designs to virtual custom knives. There is no one style or design that stands out over the rest, but that is largely because of the sheer volume of knives and knife companies in this region. One hallmark could be innovation. In that regard the Benchmade 555-1 Mini Grip is a good representative, with its innovative lock, excellent fundamentals, and high end steel.
With Maserin, Fox, Lionsteel, Viper, and host of other brands, Italy’s hotbed of modern knife making is really just an a continuation of a longstanding historical role as a producer of steel and creator of cutlery. Centuries ago they sent steel to Sheffield, England and now they send extremely high end cutlery all over the world. WIth a strong tradition of making things in Magiano, from sweets to knives, they are proud of the label “propria produzione” (“made here”). Magiano’s role in industrial production was also made possible because of geography—sitting in the Italian Alps in Northern Italy, it was short trip through mountain passes to Switzerland and the rest of Europe or a quick boat ride through the Adriatic Sea.
Similar to the Pacific Northwest, there are so many companies making knives here no one style or feature stands out. Lionsteel’s cutting edge manufacturing does a good job of showing how high end Italian knives can be and so a integral titanium framelock flipper, like the SR-22. There is a heavier emphasis on gentlemen’s knives in the Italian region than in the Pacific Northwest, so something like the Viper Dan is also representative of Italian knives.
Taichung (literally “middle of Taiwan”) reinvented itself after the end of Japanese occupation in World War II. By focusing exclusively on precision manufacturing, it was primed to take a big role in knife production in the 21st century with a huge population 2.65 million people and a history of making mechanical parts (Taichung’s nickname in Taiwan is the “Mechanical Kingdom”). The precision manufacturing sector now makes knives for other companies most prominently Spyderco. Like most of the other places on this list, Taichung is a seaport.
Taichung’s main claim to fame is as a maker of knives on spec for others, mainly Spyderco. In that end, something like the Spydiechef is emblematic of knives made here. With its excellent lines, tight tolerances, and unit after unit perfection, the Spydiechef shows just how good Taichung is. I look forward to the day when brands launch from here instead of merely make knives for others.
Seki City, Japan
Seki City or Seki, Gifu as it is known to non-knife fans, is one of the oldest continuously producing cutlery regions in the world as it has been making cutlery for more than a thousand years. Called the City of Blades, Seki is the ancestral home to Kinju, one of the fabled ten students of the greatest swordmaker ever Guro Nyudo Masamune. Given this lineage Seki has been crafting edged tools for centuries. As modernization swept over Japan, the skill and eye for great edges was complemented by a rapid adoption of high tech manufacturing methods. Seki is smallest city on this list, with a population of about 89,000 people, just slightly larger than Scranton, PA. The city is absolutely steeped in cutlery with about 40% of manufacturing being edged tools. There are major exhibition halls dedicated to knives and swords and an abundance of knife retailers. Gyutos and Santukos, kitchen knives, from Seki are regarded as some of the finest in the world. In addition to their own brands like Moki, they also make knives on spec for SOG, Spyderco, and Al Mar.
Seki does have a specific design DNA. Seki knives are characterized by their small, slim style with absolutely superb fit and finish. The Al Mar Ultralight series is representative of the Seki style—thin, slicey blades, with minimalist designs and fine, almost watch-grade finishing.
Perhaps the most isolated and most interesting of the cutlery regions in the world South Africa has risen in standing over the years. The birthplace of Chris Reeve, two makers stand out in South Africa today—Arno Bernard and Gareth Bull, a custom maker. South African folders are known for their front flippers, a very elegant and clever deployment method and the fixies from this region are generally well made, smallish knives designed for caping tasks and other hunting-related uses. There is virtually no major production scale operations, but the front flipper has penetrated both the custom and production world to a significant degree.
Arno Bernard fixed blade and the Gareth Bull Shamwari serve as excellent symbols for South African knife design. Justin Lundquist’s Fiest and the Burger designed Boker Exskelimoor are also notable front flippers, though only the Burgers are from South Africa. This is an up and coming region in the knife world.
Knives are universal tools and while they have common features across the world, different loci of designs and production have their own history and quirks that are definitely worth exploring. If you haven’t had a knife made in one of these different “knife centers” you should try one.
Triple Aught Design is a gear and clothing company based in San Francisco. It was founded by Patrick Ma, who, after a few years moved on to Prometheus Design Werx. The company remained stayed more or less on the same course that Ma had set it on producing small amounts of high end stuff—tactical pants that were stylish enough to pass in normal circles (or maybe not), a bunch of very nice jackets and outerwear layers, and their loadstar hard goods design, the Dauntless knife.
Over the years I have owned quite a bit of Triple Aught Design gear—multiple pairs of pants, shorts, a pair of jeans, a Stealth Hoodie, a production Dauntless, a custom Compact Dauntless, a midtech Compact Dauntless (see a theme?) and the Spectre 22L Backpack. Overall, its a mishmash of quality and design. The regular pants were awful falling apart after about 18 months of use. The quick dry pants, which were the same cut, were great. The production Dauntless was subperb, the custom was hard to open, and the midtech is great but with some issues. Only the Stealth hoodie, which is now out of production, was a thoughtlessly easy recommendation. What once was an obsession of mine has turned into healthy skepticism.
The second phase, the Ma-less phase, of Triple Aught Design, was, in my experience, marked by this inconsistency. At the same time, thanks in part to an odd spotlight in the national media accounts of Ryan Zinke’s spending while in office, another issue was highlighted—Triple Aught Design stuff was monstrously expensive. Henleys cost more than $75 (and some were, according to press, sold to Eminem). The combination of price, color palette consistency, and celebrity use led many in the gear community to call Triple Aught Design “Tactical Lululemon” after a women’s clothing brand that made nice stuff, with consistent color palettes, high prices, and celebrity buyers.
I knew I had some travel lined up in the second half of 2018 and my Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II was too small for these multiday events. Not wanting to be the guy that takes the full through trail hiking pack on a plane or a train, I looked for something smaller. I had reviewed and loved the Tom Bihn Small Synapse and the Mystery Ranch ASAP was not in stock (and hadn’t been for over a year—I think it was phased out of the line). Additionally, one of my grail packs, the BO Gear pack, was no longer being made. For years, I hovered over the buy button refusing to click because the $150 pack cost $170 to ship to me. Such is the cost of buying stuff from Australia. The Spectre looked like a good choice given it size and unlike a lot of stuff from Triple Aught Design, it wasn’t outrageously expensive at around $220 (“monstrously expensive” is, of course, a relative term).
The Spectre line is a line of modular ultralight packs. They are purposely designed to be less tactical looking than other Triple Aught Design packs, embracing a “Gray Man” design language. The 22L is the smallest pack in the line. All of the Spectre packs are modular with attachment points for accessory packs. There are two fabrics choices LS42 and VX21 both of which are advertised as high abrasion resistant ultralight materials—supposedly giving you low weight and high durability. I chose the LS42 version (with the random white, gray, and black pattern). More on these below. The pack is simple with no rear zippered pocket. It has a dedicated water pocket/laptop carrier, two side water bottle holders with zippered bottoms for pass through of long items, a massive main compartment with a small items bag at the top. There is a waist strap with two zippered pockets (built in on the VS42 version but ot on the VX21 version—I wish that was more clear on the Triple Aught Design website when I bought my pack…it has now been updated). The shoulder harness is padded, contoured, and adjustable with a sternum strap. The grab handle is a simple strap of nylon. There are two compression straps on the pack that allow for a number of different attachment points.
The Spectre arrived just in time for two big trips—one to Maine for hiking and another to Washington DC for business/2A advocacy. Given how different these two trips were I thought they represented a good trial period for a pack. This past year in Maine was the first year that my second son was old enough to hike trails and so we did a lot of hiking. I carried the Spectre 22L the entire time. Ironically enough I also carried him a lot. Maine’s coast is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and the trails are always entertaining. One particular hike was an excellent test—a loop trail on a cliff high above the Atlantic Ocean. That day a fog rolled in that was thick enough that it drenched you when you walked through it. Between the water and the ubiquitous granite and pine trees, the Spectre was pushed hard—water and abrasion galore. It did okay. In Washington DC the situation was a bit different. I needed a pack I could work out of on the train ride down and back and one that didn’t attract attention in the city. There it did well, but for the waist strap. It was a constant snag point as I moved through tight quarters and looked ungainly when not buckled.
On one end of the pack design spectrum there is the LL Bean tote. It is basically a garbage bag with handles made of canvas. There is no internal organization, everything is just dumped into one big pile that you happen to carry around. On the other end are the computer bags of the early 2000s, like those from Tumi. They had dozens of small pouches, stays, and loops each so specifically tailored to a role that once tech changed they were either useless or in need of a use hack. These packs also seemed to eat small items as they got lost in the nearly endless places where they could be stashed. Unfortunately, the Spectre 22L is too close to the LL Bean tote. Without no external pockets other than those on the waist strap, the pack is just too simple to use for a long period of time without the accessories. There is no place, for example, to store a pen and have it be accessible without opening the pack.
The waist strap pockets are too small, the small items pocket has no organization, and there is no where else to put it. I realize that Triple Aught Design conceives of its stuff as hard use, but even adventurers carry a pen, if for no other reason than to draw new species they found in their hipster notebook.
The LS42 fabric is not quite there. It is very light, but it is not abrasion resistant enough for regular moderately tough use. If you have a pack with Condura on it and you switch to this without switching how you use the pack, be prepared for small rips and dings. LS42 and VX21 are a new generation of laminate fabrics from Dimension-Polyant. By combining non-directional (i.e. not woven) polyester, poly-resin, and ripstop nylon, LS42 is supposed to be an ideal lightweight high abrasion resistant fabric. Its merely okay. I would vastly prefer Dyneema in this application.
Beyond the fabric, the rest of the pack is excellent. I found the zippers to work well, the water proofing to be decent (really you need a rubber plate on the bottom of the pack to prevent soak through), and the straps were excellent. I also liked the water bottle holders, though not quite as much as the cinch sack versions found on the Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II.
The Spectre 22L isn’t a pack you need to purchase. It is not ultralight enough to satisfy the toothbrush handle hating crowd and it is not tough enough to satisfy the one is none crowd. The fabric is not up to the task of hiking in tough and thorny places. The lack of organization is notable. I wish it has an impermeable bottom. I also wish the waist strap was stowable on all versions of the pack. Overall, it is merely okay. “Okay” is not good enough in a market as competitive as this one—the Small Synapse in Dyneema obliterates this bag in every way. The budget Mystery Ranches do as well. This seems like a pack more designed to sell accessories than to take on a hike, which is a shame as there are quite a few good ideas tucked in here. The pack does okay in an urban environment, but then again every bad does. With a bit more organization and a different material (::cough::Dyneema::cough::), this could be a real winner.
Trijicon announced their new Specialized Reflex Optic at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. The Trijicon SRO supplements their existing line of RMR optics and offers features not found on the older model.
From the Trijicon website:
“The Trijicon SRO (Specialized Reflex Optic) is specifically designed for pistol use. The wide field of view and clean, crisp dot makes it easy for users to find and track the dot in both target and competitive shooting applications, helping improve shooting accuracy and speed. Every SRO features both manual and automatic LED brightness modes. Additionally, a top-loading CR2032 battery provides a 3-year battery life (at setting 4 of 8). These features make the SRO a great choice in any application.”
The main advantages of the SRO over the RMR are the slightly larger and reshaped window, designed to make it easier for shooters to acquire the dot, and the relocation of the battery compartment to the top of the optic. This means that the battery can be changed without removing the unit from the pistol and battery changes can be accomplished more easily and without having to sight in the optic each time.
Although the SRO is slightly larger in most dimensions than the RMR, it retains the same “footprint” at the point where it contacts the pistol slide. This allows the SRO to work on most slides cut for the RMR. This includes most factory solutions, such as the Glock MOS series, and most aftermarket custom installations.
Selected SRO Features
Available in three dot sizes: 1 MOA, 2.5 MOA, or 5 MOA
8 brightness settings including 1 Super Bright Mode and 2 Night Vision Modes
Button “Lock Out” Mode Secures “Auto Brightness” Feature
Button “Lock In” Mode Secures User-Selected Brightness
Length: 2.2″ overall, 1.8″ “Footprint” for mounting
Weight: 1.6 oz
Window Size: .98″ x .89″
For more information on the Trijicon SRO watch the video from the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at the NRA Annual Meeting to talk to Chris from Magpul about their new MP5 and MP5k compatible parts and accessories, including new hand guards and grip modules for the MP5 series and clones. Also, we get a little hint about the potential for Magpul MP5 mags… […]
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On Tuesday, the Tennessee House passed self-defense legislation, House Bill 1264
David Workman has a report. In the first, the Supreme Court denied New York's request to extend briefing schedules so that it could repeal the ordinances being challenged, and thus moot the case. That's why I've been slaving on an amicus brief rather than blogging...
New York did itself no favors when, in its request to the Court, it said it still believed in the utility of the ordinances. That left it open to a counter-stroke, which Paul Clement promptly and eloquently delivered, arguing NY's move was a transparent attempt to bail out of a lost case at the last moment.
2,452,893 ballots were bound in the official magazines of the NRA
145,920 ballots received back
141,101 ballot were valid
4,819 were invalidBallots that were deemed invalid for a variety of reasons. Among the reasons enumerated by Mr. Satterfield were arrival after the April 7th cutoff date, more than 25 candidates marked, no candidates marked, and some were actually prior year ballots. I think he said there was even one ballot from 2009.
I had some time to stop by and check out Gray Guns booth this weekend at NRA. Gray Guns has been making aftermarket upgrades for different handguns and recently they started making upgrades for the SIG P320 and P365 pistols. This has been increasingly popular with the John Wick movies showcasing their upgraded P365 ran […]
Now that the legislative session has come to an end, it is important for pro-gun supporters to be aware of the great work that the legislature accomplished this session.
