Saturday, 16 December


The Iconic “Burp Gun” – Shooting the PPSh-41 [Forgotten Weapons]


The Soviet PPSh-41 submachine gun is most distinctive for its very high rate of fire – approximately 1250 rounds/minute – and large drum magazine. What may come as a surprise to those who have not tried it is how this very high rate of fire does not actually make the weapon difficult to control or hold on target. In fact, the PPSh-41 is an easier SMG to shoot effectively than the later PPS-43, at leas tin my opinion.

The Soviets and the Germans make quite different choices in magazines and rate of fire with the PPSh and the MP40, but both turned out to be very good submachine guns. The glaring weak point of the PPSh are its magazines, and the difficulty in finding a drum that would run reliably in this particular example is why today’s shooting session is done with one of the 35-round stock magazines instead.

Thanks to Marstar for letting me examine and shoot their PPSh-41!

Friday, 15 December


North Dakota: Ruling Issued Approving Constitutional Carry in Vehicles [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion clarifying that the constitutional carry law enacted by House Bill 1169 does indeed allow for the carrying of loaded firearms in vehicles by law-abiding residents without needing to first obtain a firearm carry license.  Previously, when this question was raised, Representatives Todd Porter, Rick Becker, and Shannon Roers-Jones along with Senator Kelly Armstrong requested an official opinion from the Attorney General.


The Best AK47 Ever Made? The Arsenal SAM7SF (ft. Mishaco) (4K UHD) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James gives you a comprehensive overview of the Arsenal SAM7SF and the SBR version, the SAM7SF-K. These may be the best AKs ever produced, and we’ll tell you why. In addition to James, Ryan Hicks from Arsenal is there to explain the finer details, and notorious AK scholar Mishaco gives […]

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UK Working on New Air Gun Restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

Just as many American children are hoping that Santa Claus leaves them a BB or pellet gun under the Christmas tree, the Government of the United Kingdom is moving forward with plans to deliver a lump of coal to British subjects.


Miniguns for Polish Special Forces [The Firearm Blog]

Poland’s elite counter terrorism unit, Jednostka Wojskowa GROM (JW GROM) are set to procure more M134 Miniguns. In a contract award notice published 12 December, it was confirmed that Poland would purchase a small, but unspecified, number of M134s. The Polish special forces have used M134s since 2013, and frequently deploy them on M1165A1 HMMWV and RIB rigid-inflatable boats. […]

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Watch: Christmas Carols Shot on Steel and Other Holiday Fun []

File this under “weird elf stuff” — and also “super-fun things to do with guns.” It’s a series of Christmas carols played with guns by shooting steel targets… but it’s more than just another “musical gun” video.

This time, in between musical numbers executed by guns in the hands of ugly-sweatered elves, one of whom is disturbingly-tattooed (for an elf), we see Santa getting his jollies on full auto. Heck, even the Easter Bunny makes an appearance.

It’s made by the Black Rifle Coffee Company.

Here’s their mission statement:

Black Rifle Coffee Company will provide premium products, deliver the highest quality customer experience, and serve as the premier coffee company to the conservative customer; while honoring those who protect, defend, and support our communities and our country.

And their brand overview:

Black Rifle Coffee Company is the world’s premium conservative coffee company.  Small batch and roast to order, we take pride in the high quality of the products we create.  Our coffee is carefully sourced from a variety of farms in South America, and we roast it knowing it will fuel freedom-loving Americans everywhere.

Ahhh. Good to the last shot.

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Delaware Court Rights a Long-Standing Wrong; Strikes Down Gun Bans [NRA-ILA News]

By a narrow majority, the Supreme Court of Delaware recently struck down decades-old regulations that it found conflicted with the state constitution by “completely eviscerat[ing] a core right to keep and bear arms for defense of self and family outside the home.”


Executive… Enhanced… Recon… Remington Continues to Bolster their 1911 Offerings [The Firearm Blog]

Ultra Light ExecutiveRemington amidst rumblings of uncertainty continues to roll out more 1911 models with strong influences from their absorbed Para Ordnance brand. The next on the docket: an Ultra Light Executive, Enhanced Double Stack and Recon Commander Double Stack. The Remington 1911 R1 Ultra Light Executive is initially being offered in only .45 ACP, but more […]

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Range Review: Ruger American Compact 9mm []

TheFireArmGuy got his hands on a Ruger American compact 9mm and brought it out to the range for a review.  In the video he does an excellent job detailing the features and options of the American compact 9mm.

Ruger has a reputation for quality handguns dating back to the 1980s and the P-85 9mm. Eventually the P series was discontinued and replaced by the SR and American line of handguns.  One thing that has not changed is the quality.

American Compact 9mm handguns are available in two different barrel lengths:

  • 4.20 inches
  • 3.55 inches


From the Ruger American compact handgun web page.

  • Available with or without manual safety
  • Capacity: 10 or 17 round
  • Sights: Novak LoMount Carry 3-Dot
  • Ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release
  • 1913 rail

Now for the video.

While other gun companies are suffering in the Trump Slump, Ruger continues to release new products.

Overall, the American is a step forward in the right direction.  It offers ambidextrous controls and a model with a manual safety.  There are a number of shooters who want a safety on their firearms.  Companies who produce handguns without a safety are ignoring potential customers.

The American is exactly what customers want, and that is options and features.  Give customers options, and let them pick the features the want,

Special thank you to TheFireArmGuy for another great video, keep up the good work.

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The Washington Post Exposes Pelosi Lie on National Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Of course, such a record would be an improvement for the Washington Post’s gun coverage


Military Funding Bill Establishes Mandatory Program to Sell Historic Pistols to the Public [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, President Trump signed into law H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). Included in the law is a provision long sought by collectors of vintage firearms and militaria that would require military surplus M1911/M1911A1 pistols (1911s) to be made available for sale to the American public.


D.C. Concealed Carry Applications Surge Following Court’s Lifting of “Good Reason” Requirement [NRA-ILA News]

FBI figures show surging interest in concealed carry licenses in the nation’s capital following a recent court ruling that effectively ended D.C.’s discretionary licensing regime.


Watch: DIY Small Desalination Still []

So you need drinking water, but all you can find is salt water? No problem… just desalinate the water. You know — separate the water from the salt.

Place a pair of bottles mouth-to-mouth, after having put salt water into one bottle. Heat the water up so it boils. Steam will move into the other bottle, and if that bottle is cooler than the boiling one, the steam will condense back into water — sans salt.


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Massachusetts: Hearing for Bill on Gun Rationing Scheme [NRA-ILA News]

On December 19, the Massachusetts state Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security will be hearing Senate Bill 2063.  Introduced by state Senator Cynthia Creem (D-First Middlesex and Norfolk), S.2063 seeks to ration your Second Amendment rights under the guise of crime control.  Please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE this bill.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members.


Watch: How Ammunition Brand Can Affect Accuracy []

In this short video, Larry Potterfield takes a quick look at the differences in rifle cartridges between brands, and explains that the only way to know which will do best is to shoot it at the range. What he doesn’t say is that things like bullet weight, etc will also have an effect.

For instance, your 30-06 rifle may shoot Winchester 150-grain ammo accurately, but when it comes to 180-grain bullets for larger game, it may “prefer” a different brand. The only way to find out is to give it a try.

Similarly, when working up a handload you must remember that everything is important. Resizing (neck or full-length), case trim length, bullet brand, type, and weight, overall cartridge length, powder type, powder charge, and even the primer can make a difference. Range time is the only way to know how your rifle is going to shoot any given load.

And what’s wrong with more range time? Not a thing.


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Homeowner in Independence shoots intruder [NRA-ILA News]

Police were called to the 3400 block of S. Appleton Ave., Thursday afternoon after a homeowner called to report he had shot an intruder in his home


Man shot in Target parking lot [NRA-ILA News]

According to preliminary reports, a man was shot while attempting to rob another person in the parking lot of the Target near 33rd St. and Damen in the McKinley Park neighborhood around 8 p.m. Thursday


[Review] Springfield Armory TRP Operator 1911 in 10mm [The Firearm Blog]

This past fall I was fortunate enough to attend Springfield Armory’s Desert Duel (a writer’s event) and get some hands-on time with all of their new offerings for the upcoming months. However you feel about Springfield Armory, they do listen to the market and have some exciting products coming out. Another good thing about Springfield […]

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The Fifth Day Of TFB Christmas: Weapons Transport [The Firearm Blog]

I will come right out and say it: I’m in love with Pelican Cases. For 20 years I’ve used Pelicans in all shapes and sizes to carry gear around the world. The are strong, secure, water tight and have a variety of internal organization options. But since they are built for carrying expensive items, they […]

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Watch: The Story of Beretta U.S.A. []

2017 marks 40 years since Beretta opened its first factory in the United States.  When someone hears the name Beretta, they may think of the M9, 92F, or Beretta shotguns.  What most people do not realize is that Beretta has been in operation for 500 years.

Beretta and the United States have a long history together.  When John Alden stepped off the Mayflower in 1620, he carried a wheellock carbine that had Beretta markings on it. That rifle is in the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, and is called The Mayflower Gun.

In the 1970s, a member of the Beretta family wanted to open a factory in the United States.  Eventually, in 1977 Beretta purchased F. I. Industries Inc.  The factory was retooled with machinery imported from Italy, employees trained, and production started. The first production run was for compact Beretta handguns that had been banned from import into the United States.

In January 1985, Beretta was awarded the M9 contract. It later went on to win the XM-10 contract. Eventually, the United States military started looking for a new handgun, which was dubbed the XM17 Modular Handgun System. Beretta did not enter the XM17 trials. The SIG Sauer P320 was chosen to replace the Beretta M9.

How reliable is the Beretta M9?  Shooting Times from January 1990 answers that question.  The M9 had a Mean Rate Between Failures (MRBF) of 1/35,000+ rounds.

Besides the M9, Beretta produces a line of compact and full sized handguns, shotguns, carbines and rifles.

With some 500 years of history behind Beretta, will be interesting to see how the company does in the future.

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Florida Action Report! Florida Supreme Court Justice Pariente avoids Recusal [NRA-ILA News]

The Florida Supreme Court has dismissed the lawsuit against Governor Scott. This action keeps Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente from having to recuse herself or resign -- as ethics surely required.     If you recall, we put out alerts calling on Justice Pariente to either to recuse or resign.


Watch: 3 Ways to Clean up a Skull []

A few days ago, we shared a video in which a guy tried using an ant bed to clean up a skull for a European trophy mount. He’s made a series of similar videos showing the results of various methods, and it’s pretty interesting. If you’ve ever cleaned up a skull of any sort, you know how challenging it can be. This promises to help out with that — a lot.

Burying a Skull

This one is pretty simple: Dig a hole, bury the skull, and get away from it.

He does it with three skulls. One he surrounds with sand as he buries it, one he just buries in Virginia red clay, and one he surrounds with sawdust when he buries it.

Of the three, he said the sawdust one had almost no odor when he dug it up, so that’s interesting.

Soak Your Head (in a Pond)

In this video, he shows the results of pond-soaking skulls to clean them up. You know, as the old campfire lore says, “Let the fish clean it up.”

The first one is a cow skull he tosses into a pond without even skinning. Four weeks later, he drags it out. Not so nice.

Next, he puts a skull into a “cage” to contain miscellaneous bones and teeth — after he shows you how to make the cage.

Maceration: Buckets o’ Bones

His favorite method is (naturally) the one that works the best for him and is the easiest: Maceration. All it really means is immersing the skull in water to allow the “stuff” to rot away and slough off of the bone. You put the skull under water (he uses a bucket), leave it, and every now and then you dump out the water and ick, and refill with fresh water.

In this video, he uses five different variations: Just water; heated water; just water but without changing it; water with an air pump to aerate it, and an all-black bucket to encourage solar heating.

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Lucid Optics Announces New Binocular for 2018 [The Firearm Blog]

Lucid Optics B-10Lucid Optics announced the company would soon be offering a new binocular. According to the company, it sought to make a set of high quality binocular that is light in weight and not abusive to the wallet. The result is the 10×40 B-10. The B-10 binocular is relatively slim and fairly light at 24 ounces. Lucid […]

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.50 BMG Kills Deer Without Touching It? [The Firearm Blog]

Keith Warren is helping a Management Hunt to take down some does. He uses a Barret .50bmg rifle. In this particular case he tries for a head shot and the doe goes down instantly. It is like a magic trick how fast the dear went down. According to Keith, the bullet did not touch the […]

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The Science of Selling Gun Control: Picking the Right Data [NRA-ILA News]

In a Science Magazine article titled, “Firearms and accidental deaths: Evidence from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting,” economists Phillip B. Levine and Robin McKnight claim to find a causal link between the spike in gun sales after the Sandy Hook shooting and the number of fatal firearms accidents in the “Post-Sandy Hook Window” running from December 2012 to April 2013.


Shpagin’s Simplified Subgun: The PPSh-41 [Forgotten Weapons]


After making the decision to mass produce a submachine gun, the Soviet Union adopted the Degtyarev PPD-38 and PPD-40, but this design was too expensive for the huge scale of production that the USSR intended. A new design was needed, and was put into development almost as soon as the PPD was entering production.

Shpagin won the design competition with the PPSh-41, a weapon which required virtually no lathe work at all. It was assembled from a combination of heavy-gauge stampings and simple milled parts, and it fit the Soviet requirements quite well. Shpagin retained the high rate of fire and large drum magazines from the PPD, and even had a semiauto selector switch in his submachine gun, a bit unusual in a weapon intended for minimum expense.

The drum magazines proved to be the weak point of the design, being only somewhat interchangeable between weapons and being rather complex to manufacture as well as bulky to carry and fairly easy to damage. A 35-round box magazine was introduced later on which ameliorated some of these issues, although not all of them. The PPSh-41 would go on to be deemed itself too complex, and supplemented by the PPS-43 submachine gun, although it was never fully replaced during World War Two. In addition to Soviet service, it would be copied and manufactured by several other nations.

Thanks to Marstar for letting me examine and shoot their PPSh-41!



Streamlight’s New MicroStream USB Flashlight [The Firearm Blog]

Streamlight MicroStreamDefending yourself against an unprovoked attack is a fundamental right. A firearm is one tool that can be used with this right. But the right to self defense comes with responsibilities including only using force when appropriate. I have read far too many stories about an innocent person being shot because the shooter failed to identify […]

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SB Tactical Kits for Remington & Mossberg Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

SB TacticalSB Tactical announced the company was now offering arm braces for the Remington TAC-14 and the Mossberg 590 Shockwave firearms. These two guns are similar to shotguns since they both fire shotgun shells, but have shorter barrels and other size specifications that make them plain firearms instead of shotguns or handguns. SBM4 Two of the […]

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Making a Flamethrower Out of a Fire Extinguisher [The Firearm Blog]

A popular YouTube channel called “The King of Random” has released a homemade project video where they make a compact flamethrower out of a fire extinguisher. Isn’t that the definition of irony? This flamethrower is incredibly cool by itself. But what is even more interesting is how simple it is. It is basically built from cheap components […]

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FAB Defense Transparent Grip for Makarov Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

We have earlier reported about the FAB Defense release of the PM-G Makarov grip which not only gives the old Mak a nice grip shape, texture and beaver tail but perhaps, more importantly, converts the magazine release from heel to thumb one. Recently FAB Defense introduced the transparent version of the PM-G grip dedicated to the Russian […]

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DIY Barrel Made of REBAR and Rimfire Barrel Liner [The Firearm Blog]

A YouTube channel called “This Stuff I Do” has a 3-part video series showing how the host of the channel makes a DIY .22LR barrel out of rebar with a rimfire barrel liner installed into it. Barrel liners are thin-walled rifled cylinders which are designed to give a second life to worn out barrels (mostly rimfire ones) […]

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RifleGear’s Budget Priced Tater AR-15 Muzzle Brake [The Firearm Blog]

There are a myriad of muzzle brakes out on the market, we’ve written about many of them but I’m sure there’s many more we’ve missed over the years. Some of them are pretty basic two or three chamber designs and some are more elaborate with multiple ports and chambers. There are a few on the market […]

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Thursday, 14 December


Magpul Awarded $12 Million DOD Contract, Possibly PMAGs for every Marine [The Firearm Blog]

In what is certainly one of Magpul Industries largest contracts yet, Defense Logistics Agency has awarded the company a $12,792,000 definite quantity for GEN M3 PMAG magazines (mislabeled as magazine cartridges in the announcement wording). The contract specifically states that the order is for the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. However, upon TFB reaching out […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: On the Sixth Day of Christmas []

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Chopper for Zombie Slaying…

The Choice: Ka Bar Jarosz Choppa

In many ways this knife is an outdoor guy’s dream of a big chopper. Ka-Bar, of course, has a long and storied history with fixed blade knives, starting with their iconic USMC fixed blade and running through the entire line of Ethan Becker Ka Bars. The formula is simple—make a big thick knife with very good 1095 steel, coat it in black coating as thick and textured as cake frosting, find a good handle design and release it to the public. Like their knives, the formula is simple but effective.

Jesse Jarosz is a relatively new custom knife maker. He started out enthralled with Striders, Chris Reeve Knives, and Hinderers. Over the years that fascination turned into a desire to make knives. But when he finally picked up some steel and put it to a grinding belt, he developed a very clean and simple style. Jesse’s grinds are crisp enough to crack an egg on and his handles are among the best I have seen. His M75 model, his foundational design, has a wonderfully curved and sculpted handle, easily the best folder handle I have used. His fixed blade knives are similarly great in terms of handle design. My JFS is a regular woods companion and its simple handle works great for many tasks.

So when these two got together to make fixed blades I was genuinely excited. The Choppa is the king of the Ka Bar/Jarosz line up, coming at 9.875 inches. This is a short sword more than a knife. The handle, similar to the handle on the jack of all trades Globetrotter, has a gentle pistol shape to it. The end result is a huge knife with a good handle—an ideal chopper. The 1095 Ka Bar uses has stood up to a tremendous about of hard use in my experience. It rarely chips and when it does, it can be restored quickly through sharpening. For the money, around $100, you’d be hard pressed to find a better chopper.


Scrooge Before Ghost Visits: Schrade SCH37

I have owned, used, and loved the smaller brother, the SCH36, but the 37 adds about two inches to the blade making it a much better chopper. Given the steel—1095–and the price—under $30–this is a knife that can both take a beating and not give you pause. The handle is not as refined as I would like and the TPE material is a bit gummy, but you get a sheath (see that Busse…$30 knife with a sheath), a firestriker, and a diamond plate to touch up the edge in the field. It’s a very competent package, especially at this price.

Scrooge After Ghost Visits: TM Hunt M18

The number of options for deluxe choppers has blossomed in the last few years. The Bravo 3 in 3V from Bark River could cleave some zombie noggins. Any number of Busse or Busse kin blades could as well. But you want maximum chopitude you have to go with the TM Hunt M18. It is a monster to fight monsters. The O1 heat treat and amazing handle are great, and the bevy of edges give you lots of capability, in the event you need a post apocalyptic spokeshave.

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Bow Hunting with the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries Crew + Video []

Three years ago an invitation to visit the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries camp in southwest Texas resulted in my first ever hunting experience and a freezer full of organic goodness. It is an experience I wrote about here and one I think back on often. As luck would have it, I was invited back again this year and didn’t hesitate to accept.

A lot has changed in the three years between these experiences. I was still fairly new to archery at the time of my first hunt, but I’ve now got 4.5 years of archery experience under my belt. And this doesn’t mean a rare trip to the range to practice. I shoot 300 to 400 arrows every week and am now in charge of bow reviews for the ArcheryTalk YouTube channel.

I’ve also got more hunting experience under my belt, though I’d still call myself a relative novice. I’ve taken down a pig on a night hunt in Texas, but have been shut out otherwise on my hunting adventures.

Things, however, are different in Texas. The Yamaha Whitetail Diaries crew operates out of two leases – one is about 1,500 acres and the other is more than 12,000 acres. Despite the fact that this isn’t a high fence operation, the properties are well managed, hunted carefully and loaded with wildlife.

Whitetail Diaries Ranch

Base camp at the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries Ranch was located on the “smaller” 1,500-acre property.

I arrived at the ranch after a long day of travel, but still with a couple hours of daylight left. After dropping my bags off in my room, I unpacked my Hoyt Carbon Defiant and hit the practice range to get loose and make sure the not-so-loving hands of the TSA hadn’t knocked anything loose on my bow.

For anybody curious, I set up the Hoyt Carbon Defiant with a QAD HDX drop away arrow rest, Trophy Ridge React H5 sight, ¼-inch peep, and a Bee Stinger Counter Slide stabilizer. My arrow of choice was a Gold Tip Kinetic Kaos tipped with a QAD Exodus fixed blade broadhead. This is a fairly heavy arrow at about 464 grains, but I was willing to sacrifice a bit of speed for the improved penetration the extra weight provides.

archery practice

I got in a little practice moments after arriving at the ranch.

I had this setup tuned as well as I possibly could and my broadheads were flying exactly the same as my field points. With the hard work of set up and tuning done, I just needed to worry about making a good shot when it counted.

The following morning, the other two hunters and I loaded up and prepared to make our way to various stands across the property. There were a number of Yamaha ATVs and UTVs on hand, including the new Wolverine X4, which you can read about here. Wade Middleton, who hosts the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries, was my guide for the day and we headed out in a Yamaha Viking VI Ranch Edition.

yamaha viking vi ranch edition

The Yamaha Viking VI Ranch Edition gets put to very good use at the Whitetail Diaries properties.

Wade led us to a spot known as the Killing Tree – a favorite of his. I’d heard about this spot and seen videos of deer taken down there, so I was pretty excited for the opportunity to hunt this location. We arrived maybe 90 minutes before sunrise, so it was extremely dark. I climbed onto a tripod and began the waiting game.

Before we could even see anything, we could hear animals moving around the stand. As the sky slowly started to brighten, I saw a small pond about 25 yards in front of the stand. While a tree obscured my view of the other side, I did see a reflection of a rack that looked very promising. I’d call that a pretty outstanding start to the day.

That deer eventually revealed itself enough for me to see it was maybe a 4.5-year-old 11-pointer. That is very much a shooter deer, but he wasn’t terribly interested in getting close enough or in good enough position for me to try and put an arrow through him. We watched that deer for at least an hour or so, when off in the distance Wade pointed out an absolute stud of a deer. It was probably 100 yards way, but he stood out in a big way.

hoyt carbon defiant

The Hoyt Carbon Defiant would not be put to work in our first sit.

Eventually the 11-point deer did get into a good shooting position and there was another mature deer within range, but we decided to wait and see if the stud in the distance would get closer. He did not.

After the deer cleared out, Wade and I headed back to camp with me questioning my decision to hold off taking down one of the two great deer that were in position. Through breakfast, lunch and a couple hours of shooting, I was playing the decision back again and again. Wade, though, was not nearly as worried, figuring at least one of those deer would make an appearance in the afternoon.

We made our way back to the Killing Tree mid-afternoon and waited for the deer to start moving again. After an hour or two, the deer began appear again around the pond. The 11-pointer from the morning was among the returnees. We watched and waited some more and he gave me a slightly quartering away shot at about 25 yards. I stood up, drew back my bow and that’s when he decided to move, turning his back to me and forcing me to let down. I was devastated as we walked out of view, thinking my greediness got the best of me. But not more than a couple minutes later, the stud buck we saw in the morning appeared on the other side of the pond about 55 yards away.

I stood up when I had a chance and watched as he worked his way around the pond. He was always quarter towards us, though. As he got closer, my legs started to turn to jelly and I had to sit down. Buck fever was beginning to take hold. After a short rest, I stood up again and the deer finally presented broadside at 37 yards. Despite my shaky legs, my upper body was fully cooperative as I drew back, took aim and let the arrow fly.

hunting reaction

This is a look of pure elation mixed with relief and a touch of buck fever.

The shot felt perfect to me and the deer jumped into the air and took off into the nearby trees. The next 30 minutes were among the longest of my life as we gave the deer some time and I ran the shot back over and over in my mind.

After climbing down from the stand, we made our way to where the deer was standing and found my arrow, which passed completely through the deer. From there the tracking was easy. The blood trail was good and we found the deer maybe 35 yards from where he was hit.

big buck down

The first picture of my buck on the ground.

Seeing him up close, this deer was even bigger than I’d imagined. With a split G2 on the left side and a little kicker on the right, this was a monster 12-point buck dreams are made of.

I later learned that Wade had been hunting this deer for two years. Another archer had taken a shot and missed the previous year, and NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre was about to take him down, when another deer got in his way – never to get another good look at him. I may not have a Super Bowl ring, an NFL MVP trophy or millions of dollars, but I did put that brute of a deer on the ground.

deer hunt success

It was difficult to wipe the smile off my face for days after my successful bow hunting adventure.

The rest of my stay at the camp is sort of a blur. We went looking for hogs to hunt, but didn’t a single one. I even went on doe patrol and came up empty. But none of it matters much to me after taking down the deer of a lifetime.

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Review: Lyman GuardianGrip by Pachmayr [The Firearm Blog]

Product Release In October, TFB’s Richard Johnson wrote a product release post illustrating Lyman’s GuardianGrip by Pachmayr. ICYMI, the GuardianGrip is a grip that allows for compact concealment, but when a button in the grip is pressed with the middle finger, a gate is swung down allowing for a full grip with the pinky finger. […]

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Homeowner Fires Gun At Burglar [NRA-ILA News]

Troopers are looking for a burglar who was shot at by a Tolland homeowner who interrupted a break-in on Tuesday, state police said.


Man shot in home invasion on Augusta Drive [NRA-ILA News]

The homeowner was armed with a weapon and a short scuffle ensued. Coronado was shot in the hand but was non-life threatening. Coronado took the homeowner's firearm and left the residence with the weapon.


Military Arms Channel And TFBTV Travel To Slovenia For An AREX Factory Tour [The Firearm Blog]

As part of a star-studded cast (i.e. James Reeves), Tim Harmsen from the Military Arms Channel traveled to Slovenia for a tour of AREX’s pistol manufacturing facility. Besides a detailed look at the AREX Rex Zero-1, the new tournament-ready Rex Alpha and quality time with the crew of Polenar Tactical, MAC and crew went on […]

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POTD: Laser Engraving Like None Other [The Firearm Blog]

Jeff Forbush of 4Bush Weapon Refinishing has been doing some rather impressive work with his laser engraver. This is not your ordinary laser engraver. It is most likely a fiber laser. Typical laser engravers are CO2 lasers and while they can vaporize and eat away coatings like anodizing and cerakote. But Fiber Lasers can etch […]

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Sandy Hook Five Year Anniversary []

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire with an AR-15. In the end, 20 children lay dead. The nation faced an event that shook us to our core. As with other tragedies, gun-grabbers wasted no time in calling for more gun control. After many debates, calmer heads prevailed and no gun laws were passed on the federal level. Various states were not so lucky. For example, New York passed the SAFE act.

Five years later, and gun-grabbing liberals are still playing on the memory of Sandy Hook. Numerous left leaning webs sites are calling for both sides to come together to talk about gun control.

The problem is, gun owners have given so much, there is nothing left to give. Left leaning anti-gunners act as if the National Firearms Act of 1934 never happened. Nor were the Federal Firearms Act of 1968 and the Brady Bill ever signed into law. Those same web sites accuse gun owners and the NRA of refusing to negotiate on “common sense” gun control.  However, those same sites refuse to state “exactly” what common sense control control is.

  • Are background checks common sense?  Those were enacted in the 1990s.
  • Is banning assault weapons common sense?  Those have been restricted since 1934.
  • How about prohibiting felons from owning a gun?  Laws are already on the books.
  • Prohibiting people convicted of family violence and/or subject to a restraining order from buying a gun?  Already on the books.

Gun owners refuse to negotiate because we have nothing left to give.  For generations we gave up our rights piecemeal, a little here and a little there.

Murder is against the law.  Those laws did not stop Adam Lanza from murdering his mother and taking her guns.  Nor did the “Gun Free Zone” signs stop him.  That is because laws only affect those who are willing to follow them.

Final Thoughts

On a personal note, I am sick to my stomach at the thought of gun-grabbers using the memories of dead children to push an agenda.  Is there anything more disgusting than people who use children to take away the rights of others?

Left leaning websites can call gun owners all the names they want, it is not going to help.  The answer is no.  We will not give away any more of our rights.

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Overwhelming Success! Bulletproof Jackets are a HUGE Hit on IndieGoGo [The Firearm Blog]

Bulletproof JacketsWe at TFB have extensively covered AFA LLC’s automated speedloader and the troubles they experienced on IndieGoGo previously. Well, AFA LLC is not just a one trick show. They have a pretty broad portfolio of products which now includes Bulletproof Jackets. After receiving reassurance that IndieGoGo would not pull the rug out from underneath them, they […]

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End Of Hunting Season Gun Cleaning []

Days are growing shorter, weather is getting colder, snow is falling… people find a number of reasons to stay inside.  Because of that, for a lot of hunters season is over. Not that the actual season is over, but hunters either bagged a deer, gave up, or getting ready for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Late season is usually for the diehards, or hunters hoping to bag a late season buck.

Before unloading the firearms and putting them in the gun safe, take a few minutes and give them a good cleaning. This ceremony is not just about cleaning, it is about showing your firearms respect. Guns are more than “just” guns. They represent heritage, family history, and memories.

For example, in another article we talked about a shotgun my dad bought me sometime around 1981 or 1982. To let that shotgun rust would be a disservice to mom and dad.  They worked for the money that bought that shotgun, the very least I can do is keep it clean.  Hopefully, that shotgun will be passed down to my children and grandchildren.

Maybe one day I will take my granddaughters squirrel hunting, and tell them how their great grandparents bought me this shotgun 15 years before their mother was born.  That is the types of memories and heritage firearms represent.

Some people may think that is a silly way to look at firearms.  Then again, we could say that about anything.  Pass a firearm down for a couple of generations and it becomes a prized possession.  How many readers have a firearm that belonged to their great grandparents, or even their grandparents?

The most prized firearm in my collection is a single shot 16 gauge Harrington and Richardson, which belonged to my great grandmother.  When the shotgun was given to her by my great great grandparents, my great grandmother carved her name and date into the stock: 2- 5 – 35.  During the Great Depression, how many times did that shotgun put dinner on the table?

So before the firearms are put up for the season, give them a good cleaning. Maybe your descendants will treasure them as much as you do.

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The Fourth Day Of TFB Christmas: Blades [The Firearm Blog]

Before you get mad, yes this is stil The Firearm Blog and no, the below products are not firearms. What can I say, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But I do like living on the edge. Ok, enough with the stupid puns. Every self-respecting human should carry a solid pocket knife. Not […]

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Happy Hannukkah! [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

My friend and author Yehuda Remer posted this to Instagram. The Jewish festival of lights began at sunset on this past Tuesday. Hannukkah or Chanukah, depending on how you want to spell it, celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over a Syrian-Greek army and the rededication of the Holy Temple. When they went to relight the menorah in the Temple, they only found enough pure oil to light it for one night. However, this vile vial of oil lasted for eight days which is why Hannukkah goes for eight days.

As I mentioned, Yehuda is an author. His first book was Safety On! An Introduction to the World of Firearms for Children which brings firearm safety to kids in a way they can understand. He followed that up with his Safety On! coloring book.

Finally, just released in mid-November was his book 10 Little Liberals - A Tale of Hope. That book follows 10 little liberal snowflakes as they are exposed to conservative triggers. I received my copy this past Sunday and it is a hoot.

For those that don't know Yehuda, he grew up in anti-gun California and only knew guns from TV and the movies. The only people in his world that had firearms were the police. This changed when he moved to the Dallas area because as an Orthodox Jew he didn't want to raise his children in ultra-liberal California. He learned that many good people other than cops have firearms for self-protection and he became one of them which is why eventually led to his book Safety On!


Tactical Edge Arms AR-15 Style Pistols (RD-9, RD-10, RD-45) [The Firearm Blog]

Tactical Edge Arms has added 10mm and .45 ACP versions of their RD series of pistols. The 9mm version was introduced earlier in October. The model designations RD-9, RD-10 and RD-45 indicate the calibers these firearms are chambered in – 9mm Luger, 10mm Auto and .45 APC respectively. These are blowback operated firearms. They feature […]

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Pilad PV1-7×25ML Rifle Scope is Among Top 100 Products Made in Russia [The Firearm Blog]

According to Russian ROSTEC state corporation, a scope (Pilad PV1-7×25ML) made by Shvabe Holding has been recognized as one of the top 100 best products made in Russia by winning in an annual award ceremony called “100 Best Goods of Russia”. Shvabe is a Rostec subsidiary company. It is like the Kalashnikov Concern of the optical devices world. Shvabe owns a number of optical […]

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Firearms Basics: Rifle Length Terminology [Forgotten Weapons]

If you starting looking carefully at military bolt action rifles, you will find that they generally all fall into one of three categories:

Rifles: 30-32 inches / 760-810mm
Short Rifles: 24-26 inches / 610-660mm
Carbines: 17-20 inches / 430-510mm

How did these different standard lengths come about, and why are the Italians and the Russians different? Let’s have a look…


MERKLIGHT X-Series AR-15 Tactical Lights [The Firearm Blog]

Merklight is a new company located in Indianapolis, IN. They have recently launched their first product called X-Series Light. It is a weapon light designed to be installed inside the AR-15 handguard resulting in a set of eight LED lights around the circumference of the barrel. This product is developed for home defense purposes. It is compatible with free […]

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USSOCOM’s ‘Typical’ Operator [The Firearm Blog]

What do you think of when you think about SOCOM Operators? Beards, Heckler & Koch MK 23s and HK416s? Well maybe you should be picturing multi-lingual, water polo loving dads instead. US SOCOM have just released their 2018 Fact Book,written by USSOCOM’s Office of Communication, inside was an interesting list of charecteristics for SOCOM’s famed operators. […]

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Introducing “Arms Cove”… A Better Firearms & Accessories Marketplace [The Firearm Blog]

Arms CoveMany mom ‘n pop shops, internet retailers, distributors and gun manufacturers have felt their fair share of censorship. Whether it is Facebook banning certain advertisements, YouTube defunding firearm channels or other marketplaces being unkind or unwelcoming, it is always more difficult to compete when you sell firearms and related goods. There are some sequestered markets […]

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SAR USA Unveils their Answer for Duty, Competition and Carry… the SAR 9 [The Firearm Blog]

SAR 9Roughly 2 months ago, unbeknownst to many shooters, SAR USA unveiled one of their newest pistols. This simplistic looking model, SAR USA believes, solves the firearm riddle of producing a pistol that is perfect for duty, competition and carry. Instead of 2 or 3 pistols, SAR USA states they have you covered. SAR USA combined […]

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John Browning’s Contemporaries: The Guns of T.C. Johnson [The Firearm Blog]

The late 1800s and early 1900s are undoubtedly a period of American firearms design dominated by one man, John Moses Browning. But many of Browning’s contemporaries were no less able and men like Andrew Burgess, William Mason, John Pedersen, Frank Burton and T.C. Johnson were all responsible for ingenious and important designs. Thomas Crossley Johnson […]

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Review: Olight S1 Mini Baton [The Firearm Blog]

I will tell you right up front – I’m a huge fan of Olight, the company. A bit of back story – some of you are surely familiar with Going Gear retail operations in Georgia, and This cool retailer of knives, flashlights and camping gear was founded by Marshall Hoots. You may be aware […]

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Wednesday, 13 December


IWI Tavor 7 7.62x51mm Bullpup Prototype Rifle Range Video []

The Tavor 7 in 7.62×51 is a bullpup rifle is a brand new rifle from IWI (Israeli Weapons Industries) and it is shown here firing in full-auto in 3 round bursts. This particular rifle has done over 10,000 rounds of torture test but it still runs like butter. It’s fully ambidextrous and can be converted from right to left hand with a small punch or using a bullet.

This is the first time the rifle is shown being fired by someone outside of IWI.

The Tavor 7 will be available in the US in 2018.

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A Better P90 Optic Mount []

Poor sight options have been the bane of P90 and PS90 for a while. Stock sight is not amazing and sits about 4 inches over the boreline.


Tri-rail model, while permitting the use of better optics, produces an even higher sight line. Considering the CQB purpose of the P90 family, that’s a problem.In addition to close-range offset, it also exaggerates the windage error from any amount of accidental cant.

The Design Machine mounts are specific to individual sights, just like pistol slide mounts. That permits a much lower position that the Tri-rail. The aluminum mounts lightweight, fit snugly into the recesses of the “bridge” over the receiver, and retain the use of backup notch and post sights.


Installation is quick and easy, with just two screws. When used with a micro red dot, the carbine actually weighs less than in stock configuration with the FN collimating optic.


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The Glock G-19-C Compensated []

Compensated: To make up for or to counterbalance. Counterbalance? Now there is a term that really serves to explain this new design feature now available on the Glock 19. As you likely know, the G19 Glock is the compact version of the larger barrel/slide full-sized Model 17.

The Glock 19 is completely controllable in 9mm, but does have a bit of a snappy reputation. Most shooters of the G19 learn to deal with its muzzle flip. The 1.3-something-pound pistol without the magazine is no heavyweight, which is why so many love to carry it. Add another 9 or so ounces with a fully-loaded mag and the pistol has fair heft, but no overload.

So in order to compensate or counterbalance the G19’s muzzle flip, Glock has decided to make it in a “compensated” version. On the surface, this would seem to be a simple solution for shooters that might be overly sensitive to pistol recoil and muzzle rise. But before you go this route, fully investigate the feature before you opt for it.

The engineering of the compensator feature includes the addition of two barrel ports to direct combustion gases out either side of the barrel. Once the gas exits these barrel ports, the gas continues out via two parallel machined exhaust vents cut into the top of the slide.

All other specifications of the G19C are exactly the same as the standard factory G19, except the compensated model is .32 ounces lighter. Naturally this is because of the metal having been machined out of the barrel and the slide for the ports. That is the only difference.

Be aware though, what comes out of these ports is hot burning-powder gas and a momentary torchlike flame. This could easily become a distraction to the shooter, considering the pistol is held only a scant distance from the face and eyes. Certainly this is only instantaneous, but it could surely be disconcerting to some — especially in a low-light scenario. It does compensate for muzzle flip, though.

The Glock G19-C may not be for everyone, but it is a consideration if pistol muzzle flip and recoil are a sensitive issue. Either way, Glock performance is assured.

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So Many Spydercos: The 2018 Catalog []

Following a flurry of late-year releases, Spyderco has updated their product guide for 2018. This 184-page treasure trove is filled with folders, fixed blades, and even several multi-tool designs.

While longtime favorites such as the Delica and Dragonfly retain their places, the company has also beefed up their collection of USA-Made blades, including the Shaman and upcoming Lil’ Native. Here are a few other models that could make an impact in the new year.

The ClipiTool ($52)



Behold, Spyderco’s latest entry into the world of multi-tools. This multi-function folder features a trio of blades, each composed of budget-minded 8Cr13MoV steel (Why not VG10, guys?). Each of the three tools – Blade, Can Opener, and Bottle Opener – are equipped with the company’s trademark “Round Hole” deployment system. The main blade is held in place with a liner lock, while the others are standard slipjoints. This is a fairly interesting package from Spyderco, especially given the 3.5-inch length of its primary blade.

The Waterway (?)

This fixed blade knife is a new addition to Spyderco’s Salt Series. As the name would indicate, it’s designed for use in an around aquatic environments. The blade is composed of the same rust-proof LC200N found on the popular Spydie Chef, equipped with a “full-flat grind, a distal taper, and an integral lower guard.” Fisherman, fowl hunters, and other outdoorsmen can expect good ergonomics from this 9.47-inch model, which comes with a Boltaron sheath and G-Clip mount. The price hasn’t been set on this one, so keep an eye out for retail details.

The Respect ($364)



Looking for something a little larger? Check out Spyderco savant Sal Glesser’s riff on an American classic. This 13.15-inch modern Bowie design is composed of CPM-154 steel, with seven inches of cutting edge. He’s included a prominent forward finger choil to help you control this monster, with a blade guard and hooked pommel in the rear. G-10 handles and a traditional leather sheath round out the package. If you’ve been tucking away a dollar each day for the past year, this would be an interesting way to spend ’em!

For the full Spyderco 2018 catalog, click here.

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas []

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The Two Way Range Part Two: Returning Fire [The Firearm Blog]

In an earlier TFB TV episode, we covered some of the experiences that combat veterans have gone through while under fire. We continue that discussion in this final episode, going into much more detail about some of the nuances and specific aspects of being in combat and actually returning fire back at the enemy. We […]

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Airsoft-turned-firearm seized in São Paulo, Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

The basic idea is, in fact, far from new: get an airsoft gun and transform it into the real McCoy, namely for a highly-illegal test project or for actual criminal purposes. The latter use was recently obvious when one such weapon was seized by officers of PMESP – Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo […]

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Man was acting in self-defense when he shot man with knife [NRA-ILA News]

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has ruled that a homeowner who shot and killed a man earlier this month outside his home was acting in self-defense.


7-Eleven clerk shot, critically wounded alleged robber in Oak Park [NRA-ILA News]

Police responded to an armed robbery about 11:30 p.m. at the convenience store in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue in Oak Park and found a man lying on the floor bleeding from the abdomen, according to village spokesman David Powers.


POTD: Suppressed .50BMG – Compensating Much? [The Firearm Blog]

Found this on Firearms And Tactical Consultants facebook page. It is a Victrix Armaments .50bmg rifle with a ridiculously large suppressor on the end. My new entry rifle from @victrix_armaments , suppressed 50 BMG. #victrixarmaments #beretta I am not sure who made that suppressor. A simple google search for .50bmg suppressors results in suppressors that […]

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An M17 MHS of Your Own – SIG Will Offer the Army’s New Pistol to Civilians [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army’s new sidearm, the SIG Sauer M17 Modular Handgun System, will soon be available for purchase on the civilian market. SIG’s Chief Marketing Officer Tom Taylor told about the decision, saying that about 5,000 of the full size M17 variant will be released to the civilian market sometime in early 2018:   “We […]

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Watch: ST9 9mm Pistol Review []

Sarsilmaz is a company I had never heard of until this video was posted on YouTube. According to the Sarsilmaz website, the company was founded in 1880, is a privately owned comapny in Turkey and produces a variety of handguns, rifles and shotguns.

