Monday, 30 March

17:00

TFB Review: The Milspec Monkey CG-Hat Notch Adjust [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Milspec Monkey CG-Hat Notch AdjustFrequenters of the blog as well as our YouTube channel TFBTV will know that we offer our Subscribe Star and Patreon supporters patches as rewards. Upon reaching a certain dollar value our supporters are rewarded with TFB embroidered patches. Many of these patches come from our good friend Milspec Monkey. Milspec Monkey now also makes […]

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16:30

POTD: Falkland Islands Defence Force [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome to TFB’s own Photo Of The Day. As the name indicates, we dedicate this series to interesting and unique pictures on a daily basis. Today’s pictures are from the Falkland Islands Defence Force, and we’re looking at a soldier with a .50 Browning Machine Gun. The vehicle, which I presume is a Land Rover, […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: The Worst 22LR Pistol I Ever Bought [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: The Worst 22LR Pistol I Ever BoughtWelcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! In this series we discuss, explore review various rimfire firearms, calibers and various aspects of their use. As you can tell by the title, today we’re going to discuss a slightly negative issue – the worst 22LR pistol I ever bought. Before we get started I do have […]

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15:14

New Jersey Backs Down []

News comes this afternoon that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) has backed down from his order that all gun stores are non-essential and must close. His order led to a lawsuit from the Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition entitled Kashinsky v. Murphy.

SAF provides more info in this release:

The Second Amendment Foundation declare victory today when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy backed away from his earlier position on gun shop operations in the state during the current COVID-19 panic, and will now allow operations by appointment.

SAF sued Murphy and acting State Police Supt. Col. Patrick Callahan in U.S. District Court last week, seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order. They were ultimately joined by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, Legacy Indoor Range and Armory LLC and the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Racing Rails LLC d/b/a Legend Firearms and several private citizens. Plaintiffs were represented by noted civil rights attorney David Jensen of New York and Adam Kraut of California.

“We’re delighted that Gov. Murphy has reversed course on this matter, even if it took a lawsuit to get him to do it,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Our lawsuit cut right to the heart of what the Second Amendment is all about, which is personal protection during emergency situations like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the nation.”

Murphy found himself in the uncomfortable, and untenable, position of having to defend his armed protection detail while having closed down Garden State gun shops, making it impossible for average citizens to by even ammunition, much less a firearm.

“While we pursue litigation elsewhere,” Gottlieb said, “we’re happy that the situation in New Jersey has changed. Regardless what some politicians might think, the Second Amendment is not subject to emergency orders, same as the First, Fourth, Fifth or other constitutional protections.

“This is one more example of SAF’s ongoing mission to win back firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time,” he concluded.

While I might have liked to say it was ScotShot’s guest editorial that convinced him to change his mind, I think it is more likely the combination of the lawsuit and President Trump declaring the firearms industry including gun stores as essential businesses.

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15:11

Maryland: Governor Hogan Protects Second Amendment – Gun Stores Remain Open [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan has issued a “stay-at-home” executive order requiring all individuals to suspend any non-essential activities.

13:31

New Jersey: Gun Shop Closure Reversed in New Jersey! [NRA-ILA News]

On Saturday, March 21, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 107 which shut down the state’s background check system and ruled gun shops non-essential, closing down gun shops along with most other businesses in the state.

13:04

New Turkey Thumpers! Introducing Escort’s PS Turkey Hunter Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Many of us are fighting to ward off boredom and thinking of all the activities we are going to do once we are out of quarantine. One activity that we can still participate in thankfully is hunting, and Hatsan USA has recently debuted a NEW shotgun specifically for turkey hunting! They go on to explain what it is all about in this Press Release covering the Escort PS Turkey Hunter:

Bentonville, AR (March, 2020) – Escort’s proven PS line of semi-automatic shotguns are now available in turkey-specific models. The PS Turkey Hunter is available in 12-GA, 20-GA, and .410-Cal and is tailored with the turkey shooter in mind. Common to many Escort semi-automatic shotguns, the PS Turkey Hunter features Hatsan’s FAST Loading System and Smart Valve Piston technologies. The FAST Loading System enables faster and easier loading with one hand and without the need to change shooting position. The loading button acts as both a carrier latch release for loading and the bolt release when the bolt is locked back. This gun’s Smart Valve Piston will cycle 7/8 oz, 2.75-inch all the way up to 3-inch full magnum loads, credited to its self-regulating design. This patented design is so reliable that one can mix heavy and light loads in the same magazine without a hiccup.

With the PS Turkey Hunter, you have your choice of two available camo patterns: RealTree APG and Mossy Oak BottomLand. With each PS Turkey Hunter, you receive 3 Interchangeable Chokes suitable for a variety of turkey hunting situations. They are also outfitted with a 5″ cantilever rail featuring 4 cross-slots to accommodate a variety of Weaver mounts or directly mounted optics. The PS Turkey Hunter is also equipped with a bright red, windage-adjustable fiber optic front sight and a green fiber optic rear sight that is both windage and elevation adjustable. All of Hatsan’s barrels are hard chrome lined for maximum durability and corrosion resistance. The MSRP for the PS Turkey Hunter is $499.99 and all of the specifications for the 12, 20, and .410 Gauge PS Turkey Hunter can be read below.


PS Turkey hunter 12 GAuge

  • 12 Gauge Gas-Operated, Semi-Automatic
  • 24″ Barrel | 44″ Overall Length | 6.9 Lbs.
  • Chokes: Extended Extra Full, Full, Improved Modified

PS Turkey hunter 20 GAuge

  • 20 Gauge Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic
  • 22″ Barrel | 42″ Overall Length | 6.2 Lbs.
  • Chokes: Extended Extra Full, Full, Improved Modified

PS Turkey hunter .410 GAuge

  • .410 Gauge Gas-Operated, Semi-Automatic
  • 24″ Barrel | 44″ Overall Length | 6 Lbs.
  • Chokes: Full, Modified, Improved Cylinder (All Extended)

If you are like me, you cannot wait to get out of your house, see all the snow melt around you, and get out for the first season of hunting in the spring to chase turkeys! The biggest question is, what do you think of this new offering from Hatsan USA with the Escort PS Turkey Hunter? Is this something you would be willing to spend your money on? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

ps turkey hunter

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12:48

Finding the Best Spinning Reel for You [AllOutdoor.com]

There is an incredible amount of different spinning reels available to anglers. How do you decide which spinning reel is right for you? It can get quite confusing figuring out the differences between one reel and another. Here is some information to help you in finding the best spinning reel for you.

What is the difference with ball bearings in spinning reels?

Ball Bearings in fishing reels reduce friction and make the reel smoother. They also allow the spool to move smoother and more freely, allowing you to have greater casting distance. So the more ball bearings in the spinning reel, the smoother the reel operates. Besides the drive bearings, there is a reverse clutch bearing that is part of the mechanism to stop the reel from spinning in reverse when reverse is not engaged. Generally speaking, the more bearings, the higher the cost of the reel. A reel, like the Abu Garcia Revo Ike, has a 9+1 bearings system. It’s as smooth as silk. One thing to keep in mind about high ball bearing reels, they need to be cleaned regularly. The Ike spinning reel casts very smoothly, and gives you amazing feel and control over your fishing. Designed by bass fishing professional, Mike Iconelli, this may be the best spinning reel for bass fishing.

Shimano Stradic

Not all expensive spinning reels have a high bearing count. A Shimano Stradic CI4+ FB, for example, is a 6+1 reel. It is another ultra smooth reel that gets its smooth action from Shimano’s engineers and the lightweight of the spool. It has a cost similar to the Ike, and both are worthy spinning reels.

What is the best budget-friendly spinning reel?

Looking for a decent spinning reel at a lower cost? There are so many good ones on the market, it’s hard to pick just one. The Mitchell 300 series has a special place in our hearts. These reels have legendary toughness and durability. We have used these reels for walleye, pike, and even salmon in Alaska, all without fail. The Mitchell 300 costs around $50 and has 7+1 bearings. You can get the Mitchell 300 Pro with 9+1 bearings for around $70. These are smooth reels that are a little heavier than the higher priced reels.

Mitchell 300

There are a pile of good reels in the $30 range. Abu Garcia’s Black Max is a 3+1 reel that has been well received. It gets great reviews, mostly saying that it is a great reel for the money. Lew’s Signature reels are another $30 spinning reel. The Lew’s reel is a 5+1 reel and is highly reviewed by owners. The cheaper reels with plastic spools don’t often last well, and don’t have smooth actions. The exception is the Shimano IX, which isn’t the smoothest reel, but has proven to be durable.

Abu Garcia Black Max

Why do some reels have a rear drag system?

Rear drag systems are also called fighting drags. With traditional reels, it is harder to adjust the drag while fighting a fish. Rear drag systems allow you to adjust the drag as you fight with a big fish. This is helpful if the fish makes a run, you can let up the drag some so it doesn’t break off, or burn up the reel. Shimano’s Sahara rear drag model has a cool feature with the Fightin’ Drag System has a lever that lets you tighten or loosen the drag while fighting the fish and then, with a flip of the Fightin’ Drag Lever, you immediately return to the original drag setting. It’s a cool feature.

Shimano Sahara

The downside to a rear drag model, and the reason why most spinning reels are front drag, is that the front drag has a greater surface area to work with. This gives you a longer lasting system and a stronger drag system overall. Rear drag reels also tend to be heavier. We’ve used both and find that they each have their qualities.

How important are gear ratios?

The most important thing when finding the best spinning reel for you, is to know what you expect from the reel, how you’ll use the reel and how much you want to pay for the reel. The use and expect parts of the equation will have more to do with the gear ratio. Most spinning reels feature a gear ratio of 5.2:1 to 6.2:1. You can find spinning reels with a 7.0:1 gear ratio for anglers looking for a super fast retrieve. The fastest spinning reel we’ve seen is the KastKing Speed Demon with a 7.2:1 ratio. The Demon also has a 10+1 ball bearing set and a triple disc drag. If you feel the need for speed, it’s less than $100.

KastKing Speed Demon

The higher the gear ratio, the faster the retrieve, so if you’re tossing spinner baits for bass or pike, you’ll want a faster reel. If you’re looking to use a wacky rigged worm to slowly work weed bed edges, a slower retrieve is better. Knowing what you want to do will make selecting a spinning reel easier. The most important thing is – Go fishing.

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11:57

Virginia: Gov. Northam Issues Stay-At-Home Order [NRA-ILA News]

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 55 today directing Virginians to “Stay at Home” except for conducting essential activities.

11:00

TPD-A1 – New Italian Dry and Live-Fire Training Device [The Firearm Blog]

TPD-A1With live fire training being not an option for many of us confined at home, dry firing solutions become more interesting. Indeed our Eric B included dry fire training in his list of activities to kill boredom in quarantine (No. 9). The folks at TPD, in Italy, had the same thought and they are promoting […]

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10:23

Rhode Island: Gun Shops Deemed Essential and Will Remain Open [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Gina Raimondo’s order to ban operation of all non-essential businesses will not apply to Ocean State gun shops.  They have rightfully been designated as essential businesses, ensuring that citizens can continue to provide for their own security and safety during this national health crisis.

10:20

Hi-Point Barrel Contained 35 Bullets, Why Didn’t it Explode? [AllOutdoor.com]

Somewhere, there’s a Hi-Point 45 carbine owner who 1) probably needs some firearms education and 2) has a very effective guardian angel.

Hi-Point recently posted a couple photos on Facebook, explaining that a customer had sent in a 4595TS 45 ACP carbine, telling them he was unable to hit a target with the firearm. The reason? His bullets were not even making it through the barrel!

The issue probably began with a squib round, an underpowered cartridge which lacked the oomph to propel the bullet all the way through the barrel.

His next shot should have ruined the gun. Most of the time, when a firearm is fired with an obstructed barrel, the barrel fails by rupturing in an explosive manner. But the Hi-Point did not fail.

The hapless shooter continued firing — 34 more times! And the Gun. Still. Would. Not. Fail.

Wow.

Then, instead of chalking it up to firearms abuse and saying it wasn’t covered under warranty, Hi-Point replaced the barrel and returned the gun.

Doesn’t matter whether you love Hi-Point or hate them… you have got to be impressed by the fact that the gun was not utterly destroyed, and that they replaced the barrel for free.

About my only misgiving is that this owner may be one of those folks you wish really wouldn’t own a gun, much less fire it next to you at the range. Fortunately, he chose a really strong firearm.

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10:17

Order Up! Federal Premium Custom Shop Turkey Loads Now in Season [AllOutdoor.com]

Even though most of the United States is unfortunately quarantined or shut-down to some degree to curb the spread of the Coronavirus-19, many states are still allowing for hunting, trapping, and fishing to continue! This news comes as an extremely welcomed sign of better days ahead and things to look forward to. The most imminent hunting season for many of us is spring turkey season, and if you cannot find a good long beard shotgun load for your favorite shotgun, you need to check out the Federal Premium Custom Shop.

The great thing about the Federal Premium Custom Shop is that you get a hand-crafted load to your exacting specifications. If some permutation of a load you love is sold out everywhere, you have an odd-duck gauge, or want something with less recoil, they can make it happen. A dedicated page on Federal Premium’s website takes Custom Shop users to an order form, where they select their ammunition options and preferences, then purchase the custom ammunition via credit card.

Federal Premium offers a wide selection of TSS factory loads in a variety of gauge and payloads intended for turkey hunting. However, Custom Shop TSS loads are options that customers cannot find in the Federal Premium catalog such as a 12 Gauge 2¾”, 28 Gauge, or 16 Gauge shotgun loads. Hunters truly get to pick and choose exactly what they want:

  • Customers choose Gauge, Shell Length, Shot Size, & Shot Weight from a list of TSS Options
  • Gauges include 10, 12, 16, 20 & 28 w/ Shell Length & Payloads varying w/ each Gauge
  • TSS Shot Size could be #7, #8, #9, & #10… or mixed #7/#9 or #8/#10 — this also depends on Gauge selected

federal premium custom shop

The ammunition factory hailing from Anoka in Minnesota has its Federal Premium Custom Shop in a separate, secured room with a state-of-the-art reloading workshop focused on the utmost attention to detail, quality, and care for each hand-loaded round produced. An elite group of Federal Premium’s most experienced employees were selected to work in the Custom Shop.

From there, they use the best components available, these expert engineers handcraft this ammunition to order. Each round is hand-checked with a final cleaning and inspection before being packed in Custom Shop packaging and shipped out. Each box of Federal Premium Custom Shop ammunition is signed by the Federal employee who hand-loaded it. Since ammunition is made-to-order, typical lead time is approximately 2 – 3 weeks to produce. Buyers will receive their order after a few days of shipping time.

federal premium custom shop
TSS is incredibly dense which helps it provide optimum energy and the highest velocities at long ranges. Shotshells loaded with TSS represent a big upgrade from anything previously available, letting hunters harvest gobblers farther than they ever thought possible. Payloads of #7, #8, #9 or #10 TSS shot provide high pellet counts — in many cases, more than double compared to lead loads of the same weight. The shot is 18 grams per cubic centimeter of density and is 56% denser than lead.

For all of our turkey hunters in the reading audience, what do you think of the option of getting a custom turkey load produced by Federal Premium this season? Will you be able to get out and chase some long beards with this COVID-19 going around? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

federal premium custom shop

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10:11

Kansas: Governor Kelly Issues Executive Order in Response to Covid-19 [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Laura Kelly has issued Executive Order 20-16.  This “stay-at-home” order requires all businesses except those deemed “Essential” to close down.

10:00

Two New Higher Velocity Shotshell Offerings from Federal [The Firearm Blog]

Federal’s line of Top Gun sporting ammunition has been a popular choice amongst sport shotgun shooters for years. Two new higher velocity offerings are now available at 1,300 fps in both 1-ounce, 12 -gauge 2 ¾-inch loads in either 7.5 or number 8 shot sizes. Two New Higher Velocity Shotshell Offerings from Federal The velocity […]

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09:25

Another Massive Gun Grab Bill (Re) Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

At a time when our nation struggles, everyone’s first and foremost concern is the safety of themselves and their loved ones. However, this doesn't stop Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) from pushing a massive gun grab bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would leave law-abiding Americans defenseless.

08:00

Rivian to Offer Truck Seats Allowing Comfortable Weapon Carry [The Firearm Blog]

Rivian Seat patent drawing.We rarely care about what happens in the automotive world, but sometimes there are bits of car news which can be interesting to TFB readers. Whether it is luxurious hunter’s rides, wannabe tanks, or not-so bulletproof trucks, we know that occasionally vehicles and firearms can go together. This time again the protagonist of the story […]

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07:48

Prep for Turkey Hunting [AllOutdoor.com]

All across the country in turkey woods and swamps from low Florida wetlands across the Eastern Turkey grounds to Merriam’s lands out west, gobbling action is picking up. It’s time to gather gear for the greatest of hunting’s challenges in chasing the great American wild turkey.

I fondly remember my very first turkey hunt in Northern Missouri just outside the little town of Kirksville, not far from the Iowa border. I slipped into a piece of dark timber before shadows were even cast by the pending sunrise. I was confident in my only turkey call, a wooden Lynch box I bought for $7 at Wal-Mart. I knew nothing about turkey hunting except for a couple articles read from a stack of barber shop outdoor magazines.

I perched against a huge white oak wider than I, and began to crank on that box issuing a series of something that must have sounded like a turkey hen in desperation. I heard not a single gobble. Within an hour I heard leaves rustle right behind me. Without knowing I sat up and peered around the tree. I got only a half-second glimpse of my first turkey gobbler with a beard as long as a paint can stir paddle. I can still remember that bird launching skyward and sailing off toward the sunrise. It took minutes for my pulse to slow down. That was 1973.

Since I have learned a lot more about turkeys, anbd one of the main things is to get everything laid out in advance and packed into my turkey hunting shoulder carry bag. Shotgun ready to go, with fresh oil on moving parts and a clean bore. Choke chosen and screwed in tight into my Remington 11-87. I pack five Federal turkey loads No.5s. The bag holds a facemask, gloves, “skeeter” dope, the old Lynch call, a Primos slate pot, a Woods Wise call, and a plastic mouth call box with several Preston Pittman calls.

For locating gobblers, there’s at least one owl call plus a shock peacock call. I take binoculars, pocket knife, a water bottle, limb clippers, a pack of cheese crackers, and maybe a cigar. I have a small package of wet wipes for hot days when the sweat trickles down into my eyes. They clean eyeglasses, too.

Sometimes I take a turkey seat cushion or one of the new fold-out turkey chairs. I always carry an old 5-panel fabric turkey blind with steel poles and at least two fold-up hen decoys.

So, rummage around and put your turkey bag together. It’s time to sneak into the woods for the season’s greatest challenge. Good luck.

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07:00

Remington Arms to Dedicate 1 Mil Sq Ft to Make Medical Supplies? [The Firearm Blog]

Remington to Dedicate 1 Mil Sq Ft of Space to Make Medical Supplies?In the midst of this current pandemic, Remington Arms has offered to take part in its manufacturing space at their Ilion New York factory and convert it supplies dedicated to combating the coronavirus. Items such as ventilators, surgical masks, hospital beds and other critical medical supplies used in hospitals are in short supply and Remington […]

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06:36

COVID-19 Threatens Health…of Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Our nation continues to struggle with the widespread impact of the COVID-19 virus.  By now, everyone should be aware of the new “social distancing” paradigm, where we are all encouraged to avoid large groups of people, and maintain at least six feet of distance between each other when we do interact.  Regular washing of our hands—which we should have been doing already—is now the norm, and anyone caught coughing or sneezing outside of the confines of their own elbow is at risk of being labeled a pariah.

06:28

Firearms Industry Aids in Response to COVID-19 [NRA-ILA News]

While the nation continues to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen countless reports of various sectors of industry making sacrifices to help with trying to contain and control the pandemic.  This speaks volumes to the nature of what it means to be an American.  In times of crisis, we band together.

06:27

Ross Rudd’s Prototype Delayed Blowback AR180 [Forgotten Weapons]

Sold for $1,610 in the February 2020 Sport & Collectors auction.

Ross Rudd was born in Toronto in 1915, but his family moved to Springfield Massachusetts in 1917, and he would grow up there. Interested in guns and gun design from an early age, Rudd went to work for Savage in 1940, where he was involved in Lee Enfield production and the simplification of the Thompson SMG. In the early 1970s, he formed his own company to produce a pistol he designed using a clever delayed blowback design. He also adapted the system to a rifle, and it is his prototype AR-180-based rifle that we are looking at today.

While the mechanical system seems sound, and his prototype pistol appears to have run well, Rudd was unable to find a financial backer for the project, and neither the rifle nor pistol ever went into production.

You can see Rudd himself explaining his pistol here: https://youtu.be/7lAxVYYhACM
And his patent here: https://patents.google.com/patent/US3998126A/

06:21

Pandemic Exposes Dangers of So-Called "Universal" Background Checks [NRA-ILA News]

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes its way across the country, Americans are getting an important lesson in the dangers of a placing a prior restraint on the exercise of a constitutional right. The vast increase in those seeking protection in the Second Amendment during this period of uncertainty has caused the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and Point of Contact State background check systems to buckle. Worse, some jurisdictions that have criminalized the private transfer of firearms have also shut down access to guns stores or their state criminal background check system. This lethal combination of misguided policies has made it impossible for millions of Americans to acquire, or even borrow or lend, firearms during this moment of crisis.

06:09

7 Reasons the AK-47 and the AR-15 are Terrible SHTF Survival Guns (ft. Brandon Herrera) [The Firearm Blog]

It’s AK-47 vs. AR-15 today on The Firearm Blog. We’ve got a fun coronacollab for you today on TFBTV; James and his equally well-maned brother from another mother (possibly literally), Brandon Herrera (a.k.[47]a. “The AK Guy“) decided to have a good old fashioned YouTube pissing match over which platform was better for SHTF survival – […]

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06:00

New Amber Filters for Night Vision Goggles from IEA [The Firearm Blog]

IEA Mil-Optics is a German company supplying premium solutions for Armies and professionals. For instance, they got the order from the German Army as they ordered Night Vision Quad-Eyes. For users of the PVS14 / NT920, Mini14 / NT940 or PVS-1431 and PVS-31 BNVD they have developed Amber filters, which is to ease the use of Night Vision […]

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Sunday, 29 March

16:30

POTD: HK416 .22LR pistol with Strike Industries parts and a Vortex UH1 [The Firearm Blog]

HK416 22LRPhoto Of The Day – Above you get a look at a nice plinkster pistol. You’re looking at a Heckler & Koch HK416 .22LR pistol with Strike Industries parts and a Vortex UH1. The picture is taken by Jeremy Tremp of Offensive Marketing Group. Here’s how H&K describe the product: Get the look and feel […]

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14:46

New Gun Owners In Some States, But Not Others []

The following editorial was written by my friend “ScotShot”. He is a resident of New Jersey and a firearms trainer. ScotShot is a NRA Training Counselor, a USCCA instructor, and a CCW instructor. He is also the co-founder with Klint Macro of National Train-A-Teacher Day. He has a greater appreciation for the US Constitution and especially the Second Amendment than many. That is because he grew up in a country which has no written constitution and no such protections.

All of us gun owners across the country have been watching, and shaking our heads with a sort of wizened “told you so”, at the stories of people suddenly rushing to buy guns and ammunition, thanks to this new virus from China.

We’ve reserved particular attention, and rightly so, for our more liberal brothers and sisters who previously eschewed firearms ownership. In most states, the worst they’ve had to deal with is a long line, or perhaps a government mandated waiting period. Oh and yup, the mental butt hurt that comes from realizing that their favorite 2A loophole (the internet, gunshows, the gun-fairy..) doesn’t exist. You’d think they’d be pleased, except now they’re learning the hard way.

Of course, in some States, it’s even more difficult, which makes the residents of those States more at the mercy of their Government. Let’s consider what the situation is in New Jersey, which vies with California to have the most restrictive death-grip on the 2nd Amendment Rights of  its Citizens.

In New Jersey, if you want to buy a firearm for the first time, you need to apply for and obtain a “Firearms Purchaser Identification Card”, the FPID card. Getting one is tedious but straightforward, but usually takes around three months. So, right there, people who want to buy their first firearm in NJ as a result of this viral crisis are, as they say, S.O.L. So, no lines of frustrated gun-newbs in NJ.

“BUT!”, you say, “at least existing gun owners can get a handgun, all those over-under-only hunters and skeeters, can still protect themselves, right?” Sadly, no; to buy a handgun, FPID holders must first get a “Permit to Purchase a Pistol.” Getting one (or two, or as many as you want), is tedious but straightforward and yes you guessed it, usually takes around three months. So, no handgun for you, Elmer; you’d best resort to the Biden Protocol. Oh, you can only get one handgun a month, so too bad if something dramatic happens and you need more, like now.

Photo from Gov. Phil Murphy’s Facebook page

Nevertheless, law-abiding FPID card owners flooded their local FFLs and consequently flooded the NICS system. Enter villain number two, the NJ State NICS System. NJ is one of the states that gets between its gun-buyers and the Federal NICS system. Soon, the NJ NICS had a backlog of over 1,000 applications and then quickly announced that it was swamped and was unlikely to be able to process these in anything other than geological time. Then, the Governor closed the NJ NICS system, after not protecting gun stores and training facilities as essential, mandating their closure. Now, that’s no guns for anyone.

On Saturday March 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy announced he is putting New Jersey in lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus. Per Executive Order 107, he is ordering the residents of New Jersey to stay home, directing all non-essential retail businesses closed to the public. At this time, the order includes New Jersey Firearms State Licensed Dealers. The New Jersey State Police NICS Unit is directing the vendor of the NICS Online Application (NICUSA) to turn off the NICS Online Services for submitting NICS transactions by eliminating the “Request Form” button, effective 9:00pm EST, Saturday, March 21, 2020. You will still have the ability to view the message board and the status of previously submitted transactions. This “Request Form” feature will remain off until further order by Governor Murphy.

All of this of course, against a background of a governmental supermajority that supports even greater restrictions on 2A rights, firearm types and features, ammunition registrations and so on.

Hopefully, our new brothers and sisters in most states are getting what they want, and feel secure. Hopefully, they will go forward from this viral crisis and obtain proper training on the safe and efficient handling and use of their chosen firearms and hopefully, that will be happening all across our great country. It’s won’t be happening in New Jersey though. In New Jersey, the State Government will use this crisis to increase its grip on the lives of the people who live here, and their dependency on the government spoon.

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12:33

President Trump Declares Gun Stores Critical [NRA-ILA News]

As NRA is actively fighting gun store closures across the country, President Trump’s newly-updated DHS guidance echoes what the NRA is arguing in court: that firearms and ammunition retailers are "critical infrastructure."

11:58

SHTF Guns: Foxtrot Mike FM-9 and Shadow Systems MR918, Gear To Get Me Home [The Firearm Blog]

It is a surreal state of affairs we all live in today. Although we do all face some similar very challenging circumstances, I think we need to break our planning down to what is optimal for the job at hand. As for my SHTF weapon I needed a weapon that was concealable and easily carried. […]

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09:57

Firearms Industry Reclassified as ‘Essential’ [AllOutdoor.com]

GOA has issued a press release celebrating the recent decision to include the firearms industry as part of the USA’s “Essential Critical Infrastructure” during the COVID-19 / coronavirus emergency. As our own Adam Scepaniak can testify, citizens are buying guns at a record pace — and there is nothing more important than personal security right now. I mean, without a means of defense, your humongous cache of TP could be at risk!

(Just kidding… I’m sure none of our readers would hoard paper products, denying them to their fellow citizens.)

Anyhow, this decision is good news, and there’s no doubt that we will come out on the other side of this event with thousands upon thousands of new gun owners among our populace. That is great news for liberty in general and the overall security of our nation.

Here’s more from the GOA press release:

BREAKING: GOA and GOC Thank the Trump Administration for Designating Firearms Industry as Essential

Springfield, VA – President Trump’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has revised its guidance of critical infrastructure to include the firearms industry as part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure. This revision comes shortly after Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners of California (GOC) sent a letter to the administration urging inclusion of the firearms industry.

The guidance specifically includes ‘[w]orkers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges’ as part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure.

GOA Senior Vice President Erich Pratt said, ‘It is very encouraging to see CISA include the firearms industry as essential. In these uncertain times, the ability to protect yourself — and to acquire firearms, magazines and ammunition — should not be ignored. GOA/GOC thanks the Trump Administration for listening to our letter and ensuring that Americans can protect themselves in these difficult times.’

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09:31

National Vietnam War Veterans Day []

March 29th has been set aside as a day we honor those who served in the Vietnam War. It was established in 2017 with the passage of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act. The day is to recognize and commemorate the sacrifices made by those who served in Vietnam as well as that of their families.

My father, an Army lifer, served two tours of duty in Vietnam. His first tour of duty was in Cam Ranh Bay with the 544th Engineer Detachment October 1967 until October 1968. According to an Army history of the Engineers in Vietnam, this was only two years after they first arrived in Cam Ranh Bay. And yes, he was there for the Tet Offensive. Fortunately, it was not hit as hard as many other places in South Vietnam.

His second tour of duty in Vietnam was with the 554th Engineer Battalion where he served as the Construction Operations Sergeant and then as First Sergeant for Co. A. This was from April 1970 until April 1971. He was first in Lai Khe and then later the entire battalion moved into the southern highlands building road QL-20.

My dad was 52 when he left Vietnam the second time. A year later he would be given a medical retirement due to a whole host of medical problems including a TIA or mini-stroke. Whether it was due to exposure to Agent Orange or due to heavy smoking will never be known. He died from COPD 9 years later almost to the day of his medical retirement. If he were still alive, he would turn 101 in a few days from now.

In my mind’s eye, the Vietnam vet is the slightly older guy in college. In reality, they are today’s grandfathers and great-grandfathers. The last two men killed in the war – Cpl Charles McMahon and LCpl Darwin Judge – were born in 1953 and 1956 respectively. They were embassy security Marines killed in a rocket attack a day before the fall of Saigon. Judge, the younger of the two, would now be 64. That is probably the bottom end of the age cohort of Vietnam vets. Most are in the late 60s, 70s, and 80s.

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09:31

US Dept of Homeland Security: “Firearms ARE Essential” in COVID-19 [AllOutdoor.com]

In these tumultuous times that we all find ourselves in with Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19), there is a lot of uncertainty as to what businesses and occupations are still allowed to operate as normal. Many of us who understand the Bill of Rights intuitively know that firearm manufacturers, distributors, and retailers should remain open; because without them, your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms is de facto taken away from you. No other God-given right or Amendment from the Bill of Rights is in jeopardy, so why is only the 2nd questioned? Well, we finally received some more clarity from the United States Department of Homeland Security (US DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

The Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Christopher C. Krebs, issued this statement yesterday late on Saturday, March 28th to better inform all employers and employees in the United States as to what occupations are deemed “essential” (should continue to work) and “non-essential” (are ordered to cease operations to combat the spread of COVID-19).

MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE (March 28th, 2020)

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. This list is intended to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Decisions informed by this list should also take into consideration additional public health considerations based on the specific COVID-19-related concerns of particular jurisdictions.

This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.  

The advisory list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing operational functions, among others. It also includes workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure. The industries they support represent, but are not limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.

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State, local, tribal, and territorial governments are responsible for implementing and executing response activities, including decisions about access and reentry, in their communities, while the Federal Government is in a supporting role. Officials should use their own judgment in issuing implementation directives and guidance. Similarly, while adhering to relevant public health guidance, critical infrastructure owners and operators are expected to use their own judgement on issues of the prioritization of business processes and workforce allocation to best ensure continuity of the essential goods and services they support. All decisions should appropriately balance public safety, the health and safety of the workforce, and the continued delivery of essential critical infrastructure services and functions. While this advisory list is meant to help public officials and employers identify essential work functions, it allows for the reality that some workers engaged in activity determined to be essential may be unable to perform those functions because of health-related concerns.

CISA will continue to work with our partners in the critical infrastructure community to update this advisory list if necessary as the Nation’s response to COVID-19 evolves.

This memorandum, in and of itself, does little to clarify as to what employers and employees are deemed essential and non-essential. If you visit the CISA’s website and view the original memorandum there, they then go on to list all of the essential occupations in a series of bullet point lists that far exceeds 100 entries. The one that we all care about the most is this one below.


LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS

  • Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.

So, long story finally short… gun stores, the distributors who get products out into the marketplace, and firearm/ammunition manufacturers ARE deemed ESSENTIAL. Again, this might not come as a surprise to many of us who believe in the Right to Bear Arms, but it is nice to finally have someone spell it out for the general populous to understand as well. As always, let us know what you think in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:28

Feds Add Gun Companies to ‘Essential’ Business List Amid Coronavirus Outbreak [NRA-ILA News]

The Department of Homeland Security added gun dealers, ranges, and manufacturers to its essential business coronavirus-response guide on Saturday.

08:24

Confusion, anger on right as gun shops not considered essential [NRA-ILA News]

Confusion reigns at New Mexico gun stores, where owners say Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s emergency public health order to limit the spread of the new coronavirus has left many wondering whether they’re allowed to stay open or in what capacity.

08:04

Firearms Industry: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce [The Firearm Blog]

Firearms Industry: Essential Critical Infrastructure WorkforceThe U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published the essential critical infrastructure workforce in an attempt to provide guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business shutdowns. In the breakdown of businesses that meet the criteria as essential to commerce and infrastructure, the firearms industry is mentioned […]

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Saturday, 28 March

21:00

Tulsa, OK [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

3/27/20 KTUL:

Tulsa police said a woman was found dead near East 54th Street North and North Peoria Avenue from gunshot wounds Friday night.

A man with a concealed carry permit notified officers that he fired at the woman after she fired at customers outside a business, according to police.

Video showed the woman had been involved in an earlier altercation in the parking lot of the business involving parking.

Police said she left and then returned a few minutes later, took out a gun and fired at people standing outside the business.

16:30

POTD: Polish Snipers & Shooting Tactics – Bor Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – We’re in for a look at Polish snipers and some of their rifles & optics today. The Polish Bor Sniper Rifle isn’t something you see every day. TFB only covered this rifle briefly in previous articles. With these photos, you’ll get another chance to come closer to the Bor.  Bor is […]

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15:20

Concealed carry permit holder fatally shoots armed woman outside north Tulsa shopping center [NRA-ILA News]

A concealed carry permit holder fatally shot a woman outside a north Tulsa shopping center Friday evening after she reportedly opened fire on customers.

14:00

SHTF Guns: “Jack of All Trades” AR-15 – 16″ Barrel – 5.56mm – LPVO [The Firearm Blog]

I. Introduction: > Setting: My livingroom, watching locally cached episodes of True Blood > Voice comes booming over megaphone from a dune buggy in the cul-de-sac outside There has been too much violence, too much pain. None here are without sin, but I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Leave the iPad, the SSD full […]

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13:44

SILENCER SATURDAY #118: Suppressing Rimfire With The Rex Silentium SEG [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #118: Suppressing Rimfire With The Rex Silentium SEGWelcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where suppressed shooting is the most polite form of social distancing. Last week we discussed the utility of defensive suppressors, but this week I thought we could turn back to some pure wholesome fun – suppressing rimfire rifles and pistols. Rex Silentium was nice enough to […]

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13:37

Nevada: Las Vegas Metro Approves CCW Extension [NRA-ILA News]

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department issued the following statement providing a temporary extension for CCW permits that expired on or after March 17th.

07:45

Top 5 BEST Budget Handguns (You Can ACTUALLY Get) Amidst COVID-19 [AllOutdoor.com]

If you have been spooked by the coronavirus and are looking at purchasing your first firearm, but do not want to break the bank, there are several things that you should keep in mind. Aside from choosing a handgun that is going to be affordable on your wallet, you will want to think of caliber. The Top 5 BEST Budget Handguns we are about to name are all chambered in 9mm. For someone who is a 1st time handgun buyer, it goes without debating that they should purchase a 9mm. The ammunition is typically the cheapest you can get among all the popular semi-auto handgun choices on the market, the self-defense (hollow-point ammunition) available in 9mm is stout enough for defense, and there are exponentially more options available in 9mm than any other possible cartridge out there.

Another element you will want to look for is reliability which almost goes without saying. If you, or your family’s life is threatened, and it prompts you to display a firearm, in that moment of dire need it HAS to work. Because of this, every firearm on this list has a good track-record of reliability (regardless of urban legends spread around the water cooler) and they all carry a lifetime warranty. With those 2 strong points being covered of caliber choice and reliability, let’s jump into the Top 5 BEST Budget Handguns (you can actually get) in no particular order.

Top 5 best budget handguns – Smith & Wesson SD9VE 9mm

The Smith & Wesson SD9VE 9mm is the embodiment of what we are looking for. The funky name and acronym for this pistol stands for “Self Defense 9mm Value Enhanced.” It has a simple dis-assembly and maintenance process (it copies a standard Glock) and it has only the bare, essential features someone would need in a home defense or beginner CCW pistol. It also carries 16 Rounds in its 2 magazines you receive and has a semi-attractive look with a Bi-Tone finish. At an MSRP of $389 and often sold for much cheaper than that, it is hard to go wrong with the Smith & Wesson SD9VE 9mm.

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Smith & Wesson SD9VE 9mm

Top 5 best budget handguns – Taurus G3 9mm

This is one of the newest firearms to make its way onto this list, but in less than a year it has been shown to be reliable, have multiple magazine sizes for varying situations and needs, and a very affordable price-point which we all have come to expect from Taurus. With an MSRP of $345, good stippling for dexterity, and a high capacity of 17 rounds this is a great starting point for many people if this is going to be their 1st handgun.

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Taurus G3 9mm

Top 5 best budget handguns – Ruger Security-9 9mm

This pistol got extremely high praise from James Reeves of TFBTV who is on our sister-website of TheFirearmBlog. This pistol has an MSRP of $379, but can easily be found for sale around $300 online and has drawn strong comparisons to the stalwart and storied Glock 19 (but it punches in at nearly half the price). So, for simplicity, affordability, and reliability… Ruger has a winner in this economy pistol for any new shooters in the reading audience.

best budget handguns

Ruger Security-9 9mm

Top 5 best budget handguns – Hi-Point C9 9mm

I know what everyone is thinking… has this writer lost his freaking mind! Hi-Points are the eternal butt end of every firearm joke! He cannot be serious?!… The truth of the matter is though that I am serious. Most of the naysayers of Hi-Point firearms have never actually shot one. They are, in fact, incredibly reliable for the most affordable pistol on this list. There are videos on YouTube and people abusing these pistols to high heaven, and they flat out work and keep chugging along. Where the Hi-Point C9 fails incredibly in aesthetics, it is the undefeated world champion in reliability. So, with an MSRP of $199 and a street price that flutters in the low 100s, it is hard to not mention the Hi-Point C9 in a virus, doomsday bug-out bag.

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Hi-Point C9 9mm

Top 5 best budget handguns – SCCY CPX-2 9mm

Finally, there is the less-often talked about SCCY family of firearms, who similarly to Hi-Point, make magically reliable firearms for an astonishingly cheap price. Based out of Florida with a lifetime warranty behind all of their firearms, the CPX-2 is a compact carry pistol with no manual safety and affords the owner 10 rounds in a very small package. You get 2 magazines (one flush to the frame and a 2nd with a small finger extension) and the pistols come in a rainbow of colors to suit anyone’s fancy. This pistol has an MSRP of $269.99 and is the personification of no-frills and all work when it comes to an economical carry pistol. Definitely something worth looking into if you are thinking of buying your first firearm.

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SCCY CPX-2 9mm

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06:27

Engraved Tranter 577-Caliber Hand Cannon [Forgotten Weapons]

This is lot #1347 in the upcoming RIA Premier Auction. It was scheduled for April, but has been postponed – check their web site for upcoming Online Only auctions every month, though!

William Tranter’s Model 1868 revolver was his first centerfire design, and became very popular, made in a wide variety of sizes and styles. One of the very rarest of these today is the 5-shot .577 Boxer caliber, an absolute monstrosity of a revolver made for British adventurers worried about facing down lions and tigers. This is the only known engraved example, and it is beautifully done.

06:00

The Top 5 Guns to *NOT* Panic Buy (For Beginners) (Coronavirus 2020 Remix) [The Firearm Blog]

Yes, you guys probably already panic bought your guns, but James has advice for the Johnny-come-latelys to the gun game (and info for the next Chinese virus crisis). Background checks and gun buys were up 300% last week. There are brand new gun owners out there who panic buy firearms for the flugaloo without any […]

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05:47

Washington: Police & Lawmakers Say Firearm Dealers Are Essential [NRA-ILA News]

On March 27th, state Senator Lynda Wilson delivered letters to Governor Jay Inslee explaining why it is essential that citizens are able to access their Second Amendment rights during the COVID-19 crisis.

Friday, 27 March

17:00

Friday Night Lights: How To Zero Your Invisible Laser (AKA Infrared Laser) [The Firearm Blog]

So you bought a ninja laser to do ninja stuff in the dark. I am talking about a weapon mounted infrared laser. Humans cannot see the near infrared (NIR) wavelength without the help of night vision whether it is analog or digital. So how do you zero your invisible laser? There are a couple of […]

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16:30

POTD: Sako TRG 42 A1 .338 LM + Schmidt Bender 5-45×56 PM II High Power [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day: It’s the SAKO factory in Riihimäki that produces the bolt-action Sako TRG 42 A1 rifle. Here we can see it equipped with goodies like a Schmidt Bender 5-45×56 PM II High Power scope with DTII turrets, in a mount from Spuhr. The bipod is from Fortmeier. This version is chambered in […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Quarantine – 3/27/20 [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Hello ladies and germs and welcome back to another featured deals of the week. I’m your host Benjamin F, and this week’s theme is “anything that will get me out of the house oh dear god I am going stir crazy in here.” Used S&W M10-5 4″ Taper 38spl – $204.95 What the deal is: […]

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15:50

Alabama: Gun Stores to Remain Open [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris amended the order suspending certain public gatherings to include restrictions on numerous businesses across the state, to go into effect on March 28th at 5PM.

15:28

North Carolina: Gun Stores Remain Open Despite Governor Not Designating them “Essential” [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 to Stay-at-Home, temporarily places restrictions on numerous businesses across the state, to go into effect March 30th at 5PM.

15:14

COVID-19 Draws Attacks on Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

During the COVID-19 crisis, many of our family members, friends, and fellow citizens have decided to exercise their right to self-defense for the first time.  Unfortunately, many of them are being delayed or denied their rights not only by anti-gun bureaucracy put in place years ago, but also new obstacles created within the past few days and weeks.

14:48

Three Of My Favorite Groups Unite To Take On Wake Sheriff []

Wake County (NC) Sheriff Gerald Baker should be feeling a bit uneasy right about now. That’s because three of my favorite groups – Grass Roots North Carolina, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Firearms Policy Coalition – have come together to file suit against Baker’s refusal to even take applications for the Jim Crow-era pistol purchase permit.

For those that don’t know, in North Carolina, you need a pistol purchase permit to purchase a handgun regardless of whether it is from a dealer or a private individual unless you possess a NC Concealed Handgun Permit. As I’ve written about it many a time, the law was passed in 1919 in an unspoken but well understood effort to keep African-Americans, Populists, and union backers disarmed.

The suit has been filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The individual plaintiff is Kerry Stafford who decided a handgun was the proper firearm with which to defend herself and her family. After calling the Wake County sheriff’s department for an PPP application, she was refused.

The complaint alleges that Sheriff Baker has exceeded his discretion and has violated the Second and Fourteenth Amendments depriving Ms. Stafford and others of their constitutional rights under color of law. It asks that either an injunction be issued or that the requirement for a pistol purchase permit be waived until April 30th.

It is great to see these groups working together. For GRNC and SAF, it is a reprise of the joint efforts that led to the win in Bateman v. Perdue.

They issued a joint release which I have copied below:

GRNC, SAF, FPC File Federal Lawsuit Against Wake County, NC Sheriff Over Constitutional Violations

RALEIGH, NC (March 27, 2020) ­— Today, attorneys for an individual Wake County, North Carolina resident, Grass Roots North Carolina, Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and Firearms Policy Coalition filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wake County Sheriff Gerald M. Baker’s recent actions infringing on Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights he announced as a response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. A copy of the lawsuit can be found at:

https://www.grnc.org/documents/Complaint-Wake-County-Filed.pdf

This latest case tracks a 2011 federal court victory in Bateman v. Perdue, also led by plaintiffs Second Amendment Foundation and Grass Roots North Carolina, which successfully challenged North Carolina statutes restricting firearms during states of emergency.

“Although Sheriff Gerald Baker claims his refusal to accept applications for pistol purchase permits and concealed handgun permits doesn’t infringe on individual rights, nothing could be further from the truth,” said GRNC president Paul Valone. “During this emergency, as always, GRNC intends to ensure that lawful North Carolinians have the means to protect themselves and their families.”

“Sheriff Baker is implementing by fiat what the Supreme Court struck down in Heller – a ban on a citizen’s right to purchase a handgun for the defense of hearth and home. This action cannot be allowed to stand,” said GRNC Director of Legal Affairs Ed Green.

“Times of emergency is when you need the ability to obtain the means of self-defense the most. Suspending that right is not acceptable. That is why this lawsuit is so important,” commented SAF founder and Executive Vice President, Alan Gottlieb.

“Sheriff Baker’s unconstitutional actions have and will deprive law-abiding, peaceable individuals the opportunity to obtain handguns, the ‘quintessential self-defense weapon’ according to the U.S. Supreme Court, in a time where the arms are most needed,” explained attorney and FPC Director of Legal Strategy, Adam Kraut. “Sheriff Baker’s actions to stop processing and issuing required  Pistol Purchase Permits violate fundamental human rights. We are proud to join GRNC and SAF in this fight to defend the rights of North Carolinians.”

Individual arms applicants/purchasers and retailers affected by ‘stay-home’ or shutdown orders can report potential civil rights violations to FPC’s COVID-19 Issue Hotline at www.FPChotline.org

Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Ed Green, Raymond M. DiGuiseppe, and Adam Kraut.

Grass Roots North Carolina (www.grnc.org) is North Carolina’s most effective gun rights organization. GRNC was founded in 1994 as an independent, all-volunteer 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving constitutional freedoms. The organization’s projects are primarily devoted to defending the individual right to keep and bear arms.

Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing, and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom.

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12:10

Breaking: NRA & Other Groups Sue California [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va. - Today, the National Rifle Association (NRA) joins with a coalition of gun rights groups in filing a federal lawsuit challenging state and local policies and enforcement practices that violate Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The gun rights coaltion includes the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), the California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), and the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC).

11:00

Underground Arms Watch – March Pt.2 [The Firearm Blog]

Continuing with this month’s edition of Underground Arms Watch, we again report on the global cottage industry for the illicit manufacture of firearms. In Qalyubia, Egypt a police operation busted three illegal gun makers last month. The 12 gauge single shot pistol known as a ‘Fard Kartoush’, three being visible on the right are a […]

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10:43

Texas: Attorney General Issues Opinion Prohibiting Municipalities and Counties from Restricting Firearm Sales in Response to Covid-19 [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 24, pro-Second Amendment State Representative Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) requested an opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton on whether city and county officials can prohibit the sale of firearms through an emergency order or declaration by excluding firearm manufacturers and retailers as "essential businesses."

