Knives are a ubiquitous everyday carry tool for hunters, shooters, law enforcement, military, and probably every other sane person you know out there. Sometimes when wearing heavy outdoors gear your knife can’t always be clipped safely into your pocket and can sometimes be bumped open. Cold Steel’s Double Safe Hunter features an additional safety in the way of a roller lock secondary safety to keep the blade closed or open.
Irving, TX – Cold Steel, manufacturer and innovator of purpose-built knives and blade tools for everyday carry, tactical, and hunting applications, expands its Double Safe Hunter line of folding lockbacks with three available colors—camo, orange, and green.
Experienced hunters favor compact lockbacks for their precise control, strength, and convenient storage in daypacks and accessory pockets. The Double Safe Hunter series delivers on all those fronts and introduces added security via a rocker lock secondary safety mechanism. This device is shock and impact resistant and prevents unintentional blade deployment. Ergonomics is also important in a folding hunting knife and the Double Safe Hunter earns high marks with its thin glass-filled nylon handle and slip-resistant texturing. A pronounced finger groove and curved handle profile further reduce the chance of hand slippage.
The blade is a wide clip-point design that is perfect for slicing movements typically encountered when field dressing big game, and with a 3.5-inch length, it is all the blade needed to get the job done cleanly and efficiently. Made of high-carbon 8Cr14MoV stainless steel and treated to 57-58 Rockwell hardness, the Double Safe Hunter is tough, corrosion resistant, and easy to maintain a sharp edge.
Additional features of the Double Safe Hunter include a steel pocket clip for securing in pant or pack pockets, a thumb stud for opening assist, and a through-hole at the back of the handle to accommodate a lanyard.
The Cold Steel Double Safe Hunter folding knife will be available in three different colors, camo, orange, or OD Green, and will be available for between $39.99 and $44.99. The knife is made from a strong glass-filled nylon frame and a high-carbon stainless steel blade.
Protecting your feet from your environment doesn’t have to be boring. People (thankfully, not my wife) are sometimes willing to spend thousands of dollars on stylish shoes, regardless of comfort. Companies like Irish Setter take the time in designing quality footwear that gives you both style and comfort. Among many other products this Fall, Irish Setter is releasing two shoe models. These are the newest additions to the Soft Paw and MudPaw lines.
Irish Setter Releases Two Shoe Models
Irish Setter Soft Paw
Irish Setter Soft Paw shoes offer the latest comfort technology and styling for men. Rugged and comfortably casual, the Soft Paw family is perfect for everyday wear and outdoor pursuits.
There are three styles being added to the line of Soft Paw shoes: Chukka in Gaucho Brown ($164.99), Oxford in Gaucho Brown ($149.99), and Chukka in Stone ($154.99).
Available in sizes 8-12, 13, 14 in D and EE widths
EVA core sandwiched between midsole and outsole
ScentBan keeps foot odor at bay
Some waterproof styles
Irish Setter MudPaw
Irish Setter MudPaw shoes are waterproof slip-ons for working in the garden, doing chores or taking a walk in the rain.
There are also three styles being added to the MudPaw line: Romeo in Brown ($99.99), Romeo in Gray ($99.99), and Slip-On in Gray ($89.99).
Available in sizes 4-15 for men, women, and young adults
TempSens technology to keep the temperature inside the shoe comfortable
ScentBan eliminates foot odor
Removable polyurethane footbed
If you need a new pair of kicks and these look appealing, you can find them this Fall on Irish Setter’s website. You can also follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for timely updates on their products. I hope you enjoy getting these dirty!
NEMO Arms, a company primarily known for manufacturing AR-pattern rifles and their recoil-reducing BCG/buffer system, has entered the market of double-barreled shotguns. According to the company, their new line of Over & Under shotguns “will tie in nostalgic features of classic shotguns that we all know and love, with the added modern twist of NEMO’s […]
Pulsar has just released its next generation of Thermion 2 Riflescopes that boast more technology and features than ever. The new Thermion 2 riflescopes will come with built-in video recording with sound, 16 GB of memory storage, 7 hours of battery life, and even an IPX7 waterproof rating. These riflescopes would be great for any hunter who not only wants to harvest prey in all environments – but also wants to be able to capture the moment of the shot.
The Next Generation of Thermion 2 Riflescope Series from Pulsar
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – The next generation of Pulsar Thermion 2 riflescopes has finally hit the industry! Pulsar—the most trusted name in thermal optic technology—has unveiled three brand-new Thermion 2 models that redefine sleek, powerful optical technology. The Thermion 2s are ideal scopes for hunting, law enforcement, ranching and more. Each boasts 17µm pixel pitch technology to provide the highest quality of contrast and definition for heat signatures, and they transmit color-rich, pristine images on a 1024×768 AMOLED display. Thermion 2s boast fast aperture F/1.0 enhanced Germanium lenses, 10 reticle options, multiple profile saves and 8 color palettes to ensure positive target identification.
Technologically packed, Thermion 2s have Wi-Fi connectivity with Stream Vision App compatibility along with built-in video recording with sound and 16GB of memory storage. Thermion 2s are powered by combined internal and external batteries to allow hot swapping—so you don’t miss a second of the action—and provide 7 hours of battery life. Tough as they come, Thermion 2s are waterproof IPX7 rated and operate in temperatures between -13F to 122F. When you need a top-line thermal riflescope, Thermion 2s provide everything you need and are backed by the Pulsar quality guarantee.
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Technology packed scopes are becoming all the rage with this new modern breed of hunters and I think Pulsar is bringing a lot to the table with this next generation of Thermion scopes – the detection range is beyond what I would ever consider using for a shot, but I do see how that much range would be able to give you a better idea of what your prey is doing and perhaps allow you to move in for a better shot.
One of the most significant new products in the recently published 2021 catalog of Austrian VOERE Präzisionstechnik GmbH is a dedicated LE iteration of their M2 bolt-action rifle called M2 Police Edition. This is a short action rifle available in .308 Winchester or 6.5mm Creedmoor calibers. Let’s see what features this rifle packs. The free-floated barrel […]
Many the nations that adopted the FAL (or L1A1, in Commonwealth terminology) opted to also use a heavy-barreled variant of the same rifle as a light support weapon. In the Commonwealth, this was designated L2A1 and it was used by Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The Australian model was build at Lithgow and supplied to the Australian and New Zealand forces, as well as being exported to a variety of other nations including Ghana, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and others (total Lithgow production was 9,557). It has a 21” heavy barrel and a distinct folding bipod with wooden panels that act as handguard when the bipod is folded up. Doctrinally, the L2A1 was intended to be used in semiauto most of the time, with the bipod and heavy barrel allowing greater sustained semiauto fire than a standard rifle.
A 30-round magazine was developed and issued, but abandoned before long. It was found to be insufficiently reliable, interfered with prone shooting, and contributed to overheating of the guns. Interestingly, Australia also opted to not have an automatic bolt hold open functionality in their FAL type rifles. The control can be used manually, but the rifle does not lock open when empty. This was presumably done in favor of keeping the action closed and clean at the expense of slower reloading (the same compromise was made on the G3 family of rifles).
This particular example is a registered transferrable machine gun made on a Lithgow receiver imported by Onyx in 1985 with other Lithgow-produced parts, including a 1960 bolt, 1961 carrier, and 1961 lower receiver from an L1A1 originally exported to Malaysia.
Over the years, TFB has periodically reported on new linear compensator products that have been released. Some previous examples of these devices have included the model that is probably the most well-known take on the linear comp concept: the SureFire Warden, as well as others like the VG6 Precision CAGE device, Area 419’s Hellfire model, […]
There is perhaps no more well-known American domestic battle than the battle of Athens, TN. War-weary veterans returning from the various theatres of WWII came home only to face a machine steeped in corruption and faced yet another battle for liberty – the Battle of Athens. Today, we’ll be going over this famous battle and […]
Recently we showed some pretty unique pictures of the new Accuracy International sniper/competition rifle in the USASOC International Sniper Competition. I personally love these types of pictures, and it seems like I am not alone. In our Photo Of The Day, we look at some more competitors in this event, as they engage targets at […]
Welcome everyone to the 89th edition of Hot Gat or Fudd Crap, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]
Briefly speaking with reporters at the White House, the president discussed his call on Monday with the family of George Floyd, the Black man in Minnesota who died after he was seen on video – handcuffed – saying "I can't breathe" as Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck. His death sparked nationwide protests last spring and summer over police brutality against minorities and systemic racism.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death. He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
The Austrian optics company Kahles has released several interesting products lately. TFB reviewed the Kahles K18i Riflescope with IPSC Reticle last year and it’s still one of the best Low Power Variable Optic on the market. TFB just got the brand new K525i Dynamic Long Range riflescope to review as well. When I got the new […]
I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love to have a fun afternoon of plinking targets. My Ruger 10/22 Charger Pistol is probably my favorite plinking companion firearm. I have shot the 10/22 in many different configurations over the years, but I have never attempted to shoot one in what I would consider being the “original” style of the 10/22 charger. By this, I mean with a mounted optic, no brace, and equipped with a bipod. Boyds Gunstocks recently gave me an opportunity to try this particular style out and graciously sent out one of their Laminate 10/22 Charger pistol grips for me to try out. Today we’ll go over what I’ve learned and what I think of this particular style of shooting.
The Ruger 10/22 Charger was released in 2007 and for quite a while it remained a fair niche firearm. Using the same alloy receiver and action, the 10/22 charger pistol was small enough to fit in a backpack or field pack and transported to the range, shot from a bench, or even used as a hunting pistol. For the time, this made the 10/22 charger a sort of jack-of-all-trades for the 10/22 community as it did so many things well while being a compact package.
I had always used the 10/22 as a plinker, hunting, and target shooting rifle, but I had never caught the bug to fit out one of these pistols with what Boyds Gunstocks sent me. With this stock, I planned on seeing what difference it really made switching from an arm brace to a laminate pistol grip only.
The Pistol Grip – Quality?
For those not in the know, Boyds makes some of the finest looking gunstocks in the industry for 10/22 pistols and rifles. You’ve probably seen Boyds’ work before on the range, their stocks and grips usually feature wild and interesting color combinations and can even come with a high gloss finish referred to by Boyds as their 90 Degree Finish. The grip I received was in their black/red Applejack Laminate – I think it looks pretty rad.
Each of Boyds’ laminate products is well made and upon the first examination of the grip, I found that the finish was very uniform all over and the 90 Degree Finish was seriously reflective. The finish even extended into the interior of the grip save for one side where the magazine would be inserted. I suppose this area of the grip was left free of finish due to the expectation of magazines constantly rubbing up against it. The grip also features the standard brass insert for the attachment screw and sling stud.
As a side note, I do not know for certain if the Charger pistol grips are made from a single piece or if they are in fact made from two mated pieces. Close examination of the rear of the receiver area will allow you to see a square-head screw that looks like it extends into the grip. Whether this is to strengthen the pistol grip or perhaps mate two pieces together during assembly I do not know – I just found it interesting. Overall, the wood and finish quality seems to be top tier and I think the grip is rather beautiful from a purely aesthetic perspective.
Shooting the 10/22 with a Pistol Grip Only
There are some pros and cons to shooting with a pistol grip only and right off the bat one of the biggest pros I discovered was the savings in weight. The Laminate grip by itself is right around half of what a polymer charger grip with a pistol brace attached would weigh. If you’re planning on doing shooting standing I could see how the attachment of a brace would help, but if you shoot off of a stump, table, or tree limb you can easily get away with using the pistol grip only.
I was able to run through the woods for a bit to get the feel of using the bipod that is included with every Ruger 10/22 Charger. It did take a bit of practice to get the muscle memory down for the right type of grip, but once I practiced it a few times, getting on target quickly from behind the Boyds grip was an easy task. I probably could have made this easier on myself by going with a different type of optic with a longer eye relief, but the Trijicon TA47-2 was all I had available at the moment.
The only major con I can see of foregoing the use of an arm brace is that free-standing shots become a chore. As good as the shape of the Boyds Charger pistol grip is, the 10/22 is so heavy that one-handed shots without a brace are difficult, to say the least. Another small negative is that the fitment of the grip itself wasn’t 100%. Since the Ruger 10/22 relies on only one point of contact between its stock/grip and the receiver, there is quite a bit of wobble from the Boyds grip. I assume this can be eliminated with a few shims and since the grip is free-floated from the grip I didn’t find it to cause any accuracy issues – it was just that I noticed the wobble and would personally choose to get a tighter fit for the two pieces.
Overall, I found the new shooting experience with Boyds 10/22 Charger Pistol grip to be a pleasant learning experience. Shaving off an entire 14 oz of weight is a big deal if you would consider taking the 10/22 charger along with you for a long hike. Aside from a few minor nitpicks about the fitment that is easily solvable, I think I can wholeheartedly recommend Boyds if you’re looking for a Charger pistol grip or even one of their carbine stocks.
RCBS is one of the biggest names in reloading and also happens to be one of the most trusted companies for purchasing reloading equipment and supplies. The RCBS Matchmaster lineup includes both a neck bushing sizer die and a micrometer adjustable bullet seater die so that reloaders can get their case neck tension and bullet […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This time around we have the Deckungszielgerät! This is an indirect firing device derived from WWI designs. Back then in the middle of a world stuck in a stalemate, all sorts of ideas were tested. One goofy idea was an indirect fire device that enabled its user to put a rifle over a trench, aim, and fire without themselves being harmed.
“Early in World War II, the success of the German Blitzkrieg was apparent, and little thought was given to developing equipment for a static, defensive war. Even into the early stages of their invasion of Russia, codenamed Operation Barbarossa, the offensive German war machine seemed near unstoppable. However, by the end of 1942 this all changed, with the German advance grinding to a halt, and many areas of the Eastern Front devolving into static trench warfare. Due to this, the Germans began looking back upon lessons learned and equipment developed in the trenches of World War I.”
“This device is a product of that, and shows a lot of similarities with its earlier counterparts. These indirect firing devices were developed to allow the user to fire his weapon over the top of a trench or dugout without exposing any part of himself to enemy fire. The World War I devices had incorporated a complicated cocking mechanism to work with bolt action rifles, however with the development of semi-automatic rifles such as the G41 and later G/K43, this was no longer necessary, and was omitted from the new design which became known as the “deckungszielgerät”, or “DZG”.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 1649: German “Deckungszielgerät” Indirect Fire Device with Periscope [Photograph found in Premier Firearms Auction #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/1649/german-deckungszielgert-indirect-fire-device-with-periscope
Wiley X is a veteran-founded protective eyewear provider that serves many markets including the firearms industry. Providing shooters with many options for impact-resistant eyewear, the company has recently made the decision to move its global headquarters to Frisco, Texas.
Wiley Moves Global Headquarters to Frisco Texas
Livermore, CA – Wiley X®, the leading premium protective eyewear brand, announced plans to move its operations from Livermore to Frisco, Texas. The new global headquarters, manufacturing and distribution site is set to be located in the Star Business Park and completed by Q2 2022. Wiley X joins a growing list of California-based companies seeking new locations, with many finding their new homes in the Dallas and North Texas region. The central location within the United States will increase efficiencies of shipping and distribution, in both time and cost, to the wide range of customers Wiley X supports.
“Our entire team is committed to piloting smart and sustained growth for many years to come,” said Dan Freeman, Co-Owner of Wiley X. “To take Wiley X to the next level, Frisco, Texas is the ideal location geographically and economically to set us up for a successful future. The City of Frisco and Frisco Economic Development Corporation have already been great business partners.”
Frisco – known as “Sports City USA” – is a perfect fit for Wiley X, a company committed to protection and performance for active pursuits such as shooting, fishing, and motorsports, as well as for the government/first responder network. Wiley X aligns well with Texas values, with a long history of providing protective eyewear to the United States military and being veteran-founded and family-owned. The move to Frisco will inspire the fabrication of a state-of-the-art building to elevate brand operations and will include a flagship retail store for Wiley X fans and local customers to enjoy.
“We’re thrilled to make this exciting move to Frisco,” said Myles Freeman, Jr., Co-Owner of Wiley X. “All of us at Wiley X have our sights set on servicing our customers like never before and this location is a perfect fit to propel our customer experience forward.”
“I am excited to welcome Wiley X to the Lone Star State,” Governor Greg Abbott said. “Wiley X is another in a long list of companies choosing Texas as home for its global headquarters and manufacturing and distribution center because of our thriving business climate. ‘Made in Texas’ is a powerful brand, and I look forward to watching Wiley X flourish.”
“Frisco is proud to welcome Wiley X to our veteran-ready community,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Innovative companies like Wiley X thrive here. It’s a tremendous asset to have another world-class brand in Frisco creating great jobs for Frisco residents, including our veterans.”
Wiley has some great eyewear up for offer and I don’t exactly blame them for wanting to move out of California given the political and economical situation out there. It just seems that many companies are making their way out of the tax-hiked west coast and moving to a more friendly territory where their companies can increase their earnings and provide their employees with liveable salaries. If you’re looking for a new pair of safety glasses for your next trip to the range, consider checking out a pair. I’m personally a big fan of their shatterproof changeable glasses that allow you to configure the glasses any way you’d like.
When it comes to hiking and hunting gear, lighter is almost always better. In recent years, the push for lightweight hunting rifles has given us lightweight aftermarket stocks and parts. Christensen Arms asked a different question. Why not just carry a pistol? An offshoot of their popular Modern Precision Rifle, the Christensen Arms Modern Precision Pistol fits the bill. At only 4.4 pounds naked, this little powerhouse has plenty to offer.
Building upon the success of the MPR, the Modern Precision Pistol (MPP) is a purpose-built bolt-action pistol chassis. Standard features include a 20-MOA optics rail, adjustable side-baffle brake, and Christensen Arms’ legendary carbon fiber barrel. Available with a folding SB Tactical® FS1913A Stabilizing brace and in a number of calibers, the Modern Precision Pistol is built to take pistol performance to new distances.
The NEW Christensen Arms Modern Precision Pistol (MPP)
While the images show the Christensen Arms Modern Precision Pistol (MPP) with a red dot, this handy pistol can just as easily be equipped with some magnified glass. It comes in four popular hunting calibers, making it an ideal gun for long trips into the backcountry. Instead of a traditional stock, the MPP comes equipped with an SB Tactical FS1913A stabilizing brace. The ability to fold the brace makes this a very compact package. It uses a 416R stainless steel barrel that’s Aero-Grade, carbon fiber wrapped. The barrel comes threaded in 5/8″×24 TPI (1/2″x28 TPI for the .223 Rem version).
The action sits in a Christensen Arms 7075 Billet Aluminum Pistol Chassis. The grip is compatible with AR-15 grips. The handguard is M-Lok compatible, allowing you to customize it for each specific hunt. The MSRP is $2,295.
Some of you may recall the survival gun build by Booligan I covered last June. Well, Booligan continued to improve it and ended up with a much more streamlined version of that survival pistol built with the very affordable Keystone Cricket as the base firearm. Booligan’s new chassis design is built to be as light […]
If you’ve ever used binoculars to hunt or view wildlife during a sunny day you’ll no doubt have run into a lot of glare. Steiner Optics has set out to eliminate that glare from the sun with their BluHorizon sunlight adaptive binocular. The BluHorizon binocular makes use of Steiners trademarked AutoBright lens in order to stop the glare and get you a better view of your next target of interest.
BluHorizon Sunlight Adaptive Binocular from Steiner Optics
World’s First Sunlight Adaptive Binocular
All the action without a glimmer of glare.
Exclusive AutoBright optics offset dazzling light automatically, for the best view under the sun.
10x AutoBright magnification eliminates glare, evaporates distance, and amps the fun of whatever you’re doing. At just 10.6 ounces, you can take it everywhere. With powerful 10x magnification, you’re close to the action anywhere.
Unique AutoBright adaptive lens technology cuts through glare to capture every detail
Premium optics give you a sharp, clear picture every time
Compact, light weight and texture-armored to go anywhere
Ideal for every active outdoor lifestyle, from seaside to snowfield
Autobright Lens Technology
Automatically optimizes lens light transmission for maximum clarity in bright conditions. No shimmer or glare from water, sand, snow or sky. No squinting, guessing or eye strain. Just a perfect image.
Great feel and fast focus
Grippy textured armor, ergonomic body and Fast-Close-Focus system make clear viewing a pleasure anywhere. Wherever bright sun is an issue, you’ve got a clear solution.
Soft rubber cups surround your eyes, keeping side-light, wind, dust and glare from compromising a crisp, comfortable picture. Another good reason to keep your BluHorizons handy.
Field of View: 321.5 feet at 1000 yards
Objective Lens: 26mm
Special Features: AutoBright
Glare can often be a major concern especially as we are entering into the summer hunting months. If the AutoBright adaptive lenses work as well as advertised I think these would make for a great companion for hunters working in sunny conditions with little to no tree cover. Even if hunting isn’t your thing, they’d be great for getting a good glimpse of the wildlife on a nice hike or summer adventuring trip. The Steiner BluHorizon binoculars are available directly from Steiner for $226.79.
While I am not a huge fan of off-body carry, I do understand how there can be certain circumstances where you can’t or wouldn’t want to carry a firearm on your person. For that purpose, off-body carry options have a place at the table when it comes to concealment options. Primary Arms are now offering […]
This is an interesting single-shot breechloading system built by Kuhn of Besançon – a city near Switzerland in eastern France. It is clearly a sporting rifle, firing an 11mm black powder cartridge and probably dates to the 1870s or 1880s. It automatically ejects an empty case when opened and automatically cocks the hammer when the action is closed, making it a cleverly efficient system to shoot. The trigger is also not actually operable until he lever is fully closed, rendering it safe from out of battery firing. I don’t know anything about the maker, however…
Wiley X, producer of protective eyewear has recently announced that they will be departing the State of California to move their headquarters to Frisco, Texas. Although the company has stated that the move is to improve shipping and distribution efficiency, I personally believe they’ll benefit in a couple other areas as well if they are […]
If you’re a firearms enthusiast (as it’s likely that most people reading TFB are), you probably have a list of guns you want. Unless you’re one of the fortunate few to have an arsenal rivaling Heckler and Koch‘s Gray Room, the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, the NRA’s Whittington Center, or this guy that Nick met […]
The location in this Photo Of The Day is Poland where we take a peek at the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Troops as they offer support by fire during an evaluation exercise at Bemowo Piskie Training Area in November last year. The 2nd Cavalry is a vital part of the enhanced forward presence Battle Group’s […]
From the Orders List for today. Cert is denied in three felon-in-possession cases (two involving nonviolent offense, the third a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years' imprisonment and thus a bar to gun possession under federal law. The cases are Holloway, Folajtar, and Flick.
On the other hand, New York State R & P Assn v. Corlette, which challenges NY's "may issue" gun permit system, was re-listed for a second time. The Court is apparently thinking seriously about that one, and has not made up its mind either to take or not take it.
Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This series is all about rimfire firearms, ammunition, sports, and pretty much everything else rimfire-related. The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most if not the most popular rimfire rifles on the market today. While it may not be the most accurate, the lightest, or maybe even the […]
Stephen Gutowski of The Reloadis reporting that a special meeting of the Board of Directors has been called for May 1st in Dallas. The purpose of this meeting is to approve a reorganization plan that the NRA plans to present to the US Bankruptcy Court.
They plan to have a regular Board meeting on Sunday, May 2nd.
This meeting comes after two weeks of testimony before Judge Hale in the US Bankruptcy Court. As Gutowski, myself, and others have noted, this testimony has brought out many questionable financial practices involving Wayne LaPierre, his executive assistant Millie Hallow, and former CFO Woody Phillips.
As Gutowski notes regarding the meeting:
The NRA did not respond to a request for comment on the special board meeting, but there is a possibility the meeting won’t even take place. The current portion of the bankruptcy trial is set to end on April 23, and the judge is supposed to issue an order in the case by April 30. If the judge decides to appoint a trustee or dismiss the case, it is possible the group won’t have an opportunity to present the restructuring plan the board is set to review on May 1. A trustee could also fire current leadership and the board of directors before the meeting occurs.
The US Trustee has objected to the appointment of a Chief Restructuring Officer as proposed by the NRA. The US Trustee noted that the CRO would report to Wayne and the Special Litigation Committee composed of Meadows, Cotton, and Lee. Thus, the CRO would not be independent and could not be independent without bylaw changes by the NRA.
The US Trustee did a better job of reading NRA’s Bylaws than did NRA’s attorneys. He points out that the CRO might be an NRA officer and the Bylaws say only the members can create a new NRA officer,
“It is not clear whether the NRA’s bylaws permit the creation of a chief restructuring officer position. The NRA’s most recent Bylaws incorporate input from the NRA’s membership and confer limited authority to officers and committees. The NRA’s Bylaws state that certain “AMENDMENTS IN BOLD FACE ITALICS SHALL NOT BE REPEALED OR AMENDED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.” Instead, Article XV, Section 4, reserves authority to amend bylaws in bold and italics to the NRA’s membership. Article V, Section 1(b), describes the specific officer positions, and in bold italics, states “The Board may not abolish said offices nor create any other offices.”
There is another hearing scheduled before Judge Hale this afternoon at 4pm CDT. It will be interesting to hear what comes out of that meeting.
You will note that I did not say that Stephen Gutowski is with the Free Beacon. He left them on Friday and is now out on his own with The Reload. I would urge you to check it out and subscribe if you think it worthwhile. I did and I’m looking forward to his continued reporting on all things gun-related.
On Wednesday, April 21, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will hold a public hearing on Legislative Document 759, which is unnecessary, overly broad, and impairs the ability of law-abiding Mainers to access firearms in their homes to defend themselves and their families.
Steiner Optics has developed the world’s first sunlight adaptive binocular meant to reduce the glare experienced when using binoculars under sunny conditions. The Steiner BluHorizons 10×26 binocular features Steiner’s trademarked AutoBrigt adaptive lens and comes with premium optics to give you a clear picture no matter if you are hunting, shooting, or adventuring and sightseeing. […]
Tomorrow is the deadline for legislation to pass out of the chamber of origin. AB 286, legislation that massively expands “gun-free zones” in Nevada and ends the centuries-old practice of home-building firearms for personal use, can receive a vote at any time.
This post has been divided into two sections and is a continuation of the three-part series on why you should start taking greater consideration to the loads a hiker brings out with them while hiking, backpacking, and camping with thoughts on decreasing load weight.
Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels, and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.
On Last Week’s Episode
In the past two portions of this trilogy, we have learned that weight can cause injuries, decreased endurance, increased caloric expenditure, and lower overall speed. We have also reviewed places and ways we can reduce the weight of our backpacking load-out; unfortunately, this either means getting rid of things or spending more money.
Ways to Improve Hiker-Load Relationship
When lugging weight around – either marching, hiking out in the woods, or working at WalMart and stocking shelves, there are things we can learn to improve our relationship with that weight. Does the backpack/load-out fit well? Once having a pack, how much weight should one carry, and how is this determined? (Is BMI a reliable measurement tool?) Are there ways to adjust what/where you are carrying your load-out to improve mobility, speed, and endurance? YES.
Lastly, we have to consider the most invariable element of the hiker-load relationship – the hiker. There are ways we can improve the hiker to adapt to the load-out, and consider accommodations to reduce chances of mobility inefficiencies and/or injuries.
Improving Hiker-Load Relationship – Fit
Biologically, men and women have different body features that should be accommodated in order to ensure that a backpack fits the wearer ideally; otherwise, a pack can flop/sway/bounce around that can increase discomfort/injuries and inefficiencies. David Boulware, M.D. even determined separate packs for men and women are more than beneficial – it is vital.
“The testers in that study used backpacks with no differences for females. However, in another study where women used their own packs fitted for them, the percentages of injuries were not significantly different from that of men (Boulware, 2004).”
If you’re looking online for a new bag, size up your torso before deciding. REI has a great video for this:
(TLDW: Measure between Iliac Crest and C7 Vertebrae. This length is separate from your overall height. The important factors are that the hip-straps will land 1″ above the hips when un/lightly-loaded, and that the shoulder strap should roughly start on the pack 2-3″ below the top of your shoulder, that way the curve of the strap can allow adjustment.)
Backpacks not fitted well can result in injuries to the lower back; these injuries can further shift to other parts of the body causing them to overcompensate and result in additional injuries.
Improving Hiker-Load Relationship – Weight
We’ve all read that we shouldn’t be regularly lifting more than X amount of weight, or X% of our Total Body Weight. The typical number is 30%; heck that is what MIL-STD-1472F 184.108.40.206.2 claims:
“220.127.116.11.2 Load carrying. The total load carried by an individual, including clothing, weapons, and equipment for close combat operations, should not exceed 30% of body weight… …personnel with 5th percentile body weight must be accommodated, the total load for close combat operations should not exceed 18.5 kg (41 lb) and, for marching, 27.7 kg (61lb).”
Is 30% really a sensible weight? My typical weekend load-out is 5.15kg (11.35 Lbs), and overnight is 2,852g (6.29 Lbs). Overall, I rarely carry more than 9kg (20 Lbs). I couldn’t imagine carrying 19kg (43 Lbs) [145lb body weight].
So, I recommend this – Strip naked, get on your scale, and weigh yourself; write this down. We all know what level of fitness we’re at. Let’s now disregard our actual weight and look at our ideal weight.
Everyone knows BMI, but for the past 30-40yr, it has been criticized for its inaccuracy for muscular and stocky individuals. I’m sure you’ve heard that one guy in the Navy complaining he was told to lose weight because of how thick his neck was or something like that.
Now, let’s really go down to your pack being 10-12% of your ideal body weight when doing a 1-3 day hike (12-20% for 7+ Days). For me, this would mean 5.35-6.42kg (11.8-14.2lb)
How does this compare to your backpack’s current weight?
Improving Hiker-Load Relationship – Distribution of Pack Weight
Distributing your weight in the pack closest to your body is the best way to keep the load from causing a pendulum effect. Having the weight away from the bottom can also prevent the weight from slapping against the bottom of your hips/spine. There are two methods of thought for this. One, I found in my very first bag; it seems to work best not only for hiking on flat land, but also for steep climbing, as less focus is put on weight higher up.
The traditional pack weight distribution looks more like this:
I’m hoping that your analysis of these two methods helps you understand not to place your bear canister, water bottles and/or cooking system on the back end of your pack. There are also studies indicating a “bodypack” can increase one’s endurance/stamina…. but I don’t think we’re culturally ready to have backpacks with a frontal load-bearing section, yet.
Improving Hiker-Load Relationship – Factors That Affect Hiking/Backpacking
Everyone’s body is different. Be sure to take this into consideration when carrying weight.
Subcompact pistols are becoming one of the most popular options for today’s concealed carriers and with the onset of that popularity comes a need for concealment holsters. Safariland is rising to meet this need with the 575 Slim Pro-Fit Holster. The new holster has great features like its GLS (Grip Locking System), multi-fit capability, and […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Heck yeah! Let’s kick this off with a flame thrower! The Soviet LPO-50 burst onto the scene in 1953 as the Soviet’s standard-issue flame thrower through the majority of the first chunk of the cold war. Only the first chunk for a reason. This is mostly due to the slow war machine advancing to better arms and flame throwers, though terrifying, would get phased out in favor of less intimate weapons. This flame thrower was a little different than most and I think Rock Island Auction Company explains it very well:
“Mechanically, the LPO-50 takes a very different tack then its predecessors and Western counterparts. Instead of using inert gas to propel incendiary material, the three individual tanks of the backpack unit each contain one “shot” worth of fuel and a tiny pyrotechnic cartridge. The trigger unit on the wand has a setting for each tank, plus a safe setting, and when pulled electrically fires the pyro cartridge in the selected tank as well as an electric igniter unit at the muzzle, the former generating the pressure to drive out the fuel and the latter lighting it up. Once a tank is lit, it goes until it’s gone; you buy the ticket, and you take the ride for approximately 2-3 seconds.”
Lot 540: Soviet LPO-50 Flamethrower Unit [Photograph found in Premier Firearms Auction #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/540/soviet-lpo50-flamethrower-unit
Who does not like fireworks? Better yet setting them off yourself! Having a background as a pyrotechnician, I appreciate all that goes into a good firework show. Looking for something new this Fourth of July? Check out Realtree Fireworks. Yes, you heard me right, the Realtree company known for is outdoor camo patterns has now put its name on a line of fireworks. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, I would imagine there will be considerable interest. In the following press release, Realtree gives all the details of their new fireworks line of products.
Celebrate big events and holidays with the boom and vibrant colors of Realtree Fireworks. These hunting- and fishing-themed fireworks reflect a love for the adventurous, outdoor lifestyle with a variety of fireworks options wrapped in Realtree camo designs and patterns.
Options include artillery shells, multi-shot cakes and fountains — all designed to represent a specific hunting or fishing pastime. For example, those enjoying the Greenheads multi-shot cakes will see water stirring with crackling mines as the ducks flush with crackling tails up to green strobe breaks.
The Monster Bucks multi-shot cake spreads out with beams of silver glittering tails that fork into tines of brocade crown with color glitter and blue stars. Each of the 15 shots ends in a 20-point finale of crackling willow.
The Blaze fountain displays a blazing bonfire of red, green and gold fliers that wraps up with a colorful crackling finale.
Whistling Wings multi-shot cakes feature whistling tails that lead to multicolor peonies and falling leaves interspersed with birdshot crackle.
Safety Tips before handling any Realtree Fireworks
Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
Never give fireworks to small children.
If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
Stay away from illegal explosives and illegal fireworks.
With life beginning to get back to normal all across the world and the nation, I look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with big and small fireworks alike. I plan on trying out the new line of Realtree Fireworks to help in that celebration.
It’s a simple fact that without animals, we cannot hunt. Those animals need a place to live. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raises large amounts of money to protect the habitats of these animals preserving our hunting heritage. Recently, RMEF and its partners raised $1,134,098 to aid in conservation efforts for these important animals.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation collaborated with nearly two dozen partners to provide $1,134,098 for 12 wildlife habitat, hunting heritage or wildlife management projects in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. RMEF contributed $82,248 in funding that leveraged an additional $1,051,850 in partner dollars.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Raises $1.1 Million
The money that was raised will help fund 12 projects spread among Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
“There are wild, free-ranging elk herds in 28 states including these five in the lower part of the Midwest,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer and Nebraska native. “This grant funding helps improve habitat for elk, deer and many other species of wildlife.”
“We greatly appreciate our volunteers in these states who generated this funding by hosting banquets, membership drives and other events. We simply could not carry out our mission without them,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raises funds for projects such as these, and has done so since 1989. The organization currently has over 231,000 members, made up mostly of hunters. Since its inception, RMEF has conserved over 8.1 million acres for various kinds of wildlife.
If you would like to know more about what the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation does to protect our elk populations, or what you can do to help, head over to the RMEF website. You can also learn more by calling 800-CALL ELK, or by following them on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Let’s do what we can to help protect these habitats and our culture as Americans and hunters.
SIG Sauer have shared information and images on the specially built M17 trophy pistols built for the 2021 Best Ranger Competition being held at Fort Benning this month. Built by SIG’s custom works, the pistols have a custom black nitron engraved slide and black AXG metal grip along with a gold trigger. The gruelling competition is […]
The last thing you want when you’re getting ready to head out the door is to be shuffling around in your big box or drawer of holsters trying to find the one that fits the carrying piece you’ve selected for the day. Since subcompact pistols are becoming so popular and now even with optics mounted, the need for a multi-fit capable holster is becoming more popular. Safariland has recently just released one such holster with their new 575 Slim IWB Pro-Fit holster. The new holster features Safariland’s popular GLS grip locking system as well as compatibility with multiple subcompact guns and red dot optics.
The New 575 Slim IWB Pro-Fit Holster for Subcompacts from Safariland
Jacksonville, Florida –Safariland®, a brand of TheSafariland Group, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced new 575 Slim Pro-Fit holsters equipped with Safariland’s Grip Locking System (GLS). The new 575 Slim extends the availability of the popular holster design to subcompact pistols.
“The new 575 Slim builds on the success of our robust 575 in-waistband design,” said Eric Gasvoda, Vice President and General Manager for The Safariland Group duty gear division. “The new 575 models are built for the smaller 9mms and other pistols designed for everyday carry. With Safariland’s GLS retention and the 575’s ease of concealment, this is a great way to secure your carry gun so it is ready and accessible when you need it most.”
The new 575 Slim IWB GLS Pro-Fit holster provides a fully adjustable cant and offers the unique Grip Locking System which secures the firearm once holstered. The retention of the GLS is deactivated with the middle finger while taking a shooting grip during the draw. The body is SafariSeven, a proprietary nylon blend that is non-abrasive to a firearm’s finish and maintains very high heat tolerance as well as low cold tolerance. This holster comes with two belt loop options based on preference (over or under the belt). Its low-cut and compact design makes concealment easy while also allowing for a quick draw.
GLS secures the holstered firearm
Designed to fit multiple firearms in one holster with one tension adjustment
Body is proprietary nylon blend that is non-abrasive to firearm’s finish
Low-cut compact design for ease of concealment
Inside-the-waist for deep concealment
Two belt loop options available based on preference (under and over the belt)
Fully adjustable cant
The new 575 Slim is designed for the GLOCK 43, 43X and 48, Springfield Armory Hellcat and XD-S, Sig Sauer P365/P365X, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield/Shield +, and similarly sized pistols.
I have a growing number of pistols that all fall into the category of subcompact and I already have a box of holsters that don’t get enough use as it is. With the 575 Slim, it will be nice to be able to use a single concealment holster. The 575 Slim currently fits many of the popular subcompacts like the Glock 43X/48, Sig P365/365X, Smith & Wesson Shield/Shield Plus, and Springfield Hellcat.
The only pistol that is currently missing from this category is the recently released Ruger MAX-9, perhaps an update for the 575 slim can be expected sometime down the road. The Safariland 575 Slim is available now in both left and right-hand draw styles for $68.00.
The MasterPiece Arms (MPA) Facebook page has recently announced a continuance of a special partnership with The Precision Rifle Series. For the 2021 Season, the 5th year in a row, MPA has been announced as the official chassis for the Precision Rifle Series. This partnership solidifies the support MPA has for the Series as a […]
Before these war the Browning M2, there were a series of Colt commercial .50 caliber machine guns. The .50 BMG (12.7x99mm) cartridge began development in 1918, and after the end of the war Colt and John Browning finalized a water-cooled machine gun to use it. While military experimentation and development continued, Colt introduced the gun as the Model 1924, and sold it in both water-cooled and air-cooled varieties. The names were changed in 1932/3 to become the MG52 (water cooled) and MG53 (air cooled) to keep the guns sounding modern. In addition, they introduced the MG52-A, which was a water cooled model with interchangeable feed to accommodate vehicle and dual mounts.