The handgun in the video is a ST9, which is chambered in 9mm. In typical Sootch00 fashion he does an excellent video review of the ST9.


From the ST9 web page:

  • Capacity: 17+1
  • Barrel length: 4.5 inches
  • Overall length: 7.8 inches
  • Frame material: Polymer
  • Slide material: Alloyed Forged Steel
  • Safety: Ambidextrous manual; drop safety; firing pin block
  • Picatinny Rail
  • Transparent magazine

Now for the video.

Final Thoughts

I like that the ST9 comes with a manual safety. Some people may say, “Your finger is your safety”, which is not true. A safety is a mechanical device that “is not” affected by stress or emotions. Your finger “is” affected by stress, emotions, and reflexes. What are reflexes? Movements we do not control. I honestly wish more companies would give consumers a wider range of safety options.

Cheaper Than Dirt has an ST9 listed for $392.50, which makes the handgun very attractive. There are a number of people who can not afford a $600 handgun. So it is nice to see a company making a sub-400 dollar handgun.

Ambidextrous controls are a nice feature.

No magazine safety, so the handgun can be fired without the magazine.

Overall, the ST9 seems like a nice handgun.

Special thank you to Sootch00 for another excellent video. Keep up the great work.

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Fire Control Group Manufacturing SK-17 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

SK-17 (Semiautomatic Kalashnikov 2017) is a custom AKM-based rifle built by a company called Fire Control Group Manufacturing. Besides being a custom made rifle, it has several design changes which are supposed to increase the efficiency of the rifle. The first difference from the AKM is that the gas system has been shortened by drilling the […]

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3D Printed CARBON FIBER Suppressor to Be Introduced by Middlebranch Machine [The Firearm Blog]

Canton Ohio custom gunmaker Middlebranch Machine has released a teaser image of a new kind of suppressor, which they say is made of “carbon fiber composite” construction. Unlike previous efforts at making carbon fiber suppressors, Middlebranch Machine’s design does not seem to use a straight carbon-fiber tubing body, but appears to be 3D printed, instead. This is strongly suggested […]

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The Third Day Of TFB Christmas: Illumination [The Firearm Blog]

Flashlights are awesome gifts – useful, practical and for the most part, politically neutral. Of course, if you want to turn it up a notch, weapon lights, lasers and infrared devices offer advanced capabilities. While I’m currently shopping for a Surefire M600U Scout Light, hopefully my illumination dreams will one day become reality with a B.E. […]

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Preppers: Let’s Talk About Shotguns []

Ok preppers, in the grand scheme of things, what role does the shotgun play in your preps? Some people may say the shotgun is a key part of their arsenal, while others may say the shotgun is rarely needed.

My grandfather kept a shotgun over the front door of his house for decades; my great grandfather had a Remington 1100 he always kept handy; while my dad has killed countless squirrels and several deer with his Remington shotgun. If I had to pick one firearm to use for the rest of my life, it would be my Montgomery Ward Western Field (Mossberg 500) my dad bought me around 1980 or 1981. In 1980 I was 12 years old.

Someone is going to say, “Kevin, when settlers only had one firearm, that firearm was a shotgun”, and that is true. The thing is, we do not have to settle for just one firearm.

Here in the farm, the shotgun is probably the least used firearm. The Ruger 10/22 handles small game and pests in the chicken house, while the AR-15 handles larger pests. When it comes to deer hunting, there is the Marlin 336 and Remington model 700 in 280 / 7mm Express. The issue is, it takes three firearms to replace a shotgun. However, a shotgun is no replacement for a rifle. A shotgun is not going to make one inch groups at 100 yards.

While working around the farm what firearm do I bring for snakes? You guessed it, a shotgun.

In an urban settings or home defense, the shotgun has an important place. For example, I would not want to be on the receiving end of 00 buckshot.

If preppers wanted to stockpile one firearm to hand out to friends and family members, used shotguns would make an ideal choice. Walk into any pawn shop or gun show, and there should be a wide selection to pick from. I can not think of a single firearm that will give more return for the money than a shotgun.

The honest truth is, nothing comes close to the versatility of the shotgun. Whether is it hunting small game, waterfowl, home defense, protection from dangerous game, or prepping, the shotgun rules.

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M855A1 EPR Officially Adopted By US Marine Corps [The Firearm Blog]

The United States Marine Corps has finally officially announced its adoption of the 5.56mm M855A1 EPR round, developed in the late 2000s by the US Army, marking an important step towards ammunition commonality between the two services. Until now, the USMC has officially only used the legacy M855 round, and to a more limited extent […]

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Watch: Does Ant Hill Skull Cleaning Actually Work? []

Short answer: Probably not. But if you are an optimist, maybe you will have better luck than I — and this guy — have had.

Check it out and see what you think:

Like this guy, I have never had good results from trying to get ants to the dirty work of cleaning up a skull. Also like him, I’ve never known anyone who has — nor have I heard from someone reliable who has.

Have you ever tried it? Sound off in the comments below and let us know. Thanks.

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NEW Double Tap BINARY Trigger for Brugger & Thomet Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

Double Tap Arms has released a new version of their binary trigger for a number of Brugger & Thomet firearms including the APC9, APC45, P26, GHM9 pistol caliber carbines and APC223 rifle. The Double tap binary trigger set includes the trigger, hammer, disconnector, safety selector, safety selector detent spring as well as the trigger and hammer springs. […]

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Fires ravage LA-area shooting ranges [NRA-ILA News]

Most of the range facilities at the Angeles Shooting Ranges in Little Tujunga Canyon, including the Moore N’ Moore Sporting Clays range, where nearly all structures burned to the ground this past week by the Creek Fire, still burning in the Angeles National Forest and surrounding areas near Sylmar. The blaze has charred over 15,000 acres, and it was about 80 percent contained Saturday morning. The fire destroyed 105 structures and residences and damaged 70 others, including most of the range facilities.


Permit deadline looms for tens of thousands of N.Y. gun owners [NRA-ILA News]

A little known section of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's New York SAFE Act is causing big headaches for some upstate county officials who oversee pistol permits.


Debate over concealed carry reciprocity continues in Washington [NRA-ILA News]

A Republican quest for gun reform is underway on Capitol Hill. The efforts center around honoring concealed carry permits in every state. The National Rifle Association says they have been pushing for reciprocity legislation for years and now is the perfect time to get it done. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act recently passed through the House. It would force states to recognize concealed carry permits obtained in another state.


Homemade Firearm Modifications from the Ukrainian Conflict [The Firearm Blog]

Polish MILMAG gun magazine has published several images of homemade firearm modifications from the Ukrainian conflict. Reportedly, the photos are taken in one of the self-proclaimed republics. On the top image of this article, you can see a laminate bullpup stock made for the SVD rifle. It would probably be a good idea to add a wooden or polymer […]

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Khyber Pass Handmade Bolt Action AK Lookalike [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we are looking at a unique rifle in the National Firearms Centre collection – at first glance it appears to be an AK in a full-lenght rifle cartridge, using a Bren gun magazine. A closer look will show that it is actually a bolt action rifle, and a careful inspection just makes things stranger.

The entire weapon is manufactured from scratch, not using scrounged parts. While the magazine looks like aBren magazine and the bolt looks like a P14 Enfield, both are actually handmade. The “gas tube” is entirely decorative, and the “cleaning rod” is fake; both too short and too large in diameter to fit down the barrel. Intriguingly, the caliber of the rifle is a bit of a mystery – it is crudely marked “7MM”, but the barrel is larger than 7mm in diameter. The most likely cartridges for a rifle from this area of Afghanistan or the Khyber Pass / Darra region of Pakistan would be 8mm Mauser, .303 British, or 7.62x54R – and none of these fit. Since the filming of the video, a chamber cast has revealed that the cartridge is 7x57mm Mauser. It is entirely possible that the rifle is intended to be just a decoration. I would certainly not want to the the first person to try firing it…

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of this rifle-like object, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!



[Milipol 2017] Aimpoint’s Magnifiers [The Firearm Blog]

Already in January Aimpoint added three new accessory magnifiers to their product line, designed to work in conjunction with their reflex sights. The Aimpoint 3XC-1 intended as a standard grade for use by civilian and Law Enforcement shooters, with more of an “entry price level”. The Aimpoint 3XMag-1 and the Aimpoint 6XMag-1 are intended to […]

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10 Most Expensive Firearms Sold in December 2017 Rock Island Premiere Auction [The Firearm Blog]

Continuing our series of articles telling about the most expensive firearms sold in the major US auction houses, today we’ll take a look at the ten most expensive firearms sold in December 2017 Rock Island Premiere Auction. This time there are also two world records set. As in our previous installments, the prices shown are the […]

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A STEAMPUNK Bullpup? It’s the Thorneycroft Carbine, Old Chap! [The Firearm Blog]

Looking like the bizarre lovechild of a bolt-action rifle, a boat oar, and those weird prop rifles from the original Planet of the Apes movie, the Thorneycroft Carbine is one of the unsung “firsts” of the 20th Century. Specifically, this British repeater is the world’s first military bullpup rifle. Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons gives us a […]

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Extended Buffer Tube for AR Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Leapers Buffer TubeLeapers, Inc. is now offering an extended length buffer tube for use on AR pistols. Buffer tubes, also called receiver extensions, are the part of an AR that capture the buffer assembly and, on rifles, is the part onto which buttstocks mount. The new buffer tube measures 8.5″ in length. It is made of 7075-T6 aluminum […]

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Wonderful 1980s British Firearms Documentary Discovered [The Firearm Blog]

Alright, by “discovered” I mean a coworker sent me a YouTube link. But it IS wonderful. The video opens as two chaps drive a truck into a field and begin to offload a plethora of historic firearms. The narrator begins to offer an overview of muzzle loaders vs breech loaders, then dives into the history of late […]

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C&Rsenal Tackle The Mythical Pedersen Device [The Firearm Blog]

Episode 65 of C&Rsenal’s landmark rundown of the weapons of the Great War covers something very, very special – the Pedersen Device. John Pedersen’s ‘device’ has an almost mythical reputation as a World War One wonder weapon that could have been. It could be inserted into specially adapted M1903s (Mk1) and M1917s (Mk2), turning bolt […]

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Tuesday, 12 December


Review: LuminAID PackLite Max Solar Light & Phone Charger []

I’ve had the good fortune to test a LuminAID product recently; it’s a combination inflatable area light and portable battery (phone charger) called the Max 2-in-1, which can be charged via USB or the onboard solar panel.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Lantern/area light has 5 settings: Turbo, High, Medium, Low, and Flashing
  • Rated 150 lumens on Turbo mode for 3-5 hours
  • 50 hour max run time on Low Mode
  • Recharge using Micro USB (1-2 hours) or onboard high efficiency solar panel (12-14 hours)
  • 5V 2.4 amp USB output port to charge your devices from the onboard battery.
  • Built-in 2000 mAh battery has enough capacity to recharge most cell phones 100% and give your tablet a boost
  • Waterproof, floats, and can be submerged up to 1 meter deep (IP67)
  • Approximate dimensions: 6″ W x 6″ L X 1″ H (flat) / 6″ x 6″ x 6″ (inflated)
  • 100% PVC-free, lead-free, and RoHs compliant

Mine came with a red USB/micro USB cord about 39 inches long.

As I said, it’s a simple device — which often means it’s one of the best you can get. My testing showed the runtime claims to be accurate; with 3 of the 4 charge status lights on, I turned on the light in my small office at night. It provides enough light to see what’s going on, and to read by.

I simply pushed the button once to turn it on. This means it was on the TURBO setting, which is the brightest setting, and of course uses juice the fastest.

After almost 3 hours (2:47 to be exact), it abruptly died. Further testing proved this to be the case; when the power runs out, it’s out. There is no slow fade… and pushing the button to check the charge status indicates no charge at all.

I charged it overnight and let it sit for weeks, and it didn’t retain the charge well. After about 8 weeks, the light’s runtime was minimal before it kicked the bucket.

I meant to give it a nice long all-day solar charge on the following day, but life intervened and it only got to solar-charge a few minutes at sunset. Even at that, it ran for 10 minutes at the brightest setting before it switched off. I thought that was pretty good.

It has a small red light which illuminates when it has enough light to solar-charge, and it doesn’t take much daylight to light up that red light. So it gathers energy much better than previous generations of solar panels did.

It’s got a surprisingly durable strap, which can be looped around something or hung on a hook to suspend it so it can provide area light.

Here’s what the manufacturer says about it:

The PackLite Max Phone Charger introduces a 2-in-1 phone charger and solar lantern that charges mobile devices at the same speed as wall outlets. In addition to the high-efficiency solar panels, the PackLite Max Phone Charger can also be quickly charged through a new USB charge port (USB cord included). Our adjustable strap allows you to easily hang the lantern on trees or in tents, and can even be used to daisy-chain multiple lights together. Given the PackLite Max’s USB charging ability and expanded lighting area, it is an ideal lantern for family and RV campers.

I’m notoriously critical, but my only gripes here are that it’s made in China and the plastic part containing the USB in & out ports is pretty big. On the plus side, the solar panel works better than expected, the light is bright, and the battery life meets the manufacturer’s claims.

It’s a well-made light that works well and appears to be pretty durable to boot. The ability to charge your phone or other device is a pretty great bonus

MSRP is a bit steep for this country boy at $49.99, but if you buy via Amazon Prime, shipping is free.

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Tips for Buying Your Wife a Gun []

With working the annual December gun show and it being the Christmas season, I was not shocked when the call came: “My wife wants a pistol. We live out in the country fairly isolated. She was in the shower the other day when someone knocked on the door. Before she got to the door, they were gone. It scared her.”

“She needs a 22. It would be easy to shoot.” I nixed that idea right out of the chute. I ran through the usual inquiries about home defense and security. I suggested a shotgun, even a 20 gauge, or a handgun in a caliber that is suitable for realistic personal defense. Sorry guys — that is not a 22 rimfire.

Now, I know this guy and his wife well. I wish I could separate him from the process, because he is like so many “well meaning” husbands: He really doesn’t know squat about handguns or personal defense for that matter. My concern is that he will show up to buy his wife a gun without her input or choice in the fitting process.

So, what would I recommend? Again, for a rural household as an initial defense weapon, I would recommend a good pump shotgun like a Remington 870. If she cannot handle a 12 gauge, get a 20. With no kids in the house, load the shotgun and put it by the front door. If something comes up, work that slide as loudly as possible.

Back the shotgun up with a good handgun. I suggest a revolver for a first-time handgun shooter over a semi-auto pistol. Get her a 38 Special of good weight, or even a 357 Magnum which can also use 38 Special ammo. Without shooting experience, skip the 380 ACP or the 9mm this go-round. A revolver is easy to load, easy to point, and virtually without complication or functional issues.

The final thing I suggested was firearms training. He poo-pooed that, saying he could teach her. I told him that was the worst-case scenario and even offered to instruct her myself. I strongly advised a formal shooting course to build her confidence in shooting her new gun.

Guys, do your spouse a favor. Let her decide on her own handgun by handling it. Do not buy a gun for somebody else. They’ll probably never use it. Get her formal training. Then stuff her Christmas stocking with boxes of prime self-defense ammo. You’ll both sleep better at night.

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4 Under $40: Outdoor Gift Guide []

Quick! The holidays are almost here. Do you have your shopping done? If not, here are four recommendations for outdoor gifts and gadgets. I’ve personally owned and tested each of these pieces, all of which carry my unreserved recommendation. Pick up one for yourself, too.

Kershaw Dividend ($36)


The Kershaw Dividend is one of the best new knives of 2017. Its thin blade stock and excellent grind combine to create a spectacular slicer, perfect for food prep in the field. Though I haven’t personally attempted it, I suspect that it its precise tip would also be an asset when dressing small game. And, with 3-inches of cutting surface on its wharncliffe blade, you’ll have plenty of to tackle daily tasks.

The SpeedSafe assist (while not to everyone’s taste) is effectively employed here. It’s almost a necessity given the light weight of the USA-made 420HC steel. If you’re looking for an agile, efficient knife for a friend or family member, the Dividend is a solid bet.

UltraTac K18 ($30)


Why pay $30 for a flashlight? It’s a common question, especially given the profusion of cell phones and dollar-store lights. But if you or someone you know is serious about carrying a light, the UltraTac K18 is arguably the best of the bunch.

Packing 370 lumens on High, this multi-mode light includes a rechargeable 10440 Li-ion battery and USB power cable. It also runs on standard triple-A’s, though the output will drop a bit. Still, it’s hard to beat this sort of illumination from a light the size of your pinky finger. Add in its pocket clip and side switch, and the K18 really outshines the competition.

Fisher Backpacker ($16)


Look – Everyone needs a pen. Whether it’s signing for a package or filling out Christmas cards, these are vital instruments in our daily lives. So why not buy one to keep in your pocket? With its diminutive size and write-anywhere capability, the Fisher Backpacker is perfect for this role. Their famous Space Pen cartridge will continue to function at temperatures as high as 250 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as -30, meaning it can out-survive even the toughest weather. The stainless steel chassis and keychain clip are perfect for wilderness and urban carry, adding a touch of class to your pocket or bugout bag.

Klean Kanteen ($17)


Water filters are some of the handiest tools for hikers. But sometimes, a good old fashioned boil is the best way to clean your water. This single-insulated Klean Kanteen is perfect for such jobs, allowing you to heat water and other liquids by placing it directly against your coals or fire. Sure, it won’t have the temperature-holding power of modern beverage containers, but its versatility and lightweight nature have made it a mainstay of my outdoor loadout.

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas []

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Watch: A Confederate Sniper Rifle That Shoots Hexagonal Bullets []

The rifle in the video below was used by the Confederate States of America in the un-civil war — and it used hexagonal bullets! And it was listed for sale by the James D Julia auction house; here’s a link.

Bear in mind that Ian’s opening statement is just plain wrong; see the corrective video below for more on that. Turns out, he didn’t know how to read the accuracy data. To his credit, he owned up and published a video explaining how and why.

Anyhow, this rifle is listed as an “Extremely Rare Confederate Scoped 2nd Quality Whitworth Sharp Shooter’s Rifle.” Here’s some other info from the auction listing:

SN C544. 52 bore, .451 cal, with Whitworth’s distinctive hexagonal bore. There are 19 SNs known on scoped 2nd Quality Whitworth rifles. This example falls within this range that saw Confederate service, B509 and the highest C619. This gun conforms to the other examples known with “WHITWORTH RIFLE CO MANCHESTER” forward of hammer on lock and Crown over “W” rear of hammer and engraved on trigger guard plate “2ND QUALITY.”

The side-mounted scope is quite interesting:

The Japanned brass tube Davidson scope was adjusted for elevation by turning the knurled knob on the right side of the forearm. This loosened the clamp on the left side so the 1-1/2″ bar graduated in 1/16″ increments could be raised and lowered, pivoting on the rear mount secured by the rear lock plate screw… This gun was originally found with the telescopic sight and mounts missing which were later restored. This gun is just 10 numbers removed from the Whitworth which is part of the Chickamauga National Park Museum (SN C554) which is pictured in Firearms of the Confederacy (1944), plate XXIII and discussed on pages 27 and 28.

The .451-caliber bullet weighed a whopping 530 grains, propelled by only 70 grains of black powder.

Aside from the hexagonal bore, another departure from typical muzzleloaders of the time was that Whitworth bullets were typically made of a hard lead alloy, rather than the soft pure lead most often used in front-stuffers.

The following video is a correction to the one above; apparently the Whitworth just isn’t/wasn’t as accurate as Ian thought it was when he made the first video. Turns out, it was about 3.1 MOA (minute of angle). Still pretty dang good, but not quite as stellar as he thought it was.

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ERGO’s New Camo Grip for AR [The Firearm Blog]

AR gripERGO Grips announced an extension of its line of the ERGO 2 AR GRIP line of pistol grips for the AR platform. The new grip has an organic camouflage pattern dominated by browns. Due to the way the grips are made, each one has a unique appearance. The camo version of the ERGO 2 AR GRIP has a […]

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USMC ILBE Assault Pack: First Impressions []

While watching Ebay for various military surplus items, I came across an auction for a United States Marine Corp. ILBE Assault Pack. ILBE is an acronym for Improved Load Bearing Equipment. This is what the Marine Corp. is replaced its aging ALICE gear with.

As with other military surplus items, the pack had minor issues, such as a broken strap and a seized-up zipper. The starting bid was only around $1, so I took a gamble and bid on the pack. Bidding continued until the pack was won for a whopping $5.50 + shipping.

Why buy a pack that has issues? This is more of a testing sample than anything else.

The ILBE Assault Pack arrived and was unboxed. Condition was not that bad. The bottom piece of a shoulder strap had pulled loose from the pack. The top strap was attached to a compression strap, so the pack was still usable. The seized zipper was worked loose and is working fine. The zipper pulls were replaced with new paracord.

As this article is written I am 49 years old and have been hiking and camping for more than 35 years. These first impressions of the ILBE Assault Pack are based on my personal experience. Your mileage may vary.


First Impressions

Advertised size is 27L, which equals 1,647 cubic inches. I have gone on overnight warm weather camping trips with less than that. This should be enough room for hammock, poncho, poncho liner, canteens, water filter, hygiene kit, and a few other items.

No straps on the bottom or top. One way to save room inside the pack is to strap stuff on the outside. It is rather difficult to strap stuff to the top or bottom when there are no straps nor strapping points.

Neither shoulder strap is replaceable. Meaning, this pack was probably designed to be disposable. If a strap breaks, throw the pack away and get another one. Contrast this to the Medium ALICE pack where the straps are replaceable.

No webbing on the shoulder straps. There is no way to attach a compass pouch to the shoulder straps, or a bandage pouch.

Outer compartment is large enough for basics: TOPO maps, water filter, rain poncho, snacks… etc.

The pack has YKK zippers, which is a big plus.


For military surplus, this pack is missingmany features that similar packs have had for decades. Even the ALICE pack has webbing on the bottom. If someone is looking for a day pack that can carry the basics, the ILBE Assault Pack looks like a good investment. However, if you want features, there are better options on the market.

However, I will reserve final judgement until the ILBE Assault Pack has a few miles on it. The pack will be taken on a couple of hiking trips during the spring of 2018. We will have to wait and see how to performs before I can reach a final decision.

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Man shot after breaking into Summerville apartment [NRA-ILA News]

A man is in the hospital after Summerville Police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, only to be shot by the woman’s current boyfriend.


Watch: How to Tighten a Shotgun’s Bite []

If you use a break-action shotgun, especially a side-by-side, you might have noticed it getting loose. I have a few old heirloom clunkers which could definitely use some improvement.

When I say “loose,” I mean in the area where the barrels and receiver fit together. In this video, Larry Potterfield is joined by Jack Rowe, who demonstrates how to check just how bad the fit is — and how to fix it if it only needs a minor adjustment of the bite.

There are two bites: The front, which acts as the hinge, and the rear bite, which engages with the bolt to hold the action closed. This process tightens up the rear bite, so the action won’t rattle and the lever will be once again right of center.

How does he do the work? With a two-pound hammer, of course!

It’s no good trying to do it with a small hammer; start with a big hammer.

Sounds right!

What he does is peen the steel to move some of the metal upward to raise the surface on which the bolt “bites” to latch the gun together. No need to add metal by welding, as you might assume would be the only way to renew the worn surface. Sweet!

A little cleanup with a file to remove evidence of the clobbering and polish, and you’re done. A simple process indeed.

I love Mr. Rowe’s British accent.

Closes like a safe door now, dunnit?


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Homeowner holds alleged burglar at gunpoint [NRA-ILA News]

A Port St. Lucie homeowner held a burglar at gunpoint Sunday night until police arrived, investigators said


Honor Defense Announces New Color Options for Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Honor DefenseHonor Defense is a newer gun company making the Honor Guard compact pistol. In an apparent attempt to offer its customers more options, the company is now offering a greater variety of frame colors. As some other manufacturers have discovered, there is a significant number of shooters that want guns in colors that cannot be […]

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What Are Your Prepping Goals For 2018? []

Since the new year is still a few weeks away, it may seem a little early to be talking about prepping goals for 2018. However, as we get closer to 2018 our time will be consumed by Christmas, friends, family, and New Year celebrations. Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way so we can enjoy the rest of the year.

What are your prepping goals for 2018? For example, let’s say someone has an interest in solar power, but never bought a solar panel. Someone else may want to go fishing and has never been fishing. While someone else may want to introduce their children to outdoor activities.

For the sake of discussion I would like to share how my time is divided between prepping activities and what I would like to focus on in 2018.

Late Winter and Early Spring

Here on the farm I have around seven to nine acres I would like to fence in for cattle, goats, and sheep. While the leaves are off the trees I can see through the underbrush and work out where the fence should go. In the late winter/early spring of 2017 I got about half the fenceline cleared. Hopefully, the other half can be cleared in 2018 and fence can be put up.

Since this is physically demanding work, the more I can get done during cool weather the better. Then when summer rolls around it will be a matter of driving t-posts, setting corner posts, and running fence.

Late Spring to Early Summer

This time of year is for gardening, fishing, and hiking. By the time July and August roll around, daytime temps here in southeast Texas are in the mid-to-upper 90s. Solo hiking in hot weather can be dangerous. If heat exhaustion or heat stroke sets in, the hiker could be in serious danger. Because of this, I like to get my hiking done before the summer heat kicks in.

Potatoes are planted in February, while the rest of the garden is planted in March. I usually plant around the Ides of March or a week or two later. If the weather is good, we usually start picking beans and squash in May. Okra is a hot-weather crop and will usually be planted in May.


Summer in this part of Texas is like working in an oven. The daytime heat index can be close to 110 degrees with humidity in the 80%-90% range. With humidity that high, sweat does not evaporate. Because of the heat and humidity, outdoor activities are limited in length and exertion.

I have a strange feeling I will be working into the summer to get that fence put up.

During the heat of the summer, my hiking trips are shortened to just a few miles, while in early spring a trip may be seven to ten miles.

Goals For 2018

  • Fence in a few acres for livestock.
  • Maybe plant a garden.
  • Go hiking.
  • Go fishing.
  • Do some gear reviews.

The goal is to develop a sustainable farm with livestock, fruit trees and a garden area.

Okay readers, what are some of the topics you want to focus on in 2018?

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NRA Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act [NRA-ILA News]

National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action executive director, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement on Tuesday regarding President Donald Trump's signature on the National Defense Authorization Act


Three Pinocchios: Pelosi’s claim the House GOP is ‘inviting’ violent criminals to carry concealed weapons [NRA-ILA News]

Pelosi’s tweet inspired such anger because responsible gun owners believe their rights are being curtailed, even if they follow the concealed-carry rules — while violent criminals who want to have a gun are not going to be bothered with following such rules in the first place.


Iowa Poll: Most believe more gun control won't reduce mass shootings [NRA-ILA News]

A majority of Iowans believe increased controls on gun purchases won't reduce mass shootings, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.


NATO’s Forgotten First AK: The Madsen LAR [The Firearm Blog]

The Cold War is famous as the squaring off of two superpowers: The United States, and the Soviet Union, and their duel-by-proxy in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. The standard rifles of each side, as well, became proxies: On the Soviet side, the famous AK-47 (more properly AK and AKM), and on the US […]

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Gun Owners of America: Say No To Fix NICS []

When the investigation started into the Sutherland Springs, Texas church murders, it became known that Devin Patrick Kelley should not have been able to purchase a firearm. While serving in the Air Force, he’d had a conviction of family violence. This was not a charge of simple assault; Devin Patrick Kelley beat his stepson until the child’s skull cracked.

For some reason the conviction was not reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Thus, Devin Kelley was able to legally purchase the firearms he used to murder 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

In response to the Air Force not reporting Devin Kelly to NICS, the Cornyn-Schumer bill (S. 2135) (aka Fix NICS) bill was introduced.

The premise of the bill is simple:

  • Reward states and government agencies who accurately report people to NICS.
  • Punish states and government agencies who do not report people to NICS.

However, Gun Owners of America (GOA), the only gun rights organization who refuses to compromise, opposes the Fix NICS bill. According the Gun Owners of America, if someone has an unpaid speeding ticket, they can be denied the right to buy a firearm.

From Gun Owners of America: Senate Begins Consideration of the Worst Gun Control in Over a Decade

The Senate held its first hearings Wednesday on the most serious gun control threat in over a decade.

The bill is the Cornyn-Schumer-Feinstein-Blumenthal-Murphy legislation, S. 2135. And it would bribe the states and force federal agencies to send every possible eligible name to the national gun ban list, NICS.

This means that a whole lot of decent Americans are going to be added into the system.


If you have a terrible — but unenforced — statute and you come along with legislation to mandate enforcement, is that a bad thing?

Obviously, it is.

And the unenforced statutes and regulations surrounding the 1968 Act (18 U.S.C. 922(g)), the 2007 Veterans Disarmament Act, and the regulations implementing them are so sucky that they, if fully enforced, would disarm millions — perhaps tens of millions — of decent Americans.

The Code of Federal Regulations disarms you if a “lawful authority” determines you are a “danger” or are unable to manage your checkbook (see 27 CFR 478.11). “Lawful authority” means a psychiatrist who determines whether a person is eligible for federal benefits. Under these provisions, over 257,000 veterans have lost their guns.


As much as I would like to see criminals added to the NICS system, I have to side with GOA.

There is an old saying: “United we stand, divided we fall.” We can not divide ourselves from GOA. We have to stand together and put up a unified front against the gun grabbers.

Question to the readers, do you support GOA’s decision on Fix NICS? The law has been in effect since the 1990s. Why introduce new gun legislation now?

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.224 VALKYRIE Barrels Released by JP Enterprises [The Firearm Blog]

Those eagerly awaiting the market for the new .224 Valkyrie round have something to celebrate. Gunmaker JP Enterprises recently announced that they are now offering three different barrels for the new cartridge, in 20″ light, 20″ medium, and 22″ medium contours. All three barrels use the somewhat unusual “extra long” gas system, which is two […]

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CMP Emails List of Requirements for 1911 Purchase [The Firearm Blog]

We’ve been hearing the rumors since May 2015 that the U.S. Government might release 10,000 surplus M1911 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (per year). Speculation that historical IPSC-type matches could result raised interest, and when the National Defense Act of 2016 was passed it allowing the US Army to transfer possession of the firearms to CMP. Earlier […]

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The Second Day Of TFB Christmas: Targets [The Firearm Blog]

I have been searching for the right steel silhouette target for a few months and I still haven’t made a decision. Instead of hanging new paper every three to four courses of fire, I am looking for a standard size target that can handle rimfire, pistol and rifle rounds – all within 100 yards or […]

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Converting the Lebel to 7.5mm: The M27 Lebel [Forgotten Weapons]

Get your “Only Dropped Once” shirt here, and do your part to push back against the stereotype of the French soldier!

In the aftermath of World War One, the French military instituted a plan to introduce a completely new roster of small arms. This would begin with the development of a modern rimless rifle cartridge, which was adopted in 1924. With the new cartridge in hand, programs were begun to develop a light machine gun, bolt action rifle, and semiautomatic rifle using it. To supplement these new arms – especially during their development and production – plans were also made to convert existing 8mm rifles to the new cartridge.

The two rifles in large supply, of course, were the Lebel and the Berthier. The St Etienne arsenal was tasked with developing a Berthier conversion (this would become the M34 Berthier), and the Tulle arsenal was assigned to do the same with the Lebel. The first prototype was ready for testing in 1927. That first example was not satisfactory, and iterative development would continue into the early 1930s. Ultimately, the Lebel conversion was simply not as well liked by troops or as effective as the M34 Berthier, and so the Berthier was chosen for mass production. A total of about 1500 Lebel M27 conversions would be made by 1940, in a wide variety of configurations including different barrel lengths, rifling patterns, and optics mounting setups. While this did not result in a successful production rifle, it would inform the development of the MAS-36, and not go to waste. In addition, a number of M27 rifles would be converted into pressure testing guns to assist in ammunition development.


Poland’s New Pistol: The FB Radom PR-15 RAGUN [The Firearm Blog]

In addition to adopting a new service rifle, Poland is also seeking to replace its current P64, P83 and WIST-94 pistols. In addition to the MSBS Grot 5.56×45 rifle, FB “Łucznik” Radom will also provide the PR-15 RAGUN, the Polish army’s new 9x19mm sidearm. The pistol’s current name ‘RAGUN’ comes from a combination of Radom […]

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Taurus CTT40C .40 S&W carbine: the last of a series? [The Firearm Blog]

Our recent series of articles on submachine guns and semi-auto carbines that have come out from ForjasTaurus during the past few years comes to an end with the .40 S&W CTT40C, apparently still in production and in service with some State LE agencies, including those of Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, and Santa […]

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Ruger Now Offering 10/22 Carbine and Scope Package [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger 10/22 KitPerhaps a “just in time for Christmas” kind of gun, the new package from Sturm, Ruger & Co. might be of interest to a lot of shooters – especially new ones who have not yet bought themselves a good rimfire rifle. The new kit pairs a classic 10/22 rifle with a hard case and factory mounted […]

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Stabilize your Christmas tree the TFB way [The Firearm Blog]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I do love Christmas time, but it seems that every year I lose some of the plugs that go on the end of the stabilizing bolts for the tree stand.  There’s a fun firearms-related solution to this problem that I came up with:  empty brass!  Slip some […]

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10mm Hi-Point Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

Hi-PointIf you fall into the overlapping portion of a Venn diagram between 10mm aficionados, pistol caliber carbine shooters and Hi-Point fans, your dream gun is officially here: the 10mm Hi-Point carbine. The new 1095TS is a 10mm carbine with a number of nice features and a very attractive price. This is the finalized version of […]

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Ed Brown FX1 9mm Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Ed Brown FX1Ed Brown Products, Inc. announced the company is now manufacturing a new 9mm 1911-style pistol called the FX1. According to the company, the FX1 is the company’s “most cutting-edge and innovative 9mm [pistol] to date.” This new pistol uses a Government sized frame with a Commander length slide. The barrel is 4.25″ long, and the […]

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Monday, 11 December


Review: Etymotic GunSport Pro Electronic Ear Protection []

Recently I was sent a set of Etymotic GunSport Pro Electronic Ear Protection to review. I had always been interested in smaller “in-ear” active protection but was also cautious about the effectiveness. Since I have gotten into precision long range, ear pro has become an issue—over the ear can prevent a good consistent cheek weld. Also, a couple of other things I do in my professional life make over-ear protection impractical.

Technical Specifications

Everything in the box that comes with the Etymotic GunSport Pro

Everything in the box that comes with the Etymotic GunSport Pro

In the Box:

  • Earplugs
  • Assortment of Tips
  • Flexible neck cord
  • Filter Tool (and replacement filters)
  • Cleaning Tools
  • (8) #10 batteries
  • Case

GSP electronic earplugs use Etymotic’s ACCU•Technology with high-definition balanced-armature drivers, high-sensitivity microphones and wide dynamic range compression signal processing.

The circuitry in the GunSport Pros automatically changes output levels as ambient sound input levels change. As sound levels increase, earplugs gradually provide 15-dB sound reduction. Natural hearing is restored when sound returns to safe levels. Below are a couple of charts showing the ranges:


I wore them at a couple of different venues, in addition to a ton of range time. I wore them at Springfield Armory’s Desert Duel (2017’s media event) for a good portion of the time (I wanted to contrast with my over-ear protection). I also wore them on a couple of ten-hour shifts with the Sheriff’s Department where I am a Reserve Deputy.

Scary ear closeup. the Etymotics fit well in the ear and are all-day comfortable.

Scary ear closeup. The Etymotics fit well in the ear and are all-day comfortable.

It is obviously important to fit the right tips to the size of your ear canal. Once you do that, they are super comfortable. I really stopped noticing them after a few minutes, which is not something I can say about any other in-ear device I’ve used.

The sound was great (not Bose or anything), but I could definitely still differentiate a good range. I could tell I had ear pro in, but they didn’t hamper hearing like squishy plugs. As soon as there was a shot, they actively blunted the sound down to comfortable levels. I did notice that during sustained sets, it was a little challenging to hear other sounds—which is the same that I have experienced with every other type of ear pro I’ve ever used.

I did not use them indoors, but you would likely want to consider over the ear protection in addition to these—indoor ranges can get shockingly loud.

The amplification is pretty good. You enable it by flipping a little switch on the side. Even with amplification, the sound reduction is still active. I imagine that usage will drain the batteries a little more, but I never ran them continuously long enough to have the batteries die (I always replaced at each new venue).

When not in use I open the battery compartment and store them in the provided case. This maximized my battery life.

When not in use I open the battery compartment and store them in the provided case. This maximized my battery life.

You need to plan for use with them. With my old over the ear style, I could turn them off and leave them in my range kit for weeks on end if needed. Since the batteries for these are activated by the air, once you pull the tab, your clock starts ticking. Also, the unit becomes active as soon as you close the battery door. You can conserve battery life by popping the batteries out between uses.

During my ten hour shifts, the ear pro ran the entire time, and it was nice to be able to amplify hearing during searches. They stayed well seated during all of the activity you expect during a shift. Fortunately, there was no need to test out the noise reduction feature.

The switch on the left side of the unit (as in the picture) flip the mode from standard to enhanced.

The switch on the left side of the unit (as in the picture) flip the mode from standard to enhanced.

The neck cord I found to be pretty useless. It was just too thin and kept getting tangled up the way I was using it. I think the idea is great if you are constantly taking them out of your ears. Personally, I just kept them in my ears throughout all of the events/shifts I wore them through. At the end of use, I just put them back in the little case and the case in my pocket.


After using the Etymotics for a few months now, I can definitely see the appeal. They are a great addition to my shooting kit, as well as usage on shift work where you may expect sudden loud noises, as well as sustained noise beyond hearing safe level. They allow your ears to breathe so you don’t get the normal sweaty mess. Also, they do not interfere with cheek weld on a rifle.

The biggest downside is the batteries—you will go through batteries, roughly $0.50/range trip if you only go once a week (you can buy a brick of sixty batteries on Amazon for around $15).

While they are a little pricey at $299 (cost at Amazon at time of writing), that is a very small investment to protect hearing. If you shoot or are potentially around non-hearing safe noise, and over-the-ear protection is not feasible or practical, these will serve you well.

You can find more information at their website:

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Cold Weather? Don’t Warm Your Car Engine! []

A recent Popular Mechanics article challenges the long-held notion that, in cold weather, you should let your vehicle’s engine run at idle to warm it up before you drive it. The days of warming up the engine so it will run better went out with carburetors, they say.

Warming up your car before driving is a leftover practice from a time when carbureted engines dominated the roads. Carburetors mix gasoline and air to make vaporized fuel to run an engine, but they don’t have sensors that tweak the amount of gasoline when it’s cold out. As a result, you have to let older cars warm up before driving or they will stall out. But it’s been about 30 years since carbureted engines were common in cars.

Gasoline — especially at lower temperatures when more of it if injected — tends to dissolve some of the oil that protects its cylinder bores from the rings (and vice-versa). As Dad used to say: Un-good.

The life of components like piston rings and cylinder liners can be significantly reduced by gasoline washing away the lubricating oil, not to mention the extra fuel that is used while the engine runs rich. Driving your car is the fastest way to warm the engine up to 40 degrees so it switches back to a normal fuel to air ratio. Even though warm air generated by the radiator will flow into the cabin after a few minutes, idling does surprisingly little to warm the actual engine. The best thing to do is start the car, take a minute to knock the ice off your windows, and get going.

This isn’t the end of the story, though. Dogging a cold engine isn’t good for it either, so take it easy until it gets up to temp.

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Ohio: Self-Defense Bill to be Heard in Committee [NRA-ILA News]

This week, there will be two important committee meetings taking place. Tomorrow, December 12, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be a discussing any possible amendments and/or testimony for any of the bills that are listed on the agenda, including Senate Bill 180.  On Wednesday, December 13, a substitute bill will be released in the House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations, addressing the same issue as SB 180 as well as some other Second Amendment related issues.


Hornady .44spl 165gr FTX gel test and review [The Firearm Blog]

We shoot Hornady .44spl 165gr FTX ammunition from a S&W Model 69 with a 4.25″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Buy it at Ventura Munitions Bare gel: Penetration: 11.3″, 11.7″ Retained weight: 163.8gr, 162.5 Max expansion: 0.701″, 0.706″ Min expansion: 0.596″, 0.612″ Heavy clothing: Penetration: 11.8″, 12.2″ […]

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Hornady Offers New 9mm Load in Critical Duty Ammo Line [The Firearm Blog]

Hornady Critical DutyHornady Manufacturing recently announced an expansion to its Critical Duty line with a new 9mm load. The new load uses a 124 gr FlexLock bullet that is lighter than the previous 135 grain offerings in this line. The 124 grain Critical Duty load is loaded to “+P” pressures. Existing 135 grain loads are offered in both […]

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On the Third Day of Christmas []

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Securing Handguns in a Vehicle []

Nearly every day there is news of weapons being stolen from private vehicles out in public places. Recently there was a rash of teenagers combing a residential neighborhood checking for unlocked vehicles parked in the driveways of private homes. They were eventually caught and seven, yes 7 handguns were recovered. The cars were unlocked. Can you spell s-t-u-p-i-d?

So, what are some recommended ways to keep a gun in a vehicle that is both concealed from public view, obviously out of sight, but still capable of being accessed quickly when the need arises. There are many options.

Gun concealment holsters are available from Gum Creek out of Oxford, Georgia. They offer a variety of “holsters” for handgun security in vehicles. These include their basic holster with a mount that permits placement underneath the steering column, which is hard to see from outside a vehicle. They also offer a fully concealed handgun holster mount for vehicles. Additionally, Gun Creek has a car vault that can lock up a handgun in a vehicle. Check all their products at

I have used the Gum Creek holster that hooks up under the dash below the steering column. It is a very functional and sturdy holster that once mounted fully secures your handgun, but in such a position that allows for easy and quick reach from the driver or passenger seat.