In this episode of TFBTV’s NRAAM 2019 coverage, James Reeves visits B&T to check out their new B&T APC-9K submachinegun/SMG/PCC, which recently won a contract with the U.S. Army. The APC-9K is a PDW-sized 9mm submachinegun that accepts B&T’s proprietary mags and packs a punch in a very small, easy to use package – BUT […]
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Beretta introduced the newest pistol in their APX line at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. The sub-compact Beretta APX Carry is a 9mm single-stack pistol designed to be more concealable than the other pistols in the APX family.
The APX Carry features a stainless steel chasis covered with a polymer grip frame housing available in four colors: Black, Flat Dark Earth, OD Green, and Wolf Gray. The pistol ships with a six round magazine that can use either a flush fit or finger rest baseplate and an extended eight round magazine.
Watch the video from the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting for more info on the Beretta APX Carry.
Model: APX Carry
Mag Capacity: 6 +1, 8+1
Operation: Semi-auto, Short recoil system
Chasis: Stainless Steel
Grip Frame: Fiberglass Reinforced Technopolymer
Slide: Steel – Black Nitrade Finish
Barrel: Steel – Black Nitrade Finish
Barrel Length: 3.07″
Weight (empty): 20 oz
At the Colt Manufacturing booth at NRA Annual Meeting last weekend, there was a Colt Custom Shop engraver, John Pease, doing a live demonstration of his work on a 1911 slide. This type of work takes extreme amount of patience – the artisan must pay a lot of attention to his work as he cannot afford to make any mistake done on the metal. Unlike a painting where you can paint over your mistakes.
While everyone was in awe, I was afraid to approach and ask for a price for this piece of art. That old saying “If you have you ask, you cannot afford it.” applied in this case.
An engraved gun is a stark contrast to the consumer society we live today where everyone throws their 2 year old smartphones away after they dropped it. It harks back to the old days where people used to fix broken toasters because it was cheaper to fix it than to buy a new one. It was also a time where things are not massed produced.
Today, engravings have simply reserved for countries like Switzerland, Italy & Germany where they still train artisans for engraving watch movements, knives and shotguns.
On April 27th, the Iowa General Assembly adjourned sine die from the 2019 Legislative Session. During this session, both chambers passed Senate Joint Resolution 18 to propose an amendment to the state Constitution affirming and recognizing the right of Iowans’ to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives missed an opportunity to ensure that law-abiding citizens are able to defend themselves and their loved ones when they failed to bring up House File 636, the Family Defense Act, for debate.
With the Illinois General Assembly returning from recess, House Amendment 1 to House Bill 96 is likely to move quickly. HA 1 to HB 96 would impose various gun control schemes in Illinois, such as criminalizing private transfers and creating a gun seizure regime.
Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. The poignant picture below shows the evacuation of Americans and South Vietnamese staff from the roof top of the US Embassy in Saigon.
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It was the biggest helicopter lift of its kind in history—an 18-hour operation that carried 1,373 Americans and 5,595 Vietnamese to safety. Yet in sheer numbers, the feat was overshadowed by the incredible impromptu flight of perhaps another 65,000 South Vietnamese. In fishing boats and barges, homemade rafts and sampans, they sailed by the thousands out to sea, hoping to make it to the 40 U.S. warships beckoning on the horizon. Many were taken aboard the American vessels, while others joined a convoy of 27 South Vietnamese Navy ships that limped slowly—without adequate food or water—toward an uncertain welcome in the Philippine Islands. Hundreds of South Vietnamese also fled by military plane and helicopter, landing at airfields in Thailand or ditching their craft alongside American ships.My father who was drafted into the US Army in December 1940 for "the Hawaiian Department" was to serve two tours of duty in South Vietnam. His first tour was in Cam Rahn Bay from October 1967 until October 1968 and then again from April 1970 until the end of March 1971 in Lai Khe an Bao Loc. He was thus in Vietnam for two of the more momentous events of the war - the Tet Offensive and the Cambodian Invasion.
Let’s talk about the new B&T APC9 Pro. If you aren’t familiar with this pistol caliber carbine, then I have to go ahead and question your knowledge and support of firearms and the second amendment all together. Joking aside, these are some of the best sub-machine guns available. Not to worry, they make semi-auto versions […]
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There were many celebrities at the NRA Annual Meeting this past weekend at Indianapolis, IN. Orin Julie who refers herself as Queen of Guns on Instagram, has risen to stardom from the small country of Israel when she was still in the Combat Rescue Unit of the Israeli Defense Force. She started modeling with guns with Zahal on Instagram and she caught the attention worldwide as being a female soldier who can handle weapons. Since then, she had been in several interviews on Israeli television and she was even starred in Survivor Israel TV Show which took place in Philippines. She has started her own promotion agency, Alpha Gun Angels which employs a group of IDF vet who help firearm companies represent their products.
She’s currently living in her home country of Israel but she is planning to move to Florida due to job opportunities.
She’s easy on the eye, but don’t let that put your guard down as she most likely can out shoot you and your friends.
You can follow her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/orin_julie.
Have you ever wanted to watch Hickok45 shoot some guns he’s probably never fired before? Maybe some guns selected by someone else without his knowledge? Well, here’s your chance.
Ol’ what’s-his-name from Demolition Ranch got together with gun-loving YouTuber Hickok45 with three guns never before seen in the hands of Hickok45 on video. The first is a gold-plated 1911 (okay, titanium nitride), followed by a Spanish 25 ACP belly gun, and finally a Glock pistol carbine rig with folding mag well and shoulder stock — oops, I mean brace!
The weirdest rig is the Glock, which is apparently a Full Conceal M3D Folding Glock Conversion — which allows the grip/mag well of a Glock to fold forward — installed in a Micro RONI conversion, which is billed as “a lightweight and sturdy platform for Glock handguns.”
All in all, it’s a good time… and possibly the most sensible Demo Ranch video I’ve seen in ages! Enjoy.
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As you probably know, the Supreme Court agreed to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. City of New York earlier this year. That case has the potential to be a landmark decision for gun rights on the order of (or possibly exceeding) Heller and McDonald. Those who read the legal tea leaves on the anti-gun side have recognized the potential for the case to re-write (read: strike down) gun control laws across the country and it has them in a quiet state of panic. So much so, in fact, that the city of New York put the wheels in motion to change the law that’s at issue in the case.
The second open letter addressed to the member of the NRA and to Board of Directors comes from Steve Hoback. Like Andy Lander, Mr. Hoback also worked in the Training and Education Division.
Here is his letter:
April 29, 2019
An Open letter to the NRA MEMBERSHIP and their elected SERVANTS, the NRA Board of Directors.
I hope these words don't fall on deaf ears, as I am just another Bozo on the bus, a small fish in a big - and currently fetid pond: a mere NRA Member. I have, however, an insight on the current situation at the NRA that has developed from both my time as a PROUD NRA staff member, shunned heretic after my departure, and current disgusted yet DEVOTED Member.
I was blessed to have served as the Training Department's Senior Training Program Coordinator, a position that I was incredibly humbled to be created to bring me on board. I served as part of a Team that was passionate, relentless, vigilant, and tireless in our continuing improvement and protection of the training programs, which are the HEART of the NRA's mission statement. We had a Director who had our backs, a Manager who bled the NRA, and a Team that wasn't afraid - even supported in - telling the Emperor when he was naked. I was naive at the time about Ackerman-McQueen. I heard "Ack-Mac" mentioned occasionally with a shrug, but that was it.
What I did notice and was uncomfortable with was the cult of personality that some of the Executive Staff had. The Director of General Operations, a stuffed shirt, self-interested bully in my eyes (whose, I must admit, basically being told to shut up and sit down at the 2019 Meeting of Members seemed like karma at its best), and the Executive Director both always seemed to be placed FAR above their roles and NOT at the helm of a not for profit Association. In fact, the ONLY member of the Executive Staff at the time, Secretary Major James Land, was the MOST deserving of admiration: he worked FOR the Association, not the Association working for him.
I began to sense something was rotten in Denmark shortly after I was tasked with creating the Instructor Sales Program, a program through which Trainers would have access to reduced pricing on items which they could use in their training courses: a "win-win-win" for students and trainers, manufacturers, and the Training Programs. The "win" for the programs was that all of the revenue generated to the NRA had to go into the Education and Training Endowment to help the Training Programs be remain self-perpetuating. My guidelines were pretty clear: quality products, ZERO exclusivity, and no "buy in" on the part of manufacturers. The "contracts" were basically handshake agreements, reviewed by General Counsel, which were welcomed by manufacturers as a pleasant change from the Office of Advancement's hard- sell licensing agreements, which I have NO doubt were blueprinted by Ack-Mac. The program was a moderate success.
However, shortly after, i approached a major optics manufacturer who was more than happy to become involved. Details were worked out, General Counsel approved of the details, but just before launching, I was pulled into the Office of the GO Director and told to stand down temporarily because another optics manufacturer who had NOT responded to my offer to be included, "may not be comfortable with their competition being in the program". This was my first hint that "perks" to senior staff could be driving decisions, later substantiated when a senior staff member went on to a position for the protected manufacturer.
Closer to home for me was the idea of web based training. The Training Department staff had been tasked with vigilantly ensuring that NRA credentials were in no way associated with online training. This determination was made based on three of the keystones could not exist in a web-based course: TPI, Total Participant Involvement; evaluation of the Knowledge, Skills, and ATTITUDE of the student by the trainer; and - most importantly- safety, as the students' safe gun handling could NOT be observed and unsafe acts not be identified, remediated, and corrected, or - failing that course of action - the student being identified as not passing because of Attitude.
Just prior to my leaving Staff, there began to be inklings of the development of web based NRA Basic Firearms Courses, specifically, the Basics of Pistol Marksmanship Course. My peers were adamantly against this, and we were amazed that it was even being considered. After I left, the whole debacle of "blended learning" went ahead full steam, without the consideration of the input from trainers in the trenches being asked for input. This was, in NO doubt, a result of the ever growing Ackerman-McQueen power within the NRA. We all know the farce that the launching of Blended Learning was, and the offshoot of this rape of the integrity of the Programs was the introduction of Carry Guard, an Ack-Mac inspired program that, it must be noted, is the HEART of the New York lawsuit that the "Old Guard" on the Board who voiced the need for secrecy at the Meeting of Members referenced.
This blatant ramrodding of a non-NRA developed course also resulted in the appointment of a new Education and Training Director who was, unbelievable, a major player in the CarryGuard program and who, for all intents and purposes, was given the equivalent of a "no show union job" that organized crime would be proud of.
I have left many names out. A little research can fill in blanks.
Again, I am PROUD to be a MEMBER of the National Rifle Association of America. I am PROUD to have worked with Bill Poole, the late Charles Mitchell, Andy Lander, Mark Richardson, Sean Thornton, Samantha Olsen, and the many other, under payed, overworked, and dedicated staff members in the trenches during my time there. I am saddened and - at times - angered by the few who have apparently turned to "the dark side" and sold out in the name of job security or - often worse, personal gain or power, after preaching "you gotta be here for the passion not the paycheck".
In closing, MY Association is at a crossroads. It has become the swamp that many have lashed out against in our Federal government. The "not for profit" status of the Association, if kept to its charter, bylaws, and mission statement is NOT in jeopardy. The FOR PERSONAL PROFIT actions of the "Old Guard" Board Members, certain of the Executive Staff and Directors and Deputy Directors, and Ackerman-McQueen influence have not only endangered the not for profit status but the INTEGRITY of the Association. In addition, the heedless, unbridled hero worship of many Members and their antipathy toward holding the Old Guard accountable has helped to create the monster that is destroying rhe Association from within. This PROUD member of the "unwashed masses" that the Old Guard looks down on and feels deserve secrecy from the inner workings has had enough and will no longer tolerate the foxes keeping watch over the hen house.
NRA Life Member
NRA Training Counselor
Former NRA Training Department Staff Member
A 34-year-old home invader masquerading as a police officer was reportedly shot by a homeowner while attempting to rob a group of folks inside a home.
The guy was apparently wearing a vest identifying him as a police officer when he entered an Indianapolis home and tried to rob the two men and one woman inside. Soon the tables were turned, however.
Police say one of the people inside the home pulled out a gun and shot [the trespasser].
[The crook] fled from the home, but police found him. Medics transported him to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his buttocks. Police say it is not a life-threatening injury.
Aside from the vest, police also recovered a radio with headset and handcuffs. The bad guy was arrested for “criminal confinement and impersonating a public servant.”
Here’s to the armed citizen who made it mighty uncomfortable for him to sit when his day in court rolls around.
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There were two open letters published on Facebook within the last couple of days addressed to the NRA Board of Directors. They both come from former NRA employees who were employed in the Training and Education Division. You have often heard the refrain that the NRA is the largest gun safety organization in the world due to the number of people it trains. Well, these guys were part of the reason.
These are long letters so I will publish them in two posts. The first is from Andy Lander who ended his career with the NRA as the Training Counselor Program Coordinator. Training Counselors, for those that don't know, are the folks who train the trainers. In other words, they are the instructor's instructors.
April 29, 2019
An Open letter to the NRA Board of Directors.
First off, I would like to congratulate all the newly elected NRA board members, I’m sure your reason for running for the NRA Board of Directors (BOD) was driven by patriotism, pride ,and selfless service to millions of law abiding gun owners. This letter is not for you. I would like to say a sincerer thank you for your willingness to sacrifice your own personal health and sanity to try and guide the NRA through its most turbulent times. As for the incumbents who are on the NRA Board this letter is for you. I’m sorry to say that I’ve lost all faith in you as leaders. I’m also unsure if any of you actually understand what leadership is. Many of you have been on the board for many years and even decades, and continue to remain an elected member of the NRA BOD, in what appears to those of us who have worked at the NRA as nothing more than a shill or yes man/woman. I’m not just speaking to those on the Finance Committee, or Nomination Committees, I’m speaking to all incumbents including those working on committees that have nothing to do politically and operate only in the realm of the programs side of the Association. I request that you remove highly overpaid executives particularly NRA’s Executive Vice President Mr. Wayne Lapierre, Josh Powell, along with cutting all business ties to Ackerman and McQueen (Ack Mack) and anyone that has ever worked with Ack Mack. For some of you, it appears that you are nothing more than a paid vote to ensure the longevity of Mr. Lapierre or elected to ensure that Ack Mack can leech off the NRA thus receiving compensation from Ack Mack itself. I can only draw one of the two following conclusions, the first one is that you’re incompetent in your duties as an NRA Board member, or two you’re part of the actual problem.