The Model 1924/MG52 has a number of early features that would be changed when the M2 become the standard model. These have simple straight-line charging handles, instead of the camel system of the M2. They have rear sights like the early M1917 .30 caliber guns, manual safeties, and are built on dedicated water-cooled receivers (the M2 would introduce a universal receiver). Only a few thousand of these were made by World War Two, and their production did not resume after the war.
With President Joe Biden securely in office and the 2024 presidential election 43 months away, the mainstream press has determined it an acceptable time to expose the frequent fibber’s most flagrant falsehoods.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves gets to take the SIG LMG-68 for a test drive at SIG Academy in New Hampshire. We talk to members of the design team about the LMG-68’s development, history, production, and capabilities. As previously reported on The Firearm Blog by Matt Moss: “The LMG-68 can be chambered in […]
Luth-AR has a new buttstock available at a competitive price. The MBA-5 is a lightweight, adjustable carbine buttstock that uses a paddle-style adjustment lever. The stock is compatible with either mil-spec or commercial carbine buffer tubes. As you can see in the pictures, there’s also an integrated Picatinny rail if you want to attach a monopod or […]
We just passed the Heckler & Koch HK416 appreciation day: April 16. To compensate we have a Photo Of The Day with pictures from the French 35e régiment d’infanterie. I have lived a few years in France, but unfortunately, my French is too weak (without red wine) to make professional translations. My understanding is that […]
The NRA Board of Directors has long relied upon the word of EVP Wayne LaPierre for virtually everything. If a disturbing matter was brought up to them, they, for the most part, would say something like, “Well, I talked to Wayne and he said blah, blah, blah.” They considered this as doing their duty of care as a Board member.
As I pointed out in my post on fiduciary duties, duty of care means to give “reasonable attention and care to providing oversight.” Under New York public charities law, that includes knowledge of the organization’s finances.
Over the last few days, I have listened intermittently to the hearings held on the NRA’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I have also read synopses of these hearings on other sites. Some of the things I heard had me shaking my head while shouting at the computer, “How could you not know?”
For example, Wayne LaPierre testified before the court that he had no knowledge of the consulting contract awarded to former CFO Woody Phillips and that he had only recently learned of it. The contract in question was for $30,000 monthly to run for four full years. The total value of the contract would then be worth $1,440,00. How can a CEO not know that his recently retired CFO just got a contract worth over $1.4 million?
The one thing I do believe that came out of Wayne’s rambling testimony is his acknowledgement that he didn’t inform the Board of his intention to seek bankruptcy before filing it. If he had, I believe more Board members would have reacted at the time like Judge Phil Journey saying “we didn’t authorize that.” Their ex post facto motion saying they authorized filing bankruptcy then and now is frankly nothing more than a cover garment.
On Friday I listened to live testimony from Wayne’s former BFF Tony Makris as well as AckMac CFO Bill Winkler. A deposition of former NRA CFO Woody Phillips was also read into the record with one NYAG attorney reading the questions and another reading Phillips’ response. The key thing that was continually pointed out by Makris and Winkler is that the vague invoices sent by AckMac were at the direct request of Wayne. This continued even after a new agreement was reached that stated the only deviations had to be in writing from Wayne as EVP. Wayne, of course, still continued with his way of not putting his wishes in writing. Greg Garman, one of the NRA’s attorney, pounded on AckMac’s Bill Winkler about ignoring the letter of the contract and going along with how things had been done in the past. I think this was a strategic mistake on his part as it opens the door to questioning similar vague invoices from Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors.
As I said in the headline, the NRA Board of Directors cannot claim ignorance any longer. The beauty of WebEx is that it does a good job of capturing who is participating or listening in to an event. In this case, I saw reporters such as Danny Hakim of the NY Times, Mark Maremont of the Wall Street Journal, and Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon. I also counted at least six Board members listening in. They included Carrie Lightfoot, Anthony Colandro, Joel Friedman, Linda Walker, Howard “Walt” Walters, and Judge Phil Journey (who I expected to listen in). There may have been more as there were people who logged on by phone and not by computer.
My point is that after multiple days of testimony and over 600 documents, pleadings, exhibits, motions, and replies, it is impossible for anyone on the Board to say they don’t know what is going on. If they do, then they need to resign.
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This thing looks awesome! I am a huge fan of the N0. 3 revolver by Smith and Wesson because of its history with lawmen and outlaws of the west. This is the Smith and Wesson 320. The No. 3 Revolver turned into a revolving top break rifle! Historically revolving carbines have been a flash in the pan since they are prone to malfunction and especially dangerous in the cap and ball form since they could chain fire. This Smith and Wesson 320 is a true and beautiful beast.
“Manufactured 1879 to 1887 with a total production of only 977, this is one of the rarest Smith & Wesson firearms produced. Of the 977 manufactured, only 514 were made with the 18 inch barrel and only approximately 85-90 featured nickel plating, which is less than 10% of all production. This scarce and unusual Revolving Rifle was manufactured using the frame, cylinder and basic action of the New Model No. 3 revolver with some minor differences in the hammer and trigger, with the barrel composed of two pieces. A slot is cut into the butt and a hole drilled in the back strap to accommodate the shoulder stock, which is included. The 18 inch barrel features a blade front sight, a two leaf folding rear sight and a solid rib stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 212: Nickel Plated Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle [Photograph found in Premier Firearms Auction #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/212/nickel-plated-smith-wesson-model-320-revolving-rifle
Photo Of The Day – The word photograph is a combination of Greek words and means “drawing with light”. The word was invented by Sir John Herschel, over 180 years ago. When I think of “drawing with light” I’m more thinking of myself with a Minigun, shooting tracers into the darkness of a desert. Or […]
Good afternoon friends and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 suppressor. Last week got to spend some time with the impressive CGS Hydra rimfire suppressors. This week we get our hands dirty with the manufacturing of a legal oil filter […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The first real stop-gap of cartridges as we know it was Pinfire. If you are not familiar with Pinfire ammunition please take some time and check out our Curious Relics article going over what it really is. For today, we have a Pinfire revolver, but something is incredible about it… it is a 20 shot revolver! Absolutely overkill, but hey, back then it was about high capacity, too. This photo is from Cody Firearms Facebook page and their caption is below:
“This 20 shot revolver fire 7.65 mm pinfire cartridges from two barrels and a rather large cylinder. Made in Paris, the gun alternates firing from the outer and inner set of chambers which are aligned with the top and bottom barrels, respectively.”
The folks at the Cody Firearms Museum are fantastic and I highly recommend checking them out!
“Why carry a six shot when you could carry a 20 shot?” – Casimir Lefaucheux, probably. [Photograph found on Cody Firearms Museam Facebook]. (2020, January 29). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/3120687394822085
While reports about the House passing House Bill 1927, NRA-backed permitless carry legislation, dominated the news this week, there are a number of other significant pro-Second Amendment measures that are progressing through the legislative process as well.
The Czech ZK-383 is a magnificent submachine gun, but sadly very scarce in the United States. So when I saw the semiauto example, I wanted to take it out to the range for some plinking. It has some magazine issues (as one might expect form a one-off semiauto made by a hobbyist here in the US), but is an interesting option for someone who can’t find a live and intact example of a ZK-383…
Thanks to my friend Jason for clueing me into Zaffiri Precision. They have been making their own custom slides and barrels for Glocks and last year branched out to SIG slides. Well, I got their ZPS.2-G43 slide and barrel to upgrade my Glock 43. I also got their SRC micro red dot which the slide […]
Photo Of The Day and we take a look at a bunch of thermal clip-ons and a thermal sight that were released recently. Above: Closest to the camera is the Pulsar Proton FXQ30, then the Krypton FXG50 and a Thermion 2 mounted on a Blaser R8 in .308 Win. Below you can see the Zero […]
On Friday, April 16th, House Majority Leader Representative Cathy Tilton and 14 Second Amendment supporting co-sponsors introduced HB 179, NRA-backed legislation to protect Alaskans from infringements on their right to keep and bear arms during times of emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic
Good evening everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Friday Night Lights series. We are excited to announce that FNL is now sponsored by ATN Corp, manufacturers of night vision and thermal optics like the THOR LT. As with all of our sponsored series, Friday Night Lights will continue to bring you unbiased news and reviews […]
Today, the Senate is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 6. This bill makes revisions to the red flag laws passed during the 2019 session, including language to more than double the duration that authorities can keep firearms after a “red flag” order expires.
Long-time reloaders who favor Dillon Precision Reloading rigs or components will no doubt be familiar with Dillon’s Blue Press catalog. The bi-monthly catalog is a complimentary subscription service that Dillon Precision offers to anyone who desires it. Inside the small magazine is a full catalog that is updated with every new edition as well as articles […]
If there’s one thing that’s a sure bet, it’s that being an outdoors enthusiast will entail the accumulation of a lot of STUFF. Whether it’s to accommodate the changing seasons, exploring different ecosystems, dressing and packing various game, or just wanting not to be the victim of happenstance while driving across the country, “stuff” happens. We all need a place to put it when it’s not in use and that is where storage comes in.
Plano, the American molded plastics company first and best known for its tackle boxes, now has a wide selection of storage options made with outdoorspeople in mind. I checked out a couple of their new wares in preparation for upcoming travel, hiking, and hunting adventures.
Storage – Plano Large Sportsman’s Trunk
If you like big trunks and cannot lie, this one will make you holler. The largest of Plano’s three Sportsman’s Trunks has a capacity of 108 quarts. It’s shaped to be stackable with others of its size.
Two low-profile wheels and a molded-in grab handle make this trunk movable by the average person. Plano would do well to offer optional rope handles, but it does okay without.
The lid secures with four sturdy latches. Inside, the lid is slightly domed to make the most of the interior space. There’s a lot of it! In preparation for a four-day road trip, I put into the trunk pretty much every bit of emergency equipment I’d need for a personal, mechanical, or weather-related emergency. To my surprise, there was still room for a gratuitous Pendleton blanket and Henry 22 WMR carbine on top.
Making the most of storage space does translate to thin, flexible walls, but the Sportsman’s Trunk is tough where it counts. The bottom corners, wheels, and lid are all reinforced for strength. Reinforced attachment points near the latches make it possible to both lock the trunk and tie it down for rooftop or pickup bed/trailer transport.
It’s not a complaint per se that I have about the trunk so much as an admonition; since the lid isn’t hinged, removing it does require pulling the trunk entirely out of whatever low-ceiling location it’s stored in, in order to get to the contents. Of course, latches are more durable than hinges so in that way it’s good this trunk has no hinges.
Hunters will be pleased to hear there’s no smell that emanates from the materials this box is made from. Your stalking game is safe with Plano. These trunks are available in OD Green and Black. Order direct from Plano Molding or find them at a number of sports gear suppliers for around $49.99.
Storage – Plano Field Locker “Element” Single Gun Case
The Element Series of Field Lockers is new for 2021. I got to try out one of the long gun cases–the single-gun model, to be exact.
Having compared the Field Locker to Plano’s other, substantial-looking long gun cases on the company website, I was expecting a lightweight, flexible case. When I met the product in person, I knew I’d been mistaken. My mental picture had been more “field” than “locker.”
This 19-pound case is not easily flexed. Its lockable buckles are best operated using two hands; they latch down hard and fast. The handle is cushioned and ergonomic, and folds flat for storage.
Foam padding is abundant with two plain foam pads and one egg carton style liner. The middle pad is made to be cut to fit the profile of gun, optic, and any other gear like ammo boxes. Exterior dimensions are 52 x 12 x 6.75 inches. Inside, it’s 50 x 10 x 5.88 inches. That’s not quite enough for my largest precision rifle, but just right for the Mossberg Patriot we used in this test. It wears a hunting scope on a medium-height mount and is 43 inches in overall length. The Field Locker is TSA-compliant when the user adds the correct locks.
This Field Locker Element, as well as others in the series, is waterproof. Its extreme protective qualities include an airlock gasket and pressure release valve. These protect the gun and other contents from atmospheric pressure changes such as those that occur during air travel. In addition, the gun and optics stay perfectly shielded on dusty, bumpy, off-road excursions. Field Locker cases meet military specifications for small arms storage and transport. What peace of mind for that special hunting trip!
As shown, the Field Locker Element Single Gun Case is $199.99 by direct order. Other sizes, from a case that holds two long guns to small handgun cases, are also offered. All are black.
Plano Molding offers free shipping on orders over $75.00. Whether you order direct or find their wares at one of the many sporting goods retailers that carry them, it’s good to know you’re buying American from a company that was founded to fulfill the needs of outdoorspeople.
Meopta Optics has just announced the release of their newest binoculars – the MeoPro Air. As winter crosses into spring and more and more outdoor sportsmen start to venture out into their favorite hunting spots, there will inevitably be an increase in risk with regards to avoiding shooting the wrong thing. A great way to […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I mean who has not heard of the little palm buster? Okay, maybe it is not a commonly known thing, but in WWII the FP-45 Liberator were extremely cheap, simple pistols dropped into enemy-occupied zones with the intention of allied rebellious forces getting a hold of them and using them on the enemy. They were “chambered” for .45 ACP and the recoil was known to be very aggressive given its rather small stature.
The liberator pistol was the invention of George Hyde. That name may be recognizable if anyone out there knows the history of the M2 Hyde submachinegun and the M3 Grease Gun. The Liberator pistol would be operated by grabbing hold of the cocking piece, pulling it back, and tilting it to the side. From there you would slide the breach upward to load or unload a cartridge and then slide it back down, cock it, and then it was ready to fire with a fixed firing pin. The Liberator Pistol only cost $2.10 in 1942 (roughly $35 dollars in 2021).
“Liberator .45 ACP single shot pistol, with box and instructions. Made by the Guide Lamp Division of General Motors during WWII to drop into occupied territories.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Liberator Pistol [Photograph found on Cody Firearms Museam Facebook]. (2020, May 1). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/3234580113432812
Without a doubt, Daiwa reels have been center place in the fishing world for ages and now with a new spinning reel that is affordable in the everyday realm of fishing, well, it garners some attention. Daiwa company has been around since 1955 and I have personally used their fishing rods and reels for years. In the following press release, the company outlines one of their newest offerings, the Daiwa Laguna LT. When it comes to quality reels that provide great performance at an affordable price the new Daiwa Laguna LT Spinning Reel provides it all.
For anglers searching out their next reel that offers a high level of performance to value, now available, Daiwa’s Laguna LT was built for you. Abbreviated “LT” for “light” and “tough”, the Laguna LT offers everyone from panfish and trout anglers to bass, walleye, and inshore a solution that won’t leave your wallet empty.
In terms of application, the Laguna is available in six sizes – all the way from a pocket-sized 1000 model for panfish and smaller freshwater fish to the LAGUNA LT5000-C, which fits the bill for inshore applications and larger freshwater fish pursuits.
The reels feature a carbon frame, ABS aluminum spool, as well as DIGIGEAR technology. DIGIGEAR means machined, digitally cut gears that are polished to increase smoothness and gear meshing. Daiwa’s Laguna LT is also considerably more resistant to wear than similarly priced models.
Anglers will also notice that the new Laguna LT family is lighter than earlier models. Likewise, the aesthetics have been improved – the reels are an attractive silver and gold, sure to match any rod choice.
Daiwa Laguna LT Features
LT Light Tough
ABS Aluminum Spool
Machined Aluminum Handle
Six sizes to choose from
MSRP $39.99 – $49.99
Anyone looking for a high-quality spinning reel with a name known in the fishing world for decades that is very affordable, you need to look no further than the Daiwa Laguna LT. Check out the new Laguna LT and other Daiwa products at http://www.daiwa.com/us/.
Early Thursday evening, on a 84-56 vote, the Texas House gave initial approval to House Bill 1927, by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), an NRA-backed permitless carry proposal that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without a state-issued License To Carry (LTC).
The first thing that many of us thought when we saw the empty shelves where we used to see ammo was, “Well, crap.” The second thing was reloading. Rolling your own has numerous benefits: ammunition tailored to your firearm, the satisfying feeling of seating a bullet, and cost. Primer shortages aside, people who have the supplies they need have been reloading to skirt the outrageous ammo prices that are still pervasive. RCBS is a company that’s been known for its reloading equipment since 1943, and they’ve just added new cartridge options to the Matchmaster and Group D Die lineups.
RCBS®, the leading manufacturer of ammunition reloading equipment for rifles and pistols, has announced the expansion of its Matchmaster and Group D Die offerings with the addition of several new cartridge options.
RCBS Matchmaster and Group D Die Lineups Grow
The Matchmaster Die Set includes two dies: a full-length sizer die and a seater. The Group D Die is specifically meant for reloading bottlenecked cases and bringing them to SAAMI specifications. They come with a full-length sizer die and a seater die. If you’re looking to pick up a Matchmaster Competition FL Bushing Die Set, it’s going to run $185.95. If you don’t want the set, the MSRP is $128.95 for the Matchmaster Competition Seating Die alone. All Group D Dies, regardless of model, have an MSRP of $89.95.
RCBS MATCHMASTER ADDITIONS
RCBS GROUP D ADDITIONS
6.5 Weatherby RPM
8x58mmR Danish Krag
If you reload any of the above-mentioned calibers, these just might be the dies for you. You can learn more by visiting the RCBS website, or by following them on social media. RCBS can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Now, if only we could find some of those pesky primers.
Many of you will remember that last year the Remington Arms Company was broken up by several of its component and brand divisions and sold off in what has probably been one of the largest firearms company selloffs in recent memory. Remington Ammunition was acquired by Vista Outdoors and it’s now back in “full swing” according […]
Lynx Defense is an American-born, American-made company specializing in firearms apparel and gear which includes pistol bags, rifle cases, and even discreet rifle cases. Lynx Defense has just introduced their most compact discreet rifle case yet – the Byte Discreet Rifle Case. In today’s environment, I think it pays to be discreet when it comes to carrying around your firearms. Whether that means keeping them obscured from public or prying eyes or just needing to casually walk your guns from your apartment to your car, being less overt with your firearms in public can ensure that your day runs a lot more smoothly.
Lynx Defense Introduces the Byte Discreet Rifle Case
The Byte is a discreet carry submachine gun case that was built for weapons under 20″. This case is perfect for guns with folding and collapsing braces.
The goal of the Byte was to create a bag that had the smallest footprint possible and deliver the ability to carry a sub-gun covertly.
The Byte’s interior is built specifically for submachine guns. The Byte can also hold Pistol Braced AR-15s that feature a law tactical folding brace or similar folding style brace.
The interior features a full loop backing that allows you to place the two included weapon retention straps strategically. So you can customize the weapon retention to fit your specific needs.
Storage and Pockets
The inside flap of The Byte case features a full-width zipper pocket. The pocket spans the full 20″ width of the case, allowing you to store magazines, extra ammo, or gun cleaning kits.
The Byte’s back wall is a full panel of loop velcro. This wall allows you to attach one of our ever-growing list of attachment options to make the case work even better for your needs.
The Byte sub-gun bag’s discreet exterior mimics its larger counterparts, The Bronx and The Bureau, in the urban legend series of bags. The clean corners and bi-color design really help the bag blend into modern society without the explicit look of a tactical gun case.
The Byte discreet rifle case is available now from Lynx Defense and can also accommodate a Handgun Attachment Kit (HAK) which gives you the ability to secure a single handgun and three spare magazines within the case. The HAK is available for $19.00 as of writing and the Byte Discreet rifle case is available for $169.99.
Dickinson Arms is one of the most comprehensive manufacturers of modern shotguns. Covering a wide variety of models and styles, Dickinson can build everything from semi-auto and pump-action defense shotguns to the highly polished and hand-finished Royal Series of sidelock over-under shotguns. Dickinson is proud to offer their Royal sidelock shotguns in both 12 and […]
Designed by brothers Charles and Sebre Howard and first patented in 1862, this is a single shot lever action produced by the Whitneyville Armory between 1866 and 1870. It is a really neat compact design that is all contained within a tube. The system was made in rifle, sporting rifle, and shotgun configurations, with a total production of not more than about 1700. The rifle pattern guns, like this one, were chambered for .44 Rimfire. A prototype military configuration example was tested unsuccessfully by the US military in 1867.
If you’ve ever had to carry an armful of guns through a crowded parking lot, apartment complex, or just past some of the folks out for their morning jogs in the neighborhood, you’ll know that you don’t always get the best reactions from everybody. Lynx Defense has just introduced their latest discreet rifle case perfect […]
In this episode of TFBTV, Hop reviews the new 16″ variant of the Ruger MPR. The MPR series is an upgraded version of Ruger’s mil-spec style AR-556 rifles. It boasts improved features like a free float M-LOK rail, and the Ruger Elite two-stage trigger. ««« GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star […]
Brigadier General Kevin D. Admiral assumed duties as the Armor School Commandant on 27 September 2019.
Commissioned in Armor from the University of Kansas in 1994, Brigadier General Admiral holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology and a Master of Science in Campaign Planning & Strategy from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School. He is also a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies, London where he was a Senior Service College fellow.
Brigadier General Admiral has served in Armor, Cavalry, Mechanized Infantry and Stryker formations during his career. He served as an OC/T at the National Training Center, Small Group Instructor for the Armor Captain Career Course at Fort Knox, KY and Aide-de-Camp to the 36th Army Chief of Staff. His command assignments at every echelon from Company through Regiment includes two commands in combat; 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry (SBCT) and 3d U.S. Cavalry Regiment (SBCT) in Afghanistan. Following command of the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen at Fort Hood, TX, Brigadier General Admiral served as Executive Officer to the Commanding General of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, US Forces Korea (UNC/CFC/USFK). Prior to assuming his current duties at Fort Benning, he most recently served as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson and Commander, Task Force Southeast in Paktiya, Afghanistan.
It’s Friday and I just found this kind of funny. The plays on his name just write themselves.
I have used the Spuhr Fix It Sticks kit for years, and if I forget them I feel handicapped. It’s a small but great piece of kit for anyone who mounts and dismounts a lot of riflescopes, which you know I do for my reviews. But that kit is more or less designed and limited […]
Photo Of The Day – A honorable mention in the Combat Training category of Defense Information School‘s award program was given to the picture above, called “Heading to Another Place.” It was taken by Sgt. Matthew Callahan, USMC. We can see Cpl. Anthony Skon as he closes his eyes and braces himself against the weight […]
Over the years, carrying a concealed firearm has become fairly easy for me with little worries of someone seeing my handgun. For the long-time carry crowd, carrying a firearm daily becomes second nature but it’s not always easy for everyone right out of the gate. There are oftentimes growing pains as well as lessons to […]
SB Tactical is the leading manufacturer of stabilizing braces. While they have a wide assortment of brace designs for almost every pistol out there, they are now coming to market with the SB22 chassis for the Ruger 10/22. They will have a fixed version as well as a takedown version. SB Tactical SB22 Chassis Before […]
Last year, I covered a 3D printed design from Redditor and YouTuber, Booligan, in which he built a survival gun chassis for his Keystone Crickett pistol. The chassis was well thought out and had really unique features, but Booligan didn’t stop there. This latest iteration is a streamlined version of his previous survival pistol build, and incorporates all of the same features, but now integrated into the chassis.
Just to be clear for those new to guns, survival guns have been around for quite some time and have taken many forms from pistols, rifles and shotguns, or even combination guns with two or three barrels to accomodate more than one caliber. The overall concept for survival guns typically involves using a short, lightweight gun that can take small game for sustenance, or in a pinch, defend one’s self from larger game or people if need be. Militaries around the world have looked at survival rifles and survival pistols for air and space crews since the mid 20th Century.
Booligan’s 3D printed survival gun design, is specifically made for the Keystone Crickett .22LR pistols and rifles. It should be noted that Booligan’s Cricket action started life from the factory as a pistol, which is why his build utilizes a pistol brace and not a full stock so as not to create a short barreled rifle (SBR) which is regulated by the National Firearms Act. A full stock could be used if you attach the chassis to a Crickett rifle, or have already registered yours as an SBR. A suppressor was very integral to Booligan’s chassis design, so much so that he worked in a suppressor holder that allows you to screw it into the chassis itself for storage and transport. He also designed integrated .22LR cartridge holders on the side of the chassis for easy storage and loading the single shot Crickett.
The following video is from the Booligan Shooting Sports YouTube channel, in which he explains his survival gun design and takes a few shots with it. He also has a full breakdown video HERE in which he further explains his bolt modification to cock on close, rather than having to pull the cocking handle each time.
Booligan also provided me a written summary for our readers below:
This is the latest iteration of my ever-evolving Crickett pistol build. Previously, I had taken a Crickett pistol and installed it in their factory aluminum chassis, which was then later fitted with a folding brace and other 3D printed accessories that I designed. The more I added to it, the more complicated and bulkier the whole package became, and I decided it was time to follow the Chapman method and I began to simplify and add lightness.
The big change was to start from scratch with a new chassis design. Thanks to the power of math, some properly scaled photos, and my sloppy CAD skills, I was able to put together a simple chassis setup with AR grip compatibility and a rear picatinny mount to use my custom side folding brace design.
A note on my brace design, obviously this is a hot button issue in the current political climate, but my design reflects a good faith attempt to create a legal design following approved elements. It has a shorter length of pull than the ATF’s “allowed” 13.5”. The rearmost area is smaller and thinner than the approved Shockwave Blade, indicating that it is clearly designed as a brace and not a stock. I also went ahead and included a forearm strap so that it, you know, actually functions as a brace. Frankly, I designed a better brace than the other “approved” braces on the market, and as the ATF doesn’t approve standalone accessories anymore, only taking a holistic view on approving a whole firearm or not, this is where the compliance road ends for me (at least until the release some actual written guidelines in the next month or two).
Back to the chassis itself. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t lose any functionality compared to my prior chassis setup, so I added onboard ammo storage for .22 LR rounds and included a cutout with a threaded base to store any 1” diameter suppressor, in my case, my much loved Amtac Fire Ant can. For the pistol grip, I went with another favorite design of mine, the VZ61 (see my ridiculous 3D printed VZ61 based on the CZAR receiver by Deterrence Dispensed) printed in wood PLA (yes, it’s printed wood) but modified slightly at the rear to better fit with my brace hinge.
I also made a modification to the bolt itself so that it cocks automatically when closing, taking out that extra step when loading a new round.
The end result is as shown, weighing less than 3 pounds and able to fold up to a package less than 12” long. It stores easily in a backpack and deploys quickly. The shortened barrel ensures that standard velocity ammo remains subsonic, and when shooting through the can, the striker impacting the round and the target getting hit are realistically the most noticeable sounds. It is precise thanks to the free floated fluted barrel with target crown and accurate due to the super long eye relief pistol scope, which is easily able to be used properly with the brace. The printed top rail has a rudimentary iron sight system built in to give you back-up in case of optics failure. Overall, the idea was to make a useful, lightweight plinker or small game getter, and I think it hit that mark quite well.
If you’re interested in printing one (or three) of Booligan’s survival gun chassis for yourself, check out www.booligancustomgunworks.com for the files. You can view his Reddit thread on the latest version of his survival pistol HERE for some more details. Keystone Firearms has a number of rifles and pistols that start around $159.00 and up depending on how they’re dressed.
What do you think about the latest version of Booligan’s 3D printed survival gun? I mounted a long eye relief 2-7x optic to one of my .22LR pistols and can vouch for its handiness. If you were to print and assemble one, which optic would you go with?
Back at SHOT Show 2020, North Dakota-based Roam has introduced a family of lightweight AR-10 pattern rifles called R-10. Shortly after the introduction, in May 2020, these rifles became available for purchase. What sets R-10 rifles apart is the Roam magnesium alloy used in making the receivers that allows significantly reducing the overall weight of these rifles. The […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Back in the 1870s, there was a boom of new cartridge revolver designs. The one that was supposedly winning the west was Colt’s 1873 Single-Action Army revolver. Following its popularity was a whole slew of single-action competition. How do you stay on top? Colt employee William Mason thought that the answer was double-action. His design would come to be the Colt 1877 and it would be available in three cartridges .32 Colt (dubbed the “Rainmaker”), .38 Colt (“Lightning”), and .41 Colt (“Thunderer”). Billy the Kid is said to famously have wielded both a Lightning and a Thunderer.
Even though the single-action made double was a popular design it was destined for failure. The Colt 1877, unfortunately, would come to be known as a “Gunsmiths friend.” The double-action mechanism made for a firearm prone to breakage. Rock Island Auction Company expands on the photo above:
“Manufactured in 1888. The scarce and desirable 6 inch barrel features the acid etched “Colt D.A. 38” panel marking on the left side. Matching serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Includes a H.H. Heiser of Denver, Colorado, skeleton pattern shoulder holster rig, circa 1910-1920, that accommodates this revolver. The revolver and holster rig are pictured together and identified in Richard Rattenbury’s “Packing Iron” on page 156. According to Rattenbury, this Heiser holster “was a knock-off of the original Zimmerman/Furstnow design with the addition of a flap leather cover over the grip and hammer area of the pistol.”
Lot 57: Colt Model 1877 Lightning Long Barrel Revolver [Photograph found in Premier Firearms Auction #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/57/colt-model-1877-lightning-long-barrel-revolver
Dillon’s Blue Press is finally going digital! The Blue press is Dillon Precision Reloading’s bi-monthly catalog for reloaders and it contains much more than catalog info! Dillon writes interesting articles about firearms, outdoors, reloading, and anything else they find interesting. Oftentimes it’s a good source for experienced information from the team at Dillon Precision. Dillon’s Blue Press is completely free in either print or e-catalog. As an added bonus, each cover page of the catalog features both a beautiful woman and some of the sexiest firearms.
Introducing the e-Blue Press from Dillon Precision Reloading
INTRODUCING THE DIGITAL BLUE PRESS!
Customers have spoke and we have listened. We are proud to officially provide a monthly digital Blue Press catalog. This PDF is loaded with your favorite new articles and clickable photos. Go check it out today!
The Blue Press contains articles about the shooting sports, firearms, reloading and other topics that we find interesting. Inside you’ll also find all of our reloading machines and the shooting gear that we offer. If you don’t already get The Blue Press just click on the link below and we’ll add you to our mailing list. Due to the publishing lead time of The Blue Press, you may not receive your first issue for several months – we have included pdf links to our popular catalog below so that you may read while you wait for your personal subscription.
NOTE: Our catalog is FREE to US subscribers. International subscribers can order a subscription HERE
Firearms and beautiful women are always a great combination and the Blue Press never disappoints (except perhaps one time in 2017 to honor the late Mike Dillon). I’ve used Dillon’s catalog several times to find specific components for my Dillon Square Deal B press, and as any reloader knows components on some of the larger presses can wear out or become lost due to their size. The catalog is also a great way to search for items you want to put on your Christmas list either as gifts or wishes. If you’d like to check out the catalog yourself, you can read the latest edition here.
This month’s issue features a great article by Rob Kay who gives a good rundown on how to load plated bullets using a Dillon press. This very subject was something I had issues with early on in my reloading adventures due to the unique nature of plated bullets vs jacketed or pure lead ones. Give it a read!
On Wednesday, April 21, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee is holding a public hearing on several Sunday hunting bills, including Legislative Document 1033, which would allow Sunday hunting on private property with written landowner permission.
Binoculars have been a longtime companion for both hunters and outdoorsmen alike for years. Meopta Optics has been steadily releasing both new and updated versions of their sport optics which now includes the new MeoPro Air Binoculars. With a fresh new look and high-definition, extra-low dispersion fluoride glass, the MeoPro Air binoculars should provide users with an exceptional experience. These binoculars are designed to give you great vision as well as to be able to withstand rugged outdoor use. The binoculars lenses feature anti-abrasion coatings as well as a hydrophobic lens coating which should keep your view free of moisture, dust, and other debris.
Meopta Sports Optics Now Shipping MeoPro Air Binoculars
New from Meopta for 2021 is the MeoPro Air binocular. Its rubber-reinforced magnesium body has a modern look and its ergonomic shape, with an open bridge, fits excellently into your hand. The optical system uses fluoride HD components, providing a sharp image of the highest quality. MeoPro Air binoculars are extraordinarily resistant to moisture, dust, temperature fluctuation and impact.
Premium European optics
Magnesium alloy chassis
HD optical system
Focusing knob and diopter adjustment in one
“The Air takes the MeoPro line to the next level of performance, It has a new, modern look and feel. The open-bridge design is extremely comfortable and easy to hold for prolonged periods while glassing, and the optical performance is simply unparalleled at this price point.”
The new MeoPro Air Binoculars are available and shipping now in two configurations. You can opt for a 10×24 or 8×24 configuration for $999.00 and $979.00 respectively. Binoculars are a great way to get positive target identification and could prevent you from making a costly mistake should a game warden come across one of your kills out in the field and it turns out that 8 pointer was actually a young buck standing in front of a short tree.
Midwest Industries Inc. recently launched a new armorer’s wrench designed to work with AR-15’s and its bigger brother, AR-10 & SR25 rifles. The new Professional Armorer’s Wrench incorporates two 1/2 inch drive sockets for attaching a torque wrench, A2 sized slots for working on muzzle devices and a “combat bottle opener” for good measure. One […]
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Those of you in ban states can celebrate as there is a new concealed carry option now being made available to you that comes with its own blaster – the Jolster from Black Arch Holsters. The Jolster is an ambidextrous, Kydex open-ended holster that allows users to carry their jolt gun cocked with a round […]
Sweden was a remarkably early adopted of the light machine gun, for a nation not involved in World War One. Looking over the designs that existed right after the war, Sweden opted to purchase 700 (technically, 703) commercial BAR automatic rifles from Colt (by way of FN). These were configured to Swedish request, with substantial pistol grips, mid-mounted bipods, and chambered for the 6.5x55mm Swedish cartridge. This initial purchase was followed by a license to produce the guns domestically at the Carl Gustafs Stads factory in 1923, and another approximately 7500 were made by 1935.
In 1937, the design was modified to allow for a quick-change barrel, designated the m/37. Another 15,400 of these were built by 1944, and many oft he earlier m/21 guns updated to the new configuration. These would serve as Sweden’s standard support weapons until replaced by the FN MAG in the late 1950s, and remaining in limited service until the 1980s.
If you’ve ever wanted to own a replica revolver of a famous hunter, military man, lawman, gunfighter, and gambler, then Cimarron Firearms have recently introduced the Bat Masterson Laser Engraved Frontier 5.55″ .45 Colt Revolver. The revolver was recreated using photos of the famous gunfighter and working with Pietta Firearms. Bat Masterson was well known […]
Having read all of their postings, I’d say it is a must-read blog especially for any NRA member who is concerned about the bankruptcy filing, the organization’s future, and the shenanigans played by Wayne and company. I don’t know who is writing this blog but I have found their reporting on the NRA’s bankruptcy hearings astute and incisive.
Here is how they describe themselves:
We are a group of NRA members, all life or above, who are concerned about where our organization is being taken. In 2019, the 150 year-old NRA, the oldest civil rights organization in the country, was rocked by financial scandals. The New York Attorney General (It’s a New York corporation) sued to dissolve its corporate charter, to kill it as a corporation. Since then its leadership and Board of Directors has consistently made the worst possible decisions, feeding her ammunition. A good move would have been to announce it was concerned about the allegations, was going to seriously investigate, and remove or otherwise punish those responsible. She’d have had no case then, yes there were problems, and NRA’s board is curing them.
Instead, the choice was to purge those who supported an investigation, threaten any who might join them, cover up everything, keep those responsible, and hand them big bonuses. Members were told that nothing was wrong, her case was all lies and posed no danger. Then the Board filed for bankruptcy, spending millions to escape from that supposedly harmless suit.
The members deserve truth, and we will do our imperfect best to give it to them.
We can be contacted at: NRAlifer -at- protonmail.com
I have only listened to some of the bankruptcy hearings. However, this one part from Day Five which included testimony from Judge Phil Journey just infuriated me.
At board special meeting in March, he was told his motion made him an enemy of NRA’s position. Charles Cotton asked that anyone adverse to NRA not attend executive session, while staring at him. He attended anyway. Got up to speak at microphone, chair ignored him, refused to call on him and he eventually sat down. When they went back into open session he asked to speak on a point of personal privilege, his honor had been impugned, and people shouted him down and Willis Lee, 2nd VP and chair, ruled him out of order. So he was prevented from speaking to the rest of the board about the issues and why he had filed.
I will freely admit that I was taken in by Willes Lee. I endorsed him not once but twice. I regret ever urging anyone to vote for that snake in the grass. The best I can say in my defense is that Willes was very good at cozying up to and playing members of the Second Amendment new media. That is, until he got what he wanted. Now we are yesterday’s news and treated like untermensch.
Last year Swampfox came out with their optics cut slide called the Wolverine. It is set up to fit their Liberty and Justice micro red dots. They sent Gen 3 and Gen 5 Swampfox Wolverine slides in for review along with Liberty and Justice micro red dots. Liberty And Justice For All The Liberty and […]
Bonjour et bienvenue, or welcome to our place! This is the Photo Of The Day by The Firearm Blog, a daily article series running since 2014. To our knowledge, this is the most well-known place on the Internet for photos of firearms. Today we have various photos of the French FAMAS, which is going to be […]
Carry iron or be clapped in irons As Crown Prince (and later, King) of Montenegro, Nikola Petrović, or Nicholas I, saw quite a bit of the use of arms in the expansion of his kingdom and furtherance of his rule. He led the 1862 and 1876 campaigns against the Turks. These campaigns ultimately resulted in […]
It has been a while since we had news from the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program, the last updates we got were on the final prototype and ammunition deliveries being made for the next stage of the Army’s evaluations. Now some interesting news regarding General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ bullpup entry the […]
There is no limit to the advantages a hunter can use to be successful. One popular advantage is the use of decoys when hunting turkeys and other game animals. Primos Hunting makes quite a few products to ensure your success including many decoys. Primos has two new models coming soon. Expanding their Photoform Turkey Decoy line, Primos has introduced the new Strutter and Leading Hen decoys.
“Primos® Hunting, a pioneer in game calls and hunting accessories, has expanded its popular Photoform line with a new Strutter and Leading Hen turkey decoys that offer detailed realism, easy portability and other features to help hunters bag even the most wary toms.“
Primo’s Expansion of Photoform Turkey Decoy Line
Primos Photoform Strutter Turkey Decoy
Proprietary Photoform process using actual imagery of a turkey
Extremely lightweight, flexible and portable
Only Weighs 2 lbs
Collapse it, fold it, carry it
Life Like Head Detail
Actual Gobbler image printed on to durable 3DFoam. No chipping or peeling.
Upright Posture grabs attention of Toms.
Includes Printed Tail Fan
Real Turkey Fan Not Included
Includes Integrated Stake
Primos Photoform Leading Hen Turkey Decoy
Proprietary Photoform process using actual imagery of a turkey
Extremely lightweight, flexible and portable
Multiple positions; contented, feeding and breeding
Only Weighs 7 Oz
Collapse it, fold it, carry it
Life Like Head Detail
Actual Hen image printed on to durable 3DFoam. No chipping or peeling.