Just look around your vehicle as you are seated in the driver’s seat. This will help you determine what spaces are within easy reach to grab a handgun when needed. These are only for use during actual travel, not when you vacate the ride.

Most vehicles have some kind of a center console. If there is a lift up top to keep a gun out of view that is even better. A small pistol could be carried in a black, obscure holster like a Sticky Holster that can hide the gun in plain sight, but also be placed in a pants pocket when departing the vehicle.

This same set up can be used to slide the pistol down beside the seat, but we sure it is secure and does not slide or vibrate down out of reach or become lodged. Door panel pockets cab work, too. If your handgun is small and light, it might fit above a sun visor.

Carrying a gun in a vehicle is serious business. Keep it out of sight, but ready. Take it with you when you leave the car, and always lock up the vehicle regardless.

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Tactical Performance Gun Cleaning Kits []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Once in a while you run across a cool piece of gear without really trying. On a Spring Break rummaging trip this week with my youngest daughter to Academy, I just happened onto a neat little compact and portable gun cleaning kit. In fact, I happened onto two of them.

The Tactical Performance tradename is exclusive to Academy Sports stores so look for this gear at their retail outlets or on line. These small, lightweight gun cleaning kits are sized for the .357/9mm or .38 caliber so it will work with the .38 Special, too and the .45 Cal for the .45 ACP or the .45 Long Colt. I also saw one for the AR-15 rifle in .223/5.56 caliber.

These kits come complete inside a compact plastic case with everything needed tool wise inside. The case latches on the side with a positive snap over latch. The top then hinges over so the top remains attached. That alone is a cool feature so the case does not become separated or the top lost in camp, out on the trail, or at the shooting bench.

Inside the pistol cleaning kit are the following tools and components:
• A multi-function handle
• Six piece drive set; 2 flat blades, 2 Phillips bits, 1 star bit, 1 hex bit
• Two brass rods
• One brass cleaning bore brush
• One barrel cleaning mop
• One slot tip
• One brass jag
• 25 cleaning patches
When the two rod sections are screwed together then the slot tip added to the handle, the assembled cleaning rod is 11.5 inches in length. The handle has a positive grip rubberized texture for a non-slip hold. The rod pieces assemble tight so there is no wobble at all.

On the opposite end of the handle is a socket insert for use with the six pieces of the driver set. This set up would be handy for in the field repairs, parts replacement, or just to tighten up the most common screws and fasteners found on guns.

The brass jag could be useful for dislodging stuck patches or even a bullet in the barrel under dire circumstances. The patches and mop can do a good job of providing a quick bore cleaning job in the field. Just pack a small bottle of solvent and gun oil in a zip lock bag with some extra patches and a wipe down cloth and you’re ready to go.

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POTD: Aim Small Miss Small In Taiwan [The Firearm Blog]

Chen Lee, aka SMG LEE, recently shared this photo of a target that he saw in Taiwan. According to my wife, the top right says “Holding gun mode, Half Person target”. The bottom right says “Made by Security Police Number 1 Team” The target zones are interesting. The 10 ranked zones are the forehead, center […]

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Suspect shot during attempted home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

A suspect has been hospitalized after police say he was shot during an attempted home invasion


Soviet Armored WW2 Patrol Boat BK-31 recovered in Stalingrad [The Firearm Blog]

Boats built like a floating tanks, sometimes fitted with T-34 tank turrets, anti-aircraft guns and lots of machine guns, were used in the fight for Stalingrad. Volgograd, as the city is called today, was called Stalingrad between 1925 to 1961. Last month the Soviet Armored Patrol Boat BK-31 was recovered from the river of Volga, and […]

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Homeowner holds burglar at gunpoint until police arrive [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner held a burglar at gunpoint and broadcast the entire thing on Facebook live Wednesday until police arrived.


Store owner shoots suspect during armed robbery [NRA-ILA News]

A Whitehaven store owner fought back when two armed robbers came into his store.


East Chicago robbery suspect shot by security guard [NRA-ILA News]

security guard shot and wounded a man Thursday as the man robbed a cellphone store


Armed Jurupa Valley homeowner stops burglary suspect [NRA-ILA News]

A 70-year-old armed homeowner was able to stop a would-be burglar Friday afternoon, holding him at gunpoint until authorities arrived.


Man shoots alleged robber in Uptown carjacking [NRA-ILA News]

The New Orleans Police Department reported five robberies between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, according to a preliminary offense log.


Homeowner Scares Off Hatch-Wielding Burglar [NRA-ILA News]

A standoff situation in NW Oklahoma City ended after two hours when police discovered the suspect was not inside the home.


Reciprocity Passed The House But Will It Pass The Senate [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Ian Argent, in a guest post at Shall Not Be Questioned, has run the numbers on HR 38 to see the chances it will pass in the Senate. He compared how the Senate voted on a proposal for carry reciprocity put forth by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in 2013 and how he expects them to vote now.

Starting with the 2013 vote (57 Ayes to invoke cloture), I did up a spreadsheet of the likely vote results in 2017, based on current occupancy, the 2013 vote, and the Senators political stances on the issue.

I came out with maximum of 59 Aye votes (assuming Luther Strange gets to vote Aye or his replacement votes Aye).

The vote delta (because we had both gains and losses)

NH: -1 (Maggie Hassan replaced Kelly Ayotte)

IA: +1 (Joni Ernst replaced Tom Harkin)

SD: +1 (Mike Rounds replaced Tim Johnson)

WV: +1 (Shelley Moore replaced John Rockefeller)

However, what I don’t see is the 60th vote. I broke out the Nay votes who are in seats up in 2018 in states that voted for Trump

Bill Nelson is a hard NO
Claire McCaskill is a hard NO
Sherrod Brown is a hard NO
Bob Casey is a firm No
Tammy Baldwin is a hard NO
Unfortunately, I think Ian is correct. So long as the Senate has the filibuster on everything but judicial nominees, then 60 votes are going to be required.

I was looking at the vote in the House on HR 822 back in 2011. It was interesting to compare that with the vote on HR 38. HR 38 passed the House last week by a vote of 231-198. The ayes included 6 Democrats and 225 Republicans while the nays included 184 Democrats and 14 Republican. By contrast, the vote back in 2011 was 272-154 in favor of passage. The big difference can be attributed to 43 Democrats voting in favor of concealed carry reciprocity.

Of those 43 Democrats who voted in favor of concealed carry reciprocity in 2011, many are no longer in the House. A couple such as Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) have moved on to the Senate. In fact, they were two of the Democrats who voted in favor of Cornyn's bill in 2013. What is disturbing, however, are the 13 Democrats who voted in favor of reciprocity in 2011 who voted no on it in 2017 even though the bill contained the Fix NICS Act. What made them switch their vote on reciprocity for an aye to a nay? Did the Democrats crack the whip on those members or was it that they were warned that they would have a primary opponent funded by Mike Bloomberg?

If any of the these 13 are your representative in Congress, I'd be asking why.

  1. Andre Carson (D-IN)
  2. Jim Cooper (D-TN)
  3. Joe Courtney (D-CT)
  4. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  5. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) (though he was a surprise aye vote)
  6. Brian Higgins (D-NY)
  7. Rick Larsen (D-WA)
  8. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)
  9. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
  10. Terri Sewell (D-AL)
  11. Adam Smith (D-WA)
  12. Tim Walz (D-MN)
  13. Gene Green (D-TX)


David Codrea On Robert Mueller And Gunwalking [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

David Codrea along with the late Mike Vanderboegh were the two independent journalists who helped bring Operation Fast and Furious to the light of day. I doubt there is anyone around today who has a better knowledge of it than David. Thus, it was with great interest that I saw a post by David at asking about former FBI Director Robert Mueller's role in the affair.

The key part:

He (Mueller) was asked to stay on beyond his 10-year term by Barack Obama, curiously just as things were starting to heat up on the Operation Fast and Furious investigations by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “Gunwalking” and the Brian Terry murder took place on his watch, and Mueller’s FBI, with its confidential informants being tracked as suspects by ATF, was up to its neck in things.

Outrageously, there is no reason to expect Congress to be any more successful at exposing the full truth than they have been so far at holding Eric Holder accountable for his Fast and Furious obstruction. Nor, as we see from the preponderance of agenda reporting, lies of omission and outright fake news can establishment media be relied on. As with the original Fast and Furious reporting, expect new revelations to come from independent efforts while those with the mass reach fall back on deliberate indifference and hoping not too many notice.
 David notes that Mueller condemned the Supreme Court's decision in DC v. Heller. It may be just a coincidence and it may be that Mueller along with Eric Holder was helping to pull the strings. We just don't know. However, I will say that David rarely speculates without substantial evidence in hand.

David goes on to add that an independent film that had been shelved dealing with Operation Fast and Furious is being resurrected.

See David's post for the complete story on the film and on Mueller.


The First Day Of TFB Christmas: Gunsmithing Tools [The Firearm Blog]

Well, it’s that time of year again – the holiday season is upon us and with it comes the the stress of both giving and receiving gifts. Fear not, we are going to spend the next 12 days giving you ideas for that special shooter in your life. And while your at it, what don’t […]

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The new Vihtavuori High Energy reloading powder: N565 [The Firearm Blog]

Vihtavuori – just a bit hard to pronounce for anyone not born and fluent in Finnish – but they make great reloading powders. They have just released the N565, which is their new High Energy powder. The N565 is designed to fill the gap between the Vihtavuori N560 and N570 high energy rifle powders. The […]

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The HK G11 Caseless Rifle IN ACTION – Rare Footage [The Firearm Blog]

Recently on The Firearm Blog we talked about one of the great might-have-beens, the German caseless G11 rifle developed by Heckler & Koch during the 1970s and 1980s. Today we have a video from 1990 filmed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds of a demonstration of the G11K2 on the firing range. The first part of the demonstration […]

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Q&A with Larry Vickers: German WW2 Gun and Modern Small Arms [Forgotten Weapons]

Larry Vickers has published the newest book in the Vickers Guide series, and it looks at German small arms of World War II – the first of two volumes to do so. I had a hand in the project writing a substantial chunk of the text, and so I met up with Larry to sign copies of the book. And since we were in the same room together, what better to do than a Q&A? These questions, as always, were provided by my wonderful group of supporters at Patreon
1:02 – Any guns you regret selling?
2:08 – Condensed bio
5:13 – Is the DI system in the AR good or bad?
8:03 – What was Larry’s involvement in the HK 416?
9:04 – Why is the AK so good?
11:16 – 7.62×39 or 5.45×39?
12:39 – What gun do you want to add to your personal collection?
13:31 – Why is the AR guy (Vickers) doing a book on German WWII guns?
15:00 – Was the massive German R&D in WWII good or bad for them?
17:22 – If you were in WWII, what rifle and what job would you want?
19:40 – Thoughts on the Stoner 63
22:26 – As a lefty, how do you shoot bolt action rifles?
24:18 – What is the most interesting piece of firearms history development?
25:28 – What handgun would you have picked for the new Army handgun?
27:56 – Before the M4, what rifles/carbines did elite units use?
31:48 – Plans for another 1911 build class?
33:42 – Why were the Germans unique in developing a GPMG?
36:44 – Why does H&K hate 10mm?
39:38 – Preference for Inglis vs FN High Power?


Experimental Mosin-Nagant Rifle Chambered in 7.62x39mm [The Firearm Blog]

In the ’40s, the Soviet Union has developed its intermediate cartridge (7.62x39mm) and adopted a number of firearms chambered in this caliber – the Simonov self-loading rifle (SKS), Kalashnikov’s “avtomat” (AK-47) and Degtyaryov light machine gun (RPD). However, there was another firearm developed in this caliber which was not adopted and ultimately became forgotten. Thanks to […]

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SAUER SL5 Inertia Operated Semi-Auto Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Introduced earlier this year, the SL5 shotgun represents Sauer’s entry into the market of inertia operated semi-auto shotguns. The actual mechanism of this shotgun is designed in cooperation with Italian Breda company. Sauer engineers built the rest of the gun around the Breda action. Thanks to Sauer’s Ergofit shims the owners can adjust the drop […]

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On the Justice & Drew radio show to discuss Congress passing concealed handgun reciprocity [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Justice & Drew on Minnesota's giant 50,000-watt KTLK about Congress' debate over concealed handgun reciprocity.  Audio available here.

(Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 9:36 to 9:52 AM)


The Perfect Christmas Gift For That Special Operator in Your Life: A Chocolate MPX [The Firearm Blog]

Christmas is coming. But what do you buy the operator that has everything? He/she has every kind of 5.11 khakis available, caps from every major firearms manufacturer (including Hi-Point), a dozen pairs of tactical gloves, their gun safes are full and they even have one of those cool Magpul phone cases. So what do you […]

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Hungarian AMP-69: The Grenade Launcher AK [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov Media has released another short video of their video series called “Kalashnikov: Around the World”. This time they are showcasing a really interesting version of the Kalashnikov rifle – the Hungarian AMP-69. What sets this rifle apart from others is that it was redesigned to better suit the rifle grenade launching role. AMP-69 was issued with anti-tank, […]

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HEIZER Defense PKO-45 Semi-Auto Pistol Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Heizer Defense has recently announced that the first batch of PKO-45 pistols had been shipped to a dealer. It means the sales of these long-awaited handguns have started. The MSRP is $899. PKO-45 is a very slim and compact semi-auto pistol chambered in .45 ACP. With the thickness of .8,” it is arguably the world’s slimmest […]

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US Army’s got a new pistol. But can they shoot? [The Firearm Blog]

As I’m sure you’re already aware the M17 replaces the M9 pistol over the next decade or so. The 101:st Airborne just laid hands on their new pistols and the Screaming Eagles are the first to shoot them. But this article isn’t going to focus on the pistol itself, but on the most important part: […]

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Sunday, 10 December


On the Gary Nolan Show to discuss the Concealed Handgun Reciprocity Bill before Congress [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Gary Nolan, which is carried on radio stations throughout Missouri, about the reciprocity bill that passed the House this past Wednesday.

(Friday, December 8, 2017, from 12:35 to 12:50 PM)


Media Bias Fact Check misinformed rating of the CPRC [John Lott's Website]

If people think that this evaluation of the work done by the Crime Prevention Research Center is inaccurate, I hope that they will go to the Media Bias Fact Check and vote accordingly.  Thank you.


Final Prices: Rock Island December 2017 Premier (#72) [Forgotten Weapons]

The lesson from this recent Rock Island auction? Custom huge rifles are like custom cars: you will put a lot more money into them than you will ever get out if you decide to sell them. Also, if you find a needle-fire combination pocket gun at a yard sale, buy it!

Saturday, 09 December


On Rebel TV to discuss Trump gun control policies and the debate over national reciprocity for concealed carry [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to John Cardillo of The Rebel media about the pros and cons of gun bills pending before Congress that address flaws in the NICS background system and would grant national reciprocity for those licensed to carry firearms in a particular state.


Ellport, PA [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

ELLPORT, Pa. - An elderly man shot and killed one of two intruders at his home early Friday morning in Ellport, Lawrence County, police said.
The 85-year-old man, Don Lutz, was confronted by the intruders about 1:30 a.m. at his Jamison Avenue home, authorities said. An altercation followed.
“I just fired one. It was in the dark. He attacked me and he was up close and I shot him,” Lutz said. “They jumped me and we both went on the floor. I scuffled with them on the floor and the one guy rolled over dead and the other guy, he jumped up and went out the door.”
Police are searching for the second intruder who ran off.


Gevelot 11mm Sliding-Chamber Pinfire Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]


This rifle design was developed by the Gevelot cartridge company to compete with the Modele 1866 Chassepot for French military use, although it was not successful in that attempt. The weapon has an uncommon sliding chamber mechanism in which the cartridge does not move forward into the chamber, but rather stays fixed in place while a cylindrical chamber slides over it when the action is closed. The cartridge itself is a modified type of pinfire with the pin located in the center of the cartridge case head, in line with the barrel and cartridge (as opposed to being offset 90 degrees like typical pinfire revolver ammunition).

Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for allowing me to have access to this rifle so I can bring it to you!


Why NGSAR Is DOOMED TO FAIL (Brief Thoughts 006) [The Firearm Blog]

It’s almost 3 in the morning, and I’m lying awake in bed thinking about small arms. I’m trying to put everything out of my mind so I can go to sleep and wake up in the morning, go to the range, and bring you some raw ballistic data. So of course what pops into my […]

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Friday, 08 December


US Army’s NGSAR to Be Chambered for 6.8mm MAGNUM Round? [The Firearm Blog]

Is the US Army pushing for a new high-powered 6.Xmm caliber with their new NGSAR program? Recently, the listing for the NGSAR industry day in December was updated with a document describing in part the agenda of the second conference. Scheduled for 9:45 in the morning in the document is a 15 minute long presentation […]

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On the Second Day of Christmas []

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Preppers: Symbolism of the “Red Case” []

While watching a video about the removal of jiggers (not chiggers), the guy filming the video kept using the words, “red case.”  He described a red case as, “Someone who cannot understand what jiggers are, or how they became infected.”  In other words, a red case is someone who is a little slow upstairs.

The jiggers in question are fleas that burrow into victims’ feet.  The flea feeds on the victims’ blood supply, reproduces under the skin, releases its eggs, then dies under the skin.  The rotting flea can cause a range of infections, such as staph, tetanus, etc.

Jiggers and chiggers are two different things.  The vast majority of jigger infections are on the bottom of the feet.  Chiggers leave the body, while jiggers die under the skin and cause infections.

Someone ask me, “Kevin, how does this relate to prepping?’

I am glad you asked.

Red Cases

Some people who do not understand the importance of prepping. They may ignore current events, or may be willfully ignorant.  They either ignore history, do not know history, or choose to downplay situations.

Just as the people who remove jiggers try to talk to the victim to explain how the infection is contracted, so a prepper may talk to non-preppers.

The difference between red cases and non-preppers:

  • Red cases are a little slow and may not understand what is being told to them.
  • Non-preppers make a decision to stay ignorant.


Just as a jigger burrows under the skin and drinks the blood of its victim, non-preppers drain resources from the people who prepare.

When something happens, such as a hurricane, earthquake, etc, resources are limited. Preppers and their family use the items they have stockpiled.  Then along comes the non-prepper needing food, water, shelter… whatever they can get.

Jiggers drain the blood, cause infection, and leave the host weak.

Non-preppers drain resources, and leave the group weak.

Final Thoughts

Is there a way to prevent non-preppers from feeding off those who prep?  I am not sure.

Not everyone can prep.  The elderly and disabled need special attention, so we are not talking about them.  This is specifically about people who downright refuse to prep.  If someone refuses to prep, there is not much we can do for them.  Sooner or later something will happen to open their eyes.

Hopefully, after such an event they will be a little more open-minded.

If someone wants to see the removal of jiggers, check out this YouTube channel.

Post your comments, thoughts, and opinions below.


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Florida Action Report! Trying to get on TV-- Senate Judiciary Hearing 12/5/17 [NRA-ILA News]

Groups of ladies representing Bloomberg's Mom Demand Action keep showing up in committee hearings when gun bills are going to be heard.  Sometimes 20-30 show up.  They wear red t-shirts with "Moms Demand Action" on them and always try to sit in a group behind the speaker's podium where they can be captured on TV.


AlphaWolf Barrels for the Browning Hi-Power [The Firearm Blog]

Lone Wolf Distributors has been around for a while and have always been known for their Glock accessories, especially their Glock triggers. A few months back we posted about Lone Wolf Distributor’s foray into the S&W accessory market with their AlphaWolf barrels for the M&P Shield in both 9mm and .40 S&W. This time around they’ve released a replacement […]

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Ruger Announces Expanded Product Line []

In a time when gun companies are talking about low sales, Ruger offers up an expanded product line. The new products are from the classic GP and Redhawk handguns, Ruger 10/22 and the No. 1 single shot rifle line of firearms.

The New Products

Ruger SP101, Model Number: 5784m

  • Capacity: 6
  • Barrel length: 3 inches
  • Overall Length: 8 inches
  • Weight: 27 oz.
  • Grooves: 5
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $749.00


GP100, Model Number: 1776

The model 1776 looks ideal for plinking, hiking, camping or working around a farm.

  • Capacity: 10
  • Barrel length: 4.2 inches
  • Overall Length: 10.80 inches
  • Weight: 40 oz.
  • Grooves: 6
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No


Ruger GP 100, Model Number: 1771

  • Capacity: 7
  • Barrel length: 4.20 inches
  • Overall Length: 9.50 inches
  • Weight: 40 oz.
  • Grooves: 5
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $899.00


Ruger GP100, Model Number: 1773

  • Capacity: 7
  • Barrel length: 6 inches
  • Overall Length: 10.38 inches
  • Weight: 43.5 oz.
  • Grooves: 5
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $899.00


GP100 Standard, Model Number: 1774


  • Capacity: 7
  • Barrel Length: 2.50 inches
  • Overall Length: 8 inches
  • Weight: 36 oz.
  • Grooves: 5
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $899.00

Additions were also made to the famous Ruger Redhawk product line.

Ruger Redhawk, Model Number: 5059

  • Capacity: 8
  • Barrel length: 4.20 inches
  • Overall Length: 9.50″
  • Weight: 44 oz.
  • Grooves: 5
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $1,079.00


Ruger Redhawk, Model Number: 5060

  • Capacity: 8
  • Barrel length: 5.5 inches
  • Overall Length: 11 inches
  • Weight: 49 oz.
  • Grooves: 5
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $1,079.00


Ruger 10/22 with Scope and Case

For the discriminating shooter who wants something more than a basic 10/22.

  • Overall Length: 37 inches
  • Barrel Length: 18.50 inches
  • Grooves: 6
  • Suggested Retail: $399.00
  • Weaver™ 3-9×40 scope featuring a Dual-X reticle
  • Cold hammer-forged barrel


10/22 Target Lite with Black Laminate Thumbhole Stock

The 10/22 is one of the most versatile 22 rifles on the market.  The Target Lite is an example of quality and giving the customer what they want.

  • BX-Trigger
  • Cold hammer-forged barrel
  • Capacity: 10
  • Barrel Length: 16.13 inches
  • MSRP: $649.00


Ruger No.1 Sporter in .450 Marlin, Model Number: 21313

Who said single shot rifles were dead?  The No. 1 is a combination of quality workmanship and history.  A throw back to the days when hunters had to make every shot count.

  • Barrel length: 20 inches
  • Capacity: 1
  • Overall Length: 36.50″
  • Length of Pull: 13.50″
  • Grooves: 5
  • Suggested Retail: $1,699.00

Final Thoughts

In a time when gun companies are complaining about low sales, what does Ruger do?  The company expands its product line.  Give the consumer what they want, and people will buy.

I am going to go ahead and say it, “Colt and Remington should take a lesson from Ruger.”  That lesson is listen to the consumer, and offer quality products.

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Vortex Optics Shows New Mini Red Dot For 2018 [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex Optics enjoys a good holiday announcement. Last year the Wisconsin-based optics manufacture debuted its ‘Huey’ holographic sight. This December we are introduced to a a battery of new optics, including the Crossfire 2MOA red dot sight. At an MSRP of $219, Vortex is pricing the optic to sell quickly in 2018. The Crossfire is night […]

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YouTube Continues Gun Channel Crackdown []

YouTube continues its crackdown on pro-gun channels, as the account of James Yeager has been terminated.

Why should anyone care James Yeager? The issue is not specifically about James, it is about the anti-gun stance of Google and YouTube. If YouTube were cracking down on liberal video bloggers, mainstream media would be outraged. Liberals sites would be saying, “How dare YouTube suppress freedom of speech.”

When to comes to firearms and gun rights, YouTube and main stream media take a different approach. Firearm channels are being squeezed out, and main stream media turns a blind eye.

Military Arms Channel had a strike against them.

Sootch00 had a couple of strikes.

Hickok45 got a strike against him. What is more American than an old man shooting guns with his son? If I had to pick one video blogger that is sincere, it has to be Hickok45. Yet, YouTube will not tolerate such wholesome family videos.

Sootch00 made an excellent video about the situation on YouTube.

There is a poem written by Martin Niemöller titled “First they came…” that may help sum up the situation.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

First YouTube came for the gun channels, and I did not speak.

Then they came for the alternative news channels, and I did not speak.

Then they came for the Christian channels, and I did not speak.

Then they came for my channel, and there was nobody left to speak.

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Ultra Rimfire: Vudoo Gun Works Precision Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

There is something very satisfying about a precision rimfire rifle. Especially one that is suppressed with a capable silencer. A company called Vudoo Gunworks is producing a line of rimfire guns with some impressive specifications (and prices to match). Sporting Accuracy International style magazines, a Grayboe stock and TImney match triggers, the V-22 comes in four […]

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Midwest Industries Releases MP5 Top Rail [The Firearm Blog]

Those who own MP5 or variants roller delayed guns may go through a decision process regarding sights and optics. Stay with the classic drum sights, add a claw mounted rail, or have a builder weld on a rail section for optics mounting. But because of the side charging action of H&K subguns, a forward top […]

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Springfield Armory M1A now in 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

6.5 Creedmoor is all the rage now. Having run a couple of platforms with this caliber, I can attest to the utility of the round (and ease and fun of shooting). Having owned Springfield Armory’s M1A Loaded Precision in .308 Win, I was definitely intrigued by the introduction of the platform in 6.5 Creedmoor. I […]

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NEW Springfield Armory M1A in 6.5 Creedmoor []

Springfield Armory’s M1A has a legacy of accuracy and utility behind its name. The venerable .308 Winchester is also a caliber that has served this country, hunters and shooters alike for many years. The M1A chambered for .308 Winchester is a combination that shall never fall out of favor, but shooting enthusiasts have clamored close to another caliber with much interest recently. This newly appreciated caliber is none other than 6.5 Creedmoor and Springfield Armory now offers you their M1A in just that.

Springfield Armory‘s CEO Dennis Reese elaborated on the logical and favorable choice of bringing their M1A rifle to store shelves in the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge:

Having a 6.5 Creedmoor caliber in the M1A lineup gives long-range shooters more choices with the precision and accuracy they require. They can choose the round they prefer, and take advantage of the legendary accuracy of the M1A platform to make the most of their shooting prowess. Our mission is, and always will be, to offer responsible citizens the finest firearm and the most thorough customer support of any brand. You can see that commitment in every product we make. It especially shines in the new 6.5 Creedmoor M1A.

6.5 Creedmoor

Springfield Armory Loaded M1A 6.5 Creedmoor (CA Compliant)

To the delight of many shooters, Springfield Armory will be offering their M1A in 6.5 Creedmoor in 3 different offerings. You will be able to get their Precision Adjustable Stock in a Loaded configuration in both Flat Dark Earth and Black. You will also be able to get their standard black composite stock configuration in a Loaded model. All three of which will feature a stainless steel barrel.

6.5 CreedmoorWhat makes the 6.5 Creedmoor so desirable, for those who are uninitiated to its greatness, is its soft recoil, superb accuracy over extreme distances and a high muzzle velocity. All great attributes that pair well with how Springfield Armory’s M1A is built from the ground up for accuracy.

All of these new M1A models will boast a 22″ National Match Grade, Medium-Weight, Stainless Steel barrel since they are hailing from the Loaded series of rifles. They also will feature a 4-Groove 1:8″ Right-Hand Twist Rate with a California Muzzle Brake. This will help maintain steadiness whether you are gazing through your favorite optic or the National Match iron sights.

The Front Sight Post is a National Match Grade width of 0.062″ and is partnered with a National Match Grade non-hooded 0.0520″ Aperture Rear Sight which can be dialed in with 1/2 MOA increments for windage and 1 MOA adjustments for elevation.

6.5 Creedmoor

These Loaded M1A 6.5 Creedmoor rifles tip the scale at 11.4 pounds (with an empty magazine) while their .308 Winchester counterparts are a hair lighter at 11.25 pounds. Other than the small difference in weight and the obvious difference in caliber, these Loaded M1A rifles will give you everything that you have come to expect from Springfield Armory in regards to reliability, precision and performance.

The pricing for all 3 rifles will be as follows:

  • MP9826C65 – Black Precision Adjustable Stock w/ 22″ S/S Barrel – MSRP $2,045
  • MP9820C65 – FDE Precision Adjustable Stock w/ 22″ S/S Barrel – MSRP $2,045
  • MP9826C65CA – Black Composite Stock w/ 22″ S/S Barrel – MSRP $1,985

6.5 Creedmoor

All of the complete specification sheets can be read below for each individual rifle. Be sure to check Springfield Armory’s YouTube channel as they slowly introduce product spotlight videos for these new Loaded M1A 6.5 Creedmoor rifles as well.

6.5 Creedmoor

6.5 Creedmoor

6.5 Creedmoor

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Madsen LAR: An AK for NATO! [Forgotten Weapons]

The Madsen LAR (light automatic rifle) was an attempt by the main Danish arms manufacturer to get into the military rifle market after World War Two (they also released a bolt action rifle around the same time, the Model 47). The first version of the LAR was chambered for 7.62x39mm and submitted to Finnish testing, where it lost out to the Valmet-made Rk-62. Madsen then scaled up the working parts of the rifle and offered it in 7.62mm NATO for testing by the rest of the international military community. Unfortunately for the company, there were no takers, and the rifle was never put into serial production.

At its mechanical heart, the Madsen LAR is a Kalashnikov system, sharing the long stroke gas piston and the exact same style of rotating bolt and bolt carrier as the AK. It uses an aluminum alloy lower receiver with steel front trunnion, and a more complex (and much more closely fitted) receiver cover. It probably would have been a quite serviceable rifle in the field, but it was both a bit too late to market and failed to offer any substantial advantage over rifles like the G3 and FAL.

Many thanks to the Tøjhusmuseet (Royal Danish Armory Museum) for letting me have access to these very rare rifles!



M17 Holster Unveiled as Safariland 7TS Variant [The Firearm Blog]

The first holster to be issued with the US Army’s new Modular Handgun System, including both the M17 and M18 pistols, will be a variant of the Safariland 7TS holster, featuring both ALS and SLS locking systems. The holster is the first of at least three holsters to be procured as part of the MHS […]

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Estonia Narrows Choices For Next Service Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Back in July, we reported that the Estonian Army was in the market for a new service rifle. A tender worth €75 million (approx. $86 million) was released calling for 20,000 new rifles, to be chambered in both 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm. The rifles are to replace the Galil (used by the the 1st Infantry Brigade) and […]

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The Historical Significance Behind the Name of Poland’s New Service Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Back in September TFB reported that Poland had officially renamed its new MSBS 5.56x45mm infantry rifle the ‘GROT’. The move to rename the MSBS came as Poland increased its orders for the new rifle. The significance of the new name has a great deal of historical and national importance to the Polish people. In English ‘Grot’ translates […]

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HKParts Owner Adam Webber Sentenced To 48 Months In Prison [The Firearm Blog]

HKPartsAs I have stated many times in the past, I take no pleasure in reporting bad news. Yesterday a federal judge sentenced Adam Webber, owner of HKParts, to four years in prison starting at the end of January. Details of the hearing can be found in the below excerpt from the Salt Lake City Telegram. […]

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A new self-adjusting shotgun rig: EZLOAD NXTGEN [The Firearm Blog]

Practical Shotgun competition is probably as much fun as you can have. Imagine pistol distances, but with steel targets that fly when you hit them, or clays that disintegrate as the bird shots hit them. With the odd buck shot or slug station here and there. I run a Molot Vepr 12, but everyone in […]

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The VSSK “Vychlop” Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

This Russian sniper rifle resembles quite a bit to the AR15 Potato launchers, but that’s about where the similarities end as well. VSSK stands for Vintovka Snayperskaya Spetsialnaya Krupnokalibernaya, so thank’s to the Russians for abbreviating that. It’s a 12.7×55 mm (.50) large caliber special sniper rifle made by the BFP Instrument Design Bureau, with focus […]

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Medieval Arms and Armor of the Musée de l’Armée in Paris [The Firearm Blog]

The Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum) in Paris houses an excellent display of European medieval small arms, showing a wide array of early firearms design. Apart from this collection, the museum is itself a fascinating portrayal of the French Armed Forces, from the times of antiquity to the current. While I was there, they had […]

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UPGRADE: Ruger RedHawks get Sleeve & Shroud Barrels to Improve Accuracy [The Firearm Blog]

shroud barrelsWhen it comes to revolvers, no company is going to re-invent the wheel (or the wheelgun), but they can always be refined. That is exactly what Ruger has done with two of their Redhawks. In both a 4.2″ and 5.5″ barrel configuration they have added in sleeve and shroud barrels to help improve the accuracy. […]

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Thursday, 07 December


Review: Arcform Slimfoot Frame Lock Folder []

I have followed Geoff Blauvelt, AKA TuffThumbz, for years. I remember his rambling, hilarious, stream of consciousness videos on knife modding. I can recall fondly when he released his first custom locking folder (the Tanic). And I delight when he releases a new knife on Instagram.

He has grown as the market for custom knives has grown. Like all good custom makers, Geoff has been picked up by production companies. His first collab was the Boker War Toad, a good knife for sure, but not exactly what the market was clamoring for. It has been years since that knife was released. What we wanted, what we were looking for, was a high-end rendition of one of his locking folders. Despite the age of the design, I would be excited to see a high-end production collab version of the Tanic. Even all these years later, it is still an unusual design, iconic for TuffKnives.

But TuffKnives has moved beyond the Tanic. There was the Switch which followed the Tanic, and after that the designs came in a wave of new stuff. There were big, beefy knives, small, compact knives and everything in between. He had designs that incorporated high-end materials and some that involved labor-intensive finishes.

I am huge fan of the Mim-Catalyst, a knife that has the design chops of a good Spyderco with his classic titanium frame lock flipper touches. But of all the knives in Geoff’s stable of designs, one stands out as being especially unique: the Slimfoot. This knife looks more like a flipping Santuko than a traditional folder.

When Arcform, a new production design company, announced the Slimfoot, it, likes its custom brother, was unique in the production world. When it came out that Reate was the OEM, the knife world had every reason to be excited—good designer, new company, amazing manufacturer, all coming together in a knife design different than just about anything out there.



The Slimfoot is a mid-sized overseas-made production knife. It has a 3.3-inch blade with a unique shape. It weighs 4.64 ounces. It is a titanium frame-lock flipper that rides on bearings and deploys via a shapely and textured flipper tap. The knife has a two-toned look with an inlay of carbon fiber over two slabs of chamfered titanium. The knife is retained in the pocket via a sculpted titanium pocket clip. The blade steel is S35VN. The knife retails for $350.


I carried this knife as an EDC folder for a few months, on and off. I did basic EDC tasks with it—processing recycling, food prep, opening packages and envelopes, and light fire-prep tasks. I carried the knife in both jeans and dress pants. On one occasion I carried it in a pack on a hike. I performed light maintenance on the knife (oiling the pivot and stropping the edge). During my testing period, it did not require a full resharpening.



The overall appearance of the knife is unique. From the thick, chunky handles (this is a “Slimfoot” in the same way that a mob enforcer in nicknamed Tiny). To the striking monochromatic color asymmetrically placed around the handle, to that weirdly awesome (or awesomely weird) blade shape, the Slimfoot’s blueprint is quite unique. It’s a good thing too, because aside from appearance this is as “by the numbers” as a knife can get for 2017.

The buzzword/feature list is perfect: 1) titanium handle; 2) frame lock; 3) flipper; 4) bearing pivot; 5) sculpted clip; and 6) powder steel. In some ways those features guarantee a level of competence. At the same time, they make many of the knives on the market today seem blandly similar. The weirdness of the Slimfoot saves it, to a certain degree, from blending in with the crowd.


Reate has had their fit and finish dialed in for a few years now and their work as an OEM includes some truly great stuff—the Todd Begg Steelcraft series, Liong Mah’s in-house designs, and many others. So the fact that the Slimfoot has great implementation is no surprise. The steep hollow grind is clean and even. The flipping action is very good, though the titanium around the pivot seemed to attract dings and scratches.


The seam between the carbon fiber and titanium is tight, even though it is not quite fingernail flush. I think this knife would have benefited heavily from hiding some screws (especially those in the carbon fiber) as they greatly distract from the appearance of this knife, but internal and/or blind screws would add a lot to the cost. As usual, the sculpted clip is dreadful. I hate these clips with a nuclear-meltdown level fire. They just don’t work well and they are ridiculously bad hotspots. I cannot wait until this trend passes.


Overall, the Slimfoot is an eye-grabbing design. The continuous-curve blade does great work in food prep and general utility work (hence the santuko comparison above). It’s not the most pocketable knife, coming in just slightly smaller than a TV remote, and carrying a pretty dreadful clip. But in the handle, it’s quite good; the indexing notch is good and the handle’s chamfers slim this porker down a bit.

One particularly meritorious feature is the rounded and jimped flipper. The design really sticks to your finger and the blade flies open with authority. This is not the smoothest flipper I have ever used, but it is definitely above average and the shape of the flipper tab has a lot to do with that.

This is a unique-looking knife, for sure. But in a crowded market there are better blades out there for this price. The Liong Mah Lanny Clip is the same size but looks much nicer and has materials I strongly prefer (micarta just might be the perfect knife handle material).

At $350, the Slimfoot crosses the Sebenza Barrier, but in the end, it is not better than a Sebenza. It’s different, for sure, and that is a good thing, but even with an unusual appearance this is still just another TFF, albeit a perfectly competent one. The more important thing about the Slimfoot is that it could be a portent of things to come. A Mini Catalyst finished to this level with micarta handles would coax me to part with some Benjamins.

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Holiday Gift Guide: On the First Day of Christmas… []

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Missouri: Libraries Seek to Restrict Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

Libraries in your community, which are members of the Missouri Library Association, are seeking torestrict your ability to defend yourself and reverse the hard-won progress achieved with the passage of Senate Bill 656 back in 2016.


New Jersey: Flawed Bump Stock Bill To Be Heard in Senate Committee Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee will convene next Monday, December 11, to take action on S.3477, a bump stock ban which is loaded with all the traps and pitfalls that are all too common with New Jersey gun laws.  Last week, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee rubber stamped the Assembly version of the bill, A.5200.


M4 Carbines Turning up in the Kashmir Region, Indian Media Cries Wolf [The Firearm Blog]

Recent evidence has suggested that there is an uptick of mounting evidence to suggest that rebels in the Jammu and Kashmir province of Northeastern India are slowly trading their traditionally used 7.62x39mm  Kalashnikov patterned derivatives for 5.56x45mm M4 carbines. This has been blasted all over the Indian media after an image of a Hizbul Mujahideen went […]

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Passes U.S. House of Representatives! [NRA-ILA News]

In a resounding show of support for the Second Amendment, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a legislative package that included H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, and H.R. 4477, the Fix NICS Act of 2017.


Burlington Police Chief Puts New York Politicians Before Vermonters [NRA-ILA News]

As H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, comes closer to becoming law, the arguments against the legislation are increasingly strained. There are disingenuous appeals to federalism by those who would happily burden firearms owners under any number of federal gun control schemes.


Kicking a Gift Horse in the Teeth [NRA-ILA News]

As we approach the Christmas season and the start of a new year, many of us look for ways to assist the needy and brighten the holidays for those less fortunate. It’s no coincidence that many charities tap into this seasonal goodwill, from the Salvation Army with its red donation kettles, to local food banks and homeless shelters. But even this kindly benevolence is not beyond the reach of politicizing by gun control activists.


Marines Looking at ITESS II for next Generation MILES Gear Replacement [The Firearm Blog]

Marine Systems Command is currently testing and looking to put out a solicitation for a next-generation “Miles-like” system that will replace current training simulators that allow Infantry Marines to train more realistically by being able to engage each other with laser designators that activate alarms on other individuals when set. MILES gear currently is outdated […]

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Franklin Armory Binary Trigger For The B&T APC9 [The Firearm Blog]

Coming off the heels of their latest release of binary trigger for H&K guns, Franklin Armory has sneakily announced a new model for the B&T APC9. Set to be released around the 2018 SHOT Show, most of the details, pricing and other information has yet to be made public. Honestly, prior to actually using a binary trigger, […]

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A Day That Will Live In Infamy Plus 76 Years [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Most of those who were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, whether as attackers or defenders, are not alive today to tell their story. It is up to us in the succeeding generations to remember it and to tell it.

First, let us remember those men and women on the American side who died during the attack. The casualty list is here. As to the Japanese, I'm not sure where to find any of those records.

The US Navy has an official account of the attack. It was compiled by CINCPAC for the Secretary of the Navy and was dated 15 February 1942. The report gives the disposition of the US Pacific Fleet on December 7th, an after action report, damage reports, and the current state of readiness after the attack. It is quite comprehensive.

Remembering that there was no social media at the time, the role of propaganda posters was critical for energizing the populace of the United States on to a wartime footing. Some of these posters were simple and some were not. The last poster below shows the Japanese wearing glasses. That plus buck teeth seem to be the common characterization of the Japanese in these propaganda posters. There are many other posters I could have used but I thought them too overtly racist. Unlike the war in Europe, World War II in the Pacific Theater was brutal, nasty, racist, and without mercy. A good book on war in the Pacific is John Dower's War Without Mercy.

Finally, of the movie accounts of the attack, I still think Tora Tora Tora is the best. Sometimes it is included with Amazon Prime and sometimes not.


Gun Grabbers’ Chickens Come Home To Roost []

There is an old saying that is not used very much anymore: “Chickens come home to roost.”  It means someone did something unfavorable, and they are getting something unfavorable in return.  Some people may call it “Karma.”

After decades of pushing gun control on the state and federal level, gun grabbers’ chicken are coming home to roost through the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (CCRA) went to the house floor for a vote, passed, and is heading to the senate.

Now that the CCRA looks like it may become law, anti-gunners are terrified.  Just about every left-leaning website is fearmongering readers.