I worked at the Association for over 13 years ending my time as the Training Counselor Program Coordinator. My job was to coordinate and conduct the NRA Training Counselor Workshops, or the folks who trained NRA Certified instructors. When I started in the training department in 2005 there where 42,000 NRA instructors, when I left the NRA there were over 120,000 instructors. My entire time at the NRA I worked 2-4 job at any given time to pay the bills. There are quite a few employees that still do this at the NRA to make ends meet.
That being said, I can think of no other non-profit organization that compensates their Executive Vice President the kind of salary and benefits that Mr. Lapierre gets relative to how much employees receive. I also cannot understand how a person like Mr. Lapierre treats the people that work for him like his own personal indentured servants, unless you know the secret handshake, then you’re compensated very handsomely as long as you follow along blindly providing no resistance to the people running the organization. Those BOD’s that OBEY, are rewarded with NRATV contracts provided by Ackerman and McQueen, or are paid handsomely for speaking arrangements. The things that are taking place within the organization, I feel are things that corrupt Congressmen would be doing not the leaders of oldest civil rights organization in the country. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but it is to my understanding that the BOD knew a year in advance of how NRA Employees retirements were going to be frozen and run the risk of not existing at all. Yet before employees received the letter notifying them of the possibility of having little to no retirement. Mr. Lapierre and a few other executives cashed out their retirements so they wouldn’t loose any money. I’m not an attorney but this appears very fishy and has the appearance of what in the business world is referred to as insider trading. This is not just a moral violation but one would wonder if it would follow into the realm of possible criminal behavior? When I started at NRA, I was still eligible to be in the NRA retirement program, I was hired in 2004 as a membership specialist at starting salary of $28,000 a year working in one the richest counties in America. The retirement was stopped, (IIRC by the BOD) in 2007 for all new employees. The letter shows exponential drops in percentages as well as 13.3 million dollar funding short fall for 2018, a 4.5 million dollar funding short fall for 2017, and $0.00 shortfall for 2016 for non NRA executives retirement funds. This letter was dated April 15, 2019 and was from Ms. Shawn Soto from NRA Human Resources.
It is interesting to note that all the short falls started around the time in which Josh Powell took over as the Executive Director of NRA General Operations. The individual or individuals that came up with the idea to put Josh Powell, a man who has had shady dealings, lawsuits, and what appears to have led multiple failed businesses, in charge of the most important organization pertaining to individual rights in this country is either pure BOD’s incompetence or are possibly somehow involved in these dealings themselves. If you’re a board member who helped to put Mr. Powell in charge, you’re part of the problem. If you’re a board member who knew about this and did nothing to stop it you’re part of the problem. If you’re a board member and knew nothing about Mr. Powell’s shady dealings until the articles started to come out you’re part of the problem. If you’re a board member and you’re being paid by Ackerman and McQueen than you’re part of the problem. If you’re not actively seeking the removal of Mr. Lapierre you are the problem.
I have heard numerous excuses for Mr. Lapierre from board members, including speeches at the recent NRA members meeting on how Mr. Lapierre has taken the Association through the tough times and should trust him since he has been at the helm for the last 40 years. If I speed through a neighborhood for 10 years only to get pulled over with the excuse of “I’ve been doing this all along therefore you should let me continue to do so Officer” my excuse is a poor one at best. Mr. Lapierre and his colleagues have demonstrated what appears to be a great deal of impropriety as it pertains to running what is supposed to be the brightest beacon of freedom we have left in this country. The leaders of NRA should not be lining their own pockets, creating never-ending retirements for themselves, and conducting shady under the table dealings with ad agencies that their family members work at or have financial dealings. A perfect example of this is allowing Mr. Josh Powell to pay his father what is suggested of being in the 10’s of thousands of dollars to photograph the 2017 NRA World Shooting Championship for one single day. This is highly unusual and I don’t understand why he would have needed to hire any outside photographer, especially since NRA publications had already sent their own photographers to that event.
Despite the fact that current employees continue to be underpaid, fired, used as scape goats such as in the recent termination of Mark Richardson ( a loyal employee of 10 plus years and former army veteran) in some cases are ordered to travel, only to find their NRA credit card has been canceled and have to use their own credit cards to finance their business expenditures is direct result of Mr. Lapierre’s lack of leadership. This means they must put their personal bills on hold because of NRA’s financial shortcomings. I had this happen to me personally a few times during my time at NRA. In the mean time NRA executives continue to accumulate astronomical compensations not seen in any other non profit 501(c3).
Then there is the case of the Director of NRA Competitive Shooting Division Cole Mcculough who I believe is currently involved in litigation to shut down a neighboring shooting range to his family owned personal for profit shooting range. The name of the range is Shadow Hawk located in West Virginia. Shadow Hawk is privately owned and operated shooting range which is highly respected and loved by the local competitive shooters in the area. Another riddle I have yet to answer is, how does the NRA Competitions Director get paid a handsome salary, and draw a large profit estimated in the in the 100’s of thousands of dollars from the NRA’s World Shooting Championship? The Director of Competitions is the same individual that decides where the World Shooting Championship is held every year. Let’s not forget how Cole forgot to report the winnings from the World Shooting championship in 2016/17, only to have NRA Human resources take 2016 taxes out of 2017 pay checks two days after Christmas. I was on vacation at the time and received a pay check of less around $300 dollars. Another employee didn’t even receive a paycheck. I also believe what the NRA did was actually a violation of IRS tax code. Then there is the issue of possible cronyism going on in the Competitive Shooting Division, yet I digress. This made me ask the question to myself, why is a current NRA Staff member trying to actively shut down a shooting range?
I always thought the NRA stood as a barrier fighting the good fight. I remember a long conversation with my late friend Pat Rogers (editor from SWAT magazine) who supported the NRA, but said, “I don’t always agree with what the NRA, then again I didn’t always agree with what my mother said, but she was right most of the time”. I felt the same way until the motive of the NRA shifted from fighting for freedom, to fighting for money. I personally sat in on meetings in which the discussion was to put USCCA out of business because they were taking what should be ours. I’ll be honest I was a little to shocked to hear the NRA was in the business of trying to put pro gun companies out of business?
I could go on and on, but to be honest I have better things to do. Service as an employee to the NRA is behind me now. I personally have moved on to other things, yet still maintain deep friendships with people at NRA HQ. I hear their pain, I can see their suffering, and at what expense? So Wayne Lapierre, Josh Powell, and friends can make another million? The only people that can stop this is you! The NRA’s survival is at stake, the soul of the organization, the NRA employees that sacrifices a good paying job, gets treated like dirt by folks at Ack Mack, and are forced to loose the most important thing to anyone, time away from their families, will one day come into work and find out they are working for free. The history of the NRA is being written as we speak, I wonder will that history be a relatively short one, causing a collapse in the ability to protect the Constitution particularly the second Amendment. Thus writing your name in the history books as the last BOD’s of the National Rifle Association? Or will you do the right thing and ensure the NRA remains strong for decades to come. I pray that in the future my follow up letter to this will be thanking you for doing the right thing, rather than writing to all you, see I told you so.
NRA Life Member
NRA Senior Training Counselor
NRA Staff alumni 2004-2018
Please forgive all the misspellings and typos.
There will come a time in every bodies life to choose between what is right, and what is easy.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
SHOULD SCHOOL PERSONNEL BE ARMED?
Right now, nobody knows the right answer, because mainly there is no best solution. Certainly there is no one rule that could apply to all schools much less all teachers. However, if done right with tremendous support, appropriate selection, personnel screening and plenty of hands on training, armed teachers and others in the schools could be one heck of a deterrent.
There was a compelling argument in a recent story against the idea. The author was a 31 year veteran of the FBI (the group that missed the screening of the shooter in Florida) as well as a firearms instructor for 23 years. He ought to know. Well, his opinion at least is one side of the argument.
This author’s plea is that by comparison FBI agents for example, complete 110 hours of firearms training and expend around 5000 rounds during the training. They are then required to qualify quarterly. He stated that the New York Police Department officers undergo 80 hours of handgun training. Statistically these officers only hit their targets 18 percent of the time or one shot out of five. You can see where that argument was going. We get it.
Still, a series of signs placed in plain view outside schools indicating that there are trained and armed personnel in the schools every day would certainly cause most school shooters or any other assaults to pick easier targets. Gun free zones simply do not seem to work.
As proof this seems to play a role in helping to stop school shooting situations, there are numerous stories of armed personnel in schools including principals and teachers stopping such attacks by being armed themselves. When Luke Woodham entered the Pearl, MS high school back in 1997 with a Marlin 30-30 lever action rifle, the assistant principal got his Colt 1911 from his truck and stopped the incident from escalating. Woodham killed two students and wounded seven others. If the principal had only had his gun inside the school.
Other initiatives to prevent mass school shooting like metal detectors, hardened doors, armed guards, bullet proof windows and such could help. The cost would be catastrophic, but these are our children at risk. Limiting high capacity magazines, extending the legal age to buy a long run or banning a class of firearms would seem to make less practical sense. After all would you assault a facility knowing that people inside were armed and ready?
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
USEFUL ACCESSORIES FOR THE REMINGTON TAC 14s
The makers of aftermarket add-on accessories for firearms must know from experience how owners of certain guns just love to customize their guns with accessories for them. Long known for accessorizing to fit the needs of personal shooters, the AR-15 is perhaps the most flexible gun ever made for adding rail mounted accessories.
Sometimes though there is a fine line between tacticool and function along with realistic practicality. Some AR owners go to extremes to overload their rifles with so many tech goodies, that the rifle turns into a burden to carry and shoot. AR shooters are often urged to consider first the need for a particular accessory before just slapping it on to look cool.
Now, with the introduction of the short personal defense Raptor gripped Remington 870 shotguns tagged the Tac-14 in 12 gauge and now in 20 gauge, the rush to supply add-on accessories is in full production. I have to admit though, some of these accessories are certainly useful if you intend to engage this gun as a self-defense shotgun for home or vehicle.
These 870s are equipped with Magpul forends that have M-Lok slots for adding accessories that mount via the slots. An M-Lok accessory has a turn key plate that fits into the slot and is rotated to lock in place. In this manner one can add many accessories.
For the two Tac-14s tooled out for this review, we first added sling attachments. Some may simply want to hand carry these shotguns, but for many uses, a sling over the shoulder frees up both hands for other purposes. A sling can also assist to steady the aim if set up right.
GG&G is already well down the trail on Tac-14 accessories. We added a clip on sling attachment mount behind the receiver on the 20 gauge, and a QD pushbutton attachment replacing a trigger pin on the 12 gauge. We added Remington magazine caps with a sling loop installed. This set up allows a one or two point attachment by choice.
To enhance the handling characteristics we added Talon Grips rubber stick on grip panels for the Raptor pistol grip and the forend. This significantly improves the hand grip on these surfaces.
Finally on the Tac-14/20 we installed Magpul M-Lok Hand Stop Kits to allow a no-slide grip on the bottom of the pump forend. Two kits were used, one in reverse position permitting two hand stops to keep the hand from sliding along the forend as the 870 is pumped.
These Tac-14 accessories enhance the use and control of these short length pump shotguns. With better grip capacity and sling options these Tac-14 shotguns are even more tactical.
A recent article in the Arizona Mirror states that the Arizona Department of Public Safety has been “quietly replacing guns issued to all troopers” after serious problems were discovered in certain FN pistols being used by state troopers: They will fire unintentionally under certain conditions.
The guns at issue are Fabrique Nationale FNS C, FNS, and FNS L pistols in both 9mm and 40 S&W. The Mirror obtained a DPS safety bulletin video via a public records request, which they posted on YouTube and I’ve included below. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate how easily FNS pistols can be made to fire unintentionally and instruct troopers on what to do should they experience these conditions.
It appears to be a serious design flaw.
From the video:
Two conditions were observed in which the pistols may fire when not intended. Various FNS pistols over a broad range of manufacture dates have been tested, from brand-new-in-box to lightly-used to heavily-used, with the same results in each case.
The conditions in which the pistols will fire abnormally:
Muzzle of pistol is pressed against an object (or person) and held slightly out of battery (slide moved just a little bit rearward) and trigger is pulled, and pistol is then moved away from the object (or person) with the trigger still pulled.
Muzzle of pistol is pressed against an object (or person) and held slightly out of battery and trigger is pulled, trigger is released, and pistol is then moved away from the object (or person). Trigger may not fully reset, allowing just about any sort of sudden movement or jolt to fire the pistol.
These conditions have been recreated consistently under laboratory environments.
In the video, we see numerous examples of condition 2, and are told that actions which can cause the gun to fire include tapping top of slide, inserting a magazine, or even holstering or drawing your pistol.
The video’s narrator noted that testers COULD NOT cause these same malfunctions with the FN 509.
FN has issued a service bulletin in which it claims the problem only exists in pistols manufactured before February 12, 2017, and offers to “substitute the striker in affected FNS-9, FNS-9 Longslide, FNS-9 Compact, FNS-40, FNS-40 Longslide, and FNS-40 Compact pistols free of charge,” adding “Once the striker is replaced, the condition no longer occurs.”
Want to know if your FNS is affected? Go here and enter your serial number.
According to the Mirror article, “FN notified DPS that it intends to ‘cease production’ of the [FNS] pistol.”
I don’t know about you, but if I had an FNS I think I’d get rid of it in short order. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
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Trijicon released their brand new SRO optic last week. They came out with the SRO as a response to their RMR having a small field of view and limiting the shooter’s sight picture. This was one of the bigger items that people were talking about over the weekend in the industry. The Specs The new […]
This article is a continuation of the original Foresight coverage from SHOT Show 2019, which can be found here.
We now have videos of how this sight works. We were able to scroll through the menu, zero the sight as well as entering the low power mode which only shows the reticle itself to save power.