Upright Posture grabs attention of Toms.
If these two new decoys seem like they would fit into your hunt, you can read more on the Primos website. They also offer decoys for deer, and calls for just about any animal you can hunt. You can also follow along by subscribing, liking, and following Primos on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Happy hunting this season. Save me some of that white meat!
Any firearms-related recall is always unfortunate. Companies typically invest a significant amount of time, effort, and resources into their products’ research and development. They want to do all they can to ensure that by the time their product heads out the door into the waiting hands of distributors, retailers, and customers, it’s been well-made and […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Have to hand it to pop culture for digging up history, right? It is not always historically accurate, but that does not mean it is useless. In the last two decades or so we have seen all sorts of supposed misplaced arms burst their way back into the limelight. The Lemat revolver is one of these firearms. The Lemat revolver was manufactured from 1856 to 1865.
The Lemat has been credited as a beloved sidearm to confederate cavalrymen. In recent history, it has been reproduced by Pietta and subsequently (and intermittently) is available through various US western-style importers. It has also been in a bunch of video games and specially featured in the Westworld TV show as a cartridge conversion. The Lemat Revolver was produced in .42 caliber/20 Gauge and .35 caliber/28 Gauge configurations. The most widely known examples featured nine chambers as well as one center pin smoothbore shotgun. The user could toggle between the two via a switch on the hammer that would flick the firing pin up or down depending on the desired fire.
“A signature weapon of the Confederacy and one of the most distinctive revolvers of the percussion era, the LeMat features a central smoothbore barrel in addition to the rifled barrel, and was used by P. G. T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, J. E. B. Stuart, and other Confederate generals and officers. They were designed by Jean Alexandre LeMat of New Orleans but mainly manufactured in Liege, Belgium and Paris, France. Period advertisements for the revolvers refer to them as “LeMat’s Grape Shot Revolvers.” The barrels on this example measure .40 caliber and 18 gauge (.64 caliber).
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 173: LeMat Percussion “Grape Shot” Revolver [Photograph found in Premier Firearms Auction #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/173/lemat-percussion-grape-shot-revolver
Spring turkey season is upon us all across the country, and of course, the gobblers are in a breeding mood. Years ago (many years), when I first took to the field to hunt spring turkey and tried my hand at calling my options were mostly limited to a box call or a slate call. I did, in fact, call in a gobbler or two back in those days with an old Lynch box call and even managed to take my first turkey in by convincing him I was a hen in search of a mate. Diaphragm mouth calls have, of course, been all the rage in turkey calls now for many years. With that in mind, the New FOXPRO Crooked Spur Series mouth calls for turkey hunters have long been a proven staple in the turkey hunting world. The following information direct from FOXPRO gives all the details.
“The Crooked Spur Series comprises three unique diaphragm calls giving you the best advantage in the woods. They feature a printed design and provide unique colors for quickly choosing the right call. Each Crooked Spur Series mouth call is individually stretched and handmade to ensure a perfect call every time, and they are proudly made in the USA.
The Crooked Spur Black V-Cut uses three-and-a-half reeds and a regular frame design, making it easy to use while producing incredible realism. The Crooked Spur Orange Batwing utilizes three reeds producing extraordinary clucks and cutts. The Crooked Spur Gray Double is a two-read design making it an easy-to-use, high-pitched call.“
Highlights of the New FOXPRO Crooked Spur Combo Pack
Crooked Spur Black V-Cut
5 reed prophylactic material
Incredible realism and easy to use
Regular frame design
Crooked Spur Orange Batwing
Gray .004mm latex on top
Two .003mm prophylactic bottom reeds
Regular frame design
Crooked Spur Gray Double
Two .003mm latex reeds
High pitched and easy to use
Incredible realism and easy to use
Regular frame design
Other combo diaphragm call packs for turkey hunters include Crooked Spur Series Ghost Combo and Hybrid Spur Combo Pack.
Spring turkey hunts are in full swing all around the nation. No better time to get outdoors and try your hand at calling in a gobbler. For more information on FOXPRO game calls visit www.gofoxpro.com
MasterPiece Arms (MPA) has been named once again as the official Chassis for the 2021 PRS (Precision Rimfire Series) Season. MPA designs and produces rifles, pistols, and most notably chassis for all types of rifles for hunters, competitors, and recreational shooters alike. With the competitive scene seeing a slight decline in attendance rates, the support of a solid company like MPA should bolster funding for the 2021 PRS season and help keep the much-loved shooting sport alive.
MasterPiece Arms Announced as Official Chassis for 2021 PRS Season
2020 PRS Partnership Announcement: We are proud to welcome MasterPiece Arms as the Official Chassis of the 2020 Precision Rifle Series Season!
For the fourth consecutive year, MPA has been named the Official Chassis of the PRS for the 2020 season, a testament to the continued success many top PRS shooters have achieved with MPA Chassis-equipped rigs. The Masterpiece Arms Competition Chassis is one of the most innovative designs on the market today, brimming with the features that our shooters require. Their focus on ensuring that customers can update their current MPA chassis with the latest MPA innovations is a huge benefit and cost savings to our shooters. MPA’s continuous engagement with PRS shooters is always reflected in their cutting-edge designs that are known to accommodate different shooter requirements, provide modularity, and give shooters a competitive advantage. In 2019 MPA was the most widely used chassis by PRS shooters.
The relationship with MPA and the PRS goes back a long time, as advocates and supporters of the series and It’s an honor and a privilege to name MPA the Official Chassis of the PRS for another year, as their encouragement and unwavering success in the sport have never faltered. MPA’s commitment to quality and new technology is a testament to their craft and belief in the shooters within the PRS.
“Our MPA Chassis system has been available to serious shooters for several years and has been dominating PRS competitions time-and-time again,” Phil Cashin, President of MPA commented. “We are honored to once again partner with the Precision Rifle Series and to be named as its official chassis.”
MPA continues to bring substantial innovations to the PRS community. For the 2020 season MPA offers a chassis system known as The Matrix. This system offers a myriad of configurations from thumb rests, trigger finger supports to grips. The primary interface between the shooter and the rifle has over 100 different options providing the shooters with support and reliability.
MPA has fielded a team of the top long-distance shooters in the country that regularly compete and place among the best shooters in PRS matches nationwide. MPA also plays host to two of the most popular PRS Pro Series matches, held during the season, the MPA Spring Shootout and the MPA Summer Shootout. The company will also sponsor multiple PRS Pro matches throughout the year, to include the 2020 PRS Finale, held December 13-15th hosted in Ninnekah, Oklahoma.
In virtually any hobby, competition format, or other human endeavors, there will always be an element of participants and enthusiasts who look to push the limits. Shooting is no different. Speed, accuracy, scoring, distance, volume, and more – shooters are continually looking for more. Precision long-range shooting is one sector of shooting sports that tends […]
We are all very aware that we are in the midst of a massive ammunition shortage. While we complain about the low availability of even the most obscure cartridges, Remington is working to meet the demands of shooters. Remington has announced that they are rebooting their manufacturing plant, Big Green, in Lonoke, Arkansas.
“Remington Ammunition, America’s outdoor brand known around the world for generations by outdoor enthusiasts for its iconic green boxes, today announced the much-anticipated brand homecoming and factory reboot at its Lonoke, Arkansas facility. Hundreds of American workers are now working around the clock under the highest quality standards to meet the ammunition needs of shooters and hunters across the country.“
The Return of Remington’s Big Green Ammunition Plant
Vista Outdoor, the new steward of Remington Ammunition and the Remington brand, took ownership of the “Big Green” Arkansas manufacturing facility last October after acquiring select Remington assets. Under Vanderbrink’s leadership, Remington has been working 24/7 to retool and reopen the plant, hiring hundreds of skilled American workers to revitalize operations.
“Today marks a historic milestone for our industry…I am joined by the hard-working crew at Remington Ammunition, the entire team at Vista Outdoor and outdoor and shooting sports enthusiasts across America in celebrating the rebirth and resurgence of Remington Ammunition,” said Vanderbrink.
“The shooting sports industry has experienced unprecedented growth and demand for high-quality ammunition, in large part driven by millions of new legal firearms owners joining our community over the last year. Our message to new owners and to our millions of die-hard Remington Ammunition fans is that our operations are in full swing, our quality control is second to none and our entire team is working tirelessly to make more ammo.”
To read more about what the company is doing to get ammo on the shelves, head over to Remington’s website. While you’re there, take a look at all of the different calibers and types of ammunition they offer. You can also follow them on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Let’s all hope this shortage ends soon and that people who are hoarding the ammo will let up so that those of us who actually use it can get some.
Mission First Tactical (MFT) has been in the AR-15 aftermarket accessory market for some time now with things like magazines, stocks, rails, grips, and muzzle devices available for users to adapt their rifles to their needs. A foregrip is an almost essential accessory for accurate off-hand shooting and MFT has just released their React M-LOK Compact […]
When the French occupied the Mauser factory in April 1945, they found all the tooling to produce .22 caliber rifles still in place and in good order (among other things). The French military did not have a proper training rifle at the time, and they decided to have Mauser design a produce one. The result, adopted for production in August 1945, was essentially a Mauser KKW action with the detachable magazine from the Mauser 410B and a rear-mounted aperture sight. About 10,500 of these Model 45 rifles were made at Mauser by June 1946, when production was shut down in preparation for the demolition of most of the Mauser buildings.
The tooling and incomplete parts fort he rifle were relocated to the MAS factory at St Etienne, where production resumed and another approximately 30,000 were made. The MAS-45 would serve as a standard French training rifle until he 1970s, and remained in limited use afterwards (even to this day, in fact).
To see some of the French drill and shooting, check out Bloke on the Range’s video on the MAS-45:
Vista Outdoor – the parent company for CCI, Federal, Remington, and Speer has just announced that there will be price increases in response to “unprecedented raw material price increases” that have occurred just over the last couple of months. Customers can expect to start seeing the effects of these price increases around July of 2021 […]
Between the dates of August 25th, 1921 and September 2nd, 1921, a fierce battle between striking American coal miners and the combined forces of the West Virginia State Police, Logan County Sherrif’s Department, and the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency would take place. Being one of the largest domestic battles to take place during the 20th century, […]
House Bill 1927, by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), an NRA-backed permitless carry proposal that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without a state-issued License To Carry (LTC), will be debated by the full Texas House on Thursday!
Photo Of The Day and we’re looking at more sniper rifles from Accuracy International. Here they’re being used by snipers of the 13 Lichte Brigade of the Royal Netherlands Army as they train in the cold, engaging targets up to a kilometer away. They hold vigil as members of NATO’s multinational battle group Enhanced Forward Presence. […]
Welcome everyone to the 88th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]
As supply continues to struggle to meet demand in the ammunition market, several manufacturers have been announcing price increases across the board for all of their rifle, pistol, and shotgun ammunition. Fiocchi just announced in late March that there would be a minimum 5% increase on their rimfire, centerfire pistol, centerfire rifle, slug, buckshot, and […]
Mike Harvey, President of Cimmaron Firearms is excited to introduce the Winchester Model 1887 lever-action shotgun. For those who don’t know, Cimmaron Firearms is one of the leaders in manufacturing replica Old West firearms. The Model 1887 is often a symbol of the American West Frontier due to its frequent use as a hunting and […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a photo of a Winchester 1887 Lever Action Shotgun courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company (make sure to check them out!). This is not an unknown firearm in the world since pop culture has taken it and kind of ran with it. A big supporter of this shotgun was the movie Terminator 2 and more recently a whole slew of video games and even some TV shows. The Winchester 1887 is addicting because it is a repeating shotgun that still makes the person holding it feels like they are in a western. The noise as the action works is pure bliss. I myself even own a Chiappa reproduction of the Winchester 1887.
It may surprise you to know that this gun was short-lived (1887-1901). The reason being is mostly due to the introduction of quality pump or slide action shotguns that followed. John M Browning himself (who designed this shotgun) recommended against Winchester producing it after he sold them his design since it would soon be outdated and that he had his pump action in the works. This pump-action would be the 1893 and eventually the legendary 1897. A little more information on the pictured gun below:
“Manufactured in 1896. Single bead sight on the barrel with a 2 5/8 inch chamber and choke measuring modified. Standard “WRACO” monogram on the left side of the casehardened receiver and the lower tang is marked “329” under the stock that has “329” repeated on the butt. Single diamond, non-factory checkered, two-piece slab forend and non-factory checkered pistol grip stock with checkered iron buttplate and 13 inch length of pull.
-Rock Island Auction Company“
Lot 37: Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action Shotgun [Photograph found in Premier Firearms Auction #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/37/winchester-model-1887-lever-action-shotgun
When it comes to concealing a firearm a lot of people do not understand or know what they should be looking for in a holster, the authentically correct or best orientation to situate their holster, and what is an acceptable level of concealment. I understand both sides of the coin when it comes to selecting holsters because I am a consumer and own dozens of holsters, but also sell them daily through my family’s gun store. It is difficult to easily explain the necessary nuances for good concealed carry to everybody because we’re all varying shapes and sizes. PHLster Holsters, based out of my home state of Minnesota, shared a phenomenal infographic to their customers explaining all of the details you should account for when purchasing and setting up your holster so we wanted to share that with you today.
A lot of concealed carry advocates experience difficulty knowing exactly where they should be positioning their firearm about their waist so it prints the least and is simultaneously the most comfortable to carry. PHLster Holsters refers to this simply as the sweet spot.
Understanding the “landscape” of your body (essentially the shape and contour) will give you a better perspective of where your firearm is likely to print, or be visible, underneath a garment or clothing. As described above, peaks or protruding areas of your body (hip bone or maybe stomach) should be avoided while valleys are perfect pockets to discreetly hide your firearm.
Some people might feel silly trying on your holster and posing for yourself at home, but it is actually good to “check your work.” Is the holster you bought adequately retaining your firearm? Is the position you chose genuinely concealing it without printing? Are the clothes you routinely wear going to sufficiently cover your holster? These are all questions to ask yourself with a simply mirror check in the comfort of your home.
One element of a holster that not all holster manufacturers account for (but PHLster most certainly does) is getting enough grip rotation. This can often be accomplished with a “claw” or “wing” as some companies refer to them as, but it essentially means the grip is being rotated enough where it does not produce a strong protrusion under clothing; therefore, making your firearm noticeable.
The art of getting enough grip tuck is a delicate balance of getting the holster to be as closely shaped to your body as possible. Instead of your holster slowly tipping outwards a small wedge can help it remain in place all day long.
The above photo gives a better visual representation of just how valuable a good wedge can be when properly applied to the body of a holster. It repositions your holster from having a tippy feeling to being more upright and closer to your body.
A small, mysterious enigma is why do smaller guns seem more difficult to carry and print? A lot of that can be attributed to what PHLster holsters is referring to as lack of depth in your waistline or not having a keel (like a large ship on the ocean).
The final element to safe and proper concealed carry of a firearm is the ability to re-holster your weapon safely. Whether you are doing drills at the range to become more proficient with your carry firearm and its dedicated holster, or you had drawn your sidearm in self-defense, you need to then seat your weapon back in its holster safely. This topic gets a lot of chuckles from the peanut gallery that “you don’t want to shoot your wanker off” or other more colorful expressions, but the fact remains that you should always see your firearm into the holster and have it angled away from your body. This is safe for both men and women. If you just made the gut-wrenching and painfully-stressful decision to draw your weapon to defend yourself or your family, the last thing you want to have happen is an injury upon re-holstering your firearm.
So, there you have it! PHLster Holsters not only makes great quality holsters, but they dropped a lot of knowledge bombs in this 14 photo journey of the different considerations to take when selecting and deploying a holster. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
Fans of the original Smith and Wesson M&P Shield are getting a bit of sad news today as Smith & Wesson has opted to discontinue the original Shield design effective immediately which includes existing orders. According to the discontinuation notice, this decision was reached in an effort to contend with the demand for the new […]
Hearing loss is one of the worst long-term effects that can affect shooters, and it’s also one of the most preventable. Options for hearing protection are getting more technologically advanced, smaller, and lighter. A trusted brand among shooters and hunters, Caldwell has introduced an FDE version of their E-MAX Shadows ear pro.
“The E-Max Shadows are Bluetooth, rechargeable electronic ear plugs designed to go where you go, play all your music, and keep your ears protected. High quality stereo sound is Bluetooth compatible with your mobile device and comes with a 23dB noise reduction rating. Dual microphones provide directional clarity and come equipped with easy to use touch volume controls. The charging case comes with an integrated lithium battery.“
Caldwell E-MAX Shadows Now in FDE
The Caldwell E-MAX Shadows are available in black or FDE (flat dark earth). They are in-ear hearing protection with Bluetooth capabilities. This means that while they protect your hearing with a 23dB noise reduction rating, you can listen to music at the same time. They come in a handy case with a USB recharging port. Each charge gives the user five hours of run time. Saving your battery is a four hour auto-shutoff feature.
The E-MAX Shadows can be adjusted for ambient noise amplification also. To aid in the comfort department, they come with multiple ear tips. They are equipped with dual microphones for directional clarity. Volume is adjusted using touch controls.
If these fit what you’re looking for in hearing protection, check them out on the Caldwell website. While you’re there, make sure to look at the wide variety of hunting accessories they offer. For tips and tricks, take a look at their YouTube channel. Don’t forget to give them a like and follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Now bump some tunes, protect your ears, and enjoy a day on the range!
Bob Nosler, CEO of Nosler Inc., has published an autobiography titled “Born Ballistic”. The new book continues the story started by Nosler Inc founder John A. Nosler in his “Going Ballistic: The Life and Adventures of John Nosler” book. The Born Ballistic book was written in collaboration with outdoor writer and TV host Gary Lewis who […]
In 1920, Fritz Mann of Germany patented the idea of cutting a shallow ring in the chamber of a pistol as a delaying mechanism. When fired, a cartridge case would expand into this groove, thus requiring more time and energy to push the case out of the chamber and effectively delaying opening. This allowed Mann to reduce the weight of the operating parts of his model 1920 semiauto pistol in .25ACP (aka 6.35mm Browning). The gun was designed to be as small and as light as possible; a true pocket pistol. Thousands of them were made in 1920 and 1921, although he gun failed to see long-term popularity. For more information, I recommend Stefan Klein’s article on Ed Buffaloe’s web site:
Yesterday, the General Assembly adjourned sine die from its 2021 session. During this session, strong efforts by NRA and its members, along with state affiliate Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association, ensured that no new gun control passed.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the new Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP, which comes with Springfield’s new Hex Wasp micro red dot optic and a threaded barrel and brake combo. Is this new entry from Springfield a legit contender in the micro-compact 9mm market? Check out today’s video to get our take. ««« […]
The catalogs of Rock Island Auction Company’s premier auctions are a unique source for aficionados of obscure and unusual firearms as you can always find some of the rarest and most fascinating samples of such guns there. Many firearms that one can only see in the ultimate obscure gun reference book, “Firearms Curiosa”, often appear in […]
XS Sights has branched out beyond weapon sights and is now offering a Remington 870 2rd extension. They offered up one for review so I volunteered as tribute. I was curious to see if the 870 2rd extension would work with some outlier variants of the 870 platform. Specifically, my Remington Model 870 Express Tactical […]
Photo Of The Day: A competitor in the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) International Sniper Competition ejects a spent shell casing while firing a rifle at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, March 22, 2021. By the looks of it, he’s using his private rifle. The rifle has “Accuracy International ATX” written on the side […]
Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about rimfire firearms, ammunition, and other related subjects. This week I’d like to start diving into some rather obscure or lesser-known ammunition types found within the annals of rimfire history. This week we’re beginning this ammunition history trip with a rather […]
“We have called back approximately 45 employees as of this week that along with the 20 management people that have been back for several weeks now,” Richmond Italia, a managing partner for the Roundhill Group Inc., owner of RemArms, the plant’s new operator, said in an email. “And we expect to round that number off to over 200 before the end of the month.”
It appears that the sticking point to the plant reopening was the contract with United Mine Workers Local 717. Most of the plant’s workers are members of that Local. It will formalize the recall process of furloughed workers and sets a 60-day window for starting negotiations on a new collective bargaining contract.
UMWA International President Cecil Roberts had this to say:
“This letter of agreement was a long time in the making,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. “It is the first step toward re-establishing a normal relationship between the union and the operators of that plant, one that will allow the professional craftspeople who have built firearms in Ilion to return to doing what they do better than anyone.”
He added: “There is more to do here. The company needs product to sell, and we fully understand and support that. We are pleased that UMWA members will soon be going back to work at the plant, if the company holds to its expected timetable. The next step is to negotiate a full collective bargaining agreement that the members can ratify and then get operations fully back to normal.”
Taylor’s & Company is well known for manufacturing many legendary firearms with modern twists. Keeping in line with their company’s longstanding trends, Taylor’s has just released the Hickok snub-nosed revolver. A full four inches shorter than the pistol it resembles (Colt Model 1871-72 Open Top) the Hickok features Army-sized grips, as well as blued steel […]
Last week, the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to pass Assembly Bill 1223, to place an additional excise tax on firearms and ammunition, and Assembly Bill 311, to restrict firearm "precursor parts" from display or sale at gun shows.
On Saturday, the Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2021 session. During this session, they passed a number of bills advancing Second Amendment rights for the benefit of law-abiding citizens, and sent them to Governor Jim Justice for his signature.
I spent two-and-a-half days hiking 41km (25.5mi) about the Cranberry Wilderness discovering many things worth sharing!
Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.
The loop I took in the Cranberry Wilderness shown on the map above does not display a detour taken to discover a possibly haunted and hidden gem of the forest.
Off of PR76, you’ll be on Big Beechy Trailhead. (Do note, these are unmarked trails.) No other cars were present when departing, despite this trail’s many access-ways to other trails. I believe this is what makes Big Beechy/Middle Fork the best places for hiking in the Cranberry Wilderness. During mile-one, there’s a multitude of muddy spots until you venture onto paths less traveled.
Once you’re “out there,” the trail narrows to 14” and transitions through many astounding Laurel, Pine, and Moss sub-biomes.
The trail’s path guides hikers through great rock outcroppings to challenge one’s technical abilities (if one chooses to do so). I had personal conflicts-of-interest going on many of the outcroppings as I avoid stepping on moss.
I have a higher level of respect for the fuzzy soft green stuff than I do for professional jugglers or rude OSHA inspectors.
There are multitudes of fallen trees along the trail. Crews do periodic maintenance, but well… nature is nature. After about your 40th humping over one, it becomes tedious.
From Big Beechy, you reach the District Line junction; I continued until joining with the Middle Fork Junction. It was mostly downhill for the last 5k, and I kind of plowed through it as I worked 7a-2p before driving 2hr to get to Cranberry; felt spent by the time I saw PR108. Walking past the waterfalls, I didn’t care to stop for photos; they really deserved some shutter clicks. Once in the PR108 parking lot, I had dinner and found a place to sleep.
Day 2 – 2=1 & 1=0
About halfway through the day, I noticed an empty water bottle missing; thank God I always bring two. Water is sparse on the County Line Trail, I decided to hump down 150m (500ft) to a creek and fill up.
Hiking down the mountain was genuine bushwhacking hell even when taking the best line. Dense, thick swathes of pine saplings/trees everywhere; same on the way back up. About an hour later, I stumbled upon what seemed like a vintage Diet Pepsi can. Then, a cooler lid. GPS wasn’t working well in the ravine; no roads were anywhere nearby. I kept going the planned direction, until I stumbled upon this.
In my best Foghorn Leghorn voice, I let out a:
“What’s that- now I say what’s that dang landing leg doing in the middle of the woods? It didn’t just walk out here.” “That’s a joke son, don’t you get it? Better check on it, yeah.”
And check I did!
The fuselage of a plane was resting on a mossy rock, appearing untouched for decades. Engines/front-end/instrumentation were nowhere in sight.
Spent about 2hr looking through, taking photos of debris. Found propellers, still no engines. Ended up camping about 200m (650ft) away from the debris as flat land was as rare as finding knowledgeable employees at K-Mart. Rare enough that I almost considered having a hammock setup.
Intermittent rain overnight, but with melatonin and earplugs, I slept like a rock. Woke up not cursed from the wreckage and crossed another creek. Had breakfast while charging phone for GPS reliance. I have refined my cooking system down to a science – it boils 300ml (9 oz) of water in 80 seconds, and condenses all into the 600ml (20 oz) pot. I really love this system and wanna do a cooking post soon.
Back up the mountain, there were a few nice scenes, but mostly wrestling through hordes of 1-4m tall pines nestled together tighter than the crowds at a Black Friday event at BestBuy in the 90’s. If you bushwhack long enough, the bushes eventually whack back. (More on this later…)
Finally got on District Line, back to Big Beechy and made it to my car. Luckily my gear, curiosity, knowledge, and food got me through.
All in all, Cranberry Wilderness is a wonderful place that deserves your footsteps, attention, and Instagram posts. Reflecting on the hike, I really appreciated the landscape, the ability to choose multiple ways to get on/off trail, and solitude; being able to escape the “real world!”
Difficulty out of 5
Terrain out of 5
Scenery out of 5 (Easily 4 in full bloom!)
Water Availability .5 out of 5. Don’t expect refills. Bring enough for 24hr, unless you go down (and back up) to a stream.
What I Learned
Trees Fight Back – Ended up with a Corneal Abrasion on my left eye. Something whacked me good.
Critters are plentiful. (See photos)
Trail was clean – Only saw a single tissue left behind.
Lovers of precision rifles will be excited to hear the Vudoo Gun Works has just introduced its latest rimfire rifle/action. The Three 60 is a three-lug, 60-degree throw, top igniting action. Vudoo Three 60 will be made available immediately alongside the other popular options that Vudoo already has on the market and customers currently awaiting […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Ah yes, the Villar Perosa. Legend to World War One small arms buffs and inconsistency to many historians. Both thought processes are fair since this machine gun is a bit of an anomaly. It was originally an early machine gun to be used in air warfare. Most people do not know that those early dog fights were mostly fought with rifles and handguns in the sky. World War One was a constantly evolving war. Machine guns went from the ground to the air and higher capacity rifles and other small arms went from the air to the ground. The Villar Perosa was an exception to that claim. A post from Cody Firearms Museum expands a bit more:
“The Villar Perosa was a machine gun developed in Italy during WWI. It fired 9mm Glisenti at a reportedly blistering rate of fire from two barrels mounted together. Originally intended as aircraft armament, it was later tried out as a LMG. Neither role worked that well, but individually the twin barreled actions made good SMGs, leading to the Beretta M1918.“
#tbt to when we posted our Villar Perosa. [Photograph found on Cody Firearms Museam Facebook]. (2019, September 12). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/3120687394822085
House Bill 1911, by Rep. James White (R-Woodville), and House Bill 1927, by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), NRA-backed permitless carry proposals that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without a state-issued License To Carry (LTC), have been reported out of the House committee but have not yet been scheduled for debate on the House floor.
The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) & American Woodcock Society (AWS) announced earlier last week a new corporate partnership with OnX Hunt, a GPS mapping tool development company for hunters. OnX Hunt is a mapping app that enables users to know where they stand, and also features multiple disturbance layers, where grouse and woodcock thrive. This partnership will directly contribute to the RGS and AWS mission by supporting healthy forests, abundant wildlife, and conservation ethic RGS and AWS said in a statement.
RGS and AWS is a North American conservation organization, established in 1961, that is dedicated to creating healthy forests, abundant wildlife, and promoting conservation ethics. RGS and AWS work with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.
OnX Hunt brands itself as “a pioneer in digital navigation.” The company’s mission is to provide hunters with reliable GPS mapping technology. The company also leads initiatives to protect and expand access to public land through direct funding, and by supporting key legislation with data analysis and research. Mike Neiduski, Director of Regional Development at RGS and AWS, said this in a statement:
“We are thrilled to welcome OnX Hunt as our newest Corporate Partner with the Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society. Their commitment not only supports our mission, vision, and conservation delivery; this partnership also allows us to highlight the importance of forest diversity for wildlife and promote quality access.“
The partnership makes sense. The Ruffed Grouse Society, American Woodcock Society, and OnX Hunt are focused on bringing hunters the best experience possible while maintaining the ethics of conservation. Both organizations, according to a press statement, share the belief that people who have off-the-beaten-path experiences are more likely to conserve those unique places. Ben Brettingen, OnX Hunt’s Wingshooting Manager, also elaborated:
“We are thrilled to be partnered with the Ruffed Grouse Society and to support their mission of creating and maintaining healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse and woodcock. From day one, OnX has been dedicated to creating access opportunities, and through this partnership, we strive to support the common goal of helping hunters find quality places to recreate.“
Are you a person always looking to add to your choices of everyday carry knives? Perhaps you’re also a past attendee of the Gunsite training facility in Paulden, Arizona or hope to be one day. If so, Cold Steel has a new blade that may be right up your alley. The new Cold Steel Gunsite Counter Point 1 Everyday Carry Knife has just hit the market. Take a look at all the features of this new EDC knife in the following press release from Cold Steel.
Cold Steel, manufacturer and innovator of purpose-built knives and blade tools for everyday carry, tactical, and hunting applications, is excited to introduce the new Gunsite Counter Point 1 folding knife. Featuring the Gunsite Raven logo across the blade, the Gunsite Counter Point 1 is the perfect addition to any range bag or for everyday carry needs.
Built around Cold Steel’s heralded Tri-Ad locking mechanism—the strongest, safest, and most secure locking system in the industry—the Gunsite Counter Point 1 stands ready for any task. The 4-inch stiletto-inspired spear point blade features a stylish false edge spine backed with jimping to ensure optimal blade control while an integrated thumb stud allows for smooth and quick blade deployment. Made of 3.5mm thick Japanese AUS10A stainless steel alloy to deliver exceptional corrosion resistance and edge retention in an easy-to-sharpen platform, the blade also includes an aggressive half-serration for expanded utilitarian performance.
Reinforced and heat-treated aluminum liners are flanked by Cold Steel’s popular Griv-Ex handles in OD Green. The generous, highly tactile stipling found along the Griv-Ex handles offers a secure grip even with wet or sweaty hands. Assisting in the positive grip is an ergonomic contour with a prominent finger groove and integrated tang and butt profile to deliver a solid, comfortable hold for any cutting job.
With an overall length of 9 inches open and an ambidextrous pocket clip for tip-up carry, the 4.7-ounce Gunsite Counter Point 1 is a solid go-to folder that meets any challenge.
Cold Steel Gunsite Counter Point 1 Specifications
Blade Thickness: 3.5mm
Blade Length: 4-inches
Blade Steel: Japanese AUS10A
Handle Length/Material: FDE 5-inches Griv-Ex
Locking Mechanism: Tri-Ad® System
Overall Length: 9-inches
Additional Features: Ambidextrous Pocket / Belt Clip
The state of Iowa has just passed legislation that will make it the 19th state to enact Constitutional Carry, also known as Permitless Carry. Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 756 on April 2, but the law won’t go into effect until July 1, 2021. Iowa becomes the third state just this year to legalize […]
Sitka Gear is known all around the US for their phenomenal hunting clothing and related accessories that enable hunters to be better at their craft. To get some of their clothing, you would need to visit a retailer that sells Sitka Gear or potentially find it online. Now there is an additional option for the residents of Montana. The world’s 1st Sitka Depot Store has opened in Bozeman, Montana and it is meant to be a complete experience center for outdoorsmen.
The freshly-minted 3,000-square-foot retail store is being described as a full SITKA-brand experience that looks to include seasonally themed educational seminars, community events, and a full lineup of the company’s performance-driven gear. The store is located adjacent to the SITKA headquarters, near I-90 and North Rouse Avenue, in Bozeman, Montana. The full Press Release for the Sitka Depot store can be read below:
BOZEMAN, Mont. (April 8, 2021) – SITKA, the leader and pioneer in performance hunting apparel, has announced the opening of its first experience center, the SITKA Depot. The 3,000- square-foot retail store will offer a full SITKA-brand experience, including seasonally themed educational seminars, community events, and a full lineup of the company’s performance-driven gear.
The store is located adjacent to the SITKA headquarters, near I-90 and North Rouse Avenue, in Bozeman, Montana. Visitors will have the opportunity to shop SITKA’s extensive product line, including technical hunting apparel designed for any hunting experience as well as lifestyle gear designed for everyday use.
Coming soon, the store will also feature a Revive and Repair shop focused on keeping SITKA product in the field longer. Gear received will be assessed by an onsite team of experts who will advise repairability and cost. Although onsite repair isn’t guaranteed, SITKA is committed to maximizing the life cycle of its products.
“SITKA is built on a commitment to enhance the full life experience of the hunter and our first retail store is an opportunity to expand on that principle.” said Jonathan Hart, SITKA founder. “Customers will not only have the opportunity to build custom systems that work for their style of hunting, but also connect with others who share the same passion for the hunting life.”
The SITKA Depot is staffed by a team of experienced outdoor enthusiasts and hunters. Equipped with a wealth of firsthand knowledge, the Depot staff will leverage their technical expertise to help visitors make informed purchasing decisions.
“Our celebrated, in-house customer service team is well known for their ability to make product recommendations based on their own in-the-field hunting experiences,” said Nick Morales, SITKA’s Retail and Consumer Services Leader. “Likewise, the store staff will offer field-proven gear suggestions to anyone who visits the store.”
While the Depot is open for business, current events have postponed the store’s grand opening event and seminars until a later date. More details to follow.
Here at AllOutdoor we have had the great fortune, opportunity, and pleasure to work with Sitka Gear reviewing their clothing and putting it to work in the outdoors. Whether you need rain gear, camouflage clothing, or even chest waders for waterfowl hunting or trapping, Sitka has got you covered. This is a sampling of some of our coverage on Sitka Gear the past few years:
While many of us grew up on hand-me-down clothing to romp around in the woods and chase game, if you genuinely want to improve your hunting success and your enjoyment in nature (not freezing to death or being soaked to the bone) then investing in better quality clothing can give you a huge return on your investment. I was one of those guys walking out to my treestand in 12 types of mis-matched camouflage for many years. After being introduced to Sitka Gear, I’m hooked and am never going back. If you own any Sitka Gear or are excited to check out their Sitka Depot store, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
To learn more about the SITKA Depot and stay up-to-date with the latest news on the grand opening, please visit www.sitkagear.com.
About the Sitka Depot Store & their Company
SITKA, based in Bozeman, Montana, created and leads the technical hunting apparel category. The company is recognized for its commitment to continually improving the life experience of the hunter and for its support of healthy ecosystems and wildlife populations. SITKA products work together in systems, and each piece is designed and tested rigorously in both the lab and the field. SITKA is owned by W.L. Gore & Associates, an advanced materials company well known for Gore-Tex fabrics and many other industry-leading innovations that provide durable comfort and protection to outdoor enthusiasts. Go to sitkagear.com to learn more about how SITKA enhances the full life experience of the hunter.
Nestled into Italy’s mountainous northern region, Lombardy, you can find the small town of Lecco. This ancient and picturesque settlement has been the proud home of Fiocchi Munizioni for nearly a century and a half. Fiocchi Ammunition has been producing cartridges and shotshells since its inception in 1876, and began importing ammo into the US […]
After extended testing in 1913 and 1914, the US formally adopted the Vickers gun as the Model 1915. A contract was placed for licensed production of 125 guns by Colt, who had also taken contracts to produce Vickers guns for the UK and Russia. It would ultimately be the summer of 1917 before the first guns arrived for US Army use, and a total of 12,125 were made by the time production ended in September 1918 (in favor of the new Browning 1917 machine gun). Ten divisions of the American Expeditionary Force were equipped with Colt Vickers guns in .30-06 in World War One, and they gave good service on the battlefield. The are very scarce today because almost all surviving examples were sent to Britain as part of Lend-Lease in World War Two, and destroyed at the end of that conflict.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of TFB staff member Ronaldo Olive after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on September 27, 1942 and passed away on March 31, 2021. Ronaldo joined TFB in 2016 and published his first post “UAE’s Caracal wants to make guns in Brazil” on November […]
At Biden's recent Rose Garden ceremony, where he announced his latest assault on the Second Amendment, he lied a number of times, and garbled the name of the federal agency tasked with enforcing federal gun laws.
Rahm Emanuel, recently the mayor of Chicago and who has previously served as a member of the Clinton Administration and as President Obama’s White House chief of staff, proposed a few curious gun control ideas while appearing as a panelist on ABC’s This Week program on March 28.
Photo Of The Day: Above we’re looking at a U.S. Marine with the Marine Rotational Force-Europe as he provides cover fire for his squad. This happened during the Exercise Aurora in 2017 in a place called Lärbro, Sweden. Aurora 17 was the largest Swedish national exercise for more than 20 years, and it included supporting […]
Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older […]
In 1942, the Red Army was experiencing big problems with machine guns. Before the war, great hopes were pinned on Dyagterev’s brand new DS-39 heavy machine gun. But this machine gun was unsuccessful (arguably due to obsolete design requirements and ammo quality problems) and its production was quickly discontinued. Increasing the production of old Maxim machine guns proved to be difficult. The Degtyarev’s older DP-27 light machine gun had also gathered negative reviews from the front lines. It was plagued by shortage of disk magazines, which were too complex to manufacture in sufficient quantities and also failed easily in the battle environment.
GAU KA (Main Artillery Directorate of the Red Army) held a series of competitions for a new machine gun, leading to introduction of Goryunov’s SG-43 heavy machine gun as well as several less known models.However, that was not the only outcome of the tests. Vasily Lyuty and Vladimir Deikin, two young NIPSVO officers (NIPSVO being Russia’s primary weapons testing facility) combined the competition insights with
information from the front lines and arrived at an interesting conclusion.
“The experience of World War II has shown that the decisive phases of a combat mostly happen at short distances, usually not more than 300-400 meters. At these distances, the power of a pistol cartridge with initial speed of about 600 m/s is quite enough to inflict proper damage on enemy troops”.
The choice of the 7.62×25 mm TT cartridge (née 7.63 mm Mauser) greatly simplified the issue of creating a new weapon. This cartridge was already mass-produced for Soviet submachine guns. A weapon built around this cartridge would be compact and lightweight, but Lyuty and Deikin were just test officers. They needed the help of a qualified firearms designer. Nikolai Afanasyev, a former Air Force sergeant turned NIPSVO in-house weapons design specialist, became their third co-author.Several months later in August 1943, LAD LMG (also LDA in some documents) completed a full test cycle at the shooting range with flying colors.