HuffPost: The GOP’s Latest Gun Bill Would Be Catastrophic For Women Fleeing Abuse.

Women defending themselves is “somehow” catastrophic?

Bloomberg: Congress Moves Backward on Gun Safety.

The CCRA is not a matter of gun safety; it is a matter of rights, and rights are not limited by state borders.

MotherJones: The House Just Took One Step Toward Allowing Americans to Carry Concealed Guns in All 50 States.

The author stated,

“[…] frightening step forward Wednesday.”

Why would gun grabbers be “frightened” of law-abiding citizens exercising their rights?


This is what happens when citizens are stripped of their rights — they fight back.  In the eight years President Obama was in office, Democrats lost more than 1,000 state seats.  In the 2016 election, Democrats lost both houses and the presidency.

During the 2016 presidential election, gun haters thought Hillary had the election in the bag.  It was for certain after Hillary was elected all types of new gun control laws would be passed.  Then the people spoke and Donald Trump was elected president.

This has been decades in the making.  With both houses controlled by the GOP and a president who declared himself a friend of the NRA, gun grabbers better get ready for a lot of chickens to come home.

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Florida Action Report: Florida Carry cuts off its nose to spite its face – AGAIN [NRA-ILA News]

Once again Florida Carry, Inc. has demonstrated a lack of concern for Concealed Weapons and Firearms License holders.  License holders continue to be abused by law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts.  When firearms, that are being lawfully carried concealed, accidentally become exposed to the sight of another person, license holders are being arrested for violating the open carry ban.


Three “All-Around” Rifle Cartridges []

If you were going to pick three rifle cartridges and only use those three for the rest of your life, what would they be?  We are not talking about home defense rifles. These are hunting rifles for medium-sized game, such as whitetail deer.

The three cartridges would probably do well with sportsmen and preppers alike.


What standards should the three rifles cartridges meet?

  • Readily Available Ammunition – This means no wildcat or custom rounds. A cartridge that just about any sporting goods store would have in stock.
  • Proven – A track record of reliability.
  • Rifle Availability – Rifles for sale at gun shows, Pawn Shops, gun stores… etc.
  • Accuracy – If this is not listed someone will be sure to point it out.
  • Affordable – Rifles and ammunition should not cost a fortune.

What three cartridges come to mind?

  • 30-06 Springfield.
  • 270 Winchester.
  • 30-30 Winchester.

Someone may say, “Kevin, what brought this topic up?”  I am glad you asked.

The Main Three

On December 6, 2017 my daughter had an appointment in Jasper, Texas.  I dropped her off and went to a new and used gun store.  While browsing their rifle selection I started to notice something.  Just about all of their used rifles were either 30-06 Springfield or 270 Winchester.  There was a single new 308 Winchester rifle, a couple of rifles chambered in 243, and no lever action 30-30s.

We talked about the lever action in another article: America’s “Go-To” Rifle.  With Christmas upon us, and hunting season in full swing, I expected the lever actions to be sold out.

With my curiosity stirred up, I went to the owner of the gun store and asked why there were so many 30-06 and 270 on the shelf. He explained that he gets more 30-06 and 270 used rifles than anything else.  Rarely will he get a 308 Winchester.  When he does get one, it sells quick.

Final Thoughts

The main topic of importance with the 30-06, 270, and 30-30, they are effective on medium sized game.  I have never hunted large game, so I cannot offer an opinion on that.

If someone were to walk into a gun store and pick out either of those three cartridges, chances are they would be well served for the rest of their life.

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House votes to respect Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

The House voted Wednesday mostly along party lines to expand the right to carry concealed weapons, passing the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority.


House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for NRA [NRA-ILA News]

The House passed legislation to permit concealed carry license holders to conceal a handgun in other states, the first time Congress has taken action on a gun bill since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.


Air Force rolls out reporting reforms in wake of Texas church shooting [NRA-ILA News]

The Air Force is requiring higher levels of review before criminal cases are closed in order to ensure required disclosures are reported to the federal gun background-check database, Secretary Heather Wilson told Senate lawmakers Wednesday.


New York: Monroe County Clerk adds 'Pistol Permit Saturdays' for gun owners [NRA-ILA News]

Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello is adding special Saturday hours for processing pistol permit transactions at the clerk's office.


DShK Heavy Machine Gun Mounted on Motorcycle Rear Seat [The Firearm Blog]

A Twitter user has recently posted a video apparently showing members of the Syrian rebel group Tahrir al-Sham firing a Chinese W85 copy of the Soviet 12.7x108mm DShK heavy machine gun from a short mount that is somehow clamped to the back seat of a common motorcycle. The video only lasts a few seconds and […]

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M17 MHS to Arm Soldiers Down to Team Leader Level [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army has announced a decision to field the M17 MHS as a sidearm to more soldiers than were previously issued M9 handguns. Where previously only senior leadership were authorized to carry handguns, with the new M17 and M18 Modular Handgun System squad and team leaders will be authorized. The move is intended to […]

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Arms Production Among Syrian al-Rahman Corps in East Ghouta [The Firearm Blog]

A recent propaganda film put out by the al-Rahman Corps (a rebel group currently fighting in the Ghouta suburb of Damascus) showcases an entire industry of craft produced and almost semi-industrial small arms and light weapons production facility. Most of what is available for us to watch (there most certainly are parts the al-Rahman Corps doesn’t want […]

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Pronunciation: Is it carBEAN or carBYNE? And why? [Forgotten Weapons]

Every time I say “carbine” on film, I get a bunch of people complaining that I’m saying it wrong. So…am I?


Fiocchi .357mag 125gr XTP Carbine and Revolver Gel Test [The Firearm Blog]

Bare gel: Penetration: 13.2″, 13.8″ Retained weight: 177.0gr, 175.2gr Max expansion: 0.741″, 0.721″ Min expansion: 0.540″, 0.504″ Buy it at Ventura Munitions. We shoot Fiocchi .357mag 125gr XTP ammunition from a S&W Model 13L with a 4″ barrel and a Rossi M92 with a 16″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, […]

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Frogmen Armory’s Viking themed AR15 Odin’s Hammer Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

Frogmen Armory has come out with a Viking themed handguard that fits AR15 upper receivers with the company supplied barrel nut. The handguard itself is a full length (15 inches) handguard that is tubular in construction with a 12 o’clock Picatinny rail for user-mounted sights or accessories. At appropriate positions (3, 6, and 9 o’clock) are threaded […]

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SB-Tactical Releases SB-Mini A Minimalistic Brace [The Firearm Blog]

SB Tactical just announced their minimalist arm brace dubbed the SB-Mini.   The SB-Mini weighs a mere 4 oz and measures only 3.5″ x 1.6″. It attaches onto an AR style pistol buffer tube with a diameter of 1.2″-1.25″. Not only is the SB-Mini small in size and weight, it is also their lowest priced […]

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Air Service 1903 Springfield: C&Rsenal vs. Forgotten Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

If you’re not following both C&Rsenal and Forgotten Weapons you are missing out on some of the best gun history videos around. With C&Rsenal’s current World War One focus, systematically working their way through the weapons of the Great War, and Ian’s impressively prolific output the two occasionally cover the same subjects. The latest overlap […]

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Ruger THUMPS with their No. 1 Sporter Now Chambered in .450 Marlin [The Firearm Blog]

.450 MarlinRuger no longer has the expansive caliber selection they used to in their No. 1 line-up of single-shot rifles, but they are not letting this model go away permanently either. Ruger recently announced they are chambering their Sporter model in .450 Marlin for those who love a caliber that thumps! Ruger had these comments to say […]

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NEW: Gunsmith your 1911 Confidently in ERGO’s MAST – Modular Armorer’s Stand [The Firearm Blog]

MASTMost firearm enthusiasts enjoy being shade-tree mechanics of their firearms. There is a sense of satisfaction building your own firearm or even modifying one to your personal tastes. To cater to that segment of shooters ERGO created the MAST (Modular Armorer’s Stand). A simple, but useful platform to hold your pistol while you do your DIY […]

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Hornady Expands Match, Superformance Match Lines [The Firearm Blog]

Hornady ammoHornady Manufacturing Company rolled out a number of new loads in recent months. Several of those belong to the Match and Superformance Match lines. Match Hornady added three new loads to the Match line. The first load is a 300 Norma Magnum cartridge that uses a 225 grain ELD Match bullet. Hornady has not yet […]

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Wednesday, 06 December


Concealed carry reciprocity passes in the House [Of Arms and the Law]

!!! And an email yesterday from the anti-gun Everytown:

"House leaders are set to bring the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" to a vote TOMORROW. This means that the House of Representatives is less than 24 hours from bringing the NRA's reckless dream bill one step closer to reality. There's no time to lose.

We NEED your voice in this. Send your message RIGHT NOW urging your Representative to vote NO on the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017."


House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association applauded the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday for passing the most far-reaching expansion of self-defense rights in modern American history. The National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed with bipartisan support in a 231-198 vote.


Ruger’s Three New 7-Round GP100 Revolers [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger GP100Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced three new revolvers in its GP100 line of revolvers. Like the base GP100, these three guns are chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge. Unlike any of the other guns in this line, all three of these wheelies have a cylinder that holds seven cartridges. The three new guns are very […]

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Watch: Hickok45 With A M&P Shield 2.0 []

Hickok45 is at it again, this time he has a M&P Shield 2.0 at the range.

While S&W has been making handguns for well over 100 years, their semi-autos never gained the popularity of other brand names. Here is an example: In 1984 a new handgun was selected to replace the aging 1911. Everyone should know about the Sig P226 and the Beretta 92F. What was the model S&W submitted for evaluation? It was the S&W 459M.

A lot of modern handguns are known for their performance during the M9 trials in 1984. Except for the 459M, which faded into obscurity and was eventually discontinued.

During the XM10 trials of 1989, the 459M had another chance to redeem itself. Sig backed out of the M10 project. This left the contest between the Beretta 92F, Ruger P-85 and the S&W 459M. Once again, the Beretta was picked as the winner. Here we are almost three decades later and the Beretta 92F and the Ruger P-85 still have a loyal following, S&W, not so much.

After several decades of trying to break into the semi-auto handgun market, it looks like S&W may have a winner.


From the M&P 9 SHIELD M2.0 web page:

  • Aggressive grip texture for enhanced control.
  • New M&P M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull.
  • Tactile and audible trigger reset.
  • Extremely thin and lightweight – can be comfortably carried all day.
  • M&P’s patented take-down lever and sear deactivation systems allow for disassembly without pulling the trigger.
  • Includes 2 magazines:
  • One 7-round magazine.
  • One 8-round extended grip magazine.
  • Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim.
  • Armornite® durable corrosion resistant finish.
  • Backed by Smith & Wesson’s Lifetime Service Policy.

Now for the video.

It looks like Smith & Wesson might be on a roll.  They are finally giving the consumer the quality trhe market demands, and at a reasonable price.

As this article is being written, Brownells has the M&P 9mm Shield for $399 with a $75 gift card.  Regular price is $449.  That is a great price.

Hickok45 had a lot of good stuff to say about the Shield 2.0.  It is nice to see S&W finally getting the traction they deserve.

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Preppers: How Many Guns Are Enough? []

While at a local gun store looking to make my next purchase, I started asking myself, “How many guns would a survivalist need?”  The easy answer is, “You can never have enough guns.”

Sportsmen look at firearms one way, and preppers look at firearms a different way.  Someone may ask, “Kevin, how do preppers look at firearms?”  I am glad you asked.

In general, preppers may look at firearms not only for home defense and hunting, but also ammo availability, family friendly, and handout weapons for friends and family.

For example, how many hunting rifles would someone need in the event of a collapse?  One for myself, and then a couple to hand out to friends and family members.  However, the calibers should be family friendly, meaning no excessive recoil.  The calibers should also be ideal on the wild game in a given area.

Hunting Rifles

My main deer rifle is a Remington model 700 chambered in 280 Remington / 7mm Express.  The 280 is a 30-06 case necked to 7mm and it kicks pretty good.  I would not want my daughter shooting it, not when there are other rifles in the gun safe.  The FN/FAL in 308 Winchester would be a better pick for her.  The FN weighs around 10 pounds and kicks less than the 280 Remington.  Then there is the Marlin 336 in 30-30 Winchester and the SKS in 7.62×39.

What is wrong with the above picture?  No two rifles shoot the same type of ammunition.  When I go looking for another deer rifle, should it be in 308 Winchester, 30-30 Winchester, or 7.62×39?

To me, the obvious answer is to pick up another Marlin 336 in 30-30 Winchester.  Ammo for the lever action is cheap, readily available, and effective on deer sized game.  As for family friendly, the recoil is not excessive.

Also, how many firearms would you need for small game?  Are two or three 22 rifles enough?  Are two or three shotguns enough?  Should the shotguns be 410, 20 or 12 gauge?  Readers may be quick to say everything should be 12 gauge.  However, not everyone likes the recoil of a 12 gauge.

Defensive Firearms

How many defensive firearms do you need?  Should they be shotguns, rifles, or a combination of both?

My go to defensive rifle is the AR-15.  Recoil is minimal, parts and accessories are easy to find, and training is easy.  You can take someone who has never fired an AR, give them five minutes of training, and they should have the basics down.

What about the AK-47?  My daughter does not like the recoil of the AK, and changing magazine requires more practice than the AR.

Defensive shotguns, that is easy – 12 gauge and either slugs or buckshot.  However, since I live in a rural area, shotguns for defense (other than home defense) would probably be a waste of time.  Shots out here could easily be 100 – 200 yards.

Final Thoughts

Once you have all the bases covered, then comes redundancy.  If a hunting rifle goes down, then you have another one to take its place.  After all, what good does 1,000 rounds do when nothing can shoot it?

Let’s get back to the gun store.  It came down to either buying another AR, lever action, or shotgun.  I was really leaning towards a Mossberg or Remington 20 gauge pump action.

What do the readers think?  Given your current firearm setup, what would your next purchase be?

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For North Carolinians [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has published their proposed changes to fish, wildlife, and game lands regulations. The comment period is open through February 1, 2018. These comments can by made in writing, by email, or by attending one of the nine public meetings held across the state beginning in January 2018.

Links to the changes and to the meeting schedule are embedded in the release below:

Public Comment Period Regarding Proposed Regulations Open through Feb. 1, 2018 

Public comment is sought on proposed changes to agency regulations related to wildlife management, fisheries and game lands for the 2018-19 seasons. The Wildlife Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January across the state to discuss these proposed regulations changes, including changes to deer and bear seasons.

The public is encouraged to submit comments, opinions and suggestions by Feb. 1, 2018. Comments can be submitted in-person at one of the hearings, by e-mail, (please include your name and address) online or by mail (Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1701).


Tis the Outdoors Holiday Season []

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Glock Triggered When Holstered? [The Firearm Blog]

Baret Fawbush posted this cautionary tale. Wanna see something scary? A Zev trigger that depresses when its out into a holster. 🤔 Now in reality, this can happen to any trigger, in theory. But the issue was that the retaining safety pin walked out about 1/8” during shooting. We went to a dry fire portion […]

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Florida Action Report! Antigun Republicans EXPOSED in Committee Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

Three (3) progun bills die at the hands of anti-gun Republicans


Savage Arms Sued For Exploding Barrel []

Savage Arms has been hit with a lawsuit over its 10ML-II stainless steel muzzleloader rifle. Ronald Hansen, a farmer from Hampton, Iowa, loaded the rifle as he had done before. Aimed at the target, and pulled the trigger. Rather than the bullet hitting the target, the barrel exploded, severely injuring his left hand and burning his face.

According to the lawsuit, Savage Arms has received numerous complaints of the 10ML-II barrel either splitting, cracking, or exploding.

The 10ML-II stainless steel rifle was sold between 2006 – 2013.

From the Daily Mail – Hunter sues gun-maker Savage Arms claiming they KNEW about defect that caused rifle to explode.

It was the opening day of deer hunting season, and Ronald Hansen says he loaded his rifle the same way he had countless times before, aimed at a target and fired a shot.

This time, the gun barrel exploded, knocking the farmer from Hampton, Iowa, backward, severely damaging his right hand and ear and burning his face.

Unknown to Hansen, the manufacturer of the rifle that injured him in 2014 had received other complaints of explosions and injuries over the prior decade.

Customers repeatedly reported that the barrel of the stainless steel 10 ML-II muzzleloader exploded, burst, split or cracked, according to thousands of court documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

The first thing I have to ask, was this user error, or a faulty design? The article goes on to say,

Martin Crimp, a Michigan State University metals expert who examined a 10ML-II that exploded and caused a hunter to lose multiple fingers in 2009, told the AP the barrel of that gun was ‘metallurgically defective.’

An expert hired by Hansen’s lawyers came to a similar conclusion, saying the steel used to make the rifle was prone to catastrophic failure after repeat firings.

If this is a design error, how Savage handles this could be a public relations nightmare for the comapny.  Mistakes are made during the engineering and designing phases.   Whether it is a car, truck, firearm… etc, mistakes are made.  After all, the designers are human, and people make mistakes.

Will this be a replay of the Remington 700 trigger issue?  Or will Savage step up and take care of its customers?

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In 2016: 4,000 Guns Retrieved From Buyers []

The background check system has a safety feature to make sure people are not unlawfully delayed when making a firearm purchase.  If the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) does not approve or deny the sale within a certain amount of days, the firearm is released to the buyer.

On a personal note, I remember when the Brady Bill was working its way through congress. People were concerned about local law enforcement having a grudge against someone, and the sale being delayed forever. To prevent someone being delayed an unreasonable amount of time, a safety check was built into the background check law. If NICS did not give an answer, then the transaction could be completed.

Now comes the kicker. What happens if someone is denied after the sale is completed? Local law enforcement goes out to where the person lives and takes the firearm away. Could you imagine buying yourself a nice new gun, and a Grinch comes along and takes the gun away?

From ABC News – More than 4,000 guns had to be retrieved from buyers after delayed background checks last year.

More than 4,000 guns that were transferred into the hands of buyers in 2016 were later referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for retrieval because the purchasers were found to be prohibited from buying a gun.

Background checks for firearms purchases have been under the spotlight since it was discovered that the suspect in a deadly rampage last month at a Texas church was able to purchase an assault rifle despite a law that restricts people convicted of domestic violence from buying such weapons.

When a gun purchase is made by a federally licensed gun dealer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is required to run a background check. By federal law, this must be completed in three days, or the sale in some states is approved by default.


Trying to look at this from different points of view.  No matter how I look at it, the end result is government not doing its job.  Either people are not being reported to the NICS, or the background checks are not being processed in a timely manner.

What’s the solution?  I honestly do not know.  Maybe NICS needs to hire more people?  On Black Friday of 2017, there were three gun sales per second.  According to USA Today, there were more than 200,000 background checks on Black Friday.

How can a government agency process 200,000 background checks in a single day?  Maybe it is time to automate the process?  Rather than a person answering the phone and taking the buyers information, make it all computerized?

What do the readers think?

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MG34 & Zundapp Motorcycle Together Again [The Firearm Blog]

Last year I posted about Dave and his beautifully restored Zundapp KS750. Click here to check out the article. Back then I had mentioned to Dave that my friend Scott has a working post sample MG34 and that we should get them together so that we can have a working machine gun on the Zundapp. […]

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House weighs bill respecting Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

The bill would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons. Republicans said the reciprocity measure would allow gun owners to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state laws or civil suits.


Liberating good guys with guns [NRA-ILA News]

The right to self-defense is fundamental to a free people. So says the Second Amendment, and Americans hearing it loud and clear are the proud owners of guns enough to arm nearly every man, woman and child. When ne’er-do-wells turn their weapons against the innocent, it’s responsibly armed citizens who must provide defense in the absence of the police. That’s why rules that force concealed carry permit holders to leave their firearms at home when they travel are foolish rules. Congress must finish the job of empowering the good and responsible man and woman with a gun.


Indiana: Seriously, Evansville. Settle the zoo/gun lawsuit. [NRA-ILA News]

I’m sure you remember it. In September of that year, an Evansville man named Benjamin Magenheimer sauntered into Mesker with a handgun strapped to his hip. Security tossed him out, and he filed suit, knowing that a recently passed state law barring local municipalities from regulating guns would give him the upper-hand.And he was right. As long as you’re not creating a disturbance – which Magenheimer swears he wasn’t — you can take your gun into any public place you wish. There’s nothing the city can do about it because this is Indiana, baby.


Australia: Gun shop billboard triggers complaints [NRA-ILA News]

The gun shop owner behind a controversial billboard says he doesn't know what all the fuss is about.If nothing else, the festively-themed advertisement for Gun World has succeeded in getting attention.


Wilson Combat “Gun Guys” Video Series with Bill Wilson and Ken Hackathorn [The Firearm Blog]

Wilson Combat launched a video series on their YouTube channel where Bill Wilson and Ken Hackathorn talk about guns and practical shooting. The series is called Gun Guys. What makes it especially valuable is that they share their experience and tell stories from the days when practical shooting was just becoming a thing and the part […]

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Thorneycroft: A Victorian Bullpup Rifle with Volley Sights [Forgotten Weapons]

The Thorneycroft was the first military bullpup rifle, developed in the United Kingdom in response to combat experiences in the second Boer War showing the British infantry rifles to be overly long and cumbersome. Scotsman James Baird Thorneycroft figured he could address this by moving the action and magazine of a rifle behind the trigger, thus shortening the overall length without reducing the barrel length – the bullpup concept. He was able to produce a series of prototype rifles using this concept beginning in 1901, which were tested by the British military. Thorneycroft’s rifle was chambered for the standard .303 British cartridge, with a 5-round magazine (no provision for charger clip use), and had a nice aperture rear sight and cock-on-open two lug bolt. While it was about 10% lighter than the standard long Lee rifle and about 7.5 inches shorter, the British military turned down his idea, instead adopting a universal short rifle for the cavalry and infantry both to use.

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of this Thorneycroft, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!


Ruger’s New 3″ SP101 in .327 Fed Magnum [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger SP101Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced another expansion of its popular SP101 line of revolvers. The new gun has a 3″ barrel and is chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge. In a way, it is a return to the past. When the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge was announced in 2007, Ruger was ready to go […]

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Today's The Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Today is the day that national concealed carry reciprocity finally comes to the floor of the House of Representatives. We have been promised it since last year's Presidential campaign. It should have come up in March or April but the House Republican leadership seems to have been dragging their feet on this.

We have seen reciprocity pass the House before only to die in the Senate. HR 822 passed the House by a strong majority (272-154) back in November 2011. As much as some are upset about the pairing of carry reciprocity with the Fix NICS Act, that plus the number of red state Democrats up for re-election in the Senate may be the thing that gets it passed. The main thing in the Senate is not only to get it passed but to get it passed without amendments that would either cripple reciprocity or would add a virtual assault weapons ban to the bill. I could see Sen. Dianne Feinstein trying to do both of those things.

In the meantime, here is the schedule for today as put out by the House Majority Leader's Office.

H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Judiciary Committee)
Postponed Suspension Votes:
1) S. 1266 – Enhancing Veteran Care Act (Sponsored by Sen. James M. Inhofe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
2) H.Con.Res. 90 – Condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley / Foreign Affairs Committee)
Special Order Speeches
The House will first have to vote on House Resolution 645 which contains the rule for consideration of HR 38. The Rules Committee provided this summary of the rule:

Rule Information

REPORTED BY RECORD VOTE of 8-3 on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
MANAGERS: Collins/Hastings
1. Closed rule.
2. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.
4. Provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-45 shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.
6. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
The bottom line is that today is the day to light up the phones to Capitol Hill and district offices. You can be damn sure the gun prohibitionists are doing it and thanks to Giffords you know what they are going to say.


US Army Now Fielding SIG SAUER M17, M18 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

M17SIG SAUER announced that the United States Army was now issuing the M17 and M18 pistols to combat troops. The first to receive the new pistols is the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The new M17 and M18 pistols are variants of the striker-fired P320 pistol made by […]

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Hungarian MINIMAX 9 Pocket Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

This odd-looking gadget is a Hungarian pocket pistol made in the mid-’80s. It is called Minimax 9 with the digit indicating its caliber – 9mm. It was designed to be chambered in various 9mm calibers including the 9x19mm Luger, 9x17mm (.380 auto) and 9x18mm. It was fed from a 4-round non-detachable magazine. This was a manual repeater, not a […]

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Film: “Tuntematon sotilas” – The Unknown Soldier 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Today is December the 6:th and Finland’s Independence Day, a national public holiday to celebrate Finland’s declaration of independence from the Russian Republic in 1917. Today is also one hundred years since that original declaration and I suspect the festivities are already over going into hang overs in some places. The “Unknown soldier 2017” – […]

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Engraved Russian Firearms by Praktica of Zlatoust [The Firearm Blog]

Zlatust is a Russian town known for over 200-year heritage of hosting master engravers and decorators. In 1991 a company called Praktica was established in this town. A team of local master engravers has joined the newly founded company and since then they produce a number of precious metal plated and engraved items including firearms. If you […]

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PROOF Research SWITCH Multi-Caliber Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

PROOF Research makes a bolt action rifle called Switch which allows to relatively quickly convert it to one of the popular short action calibers by changing the barrel and bolt head. By having one high-end action and multiple barrel options you can have the same high-quality rifle for the majority of possible applications. You can configure it to […]

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Tuesday, 05 December


Fighting Back Against Feature Creep []

The Surefire Titan Plus is one of the best EDC lights available.  It has been for two years, since its release.  Its format, size, and brightness, coupled with the Surefire build quality and beam pattern make it stiff competition for everyone in the flashlight world.  But it is a perfect example of what designers call feature creep. 

Instead of being satisfied with a darn good light, Surefire felt the need to add on to the Titan–a lanyard attachment AND a quick release lanyard attachment (aka the Flashlight Toupee), a ultra thin and overly complex clip, and a blingy coating.  In the end, these things hold the Titan back and are emblematic of some of the design problems in flashlights (and gear in general) right now.  I’m going to use the Titan Plus to explore the issue of feature creep in gear and what to do about it.

The Lanyard Attachment Point

Every feature is about making a choice.  Good design minimizes the impacts of those choices, but they are there nonetheless.  Here the decision is clear–attachment to a keychain v. tailstanding.

Surefire prioritizes keychain attachment.  I can see that.  The Titan Plus is a small light, ideal for keychain carry, at least in some folks’ mind.  But in reality its not.  Heavy, design, metal items are brutal on a keychain.  They either beat up your keys or get beat up.  Years of carrying an Arc Lights AAA-P eventually wore out the lanyard attachment.


Metal on metal doesn’t work well.  Instead, a good keychain light should be tough ABS plastic, not unlike key fobs.  The Surefire Sidekick is actually a much better design for this role than the Titan Plus.

The problem is, even if Surefire prioritized attachment to a keychain they weighed it way too heavily because the Titan Plus has not one, but TWO attachment points.  The first is built in to the light itself.  The second is in the form of a small plastic cap that snaps onto the tail of the light.  The solution to this problem is simple–grind off the permanent lanyard attachment point:


Overly Complex Clip

The stock clip from Surefire was okay.  It was sturdy, didn’t move, and was a washer-style clip (meaning that it has a washer-like loop at the end and fits between two pieces of the flashlight body, its held in place when the pieces thread together).  The problem was that it was very thin and had an overly complex shape.  The end result was a clip that snagged and scraped on just about everything.

Its clear that Surefire wanted to make the clip small and unobstrusive, that they didn’t want to throw off the balance of the light, but it is kind of weird just how bad this clip is compared to something like the genius of the EB1 bidirectional clip.


This happens to be one of the best clips on any flashlight, production or custom.  It is wonderful.

But in going so thin Surefire made the clip less than ideal.  I am also not sure what the thinking was behind the overly complex tip and the decision to slip the clip down the middle.  It might add visual interest and cut weight, but it made the clip harsh on everything.

The solution is the aftermarket clip from Prometheus Lights.  Here it is on the light:


Jason Hui has always had a knack for making great clips and this one is no different.  It is simple, rounded, and thick enough not to feel like a fork tine.  The grace curve on upturned tip is perfect, allowing the light to slide in and out of the pocket with ease, much, much better than the tricky tip on the stock clip.

The Tacky Silver Coating

This one is weird.  I am not sure if Surefire wanted to capitalize on the trend in high end light to use titanium or if they wanted to simply give the brass body something more durable and less likely to tarnish.  Either way, its a bad idea–either a way to pass something off for something it is not OR a way to overcome a poor choice in materials.

I would much rather this light be made of titanium.  They have the ability, I would assume, to machine titanium.  But that is not an easy upgrade to make.  Brass does have some advantages–it is easy to machine and has threads as smooth as greased bearings, but I’d love to get my Titan cerakoted.  It would give the light a more durable coating and, hopefully, make it look less like a fancy tube of lipstick.  Ideally, I’d get a very neutral color or a color that doesn’t appear in nature (like a vibrant blue or orange).



The Titan Plus is a great light with great output and a wonderful form factor.  But Surefire took it a bit far, attempting to give a lux feel without lux materials.  In case you are unaware–brass and titanium are dramatically different materials, even when you paint brass to look like titanium.  It also made some odd design choices, giving people “features” that actually make the light worse than it would be otherwise.  Never forget–simplest is often best.

As a first entry, along with the regular Titan, in the EDC market after a long absence, Surefire did a good job, but with a little more restraint the light would be so much better.  Not only is it a good lesson is gear design, recognizing feature creep and fixing it, is a good way to help search for that perfect light.  In my case I couldn’t find it so I modded the Titan Plus until I had something I liked.

Oh, and there is one other thing–the name.  Titan Plus has got to go.  It sounds like a brand of plus sized clothes.  Titan Pro maybe?  Titan II?  Anything else works.  Like the light itself, I think Surefire ignored some obvious issues with the name.

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Review: LA Police Gear TBFK []

What is best value in the knife world?  For a long time the answer was pretty dang easy… the CRKT Drifter was for many years my go-to choice.  Apparently, I am not the only person who likes the Drifter.  Others thought the KaBar Dozier folder was the obvious choice.  But in the last year the options at the bottom of the price spectrum have exploded.


In many ways, this is the ideal way to debut a brand or a brand extension.  LA Police Gear has long had a presence in the gear world, producing good stuff at great prices.  Their branded items were always at least interesting.  The TBFK represents their most concerted push into the knife market, and it is a truly inspired blade–a knife that breaks the formula for value.

What’s more, they are doing this in a market already reshaped by outrageously good values.  Kizer is bringing people high-end blades from hot custom makers on a weekly basis at great prices.  CRKT is doing very good work with OEMs.  Cold Steel has re-invented themselves in the past five years.  So having a knife be a “value breakthrough” is not an easy task.  Read on and you will see why this one is a no-brainer.


The TBKF is a medium-sized knife.  It has a roughly 3.5-inch blade and weighs around 5 ounces (I am guessing at the weight from my testing because LA Police Gear doesn’t include weight in its specs of the knife — a classic rookie mistake).  The handle is made of contoured black G10.  The blade is a drop point made of Crucible’s S35VN.


The knife opens via either a thumb stud or a flipper.  The blade runs on a set of bearing pivots.  It includes a deep carry, over-the-top pocket clip.  The knife locks up with a liner lock.  There are two versions; a black stonewashed blade or a satin blade.  Oh, and the knife retails for around $35.


This knife rode with me as EDC on and off for about a month.  Its size and weight made it was a little too bulky for dress pants and slacks, but it was still in the “acceptable” range for blue jeans and the like.  My knife tasks are pretty commonplace: food prep tasks (making lunches, slicing snacks, and helping with cooking around an open flame), busting up boxes for recycling, and opening packages). (Oh man, diaper services are the bomb, but they make for a ton of recycling.)


Finally, we have a fire pit so I regularly use my EDC knife to help in fire prep, processing small kindling and making firesticks for tinder.  Because of its size and sturdy construction, I pushed the TBFK a bit more than I would a smaller knife.  It did things that my Dragonfly 2 never gets a chance to tackle.


The overall design of the TBFK is very solid. It’s trendy, given its flipper deployment, but not overly so (it’s a liner lock!).  There are a series of features proving that LA Police Gear knows what it is doing.


First, the size–this knife is a bit bigger than I prefer in a folder, but still well within the sweet spot for the marketplace.  If you want to sell knives and have something be functional, this is the right size.

They also did the flipper correctly.  This isn’t the best flipper, or even the best budget flipper (that honor goes to the Ruike P801), but it is quite good — and again, exactly what the market wants.

The sculpted handles are great and the pocket clip is nice.  In all, LA Police Gear just got most things right with this design, both in terms of functionality and ability to sell.

One design problem, and really the only serious one, is the liner lock disengagement tab. It’s positively huge and stands out like skinny guy in a sumo tournament.



You always expect fit and finish to take a hit when budget knives are concerned.  A good blueprint is one thing–a one-time cost–but building good knives, unit after unit, takes time and money.  Ensuring the 1,000,001st knife is as good as the first one is a thing that bedevils even seasoned production companies with vastly larger per-unit budgets.

With that caveat, I was pleased with the nature of the fit and finish here.  It was quite good.  The handles were especially well done, once you concede that the liner lock tab is ridiculously oversized.  The blade grind was noticeably errant and the flipper required a very precise movement to deploy.


I also found the detent a bit squishy.  But for the price, all of these things are acceptable.  The S35VN steel performed just as I would have expected (given its chemistry), and it performed in line with that steel from other makers.


You get a lot of premium features in an astoundingly cheap package.  In a world where 2017 hadn’t happened and the gear world hadn’t gone crazy, this would be a $100 knife every day of the week and people would debate if the fit and finish were up to snuff at the price.  There would be a vocal chorus of people pointing out that the Native has better ergos and there are dozens of Kizers with better flipping action. And, of course, whiners like me would point out the stupid lock bar issue.

That’s if this knife cost $100.  At one-third that price, I can’t see any reason to complain.  It’s a big, bulky knife, but it is an outstanding value.  I’d be really hard pressed to find a better value in this arena, though the aforementioned Ruike P801 and CRKT Drifter are in the running.

What are you waiting for?  Just go buy this knife.

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Brothers in Arms []

In 1964 Smith and Wesson introduced their excellent large “N” frame revolver in .41 Magnum. The new revolver was designated the Model 57. Its official catalog title was the “.41 Target Magnum.” As Smith and Wesson aficionados know, the “N” frame is he benchmark for some of the finest double action handguns ever manufactured.

The original “N” frame production of the Model 57 ran from 1964 until 1993. Models with the “S” prefix ran from 1964 until 1969. Then the “N” prefix series began and ran until final production ended in 1993.

The Model 57 featured the square butt N target 3-screw frame, blued or nickel, counter-bored cylinder (known by collectors as the recessed cylinder), pinned barrels in 4-6-8 3/8 inches, a 1/8 inch front ramp sight with a red insert, and a micrometer click, white outline rear sight. Grips were the oversized target Goncalo Alves (special walnut used by Smith) stocks with a gold metal S&W Medallion. These features were all classic “N” frame Smith factory set ups.

Just in the past few years, some Model 57-5 versions were produced but that production did not last long. Those models sold out quickly. During the entire original production there were model changes which were designated by a 57-dash number stamped inside the cylinder yoke above the serial number of the handgun. So, 57-1 through 57-5 indicated the various model changes over the total span of the production.

For those interested, a number of reference books are available to give further details on Smith firearms. A worthy reference resource is the Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas. This comprehensive book covers some 770 models of Smith and Wesson’s complete with numerous color photographs.

Today, “N” frame 57s are very hard to find. The two Model 57s shown here were secured by a private collector after over 20 years of searching gun shows and dealers. These two include the 4-inch and 6-inch blued models. This collector has never seen a 57 with the 8 3/8 inch barrel for sale and only a very few with the nickel finish, which do not appeal to this collector anyway. These Model 57s were not new, but nearly and still very enjoyable to shoot.

The .41 Magnum came out in 1964 as a cartridge to fill the gap between the .357 and .44 Magnums. It uses 210 grain bullets and is suitable for hunting up to deer sized game at close ranges. The Model 57 is still a highly collectible handgun.

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Too Slick By Half [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The (anti-gun) cult of personality known as Giffords has produced a Concealed Carry Reciprocity Toolkit for all their uninformed followers. It provides talking points, phone scripts, email templates, pre-written tweets, ready-to-use graphics, and loaded (pun intended) town hall questions.

Here are some of their talking points:


  • This bill would make it legal for dangerous and untrained people to carry loaded, hidden guns in more public places. If this bill passes, people who are prohibited from getting a concealed carry permit in a state with strong gun laws will be allowed to apply for a permit in a state with weaker laws. This includes convicted stalkers, domestic abusers, people convicted of violent crimes, and people with no training or experience firing a gun.

  • This bill fails to create a national standard for who should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon and undermines states rights by forcing states with strong concealed carry laws to honor permits from states with weak or non-existent concealed carry laws. Right now, states have the right to choose which states’ concealed carry permits they recognize, which is important because the requirement to carry hidden, loaded guns in public vary drastically from state to state. If this bill passes, that will no longer be the case.
  • Concealed carry reciprocity will make it nearly impossible for law enforcement officers to quickly and easily verify that people carrying a hidden, loaded weapon are doing so legally. Nearly every major law enforcement association OPPOSES this bill because of its disastrous consequences for public safety.
  • Concealed carry reciprocity will threaten the safety of victims of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking by enabling domestic violence offenders to follow their victims across state lines with loaded, concealed firearms. Preliminary data from the National Domestic Violence Hotline shows that 23% of victims reported that their abuser crossed state lines in an attempt to further assault their victims.
  • Weakening gun laws will increase violent crime in our communities. Recent research found that violent crime increased in states that loosened concealed carry laws, with 10% more murders and up to 14% more violent crime.
You can examine the entire document here.

What I think this illustrates is just how much of a top-down, Astro-turf organization that the group formerly known as Americans for Responsible Solutions really is. This was obviously created for them by public relations and media professionals. It assumes that the Know Nothings who feel that "something has to be done" are too uninformed to write their own letters or say something more than "I'm against this" when calling Congressional offices.

I find it highly ironic that a group so closely associated with the Democrats would go full "states' rights" in their opposition to carry reciprocity. While it is now the rallying cry of the progressives on this issue, it was the rallying cry for racist Democrats in the 1950s and 60s in their opposition to integration and civil rights.


The Two Way Range or How Someone is Trying to Kill You [The Firearm Blog]

Mortal combat has been the cause of study for military historians since the Greek teacher Herodotus. But what it is like being on a two-way shooting range? What sorts of thoughts and emotions are experienced by those who participate as Infantrymen or Law Enforcement? Myself and a friend of mine sat down and talked at […]

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FACT CHECK: Rep. Thomas Massie Spreading Misinformation About Comprehensive Self-Defense Legislation Pending in Congress [NRA-ILA News]

In a recent Facebook Post, Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4) included several inaccurate statements about H.R. 4477, the Fix-NICS bill. Below are some facts to set the record straight:


Montenegrin TARA TM-4 Assault Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Several days ago we wrote about the TM-9 pistol of a Montenegrin company called TARA. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at an AR-15 style rifle made by the same company. The rifle is called TARA TM-4. Although being based on the AR-15, it has some differences and improvements. Let’s take a look. One of […]

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Happy Repeal Day! [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Amendment 21

(Ratified December 5, 1933)

Control of Liquor Returned to the States

  1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
  2. The transportation or importation into any state, territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
  3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several states, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the states by the Congress.

Prohibition of "intoxicating liquors" as embodied in the 18th Amendment was repealed 84 years ago today. To slightly paraphrase President Gerald Ford who was speaking on an entirely different matter, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare was over".

We in the gun rights community should be especially happy to celebrate Repeal Day even if one is a teetotaler. The reason is that this period of time led to the rise of organized crime and its attendant violence. We are still living with the fallout from that area as we still have to pay a $200 tax for each and every suppressor, SBR, SBS, full-auto firearm (made before May 19, 1986), etc. that we want to buy and register. Without Prohibition and the attempted assassination of FDR, we probably wouldn't have had this gun control monstrosity imposed upon us.

So tonight I plan to raise my glass to Sen. John Blaine of Wisconsin who introduced the resolution calling for the 21st Amendment.


Proposed Amendments To HR 38 That The Rules Committee Must Take Up [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The House Rules Committee was scheduled to start their hearings on the rule for HR 38 which now combines the original HR 38 plus HR 4477 or the Fix NICS Act. Amendments for consideration have begun to pile up. Most are from Democrats who want to gut the bill with a few from Republicans who either want to clarify some aspects or who want to decouple the two bills.

In my opinion, the "bipartisan" amendment from Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) is the most dangerous as it would graft their so-called anti-bump stock bill which really is any modification on to HR 38.

