Wednesday, 27 October

11:00

Guns & Ammo Rifle of the Year: The Savage Arms IMPULSE [The Firearm Blog]

IMPULSEGuns & Ammo recently awarded their yearly accolades to the new guns and gear of 2021. With some excellent products having been released, the competition was stiff. Coming out on top to land the Rifle of the Year award was Savage Arms with their straight-pull IMPULSE bolt-action rifle. Savage Arms @ TFB: Savage Arms Partners […]

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10:00

Big Horn Armory Announces Big Expansion for Business to Meet Demand [The Firearm Blog]

Big Horn Armory Announces Big Expansion for Business to Meet DemandOne of the biggest names in big-bore firearms, Big Horn Armory, has just announced that the company will be going through a pretty large expansion in order to meet increasing customer demand. This announcement comes during a time when much of the firearms industry has been adversely impacted by world conditions – Big Horn Amory […]

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09:00

The RPK Light Machine Gun (feat. KCI) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves visits the KCI booth at Red Oktober 2021 to try their magazines and drums with a full auto RPK Light Machine Gun. James talks with Mark at KCI – a former Green Beret – about the RPK and about KCI’s magazines. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE […]

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09:00

AllOutdoor Review: Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight [AllOutdoor.com]

Archery season is in full swing across the US for tons of medium- and big-game animals. Whether you are chasing speed goats (antelope) in Wyoming or simply pursuing whitetail deer in the Midwest, one common vane between all archery hunters is that a laser rangefinder can be an invaluable tool. It instills confidence in that we are more sure of the distance of our target; thus, we can place a more accurate and humane shot on wild game. What if instead of carrying extra weight on our hunt by toting a laser rangefinder we could simply have that tech inside the sight we already have on our bows?… That day has come because Burris has debuted their Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight. Technology that once was thought of as a pipedream is now here, and we are going to review the Burris Oracle 2 on AllOutdoor. Let’s dive in!

Specifications – Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight

The bane of all archery hunters is that we want to pack in the least amount of gear into the woods with us, but we are tech junkies at heart. Whatever is the newest and coolest gear for archery hunting on a given year, we’ve got to have it! So, of course, a laser rangefinder is a must-have item in our packs at all times. The beauty of the Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight is that it couples the technology of a sight and rangefinder into one. You save weight and accomplish more with a singular item. Let’s take a gander at the specs of the Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight as presented by Burris below:

  • No Glass to Scratch, Fog, Glare or Break
  • 20 Yard Fixed Pin (failsafe)
  • Forever Warranty backs the Oracle 2 No Questions Asked
  • Integrated Inclinometer factors in angle for steep angles and shots common in treestand hunting
  • Improved Auto-Brightness Detection
  • Improved Manual Brightness Control – lower levels
  • Improved Set Up – even easier to set up and sight in
  • Store Multiple Arrow Profiles
  • Right and Left-hand compatible
  • Locking Micro Adjustment Knobs
  • 2nd and 3rd Axis Adjustments
  • Accommodates up to 176 MOA (184 inches of drop at 100 yards)

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The Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight retails at an MSRP of $959. Considering archery sights and laser rangefinders can sell individually for $500 – $1,000 a piece, the Burris Oracle 2 is a great value at $959 being a two-in-one package. Some of the other highlights of the Burris Oracle 2 can be read below in Burris’ Press Release statement:

Burris Optics is proud to introduce the new and improved Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight. The Oracle 2’s design is based on all the customer feedback we got from the original Oracle and includes: Improved Auto-Brightness Detection, Improved Manual Brightness Control (lower levels), Improved Set-Up (micro-adjustments on LRF), better waterproofing and more accurate arrow drop calculations. The function is still the same… range your target at full draw with the push of a button. The Oracle 2 instantly provides the distance to your target and an exact aiming point that factors in the angle of your shot.

No more guessing distance, fumbling with rangefinders, dialing sights or aiming between pins. Most importantly no more watching the trophy of a lifetime walk away because you didn’t have time to range him and shoot or worse yet, tried to range him and spooked him from the movement!

Don’t leave your shot of a lifetime to chance. Get the Oracle 2 from Burris. Find what matters!

Unboxing/Installation – Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight

When it came to unboxing the Burris Oracle 2 for the first time I was surprised to see that there is “no assembly required” of the actual sight. All of the electronics and tech are already happily housed together, and it is simply your task of placing it on your own bow. Even this was a breeze considering it is just two Allen head screws that affix the Oracle 2 to your bow – no silly Ikea furniture install required. Burris goes on to explain in greater detail how the sight-in process works for the Oracle 2 below.

How It Works:

  1. Sight in at 20 yards plus two farther distances and the Oracle 2 learns your arrow’s entire trajectory curve.
  2. Sight in up to 2 additional distances (optional) for extreme long range accuracy.
  3. The rangefinder measures the exact distance to your target while at full draw.
  4. It instantly calculates the exact trajectory for the distance and shot angle.
  5. The sight displays a bright, LED pin at the exact aiming point for your shot.

The built-in rangefinder measures the exact distance to target, instantly calculates the perfect aim point and shows you the perfect aiming drop point.

Field Use – Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight

When it came to installing and sighting-in the Burris Oracle 2 on my personal bow – a PSE “Bow Madness Unleashed” RTS (Ready to Shoot) Pro – one word of caution and suggestion is to be sure you mount the Oracle 2 in the same two Allen head screw holes that you remove your original sight from. The 1st several shots with the Oracle 2 I was roughly 2 feet low (which sounds tremendously off). Once I realized my own blunder off mounting the Oracle 2 in different Allen head screw holes, and appropriately corrected it, we were right back on target as you should be.

We then walked through the complete sight-in process already outlined by Burris, and at that point this sight could do no wrong. You simply click with a Velcro touchpad when you want to range a given target, acquire that distance, and an individually lit pin appears for where you should hold. It really is that easy.

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If your Burris Oracle 2 needs more adjustment out-of-the-box than simply installing it like we have done there is nearly infinite adjustment available to you. The laser rangefinder (LRF) built into the Oracle 2 can be individually adjusted so it is aiming square with the path of your arrow’s flight. There is improved Auto Brightness Detection from the original Oracle plus you can always manually adjust it to your liking as well.

The Oracle 2 also has had its waterproofing improved so you will never need to cut your hunt short due to inclement weather and your sight plus rangefinder not working as they should. The touchpad activation for rangefinding your targets also can be Velcroed anywhere on your bow that you find convenient. You simply spool and then hide the excess cord out of the way.

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The only negative I would have to say about the Burris Oracle 2 is that it is heavier than the factory sight that came with my bow. This is good and bad. It is good because overall I am saving a lot of weight by not needing a laser rangefinder in my hunting pack. It can also be good because additional weight forward of the bow can act like a secondary stabilizing affect. As archers we all utilize stabilizers to steady our shots, and this is another “stabilizer” of sorts in my mind. If you are looking for a sight and trying to keep your overall bow weight down though, the Oracle 2 at 20 ounces will likely weigh more than a traditional pin sight. Simply, something to bear in mind.

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Final Thoughts – Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight

So, what are my final thoughts on the Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight?… Overall, it is an authentically phenomenal product. You are saving weight by only needing this one product instead of a sight and laser rangefinder separately. It makes you a faster bowhunter; you’re able to range and shoot quicker on game. Also, you are likely saving quite a bit of money by looking at the Oracle 2 at an MSRP of $959 versus investing in a bow sight plus a laser rangefinder separately. For any archer who is in need of a bow sight and a laser rangefinder, I would whole-heartedly suggest they look at the Burris Oracle 2. You may fall in love with it.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Burris for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight is something worth spending your money on? Would you add one to your bow? Shoot a league with it? Hunt with it? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


Video and Photography

All of the quality photography for this review was completed by the accomplished and wonderful Savannah Pierson of Savvy Photage while the video work was achieved by the versatile and gifted Jens Kallgren of High Shine Media. They are both pinnacles of knowledge and expertise in their field, and their assistance in reviewing the Burris Oracle 2 Rangefinding Bow Sight is greatly appreciated.

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08:00

POTD: Unique Flintlock Blunderbus Trap Gun – Grave Robber Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have another example of a trap gun, but it is only mistaken for that. I, personally, have seen this same exact type of trap gun used as a grave robber gun. The concept is similar. The trap gun is set up near a grave of interest like a fresh one and if a grave robber shows up it is made to signal a disturbance at the very least. These were not all that unusual in the late 1700s especially in European countries like England. They eventually became outlawed due to grave robber guns discharging and hurting or killing bystanders outside of a cemetery.

“Manufactureded at an unknown time by an unknown party, this flintlock weapon is designed to serve as either a trap or alarm gun. In place of a conventional trigger is a 12 inch pull rod with a swiveling safety and three hanging rings at the end suitable for connection to trip lines, doors, hatches or other objects, and instead of a pistol grip or buttstock there is a swiveling pintle mount on the underside, a bored-through hole behind the lock suitable for suspending the weapon from a line or pole, and a pair of pre-scored grooves ahead and behind the lock suitable for lashing the gun to a stationary object. With a flared muzzle, a pair of heavy barrel bands, an unmarked lockplate and a raised portion of the stock contoured to protect the left side of the hammer and frizzen while not restricting operation.”

Lot 103: Unique Flintlock Blunderbus Trap Gun. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/58/103/unique-flintlock-blunderbus-trap-gun.

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08:00

Bianchi Rebrands to Bianchi Leather to Reconnect with Customers [The Firearm Blog]

Bianchi Rebrands to Bianchi Leather to Reconnect with CustomersMany of you OGs here at TFB will no doubt be familiar with the Bianchi brand of leather holsters. Hailing from Florida, Bianchi is a part of the Safariland Group which is a global provider of not only holster products but also many other safety products that fall under the veil of the firearms world. […]

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07:00

TFBTV Show Time – 20,000 Rounds Through a Kalashnikov KP-9? [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time from Red Oktober, James Reeves visits with Kalashnikov USA to talk to them about their KP-9 9mm Kalashnikov-type pistol caliber carbine. The KP-9 has been a commercial smash, but is it reliable and durable? Kalashnikov USA undertook to find out themselves, and they’ve subjected the KP-9 to 20,000 rounds of steel case ammunition without cleaning to see how the KP-9 performed. Check today’s video to see the results.

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07:00

Danny, Mass Accelerator Operator From Taofledermaus Has Passed Away [The Firearm Blog]

Danny from Taofledermaus passed awayJeff from the Taofledermaus YouTube channel has sadly announced the passing of his friend Danny who’s helped him with the channel for years. For those not familiar with the Taofledermaus channel, Jeff’s friends launch a wide variety of projectiles out of their “mass accelerators” (typically in the form of shotguns) while Jeff operates a high-speed […]

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06:38

Ohio: House Committee to Consider Constitutional Carry Legislation on Thursday [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, October 28, the House Government Oversight Committee is scheduled to consider Constitutional Carry legislation, House Bill 227.

06:27

Politicians Ruin Everything: Dutch Luger Trials [Forgotten Weapons]

The Dutch military started looking for semiauto pistols to replace its aging revolvers around 1899. They tested all the early models; the Roth, Borchardt, Mauser and Mannlicher – and then they obtained a Borchardt-Luger (aka, a Parabellum, or Luger). They first tested a long-barreled model with shoulder stock for artillery crews in 1901. The guns performed very well mechanically, but the officers in charge were dubious about the utility of the gun.

In 1903, another set of trials was run by the Infantry, this time on short-barreled Lugers in both 9mm and 7.65mm. In addition, the Dutch requested a number of special changes to a subset of their guns – this “Dutch Model” was to have Dutch markings and a stronger coil mainspring designed by the Dutch ordnance department. That coil mainspring would be adopted by DWM and became the most significant improvement in the New Model Lugers.

Anyway, the 1903 trials were concluded with much success in 1905, and the Dutch War Minister happily adopted the Luger in 9mm. He wrote out an order to start getting the Army new modern pistols…only to be overridden by the Dutch Parliament. They decided that the new guns were basically too dangerous, and cancelled the adoption. This left the Army in a rather unexpected lurch, and they had to restart production of revolvers in 1906 to make up the shortages in handguns.

06:00

Blockchain Revolution: DSG Arms Accepts Cryptocurrency Payments [The Firearm Blog]

Blockchain Revolution: DSG Arms Accepts Cryptocurrency PaymentsOne of my favorite guns and gear retailers has made a move into the blockchain world. DSG Arms accepts cryptocurrency payments for products sold through their website. For those who are accustomed to cash and credit/debit cards for their firearms-related purchases, crypto payments offer a few unique benefits. For one, in the past,  banks and […]

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Tuesday, 26 October

19:10

“Let Me See Your War Face!” []

Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is one of my favorite war movies. One of the enduring characters in the movie was Gunny Hartman as played by the late R. Lee Ermey.

I saw this on Twitter and couldn’t stop laughing. And replaying it.

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17:00

End of an Era: Experiencing the Last Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot [The Firearm Blog]

End of an Era: Experiencing the Last Knob Creek Machinegun ShootA while back we sadly reported that the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot would have its final dates set for October of this year. Having never been to one previously, I really wanted to get out there and attempt to get the full experience. As most of you know, the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot […]

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16:30

POTD: Alpha Company – Battalion Landing Team on USS Portland [The Firearm Blog]

Alpha Company, Battalion Landing TeamEach day a different image from the World of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it is our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. Right above we have Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Wells, a rifleman […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Match or Fudd Road Rash? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 116th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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15:00

20,000 Rounds Through a Kalashnikov KP-9? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time from Red Oktober, James Reeves visits with Kalashnikov USA to talk to them about their KP-9 9mm Kalashnikov-type pistol caliber carbine. The KP-9 has been a commercial smash, but is it reliable and durable? Kalashnikov USA undertook to find out themselves, and they’ve subjected the KP-9 to 20,000 […]

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11:00

Safariland 575 GLS Pro-Fit Wins Guns & Ammo Holster of the Year [The Firearm Blog]

575 GLSSafariland is known for making rugged, quality holsters. Their holsters are used by police and military around the globe. Now, their 575 GLS Pro-Fit concealment holster has been officially recognized. Guns & Ammo magazine has just named the inside-the-waistband holster the 2021 Holster of the Year. Safariland news @ TFB: New Multicam Black Hearing Protection […]

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10:00

The Path Less Traveled #031: Forbidden Zone: Continue or Retreat? [AllOutdoor.com]

Forbidden, verboten, ipinagbabawal, prohibido. All these words mean the same; prohibition of entering a location or area. Ever been on a trail, bike path or just strolling in the woods and suddenly notice you were in a forbidden zone upon seeing a no trespassing sign? What did you do? Continue or Retreat?

The other day, I went to a farm that opened it’s gates for locals to come and interact with their animals (and buy some produce). I knew there was a abandoned railroad tunnel nearby, it was a frequent attraction on the cyclocross bike circa 2010-2014. After feeding and petting fluffy highland cows and tasty looking goats, I went off to check out how the old railroad tunnel was doing.


Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” We want to take you along for our exploits in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring in this series. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels, and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.


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Upon arriving to the railroad tunnel, I nostalgically entered and took a few photos. On the other end, no trespassing signs were present. Never noticing these signs before, I got outta there. I hear criminal records are detrimental to continued employment.

Seeing the no trespassing signs made me want to review what state code defines trespassing as and what should be done if one does end up trespassing on lands not known to be private.

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Know the Laws

This site (as of 10/24/21) provides a generalized definition of how trespassing is defined in every US state. West Virginia State Law’s codes about what properties are forbidden to be on is easily evident. WV State Code §61-3B states that trespassing is defined as “the willful unauthorized entry upon, in or under the property of another”

So, how do I know whether I’m trespassing on someone’s land or not? Laws state lands are classified as posted in the following ways:

  • Reasonably maintained signs placed not more than five hundred feet apart / along and at each corner of the boundaries of the land.
  • Boundaries marked with a clearly visible purple painted marking, consisting of one vertical line no less than eight inches in length and two inches in width… …no more than one hundred feet apart and readily visible to any person approaching the property.
  • Placed along the boundary line and at all roads, driveways and gates of entry onto the posted land so as to be clearly noticeable from outside of the boundary line.
  • Not necessary to give notice by posting on any enclosed land or place not exceeding five acres in area on which there is a dwelling house or property.
  • “Cultivated land” is that land which has been cleared of its natural vegetation and is presently planted with a crop, orchard, grove, pasture or trees or is fallow land as part of a crop rotation.
  • “Fenced land” is that land which has been enclosed by a fence of substantial construction, whether with rails, logs, post and railing, iron, steel, barbed wire, other wire or other material, which stands at least three feet in height.

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Know the Dangers

Being on other’s property is a forbidden zone not only due to being (likely) illegal, but also dangerous.

You guys read this website, so I know you’re well aware of how enjoyable target shooting and hunting is. These activities are major risks for those moving around either by foot, bike, or motorized vehicle while in the woods. If you’re the one traipsing around in the woods and sprain your ankle on a felled tree or natural unexpected event… (sinkhole, slippery rocks, mud, etc) this could place the landowner legally liable to those injuries, as stupid as this sounds. As a landowner, this is a stressful thing to think about.

If someone was on my land with a broken leg, threatening to sue because they were climbing my tree stand and fell… that day would not end well for either of us, depending on my level of patience at that moment.

Curtis Seltzer, land consultant and publisher once stated: “Country-property owners normally find one of three types of trespassers: those who feel they have a right to be on your land even though they know they don’t; those who know better but trespass anyway; and those who actually do have a legal right to be there.” Pretty sure he never met Donald Rumsfeld since he forgot to discuss those who flat out don’t know they’re in a forbidden zone.

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Too Fun to Avoid

What do you do if land that has legacy trails and is now classified as forbidden to be on? This has happened several times for me with mountain biking, and more often than not, I try to talk to the land owners. There have been six instances where I went to a land owner that posted Private Property signs on land ridden with ATV trails. I asked the land owner whether it was okay for me to ride my bicycle there. Five of six times, the owners immediately provided verbal permission and claimed the signs were there for legal purposes to be able to run off dirt bike and ATV riders that were eroding their soils and making gigantic potholes. One individual required me to mail a formal request to his estate’s office; once received, he mailed back a five year zero-cost land permission slip for all non-destructive activities, other than hunting. This man reported he believes a few thousand deer had been poached across the fifteen counties he owned land in.

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Forgive the quality, these photos are from 2012 of said land.

What occurred with these landowners is pretty similar to what West Virginia state code indicates is the proper way to do so for various acts on a person’s land.

Written permission must be in the possession of anyone who will shoot, hunt, fish, or trap upon the fenced, enclosed or posted grounds or lands of another person. Written permission is also required to peel trees or timber, build fires or do any other act or thing thereon in connection with or auxiliary to shooting, hunting, fishing or trapping. Hunters who kill or injure any domestic animal or fowl, destroy or damage any bars, gates, or fence, or leave open any bars or gates resulting in damage to the owner, can be held criminally liable as well as liable to the landowner. The landowner may personally arrest any such person found violating this law and take the hunter before a JUSTICE OF THE PEACE for trial. In such instances, the landowner is vested with all the powers and rights of a game warden.

“Unwilful Entry”

Going back to the abandoned railroad tunnel and unknowingly being in a forbidden zone, what do you do once already there?

Since I wasn’t lost, I can’t really be like “Oh, I’m so sorry, didn’t know where I was!” if confronted by an owner, but I sure as heck didn’t expect to see no trespassing signs on the other side. Not sure about you, but if I confronted someone on my property and they were empathetically concerned about getting off of my land, I’d tell them to get off and not come back. No cops, no hoopla, just direct commands. There have been times where I’ve exited large swathes of land to find a road due to injury or hypoglycemia. These were deliberate trespassing with opportunistic self-sustaining purposes. It was much easier to walk 1.5 miles to the closest road and catch a ride from a friend than backtrack six miles of trails.

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No Trespassing means NO TRESPASSING

Once again, if there’s a previously acessible route that you hike or bike on and it is now forbidden to be on, stay off of it. No matter how dickish it seems for those places to be removed from your catalog of places to be, stay off and try to see if seeking permission will work. Don’t be like the cattle ranchers in the late 1800’s and start a hoopla when land is no long accessible, we know how that went… You aren’t Grace Hopper, ask for permission, don’t break laws due to self entitlement.

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In Summary

Be respectful. Forbidden zones are that, forbidden. Act as if this was your land. What would you do if you saw an illegal poacher or timber thief? A land owner doesn’t know what your intentions are, so make sure to be the best person you can be and GTFO.

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10:00

BOLO: Otter Creek Labs Suppressors And Muzzle Devices [The Firearm Blog]

No, that is not an Allen Engineering AEM5 over-the-barrel suppressor pictured above. That is an OCM5 from Otter Creek Labs, a relatively new and up-and-coming manufacturer causing a stir in the world of rifle suppressors. The quietest 5.56 silencer I have ever shot is the AEM5 on the end of an MK12 – it almost […]

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09:30

POTD: Gyro Pigeon Target Thrower – Trying Different Things [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a very well preserved example of a Gyro Pigeon which is a contraption that would be compared to a clay pigeon thrower that throws sheet steel “pigeons.” The idea is the sheet steel pigeons are inserted onto the prongs of the thrower which is staked into the grown or could be held in the hand. This specific example of the Gyro Pigeon uses a pull string in order to trigger the pigeon to release. The thrower is wound up in order to provide the spring tension to rotate and create a helicopter of a sheet steel pigeon in the air. The pigeons are reusable.

“These machines were manufactured circa 1880 and were marketed by J. Woodward & Sons. The device is screwed into the ground, the angle set, the spring wound, a target is placed on the fork and when the shooter calls “PULL” the string is pulled and the target spins off into the air. Some sources indicate the targets can fly 150 yards. The targets are made of sheet metal and can be bent to change their flight path. Comes with a winding handle, pull string, extra spring, wooden case and 98 original targets.”

Lot 3254: Bussey’s Patent Gyro Pigeon Target Thrower with Storage Case and. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/60/3254/busseys-patent-gyro-pigeon-target-thrower-with-storage-case-and.

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09:00

Fall 2021: 5.11 Tactical Releases NEW Long Sleeve Options [AllOutdoor.com]

If you live in a place where it’s too hot to wear a coat, but not hot enough for a t-shirt, long sleeves are the answer. A good flannel fits perfectly in that role, and for those of us who carry, the heavier materials are very helpful. Thankfully, 5.11 Tactical has just released a few new long sleeve options for the changing climate: the Lester, Seth, and Louise.

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5.11’s NEW Fall 2021 Long Sleeve Options

All of the new 5.11 long sleeve options combine style and function. Whether you’re working your land or trying to land a date, these are worth looking at.

LESTER LONG SLEEVE

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The Lester uses the RAPIDraw snap placket to give you quick access to whatever is tucked under your shirt. It features chest pockets, with snap closures, on the left and right sides. The left side also features a welt drop pocket. A fold-down two-piece collar, snap cuffs, and shirt tail hem complete the look with a detailed finish. MSRP is $65.00

SETH SHIRT JACKET

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Sporting a classic buffalo-check pattern, and in multiple colors, the Seth Shirt Jacket is 100% cotton twill. The material is brushed to give it a soft touch. The sleeves are full of 80 gram insulation. The body is lined with fleece for warmth and comfort. MSRP is $100.00.

LOUISE SHIRT JACKET

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The same 100% cotton twill construction as the Seth follows into the Louise Shirt Jacket. This piece is built for women and includes a fleece-lined body. The sleeves are lined with quilted taffeta. The Sherpa lining gives you a warm jacket to layer with on those brisk days, all while staying stylish. MSRP is $100.00.

If you like what you see, head to 5.11 Tactical’s website to see more colors and styles. If you’d like to stay current on new products, make sure you follow 5.11 on all of their social media pages. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Stay warm and stylin’!

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08:00

5.11 Tactical’s NEW Cold Weather Atmosphere Regulator System [AllOutdoor.com]

Winter is right around the corner, and temperatures are already dropping. If you plan on doing any work outdoors, you need clothing that can handle it and keep you warm. Introducing the new 5.11 Tactical Atmosphere Regulator System.

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5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, today announced the release of several exciting new products for Fall 2021 that are designed to meet the needs of outdoor adventurers, public safety professionals and tactical enthusiasts. The newly released items are available online and in-stores now.

5.11 Tactical’s NEW Atmosphere Regulator System

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5.11’s Atmosphere Regulator System is built for cold weather. Layering gives you the ability to scale up or down, depending on your current needs.

TROPOS BASELAYER TOP

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The Tropos Baselayer Top is built to sit directly against your skin and keep it protected. The polyester/Graphene blend keeps users comfortable due to its moisture-wicking and thermal regulation properties. The shoulders feature raglan construction for added durability, while the thumbholes keep your sleeves from riding up. MSRP is $45.00.

TROPOS BASELAYER TIGHT

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This baselayer is made of a polyester, Graphene blend with moisture-wicking and anti-odor technology. They use flatlock seams to keep you comfortable. They also feature a gusseted crotch for increased range of motion. MSRP is $45.00.

MEN’S STRATOS 1/4 ZIP

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The Stratos is made to layer on top of the Tropos. This mid-layer is made of a polyester and elastane blend, giving you stretch where you need it. The 1/4 zip uses anti-odor technology to deal with stinky pits. A chin guard is also in place to prevent discomfort caused by the zipper. MSRP is $70.00.

WOMEN’S STRATOS 1/4 ZIP

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This mid-layer is made from the same durable polyester and elastane blend fleece seen above. The brushed tricot-lined collar is meant to be comfortable and stylish. 5.11 included princess seams to maintain a feminine silhouette. MSRP is $70.00.

MESOS TECH FLEECE

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The Mesos is a full-zip jacket meant to layer over your Stratos. It’s made of an anti-pilling microfleece. There are also N6 nylon overlays for durability in high-wear areas. MSRP is $90.00.

EXOS RAIN SHELL

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The Exos Rain Shell is made of 20k waterproof and 10k breathable 2.5L ripstop. The seams have been sealed for long-term exposure to wet environments. MSRP is $130.00.

ATMOS WARMING JACKET

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Designed for unmatched warmth, the Atmos Warming Jacket is a parka made of 5k waterproof and 10k breathable nylon. Inside this hard shell is 170 grams of PrimaLoft Black insulation. MSRP is $180.00.

If you’re looking for some cold-weather gear, and these fit the bill, you can pick them up from 5.11’s website. Remember to follow 5.11 on their social pages, too. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Stay warm!

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08:00

HANDS-ON: ATN ThOR 4 4-40x Thermal Rifle Scope [The Firearm Blog]

HANDS-ON: ATN ThOR 4 4-40x Thermal Rifle ScopeLast month in Texas I had a chance to try out the ATN ThOR 4 4-40x Thermal Rifle Scope.  Thanks to the facilities at Mellon Creek Outfitters I had access to plenty of distance, and the opportunity to shoot both day and night with this optic.  I mounted the ThOR 4 atop an M16A4 post-sample […]

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07:00

AO Review: Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to hunting and shooting modern sporting rifles (commonly referred to as AR-15/AR-10 rifles) most of the essential components that make up these firearms are merely an after-thought. That is, unless they fail you. If shooters allow their rifle to get too dirty or they are “too cheap” when it comes to purchasing ammunition, one failure they can realize is rounds getting stuck in a chamber. A reliable charging handle can often remedy that though. Likewise, if your optic takes up too large of a footprint on the top of your receiver, a well-designed charging handle can allow you to still safely and effectively manipulate your rifle. So, it is no wonder that aftermarket companies like Bourne Precision look to so deliberately craft charging handles like the Fury they offer. Today, we are going to see how the Bourne Precision Fury AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle stacks up in some testing out at a flat range as well as out of a helicopter! Let’s dive in.

AR-15 Coverage on AllOutdoor

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Specifications – Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle

As mentioned above, the little things – like a charging handle – are not always something we think of during a rifle purchase or even after-the-fact as something to upgrade on our firearms, but a thoughtfully engineered charging handle can afford you a lot of additional utility out in the field. Some of the basic specifications for the Fury AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle can be read below as presented by Bourne Precision:

  • Material: 7075-T6 Aluminum for added Strength and Durability
  • Finish: Type III Hard-Coat Anodized
  • Perfect Replacement for any Factory Charging Handle
  • Ambidextrous Release Small or Large Levers on Both Sides
  • No Gunsmith Required
  • Allows for One-Handed Manipulation
  • Aligns with the Upper Receiver to Redirect Gas Flow away from the User’s Face when Shooting Suppressed
  • Designed & Manufactured in the USA

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The Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle has an MSRP of only $49 for a much upgraded charging handle. Also, it is available in a pantheon of color options such as Black, Blue, Red, Silver, OD Green, Red/Blue, OD Green/Purple, Silver/Black, and Purple. All of these carry Bourne Precision’s Lifetime Warranty in the rare event you should ever need service or replacement of your charging handle. Bourne Precision shares some more information regarding the Fury AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle in their Press Release statement below:

The Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle was designed and manufactured with the features and benefits to enhance every user’s comfort and performance. The AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle is engineered for suppressed fire, with anti-gas features that redirect gas flow upward and away from the face and away from the operator. The ACH and its components are Type III Hardcoat anodized. 

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Range Time/Field Use – Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle

When it came to finally deploying the Bourne Precision Fury AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle we definitely put it through its paces. This charging handle we took to Texas to get some flat range shooting over the course of a week. This proved to be an interesting shooting experience because in Texas there was a lot of fine particulate (excruciatingly small dirt particles) that would get kicked up in the dry Texas wind. Also, it was constantly 90 degrees or hotter outside. When we took our test rifle – a Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) carbine – out of our chilled hotel room and head to the range the rifle would sweat profusely; the previously chilled metal would become damp to the touch. This only accumulated dirt, dust, and grime in copious amounts as a result.

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Throughout this repeated process of our chilled rifle being exposed to the blistering heat, accruing dirt, and shooting the charging handle never failed. It constantly allowed us to check for obstructions, lock the bolt-carrier group (BCG) open to cool, to clean, and functioned flawlessly. The last test we had was to shoot a high round count (upwards of 150 rounds – 5 loaded magazines)… out of a helicopter! We harnessed ourselves in, donned plate carriers to hold all of our magazines, and shot steel targets while hanging out the side of a helicopter. We weren’t “inverted” like Tom Cruise, but the precarious positions, rate of travel, sometimes shooting straight down, and shooting 45 degrees downward back at the Earth placed unique stresses on the charging handle and its functioning. Throughout these stressful shooting scenarios the Bourne Precision Fury AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle – once again – never failed.

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Final Thoughts – Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle

Between an effortless install (that we’ll highlight below), an increase in weapon manipulation regardless of your choice of optic, and perfect functioning in adverse conditions (Texas heat + wind swept dirt + helicopters) we would definitely recommend the Bourne Precision Fury AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle. It performs as advertised and then some considering the lengths we went to see if it would fail and it did not. At a only $49, you will not be disappointed with this charging handle.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Bourne Precision for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Bourne Precision FURY AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle is something worth spending your money on? Would you add one to your AR-15 or AR-10? Shoot a league with it? Hunt with it? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


Video and Photography

All of the quality photography for this review was completed by the accomplished and wonderful Savannah Pierson of Savvy Photage while the video work was achieved by the versatile and gifted Jens Kallgren of High Shine Media. They are both pinnacles of knowledge and expertise in their field, and their assistance in reviewing the Bourne Precision Fury AR-15/AR-10 Charging Handle is greatly appreciated.

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07:00

The TOKAT 571 PDW Is Moving Forward To Production [The Firearm Blog]

TOKAT 571 PDWIn 2019, with help from reader Stimpy75 and my friend Emrah, TFB reported about new Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) that was unveiled at the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) in Turkey. The TOKAT 571 PDW falls into a medium-sized class of machine pistols, that’s larger than one-off pistols like the Glock 18 and Beretta 93, […]

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06:27

Confederate Gillam & Miller Rolling Block Transformation [Forgotten Weapons]

Most people think about the Remington Rolling Block as a purpose-built rifle, but it was also used as a way to transform muzzleloaders into more modern breechloaders. Remington did this commercially, and small gunsmiths did it as well. Essentially any old rifle could contribute a barrel, stock, and furniture – just add a Remington action and you can have a cartridge-firing rifle for much less that the cost of getting one brand new.

The Rolling Block transformation we are looking at today appears to have been built on a Confederate Gillam & Miller rifle – an extremely rare pattern. Gillem & Miller only managed to produce 677 rifles for the state of North Carolina during the Civil War, and only a handful of intact surviving examples are known. This one shows what was typical of usable arms in the post-war South – they were used hard, and updated when feasible to keep them useful.

06:00

Strike Industries: NEW AR Multi-Angle Pistol Grip (MAPG) [The Firearm Blog]

Multi-AngleThe grip angle on an AR-15 is as personal as the underwear you wore to the range. Everyone likes something different for the stance they use, purpose of the firearm, and general comfort. Now available from Strike Industries, the AR Multi-Angle Pistol Grip (MAPG) allows users to adjust the angle of their grip on the […]

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Monday, 25 October

17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 16: Soul-Less Guns and Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 16: Soul-Less Guns and SuppressorsWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 16! Working within the gun industry as a writer, I find myself jumping from subject to subject very often, and it’s not until I run into a review item or a specific rifle or pistol that I end up going down the hundreds of rabbit holes that exist within the […]

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16:30

POTD: U.S. Marines Dismount an MV-22B Osprey [The Firearm Blog]

MV-22B OspreyAs usual, TFB has selected a few pictures for you. 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 off. Here we have Australian Army soldiers together with U.S. Marines with the Marine Rotational Force […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: H&K .22LR MP5 Pistol and Rifle Review [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: Reviewing the H&K 22LR MP5 Pistol and RifleHello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all bout the rimfire firearm world and its various arms, ammunition, and practices. This week we’re talking about the recently released H&K .22LR MP5 pistol and rifle. Both of the new guns are something that customers have been wishing to see […]

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11:00

WOOX Introduces The COBRA Precision Stock [The Firearm Blog]

WOOX Introduces The COBRA Precision Stock (1)WOOX has added another product to their line of rifle chassis/stocks. The new Cobra Precision Stock joins the Furiosa, Exactus and Wild Man becoming the fourth rifle stock offered by the company. The difference from other members of the family is in the design of the buttstock and forearm that are attached to the main […]

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10:50

Wisconsin: Committee Hearing on Permitless Carry this Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, October 27, the Senate Committee on Insurance, Licensing, and Forestry is scheduled to consider Permitless Carry legislation, Senate Bill 619.

10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm (Hi-Power Clone) [AllOutdoor.com]

The Hi-Power created by one of the Godfathers of firearms in John Moses Browning is one of the most copied and borrowed from designs in the history of handguns. It was the first semi-automatic pistol to deploy a double-stack magazine and many of the internal workings (their concepts) are still present in innumerable handguns today. It only makes sense that such an iconic firearm in history be produced once again by one of the most famous manufacturers in history in Springfield Armory. The news of Springfield Armory making a Hi-Power reproduction will be setting the internet on fire for months to come, but today we are going to take a deep-dive look at the SA-35 9mm pistol. Let’s dive in and see what it is all about!

Springfield Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

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Specifications – Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm

If you are wondering where the name “SA-35” came from with Springfield Armory producing this extremely genuine Hi-Power clone you may be surprised to learn that the name makes complete sense. The moniker of SA-35 is referring to Springfield Armory (SA) and the year the first Hi-Power was ever produced in 1935. While this is the newest and freshest take on the Hi-Power design, Springfield Armory remained true-to-form by keeping the same aesthetic lines and iconic shape we all know and love. All of the specifications can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.7″ Cold Hammer Forged, 1:10 Twist
  • Slide and Frame: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
  • Sights: White Dot Front, Serrated Tactical Rack Rear
  • Recoil System: SA-35™ Recoil Spring & Guide Rod
  • Grips: Checkered Walnut
  • Magazines: (1) 15-Round
  • Weight: 31.5 oz
  • Length: 7.8″
  • Height: 4.8″

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The initial MSRP for the Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm is benchmarked at $699 which sounds astoundingly affordable. An authentic and attractive Hi-Power reproduction such as this I thought might go for $1,000+ at a minimum so the $699 price-tag is a pleasant surprise. As always, in the rare event that you should ever need service for your firearm Springfield Armory has a Lifetime Warranty that stands behind all of their firearms. One final snapshot into what the SA-35 9mm is all about can be read below in Springfield Armory’s Press Release statement:

Based on one of the most prolific and popular pistols in small arms history, the Springfield Armory® SA-35 gives today’s shooters a modern take on a revered classic. Featuring subtle but significant upgrades to John Moses Browning’s original P-35 design, the 9mm SA-35 captures the appeal of the “wood and steel” era of arms making while offering the upgraded enhancements of today’s defensive pistols. Made in the U.S.A., the SA-35 features rugged forged steel parts for strength and durability, improved ergonomics and enhanced controls, a factory tuned trigger, modern sights, an improved feed ramp design, and an increased 15-round capacity.

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First Impressions – Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm

The very first impression I had handling the Springfield Armory SA-35 fresh out of the box is how simple yet gorgeous it looks. When I heard Springfield was going to be making a Hi-Power my greatest fear is that it would have laser beams, be a crazy finish with tacti-cool grips, or have a Picatinny rail for endless, non-sensical accessories. This pistol has none of that. It is true-to-form and looks amazing.

My next thought was: where are the upgrades? Springfield touts this model as having multiple upgrades applied to it yet it looks like the Hi-Powers of old. That, again, is one of the beautiful things about this pistol. While there are multiple upgrades bestowed upon the SA-35, none of them detract from the overall appearance and familiar functioning of the original pistol.

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An ever so lightly beveled magazine well makes it easier to insert magazines yet you would never notice it if you did not look for it. Internally there are several upgrades as well including the barrel and trigger. The barrel has undergone Springfield’s lauded cold-hammer forging process for extra durability and strength plus the feed ramp has been improved to suit modern ammunition profiles. The trigger has been factory tuned for a cleaner, crisper, and lighter feel as a result of removing the magazine disconnect in the original design. So, on paper this should be one very accurate pistol.

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For those who might be less informed about hammer-fire designs, this newer Hi-Power has had the geometry redesigned to prevent the risk of “hammer bite” to the web of your hand. It is the small, less-noticed upgrades such as this that I really appreciate. It is Springfield going the extra mile for shooters whether they know it or not. Another subtle change from the original Hi-Power design is the modernized and extended manual safety. It has been altered so it is easier to manipulate one-handed yet it does not detract from the overall aesthetic of the pistol.

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Finally, we come to the sights. For anyone who knows their way around a Springfield Armory Hellcat, the sights on the SA-35 should look very familiar. They are a White Dot Front with a Serrated Tactical Rack Rear. This U-notch design has become incredibly popular over the past couple years and Springfield has been applying it to all sorts of firearms ever since (even new Hi-Power models). What’s nice is you have a modern sight picture that doesn’t scream tactical or is an eye-sore. They fit right into the overall package.

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Range Time – Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm

When it came to actually shooting at the range I was pleasantly surprised – again – as I have been throughout this entire time of getting to know the Springfield Armory SA-35. The first 15 rounds on paper (the very first magazine) at 10 yards was a tight clustered group. I had not gotten to know the trigger yet, its breaking point, the reset, or found the perfect grip where my hands should meet this firearm. Nevertheless my group was outstanding.

The trigger is genuinely really good just like Springfield advertises it to be. I have a friend who owns an original Browning Hi-Power and everything about the trigger on the SA-35 is better. The pull, the clean break, and the reset are all vastly improved. I was definitely impressed.

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The other element about the Springfield that I liked was the grip. Not only are they an attractive checkered walnut, but the dexterity I have is tremendous. I am normally one of those people who love a grip that digs into your hand (think of a Springfield TRP). Even though the checkered walnut grips are not aggressive by any means, they have a large surface area so you get a lot of grip (no pun intended) with this classical looking grip.

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Final Thoughts – Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm

So, like you, I was stunned by the announcement that Springfield Armory was bringing back the Hi-Power with their own version of this classical design. After having it in my hands and shooting, what are my final thoughts though?… Overall, this is authentically one of the best pistols I have reviewed in years considering the $699 price-point. You can’t touch a clean-looking Browning Hi-Power for less than $1,500 on the used market right now and the Springfield Armory SA-35 shoots better, is just as attractive, utilizes larger magazines (15-round), and has a bevy of sneaky improvements. If you ever wanted a Hi-Power, but were squeamish over the $1,000+ pricing, you need to buy a Springfield Armory SA-35. I highly recommend it.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Springfield Armory for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm is something worth spending your money on? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

NEW Standard and Suppressor Height S&W Irons From Strike Industries [The Firearm Blog]

StandardUpgrading your sights is one of the easiest, least expensive, and helpful upgrades you can make to your pistol. For those who prefer Smith & Wesson handguns, a new iron sight option has entered the arena. Adding to their line of iron sights, Strike Industries now offers standard and suppressor height sights for several models […]

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09:30

POTD: The Unique Sjogren Inertial Semi-Automatic Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This is one of those shotguns on my list that I know in my heart I will never have. The Sjogren Inertial Shotgun. This goofy-looking shotgun shoots a 12 gauge  2 1/2″ shell unlike the modern 2 3/4″. The odd-looking nature of the gun is simply because that is how this gun operates. It features a large mas at the rear which reciprocates back and forth when shooting. The shells have to have enough inertia to push that mass backward. This gives the Sjogren a famous sort of back and forth recoil like an Auto-5 on steroids.

“This 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun was manufactured during the first half of the 20th century (Sjogren patent 1900-1905) and was the first successful semi-automatic shotgun manufactured. The matching serial number is marked on the left side of the barrel, receiver ring and receiver. The upper left side of the barrel band is marked “168”. The left side of the receiver is marked “AUTOMAT/SYSTEM SJOGREN/PATENT” and the right side is marked with a crown over “HAANDVAABENVAERKSTEDERNE KJOBENHAVN”. Nitro proofed barrel with a number of proof marks as well as “2 1/2″ CHOKE” and “1 1/8 oz” on the left side of the breech end. The left side of the breechblock is marked “NOT ENGLISH MAKE”. Single bead sight and mounted with a checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber grip cap and buttplate. Length of pull is 14 1/2 inches.”

Lot 365: Unique Sjogren Semi-Automatic Shotgun. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/60/365/unique-sjogren-semiautomatic-shotgun.

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09:00

Introducing the New Mini-Shell Compatible Mossberg 590s Lineup [AllOutdoor.com]

The Mossberg 590 has been one of the most popular shotguns for both home defense and tactical use and I’m also sure there are a handful of you out there who have used the popular shotgun to hunt with. Mossberg has just announced the introduction of the 590s pump-action shotgun which is set to provide the platform with even more versatility. The Mossberg 590s can now reliably cycle 1.75″ mini-shells without modification and this means that you can pack even more defensive or offensive capability into the same reliable package that you’ve come to love from the 590 platforms.

Introducing the New Mini-Shell Compatible Mossberg 590s Lineup

Introducing the New Mini-Shell Compatible Mossberg 590s Lineup

This adaptation of the Mossberg 590 eliminates the need to purchase an aftermarket adapter for use with mini shells. Instead, Mossberg has baked this compatibility right into the 590s with the introduction of an extended and revised elevator and shell guide. The Mossberg 590S will be sold for an MSRP of $605 with the only exception being the 20″ shotgun version which is listed at an MSRP of $708.

  • Mossberg Quality
  • Anodized Receiver & Small Parts
  • Dual Extractors & Twin Action Bars
  • Positive Steel-to-Steel Lockup
  • Anti-Jam Elevator
  • Smooth, Crips Trigger
  • Optimized to Cycle all modern 12GA rounds up to 3″
  • Ergonomic & Extremely pointable
  • Reliable, Long-lasting
  • Ambidextrous Top Tang Safety

Introducing the New Mini-Shell Compatible Mossberg 590s Lineup

The new Mossberg 590s will come in four different configurations including a 20-inch, 18.5-inch, 14-inch Shockwave, and 18.5-inch shockwave configuration. Each of the new shotguns will feature the redesigned components that allow the 590s to reliably cycle the increasingly popular mini shells. The standard 20-inch barrel will be able to pack a whopping 13+1 mini shells and will also come standard with ghost ring sights. The two 18.5-inch variants (both the shockwave and standard shotgun) will be able to load up to 9 mini shells in the tube while the 14-inch version can pack 8 total mini shells – all three of these variants will come standard with a front bead sight.

Introducing the New Mini-Shell Compatible Mossberg 590s Lineup

The shotguns will also be able to cycle seamlessly with a mixed loading of 1.75″, 2.75″ and 3″ shells without issue, and all of the new shotguns will come with the best standard 590 pump-action features you’ve come to love including a positive steel-to-steel lockup, dual extractors, twin action bars, and an anti-jam elevator for smoother operation. So, what are your thoughts on this new configuration of the 590? Would this be useful for anything you come across in your daily life? I personally think this would make for a great home defense shotgun when paired with a bunch of mini-shell buckshot, particularly with the shorter 18.5″ version.

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08:00

Mossberg Introduces the New MC2sc Micro-Compact 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

A new compact concealed carry contender has entered the ring with the introduction of Mossberg’s new MC2sc micro-compact 9mm pistol. The new 9mm pistol features an 11+1 standard magazine capacity with a 14+1 extended magazine also available for the new pistol. Striving to give concealed carriers everything they want from a modern concealed carry pistol, the MC2sc will also feature an optics ready slide as standard which also happens to co-witness with a red dot sight without the need to purchase additional co-witness or suppressor height sights.

Mossberg Introduces the New MC2sc Micro-Compact 9mm

Mossberg Introduces the New MC2sc Micro-Compact 9mm

The frame of the MC2sc remains largely the same as other iterations of the MC series and can be had with or without a cross-bolt safety and is constructed for high-tensile strength glass-reinforced polymer and features Mossberg’s aggressive grip texturing and a slight palm swell that gives the user a good grip on the gun without compromising the pistol’s concealability. The new pistol will make use of Shield RMSc, and JPoint footprints for its optics mounting and will ultimately come in 5 different configurations with two of those being restrictive state compliant models (10-round and MA compliant). Holsters will be available on the day of launch according to Mossberg as they have put in the leg work with several holster manufacturers to provide customers with immediate access to accessories upon launch.

Mossberg MC2sc Features

  • Made from Glass-Reinforced Polymer
  • Mossberg Signature Agressive Textuing
  • Textured Front and Back Straps
  • Oversized Trigger Guard
  • Added Palm Swell for Improved Grip
  • Mirrors 1911 Ergonomics for Superior Printability
  • Stainless Steel Slide
  • DLC Coated Slide
  • SIG #8 Dovetail Sights
  • Optic Ready for direct mounting optics (Jpoint & RMC Shield footprints)
  • Aggressive Serrations for Positive Slide Manipulation
  • Patent-Pending Mossberg STS (Safe Takedown System)
  • 5-6 lb Trigger Pull
  • Integrated Blade Safety
  • Flat Face Trigger

Mossberg Introduces the New MC2sc Micro-Compact 9mm

The new MC2sc has a load of features that make it worth considering perhaps over other options in this class and category of 9mm pistols. The slide is made from 416 stainless steel with a Black DLC finish, forward and rear slide serrations, and most notable of all an optics-ready slide. What sets the MC2sc apart from other optics-ready micro-compact 9mm handguns is that Mossberg has somehow managed to get the optics to mount so low that you can get a complete co-witness with the standard 3-dot sights that Mossberg ships the MC2sc with. This is an awesome feature and eliminates the need for co-witness height sights. the pistol will either be sold for $555 MSRP or $663 MSRP with Tritium Night Sights.