The action of this automatic machine gun combined both free bolt recoil and the gas operation scheme. The weight of the LAD with a bipod was only 5.3 kg (no ammo) or 7.63 kg with 150 cartridges in a belt inside a box. The total length of the machine gun was 956 mm. It was made of 1.5 mm sheet steel. The main manufacturing operations were stamping, riveting and welding. So it was a reasonably light-weight and compact machine gun ready for cheap mass production. Lyuty and Deikin subjected their brainchild to the most severe of tests available at NIPSVO, from leaving it at the bottom of a swamp to covering it in cement dust. Notwithstanding, LAD only had 5 delays out of 1750 shots.
Next came target shooting tests at multiple distances. The test setup was not modern IPSC exercises. The range imitated a battlefield, including multiple targets that were put in line formation to imitate the enemy’s advance and the enemy’s machine gun nest. More targets simulated a bypass maneuver, which required the shooter to shift the direction of fire. The test pinned LAD against PPSh, Russia’s most successful SMG at the time. The first stage showed that the LAD shooter managed to fire 600 rounds in less time yet got more hits. The test report read,
“Basic calculation shows that using a single LDA machine gun as part of a rifle squad almost doubles its firepower at distances of up to 500 meters.”
The LAD machine gun was approved and recommended for the production and armament of the Red Army. But it was too late. At this time GAU was already engaged in several intermediate cartridge projects and corresponding weapons. GAU adopted the “heavy avtomat” idea, which subsequently split into an assault rifle and a light machine gun concepts. Its first results were the AS-44 (Sudaev avtomat) and the RPD-44 (Degtyarev’s light machine gun). As the LAD project was abandoned, Nikolai Afanasyev went on to become a renowned firearms designer and created a whole series of weapons from SMGs to aircraft guns.
Lyuty stayed at NIPSVO, while Deykin was promoted to GAU. In 1946, they both supervised a series of tests of proposed assault rifles. One of those rifles received particularly negative reviews and its inexperienced designer was almost sent home. However, Lyuty insisted on giving the designer another chance. The designer’s name was Mikhail Kalashnikov, and the rifle was named AK-46. Shortly thereafter, Deykin helped Kalashnikov to move to Kovrov factory, leading to the creation of the AK-47, the world’s most popular assault rifle ever since.
Were it not for these two officers the global firearms landscape could have been very, very different.
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Like the title says you do in fact have to start somewhere. In the case of Samuel Colt and his firearms, the 1836 Paterson was the start. This revolver is not an unknown in the antique gun community. Hopefully, someday I will have the chance to go over the specs and history of these cool revolvers, but today’s POTD is more of a lesson.
It was not just the start of the Colt firearms business to come, but it was the start of a landslide of revolving firearm designs to come. It is one of those perfect demonstrations in history. A patent for a revolver for example! Suddenly the market knows how someone did something and they have to find a newer cooler way to scoot around it. Then, you get all sorts of unique designs throughout history. The Paterson started a spiderweb of patents dodging patents going on and on. So many things exist because of it.
“Colt’s first handgun, the Paterson revolver, came in several sizes. This pair of Patersons on loan to us from the Patrick M. Colagiuri Collection includes a No. 3 Belt and No. 5 Holster.- Cody Firearms Museam’s Facebook Post“
This photo is from Cody Firearms Museum’s Facebook Page. They are awesome people and I encourage you to check them out!
N/a [Photograph found in Patrick M. Colagiuri Collection, Cody Firearms Museam]. (2020, March 18). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/3256131947944295
Sometimes you need to get your mind off politics and just enjoy seeing some Old World craftsman create a thing of incredible beauty.
Such it is with the John Rigby & Co. “Elephant Gun”. It was displayed at the 2017 Safari Club Convention and sold for an undisclosed sum to “an overseas big game hunter.” Chambered in .450 Rigby, it has more than 2,000 man-hours of work put into it.
Photo Of The Day: The location is Camp Shelby, Mississippi, USA, with French Special Operations Forces visiting the U.S. 24th Special Operations Wing. The exercise was called Emerald Warrior. Camp Shelby is the largest state-owned training site in the nation, with a massive 136,000 acres (550 km2) area. The French soldiers are most likely from the […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I mean everyone knows about the Volcanic Pistol, right? You know, a lever-action pistol, the company was a precursor to Winchester, founded by both Smith and Wesson? No? I will let Rock Island Auction Company take it away:
“This Lever Action Navy pistol was manufactured by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company c. 1856-57. This pistol has a blued barrel with integral 10-shot magazine, plain brass frame, casehardened lever with distinctive finger hole and two-piece, varnished walnut grips. The Type I barrel has a full rib, crowned muzzle, rounded T-bar spring, pinch-top, nickel-silver, front sight and clam-shell shaped, steel, magazine follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the three-line legend: “THE VOLCANIC/REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEWHAVEN CONN. FEB. 14.1854″…
…The pistol has been period altered to accept a brass cartridge. The bolt has been modified with a new firing pin and a screw-fastened extractor on the top. The top of the receiver has been milled to accept the extractor on the top of the bolt. A slot has been milled in the top of the barrel chamber to accommodate the new extractor. Follower spring partially absent. The lever and hammer screws may be period replacements. The bolt and receiver alterations are professionally done. The modifications represent an attempt to overcome the primary weakness of Volcanic firearms – the underpowered and unreliable ‘Rocket Ball’ cartridge.”
Hopefully, we can talk about Rocket Ball ammunition at a later date!
Lot 2: Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol [Photograph found in Premier Firearms Auction #82, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/2/volcanic-repeating-arms-company-lever-action-navy-pistol
In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the new $100 Bushnell RXS-100 on a Taurus G3 TORO to find out if it can compete with pistol red dots costing up to five times as much. The RXS-100 and RXS-250 are two new pistol red dots from Bushnell that use the common Delta Point Pro mounting […]
Yesterday we looked at the Savage M1918 aircraft version of the Lewis gun, used by American aviators during World War One. Today, we are taking it out to the range along with a very scarce original tripod mounting adapter.
I was not expecting all that much from the gun, but it is really tremendously enjoyable to shoot. The swiveling mount really makes one feel like a vintage aviator, dueling Fokkers over the trenches. Interestingly, the rate of fire was almost identical to that of a standard ground Lewis we had out the same day, despite the muzzle brake intended to increase the rate of fire. Whether that is due to ammunition or some other factor, I do not know.
Good morning friends and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the Turbo K centerfire rifle suppressor. Last week we took a look at some full auto suppressor testing. This week we return to one of the pure joy’s of shooting – rimfire silencers. Reviewing the CGS […]
Do you recognize either the man or the location of the remnants of this fire?
Here let me give you a hint on the location.
Yes, that is the Branch Davidian compound in Mount Carmel outside of Waco, Texas as it is going up in flames. 76 men, women, and children died in that fire. The siege began when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms raided the compound on February 28, 1993. 12 surviving members of the Branch Davidians were later tried on a variety of firearm offenses. The young man standing in the ashes holding what appears to be a M16 was the ATF case officer for the trial.
Maybe you recognize him in this picture.
Credit should go to the the British newspaper Daily Mail for linking the first photo to the man who is now President Biden’s choice to be the next Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Daily Mail also has placed Chipman at the other infamous raid of that era – Ruby Ridge.
If you have cannonballed into the firearm industry like most people reading this, one thing we all love to do is customize our weapons. Whether it is with laser beams, red dots, flashlights, a fresh new finish, or all of the above. I, personally, have fallen into the latter category where I took a once […]
Welcome to our daily selection of pictures. By this time you know it, it’s TFB’s Photo Of The Day to keep you in a good mood. Get a coffee, take a break and enjoy a few minutes looking at the U.S. SOF with the Ak5 (FN FNC) below. This is quite an unusual sight, although […]
On April 6th, the Senate Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees jointly passed House Bill 1366, to ban possession of home-built firearms. It will be eligible for a floor vote next week, along with House Bill 31, to increase firearm mandatory storage requirements.
In the world of night vision, almost everything is expensive. #becausenightvision is a common explanation why accessories are exorbitantly expensive. However, it is possible to have a cheap night vision upgrade. Some of them are affordable hacks and others are DIY solutions. Such examples are the LLI white phosphor filters and the DIY adjustable iris […]
I know my lane – if you are looking for a 300BLK or rimfire suppressor, I can probably point you in the right direction. But, if you want to see in the dark, I’ll hand you off to someone like Nick C. who, if he can put down his LEGO Millennium Falcon long enough, has […]
Back in March, we reported that three bills to severely restrict Maryland’s centuries-old practice of home-building firearms for personal use failed to meet the bill crossover deadline and were likely dead for the year.
Today, Governor Jim Justice signed House Bill 2499, to exempt firearms and ammunition from state sales and use taxes, and House Bill 2793, to create the option of a nonresident West Virginia concealed carry permit. These bills take effect in 90 days.
I recently came across a neat youtube video showcasing what looks to be a red dot sight right out of a futuristic video game. The sight apparently doesn’t have any glass lenses for the dot to project off of and the frames on either side of it are more or less there for show. So […]
Welcome to our reoccurring series of “Home on the Range.” Here, we would like to share all of our experiences for those who may be homesteading, living off the land, hunting, farming, ranching, and truly investing in nature and the great outdoors. The ability to provide for yourself and your family can be tremendously rewarding and simultaneously difficult at times. So, in “Home on the Range” we want to share our different exploits so you can learn and hopefully we can receive your feedback along the way as well.
When it comes to farming, ranching, or living the outdoor life, one has to be prepared to deal with all weather conditions. Personally, I don’t mind rain, snow, sleet, or extreme cold. My two biggest weather annoyances are extreme heat (an 18-hour day at 114 degrees isn’t just “hard,” its potentially deadly) and wind. Winds over 10 MPH can ruin your work or recreation plans for the day, and are generally an extreme nuisance when working in the dirt and dust. Forget irrigating as well. Unless it’s flood irrigation or a bubbler, your sprinklers and sprayers are just pissing in the wind. That being said, sometimes schedules and circumstances demand things get done. What follows are a few strategies I’ve used to battle back against the wind, and a few pieces of good gear that aid me in being able to tolerate it a bit better. High winds can be a major pain in the neck, but there are ways of dealing effectively with them, and continue to work, live and interact with our great outdoors.
Working in the Wind
If one’s homestead is located in a corridor that is subject to high winds, there’s a few things one can do to make your workdays outdoors a bit better. If there’s a specific area you are often working, like your main gardening plot, try and build a layered windbreak to help retain your soil and your sanity. Large trees interspersed with thick undergrowth, coupled with vegetated berms, can make a huge difference in making your main work area more pleasant. Though expensive, there are also geodesic greenhouses that can withstand high winds as well. If planting trees or building berms won’t work in your circumstance, windbreak fencing is another option. Both lightweight polyethylene and steel windbreak fencing can be had, and can make a huge difference in creating shelter for produce and/or livestock.
Speaking of livestock, take care to create areas that have a windbreak for your stock if the topography on your farm/ranch does not already do so. Considering the effect of windchill on stock, as well as the stress that high winds can induce on some stock, its a worthwhile investment.
One would also do well to be flexible when a windy day either is in the forecast or suddenly arises. Water wastage from pivots, sprinklers, and sprays can be quite pronounced in high winds. You may just be misting your neighbor’s farm instead of yours, if you’re not careful. One can also lose a lot of seed and/or soil applicants. If you can leave such tasks for another day or time when the wind isn’t ripping so fast, it makes financial and temporal sense in the end to reschedule, and do something else more productive with your time.
Dress for Success
Being that the areas where I work and hunt are always subject to un-forecast extreme winds and microbursts, I usually carry in my pack or truck a few key items that help me deal with winds, should they arise. An ultralight rain jacket always helps to cut the bite of wind as well. KUIU, Sitka, Arc’teryx, all make excellent lightweight rain gear that stows small and light, and blocks the wind should it arise. For wind protection below the belt in the winter and colder seasons, I prefer to have a lightweight pair of long-johns on hand, or alternatively, lightweight rain pants.
Keeping dirt, dust, grit, and leaves out of your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are also key in high winds. I keep my old pair of ski goggles with interchangeable clear and tinted/polarized lenses handy for such conditions, as well as a lightweight buff. Those two additions, snug under my hat, keep me from being obliterated by dust. This season, I’ve done trenching work in 45mph winds without being reduced to a blind, coughing, sneezing mess due to taking such precautions. Carrying goggles in my pack has also helped me on long, windy days hunting high up in the mountains. One doesn’t want watery, wind fatigued eyes when you’re trying to glass or getting on the scope to take your shot. Covering up also protects one against windburn, if you work in cold and dry conditions like myself. A pair of gloves appropriate for the temperature is the final piece to this puzzle.
The Spanish Radetec (Rade Tecnologías) was founded in 2004 and is specialized in the development of electronic devices for firearms such as round counters. In 2012, we reported about the establishment of their US branch and later in 2013, about some of their early products seen at SHOT Show 2013. During the past couple of […]
Earlier this week, the Wyoming Legislature adjourned from a very successful 2021 Legislative Session, having sent multiple pro-gun bills to the desk of Governor Mark Gordon. Following the Legislature’s adjournment, Governor Gordon signed the following gun bills into law.
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! So, it is the 1830s and you need a handgun, right? The newest and coolest thing out there is a very expensive 1836 Colt Paterson and you do not have that much to spend. Luckily the Allen & Thurber 1837 Pepperbox revolving muzzle-loading pistol is not only more affordable, but also has plenty of perks over the Colt. The Allen and Thurber Pepperbox was patented in 1837 and was highly popular on the east coast for over a decade after its introduction.
The Pepperbox was comfortable and the size made it pretty concealable in comparison to its other multi-shot handgun competition. It was also double-action instead of just about everything else being single. This was the beginning of a black powder revolving handgun era so that being said, chain firing was a thing. To those of you who do not know: chain firing is the scenario in which burning powder leaps from a fired cylinder into a non-fired cylinder and sets it off and has the potential to not only keep going, but to harm the handgun and even the shooter. The Allen and Thurber Pepperbox was unique in that if a chain fire happened it would just be the equivalent of an inaccurate shotgun… no harm to the shooter… no harm to the gun.
I am glad I brought up accuracy because that is the true downfall of the Pepperbox. The thing is it is not a weapon of precision in comparison to the Colt and any other revolver to follow. The Pepperbox was made all through the mid-1800s, but significantly lost its popularity only a decade after its introduction.
Lot 207: Allen & Thurber Percussion Pepperbox [Photograph found in Arms & Accessories Day Firearms Auction #2043, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 7, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2043/207/allen-thurber-percussion-pepperbox
Highly polished and hand-crafted shotguns have a long history of being cherished heirlooms for families of hunters and collectors alike. Dickinson Arms is producing modern productions of exquisitely crafted slidelock Over/Under Shotguns with their Royal Series. The Royal Series starts out life as a precision CNC-machined piece that is then hand finished and engraved to create a precise yet beautiful piece worthy of display.
12 Gauge & 20 Gauge Royal Series Shotguns from Dickinson Arms
“This stately over & under shotgun combines eye-catching good looks with unparalleled performance. The Royal Series features a precision five-pin hand-removable side lock mechanism with safety sears, a CNC-machined receiver milled from a solid block of molybdenum chrome steel, heavy-duty hammer springs and CNC-machined internal components. The receiver is offered with an exclusive bone-charcoal case hardened finish or beautiful English scroll engraving. In the Dickinson tradition of old-world craftsmanship, the Royal Series’ premier grade Turkish walnut stock and fore-end are beautifully finished and hand fitted.“
SPECIFICATIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Available in 12 and 20 GA.
24”, 26” 28’, 30” barrel lengths
English, Prince of Wales or pistol grip stock
24-lines-per-inch hand checkering on stock and fore-end
Beavertail or standard fore-end
Length, Length of Pull, Drop at Heel and Pull optional
Dickinson Arms is rather unique in that they CNC-machine many of their parts, but choose to hand finish them. This allows a certain amount of quality and consistency when it comes to the critical functions of the firearm such as the ejection mechanisms, shape of the stock, and internal components; however, the hand-finished aspects of the shotguns also allows each shotgun to still be unique and carry a hand-crafted quality to them meaning they work just as great as displace pieces as well as useful tools.
Dickinson is offering these beautiful shotguns beginning at an MSRP of $5,465 and are offering several different styles of engraving that you can find on their website here, or if engraving isn’t your style, Dickinson Arms also offers case hardened models. For the ultra-discerning customer, Dickinson Arms also offers custom shotgun design and construction so that every aspect can be tailored to your specific tastes.
Yesterday, the Senate General Laws Committee passed House Bill 52, to ensure law-abiding citizens may carry firearms for self-defense on public transit. It now goes to the Senate floor for further consideration.
As cold days fade into memory and are replaced by Spring, outdoor activities are beginning to fill our schedules. For those with four-legged friends, that means training, hunting, hiking, and walks around the park. There’s no better time to upgrade your doggo’s collar. Galco Holsters, known for their quality leather holsters, has you covered. Fresh off the line, Galco’s Dog Collar is a new option for dog lovers who are looking for a new leather collar and leash setup.
“Galco’s Dog Collar is made of the finest quality 10-11 ounce coffee-colored bridle leather, with polished edges for a finished and upscale look and feel. Solid brass hardware secures it to your dog and offers a sturdy attachment point for leads/leashes. The Dog Collar is 1″ wide and available in four sizes with five holes for perfect adjustment.“
Match Your Best Friend with Galco’s Dog Collar
Galco’s Dog Collar is available in small (14-18″), medium (16-20″), large (18-20″), and extra-large (20-24″). The coffee color fits any situation from casual wear to dressy occasions a la Lady and the Tramp. The MSRP is $85.00.
To pair with their collar, Galco has also introduced both a 4′, 1 1/8″ wide and a 6′, 3/4″ wide lead. Made from the same 10-11 ounce bridle leather, the leads use a solid brass snap hook to attach to the collar. They have an 8″ handle opening for use with winter gloves. The 4′ version uses six solid copper rivets for strength while the 6′ lead uses four rivets. The MSRP for each is $69.00.
If a handsome collar and Galco quality aren’t enough, consider that these are made by a pro-gun company. For that reason alone, these are worth a look if you’re in the market for a collar and lead. To see more about these, or even a matching holster (awwww!), head over to Galco’s website. You can also find information about all of Galco’s products on their Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Now go give that pup some belly rubs!
Just shy of thirty years ago, in May of 1991, Karl Brügger and Heinrich Thomet established a company to produce suppressors for their domestic Swiss market. Though Thomet has since moved on, today Brügger and his team are still working to manufacture what they believe are “some of the most technologically advanced, high performance weapons […]
Yesterday, Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN) signedSB 0765 which provides for permitless carry of handguns in Tennessee for all legal adults over the age of 21 and for members of the military ages 18 to 20. This makes the Volunteer State the 20th state to adopt constitutional or permitless carry. It should be emphasized that this only applies to handguns and not to long guns. The law goes into effect on July 1st.
There is one change made in this version of Every Picture Tells A Story over the previous editions. One of the criticisms of the earlier versions is that they went by what the law said and not what was actually happening on the ground. Thus, in the past, we counted Hawaii as “may issue” as the law specified as opposed to “no issue” which they are in fact. As of today, no private citizen has been issued a concealed carry permit in the state of Hawaii which is, in itself, shameful.
Rob Vance calculated the percentage of the US population that lives under each carry regime.
No Issue (HI) — 0.4%
May Issue (CA,DC,MD,MA,NJ,NY,RI) — 27.0%
Shall Issue — 55.7%
Permitless — 16.9%
While the state of Indiana punted on constitutional carry, it appears that bills are advancing in both Louisiana and South Carolina to adopt some form of permitless carry. What happened in Indiana is similar to what happened in North Carolina a few years ago. Top Republicans in the State Senate decided not to go forward with it after the State House had passed the measure. In North Carolina, Sen. Majority Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) was fearful of losing his super-majority. He lost it anyway.
During a press conference on Thursday, President Biden announced that he would once again be targeting law-abiding gun owners by ordering ATF to develop two new restrictive regulations. Aiming to accessorize the Department of Justice’s anti-gun leadership team, Biden announced his nomination of gun control lobbyist David Chipman for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
If you were looking to replicate the look of the famed Bat Masterson then Cimarron Firearms has worked with Pietta Firearms to recreate one of the legendary gunfighters 45 Colt revolvers. Well known for being more than just a gunfighter, Bat Masterson was also a Dodge City Sheriff, presidentially appointed U.S Marshall, and a famed journalist. This piece of dutifully replicated history is available from Cimarron firearms for $973.70.
Cimarron Firearms Bat Masterson Frontier 45 Colt Replicas Available
“Cimarron’s Bat Masterson Laser Engraved Frontier is nickel plated with a 5.5″ barrel, and chambered in .45 Colt. Working from pictures of the legendary U.S. Army scout, lawman, professional gambler, and journalist’s favored revolver, Cimarron was able to work with Pietta Firearms to recreate this stunning firearm down to such unique details as the engraving pattern and squared off front sight.
With W.B. Bat Masterson engraved into the nickeled backstop, and simulated ivory grips, this affordable piece of art will be equally at home as your favorite hunting sidearm, fancy BBQ gun, competition revolver, or collector’s piece. Tell your dealer to order you one today!“
It is unknown if this particular revolver was one he ever used in any of his many gunfights, but it is known that the Colt Army nickel-plated (of which he owned two) was one of his favorites. Bat Masterson had seen many lawmen taken down with their own firearms which is why he chose to wear his Colt cross-draw style. This way, no one could disarm him from behind.
It is likely that the engraving on the pistol was done by an engraver in Dodge City (where he was known as a gunfighter and sheriff) since Colt did not offer this service directly from the factory. After his death in 1921, many novels, comic books, and even films were based on Masterson’s life and now Cimarron firearms have once again resurrected a piece of the legendary gunfighters life with a replica of his custom Frontier 45 Colt.
If you’re looking to pick up the real thing, you could also check out the Rock Island Auction House, but you’d better bring along a big stack of cash.
Kenton Industries makes custom adjustable turrets for just about any riflescope on the market today. Recently they added Trijicon riflescopes to their lineup of customizable products. Now those of you who like to sport Trijicon optics can have fully customizable windage and elevation turrets that are dialed into your exact rifle, scope, ambient conditions, and […]
As an open-bolt machine gun, the Lewis was not well suited to synchronization on WW1 aircraft – but it was an ideal gun for flexible mounting. To suit this use, a series of aircraft-specific Lewis variations were made. Today, we are looking at a 1918 model made by Savage for the US, chambered in .30-06. It has a single rear spade grip, and no cooling shroud. Instead, a small metal cylinder was added just to protect the gas piston. It has a muzzle brake designed to increase back pressure and raise the rate of fire to 800 or 850 rounds/minute, and was fitted with 97-round double-height pan magazines. The sights are Norman wind vane sights, designed to automatically compensate for the deflection of the gun pointing in different directions relative to the aircraft’s own movement and orientation. By the end of the war, Savage had produced 32,231 aircraft Lewis guns, with this type being the final pattern.
On April 7th, Senate Bill 687 was filed, to legalize acquiring handguns without having to first apply for a permit. It is currently in the Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate for consideration.
Another win for SIG Sauer and their P320 pistol with a Romeo1PRO red dot sight on the slide as the Delaware State Police with over 700 troopers adopts the system. Half a decade ago this kind of solution was almost unheard of, apart from some competition shooters using it. Now an entire Police force can […]
I know, I know, just hold on. Before you make the inevitable “guns not politics” comment, just hear me out. We’re not doing politics. I’m not going to be screaming about how [political party] is doing a thing, or how they’re coming for the guns or anything like that. This is purely a data-driven exercise. […]
Japan, the land of sushi, ninjas and vulcanos. Here we are at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, looking at Aerial Sniper Training. In our Photo Of The Day, we have U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Lauritsen, a scout sniper with 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, engaging a target during aerial sniper training. The rifle looks like […]
We have all had days where we either were working for hours or grabbed the wrong gun for that given day. Sometimes whether you’re tired or just having a tough day, the wrong carry gun can dig into you and start to fatigue your body for a number of reasons. After a long day of […]
According to a list of firearms recovered from the compound after the fire that destroyed it, there were zero .50 caliber firearms regardless of maker. This list came from the US Department of the Treasury based upon a dual FBI and Texas Depart of Public Safety search of the Branch Davidian compound.
As the case agent assigned to the trial of the surviving Branch Davidians, Chipman must have known this. If he didn’t, he was derelict in his job performance. Thus, we can either assume Chipman is an incompetent or a liar. You make the call.
In pretty much any circumstances or shooting discipline, scoring a 10-round group all in the center ring is something to be striven for and proud of, for virtually any shooter. The vast majority of shooters out there today would struggle to make those consistent hits. Now consider achieving this feat at 1000 yards. Impressive stuff! […]
The micro-compact striker-fired pistol market just received its latest contender! Joining the ranks of Glock, SIG Sauer, and Springfield, the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus is the latest double-stack 9mm micro-compact pistol to put its name in the ring. Although Smith & Wesson is a little bit late to the game, I was more than excited when they sent me out one for testing and review as I have been impatiently anticipating the release of this pistol since the introduction of the M&P Shield 9EZ back in 2019. So is the M&P Shield Plus going to sink or swim in the waters of the micro-compact 9mm carry pistol arena? Let’s find out.
REVIEW: The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus Micro Compact
Introduced in 2002 and quickly adopted by myself as soon as I was able to gain my concealed carry license, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield was an 8-round single-stack polymer pistol that was not only reliable and concealable but extremely inexpensive. At the time, this was one of the biggest selling points for me after just exiting college. The pistol was nonetheless a huge success in the concealed carry pistol market which led to improvements over the years. I purchased mine on sale for about $200.
In 2017, Smith & Wesson introduced the Shield 2.0 which received a new grip texture and slide serrations and an improved trigger. Now in 2021, we finally have the 13+1 capacity Shield Plus. So what features does it bring to the table besides the increased magazine capacity and what exactly has changed about the pistol compared to its earlier iterations?
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus Features
Magazines: Double Stack 13 extended magazine or 10 round flush fit
Trigger: Striker Fired with a semi-flat trigger shoe
Frame: Cerakote Black Polymer
Slide Coating: Armornite Coating
Weight: 20.2 oz (unloaded with a 10-round magazine)
Barrel Length: 3.1-inches
Width: 1.1 Wide (0.94″ if you exclude controls)
The price alone makes the Shield Plus the most inexpensive option in the double-stack 9mm micro-compact market to date. As with the first generation shield you can probably expect these pistols to have a much lower street price than their advertised MSRP. When taking into consideration all of the specifications of the Shield Plus, you pretty much are getting a slightly larger slightly bigger capacity, Smith & Wesson Shield. However, there are a few more features that separate the Shield Plus from your Standard Shield and Shield 2.0 pistols.
The first thing most of you will notice about the new appearance is the trigger – the trigger looks like something you’d normally find on an aftermarket modified pistol or something out of the Smith & Wesson Performance Center line of pistols. The improved trigger is purportedly the same mechanism as the previous Smith & Wesson shield except with the notable difference of having a semi-flat trigger shoe in place of the curved one.
I’ve always appreciated the take-up, break and reset of Smith & Wesson’s striker-fired triggers and the added bonus of an almost flat trigger shoe makes this probably the best out-of-the-box striker-fired trigger for me. Before my first trip to the range with the pistol, I was getting an average of about 3lbs on my trigger scale for the M&P Shield Plus and an average of about 3 lbs 14 oz for the standard Shield. If the internal mechanisms are all the same, then the lighter trigger pull can most likely be attributed to the new geometry of the trigger shoe.
Even though the trigger is a bit on the lighter side, I still feel safe enough to carry it both inside of a hard polymer holster or my preferred method of carrying – belly band.
New Grip Texture and Frame Coating
If you were to take a strong look at the standard Shield or Shield 2.0 and compare it side by side with the Shield Plus, you’d notice that the sheen of the frame is slightly different. This is because Smith & Wesson opted to have the frame coated in matte black Cerakote in order to more evenly blend the color of the Armornite finished slide with the rest of the frame.
On that note, you’ll probably notice that my old shield has a drastically different colored gray slide compared to standard models. That’s because through years of carrying I managed to sweat through Smith & Wessons Armornite coating. When I first received the Shield Plus, somehow the pistol inexplicably ended up in a cup of coffee (which is mildly acidic) before I even had a chance to shoot the gun. Despite this dip in mild caffeine flavored acid and being carried around for a straight week for 10+ hours a day the pistol’s coating managed to show no signs of giving way.
The pistol also features a much less aggressive grip texturing than the Shield 2.0 which was extremely abrasive and would give you a nasty rash throughout a day of carrying. While Smith & Wesson didn’t scale the texture back all the way into the Shield 1.0 age, they did reduce the aggressiveness just enough to make it not painful to carry around. This is a huge plus in my book and really makes the pistol that much better to carry and shoot.
Optics Ready Versions Coming Soon
Smith & Wesson didn’t have any copies of the optics-ready version of the pistol available to send out ahead of release but they did tell TFB that they would be coming out with RMSc pattern optics cut. In addition, they should have a couple different variations from their Performance Center line which will be completely revealed at a later date. The Performance Center pistols should (I would assume) feature all the improvements you’ve come to expect from the upgraded line of pistols including optics cuts, ported barrels, fiber optic sights, and lightning cut slides.
I hope that the new mounting plates included for the Shield Plus will be made out of metal instead of the plastic they normally give with their other pistols. I don’t actually know if the adapter plate material matters as far as durability but it always struck me as odd to have plastic included as part of a force-bearing piece of a pistol.
Despite the numerous improvements made to the Shield Plus, Smith & Wesson thoughtfully and rightfully (in my opinion) kept much of the old features. Without being told this, I attempted to fit my Shield Plus into my Shield 1.0 holster and to my surprise, it fit perfectly. The Shield Plus will also be compatible with all previous generations of sights for the pistol.
This backward compatibility is a great feature in and of itself especially for people who have already heavily invested in the previous versions of the shield. One thing I might end up doing if I purchase a Shield Plus would be to swap out the great 3-dot white sights with the M&P tritium night sights. So right out of the box, you have sight and holster availability in the aftermarket department without needing to wait for the industry to catch up to the shock of a new pistol on the market.
In the Field with the Shield Plus
Like I said earlier, I only had this pistol for a short amount of time – about 10 days before publishing this review. In that time I was only able to make a couple of range trips and altogether I put about 500 or so rounds through the Shield Plus. So how does the Shield Plus carry and how does it shoot? In short: pretty damn well. The Shield design has always been an extremely concealable piece even for a relatively short guy.
The Shield Plus carries almost the exact same footprint (and is slightly lighter) than its previous iterations and I don’t notice the slightly wider grip at all. The hardest dimension to conceal of any pistol is always going to be the butt of the gun and this is what is really great about the Shield Plus design – it’s not any longer even with an extra 5 rounds of capacity. The new Mec-Gar made magazines are just slightly wider than the vanilla Shield magazines and also feature a smooth blacked-out coating which makes magazine changes feel much smoother.
I put 550 rounds total through the pistol throughout the week mostly shooting a mix of 115-grain ball and 135-grain TC polymer-coated ammunition – no flaws there. In addition to that, I also tested the Shield Plus with a full 50 round box of Federal 147 grain HST and a full box of Liberty Civil Defense 50 grain +P ammunition. As far as I can tell, the Shield Plus is functionally identical to the two previous versions of the shield and collectively I have well over 3,000 rounds through all versions of the Shield combined with next to no non-ammunition-related malfunctions.
The biggest difference comes with the shootability of the Shield Plus which is a superb experience when compared with the old version of the shield. The slight palm swell in combination with the less aggressive grip tape texture fits in my hands perfectly and is just right in terms of grip texture and comfort. In addition, the improved trigger geometry means better accuracy (for me at least). With the standard Shield, I tend to pull shots a little low and to the left (it gets even worse without the pinky extension) but with the Shield Plus and the improved trigger design, this problem is drastically reduced.
As a final note on range performance, if I could sweet-talk Smith & Wesson into doing one thing it would be to improve the slide release design. The slide release on the Shield Pistols has always been one of my biggest pet peeves about the design of an otherwise top-performing carry pistol. Right out of the box and with no magazine inserted, the slide release is probably the stiffest on the market which doesn’t bode well for fast reloads. Instead, with Shield pistols, I opt to “slingshot” the slide back into a battery over choosing to use the slide release. If they could improve this feature, I’d literally have nothing negative to say about the Shield Plus.
“It’s better late than never” is the common idiom and I think it fully applies in the case of the release of Shield Plus. Despite arriving late to the game, the Shield Plus brings legendary reliability, increased capacity, and improved features over its already popular classic design and I think it deserves a place at the table along with the other micro-compact 9mm pistols.
If you’re already heavily invested in another platform, I don’t see it likely that you’d want to switch over to the Shield Plus for the updated features alone. Although, you may be swayed by the combination of the improved features and magazine capacity. The Shield already started off as a superb pistol but I feel like the introduction of the Shield Plus makes the original Shield functionally obsolete.
To sum it up, Smith & Wesson didn’t set out to reinvent the wheel. Instead, the guys at Smith & Wesson put their collective heads together to make smart, thoughtful improvements over one of their existing designs to bring you one of the least expensive and feature-rich double stack micro-compact 9mm pistols available on the market.
The Ruger-57 pistol has been out on the market now for a little over a year and it seems that supply has finally started to catch up with the demand on these 5.7x28mm pistols. Viridian is the first company to my knowledge that has come out with a dedicated laser aiming system for the Ruger-57. […]
The 38 Smith and Wesson cartridge was popular after its launch into the world. So popular that Colt themselves wanted a piece of the market and produced their 38 Colt New Police cartridge which is extremely similar to the Smith and Wesson competition. The cartridge would go on to be used by police forces around the world and even militaries. The later Webley revolvers used in British service were chambered for a variant derived from 38 Smith and Wesson.
Just about every company would go on to make a revolver chambered for this less special 38. To many, it is more special than its younger brother. For that reason 38 Smith and Wesson is still avilable today, it is still loved, and still produced and when it is not a pandemic it is on shelves near you!
I believe this is the third day of the hearing and the witness is NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre.
Wayne does not make a good witness. The judge has had to admonish him a dozen times or more to limit his answer to the question asked. His own attorney has instructed him to just answer “yes or no” when asked that kind of question. On virtually every other answer, the attorney asking him the question has to ask the judge to strike part or all of the answer as being non-responsive and Judge Hale is sustaining that objection.
I believe every NRA Board member needs to be watching Wayne’s testimony. There are a few that I’ve noticed listed in the WebEx as being online. Given what I’ve seen so far, board members need to be asking themselves this question: Is it or is it not time for Wayne to retire?
Cimarron Firearms is well known in the gun world as one of the highest quality replica firearm producers around. Mike Harvey, the CEO and founder of the company, runs a YouTube show he calls Cimarron Originals with Mike Harvey. On the latest episode, Mike unveiled a “new” shotgun that made the ears of history nerds around the country perk up. Introducing the Cimarron 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun.
Cimarron Firearms, recognized as the leader in quality and authenticity in Old West replica firearms, introduces its newest product offering via the popular YouTube video series, “Cimarron Originals with Mike Harvey.” Harvey introduces viewers to the Winchester Model 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun, a historically accurate replica with big game hunting in its DNA.
Mike Harvey Unveils 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun
The shotgun will be available in either Field-grade or High-grade. Both guns will be released in 12-gauge, with a 3″ chambering. Down the road, the high-grade 1887 shotguns will be available in 10-gauge. This is just in case you need to remove a wooly mammoth from your property. For now, the 12-gauge versions will be available with a 20″, 24″, or 30″ barrel. While high-grade will come standard with an improved cylinder choke, the field-grade models will keep offering that feature as an optional one. These should be available for purchase within the next three to four months. Mike Harvey assures us that these shotguns will live up to the quality standard customers have come to expect from Cimarron Firearms.
You can see the announcement video below. If you’re interested in the 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun, or any of Cimarron’s many replica firearms, take a long look at their website. Cimmaron Firearms is also active on social media. You can find them on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Whatever your purpose for this gun, be safe and have fun!
In a time where polymer and plastic is popular, Boyds Gunstocks is still producing high quality hardwood and laminate stocks for a large variety of long guns. I recently hard the opportunity to sit down (virtually)with Dustin Knutson from Boyds and talk about everything from proper stock fitment and bedding to the 40 year anniversary […]
Feeders are a very valuable tool for hunters. They can attract and nourish wildlife; however, they have often been targets for undesired wildlife like rats and raccoons. Well, Wildgame Innovations, a Louisiana-based company, has two new models of feeders designed to prevent exactly that. Introducing the Wildgame Innovations Evolution Series Feeders.
“A dependable hunting feeder attracts and nourishes wildlife, helping hunters hold and pattern deer on their hunting property. Wildgame Innovations® adds two new models, the Evolution Feeder 225 and Evolution Feeder 270, to its line of dependable hunting feeders for 2021. The Evolution Feeders’ innovative design with Varmint-Vault technology keeps varmints out and deer coming back.
Both models are 100% varmint-proof, protecting valuable feed from pesky critters and unwanted dinner guests at bay. The key to eliminating varmints from a feed site is by limiting access to the feed. Raccoons are notoriously known for crawling up feeder legs so they can spin the feeder plate by hand to get feed.“
Wildgame Innovations Evolution Series Feeders
There are two models being released this June: the Evolution Feeder 225 ($119.99) and Evolution Feeder 270 ($129.99). The 225 has a 225-pound capacity and a 30-foot feed radius. It can dispense feed up to four times per day. The 270 has a 270-pound capacity, a 50-foot feed radius, and a max of six feed times a day. The spinner plate drops during the feeding cycle, releasing the feed. When the unit is finished dispensing, a spring seals it back against the container. This keeps the feed that remains within the feeder inaccessible rats, raccoons, and mogwai which is essential after midnight. The Power Control Unit runs off of one 6V battery.
Flush spinner plate underneath heavy-duty mounting bracket keeps critters out – no external cage or electricity needed.
New arm design uses centrifugal force to drop as feed is dispersed.
Lockable padlock hasp.
Durable powder-coated legs (12-piece kit).
Galvanized steel spinner plate.
If you use feeders to hunt and are sick of raccoons getting into them, this might be the right solution for you. For more information, take a look at the Wildgame Innovations website. While you’re there, be sure to check out the trail cameras and other products they offer. Wildgame Innovations also has Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, so follow along for more. Happy hunting!
In the world of lever guns, Mad Pig Customs has become a bit of a legend. This small Connecticut-based gunsmithing and Cerakote shop has been cranking out fun projects for years, and has garnered something of a cult following on social media. One of Mad Pig‘s particular specialties is modernizing lever-action rifles. They’ll take a […]
Taylor’s has just released the Hickok Open Top Revolver. This modern remix of a much older firearm is Taylor’s latest entry into their modernized yet historical lineup of revolvers. The Hickok is based on the Colt Model 1871 Open top revolver that was chambered in .44 Henry Rimfire. The Modern Hickok will be produced with models chambered in both .38 Special and .45 Long Colt meaning ammunition won’t be too difficult to find or afford.