10:36

Montana: Anti-Gun Governor Bullock Issues Executive Order in Response to Covid-19 [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Steve Bullock’s recent Executive Order 3-2020 designates “…firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers...” under “Essential Businesses,” exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency. ​

10:00

Drakenburg Genesis 338 Bolt Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Drakenburg Genesis 338 Bolt-Action Rifle (1)Hanno Snyman is a firearms enthusiast and designer from South Africa. Back in 2012, we reported about his first steps in the ambitious project of creating a completely new bolt action rifle. Since then, he faced a number of failures and disappointments that would make most people give up. But Hanno kept pursuing his dream and […]

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09:50

Idaho: Governor Little Signs Permitless Carry Expansion Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, Governor Brad Little signed important self-defense legislation, House Bill 516.  This permitless carry expansion legislation was sent to the Governor’s desk prior to the Legislature adjourning last week.

09:41

Las Vegas police launch online application for concealed weapon permits [NRA-ILA News]

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Records and Fingerprint Bureau announced Thursday that it is launching a new online service for residents who wish to apply for a concealed carry firearm permit.

08:11

Delaware: Governor Carney Amends Executive Order in Response to Covid-19 [NRA-ILA News]

On March 12, Governor John Carney issued an emergency declaration due to the spread of COVID-19 in the First State.  After several modifications of the order, Delaware State Police began issuing cease and desist orders to gun shops that were still operating on March 24th.

08:00

Wilson Combat’s NEW Paul Howe 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Wilson Combat Paul Howe 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle (1)Wilson Combat and renowned firearms expert Paul Howe have been cooperating for quite a long time and the results of their collaboration are always great firearms such as the Paul Howe Tactical 5.56 Carbine or Paul Howe Signature Glock Pistols. The latest firearm they built together is the Paul Howe 6.5 Creedmoor rifle which Wilson Combat […]

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07:00

The One-Millionth Tikka T3x Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Tikka T3xThe Tikka T3 rifle is manufactured by Sako in Riihimäki, Finland. The production of this series of bolt-action rifles started in 2002, some 18 years ago. It all started with a prototype T3 rifle in 2001, created by Kari Kuparinen who is now the R&D Director at Sako. The Tikka T3, now called T3x, series is available […]

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06:53

Coronavirus Preparedness: Top 5 Best Home Defense, Tactical Shotguns [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to the hysteria of this coronavirus that is sweeping across the United States there are different levels of preparedness that people are looking to achieve. Some of us think that if we just hide at home and watch Netflix for a month that is good enough. Other people rushed grocery stores like an NFL linebacker and bought up copious quantities of toilet paper, essential medicines, and non-perishable food items. An even more prepared group of people did all of those aforementioned things, but then they looked in their gun cabinet and took an inventory of what they have there. Do I have enough ammunition? Do you I have some tactical shotguns for home defense? Leaping lepers! I do not have any!

If you got caught with your pants down and you do not currently own a home defense shotgun you do not need to threat. We compiled a list of the Top 5 Best Home Defense, Tactical Shotguns currently on the market today. While none of us think the coronavirus is going to spiral us down into anarchy and zombies, it is a very visceral feeling to want to protect your home and loved ones. So, for that reason, check out this list of the Top 5 Best Home Defense, Tactical Shotguns!

Tactical shotguns – #1 – Mossberg 590 Shockwave

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave is an enigma to many gun owners for multiple reasons. For one, most people assume that it is built on their staple and supremely common Mossberg 500 receiver, but it actually is constructed around the even more robust and durable Mossberg 590 action. Its compact and small size makes it tremendsouly easy to maneuver within your home for defense and it takes up very little room for storage. In most states it does not require a permit during the Federal ATF background check as well so that opens the door for more people being able to buy it (compared to something with a pistol grip). If you also purchase a small adapter, the OPSol® Mini-Clip 2.0 Flex, the Shockwave series can then accept mini-shells for even higher capacity. So while this is the newest form of home defense shotgun to make the list, it definitely affords the user some of the most modern and beneficial features possible.

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Mossberg 590 Shockwave “Nightstick” 12 Gauge

tactical shotguns – #2 – Mossberg 500 or Maverick 88

In the #2 spot, we included both the ultra-economical Maverick 88 and staple Mossberg 500 together because one of the huge selling points for both shotguns is the never-ending cascade of aftermarket and Mossberg-branded accessories for them. All Maverick 88 shotguns share something in the neighborhood of like 95% compatibility with a standard Mossberg 500. So, if you want to go the cheap route and get a Maverick 88 and upgrade the furniture and aesthetic to something better, that is definitely a possibility for you. The Mossberg 500 is extremely popular because of its reliability, the Mossberg brand in general being used by select factions of our military, and its tog tang safety is preferred by many shooters. The biggest difference that people notice or sometimes complain about the Maverick 88 is that the safety was moved into the trigger guard to lower the price-point and machining costs on it, but that is still familiar for many people because that is exactly where Remington has their push-button safety located. Between the Mossberg 500 and Maverick 88, there are dozens and dozens of tactical shotguns available from the factory in varying configurations for nearly everyone’s preference. If you cannot find one pre-made that suits your tastes you can always modify and build one up to your liking.

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Mossberg FLEX 500 Tactical 12 Gauge

tactical shotguns – #3 – Remington 870

One of the most iconic and bread ‘n butter shotgun models you could possibly buy is a Remington 870. It is difficult to say much negative about this shotgun because of its stalwart reliability, simple features, and tremendous track record. If any of your buddies completely dog this shotgun, it is likely one of those “Ford, Chevy, Dodge” arguments. There is nothing wrong with an 870, your range buddy is simply extremely partial to one of its competitors so they are willing to make up anything negative to say that they can think of to make their favorite “Ford, Chevy, Dodge” brand sound better than yours. The only thing slightly negative thing about Remington is that they have seen tumultuous times financially over the last decade and their survive-ability as a brand has come into question multiple times. Every shotgun on this list has a lifetime warranty standing behind it, but if Remington were to ever go bankrupt, you might be up a creek without a paddle so to speak.

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Remington 870 Hardwood Home Defense 12 Gauge

tactical shotguns – #4 – Winchester SXP Defender

Winchester shotguns do not get much love when it comes to tactical shotguns or home defense models flatly because they have made their mark in upland bird, waterfowl, and sport shotguns. The fact of the matter is though that their supremely reliable and popular sporting/hunting shotguns carry over that same reliability, quality, and effectiveness in a smaller home defense, tactical shotgun package.

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Winchester SXP Defender 12 Gauge

tactical shotguns – #5 – Kel-Tec KSG

You might be wondering why this heavily-romanticized shotgun in video games and cinema is not higher on the list? Well, the main reason it dropped all the way to #5 is because of its non-standard controls compared to most generic pump-action shotguns. Where most people can almost intuitively run an “X, Y, Z” pump-action shotgun with little to no training, with the Kel-Tec KSG platform you will need to train and become versed with it in order to safely and correctly manipulate it under extreme stress. With most of the United States being locked down and under quarantine, there are not as many options to get out to public ranges and train on something new like this. So, while the Kel-Tec KSG gets a “10 out of 10” for its high capacity, bullpup design, and ability to easily maneuver within your home, it scores really low on its intuitiveness for new shooters to run it in dire situations of defense.

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Kel-Tec KSG 12 Gauge

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06:43

New Hampshire: Gov. Sununu Protects Second Amendment – Gun Stores Remain Open [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Chris Sununu’s recent Emergency Order to Stay-at-Home designates firearm-related businesses, including gun stores as “essential,” exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

06:27

North Vietnamese K-50M Submachine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

This is lot #545 in the upcoming RIA Premier Auction. It was scheduled for April, but has been postponed – check their web site for upcoming Online Only auctions every month, though!

The K-50M was a North Vietnamese modification of the PPSh-41 submachine gun to mimic the handling of a French MAT-49. Made from Chinese Type 50 guns (which were direct copies of the original PPSh-41) in small shops, the K-50M used a wholly new lower receiver assembly. This new lower fitted an AK pistol grip and a collapsing wire stock patterned after the MAT-49. The barrel was kept intact, but the barrel shroud was shortened, the muzzle brake/compensator removed, and a new AK (or SKS) style of front sight block added. Mechanically, the guns remained unchanged, firing from an open bolt in 7.62x25mm Tokarev caliber, with the semiauto selector switch of the original Shpagin. The K-50M is compatible with PPSh-41 drums (allowing for fitting issues), but was issued with 35-round box magazines.

06:24

Wake sheriff should not have suspended pistol permit applications amid coronavirus [NRA-ILA News]

During a crisis there should be no doubt about our ability to protect and defend ourselves and our loved ones, yet Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker has taken action that could leave law-abiding citizens defenseless.

06:20

After uproar, Gov. Carney backtracks, allows firearms stores to open by appointment only [NRA-ILA News]

Firearms stores in Delaware can now accept customers by appointment only, the state said Thursday.

06:07

COVID-19, Supply Chains, and Firearms Manufacturers []

I received an email yesterday afternoon from Kimber. It was detailing the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. Kimber has plants in both Yonkers, New York and Troy, Alabama. If you have spent any time watching the talking heads on TV, you know that New York has overtaken Washington State in the number of coronavirus cases.

Here is part of what was in the email:

Due to the New York state decision to shutter non-essential businesses as part of the COVID-19 response plan, Kimber Mfg. Inc. has stopped production at its New York facilities. 

Production continues at Kimber’s new, state-of-the-art Troy, Alabama manufacturing facility, with the entire line of handguns and long guns being assembled. Due to the large number of parts manufactured in Yonkers and the state mandated closure in New York, the Troy facility will suspend production on March 31st . “This situation is unfortunate as we were off to an incredible start in gun shipments in 2020 and were running our factories seven days a week. We would like to thank our dealers and consumers for their overwhelmingly positive response to our 2020 new products,” said Greg Grogan, Kimber president. With that said, if you are in the market for a Kimber firearm, now is the time to make that purchase.”

Kimber’s Alabama based customer service and repair services remain open to help customers with any questions they may have. In addition, the Alabama based Kimber online store is open and products are shipping as long as inventory lasts. Montana based dealer sales and customer service departments also remain open.

The bottom line is that even though your assembly plant is in an area which only has a relatively small number of coronavirus cases, you are still impacted adversely. Alabama has 531 cases as of today versus New York State with 39,140 cases according to the Johns Hopkins University compilation. Indeed, Westchester County, NY where Yonkers is located has over 10 times as many infections as the entire state of Alabama.

Then there is the whole issue of essential versus non-essential businesses. Some states have said firearms manufacturing would be considered an essential business because it provides tools to the defense industry or to law enforcement. Other states do not consider it essential. Even if you are in a state that considers your production essential, if your subcontractor making critical parts is located in a place that takes the opposite view, you are screwed.

The firearms industry is composed of primarily small businesses. Even the largest companies like Ruger and Smith & Wesson are considered small by comparison to other manufacturers. While the products are flying out the doors now, a mid to long period of enforced closure due to the pandemic is going to hurt.

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06:00

L3Harris Delivers 3,000th STORM-SLX Precision Rangefinder to US Army [The Firearm Blog]

STORM-SLX Precision RangefinderIf you don’t know the distance to your target it will make it more difficult – if not impossible in some cases – to get your ballistics right, and hit where you want. Of course, you don’t always have to “hit” something. It can be good to know the distance to something without the need […]

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Thursday, 26 March

18:13

Cobb County, GA [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

3/23/20 Fox 5 Atlanta:

Police are investigating after a Cobb County resident stopped three burglars in their tracks, killing one of them.
According to investigators, late Sunday night at least three people tried to break into a home on Olive Spring Road. officers say a 17-year-old resident opened fire on the intruders.

17:00

Improve Precision With Sling Assisted Shooting [The Firearm Blog]

Why? One topic that is rarely covered is sling assisted shooting. Sling assisted shooting is simply using the tension from the sling to help stabilize the reticle and provide more precision. Your sling is not just a holster for your rifle. Often people only think this precision is necessary for long-range shots. However, even in […]

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16:30

POTD: Sniper Observation Team & Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

In Today’s Photo, you can see Sgt. 1st Class Jose Quinones (on the left), from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, assists Spc. Joshua Toma, (right) HHC, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2IBCT, during a sniper observation team lane for a fire support coordination exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area […]

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16:25

California: Los Angeles Sheriff Reverses Course Again and Orders Gun Stores to Close to the Public! [NRA-ILA News]

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva took to twitter to announce he is once again ordering the closure of guns stores to almost all retail traffic.  This comes after the closure was announced, then lifted, but is now back in place.

16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: 3 Different Perspectives on Carrying [The Firearm Blog]

Over the past year, I’ve written all about different ways to carry handguns and the benefits of various setups. I thought it would be interesting to take three different concealed carrier’s gear and look at what they carry on a daily basis. These are various people I have either met at gun ranges or know […]

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15:16

New Mexico: Governor Wastes Law Enforcement Resources to Ensure Gun Stores are Shuttered [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the Covid 19 outbreak, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the closure of all businesses she doesn’t consider “Essential.”

14:29

Maine: Gun Stores Being Shut Down [NRA-ILA News]

In response to COVID-19, Governor Mills issued an executive order that required all non-essential businesses to close their physical locations that allow “in-person” contact until April 8th. Today, Kittery Trading Post – a gun store – was shut down as a non-essential business!

13:27

Teenager opens fire on three armed men after attempted burglary [NRA-ILA News]

A 17-year-old shot and killed at least one of three armed intruders who broke into his Georgia home, according to police.

12:04

Cabin Fever Fishing Reel Maintenance [AllOutdoor.com]

Anglers are a hard core bunch. If we’re not fishing, we’re thinking about fishing. That can mean planning a trip, thinking of tactics, checking out new gear, or fishing last year’s gear to be ready for those all-important season openers. With so many of us being forced into more stay-at-home activities, now is a great time to get stuff ready. It’s time to dust things off for some cabin fever fishing reel maintenance.

Taking care of your fishing reel

You paid good money for your fishing reel, so you might as well take care of it. Your reels take a beating during the long fishing season. You should run off all the old line and remove the reel from the rod. If you held on to your owner’s manual, you’ll likely have step by step instructions on disassembly. For most of us, however, that owner’s manual went with the packaging into the recycling bin. No worries.

You’ll need a good set of precision screwdrivers, a clean surface to work on and some good lighting. You can get everything you need in a one-stop kit, like the Ardent Reel Reel Cleaning Kit. It has cleaner, lube and grease for your reel, along with the proper tools to take the reel apart and clean the internals. Clean and lube everything and be careful not to lose any parts.

If you don’t want to take the reels apart and do the full-on clean routine, you at least need to oil them. Lubricant is vital on all the moving parts, especially if you fish a lot. We’re pretty fond of Lucas Oil Fishing Reel Oil. We keep a bottle in the tackle box because keeping your reel oiled all the time is vital.

New line is very fine

There are two main reasons why you should replace your line right now. Line memory is one of the major reasons to swap it out. The line on your reel can get used to hanging out on the spool and it will want to retain that shape when you cast it out. Unless you can latch onto a big fish on your first cast of the season to stretch out your line, you can end up with tangles and other not-so-fun issues. Fluorocarbon or braided lines don’t have this problem much. One of the better monofilament lines that resists this is good old fashion Trilene XL.

Secondly, you can have nicks, knots and other nastiness on your line that you don’t even know about. How would you like to have a monster on the business end of the line and have it break you off because you accidentally rubbed the line across a harsh surface last season and there was a small nick in the line?

We came across a cool product for loading line on a reel. The Piscifun Fishing Line Winder Machine let us load up all of our spinning reels pretty quickly and without dealing with runaway spools, or trying in vain to get the wife to hold it. If you have a lot of reels to do, this is a great tool. There is a baitcast version available, too.

Curing that cabin fever

If you have to be stuck inside for whatever reason, cleaning and maintaining your fishing reels is a great way to pass the time. For us, it helps us relax and we drift off thinking about past fishing memories.

I was cleaning an older Diawa reel and it got me thinking about the last Alaska trip I took. That trip was why I bought the reel because I was doing some self-guided fishing for sockeye salmon along the Kenai river. That was a great trip, too. I stayed at my uncle’s place, and I had his dog with me down on the river. I couldn’t see a single person, so I was winning the social distance challenge.

The sockeye fishing was slow, but there was a fresh run coming through, so I was catching quite a few fish. I was following a trail along the bank and was approaching a big patch of alders and the dog started pushing me away. Yeah, you guessed it, the dog knew that it was time to pack up and go back the way we came… quickly. We scooted along the trail and got up on the higher bank above, just in time to see the bear amble along the trail we were just on. I got back to the truck and headed back for the house. Great memory, too. All from cleaning that Diawa.

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11:00

SIG Sauer Folding Visor Stock: How To Shoulder A Rifle With COVID-19 Panic Masks [The Firearm Blog]

With the current state of events, many people are wearing masks to protect themselves from COVID-19. That is great and all. One should take precautions for better health. But what if you have to use a rifle? Have you practiced shooting a rifle with a mask or in some cases a gas mask? It is […]

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10:50

Minnesota: Governor Walz Issues Executive Order in Response to Covid 19 [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz has issued Executive Order 20-20, the “Stay at Home” order which takes effect tomorrow.

10:00

New Frame Color Options for SAR USA’s B6C Compact Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

SAR USA have expanded their frame colour options for their B6C compact pistol, on top of standard black you can now add a little tactical flare with frames in OD Green and Flat Dark Earth. Here’s what SAR USA have to say about the B6C’s new frame colours: SAR USA by Sarsilmaz, one of the […]

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09:23

Tips for After-Season Gun Storage [AllOutdoor.com]

The joke is that the two worst things that destroy guns are politicians and rust. Trouble is, it is not a joke, especially the rust part. As hunting seasons close down across the country, hunters are tasked with cleaning and placing their valuable hunting guns away for nearly a year of storage. A lot of things can happen to gun metal and wood during the off season.

While cleaning our deer hunting cabin this past weekend to close out the season, my cabin mate remarked, “I really have to clean my rifle this year.” This year? Based on previous experience when I usually cleaned his Ruger rifle before the opening season, I suspect it had been years since that gun was cleaned. To look at it, that was pretty obvious.

On average most hunting seasons of all types will not be open again for as long as nine or ten months around the country. That means your valuable firearms will be put away for quite a while. It matters not if it’s an old 22 rifle worth a hundred bucks or a fine big game rifle or shotgun worth thousands. They all deserve proper maintenance, care, and storage.

First, thoroughly clean any firearm with a proper gun cleaning kit using correct tools and cleaning supplies. Scrub the bore completely, especially if the gun was fired a lot. Using a soft gun brush or toothbrush, whisk away all the dust, dirt, and grime from the exterior. Use special care around the sights, scope base and mounts, bolt, trigger and housing and floor plate or removable magazine. Clean or lubricate the magazine, too. Wipe down the stock (wood or synthetic) and the recoil pad.

Assess your long term storage options. Part of it is for security purposes, but also for months of sitting idle in a modern, commercial gun safe or the back of your closet. Consider buying even a smaller steel gun case that could fit in a closet, if you don’t have a gun safe in which to store them.

Guns in a safe or cabinet can be stored without a gun case (cases can sometimes encourage rust). Metal should be fully coated with a good gun storage lubricant or even a light grease. Silicone gun slip bags are good. Open bores can be loosely covered with a small plastic bag to keep dust out of the barrel.

Periodic inspection of your guns during the year is a must. Rust can creep into the tiniest crevices especially around bolts, scope mounts, sights and sling studs. If rust shows, brush it down, then apply oil again.

These tips should protect your gun investments long term.

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09:00

PEW Science Announces Industry Leading Silencer Sound Standard [The Firearm Blog]

PEW Science Announces Industry Leading Silencer Sound StandardI can personally attest to the difficulties in evaluating suppressors from a scientific standpoint. Consumers want a go/no-go gauge for the performance of a particular silencer on a variety of different hosts. But unfortunately, the variables that come into play – from atmospheric conditions all the way down to gas port sizes – will alter […]

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08:17

Rare and Wonderful: Hoenig Rotary Round Action Rifle/Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

A few years ago, we shared a video of what may be the world’s most uncommon firearm action: The George Hoenig “rotary round action” double-barrel. The video was made by Ron Spomer outdoors, and it was really cool. The gun’s inventor is on that video demonstrating how it works; you can check that out by clicking here.

It’s a simple action that’s also quite robust — and back in 2014 it was noted that only five per year were being built! Some are rifles, others are shotguns.

In the video we’re sharing today, Ron Spomer spends more time examining and explaining the features of one of these fine firearms chambered for the 9.3×74 Rimmed cartridge.

In the interest of simplicity, Hoenig designed the system with two triggers instead of one — and no automatic ejectors. The trigger thing, okay… but if I were toting a rifle after dangerous game in thick brush, I would prefer to have something other than gravity helping me get rid of empty cases should I have to reload and fire again in a hurry. That said, Ron had no trouble using gravity to dump out his empties after firing the rifle.

Unfortunately, George Hoenig has retired and this gun is no longer being made. On the video, he notes that he’s only built perhaps 78 of these firearms, including both rifles and shotguns.

When they were in production, one of these rifles would run you $27,500. Shotguns were considerably cheaper, at a mere(!) $22,000.

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08:00

FBI: State Closures Could Delay Brady Transfer Date Firearms Transfers [The Firearm Blog]

FBI: State Office Closures Could Impact Brady Transfer Date Firearms TransfersThe National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used to transfer firearms in many states is run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The system itself isn’t exactly instant, especially in times of high volume – like Black Friday and now the COVID-19 pandemic. NICS uses three categories to determine the outcome of a […]

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07:36

Colorado: Governor Polis Allows Gun Stores to Remain Open During State Lockdown [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Jared Polis’ recent Order D2020-017 designates “firearms stores” under “Critical Retail,” exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

07:00

New Blackhawk L2C T-Series Light Bearing Holster [The Firearm Blog]

Blackhawk has just announced that they have expanded their line of T-Series holsters with the new Level 2 Compact (L2C) Light Bearing Holster. This Blackhawk L2C is compatible with the Glock 17 and either a Streamlight TLR-7 and TLR-8 pistol light as well as other pistols. The holster was specifically designed to provide Law Enforcement […]

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06:55

Idaho: Governor Little Protects the Second Amendment – Gun Stores Will Remain Open [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Brad Little’s recent Order to Self-Isolate designates firearm-related businesses, including gun stores, as “essential,” exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

06:27

USMC Force Recon & MEUSOC: the M45A1 [Forgotten Weapons]

This is lot #446 in the upcoming RIA Premier Auction. It was scheduled for April, but has been postponed – check their web site for upcoming Online Only auctions every month, though!

When the US military adopted the Beretta 92 as the M9 pistol in 1985, some elements of the USMC (MEUSOC and Force Recon, among others) opted to retain the 1911 as their sidearm. For about 15 years they maintained a supply by taking existing M1911A1 pistols and having the precision rifle team at Quantico rebuild them with high end commercial parts into truly outstanding match-quality guns, designated the M45. However, these guns needed relatively frequent service, and the rifle team was only able to supply a limited number of them each year. When deployments increased after 2001, a new solution was clearly required. As an interim measure in 2003, a batch of Kimbers was purchased, and a formal contract was signed in 2012 with Colt for the M45A1. That’s the pistol we are looking at today, as a quantity of them were recently returned to Colt and released onto the civilian market. This is the last gasp of the 1911 as a formally issued sidearm, as the M45A1 was replaced in 2016 by the Glock 19.

06:00

Ultra-Rare Heckler & Koch MR762A1 Long Rifle Package Rail Available [The Firearm Blog]

MR762A1 LRP packageTime for the collectors and H&K aficionados to wake up. Heckler & Koch USA has (or had by the time you read this) a super rare handguard available for the H&K MR762A1. Previously the handguard was only available as part of a complete HKMR762A1 Long Rifle Package purchase, but the 14.7″ FDE HKey rail is now […]

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The Beretta 90-TWO: Beretta’s Most Underrated Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

In 2006 Beretta introduced the 90-TWO, a complete modernization of the 92FS pistol. But it didn’t catch on and was discontinued after only three years. Was there something wrong with it? Was it too ugly to survive? In this episode of TFBTV, Hop shoots the 90-TWO and tries to figure out why it was forgotten […]

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Wednesday, 25 March

17:55

Very Sad News []

I learned yesterday that Kristie, the wife of well-known gun blogger SayUncle, passed away quite unexpectedly. Despite not showing any symptom of heart issues, she went into cardiac arrest on Friday, was later declared brain dead, and per her wishes was taken off of life support on Sunday.

From SayUncle:

On March 20th, my beloved wife and mother of my children, unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. She had never presented any symptoms prior to then.

On March 21st, her doctor informed me that her brain was no longer functioning and there was no chance of recovery.

On March 22nd, in accordance with her wishes outlined in her living will, I authorized the medical staff to remove life support. She passed away peacefully at 8:48am central time while I held her hand. She will be missed.

March 23rd would have been our 18th anniversary.

In addition to Chance, she leaves a daughter and a son who are both in their teens.

Please pray for SayUncle and his family during this incredibly sad time. All I can say is that it is a tragedy when someone that age passes away so suddenly from natural causes. You just can’t prepare for it.

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17:31

West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Preemption Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law.

17:00

TFB 6th Month Review: Hailey Strategic SBR Thorntail2 Light Mount [The Firearm Blog]

Over the last 6 months, I have been using and abusing the Haley Strategic SBR Thorntail2 mount with my Surefire Scout rifle light. I’ve owned this light for the last few years with the factory mount and overall I really like the light but hated the factory mount. Putting the Scout on something like my […]

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16:30

POTD: Scharfschützengewehr G22A2 with Steiner M5Xi 5-25×56 [The Firearm Blog]

Nothing to do? Every day you can turn to TFB’s selection of photos and perhaps learn something new. Today we look at Germany’s updated Sniper Rifle, which is called G22A2. It’s an Accuracy International AWM-F in .300 Winchester Magnum. The riflescope has been improved, they are now using the Steiner M5Xi 5-25×56 MTC LT LPF […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Smith & Wesson Model 648 .22 Magnum Review [The Firearm Blog]

model 648Recently when I have joined all of our readers for Wheelgun Wednesday, I have been on a rimfire kick since I am not traditionally a big shooter of smaller cartridges. This running theme is going to continue this week as we take a look at one of Smith & Wesson’s less common rimfire revolvers in […]

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13:39

Michigan: Gov. Whitmer Issues Executive Order In Response to COVID-19 [NRA-ILA News]

On March 23rd, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-21 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a requirement to suspend activities that are not “necessary to sustain or protect life.”

11:00

Russian Special Forces gets their first batch of AK-12s [The Firearm Blog]

AK-12 Special ForcesAbout a year ago TFB reported that the Russian Military had ordered 150,000 brand new AK-12 and AK-15 rifles. Just about a month ago we saw the Russia’s Spetsnaz in the cold with their new AK-12s and now it’s time for the Special Forces of the Western Military District to get theirs. These are also some […]

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10:42

Arizona: Legislature Adjourns For Recess [NRA-ILA News]

On March 24th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned for a recess until April 13th due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. No hearings or floor sessions will be scheduled during this time.

10:00

Kelbly KODA Production Bolt Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Kelbly KODAKelbly, a company known for manufacturing precision bolt action rifle parts and building custom bolt action rifles, has introduced a production rifle called KODA. Unlike the custom guns that are built upon order, the KODA will be available through the company’s dealers. Let’s see what features this new rifle packs. Here is how the company […]

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09:23

Spider Rig Crappie Fishing [AllOutdoor.com]

Outdoorsmen are always devising new ways to use ingenuity to harvest more fish. This has never been truer than with the advent of the spider rig method of catching crappie (or speckled perch, or white perch depending on where you live). In many ways it has changed the framework of angling for crappie, but it is not without its challenges.

So what exactly is a spider rig? A spider rigging system is a series of adjustable rod holders mounted on a suitable fishing boat. The format can be set up using one angler seat up front or two if there is room enough to maneuver the poles and space for working all the poles.

Most spider rig set ups will utilize eight poles or sometimes six, depending on the space up front to mount everything. A single seat can work all eight poles, half spread to the left of the seat and four more angled out to the right. If two seats are used, then each angler has to manage four poles at a time. With the adjustable posts, poles can be spread apart, raised up or down or configured in a number of ways.

With all eight poles deployed at once, the rig looks like spider legs all spread out in front of the boat. Crappie poles can vary in length or stiffness according to the angler’s preferences. Most poles are in the 16 to 20 foot length. The crappie hook rigs can include a single hook set up or double hooks. Doubling the hooks can mean as many as 16 hooks have to be set with minnows or jigs, or both.

Tending to as many as 16 baited hooks on 8 poles at any given time can be quite a chore. It can quickly turn into a lot of work and feverish monitoring if the fish bite is good. Even with two anglers working the rig the pace can get pretty fast, retrieving hooked fish, rebaiting, resetting the poles, and keeping watch on the whole system.

Spider rigging is favored by many simply because a lot of fish can be caught using the system. To say that this is sporting fun is in the eyes of the beholder. Many crappie fishermen simply prefer working one crappie pole over good fishing structure landing one slab at a time. That method is much more leisurely and for many, just more fun.

It takes quite an investment in gear and tackle to spider rig, so consider it carefully before you take the plunge. Measure for yourself which method is more recreational fun.

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08:42

Florida Alert! It's Here! A Way for You to Help Save Your Guns & Gun Rights [NRA-ILA News]

Members and friends keep asking me what they can do to help -- well, keep reading.  If you really and truly want to help save your gun rights and Freedom in America, I'm going to tell you how

08:30

Video Review of Heritage Rough Rider Revolving Carbine [AllOutdoor.com]

Remember my recent post about Heritage revolvers and Rough Rider Rancher revolving single-action carbines? If not, don’t fret; here’s a link. The reason I’m asking is that the video below is about the long-barreled shoulder-stocked wheel gun featured in that post.

The video is by Small Caliber Arms Review, and unfortunately in the opening scenes we see him firing the Rancher carbine in a way that’s a bit “off.” The tang descending from the trigger guard is meant to be used to help snug the rifle into the shooter’s shoulder, but he is ignoring it.

It’s okay for shooting stance and grip to vary by user, of course, so that’s not really a biggie… but he’d be much more steady if he wrapped his left hand around his right hand with his left index finger on that tang. Later in the video, we see him doing just that. And still later in the video, he explains why he did it the other way earlier (it was all about the movies).

Like him, I have always been attracted to long guns with revolving cylinders. Why? Heck, I don’t know. Does it matter why? The bottom line is, I bought a black powder cap & ball revolving carbine years ago, and used it to take a whitetail deer — that’s how much I like them.

I can’t say I like having a safety on a revolver, but at least the one shown on the Rough Rider Rancher looks practical; it’s a simple hammer-blocking device to prevent the hammer from being able to contact the firing pin.

He’s pretty accurate with his Rancher, but he doesn’t tell us the distance between him and the target. Doh! A little later he does some 100-yard shooting and manages to hit a steel target 5 out of 6 times. Not bad at all.

He shelled out $269 for it, and I’m assuming that was before shipping and FFL transfer fees. That’s kinda rough… no pun intended. After all, this is basically a $100-$130 revolver with a little more barrel and wood added. Somehow, it seems wrong to double the price.

He calls the sling length adjustment “odd,” but it’s really just old-fashioned. I’ve seen that same style in use for years.

To sum up his bottom line into a Reader’s Digest version: It’s cheap but pretty good, and it usually hits what he’s aiming at.

The video review is only 11 minutes long if you’d like to watch it for yourself:

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08:16

California: Los Angeles Sheriffs Halts Closures of Gun Stores [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff announced that he would be suspending efforts to close down gun stores after receiving an opinion from Los Angeles County counsel that gun stores could in fact be classified as essential businesses under the Governor's executive order.

08:09

Armed Citizen Intervenes, Shoots Suspect Who Allegedly Opened Fire on Police [NRA-ILA News]

An armed citizen who saw a suspect allegedly shooting at police in Fresno, California, on Tuesday evening pulled out his handgun, took aim, and fired, driving the suspect to the ground.

08:00

New CZ 457 LRP for 22LR Long Range Precision [The Firearm Blog]

The brand new CZ 457 LRP, where LRP stands for Long Range Precision, is here. This CZ Rifle in caliber .22 LR has been designed to shoot accurately long distances. It has a 20″ thick-walled, fluted and cold-forged barrel, with what CZ calls a match chamber. The dangerous end of the barrel comes with a muzzle […]

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07:33

The Latest Victim of COVID-19 Is the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

The latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic is not a health care worker, a first responder, or a cruise line traveler.  The purveyor is not an invisible microbe.  The perpetrators of the latest assault on men and women in cities and states across the country are left-wing governors and mayors who have decided the pandemic provides a convenient excuse to deny law abiding citizens the freedom to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

07:20

Tweet Of The Day []

The tweet of the day comes from my good friend Prof. David Yamane who writes the excellent Gun Culture 2.0 blog.

As the late Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, “A right delayed is a right denied.”

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07:00

Pistols Attributed to Al Capone and Pretty Boy Floyd to be Auctioned at RIAC [The Firearm Blog]

Pistols Attributed to Al Capone and Pretty Boy Floyd to be Auctioned at RIACThe catalog of upcoming Rock Island Premier Gun Auction is now published on the company’s website and as always, it is full of incredibly interesting, historical and rare firearms. In this article, we’ll take a look at two consecutive lots (#417 and #418) each containing a Colt pistol that despite being regular guns have high values […]

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06:55

Pennsylvania: Gun Shops Allowed to Reopen on a Limited Basis [NRA-ILA News]

During the current Covid 19 outbreak, many businesses were forced to close because they are considered “non-life-sustaining.”

06:27

Pietro Venditti Copies the Volcanic Repeating Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

This is lot #11 in the upcoming April 2020 RIA Premier Auction.

The Venditti pistols are copies of the Volcanic made in southern Italy in the mid to late 1870s – well after the rocket ball style of ammunition had become obsolete. Pietro Venditti’s first patent was in 1872 for a two-barreled rocket-ball-firing pistol. He followed that with an 1875 patent for a Volcanic type pistol with a 26-round capacity, and in 1877 with a patent on a style of cartridge.

Two types of Venditti pistols were actually built, although only a few hundred in total. The first type was the large-capacity style, which had a standard Volcanic-type magazine tube but also two additional tubes on either side. These held addition ammunition, which could be transferred into the true magazine tube when it was empty. The second type looked like a standard Volcanic, but used a cartridge with a metallic case, thus necessitating the addition of extractors into the bolt design.

06:00

Strike Industries MILLER COMP Slimline Muzzle Device [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries Miller Comp (10)Strike Industries has released another muzzle device called Miller Comp. Although it looks similar to their JCOMP, the new compensator has an external diameter of .745″ which makes it a little thinner than the JCOMP (.870″) yet according to Strike Industries is “engineered to mitigate recoil in the same manner as the SI JCOMP”. Let’s see why have […]

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Tuesday, 24 March

19:33

GRNC Alert On Sheriff Baker’s Illegal Actions []

Grass Roots North Carolina issued an alert this evening asking people to contact the Wake County Sheriff’s Department concerning the suspension of accepting applications.

From what I understand, GRNC is also considering legal action in light of this violation of state law.

From GRNC:

Sheriff Baker: No Guns for You
Surprise, surprise, surprise. Sheriff Baker is at it again. On Tuesday, March 24th, Baker announced that the Wake County Sheriffs Office will no longer be accepting applications for Pistol Purchase Permits or Concealed Handgun Permits. Under the guise of public safety, he is stripping away the one constitutional right that allows the men and women of North Carolina to keep themselves and their families safe.

Nothing under the NC Emergency Management Act gives the sheriff additional powers to restrict pistol purchase permits or concealed handgun permits during a declared state of emergency. The statute is quite clear that he has 14 days to issue or deny purchase permits, and nothing allows him to deny permits because he feels his office is too inundated with applications.

While some sheriffs have said they don’t want the public health risk of taking fingerprints for new CHPs, nothing should restrict applications for CHP renewals or PPPs.

GRNC will be calling for the repeal of the full Pistol Purchase Permit statute, as this lays bare the real reason sheriffs have lobbied to keep this leftover Jim Crow era law on the books. It gives them the power to arbitrarily deny firearms to citizens.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!


Email Sheriff Baker at and let him know that his actions are putting lives at risk
: http://services.wakegov.com/SheriffMainContactForm/index.html


Call his office and repeat this message, we cannot let up: 919-856-6900


PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO GRNC
: Help us fight gun control while we promote Second Amendment principles. Please CLICK HERE to contribute. Bear in mind that GRNC is an all-volunteer organization, so you can be sure your donations are put to the best possible use. Any amount helps, and any amount is appreciated.

CONTACT INFO
 
http://services.wakegov.com/SheriffMainContactForm/index.html


919-856-6900

 
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE


Suggested Subject: “Permit Suspension”  

 
Dear : Sheriff Gerald M. Baker

 
Your actions on March 24th are a direct violation of your oath of office, and are not outlined in the NC Emergency Management Act. By law, you must approve or deny permits within 14 days. I call on you to immediately restore services to Wake county for pistol purchase and concealed handgun permits.
 
Respectfully,

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17:44

Illegal Action By Wake County Sheriff []

Sheriff Gerald Baker, Sheriff of Wake County, has unilaterally suspended taking new applications for pistol purchase permits and NC Concealed Handgun Permits through April 30th. Current applications will continue to be processed.

From the News and Observer:

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office will suspend pistol and concealed-carry permit applications until April 30 as demand surges amid the coronavirus outbreak, Sheriff Gerald Baker announced Tuesday.

Applications that have already been submitted will continue to be processed, Baker said during a press briefing.

Pistol permit applications last week averaged 290 per day, or more than three times the roughly 90 applications per day during the same time period a year ago, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Baker said his office needs time to manage the backlog.

WRAL covered the press briefing and you can see it below. Sheriff Baker’s statement regarding pistol purchase permits and NC CHPs begins at the 5:15 mark.

Sheriff Baker has the gall to say that “it is not an emergency situation.” Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) declared a state of emergency days ago. Tons of businesses have been ordered to stay closed. The largest county in North Carolina just issued a shelter in place order and the sheriff of the second largest county says it isn’t an emergency situation. Protecting yourself and your family during a time of crisis is always an emergency situation if you don’t have the means to do it.

While Sheriff Baker may think he has the power to unilaterally suspend taking applications, state law says otherwise.

§ 14-403 of the NC General Statutes says in part:

The sheriffs of any and all counties of this State shall issue to any person, firm, or corporation in any county a permit to purchase or receive any weapon mentioned in this Article from any person, firm, or corporation offering to sell or dispose of the weapon.

§ 14-404. f. goes on to say that the sheriff after doing the requisite background check has a limited time to deny or issue the permit.

Each applicant for a license or permit shall be informed by the sheriff within 14 days of the date of the application whether the license or permit will be granted or denied and, if granted, the license or permit shall be immediately issued to the applicant.

Nothing says a sheriff can suspend taking applications because “we are too busy.”

State Senators Warren Daniel (R-Burke) and Danny Britt (R-Robeson) issued a statement condemning Baker’s actions.

State law requires a sheriff to approve or reject a pistol permit within 14 days.

Sheriff Baker must immediately rescind his illegal decision to halt the sale of pistols in Wake County

People are already suspicious and on edge. It’s reckless to illegally suspend their Second Amendment rights just when they need assurance that they can trust government.

We will also be urging our colleagues in the legislature to take action during the short session to address this illegal behavior.

Justice Scalia in the Heller decision noted that “the American people have considered the handgun to be the quintessential self-defense weapon.” Sheriff Baker’s unilateral decision runs afoul of court precedent as well as of black letter North Carolina law.

The NRA-ILA was quick off the mark with an alert about Sheriff Baker’s actions. It can be seen here.

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17:00

How to Survive the Coronavirus Quarantine in 14½ Steps [The Firearm Blog]

Corona Virus Quarantine Survival guideWe are living in very unusual times. Around the world self-isolation and the Coronavirus Quarantine is a reality for many of us and unfortunately the worst may still be ahead. I am sure that some of our readers are disappointed that there will be no Zombies this time but there may still be some serious […]

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch G95K with HK269 Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – This is a rare sight captured by Jan-Phillipp Weisswange. You’re looking at the G95K (which is an HK416 A7 “Short” 14.4″ barrel) with an HK269 Grenade Launcher. This is, so far, the only picture I’ve seen of the two systems combined. As a bonus, it has the green/brown colour scheme, the […]

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16:17

NRA: Coronavirus Lockdowns Show Danger of Waiting Periods on Gun Purchases [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association (NRA) notes that coronavirus shutdowns resulting in the closure of gun stores in various states demonstrate that gun controls the left once pushed as “reasonable” have become anything but.

16:00

Buy, Adapt, Survive – Buying and Feeding a Gun during COVID-19 [The Firearm Blog]

Buy, Adapt, Survive - Buying and Feeding a Gun during COVID-19COVID-19 turned 2020 around in a hurry, and gun sales increased drastically.  In a matter of days, ammo went from being a plentiful resource to a treasured commodity.  Shelves were cleared out, and new gun owners wanted to know what gun they should buy. With that said, there’s no clear choice anymore.  In 2020 ammo […]

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14:54

North Carolina: Wake Co. Sheriff Suspends Pistol Permit Issuance [NRA-ILA News]

At a time when uncertainty about social order has prompted a large number of Americans to exercise their Second Amendment right to self-defense, the office of Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker announced today that they will not issue new Pistol Purchase Permits until at least April 30th.

14:41

State Representative Requests Opinion from Texas Attorney General on Exclusion of Gun Manufacturers & Retailers as "Essential Businesses" in Local Emergency Orders [NRA-ILA News]

Today, State Representative Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock), Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Ways & Means, formally requested an opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on whether city and/or county officials can prohibit the sale of firearms through an emergency order or declaration by excluding firearms manufacturers and retailers as "essential businesses."

14:35

Denver Mayor Exempts Alcohol Stores and Marijuana Dispensaries, not Gun Stores [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued a city-wide shutdown amidst the current Covid 19 outbreak.

14:17

California: Los Angeles Sheriff Orders Gun Stores to Shut Down [NRA-ILA News]

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is ordering the closure of gun stores in California's most populous county as non-essential businesses.

13:49

Florida Alert! Dozens of GUN CONTROL Bills Died In Florida This Session - Thank NRA [NRA-ILA News]

It was another very tough Legislative Session in Florida this year.  Anti-gun Democrats were emboldened by Michael Bloomberg's money.  His money had been strategically placed to help pass another major gun control bill.

13:25

West Virginia: Gov. Justice Protects Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Jim Justice’s recent Executive Order No. 9-20 designates “firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers” under “Essential Businesses and Operations,” exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

11:00

American Holoptics buys EOTech from L3Harris [The Firearm Blog]

American HolopticsAmerican Holoptics, an affiliate of Koucar Management, have bought EOTech from L3Harris. The purchase price is undisclosed. At the end of 2005 L3Harris acquired EOTech, a story that now comes to an end. Koucar also owns Elite Defense, Odin Defense as well as a few other companies in their diversified operations. For those who are not […]

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10:48

Firearms Industry – Closures and Acquisitions []

Just like the rest of American industry, there are changes going on in the firearms industry.

It was announced late last week that the Montana Rifle Company would be closing its doors immediately. They made some very nice higher end bolt action hunting rifles. They had been bought in early 2019 by the Montana Outdoor Group.

From their release on the closure:

“While sales of our popular calibers have been outstanding, production levels have not risen to a profitable level to continue, without additional investments,” CEO Calvin Bontrager explained. “New equipment would be required to reach a service level demanded by our dealers and conservation groups.”


Montana Rifle has been producing custom-grade rifles for nearly 25-years and has been awarded “NRA’s Gun of the Year” in 2016 and “NRA’s Gun of the Year” in 2018. Montana Rifle has also produced limited editions for California Waterfowl, SCI, RMEF, and many other conservation organizations.


“With sales of the popular M1999 control feed actions nearly doubling in 2019, Montana Outdoor Group, is actively searching for restructuring opportunities,” Bontrager continued.

The temporary closures related to COVID-19 are also impacting manufacturing side of the firearms industry.

CZ-USA sent out a message today that production and shipment delays would be the rule for the next 30 days at least. This is due to local and state orders limiting activities which has caused them to close.

CZ-USA operations are subject to an Emergency Order from our local government which forces us to close our facilities in Kansas City, Kansas until at least April 23rd. Likewise, our Dan Wesson Firearms facility in Norwich, NY was closed under similar circumstances late last week due to an order from the state of New York.  


For the next 30 days, production and shipment delays are inevitable. We apologize for the inconvenience we know this will cause — we hold our nation’s Second Amendment rights to be sacred and are very concerned about the impact that emergency orders will have on our customers. We will work diligently to deliver products as soon as legally possible, while maintaining social responsibility and compliance with government orders.

Finally, EOTech has been purchased from L3Harris by American Holoptics LLC.

American Holoptics LLC™, a privately-held U.S. company, has signed a definitive agreement with L3Harris™ to acquire EOTech®.The transaction is expected to close mid-2020 and is conditioned on customary closing conditions. American Holoptics is a subsidiary of Koucar Management, whose strategic acquisitions of Elite Defense® and HEL Technologies™ represent a solid foundation of cutting-edge optical science and weapons systems distribution. The American Holoptics leadership team has an exceptionally broad and deep experience providing high-quality products to the global weapons accessory market. In addition, this team has a proven track record of building customer-first and technology-focused organizations. “We’re proud to sign this agreement to join our team and technology with the EOTech brand,” says Matt Van Haaren, CEO of American Holoptics. “EOTech brings together technologically advanced product lines and production capabilities that will integrate well with our existing business and strategically expand our product portfolio. Together we will deliver an all-new level of service, innovation, and integrity to military, law enforcement and civilian users around the world.” 

Koucar Management is a privately held Michigan-based company that owns companies in a variety of industries including construction, property management, hotels, software, and technology. In the firearms and defense industry realm, they own Elite Defense, American Holoptics, and HEL Technologies. They also own companies like Detroit Taco Company and Cambria Hotels.

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10:27

Oregon: Attorney General Amends Title for Anti Self-Defense Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

On March 20th, the Attorney General submitted an amended ballot title for Initiative Petition 40. The state Supreme Court previously sided with NRA on several points in a challenge against IP 40, finding the title and “yes” result statement inadequate to alert voters of the changes proposed to the law.

10:10

Wisconsin: Second Amendment Rights Protected by Governor’s Emergency Order [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Tony Evers’ recent Emergency Order #12, titled “Safer at Home,” designates “firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security” under “Essential Businesses and Operations,” exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

10:00

Bigger TREAD: SIG Sauer Adds Direct Impingement 716i TREAD AR-10 [The Firearm Blog]

Bigger TREAD: SIG Sauer Adds Direct Impingement 716i TREAD AR-10I don’t get pumped up about many new releases anymore, but when I received the shipping notification for the SIG Sauer 716i TREAD AR-10 rifle last night, I may have gotten a little giddy. You see, I’ve never owned a .308 AR-10, so if SIG’s 716i TREAD lives up to its listed specifications, quality and […]

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09:46

Virginia: Gun Stores to Remain Open [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ralph Northam’s recently issued Executive Order 53 temporarily places restrictions on numerous businesses across the state. Though it does not designate firearm and ammunition retailers as “essential retail businesses,” they “may continue to operate but must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment… with proper social distancing requirements.”