Mossberg has expanded its popular MC2 lineup with a new subcompact 9mm… the MC2sc. Double-stack magazines provide a slim, compact profile that offers 11+1/14+1 or 10+1 capacity, and an optics-ready slide allows easy direct mounting of Micro Dot optics.

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08:00

Bul Armory Introduces The BUL OPTICS Sub-Brand [The Firearm Blog]

BUL OPTICSIsraeli Bul Armory has announced the launch of the new Bul Optics sub-brand and introduced the first two products of the new brand – the MS-1 and MS-2 handgun reflex sights. Both MS-1 and MS-2 are open-emitter sights with the former featuring a more rugged hood design and intended for concealed carry use and the latter […]

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07:30

TFBTV – The Hi-Power is Back! NEW Springfield SA-35 Pistol Review [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the new Springfield SA-35 Hi-Power clone. Springfield pulled out all of the stops making this clone and even tweaked the original design to improve upon its weaknesses. Mainly, the original magazine safety has been removed, allowing Springfield’s version to have a much better trigger. The hammer has been re-contoured to eliminate slide bite that the older models sometimes caused. It uses improved 15 rounds magazines instead of the 13 round magazines of the original Hi-Power. The safety has been improved as well, and the SA-35 has a beveled magazine well. This gun also costs only $699 MSRP. But how did this Hi-Power clone turn out? Check today’s video to find out.

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07:00

Return of the Hi-Power! Springfield Armory’s SA-35 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

Springfield Armory was hinting at the announcement of something new being announced today with a cryptic photo on their social media last week. For those firearm enthusiasts who like riddles, you might have figured out the surprise ahead of time. A black silhouetted photograph showed a gunsmith toiling away on his workbench with a clock depicting the time 19:35 (7:35pm – or a clue alluding to the year 1935). Also, there was a picture of one of the Godfathers of firearms in John Moses Browning. So, what did John Browning invent in 1935?… One of his most iconic creations in the Hi-Power! So, without further ado, Springfield Armory has announced today their modern re-creation of the Browning Hi-Power in the model SA-35 9mm!

Springfield Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

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The phrasing of “SA-35” more than likely refers to Springfield Armory (SA) and is a nod to the year the Hi-Power was originally invented back in 1935. For the purists in the audience, you will be pleased to know that this new Hi-Power clone offering has not been butchered – it is incredibly true-to-form. There are no laser beams, no bedazzling, and not even a Picatinny rail for other non-essential nonsense. The Springfield Armory SA-35 is a true, blue Hi-Power with subtle, modern upgrades.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.7″ Cold Hammer Forged, 1:10 Twist
  • Slide and Frame: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
  • Sights: White Dot Front, Serrated Tactical Rack Rear
  • Recoil System: SA-35™ Recoil Spring & Guide Rod
  • Grips: Checkered Walnut
  • Magazines: (1) 15-Round
  • Weight: 31.5 oz
  • Length: 7.8″
  • Height: 4.8″

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One of the most startling and surprising traits of the NEW Springfield Armory SA-35 is that the MSRP is only $699. A pistol of this pristine quality one would think could easily fetch $1,000+ yet Springfield has managed to keep it affordable for the everyday shooter. Springfield Armory goes on to explain some more of the features in their Press Release statement below:

Based on one of the most prolific and popular pistols in small arms history, the Springfield Armory® SA-35 gives today’s shooters a modern take on a revered classic. Featuring subtle but significant upgrades to John Moses Browning’s original P-35 design, the 9mm SA-35 captures the appeal of the “wood and steel” era of arms making while offering the upgraded enhancements of today’s defensive pistols. Made in the U.S.A., the SA-35 features rugged forged steel parts for strength and durability, improved ergonomics and enhanced controls, a factory tuned trigger, modern sights, an improved feed ramp design, and an increased 15-round capacity.

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It is incredibly exciting to see an American manufacturer like Springfield Armory make an authentic and 100% American made Hi-Power pistol in the SA-35. Be sure to check out AllOutdoor, TheFirearmBlog, and TFBTV for more coverage and reviews of this pistol because it will be in the news a lot throughout this week. Also, as always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

THE HI-POWER IS BACK! NEW Springfield SA-35 Hi-Power Pistol Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the new Springfield SA-35 Hi-Power clone. Springfield pulled out all of the stops making this clone and even tweaked the original design to improve upon its weaknesses. Mainly, the original magazine safety has been removed, allowing Springfield’s version to have a much better trigger. The hammer has […]

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Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm – An Authentic Hi-Power Reproduction [The Firearm Blog]

springfield Armory sa-35For those who might already be devoted fans of Springfield Armory on social media, you may have noticed an intentionally cryptic photograph they shared last week. This black and white image depicted a gunsmith toiling away at his workbench on some unknown firearm with the phrase: “We’re bringing it back.” This lead to a lot […]

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06:27

Weirdly Late “Buck-N-Ball” – Standard Arms 50 Caliber “Camp” Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

Standard Arms was an early (circa 1909) manufacturer of self-loading hunting rifles in the US. The made the Model G, a rifle which could function either as a self-loader or a pump action manual repeater. Unfortunately, is was tremendously unreliable and prone to breakage. In an effort to salvage something of use, the company introduced the Model M – a pump-only version. It can’t malfunction if it doesn’t try to function on its own, right? Well, it didn’t work, and the company went bust in 1912, and then again in 1914 after its creditors attempted to revive it.

However, one really rare model that Standard Arms also produced was the “Camp”. This is a .50 caliber smoothbore pump-only gun chambered for a proprietary cartridge similar to the .50-95. It was intended for shooting either small shot or single round lead ball loadings, rather like the Ishapore Arsenal single-shot SMLE conversions. Only an estimated 25-30 of the Camp guns were built, and this example is in outstanding condition.

06:00

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 17: Precision Rifle Accessories Edition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 17: Precision Rifle Accessories EditionWelcome to TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 17. I’ve really been diving deep into the rabbit hole of precision rifle shooting lately and I even have somewhat of a precision rifle headed my way for review shortly. This upcoming review has got me thinking a lot about the various ancillary accessories and tools you might need […]

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05:02

Happy St. Crispin’s Day []

As you put on your shoes this morning, remember St. Crispin who is the patron saint of shoemakers as today is the feast of St. Crispin.

You may know the name Crispin for another reason. It was the eve of St. Crispin’s Day when Henry V delivered his band of brothers speech to the English before the Battle of Agincourt. That is, at least according to William Shakespeare.

I think of the battle for the Second Amendment and the fight to secure our God-given rights. When you get down to it, those of us down in the trenches fighting for your rights are like the English before Agincourt. They were facing the French who had just had reinforcements. Likewise, we face anti-rights groups who are flush with cash provided by billionaires with their own armed security details. So if you are in the battle for the Second Amendment, you are my brother (and sister).

H/T David C.

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Sunday, 24 October

16:30

POTD: French Airborne .50 BMG Power – Hécate 2 Long-Range Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day: Airborne sniping is a special thing and probably one of the most difficult tasks for any target shooter. Here we’re looking at the power of the 12.7x99mm round (.50 BMG) in the Hécate 2 Long-range anti-material rifle made by PGM Precision in France. Note the rather large suppressor and the arm […]

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16:17

TFBTV – The NEW Mossberg 590S 12 Gauge Eats Anything [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop previews the newest model of the venerable Mossberg 590 shotgun: the 590S. The Mossberg 590S is everything you know and love about the 590, but with some internal tweaks that allow it to reliably cycle mini shells without the use of an adapter. The new 590S, and 590S Shockwave will feed 2 3/4″, 3″, and 1 3/4″ short shells interchangeably. Using short shells gives you a 50 percent increase in capacity and a significant reduction in recoil. In a full-size shotgun like the 590, they’re a bit of a gimmick, but in the stubby Shockwave, they actually start to make sense.

Mossberg 590S Stats:
Weight: 6.75 lbs (18.5″ barrel), 7.25lbs (20″ barrel)
Length: 39.5″ (18.5″ barrel), 41″ (20″ barrel)
Capacity: 6+1 2 3/4″ shells, 9+1 1 3/4″ shells (18.5″ barrel), 8+1 2 3/4″ shells, 13+1 1 3/4″ shells (20″ barrel)
MSRP: $605 (18.5″ barrel), $708 (20″ barrel)

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16:11

TFBTV – NEW Mossberg MC2sc Optics Ready Micro 9mm Review [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop reviews the new optics-ready Mossberg MC2SC. This double-stack micro 9mm carry handgun has a standard capacity of 11 rounds and a super low optics cut that allows the factory iron sights to cowitness through a red dot. This is the first pistol in the Mossberg MC series that it’s easy to get excited about, and it may even be able to stand out in a highly competitive market.

Mossberg MC2SC Stats
Weight: 19.5oz
Length: 6.25″
Height: 4.30″
Width: 1.10″
Capacity: 11+1 Standard, 14+1 Extended
JPoint/Shield optics footprint
MSRP: $555

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16:00

NEW Subcompact Mossberg MC2sc Double-Stack 9mm Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

The New Subcompact Mossberg MC2sc Double-Stack 9mmA new subcompact 9mm pistol has just hit the market from Mossberg – the MC2sc. The MC2sc is the next iteration in the MC series of 9mm pistol but this model adds more capacity and features to the lineup in ways previous iterations of the MC never did. The MC1sc was released during a time […]

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The NEW Mossberg 590S Eats Anything [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop previews the newest model of the venerable Mossberg 590 shotgun: the 590S. The Mossberg 590S is everything you know and love about the 590, but with some internal tweaks that allow it to reliably cycle mini shells without the use of an adapter. The new 590S, and 590S Shockwave […]

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NEW Mossberg MC2SC Optics Ready Micro 9mm – Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop reviews the new optics-ready Mossberg MC2SC. This double-stack micro 9mm carry handgun has a standard capacity of 11 rounds and a super low optics cut that allows the factory iron sights to cowitness through a red dot. This is the first pistol in the Mossberg MC series that it’s […]

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New Mossberg 590s Mini-Shell Compatible Pump Action Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

New Mossberg 590s Mini-Shell Compatible Pump ActionsThe legendary Mossberg 590 has just received an all-new lineup that is now compatible with a wide variety of shotgun shells from 3″ magnums all the way down to the tiny 1.75″ mini shells. The new Mossberg 590s shotgun features a redesigned elevator and bolt slide as well as an energy-absorbing bumper for maximum flexibility […]

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15:43

Hippos Are Not People []

If you are of a certain age, you may remember the drug lord Pablo Escobar. He founded and ran the Medellin Cartel in Colombia. His cartel monopolized the cocaine trade in the US during the 80s and early 90s. The profits from his illicit activities made him a billionaire which funded his extravagant lifestyle. Part of that lifestyle included a private zoo with four illegally imported hippopotamuses.

Escobar with his hippopotamuses

After his death, these four hippos “went native” and have reproduced. Their numbers have grown to 100 plus. As a non-native invasive species, they have caused issues for both native plants and animals. Scientists at the University of California-San Diego have documented their impact on water quality.

“This unique species has a big impact on its ecosystem in its native range in Africa, and we found that it has a similar impact when you import it into an entirely new continent with a completely different environment and cast of characters,” said UC San Diego Biological Sciences Professor Jonathan Shurin. “It’s clear that this effect might include negative consequences for water quality and water resources by fueling harmful algae and bacteria.”

There have been calls to have these hippos eradicated as a non-native invasive species. As you might surmise, this has upset some animal rights activists. They much prefer that the hippos be put on birth control or sterilized to control their reproduction. Attorneys in Colombia have gone to court there to save them from being killed. A quirk of Colombian law gives non-humans such as the hippos legal status to bring lawsuits.

Attorneys in Colombia wanted to depose two American wildlife scientists who are experts in non-surgical sterilization of animals. The courts in Colombia cannot compel them to provide depositions so animal rights activists went to court in the United States. US law allows “interested persons” in a foreign litigation to go to Federal court seeking permission to take depositions for use in their case. The key words are “interested persons”.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund brought suit in US District Court for the District of Southern Ohio on behalf of the hippos. However, the ALDF was not the plaintiff. The plaintiffs were “Community of Hippopotamuses Living in the Magdalena River”.

Applicant Community of Hippopotamuses Living in the Magdalena River (“Community”) hereby apply to this Court ex parte for an order pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 (“Section 1782”) granting the Application to serve Dr. Elizabeth
Berkeley and Dr. Richard Berlinski with the deposition subpoenas annexed to the Flint Decl. as Exhibits A and B.

Remarkably, US Magistrate Judge Karen Litkovitz granted the ex parte application by the hippos and authorized their attorneys to serve subpoenas compelling the depositions.

If the claims by the Animal Legal Defense Fund are correct, this marks the first time that non-humans were recognized as “legal persons.”

ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells said:

“Animals have the right to be free from cruelty and exploitation, and the failure of U.S. courts to recognize their rights impedes the ability to enforce existing legislative protections,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The court’s order authorizing the hippos to exercise their legal right to obtain information in the United States is a critical milestone in the broader animal status fight to recognize that animals have enforceable rights.”

This is a dangerous ruling. While probably not precedential, it will be used by animal rights and anti-hunting groups in the future.

Will hunters be arrested for killing deer, doves, or any other animal? Will it lead to hunting being banned in its entirety?

Will meat packers be sued by cattle and swine to avoid being made into steaks and bacon?

What about fish? Will a suit be brought by the Community of Rainbow Trout Living in the Madison River to compel the testimony of fisheries biologists?

The list goes on. As I said, it is a dangerous ruling. To give standing and recognition to non-human species is opening a Pandora’s box. I don’t know if a magistrate judge’s ruling in an ex parte order is reviewable by the District Court Judge to whom the case was assigned. It should be and these subpoenas squashed. If the scientists in question wish to give a deposition in the case on their own, that is fine and their choice.

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09:16

TFBTV – NEW Rifle Dynamics “700 Mid” AK-47 and Red Oktober Edition [AllOutdoor.com]

In this first episode of TFBTV Show Time, it’s October 23, 2021, and James Reeves is hanging out with Nick at Rifle Dynamics to talk about Red Oktober, and to get an introduction to Rifle Dynamics’ newest AK, the as-yet-unreleased Rifle Dynamics 700 Mid AK, as well as the very limited edition, one of ten Model 702 AKs built to commemorate the 5th year of Red Oktober. Check out today’s video on the new Rifle Dynamics AK, and don’t forget to subscribe to TFBTV Show Time for FULL coverage of Red Oktober 2021.

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Chiappa 1887 Disassembly/Reassembly [The Firearm Blog]

1887 DisassemblyWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I happened to do a little maintenance on my Chiappa 1887 Lever Action shotgun and while disassembling and reassembling, I thought to myself that it […]

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03:10

NEW Rifle Dynamics “700 Mid” AK-47 and Red Oktober Edition [The Firearm Blog]

In this first episode of TFBTV Show Time, it’s October 23, 2021, and James Reeves is hanging out with Nick at Rifle Dynamics to talk about Red Oktober, and to get an introduction to Rifle Dynamics’ newest AK, the as-yet-unreleased Rifle Dynamics 700 Mid AK, as well as the very limited edition, one of ten […]

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Saturday, 23 October

16:30

POTD: East Meets West in Saber Junction 2021 [The Firearm Blog]

Saber Junction 2021The first online photograph is said to have been published by Tim Berners-Lee in 1992. It’s uncertain how many were actually able to see that image at the time, but probably not a lot. Luckily TFB’s Photo Of The Day is a lot more popular and anyone with an Internet connection is welcome to visit. […]

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14:00

SILENCER SATURDAY #199: Primal Vs Hybrid 46M – Suppressed Subsonic .45-70 Government [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #199: Suppressed Subsonic .45-70 GovernmentGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week we took you through the multi-host SilencerCo Hybrid 46M. This week we bring it back along with the Dead Air Primal to test out […]

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12:55

The Complementary Spouse Is Nurse Of The Year []

The Complementary Spouse has never been one to toot her own horn. She much prefers to stay in the background and let her work speak for itself. So it falls to me to toot the horn for her.

Barb started out as a registered nurse in 1977 after graduating with her BSN from the Medical College of Virginia. She was part of a nursing fellowship program at MCV Hospital where new RNs would rotate through 2-3 departments. After a peds rotation, she moved to the burn center where she treated both children and adults who had been burned severely. She stayed there for five years.

Fast forward to the mid-1980s where she took a job in the PACU at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. During the intervening years, she had worked in home health and hospice as well as with an infusion therapy company where she treated some of the early AIDS patients. During her 25 years with Mission, she earned both her certification as a Certified Perianethesia Nurse (CPAN) and her Masters in Health Sciences. At Mission, she worked both the in-patient and out-patient PACU, provided clinical support for surgical services, and finally was a Nurse Education Specialist for Patient Education where she coordinated patient education hospital-wide.

She was named a Great 100 in 1996 for her commitment to nursing excellence. It is an award given annually to the top nurses in the state of North Carolina. One must be nominated by your peers for the honor and it can only be won once.

After leaving Mission during cutbacks in 2013, she moved to UNC Health – Pardee which she now works doing pre-anesthesia screening. She was their first and only Anesthesia Navigator.

Barb has always been active with the North Carolina Association of Perianesthia Nurses and helped found the local chapter in the mountains. Even this morning, she got up before 6am to head to their state conference being held in Asheville to help work the registration table. It was going to be a busy day with many speakers plus awards for both 2020 and 2021.

What she didn’t know when she left for the state conference this morning is that she was going to get a major award. I did know and have kept it secret for almost two months. Thanks to the president of NCAPAN, I was able to sneak in the back the room as they were reading out the history of her career and her service to both the state and local chapters. I watched as her hand flew to her face as the realization dawned on Barb that the president was speaking about her.

So congratulations are in order for Barbara Richardson aka The Complementary Spouse for being the NCAPAN Nurse of the Year for 2020.

As she retires in early December, it is a fitting way to bring a long career to a close.

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06:27

All the Blammo: HK51 at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

Just how concussive is the HK51? And how hard is it to control? Let’s find out!

Friday, 22 October

18:45

Alec Baldwin shooting [Of Arms and the Law]

According to this report, the gun in question had "misfired" (maybe they mean malfunctioned) several times before, but was kept in action. Still, this sounds like a case of a live regular round going off. Whatever it was completely penetrated one person and went on to seriously injure another. But what fool would allow a regular cartridge anywhere near a set like that?

18:41

testing again [Of Arms and the Law]

and cursing. I posted several posts... and they vanished.

17:00

TFB Review: Meopta Meopro Optika6 1-6×24 RD FFP LPVO Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

Review of the Meopta Meopro Optika6 1-6×24 RD First Focal Plane riflescope with the MRAD reticle. Sometimes reviews take months to prepare, sometimes they just appear by pure chance. This is a case of the latter. As I visited a dealer, he showed me the scope in question, and he had my attention straight away. Meopta […]

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16:30

POTD: U.S. Army Paratroopers with M3 Carl Gustaf Rocket Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day with a loud bang as U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fire a M3 Carl Gustav rocket launcher.Photo Of The Day with a loud bang as U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fire an M3 Carl Gustaf rocket launcher. This happened during exercise Rock Klescman 21 at Pocek Range in Slovenia, in September 2021. Exercise Rock Klescman was a bilateral training exercise with the Slovenian […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: Simrad KN203 Clip-On Night Vision [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back you nocturnal enthusiasts to another Friday Night Lights. Today we take a look at the Norwegian Simrad KN203. It is a night vision clip-on for weapon use. Friday Night Lights is sponsored by ATN Corp, manufacturers of night vision and thermal optics like the THOR LT. As with all of our sponsored series, Friday […]

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11:00

Hands-On: Crimson Trace Hardline Pro 6-24×50 FFP MIL ILL Scope [The Firearm Blog]

Down in Refugio, Texas at Bridle Iron South Training Facility the crew of TFB and TFBTV were onsite to try out some ATN and Crimson Trace products. Like many of you, I only know of Crimson Trace from their history of laser systems. Well, they are making traditional scopes and one of them piqued my […]

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10:00

Celebrate Friday, October 22nd (RUGER DAY) With TFB [The Firearm Blog]

Happy RUGER (10/22) Day everybody! As a lot of you know, rimfire is one of my favorite subsections of the firearms world and I absolutely love getting out and ringing steel with my 10/22 rifles and pistols.TFB is always happy to celebrate the handy little rimfire rifle. In a lot of ways, the ubiquitous 10/22 […]

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09:00

Guns For Great Causes: Henry Donates 65 Rifles For Charity [AllOutdoor.com]

As a father, I hope that others in my community would come to the aid of my son if he ever fell ill. Helping within your community, especially when we belong to one that is so often shunned, is essential. For one little girl, that help comes in the form of 65 rifles. Henry Repeating Arms is donating 65 custom rifles in an effort to help pay medical bills for an 11-year-old girl who is battling multiple congenital heart defects.

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Henry Repeating Arms, one of the country’s leading firearms manufacturers, is donating a series of 65 custom rifles to raise funds for the family of 11-year-old Sami Bernadzikowski of Elkridge, Maryland, who is battling multiple congenital heart defects (CHD). All proceeds from the fundraising campaign, which are expected to surpass $45,000, will be presented to the Bernadzikowski family.

Henry Donates 65 Rifles to Help 11-Year-Old Girl

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11-year-old Sami Bernadzikowski of Elkridge, Maryland is fighting through multiple congenital heart defects. These include heterotaxy syndrome, single ventricle, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary vein stenosis, transposition of the great vessels, and atrial septal defect. This has led to five open-heart surgeries so far with more in the future. Staggering medical bills have sent Guns For Great Causes into go mode. Henry’s “Support 4 Sami” special edition rifles are expected to raise over $45,000 for the Bernadzikowski family. These special edition rifles feature engraved and hand-painted graphics on the stocks. They also have special serial numbers starting with 01OF65SAMI, which is currently up for auction.

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If you’d like to buy one of these custom rifles in support of little Sami, you can find links to auctions and to buy the rifles on Henry’s website. Make sure you also give them a follow so you can contribute to the next Guns For Great Causes campaign. Henry Repeating Arms can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Take care of each other.

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08:00

POTD: The Unwanted Austrian Pistol – Steyr 1912 [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Today we have a photo of one of my favorite guns that I own. This is a Steyr Model 1912. Sometimes this gun is referred to as a “Steyr Hahn” or “Steyr Hammer.” The Steyr Model 1912 has an interesting history in that it became a whole country adopted handgun very quickly, but was originally rejected. The Steyr Model 1912 was submitted for the Austrian military trial and rejected. When World War One began the Austrian government still found themselves without an official handgun besides the now outdated black powder revolvers. They needed something decent and better yet something homegrown. The possibility of import or export was pretty unlikely and at the very least not very efficient. So, the Steyr 1912 and its 9×23 Steyr cartridge were adopted.

You may see similarities to the Colt 1911 in the Steyr, but in truth, its design features stem from three total other handguns of the time. It has the same front locking wedge as a lot of early Colt handguns like the 1902. It has the same style of spiraling/twisting barrel lockup as the Roth-Steyr 1907. It has the same “slide” serrations and lanyard loop as the Mannlicher 1907. So, basically the Steyr 1912 has nothing at all to do with the Colt 1911 other than it was influenced by the same pistols that proceeded the 1911.

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08:00

Magnum Research 20th Anniversary BFR Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

20th Anniversary BFR (1)In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their BFR (Biggest Finest Revolver) revolver, Magnum Research has announced a limited edition version of this wheelgun. The 20th Anniversary BFR is chambered in .45-70 Government, the first production caliber of the BFR revolver, and there will be only 20 of these custom anniversary revolvers ever made. Magnum […]

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07:00

Henry Repeating Arms Adds New Facility In Wisconsin [AllOutdoor.com]

Many of us prefer to buy American-made products, and this is especially true when it comes to firearms that represent the history of our country. Henry Repeating Arms makes just such firearms. They also happen to share a love for American products, boldly promising their firearms are “Made in America, Or Not Made At All.” To meet the current demand from gun buyers, Henry has opened a new facility in Wisconsin, the badger state.

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“Staking our flag at a new facility is the beginning of another exciting chapter in our company’s history, and we are wasting no time prepping the building for our machines,” said Andy Wickstrom, President of Henry Repeating Arms. Wickstrom continued, “We thank the state of Wisconsin and Rusk County officials for keeping the door open for us, and we look forward to adding members of another great Wisconsin community to our family.”

Henry Repeating Arms Adds New Facility In Wisconsin

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The new facility in Ladysmith is less than an hour away from the company’s 140,000 square foot headquarters in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Standing on 13.5 acres, the new 84,000 square foot is set to employ 100 Rusk County residents. The building will provide 350,000 square feet of manufacturing space, which will be the initial purpose of the facility. While the size of the land will allow for future expansion, the Ladysmith crew will begin by machining parts for Henry firearms. Setting another large manufacturing facility in the U.S. puts Henry’s money where its mouth is, staying true to the slogan, “Made in America, Or Not Made At All.”

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If you’d like to know more about Henry Repeating Arms, or would like to see the classic firearms they produce, head over to their website. Remember to give them a like and follow on social media. Henry can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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07:00

The New LevAR Ratcheting Charging Handle from Springfield Armory [The Firearm Blog]

The New LevAR Ratcheting Charging Handle from Springfield ArmoryI’ll admit it. I’ve succumbed to the temptation to buy some pretty cheap ammo over the last year and a half and while I’d like to say that most of that ammo would run fine through all of my ARs, it sometimes just isn’t the case. Removing a stuck casing can be a bit of an […]

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06:27

HK51: The SAS’ Full Auto Flashbang Dispenser [Forgotten Weapons]

The HK51 is not a gun that was ever actually produced by Heckler & Koch. It is instead a variation on the G3/HK91 originally developed by American H&K specialist Bill Fleming. He was contracted by a UK-based company called FR Ordnance to produce a submachine gun sized version of the G3 for British SAS and SBS use. Both agencies did actually buy a few examples, and used them a few times operationally. Some testing was done on specialty ammunition for them, but they were ultimately replaced by the rather more practical HK53 (essentially the same gun but in 5.56mm).

Where the HK51 saw most of its sales was on the US recreational market, with both Fleming and others making the guns, often in combination with registered H&K auto sears. With full-power 7.62mm NATO ammunition and all of an 8.3 inch barrel, the HK51 serves best as an attention-getter on a range full of other machine guns…

06:00

Christensen Arms Introduces The Ridgeline Scout Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

One of the most popular precision firearms manufacturers west of the Mississippi has just released their latest versatile rifle – the Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout Rifle. Featuring a carbine length 16″ barrel, and chambered in 4 popular calibers often used for small to mid-sized game hunting, the new Ridgeline Scout is loaded with features that […]

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Thursday, 21 October

17:00

TFB Review: Leupold BX-T Binocular With Range Finding MIL-L Reticle [The Firearm Blog]

Leupold BX-T binocularEarlier this year, Leupold Optics relaunched their BX-T binocular that features a mil-rad reticle for ranging targets. I happen to like binoculars and work on range estimation, so I immediately requested a sample from Leupold. Some people would easily write this off given the proliferation of laser rangefinders, but hunters and precision shooters know that […]

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16:30

POTD: Norwegian Special Operations Commando in Afghanistan (2005) [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: Norwegian Special Operations Commando in Afghanistan (2005)POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s daily article series where we try to find the most interesting pictures out there. Did you know that credit for the first-ever color photograph taken goes to the mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell? Back in 1861, he unveiled what is to be considered the first durable […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Top 4 Carry Items To Quit Using [The Firearm Blog]

Navigating the world of carrying a concealed handgun can be tricky, to say the least. Whether it’s finding the right handgun, holster or other gear, it can be a process that takes time and experience to truly understand what works best for you. Most of my articles about carrying concealed consist of talking about reliable […]

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11:06

An International Pronouns Day? Who Knew? []

Thank to a tweet from the US State Department, I learned yesterday was the International Pronouns Day.

It is so good to see that our diplomats are keeping us abreast of the really important things going on internationally. Without their tweets, we might be stuck thinking about American citizens and our non-US allies still stuck behind in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan or the new hypersonic missile just launched by the ChiComms.

My pronouns are: ego / is / mē / eum.

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11:00

Ohio: Senate Passes Emergency Powers Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate voted 23-7 to pass Senate Bill 185, to guarantee that Second Amendment rights remain protected during emergencies.

11:00

NEW From Strike Industries: Strike Slide For SIG Sauer P365 [The Firearm Blog]

Sauer P365There’s no denying that the SIG Sauer P365 changed the game. It has found its way into the waistbands of thousands of concealed carriers across the United States. While the P365 is a great pistol, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Now, Strike Industries is looking to do just that. Adding their usual […]

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10:00

New REDACTED Upper and Lower Receivers from Zev Technologies [The Firearm Blog]

The New REDACTED Upper and Lower Receivers from Zev TechnologiesIf you’re looking for a new receiver set to start your next AR build, you might want to consider the recently released Zev Technologies REDACTED upper and lower receiver set. While most of you will know Zev Technologies for their handguns, they have now entered the AR-15 market with the new REDACTED receiver sets. The […]

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09:00

NEW Springfield Armory LevAR Ratcheting Charging Handle [AllOutdoor.com]

For many of us, when we go to the range for some aroma therapy we buy the cheapest ammunition possible because – to be blunt – shooting has been getting expensive the last couple years due to innumerable factors (one of them being Covid). So, when you shoot cheap ammo you often have cheap ammo problems like rounds getting stuck in chambers. This is not a life-or-death scenario for the shooter or even the rifle, but it can quickly sour any range day. With that in mind, Springfield Armory has debuted a new ratcheting charging handle in the LevAR that should help any shooter remove stuck casings with no extra tools required.

Springfield Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

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We have all been there. You bring out a new rifle to the range to flex on your buddies and show off to your friends, but then you get a stuck casing (and you are entirely unprepared for this mishap) so the range day is effectively over because you need to clear this malfunction at home. Well, in steps the NEW LevAR Ratcheting Charging Handle from Springfield Armory to save your range day.

A stuck cartridge in your AR-15 due to out of spec ammunition renders your weapon useless until cleared. Carbine instructors train students to slam the butt of the gun against the ground to free stuck casings causing potential damage to your firearm. The patented LevAR™ ratcheting charging handle gives users a 3:1 mechanical advantage over traditional charging handles and clears stuck cartridges with ease while keeping your muzzle pointed safely down range. Simply deploy the ratcheting arm and pull back to eject the casing. The LevAR™ installs in seconds and is compatible with any standard AR-15 upper receiver.

This unique and folding style charging is currently available on Springfield Armory’s website at a current retail price of $99. Most premium AR-15 charging handles retail close to that $100 mark without the capability to remove stuck casings so it is a pretty fair price for the NEW LevAR fresh out the gate. The real question is, is this something you would be willing to purchase and stick in your rifle? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

POTD: Books are The Greatest Tool! M1 Carbine Book [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Recently I reviewed a book called “The M1 Carbine” by Roger Out. The gist of that review is that this particular coffee table style book was very well done and went above and beyond. Well worth any history buff’s book space on the shelf or even a gunsmith or shop owner’s resource. It was fantastically filled with markings and manufacturers, accessories and ammo, variations, and history. All the good stuff. I highly recommend checking it out!

“The M1 carbine is a .30-caliber, semiautomatic rifle that first appeared in 1942 as a standard firearm for the US military during World War II. It was later used by US forces in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and continues to see worldwide use to this day. Produced in several variants by many manufacturers, it was and is still widely used not only by military forces, but by paramilitary and police units worldwide. Its design, construction, and variants—including the M1A1, M2, and M3—are shown in superb period photography and clear, up-close color images. Accessories such as magazines, ammunition, belts, pouches, and cleaning kits are featured throughout the book, as well as rarely seen World War II-related uniform and equipment items.”

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08:00

UK Selects Thermis CS for Sniper In-Line Low Light System [The Firearm Blog]

The British Army have selected the Thermis CS thermal imaging system to fulfil their requirement for a Sniper In-Line Low Light System or SILLS. The contract was awarded following an international tender and is worth up to $11.5 million. The initial order is for 500 systems but more may be procured within the contract. The Thermis CS […]

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07:00

XS Sights Announces New Sights for Concealed Carry Pistols [AllOutdoor.com]

XS Sights – based in Fort Worth, Texas – recently showed off its newest products at the 2021 Outdoor News America Gun Writers’ Conference. Company spokesperson Addison Monroe provided writers a chance to not only see the new sights, for both rifles and handguns, but also to test them on the indoor range at Texas Gun Experience, located in Grapevine.

The new sight sets are made for the latest micro-compact from Taurus, the GX4. A couple are also made for the Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP (Optical Sight Pistol). The four models are line extensions of existing, proven models within the company’s lineup. They are as follows:

DXT2 Big DotXS

The biggest-in-industry front sight dot on this set is a yellow or orange tritium sight surrounded by a photo-luminescent ring which makes for a very visible, eye-attracting sight that doesn’t require complete darkness to glow. A less obtrusive green Standard Dot model is also available. The rear sight is a shallow, black “V” blade with a tritium “I” post in the middle, inviting a “lollipop” sight picture that eliminates the possibility of rear/front sight confusion in dark conditions. The large front sight can visually cover small targets, making the sights appropriate for intuitive, fast-acquisition combat shooting. The DXT2 Big Dot is available for both the Taurus GX4 and Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP.

R3DXS

The R3D set has a more traditional three-dot sight picture with small tritium dots on the rear sight and a large orange or green front. The R3D is available for both the Taurus GX4 and Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP.

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It is the R3D that I was able to test on a Hellcat OSP. The rear and front sights worked well in conjunction with the Shield red dot the gun also wore providing a perfect co-witness that provided a choice of using either the electronic or iron sights.

Minimalist

As the name implies, the Minimalist rear sight is plain black, serrated. The front sight has tritium and a photo-luminescent orange dot. It will fit only the Taurus GX4 at this time.

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These sights have a choice of tritium/photo-luminescent front sight in orange or yellow, or a standard dot in green. The rear sight has a single white, non-tritium stripe. The DXW2 set is especially suited for bright conditions and for far-sighted vision. It will fit only the Taurus GX4 at this time. All XS Sights carry a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a 10-year warranty. The current retail prices range from $110 to $132.

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07:00

Lithuania Buys More HK G36s [The Firearm Blog]

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has announced that more Heckler & Koch G36 rifles are set to be procured with a new contract agreed. The number of rifles to be procured by Lithuania hasn’t been announced but the contract is worth 19 million Euros (or $22 million). Both the Lithuanian Army and Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer […]

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06:27

Remington’s Revolving Rifle: Not Expensive, but not Successful [Forgotten Weapons]

While Colt put significant effort into developing a revolving rifle design, Remington chose to simply use their existing New Model revolver architecture. Remington introduced it’s Revolving Rifle (it had no other model name) in 1865, and a total of about 800 were made by 1880 when it was gone from their catalog.

The rifle was available in both .36 and .44 caliber (both holding six shots) as a percussion gun. In 1872 Remington introduced a factory rimfire cartridge conversion, in .38 Long rimfire (six shots) and .46 Long rimfire (five shots). Standard production was offered with 24, 26, and 28 inch barrels, brass furnishings, and a variety of trigger guard and sight options. The rifle was very economical for Remington to produce, as it used existing New Model revolver frames and actions, stocks from the Remington Beals single shot rifle, and really no significant changes aside from a lengthened loading lever.

In addition to the typical problems of revolving percussion rifles, the Remington was rather underpowered for a hunting rifle (as it was advertised). It was simply unable to compete with the other options, most notably Winchester’s lever action rifles.

06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: What It’s Like to Be a Gun Owner in Australia [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: What It's Like to Be a Gun Owner in AustraliaAustralia is an amazing country for many reasons. Aside from nearly every living thing in the island nation trying to kill you, it is also full of interesting people and firearms history. History nerds will no doubt know that firearms were a large part of Australian culture for many years up until the mid-90s when […]

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Wednesday, 20 October

18:51

2022 NRA Board Nominees (Updated) []

A friend just passed along the list of official nominees for the 2022 NRA Board of Directors.

I count at least four former NRA Presidents including the odious Marion Hammer, one sitting congressman (Don Young of Alaska), one former US Senator who didn’t run for re-election due to scandal, and two former congressmen. Then there is the Spiro Agnew of the NRA, 1st VP Willes Lee, who only first got on the Board in 2017 when he filled an open position.

The rest of the list is filled with people who can be depended upon not to make waves nor cause problems for Wayne. I wish I was wrong on that but I doubt it.

The only North Carolinian on the list is Cathy Wright of Chapel Hill. About all I know about her is that she won an award from NRA-ILA for grassroots activism in 2018 and is active with the NC Rifle and Pistol Association. From what I understand, she is their Publicity Chair.

UPDATE: I went back to check my 2019 ballot and it is interesting to see who was elected then that did not get re-nominated. The most obvious person missing is Ollie North. While the leading vote getter in the 2019 Board election, his attempt to rein in the Brewer expenses among other things led to Wayne’s sabotaging him for re-election as President. While still officially a member of the Board of Directors, he hasn’t been around since that Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

Others current board members on that 2019 ballot who have not been re-nominated include Karl Malone, Mark “Oz” Geist, and Bart Skelton. Malone has been on the board for a number of years but has not been actually sworn in to the best of my knowledge. I don’t know what Oz Geist was left off the ballot. However, Bart Skelton obviously ran afoul of the Friends of Wayne aka the Nominations Committee when he joined Judge Phil Journal is calling for the appointment of an examiner in the bankruptcy case.

I also have learned that Andrea Cerwinske of Gainesville, VA served as the top assistant to former NRA President and former head of General Operations Kayne Robinson. She is now a VP with Aimpoint according to her LinkedIn profile. Another role she had at the NRA was as special assistant to Wayne for two plus years. I guess that says everything you will ever need to know.

My first draft of this post made mention that the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association could not be bothered to testify at the General Assembly hearings on the repeal of the NC pistol purchase permit. As I didn’t have confirmation of that when I first posted this, I left it out. I have since gotten confirmation. That, of course, didn’t stop them for taking credit for the repeal which is par for the course.

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18:09

Traveling For You In January []

It looks I will be doing some traveling in January in an effort to bring you interesting news and posts.

The Complementary Spouse and I both got our credentials for the SHOT Show today as well as for Industry Day at the Range. It did come with a lot of legal language and waivers of responsibility as you might well imagine. I had booked our hotel reservations back in June. I still need to book our flights.

Yesterday, I also applied to the Safari Club International on behalf of both of us for media credentials for the SCI Convention which will start a day later than the SHOT Show and go on to Saturday. Keep your fingers crossed that we get approved.

Finally, I booked my room and flight today for the Dallas Safari Club Convention which is being held January 6th through 9th. As soon as they open registration for media I will be applying. I did speak with the person who has coordinated it in the past yesterday and gave her my information.

I have a couple of goals in attending both the SCI and the DSC conventions. First, they are different and I want to be able to provide a comparison between the two. Second, as I am intending to take my first hunting safari to Africa in 2023, I want to be able to give the perspective of the first time attendee as he or she goes about planning that trip of a lifetime. As my friends David Cole and Michael Bane have said, once you’ve been to Africa it gets in your blood and you have to go back.

I don’t think Big Pharma nor Dr. Fauci have come up with a vaccination for that. Thank god!

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17:00

HANDS-ON: Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 4-16×50 BDC [The Firearm Blog]

Crimson Trace Brushline Pro BDCDuring a recent trip to Texas, I got my hands on one of the new Brushline Pro series optics from Crimson Trace.  Our staff had access to a variety of these optics, and I ended up with the 4-16×50 BDC.  Designed with the hunter in mind, I mounted this scope atop a RISE Armament 1121XR […]

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16:30

POTD: His Majesty The King’s Guard with HK416N [The Firearm Blog]

HK416NPhoto Of The Day: Soldier from His Majesty The King’s Guard standing in front of the Storting, the Norwegian Parlament, during the opening of the 166:th Storting. They are carrying the Heckler & Koch HK416N with Aimpoint sights, made for Norway. It seems they are using a shorter magazine than the regular army, and it […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Revolvers in The Sky [The Firearm Blog]

Wheelgun Wednesday: Revolvers in The SkyThe Mistakes and Mis-Steps of Revolvers in Aviation Nothing quite conveys the power of close air support as much as the low growl of the A-10 Warthog’s GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon, or the buzz of the GAU2/A.  Certainly, there are some revolving cannons that have a storied record in the sky.  There are a few […]

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11:00

The New 450 Bushmaster Rifle from Bushmaster Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

The 450 Bushmaster is a straight-walled 45 caliber rifle cartridge featuring a rebated rim and intended for use in the AR-15 platform with little more than a barrel and bolt change. Inspired by Jeff Cooper, the 450 Bushmaster has gained a popular following for its heavy-hitting nature against large game animals and for its wide […]

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10:00

Curious Relics #024: A Varied History – Winchester 1887 Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around I covered the absolute historic Winchester 1887 shotgun and we are diving back in this week with Part Two! I went over the history and dating last time. Now I get to continue to go over one of my favorite firearms ever! The Winchester 1887 Shotgun. Unfortunately I myself do not own a true old Winchester but rather a Chiappa Reproduction. My father helped me buy it when I was in high school so that I could use my dream gun for trap shooting and I have ever since. I have hesitated to do a Curious Relics on the Winchester 1887 because I do not have an actual one to work with. Thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum I had the chance to take some photos of the ones that they have on display and I figured that was a perfect opportunity to get this gun out of the way and onto the internet! Let’s dive right back down the rabbit hole and jump into the 1887 variations!

Note: Some pictures of a Winchester 1887 are actually my Chiappa 1887 provided for closer details. The biggest giveaway is the color case hardened receiver on my personal shotgun. For anyone interested in learning more about my experience with the Chiappa 1887 specifically you can find that information at the link here.


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!


Variations: The Winchester 1887 Shotgun

As far as different literal shotguns I can only identify three. Besides those three there were differences in barrel lengths, gauges, barrel materials, and smokeless vs black powder. There are plenty of modern offerings however which I will bring up for the sake of demonstrating the legacy of the 1887 shotgun.

Winchester Model 1887: Manufactured from 1887 to 1898 (around 64,855 produced). Offered in 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, and 32-inch barrel lengths (standard or Damascus). Black Powder 12 gauge 2 ⅝” and 10-ga 2 ⅞” shells.

1887 Shotgun
Photo Credit: 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
Winchester Model 1887 Clean-Up: the official production of the 1887 shotgun was concluded in 1898 but 12 more were “produced” in 1899 as a means of cleaning up current parts and materials.

Winchester Model 1887 – .50-170: Experimental .50-170 lever-action shotgun/rifle. 1887 action with a smooth bore barrel and six inches of rifling at the end. Only three are said to exist.

1887 Shotgun
Rough Approximate of what the 50-170 1887 could’ve looked like. Photo Credit: Chiappa Firearms. 1887 Lever-Action Trophy Hunter Shotgun (Matte Blue) 12GA/22″Bbl. (n.d.). https://www.chiappafirearms.com/. photograph. Retrieved October 5, 2021, from https://www.chiappafirearms.com/product.php?id=136%3F&l=7.

Winchester Model 1901: Manufactured 1901 to 1920 (roughly 13,500 produced). The improved smokeless version of the 1887 shotgun. The lever was made to be a two-piece lever in order to have a passive safety feature. They were only offered in 10 gauge and just had the 32-inch barrels. Choke marking was added to the barrel. The Winchester logo was moved from the side of the receiver to the tang.

1887 Shotgun
M1901 action. Note the Lever safety. Photo Credit: Rock Island Acution Company. Lot 48: Winchester Model 1901 Lever Action Shotgun. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/54/48/winchester-model-1901-lever-action-shotgun.

ADI Limited: Australian company that actually has not produced anything for the market at large. From what I have read it seems that there have been multiple delays due to Australian gun laws and this project has not got off the ground. No new news since 2009 so the project is most likely dead. The most intriguing part for me is that not only were they planning to make 12 gauge models but also modern 10 gauge.

Norinco/IAC: A common Chinese made a shorter barrel copy of an 1887 in 12 gauge. Less and less of these are seen around since there was an import ban at one point. These have a reputation of being finicky in every way under the sun. I have personally handled one and after owning a Chiappa which is double the cost, the Norinco feels like garbage.

Chiappa Firearms: These Italian-made 1887 shotgun copies kicked off in 2008 and have been the place to go for one ever since. They are well made, offer different barrel lengths and loading features. The metal and wood are always done up to the extra mile and they work! These are still readily available.

1887 Shotgun

End of Part Two: The Winchester 1887 Shotgun

Seems we have yet another 1887 shotgun Curious Relics that is only able to cover one heading’s worth of information. Stay tuned for the next one where we will continue on with many more points in the 1887 story. I own the most recent iteration of the Winchester 1887 in the form of a Chiappa 1887 and I absolutely love it. It is my go-to shotgun for any occasion and has never disappointed. Such a fun one!

1887 Shotgun

In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety?  What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

Zeiss Introduces New Generation of V8 Riflescopes [The Firearm Blog]

Zeiss V8 New Generation 2021With the driven hunt season just around the corner, Zeiss seems to be on fire with new releases for all sorts of hunting and sports shooting. Just a few days ago, the Zeiss LRP S5 FFP Precision Rifle Scope was released, and it’s now time for the Zeiss V8 family of riflescopes to get an upgrade. […]

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09:30

POTD: Springfield Armory Model 1903 .45 ACP Ammunition Test Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a picture of a Model 1903 Springfield bolt action rifle that has been very modified to be a .45 ACP ammunition test pistol. Test pistols like this one were made to test military ammo for all sorts of variables, but the most generic would be for safety. Ammunition would be taken in the middle of batches in order to best test it’s quality. Other test pistols would be mounted on wires to demonstrate the amount of recoil a specific shell may initiate. This test pistol caught my eye because of the obvious… it has a giant cylinder on it that reminds me of a suppressor. I am unsure what this specific test pistol’s role was.

“This is a documented example of a U.S. military ammunition test pistol and “V” block that would have been used in a Frankford rest. The receiver was manufactured in late 1918 and has been fitted with a 5 inch heavy round barrel with a large cylindrical lead weight that is secured between two steel collars with locking screws that are connected with a rectangular bar on the left side. The bolt is stamped “W L/3” on the top flat of the curved bolt knob. It has a walnut stock with a pistol grip. It is described and photographed on page 227 of “The Springfield 1903 Rifles” by Brophy. With a steel “V” block rest which is described as a “Frankford (arsenal) Rest” in Brophy’s book.”

Lot 3670: Springfield Armory U.S. 1903 Pistol 45 Acp. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/59/3670/springfield-armory-us-1903-pistol-45-acp.

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08:00

North Star Arms: Arizona Proud and Building “Not Just Another AR” [AllOutdoor.com]

Noel Lasure, Business Development Manager of North Star Arms, showed off the company’s new wares at the Outdoor News America Gun Writer’s conference in mid-October. The company makes a very interesting AR platform rifle, but how they came to make those guns is a history worth knowing first.