Taylor’s and Company Releases New Hickok Open Top Revolver
Winchester, VA – (April, 062021) Taylor’s & Company, the world’s leading marketers and importers of state-of-the-art historical firearms utilizing the latest innovative designs, is pleased to announce the addition of “The HICKOK” pistol to their Lifestyle Pistol Series for 2021.
Taylor’s & Company brings to the gun enthusiast classic firearms that made cowboys, lawmen and outlaws famous, but with a modern twist. All Taylor’s premium firearms are made using precision machinery and high-quality materials with one goal in mind; to create reliable and accurate reproductions of Civil War, Old West, hunting and tactical guns from the 19th century. The HICKOK is a perfect example.
“As we enter another decade, our vision of the “New West” continues to thrive, thanks to unmatched manufacturing,” said Rob Girard, VP of Sales & Marketing. The HICKOK is just another example of how we try to satisfy any and all customers whether they are competitive shooters, collectors, or new gun owners. From tried-and-true workhorses to newer favorites, you can’t go wrong with this revolver.”
Included in the Lifestyle Pistol Series, the HICKOK is an 1860 Army snub nose revolver made with the modern-day shooter in mind. It comes standard with a large Army-size grip for increased comfort and stability. Blued parts with a case-hardened forged steel frame and smooth walnut grip make this revolver a must-have. Other features include: walnut grips, front blade sight and rear sight on the back of the barrel. Available in .45 LC and .38 SP calibers, the HICKOK is a must-have for the modern-day firearm collector who appreciates the history of firearms.
To learn more about the HICKOK Revolver and the complete product offerings from Taylor’s & Company, please visit www.taylorsfirearms.com or follow us socially @taylorsfirearms.
Single-action military revolvers are a great collector’s item for almost any gun owner. I’m personally a fan of Colt’s second-generation Army revolver (1873-1892) as this revolver was so great that it found itself in service long after semi-auto handguns found their way into the world’s military ranks.
Tyrant Designs has been busting out the aftermarket accessories this year and has just released their latest set of precision CNC machined pistol parts. The Tyrant Designs Glock 17 Gen 3 Magwell has a couple of new features like their custom crosshair patterned screws, and compatibility for Generations 3 through 5 of Glock’s 17, 22, […]
The first US-production military arm was the “US musket, Charleville pattern” – known today as the Model 1795 Springfield Musket. Copied from the French 1766 model Charleville which made up the bulk of existingUS arms supplies, this was a .69 caliber smoothbore flintlock with a 44.5 inch (1.13m) barrel. Springfield was formally established as a manufacturingcenter in 1795, and this was its first weapon. By 1798, 3,152 had beenmade for the government, along with guns of the same pattern made by a myriad of private contractors. It was only in 1799 that quality control concerns led to a requirement to mark a manufacturer’s name to the guns, and Springfield started stamping its name and a date on its guns. This example is dated 1799 on the buttplate, making it the earliest model of identifiable US martial long arm. Total production would endup being between 80,000 and 85,000 guns form Springfield before evolution of the design led toa new model designation in 1816.
Larry Vickers has been many things. After years of experience in the US military’s Special Operations community as a member of Delta Force, Vickers gained prominence in the firearms/tactical industry. Since the end of his time in service, he has been a product developer and consultant, a shooting instructor, a YouTube personality, a television show […]
The White House just posted the proposed Executive Actions along with their intent to nominate David Chipman to head BATFE.
It has all the stuff we’ve been expecting.
“Ghost guns” (sic). Check.
Pistol braces under NFA. Check.
Red flag law. Check.
Infrastructure monies to “community violence intervention.” Check.
So you don’t have to go and pull it up, here is it in its entirety.
Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic. The recent high-profile mass shootings in Boulder – taking the lives of 10 individuals – and Atlanta – taking the lives of eight individuals, including six Asian American women – underscored the relentlessness of this epidemic. Gun violence takes lives and leaves a lasting legacy of trauma in communities every single day in this country, even when it is not on the nightly news. In fact, cities across the country are in the midst of a historic spike in homicides, violence that disproportionately impacts Black and brown Americans. The President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence – community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicide by firearm.
President Biden is reiterating his call for Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence. Last month, a bipartisan coalition in the House passed two bills to close loopholes in the gun background check system. Congress should close those loopholes and go further, including by closing “boyfriend” and stalking loopholes that currently allow people found by the courts to be abusers to possess firearms, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, repealing gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and investing in evidence-based community violence interventions. Congress should also pass an appropriate national “red flag” law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass “red flag” laws of their own.
But this Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps – fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment – to save lives. Today, the Administration is announcing the following six initial actions:
The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” We are experiencing a growing problem: criminals are buying kits containing nearly all of the components and directions for finishing a firearm within as little as 30 minutes and using these firearms to commit crimes. When these firearms turn up at crime scenes, they often cannot be traced by law enforcement due to the lack of a serial number. The Justice Department will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of these firearms.
The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act. The alleged shooter in the Boulder tragedy last month appears to have used a pistol with an arm brace, which can make a firearm more stable and accurate while still being concealable.
The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others. The President urges Congress to pass an appropriate national “red flag” law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass “red flag” laws of their own. In the interim, the Justice Department’s published model legislation will make it easier for states that want to adopt red flag laws to do so.
The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions. Community violence interventions are proven strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration. Because cities across the country are experiencing a historic spike in homicides, the Biden-Harris Administration is taking a number of steps to prioritize investment in community violence interventions.
* The American Jobs Plan proposes a $5 billion investment over eight years to support community violence intervention programs. A key part of community violence intervention strategies is to help connect individuals to job training and job opportunities.
* The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is organizing a webinar and toolkit to educate states on how they can use Medicaid to reimburse certain community violence intervention programs, like Hospital-Based Violence Interventions.
* Five federal agencies are making changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible. These changes mean we can start increasing investments in community violence interventions as we wait on Congress to appropriate additional funds.
The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking. In 2000, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) issued a report summarizing information regarding its investigations into firearms trafficking, which is one way firearms are diverted into the illegal market where they can easily end up in the hands of dangerous individuals. Since the report’s publication, states, local, and federal policymakers have relied on its data to better thwart the common channels of firearms trafficking. But there is good reason to believe that firearms trafficking channels have changed since 2000, for example due to the emergence of online sales and proliferation of “ghost guns.” The Justice Department will issue a new, comprehensive report on firearms trafficking and annual updates necessary to give policymakers the information they need to help address firearms trafficking today.
The President will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. ATF is the key agency enforcing our gun laws, and it needs a confirmed director in order to do the job to the best of its ability. But ATF has not had a confirmed director since 2015. Chipman served at ATF for 25 years and now works to advance commonsense gun safety laws.
I’m surprised that they didn’t add a PS saying, “Fuck you, all you bitter clingers.”
I fully expect each and every one of these proposals to be fought in the courts. If it was good enough for President Trump’s immigration Executive Actions, it is good enough for this.
As to Chipman, you damn well better start calling your senators. Filibuster or no filibuster, he must be stopped.
Last January, just after GunFest, James Reeves visited KelTec and Chad showed a new SUB2000 featureless kit. Well, it is out now and I bought it out to check it out. Let’s take a closer look. SUB2000 Featureless For those who have converted your SUB2000 to be featureless, you most likely had a Kydex wrap […]
President Joe Biden is reportedly going to nominate David Chipman to be the next Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. For those who are unaware of Chipman, he is a senior policy advisor for the Cult of Personality known as Giffords. He retired nine years ago as a Special Agent with BATFE. He has since become like a trained seal that the gun prohibitionists trot out anytime there is a hearing on gun control.
According to LinkedIn, Chipman’s last position was as Chief of the Liaison Division, Office of Public and Governmental Affairs. He was there for all of six months. The liaison division for the uninitiated is the lobbying arm of BATFE. So Slow Joe is planning on nominating a lobbyist to head BATFE. It figures.
Special Agent in Charge, Apr 2009 – Dec 2010 Responsible for execution of ATF’s operational budget in 25 Field Divisions. Manager of Asset Forfeiture Program charged with oversight of evidence seized by field agents and properties forfeited as a result of criminal investigations. Charged with monitoring Spectrum Relocation Program tasked with transition of undercover monitoring infrastructure from bandwidths sold by the government. In total, accountable for an annual budget in excess of $150 million.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Field Division, Nov 2006 – Mar 2009 Manager of Law Enforcement Operations for the Detroit Field Division; charged with leading federal firearm, explosives, arson and tobacco diversion investigations throughout the State of Michigan.
Chief, Firearms Programs Division, Sep 2005 – Nov 2006 Managed six branches staffed with over 70 employees that support ATF’s firearms enforcement and compliance missions. Managed foreign offices in Bogota, Mexico City, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Oversaw budget in excess of $20 million. ATF representative to Department of Justice (DOJ) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Chief, Firearms Enforcement Branch Sep 2004 – Sep 2005 Managed developement (sic) of national firearms enforcement strategies to include implimentation (sic) of the Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT)program charged with lowering homicides in 15 cities. ATF’s representative to DOJ subcommittee on Violent Crime and Gangs responsible for coordinating National anti-gang strategy.
Chief, Policy Development and Evaluation Branch Jul 2002 – Sep 2004 Led staff charged with programmatic development, budgetary analysis, strategic planning and performance measurement. Managed transition of ATF from the Department of Treasury to the Department of Justice. Managed ATF’s logistical response to the DC Area Sniper Investigation.
Resident Agent in Charge, Flint Field Office Jan 2001 – Jul 2002 Managed criminal investigations in 26 counties in north-central Michigan. Formed Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force.
Group Supervisor, Arson and Explosives Team III, Detroit Field Division Jan 1999 – Jan 2001 Managed responses to large scale fireworks manufacturing plant explosion, multi-million dollar commercial firearm and tobacco diversion conspiracy that funded middle-eastern terrorist group.
Special Agent, Houston Field Division May 1993 – Jan 1999Case agent in Branch Davidian Trial. Apprehended arsonist resulting in $1.5 million criminal forfeiture. Apprehended mail bomber resulting in 30 year federal sentence. Responded to Oklahoma City bombing as member of Western National Response Team.
Special Agent, Washington Field Division Jun 1988 – May 1993 Assigned to Norfolk, Virginia Field Office charged with combating firearms trafficking. Conducted numerous high risk enforcement operations as member of Washington Entry Control Team. Responded to World Trade Center bombing as member of Northeast National Response Team.
Within a couple of months of retiring from BATFE, Chipman had secured a position with Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown.
Chipman’s nomination to head BATFE is not only bad but it is a slap in the face to every one of America’s gun owners. I rarely resort to profanity on this blog but Chipman’s presumed nomination has me saying, “Are you fucking kidding me?” There is no way in hell that a BATFE with Chipman in charge will be a responsible law enforcement agency upholding both the law and the Constitution.
One last thing about Chipman that I always found strange. Rarely, if ever, do you see a person’s high school listed on schools attended on a professional LinkedIn profile. Chipman, however, not only lists his high school but wants you to know that he went to the uber-connected and prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy.
We’ve had a lot of pictures from the winter lately, so it’s only fair to bring in some heat into our Photo Of The Day. Here we have a U.S. Marine with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine-Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command. He fires […]
In last week’s Wheelgun Wednesday we took a close look at the Taurus Raging Hunter 460 revolver to see what makes it tick from the outside. The Taurus Raging Hunter 460 hails from the Raging Hunter family of big-bore, Taurus revolvers which now includes .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .454 Casull, and new for 2021 […]
WOOX is popular for making some finely crafted high-performance outdoor gear like their gun stocks and knives. They’ve just released their latest renditions of the AX1 axe and Rock62 Full Tang Knife with the introduction of the Phantom Black Editions. These new additions to the AX1 and Rock62 lineup take you away from the traditional […]
Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older firearms like we do, and simultaneously you can teach us things as well through sharing your own expertise and thoughts in the Comments. Understanding the firearms of old, their importance, and their development which lead to many of the arms we now cherish today is incredibly fascinating and we hope you enjoy what we have to share, too!
Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around I covered the Mossberg 185D-B Bolt Action Shotgun and more importantly the first part of the Stevens 325-A string of articles. We covered the history, variation, and specifications in part one. Part one, the Stevens 325-A – The Bolt Action 30-30 can be found at the link here. Despite the interesting factoids, I really enjoy going over older firearms and especially when they get some range time. It has been a cold couple of weeks up here in Minnesota so I have not had much of a chance to go to the range, but I still have a second parter of a much-loved hunting rifle for you today. The Stevens 325-A Bolt Action 30-30. Let’s keep it going!
General Dissasembly: Stevens 325-A
Disassembly and cleaning of this rifle is very straightforward. As always practice proper gun safety and make sure your firearm is unloaded. The bolt is removed by unlocking the bolt and bringing it to the rear and pulling the trigger. The bolt is easily pulled out the back (make sure the extractor is in the correct position when reinstalling). From here remove the magazine as well as the three screws on the bottom of the gun. Two screws hold the bottom metal to the stock and one of them also goes into the receiver. The third screw is located upfront by the sling swivel and is attached to a barrel band. The receiver can be taken out of the stock carefully.
Range Time: Stevens 325-A
Although, I do not have a photo of a target on a range day to share, I can attest that the groups this rifle produces are completely adequate to hunt with. The spoon or butter knife-style bolt handle is extremely easy to grasp and cycle. The overall length is compact and the weight distribution makes it feel lighter than it is. The recoil is actually the only uncomfortable part of this rifle. Even that is not terrible, but it is stout given its compact and lightweight nature. I can only guess it is due to the long life of heavy hunting and wear, but the magazine will sometimes slightly disengage as a result of the recoil; thus, not feeding another round.
After Market Parts & Accessories: Stevens 325-A
As far as aftermarket parts and accessories go, there is a wide pool of places to visit compared to the tiny pond of information pertaining to this handy hunting rifle. Numrich and cfnparts.com have some parts in stock and I saw a handful of parts on eBay as of writing this. Surprisingly there is a bunch of options for replacement stocks out there such as some at Gunville, Macon Gunstocks, Cottagecfraftworks, and Boyds (Highly Recommend). I was not able to find a good source for a Lyman 40 sight if someone needed one. It should be said that some Savage Model 340 parts are not interchangeable such as the bolt specifically and the magazines as well. Although, I did find some information on modifying the magazine, but it seems more worthwhile to find a correct magazine.
Final Thoughts: Stevens 325-A
All and all the Stevens 325-A is a solid gun. It is incredibly simple to use, clean, and manipulate. The gun’s overall length and weight make it ideal for trekking through the woods or taking it out for some target practice. The recoil can be stout, but the accuracy and ease of use make you forget about it. Guns like these always seem so mysterious and when you get down to the nitty-gritty they are extremely interesting and have very cool factoids to be found along the way. It is always a pleasure to work with this rifle!
In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety? What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
During an unveiling ceremony held in Tehran, Iran, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami proudly unveiled their new Masaf assault rifle. The new rifle is chambered in 7.62x51mm and intended for longer range engagements for both night and day operations. Iran Minister of Defense Unveils New 7.62×51 Masaf Assault Rifle The new Masaf rifle is […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This time around we have a beautiful bottlenecked cartridge. The cartridge in question is the 7.62x25mm; otherwise, often referred to as 7.62 Tokarev or 7.62 Tok. Bottlenecked cartridges were a very popular design when early autoloading pistols came onto the scene. It started with Hugo Borchardt’s C93 and eventually the Mauser C96 in 7.63×25 (30 Mauser which is actually the parent case to our cartridge in question) and then Luger with its 30 Luger. The Tokarev cartridge was born in 1930 as a part of the Soviet Union’s push to develop a new and more powerful pistol cartridge than the 7.62x38mmR Nagant revolver cartridge.
The 7.62×25 Tokarev is a bottlenecked cartridge which means it chambers reliably compared to say rimmed or straight-walled cartridges and it is capable of high velocities compared to other common calibers of the time. The 30 Mauser cartridge was the parent case and so 30 Mauser can be put in anything chambered for the Tokarev Cartridge. The big difference is that Tokarev tends to be loaded significantly hotter so it should not be put in a gun meant for 30 Mauser.
The 7.62×25 Tokarev would go on to be chambered in notable guns like the PPSH submachine guns, TT-33, and the CZ52. Today 7.62 Tokarev is available and still produced through companies like Fiocchi, PPU, and Sellier & Bellot.
If you’re looking to get some solid practice in without breaking the bank then you can make great use of the new Three 60 action from Vudoo Gun Works. Having the same footprint as a Remington 700 short-action, the Vudoo Three 60 also features a shorter 60-degree throw meaning you’ll have more space for larger optics on top.
Upgrade Your Action with the New Vudoo Gun Works Three 60
April 6th, 2021 –St George, UT – Vudoo Gun Works, leader in rimfire precision rifles, is proud to announce the addition of the Vudoo “Three 60”, three lug repeater rifle. The Vudoo Three 60 will be offered along side the already popular V22 two lug repeater, V22m magnum repeater, and V22s Single Shot Target Rifle.
The Vudoo Three 60, features a 3 lug bolt with a 60 degree throw and a 12 O’clock ignition. This combination uses the same internal 3 lug geometry of the V22s, ensuring light bolt lift along with smooth and consistent bolt alignment with the bore. Users will enjoy the same accuracy performance known across the entire Vudoo family of rifles.
“The Three 60 configuration has been highly requested by our Vudoo family and in keeping with our promise to listen to our customers, it’s the logical next step in our product line. Is it more accurate than the 2 lug version? No, it’s just the next evolution in our ongoing commitment to redefine rimfire” – Said Paul Parrott, CEO Vudoo Gun Works “The guys who will love it most are our 3 lug centerfire shooters and those needing more bolt / optic clearance.
Like all current Vudoo V22 actions, the “Three 60” fire control group offers a toolless disassembly by way of a unique bayonet style locking system between the shroud, bolt body, and bolt nose.
Vudoo Three 60 Features ● Remington 700 Short Action Footprint ● Remington 700 Pinned Trigger Interface ● 12 O’clock Ignition ● 3 Lug Bolt Design ● 60 Degree Bolt throw ● Available in right and left hand ● Toolless Bolt Dissassembly
Customers who have existing orders that have not yet been completed, can change their order to the new Vudoo “Three 60” by filling out the form at this link: https://wp.me/PaAcBW-1qH
This new action should be a big hit as many customers have been requesting this style of action since it was announced back in October for the V22-S. It is also great that Vudoo is making this available for those that have already placed their orders for the older actions.
Hunters taking various birds often rely on decoys, and in turn, they rely on Avian-X. The Louisiana-based company produces some of the most widely used decoys in the bird hunting realm. Now, available June 2021, Avian-X has introduced their newest hunting aid: introducing the PowerFlight Dove decoy.
“For dove hunters looking for the ultimate, spinning-wing decoy, the wait is over. New for 2021, the Avian-X® PowerFlight Dove decoy sets the standard in motion decoys. Avian-X product engineers invested countless hours of hunting and observation that led to the PowerFlight Dove design. From its ultra-realistic paint scheme and true-to-life wing-spin speed to its carefully crafted molding, every detail is perfect.“
The Avian-X PowerFlight Dove Decoy
The wings on the PowerFlight Dove spin 360 degrees to mimic a dove’s fluttering wings. They use contrasting colors to catch a dove’s eye from far away. The motion of the wings is designed to replicate that of a real dove in winds up to 30 miles per hour. The decoy uses a water-resistant housing to protect the motor and battery. It uses AA batteries and can run continuously for up to 16 hours. Included with the PowerFlight Dove is a stake that gives hunters two mounting options. The dove can be mounted on top for more stability in harsher conditions. The dove can also hang from the arm of the stake to give it more natural movement in the wind. With two doves, both mounting options can be used at the same time.
Authentic feather positioning and no-flake paint detail
Durable design for many seasons of use
Protective carry bag for easy transport
Whether you hunt doves, turkeys, ducks, or geese, Avian-X has a decoy for you. Check out all of their options on the Avain-X website. If you want continuous updates and information on the products they offer, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Shoot straight and happy hunting!
We all know the importance of proper hydration. H2O is a life-giving chemical compound, without which the human body can’t survive. It only takes a matter of days without new liquid hydrogen oxide intake for your organs to start failing. Death by dehydration is a gruesome way to go, and exacerbating factors like heat and […]
Looking for a new knife that blends traditional aesthetics and functionality with the modern-day twist of being an automatic blade? Look no further than the new Bear & Son Cutlery A08 series of automatic knives. Located in Jacksonville, Alabama the Bear & Son factory is unique and fully self-contained. Bear & Son Cutlery does everything in-house from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing products. In the following press release the company gives all the details of the new A08 series of automatic knives.
Bear & Son Cutlery, manufacturer of premium Alabama made knives, combines the traditional lockback look and feel with on-demand action, through their new A08 series automatic knives.
The Bear & Son Cutlery A08 series are new automatic opening lockbacks that fit the budget and lifestyle of the American work force. Available in three different handle materials, Rosewood, Genuine India Stag Bone and Black G10, and a 440 stainless steel blade swiftly folds open with a firm push of a polished recessed button and fits comfortably in any pocket and hand. The EDM Precision locking mechanism ensures safe and reliable operation under the most strenuous tasks, yet easy to press allowing the knife to fold close.
The A08 Automatic is proudly made in Jacksonville, AL with high quality materials all at an affordable price. At a minimal 3 7/8” closed length and weighing just 2.9 ounces, it’s a great choice for those seeking a new pocket knife. The A08 also includes a hearty, polished pocket clip as well as a lanyard hole.
Model: GA08 – Black G10 Handle
Model: 5A08 – Genuine India Stag Bone Handle
Model: 2A08R – Rosewood Handle
Bear & Son Cutlery A08 Series Specifications:
Blade Material: 440 Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Black G10, Genuine India Stag Bone, or Rosewood
“You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension”. This quote (though unconfirmed) has been historically attributed to Nikola Tesla, from way back in 1898. I don’t recall ever reading reports that Tesla could actually see the future or travel into it, but now I suspect that this may have been the case. It […]
In July 1945, just a few months after the first French troops entered Oberndorf, the Mauser factory began assembling guns under French oversight. In addition to HSc pistols, P38 pistols, K98k rifles, and Model 45 training rifles, Mauser also had sufficient stocks of Luger parts to assemble several thousand for French use (as well as occasional sale to Allied occupation soldiers). The highest recorded serial number is 3334, and there are five different variations of markings. Today, we have a 1st type and a 3rd type to look at.
In 1945 and 1946, the French Army was in need of really any functional arms, and the Luger was happily accepted as a front-line service handgun (in fact, the Spahis who made up French General Koenig’s personal bodyguard carried Lugers). These Lugers were used early in the fighting in Indochina, but they were phased out of service once the MAC-50 pistol was put into production. They were then used to replace even older guns like Rubies and Mle 1892 revolvers in second-line service, and eventually transferred to the Gendarmerie. They were used by the Gendarmes until the 1970s, when the last ones were surplussed. At some point, a batch of them was given to the Austrian Army, presumably in the early/mid 1950s after Austria was once again allowed to have armed forces.
For more information, I highly recommend “The Parabellum is Back!” By Gerben van Vlimmeren and Mauro Baudino: https://amzn.to/3988Jui
At 10:30 a.m., (or upon final adjournment of the House floor session) in room E2.030 of the Capitol Extension, the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety will hold public hearings on the following legislation:
There are plenty of sinfully horrible looking guns on the internet. Just take a short browse through any gun-related subreddit or /k/ thread and you’ll find more than enough bubbled and mall ninja dressed guns than you can handle. However, sometimes you come across something that is so absurd you just have to stop and appreciate […]
Last fall, I wrote about my experience with the ATF Form 1 process to make a Short Barreled Shotgun (SBS). Between buying my 1980’s vintage Remington 870 Magnum, getting the ATF approval, and actually making it into an SBS has been a long time, admittedly though, purely self induced. My goal has been to do […]
Each day a different image from the world of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it’s our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. Quite often we pick pictures of various kinds of Special Forces, so […]
This year has been one of the major ups and downs in the firearms industry and community. However, one thing we can all celebrate is the success of one of the most prolific and dependable firearms manufacturers of all time. 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of GLOCK, Inc., and they are celebrating in a big […]
In 1941, at the NIPSVO shooting range, the Soviet military conducted a series of comparative tests of standard foreign and Soviet pistols as well as the Soviet experimental “Voevodin system” pistol.
The Lahti pistol results turned out to be quite surprising. This pistol had been considered very reliable in the USSR for a long time, probably due to how little practical experience Soviets had with it. During the “Winter War” of 1939-40, the pistols from Lahti came to the front in very limited quantities. During the Continuation War, the front line remained mostly motionless. Unlike the Germans at Stalingrad, the Finnish army had never been surrounded. As a result, most of the soldiers and officers of the Soviet army never had the opportunity to personally try the Lahti, unlike the Luger pistol or Walter P38. They just assumed the Finns must have had a reliable pistol.
The 1941 tests showed that Lahti was, in fact, not very reliable by Soviet standards. In total, there were eight steps in the program of this part of the tests. Each pistol fired 50 shots:
with normal grease,
with thick grease,
when parts were dusty (normal grease),
with dry parts (no grease),
with elevation and declination angles of up to ninety degrees (two series of 50 shots each),
with 10% increased powder charge,
when cooling both the weapon and cartridges to minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 F), with winter grease.
In these tests, the Lahti pistol proved to be the worst with 17.75% delays.
The thick grease test turned out to be a complete disaster for Lahti as it was unable to fire a single shot. Soviet testers pointed out the large friction areas of the bolt parts as the source of the problem. The weakness of the main spring also contributed to the misfires. When dusty, Lahti had 6 delays, well behind the competition. Shooting in cold weather turned out to be the least problematic. Lahti had 7 delays for 50 shots. However, Browning High Power beat it with just 5 delays for 50 shots.
Based on the test results, the Soviet army gave the following assessment of the Lahti pistol:
Convenient for shooting through windows and narrow slots (e.g. from inside a tank)
Reliable safety that is easy to switch
No leaf springs
Quick and easy partial disassembly for cleaning
Loaded chamber indicator
Has safety cocking (Ulanov’s note: not sure what they really meant by this)
Heavy and bulky
Suboptimal automatics (a very light bolt compared to the barrel weight)
Difficult to manufacture
Complete disassembly is difficult due to a large number of pins, axles and small springs
No indication of whether the gun is cocked
Cannot be cocked with one hand
Large distance from the back of the handle to the trigger
Another peculiar (and rather dangerous) design feature of the Lahti pistol is that one can easily omit the locking wedge when re-assembling the gun.Firing a gun that looks entirely normal but is in fact out of breach can lead to a serious injury. This is exactly what happened in the Swedish army in 1991, leading to Swedes abandoning the Lahtis soon thereafter.
If more pistols of Lahti had gotten to the USSR, the Soviet military might have recognized it for what it was really worth. The performance in hot dusty conditions would have been subpar and assembly mistakes (inevitable in war time as proven by even much more familiar Soviet and German handguns) would have probably resulted in a much worse reputation than Lahti ended up having. The Soviet military required a weapon to work in a variety of conditions, not just in wintertime, in order to be considered reliable, and Lahti just wasn’t it.
In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Cabot Guns has released a new collection of deluxe 1911 pistols. Just like other Cabot pistols, each of the eight 10 Year Anniversary Collection guns is unique, however, what all these pistols have in common are the parts made of Damascus steel, a material that Cabot Guns extensively uses in […]
While innumerable people love to travel and see the world, it can still often times be a stressful event until you arrive at your destination. Sometimes you cannot get to the airport on time, your shuttle is late, the security checkpoint is log-jammed with people, and/or you get an all too friendly pat down you did not sign up for. All in all, I love to travel, but like many people there are a lot of tiny, stressful obstacles in the way. If you are also a firearms lover and are traveling to a hunt with firearms, ammunition, and/or a silencer that adds another layer of difficulty to your journey. If you have never flown with firearms and the like before we have a few travel tips to help ease the pain of that additional baggage you will be bringing with.
If you are traveling with firearms, silencers, and/or ammunition you will want to check the regulations for the airline you are traveling with before your flight. While every airline is different, they simultaneously have a lot of overlap in their rules and guidelines to follow. As an example, these are the baggage guidelines from Delta Airlines regarding “Flying with Firearms, Ammunition & Explosives:”
“We allow small arms ammunition, in quantities not exceeding 11 lbs. (5 kg) per person, as checked-baggage only. The weapon must be securely boxed and intended for that person’s own use. More than one passenger may not combine quantities into one package. See more details/guidelines under shooting equipment.
You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with all Federal, State or local laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms.
Note: Gunpowder (e.g., Pyrodex, black powder, mace, pepper spray and tear gas) is never permitted.“
While this talks about weight and predictable jargon of “follow local laws,” it gives no guidance on how to store your actual arms and ammunition. Can you use a brown paper bag (please don’t)? Is a duffle bag OK? While it might be comical in your head to attempt some of my joke ideas above you will quickly land yourself in a chat with airport security and you might lose your flying privileges for some time. Here are a few travel tips that are easy to remember:
Use a Pelican brand or similar style, robust case – When traveling, similar to your normal luggage, it is going to get chucked around the airport like a baggage handler is auditioning for shot put in the Olympics. So, bag your ammunition, firearms, and/or silencer in a very sturdy case for protection.
Use TSA-Approved locks on the exterior of your case – While I have always thought the actual TSA-Approved locks were some of the cheapest and flimsiest locks on the market, if you use different ones they might be prone to cut them to look into your box and you could be ushered through an additional verbal interview (interrogation) before your flight. So, opt for the cheap TSA-Approved locks on your case.
Bring documentation even if it is unnecessary – If you have a copy of your Tax Stamp for a silencer, a receipt for the ammunition you bought, or home owner’s insurance documentation for the firearm you own and are traveling bring it all with. It is “better to have and not need than need and not have” especially when dealing with the TSA.
None of us surely want to get an extra “talking to” while at the airport and while we have firearms in our luggage so hopefully these few travels tips were a bit of help. As exciting as it can be to go on a hunt in a faraway land, hopefully it goes as smoothly as possible. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below especially if you have some travel tips of your own. We always appreciate when you give us feedback.
Do you hunt with the 6.5 Creedmooror or the .223 Remington? Good news for you as Lapua just presented new hunting ammunition that will hit the shelves in the summer. The .223 Rem is loaded with a 3.2 g / 50 gr Lapua Naturalis hunting bullet and the 6.5 mm has a 10.1 g / 156 […]
Yesterday, the Colorado House gave final approval to gun owner victimization legislation, Senate Bill 78. Soon, the Colorado Senate will hold Third Reading on mandatory storage legislation, House Bill 1106.
Welcome back to AllOutdoor’s Photo of the Day! Today we have a picture that was featured in a Curious Relicsarticle earlier this year. The picture is of an FN 1900 which was the first pistol that featured a slide as we know it today. It probably will not surprise you that the design is from the great grandfather of modern firearms: John Moses Browning.
The FN 1900 was the pistol that is responsible for starting off the pocket pistol craze of the early 20th century and is often wrongly mistaken as the pistol that was used to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria igniting the world in war. The FN 1910 in 32 ACP holds that unfortunate blemish in history. The FN 1900 is a small 32 ACP pistol with a 7 round box magazine. The design is extremely similar to modern designs in that it utilizes a slide riding on rails and has a guide rod with a spring. The biggest difference is the guide rod and spring are located above the barrel rather than below.
Following a lawsuit by The Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has spent the past five years deciding whether grizzly bears should remain listed as threatened. As of March 2021, the USFWS now supports extending grizzly protections.
“It’s frustrating that federal officials failed to provide specific and updated recovery recommendations in this long-overdue analysis of the grizzly’s bear’s progress toward recovery,” said Andrea Zaccardi, Center for Biological Diversity senior attorney in a release. “Even after a decade of delay, the Service still failed to take a thoughtful look at what’s required for real grizzly recovery in the lower 48 states.”
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Supports Extending Grizzly Protections
The grizzly bear has been listed as threatened since 1975. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the USFWS in order to force them to do more for the species. One thing they wanted was more locations for the reintroduction of grizzlies including the Sierra Nevadas. On the opposite end of the aisle, some ranchers in Montana are losing more livestock. While the ranchers look to increasing bear populations in the Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide regions as a sign of hope, USFWS sees it differently. The USFWS’s five-year review is required to look at the species as a whole and is not satisfied with what they see. So, it appears that at this point in time (and for the foreseeable future), grizzly bears are off the docket for hunters.
If you’d like to know more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its stance on grizzly protections, head to their website. Our own Adam Scepaniak wrote about this back in 2019. You can read more about what lead to this decision in his article. What do you think? Should grizzlies still be protected, or should they be made available to hunters?
The weather is finally warming up. My first thought when I see the snow melting, life returning to the grass, and feel the sun on my back is that camping season is on the horizon. Most people I camp with believe that without something to drink, camping is just sitting in the woods. If wine is your drink, a waiter’s knife is a valuable tool to have at your campsite. Nighthawk Custom, known primarily for their high-end 1911 pistols, has proven that even a waiter’s knife can be practical and stylish. Nighthawk has produced a mammoth handle waiter’s knife, made with genuine mammoth fossils.
“The all-new waiters knife is available from Nighthawk Custom for the first time. Featuring a 1.5” serrated stainless steel blade, the waiter’s knife comes with a corkscrew and bottle opener, making this a tool a must-have for any social occasion. Mammoth tusk ivory panel inserts are prominently featured on the stainless steel housing. The bottle opener features the Nighthawk Custom name and logo laser etched on top.“
From a practical standpoint, the Mammoth Handle Waiter’s Knife has three main features. It comes with a serrated knife, a corkscrew, and a bottle opener. The mammoth handles are made from fossilized mammoth tusk ivory. With the ancient and organic nature of the materials used, expect each one to boast a unique pattern. The $149.99 price tag may be a bit steep, but if you have the money, it’s pretty hard to beat a tool with grips from the Pleistocene period.
Obviously, Nighthawk hasn’t made its way through the firearms industry by making waiter’s knives. If you want to take a look at the guns and accessories they offer, head over to the Nighthawk Custom website. Don’t forget to check out their social media, too. They are on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Time to pop some bottles!
Standard Manufacturing has announced a new semi-automatic rimfire rifle called G4S. The company states that their new rifle is “the ultimate in semiautomatic rifles chambered in .22LR” and adds that it is “ideally suited for plinking and precision shooting“. Judging by the receiver shape, location of the charging handle and the design of other elements […]
Function is always my foremost concern when using firearms for any purpose. That being said, if you have the opportunity to look good, too, why not? Chapuis Armes is a French company that produces premium shotguns and big game hunting rifles. Now available from Chapuis are two premium models of their Faisan over/under shotgun.
“Pheasant hunting is one of the time-honored traditions of gentleman hunting,” said Chapuis Product Manager Tom Leoni. “Faisan is French for ‘pheasant,’ and these two shotguns honor the classical beauty associated with upland shotguns from the days of yore along with providing great in-field performance with modern technology. Anyone who goes afield with a Faisan will surely be proud to show it to others.”
The Chapuis Faisan Hunting Shotguns
The Faisan Classic (seen above) uses an AAA-Grade satin walnut wood stock. The Faisan Artisan uses an AAAAA-Grade Circassian walnut wood stock. The receiver on the Classic is laser engraved, while the Artisan is fully hand engraved. Aside from the stocks and prices, the guns share many of their specifications. They are both available in either 12-, 20-, or 28-gauge. The action is built from a single block of forged steel. Barrels are a gloss blue and measure 28 inches. Both guns use a single trigger design. Both grades ship with five chokes: cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified, and full.
Faisan Classic Specs
12 Gauge | 3″ Chamber | 6.2 Lbs | MSRP $4,159
20 Gauge | 3″ Chamber | 5.9 Lbs | MSRP $4,459
28 Gauge | 2 3/4″ Chamber | 5.5 Lbs | MSRP $5,359
Faisan Artisan Specs
12 Gauge | 3″ Chamber | 6.2 Lbs | MSRP $8,759
20 Gauge | 3″ Chamber | 5.9 Lbs | MSRP $8,999
28 Gauge | 2 3/4″ Chamber | 5.5 Lbs | MSRP $9.959
If you’re a fan of premium hunting shotguns, and under/overs are your cup of Perrier, these might be for you. You can learn more about the Faisan shotguns on the Chapuis website. You can also take a look at their Facebook, Instagram, and (currently suspended) Twitter pages. Happy hunting, everyone!
Once again, Strike Industries has entered a new product into the Glock aftermarket. If you get excited about feature-packed magazines with low price tags, you’re going to love this. This is the Strike Industries Strike Magazine for Glock G17. The Strike Magazine for GLOCK™ G17 (9mm) is a high-strength impact resistant custom blended SI Polymer Extreme […]
As part of his effort to imbue Italy with a fascist culture, Mussolini formed the ONB, or National Balilla Organization as a replacement for all other youth organizations in Italy in 1926. It was intended for boys aged 6 to 18, and included military training. Older boys practiced shooting and drill with real rifles, but the younger boys were given Balilla carbines – blank-firing scaled-down versions of the Modelo 1891 Carcano carbine, named after an 18th century folk hero who sparked a revolt in Genoa at the age of 10 in 1746. Over 100,000 of these Balilla carbines were made between 1931 and 1943.
The most prolific manufacturer was Fratelli Grazian of Verona, and we have both an early and later type example of Grazian carbines today. They made extensive use of bronze parts, and the early model has a distinctive bulge to the magazine well. Grazian made some 57,000 of these carbines in total.
In this episode of TFBTV, old man James Reeves spends 20 straight minutes reminiscing about the good old days and the gats of yore. Once he stops going on about Hi-C, the G.I. Joe cartoon, Michael Jackson, and Wham! James gets around to the thing you really wanted to know about: What were the five […]
A do-it-yourself enthusiast (hw97karbine) recently dropped us a line to show us one of his latest projects – the restoration of an antique Victorian Air Cane Gun. Possibly a companion or replacement for sword canes, the pneumatic cane gun makes use of some clever engineering to turn an everyday object into a defensive weapon. Antique […]
Though not common today, the 5.45x39mm AR-15 was popular for a time. There are still a fair number of these guns in circulation but they are something of a novelty today. Why the 5.45x39mm? The USSR issued the 7.62×39 round in the AK-47, AKM, RPK, and others, but there was a desire for a small […]
“Jingle bells, jingle bells – Jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride, In a one reindeer open sleigh…” We don’t usually open our Photo Of The Day with a song, but when it’s appropriate we take the liberty. This almost looks like the Danish Sirius Dog Sled Patrol in Greenland, but […]
Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about rimfire firearms, ammunition, practices, and trends. This week we’ll be taking a look at a piece of rimfire belt-fed goodness in the form of a rimfire Ma Deuce or M2. No matter how you take it, belt-fed guns are […]
Today, the House Judiciary Committee advanced Senate Bill 458, to ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected during a state of emergency. It now advances to the House floor for further consideration. On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced House Bill 2793, to create a nonresident concealed carry permit. HB 2793 has been scheduled for a Senate floor vote this Wednesday, April 7th.