09:38

Clothing for Survival: Part 1 [AllOutdoor.com]

Quality clothing can quite literally be the barrier between you and death. The ability to stay dry, maintain a stable core temperature, and move freely can be the deciding factors of survivability in an emergency situation. Below you will find some recommendations from a technical fabrics and clothing enthusiast, who has suffered for this knowledge in mountains, deserts, and rain forests.

This series will cover everything from base layers to waterproof outerwear and footwear. Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. 

Base Layers

Use material type and weight as a guide for choosing the right base layer. Depending on the conditions and activity, I prefer either Merino wool or a synthetic base layer. Cotton base layers (and clothing layers in general, with a couple very specific exceptions) are a no go. Cotton doesn’t insulate when wet, doesn’t breath when wet, doesn’t dry quickly, and can cause chafing in the places on your body least comfortable to you and most hospitable to bacteria. From this, obvious problems arise. 

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Merino wool is nearly a miracle fabric and my go-to for base layers, especially for bottoms. Merino base layers come in a variety of weights and lengths which one can choose depending on temperatures and preferences. I typically select a very light base layer for my legs as I value freedom of movement over insulation, but in the event that I’m in a relatively static location, I may opt for a heavier weight bottom. Merino wool has two properties that separate it from the rest, and the one people most often cite is it’s natural odor resistance and antimicrobial qualities. The ability to wear a base layer for days on end without it smelling like death is as much an advantage for morale as it is for health. 

In addition to reducing the user’s smell signature, merino wool also continues to insulate when wet. Reliable moisture resistant insulation is a key feature of clothing in environments where the temperatures are between 30 and 50 degrees. This range of temperatures is the most common for hypothermia since water is near its melting point and staying dry can be difficult during bouts of inclement weather. In the event you get wet in an early spring rain, you’ll be thankful you’re wearing a merino base layer. 

Synthetic materials offer an excellent solution for people looking for an all around performance base layer. They are typically a nylon, polyester or polyester blend. Synthetics are great for moisture wicking and tend to dry much faster than merino options. If budget is a limiting factor, synthetics may be the way to go as they are usually less expensive than merino wool equivalents. The ability of synthetics to dry quickly often makes them feel like a cooler wearing material when compared to merino, which is why I’d suggest using them outside of the 30 to 50 degree range (either above or below). One thing to consider when looking at a synthetic base layer is how much spandex is used in the material. Spandex is used to enhance the stretchiness of the garment, which is great for freedom of movement, but it doesn’t dry as quickly as nylon or polyester, and doesn’t insulate when wet like marino. 

Outer Layer Bottoms

On the day to day, just like nearly every adult American man, I wear a pair of blue jeans. Around the house, at work, and cruising around town, there is nothing wrong with sporting a pair of blue jeans, but if you plan to hit the trails, climb a mountain or just spend some time in the backcountry, I’d suggest considering other options. As you read in the above paragraphs, moisture management in clothing is critical. Blue jeans are primarily cotton with modern jeans starting to incorporate spandex. Neither of these materials do a good job wicking sweat, drying quickly, or insulating when wet.

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There are two different fabric categories that I go to when looking for a pair of pants to use outdoors. The first is full synthetic, and the second is poly-cotton. I know, that last one has “cotton” in the name, and I’ll explain myself shortly. First, I want to discuss full synthetic pants. 

Synthetic pants will work for nearly every endeavor from a range trip to climbing Mount Rainier. Generally speaking synthetic pants will be flexible, easy to move in, super durable and come with a durable water resistant coating (DWR for short) which supports the all important management of moisture. Although DWR coatings last quite a while, they aren’t permanent and require the occasional touching up just like any other piece of gear. Most soft shell pants are extremely durable when exposed to the majority of common stressors, but they do melt when they come into contact with fire, usually leaving larger burn holes as compared to poly-cotton options. 

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Poly-cotton pants are a great, super durable, quiet (not nearly as “swishy” as most synthetic pants) choice for people who prefer a more traditional fit and feel. Along with being generally quieter than a full synthetic pair of pants, poly-cotton tends to breathe quite a bit better, which helps reduce the creation of moisture from the inside. Breathability usually comes at the cost of water resistance, but poly-cotton offers an interesting and convenient solution for water resistance: wax. The user can apply specially designed wax in the areas and amount desired to resist outside sources of moisture, and if a change is wanted, simply wash the waxed garment. In a rainy environment I’ll more heavily wax the top of the thighs and the back of the calves. When there isn’t much threat of precipitation but I may cross a stream or walk through dewy grass, I’ll simply wax around the calves. 

The upcoming articles will cover:

  • Mid-layer Tops
  • Outer-layer Tops
  • Waterproof Shells
  • Insulation
  • Footwear
  • Accessories

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09:26

Pennsylvania: House Judiciary Chairman Vows to Put an End to Ammunition Tax and Permit Requirement Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 10, the House Judiciary Committee received House Bill 2344, legislation that implements a “permit to purchase” for ammunition, as well as a tax on all ammo purchases.

09:23

Time to Reassess Your Home Pandemic Kit [AllOutdoor.com]

It may already be too late, but right now is the best time to drag out all your prepper survival gear and supplies to see what you actually have. More importantly it is critical to see what you don’t have and need to acquire as quickly as possible, if possible. The shelves have been highly ravaged already.

This declared pandemic has already put a massive strain on the supply system all over the country. It is not that we are out of goods, but it has been difficult for some stores like big grocery stores and big box retailers to keep enough trucks coming in to resupply every night. Then by 9am the next morning it’s all gone again.

The rush has been on for more than a week and we see no signs of it letting up. Unfortunately many are just proving to be selfish hoarders. How could you use 100 rolls of toilet paper or ten cases of hand sanitizer? But this is the reality of our world right now. So, find out immediately what you have and especially what you will need to get by until this bad boy bug flies away.

As a prepper (or prepper wanna-be), you know the basic essentials for an in-home quarantine: Food, water, meds, health aids, first aid, communications, and security. You’ll need to have all these bases covered. For now we still have electric power country wide (but ours was out for 2 hours today), and clean water coming out of the sinks. It could be a lot worse.

After double checking your stock, start making lists. If possible send more than one shopper and divvy up the stores to visit. Use cell communications to share what supplies are found where. A contact here had to visit seven stores to find one gallon of milk. Today, Wal-Mart was sold out of hamburger by noon. The panic is quiet but it is not over. Likely this mild panic will continue for as long as the contagion remains active.

Pay close attention to quantity buying. Don’t waste time or money. You don’t need ten cases of soft drinks, but you might want ten bottles of hand sanitizer, some OTC pain meds, packs of soft wipes, and extra bathroom tissue. Buy foods that will last a good while. You can risk a bet on power continuing so consider frozen foods or stuff you can freeze. Lucky for us this pandemic is not attacking the power grid.

Start now. You are probably already behind the eight ball. It’s anybody’s guess, but the COVID-19 bug might be around for six months or more, although let’s hope not.

This is not a game. It is the real thing.

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09:00

CZ-USA Closed – All Facilities Shutdown Due To COVID-19 Emergency Order [The Firearm Blog]

CZ-USA Closed All Facilities Due To COVID-19 Emergency OrderWith state and local governments actively trying to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are resorting to classifying businesses as either essential or non-essential for emergency closure orders. In some states, firearms businesses have been labeled as non-essential and ordered closed. A local Kansas City, Kansas Order has all of CZ-USA closed until […]

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08:40

Camera Records Critters Crossing a Log in the Woods for a Year [AllOutdoor.com]

On each day of our lives, we have time to spend. The way we choose to spend that time varies, and the value of our minutes depends on how each one is spent. I contend that spending five of your minutes watching this video is a good idea.

YouTube channel “Bush’s Pennsylvania Wildlife Camera” placed a game camera on at a log crossing a small creek for an entire year to capture all the wildlife using the log — then they compiled it into one five-minute video.

Viewers see all sorts of critters crossing the log, including raccoon, black bear, chipmunk, bobcat, coyote, squirrel, fox, turkey, porcupine, muskrat, and a host of many different birds. Heck, there’s even a whitetail deer that comes along to feed on some stuff growing from the log.

To their everlasting credit, the makers of this video did not pollute it by adding a song. There is perhaps nothing more obnoxious than a bunch of manmade racket rattling around in the background of a video. Instead, we get the calming sound of flowing water and natural sounds made by some of the creatures. Nice.

I admit I did enjoy seeing the big bear’s paw slip off of the log and into the water. Doh!

Water levels vary, with the creek’s level usually pretty low — but at one point there was water roaring over the bridge log. Watching the squirrel leap over some flowing water was fun.

I think you’re going to like this.

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08:38

Arizona: Second Amendment Rights Protected by Governor’s Executive Order [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Doug Ducey’s recent Executive Order 2020-12 designates “firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security” under Essential Businesses and Operations, exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

08:00

Lantac Introduce New Dragon Muzzle Brakes with Dead Air KEYMO Suppressor Mounts [The Firearm Blog]

Lantac USA have announced that they have developed two new muzzle brakes that feature Dead Air’s KEYMO suppressor mounting system. Lantac USA are expanding their line of Dragon Muzzle Brakes with the DGN556B-DA and DGN762B-DA. Lantac USA note that “for the first time shooters can now enjoy advanced weapon control with the ability to mount the entire range of […]

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07:00

New SAKO Cartridge Line with Lead-Free Powerhead BLADE Bullets [The Firearm Blog]

Powerhead-Blade-SAKOWith the European Union in discussions to ban lead in ammunition several companies are busy extending their existing and developing new product lines. Sako from Finland has developed a new lead-free BLADE bullet which is said to meet the needs of the most demanding lead-free hunters. One of the challenges in the development of a bullet […]

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06:27

Experiment: Live Stream Q&A: Cocktails, Carry Guns, and More! [Forgotten Weapons]

This month, I decided to experiment with doing a live streamed Q&A session. This was recorded yesterday and open to Patreon supporters at $2 and up (the same people who are able to submit Q&A questions). Let me know what you think of the format!

06:00

The Top 5 Guns to PANIC BUY (For Gun Beginners) Coronavirus Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Background checks and gun buys were up 300% last week. There are brand new gun owners out there who panic buy firearms for the flugaloo without any guidance whatsoever. In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves gives advice to beginners on what the best guns are for personal defense and tells you why. Check it […]

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Cool New Stickers from Stickybolt [The Firearm Blog]

We all love gun stickers, whether they’re from manufacturers or from our favourite independent sticker designers. The new selection of stickers from StickyBolt offers something for lovers of both old and new guns. In these uncertain times I know I’ve been spending a lot of time around my safe (check out our article on ‘How to […]

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Monday, 23 March

17:29

Connecticut: Gov. Lamont Protects Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Ned Lamont’s recent Executive Order 7H designates firearm and ammunition retail operations as essential businesses, exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

17:21

Indiana: Gov. Holcomb Protects Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Eric Holcomb’s recent Executive Order 20-08 designates“firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security” under Essential Businesses and Operations, exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency.

17:00

SHTF Guns: KAC/Colt AR-15 – Short Barrel – 5.56mm – Suppressed [The Firearm Blog]

SHTF Guns: KAC/Colt AR-15 - Short Barrel - 5.56mm - SuppressedI have never been a prepper. My modest amount of guns and gear have mostly centered around my passion for suppressors, personal defense weapons, concealed carry pistols and useful accessories. Like many of you I have bins full of gun related items that looked great on paper, but in practice fell short of actually being […]

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16:30

POTD: AEK-919K Kashtan Submachine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

AEK-919K Kashtan Submachine Gun (1)About a week ago, our Photo Of The Day article was about the DP-64 double-barreled grenade launcher made by Russian Degtyarev Plant. Today we have some nice pictures of another firearm designed by this company – the AEK-919K Kashtan submachine gun. The AEK-919K Kashtan is a blowback-operated select-fire submachine gun chambered in 9x18mm Makarov. The gun fires […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: Are We looking at Another 22LR Shortage? [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: Are We looking at Another 22LR Shortage?A lot of you will remember with explicit detail one of the most devastating ammo shortages in the United States. In 2012, shortly after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, ammunition went flying off the shelves at an unprecedented rate leading to a 22LR shortage. Will this happen again given recent events relating to […]

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14:15

The Caning Of Charles Sumner []

Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts was an ardent abolitionist. On the floor of the Senate in 1856, he made a speech in which he castigated Sen. Andrew Butler of South Carolina over his support for slavery.

Butler was not present when Sumner made his speech but his cousin, Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina, got wind of it. As the Senate’s historian puts it:

Representative Preston Brooks was Butler’s South Carolina kinsman. If he had believed Sumner to be a gentleman, he might have challenged him to a duel. Instead, he chose a light cane of the type used to discipline unruly dogs. Shortly after the Senate had adjourned for the day, Brooks entered the old chamber, where he found Sumner busily attaching his postal frank to copies of his “Crime Against Kansas” speech.

Moving quickly, Brooks slammed his metal-topped cane onto the unsuspecting Sumner’s head. As Brooks struck again and again, Sumner rose and lurched blindly about the chamber, futilely attempting to protect himself. After a very long minute, it ended.

You can see a reenactment of this in the Drunk History video below.

It amused me that the odious Patton Oswalt aka Constable Bob in Justified played Sen. Sumner.

What got me to thinking about the caning of Sen. Sumner was the behavior of the Democrats in the Senate and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Twice now the Senate Democrats have stopped passage of a coronavirus stimulus package. This came after they had worked out the details over the past week with the Republican majority.

Pelosi has larded up her so-called package with more agenda items and less stimulus items that will get people back to work and on their feet. As Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) told House Democrats, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Forgive me for thinking that we need to take a gutta-percha brass-headed cane a’la Preston Brooks to the heads of certain Democrat obstructionists. Of course, I mean this figuratively as voters and not literally. Losing power and the attendant perks would be the worst punishment for most of them.

The actual cane is now on display at the Old State House Museum in Boston.

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11:00

TFB Round Table: 10 BEST Cartridges to Buy in Bulk [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back to another edition of the TFB Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB will discuss the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol competitions. Chances are there is someone here at TFB who can offer you advice […]

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10:00

Stoeger STR-9 Pistol Line Expands With Compact Model [The Firearm Blog]

Stoeger introduced the full size STR-9 back in January 2019, not they have announced a compact version of their affordable 9mm striker-fired pistol. Stoeger now take aim at the CCW market with STR-9 Compact which has an overall length of 6.9 inches and weighs in at 24 ounces. Here’s what Stoeger have to say about their new […]

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08:59

Mossberg Shockwave + Paul Harrell = Fun Times [AllOutdoor.com]

In this video, Paul uses a viewer question as the basis for doing some range work with a Mossberg Shockwave short-barreled shotgun.

The viewer, name o’ Maitre Mark, is in a feud and has some very specific questions, as he expects to be attacked by someone with a “sawn-off shotgun” loaded with birdshot while he himself is armed with a sword and protected by a one-and-one-half-inch shield of MDF particle board. He wants to know what sort of pattern size to expect, and whether he can expect any sort of protection from his MDF “shield.”

Paul begins by comparing muzzle velocities from a full-sized shotgun with 20.5-inch barrel to those from a Mossberg Shockwave (14.375″ barrel) , to see whether there’s any power loss due to the shorter barrel resulting in reduced powder burn time.

Naturally, there was some power loss… the odd thing is, there was much more loss with buckshot (-185 fps) than with birdshot (-76 fps).

Pattern comparison comes next, with both scatterguns producing very similar patterns. This is notable, because he says the full-length Mossberg 500 he’s using has an improved cylinder choke, which is nominally tighter than the cylinder bore choke of the shorter-barreled 590 Shockwave.

Next comes the meat target at 20 meters… to which there was some damage, but not a whole lot.

The next test is shooting at three 1/2″ sheets of MDF board. At 20 meters, the soda jugs representing YOU fared quite well, as they did at 10 meters. At 5, though, the jugs got clobbered pretty hard — mainly by hunks of MDF.

This is followed by MDF shield testing with a 38 special and 12 gauge buckshot, with somewhat surprising results.

Enjoy the video.

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08:32

Basic Hunting Tactics for Survival [AllOutdoor.com]

If the COVID-19 crisis continues beyond your supply of meat, you might find yourself hunting for survival. If you’ve never hunted before, that idea can be daunting. Fortunately, hunting is a fairly simple activity at its core: You go where animals live and you try to kill one or more. But it can seem complicated sometimes, and different species may require different tactics. The good news is that most game can be hunted very simply with just a few basic tactics.

Sit and Wait

Most hunters of big game these days use the “sit still and wait” method. Simply find an area the target animals like to visit or travel through, and situate yourself somewhere that places you within range of the path or area. Settle in and be still, awaiting your opportunity.

If your quarry has a sensitive sense of smell (deer, hogs, bears, etc), you should be sitting downwind from where you expect it to arrive. Turkeys, squirrels, and most other small game probably won’t smell you, but turkeys have much keener vision and will spot movements more easily… so in those cases concealment is more important than being downwind.

It may take hours or even days for something to show up. As you wait, do your best to keep your movements to a minimum, and move slowly when you do move. Remain vigilant, because wild animals can pass by undetected when you’d think you would have heard them coming a mile away.

As soon as you think something might be coming, start getting ready. Put your hands on your gun or bow, in the correct position to shoot. Get your body and weapon pointed in the direction from which you expect the animal to approach. Shoulder your rifle, shotgun, or crossbow; get ready to draw your bow.

Make all these movements as slowly as possible — but do your best to get most of your moving done before the approaching critter is close enough to really see you well. Don’t fire until you have a good opportunity; then take careful aim and squeeze your trigger or release carefully.

Most game is taken in this way, because it’s usually easier to ambush a wild animal than to sneak up on it.

Stalking

Stalking can be an effective method of hunting, depending on the game. It requires a lot more skill and in many cases has a lower success rate than ambushing your supper, but sometimes it can be more productive.

If you have no idea where the game is likely to be, stalking may be your best bet to actually find some animals — but you must learn to move slowly and remain on high alert, scanning the terrain all around you as you ease along — hopefully silently and definitely slowly.

You can improve your chances during a stalk if you know how to spot and assess “sign,” which means anything indicating that animals have been there: tracks, rub marks on trees, rooted-up areas, scratchings in the leaves, and scat (poop).

It’s reasonable to combine techniques, of course. You might start out stalking, then find a likely-looking area that shows signs of animal use and settle down in hopes of an ambush.

Scent control is important here also… most of the time, you want to stalk into the wind (wind blowing towards your face). But again, scent doesn’t matter much if at all for turkeys and most small game.

Calling

Game calls can be effective at locating and sometimes luring animals towards your position. Some calls are only useful for location, such as using an owl hooter or coyote call to “shock” a male turkey into gobbling. Other calls are intended to attract animals, such as when you imitate the sounds of a female in hopes of pulling in a lustful male during the breeding season.

Calling is often used in conjunction with the previously-discussed methods. Sometimes it’s effective to stalk or hike, pausing to scan the horizon and/or use locator calls from time to time. Then hunker down once you have seen or heard your game, and switch to calls that attract.

Many animals will approach you without ever making answering calls, so remain vigilant even if you don’t hear any critters replying to your calls.

Squirrels will sometimes show themselves if you imitate the sound of another squirrel barking, or the sound of a squirrel’s teeth cutting open a nut shell; if they hear a squirrel eating they may figure the coast is clear, until you start knocking them out of the trees and into your stew pot.

Conclusion

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to hunting, but every activity requires you to start with the basics and this should help you get started.

Happy hunting.

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08:00

The Kalashnikov Komrad 12 – Limited Special Edition Russian Tiger Camo [The Firearm Blog]

KOMRAD – LIMITED Special Edition Russian Tiger CamoFor the first time ever, Kalashnikov USA is offering sales directly to the public. You’re looking at the Limited Special Edition Russian Tiger Camo of the Kalashnikov Komrad 12, Made in the USA. This special edition Saiga 12 Shotgun will only be made in small numbers before it retires. Exactly how “limited” this limited edition is […]

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07:00

IWI NEGEV NG-7 Light Machine Guns for the Indian Army [The Firearm Blog]

India Negev Light Machine GunAlmost a year ago TFB reported that the Indian Army was on a tour to source 16,400 Light Machine Guns. The tour included visits to three (to our knowledge) firearms manufacturers, including Arsenal in Bulgaria and S&T Motiv in South Korea. The winner has now been announced and the first price goes to Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), in […]

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06:27

Prototype Locked-Breech 9x19mm Mauser HSc [Forgotten Weapons]

When Mauser began development of the HSc pistol, it was intended to be a pair of guns – a simple blowback gun in .32 or .380 caliber for civilian and police use and a larger locked-breech type in 9x19mm for military use. Mauser had tried this before with their 1910 pocket pistol, but in that effort they tried to make both sizes blowback, which did not work well. This time, the designer – Alex Seidel; later a founder of H&K – looked at what technology Mauser owned, and chose Josef Nickl’s rotating barrel patent to use in the 9×19 version of the HSc.

This pistol is number V1001, the very first prototype HSc, and it’s one of the rotating barrel locked breech guns. Ultimately this gun suffered the same fate as the Mauser 1909; it was not accepted by the military, and saw no commercial production. The German military would decide that it required an exposed barrel, which the HSc did not have. Mauser would develop the HSv for military trials, but it would be defeated by the Walther HP, which was adopted as the P38.

06:00

New Pulsar Series 2 Accolade LRF, Helion and Trail LRF [The Firearm Blog]

Pulsar ACCOLADE 2 HELION 2 TRAIL 2 LRFPulsar Night Vision recently launched a Firmware update, and now it’s time for upgraded Series 2 versions of their ACCOLADE LRF, HELION and TRAIL LRF products. They all have lower than 40mK NETD sensitivity (Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference). That technical detail probably makes little sense to most people. Well, it means that the devices will […]

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05:55

AllOutdoor Review: Boyds Spike Camp Gunstock on a Savage Mark II [AllOutdoor.com]

Leading into SHOT Show 2020, Boyds Gunstocks, the South Dakota-based hardwood gunstock manufacturer, unveiled a new, more-affordable replacement thumbhole stock dubbed the Spike Camp! I personally had the opportunity to see this gunstock at SHOT Show 2020, and came away impressed by it for its very affordable price-point of $99 at full MSRP. As always, it is available in a rainbow of wood laminate color combinations that every shooter can pick from on the Boyds website. What I was most curious about with this stock though is if a replacement gunstock that is under $100 could actually improve your accuracy?… So Boyds sent us one of their Spike Camp gunstocks in a Forest Camo laminate for a Savage Mark II, and we set out to test that very idea! Let’s dive in and see how the Boyds Spike Camp performed!

specifications: boyds spike camp gunstock

The new Boyds Spike Camp thumbhole gunstock shape is designed with simplicity in mind, and looks to cut into the gunstock market at a value price that other competitors simply cannot reach. It is nicknamed the “essentials-only” gunstock, and for a good reason. The specifications for the Spike Camp can be read below as presented by Boyds Gunstocks:

  • Large, Ergonomically-Designed Thumbhole
  • 2 Sling Studs for Accessories
  • Free-Floated Barrel Channel
  • Short Monte Carlo Comb
  • 13 1/2″ Length-of-Pull
  • Weight: 2.5 Lbs
  • Available in all 13 of Boyds’ Color Combinations

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As mentioned earlier, this gunstock has an extremely attainable price-point of $99 at MSRP. There is a sheer overabundance of expensive stocks on the market, but what shooters are lacking are affordable ones. That is why it is nice to see something like the Spike Camp come to market. For some additional information about this stock, Boyds shares this Press Release statement below as well:

Spike camps in the backcountry are a strategic necessity to tipping the odds in your favor and allowing you to do more with less.  The Spike Camp thumbhole stock is a high-quality, extremely comfortable, lightweight, essentials-only stock.  The performance of a free-floated barrel, standard sling studs, and a thumbhole grip give you everything you need to achieve success, and all while keeping weight and size down.

 

unboxing: boyds spike camp gunstock

The Spike Camp gunstock that I had requested from Boyds for testing was for a Savage Arms Mark II .22 Long Rifle with a heavy contour barrel. This rifle I borrowed from my fellow writer, gunsmith, and aficionado of fine arms, Samuel Schaust. He was looking to upgrade his plain-Jane, factory stock so I saw this as a perfect opportunity to put the Spike Camp to the test!

While unboxing this new gunstock from Boyds, I had a few first impressions. For one, it 100% has the aesthetics and appearance of a Boyds product. You have a nice blending of colors in the wood laminate with clean edges and contours. The one I received for testing was their Forest Camo laminate which will pair well with all the deciduous forests in Minnesota.

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Another impression I had straight out-of-the-box was how light the stock is. It is advertised as being 2 1/2 Lbs, and while I did not take the time to throw it on a scale, through simply anecdotal experiences it felt much lighter than that. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, this is something I appreciate a lot because the less you tote into the woods with you means less fatigue (and errors made) by the end of the day.

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One minor roadblock I ran into while looking over the Boyds gunstock and the Savage Arms factory stock was the trigger guard. On a Savage Arms synthetic stock for a rimfire rifle, the trigger guard is plastic and integral to the stock. So when I popped the Savage barreled action out of its original stock and dropped it into its new home in the Boyds stock, I had no trigger guard. This is something I did not expect, or simply overlooked. To alleviate that, I also ordered a DI Products Inc set of Bottom Metal. Problem solved and it paired with the aesthetic of the Boyds stock nicely.

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Once that one hiccup was overcome, I was ready to head to the range! While most people who purchase a Boyds gunstock undoubtedly appreciate the strikingly good looks of the stock, the pragmatic side of myself would never purchase anything for a firearm unless it helps you in some way other than curb appeal. This can be accuracy, an easier ability to manipulate the functions of a firearm, improved safety, or a multitude of other things. I will be the first one to say that “no one wants an accurate gun that is ugly!” But I also am practical and firearms, more often that not, are tools and should have high utility. With all that being said, we will test to see if the Boyds Spike Camp can shrink our groups for better varmint elimination and overall accuracy!

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range time: boyds spike camp gunstock

For testing of the Boyds Spike Camp gunstock, some additional variables I threw into the equation were the ammunition, optic, and silencer I used. For ammo, I used Federal American Eagle as warm-up or sight-in rounds to establish some baseline accuracy and to get the rifle zeroed. Once zeroed, I switched over to Gemtech Sub-Sonic ammunition paired with a Gemtech GM-22 .22 Caliber rimfire silencer. The riflescope I used was a straight 4x Bushnell scope. The biggest variable in this simple accuracy testing, as always, is the individual behind the gun, me. I consider myself a decent shooter, but I have never been able to “outshoot” or “outperform” my equipment.

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On the day I was shooting, it was roughly 20°F with one-and-off gusty winds. Once my zero was firmly established at 50 yards and reconfirmed out at 100 yards, I tried my darndest to send off some of my best 5-shot groups possible in both the Savage Arms factory stock and the Boyds Spike Camp gunstock. While shooting the Savage Arms factory stock, my groups varied at worst from 1.600″ to at best 1.051″ at 100 yards. Try as I might, I could not shoot under 1″ with the gun as supplied from the factory. There are a lot of variables at play between the 4x Bushnell scope, a mildly windy day, the ammo I chose, and my ability as a shooter, but on this day, those were the results achieved.

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Next, I re-stocked the barreled action into the Boyds Spike Camp and took another run at accuracy out to 100 yards. For all of the testing I attempted, I did 5-shot groups purely because I was working with a 5-round magazine. No further scientific, secret explanation than just that. While still shooting the Gemtech sub-sonic ammunition I got at worst groups of 0.915″ to at best 0.726″ at 100 yards with the Spike Camp stock. This, personally, made me a happy camper with the Spike Camp! Every group I shot was under 1″ when I could not get any group that small with the factory stock, and when I squeaked all of my little shooting prowess into one group I achieved under 3/4″ at 100 yards on a rimfire gun on a windy day. For a hunter by trade, those results would work for me if this was my personal rifle!

spike camp

Once again, this is a sample size of one. Maybe I stumbled upon a secret formula of accuracy with my Gemtech silencer and Gemtech ammunition. Maybe this pairing of a Boyds Spike Camp and a Savage Arms Mark II could shoot even better with different ammo and a different shooter. Regardless, this is exactly what I have come to expect from Boyds. Striking curb appeal in their gunstocks and the practicality of improved accuracy to match.

conclusion: boyds spike camp gunstock

Some people might wonder why you would even bother to change the stock on your rifle in an attempt to improve the accuracy? As our results proved though, the devil is in the details, and a good quality gunstock like the Spike Camp from Boyds can, in fact, improve your accuracy without draining your bank account.

For those unfamiliar, a “spike camp” while adventuring or hunting in the outdoors is an essentials-only camp site. That is exactly what Boyds wanted the aptly named Spike Camp gunstock to be; an essentials-only stock at a price-point everyone can afford. Besides the dramatic improvement in aesthetics, this gunstock does a lot to improve accuracy even though its changes may go unseen to the naked eye. The Savage Arms factory stock could not shoot under 1″ unfortunately and only gave us a 1.051″ 5-shot group at best while the Boyds Spike Camp gunstock never fired a 5-shot group over 1″ with the best one being 0.726″ at 100 yards.

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While I have a lot of praise for the Boyds Spike Camp, one thing that was a sour note while reviewing this gunstock was sadly finding out I needed to purchase additional bottom metal. This is by no knows Boyds’ fault. In this rare situation, Savage Arms had a cheap stock where the trigger guard and bottom metal were plastic and fused to the factory stock. In most all centerfire and rimfire rifles, the bottom metal are components that are separate of a stock and can be moved around as you see fit. A tiny disclaimer or warning on the Boyds website would be helpful for goofballs like me in the future because that small hiccup setback my testing an additional week while I waited for the DI Products Inc bottom metal to arrive.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Boyds for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Spike Camp Gunstock! That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Boyds Spike Camp is something worth spending your money on? Would you put it on a camping rifle? Shoot a league with it? Hunt with it? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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Sunday, 22 March

16:30

POTD: U.S. Marines in Japan with M32 Multiple Grenade Launcher and M38 DMR [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day and above we’re looking at a 40 mm “potato” being fired out of an M32 Multiple Grenade Launcher. The photos are taken at the Yausubetsu Training Area in Hokkaido, Japan, during exercise Northern Viper. The soldiers are from U.S. Marines 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. Below you can catch a glimpse of […]

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14:24

New Jersey Stops Firearms Transfers! [NRA-ILA News]

At a time when uncertainty about social order has prompted a large number of Americans to exercise their Second Amendment right to self-defense, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has made it impossible for Garden Staters to do so.

12:22

Fellow Travelers, Useful Idiots, or Both? []

Merriam-Webster definition of a fellow traveler:

: a person who sympathizes with and often furthers the ideals and program of an organized group (such as the Communist party) without membership in the group or regular participation in its activities

broadly: a sympathetic supporter of another’s cause

Useful idiot:

In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leaders

The Soviet Union made great use of both fellow travelers and useful idiots. This article by John Gray in the British publication New Statesman goes into great detail about them. Fellow travelers willfully ignore the misdeeds of these authoritarian states while praising their successes.

Just like the former Soviet Union, China goes to great lengths to make use of fellow travelers and apologists. They also use their growing economic clout to discourage criticism of their regime, its policies, and its practices. One merely needs to look at how they forced the NBA to kow-tow to them over criticism of their actions in Hong Kong.

It appears now that they are using Democrat politicians like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and former Obama advisor Ben Rhodes to stifle criticism of their response to COVID-19 as the following tweets make clear.

Given the overwhelming evidence that the Chinese Community Party and President Xi Jinping have done everything in their power to cover up their own complicity in the spread of COVID-19, the question remains whether Schiff and Rhodes are fellow travelers, useful idiots, or both.

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10:13

Idea [Of Arms and the Law]

When you check out at the supermarket, drug store, etc. you must punch in numbers on a keypad. Even if you pay cash, you must punch in your phone number. On the same keypad that hundreds of people have used before you.

My idea: I had some nitrile gloves. I took scissors and cut the finger and thumb parts from each. Now when I check out I just slide one over my right index finger and discard it as I leave the store. This way I get five uses for each glove.

10:02

Disabled Woman Weak to Coronavirus Issues Message to Politicians Using Pandemic to Push Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Americans are flocking to gun stores because they know the only reliable self-defense during a crisis is the Second Amendment. Carletta Whiting, who’s disabled & vulnerable to coronavirus, asks Dems trying to exploit the pandemic: Why do you want to leave people like me defenseless?

07:00

✉ ✉ TFBTV Mailroom 28: The PEN-15 REVEALED! ✉ ✉ [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV mailroom, James Reeves opens and reads your shitty email and packages, builds the PEN-15 with the help of Mark the Ruiner, and reveals it on NATIONAL TELEVISION (or just YouTube, but you know what we meant). Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA […]

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06:24

NJ – NICS Check Shutdown; IL – Gun Businesses Are Essential [The Firearm Blog]

NJ - NICS Check Shutdown; IL - Gun Businesses Are EssentialBy executive order, the Governor of New Jersey has shutdown the NICS Check system that allows for the sale and transfer of firearms in the state. The NICS check shutdown effectively eliminates all commercial and private transfers of firearms in New Jersey. In addition, judicial processes in the state have been basically frozen, limiting proceedings […]

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Saturday, 21 March

16:30

POTD: Mandalorian Heckler & Koch SP5 [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – This is Heckler & Koch’s SP5 at SHOT Show made by Blown Deadline. This isn’t H&K’s first attempt at this, already in 2016, they did a Ballistic Mandalorian Armor. If you like the Mandalorian theme you should definitely check these firearms out as well: The Mandalorian Fett Blaster and The […]

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13:09

Florida Alert! Galvano/Bloomberg Gun Control Bill is Dead This Session [NRA-ILA News]

Senate President Bill Galvano (R) picked a fight with law-abiding Floridians who believe in and exercise their constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  He lost.  The bill died when Session ended last week.  Yet the media is covering it up for him.

12:44

I Don’t Think That Headline Means What You Think It Means []

The online version of Newsweek magazine had the most misleading headline ever related to the recent panic buying of firearms. Since I don’t think merely quoting it does it justice, here is a screen shot of it.

Do they mean gun rights advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, the Firearms Policy Coaliton, or one of the many state-level groups?

Umm. No.

Once you start reading the article you come across comments from these “gun advocacy” luminaries.

“Fear has been the motivation for much of the increases in firearms purchases,” David Chipman, Senior Policy Advisor for gun control advocate group Giffords, told Newsweek.

“A small percentage of the marketing to gun owners has been to encourage preparation for end times scenarios and zombie apocalypses.”

Chipman said the country’s current gun laws allow people to hoard weapons in the same way they are able to mass buy toilet paper.

Chipman, of the Cult of Personality Known As Giffords, goes on to say he is a gun owner himself. Of course he is.

Not to be out done is this advocate is the co-president of Brady United.

Kris Brown, President of the Brady gun control campaign group, also said she is “very fearful” that the number of friendly fire incidents involving children could also dramatically increase as millions of children who are not currently at school will be present in their homes with these new weapons.

Brown said the feeling of short term security and safety that is provided by purchasing a weapon is masking the actual risk that will be dramatically increased.

“I understand in any time of crisis there is fear, the desire to do something to try and create a sense of security, and safety is paramount. The same instinct as fight or flight is what’s kicking in here,” she told Newsweek.

“The reality is the purchase of a gun is actually going right into harm’s way.”

It’s always “for the children” with them.

Last but not least is that “stay at home mom of five” and former corporate PR flack Shannon Watts herself.

“Right now, there’s no question that everyone is worried about their family’s safety. We know there are risks associated with having a gun in the home, especially when kids are involved, which is why responsible gun owners store their guns locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition.”

Watts added the presence of guns in a house also increases the risks of suicide and domestic violence.

“The NRA has spent decades selling a myth that more guns make us safer, but if that were true, the U.S. would be the safest nation on earth,” she said. “Instead, we have a gun homicide rate that’s 25 times higher than the average of other developed nations.”

Watts suggested if people truly want to protect their families during these unsettled times, they should “wash their hands and lock up their guns.”

While I can’t disagree with Mrs. Watts on the importance of hand washing, the rest of her statement is all too typical of her.

The best thing I can say about that headline is that they didn’t characterize these gun prohibitionists as “gun safety groups”. Indeed, the author of this article specifically refers to both Giffords and Brady as “gun control advocate” or “gun control campaign” groups.

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12:43

Rhode Island: Gov. Raimondo Taking Advantage of National Emergency to Advance Political Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday March 20, Gov. Gina Raimondo issued Executive Order 20-07 which suspends the 7-day statutory background check requirement and now allows up to 30 days to complete checks.

12:08

SILENCER SATURDAY #117: Quiet In The Time Of Corona – Defensive Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #117: Quiet In The Time Of Corona - Defensive SuppressorsGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the Turbo K and Resonator K suppressors. With everything going on in the world at the moment, it seems odd to be talking about one of the firearm industry’s seemingly […]

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11:41

Kind Of Shocking That They Sought An Indictment []

I subscribe to press releases from various BATFE Field Divisions. I got one from the Chicago Field Division yesterday that kind of shocked me.

They actually sought an indictment against someone for lying on the Form 4473 and facilitating a straw purchase.

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Hanna N. DeCicco (age 22) of Milwaukee with Making a False Statement to a Federal Firearms Dealer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(2) on July 10, 2019.

DeCicco is charged with one count of being a straw purchaser of firearm. She knowningly made a false and fictitious that she was the actual buyer of the firearm, when in fact, she was acquiring the firearm for someone else. DeCicco faces a maximum of ten years of imprisonment, three years of supervised released, and a $250,000 fine. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods’ strategy brings together all levels of law enforcement and community resources to reduce violent crime and improve the quality of life in all our neighborhoods.

Do you know how rare something like that actually is? It is usually near the bottom of a Federal prosecutor’s agenda. At least it was during the Obama years.

This NPR report from 2015 noted that straw buyers were rarely prosecuted.

Many licensed gun dealers are concerned that straw purchasers are rarely prosecuted, says Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“The law says that somebody could go to jail for up to 10 years and face a fine of up to $250,000. Why that doesn’t happen more often is a question for, you know, the federal judiciary and the Department of Justice,” Keane says.

Bouchard, who retired from the ATF in 2007, admits charging straw buyers falls towards the bottom of federal prosecutors’ priority lists. He says the cases are difficult to win and resources are limited.

However, that has started to change as the Trump Administration has decided not to ignore those crimes. In the last year of the Obama Administration, only 111 people were charged with false statements on the Form 4473. By contrast, in the first seven months of FY 2019, the Department of Justice had already charge 167 people with making false statements.

The number is still low in comparison to the other Federal prosecutions involving weapons but it is on the rise. Frankly, I don’t have a problem with going after straw purchasers.

As an aside, Ms. DeCicco needs to clean her Facebook page up. An Assistant US Attorney is going to love this comment from December.

Somebody’s gonna take these games to far & end up gettin popped.

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06:27

Blow-Forward Schwarzlose 1908 at the Backup Gun Match [Forgotten Weapons]

The Schwarzlose 1908 is the only blow-forward firearm ever to see real commercial sale. It is a compact pocket pistol chambered for .32 ACP, with a 7-round magazine. They were sold by Schwarzlose in Germany and also assembled and sold in the United States in a slightly altered form by the Warner Arms Company. I’ve long wanted to try one out in a semi-practical environment, and the Backup Gun Match provides a perfect venue, as its stages are designed around 5-round revolvers.

The Schwarzlose has a number of deficiencies as a practical gun. It is small and narrow for good conceivability, but that narrow backstop really concentrates the recoil. You would not expect much recoil from a .32, but the blow forward action magnifies it almost to the point of the gun being snappily unpleasant to fire. The sights are small and completely non-adjustable. Most significantly, however, are the potential safety hazards of the blow-forward action for basic handling. The gripping surfaces on the slide are not great and the recoil spring is fairly stiff, and it takes a lot of care and attention to not muzzle one’s own hand. This is particularly worrying when clearing malfunctions, which I had two of during the match. This is definitely a pistol that should be appreciated for its history and mechanical curiosity only!

Friday, 20 March

17:00

Friday Night Lights: Norwegian SIMRAD GN1 – Biocular NVGs [The Firearm Blog]

It has been a personal goal of mine to get my hands on a Thales LUCIE NVGs. However they are not that common and not normally sold to civilians. Just a couple weeks ago my friend Warren came across someone selling a SIMRAD GN1. While it is not a LUCIE, it functions the same and […]

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16:30

POTD: Russian Airborne Forces with PKM and VSS Vintorez [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – TFB is now on our 7th year of bringing you high-quality photographs from the world of firearms every day. Today we take a look at Russian Recon and Special Operation units (Russian Airborne Forces) as they prepare themselves for the Polar Star competition. Above you can see the PKM, a general-purpose […]

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16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – 3/20/20 [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Welcome back everyone to Featured Deals of the Week: Quarantine Edition Part II. We’ll be focusing on all of those hard to find products that other people are panic buying so that you can panic buy them instead! Or normal buy them if that’s your thing. CCI Blazer Brass 9mm Luger 115gr FMJ 1000/ct – […]

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13:44

Kansas: Legislature Passes Resolution Limiting Governor’s Emergency Powers to Seize Ammunition and Property [NRA-ILA News]

Late Thursday night, the Kansas Legislature passed House Committee Resolution 5025.

11:00

6.5 Grendel AR-15 Build That Identifies as FAL and AK [The Firearm Blog]

6.5 Grendel KS-47 AR-15You know how it goes, you’ve seen a few AR-15 builds, you’ve pretty much seen them all… until today!  We truly do live in strange times, when someone can build an AR-15 made to accept AK patterned magazines made to hold 6.5 Grendel cartridges, with the added feature of a side charging handle on the […]

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10:44

Los Angeles Sheriff Works to Empty Jails While Disparaging Second Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has an unorthodox plan for ensuring public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic: free imprisoned inmates, look the other way on crime, and try to suppress law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

10:34

Long Island Residents Taking Responsibility For Their Own Safety []

Politicians in states like New York and California among a few others have rarely found an impediment to armed self-protection that didn’t get their approval. Nonetheless, many citizens in those states are saying that government cannot protect their families during the COVID-19 (or CCP coronavirus) pandemic.

As a result, they are taking responsibility for protecting themselves and their families in spite of the impediments thrown up by government.

Here is an example from Nassau County, Long Island.

The lines are long for groceries and also for guns as dozens of people waited to get inside Coliseum Gun Traders in Nassau County on Tuesday morning.

“I woke up and said I want to be protected tomorrow,” Jonathan Sulay said. “Who knows what will happen.”

Shop owner Andrew Chernoff said sales are soaring as the fears of the coronavirus crisis continue to climb.

“We get inventory in every day, we received this morning already,” he said. “I’m sure by the end of the day, we’ll be out again.”

Some of the customers, who wore face masks and gloves, said they fear COVID-19 could lead to a breakdown of public order with looting and robberies.

Chernoff said he is mostly selling shotguns, which start around $300.

As to why Chernoff is selling mostly shotguns, I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the impediments placed in the way of handgun ownership by New York State and Nassau County.

To be able to merely possess a handgun for target shooting or hunting you need a Pistol License. That will cost you a non-refundable $200 to apply plus another $88.25 for the fingerprints. You need to provide a passport photo, character references, and a certified copy of your driving record. This is not a license to carry which requires you prove “proper cause.”

If you actually want to purchase a handgun, you will need a “Purchase Document” which will cost you another $10 per pistol. You get this after you have paid the FFL in full for your new pistol and have reported back to the Nassau County Police the details of your purchase. By the way, you haven’t actually taken possession of your fully paid-for pistol yet. You have 10 days to go back to the dealer with the Purchase Document to pick up your new pistol or it becomes void.

Of course, as you might expect from public officials in Nassau County, they are dismissing the fact that people are taking responsibility for their own well-being.

County Executive Laura Curran whose background is as a reporter had this to say:

“Guns aren’t going to fight the virus,” Curran said at a press conference. “What will fight the virus is people staying home and isolating themselves and not having birthday parties and weddings and clustering together in big groups.”

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder doesn’t want people to worry.

“We got you; that’s our job,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. “Let the professionals do what we do. The right to purchase a firearm is your Second Amendment right, but to purchase a gun because you’re afraid of lawlessness or looting … our cops have you covered.”

That is all well and good but the cops can’t be everywhere. Even with the best response times, it is usually too late by the time police arrive.

County residents like Danny Coronado, a loan officer from Rockville Centre, understand this.

Coronado, who had already waited about 45 minutes (to buy ammo) and was still not close to getting inside the store, said many other patrons are still concerned. 

“I think everyone just feels the same thing I feel, you know, worried,” Coronado said. “Hopefully it’s just unnecessary worry, like with toilet paper.”

Better to be prepared and not have to use it than being unprepared and not have it is a good way to go.

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10:00

6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge (6mm ARC) – New Mystery SAAMI Accepted Cartridge [The Firearm Blog]

6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge (6mm ARC) 1If ammunition is something that you are especially interested in in the firearms world, then you probably frequently visit the websites of SAAMI and CIP. While doing a research for another article, I visited the New Cartridge & Chamber Drawings page of SAAMI website and bumped into a new SAAMI accepted cartridge called 6mm Advanced Rifle […]

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09:36

Federal HammerDown Lever-Action Ammo [AllOutdoor.com]

At the 2020 SHOT Show, Federal Ammunition introduced a new “HammerDown” line of ammo strictly for lever-action rifles. We posted a brief overview; now let’s look a bit more closely at it with the help of Federal and Henry Repeating Arms.

The following is extracted from a document designed to “dive deep into the weeds of this new line of ammunition to fully explain its features and benefits” and edited & added to by yours truly. We will also provide insight on the ammunition’s backstory and purpose through quotes from the folks at Federal and Henry who designed, developed, built, and delivered it.

5 Points

They say there are 5 main points which set HammerDown apart from other ammo; here they are:

  1. HammerDown was designed in collaboration with Henry Repeating Arms.
  2. HammerDown is specifically engineered for any and all lever guns.
  3. All HammerDown loads feature molecularly bonded bullets (copper plating bonded to a lead core) which are “heavy for caliber.”
  4. All other components are of the highest grades of quality in the industry.
  5. All HammerDown is packaged in traditional long, flat rifle 20-round ammunition boxes.

That last point is a sort of return to an old practice that fell by the wayside some years ago. For example, back in the day, ammo companies loaded 44 Rem Mag ammo specifically for use in rifles. This was in large part to support the popular Ruger 44 Magnum Carbine, which was the first long gun Ruger ever produced, as well as lever-action rifles chambered for 44 Mag. To differentiate rifle ammo from handgun groceries, it was often packaged in 20-round boxes. Federal is, in essence, bringing that back.

The Bullets

All bullets for HammerDown are either Bonded Soft Points (357 Magnum, 44 Rem. Magnum, 30-30 Win., and 45-70 Government) or Bonded Hollow Points (327 Federal Magnum and 45 Colt). These bullet types were selected intentionally for each specific cartridge to ensure optimal terminal performance. Federal engineers say they’ve seen impressive weight retention with these bonded bullets.

Bullet weights for the 30-30 Win. and 45-70 Government loads were based off Federal’s already-established hunting loads designed for rifles, but they started from scratch with the handgun calibers.

Because they are loaded to faster rifle velocities, Federal says they opted to use heavy-for-caliber bullets.

Increased bullet weight better handles higher velocities produced from longer rifle barrels and helps provide better depth of penetration upon impact. Examples of these beefier bullets include: the 357 Magnum bullet being 170 grains compared to 158 grains, 44 Rem. Mag being 270 grains compared to 240 grains, and the 45 Colt being 250 grain compared to 225 grains.

Using “handgun-caliber” ammo that’s loaded for rifle use should of course produce better performance on big game.

Comparing HammerDown loads with Federal’s existing hunting handgun loads, we see the following significant velocity increases:

  • 357 Magnum 1,610 fps vs 1,180 fps
  • 44 Rem. Mag 1,715 fps vs 1,250 fps
  • 45 Colt 1,400 fps vs 800 fps

Interviews

The Federal Ammo document goes on to provide a series of Q&A topics which you may find interesting. Each question is addressed by someone from Federal and someone from Henry Repeating Arms.

Q: What is the backstory on this ammunition?

Federal wanted to make certain that we were filling the needs of our customers. We had a gap in our ammunition assortment for lever-action firearms and received feedback from our customers that they needed “better performing” ammunition for their lever-action firearms. As we completely designed and develop this product line, we wanted to collaborate with a firearms manufacturer that was known for lever-action firearms. Henry Repeating Firearms was a natural fit and has been a great resource for this project. In total, the end result of HammerDown is about 2 years in the making.
– Eric Miller, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager

As a firearms manufacturer we field many questions about ammunition such as what ammunition we recommend for our rifles, what ammunition we test-fire with, or more in-depth questions like which ammunition we recommend for maximum velocity at 200 yards from a carbine-length barrel. Some customers have very in-depth knowledge about ammunition and ballistics, while others just want to know what is the “best” without needing to know the “why”. We thought to ourselves, “Wouldn’t it be great if we partnered with an ammunition manufacturer and created something from scratch that would answer all of these questions in one fell swoop?” Given Federal’s superb track record for creating great products and their commitment to ‘Made in America’, the partnership was a natural fit. And thus, HammerDown was born.
– Dan Clayton-Luce, Henry Repeating Arms Communications Director

Q: How did the development process occur between Federal and Henry on this new line of ammo?

The initial conversation came from a discussion about other business initiatives. Both companies realized there was a synergy when working together and the idea for a line-up of ammunition specifically designed and optimized for lever-action firearms was born. The invention and introduction of HammerDown also accomplishes our parts of our company mission that are: building better ammunition in America and helping to conserve our hunting heritage.
– Eric Miller, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager

Henry Repeating Arms initially reached out to Federal Premium about a different project. As those discussions progressed, it became increasingly clear that both Henry and Federal wanted to do something bigger. The initial idea then morphed into a full-on collaboration between both companies to create HammerDown in a range of calibers. The fact that the Federal Premium headquarters in Anoka, Minnesota and the Henry facility in Rice Lake, Wisconsin are just a couple of hours away from each other, collaboration was seamless. The development process started with a basic wish list and product engineers from both sides came together to check them off one-by-one.
– Thomas Kotz, Henry Repeating Arms Product Manager

Q: Why is there a specific need for specialized ammunition designed for lever actions?

Federal has always been excellent at creating the best performing ammunition in the market. To fill a gap we identified within the marketplace, we knew we needed a line of ammunition that performed well in lever-action firearms. Most importantly, this ammunition needed to provide the terminal performance to be an effective and ethical hunting round for medium game. However, a lot of the cartridges used in lever-action firearms are traditionally handgun cartridges. Because of this, we needed to develop a complete line of optimized ammunition for use in lever-action rifles while still functioning in handguns. During development, we looked most specifically at terminal performance across all cartridges when shot in a lever-action firearm. With HammerDown, we believe we have accomplished that goal, among other improvements.
– Eric Miller, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager

Henry is best known for manufacturing a line of classic, well-crafted firearms—especially commemorative and collectible models—that every enthusiast can afford. Even as early as ten years ago we didn’t make any rifles specifically for hunting purposes. Today, that has changed in a big way. We are definitely seeing more people choosing to hunt with a lever-action rifle as a result. There are simply more options now for someone looking to hunt with a Henry. We provide the absolute best rifle we can, and Federal stepped up to the plate to provide their expertise and create the best ammunition for our platform. But, a 357 Magnum revolver is a very different firearm than a lever-action rifle chambered in 357 Magnum with a 20-inch barrel. The action is inherently different, the barrel length is vastly different, and the typical uses are different as well. Why use ammunition that was designed with the revolver in mind when there is now an option that was created specifically to maximize performance out of the rifle?
– Dan Clayton-Luce, Henry Repeating Arms Communications Director

Q: What are the main issues that Federal & Henry customers have with standard factory ammunition in their lever-action rifles?

One of the biggest issues is reliable cycling and loading of the cartridges. This issue was fixed with the modified case geometry. Another issue was bullets in traditional handgun cartridges being too light and too slow for the rifle platform. We successfully increased bullet weights and velocities to fix that problem as well.
– Jake Burns, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Engineer

Two of the biggest issues that our customers face are feeding/ejecting problems and low velocity loads that require lighter bullets. Some ammunition out there deliver reliability in feeding and ejecting at the sacrifice of speed for penetration, and vice versa. With HammerDown, those problems are fixed. The geometry of HammerDown lends itself to flawless cycling in our rifles. The overall performance of the molecularly-bonded bullets set to fast velocities was developed in such a way that there are no compromises being made.
– Dan Clayton-Luce, Henry Repeating Arms Communications Director

Q: What are the three most significant upgrades you feel are the most important benefits or advantages of the new HammerDown ammunition?

First, shooters get excellent terminal performance across the entire product line up. We utilized “newer” bullets in these “older” cartridges that increased the terminal performance while still functioning across all platforms. Since this ammunition is intended for hunters, it just made sense to load molecularly-bonded hunting bullets. Second, feeding performance in all rifles: tube feed as well as side gate firearms. Federal used modified case geometry to eliminate any feeding issues. Finally, packaging updates to the handgun cartridges letting the consumer know that this caliber was optimized and will work in their lever-action rifle.
– Jake Burns, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Engineer

The three most significant upgrades of HammerDown are the heavily constructed bullets, enhanced downrange performance, and the unparalleled reliability in lever-action platforms. We wanted to emphasize penetration via the heavy, bonded bullets, which is a desirable when hunting thick woods using a slim, compact lever gun. Other brands sell speed but typically need to sacrifice bullet weight and penetration to achieve it.
– Thomas Kotz, Henry Repeating Arms Product Manager

Q: What customers did you have in mind when you designed and developed this product?

HammerDown was developed for the individual hunting medium to big game with their leveraction rifle. Whether they are using a lever-action firearm that has been handed down through generations or have purchased a brand-new firearm, the nostalgia and enjoyment of hunting with a lever-action rifle is a tribute to our hunting heritage. Now, shooters can find the best ammunition to pair with any of their favorite lever-action firearms, and we are proud of that.
– Eric Miller, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager

HammerDown is the perfect solution for a lever-action hunter that wants a turn-key, out-of-the-box solution that’s optimized specifically for their rifle. For those hunting at 200 yards and less, in thick brush or wooded areas, HammerDown and a lever-action rifle provides a combination that’s tough to beat.
– Dan Clayton-Luce, Henry Repeating Arms Communications Director

Q: What are the most exciting things that come to mind when thinking about this new product line?

Federal is most excited about being able to provide a very specific answer to the question of “what ammunition should I use in my lever-action firearm.” We are honored that Henry has joined with us and proud that we can recommend their firearms and they can recommend our ammunition. We know this ammunition will be a hit with all lever-gun enthusiasts and hunters who are looking for the best straight-wall cartridges available.
– Eric Miller, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager

With the release of HammerDown, customers finally have a cartridge that’s built from the ground up with their lever action in mind. Having companies like Henry Repeating Arms and Federal Premium backing the new line should instill confidence that there’s a quality product inside the box. For us, it’s an incredibly exciting product line because we’ve never put our “stamp of approval” on any one brand or type of ammunition up until now. That’s a big step considering how many requests for ammo recommendations we get every day. The answer is now very clear, and we’re really proud of what we came up with together with Federal Premium.
– Dan Clayton-Luce, Henry Repeating Arms Communications Director

Q: Which cartridge do you think you’ll sell the most, and which one may surprise readers?

The 30-30 Win. is my pick for top seller. There are a lot of old and new 30-30s out there and this will benefit all of those that use this for hunting. But I think the 327 Federal Magnum will be the round that surprises people. Introduced by Federal in 1984, the 327 Federal Magnum gained popularity because it reached the velocity and performance levels of the 357 Magnum in a smaller cartridge. At launch, several revolvers were chambered in it. In early 2017, Henry Repeating Arms announced production of four new lever-action long guns. They have sold a lot of these rifles and carbines, so I think the 327 Federal Magnum will be popular too.
– Eric Miller, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager

I think the 357 Magnum will likely be the top seller due to the widespread popularity and powerful nature of that cartridge in general. But, I agree with Eric Miller. I also think the 327 Federal Magnum will probably be the one that surprisingly sells quite a bit. There really isn’t a whole lot on the market as far as 327 Federal Magnum is concerned, especially when it comes to hunting ammunition, but there’s no doubt that it has its fans. Those fans of 327 Federal Magnum should be particularly excited by the release of this line.
– Dan Clayton-Luce, Henry Repeating Arms Communications Director

Q: What else do you want readers to know about this new product line?

Whether you’re putting your lever-gun to work on bucks, bulls or boars, HammerDown’s molecularly-bonded bullets and cartridge velocities are optimized for terminal performance through lever-action barrel lengths. Both Federal Ammunition and Henry Repeating Arms feel that this product is a great step forward in a line-up specifically developed for the hunter using this type of firearm.
– Eric Miller, Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager

The most important thing to know about the new HammerDown line of ammunition is that there are two companies behind the product, both of which are known for the quality of the product they put out. It’s not just an existing product put into a new box with a new name either. This is the result of two years of development and testing to make sure that it lives up to the name. We can’t wait for people to get out there and start using this ammunition in the field. Hunting seasons are exciting times for us because of all the fan mail we get from people showing off their harvests that they took with a Henry. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a whole lot of success stories with the Henry/HammerDown combo. It’s a one-two punch.
– Dan Clayton-Luce, Henry Repeating Arms Communications Director

Learn more about HammerDown ammunition at www.federalpremium.com.

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08:52

Cities Seek to Close Gun Stores, Claim Exercise of Second Amendment Rights “Non-Essential” [NRA-ILA News]

In San Jose, California, police have ordered a gun shop to close. Local officials insisted it is a “nonessential” business and therefore may not operate during the “shelter in place” directive currently affecting the area. Philadelphia officials are now making similar claims, even as buyers flock to local gun sellers. But make no mistake: the “essential” character of the right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791, and no public official has the authority to revisit that decision.

08:50

Is New Orleans on a Path to Repeat the Errors of Katrina? [NRA-ILA News]

In reality, we are all too frequently reminded of philosopher George Santayana’s famous statement; “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Is that what we are beginning to see in New Orleans?

08:46

Pandemic Engenders Appreciation for Second Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

As the Wuhan virus pandemic grips the U.S., Americans have been forced to focus on what is truly important. This includes ensuring that they and their loved ones have enough food to eat, the proper hygiene supplies to ward off infection, and adequate shelter. Further, a diverse and growing number of Americans have sought to exercise their Second Amendment right to self-defense and acquire the means to provide for the safety of themselves, their loved ones, and their communities during this period of uncertainty.

08:43

“Unnerving” Concealed Carry Licensees in DC Surprise No One – Crime by Licensees is “Very, Very Low” [NRA-ILA News]

In 2017, arguing in defense of a since-invalidated concealed carry licensing regime, politicians for the District of Columbia alleged that “any increase in handgun carrying in the District’s densely populated public areas would increase the risk of criminal violence and public harm,” and that, “under a less restrictive regime, residents would likely suffer from ‘substantially higher rates of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder’...”

08:42

Video: Zeroing an AR Platform Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

In the video below, Paul Harrell goes through the motions of sighting in an AR type rifle — but not before he addresses some viewer complaints, in which some people were whining about a previous video in which Paul compared an AR to a Mini 14.

If you’re not interested in a urinating match between Paul and his commenters — I wasn’t — skip the first five minutes of the video. For real.

He starts with the A1 version, giving a summary of how the sights are set up, how to reset them to “mechanical zero,” and how to make sure you turn the front sight in the proper direction. Then he explains ballistics a bit and actually zeros the rifle by shooting first at 25 and then at 300 yards.

From there, he shoots at 100 yards to demonstrate the difference in point of impact with the long range and short range rear sight apertures.

After that, he moves on to the A2, which he happily notes is exactly the same — “except for the fact that it’s completely different.”

He starts out by providing textbook info, which is what worked pretty well for the A1. Then he acknowledges that the textbook falls short with the A2, so he demonstrates the way he does it with his A2 rifle. I’ll spare you a summary here; just watch the video to see how he does it.

Have fun!

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08:40

Politifact Determined to Get It Wrong on Joe Biden and Gun Confiscation [NRA-ILA News]

Another week, another dubious "fact-check" from the professional propagandists at Politifact. This time the Poynter Institute project labeled a claim that Joe Biden has admitted to supporting gun confiscation as "Pants on Fire," their most extreme rating for a supposed falsehood. In their herculean effort to obscure Biden's support for gun confiscation, the media outlet went out of its way to avoid discussion of the overwhelming evidence of the presidential candidate's intent to take guns.

08:08

AllOutdoorTV Launches “Viral Update” [AllOutdoor.com]

In response to the wave of new gun buyers, forced store closures, and general disinformation spreading throughout the country, AlloutdoorTV has launch “Viral Update”. AlloutdoorTV’s newest show is hosted by James Reeves of TFBTV, who will break down the most important daily news relating to the firearm industry.

This show will feature straight to the point facts, without the over politicized hype. While we all hunker down and prepare for the unknown, many are still out searching for a firearm or ammo. We’ve already seen some of the highest numbers of background checks by day in history, what’s next is anyones guess.

Watch the first episode of Viral Update now and check out AlloutdoorTV for future episodes.

Have a tip or story that you think should be featured on Viral Update? Let us know in the form below, it’s anonymous!

 

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08:00

US Army Continues M4 Modernization Program [The Firearm Blog]

With the recent release of the US Army’s FY2020 Budget Justification Books, we’ve seen some more exciting developments like procurement projection figures for the Next Generation Squad Weapon and the desire to M2010 sniper rifle with the Precision Sniper Rifle. The US Army’s ongoing M4 carbine modernisation program is just as important as these other programs as […]

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07:47

Pa. homeowner won’t be charged in fatal shooting of armed intruder [NRA-ILA News]

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania homeowner accused of fatally shooting an armed intruder will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

07:00

Hellfire Linear Flash Suppressor from Area 419 [The Firearm Blog]

Hellfire Linear Flash Suppressor, from Area 419Area 419 has a lot of muzzle devices to attach to the dangerous end of your barrel, to make any energy that exits behave in a different manner. For instance, they have the clever Maverick Recoil Suppression System which TFB covered earlier. They are now introducing the Hellfire Linear Flash Suppressor, which marries the flash hider […]

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06:27

Light, Mobile, and Deadly: the French Mle 1937 25mm Puteaux AT Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

After World War One, the French military set up a program to modernize all of its weaponry, and that included a replacement for the Mle 1916 light infantry cannon. An anti-tank gun had not been necessary during the Great War, as Germany never fielded tanks in substantial numbers – but as a pioneer of the modern tank, the French recognized the need for a good AT gun. Taking a lesson from World War One, they wanted a light gun that was flexible and mobile, easily moved around the battlefield and easily concealed from enemy fire. A 25mm cartridge was specified, and both the Hotchkiss company and the Puteaux arsenal created guns to use it. Both were adopted into service, with the Hotchkiss Mle 1934 being a bit heavier and the Puteaux Mle 1937 being a bit lighter, at only about 600 pounds. The Puteaux gun was quite small, easily moved by a horse or virtually any motorized vehicle. It had a long barrel and the 25mm AP projectile had a muzzle velocity of about 3150 fps, making it quite effective on the light and medium tanks of the 1930s. It was also remarkably accurate, and the long barrel and flash hider gave it a very small firing signature. Aiming was done with either a 4x magnified optic or a set of backup iron sights.

A total of 1285 of these guns were made before the armistice of June 1940, and they served ably in the Battle of France. A few were also used by the British before Dunkirk, and after the armistice they were used by German forces in limited numbers, and also supplied to Spain and Finland as military aid (this particular one has a Finnish property tag on it).

Thanks to DriveTanks.com in Uvalde Texas for giving me access to film this Puteaux cannon for you!

06:00

German Army is looking for a 7.62×51 Short Range Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

G26 ConcamoAs the German Army is taking the next step towards a new assault rifle, they are also looking for a semi-automatic precision rifle in 7.62x51mm. The Federal Office responsible for the Bundeswehr equipment procurement (BAAINBw) has published a tender titled: “Scharfschützenwaffe kurze Reichweite (SSchtzWa kRw) G26” I just love the abbreviation SSchtzWa kRw and think I’m going […]

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Thursday, 19 March

17:57

Tweet Of The Day []

Government regulation makes us safer. That is, until it doesn’t. This tweet by Donny Ferguson shows this quite succinctly.

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17:00

TFB Review: CMMG Mk57 5.7x28mm Conversion Kit [The Firearm Blog]

CMMG Mk57 Upper ConversionThe CMMG Mk57: A 5.7 upper that works CMMG continues on the 5.7×28 revival path.  Last year, we reviewed CMMG’s FiveSeven magazine compatible 5.7×28 Banshee.  Further reinforcing the 5.7×28 revival is CMMG’s new Mk57 Upper Conversion kit for standard AR lowers.  Of most import is the fact that CMMG developed a 40 round 5.7×28 magazine […]

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16:30

POTD: Mossberg 590A1 12 Gauge Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – The shotgun is probably the most violent firearm of them all. But depending on the ammunition it can also be non-lethal, which is the theme in these pictures. Above we see a U.S. Marine as he fires a Mossberg 590A1 12-gauge shotgun during a non-lethal weapons training exercise, in January 2020. […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Top 4 Sub Guns for The Corona Craziness [The Firearm Blog]

With the majority of the United States and World either being shut down or a little more crazy than usual, it’s not a bad idea to carry a little more firepower. Now I know some of you only carry on the body with your favorite concealed carry handgun and that’s totally fine. Not everyone wants […]

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15:00

NEW Ruger PC Charger Review – 9mm Micro Subgun [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop takes the brand new Ruger PC Charger for a spin. The PC Charger is a pistol variant of the Ruger PC Carbine, much like the original Charger is a pistol variant of the 10/22. When fully kitted out with a brace and red dot, the PC Charger is a […]

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11:00

Next Generation Squad Weapon – Procurement Numbers [The Firearm Blog]

NGSW programFrom the Department of Defense’s budget justification books for the fiscal year 2021 we get an idea of the procurement scale and timescale for the winning entry/entries to the Next Generation Squad Weapon program. We also get an idea of how many Next Generation Squad Weapons – Fire Control Units will be procured to accompany the new […]

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10:34

Two shot in Hamilton during home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

HAMILTON — Two men were shot late Tuesday night after apparently breaking into a Hamilton residence. A resident at a house in the 500 block of Buckeye Street said at about 11:10 p.m. the two suspects forced entry into his house and attempted to rob him, according to the police report.

10:30

Coronavirus: San Jose orders gun store to close in one of first enforcement against businesses open under shelter order [NRA-ILA News]

SAN JOSE — As Bay Area business owners navigated the labyrinthine rules of the sweeping shelter-in-place order implemented Monday, many gun dealers across the region opted to stay open this week, amid a spike in sales apparently driven by fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

10:00

US Army’s XM1158 Advanced Armor Piercing Round Set to Replace M80A1 EPR [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army is moving to supplement and superseded the M993 Armour Piercing round and M80A1 Enhanced Performance Round, introduced back in 2016, with the new 7.62x51mm XM1158 Advanced Armor Piercing Round. In October 2019, the Army authorised the urgent materiel release of the XM1158 round to accelerate its fielding. The Army is planning on a […]

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08:54

Work Sharp’s New Benchtop Whetstone 2-Sided Manual Sharpener [AllOutdoor.com]

Work Sharp has brought out a couple new sharpeners — so new they’re not even listed on their website yet. Here’s a quick look at the Work Sharp Benchtop Whetstone, a two-sided water stone sharpener with two different grits of stones.

Here’s what they say about this one:

The Work Sharp Benchtop Whetstone is an Angle Guided, Dual-Grit sharpening water stone for knives and fine edge tools. Premium 1000 grit and 6000 grit aluminum oxide sharpening stone creates incredibly keen edges. Sharpening base provides a stable platform and increased water control for less mess and faster clean up. Angle Guides create precision and consistency to maintain an edge making sharpening faster and easier. Sharpening Guides are interchangeable from 15° or 17° and optional to use.

The double-sided stone features a red side labelled “Medium” and rated at 1,000 grit. The white “Fine” side is rated at 6,000 grit. The sharpening surfaces measure 2-3/8″ x 7″ and the entire stone is 1-1/8″ thick.

The parts & pieces of the new Whetstone.

The parts & pieces of the new Whetstone.

The stone lies in the included plastic “Water Control” base, which serves as a non-skid platform and a means of mounting the angle guides, as well as a receptacle for the water & grit that will find its way off of (and out of) the stone during use.

This is a water stone, and before you use it you need to submerge it fully in water for 5-10 minutes or until it stops bubbling. Keep it wet during use, and when you flip the stone to change grits, rinse the stone & base with water to get rid of any residual grit.

After use, clean the base, angle guides, and stone with water — then store it clean and dry.

Angle guides and their "studs" can be removed from the base.

Angle guides and their “studs” can be removed from the base.

The double-sided angle guides will help you sharpen at 15 or 17 degrees, and when installed there’s one at each end of the base. What you see being held in the photo above is actually a two-piece assembly consisting of the “stud” and the guide. The guide is between his finger and thumb.

The angle guides included with this Whetstone will interchange with those included with the other new sharpener called the Work Sharp Benchtop Benchstone, which are set at 20 and 25 degrees.

The guides are easily removed from the studs by pulling them away from the stone to flip them over or set them aside. Each guide has a magnet inside to hold it in place on the steel-tipped plastic “stud.”

You can remove the guide studs entirely, if you wish.

You will almost certainly want to use the base with the stone no matter what, to make your work less messy due to the water involved in the process.

Do I need to say it? Never oil this stone, and never use it dry. It’s a water stone.

The overall size of this sharpener is 10″ long by 4-1/4″ wide, and the sharpening surface of the stone sits about 1-5/8″ above your table or bench.

MSRP for the Work Sharp Whetstone appears destined to be $34.95.

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08:49

Harris Co., TX [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

3/15/20 KHOU:

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A disabled woman shot an intruder to death Saturday afternoon at her north Harris County apartment, according to investigators.
Around 2:50 p.m., Harris County deputies responded to the shooting at the Carrington Place Apartments in the 12700 block of FM 1960 West.
When they arrived at the scene, deputies found an 18-year-old male lying in the grass outside of Building No. 13. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies said the 18-year-old and a 17-year-old male broke a resident's patio door window. The 53-year-old disabled resident was home alone when the teens broke the window and reached inside and unlocked the door, according to investigators.
The resident fired one shot, killing the teen who was in front, deputies said.
The second suspect, Aren Lacour, as well as 18-year-old Ayanna Harrison, were detained at the scene. Deputies said Harrison was the driver of a nearby getaway vehicle.
Deputies said the getaway vehicle, a white four-door Mercedes-Benz, is linked to other burglaries in the area.

08:39

How Important is Camouflage for Hunting? [AllOutdoor.com]

Perhaps the least-necessary part of any hunter’s gear is camouflage clothing. Yes, it’s true that I usually reach for camo clothing when I head out to pursue wild game, but while it helps in many situations, it’s not strictly necessary.

Consider that most of the time, deer hunters are required by law to wear bright orange vests to prevent them being shot by other hunters… but they still kill deer with those vests on. So if your freezer gets low on meat during the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency, don’t feel like you need to buy a lot of gear before you go hunting for survival.

Don’t Move!

What’s more important than camo? Being still. You can blend while wearing just about any drab-colored clothing, as long as you just stand or sit still. And I’ll happily admit that I have trouble doing that… but I know it makes a big difference. I can be wearing all the camouflage in the world, but if I can’t be still I will be spotted by my prey.

Sometimes you have to move, of course… but learning to make those movements in slow motion can help you get away with a lot, even when deer are nearby. So keep your movement to a minimum and move slooooowly when you do move.

“Blinding” the Game Animals

To remain hidden from view, the best thing you can do is to hide behind something. It may be a screen of brush, a wall of palmetto fronds, or a manmade “blind” of some sort. Pretty much anything to conceal your movements from the critters.

It’s best to have these blinds in place for some time prior to your actual hunt, to allow animals to get used to seeing them. A new blob of color or reasonably large object on the landscape will usually be noticed and studied hard by prey animals the first time they see them, and it’s to a hunter’s advantage for the animals to already have seen (and become accustomed to) it before the hunter is actually sitting there behind it, usually with head & shoulders exposed.

The purpose of any blind is to hide, of course — and to hide our movements more than anything else. When you sit awaiting game for long periods of time you’ll find yourself moving your feet to reposition them for comfort, moving your hands to reach for a game call, handle your gun, retrieve snacks from pocket or pack… and let’s face it: play games on your smart phone to pass the time. It’s best to keep that movement unseen.

Hands & Face

Years ago, I learned that some sort of cover or color on your face and hands can really help you remain undetected by animals. Camo makeup or even some dirt or grease rubbed on your face to darken it can help prevent it from standing out from the background, and some dark-colored gloves on your hands will go a long way towards masking your movements.

Animals react much differently when they think they saw a movement than when the know they did.

What to Wear

If you have camouflage at your disposal, then by all means use it. But don’t worry if you don’t have any; you can still kill deer and hogs just like your great-grandfather did — wearing khaki work pants and a red checkered shirt. Or, more practically, in your black jeans and a dark-colored plaid shirt. Wear dark socks instead of white ones, etc. It’s just common sense; deer and similar animals are mostly colorblind, but bright things will stand out more because they contrast with the natural darkness of the woods.

I’m not talking about snow-covered landscapes, of course. For that, wear white clothing or maybe don some kitchen garbage bags as an outer layer in a pinch.

They say turkeys can see colors, so they usually require more attention to detail than other game animals when it comes to concealment… and turkeys will tolerate less movement than most other game.

Go Get ’em

No matter what you do, sit as still as possible — and as always, happy hunting.

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08:12

Work Sharp’s New Benchtop Benchstone 3-Sided Manual Sharpener [AllOutdoor.com]

Work Sharp has brought out a couple new sharpeners — so new they’re not even listed on their website yet. Here’s a quick look at the Work Sharp Benchtop Benchstone, a pivoting three-sided sharpener with two grades of diamond “stones” and one ceramic for fine honing.

The yellow & black angle guides are reversible and removable. Red thing is sliding lock.

The yellow & black angle guides are reversible and removable. Red thing is sliding lock.

Here’s what they say about this one:

The Work Sharp Benchtop Bench Stone is an Angle Guided, 3-sided abrasive sharpening system. Medium and Fine Grit Diamond Plates quickly restore a sharp edge, while the Fine Grit Ceramic Stone creates an incredibly keen edge on any knife. The innovative Pivot-Response™ System allows the abrasive to follow the curve of the blade –- making manual sharpening faster, easier and more precise than ever. Sharpening Guides are interchangeable from 20° or 25°and optional to use. Pivot-Response™ feature can be locked out to provide a rigid sharpening surface for a wide range of knife & tool sharpening applications.

You get 320 & 600 grit diamond sharpening surfaces as well as a white ceramic surface; all of these measure 1.25″ wide and 5.75″ long. (That is the exposed area; they are 6″ long but 1/8″ of each end is under a plastic flange). They say these are all user-replaceable.

The double-sided angle guides will help you sharpen at 20 or 25 degrees, and there’s one at each end of the stone. These guides are easily removed by pulling them away from the stone, to flip them over or set them aside. Each guide has a magnet inside to hold it in place on the steel-tipped plastic “stud.”

The parts & pieces of the new Benchstone.

The parts & pieces of the new Benchstone.

The angle guides included with this Benchstone will interchange with those included with the other new sharpener called the Work Sharp Benchtop Whetstone, which are set at 15 and 17 degrees.

The “tri-brasive” assembly sets down into a plastic base, and will easily wobble from side to side unless you engage a lock to secure it snugly to the base. They say this wobble is a feature, and they even give it a name: Pivot-Response. As you move the blade along the stone, drawing the curved tip closer to the edge, the stone will pivot, supposedly “following” the curve of the blade.

This shows how the tri-brasive assembly pivots (if unlocked) as you draw the knife point towards the edge.

This shows how the tri-brasive assembly pivots (if unlocked) as you draw the knife point towards the edge.

Being old-school I don’t really see that working too well, but I’ll give it a try anyhow. If you prefer a stone that doesn’t rock and roll while you work, just engage the lock. To change grits, you rotate the tri-brasive within its assembly. This movement, especially as each one “locks” into position, is stiff but do-able. It’s awkward at first, but seems to become easier with repeated use.

For a bench sharpener, the Benchstone is fairly compact with a footprint that measures 8-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ and the sharpening surface sits about 2-1/4″ above your table or workbench.

Use no oil or water with this sharpener; they say to simply clean it “with a dry brush” after each sharpening.

It looks like MSRP will be $44.95.

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08:00

Singapore’s SAR-80 [The Firearm Blog]

Back in January after the hustle and bustle of SHOT Show 2020, I had the pleasure of taking a look inside the armory at Battlefield Vegas. Battlefield Vegas have some amazing firearms in their inventory, one of many rare and interesting rifles you don’t see in the wild too often was a Chartered Industries of Singapore […]

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07:40

Delaware: General Assembly Postpones Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Delaware General Assembly announced that it will postpone the 2020 Legislative Session until further notice.

07:00

NEW Umarex Fusion 2 Sends 9 Rounds in Silence [The Firearm Blog]

Umarex Fusion 2 muzzle view.Umarex USA, the American subsidiary of the German air gun manufacturer, has just released the new Fusion 2 CO2 powered bolt action repeater. The .177 caliber plinking rifle is an upgraded version of the previous Fusion model and it offers several interesting features at an affordable price. Here below the full, and very detailed, press […]

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06:27

Scotch, Crackling Fire, and the Story of the Chassepot [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the stretch goals in the presale Kickstarter for Chassepot to FAMAS was for me to do some reading from the book, on video. So, I present the story of the Chassepot!

Copies of Chassepot to FAMAS are still available from Headstamp Publishing.

 

06:00

New In-Safe Handgun Storage Cases from MTM CASE-GARD [The Firearm Blog]

MTM Case-Gard is a family owned company in operation since 1968. I use a few of their ammunition boxes and they are really well built, with the possibility to stack the boxes. To be able to store handguns and other things that have a tendency to crowd up the space in in the safe MTM […]

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04:48

Doing Bars And Bartenders Right In Texas []

When the governor of North Carolina ordered the closing of all restaurants and bars to in-service patrons on St. Patrick’s Day, my thoughts went to the servers and the bartenders. This is not because I’m a regular patron. Rather it is because the Complementary Spouse’s first cousin just started a new job as a bartender.

Toby is very good at what he does and is very service oriented. As a result, he makes good tips whether as a server or a bartender. Immediately becoming eligible for unemployment will only replace a fraction of his income.

The NC Executive Order only tells the Alcoholic Beverage Commission to study the situation and get back to the governor in writing on regulations that they might be able to waive or show some flexibility.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) goes further than Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) and actually orders some things that will help bars and bartenders.

From Gov. Abbott’s press release:

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a waiver that will allow restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to patrons, including beer, wine, and mixed drinks. The Governor also directed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to waive certain provisions to allow manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to repurchase or sell back unopened product. 

These waivers are in response to the financial hardship caused by COVID-19 that has disproportionately affected the hospitality industry. 

“The State of Texas is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants, and their employees,” said Governor Abbott. “These waivers will allow restaurants to provide enhanced delivery options to consumers during this temporary period of social distancing.”

Under this waiver, effective immediately, restaurants with a mixed beverage permit may sell beer, wine, or mixed drinks for delivery as long as they are accompanied by food purchased from the restaurant. 

The buy-back waiver allows alcohol distributors and manufacturers to repurchase excess inventory from restaurants, bars, and clubs affected by event cancellations due to COVID-19.

So bartenders can still make drinks for delivery and establishments can sell back their excess inventory. This keeps more people employed and allows the reallocation of inventory. I like it.

North Carolina should follow the example of Texas. However, given my home state’s antediluvian approach to anything dealing with alcoholic beverages, I’m not holding my breath.

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Wednesday, 18 March

19:28

With government health care, the government makes decisions on who lives and dies: Italians over 80 'will be left to die' as country overwhelmed by coronavirus [John Lott's Website]

Battlefield triage in Italy. From the UK Telegraph:
Coronavirus victims in Italy will be denied access to intensive care if they are aged 80 or more or in poor health should pressure on beds increase, a document prepared by a crisis management unit in Turin proposes. 
Some patients denied intensive care will in effect be left to die, doctors fear.The unit has drawn up a protocol, seen by The Telegraph, that will determine which patients receive treatment in intensive care and which do not if there are insufficient spaces. Intensive care capacity is running short in Italy as the coronavirus continues to spread. 
The document, produced by the civil protection deparment of the Piedmont region, one of those hardest hit, says: "The criteria for access to intensive therapy in cases of emergency must include age of less than 80 or a score on the Charlson comorbidity Index [which indicates how many other medical conditions the patient has] of less than 5." 
The ability of the patient to recover from resuscitation will also be considered.One doctor said: "[Who lives and who dies] is decided by age and by the [patient's] health conditions. This is how it is in a war."

17:00

Top 5 Beginner CCW Mistakes (That I Made) [The Firearm Blog]

I have made many, many mistakes in my life. Some are hysterical to look back on and make for great stories. Some cause me to physically cringe as I’m falling asleep and will remain unspoken until the day I die. Or get sufficiently drunk. Anyway. The point is, you are supposed to learn from your […]

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16:30

POTD: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Today we look at the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland in Bemowo Piskie, Poland. The British soldier above wields an L1A1 12.7 mm heavy machine gun on top of a Jackal armored wheeled vehicle. You might have already guessed it, but that is an M2 […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Making A Revolver In The Comfort Of Your Home [The Firearm Blog]

Making a revolverMost wheelgun enthusiasts typically settle on buying revolvers made by manufacturers that have been in the business for years, decades, or even from the last couple of centuries.  However, one Redditor named Josh decided to try making a revolver for himself for a change.  Homemade revolvers aren’t that common, but they are probably most observed […]

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15:44

Arms and ammo situation [Of Arms and the Law]

I was just down at Ace Hardware, which here sells ammo. The cashier said there was a big run on ammo. An FFL just told me that the wholesale price of a new AR went up 25-30%, meaning that dealer wholesale is now where the retail price was a few weeks ago. That is also true of much ammo.

15:20

Maryland: General Assembly Adjourns Early [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned sine die from the 2020 Regular Legislative Session.

14:52

Enforced Social Distancing []

Government is laying down the heavy hand when it comes to enforced social distancing. The effort is to flatten the curve when it comes to new cases of coronavirus or COVID-19.

Schools are closed in at least 70% of the school districts across the country. Efforts will be made to go to online learning or to deliver packets of materials to those without computers. I know my younger daughter’s district is doing just that. She and her fellow teachers will be going out on school buses to deliver materials today.

In many states you can’t eat in a restaurant or drink in a bar. Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) ordered all North Carolina restaurants and bars closed under the state of emergency as of 5pm yesterday. If a restaurant decides to remain open, it will be for take out only. Unless you live in a place like Louisiana, cocktails to go are not a thing.

Most, if not all, movie theaters are closed.

In NYC, gyms are closed unless your last name is De Blasio.

Getting together with friends for a cookout? Not in Stokes County, NC if it involves more than 10 people.

In Pennsylvania you can’t even go to the liquor store and buy booze to drown your sorrows thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA). How in the hell can you even make a Quarantini unless you had stocked up earlier?

So what can you do?

One suggestion if you don’t already subscribe is Amazon Prime. There are a number of movies available for both adults and children that you can view on your computer, iPad, other mobile device, or on a Smart TV. While not everything is included, the Amazon Originals are included along with a number of other movies, cartoons, etc.

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Amazon allows you to try out Prime for free for 30 days. That should give you the chance to watch as much stuff as you want for the next 30 days. With some bit of luck, much of the enforced social distancing will relaxed by then. In full disclosure, Amazon pays me a “bounty” if you subscribe for the free trial.

One Amazon Original that I can highly recommend is Zero Zero Zero. It follows a shipment of cocaine from the time the Mafia in Italy decides to buy it through its shipment from Mexico to Italy. You have an intra-family drama in Italy between the old Don Minu and his grandson Stefano who wants to seize power and enact vengeance on the grandfather. You have a corrupt team of Mexican Army special forces led by a evangelical Protestant sergeant moving in on the Leyra cartel. Finally, you have an American family, the Lynwoods, acting as the intermediaries brokering the deal with their own internal drama.

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13:00

Thunder Rants, Ep. 1: Gun + Life Wisdom from Clint Smith [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, @James Reeves brings you episode one of “Thunder Rants”. This series captures bits and pieces of knowledge dropped by Clint Smith while James was visiting Clint at Thunder Ranch in Oregon. You’ve got gun knowledge, life knowledge, and Clint’s opinions on horses and submarines. Thunder Ranch and in partnership with […]

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12:01

Brownell pitches in against the coronavirus [Of Arms and the Law]

Captain's Quarters has the report, together with some interesting analysis of the computational issues.

11:58

Maine: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die [NRA-ILA News]

Amid concerns of the COVID-19 virus, the Maine Legislature adjourned sine die on March 17th, 2020.

11:44

Survivor Filter Closes HQ, Suspends Sales Outside USA due to COVID-19 Threat [AllOutdoor.com]

A couple weeks ago, Survivor Filter issued a statement related to COVID-19 and increased demand for its product. They have since taken more action, and plan to close their headquarters in Canada for the duration of the coronavirus emergency. The company will continue to operate, filling American orders and providing customer support.

They will continue to supply product via Amazon, Walmart, and eBay and customers in the USA will be able to order directly from their website at SurvivorFilter.com — BUT as of midnight Friday they will no longer ship product outside of the USA.

From the press release:

TORONTO – March 18, 2020 – In response to the growing threat posed by CoViD-19, Survivor Filter will temporarily close its headquarters in Scarborough, Canada Friday March 20, 2020. The company remains committed to serving its customers through these unprecedented times and will keep distribution channels open.

‘This is an unprecedented time of social and personal uncertainty,’ SURVIVOR FILTER Owner Mark Zakaib said. ‘We take the safety of our employees and their families seriously. While we have to change how we go to work, Survivor Filter is not going dark. In times of emergency, people need clean water, and the novel corona virus outbreak is no different.’

Survivor Filter continues to restock their Amazon, Walmart, and eBay sales channels. As of Friday March 20, 2020 12:00AM EST, Survivor Filter will close its sales channel to orders outside of the US. All Canadian and International sales channels will be shut down until further notice. Canadian and International customers should place orders no later than Thursday on survivorfilter.com.

Survivor Filter has not raised prices during this, or any, emergency—and they won’t. Any sellers offering Survivor Filter products at inflated prices are doing so without Survivor Filter’s consent.

The company remains committed to providing exceptional customer support and care in these times. Team members will answer calls and emails remotely during regular office hours (10-5PM EST at 1-888-602-6367. Questions may also be directed to email support@survivorfilter.com.

Once normal operations resume and Canadian and international sales begin again, Survivor Filter will send notice via their eNewsletter and social media. Sign up for their eNewsletter here. Of Course, US customers can still find in-stock filters and supplies at SurvivorFilter.com.

About SURVIVOR FILTER

SURVIVOR FILTER is a company with a simple goal – to provide people with access to clean water in any environment when they need it most. We offer you the best emergency water filter systems for your Bug-Out-Bag and the outdoors on the market today. What’s more, we back up all our products with a defect-free Lifetime Warranty and personalized customer support from our knowledgeable outdoor loving staff. See the full lineup and learn more at www.survivorfilter.com.

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11:20

New Hampshire: Legislative Session Suspended [NRA-ILA News]

The General Court announced it will suspend session until April 10th, 2020, due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. No hearings or floor sessions will be scheduled during this time.

11:00

The X-5.7 Rifle & Pistol from Excel Arms [The Firearm Blog]

In recent months we’ve seen something of a resurgence of the 5.7x28mm round with a host of new platforms chambering it. Another manufacturer offering an affordable 5.7 platform is Excel Arms, out of Ontario, California, with their X-5.7 pistol and rifle. The X-5.7 rifle and pistol feed from FN Five-Seven pistol magazines and use a […]

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10:00

NEW: Ruger American Compact in Gray [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger have again expanded their popular Ruger American line of pistols with the .45 ACP Ruger American Compact now available with an attractive gray Cerakote finish on both the grip frame and the slide. This new offering comes with or without a manual safety. The pistols have a 3.75in barrel, a 7.25in overall length and a […]

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09:06

New Orleans Mayor Issues Coronavirus Order Allowing Ban on Sale, Transportation of Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

She signed a follow-up proclamation on March 16, 2020, further emphasizing her emergency powers to “suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation, of alcoholic beverages.”

08:50

Illinois: Chenoa May Consider Restricting Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

The City of Chenoa is holding a special meeting on March 19th to consider a Local State of Emergency Ordinance. Though details of this proposed ordinance are not yet available, it is possible that it will include the power to ban transfers of firearms and ammunition, similar to what the City of Champaign passed last week.

08:39

What Game to Hunt for Survival [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to hunting for survival, we often think of an individual or small group stranded out in the boonies. But what if we find ourselves simply sequestered in our homes with some freedom of movement and with our power and water still on, but unable to efficiently obtain protein through supermarkets or home delivery? This what many of us may be facing in the near future as the COVID-19 drama continues to unfold.

If you need to hunt for food in this situation, you can consider hunting big game like deer, wild boars, and the like… because you will have the means to preserve your harvest by freezing it. Without that, it would be purely wasteful to kill a large animal unless it could be eaten or preserved (by smoking, for example) before it spoiled. In that situation, hunting small game will most likely give you the best return on your investment of time and energy.

There are also hunting seasons to consider. Rule of law does continue to exist, after all. Some animals may be hunted and taken year ’round, while others have restrictions which must be observed.

Year-Round Game

In most places, wild pigs can be hunted all year long. This, together with their ability to rapidly reproduce, makes wild pork an excellent choice of freezer-filler. Other unprotected edible species will vary from state to state, but may include armadillo, nutria, squirrels, skunk, rabbit, opossum, and pigeons.

What’s in Season?

To find out what’s in season, you need to look up the hunting regulations for the state in which you’re hunting. All states have websites; many also have apps you can download for free. During spring in the USA, the most-hunted living thing by far is wild turkey. These large fowl are naturally wary in the wild and can be extremely challenging to hunt. Those large, careless flocks on your local golf course? They’re likely to get a lot tougher to approach once the neighborhood gets a little hungry and starts hunting them.

Most of the time it’s not legal to shoot a hen turkey; only the males (gobblers) are fair game.

If this crisis drags on very long — which seems unlikely in light of reports that China has already closed all or most of their special COVID-19 hospitals due to a sharp decline in new cases — we may be back into deer season. For the most part, though, the vast majority of legal hunting during the summertime will be for wild boar and unprotected small game.

What’s Your Weapon?

Your available hunting tool is another factor that might dictate what critters you go after. If you only have a shotgun and birdshot, you won’t be hunting big animals — but you can certainly fill your larders with small game. If you’re toting a centerfire hunting rifle, you will want to concentrate on big game because frankly, you don’t go survival hunting to liquefy your critter with one shot.

If you’re limited to a bow or crossbow, my condolences… you’ll have to get much closer to big game than you would with a centerfire rifle, and you’ll be limited to shooting at animals that stand still for you. That said, with archery equipment you can use a variety of arrowheads to take anything from squirrel and rabbit to deer and other big game… it just requires more skill and more practice.

Many folks consider a rimfire rifle chambered for 22 long rifle (LR) to be the ultimate survival firearm, because with skill and luck it can theoretically be used to take both small and large game. It’s also cheaper to shoot than a shotgun or centerfire rifle, and makes less noise.

Should You Even Be Hunting?

Before you gear up and get your mind set on stalking mammals & fowl for your grub, stop to think about how great a supply there is and how well you are likely to fare. Will hunting be an efficient way to get protein, or should you focus on trapping game or maybe just go fishing for survival?

Here’s hoping we never have to make these decisions… but that if we do, we will be informed enough to make the right ones.

As always, I wish you happy hunting.

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08:20

Turkey Hunting Setups [AllOutdoor.com]

Time flies faster than a longbeard gobbler, and turkey hunting seasons will be open soon. Questions always arise about best tactics and strategies for hunting turkeys, especially how to “set up” in a hot turkey area including seating options. With 50 years of turkey hunting under my belt I can certainly offer some advice on this topic.

I never was much of a fan of the “run and gun” tactic even back in the days when I could run. It seemed like that strategy was mostly running with virtually no gunning, as it is extremely difficult to get ahead of a gobbler that is on the move or with hens. An exception to that is if you happen to know a field, green plot or other favored spot the gobblers happen to use regularly. In those cases, you may be able to run directly ahead to that spot and get situated before they arrive.

My favorite turkey hunting method is to scout for places where gobblers regularly roost, feed, strut, or hang out to sun or wait for hens to visit. I pick a setup spot back five to ten yards away from the open space and find a big tree to set up my turkey hide. I might spend several hours in such a spot while calling every so often but largely attempting to just wait out the gobblers that usually come to the field.

My typical turkey “set up” consists of placing a comfortable turkey hunting seat leaning against a large tree wider than my shoulder profile when sitting. I don’t want a gobbler that may come sneaking in from behind to be able to spot me making small moves in my seat.

The best turkey seats raise your rear end off the ground a bit, but more importantly they have a sturdy back for comfort and stability. And you want to be able to pivot enough to move the gun barrel to the target.

I use an old fabric blind that is connected to four steel posts pushed into the ground. The blind is plenty wide enough to completely enclose me sitting against the tree. Over the years I have cut sticks with forked ends to help support the blind. This works good and completely hides me.

Inside the blind I clear away all the leaves and junk so feet and leg movements are quiet. I place all my hunting gear, water bottle, several calls, bug spray, binoculars, turkey bag, and whatever else around me within easy reach. Then I settle in to call every fifteen minutes or so. I have lost count of how many gobblers I have collected using this setup.

Create your own gobbler setup and see how it works for you.

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08:00

The Official Rimfire Ammunition of the Steel Challenge – CCI Clean-22 [The Firearm Blog]

CCI Steel Challenge CCI Clean-22Apart from plinking in your own back yard with your friends, shooting Steel Challenge might be one of the funniest and easiest ways to start competing with a firearm. Just check Luke C‘s extensive Rimfire Report: Shooting Rimfire in the Steel Challenge Competition if you don’t trust me. After all, I mainly shoot 9 mm PCC […]

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07:00

What Round For Coronavirus? Ammunition Sales Spike As Americans Hunker Down [The Firearm Blog]

What Round For Coronavirus? Ammunition Sales Spike As Americans Hunker DownIn the wake of increasing security concerns regarding the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Americans are buying up guns and ammunition at a breakneck pace. After years of suffering from high prices related to overseas conflicts, raw material availability, and incidents in the U.S. that could push forward new firearm restrictions, we were just starting to get […]

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06:27

H&K’s Middle Child: The HK33 and HK53 in 5.56mm [Forgotten Weapons]

Introduced in 1968, the HK33 was Heckler & Koch’s adaptation of their roller-delay operating system to the 5.56mm / .223 Remington cartridge. In addition to the standard full-length rifle (with a 15.35 inch barrel) a shorter version was made as the HK33K (with a collapsing stock and 12.4 inch barrel) as well as a “submachine gun” variant, the HK53 (with an 8.3 inch barrel). While it was never adopted by a first-tier global military, substantial numbers were purchased by a number of smaller forces, including Malaysia, Brazil, and Thailand.

06:00

NEW: Ruger American Competition Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger have announced the introduction of a 9x19mm competition pistol to their popular Ruger American line. The new pro model has a 5in competition barrel with 6 grooves and a 1:16″ slow twist for enhanced accuracy with lighter-weight match bullets. With a lengthened slide and longer sight radius, the new competition pistol has fully adjustable rear […]

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05:41

Iowa: Legislative Session Suspended [NRA-ILA News]

The Legislature announced it will suspend session for 30 days due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. No hearings or floor sessions will be scheduled during this time.

04:37

Your Earwig For The Day []

Tell me honestly that the first time you heard COVID-19 referred to as Kung Flu that this song didn’t start playing in your head.

Adapting the chorus line for today you get:

Everybody was Kung Flu fighting

Those viruses were fast as lightning

In fact it was a little bit frightening

But they fought with expert timing

From what I can tell, Weird Al Yankovich never parodied that song. So what is he waiting for?!

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Tuesday, 17 March

17:00

New Gun Owner? Congratulations! Now Lets Talk About Gun Safety [The Firearm Blog]

New Gun Owner? Congratulations! Now Lets Talk About Gun SafetyThe COVID-19 Coronavirus situation has spiked fear and anxiety worldwide. In uncertain times, it’s natural for people to want to protect themselves and defend their families in the event of any adverse human behavior. The past few days have seen a huge spike in firearms sales, possibly pointing to a large new group of gun […]

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16:30

POTD: Russian Engineering Troops in Moscow [The Firearm Blog]

Russian Engineering Troops in MoscowNo, this isn’t the Apocalypse. This is TFB’s Photo Of The Day where we visit the Russian Engineering Troops in Moscow. The soldier to the right (above) carries a PKM machine gun in 7.62×54 mm. In these pictures, they are busy celebrating that they are 319 years old. Apart from releasing gas, blowing things and […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Harley Quinn Themed AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 43rd 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 does it […]

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15:11

Georgia: Legislative Session Suspended [NRA-ILA News]

The General Assembly announced it will suspend session due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. No hearings or floor sessions will be scheduled until further notice.

15:09

Mississippi: Legislature Suspends Session [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Mississippi Legislature announced that it is suspending the 2020 Legislative Session until April 1st.

15:01

Colorado: Legislature Adjourns Until the End of March [NRA-ILA News]

On Saturday, March 14, the Colorado legislature temporarily adjourned from the 2020 Legislative Session.

14:59

Nebraska: Legislature Postpones 2020 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Nebraska Legislature announced that it will suspend the 2020 Legislative Session until further notice.

13:36

California Legislature to Take Extended Recess [NRA-ILA News]

The California Legislature will take an extended recess due to concerns caused by COVID-19 and is expected to return Monday, April 13.  ​

13:26

Comm is King [AllOutdoor.com]

Comm is king, as they say, and having multiple solutions to contact, locate, and navigate to those important to you in an emergency is critical. Although your local big box stores may be out of toilet paper and bottled water, they probably aren’t out of 2-way radios. 

Cell Phones

Cell phones are incredibly convenient in day to day communication and have become a constant companion for nearly everyone. Smartphones in particular have a number of handy features beyond communication.

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Since the most valuable function of your phone in an emergency is communication, either by text or voice, it makes a bit of sense to outsource other functions to your most recently obsolete smartphone. In an emergency, try to limit your use of your primary phone for communication. 

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Doing so will preserve battery life, and if you are clumsy like me, reduce your phone’s exposure to hazards such as drops, more drops, and children. When using your primary phone, try and keep it in power save mode, keep calls short, turn off the vibrate function, and when possible, send text messages. During an emergency, cellular networks are often overloaded. Sending a text message lessens the burden on the network and increases the likelihood of message delivery. 

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Navigation, in my opinion, is the second most important utility of your smartphone in an emergency. Google Maps, along with other navigation apps, allows you to download maps for offline use, which acts as a GPS even when you don’t have service. With only a few minutes work you can have numerous detailed maps available to you at any time, regardless of your location. It would be smart to download these maps on your primary phone and, if you have one, your obsolete phone too. I’m sure this goes without saying, and while electronic maps are great, they should augment, not replace, paper maps. 

Contact Information

The importance of recording information that doesn’t depend on electricity to be accessed probably doesn’t need to be stressed to anyone reading this article, but I’m going to do it anyway. If you haven’t already, please take the time to sit at your computer, type out the names, phone numbers and addresses of your loved ones, trusted friends and neighbors, perhaps even your family doctor, and place a copy in your home and in each vehicle. You can also make an abbreviated list of critically important contact info and slide it between your phone and phone case. 

Radios

I’ll begin this section at the top of the heap of effectiveness in order to appease amateur radio enthusiasts, and that is the ham radio. Ham radios can range from small hand held devices to massive antenna sporting behemoths. They depend on line of sight to communicate with other ham radios, and series of repeaters can greatly extend the range of ham radios. They are incredibly effective and reliable, but unfortunately require a license to operate, which greatly limits who is able to use them. You can’t just go to the store and snag a ham radio and start broadcasting. You can, however, find relatively inexpensive and reasonably effective two way radios from your local big box and sporting goods stores. These “over the counter” FRS radios don’t have nearly the range that a ham does, but is certainly a better option than smoke signals. 


There are several advantages to using FRS radios as a backup communication option in an emergency. First, they are inexpensive. A fairly high quality set of radios can be acquired for less than $100 and can be found in just about every major retailer. Second, there are a lot of people who have them, and if you set up a network with those who live close by, relaying information is effective and relatively simple. Third, you don’t need a license to operate them, which means use is available to more people.

Conclusion

Staying connected with your loved ones and being able to communicate with emergency services  not only contributes to survivability in an emergency, but also adds to a greater sense of calm. We are social creatures, and when we can communicate, even if it’s only on a screen, we’re certainly better off. 

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12:26

Fishing for Your Food During an Emergency [AllOutdoor.com]

I read a book one time where the main character was in a bad situation and needed to survive. He met up with an “old timer” who welcomed him to go to  a camp that had everything a person needs to survive. Upon arriving in the “camp,” the man was shocked to find nothing more than a tarp covering a bed of pine boughs, a campfire ring, a few pans and an assortment of fishing gear. The old timer laughed and said, “It doesn’t matter how bad you think things get, as long as you have a fishing pole and some water, you can fish for your food no matter what the emergency situation is. Just be aware of fishing seasons and regulations in your area. The rules aren’t automatically suspended because Walmart is out of Mac & Cheese.

Survival Fishing Gear

There are three basic types of fishing reels, however, the best fishing reel for a survival situation is a spinning reel. These ride on the bottom side of the rod and you flip a wired bail over to cast. These handle more types of fishing well, and are relatively fool-proof with a short learning curve. There are also many different fishing rods out there. One of the best for all types of fishing is the Ugly Stik, a rod legendary for its sensitivity and durability. If we had to pick just one rod and reel for a survival fishing situation, we’d opt for a Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Travel Spinning Rod and Reel Combo. It’s durable, packable and can handle catching fish just about anywhere. 

You’re also going to need basic terminal tackle, like hooks, sinkers and bobbers. If you fish, you undoubtedly have all of these already in your tackle box. If you don’t, or you want to buy a ready-made survival fishing kit for in your truck, Eagle Claw makes a nice 83-piece kit with it’s own stowable tackle box.

Finding Fish

In a survival situation, chances are good that you’ll be fishing from shore, or foot-accessible waters. If you’re fishing a lake, or even select rivers and streams, you should really be targeting panfish species, like bluegills, sunfish and crappie. Panfish are among the easiest species to catch and the most abundant. Look for areas that are easy to get your line into, with a high likelihood of being able to reel it back in. You can’t catch fish for survival if you can’t keep your line in the water. 

A typical bluegill with a 4-ounce weight of edible fillets will have: 473 calories, 29g fat (7g saturated fat), 325mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), and 36g protein. Kind of makes you wonder why the recent rush at the grocery store left empty beef and chicken cases, but the fresh fish case is still fully stocked, doesn’t it?

Bait

For bait, if you can’t make it into a bait shop to pick up a few worms, try looking under logs and leaves for worms, nightcrawlers, bugs or other small things fish would eat. If you see small minnows swimming around, a minnow trap would come in handy to supply you with a great deal of usable bait. Plus if times get really tough, you can always slurp down some minnows. Minnows make great bait for panfish and work exceptionally well for crappie.

Artificial baits can work very well, too, but you have to know how to use them. For panfish and trout, one of the best you can use is a Panther Martin spinning bait. An assortment of them doesn’t take up much space, and they can be used in most any condition. One of the easiest artificial baits to use. 

Primitive Fishing Methods

Not that we think the Coronavirus situation is going to get so far as to completely break down society, but should it come to be that you need to catch some fish to survive and you don’t have a fishing pole, or access to one, there are still ways to catch fish. If you have a decent knife, you can fashion a spear to catch fish. You’ll want to use a lot of stealth and know that it isn’t easy. You’ll fail more than you’ll be successful. The best way is to stab the fish and pin it to the bottom, so you can pull it up with your free hand. There are some good books that can walk you through basic bushcraft survival skills. 

Above All – Don’t Panic!

It is easier said than done, but the most important thing to do in cases of world-wide emergency is to remain calm. Take a deep breath, work through being prepared for anything and calm down. Keep yourself informed with the latest information. In the United States, check for latest updates from the CDC here. For Candian residents, the Canadian government has a COVID-19 page on the official website running with information. Both offer a great deal of information.

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12:16

New Orleans Mayor’s COVID-19 Order Allows Ban on Sale and Transportation of Firearms [AllOutdoor.com]

Proving that New Orleans government learned nothing about liberty after its widespread theft of citizens’ firearms in the wake of hurricane Katrina, mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) signed a COVID-19 coronavirus emergency proclamation last week allowing her to ban the sale and transportation of firearms.

The “Mayoral Proclamation of a State of Emergency” is dated March 11, 2020, and can be viewed by clicking here.

It grants the “Emergency Authority” (herself, her office, and the superintendents of police and fire) control over just about everything, including private property — which it says it may “commandeer or utilize” “if it finds this necessary.”

It also notes that it is empowered “to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transporting of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.”

Unsatisfied with that, the mayor signed another order yesterday, further restricting citizens’ rights. The latest “Mayoral Proclamation to Promulgate Emergency Orders During the State of Emergency” can be viewed at this link. In summary, it states that

  • All businesses, colleges, and universities should scale down operations
  • All public and private gatherings shall be cancelled or prohibited
  • All bars, health clubs (gyms), indoor malls, liver performance venues, and reception facilities “shall cease operations”
  • All restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery only

Katrina’s Hard Lessons

After the widespread illegal confiscation of firearms after hurricane Katrina (detailed in “The Great New Orleans Gun Grab“), the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) sued — and they are ready to do it again, according to a statement by SAF executive vice president Alan Gottlieb quoted here.

Following Hurricane Katrina, we sued the city when then-Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration began confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens for no good reason. The federal court order the city to cease confiscations.

We sued New Orleans then, and we’ll do it again. The presence of a nasty disease does not suspend any part of the Bill of Rights, no matter what some municipal, state or even federal politician may think. While we certainly recognize the seriousness of this virus and its ability to spread rapidly, treating COVID-19 and taking steps to prevent it from infecting more people has nothing at all to do with the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.

Gottlieb also said that “People legally licensed to carry should not have their right to do so suddenly curtailed because some politician panicked. We didn’t allow it before, and we’re not going to allow it now.”

Only yesterday, we reported on an Illinois governor who granted herself similar powers by executive order. This is certainly an alarming trend.

 

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11:25

Hunting Tips for a Complete Novice [AllOutdoor.com]

Hunters have always appreciated the game they take and its ability to help feed their families, but in modern times most of us hunters really don’t need to hunt for food. In times of crisis, though, that might change. When survival hunting becomes a vital way to feed one’s family, everything changes.

With the current COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis in full swing, businesses are closing — including restaurants. Could supermarkets be next? I certainly hope not, but when that becomes a very real possibility, folks who never thought of hunting before might be ready to start learning about it. So, let’s get started.

This will only be a rough outline, because there’s really no way to condense everything you need into one post… but we will do our best and will continue to post helpful information.

Hunter Education

Before you head afield to hunt, you need to know some stuff. Hunter’s Ed was developed for exactly that reason, and most or all states require new hunters to pass a hunter’s ed course. Although many of these programs include face-to-face meetings, there are online options available. Hunter-ed.com has a list of states, offering courses you can take right at home.

Some states currently require new hunters to participate in a “field day” activity where they may do things like learn in a classroom, fire guns on a range, and learn about blood trailing, tree stand safety, and survival skills.

Whether these face-to-face meetings will continue to be held or required is anyone’s guess, but taking an online course is a great place to start your hunting education.

Gun Safety Rules

Firearms are wonderful things, and many people happen to love them. They can also be deadly, which is why hunters use them — and why you need to know how to handle guns safely. A good place to begin is by reviewing these gun safety rules. You may also wish to contact the NRA (NRA’s original purpose was gun training, not politics) or local gun ranges and ask about receiving personal instruction on how to safely use firearms.

Practice Shooting

Contrary to popular belief, hitting a target isn’t always easy — especially when that target is alive and moving. Practice shooting until you can consistently place your shots in a tighter group (points of impact closer together) than you’d necessarily need to in order to kill your quarry.

You may have to try different ammunition in your firearm in order to find a load that both accurate and suitable for the game you will be hunting.

For shotguns, practice will let you learn how your gun “patterns,” or how far apart the pellets are when they hit a target at various ranges. Use large sheets of paper or cardboard for this. If you’ll be hunting birds, practice shooting at moving targets such as clay pigeons. These can be gotten affordably and thrown by hand in an informal setting, or mechanically at a shooting range.

Check Hunting Regulations

Newbie hunters may not realize it, but hunting is tightly regulated and game laws can be quite complicated. Laws still apply, so you should look up the hunting regulations for your state. Some states even have free hunting apps you can download to your smart phone. These offer users the ability to look up hunting seasons and bag limits, learn legal methods for taking game, report harvested game to the state wildlife managers, and more.

Decide on a Hunting Tool

Will you hunt with a rifle? Shotgun? I don’t recommend you start with a bow or crossbow, because hunting can be difficult enough with a firearm. If it’s about getting food, waste is out and you want a hunting tool which provides the greatest practical reach and margin of error — and that’s a firearm.

Hunting big game? You almost certainly want a rifle. A bolt-action rifle is about as basic and effective as you can get, and sticking with a common caliber such as 30-06 will allow you to find ammo in just about any gun shop, and that particular cartridge is also capable of taking any native critter that walks or crawls in North America.

If hunting small game and turkeys, a shotgun might be best. This will let you hit squirrels and rabbits even when they’re on the move, and with practice you can also shoot flying birds.

A good rimfire rifle in 22 LR (long rifle) is one of the most flexible firearms you can get, and a pocketful of ammo will let you hunt small game all day long.

Learn the Terrain

You will do best if you are at least somewhat familiar with the area you’ll be hunting… but at the same time, remaining undetected by game is also important. When you move, do so slowly as you observe the lay of the land and scan for game, game trails, and game sign such as tracks, bedding areas, poop, etc.

Take Your Time

It’s easy to get in a hurry about most anything, but when hunting you really need to take your time. In learning how to hunt animals, try to consider how vigilant you would be if you lived in the wild and predators were always lurking around wanting to eat you. That’s how vigilant your prey will usually be, so you’ll have to defeat those natural defenses.

When you do get an opportunity to take an animal, expect yourself to be shaking like a leaf and hopped up on adrenaline. Pull yourself together, talk yourself through it, and be absolutely certain of your target and what’s beyond it. Often, your bullet will go right on through an animal — and if you miss, the bullet will be quite deadly as it continues its flight. Make sure your shots won’t be flying off over the horizon, across open fields, near homes, etc.

After the shot, your animal may run — or it may fall dead right there. It may even do some combination of those things; many an animal has been knocked down by a shot, only to get up and run away. So remain patient, load another round into your gun’s chamber, and be ready to finish it off if necessary. You may need to track or blood-trail the animal, but that’s too large a subject to discuss here.

Take Care of the Meat

Once you recover your animal, you need to take care of the meat. Dad used to say you need to “knock its guts out.” Most folks call this “field dressing,” and it mainly means you take the critter’s insides out.

Here’s a link to a great video from Steven Rinella demonstrating how to field dress a deer or any other similar animal.

Once you get it skinned and get the meat home, you’ll need to cut it up. This is called processing or butchering. Here’s a link to a post discussing exactly that — and showing you how to do it.

That’s About it

Well, those are the basics. There’s a lot more to hunting, but we all have to start somewhere. Stay tuned for more helpful hunting posts in the near future.

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11:00

NEW RELEASE: The FN 503 Slim Pistol – Just in Time For Beach Season [The Firearm Blog]

The trend towards smaller, slimmer and overall more compact concealed carry pistols continues to grow. FN has just announced the release of the FN 503 – a sub six inch pistol chambered in 9mm and designed for everyday carry. Magazine capacity starts at six for the standard mag and increases to eight with the included […]

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10:00

Leapers UTG AR-15 30-Round Windowed Polymer Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Leapers have been teasing the pictures of this new AR-15 magazine for at least a year and apparently, it became available on their website at the beginning of the current year. This is a 30-round .223 Remington / 5.56x45mm NATO windowed magazine made of glass-reinforced polymer. The anti-tilt follower of this new UTG magazine is blue […]

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09:50

Maryland: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Shirk Constituents’ Well-Being in Favor of Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

While law-abiding citizens are preoccupied with keeping themselves and loved ones healthy, anti-gun legislators advanced unnecessary gun control legislation, House Bill 4.

09:45

Hawaii: Legislature in Recess [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, March 16th, the Legislature announced it will be in recess due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. No hearings or floor sessions will be scheduled until further notice.

09:41

Watch: A Bucket Mouse Trap That Doesn’t Stink [AllOutdoor.com]

Good ol’ Mousetrap Monday… the perfect place to turn when you need a distraction from all the insanity of life in a COVID-19 world. After all, once the mice find your truckload-sized stash of TP, they’re going to want to chew it up into nesting material — and we can’t have that.

This week, Shawn tests a bucket-type trap that you can buy instead of build — and which can be used as a live or dead trap. And perhaps best of all, you can set up this trap to kill mice with water and leave it for weeks and when you come back, it will not reek of death and corruption.

This sounds pretty great for barns and storage buildings, so you can set it and forget it without dreading a stank fest next time to go check your stuffs. It’s called the Kick the Bucket Mouse Trap, and it costs a whopping $59.99 plus shipping.

The key to stench containment is something called “Floating Trap Floor Filter Rocks,” which come in a pouch and float on top of the water in the bucket. This magically(?) keeps the horrible smells of decay down in the water instead of wafting about in the atmosphere.

These rocks come in pouches, and each pouch only does one bucketful of water & corpses. The pouches cost about $6 a pop before shipping, so I’m hoping someone in our audience will tell us these are actually made of something common and cheap that we can buy at the hardware store or something. Hmm? What say you?

Anyhow, here’s the video… and thanks much for spending your quaran-time with us here at AllOutdoor.com. We appreciate ya.

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08:20

The Real Cost of Venison [AllOutdoor.com]

Remember the tongue-in-cheek humor article about the real costs of firewood? It started with buying a chainsaw and other gear and even the hospital visits for accidents. We all had a good chuckle to learn in the final analysis that a cord of firewood probably costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $35,000.

Hopefully, processed deer meat for the freezer does not approach those kinds of costs, but some (many) hunters are in denial when it comes to the real costs involved in procuring meat for the family.

Now for me, hunting deer is recreation. I really don’t care what it costs, but I am conservative in my spending. I have cable TV and I don’t do nightclubs, movies, concerts, or expensive restaurants. I hunt. Others spend far more than I do, and try hard not to think about how much it actually costs… such as my good friend Bill.

Bill hunts virtually every week of our three-month deer season. When I try to approach the subject of the costs of deer meat per pound as opposed to buying grocery hamburger, he sulks up to the point of getting red-faced angry. It is a subject I have learned to avoid.

In our area a deer meat processor charges between $3-$4 per pound to grind and package deboned deer meat. It costs a lot more if they have to also process the whole deer. Accordingly, 50 pounds of meat could cost around $150. A pound of hamburger at Kroger costs $5.49 — but I had very little overhead cost except to drive to the store to get it.

So, what does deer meat cost? If Bill hunted public lands the costs would be less, but he does not. In fact he participates in two property leases (he never divulges the cost) and pays a share of food plots and other expenses. A good annual land lease in this state can range from $1000 per member of a club, or upwards of $5000 to be a first-tier leaseholder. It costs much, much more to own hunting land outright.

So, what other expenses are involved? Without calculating the exact cost of each item there is a vehicle, an ATV, a ton of hunting equipment and supplies, guns and ammo, license, clothing, fuel, food, property taxes, cabin or camp maintenance, and a lot of other incidentals. Not cheap.

I’m guessing that hunting costs Bill several thousand dollars a year in addition to his $150 for processed deer meat.

It’s cheaper to buy grocery hamburger… but for most of us that is not really the point of hunting. What do you think?

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08:00

Austrian RECOIL BUSTER Shotgun Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

RECOIL BUSTER Shotgun Stocks (5)An Austrian company called Recoil Buster makes recoil mitigating stocks for over and under shotguns. The buttplate and cheekpiece of these stocks are combined in a separate spring-loaded L-shaped unit that upon firing compresses into the actual stock dampening the felt recoil. One of the key design features of Recoil Buster stocks is the patented […]

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07:00

Dan Wesson Launch Affordable Vigil 1911 Series [The Firearm Blog]

If you’re a 1911 guy then you’ll be familiar with the work of Dan Wesson, known for quality, high-end 1911s. If you have ever been in the market for one of John Browning’s iconic pistols and just not had the cash to splash on some of Dan Wesson’s earlier offerings the new Vigil series might […]

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06:27

How Does It Work: Roller Delayed Blowback [Forgotten Weapons]

Roller delayed blowback originated in the Mauser company R&D department when engineers were attempting to design a roller-locked version of the G43 rifle. They found that when the bolt bounced in automatic fire, the system would sometimes work without being fully locked. With some refinement, this became the roller delayed system, and would have been used in the StG-45 rifle if the war had gone longer. After the war, the system was applied to prototype French arms, then to the Spanish CETME program which eventually became the German G3 rifle. The system would see use primarily as the basis of a whole family of arms from Heckler & Koch, although it has been used in a few other places.

Mechanically, the system uses an angled “locking” wedge to put a mechanical disadvantage on a pair of rollers that must retract into the bolt head before it can move rearward. The combination of the wedge angle and the mass of the bolt carrier assembly are carefully calculated to delay the action from opening until pressure is reduced to a safe level. These systems do typically open faster than locked actions, though, and generally require the use of chamber fluting to ensure reliable extraction.

06:00

TFB Review: The Ruger PC Charger – Compact Takedown Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Ruger PC Charger - Compact Takedown PistolWith the success of their recent release of the PC Carbine Chassis model, Ruger has once again decided to push the design of its popular pistol caliber carbine even further. The recently revealed Ruger PC Charger is the latest entry into Ruger’s line of pistols and TFB was lucky enough to get an advance copy […]

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Monday, 16 March

17:00

Essential Parts of the new German Firearms Act – Guidelines [The Firearm Blog]

The German Federal Criminal Police Office (The Bundeskriminalamt, or BKA) just issued a guidline covering the essential parts of the new EU Firearms Act, and how the government chose to implement it into German Law. Unfortunately, Germany went further than the minimum level set by the European Union. The Weapons Act was amended in Germany as of […]

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16:30

POTD: Chiappa M1886 Ridge Runner Takedown [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – We take a look at a 12″ Chiappa M1886 Ridge Runner Takedown in .45/70 Government. Caption from Schrombo: “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.“ – Ellen Ripley That‘s the quote that comes to my mind every single […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: A Brief History of Rimfire Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: A Brief History of Rimfire AmmunitionWelcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! In this week’s edition, we are going to overview a very brief history of some of the most interesting offerings of rimfire ammunition that have been produced throughout the years. While rimfire has been mostly relegated to pest control and target shooting in modern times, rimfire ammunition has […]

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14:42

Spam Of The Day []

My spam blocker requires me to approve all comments. While tedious, it protects you the reader from offers for fake Viagra, other drugs, marriage brokers from 3rd world or ex-Communist countries, and psychics among others.

However, now and then I get a spam comment that makes me laugh.

Herewith is the spam comment from a “Therese Bisdee”:

Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.

Please let me know. Thanks

Myspace? Really?

While Myspace actually still exists, this is not 2005 when it was in its heyday. A quick scan seems to indicate it is mostly music and video content.

In the meantime, in honor of Wuhan coronavirus…

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12:24

Scout Now for Next Deer Season [AllOutdoor.com]

Okay, the Superbowl is over, the impeachment trial is over, 2019 is already mostly forgotten, and a new year is ahead of us. Deer seasons are over, but the work should be starting again. Now that the guns and gear are cleaned and put away, it’s time to plan for next season.

Right now is the perfect time to get back out there to record what evidence you can find of the season past before it greens up. Once the spring leaves and pastures wake up from a long winter, the sign of fall & winter deer movements and their habits will be mostly lost. Scout now for hunting deer next fall, before it is too late.

Take out a map of your hunting property or make one. It can be a simple affair with the major terrain features depicted; trails, roads, food plots, hunting stands, and anything else of note. Use this as a guide on which you can record deer sign as you encounter it. You may know where some rubs and scrapes were during the season, but a thorough investigation now will expose a whole lot more information than you ever imagined.

Plan to cover as much of the property as possible. It will be easier using an ATV or UTV to get from one major area to the next and maybe to creep along the edges of trails or plots, but eventually you will need to get boots on the ground to walk around to get a closer look.

Taking photos is a good way to keep records of what you found and where. Many signpost rubs will be repeated in subsequent hunting years. I have seen rubs on the same trees for a decade or more. Scrapes are different, but likely they will be nearby some of the old locations. Talk about patterning bucks, this is one way to set the record straight.

If you come across a well-used travel route popping out of the brush into an open food plot, open area, or trail, that is the time to get out to walk it back to where it originates. It may be coming from a food or bedding source. Good to record such things now.

Post season scouting can yield a lot of valuable deer hunting information for next year. So, get out there now while the sign is still pretty fresh. Review those notes later this fall.

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11:29

Illinois Mayor Grants Herself Power to Halt Gun & Ammo Sales, Seize Private Property [AllOutdoor.com]

It’s being reported that last week the mayor of Champaign, Illinois granted herself authority to ban the sale of guns and ammunition in that city in a declaration of emergency related to COVID-19 Coronavirus.

You can read Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen’s executive order by clicking here.

WAND-TV provided the following summary of the “extraordinary powers” this order grants to the mayor. It allows the mayor to:

  • Violate parts of the Open Meetings Act
  • Ban sale of firearms and ammunition
  • Ban sale of any alcohol
  • Close of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc
  • Ban the sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle
  • Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc
  • Take possession of private property and obtain full title to same
  • Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City

This is what’s so scary about executive orders; they allow individuals in positions of power to grant themselves even more power.

The city’s Communications Manager attempted to calm fears by asserting that although these powers exist, they are not necessarily going to be exercised. He was quoted by WAND-TV as follows:

The executive order allows the city to be flexible to properly respond to the emergency needs of our community. None of the options will necessarily will be implemented but are available in order to protect the welfare and safety of our community if needed.

Hmmmm.

Here’s hoping this is not a road map of things to come in other localities across the USA. I would argue that guns and ammunition are more necessary in times of duress than at any other time, and the banning of their sales should not even be considered in any such “declaration of emergency.”

Banning the sale of guns and ammo is never a good thing, especially in desperate times when citizens may very well need firearms and ammunition for self-protection.

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11:00

Rock River Arms Introduces the LAR-15M .450 Bushmaster [The Firearm Blog]

Hot on the heels of the introduction of their LAR-15Ms chambered in .350 Legend, Rock River Arms have announced another addition to their multi-calibre LAR-15M range, with a new hunting AR, chambered in .450 Bushmaster – describing it as a ‘Modern Straight Wall Hunting Rifle’. Here’s what Rock River Arms have to say about the new […]

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10:00

Italian Cosmi RIGATO Semi-Auto Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Cosmi RIGATO Semi-Auto Rifle (660)Cosmi semi-auto shotguns have always been some of the most fascinating firearms in the shotgun world. With long recoil action, tubular magazine located in the stock, and action capable of pivot opening like a break-action shotgun, the design of Cosmi guns is unusual, to say the least. From the establishment of the company, Cosmi only […]

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08:30

Export Reform Rules Take Effect After Anti-Gun States (Mostly) Strike Out in Court [NRA-ILA News]

On March 9, President Trump’s historic Export Reform initiative officially got underway, as companion rules published by the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce took effect. These rules are aimed at modernizing America’s regime for exports of non-military firearms and ammunition and will promote both U.S. businesses and national security. An effort to block implementation of the rules by the attorneys general of 20 states and the District of Columbia largely failed, with the judge suspending only a narrow portion of the State Department rule that pertains to so-called “3-D printed firearms.”

08:25

In NRA Supported Lawsuit, Oregon’s Top Court Rejects Flawed “Gun Safety” Ballot Title, Description [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA has a great record of ensuring that the language used for ballot measures in Oregon is fair, accurate and clear. In 2018, an NRA-backed challenge successfully opposed the language of proposed ballot titles for Initiative Petition 43 (a failed “assault weapons” and magazines ban) and Initiative Petition 44 (likewise withdrawn).

08:12

On Guns, Joe Biden is Full of It [NRA-ILA News]

Presumptive Democratic 2020 Presidential Nominee Joe Biden is not one for clarity, tact, or a firm grasp of the facts. However, even an American public that has long been aware of his shortcomings was taken aback this week when the former vice president launched an unhinged attack on a pro-Second Amendment auto worker. Aside from further exposing a waning control of his faculties, the exchange revealed Biden’s deep antipathy towards the Second Amendment, his profound ignorance on the firearms issue, and his willingness to lie for political advantage.

08:00

CMC Barrels – After Glock comes AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

Late in 2017 CMC Triggers (Yes, in Texas) released drop-in barrels for the Glock pistols. It is now time for CMC to introduce barrels for the AR15 platform. The CMC barrels are available in 7.5″, 10.5″ and 16.25″ and in .223 Wylde. In case you didn’t know, .223 Wylde is a chamber in which you can […]

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07:00

Factory .38 Super Comp from Eley for USPSA and IPSC Competition [The Firearm Blog]

The ELEY Team from the United Kingdom has a brand new centerfire ammunition offering. The caliber is .38 Super Comp with a 124 gr. bullet weight. I use .38 Super in my Open pistol (Tanfoglio Gold Custom), but most of the factory ammunition available is .38 Super Auto which doesn’t work so well in mine as […]

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06:27

French Underfolding Paratrooper Rifle: MAS 36 CR39 [Forgotten Weapons]

The CR39 (“crosse repliable”, or folding stock) is the paratrooper version of the MAS 36. The need for a more compact and transportable pattern was recognized almost as soon as the MAS 36 was finalized, originally for paratroops but in practice also for alpine troops. Two years were spent devising the new rifle, starting in 1937, and in 1939 is was formally adopted. The barrel was shortened about 5 inches (from 575mm to 450mm), and the wooden stock replaced by a cast aluminum stock that folded underneath the action. A unique and very cool sling design went Alon with the new stock; a spring winder (like a car’s seat belt) was fitted in the stock so that the sling would coil up neatly as the stock was folded. These winders are rather fragile, however, and usually broken today.

A small number of CR39s were produced before the 1940 armistice, and production restarted almost immediately upon liberation of St Etienne. The CR39 would remain in production until 1960, with almost 34,000 made in total. For more information, check out my new book, Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016 – now in stock and shipping!

06:00

XS Sights is now Offering a 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee [The Firearm Blog]

XS Sights is now Offering a 30-Day Satisfaction GuaranteeXS Sights has just announced that they will now be offering a 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee on all of their pistol sights in addition to their already existing No Questions Asked Warranty. This means that if you purchase one of XS’s pistol sights like the DXT2 Big Dot, 3-Dot RAM night sights or the F8 sights […]

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Is the Kel-Tec P17 Actually Reliable Now? Follow Up Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop takes (another) Kel-Tec P17 to the range to see if the kinks have been ironed out. Is the third time a charm? Or is Hop demonstrating a troubling inability to learn from his mistakes? Let’s find out! ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and […]

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04:25

Comment Of The Day []

The comment of the day comes from a blog post by Massad Ayoob.

It comes from his post entitled Pandemic or Dem Panic in which Mas describes what he heard on talk radio during a 20 hour road trip to give a class in Mississippi.

On a recent teaching run in Mississippi I spent close to 20 hours driving along the Gulf Coast, and radio news had damn near nothing to discuss but the Kung Flu and the two rich old white guys the Party of Diversity had narrowed it down to. 

On the pandemic front, some commentators were making it sound like we were on the cusp of a dystopian “Walking Dead” scenario, though so far the only zombie that’s come back from the dead is Joe Biden’s viability as the Democrats’ nominee. On February 11, I wrote in another gun-related forum, “Looks as if the operative syllable in ‘Biden’ may be ‘Bye.’” Wow. That changed quickly. 

Joe Biden as a zombie.

His recent behavior on the campaign trail is now starting to make sense.

Of course, if you don’t believe in zombies, there is always the strong possibility that Biden is showing signs of age-related dementia.

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Sunday, 15 March

18:36

Ammo Shortage? []

Now it seems that in addition to the run on toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, bleach, and antibacterial soap, you can add ammunition to the list.

Cam Edwards reports:

The panic buying of toilet paper and cleaning supplies that have temporarily left store shelves bare is also starting to be seen in gun stores around the country, and it may soon have an impact on the availability of some common types of ammunition in the days and weeks ahead.

On Twitter, I asked folks who’d gone shopping in the past 24 hours to chime in and report on what store shelves looked like while they were in their local gun store. Plenty of people reported back on bare shelves, particularly for 9mm and .223/5.56 rounds.

He goes on to explain that any shortage probably will not be as the result of the difficulty in obtaining the raw materials – lead, copper, and brass – but the possibility that factories might be forced to close temporarily due to COVID-19.

The Power Line Blog which is not a gun blog had this anecdotal report. It came from an unnamed friend who wished to be anonymous and who goes to the range and gun store three times a week on average.

But today it wasn’t my place. It was a damn mess.

People, people, people! Everybody is buying guns. It happens every time apocalypse fever fills the air, animated by crazed dreams of civil breakdown, too many viewings of Mad Max, food shortage, the whimsy of life and death, and anyone’s aching need to protect children, spouse and self. This time it’s COVID-19, but it could be any dodgy possibility as sustained and amplified by the willfully ignorant.

So as I sat there in the crowd, waiting for my turn to get to the firing line, I wondered: Who ARE they?

They’re not conservatives. Conservatives already have their guns, many of them of the so-helpful AR and AK variant, and many boxes—and crates and pallets—of ammo. That’s because apocalyptic thinking is never far from the conservative mind, with its realthink about the evil that men do and how quickly they can do it. It wasn’t a liberal who said, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”

So what can you do if your local gun store has run out of either your favorite caliber or your preferred brand?

May I suggest going to Luckygunner.com. You can find your ammo, you will pay a fair price, and it will be delivered to you at home. Click on the banner to go to their website.

Buy bulk ammo at Lucky Gunner

I should also note that I am an affiliate of Luckygunner.com and have been since 2011. I will earn a small commission that helps this blog and it won’t cost you any extra. I personally know many of the people there and they are good folks.

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16:30

POTD: Russian DP-64 Over & Under Bullpup Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

POTD Russian DP-64 Over&Under Bullpup Grenade Launcher (1)Russian Degtyarev Plant‘s website has been recently updated with beautiful pictures of some of the rare and unique firearms made by this company. In today’s Photo Of The Day, we’ll take a look at their DP-64 Grenade Launcher. DP-64 is designed to be used for protecting ships, surfaced submarines, docks and other coastal constructions from enemy […]

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06:27

Beat the Quarantine with New Forgotten Weapons Playlists! [Forgotten Weapons]

Not to make light of a bad situation, but a lot of people are going to have a lot of unexpected free time at home over the coming weeks. Perhaps you want to spend some of that time learning new and interesting things about cool guns? I have more than 2,000 videos in the Forgotten Weapons back catalog, and I have now organized them into dozens of playlists, in all sorts of different ways. You can find playlists by nationality, by gun type, and by many more sorts of subject. Check them all out, and see what you have missed over the years!

Forgotten Weapons New Playlists on YouTube

Got an idea for another playlist I haven’t done? Let me know in the comments, and I will create more over the coming days…

Saturday, 14 March

16:30

POTD: Spanish Lepanto Battalion [The Firearm Blog]

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures and stories out there. Today we have a mixed menu of Accuracy International, Heckler & Koch G36 and M107 / Barrett M82. Pretty cool multi-cam on this HK G36, except they forgot […]

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12:56

SILENCER SATURDAY #116: Ugly Duckling – The SIG Copperhead Suppressed [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #116: Ugly Duckling - The SIG Copperhead SuppressedGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to a another quiet Silencer Saturday afternoon. It’s quiet mostly because of our love of suppressed firearms, but it also seems like everyone has started to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take precautions to keep your yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe. Last […]

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12:37

Given how Biden calls Trump racist for "China virus" retweet, remember when Biden used terms Ebola or Zika? [John Lott's Website]

Even as recently as this week, Trump has been attacked by the media and former Vice President and leading Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden as “racist” for retweeting a reference to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” But what about Biden referring to the Ebola virus by that name? Ebola was named after a river in Arica.
"This has all led to a number of immediate crises that demand our attention from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine–just to name a few that are on our front door–as someone said to me earlier this week, the wolves closest to the door," Biden said.
Or how about him using the term Zika? The Zika virus name came from a forest in Africa.
“Give us an up-or-down vote, straight, on Zika,” Biden said at an event on Capitol Hill with fellow Democrats from the Senate and House of Representatives. 

09:00

New Hampshire: House Passes More Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This past week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a number of anti-gun bills that will directly impact your rights and do nothing to stop violent crime. These bills will go to the Senate, where they await committee assignments.

07:16

Molot VEPR-12 and SiCo Salvo-12 Review: Is a Silenced Short Barrel AK Shotgun Reliable? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves buys himself a Molot VEPR-12 short barrel shotgun. Impressed by its reliability in previous reviews, James wants to find out if the venerable VEPR-12 and its self-regulating gas system is also reliable with the SilencerCo Salvo-12 shotgun silencer. Watch today to find out. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS […]

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06:27

Zastava M91 at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I am out at the range with a new M91 from Zastava USA. This is the civilian version of the Serbian M91 sniper’s rifle, which was developed in the 1990s to replace the M76 in Serbian Army service. The M76 was chambered for 8mm Mauser, while the M91 uses 7.62x54R. Aside from a 3-position adjustable gas system, the M91 is functionally the same as the Romanian PSL; essentially an AK action scaled up to a full-size cartridge.

The rifle was comfortable to shoot even on the highest gas setting (recommended by the user manual for the first 200 rounds fired, presumably to break in the action). Getting a good sight picture was a little bit awkward as a lefty, since the scope is offset slightly to the left of the barrel, and I found it preferable to not use the cheek rest because of this. The scope is a POSP 4×24 that came with the rifle, which seems nice enough, although I do have some concerns about parallax with it – moving my head within the eye box seemed to cause significant movement in the reticle. I was using PPU Match 7.62x54R ammunition, and shooting at 100 yards I got very consistent 4″ groups of 10 shots each. Whether this was the rifle or the optic or me, I cannot say.

Thanks to Zastava USA for providing the rifle!

05:30

Don’t Panic! NFA Applications Still Being Processed During Coronapocalypse [The Firearm Blog]

Don’t Panic! NFA Applications Still Being Processed During CoronapocalypseI know what many of you are thinking right now: “Pete, this is a major crisis, no one cares about your g*ddamn short barrels, silencers or vertical fore grips!” That’s where you are wrong, friend. In these times that try men’s and women’s souls, the things that bring us joy are even more important. While […]

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00:04

Trump campaign responding to Biden's comments on solving the Coronavirus problem [John Lott's Website]

From Townhall.com
“In the past, Joe Biden has shown terrible judgment and incompetence in the face of public health issues," Murtaugh said. "The Obama White House had to publicly apologize for and clean up after Biden when his irresponsible remarks caused panic during the swine flu outbreak in 2009. Just weeks ago, he was openly critical of President Trump’s early move to restrict travel from China to the United States in response to the coronavirus – a decision which medical experts agree helped impede the spread of the virus to this country. Yesterday his campaign actually raised the vile conspiracy theory that the President purposely allowed the coronavirus to spread.  In times like this, America needs leadership and Biden has shown none. President Trump acted early and decisively and has put the United States on stronger footing than other nations. His every move has been aimed at keeping Americans safe, while Joe Biden has sought to capitalize politically and stoke citizens’ fears.”

Friday, 13 March

17:38

Just keeping track of COVID-19 predictions [John Lott's Website]

Some pretty amazing predictions about the death total from the Coronavirus. I am willing to bet that these estimates are massively too high.

From the New York Times:
Between 160 million and 214 million people in the United States could be infected over the course of the epidemic, according to one projection. That could last months or even over a year, with infections concentrated in shorter periods, staggered across time in different communities, experts said. As many as 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die. . . .
From Bernie Sanders:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., warned on Thursday that the potential deaths and economic impacts of the coronavirus were "on a scale of a major war." 
"Nobody knows what the number of fatalities may end up being or the number of people who may get ill, and we all hope that that number will be as low as possible," Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate, said during a speech from Vermont. 
"But we also have to face the truth and that is that the number of casualties may actually be even higher than what the armed forces experienced in World War II. In other words, we have a major, major crisis and we must act accordingly." . . . 
The U.S. military saw more than 400,000 deaths and nearly 700,000 wounded as a result of World War II. . . .
Slavitt is the former Medicare, Medicaid & ACA head for Obama.

17:00

Friday Night Lights: Leupold LTO-Quest HD, A Thermal Scanner For Your Away Missions [The Firearm Blog]

Three years ago I reviewed my Leupold Thermal Tracker. Just like the LTO, the LTO-Quest HD is an entry level thermal device. It is a handheld scanner that has a unique form factor that looks like something out of Star Trek. Let us take a look at this LTO-Quest HD and see if it is […]

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16:30

POTD: Combat Marksmanship Range in Japan [The Firearm Blog]

Sunshine and rain combined in today’s Photo Of The Day from Japan, where we get an excellent side-view of an M4 Carbine with an ACOG sight and grenade launcher. Above and below: We see U.S. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, assigned to the 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, under the Unit […]

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16:00

Hawaii: Senate Committee Passes Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, March 12th, the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs heard three anti-gun bills, passing both HB 1902 and HB 2744 with amendments and deferring HB 2736.

16:00

Featured Deals of the Week – 3/13/20 [The Firearm Blog]

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1As I sit here in my apartment, surrounded by toilet paper, ramen, and enough alcohol to kill a lesser man, I reflect on what’s truly important in life. Getting a really good deal on something you absolutely don’t need and honestly shouldn’t be buying. Open up your wallets boys and girls, it’s deals time. Hawaiian […]

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12:46

The Copper-Wire Tomato Trick [AllOutdoor.com]

Whether you’re a prepper or not, growing tomatoes is the only sure way to make sure you have good ones. There’s just about no way to buy a decent tomato in a supermarket these days — and the way things are going, visiting a supermarket might soon be a thing of the past anyhow.

Gardeners have all sorts of ways to improve their crops, especially when it comes to tomato plants due to their susceptibility to disease and fungus. Apparently, there’s a notion involving copper wire which says to pierce the plant’s stem with a copper wire in order to make the plant more hardy and resistant to fungus.

Apparently, the basis here is that some effective fungicides have copper in them, so placing copper inside the plant’s stem will allow it to defend against fungus from within.

When I first heard about this, I figured it would fail because I learned years ago that placing copper wire inside underground drain pipes will discourage root growth — and you can kill a tree by simply driving a copper nail into it. But hey, I watched the video anyhow.

“Self Sufficient Me” is the YouTube channel which did the experiment in Queensland, Australia. He “wired” a bunch of different plants to see how they would do in comparison with his many other tomato plants.

Spoiler alert: The copper-wire plants didn’t last as long as others, although they grew at about the same rate… so it’s possible the copper even had a detrimental effect. It certainly didn’t help.

Watch the video for yourself and see what you think.

Do you have any tomato-growing tips & tricks? Please share them in the comments.

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12:46

Deal Alert: Sub $400 Toilet Paper From Franklin Armory (Includes Binary Trigger) [The Firearm Blog]

Deal Alert: Sub $400 Toilet Paper From Franklin Armory (Includes Binary Trigger)We are navigating some strange times my friends. Of all the items I would have expected to disappear from store shelves in a time of crisis, toilet paper is close to last on the list. Am I missing something? Does COVID-19 feast itself on the light and fluffy paper that lives on cardboard tubes? As […]

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11:40

Hoenig Round Action Double Rifle []

With all the talk in the media being on coronavirus, canceled events, and even season cancellations, I thought it would be appropriate to present something different. It’s a good way to start your weekend.

Outdoor writer and big game hunter Ron Spomer discusses one of the more unusual and interesting rifles that I’ve ever seen. It is the Hoenig round action double rifle. This example is in 9.3×62 which is quite popular in Europe.

The creator, George Hoenig, has retired from gunsmithing so if you want one of these beauties, it will come from the secondary market. According to what he said in the interview, the last ones he sold new went for $27,500.

That’s a bit rich for my blood but I can still appreciate his expertise and craftsmanship.

As an aside, I got to chat with Ron at the SHOT Show. What a nice guy!

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11:00

Vermont State Police Select SIG SAUER M400 Pro as New Patrol Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

m400SIG Sauer have announced that Vermont State Police will be adopting their new M400 Pro rifles as their official patrol rifle. With over 300 troopers the new rifles will become standard equipment for Vermont State Police cruisers. The rifles have 16” nitride barrels and an overall weight of 6.5 lb. The selection follows another recent SIG […]

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10:58

National Alert: Champaign Illinois First Locality to Cite “Emergency Powers” to Ban Gun Transfers [NRA-ILA News]

As uncertainty about the COVID-19 outbreak continues to swirl, it is clear that anti-gun extremists and elected officials will use fear of the unknown to advance their agenda to undermine our firearms freedom.  Not surprisingly, it didn’t take them long to try and quietly pass and implement gun control schemes while Americans are focused on ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves and their families.

10:00

NEW Gerber Custom Lets You Design Your own EDC Knife [The Firearm Blog]

NEW Gerber Custom Lets You Design Your own EDC KnifeGerber has been a long time favorite knife and tool manufacturer of mine. Being from my home town of Portland Oregon, the company has made many EDC knives as well as multi-tools and other bladed tools alike. Gerber has just announced that you can now custom design your own every day carry (EDC) knife at […]

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08:50

Illinois: Champaign to Consider Banning Firearm & Ammunition Transfers [NRA-ILA News]

The City of Champaign is holding an emergency meeting this morning to consider Council Bill No. 2020-022 granting extraordinary powers to the mayor following a declaration of an emergency. Among them is the power to ban transferring firearms and ammunition. This proposal will not only ban sales, but will also prohibit citizens from giving firearms or ammunition to family members, friends, and others in need of self-defense during times of emergency.

08:00

German Army to Buy Nexter P20 20x102mm Cannon Systems [The Firearm Blog]

The Federal Office responsible for the Bundeswehr equipment procurement (BAAINBw) just issued a contract for seven systems of the Nexter P20 cannon from France. In the near future, the intention is that this cannon should be used by the German Special Forces. The Nexter P20 cannon is a Multirole Lightweight Vehicles Armament in caliber 20×102 […]

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07:00

Chiappa WILDLANDS Series Lever Action Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Chiappa WILDLANDS Series Lever Action Rifles (1211)In their 2020 catalog, Chiappa Firearms has a new series of lever-action rifles called Wildlands. Currently, this series includes four rifles: two Winchester Model 1892 replicas, a takedown 1892 and a takedown 1886. What sets these series apart from other Chiappa lever guns is that these are modernized guns packing some features that modern-day hunters […]

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06:27

Zastava M91: Serbia Modernizes its DMR to 7.62x54R [Forgotten Weapons]

After World War Two, Yugoslavia was left with a tremendous amount of German war material – enough that it cost to adopt the 8x57mm Mauser cartridge as its standard. The M76 precision rifle was developed for that cartridge, and saw substantial military use. By the 1980s, however, the decision was made to move to the Soviet 7.62x54R cartridge for machine guns and rifles like the M76 in the 1980s. The M91 was the result of a program to replace the M76 with a 7.62x54R chambered rifle, and it was adopted by the Serbian military as Yugoslavia broke up.

The original M91 rifles were made with milled receivers, as the M76 had been. This changed to a stamped receiver in 2012, and polymer furniture replaced wood. The rifle we are looking at today is a current-production M91 made at the Zastava factory in Serbia, and configured for commercial importation into the United States.

Thanks to Zastava USA for providing this rifle for filming!

06:12

Alert! NRA Annual Meeting Cancelled [NRA-ILA News]

With our 149th Annual Meeting scheduled for next month in Nashville, we realize many NRA members and meeting guests have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on our convention.

06:00

GECO DTX – New Line for Sport Shooters with Handguns, PCCs and Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

GECO DTX 223 RemThe rumor that Geco Ammunition (Germany) was about to release a low(er)-priced .223 Remington round has been around for a while, and their new DTX line has now been released. The new Geco DTX ammunition line also includes 9x19mm and .308 Winchester, so most high-volume sports shooters are covered. I’ve been using the normal Geco .223 Rem […]

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05:45

Washington: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, at 8:00PM, the Washington Legislature adjourned sine die from the 2019-2020 session, marking the defeat of several anti-gun bills. Unfortunately, a number of gun control bills did pass this session and are awaiting a signature by Governor Inslee.

Thursday, 12 March

18:23

NRA annual meeting cancels [Of Arms and the Law]

Just got word, from a director. Pretty much inevitable, you don't want 80,000 people assembling in a crowd, with perhaps half of them flying in.

I was just down to a grocery store here, it was pretty insane. Quite a few shelves empty, only a few packs of toilet paper left. One woman wearing a mask, one guy pushing a shopping cart full of bottled water. (Why? I can only guess he read somewhere that in event of natural disaster you want it). And this county has had exactly one case of coronavirus, on the edge of town, and the guy self-isolated with no problem.

17:50

BREAKING: NRA 2020 Annual Meeting Cancelled [The Firearm Blog]

In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic the NRA have taken the decision to cancel the their 2020 annual meeting. The meeting had been scheduled to take place next month in Nashville, TN, between April 16th – 19th. The NRA annual meeting is one of the shooting industry’s most popular events with hundreds of exhibitors and […]

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17:00

TFB Review: American Marksman’s .50 BMG through Mike Pappas’ Accurized Barrett M82A1 [The Firearm Blog]

Pappas Barrett M82A1The Barrett M82A1 is one of the most iconic and recognizable rifles on the planet today.  Since 1989 they’ve been the go-to anti-material rifle for various military and law enforcement agencies. Mike Pappas of Dead Air Silencers is certainly no stranger to 50 BMG and has been a Barrett M82 enthusiast for years.  Except he decided the […]

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16:30

POTD: Smith & Wesson Model 3913NL in 9×19 [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – It’s time to take a closer look at a Smith & Wesson, in this case, the Model 3913NL which is very close to the LadySmith version. All the pictures and words connected below originally by Schrombo, check out his Instagram. I found another little gem at an online auction platform […]

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16:08

NRA Annual Meeting Canceled []

In a message that went out to NRA Board of Directors this evening, the Annual Meeting scheduled for next month in Nashville has been canceled.

I first saw it in a post by Linda Walker on Facebook and then got the text of it from a friend.

The release from NRA President Carolyn Meadows stated:

With our 149th Annual Meeting scheduled for next month in Nashville, we realize many NRA members and meeting guests have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on our convention.

We have been closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Department of Health.  In fact, earlier today, a state of emergency was declared in Tennessee.  

Therefore, we have reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s NRA Annual Meeting, planned for April 16 – 19 in Nashville. This applies to all events and scheduled programs, including the NRA-ILA Forum. We sincerely regret the need for this action, particularly for our many loyal members who join us for this annual celebration of the NRA and our constitutional freedoms.  Details regarding the NRA Member’s Meeting will be forthcoming.

Under the direction of NRA President Carolyn Meadows, the NRA Board of Directors is working with the Office of the Secretary in relation to board elections, meetings, and the like. 

Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We were ultimately guided by our responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of our NRA members, guests, and surrounding community.  

Please coordinate directly with any hotels, airlines or others who have assisted with your travel arrangements. Most companies have announced plans to accommodate travelers dealing with event cancellations.   

Please visit www.nraam.org for additional news and information regarding NRA activities. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The message that accompanied this release noted that the Annual Meeting of Members will be rescheduled.

To be honest, with the impact of the tornado on Nashville plus the uncertainty over COVID-19 it was inevitable that this was going to happen. If they didn’t do it and just one person got sick or died after contact with an infected person, there would have been hell to pay.

If you have made plane or hotel reservations, most, if not all, companies are allowing them to be canceled with no cancellation fees, etc.

Speaking of coronavirus, this would be a good time to read or re-read Grant Cunningham’s compilation of suggestions and advice on dealing with the pandemic. I do think many people are overreacting as evidenced by the run on toilet paper. An elderly friend today told me the local Walmart not only had a run on toilet paper but on his Pet Ice Cream.

If you have made plane or hotel reservations, most are allowing them to be canceled with no cancellation fees, etc.

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Is Competition Shooting A Good Training Tool? [The Firearm Blog]

Over the last decade, a debate has gone on between the keyboard warriors about the effectiveness of competition shooting for concealed carriers. On each side of the argument, people claim shooting competition can force a shooter to think and react under stress. Others say it promotes a ton of bad habits when you’re training for […]

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15:16

New AR-14 receiver [Of Arms and the Law]

Not a typo. Palmetto State Armory has it.

13:42

The Cap & Ball Buck [AllOutdoor.com]

“I’m proud of you.”

Those four words made me feel better than any others ever could. The buck in my truck was great; the feeling of accomplishment was wonderful; knowing I’d properly scouted the area and later watched a buck chase a doe by my stand was immensely gratifying… but they were nothing compared with the feeling I got when Dad told me I’d done good. I was positively glowing.

It had all started a few weeks before, when I’d once again explored an area of the Ocala National Forest near the Ocklawaha river and had been surprised to learn that a bulldozer-wide trail had been plowed along the forest boundary. Suddenly there was a wide, straight trail where before there’d been only thickets. Better yet, the trail was fresh and the snow-white sand made it easy to see the many deer tracks in the trail — and to quietly move through the area. This was a game-changer.

I had always liked the area, but moving to and through it had been a problem. With the access problem solved and the fact that I seemed to be the only hunter who’d discovered it so far, I was excited. Heck, I’d even managed to get a shot at a doe with my bow while still-hunting and that NEVER happens. She’d jumped the string, but still.

Hunting the Trail

I’d found the area during the archery season. Next came muzzleloader, and on the first morning of that hunt I had initially hunted an entirely different WMA. I was haunted by the thought of the sandy hammock trail I had found, though, so after the morning hunt I made the drive north and headed for the sandy trail, hanging my climbing tree stand onto a reasonably straight water oak near its edge. Nothing was seen that evening, but I was not deterred.

Saturday morning dawned moist-cool, with low-hanging fog soaking up sound and soaking into my clothes as it condensed on and dripped from the many hardwood trees. This was not unusual, but my choice of muzzleloader was. I was toting a small, light, handy Uberti “Cattleman’s Carbine” cap & ball single action revolving carbine. I’d splurged on it earlier that year, and had worked up an accurate load consisting of 38 grains of FFFg black powder behind .454 round lead balls. This little gun weighed a mere 4.2 pounds unloaded and was not quite three feet long.

Uberti cap & ball revolver carbine. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Uberti cap & ball revolver carbine.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The load, the rifle, and myself had all been proven capable of keeping the balls within “minute of whitetail” at 50 yards and considering that it was ballistically similar to the 44-40 cartridge, I did not feel undergunned for hunting Southern whitetails. No long-range shots were possible here anyhow, and I liked the thought of fast followup shots thanks to its six-shooter cylinder.

It's only about 35-1/2" long. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

It’s only about 35-1/2″ long.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Gone to Grunt Town

After several hours, I suddenly heard some mechanical-sounding buck grunts to my south. That is the general direction of the paved road, and all I could think was that some goofy “hunter” was on the old woods trail down there blowing on a grunt tube. When I began to also hear some crashing in the brush, I reconsidered and perked up a bit.

I stood to face the racket, which had come from behind and to my right. No sooner had I done so than the world exploded! It was actually a whitetail doe crashing through the brush with a young buck hot on her heels, but my adrenal glands went ahead and released an exploding-planet-sized dose of jazz juice, just in case.

Awestruck

I felt the rush and the increased pounding in my chest as I witnessed the pair run behind (and almost underneath) my stand in a rapid zig-zag, far too fast for me to have gotten a shot at the ever-grunting buck. The pair turned back into the thick hammock woods and disappeared from view.

I’d seen a buck and had utterly failed to even try to get a shot — but I didn’t mind at all. I just stood there grinning like a possum, knowing that I’d witnessed a buck-doe chase up close and personal for the first time in my life. My internal voice wouldn’t shut up; it just kept repeating, “This is great!” I was awestruck and about as happy as a guy can get.

I didn’t have long to soak up the moment, though, because I soon heard something moving towards me through the woods from the direction in which they’d disappeared. The woods were thick and I could only tell that it was a deer as I spotted bits and pieces of it. As it came along, I noticed another deer following not too far behind.

The lead deer stepped into the trail 35 yards distant, and it was a doe. I figured it was the same doe I’d seen during the chase, and the deer in the rear must be the buck. The doe hesitated a few seconds before turning right and walking away from me along the trail. I tensed as I got ready for the buck to emerge behind her.

When a Buck Ain’t a Buck

The second deer stepped out and I got ready. I’d already cocked the hammer of my little black powder six-shooter and was all set to aim when the deer stepped into view on the trail — and turned out to be a fawn. After just a moment’s pause, the little critter spotted mama down the trail and followed her.

I didn’t even have time to feel let down before I heard even more movement in the brush, indicating that a third deer was following the same route. When it stepped out into the trail I could immediately tell it was a legal buck. I grunted to get his attention and he paused briefly, giving me the only chance I was going to get.

Finding a Hole

A magnolia tree stood between us, and I straightened my body to make myself taller, finding a hole between the large shiny-green leaves. I propped my right elbow against my oak tree, steadied the sights on the buck’s boilerworks, and pulled the trigger.

The buck showed no sign of having been hit, taking off to run straight ahead across the trail. Something automatic inside of me took over, and I found myself instantly cocking the little carbine, swinging it, and firing at the fleeing beast. I could see no effect of the shot other than the cloud of white smoke, and with a few more bounds the buck was gone in the thick woods across the trail.

I clenched my little repeater, cocked and ready again, straining to see where the buck had gone. I heard a thrashing in the brush and leaves.

“He’s down,” I told myself, “He’s down and dying.” Still I craned my neck, seeking movement amongst the scrub oaks and saplings.

I trembled, I panted. Then I spotted motion!

I raised the small rifle as the buck struggled to its feet and stood facing me; a narrow target but I took aim and fired. The resulting cloud of white smoke destroyed my view and I could see nothing for the next hour — or perhaps a few seconds.

How’d I do That?

The smoke cloud slowly dissipated and once again I spotted movement. The buck was lying on the ground and hidden from view… but it was repeatedly lifting its head up where I could see it. With alacrity and skill that still astound me more than two decades later (and which elude me at less-intense moments) I raised the long-barreled revolver, timed the shot to coincide with the raising of the deer’s head, and fired. This took much less time to do than it does to read about it.

As my fourth shot echoed through the woods, the only movement came from a slow-drifting cloud of aromatic white smoke, my thundering heart, and my quaking limbs. My post-kill attack of the shakes was, as usual, deliciously unrelenting.

I eventually gathered myself, made my gun safe, and climbed down the tree. Still a bit shaky, I crossed the trail and there lay the buck; as fine a young spike as you’ll ever see.

Shot Placement

My first shot had been a good lung hit, and would have been enough to kill the deer. The shot I fired at the running buck had apparently missed.

The shot I’d fired as it shakily stood facing me had done nothing more than graze one shoulder, merely removing a line of hair from the hide.

The final shot was the most impressive, landing exactly where the neck meets the head in a perfectly-timed, perfectly-placed coup de grâce shot for which I wish I could take credit.

I barely recognize myself in this old photo, but I still remember that hunt. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I barely recognize myself in this old photo, but I still remember that hunt.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Even Better Than a Buck

I thanked God for my blessings as I dragged the buck to my truck and loaded it. I then drove towards the area where Dad had gone to hunt, feeling pretty great. I turned off the pavement onto the woods road and before long we met as he came driving out.

We emerged from our trucks at the same time, and my grin was enough to tell him I’d gotten one. As we walked around to the back of my truck to admire the deer, I said, “I carbined him.”

“You did?” was his reply. He sounded mildly surprised. I answered with a smiling nod.

My father shook my hand, gave me a hug. He said, “I’m proud of you, son. You done good.”

If there is any feeling better than what I felt upon hearing those words from that man, I don’t know what it might be. I think I floated back to camp that day.

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13:21

Idaho: Senate Committee Hearing for School Safety Legislation Extended to Friday [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate State Affairs Committee ran out of time before being able to consider Senate Bill 1384, legislation that allows school employees with an enhanced CWL to possess and carry a firearm on school property.

11:00

NEW Nighthawk Custom – The Vice President Will See You Now [The Firearm Blog]

vice presidentThe announcement of the Vice President model 1911 marks the 3rd pistol in the Nighthawk Custom Boardroom Series which has already debuted the Chairman and the President. Like the other two models in the Boardroom Series, the Vice President is equally striking in appearance and the multitude of features it boasts so you will strike […]

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10:00

Working Prototype of Slagga VISKA (US-Made Vintorez) [The Firearm Blog]

Working Prototype of Slagga VISKA - US-Made Vintorez (1)Slagga Manufacturing, a company that has been working on creating a US-made replica of the Soviet VSS Vintorez rifle, has announced about a significant progress in this project: they’ve built a working prototype of Viska, the American Vintorez. VSS Vintorez is a Soviet/Russian integrally suppressed rifle chambered in 9x39mm. The cartridge and rifle were designed […]

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08:30

Keep Your Feet Warm with a Pair of Ice Fishing Boots [AllOutdoor.com]

Wedding day jokes aside, the worst places to get cold feet are when you’re hunting or when you’re ice fishing. Frozen toes can ruin your day, especially when the fish are on the slow bite. There is still some time for many of us to get geared up and out on the ice, and for the rest, there’s some great deals to get you ready for next season. Here’s our picks for some of the best ice fishing boots.

Sorel Bear Extreme

You can trust Sorel Boots to keep you warm. The Bear Extreme is designed to give you good traction on snow and slippery surfaces. The boot is completely waterproof and best yet, it is rated for -60 degrees, so you should be able to handle most conditions. The outside of the boot has reflective piping to help you show up in the dark, in case someone is trying to hone in on your spot. Sorel designed these boots for walking, so you’ll be comfortable hiking way out on the ice, too. Just remember to stay safe out there!

Clam Sub Zero X

If you fish on the hard water, you know all about Clam Outdoors. Chances are, you have some Clam gear in your arsenal. Their Ice Armor clothing line set the standard for purpose-built clothing for ice fishing. It makes sense that they also make one of the best ice fishing boots available. The Sub Zero X boots are solid rubber on the outside with no laces or seems to let water in, making them 100-percent waterproof. They are rated to -40 and have a removable wool liner.

Muck Boots Arctic Ice Extreme

We’ve covered some Muck Boots before, but this one is perfect for ice fishing. It’s a little shorter, which works well with insulated bibs. It’s rated for -40 degrees and has the rubber lower mated to a neoprene upper that made Muck Boots famous. What truly sets this boot apart is the Vibram outer sole. Vibram’s Arctic Grip outsole pods deliver advanced traction on wet ice and their Icetrek full base layer provides traction on dry ice. This combines to help keep you from going for any unplanned ice fishing gymnastics. You never want to do that. If your buddies see, and you know they will, you’ll never live it down.

Lacrosse Ice King – Classic Choice

From the “If it ain’t broke…” department, the Lacrosse Ice King boot has been available for decades, virtually unchanged. They remain a strong seller for the company and have achieved legendary status for keeping your feet warm in the worst conditions. They have a rubber lower mated to an all leather upper. There is 400grams of Thinsulate in the boot with a 6mm footbed and an 8mm felt sole. Add in the poly foam liner and you’ve got a boot that supplies support while feeling like your feet are encased in pillows. Rated to -70 degrees, these boots will keep you warm just about anywhere you could possibly go.

Thorogood Endeavor Extreme – Editor’s Pick

If you haven’t heard of the Endeavor Extreme boots before, now you have, and you’re welcome. These may well be the best boots for activities in extreme cold, ice and snow. They have a breathable, waterproof membrane, a 12-inch height and a whopping 2,400 grams of Thinsulate insulation. The footbed is reflective, so heat goes back into your foot. You can remove it, if you get too warm, too. The sole is designed for stability and traction to help keep you upright. The best part of these boots is the fit. They work for any foot, from medium to 4E wide. If you want to stay warm and want the best boot you can get, this is it.

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08:00

Steinel Ammunition Unveils Their First Premium 9mm SCHP Defensive Load [The Firearm Blog]

Steinel Ammunition Unveils Their First Premium 9mm SCHP Defensive LoadSteinel Ammunition is well known as a source for newly manufactured ammunition for many dwindling military surplus loads. Everything from modern loadings to vintage military pistol and rifle ammunition is what can be had from their wide selection of ammo. They have just released their first premium 9mm SCHP 124-grain defensive load. Steinel Ammunition Unveils […]

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07:39

Sherman Tank Stuck or Flipped Over? Thrown Track? Do This. [AllOutdoor.com]

I hope you enjoy this old “field expedients” video as much as I did. It’s all about what to do when your WWII-era tank gets stuck or flipped over, or throws a track, or needs to cross a wimpy bridge.

Who knew that chicken wire would get a tracked vehicle through deep soft sand?

Bridge out and need to make a creek bank less steep? Shoot it with your 75 (cannon).

Dead engine on your tank? No worries, if you have a dual-engine tank — or especially if you have a Chrysler M4A4 tank, which has five engines!

Cranking a cold tank engine? Make sure you don’t pump the gas pedal unless you want a fire inside your air horn.

There’s a lot more good stuff here… enjoy.

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07:26

Colorado: House Committee to Consider “Red Flag” Repeal Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today at 1:30pm, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider “red flag” repeal legislation, House Bill 1271.

07:00

Is Your X300U-A Too Loose? Here Is How To Fix It [The Firearm Blog]

Surefire X300 Ultras have been a leader in pistol weapon mounted lights for a long time. Some have experienced fitment issues with the A model lights. This can be annoying, but there are easy solutions to the problem. Duck Tape Fixes Everything First, check and see if you have a fitment issue at all. Some […]

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06:27

Book Review: Chassepot to FAMAS – French Military Rifles 1866-2016 [Forgotten Weapons]

I am very excited to finally be able to formally present to you Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016! After about 3 years of work, it’s finally here and shipping. My goal with this book was to create a reference guide that would allow someone to identify any French military rifle they would encounter, be it in museums, gun shows, auction, and collections.It covers military rifle designed and built in France, and has 10 chapters comprising more than 530 pages: Chassepot, Gras, Kropatschek, Lebel, Berthier, RSC, MAS 36, MAS semiauto, FR, and FAMAS. within each chapter is a history of the design, variations, markings, production dates and totals, combat use, bayonets, mechanics, and more. The photography is outstanding, and it really shows. James Rupley’s efforts in that area have made it the best-looking firearms reference book ever published, if I may be so bold as to make that claim. This is not a typical book full of dark black-and-white photos.

While there are a few other books in English on French rifles, none is even remotely close to the scope of mine. This is a must-have resource for anyone interested in French arms, or who collects them. Perhaps this is a biased opinion since it comes from the author, but I am confident that outside review will back me up.

Available only direct from Headstamp Publishing.

 

06:00

The First Thermal Imaging Camera from ZEISS – The DTI 3/35 [The Firearm Blog]

Just like Leica, Zeiss had chosen this year’s IWA exhibition to release their brand new and company-first Thermal Imaging Cameras. Once upon a time, everyone had a video camera, now we use our Smartphones or GoPros instead. But the really cool people use Thermal Imaging. As many experienced hunters know, the most exciting hunting moments […]

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Wednesday, 11 March

17:00

TFB Review: Steyr M9-A1 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Steyr M9-A1In 1999 Steyr unveiled their first polymer frame semi-auto handguns, the Model M-A1 pistols.  Included in this lineup was the M9-A1 pistol that they so kindly sent over for me to review.  These pistols featured an on trigger safety system that Steyr called a “Reset Action Trigger”.  To top it all off, the pistols came equipped […]

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16:30

POTD: Special Operations Recruiting Battalion Campaign II [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Another day in life together with some of America’s Special Forces. All of these images were used in a Special Operations Recruiting Battalion Campaign, and I presume they worked well. Below we have U.S. Army Rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment in what I think are MD Helicopters MH-6 Little Birds. They […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Taurus M17 Tracker .17 HMR Review [The Firearm Blog]

trackerIt is Wednesday again and if you are in search of wheelguns you have come to the right place! Last week we took a look at the rather thunderous Raging Hunter .44 Magnum from Taurus so this week we are going to go in a completely different direction, and check out something that is a […]

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14:02

Iowa: Range Protection & Preemption Bill to Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

On March 9th, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee passed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being shut down by unreasonable local ordinances and ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected across the state. It now goes to the full Senate for debate and a floor vote.

13:59

P320 News: SIG SAUER Wins Patent Infringement Case from Steyr Arms [The Firearm Blog]

P320 News: SIG SAUER Wins Patent Infringement Case from Steyr ArmsThe legal and leadership team at SIG Sauer have announced a victory today in a patent infringement case brought forth by Steyr Arms. The claim, as described in a complaint filed in the Northern District of Alabama in 2017 had previously alleged that SIG infringed on Steyr’s patent #6,260,301. The “301“ patent claim took aim […]

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13:18

Alabama: Speaker Announces Support For Lifetime Permit Bill [NRA-ILA News]

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon sent a letter to the Alabama Sheriffs Association (ASA) voicing his support for passage of the lifetime carry permit bill (HB 39) in this year’s legislative session.

12:11

Mississippi House Approves Legislation to Improve State Firearms Preemption Statute [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1215 by Rep. Shane Barnett (R-Greene, Perry & Wayne Cos).

11:00

Leupold Mark 5HD Selected by Army Precision Sniper Rifle Program [The Firearm Blog]

Leupold Mark 5HD Selected by Army Precision Sniper Rifle ProgramThe Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle program began as a survey in 2008 that was eventually awarded to Remington in 2013, with their Mk 21 MSR (Modular Sniper Rifle) and Later the Mk 22 ASR. Recently, the United States Army has selected the Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25×56 scope for use in the Precision Sniper Rifle Program. […]

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10:00

Swiss Army Buys VarioRay LLM Laser Light from Rheinmetall [The Firearm Blog]

The Swiss Army has placed an order for almost 10,000 VarioRay LLM laser lights from Rheinmetall. The Swiss Army calls the laser light LLM 19 and it will be used on the Swiss soldiers’ assault rifles, as part of Germany’s Future Soldier System-Extended System (IdZ-ES) when used by the German Army. In fact, the British […]

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08:16

Time to Ruminate on the Outdoors [AllOutdoor.com]

The coldest, wettest, worst weather in late winter before the spring thaw is a great opportunity for some serious recliner time. Hunting gear has been put up, and some thoughts have been given to dragging out fishing and turkey hunting gear. But first, sit back by a warm fire with pup in the lap or beside you to read a good book or to ponder the season just past. Think how blessed we are to be able to enjoy the great outdoors.

The famous outdoors writer George Reiger once wrote in his book The Wings of Swan, “People who prefer watching a sport to playing it — who, therefore, extract no meaning from hunting and fishing as it is depicted on television — may never realize that the greatest value of outdoor recreation is in the time it gives us to think, to dream. If imagination is buried beneath routine, wisdom is buried with it, for both are products of leisure.”

And I contend that those products are best found in the all outdoors.

February will be over by the time this post is published. Outside it is a windy, raining, and cold day. I’m curled up in my man cave recliner under my NASCAR throw with pup Abby laid across my lap. In the magazine rack beside me is a good selection of hunting and gun magazines, a 2020 calendar, notepad, and a couple of outdoors gear catalogs to peruse.

This setup is my favorite on Earth besides a seat in a deer blind, a crappie boat, or back against an oak behind my turkey blind. Here, I enjoy the great opportunity to ponder the state of the world and my place it in. A writing pad and pen are used to jot down good story ideas that pop up from nowhere. Ah, blissful time home or afield.

In my home blind, weary eyes close for a minute to think about the deer I just could not make out hidden behind some brush. It never came out but melted away. Thoughts cast back to a fishing trip last spring, when I slipped on a wet rock getting out of the boat and nearly cracked my head open. I recall those times around the camp fire trying to solve the problems of the world with hunting partners that held no better answers.

So, let me encourage you to take some down time right now during the calm of early March. Soon crappie will be spawning, bass will be hitting by the stumps, and big woodland gobblers will be thundering away just out of eyesight. Time now to think of the past and the future. Every new season brings new adventures to ponder next February.

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08:00

Weight-Tunable ARCA Rail from Area 419 [The Firearm Blog]

Towards the end of last year, TFB reported about the Maverick Recoil Suppression System from Area 419. Area 419 have been keeping busy and they continue to develop new and interesting products, mainly for the Precision Rifle scene. This time we’re looking at a Universal Weight-Tunable ARCALOCK Rail. Below is Area 419’s description: ARCALOCK has […]

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07:32

Dick’s Pulling Out FIREARMS from ALL 440 Sporting Goods Stores [AllOutdoor.com]

Some news that was buried in the 4th Quarter Earnings Report for Dick’s Sporting Goods, which they likely did not want consumers to easily find, is that they intend to eliminate the hunting department from 440 of their stores this year. This means many shooters, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts will need to find their hunting gear and firearms elsewhere.

Interestingly enough, on the day this was announced (March 10th, yesterday) their stock exhibited a 10% surge in value. This might not be so indicative of their choice to eliminate firearms as it was a response to their overall positive 4th Quarter Earnings Report which exceeded expectations.

In order to restructure 440 of their stores, Dick’s Sporting Goods is estimating it will cost them $48.8 Million to re-model those stores, remove inventory, bring in new inventory, and pay their employees to accomplish all of this for them. This news was first broken yesterday by Fox News, and for those who haven’t already heard about it, it is about a 50/50 divide between those who are surprised and those who are not.

With many companies trying to distance themselves from firearms and taking an imaginary moral high-ground, large retailers are pulling out of the firearm market leaving many consumers to wonder where their allegiance really lies. Wal-Mart is another colossal company to have already made a departure from selling modern sporting rifles, but Dick’s Sporting Goods is going whole hog and getting out of the gun game entirely.

Some shopping communities only have large-chain stores to rely on for their firearm purchases, but hopefully most guy buyers will begin to acknowledge their smaller, local gun shops who are not going to play silly games with their access to firearms.

With much of the United States breaking out of winter and ushering in spring hunting seasons, it’s possible that Dick’s Sporting Goods could feel a bigger hit to their pocket book than they apparently believe. What do you think? Are you going to support Dick’s when they pull stuff like this? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:10

5 Black Powder Guns That Mean a Lot to Me [AllOutdoor.com]

Some of the greatest joys of hunting and shooting are the memories… and sometimes, those memories become so entwined with certain objects that it’s impossible to fully separate the two. If you have been blessed as much as I have, you may experience that with multiple objects — namely, guns.

I thought I’d take some time to share with you five black powder guns, along with some explanation of why they mean a lot to me. I had the perfect opportunity to take these photographs when I found myself shooting all of them clear one day last fall.

Phoenix

I’ve written about this smokepole before, in “Hunting with Phoenix” and “Phoenix and Beyond: Muzzleloader Hunting With New and Old Rifles.” This was my late father’s rifle, and as with most special guns, there’s a good story behind it.

This sidelock .50-caliber muzzleloading rifle first came into Dad’s life as a derelict hunk of junk. Someone brought some old junk guns into a friend’s gun shop, this one among them. The stock was ugly and charred where someone had attempted to “tiger-stripe” it with a torch, and the octagonal barrel and hammer were being consumed by rust. Dad saw potential in its chrome-lined bore, however, so he bought it for a song and set to work.

Lots of labor later, he’d restored the octagonal shape to the barrel by hand-filing the flats to remove all the rust pits, tested it with a proof load and cold-blued it, and sanded & refinished the attractive hardwood stock. He replaced the sights, zeroed it with patched round ball, and took it hunting. On its first hunt, he slew a whitetail buck with Phoenix, the rifle he’d brought back from the ashes.

He left the hammer rust-pitted as a reminder of its former condition.

The two sidelock rifles are Phoenix (top) and the wonderfully light T/C Seneca. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The two sidelock rifles are Phoenix (top) and the wonderfully light T/C Seneca.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Since Dad’s passing, I have spent a lot of hours toting Phoenix myself, and last season I finally used it to take a whitetail. It’s tough to sum up everything I feel in connection with Phoenix, so I won’t. But I think it is by far my favorite muzzleloader.

Thompson/Center Seneca

One day in the long-distant past, I was 17 years old and had just graduated high school. Dad and I were supposed to go shooting on Saturday morning, but as usual I overslept. I shook myself awake, noting the bright sunshine and remembering that we were supposed to go to the range. Dang it, he was probably itching to go!

I leapt out of bad as only a 17-year-old can do, and started hunting for Dad. As I opened the door of the house to step outside, he was there stepping in — with a handy, light, graceful muzzleloader in his hand and a grin on his face. He reached the rifle towards me and said, “Here, happy graduation. I got you a play-purty!”

I went from feeling like a disappointment to on top of the world. I suppose Dad may have said some more words, but all I could hear was the angelic choir singing in my head as I admired the sweet little .45-caliber smokepole.

The Seneca was one of the best sidelock muzzleloaders Thompson/Center ever built. Essentially a scaled-down version of their Hawken resembler (Dad’s term; they’re not truly replicas of the old guns), the Seneca is light, graceful, and gorgeous.

This particular one was accurate with round ball, Minie ball, and Maxi-ball. Because the Maxi-ball is a conical bullet and we could cast our own, I settled in to hunt with that bullet over 70 grains of FFFg black powder. A few years in, I added a T/C tang-mounted peep sight to sweeten her up some more.

These "resemblers" are both graceful and effective. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

These “resemblers” are both graceful and effective.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

One morning in 1992, I slew a buck with this Seneca — and that evening, Dad took his own buck with Phoenix. I don’t think it can get any better than that.

Uberti Revolving Cap & Ball Carbine

In 1997, I bought the first of only a few new guns of my life. I’d always wanted a revolving carbine, and by golly I finally committed and ordered this one from Cabela’s. Made by Uberti in Italy, it’s a six-shot black powder revolver built on the Remington design, which incorporates a steel frame with a top strap for extra strength.

Like most, it’s called .44 caliber although the projectiles run roughly .454″ in diameter.

With a diminutive shoulder stock — the catalog description claimed it was walnut, but that was a lie — and an 18-inch octagonal blued steel barrel, this was a fun gun from the get-go. Dad and I experimented with conical bullets a little, but in the end I stuck with round balls. The resulting load was ballistically not far from the old 44-40 black powder cartridge.

At the public shooting range in the Ocala National Forest, I sighted in this gun one windy day, and it tattooed me for my trouble. The wind was coming straight at me, and it kept blowing burning bits of powder back into my face at each shot. I ended up with black spots burned into my left cheek, and 23 years later I can still see faint traces of those black powder “tattoos” — likely the only ones I’ll ever get.

The adjustable sights are pretty good, consisting of a leaf-style rear and steel bead-style front. I zeroed it on a paper plate at 50 yards, and got good with the little popper… and come muzzleloader season, I took a buck with the little rascal.

Uberti revolving carbine (top), Remington-style revolver, Colt-style revolver (bottom). (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Uberti revolving carbine (top), Remington-style revolver, Colt-style revolver (bottom).
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This gun is special to me because it’s the first one I bought new, it made a fun project to do with my father, and after I got that little buck with it, my daddy said he was proud of me. Maybe you have had better mornings than that, but I haven’t.

Remington-Style Cap & Ball Revolver

This was Dad’s revolver, which he picked up in later years to carry during muzzleloader hunts. He taught me the wisdom of carrying a CBR (cap & ball revolver) along, just in case… and he put lead into at least one deer with this old wheel gun.

Naturally, it’s a single action percussion six-shot revolver, loaded from the front of the cylinder with black powder and round balls.

The Remington style is superior to the Colt because the steel frame and especially the top strap make it much stronger. This one has fixed sights consisting of a groove in the top of the frame and a blued steel post up front, and it shoots pretty well. It was made by Uberti, with a 7-7/8″ octagonal steel barrel.

Colt-Style Cap & Ball Revolver

When I was just a young ‘un, Dad gave me his old Navy Arms CBR, which was a brass-framed copy made in the Colt 1851 style. He then went out and bought a no-name version — and promptly stole back his Navy Arms revolver and gave me that one, which is the one at the bottom of this photo.

So many fond memories are wrapped up in these smokepoles. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

So many fond memories are wrapped up in these smokepoles.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

It’s a cool old six-gun and I have carried it on many a hunt, but it’s not nearly as good as the one he repossessed. The rifling is pretty rough and I’ve never been able to hit much of anything with it at distance.

Like many of these six-shooters, its very label is a misnomer. Stamped on the barrel is “44 CAL. NAVY MODEL,” which most students of the gun know is just plain wrong; the US Navy used .36-caliber revolvers, while the Army used .44-caliber versions. (Apparently, someone thought sailors were easier to kill than soldiers.)

This one has no manufacturer’s name, but it does have a Naval battle scene on cylinder. The 7.5-inch barrel is octagonal, unlike the old Navy Arms version. I hang on to this one because I used it for a lot of years, and Dad gave it to me.

Of the five pictured here, this is the one I’m most likely to sell or trade off; I now own Dad’s Navy Arms Colt copy again.

Smoke & Haze

There's nothing quite like a big white cloud of black powder smoke. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

There’s nothing quite like a big white cloud of black powder smoke.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Some objects make it easier to see backwards through the haze of time to recall old memories, and special old guns like these do that for me. Do you have any special shootin’ irons of your own? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.

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07:00

Should You Load Your AR Mags to 30? [The Firearm Blog]

Recently the argument of how many rounds to load into an AR magazine has resurfaced. It started with a video by John Lovell you can see HERE. Should you load your magazine to 28, 29 or 30 rounds? Ash Hess, the government and military sales rep for Knights Armament Company believes mags should be loaded […]

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06:51

Idaho: Governor Signs Shooting Range Preservation Bill into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Brad Little signed shooting range protection legislation, House Bill 396, into law.

06:27

Canadian Ross MkIII Sniper Rifle with Warney & Swasey Scope [Forgotten Weapons]

The Canadian infantry that went to Europe in the early years of World Wa rOne were equipped primarily with the Ross MkIII rifle. The Ross would become quite the scandal, and was replaced in service with the SMLE in 1916 – but as a sniper rifle the Ross excelled. Its problems in service were largely based on poor quality ammunition, and this was not an issue for the sniper corps. In addition, Great Britain was having enough trouble equipping its own snipers to have any extra scoped rifles to hand over to the dominions.

And so, the Canadians modified 500 Ross rifles into a sniper configuration using American-sourced Warner & Swasey M1913 “Musket Sight” scopes. These were 5x magnification prismatic scopes, also used by American forces on the M1903 sniper rifle and the M1909 Benet-Mercie machine guns. The scope was not very good, suffering from fogging and other issues, but it was available. The Canadian rifles were made in two batches of 250 each, one in 1915 and one in 1917. This was actually more rifles than needed, and many of them (including the two in this video) remained in Canada for training (and were used at least until 1942).

Canadian Warner & Swasey scopes can be identified by three elements. They have elevation dials marked out to 2400 yards, serial numbers between 1 and 500, and no data plate on top. Canadian scope cases are marked with the serial numbers of the scope and the rifle they were issued with.

06:00

Hensoldt Wins Tender for Thermal Sights for the German Army [The Firearm Blog]

Mankind’s desire to see in the dark has taken another step in Germany. The German Army has just ordered 368 systems with an option for a total of 402 systems. The supplier is Hensoldt and the product is called IRV 900 A2. Quickly described, it is a thermal sight attachment for sniper rifles and machine guns, and […]

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Why the Generation 2 Glock 19 is Still the Best Glock Ever Made [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop gives a sermon on the superiority of the Generation 2 Glock 19, and offends basically everyone. Is the Glock 19 Gen 2 still the best pistol Glock ever made? Of course it is, didn’t you read the title? ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon […]

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Tuesday, 10 March

18:44

How to Win Friends and Influence People [Of Arms and the Law]

Joe Biden tells pro-gun auto worker "You're full of Sh_t,, gets into shouting match, poking finger at him, asks if he wants to take this outside.

18:21

Imagine If SAF And GRNC Hadn’t Won Bateman []

Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) today declared a state of emergency that covers all of North Carolina. It was declared in response to the spread of COVID-19 or the coronavirus. As of Monday, there have been seven confirmed cases of it with six of those in Wake County and the seventh in Chatham County. For non-North Carolinians, that is Raleigh and the Pittsboro/Siler City areas.

From NC Office of Emergency Management

Excerpts from Gov. Cooper’s press release:

Governor Roy Cooper took the next step in the state’s coronavirus COVID-19 preparedness plan today and issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency. The declaration activates the Emergency Operations Center to help agencies coordinate from one location and makes it easier to purchase needed medical supplies, protect consumers from price gouging, and increase county health departments’ access to state funds…

Key provisions in the order are similar to those enacted in a natural disaster. The order will help with the cost burdens and supplies that may be difficult for providers and public health to access due to increased demand. It also increases the state public health department’s role in supporting local health departments, which have been tasked with monitoring quarantines, tracing exposure and administering testing.

Executive Order No. 116 in its entirety is found here.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane back to January 2010 when there was a heavy snow storm in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The City of King and Stokes County were particularly hard hit. In response, Gov. Beverly Perdue and both locales declared states of emergency. This automatically triggered then NC General Statute § 14-288.7(a) which provided, in part,:

“it is unlawful for any person to transport or possess off his own premises any dangerous weapon or substance in any area: (1) In which a declared state of emergency exists; or (2) Within the immediate vicinity of which a riot is occurring.”

The City of King went further and invoked their powers under NC General Statute § 14-288.12(b). This “forbade the sale or purchase of firearms and ammunition, as well as the possession of firearms and ammunition off an individual’s premises.” It also banned the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Thus, any time a state of emergency covering all of North Carolina or any time a city or county declared a state of emergency, § 14-288.7(a) kicked in and you could not carry a firearm outside your own home. There were no exceptions made for those of us who hold a Concealed Handgun Permit.

Fast forward a few months to June and the US Supreme Court handled down a monumental Second Amendment ruling. That was, of course, McDonald v. Chicago which applied the Second Amendment as an individual right to the states under the 14th Amendment. That was on the morning of June 28, 2010.

By the close of business on June 28th, the Second Amendment Foundation and Grass Roots North Carolina with attorney Alan Gura had filed suit against the State of North Carolina, the City of King, and Stokes County for violating the Second and 14th Amendments. The case, Bateman v. Perdue, using the newly won application of the Second Amendment to the states in McDonald, directly challenged NC’s emergency powers gun bans.

To make a long story short, US District Court Judge Malcom J. Howard, using strict scrutiny found that the emergency powers gun ban did violate the Second Amendment in March 2012.

The problem here is that the emergency declaration statutes, are not narrowly tailored to serve the government’s interest in public safety. They do not target dangerous individuals or dangerous conduct. Nor do they seek to impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions by, for example, imposing a curfew to allow the exercise of Second Amendment rights during circumscribed times. Rather, the statutes here excessively intrude upon plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights by effectively banning them (and the public at large) from engaging in conduct that is at the very core of the Second Amendment at a time when the need for self-defense may be at its very greatest. See Heller, 128 S. Ct. at 2799 (” [A] mericans understood the ‘right of self-preservation’ as permitting a citizen to ‘repe[l] force by force’ when ‘the intervention of society in his behalf, may be too late to prevent an injury. ‘ ” (quoting 1 Blackstone’s Commentaries 145-146, n.42 (1803) ) (second alteration in original)) . Consequently, the emergency declaration laws are invalid as applied to plaintiffs.

Session Law 2012-12 was signed by Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-NC) on June 11, 2012 and became effective on October 1, 2012. This codified the ruling by Judge Howard and repealed NC General Statutes § 14-288.7 and § 14-288.12 through § 14-288.17.

Thanks to Alan Gura, the Second Amendment Foundation, and Grass Roots North Carolina just because seven people have COVID-19 and the governor has declared a state of emergency you can no longer be disarmed. We owe them and the individual plaintiffs a debt of gratitude.

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17:00

TFB Review: American Marksman Ammo – M80, M118LR , & M855 [The Firearm Blog]

Just before SHOT Show, American Marksman Ammo reached out to us and asked us to review some ammo of theirs. I volunteered to review their 5.56 and 7.62 ammo. I was interested in some longer range ammo so they sent one box of M118LR and one box of M80 ball along with a box of […]

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16:56

Hawaii: Senate Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This Thursday, March 12th, the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs has scheduled a public hearing on several bills that severely restrict your Second Amendment rights.

16:30

POTD: Concamo – Heckler & Koch HK416A7 and HK433 (Version 5) with ELCAN and EOTech [The Firearm Blog]

As usual with images from Concamo you have to count more than once to find all the people in the picture, and even then you can’t be sure. These Photos Of The Day are no exception, but I think most of our readers will be busy looking at the firearms from Heckler & Koch and […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Whittled Down Winchester 1902 [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 42nd 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 or unusual firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or […]

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11:17

Endosnake: World’s Smallest Bore Inspection Camera [AllOutdoor.com]

I recently ran across an ad for something called Endosnake, which the manufacturer calls the world’s smallest inspection camera — and they’re marketing it to gun owners for inspecting the inside of your barrel and other hidden areas. At a mere 3.9mm diameter, it’s just above .15 caliber! In other words, it’s smaller than a BB and should even fit into .17-cal bores.

Many gun owners already know how useful a bore camera can be, but most of us can’t afford one of the high-falutin’ models. These days, though, you can get one for about $30… heck, a quick search turned up one for $12.45 shipped! That’s a plain-Jane version, of course… but still.

The Endosnake’s claim to fame is that it’s so small. That may be a limiting factor, though, because they also sell larger ones “for larger caliber bores.”

You download and install an app, then connect the Endosnake via USB to a PC, smart phone, or tablet and poke the camera into a small dark space to see what there is to see. Down a drain, inside an engine or appliance like a refrigerator, or of course inside the bore of your rifle, just to name a few places this could come in handy.

There are 6 LEDs around the camera to illuminate whatever you’re viewing, and they say it has 720p resolution. Like all or most of these endoscopes, it’s waterproof.

I certainly wished I had something like this a while back, when my favorite deer rifle lost accuracy all of a sudden. I hadn’t properly cleaned the bore in ages — but I really wish I could’ve seen really well inside that bore so I could gauge just how much fouling I actually removed.

The Endosnake costs $49.99 shipped, and that’s for the 3-foot version without WiFi — which you will need to use Endosnake with an iPhone or iPad. They offer multiple add-ons, such as $24.99 for WiFi, $39.99 to add 5.5mm and 8mm Endosnakes, or $54.99 to add 5.5mm, 7mm, and 8mm Endosnakes. You can also pay more to get longer cords. Check out their website for ordering info.

I’m not advertising for this brand, it just happens to be the one I saw first. In a quick online comparison, it seems fairly high in price… although there are other factors which limit the use of the real cheap ones, such as poor quality control, ad-laden software apps, short cables, etc. Presumably, this is a higher-line version and would be well-supported.

I’m sorry I didn’t make it to the “Pop-up Preview” at the SHOT Show to see the Endosnake in person.

Have you used this type of endoscope? If so, what kind/size — and how well does it work? Are you interested in seeing Endoscopes reviews here at AllOutdoor.com?