North Star Arms is part of RSW Group, a triad of companies based in Phoenix. It started with RSW Aviation, a military aircraft group that builds and re-builds military training planes. When an RSW Aviation customer requested the installation of a minigun onto their aircraft, it soon became apparent that no reliable source existed. So, the enterprising minds of RSW started building “a minigun with a twist: it does have six barrels, but is unlike any other,” said Lasure. The minigun-producing arm of RSW Group is called Profense.

With a slogan like, “If you want it, we can build it,” it’s little wonder that Arizona-based firearms distributor Davidson’s reached out to Profense when the usual supply of firearm parts dried up in the recent past. “They asked us to get into the commercial gun business, with the request that the gun should be priced around a thousand dollars,” said Lasure. The result is a .223/5.56 AR-15 that North Star Arms calls the NS15. A short-barreled variant is soon to be released.

North Star Arms
Testing the NS15, albeit without sights.

This is a lightweight, ready-for-work AR with a 7075 T6 forged aluminum receiver. It has a Ballistic Advantage-forged sub MOA barrel. “We have worked with Ballistic Advantage for years and knew they could deliver a barrel that would stand up to real use. Hogue makes the grips for our M1 34 minigun and they provided the grip and over-molded stock. We know who the best people in the industry are for certain components, and our relationships with them allowed them to contribute to these rifles,” explained Lasure.

In addition to a quality barrel, the rifles have true-to-spec M-LOK free-float handguards made by North Star Arms that should make for superb accuracy. The pistol version sports a Maxim Defense handguard and brace.

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The upcoming short-barreled version of the NS15.

Lasure said the minigun he helped build is unlike any other, and although the market is quite saturated with AR rifles, even sub-MOA ones with great quality components, he found a way to take North Star’s a step further. “We wanted to be sure that it’s going to work. We subjected the rifles to 10k round endurance tests. The bolt carrier group is high-pressure-tested, not a common thing in the industry. Also my personal background is law enforcement and military. Police are using the AR platform more than ever before. The NIJ, who writes body armor standards, also has a patrol rifle standard. But no maker has paid attention to it. We did. This rifle has been tested to exceed the NIJ patrol rifle standard,” he explained.

There was no settling in the build of these guns, even regarding the magazines. “Our aluminum mags are military contract-made mags, made by the same company that makes them for the military,” Lasure said, emphasizing that aluminum magazines dedicated to a .223-caliber rifle can be easier to discern in a crowded safe or range bag for users of the popular .300 Blackout caliber.  “I got to decide where the value of that thousand dollars would be, and I tried to put it where it counts,” he said with fervor. “Your gun box is basically a pizza box. It’s only exciting until you open it the first time, then you forget about it. So we don’t have a hard case with locks.” Lasure went on to explain that the box is cardboard box, but nevertheless reflects Arizona values. “We are very proud of our connection to AZ. It’s part of our ethos that makes us who we are. The people who settled AZ weren’t necessarily looking for the easy way; they were looking for the right way. That’s why you’ll see the AZ logo on the box.” Also, every buyer gets a copy of the US Constitution, and a replete set of home and child safety advice for gun owners, in the form of National Shooting Sports Foundation Childsafe program brochures. “I think you’re gonna come across an unsecured firearm, as a kid, more often that you’re gonna come across a house fire,” Lasure said, making a comparison between resources dedicated to fire safety versus gun safety that will be familiar to anyone who’s read LTC (Ret.) David Grossman’s work. Also included an Otis open-bolt chamber indicator.

I was expecting the flag-and-sunset motif associated with Arizona highway signs and such. But when I got a look at the real box, it was better still. Inside an outline of the state, large enough to occupy about ¼ of the box length, is a classic Sonoran desert scene, including Suguaro cacti. Across the entire front of the box in a diagonal line are what I first thought were dog tracks. Lasure corrected me, saying, “those are coyote tracks, to symbolize Arizona.”

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North Star Arms has Arizona spirit.

Another decision Lasure made in building a made-to-last rifle was to leave it bare on top. Since sights/optics are highly subject to personal preference and intended use, users must pick their own.

“Davidson’s is the distributor. There are a few rifles out there now but we’re building for a full launch at SHOT. Not having 2020 SHOT hurt our planned timing,” Lasure said.

“Why does the pistol cost more than the rifle?” one conference attendee asked. Lasure answered, “It’s the sum of its parts. I don’t necessarily go with the cheaper parts, I go with the parts I feel good about using. I do as well as I can to keep margins low, but that is the driving force.” As an aside, having shot both, albeit sans any aiming device, I found the fairly straight-angled grip on the North Star Arms pistol pleasing; it allows me to reach the mag release and safety without unseating a firing grip.

Davidson’s has a lifetime guarantee on rifles purchased through their network. As of this writing, the pistol doesn’t appear on their website. The MSRP of the North Star Arms NS15 AR in 5.56 NATO is $1,099.

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08:00

Henry Repeating Arms Expands Capacity with New Wisconsin Facility [The Firearm Blog]

Henry Repeating Arms Expands Capacity with New Wisconsin FacilityHenry Repeating Arms are set to expand with a new 84,000 square foot facility in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. This will increase the Rice Lake-based company’s manufacturing capacity and future expansion at the new 13.5 acre site. Henry @TFB: New Hunting Focused Rifles and Shotguns for 2021 from Henry USA TFB Review: Henry All-Weather Lever Action – […]

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07:00

TFBTV – SOCOM’s New Mk22 Sniper Rifle: The Barrett MRAD [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFB TV, James Reeves goes to Surefire’s Precision-a-Palooza at Accuracy 1st in Canadian, Texas. James gets to spend a day behind the Barrett MRAD, the rifle that was just selected by US SOCOM as the new Mk22 sniper rifle. We learn the ropes of shooting through the wind with Todd and Colby Hodnett, and Ray Helms of the X-Ring channel walks us through this outstanding precision rifle. Check Ray’s channel here: https://youtu.be/p_O85-qz70U

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07:00

New Wraith 4K Mini Digital Riflescope from Sightmark [The Firearm Blog]

Sightmark Wraith 4k MiniThere is a new compact digital riflescope from Sightmark called the Wraith 4K Mini 2-16×32, intended for hunting using night vision or daytime color modes. It uses a 3840×2160 pixels CMOS sensor that can detect objects up to 300 yards away in extreme darkness. The display is a 1280×720 FLCOS screen, and you can record […]

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06:27

Krieghoff: Lugers for the Luftwaffe [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the scarce, small-production manufacturers of the Luger is Krieghoff – Heinrich Krieghoff to be exact. Kreighoff Waffenfabrik was a smallish arms company that wanted to get into major contracts with the rearming German military in the 1930s. They began by bidding on a contract for 10,000 Luger pistols for the Luftwaffe, and won. Krieghoff had previously worked as a subcontractor for the Simson company rebuilding Lugers under the Weimar government. Kreighoff got control of the Simson Luger tooling, and used it to manufacture a new set themselves.

Krieghoff built a total of 13,825 Luger pistols. The first 10,000 were delivered to the Luftwaffe between 1935 and 1937. A further 2,000 were delivered in small batches between 1940 and 1944, with a final 200 in 1945. In addition to these, 1,625 were sold commercially, including a few highly embellished examples. They are renowned for their excellent quality, and have always attracted particular collector interest.

06:00

Beretta Launches BRX1 Straight-Pull Bolt-Action Hunting Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta has been quite active with new releases lately. While most of the new products are extensions of a pre-existing lineage, the new BRX1 rifle is a completely novel development. The hunting rifle is based on an original straight-pull bolt-action configuration and it appears to be targeted to the market of European hunters. Beretta @ […]

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Tuesday, 19 October

18:56

Safari Club Convention In Las Vegas []

The Safari Club was supposed to have their 50th annual convention in Las Vegas in January of this year. However, with Nevada shutting down and virtually every major convention canceled, it got postponed to 2022. As I noted back in February, both the SHOT Show and the SCI Convention will be held the same week in Las Vegas. So on one end of Las Vegas Boulevard you will have the SHOT Show in the Sands Expo Center and on the other end you will have the Safari Club Convention at the Mandalay Bay.

I have attended a number of SHOT Shows now as media but I have never attended a hunting convention like the Safari Club Convention. As my goal is to go to Africa on a hunting safari in 2023, I think it is way past time to do it. I applied today for media credentials for the Safari Club convention and, fingers crossed, it will be approved.

One of the things that makes hunting conventions like that of SCI different is that they hold banquets with entertainment and auctions every night of the convention. These are meant to raise money to support wildlife conservation here and abroad. As such, they are not exactly cheap to attend nor are they meant to be. The cost to attend all four banquets is $450. That said, they do have some big hitters from the entertainment, political, and hunting world.

From a release I received at the end of September on the banquets.

Blue Collar Comedy legend Larry the Cable Guy will kick things off at SCI’s grand opening dinner and auction on Wednesday night. The multi-platinum-selling and award-winning artist is one of the top comedians in the country. He’s starred in films like Delta Farce, the Cars franchise, and numerous stand-up specials. Laugh out loud with Larry the Cable Guy at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, from 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm.   

Thursday evening is the Night of the Hunter Awards and will be hosted by professional hunter and TV host Jim Shockey and writer and outdoorsman J. Alain Smith. At the Night of the Hunter Awards, SCI honors the individuals and organizations dedicated to conservation. SCI will recognize its achievements during a banquet and auction at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, from 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm.  

Friday night’s dinner and auction will be packed full of some of the greatest defenders of American freedom. These include retired Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Master Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers and political leader, businessman and avid outdoorsman Donald Trump, Jr. The event will be held at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, from 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm.  

Country music star Craig Morgan, ​​with such hits as “Redneck Yacht Club” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” will start off Saturday evening’s entertainment. The grand finale event features television host and conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson, of Tucker Carlson Tonight and Crossfire. Tucker will close out the convention celebrating SCI’s 50 years of freedom at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, from 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm.

However, what really interests me will be the exhibits and the chance to actually meet PHs from various African countries to discuss a possible trip. I understand there will be a number of seminars as well.

Being that we are gluttons for punishment, the Complementary Spouse and I are going to try and cover both the SHOT Show and the Safari Club International Convention. We have our room booked and need to book our flights. To top this off, I am probably going to go to Dallas little more than a week earlier to attend the Dallas Safari Club Convention. I understand that they are much different and I want to experience the difference.

You can accuse me of being a Fudd but really I am rediscovering some of my earlier interest in hunting from my late teens and early 20s. I really consider myself Gun Culture v1.5. Besides, I really did go a paper in college for Non-Western Civilization on Robert Ruark’s Something of Value.

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17:00

TFB Review: SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Legion Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Legion PistolSIG Sauer has continued to gradually expand the capabilities of their popular P320 platform over the years and this has culminated in a pistol that has something for just about everyone. The SIG Sauer XCarry Legion pistol combines a compact-sized frame, a threaded barrel, and a tungsten-infused grip. What does the package offer though and […]

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16:30

POTD: The FN SCAR-H PR has arrived in France [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: The FN SCAR-H PR Has Arrived In FranceThe French Army has been on a shopping spree including firearms from Glock, Heckler & Koch and FN Herstal. For their Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle, the choice landed on the FN SCAR-H PR and included 2,600 rifles equipped with high-end rifle scopes from Schmidt & Bender with clip-on night sights. If you want to learn more about the […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Founding Fathers or Lord of the Fudds? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 115th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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13:19

Michigan: Committee Hearing Bills to Protect 2A in Emergencies [NRA-ILA News]

On October 28th, the House Government Oversight Committee will hear House Bills 5187 and 5188, to ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected during a state of emergency.

11:00

MR-30 Precision Rifles Custom Built From D&L Sports [The Firearm Blog]

D&L Sports MR-30 riflesThe long range precision market has exploded in the past decade, but Dave Lauck of D&L Sports has been building and improving his MR-30 Precision Rifle over the past four decades. The MR-30 is built in-house, and is made in different configurations and calibers according to the end-user’s needs. Dave explained that they’ve chambered guns […]

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10:18

North Carolina: Pitt County Bans Lawful Carry On County Property [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, the Pitt County Board of Commissioners voted 5-3 to pass an amendment to the county’s Law Enforcement Ordinance No. 4, to ban concealed handgun permit holders from possessing handguns in county owned or controlled buildings. This is despite a Board member saying they surveyed county employees and found that the overwhelming majority were in favor of allowing concealed handguns on county property.

10:00

The Path Less Traveled #30: Timex Expedition Scout Chronograph Review [AllOutdoor.com]

As you can tell with my review writings, I’m always looking for the best bang for the buck. My own preferences and history innately skew final decisions on what to choose and how I perceive it. The Timex Expedition Scout Chronograph Review is a minimally biased review, with data still leading the way. Emotions for inanimate objects do occur, but I find experiences hold deeper lasting influence on our shopping choices than the item merely looking cool.

Timex does a lot of things well. If you haven’t considered their watches since the last time you were in a K-Mart… you should probably have a look at what they’re making these days.


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.


Company Info – Timex Group / Timex Group USA – AKA Waterbury Clock Company

Timex has been around for a long time. Wikipedia and their own site states since 1854 (in one formulation or another). They are renowned for some of the most memorable everyday horological landmarks and slogans ever.

Mickey Mouse

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It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Ironman (Not you, Robert Downey, Jr.)

Data Watches certified by NASA, before Smartwatches were a thing.

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Indiglo 

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IMAGE SOURCE: ANDREW J.KURBIKO -WIKIPEDIA

Indiglo has been the pivotal game changer in Timex’s tool belt. Nothing else provides the clarity and luminosity of Indiglo without being an OLED Apple Watch or other smart wrist screen thing that requires charging more often than your uncle’s clapped out C10.

Made in America, Again***

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In 2016, Timex released an American made watch with Swiss-made movements. The watches are named American Documents. Non-movement metals and leather are sourced here in America.

Fred. Olsen & Co. is the current holding company owning Timex among various companies since the 1940s. The Holding company also owns Guess, Versace, and others.

Love is the one thing that transcends time and space. Click these links for timepieces you’ll love.

Product Info – Timex Expedition Scout Chronograph

The Expedition line has been around since the mid-to-late 1990’s. Kathleen McDermott’s out-of-publication book Timex: A Company and its Community 1854-1998 claims since 1997, but the earliest I could find was 1998. This series of watches tend to flirt with “everyday watch” and “field watch” genres equally. This watch includes Indiglo, date window, chronograph options and a leather strap. Weather resistance indicates it to be 100 meters, but we all know that these numbers are to be taken with a grain of salt.

 

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Observations

Timex Expedition Scout Chronograph 42mm made by Timex is not an American made watch, nor is it expected to be at less than $75USD (As of June 11, 2021).

This specific model seems to be reaching the end of its production run (guessing), as prices are beginning to increase (or is this 2021 supply shortage?). Walmart’s inventory options are lower than when purchased in June 2021, and Amazon’s prices are higher than Walmart’s. Timex’s site as of October 17, 2021 no longer shows this model or line.

Versatility of this watch is where it excels compared to many other watches in a $50-75 field. Function and simplistic charm are it’s strong point. The machined brass case has trivial marks on it even after the factory likely polished it.

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Indiglo is synonymous with Timex

The Indiglo lighting feature on this watch is fantastic and the #1 selling point for me.

You ever wake up at Zero-dark thirty while camping because you heard some animal sniffing and snooping around?

This is the watch that helps you find your flashlight or pistol so you are not peeing yourself while worrying whether it’s a bear or a little old possum scurrying around outside your tent.

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Having a date window is nice, especially if you are frequently signing and dating documents. I mean, what kind of person are you if you’re not signing off on purchase orders, maintenance records, or petitions for involuntary commitment on a regular basis?

Accuracy of this watch is satisfactory. On a day-to-day, week-to-week basis, you will not notice the incremental time creep. I believe if modern society didn’t have Atomic Clock corrected digital devices, we’d still be satisfied with a watch that gains/loses less than three minutes per season when accounting for the price of the watch. In the four months I’ve used this watch, it has gained two minutes. The chronograph has been a great benefit for gauging the speed of animals, vehicles, and moving water. Did that deer start at 100 or 150 yards away before jautning off? Ever throw a log in the water and measure how long it takes to get to a certain distance? If so, you’re calculating speed.

Battery life expectations are not documented. If my prior Timex watch is a strong indicator, I would predict two years.

The watch dial’s numbers and marking sit true with the hands of the watch. Thickness of the watch is quite noticeable at 12.5mm, but I’ll allow it with all the features it packs. (Note: Apple Watch 6 & 7 are 10.7mm) I’ve caught my wrist on things about once or twice a month.

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Leather Straps have a polarized fan base. But so do rubber and cloth strap. “Watch people” can be weird, right? If you keep the leather band conditioned, they’re pliable, soft, and last a long while. They also develop a nice patina over time. The Timex leather bands seem to be made from pieces glued together. With their typical lifespan, I’d tease and say they’re bonded with similar chemicals as chicken nugget pink goo. What can you expect at this price-point? The laminated leather’s edges have a sort of painted silicone strip. The lower portion of the strap’s silicone strip has already begun separating from the band after four months.

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If you’re a Billy-badass, I’d recommend you to get a NATO strap for this watch after the first is no longer viable.

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Movement of the watch is audible, but only when sleeping with your hand close to your head. Some people get irked by loud ticking watches. I’m one of them and this watch doesn’t bother me.

“YOU HEATHEN!!! You wear your watch to bed???”

Yeah, when camping 50+ days a year, and being as forgetful as I am… If I took this watch off for any reason, it would be lost for days, weeks… or more than likely forever.

This reminds me of a story…

Hoplopfheil of TFB once asked me what kind of sunglasses I wear.

The conversation went something like this:

10/25/2019 – 01:42pm-01:51pm

Hop: Andrew, you are a fancy man right? Where do you buy sunglasses?

Me: Dollar Tree.

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Hop🤨Those don’t sound like they’re ballistic rated.

Me: I break or lose my sunglasses so frequently that I cannot or will not buy fancy sunglasses.

HopAhh I never lose anything.

Any cheap UV safe polarized wayfarer-style glasses are suitable since I lose them so often. Same with the frequency of misplacing car keys, phone and wallet.

It is a problem.

Seriously, a PhD at the end of my name will be the only way to justify my absentmindedness.

This same philosophy holds me back from getting a real time piece; sticking to reliable, inexpensive watches. I think the longest I’ve been able to keep track of a watch is 4.5 years.

The “long-surviving” watch was a basic $35 Timex Expedition bought in 2016. I replaced the battery after it died (2018?). The band pin(s) bent when my watch was caught by a tree, those were replaced in 2019. The bottom strap broke in May 2021, I used it as a lanyard-style watch for a while until the battery died again in early June 2021. To replace band and batterywould have come near the MSRP of the watch. Now you know why my new Expedition Scout Chronograph is on my arm.

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My gut feelings on this watch is the function, cost, and quality are right up my alley. It’s not Omega, but it’s not a bubblegum vending machine watch either.

Despite the Timex Expedition Scout Chronograph claiming an Expedition watch pronoun, I would have no problem claiming this is a Working Man or EDC watch too.

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(Athough… a Seiko SRPG35 calls my name more than your mom does at night… But it’s $260 and no quality illumination; that 5-series movement though. Ouch.)

Comparison

Watches in the $50 to $75 range including date, chronometer, and some kind of night time luminescence all together is like finding the end of a rainbow. I think this is where the Timex shines. (P.S. Never buy an Invicta watch, please.)

Anyways, here are three comparable watches:

Casio Men’s Stainless Steel Outdoor Field Watch MTPE190-9BV – $45.95

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  • 46mm case.
  • Luminous hands.
  • Stainless steel case, leather band.
  • Quarts date and time.

 

Vostok Komandirskie Classic Mens Mechanical Hand-Winding Military Wrist Watch #431306 – $55.80

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  • 39mm case with 30m water resistance.
  • Cool Russian lookmade by the official supplier of the Defense Department of the Soviet Union and modern Russian Army.
  • Mechanical hand-wound movement for date and time.
  • Luminous hands and dial marking dots.

 

Wenger Men’s ‘Sport’ Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch – $82.64

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  • 44mm case with 100m water resistance.
  • Swiss quartz movement.
  • Date, time, and chronograph.
  • Luminous hands.

 

Specifications – Timex Men’s Expedition Scout Chronograph 42mm Watch

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As Per Walmart’s site:

Our best selling Scout design just got upgraded. The Expedition Scout Chronograph maintains the classic outdoor design of the original and enhances it with chronograph functionality. It is now as appropriate for the office as it is for the trail.
  • Adjustable tan 20mm genuine leather strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference
  • Green dial with date window at 4 o’clock; full Arabic numerals
  • 30-minute chronograph measures to 1/20th second
  • Gray 42mm brass case with mineral glass crystal; Indiglo light-up watch dial
  • Water-resistant to 100m (330 ft): In general, suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving

As per Timex’s site:

  • Manufacturer Part Number: TW4B044009J
  • Case Width42 mm
  • Case MaterialBrass, Stainless backing.
  • Band: Buckled Leather, 20mm
  • Crystal/LensMineral Glass
  • Watch MovementQuartz Analog
  • Water Resistance100 meters
  • Case Height12.5 mm
  • Strap and Lug Width20 mm
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Chronograph Measures to 1/20th Second
  • Date Feature
  • Classic Outdoor Design
  • Chronograph Measures Up To 30 Minutes
  • 100m Water Resistance
  • INDIGLO® Night-Light

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10:00

Kahles Goes Thermal – HELIA TI 35 & TI 25 Thermal Imaging Spotters [The Firearm Blog]

Kahles Helia Ti 35 Thermal imaging productsIn a recent online Press Conference, the Austrian optics manufacturer Kahles released their first-ever thermal imaging products. Named HELIA TI these thermal imaging devices come in either a 25 mm or a 35 mm version, where the larger number means better thermal performance. The models are said to be optimized for hunting, with the note: […]

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09:30

POTD: Savage Arms Model 1916 Prototype 25 ACP [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here I found an example of a Savage prototype pistol very obviously based on their 1907 pistol. This 1916 Prototype is supposed to be in 25 ACP and even though that cartridge is basically dead by today’s standards it was quite popular to have back in the day. It was the .380 Auto equivalent in the early 20th century. Any reason for this pistol being left out of production would be speculation. My guess is it came along in a time of world war, but also when the 1907 was starting to lose popularity to a lot of Colt designs. Savage also probably opted to concentrate on their new pistol, the 1917.

“This is a unique example of a rare prototype Model 1916 Savage Arms semi-automatic pocket pistol in the highly desirable 25 ACP cartridge. This pistol was originally purchased in Sept 1977, directly from Savage Arms Company museum when they closed and were selling off their factory assets. At this time there are only 3 of these pistols known to exist. These pistols as well as the very successful 1907 and 1917 models were all based on a direct blow-back operation that were designed by the Savage head engineer Charles Nelson. All these models have an extremely well balanced design with a super fast action. The larger 1917 model pistol was featured in the movie “The Road To Perdition” and was used by Jude Law in the final scenes of the movie. This prototype pistol is completely void of any factory proof marks or legend and only carries the “SAFE” and “FIRE” markings on the left rear end of the frame. It is fitted with fit set of smooth hard black composition grips and is complete with one magazine.”

Lot 3544: Savage Arms Corporation 1916 Pistol 25 Acp. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/59/3544/savage-arms-corporation-1916-pistol-25-acp.

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09:00

Need an AR15 Brass Catcher That Works? Meet the Brass Goat [AllOutdoor.com]

Policing brass is a chore few relish. Rifle brass on the ground is essentially litter, and once on the ground, brass requires extra cleaning before reloading. Those problems of inconvenience and environmental responsibility are solved, at least for AR-15 owners, by a newly patented product called the Brass Goat. At the Outdoor News America Gun Writers’ conference in Texas this week, I had the opportunity to meet the developers of the Brass Goat. It’s a device that clamps onto the magazine well of AR-platform guns and catches ejected cases. It’ll hold a full 30-round mag-worth of brass before needing to be emptied.

The Brass Goat is designed to work only with AR-15 – not AR-10 rifles – and will work with guns running the following cartridges through Mil-Spec lowers:

  • .17 Remington
  • .204 Ruger
  • .22 Nosler
  • 223 Remington/5.56mm NATO
  • .224 Valkyrie
  • 6.5 Grendel
  • 6.8 SPC
  • 300 Blackout
  • 7.62 X 39mm
  • 350 Legend
  • .35 Viper
  • 450 Bushmaster
  • .458 SOCOM
  • .50 Beowulf

The makers advise that the following are not compatible with the Brass Goat: AR-10 lower receivers (Ex: .308 Winchester/6.5 Creedmoor), left-side ejection, side-charging upper receivers, and extended take-down pins. These features are compatible: right-hand ejection, extended magazine release, Magpul’s BAD lever, and suppressors. Some .22 Long Rifle firearms are also compatible. A dedicated Brass Goat for the Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22 is currently available. Others may fit depending on lower receiver shape.

As a frequent tester of gadgets, I first looked upon this one with suspicion. How long would it take until the bulk of the hopper would interfere with ejection? How much hassle would it be to pull the hopper off and on? Previous experience with gadgetry interfering with operation has made me less than optimistic about new ways of doing things with a time-tested firearm.

Brass Goat

Pessimism gave way to pleasant surprise when I watched the Brass Goat work and tested it for myself. Firing in semi-auto mode, the hopper filled again and again as my fellow writers and I performed live fire tests of the device. Though we didn’t have a full-auto gun available for testing at the conference, the Brass Goat owners showed a video of a hopper filling fast and being dumped easily for a repeat performance.

A good question came from another writer: why doesn’t the Brass Goat have a clear hopper? The answer is, in short, “materials.” The ABS polymer that forms the Brass Goat is super-tough, being resistant to cracks, crushing forces, and temperature extremes, but the clear form isn’t suited for hard use – though it did work well enough to make a great video. Another writer correctly remarked that clear plastic wouldn’t stay clear for long anyway, given the fact that exhaust and scratchy flying brass would soon cloud the view.

Brass Goat
Brass Goat developer holds hopper for the device.

A patent on the Brass Goat will be in effect by the time you’re reading this article. I’m pleased to say this is one of the few “catchy” gadgets that actually works. In addition, it’s designed and made in the USA from American materials, and the company is family-owned and operated. Also, if you’re in the market for more than Black, Flat Dark Earth (FDE), and Gray hopper attachments more colors are in the works. Having a Brass Goat is a good way to save major time on range and brass cleanup while supporting American ingenuity. Order the Brass Goat direct for $39.99 and extra brass hoppers are only $19.99. The company is also stocking through dealers (while searching for new ones) with plenty of product currently on hand.

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08:25

Wisconsin: Senate Committee Advances Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Insurance, Licensing and Forestry voted 3-2 to pass Senate Bill 516, for Wisconsin to recognize concealed carry permits from all states. It is now eligible for floor debate in the full Senate.

08:00

Unit Solutions Debuts the Unit 4 Training Rifle – Reality-Based, Training Aid [AllOutdoor.com]

Reality-based training – aka scenario training – has gained wide credibility for both mental and physical preparation for defense; whether its for professionals or private citizens. It provides for the application of planned tactics and testing plans against experiences. Especially for civilian home defenders whose lives don’t necessarily revolve around guns and tactics, scenario training is unequaled in its ability to reveal the effects of stress on the best-laid plans. It can instill what Colonel David Grossman refers to as “stress inoculation,” or the ability to think logically and function effectively in urgently trying circumstances with minimal negative after-effects. A tool to help work through stress inoculating scenarios recently debuted by Unit Solutions is the Unit 4 Training Rifle.

As an instructor and practitioner, I can attest there is nothing like experiencing, and later watching, what amounts to a wake-up call that is induced by scenario training. Lots of people talk about what they might do in a moment of necessary self-defense, but generally those boastful statements fade away after actually experiencing reality-based training. It instills both insight as to how the individual reacts under duress, and often provides humbling understanding that no one can sufficiently absorb all of the information about their environment, all of the time. The importance of casual situational awareness becomes especially apparent for many participants. For some, post-scenario discussion even reveals the gaps in memory that are famously risky when opting to speak to law enforcement in the immediate aftermath of an encounter.

Having good tools to create realistic experiences is in important component of well-designed training. So, it was encouraging to see an improvement in this area that’s on the verge of wide availability. A company called Unit Solutions started in 2016 with one purpose in the reality-based training arena: to address what they see as a critical equipment gap. The company stayed in development for about four years, and is at last announcing their first product. I got to meet company reps and their ‘wares at the 2021 Outdoor News America Gun Writers’ Conference near Dallas.

The problem: using simulated cartridges in real weapons are subject to extreme restrictions and accessibility issues. Potential clients within military units complained they didn’t get to use simulated munitions enough due to supply and location restrictions. The same can be true of police agencies. Civilians who want to hone their home defense skills often feel hampered by ammunition availability and price. For all these interest groups, paintball gaming is usually accessible, but lacks realism in terms of handling and overall feel.

Enter Unit Solutions’ Unit 4 Training System, a CO2-based system that uses a realistic, but non-ATF regulated M4 or AR-15 “rifle.” The rifle can accommodate marking or non-marking biodegradable rounds that ride in a realistic-looking magazine that is quite different in function: it encases a CO2 cartridge and through a hinged bottom, holds the seal between the gas and the gun.

Unit 4
Unit 4 magazines, with the weight and feel of a regular magazine.

The loaded Unit 4 mimics the M4 platform as closely as possible including weight. It can be accessorized with the same “furniture” and accessories such as optics and slings with the correct rail/attachment points as an everyday rifle. It does make noise, but it is not “so loud that the neighbors are going to call the police.” Until now, Unit Solutions’ clients have been military and police agencies. In 2022, they will bring 50 civilian (with a two-setting selector switch) kits to market.

Attendees at the conference got to shoot both the military/police blue-muzzle Unit 4, and the orange-tip civilian model; both ran well. Some getting-acquainted time with powering up the guns using the novel CO2 magazine was required. The things this writer found to be dramatically different was the sensory experience. To a degree, the Unit 4 closely mimics suppressed shooting in that there is recoil, and at the indoor range at least, sufficient noise to inspire attendees to wear ear pro. In comparison to the airsoft rifles I am accustomed to in simulator training, the Unit 4 is a definite step in the direction of realistic weight and feel. It does lack a last-round hold open feature for the bolt.

Especially in today’s ammunition-short environment, the Unit 4 is attractive. The company has broad capacity to produce millions of simulated rounds. The Unit 4 fires an 8mm pellet which the company has tested to be safe at distances as close as five feet. The pellet travels at approximately 350 feet per second. It can still bruise and deliver a punishing sting, that’s part of realistic training. Users must, thus, be sure to protect the head and neck for safe use.

Unit 4
Inserting a T-Pak into the Unit 4 magazine.

The official launch of the Unit 4 is November 1, 2021. The civilian version, like the military/police model, has mostly black furniture with a bright, royal blue receiver. Unlike the government models, the civilian version has an airsoft gun-like orange “flash hider.”

The starter kit, whether in M4 or AR15 style, is priced at $1,199 including the gun, two magazines, and twenty marking cartridges.  Ammunition is priced at 35 cents per round and is shipped in 600-round boxes. Starter 30-round capacity CO2 cartridge inserts, called T-Paks, are included with initial purchase. They’re disposable. Refills can be ordered direct at the price of $240 for a 20 T-Pak case. In addition to the Unit 4, a handgun version is in the works. A company rep predicts the release to be about 18 months in the future, in 2023.

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08:00

Standard Manufacturing SWITCH-GUN Folding Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

Standard Manufacturing continues exploring unconventional revolver designs. Although their newly released SWITCH-GUN .22 Magnum revolver is not as unusual as the S333 Thunderstruck, it still has a feature not commonly seen in modern revolvers – а spring-loaded folding grip. Let’s take a closer look. Standard Manufacturing @ TFB: Standard Manufacturing G4S Semi-Auto Rimfire Rifle Standard […]

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07:00

EDC Machete: Gerber’s NEW DoubleDown Folding Machete [AllOutdoor.com]

Having a specific tool for a task can be very helpful. However, when hiking or working in the backcountry, having a tool for each and every task could become a huge weight burden. Tools that combine functions, when done correctly, are extremely helpful. Enter the Gerber DoubleDown (not to be confused with the KFC Double Down). Made for bushcraft, the DoubleDown serves as a machete, knife, and hatchet, all in a foldable package.

DoubleDown

The American-made DoubleDown Folding Machete is an outdoor tool that delivers never-before-seen function with an innovative design. Folding up to half its size, the DoubleDown can easily stow in a pack, on a belt, or attached to MOLLE. The unique design allows the user 3 distinct functions in one compact package: chop, cut, and baton. A patent-pending 4 lock system engages in 3 positions to ensure safe operation under varying levels of stress.

The DoubleDown Folding Machete From Gerber

DoubleDown

The DoubleDown is built to fill three roles. It can be used for chopping, cutting, and splitting. It uses a butterfly opening to reveal the 420HC recurve blade. The length of the grip gives you more force while chopping. Baton jimping on the back of the blade aids users when batoning to split wood. To save your pretty little fingers, Gerber has included a safety stop. When closing the DoubleDown, a lock automatically engages. It requires you to release all four parts of the quad lock, which forces you to remove your fingers from harm’s way. It also comes with a sheath that can be worn vertically on your belt, or integrated with MOLLE webbing.

DoubleDown

Specifications

  • Overall Length: 15.1″
  • Weight: 18 Oz
  • Available Colors: Black with black blade, Green, and Black
  • MSRP: $150

DoubleDown

To get your hands on one of these folding machetes, head to Gerber’s website. If you want to see more content from Gerber, hit them with a like or follow on their social media pages. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Stay safe!

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07:00

Important Smith & Wesson M&P12 Safety Recall Notice [The Firearm Blog]

On October 18, 2021, Smith & Wesson issued an important safety recall notice for the M&P12 shotgun. Two shotguns in the field developed barrel cracks. The M&P12 safety recall includes every S&W shotgun manufactured prior to October 15, 2021. Detailed information and links can be found below. Smith & Wesson @ TFB: POTD: Smith & […]

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06:27

British .303 Browning Mk II* Aircraft Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

Britain began the process of replacing its Vickers aircraft machine guns with a new Colt/Browning design in 1935, with its adoption of the Colt MG40. This was essentially John Browning’s air cooled M1919 machine gun made smaller and lighter, with an increased rate of fire, and reversible feed direction. British adoption began with the purchase of 60 guns and a license for domestic production. This production took a few years to get rolling (by both the Vickers company and BSA), and in the meantime an addition 1600 examples were procured form Colt – including this example, dated 1937.

A few changes were made to the British pattern of the MG40. Most significantly, the clockwork was redesigned to run form an open bolt. This was deemed necessary because British cordite-loaded .303 ammunition was more sensitive to cookoff than American powders, and it would also detonate catastrophically upon cooking off. Unfortunately, this particular example has American ANM2 clockwork, so I can’t demonstrate that change here. In addition, the British developed their own muzzle devices. The initial pattern suffered badly from powder fouling, and the replacement pattern consisted of the booster seen on this example plus an option separate flash hider cone. It was primarily the changes in muzzle devices that prompted the change of designation from Browning Mk I to Mki*, MKII, and ultimate MkII*. In total, more than half a million of these guns were made during World War Two, forming the primarily armament for the RAF (including Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Lancasters).

06:00

Meet the tM35 – Swarovski Optik’s First Thermal Imaging Clip-on and Spotter [The Firearm Blog]

Swarovski Optik enters the world of thermal imaging with their new model tM35. The tM35 works both as a thermal imaging handheld and clip-on device and was introduced at a recent online Press Conference attended by TFB. Swarovski Optik @ TFB: New Swarovski Smartscope – dS 5-25×52 P Gen II TFB Review: Swarovski Optics STR80 […]

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SOCOM’s New Mk22 Sniper Rifle: The Barrett MRAD [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFB TV, James Reeves goes to Surefire’s Precision-a-Palooza at Accuracy 1st in Canadian, Texas. James gets to spend a day behind the Barrett MRAD, the rifle that was just selected by US SOCOM as the new Mk22 sniper rifle. We learn the ropes of shooting through the wind with Todd and […]

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Monday, 18 October

17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense ScenariosWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 15. This week I wanted to feature a special podcast episode I recently listened to honoring the late JStark and the legacy he has left the gun world with. Although the 3D gun printing pioneer has left us, we can still appreciate what he did for the firearms community and […]

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16:30

POTD: I Spy – Exercise Archipelago Endeavor with U.S. Marines [The Firearm Blog]

SPYI Spy – Another edition of TFB’s Photo Of The Day: Join the U.S. Marines and see the World, in this case the Archipelago around Stockholm, Sweden. Or stay at home, in front of the safety of your keyboard and screen and take a look at these pictures. Today we have U.S. Marines with the 1st […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: The Space Age Whitney Wolverine 22LR Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report. This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world. In this series, we often look at the various firearms, ammunition, and practices observed within this small corner of the firearms world and I absolutely love everything about it. This week I had my attention brought to a […]

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11:00

Sitka Gear Debuts NEW Earth Tone in their Delta Zip Waders [AllOutdoor.com]

One of Sitka Gear’s most popular gear items in their portfolio of ‘wares is their Delta Zip Waders and now they are available in a neutral Earth tone for greater use in varying environments. For anyone who has been waiting for the Delta Zip Waders to come back in stock or to jump into a new color like this Earth tone offering, this will assuredly not last long.

Sitka Gear Coverage on AllOutdoor

The Delta Zip Waders are known for their premium components from head-to-toe. Boasting the utilization of Gore-Tex for superb warmth in some of the most deplorable hunting weather imaginable, waterproof zippers so you can stay dry getting in and out, and actual Lacrosse insulated boots. Some of the other highlights can be read below as presented by Sitka Gear:

Built for all-season use and comfort, the Delta Zip Waders are the only GORE-TEX waterfowl wader available. They excel in warm-weather but are also designed to minimize bulk when paired with insulation pieces in order to provide cold-weather performance. They have a completely waterproof YKK AQUASEAL Zipper for easy on-and-off and feature boots that were designed by Lacrosse exclusively for the Delta Zip Wader to be warm, durable, lightweight and replaceable. The shins and knees are reinforced with a rugged foam pad to endure years of use. Perhaps the best part, they’re 100% serviceable so they can last a lifetime!

delta zip waders

  • Lacrosse Insulated Boots: Lightweight, warm and durable LaCrosse insulated boots add warmth and agility when trudging through the muck and are attached to the wader with advanced heat-activated technology for a strong and streamlined joint.
  • Waterproof YKK AQUASEAL® Zipper: A durable and completely waterproof zipper allows for an easy on and off.
  • Reinforced Knee and Shin Pads: The shins and knees are reinforced with a rugged foam pad to endure years of abuse breaking ice and busting through the brush.
  • Adjustable No-Buckle Suspension: A streamlined suspension system eliminates cumbersome buckles and makes custom fitting lightweight and easy to use.
  • Water-Resistant Zippered Storage Pockets: Two zippered storage pockets provide easy access to store essentials.
  • High Handwarmer Pockets: High handwarmer pockets are positioned to shed water away from the pocket and provide easy access to keep hands warm and ready.

Right now it is prime time for hunting seasons. From waterfowl hunting for ducks and goose to trapping for nuisance beaver, if you are in need of replacing your tattered waders the Delta Zip Waders are the Cadillac of this category. With the offering of the more neutral Earth tone, it should be more applicable to a wider array of hunting, trapping, and sporting environments for wherever your pursuits might bring you. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:00

The All NEW 56mm Binocular From Maven: The C.4 [The Firearm Blog]

56mm BinocularScouting ahead can prove valuable, especially when pursuing game. For this, binoculars are almost unmatched. Maven has been known to produce quality optics for those looking to observe at a distance. To this end, the optics company has just released another in its C series. This is the C.4 56mm binocular, available in 15x or […]

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10:00

Sharp Lines and Edges: The NEW K1 Knife From Strike Industries [The Firearm Blog]

K1 KnifeFor people like me who are unkind to their things, a low-cost, highly featured knife makes sense. I can beat it up all I want and not cry that it got a scratch. Using quality materials, styling, and innovation, Strike Industries has introduced just that. Made specifically for everyday carry, this is the new K1 […]

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09:37

POTD: Big Bore to Plinker – Rare Hoffer-Thompson .22 Adaptors [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This time around I found a nice picture of some sets of 22 adapters that are very rare. These are Hoffer-Thompson 30-06 .22 Adaptors. They were made for training versions of the M1903 Springfield rifle. The M1903 rifles would be fit with a 22 caliber barrel and each adapter shown in the stripper clip would have a single 22 rimfire bullet inside. This way a soldier or even later on some kid at a carnival could plink targets and have the same exact manual of arms as if the gun was still in 30-06. Strip all five rounds into the gun, chamber, and fire until empty.

“Four stripper clips containing five 22 caliber adaptors for the Model 1903 Hoffer-Thompson Gallery Practice rifle. The practice rifles were identical to the 30 caliber Model 1903 rifles except were fitted with a 22 caliber barrel. 22 caliber rounds are put into the adaptors then the rifle is loaded with the stripper clip.”

Lot 1870: Rare Hoffer-Thompson .22 Adaptors. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/59/1870/rare-hofferthompson-22-adaptors.

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09:02

Maven Expands “C Series” Lineup with NEW 56mm C.4 Binoculars Model [AllOutdoor.com]

Maven is known for producing some tremendously powerful optics that work hard for you out in the field. Varying from riflescopes to spotting scopes to rangefinders and even binoculars, Maven has a full portfolio of hardware to keep you amply prepared for your adventures in the outdoors. This trend continues to grow as they have announced more 56mm offerings through their “C Series” with the debut of NEW C.4 Binoculars.

Maven Coverage on AllOutdoor

Maven is now offering two different yet new options in the “C Series” with a C.4 Binoculars that are 15x56mm and 18x56mm which respectively sell for an MSRP of $700 and $725. These new binoculars – like all of their products – is covered by Maven’s Unconditional Lifetime Warranty. Brendon Weaver, Co-Founder and Head of Design and Marketing for Maven, shared his thoughts on these new offerings:

“With the C.4 we wanted to expand the C Series with a larger, more powerful optic that provides stronger performance at long distances. We’re confident the final design accomplished that and we’re excited to offer it at the great value Maven is known for.”

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The 15x and 18x offerings in C.4 Binoculars are now the most powerful choices to hail from the “C Series.” They afford hunters and shooters more magnification to more properly identify, recognize, and accordingly pursue the game they are chasing. Also, when you are logging miles on tumultuous terrain these binos weigh in at a paltry 45 ounces so they will not be holding you back. The C.4 Binoculars are also tripod compatible, boast Maven’s Unconditional Lifetime Warranty, and feature Maven’s Extra-Low Dispersion ED Glass for brilliant clarity and the ability to cut through the elements Mother Nature will sling at you.

Understanding the tradition of quality that Maven brings to the table with all of their optics, it is of little surprise that these too look outstanding on paper. Many of us are packing our bags for imminent hunting seasons and this could be the last essential tool we need for our trip. Give it a look on Maven’s website to see if it is right for you. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:32

Virginia: Terry McAuliffe Wants to Ban Guns, Register Gun Owners, and Restrict Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Virginians are increasingly exercising their Second Amendment rights. NICS Checks in the commonwealth were up more than 60-percent from 2019 to 2020. From 2019 to 2021 there was a 21-percent increase in the number of resident Right-to-Carry permits. National data on gun buyers in 2020 suggest that half of new gun owners are women and that new owners are more diverse than the general population. Moreover, Gallup polling shows that less than 0.5-percent of Americans consider guns to be the most important problem facing the country.

08:00

Haul With Ease: The NEW Trail Boss from OXCART [AllOutdoor.com]

Managing land is back-breaking work. Chopping, cutting, moving, dragging, sweating, and sometimes bleeding can take their toll. Moving materials from one place to another is one of the most strenuous and time-consuming tasks on the to-do list. Fortunately, since the invention of the wheel, humans have found ways of making life easier for themselves. A few of those humans work for OXCART, which has just introduced its newest back-saving product. Introducing the Trail Boss utility cart from OXCART.

Trail Boss

Save time and your back when working on your farm, hunting land, work site or home property with the new OXCART Trail Boss, now available at Home Depot. Designed for ease of use and durability, the Trail Boss utility cart can cut your work time in half.

The NEW OXCART Trail Boss

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The OXCART Trail Boss uses a combination of a hydraulic-assisted bed lift and a rear offset dump pivot point to give you maximum control of the load. The lift-assist delivers 375 pounds of lift force, tilting the cart almost 58 degrees. The tub bed is made of 14-Gauge steel and is rated for 1,750 lbs. The tailgate and side rails are removable to make loading up easier. The Trail Boss comes equipped with 18 inch, 4-ply mud-shredding tires. If your ATV, UTV, or mower uses a pin-hole hitch, this cart should work with your equipment. Chainsaw and long-handled tool holders are also available to buy separately.

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Specifications – OXCART Trail Boss

  • Depth: 73.5″
  • Width: 47″
  • Height: 42.5″
  • Weight: 174 Lb
  • Rating: 1,750 Lb
  • Ground clearance: Approximately 15″
  • MSRP: $499.99

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If you’re looking for some help managing your land, and the Trail Boss suits your needs, head over to Home Depot to pick one up. For more details on OXCART’s products, check out their website. You can also follow OXCART on its social media pages for more updates. They can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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08:00

Zeiss LRP S5 FFP Precision Rifle Scopes With The Most Elevation [The Firearm Blog]

Zeiss has come out with a new line of long-range precision riflescopes. The Zeiss LRP S5 has some impressive features for use in long-range competition or hunting. They will come in 3-18×50 or 5-25×56. They will also feature either an MOA or MRAD reticle. Zeiss also claims a first-in-class elevation of 40.7MRAD or 140MOA! Let’s […]

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07:00

Barrett Ships First MK22 Order for United States Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle Contract [The Firearm Blog]

Barrett Ships First MK22 Order for United States Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle ContractA couple of weeks ago Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc. announced that they had completed the first shipment of rifles to the US Army. The shipment of MRAD Mk22 MOD 0 rifles is the first of a series which will fulfil a $50 million five-year contract signed back in early 2021. The contract will see just short […]

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06:46

The View Doesn’t Appreciate a Right [NRA-ILA News]

Women, and especially black women, are increasingly buying firearms for self-defense. This reality did not sit well with the hosts of a somehow still-running daytime talk show.

06:35

The Year of the Gun – Record Number of Carry Permits in 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

Last year was one for the record books. Not only did gun sales climb to unprecedented highs, but 40 percent of all purchasers were first-time gun buyers, estimated to be some 8.4 million people.

06:27

Daniels’ Seven-Shot Smoothbore Turret Musket [Forgotten Weapons]

There were a surprising number of different revolving rifles produced in the United States in the mid 1800s, including a number of turret rifles like this one. Specifically, we have here a 7-shot, approximately .55 caliber Daniels turret rifle (well, not technically a rifle, as it is smoothbore). It was patented by Charles and Henry Daniels in 1838, and manufactured by C.B. Allen – a man who also manufactured the Elgin cutlets pistols and Cochran turret rifles and pistols. Only about 50 of these Daniels guns were made – none of the turret rifle designs were ever commercially successful.

06:24

NYSRPA Case Exposes Biden’s Anti-Second Amendment Bias, Vindicates Opposition to Garland [NRA-ILA News]

Further evidence of Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland’s contempt for the Second Amendment has emerged in recent weeks.