As of 2:25PM EST:

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
1Version 1Titus (NV)DemocratStrikes Title I of H.R. 38.Submitted
2Version 1Thompson, Mike (CA), Demings (FL)DemocratSUBSTITUTE Invests in the NICS system and expand background checks to all commercial sales.Submitted
3Version 1Thompson, Mike (CA)DemocratEstablishes a select committee on gun violence.Submitted
4Version 1Norton (DC)DemocratProhibits Title I (Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017) from taking effect until the law banning guns in U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds is repealed.Submitted
5Version 1Lofgren (CA)DemocratPrevents forum shopping by limiting concealed carry reciprocity to those who have a permit from their state of residence.Submitted
6Version 1Deutch (FL)DemocratProhibits a person from carrying a concealed firearm across state lines if they have been convicted in the past 5 years of cruelty to animals.Submitted
7Version 1Deutch (FL)DemocratPreserves a State or local governments right to restrict concealed weapons on private property.Submitted
8Version 1Bacon (NE)RepublicanExtends the renewal of concealed carry permits under LEOSA from every year to every 3 years.Submitted
9Version 1Raskin (MD)DemocratPermits law enforcement officers to conduct reasonable investigations to verify with the issuing State that an individual producing a concealed carry permit/license is eligible to carry such a firearm. Precludes the payment of attorney fees if an individual is convicted of a crime in the same proceeding in which this Act is successfully used as an affirmative defense.Submitted
10Version 1Raskin (MD)DemocratProvides that concealed carry reciprocity will not be permitted between states unless the reciprocating state issues a joint certification from the Attorney General, head of the State police, and Secretary of State that the laws of both states involved are substantially similar. Precludes reciprocity in states with no restrictions on concealed carry to similarly situated states.Submitted
11Version 1Raskin (MD)DemocratProvides that concealed carry reciprocity will not be permitted between states unless the issuing state provides a means of permit/license verification on a 24-hour basis, conducts reverification checks at least biannually, and has the authority to revoke permits/licenses if ineligibility is determined. It also creates a GAO study regarding firearms crimes committed by concealed carry permit holders.Submitted
12Version 1Raskin (MD), Norton (DC)DemocratPrecludes application of this Act in the District of Columbia.Submitted
13Version 1Nadler (NY)DemocratStates that a person who has been convicted of a violent crime within the preceding three years may not possess or carry a concealed handgun under this section in a State that by law prohibits a person from doing so on the basis of a conviction for such offense.Submitted
14Version 1Schneider (IL)DemocratProhibits a person who has been convicted of two (2) or more offenses related to driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances within the preceding five (5) years from possessing or carrying a concealed handgun in a State that by law prohibits a person from doing so on the basis of such convictions.Submitted
15Version 1McKinley (WV)RepublicanClarifies that complete records submitted by State authorities reporting to NICS shall include disposition records.Submitted
16Version 1Moulton (MA), Curbelo (FL)Bi-PartisanBans the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle (i.e. bump stocks and similarly functioning devices of different names).Submitted
17Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratTakes an affirmative step towards addressing public safety threats posed by gun violence when perpetrated by former military personnel with convictions through accountability of the Department of Defense.Submitted
18Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratProhibits any person convicted of a hate crime, as defined under section 249 or any substantially similar offense under the law of any State, from carrying under this bill.Submitted
19Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratProvides that States not be required to allow an individual to carry where such person is convicted of an offense of domestic violence or stalking as defined under the law of a State or Indian tribe, or as defined under the Violence Against Women Act.Submitted
20Version 1Demings (FL)DemocratStrikes the provision that would allow persons from other states to carry concealed weapons in school zones.Submitted
21Version 1Demings (FL)DemocratStrikes the new private right to sue a law enforcement officer in that officer’s individual capacity for any alleged violation, and to allow judges discretion in determining whether to award attorney’s fees to a prevailing party.Submitted
22Version 1Kildee (MI)DemocratEliminates the study on crimes committed using bumps stocks and inserts a provision mandating that bump stocks be treated like machine guns and silencers under the National Fire Arms Act.Submitted
23Version 1King, Steve (IA)RepublicanEnsures that Members of Congress are afforded the greatest latitude regarding interstate concealed carry, commensurate with that of Federal Judges under this legislation.Submitted
24Version 1King, Steve (IA)RepublicanEnsures that Judges are treated the same as all other law-abiding citizens regarding interstate concealed carry.Submitted
25Version 1Biggs (AZ), King, Steve (IA)RepublicanStrikes Title II, the Fix NICS Act, from the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.Submitted

UPDATE: The hearings are being carried on YouTube Live.


CMP Issues Info On The Purchase Of The Surplus 1911s [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Late last night, Mark Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, sent out an email with info on how the CMP was planning to handle sales of the approximately 10,000 1911s they will (or should) be receiving from the Department of the Army. As I've mentioned before, I hold a 03 Curios and Relics FFL. I responded immediately to Mr. Johnson questioning why 03 FFLs could not be the recipient of the firearm. I also posted his first draft to a mailing list for C&R FFLs.

You will note below the added verbiage saying that 03 FFLs cannot perform a NICS check on the recipient. In a note I received back from Mr. Johnson, he said, "An 03 FFL can't perform the in person background check on the recipient end. BATF and the Army prefer the second background check and shipment to the 01 FFL."

Pardoning me for being a little blunt but Mr. Johnson's response is utter bullshit. There is no need for a 03 FFL to perform a NICS check on themselves. They are LICENSED by the freaking BATFE to begin with. Even the original NICS check run by the CMP is superfluous. If this surplus 1911 was coming from anywhere else but the CMP, the seller would, after the receipt of a signed copy of my C&R FFL, ship that pistol directly to my door.

Frankly, there is only one of these 1911s I want. It has the serial number 1910270 and was issued to my Dad on his second tour of duty in South Vietnam.

If you hold a 03 FFL and would like to send a note to Mr. Johnson, his email is

Below is how the CMP plans to conduct these sales:

To all CMP constituents:
The CMP Board of Directors has discussed at length how the sales of 1911s would be handled, if the CMP were to ever receive them from the United States Army.
Some preliminary decisions further clarified:
  1. Decisions concerning the grade and pricing of the 1911s will not be made until inspection has occurred of a substantial quantity which will take an estimated 150 days post receipt.
  2. All laws pertaining to the sale of 1911s by CMP will be strictly obeyed.
  3. Potential purchasers will have to provide to CMP a new set of documents exhibiting:  1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a new form 2A with notary, 5) a signed copy of the 01 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to. 
  4. A NICS background check will be performed by CMP on the customer to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a "proceed" from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.
  5. The CMP customer will be required to complete a form 4473 in person at the FFL dealers place of business, successfully passing a NICS check performed by the FFL holder, before the pistol can be transferred.  This is a second NICS check performed on the customer.
  6. Qualified CMP customer will only be allowed to purchase one 1911 per calendar year.
  7. No 1911s available in the CMP stores, or on line, only mail order sales.
  8. CMP will set the date in which it will accept orders for the 1911s. The date will be posted to the world.
  9. Orders will only be accepted via mail order delivery.
  10. Orders will only be accepted post marked on the date or after, no early orders.
  11. Once CMP receives 10,000 orders, customer names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator.
  12. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequence order through a random picking process to CMP. 
  13. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.
  14. When the customer is contacted a list of 1911 grades and pricing options that are available will be offered for selection of one.
  15. As CMP proceeds down the sequenced list less grade and pricing options will be available. Again, this done completely random.
Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license.  BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by a "store front" FFL dealer.  Each customer purchasing a 1911 type pistol from CMP will be subjected to two NICS background checks, one performed by CMP and the other performed by the FFL dealer the pistol is being shipped to.

Mark Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program


The B&T Industries BT62 “Determinator” [The Firearm Blog]

B&T Industries, you know the American company not the Swiss B&T, has a new low-tech product to show off your high-tech shooting gear. “BT62 Determinator“, sounds like the latest movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger – but it’s a laser cut piece of clear acrylic which measures groups within 1.5” diameter. As we never shoot larger groups, […]

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A Clarification on 1911 Pistol Sale Policies From the Civilian Marksmanship Progam []

The Civilian Marksmanship Program just released additional information on future potential 1911 sale to clarify the announcement they made last night.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the CMP to receive and sell between 8,000 and 10,000 1911 pistols a year, for two years, under a pilot program that will be reviewed to ensure the CMP follows all applicable laws and that the transfer of pistols to the CMP does not become a financial burden to the army.

Last night the CMP announced that CMP 1911 pistols will be sold via a lottery system, that potential purchasers will have to re-send all their qualifying documents and that 1911’s will be shipped to 01 FFL dealers. At 11:52 a.m., EST, the CMP sent the following e-mail to their e-mail subscription list to clarify some questions that had arisen:

To all CMP constituents:

The CMP Board of Directors has discussed at length how the sales of 1911s would be handled, if the CMP were to ever receive them from the United States Army.

Some preliminary decisions further clarified:

1. Decisions concerning the grade and pricing of the 1911s will not be made until inspection has occurred of a substantial quantity which will take an estimated 150 days post receipt.
2. All laws pertaining to the sale of 1911s by CMP will be strictly obeyed.
3. Potential purchasers will have to provide to CMP a new set of documents exhibiting: 1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a new form 2A with notary, 5) a signed copy of the 01 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to.
4. A NICS background check will be performed by CMP on the customer to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a “proceed” from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.
5. The CMP customer will be required to complete a form 4473 in person at the FFL dealers place of business, successfully passing a NICS check performed by the FFL holder, before the pistol can be transferred. This is a second NICS check performed on the customer.
6. Qualified CMP customer will only be allowed to purchase one 1911 per calendar year.
7. No 1911s available in the CMP stores, or on line, only mail order sales.
8. CMP will set the date in which it will accept orders for the 1911s. The date will be posted to the world.
9. Orders will only be accepted via mail order delivery.
10. Orders will only be accepted post marked on the date or after, no early orders.
11. Once CMP receives 10,000 orders, customer names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator.
12. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequence order through a random picking process to CMP.
13. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.
14. When the customer is contacted a list of 1911 grades and pricing options that are available will be offered for selection of one.
15. As CMP proceeds down the sequenced list less grade and pricing options will be available. Again, this done completely random.

Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license. BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by a “store front” FFL dealer. Each customer purchasing a 1911 type pistol from CMP will be subjected to two NICS background checks, one performed by CMP and the other performed by the FFL dealer the pistol is being shipped to.

Mark Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program

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REDESIGN : B&T TP9 Returns To Its Roots For 2018 [The Firearm Blog]

It seems that every time we start taking about unique, interesting and useful firearms in the U.S., we are also forced to discuss the irritating, irrational and unnecessary legal pitfalls that surround gun ownership. The two most referenced laws, 18 U.S.C. 922r and the National Firearms Act (NFA), can also be the most complicated to […]

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Heckler & Koch listens to you – Feedback & Survey [The Firearm Blog]

Everyone who ever said Heckler & Koch don’t listen now have their chance. Now’s the time to speak up, or forever be silent. Obviously there’s no guarantee they’ll listen, but at least you have a possibility to give HK some sensible answers to their questions. Questions like the ones below: What features are “mission critical” […]

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Major Right-to-Carry bill picks up momentum, steams toward House floor [NRA-ILA News]

Gun-rights supporters are eyeing a big win this week as a bill that would make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines heads to the House floor.


State Attorneys General Back National Concealed Carry Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is currently making its way through the House. It is expected to be voted out of Committee and onto the House floor. If passed, which would also require 60 votes in the Senate, the legislation will allow individuals to travel across state lines with their lawfully issued permits.


California: Sign Up for Upcoming NRA and CRPA Webinars Regarding California “Assault Weapon” Laws [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, December 19, and on Thursday, December 21, NRA and CRPA will be host a two-part webinar regarding California’s recently enacted “assault weapon” restrictions. Specifically, the webinars will address options other than registration which are available to California gun owners who are now in possession of a firearm classified as an “assault weapon” under Senate Bill 880 and Assembly Bill 1135.


Sub-MOA groupings with the Sako TRG M10 in .308 Win and .338LM [The Firearm Blog]

Three holes in a paper at 100 meters. Some times these groupings come together, sometimes they don’t. In a SAKO TRG M10, considering its price and all the premium components involved in this system, you would think that the groupings would always come together We’ve tested the M10 with both the 308 Win and the […]

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The First Modern Military Rifle: The Modele 1886 Lebel [Forgotten Weapons]

Get your “Only Dropped Once” shirt here, and do your part to push back against the stereotype of the French soldier!

The Lebel was a truly groundbreaking development in military small arms, being the first rifle to use smokeless powder. This gave it – and in turn the French infantry – a massive advantage in range over everyone else in the world at the time. This advantage was short-lived, but the French did their best to exploit it.

French chemist Paul Vielle successfully developed his smokeless powder (“poudre B”) formula in 1884, and French ordnance spent 1885 experimenting with different calibers of small bore bullet to see what would work best. They also began looking at rifle actions to use, including specifically the Remington-Lee and the Mannlicher. However, a new Minister of War was appointed in January of 1886 and he demanded a completed prototype rifle and ammunition be completed by May 1886. This was a nearly impossibly short deadline to meet, and it meant that the Ordnance officers could not possibly develop a wholly new rifle, and instead would have to modify something already in the inventory.

The only suitable option was the Model 1884/5, a combination of the Gras bolt and Kropatschek tube magazine. The new smokeless cartridge was made by simply necking down the 11mm Gras round, and the 1884 rifle was given a new barrel in 8mm and a new dual-locking-lug bolt head to accommodate the high chamber pressure of the new powder. The result was the Lebel, and it was formally accepted in April 1887 after a relatively short period of testing. The weapon may not have been used the most advanced elements, but it was without any doubt the foremost military rifle in the world at the time, by a substantial margin.

The three main French state arsenals of St Etienne, Chatellerault, and Tulle would all tool up to produce the Lebel, and by the end of 1892 approximately 2.8 million had been produced, enough to equip the entire Army. The rifle would remain in service as France’s primary infantry rifle until World War One, would be declared obsolete in 1920, and remain in inventory and in use until the end of World War Two.


Cimarron Introduces the “Laser-Engraved” 1851 Percussion Peacemaker [The Firearm Blog]

“There are two kinds of people in this world, my friend: those who like their pistols engraved, and those who don’t.” Fortunately for the former, Cimarron has added another choice to their 1851 Percussion Revolver lineup: The 1851 Navy “Laser Engraved”.  Per Cimarron: Cimarron Firearms Company “Percussion Peacemaker,” the 1851 Navy Laser Engraved By far, […]

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Russian Man’s DIY Modifications of His VEPR Super 308 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

One of the popular Russian YouTube gun channels has published a video telling about a Russian guy who converted his Vepr Super 308 rifle from its original hunting configuration to a tactical one. What is interesting about this video is that this guy made most of the parts himself or adapted AR-15 parts to fit the […]

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Spike’s Tactical Launch 37mm M79 [The Firearm Blog]

Spike’s Tactical’s have unveiled their new 37mm flare launcher. Tapping into the nostalgia factor they have built a clone of the classic Vietnam War-era 40mm grenade launcher. The M79 nicknamed the ‘blooper’ or ‘thumper’ by troops because of the characteristic sound it made when fired.   The M79 was developed in the mid 1950s and […]

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Taurus CT9G2 and CT40G2 pistol-caliber carbines [The Firearm Blog]

Side by side with the SMT9 and SMT40 submachine guns, Forjas Taurus took the opportunity to also develop pistol-caliber semi-auto carbines based on the same basic design, designated CT9G2 (Carbine Taurus 9mm Generation 2) and CT40G2 (in .40 S&W), initially targeting the U.S. and international markets, and, at a later stage, the Brazilian LE sector. […]

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Taurus SMT9C and SMT40C submachine guns: the compact ones [The Firearm Blog]

Together with the previously-described SMT9 (9x19mm) and SMT40 (.40 S&W) submachine guns, Forjas Taurus also created more compact versions of both, a really simple affair involving the use of a shorter (165mm instead of 200mm) barrel, with no flash hider, fitted to very same weapon body. The stockless guns, designated SMT9C and SMT40C, had an […]

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Comp-Tac Announced Holsters for New Laser Equipped S&W Shield Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Comp-Tac HolsterWhen the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol rolled out earlier this year, one of the new factory options was an integrated Crimson Trace laser. While still new to the market, there are a lot of people buying these guns and relating positive stories about them. How well the Crimson Trace equipped guns sell […]

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Monday, 04 December


TFB Review: New Remington 870 DM Magazine Fed Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

You’ve heard the old saying “everything old is new again”. Well, that applies to the tried and true Remington 870 shotgun. The 870 is probably the most popular police shotgun ever. Remington has given the 870 a facelift with several new magazine fed models which would serve just about any shotgunners needs. The recently released […]

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Pennsylvania: Your Action Needed on Critical Preemption Bills [NRA-ILA News]

With December already upon us, there are only a few more days remaining in the 2017 legislative session and neither Senate Bill 5 nor House Bill 671 have made it to the Governor’s desk.  As reported earlier in the year, local governments such as in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia continue to violate the current preemption law and your town could be next.


Deer Hunting from Ground Blinds []

There is a revolution of sorts happening in deer hunting. Hunters are moving back to the ground in hordes. It is not that deer hunters are giving up their high perches in tree stands of all kinds or shooting houses, but in the past few seasons, there has been an explosion of hunters going back to ground blinds. There certainly are many advantages to hunting on the ground and not just comfort or safety.

The marketplace has also quickly addressed the demand by introducing many new models and versions of ground blinds. Most all are some type of a pop up four-sided cube shape made like so many camping tents with flex poles and slotted joints. These blinds come with pop top covers to protect hunters from the elements and a wide variety of windows that zip open, snap closed, or use hook and loops to fasten them partially open as desired. These blinds are designed for bow hunters as well as gun hunters.

The deal is though have you ever hunted out of one of these blinds? It takes some planning and a bit of trial by error to adjust to the confined space and often the narrow windows to shoot out of. It also takes some time to figure out the seating options or possibilities, especially for more than one hunter or another partner perhaps using a camera to video the hunt. Ground blinds are simply great, too, for taking kids hunting keeping them out of wind and rain.
From experience, I learned pretty quickly that long barreled deer hunting rifles are a bit more difficult to manipulate inside of a hunting blind. If the material is the least bit noisy as it is rubbed against, then use care in waving a long barrel around. The same goes for getting a bow into position, an arrow nocked, and drawing a bow. It all takes some extra special coordination. You just have to be a lot more aware as you get your weapon of choice positioned for a shot.

The best ground blind gun I have used so far has been a Marlin short carbine in 30-30 with a red dot sight for close range shots. Of course, there are endless choices for this, but a short barreled rifle sure makes sighting out of a blind easier and quicker. Naturally, traditional glass optics can work well out of a blind, too. Just open windows enough to get some light inside.

Handguns also make an ideal gun for ground blind hunting. Most shots are not that long unless the lane or food plot creates long shots. Adjust accordingly. Using a handgun in a ground blinds can be done easier if you can learn to shoot with an elbow propped up on a knee. Also when using a bipod or single shaft shooting stick like a Primos Trigger Stick as the shooting height can be easily adjusted with the trigger mechanism.

If as you shoot from inside the blind, the gun barrel is not outside of the window even a little, then expect the muzzle report to ring your ears. Consider foam ear inserts, or muffs or just keeping the barrel muzzle outside of the window when you shoot.

Try out different seating positions and a variety of chairs to stay quiet and comfortable. You’ll want a good padded seat, but a stable one with a back support so you can sit upright. I tried those fold out camping chairs with failure. They lean too far back and are too low. Once you get back in one of those it can be a task just to sit up to shoot. If you use any kind of a shooting stick, tripod, or other support then try all that out before actually trying to hunt. Work out any issues ahead of time.

Also when you buy a ground blind, shop for a brand that is waterproof. The first one I used leaked like crazy. Once when I went to hunt out of it, the chair seat was filled with water. It also leaked during the hunt. Most don’t have floors so you might want to add a ground cover or a raised floor of some kind. A wood shipping pallet can be fashioned for a floor or just add a sheet of plywood or waterproof ground cover under the blind as you set it up.

Also be sure to stake your ground blind well. The thin metal rod stakes often provided are too short and not stout enough to hold a stand down in a stiff wind. Buy regular heavy duty camping tent type stakes with the easy grab pull up ends. Some blinds come with extra tie off rope or twine lines as well. These can help keep a blind in position.

Your hunting ground blind should also be black inside, including all the walls and the ceiling. Wear dark clothing, gloves and a face mask to hide your lighted face. You might be surprised at just how far away a deer can see a face inside a blind especially if you move as they look. Mossy Oak has a new camp pattern called Eclipse that is black with patches of camo designed just for hunting inside ground blinds. As always limit your movements when deer are around.

When setting up a ground blind, pick a spot up against some natural back cover and then brush in the blind all around with fresh cut greenery, limbs, or other native cover. This will help blend in the shape and corners of the blind to the outdoor surroundings. As you stand off a hundred yards or so from the blind it should not be obvious to spot.

Each time you go to hunt in a blind it does not hurt to spray down yourself, the outside and inside of the blind with scent killer. It only takes a little whiff of human odor to spook a deer. Monitor the winds, too as always, especially as you sneak to your stand to get inside. Always remain as quiet as you can and try to limit scents from nabs, and drinks as well.

Ground blinds are an awesome way to hunt as it puts you on eye level with your game. It makes judging ranges easier, too. There are no elevations to contend with either. So, try a ground blind this season. Just be careful not to get too comfortable, lest you snooze, you lose.

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Engraved CZ 550 in 458 Lott []

According to Wikipedia, the 458 Lott cartridge is designed for the purpose of hunting African dangerous game.  It is based on the full-length 375 H&H Magnum, blown out and shortened to 2.800 inches.

That being said, on a rifle as beautiful as this one, would you use it unless there’s a dangerous animal charging at you?

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Sardine Can Ammo []

During World War 2, it was a common practice among Eastern European and Russian ammo manufacturers to seal paper cartons of ammunition inside metal containers. Presumably, this would prevent moisture contamination and allow the ammo to endure long periods of warehousing. Apparently this system worked pretty well, because this ammo is still showing up in the USA.

Case in point: A recent gun show I attended, where I witnessed an ammo dealer peeling open a canister of such ammo like opening a can of sardines. He had a metal key with a slot that fit into the can just like a tin of tiny fishes. He turned and turned until the seal was completely removed from the entire circumference of the metal container.

What was revealed inside were boxes of brass-cased ammo wrapped inside small paper boxes holding maybe 50 rounds each. While the paper boxes were beginning to fall apart from long term storage, the ammo appeared to be just fine. The brass was fairly bright and the jacketed bullets were in good shape, too — and hadn’t even turned green.

On the exterior of the metal container were a number of markings in Russian. Numbers on the box included one date that may be interpreted as 10-42 but the numbers were backwards. A 7.62 marking was clear, followed by what appeared to be “MM.” The dealer had marked 800 rounds on the box with a price of $250. Once empty, he gave me the box to investigate further.

I assumed only the dealer knew for sure what the ammo was, so I had to ask. He told me it was Russian ammo for the 7.62×25 Tokarev pistol. He thought the ammo was made in 1942. That would have been before WWII ended. One paper wrapping left inside the box was labeled entirely in Russian, except for 7.62mm.

The 7.62×25 was chambered in the primary Russian handgun of WWII — the Model 1930 Tokarev. These handguns from the famous Tula factory were made from 1931 until 1942. The gun itself is somewhat similar to a Colt 1911 with several so-called “improvements.” It was the number one official Soviet pistol cartridge.

The standard load was an 87-grain FMJ bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1390 fps and a muzzle energy of 365 foot pounds. The cases were Berdan-primed.

So, ammo produced in 1942 and sealed in metal containers with lead-soldered seams can still be fired today in old Tokarev pistols, which can still be found as war surplus. Just an interesting note of history.

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Smith’s New Model 986 []

Ok, handgunning fans, you decide on this one. For me the new Smith and Wesson Model 986 revolver is one of those so called solutions to a non-existent problem. My primary rationale for the need of this revolver is its chambering of the 9mm round via moon clips. With so many, many options in semi-auto pistols for the 9mm, why bother with a seven-shot revolver?

The handgun itself is a beautiful piece of work, no denying that. It has some appearance oddities though, that may turn some buyers away. Chief in this regard is the titanium alloy cylinder that is unfluted and off color to match the balance of the beautiful stainless steel finish supplied by the Smith Performance Center. But that is just an ascetic’s thing. This feature may not be bothersome to some.

On the plus side the wood grips are gorgeous. The wood panels are mixed with a grainy textured grip surface surrounded by a smooth, slick finish complete with finger gripping grooves. The barrel is a scant 2.5 inches long but the gun’s overall length is 7.5 inches. Certainly this size is suitable for concealed carry or field use if so inclined given the 9mm.

The weight of this handgun tips the scales at 31.7 ounces, so it should be beefy enough to handle 9mm loads without much muzzle jump. One does have to wonder about the noise out the short barrel’s muzzle though.

Sights include a red ramp front sight of black finish dovetailed into the barrel’s miniscule rib. The rear sight is a standard Smith and Wesson type adjustable sight. The revolver is of course both single and double action. The trigger has an over travel stop and the hammer size is plenty ample enough for thumb action cocking even with gloves.

If you have never used or fumbled with loading a revolver via moon clips, then it just requires some practice to get the hang of it. I have been using these moon clips in the new Ruger .357 8-shot Redhawk and it takes some getting used to. Pressing the rounds into the clips may be the most aggravating part, but again, it takes practice.

Inserting a loaded moon clip into a revolver cylinder is pretty simple. Extraction is even easier, but you’ll want to practice this too so you don’t drop or lose the clip in the process. Having 2-3 extra moon clips is essential for backup.

So, you decide. Is a revolver chambered for the 9mm really needed? I have nothing against this handgun per se, but for my uses, I’ll reserve my revolvers for more potent cartridges.

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CMP Announces Procedures for Distribution of 1911 Pistols []

The Civilian Marksmanship Program today announced how they will handle distribution of 1911 pistols when and if any pistols are released by the U.S. Army to the CMP.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the CMP to receive and sell between 8,000 and 10,000 1911 pistols a year, for two years, under a pilot program that will be reviewed to ensure the CMP follows all applicable laws and that the transfer of pistols to the CMP does not become a financial burden to the army.

The CMP has yet to determine the exact retail cost of the pistols but earlier estimated that prices would start at around $1,000 per pistol. This latest announcement gives the first solid details on how the program will work.

The following message was posted on the CMP’s Facebook page and sent by e-mail to CMP newsletter subscribers shortly before 8 P.M. EST.

To all CMP constituents:

The CMP Board of Directors has discussed at length how the sales of 1911s would be handled, if the CMP were to ever receive them from the United States Army.

Some preliminary decisions:

1. Decisions concerning the grade and pricing of the 1911s will not be made until inspection has occurred of a substantial quantity which will take an estimated 150 days post receipt.
2. All laws pertaining to the sale of 1911s by CMP will be strictly obeyed.
3. Potential purchasers will have to provide to CMP a new set of documents exhibiting: 1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a new form 2A with notary, 5) successful completion of a NICS background check, 6) a signed copy of the 01 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to.
4. The CMP customer will be required to complete a form 4473 in person and successfully complete another NICS check by the recipient FFL holder before the pistol can be transferred.
5. Qualified CMP customer will only be allowed to purchase one 1911 per calendar year.
6. No 1911s available in the CMP stores, or on line, only mail order sales.
7. CMP will set the date in which it will accept orders for the 1911s. The date will be posted to the world.
8. Orders will only be accepted via mail order delivery.
9. Orders will only be accepted post marked on the date or after, no early orders.
10. Once CMP receives 10,000 orders, customer names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator.
11. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequence order through a random picking process to CMP.
12. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.
13. When the customer is contacted a list of 1911 grades and pricing options that are available will be offered for selection of one.
14. As CMP proceeds down the sequenced list less grade and pricing options will be available. Again, this done completely random.

Mark Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program

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Nomad []

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


“A person who roams about; a wanderer; having no fixed home moving from place to place in search of food (and water and grazing land).” That defines a nomad. Do you suppose then that is what Marolina Outdoor Apparel had in mind when they created their Nomad line of performance outdoor hunting clothing?

Just to prove that a blitz marketing campaign does work, turn on just about any outdoor hunting television show now to see what a lot of the hunters are wearing. Turns out it might be a Mossy Oak, Realtree or Kryptek pattern, but it’s likely wearing the logo Nomad, most often in bright orange lettering so it will be noticed. That is smart business.

Trust me it is not just about a name plastered on some outdoor hunting garments that don’t really stand up to the elements. There are plenty of those out there now sharing a name with athletic wear, football, soccer shirts and such. For them it is apparent that the hunting industry was a second thought. This is not the case with Nomad Outdoor Clothing.

Ok, smart aleck you’d say, so how do I know this? Well, because I have a set of Nomad hunting clothes that have been in field trials now for quite some time. It has worn well, has not fallen apart, and is holding its earthy Mossy Oak pattern crisp and clear. Those elements are the primary criterion I use to judge outdoor clothing that I will wear to hunt. If it fails to perform or loses it pattern through washings, I am done with it.

Nomad outdoor clothing’s offerings are deceptively simple. There is no huge catalog here with tons of garment choices. In fact, to my own surprise, there is not even a traditional button up front men’s shirt as nearly every hunting camo clothing line has. They offer jackets, hoodies, t-shirts, short and long sleeve, hunting pants, and accessories. My only disappoint is with their basic hunting pants. The size is too small, cargo pockets too small, and the rear pockets are not secured with a button flap.

Right now Nomad comes in three popular camouflage patterns including Mossy Oak, Realtree and Kryptek, which is well, kryptek, a word not even found in the English dictionary. If it were, it would be right behind the term Krugerrand, the South African gold coin. Hmmm.

You’re going to see Nomad clothing when you shop this fall for hunting clothes. You likely will see it in deer camp, too. It may be new, but it is already that popular.

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Remington Announces a Mag-fed 870 Shotgun: the 870 DM []

You’ve seen some aftermarket hacks for adding a mag to an 870, but now you can buy the real deal straight from Remington. Today the company is announcing the 870 DM line, a magazine-fed version of the venerable and battle-tested 870.

I got to spend some quality time with a few different versions of the DM at Gunsite a few months back, and I can testify that it’s good to go. Look for a quick video run-down of it on our YouTube channel sometime in the next few hours.

I’ve also had one in for review for a bit, so I’ll be talking in more detail about it, soon.

In the meantime, here are the different models that were announced today, along with some pictures:


870 DM (81350)

  • 6 Round Detachable Magazine
  • Black Synthetic Stock with Super Cell Recoil Pad
  • Tactical “Corn Cob” Forend
  • 18.5 Inch Fixed Cylinder Bore Barrel
  • MSRP – $529.00

870 DM Magpul (81352)

  • 6 Round Detachable Magazine
  • Magpul SGA Stock with Super Cell Recoil Pad
  • Magpul MOE M-LOK Forend
  • 18.5 Inch Rem Choke Barrel with Extended Ported Tactical Choke
  • XS Steel Front Sight, XS Tactical Rail/Ghost Ring Rear Sight
  • MSRP – $799.00

870 DM Tactical / Predator (81354)

  • 3 and 6 Round Detachable Magazines
  • Over Molded ShurShot Thumbhole Stock with Super Cell Recoil Pad
  • Tactical “Corn Cob” Fore-end
  • 18.5 Inch Rem Choke Barrel with two Trulock Extended Chokes (Boar Blaster and Turkey /Predator)
  • XS Steel Front Sight, XS Tactical Rail/Ghost Ring Rear Sight
  • Kryptek Highlander Camo
  • MSRP – $799.00

870 DM Tac-14 (81348)

  • 6 Round Detachable Magazine
  • Shockwave Grip and Magpul Fore-end
  • 14 Inch Cylinder Bore barrel
  • Bead Sight
  • MSRP – $559

870 DM Hardwood (81351)

  • 6 Round Detachable Magazine
  • Hardwood Stock and Fore-end
  • 18.5 Inch Cylinder Bore Barrel
  • Bead Sight
  • MSRP – $529

870 DM Tactical (81360)

  • 6 Round Detachable Magazine
  • Pistol Grip Buttstock and Tactical “Corn Cob” Fore-end
  • 18.5 Inch barrel with Extended Ported Tactical Choke
  • XS Steel Front Sight, XT Tactical Rail/Ghose Ring Rear Sight
  • MSRP – $799

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NRA Applauds Trump Administration for Restoring Access to Utah Public Lands [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s decision to restore access to public lands in Utah. President Trump announced today he intends to shrink the size of the Bears Ears and the Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments spanning millions of acres in Utah. The two national monuments were among 27 that President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Zinke to review earlier this year.


TFBTV Reviews the $8,000 FK BRNO Field Pistol: The Fastest Production Pistol in the World (?) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James looks at the luxurious FK BRNO Field Pistol in 7.5mm FK. According to FK BRNO: “The 7.5 FK Field Pistol is a single action, tilting barrel type mechanism, with a proprietary recoil attenuating system. This is not a modified design of another product or pistol model. This is a […]

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Kimber Rolls Out a New Long Slide 1911 in .45, 10mm [The Firearm Blog]

Kimber Long SlideKimber Mfg., Inc. recently introduced a number of new firearms for the coming year. One of these new guns is a long slide 1911 style pistol that will be offered in 10mm and .45 ACP. The new gun is officially titles the Stainless 1911 Long Slide, or Stainless (LS) for short. The Stainless (LS) is assembled […]

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Ask Your U.S. Representative to Vote for H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017! [NRA-ILA News]

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) will be up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 6.  Please contact your U.S. Representative TODAY and ask him/her to vote for H.R. 38!


HR 38 Is Moving To A Floor Vote [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The House Rules Committee will issue a rule for HR 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 - on Tuesday, December 5th. This news was announced on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio show by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) on Sunday.

It is expected that the bill will come before the House for debate and a vote starting on Wednesday.

However, as predicted by Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY) the Fixed NICS bill has been merged with concealed carry reciprocity. It is now Title II of HR 38. Massie goes on to say that when the bill hits the Senate, carry reciprocity will be dropped and only the Fix NICS portion approved. Then given different bills have passed the House and Senate it will go to a conference committee who will only report out the Fix NICS portion of the bill. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) has offered an amendment to the bill being considered in the Rules Committee that would drop the carry portion of the bill.

It should be noted that Massie, despite being chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus, has opposed HR 38 from the start according to Dave Cole who is both a constituent of Massie and a blogger at Black Man with a Gun.

I think it was to be expected that that bills would be combined in that they both dealt with guns and both came out of the House Judiciary Committee at the same time. The NSSF is supporting both parts of the bill including the Fix NICS portion.

HR 4477 - Fix NICS - as it passed the House Judiciary Committee includes a provision to require the Attorney General to provide a report on how often bump stocks had been used in crimes. This would be part of the combined bill. That said, I think the actual instances of a bump stock equipped carbine or rifle being used in a crime will be very few.


HEVI-Snow Hunting Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

hevi-snowIf you are a waterfowl hunter, the new ammunition line from HEVI-Shot may be of interest. The company recently announced a new series of shotgun loads that were specifically designed for snow geese and other waterfowl called HEVI-Snow. HEVI-Snow loads use steel shot and were developed to deliver higher velocities with larger payloads through the […]

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House lines up vote on Right-to-Carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

Republicans lined up a vote next week in the House on making it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines.


NRA may see major legislative win with concealed carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

This week the House is expected to pass a bill, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, that would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.


House lawmakers prepare to move gun bills as Democrats ready attacks [NRA-ILA News]

House Republicans are preparing to vote in the days ahead to loosen gun laws.


Right-to-Carry reciprocity a no-brainer [NRA-ILA News]

Law-abiding gun owners know about fellow gun owners who crossed state lines and unwittingly became criminals for breaking a law they didn’t know existed. A North Carolina resident was arrested for having his firearm while driving to New Jersey to help with Hurricane Sandy. A single mom from Pennsylvania spent years fighting to stay out of prison after driving with her firearm into another state. A man from Tennessee was arrested in Delaware after he was stopped for speeding. The stories are countless.


New York: Pistol permit applications steady in Jefferson, St. Lawrence counties [NRA-ILA News]

The number of pistol permits registered with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office saw a sizeable spike last year.


Minister foils Orange church break-in, shoots out tire on fleeing suspect's car [NRA-ILA News]

An Orange County minister thwarted a break-in at his church on Thursday and was able to help apprehend a suspect by shooting out a tire on a fleeing car, authorities said Friday.


Homeowner Shoots Intruder As Chihuahua Acts As Guard Dog [NRA-ILA News]

A "beware of dog" sign posted on a tree near the driveway probably should have been the intruders' first warning to stay away. Now, a Calumet Township man says he believes he shot and wounded an armed intruder who attempted to break into his house late Tuesday.


Off-duty CPD officer fires shots during attempted robbery in Beverly [NRA-ILA News]

No one was injured when an off-duty Chicago Police officer fired shots during an attempted armed robbery Friday night in the Beverly neighborhood on the Far South Side. The officer was walking at 7:04 p.m. in the 2200 block of West 101st Street when a male approached and demanded money at gunpoint, according to preliminary information from Chicago Police. The officer then fired shots, and the suspect ran off.


2 shot in Highland County, including home invasion suspect shot by homeowner [NRA-ILA News]

Two men were shot after an apparent home invasion. Around 6:45 a.m. Friday morning, emergency crews rushed to Powell Road near State Route 73.


2 Harnett County schools put on lockdown after thieves get in shootout with homeowner [NRA-ILA News]

Two Harnett County elementary schools were placed on lockdown after two masked men got in a shootout with a homeowner during a robbery attempt late Friday morning.


St. Louis pizza driver shoots robbery suspect during delivery [NRA-ILA News]

A St. Louis pizza driver shot a 17-year-old youth who police said was one of two suspects trying to rob him during a delivery Thursday night.


High Velocity Adaptable Shotgun Slugs by SlapShot USA [The Firearm Blog]

A company called SlapShot USA has developed quite interesting shotgun slug concept. Their slugs are called Precision Home Defense (PHD) slugs. They are made of a proprietary polymer material and loaded to achieve a quite high muzzle velocity of 3000 fps. Besides being extremely fast, these slugs also have an adaptability feature which SlapShot USA calls […]

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SureFire Unveils Cost-Effective 2211-series Signature Rechargeable LED WristLight [The Firearm Blog]

Tactical flashlights worn on the wrist, known as wristlights by SureFire, have continued to develop since TFB first reported on them in 2013. At that time, the adornment was little more than a flashlight with a max output of 180 lumens with a steep initial price of $495. That particular light-only variant evolved significantly in […]

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Final Prices: James D. Julia Fall 2017 Auction [Forgotten Weapons]

As usual, I have a recap today of the final prices of the guns I filmed form the most recent Julia auction (fall 2017). While there was the usual wide variety of guns in this sale, my videos tended to focus on machine guns and Confederate Civil War arms.



TFB Review: M&P Compact 2.0 [The Firearm Blog]

Among the various Glock and Springfield Armory models on the market, Smith & Wesson’s Military & Police line has certainly become a close contender for one of the most popular semi-automatic handguns in the United States, both among civilian and Law Enforcement markets. It didn’t used to always be this way though. Smith & Wesson […]

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The First & Last SAW: Why the Squad Belt-Fed Is a Dead End (Brief Thoughts 005) [The Firearm Blog]

Whatever the next infantry small arms configuration is, I hope it does away with the failure that is the belt-fed Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Why? Let’s talk about it. On the surface, the idea of augmenting the firepower of a rifle squad with a belt-fed machine gun makes a good deal of sense: The feeding […]

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CMC’s Glock Match Precision Barrels [The Firearm Blog]

CMC Triggers are famous for their triggers, out of Texas. Time for a change and some news, they are now introducing drop-in Match Precision Barrels for the Gen 3 & 4 Glock 17,19 and 34 Pistols. The CMC barrels are bead blasted for a a satin finish prior to plating and are available in 3 […]

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Czech Republic Purchases More 7.62×51 FN Minimis [The Firearm Blog]

The Czech Republic are to purchase over 100 general purpose machine guns from FN Herstal. The Czech Army has agreed a deal to procure FN’s version of the Minimi light machine gun chambered in 7.62x51mm. In a contract notice published on 22 November, the Czech Ministry of Defense announced their decision to purchase a further […]

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DNO Firearms DX-7 Modernized AK Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

This is not the average AK we normally see, is it? DNO Firearms DX-7 is an interesting take on redesigning and modernizing the AK platform at the same time keeping the features and parts that don’t need to be changed. The most significant change is obviously the new receivers. The DX-7 rifle utilizes milled 6061 aluminum receivers. […]

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Browning .40 S&W BXP 180 gr X-Point Gel Test and Review [The Firearm Blog]

We shoot Browning .40 S&W BXP 180 gr X-Point ammunition from a Glock 22 with a 4.5″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Bare gel: Penetration: 13.2″, 13.8″ Retained weight: 177.0gr, 175.2gr Max expansion: 0.741″, 0.721″ Min expansion: 0.540″, 0.504″ Guns in this video: Glock 22 Thanks to […]

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Norwegian VERTEBRAE Muzzle Brakes for Precision Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Vertebrae is a small European company based in Bergen, Norway. They are specialized in designing long-range shooting products. They design products both for their own brand and for other companies in the industry. We have earlier wrote about the bipod this company makes. In this article, we’ll take a look at a Vertebrae branded muzzle brake. […]

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Sunday, 03 December


Book Review: Captured Arms (Beutewaffen) [Forgotten Weapons]

“Captured Arms (Beutewaffen)” by Guus de Vries is Volume 9 of the Propaganda Photo Series by SI Publicaties out of the Netherlands. I really like the whole series, as they do a very good job of combining really interesting original photos with engaging and fact-dense writing. This volume is a bit different from previous books that specialize on individual weapons, as it covers the whole vast range of foreign arms captured and used by the German military during World War II. Its main chapters cover each of the 12 main countries that Germany acquired arms from (Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, the UK, the US, and Yugoslavia).

Each chapter provides an explanation of how the Germans got the weapons in question and what specifically they used. In some cases arms factories were kept in production, and sometimes captured arms were converted to use German ammunition instead of whatever they had been originally designed for (like the DP-28, for instance). In some cases, the arms being captured were actually German arms taken as war booty after World War I! It is very interested to see the context for what was being reused by Germany, and I tihnk many people do not appreciate the true extent to which Germany depended on captured arms during the war.


Saturday, 02 December


A word to the wise this holiday season..... [Of Arms and the Law]

No matter how tempting if may seem, don't go binge drinking hand sanitizer. An ounce of hand sanitizer, a bit of Benedictine, splash of bitters...


The .32ACP Dreyse Light Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

Manufactured by Rheinmetall and designed by Louis Stange, this light .32ACP (7.65mm Browning) carbine is a bit of a mysterious item. Very little written information exists about it, but we know it was sold on the commercial market as it appears in several firearms sale catalogs and it is, frankly, and wonderfully handy little small game rifle. It is a simple blowback action with a 6-round detachable magazine, sharing a number of elements with the Dreyse 1907 pistol from the same company (Johann von Dreyse died in 1867, but the brand name was owned by the Rheinmetall company). One feature of the rifle that is likely to be overlooked given today’s cultural insistence on eye and ear protection is that the Dreyse carbine’s small .32 caliber cartridge and long barrel made for a relatively very quiet report when firing. Not quiet enough to be considered hearing safe today, but much less unpleasant than many other firearms using higher pressure cartridges.