We were told that the Foresight App, which provides additional features such as gun profiles (up to 10 guns), additional customized reticles options (in addition to the 5 existing reticles) will be available first for Android devices in June 2019. Apple iOS version will follow few months after.
We were shown a few screen captures of the App still in beta, but we were told not to publish the images. It’s comprehensive and easy to use. The gun profile screen shows name and outlines of each weapon as well as the distance the sight was zero’d at. The app can also connect to multiple Foresight units.
Meprolight Foresight is expected to hit the market in June 2019 with a MSRP of $714.
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FN firearms have been in wide use by the United States Military, as well as other US government agencies, for quite a while. In fact, if you’ve served in the Army or Marine Corps in the last few decades, it is very likely that your issued weapon was an FN product.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the M249 SAW and the M240 series of machine guns, as well as the Mk19, Mk46/48, all of which are made by FN. There is a soft place in my heart reserved for FN products (specifically the M249 PARA) but I’ve never owned one for myself, nor have I spent a lot of time with FN hardware outside of the military.
In addition to fire-breathing, lead-spraying, death-dealing machine guns and rifles, FN also makes a number of pistols you may be familiar with such as the FNX series, FN Five-seveN, and FNS pistols. In April of 2017, FN released the FN 509 series of striker fired 9mm pistols as an upgrade from their FNS series. The 509 pistols are only offered in 9mm (obviously) and come in a variety of sizes and configurations: midsize, standard, and tactical.
In this series of reviews, I will discuss each of the 509 series offerings having subjected them to an identical round count, of identical ammo, running identical drills. I’ll start with the 509 Midsize and work my way up to the 509 Tactical.
FN 509 Midsize Specs/Price
For those who are unfamiliar, below are the specs for the 509 Midsize according to FN:
In addition to the above specs, FN 509 Midsize also features all ambidextrous controls, which isn’t just nice for all those left-handed weirdos, but also nice for me when shooting one handed left hand. Producing fully ambidextrous firearms, especially pistols, is the direction most manufacturers are going, and I see it as a very good thing. Now if they could only figure out how to make an ambidextrous bolt gun…
Other features of the 509 Midsize include: luminescent sights (standard in most pistols, but LE guns come with tritium sights), front and rear cocking serrations, mil standard 1913 rail for accessories, and a “technically” double action trigger. FN lists an MSRP of $649, and I’ve found them retailing for about $100 less.
I’ve been a Glock shooter for quite a few years and have grown used to a blockier, somewhat less intuitively ergonomic platform. When picking up the FN 509 Midsize, my mind went immediately to a Glock 19 (similar grip length) but without the “harsh” Glock grip angle. The grip angle on the 509 Midsize is similar to what you would find on most modern pistols, and upon presentation, the sights align with a neutral wrist attitude. FN also includes the option of interchangeable back straps, which is a feature that is nearing an industry standard.
The magazine release was easily activated without having to adjust my right hand, and so was the slide release. After a few dry reps on my strong side, I decided to try the same thing weak side, to see if the 509 Midsize favored one over the other. With little surprise, I found the pistol just as easy to operate left-handed as I did right-handed; both the magazine release and slide release offered nearly identical force to operate. This isn’t a trivial examination for those shooters who are left handed, as there are plenty of “ambidextrous” firearms out there which clearly favor a right-handed shooter in spite of left-hand friendly controls.
The sights are a pretty typical and unremarkable 3 dot “luminescent” configuration. The rear sight offers a nice shelf for one handed charging. There are also plenty of aftermarket sight options if the factory offerings don’t agree with your tastes. I think the sights are just fine. The only change I would make is to either get a blacked out rear sight, or more than likely, since I’m cheap and lazy, simply paint the rear sight black. I usually carry a flashlight on all my pistols (both to reduce recoil and to see what I’m shooting at) so I’m not super concerned about having tritium sights, and feel the factory front sight would suit my needs nicely.
The trigger is one area I think could use some work. It’s a bit drawn out, and heavier than I’d like even considering it’s a factory trigger. I didn’t feel like it affected my slow fire very much, but I certainly noticed it when I was trying to shoot quick. Luckily there are a number of aftermarket trigger upgrades available for the 509 series of pistols.
On the Range
As stated above, I did the exact same drills with the exact same round count with all the guns in the 509 series. To be clear, this wasn’t intended to be a torture test, nor was it intended to find the point of failure of these pistols (I think their reliability is pretty well established) but to test their “shootability”. Can these pistols perform to an acceptable accuracy, rate of fire, and general usability standard?
I did a walk back drill with the 509 Midsize starting at 25 yards, with a goal of making it to 50 yards without missing a C-Zone steel target. I’m pleased to say the Midsize passed with flying colors. I didn’t miss a single time during the walk back, and went 5 for 5 at 50. I’d say this is more than adequate for a pistol intended to be used for concealed carry. Strong work, FN.
Fast Cadence Shooting
After the walk back drill, I did a number of higher volume, faster cadence drills which culminated in the Bill Drill. It took a few reps to really nail down my grip, and the difference of how to drive this gun under recoil compared to my Glock, but I think I got it figured out. The 509 Midsize felt a bit unruly when shooting at a quick cadence and requires more from the shooter to achieve acceptable accuracy with low splits. Although it took a bit more effort for me to shoot this gun quick, I would say that it was an issue that could be entirely resolved with a bit more time on the gun and some minor adjustments to the trigger and sights.
This is one area where I did want to test the system’s reliability a bit in addition to ease of use. I fully loaded two of the 15 round magazines and shot one round, dumped the mag, and inserted another, then shot one round. I repeated this until both magazines were empty. I didn’t experience any malfunctions due to the somewhat harsh treatment of dropping fully loaded magazines onto the hard rock covered ground. I also didn’t have any issues with the ergonomics of quickly dropping the magazine or inserting one.
Overall, I’d say the FN 509 Midsize is an excellent option for those who want a good compromise between a single stack, sub-compact gun and a full-size gun. Because of its more neutral grip angle, I believe it’ll be easier for newer shooters to get a hold of, and be comfortable with, than a Glock 19 (which is my favorite concealed carry option by the way). I would feel comfortable suggesting this to friends and family for self-protection, and it may even find itself somewhere in my safe.
Check back tomorrow for Part 2: the Standard size FN 509
Interested in a 509 Midsize? You can buy yours HERE.
If you want to stay alive, relevant, and make desirable products in the firearm industry, you need to have a pulse for what the shooter wants. EO Tech’s brand of optics, Vudu, has been punching out a lot of favorites lately in the riflescope space and they continued to add to that list with the […]
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At the NRA Annual Meeting last weekend at Indianapolis, IN, the new EOTech Vudu 1-8x24mm SFP (Second Focal Plane) variable power scope was announced.
It features an illuminated, daylight bright cross-hair with 1.5 MOA red center dot (0.5MOA at 8x) and 4 stadia lines below it for bullet drop. This is similar to the likes of European scopes such as Zeiss V8 1-8x or Swarovski Z8i 1-8x with a clutter-free, hunting style reticle designed for speed and tracking.
Answering to customer feedback, they have made the elevation & windage turrets capped. However, the caps can be left removed for quick adjustments during a stage.
A lot of people ask, why not in FFP (First Focal Plane)? The answer is simple, it’s technically challenging to produce a daylight bright reticle in FFP as well it adds additional weight to the scope. Some manufacture uses dual focal plane (dot on second focal plane, while the reticle stays in first) to solve this problem but it adds complexity which equals to additional cost. While EOTech was coy to provide any additional specification, it feels similar in weight to their 1-6x offering given it retains similar length and both are using 30mm tube.
Magnification adjustment is smooth like butter.
This will cater to guys who competes in 3-Gun who wants daylight bright reticle and more magnification without the additional weight & cost.
Expected retail is going to be around $1350 which is the same as their current Vudu 1-6×24 scope. It will be available in early 2020.
Vudu Optics is now their own brand separate from EOTech, their new website is www.vuduoptics.com.
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This rifle is lot #410 in the upcoming May 2019 Rock Island auction.
When the Belgian military decided to adopt a new rifle in the late 1880s, they attached a wide variety of competitors. The best of the batch were Mauser and Mannlicher, with Mauser ultimately winning – but among the other entrants was Belgian Captain Uldarique Marga and his bolt action rifle design. Marga’s rifle used a Beaumont-style V-spring for the firing pin, 10 rear locking lugs, a single-stack blind magazine, and included a cartridge cutoff. It was an acceptable rifle, if not excellent (the V-spring Beaumont system was less reliable and durable than coil springs, and the rear locking lugs were an artifact of the recent black powder days) – but it simply did not show the excellence of the Mauser rifle.
At the NRA Annual Meetings 2019 held in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend Blackhawk! introduced a new holster that will benefit civilians and law enforcement alike by requiring less finger and hand manipulations to release it with the T-Series Holster. One thing that slows everyone down in their ability to draw a firearm in self-defense […]
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Bushnell has launched a NEW little red dot that looks to be small, intuitive, and easy-to-use for rifles or pistols. This new offering was on proud display at the NRA Annual Meetings 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend. This NEW red dot has been dubbed the Advance Micro Reflex Sight. This small red dot […]
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Lt. Col. Allen West, USA (Ret), former Congressman from Florida and a NRA Board Member, put out this tweet a little over an hour ago. Mind you that the release put out by the American Rifleman and elsewhere was that the Board unanimously elected the new officers, reelected Wayne LaPierre as EVP, and re-appointed the rest of the Executive Team.
(3/3) I wish we could have delivered on what our NRA members asked of us in the resolution they referred to the Board. The NRA & 2A is greater than any one person. It’s about the spirit of those Patriots who took the field on April 19, 1775 at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge.— Allen West (@AllenWest) April 30, 2019
A question to the reader: What would you consider important skills every survivalist should know? For the sake of context, this is the same question I have asked myself for decades. With limited time and resources, it is impossible to focus on all survival skills. We can touch on various skills to get a basic understanding, but if we wanted to focus on exact list, what would that list contain?
After putting much thought into the topic, this is the answer I propose. Let’s use our ancestors as an example and focus on skills that allowed them to survive for thousands of years. Furthermore, let’s divide our ancestors into two groups:
Why should we divide humanity into two groups based on years? At the end of the last Ice Age, humanity was faced with a dilemma – adapt or starve to death. Numerous species of herd animals had gone, or were on their way to being extinct – Mammoth, Mastodon, Giant Sloth, Giant Bison…. to name a few.
With the massive herds gone humanity had to adapt, and that adaption came with agriculture and domestication of wild animals.
Humanity lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. We followed the herds, fished and forged. The food was preserved in a number of ways, such as the Native American Indians drying salmon or buffalo meat.
Skills that allowed tribes to survive:
Even in the 21st century remote tribes still use those methods to find food.
As discussed earlier, around 10k – 12 years ago humanity started to domestic livestock and wild crops. The domesticated crops we have today, such as corn, wheat, plums, are a far cry from their ancient ancestors.
Through selective breeding we developed new breeds of chickens from their wild jungle fowl ancestor.
What does all this mean?
After our ancestors developed agriculture and animal husbandry they had to learn a new skill sets, such as:
Let’s keep it simple and just say farming and gardening. Farming is defined as “raising crops and animals”; however, not all farmers and gardeners, and not all gardeners are farmers.
If we took everything we talked about above, put it in a pot and boiled it down, what would be the essential survival skills?
A lot of people are going to disagree with that list, and that is fine. We could say blacksmithing is an essential skill, and that is an excellent point. However, in the grand scheme of things blacksmithing is a relatively new invention. Our ancestors survived for tens of thousands of years, maybe even hundreds of thousands of years without smelting iron.
Maybe there should be a follow up article where we talk about other skills such as pottery, basket weaving, blacksmithing, making gunpowder… etc?
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President/CEO Wayne LaPierre was re-elected unanimously and unopposed by the NRA Board of Directors at their meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., April 29, 2019.
Carolyn Meadows was elected NRA President; Charles L. Cotton, First Vice President; and Willes Lee, Second Vice President.
Also retaining their offices are NRA Secretary/General Counsel John Frazer; and Craig Spray, Treasurer.
Chris W. Cox was re-appointed as Executive Director for the Institute for Legislative Action; and Joseph De Bergalis, Jr., Executive Director, General Operations.
All NRA officers were elected unanimously and unopposed.
Curious, if they just released that to everyone outside the closed door meeting because of this...notice the time she posted it. And I saw it at that time, but didn’t want to say anything. pic.twitter.com/6LrK7DBsux— Tracy Nickels-Bishop (@JusticeBlaze) April 29, 2019
Blackwater is back and stronger than ever with them bringing some awesome products to market. Now don’t think this is just a company using the Blackwater logo trying to be an imitator. This is the original company with Erik Prince at the wheel trying to make some pretty interesting and innovating products. Blackwater Suppressors Over […]
A lot of cool and interesting pieces were recently announced at the NRA Annual Meetings 2019 in Indianapolis this past weekend. One of the absolute stand-outs was the Keystone Sporting Arms (KSA) Mini Mosin Nagaint .22 Long Rifle youth rifle. This military surplus rifle is period correct and perfect to train a younger shooter on a nostalgic piece without the recoil of the traditional 7.62x54R cartridge.
At the moment we know that the MSRP is going to be $399 for these rifles and they are hopefully going to be available soon. Other than that, Keystone Sporting Arms does not have a specification sheet for us to glean over at the moment. They do provide a comment from their website that provides a little more information for us to go off of:
A miniature .22lr version of the classic Mosin-Nagant 91/30 Rifle used by the Russians in WWII. It is the first of a series of ‘Mini Mil-Surp’ rifles, a collection of five WWI and WWII rifles scaled down for Youth shooters and chambered in America’s sweetheart, the .22lr cartridge. Now kids can shoot their own version of Mom and Dad’s cool military firearms!
The KSA 91/30 has a 20 inch barrel, precision-machined to ensure the durability and accuracy that is normally reserved for the ‘big guns.’ The action is based on the proven, safe, single-shot Crickett design and has a straight-handled bolt, just like the original Mosins.
An interesting opportunity that Keystone Sporting Arms provided people who came to visit their booth was not only a chance to win one of these, but also decide the next rimfire military surplus firearm that would be produced. If you happened to make it into their booth during the NRA Show, you could fill out one of these forms seen below and win your very own Mini Mosin Nagant .22 Long Rifle:
Another “show only” opportunity people had who paid their booth a visit was the ability to buy a Limited Edition Mini Mosin where you would receive it in a wood crate, and you could also pick your own serial number! These Limited Edition rifles were limited to 500 and surely sold out fast.
The sights are also copies of the originals (scaled down, of course) and the walnut stock and barrel even have ‘proof’ stamps and markings. The first 500 pre-orders will come with a custom wooden crate with matching serial numbers, a sling, a certificate of authenticity, selection of your own serial number and more. We will contact you via email or phone to confirm FFL shipping information.
So what do you think of Keystone Sporting Arms’ newest rimifire rifle, the Mini Mosin Nagant? Is this something you would be willing to add to your collection and train your son and/or daughter on? If not, is there a different nostalgic rifle that you have your eyes set on? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Action Target is well known in the military and law enforcement worlds for manufacturing and supplying some of the best and most technologically advanced target range training systems on the planet. Action Target builds ranges for our nation’s special forces and also for military units from allied nations. They have a pretty impressive clientele. That […]
Although the Dead Air Wolfman 9mm silencer was not an official 2019 NRA Annual Meeting product launch, James Reeves and I were lucky enough to spend a few ours with Field Marshal Mike Pappas himself to discuss the transformation of the previous Dead Air Wolf 9SD suppressor. Externally, the new Wolfman is still modular, but […]
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Keystone Sporting Arms (KSA) debuted a rifle that has the industry buzzing at the NRA Annual Meetings 2019 with the release of the 9130 Mini Mosin Nagant .22 Long Rifle! You read that correctly. They have taken the historic design of the 9130 Mosin Nagant, and shrunk it down into a youth .22 Long Rifle […]
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The City of New York had filed a motion to hold the briefing schedule in NY State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York in abeyance. Their argument was that since the NYPD were proposing to modify regulations on transport for those with premises permits that the briefing schedule should be suspended. In other words, we say we are going to change the regulations in question which might moot the case so don't make us go to all the work necessary to respond to the plaintiffs.
In the orders issued by the Supreme Court today, their motion was denied.
18-280 NY STATE RIFLE & PISTOL, ET AL. V. NEW YORK, NY, ET AL.Paul Clement is the attorney of record for the NY State Rifle & Pistol Association and opposed this motion to hold briefing in abeyance. He said that "a stay is neither necessary nor appropriate" and then went to note the case was over six years old.
The motion of respondents to hold the briefing schedule in abeyance is denied.
In this episode of TFBTV’s NRAAM 2019 coverage, James Reeves is at the Silencer Shop booth with reps from Dead Air, TriArc, and Silencer Shop to talk about the new Dead Air AR-15, which is a premium-tier AR-15 that has been designed specifically to run suppressed; carefully tuned and optimized for a suppressor. ««« PATREON […]
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At the Beretta booth, there were a few different examples of new guns from Beretta. The booth was often busy with people waiting in line to look at both new pistols but they were well worth the wait to check out the newest examples Beretta has to offer. The 92X Beretta has released the 92X […]
In 2016, UK shooter and popular YouTube gun channel personality Callum Long-Collins told the BBC, “Being British and a firearms owner, it almost feels illegal to have any sort of opinion on using guns for self-defense.” The comments appear to have been proved correct. According to an April 23 article in The Times titled, “Gun licences stripped from shooting activist over YouTube comments,” Long-Collins told the publication that he lost an appeal to have his firearms licenses reinstated with the primary reason being the content of his YouTube page, EnglishShooting.
It’s no secret that the Garden State is hardly Eden for Second Amendment supporters, who are subjected there to some of the strictest firearm laws in the nation. But now Democrat Gov. Philip D. Murphy is targeting New Jersey’s law-abiding gun owners and would-be gun owners with proposals to increase by several orders of magnitude the mandatory fees state residents must pay to own or carry firearms. These anti-gun taxes would hit low-income residents the hardest, predictably pricing many of them out of the gun market entirely, even though they typically live in the state’s highest crime areas.
During his speech to the 2019 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, President Trump announced that he would “unsign” the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) effectively withdrawing the United States from the treaty.
For the second year in a row, a sitting president and vice president both addressed NRA members at the 148th Annual Meetings in Indianapolis on Friday during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. This makes the third year in a row that President Trump joined with thousands of NRA members to share his support for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. His is once again one for the history books. In 2017, he became the first sitting president to attend the Annual Meetings in more than three decades when he addressed the Leadership Forum in Atlanta. The last president to attend the NRA Annual Meetings was Ronald Reagan in 1983.
President Donald Trump said Friday that he would pull out of the Arms Trade Treaty, a global 2014 pact designed to regulate the sale of conventional weapons, from guns to battle tanks. "We will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone," Trump said in a speech to the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby. "We are taking our signature back." The treaty negotiations began in 2012 under the purview of the United Nations. President Barack Obama signed it in 2013.
Vice President Mike Pence addressed the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum and invoked the words of Charlton Heston, saying, “From my cold, dead hands.” He was referencing Heston’s famous 2000 speech in which he hoisted a rifle over his head and said, “I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed: ‘From my cold, dead hands.'” The crowd erupted in applause.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited Indianapolis Friday to address the National Rifle Association. Both delivered remarks at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum. This is the third straight year the president has delivered the keynote address at the forum, which was scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.
This week, the following bills will be heard in the House Administration of Criminal Justice committee.
Would you believe it? Factory engraved Glocks are actually a thing! They have not made all that many, but they do turn up from time to time, recognizable by their ELP serial prefixes. These three were displayed by Glock at the 2002 SHOT Show, and are now on the civilian market. They were made as a set of three, in three different levels of engraving. All three of these are G19s, although other factory engraved guns include a variety of other models – 17, 17L, 19, 22, 26, etc. Scoff if you want, but I guarantee these will be highly sought-after collectibles in time…
At the risk at alienating our staunchly apolitical readers, I am going to invoke my editorial privilege to briefly talk about the National Rifle Association and it’s relevancy to modern firearm ownership. Absent, as always here at TFB, will be partisan labeling of liberals, conservatives, democrats or republicans – if you are looking for those […]
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Company Background Tactical Hearing offers an innovative approach to high-end hearing protection for a variety of users. Whether you are involved in aviation, hunting, tactical training or a host of other loud activities, Tactical Hearing offers in-ear protection for your needs. Tactical Hearing focuses on a custom fit to the user’s ear. Benefits of an […]
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Unity Tactical continues to innovate and brought many of their new offerings to NRA 2019. Talking to Chip, he said people often ask for a Unity version of products already made well by other companies. Instead of making more of the same, Unity’s goal is to provide new, innovative solutions that are not currently available […]
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Tactical Night Vision Company came to NRA in full form, offering nearly anything the green-eyed shooter could dream of. From Enhanced Clip-On Thermal Imager (E-COTI) to a PVS-31A, many high-end goggles were available for attendees to see. However, there are also some new options available with a Powered Bridge Mount and a Non-Powered Bridge Mount […]
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In this episode of TFBTV at NRAAM 2019, James looks at Full Conceal’s new in-house aluminum folding Glock frame which will retail at just $400 for a COMPLETE frame. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for details on our monthly gun giveaway. TFBTV is giving away one gun a month to a randomly selected […]
Naroh Arms has reported that they will be releasing their first handgun, the Naroh N1, at NRAAM 2019. Until now the company has specialized in providing high-quality machined OEM components. With this release, they are broadening their base. The N1 is a subcompact 7+1 9mm Luger handgun, designed for concealed carry. While Naroh has not […]
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CZ-USA is mixing up their line with a number of old and new school guns. Traditionally, CZ has been known for turning out classic bolt action rifles and the legendary CZ-75 series. In the last few years, they have really been trying to diversify their line up of modern and classic firearms. This year at […]
You know what they say, once you go… never mind. Pictured here is a rare occurrence: just before James Reeves picked up the Marlin Model 336 Dark I had told him it was actually an Austrian made polymer carbine. It was only after he was holding the blaster that I informed him that it was […]
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On April 30th, the New Hampshire state Senate Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 109 to criminalize the private transfer of firearms. The hearing will be at 9:00AM, with other gun control bills being heard at 10:00AM.
This carbine is lot #3208 in the upcoming Rock Island May 2019 auction.
George Morse was one of the most significant American inventors in the development of modern ammunition. In 1856 he received a patent for the first completely self-contained brass cartridge, and a breechloading firearm to use it. Morse’s cartridge was made of several parts, a solid brass case head with a case body made of a piece of flat brass rolled into a cylinder and soldered down its seam, and then soldered to the case head. At the base, a standard percussion cap was seated and sealed in place with a rubber washer.
Morse entered his rifle in a US military trial in 1857, where is did very well but ultimately lost out to the Burnside carbine. In order to generate some cash flow while pursuing a contact to convert military muzzleloaders to his breechloading system, Morse contracted with the unmaking company of Muzzy & Co to make 100 of his guns for commercial sale. These were marketed as cased sets with one receiver and a carbine barrel, a rifle barrel, and a shotgun barrel (calibers varied, .48-.54 for the rifled barrels and 12 or 16 gauge for the shotgun barrel). The price for these sets was $125, quite a lot of money in 1857. The guns did not sell well, much to Morse’s dismay.
However, he was able to get a contract with the US military for a $5 royalty on each of 2000 guns they would convert to Morse’s system. This work had stalled by 1860, when it was moved to the Harper’s Ferry arsenal. No long after that, the Civil War would erupt, and needless to say the conversion project ended with the sacking of the arsenal. Morse would side with the Confederacy, and pursue production of his rifles in the South, which is the subject for a separate video…
Last week, the California Legislature returned from spring recess and continued the assault on your Second Amendment Rights.
Much of what has been said by politicians about the NRA and everything negative that has appeared recently in the media of any sort should be considered the equivalent of sniping. It might take out one or two people but not the whole organization. That was then.
The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James (D-NY) has now fired what I would consider the preparatory barrage in the effort to dissolve the NRA. As someone noted to me, James is under pressure to act and she did on Friday.
From NPR reporting on the NRA Annual Meeting:
Even as the NRA struggled to handle its internal divisions, an external threat emerged this weekend in the form of a new investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James.This is serious.
"The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation related to the National Rifle Association (NRA)," a spokesperson for the attorney general told NPR. "As part of this investigation, the Attorney General has issued subpoenas. We will not have further comment at this time."
The NRA has received a document preservation notice in connection with the investigation being undertaken by the New York attorney general, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The NRA responded to the announcement of the investigation by pledging its cooperation.
"The NRA will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances," said William A. Brewer III, an outside lawyer for the NRA. "The NRA is prepared for this, and has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance."
Tiffany Johnson, attorney, firearms instructor, and legal studies instructor, has drafted a letter to the NRA Board of Directors regarding a resolution that was discussed in the Meeting of the Members Saturday. The resolution calling for the resignation of Wayne LaPierre and the members of the Audit Committee was referred to the Board of Directors after much discussion and quite a bit of contention.
Tiffany has made a modest proposal that allows the matter to be discussed within the confines of the Board of Directors yet removes the appearance of impropriety and conflicts of interest. The key paragraph states:
I have a humble suggestion to help avoid public airing of private business while also quelling further cries of impropriety. When the Board addresses this resolution, I request that any Board member, officer, or staff member who has a personal, financial, or fiduciary interest in, or fidelity to, Ackerman McQueen (or its subsidiary and affiliate companies) — as an employee, contractor, paid consultant, vendor, client, etc. — be required to recuse himself/herself from discussing or voting on this resolution. That way, regardless of how the Board ultimately disposes of the resolution, at least the result will be less vulnerable to accusations of ethically dubious entanglements.This is a sensible suggestion.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves talks about Trijicon’s hottest new optic, the #Trijicon SRO. The SRO is a new micro reflex optic made for pistol mounting, with a small profile, wide field of view, and a 3 year battery life at 50% power! ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team for details on […]
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Over the last 4 years LWRCI has been developing their new sub machine gun. They’ve now made two versions for the commercial market as a pistol caliber carbine. This little beast packs a punch in 45 auto with a 25 round H&K UMP magazine. Most new items at this years NRA have been additions or new […]
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Smith & Wesson has announced a pretty dressed-up version of one of their most popular models by producing the Performance Center M&P 380 Shield EZ M2.0. There are 3 NEW versions of the M&P 380 Shield EZ M2.0 with Gold, Silver, and Black coated barrels. When many shooters upgrade or “pimp out” some of their […]
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Please check out the new low power optic from Eotech. The Vudu 1-8x is a solid choice for the 3-Gun crowd or the patrol officer looking to make those slightly longer shots with their duty rifle. Features excellent glass, illuminated reticle, fiber optic floating center dot, and capped turrets. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to […]
New Holster Offerings Safariland has had a strong focus on bringing more holster options to fit the SIG Sauer P365 and also will be bringing out a new 7378 holster that will fit the Glock 48. There is also a strong focus on RDS holsters due to current trends with new versions of the 6395 […]
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New Titanium Suppressors Surefire brought two new suppressors for release at NRA 2019. Both are built entirely of Titanium. This has cut the weight nearly in half compared to the weight of their predecessors. Both suppressors were designed for use with bolt action rifles and use Surefire’s quick detach mount system. While not designed for […]
Good afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us once again for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Today we are coming to you live from the floor of the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and convention in Indianapolis, IN. While there is no industry range day like the SHOT Show, before the NRAAM opened, Adam Scepaniak from TFB […]
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TFBTV got invited to attend a range day event for the American Suppressor Association just prior to the NRA Annual Meetings. Joel highlights new or interesting suppressor options from Rugged, Dead Air, Surefire, Gunwerks, and Daniel Defense. Let us know in the comments, who makes your favorite silencer? ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to http://tfbtv.gun.team […]
The M60 was the first modern American military machine gun, developed from the operating system of the German FG-42 and the feed system of the German MG-42 in the years after World War Two. It has a rather schizophrenic reputation, being loved by many who used it in Vietnam and hated by many who used it later in its service life. The design had some fundamental flaws, but did offer a far more mobile base of fire than the M1919A6 that it replaced. Today, I am going to do a bit of shooting with an original Vietnam pattens M60, which will act as a baseline for future videos covering the various improvements and modernizations of the platform.
Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for giving me the opportunity to bring this M60 on camera for you!
I spent the day the National Firearms Law Seminar sponsored by the NRA Foundation. It was the 22nd annual seminar put on by them. I try to attend these every other year to catch up with what's what with firearms law and Second Amendment litigation.
The day started out with introductory remarks from Carol Frampton who is a NRA Board Member and chair of the seminar committee. She kept things moving along throughout the day.
The highlights of the day for me were (in no order) Prof. George Mocsary's presentation on judicial defiance of Heller, the ethics lecture from Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, a presentation on terminal ballistics from neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Maurer, and finally the lunch time presentation by my friend Prof. David Yamane on gun culture 2.0 and his conversion from a non-gun owner to a concealed handgun carrier.
Of these presentations you are probably wondering why I liked the ethics presentation. The answer is that Justice David - formerly Col. Steven David, JAG, USAR (retired) was entertaining while getting his point across. For example, he had the misfortune of being named the Chief Defense Counsel at Guantanamo Bay for the 9-11 plotters. His point was that lawyers had a duty to represent their clients, and act professionally and responsibly even when they don't like their clients. As it put it, two sides, one oath.
Aaron Kendal of The Shekel Blog and an attorney in Michigan has published posts on each of the presentations. They give a good thumbnail summation of each presentation.
Judicial Defiance of Heller and A Survey of Current 2A Litigation
State Constitutional Arms Provision
Gun Culture 2.0, or How a Liberal Professor Became An Armed American
FBI NICS Checks and Appeals
Gun Rights and The VA
On Making and Gunsmithing Weapons
Shooting Ranges and the Noise and Environmental Issues They Face
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is reporting from NRAAM from the Glock booth with Shane Coley, talking about Glock’s newest release, the Glock 45 MOS. The Glock 45 is essentially a Glock 17 frame with a Glock 19 slide riding on top, like the Glock 19X. However, the Glock 45 MOS is an […]
Hey all, welcome to another Featured Deals of the Week. As always, please let me know in the comments if you want to see more or less of any type of product in the deals. Springfield Saint 5.56 with 5 mags and a range bag – $619 What the deal is: Pretty self-explanatory deal on […]
Intro SIG Sauer has been busy adding to their line up of new products especially in the optics section. SIG has been taking on various parts of the firearm and accessory market in the last couple years and this year there are a few more additions to the line up. New Firearms The first big […]
While out at the American Suppressor Association’s (ASA) Media Shoot on Thursday, April 25th we were able to catch up with Surefire, and see what they have NEW for silencers for 2019. They had two new silencers: SOCOM300-Ti and SF RYDER 9-Ti2. Both offer subtle, but valuable upgrades from previous models so we definitely got […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves goes to the LWRCI booth and talks to an LWRCI engineer at the NRA Annual Meeting about their new and long-awaited SMG-45. The SMG-45 is a .45 caliber pistol caliber carbine or submachine gun that takes H&K UMP mags. And while the initial carbine will be available in […]
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Hello race fans, we are live from the NRA Annual Meeting here in Indianapolis where the GLOCK G45 MOS is making it’s debut appearance. Since you are all familiar with the G45 release from last year, I won’t belabor the description – add MOS capabilities and boom, you have GLOCK’s latest pistol. I predict that […]
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On April 24th, Governor David Ige signed House Bill 720 to impose criminal penalties upon gun owners if they fail to follow government requirements for how lost or stolen firearms must be reported. Additionally, SB 600 and SB 1466 have been transmitted to the Governor for his consideration.
FAIRFAX, Va.– The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb for signing into law a comprehensive gun rights bill that will make it easier for law-abiding Hoosiers to defend themselves. Gov. Holcomb signed the bill into law on the stage of the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the Indiana Convention Center - Lucas Oil Stadium.
Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, issued the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will unsign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, unbinding the United States from the obligation to refrain from acts that would defeat the object and purpose of an unconstitutional Treaty signed on September 25, 2013 by then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry despite its threat to our national sovereignty and Second Amendment:
Before the flood gates even open for Day #1 of the NRA Show 2019 at the Indianapolis Convention Center we have word from some representatives at Federal Premium of something very exciting: a Custom Shop for Ammo! Upon a customer’s request, you could have-tailored made ammunition for yourself by Federal Premium in Anoka, Minnesota. This […]
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On April 24, 2019, NRA filed a lawsuit challenging the City of Los Angeles’ recently adopted ordinance requiring current and prospective contractors working with the city to disclose any relationships with the NRA as a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Make no mistake, the goal of this outrageous Ordinance is to discourage NRA membership and silencing support for the Second Amendment.
On Monday, April 29, the Texas House of Representatives will consider two NRA-supported measures: HB 3231 by Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) and HB 2363 by Rep. Cody Harris (R-Palestine).
As early as Monday, pro-gun legislation House Bill 1264 could receive a vote on the House floor.
President Trump will address members and leaders of the National Rifle Association on Friday at the group's annual convention in Indiana. Around 80,000 gun enthusiasts and more than 800 exhibitors are expected to pack the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for the three-day event, the Indianapolis Star reported. It will mark the third straight year that Trump will deliver the keynote address, where he is expected to champion the rights of gun owners.
More than 800 exhibitors continued putting final touches on their displays Thursday in the halls of the Indiana Convention Center in anticipation of Friday’s opening of the NRA’s 148th Annual Meeting. The NRA’s return to Indianapolis after five years is equal parts business meeting, trade show and fundraising extravaganza with a presidential visit and all-star country concert thrown in.
Check out the all new Henry Side Loading Gate Cowboy Carbine! Today Joel reviews and shoots the 30-30 and 38-55. Take a look at all the features and specifications. It was a ton of fun to shoot a gun that has such a rich and interesting history, and now a loading gate! ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» […]
The Viper Mk I was an experimental submachine gun developed in the UK for use by military policemen in post-WW@ occupation West Germany. It was a simplified Sten gun (full-auto only, without the semiauto option normally included in the Sten trigger mechanism) put into a wooden housing. It was intended to be carried slung over one shouldered fired under the arm with just one hand. To this end, it had neither sights nor trigger guard. The whole concept seems pretty questionable, and while multiple different Viper submachine guns were designed to fill this role, none were ever adopted.
Many thanks to the Royal Armouries for allowing me to film and disassemble this very rare rifle! The NFC collection there – perhaps the best military small arms collection in Western Europe – is available by appointment to researchers, and you can browse the various Armouries collections online here.
Long requested, finally realized Gates are a constant part of life on a ranch or farm. Keeping stock in or out of areas, water where it is supposed to go, and intruders off your land. If you had a Henry Rifle, however, there was one place where a gate wasn’t found: on the side of […]
On April 30th, the New Hampshire state Senate Judiciary Committee will hear two anti-gun bills that were previously passed by the state House of Representatives. House Bill 514 will impose delays on Second Amendment rights and House Bill 564 would restrict law-abiding citizens from defending themselves and their loved ones on school grounds.
Adam Kraut had an opinion piece published in Ammoland.com on Monday. It was entitled "When the Levee Breaks - NRA's Untenable Position". It discussed much of the ongoing controversy surrounding the leadership and executive staff of the NRA. At the end, it has this mislabeled comment regarding Adam's candidacy for the board and Anthony Colandro. Adam considered the statement as an assertion and not a "challenge".
With that out of the way, there is one more issue to attend to. Numerous individuals have asked if I’d be running for the 76th Board Seat at the NRA Annual Meeting. Others have asked if I would endorse or support Anthony Colandro (who is now being supported by Wayne LaPierre, among others!?). I’ve decided to keep my options open. My name will appear on the ballot, however, if Mr. Colandro will join me in demanding that Wayne and the Board Members who failed to exercise their fiduciary responsibilities immediately resign, I will consider stepping aside and offering my endorsement. Without that commitment though, I could not in good conscience endorse any candidate.Mr. Colandro responded in the comments saying it reeked of extortion.
For those attending the NRA Annual Meeting this year, I’ll see you there. I hope you’ll join me in demanding accountability from the Officers and the Board.
I’m independent and I will make my own decisions. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I won’t be intimidated by ANYONE to make ANY decision. In New Jersey, we’re all too familiar with corruption and Mr. Kraut’s so-called “challenge” reeks of extortion. This infighting has to stop! We all have a common goal in the 2A community. If we stand strong and stand together, we stand a chance.Extortion? I didn't realize the self-described tough guy with pit-bull tendencies was such a snowflake.
Anthony Colandro has been endorsed by the NRA. Nothing about the NRA suggests they would support him unless a clear deal was in place for him to support the current regime.Read the whole thing. If you are here and want change, then vote for Adam Kraut. If you are satisfied with the status quo and don't care if the NRA goes down the tubes, then by all means vote for Mr. Colandro.
Turning Point USA's Kyle Kashuv speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Chris W. Cox speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
President Donald J. Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indiana Senator Mike Braun speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA presented a check to NRA-ILA at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
LtCol Oliver North speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Minority Whip Steve Scalise speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indiana Senator Todd Young speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Turning Point USA's Candace Owens speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Honestly, as a suppressor nerd, I haven’t been this excited about a production lever action rifle in, well, forever. Marlin has just announced two new rifles that are both twists on classic designs. The Marlin Dark series will include a 336 chambered in .30-30 as well as an 1895 chambered in the great and powerful […]
The American Suppressor Association hosted a special media shoot before the start of NRA 2019 to help display and show off some of the industry’s best and upcoming silencers! We at TFB were very grateful and fortunate enough to have been extended an invitation and gladly came to see everything that was on display. There […]
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The Illinois State Rifle Association has always been at the forefront in the fight for gun rights. They are the NRA affiliate in the Prairie State but have often paired with the Second Amendment Foundation on lawsuits. I've met their executive director Richard Pearson at a number of Gun Rights Policy Conferences. I respect the work he does in a state with so many challenges to the Second Amendment.
Sometimes, however, you have to disagree with people respect and call out a head in the sand attitude. Thus is the case with something Richard wrote in today's ISRA Thursday Bulletin.
The NRA is under constant attack these days. These attacks come in a couple of ways. First, of course, is just a straightforward attack on the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners. That is you and me folks. The second part of the attack is a propaganda campaign to make members doubt their own organization. Don’t fall for it. This whole propaganda attack is funded by Bloomberg and others like him. Bloomberg and company are trying to erode the loyal NRA base and prevent potential new members from joining. Has the NRA ever made any mistakes? Probably, but so has every other organization. If the NRA did, it was with the best intentions in trying to defend our Second Amendment. I have no qualms about that.He is correct that the NRA is under attack from the gun prohibitionists. However, I take exception to what Richard characterizes as the second part of the attack. Yes, The Trace is a Bloomberg funded organization and yes it contributed to the reporting in The New Yorker. However, as a NRA Board Member said to me, facts don't lie. What was printed in The New Yorker is an expose' of the NRA but that doesn't make it wrong or incorrect. Moreover, self-dealing and feathering one's own nest through insider deals is not "with the best intentions in trying to defend our Second Amendment." What those involved have done is put the future of the organization at risk through their personal avarice.
Gunwerks is a company known for their precision rifles and their equally high-caliber training in long-range shooting. Now they can add “silencer aficionados” to their list of skills for hunters and shooters alike. While at the American Suppressor Association’s (ASA) Media Shoot for the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings (NRAAM 2019) we got a closer […]
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As we reported a few weeks ago, firearms manufacturer GLOCK announced the procurement of a large, ten year contract to supply the U.S. Customs And Border Protection (CBP) with a series of pistols. Two of these guns, the Gen5 G19 and the brand new G47 are optics-ready or what GLOCK refers to as the Modular […]
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A good draw stroke is an essential skill for any concealed carrier. While similar, many have their own variation of the draw. I recently attended Handgun Diagnostics with Joe Weyer and Practically Tactical at the Alliance Police Range. There is not “one draw stroke to rule them all”, but this one is pretty good! Reference Points […]
I can’t get enough of pictures of the flying tank A-10 Thunderbolt, and Today’s Photo shows one which is providing simulated close air support during urban combat training in Skrunde, Latvia. These pictures were taken during the exercise Saber Strike 18. Above: Note the grenade launcher on the carbine. Below: Not sure what this strange […]
First of all, apologies to all readers for reminding them of the existence of the worst movie ever made. The photo, however, serves the purpose of introducing the topic of low bore axis pistols. This is a feature which has recently been a target of plenty of hype and has influenced the design of several […]
The Firearm Blog (TFB) was in attendance for the American Suppressor Association’s (ASA) Media Shoot for NRAAM 2019 and we got a closer look at their NEW Radiant 762 silencer! This was one of the must-see silencers that appeared at the ASA Media Shoot because of its modularity as well as its diminutive length and […]
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The National Rifle Association is gathering for its 148th annual meeting, which begins Thursday in Indianapolis. What started in 1871 as a group devoted to hunting, shooting sports and gun safety has evolved into one of the most powerful forces in American politics. Some photos over the years:
The National Rifle Association is suing Los Angeles over a new law requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the gun rights group. The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the law violates the First Amendment right to free speech and association and its 14th Amendment right to equal protection. The city says it will defend the ordinance, which took effect April 1.
Wilson Combat has released the longer, 5″ barrelled version of their EDC X9 pistol. The new handgun is called EDC X9L. Just like its shorter barreled sibling, the EDC X9L is also chambered in 9x19mm and feeds from the same double stack 15-round magazines. The below-embedded animated image shows the differences between these two pistols. The frame […]
This week, the North Dakota Legislature passed pro-gun Senate Bill 2140 by a 42 to 4 vote in the Senate and an 89 to 3 vote in the House.
Intro: I have been shooting different models of Steyr SBS rifles for over 10 years and have enjoyed each one. They have smooth and robust actions, good triggers, reliable magazines, and a well-designed safety/bolt release. On top of all that they have all shot very well. I attribute that fact in large part to their […]
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Carbon fiber wrapped barrels seem to be all the rage for the past several years. Proof Research has led the market with their carbon fiber precision barrels. Even Volquartsen has been making carbon fiber barrels for 10/22 but they cost almost as much as a brand new 10/22. Summit Precision has come out with their […]
Check out Trijicon dropping some reflex bombs ahead of the NRA Annual Meeting that starts in just a few short hours. As good as pistol reflex optics like the RMR are, they have an inherent field of view limitation. Without carrying a proverbial soup can on top of your favorite CCW, the window/sight picture is […]
Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center have launched three new models of the M&P380 Shield EZ. The new pistols come with a premium set of features including a ported barrel, flat face trigger, lightening cuts and three parts colour options. Here’s what Smith & Wesson have to say about the new pistols: Performance Center today announced […]
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For this month’s Q&A, we go back to a wide variety of questions, without a single specific theme. They are:
0:00:30 – Rifle, pistol, and machine gun for a modern squad
0:04:35 – Favorite non-firearm historical site
0:08:50 – What is my daily schedule like?
0:10:47 – Advantages of toggle locking systems
0:12:05 – Best PDW
0:13:40 – Can there be a comeback of Gyrojet/rocket ball ammunition?
0:15:50 – Collaboration with Time Ghost?
0:17:15 – Coverage of aerial guns
0:19:05 – Video backlog
0:22:00 – Could 6mm Lee Navy have worked with modern powder and steel?
0:23:10 – Helical magazines
0:24:35 – Restoration of rifle importation?
0:28:50 – Berthier rifles with manual safeties
0:30:01 – Book on Broomhandle Mausers (Leonardo Antaris’ book on Astra: https://amzn.to/2Dk45te)
0:31:00 – Entering the gun industry with a modernized P7
0:33:05 – Single feed mags in pistols
0:34:50 – 8mm Kurz in guns other than the MP44?
0:37:16 – Big-bore pistols
0:38:05 – Why judge service rifles as target rifles?
0:39:52 – Collaboration with The Chieftain
0:40:34 – Book on the FN MAG
0:41:05 – Have I contacted printers before reviewing out-of-print books?
0:42:14 – Why no more top-feed LMGs?
0:44:14 – Possibility of new modular platform in new 6.5/6.8mm cartridge?
0:45:29 – Why was the Walther MPK/MPL unsuccessful?
0:46:23 – Gunsmithing support for rare guns (Mark Novak’s Patreon account)
0:48:33 – Preferred brand of gin
0:51:17 – Wierdest operating system? (https://youtu.be/eUzL6clu-90)
0:53:08 – Where will Forgotten Weapons be in 5 years?
0:54:29 – Political pushback when visiting collections?
0:56:18 – Germany WW2 use of captured small arms
0:59:16 – Steyr-Hahn machine pistol
1:00:09 – Variable pitch recoil springs
1:01:34 – Bump stocks – legality and videos
1:04:30 – Custom-molded ear plugs
1:05:30 – Post-FW plans?
1:06:27 – Why aren’t there more constant recoil guns?
1:09:28 – Most puzzling military adoption
1:11:19 – Which nation in WW1 had the best overall small arms stable?
1:13:42 – Could the French attack strategy have worked is WW1 began earlier?
1:15:01 – HK irons or AR15 irons?
1:15:34 – Making magazines for rare firearms
1:17:03 – Self-loading rifle development when smokeless powder was invented
1:18:40 – Sauna!
As we have seen in one of our previous articles, FSA had serious intentions to benefit from remote-controlled devices: RCWSs and Combat Robots are on the top of the list. In this article, we will shed light on two other devices that are made by FSA and deployed in their front lines. PKMT Cart This is […]
Sitting here in my hotel room just a day ahead of the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings and Hornady just announced their new A-Tip Bullets. When it comes to long-range precision shooting, one of the keys to success is consistency. The shooter that reloads his or her own cartridges tries to use the same lot number […]
Intro: Let me start by saying this is not a tool that every shooter must have. It is not even a tool that every long-range shooter must have, but if you are the type of person that likes to test and control for every variable in your shooting system, this may be a valuable arrow […]
Today’s Photo is an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Aerial Door Gunner over Kabul, Afghanistan. He’s riding in a Mi-17 helicopter over Logar, just outside Kabul. Of all the aerial door gunners we’ve covered over the years, this is probably the lowest-tech by far. Just compare it to the German Bundeswehr and their FN M3M (GAU-21). […]
Welcome everyone to the eighth edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you missed any one of our other articles, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this an awesome deal or […]
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Josh "I invented the term Assault Weapon" Sugarmann's Violence Policy Center is taking note that the NRA Annual Meeting starts on Friday. They have come up with a graphic asserting the Annual Meeting is showcasing "manufacturers of mass shooter's weapon of choice".
Arizona-based Apex Tactical Specialties have announced some new after-market parts for FN’s 509. A new threaded barrel and a ‘failure resistant extractor’. Apex FN 509 Threaded Barrel Apex describe the new barrel as: Designed specifically for the FN 509 model pistols with a factory 4.00” barrel, the Apex 9mm Threaded Barrel is machined from heat […]
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I recently ran across an article by Matthew Allen in which he describes a time and place in which an old-fashioned six-shot cap & ball revolver saved his bacon. Nothing tactical about it; just good old effective firepower.
He begins by describing his early experiences loading and firing such guns, and how he used to carry one everywhere he went.
I carried the only thing I had: a single-action, black-powder revolver. To the post-modern tactical elite, it seems downright ridiculous that someone would seriously invest one’s own life to a cap-and-ball sixgun. Yet I did, and I did so in very conscious manner. I became a student of both Jeff Cooper’s ‘Modern Technique’ and Fairbairn and Applegate’s ‘point shooting,’ trying to gain insight and knowledge from both. I began applying those lessons…
…as time wore on, it was Pietta’s copy of the Colt 1862 Police in .36 caliber that I shot the best, and that gun traveled with me the most. I worked the guns two handed and single handed. Aimed fire and pointed. With their rudimentary sights, I could hit a soda can at 50 yards on good days.
His typical carry rig was not exotic.
Around my waist, I wore a WWII-surplus web belt. Hanging off of it was… a cut down Triple-K western leather holster, [with] my .36 cap-and-ball revolver.
And then one day, Matthew went fishing in a remote area on the banks of the Missouri River. And he met a guy there.
Coming close to what I considered the worst part of the trail, I looked up and saw a guy in his twenties navigating the path coming towards me. Faded jeans, long tangle of blond hair, no shirt, sunglasses in place and a backpack of empty beer cans. He looked like something straight out of the ‘70s… he stopped and gave me a half-drunken smile and stuck out his hand, introducing himself.
I don’t recall his name, but I remember introducing myself as Joe. ‘Hey nice to meet you, Joe. You out hiking by yourself?’ ‘Fishing,’ I said. He and I stood quartering each other, ‘Nice, man. Nice. Good day for it.’ He was looking all around for a moment when he looked back at me. The entire situation felt off. I remember not liking how I was standing, not liking how little trail there was and not liking the conversation I was in. There wasn’t more than a couple of feet between he and I, and everything felt wrong.
It was about that same moment when he flashed a sinister, unfriendly smile and turned to fully face me. In his right hand, out of its sheath, was a cheap survival knife. I saw a bulbous compass on the hilt and a black blade with the saw teeth across the spine. It was down alongside his leg, and he turned to make sure that I saw it. I looked from the knife and locked eyes with him.
I rolled my shoulder back, pushing the bottom part of my fishing vest out of the way, my hand wrapped around the butt of the black-powder revolver and locked. I figured that the situation was just as bad for him as it was for me and that I could at best get off two shots into center mass before we both went into the water.
The knife-wielder saw the movement, saw the gun, and walked away.
‘Well… take care, Joe!’ he said as he moved past me on the trail. As he walked off, I saw him slide the knife into its sheath in the back pocket of his jeans. There had been no misunderstanding on my part. He had drawn that knife deliberately and with purpose. The knife in hand was obvious enough, but it was the act of him re-sheathing it that still gives me the chills.
I’d say the moral of this story is that any gun is better than no gun when you need to put your hands on a gun. And as my daddy used to say, “It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”
I’m glad Mr. Allen had it.
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The Indiana State Police have selected SIG Sauer’s P365 as their back up duty pistol for their entire force. They join Sumter PD who also recently chose the P365 as their back up pistol of choice. Indiana State Police have over 1,200 troopers who are already armed with the P227, as their standard duty pistol. […]
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When Montana resident Joe Robertson needed to gather some water for his business, which supplied water to firefighters, he dug a series of ponds on his own property in “a wooded area near a channel, a foot wide and a foot deep, with two to three garden hoses’ worth of flow, according to court documents.”
So our government reportedly put him in jail.
The U.S. government prosecuted Robertson for digging in proximity to “navigable waters” without a permit, a violation of the Clean Water Act administered by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.
He was “convicted and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution through deductions from his Social Security checks.”
In other words, the Federal government tossed him in jail and began stealing his money. Why? Because they could.
He was sentenced in 2016 and served his 18 months inside, and was still on parole when he died of natural causes on March 18 at age 80.
Did he actually do anything wrong? I don’t think so.
Pacific Legal Foundation filed a petition on behalf of Robertson, asking the Supreme Court to review his case, which turns on the definition of “navigable waters.”
The Navy veteran argued that he didn’t violate the Clean Water Act because digging the ponds did not discharge any soil to navigable waters, since the trickle in the channel didn’t constitute navigable waters.
The largest navigable body of water anywhere near the Robertson home is more than 40 miles away, [attorney] Francois said.
Because Robertson lived in a wooded area that is “increasingly fire prone,” he was “concerned about the safety and vulnerability of his property,” Francois said. He built the ponds “with a view toward being well-prepared should a fire strike.”
The Supreme Court is expected to decide in April whether it will hear Robertson’s appeal.
It’s a bit late for Mr. Robertson, but his widow is hoping to appeal on his behalf.
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On April 23rd, NRA backed the filing of a lawsuit to prevent the public disclosure of the names and addresses of gun owners who voluntarily surrendered their bump-fire stocks for compensation in the program administered by the Washington State Patrol. Recently, an anti-gun activist filed a public records request in order to build a searchable database of those who previously owned these firearm accessories and surrendered them in good faith.
Mesfer Al-Tuhaifi is a Yemeni engineer from Ma’rib. There was an article about his single shot 14.5x114mm AMR before but we didn’t have enough information about it. Another video released by him and his brother who assists him in his projects gave us a clue about who is the man behind it. Both rifles were […]
On Thursday, April 25, the Senate State Affairs Committee will meet at 9:00am in the Texas Senate Chamber to hold public hearings on the three NRA-backed measures below.
Ed Brown has released limited edition custom 1911 pistols in the memory of legendary Colonel Jeff Cooper. These pistols are designed in collaboration with the family and close friends of late Colonel. The pistols combine all the features that Jeff Cooper would consider must-have for a defensive 1911. Here is the description of this pistol […]
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A bill that will create the framework to allow Florida armed teachers has cleared the State Senate and is off to the State House for a vote. Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, a special commission was established to evaluate what measures could be taken to increase security and student safety at schools around the state.
The result of the special commission was a comprehensive legislative package that includes, among other items, a process for teachers to acquire permission to carry a firearm on school grounds. If passed by the House, the next step after becoming law will be a vote by each local school board and charter school governing board to determine if they will authorize teachers to be armed on their individual campuses.
Those school boards who approve of armed teachers in their districts will then work with their local Sheriff’s department to establish a “Guardian” program. This Guardian program will identify and train those teachers who meet the requirements set forth by the bill.
To become a Guardian, teachers must complete the following as stated in the bill:
The bill looks to have a bright future as Gov. Ron Desantis has expressed his openness to armed teachers and the State House is comprised of 71 Republicans vs. 46 Democrats.
You can read the full text in it’s current form here.
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The m/44 pistol was intended to be a lower-cost replacement for the Lahti L35 pistol for the Finnish Defense Forces, but production delays resulted in the first batch of 25 examples not being completed until after the end of the Continuation War. Treaties limited Finland’s right to conduct arms development after the war, and the project was never taken farther than that first batch.
Mechanically, the pistol is a simple blowback 9x19mm pistol, with a single stack 8-round magazine, single action trigger, and external hammer. The barrel locking system is very reminiscent of the Ruby and Browning fixed barrel pistols, and the fire control parts are contained in a removable unit like a Tokarev. Production was done at VKT, the Finnish state rifle factory in 1944.
Several videos of the 13th Commando Brigade of the Free Syrian Army were revealed on YouTube showing a strange looking AMR. For a moment, I thought it’s a new local made firearm like what they usually make there, but two consequent shots proved the opposite to me. The rifle is built using a 14.5mm anti-aircraft HMG […]
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A gentleman, out for a walk late at night, comes upon a drunk who is sprawled beneath a street lamp, clawing at the pavement. “Sir, what are you doing?” asks the man. “Looking for my keys,” the drunk replies. AD 00:06 / 00:15 “You dropped them around here, then?” the man asks. “No,” says the drunk. “Then why are you looking here?” “Because,” the drunk replies, “this is where the light is.” This old anecdote sums up Democrats’ approach to preventing mass shootings for the last seven years or so. They don’t have answers. But when they become convinced that there’s something they can accomplish, they go right for it. It doesn’t bother them if their solution is completely irrelevant to the problem they’re supposedly solving.
The National Rifle Association's three-day convention in Indianapolis this week is expected to bring more than 75,000 people to the city's hotels and restaurants, and some are expected to being carrying firearms.
It's going to be a busy day in Indianapolis on Friday. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to appear at the National Rifle Association convention in downtown Indianapolis, which is expected to bring an estimated 80,000 attendees over the course of four days.