06:00

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 16: Gifts for Gun Guys Edition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 16: Gifts for Gun Guys EditionI’m not really one of those people to get too far ahead of myself when it comes to gift-giving holidays but I do always like to keep a list of things that I think people would like. Gun people happen to be some of the hardest people to shop for in my opinion, mostly because […]

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Sunday, 17 October

16:30

POTD: The M45A1 Pistol Onboard USS Pearl Harbor [The Firearm Blog]

m45a1Photo Of The Day: A good day at sea, when you look 100% relaxed, catching some sunshine and performing a one-handed shot and the photographer captures the bullet mid-air. The recoil is just about to kick in. The location is the Northern Arabian Gulf and we have Reconnaissance Marines assigned to the All Domain Reconnaissance Detachment […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Diagnosing Light Primer Strikes – FT: Chiappa 1887 [The Firearm Blog]

Light Primer StrikesWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I happened to do a little maintenance on my Chiappa 1887 Lever Action shotgun and while disassembling and reassembling, I thought to myself that […]

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Saturday, 16 October

16:30

POTD: Austrian Special Forces Sniper with HK417P and ZC527 [The Firearm Blog]

HK417P Sniper AustriaIn 2019 TFB were the first to discover the new Heckler & Koch HK417P model. To the best of our knowledge, this is the rifle we’re looking at in the front row. The HK417P was made for Austria and is a combination of the HK417 assault rifle and G28 precision rifle. It is a semi-automatic […]

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11:26

SILENCER SATURDAY #198: The SilencerCo Hybrid 46M – A Can For All Seasons [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #198: The SilencerCo Hybrid 46M - A Can For All SeasonsGood afternoon suppressor lovers an welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week we got a good look at the Rugged Mustang22 rimfire can. This week we dig into the new SilencerCo Hybrid 46M multi-caliber modular suppressor that is […]

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06:27

BUG Match with a 98-Year-Old 6.35mm Le Français [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I’m at the BackUp Gun Match in Tucson with a first model Le Français made in 1923. This is an early French semiauto pistol design intended for pocket carry. It has a 7-round magazine and a tip-up barrel, so that one need not ever manually rack the slide. It’s very compact, very light, and surprisingly accurate…although the 6.35mm (.25 ACP) caliber does leave a lot to be desired.

Friday, 15 October

17:00

An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! [The Firearm Blog]

Searching for firearm patents online can be an interesting way to spend one’s time. It offers a deeper insight into known models and, sometimes, it offers some rather pleasant surprises. One of such events happened to a reader, who tipped us about a patent for a PDW-style firearm recently granted to inventor Caleb Crye, of […]

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16:30

POTD: German Sniper with Remington Mk 21 Precision Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: German Sniper with Remington Mk 21 Precision Sniper RiflePhoto Of The Day: Right above is a German soldier engaging long-range targets in the middle of the night. He’s using a Remington Mk 21 Precision Sniper Rifle at the International Specialty Training Center (ISTC) Alpine Sniper Course, in Hochfilzen training area, Austria. The Alpine Sniper Course went on for two weeks and was designed […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: Dual Tube Spotlight – Fenn ANVIS WFOV And They Can Explode! [The Firearm Blog]

Hello fellow nocturnal enthusiasts, and welcome to another Friday Night Lights. Today we take a look at a rather uncommon set of dual tube night vision goggles. Fenn Night Vision makes these ANVIS goggles for pilots. They feature a wider field of view and in some cases can explode right off your face, more about […]

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15:37

Final Brief Filed in Key Second Amendment Case Before Supreme Court of the United States [NRA-ILA News]

The final reply brief has been filed in the NRA-ILA-supported case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. This was the final filing before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on November 3rd.

13:41

California: San Diego County Considering Further Restrictions on Home-Built Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

On October 19th, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal to direct the drafting of an ordinance to further restrict the centuries-old practice of home-building firearms for personal use.

11:00

German Army Adopts ELCAN Specter DR 1-4X [The Firearm Blog]

German Army Adopts ELCAN Specter DR 1-4XDespite the ongoing dispute between Heckler & Koch and Haenel which has ground the Bundeswehr’s G36 replacement program to a halt the next optic to be mounted on Germany’s future service rifle has been selected. The Bundeswehr began their search for a new optic back in April 2018. Leonardo has been selected to supply the […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Shooter Series Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner – Infante S6 [AllOutdoor.com]

One thing in the firearm industry that I feel is misunderstood and incorrectly utilized would be that of ultrasonic cleaners. If you are not familiar with ultrasonic technology and how it relates to gun cleaning, allow me to elaborate. Ultrasonic cleaners are typically tubs that use ultrasonic frequencies to produce vibration and agitation in a solution. By doing this in relation to gun parts in said solution the carbon, lead, dirt, etc flake off. For a long time, I had only heard of people using ultrasonic cleaners that were made for purposes other than gun cleaning. Most originally were made to clean jewelry or brass for reloading. Recently I got in touch with the folks over at Infante Ultrasonics in hope of reviewing their S6 Ultrasonic Cleaner. This company prides itself on making an ultrasonic cleaner by gun-loving folks for gun-loving folks. They were kind enough to give me the opportunity to check out the Infante S6 Ultrasonic Cleaner so let’s jump right into it.

Specifications: Infante S6 Ultrasonic Cleaner

As I mentioned above this company takes great care in what they do. I spoke with Greg Infante himself about the Infante Ultrasonics line and he sounded like a very passionate individual. He explained to me that having spent around 40 years in the firearm business that ultrasonic cleaners were never really marketed for guns and gun cleaning and if they were they were industrial and potentially dangerous. He wanted to fill that gap in the market by designing an ultrasonic cleaner that is fine-tuned for cleaning firearms and their accessories while being non-hazardous and easy to use. As he put it to me it was designed by a “gun guy”. After getting a chance to work with the Infante S6 I definitely agree but let us run down the specifications of the Infante S6 first!

  • Inside Tank Dimensions: 12″L x 6″W x 6″D
  • Tank Fluid Capacity: Single 1.5-gallon tank (6L)
  • Power Requirements: 120V 10 amp plug
  • Material: High-grade stainless steel for better corrosion resistance
  • Controls: Separate heat and ultrasonic
  • Covered by the Infante Performance Guarantee
  • Units are insulated with sound dampening material for noise reduction
  • Convenient carry handles for easy transportation
  • Discounted pricing available for law enforcement, military, and federal firearm licensees

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Note: Be careful of cleaning black nitride and anodized finishes. The ultrasonics tend to lend odd-looking swirls on parts if left in for too long. This is no fault of the machines by any means and is attributed to how the finishes work at a molecular level. Here is an excerpt straight from the manual that better explains this occurrence:

“Gun frame finish partially removed by acidic hand sweat, may experience additional finish removal. For anodized, painted, powder coated, antique or special finished parts, use a 2-3 minute cleaning time. Some Black Nitride coated parts that do not conform to SAE AMS2753C may show cosmetic blemishes after ultrasonic cleaning. H&M Blacknitride+ treated parts as used by several firearm OEM’s are not affected by the process when used properly. TruGlo or fiber optic fights should not be cleaned in the ultrasonic tank. Be careful cleaning clear coated parts used by some lower cost .22 pistols, some coating may be removed.”

The Infante S6 is the base level portion of the Shooter Series of Infante Ultrasonic Cleaners. The Shooter Series of cleaners are “High-end ultrasonic gun cleaners for the avid shooter and gunsmith.” whereas its counterparts in the Pro Series are marketed to bigger operations “Heavy-duty industrial ultrasonic gun cleaners for military, law enforcement & commercial use”. The MSRP of the Infante S6 sits at a hefty $730.00 but considering what you get it for sure seems understandable. The Infante S6 comes with the ultrasonic cleaner tank itself, 1 Qt. of Sonic Tonic, 1 Gallon of Sonic Lube, 2 Wire mesh suspension baskets with drain position handles, 1 Lube pan, and 2 Tank lid covers. The S6 has a dial for a duration of ultrasonic waves and also a dial for the heat of the solution in the tank.

“Built to be the most compact, powerful and budget friendly ultrasonic gun cleaning system for its size, the S6 is sure to impress. This system was designed to clean & lubricate two full size autoloaders, up to a 6” revolver, various firearm parts & accessories such as bolt-carrier assemblies,silencers, cartridge cases, & reloading dies and much more!”

First Look: Infante S6 Ultrasonic Cleaner

The Infante S6 was shipped to me in a large Infante cardboard box and upon opening it was obvious that this was all right with the world. Everything was organized and packaged well and the owner’s manual was right on top to remind you to make sure to read before you start going at it. I highly recommend that you read through the manual to prevent any sort of damage to the machine, your firearms, or yourself. The extra Lube Pan was wrapped in plastic and everything cushioned with styrofoam so nothing could easily get damaged. All the metal was very nicely polished and protected. The Sonic Tonic and Sonic Lube were packaged really nicely as well in such a way to prevent them from damages or ruptures.

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The first look at the setup as a whole was mildly overwhelming in a way that you know the stuff is spendy and of quality materials. There was almost an air of “be gentle” with everything. Nothing feels cheap or fragile by any means but it all comes out of the box looking like 100% which I found to be really reassuring. I was prepared to put this machine through the gauntlet for everyone and it will take a few articles to properly articulate my thoughts but first impressions were very good! Just to get an idea of the size of the tank I have Springfield Mil-Spec Defender in the cleaning tank for some scale but honestly, the picture does not quite do it justice. It looks and feels pretty spacious.

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Ultrasonic Cleaning: Infante S6 Ultrasonic Cleaner

The process of using the Infante S6 is something I plan to cover in its own article but just to make a brief note, it goes as follows: regular tap water is put into the initial tank and filled until the water line sits about a quarter of an inch below the fill line on the tank. From there, 9 ounces of Sonic Tonic is added to the water. Water can/will be added here and there if used for long durations or multiple times since the water in the tank evaporates. The Sonic Tonic should not be used on its own and must be diluted with water for proper results. After the mixture is in place the ultrasonics can be turned on for around five minutes to release any trapped air and the heat can be turned on to around 50-55 degrees Celsius (123° – 131°F). From there you are ready to rock and roll!

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For cleaning, I want to mention that the S6 and all of Infante’s other Ultrasonic Cleaners are greatly complimented by some form or another of compressed air. I have an air compressor and hose with a fine nozzle to blow out any debris and excess solution if need be and honestly, it would have taken much longer if I did not have that. If you work with compressed air it is HIGHLY recommended that safety glasses are worn. The ultrasonic cleaning solution may cause some mild skin irritation in its undiluted form but since you are working with firearms that have lead and carbon deposits it is also recommended thank you wear some form of hand protection like rubber gloves.

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One big misunderstanding with ultrasonic cleaners is that they are some sort of magic box that gun parts go into and come out shiny and like new. This is not quite the case. Yes, there are examples of parts being cleaned very well in a short time but this is usually due to factors like the gun was very recently used, the dirt or grime was not hardened or fixed, or the parts had already been cleaned once before recently. Ultrasonic cleaners are a tool to make life easier not something to do a whole job for you. They are made to be used in short bursts and in tandem with you yourself taking care of the finer details in between. Since I decided to christen the Infante S6 with a Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact and Dead Air Mask Suppressor I took in the consideration of their finishes and how long I should have them in solution cycles.

I placed the field stripped 22 pistol and disassembled suppressor in the “cleaner basket” as I call it (I later labeled the baskets and tray tops to prevent cross-contamination). With the tank properly degassed and heated I submerged the basket (make sure to tilt at an angle to get rid of trapped air) and watched the magic happen before my eyes. This was actually the first time I saw an ultrasonic cleaner do its thing in person and it is actually pretty cool. It is hard to describe but dirty parts seemingly have the grime dusting off of them without even moving. On closer inspection, they kind of are moving and vibrating with the ultrasonic waves.

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After the first initial and hesitant three-minute cycle, I examined all my parts which were conveniently drained with the tray above the cleaner. I saw no signs of any finish changes so I decided that I would be comfortable with further cycles at around five minutes (this is the recommended cycle time). The reason for the short bursts in an ultrasonic cleaner as it was described to me is basically the ultrasonic waves do most of their work in the first five minutes and thereafter they cant penetrate past what they have loosened up without some form of agitation. This is where the little break comes in. In between cleaning cycles simply go at any dirt, fouling, lead, carbon, etc with a nylon or bronze brush to scrub off the loosened layer of gunk and to properly prepare the next layer to be loosened. I only had to do two cycles with the 22 pistol and the second was just to make sure I got everything. Otherwise, the suppressor was four whole cycles and was extremely pleasant to clean in comparison to when I would manually clean it without ultrasonics. More on cleaning the suppressor and a black powder revolver in a separate future article!

The remaining steps before the lube process would be to dry off all parts and remove any excess cleaner within said parts. This is made very easy with the aid of compressed air but can be achieved with a can-do attitude and rag for drying. Still, it is recommended to wear proper PPE such as eye protection and gloves.

Infante S6

Sonic Lubing: Infante S6 Ultrasonic Cleaner

This portion of the process I was sort of weary of. Not because I saw anything overtly wrong with it but because it comes off looking sort of like a needless add-on or gimmick. I am very happy to say that this is not the case and this was something I actually was very impressed with. The way this works is the separate “pan” or tank that comes with the S6 is intended to be filled with undiluted Sonic Lube which is a lubricant and protectant. This tank is then placed on top of the sonic cleaner with welded supports preventing it from fully falling into the initial tank. This ideally places the lube tank’s bottom just on the sonic cleaner solution line where ultrasonic waves can be transferred from one tank to the other.

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The same parts can be placed in a separate basket for the lube process (be sure not to interchange the baskets). Upon submerging and using the ultrasonic waves for a few minutes every part held within the lube tank becomes properly lubed and protected. The excess can be easily wiped off or blown away with compressed air. This skipped/changes the whole process of wiping down everything after cleaning and made it extremely easy on me.

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Final Thoughts: Infante S6 Ultrasonic Cleaner

If I did not make it clear enough this machine and others out there are the quality of life improvements. They are not end-all beat all magic machines that give you a brand new gun after an hour in a tank. They are short burst cycle machines that are like an extra set of capable hands. The price point may be slightly overwhelming but a product like this, as easy to use as it is, is not for average joe cleaning a gun after a hunting trip. This is for an avid sportsman, gun tinkerer, or gunsmith. As someone who personally does this sort of thing as a living and went to school for gunsmithing this is an absolute improvement over doing everything by hand and on my lonesome. Having this on my bench felt like someone else was in the trenches with me scrubbing away.

That being said the Infante S6 has my seal of approval and my utmost appreciation goes out to Greg Infante for stepping up and making a product for all of us gun guys and gals out there. An ultrasonic cleaner is an excellent change of pace and it genuinely makes the whole cleaning process a breeze. It did not do all the work for me but it sure made it a heck of a lot easier. I am extremely impressed and excited to further dive down the Infante Ultrasonics rabbit hole with everyone. Stay tuned!

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In closing, I want to say thank you to Greg Infante and Infante Ultrasonics for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Infante S6 Model That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that this Ultrasonic Cleaner is worth spending your money on? Would you use this in your shop? Would this be your go-to cleaning method? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

Viridian Introduces Wolf Gray HS1 Handstop With Laser [The Firearm Blog]

Wolf Gray HS1Iron sights, red dots, scopes, holographic weapon sights, and good ol’ guessing. There are so many ways to aim. Another option that some shooters use is visible lasers. Oftentimes, we see automatically activated lasers on defensive handguns, but what about your rifles or pistols? Viridian Weapon Technologies has a few versions of their HS1 visible […]

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09:30

POTD: Wonder Weapon or Faulty Flop – The Pedersen Device [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The Pedersen Device is a firearm legend. This “wonder weapon” was a top-secret answer to the trench-worn gridlock of World War I. The idea was to supply an allied infantryman with enough firepower to compete with a garage of entrenched machinegun fire. Better yet it did not involve modifying a standard-issue M1903 rifle beyond making a small cut in the left-hand side of the receiver for ejection. The Pedersen Device itself is a gun. Extremely similar to 22 conversions of the past and present. This apparatus would be inserted in the place of the bolt and it would be locked in and turned into a semi-auto pistol caliber rifle. This device however was not meant to be (probably for the best) since the war ended before the planned 1919 spring offensive. Although at the time of its implementation and testing the overall idea was a positive one, it is speculated that this would have been a huge failure and gotten a lot of men killed.

“Mark I Pedersen Device manufactured by Remington Arms Co., in 1918 for the Model 1903 Mark I rifle. The device is complete with two 40-round magazines, two boxes of 30 auto pistol cartridges for the Model 1918, a stamped steel carrying case and a five pocket web magazine pouch. The Pedersen Device was a semi-automatic blow back bolt with 40-round magazine chambered for a pistol size .30 caliber cartridge. The device was designed to replace the bolt in the specially modified M1903 Mark I rifle and provide the individual infantryman with a short range semi-automatic rifle capable of providing a high volume of suppressive fire. Adopted by the Ordnance Department in early 1918, Pedersen Devices and M1903 Mark I rifles were designated “Top Secret”; the device itself was designated “U.S. Caliber .30 Automatic Pistol of 1918-Mark I”. The Army ordered 100,000 Pedersen Devices for use in the 1919 Spring Offensive against the German Army in France. When WWI ended in November 1918, the 65,000 Pedersen Devices manufactured before the contract was terminated were placed in storage and retained the Top Secret classification. In 1931 the Ordnance Department ordered the Pedersen Devices, magazines, cases and accessories destroyed. Records show that 64,873 Pedersen Devices and accessories were destroyed. Only a few Pedersen Devices exist in collections and museums. The stamped metal carrying case is rarer than the Pedersen Device itself; most surviving devices lack a carrying case. The Pedersen Device has a black-green parkerized finish. The cocking piece has serrated edges and a center sight groove.”

Lot 1828: Rare Pedersen Device w/ Two Magazines, Metal Carrying Case, Maga. (n.d.). www.rockislandauction.com. photograph. Retrieved October 14, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/59/1828/rare-pedersen-device-w-two-magazines-metal-carrying-case-maga.

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09:00

Top Shot Chris and RECOIL Magazine team up again for NFT Digital Auction [AllOutdoor.com]

Top Shot Chris Cheng and RECOIL Magazine are teaming up once again, this time to raise money for second amendment advocacy. The team created controversy earlier this year when Cheng appeared on the cover of RECOIL magazine with his rainbow flag tee shirt. The message being conveyed was “2A FOR ALL,” meaning that gun rights apply to every American – no matter the sexuality or ethnic heritage.

The unveiling of the magazine cover was met by a flurry of social media backlash. Now that controversial art cover featuring Top Shot Chris Cheng will be auctioned off as “NFT” digital art. This first ever of its kind for the firearms space, the NFT digital art auction takes place Tuesday, October 19th through Sunday, October 24.

The digital auction can be accessed at https://nft.recoilweb.com.

RECOIL Issue 56 has become a piece of art that represents freedom, liberty, and universal civil rights. Winners of this NFT auction will be the very first NFT owners of a prominent firearms and Second Amendment-related digital art collectable. Only 10 serialized versions of the RECOIL Issue 56 cover art will be minted and auctioned off as NFTs. Cheng provides an explanation of exactly what an NFT is here. In addition to the NFT, auction winners will receive a physical, personalized and autographed copy of RECOIL Issue 56 signed by Top Shot Chris Cheng, physical and digital subscriptions to RECOIL magazine and RECOIL swag. The Top 5 auction winners will also receive the opportunity of a lifetime with a ticket to attend an in-person fun shoot with Top Shot Chris Cheng and the RECOIL staff. The notion that the Second Amendment is for everyone is a message that RECOIL and Top Shot Chris Cheng have been advocating for more than ten years.

“As an LGBT Asian American, I applaud RECOIL Magazine for standing up for our shared values and principles that gun rights are civil rights for all Americans. Cancel culture reared its head for RECOIL and me over this conversation art piece, but we stood our ground and defended liberty and freedom for all, ” Cheng said.

A portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to 2A organizations: the Firearms Policy Coalition, Pink Pistols / Operation Blazing Sword, and APAGOA (Asian Pacific American Gun Owners Association). In response to the controversy, RECOIL said in a statement:

Anyone who has followed us for any length of time knows that we are no stranger to controversy. However, even we were taken aback by some of the reactions to our upcoming cover draft which we recently posted on social media. Chris Cheng has been a staple in the shooting community for a decade and has graced the pages of RECOIL many times before. Most recently he has been an advocate for our gun rights in testimony to the US Senate and has founded a new Asian-American firearms organization in the midst of increasing anti-Asian street violence. Yes, he’s also married to a man. If you’re as strong of a defender of individual liberty as Chris Cheng, we’ll put you on the cover, and let you pick your own wardrobe too. We maintain that the Second Amendment is for Americans. Always have, always will. It’s up to us as individuals to bring that message to as many people as possible, and challenge the media-driven stereotype of firearm owners. We’ve seen record numbers of our fellow citizens embrace their right to bear arms this past 14 months, and new gun owners have shown they don’t fit preconceived ideas of what they “should” look like. Gun rights are for everyone, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, or color of their skin.

Those interested in participating in the online auction can access it here.

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08:36

Wisconsin: Update On Worshipper Protection & Frivolous Lawsuit Prevention Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held hearings for Senate Bill 584, to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones while worshipping; and Senate Bill 570, to protect Second Amendment rights from frivolous lawsuits. They did not take action on these bills at the time.

08:00

Oregon Conservation Projects Receive $3.3 Million From RMEF [AllOutdoor.com]

Over 25 counties in Oregon are about to receive a lot of help. Thanks to the efforts of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and conservation-minded individuals, Oregon’s natural resources are receiving $3.3 million.

Oregon

“So much good will come from this funding across nearly 4,500 acres of elk habitat including noxious weed treatment, installing wildlife-friendly fencing and aspen, meadow, wetland and grassland restoration work,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “There are also three important research projects that will help shape the future of elk management as well as a number of projects that support and promote hunting.”

RMEF and Partners Grant Oregon $3.3 Million

Oregon

Oregon is home to 23 RMEF chapters, which are run by a staggering 15,000 members. Using an initial $189,305, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was able to raise $3,354,581. This money will benefit the state as a whole, but will also be allocated to 31 projects that will target specific counties. The projects will focus on restoring wetlands and other habitats, treating acres of noxious weeds, and installing wildlife-friendly fencing where necessary. These projects will also provide funding for materials in hunters education courses, helping to better our next generation of hunters.

  • Benton
  • Clackamas
  • Coos
  • Crook
  • Curry
  • Deschutes
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Harney
  • Jackson
  • Josephine
  • Lane
  • Lincoln
  • Linn
  • Marion
  • Morrow
  • Multnomah
  • Polk
  • Shasta
  • Tillamook
  • Umatilla
  • Union
  • Wasco
  • Washington
  • Wheeler
  • Yamhill

Oregon

How can you help the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? Head over to their website to find out more about what they do and how you can be a part of it. You can also follow RMEF on their social media pages. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. To learn what Oregon’s vast wilderness has to offer you and your family, take a look at the state’s official website. Take care of yourselves and your surroundings!

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08:00

IWI Announces New ACE-N 52 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

IWI Announces New ACE-N 52 RifleIsrael Weapon Industries (IWI) have announced a new addition to their range of Galil ACE rifles. The ACE-N 52 is chambered in 7.62x51mm and feeds from standard AR-10 magazines. The select fire rifle has had a number of ergonomic changes made, primarily with a new stock. Aiming at the military market, the ACE-N 52 has been announced […]

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07:04

TFBTV – Leupold Delta Point Micro Review and Torture Test [AllOutdoor.com]

James was initially not hot on the Leupold Delta Point Micro red dot optic, but he agreed to review one on his Glock 19X anyways. It’s got a weird layout and a small window, but Leupold, and many Delta Point Micro users, all sing its praises as a small, low profile, and durable red dot. James puts it to the test – a torture test – including a drop from a helicopter and a very…uh, unique…submersion test. How did the Glock 19X and Leupold Delta Point Micro combo hold up? You’ll have to watch today’s video and see…

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3:02 Why the DP Micro is BAD
5:16 Why the DP Micro is GOOD
6:45 Yeeting the DP Micro from a Helicopter
8:51 Submersion Test
10:53 More Practical Considerations
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15:00 Conclusion

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07:00

NEW Icarus Precision ACE 365 ELITE Series Grip Modules [The Firearm Blog]

Icarus Precision ACE 365 ELITE Grip Modules (1)Icarus Precision has expanded their ACE line of aluminum grip modules for the SIG Sauer P365 family of pistols by introducing the new Elite series. The features added to the ACE 365 Elite grip modules include a new grip shape and texture, built-in thumb rest, updated magwell, reinforced internal geometry, double undercut trigger guard and […]

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06:27

Vickers “K” – For Aircraft and the SAS/Long Range Desert Group [Forgotten Weapons]

The Vickers “K” Class gun – also known as the Vickers Gas Operated – was the gun the Vickers company thought would replace the heavy water-cooled Vickers and allow them to remain primary machine gun supplier to the British army. The design actually came from the French designer Berthier, who has expected it to be adopted by the French Army – when it wasn’t he sold his rights and patents to the Vickers company. Much to their surprise, in British light machine gun trials of the 1930s it was beaten by the Czech ZB-26! So the Vickers company pivoted, and decided to up the gun’s rate of fire and offer it to the air force as an observer’s gun to replace the Lewis. In this it was successful (and it would also be adopted as an infantry gun by the Indian Army).

The Vickers K is probably best known for its use by the SAS/LRDG raiders in North Africa. For them, the high rate of fire was ideal, and the guns were available from disabled aircraft (and not easily converted to an infantry configuration).

06:00

Leupold Delta Point Micro Review and Torture Test [The Firearm Blog]

James was initially not hot on the Leupold Delta Point Micro red dot optic, but he agreed to review one on his Glock 19X anyways. It’s got a weird layout and a small window, but Leupold, and many Delta Point Micro users, all sing its praises as a small, low profile, and durable red dot. […]

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Heckler & Koch vs Haenel Court Case Begins [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch vs Haenel Court Case BeginsThe long-running dispute between Heckler & Koch and Haenel enters the courtroom this week with the patent dispute case currently being heard at the Düsseldorf Regional Court. We first reported on the problems Germany was having in their efforts to replace the HK G36 back in October 2018. Since then we’ve seen claim and counter claim […]

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Thursday, 14 October

17:00

Are Aluminum Magazines Still the Best Fit for the AR-15 Platform? [The Firearm Blog]

Are Aluminum Magazines Still the Best Fit for the AR-15 Platform?Over the years, I have gone through many magazines. Some have been tossed away while others have been in my collection for longer than I can remember. Despite the fact that I probably have more magazines than I could ever use, I still continue to buy more, experiment with new brands and styles, and even […]

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16:30

POTD: French Foreign Legion: 3e Régiment étranger d’infanterie [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: French Foreign Legion: 3e Régiment étranger d'infanterieNothing to do? Each day you are welcome to TFB’s selection of photo highlights. If you’re lucky you may learn something on the way. Today’s Photo Of The Day includes soldiers from the French Foreign Legion with their short Heckler & Koch HK416 rifles in the jungle. Machine-translated from the caption made by 3e Régiment étranger […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Tips for PDW Carry [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: Tips for PDW CarryIn the past, there’s been a fair bit of debate whenever I started talking about PDW-style firearms. While I have carried a PDW-style firearm in the past and they are one of my favorite weapon types to shoot, I don’t typically carry them daily. Over the last month, however, I have gotten a number of […]

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13:06

Wisconsin: Constitutional Carry Introduced in Sporting Freedom Package [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, lawmakers introduced the Wisconsin Sporting Freedom Package, consisting of 13 bills, to both ensure that law-abiding citizens can defend themselves, and to expand hunting and fishing.

11:00

XS Sights Now Offering Night Sights for Springfield Hellcat OSP [The Firearm Blog]

XS Sights Now Offering Night Sights for Springfield Hellcat OSPXS Sights out of Texas have announced some new tritium night sights for Springfield’s Hellcat OSP. XS are introducing the DXT2 Big Dot and R3D night sights for the optics-ready pistol. MSRP for the night sights will range from $110 to $132. XS Sights @ TFB: XS Sights Introduces Henry Lever Rail and Ghost Ring Sets […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Classic Guns of the World Series – The M1 Carbine Book [AllOutdoor.com]

A little while ago Schiffer Publishing reached out to AllOutdoor to let them know that a book on the M1 Carbine was one of their latest releases. I was informed that it would have content regarding markings and variations which really piqued my interest since I run the Curious Relics segment and that kind of stuff is right up my alley. I usually avoid looking at these sorts of books because (judging a book by its cover) they typically come off looking like what I would call coffee table books where it is all pictures and little useful unknown information. Was I pleasantly surprised? Let’s jump right into The M1 Carbine by Roger Out!

Specifications: The M1 Carbine

As stated below this book’s contents were originally published back in 2001 in France, but have since been published through Schiffer Publishing back in August 2021. It was initially called L’ US M1: La carabine de la Liberation in its first publication. The book has a large picture book sort of size and only 80 pages of photos and information. Do not let that deceive you though, there is as much information as there are pictures if not more!

  • Author: Roger Out
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
  • Date Published: The Original French Version was Published in 2001
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 80 Pages
  • Number of Chapters: 
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Illustrations: Yes, 300 color and b/w photos
  • Formats Available: Hardcover
  • Book Dimensions:‎ 9″ x 12″
  • ISBN13: 9780764361890

M1 Carbine

The MSRP of The M1 Carbine is $24.99 but this will vary since it is offered from multiple sellers and distributions. The book itself comes in the form of hardcover and inside one page was a bookmark from Schiffer Publishing. The cover itself features two M1 Carbine rifles and assorted accessories and US military memorabilia. The back cover shows off a full lineup of all the semi-auto M1 Carbine variants.

“The M1 carbine is a .30-caliber, semiautomatic rifle that first appeared in 1942 as a standard firearm for the US military during World War II. It was later used by US forces in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and continues to see worldwide use to this day. Produced in several variants by many manufacturers, it was and is still widely used not only by military forces, but by paramilitary and police units worldwide. Its design, construction, and variants—including the M1A1, M2, and M3—are shown in superb period photography and clear, up-close color images. Accessories such as magazines, ammunition, belts, pouches, and cleaning kits are featured throughout the book, as well as rarely seen World War II-related uniform and equipment items.”

First Impressions: The M1 Carbine

My first initial response to every picture of the book I saw was that this was going to be just another generic gun book that you find at a book store or sitting on a coffee table in a waiting room. The equivalent of a book titled “Sailboats” or something that you would find in the library when you were in middle school. I figured that it would give uber basic information on one of the US military’s most widely produced small arms and have a huge picture majority in the information to picture ratio.

Upon first impression and inspection, that jaded idea was blown away and it was a breath of relief. This book has content. Not just generic content, but potentially vital and valuable content. Instead of just vomiting out that generic information I talked about the table of contents mentions things like variations, markings, accessories, and even the bayonet. This is the kind of thing an M1 owner or history buff needs. These are the sort of books I lookout for when I am writing a Curious Relics article because it is not the monotonous garbage you find in other affordable gun books out there.

M1 Carbine

Makers & Manufacturers: The M1 Carbine

One of this book’s biggest deep dives is going into 12 whole pages of contractors and manufacturers of the M1 Carbine. It goes into particular and fine detail on Winchester and Inland, Underwood and Rock-Ola, I.B.M and Saginaw, and many more. It shows close-up high-resolution images of their receiver markings as well as factory production photos of stacks and stacks of rifles as far as the eye can see. It should be noted that this portion of the book does not just excerpt saying “Rock-ola made M1 Carbines”. It is while paragraphs diving into who made what and how they marked guns and awesome small valuable bits of information like the fact the Rock-Ola made M1 Carbine stocks for a bunch of other companies.

To The Point: The M1 Carbine

One sign of a good gun book to me is when it goes into details that are normally left out in order to save space or to stay on topic. This book does the right thing and talks about the accessories like magazines, tools, cleaning supplies, and blank fire devices. It talks about not just the bayonet but its development and implementation. It talks about a whole host of ammo types and the stripper clips and ammo cans, boxes, and crates. So much detail wrapped into a small unlikely package. In my opinion, this book looking the way it does and being in an easily readable format almost does it a disservice since it looks like a picture book on old guns. Do not judge it by its cover because it dives in and gets straight to the point on every last detail!

M1 Carbine

Final Thoughts: The M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine by Roger Out is fantastic. I realize that is an incredibly simple assertion but it is the truth. This book is one of those rare affordable resources that you see on eBay in 15 years going for ridiculous amounts of money. Take it from me, someone who biweekly writes about old guns and has to put in the work and research various firearms and buy books to help with that research…this book is worth a space on your gun bookshelf. It makes me wonder if Schiffer Publishing’s other gun-related books are similar. If this is the standard they set themselves to, then bravo!

M1 Carbine

In closing, I want to say thank you to Roger Out and Schiffer Publishing for compiling such a fantastic and refreshing complement of advanced information on the M1 Carbine and giving AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to review it! That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that this book of valuable history is something worth spending your money on? Would you sit down with a warm cup of joe and give it a read? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

[ADIHEX 2021] A Look at the Fancy Guns on the Show Floor [The Firearm Blog]

As the last installment of our brief overview of ADIHEX 2021, we will have a quick look at some of the eye-catching luxury pieces. It’s no surprise to anyone that a show in the Arabian Peninsula offers the chance to see some rather fancy firearms matching wealthy tastes and wallets. Here we’ll see a few […]

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09:30

POTD: Winchester’s Model 1911 Semi-Auto Shotgun – The Widowmaker [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a firearm legend in its own right. The Winchester Model 1911 shotgun. This semiauto shotgun was introduced to compete with Browning/FN’s Auto-5 shotgun. It is fair to mention that Winchester rejected the Auto-5 design basically because John Browning wanted royalties for it. The Winchester 1911 is a long recoil shotgun just like the Auto-5, but it lacks a charging handle in order to stay away from patent infringement. The Model 1911 was doomed from this sidestep. Eventually, it became the early 20th century equivalent of going viral for being a “suicide gun” or a “widowmaker” due to the style of cycling. Knurling was introduced on the barrel in order for the operator to grip and pull the barrel to the rear to “rack a round” so to speak. This legend of the gun being a “widowmaker” is most likely a telephone game sort of situation. People who did not have the upper body strength or were wearing thick gloves would place the butt of the gun on the ground and use their whole upper body to push the barrel downward. When released the bolt would be allowed to fly forward into battery and in the extremely unlikely scenario of a malfunction the gun could go off and kill the user.

“The Model of 1911 was introduced on October 7, 1911. It was Winchester’s first self loading shotgun and used a unique method of charging the shotgun, instead of an independent slide, the partially knurled barrel was used to chamber the first round. This model was discontinued in 1928 for safety reasons with about 103,000 guns sold. It features a blade front sight with square notch sight groove, full choke and tubular magazine. Smooth grooved forearm and pistol grip stock with checkered black plastic Winchester buttplate. Length of pull is 14″.”

Lot 1580: Scarce Winchester Model 1911 Sl Self Loading Shotgun. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/59/1580/scarce-winchester-model-1911-sl-self-loading-shotgun.

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09:18

Reminder: You're Invited to the NRA-ILA Firearms Law Symposium in Roanoke Next Saturday! [NRA-ILA News]

Don’t forget to join NRA-ILA for the annual 2021 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium on Saturday, October 23rd, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.  RSVP is required below; space is limited.

09:00

Grey Man Tactical’s New Vehicle Hunting Gun Rack RMP [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’ve ever had trouble keeping your hunting gear organized in either your truck or your off-road vehicle, then Grey Man Tactical has a great solution for your rifle and hunting-related gear. The new Vehicle Hunting Gun Rack RMP package is the perfect setup for securely and safely stowing your hunting gear while simultaneously having it ready to go when you spot wild game.

Grey Man Tactical’s New Vehicle Hunting Gun Rack RMP

The Vehicle Seatback Hunting Gun Rack RMP package combines the ease of organization with accessibility for your hunting gear. The package features the Rubber Clamp + RMP Buttstock cup kit with a 6″ extension bracket to keep your rifle or shotgun secure, but also in reach. The package features a large 15.25″ x 25″ RMP (Rigid Molle Panel)  that will have space for additional gear such as binoculars, spotting scopes, and laser rangefinders as well as space for other important gear like a first aid kit.

Package Contents:
QTY 1 – 15.25 X 25 RMP™
QTY 1 – Buckle Loop-Around + D-Ring RMP Strap™ Black [Headrest]
QTY 1 – Buckle Loop-Around RMP Strap™ Black [Seat Bottom]
QTY 1 – RMP™ Buttstock Cup Kit [Standard Cup]
QTY 1 – RMP™ Buttstock – 6″ Extension
QTY 1 – QuickFist® Go-Between Clamp – Enlarged [Handguard]
QTY 1 – RMP™ Hook
QTY 1 – GMT Tear Away General Purpose Pouch
QTY 2 – Hook & Loop Cinch Strap [8”]
QTY 2 – Hook & Loop Cinch Strap [12”]

Grey Man Tactical's New Vehicle Hunting Gun Rack RMP

Having personally tested a number of Grey Man Tactical’s gear I can tell you that the Vehicle Hunting Gun Rack RMP package is a well thought out and useful piece of kit for those that are particular about their firearms accessibility and organization. The new Vehicle Hunting Gun rack RMP Package is sold for $375 and fits with any vehicle seat back or attached to off-road vehicles for use in a wider variety of environments.

In addition to the Vehicle Hunting Gun Rack RMP™, Grey Man Tactical™ is pleased to announce a sponsorship with the popular hunting show, Struttin Buck. Since 2008, Struttin Buck has produced some of the most creative imagery and production captured, making them one of the most-watched shows in outdoor television.

“I am thrilled to partner with the fine folks at Struttin Buck. Their dedication to family, country and overall respect for conservation made them the perfect partnership for Grey Man Tactical™,” said Paul Capdepon, CEO – Grey Man Tactical™.

Grey Man Tactical's New Vehicle Hunting Gun Rack RMP

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08:00

NDA Partners up with Remington Ammunition Company [AllOutdoor.com]

The National Deer Association (NDA), a non-profit American conservancy group, and Remington Ammunition have just announced their new partnership. This new partnership aims to further the influence, reach, and effectiveness of the National Deer Association for the purpose of expanding their efforts to promote sensible and sustainable conservancy efforts for the American hunting community.

NDA Partners up with Remington Ammunition Company

NDA Partners up with Remington Ammunition Company

Remington produces some of the most popular hunting ammunition on the market and it is widely used across all types of hunting disciplines from everything from waterfowl hunting to deer hunting. Hopefully, this new partnership will bode well for the future of North American hunting conservation efforts and also serve as a way for companies like Remington to show their customers exactly what they are all about. Remington Ammunition Conservation Program Manager Jon Zinnel has expressed the excitement that Remington has about this new partnership as it lines up perfectly with their companies line of hunting specific ammunition:

“We are excited about this partnership and know our contribution will be put to great use in furthering NDA’s important mission, As another way to show Big Green is Back, it was no question we had to support NDA considering not only how important their mission is to wildlife, but to hunters nationwide.”

Jon Zinnel, Conservation Program Manager for Remington Ammunition

NDA Partners up with Remington Ammunition Company

The NDA has over 38 combined years of experience and action that makes them one of the most prolific conservation organizations in the hunting field. Conservation in the United States is often difficult and faces many threats from both natural and industrial causes, and organizations like the NDA now partnered with Remington Ammunition have a vested interest in keeping both the wildlife and the lands they inhabit preserved and sustained for future generations. Remington Ammunition recently saw a resurgence back into the ammunition industry following being acquired by the Vista Outdoors group and the company has been steadily putting ammunition back on shelves since they announced that “Big Green is Back.”

“It’s so great to have Big Green back and we are thrilled to partner with such a key player in the industry, No single brand or bullet is more well-known to deer hunters than Remington Core-Lokt Tipped so having Remingtons’ support really makes this a home run”

NDA President and CEO Nick Pinizzotto

NDA Partners up with Remington Ammunition Company

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08:00

Glock 17 Gen5 T4E – The 1st Official Glock Umarex Paintball Marker [The Firearm Blog]

Umarex Airguns Glock 17 Gen5 T4E paintballUmarex Airguns presents the first officially licensed Glock 17 Gen5 T4E paintball marker under the tagline “Paint. Compete. Perform.” It uses an 8-round magazine that holds .43 caliber paint or powderballs. The magazine also includes a 12-gram CO2 cartridge that can be changed without tools. Dimensions and operation of the Umarex marker are made to be […]

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07:00

Idaho Offers to Pay Hunters Up to $2,500 to Cull Wolf Population [AllOutdoor.com]

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game decided late in September of 2021 that up to $200,000 from their budget will be used to pay hunters for culling the States overgrown wolf population. Since 2011 when wolves came off of Idaho’s managed species list, the population has continued to grow and is now aggressively and chronically attacking local livestock as well as the local elk population. The bounty system is currently in effect and will last until June 2022.

Idaho Offers to Pay Hunters Up to 2,500 to Cull Wolf Population

Idaho Offers to Pay Hunters Up to 2,500 to Cull Wolf Population

This bounty system for wolves is one of the things that would contribute to the relisting of wolves. This was a foreseeable consequence that the Fish and Wildlife Service would take a close look at some of the changes that were made.

-Jonathan Oppenheimer of the Idaho Conservation League

The $200,000 that has been allocated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be given to the state’s Wolf Depredation Control Board who will then distribute it based on proven kills from hunters. In addition to the bounty, laws enacted back in June also now allow hunters to not only hunt the wolves, but use other methods normally not allowed such as trapping, snaring, night hunting with night vision equipment, using bait, hunting with dogs, and even hunting from vehicles. The new law also authorizes hunters to hunt and trap the wolves unrestricted on a single tag throughout the year on private property.

Idaho Offers to Pay Hunters Up to 2,500 to Cull Wolf Population

Current estimates of the Idaho wolf population put their numbers up to around 1,500 with 90% of that possibly being killed before federal authorities would take over management of the wolf population. New population estimates for Idaho’s wolves could be made available as early as January 2022. The amount of the bounty on each wolf is entirely dependent on the location of the confirmed kill. At the higher end, $2,500 can be awarded for killing a wolf in an area where Fish and Game says wolves are “chronically preying on livestock” while wolves killed in the northern tip of the state will fetch $1,000 and all other parts of the state $500 per wolf. However, Idaho’s Wolf Depredation Control Board has said that if funds start to dry up before June 2022 these bounties may be cut significantly.

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07:00

Strike Industries Releases Extended Magazine Plate For Taurus G3 [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus G3While many companies who produce aftermarket parts will often make them only for more expensive weapon systems, Strike Industries disagrees with this approach. Known for functional and affordable parts, Strike Industries falls right in line with the Taurus approach. Adding to the value of an already high-value firearm, Strike Industries has just released the EMP […]

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06:27

Ians Customs: Left-Handed G3 [Forgotten Weapons]

I used to say that one really common and popular rifle that I really didn’t like was the H&K G3. Well, putting together this rifle for myself really changed my opinion. The roller locking system is accurate, simple, and reliable – you just have to fix all the ergonomic problems with the G3 in order to take advantage of it.

Specifically, I had this made with a reversed, left-handed charging handle (and the handle itself is from an H&K 23, for a better grip). The pistol grip frame is Magpul, the trigger was worked over by Bill Springfield, and the rifle was made with a rail welded to the receiver for easy optics mounting. Most importantly, a Spuhr stock reduced the length of pull and weight, puts the cheek rest at a proper height for optics, and dramatically improves the felt recoil.

06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: Doug E On Responding to Shootings & the Grey Man [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: Doug E On Responding to Shootings & the Grey ManThis week we’re hearing from Doug E, a writer at TFB. Doug has years of law enforcement experience as well as a lot of solid well-contemplated thoughts about how to respond to shootings and how to best be prepared for such a dramatic and rare event. On this episode of the TFB B-Side Podcast, Doug […]

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Wednesday, 13 October

17:00

TFB Review: Crimson Trace Hardline 2-7×32 BDC-Blackout [The Firearm Blog]

At a recent event, I had the opportunity to try out the Crimson Trace Hardline 2-7×32 scope with BDC for 300 Blackout. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to run it long-term (the event was only a couple of days). Due to the stupid ammo shortages, I could only spare a couple hundred rounds of […]

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch HK241 and G36 with Beta C-Mag [The Firearm Blog]

H&K G36 Beta C-MagWelcome to TFB’s Photo Of The Day, our daily article series dedicated to the most unique and rare pictures. Above you have a German soldier with the Heckler & Koch G36 with a Beta C-Mag. The C-Mag is a 100-round capacity double drum magazine made by the Beta Company. Caption from the German Army: Just […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Proof That Revolvers Are Still Viable? [The Firearm Blog]

Are Revolvers Still ViableWelcome to another Wheelgun Wednesday, where we cover all things “wheelgunnery.” In this edition, we’ll veer from the light once more and delve to a darker realm. Much debate has been had about semi-autos versus revolvers, and most gun owners would probably reach for a semi-auto over a wheelgun for self defense, even if they […]

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15:44

Back in action [Of Arms and the Law]

Apparently the blog host updated its interface, so that my usual computers (a pair of older Macs) wouldn't interface with it. I finally got a Windows laptop and can post from that. I'm just now starting to the learn the new OS and browser and hardware, so it may be slow for a bit.
It appears all the older posts have been moved to the archives, and can be found by clicking on that link.

14:07

testing [Of Arms and the Law]

trying to get back in action

11:50

Wisconsin: Committee Hearing Worshipper Protection & Frivolous Lawsuit Prevention Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will hear Senate Bill 584, to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones while worshipping; and Senate Bill 570, to protect Second Amendment rights from frivolous lawsuits. If you wish to find the time and location of the hearing, click here.

11:00

JP Rifles – New Hammered Damascus Knives [The Firearm Blog]

jp rifles damascus bladeI’m sure there are a few exceptions, but most people who like firearms like knives as well. Do you collect like I do? Here’s a chance to check some new options from JP Rifles, the Hammered Damascus Knives. They’re available either in a tanto-shaped blade (shown above) or a classic drop point version like below. […]

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10:00

SilencerCo Drops NEW Hybrid 46M Silencer at Gun Writers’ Conference [AllOutdoor.com]

At the 2021 Outdoor News America Gun Writers’ Conference near Dallas, I had the opportunity to meet representatives of a company that was once considered the avant garde, new kid on the block, but is now an industry standout. Suppressor manufacturer Silencerco has weathered good and bad times in the industry, and is currently enjoying robust growth, according to Social Media and Public Relations Manager Matt Pinnell. He’s on his “third tour” with the company, which is based in gun-friendly Utah near Salt Lake City. Pinnell clearly loves his job, and is proud of not only its products, but also its environmentally responsible ways. “We recycle tons and tons of steel and aluminum, using over 200 employees and 30 CNC machines,” he said.

In some nations, insurance companies incentivize suppressor use because it’s “preventive medicine.” But as Obama-era voters know, the US legislature never enacted the Hearing Protection Act to remove the $200 tax stamp/background check requirement from purchases. As a result, SilencerCo’s wares remain in the domain of the well-heeled. Pinnell shared a tale of an American friend who, while visiting New Zealand, went to the local hardware chain and bought a .22 suppressor for $6.

Silencerco

In addition to political non-acceptance, firearm noise suppression devices face cultural prejudice. Corporate media emphasizes their connection to gangster culture of yesteryear. According to Pinnell, the actual dominant historical use of silencers wasn’t gang-related, but was nevertheless illegal. Silencers, he said, were a device of choice for poachers of the past. SilencerCo has, in its relatively short history, fought stereotypes and provided solid education on its product using catchy, information-rich media campaigns.

“One of the reasons I love working for SilencerCo is we’re always trying to do some cool shit,” Pinnell said as he described the history of the company’s flagship rimfire can. It’s called the Sparrow 22, and it outperforms competitors’ products by being accessible for cleaning and having virtually unlimited longevity in terms of round count.

On the centerfire front, the pack leader is the regularly updated Omega 300. It’s the can that allowed SilencerCo to become a big-league player in the suppressor space and in the gun industry overall. It’s the most-sold suppressor of all time, thanks largely to its adoption by hunters – a segment of the shooting industry that had previously not shown interest in suppressed shooting. “It was a development we never expected,” said Pinnell.

Spinoffs of the original Omega design populate the SilencerCo catalog today. A modular interpretation called the Omega 36M is a customer favorite. It inspired the company’s newest rollout, announced at the Outdoor News America Conference.

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Hybrid 46M is all about adaptability.

The new suppressor is called Hybrid 46M, and its operational theme is adaptability. It weighs from 12.2 to 19.9 ounces depending on the configuration chosen by the user. It can tame any centerfire rifle blast from .223 to .338 Lapua, all to hearing-safe standards. It also will work with pistol caliber centerfire guns, and will tolerate full-auto operation. “This is going to be the gateway suppressor for anyone,” said Quinton Mount, Armor and Marketing Coordinator for SilencerCo. The Hybrid 46M is so named because it strikes a balance of weight and performance to serve as a one-can-fits-all solution for hearing protection and noise reduction.

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The “baffling” view inside the Hybrid 46M.
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The lock-on end of the Hybrid 46M

The interchangeable front cap, which easily screws onto the front of the device, adds a five-decibel reduction when the cap is correctly matched to caliber though smaller cartridges can be run through “cans” wearing a larger cap. Users should refer to their owner’s manual for guidance on cap selection.

The Hybrid 46M is available to order now. It ships with SilencerCo’s Charlie ASR mount, two Charlie basic tools, Charlie multi-tool, and owner’s manual. The MSRP is $1,117. Ordering instructions are on the company website. SilencerCo rifle suppressors are designed to run dry with no added water or oil though their handgun-caliber suppressors are made to run with liquid added. Users should expect the dampening effects of liquid to last up to 10 rounds.

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One of the many caps to customize the Hybrid 46M and lose 5dB.

One thing that was clear from the presentation is that SilencerCo is about customer service. Suppressor caught in a house fire and/or dropped from a truck onto boulders, chomped on by wolverines, or some other unforeseen misfortune? They’ll rebuild it and send it back quickly. “People waited long enough for their tax stamp,” Pinnell said, “they shouldn’t have to wait for us.”

Specifications:  SilencerCo Hybrid 46M Centerfire Suppressor

  • Pistol Cartridges: 9mm to .45 ACP
  • Rifle Cartridges: 5.56 NATO to .45/70 Government including .338 Lapua Magnum
  • Length: 5.78″ to 9″ depending on attachments
  • Diameter: 1.57″
  • Weight: 12.2 to 19.9 ounces
  • Materials: 17-4 Stainless Steel, Titanium, and Inconel
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The Hybrid 46M tamed the voice of this 300BK significantly. I’m only wearing earpro because of unsuppressed fire nearby.

Decibel Ratings from Hybrid 46M Testing

  • Heckler and Koch HK45 .45 ACP | 5.2” Barrel | Federal American Eagle 230 Grain | Charlie .46 Cap | 137 dB
  • Tikka T3 .223 Rem | 17.5” Barrel | Norma Tactical 55 Grain | Charlie .22 Cap | 128.9 dB
  • AR-15 .300 Blackout | 8.5” Barrel | SilencerCo Harvester 220 Grain | Charlie .30 Cap | 130.1 dB
  • Remington 700 .308 Win | 20” Barrel | Barnes Precision Match 175 Grain | Charlie .30 Cap | 134 dB
  • Tikka T3 .300 Win Mag | 24” Barrel | Federal Gold Medal Match 190 Grain | Charlie .30 Cap | 137.2 dB
  • Remington 700 .338 Lapua Mag | 26” Barrel | Hornady ELD Match 285 Grain | Charlie .355 Cap | 140.1 dB
  • Henry .45-70 Gov’t | 20” Barrel | Hornady LeveRevolution 325 Grain | Charlie .46 Cap | 140.7 dB

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10:00

New FN Smart ProtectoR Less-lethal Concept [The Firearm Blog]

FN Smart Protector 306 FN Smart ProtectoRIn case you haven’t noticed, the international exhibitions are starting up again. Very soon it is time for the MILIPOL exhibition in Paris, where FN Herstal will display their new less-lethal FN Smart ProtectoR Concept. Fitted with a 5-tube magazine, it fires 12.55mm FN SP caliber cartridges featuring an elastomer projectile. FN Herstal at TFB: […]

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09:30

POTD: Suppressed Revolver Requirements – Suppressed Nagant Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! So, today we have a picture of my personal Nagant revolver with a suppressor attached at the muzzle. Besides getting into the specifics of the suppressor and revolver combo let us dive into why suppressing a revolver is not really a thing. So, basically it boils down to gases. Revolvers have all sorts of gaps and leaks that gases can escape through. In order to properly suppress anything, you need all gases to be sealed and only flow through the barrel. In the very special case of the Nagant revolver and a few other rarer examples, this revolver is capable of a gas seal. The seal is achieved by the revolver rotating and also moving forward to kiss the barrel. This in itself does not seal the revolver. The Nagant revolver uses 7.62x38R and if you have never seen one of these cartridges they are odd-looking compared to traditional cartridges. The Nagant revolver cartridge features a bullet that is flush or just below flush on the cartridge’s mouth. When the revolver cylinder rotates and pushes toward the barrel the cartridge mouth enters the barrel slightly. When fired the bullet spreads the cartridge mouth achieving a gas seal and making it possible to have a suppressed revolver.

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08:00

TFBTV – Low Light Shooting with the Crimson Trace Rail Master Pros [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop and the TFB crew do some low-light and no-light shooting with the Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro series of combination white light/visible laser units. The CMR-204 and CMR-205 are for compact pistols, the CMR-207 is for full-size pistols, and the CMR-301 is for subguns and tactical carbines. We mounted them up and put them through their paces in the steel target bays at Bridle Iron South in Refugio, Texas. False color night footage was filmed through a SiOnyx Aurora and a full-spectrum Sony A7.

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08:00

Bobro Engineering QD Forward Grip Assembly [The Firearm Blog]

Bobro Engineering Forward Grip Assembly (1)Bobro Engineering has released a new quick detachable front grip called Forward Grip Assembly. This grip features a patent-pending attachment method that utilizes opposing forces in a diagonal plane to secure the unit and can be attached to or removed from a standard 1913 rail in a matter of seconds. It is designed to be a multi-functional weapon […]

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07:00

Yakima Unveils NEW Hitch Bike Racks: StageTwo, HangTight & OnRamp [AllOutdoor.com]

Yakima is known across the country for their creative and sleek products that support hauling your gear to your next adventure. This spans the gauntlet of snowboards, rooftop tents, cargo racks, and even bike racks. In fact, Yakima has debuted some new hitch-style bike racks in the StageTwo, HangTight, and OnRamp lines of products. Both the StageTwo and the HangTight will be available on 11/15/21 on Yakima.com and at associated dealers while the OnRamp is available for purchase at the time of this writing.

“We are beyond excited to announce the release of both the HangTight and the StageTwo. The bike rack category has become increasingly competitive in recent years and we are extremely proud to not only offer one rack that excels in carrying versatility, bike protection, and ease of use, but two racks that lead the charge with their innovative features.” – Garrett Barnum, Director of Category Management

With fall on the horizon it is some of the best time possible to get outside, explore, and take in the colors of autumn on a bicycle. The air is crisp and cooler weather makes for a more pleasurable ride as opposed to the hot summer months. So, let’s dive in and take a look at all of the new hitch bike racks being debuted through the StageTwo, HangTight, and OnRamp product lines.


Yakima HangTight

The first hitch bike rack in the HangTight is a vertical one meant to carry an assortment of bicycles and sizes for varying riding style interests. This includes such favorites as enduro shuttlers to family road trips. The HangTight comes in 2 models in the HangTight 6 (MSRP $999) that can haul 6 flat bar bikes or 4 drop bar bikes while the other offering in the HangTight 4 (MSRP $799) is capable of carrying 4 flat bar bikes or 3 drop bar bikes. For its versatility, the HangTight in either size should be popular among cyclists.

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Yakima HangTight 4 Vertical Hanging Bike Rack – MSRP $799

Yakima StageTwo

The StageTwo is another hitch mounted bike rack that has more curb appeal as well as utility to impress those in your cycling cadre. The StageTwo retails for $749 and boasts a tiered stadium seating architectural design to reduce the bike-to-bike interference. This will also maximize ground clearance wherever your travels take you. The StageTwo is capable of accommodating a library of bicycles from mountain, road, kids, E-bikes, and fat tire bikes with the StageTwo FatBike Kit. The unique StageTwo hitch bike rack scores on looks and utility which will be a bonus for any interested parties this fall.

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Yakima StageTwo 2” (Vapor) Premium Tray Hitch Bike Rack – MSRP $749

Yakima OnRamp

The last, but most certainly not the least of the three new products being unveiled is the OnRamp. The OnRamp is tailored for all of us with an E-Bike. Being as E-Bikes are much heavier than a traditional bicycle, the OnRamp makes loading and transporting that heavier breed of bicycle much easier. The hitch mounted OnRamp (MSRP $549) is designed to carry 2 E-Bikes up to 66 lbs and features a built-in ramp which makes loading and unloading simple while also neatly storing right on the rack itself.

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Yakima OnRamp E-Bike Hitch Bike Rack – MSRP $649

About Yakima

A pioneer in vehicle racks and cargo management solutions since 1979, Yakima is known for its rugged and dependable products. Built for a wide variety of recreationists, Yakima products embody the company’s commitment to quality and safety and its passion for the outdoors. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered outside of Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com and follow Yakima on social media: facebook.com/yakimaracks, @YakimaRacks on Instagram and Twitter, and youtube.com/yakimaproducts.

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07:00

Al Capone’s “Sweetheart” Colt 1911 Sells for 1.04 Million [The Firearm Blog]

Sweetheart Colt 1911 of Al Capone's Sells for 3.1 MillionA while back we covered the auctioning of Al Capone and Sonny Capone’s collection of firearms and memorabilia. That auction has now concluded and in an unsurprising turn of events, the entire collection sold for millions. Most notably, Al Capone’s Colt 1911 pistol which he lovingly called “sweetheart” sold for far more than its expected […]

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06:27

RK95: Finland’s Ultimate AK [Forgotten Weapons]

Finland adopted the AK in 7.62x39mm after World War Two, and continues to use the AK to this day. The standard pattern RK62 was starting to fall a bit short, and so in the late 1980s a program was begun at Valmet to produce a modernized version for the Finnish Defense Forces. Valmet was acquired by Sako in 1987, and the program moved to Sako for completion. First prototypes were ready in 1990, and the rifles was adopted formally in 1995.

The RK95 has an improved folding stock, a new gas block with gas cutoff, muzzle device capable of launching rifle grenades, a simplified two-position aperture sight, and fittings for an optics rail on the side of its receiver. It retains the same 7.62x39mm cartridge as the RK62 rifles. Production ran from 1995 to 1998, with a total of 20,000 rifles made. These are sufficient to equip the active units of the FDF, and the war reserves consists of huge numbers of East German AKs purchased very cheaply.

Thanks to Sako for giving me access to film this example from their factory museum!

06:00

Low Light Shooting with the Crimson Trace Rail Master Pros [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop and the TFB crew do some low-light and no-light shooting with the Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro series of combination white light/visible laser units. The CMR-204 and CMR-205 are for compact pistols, the CMR-207 is for full-size pistols, and the CMR-301 is for subguns and tactical carbines. We mounted them […]

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New UZI Pro Stock Adapter from Midwest Industries [The Firearm Blog]

New UZI Pro Stock Adapter from Midwest IndustriesMidwest Industries has just introduced a product that UZI Pro owners can use to increase the useability of their rare firearm – the UZI Pro Stock Adapter. The UZI Pro Stock Adapter is a direct mount adapter that allows the secure attachment of either a stock or pistol stabilizing brace or other Picatinny attachments like […]

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Tuesday, 12 October

17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 14: Prepare For Fall Hunting Edition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 14: Prepare for Fall Hunting EditionWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 14. As we ease into the fall hunting season I wanted to give you guys a solid lineup of hunting podcasts that will either get you in the mindset for this season or perhaps help you guys out as you prepare yourselves and your family for the sport. Hunting is […]

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16:30

POTD: Guyana – Machine Guns in Canoe [The Firearm Blog]

Guyana - Machine Guns in the CanoeIf there was a French version of the movie Apocalypse Now (1979), perhaps this would be one of the scenes. I guess the action of the FAMAS wouldn’t rock any kind of canoe, but I wonder how much the recoil of that machine gun would make the boat go in the opposite direction? In this […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Stormtrooper’s P7 or Mental Hospital Camo? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 114th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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11:51

Ohio: House Committee Holding Second Proponent Hearing for Emergency Powers Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, October 14th, the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee will hold a second hearing for proponent testimony on House Bill 325, to guarantee that Second Amendment rights remain protected during emergencies. If you wish to view the hearing or participate in it, you may find information here.

11:00

FGC-9 Creator JStark Passes Away Following Police Raid [The Firearm Blog]

FGC-9 Creator JStark Passes Away Following Police RaidIt is our unfortunate duty to report that the creator of the FGC-9 3D-printed gun has passed away this last week following a police raid on his home by German police. Known only as JStark, many consider him to be the father of 3D firearms printing and a hero in the 3D printing community. JStark […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Rock Island Armory STK 100 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’ve been keeping tabs on new handgun releases since the last half of 2020 you know that full-size, competition-oriented 9mm handguns are a design that most major gun makers have rolled out. Most of these guns are simply longer-barreled versions of existing models, most with funnel-like extensions added to the standard magazine well. Many have ported slides and/or slides that will accept an optic. Rock Island Armory (RIA), known best for quality 1911-style handguns, showed up to the party in a slightly different fashion. Their new striker-fired pistol, the STK 100, is a stand-alone model, thus far. RIA has turned out a very respectable gun in this diversion from business as usual. I know, because I’ve had one in hand for over a month now, logging a couple hundred rounds through it, and wishing ammo weren’t so dear right now so I could shoot it more.

STK

This pistol is impressive out of the box. A long slide with significant porting adds a sporting touch to what otherwise might look a tad dated, but RIA pulled off a look that, at least to this shooter, brings words like “fast” and maybe even “steampunk” to mind at first glance.

STK

Picking up the STK 100, I was struck by its weight, until I fired it. That’s not just commentary on being a relatively small adult. My 6-foot-plus, north of 220-pounds range partner commented likewise. Unlike typical striker guns, this one doesn’t have a polymer lower. The frame is aluminum. At 1.5 pounds (24 ounces) unloaded, it weighs just two ounces more than my familiar Glock 17 according to the spec charts, but the difference is noticeable. That heft is a gift when firing; the way it absorbs recoil plays a part in the STK 100’s easy-shooting design. The other half of that equation is the ported slide. It’s particularly effective at recoil reduction.

There are three ports on the left and right, and a sizable one on top. RIA’s engineering is superb in this regard, so much so that I’ve been a bit surprised the STK 100 hasn’t gained wider popularity by now. This gun handles remarkably well. Follow-up shots are a breeze. The slide is pre-milled with a plate covering an optic mounting port, as is the industry trend. The plate has an integral plain rear sight with a non-glare, grooved surface facing the operator. Users will have to sacrifice the rear sight when installing a red dot unless using an electronic sight that has its own substitute, and then the appropriate height in to the STK 100’s front sight will be of concern.

STK

Among the STK’s other remarkable features are its grip. It has a straighter, 1911-inspired angle and will surely please the substantial portion of people who prefer that grip angle. It has unusually deep serrations on the rear of the grip, patches of cross-hatched texturing on the sides, and shallow grooves on front. While there’s always someone who wants a veritable cheese grater for a grip, this one offers plenty of traction on my sunscreen-slathered hands. If there’s any downside to the aluminum frame, there’s no stippling option inherent with it; any additional traction will have to be associated with accessories and not permanent change to the grip.

STK

The curved trigger of the STK 100 has a safety block familiar to users of many other striker-fired pistols. It resides inside a flat, curved trigger guard with an old-school look. The performance of this trigger cannot be faulted by this reviewer. It has relatively short slack or take-up, a crisp break, and a short, palpable reset – completely appropriate for competition and precise shooting.

STK

The first shot I took from this gun was, for fun, a 36″ x 24″ steel cutout at 175 yards, in non-windy conditions. Everything is as it should be in terms of barrel, trigger, and sights – otherwise that round wouldn’t have made a nice solid hit with the brand-new gun. Insofar as I can tell, the STK 100 is a reliable performer, too. I would not hesitate to keep it on hand for self-protection or as a primary range gun.

During its stay with me, the gun ran Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) of 115 and 124 grain varieties made by several brands including Armscor, Federal, Hornady, Sig Sauer, and whatever other random handfuls of factory-new ammo were passed around on range days. It’s never bobbled in the performance department, yet. Its magazines (two included) hold 18 rounds each. They drop free from the magazine well without assistance, empty or loaded. It’s obvious the magazines are Glock-inspired; so much so that I decided to load some factory mags from my Gen 4 Glock 17 into the STK 100. To my delight, they worked, again and again. While finding spare mags can be a challenge with newly released guns, RIA got into problem prevention in a good way with magazines.

STK

As is the case with many new semi-auto pistols, a downside of the STK 100 is holster availability. A custom holster is necessary for competition, duty, or serious training. Maybe someday there will be a good selection of STK 100 holsters, but right now there isn’t.

The Rock Island Armory STK 100 is not going to set the highly specialized race gun world on fire. I believe it is capable of delivering great satisfaction as a target and home defense gun. It offers excellent and easy accuracy out of the box combined with very tame recoil that in turn minimizes the fatigue and wrist pain that some people unfortunately experience after extended shooting sessions. For those who are reluctant to step away from metal-framed guns, but who also appreciate the reliable, simple striker platform, it erases their last excuse not to make the change.

STK

These are not easy guns to find as of this writing, but with a little research they can be located. Expect to pay just north of $600 after all fees to get the STK 100 in-hand.

STK

Specifications: Rock Island Armory STK 100

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 17 Rounds with Glock G17 compatible magazines (at least pre-Gen 5)
  • Barrel: 4.5″
  • Overall Length, Width, and Height:  7.01″ | 1.25″ | 5.16″
  • Weight: 1.8 Pounds Unloaded
  • Sights: Tenon Cut Front Sight (with retaining screw) and Fixed, Integrated Rear Sight on Optic Cover Plate
  • Grips: Aluminum (integrated on frame)
  • Finish: Black anodized
  • Trigger Pull: 3.0 – 7.0 Pounds

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10:00

Midwest Industries Side Folding Extruded Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Midwest Industries Side Folding Extruded Stock (1)Midwest Industries have expanded their line of rifle parts and accessories by introducing the new Side Folding Extruded Stock. With a silhouette resembling the triangle AK side folders, this stock looks really good on AK pattern rifles, however, being 1913 rail compatible, it will work with any firearm that has a Picatinny rail section as […]

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09:55

Cartoon Of The Day []

We have all been there waiting and waiting for a file to download or upload. Some of us including me still (somewhat) remember the days before high speed internet where we had dial-up modems running at 1200 and 2400 baud. When I transitioned from a 56k baud modem to DSL at 3 Mbps I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Now if my cable modem isn’t running at close to 100 Mbps I begin to wonder what is wrong.

So at the junction of firearms and computers, we have this:

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09:00

POTD: Unmarked Queen Anne Style Flintlock Powder Tester [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have another black powder tester. This one comes to us in the form of a typical Queen Anne style of flintlock. This style of powder tester is much more common than the one from yesterday. This one utilizes a spring-loaded wheel that turns when a powder charge is discharged. This is probably a much more effective and readable version of a powder tester than the large V-Spring powder tester that we looked at yesterday.

“Similar in design to a Queen Anne pistol, this flintlock gunpowder tester has a brass frame with the remaining metal being iron. The rotating indicator is graduated from 1 to 10. It is fitted with a one piece bird head style walnut grip. There are no maker markings, but was likely manufactured in England circa 1670-1710. According to the consignor’s notes this tester was once part of the Wolfe collection and is the only known Queen Anne style powder tester of its kind.”

Lot 115: Unique Unmarked Queen Anne Style Flintlock Powder Tester. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 11, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/58/115/unique-unmarked-queen-anne-style-flintlock-powder-tester.

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08:50

Anderson, IN [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

 9/29/21 Fox channel 59:

ANDERSON, Ind. — An Anderson woman shot and killed a man suspected of breaking into her home overnight.

911 dispatchers received a call from a female homeowner in the 1300 block of E. 8th Street around 12:47 a.m. The woman told police there was a break-in at the home, and she shot the suspected burglar.

By the time police arrived, they found the alleged suspect dead in an upstairs bedroom.

With home surveillance cameras rolling, prosecutors insist a man forced his way into the woman’s home.

“Neighbors had videos of him parking in front of the residence and looking through windows, ultimately breaking through the door and pulling a weapon out,” said Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.

Prosecutor Cummings says the suspect could also be heard on video asking for money and pretending to be law enforcement.

“There was audio, and you could hear what he was saying inside. He said, ‘It’s the police.’ He was claiming to be police officer, but he had a mask on,” said Cummings.

08:00

New Fits for a Modern Age – N8 Tactical Xecutive IWB Holster [The Firearm Blog]

n8 tactical xecutiveRight now, whether all shooters realize it or not, we are in a renaissance period of not only carry pistols, but holsters as well. It is becoming increasingly common to see everyday carry (EDC) pistols sporting miniature red dots, rails acceptant of infinite accessories, and Custom Shop upgrades like gold (TiN – titanium nitride) barrels. […]

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07:00

TFB BREAKING NEWS: SIG Sauer Will Not Attend SHOT Show 2022 [AllOutdoor.com]

SIG Sauer will not be exhibiting at SHOT Show 2022 taking place in Las Vegas this coming January. The absence of SIG, normally one of the show’s largest booths, is almost certain to create ripples throughout the industry. After last year’s cancellation, many manufacturers donated money to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the organizer of the decades-old convention. As of now, the event is scheduled to start on January 18th with exhibition halls in both the Venetian Expo and Caesar’s Forum. SIG’s official statement can be found below:

SHOT Show @ TFB:


SIG Sauer SHOT Show 2022 Announcement

SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to be an ardent supporter of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and leads the industry in support of the organization and its’ mission to promote, protect, and preserve the hunting and shooting sports. 

Each January, NSSF hosts SHOT Show – the industry’s premier tradeshow.  As a strong supporter of NSSF, and an industry leading manufacturer, SIG has maintained a very large presence at SHOT Show and we continually grow our support for the organization, and our show presence, year after year. However, after thoughtful consideration, deliberation and a review of current circumstances, SIG SAUER has made the decision to not exhibit at the upcoming 2022 SHOT Show and will alternatively be making a $500,000 donation to NSSF to support both its mission and ongoing critical support of our industry.

For over 30 years SIG SAUER has attended SHOT Show, and we did not come to this decision without much thoughtful deliberation.  Our number one priority throughout the pandemic has been, and will remain, our employees.  SIG SAUER has an extremely large presence at SHOT Show sending over 140 employees to the show and our pre-show Range Day event.  Maintaining this presence, or even a scaled back minimum presence for 2022, represents a significant health risk to all 2,600 of our employees across our 13 U.S. locations, as individuals attending the show return to our facilities and risk continued exposure to our entire employee base. 

Additionally, based on the circumstances as they are known to us today, it is incumbent upon us to review this decision from a financial perspective.  For the first time in many years, the SHOT Show space was redrafted, necessitating the need for a complete booth re-configuration and design.  Out of pocket expenses from this point forward will be well over $1 million and based on the uncertainty of large scale shows and events, this expense is not financially prudent.

In closing, SIG SAUER would like to once again note the important and essential work of the NSSF on behalf of our industry and reiterate our support for the organization and its mission. 

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07:00

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 15: Can’t Stop The Signal Edition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 15: Can't Stop the Signal EditionWelcome to TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 15. If you know what “Can’t stop the signal” means, then feel free to skip the intro and get to look at the deals we’ve found this week. For the rest of you, the phrase “can’t stop the signal” comes from one of my favorite TV Shows/Movies of all […]

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06:27

A Tour of PGM Precision: Home of the Ultima Ratio and Hecate II [Forgotten Weapons]

Today, I have the opportunity to take a look inside PGM Precision, in Annecy France. Ever been curious about where the Ultima Ratio and Hecate II come from? Let’s have a look!

Note: PGM’s US importer is JDI Firearms.

06:00

SilencerCo: Introducing The Hybrid 46M Big Bore Modular Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

SilencerCo: Introducing The Hybrid 46M Big Bore Modular SuppressorFor shooters who want to suppress calibers larger than .308, there’s a new contender hitting the market. The SilencerCo Hybrid 46M is their latest multi-host release, capable of suppressing everything from .22LR to .45-70 Government and almost everything in between (I’m going to guess that .410 buckshot is off the menu). It’s the high-pressure, large […]

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Monday, 11 October

13:53

BREAKING NEWS: SIG Sauer Will Not Attend SHOT Show 2022 [The Firearm Blog]

BREAKING NEWS: SIG Sauer Will Not Attend SHOT Show 2022SIG Sauer will not be exhibiting at SHOT Show 2022 taking place in Las Vegas this coming January. The absence of SIG, normally one of the show’s largest booths, is almost certain to create ripples throughout the industry. After last year’s cancellation, many manufacturers donated money to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the organizer […]

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12:07

California: Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Adding More Restrictions to Gun Shows [NRA-ILA News]

Despite lawful gun ownership and gun shows already being highly regulated by California law, Governor Gavin Newsom once again signed legislation targeting law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to address violent crime. On October 8th, he signed Senate Bill 264 into law, restricting gun shows in Orange County.

10:00

The Path Less Traveled #027 – Leaf Peeping Season! [AllOutdoor.com]

When the leaves start to change colors many go out to view the decadence of fall foliage and the variety of hues worn by the trees, but be warned, when staring too long at the trees during leaf peeping season, sometimes the leaves peep back at you. Not really. This was just a silly saying, but right now we are in the prime time of autumn and “leaf looking” for those who love to take in the fall colors.


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.


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But I thought this was The Path Less Traveled?

I know guys. Leaf peeping? What next, Ugg boots and pumpkin spiced latte’s? No, not at all, I haven’t sold out yet. Leaf peeping is something that spreads across the US for a few weeks, and is a reliable indicator that cold weather is coming and going to take over our daily lives for a duration of time equivalent to the span of our lives that FRIENDS was on TV (or what feels like that). Leaf peeping season is the line in the sand to determine whether those who enjoy the outdoors truly enjoy the outdoors all year round, or whether they enjoy getting out in the wild despite weather or temperature conditions.

Leaf peeping fall foliage colors hiking camping biking tourism
Wait, these trees look different… 🤔🤔🤔

Is Leaf Peeping a tourist’s gimmick?

Leaf peeping season may include a lot of NIMBY tourists and people who typically go outside less than we all did during 2020. This is not a big deal. Popular activities are usually popular for reasons like:

  • It’s easy
  • Visually stimulating
  • Easy to bring others

Are these bad things?

NO. 

So, when I’m out leaf peeping, I’m typically hiking or biking about. These are activities that I normally do on the weekends, and the enjoyment of fall foliage colors is a secondary gain. Does this make me a grom, a newb, or green behind the ears? I don’t care either way.

Leaf peeping season fall foliage colors hiking camping biking tourism

Do you just look at leaves?

Leaf peeping season is prime time to start assessing your local trails and locations to determine whether they’ll make viable winter activity places. Are the trails degraded or becoming rooty/muddy? How far is it from a municipal road (on trail or not) if an emergency occurs? Google maps can tell you the gradient and distance of a trail, but keeping up with conditions is a plus.

Taking time to socialize while in the woods is counterproductive in my eyes when on a bike, it is just too difficult to shout back and forth. When leaf peeping season occurs for a few weeks, this is the time to get your less-outdoorsy friends to join in with you and appreciate the small things in life. Stop and take pictures of the weird spiders and caterpillars. Put your feet in the freezing water of the waterfall you’ve ridden past a thousand times. If there are historical landmarks, check those out.

Leaf peeping season fall foliage colors hiking camping biking tourism

Make the trip purposeful and enjoyable on more than just a fitness or athletic standpoint; find ways to have a wilderness experience. A trip can be more than an outing for Instagram photos and creating calorie deficits to have a beer while at El Gran Caimán without feeling bad about it.

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Slow your roll

Once again, slow down. Appreciate things. Get into the wilderness.

Escape all of the trappings in life and connect to a more authentic relationship with those around you, or your spirituality. Nature is good at weeding things out. Therapy can occur in the woods, so to speak… Things in life change, just as the leaves are changing colors and about to shed. Take this time to think about things in life that you want to change in the upcoming seasons.

Debating on going back to school? Look for a new job? Buying a new car? These are all considerations that can be done easier with a clearer mindset. Nature is neither kind or cruel, and your demeanor can be impacted by the observation of changes. Allow these changes to prepare you for things you are planning, as well as the unexpected.

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Enjoy the weather, things are about to change.

Despite every popular Youtuber saying camping during the winter is an overlooked treasure, I tend to disagree. I camp when there’s snow, but the requirements leave me seeking the gym rather than the trails. Leaf peeping season allows you to get your last hurrah of good times out in a measured way to brace for cold weather, snow, and Daylight Savings Time. Ugh. I hear Montana is already starting to experience snow, what about Colorado? Wait, no. No, no, no. Don’t tell me about it. Let’s enjoy the brisk air, the warm days and cool nights for a bit longer. Cyclocross season is underway. Get out the long pants, the wool bibs for gravel rides and let’s get ready… “Winter is coming” (as that one show says).

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09:30

POTD: Unique Flintlock V-Spring Black Powder Tester [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! So, this is a new discovery for me. Here we have a powder tester made to test batches of black powder. This most likely was made in a time where black powder was still prominent. The way powder testers work is that it is basically a gun loaded with a charge of black powder and no projectile. When fired (in this case) the cup at the front of the muzzle is forced forward a certain measurable amount. This amount indicates how much bang a batch of powder has and if it is within specification for what that company was trying to achieve.

“This V-spring powder tester is without maker markings. The scale is graduated to 80 and features a sliding brass measuring indicator. The action has a sliding hammer safety. The scale screws on to the frame. Fitted with a one-piece walnut grip that features extensive fine checkering.”

Lot 114: Unique Flintlock V-Spring Powder Tester. (n.d.). Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 10, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/58/114/unique-flintlock-vspring-powder-tester.

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09:00

Washington Receives $1.9 Million For Conservation From RMEF [AllOutdoor.com]

I have written more articles for AllOutdoor about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation than anything else. The organization seems to constantly push toward its conservation goals. Well, yet again, they’ve raised a large amount of money to protect our natural resources, this time in the Evergreen State. Making sure Washington receives its fair share, the RMEF and its partners have granted the state $1,900,848.

Washington Receives

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners contributed $1,900,848 in grant funding for wildlife habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage efforts across Washington. RMEF directly granted $215,712 that leveraged an additional $1,685,136 in partner dollars.

Washington Receives $1.9 Million From RMEF and Partners

Washington Receives

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation directly donated $215,712 to the cause. Using this money, the 23 RMEF chapters in Washington were able to wrangle up an additional $1,685,136. These grants directly fund research and conservation for almost 15,000 acres of Washington’s elk country. Spread among 11 projects, the funding will aid habitats in Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Kittitas, Skamania, and Yakima Counties. Four statewide projects are also on the docket. There are more than 14,000 RMEF members in the state. Thanks to these members and volunteers, local elk and other wildlife will continue to thrive, and these lands will be more conducive to outdoor recreation.

Washington Receives

These efforts will include controlled burns, studying the movements of the elk, and the removal of hundreds of acres of noxious weeds. To find out more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its mission, head over to their website. You will also find information on different ways to assist the organization with its goals. You can also follow RMEF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. If you’d like to learn about what Washington’s natural resources can offer you, take a look at the official state website. Keep conservation in your mind and enjoy the scenery!

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08:00

TFBTV – Combat Shotgun Basics with Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves and Johnny B go to Thunder Ranch to take the Combat Shotgun course from Clint Smith and Jack Daniel. In this excerpt from arguably the best shotgun course in the country, Clint gives us pointers, basics, pros, cons, and drills for the defensive use of the combat shotgun.

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07:00

Founders Cigar Company Partners with Operation: Cigars For Warriors [AllOutdoor.com]

The Founders Cigar Company has been making big waves in the cigar industry, and in outdoor/firearm circles as well because both communities go hand-in-hand. They recently debuted their Executive Box of premium cigars and related accoutrements, and now they shared that they are giving back to our veterans in a big way by partnering with Operation: Cigars for Warriors.

Founders Cigar Company Coverage on AllOutdoor

Founders is proud to announce that they have entered into a partnership with Operation: Cigars For Warriors. Together they have created an online “purchase and donation” promotion that will allow customers to “buy a cigar for the troops.” At a modest price of only $8.50, a customer can purchase a cigar which is then matched by Founders with an additional stick and sent every month to Operation: Cigars for Warrior’s Operations Center for inclusion in care packages. One of the co-founders of Founders Cigar Company as well as the CEO of Operation: Cigars for Warriors shared their thoughts on this new joint, philanthropic venture below:

“It’s a great pleasure to expand our partnerships with retailers of every variety in support of our mission. We’re proud to collaborate with Founders to achieve significant benefits for their business, our inventory, and the warfighter who receives care packages.” – Storm Boen, Chairman and CEO of Operation: Cigars for Warriors

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“As a U.S. Air Force veteran and currently serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, we are honored to partner with Operation: Cigars for Warriors. Our mission is to provide a connection through the means of cigars and CFW is an outstanding partner in providing this opportunity to serve our men and women downrange with premium cigars.” – Brian Schmittdiel, Co-Founder of Founders Cigar Company

There is something calming, soothing, and relaxing about a quality cigar. It can be a nightcap to a day well done or simply commiserating with friends. The Operation: Cigars for Warriors project with Founders Cigar Company sounds like a terrific project across the board. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


Operation: Cigars for Warriors

Operation: Cigars for Warriors is a registered 501(c)3 charity operating nationwide whose mission is to provide premium cigars and cigar accessories to US troops serving in active combat zones, long-term deployments, and floats.  Since 2012, over 1.2 million cigars have been donated to US servicemen and women, in addition to coffee, magazines, cigar lighters, and cutters.


Founders Cigar Company

Founders Cigar Company is a veteran owned cigar brand located in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis. Founders retail their cigars online and through other retail partnerships. At a time when the rest of the world was shut down, cigars served as a surprising catalyst for connection. Founders was created to empower others towards the same, drawing on the rich history of the American experience to deliver timeless smokes with distinctive profiles that fuel conversation, inspire friendship, and build community.

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06:27

American Mausers: The Hopkins & Allen Model 1889 for Belgium [Forgotten Weapons]

When World War One began, German armies roared through Belgium, occupying all but a small corner of the nation. Belgium still had an army to defend that last bit of territory, but it no longer had any of its manufacturing base. The Belgian State Arsenal was evacuated, but took several years to reorganize and restate in Birmingham, England. In the meantime, Belgium was in serious need of rifles!

The United States was not yet in the war, and American companies were more than happy to make arms by the hundreds of thousands for the European forces. Belgium didn’t offer very good terms in its search for an American rifle maker, but found the Hopkins & Allen company at a moment when H&A had lost a major contract and desperately needed something to replace it. And so Hopkins & Allen signed a contract in August 1915 to make 140,000 rifles and 10,000 carbines. In their rush to sign a contract however, Hopkins & Allen didn’t consider what they were agreeing to. The low price of $27/rifle without any down payment led to the company’s bankruptcy in 1917 by the time barely 12,000 rifles had been delivered. It went into receivership, and the whole company was sold for $65,000 to Marlin-Rockwell.

Marlin had enough cashflow from other contracts (including the BAR and aircraft machine guns) to finish the Belgium contract, although the final deliveries did not occur until October 1918, as the war was nearly ended. These delays also meant that what had originally been contracted as Model 1889 carbines were actually manufactured to the improved 1889/16 pattern.

Belgium would rework its small arms in the 1930s, and the vast majority of Model 1889 Mausers were rebuilt as 89/36 carbines, which included scrubbing their original receiver markings. Intact Work War 1 pattern Hopkins & Allen rifles like this one are very rare today. Many thanks to Mike Carrick of Arms Heritage Magazine for providing me access to film this example!

06:07

“Adapting” to Crime with “Bleeding Control” Kits [NRA-ILA News]

While being driven around recently in the gun-control utopia of Chicago, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) claimed the driver of a car next to his leaned out the window and shot a gun into the air. “He could have just as easily been shooting the gun at us!” said the senator, possibly rattled by the reality gap between the “A minus” rating Illinois has for its strict gun laws from anti-gun group Giffords, and the impact those laws appear to have on criminal behavior.

05:58

Anti-gunners Launch Campaign to Intimidate U.S. Supreme Court as Second Amendment Case Looms [NRA-ILA News]

For many decades, gun control proponents who saw their fortunes wane in legislatures from coast to coast and who were unable to get traction with Congress could at least console themselves with the thought that activist courts had their backs. The Second Amendment, after all, had been all but written out of the U.S. Bill of Rights by law professors and politically-minded judges, as cities and even the U.S. Congress increasingly adopted gun control in the Twentieth Century.

Sunday, 10 October

18:24

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil []

I am sure new NRA President Charles Cotton would be pissed off to see himself represented by a trio of monkeys. However, given his performance as Chair of the NRA Board of Directors Audit Committee, it is wholly warranted.

This has become even clearer thanks to a report in the blog NRA In Danger. Several good, honest, and forthright NRA staffers sent a memo to the Audit Committee outlining “top concerns”. I’ll let them tell the story of how Mr. Cotton decided to neither hear nor see the problems.

A major event in the beginning of the controversy over internal corruption came when NRA Treasurer “Woody” Phillips left suddenly in 2017, and the inexplicable decision was made to hire an honest Treasurer, Craig Spray. Several employees who were deeply concerned about what was going on wrote a “Top Concerns” memo for the Audit Committee, which was presented at an emergency meeting in July, 2018. Note this is nearly a year before the scandals burst into the open (April-May 2019). The Committee’s response? Its chair, Charles Cotton, left the room before the memo was presented. Its Vice Chair, who then served as chair, never gave Cotton the memo (obviously he knew Cotton didn’t want to hear of it).(emphasis mine) The committee (which is entrusted by the board with keeping everything honest) made no mention of the event to the board. Officially, nothing happened that day in July.

Read the “top concerns” memo yourself. It was an exhibit filed by the New York Attorney General in the NRA’s abortive attempt at bankruptcy. Given Mr. Cotton’s behavior that day and many others since, I am somewhat surprised that the complaint asking for dissolution has not been amended to make him a co-defendant.

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18:05

Update On Investigation Of ATF For Waste And Fraud []

Catherine Herridge of CBS News had an update on her investigation into waste and fraud at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. She reported that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has become involved. Sen. Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is very serious on protecting whistleblowers in government.

Sen. Grassley has now sent letters demanding answers to Attorney General Merrick Garland and BATFE Acting Director Marvin Richardson. He has also sent a letter asking the Office of Personnel Management about their suspension of BATFE’s ability to classify certain law enforcement positions. All the letters were quite detailed and indicated his office had significant knowledge of the affair.

It should be remembered that Sen. Grassley was one of the very first politicians that demanded an investigation into Operation Fast and Furious aka Project Gunwalker. He worked closely with then-Chair of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee Darrell Issa to get answers.

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16:30

POTD: Swedish Sniper Competition with PSG90B [The Firearm Blog]

PSG90B with Army Ranger Batallion K4Of all the pictures we have featured in our Photo Of The Day since 2014, this has got to be one of the oddest. I know sniper challenges are supposed to be a challenge, but this certainly takes the price. If I’m correct, we have a sniper and a spotter, with the PSG90B sniper rifle […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Understanding Auto-5 Friction Ring Orientation [The Firearm Blog]

Auto-5 Friction RingWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I happened to do a little maintenance on an old Browning Auto-5 that I own and while disassembling and reassembling, I thought to […]

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Saturday, 09 October

16:30

POTD: Mali – “Speak Softly & Carry A Big Stick” [The Firearm Blog]

MaliHille James Combat Photographer appears again in our Photo Of The Day, a welcome return. We’re used to seeing his great photos from Afghanistan, but this time he appears from an unexpected place: Mali, a landlocked country in the Saharan and Sahelian regions. Above we can see two Dutch Special Forces soldiers. The shooting position […]

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12:36

SILENCER SATURDAY #197: Quiet Carry – Rugged Mustang22 [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #197: Quiet Carry - Rugged Mustang 22Hello everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week Rusty ran us through the B&T KH9SD integrally suppressed pistol caliber carbine (I’m honestly a bit jealous). This week we are back with a brand new rimfire can […]

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08:11

NRA Membership Trends []

One of the cardinal rules of business is that it costs much less to keep a customer than it is to go out and get a new customer. Indeed, some studies show it costs five times as much to get a new customer than to keep an existing one. Moreover, just retaining 5% more customers can push profitability by anywhere from 25% to 95%. If your new car came with satellite radio, this explains why Sirius XM offers such incredible deals to keep you enrolled.

Now let’s apply this to the NRA. Reportedly officers of the NRA keep telling the board that they are gaining 100,000 new members monthly. This is a correct statement. However, what is not talked about much is membership retention.

Examine the chart below that was handed out in a recent NRA committee meeting. You had a million member spike in the year after the Newtown murders. However, in the next year total membership dropped by 500,000. You see and up-down pattern through 2018 when membership hit a peak of about 5.2 million members. Since 2019, the pattern has changed from the earlier up-down pattern to a continual decline. Membership currently stands at about 4.6 million as of the end of August. An earlier reported figure of 4.2 million was in error.

As Bitter has reported in a couple of posts, voting participation is down and increased secrecy about the organization’s affairs is harming it. Why would you want to be part of a group that forbids you from expressing your pride in being a part of it?

The answer is you wouldn’t. Add in that there are clubs ditching the 100% NRA membership requirement along with the willful ignorance of many Board members and you have a disaster in the making.

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06:27

Stemple STG-M1A (Thompson) at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

The STG-M1A certainly looks and feels like a Thompson, but does it shoot like a Thompson? Let’s find out!

06:00

Combat Shotgun Basics with Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves and Johnny B go to Thunder Ranch to take the Combat Shotgun course from Clint Smith and Jack Daniel. In this excerpt from arguably the best shotgun course in the country, Clint gives us pointers, basics, pros, cons, and drills for the defensive use of the combat shotgun. […]

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Friday, 08 October

17:00

TFB Review: AXIL GS Extreme Bluetooth Earbuds [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: AXIL GS Extreme Bluetooth EarbudsA little while back, I had the opportunity to test out some of AXIL’s electronic ear protection. The particular model I was able to review was the ultra-lightweight, ultra-low-profile, hearing-aid battery-powered GS Digital 1 earplugs. While I still enjoy and use these earplugs to this day for all the qualities I mentioned in the review, […]

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16:30

POTD: The SIG Sauer Spectre Series [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer Spectre SeriesIf the SIG Sauer P365 is said to be carried every day of the year which of the 45 days are you not supposed to carry your P320? This Photo Of The Day isn’t going to give you an answer to that question, but it will show you some excellent pictures of the Spectre Series and […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: Tricked-Out Spotting Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

Friday Night Lights: Tricked-Out Spotting ScopesGood afternoon and welcome back to another edition of the Friday Night Lights series. Today we will show and tell about tricked-out spotting scopes. These spotting scopes have been set up for nighttime observation with a bunch of accessories. As always, the Friday Night Lights series is brought to you by ATN Corp, manufacturers of night vision […]

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12:00

POTD: Curvaceous Coach Gun – Shotgun Stock Cast [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a photo that I took while on a recent trip to the Cody Firearms Museum of a W. Collath double-barrel shotgun. Paying close attention to the stock you may notice that it is rather odd-looking. This is because the stock literally curves/angles to one direction. This is called “cast” and it is typically reserved for shotguns… custom shotguns. I learned about stock cast and how it worked while attending school for gunsmithing. This extreme example of stock cast is usually reserved for the avid sportsman or sportswoman who is cross-dominant. To those of you who may not know what cross dominance is, it is where your dominant hand is not on the same side as your dominant eye. An example would be if someone was right-handed but was also left-eye dominant. In that situation, you have three options. Take measures to teach your brain to use the correct eye, completely block off the current dominant eye with an eye patch (or tape on shooting glasses), or have a shotgun that casts the stock in your favor. There is “cast on” and “cast off”. Cast on is a stock made for a left-handed shooter and cast off is a right-handed shooter. Most modern production shotguns either are dead down the center straight or have a small amount of cast-off like most CZ USA shotguns are cast off.

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11:27

Founders Cigar Company Introduces their NEW Executive Box [AllOutdoor.com]

As we delve deeper into fall and many of us will find ourselves out hunting, recreating, and spending time with family it will be a perfect opportunity to gather around bonfires and create new cherished memories. These are also perfect moments to break out cigars (and impress that hard to impress uncle of yours). If you are searching for the perfect starting point for such a venture, Founders Cigar Company may have you covered with their NEW Executive Box.

Founders Cigar Company Coverage on AllOutdoor

The Founders Cigar Company (Founders) launched its flagship gift set – The Executive Box – last month retailing for $199 for a limited time (marked down from $299). The Executive Box is one of Founders’ signature Box Sets that is perfect for any cigar enthusiast. From your hard to impress uncle to your cousin who will be smoking his 1st at the deer shack, it can suit everyone.

  • 16 Toro 6×52 Cigars (choose one of four blends or the Sampler)
  • Custom Butane Zippo Lighter (Made in USA!)
  • Custom Gladiator Combo V-Cut & Punch Cigar Cutter
  • Custom Cigar Box made of Mahogany by Woodchuck USA

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In partnership with Woodchuck USA, the Executive Box from Founders is constructed from 100% Mahogany wood with a transparent, acrylic lid that is laser marked with the Founders logo and the words “Veteran Owned.” The Executive Box also includes a custom insert that holds the coinciding Lighter and Cutter in place. A nice touch for any cigar enthusiast.