Thanks to H. in Sweden for letting me shoot this handy little carbine!

Friday, 01 December


California: DOJ Submits Proposed Ammunition Vendor Licensing Regulations to the Office of Administrative Law [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, December 1, the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms (“DOJ”) submitted its proposed regulations regarding the issuance of ammunition vendor licenses to the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) for review.


Hmmm.... I remember hearing about this issue recently.... [Of Arms and the Law]

NSA employee pleads guilty to keeping classified material, some in digital form, in his house.

"Nghia H. Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Md., pleaded guilty to one count of willful retention of national defense information, an offense that carries a possible 10-year sentence. Prosecutors agreed not to seek more than eight years, however...."


R.I.P. John Snyder [Of Arms and the Law]

John Snyder has passed on. I hadn't heard until tonight. He started out as a writer for The American Rifleman, sometime before I met in 1979 had become the lobbyist for Citizens' Committee on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. He was 89. A good man.


U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

In a huge win for Second Amendment supporters, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a mark-up of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and favorably reported an amended version of the bill to the full House.


"Only the police are competent to have guns" [Of Arms and the Law]

Officer fatally shot by his firearms trainer.

"This case arises from the grievous death of State Trooper David Kedra, who was shot and killed by his instructor, then-Corporal Richard Schroeter, during a routine firearms training. Although a long-term veteran of the police force and specifically certified in the safe use of firearms, Schroeter allegedly disregarded each of the steps that he previously acknowledged in writing were required to safely perform a live demonstration of a firearm--skipping over both his own safety check and an independent check by a second person, treating the gun as if it were unloaded instead of loaded, pointing it at a person instead of a safe target, bypassing the required visual and physical inspection before a "trigger pull," and then pulling the trigger with the gun aimed at Kedra's chest."


Washington Post Writer Likens Bloomberg Gun Control Org to Productive Charities [NRA-ILA News]

It is a small mercy that the Washington Post relegates Petula Dvorak’s column to the paper’s Metro section below the fold, preventing at least some readers from happening upon her insipid thoughts. According to a short biography offered by the Post, Dvorak’s areas of journalistic expertise include “homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things.” Perhaps Dvorak has some minor knack for hard-hitting reporting on women’s footwear and gentlemen’s clubs, but as her latest commentary shows, her forays into gun control politics lack the most basic competence.


TFB Innovators Friday: Todd Huey Of Lone Star Boars [The Firearm Blog]

Born and raised in Texas, Todd Huey grew up with a gun in his hand. It started out as a Red Ryder BB gun that he carried on family hunts, but he quickly graduated to a rimfire rifle where his father would hand him one round at a time. After using that Savage rifle for […]

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Rosie O’Donnell and Kim Kardashian West Aren’t Entirely Against Guns, Just You Having Them [NRA-ILA News]

In the late 1990s and early 2000s no celebrity pushed gun control more than comedienne and actress Rosie O’Donnell. Longtime NRA supporters will remember the famous incident in 1999 where the arch-gun control supporter ambushed actor and NRA Board Member Tom Selleck on her now-defunct daytime talk show.


Banned Russian Short Barrel 12 Gauge: Molot VEPR-12-04 Overview [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James gives you an overview of the Molot VEPR-12-04. This gun is unique in that it is a factory-configured short barrel shotgun, and it isn’t being imported into the United States anymore. James takes one out to the Nevada desert along with a representative from FIME Group, the Vegas-based importer […]

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V SEVEN Weapon Systems Lightweight AR-15 (4 Lbs 9 Oz) [The Firearm Blog]

Even without the use of skeletonized or minimalistic parts this rifle weights 4 lbs 9 oz!  How did V Seven Weapon Systems manage to make this AR-15 so light and still keep it normal rifle size and looking like an actual rifle? The answer is in use of materials that each individual component is made of. 2025 lithium-aluminum, […]

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Another Year, Another Record [NRA-ILA News]

The resilience of America's interest in our Second Amendment freedoms is always reassuring in light of a media and political machine that would have us all believe that gun owners are inherently evil.


Organizing A Knife Collection []

Some people may toss their knives in a dresser drawer, then dig through the drawer when they need a certain knife.  Others may have boxes filled with knifes.

For those of us who have a couple of dozen knives, I want to talk about how I organize my knife collection.  Someone may ask, “Kevin, what kind of knives are in your collection?”  I am glad someone asked.

My knife collection is a mix of fixed and folding knives.  This includes a variety of knives from a Cold Steel Recon Scout with a seven inch blade, down to a Case Stockman with a two and a quarter inch blade.

My fixed blade knives were kept in various backpacks.  When going on a hiking trip, I may grab a certain knife, throw it in the pack, go on the trip, get home, and leave the knife in the pack.  Which created a problem as I could not remember which knife was in which backpack.

The pocket knives were spread across the backpacks, and in a dresser drawer.  Let’s say I was going on a hiking trip and wanted to bring my Swiss Army knife.  I had to dig through all the packs to find it, or it may be in a drawer, or it may be on the computer desk.

What was the solution?

I went to a local Wal-Mart and got a couple of racks designed for deep freezers.

The racks measure:

  • 16 inches long.
  • 9 inches deep.
  • 7 1/2 inches tall.

The racks are made from rubber coated round bar.  The coating helps protect the knives from getting scratched.  There is just one problem, the racks have gap between the bars that allow small knives to fall through.

The solution was to take a cardboard box and cut it so the box fit inside the rack.  This provided sides and a bottom to prevent small knives from falling between the bars.

Place the racks on a shelf in the closet.  Small knives go in the rack with the cardboard, large knives go in the rack without the cardboard.  The only knives that do not go in the racks are ones with assigned places, and my everyday carry.  For example, each vehicle has a knife in the glove box.  That knife stays with the vehicle and is never removed.  If it is removed, it is replaced.  My three everyday carry knives stay on the computer desk.

When I need a knife for a certain application I ask myself, “Do I need a folding knife or a fixed blade?”  From there, is is a matter of picking out the size knife needed for the job.

So readers, how do you organize your knife collection?


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POTD: Did You Know You Could Do This? – 1911 Emergency Field Repair [The Firearm Blog]

A friend Shawn N. shared this photo. Did you know that a .45acp spent casing can be used on an original John Moses Browning design 1911 as a recoil spring plug. Why would you do this? In case you lose your plug out in the field, you can use a spent casing in the interim […]

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State Attorneys General Back National Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, gained support from a coalition of America’s highest-ranking law enforcement officers. Twenty-four attorneys general from across the country signed a letter spearheaded by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley supporting this common sense legislation.


House prepares to take Right-to-Carry measure to floor [NRA-ILA News]

House Republicans are aiming to bring gun legislation that would increase conceal and carry rights to the House floor in the near future.


Nevada: Background check supporters, like Wolfson, still refuse to admit Question 1 mistake [NRA-ILA News]

Question 1 was the 2016 ballot initiative that requires background checks on private party sales. Despite supporters spending almost $20 million, voters only narrowly approved it last November. The organizers of the effort should have spent more on a lawyer who knew how to write an enforceable law.


Canada: Gun-control activists urge Trudeau not to compromise with firearm lobby [NRA-ILA News]

Gun-control activists implored Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday to not let the pro-gun lobby slow down his government's efforts to introduce firearm legislation.


TFB Review: A Visit To TBA Suppressors – Part 2 [The Firearm Blog]

Although Todd Brueckmann grew up hunting and shooting in rural Virginia, he didn’t set out to open a firearms manufacturing company. From an early age he was into cars – so when he out-welded his high school shop teacher in an informal competition, the future seemed clear. But after years of building and fixing race […]

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UPDATE: Montenegrin TARA TM-9 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Several years ago we posted a couple of pictures of Montenegrin TARA TM-9 pistol. By revisiting the manufacturer’s website, I found more information released concerning this firearm, which I’ll present in this article. TARA TM-9 is a polymer framed handgun using a Browning short barrel recoiling action with tilting barrel lockup. It is chambered in 9x19mm Luger. […]

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 Moving Forward []

Imagine if you would, being able to get a license in one state, then other states having to respect that license.  That is the idea behind the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

The nation has a patchwork of concealed carry laws. To streamline that patchwork, the United States Federal Government is stepping in. This would allow someone who has a concealed carry permit from Texas to exercise their rights in California, New York, or even Maryland without fear.

Over the past few months the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 has been bogged down in committee. However, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-11 to send the bill to the house floor for a full vote.

From Bloomberg – Get Ready for Concealed Guns in All 50 States.

The National Rifle Association has called the concealed carry bill, which would make it easier for gun owners to keep their firearms hidden when crossing state lines, its “highest legislative priority in Congress.” Despite concerns raised by Democrats about states’ rights and domestic violence, the Republican-controlled Congress has pushed the proposal one step closer to becoming law.

In typical democrat style, misinformation and fear mongering is being spread about the bill. For example,

Republicans rejected Democratic amendments that would ban violent offenders from qualifying under the law,

Under federal law, people convicted of family violence are prohibited from buying or owning a firearm. Also, what “exactly” is a violent offender?  Would everyone who had ever been in a fight be prohibited from owning a firearm?  If a parent spanked their child, would the parent be prohibited from owning a firearm?

The simple solution is to take people who have several convictions with gun related crimes, and put them in prison, forever.  Purge society of repeat violent offenders, and we will be better off.

Since democrats do not want to keep criminals off the streets, the rest of us have to arm ourselves.  That is what the CCRA of 2017 is supposed to do, help law abiding citizens protect ourselves.

Pass the bill and let’s put this concealed carry issue to rest once and for all.  After Texas passed its concealed carry law, murder rates in the state dropped to the lowest level since the 1960s.  Let’s do that on a national level.

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California Sued Over New AWB Regulations [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

A coalition of gun rights organizations plus three individual plaintiffs have sued California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice over newly adopted regulations concerning the assault weapons ban on bullet buttons. The suit was filed in California Superior Court for the County of Riverside.

The CalGuns Foundation has this summary of the case:

Summary: Holt, et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is a constitutional, statutory, and Administrative Procedure Act (APA) challenge to the DOJ's "bullet-button assault weapon" regulations. The DOJ’s regulations expose people to criminal liability that would not otherwise exist under the actual laws regulating firearms in California.
Individual Plaintiffs/Petitioners: George Holt, Irvin Hoff, Michael Louie, and Rick Russell are all law-abiding, tax-paying residents of California who lawfully own firearms potentially subject to the DOJ’s illegal regulatory scheme. 
Institutional Plaintiffs/Petitioners: Firearms Policy Coalition; Firearms Policy FoundationThe Calguns FoundationSecond Amendment Foundation
Defendants: Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California; Stephen J. Lindley, Chief of the Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms; the California Department of Justice; Debra N. Cornez, Director of the Office of Administrative Law; Betty T. Yee, California State Controller; Does 1-50,
Litigation Counsel: George M. Lee; Douglas A. Applegate; Raymond M. DiGuiseppe
The complaint can be found here.

The institutional plaintiffs - SAF, CalGuns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Firearms Policy Foundation - released a joint statement on the lawsuit.
Gun Owners & Civil Rights Groups File Legal Challenge to California’s “Assault Weapon” Regulations

The lawsuit argues that the State’s “bullet-button assault weapon” regulations are largely unlawful, should have been subject to the Administrative Procedure Act process, waste taxpayer dollars, and should not be allowed to stand.

SACRAMENTO, CA (November 30, 2017) — Today, attorneys for four individual gun owners as well as advocacy organizations The Calguns Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) filed a new lawsuit and petition for writ of mandate that challenges more than a dozen new “assault weapon” regulations ramrodded into effect by the State of California’s Department of Justice (DOJ).

Named as defendants are California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Chief of the DOJ Bureau of Firearms Stephen Lindley, the California Department of Justice itself, Director of the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) Debra Cornez, and State Controller Betty Yee.

Plaintiffs’ attorney George M. Lee said that the lawsuit was focused on protecting law-abiding people from illegal regulatory and enforcement actions.

“By making and enforcing unlawful rules, and going around the rules to do it, the DOJ is putting tens if not hundreds of thousands of law-abiding people at risk of serious criminal liability,” said Lee. “This case seeks to make the DOJ follow the same laws they impose on others and protect law-abiding gun owners in the process.”

“The DOJ is acting like an out-of-control bullet train that’s running off the rails,” said plaintiffs’ attorney and former Deputy Attorney General Raymond DiGuiseppe. “Our plaintiffs want to get the State’s agencies back on the tracks and following the law.”

CGF Chairman Gene Hoffman notes, “The DOJ has used every trick in the book to avoid good faith rulemaking action, and we cannot allow that to go unchallenged. California laws are bad enough without piling on unlawful and harmful regulations, so we seek here to restore the rule of law—and some sanity.”

“The government agencies responsible for enforcing the law must also follow the law,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb said. “This case is an important step in protecting law-abiding gun owners from an out-of-control regulatory state.”

“The DOJ is playing a dangerous game with the law, and it needs to stop,” observed FPF Vice President Jonathan Jensen. “Tens of thousands of people could face potential felonies in just a handful of months, and meanwhile the DOJ has moved the goalposts with the registration clock ticking.”

“The State of California is nothing short of bipolar with its gun control policies,” commented FPC President Brandon Combs. “On one hand, the State is requiring people to register virtually all of their guns. On the other hand, the DOJ is doing everything it can to suppress compliance and prevent people from registering their guns.”

A copy of the complaint and petition for writ of mandate can be viewed or downloaded at


Last July, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of new gun control bills into law, including two (SB 880, Hall; AB 1135, Levine) expanding the State’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

“The Legislature ignored every rule in the book to fast-track their civilian disarmament agenda and herd the people into a state-wide gun-free-zone,” said FPC Spokesperson Craig DeLuz in a statement at the time.

Following that, last December, the California DOJ submitted its first attempt at “assault weapons” regulations under the OAL’s “File & Print” process, which means that the DOJ claimed the regulations were not subject to the public notice or comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

However, DOJ withdrew the regulations near the end of OAL review period after receiving thousands of opposition letters from FPC members and Second Amendment supporters.

Then, in May of this year, the DOJ re-submitted regulations under the same “File & Print” process. FPC, FPF, CGF, and Craig DeLuz sued the DOJ over the Department’s actions of blocking access to public records concerning its promulgation of these regulations. The regulations were completely rejected by OAL a little more than a month later.

Following that, the DOJ submitted a virtually-identical set of regulations under the “File & Print” process, again claiming “APA-exempt” status. The OAL approved those regulations in July, allowing the DOJ to go forward with its new “assault weapon” regulatory process.

Then, just before closing doors for the Thanksgiving holiday, the DOJ notified FPC and other Institutional Plaintiffs that it had filed yet another proposed rulemaking on “bullet-button assault weapons” (that would create new 11 CCR § 5460) for the purpose of bootstrapping its prior July regulations into effect for all purposes including criminal prosecutions.

FPC published the new proposed regulations and prior regulatory updates at, a Web site it established in 2016 for tracking the new California assault weapon laws and regulations. Members of the public can use FPC’s Grassroots Action Tools to submit responsive written comments to DOJ regarding the new proposed regulations.

A public hearing on the new regulations is scheduled for 10 a.m. on January 8, 2018, at the Resources Building Auditorium in Sacramento.


Plaintiffs George Holt, Irvin Hoff, Michael Louie, and Rick Russell are all law-abiding, tax-paying residents of California who lawfully own firearms potentially subject to the DOJ’s illegal regulatory scheme. This scheme would retroactively deem their firearms “assault weapons” that either must now be registered as such through a burdensome and wasteful registration process or that cannot be registered all, effectively rendering any continued possession unlawful. The DOJ’s regulations expose them to criminal liability that would not otherwise exist under the actual laws regulating firearms in California.

The plaintiffs have joined this lawsuit to stand against the illegal regulatory actions of the DOJ and protect their rights and the rights of countless other law-abiding California gun owners being placed in jeopardy.


The Calguns Foundation ( is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.

Second Amendment Foundation ( 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 ( is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, through advocacy, legal action, education, and outreach.

Firearms Policy Foundation ( is a 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPF’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms.


Watch: 427-Year-Old Mouse Trap Design in Action []

Mice can be real pests, and fooling them unto death can be oddly satisfying. Some mice are too small to even trip a traditional mouse trap, so things like this can be extremely useful for getting rid of the pesky little rascals, which have a terrible tendency to get into your stuff — including prepping supplies.

This old design is called Mascall’s Mill, and consists of some paddles over a bucket of water.

After a test with a pet mouse, he puts the design to work in a barn. The first comer is a huge rat, far too large for the trap — but it got caught anyhow. And soon enough, along come some mice, two of which got caught.


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Watch: Deer Vision and How to Stay Hidden []

In this video, Dan Schmidt talks about deer vision and how deer eyes differ from human eyes. Deer see more in 2D than 3D and are partially color blind, but they are quite adept at detecting movement and recognizing shapes and silhouettes.

The more you understand about deer vision and how it works, the better you’re gonna be when you’re out in a tree stand.

He recommends still-hunting as a great way to improve your “staying invisible” skills, saying, “It’s tough and it’s challenging, but boy is it a fun way to hunt!”

From there, it morphs into a sales pitch for some deer scents from Wildlife Research Center… so you can “reel in a buck over a scrape that you’ve doctored yourself.”


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Video: Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II Meltdown []

Iraqveteran8888 is at it again. This time he melts a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II AR-15.

The rules of meltdown videos are rather simple: An AR-15 upper is placed on a fully automatic lower. Magazines are pre-loaded, and the rifle is fired until it stops working. Often, the gas tube fails; sometimes a bolt may fail… whatever it may be that stops the rifle from functioning.

When the rifle can no longer be fired, the number of rounds run through the rifle are counted.

Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II Specifications

From the S&W website:

  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO/.223
  • Capacity: 30
  • Safety: Manual Safety on Lower
  • Barrel Length: 16″
  • Overall Length: 35.0″
  • Front Sight: Adj. A2 Post
  • Rear Sight: Folding Magpul (MBUS)
  • Action: Gas Operated Semi-Auto

Now for the video.

For a rifle that costs between $580 – $620, that is excellent performance.

On a personal note I like that the sport II is available in different configurations:

  • No sights and standard handguard.
  • Factory sights and standard handguard.
  • Factory sights and Magpul handguard.

Round count was 820. Aside from the meltdown, there was not a single failure, such as fail to feed or fail to extract. That is a testament to the reliability of the S&W M&P series of rifles.

After watching the video, I am seriously considering the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II for my next AR-15.  If it took 820 rounds of full auto to break the rifle, chances are it would last me a lifetime.

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Rep. Richard Hudson: Law-abiding citizens must have access to guns to protect themselves [NRA-ILA News]

You’ve heard it before: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This was the case at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when a law-abiding citizen shot and deterred a disturbed murderer, almost certainly preventing further death. After the tragedy, every American had the same reaction – why did this happen and how can we stop it from happening again?


NEW PEW: Rugged Suppressors Micro30 Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

Last week we discussed integral silencers and their potential resurgence as NFA ownership continues to climb and personal suppressor collections diversify. Similar arguments can be made for shorter and lighter silencers as well. Beginning buyers often often search for maximum sound suppression above all else. Later, after enough range or field time, many shooters are […]

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Smith & Wesson M&P15T, now available with Crimson Trace® LiNQ™ System [The Firearm Blog]

Due to Smith & Wesson’s recent acquisition of Crimson Trace it didn’t take a crystal ball to predict that we’d be seeing more Crimson Trace accessories bundled with Smith & Wesson products, and this example falls into that category. The Crimson Trace’s LiNQ is a “Wireless Green Laser Sight & 300 Lumen LED White Light Sighting System for […]

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The Swiss Cheap Out: SIG 310, aka MP48 [Forgotten Weapons]

The SIG 310, aka MP48, is the final evolution of SIG’s submachine gun design from the 1920s. It began as the MKM/P/S/O with a folding magazine well, wooden stock, and fancy lever-delayed operating system. Over almost 30 years of development, the wood stock and the lever-delayed system fell away, as did the really high quality finishing work. The folding magazine well and the magazine itself remained intact, however.

This final version is a very simple blowback mechanism with a similarly simple collapsing wire stock. It uses a 40-round double-feed magazine of 9x19mm ammunition, and fires at a zippy 1000 rpm. I was surprised by just how easily controllable it was despite the high rate of fire and short receiver – and also by the harmonic ringing of the wire stock when firing. While this may be an embarrassingly crude gun for the Swiss, it is a gun that most other countries would be quite proud of.

Thanks to Swiss Arms of Neuhausen for letting me do some shooting with this piece!


Chinese NSG-127 Spotted in Turkmen Armed Forces Parade [The Firearm Blog]

At a recent Independence Day parade held in the capital of Turkmenistan, a Chinese Norinco NSG-127 12.7x108mm anti-material rifle was spotted being carried in the procession of Turkmen troops. In multiple clips we see the rifle being held by Turkmen soldiers while riding on their vehicles, or attached to the vehicles themselves by a simple […]

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C&Rsenal Creates 2nd Excellent WWI Firearms Poster, Hits Crowdfunding Goal [The Firearm Blog]

Every year, the historical firearms reviewing wizards at C&Rsenal create a high quality educational firearms poster. [Note: This fund-raiser expires on Wednesday, December 6th 2017]. This is the 4th-such poster produced by C&Rsenal, two having been done for the WWII era, and now two for the WWI era. If you ask me, they keep getting better. They […]

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Beretta Dominates Turkmen Armed Forces Inventory [The Firearm Blog]

Select-fire 5.56x45mm NATO Beretta ARX-160 rifles have been adopted en masse by the Turkmen armed forces, most recently seen in the media through the 26th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day parade held in the capital of Ashgabat. Replacing previous AKM and AK74 Kalashnikov patterned designs that Turkmen soldiers had been armed with since the […]

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Shooting sub-MOA with a 223 Remington AR15 [The Firearm Blog]

To begin with I think most, if not all, AR15s should be able shoot 1 MOA groups. Unfortunately they don’t, and sometimes even the best rifle just won’t marry whatever ammunition your using. But here’s proof that this competition rifle is up for it. A lot of the top competitors in Practical Rifle reload their […]

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Timney Triggers Donates $500,000 to Cody Firearms Museum Renovation [The Firearm Blog]

On November 8th, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the organization that houses the excellent Cody Firearms Museum, announced that Timney Triggers has decided to donate $500,000 to CFM’s reconstruction effort. A little background here: Starting life in 1976 as the Winchester Arms Museum, the collection formally became the Cody Firearms Museum in 1991. […]

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Tyrant Designs Taking Pre-Orders on S&W Shield Magazine Extension [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson Tyrant DesignsTyrant Designs recently began taking pre-orders on a magazine extension for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistols. The extension is designed to work with the 7-round 9mm magazine and increases the capacity an additional two rounds. According to the company, the extensions are CNC machined aluminum and weigh 1.2 ounces. I suspect this will […]

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Thursday, 30 November


One to Watch: Olamic Busker []

Olamic Cutlery has been something of a drummer marching to its own beat in the knife world.  Are they customs or midtechs or production knives?  Yes.  What?  It’s hard to explain.  There are full custom Olamics, but the vast majority of their knives are batch-produced designs.  You also have the option of getting any number of tweaks, upgrades, or modifications.  In the end their motto, “Never the same,” couldn’t be more apt.

For a long time, though, Olamic has tended to produce larger knives.  The Wayfarer–their most famous knife–is a very big 3.5″-bladed knife.  Their Swish is even bigger.  Their other knives (fixed blades) all come in unmodest sizes.  This is all well and good because their modifications and design tweaks all fare quite well on big canvases.  You can find Olamic knives with bands of Moku Ti, dozens of holes, or alternative color schemes and anodizing.  The flipping action on every Olamic I have handled has been great.  In short, they make good, big knives.

But I am not much of a fan of big knives, in general.  The Wayfarer was awesome, truly great, but I yearned for something smaller with that same design panache.  Eugene et. al. have finally heard our clamor for a smaller blade, and this year they are releasing the Busker.

The Busker is a knife with a 2.3 inch blade and weight of 2.99 ounces (still, not a three-ounce blade).  It runs M390 steel, has a bearing pivot, an overtravel stop, and a clip with a bearing roller.  It deploys via either a thumb oval or a front flipper.  There are currently two blade styles: one with a thumb ramp (the Semper) and one without (the Largo).  Both look amazing.

On paper this scratches a lot of the itch that Olamic fans like, but with a smaller footprint.  In particular, this looks like the first Olamic knife that could comfortably fit in a coin pocket.  I also like the curved handle and blade shape–this is excellent way of packing in the inches without making the knife feel HUGE.  I also like the look of the lockbar–it’s like nothing else out there.  Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to point out the front flipper.  I have long believed that this deployment method is woefully underrated in the current market, and this appears to be an excellent iteration of the front flipper.

Usually I conclude these “One to Watch” posts with things to look for in the design that might be issues, but here I can’t think of anything.  Even the price, which is above the Sebenza barrier, is commensurate with other designs of this quality and materials.  I guess if I were forced to pick one thing, it would be the blade shape.  I have a small preference for the Largo over the Semper, but really it is about as small a preference as can be put into words.  This looks like a home run for Olamic and a sign that, a few years into this project, they are just starting to stretch their legs.

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Bent Norinco Type 81 Rifle []

We posted previously that some Canadians have begin receiving their Norinco Type 81 7.62x39mm Rifle after 2 years of wait time. One owner has discovered that his brand new rifle is bent from the factory!

It’s not a secret that the Chinese do not usually have strong quality control, but this seem unacceptable even for a cheap rifle such as this. Perhaps Americans and the rest of the world are not missing out on obtaining this rifle in their hands.

How would you feel if you received a brand new rifle like this? Please leave your comments below.

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ATA Arms Turqua 308 Win Bolt-Action Rifle []

As many of you may not be aware, Turkish gun manufacturers are banned from producing rifles due to the nation’s restrictive gun regulations. For a long time, only government-owned factories have been able to produce rifles for their military. ATA Arms, a market leader of hunting shotguns in Turkey, recently received approval from the Turkish government to produce a bolt-action rifle. It is called the Turqua and it currently comes in 308 Win with future plans to offer other popular hunting calibers.

The Turqua features a select Turkish walnut stock with or without an adjustable cheek piece, and comes standard with a 5-round detachable magazine with squeeze release similar to Steyr rifle magazines. It has picatinny rail standard on top of the receiver and is available with or without iron sights.

The video below is from North Sylva, the Canadian importer of ATA Arms.



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Coming Soon: Spyderco Lil’ Native []

Spyderco has been on quite a roll these past few months. Hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed Shaman, the folks from Golden, Colorado are set to release a new compact folder – The Spyderco Lil’ Native. While the Shaman sells itself as a beefy cross between the Native 5 and PM2, the Lil’ Native is a welcome step in the opposite direction.

The Specs

The Lil’ Native takes the popular aspects of its larger sibling (excellent ergonomics (presumably), slicing potential, etc.) and scales it down into a more compact package. Blade length drops from 3 inches to 2.45, bringing the entire affair into sub-6-inch territory. Overall weight is the same as the Native 5 Lightweight, at just 2.5 ounces. This is to be expected, considering the added weight of the Lil’s G-10 cladding and compression lock.


One of my few criticisms on the standard Native (as shown above left) lies in its pocket clip. Retention and retrieval are fine, but the lanyard hole hurts its potential for deep carry. I’m a much bigger fan of Spyderco’s wire clip, also above on the Dragonfly2. Well, the company must have have heard the knife community’s collective complaint. The Lil’ Native sports the wire model, allowing for a deeper, more discreet ride.

Blade steel on the initial run will be CPM-S30V, a perfectly acceptable steel at this knife’s $105 price point. But hang on a second – What happened to S35VN? Between the Shaman and Benchmade’s Bugout and Proper models, it seems like S30V is enjoying something of a resurgence. It’s a fine steel, but I’m curious as to why S35 has apparently fallen by the wayside.

Coming Soon

Look, the standard Native 5 is one of my EDC mainstays. Between the Lil’ Native and the Shaman, Spyderco is doing all they can to interest me in their newer products. And you know what? It’s working. If I had to pick between the two, I think the smaller knife will get the call. Christmas is just around the corner, and it’ll be at the top of my list.

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A CZ 550 Engraved Rifle in 375 H&H Magnum Named “Rytá” []

Here we have a carefully hand-crafted, beautifully-engraved with gold inlays, CZ 550 from Czech Republic in 375 H&H Magnum called “Rytá.” It also has a beautiful walnut stock with a Buffalo carved on the weak side. It’s engraved “One of One” since no guns turn out the same even if they are done by the same engraver. CZ 550 in 375 H&H Magnum is a Safari rifle that is popular in countries like Africa for hunting large animals. Although it is quite heavy, we suspect you would let your gun-bearer carry it until you’re ready to take the shot.

At $8000 retail, it’s simply a work of art. We’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.

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Meprolight Micro RDS coming in early 2018 []

The new Meprolight Micro RDS pistol red dot sight first debuted at SHOT Show 2017. Since then, the company has been improving the design, with specific changes to the QD mount as well as the optic.

A revised prototype was shown at the North Sylva Dealers Event last month in Canada. According to a Meprolight representative from Israel, they will further improve the optic with better coatings before going into production.


The Meprolight Micro RDS has a unique design; you are not required to mill the slide or purchase an optic-ready pistol slide. The rear night sight contain an extension rail with a cut for the optic. The optic can then be installed and removed in seconds, offering return-to-zero capability. They have plans to make an adapter that will fit other RDSs such as Vortex & Trijicon RMR, etc. This is great for those who prefer not to modify their factory pistol slides by milling, or who don’t wish to purchase an extra dedicated slide for optics.


The Micro RDS is sold separately, or as part of a kit (with the rear sight adapter) designed for Glocks, CZ 75/85 series, Sig P226/P320, and S&W M&P series.

It will be available to the market in January 2018 or soon after. Pricing should be announced fairly soon.

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Florida Alert! Justice Pariente refuses to recuse herself and refuses to explain why [NRA-ILA News]

It's not too late.  Justice Pariente can still recuse herself or resign.  Based on a 1980 case, motions seeking the recusal of a Supreme Court Justice are decided ONLY by the Justice asked to recuse -- not all seven Justices.  Justice Pariente alone, not the rest of the Court, made the decision to refuse to recuse herself, and she did not have the courage to give the Governor of the State the professional courtesy of explaining the justification for her decision.


NAA to Start Shipping Ranger II in December? [The Firearm Blog]

NAA Ranger IINorth American Arms recently announced on its website that the company hopes to begin shipping the Ranger II revolver in December. In October, the company began taking pre-orders for the gun. North American Arms allocated 250 Ranger II revolvers for this “early bird” program. Of these, 125 would go to individual pre-order customers while the balance […]

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POTD: Miniature .22 BB Cap Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

What is this, a pistol for ants? My friend Irfan sent me this video link of a person in Thailand showing a diminutive pistol chambered in .22 bb cap. The proportions are not accurate but it somewhat resembles a 1911. The aesthetics look like the Japanese style called Super Deformed or Chibi. Think of anything […]

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Ohio case on restraining orders and firearms [Of Arms and the Law]

Eugene Volokh discusses it here. The Ohio Court of Appeals held that a civil restraining order cannot forbid possession of firearms unless the alleged conduct had some nexus to firearms, such as a threat to shoot someone.

Volokh is right about courts issuing restraining orders at the drop of a hat, without much consideration of due process, or even the law. I've seen one that was issued locally where the allegation was "we've having arguments." That was it. No force, no threats; it came nowhere close to meeting the statute.


California: San Carlos City Council Passes Moratorium Extension to Halt Completion of Turner’s Outdoorsman [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, November 27, the San Carlos City Council voted 4 to 1 to extend the current moratorium an additional 10 months and 15 days. Vice Mayor Matt Grocott was the lone dissenting vote in this unfair targeting of firearms retailers.


New 9mm Barrels from Rosco Manufacturing [The Firearm Blog]

Rosco BarrelsRosco Manufacturing recently announced it was now producing 9mm barrels for the AR platform. The new barrels are part of the company’s Blood Line series and are available in a range of sizes: 5.5″, 7.5″ and 14.5″. According to information released by the company, these barrels were designed to meet the needs of competition, self-defense […]

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Myth Of the Bug Out Vehicle []

In the survivalist community there is a mindset that you need a special vehicle to evacuate (bug out).  The bugout vehicle is a myth.  To even talk about buying a “special” vehicle for bugging out is a waste of time and resources.

If someone lives in an area prone to natural disasters, and evacuating is a real concern, then there is hardly anything better than a SUV.  Do you need to buy a special SUV as a bug out vehicle?  Nope.  Let it be your daily driver.

A good quality SUV provides three things that would be needed during an evacuation: seating, storage, and fuel economy.


Seat at least five people.  Or, seat four people with a space for the family pet.  Not just “seating” but comfortable seating.  Riders should have enough room to stretch out and not feel claustrophobic.

Have enough room to lay the seats back and take a nap.  Enough personal space so riders are not bumping elbows all the time.


When loading the back compartment, put the ice chest in first and turn it so it can be accessed from the back seat, so people riding in the back seat can get snacks and drinks out of it.

Have enough room for computers, clothes, blankets, ice chest, pets, pet food, family pictures, and guns.

Why bring the computers?  Chances are there will be banking information and other sensitive data on it, and family pictures.  When you reach the home of a friend or family member, hook the computer up and there will be some sense of normalcy.

Fuel Economy

One of the most critical issues with evacuating is fuel economy.  I have no idea how many cars and trucks I saw abandoned on the side of the road during Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita.  They either broke down or ran out of gas.

Along the gulf coast it is not uncommon for people to evacuate, then run out of gas a mile later after sitting in a traffic jam for six hours.

Along the evacuation route, small towns will be stripped of their fuel supplies.  So do not count on fueling up in the next town, or even the next town.

Final Thoughts

I have evacuated for numerous hurricanes, and have seen what happens along the route.  Besides running out of fuel, another enemy is having several people cramped in a vehicle during a stressful situation.

Daily routines are disrupted, people want their personal space, and there is the unknown of not knowing what will happen.

There is no need to buy a “special” vehicle for an evacuation.  Get a good quality SUV and be done with it.

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Barrett FIELDCRAFT™ receives Guns and Ammo’s 2017 Rifle of the Year [The Firearm Blog]

FieldcraftIt is nearing the end of the calendar year once again so it is time for Guns and Ammo to announce their different firearm awards for 2017. In the last issue of the year and the most recent, December 2017, Guns and Ammo published that the Barrett Fieldcraft™ won their 2017 Rifle of the Year award. […]

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House panel backs bill respecting gun owners’ rights [NRA-ILA News]

On a party-line vote, the Judiciary Committee backed a bill that would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons. Republicans said the reciprocity measure would allow gun owners to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state laws or civil suits.The bill was approved 19-11 and now goes to the House floor.


The futility of gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

In determining how to best address mass murders like the one that occurred in Las Vegas, doing the wrong thing is always worse than doing nothing. The United States hasn’t the financial or the law-enforcement resources to safeguard innocent people from the kind of carnage wrought by Stephen Paddock. Should all the firearms in America be banned, people who hate will simply find other ways to kill.


Concealed Carry Statistics Across the US presented by Springfield Armory [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed CarryWhen it comes to concealed carry, whether you are brand new to the idea or a seasoned veteran with a desk drawer of 30 holsters, it is always good to be in the know. Is the state I am traveling in have reciprocity where I am from? Does the state I am currently in require a permit […]

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Parisian Needlefire Knife-Pistol Combination [Forgotten Weapons]

Combination knife/gun weapons have been popular gadgets for literally hundreds of years, and this is one of the nicest examples I have yet seen. This sort of thing is usually very flimsy, and not particularly well made. This one, however, has a blade which locks in place securely and would seem to be quite practical. The firearm part is also unique, in that it uses a needle fire bolt action mechanism. This is a tiny copy of the French military Chassepot system, complete with intact needle and obturator.

And, of course, since it is French the trigger is a corkscrew.


Sightmark’s New Wolfhound Mini Shot M-Spec Kit [The Firearm Blog]

Sightmark 00002Sightmark announced the company was now bundling two of its popular sight systems together into a single kit. The two sights, the Wolfhound 6×44 and the Mini Shot M-Spec, compliment each other. If you like these sights, buying them together could make a lot of sense. The base part of this kit is the Wolfhound […]

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HR 38 Moves Forward [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The House Judiciary Committee passed HR 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 - yesterday on a 19-11 vote. There were a number of amendments offered. Many of these amendments were meant to gut the bill. Of the 22 amendments offered, only three were adopted and all came from Republican members of the committee. The bill now moves to the whole House of Representatives for consideration.

The first amendment was in the form of a committee substitute offered by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) which added a third section to the bill concerning off-duty and retired sworn law enforcement officers. The amendment would allow these individuals to both carry concealed and discharge weapons in school zones.

The second amendment that was accepted was offered by Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL). His amendment clarified that nothing in HR 38 would prevent a law enforcement officer from "conducting a brief investigative stop in accordance with the Constitution of the United States" if they had a reasonable suspicion to the violation of any law. This passed on a voice vote.

The final amendment that passed was from Rep. Daryl Issa (R-CA) and concerned the carrying of concealed firearms by Federal judges. It allows Federal judges to carry concealed in any state so long as they are not prohibited from receiving a firearm. In other words, if Justice Ginsberg can pass a NICS check, then she could carry a concealed firearm not that that would be likely.

The whole list of amendments and their disposition is on this page on the House Judiciary Committee website.


Browning’s New X-Bolt Pro Rifle Line [The Firearm Blog]

X-Bolt ProEarlier this year, Browning introduced a new X-Bolt Pro rifle that it is calling a semi-custom production gun. These rifles have, according to Browning, improved construction and features as compared to the existing X-Bolt line of bolt action firearms. The new Browning rifles are available chambered for nine different cartridges. They are listed below along with the barrel […]

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Taurus SMT9 and SMT40 SMGs: walking alone [The Firearm Blog]

Following its long bi-national design-origin experience with Italy (Beretta) and Chile (FAMAE) in the manufacture and marketing of submachine guns, Forjas Taurus finally decided that it was high time to go ahead and walk alone. The whole thing appears to have started in 2002, when the first of a series of computer-generated design configurations began […]

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TKB-486: The First Soviet SMG Chambered in 9x18mm Makarov [The Firearm Blog]

In the early ’50s, small arms of the Soviet Union have been deeply modernized. The Kalashnikov’s “avtomat” along with its new cartridge was adopted and it was replacing the submachine guns and rifles in the service. The Makarov pistol was also just adopted and they have switched to the new 9x18mm Makarov cartridge. The SMGs had basically […]

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NYPD Set to Retire Last of its Revolvers [The Firearm Blog]

America’s largest police department is set to finally decommission the last of its service revolvers. The Gun Free Zone blog shared a photograph of a NYPD memo, dated 11/20/17, announcing that all remaining revolvers are to be replaced by department authorised semi-automatic pistols. While NYPD have not publicly confirmed the decommissioning program the internal memo […]

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Shotgun Plus Pipe Equals Unidentified Weapon in Syria [The Firearm Blog]

A recent media video following a platoon of the Syrian Arab Army take over of al-Bukamal, a city in the eastern portion of Syria, on the border with Iraq shows a soldier with what appears to be the receiver, trigger guard, and stock of a shotgun (Remington 870 from the open source photographs) combined with […]

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Wednesday, 29 November


Are Revolvers Passé? []

A recent article in a second-class gun magazine reviewed several handguns that were introduced at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The author called revolvers “antiquated technology on par with the manual typewriter,” but went on to state that despite this, American gun consumers simply cannot get enough of them. He was certainly correct on that account.

If anything, revolvers are just as popular today as ever, if not moreso given the introductions of new, exciting models from major gun manufacturers. If these wheel guns did not sell, why would gun makers continue to produce them? In fact, they cannot keep up with demand for new revolvers.

Now, to be fair, that author is just another millennial type who was not raised on wheel guns. These guys grew up on cable TV, tofu, sushi, MTV, X-Boxes, and sports drinks. They go all goo-goo for pistols. The more switches and buttons to push, the better. Just the sound of a racking slide makes them break out in goose bumps.

Trying to describe the practical aspects of a revolver, the fun and beauty of the timing of a hammer cocking to align with a loaded cylinder chamber is like trying to talk about a 1955 Ford Thunderbird or a Chevy SS with a 396 under the hood. That guy probably drives an electric car.

All kidding aside, the classic revolver remains a stalwart firearm that initiated a lot of people into the world of shooting. My own start came with a Ruger Bearcat 22 LR single action western-style revolver when I was ten years old, well before the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Today, a myriad of revolvers in both single and double action are still selling like hotcakes despite the semi-auto pistol’s stranglehold on the gun industry. Every model from the smallest pocket 38 Special all the way up the power ladder to the 500 Smith and Wesson still captivates shooters of all ages, genders, and sizes.

Revolvers are still viable as top choices for personal and property defense. Revolvers in powerful chamberings like 357 mag, 41 mag, 44 mag, 454 Casull, 460 S&W, and 500 S&W are great for all types of hunting and busting steel. Ammo manufacturers are constantly bringing out new loads for all applications.

Are revolvers passé? Hardly. Wheel guns are too popular and too easy to use, clean, and maintain to ever fade away like the proverbial old soldier. Keep your eyes open, more are coming.

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Holster Bravado []

With the advent of custom-molded handgun holsters, vendors are offering a wide array of signature covers. On the surface this is a cool thing, but caution should be used as to when and where to show some of these holsters out in public. They might draw the wrong attention.

Besides the usual tactical colors of black, coyote tan, olive drab, gray, brown, and such, there are every camouflage pattern one could think of, along with basic black.

These custom holsters can often be purchased and molded to fit many different pistols right on-site at large gun shows. The customer picks the color, design, message, and the type of carry, and the vendor puts it together while you wait. The cost is usually less than $50.