Any time we get to use the term ‘New Battle Rifle’, surely somewhere an angel gets its wings. And while the comments section will most definitely overflow with fiery debates on the definition of Battle Rifle, the announcement of the new Springfield Armory Saint Victor AR-10 will please .308 lovers across the United States. With […]
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I want to get this out of the way before I get into the meat of this article. I’m going to be discussing an academically fascinating study, that relates to gun laws. In this article, I may tread close to the line of politics, though I will strive to the utmost not to. Our managing […]
Today’s Photos brings us to the German forests and a short lesson in the German language. Fernspäher consists of two words.”Fern” means remote and “späher” (Spä·her) means scout. So we’re looking at Specialized Scouts, to carry our operations behind enemy lines. They are using Heckler & Koch G36, equipped with the Eotech EXPS3-0 and magnifier […]
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In mid-April, Kenyan police officers in Nandi County closed up shop to catch a Champions League match between Manchester United and Barcelona. The Independent reported that while the officers were out, thieves broke into the police station and stole HK G3 rifles. The break-in was discovered around 1am upon the officer’s return. The missing “arsenal” […]
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The Honey Badger is probably one of the most iconic firearms of the day. So much so that it has even infiltrated video games and can be found in Call of Duty. But what is it? It is the original 300 Blackout PDW (Personal Defense Weapon). Though in fairness, it was designed originally for a […]
OSS Suppressors is breaking new ground in their flow-through silencer technology designs The OSS Rad 22 is a titanium and steel rimfire suppressor capable of handling fully automatic firing schedules and hot rounds like the 5.7mm. Pricing is listed as $449 MSRP with an introductory price of around $350 that is valid until Labor Day. […]
Tomorrow, the Minnesota Senate is scheduled to consider the Senate Judiciary Omnibus bill, SF 802. Anti-gun legislators might take this as an attempt to push gun control amendments during the floor vote.
The NRA is supporting a challenge to Washington State's plan to release names and addresses of those who participated in the state’s bump stock buy-back program.
Today is the deadline for legislative bills to pass out of their chamber of origin. AB 291 and AB 153 are anticipated to receive votes today.
Below are pictures of a homemade submachine gun seized last month by the Municipal Civil Guard of Limeira in Sao Paulo along with cocaine base paste and marijuana. This illicit craft produced SMG model has been seized as far back as at least 2014 and has appeared more regularly in recent months. These weapons are […]
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After introducing several models of locally made remote-controlled weapon stations, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) realized that the time has come to upgrade their stuff. Aside from the magnificent Sham-R3 which can elevate from behind cover and shoot, all the RCWSs had a crucial downside which is the FIXED POSITION. So they thought about the […]
It’s broken, it’s completely covered in rust, it’s non-restorable – would be only useful as a paperweight if not the history behind this 7mm pinfire revolver. Attributed to Vincent van Gogh, this is probably the gun that the great artist used to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest and ending his life in […]
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Cabot Guns, the renowned custom 1911 maker, has shown another work of art from their OAK Collection of 1911 pistols. This richly engraved gun is called Le Nouveau after the style of art, Art Nouveau, which motifs are used in the engraving pattern. The OAK Collection of Cabot pistols includes the company’s top grade one-of-a-kind guns. These […]
Choate Machine and Tool has announced the release of a new modular chassis called C Mod. The new chassis is compatible with Remington 700 short action footprint receivers. Its modularity is expressed in the ability to change the stocks and forearms without a need for removing the barrelled action from the actual chassis. According to […]
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Jeff Knox, son of the late Neal Knox, is a person I like and respect. We've met at various NRA Annual Meetings and Gun Rights Policy Conferences over the years. I've come to appreciate his great love for the NRA and what it could be as well as his extensive institutional memory. He has been fighting a long but so-far losing battle to reform the NRA in an effort to recapture what the Cincinnati Revolt of 1977 was supposed to institutionalize. Some may have seen his efforts as quixotic as he has been a lone voice in the wilderness arguing that change was needed for lo these many years. Nonetheless, he was right and the recent revelations regarding the NRA are providing him some vindication.
Things are coming to a head. As I wrote yesterday, Everytown for Gun Safety has filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service. This shot across the bow from the gun prohibitionists may only be the first step. Moreover, Attorney General Letitia James (D-NY) could well move to dissolve the NRA for being in violation of New York's stringent non-profit laws as the organization is chartered in the State of New York.
Jeff, in an opinion piece published late yesterday in Ammoland, posits there are now only two options going forward to save the NRA.
Option 1. A majority of the Board circles the wagons in defense of Wayne LaPierre and his pals and tries to weather the storm. (They’ll fail, and the whole ship will sink.)The days of muddling through are in the past. The enemies of the Second Amendment are seeing to that.
Option 2. A majority of the Board fires LaPierre and other executives (or accepts their resignations) and nullifies their contracts, suspends all vendor contracts pending thorough review and renegotiation, and purges culpable members of their own body – demonstrating a commitment to safeguarding NRA assets on behalf of the membership. (Plugging the holes and possibly saving the ship.)
The current NRA Board of Directors have a slim chance of saving the NRA from total ruin, but they must act swiftly and decisively.If I may use the analogy of the stages of cancer, we are well beyond Stage 1 where the cancer is small and only in one area. The only question we are facing is whether it is Stage 3 where the cancer is much larger and has spread into adjacent tissues or is it Stage 4 where the cancer has metastasized to other areas of the body and survival is in doubt. Both Stage 3 and Stage 4 are bad. Treating either stage requires strong, even radical, measures if long-term survival is to have any probability of success.
They must expunge everyone involved in even the appearance of corruption. Including board members who failed in their oversight obligations and individuals like Josh Powell the genius behind many of the NRA's recent disasters like Carry Guard and a known manipulator of Wayne LaPierre's decision making. They must halt all outside contracts until they can be thoroughly reviewed and either canceled or renegotiated. As much as possible needs to be brought in-house and run under the direct oversight of the board. This action may mean the end of things like Ackerman McQueen run NRA-TV, so do not be surprised if they pack up shop one day soon.
All of the significant, life-threatening issues facing NRA revolve around just three operational areas: PR, fundraising, and political spending. Suspending operations in those three areas, and bringing them under tight, in-house control for the immediate future, would put the association back on stable ground and allow it to continue operating effectively.
There will undoubtedly be repercussions from all of this, including fines, sanctions, lawsuits, and possibly criminal indictments, but all of those repercussions are on their way, regardless of what the board does now. The difference is whether those consequences will be levied against an organization that still has the people who created those problems at the helm – people who will be using NRA resources to cover their tails – or an organization that has policed itself and taken corrective action to address its problems.
This Driggs cannon and its accessories are lot #1117 at Morphy’s April 2019 auction.
Developed between 1883 and 1889 by Lt. William Driggs and Commander (later Admiral) Seaton Schroeder, the Driggs cannon was an improvement on the market-standard Hotchkiss quick-fire cannon of the day. By quick-fire, I am referring to a single-shot cannon that has a recoil mechanism and ejects its empty case automatically, leaving the breech open for rapid reloading and subsequent shot. This was the standard type of naval armament for allowing large vessels to combat small and quick torpedo boats in the late 19th century. The Driggs guns were made in many variations and calibers but limited total quantities until about 1908. This example is a Mk IX type in 37mm, made in 1897.
Welcome to another installment of TFB’s First Firearm Series. This series is dedicated to those that are contemplating buying their first firearm ever, or the first of whichever is the topic at hand. In this week’s edition, we’re covering the classic, practical, and affordable to almost any budget, .22 Long Rifle (lr). FIRST FIREARM […]
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Today’s Photo Of The Day was found on Glock’s social media pages. The pistols standing in a formation show the evolution of the iconic Glock 17 from Gen1 (far left) to Gen5. They may look very similar but there are certain appearance differences that can help you quickly and easily distinguish the different generations of […]
Ruger has introduced a new budget-priced rimfire revolver patterned after the legendary Colt SAA. These new six-shot .22LR revolvers are called Wrangler. As seen in the below-embedded image, Ruger markets this revolver to both new and seasoned shooters by calling it “The perfect revolver whether it is your first or your next“. Let’s take a […]
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Ruger’s Security Nine Compact Pistol
Ruger has been paving the way for the development of compact pistols for some time now. Their LCP I and II as well as the Security-9s have been top sellers for people wanting an easy to handle, easy to conceal personal protection firearm.
Ruger is now offering their popular Security-9 in a compact version. The little brother to the full-sized Security-9 is not only smaller, but also lighter even more concealable either on person, at home or in a vehicle. The “9” compact remains chambered for the ever universal 9mm so it will certainly attract a large number of interested handgun consumers.
Coming in on the scale at just under 22 ounces, one could slip this handgun into a pocket and nearly forget it was there. Best to be carried in a pocket sleeve holster so it can be easily drawn for use without creating a large print in the pants or coat. The overall length of just 6.5 inches so it would fit easily in a carry purse or handbag.
The Security-9 comes with two magazines, each holding ten rounds. These mags fit flush to the bottom of the grip. The factory also includes one finger grip extension for a magazine for those shooters desiring a bit more control on the handgun grip. There are also 15-round extended magazines available as an accessory from Ruger.
Shooters will find the Security-9 Compact easy to handle due in big part to the textured grip sections. These textured grip zones are situated on the front and rear of the grip, plus an added section on the side of the grip. The slide comes with front cocking serrations which make it easy for all shooters to cycle the slide for loading or clearing the chamber. Shooters with small or weaker hands will find this feature useful.
The open combat type sights on this pistol are easy to align on target and extremely robust. The trigger and fire control system are similar to the LCP models giving the pistol a smooth pull and rapid reset of the trigger. This makes for accurate controlled shooting.
The Security Nine has both a trigger safety as well as an external manual safety, which shooters highly prefer on a concealable handgun. Built on a hard-coated anodized aluminum frame with an alloy steel slide, the dark blued finish reduces glare, too. A short rail section is built in forward of the trigger guard to attach a light or laser. Check out all the specifications at www.ruger.com.
On April 22nd, both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly voted to concur with the amendments made to House Bill 1284 during the conference committee process. HB 1284 has been amended to now include many important concepts from HB 1643. House Bill 1284 will now go to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk for his signature.
Well folks, what I most love to share here are success stories… and this is one, although it would appear the success happened in spite of the homeowner rather than instead of him. When a man reportedly broke into a home in Louisville, Kentucky and began to undress in the bedroom of a 12-year-old girl and then wandered into the family’s kitchen wearing just his underwear, it was time for serious, decisive action.
So, he yelled at the guy. Hmm, that didn’t work…
Ali Bracey says he went into the kitchen and yelled for Oliver to leave. ‘I told him to get out, and he didn’t want to move. And he growled at me.’
It was time to clean up his act, so…
When Oliver refused [to leave], Bracey began hitting him with a broom — and anything else he could find.
Fox News reports that Bracey soon began to lose the fight, so he called for help.
A physical struggle then broke out, with Bracey striking Oliver with a broom before he began to be overtaken “due to the suspect’s size,” according to an arrest report obtained by WDRB.
After yelling for help, [his girlfriend] got a gun from her bedroom and handed it to her boyfriend, who then was able to get up and fire several rounds at Oliver.
I would guess the sight of the gun caused the trespasser to back off a bit, so Bracey could get hold of it and start firing.
‘He ended up getting six shots, period,’ Bracey said.
Thing is, I’m not sure he got ANY shots. Nothing in the reports I’ve found say the bad guy was actually hit, except for the title. Yeesh.
The bad guy was probably high.
Investigators say they found a small bag of heroin they believe [the jerk] dropped inside the home when he was taking his clothes off.
At any rate, the creep was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and made a court appearance the following morning. So it’s a semi-happy story anyhow.
Someone needs to do the world a favor and get Mr. Bracey some accuracy training… and maybe a bigger gun.
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President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will address NRA members at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The complete list of speakers is below. To obtain media credentials, please click here. Credential requests must be received by midnight EST April 23, 2019. Set-up details and logistical information will be available on Tuesday, April 23.
Intro Social media today is a strange beast. It brings everyone together especially the 2A community and is a massive learning tool when used correctly. In the last few years, there have been social media “celebrities” who try to shoot as fast as possible. These people don’t show targets or how they did but want to […]
NRA backs NYSRPA's response as New York City desperately tries to kill a lawsuit challenging the city’s unconstitutional firearm travel ban.
When I started with NRA in 1995, most of the attention our organization received was over legislative efforts in Congress. Firearm-related legislation at the federal level obviously has an impact on far more law-abiding gun owners than what happens in a single state. As I wrote last month, though, Congress often moves at a glacial pace. If you want to see a more rapid advancement in our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, you need to examine what we have been doing at the state level. Although NRA-ILA had been active at the state level since its inception in 1975, the spark that ignited decades of legislative success in state capitals across the country was the enactment of Florida’s “shall issue” Right-to-Carry (RTC) law in 1987.
In 1987, only ten states had concealed carry laws that treated the Right-to-Carry in a manner consistent with our constitutional right to bear arms. Understanding that the whims and prejudices of government officials are incompatible with the proper recognition of a constitutional right, in the following three decades NRA and our members have worked to replace discretionary may-issue concealed carry permitting statutes with shall-issue Right-to-Carry laws. Today, 42 states and even the District of Columbia have Right-to-Carry laws that grant permits to law-abiding residents.
Alexander Mooney, a Republican Congressmen from Virginia’s 2nd district, introduced the Second Amendment Protection Act earlier this month. The bill, H.R.2071, seeks to create an exemption for users of medical marijuana, that would currently be restricted from owning and/or purchasing a firearm. Many readers may remember that in January of 2017, the ATF updated form 4473 to include the following language:
The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside
That language was a direct response to the numerous States which have voted to allow medical marijuana or have legalized recreational marijuana. As of today, there are 24 States with some form of legal Medical Marijuana and 11 States that have legalized recreational marijuana in addition to Medical. While the topic of nationwide legalization is a hot button issue for many, it appears that a majority of voters in this country have a favorable view of Marijuana.
The Second Amendment Protection Act has a long way to before it is the law of the land and may face an uphill battle as Republicans have historically opposed any form of pro Marijuana legislation and Democrats generally oppose anything that could be considered a win for those whole value the 2nd amendment. While the changes being sought seem minimal, the