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11:00

Vermont: Please Contact Your Representative this Week Before Crossover Deadline! [NRA-ILA News]

Friday the 13th could be scary this week in Vermont, but it doesn't have to be.

11:00

New Czech Pocket Rocket: The CZ P-10 Micro [The Firearm Blog]

The new pistol from CZ is called the ‘P-10 M’. It should have been unveiled last weekend at IWA in Germany, but as the show was postponed due to the Coronavirus you get to take a germ-free look at it here. The new P-10 Micro is part of the CZ P-10 model series, and is – […]

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10:00

Welcome to the Asylum! Dead Air Silencers Appreciation Gift [The Firearm Blog]

Dead Air Silencers recently extended a kind thank you to loyal customers with no strings attached. This exclusive thank you includes whole hosts of exciting loot just waiting for you, the faithful Dead Air patrons. They give their social media announcement as follows: Thank you to our loyal customers. If you’ve purchased at least two […]

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08:18

Washington: Floor Vote Deadline Passes [NRA-ILA News]

Friday, March 6th, marked the deadline for all policy bills to receive a floor vote in the opposite chamber. Having failed to receive a floor vote, several anti-gun bills are likely defeated for the session. Unfortunately, a number of bills did receive a floor vote and were sent back to their original chamber for concurrence before heading to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

08:09

‘Thunderstruck’ Revolver Fires 2 Rounds at a Time [AllOutdoor.com]

There are plenty of unusual firearms in this world, and Standard Manufacturer’s S333 just joined those ranks. Oh, I forgot to add their namesake to the title — this outside-the-box handgun has been named the Thunderstruck. That name seems appropriate for the sensation this gun likely offers when the trigger is pulled.

The SM S333 is a small handgun designed, one presumes, for close-quarters self-defense. It is in true function this is a revolver that holds eight rounds of 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR) in its cylinder. That’s right, the 22 Mag. Quite an unusual choice for a handgun made for self-protection at tight ranges.

But, that alone is not the real twist to this handgun. Designed with twin barrels, each pull of the trigger fires two rounds of the magnum rimfire. The entire eight rounds can be fired in roughly three seconds. In consideration of that fact, one can grasp the utility of the S333 for self-defense. Let’s not discuss the merits or not of the 22 Rimfire Magnum for such uses.

The Thunderstruck can be loaded with a mixed offering of ammunition including soft lead bullets, hollowpoints, and even birdshot. Recoil is reportedly very light and controllable, which would certainly be a desired feature of such a gun. Other features enhance its usefulness, too.

A double action handgun, the S333 has no true trigger guard; just a downward extension below the twin barrels to provides a minimal protection to the trigger. The trigger itself has a built-in articulated safety. In use, the shooter places two fingers on the trigger to offer better trigger control.

The rudimentary open sights are “molded” into the receiver providing aiming grooves to align the twin barrels to the target. Remember, this is a gun designed for very close-range work. In fact the gun’s model number was themed from the national crime statistics reports that show most close encounter shootings happen at 3 yards, in 3 seconds, with 3 shots fired, hence the 333 in the gun’s model. I have to admit, that is pretty cool.

The Thunderstruck’s barrel is 1.25 inches long. The entire gun’s length is only 5 inches. Compact indeed. Weight is 18 ounces. The exterior finish is a black matte hard coat anodized finish. The grip is made from a high strength polymer with gripping grooves molded in.

The Standard Manufacturer’s S333 Thunderstruck is certainly something different. Without a doubt it has its uses. Retailing for $429, check local dealers soon.

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08:00

A Beautiful Syren’s Song Sounds a Lot Like the New Elos N2 Elevate [The Firearm Blog]

With the steady increase of the involvement of women in the world of firearms, it feels absolutely necessary to let you know about Syren’s newest shotgun in their lineup, the Elos N2 Elevate! This new Syren over and under style is one of the most adjustable and comfortable looking shotguns I have seen in a […]

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07:00

Suarez International Street Comp Muzzle Brake for the Glock 43, 43X & 48 [The Firearm Blog]

Suarez International Street Comp 43Suarez International has just released its Street Comp semi-permanent compensator for the Glock 43, 43X and 48. The Suarez Street Comp was specially redesigned for the Glock 43, 43X, and 48 series of pistols. Now you can have a compact compensator attached to your daily carry gun which can assist in follow up shots and reduce […]

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06:53

Alabama: Your Help Needed to Pass Lifetime Permit Bill In House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On March 11th, the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 39 to create a new lifetime carry permit.  The Senate Committee on Judiciary passed the companion bill, Senate Bill 47, last week.

06:27

How Does It Work: Roller Locking [Forgotten Weapons]

Roller locking is a system that is not used in many guns and often confused with roller-delayed blowback – which is understandable, given the similarities between the systems. Roller locking was first developed as a modification of the German G43 rifle, and it is really a sub-type of flapper locking mechanism. It was most significantly used in the MG42, and also in the Czech vz.52 pistol. In essence, it uses rollers in place of flaps to lock the bolt and barrel securely together during firing, and depends on an external system (short recoil, in the case of the MG42 and vz.52) to unlock before it can cycle.

06:00

A Twitch Streamer’s Negligent Discharge: This is Why Guns and Alcohol Don’t Mix [The Firearm Blog]

A Twitch Streamer's Negligent Discharge: This is Why Guns and Alcohol Don't MixJust this past week a Twitch streamer by the name of Carl Riemer had a negligent discharge with his Glock pistol during a live stream on the night of Wednesday, March 4th. The negligent discharge did not harm anyone and only damaged some items on his desk. Thankfully it seems all that was harmed in […]

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Monday, 09 March

17:00

The 1911 Dilemma – Buy vs Build a 1911 For $1,400 Part 1 [The Firearm Blog]

In the AR15 market, asking what the best rifle for $1,400 bucks would probably start an all-out internet battle between some of you, but this is a bit different. Looking up 2011’s a couple weeks ago I started thinking I could probably build my own for the same amount if not cheaper than companies like […]

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16:30

POTD: Special Operations Recruiting Battalion Campaign I [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – A day in life together with some of America’s Special Forces. All of these images have been used in the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion Campaign. Above we look at a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Gunship with U.S. Army Rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment. One of them is fast-roping onto a building […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: PG22 Maverick 22 Short 3D Printed Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: The PG22 Maverick 22 Short 3D Printed RevolverWelcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This week we are going to take a look at a 3D printed firearm that was inspired by a real-world toy. Ross Peters is the designer of the PG22 Maverick 22 Short revolver. The PLA printed revolver has an interesting design and today we’ll be taking […]

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14:02

Super Tuesday Proves to Be Pretty Super… For President Donald Trump [NRA-ILA News]

In the aftermath of primary voting in 14 states on March 3, known as Super Tuesday, two things now seem clear. President Donald Trump will face either former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders in November. And he will do it with a motivated and enthusiastic voter base.

13:59

Licensed Security Guard Arrested Under New Jersey’s Self-Defense Ammunition Ban [NRA-ILA News]

With cases like those of Shanneen Allen, Brian Aitken, Gordon Van Gilder, Hisashi Pompey, and many others, New Jersey has a well-earned reputation for malevolent gun prosecutions. As bad as those cases were, the Garden State may have just bested their own record for malice with a new low in anti-gun oppression.

13:57

Bloomberg Quits After Coming up Short on Super Tuesday [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg joined the growing list of Democrats who have abandoned their dream of taking on President Donald Trump this November. His effort will be remembered as one in which he spent big but accomplished little.

13:55

Joe Biden to Gun Confiscator O’Rourke: “You’re Gonna Take Care of the Gun Problem With Me” [NRA-ILA News]

Presidential contender Joe Biden’s fortunes have recently shifted, with game-changing wins in several important Democrat primary contests. He has succeeded in part by positioning himself as the Democrats’ “safe” choice to square off against President Trump, at least in comparison to self-proclaimed Socialist Bernie Sanders.

13:52

Amid the Anti-gun Hysteria of the Democrat Primary, NICS Sets Another Record [NRA-ILA News]

January 2020 was a record-setting month for the FBI’s NICS Office and our coverage noted that law-abiding gun owners buy firearms whenever anti-gun politicians start targeting them instead of criminals. A couple of things have happened since January: failed candidate Mike Bloomberg and others kept talking about their gun control aspirations, and law-abiding gun owners kept buying firearms and getting permits for concealed carry.

13:49

Bloomberg’s Anti-gun Hypocrisy and Ignorance Abounded as His Campaign Floundered [NRA-ILA News]

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg may have dropped out of the presidential race, but it wasn’t before he took himself and the Fox News viewing audience on a wild spin aboard the Malarkey Express.

13:27

Maryland: New Gun Control Bill Designates Gun Owners as Second-Class Citizens [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will consider Senate Bill 664, which purports to amend the Maryland Constitution to make clear that Marylanders have “right to privacy” that includes “freedom from government intrusion.” However, the proposed amendment has a glaring defect.

13:01

Connecticut: Extreme “Red Flag” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, March 13th, the Joint Committee on Judiciary will hold a public hearing on House Bill 5448. This extreme “red flag” bill will further erode citizens’ due process rights, which are continually under attack in Connecticut.

11:08

Mississippi’s Crappie Madness [AllOutdoor.com]

As deer season fades away and energy is focused on turkey hunting, there is another outdoors specter building in the background. Crappie fishing fever usually cranks up in late March, then peaks in April into early May depending on the spawn. However, this season crappie madness has already begun with suggestions from the experts to get out on the lakes now.

Mississippi is blessed with some of the Top Ten crappie lake entries in the whole country. Surveys taken the past few years have indicated a number of the best overall crappie lakes reside right here in the Magnolia State. These include a number of Corps of Engineers reservoirs including Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, Grenada, and the Ross Barnett Reservoirs as well as one of the best state crappie lakes in the nation, Lake Washington.

Much of these crappie lake madness accolades were reinforced by a trio of top crappie anglers and guides at a recent crappie madness fishing seminar held at Bass Pro Shops store in Pearl, Mississippi. Hugh Krutz, Tommy Moss, and Brad Calhoun are fishing pros for B’nM Poles of West Point, Mississippi. These guys know crappie, and know these top crappie lakes.

So, what tips did these crappie pros impart? The seminar provided so many pieces of crappie fishing advice that I could hardly keep up with the notetaking. They discussed crappie jig colors, using minnows, crappie pole selections, fishing structure, and tips on when it is best to go fishing for crappie.

A primary take away was crappie jig colors. “Use just about any color of crappie jig you want so long as it is chartreuse,” Hugh Krutz advised. He also mentioned that a lot of jig color combinations work too including orange and chartreuse, or black and chartreuse. Guess what the common denominator here is for crappie jig color?

It was joked by these pros that all those colors of jigs hanging on the racks at the stores are primarily for the anglers, not the fish. “It’s not to say you cannot catch fish on plain red, pink, white, or whatever, but if you want to catch a lot of fish, then drop chartreuse jigs on crappie structure,” said Brad Calhoun.

Another great tip was “The best all-around jig color is a minnow,” said Tommy Moss. Many crappie anglers add a minnow on top of a colored jig, but the minnow is the winning element. A live minnow is always the best bait for catching crappie. Make sure you have plenty.

There were too many tips to provide here, but use 8 pound test High Vis line. Fish three days after a major storm and follow the bait fish. If you want some great crappie fishing action, then check out the award winning lakes in Mississippi.

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11:00

TFB Round Table: Pararbellum and Luger? What About 9mm Steyr? [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back to another edition of the TFB Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB discusses the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol competitions. Chances are there is someone here at TFB who can offer you […]

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10:22

Proposed Hunting Reg Changes in Wisconsin [AllOutdoor.com]

Whitetail hunting video maker Jeff Sturgis is up in arms about some proposed hunting regulation changes in the state of Wisconsin. Here’s a quick overview, along with my thoughts on each point he makes.

Extending gun season from 9 days to 19 days.

To me, that is a good thing. More opportunity means more people will hunt! Heck, in Florida and Georgia where I hunt, our gun deer seasons are 2 months long or more, and we are far from running out of deer. Those who wish to do so may bowhunt during that time. Jeff just makes the assumption that more days won’t matter to most hunters:

If you haven’t gotten your deer in the first few days, the first nine days, what’s it really matter extending the season?

Well Jeff, it could matter quite a lot — especially for hunters who choose to follow your suggestion to only hunt when conditions are absolutely perfect. Say the stand conditions are not right to hunt the trophy buck until after the first nine days? You’re contradicting yourself by opposing this.

And if your proposed solution to a gun hunter not getting a buck is, “Pick up a bow and go bowhunting,” you are not being inclusive of all hunters — period.

Crossbow-Only in October

This would restrict crossbow users from hunting during part of the archery season, and I agree with Jeff 100% that anytime archery hunting is legal — especially with compound bows — crossbows should also be allowed with no restrictions.

What I don’t agree with is Jeff’s assumption that gun hunters are somehow bad and are jealous of crossbow hunters. Yeah… nope.

No Bow Tags Allowed During Gun Season

This silly change would mean no archery hunting would be allowed during gun season. Talk about stupid! Jeff and I are in agreement that this regulation should not be enacted.

No Hunting One Week Prior to Gun Season

I have to admit, this one hits home with me somewhat. In one WMA I used to hunt every year, there were very limited hunts for modern guns and muzzleloaders; each only got two weekends per year. Later, they opened up archery hunting for long periods of time before those hunts, and the first muzzleloader hunt — which had always been a great hunt prior to that — became a non-event. There’d been so much activity and pressure from archery hunters that the rest of the hunts pretty much sucked. So allowing the woods to “rest” before a popular hunt doesn’t sounds like a bad idea to me.

That said, Jeff’s complaint is that this new reg would prevent archers from hunting the rut. If so, that’s about as dumb as it gets. Move gun season forward a week and allow all hunters to hunt the rut! Duh.

But Jeff’s blind devotion to arrow hunters and his looking down on gun hunters? I don’t like that one bit.

He also pitches the notion that pre-gun archery season is a good time to get new hunters into the woods. I couldn’t disagree more; no new hunter should begin with a bow in my opinion. Newbies should begin with something less restrictive and less difficult… then move on to archery hunting when/if they feel the need for an increased challenge.

So: I agree the rut should be hunted, but I disagree that it should be archery-only.

Jeff is Also Wrong About…

Jeff points out that last year’s gun season opened on November 23, when the rut was winding down, thus reducing the number of bucks that were moving around for gun hunters to shoot. Then he makes the following statement:

That’s a good thing.

Ummm… nope. It’s really not. Claiming that will preserve more bucks for next year doesn’t help anything, it just makes him seem out of touch. Guess what, Jeff: Hunters want to kill deer. Above all, we want to see deer when we go hunting. Arguing that it’s good for hunters to see fewer deer is just dumb. If anything, you’ve just made a fine case for opening gun hunting earlier.

But Jeff strongly opposes giving all hunters equal access to the rut, saying “God forbid!” about allowing gun hunting during the rut. So much for his claim that he supports all types of hunters.

Show up at the Meetings

Whether you agree with me or with Jeff, if you hunt in Wisconsin you can have some input. They will be holding a total of 72 public meetings to discuss these proposed regulations, so show up and let your voice be heard.

Here’s hoping gun season will be moved to encompass the rut — and that archery hunters will also be allowed to hunt during that time. Reserving the rut exclusively for bowhunters (or gun hunters) just isn’t right.

Anyhow, here’s the video. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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10:00

COVID-19 Scare Stimulates Ammunition and Survival Gear Sales [The Firearm Blog]

COVID-19 Scare Stimulates Ammunition and Survival Gear SalesIn recent weeks, sales of several items including bleach, disinfectant sprays, surgical masks, toilet paper, and bottled water have skyrocketed. Spurred on by fears pertaining to the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19), several other items including ammunition and survival gear have seen a similar jump in sales numbers according to several retailers. Online retailers […]

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09:53

Virginia: General Assembly to Adjourn [NRA-ILA News]

The Virginia General Assembly is set to adjourn sine die from its 2020 legislative session on March 12th. This session saw a massive onslaught of anti-gun bills after New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg bought the 2019 elections to pack the General Assembly full of his cronies. Though Bloomberg and Governor Ralph Northam were unable to get their comprehensive gun ban this year, they managed to pass a number of bills to erode Second Amendment rights in the Commonwealth.

08:58

Tennessee: Please Attend House Subcommittee Hearing on Constitutional Carry Legislation Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

At 4:30pm tomorrow, the House Constitutional Protections and Sentencing Subcommittee will consider important self-defense legislation, House Bill 2817.

08:00

Underground Arms Watch – March Pt.1 [The Firearm Blog]

Catching up with police seizures from mid-February onward, March’s look into improvised and modified firearms circulating the criminal underworld begins. Firstly it appears that automatic conversion switches have been showing up fitted to Glock pistols seized in Puerto Rico, following recent publicity in the US.  The contraband below was seized last month in San Juan. […]

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07:00

Could Electric Trucks be the Next BIG Thing for Off-Roading?… [AllOutdoor.com]

Many of us are always looking to gain an edge in everything we are doing. No matter how we hunt, camp, hike, or recreate in the great outdoors we want to be at the pinnacle of our adventure. Sometimes this can be achieved through obtaining advice from others who have attempted the journey we are about to embark on. Other times taking a new path to our destination can bring us a whole new perspective. One of the simplest ways we can improve our travels is through new gear. So, when many of us are trekking into deep, departed areas of wilderness how many people have thought of trying electric trucks for that off-roading excursion?

Something that has caught on like wildfire as of late for camping, being in the outdoors, and recovering wild game are electric bicycles either fully battery-powered or with electric assistance. There are lots of upsides to using electric transportation when we are out in nature. For one, it is tremendously quiet; essentially silent. For people who are hunting or fishing this can be invaluable in maintaining the element of surprise. Additionally, you do not have the smokey carbon by-product that can stink up your gear. Many hunters are willing to go to great lengths in washing their hunting garments in special detergents and using masking cover scents to improve their odds. So, why not remove some scent altogether by using electric trucks?

electric trucks

Off-roading with electric trucks could prove to be valuable to other enthusiasts as well. People who do bird watching will be more likely to catch a glance at more winged beauties if their vehicles are quiet and not smoking out their avian friends. Biologists, wildlife officers, and other individuals collecting research data out in nature will leave behind less of a footprint while doing their work with electric trucks as well.

At the moment, there are not many auto manufacturers who are making electric trucks, but there are a few like Rivian who are pushing our known limits of what can be done with electric and battery technology. It is definitely the future, but would you be willing to jump in the cab of one and go off-roading for your next hunt or adventure? It is simply a little food for thought. Let us know what your thoughts are on the subject in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

World’s Largest Firearm Auction Results and Highlights [The Firearm Blog]

World's Largest Firearm Auction Results and Highlights (1)At the beginning of the past month, we reported about Rock Island Auction Company preparing to hold the world’s largest firearm auction. The auction took place as scheduled (February 13th to 16th) and with over 11,200 guns sold in over 5,500 lots, the RIA February Sporting & Collector Auction generated $10.4 Million. Here is how RIAC described this […]

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06:27

Military Trials Beretta 34 – Can You Make it More Walther? [Forgotten Weapons]

When the Italian military was looking for a new sidearm in the early 1930s, they really liked the pistol submitted by Beretta – but they also really liked the Walther PP. During the development process, the military requested that Beretta add a Walther-style slide-mounted safety to the Model 1934. That is the model that Beretta began making for the initial military trials contract of 650 guns, but partway through they were told to drop it (much to the relief of Beretta engineers, I expect). As a result, only a few hundred of these early dual-safety models were made.

06:01

New Hampshire: House to Vote on Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to hold floor votes on a number of anti-gun bills that will directly impact your rights and do nothing to stop violent crime.

06:00

Seekins Precision Pro Comp 10X-RAY Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Seekins Precision Pro Comp 10X-RAY Stock (1)Seekins Precision has introduced the second Pro Comp AR-15 stock. As the first model, Seekins 10X, the new 10X-Ray is also a fixed stock. The main difference between the two is the skeletonized design of the new one. Other than that, these stocks have similar geometry as shown in the below-embedded image. The Seekins Precision 10X-Ray stock […]

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Sunday, 08 March

16:30

POTD: .50 Caliber Machine Gun Simulator [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – A lot of people have their own TV game racing simulators at home, so why can’t I have a .50 Caliber machine gun simulator? I mean, I want one really badly now that I’ve seen they exist. If I can’t have the 50 Cal, I could settle for the M249 Squad […]

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07:00

What is the Ultimate Urban Rifle? [How to Win The Fight Series, Ep. 2] [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, @James Reeves continues the “Win the Fight” Series, a set of videos that TFBTV recorded and produced in collaboration with Thunder Ranch and in partnership with Aero Precision, EOTech, Ballistic Advantage, Brownells, and Doubletap Ammunition. This episode is a discussion of what the ultimate urban rifle should be, taking in […]

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06:07

Quick Takes From The Asheville Gun Show []

I helped manage the Grass Roots North Carolina booth at the Asheville Gun Show yesterday. I wasn’t there the whole day but here are some quick takes on it.

The fear of coronavirus did not stop people from attending. The crowds seemed to be every bit as big as from the January show. As I noted then, we hadn’t seen crowds like this since 2014.

I did notice booths selling MREs, Mountain House freeze-dry packs, and other emergency foods. No toilet paper sellers that I noticed.

Insofar as people wearing face masks, I only saw two older gentlemen wearing N95 masks.

There were a lot of MAGA red hats in evidence. Then there was the guy wearing the t-shirt saying, “Only Trump Can Prevent Socialism”. It was similar to this one. The difference was that it replaced “you” with “Trump” and had the bear pointing.

The guy wearing the shirt commented that the gun show was probably the only place he could wear it without being hassled. Given the progressive/liberal/radical proclivities of Asheville, I fear he was correct.

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06:00

West Virginia: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die [NRA-ILA News]

On Saturday, March 7th, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2020 legislative session. The Legislature passed a number of bills to improve self-defense in West Virginia.

Saturday, 07 March

16:30

POTD: Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle (Undisclosed Location) [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome to TFB’s own Photo Of The Day. As the name says, this series is updated daily and dedicated to rare and unique pictures from the World of Firearms. We usually will tell you where the picture was taken, but today we can’t, The location is “undisclosed”, but it looks like a place with a […]

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13:50

SILENCER SATURDAY #115: Catch The Subsonic Virus – Rex Silentium MG10 [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #115: Catch The Subsonic Virus - Rex Silentium MG10Good afternoon suppressor fans and welcome back to yet another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, makers of the new MARC bolt action pistols. Today we will take a look at the first of three silencers from a lesser known, but highly underrated manufacturer. The Rex Silentium MG10 is […]

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05:27

FAMAS PGMP w/ EOTech in a Team 2-Gun Match [Forgotten Weapons]

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The PGMP (Poignée Garde-Main Polyvalente) handguard assembly is the original modification to allow mounting of optics to the FAMAS rifle. The FAMAS handguard was not designed to hold an optic, and is not nearly stable enough to retain zero. The PGMP adds a hefty metal block to secure the optics rail to the body of the rifle, and also includes a mounting point for a laser designator or other accessory on the side of the handguard. These are used with a variety of optics in French military service, including Scrome 4x scopes and EOTech holographic sights (the Army is purchasing Aimpoiint CompM5 red dots for the new 416F rifles). The Scrome is extremely rare in the US, so I chose to set it up with an EOTech. It has a very high cheek weld (chin weld, really), but it does work alright.

Today’s match is a two-main team setup, where booth shooters engage different sets of targets simultaneously, and the team’s time ends when both sets of targets are neutralized. On the handgun section (the second half of each stage), the faster shooter can help complete his partner’s targets is opportunity allows.

Thanks to Jordan for joining me for this match, as Karl was not able to attend.

 

Friday, 06 March

17:00

Friday Night Lights: SIG Sauer P320 LIMA5 Laser Grip Module [The Firearm Blog]

If you own a P320 or P250 then you should get the LIMA5. Since the P320 and P250 both have fire control units as the registered firearm component, the grip modules are interchangeable. You can get a LIMA5 to upgrade your P320 or P250 to have an integral visible laser built right into the grip […]

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16:30

POTD: A-10 Warthogs, B-1, B-2, B-52 Bombers and More [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Today we take a look at various airplanes. And yes, there are some firearms in here but less than usual. The big “boomerang” above is a B2 bomber. The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit has a crew of 2, a length of 69 ft (21.0 m) and a wingspan of 172 ft 0 in (52.4 m). It is […]

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16:00

CZ Introduces the Shadow 2 SA Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

CZ-USA have announced the introduction of a new addition to their Shadow 2 line of pistols. The new Shadow 2 SA is a single action pistol chambered in 9x19mm, the new single action trigger is aimed to appeal to the target shooting market. Here’s what CZ-USA have to say about the Shadow 2 SA: CZ-USA […]

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13:22

Rhode Island: Gun Bill Night Scheduled for Wednesday in House Judiciary [NRA-ILA News]

Ocean State lawmakers will be burning the midnight oil next Wednesday night poring through a lengthy agenda in the House Judiciary Committee.

12:15

RTS Triggershield Provides Trigger Safety for ARs [AllOutdoor.com]

We recently featured a video in which Paul Harrell discussed negligent discharges and how to avoid them. One thing all of these have in common is that the trigger was manipulated at a time when it shouldn’t have been. I recently learned of a company that’s working to eliminate that by creating a trigger shield to prevent foreign objects from entering the trigger guard, while requiring a definite action for the shooter to place his or her finger into the trigger guard.

It’s called RTS Triggershield, and right now it’s only available for AR-type rifles. It’s basically a pair of spring-loaded and custom-shaped “flaps” which protect both sides of the trigger guard. Attached using the rifle’s hammer and trigger pins (which are replaced by the included screw pins), they cover the sides of the trigger guard, but easily move aside to allow your trigger finger access. And yes, it’s ambidextrous; buy it once and both sides of the trigger are protected and equally accessible.

This is what you get in the kit.

This is what you get in the kit.

Here’s a quote from the company:

The RTS Triggershield™ is a tactical safety device that prevents unintentional contact with the trigger of firearms. Our product covers the trigger of the gun until the shooter purposefully lifts the shield, and in this way, the gun cannot be accidentally fired for any reason. After the user lifts the shield, shoots, and removes their finger, the Triggershield™ goes right back into place, once again, protecting the trigger. With the Triggershield™, you’ll never have to worry about whether or not you turned the trigger guard back on as you do with a safety, it automatically goes back into the safety position.

This short video will tell you what it is and how it’s intended to be used.

I’ve recently been in contact with company co-founder Ryan Richetti, who says the only thing new users need to do is learn to lower and raise the trigger finger in order to enter the trigger guard. Some folks have a tendency to attempt to enter the shield from the rear, but it was not designed to be used that way — and these videos demonstrate clearly that raising & lowering the finger will easily shove the spring-loaded Triggershield aside.

Shields on both sides of the rifle make it ambidextrous.

Shields on both sides of the rifle make it ambidextrous.

This is a pretty cool idea, and although I’m a natural skeptic I can see how quickly the shooters in the videos are able to get on their triggers. It looks like a great idea for competitive shooters and especially military “operators” — and with the increased popularity of MSRs for hunting, something like this would be great at preventing brush from entering the trigger guard as you maneuver through thick foliage.

At $69.99, this product is not cheap… but it appears to be well-made. I expect to get my hands on one before long and put it to work, so I can let y’all know just how well it operates.

Stay tuned for that… and in the meantime, here’s another video to show you how it works. Check it out, and feel free to let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

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11:00

Cabot Guns DRAGON FIRE Pistol – Art Redefined [The Firearm Blog]

Cabot Dragon Fire (6)Cabot Guns keeps pushing the boundaries of what is possible to do with firearms and in particular with the 1911 pistol in terms of materials and engravings. What they have accomplished with their Dragon Fire project is something beyond fine engraving. This pistol is more like a sculpture, a work of functional art which when […]

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10:44

Oregon: Legislature Adjourns [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, the Oregon Legislature adjourned. As previously reported, pro-gun legislators took the step of refusing to attend floor sessions in order to prevent a quorum in either chamber of the legislature, effectively defeating gun control legislation for the session.

10:03

How to Pick the Best Fillet Knife [AllOutdoor.com]

Next to your everyday carry knife, your fillet knife may very well be the most versatile knife in your possession. Not only is it perfect for getting your catch ready for cooking, but also it will prove handy for every delicate cutting job you have around the kitchen. Here’s our picks to help you find the best fillet knife for you.

Rapala Fish N Fillet Soft Grip

If you fish, chances are, you’ve got at least one Rapala fillet knife in the drawer. If not, well, you need one… maybe two. Rapala is one of the most recognizable names in fishing, and the craftsmanship their lures are known for carries over into their fillet knives. A flexible stainless steel blade allows you to work the contour of your fish, making clean, quick work of getting your fillet. The handle is hardened thermoplastic covered with a soft, grippy compound. This gives you a sturdy, yet non-slip grip on the knife, very helpful when your hands get slimed up. This is a knife everyone needs.

Kershaw Clearwater

Bigger fish require bigger knives. Kershaw’s Clearwater 9-inch fillet is perfect for filleting larger fish like big pike, walleye, salmon and more. The blade is made of Japanese 420J2 stainless steel that flexes just enough to make the job easier. The blade is highly corrosion resistant, so exposing it to fresh and salt water won’t ruin it.. The handle is made of a co-polymer material It is durable, contoured for comfort and textured for a firm grip with enough flex to keep the knife from slipping. The handle design has a central contour with hand protectors at both ends, all there to help keep the knife right in the sweet spot of your grip. This helps make the job of filleting a lot of fish easier and less tiring. The Kershaw Clearwater Fillet comes with an ABS sheath that the knife “locks” into for secure carrying.

Bubba 6-Inch Whiffie Extreme Flex Tapered Fillet Knife

When you’ve got delicate cuts to make, like when you’re trying to make a bony fish produce a boneless fillet, you need a precise, flexible blade that is narrow enough to make those perfect cuts. For this task, there is no better knife we’ve found that the Bubba Whiffie. It starts with the famous Bubba handle that is has the perfect amount of grip and is designed to fit your hand perfectly for working on fillets. The ultra-thin contoured blade is surgical stainless with a Titainium-Nitride coating for durability. This knife can handle any environment and will hold an edge. Get one of these and start planning your fish fry. Don’t forget to invite us.

Buck Knives Mr. Crappie 6-Inch Slab Shaver

They had us at Mr. Crappie. Who doesn’t love a mess of slab crappies dipped in breading and fried up. Serve it with a cold beverage of choice and you just about have the perfect dinner, my friend. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering just thinking about it. This knife from Buck has an ultra-flexible, 6-inch blade stainless steel blade that is ready to carve the perfect fillet. It is mated to a non-slip handle that is bright yellow so it’s easier to find. Of course, it’s a Buck knife, so it’s quality made in the USA.

Gerber Controller 8 in. Freshwater Fish Fillet Knife

Most of us probably have a Gerber knife story or two. The company is well known for high quality and the Controller Fillet Knives are no exception. Gerber designed this knife, not with a preconceived notion of what they thought a fillet knife should be. No, they went out and talked to hardcore anglers from all over North America about what they wanted to see in a fillet knife. This knife is the end result. It has a contoured non-slip grip and a blade that holds an edge while being able to withstand a serious beating. Gerber uses 9Cr steel, widely known for being tough and corrosion resistant. The blade holds a serious edge too.

 

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10:00

Classic Military Round 6.5x52mm Carcano Revived by Steinel Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Steinel Ammunition is a manufacturer of premium vintage military ammunition as well as hunting and self-defense ammunition. Steinel has produced several vintage ammunition for both rifles and pistols including 8×22 Nambu, and 7.7×58 Arisaka. The Italian 6.5x52mm Carcano has been Steinel’s latest venture into the vintage military ammunition market, but what makes it different than […]

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09:53

Russian Sports Competitions Are Different Than Ours []

They do things a bit differently in schools in Russia and they have sports that would have American teachers’ unions freaking out.

Like this one in the city of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East.

While it started earlier, it was made mandatory in 2019 that all Russian students be taught how to assemble and disassemble AK47/74s. It was part of their “patriotism” lessons and is meant to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mikhail Kalashnikov’s birth.

Russia’s Education Ministry has released methodological guidelines for schoolteachers to use on November 10, the 100th anniversary of Mikhail Kalashnikov’s birth. The guidelines call for a nationwide lesson on the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, arguing that such a class will foster patriotism, help schoolchildren form a Russian identity, allow them to understand the value of defending their fatherland, and facilitate interest in military service down the line.

Imagine if American schools – other than places like Trinidad Junior College or Montgomery Community College – had similar programs like that commemorating the contributions of John Moses Browning, John C. Garand, or Eugene Stoner to the American military and American history.

Hmmm.

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08:08

Red flag law against Chuck Schumer? [Of Arms and the Law]

GoA comes up with one nice idea. He did make a threatening statement in public, after all, and to a mob right outside their place of employment. But we all know that laws are for the little people...

08:00

JP Enterprises Law Tactical Series Silent Captured Springs [The Firearm Blog]

JP Enterprises Law Tactical SeriesJP Enterprises has just announced its Law Tactical series of Silent Captured Springs. This is the first buffer spring substitution component certified by Law Tactical for use with their folding adapters. JP Enterprises and Law Tactical have cooperated and collaborated to create a Silent Captured Spring system that is fully compatible with Law Tactical’s Gen […]

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07:00

New Leica Amplus 6 Riflescope Line [The Firearm Blog]

Leica Amplus 6Around SHOT Show Leica Optics introduced a new interesting 5-30x56i riflescope for PRS competitions. For IWA, the exhibition that was postponed due to the Coronavirus, Leica had planned to show us the brand new Leica Amplus 6 riflescope models. Some of the features include a 6x power zoom, which should cover most essential hunting situations. Leica are famous […]

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06:00

NEW Vortex Razor HD LHT – Lightweight Meets Pristine Resolution [The Firearm Blog]

razor hd lhtVortex Optics has married two unlikely elements together to create the NEW Razor HD LHT riflescope. By bringing their pristine HD resolution in optics from the Razor series into a lightweight body, hunters now have a terrific option for connecting on those long-range opportunities they might have otherwise passed on. The ultra-lightweight design of only […]

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05:27

H&K UMP: An H&K SMG Made for .40 and .45 [Forgotten Weapons]

H&K introduced the UMP (universal machine pistol) in an effort to attract sales from American law enforcement by offering a modern submachine gun in .45 ACP and .40 S&W calibers. The MP5 was and remains an extremely popular SMG, but it has never been made in .45 caliber, and that was seen as a popular option in the United States. The UMP was designed as a thoroughly modern gun with polymer upper and lower assemblies and a blocky, easy-to-machine bolt. It does retain the closed bolt operation of the MP5, providing much improved single-shot and first-shot accuracy compared to most SMGs. It was designed initially for .45 caliber, and then barrels, bolts, and magazines followed for .40 S&W (which was popular at the time) and 9mm Parabellum. The rate of fire in .45 is relatively slow (about 500 rpm), although it is faster in 9mm (more like 600 or 650 rpm). Sales have been primarily in the larger calibers in the US, but a number of security agencies in Europe have purchased UMPs in 9mm.

Thursday, 05 March

17:11

Hawaii: Senate Passes Mag Ban & Ammo Restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, the Hawaii Senate passed two anti-gun bills, SB 2519 and SB 2635, which will now go to the House for further consideration.

17:06

Oregon: Supreme Court Sides With NRA Against Anti Self-Defense Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, the Oregon Supreme Court sided with NRA on several points in a challenge against Initiative Petition 40, finding the title and “yes” result statement inadequate to alert voters of the changes proposed to the law. It will now be sent back to the Attorney General for modification.

17:00

SIG Sauer MODX45: 3D Printed Titanium Silencer for 45ACP [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer has announced their newest line of 3D printed silencers. This includes a host of rifles silencers, and the MODX9 and MODX45 pistol cans. The MODX45 is a modular, 3D printed, titanium silencer that allows the end users to utilize a full configuration of nine baffles down to a single baffle configuration and everything […]

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Rifle Sling Positions: Front and Rear Slung [The Firearm Blog]

When transitioning to slung positions, the users need to use their hands for something other than holding their rifles. There are two slung positions, front and rear slung. Today we will discuss some key takeaways on these positions. Front Slung Front slung is a sling position that allows for use of both hands without interfering […]

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16:30

POTD: Firing the Massive Mark-38 25mm “Machine Gun” [The Firearm Blog]

We’re in the NAVY now and they have their own terminology. Therefore this Mark-38 25 mm is a “machine gun“. Please do not blame the messenger on this, instead, we hope you can enjoy another one of TFB’s Photo Of The Day. Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Shane Howard stands by to fire the Mark-38 25 […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Range Guns vs Concealed Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Probably one of the most common questions I get is to explain the difference between a carry and range gun. Now carrying various guns will always be different depending on where you live, and what your situation is. Whether it is going to the gym or going for a hike in the snow-covered trails, certain […]

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15:11

History of the BATFE [Of Arms and the Law]

On Ammo.com, a long and detailed history of the agency, and where it went wrong. Time after time after time....

13:59

New Hampshire: Anti-Shooting Range Bill Defeated! [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, the New Hampshire Senate voted 24-0 to defeat Senate Bill 469. Thanks to your steady opposition, this bill was defeated and will not advance this session.

13:56

Idaho: School Safety Bill Scheduled for Hearing in Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, March 11th, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 1384, legislation that allows school employees with an enhanced CWL to possess and carry a firearm on school property.

13:43

NRA Statement on Oregon State Supreme Court Win [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action released the following statement today regarding the Oregon Supreme Court's ruling on IP 40.

13:07

NEW Vortex Razor HD LHT for Ambitious, Pack-Light Hunters [AllOutdoor.com]

Vortex Optics has unveiled a new riflescope meant to be a crystal-clear, lightweight solution for hunters, and it is the Razor HD LHT. Many hunters want the pristine resolution of the Razor series of scopes from Vortex, but simultaneously do not want to trek a heavy optic out into the woods. So, the solution to that conundrum is the NEW Razor HD LHT!

This ultra-lightweight design varies from 19.1 ounces to 20.5 ounces, and is being offered in 3 different configurations as such making it among the lightest in its class. The HD Optical System that is utilized ensures the best resolution and truest colors possible in some of the worst conditions. This is huge for hunters because on some of the most miserable days imaginable we might be pursing the trophy of a lifetime. The Razor HD LHT, like other Razors, also utilizes Vortex’s Locking Zero Stop Elevation Turrets for quick and simple zero stop work. The rest of the specifications for the Razor HD LHT can be read below as presented by Vortex:

  • HD Optical System
  • Matte Black Anodized
  • XR™ Plus Lens Coatings
  • Revstop™ Zero System
  • Optically Indexed Lenses
  • Push-Button Illumination
  • Shockproof | Waterproof | Fogproof

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The MSRP for the two Razor HD LHT 3-15x42mm is $1,399 while the one HD LHT 3-15x50mm is $1,499. The slight change in price among them is simply because of the objective lens size, additional weight, different reticle option, and slightly more materials. Vortex goes on to better explain the Razor HD LHT in their own words with this Press Release statement on the new optic:

From Midwest whitetail fields to open-country mule deer, the Razor® HD LHT™ is the one long-range hunting optic you need to fill those faraway tags. Built on a lightweight platform, the Razor® HD LHT™ combines stunning HD clarity with tack-sharp resolution to create an optical system that’s as clear at first light as it is at high noon. And, for cloudy days, you get push-button illumination on a reticle that’s already intuitive and easy to use. What really pushes the Razor® HD LHT™ into “must-have” territory is the locking elevation turret, and our exclusive RevStop™ Zero System, which gives you a rock-solid return to zero so you can dial as much as you need to. Extend your effective range with the Razor® HD LHT™.

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Vortex Optics honestly appears to have knocked it out of the park with this new scope. You have all of the target features of a robust, precision optic, but in a much lighter package you will not mind carrying. The only other question I would typically ask when buying scopes is… “What’s in the box?” Vortex has that answer as well by showing you everything that comes with below:

  • Sunshade
  • CR2032 Battery
  • Product Manual | Reticle Manual
  • Custom Ballistic Strip Coupon
  • Lens Covers | Lens Cloth

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When it comes to hunting, many of us hunters feel like pack mules with the amount of gear we carry out into the woods and fields with us. This fatigue and drained energy can come back to hurt us when we are summoned at a moment’s notice to make a precise, humane shot on the game we are hunting. We all know how the saying goes that grams become ounces and ounces become pounds so a few shaved ounces might not seem colossal, but in reality it could make all of the difference when we are trekking the hills and valleys of Mother Nature.

With the Razor HD LHT in the ballpark of $1,399 – $1,499, it gives shooters and hunters alike yet another great option from Vortex in optics. The final question that remains is what do you think? Is this something that you would be willing to mount on one of your stalwart rifles and take hunting with you? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:00

New Thermal Devices for Hunting – Leica Calonox [The Firearm Blog]

Leica CalonoxThe market for thermal imaging seems to be growing and growing, and for the first time, we can show the new products from Leica Sport Optics. Their brand new line is called Leica Calonox. There will be two versions released towards the end of this year. One version is for observation and one will have the […]

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10:00

VZ Grips Adds Ruger SP101 Grips To Their Lineup [The Firearm Blog]

VZ Grips Ruger SP101 gripsVZ Grips has announced that they’ve added the Ruger SP101 to their line up of grips offerings, including three different texture styles.  Each texture style has four color options; black, black cherry, black grey, and hyena brown.  VZ Grips stated that the Ruger SP101 grips will be the first in their Ruger line up, and […]

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09:54

Alabama: Lifetime Permit Bill Moves to Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, the Senate Committee on Judiciary voted to pass Senate Bill 47 to create a new lifetime carry permit.  It now goes to the Senate floor for consideration.

09:06

Tennessee: NRA-Supported Constitutional Carry Legislation on the Move in Nashville [NRA-ILA News]

Constitutional Carry legislation is advancing through the Tennessee General Assembly and your lawmakers need to hear from you!

08:20

Forgotten Weapons: Ian Reviews the Movie ‘1917’ [AllOutdoor.com]

AO readers may be interested in Ian’s review of the war movie ‘1917.’ He’s the Forgotten Weapons guy, and he’s studied firearms and WWI enough to have some critical input — both good and bad — about the film. Overall, he liked it a lot.

He addresses such things as:

  • How the trenches are depicted
  • Presence or absence of barbed wire on battlefields
  • How the method of shooting the film actually makes things seem closer together than they really were
  • How the gas masks were worn (front vs. back)
  • How realistic is the movie’s plot?

He also suggests that viewers don’t pay too much attention to the cinematography, even though it’s been talked about quite a lot. To Ian, that detracts from the actual story of the film.

If you have any interest in the movie 1917, this video is worth a watch. Enjoy.

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08:00

NEW Hardware! Buck Knives Debuts Ground Combat Knife Collection [AllOutdoor.com]

Buck Knives has announced a new series of blades dubbed the Ground Combat Knife Collection. This collection of Ground Combat Knives (GCK) have been tested by some of our military forces, feedback was provided to Buck Knives, and that valuable information was then applied to the final product we see here. Ultimately, these were designed for extreme use, and as a result, they boast impressive strength and durability to meet those demands.

These knives all come with a MOLLE compatible sheath for varying choices in your style of carry. They also boast a blunt handle design for light hammering tasks and additional combative striking functions. Some of the other specifications surrounding these new knives can be read below as presented by Buck Knives:

  • Blade: 5 1/2″ Cerakoted 5160 Spring Steel
  • Tip: Tanto Style | Spear Point
  • Handle: Tri-Colored Canvas Micarta | Black G10
  • Sheath: Injection-Molded Polypropylene MOLLE Compatible w/ Multiple Carry Options

ground combat

With the Ground Combat Knives Collection, you get your pick of a tanto versus spear point blade, tri-colored canvas micarta versus black G10, and they all have Cerakoted blades for extra resistance to corrosion and wear. Chris Brooks, the Director of Brand Management for Buck Knives, also had these words to share on their new GCK knife options:

The Ground Combat Knives were produced to meet the increasing need for a reliable, indestructible knife that can be used for combat and tactical operations but can also cross over as a reliable outdoor utility tool. Each design was field tested by military operatives in the most demanding conditions and that feedback was helpful in the overall design.

ground combat

Each one of these knives are proudly made in the USA and currently have an MSRP of $130. At the moment, they are not listed on the Buck Knives website to view at this time. According to Buck Knives, they will become available and displayed on their website once all dealer orders are filled. For anyone too far from a Buck Knives dealer to get one in person, very soon you could openly purchase one through their website.

Many of us carry knives everyday with us whether it is a function of our work, or because it is methodically chosen as a tertiary line of defense. The big question is what do you think of this new series of knives? Do you have prior training in knife combat skills? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

ground combat

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08:00

News from Kahles – HELIA 3.5-18x50i and New 7×25 LRF [The Firearm Blog]

HELIA 3,5-18x50iWith the German – and highly International – exhibition IWA being postponed until September some of the news will be published online until we can see them after the summer. From the Austrian company KAHLES Ges.m.b.H., with a state-of-the-art facility in Guntramsdorf near Vienna, we get some news which should interest hunters. First out we […]

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07:45

Irish Man Went Fishing, Came Home With 6-Foot Set of Antlers [AllOutdoor.com]

One thing that irks many hunters is when someone asks them if they caught anything when they went hunting. As if we were trawling the forest or field so we could reel in a set of antlers! Well that’s almost what happened for a couple of Irish fishermen a while back.

According to a 2018 Live Science article, fisherman Raymond McElroy and his assistant Charlie Coyle were about a half-mile from the shore of freshwater lake Lough Neagh when they pulled up a tremendous pair of antlers still attached to a skull from a depth of around 20 feet.

The amazingly well-preserved skull formerly belonged to a long-extinct beast called an Irish elk, a species estimated to have died out about 10,500 years ago. The span of the antlers is about 6 feet!

This species is named not for their original home range, but for where most of their fossilized remains have been found: the many bogs and lakes of Ireland. They once ranged far and wide throughout Europe, northern Asia, and northern Africa. Paleontologists believe the last of the Irish elk — a.k.a. Megaloceros giganteus — actually lived in Siberia.

Theoretically, the forestation of Ireland caused the Irish elk’s demise.

The deer lived in Ireland when the weather was suitable on the grass plains, but years later, forests began to grow, Mike Simms, a paleontologist at the Ulster Museum, told BelfastLive. Unfortunately for the large beasts, ‘giant antlers aren’t great in the forest,’ Simms said. ‘Environmental change is what caused their extinction.’

Another fisherman found a lower jaw in the same part of the lake in 2014, so some folks believe the jaw and skull are from the same animal.

All I seem to snag while fishing are tree stumps and snapping turtles.

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07:08

Five of the Best Fish Finders [AllOutdoor.com]

Most of us remember the first fish finders we used. For many of us, it was a simple sonar unit that showed us basic numbers of fish and the depth, all with graphics that barely made the standards of the first Game Boys. Times sure have changed. Today’s fish finders do so much more than simply find fish. They have multiple types of advanced sonar, with high resolution bottom imaging, water temperature, boat speed and direction, GPS positioning and advanced mapping. Oh, and they find fish, too. Some even estimate the fish size and shape, helping you target specific species. How can you tell which is the best fish finder for you? Here are five of the best fish finders that we like, across the range of price points.

Raymarine Element 9 HV Combo – Editor’s Pick

One of our editors has this unit on his own boat. The Element 9 CHIRP sonar/GPS combo has one of the sharpest views of the underwater world with HyperVision 1.2 megahertz super high-resolution sonar. HyperVision technology takes DownVision, SideVision, and Raymarine RealVison 3D sonar to the next level of precision imaging and fish identification, letting you see structures, vegetation, and fish with photo-like clarity. It also has an onboard quad-core processor for instant chart redraw, fast response, and smooth RealVision 3D imaging. The Element has oversized waypoint keys that put you on your favorite spots, and Element’s RealBathy personal depth map generator lets you make your own high definition bathymetric maps on the fly. It has a 9-inch screen and set-up is simple. We can easily name this one of the best fish finders on the market.

Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 74cv Fish Finder/Chartplotter

Garmin has become one of the top names in marine electronics and with good reason. The ECHOMAP UHD 74cv Fish Finder/Chartplotter Combo with a bright, sunlight-readable 7″ touch screen with keyed assist is one of the best fish finders available. The included GT24 transducer provides Ultra High-Definition ClearVü scanning sonar for clear images of everything under and around you in the water, along with Garmin high wide CHIRP traditional sonar for remarkable target separation. It comes preloaded with BlueChart g3 coastal charts based on data from Garmin and Navionics. The Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 74cv Fish Finder/Chartplotter Combo comes with a quick-release bail mount, making it easy to remove. This unit is compatible with some of the latest trolling motors, allowing you to chart a course and then focus just on the fish.

Humminbird PiranhaMAX 4 DI Fishfinder

For most of us, our first fish finder was a Humminbird. The company is still at the forefront of fish finding technology, so you can find models from them that have all the latest trends in sonar and chart plotting. If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, simple fish finder that performs, you will want to check out the PiranhaMAX 4 DI Fishfinder. It has a 4.3-inch color LCD with a redesigned, easier-to-use interface. It has Down Imaging, Fish ID+, fish alarms, depth alarms and zoom, all in an easy-to-use package. It has dual-beam sonar and comes with a swivel mount. All at a price that’ll hook you.

Lowrance HOOK Reveal 5 Fish Finder

Lowrance is well known for their marine electronics, and for making some of the best fish finders. Their HOOK Reveal 5 Fish Finder brings affordability and function to a new level. Lowrance added FishReveal, a powerful fish-finding tool that combines the target identification of Lowrance CHIRP sonar with high-resolution images showing bottom detail and structure from DownScan imaging. The Lowrance HOOK Reveal 5 Fish Finder is loaded with functionality, including automated sonar settings and a 5-inch SolarMAX display that is visible in any light condition. Lowrance added in new fish-finding color palettes, and an optimized keypad with one-touch access to the key features of the HOOK Reveal 5. It also includes Genesis Live Real-Time mapping to let you map your favorite fishing holes, down to .5-inch contour, all in real time while you’re fishing.

iBobber Pulse

If you’re like us, you carry a fishing rod or two in the truck all the time, just in case you find a spot you need to fish. It is usually a small lake that you’ve never fished before, so a fish finder would be handy, but you’re fishing from shore or a kayak. The iBobber Pulse is the ultimate tool for shore fishing, or kayaking. It is exactly as it appears – a castable sonar unit that connects to your smartphone or tablet, even without a cell signal. It reads from up to 100-feet away and reads down to 135-feet of water over a 243-feet area. The Pulse unit can emit a pulse into the water that can trigger fish to feed. It even GPS tags and maps using the free app. For less than $80, you can have an amazing tool for fishing.

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07:00

Defense Mechanisms: A New Player in Tactical Nylon [The Firearm Blog]

Defense Mechanisms A New Player in Tactical Nylon (21)Last year I had the pleasure of training with Tim Marshall at Alliance Police Training Facility in multiple CQB and shooting courses. Tim recently launched a new brand called Defense Mechanisms. His brand offers a very refined option for tactical nylon. Below are some responses from a short interview I had with Tim Marshall to tell […]

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06:04

Statement on NRA-ILA App [NRA-ILA News]

Effective March 20, the NRA-ILA app will be discontinued.  There are two reasons for this decision

06:00

ATF Approves GRANDPOWER Stribog SP9 A3 for US Import [The Firearm Blog]

Florida-based Global Ordnance and Slovakia’s Grandpower have announced that the roller-delayed Stribog SP9 A3 pistol has been cleared for importation into the US. Here’s Global Ordnance’s announcement in full: Global Ordnance LLC of Sarasota and GRANDPOWER s.r.o of Slovakia are pleased to announce the much anticipated GRANDPOWER Stribog SP9 A3 9mm Roller-Delayed-Operation pistol has been approved by […]

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05:27

Movie Review: 1917 [Forgotten Weapons]

I have had a bunch of requests to comment on the recent movie 1917 by Sam Mendes, and I finally had a chance to watch it…

04:37

Money Can’t Buy Me Love Nor Bloomberg A Nomination []

Mike Bloomberg ended his quest for the Democrat presidential nomination yesterday. He found that his “Super Tuesday Strategy” didn’t work and that his ubiquitous ads were not enough to convince primary voters to support him.

Even his promise to eat at a Chinese restaurant to push back on the fears about coronavirus wasn’t enough. And no, that last bit wasn’t from The Onion or Babylonbee. It was real though the story about paid mourners crying over him leaving the race was satire.

As it was, Bloomberg only won American Samoa. The big winner on Tuesday was “Slow Joe” Biden followed closely by Bernie Sanders. Between them, they split the majority of the delegates up for grabs.

Perhaps the best comment on Bloomberg’s huge expenditures for his campaign came from Kyle Kashuv on Twitter.

Bloomberg has now endorsed Joe Biden. I think it will be reasonable to expect to see Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC plus the Everytown Action Fund spending heavily in support of Biden and other Democrats throughout the rest of the election cycle.

The bottom line is that Bloomberg and his money will continue to remain a threat to our freedoms and our rights.

So to end, here is a little Beatles to brighten up your Thursday.

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Wednesday, 04 March

17:11

Jail inmate files "Red Flag" petition against Sheriff and guards [Of Arms and the Law]

It was filed against Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams, who spoke out against the law.

The law's defenders are quoted as saying the fact that the judge didn't sign an order is proof the law has solid safeguards. Since the inmate made very clear against whom he wanted the order, and why, the only thing established is that the judge actually read the petition.

17:00

AR-15 is Conquering Russia: Overview of Emerging Russian AR-15 Market [The Firearm Blog]

AR-15 Conquers Russia Overview of Growing Russian AR-15 MarketNowadays, if a country doesn’t have domestic production of AR-15 pattern rifles, then it either has very restrictive firearms ownership and manufacturing licensing legislation or just a very small and immature arms industry. With the modern CNC machinery and outsourcing options, the AR-15 is relatively easy to produce and/or assemble. This weapon system is very […]

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch HK417 with Schmidt & Bender [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – we are now on our 7th year of bringing you high-quality photographs from the world of firearms every day. Today we have the pleasure to join Norwegian Soldiers from the “Jegerkompani”,  during practice before their Night watch. This is in the Finnmark area in Northern Norway. It’s the first time […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Taurus Raging Hunter 44 Magnum Review [The Firearm Blog]

raging hunterWhen it comes to wheelguns bigger is better, right? Well, if Dirty Harry was in the conversation I am more than sure he would agree. This is why we love to handle and shoot big-bore revolvers every opportunity we get at TFB. Whether you are looking to do hunting, do some long-range handgun shooting at […]

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13:48

Missouri: Senate Committee Hearing Self-Defense On Public Transit [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee will hear Senate Bill 700 to ensure law-abiding citizens may carry firearms for self-defense on public transit.

13:25

NRA-Endorsed Dan Sullivan Wins Arkansas State Senate Primary [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-backed Dan Sullivan beats incumbent to capture win in Arkansas' 21st senate district.

11:00

IPSC and Kahles Optics Enter a Global Partnership [The Firearm Blog]

We should be thankful for the companies that support our interest in shooting and competition, and today TFB can reveal a new partnership that has been formed on a Global basis between IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) and the Austrian company Kahles Optics. Some Kahles Optics’ products are a perfect fit for dynamic and practical […]

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10:17

Rifle Review: Henry Golden Boy Cody Firearm Museum Collector’s Series [AllOutdoor.com]

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a limited-edition Henry rifle. The Golden Boy CFM (Cody Firearm Museum) is a Davidson’s exclusive, meaning the 1,000 rifles are only distributed by that company. This is a gorgeous rifle that’s also a fine shooter — and it’s the first-ever Cody Firearms Museum Collector’s Series rifle.

I believe this is the prettiest rifle I've seen from Henry Repeating Arms. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I believe this is the prettiest rifle I’ve seen from Henry Repeating Arms.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The story behind this rifle is worth talking about. You can click here for a complete account, but here are the high points:

  • Collector’s Series gives the public the opportunity to own collectible firearms inspired by prized pieces in Cody Firearm Museum’s collection.
  • This is the first firearm in that series.
  • It’s a Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy engraved by Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT, and distributed by Davidson’s of Prescott, AZ.
  • The engraving is based on a Samuel Hoggson factory-engraved 1860s-era Henry rifle currently in the Cody Firearms Museum.
  • Both sides of receiver cover have large grape leaf motif on the front panel and a leafy scroll pattern on the main panel.
  • Top tang is engraved, “Cody Firearms Museum Collectors Series.”
  • American Walnut stock.
  • Blued steel octagonal barrel
  • The 1,000 rifles in the initial offering will be serialized 2019CFM0001 – 2019CFM1000.
  • A portion of the proceeds — roughly $100,000 — supports the revitalization of the Cody Firearms Museum
  • Available to retailers only through Davidson’s and also available to the public at Davidson’s Gallery of Guns.
Close-up or zoomed out, the Cody Firearms Museum Henry Golden Boy is a thing of beauty. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Close-up or zoomed out, the Cody Firearms Museum Henry Golden Boy is a thing of beauty.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Manufacturer Specs

  • Model: H004CFM
  • Action: Lever
  • Caliber: 22 Short, Long, or Long Rifle
  • Lever loop: Blued steel, standard size
  • Trigger: Blued steel, grooved
  • Receiver: Engraved Brasslite; Large Grape Leaf Motif & Leafy Scroll Design
  • Barrel: Blued octagonal, 19-3/4″
  • Stock: Walnut, Straight grip, Non-Checkered
  • Front sight: Blued steel with brass bead
  • Rear sight: Blued steel leaf-type semi-buckhorn with white diamond
  • Butt plate: Brass
  • Safety: Half cock
  • Magazine: Tubular under barrel, holds 16 rounds of 22 LR
  • Overall Length: 38-3/8″
  • Weight: 6.75 pounds
  • MSRP: $799
Top tang. If you like nice firearms and collectible guns, this rifle is for you. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Top tang. If you like nice firearms and collectible guns, this rifle is for you.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Should I ever start feeling sorry for myself, all it takes is a reminder that I get to do things like taking a one-of-one-thousand collector’s series Henry rifle to the range so I can share that experience with you. Nice!

Model and serial numbers are stamped on the bottom tang. This one is 791 of 1,000. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Model and serial numbers are stamped on the bottom tang. This one is 791 of 1,000.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

It’s evident from the start that this is no wall-hanger. Like all Henry rifles, this one was made to shoot… and it does that job well. It also looks like a million bucks.

Even the bottom of this Golden Boy looks good. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Even the bottom of this Golden Boy looks good.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The blued steel lever is standard size, and the action is slick as a whistle. Running it fast or slow, I never had a hiccup while shooting this rifle.

The walnut stock is attractive and tastefully finished. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The walnut stock is attractive and tastefully finished.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I love a nice walnut stock, and this rifle has one. Although the butt stock has less figuring than the forend, it still manages to be eye-catching. I also appreciate the tasteful satin finish.

The forend on this rifle is nicely figured. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The forend on this rifle is nicely figured.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The forend is lovely as well, and the shiny brass barrel band makes a nice accent.

There's nothing quite like a beautiful walnut rifle stock. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful walnut rifle stock.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The blued octagonal stock is marked on both sides. The rear leaf-style sight is fully adjustable; loosen the set screw and drift it sideways in its dovetail slot for windage adjustment.

Left side of the octagonal barrel. Leaf-style rear sight can be drifted for windage adjustment. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Left side of the octagonal barrel. Leaf-style rear sight can be drifted for windage adjustment.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

To adjust for elevation you can slide the elevator to the rear for large adjustments. For finer elevation adjustments you can raise or lower the notched insert by loosening the screw.

This Golden Boy will digest 22 short, long, and long rifle ammo. Elevator can be used to adjust rear sight for elevation. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

This Golden Boy will digest 22 short, long, and long rifle ammo. Elevator can be used to adjust rear sight for elevation.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The screw is difficult to see in the photo below, but it’s there. Loosen it to move the insert with the white diamond vertically.

The rear sight is called "semi-buckhorn" and has a white diamond painted on. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The rear sight is called “semi-buckhorn” and has a white diamond painted on.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I found this rifle to be accurate, hitting steel targets with shot after shot… but for my half-century-old eyes, this style of rear sight was not easy to use. I greatly prefer the peep sight on my Henry Small Game Rifle because an aperture sight allows easier sighting with little concentration. It was almost as if the tall “horns” on this sight are a bit too tall for me to focus on the front sight well, and I had to work at aiming.

I like this rifle’s front sight. It’s the same one used on my Henry Small Game Rifle. Made of blued steel with a brass insert, it provides a round “bead” for aiming when viewed from the rear.

I like this front sight. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I like this front sight.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The rear face of the steel on the front sight is grooved to prevent glare & to help make the brass bead stand out.

Rear view illustrates why this is called a bead style front sight. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Rear view illustrates why this is called a bead style front sight.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The gleaming polish of the brass and brasslite (plated alloy) make an attractive counterpoint to the non-reflective satin finish on the walnut stock.

Speaking of rear views, this is one fine-looking butt. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Speaking of rear views, this is one fine-looking butt.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The under-barrel tubular magazine will hold 16 rounds of 22 Long Rifle ammunition, so with one in the chamber you’d have a 17-shooter.

Fully-loaded magazine; there are 16 rounds in this tube. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Fully-loaded magazine; there are 16 rounds in this tube.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The muzzle of the octagon barrel is not crowned deeply.

Muzzle of the Henry CFM Golden Boy. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Although the trigger pull is a tad creepy, it breaks at about 3.5 pounds and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Almost looks too good to shoot... but it shoots so well you can't resist. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Almost looks too good to shoot… but it shoots so well you can’t resist.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

If you want an engraved Henry Golden Boy 22, this might be the only way you’ll get one. The “brasslite” receiver on an unengraved Golden Boy can’t be engraved after the fact, because it’s made of a lightweight “white” alloy with a thin plating; engravers are likely to cut right through the plating, thus ruining the rifle.

Henry Cody Firearms Museum Golden Boy 22 rimfire rifle. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Henry Cody Firearms Museum Golden Boy 22 rimfire rifle.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

If you want a great-looking engraved Henry Golden Boy 22 rifle that also helps support the Cody Firearms Museum, you owe it to yourself to check out this rifle. And although you might not want to shoot yours, I can attest that this one shoots quite well.

The engraving on this rifle is really stunning. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The engraving on this rifle is really stunning.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

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10:00

ODIN Works Arca TRAX and Arca 3 Way Rails [The Firearm Blog]

ODIN Works Arca TRAX and Arca 3-Way Rails (1)Along with the rising popularity of tripods in the firearms community, the Arca Swiss rail system also gets more and more popular and the companies start developing new accessories and offering new solutions related to this system. Today we’ll take a look at two new ODIN Works Arca Swiss products – the Arca TRAX rail sections and Arca […]

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09:09

Five of the Best Fishing Kayaks [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’ve never tried fishing from a kayak, you’re missing out. Kayaks are silent, maneuverable and inexpensive, allowing you access to fishable waters that you’d otherwise never get to fish, and for less money than you might think. The popularity of fishing kayaks has really taken hold, bringing more options to you. There are even professional kayak fishing leagues and tournaments springing up, if you needed any more inspiration to buy one. We use them ourselves and are very confident in telling you about five of the best fishing kayaks available now.

Vibe Yellowfin 120 Kayak

The Vibe Yellowfin 120 Kayak is pretty amazing. It boasts one of the most stable platforms on the market and matches that with speed and a smooth ride. This combines to give you a kayak that will paddle easily and get you to where you want to go extremely fast. The Yellowfin has a 400lb capacity and what may well be the most comfortable seat available on a fishing kayak. Vibe could have stopped there, but they also added extremely adaptable storage options, including slots of Plano 3600 tackle trays. It is rudder and transducer ready and even includes a matching paddle. If you want to be able to do a lot of stand-up fishing, this is the kayak for you.

Perception Pescador Pro 12

This is a fishing kayak we have a lot of experience with. This 12-foot sit-on-top kayak from Perception has a very comfortable lawn-chair style seat that is adjustable for height and tilt. It is extremely stable on the water and has plenty of storage for your fishing gear, coolers and more. Accessory rails allow for adding rod holders and fish finders. The Pescador Pro 12 has a 375lb max capacity. It tracks straight and true in the water, and does well when the chop picks up. The weight is 57lbs, so it can be portaged when needed. Carry handles help with that too.

Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler

Olt Towne has been making fishing kayaks for a long time. Not long ago, they combined knowledge gained from their trolling motor arm of the company, to develop a pedal-powered, prop-driven fishing kayak. The Topwater 106 PDL Angler is 10.6 feet long with a max load capacity of 450 pounds. It has a pontoon-style, double-U shaped hull for stability and an adjustable, mesh seat that is comfortable and doesn’t hold water. You steer via an easy-to-use rudder system. The kayak holds 3-4 rods easily and has a transducer mounting system unlike any other brand, making installing a fishfinder easy.

Sun Dolphin Journey 12

One of the best fishing kayaks for anglers on a budget, the Sun Dolphin Journey is a 12-foot sit-on-top kayak with a max capacity of 395 pounds. It is a great, basic fishing kayak that comes with a lot of storage capability and three rod holders, two flush-mount and one swivel mount. It is UV protected for long life. At under $500, it is a great buy for any angler.

Lifetime Tamarack Angler 100 Fishing Kayak – 2 Pack

Fishing is a lot of fun, but it is even more fun when you can share the experience. That’s one reason we included the Lifetime Tamarack Angler 100 Fishing Kayak in this list. Another reason we did is because of what a stunning deal there is available on it. For what you’d expect to pay for one fishing kayak, you get two – with free shipping! These stable kayaks have storage capacity and padded, adjustable seating. They come with a moveable rod holder and additional rod carry capacity. These fishing kayaks also include the paddles, making this an even better deal; perfect for family fishing adventures.

ONYX Kayak Fishing Life Jacket

If you’re going to kayak, you need a life jacket. For kayak fishing, we really like the ONYX Kayak Fishing Life Jacket. It has pockets and fold-out platforms making it easier to change lures, re-tie line and more. Plus, it is very comfortable, as it was designed for fishing from a kayak.

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08:26

The Most Common Types of Negligent Discharge [AllOutdoor.com]

In this video, Paul Harrell talks about negligent discharges… you know, with firearms. And although we would all prefer if it had never happened to us, the fact is that no matter how good you are or how much practice you have, chances are very good that most gun people will fire a gun unintentionally — negligently — before their time on Earth is done.

The key to safety in those situations is muzzle discipline; treat every gun as if it may go off at any time, thus do not point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to shoot.

Paul describes the most common types of negligent discharge and how to avoid them.

Up front, some definitions.

  • Accidental discharge: When your gun is fired when you didn’t want it to.
  • Negligent discharge: When your gun is fired when you didn’t want it to — because of something you did wrong.

Paul’s idea of the most common types & causes of nagligent discharges include:

  • Failure to properly engage a manual safety.
  • Failure to properly manipulate an exposed hammer.
  • Failure to keep track of how many rounds have been fired from a revolver.
  • Failure to remember which way a revolver cylinder rotates when you partially load a revolver.
  • Failure to remove a round from the chamber of a semi-auto pistol.
  • Unintentionally chambering another round when you remove the round from the chamber of a semi-auto pistol.
  • Failure to check the chamber of ANY type of firearm.

Safety is up to you and everyone who handles any firearm, and I try to be pretty fastidious about gun safety… mainly because 1) I was taught that by my father, and 2) I have experienced two negligent discharges of my own. (Both were me being stupid and pulling the trigger when I shouldn’t have. Neither caused injury or serious damage to property.)

Be safe.

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08:09

How Did Your Deer Rifle Perform? [AllOutdoor.com]

Deer seasons are over. Meat is either in the freezer ready to prepare, or you’re back to visiting a local grocery for protein table fare. Did you make good, clean shots this past season, or did a glitch or two peek its ugly head up? Now is the time to assess just how well your main deer hunting rifle fared afield.

Asking that question usually brings up more questions than answers. Sometimes the failure to plant a good shot is not the fault of the mechanical device. There is the rifle, but also the ammunition, the scope, the mounts, the trigger, the weather conditions, wind, and such. Then there is the shooter. It may be a combination.

A season ago, I missed what should have been a relatively easy shot on a sizeable buck. The deer held his ground allowing me to creep up on my ATV to within 150 yards of where he stood. I kept a clump of willows between me and him, hoping he would not see me. I don’t think he ever did, as he never looked my direction.

In final analysis of the missed shot, I blamed myself. The rifle, ammo, and scope were good, but as I looked back I was never quite confident in my aim. The Remington 700 Tactical rifle in 308 with a good Leupold scope and Winchester ammo should have done the trick.

My shot was rushed, I think. Shooting off the ATV handlebars was not the ideal rest. Honestly, I think I had a twinge of buck fever. I taught myself a few lessons that day. I hope I learned better for next time.

How did your misses go? Was the rifle sighted in to drive tacks the first time or just to hit a tin can out there somewhere? Was the bullet weight and type the best choice for the task at hand? Was the scope mounted solidly and dialed in to an appropriate power for the range of the shot? Was the glass clean? Was the wind blowing? It won’t change the past of course, but it helps to counsel yourself for the next time. Take stock of what you learn. Apply it next season.

An elk guide once told me that a missed shot on a good buck or bull will never be forgotten, and that surely has proven true. I’ve had my share of misses, but learned something from each one. The trick is to not have too many of them repeated.

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08:00

Angstadt Arms Limited Edition Bronze Bottomlands Camo UDP-9 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Limited Edition Bronze Bottomlands Camo UDP-9Angstadt Arms is excited about its March 2020 release of the UDP-9 Pistol in a new WeaponWorks “Bottomlands” Cerkote Finish. The UDP-9 is a Glock magazine compatible blowback-operated PDW/AR-9 pistol that is made from a billet aluminum lower and upper. The Pistol is designed to be a compact, light and easy to maneuver personal defense […]

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07:39

Illinois: FOID Fee Increase & Mandatory Fingerprinting Back to Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 1966, the gun control package from 2019, is going back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate Judiciary Committee can hear House Amendments 1, 2, and 3 to SB 1966 soon.

07:00

DIY Grip Modification On A CZ P-01 For Extra Concealability [The Firearm Blog]

DIY Grip Modification CZ P-01Have you ever tried to conceal a gun that was overbuilt or one that was just generally bigger than it needed to be for concealed carry? One man decided to take things into his own hands by modifying the removable grips on his CZ P-01 to the point they were flush with the frame, making […]

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06:00

Down Range Systems E-DOPE Card Targeting Data Display [The Firearm Blog]

Down Range Systems E-DOPE Card Targeting Data DisplayDown Range Systems is known for its E-DOPE Card Targeting Data Display. The system provides quick targeting solutions for long-range target engagements where knowing the exact performance of the next shot will be key. The Down Range Systems E-Dope Card allows shooters to move away from traditional paper cards to a fully electronic weapon-mounted display. […]

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Tuesday, 03 March

17:42

Oregon: NRA Challenges Gun & Mag Ban Initiatives [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the NRA filed legal challenges against Initiative Petition 61 and Initiative Petition 62, which severely restrict and regulate commonly-owned firearms, making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

17:00

How Hard Is It To Build Your Own 1911? [The Firearm Blog]

With the AR-15 being the Lego-style build it yourself rifle on the market today, I’ve talked about the SIG Sauer P320 is a similar modular design with the Fire Control Unit being the heart of the gun. Those designs are great, but how hard is it to build your own 1911 from scratch? How It […]

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16:30

POTD: “Move to contact” with Special Forces Group [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – We’re off to Germany and the Grafenwoehr Training Area. You’re looking at U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as they execute a live fire exercise. Please note that some of the photos have been altered for privacy concerns by blurring or pixelating out identifying information. Engaging […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Beautiful Colt History or Overpriced Misery? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 41st 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 or unusual firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or […]

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12:38

Illinois: FOID Fee Increase & Mandatory Fingerprinting Back to Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 1966, the gun control package from 2019, is going back to the Senate for concurrence. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider House Amendments 1, 2, and 3 to SB 1966.

11:46

Russian AK Competition is More American Than Most American Things [AllOutdoor.com]

What could be more American than fried chicken, apple pie, and gun culture? After all, it was widespread ownership of firearms — and familiarity with them — that allowed our nation to be created in the first place.

Alas, it would seem that Russians are more American than most Americans, when it comes to teaching kids about guns at an early age. They have long held timed competitions in which young people take apart and reassemble AKs.

In this recent video, the youngest competitor is 6 years old… and the fastest was a 16-year-old who did the work in slightly less than 27 seconds. Second place went to a 14-year-old girl.

In the USA, where our right to be armed is guaranteed by the Constitution but seems to be constantly under attack, such a competition with ARs would be banned from popular media and demonized. But in Russia where individual liberties are not safeguarded, familiarity with military arms is encouraged.

Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

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11:33

Texas Senate and House Committees to Hold Public Hearings on Potential Future Gun Control Proposals in Austin and Houston Next Week! [NRA-ILA News]

In a shameless effort to exploit the El Paso, Midland, and Odessa tragedies, gun control advocates have demanded that the Texas Legislature pass billionaire-backed radical restrictions on your rights.

11:02

New Hampshire: Senate to Vote on Anti-Shooting Range Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On March 5th, the New Hampshire Senate is expected to have floor votes on Senate Bill 469, which endangers shooting ranges. Your state senator needs to hear from you now!

11:00

Rifle Sling Positions: Slung, Carry, Ready and Weapons Flow [The Firearm Blog]

While it may not be the sexiest topic, the way you manipulate and move with your firearm are huge tells of your experience level. It all comes down to what Varg Freeborn refers to as advanced safety. This is more than simply keeping your finger off the trigger and not pointing guns at people. Having […]

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10:04

West Virginia: Carry Permit Fee Reduction Heading to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

On March 3rd, the West Virginia Senate voted 34-0 to pass House Bill 4955. House Bill 4955 reduces the application fee for a License to Carry Deadly Weapons (LCDW). It will now go to Governor Jim Justice for his signature.

10:00

Three New Suppressors from B&T Switzerland [The Firearm Blog]

Apart from the light telescopic stock for the MP5 and the USW chassis for the CZ P-10 F + C which TFB just reported about, there are also some new interesting suppressors from Swiss B&T. There’s the Impuls-OLS, which B&T calls a significantly lighter suppressor for 9 mm pistols. There is also a Reduced Backpressure Suppressor […]

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08:59

Florida: Do you want to know what's really going on at NRA? [NRA-ILA News]

Do you really want to know what's going on at NRA?  Do you really want to know why anti-gun politicians,NRA's fanatical enemies and dissidents are attacking NRA?

08:17

Paul Harrell’s FAQ Volume 4 [AllOutdoor.com]

In this new video, gun guru Paul Harrell celebrates surpassing 400,000 subscribers by answering some more viewer questions in his fourth FAQ video.

As he often does, he covers his caveats up front:

  • He’ll be mostly talking, not shooting (fear not; he digresses FAR from FAQs for several minutes some pistol action around 4:15).
  • Some of the info has been covered before.
  • He’ll discuss some comments they receive in addition to answering questions.

Here are some of the subjects covered in the video:

  • Ear protection (with a protracted aside in which he fires with and without hearing protection)
  • Qualifications to teach or instruct
  • Eye protection
  • Antagonizing comments
  • Chronograph use: Distance & accidentally shooting it
  • Corporate sponsorship (or the lack thereof)

Enjoy the video.

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08:00

Garm: New Sniper Rifle/DMR Carrying System from Vorn Defence [The Firearm Blog]

It’s been a while since Vorn Defence got mentioned here at TFB. The Vorn Equipment Fast Access Rifle Backpack written by Nicholas C was the last time, and I really like their quick-release system. If you carry longer and larger rifles and firearms from time to time, or all of the time, you should continue reading. Their new system […]

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07:00

Spuhr Ring Turret Guards from Gray Ops CNC [The Firearm Blog]

Gray Ops was created by the professional shooter David Preston. In 2015 he won the National Championship. The name behind the company came after his son, Gray Preston. I have a few of their products for my PRS rifle(s), and I’ve been happy with the overall look, feel and functionality. If you’re a Precision Rifle […]

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06:00

Full Conceal Introduces BARE Frame Folding Kit For Glock 19’s [The Firearm Blog]

Full Conceal Bare Frame Folding KitFull Conceal has just introduced their M3D-S6 BARE Frame Folding kit, that allows customers to build a folding Glock 19 if they have the slide assembly and frame internal parts.  The BARE Frame Folding kit includes all of the necessary components for assembling a fully folding Glock 19, such as Full Conceal’s complete models. Full […]

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The Complete History of the Colt Single Action Army in One Man’s Collection [The Firearm Blog]

See the entire history of the Colt Single Action Army (S.A.A.) pistol in one man’s collection! From the earliest models that were issued to the United States cavalry, to $20,000 pistols with engraving and pearl grips, and S.A.A’s that were owned by celebrities, this is an incredible collection that spans from the 1870s to the […]

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05:27

How the 1911 Got Its Safeties – and Why Its Ancestors Had None [Forgotten Weapons]

Some people put a lot of weight on the fact that the 1911 has a grip safety and a thumb safety…but I don’t think many folk understand how it ended up that way. John Browning’s first self-loading pistols had very different safeties…and often, no safety at all. So today, let’s look at the guns that led up to the 1911 – the 1900, 1902, 1903 (Hammer and Hammerless) and 1905, as well as the US military trials pistols from 1907, 1909, and 1910, and see what they can tell us about the standards and practices of the time.

(Thanks to Tam for the inspiration to film this!)

Monday, 02 March

19:36

Unprecedented: I agree with a California District Attorney [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Of course I live in a state where "get off my land" is accepted as an implicit threat of use of deadly force, whereas in California if you drew under these circumstances it'd be treated as a horrific offense. On the other hand, the DA may learn....

17:32

California: City of Alameda to Consider Firearm Measures [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, the Alameda City Council will consider additional firearm restrictions at the local level to add to the hundreds of gun laws legal gun owners already are required to navigate.

17:00

TFB REVIEW: The ROLLSIZER – Reloaders Can Easily Resize Brass [The Firearm Blog]

A ROLLSIZER is a case resizer that removes any bulges that might be created by some chambers with brass expanding during firing and returns it a true concentrical state very close to original specs. It does this by passing it by a cam-like mechanism as the casing rotates,…or rolls. I came across the use of […]

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16:34

Hawaii: Mag Ban and Ammo Restrictions Eligible for Vote on Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, March 3rd, two anti-gun bills will be eligible for a vote on the Senate floor.

16:30

POTD: Blowing Up Good Old 50 Cals [The Firearm Blog]

I feel terrible when I see these pictures, it’s almost like a funeral but I guess it had to be done. What we’re looking at today is an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Marine conducting four controlled detonations to dispose of a large quantity of 50-caliber rounds. This happened in Kuwait. The Marine is assigned to something […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: .22LR SVD Lookalike Called TSV-1 [The Firearm Blog]

TSV-1 Rimfire SVD (1)In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Yevgeny Dragunov’s birthday, Kalashnikov Media published a series of videos and articles about this ingenious designer’s life and career. In this installment of The Rimfire Report, we’ll take a look at one of the lesser-known firearms designed by Yevgeny Dragunov – the TSV-1 (ТСВ-1) rimfire rifle. The TSV-1 was […]

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13:58

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Heading to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

On March 2nd, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 81-17 to pass Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law. It will now go to Governor Jim Justice for his signature.

13:24

Maryland: Another Week Ahead of Committee Hearings for Gun Control Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will consider Senate Bill 958, cross-file bill of House Bill 910.

11:05

Gorsuch – “But waiting should not be mistaken for lack of concern. “ []

The Supreme Court in today’s order list has denied certiorari in Guedes et al v. BATFE. Guedes and the Firearms Policy Foundation had appealed the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That decision denied an injunction in the case.

Justice Neil Gorsuch agreed with the decision to deny certiorari in the case given it had not been fully briefed and argued on the merits. He did think the Court of Appeals made an error in relying on Chevron deference in this case because it involves a criminal penalty. He also noted that both the plaintiffs and the government had expressly argued that any decision should not rely on Chevron deference.

Gorsuch referred to the BATFE’s actions on reclassifying bump stocks as “bureaucratic pirouetting”.

Chevron’s application in this case may be doubtful for other reasons too. The agency used to tell everyone that bump stocks don’t qualify as “machineguns.” Now it says the opposite. The law hasn’t changed, only an agency’s interpretation of it. And these days it sometimes seems agencies change their statutory interpretations almost as often as elections change administrations. How, in all this, can ordinary citizens be expected to keep up—required not only to conform their conduct to the fairest reading of the law they might expect from a neutral judge, but forced to guess whether the statute will be declared ambiguous; to guess again whether the agency’s initial interpretation of the law will be declared “reasonable”; and to guess again whether a later and opposing agency interpretation will also be held “reasonable”? And why should courts, charged with the independent and neutral interpretation of the laws Congress has enacted, defer to such bureaucratic pirouetting?

If I had to hazard a guess, when this or one of the sister cases involving the reinterpretation of the NFA to ban bump stocks does come before the Supreme Court fully briefed on the merits, Gorsuch will most definitely be in favor of hearing the case. Moreover, I would go further and say he would not find in favor of BATFE.

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11:00

New from Spuhr: Drop-in Folding Stock Assembly for HK MP5/HK33/HK53 and Clones [The Firearm Blog]

Drop-in Folding Stock Assembly for HK MP5/HK33/HK53 and ClonesSpuhr of Sweden has had quite some success with various stocks for various Heckler & Koch rifles like the G3 and the MP5. For instance the Swedish and Portuguese G3 upgrade orders as well as the large MP5 upgrade order from the German Bundespolizei. Spuhr now has a new stock for the Heckler & Koch MP5 which […]

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10:00

B&T Release Pistol Chassis for CZ P-10 F and P-10 C [The Firearm Blog]

The innovative company from Switzerland, B&T, continue their success with chassis for various handguns. Previously they released the B&T USW-G17 Conversion kit for the Glock 17s & 19s. B&T also have chassis for the Glock 40/20/21, Walther PPQ and the SIG P320. The aim for B&T this time are handguns from the Czech Republic, namely the CZ P-10F […]

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09:27

Survivor Filter Responds to Coronavirus Concern [AllOutdoor.com]

In January, I told readers about Survivor Filter and their Active Filtration Bottle, which does a fine job. Their products have apparently seen a surge in demand due to the perceived threat of COVID-19 coronavirus, and they’ve issued a press release to address that.

In short, they are working to resupply ASAP and they refuse to jack up their prices due to the emergency.

Here’s the press release:

TORONTO – March 2, 2020 – As concern over the spread of COVID-19 increases globally, SURVIVOR FILTER has seen an extreme demand for its water filtration systems. Clean water remains an essential staple of all public health initiatives, and SURVIVOR FILTER is committed to the safety and security of our family, friends, neighbors and customers.

‘The rapid spread of this novel coronavirus is raising many questions,’ SURVIVOR FILTER Owner Mark Zakaib said, ‘We take preparedness seriously, and are here to help. At SURVIVOR FILTER, we believe everyone should have access to clean drinking water, always, and we’re working to meet this increase in demand as we all take precautions for the unknowns associated with the COVID-19 epidemic.’

SURVIVOR FILTER is committed to resupplying customers as soon as possible and is working to maintain inventory. If any filters sell out, stock will be replenished. More supplies are currently en route.

SURVIVOR FILTER has not, and will not, raise prices on products during this, or any emergency. Any outlets reselling SURVIVOR FILTER products at a higher price are doing so without the company’s consent.

SURVIVOR FILTER stands ready to provide the greatest customer support and care in these times. Please direct any questions to support@survivorfilter.com.

About SURVIVOR FILTER

SURVIVOR FILTER is a company with a simple goal – to provide people with access to clean water in any environment when they need it most. We offer you the best emergency water filter systems for your Bug-Out-Bag and the outdoors on the market today. What’s more, we back up all our products with a defect-free Lifetime Warranty and personalized customer support from our knowledgeable outdoor loving staff. See the full lineup and learn more at www.survivorfilter.com.

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08:44

New York: Lead Ammunition Ban Another Swipe at New York Gun Owners and Sportsmen [NRA-ILA News]

The Assembly Codes Committee passed a bill last week that bans hunting with lead ammunition on public lands.

08:42

Reminder: Hodgdon IMR 4007 SSC Powder Recall [AllOutdoor.com]

In October, Hodgdon announced a safety recall of some smokeless gunpowder — specifically, IMR 4007SSC.

ALL 4007 SSC POWDER IS BEING RECALLED. NONE OF IT IS EXEMPT.

From their recall announcement:

IMR Legendary Powders is officially announcing a product safety warning and recall notice for IMR 4007SSC smokeless powder. All lots of powder are included in the recall. IMR has received reports that this particular powder, sold in 1 pound and 8 pound containers, could become unstable due to possible rapid deterioration. Use of this product may result in combustion, fire damage and/or possible serious injury.

What to do:

  1. If you are in possession of IMR 4007SSC, STOP USING THE PRODUCT IMMEDIATELY! Fill the powder container with water, which will render the product inert and safe for disposal.
  2. Mail, email or fax a copy of the powder label with the lot number to the contact information below, and include your name, address, phone and email.
  3. You may select a replacement IMR smokeless powder product of your choice, which will be shipped to you at no charge.
  4. If you have loaded the powder subject to this recall into ammunition, we recommend that you pull the bullets, remove the powder and wet the powder with water for safe disposal.

IMR deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause, but we believe in safety first.

Contact information: Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc., 6430 Vista Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218, email help@imrpowder.com, imprpowder.com, call 1-800-622-4366 or 913-362-9455 and fax 913-362-1307.

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08:14

Trekking in Bates’ Tactical Sport Boot [AllOutdoor.com]

If ever there was a version of a universal outdoors boot, the Bates Tactical Sport boot is it. After working with a pair of these for more than a year, it’s easy for me to recommend it for anyone conducting work or recreation outdoors. If you need a good outdoors boot, this may be the one you have been looking to buy.

The Tactical Sport Boot is not a specialty boot per se, but more of a do-it-all pair of heavy duty shoes that can provide service for a wide berth of outdoors activities such as hunting, hiking, fishing, boating, exploring, scouting, camping, or endless other outdoor tasks. Professionally, this boot is used by law enforcement and other first responders, ambulance personnel, aviators, and other high-performance jobs.

The Bates Tactical Sport shoe is a 5-inch high model just right for ATV riding with enough protection to keep briars off ankles. These boots can also shield the bumps and bruises that come from working outdoors regardless of the specific activity. I use them for everything work and play in hunting camp and while hunting on mild temperature days. These are not insulated cold weather boots and were not intended to be.

The boot is constructed of leather and nylon uppers. The nylon panels with an inner mesh lining provide breathability. These boots will not sweat your feet unless you wear too heavy a sock for the task. I recommend a mid-weight cotton sock for knockaround wear or lightweight wool or synthetics on cool to cold days, but not freezing. These shoes are comfortable and lightweight to wear all day long. They are sturdy boots and wear hard. A periodic wax shine with a waterproofing treatment will prolong their usefulness.

The soles are slip resistant with an aggressive tread to grip soft terrain or traverse rocky grounds. I like that they do not slip and slide on wet pavement, gravel, or mud. The cushion inserts provide extra comfort. These boots come only in black, in sizes from adult 7 to 15 in medium and extra wide. They are touted to wear well from sidewalks to mountains. I concur with that assessment.

The best part is that this Bates boot model is not over-priced at all. You can shop online, but if you want to try them on in person, check them out at Academy for about $65. I used a store coupon to get mine for $49 and feel they are worth every penny.

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08:00

Streamlight Stylus Pro Upgraded to 350 Lumens [The Firearm Blog]

Streamlight Upgrades the Stylus Pro USB to 350 LumensOne of the most convenient and compact pocket lights out there, in my opinion, is the Streamlight Stylus Pro series. The first iteration of the Stylus Pro ran on two AAA sized batteries and had a battery life of about 8 hours at 100 lumens maximum output. The output power, size, and battery life made […]

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07:00

IWA OutdoorClassics & EnforceTac 2020 Rescheduled [The Firearm Blog]

Following the postponement of the 2020 IWA OutdoorClassics and Enforcetac trade shows, due to fears surrounding the Coronavirus outbreaks, the shows’ organisers have announced the rescheduling of the show for September 2020. Originally due to be held through the first week of March, EnforceTac 2020 will now run from Tuesday, 1st September until Wednesday, 2nd […]

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06:29

California: “Gun Harm Reduction” Priority Removed from Nomination List [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, February 25 the San Jose City Council removed Mayor Liccardo’s “Gun Harm Reduction” priority from the Priority Nomination List.

06:16

New Hampshire: Committees to Vote on Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This week, multiple legislative committees are scheduled to consider anti-gun bills. Each of these bills are unnecessary attempts to create further restrictions on your Second Amendment rights.

06:00

New MP5 Telescopic Stock from B&T [The Firearm Blog]

As the exhibitions Enforce Tac and IWA in Germany got postponed until further notice, we’re now seeing companies releasing their news directly online instead. If you check on a regular basis here at TFB we promise to keep you covered. One of the first press releases to get out is from B&T in Switzerland. Their […]

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05:27

High Standard’s Prototype World War One .45 ACP Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

The High Standard company only made on .45 caliber pistol, and it was an improvement on the Grant Hammond pistol tested by the US military during World War One. After his gun’s rejection by the military, it appears that Grant Hammond took the design to his friend “Gus” Swebelius who ran High Standard, to see if they could make it into a viable commercial product. The locking system was changed a bit and this prototype was made, but development and production ended there.

Sunday, 01 March

17:40

An Attack On The Freedom Caucus? []

Thanks to court-ordered redistricting, I will now be back in the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina starting with this election. I was looking forward to having Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC-11) as my congressman again. Unfortunately, he decided to retire and that set off a free-for-all, both Republican and Democrat, to succeed him.

We have been inundated with mailers, TV ads, and robocalls. You can’t drive past any corner without seeing a number of yard signs. The common theme in all the ads for the Republicans is that they are rock ribbed conservatives who are pro-gun and need to be sent to DC to fight for President Trump and his agenda.

The majority of the TV ads are for Republicans Chuck Archerd, Jim Davis, Dan Driscoll, and Lynda Bennett. It seems negative ads and mailers have been aimed specifically at Lynda Bennett accusing her of being a “never Trumper”.

I should note at this time that Bennett was endorsed by both Rep. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan of the Freedom Caucus. Meadows has been doing TV ads for Bennett as well. She was also recommended by Grass Roots North Carolina thanks to her perfect 100 on the GRNC survey, endorsement by Meadows, and connections to other pro-gun conservatives in the district.

When I started hearing some of the anti-Bennett ads, I started to pay attention to who sponsored them. They were coming from a super-PAC called Fix Congress Now. They accused her of being “a Never Trumper” which I found odd given her endorsement by Meadows. At the same time, this same group has been funding pro-Dan Driscoll ads.

The GRNC-PVF alert below lays out this in more detail. In full disclosure, I helped do much of the research for that alert.

First off, we have a group that claims to be ‘non partisan’ but is pushing more leftist pablum than Bernie Sanders ordering a nonfat latte. Stuff like open primaries, vote by mail, and “unity” candidates. You know those candidates who would sell out your Second Amendment rights in a heartbeat.

Seems like they wanted to besmirch liberty advocate Lynda Bennett in the primary for the 11th District with the proven false ‘NeverTrumper’ smear. The mailing against Bennett was from ‘Fix Congress Now’ connected to Jeffrey Carson of ‘Unite America’ from Colorado, of all places, so much for the hometown touch. They even share the same suite of offices in Denver.

Federal Election Commission records show that Fix Congress Now has gotten 100% of their funding from Colorado-based Unite America. Moreover, Fix Congress Now has spent a combined $424,000 as of this week to either oppose Lynda Bennett or to support Dan Driscoll.

Unite America has Everytown-endorsed former Congressman Carlos Curbelo of Florida and “independent” Greg Orman of Kansas as advisors. Orman, running on an anti-constitutional carry platform, sabotaged pro-gun Kris Kobach in the race for governor of Kansas allowing an anti-gun Democrat to win that red state.

Just Wednesday, Dan Driscoll even received a $5,600 maximum contribution directly from Unite America.

You have to ask yourself why would, Fix Congress Now and Unite America spend so much money to defeat a candidate endorsed by Congressman Mark Meadows. And why would they support a guy who only moved to the 11th District in the last month or so? Did they see in Driscoll a RINO who would say anything to get elected and who would support their leftist agenda?

Lynda Bennett has promised to replace Mark Meadows in the Freedom Caucus.

We should note that the only reason centrist Republicans in Colorado would spend $277,000 against a member of their own party would be to break up the Freedom Caucus by electing a more controllable Moderate, specifically Dan Driscoll.  

A quick search of the Federal Election Commission’s website shows that the only other candidate being opposed by Fix Congress Now is former California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly who is running for Congress in the 8th Congressional District of California. Donnelly, like Bennett, has been endorsed by the House Freedom Fund as well as Sen. Rand Paul.

Given super PAC Fix Congress Now has received 100% of their funding from Unite America, it is interesting to see what is their agenda. They list their goals as:

  • Independent Redistricting
  • Open Primaries
  • Ranked Choice Voting
  • Vote By Mail
  • “Unity” Candidates

This list of goals is not something any conservative candidate would support. Independent redistricting has been shown to favor Democrats as been shown by the California experience. Open primaries allow one side or the other to nominate the weakest candidate for the preferred candidate to face. Ranked choice voting is why Maine has two Democrats in Congress instead of a Democrat and a Republican. Vote by mail is just asking for fraud. Finally, unity candidates are rarely, if ever, pro-2A when push comes to shove.

Coming back to the race in the 11th District, I find it the height of hypocrisy for Fix Congress Now/Unite America to castigate Bennett as anti-Trump and then push their preferred candidate Dan Driscoll as being pro-Trump. While Driscoll might actually be pro-Trump, that would tend to go against everything Fix Congress Now/Unite America has stood for since their founding.

Tuesday we will find out if people in North Carolina and California were swayed by their fallacious advertising. I hope now. I wasn’t.

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