As mentioned, the cover designs can include a wide variety of messages, flags, insignias, and other graphics. Just some of the examples I saw recently on a holster vendor’s table included skulls, whiskey labels, flowers, Captain American shields, American Flag, Dixie Rebel Confederate Flag, duct tape, Batman, AR-15s, the radioactive sign, and quite revealing bikini tops. That was just a few I noticed in the photo posted here.

Wearing some of these holsters out in public ought to be done using good judgement and common sense. Our society is so driven by political correctness these days, just wearing a Rebel Flag holster in the wrong place could even result in a confrontation. The same could be said for a choice of a political party graphic, a political statement, or even something like an Enforcer mask or the Punisher insignia. Practically anything can offend anybody these days.

So, even though you may be carrying your concealed weapon legally in a serious attempt to provide a mode of protection for yourself out in the public domain, the mere display of a holster that is offending somebody else is just not smart concealment. Naturally, a CCW holster is intended to be concealed so it is not seen in public. So, wear that shirt covering the holster or a jacket and do not advertise the fact you are packing a firearm.

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Gear Review: Keeper Magnetic Gun Mounts []

We all at some point need a different place to store a firearm, if even just for a shift at work or easy access in a vehicle. And if you have ever taken a home protection class you may have heard of “staging” your home with firearms.  I teach a whole section on staging in my classes.


I have tried a few of these magnets and so far I like the “Keeper” brand. Unlike others that stick out from the base and have two magnets, the Keeper system is a series of smaller magnets that cover the entire surface of the mount to provide a wider area to hold the firearm. They also claim this Keeper system will hold 35 pounds!


First — do NOT try to attach this to your vehicle with two-sided tape, it won’t work. You will need to use the two screws that come with the Keeper magnet. The mounting base is flat so you either need to mount it on a flat part of your interior or use a thin foam pad that will conform to the shape of the interior mounting space and fill the gap so you get a level mount.


I have been using these for about a month now and I am impressed. Keep in mind that a FLAT slide on your pistol has the best mounting surface. My Sig 1911 has a rounded top; it will hook up but it will sway so I end up turning it on its side. A Glock fits nice and flat and snug.


For staging around the house, you can mount these Keeper magnets anywhere you can screw them in solid. You can put one near a front entry or by a window behind the curtains so you can grab your gun if you need it at to the front door.


You can mount one under a dresser, bed, nightstand, or just about anywhere. Even in the kitchen or bathroom. Think about it… home invasions are on the increase, so you need to protect yourself as much as possible anywhere you can.


You can look at Keeper magnets here and order them here.



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Ruger’s Latest Revelation: Super Redhawk 10mm []

Ruger Firearms has done it again. In this case it is a new option in a time-proven design, i.e. the Super Redhawk, which will now be chambered for the 10mm Auto. Who would have ever seen this coming?

The outward profile of the 10mm Super Redhawk remains more or less the same. The barrel is 6.5 inches with six grooves and a 1:16 inch right hand twist. Overall length is 12 inches and weight is 54 ounces.

The satin-stainless-steel-finished Super Redhawk comes with a replaceable red ramp insert front sight and a Ruger adjustable rear sight. The triple-locking cylinder is one of the premier revolver lockup systems ever designed.

This handgun facilitates comfortable shooting by using the well-known Ruger handgun stock which is a cushioned rubber grip with a handsome hardwood insert. The insert is smooth, while the grip promotes a comfortable but firm grip. Even the most powerful loads like 44 Magnum, 454 Casull, and 480 Ruger are controllable. It will be a joy to shoot the 10mm Auto in this handgun.

As usual, this Ruger Super Redhawk features integral scope mount positions machined directly into the frame top strap and frame barrel extension, and comes supplied with Ruger scope rings as well.

So, the 10mm Auto? First — because I know you’ll ask — yes, the cylinder is loaded via full-moon clips, three of which are included. Ruger says a moon clip not only acts as a speed loader but helps speed the ejection of fired cartridges.

The 10mm Auto ammo has undergone remarkable transformations in the past few years. Now there are more-than-ample loads readily available for hunting game animals up to white-tailed deer size. In this handgun weighing 54 ounces, shooters can be confident of a gun that can handle the 10mm Auto.

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House Judiciary Committee Green Lights Reciprocity Bill [NRA-ILA News]

H.R. 38 Would Eliminate Confusing Patchwork of State Laws


Concealed carry reciprocity makes it out of committee [Of Arms and the Law]

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 has been voted out of House Judiciary Committee! Now for the media storm against it....


TFB Exclusive: Precision Rifles of the SDF Forces in Raqqa [The Firearm Blog]

The bloody battle for the Syrian city of Raqqa has been since been won by the Kurdish Peshmerga with U.S. support. But while it was raging, we wrote about the Polish volunteer fighting with the Peshmerga with a public name and Facebook book title of Archer. After getting in touch with the individual, he was […]

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Florida Action Needed: Judicial Misconduct on Florida Supreme Court [NRA-ILA News]

Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente has been caught in an act of what we believe is clear judicial misconduct and must recuse herself.  Please immediately send an email to Justice Pariente and Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and tell them quite simply that she must recuse or resign.


This was predictable... [Of Arms and the Law]

Hawaii registers guns, and also keeps lists of users of medical marihuana. So it was a simple matter for the state to write all people who appear on both lists and order them to turn in their guns. The Hawaii statutes forbid possession by anyone who is a federal prohibited possessor, the federal statute make any "unlawful user" of marihuana a prohibited possessor, and medicinal pot may be legal under Hawaii's laws but is not legal under federal law.


POTD: OCD Glock Dissassembly [The Firearm Blog]

Have you taken your Glock apart down to this level? This is rather impressive and I hope it is for illustrative purposes. Godspeed Firearms posted this photo on their Facebook page with a list of scheduled maintenance for Glock shooters. For you Glock owners… Parts replacement schedule: 1. Recoil Spring Assembly: 3,000-4,000 rounds (Gen 1-3). […]

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Florida Alert: Help Needed!! Pro-gun Bills Scheduled for Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

Three pro-gun bills have been placed on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Your help is needed to let Committee members know we want them to support these bills.


New Jersey: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Seek Duplicate Ban on Bump Stocks [NRA-ILA News]

Far from the first time, New Jersey anti-gun politicians are once again attempting to implement duplicate gun control legislation and call it a victory.  “Bump stocks” are already prohibited in New Jersey under the state’s existing and Draconian semi-auto “assault weapons ban” because it has a pistol grip and a retractable stock, a combination of prohibited features that make them unlawful.


Craft Produced 7.62x25mm Submachine Gun in Pakistan [The Firearm Blog]

A TFB reader sent us these photographs of a craft produced 7.62x25mm Tokarev submachine gun from Pakistan. The submachine gun is a select fire, blowback operated, Kalashnikov based derivative most likely originating from the gun making village of Darra Adam Khel from the Pakistani owned, Pashtun dominated province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was confiscated from a […]

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The voice missing from the elephant trophy debate? Africans. [NRA-ILA News]

The answers for conserving the Earth’s wild creatures seem easy from the office chairs of the affluent west. Ban trophy hunting! Hunt down the poachers! More tourism! But the social media campaigns and President Trump’s flip-flopping on Twitter over the past few days on U.S. elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia highlight the deficiencies of this model of decision-making. We need a lot less shouting and lot more listening — and to different voices.


House Committee takes up NRA-backed concealed carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

A key House panel is expected to pass legislation Wednesday to expand the rights of concealed carry permit holders — the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority.


The Air Force failed to report dozens of violent service members to FBI gun databases [NRA-ILA News]

The Air Force acknowledged Tuesday that it failed to report at least dozens of service members charged or convicted of serious assault to a federal gun background-check database, negligence that allowed Texas church gunman Devin Kelley to purchase weapons used in killings inside a Texas church this month.


Ohio appellate court: Ban on firearms in restraining order may violate Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Many civil protection orders, especially in domestic violence cases, ban the target from possessing guns. Courts generally uphold these as permissible restrictions, at least when the order is based on a finding that the target had committed a violent act or had threatened violence; see, e.g., U.S. v. Bena (8th Cir. 2011). But the matter is not entirely clear, especially since such orders can often be entered on just a finding of preponderance of the evidence, following relatively truncated procedures where the defendant doesn’t have a lawyer.


Honolulu police tell legal marijuana users to turn in their firearms [NRA-ILA News]

The Honolulu Police Department has told legal marijuana users who own guns that they must turn in their weapons within 30 days.In a letter to about 30 medical marijuana card holders on Oahu, the police said “you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms.”


During National Gun Surrender UK police collect flares, "a fork" [NRA-ILA News]

In total 229 weapons and a significant amount of both shotgun and conventional firearms ammunition have been handed in to North Yorkshire Police in addition to four flares and a fork.


The 2017 ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet Concludes [The Firearm Blog]

The 27th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM17) has concluded with Indonesia emerging as overall winners for the second year in a row. Indonesia have form when it comes to the ASEAN Rifle Meet having won the competition an impressive 12 times over the Meet’s 27 year history. Established back in 1991, the Rifle Meet brings together […]

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Firearms Policy Coalition Seeks Improvements In HR 38 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Firearms Policy Coalition is headquartered in Sacramento, California. Being as they are in one of the bluest states with some of the worst gun laws, they are hoping for passage of HR 38. However, they want to make it better for those who live in states like California, New York, New Jersey, etc. They also want the bill to include those living in Federal districts like DC, commonwealths like Puerto Rico, and other territories like the Northern Mariana Islands.

Many legal scholars agree with the FPC that the bill would be on stronger Constitutional grounds if it was based not on the commerce clause. The FPC would like to see the right to carry nationally be based upon the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms. They hold that this would reinforce the rulings in Heller and McDonald.

Their full release with embedded links to their proposed changes is below:

SACRAMENTO, CA (November 28, 2017) — Yesterday, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) sent a second letter regarding H.R.38 (the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017) to bill sponsor Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and House co-sponsors. The letter says the pro-gun bill could potentially “leave law-abiding people exposed” because of “a byzantine patchwork of state and local prohibitions” and suggested solutions to 6 individual legal problems in the bill’s text.

The group’s concerns also include “vague and undefined terms,” an exemption to the federal Gun Free School Zone Act they say is “of limited utility,” and the bill’s total reliance on “constitutionally-antagonistic Commerce Clause doctrine.” FPC also suggests that the measure’s scope be extended to include protections for people in places that are not a “State or political subdivision thereof,” like Washington, D.C. (a federal district), as well as commonwealths, republics, and territories “administered or controlled by the United States (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).”

FPC’s letter says that, if H.R38 is passed without some important changes, it “may very well indirectly cause people to be prosecuted and lose their Second Amendment rights over harmless mistakes.” And, if “H.R.38 is not amended to address our concerns,” they “predict that this well-intentioned measure would leave millions of peaceful and law-abiding people exposed to serious criminal liability.”

“As we said in March, H.R.38 is a significant piece of legislation that—properly amended to address the issues discussed above—would establish one of the greatest, if not the greatest, legislative advancements of Second Amendment rights so far in the history of our federal government,” said FPC President Brandon Combs in the letter. “And with just a few simple but important changes, H.R.38 could unlock and protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms for all law-abiding people—especially where it is denied today.”

Explained FPC Spokesperson Craig DeLuz, “Any bill that seeks to expand the right to keep and bear arms must be carefully crafted to ensure protection for all law-abiding people, but especially for those in ‘battleground states’ and cities hostile to Second Amendment rights.”

“If a bill doesn’t protect people in places like California, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, then it doesn’t really get the job done,” DeLuz concluded. “Our reasonable suggested amendments would help ensure that people in anti-gun jurisdictions can exercise their fundamental, individual right to bear arms.” 

A copy of FPC’s letters supporting H.R.38 can be viewed or downloaded at Gun owners who wish to send letters supporting H.R.38 may use FPC’s free Grassroots Action Tools at

FPC has also established #OurGunVote, a grassroots campaign to urge pro-gun bill passage in the House and Senate, available at

H.R.38 is scheduled to be next heard by the House Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29.

Firearms Policy Coalition ( 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.


Rep. Richard Hudson On His Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

One of the speakers at this year's Gun Rights Policy Conference held in Dallas was Shaneen Allen. She made a plea for the passage of HR 38 so as to protect anyone else from having to go through what she did when she crossed into New Jersey. As attorney Evan Nappen who has handled multiple firearms cases in New Jersey noted yesterday on Facebook, passage of national reciprocity will change that state from being the "North Korea of CCW". Nappen was the attorney for both Shaneen Allen and Brian Aitken.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) specifically mentions that Allen case in his release announcing that his bill is scheduled for markup today.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee announced it will mark up his bill, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38), on Wednesday, November 29:
“For me and the vast majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, this is welcome progress. I want to thank Chairman Bob Goodlatte for his strong leadership to protect our Second Amendment rights. I will continue to work with my colleagues and President Trump to pass this common sense legislation to protect law-abiding citizens."
Concealed carry reciprocity is one of the most important pro-Second Amendment measures in Congress. Currently, the patchwork of reciprocity laws and agreements between states is confusing and has caused law-abiding citizens like Shaneen Allen to unwittingly break the law and suffer arrest and detention. Even the most careful and knowledgeable concealed carry permit holders find it difficult to navigate the current maze of state and local concealed carry laws. H.R. 38 is a common sense solution. The bill, which is supported by major pro-Second Amendment groups and has 213 cosponsors, would allow law-abiding citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to conceal a handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry. It would also allow law-abiding residents of Constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that recognize their own residents’ right to concealed carry.
H.R. 38 would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or otherwise entitled to carry a concealed handgun. Each person would have to follow the laws of the state, county and municipality in which they are carrying concealed.
For a one-pager on the bill, click here. For a Q&A document, click here.
In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that “the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right,” which is “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” This fundamental right does not stop at a state’s borders and law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise this right when crossing state lines. In addition, Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution states, “Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.” This is the clause that allows a driver’s license to be recognized across state lines.
Contrary to the misinformation critics spread, under H.R. 38, states would retain their authority to enact time and place restrictions on where people can lawfully carry in the state. In addition, the bill would not make it any easier to buy a gun. It has nothing to do with the purchase of guns, it would not alter access to guns, and it would not change the federal law requiring background checks.
The American people understand these facts. That’s why an overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity – 73% according to a recent New York Times survey.


HR 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 - Comes Up For Committee Vote This Morning [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The House Judiciary Committee is holding its markup hearings on three bills this morning at 10 am EST. HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, and HR 4434, the Fix NICS Act of 2017, will be two of the bills included in the markup. The other bill concerns amber alerts on Indian reservations.

Passing national reciprocity was one of the promises that President Trump and the Republicans made to the gun rights community in 2016. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced HR 38 on the first day of this session of Congress and we have been waiting (and waiting) for any movement on the bill. The bill currently has 210 Republican and 3 Democrat co-sponsors.

HR 4434 and S. 2135 are identical bills introduced to correct some of the problems with the reporting of data to the FBI for inclusion in the databases used to conduct the NICS instant background checks. Both bills were introduced after the murders at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. In that instance, the murderer had convictions on his record that made him a prohibited person. However, the US Air Force failed to report his convictions to the FBI and the murderer was able to buy multiple firearms after passing multiple NICS checks. The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and the Senate bill by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). There is bipartisan support for both of these bills.

You can view the hearings live on YouTube.


Meridian Defence Corporation MDC-47 “VOLK” Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Meridian Defense Corporation offers a new AK build called VOLK. The choice of parts and the overall layout of the rifle is really well thought out. If the AK is the weapon platform of your choice, then something like the VOLK rifle will be an ultimate all-around gun. VOLK is built on Sharps Bros MB47 […]

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Steyr M30S Prototype: A Repurposed WW1 Improved Mauser [Forgotten Weapons]

This rifle, as best I can tell, is a prototype model made by Steyr in Switzerland in the early 1930s for use in Hungarian military trials. The Hungarians were looking to replace their old 1895 straight-pull Mannlicher rifles with something more modern. They wanted to keep their Mannlicher en bloc clips and ammunition, though – note the same distinctive magazine on this rifle and the M95.

The action that Steyr used for this trials rifle came from an effort to produce an improved German rifle during World War One. The Gewehr 98 had a number of serious deficiencies in trench combat, and Mauser developed an improved model in 1917. It was intended to enter production in 1918, but the collapse of the German armies prevented that from happening. The 98/17 had a flat tangent leaf rear sight, a sliding dust cover, and detachable box magazines, as well as being shorter than the G98. While it was never made in Germany, it did form the basis for the Type 13 Mauser that was manufactured in Manchuria with Steyr’s assistance. So when the Hungarians put out a request for rifle models, Steyr dusted off this action, fitted a Mannlicher type of magazine, and submitted it (note that the dust cover is missing from this rifle, although its mounting grooves are still there).

Ultimately, this did not win the competition, and Hungary chose a Mannlicher action rifle as the 35M instead.


Mossberg 500 Tacticals for Polish Prison Service [The Firearm Blog]

Poland’s Prison Service, Służba Więzienna, are set to purchase 500 Mossberg shotguns. The contract was announced 21 November and will see the Służba Więzienna receive new Mosberg 500 shotguns. Poland’s Central Board of the Prison Service purchased the shotguns through CENZIN – Poland’s longest established trading company specialising in the importation of international arms and equipment. The contract […]

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Sin Arms SINISTER Muzzle Brake [The Firearm Blog]

Sin Arms is a company located in Watertown, SD. They are specialized in precision shooting products manufacturing and services. Several days ago the company has introduced a new muzzle brake called Sinister. The Sinister brake is made of 416 stainless steel. It is a .30 caliber brake and according to Sin Arms, it works great with .300 Winchester Magnum. […]

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[Milipol] Schmidt & Bender Wins Bundeswehr Tender with 1-8×24 PMII [The Firearm Blog]

Schmidt & Bender has won the Bundeswehr Tender for 368 units of Schmidt & Bender’s 1-8×24 PM II ShortDot Dual CC riflescope. My understanding (Source) is that these will be mounted on the HK G28. The advantage of the 1-8×24 with CC is that it offers a combination of a reflex sight with the strengths […]

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NEW: Diamondhead USA VRS-T-556 Free Floating M-LOK Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

VRS-T-556Diamondhead USA’s most popular handguard is their VRS-T-556 series of free-float rails. To keep in line with current trends within the firearms industry they now have their VRS-T-556 available in an M-LOK configuration. This is free-float handguard has an angled front that gives the sleek illusion that a standard 16″ AR-15 is longer than it […]

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Lake City & Hornady Combine Efforts to Produce Frontier Cartridge [The Firearm Blog]

Frontier CartridgeThe Lake City Army Ammunition plant is known for making lots of NATO calibers for our military. Not only does our military appreciate their work, but many civilians like both Lake City brass casings for their own reloading purposes and the loaded ammunition they produce. Both of which are known for consistent, high quality. Recently, […]

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Lancer’s Translucent Red magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Black Rifles aren’t always so black any longer, so why should magazines? Last Friday, the Black one, the sales of this Red Translucent Lancer magazine started, but only at Gun MagWareHouse. The story doesn’t tell if there’s a special reason behind the color red, but anyone shooting let’s say 5,56 mm and 300 BLK could […]

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Tuesday, 28 November


Gun “Buy-Back” Scalability []

“Bring in your unwanted guns!” “No questions asked, no tracing attempted.” “Get cash for weapons.” The concept of guy “buy-backs” — as if the people offering money (or more often store cards) owned them to buy “back” in the first place — is pretty old.


The above Finnish leaflet from the 1939 Winter War against the USSR offered money to Soviet soldiers for surrendering with their weapons. Few were in a position to take them up on the offer.

Modern Americans actually can sell their guns at such turn-in events. Those who do generally have no idea of the value of their firearms. The 22 rifle at the top of this page is collectible, even though it doesn’t look fancy — its value at a gun show would far exceed the price paid by politically-motivated buyers. Some guns that end up at such events are diverted into private collections of police officers or other participants, while other firearms — sometimes uniquely-valuable historic pieces — are destroyed. In any case, people who sell their guns at “buy-back” events are almost never criminals. Criminals don’t let go of their tools of the trade.

The theory that removing guns from the general public reduces accidents and crimes of passion has no supporting evidence.


Anti-gun activists think buying guns back from the population can be scaled to include most of the guns in a country or even the world. That shows an utter ignorance of basic economics. We have seen going prices on basic AR15 carbines and AK47 semi-auto clones double over a few days purely on the news of Obama getting elected president. The actual number of such guns available was rising rapidly, yet the prices rose as demand outstripped supply. How would the prices change if the number of guns available for purchase actually shrank?


1930s Mosin-Nagant rifles were once available for about $70. A decade later, with the supply drying up, they command over $200 each. Keep in mind that the total number in circulation is still rising (just slower than before) and many functional substitutes are available.

The classic car market is the best illustration of how scarcity affects prices. How much does a 1965 Mustang cost, now that fewer of them are available?

The theory held by the anti-gun activists is that a person who paid $1,000 for an AR15 would give it up for destruction for $200. Part of that money would come from the former gun owner’s own taxes. A great deal, right?

Let’s say they actually offer whatever sticker price was on the gun, $250 for a 22 rifle and $1,000 for an AR15 and so on. Could they get a significant number of people to sell their guns? No.

The reason is that the worth of an object isn’t fixed. If I have ten rifles, I might be willing to sell the first one for $1000, especially if I don’t need that particular one for a specific purpose. Once I’m down to nine, I wouldn’t sell the next one unless I could get a higher price, as the marginal value increases. Moreover, my cost to replace that ninth weapon with something more suitable would also go up.

Once down to two rifles, I would demand a fortune for the second-to-last gun — 20 or 30 thousand dollars wouldn’t be unreasonable, if I was willing to sell at all. That’s very common with NFA-regulated automatic weapons due to artificially-created scarcity. My last rifle would not be for sale at any price. So the price offered would have to go up exponentially as even a small fraction of privately-held weapons got bought up. There literally is not enough money in the world to buy every privately-owned gun in the USA, as the value of each remaining firearm would increase beyond the financial resources of all non-gun-owners combined.

Removing guns from the citizenry also presupposes a cessation or reduction of retail availability of replacements. If such a restriction was announced, the perceived value of currently-held guns would skyrocket and “buy-back” events wouldn’t get even the trickle they are getting now. Why sell for $200 when any neighbor would give you a grand? So such programs would have to be backed by viciously-enforced draconian laws against private sales. At that point, a country-wide ammo turn-in event might happen, with the bullets ending up inside the bright minds behind the idea. The only reason that hasn’t occurred already in places like New York City is the ability of gun owners to easily travel to less-retarded jurisdictions.


Further, since the definition of “gun” at such events has been pretty nonspecific, people have been turning in home-made firearms and making a nice profit from the transaction. Not being firearms enthusiasts or experts, anti-gun activists and their official supporters can’t tell the difference between a 22 Short revolver of minimal practical value and something that’s actually a worthwhile firearm, so they often overpay at current values.

Finally, we must realize that because the anti-gun side will tell a lie as easily as breathing, we can be certain that at least some of them will use any “buy-back” operation to gather intelligence and to note who brings what — with the intent to raid those sellers later and steal the rest of their arms.

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Review: Field and Stream Every Hunt Soft Shell Pants []

If ever there was a virtual do-it-all pair of hunting pants, the new Every Hunt Soft Shell pants by Field and Stream via Dick’s Sporting Goods may be it. Well almost. These pants are not for warm weather, but once it cools down, these hunting trousers may be the ideal go-to pants.

The Field and Stream brand has nothing to do with the outdoor magazine, but is just a trade name owned by American Sports Licensing. Regardless, they make some nice hunting gear at reasonable prices, which is tough to find these days.

The Every Hunt clothing collection was designed to fit a wide range of outdoor activities, including hunting. They can be worn alone or mated with base layers for extra warmth in really cold temps. The material in these pants is a bonded fleece that stretches for comfort and is quiet in the woods. The Soft Shell Pants are available in Mossy Oak or Realtree camouflage patterns.

Features include an elasticized waist with belt loops for maximum fit and comfort. There are six pockets: two front hand warmer pockets, two back pockets with fold over flaps, and two zippered side cargo pockets. The nice part about the pockets on these pants is their depth. Some pants today have pockets you can barely get your hand into before they bottom out.

The pants material has the F&S HydroRepel feature that is water repellent, yet breathable. These pants also have the NoScent™ C3 scent control which conceals and absorbs scent molecules. This helps to contain odor by curtailing bacteria growth. The C3 feature self-charges while drying to renew its odor-controlling technology.

Though my exact size fit well in these pants, I bought the next waist size up to ensure movement with insulated underwear for a non-binding fit. The material is soft to the touch, thus very quiet walking in the woods or through brush. The legs are hemmed so they can be wrapped to insert inside tall boots like a pair of Muck Boots. The zipper cargo pockets can secure gear like a cell phone, rangefinder, keys, and such.

These Field and Stream pants should see a lot of action for deer or bird hunting, keeping you warm, dry, and comfortable. Check them out at a Dick’s store near you or order online.

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M+M M10X-DMR, Modernized AK-Like 7.62x39mm Rifle []

Canadian and American gun laws can differ greatly. There are certain guns Canadians can have but Americans cannot, and vice-versa. All AK and variants are banned in Canada, so there is a huge demand for rifles that shoot 7.62x39mm and use AK mags. Fortunately, M+M Industries from Colorado USA have recently received approval from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to offer their M10X-DMR rifle classified as non-restricted, which means gun owners can hunt with it (unlike AR15s, which they can only take to and from the gun range).

Despite looking like an AK, this rifle has a crisp 3.7-pound trigger pull with zero take up. It’s also 1 MOA-capable with match ammunition.

Mike Meier, President & CEO of M+M, traveled to Canada to introduce this rifle at the North Sylva Booking Show and show his rifle to dealers. They are currently in serial production now and are expected to arrive to retailers by first quarter of 2018.

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Dan Wesson Pointman Engraved 1911 45 ACP []

We recently had the opportunity to handle this gorgeous Dan Wesson Pointman single action 1911-style pistol in 45ACP. It’s fully hand-engraved and it’s one of one. The photos do not do it justice.

It also retails for $12,000.00. Have you checked your lottery ticket lately?

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Are YouTube Gun Channels Past Their Prime? []

I remember a few years ago, the gun community could NOT get enough of the “Gun Channels” on YouTube.  It was a great time to be on YouTube… but over the past maybe 2 years, they seem to have lost their sparkle.

I still have my channel, though I never spent enough time on it because shooting matches, teaching classes, and live seminars always seemed to limit my time for videos. I also still have a few favorites that I watch weekly no matter where I am and I hope they continue to provide new material for us to watch.

But with the “news” media and big-government advocates pushing their anti-gun agenda and YouTube itself limiting and even removing  certain videos (and even some channels), it’s clear to see what side they are moving to.

Now many gun people are threatening to move to other formats to post their videos. I for one will follow them and maybe even start a new channel on a new system. If you are into gun channels you should already know that they removed Hickock45’s channel I believe 3 times before it was straightened out.

My point is that in spite of all the trash channels with people who really don’t know what they are talking about and can cause you big problems if you follow their examples and instructions, there are truly knowledgeable channels that really can help you on YouTube.

YouTube was a great platform, WAS and can be again if they will just let it be and not try to remove what they feel is “politically incorrect”. Some of their biggest channels are gun channels and no matter how much they try to hide it you can’t change plain facts.

So while you can, check out the gun channels on YouTube before these guys leave for another media outlet. Some have even posted to where they may be moving.

Here are some of my favorite channels (If you are interested):

One I miss is The Power Factor Show; they stopped it on their own. Maybe someday they will start again!

Johnny Glocks:

Humans 4Targets:



The Armory Channel:


Thunder Ranch:

These are the top ones I watch, so comment below and tell me what you think about YouTube. Is it over for Gun Channels or not? If not please tell us why you are saying that.

Thank you, hope to see you out there!




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Breaking: US Army OFFICIALLY Cancels ICSR Program [The Firearm Blog]

Rest in Peace Interim Combat Service Rifle, we hardly knew thee. The Army’s ICSR program has joined the much more ambitious Advanced Combat Rifle program of the 1980s and the more recent ill-fated Individual Carbine program in the annals of US Army rifle procurement history. The official cancellation notice was posted on FedBizOps on 28 November: This […]

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Good Guys With Guns Stop Bad Guys With Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. This basic truth is not politically correct, and the media tries to deny it.


Orange man holds chase suspect at gunpoint before Vidor Police arrest man [NRA-ILA News]

A chase starting in Louisiana continued on Interstate 10 westbound before ending on the Neches River bridge.


Police say deputy fatally shot intruder at her Detroit home [NRA-ILA News]

Police say an off-duty sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who had broken into her home in southwest Detroit.


What’s the deal with pistol heel magazine releases? [The Firearm Blog]

Mike answers the age-old question of what on earth is the point of a magazine release on the heel of a pistol rather than the more usual push button? Guns in this video: SIG P210 Tokarev TT33 FN 1910 FN 1910/22 / 1922 Erma EP 552 (similar to a Walther TPH) SIG-Sauer P226 Thanks to […]

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Hornady Improves Dangerous Game Hunting with DGX Bonded [The Firearm Blog]

DGX BondedHornady has upped the ante of their Dangerous Game™ eXpanding (DGX) bullet by making the DGX Bonded. By making the DGX bullet with a copper-clad, steel jacket that is bonded to the lead core you get significantly improved performance on large game. 95% Weight Retention Deep Penetration 2x Bullet Diameter Expansion Dave Emery, Hornady’s Chief […]

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Watch: US M1915 Bolo Bayonet []

So you’re a U.S. soldier in the Philippines, hacking your way through the jungle, and you only have a standard bayonet. What to do? Well, get yourself a bolo bayo, of course! Never mind that it would take more than a decade before it would become available, thanks to government “efficiency.”

It was dreamed up by Captain Hugh D. Wise of the U.S. Army, who recommended it in 1902. Naturally, it only became reality in 1915.

The bolo bayonet ideas resurfaced in 1911 when a commission was formed to look into special equipment for the Philippine Scouts. After another series of experimental designs, the M1915 Bolo bayonet was formally adopted on May 22, 1915 and an order was placed for 6,000 of them to be made at Springfield Armory.

Delivery of these bayonets took place in 1915 and 1916, and they proved to be extremely popular tools with the soldiers in the Philippines. They would remain in service on the islands until World War Two, serving at last as a replacement for the M1913 cavalry saber for the 26th Cavalry.

It looks pretty good, at least as good as any bayonet could look I guess.

Oddly, they turned out to work quite well and both GIs and locals loved them. After a long service life, they were even used during a horseback cavalry charge against Japanese tanks in WW2.

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Midwest Industries M-LOK Forend for Marlin Lever Action Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Midwest Industries has teased on their social media pages an M-LOK forend for Marlin lever action rifles. It is not yet listed on their website and what we can tell from the very little information available is that it fits the Marlin 336 rifles. It is also compatible with older, pre-Remington Marlins. This forend is advertised to be […]

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Massive Florida Hog Meets Spear []

Three men and a woman ran across the grassy field, the darkness around them complete but for the moving beams of their headlamps and spotlight. On they ran, towards the sound of barking dogs and grunting hogs. The woman carried a spear with a long wooden handle and a mean-looking black steel blade. Two of the men directed the hunt and shouted directions at the dogs, which had zeroed in on an incredibly huge hog on this moonless night. One man stopped whenever possible, steadying the tiny video camera to capture what action he could, before again sprinting to catch up with the fight.

I was that man.

The other two — the ones running the show — were Kenny Banaciski and Clint Wood. The woman was Brigid O’Donoghue, a wild gal from Wisconsin come south to sample some Florida hog hunting in the heat of the night.

Brigid is the founder and CEO of United Special Sportsman Alliance (USSA), which “specializes in sending critically-ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on FREE outdoor adventure of their dreams.” Those hunts would begin the next morning; this night it was simply woman vs. wild.

The hunt had started more quickly than expected. Brigid and I had been accompanied by my father, and we sat in my truck Ezmerelda as Kenny and Clint headed down the road in Clint’s truck to see what hogs were out and about at this time of night. Minutes after they’d left us, they called on the radio with an urgent message — they had seen a hog that had to go four hundred pounds or more!

As I drove us down the bumpy dirt road, Kenny’s voice crackled from the radio, telling us to hurry the heck up! I stomped the pedal and Ezzie surged forward, jacking up my heartbeat at the same time. We rattled down the road and soon slid to a stop next to Clint’s truck, where he and Kenny were hurriedly readying the dogs for the fight to come.

We had expected a swamp brawl, but it was starting to look as if we might catch the big porker out in the open, and we needed to get ourselves in gear to get that done. Brigid quickly donned a sweatshirt as I powered up the video camera and checked the settings — there would be no time for that in the thick of the fight.

Soon we were trotting down the dirt road into a grassy field, loping through tasselled bahia grass, fresh adrenaline filling our veins. The dogs spotted their quarry and were loosed, racing past some smaller (but still-large) hogs as they zeroed in on the immense one ahead. One hog, weighing more than two hundred pounds, stood uncertainly near the dirt road as we galloped past, earning a glance from me and an excited comment from Brigid. But the dogs beckoned us forward and there was no time to waste. The activity ahead was rapidly becoming more intense.

Suddenly I paused to aim the camera, catching a spotlight-illuminated tangle of hog and dogs on video as the canines momentarily stopped the big hog near a cluster of oaks. Then they were off again, and so was I. A few seconds later a loud squealing bawl announced that the hog was caught, its loud protests echoing across the nearby swamps and threatening to drown out even the excited snarls of the dogs as they did their jobs with gusto.

Clint dove right into the fray, grabbing the hog’s huge hind legs and lifting them off the ground, “wheelbarrowing” it. The dogs hauled the swine’s front end around as Clint held on firmly, and Brigid quickly approached under Kenny’s direction and plunged the spear deep into the big hog’s side. Kenny reached a hand out to help guide her on the next thrust, which was placed through the ribs just behind the right shoulder. She removed the spear and stepped back as the hog twisted and then fell to the ground.

The spotlight turned elsewhere for a moment, and all that was visible to me was a black, twisting, noisy mass of hog and dogs. I sensed a sudden upward movement on the dark screen of the camera, and called for a light. Kenny turned the light back onto the brawl, only to find that the big hog was back on its feet! Four dogs fought the behemoth as it swayed, and it was clear that this fight was almost over.

The hog was losing too much blood to stay standing, and the dogs pulled it down for the last time. Blood glistened on the grass between me and the big beast as Clint began calling off the dogs. The huge sow was down for the count.

After securing the canines, we hunters stood around the kill, a primitive exultation of sorts settling upon us as we panted and sweated and grinned in the night. After examining the respectable teeth on the big sow, we headed back to the trucks to drive them up and load the big hog. It took three men three tries to get the beast up onto the tailgate, but we got ‘er done.

Back at the skinning shed, a crowd gathered to see the huge animal and the hunters who had taken it down. The tremendous sow was considerably longer than Brigid is tall, and she’s not exactly a small woman. Photos and more video were taken, then Clint began the job of skinning and quartering. The pork was donated to some local folks with a need for fresh meat.

One by one, the hunters began to wind down and the adrenaline high of the hunt was lost, to be replaced by fond memories deeply etched into their minds. Each pondered his or her role in the grim and exhilarating business of taking down a huge wild hog — with dogs — at night, and each knew the memories would be good ones. I had to smile at the images that danced before my tired eyes, and then smile again when I thought of Kenny’s slogan: “Come and getcha some!” It certainly seemed appropriate that night.

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B.E. Meyers & Co. Modular Advanced Weapon Laser (MAWL) in Flat Dark Earth [The Firearm Blog]

Title: Modular Advanced Weapon Laser (MAWL) Palette: Flat Dark Earth Medium: Machined Aluminum and Photons Artist: B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. All models of the B.E Meyers & Co. Modular Advanced Weapon Laser (MAWL), including the MAWL-DA, MAWL-CLAD, and MAWL-C1+ are now available in Flat Dark Earth. The specifications, ergonomics, and modularity as the standard […]

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The Colt Frontier Scout 22 Magnum in 5 Photos []

Introduced in 1957, the Colt Frontier Scout was a single action revolver aimed at satisfying Americans’ hunger for the Old West. Ruger’s Single Six had hit the ground running when it had come out a few years earlier, and Colt wanted to get in on that action. While their price was higher than Ruger’s, Colt was banking on its legendary name to attract buyers who wanted something closer to “the real thing.”

The Scout line of revolvers were alloy-framed SA wheel guns designed to fire 22 rimfire ammo. Some were chambered for 22 LR; others for 22 WMR (magnum) — and some made after 1964 even came with two cylinders so you could swap between the two. It enjoyed some success, but by 1970-71, the Scout line was quietly retired.

The one shown here is a “’62” model, which naturally was introduced in 1962. Its original grips were made of Staglite (imitation antler), but they were warped and cracked during a hot ride under the seat of a VW Beetle. I made these walnut grips at age 18.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The hammer, barrel, cylinder, trigger, and most internal parts are made of steel. The frame (including the grip frame) is made of Zamac, an aluminum alloy. This one is a 22 magnum version.

The left side of the frame bears the classic Colt “rearing horse” logo, and on the left side of the barrel is stamped FRONTIER SCOUT ’62 .22 MAG.

This old classic has been carried and used quite a bit, as evidenced by the worn bluing at the muzzle.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The only visible markings on the right side of this old popper are the letters “VP” inside a triangle at top front of the trigger guard.

Originally, the alloy frame was painted. By the time I got it decades ago, the paint had begun to blister and peel. I used chemical paint remover to strip off the old finish, then refinished it using Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black. This has held up reasonably well for what it is, but as you can see, it’s not the toughest stuff around.

I’ve tried to use the same Aluminum Black on an older Scout, but the alloy is apparently different because it had no effect.

This slick old wheel gun has ridden on my hip for many miles in the woods, and I don’t bemoan the flaws in its finish. Like my late father, I simply call them “character marks.”

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

As with many SA wheel guns, you can’t aim with the Scout’s sights unless the hammer is cocked… and as you can tell, the sights are rather crude. There’s a simple blade sight up front, and a groove machined into the top rear of the frame is all you get for a rear sight.

My handmade walnut grips aren’t perfect, but they fill my hands well and since I made them as an unskilled teen, I think they’re pretty wonderful. I purposely left them considerably thicker than the originals, and I’ve never regretted that; a handgun grip belongs to fill a man’s hand.

“COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.” is stamped atop the barrel.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The bottom of this grip frame (“backstrap assembly” per Colt) has some scrollwork; not all did. You can see the appreciable wear on the Aluminum Black finish.

This 22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) revolver is one loud son of a gun. I swear it’s louder than a 357. And while it’s possible to fire 22 LR ammo in it, that’s a bad idea. The 22 WMR is slightly larger, so LR cases are apt to split and accuracy will probably stink because the bullet won’t properly fit the barrel’s rifling.

I gotta be honest here; I wish I was more accurate with this old revolver. The sights ain’t much, and I’ve never been able to do that well with it. It does have a great trigger pull of 3 to 3.5 pounds.

The serial number is stamped on the bottom front of the frame.

Colt Frontier Scout '62 revolver in 22 WMR. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Colt Frontier Scout ’62 revolver in 22 WMR. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Colt said the Scouts came with barrels of 4-3/4 and 9-1/2 inches, but they usually measure about 1/16″ shy of spec. Long-barreled versions were marked “Buntline Scout” (sans Frontier), but can often be found listed under Frontier Scout in gun books.

This is anything but a target gun, but it’s still capable of producing a ton of fun. The best part is that it’s well-made and reliable, and it’s never failed to go bang when I’ve asked it to.

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Watch: Cherokee Bowmaker Richard Fields []

This is an interesting little video. It features an Oklahoma Cherokee who learned bowmaking from his cousin and got hooked on it. These days, he even teaches others how to find the right tree, split the wood, and whittle it down to form a wooden bow.

I’m a happy-go-lucky guy, I have a lot of fun, that’s what I do. In bowmaking I do that too, I have a lot of fun with it.

You might not expect it to look at him, but he’s got about as Southern as accent as you’ve ever heard. So don’t be dismayed when he mentions churkey; he’s really saying “Cherokee.”

The wood he prefers is osage orange, a.k.a. bois d’arc — which he pronounced “boys dee ark.” Gotta love it.

The bowyer is uh, really, y’know what ya might say uh, I dunno, he’s a one-of-a-kind person. All the bowyers that I know, we’re all different… I’m more different than anybody.

…he says, while wearing his ZZ Top “Tres Hombres” t-shirt.

This guy has even been named as a National Treasure of the Cherokee Nation.

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Washington: Lieutenant Governor Habib Announces Gun Ban in Senate Galleries [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, anti-gun Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib issued an order that will ban all firearms from Senate Galleries at the Washington State Capitol when the session convenes on January 8th.  This order, which expands upon a previous order from 2015 that banned the open carry of firearms in Capitol galleries, will now prohibit all firearms, including those carried by individuals with a legally issued Concealed Pistol License (CPL).


LSAT Cased Telescoped Ammunition, and the Problem of Cookoff (Brief Thoughts 002 Follow Up) [The Firearm Blog]

In the comments section of my recent Brief Thoughts article regarding caseless ammunition, there was a discussion about whether the cookoff issues of caseless would also be problem for LSAT-style polymer cased telescoped ammunition. Based on conversations I have had with subject matter experts regarding polymer cased ammunition in general, I noted that a lower […]

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Supreme Court won’t review Maryland’s law banning sales of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms [NRA-ILA News]

The justices in the past have passed up the chance to hear challenges to similar laws in a handful of other states. But attorneys general in 21 states had asked the court to hear the Maryland case, and the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups had joined the effort.


House panel to weigh bill recognizing gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a National Rifle Association-supported bill that would allow a gun owner with a state-issued concealed carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.


House committee to move 2 gun bills this week, including top NRA priority: concealed carry reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider two gun measures Wednesday, including one measure that is a top priority of the National Rifle Association.