Jonathan Wild is back at it again with his latest DIY rocket launcher project. The design once again hailing from Germany but not quite as well known is the Fliegerfaust multi-barreled surface-to-air rocket launcher. This obscure piece of explosives technology never saw widespread use even though over 10,000 units were ordered. This time Jonathan Plans […]
Champagne Tent on a Beer Budget or Lipstick on a Pig?
Do you ever hesitate on buying something expensive long enough to determine you didn’t actually need it in the first place? I’m that way with Gucci camp gear, ultimately choosing cost-performance outliers that compete against bigger names. The LITHIC One-Person Tent from Moosejaw / Walmart fits this bill.
Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.
Walmart is the multinational conglomerate started by Sam Walton in the summer of ’69. In 2017, Michigan-based outdoor recreation retailer Moosejaw was purchased (to bolster WM’s premium street cred). In May 2020, Walmart and Moosejaw released a sub-brand of backpacking gear under the LITHIC name (in addition to Allforth Clothing). Not much has been heard from either company about the future of LITHIC since, but I remain hopeful.
Product Info – LITHIC One-Person Tent
The LITHIC One-Person three-season Tent weighs 1660–1360g (3.66–3 Lbs) depending on setup. The tent consists of a low height (4″ – 5″) 2,000mm PU waterproofed bathtub floor with the rest of the ‘inner’ consisting of no-see-um mesh that attaches to poles with plastic buckles. The rainfly has a 2,000mm waterproof barrier and made from 68D Ripstop. Poles are your standard-fare modern 7001 aluminum, but thinner (7.9mm) than my patience with USB plugs after trying two times; all shock-corded for easy setup. The tent comes with an abundance of stakes (10 stakes!) in its own bag, as do the poles. The entire tent has a drawstring bag with buckles to cinch/compress once packed. The tent also includes a ground cloth at no additional cost (included in weight).
The LITHIC One-Person Tent has a 20.55 ft² floor area. When searching for tents with the same or similar dimensions, MANY generic-named tents of the same shape pop up; this was likely a name-badged product… not indicating this is a bad product. Remember, other companies may-or-may-not have the same QC levels as others.
I love to give “Big-Box Stores” the grief they (occasionally) deserve for selling awkward or shoddy things when there are so many good-to-great products being made. Walmart/Moosejaw corporate buyers knew what they’re doing when sourcing the LITHIC brand products. This tent can be found under other brand names, all ranging around 4+ stars online. The durability of this tent is still TBD. Keep this tent on your Brickseek notification list to see if it ever drops in price, if so – buy quicker than those diamond-handed apes did with GameStop stonks a few months ago.
The LITHIC One-Person Tent has one entrance and two vestibules with one only accessible from the outside. When I tested this tent, I don’t think I ended up using the inaccessible vestibule. Entrance into the tent is more than adequate, zipper ran well on the inside tent; there’s even a mesh pocket for the door if unzipped entirely!
Setup of the tent is easy, as long as you pay attention. One side of the pole legs is longer than the other. This does matter. Yeah, I didn’t find out until near-finishing attaching tent clips to poles and couldn’t figure out why the last two were uncooperative. Additionally, there is a neat connection system where the ground cloth, tent body and rainfly all connect onto the tent legs for convenience and freestanding capability. While provided with ten stakes, you could get away with four at minimum.
The rainfly is heavy. That’s all I can say about it other than it having fantastic seam-taping. It has two vents that can be opened, but I question their effectiveness.
The temperature dropped to about 30°F on test night and it fared well. With my standard sleep system, the shelter variable held its own, no problemo . Condensation occurred, but dissipated quickly after waking as one accessible vestibule flap remained open by the provided toggles all night. Space inside the tent is limited to just for sleeping if you’re over 2m (6’0”), vestibule area held a 40L backpack, moto helmet, and boots with no problem. I was able to cook breakfast inside the halfway opened vestibule with ease.
When weighing tent components on my own, I had to double-check weights with a different scale. The variance was less than 10g between the two scales, but nearly 450g lighter than advertised! Having a Cost-Per-Gram of $0.08 places this tent in the BUY category for me.
As stated earlier, the LITHIC One-Person Tent’s same-shaped brethren can be found elsewhere with similar pricing. What makes this tent valuable is the one-year warranty, knowing Walmart/Moosejaw will oblige. At $88, this tent really does beat other tents in its range, but here is a list of comparable goods:
Price $88.00 as per March 21, 2021 AS PER COMPANY SITE
Silencer Central has helped make the process of purchasing a suppressor just a tad bit less of a hassle. They handle all the messy paperwork for you and have your suppressor delivered right to your front door! Due to an increase in business, the company has decided to expand its operation by acquiring a new […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This time around I found a lovely drawing of a Borchardt C93 on The Cody Firearms Museum’s Facebook (Check them out!). For those of you who are looking at this going “That thing looks goofy,” you are not wrong. The Borchardt C93 was arguably the first commercially successful autoloading pistol. It was surprisingly modern with a bottlenecked high-velocity cartridge and a magazine in the grip which had a button release.
You should note that it is a short recoil toggle locked action just like the much more infamous Luger P08. Georg Luger actually worked for and with Hugo Borchardt and when it came time to make his own autoloader he simplified and improved the design. It is an incredible story and it has a bit of drama to spice up the boring historical bits, but the long and the short is this:
Hugo was done with his pistol and intended to go on to invent bigger and better things. Luger invents the P08 and Hugo is unhappy with the similarities and he very well should have been. Heck besides the new pistol, 30 Luger was very similar to the Borchart cartridge. Lawsuits and arguments ensued, but to no real avail.
The Borchardt C93 should go down in history as a truly unique introduction to autoloading pistols. This was a time in which no one really knew what one should look like, feel like, or operate like. It was a magnificent start though!
N/A [Photograph found in Cody Firearms Museum Facebook Page]. (2021, February 26). In 1287635042 949192828 C. (Author). Retrieved April 4, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/pcb.3582502148640605/3582501858640634/ (Originally published 2021, February 26)
When it comes to your everyday carry (EDC) loadout there is no end to the amount of options we have with firearms and holsters. The firearm industry has no limit to the amount of reviews, opinions, and knowledge we are willing to impart on handguns and their associated holsters as well as what is the best, and simultaneously, what is the worst. A necessary, but often overlooked accoutrement is a sturdy, reliable belt to support your sidearm and the holster that houses it. That is why today we will look at a gun belt that I deployed for almost a full year in everyday carry and recreation – the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt. Let’s dive in!
Specifications – Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt
I am one of those long-tenured, concealed carry practitioners who got by for countless years using a less than adequate belt for my gun. My indistinct belts would sag, my holster would tip, and I would constantly be re-adjusting throughout the day like somebody who has “ants in their pants.” I knew there had to be a better way, but I did not know where to go or where to start. So, when Kore Essentials reached out to AllOutdoor to check out one of their dedicated gun belts I leapt at the chance to try one. The Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt includes their X2 Style Gun Buckle and Black Tactical Reinforced Belt plus one Belt Keeper, Hex Wrench, and Set Screws. The rest of the specifications are as follows:
KORE Tactical belts are constructed to support small to full-size firearms, magazines and additional gear. Tactical belts are 2X’s as stiff as our leather gun belts.
Best fitting, most durable tactical belt you’ll ever wear. Precise, secure fit provides a smooth, fast draw every time.
NO Belt Holes. Instead Kore concealed carry belts use a hidden track with 40+ sizing points, to adjust ¼” at a time. Result = 800% more adjustable vs. traditional gun belt.
Nylon Web outer layer, Super-Fiber inner lining with proprietary Reinforced Power-Core center (Rated to 500 lbs.). Belts are very durable & stiff enough to support small to heavy weight holsters, firearms, magazines, etc. (8 lbs. max). Classic buckle designs available, because no one needs to know you’re carrying.
Tactical Belts are 1.5″ wide and One-Size tofit any waist from 24” up to 54″.
Belt is secured to buckle using large teeth clamp & 2 set screws with hex wrench (included).
Includes matching VelcroBelt Keeper to keep the tip of your belt secure against your waist.
The Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt features a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee and is also backed by a 1-Year Warranty with their Patented technology. Also, the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt is interchangeable with all Kore X-series gun belts and buckles (not with their fashion belts). An even more in-depth explanation of the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt can be read below as presented by Kore Essentials:
ENGINEERED BETTER All of our unique ratchet belts use our patented, spring-loaded mechanism. It’s durable, reliable and rock solid when it comes to holding your belt in place. We pride ourselves in blending innovation with quality to create superior products. As a result we hold a total of 8 U.S. patents and 4 Trademarks.
GUARANTEE & WARRANTY If you don’t love your new item, just ship it back to us within 30 days (original condition) and get a full refund. All Kore products carry a 1-Year Warranty against defects, premature wear and/or breakage.
KORE DIFFERENCE In 2013 we set out to redefine men’s accessories. Our simple approach >> blend innovation with superior materials to create unique, more exciting products that exceed expectations. Thanks for your support.
Assembly – Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt
With the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt you not only have infinite adjustability with 40+ sizing points, but you also have the ability to tailor it to your exact waist size from Day 1. The way you do this is you take a box cutter or knife, and cut the belt to a length that is an inch or two longer than your actual waist size. There is a numbering system on the inside of the belt labeling the length for you so you do not need to bust out a tape measure. When you make your cut ensure that it is as straight and clean as possible because this is where your buckle will soon go.
Once this is done you will want to begin to work with all of the hardware that came with the belt: the belt keeper (buckle), hex wrench, and set screws. With the spiked latch left flipped open (as seen below) you can insert the cut end of your belt into the belt keeper. As you hinge and close the spiked latch onto your belt it will want to push or drift the belt out of the belt keeper minimally (like 1/16″ or 1/8″). To fight against this, push your belt strongly into the belt keeper as you close the spiked latch.
While the spiked latch feels very sturdy by itself, there are also 2 set screws to also ensure your belt remains sturdy and strong during use. Those can be simply screwed in until they bottom out, but be careful to not over-tighten them. If you have concerns that the set screws might back out you can always add a dab of Loc-Tite to the screws when you screw them in. I opted to not additionally do that because the metal hardware felt tight and crisp by itself.
Everyday Carry (EDC) Use – Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt
When it came to actually putting the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt to use I was very pleased with the results. My traditional belt I used to use for everyday carry (EDC) was just a normal leather dress belt. It stretched, my holster was floppy all over my waistline, and I was constantly re-adjusting my belt and pulling up my pants as if I ironically wasn’t wearing a belt at all.
Once I began to use the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt my perspective on the importance of a dedicated gun belt changed. The belt over the course of 1 year has not warped, become slack, or stretched at all. It has remained stiff enough to always properly support and carry my firearm and holster while also remaining pliable enough to feed into as well as out of the belt loops of my pants.
One difficulty many concealed carriers face is going to the restroom. Without getting too detailed, I can easily use a urinal by opening the belt keeper (buckle) to do my business. Also, if I need to go in a stall the belt plus my holster is stiff enough where I can be seated and the entire rig will remain upright when resting on the floor (still looped into my pants).
Living in Minnesota, I used this belt from varying temperatures of 100°F to -40°F and I noticed no change in the rigidity or performance of the belt. Typically when it gets comically cold in Minnesota I begin to see a lot of gear fail, but whether I was carrying at my family’s gun store, checking cattle, getting gas for my truck, or hunting this belt did what it was supposed to do and did not waver.
Final Thoughts – Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt
So, what are my final thoughts after a year of using the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt? Overall, my expectations were met and then some. I had never known how important an actual, dedicated gun belt was until I began to use the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt. It held my firearm and holster more securely, carrying became more of an after-thought as opposed to a constant concern that required re-adjusting, and this belt setup is stylish as well! I enjoy wearing this belt for nearly all occasions because the buckle is clean, attractive, and matches nearly anything that I wear. For the $59.95 asking price, I definitely think the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt is worth it.
In closing, I want to say thank you to Kore Essentials for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt with a GunMetal buckle. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Kore Essentials X2 Tactical Black Gun Belt with a GunMetal buckle is something worth spending your money on? Would you wear it as an everyday carry (EDC) belt? Would you utilize it while hunting? Use it as an everyday use belt? All of the above? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
If you’re looking to guarantee your next shot this hunting season with your Trijicon riflescope then Kenton Industries has just made it that much easier to make windage and elevation adjustments on the fly. Their popular customizable turrets for riflescopes are now available for 8 different types of Trijicon riflescopes and feature completely custom dials for your exact rifle, scope, and hunting environment.
Custom Turrets for Trijicon Riflescopes Available from Kenton Industries
“Our custom yardage marked turrets work in conjunction with 1st and 2nd focal plane scopes, standard crosshairs, BDC reticles, and moa/mil reticles. Simply range find the target, dial the turret to the corresponding yardage, and shoot!
The main benefit of a custom turret is fast and easy target engagement by not having to calculate the addition or subtraction of clicks off of a chart. This provides the hunter more time to focus on good shooting form and shot placement.
The turret can easily be adjusted for targets at different yardages or for a follow-up shot on an animal which has relocated. Use any magnification setting on your scope and shoot using the main crosshair which retains your eye alignment through the center of the optic preventing eye shadow. Field of view is only maximized when viewing through the center of the optic.
Eye shadow and a loss of field of view can be an issue when viewing through the lower quadrant of glass on BDC and moa/mil reticles. The time consuming calculation, combined with locating and maintaining the correct aiming point on a multi-crosshair reticle can be a daunting task.
A Kenton Industries turret solves these issues! Simply RANGE, DIAL, and SHOOT!“
With Kenton Industries’ unique ordering system there is no need to work out the details yourself, just enter in a few simple facts about your rifle or shooting setup. Simply enter things like your type of factory ammunition, knob type you’d like, yardage format, your desired zero range, and the average temperature you’re shooting in and Kenton Industries will take care of the rest.
Each set of Kenton Industries customizable turrets is made to your specifications and built-to-order. So whether you’re interested in shooting competitions, military or law enforcement applications, or even just hunting each turret can be its own unique piece fitted to the exact situation.
Kenton Industries is also running a great deal on riflescopes which include a free custom turret with the purchase of a scope. Kenton Industries is a dealer of Bushnell, German Precision Optics, Meopta, Nikon, Vortex, and Zeiss riflescopes. So if Trijicon isn’t your thing then you have plenty to choose from with Kenton Industries. If you’ve got any questions about the veracity of Kenton Industries’ claims about the quality of these products, just check out their Facebook or Instagram page to see their customer reviews – I see lots of tagged and bagged game animals on there!
If you’ve been holding on to your M&P Shield Gen 1, 2.0, or even picked up a new Shield Plus, Faxon has got some new barrels available for you. The new Faxon Match Series barrels come in a couple different configurations and coating types and are currently available in 9mm. I’ve personally never thought of […]
Americans are all too familiar with the background details of mass shooters; it’s hard not to be when media accounts of high-profile tragedies focus their coverage on the attackers, their background, and their motives. This coverage actually gives other deranged individuals something to emulate – and can help spread these tragedies.
The new Smith & Wesson Shield Plus handgun has hit the market and has been met with great enthusiasm. Now, along with the Shield Plus, Meprolight which is known for their outstanding firearm sights has introduced the Meprolight Hyper-Bright Sights for the Smith & Wesson Shield Plus. Without a doubt, a quality tritium-enhanced, day/night sight is one of the add-ons I would suggest for any serious everyday carry (EDC) gun. Check out the following press release from Meprolight giving all the details of the Meprolight Hyper-Bright Sights for the S&W Shield Plus.
Meprolight confirms Mepro Hyper-Bright model for the newly released Smith & Wesson Shield Plus. Owners of the latest addition to the extremely popular family of S&W pistols can immediately upgrade their target acquisition capabilities by replacing their OEM factory sights with the Mepro Hyper-Bright sights. The sights are 30% brighter than any other pistol sight on the market and come with an extremely bright contrasting color ring on the front sight enabling you to focus on target faster.
Meprolight recommends you upgrade the sights on your handgun with tritium enhanced day/night sights in order to increase your defense capabilities in any lighting condition. Bill Yerby V.P. Sales & Marketing, Meprolight, “…. selecting your sights is as important as selecting your firearm. Upgrading the sights on your EDC—Every Day Carry—gun, will increase your capabilities to put the shots you need on target, in any light, when they are needed the most. Without a doubt, Meprolight Hyper-Bright sights will give you an edge.”
Meprolight Hyper-Bright sights are available in three colors—Orange, Green or Yellow. The color combinations help the shooter focus on the front sight quicker which is critical for self-defense or competitive shooting. The tritium luminance is guaranteed for 12 years. Available for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield as well as Sig models and all Glock models including MOS. Check it out at Meprolight.com.
At SHOT Show 2020, Griffin Armament gave us a heads up that they had a new suppressor in the works: the GP-NATO (or GP-N for short). While most of the industry’s popular cans tend to use various aftermarket mounting systems, this new 6.5″ dedicated 5.56 model would wear the NATO designation because it was designed […]
South Korea experimented with a series of rifle designs in 7.62x51mm in the 1960s and early 1970s, but none of them came close to production. In 1974 a license was acquired from Colt for Daewoo Precision Industries to built the M16A1 for South Korean military use. This was good, but the license did not allow South Korea to build as many rifles as they wanted (well over a million, sufficient to arm a full mobilization of reserves in case of war). So indigenous rifle development continued in 5.56mm, taking many elements from the M16. In 1982/3 trials concluded on the final domestic design, which was adopted as the K2.
This rifle is a hybrid of AR and AK systems, with a long stroke gas piston action clearly take form the AK and a lower receiver, fire control group, and rotating multi-lug bolt clearly taken from the AR. It also features aperture sights, a robust sidefolding stock, and uses standard AR magazines. Well over a million were made, including commercial semiauto examples for export, like the one in today’s video.
As a small glint of hope emerges along the horizon of ammunition and reloading components being back in regular stock, many will want to pick up the hobby of reloading. Reloading is not only a great skill to learn but it can also be a hedge or supplement to the purchase of regular ammunition if […]
In a year in which we saw the state of Iowa ditch their requirement for a pistol purchase permit, the Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly still are kowtowing to the NC Sheriffs Association. Certain sheriffs in North Carolina have been obstructing the issuance of pistol purchase permits since the beginning of the pandemic.
A simple bill, HB 398, would provide citizens of a county an alternative where their sheriff has been one of these obstructionists. It simply allows them to apply for a permit in an adjoining county. So, for example, a citizen of Wake County, where Sheriff Gerald Baker has been such an obstructionist that he is being sued in US District court, could apply for a permit in one of the seven adjoining counties. This bill is a mere tweak to a Jim Crow law that should have been ditched years ago. Notwithstanding that the sheriffs of the seven largest counties in the state are all African-American who you would think would want such a racist law abolished, the NC Sheriffs Association seems to be objecting to such a fix. That has the GOP in the General Assembly – or some of them – caving.
In the early months of the pandemic, GRNC began receiving complaints of abuse of the NC pistol purchase permit system by sheriffs in Wake and Mecklenburg counties and elsewhere. Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker even tried to stop issuing permits altogether…until GRNC and two other organizations sued him. Yet despite even this, purchase permit and concealed handgun applicants are reporting multi-month delays in scheduling appointments for permits.
NC Sheriffs effectively say ‘pound sand’GRNC has been trying to repeal the Jim Crow-era purchase permit law for 20+ years, even getting a repeal through the NC Senate in 2014. Unfortunately, each time we have encountered opposition from the powerful NC Sheriffs Association (NCSA).
In the interest of getting permits into the hands of applicants until we can fully repeal the law, Representative Jay Adams (R-Catawba, GRNC ****) introduced HB 398, a simple bill to at least allow applicants to apply in counties adjoining their county of residence if their own sheriff is being obstructionist.
The bill was calendared for a hearing last Wednesday…until, apparently, the Sheriffs’ association objected to even that minor change. Then Judiciary 4 Committee Chair Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke) pulled it from the calendar at the last minute, claiming leadership planned to “improve” the bill, but not telling anyone what the “improvements” might be, suggesting that Republicans might once again be caving to the NCSA.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
With the crossover deadline little more than a month away, your IMMEDIATE action is crucial. Please send three emails and make three phone calls: CALL AND EMAIL: NC House Speaker Tim Moore at: (704) 739-1221 (919) 733-3451 Tim.Moore@ncleg.gov
Suggested Subject: “Enough is enough: Pistol permit obstruction must stop!”
Dear :[Speaker Moore/Rep. ___:] You must stop obstruction of NC pistol purchase permits and the resulting denial of citizens’ rights by returning House Bill 398 to the House calendar for immediate action.
Using COVID-19 and increased permit applications as an excuse, sheriffs in Wake and Mecklenburg counties, among others, are obstructing pistol purchase permits and concealed handgun permits, often taking months to schedule appointments for applications, even in the face of multiple lawsuits filed by Grass Roots North Carolina and others. For years, sheriffs have objected to repealing our Jim Crow-era pistol purchase permit law – a racist law passed to prevent minorities from buying guns for self-protection. Now we are encountering resistance even to a small and simple change which would allow permit applicants to bypass obstructionist sheriffs by applying in adjacent counties.
Enough is enough. Citizens have been denied their right to purchase handguns for self-protection for entirely too long. In the 2020 elections, gun voters supported you because they expect you to protect and defend the Second Amendment.
It is now time for you to do what we elected you to do by passing House Bill 398. Additionally, please advise me of your position on this issue. I will be monitoring your actions through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts. Respectfully,
The official state motto of North Carolina is Esse Quam Videri. Translated from the Latin it means “To be rather than to seem.” The Republicans in the General Assembly always say they support the Second Amendment and gun rights. If so, now is the time for them to be rather than to seem!
It’s time for some more UZI in TFB’s Photo Of The Day article series with some very clean Uzi Pro product photos taken by Jeremy Tremp of Offensive Marketing Group (used with permission). Or would you like one with a brace instead? From IWI USA’s Homepage: Evolution of the iconic UZI SMG More ease-of-use, reliability and […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! On the docket this time around is a truly curious bit of craftsmanship. The H. Hensel Revolver. At one point a gentleman had sold this revolver to a gunshop I work at. He very obviously had bought it on a whim from a gun show or an auction since it had a tag attached to it that read “German Revolver, Taken from a soldier.” It had my attention so I bought it with the intent of preserving whatever was left of it.
The revolver itself is very mysterious in that when I had bought it I did not know an origin nor could I find one beyond its two markings: “H. Hensel. Breslau” and a German proof mark. I had done as much looking into this gun as I could and I published my findings on a Wheelgun Wednesday on our sister site TheFirearmBlog. I had no idea that something fantastic would happen next.
I ended up touching base with the great-great-grandson of the manufacturer of this revolver, and his father and he have been researching their family’s firearm history. Something that was very cool is he told me this is the only H. Hensel revolver he has ever seen. I plan to do both a follow-up to my Wheelgun Wednesday article on TFB, but someday also a Curious Relics where I can better and more fully go through everything I know pertaining to this revolver and its makers. It may be a while but it will happen so stay tuned!
Photo Of The Day and a story where we can see operators from Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK), the Norwegian Special Operation Commandos during an exercise. The photographer is the highly skilled Torbjørn Kjosvold (Forsvaret). Below: Operators from Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK) / Norwegian Special Operation Commandos and Bell 412 helicopters from 339 Special Operation Aviation Squadron. The […]
Good afternoon and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine. Full auto rated suppressors have been an industry selling point for years, but those ratings come with their own caveats. The overwhelming majority of suppressors sold to consumers in the U.S. will never see any fully […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Today we have a Justice League-Esque-looking photo from a Curious Relics article published a while back on pinfire ammunition. In this lineup of cartridges, we have 7mm Pinfire, .30 Rimfire Short, .41 Short Colt, and a modern 38 Special. The significance of this lineup is it covers a broad overview of self-contained cartridge evolution through a few hundred years. Before brass casings, there were paper or cardboard hulls. Eventually, it became so much more than that and a lot of it started in the era of Pinfire ammunition. The first initial iterations of that were made out of cardboard.
Pinfire was a cartridge design in which a pin would be driven down into the case by being hit by a hammer and would punch a primer on the inside. As you can imagine the people with efficient minds thought to cut out the middle man which was the pin and they came up with Rimfire which would incorporate a priming compound within the end of a casing and a certain required force would make it become volatile and set off a spark. Centerfire took the primer and put it on the rear of a case and placed the pin on the end of a hammer. Easier to store, handle, and better overall function of a mechanism. Speaking of mechanisms this all opened the door for new fantastical firearm designs. Read more on Pinfire Ammo here.
Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 621 and House File 756 into law. With HF 756, Iowa joins the 18 other states that have constitutional/permitless carry. Gov. Reynolds had this to say yesterday about taking this strong stance to affirm the right to self-defense:
The L2A3 Sterling submachine gun was a staple of British and small arms after World War Two, until the L85 rifle was adopted. Designed by George Patchett during the war and produced by Sterling, it is a simple and economical tubular open-bolt, simple blowback gun. It uses a very compact folding stock that is stable and useful when deployed, a very well shaped pistol grip, and a wonderful 34-round magazine. I’ve (surprisingly) not really had a chance to shoot a Sterling before, so I’m taking advantage of this one at Morphy’s to change that!
Overall, the Sterling is an excellent SMG. My only real complaint is that the stock layout and central position of the firing grip tends to make is a little bit bouncy in full automatic.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves discusses some tips for suppressing your MP5, more specifically for suppressing the MP5-K PDW (or SP5-K PDW). James reviewed the Heckler & Koch Operator’s Manual, H&K’s MP5 Armorer’s Manual, spoke with H&K engineers and customer service, and even interviewed Federal Law Enforcement who have used a suppressed MP5-K […]
Iowa becomes the 19th state and 3rd state this year to adopt permitless or constitutional carry. What a change since the times when only Vermont had constitutional carry and a number of states didn’t allow carry in any form.
On Friday afternoon, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) signed House File 756 into law. In addition to adopting constitutional carry, the bill also removed Iowa’s pistol purchase permit. I hope the North Carolina General Assembly is paying attention to that facet of the bill!
House File 756 “protects the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals,” the governor said in a statement.
The new law also takes “greater steps to inform law enforcement about an individual’s mental illness helping ensure firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands,” she said.
“We will never be able to outlaw or prevent every single bad actor from getting a gun, but what we can do is ensure law-abiding citizens have full access to their constitutional rights while keeping Iowans safe,” the Osceola Republican said in the statement.
Thanks again to Rob Vance, we have a graphic that illustrates the growth of constitutional (and shall issue) carry since 1986. A better way of putting it is that it is a growth of freedom whereby now 19 state governments have recognized a citizen’s inherent right to self-defense without the need for a permit.
I anticipate that a 20th state – Tennessee – will be added to this list before much longer. Indeed, I was a bit surprised that Iowa beat them to the punch.
Predictably, gun prohibitionists and Iowa Democrats are not pleased by Gov. Reynold’s signing of the new law. They threaten to make it a campaign issue in 2022 when she comes up for re-election. If I were Gov. Reynolds, I’d quote the immortal words of Dirty Harry and say, “Make my day!”
Buckle up, buckaroos. We’ve got some dense legalese to get through today. On March 25, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, reversed and remanded a lower court decision that denied a preliminary injunction against the ATF’s enforcement of the bump stock ban. I know that many of you are thinking the […]
Photo Of The Day – It’s still winter in many parts of the World, in particular, in Finland. Here you can see some shooters with their new rifles, optics and gear. Despite the cold, it looks quite tempting, to say the least, and hopefully, mirage is less of an issue than in other parts of […]
When shooting or observing with night vision at longer distances, you might need to add some supplementary illumination. Carbines set up for night vision usually have a multi-function aiming laser (MFAL). In a previous Friday Night Lights, I went over the most popular full power MFALs. While these can work for long-range shooting with a […]
On Thursday, by a 6-3 vote, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety voted out House Bill 1911, by Rep. James White (R-Woodville), and House Bill 1927, by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), NRA-backed permitless carry proposals that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without a state-issued License To Carry (LTC). It's time for Texas to join the 20 other states that have legalized this personal protection option!
In the quest for a lifetime carry permit, the sheriffs once again put immense pressure on the legislature, with claims of loss of funding and lies of safety concerns, even though we know neither will be the case.
Today the NRA-ILA and Safari Club International filed to intervene in three cases challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to delist gray wolves in the lower 48 states, which will benefit hunters across the country.
If you run a light on a long gun, odds are you’ve wrestled with cable management issues before. Although these headaches can be circumvented by only using a clicky tailcap, or buying a Cloud Defensive OWL, these types of solutions won’t work for every gun or every shooter. Sometimes, you just need a remote switch […]
Eddie Bauer has launched an initiative to better support those of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities (BIPOC) who are looking to get into the great outdoors and film their exploits for others to enjoy as well. They launched their One Outside Film Grant program to support filmmakers from underrepresented communities with six $10,000 film grants to help fund the creation of outdoor films. If you are interested in potentially receiving one of these grants to produce filmwork you have from now until April 18th, 2021 to submit for the grant. Also, they will provide promotional support across Eddie Bauer channels. Eddie Bauer will work with a panel of BIPOC filmmakers, brand partners and creators to award the grants as best as possible. Further details can be read below:
Eddie Bauer – Outdoor Experiences should be for Everyone
At Eddie Bauer, we believe that outdoor experiences should be for everyone – regardless of race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, mental and physical ability or age. In acknowledgement that outdoor spaces are not always a welcoming place for all, it’s our mission to bring the benefits of the outdoors to all communities, particularly those who have been underrepresented.
To further amplify the voices, stories, and experiences of underrepresented communities in the outdoors, we’re excited to introduce the Eddie Bauer One Outside Film Grant.
Each year, we’ll award up to six $10,000 film grants to help fund the creation of outdoor films made by filmmakers from underrepresented groups.
Up to six $10,000 Film Grants for Outdoor Filmmakers
For our 2021 Eddie Bauer One Outside Film Grant we’ll be awarding film grants to filmmakers who identify as part of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. In addition to financial support and promotion of the films across Eddie Bauer channels, we aim to partner with filmmakers to tell stories that help all people feel invited, accepted, and validated in their full range of outdoor experiences.
Now Accepting Applications through April 18, 2021
You are eligible to apply for the 2021 Eddie Bauer One Outside Film Grant if:
You identify as a member of Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
You are a legal resident of the 50 United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico who, as of March 15, 2021, are at least 18 years of age.
You are a filmmaker, or member of a filmmaking team.
You pitch your film project and submit further explanation (if required) to a review committee.
You complete your film before Oct 1, 2021 (date subject to change at Eddie Bauer’s sole discretion).
Your film’s subject matter is relevant to the outdoors or outdoor adjacent topics (such as social topics, access and equality topics, or philanthropic topics– within the context of the outdoors or environment).
You enter into a non-exclusive license agreement with Eddie Bauer to use, display, and publish the film if your film project is awarded a film grant.
If your Film Project is Awarded a Film Grant:
You will receive $10,000 in payment installments throughout 2021 with final payment upon completion and submission of the film to Eddie Bauer before 10/1/2021 (date subject to change at Eddie Bauer’s sole discretion). The film grant money is to be used for the film project expenses including travel, gear, crew, location fees, professional services, licensing, and other production costs.
You will receive limited production support (if needed), including permit assistance, edit reviews, and guidance.
You will receive Eddie Bauer gear and apparel product to aid in your production.
You will receive platform support from Eddie Bauer channels and partners, to promote your film.
You will maintain ownership and rights to your film project (subject to a non-exclusive license for Eddie Bauer to use, display, and publish the film).
These film grants are the latest commitment from the Seattle-based brand to increase participation in the outdoors for all. One Outside was first launched in February 2020 with a roster of four community leaders who worked with the brand to advise and consult on inclusive marketing, product design, and employee education. Eddie Bauer supports these leaders and their organizations financially and with promotional efforts to amplify their voices. The One Outside roster doubled in size in September 2020 with four new leaders.
With the tumultuous past year we have all endured, more people are finding new passions and creativity in being in the great outdoors for exploration and recreation. In a world where many businesses and leisure activities were closed, the one positive is seeing so many people engaged in the outdoors from so many walks of life. If you think you know someone who would be a good candidate for one of the six $10,000 film grants be sure to share this with them and/or apply for the grant yourself! As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate when you give us feedback and participate in our articles.
The Remington name has been inextricably linked to the world of American firearms for most of our nation’s history. Eliphalet Remington II, the then-23-year-old son of a colonial-era blacksmith, made his first flintlock rifle barrel on his father’s forge in 1816. The gun was so well received that he immediately began manufacturing more barrels in […]
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Today we have an interesting piece of outdoor history! The F.C. Taylor Fur Getter Single Shot Trap Gun. Back in the day, an idea for getting fur undamaged was with a small-caliber trap gun like the one pictured above. The metal stake would be stuck into the ground and a piece of bait on the hook out in front of the muzzle of the gun. The trap would be rigged so that a weight change from the bait would fire the pistol.
“Manufactured in the 1920s. Brass frame and fixtures. The basic concept of the Fur Getter is to attract all manner of furry critters right to the muzzle of this contraption through the use of the baited hook, where they meet their demise by attempting to run away with said bait which in turn pulls the hook which is attached to the trigger. One period advertisement states it can kill any animal up to a wolf without causing any damage to the fur. It shows standard features and is mounted on a swivel stake/screw for mounting in logs or other game-rich environments. Includes a period F.C. Taylor Fur Co. catalog and a possible replacement ground stake.“
Lot 3092: F.C. Taylor Fur Getter Single Shot Trap Gun [Photograph found in Rock Island Auction Company]. (2021). Retrieved March 28, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/3092/fc-taylor-fur-getter-single-shot-trap-gun
It’s difficult to leave anything you love alone. In the gun world, this translates into a massive aftermarket for new and classic firearms. Bolt-actions rifles have been around a long time, meaning they’ve had a long time for their aftermarket to flourish. Grayboe is part of that industry, and they’ve announced their newest lightweight aftermarket stock for all of your favorite options. Interested in a stock that weighs less than two pounds? Continue reading to learn about the new Grayboe TREKKER.
The All-New Grayboe TREKKER
The TREKKER is compatible with Remington 700, Vudoo V-22, and 29 other actions. Purchasers can also choose a left- or right-handed action orientation. There are 21 finishes available, seven of which incur no additional cost. Against your shoulder, Grayboe places its memory foam recoil pad for softer shooting. The length of pull is adjustable using an adjustable spacer system. LOP can be set between 13.25″ and 14.25″. If you’re a giant and you need more, more spacers can be purchased. Total, the entire stock weighs only 23 ounces. The grip is vertical and includes a thumb shelf. A bubble level has been integrated into the stock, as well. The MSRP is $599.
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Anyone looking for an aftermarket stock for their bolt gun should take a look at the Grayboe TREKKER. You can find more information on their website, as well as all of their other stocks. You can also find out more about what Grayboe has to offer on their Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube pages.
Contrary to the belief of the uninformed, hunters are some of the strongest voices in conservation efforts. In fact, one of the most famous American hunters, Theodore Roosevelt, established 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, and five national parks. In that spirit, First Lite has teamed up with the National Deer Association. First Lite is releasing their new Specter camo which works in conjunction with the NDA to fund conservation efforts.
“As a company dedicated to preserving land and wildlife with its widely heraldedRound Up for Conservation initiative that has generated over one hundred thousand dollars in donations to conservation not-for-profits, First Lite pairs the Specter launch with a new commitment to preserving the outdoors: First Lite’sCamo for Conservation. A portion of all sales of Specter will go directly to the National Deer Association, the leading organization dedicated to preserving wild deer populations and habitats.“
First Lite Launches Specter Camo with National Deer Association
The new Specter camo from First Lite is the first algorithm-generated camo specifically designed for those hunting whitetail deer. The camouflage was designed using a nature-based algorithm. It mimics naturally occurring patterns to help hunters blend more easily. The colors and design can work in many environments. Specter will be available through First Lite’s entire lineup of whitetail hunting apparel.
“We’re very excited about how our partnership has grown with First Lite, and the Camo for Conservation initiative is just the latest example of how we’re working together for deer and hunters. A strong conservation focus is part of the fabric of the company, and this commitment further illustrates that.” said Nick Pinizzotto, President and CEO of the National Deer Association.
If you feel a whitetail hunt in your future, check these out on First Lite’s website. Don’t forget to like and follow them on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The National Deer Association is also active on social media. You can find more information on what you can do to help conservation efforts by finding them on
While sometimes the process of cleaning our guns can be quite cathartic, at other times it can be a chore. Especially if you’re an armourer cleaning dozens of guns at a time regularly. Infante, a New Jersey-based company that specialises in ultrasonic firearms cleaning, explains their technology. Today, shooters or armorers strip down the firearms […]
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) first introduced the Can-Am utility vehicle (UTV) a decade ago in 2010. Since the inception of that off-road vehicle they have come a long way and it becomes full-circle with the launch of the all-new 2021 Can-Am Commander! The new Can-Am Commander is built for anything you could conceivably do in the great outdoors from tending field lines while ranching, venturing to your honey hole fishing spot, or even climbing mountains for the perfect camping vista. All of the details for the All-New Can-Am Commander can be read below as presented by BRP, Inc:
“Valcourt, Quebec, Canada, February 17, 2021 – BRP first entered the side-by-side vehicle category in 2010 with the launch of the Can-Am Commander. Ten years and an incredible number of awards, accolades, and podiums later, the brand is firmly entrenched as a global leader in the off-road vehicle space. And new for 2021, Can-Am is going back to its roots with a completely redesigned Can-Am Commander, built from the rider down to be the ultimate in versatility for those who play hard and work hard.
The all-new Can-Am Commander raises the bar of fun and capability, whether cruising trails, dirt roads, and ranch/farmland with ease, rolling up your sleeves and getting to work, or loading up and going to your favorite hunting or fishing spots. The redesigned vehicle is quieter and more comfortable, it has plenty of power to get the job done, and its enhanced ground clearance means you can take the short way to get wherever it is you’re going.
“The 2021 Can-Am Commander is our most versatile side-by-side vehicle, period,” said Julie Tourville, Director, Global Marketing, Can-Am Off-Road and Marine Group at BRP. “It is smooth and incredibly fun to drive, yet rugged and very capable. The lineup, built from the rider down, is truly the best of off-road living – designed for an awesome rider experience regardless of use.”
Make it fun, get it done. The Can-Am Commander is built for longer rides and wider horizons. No matter the trail, terrain or condition, it is designed to be as versatile as you are and tackle it all. There are multiple trims to fit different needs for two or four passengers, and it comes with a wide array of optional features so your machine can be tailored to your every need. And with more than 150 available accessories – many of which using BRP’s proprietary quick-on, quick-off LinQ technology – the Can-Am Commander has all the essentials to perform on every journey that lies ahead or go toe-to-toe with any task.“
The 2021 Can-Am Commander is available in multiple trim levels to build it out to your exacting wants and needs. They also back this model with over 150 accessories so it is absolutely tricked out to your liking. As most of the US has crawled out of the doldrums of winter, it is the perfect time to look to your future of spring and summer adventures with a UTV. Some of the best attributes of the 2021 Can-Am Commander can be read below:
Performance – A powerful and proven Rotax 1000R engine delivering 100hp, maximum ground clearance to conquer rough terrain, a quieter ride for enhanced comfort, and improved suspension for a better ride experience in varying conditions.
Workability – Take what you need when you need it with 2,000lbs of towing capacity and the segment’s largest dump cargo box able to load up to 600lbs of cargo.
Design and Ergonomics – A distinctly Can-Am look so you stand out in the crowd, along with enhanced passenger comfort for longer days of riding.
Low Cost of Ownership – Class-leading maintenance intervals and do-it-yourself-friendly maintenance access points for those who like to tackle it on their own.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but the number one thing I try to schedule on my days off are how I can spend time outside. Whether that is trapping, hunting, hiking, or shooting I want to be out in nature, catch some fresh air, and make some legendary memories for around the water cooler. If I could do all that on a 2021 Can-Am Commander it would be that much more epic! As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
Over the years, Dead Air Silencers has become a dominant force in the suppressed shooting game. From the sound suppression performance, to feature sets and innovations, to lifespan and durability, most of the time you’d have a hard time beating the value proposition that Dead Air cans bring to the table. Founder Mike Pappas and […]
In the late 1970s and early 80s, Gordon Ingram came close to producing a military rifle in one of the most convoluted international arrangements I’ve yet heard of. Prototypes were made in Italy using British raw castings, to be tested in Somalia as part of a project to build a rifle factory there with Dominican Republic expertise from the San Cristobal armory. Somalia actually ordered a large quantity of rifles in 7.62x39mm, but Ingram prototyped the design in .223 and .308 as well.
Mechanically, the rifle was essentially a scaled-up M1 Carbine with a long stroke gas piston instead of a gas tappet. The production guns were select-fire, but the handful or prototypes brought into the US were semiautomatic only, to meet import requirements. In .308, the rifle used FAL magazines, while the .223 ones used AR magazines and the 7.62x39mm ones AK magazines.
Unfortunately for Ingram (but predictably), the project fell apart as the result of financial corruption among the many interested parties. The Somali government ended up payout out something like $5 million US and all they got for it were 10 unreliable prototype rifles.
Yesterday, the Senate voted 13-8 to pass Senate Bill 6, to ban magazines over an arbitrary capacity limit, and also voted 13-8 to pass Senate Bill 3, to impose a Maryland-style “handgun qualified purchase card” and a handgun transfer registry, in Delaware. These bills now advance to the House for further consideration.
General Austin Scott Miller is a warfighter who knows a thing or two about firearms, and has previously been noted for preferring a 1911 over the Army’s recently-retired standard-issue sidearm, the M9. Now the former Delta operator has been seen carrying a modified Glock in Afghanistan, rather than the current M17/M18 handguns that have been […]
Magpul keeps up the excellence with the PMag 30 AK74 MOE Ever since I picked up a pair of Arsenal’s Legion Izhevsk Saiga 5.45’s, I’ve quite enjoyed the 5.45×39 AK74 platform. I’ve found my particular examples to be soft-shooting and accurate to boot. The value-priced (at the time I bought it) 5.4×39 ammunition aids matters […]
Photo Of The Day – It almost feels like unveiling a new Ferrari, but it’s something much better. We’re looking at the new Benelli Nova and M2 Speed. They are two dynamic shotguns made to enhance the shooter’s performance in competition. Here’s what Benelli has to say: Created with the help of professional shooters, NOVA […]
There’s a ton of pros and cons when it comes to carrying a backup gun. Carrying a backup gun isn’t all that rare in the gun world and dates back to cap and ball era times. Throughout the years, there have been countless debates about how necessary it is to carry a backup gun in […]
In this episode of TFBTV mailroom, James Reeves opens your packages and reads your shitty fan mail. NOTE: James is conducting an AMA (“ask me anything”) today on the TFBTV subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/tfbtv/comments/mhmqd2/i_promised_you_an_ama_when_we_hit_1000/ Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check […]
On April 6th, the Assembly Public Safety Committee is hearing Assembly Bill 1223, to tax firearms and ammunition, and Assembly Bill 311, to restrict firearm "precursor parts" from display or sale at gun shows.
Current ammo prices are painful. If you’ve been shooting for a while, you understand this all too well. The shortage of essentially all common calibers has absolutely rampant for months, and the basic laws of supply and demand are being felt across the industry. Demand has spiked, supply has dropped, and so costs are soaring. […]
Yesterday, the Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2021 session. During this session, both chambers passed House Bill 218, to protect lawful gun owners during a state of emergency, and to further recognize all out-of-state carry permits. Unfortunately, lawmakers allowed this critical bill to die when the House failed to concur with the Senate’s amendments before time ran out.
If you have ever had the opportunity to hunt or live out in the western states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, or Idaho you know that Jackalope are something of a legend. Their numbers during the pioneering days in the 1800s were wide spread and plentiful similar to buffalo, but due to rampant overharvesting their numbers dwindled down to nearly becoming extinct – most people have never even seen a Jackalope in real life. This morning though Kryptek Outdoor Group shared some fantastic news! Jackalope have officially been removed from the Federal Endangered Species List in Idaho as their numbers have finally rebounded to safe levels. The full Press Release and breaking news from Kryptek Outdoor Group can be read below:
“As of April 1st 2021, Idaho fish and game has officially Delisted the Jackalope from the endangered species list. Populations in southern Idaho have exceeded conservation thresholds. This is extremely evident in the Marsing area due to the expansion of vineyards and orchard grass preservation. Contact your local fish and game for information on tag sales and stay tuned for Kryptek’s Jackalope ‘biggest rack’ competition coming this fall.“
The definitive details as to if or when a season may be held on Jackalope has not been ironed out yet by the Idaho Game and Fish Department, but there are already rumors that a season could happen yet this year. While Jackalope are known to have large litters like their Jack Rabbit cousins (upwards of 6-7 at a time) they oddly enough only reproduce once a year similar to their other genetic cousin – Pronghorn Antelope. The Idaho Game and Fish Department could most logically hold a hunting season that runs parallel to the Pronghorn Antelope season during the fall.
Many questions remain to be answered like: what would the harvest quota be? Could out-of-state residents get tags? Would a state record log be kept? What do they taste like? I have always believed butter and a good baked potato pairs well with most any wild game, but we are curious what do you think? Would you hunt a Jackalope? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
SWISS P, a RUAG Ammotec subsidiary company, has introduced a new sniper rifle cartridge called .375 SWISS P (9.5x70mm). This is a .375 caliber rebated rim bottleneck cartridge. It shares the same rim diameter and overall length with the .338 Lapua Magnum, however, it has a larger (15.73mm (.619″)) base diameter and is advertised as a […]
Welcome all to today’s POTD (Photo of the Day)! Our picture as you can see is a Colt Paterson Model 1839 Revolving Shotgun. Any Colt fan will know that this is one of the holy grails in the lineup of old Colt Paterson designs. Arguably one of the most scarce Colt Paterson guns, the Colt Paterson Model 1839 is a long roughly 32 inch barreled monster of a black powder firearm.
The first successful Colt Paterson is the relatively wide known 1836 single-action revolver but later came a carbine version of the action. The revolving shotgun aspect of the Model 1839 is it is a version of the 1839 carbine that was a .525 chambered rifle. The carbine itself was made in very low numbers and the shotgun even less yet. It was 16 Gauge exclusively and featured a 3.5-inch chamber. As far as my quick research goes I saw consistently that roughly only 250 Model 1839 shotguns were made.
I saw this photo on The Cody Firearms Museum’s website and I highly recommend checking them out and giving them your support! Awesome people who are doing amazing things in the name of historical preservation of firearms.
Source: “Colt-Paterson Model 1839 Revolving Shotgun.” Cody Firearms Museum, Cody, Wyoming, Aug. 2021, centerofthewest.org/explore/firearms/.
If post-civil war firearms and history sparks your fancy, Taylor’s & Company new Ace Revolver might just be for you. The Ace model puts a modern spin on the much-loved 1858 Remington model with a snub nose barrel. The original 1858 Remington became so famous that it was the prevailing choice of military officers following the Civil War. Fast forward to 2021, Taylor’s & Company based in Winchester, Virginia introduces the new Ace Revolver and gives all the details in the following press release.
Taylor’s & Company, the world’s leading marketers and importers of state-of-the-art historical firearms utilizing the latest innovative designs, is pleased to announce the addition of “The ACE” pistol to their product lineup for 2021.
Included in the Master Pistol Series, the ACE is a compact snub nose revolver based on the 1858 Remington model. A classic blued finish with a brass trigger guard compliments the short 3” barrel length making it a more comfortable pistol to carry. The ACE has an overall length of 8.38 inches and it weighs in at just 38 ounces. That’s incredibly light for a steel-frame revolver. The ACE is offered in Black Powder .44 and a conversion cylinder model to shoot smokeless .45LC ammunition. The ACE comes standard with a fixed front blade sight and a rear notch for quick target acquisition. This firearm is available with three grip options: checkered walnut, smooth walnut, and white PVC.
“The ACE’s ammo flexibility has transitioned into a huge demand for it already this year,” said Rob Girard, VP of Sales & Marketing, Taylor’s & Company. “Besides the standard .44-caliber black powder format, it accepts a 6-shot .45 LC conversion cylinder (sold separately). This is huge these days when certain calibers of ammo are impossible to find.”
Available Models (.44 Caliber Blackpowder)
Item: #341PIE Grip: Checkered Walnut
Item: #342PIE Grip: Smooth Walnut
Item: #343PIE Grip: White PVC
MSRP: Starting at $350.00
To learn more about the ACE line and the complete product offerings from Taylor’s & Company, please visit www.taylorsfirearms.com or follow us socially @taylorsfirearms.
About Taylor’s & Company
Taylor’s & Company markets historical reproductions as well as guns designed for modern-day shooter’s needs in The New West. Working closely with manufacturers, Taylor’s firearms are crafted to their specifications using high-quality machining and innovative designs; all part of Keeping the Legend Alive.
If you’re itching to get started reloading some of the newer hunting cartridges on the market like 350 Legend, Hornady is on the cusp of releasing their 11th Edition Handbook of Cartridge Reloading. The handbook will still contain all of the information of the previous edition but will now also include reloading data on recently released cartridges like 6mm ARC, 300 PRC, and even 450 Rigby. In addition, the handbook has been updated with load data for more recently released powers like CFE BLK, Shooters World Precision, and Tactical Rifle of which I am a big fan. Whatever you’ve been wanting to reload, there is a good chance that the 11th Edition handbook will have tested and proven load data in it.
Hornady 11th Edition Handbook of Cartridge Reloading Coming Soon
Hornady® is proud to announce that the 11th Edition Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading is coming soon.
Featuring the latest Hornady bullets, along with new cartridges, powders and more, the 11th Edition Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading builds off 50-plus years of history since its inception. Filled with hand loading techniques, bullet information and reloading data, it is a one-stop shop for support of Hornady component bullets.
New cartridges include the latest efficient and accurate Hornady developments like the 6mm ARC, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC. Other recent cartridge offerings like the 224 Valkyrie, 350 Legend, and 28 Nosler are included, along with the additions of the 5.45×39, 300 Norma Magnum and 450 Rigby.
Many new or previously not included powders have been added including IMR 4955 & 8133, StaBall 6.5, Shooters World Precision and Tactical Rifle, Vihtavuori N-530, N-565, and N-570, Norma 217, CFE BLK, Accurate No. 11FS, 2200 and 4100, Reloder 16 and Ramshot LRT. Other recent additions like Reloder 23, 26 and 33, Accurate LT-30 and Power Pro 300 MP have been expanded.
Numerous new bullets make an appearance, including the new A-TIP® Match and new editions in the ELD-X®, ELD® Match, GMX®, FTX®, SUB-X® and more.
“Many unique challenges have arisen between the 10th and 11th edition handbooks. Despite the adversity, our team persisted and after hundreds of hours and thousands of rounds, we are proud to bring you the newest addition to our lineage of reloading handbooks.” said
Jason Hornady, Vice President.
In addition to the hard copy of the book, many of you may want to pick up an electronic copy of the book for your tablet or e-reader which Hornady is now offering on iTunes iBook store for Apple products as well as a Kindle edition on amazon.com inside the Kindle book store. I’m partial to hard copies of books when I need to buy them, but I could also see the electronic edition being extremely handy if you quickly want to reference a cartridge loading or don’t have a lot of space on your reloading bench for books. If the trend continues, the 11th Edition Hornady Handbook should cost around $50.00 for the hard copy edition.
The US Army has confirmed its procurement of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc.’s MK22 Multi-role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle as the Precision Sniper Rifle. The $50 million five year contract will see just short of 3,000 MRADs procured. It has not been specified which calibre will be the primary chambering of the Army’s new sniper rifles but the Army’s […]
The Sig M400 TREAD line of rifles has models ranging from AR pistols to long-range AR-10 rifles. Now, Sig Sauer has added a more targeted option for the hunting market. Specifically designed for predator hunters, the M400 TREAD PREDATOR has just been released by Sig Sauer.
“SIG SAUER is pleased to announce the expansion of the M400 TREAD series of rifles with the introduction of the M400 TREAD PREDATOR, designed specifically for predator hunting and inclusive of feature changes to suit the needs of hunters.“
The SIG M400 TREAD PREDATOR
Sig’s new M400 TREAD Predator has an aluminum frame and hard coat anodized receiver. It’s coated with a Cerakote Elite Jungle finish to help it blend in with the hunter’s environment. It comes equipped with a precision stock that is adjustable for both comb height and length of pull. The free-float M-LOK handguard features lightening cuts and is available in either 13- or 15-inch. The rifle comes standard with a hardened polished trigger and ambidextrous controls. At the end of the 16-inch stainless steel barrel is a thread protector, but a three-chamber compensator is also available. The gun ships with one five-round polymer magazine.
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Barrel Length: 16″
Twist Rate: 1 in 8″
Overall Length: 35.5″
Operating System: Direct Impingement
Weight: 7.5 Pounds
If predators are a problem for you, and you’re looking for a dedicated rifle to deal with them, make sure you take a hard look at the TREAD Predator. You can find more details on this and countless other firearms by visiting Sig Sauer’s website. Head over to their YouTube channel if you would like to see more videos than just the one below. They offer product information as well as training tips. Make sure you also follow Sig on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more cool content. Now the predators become the prey.
Since SIG SAUER launched their TREAD series in 2018, TFB has brought you news coverage and reviews on this AR lineup. From their original 16″ 5.56 M400 model, to the 11.5″ pistol variant, to the 7.62 upsize in the 716i model, to the enhanced Coil version, the TREAD lineup has typically been well received. In […]
After the failure of the domestic production Ahlberg pistols and some disappointment with the performance of surplus French Ruby pistols, the Finnish military turned to DWM in Germany for a main service pistol in 1922. The core of the Finnish armed forces had been exposed to the Luger as Jaegers in German military service during World War One, and they knew and liked the Luger design. Bowing to Versailles restrictions in the post-war years, the guns purchased were chambered for 7.65mm Luger, with sub-100mm barrels (specifically, 95mm and 98mm). The first 2,000 were received in 1922, another 2,000 in 1923, and by 1929 the Army had acquired 8,000 (purchases stopped in 1929 with the decision to produce a domestic pistol, which would be the Lahti L-35). The Luger in 7.65mm was designated the m/23 pistol.
In addition to Army purchases, many private individuals bought their own Lugers that would see military service, as did the Civil Guard. In fact, the Luger was a more common service pistol than the L-35 in both the Winter War and the Continuation War. Once the Winter War began, worn-out m/23 pistols were fitted with new 9x19mm barrels made by Sako and Tikkakoski, although the hot Finnish SMG ammunition would cause significant wear and eventually destroy many of the guns. Those that survived both wars would remain in service all the way into the 1980s, when they were finally surplussed.
One of the examples we have today is a gun that was eventually transferred to the Finnish prison administration system, and was marked by them – there was no crest or chamber marking put on the Finnish contract guns by DWM.
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued favorable reports for Senate Bill 6, to ban magazines over an arbitrary capacity limit, and Senate Bill 3, to impose a Maryland-style “handgun qualified purchase card” and a handgun transfer registry in Delaware. These bills now advance to the full Senate, where they will likely receive a floor vote today.
According to sources in the Department of Justice speaking on the condition of anonymity, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) is making a move to eliminate the marijuana disqualification question to transfer a firearm from a licensed dealer to an individual. The move is significant at a time where states like New […]
A friend of mine has a thermal spotter which he bought a few years ago. He was looking for an upgrade, and as he heard I had Pulsar’s brand new Helion 2 XP50 PRO he came by to have a look. It was a sunny spring day with a temperature of around +15°C (+59°F), pretty […]
Photo Of The Day and we’re in for a blast. The firepower of the 84 mm M2 Carl Gustaf anti-tank recoilless rifle is huge, but so is the blast. All that energy needs to go somewhere and in these pictures it’s clear. Above we have soldiers from The Norwegian Home Guard in Trøndelag practicing shooting […]
When it comes to revolvers, my gun safe is like a “safe space.” I accept all kinds and everybody is welcome – even the big boys! One cartridge I do not have in my stable, but continually keep eyeing is the .460 Smith & Wesson Magnum cartridge (.460 S&W Mag). It is a novel round […]
While I was at The Gathering at the Sawmill event in South Carolina, I was able to speak with the owner of Ryker. Ryker has developed a novel shooting method dubbed the “Ryker Method” which aims to reduce fatigue on the shooter and provide a more natural shooting position when interfacing with their weapon. Ron […]
Alabama lawmakers have not passed a single piece of pro-gun legislation in six years. Other states are enthusiastically passing a variety of bills to protect and advance Second Amendment rights for the benefit of law-abiding citizens. Just this year, legislatures in Montana, Tennessee, Iowa, and Utah have passed constitutional/permitless carry bills. Recently, Georgia passed a bill to recognize carry permits from all states, and to also ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected during a state of emergency.
Recently I had the chance to test a new scope called Optika6 from Meopta, an optics maker with plants in Florida and the Czech Republic. The experience left me with renewed enthusiasm for “reaching out” to targets with a rifle after a long winter dampened by Covid restrictions. New in 2019, the Optika6 is a series of five riflescopes developed for mid- to long-range engagements. Each scope in the series is available with the reticle on either the first or second focal plane.
For those unfamiliar with reticle placement inside the scope, first focal plane reticles expand in apparent size as magnification increases, making more details of the reticle visible along the way. This more modern design holds appeal to me because in addition to the comforting effect of seeing more detail on the reticle for more distant targets, it requires no special calculations for different magnification levels. By comparison, a reticle on the second focal plane stays consistent as magnification changes, and a holdover calculated into the scope at, say 2x magnification, will not be precisely the same holdover required for the same distance with the magnification dialed up to 6x.
Optika6 1-6×24 Features
The Optika6 1-6×24 is the lowest-power scope in the series made for close- to mid-range targets for hunting and competition. The 30mm scope in this test with 1-6x magnification has a first focal plane reticle. My first impression of the scope was that it is a good-looking one. The 30mm tube complements many rifles without overpowering their appearance. Its turrets are textured for gripping in all conditions and adds a rugged visual appeal.
At 20.4 ounces, the scope struck me as a bit heavy upon lifting it from the box – something a competent student remarked on when I showed it to him as well – but when I compare it to my personal 1-6x scope which I think of as light, the Optika6 is only 1.4 ounces more. For the biathlons I used to do, and for many hunters, every ounce matters. Most will never notice the bit of extra weight.
Consumers get a choice of up to nine reticles when choosing their Optika6. The test model has nine choices. Two are optimized for .223 Remington. Two feature Meopta’s new Dichroic technology which automatically illuminates the reticle for maximum visibility in various light conditions. The Meopta Dichrotech page allows toggling from daylight to dusk conditions on a stag target to exemplify how it works. Try it, it’s kind of fun!
Of all the options, I chose the MRAD2 RD. Having had most of my formal rifle training behind a Horus reticle, I prefer the ability to range using mils and successive hashmarks. While the MRAD2 is very much scaled down from a long-range reticle, it gives ample opportunity for using the reticle as a finely-tuned tool.
The “RD” in the reticle’s name is for red dot. Meopta did a great job here putting a tiny red dot in the center of the reticle that doesn’t block the view of distant targets. The left turret has a brightness adjustment and on/off switch. Every other click is “off” so if a person prefers a specific brightness or the day’s activities demand a certain level of brightness, the user can just turn the dial and it’s set as desired; no scrolling necessary.
The rifle in this test is my own Cutlass by Battle Rifle Company of Houston. Once a review item that I couldn’t bear to send back, this accurized AR15 has proven itself time and again as an accurate beast. Mounting on the Cutlass rail was done with the Pro QD 30mm medium height mount from Lucid Optics. It’ll have a review of its own soon. For now, suffice to say I chose this handy 6061 aluminum mount because it’s not just a quick-detach design; it also has a built-in bubble level to make mounting easier.
Speaking of easier mounting, I love that the Optika6 has a flat bottom on the center. A trick I learned from the Instructors of STA Training Group is easy to use with this scope. With the aid of a wide metal ruler or bit of bar stock as a spacer, the flat scope surface makes it easy to ensure the scope is level inside the mount.
There was no shortage of test gear in this review. The eight screws on the Lucid mount were secured with a new product called the Mini All-in-One Torque Driver by Fix-It Sticks which is a tiny interpretation of the torque wrench. It will have its own coverage in the near future.
Shooting with the Optika6 1-6×24
At first look, the glass on this scope is strikingly clear. A herd of deer appeared more than 600 yards downrange near dusk on the first day of the trial offering a perfect chance to see how the scope performs at its outer limits. It so happened a group class was underway at the time. All five of us who had a chance to level the scope to view the deer had an easy time locating them even at 6x power due to the Optika6’s generous field of view. We were able to identify individual deer in the small herd according to age/size, and of course, identify bucks which are sporting new antlers. Light transmission in less-than-ideal conditions proved itself to be very good.
Adjusting the dot’s brightness is a handy feature on this scope. The dot is too small to overpower even tiny targets. It is exactly as a red dot in a magnified scope should be – it highlights the bullseye without interfering with aim.
Click values on the turrets are a little odd at .15 milliradians per click instead of the customary .10 milliradians. This resulted in a bit of mental gymnastics, but is doable. The increments are clear as the dials operate. The Optika6 has zero-stop turrets, a feature I’ve enjoyed on enough scopes that I’ve begun to expect it for clarity of the “home base” and speed of adjustment, at least after establishing the original zero with one’s ammo and barrel of choice.
It’s my opinion that this scope shines on the upper half of its magnification range. The reticle shows up in such a way that the mil marks are obvious, and between its clarity, light transmission, and outstanding field of view, hitting targets at distances outside of moderate becomes possible. I made this happy discovery when I had the scope in the car for a last-minute class to help a student zero his own optic. The Optika6 became a pinch hitter for a spotting scope that day. At 6x, it was possible to find targets at 555 yards in a hurry having sufficient field of view to engage in conversation about which target to pick and to see hits.
So, distance work was better than expected. I was a tad disappointed to see a slight bit of distortion at 1x. I asked two other shooters to confirm it to be sure it wasn’t just my eyes; they saw it also. That said, engagements at 1x distances should not require the same precision as longer-distance ones, and the little wavy effect disappears when dialing anywhere above 1x. If outstanding clarity, rugged good looks, and great options for reticles are your thing in a magnifying scope, the Optika6 lineup is worth a look. The model featured here is $649.99 factory direct.
Meopta Optika6 FFP Scope Specifications
Magnification: 1 – 6 x
Objective Lens: 24 mm
Objective Filter Thread: M28.2×0.75
Main Tube Size: 30 mm
Exit Pupil Diameter: 10 – 4 mm
Eye Relief: 100mm | 3.94 inches
Field of View: 36.5-6.3m/100m | 109.5-18.9ft/100yds
Field of View at: 20.7 – 3.6 °
Focal Plane Position: First
Dioptric Compensation: -2.5/3.5 D
Daylight Transmission: 91 %
Twilight Transmission: 88 %
Twilight Factor: 4.9 – 12
Impact per Click: 1.5cm/100m | 0.52in/100yds
Windage and Elevation Adjustment Range: 349cm/100m | 125.7in/100yds
British MagLoad Ltd. has introduced new +6 magazine extensions for Gen 3 Magpul PMAGs. What makes this product interesting and different compared to most of the other magazine extensions available on the market is that it has a stackable design allowing to change the magazine capacity in 6-round increments by adding or removing extension sections. […]
Welcome to today’s POTD (Photo of the Day)! Today we have a picture of the great grandfather of modern firearms himself; John Moses Browning. More importantly, Mr. Browning is holding his Browning Automatic Rifle, the 1918 BAR. This beast of a machine gun was invented and developed in an incredibly short amount of time in order to stumble upon no man’s land.
The 1918 BAR was a short iteration of the BAR that came later in WW2. It was aggressive, to say the least. It had a high rate of fire and paired with its heavy cartridge the 15 pounds of gun was no match for the excessive recoil. This gun was made to sweep no man’s land and keep the enemies’ heads down while soldiers advanced in walking fire. Today we know this to be suicide and if ever attempted it would not really work. The US government went as far as making leather cups that sat vertically on a belt and the BAR stock would be inserted to help with walking fire and maintaining some control of the recoil. The BAR would go on to be used by gangsters, government agencies, and future soldiers.
“Model 1918 BAR.” Browning.com, R. Stitt., 2016, www.browning.com/news/articles/brief-history-of-the-browning-bar.html.
Hunting with a crossbow can yield some tasty results. The accuracy of a crossbow complemented by the right optic can help secure those results. Halo Optics, known for its handheld laser rangefinders, is introducing the new Halo Hyper X Crossbow Scope.
“One of the most common reasons for missed shots while hunting happens right before the shot. Hunters using a hand-held rangefinder get picked off by game when they move to range the animal, or they improperly judge the distance to the target. To compound the problem, game animals often move and change the distance right before the shot. The all-new Halo® Hyper X Crossbow Scope combines an integrated laser rangefinder into a premium optic so hunters can acquire their target, get the range and have a calculated point of aim!“
Halo Hyper X Laser-Rangefinding Crossbow Scope
The Halo Hyper X has three modes:
Drop Reticle – This mode is meant for use with a crossbow. The user inputs the speed of their crossbow and the Hyper X auto-compensates an illuminated reticle out to 100 yards.
Center Point of Impact – This mode is intended for shotgun or rifle use. It supplies the shooter with range readouts and keeps the elevation reticle in the center of the optic.
Fixed Pin – This mode displays multiple illuminated elevation pins, mimicking a traditional archery sight. It also displays the range to the target.
To zero the Halo Hyper X, the user needs only to sight it in at 20 yards. After this is accomplished, the scope can calculate all other points of aim. It uses Auto Acquisition Technology to make ranging simple. The push of a single button on the wireless ranging remote is all you need.
Mounting system: Weaver-style
Reticle: Crosshair and/or dot reticle
If you’re looking for a scope to mount on your crossbow, but would like additional features, this scope will fill that need. The Hyper X will be available in June 2021. Halo Optics also offers several handheld rangefinders. These can be found on Halo’s website. If you’d like to see videos about their products, check out their YouTube channel. They are also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
If you’re looking for a new axe or knife to spend your stimulus money on for the spring outdoors season then WOOX has just introduced a fresh new look for their AX1 axe and Rock62 knife with the Phantom Black treatment. The Phantom Black Editions of both the knife and the axe feature a murdered-out black treatment making them appear more stealthy and modern.
Phantom Black Editions of WOOX AX1 and Rock62 Now Available
“Hickory, North Carolina – March 30, 2021 – In 2020, Italian-American outdoor gear company, WOOX, introduced the AX1 axe and Rock62 knife. WOOX has now launched the Phantom Black edition of both product lines.
The new Phantom Black editions feature new visual elements, including a blacked-out finish of the handles, blades, and other metal components.
The AX1 combines stunning craftsmanship with an innovative tomahawk-style design. The octagonal Appalachian hickory handle adds durability and ergonomics. The wedge-shaped head is made of tempered carbon steel and is cerakoted to offer even greater durability and weather resistance. Rounding off this great piece of gear is a heavy-duty steel, diamond heel in the pommel.
All WOOX Rock62 knives feature superior Sleipner Steel (Rockwell HRC 60-62), custom fitted screws, and German Micarta handles.
Both the Rock62 knives and AX1 axes are designed in Hickory, North Carolina and made in Italy. The new Phantom Black editions are available now and have a retail price of $179.00 for the Rock62 knife and $199.00 for the AX1 respectively.“
Although I do like the classy craftsmanship of the wood that WOOX puts on their stocks, axes, and knives, I can also see how some people would want a different-looking set of furniture for their Axe and Knife if they are planning on deploying them for daily use. The Phantom Black series might be for those who like the style and craftsmanship of the two WOOX blades, but don’t want to run the risk of damaging their walnut grips out in the wild.
For military history buffs, there’s nothing better than a good book. For those interested in firearms history and specifically the use of machine guns during the First World War, there’s some good news. The Vickers MG Collection & Research Association, a not for profit research collection in the UK, has announced the reprinting of a long-lost […]
Yesterday, the General Assembly adjourned sine die from its 2021 legislative session. During this session, the House passed House Bill 175 to prohibit financial institutions from discriminating against firearm businesses. Unfortunately, the Senate did not take action on this critical bill, resulting in it failing to pass this year.
With the introduction of any new pistol meant for concealment, the availability of holsters is a top concern. A very recent example of this is the Ruger MAX-9 Pistol. Well, fortunately for those looking to purchase one as their everyday carry many of Galco’s legacy holsters now fit the MAX-9.
“With holsters in every price range and multiple carry methods, Galco can help outfit owners of the Ruger MAX-9 with the highest-quality American-made holsters and accessories.“
“Its unique two-piece construction is contoured on the body side to the natural curve of the hip, keeping all the molding on the front of the holster, allowing for significantly more comfortable carry and a narrower profile than an ordinary pancake type holster*. For an expanded discussion on forward molding versus the traditional pancake design, please see our website.“
“Galco’s TacSlide combines steerhide and Kydex® for a belt holster that is fast, concealable, and very economical! Following on the tremendous success of the hybrid KingTuk IWB, the TacSlide mates a Kydex holster pocket to a slotted steerhide backplate. An open top and near-neutral cant make the draw fast and simple.“
Hybrid Kydex/lined premium steerhide construction
Accommodates multiple barrel lengths
Forward-molded design contours to the hip
Fore-and-aft belt slots pull the handgun into the body for concealment
Fits belts up 1 3/4″
In-The-Waistband Holsters for the Ruger MAX-9 Pistol
“The Scout 3.0’s open top and full firing grip accessibility combine for a fast and easy draw – critically important in fast-moving self-defense situations. The reinforced holster mouth provides a safe and simple return to the holster after action.“
Reinforced mouth for easy holstering
Converts for right or left hand use
Includes two different belt clips
Adjustable for cant
UniClip fits belt up to 1 1/2″
Ultimate Stealth clip fits belts of unlimited width
“The QuickTuk Cloud’s outstanding comfort level comes from its innovative backing plate, composed of a ballistic nylon front over a closed cell foam body. The back portion of the plate that rides against the wearer is lined with Galco’s Comfort Cloth, an Adaptive Performance Mesh that provides padding and moisture wicking. A rigid Kydex® holster pocket provides fast draw and easy holstering while facilitating a full firing grip.“
Hybrid Kydex®/nylon construction
Ballistic nylon front over closed cell foam
Comfort Cloth lining provides padding and moisture wicking
Rigid Kydex holster pocket for fast draw and easy holstering
Full firing grip accessibility
Tuckable polymer UniClip is adjusts for ride height
“Featuring an open top design for speed, covered trigger for safety, and tension screw adjustment for added security, the highly versatile Speed Master 2.0 adds convenient on/off ability to the equation when set up as a paddle holster. As a huge bonus, the Speed Master 2.0 can also be configured as a solid and stable belt holster using the included belt slot attachment.“
Premium steerhide construction
Adjustable tension unit
Slight butt-forward cant (large autos)
Neutral cant (compact autos and revolvers)
Includes interchangeable belt slot and paddle attachments
Belt slot is adjustable for belt width and ride height
“While limiting the carrier to a relatively small handgun, pocket carry offers some unique advantages. Not only is the handgun completely covered and concealed, but the gun carrier can casually place a hand on the holstered/pocketed pistol if a nonspecific threat materializes – and the fastest draw is to have the gun already in hand.“
Premium Center Cut Steerhide
Metal reinforced mouth for easy release of the firearm
Conceals the shape of the handgun
Keeps firearm upright in pocket
Hooked shape and rough-out texture retain holster in pocket on draw
“Galco’s update of the traditional belly band allows concealed carry of multiple weapons and accessories around the midsection, in an infinite variety of configurations. The UnderWraps also enables the user to make instant additions and changes to the carry rig. Two leather holster pockets facilitate stable positioning of one or two firearms simultaneously, while two accessory pockets accommodate badge, cuffs, ammo – you name it!“
Two leather holster pockets fit most handguns
Two accessory pockets
Accommodates strongside, crossdraw, and appendix carry
The above holsters aren’t even all of the options from Galco Holsters. They also offer off-body options like purses and day planners. Look at all of your options on Galco’s website. You can also find product information on their Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Continue to carry and stay safe out there!
M1152 Ball and M1153 Special Purpose 9x19mm cartridges have been adopted by the US military along with the MHS handguns (M17 and M18). The M1152 is loaded with a 115-grain full metal jacket (FMJ) bullet and the M1153 Special Purpose cartridge utilizes a 147-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP) projectile. The intended use for the M1153 […]
Starting in 1909, Mauser had a plan to introduce a family of automatic pistols, with a picket gun in 6.35mm (.25 ACP) and a military/police service pistol in 9mm Parabellum that shared the same basic look. The initial 1909 prototype in 9mm was simple blowback, and proved to be a failure. The next attempt was a simple blowback 6.35mm, which was quite successful, and was marketed as the Mauser 1910, as well as the 1914 in .32 ACP (7.65mm). With that selling well, the company went back to its 9mm gun, and began experimenting with locking systems. After failing to get a vertically tipping locking block to work, they came to a flapper-delayed blowback system that was expensive, but worked well. That was the Model 1912, in 9x19mm.
Between 1912 and 1914 about 200 examples of this gun were made, with production standardizing by about serial number 50. Later examples were made for a military market, with 500-meter tangent sights and detachable holster stocks. Any hopes of challenging the Luger in Germany military service were dashed by the death of Paul Mauser in May 1914, coupled with the outbreak of war in August. The project fizzled to an end, and was never restarted after the war – although elements would go with Josef Nickl to Czechoslovakia and eventually show up in the CZ Model 27…
For more information on this and other Mauser handgun developments, I recommend “Mauser Pistolen” by Schmidt, Speed, and Weaver:
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Senate Bill 6, to ban magazines over an arbitrary capacity limit. As previously scheduled, the committee will also hear Senate Bill 3, to impose a Maryland-style “handgun qualified purchase card” and a handgun transfer registry in Delaware.
Parker Mountain Machine is a custom firearm manufacturer and producer of aftermarket firearms parts for all sorts of guns including the SIG P320, Beretta M9A3, B&T APC9, and other firearms. They’ve just announced the release of a novel new item for the Trijicon SRO that I think improves upon the design of the already great […]
The Nightforce ATACR has made a name for itself as the tried and true optic for long-range shooters and military snipers. Held to insane durability standards, and using a 34mm tube and multi-coated ED glass, the ATACR series is where quality meets durability. I purchased this ATACR 5-25×56 SFP Enhanced roughly a year ago to […]
Hi there, and welcome to our Photo Of The Day! Here is the place where we honor outstanding photos from the world of firearms. Today it’s time to look at France and some of their equipment. We have their Heckler & Koch HK416F rifles of course. Here are pictures, and a video, from when a variety […]
Welcome everyone to the 87th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]
At SHOT Show 2020 Recover Tactical debuted their 20/20 Glock Stabilizer Kit and Holster for 9mm and .40S&W Glock models with a rail. These kits are really easy to install, they deploy quickly, and they’re affordable. The 20/20 Stabilizers for the Glock start out at just $99.95. They’ve since released their MG9 Angled Grip and Glock […]
This past month I had the good fortune and opportunity to accompany some of the staff from AllOutdoor, OutdoorHub, and TheFirearmBlog down to Mellon Creek Outfitters in Refugio, Texas. We were on a mission to hunt wild hogs as well as coyotes. Both are a detriment to the work of ranchers and guides. The wild hogs rut up the earth and ruin serviceable cropland, and the coyotes prey on the calves of livestock as well as whitetail deer that are sought-after on guided hunts. So, we not only were headed to Texas for a great time testing out different gear along the way, but were also looking to service a purpose in our efforts.
“Mellon Creek Outfitters is a 110,000 acre ranch uniquely set at the crossroads of the south Texas brush country and the Texas Coastal Plains. This gives us a habitat second to none for all native wildlife. This fact will become abundantly clear as you drive through the ranch. The amount of game is something that isn’t explained well in words; it’s better to see it for yourself.
In brief, Mellon Creek Outfitters strives to be the best. We enjoy hunting just as much as our clients do and look forward to each and everyday doing what we love. With a 90% repeat clientele our season is more like a family reunion then a hunting trip, our clients are our friends.“
I have done lots of hunting over the years on public property self-guided, private property self-guided, and also via the assistance of guides on fenced-in and free-range areas. I have had my fair share of phenomenal experiences and sour ones as well. Heading down to Mellon Creek Outfitters I was excited for some thermal/night vision hunting of pigs and coyotes and did not know what to expect.
Lodging – Mellon Creek Outfitters
When it comes to hunting your lodging can vary from barbaric, caveman standards all the way up to luxury amenities. For this trip, it was closer to the latter. We all had our own 2-person cabins outfitted with a TV, clean beds/linens, a shower/bathroom, and plenty of space to sort our gear and clothing. For me personally, having a comfortable place to lay your head and recover from a full day of hunting is extremely important. It sets the tone and your mood for the next day as well as ensures you are energetic for the next day’s exploits. I slept great here (which rarely happens when I’m traveling) so even though we had long days of hunting I could keep at it day after day.
Meals – Mellon Creek Outfitters
Aside from having a good place to hang your hat, you obviously need to stay fueled up for your outdoor foibles and adventures. I have done hunts where you eat granola bars and boiled soup over a campfire for a week, and while you are getting calories into your body nobody honestly enjoys those meals. The food faire at Mellon Creek Outfitters was completely the opposite. Every meal was prepared by a personal chef that was 5-Star quality in my eyes. After mentally saying “Grace,” I would immediately take a photo of every meal and text it to my family back home because none of them could believe what I was able to eat down here. It was not only visually impressive, but incredibly delicious.
Outdoor Range – Mellon Creek Outfitters
Before we began chasing hogs and coyotes we set out to confirm the zero on all of our rifles as well as test out our thermal and night vision equipment from ATN Corp who graciously helped sponsor our hunt. You can read more about the equipment used in this article: ATN Thermal/Night Vision Wild Hog & Coyote Hunt. It was enjoyable to get our gear zeroed and confirmed because Mellon Creek Outfitters had multiple, covered outdoor ranges to get this accomplished. Whether we wanted to do a simple 100-yard zero or try to tag steel out to 1,000 yards, we had options available to do that whether it was rain or shine.
Hunting – Mellon Creek Outfitters
When it came to the actual hunt all of the guides we worked with from Mellon Creek Outfitters were able to repeatedly and consistently put us on game. It was only through our own learning curve of working with thermal/night vision (or lackluster shooting) that we didn’t harvest more hogs and coyotes. Over the course of 3 evening hunts we harvested 7 hogs and 1 coyote (all confirmed harvests) with quite a few more unrecovered pigs who hit the low-lying sagebrush like freight trains and we did not recover. I know the guides and ranchers in Texas alike appreciate even our modest haul of pigs and coyotes being removed from the landscape.
Final Thoughts – Mellon Creek Outfitters
All in all, I was supremely impressed with my stay at Mellon Creek Outfitters. There are lots of species of game to hunt including whitetail deer, wild hogs, coyotes, bobcat, turkey, and even Nilgai. If you need a break from chasing game animals they even have the option to go fishing. From the lodging to meals to the actual hunt there is not much else a hunter could ask for. They even have WiFi on the property so you can still check e-mails and accomplish some work in between the story-telling and belly laughs you’ll have. If you are on the hunt for your next hunt you should give them serious consideration. I was incredibly impressed and I believe you will be, too.
Nosler has added new caliber and stock color options for their M48 Mountain Carbon Rifle. This rifle is now available chambered in 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge (6.5 PRC) and .280 Ackley Improved (.280 AI). The Shale Gray is added as a new stock color option and the Hunter Green color of the stock is replaced with […]
Welcome to today’s POTD (Photo of the Day)! Today we have a picture borrowed from Curious Relics #006 The M1917 Bayonet – An Extra 17″ in the Trenches. For those of you who may not know, bayonets were once much more of a necessity than they are today. In a world that evolved from swords and archers to black powder firearms, there were a few hundred years where reloading your weapon in battle may not be the best decision and it was much easier to use it as a spear.
The US M1917 Bayonet was the result of the war of attrition known as World War I. When Allied powers could no longer make everything themselves they looked to other powers with sympathy. Many of them were neutral countries such as the United States at the time. The US had been manufacturing arms and accessories and much more for allied powers and when the US entered the war it was very apparent they lacked a lot of their own. The US M1917 Bayonet was derived from the P14 rifle bayonet (called the P13 bayonet). Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone would manufacture these bayonets that would be in use for decades.
The M1917 Bayonet sported a 17-inch blade, wood grips on the handle, and was intended to be mounted on the US Enfield Rifle. Quickly trench shotguns would also be modified to hold this awesome sword-style bayonet and get an extra 17 inches in the trenches! For more reading on the M1917 Bayonet check out: Curious Relics #006: The M1917 Bayonet.
While I have yet to get my hands on the new EOTECH Vudu 5-25×50 first focal plane scope, I have utilized and own several EOTECH optics and I have never been disappointed. My first impression is the ruggedness and how compact the Vudu 5-25x appears to be. Enjoying long distance shooting and the advantages of a first focal plane scope I hope to give the new Vudu a try out soon. Just recently EOTECH provided the following information on the Vudu 5-25×50 precision rifle scope.
The EOTECH Vudu 5-25×50 first focal plane rifle scope is a favorite optic among law enforcement, military, and precision rifle competitors. It has earned top honors in the field and at the range because of its compact, rugged design and superior optics.
The Vudu 5-25x features incredible edge-to edge clarity and true color representation in a compact unit just over 11-inches in length. Compared to larger and more bulky, high-magnification scopes, the Vudu 5-25×50 FFP Rifle Scope is hands-down the optic of choice of snipers and long-range competition rifle shooters across the country!
The Vudu 5-25x combines reliable first focal plane ranging with a unique push/pull elevation turret locking system. EOTECH’s EZ Chek Zero Stop promotes effortless adjustment and instant return to zero. This scope is offered in either the standard MD3 reticle or the Horus® H59 offering more advanced correction capability in windage and elevation.
Given the scope’s compact build, there is ample room to mount a night vision or thermal device in front of the rifle scope and make adjustments to the device without ever leaving the optic.
Adjustment clicks are positive and tactile, allowing a shooter to adjust on the fly with confidence. A single CR 2032 battery powers the Vudu 5-25’s reticle illumination, and the scope’s parallax and illumination controls are combined in a single turret for convenient adjustments.
All of which explains why the Vudu 5-25x has made such a huge impact in Precision Rifle Series competitions across the country. Competitors trust the Vudu 5-25×50 to provide accuracy and consistency while shaving inches and ounces from their rifle.
People and animals alike tend to feel more comfortable in a group of their own kind. Decoys are used in the hunting of many animals including deer and duck. This form of hunting is Avian-X’s bread and butter. Adding to their line of decoys meant for turkey hunting, Avian-X has released the HDR Feeder Decoy.
“The new HDR Feeder by Avian-X® perfectly imitates a mature hen feeding with her high exposed back and lowered primary wing feathers. Place her with the new HDR Strutter following behind for the ultimate mid-day to late-morning decoy set up. When turkeys are still in larger flocks, another deadly early season tactic is to add a few hens to the decoy mix. The HDR Feeder’s natural posture is perfect for this ploy, and adding two or three decoys creates a natural-looking flock.“
The HDR Feeder Decoy from Avian-X
The HDR Feeder decoy is blow-molded for durability, so you can use it for many seasons. Avian-X has taken care to include great detail in the feathers, and the paint scheme overall. The legs look authentic and are rubber-molded. The tail end of the “bird” is flocked for added realism. The relaxed posture is a strategic choice signaling contentment to other turkeys. The composite stake is lightweight and is stored in the decoy’s tail. Users also have the option of two interchangeable head postures.
HDR Feeder decoy
If you’re looking to add more turkey hunting tricks to the bag, and you’re looking at decoys, take a look at the Avian-X website for more information. They have plenty of decoy options to choose from. If social media is where you like to hang out, Avian-X also maintains a YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page. Happy hunting. We hope you have a successful season!
It seems that everyone’s most favorite and benevolent government agency has moved on from pestering solvent trap and Form 1 parts kit manufacturers and upgraded to harassing novelty business card makers. For those that don’t know, AutoKeyCard is or was, a company that simply made and sold metal business cards that featured an outline of […]
If you’re unfamiliar with Silencer Central then you’re really missing out on a really quick and easy way to purchase a new suppressor. Silencer Central is in the business of taking all the complicated paperwork and frustration out of the process of purchasing a suppressor. Silencer Central also offers a novel “direct-to-door” delivery service so you never have to leave the comfort of your homestead in order to get your suppressor. Due to a big influx in business, Silencer Central has opted to open up a new South Dakota Headquarters to help expand their business operations and fulfillment process.
Silencer Central Announces New South Dakota Headquarters
“Sioux Falls, South Dakota – March 26, 2021 – Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, is proud to announce the acquisition of a new building for its South Dakota based headquarters. The company has purchased a 35,000-square-foot building on 11.5 acres in Sioux Falls and is centralizing multiple operations there.
“Our growing business model has simplified the silencer purchase process across the country propelling our operations into high gear,” said Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central. “The increase in demand has allowed for steady growth. We originally planned to build our own facility, but we found a unique opportunity here that we couldn’t pass up. We’re thrilled that Silencer Central was able to take ownership of an unoccupied building right here in Sioux Falls.”
Silencer Central currently has more than 125 employees across the country and plans to add more than 100 employees based in Sioux Falls before the end of the year.
Renovations of the building are underway and are being overseen by Smart Commercial Construction with VanDeWalle Architects. Many aspects of the original design are an ideal fit for Silencer Central’s mission. Chief among them is the built-in security utilized by the former tenant. The new state-of-the-art facility will combine the company’s Sioux Falls and Harrisburg operations, and will house corporate headquarters, sales, operations, CNC barrel threading and warehousing.
Silencer Central now delivers silencers directly to customers in the 42 states where silencers are legal. For more information, call 888-781-8778 or visit SilencerCentral.com.“
XS Sights has just announced their new Plus 2 magazine extension tube for Remington 870 pattern, 12 gauge shotguns. XS Sights has been making more than just sights for quite a while, but this is their first foray into the shotgun magazine extension market. The kit will include a replacement magazine spring, the +2 magazine […]
Yesterday, the Senate voted 34-18 to pass House Bill 218, to protect lawful gun owners during a declared state of emergency and further recognize all out-of-state carry permits. It now goes back to the House for concurrence.
Seriously guys, buying trash surplus ammo is false economy. Do the research, don’t get tempted by a 2c/round savings, and get ammunition that will actually run. You will have a way better time shooting, and your guns will thank you for it.
The Pulsar Krypton FXG50 Thermal Clip-On gets a smaller and less expensive colleague called the Proton FXQ30. This is a compact thermal imaging front attachment for hunting, forestry and pest control. With an adapter, you can attach it to your existing riflescope and get a shortcut to thermal capability. You just use your normal reticle […]
FK Brno PSD Review: The Best BIg Pistol Yet? Truth be told, I am a bit of a hand cannon junkie. I love going out to shoot my .44 Magnum wheelguns, and always appreciate a range session with a friend’s .454, .460, .480, .500 and so on. While all these pistols are a hoot to […]
Photo Of The Day and we have some of the coolest pictures in a while available. We’re looking at Dutch snipers of the 1st Marine Combat Group as they conduct arctic warfare training in the beautiful mountains of Norway. Auto-translated from Dutch: Arctic Warfare Training – Norway The Recce Sniper Troop and the Anti Armor […]
Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world. I’ve recently started watching a series put on by National Geographic called Life Below Zero which details the lives of several individuals and families living close to or sometimes far north of the arctic circle in Alaska. […]
The Cult of Personality known as Giffords sent out a fundraising email yesterday before the quarter-end Federal Elections Commission reporting deadline. Politicians and PACs always push for more money at the end of a quarter so they can use their fundraising to say, “see, they agree with us!”
Giffords made this three claims as why it was important to give:
As Americans have dealt with a global pandemic, they’ve also had to face a worsening gun violence crisis.
In order to prevent tragedies like the ones that took place in Atlanta or Boulder, we need the Senate to pass universal background checks.
The best way we can do that is by hitting our goals so we can keep the pressure on the Senate to act.
In both Atlanta and Boulder, the murderer passed a FBI NICS check. They were not buying their firearms in some back alley from an “unlicensed dealer” (sic). Indeed, Colorado has had the aforementioned panacea of universal background checks since 2013! As the law makes clear, it does apply not only to purchases but transfers. So the argument that a nationwide law regulating private sales of firearms would have prevented a mass casualty event just doesn’t hold water. Even in Newtown, the murderer first killed his own mother in order to steal her legally-purchased firearms.
Their final claim is that they need your money so they can keep lobbying the Senate to pass meaningless laws. I’m sure they do want your money as do their political consultants, their direct mail firms, their ad agencies, and others in their progressive orbit.
The one thing they won’t say and cannot say is that the only way for universal background checks to work is with universal gun registration.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal tried to avoid the jurisdiction of Texas courts over his attempt to punish free speech. Grewal had sent a cease and desist letter to Defense Distributed warning them not to violate New Jersey law. Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation sued Grewal in US District Court for the Western District of Texas asserting he violated DD’s First and Second Amendment rights and asked for an injunction. While the US District Court agreed with Grewal in dismissing the lawsuit, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals did not and said he was subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas court.
The 5th Circuit summarized nicely the complaint of Defense Distributed and the SAF in the case.
Just before the Attorneys General sued in Washington, Defense Distributed and SAF brought the instant action in the Western District of Texas challenging select enforcement actions taken by the state Attorneys General. Of relevance to this appeal, plaintiffs alleged these actions by Grewal: (1) sending a cease-and-desist letter threatening legal action if Defense Distributed published its files; (2) sending letters to third-party internet service providers based in California urging them to terminate their contracts with Defense Distributed; (3) initiating a civil lawsuit against Defense Distributed in New Jersey; and (4) threatening Defense Distributed with criminal sanctions at a live press conference. Further, these actions, coupled with the injunctive orders issued in the Washington litigation, have caused Defense Distributed to cease publication of its materials. The plaintiffs asserted, inter alia, that these actions infringed the exercise of their First Amendment freedoms and constituted tortious interference with the State Department’s settlement agreement.
As you might expect, the Second Amendment Foundation was quite pleased with this result.
BELLEVUE, WA – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in his effort to escape the jurisdiction of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the ongoing First Amendment case brought by Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation.
The Fifth Circuit had ruled unanimously that Grewal, because of his efforts to prevent distribution of materials related to the 3D printing of firearms, was subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas courts. Defense Distributed is headquartered in Texas.
“It’s not every day you beat a state attorney general at the Supreme Court,” observed SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “especially when he had been supported by other anti-gun state attorneys general from New York, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, and the District of Columbia. This is a huge victory.”
The Defense Distributed case has always been about the First Amendment, Gottlieb observed. He recalled how Grewal had moved to dismiss the SAF/Defense Distributed lawsuit filed in the Western District of Texas “for lack of personal jurisdiction.” But the Fifth Circuit appellate ruling placed Grewal’s efforts squarely under that circuit’s jurisdiction and the SCOTUS allowed that to stand.
“Anti-gun attorneys general need to be held accountable for threatening gun owners and the firearms industry,” Gottlieb stated, “and that includes efforts to prevent distribution of information relating to 3D printing. Grewal tried to enjoin national distribution of Defense Distributed’s files on the Internet.
“This is one of several cases against the State of New Jersey and Grewal in which SAF is involved,” he continued. “We’re also suing the state, with several other parties, over the state’s capricious carry laws and gun purchase permitting process.”
The next move in the SAF-Defense Distributed case is their injunction request at the Federal District court, where plaintiffs will pursue their injunction request.
With anti-gun state attorneys general trying to impose their will outside the confines of their own state on the firearms industry, I think this ruling will be helpful in fighting back against them.
BLK LBL has expanded their line of handguards with integrated bipods by introducing a version designed for Desert Tech MDR and MDRX bullpup rifles. The new handguard is called BLK LBL Mantis and it is designed in collaboration with Desert Tech, with the idea suggested by Karl Kasarda of InRange TV who has been extensively testing these rifles […]
This post has been divided into two sections and is a continuation of the three-part series on why you should start taking greater consideration to the loads you bring out with you while hiking, backpacking, and camping with thoughts on decreasing load weight.
Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.
On Last Week’s “The Path Less Traveled”
Last post, we reviewed pack weight has a significant effect on the following:
Part 2.2 – Methods to Decrease Load Weight
This post, we’re going to have a brief-but-not-brief review of Methods to Decrease Load Weight while backpacking or camping.
“The maxim that it is warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag might have something to do with water accumulation from clothing in the long term, but probably, it has more to do with drafts or air leaks that steal heat. These are immediately sensed by bare skin and corrective action is taken. The sensation of a cold draft forces the sleeper to make adjustments to minimize the leaks. If clothing is insulating the skin the sensation of a cold leak may not be intense enough to stimulate the necessary corrective action.”
Credit: Frost in Arctic sleeping bags Randall J. Osczevski Defense R&D Canada – Toronto Technical Report DRDC Toronto TR 2003-070 June 2003
I don’t think I could ever sleep naked on a night below 45°F, but I can guess and (maybe inaccurately) transfer the knowledge from this excerpt to state that individuals who sleep in quilts and feel a draft may re-adjust quicker than those who do not feel the draft? Either way, quilts are lighter, sleeping bags are heavier, but have historically shown to be effective and popular. When looking to replace that sleeping bag you got when you were still thinking about going to art school, pay attention to:
(Packed) Size – Sleeping bags worth their money typically take a decent amount of space, especially down filled ones. Pay attention to this stat as it may be light, but it’ll end up taking more space in your pack than you want…
Weight – This is what this article is all about. Of course, pay attention to weight, and try to stay below 1,000g (2.2 Lbs)
Temperature Rating – After a while, you’ll have a few sleeping bags to choose from where you can decide whether you really wanna take the 20° bag on a trip when it is going to be in the high 50s at night. Also consider whether you easily get cold at night or not.
Essentially, you are paying for space and weight. You could lug a Coleman bag from the big box stores that will likely be as big as one of those barrels Mario jumped over in Donkey Kong and weigh five pounds. I’m sure it will keep you as warm as some of these others, but dimensionally it will overwhelm you and won’t fit in your pack. The cheaper sleeping bags will also not likely have water repellent coatings or more advanced cloth materials to manage moisture.
Sleeping Pads are next. If you’re under 25 y/o, go ahead and skip this section and feel free to sleep without a pad… You’ll feel those aches and pains eventually! (HUMOR) For the rest of us, we are in a three-way battle between high-technology, high-costname brand air-pads, mid-tiertraditional foam pads with a few new twists… and all of the discount overseas manufacturers that likely produce things for the other two competitors. Not gonna lie, 75% of my sleeping pads have been bought on Amazon or Aliexpress. I love my comfort and I don’t want to throw out $160-240 on a sleeping pad, no matter the R-Value. That’s insane. I’ll risk bringing a folding foam pad and an inflatable one from lesser known brands. One plus in my gear is that my folding foam pad works as the internal frame on my pack!
If you’re going somewhere cold, make sure you pay attention to R-Values of pads. The protection against losing heat is compounded by additional items placed on top of each other. If things get too cold for you, always bring an emergency space blanket to wrap into inside your sleeping bag. Attracting and retaining radiant heat does wonders! I also recommend sleeping bag liners. They keep the inside of your bag less dirty, and add a minimal amount of additional warmth. If you’re really going weight weenie, feel free to disregard.
Last on the list is the “Everything Else” section, including Water/Cooking/Food/Hygiene. While base-weights aren’t calculated with food and water involved, I’m still going to explain ways to lighten your load with specific methods.
Water Filtration is vital to survival. Even in a coma, the body loses close to a liter of water in 24hr through perspiration. I prefer the Sawyer Squeeze. I’ve tried the Sawyer mini, and even when flushing it properly, it still seemed to clog very quickly. Someone bought me a LifeStraw, they were neat. Having the long skinny plastic tube somewhere incorrect in my bag did end up with me cracking the tube section once. Had to tape it up to have enough fluids to get back to car that weekend. Didn’t want to end up Bear Grylls’ing it. My opinion with the LifeStraw Classics is they are too fragile for long-distances.
In the past, I used one of the hand-pumped water filters with various sediment filters and tubes. Complicated, expensive, waste of time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken it apart and cleaned parts of it just to pump that little lever up and down faster and harder than pent-up teenage boys while watching Basic Instinct when mom’s not home. Man, I hated this thing.
If you’ve hiked anywhere within the last decade, you can see that most people who are trying to reduce weight no longer carry metal or Nalgene water bottles. I was guilty of this for years. These days, it’s the Smart Water bottle or anything else that hooks up to a Sawyer Squeeze (or similar product). Two one-liter bottles are enough to last someone a few hours at worst. Carrying too much water is the same as carrying any other weight. This may require you to fill your bottles from a stream or other local water sources with a current.
I don’t dislike Camelbak bags and they come in ranges of 2 – 5 liters. My disdain with them is forgetting to clean them afterwards and the cost of them. If you wanted to carry one 3 or 5 liter bag into an area where you believe there is little water, I would not discredit your decisions at all. Saying that, I do have a Cnoc Vecto 2L bag that I squeeze water into my bottles with. Using the bag-squeeze method, and the oh-so easy filling the bag to seal-strap it has… it makes up for having to carry another thing. I also believe using a dedicated “dirty” bag to gather water is a safe way to keep yucky germs out of your drinking supply bottles. Although, it would be one of the first things I would remove from my pack if I was trying to get under a 5.5 kg pack weight.
I don’t know about you, but any time I swim, I’m sure water has gone in my mouth and nose enough that I should have giardia or some other water borne pathogens, but I cannot name many people who have. I still always treat and filter my water. Somewhere in my bag, I keep one or two iodine tabs as a “Just in Case.” Who knows? They could be a lifesaver one day and are only like a gram a piece.
All in all, make sure your bottles aren’t heavy, even if you use something most people would have thrown away after emptying it the first time. Second of all, get a reliable filter and use it often.
Cooking is a tricky subject these days for people who do ultralight backpacking. There’s the trend of cold-soaking things. Cold soaking macaroni. Cold soaking Rice-a-roni. Cold soaking oatmeal is about the only one of these ideas I can get behind. The rest just sound like culinary torture devised to make me wanna hate my life more than Anthony Bourdain (too soon?). While it does save weight, I feel like it is too extreme for most people, and the amount of gear, books, and marketing hype around it makes me feel like it is a trend created just to sell more stuff to us.
I bring a small canister of fuel, an aluminum pot, a small Bic lighter, (and a pack of sealed matches), and a lightweight burner I received over 15 years ago. If you’re smart, you’ll fold some aluminum foil around the pot that you can take off and use as a wind-shield at no weight penalty.
All of this fits in the pot itself and could be upgraded. Titanium pots are all over the place these days. I like this setup because it has been tested for over a dozen fuel canisters (17+ hrs of use) small and large and still runs like a champ.
Food will be one of your biggest treats when out in the wilderness, make sure to not skimp on quality and flavor. Food is such a picky and sensitive topic. Just be aware that food weight also makes pack weight go up. Pick nutrient dense foods that suit you well. If you get constipated easily, make sure that all the GORP mix and jerky you eat doesn’t end up making #2 time the last thing you want to think about. Instead of listing it all out, here is a link to the most calorie dense ingredients great to bring on a trip. Erik Asorson also does magic when packing 4000 calories into a 2 Lbs pack. Most of the basics for calorie rich foods that can be found all over is pretty simplified on his other page.
For coffee snobs, I recommend you pull the fuse on the uppity breaker panel and suck it up with dehydrated coffees. There are some really good ones out there now, and we all know how Steve 1989 feels about Milsurp ones.
Being T1d nearly my entire life, I have battled on the need for heavy carbohydrates and requiring insulin. When metabolism goes up, it is a fun game to play on how much of each. Still, I believe having higher fat contents when eating significantly reduces glycemic responses by slowing down digestion and gastric emptying. For non-diabetics, proteins + fats keep you feeling fuller longer. For this, I have learned to enjoy tuna and salmon packets while out on the trail, as well as the magic of dehydrated chicken in soups and stews! Having dehydrated chicken and Maggi seasoning in a cup at night warms the body and the soul while taking up zero space and weight.
To summarize food – Stick to what you like, see if you can find it in a lighter weight, even if you have to package it yourself. If you’re in bear country, don’t forget a bear sack or container. Just make sure that it is food that you have eaten or at least sampled before bringing on the trail. You don’t want a sudden case of explosiveness or just hate the food while you’re out there.
Hygiene and Health are vital, despite what trail junkies say. Yeah, we can go a few days to a week without deodorant and shampoo, but basic hygiene practices such as brushing your teeth and keeping your hands clean (most of the time) are vital for reducing risks for infection and other ailments.
Injuries and illness were experienced by 82% of AT hikers in one study. One must be sure to have as many preventative measures as possible when heading out. When out on the trail, it is also wise to have reactionary supplies in addition to basic hygiene equipment. I carry the following:
This entire pack weighs 117g (4.12 Oz) for a four-day trip. The toilet paper takes up almost half that weight.
There’s a strong possibility of experiencing mosquitos, lice, or tick bites, bee stings, or being bitten by other critters at night. This is where the previously mentioned zero-weight knowledge on assessing your own injuries can determine whether you finish your trip or head home early if an infection sets in. I also read and cannot find the source that there were a significant percentage of AT thru-hikers with dental/gum disease after finishing the trek. Why so? They assumed dry-mouth as well as lack of brushing and flossing. Have you been to the dentist lately? You could buy 14 years’ worth of toothpaste for the cost of one cap/crown or cavity filling. Don’t skip hygiene, just like you shouldn’t skip leg day or you’re gonna have a bad time.
If you haven’t hit your target pack weight and still feel like you need some luxuries in your life, there are a few things you need to do. Stop. Consider whether you need that two-pound copy of Eat Pray Love, and determine whether there are lighter options.
Like, I carry a Keltec P32 because at 244g (8.6 Oz) loaded, it is even lighter than its newer sister, the Keltec P17 which comes in at 452g (15.94 Oz). That’s a half pound! Of course, this is completely a backup gun playing main fiddle and only in situations where I’m unlikely to be around other people would this be advisable. Last time .32 ACP was considered a true threat was when Ian Fleming was still alive.
Additionally, when hiking less than four or five miles a day with friends, I’ll often bring one of those snazzy new collapsible chairs you can find everywhere online. Watch out, many of the cheaper ones uses steel poles and that can double the weight. I’ve removed the bottom legs of mine, and it comes in at 630g (1.3 Lbs). While a seat pad alone could make do – as stated before, sometimes it is nice to have nice things.
Leatherman Micra is the only multitool I bring with me. At 49g (1.72 Oz), you cannot beat the functionality with the amount of options it has. Now, if I’m CAMPING CAMPING – as in setting up a camp with friends and making things out of fallen limbs, of course, I’ll have more serious tools like a bow saw and other things.
All this hiking and backpacking has a purpose – one that you get to define. Just remember, you will likely not miss some of the things you leave behind when heading out onto the trail… but the things you brought and shouldn’t – you’ll feel those for every mile.
Next episode post, we’ll go over how to situate the things you brought as well as other person-pack interactions to optimize your ability with the weight that you decided to bring along!
As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many stickers. This is especially true if they are high-quality, gun-related stickers. StickyBolt is a UK-based sticker company that has produced some cool stickers for people like us. Luke C. wrote up their last drop here on TFB. This is Drop 5, which is made […]
Your NRA-ILA invites you to attend a statewide, virtual town hall meeting TONIGHT at 7:00 pm. We will recap last week's public hearing in a Texas House Committee, on NRA-backed permitless carry bills, discuss the critical next steps for this legislation, and educate you on how you can help this legislation pass!
Welcome to the very first Photo of the Day (POTD) on AllOutdoor.com. Starting off things right with a moment of engineering realization, the Flapper. As the story goes in 1890 John Moses Browning was out doing some sporting with his rifle and he noticed that the tall grass and weeds would move as gasses and energy was expelled out of the barrel after the bullet had left it. This was a lightbulb moment for Browning. He saw inefficiency and wasted power. This realization would change firearm designs as we know them.
Browning designed a prototype attempting to harness the expelled gasses trailing behind a bullet. He did this by modifying a Winchester 1873 rifle. He essentially made a cup with a hole in it and placed it at the muzzle attached to a hinging mechanism with a long bar attached to the lever on the rifle. When the rifle was shot the gas would push the washer downward forcing the hinge to pull the lever forward and then spring tension brought it back and would be fired again. This was Browning’s proof of concept gas-powered machine gun. It was later referred to as the Flapper Gun.
Above is one of the first results just five years later, the Colt 1895 Belt-Fed Machine Gun. This was Browning’s design and it was dubbed “The Potato Digger” because if it was placed low enough to the ground the small arm at the front that hinged down would dig a hole.
Every year around this time, The Well-Armed Woman (TWAW), a store operated by Arizona concealed carry instructor Carrie Lightfoot, publishes the results of an annual survey of women’s methods of concealed carry. TWAW just released the 2020 edition of the survey, which includes an impressive sampling of more than 5,500 women who carry guns concealed. If you’re not Impressed by that number of subjects, check out the sample sizes of published human testing of the hottest 2021 vaccines… but I digress.
TWAW has done a great job this year of covariant analysis of women who are new to concealed carry versus women with three or more years of experience with carrying concealed. While previous years’ data until now may have been viewed as suspect for non-disclosure of sampling methods or sample size, the 2020 report is a notable one for a couple reasons. By disclosing the impressive sample size and categorizing women according to years of experience of concealed carry into two categories: 3+ years vs. less than 3 years, TWAW has entered the realm of “wake up and take notice” data. Not that the company’s previous surveys, presumably of its own customers, doesn’t matter. In contrast, it speaks of a dedication that is rare in the concealed carry industry to understand its own market. By including more than 5,000 participants in the 2020 sample, TWAW shows apparent growth and maturity in understanding its market, of course, but the lessons that can be gleaned from the data are important. That importance is pertinent to holster makers, gun manufacturers, instructors, and even people entering the concealed carry realm for the first time.
Author Bias Disclosures/Qualifications
Any good research expert discloses their own biases up front. I am 1) Female; 2) Armed almost constantly since 2007; 3) A certified Instructor of concealed carry and other armed people since 2013; 4) A one-time consumer of a TWAW product (as such, I’ve never been asked to participate in the TWAW survey); 5) A holder of a Master of Public Health degree, AKA data junkie, with the paper being awarded in 2010; 6) An interested onlooker who’s been, until now, not excited by previous years’ editions of the TWAW carry positions survey, as I perceived the survey as not disclosing more data than it shared.
So those are my biases. Item 6 is the reason I’ve not previously written about the TWAW survey. As someone who understands the rudimentary principles of marketing, I appreciate Ms. Underwood and Co.’s reasons for not sharing the methodology of the annual women’s carry locations survey. Research, after all, makes for deadly boring reading when done well. I share this report with the understanding that TWAW/Underwood probably have good business reasons for not disclosing how participants were selected each year. This writer has left voicemails with TWAW on three occasions, at least one year apart, regarding the data, and has not received an answer. This writer did purchase a belly band holster from TWAW in approximately 2016 and was not contacted regarding the survey which has been going on for several years. And that “several years” bit is the part that has gained credibility in my view along with Ms. Underwood’s longstanding presence in the concealed carry training arena marked by things like her store, the annual survey, and a number of soundly common-sense-oriented instructional videos regarding concealed carry she’s published.
It’s unfortunate Ms. Underwood and others have limited their scope with the “women’s” label. Safe and effective concealed carry methods are, with a few exceptions, not gender-specific. A classic test of gender bias is to turn the data around—when is the last time a men’s carry methods article was published? Sure, there are subtle differences in our strategies and methods of crime prevention, but that’s a long way from talking about holsters. My point is there is a lack of scientific research in the realm of concealed carry. Ms. Lightfoot’s work – like the work of any number of cardiology studies in which the samples included only men, but the results of which influence modern prescriptions for heart disease – should for now stand as “concealed carry” information to benefit the entire concealed carry community.
Survey Shows Mostly Promising News
Alright, enough with the qualifications. After a couple years of reading this survey, I’m finally writing about it for two reasons: 1) the impressive sample size of “more than 5,500,” even if we don’t get to hear how they were selected, and 2) the news that women—and maybe men too, for all we know—are carrying where they have a real chance of defending themselves on short notice. That is reason to celebrate, in my opinion.
Approximately 7% more (we’re not given error ranges) of respondents are carrying regularly after gaining at least four years of experience as a gun owner. That’s great news, indicative of greater confidence and hopefully competence with daily carry.
According to the survey, most women, 64% to be specific, are carrying on their body, somewhere between the hip and rib area. This area is, compared to other carry methods like a purse or ankle, generally more accessible to the person who’s in danger and less likely to be accessible to a child or ne’er-do-well whose hands have no business on the gun.
What’s more, inside-the-waistband (IWB) carry habits comprise 35% of the total. While behind-midline IWB carry is notorious for gun theft, so-called appendix IWB methods are the most accessible for most carriers, and safest when the time from hand-on-gun to sights-on-threat is considered. That said, anyone considering IWB carry must first master the skill of keeping fingers off triggers until they’ve decided to fire.
Survey respondents showed an average of 6% increase in women who carried in a purse – I’ve presented this as an average, as purse carry increased among both experienced and new carriers. With careful training, purse carry can offer tactical advantages at the risk of compromises in the realm of access. This is one example of an area in the concealment market where women have more choices than men. It is my hope that more capable people in the training community will step up to meet the needs of people who choose to carry in a purse or some other off-body method like a messenger, sling, or diaper bag.
Marketing Versus Reality
The findings are a refreshing form of notification to me, as an instructor, that women aren’t falling for the marketing ploys of those vendors that sell “concealed carry leggings,” some of which show a model with a gargantuan, full-size pistol occupying the stretched-to-the-limits-with-no-retention-strap-holster sewn into a bit of colorful pantyhose. Experience has shown me that the model in those pictures didn’t make it across the room, let alone through the end of her yoga class, without losing either gun, britches, or both!*
The free market is a good thing, but the unfortunate yin to that yang is that some patently unsafe holster setups make their way to the market – including the one just described.
Safety First, Tactics Second
If you’re considering concealed carry or are an existing practitioner of the art reading this, please keep in mind that any good concealment system does, in order of importance:
Covers the trigger guard in such a way that it can’t be penetrated when you don’t want it to.
Prevents the gun from falling out of concealment status in the context of your normal daily activities.
Allows you to transition as subtly and swiftly as possible from concealment to defending yourself.
This new survey by TWAW has implications beyond so-called women’s carry. It’s worth taking note.
As a personal addendum, and owning the narrow perspective that is inherent in my own verbal surveys of returning students, I have been impressed by the dedication of female licensees who commonly say they carry daily, compared to males who more often comment they only keep a gun in the vehicle. The gun that’s not within reach cannot save you!
A wonderful thing about guns is they’re blind to gender, race, physical traits, and all that other stuff we use to define ourselves on the social plane. Samuel Colt’s famous product didn’t get the nickname “Equalizer” for nothing. That remains true today. Want to be a winner? The difference is made in one’s dedication to practice, the study of human behavior, and habitual carry.
*This should not be taken as a generalized comment against full-size handguns, which are the author’s preference!
Graphs are from TheWellArmedWoman.com. Cover photo shows a Blackhawk MBoss holster with Sig Sauer P365.
If you’ve ever wanted to spruce up your concealed carry pistol, Faxon Firearms now has new barrels available for all current and old models of the Smith & Wesson Shield pistol line including the recently released Shield Plus. The new Faxon Match Series barrels are available in several different configurations and coatings to match both your style and whether or not you want to add any muzzle devices down the road with the threaded barrel option.
Upgrade your S&W Shield with these New Faxon Match Series Barrels
“Faxon Firearms’ Match Series Barrels for M&P® Shield provide a quick and easy upgrade to your M&P® Shield handgun. These barrels are manufactured in our Cincinnati, Ohio facility from raw bar stock to provide premium accuracy, fit, and finish.
Faxon barrels for M&P® Shield feature our signature “X” logo engraved on the top of the hood, with layered pocketing and caliber identification on the ejection port side.
Both threaded and non-threaded versions feature straight fluting and are compatible with M&P® Shield 1.0, 2.0, and the new Shield Plus.
The Match Series Barrels for M&P® Shield are backed by Faxon’s Lifetime Guarantee.”
Something I have grown to love doing in competition settings is to bring my personal carry gun to a match to really put it through its paces. Even though the Shield series of pistols really isn’t designed for that type of thing, these new Faxon Match series barrels just might help you shore up your accuracy or let you add a compensator to the end of the barrel for faster follow up shots.
The new Faxon Match series barrels are currently available in both threaded and non-threaded configurations and come in either Nitrided, TiN coating, or Chameleon PVD coating. If anything, the TiN or PVD coating at least gives the end-user a very easy cleaning job compared to a stock barrel. Pricing varies depending on the coating type selected and whether or not you choose to have the barrel threaded. Pricing and additional information are available on the Faxon website.
Axeon Optics presents the new MPL1 pistol light with 300 lumens output. Powered by one AAA battery, the light can be set at various flash modes as well as constant on. With a very tempting price, it looks like it would fit both the rail of the pistol and everyone’s wallet. According to Axeon, there are […]
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https://twitter.com/Emma4Change/status/988036115579002881? Emma González [March for our Lives]: Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.
“Ow! My tail bone!” If you find yourself saying those words frequently, you might need a more comfortable place to sit. This is especially true while sitting in a cold hunting blind for hours. Coming soon this May, a new option comes to market from Ameristep. This is the Silent Swivel Blind Chair.
“Long sits in the hunting blind are often necessary to seal the deal and punch a tag. There’s no reason to suffer from inadequate stools and flimsy, noisy chairs. The new Silent Swivel Blind Chair from Ameristep® delivers quietness, comfort and portability while remaining completely mobile in the blind.“
New from Ameristep: Silent Swivel Blind Chair
As the name implies, this chair was designed to be silent. A squeaky chair is a deal-breaker when you’re trying to remain silent. The telescoping legs allow you to choose the height of your chair. They also can be adjusted individually to compensate for sitting on uneven ground. In structure, the seat is made of four steel legs and a breathable mesh backrest and seat. The mesh keeps things cool and prevents the hunter from getting too sweaty. There can be a lot to carry when setting up for these hunts. That is why Ameristep gave the chair the ability to fold up and be carried on the shoulder.
Durable powder-coated steel frame
Heavy-duty, weather-resistant fabric
Armless design for extra mobility
Folds for easy transport
25”L x 21” W x 7” H
300 lb capacity
If you want a nicer, more stable place to rest your tush and are in the market for a hunting blind chair, check out Ameristep’s website to learn more. Take a good look at their YouTube channel for product information and hunting tips. Additionally, Ameristep is on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Make sure you take a look and give them a follow if you like what you see. Your butt will thank you!
When it comes to firearms and gear organization, I am an extremely neat freak. If I had unlimited cash and space each and every one of my guns would have its own weapons locker full of all its related accessories, ammunition, and kit. Sagewood Gear has released a much less expensive idea with their Clip […]