Whether you recreationally enjoy a cigar once a week or once a year during the traditional Midwest pilgrimage of “deer camp,” this boxed set of cigars from Founders should be a perfect compliment to anyone’s collection. For those looking to add an extra experience to their bonfire conversations, I believe taking a good look at Founders Cigar Company would be well worth your investment. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:00

[ADIHEX 2021] FBT – Fine Ballistic Tools from Austria [The Firearm Blog]

At the last edition of ADIHEX, we discovered the Austrian company FBT – Fine Ballistic Tools. We had a brief look at their custom carbon fiber stocks and innovative suppressors. We can now see they’ve not been idle in these two years. FBT @ TFB: [ADIHEX 2019] Fine Ballistic Tools – FBT – from Austria […]

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10:00

Shoot Further More Confidently – Bushnell Fusion X Binos Now Available [AllOutdoor.com]

The Bushnell Fusion X Ranging Binoculars were introduced this summer and now they are available just in time for fall and all of your hunting adventures. Blending the technologies of a standard laser-rangefinder and a good set of binoculars, you can have both with one set of technology from Bushnell that is available on their website and available for immediate shipping.

Bushnell Coverage on AllOutdoor

A few of the popular features off of the Bushnell Fusion X Ranging Binoculars are the Bow and Rifle Modes, ActivSync Display, and the Exo Barrier Waterproofing technology that Bushnell is known for on many of their products. All of this is available at an MSRP $699. Bushnell goes on to explain the Fusion X Ranging Binoculars further in their Press Release statement below:

Superb ranging accuracy and advanced optics combine to make the best of both worlds in Bushnell’s Fusion X 10X42mm Ranging Binocular. Our HDOS—High-Definition Optical System—provides optimum viewing clarity, while the one-of-a-kind ActivSync™ Display means you’ll never again have trouble reading the ranging readout. Together, they make the Fusion X the one tool every hunter needs.

For many hunters – regardless if you are sporting a bow ‘n arrow, firearm, or muzzleloader –  it is GO TIME right now with the air becoming more crisp with every passing day and big-game animal seasons opening up across the US. Being able to carry two different pieces of technology bundled into one out in the field can mean less pack weight and a less fatigued shooter during that pivotal moment when you shoot. For those reasons, it may be worth checking out these new rangefinding binoculars from Bushnell. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

Walker’s New LINK 3.0 Universal Hearing Protection Control App [The Firearm Blog]

Walker's New LINK 3.0 Universal Hearing Protection Control AppIf you’re a fan of Walker’s hearing protection products and like the connectivity that is provided to you through the LINK app, then you’ll be excited to hear that Walker’s has just rolled out a new version – LINK 3.0. LINK 3.0 takes all of the previous functionality of the LINK app and brings all […]

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08:00

New 1,200 Lumen TWM-30 & TWM-30F Handgun Lights from Nightstick [The Firearm Blog]

New 1,200 Lumen TWM-30 & TWM-30F Handgun Lights from NightstickNightstick is proud to announce its two newest weapon-mounted lights for handguns – the TWM-30 and TWM-30F. Both sporting 1,200-lumen beams and capable of illuminating objects nearly 200 meters away, the TWM-30 and TWM-30F are set to provide the industry with a weapon-mounted lighting solution that is 30% brighter and runs 11% cooler than Nightstick’s […]

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07:00

[ADIHEX 2021] Caracal from the United Arab Emirates – Golden Jubilee [The Firearm Blog]

ADIHEX is always a good chance for the Emirati firearm manufacturer Caracal to show its products to the public, in their hometown of Abu Dhabi, UAE. This year, together with military firearms, polymer pistols, and Merkel hunting rifles, the company showcased a special pistol meant to celebrate the 50 years of the United Arab Emirates. […]

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06:27

Stemple 76/45 + Russian Lend-Lease Thompson Kit = STG-M1A [Forgotten Weapons]

The modularity and clever design of the Stemple Takedown Gun is perhaps best illustrated by the STG-M1A and STG-1928 (these are the same gun with either a horizontal or vertical front grip). In the early 2000s a bunch of Thompson parts kits came into the US, WW2 vintage lend-lease guns sent to Russia. They were M1 and M1A1 models, and had intact barrels but torch-cut receivers. BRP, who makes the Stemple, realized that the sear-to-magwell dimensions on the Thompson were almost identical to the Suomi and Stemple – and that he could make a version of the STG that was a nearly perfect clone of the M1 Thompson.

The registered Stemple receiver slides into a square Thompson lookalike housing, and original Thompson grips, stocks, and hand guards are used. It is chambered for .45ACP, using original Thompson stick magazines (naturally). The result isn a submachine gun that almost perfectly duplicates the handling of a true Thompson, without the historical value that makes the Thompson so expensive and keeps many owners from wanting to actually take their Thompsons out to the range.

Note that the example in this video is an early example, and models made today are able to take both stick and drum magazines. Also, due to the deign of the disconnector in the original Thompson FCG, the semiauto setting is not functional in the Stemple version – it’s only full automatic.

06:00

NEW Competition Red Dot: The CRD From Atibal Sights [The Firearm Blog]

CRDWhen it comes to pistol competition, divisions that allow optics are where all of the action is. However, not long ago, the optics and guns they went on made it nearly impossible to afford to get into the sport. As lower-priced, higher-quality pistols have found their way onto the shelves, the same has happened with […]

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Thursday, 07 October

17:00

TFB Review: Swiss-Made Phoenix AG Redback Ultralight Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

An opportunity was offered to us by Sportsman’s Loft/TAI Imports to check out a Phoenix Redback pistol. I volunteered since I am aware of CZ style pistols but have not spent much time behind one. The Sportsman’s Loft sent in a Phoenix AG Redback Ultralight. Let’s dive into this Swiss-made competition pistol. Swiss Pistols @TFB: […]

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16:30

POTD: Shotgun at Bianchi Battle Match [The Firearm Blog]

BianchiPOTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s daily article series where we try to find pictures that will entertain you. Did you know that credit for the first-ever color photograph taken goes to the mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell? At a lecture in 1861 he unveiled what is to be considered as the […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Carry Guns of Collateral [The Firearm Blog]

Every week, I talk about topics varying from situational awareness, holster choice and gear options for carrying concealed. All those are extremely important but sometimes it’s fun to take a step back and look at what pop culture decides to carry in movies. One of my favorite reality-based movies has to be the 2004 classic […]

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11:00

Sig Sauer Releases Two All NEW P320 Grip Modules [The Firearm Blog]

P320 GripHaving the ability to move your Sig Sauer P320 FCU (Fire Control Group) into grip modules is incredibly valuable. Not only is customizing your firearms fun, but it allows shooters to keep different frames for different purposes. Keep your FCU in your carry gun, then swap to your competition grip module for your match. Those […]

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10:00

[ADIHEX 2021] Liwa Arms from UAE – Official Debut of the Brand [The Firearm Blog]

ADIHEX, the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, is an annual event, that of course skipped 2020, happening by September in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The show focuses on traditional outdoor activities of the region, including hunting. In the area dedicated to firearms, this year, the Emirati-owned Liwa Arms made its official debut. ADIHEX @ […]

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09:37

Bill Wilson’s Favorite Hunting Rifle []

As proof that not everything I post has to do with the NRA, I present this discussion between Ken Hackathorn and Bill Wilson on Bill’s favorite hunting rifle. It is a Ruger Model 77 in 9.3×62 which he has taken to Africa a number of times.

Why I was really interested in it is because I am seriously thinking of having a Remington Sportsman 78 .30-06 aka a poor man’s Remington 700 ADL rebored to 9.3×62. I could replace the barrel but I think it would be just as cost effective to have it rebored. It is a wonderful caliber to use on tough African plains game and is potentially allowed to be used on dangerous game. The latter depends on the country. Some have the .375 H&H or Ruger as the minimum while others that were under German colonial control often allow its use.

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09:00

Apex Ammo Teams Up with Shannon Jackson Public Relations [AllOutdoor.com]

Shannon Jackson is a Public Relations firm that stands behind, hunters and shooters. The Public Relations firm has recently been partnered up with the Mississippi-based shotgun ammunition company Apex Ammunition. Apex Ammunition is a relatively well-known shotshell producer that specializes in a variety of hunting shotgun ammo that is both high quality and hand-made. Apex Ammo prides themselves on their handmade shotshells and is aiming to bring their complete product lineup to more potential customers across the nation who are seeking a premium brand of shotshell ammo.

Apex Ammo Teams Up with Shannon Jackson Public Relations

Apex Ammo Teams Up with Shannon Jackson Public Relations

While lead ammo is far cheaper and more accessible than tungsten shotshells, tungsten is a far better option not only for its non-toxic characteristics, but also for its superior long-range terminal performance. In addition to their TSS lineup, Apex also offers a full line of blended loads, as well as steel shot loads.

For those that don’t know, Apex Ammo has earned a reputation of being one of the finest shotshell manufacturers in the states. “Manufacturer” might not be the best term to use for Apex as each of their shotshells is still hand-loaded by serious hunters, veterans, and hunting enthusiasts. TSS loads are quite popular on the market right now for almost all wingshooting sports and Apex has risen to meet the demand that the wingshooting crowd has created.

Apex Ammo Teams Up with Shannon Jackson Public Relations

We are excited to have Shannon as part of the APEX team, She is a lifelong hunter and an experienced communicator with deep ties in the outdoor industry. Having her on board will elevate brand awareness and be accretive to our overall marketing efforts as we increase production of our high-performance shotshells and continue to grow and expand our business.

– Jason Lonsberry, CEO of APEX Ammunition.

To see Apex Ammunition’s full lineup of upland, turkey, deer, small-batch, and predator hunting loads you can visit ApexAmmunition.com where you can customize and order your shotshell order. Apex is not only a strong supporter of our veterans but also an advocate for American conservancy efforts that keep our hunting lands preserved and useable for generations to come.

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08:00

POTD: The Granddaddy of Suppressors – Maxim Silencer [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Today we have a photo I took while at the Cody Firearms Museum. This is a .22 caliber Maxim Silencer on a rechambered 1903 rifle. The Maxim Silencer has been cut down in order to demonstrate what it looks like inside. As the story goes Hiram Percy Maxim, whose father invented the Maxim Machine Gun, was working on designing and developing automobile mufflers when he had the bright idea to put the equivalent on a firearm. This bright idea rolled into the Maxim Silencer. It should be mentioned that the marketing for what we would call a suppressor today was literally called a silencer and that name has become so ingrained that its use is interchangeable.

Modern suppressors are usually designed to be located down the centerline of the muzzle whereas the Maxim Silencer was offset to accommodate the iron sights on the gun it was on. A modern example of this would be Silencerco’s Osprey. The way that the baffles worked was also different from today’s designs. The baffles were curved in such a way to spin the gasses in order to evenly distribute and dissipate pressures. This had the unfortunate side effect of making the suppressors heat up very quickly.

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08:00

Circle Circle Dot Dot: The NEW S&W Shield Plus 3.1″ Optics Ready [The Firearm Blog]

Shield Plus 3The micro-compact space within the firearms market is packed with great options. Small, light, comfortable, and full of features, these small firearms have changed the concealed carry game. One feature that has come to be a given is a slide that’s ready to accept a pistol-mounted optic. Coming to market with an anticipated update to […]

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07:00

NEW N8 Tactical Xecutive IWB Holster: Innovative, Inside-the-Waistband [AllOutdoor.com]

The world of everyday carry (EDC) is constantly evolving especially with the explosion in demand for micro red dots, threaded barrels, and flashlights now becoming standard practice on smaller carry pistols. All these tools might make you a more capable concealed carry individual, but it is difficult for holster manufacturers to accommodate so much hardware. One company who looks to cover all of those bases is N8 Tactical with their Xecutive holster now available.

Coverage of N8 Tactical on AllOutdoor & TFB

On the N8 Tactical IWB holster you have the ability to adjust the amount of tension, your choice of clip style, and the location you place them on the holster for a more customized fit while carrying. It also features dual, strong Chicago screws and rubber supportive pillars for more balance and security while drawing. N8 Tactical goes on to explain more about this holster through their Press Release statement below:

Built around a firearm-specific, single-piece Kydex molded pocket, the Xecutive holster features an optic-compatible cut and generously proportioned sight channel along the spine to accommodate most red dot optics and elevated front open sights to ensure smooth drawing and reholstering. The Xecutive can also be used for handguns without optics and those sporting standard-height open sights, making the holster “scalable” for custom firearm configurations.

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From the outset, N8 Tactical is covering a lot of the most popular makes and models of handguns with their Xecutive holster release. Also, as previously mentioned, they are accounting for suppressor height sights, micro red dot optics, and threaded barrels as well. Some of the most common manufacturers that will be covered are listed below:

  • GLOCK
  • Springfield
  • Sig Sauer
  • Taurus
  • Smith & Wesson
  • Walther
  • Ruger
  • 4″ and 5″ 1911s without a Rail

It is definitely nice to see name brand holster manufacturers like N8 Tactical being forward-thinking and accommodating for all of the elements current CCW holders are looking for in their carry pistols. Mainly, to be able to trick out their firearm and still have holsters suitable to carry them without needing to pay a custom holster fabricator. As always. if you own an N8 Tactical holster or have some feedback about the Xecutive, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

Visualizing Ammo Cost Trends Across Nine Popular Calibers [The Firearm Blog]

Ammo Cost TrendsIt’s no secret that the ammunition market has been volatile (to say the least) since the Covid pandemic took hold, but some calibers seem to be easing off while others rise. Redditor, Chainwaxologist, owns a web-based hunting and fishing retail store, FoundryOutdoors.com, so to keep his ammo cost and supply competitive, he set out to […]

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06:27

Ethiopian Oddities: Vetterli-Mauser Hybrid (Sort Of) [Forgotten Weapons]

Today’s Ethiopian Oddity is a rifle that appears to be a Vetterli action with a distinctly Mauser flair. The bolt is styled after the Vetterli system (including rear locking lugs) but has a non-functional Mauser flag safety lookalike instead of a functional Vetterli safety. The stock, sights, and barrel bands are Mauser-like, although the rear sight is nonfunctional (and looks distinctively Chinese, if I didn’t know it came from Ethiopia…).

The caliber is inclear, but appears to be approximately .30 inch. It is definitely not 6.5mm (like the Vetterli-Carcano) or 10.5mm-11.5mm (like the original Vetterli and other contemporary black powder military rifles).

06:00

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #34: Dave Matheny With Silencer Shop [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #34: Dave Matheny With Silencer ShopSilencers have become one of the most popular firearm accessories from their relatively obscure origins. Despite their increased popularity, suppressors still tend to be items a lot of people aren’t willing to go through the hassle of getting mostly because of the intimidating paperwork you have to deal with (I’m sure the $200 tax stamp […]

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05:00

New Release: The Rugged Mustang Modular .22LR Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

New Release: The Rugged Mustang Modular .22LR SuppressorThe new Rugged Mustang .22LR suppressor was released at the perfect time of year. While our esteemed TFBTV star James Reeves loathes the autumn months, I’m the complete opposite. The mosquitoes are  dying off, the foliage is worthy of an epic Bob Ross/Thomas Kincade collaboration, and temperatures are downright pleasant. My favorite fall pastime is long […]

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Wednesday, 06 October

17:00

TFB Review: Genesis Arms Gen-12 – The 12ga AR-10 [The Firearm Blog]

An AR-pattern firearm that shoots shotshells is sort of a holy grail for some. Many try making it but there is always some drawback or compromise. ATI had their Omni chambered in .410ga. But the true goal is an AR platform that shoots 12ga. Genesis Arms has achieved that goal with their Gen-12. They lent […]

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16:30

POTD: Bulgarian Sniper with Heckler & Koch MSG90A1 [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch MSG90A1Today’s Photo Of The Day shows a Bulgarian sniper, looking for targets from a tower during the range estimation event of the European Best Sniper Team Competition held in Hohenfels, Germany in August 2021. The 7th Army Training Command hosted a contest of skill that included 14 participating NATO allies and partner nations. The Bulgarian sniper is […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: John Wayne’s True Grit Revolver up for Auction Today [The Firearm Blog]

John Wayne's Colt Revolver Image Credit: Rock Island AuctionsAt Rock Island Auctions (RIA) up for auction today is John Wayne’s .44WCF chambered Colt Single Action Army with a custom cut barrel and Catalin (a thermoset polymer) grips custom molded to John Wayne’s hands.  This particular revolver was carried and used by John Wayne in 1969’s True Grit, 1975’s Rooster Cogburn, and 1972’s The Cowboys.  Also included […]

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11:46

Waste And Fraud At ATF? []

The CBS Evening News ran an investigative report on Tuesday, October 5th, that featured a whistleblower accusing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives of waste and fraud. The whistleblower alleges that BATFE paid a large number of administrative people an extra 25% for supposedly being available on call for law enforcement operations. The problem is that this certification was false. When the whistleblower brought it to the attention of higher ups and management, he got lower performance evaluations that led to his termination. Given how hard it is to fire any one in Federal employment, it seems BATFE went out of their way to terminate this whistleblower.

I am somewhat surprised that CBS News ran any report that was critical of BATFE. However, the reporter, Catherine Herridge, did come over to CBS from Fox.

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11:19

Michigan: House Committee Advances CPL Reform Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 10-1 to advance HB 4003, to reduce the penalty for law-abiding citizens who forget to renew their Concealed Pistol License in certain instances. It now goes to the full House for further consideration.

11:03

Ohio: Senate Committee Advances Emergency Powers Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee advanced Senate Bill 185, to guarantee that Second Amendment rights remain protected during emergencies. It now goes to the full Senate for further consideration.

11:00

Carry in 72 Hours: The NEW Blackhawk Custom Holster Shop [The Firearm Blog]

Blackhawk CustomWhen I get a new gun, I want my holster NOW! Wait times for custom holsters can rival the drive-through at In-N-Out on a Saturday night, but I also want to make sure I get what I want. Fortunately, Blackhawk has introduced a new option for reasonable holster wait times. Just unveiling the Blackhawk Custom […]

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10:00

Curious Relics #023: A Necessary Evil – Winchester 1887 Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around I covered the elusive Winchester Liberator Shotgun. I went over the history, variations, specifications, and how many are around. This time around I am extremely excited because I get to go over one of my favorite firearms ever: the Winchester 1887 Shotgun! Unfortunately, I myself do not own a true old Winchester, but rather a Chiappa Reproduction. My father helped me buy it when I was in high school so that I could use my dream gun for trap shooting and I have ever since. I have hesitated to do a Curious Relics on the Winchester 1887 because I do not have an actual one to work with. Thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum I had the chance to take some photos of the ones that they have on display and I figured that was a perfect opportunity to get this gun out of the way and onto the internet! Let’s dive right into the rabbit hole!

Note: Some pictures of a Winchester 1887 are actually my Chiappa 1887 provided for closer details. The biggest giveaway is the color case hardened receiver on my personal shotgun. For anyone interested in learning more about my experience with the Chiappa 1887 specifically, you can find that information at the link here.


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!


History Abridged: The Winchester 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun

With the extreme boom and popularity of Winchester repeating rifles in the late 1800s Winchester themselves made efforts to ever expand their catalog and become lever-action legends. Since a majority of their successful products were handed to them by none other than John Moses Browning, they once again turned to him with a request. They asked him to build them a repeating shotgun to piggyback off of the success of their rifles. John Browning famously expressed disinterest in the whole idea of a lever-action shotgun. This was due to the designs in his head that he was planning for the future would make all his previous designs completely obsolete. He suggested to Winchester to make it a slide action or pump, but they declined since they were a well-known lever-action company. Despite his grievances, he went to work, and in a short time he churned out a shotgun he had little love for, the Winchester 1887 lever-action shotgun.

Winchester 1887

The Winchester 1887 shotgun featured a rolling block style of lockup and only supported black powder loads of 12 gauge 2 ⅝” and 10-ga 2 ⅞” shells. Commercially at first, it was offered in a standard 30-inch barrel, but a 32 inch barreled model could be special ordered… in case 30 inches was not enough. Later starting around 1888 shorter 20-inch barrels were also offered and typically sold to stagecoach agencies, police departments, and railroad officials. These agencies and some hunting enthusiasts eventually requested more barrel lengths which then could be ordered at 18, 22, 24, 26, 28-inch barrel lengths. The barrels themselves were either made from the typical steel at the time, but a small number were also offered in Damascus.

Note: A fun piece of information is that I have seen some references to an experimental 1887 that was made and later dismissed very early on. This experimental shotgun was actually a rifle using the same action as the shotgun and it was intended to fire the ginormous .50-170 cartridge. This cartridge would look similar to a Martini-Henry .577/450 in that the base would have a diameter and rim like a shotshell, but would then be necked down to accept a rifle bullet. In this case, that bullet would be 700-900 grains! The barrels for these experimental Winchesters are said to be smooth bore until the last six inches which would be rifled. From all of my research, I never found a definitive photo of this gun. Some sources claimed that there are three surviving examples out there, but I searched to no avail.

Winchester 1887

The Winchester 1887 was made from 1887 until 1898 and boasted production numbers of almost 65,000. The reception was pretty warm, but never absolutely took off. The introduction of John Browning’s 1893 and 1897 Winchester pump-action shotguns definitely affected sales of the 1887 which still used black powder shotgun shells. Three years after the ceasing of production of the 1887, Winchester began a revival of it in the form of the model 1901. The Model 1901 was supposed to be a modernized version. The biggest change was it was now made to handle smokeless loads of 10 gauge. It was only ever made in 10 Gauge and this was Winchester making sure that the new, improved 1887 did not affect sales of the 1897 pump. The Winchester Model 1901 also had some enhanced safety features.

Winchester 1887

Dating: The Winchester 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun

Dating these shotguns is actually pleasantly simple. There are many resources to find them on the internet and all have to do with serial number ranges. This particular one is from gun-data.com. They have done an excellent job tracking all of these numbers down and have many other serial numbers tracking on their website. Take note of how only around 14,00 of the total 64,00 we made from 1893 to 1899. This small production chunk is undoubtedly due to the introduction of Winchester’s pump-action shotguns, the 1893 and 1897.

Winchester 1887

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End of Part One: The Winchester 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun

If you keep up with this segment then you know the drill. I have to cut things up before they get too long and the 1887 is just too interesting not to. I hope you guys enjoyed the history aspect and maybe have some serial number searching to do. Take care and I will see you at the next one!

Winchester 1887

In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety?  What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

True Velocity Releases .308 WIN Round with 165-Grain Nosler AccuBond [The Firearm Blog]

True Velocity are continuing to steadily expand their composite cased .308 Win ammo range with a new round loaded with a 165-grain Nosler AccuBond bullet. The first run of .308 True Velocity ammunition became publicly available back in August, following a number of years in development and production in support of the then-General Dynamics-OTS entry into […]

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09:30

POTD: Experimental Winchester 1887 in .50-170 – Here Comes The Boom? [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Okay, I have to get this out of the way, I kind of deceived you. The actual gun in the photo is of a Chiappa Firearms slug gun. I wanted to use the look of it as an idea or concept of something really interesting I found out the other day while working on today’s Curious Relics. As stated in the title, Winchester dabbled with the idea of chambering a Model 1887 in a behemoth cartridge called .50-170. This was a very short-lived thing and I could not find much information on it beyond that three examples are said to have been made, but no one knows what happened to them. The .50-170 cartridge itself would look very similar to a Martini-Henry cartridge in that it has a wide diameter base with a rim and then it gets drastically necked down to accompany the rifle bullet. This bullet is said to have been 700 to 900 grains! That is absolutely wild! The barrels on the experimental 1887 rifles were said to have been smooth bore and then rifled for the last six inches.

1887 Lever-Action Trophy Hunter Shotgun (Matte Blue) 12GA/22″Bbl. (n.d.). https://www.chiappafirearms.com/. photograph. Retrieved October 5, 2021, from https://www.chiappafirearms.com/product.php?id=136%3F&l=7.

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09:00

Hatpoint Target Stands: An Ideal Solution for Range Time [AllOutdoor.com]

Lately I’ve been testing a range product that’s been around a while, but was new to me. It’s a polymer-base target stand by the name of Hatpoint. I’m not sure why it’s called that, but the experience of using it has been positive overall. The stand arrived in a sturdy, rectangular box that’s boldly emblazoned with the Hatpoint logo. Inside were three major polymer components and hardware including an Allen wrench to put the stand together, Ikea-style. Putting six bolt/nut combos together was very simple even for my Ikea-level construction abilities. In about 10 minutes from opening the box, I had the stand assembled. So, what’s in a name? Hatpoint developer and owner John Schwend answered:

“It’s a favorite spot of ours, going into the Hells Canyon on the Oregon-Idaho border with the Snake river being in-between. We take horses and mules at a trailhead close to a fire outlook called HatPoint. Some of my best reflections of life and product ideas hatch for me there.”

Schwend’s H-shaped product has six sockets that rise from the base, three per side. These accept 1×2 inch furring strips that serve as the upright support of the cardboard or other target backing material. The company also offers non-splintering polymer uprights. The intelligent spacing of the sockets that hold the uprights creates massive flexibility in target widths just by changing the sockets into which the strips are set. I’ve used a 24.5-inch standard law enforcement qualification target, an 18-inch chunk of cardboard for an NRA B-8 center, and even an eight-inch wide cardboard with a six-inch Lyman bullseye sticker – a setup that leaves room for many targets on the same stand.

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The insertion points on the stand hug the uprights well.

Unlike the sockets on a similar stand of steel construction, much like those seen at USPSA matches, the Hatpoint sockets seem to hug the 1x2s tightly and cover more of them for vertical stability. The strongest wind experienced with the Hatpoint so far has been about 15 mph. It was necessary to weight the target to keep it down once cardboard was put up. Even small pieces of target backing create wind resistance, a phenomenon that’s nothing new to range rats of the southwest. Two optional steel spike nails were included with my sample target. There are five holes molded into the Hatpoint in which to place spikes. These alone in soft, dry dirt were not enough to hold the target down; a sandbag did that trick. I do feel that staking the Hatpoint with nails reduced the flexion that happened where the centerpiece attaches to the legs. While I tightened the assembly screws down hard, they probably bear checking after a few windy-day uses just like holster retention screws or optic-mounting hardware should be checked on the regular.

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Optional nails help stabilize the stand.

The Hatpoint has been used for a licensure qualification exercise, and a friendly competition with my business partner with the assistance of a Real Gun Games target. I used it for some accuracy practice with a Lyman six-inch stick-on target, and clipped an IPSC standard silhouette to strips set in the middle sockets where it fit perfectly for more plinking. The stand worked very well and despite a few gusts that really flexed the larger targets, the uprights never loosened.

This stand is next-level portable and even with two furring strips only weighs about the same as a nice bunch of bananas (yeah, that’s a weird metaphor, but you pictured the weight just right, didn’t you?). As an instructor who travels to give classes or run qualifications, the Hatpoint is a boon for saving trouble, bulk, and fuel. Most locations will have things that can be used as improvised weights, but target stands and uprights are always something I must pack. This is a fatigue-saver not only thanks to its light weight and ease of carry, but there’s no clanging around or worrying that the stand will scratch paint or upholstery.

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Super-lightweight, non-scratching, and portable. Winning!

Along with people like me who can embrace the Hatpoint as a traveling range asset, anyone who must carry their target gear to the range or local shooting pit will benefit from its portability. With a handful of these, it would be a snap to change up tactical scenarios by simply moving the stands around or changing widths, conserving important energy for training and range monitoring.

Using the Hatpoint to support a “hostage” in a tactical exercise. If a shot goes errant, the stand won’t bounce jacket material back.

Today, when gun ownership has massively increased among people who are less physically capable than most due to age, size, or other factors, the Hatpoint provides access to professional-quality target presentation without the hassle of carrying bulky components or requiring another set of hands to set up for practice sessions. Some statistics indicate that while minority and female gun owners are the largest-growing segment of new gun buyers that growth in ownership demographics doesn’t translate to range participation. The ease of using the Hatpoint removes what for some may be a physical barrier to backing up ownership with practice. After all, “keeping” a gun for protection is often only as effective as one’s “bearing” habits.

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Compared to steel stands, the Hatpoint (right) is lighter, easier to transport, and has no sharp edges.

The Hatpoint will accommodate backing pieces officially ranging from six to 24 inches, and easily held my 24.5-inch backer. Its outside dimensions are 20×28 inches when assembled. It is an ideal solution for many situations and ranges that need portable target stands. I would say the only limitation is that the flexion of the frame under wind stress limits the most extreme precision practice since wind does create some motion in the target. That said, few are the days I’ve not sighted in hunting rifles when target movement wasn’t a factor, and I’ve never experienced a rifle being “off” for the hunt as a result.

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Target width choices are as close to unlimited as anyone needs.

With a base price of $43.99, Hatpoints make an economical choice for both the recreational and professional shooter. Bulk discounts with a modest minimum of eight stands, are available for agency use or other programs. The company also offers corrugated plastic target backers, which are moisture-resistant and more attractive than cardboard. These target stands would be a great gift for your favorite range-goer, including yourself, and would make an asset for any agency or program that needs portable targets that anyone on the staff team can carry.

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08:00

NEW Garmin Xero A1i Pro: AutoCalibration with Micro Adjustments [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to archery hunting one of the greatest banes for archers is making shots on the fly from educated guesses on the yardage they are about to attempt. Was that bush 30 yards or closer to 40 yards? These small judgments within your hunt can be the difference between success and failure for hunters. That is why when a product like the NEW Garmin Xero A1i Pro with AutoCalibration and fine Micro Adjustments comes along they are so valuable.

Garmin Coverage on AllOutdoor & OutdoorHub

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The new and improved Garmin Xero A1i PRO has a host of features to make the ranging and aiming process of your archery hunt as effortless as possible. From technology to know and understand that you are shooting from an elevated position, autocalibration, fine micro adjustments, and being able to “pin” the location of where you launched an arrow plus a lot more! All of the standard features included can be read below as presented by Garmin:

  • The newly designed A1i Pro version provides archers with micro adjustments and autocalibration for an extremely fast setup, as well as a dovetail attachment and detachable trigger for easy transport.
  • Archers can now make quick, precise changes to elevation, windage, pitch and yaw – allowing for both faster first pin setup and laser alignment when sighting in
  • Using the new autocalibration feature, archers can calibrate the sight out to max range of their setup with only a few arrows
  • A1i Pro’s new dynamic level feature provides indicators within the sight window to display if the bow is not sufficiently level
  • Flight Apex feature provides a flashing dot indicating the arrow’s highest point during flight to help the archer know if their arrow will fly above or below a potential obstruction
  • A1i Pro XD Mode allows archers to extend distances easier than ever before while in practice or competition

The new Garmin Xero A1i Pro goes for $1,299 being the most premium model from the Xero series of sights from Garmin. Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales, elaborated on the new and improved Garmin Xero A1i and A1i Pro in this Press Release statement below:

The Xero A1i changed archery forever with autoranging and precision aiming. Today, with the launch of Xero A1i Pro, we are proud to say our best shot just got better. The new A1i Pro combines the hunting and archery passions of Garmin engineers with customer feedback and innovative technology to provide archers with new tools they can depend on when needed most.

Being a young hunter who has still done archery hunting for 20+ years, I cannot imagine the amount of deer I would have not missed if technology like this had been around much earlier than today. This not only ensures more ethical shots from a variety of distances and angles by being resoundingly sure of your yardage, but it also instills more confidence in the archer drawing their bow back knowing their pin and distance is not a guess. The NEW Garmin Xero A1i Pro looks to be a phenomenal accessory for archers at any level or experience. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

 

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08:00

Japan Lead Ammunition Ban to Be Completely Enforced by 2030 [The Firearm Blog]

Japan Lead Ammunition Ban to Be Completely Enforced by 2030The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has announced that they will begin gradually regulating the use of lead ammunition beginning in 2025 in order to prevent the poisoning of wild birds. Hunting has become quite popular in the island nation, however, authorities in the prefecture of Hokkaido have already enacted a similar lead ammunition ban […]

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07:00

TFBTV – How a Kel-Tec KSG is Made: The Kel-Tec Factory Tour [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves tours Kel-Tec to find out how the Kel-Tec KSG is made. James takes you through the entire factory, from receiving (where raw materials are accepted) through machining, to assembly, and quality control. This is an interesting look at one of the most intriguing and innovative companies in the industry.

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07:00

SAR USA Introduces SAR9 Compact Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

SAR USA Introduces SAR9 Compact PistolSarsilmaz’s US arm SAR USA have announced the introduction of the SAR9 Compact Pistol. The full-size and carry versions of the SAR 9 were released back in 2017. The striker-fired SAR9 Compact has a 4 inch barrel, an overall length of 7.2 inches and a weight of 26.8 oz. The new pistols are available in black with […]

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06:27

Finnish m/27rv Cavalry Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

When the Finnish Army adopted the m/27 improved pattern of the Mosin Nagant rifle, there was one group of soldiers who were not really satisfied with it. Finland had a cavalry brigade – one of the elite elements of the force – who wanted something more like the German Kar98AZ carbines they had been using up to that point. Specifically, the wanted a side-mounted sling, a shorter barrel, and a bent bolt handle. So, in 1933/34, the Tikkakoski company produced 2,000 new barrels, 520mm in length (about 2 inches shorter than the standard m/27 barrel). These were then assembled into complete rifles using m/27 and existing Russian m/91 parts.

The guns were completed in 1934 and 1935, the bent bolts, German-style slings, and shortened barrels. The sights are standard m/27 pattern, as are the actions. They were serialized in the 72,000 – 75,000 range. The new carbines were issued to the Cavalry Brigade, which used them through both the Winter War and Continuation War. With the exception of 200 more barrels made by VKT in 1937, no further production took place – as the carbines were lost, destroyed, or worn out they were replaced with other weapons (most notably the m/31 Suomi submachine gun). At the end of the Continuation war, some 900 were worn to the point of being useless and were destroyed. This left just over 300 in Finnish inventory, and visually all of these (304, specifically) were sold to InterArms in the 1960s and exported to the United States. Today the m/27rv is one of the scarcest patterns of Finnish Mosin, and I am very happy to have been able to show this example to you. Thanks to the private collector who made it available to me!

06:00

How a Kel-Tec KSG is Made: The Kel-Tec Factory Tour [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves tours Kel-Tec to find out how the Kel-Tec KSG is made. James takes you through the entire factory, from receiving (where raw materials are accepted) through machining, to assembly, and quality control. This is an interesting look at one of the most intriguing and innovative companies in the […]

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PSA: Double-Check Your State Laws Before Buying the FN502 [The Firearm Blog]

The new FN502 Tactical 22LR pistol was announced recently and I’m sure many of you are trying to get your hands on one. However, you should be forewarned that if you live in certain states, the FN502 could run you afoul of the law due to its construction. In an email put out to distributors […]

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Tuesday, 05 October

18:08

NRA Petition Candidates []

In normal years, a candidate for the NRA Board of Directors who wanted to be nominated by petition would have months to gather the needed signatures. This is not a normal year.

The window to gather signatures opened with the Annual Meeting on October 2nd and closes on November 16th. Thus, instead of almost six months, a candidate will have approximately six weeks to gather 477 signatures of NRA voting members. As a reminder, those eligible to both vote and sign such a petition are Life, Patron, Endowment, and Benefactor members and Annual members with 5 continuous years of membership. If you have had a break in your annual membership, the clock restarts.

Runners-up on the ballot including petition candidates are eligible to move up into board openings when sitting directors resign or die. As NRA Secretary and General Counsel affirmed to Frank Tait at the 2021 Meeting of Members, write-in candidates do not qualify.

Frank Tait is the only person I know who is attempting to run by petition this year. If you know of anyone else, please put their information in the comments.

I plan on signing Frank’s petition. I only wish there was an event in the next week or so where I could gather a full page or more of valid signatures.

If you would like a copy of his petition, it is available for download here.

Return the signed petition to Frank Tait at 425 W. Wayne Ave. Wayne PA 19087. He needs them in hand by November 11th. Mine will go out in the mail tomorrow.

Please do not sign a petition if you are not a voting member. You can find your membership number on the label of whatever NRA magazine you receive.

We need more people who represent the actual members of the Board and fewer who represent either their own interests or those of Wayne.

Take a look at the picture below. It was originally posted on the blog NRA In Danger.

I have labeled it to point out Frank and the security monitor that the powers that be assigned to follow Frank everywhere in the Meeting of Members and the Board Meeting.

How damn paranoid do you have to be to put a security guard on one dissident member when you’ve already stacked the meeting with the Board, their spouses, and staffers whose jobs depend on kowtowing to Wayne?

The worst part is that you and I paid for this travesty with our dues. Even the KGB and Guoanbu are more subtle than this bumbling Gang of Four.

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17:07

Facebook Comment Of The Day []

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. They decided to put a post up on Facebook about it.

It said, in part:

ATF is committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. ATF welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons.

Given the snafus, incompetence, and general f’ed up nature of ATF, many immediately thought they were talking mental disabilities.

However, a much better comment brought up one of their recent rulemakings.

Someone named Spike Cohen said:

Aren’t you trying to ban pistol braces, which if implemented would make firearms much less accessible for disabled people?

That comment had over 2,000 likes and loves as it well should.

UPDATE: I just found out that Spike Cohen was a 2020 Libertarian candidate for Vice President.

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17:00

TFB Review: SIG Sauer TANGO6T 1-6x24mm LPVO [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Sig Sauer TANGO6T 1-6x24mm LPVOOver the last half-decade, Low-Power Variable Optics (LPVO) have exploded in popularity. Although the ever-popular red dot and magnifier combo still remains popular and perhaps a favorite for many, there is no disputing the LPVO platform has many advantages and unique capabilities and applications with regards to shooting. SIG Sauer invited me out in November […]

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16:30

POTD: U.S. & Swedish Marines in Exercise Archipelago Endeavor [The Firearm Blog]

Exercise Archipelago EndeavorIn today’s Photo Of The Day, we offer an experience from Exercise Archipelago Endeavor. Above you see a Swedish Marine with the 204th Rifle Company, 2nd Marine Battalion, 1st Swedish Marine Regiment, providing security aboard a Combat Boat 90 near Berga Naval Base, Sweden, September 2021. Below: A Swedish Marine with the 1st Swedish Marine […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Ranch Hand or Can’t Stand this Ruger 22 Charger? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 113th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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11:00

Get Yourself an M17: SIG’s Limited Release M17 X-Change Kit [The Firearm Blog]

X-ChangeA lot of people who have an interest in firearms, myself included, have a fondness for military history. This will often lead to collectors wanting firearms that were used by the armed forces. This is problematic if you’re looking for a fully automatic M249 SAW, but it gets a bit easier with handguns. The M17 […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs [AllOutdoor.com]

Getting your bell rung once is enough to tell any sane human being that you should really have a good pair of ear protection on any time you’re around guns. The folks over at AXIL recently sent out a couple of pairs of their Bluetooth-enabled electronic ear protection for the TFB and AllOutdoor crew to test out. Today, I’ll be going through my experiences with the AXIL TRACKR BLU Earmuffs. To test this ear protection we used them over multiple days and fired a variety of firearms all the way from suppressed pistols up to a bolt-action .50 BMG rifle.

AOD Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs

AllOutdoor Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs

Overview/Specs

I’m not really a huge fan of earmuffs for ear protection, but I have good reasons to not be. First of all, I live in the south where the temperature and humidity will make you wish you were living in the arctic; however, earmuffs have their place. When you’re at an indoor range or out shooting larger caliber rifles then you’ll probably be glad you have them in your range bag. The AXIL TRAKR BLU Earmuffs are nearly identical in size and weight to the AXIL TRACKR Passive and Electronic modules, but the BLUs as you could guess make use of Bluetooth technology which adds some extra capability to the platform.

AOD Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs

Specifications

  • Compact Design Gives you the Best Comfort in a Small Sized Ear Muff
  • Comfortable Headband with Metal Wire Frame
  • Dual Purpose Technology Lets you Enhance and Protect your Hearing at the Same Time, and Enjoy 5.0 Bluetooth Audio Altogether
  • Single Volume Control
  • Audio Input Jack
  • External Battery Door
  • Two (2) AAA Batteries Included

What isn’t mentioned above is that you can actually control the amount of sound and Bluetooth input coming from the speakers meaning you can dial in how much outside noise you want to hear as well as how much Bluetooth audio you’d like to hear without worrying about the active noise cancellation kicking in to protect your hearing. The active noise cancellation features a 0.02 second reaction time meaning there is very little speaker exposure you experience at the ear when firing a gun, but this also means you won’t have words being cut off mid conversation.

AOD Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs

Field Experience

I found the AXIL TRACKR BLU earpro to fit quite nicely with a great range of adjustments for fitting over hats and other gear. The soft, matte black earcups were also very comfortable to wear all day long against safety glasses without issue and they also weren’t overly sweaty. My one complaint about the AXIL TRAKR BLU is that they state that they reduce wind noise; however, I found that even a relatively light breeze produced a lot of noise picked up by the microphones and ended up interfering with any Bluetooth audio being piped in from my phone.

AOD Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs

I also noticed that when the volume was dialed up to max it seemed like I was getting a lot of crackling which means to me that the sound produced from the internal speakers is exceeding the maximum output the speakers were designed for. I’m no audio expert, but from the research I’ve done this usually means that if you keep pumping out audio on that volume setting you can not only damage your hearing, but you’ll eventually burn out the speakers. My suggestion here would be for AXIL to limit the audio output or improve the speakers to prevent this from happening.

AOD Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs

Aside from those minor gripes, I found that the earmuffs provided adequate hearing protection even when being subjected to close-range fire from a .50 BMG rifle. I would still recommend doubling up with earplugs if you do this on a regular basis, but being behind the rifle or nearby it when it was going off didn’t seem to be all that uncomfortable with the AXIL TRACKR BLUs. With the added Bluetooth capabilities, I think the $159.99 price point is right in line with other similar models of Bluetooth-enabled ear protection.

Final Thoughts

All in all, I found the AXIL TRACKR BLU earmuffs to be more than adequate and capable for standard range use. Although, earmuffs tend to get in the way of getting a good cheek weld on a rifle, the AXIL TRACKR BLUs are slim enough to not really make an impact all while being supremely capable of dialing in the exact audio output you want and from what sources. Truth be told I didn’t get a chance to try out any phone calls with the TRACKR BLU earmuffs, but I would expect that the audio quality is somewhere in-between an actual modern Bluetooth Headset and a first-generation Bluetooth microphone.

AOD Review: AXIL TRACKR BLU Electronic Earmuffs

So what’s the best case use for these earmuffs? I think these belong in a range bag no matter what kind of shooting you’re doing. While they wouldn’t be my first option if I had earbuds available, I would definitely and happily use them if I was firing rifles indoors or out in cold weather. The price may be a bit high to get those added features, but if you don’t need them there is always the option to bump one notch down to the standard electronic version for a bit of a price cut. Thanks as always for reading AllOutdoor and let us know if you’ve had any experiences with the AXIL TRACKR BLUs and what you think of them!

All photos used in this review were taken by Ryan Ogborn.

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10:00

The Brand NEW Strike Industries OPPRESSOR Universal [The Firearm Blog]

OPPRESSOR UniversalI recently took my 11.5″ AR pistol, which is equipped only with an A2 birdcage, to an indoor range. Needless to say, I wasn’t well-received. If you’ve ever shot in close proximity to someone with an aggressive muzzle brake, you’re aware that another person’s blast is pretty irritating. Gasses meant to keep the muzzle stable […]

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09:30

POTD: Extraordinary Gold Damascene Astra 300 Semi-Automatic Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have an extremely embellished Astra 300 Spanish pistol. The Astra 300 was one of Spain’s big entries into the concealed carry market in 1923. These pocket pistols were scaled-down versions of the Model 400 which was chambered for the 9mm Largo cartridge. The 300 was made in both .32 ACP and .380 ACP. The Astra 300 featured a manual thumb safety and grip safety. The detachable magazine held 6 or 7 rounds depending on the cartridge. It should be mentioned that the biggest buyer of these little pocket pistols was none other than Germany.

“Manufactured prior to 1947, and factory embellished with nearly full coverage of gold damascene floral scroll and geometric designs with a black background and punch dot bordering. Proof marks are still visible on the left rear of the frame and slide with “ASTRA” on the back of the frame. The barrel, trigger sides and safety lever have been jeweled. Blade front and fixed notch rear sights, unmarked nickel magazine with jeweled floor plate and fitted with simulated pearl grips with a crest on the lower left panel. Complete with a Brauer Bros. fleece lined vinyl and leather holster.”

Lot 3549: Extraordinary Gold Damascene Astra 300 Semi-Automatic Pistol. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 5, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/55/3549/extraordinary-gold-damascene-astra-300-semiautomatic-pistol.

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09:00

NEW SAINT Victor Pistol With Magpul BTR Pistol Brace from Springfield [AllOutdoor.com]

The concept of the truck gun was something I regularly dismissed out of hand until I found myself on a ranch in Texas doing some impromptu coyote dispatching. Since then I have looked much more seriously into the topic and the different types of platforms that might be available to me should I ever need one on that kind of property. One new option that has just made itself available that I think would fit the bill is the new Springfield Armory SAINT Victor pistol. While this short stack 7.5″ barreled AR might not have the legs to take full advantage of the 5.56 cartridge for man-shaped targets, it sure as heck looks like it can be handy with its included BTR pistol brace from Magpul.

NEW SAINT Victor Pistol With Magpul BTR Pistol Brace from Springfield

NEW SAINT Victor Pistol With Magpul BTR Pistol Brace from Springfield

Springfield SAINT Victor Pistol Specifications

  • Color: Black
  • Barrel: 7.5-inch 416R Stainless Steel, Melonite 1:7
  • Upper Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum, Type III Hardcoat Anodized (M4 feed ramps)
  • Lower Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum, Type III Hardcoat Anodized with Accu-Tite Tension System
  • Bolt Carrier Group: Enhanced M16 with 9310 Steel Bolt, HPT/MPI, Melonite
  • Gas System: DI Pistol-Length with Low-Profile Pinned gas block
  • Forend: Aluminm Free Floated M-Lok
  • Brace: Magpul BTR
  • Trigger: Nickel Boron Coated Flat GI trigger
  • Muzzle Device: SA Forward Blast Diverter
  • Weight: 5lbs 5 oz
  • One included 30-round Magpul PMAG Gen M3
  • MSRP: $1,249

NEW SAINT Victor Pistol With Magpul BTR Pistol Brace from Springfield

If you’re looking for a turn-key solution for a short-barreled AR-pistol that can easily house a dedicated optic or even iron sights right out of the box then the new SAINT Victor offers you great maneuverability in a portable package that could turn out to be useful on the range or even in a home defense situation. The Springfield SAINT Victor Pistol is available now through Springfield dealers and is sold for an MSRP of $1,249. Being a purpose-built AR-pistol platform it seems like a great option for an out-of-the-box truck or bedside gun.

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08:00

3 Reasons I Use OTIS Technology Gun Cleaning Products [AllOutdoor.com]

Otis Technology is a gun cleaning product powerhouse headquartered in the tiny town of Lyons Falls, New York. From their state of the art facility, the company produces kits that have everything needed for maintenance and cleaning of a variety of firearms, and are good quality. The Otis Technology slogan is “Smart Gun Care,” and it shows. The products are top of the line and always improving. Also, Otis Technology takes care of its community and its employees. From teamwork procedures to reduce fatigue, to grunt-work robots, the company has invested time and money into keeping its team healthy. There are many gun cleaning products on the market right now, but this author only uses Otis. Here’s why:

1. Otis Steps Up & Gives Back – OTIS Technology Gun Cleaning Products

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Otis Technology quickly shifted into producing PPE including surgical masks, disposable face shields, and hand sanitizer. A portion of these materials were donated to local hospitals, police departments, and county emergency management teams. Otis Technology is a huge advocate for supporting our armed forces and law enforcement. Otis Technology donated nearly $100,000 in PPE to the Police Benevolent Association of New York State to protect its members and to share with the public at large. Otis Technology was recognized this summer for this effort. Throughout the year, Otis Technology offers discounts for military, law enforcement, instructors, etc.

Engaging with the local community (and beyond) has always been a part of Otis Technology. Founded, built, and operated in Northern New York, Otis Technology vows to keep producing goods in the United States. Claiming the hashtag #AmericasGunCare, on its website, the company promises:

“to do everything possible to support our military and give back to the communities and citizens that helped us get where we are today. That’s why our products are Made in the USA —and always will be.”

2. Girl (Founder) Power! – OTIS Technology Gun Cleaning Products

The origin story takes place in 1985 when Otis Technology founder, sixteen year old Doreen Garrett, took a fall in the mud while out deer hunting with her father, thoroughly smothering the barrel and clogging the bore of her grandfather’s Model 94 Winchester. That hunt was over and Garrett’s spirit was sore, but not crushed. She picked herself up, brushed off, and went home with a mission – find a better way. This fateful day led Garrett to found Otis Technology which she named in honor of her father. The first product was a gun cleaning kit featuring a flexible cleaning rod as the centerpiece.

The company has grown tremendously since its inception to become a leading supplier of gun care products to the United States military forces, law enforcement, and the general public. In recent years Otis Technology has also acquired DRD Tactical (a firearms manufacturer) and Shooter’s Choice (a brand of gun care solvents and lubricants).

3. Innovation – OTIS Technology Gun Cleaning Products

Otis Technology makes great products, but they never stand still. The company is known as a leader in the gun cleaning industry because they are always innovating, trying new things and creating new (and/or better) products and upgrades. The patented Ripcord® cleaning tool provides an easy, portable, one-and-done, and single-pass firearm cleaning system. Otis Technology’s Breech-to-Muzzle® technique was created to thoroughly clean the firearm by pulling debris out of the muzzle instead of back toward the delicate firing action.

It is important to keep firearms clean so that they perform properly for the longest time possible. Residual buildup from lack of maintenance and cleaning can lead to firearm failure. Regular, consistent cleaning extends a firearm’s lifespan. When choosing a gun cleaning product, be sure to choose one that will clean thoroughly without damaging the integrity of the firearm.

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08:00

EOTech Donates $50,000 to Operation Recovery Efforts [The Firearm Blog]

Operation RecoveryAs the situation in Afghanistan continues to unfold, some people refuse to leave anyone behind. Operation Recovery aims to continue helping at-risk individuals get out of Afghanistan. With requests for aid numbering in the 4,000s, the recovery effort needs funding. Thanks to a large donation from EOTech, the mission is $50,000 closer to accomplishing its […]

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07:00

The Numbers: ATF 2021 Firearms Commerce In The United States [The Firearm Blog]

The Numbers: ATF 2021 Firearms Commerce In The United StatesEvery year the ATF releases a statistical look on the firearms industry in the United States. Everything that comes in, goes out, gets made, and gets transferred is recorded for posterity. The 2021 Firearms Commerce In The United States report encompasses a wild time in American history. While some supply chains got crushed, the demand […]

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06:27

A Tour of Chapuis Armes: Home of the MR-73 Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

With the MR-73 revolvers finally becoming regularly available in the US, I figured it would be really interesting to see how they are made! So, I headed over to Chapuis Armes, where the Directeur Général, Vincent Chapuis, gave me a really nice tour. Want to see? Let’s go in…

06:00

Beretta USA Launches New APX A1 Carry Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta USA have announced the launch of the new APX A1 Carry pistol. Available in four frame colours and with an optics-ready slide, the pistol has an MSRP of $449. The new pistol debuted last weekend at the 2021 USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Expo. The APX A1 Carry has a 3 inch barrel and […]

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Monday, 04 October

20:19

Biden announces feds will go after parents who are "intimidating" public school boards [John Lott's Website]

 "Specialized training will also be made available for local school boards and administrators to assist them in recognizing behaviors that constitute a threat, as well as helping them report the incidents to appropriate law enforcement agencies"

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-launching-effort-to-combat-threats-of-violence-against-school-officials

Q: how bad can "harassment" be if I have to teach u how to recognize it?
This sensitivity training seems at making people toverly sensitive to perceived threats.
Isn't Biden the same guy who when asked about the harassment of Sinema & Manchin said "but it happens to everybody"?




17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 13: TFB Goes to Texas Edition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 13: TFB Goes to Texas EditionWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 13. Near the end of September as many of you who keep track of both the blog and the YouTube channel (we are also on BitChute) probably know, the TFB/TFBTV spent nearly a week in Southeast Texas running and gunning with a variety of firearms and optics from both ATN […]

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16:30

POTD: The Heckler & Koch HK416D in 6.8mmx43 [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch HK416D in 6.8mmx43Each day a different image from the World of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it is our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. Today the image itself is very basic, but it shows another […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: Fletcher Rifle Works 11/22 OpenTop Receiver Review [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: Fletcher Rifle Works 11/22 OpenTop Reciever ReviewHello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! I’ve got great news for rimfire enthusiasts: It’s finally here! The OpenTop 11/22 receiver. Those that have followed Sebastian for a couple of years will know that he’s poured his blood, sweat, and probably tears into this project and it has finally come to […]

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11:00

Welsh Guards Armoury Upgrade – Heckler & Koch SA80 A3 [The Firearm Blog]

Welsh Guards Armoury Upgrade - Heckler & Koch SA80 A3Founded in 1915 The Welsh Guards (in Welsh: Gwarchodlu Cymreig) is an infantry regiment of the British Army. Today the Regiment is a single Battalion equipped and trained for Light Infantry operations, with mainly Welshmen serving. Modern history operations include Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan as well as Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands. The Welsh Guards […]

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10:09

Ohio: Senate Committee Hearing Constitutional Carry & Emergency Powers Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee is holding a second proponent testimony hearing for Senate Bill 215, the constitutional carry bill. In addition, Senate Bill 185, to guarantee that Second Amendment rights remain protected during emergencies, will receive a fourth hearing and possible vote.

10:00

The Path Less Traveled #029: Trailside Charcuterie [AllOutdoor.com]

Want to hear an endearing joke to tell your significant other? “Baby, are you a bunch of overpriced meats and cheeses? ‘Cuz you are Charcute-to-me.” Get ready for a kiss or a RBF look citing that you couldn’t make a Hyena laugh. Another non-humorous thing is bringing outdoor newbies on trips without adequate preparation to ensure their enjoyment (including food!). Now that the seasons are changing, I decided to take a few friends out that haven’t been outdoors since COVID began. To prevent any cranky hikers and create a perfect midway stopping point, I brought some Trailside Charcuterie for us to munch on.


Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits 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.


Charcuterie is French for a cold collection of meats. Other France related posts:

Trailside Charcuterie, What?

I once read online that when out hiking or camping in the woods, you shouldn’t bring anything French with you. I can agree on that in terms of bidets, Peugeots, or berets. One would have to really have a good argument to be able to say a baguette or quiche would be a poor decision to eat while outdoors.

Man-portable snacks are the best snacks. Foods that don’t require delicate handling, preparation and still taste great are top tier snacks. When coming up with foods that weren’t pre-wrapped snacks and granola bars tasting like they were made by Brembo, I did not have to think hard at all. Charcuterie.

Charcuterie is just a fancy French word for pre-prepared meats. Even on game day, a cracker plate with meats and cheeses are often brought out to be consumed as finger foods, no?

Trailside Charcuterie meats cheeses food

But think of the children safety!

But Andrew, meat and cheese spoils when left out.” They do.

***Cured meats can be kept out for up to 24 hours, but this data is invariably stated with a different time all over.

***Hard Cheeses can be kept out for four hours at room temperature. Harder cheeses like Asiago and Parmesan can go longer (Cabezas, et al, 2005).

***Pickled foods have significantly less worry.

I’m sure if you’re reading this site, you have eaten some questionable things. As bon appétit states, “Trust yourself. If it looks unappealing, don’t eat it.

What to bring?

Well, since charcuterie is primarily about meats, how about we start with the meats? Trail Charcuterie already likely happens on your trail adventures. Would beef jerky and Cheetos be classified as Trail Charcuterie? Sure, if you want it to be; ensure you bring the Natty Lite Cabernet Sauvignon, too.

Trailside Charcuterie meats cheeses food

Meats

Cured meats, dried meats, preserved meats. I would also put in this list smoked meats and canned meats. Paté or Sardines are good. If you haven’t had tantalizing Paté… Are you even living or at least watching Steve1989 videos?

Bring the entire stick with you, and if you’re not up for that, still, don’t cut it up before stopping. The more handling and processing you do, the higher the amount of chances of bacterial contamination will occur.

Trailside Charcuterie meats cheeses food

My Favorites:

  • Nduja – If you’re afraid of Paté, but still want a spreadable meat, go with Nduja
  • Capicolla – Who can forget when Tony Soprano wondered who ate all the gabagool?
  • Culatello/Strolghino – Top end stuff, definitely pricey.

Cheeses

Stick to your aged, semi-hard to hard, and smoked cheeses. You know, Smoked Gouda, Aged Cheddar, and Manchego. These cheeses have a lower moisture content, and often a higher level of acidity. It is noted that herbs and spices can support a cheese’s ability to ward off undesired bacteria. While I brought some Blueberry Stilton with us, I would recommend getting nothing made by your grocery store or Kraft. Why? Flavor, moisture content, and lack of appeal. While I love me some Heluva Good Pepperjack, Trail Charcuterie is not the time for this. Save it for the Eagles vs Redskins Washington Football Club game.

Trailside Charcuterie meats cheeses food
Image Source: Elena Dijour

My Favorites:

  • Pinconning – An aged Colby that does not taste like Colby. Magnificent American Cheese. You Michiganders know.
  • Höhlengereift Gruyère – Who doesn’t love a cave aged cheese? Nutty, earthy and often a bite of acidity or tartness.
  • Palmero or Manchego – Spanish cheese seems to be overplayed, but they’re overplayed for a reason. They’re good.

Crispy Vehicles – AKA Crackers

This is so simple, it pains me to write. Bring more than one cracker. Make sure one is a dull or non-outstanding flavor, and one can be the Hail Mary of Wheat crisps. Just don’t get flavored crackers. The biggest concern for our floury friends are that they will get soggy if stored improperly, and if they are a very crispy cracker, the risk of breaking increase unless packaged correctly.

Trailside Charcuterie meats cheeses food
IMAGE SOURCE: SariMe

My Favorites:

  • Melba Toast – Basic, crunchy. Durable. This works as a UFO-vessel to transport cow and pig pieces to my stomach.
  • Wheat Thins – They don’t pack well, but you can pack a lot of them due to their super narrow nature.
  • Milton’s Original Multigrain – Large, simple. Textural variety. Great cracker.

Additional Trailside Charcuterie Goodies

Now, if you told me that you had meat and cheese on crackers and offered me to partake, I’d be all in. Adding the last touches to a Trailside Charcuterie changes you from the person who brought food to the person who hit it out of the park and satisfied hunger and curiosity.

Many people bring nuts to an occasion like this. I would usually too, but hiking and trail mix are as played out as any ballad by Queen or Journey. Don’t play to the trail mix card that you know so well.

Fruits – I’d love to say grapes, but they are big and fragile. Most berries are fragile. I bring a strongly flavored orange (Cara Cara, Blood Orange) and drop a handful of blueberries into my storage container to be sacrificed as packing peanuts. The oranges work well as a palate cleanser too. Citric acid helps clear the fatty flavors from the mouth.

Chocolate – Dark Chocolate has less fat in it, usually. The near-bitter taste will help refresh mouthfeel after a couple doses of cheese and meat.

Pickled Goods – Capers, gherkins, pickled red onion slivers all work well to contrast to the fatty nature of meat and cheese. The flavor of these are truly the secondary gain, not the main objective. While ripe olives aren’t always pickled, I am still placing them into this category for ease of generalization.

Sauces – I thought long and hard about bringing sauces or jams with us on the hike. Luckily, it was only a 5-kilometer hike round-trip. Pugging a glass jar or two around wasn’t as painful as my mind set it out to be. If you were going any sort of distance with these foods, I’d recommend you get a few packs of mustard from the local hot dog place and call it a day.

How to pack/store?

Initially, I was considering something like a junior sized Pringles can would have been great as a sturdy food container. Unfortunately, I was too cheap to go and buy one to use it. Having a pile of Rubbermaid and re-usable food containers came in handy for storage. This parmesan container held everything in there other than the orange.

Trailside Charcuterie meats cheeses food

All meats were shrink-wrapped together, all cheeses were shrink wrapped together. Any ingredients that could be considered ‘wet’ were placed at the bottom (See: capers, blueberries). Crackers were placed at the top of the container, artfully scattered to prevent cracking or breaking. No one wants to eat crumbs. A half of a napkin was folded in right before the lid. The container was placed on it’s side in my backpack to prevent vertical up-and-down sloshing from breaking the crackers.

But what about drinks?

Now I’m not a sommelier, I don’t drink wine and don’t drink much hard alcohol or beer due to my T1D. I tried finding those grade-school lunchbox-sized bottles of grape juice to bring with me. With COVID and shortages of just about anything else in grocery stores, I had to settle for a non-sweetened lemon sparkling water and bottle of pomegranate juice. When mixing these two together, we all got a fair sized drink that was refreshing and low in calories and sugar. Win-win in my book. If you wanted to bring a bottle of sparkling cider or Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice on your Trailside Charcuterie adventure, you’re a braver man than I for carrying it. Well, that and all the grape flavors were gone from my local store.

In Summary

When three people go hiking, hoping to peep leaf colors changing, and are able to enjoy a good meal together, it is a good day. No stove needed, nor matches. While it would have been easier buying a pack of buns and some Hebrew Nationals, I made sure my friends felt special eating snacks in the woods all together. The toughest part of all this was putting food somewhere with no plate. This has been noted and stored for future recollection.

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Tell me in the comments – Trail Charcuterie, are you into it? What have you brought? What other no-cook trail foods would have impressed a couple newbs?

Citations:

  • Cabezas L, Sánches I, Poveda JM et al. (2005) Comparison of microflora, chemical and sensory characteristics of artisanal Manchego cheeses from two dairies. Food Control 18:11–17.
  • Dr. James C. Acton, Department of Food Science, Clemson University; Dr. Walter M. Britton, Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia; The American Egg Board, Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Preserving and Pickling Eggs at Home, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Wisconsin.

*** – These are not recommendations to go by. Read up on this on your own and do your own homework.

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10:00

RFID Equipped Weapons Can Be Tracked … By Both Friend And Foe [The Firearm Blog]

RFID Equipped Weapons Can Be Tracked... By Both Friend and FoeRFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is a technology that practically permeates our modern lives. Everything from your passport, your keyfob at work, tags on the back of your equipment, and even your dog or cat probably has an RFID tag in it that contains important information. Guns are part of this equation too and it is being […]

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09:30

POTD: Screen Used Band of Brothers “Prop” Thompson Submachine Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Who was not super excited back when HBO was blasting our TV screens with Band of Brothers? Here we have a screen used Thompson Submachine Gun and some webbing kit. The Thompson itself is a rubber movie prop, but you can see it was made to look like it had been through a war! The auction for this piece took place back in 2012 which surprisingly to me did not bring a ton of money. This rubber piece of cinematic history only went for $518. That is a steal in my book for an ultimate talking piece in your collection. “I have a Tommy Gun but it is rubber… because it was used in Band of Brothers!”

“This lot is comprised of a hard plastic/rubber copy Thompson submachine gun “movie prop” actually used in various sequences of the HBO series “Band Of Brothers” along with an original webbing rig worn during the movie in the chapter, “Attack on Carentan, Normandy” scene by Bart Ruspoli who played PFC Edward Tipper. The Thompson “prop” is a non firing non working movie machine gun. The webbing rig is complete with belt, suspenders with felt shoulder pads, pack, canteen, two magazine pouches, one utility pouch, first aid packet and a trenching tool. Accompanied by a “Letter of Authenticity” from Rare Props that certifies that the Thompson SMG was used in various sequences in the mini series “Band of Brothers” and obtained directly by Rare Props from Hatfield Studios after the filming.”

Lot 1819: Hbo ‘Band of Brothers’ ‘Prop’ Thompson M1A1 Submachine Gun with. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company.com. photograph. Retrieved October 2, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/56/1819/hbo-band-of-brothers-prop-thompson-m1a1-submachine-gun-with.

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09:00

CZ Adds NEW P-10 F Competition-Ready Pistol to P-10 Series [AllOutdoor.com]

CZ’s acclaimed striker-fired pistol series, the P-10, has been expanded yet again. The newest model is called the P-10 F Competition-Ready, and not surprisingly is geared to competition. Like its predecessors, it is chambered for 9mm Luger. The P-10 F has a 5″ barrel which is a half-inch longer than the full-size version. The slide sports a fiber optic front sight and fixed, serrated rear sight. In keeping with today’s trend of optics-ready slides with built-in consumer choice, the milled slide can be fitted with a selection of plates to accommodate the “footprint” mounting pattern of the most common full-size pistol optics.

P-10 F

Apex Tactical components are featured heavily throughout the P-10 F. CZ adopted their extended magazine catch, extended slide stop, and back-slide cover. The trigger is made by HB Industries. The company also claims the P-10 F’s chamber is match grade with “improved geometry” for reliable, accurate performance.

In competition, there’s no reason not to attract a little attention based on appearance. CZ stepped up with the P-10 F model in that department. Gold tone trim on the barrel slide cover, trigger, and mag bases (the latter made by Henning Group) provide for a bit of flair. As is true for other P-10 series guns, the P-10 F model comes with a choice of three interchangeable backstraps. Also, two 19-round magazines are included with 10-round mags being available for separate purchase to make the gun acceptable for certain jurisdictions of intolerance.

The new gun is manufactured in CZ’s Kansas City, Missouri factory for distribution to the American CZ customer. In this regard, CZ appears to be following the lead of many other European-originated gun makers that have set up operations in the United States. Right now the MSRP for the P-10 F is benchmarked at $999.

P-10

Specifications: CZ P-10 F Competition-Ready Pistol

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 19+1 (10-Round Magazines also available)
  • Barrel: 5″ Cold Hammer-Forged
  • Height: 5.34″
  • Width: 1.25″
  • Weight: 30.1 Ounces
  • Overall Length: 8.5″
  • Safety: Trigger safety

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08:00

Smith & Wesson Moves Its Headquarters to Tennessee [AllOutdoor.com]

Life can feel cramped sometimes, and as companies grow, they may need to move. This is not the case for Smith & Wesson. The already massive firearms manufacturer has sought shelter in a new home. The reasoning was not growth, but legislation that threatens the ability of the company to produce in its home state of Massachusetts. This is why Smith & Wesson has decided to move its headquarters to Maryville, Tennessee.

Headquarters

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), one of the nation’s oldest firearms manufacturers, announced today that it is moving its headquarters and significant elements of its operations to Maryville, Tennessee in 2023.   Smith & Wesson has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts since the company was incorporated in 1852.

Smith & Wesson Headquarters Move to Tennessee

Headquarters

President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Wesson, Mark Smith, said that the proposed legislation would prevent the company from making products that are legal all across the country. Smith & Wesson decided to vet several cities based on criteria that were the most important to them. These criteria include support for the 2nd Amendment, a business-friendly environment, cost of living and affordability for employees, as well as having access to higher education schools and institutions. With this in mind, the company decided that Maryville, Tennessee, a city within Blount County, would be its new home. All facilities in Connecticut and Missouri will be shut down. Smith & Wesson will now operate three total facilities, down from its current four.

Headquarters

If you’d like to know more about Smith & Wesson as a company, head to their website and take a look at the Our Story section. You can also follow them on social media to keep up with other moves they make. You can find Smith & Wesson on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. If you’d like to learn more about what Tennessee has to offer, check out their official page.

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08:00

New Kahles K624i Scope with SKMR4 Reticle Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

If you’re looking for the ultimate in precision shooting, Swarovski and Kahles have just announced the introduction of the K624i scope paired with the highly precise SKMR4 reticle. The new optic/reticle combination was announced to the public on October 1st and it is great news for Precision Rifle Series production class shooters as the optic […]

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07:21

Crime in 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

The FBI released crime data for 2020 last week, using an amalgamation of data collected under two different systems. Nothing about 2020 was predictable and the nation experienced a 5.6% percent increase in violent crime, including a 29.4% increase in murders. Let’s explore this data and the theories behind the increase.

07:07

Chipman Will Not Go Quietly [NRA-ILA News]

Disgraced Biden nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman, seems determined to prove his detractors correct. After he was withdrawn for consideration for the post, he began a campaign of trying to shift the blame of his failure to be confirmed from his abysmal record to others; including his sponsor.

07:00

TFBTV – Is a Daniel Defense AR-15 Worth the Money? DDM4 V7 Review [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the Daniel Defense DDM4 V7, including a mini torture test of this premium AR-15. With an MSRP of $1,800 to $2,000, this review raises the question: Is this Daniel Defense AR-15 actually worth this amount of money? Really, is any super-premium $1,500 to $2,000 AR-15 such as options from Bravo Company, Noveske, LMT, and other top-tier manufacturers justified for the price they command? Are you just paying for a brand name, or are you getting something else? Those questions answered, plus a good old fashioned Office Space style beatdown, plus James in the shower. Yes, James in the shower. It’s business as usual on TFBTV.

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07:00

The Top Selling Guns for September 2021 – Did your Gat Make the Cut? [The Firearm Blog]

Gungenius.com is a cool little website that publishes the monthly top-selling firearms on the popular gun auction site GunBroker.com. I always like to keep track of this list to see which way the market is going and to also track the popularity of newly released firearms. The list features everything from single-shot and semi-auto shotguns […]

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06:27

Quebec Papal Zouave’s Ceremonial Gewehr 71/84 [Forgotten Weapons]

Here’s a rifle with an interesting twisting history…

This began life as a German military Gewehr 71/84, made in 1888. It was issued to a unit, but eventually replaced by the Gewehr 1888. It was sold to the Francis Bannerman company at some point around 1900, as part of a big batch of surplus weapons (Bannerman was a massive international dealer in arms and military equipment). Moving ahead a few years, World War One breaks out and prompts the organization of a couple Canadian “Home Guard” organizations. The Montreal Home Guard has some money, and buys a batch of Savage Model 99 lever action rifles (in .303 Savage, interestingly). The Quebec Home Guard isn’t quite so well heeled, so they go to Bannerman to see what they can afford. Bannerman sells them a batch of Gewehr 71/84 tube-magazine repeating rifles, in the same configuration as when they were sold off by the German military.

Incidentally, I believe these become the only Mauser rifles formally purchased and issued by the Canadian government, when they are acquired by the Home Guard. At any rate, after the war ends, a subset of those old rifles are given to the Quebec Papal Zouaves – a ceremonial vestige of the Quebecois military volunteers who went to Italy in the 1860s to help defend the Papacy during Italian unification. By this time, the Zouaves are basically just action as guards in parades, and they crudes cut down the 71/84s, remove their magazines, and fit them with cut-down British Snider bayonets for use as single-shot, blank-firing arms.

Quite the journey, right? And also a reminder that sometimes what looks like sporterized junk is actually something with distinct historical provenance…

Many thanks to Mike Carrick of Arms Heritage Magazine for making this example available for filming!

06:00

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 14: Steel Targets Edition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 14: Steel Targets EditionWelcome to TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 14. Targets can be fun. I grew up shooting a whole bunch of different “reactive” targets like soda cans, empty shotgun hulls, bowling pins, and just about any other piece of junk that could be cleaned up reasonably easily after we were done shooting. One thing I didn’t get […]

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Sunday, 03 October

17:16

“An Amazing Celebration of NRA Fellowship and Freedom” []

The headline come from a quote by newly-elected NRA President Charles Cotton regarding the NRA Annual Meeting held in Charlotte on Saturday.

If that was all you knew about the Meeting of Members held in Charlotte, you would be excused if you assumed the meeting room was packed to the gills, that members’ concerns were respectfully heard, and that every member of the Board of Director was there.

The reality is much different.

As you can see in this photo sent to me by Rocky Marshall, attendance was sparse. He counted 128 attendees and there were probably a few more by the time everything got underway. Even last year in Tucson during the height of COVID, the Meeting of Members had more attendees. I would say the majority in attendance in Charlotte were Board members, their spouses, and NRA staff.

With regard to having members’ concerns being respectfully heard, a concerted effort was made to suppress even a vote on the only resolution brought before the members in the meeting. Frank Tait submitted the resolution that expressed no confidence in Wayne LaPierre and the Board of Directors and which said Wayne, Meadows, Cotton, Lee, and John Frazer did not deserve to be re-elected. Friend of Wayne Joel Friedman raised an objection to the resolution and a vote was called on whether to consider it. The vote was an overwhelming majority to sustain the objection and not consider the resolution. With that, the meeting adjurned.

If there was a bright spot in this whole charade, it is that NRA General Counsel and Secretary John Frazer was forced to read the resolution in its entirety out loud and that it became an official part of the meeting records. There is no word whether Frazer gritted his teeth or whether his blood pressure started to rise in response.

Stephen Gutowski notes in his new publication The Reload that 28 members of the Board of Directors bailed on the meeting and the follow-up Board Meeting. That means only 48 or members of the Board bothered to show up.

Moving on to the Board Meeting where officers and executives would be elected. The only surprise is that Wayne was not able to be re-elected by acclamation as Judge Phil Journey nominated Rocky Marshall for Executive VP and CEO. The vote on that was 44 votes for Wayne, 2 for Rocky, and 2-3 abstentions. They then went on to elect the full slate of officers and executives that were in the Nominating Committee recommendations that I posted on Friday night.

Such was the paranoia of the NRA that Stephen Gutowski was kept out of the Board Meeting because he was not an active NRA member. He had been allowed to sit in on other NRA Board Meetings in the past. Moreover, I was told by both Frank Tait and Rocky Marshall that they were shadowed throughout both the Meeting of Members and the NRA Board of Directors Meeting by a couple of security guards. Frank did note that they kept the CDC-recommended six feet away.

I have to laugh when I read the official statement by Wayne on being re-elected as Executive VP.

“The NRA is focused and energized–standing tall in the face of unprecedented attacks on our Association and constitutional freedoms,”…“I am honored by the trust placed in me by the NRA Board of Directors and the millions of patriots they represent. Together, we will continue to confront our adversaries and fight for our freedoms and values. We are resolute in our mission as America’s greatest defender of constitutional freedom.” 

The Board of Directors may have represented the members at one time but that time is past. If Wayne and his cronies were really the greatest defender of constitutional freedom they would have allowed consideration of Frank Tait’s resolution, they would not have obstructed the case that became DC v. Heller in its early stages, and they would have gone far beyond the legal requirements for notification of the Annual Meeting. On this last thing, they didn’t even meet the minimum requirements imposed by NY law.

We are beginning to see the impact of the willful ignorance of the Board of Directors. Membership is reported to have fallen down to about 4.2 million members from a high of 5.5 million. Moreover, I know of a very large gun club in Pennsylvania that will be dropping their 100% NRA membership requirement. Without such a requirement, you have to believe that a lot of annual members will start dropping off the roles. Finally, I am hearing on various forums that range from hunting to 2A activism that a large number of traditional donors are keeping their wallets closed. Now I may be just listening to the choir on this but I’m starting to see it in too many places to ignore.

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16:30

POTD: The G95 (HK416 A7) Rifle of German KSK [The Firearm Blog]

G95 KSKTFB’s Photo Of The Day can be many things. Today we get a good look at the setup that the German KSK Special Forces are using on their not-so-black rifle. KSK is short for Kommando SpezialKräfte, or Special Forces Command. The KSK takes part in typical SOF operations and they are armed with the Heckler […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Closer Look – Tipton Best Gun Vise [The Firearm Blog]

best gun viseWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I decided to give Tipton some love and take a closer look at their Best Gun Vise that they currently offer. Tipton is a […]

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Saturday, 02 October

16:30

POTD: U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan (2014) [The Firearm Blog]

U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan (2014)Photo Of The Day: A variety of photos from Afghanistan, from a time which now seems like a long while ago. This happened in the Maiwand district in 2014. We have a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan providing security during an advising mission. It looks like […]

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07:23

Mesa, AZ [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

 9/25/20 KTAR:

PHOENIX – Police in Mesa said Thursday a woman shot a man who broke into her home and then came at her with a knife.

The man was wounded in the chest Sept. 18 but the injuries weren’t life-threatening. Elijah Jones, 29, was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and aggravated assault, police said in an email.

Jones told officers he was high on methamphetamine and didn’t recall threatening the woman. Two warrants were out for his arrest.

06:30

SILENCER SATURDAY #196: Coffin Mags and Ported Barrels – The B&T KH9SD [The Firearm Blog]

KH9SD Ready to ventilate melons with the Suomi magazinesGood morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Phantom 22. Last week we dug into the Dead Air Primal on the Henry Model X in .45-70. This week, we head to Rusty’s neck […]

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06:27

Full Auto Suomi in the 2021 AZ PCC Championship [Forgotten Weapons]

The Arizona PCC (Pistol-Caliber Carbine) Championship is a 10-stage competition held every year at the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club in Mesa, AZ. It is normally only open to semiauto carbines, but I was able to get permission to run a true submachine gun this year (full auto is truly not an advantage for this sort of competition…). So I took the opportunity to run nearly 750 rounds through a Stemple-Suomi, while kitted out in my proper Finnish Wanter War uniform. Any you know what? I had a great time and didn’t come in last!

06:00

Is a Daniel Defense AR-15 Worth the Money? The DDM4 V7 Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the Daniel Defense DDM4 V7, including a mini torture test of this premium AR-15. With an MSRP of $1,800 to $2,000, this review raises the question: Is this Daniel Defense AR-15 actually worth this amount of money? Really, is any super-premium $1,500 to $2,000 AR-15 such as […]

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Friday, 01 October

20:43

Politicking The NRA Board []

It seems the powers that be within the NRA are politicking the NRA Board in advance of their meeting tomorrow afternoon. Since it will be the first Board meeting after the Meeting of Members, new officers will be elected and trustees for the NRA Foundation and the NRA Special Contribution Fund will be selected.

I was sent anonymously a copy of the Nominating Committee report that was slipped under the door of every director in Charlotte a short while ago.

Three things stand out. First, they are attempting to influence the Board’s vote on the election of officers and trustees in advance of the actual meeting. Second, in doing so, they violated the confidentiality of their own executive session. Finally, making Willes Lee as a trustee of the NRA Foundation given his service on the Special Litigation Committee will be a red flag to not only the Attorney General of New York but to the Attorney General of the District of Columbia who is suing the NRA Foundation. Attorney General Racine’s lawsuit alleges the Foundation put the interests of the NRA ahead of its own.

I seem to remember an absurd comment by North Carolina’s own board member Walt Walter that leaking stuff from an executive session should be punished by death. Hmmm.

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17:00

TFB Review: Langdon Beretta 92 Drop-In Red Dot Slide [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Langdon Beretta 92 Drop-In Red Dot SlideBeretta owners rejoice! Ernest Langdon at Langdon Tactical has provided a solution to a problem many 92 owners face, namely, proper mounting of optics.  For years the solution has been dovetail mounted plates but those faced the problem of sitting far too high above the bore and looking out of place on any handgun. Thankfully […]

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16:30

POTD: The 1st of AUGtober – Sturmgewehr 77 A2 [The Firearm Blog]

AUGtoberSturmgewehr 77 is the Austrian military designation for the Steyr AUG assault rifle, which replaced their license-built FN FAL in 1978. Here we can see the Jäger Battalion 25 using the StG 77, a photo well worthy to start AUGtober of 2021 and another month of our Photo Of The Day. Over the years there […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: Nocturn Industries Tanto and Airframe M-LOK Rails [The Firearm Blog]

It is Friday and you know what that means, night vision show and tell. This week we have some new stuff coming from Nocturn Industries. They are releasing a night vision monocular night called Tanto. Nocturn has also been busy upgrading Crye Airframe helmets with their M-LOK rails. As always, the Friday Night Lights series is […]

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13:30

California: Registration Period Open for Firearms Considered "Other Assault Weapons" [NRA-ILA News]

In 2020, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 118 expanding the definition of "assault weapon" to include a category of "other assault weapons."

11:00

OuterImpact Releases NEW Adjustable Co-Witness Modular Red Dot Adapter (M.R.A.) [The Firearm Blog]

OuterImpact Releases NEW Adjustable Co-Witness Modular Red Dot Adapter (M.R.A.)OuterImpact have announced the addition to their line of Modular Red Dot Adapters (M.R.A.) to include a riser mount for rifles, carbines, and other firearms with Picatinny rails suitable for mounting optics on. OuterImpact note that it is able to accommodate around 30 red dot optics. The mount also has 7 different levels so shooters […]

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10:00

Home One The Range #024: How to Deal With Chemical Trespassing [AllOutdoor.com]

Chemical Trespassing… it’s an innocuous enough sounding term, isn’t it? We think of a trespass as a temporary – though unlawful – incursion of our private property. Chemical Trespassing, however, can cause long lasting and sometimes permanent physical and fiscal damage to your rural property as well as your soil, crops, livestock, pets, and even humans. It’s nasty to deal with, and this week on “Home on the Range,” I’ll relate to you my unfortunate experiences with Chemical Trespassing as well as explain how best to hopefully prevent it, or deal with the issue when it happens to you.


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.


Chemical Trespassing – A Poisonous Wind

Last year, two of my farmhands were working hard on my property when a spray truck with a boom pulled up onto the property to the east of us. The wind was blowing out of the east that day. The truck driver saw my workers, but the inconsiderate, numbskull started spraying anyway leaving my workers choking on a cloud of weed killer. Needless to say, we lit into the owner of the operation next door, and he assured us it wouldn’t happen again. And it didn’t happen again – with a truck, that is.

The following spring, we noticed a crop duster come in low over our farm, again with the wind blowing out of the east, and release pellets early, right over my produce garden. It turned out to be a form of rat poison, and we lost a month on the garden by having to water it out. If I hadn’t seen the plane do it, I wouldn’t have known, and would have gone about my business as usual. This particular mineral would have nauseated me and possibly killed my dog. Again, we contacted the neighboring operator about the issue; however, this is not the only step we should have taken. Having been burned by chemical overspray twice now, I did some research into what to do the next time this happened to me.

Chemical Trespassing – What to Do

A key component of how to deal with chemical trespassing is documentation. Witness statements, photos and video both of the incident and the impact are essential. Knowing which agencies to call is also essential. The local police likely don’t know how to deal with a crop-duster buzzing your livestock and dumping unwanted spray on your crops, but the FAA and your state department of agriculture sure do. It’s also important to find out if it’s a contractor applying the chemical. This is likely the case, as most small and medium farms don’t have their own applicator equipment on hand. Then, the state can investigate the contractor, and you can pursue the proper party for redress of grievances.

Sure enough, it happened again, but this time we were prepared. We took photos and video, documented as much as possible, filed reports with all the applicable agencies, and were happy to see appropriate action taken.

Chemical Trespassing – Head it Off at the Pass

You can’t always have success in this arena, as different operations can lease out ag land from time to time, and some owners may be non-receptive, but be sure to talk to your farm neighbors about your operation, what your expectations are as to chemical trespass, and request that they respect your property. The best way to deal with the problem is to try and prevent it in the first place. In my case, I did that when I started up operations, but two neighboring properties changed hands since then and that’s what ended up causing issues for me. Learn from my mistakes, stay on top of who owns/leases what, and you maybe have better success.

Chemical Trespassing – Don’t be a Part of the Problem

Most importantly, don’t be a trespasser! If you do choose to use chemicals in your ag operation, do not apply them recklessly. Leave a significant buffer zone by any property line. Don’t apply material on windy days – you’re only wasting money if you overspray! Be a good neighbor and be sure to make any contractor you use to apply such chemicals aware of your standards and stipulations. Just because it works on your farm doesn’t mean the farm next door wants that on their crops. Your weed killer might well dehydrate your neighbor’s crop. It may ruin them and you financially.

Chemical Trespassing

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10:00

Limited Edition MultiCam Black K19 Plate Carrier from Agilite [The Firearm Blog]

Limited Edition MultiCam Black K19 Plate Carrier from AgiliteI’m a huge fan of Agilite’s product lineup mostly for their selection of MultiCam patterned gear. Agilite just announced that they have released a new limited edition MultiCam Black K19 plate carrier and they also announced that they will be offering the new plate carrier with free shipping while supplies last. For those that don’t […]

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09:30

POTD: In The Future All is Chrome – Stolle Panda Light Varmint Class Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This rifle and its company are strangers to me, but man it looks interesting, doesn’t it? This is a Stolle Panda F Class rifle chambered in 6mm PPC. Stolle was once a small boutique sort of company that catered to precision shooters and their competitions. Stolle eventually went under, was bought out, and currently is manufactured under a different name. The Stolle rifles were known for having aluminum actions and ports – either on the left or right for ejection and loading. This one has a left-hand port.

“This rifle has a Stolle F-class Panda left port right bolt single shot aluminum action with integrated scope rail. The heavy fluted stainless barrel is marked “S. G. & Y. Rifles” in cursive script over “6MM-PPC” on the left side. The bolt is also fluted and the trigger is set extremely light. The scope rings are aluminum and hold a Leupold BR 36x scope with tall capped target turrets, adaptor ring, 2 1/2 inch sunshade and Butler Creek lens caps. Mounted to a Kelbly SPG FB synthetic stock with silver, gray and black painted finish.”

Lot 1728: Stolle Panda Rifle 6 mm Ppc. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 30, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/56/1728/stolle-panda-rifle-6-mm-ppc.

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09:15

A College Minor In Changemaking? []

With Smith & Wesson moving a lot of their operations to Tennessee, I was checking to see what colleges and universities in the area offered that might be useful to that company. I was particularly interested in engineering and STEM programs.

Along the way I stumbled across a school that had a minor in “Changemaking”. I thought that it was good that this school was offering a practical minor for those students who had majored in fields with less than optimal job prospects. You know, the majors where graduates will be asking “do you want fries with that?” Now, at least, they would be equipped with the skills to handle a cash register and make correct change.

Unfortunately, it seems more about community organizing and “positive social change”.

The Changemaking minor equips students with the mindset, knowledge, and skills to effect positive social change in their communities. Grounded in theories and methodologies of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, the minor affords students opportunities to study, develop, and implement regional social change projects in collaboration with partners in education, government, industry, and nonprofit sectors.

I am not going to name the university lest it embarrass my good friend David Cole. I do expect that school to kick one of my alma maters in football when they meet in November.

I will note the school does have a good number of engineering technology programs including in fields like product development, industrial engineering technology, and mechanical engineering technology. It also has the full range of business majors. Thus, not all is lost.

I think the move of Smith & Wesson to east Tennessee is a great win for that state and their industrial recruiters should be congratulated.

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09:00

AO Review: Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm w/ Hex Dragonfly [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to being in the great outdoors, which we discuss a lot here at AllOutdoor, as wonderous and memorable as our outdoor exploits might be there are always dangers that await as well. This can come in the form of a twisted ankle miles from your vehicle or coming face-to-face with an apex predator like a wolf or bear. When the latter occurs, your civilized words will not afford you much sanctuary. Rather, it would be better if you had something compact to carry with you that delivers a lot of power. That is where the newly introduced Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly red dot could shine. Let’s dive right into our review and see what our impressions of it were after shooting it!

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Specifications – Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm w/ Hex Dragonfly

When it comes to the NEW Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly red dot there is a lot to unpack and know about this firearm. While it might make its home with backwoods hunters and adventurers looking for a new defensive sidearm, some of the more audacious readers in the audience could make it their new EDC (everyday carry). Here are all of the specifications listed below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • CALIBER: 10mm
  • BARREL: 3.8″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, 1:10
  • SLIDE: Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, Optics Ready
  • FRAME: Black Polymer
  • SIGHTS: Fiber Optic Front, Tactical Rack U-Dot™ Rear, HEX™ Dragonfly

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  • RECOIL SYSTEM: Captive
  • GRIP WIDTH: 1.2″
  • MAGAZINES: Two (2) 11-Round
  • WEIGHT: 28.5 oz
  • LENGTH: 6.75″
  • HEIGHT: 4.58″

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The initial MSRP for the Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly is benchmarked at $818. As always, in the rare event that you should ever need service for your firearm Springfield Armory has a Lifetime Warranty that stands behind all of their firearms. One final snapshot into what the XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly is all about can be read below in Springfield Armory’s Press Release statement:

Combining potent power with cutting-edge performance, the new XD-M® Elite 3.8” Compact OSP™ 10mm provides concealed carry users with an outstanding defensive pistol option. Compact yet powerful, the pistol packs in 11+1 rounds of the powerful 10mm. Additionally, the OSP pistol comes packaged with a HEX™ Dragonfly™ red dot, featuring a rugged machined aluminum body and a 3.5 MOA dot. Harness fight-stopping CCW power with the new XD-M® Elite 3.8” Compact OSP™ 10mm.

First Impressions – Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm w/ Hex Dragonfly

When I opened the box to the Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly red dot for the first time I was surprised to find that it was the exact same size as the XD-M Elite Compact OSP 9mm that Springfield offers. In fact, if you go on Springfield’s website, the 10mm is 1/2 ounce lighter! So, from the start I knew I was handling something unique in that it was toting around 11+1 rounds of 10mm in a size typically reserved for 9mm only.

Next, as I dug deeper into the box and all of its accoutrements I came across the various grip panels and magazine sleeves that it ships with. For some people these might be an after-thought, but to me it was a good reminder that you can always tailor a grip and fit to personally fit your hands for more confident; thus, accurate shooting while at the range or while carrying.

XD-M Elite Compact

Something else that is special about the XD-M Elite series of handguns is the flared and beveled magazine well that is also removable. With it installed, it makes magazine insertions smooth, consistent, and more swift than if you did not have one. If you were to remove it, then you have the ability to deploy even higher capacity magazines typically reserved for the XD-M series of handguns. So, either you afford yourself more capacity than you might believe possible for a compact 10mm, or your compact magazine insertions will be as smooth as possible with the magwell installed – its your choice.

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Another element I appreciated was that Springfield gives you all of the hardware to properly install almost any micro red dot that might trip your trigger. The factory-installed Hex Dragonfly performs fantastically, but that is not to say you might want to try a different one. If so, Springfield gives you all the screws, mounting plates, and necessary hardware to achieve that. A nice touch in going the extra mile and understanding some shooters might really be in love with their “X, Y, Z” red dot of choice.

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Range Time – Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm w/ Hex Dragonfly

To be completely blunt, I went into this review with the mindset of: “You’re shooting a compact 10mm… this recoil is probably going to be horrible… this is going to suck.” I bared down on the grip with my best dexterity possible and pressed off the 1st shot, and to my astonishment I barely noticed the recoil?! I followed up with a 2nd shot with keen attention to the recoil impulse and it authentically felt like a 9mm. At this point, I was bewildered yet giddy at the fact that this pistol kicked so little and I ripped off the remaining rounds in the magazine making my steel target sing like a wind chime.

With the Hex Dragonfly red dot bore-sighted it shot a little high at 15 yards on steel, but it still was supremely accurate and flat shooting which I would come to expect of the 10mm cartridge. Even with the compact magazines which obviously allowed for less grip, it shot very well and was easily controlled. At no time did I feel like I was losing dexterity from start to finish on a magazine. This is the most controllable non full-size 10mm I’ve ever shot – bar none.

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Oddly enough the full size magazines (with the beveled magwell removed) shot the exact same for me as the compact; same level of accuracy. Although, I had a greater purchase on the firearm with my hand, I maintained the same level of proper grip and dexterity with the compact ones as well.

All of the other crowning features of the XD-M Elite performed terrific as well from the META trigger (Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly) to the texturing present on the frame.

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Final Thoughts – Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm w/ Hex Dragonfly

So, all in all what are my final thoughts on the newly unveiled Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly red dot?… Well, for starters it is one of the softest recoiling 10mm pistols I have ever shot. That is amazing in and of itself. Secondly, the fact that it has the same dimensional footprint as its 9mm counterpart impresses me. I go black bear hunting every year as well as grouse hunting where timberwolves are constantly present and this could easily find a home on my hip or in my pack for an additional layer of protection against some of nature’s most apex predators. Also, at a full retail of $818, I believe this pistol is completely worth it.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Springfield Armory for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm with a Hex Dragonfly is something worth spending your money on? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

Springfield Releases the 10mm XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Who doesn’t love a pistol chambered in “God’s caliber?” Springfield Armory has just announced the introduction of their newest heavy-hitting compact carry pistol  – the 10mm XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP. The new pistol features optional 15-round extended magazines that are available along with its two flush-fit 11+1 standard magazines that it ships with. These options, when combined with the spicy 10mm cartridge, turns the XD-M Elite into more than just your standard compact self-defense carry pistol – you could probably take down a bear if you wanted to with the right ammo.

Springfield Releases the 10mm XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact OSP Pistol

Springfield Releases the 10mm XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP Pistol

The 10mm cartridge has long been considered a superior viable option for self-defense, but it is often overlooked these days in favor of the less powerful yet entirely capable 9mm offerings on the market. It seems that Springfield has heeded the demands or desires of the market and brought a 10mm version of their popular XD-M series of pistols to market. The new pistol also comes complete as an OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) package and includes a Hex Dragonfly with a 3.5 MOA dot.

Springfield Releases the 10mm XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact OSP Pistol

The new pistol also comes with the XD-M Elite standard META (Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly) Trigger which Springfield claims to be the finest trigger available in a polymer-framed pistol. The pistol is 1.2-inches in width, 4.58-inches in height, and 6.75-inches in length making it a hair bit longer and taller than a Glock 19 – arguably the most prolific concealed carry pistol on the market.

Springfield Releases the 10mm XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact OSP Pistol

Where I see this new 10mm XD-M Elite offering coming into play is with big game hunters or someone looking for a more defensive-oriented option when out hunting. With deeper penetration and greater muzzle energy from the 10mm cartridge, you’ll have a powerful tool at your disposal when the need arises. Animals like wild hogs, bears, and larger game animals can easily be dispatched in a pinch with some hard-cast 10mm ammunition from a pistol without issue, and being prepared when out in the field is just an additional step you can take to keep peace of mind both out on the streets and walking to your favorite hunting spot.

Springfield 10mm XD-M Elite OSP Specifications

  • Caliber – 10mm
  • Color – Black
  • Barrel – 3.8″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, 1:10
  • Slide – Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, Optics Ready
  • Frame – Black Polymer
  • Sights – Fiber Optic Front, Tactical Rack U-Dot™ Rear
  • Recoil System – Captive
  • Grip Width – 1.2″
  • Magazines – (2) 11-Round
  • Weight – 27-oz
  • Length – 6.75″
  • Height – 4.58″
  • MSRP – $633

Springfield Releases the 10mm XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact OSP Pistol

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08:00

New OPMOD Atibal XP8 1-8x24mm LPVO Riflescope from Optics Planet [The Firearm Blog]

New OPMOD Atibal XP8 1-8x24mm LPVO Riflescope from Optics PlanetOne of the most affordable and top-rated LPVOs in the business has been reborn with new features and capabilities. The Optics Planet Atibal XP8 OPMOD Edition is the newest iteration of the popular Atibal low-power variable optic specifically geared towards three gun shooters. The new FDE Cerakoted XP8 promises to be very durable and highly […]

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07:00

Can-Am Off Road Gives to Texas Game Wardens via Can-Am for a Cause [AllOutdoor.com]

The work of a Texas Game Warden is a difficult task on paper, but then once you account for the tumultuous terrain they must cover to accomplish their work, it becomes even more daunting. Understanding this, Can-Am Off Road has their “Can-Am for a Cause” program to give back to those – like the Texas Game Wardens – who are also giving back to their community.

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This generous donation that Can-Am Off Road made through their Can-Am for a Cause program will go to directly benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. More information is shared through the Press Release listed below:

Plano, Texas, September 30, 2021 — Can-Am, as part of its Can-Am for a Cause program, is donating a 2021 Can-Am Defender PRO to Gear Up for Game Wardens, a dedicated group of Texas citizens that’s partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to help advance the capabilities of Texas Game Wardens.

Texas is big. Really big. And its remote terrain varies from sprawling, wide open flatlands to some of the most grueling and unforgiving landscape in the country. That’s what makes it challenging for Texas Game Wardens to cover the more than 10 million miles they travel each year, watching over the lands, waters, wildlife, and people of Texas.

Enter Can-Am Off-Road and its lineup of incredibly capable, tough, and reliable side-by-side vehicles and ATVs. It’s a perfect match to get the job done. And at the top of that list for a job as tough as a Texas Game Warden’s is the Can-Am Defender PRO, the most capable Can-Am side-by-side ever.

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This donation was made as a joint effort with the East Texas Powersports – Lufkin, and along with “Can-Am for a Cause” it provides support to the communities in which Can-Am operates. The Can-Am Off Road’s North American headquarters is in Plano, Texas so the team has a front row seat to the challenges of being a Texas Game Warden. They know that taking care of the land ensures the longevity of the amazing Texas way of life, and that’s a priority and the purpose of this gift. Surely, this gift will be put to great use by the Texas Game Wardens on a daily basis as well. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


About Gear Up for Game Wardens

Gear Up for Game Warden provides specialized equipment that Texas Game Wardens need to be able to do their daily work efficiently with high level of safety for the people of Texas – whether ensuring the safety of the rural region, respecting the hunting and fishing regulations, search and recuse or providing assistant when natural disasters happen.


About Can-Am for a Cause

In late 2019, the Texas Can-Am Off-Road sales team proved that when we come together and put in practice our passion and drive, we can really make a difference. The team created the Texas Community Fund, a vehicle donation project in partnership with our dealer network in Texas, to help deserving local non-profit organizations who share common values with BRP and who could benefit from the utility of a Can-Am Defender.

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07:00

Galco Holsters Introduces The MyCloud For IWB Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

I don’t know about you, but carrying a rigid, metal gun in a rigid, plastic holster can sometimes be uncomfortable. Depending on the position in which you carry your firearm, your setup can rub against your bones or skin. To help alleviate some of the discomforts of everyday carry, Galco Holsters has entered a new […]

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06:27

M43 Salakari: A Dynamic Assault Mount for the Finnish Maxim [Forgotten Weapons]

The Finnish military depended heavily on Maxim machine guns until the 1960s, first using ones captured from the Russians and later starting production at Tikkakoski in the 1930s. One of the difficulties of the Maxim, however, was its mount. Based on DWM commercial mounts, the Finnish Maxim tripod was very heavy and cumbersome to move. For highly mobile assault troops, something different was needed.

In 1943, Lieutenant Lauri Salakari developed this particular lightweight mount, which was tested and put into limited production. Mass production was intended, but the Continuation War ended before that could be put in place, and in total just 213 of them were made. They were quite popular at the front, as they cut some 50 pounds form the weight of a Maxim, and allowed much more dynamic use of the gun. One hundred actually remained in Finnish Defense Forces official inventory until he 1980s, when the last ones were scrapped.

06:00

SAINT Victor Pistol Now Available With Magpul BTR Brace [The Firearm Blog]

Victor PistolDue to the still-growing popularity of AR pistols, some manufacturers are putting out new variations of their existing pistols. Changes between versions can range from caliber to furniture and sights. Now two of the industry’s most prolific companies, Springfield Armory and Magpul, have teamed up. Springfield Armory’s already successful SAINT Victor pistol is now available […]

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Thursday, 30 September

17:00

TFB Review: Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 2-7×32 BDC-Rimfire Scope [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 2-7x32 BDC-Rimfire ScopeA recent trip that the TFB crew took out to Southeast Texas involved a lot of optics. Thanks to a sponsorship by both ATN Corp and Crimson Trace, the TFB crew was able to mount a bunch of different optics, light, and laser options on a variety of rifles and pistols to test out and […]

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16:30

POTD: M27 IAR – Recon Conducts Long Range Training [The Firearm Blog]

M27 IARPhoto Of The Day: Shooting the new M27 IAR, made by Heckler & Koch, from a tripod. Using a tripod as a shooting support isn’t as easy as most people think, but it’s a lot easier than shooting off-hand. The optic is a Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28, which was selected as the USMC Squad Common Optic. […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying Choices and Consequences [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying Choices and ConsequencesWhen we start concealing a firearm on a daily basis, there are certain rules you need to follow for your safety as well as the safety of others. Sometimes these rules get broken, and you start to get all types of issues. There are certain risks and responsibilities that come with carrying a concealed firearm, […]

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14:00

An Insider’s View of the NRA Board of Directors []

I was sent this release this afternoon from Rocky Marshall. He is encouraging those that can to attend the Meeting of Members in Charlotte. Regardless of whether you can attend or not, he does encourage members to get involved and I agree 100% with him on that.

From Rocky:

In the last eight months as a member of the NRA Board of Directors (BOD), I have been asked often by NRA members, pro-gun groups and pro-second amendment reporters “Why does the NRA BOD refuse to terminate Wayne LaPierre’s employment in light of the accusations and evidence of mismanagement, malfeasance, and misuse of NRA funds for personal benefit?” I believe there are three primary reasons and a lengthy list of secondary reasons.

Primary Reasons:

  1. NRA Officers and key board members fully support maintaining Wayne LaPierre as the EVP regardless of the evidence that has been presented in the recent Bankruptcy trial.
  2. Several Directors are not independent fiduciaries and will follow the leadership regardless of the admission of wrong doing by Wayne LaPierre and others.
  3. A few Directors are independent but will not openly challenge the current leadership for fear of reprisals, loss of committee assignments, and ultimately removal from the BOD. 

The BOD’s failure in the fiduciary role of over sight has created a risk of dissolution by the New York Attorney General and has enraged NRA members, pro second amendment organizations and second amendment reporters.  The very groups that historically have been the back bone of the NRA are now the biggest critics.  The NRA routinely describes these former support groups as adverse to the NRA and malcontents. These often repeated derogatory terms are used to described anyone or any organization with views that do not align with the NRA leadership.  

In order to develop an understanding of where the NRA is heading, it is necessary to predict the outcome of the New York Attorney General’s Complaint against the NRA. 

Potential Outcomes:

1)         The NRA prevails in the NYAG case and all charges are dropped and the NRA returns to normal operations with current management and BOD in place. This is not plausible due to the over whelming evidence compiled by the NYAG and through testimonies during the bankruptcy trial.  If Martha Stewart can go to jail for insider trading on a transaction valued at $45,000; then I venture to speculate that mismanagement of millions of dollars can also have serious consequences.

2)         The NRA loses the NYAG case and immediately files an appeal or another bankruptcy filing. This is possible, however I think is unlikely because the NRA will lose all leverage with the NYAG and will be at the mercy of the court. 

3)         The NRA avoids the trial through negotiations with the NYAG agrees to remove management, agrees to pay a massive fine, the NRA BOD is disbanded, and the NYAG has a huge political victory.  I think this outcome is the most likely based on the other possible outcomes. 

The appointment of an Independent Receiver by the New York Court could help stop the raiding of the NRA’s bank account. I am hoping that the recent filing of an intervention in the NYAG case (which I am the named Director) will finally end the continued wrong doing by a few and save the NRA for the members. 

I hope to encourage all NRA members to become fully engaged in taking back control of the NRA for the benefit of the members. The annual member’s meeting has been scheduled for October 2, 2021 in Charlotte North Carolina.  If you attend, now is the time for your voice to be heard. The BOD will not change course and have no intention of correcting the wrong doing of the past.  If the NRA is important to you, please get involved….now!

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13:16

Ohio: Update On Emergency Powers Legislation Committee Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, September 28th, the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee heard bill sponsor testimony on House Bill 325, Emergency Powers legislation.

12:28

Wisconsin: Update on Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Committee Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Insurance, Licensing and Forestry heard Senate Bill 516 and no action was taken at that time.

11:00

Smith & Wesson Expands American Guardians Program to Include DD-214 [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson Expands American Guardians Program to Include DD-214If you’re a first responder, military, or law enforcement officer, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the litany of discounts and options there are available to you through reputable firearms manufacturers. Smith & Wesson’s popular American Guardians Program has recently been updated to now include all honorably discharged veterans. This is actually a pretty big […]

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10:00

AO Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker [AllOutdoor.com]

We’re all huge fans of the outdoors here and nothing is better than sitting outside around a nice fire or on the beach with a couple of cold drinks and some of your favorite music. Bluetooth speakers have been around for quite a while now and their capabilities across the board are pretty nice overall, but many of them leave a bit to be desired when it comes to using them outdoors. In comes the new Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth speaker which in its own right is a great speaker, but also offers some extra capabilities for outdoorsmen and anyone who likes to keep their Bluetooth speakers handy. Today we’ll go over the features of the Outdoorsman and hopefully, this will give you a better idea if this particular Bluetooth speaker is right for you.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

AO Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

Specifications: Bushnell Outdoorsman

  • Color Camo / Black
  • Output Power 10 W
  • USB Output Power 2.1A
  • Battery 5200 Mah 7.2V
  • Play Time 10 Hours
  • Charge Time 3 Hours
  • Charge Port Micro USB
  • Height (in.) 7.62″
  • Weight (g) 723 g
  • Waterproof Rating IPX6
  • Max SPL (1M Distance) (Avg. 20 Hz to 20 KHz) = 85dB
  • Attachment Point 1/4-20 Thread (includes D-Ring Loop)
  • Country of Origin China
  • Warranty 1 Year Limited
  • MSRP: $119.99

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

The speaker comes standard with a BITE strap, USB charging cable, manual, and two protective EXO Armor rubberized exoskeletons. Since this is primarily oriented towards people who are going outside and doing things I opted to place one of them on right away when I received the Outdoorsman. The rubberized exoskeletons are just pliable enough to get installed over the speaker and best of all they don’t limit any of the function of the speaker – all the buttons, charging ports, BITE strap, and tripod mounting abilities remain unhindered with or without the exoskeleton.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

One cool feature I wasn’t able to try out for the sake of cost was the Outdoorsman’s ability to act as a true wireless stereo speaker system. All that is needed to do this is to sync your media playing device with two Outdoorsman units and you’ve instantly got a truly wireless speaker system that is sure to enhance the listening experience.

Setup and Impressions

Setting up the Outdoorsman is quite simple and doesn’t require any additional apps or software to run. Simply charge the unit, power it on, and connect to it using your mobile device’s settings and you’re good to go. The sound quality of the BITE is great and provides a decent amount of bass. The addition of the exoskeleton means that despite the device being on its loudest settings you won’t get any annoying rattling and the BITE strap is also strong enough to prevent this from happening when you’ve got it mounted to a tree or a pole.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

I was particularly fond of the camouflage pattern that Bushnell added to one of the EXO Armor sleeves and I stuck with this one throughout all of my testings. The rubberized armor does add a significant amount of safety to the overall platform as it protects the mesh-sided speaker ports and also adds a bit of impact and water resistance to the whole package. Best of all the EXO Armor makes standing the Outdoorsman up on either of its ends a breeze. The Outdoorsman really makes itself at home whether it’s sitting on the bed of your truck at the range or by the poolside setting the mood for you and your guests.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

Where the Bushnell Outdoorsman really starts to set itself apart from the rest of the crowd is its BITE strap which makes it insanely portable. The bite strap is made from a durable hi-vis orange strap complete with a clamping buckle. The bite strap can shrink down very small to fit on the thinnest trees or even on the inside of your ATV’s frame without issue and it can also expand to fit around an 18″ diameter tree or pole. This means you can take your speaker to your latest BBQ or get together out in the field without having to take up valuable space on tables.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

The BITE strap and magnet proved to be very strong and the magnet proved capable of giving the unit a secure hold even through other objects like the plastic pool sign seen above. I didn’t have a tripod to attach the Outdoorsman to and I didn’t bother to use the D-Ring attachment (seen below) but it’s clear from the sheer amount of mounting features that you have available to you that Bushnell really wanted to make this the king of portable Bluetooth Speakers.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

Other Features

Another cool feature I noticed with the Outdoorsman was its charging ports. I’m not a huge fan of keeping multiple types of charging cables around and this is honestly the only negative thing I have to say about the Outdoorsman – it still uses a micro-USB cable to charge it. When nearly all devices are currently using either Apple Lightning or USB type-C charging ports it’s very annoying to have to keep a special cable around just to charge the BITE.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

That being said, the onboard 5,200 mAH battery is easy enough to charge up and will last you about 10 hours, and even features a low battery indicator. If it’s getting late in the night and you or your friends need to top off their cell phone, no worries – the Outdoorsman features a well-lit USB output that can charge a phone or tablet but will ultimately reduce the playtime that you’ve got on tap. Either way, I like the feature and I think the addition of lighting around the charging ports will prevent any frustration trying to connect it in the dark.

Final Thoughts

I’m not a huge fan of electronic gadgets including Bluetooth speakers. However, the Outdoorsman has changed my mind a bit and it has since found itself a permanent home in my gear whenever I’m heading somewhere I might want to listen to music. Aside from my one major gripe about the charging port, I can’t find any flaws with the Bushnell Outdoorsman – it just works and it delivers quality sound and has the legs to accompany you to the beach, poolside, hunting lodge, or deer camp without being as bulky or inconvenient as a larger stereo. All-in-all a great piece of tech for your next outdoor adventure if you’re looking to play some sweet summer jams.

AOD Review: The Bushnell Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

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10:00

Springfield Armory’s NEW Optics-Ready XD-M Elite 10mm Compact [The Firearm Blog]

10mm CompactAs winter approaches, new challenges enter the concealed carry arena. Heavy clothing on a bad guy and four-legged predator attacks while hunting means that many of us opt for more potent calibers. The ebb and flow of 10mm’s popularity aside, there is no debate that the caliber’s power can solve most problems. With these capabilities […]

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09:30

POTD: Civil War Coston Signaling – 1861 Percussion Signal Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Besides this Civil War-era signal pistol just looking interesting as heck I also thought this would be a great opportunity to talk briefly about Coston Signals and how they worked. So this Signal pistol worked like a flare gun, but instead of launching a flare into the air, the light would remain in the muzzle of the gun. This sort of worked like a percussion-activated flashlight. Different colored Coston signals would be prepared and each color would be a designated number that would be correlated with some form of code or command for troops on the ground so to speak. If it was being used in the dark you would see a flash and stable light of green for a few seconds and then red and then green again for example and troops on the battlefield would have to command their troops accordingly.

“This is one of the estimated 500 Army Model 1861 Signal Pistols manufactured by William Marston of New York. All brass construction except for the small parts. It is made up of two halves that are held together with two screws. The pistol used the Coston Light System which did not propel the flare into the air. The flare burned while affixed to the pistol, which acted as the igniter and receptacle for it. “U.S. ARMY SIGNAL PISTOL/A.J.M 1861” is stamped ahead of the trigger and the number “33” is stamped behind the trigger.”

Lot 3103: Rare Civil War U.S. Army Model 1861 Percussion Signal Pistol. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/56/3103/rare-civil-war-us-army-model-1861-percussion-signal-pistol.

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09:00

NEW KILO10K & KILO8K Binocular and Monocular From Sig Sauer [AllOutdoor.com]

If you like to see far, get some binoculars. If you like to know how far something is, get a rangefinder. If you like to do both at the same time, plus get ballistic data and the ability to drop remote waypoints, keep reading. Sig Sauer’s newest additions to the KILO K series can accomplish these tasks. Introducing the new KILO10K and KILO8K laser rangefinding binocular and monocular.

KILO10K

The new KILO10K-ABS HD 10×42 mm laser rangefinding binocular and KILO8K-ABS 7×25 mm laser rangefinding monocular, both with BDX 2.0, are the latest in the new K series of KILO rangefinders.

The KILO10K-ABS HD

KILO10K

The KILO10K-ABS HD 10x42mm laser rangefinding binocular has a max reflective range of 10,000 yards. It can range trees at 4,000 yards, and deer at 3,000 yards. These binos come equipped with Applied Ballistics Elite, as well as a digital compass and environmental sensors. They’re also capable of connecting with your Kestrel and Garmin devices. Users see the Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Graphic Display, which shows range, elevation holdover, wind hold, and more. You can also integrate with BaseMap, which allows the dropping of waypoints.

SPECS

  • Magnification: 10x
  • Length: 5.7″
  • Height: 2.5″
  • Width: 5″
  • Weight: 32 oz
  • MSRP: $2,599.99

KILO10K

The KILO8K-ABS

KILO10K

The KILO8K-ABS 7x25mm laser rangefinding monocular can range to 8,000 yards on reflective targets. Trees can be picked up out to 2,500 yards, and deer out to 2,000 yards. Just like the KILO10K, the KILO8K includes Applied Ballistics Elite and can connect with your existing Kestrel or Garmin devices. It uses the Gen II LightWave DSP engine, which features all-new target modes: Extended Range (XR), Fog mode, First, Best, and Last target. The KILO8K is also compatible with BaseMap.

SPECS

  • Magnification: 7x
  • Length: 4.4″
  • Height: 3″
  • Width: 1.3″
  • Weight: 7.5 oz
  • MSRP: $1,949.99

KILO10K

You can get all of the details on the KILO10K and the KILO8K on Sig Sauer’s website. You can also get continuous updates from Sig when you follow them on their social media pages. They can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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08:00

TFBTV – FRT-15 Story: Interview w/ Rare Breed’s Lawrence Demonico [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Lawrence Demonico, the president of Rare Breed Triggers. Rare Breed Triggers manufactures the FRT-15 trigger, a “forced reset” trigger that permits an FRT-15 owner to shoot a semi-automatic AR-15 as fast as humanly possible while still fitting within the definition of a semi-automatic. However, Rare Breed Triggers has found itself in litigation with the BATFE over the trigger. Tonight, we talk with Lawrence Demonico about the FRT-15, Rare Breed’s struggles with the ATF, what’s happened so far, and what might happen in the future.

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08:00

Smith & Wesson to Relocate Headquarters to Tennessee [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson have announced that they will be relocating their headquarters to Tennessee in the mid-2020s but will retain operations in Springfield, Massachusetts. The company, founded in the 1850s, has long made Massachusetts its home. Smith & Wesson @ TFB: NEW Smith & Wesson Shotgun: The S&W M&P 12 NEW! Smith & Wesson Shield Plus: […]

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07:44

Goodbye Massachusetts; Hello Tennessee! []

An alternate title could be “How to Drive A 165 Year Old Business Out of Your State in Order to Appear Woke”.

What I’m referring to is the decision by Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. to relocate their headquarters and a significant part of their firearms manufacturing from Springfield, Massachusetts to Maryville, Tennessee. While they will have a number of jobs left in Massachusetts, they expect to have over 750 jobs in Maryville with employees relocating from their operation Massachusetts, Missouri, and Connecticut. The move comes due to proposed anti-gun legislation in Massachusetts.

SCCY Firearms had proposed moving much of their operations to Maryville but last year decided to expand in Daytona Beach, Florida instead. They closed their Maryville plant. I wonder if S&W will be using any part of that.

As a resident on the other side of the Smokies, I say welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains.

The full announcement is below:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. , one of the nation’s oldest firearms manufacturers, announced today that it is moving its headquarters and significant elements of its operations to Maryville, Tennessee in 2023.   Smith & Wesson has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts since the company was incorporated in 1852.

Smith & Wesson Logo (PRNewsFoto/Smith & Wesson)

   

Mark Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “This has been an extremely difficult and emotional decision for us, but after an exhaustive and thorough analysis, for the continued health and strength of our iconic company, we feel that we have been left with no other alternative.”  He specifically cited legislation recently proposed in Massachusetts that, if enacted, would prohibit the company from manufacturing certain firearms in the state. “These bills would prevent Smith & Wesson from manufacturing firearms that are legal in almost every state in America and that are safely used by tens of millions of law-abiding citizens every day exercising their Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights, protecting themselves and their families, and enjoying the shooting sports. While we are hopeful that this arbitrary and damaging legislation will be defeated in this session, these products made up over 60% of our revenue last year, and the unfortunate likelihood that such restrictions would be raised again led to a review of the best path forward for Smith & Wesson.”

Smith indicated that the company vetted a number of cities and states and, after careful consideration, made the decision to relocate 750 jobs and its headquarters to Maryville, Tennessee.  The key factors in the decision included the following:

  • Support for the 2nd Amendment
  • Business friendly environment
  • Quality of life for employees
  • Cost of living and affordability
  • Access to higher education institutions
  • Availability of qualified labor for its operations and headquarter functions
  • Favorable location for efficiency of distribution

Smith continued, “The strong support we have received from the State of Tennessee and the entire leadership of Blount County throughout this process, combined with the quality of life, outdoor lifestyle, and low cost of living in the Greater Knoxville area has left no doubt that Tennessee is the ideal location for Smith & Wesson’s new headquarters. We would like to specifically thank Governor Lee for his decisive contributions and the entire state legislature for their unwavering support of the 2nd Amendment and for creating a welcoming, business friendly environment.”

Smith & Wesson will also close facilities in Connecticut and Missouri as part of consolidating in Tennessee. This process will result in the company reducing the number of locations it maintains from four to three and will significantly streamline its manufacturing and distribution operations.

The company emphasized that the move will not begin until 2023 and will not have an impact on employees’ jobs until then.  “Our loyal employees are the reason for our success and are always our number one priority. We are deeply saddened by the impact that this difficult decision will have on so many of our dedicated employees, but in order to preserve future jobs and for the viability of our business in the long term, we are left with no choice but to relocate these functions to a state that does not propose burdensome restrictions on our company.” Smith said. “We are making this announcement now to ensure that each employee has the time to make the decision that is right for them and their families. We are firmly committed to working on an individual level with each and every one of those who will be affected. We will assist any affected employee who is willing and able to move with financial and logistical relocation assistance. However, we also fully realize that this is simply not feasible for some. Therefore, for any affected employee who cannot move with us, we will offer enhanced severance and job placement services. We understand that this announcement will be very difficult for our employees, and we will do everything we can to assist them during this transition,” Smith said. All employees whose jobs are moved will be given these offers.

Key Facts:

  • The facility in Springfield, Massachusetts will be reconfigured but will remain operational.
  • Smith & Wesson will keep some of its manufacturing operations in Springfield, Massachusetts, including all forging, machining, metal finishing, and assembly of revolvers, and will continue to have over 1,000 employees in the state.
  • The new facility will be built in Maryville, Tennessee and will comprise of the company’s headquarters, plastic injection molding, pistol and long gun assembly, and distribution.
  • Total investment in the project is estimated at $120 million, will be funded from cash on hand, and is expected to be accretive to EPS by $0.10 to $0.12 per year once fully operational.
  • Construction in Maryville, Tennessee is expected to begin in the calendar fourth quarter of 2021 and be substantially complete by the summer of 2023.
  • Upwards of 750 jobs will move from Springfield, Massachusetts; Deep River, Connecticut; and Columbia, Missouri to Maryville, Tennessee.
  • The company’s plastic injection molding facility in Deep River, Connecticut, which services both Smith & Wesson as well as a significant number of external customers, will be sold. The Smith & Wesson portion of the operations will be moved to the new facility in Maryville, Tennessee, however, the external customer business will remain in Connecticut and will be divested.
  • The company’s distribution operations in Columbia, Missouri will be moved to the new facility in Maryville, Tennessee, and the Columbia, Missouri facility will be marketed for sublease.
  • The relocation will have no impact on the company’s operations in Houlton, Maine.

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07:27

Nosler Expands Rifle Line with All-New Model 21 Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Nosler is known the world over for producing bullets, ammunition, casings, and more recently, even rifles. All of which are of superb quality and have a high demand. Now, Nosler is proud to announce and introduce their newest bolt-action rifle in the all-new Model 21! A rifle that was produced in collaboration with the famous Mack Brothers for an entirely new action that was hand-crafted from the ground up.

Nosler Coverage on AllOutdoor & TFB

model 21

What makes the rifle unique is that is punches in at roughly 7 pounds on nearly all of its cartridge offerings making it very totable in the field. Also, it deploys an EVO action from Mack Brothers out of South Dakota which has been a favorite among precision rifle shooting circles since 2018. This action is blueprinted from birth on advanced wire EDM equipment affording it spectacular performance. You are also looking at a spiral fluted, one-piece, Nitride coated bolt made of 4340 Chrome Moly steel. This means reduced weight, greater reliability in harsh environments, and buttery smooth functioning. Finally, the bolt’s upgraded M16-style extractor and fire control group feature tool-less takedown. All of this is housed in a lightweight synthetic carbon fiber stock for weight savings with a crisp, single stage TriggerTech Field model trigger, Shilen match grade barrel with a threaded muzzle, and this all retails for $2,295. All of the current cartridge offerings are listed below:

  • 22 Nosler
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 6.5 PRC
  • 26 Nosler
  • 27 Nosler
  • 280 Ackley Improved
  • 28 Nosler
  • 308 Win
  • 300 Win Mag
  • 30 Nosler
  • 33 Nosler
  • 375 H&H

model 21

All of the aforementioned specifications above comprise what is frankly a sleek and sexy new rifle offering from Nosler. In fact, everyone at Nosler is very proud to see this rifle come to life and now to market. None might be more proud than John Nosler, President of Nosler® Inc, himself:

It’s been nearly two decades since we introduced the very first Nosler rifle on our popular Model 48 platform. From day one, we set out to produce some of the most reliable firearms in the industry and our new Model 21 is no exception. This new firearm marks an exciting expansion of the Nosler® rifle brand, offering an economical option that bridges the gap between standard production assembly rifles and feature-rich customized builds.

So, there you have it. Nosler has done it again with the introduction of the all-new Model 21 boasting custom shop quality construction and assembly with some of today’s most popular cartridges including many of the hot-rod “Nosler cartridges” that have come to market in recent years. Would you be willing to take one of these rifles with you on your next hunting adventure? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


About Nosler®

Founded in 1948, Nosler®, Incorporated is a family owned company located in Bend, Ore. Nosler® is most known for revolutionizing the hunting bullet industry with bullets such as the Partition®, Ballistic Tip®, AccuBond®, E-Tip® and most recently the AccuBond® LR and RDF. With the company motto of “Quality First,” Nosler® manufactures premium component bullets, reloading brass, ammunition and semi-custom rifles for domestic and international customers making Nosler® a comprehensive shooting products company. Nosler® products are used worldwide by discriminating hunters, shooters, military and law enforcement professionals and sportsmen.

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07:00

New Release: Energetic Armament ARX 5.56mm Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

New Release: Energetic Armament ARX 5.56mm SuppressorTo the uninitiated, suppressing the 5.56/.223 AR-15 feels like a no-win scenario. As Ted Lasso might say it’s like drinking 3.2% beer as a teenager: half the fun, with all of the headache. In reality, however, a well-engineered 5.56mm suppressor will knock down most of the blast, hold up to blistering abuse, and have minimal […]

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06:27

Ethiopian Oddities: The Mo43 Mauser – Handmade or Factory? [Forgotten Weapons]

Today’s Ethiopian Oddity appears to be a factory-built Mauser short rifle, but embellished with a couple replacement parts (nosecap retainer, stock, bayonet lug) and some truly mysterious markings. The top of the receiver has been milled down flat, and hand-engraved with a quite odd crest, along with the markings “Mo43” and “GERMANY”. Several other parts are also hand-numbered “43”. The question is, why were these markings put on this rifle?

06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: After-Dark with Hop and Nick C [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: After Dark with Hop and Nick CThe TFB crew was recently able to have a nearly week-long meetup in Southeast Texas to do some work with a wide variety of products and cool guns. During the week, Hop of TFBTV and our resident night vision expert Nick C were able to do a very impromptu podcast about nothing in particular. However, we were […]

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Wednesday, 29 September

17:00

TFB Review: The New Aimpoint Acro P-2 Red Dot Sight [The Firearm Blog]

ACRO P2 AimpointThe new Aimpoint Acro P-2 was announced in May of this year and shortly after TFB received a sample to review. It’s been two and a half years since we reviewed their Acro P-1, so we looked forward to examining what was new and improved with this model. Aimpoint @ TFB: NEW AIMPOINT – ACRO C2 […]

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16:30

POTD: Combat Boat 90 Next Generation [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: Combat Boat 90 Next GenerationDuring DSEI 2021 in London, Saab Showcases their new Combat Boat 90 Next Generation on the river Thames. Twice per day visitors were offered waterborne demonstrations outside the main hall and thanks to this we have some spectacular press pictures to share. From SAAB: This CB90 Next Generation (CB90 NG) features new capabilities as well […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: The Gunfight Lessons of John Wesley Hardin [The Firearm Blog]

Wheelgun Wednesday: The Gunfight Lessons of John Wesley HardinThroughout the 19th and 20th centuries, certain pistoleros stand out as either famous or infamous wielders of the wheelgun, be they exhibition shooters, or in this case, a serious practitioner of fighting pistolcraft.  Periodically on Wheelgun Wednesday, we will take a quick look at such personalities.  This week, let’s find out a little bit more […]

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15:00

The FRT-15 Story: An Interview with Rare Breed’s President Lawrence Demonico [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Lawrence Demonico, the president of Rare Breed Triggers. Rare Breed Triggers manufactures the FRT-15 trigger, a “forced reset” trigger that permits an FRT-15 owner to shoot a semi-automatic AR-15 as fast as humanly possible while still fitting within the definition of a semi-automatic. However, Rare Breed Triggers […]

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13:04

NRA Back To Houston []

The 2022 NRA Annual Meeting was scheduled to be in Louisville, Kentucky. Then Carolyn Meadows called an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee that met last Friday to discuss future Annual Meeting. From the rumors I heard, they went into executive session rather quickly.

It seems that the decision was made to dump Louisville and go to Houston where they had intended to go this year.

NRA To Hold 151st Annual Meeting
and Exhibits in Houston May 2022


FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Rifle Association announced today the location of its 2022
Annual Meeting and Exhibits will be held in Houston, Texas over Memorial Day weekend May
27-29, 2022.

The NRA had planned to host its 150th celebration in May 2021 in Houston – the site of NRA’s
largest convention on record. The NRA community was disappointed when high COVID rates in
Harris County led to the cancellation of this marquee event.

The Association anticipates no further changes to the locations of the NRA’s Annual Meetings
and Exhibits from 2023 through 2026.

Not that I have anything against Texas but I was looking forward to Louisville for two reasons. First, it would have been easily drivable for me. Second, I could combine it with a couple of days touring the Bourbon Trail which is what we did the last time it was in Louisville.

I guess the plus side for me is that the credit I got for my canceled flights won’t be wasted.

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11:00

NEW Strike Industries Long & Short M-LOK Cable Management Covers [The Firearm Blog]

NEW Strike Industries Long & Short M-LOK Cable Management CoversAs we add more and more crap onto the handguard of our carbines, things can get a bit messy. Most of what we attach is electronic in nature: weapon lights, IR devices, marital aides, etc. Many of these also have cables. If you run an M-LOK handguard and need some help keeping your cables organized, […]

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10:00

New Blaser R8 Ultimate X Rifle with 10 Round Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Blaser R8 Ultimate XThere is a new Blaser R8 and its name is Ultimate X. The “X” stands for the magazine capacity of 10 rounds, with both the standard and magnum magazines. I have been very tempted to order a Blaser for my hunting ventures, and it was so close to Santa ordering one for me last Christmas. […]

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09:30

POTD: Lost Your Marbles? – Marbles Arms Game Getter Combination Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This time around we have the Marbles Game Getter combination gun. These neat little guys were manufactured long before the survival rifles and little badgers that we know today. They also had their own ammunition available. See, the upper barrel is a .22 rimfire barrel, but the lower barrel is a .44 caliber smoothbore barrel intended for the Game Getter .44 shot cartridges. Rest easy because they were not too terribly exotic. Apparently, they were basically .44-40 cartridges loaded with shot and capped with a wad. I did see one advertisement for one that contained a lead ball instead of a shot.

“Manufactured between 1908 and 1918. The right side of the chamber block is marked “CALIBERS – 22&44, the right side of the frame “PATENTS/ALLOWED”, left side of barrel chamber “-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/ MARBLE SAFETY AXE CO./ GLADSTONE, MICH.U.S.A./ MARBLE ARMS & MFG.CO./ SUCCESSOR” and “GAME GETTER” on the left side of the frame below. The upper barrel is rifled and chambered for 22 caliber rimfire and the lower barrel is a smooth bore and chambered for the 44 game getter centerfire cartridge. Blade front and folding leaf rear sights, with a short range peep sight mounted on top of the frame. Blue finish with casehardened hammer, with mobile striker, a steel tube stock with smooth butt, which folds up under the gun for storage and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with “TRADE/MARBLE/MARK” at the top.”

Lot 811: Marbles Arms & Mfg Co Game Getter Combination 22 44. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/55/811/marbles-arms-mfg-co-game-getter-combination-22-44.

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08:00

SIG Sauer Introduces the KILO10K Binocular and KILO8K Monocular [The Firearm Blog]

Rangefinders are becoming a very common and almost ubiquitous piece of kit for every shooter and hunter. SIG Sauer Electro-Optics has just announced the release of two additional rangefinding optical devices to their rapidly expanding lineup – the KILO10K rangefinding binocular and KILO8K Rangefinding monocular. The KILO8K is scheduled to make its release at the […]

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07:11

NEW Gerber Lockdown Drive & Lockdown Pry – Compact Multi-Tools [AllOutdoor.com]

Gerber is known for making all the tools, gadgets, and hardware we need to continually conquer our everyday adventures and the grind of our hectic lives. From hatchets to blades to multi-tools, Gerber has a complete portfolio of what we need to get stuff done. That reputation continues forward with the Gerber Lockdown series of compact multi-tools recently announced.

Gerber Coverage on AllOutdoor

There are two different Gerber Lockdown compact multi-tools you have to choose from in the Lockdown Pry and Lockdown Drive. Each of these compact multi-tools has 8 – 10 tools perfect for everyday carry, routine maintenance you might need to engage in while being in the outdoors, and other valuable pieces – like a bottle opener – when you are sitting around the campfire among friends at the end of the day. All of the specifications for the Lockdown Pry can be read below as presented by Gerber:

  • 2-1/2” plain edge blade with frame lock
  • Cast pry bar
  • Bottle opener
  • Scissors
  • Replaceable #11 blade
  • File
  • Chisel
  • Large & small flathead driver
  • Nail puller
  • Closed length: 4.0”
  • Open length (knife open): 6.62”
  • Blade length: 2.5”
  • Width: 0.56”

The Gerber Lockdown Pry weighs in at 5.7 Oz with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, and boasts 10 unique tools for essential everyday carry and work. The MSRP is currently benchmarked at $51 making it affordable for those who want a valuable tool they can always carry with them.

gerber lockdown

The next Gerber Lockdown in this new batch of compact multi-tools is the Lockdown Drive. This one, not surprisingly, gets its name from having a bit driver built into the tool. It similarly retails for $51, has a Limited Lifetime Warranty, and tips the scales at 4.5 Oz. All of the associated specifications for this Gerber Lockdown can be read below:

  • 2-1/2” plain edge blade with frame lock
  • Driver with 2 sided ¼” bits
  • #2 cross driver and medium flathead
  • Awl
  • Replaceable #11 utility blade
  • File
  • Chisel edge
  • Closed length: 3.87”
  • Open length (knife open): 6.5”
  • Blade length: 2.5”
  • Width: 0.56”

gerber lockdown

Both the Gerber Lockdown Pry and Lockdown Drive are actively available on Gerber’s website at this time. If you are in need of a compact multi-tool these both appear to boast a lot of value and utility for a modest price. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below and if you personally own an Gerber gear. We always appreciate the feedback.

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07:00

UK Military Disposing of SIG P226 Pistols & FN Minimis [The Firearm Blog]

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority recently released a booklet containing arms and equipment which is to be sold off and disposed. This includes SIG Sauer pistols, FN light machine guns, aircraft, armoured vehicles and a large ship! The brochure caused some media buzz when it surfaced around the time of the […]

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06:27

Algimech AGM-1: A Short-Lived Italian 9mm Bullpup [Forgotten Weapons]

In the mid 1980s, an Italian designer named Alphonso Giambelli developed a bullpup pistol-caliber carbine with hopes of selling it to Italian law enforcement. That never happened, but the gun was offered on the commercial civil market as the semiauto AGM-1 by a company named Algimech (after ALphonso GIambelli). At least a handful of these carbines came into the US before the 1989 assault weapons import ban, chambered for 9mm Parabellum and 9x21mm. they were also offered in a variety of other calibers (.45 ACP, .45 HP, .22LR, .22 WMR) but it is unclear if any of those were ever manufactured.

The AGM-1 has an 18″ barrel and uses slightly modified Browning High Power magazines for both 9×19 and 9x21mm. The barrel is easily removed, and there is nothing particularly complex about its design.

06:00

Nosler Introduces The New Model 21 Bolt Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Nosler Model 21 (13)Nosler has announced the expansion of their bolt action rifle line by introducing the new Model 21 rifle. The core of the M21 rifle is its action which is designed in collaboration with the Mack Brothers of South Dakota. Let’s see what features the new Nosler Model 21 rifle packs. Nosler @ TFB: New Book: “Born […]

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Tuesday, 28 September

17:00

TFB Review: The Competition-Minded Heckler & Koch VP9 Match [The Firearm Blog]

VP9 MatchI’ve been shooting competitively for a couple years now. I haven’t taken it too seriously and the number of matches I’ve attended is still in the single digits. In all of those competitions, I’ve shot my mostly stock third-generation Glock 19. The pistol is a workhorse but is by no means aimed at competitive shooters. […]

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16:30

POTD: FIM-92 Stinger Surface-to-Air Missile [The Firearm Blog]

FIM-92 StingerAt a cost of $119,320 each (source) this is one expensive Photo Of The Day, that TFB luckily didn’t have to pay for. Above we see a U.S. Marine from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Platoon, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron – 363 (Reinforced), Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, as he inspects a […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Is this Colt King Cobra Collectible or Terrible? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 112th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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15:15

2021 Gun Rights Policy Conference is online [Of Arms and the Law]

It's virtual this year: the first day is posted to youtube, here.

13:47

Wisconsin: Committee Hearing Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Insurance, Licensing and Forestry is hearing Senate Bill 516, for Wisconsin to recognize concealed carry permits from all states.

11:00

Hodgdon Announces Closure of GOEX Facility [The Firearm Blog]

Hodgdon Announces Closure of GOEX FacilityHodgdon Powder Company, Inc. the owners of the GOEX and Olde Eynsford black powder brands, have announced that they will shut down their black powder manufacturing arm and close their manufacturing operations in Camp Minden, Louisiana. The news will come as a shock to black powder shooters and reloaders who rely on GOEX and Olde Eynsford products. […]

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10:00

British Army Shows Off Future Soldier Concept [The Firearm Blog]

British Army Shows Off Future Soldier ConceptAt the recent Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI 2021) exposition in London, the British Army showed off its new future soldier concept. Developed under the program name ‘TommyWorks’ the UK’s land forces are looking to develop a more integrated and situationally aware soldier. The British Army’s theme for DSEI was ‘Future soldier: an integrated Army’ TommyWorks […]

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09:30

POTD: Scarce E. Carlstrom Sleeve Pistol – 1930s Concealed Carry [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Despite the patent description, this old concealed carry gun is not automatic in any sense of the word. It works a lot more like a bolt-action system in which the breech is opened, a cartridge is inserted, and the breech is locked shut. The E. Carlstrom Sleeve Pistol looks a lot like some sort of glove or wrist gun you would see issued to secret agents, but this was marketed for the everyman to wear on his sleeve and have a form of legitimate concealed self-defense. The caliber is only listed as 30 caliber centerfire and considering this patent is prior to the 30 carbine cartridge it can be left to speculation.

“This sleeve pistol was described in Elek B. Juhasy’s August 27, 1929 patent as an “automatic concealed firearm for self defense.” The rifled barrel unscrews for loading and fires a .30 caliber center fire cartridge. The pistol is fastened to a leather strap by a metal stiffener which is marked “PATENTED E. CARLSTROM CHICAGO/4852S MAY ST./U.S.A.” The leather strap has elastic bands to fit around the forearm. A striker similar to that found on pen pistols is pulled back in order to cock the gun. The striker is released when the operator pulls back on a wire that is attached to a ring on the middle finger by flipping the hand upwards. The pistol has a two piece black box. This pistol is described in Lewis Winant’s book FIREARMS CURIOSA, pages 161-162.”

Lot 2: E Carlstrom Sleeve Pistol 30 Cf. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 27, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/57/2/e-carlstrom-sleeve-pistol-30-cf.

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08:11

Crazy Ivan []

If you have seen the movie The Hunt for Red October or read any thriller novels involving Soviet subs, you know the term “crazy Ivan” refers to their method of turning the sub so as to check the blind spot in their baffles for an American sub trailing them.

I think I may have found a new use for that term.

I don’t know about you but if I came across a wild boar in the woods asleep, I don’t think I would grab him by the ear. Their tusks are sharp and can cut like nobody’s business. However, this Russian thought it was a good idea to do just that.

There is no word whether vodka was involved in this caper but I wouldn’t doubt it.

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08:03

“Partner in Adventure” – Outdoor Education Grant is Back! [AllOutdoor.com]

Last year was a great success for the “Partner in Adventure” Outdoor Education Grant by TINCUP Whiskey and the American Alpine Club, and they are planning to build on that yet again in 2021 by upping the number of grants they are able to provide. The Outdoor Education Grant is offered as an inclusive opportunity for anyone itching to get outside and learn new skills alongside their closest pal.

Getting in the Outdoors on AllOutdoor

The “Partner In Adventure” grant powers outdoor education adventures with awards given out up to $1,000 per duo – supporting safe recreation and helping the greater guiding community. While experienced adventurers are encouraged to apply, the grant aims to also empower individuals hoping to begin adventuring for the first time.

What TINCUP Whiskey and the American Alpine Club are offering through this grant is not only the experience of a lifetime, but it is a grassroots way of giving back to the outdoor and recreational community at-large. Often times us weekend adventurers cannot fund some of the audacious exploration we have in mind so this gives people a unique opportunity to learn new skills, gave valuable experiences, and wonderful new memories.

If you feel inclined to apply with your partner in adventure the application process will be launching to consumers on October 1st. Feel free to visit the “Partner in Adventure” website at that time and you could be the next lucky candidate to win! As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback. Also, check out what some previous winners had to say about their experiences below.


Christopher and Andrew – Course Completed: Mountaineering Course

This will be our formal introduction to glaciers and we couldn’t have aspired to this route without the mountaineering course you sponsored. We’re stoked!

I want to be trustworthy so we can do great adventures together, safely pushing each other beyond our individual limits.


Alex and Jason – Course Completed: Avalanche Course

This avalanche course has given us tools and education to go out and backcountry ski for the first time, pursue ski mountaineering objectives this year, and allows us to confidently share our knowledge and experience with other friends along the way.

We are lifetime learners and the courses we have already taken are not our last, we will keep on putting safety first. Thank you for the opportunity to do so.


Jason and Jason – Course Completed: Ski Mountaineering Course with the American Alpine Institute

We definitely felt our skills were enhanced and we were better prepared to support ourselves as a partnership.

Selfish or half-cocked pursuits are dead ends, even if “successful”. In contrast, shared adversity overcome through preparation and teamwork forges lifetime friendships, lasting memories, and yarns that will bore the kids to tears!

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08:00

The Emperor 1911 By SK Customs In Honor Of The Mexican War Of Independence [The Firearm Blog]

The Emperor 1911 Custom PistolOn this date in history, September 28, 1821, the future first president of Mexico signed the Mexican Declaration of Independence. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence, SK Customs, a division of SK Arms VA just announced that they will be releasing The Emperor 1911 pistol which will be the first of their commemorative […]

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07:00

New SAPI Plate Compatible Plate Carrier 13 from Whiskey Two Four [The Firearm Blog]

New SAPI Plate Compatible Plate Carrier 13 from Whiskey Two FourIf you’re looking to get into armor then the guys over at Whiskey Two Four have just launched their latest budget-friendly plate carrier to the market. The Whiskey Two Four Plate Carrier 13 is a sub $100 plate carrier that is as simple as it gets when it comes to plate carriers. Offered in multiple […]

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06:27

Q&A 54: Machine Gun Questions Msgt. (Ret) John Keene [Forgotten Weapons]

Thanks to John Keene for joining me again for today’s Q&A! John is both a professional in the business and a passionate machine gun collector himself, and we’re here to answer questions specifically about collectible machine guns…

0:01:12 – What MGs are over/under valued because of their nationality or provenance?
0:15:31 – What MGs are over/under valued because of their mechanical characteristics?
0:21:37 – Machine guns that really shouldn’t be legally considered machine guns
0:23:17 – Paperwork associated with DEWATs (Deactivated War Trophies)
0:24:19 – Best and worst Cold War SMGs for the collector and shooter?
0:29:55 – When will demand for transferrable MGs start to slow?
0:32:39 – How do cannon/artillery owners obtain ammunition?
0:34:52 – Where should someone start when collecting machine guns?
0:39:06 – MAC family of guns and their accessories
0:41:50 – Are there more “enemy” MGs on the registry than “allied” ones?
0:44:38 – Chances of another machine gun amnesty?
0:49:30 – Have binary triggers impacted machine gun values?
0:51:30 – Most surprising machine gun John has encountered?
0:53:46 – How does parts/accessory availability impact MG values?
1:01:46 – What is John’s opinion of the M60?

06:00

New Lantac Dragon Muzzle Brake with Dead Air KEYMO Mounting System [The Firearm Blog]

New Lantac Dragon Muzzle Brake with Dead Air KEYMO Mounting SystemMuzzle brakes are quite useful out on the flat range during a competition or just casual shooting for making faster follow-up shots but they don’t often make you any friends on the firing line. Lantac is proud to introduce their latest addition to the Dragon Muzzle Brake lineup with the new Dead Air KEYMO mounting […]

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