Black Friday was huge for gun sales [NRA-ILA News]

Black Friday was the biggest day on record for FBI background checks, which loosely track nationwide gun sales. The FBI reported 203,000 background checks for gun sales on Friday.


MSNBC’s Joy Reid calls rural voters ‘core threat to our democracy’ [NRA-ILA News]

The host of “AM Joy” followed up her recent claim that the National Rifle Association seeks to create a landscape littered with murderous “warlords” with a new prediction over Thanksgiving: Rural voters will become de facto tyrants by 2040.


Georgia: Judge hopes to rule soon on campus carry injunction demand [NRA-ILA News]

The attorneys, representing several Georgia professors, argued state lawmakers overreached the state’s constitutional boundaries when they passed the controversial bill that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law. They’ve also argued the law, which allows guns on some parts of campuses, creates a more dangerous environment for students and faculty. Lawmakers who filed the bill, though, said it was needed to give students with weapons licenses the opportunity to protect themselves on campus.


Supreme Court Dodges Magazine Ban Question []

As if straight out the movie The Matrix, the United States Supreme Court has dodged another gun case.  This one has to do with Maryland banning so-called high-capacity magazines.  No justices made a public statement about the case.

The law in question was passed after the Newtown, Conn. Sandy Hook school murders by Adam Lanza.

From Constitution Center: Supreme Court Justices allow ban on high-capacity guns.

None of the nine Justices recorded a public dissent from the refusal to hear a Second Amendment challenge to the Maryland law that was passed in 2013 in direct response to the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre in 2012 of 20 school children and six adults by an assailant using a semi-automatic rifle, firing 155 bullets within five minutes.

Because the Court provided no reasons for bypassing review of the case of Kolbe v. Hogan, it was not clear that the series of such shootings across the nation over the past two years had had any influence on the Justices. The practical reality, though, was that the action left state legislatures with wide authority to react to such incidents.


Believe it or not, this may be a good thing.  Hang on a second and please take a few minutes to hear me out.  The Supreme Court refusing to hear the case turns it into a states’ rights issue.  Each state will be able to pass laws which represent the citizens on that state.  This beats something happening on a national level.

I am sure many of you would love to see the Supreme Court strike down the law.  However, since this is a state issue, the citizens of that state need to work to get the law repealed.  Citizens facing laws that could ban magazines should work to make sure such laws never get passed.

The end effect of this being a state issue should be more people getting involved in local politics.  Get involved, get gun-friendly people elected, and kick the gun-grabbers out.

While I disagree with the Supreme Court deciding not to hear the case, I also understand that this could get more people involved on the state level.  More pro-gun people being involved means we can get more pro-gun laws passed, and hopefully get rid of some existing anti-gun laws.

Let the citizens of each state decide what is best for them.


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Sierra Bullets 6.5 Grendel Load Data Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

6.5 GrendelWith the development of wildcat calibers that eventually become more common and less wildcat over time it is difficult for reloading companies to keep up with published, verified data. Nobody knew 10 years ago that the 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor or 6.5 Grendel would be as popular as they are today, but here we are. To satisfy […]

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M1903 Springfield – Stripped for Air Service [Forgotten Weapons]

Edit: For additional information on these, including some unpublished documentation, see the C&Rsenal video on the 1903 Springfield

One of the more interesting and unusual – and rare – variations of the M1903 Springfield is the version that was “Stripped for Air Service”. Contrary to common belief, these were not used as in-flight aircraft armament before the use of machine guns, or as antiaircraft armament for observation balloon crews. Instead, they were developed by Springfield Armory in early 1918 as a pilot’s survival rifle – armament to be used in case one crash landed in enemy territory.

The modifications made include cutting down the stock and hand guard to reduce weight, adding a fixed 25-round box magazine, elimination of the sling swivels, and simplification of the rear sight to a 100-yard notch. The large fixed magazine was chosen because a pilot would not be carrying extra ammunition in a cartridge belt, as would a normal infantryman. All the ammunition he would have if he needed to use the survival rifle would be what was stored in the rifle itself.

A total of 910 of these modified rifles were made, and 908 of them shipped to France in late June, 1918. They were never put into service though, and 680 were still in a French depot at the end of the war. The remainder may have been distributed to some airfields, but they were never actually used. With the end of the war, the rifles were put into storage in the US along with the mass of other war materiel. In the mid 1920s, much of this stock was scrapped, and the surviving Air Service 1903s were either destroyed or converted to standard infantry pattern rifles. Very few survived this process, making them extremely rare today. This particular one came from the collection of Bruce Canfield.



AKG Industries “The AK Guy” Commemorative AK Rifles (Limited Edition) [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier, Brandon Herrera, also known as “The AK Guy“, announced that he had established a company to start offering AK products and to introduce the AK-50. The company is called AKG Industries. Several days ago, Brandon announced the launch of the first product of the AKG Industries. It is a limited edition of “The AK Guy” commemorative […]

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US Army Shopping for Sniper Rifle Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army is potentially in the market for new suppressors for some of its sniper rifles. On 26 October a Sources Sought Notice was posted on FedBizOps for suppressors for the M24 Sniper Weapon System by the Army Contracting Command. A sources sought notice is not an request for information (RFI) or a request for […]

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CMP Set to Receive up to 10,000 Surplus 1911s [The Firearm Blog]

Back in July we reported that the Civilian Marksmanship Programme was in line to receive 10,000 newly surplused M1911A1 pistols in 2018. With the United States Senate passing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the 18th November the bill will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law. For collectors, 1911 […]

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Sauer ERGO HEAT – World’s First Rifle Stock With a Heated Grip [The Firearm Blog]

Sauer has introduced a heating system for bolt action rifle stocks called ERGO HEAT. The company claims that it is the world’s first such system. It is designed to heat the pistol grip portion of the stock to make it more comfortable to hold the rifle as well as to keep your fingers warm and retain […]

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[Milipol 2017] Beretta Unveils New PMX Submachine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta have unveiled the new successor to their iconic Modello 12 submachine gun. The new 9x19mm PMX was unveiled at the 2017 Paris Milipol expo. The PMX uses a blowback action and fires from closed bolt. It feeds from a 30 round magazine and has a right-side folding stock. The new Beretta has ambidextrous controls and from […]

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A Practical Application Of The Tactical Mall Ninja Roll [The Firearm Blog]

There have been many occasions where we roll our eyes at people trying to roll on the ground when utilizing firearms. Other than parkour urban terrain maneuvering it is useless and dangerous to the shooter or anyone nearby.  However I think I have found the exception to that rule. Here is a practical application of […]

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Monday, 27 November


Jason Schauble Resigns As President Of SilencerCo [The Firearm Blog]

SilencerCo President Jason Schauble has resigned his position at the West Valley Utah based suppressor company due to health complications of a family member. Jonathan Shultz will take over the position effective today. Prior to his position at SilencerCo, Schauble worked at both Tracking Point and Remington Arms Company. The resignation comes at a tough time […]

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Books for Sale [Forgotten Weapons]

I bought a large batch of books, and have a bunch of extras and duplicates to sell. If you are interested in anything, please email me at with the item(s) and I will mark them as sold.

Payment by PayPal only, via Friends & Family or plus 3%.

Shipping is $10 flat per order, or free if you buy 5 or more items.

Collector Grade
Thompson: The American Legend – $100
The Belgian Rattlesnake – $150
US Rifle M14: From John Garand to the M21 – $100
The Gas Trap Garand – SOLD
Rock in a Hard Place: The Browning Automatic Rifle – $70
War Baby! – SOLD
War Baby II – SOLD

History of US Military Small Arms Ammunition Vol I, 1880-1939: SOLD (signed by all three authors; ex-Goldsmith library)
History of US Military Small Arms Ammunition Vol II, 1940-1945: SOLD
NRA lllustrated Reloading Handbook (circa 1960): $5
Round Ball to Rimfire, Vol I: A History of Civil War Small Arms Ammunition: $40
Round Ball to Rimfire, Vol II: Federal Breechloading Carbines & Rifles: SOLD
Round Ball to Rimfire, Vol III: Federal Pistols, Revolvers, & Misc Essays: $60

US Martial Pistols and Revolvers (Gluckman): $5
Confederate Handguns (Albaugh, Benet, Simmons): SOLD
Sixguns (Keith): SOLD

American WWII
The M1903 Springfield Rifle (Poyer): SOLD
Book of the Garand (Hatcher): SOLD
Johnson Rifles and Machine Guns (Canfield): SOLD
Collector’s Guide to the ’03 Springfield (Canfield): SOLD
Collector’s Guide to the M1 Garand & M1 Carbine (Canfield, softcover): SOLD
Collector’s Guide to the M1 Garand & M1 Carbine (Canfield, hardcover): SOLD
’03 Springfield Service Rifle (Canfield): SOLD
Carbine Handbook (Wahl): $20

Handguns of the World (Ezell): SOLD
Small Arms of the World 9th Edition (Smith, Smith): $5
Small Arms of the World 11th Edition (Smith, Smith): $5
The World’s Submachine Guns, Vol I (Nelson, Lockhoven) (book is fine; dust jacket is shredded): SOLD
Pistols & Revolvers (Myatt): $10
Illustrated Book of Guns (Miller): $10, $10 (two copies available)

Military Small Arms fo the 20th Century, 4th Ediition (Hogg, Weeks): SOLD
Gun Digest Book of Knives (Hughes, Lewis): $5
Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: Part I Automatic Pistols: $5
Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: Part 4 Centerfire Rifles: $5
Gnu Digest 2006: $5
Gun Digest 2008: $5
Gun Digest 2009: $5
1999 Standard Catalog of Firearms: $5

US AMU Pistol Marksmanship Guide: $15
Purnell’s The Machine Gun: $5
Purnell’s The Tank Story: $5
Fighter (Cooper, Batchelor): $10
Encyclopedia of Aircraft of WWII (Eden): $5

The Great American War (Bruce-Briggs): free with any purchase
Of Arms and the Law (Stompoly, Hardy): free with any purchase
Restricting Handguns: Liberal Skeptics Speak Out: free with any purchase
ATF: State Laws and Published Ordnances 1980: free with any purchase


CSASS Program Inches Forward with Sources Sought Notice for Accessories [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army’s embattled CSASS program has moved forward slightly with a sources sought notice posted to the Fed Biz Opps website, seeking manufacturers who can make many of the accessories that equip the M110A1 rifle. The notice isn’t itself for a contract, but will help determine which manufacturers are able to provide a second […]

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When, Oh When, Will The SCOTUS Actually Defend The Second Amendment Again? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I am disappointed in the US Supreme Court. That's nothing new for either me or most people regardless of their political leanings.

My disappointment stems from the absolute refusal by the Court to hear any and all Second Amendment cases since 2010 when they ruled in McDonald v. Chicago. The latest case to bite the dust is the Maryland case of Kolbe et al v. Hogan et al which challenged that state's ban on ARs, AKs, and standard capacity magazines.

From the Orders released today:


The motion of Edwin Vieira, Jr., et al. for leave to file a brief as amici curiae is granted. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.
This case was a loss at the District Court level with an absolutely ridiculous opinion by Judge Catherine C. Blake which was then followed by a 2-1 win in the 4th Circuit that got overturned by an en banc ruling affirming the District Court.

If it is true that President Trump will have the ability to appoint up to 40% of the Federal bench with conservative judges, it can't come soon enough. Moreover, I hope they aren't in the mold of Judge Harvey Wilkinson either.


Five Great Deals From Natchez Shooters Supply []

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Houston Shaw Hammers Four Texas Stars [The Firearm Blog]

Houston Shaw of Sofrep TV takes on 4 spinning texas stars. Two on either side of a double star. Houston shoots the left and right stars first then the rear star and finally the star in front of the middle one. For those not familiar with the texas star, it is a “fun” device used in […]

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity is on the Move: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You NOW! [NRA-ILA News]

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a full committee mark-up of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, this Wednesday! It’s therefore more important than ever to urge your member of Congress to support this crucial legislation. Concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA’s highest legislative priority in Congress. It would ensure that states recognize the concealed carry credentials of other states. This would end abuses in anti-gun states like New York and New Jersey and allow law-abiding concealed carriers to exercise their rights nationwide with peace of mind.


Watch: “Silent But Deadly” Welrod Assassination Pistol []

When you’re a government, you figure you can get away with murder. Any why not? Governments have been doing so ever since the first one was formed, usually with very little in the way of consequences. Even so, it generally pays to at least be a little subtle about… and that’s where this weird old gun comes in.

It’s a British 32 ACP handgun that’s both bolt action and almost entirely silent to fire. Ian of Forgotten Weapons takes us on a tour of this assassination tool, and has this to say about it:

The Welrod uses a ventilated barrel and large-volume suppressor with several solid rubber wipes to bring its firing report down to the minimum possible level. This noise reduction only lasts for about a dozen shots, after which time the rubber wipes have more or less bore-sized permanent holes in them, reducing the suppressor’s effectiveness to pretty much on par with other typical designs.

The Welrod is a manually operated pistol, to avoid action noise. It feeds from a Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless magazine, which also serves as its grip. A grip safety is the only safety device, and it fires using a striker mechanism. The Welrod was first introduced in 1943, with a larger 9x19mm version added later in the war. They appear to have been manufactured by BSA, with a total of about 14,000 made. Welrods were in service as recently as Desert Storm, and are most likely still in use for those times when a very efficient silent pistol is necessary.

It features one of the most-effective means of reducing the sound of a gunshot ever devised. Ian says you can be within about 15 feet of it and not recognize its sound as that of a firearm. Talk about preserving your hearing! Oh, and ensuring a clean getaway…

It’s crude and awkward, but that seems to be the price of quietly killing folks with bullets. Enjoy.

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California: San Carlos to Consider Further Extending the Moratorium on Firearm Dealers TODAY [NRA-ILA News]

This evening, November 27, the San Carlos City Council will consider extending a moratorium on new firearm dealers for the City.  As we reported earlier, the moratorium is a result of several anti-gun residents opposing a new Turner's Outdoorsman that was scheduled to open this month.


Top 20 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon []

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Do Not Pass Up Late Season Bucks []

From mid-December to the last weekend of hunting season is an excellent time to be in the woods.

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, hunting pressure will start to slack up.  People change gears around the last part of November and into the early December.  They go from hunting and Thanksgiving to football season and Christmas.

The majority of does were bred in October and November.  The few remaining does that were not bred will be chased when they go into estrus. Between the cycles of the unbred does, hungry bucks will be gorging themselves wherever they can find food. By mid-December, frost has usually killed off most of the weeds. Deer, like goats, are foragers. Anywhere there is a food source — feeders, acorns, weeds, oats, rye grass… etc — is probably going to be a good place to look for hungry bucks.

Besides all that, there is usually less hunting pressure on public hunting lands in December.

Every couple of years, my buddies and I like to go camping on some nearby public hunting lands. The campsites are only accessible by boat. From opening weekend in November to around the first weekend of December, the campsites stay booked. Starting around early-to-mid-December the sites are pretty much empty. Hunters have either bagged a deer or given up and turned their attention to Christmas and football.

On a personal note I consider myself a late season hunter. Over the decades I have probably harvested more deer in December than November. Here in southeast Texas, the weather can still be warm at the start of November. Opening weekend of 2017, temps around here were in the 80s. Who wants to sit in a stand and get eaten up by bugs? Not when you can wait a couple of weeks, let the weather cool off, and let the hunting pressure ease up.

If you haven’t harvested a deer by early December, do not give up.  The best part of the season is still ahead.

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NRA Statement on Maryland Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court declining to accept a case challenging Maryland’s 2013 ban on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines:


Sad Story: NY “Hunter” Shoots & Kills Woman []

In a horrible incident destined to stain all hunters and hunting in general, a so-called hunter in Chautauqua County, New York has reportedly killed a woman, claiming he thought she was a deer.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies and the Sherman Fire Department responded to a report of an accidental shooting at about 5:24 p.m. in the area of 2998 Armenian Road in the town. It is illegal for hunters to hunt after sunset, which occurred at 4:46 p.m. Wednesday.

Thomas B. Jadlowski told deputies he thought he saw a deer in a field when he fired a single shot from his pistol. He said he heard a scream and immediately ran to the area about 200 yards away, which is where he discovered Billquist, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Jadlowski called 911 and applied pressure to Billquist’s wound until emergency medical services arrived.

I can’t tell you how this story hurts my heart. To think of the mourning husband robbed of his wife, an entire family who lost a loved one… and made even worse by the moronic manner in which she was slain. I send up heartfelt prayers for them all.

The time of the report was approximately 40 minutes after sunset, which ends legal hunting in New York state. The range from the killer (I refuse to call him a hunter) to the victim was about 200 yards. And he reportedly shot her with a handgun.

I routinely hunt deer. I do so in the evenings. Where I hunt, we can legally do so for 30 minutes after sunset… and believe me, any later than that, it’s a rare evening when you can see well enough to properly identify a target that’s 200 yards away, even with a high quality rifle scope and a steady rest.

Most handguns used for hunting have less-powerful scopes than the typical hunting rifle. It’s simply too difficult to hold a handgun steady enough when it has high magnification. So this guy probably saw some movement out there and decided it simply *had* to be a deer. Without knowing for sure, he fired.

It’s easy to get self-righteous about this. But in light of the fact that nothing can undo his unwise act, let us instead use this as a reminder that NO questionable shot should ever be fired.

You don’t shoot into a bush where a deer just ran. You don’t drop the hammer on the first thing that moves out from behind some brush behind which you saw some deer run.

Always be sure of your target and what’s beyond it, and never aim a firearm at something you are not willing to destroy.

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CZUSA Teases Reflex Suppressed Scorpion for 2018 [The Firearm Blog]

Suppressed ScorpionCyber Monday means something a bit different to the folks at CZ USA. Quietly dropping a bomb on their Instagram page, CZ released a design mock-up of an integrally reflex suppressed Scorpion. In what they are referring to as a sneak peak at the 2018 new products lineup, a fully welded titanium reflex silencer sits under […]

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Should Hunters Kill More Young Deer to Save the Herds? []

In recent years, more and more hunters have set their sights on taking bigger and bigger deer. The desired results are larger antlers and more meat in the freezer… but in some areas, this trend may need to be reversed. According to a recent article, chronic wasting disease (CWD) may not be manageable unless young deer become the targets of hunters. And CWD doesn’t just affect deer; experts predict it will eventually make its way into humans (if it hasn’t already).

[M]any counties are regulated with minimum antler-point restrictions [APRs], which are designed to get hunters to pass on younger deer and shoot does. Just this year, a slew of new counties added APRs in Michigan.

Now, there’s a twist: the deer that so far have tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Michigan are younger on average. And if allowed to grow, they would be shedding this indestructible disease in their feces, saliva and urine for that much longer.

Where does this leave the “let them grow” strategy so many of us have supported?

Letting the disease spread is not an option. Here’s why:

There’s increasing concern CWD, a prion disease similar to mad cow, eventually could cross the species barrier and spread to humans. Many scientists think it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns not to eat the meat of contaminated deer.

As with mad cow disease, CWD renders the meat unsafe for human consumption.

Antibiotics don’t kill it. Cooking doesn’t kill it.

Mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) ultimately spread via contamination from nervous tissue. Yet hundreds of millions of meals of beef were consumed before it adapted to a human host and killed more than a hundred people before science caught on.

Each time a deer with CWD salivates, urinates, or defecates, it leaves prions behind — and they do not wash away. So the sooner an affected deer is killed, the fewer other deer will be exposed to CWD. This is crucial to stopping the spread of CWD.

The good news is that we hunters have a huge stake in preserving the wildlife populations which our Pittman-Robertson taxes on hunting & shooting equipment have been fostering for decades — and we are ready to do whatever it takes to protect this precious resource.

As for antler-point restrictions, Missouri Wildlife Division Chief Jason Sumners has faced a similar dilemma.

“In 2004 we initiated APRs in 29 counties. The intent was to shift harvest, to apply more pressure to does,” Sumners said. “It became the most popular regulation we had in those areas, because within three years, they were seeing larger deer. Seventy-five to 80 percent of hunters liked it. That’s a good day when you can get that many hunters to agree on anything.”

Then CWD struck. “We found CWD in 2010 in captive facilities and then in free-ranging deer,” Sumners said. “We knew we had to change our approach.”

APRs were rescinded in diseased counties. “Let them go and let them grow” went out the window. Sumner was concerned APR supporters would be dissatisfied. The results surprised him.

“We compared hunter attitudes between those that have the APRs versus those that are part of CWD management zone where younger deer are targeted.  Hunter satisfaction ratings of our deer management were identical.”

And, he says, the changes haven’t affected deer hunting participation.

“They understand how critical the situation is,” said Sumners. “They
were willing to modify their behavior.””

Those who care about conservation generally will make the right choice and adapt, and then enjoy their precious time in the field.

As the author of the article says, change is a given when it comes to hunting. When I was young, it was a feat to even see a deer on most weekend hunts, and killing a doe was taboo. As the population grew, so did our desires and expectations — and the need to manage populations by taking mature does instead of young bucks for freezer-filler, and hunting for mature bucks for bragging rights and a larger sense of accomplishment.

In areas where CWD is found, though, it’s time to change our ways again. I think — I certainly hope — hunters will be willing to do so in order to help save our deer (and potentially, the lives of hunters who might otherwise become deadly ill from eating CWD-infected meat).

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Opinions on Concealed Carry Tips & Tricks Part Two [The Firearm Blog]

We previously covered some personal opinions on such concealed carry topics as holster requirements, self-defense options, among some others. In this second article, we will continue to cover some concealed carry techniques and attitudes that have worked well for me, and I hope will be useful to our readers. Please chime in at the bottom […]

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6-Year-Old Girl Slays Wisconsin Buck Under New Law []

I recently ran across an article reporting that a 6-year-old girl was one of the first young children to harvest a Wisconsin whitetail after the minimum hunting age was abolished.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I mean yes, I’m all for introducing youngsters to hunting. After all, I started young myself. But is a 6-year-old mature enough to fully appreciate the weight of taking a life?

From the story:

A 6-year-old girl has become one of the first minors in Wisconsin to legally shoot and kill a deer after Gov. Scott Walker signed a new law eliminating the minimum hunting age.

On Sunday, one day after the 2017 hunting season began, kindergartner Lexie Harris posed next to a deer she killed under the supervision of her father, Tyler Harris, The Associated Press reported.

The law, signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Nov. 12, lets hunters of any age carry a weapon while participating in a mentored hunt.

Before the inaugural hunt, Harris had taken Lexie to a shooting range to practice with the youth rifle he bought her, which is less powerful and easier to handle, according to the AP. The rifle is also equipped with a smartphone on the scope to help her target the weapon.

Hmmm. In the poorly-posed (the muzzle of the rifle could easily slide over and point at her chest) photo of the young lady with the buck, the scope shows no evidence of being equipped with a smart phone.

At any rate, she reportedly experienced what all hunters do:

Harris said Lexie was ‘shaking’ when she pulled the trigger…

Lexie may be a bit of a princess, though…

‘She looked at me right away and said, “I’m not gutting it because that’s gross,”‘ Harris said.

What do you think? Parenting done right? Or is there such a thing as starting too young?

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Supreme Court denies cert in Kolbe v. Hogan [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. As always, we have no way to know why.


Top 5 Cyber Monday Deals: Morning Edition []

Cyber Monday is upon is, and the deals are coming fast and furious. Here are our picks for the hottest retail day of the year:

We’ve recently reviewed some of the Sig airsoft replica guns, which are a fantastic way to practice shooting fundamentals on the cheap. PyramydAir is offering $30 off the Sig P266 X-Five airgun, which is sorely temping us this morning. If you’re going to get into practicing with an airgun, then right now is the time to do it.

Moving on from pistol practice out to the world of long-range shooting, a good spotting scope is a must, and Natchez Shooters’ Supply is offering a whopping $700 off of the Leupold Mark 4 scope. This is a very substantial savings on a top-of-the-line spotting scope, so grab it while they’re still in stock.

To go with the spotting scope you’ll want a rangefinder, so check out BassPro’s Leupold RX laser rangefinder for $100 off, which brings it from $249 down to $149. You also get free shipping.

Finally, for the preppers we have this Sportsman’s Guide deal on a great multi-band emergency radio. It lists for $50, but you can pick it up right now for $35.99. Don’t be without something like this when disaster strikes.


It’s not exactly related to the great outdoors, but if you are looking for a way to get in better shape this winter, we found an outstanding deal on the Sole F80 Treadmill. This treadmill normally retails for $2,699.99, but is currently on sale for $1,399.99.

That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more deals throughout the day.

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Salt, Salt and More Salt []

What is one food item all modern societies share?  At one time it was more valuable than gold.  There is even an old saying a mans worth is equal to the item.  It can be used to preserve meat.

The thing in question is salt.

Salt never expires, helps your body regulate certain functions, and can be stockpiled for cheap.  Whether you are cooking a stew, making jerky or salted pork, the recipe calls for salt.

If you want to save a few cents, stockpile some salt that does not have iodide added to it.  Use the iodide salt for cooking, and the non-iodide salt for stuff like salted fish, salted pork, or jerky.

Iodide helps regulate the thyroid and helps prevent goitre, which is swelling of the thyroid.  Due to the health benefits, salt is an excellent bartering item.  Unlike bartering for weapons or ammo, salt can not be used against you.

On a personal note, I have several pounds of salt stored at the hunting camp.  The containers have been there for decades; bugs will never get into the salt, and it will never spoil.  Year after year my family has used salt from the same container.  In almost a decade we used around a pound of it.  Waiting in reserve are several more pounds that have never been opened.

Another cool thing about salt is it can bought in bulk.  Do you want one pound, 25 pounds, or more?  Want something special, there is the Himalayan pink salt. I buy the Himalayan pink salt with a built in grinder that is used for cooking. Pink salt is supposed to contain more minerals that regular white salt. I do not know if that is true, but that is what some companies claim.

Salt is one the often overlooked prepping items, which is a shame.  It serves so many purposes and can be good for the body.

So preppers, how much salt do you have stockpiled?

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FAB Defense – AR-15 “MOJO Grip” [The Firearm Blog]

News from FAB Defense are usually a love or hate affair for me. They do some really clever and good products that I use on some of my firearms, they also have a lot of things that I wouldn’t use. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think of “The Mojo”. I’m […]

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Top 5 Cyber Monday Gun Deals [The Firearm Blog]

I hope everyone had a amazing Thanksgiving and a restful. Cyber Monday is here and if you did not empty your wallets on Black Friday, here are the top 5 gun-related deals I have managed to find this morning (please note, discounts listed below show the total discount combining the sale price with discount codes and […]

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Guns were Black Friday must-haves, going by the FBI’s record 203,086 background-check requests [NRA-ILA News]

For decades, the term “Black Friday” has conjured up distinct images: turkey-stuffed consumers awake at insanely early hours of the morning, bursting into big-box stores to fight over flat-screen TVs.But in a muzzle flash, it seems, a new image may be replacing that stereotype. It involves a trigger and, possibly, a scope.


Mostly False: Important distinction lacking in actress’ tweet about gun sales in Texas [NRA-ILA News]

Federal law does require background checks when a firearm is sold or transferred by licensed gun dealers, importers, and manufacturers. That includes long guns.


Left just can’t give up gun control, no matter how futile or dangerous [NRA-ILA News]

If anything can be said about our friends on the Left, it is this: No matter how lousy the idea they hatch, no matter how ridiculous or dangerous to our hard-won constitutional freedoms, they never give up.


Lawmakers seek new legislation on fake guns [NRA-ILA News]

Connecticut lawmakers are pushing for new legislation to help distinguish fake guns from real guns.


Indiana legislative staff face some limits on carrying guns [NRA-ILA News]

Hundreds of legislative employees can now carry handguns at the Indiana Statehouse and adjacent state office buildings, but with some limitations.


Opinions on Concealed Carry Tips & Tricks Part One [The Firearm Blog]

We’ve covered a number of products and some techniques when it comes to concealed carry at TFB, but something that I think is important are certain methods and practices that make carrying a concealed firearm safer and more efficient. The following are several points that I’ve come up with in my personal experience that I […]

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US M1915 Bolo Bayonet – Dual Purpose Gear That Worked! [Forgotten Weapons]

The M1915 bolo bayonet was originally the brainchild of US Army Captain Hugh D. Wise, Quartermaster with the 9th Infantry in the Philippines. In 1902, he recommended the implement in a letter to his superior officers, noting that a bolo style of bayonet (ie, one with a widened machete-like blade) would have several advantages over the standard knife bayonet then being issued with the Krag-Jorgenson rifles the US Army was using. Specifically, the wider bayonet would be easier to recover after a thrust (he noted several instances of troopers being killed while trying to extricate their bayonets from enemies) and also (and more significantly) make an excellent and necessary bushwhacking tool in the jungle environment of the Philippines.

Wise’s idea was taken with interest and Springfield produced a series of experimental bolo bayonets, but the project ended there as the 1903 Springfield was adopted with a rod bayonet instead of a blade. Of course, the rod bayonet would be shortlived, and the blade bayonet would come back. The bolo bayonet ideas resurfaced in 1911 when a commission was formed to look into special equipment for the Philippine Scouts. After another series of experimental designs, the M1915 Bolo bayonet was formally adopted on May 22, 1915 and an order was placed for 6,000 of them to be made at Springfield Armory.

Delivery of these bayonets took place in 1915 and 1916, and they proved to be extremely popular tools with the soldiers in the Philippines. They would remain in service on the islands until World War Two, serving at last as a replacement for the M1913 cavalry saber for the 26th Cavalry.


Krebs Custom Retires the KeyMod and Introduces an M-LOK AK Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

Krebs Custom has introduced a new AK handguard set with M-LOK accessory attachment slots. We are used to seeing this company’s rails with KeyMod. In order to find out whether this new model means a launch of an entire line of M-LOK handguards or is it going to be a single model, I contacted Krebs Custom. It turns […]

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Perazzi HIGH TECH 60th Anniversary Platinum Limited Edition Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

In celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary, Italian firearms manufacturer Perazzi has released a limited edition version of their High Tech over and under shotguns. This anniversary shotgun features a high-polished blued finish and markings plated with platinum. There is a “Perazzi High Tech” logo on either side of the shotgun and “Perazzi 60 Anniversary Platinum Limited Edition” engraved […]

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Pre-Thanksgiving Present For California Gun Owners [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

When politicians want to announce news or launch a new policy and they don't want it to get a lot of attention they release it without fanfare on either a Friday afternoon or the afternoon before the beginning of a long holiday weekend. Such is the case with the California Department of Justice and their newly announced "assault weapons" regulations. The 52 pages of the new regulations can be found here.

The Firearms Policy Coalition challenged their rulemaking in the past and won based upon how they sought to implement them without public comment. According to their release below, I think it is reasonable to expect more challenges to these regulations and the implementation of them by the California Department of Justice.

From FPC:

SACRAMENTO, CA (November 22, 2017) — Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) has issued the following statement regarding the latest California Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed regulations on so-called “assault weapons”:

Once again, the California DOJ and Attorney General Xavier Becerra have used 11th-hour tactics to push its anti-gun agenda, this time by releasing new proposed “assault weapons” regulations right before a major holiday.

FPC has published the new proposed regulations at — a Web site it established in 2016 for tracking the new California assault weapon laws and regulations — where members of the public can use FPC’s grassroots action tools to submit written comments to DOJ regarding the proposed regulations. A public hearing on the new regulations is scheduled for 10 a.m. on January 8, 2018, at the Resources Building Auditorium in Sacramento.

Last December, the California DOJ submitted its first attempt at “assault weapons” regulations under the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) “File & Print” process, which means that the DOJ believed the regulations were not subject to public notice or comment. However, thousands of FPC members and Second Amendment supporters sent letters opposing the secret process through FPC’s grassroots tools and, without further comment, the DOJ withdrew the regulations near the end of OAL review period.

Then, in May, the DOJ re-submitted regulations under the same “File & Print” process. Those regulations were summarily rejected by OAL a little more than a month later. Following that, the DOJ submitted a virtually-identical set of regulations under the “File & Print” process, which OAL approved in July.

Now, the Department is attempting to promulgate a new regulation to apply the July regulations to all aspects of the State’s “assault weapons” laws, including for purposes of criminal prosecutions.

FPC’s attorneys are hard at work reviewing the regulations and have been instructed to take every appropriate legal action to defend California gun owners and individual liberties.

Earlier this year, FPC was forced to sue the DOJ over the Department’s actions to block access to public records and a previous version of the regulations.


Bond Arms TANK SLAYER .50 BMG (Not Quite) Derringer Barrels! [The Firearm Blog]

Not to be blamed for making a clickbait title and for other kinds of heresy, I’ll tell you right away that these are non-functional barrels made just for fun. Bond Arms now offers these derringer Tank Slayer barrels with .50 BMG bullets sticking out of the muzzles. When you first see these barrels you experience a little shock and confusion. Then […]

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Zeiss V6 throw lever [The Firearm Blog]

Zeiss have released a throwlever for their Zeiss Conquest V6 series. A throwlever will help you to change the zoom during hunting or competition, and makes it easier to grab the zoom ring on your scope, even with your gloves on. The part number is 2224-899. Unfortunately there is no price mentioned, and if and […]

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Noveske Rifleworks Ghetto Blaster Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

I’m not entirely sure Noveske Rifleworks chose the best and most responsible trade name for their new Gen 4 rifle platform, but it looks absolutely fantastic. A company with a reputation and a product like this should be able to come up with another name for their rifle than “Ghetto Blaster“, but that’s just my […]

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Backpack Shotguns from Midland Arms Company [The Firearm Blog]

Midland Backpack ShotgunMidland Arms Company announced a new line of break open, single shot shotguns. Called the Backpack, Midland is offering five versions of the gun now and promises compatibility with other products the company will be releasing in the near future. Three different chamberings are available now: 12 gauge, 20 gauge and .410 bore. The 12 […]

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Sunday, 26 November


Do you want to see what the House and Senate tax plans will mean for your tax bill? Try this neat calculator [John Lott's Website]

If you would like to see what the House and Senate tax plans will mean for your tax bill, try a neat easy to use Tax Plan Calculator.  Click here.


Please use this link when buy from Amazon on Cyber Monday to Support the Crime Prevention Research Center [John Lott's Website]

Support us when you shop on Cyber Monday. Go to and Amazon donates to Crime Prevention Research Center.

Your help is greatly appreciated.  You can learn more about the CPRC here and also donate directly here.

Thank you very much!


New One-Day NICS Check Record Set [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

A new one-day NICS background check record was set on this year's Black Friday or the day after Thanksgiving. USA Today reports the FBI processed 203,086 background check requests on November 24th. This compares to 185,713 checks last year which had been the previous all-time one-day record.

According to FBI records, four out of the five highest days have been Black Friday. This includes the years 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014. The outlier was the Friday before Christmas 2012. This was two days after then-President Obama said he planned to submit new gun control legislation to Congress in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, CT.

As I always caution, while NICS checks are a stronger indicator of firearm sales, there is not a one-to-one correlation between check and a firearm purchase. A check could be used for the purchase of more than one firearm. Furthermore, in many states, concealed carry permits substitute for the NICS check on a purchase. Finally, NICS background checks are used by some states as part of the carry permit process though I think it probably could be assumed that few of Friday's checks were related to carry permits.


Treading Lightly: SLIDEFIRE is Selling Stocks Once Again [The Firearm Blog]

SlidefireIf any firearm company in the last month has been kicked around more than Slidefire, I would like to hear about it. After a horrific event of historic magnitude occurred in Las Vegas where a Slidefire stock was used they have been completely murdered in the press. First, Gunbroker banned the sale of their stocks […]

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American Viven-Bessières WW1 Grenade Launcher [Forgotten Weapons]

The standard American grenade launching system in World War One was the Viven-Bessières, borrowed directly form the French. It had been adopted by France in 1916, replacing copies of the British Martin-Hale rod grenades. The V-B was a cup type launcher using a pass-through type of grenade and standard ball ammunition. A hole through the body of the grenade allowed the bullet to pass clean through the grenade, triggering a 5-7.5 second time fuse in the process. The gas pressure behind the bullet would then launch the grenade to a distance of 80-190 yards, depending on the inclination of the rifle. It could be fired from the hip if necessary, but firing form the shoulder was just a bad idea. The intended firing method was to rest the stock on the ground – although launching racks were also built for using the system from fixed positions in trenches.

The US would develop 4 iteration of the launcher, basically to improve its fixation to the rifle. This example is a Mk IV, with a spiral locking channel to firmly fix the launcher behind the rifle’s front sight. Two versions were made; a smooth one for the 1903 Springfield and one with a knurled ring at the muzzle for the 1917 Enfield. Both were identical in function, but dimensioned to fit the specific barrel diameters of the two different rifles. The Model 1917 V-B launcher would remain in US service until the 1930s, actually seeing some use in WWII in the Pacific theater.



US Army to Hold Industry Day for Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army will be holding a second Industry Day for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle program, which seeks to replace the M249 light machine gun with a new longer-ranged, lower signature automatic rifle. The Industry Day will be held at Picatinny Arsenal on December 12th and 13th. The Army is also accepting white […]

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Saturday, 25 November


Black Friday Record BROKEN: 200,000 Guns Sold – The “Trump Slump” Is a MYTH! [The Firearm Blog]

Those who expected the slump in the gun market to extend to the buyingest day in the year will be surprised: Black Friday, November 24 shattered the record for most NICS checks in a single day by over 17,000, reports USA Today. The total? 203,086 background checks processed, up from 185,713 in 2016 and 185,345 […]

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PIAT: Britain’s Answer to the Anti-Tank Rifle Problem [Forgotten Weapons]

The British began World War Two with the Boys antitank rifle, but like all antitank rifles it rather quickly became obsolete. The replacement for it was adopted in 1942 as the PIAT – Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank. This was a unique sort of weapon which fired a 3 pound (~1.35kg) hollow charge projectile using a combination of a massive spring and a firing charge much like a rifle grenade blank cartridge – a spigot mortar, really. The large (3.25″, 83mm) projectile was able to defeat almost any tank that would be developed during the war, as it could burn through 3-4 inches of hardened armor. However, it had a terrifyingly short effective range – 110 yards on paper and more like 50 yards in practice.

The PIAT would recock itself upon firing, but the initial cocking was something like a crossbow, requiring the shooter to brace their feet on the buttplate and pull the body of the weapon upwards, compressing the 200 pound (90kg) mainspring. When fired, the weapon has a pretty harsh recoil, although it did not have any flash or backblast like the American Bazooka did. By the end of the war more 115,000 PIATs had been made, and they would serve the British military into the 1950s, when they were replaced with more traditional rocket launchers.



Overmatch: On Bullets, Bombers, and Taking the Right Path (Brief Thoughts 004) [The Firearm Blog]

A warning against romanticism in military planning. In the early 1940s, the US Army Air Corps (USAAC) made a fateful decision that would affect the lives of tens of thousands of men over the next decade. Two years prior, the Army had just begun testing her newest bomber, the XB-17. This was not yet the slow, […]

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Friday, 24 November


Sportsmen and Preppers: Staying Fit []

What is one of the biggest obstacles that prevent you from fully enjoying the outdoors?  Did you answer money or time?  Those are obstacles, yes.  However, one of the biggest obstacles people do not like to think about is physical fitness.

Over the past century, the majority of the population moved away from rural areas and physically demanding jobs.  Most of us sit at a desk, everyday, all day.  Let’s be honest, for some of us, the most physically demanding thing we do is walk up a few steps carrying groceries.

When this article was being written, it is the Friday after Thanksgiving.  The past few weekends off have been filled with either shopping trips or to friends’ and family members’ houses.  Usually, the month of November and December leaves little free time.

How does someone work off those extra calories accumulated over the holidays?

The simple answer is a treadmill! We found one on an incredible discount, which you can find here.


From Prevention – 7 Incredible Results You’ll Get From Walking 30 Minutes A Day.

Your mood will improve.

Your creative juices will start flowing.

Your jeans will get a little looser.

You’ll slash your risk of chronic disease.

You’ll keep your legs looking great.

You’ll start to get more “regular.”

Your other goals will start to seem more reachable.

Besides all of that, walking 30 minutes a day helps prevent diabetes.

Really want to crank things up?  Get on the treadmill and start watching something like The Walking Dead, Aliens, 28 Days Later… etc. on TV.

On a Personal Note

Every spring I like to do some hiking trips before the Texas summer heat kicks in.  Every year the hikes get more difficult.  These are not hikes on an established trail. They are the “through the woods” type of hikes where I use a TOPO map and compass for navigation.

When I had a treadmill, I was able to get some kind of exercise in and maintain a level of physical fitness.

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Five Reasons the H&K MP5 is Better Than the SIG MPX [The Firearm Blog]

In episode two of a three part series for TFBTV, James shows TFB readers and viewers his H&K MP5 and SIG MPX and compares each to the other. Both of these pistol caliber carbines are configured in short-barrel-rifle format. Both of them are 9mm. Both of them have roots with respected manufacturers. But each of […]

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Ranger Point Precision Marlin 336 Chambered in .36 RPP [The Firearm Blog]

Ranger Point Precision published images of another custom made Marlin 336 lever action rifle chambered in .36 RPP. The cartridge was developed about a year ago. It is a .358 caliber cartridge based on the .35 Whelen case. The advantage over the .35 Remington is that .36 RPP can operate at higher pressures thus resulting in enhanced performance. […]

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New: TROY Side Action Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Troy Industries are releasing some new side action rifles (SAR), developed for precision-based shooting in a rugged, reliable and light-weight package. The SAR rifles are 50-State Legal for hunting and target shooting. The stock is billet machined and is foldable to the left, collapsing the total length for transportation. I know a lot of people, […]

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POTD: Gas! Gas! Gas! [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo Of The Day is from Norway. The Norwegian Home Guard (in Norwegian “Heimevernet” or just “HV” for short) works as a rapid mobilization force in the Norwegian military. It was founded in1946 and has land, sea and air defense units, with volunteers and conscript personnel with backgrounds from all branches. The Norwegian Armed […]

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Top 21 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon []