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Wednesday, January 17th

Prized gun stolen

Though a local museum was happy to get their historic #rifle back this week, the collector who safeguarded it and for half his life was heartbroken to find out it was stolen.

Back in 1982, New Orleans area collector Robert Melancon got a tip from a fellow enthusiast that an esteemed local antique shop had a beautiful gun up for grabs. The early 19th Century Kentucky long rifle, engraved with information about the former owner, became his after trading the shop $18,000 worth of other antique guns and Melancon and his wife Linda spent decades on the trail of discovering the rifle’s backstory. Then, last November, the FBI came calling and raided the couple’s home, recovering the gun for the rightful owner and returning it in a very public ceremony this week.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Melancon, now 77, told the New Orleans Advocate. “It really is. We got that gun in good faith. And that rifle gained prominence because of what we did.” The collector had obtained the piece from the famous James H. Cohen and Sons shop in the Crescent City’s French Quarter. A New Orleans institution since 1898, the shop is often referred to by gun guys as more a museum than a retailer and is even listed as an attraction on TripAdvisor.

Going past the reputation of the shop, Melancon dug through the National Archives, spoke with distant descendants of William Ross–the gun’s original owner– and publicized the historic piece, putting it on frequent public display. It was only last year that the museum, which had acquired the weapon from Ross’ grandson in the 1880s, sought to have it returned after reading an article featuring Melancon and the rifle, now valued at $650,000. Though it’s gone now, leaving him with only a memory, the collector reportedly isn’t pining for its return. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m upset, and my wife is appalled this is happening, too,” Melancon said. “But if it’s stolen, I don’t want anything to do with it.”

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Wednesday, January 17th

Gun Coloring Books

Kitfox Design Group is back at it with a second iteration of its popular coloring book series, ushering in the Service Weapon Edition.

The Service Weapon Edition follows Kitfox Design Group’s original coloring book the appropriately named, Firearm Coloring Book. At the helm of Kitfox is Sara Westman, a graphic designer with serious chops, dedicated to adding some firearm flair to the coloring world. Westman’s first firearm coloring book took the designer on a whirl-wind ride, gracing the screens of NRATV as well as the online pages of Forbes. The coloring book was such a success, Westman fielded multiple requests from companies looking to see some action in a second production.

“With the second book I actually had a lot of companies reach out to me who wanted to be involved more so than me having to reach out to them,” Westman told Guns.com during a phone interview. “Barrett was one of the first companies who said whatever you do next we want to be involved. I knew about that back in February or March (of 2017) which is kind of what inspired doing a service weapons book.”

Westman landed some big names in the military and tactical world for the Service Weapon Edition. Nestled within it’s covers names like Barrett, B.E. Meyers and Gemtech lend serious authority to the military themed book. “It’s just mostly your general service weapons. We have like the nice M110 … the B.E. Meyers MAWL is in the book along with the Gemtech Aurora suppressor,” Westman said. Though some notable brands are prominently featured, Westman said the book generally keeps advertising to a minimum, opting to focus more on the rifles than the powerhouse companies behind them. “It’s not as heavily sponsored this year because I didn’t need sponsorship to get it off the ground; but I wanted to involve those who wanted to be involved,” she commented.

Kitfox Design Group announced the second book in the fall with pre-orders starting September 2017. Despite a rocky production phase, Kitfox’s loyal customers remained by the company’s side as Westman and her team worked tirelessly to bring the second coloring book to fruition. “It took us forever to get from permission to actually printing. There were just a speed bumps along the way. So we’ve been dealing with that just you know fighting forward on getting that stuff done,” Westman said. “Everyone who pre-ordered back in September and October has been super patient and we’re just really excited to get it in their hands.”

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Wednesday, January 17th

Recycling guns into headphones

YEVO Labs introduced a pair of #bluetooth #headphones recycled from #guns at the electronics industry’s biggest trade show last week. The Swedish company partnered with Humanium Metal to redesign its flagship headphones — the YEVO 1 — with accents of the former guns, including fashioning a charging case from the recycled metal.

“In a way, this is the most valuable material in the world,” Andreas Vural, YEVO’s founder and president, told CNET. “It’s a firearm that may have taken someone’s life.” Vural premiered the headphones at CES, former the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas last week. Half of the product’s proceeds will support “victims and projects aiming to rebuild conflict-torn societies affected by illegal weapon violence.”

“Creating YEVO x Humanium Metal, a product that elicits change in such a positive way is the greatest reward,” Vural said. “This collaboration is bigger than headphones. It’s part of a global movement that removes illegal firearms from the streets and recycles them into a material that helps move us towards a more peaceful future, all while giving back to those affected by violent crime.”

Humanium, a partner of IM, Swedish Development Partner, harvests metal from gun destruction programs, including its first in El Salvador in 2016 that produced 1 ton of Humanium Metal for recycled use. IM operates in a dozen countries across Central America, southern Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe and southern Asia.

“For us, it’s of great meaning to be able to work with brands who want to invest in and contribute to a brighter future,” said Josefina Rovan, head of IM’s marketing and communications department. “By using Humanium Metal in products, together we can bring awareness and sustainable values to consumers, and at the same time, generate financial support and empower the people living in countries affected by gun-violence.” The YEVO x Humanium Metal headphones will be available online later this year for $499.

Read More Courtesy of Guns...

Wednesday, January 17th

Ruger rifle up for auction

#Ruger starts the year off in a giving mood, donating a 25th Anniversary .44 Carbine #Rifle to benefit the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s Scholastic Action #Shooting Program.

Currently up for grabs on GunBroker.com, the .44 Ruger rifle features a compact style with sleek, classic lines — all of which contributed to the model’s original success. The Limited Edition 25th Anniversary house a special rollmark harking back to the early days of the design. Marked “1961 – 1985 ~ 25th ANNIVERSARY” on the barrel, the rifle also flaunts a specially designed nickel silver medallion set into the American walnut stock.

“In 1985 Ruger announced that, after 25 years of continuous production, it would stop manufacturing the famous Model 44 autoloading carbine,” Ruger explained of the 25th Anniversary Rifle. “Ruger offered a Special Edition of 1,800, 25th Anniversary .44 Carbine rifles to celebrate the close of an era. The anniversary rifle was listed in the 1985 catalog and the suggested retail price was $495.00.”

The 25th Anniversary Rifle is outfitted with a folding-leaf rear sight with reversible U/square notch plate. The sight can be adjusted to accommodate elevation. The rifle tops off its sighting system with a gold bead front sight. Drilled and tapped for scope mounts, the rifle also touts a curved metal butt plate in addition to a tubular magazine which holds four cartridges.

The Anniversary Rifle will ship in a special box along with the original manual, purchaser record car and a “Firearms Safety Depends on You” booklet. In addition, the auction also throws in a .44 Carbine 25th Anniversary medallion, alongside a “blank” box end label and 25th Anniversary decal. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit SASP, which offers youth resources and opportunities to encourage and support kids and teens in the shooting sports. The auction is set to end on Jan 24. The current bid, at the time of this writing, was $1,250.

Read More Courtesy of Guns...

Tuesday, January 16th

SIG SAUER Elite Performance Rifle A

We tested the entire spectrum of the #SigSauer Elite Performance #pistol #ammunition in 2016 and found it to be very accurate and effective. The consistency of all loads was impressive in that we never experienced a “flyer”. That is not to say that it is not possible, but we didn't have a single flyer or misfire.

In the early part of 2017, Sig began to introduce their Elite Performance rifle ammunition. We reload our ammunition for both hunting and competition shooting; however, as good as the Sig pistol ammo was, we could not resist contacting Shannon Jackson (Sig PR contact) and asking her to send us some of their new rounds.

For readers that are not aware, Sig Sauer loads all of their ammunition. They do not outsource or license their ammunition, as many other companies do. The new SIG Sauer facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas is state-of-the-art. With 70,000 square-feet, there is more than enough room for expansion, as the market demands. Part of this plant is an expanded ballistics testing laboratory with Sig R&D personnel on site.

SIG SAUER Elite Performance Rifle Ammunition – 223 Remington, 60Gr
The first ammunition to arrive was their .223 Remington. That included the 40-grain predator-tip ammo with polished brass cases and the 60 grain HT loads for hunting with nickel plated cases. Before we go further, it is perhaps useful to discuss the pros and cons of brass cases vs. nickel plated cases.

Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper and has several benefits as a cartridge case. First and foremost, it is inexpensive. It is soft enough to facilitate complete expansion in the firearm's chamber without splitting. It will not scratch the metal components of your gun or spark with other metals… AND, it is capable of being reloaded multiple times (4 – 8 depending on the caliber). Nickel plated cases load easier into a magazine and the rifle's chamber due to their lower coefficient of friction. They are very corrosion resistant when compared to conventional brass cases.

However, there is a downside to nickel cases for the reloader. The cases are more brittle, and the necks are prone to split after one or more reloads. Nickel cases are harder to resize and after several reloads the plating will begin to flake and scratch the interior of your reloading dies. If that wasn't bad enough, when a nickel case becomes stuck in your reloading die, you might as well throw the die away.

Read More Courtesy of Ammo Land...

Tuesday, January 16th

The back curve

The “Back Curve” “The Earth is round, so that we never see too far down the road.” ~ Karen Blixen Conversations with “precision #riflemen ” often get into tedious, esoteric mathematical realms, and usually very quickly!

Many factors influence the bullet during the brief fraction of a second (sometimes longer) while it is in free-flight between when it departs the muzzle and the point of ultimate impact (exterior ballistics), but the two main ingredients are: (1) air friction (2) gravity. Density of air varies, of course, with elevation above sea-level, humidity, temperature, and dust/smoke content, but gravity relentlessly pulls the bullet toward the center of the Earth. Wind blowing against the flying bullet, from any direction, will push it (to some degree) off its still-air trajectory.

And, there are other things to consider, from the rotation of the Earth, to “ballistic drift”, to the “Coriolis effect,” even the gravitational pull of Jupiter, but all these are of concern mainly to the artillery officer, generally irrelevant for the practical rifleman! Shape, diameter, and density of the missile itself also significantly affects the way in which it passes through the air. And of course, intermediate impact with grass and brush will greatly influence missile’s trajectory, thus the location of the ultimate impact point.

With modern, autoloading, military rifles, the bore-line/sight-line span is six centimeters (2.5 inches), and we consider any bullet that impacts within a circle with a six-centimeter radius to be sufficiently accurate for most serious purposes. So, the instant our bullet departs the muzzle, it is already six centimeter low. With sights adjusted correctly, the bullet will then climb until it crosses the sight-line. With 5.56×45 (223) caliber, I recommend this intersection take place at 40m. This is the “initial intersection.”

The bullet then continues to rise until, under the influence of gravity, it starts to fall back toward the sight-line. This highest point in the bullet’s flight, the “maximum ordinate,” is reached at 140m. At this range, the bullet is six centimeters above the sight line, but no more. As it continues downrange, the bullet then falls back toward the sight-line, crossing it once more (this time on the way down) at 240m. This is the “second intersection.” The bullet then continues to fall until it is, once again, six centimeters below the sight-line. This takes place at 260m. So, between point-blank and 260m, the bullet is never more than six centimeters away from the sight-line, “all other things being equal.”

Read More Courtesy of Ammo Land...

Tuesday, January 16th

Ruger Shooting Team

Sturm, #Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the launch of its professional #shooting team. This move marks Ruger’s formal debut in the #competitiveshooting sports arena. Leading this team is newly signed world champion shooter Doug Koenig and more shooters will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are very excited to introduce Team Ruger, and particularly with a shooter of Doug Koenig’s caliber at the helm,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger’s President and CEO. “Doug is an outstanding addition to the Ruger team, bringing both a winning attitude and a true passion for growing the shooting and outdoor sports to the team.”

In addition to serving as Team Ruger’s Captain, Doug will also represent the Company as an official Brand Ambassador. Highly regarded for his talents, Doug is an athlete, lifelong hunter and world champion professional shooter. Doug began shooting competitively at the age of 17, winning both regional and national competitions. Since turning Pro in 1990, he has shot a perfect score of 1920 an unprecedented 17 times at the NRA Bianchi Cup. As he approaches his 31st year competing, this 18-time Bianchi Cup Champion’s wins include more than 70 National and 10 World titles.

“I am thrilled to join Team Ruger and partner with such an iconic brand in our industry,” said Koenig. “Ruger’s depth and breadth of products is a perfect fit for both my competitive shooting and hunting endeavors,” he concluded. Doug also hosts his own TV show, “Doug Koenig’s Championship Season,” where Ruger is now the Presenting Sponsor. Each week, the show features a gritty combination of fast-paced shooting competition and wild hunting adventure – all with rugged, reliable Ruger® firearms.

Read More Courtesy of Ammo Land...

Thursday, January 11th

DIY Weapons

Want to make some awesome badass weapons? When SHTF, you’ll need a way to protect yourself. And no arsenal is complete without these #DIY homemade #survival #weapons. Although these weapons are homemade, they are reliable when emergency circumstances arise. We can never be sure that we are safe or complacent about our security so it’s better to be protected than sorry. We all know that purchasing a weapon can cost a lot of hard-earned money. Fortunately, you can make your own brutal weapons without breaking the bank. Check out the updated list of 14 badass weapons you can make at home.

PVC Pipe Compound Bow

Homemade Pepper Spray

Multifunction Pocket Tool

Pump Action Rocket Gun

Homemade Taser Gun

Primitive Club Tool

Homemade Bolt Action 12 Gauge

War Hammer

Saw Blade Tomahawk



Homemade Landmine

Death Ray

Pipe Gun

Read More Courtesy of Survival Life...

Wednesday, January 10th

Firearm Safety Children’s Book

Author Julie Golob is a prominent voice for sharing safe, responsible #gun ownership throughout the #firearms industry and beyond. Golob is a decorated multi-time world and national champion, an Army #veteran, and a mother of two, and her newest book, Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety, encourages families to begin having conversations about firearms with children at a young age.

Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety
There are millions of guns in the United States alone. Despite how polarizing the media and politics make the topic of firearms, Golob emphasizes that we must talk with our children about guns and firearm safety to protect them and help prevent deaths and injuries. Her book Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules helps parents break the ice with kids on this taboo topic. Golob’s career as a competitive shooter (she holds more than 50 world and national titles), military service, and expertise as a firearms instructor helped prepare her to write her first children’s book.

“I’ve been around firearms and the shooting sports all my life. As a mother of two young children, I wrote Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules to continue to teach my daughters about guns and firearm safety at a young age. My goal is to provide parents this educational resource to help encourage an open conversation with kids, because gun safety is for everyone.” Throughout the 40-page book, Golob uses colorful and realistic imagery, illustrated by Nancy Batra, to inspire vital conversations about guns—starting by comparing firearms to other potentially dangerous adult tools. Parents and children can view some of the many different types of firearms and what they can look like. Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules provides parents with the opportunity to educate curious minds about how firearms work, call out the most dangerous parts of a gun, and identify adults children might know and encounter who safely and responsibly use firearms.

In addition, Golob provides a useful guide for parents on how to make the most out of the book, so that they can answer questions and establish family and home rules regarding firearms. Coloring printouts and additional free resources are also available at kidsgunsafetybook.com. Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety is available through Amazon.com. Visit kidsgunsafetybook.com for more information.

Read More Courtesy of Ammo Land...

Wednesday, January 10th

John Waynes Pistols at auction

Two 1932 #Smith&Wesson matching .38/.44 fixed-sight #revolvers, personal property of movie icon #JohnWayne, JW initials on grips, hand-tooled leather double holster with gold-overlaid, ruby-adorned silver buckles; stirrups, spurs. Est. $10,000-$20,000.

John Wayne’s revolvers and Adolf Hitler’s “million dollar desk” will headline an historic military and firearms auction later this month in suburban Cleveland. Milestone Auctions said the extensive collection of nearly 700 war time rarities will be its most successful yet when it premiers in Willoughby, Ohio on Jan. 27.

“We’ve recently displayed some of our key auction items at major gun and militaria shows, and the reaction has been phenomenal,” said co-owner Chris Sammet. “These types of personally owned items simply do not appear at auction, certainly not altogether in one auction. Collectors of military memorabilia want provenance they can trust, and the provenance that backs this auction’s headliners is ironclad.”

John Wayne’s silver Smith & Wesson revolvers, holsters and spurs join a collection of 150 19th century firearms, including Confederate General John Creed Moore’s 1851 Colt Revolver and two Smith & Wesson handguns owned by whaling captain Albert Sherman. The firearms lot also features a Colt boxed King Cobra, an 1862 Gatling gun, 1911 Colt pistols and rifles from Winchester, Brownings, and Remington, among others.

Hitler’s custom made oak and leather desk and matching chair could fetch $1 million, Milestone said. A gift from a Romanian monarch in 1929, the U.S. Army seized the pieces from Hitler’s Munich residence, which still feature the stamp “US Property and United States Forces European Theater Headquarters.”

Also for sale a 1936 Mercedes Benz 170V coupe estimated at a value between $40,000 and $80,000. The vehicle — only one of two registered in the United States — comes with the original bill of sale to Nazi Dr. Rudolph Beuring.

The personal belongings of Luftwaffe pilot Feldwebel Hans Hassemer, Civil War era military artifacts and an extensive collection of World War I uniforms will also sell to the highest bidder. The auction begins 10 a.m. Jan. 27. More information, including all lots, can be viewed at Live Auctioneers.

Read More Courtesy of Guns...

Tuesday, January 9th

2018 SHOT Show Rifle

The names Henry and Henry Repeating Arms have echoed through the annals of the American #firearms industry since 1860 and the Henry name has again taken center stage as the 1,000,000th Henry H001 .22 Lever Action has been selected as the #2018SHOTShow Auction #rifle. Few rifles have reached the iconic serial number of 1,000,000. When they do, the rifle typically is presented to a museum or added to the collection of a company executive That will not be the case with this special rifle. Serial Number 1,000,000 of Henry’s H001.22 lever action will be featured in the special month-long SHOT Show auction on www.GunBroker.com, providing thousands of Henry enthusiasts and firearms collectors with an opportunity to view and perhaps own this historic rifle.

“We at Henry Repeating Arms could not be more pleased with the selection of Serial Number 1,000,000 of the H001 as the 2018 SHOT Show auction rifle where it can be viewed and bid on by Henry enthusiasts nationwide,” commented Anthony Imperato, Henry President. “And, not only will the auction on GunBroker.com provide Henry supporters with an opportunity to view and bid on this special firearm, the fact that proceeds will support our hunting and shooting sports heritage for future generations makes the program all the more special for Henry Repeating Arms and our employees.” The 1,000,000th H001 .22 lever action was hand engraved by the artisans at Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT. No engravers have embellished more SHOT Show Auction guns than the professionals at Baron Engraving.

The first 999,999 Henry .22 lever actions featured blued receivers. This Serial Number 1,000,000 features a silver-finished receiver with exquisite full-coverage hand engraving by the artisans at Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut. The right side of the receiver features the Henry logo in 24-carat gold. “Short on funds during our first months in business, I traded an early production H001 to a young college-kid graphic designer to create our logo –cowboy in chaps with lever action and revolver in circle. Little did we know that the logo would be used millions of times over and become so widely recognized,” Imperato said. “It is highly fitting that the logo is prominently featured on the 1,000,000th Henry Lever Action”.

The serial number “1,000,000” and small game and plinking target drawings are also featured in 24-carat gold inlay, representing the broad appeal of the .22 lever action. Left side of the receiver features a prominent “Henry” and the popular Henry slogan “Made in America or Not Made at All” in 24-carat gold. Scroll engraving also highlights the silver-finished barrel band, rear of the barrel and top of the receiver. Traditional gold bands highlight the muzzle and rear of the barrel.

Read More Courtesy of Ammo Land...

Tuesday, January 9th

2017: A great year for gun sales

We, like many of our members, watched the #NICS numbers all year. We read – and fact-checked – all of the claims about the “ #Trump Slump” and the imminent collapse of the entire #firearms industry (see here, here, here, here, and here).

Month after month, the narrative around the NICS data framed gun sales as waning because a new record wasn’t set. Bloomberg headlined its latest entry, “Gun Sales in America Drop.” The Chicago Tribune reported that “Holiday gun sales dip after record Black Friday.” The FBI released the final NICS numbers for 2017.

There were 25,235,215 total NICS checks in 2017 – making last year the second busiest year ever for the NICS office Across all states, territories, and the District of Columbia, there were 7.2 million NICS checks related to handguns (not including private sales, rentals, returned, pre-pawn, or pawn redemption checks); 5.2 million for long guns; just under 400,000 for “other” firearms; and 236,167 checks for multiple purchases. More than 9.9 million Americans initiated a NICS check for a permit last year.

In terms of individual categories of NICS checks, 2017 ranks third for handgun-related NICS checks and second for “other” checks. In terms of total sales-related checks (handgun, long gun, other, and multiple), 2017 was the fourth-busiest year ever. It was also the second busiest year for permit checks.

Interest in defense and the shooting sports clearly remains strong; sure, NICS doesn’t provide a 1:1 proxy for gun sales but the FBI saw more than 13 million sales-related checks and almost 10 million permit checks. That equates to more than twenty-seven thousand permit checks and nearly thirty-six thousand sales-related checks every single day of the year.

Hopefully, we can put the claims of “Trump Slump” and of the demise of the firearms industry to rest along with the year 2017. The continued strong NICS numbers all year indicate that Americans’ interest in defending themselves and their families, and their interest in the shooting sports, is not dependent on the occupant of the White House. We fully expect the firearms industry to continue to support the passions shared by millions of law-abiding Americans throughout 2018.

Read More Courtesy of Ammo Land...

Monday, January 8th

Semi Automatic Shotgun Basics Guide

Buy the Best You Can Afford
Most people start their search for anything with a price tag in mind. And, looking at the $2,000 price of top-of-the-line guns can give you severe sticker shock. Don’t fret. There are some very good values around in the $550-$650 range, and if you can live without a 3-1/2 inch chamber (more on this in a bit), you can buy all the semiautos you’ll ever need for $800-$900. However, a semiauto that hangs up and fails at all the wrong times is no upgrade from a cheap, but reliable, pump gun. Buy the best gun you can afford. There’s no guarantee that a more expensive gun won’t have problems, but you’re taking your chances when you scrimp on a semiauto.

Feed it Right
Your old pump gun was like a goat. You could feed it anything and it worked just fine. Semiautos can be slightly finicky eaters (not cat-level finicky, as they used to be, but still particular). Very light loads – 7/8 ounce trainers, subsonic rounds like Winchester Feathers, and Aguila MiniShells won’t cycle in many semiautos.

Break it in
Some shooters, and some gun manuals, recommend running 100 or so heavy field loads through a gun to break it in. I find most modern semiautos work function right out of the box, although a few do seem to work better and cycle a wider range of loads after they have been shot for a bit.

Hold it Right
It takes a certain amount of resistance from your shoulder to make a gas gun work properly, and smaller shooters, especially, can have trouble. If you turn sideways and hold a gas semiauto like a rifle, it may not cycle. I saw that happen with my kids when they were young and weighed 100 pounds, when a gun would cycle for me but not for them. Making sure they held the gun properly solved the problem.

Read More Courtesy of Range 365...

Monday, January 8th

Ruger auction to support youth shoo

In support of the Scholastic #Shooting Sports Foundation, Sturm, #Ruger & Company on Thursday put up for #auction a rare and collectible Ruger KP90 pistol straight from the company’s Connecticut factory’s collection.

Ruger produced KP90 pistols from 1992 to 2004, according to the listing. Besides the initial test firing at the factory in 1995, the particular model up for auction has never been used. This .45 ACP pistol features a stainless manual safety, an oversized trigger guard, full-time ambidextrous magazine latch, and high-visibility white-dot inserts on both the front sight and the windage-adjustable, rear sight.

The handgun was constructed from hard-coated A356T6 aircraft quality aluminum alloy, 400-series stainless steel, Terhune Anticorro stainless steel, and 6123 Xenoy resin grip panels. The KP90 pistol will be shipped in its gray plastic pistol case along with a seven-shot magazine, magazine loader, and an original instruction manual. The pistol also comes with a 1995 Ruger Firearms Catalog and a certificate of authenticity.

The initial listing was $200, but the prices has been driven up to $700. The auction is listed on GunBroker.com and all proceeds go to the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The auction ends Jan. 17.

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Friday, January 5th


AMMO, Inc., a technology leader and premier #American #ammunitions developer and manufacturer, most recently released the new #STREAK line of visual ammunition.

STREAK's combination of HyperClean Technology and an illuminated, non-incendiary projectile have proven a winner with consumers and indoor ranges around the country. STREAK's patented formulation incorporates a non-flammable phosphor material that utilizes the light emitted during discharging of the round to make STREAK glow. STREAK is not on fire and does not generate heat therefor making STREAK is safe for indoor range use where the illumination is best seen.

Early reports from the field mention STREAK visual ammunition is also a great way to wrap up a day of outdoor shooting, waiting until the waning moments of daylight too, “go STREAKING”. STREAK ammunition is intended for use in areas free of natural sunlight when the human eye's pupil is most open. Dusk-till-dawn and indoor lighting permit the pupil to open enough to see STREAK ammunition.

Contrast is what permits you to see a glowing object moving at the speed of a bullet. The darker the backdrop and target the better you'll see STREAK. Streak ball ammunition is currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The STREAK line will expand to include hollow points in the same calibers and will be available in January 2018. AMMO, Inc. will be releasing Streak Visual Ammunition in both red and yellow/green illumination colors and in multiple pistol and rifle calibers.

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Thursday, January 4th

Revolver Buying Guide

When selecting a #handgun for #concealedcarry, the most common choices that spring to mind are either a compact single-stack .45 ACP, a subcompact polymer .380 ACP, a striker-fired 9mm, or a snub-nosed #revolver. Wait a minute — a snub-nosed revolver? Do we mean a wheel gun? A six-shooter, like they used during the Gold Rush of 1849 or in Tombstone at the O.K. Corral?

Not exactly, but if you’re a shooter who was raised on Glocks and SIGs, you may need to acquaint yourself with this other concealed-carry option that never seems to go away despite advancements in firearms technology. The appeal of revolvers lies in their lightweight construction, ease of use, reliability, and ease of concealment. Each of these factors plays a crucial role in any plan for carrying a handgun covertly, and perhaps explains why the “six-shooter” is enjoying something of a renaissance. Or perhaps it never really went away.

The three biggest revolver manufacturers (Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and Taurus) have been backordered for six months or longer on all of their products, with Taurus citing a revolver as their hottest seller for four years in a row (Taurus was so backordered that it couldn’t directly supply us with a test revolver to meet our deadline for this article). These aren’t firearms made for competition, police/military contacts, or collectors, but working guns used for concealed carry by thousands of gun owners daily. We sampled some of the more popular offerings. The S&W 642 and Charter Bulldog were personally owned pieces by the author and photographer, the Taurus was a loaner from a local range, and the others were directly provided by the manufacturers. Read on to find out how they fared, and if one of these might fit in your personal wheelhouse.

Although most revolvers will chamber and tolerate almost any load that they were designed for, the snubbies deserve special attention. These lighter-weight examples may have what feels like a sharp recoil impulse, but this can be tamed down by building a resistance. Start with light target loads and work your way up. Most of our examples rely on fixed sights for simplicity’s sake, and as a result a shooter may have to experiment with different loads to find the one that hits the sweet spot; in this case that means hitting the 10-ring on your target consistently. Don’t make the mistake of firing only light loads at the range and relying on Megalithic Exploding Star Crusher +P+ Man Killers as your defensive load. When you work up to your ideal load, incorporate it into your defensive shooting exercises.

Read More Courtesy of Recoil Web...

Wednesday, January 3rd

How to Repair a 3D Archery Target

We #shoot our #bows often and our #targets stay outside in the weather all year long. It does not take long before the vitals need replaced or the target is all but destroyed. We thought a nice Christmas gift for our dad would be a new 3D archery target, but then realized the cost to buy one – YIKES! With the cost of today’s targets, it is much cheaper to repair your archery target several times before you even think about replacing it. Besides, we think our dad will appreciate the fact that we are saving money and doing something for him with our own effort. Today we will break down this simple method to repair any 3D archery target for less than $15.

1 can dense foam sealant
1 can spray paint (optional)
1 roll duct/painters tape
A sharp knife
Sand paper

Step 1:
Wrap the body and necessary vitals with your tape, ensuring you have a tight seal with lots of coverage to shape in a secure mold. Use your pocket knife to poke small holes in the tape at locations where you feel your target needs repair.

Step 2:
Fill the holes with the sealant by inserting the nozzle inside the holes in the tape and slowly letting it build up. Remember that the foam will expand and there’s no need to overdo it. It’s important to fill in all the little gaps and holes if you want a perfectly smooth target upon completion. The best insulation foam sealant to use for target repair is the kind made for filling small gaps and cracks. The type designed for large gaps is not dense enough to adequately stop arrows.

Step 3:
Once the foam has expanded and dried, it is time to cut off the tape and trim the excess foam to the shape of the target. Sand down the rough edges and use spray paint to maintain realism of your 3D animal. Allow 24 hours to completely dry before shooting the target.

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Wednesday, January 3rd

25 yard Goals

As I stepped over a rope en route to a garbage can, part of my boot got caught, and I fell. I felt searing pain in my right leg. After inspecting of my injury, I knew I had broken my leg. There was no one on the #range to help me. The nearest road was 75 yards away. And, on that dreary day, it was unlikely there would be much traffic on that gravel road, so there was no point in yelling for help. Spending the night on the wet ground and waiting for help to arrive the next day wasn’t appealing, especially because I did not know the severity of my injury and what further damage I could cause by not getting immediate medical attention. My last resort was my cell phone, which was locked in my SUV, twenty-five yards away. I am a goal-oriented person. Goals keep me motivated and help my mind and my commitment to not waver from a task. I set #goals regularly throughout my #shooting career and for personal projects, as well.

I have found, though, that it is much easier to achieve your overall goal if you set smaller and more easily attainable goals along the way. Call them checkpoints to your final destination. Lying on the ground, that April day almost 4 years ago, I took stock of my situation and came up with my goal: I needed to travel the 25 yards to my vehicle so I could call for help. It seemed like a daunting task, given my state, with my broken leg hanging worthlessly at my side. Any amount of movement sent a fresh wave of pain through my leg. So, I broke the task into smaller goals. I noticed 3 rocks between where I was and my vehicle. Those would be my checkpoints.

It was time for a new goal. I was 43 at the time. I vowed to see how far I could make it in the sport-shooting world before my 50th birthday. That kept me moving along the journey to where I am today. Splitting a goal into checkpoints proved helpful while rehabbing my broken leg, too. My overall goal was to compete at the Bianchi Cup the following spring, just more than a year after my injury. It took total dedication to my rehab to make that happen.

I set a fun checkpoint to keep myself motivated. Six months after my injury, there was an NRA Women’s Leadership Forum in Asheville, N.C. Normally, I cannot attend the event, because it happens amid my shooting season. But since I was injured anyway, I thought it would be a good year to attend. And I upped the ante. I told myself that not only would I attend the event, I would do so walking under my own power and wearing high heels. Recovering from that injury took a lot of commitment to my physical therapy, diet and rest. But I never wavered. I had goals I wanted to achieve. Read about Vera’s return to competition here. I wore high heels to that forum, and, in May 2014, I was back at the scene of my injury, competing at the Bianchi Cup.

Your Twenty-Five Yards Goal:All of us have goals we want to achieve in our careers or personal lives. Some of them might be well within reach, and that is good. But don’t give up on those harder-to-reach, long-term goals that might seem daunting when you consider them in their entirety. Instead, try breaking up your goal into smaller checkpoints. Those checkpoints will help keep you motivated along your journey, and, before you know it, you will have traveled all the twenty-five yards required to reach your desired destination.

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Wednesday, January 3rd

EDC in the Winter

You should know how to #shoot already, so stay inside, keep warm and dry practice. Dress yourself in clothing you might wear on an average day. Double- and triple-check that your #pistol is unloaded, then put it into its #holster. Now practice your draw and presentation. It’s not quite the same as it is with summer clothing, is it? Clearing clothing with a few more layers takes some extra effort and practice. When you clear your cover garments, you need to make sure not to miss a layer. I’ve grabbed a handful of shirt before, and it really slows you down. What’s the solution? Time on task: Practice, practice, and then practice some more.

Extra magazines are pretty much standard and necessary these days, and they can serve more purpose than the ammo they provide. You do carry an extra mag, don’t you? Sweeping a jacket back is easier with the weight of a magazine in the pocket. Winter pants and pockets are different too. Think about where your spare mag will be kept. Practice your reloads until they become familiar. They may never become smooth, but eventually your speed will increase.

Now take it a step further. Try dry practice with a heavy coat on, and zip it up. Consider how you’re going to clear your garment now. You might need to consider changing the way you carry, or which firearm you carry. You might find that this is the time to carry two guns. I’ve done it: One on my body, and a revolver in the pocket of my outer layer coat. You can shoot though your pocket if necessary. Thinking about all of this in the comfort of your home can breed confidence on the streets.

One last thing before you head to the range: gloves. If you wear gloves when you carry, you should practice with gloves on. You lose a degree of touch sensation while wearing gloves. Try drawing from the holster, manipulating the safety and even reloading in gloves. If you can’t do these things with your gloves on, you might need a different style of glove. Look into wearing something thinner, or even a glove with a rubberized grip that keeps it from slipping. As your clothing changes to match the weather, take time out to think it through and dry practice. Then, when your movements and manipulations are mapped out, it’s time to head to the range.

If you have the opportunity to shoot at an outdoor range in cold weather, do it. Shooting in adverse weather conditions will show you how your skills are affected. Cold hands lose dexterity, and gloves can make it worse. I found out that although my accuracy doesn’t suffer, my speed does. Be sure you’re using the safety (if your gun has one), and perform magazine changes/reloads and work the slide. Your entire practice doesn’t have to be done with gloves, so split it up. If at any time you begin losing confidence in your ability to safely shoot, it’s time to slow down or stop. Don’t take the chance of having an accident on the range.

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Tuesday, January 2nd

Why own multiple firearms

I was informed that anyone who has more than two #guns is gearing up to commit mass murder. Now I’m willing to allow for some measure of exaggeration, given the nature of the medium, but as I look around at my personal armory and contemplate my plans for the #newyear, I have to say that one of us does not understand the other. For purposes of this article, I am going to focus only on #handguns. That’s to give my opponent’s argument the best chance, but also because the weather where I live—and in most of America—has turned cold. More on that in a bit.

First, consider the variation in power among the cartridges used in handguns. The weapon that you choose for going after squirrels would be a poor choice for dealing with the bears in Alaska, for example. That’s obvious to my readers here, but gun control advocates rarely trouble themselves to learn the subject they wish to regulate. In the case of handgun hunting, a person would be able to name a requirement for at least two and more likely three firearms—a small-bore rimfire, a medium piece, say .357 Magnum, for much of the U.S. wilderness, and something .44 Magnum on up if you’re going among the bigger Ursidae. Hunting in Africa may add a new need, depending on your big bore choice here.

Yes, I left out the typical semiautomatic pistols in the preceding. And that gets us into the magazine capacity debate. Do I have to explain that hunting and self-defense are different actions? To some people, I do, it seems. A hunter has a duty to make clean shots that minimize the suffering of the prey and also has the luxury of choosing to shoot or to refrain. In self-defense, good people have to react to violence that someone else has brought to them, needing to stop that violence as quickly as possible. Criminals can come in plurals, and sometimes—especially if they’re chemically enhanced—stopping them takes several shots. In this as in many other areas, Hollywood—with so many scenes of bad guys spraying to no effect, while good guys score one-shot stops—has done us a disservice.

But what about the weather? Read gun discussion boards for a while, and you’ll come across comments about carrying different guns when it’s hot or cold, since lots of clothing will conceal more than shorts and a tee shirt. A snubby revolver will fit into pockets that an M1911 will flop out of. It’s cold outside right now, though, so would one full-size handgun be enough?

I mention the temperature because when I go outside at present, I’m wearing gloves. I ask my fellow Glock owners to consider the trigger safety and trigger guard of our pistols. When my index finger is wrapped in a layer of leather, I want more resistance on the part of the bang switch—even understanding that my finger doesn’t go on the trigger until I’m ready to shoot. That’s because there should be enough room for getting my finger in place and because circumstances might change enough to tell me not to shoot. For days like this, a gun with a generous guard and a trigger that takes more time and intention to let go makes sense. All of this isn’t to say what you should have or what best fits your requirements. It is to say that arbitrary limits on what everyone may own make no sense. Having the right tool for the job is what freedom allows us. These things, again, will be obvious to the usual readers here, but we have to be ready to explain to others the logic of what we do if we are going to preserve our rights.

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Friday, December 29th

Delta Waterfowl Alpha Dog Blind

#AlpsOutdoorZ is bringing a new Delta Waterfowl Alpha #Dog Blind to mans’ best friend in #2018.

The company announced the new Alpha Dog Blind designed to offer comfort and concealment to hunters’ four-legged companions. Utilizing Realtree Max-5 600D polyester fabric with black-out backing, the dog blind is constructed with a triangle shape that offers concealment from prey. In addition, the tapered roof peak is constructed to offer an unobstructed vantage point.

The padded polyester floor adds a layer of comfort to the blind while the magnetic dual-swing front door and rear door with buckle closure allow dogs to easily enter and exit on retrieves. Featuring an aluminum hub design, the dog blind is quick and easy to set up, says Alps OutdoorZ. The blind comes with a paracord handle and shoulder carry bag for efficient transport on the go.

“We are really excited about the new Alpha Dog Blind. With its unique and quick-access design, we feel this is the most versatile and effective dog blind on the market,” Alps OutdoorZ Product Manager Zach Scheidegger said in a statement. “It’s a perfect extension to the Delta Waterfowl gear offerings.” No word yet on what price point the Delta Waterfowl Alpha Dog Bling will slip into or when hunters can expect to see it out in the wild.

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Wednesday, December 27th

New Proposals to Fix the NRA

While there are several other new candidates and incumbents who I really like on the #ballot this year, including a couple that I consider friends, I will be marking my ballot with a single vote for Adam Kraut, and I encourage you to do the same. If the others run again, I will consider giving them a #vote, but this year, I am putting everything behind Adam because I believe his agenda is right for the #NRA.

Here's a brief summary of Adam Kraut's bylaw proposals to help Fix NRA:

Term Limits (of sorts): Limit nomination by the Nominating Committee to no more than two consecutive terms. An incumbent director could run for a third and successive terms, but only by gathering enough voting member signatures to qualify for the ballot. A former director could be renominated by the Nominating Committee after a hiatus of three years off the board.

Mandatory Meeting Attendance: Directors would be limited in the number of meetings they could miss. Too many absences would result in them being forced to resign from the Board of Directors. Reasonable provisions are included for medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other matters beyond a person's control, but directors are elected to do a job, and much of that job involves attendance and participation at board of directors meetings. There are currently several directors who have not attended a board meeting in years.

Creation of an Honorary Board: Often celebrities, politicians, competitors, and business executives have inflexible schedules that do not permit committing to regular attendance at board meetings, but they still have a lot to offer to the NRA. An Honorary Board provides a way for these people to contribute to the organization without demanding that they commit to the level of participation required of directors. The Honorary Board would have no policy-making authority, but would create a “bully pulpit” for high-profile members to support the NRA.

These changes won't Fix NRA, but they will have a positive impact and help bring back some of the accountability that has gradually slipped away over the years since the Cincinnati Reforms of 1977. Your help is needed to get these bylaw proposals to the next step in the process. Go to www.AdamKraut.com and click on the menu option for NRA Bylaw Amendments, then download and print a petition. Fill it out, sign it, and ask your NRA friends to sign it, then mail it back to Adam.

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Friday, December 22nd

104 year old hunter

#Virginia #sportsman Clyde Roberts has reportedly chalked up not one but two does this season and could be among the most active centenarian #hunters in the country.

As reported by The Roanoke Times, Roberts, who sped past his 104th in October, has harvested two deer this season and is now back in the woods looking for bear. Best of all, he only started hunting at age 65 and at the time picked up a $5 lifetime hunting permit from state conservation officials. “I suppose the state fish and game folks figured anyone retiring would not be around long enough for them to lose money,” said Roberts, who has been around longer than the agency that issued his permit.

He has successfully taken at least one deer every season since then with the exception of one year where an altercation with a bull that left him with three broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder forced him to sit out. Since breaking the 100-year threshold, he has harvested no less than 10 deer.

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Thursday, December 21st

NRA Insurance

First, the #NationalRifleAssociation worked to let #gun owners carry #firearms in public. Then it fought to pass laws that say gun carriers can open fire to stop a perceived threat, even when retreat is possible. Now that the NRA has expanded the legal right to armed self defense, it’s muscling into the niche industry that’s arisen to help Americans deal with the costly consequences of actually exercising it. This week, the group unveiled insurance plans that it says will help defray the legal costs that can arise from shooting another person.

As the NRA prepares to convene its annual meeting this weekend in Atlanta, the group is aggressively marketing the new product, which it calls Carry Guard. Offering three tiers of coverage, the service gives customers access to a financial and logistical backstop should they use their gun while claiming self defense. There’s liability insurance, ranging up to $150,000 in criminal-defense reimbursement and $1 million in a civil-liability protection for those opting for the top-shelf Gold package, which runs $31.95 per month. Members also get a 24-hour advice hotline and immediate access to money for bail and clean-up costs. Carry Guard appears to replace an earlier, less comprehensive self-defense insurance policy offered by the NRA. The new package is built to meet or exceed the coverage plans that a number of quickly growing startups have brought to the gun world — even as comparable insurance products remain rare outside it.

“Covering potential criminal liability is certainly unusual,” Peter Kochernburger, the deputy director of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut, told The Trace. “But if people are concerned about their liability with respect to self-defense, they’re not wrong to get the coverage.” Carry Guard also includes an instructional component, promising that members will have access to the “gold standard” of concealed-carry training programs. The three-day intensive course will launch in June. “While the courses are open to anyone who legally owns a handgun, this training may not be for everyone,” the Carry Guard website reads. “It is designed for those who take carrying seriously.” Through its political messaging and various media platforms, the NRA portrays for its members a world that is overrun with terrorists and violent criminals — a threat always around the next corner, and a gun on the hip the only guarantee of survival. Carry Guard allows the organization to profit from a mindset it actively engineered.

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Wednesday, December 20th

Mastering the Gun You Own

This is America and it is certainly not sin to have a favorite manufacturer or model of gun. Americans love their trucks, motorcycles, and #guns and they are not shy when it comes to expressing their choices. If you want to shoot a hot pink CZ-75, I would certainly not attempt change your mind.

Firearms Trainers as “Glock Guys”

The natural progression for gun people is to take the next step and get themselves some form of firearms trainer certificate. They go from being the “gun guy” at work to the “gun trainer” at work. We fully endorse the concept of being a student for life and teaching others is one of the many paths to personal enlightenment.

The previous being said, during my thirty years of being a professional gun carrier, I have encountered innumerable gun guys who became firearms trainers and carried over their “Glock guy” or “1911 guy” bias.

Now every person who trains with them is treated to their dissertation about how “X” gun is the perfect solution to all of their shooting needs. Arriving for training with any other tool immediately puts a student in the peasant class in the instructor’s eyes.

Also, many of the aforementioned “guys” will never “waste their time” with other makes, models, and designs therefore being unfamiliar with their particulars and how to teach a student to master them.

Your Gun versus Their Gun

What the previously mentioned gun folks seem to misunderstand is that it is not about their favorite gun, it is about what the student has in their possession. Yes, I have had students show up for concealed carry classes with guns that were legitimately pieces of shit. In such a case, it is necessary for the coach to help the student make a better choice.

Nonetheless, implying that a student is a fool for showing up with a perfectly functional SIG P226 because you are a “1911 guy” is not the hallmark of a professional firearms trainer. The student doesn’t need a lecture on the merits of the M1911, he/she needs you to help him/her to master the gun they own.

Words of Wisdom from Paul G. Markel from Student of the Gun

If you are fortunate enough to have someone else looking up to you as a firearms trainer or instructor, you owe it to that student to give them more than your tales of the “best gun”. It is your responsibility to be a well-rounded trainer.

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Tuesday, December 19th

Youth Competitive Shooters Climb to

Graham County 4-H #Shooting Sports has grown by leaps and bounds in the last five years. With the support of #NRA Foundation grants, enrollment has risen from just a handful of participants to 36 kids enrolled in the current year.

The program allows local youth to compete in a variety of events, including air rifle, air pistol, .22LR pistol, muzzleloader, trap, sporter and match divisions of .22LR rifle, compound bow and recurve bow. In 2016, 17 of the then 32 members competed at the district competition. Fifteen went on to compete at the 4-H State competition, where four members—Grady Garland, Justin Lynn, Garrett Holder and Drey Keener—received individual awards.

Since 2014, The NRA Foundation has awarded Graham County 4-H more than $9,500 in grants, including nearly $3,700 this year. The grants have empowered the team to grow rapidly by providing funds for safety equipment, sporting clays, targets, guns and ammo.

Robbinsville Shooting Sports is also bringing firearms education and training to the area’s youth. The program is run by the local middle and high schools in conjunction with the North Carolina Wildlife Hunter Education Program. All students must complete the North Carolina Hunter Safety class to join the team, which has been led by head Coach Andy Lynn—an certified NRA Pistol Instructor, Range Safety Officer, and instructor for Personal Protection Inside the Home and Outside the Home—for the past three years. Students in sixth through twelfth grade can participate in trap, .22LR rifle, compound bow, and hunter skills, which entails land navigation with a compass and a written test on the Today’s Hunter book.

Robbinsville Middle School is small in comparison to others in the state, and the shooting sports team roster of 20-30 students often makes up more than 10% of the school enrollment. Nonetheless, the team is holding its own. In 2015 it made its first ever trip to the State Hunter Education competition, an accomplishment in itself for the rural school to face off against schools of all sizes. In 2016 the Robbinsville Middle School team once again participated in the State Hunter Education competition, this time bringing home a team Third Overall for its cumulative score in the four events.

Programs like Graham County 4-H and Robbinsville Shooting Sports provide youth with a positive environment to develop an understanding of firearms safety while gaining self-confidence and engaging with a community of their peers. By making these programs accessible and affordable for these young shooters, Friends of NRA and The NRA Foundation invest in the next generation of Second Amendment supporters and protectors of America’s firearms freedoms and traditions.

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Tuesday, December 19th

Can a Rough Bore Lead to Poor Accur

Looking down a barrel, should show a smooth, shiny bore. Polished lands and grooves are a beautiful thing. If I see machine marks or pitting, I cringe. They can’t be good for accuracy. Can they? I had a chance to find out.

The pistol was fired from a Ransom Rest at 25 yards. The Ransom Rest holds the gun in the same position for every shot. This eliminates any human error that can be attributed to sight alignment and trigger pull. Velocity was measured with a #Shooting Chrony chronograph at about 10 feet.

Six different loads of 30 rounds each (180 rounds total) were loaded in Starline brass with CCI 500 or Federal GM100M primers. All 30 rounds were fired into a single group. A single group with a large number of rounds tells you how consistently the gun/ammunition shoots, and is a more accurate reflection of accuracy performance than traditional 5-shot groups.

The bore (barrel “A” in the figure) has two apparent features. The first is what appears to be pits in the steel. The second is “dark” surface areas. That said, the edges of the rifling are sharp. However, it is certainly not as nicely finished as other barrels I have, such as barrel “B” in the figure.

The accuracy results show that even a rough bore can shoot extremely well. There’s nothing wrong with this barrel when it comes to accuracy. Most of these 30-shot groups are smaller than many guns can produce with 5-shot groups. Three of the loads kept all 30 shots under 2.50 inches. That’s very impressive performance for any handgun, let alone a cobbled-together “Frankengun.”

Good accuracy always depends on the ammunition, and that was true here as some loads produced larger groups, but a bad barrel won’t shoot anything well. Clearly, this barrel is capable of excellent performance in spite of its cringe-worthy bore.

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Friday, December 15th

Battles Won sculptures at the Marin

This week the National #Museum of the #MarineCorps put a trio of amazingly complex 3-D #sculptures by artist Kris Kuksi on display, each telling its own set of stories.

Located in Triangle, Virginia just outside the gates of Quantico, the museum says the works of art tell different chapters in the Corps’ saga. “Each features a core sculpture that is surrounded by many small figures, which together form iconic representations of the Marines’ core values, traditions, and victories throughout history,” says the museum, which displays Kulski’s work on the 2nd deck. Part of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s “Battles Won” series, the sculptures represent in detail the World War I battle of Belleau Wood, the famous Montford Point Marines, the grueling five-week battle for Iwo Jima and even the service’s response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Friday, December 15th

Tracer bullets, move over for strea

#AmmoIncorporated, makers of Jesse James brand ammo, debuted details of a new brand of #ammo the company calls #StreakVisualAmmunition.

While most conventional tracers utilize incendiaries to provide a visual element to shooting, the Streak ammo forgoes the typical construction, instead utilizing a non-flammable phosphor material to light up pew-pew practice. Ammo, Inc. says the light emitted during the discharge of the round produces a glow shooters can visually track. The phosphor material is only applied to the rear of the projectile allowing just the shooter and those within a 30-degree viewing area to see the red or green ammo’s illuminated path.

According to the company, Streak does not generate heat, therefore making the ammunition safer to use in situations where traditional tracers aren’t practical. “We are beyond excited to bring Streak Visual Ammunition to the market,” said AMMO, Inc.’s CEO, Fred Wagenhals in a statement. “Once you shoot with Streak and you can actually see your projectile travel throughout its path, you will be bored by shooting normal ammunition.” Streak Visual Ammunition is available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP; though the company says expanded calibers and even hollow point options will be available in the future. Pricing starts at $11.99.

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Thursday, December 14th

Vortex Rifle Scopes

#Vortex #riflescopes are designed with an emphasis on end user experience , which enables them to provide the very best value you can find in the market. The solid single eyepiece construction and multi coated functionality of these products integrate a remarkably high level of quality that completely belies their affordable price tags. Most vortex rifle scopes can work in any kind of weather as their argon purging offers enhanced reliability and lesser clouding from fog or water. Their windage and elevation adjustments feature metal on metal construction that improves overall precision and performance. Let us now take a look at some of the top 3 types of vortex riflescopes, and what each has to offer.

1. Vortex Viper 6.5-20×50 PA Riflescope, Mil Dot Reticle, Matte Black (VPR-M-06MD)
This vortex riflescope offers fully coated multi optics that features 95% light transmission to provide an unmatched clarity of vision. It also comes with heavy duty force springs systems as well as a glass glide erector system. Both of which makes sure that it delivers much more than it current price tag is required to do. The viper has a mid dot reticle that is invaluable in range determination, windage and bullet holdover adjustments. This rifle scope is great for long range shooting and game hunting that rely on optimal ranging capacity. The viper comes with a solid knob parallax adjustment function that facilitates for effortless and rapid parallax adjustments. With range numbers plainly conspicuous even when you are in the shooting stance. Its 30 mm tube offers enhanced windage and elevation adjustments, that like earlier mentioned make it suitable for tactical, predator and target and long range shooting. This rugged and extremely durable tube is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, and is totally waterproof , shockproof and fogproof. Thanks to the argon purging corrosion is eliminated, while also doing away with internal fogging. This riflescope offers accuracy at high magnification, providing quick power adjustments without having to take your eyes off the target.

. 2. Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 Riflescope
The diamondback features a highly customized reticle design that completely does away with the guesswork that is associated with windage and holdover adjustments. In essence this 4 – 12 X 40 riflescope offers top optical clarity and brightness you would not ordinarily find in products within it amazing price range. Other pluses for this vortex rifle scope is its large field of vision and lightweight attributes. The latter permits it to be fitted on virtually any kind of rifle without weighing it down. The vortex diamondback comes with a solid single piece tube that is of an aircraft quality aluminum construction that makes strong and resistant to recoil. Along with fully multi coated opticals that provide for enhanced image clarity. Not to mention its fast focus eyepiece that makes it much easier to focus on both crosshair and targets even at a distance of one hundred yards. This vortex rifle scope offers 2 reticle options. The V-Plex reticle that is specifically designed for all purpose hunting and the DeadHold BDC, which simplifies windage and holdover adjustments in long range shooting applications. Its precision glide system provides smooth magnification adjustments while viewing the target.

3. Vortex Crossfire II 6, 18X44mm AO riflescope
This vortex riflescope is a result of remodeling of the original Crossfire. Which has enabled the creation of a sleek, streamline and extremely accurate riflescope that is specifically meant for hunting purposes. The Crossfire II comes with fully multi coated optics that offer nearly perfect light transmission rates for any kind of low light shooting. It also features a one inch single piece adjustable aircraft grade aluminum tube. It comes with capped elevation and windage turrets that can effortlessly resist impact and any other type of damage. This riflescope features a low glare anodized matte finish that enable hunters to keep their incognito while out in the wild. The Crossfire II also has an adjustable objective lens, which facilitates for elimination of parallax errors. While its fast focus eyepiece minimizes glare, giving hunters a clear and enhanced view of their targets. Finally, this vortex rifle scope has a variable magnification of from 6X to 18X. This ensures that you can never be out of target despite the range between you and your prey.

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Thursday, December 14th

5 Knives under $50

The #holidays. A time for sharing, a time for joy, and a time to stress out on what to get everyone on your #gift list. But you can stop worrying. We’ve got you covered, especially when it comes to gifting something to that knife enthusiast you can never seem to figure out. Because how dare they not like the same recycled set of kitchen #knives you saw advertised? Here’s a list of five stocking stuffer blades that are sure to stir up some holiday cheer. Each one comes standard with unique features including blade metals, handle grip materials, and even special quillons. Don’t worry, we had to Google that one too. Oh and did we mention these are all knives under $50? Tactical Santa would be proud.

Buck Knives Trigger Knife: Lightweight, easy to use, and perfect for everyday carrying.

Cold Steel Counter TAC 2: Nostalgic boot knife, slick and unexpected.

CRKT Bear Claw E.R.: Handy with an excellent grip and handle.

Gerber Obsidian Serrated Folding Knife: A Multi tool that includes a knife,cross and flat head driver, a file, and a bottle opener.

Steel Will Druid 281: Features special grips to wield this clip point blade.

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Thursday, December 14th

New Concealed Carry Firearms Part 2

One size does not fit all. There are plenty of people who can carry full-size guns, but when the shirt you've chosen for the day no longer fits loosely, but more or less hugs tighter than the day before that's when you wish for a smaller compact carry firearm, and a new shirt. Here is the second round of new #concealed carry #firearms that will be showcased at this years SHOT Show.

#Springfield Armory EMP P19208L

The EMP is a 1911 platform with a difference. Instead of building it full .45 ACP-sized front-to-back, Springfield shortened the frame, magwell, magazine and associated parts down to 9mm length. This makes the EMP well-suited for those with smaller hands. The new model comes with a fiber optic front sight, ambidextrous safety, nine-plus-one-round capacity in 9mm and a forged aluminum frame. The matte-black anodized frame is complemented by the slide with its gloss-black Armory Kote finish. For reliable feeding and long case life, the barrel is fully ramped and the chamber supported, $1,150.

Kimber Micro 9 Desert Tan

The controls are classic 1911, and the frame has a beavertail tang but no grip safety. On top of the slide are low-profile combat sights, three-dot style. Inside the slide, the stainless-steel barrel is ramped and the chamber supported for reliable feeding and case support even with hot, defensive 9mm ammunition. And finally, the Micro 9 Desert Tan comes with two flush-fit six-round magazines and an extended plus-one magazine, $800.

Ruger LC9s Pro

The LC9s is the Ruger compact, single-stack, striker-fired pistol that they first introduced in 2014. The Pro model offers options that quite a few shooters say they want: no thumb safety and no magazine safety. The Pro model has a trigger-mounted safety, and it essentially operates as a magazine-fed revolver. Ruger has long offered choices, and the LC9s Pro is another in that long line, $480.

SIG Sauer P938 SAS Micro-compact

SIG Sauer chambered in 9mm, the P938 can be a handful; but if you want compact, light weight and ballistic oomph, that’s the price you have to pay. Last but not least, the SAS gets an ambidextrous thumb safety, so you can readily use it right or left handed. While the P938 is not exactly a scaled-down 1911, the controls are all the same, so any practice you’ve done with a 1911 will easily translate to the P938, $815.

Colt Defender 9mm

The low-profile combat sights include a tritium front for aiming in low-light conditions. As a final bonus, while the Defender is a compact pistol, it will work just fine with full-sized magazines. So, while you are carrying the Defender with a compact magazine and holding nine rounds, your reload magazines can be 10 rounds each. A standard daily ensemble means you’ve got 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a comforting payload, $950.

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Wednesday, December 13th

New Compact Carry Firearms Part 1

#Concealed carry is unique to each person with varying comfort level, body shape, skill set, and hand size. Carrying concealed for women changes when comparing men's style carry, mostly impart to women's fashion. Below features the top compact carry pistols that will bee seen at the 2017 SHOT Show.

1911-380 Black Label Medallion Pro Compact

The .380 is minimal consideration for concealed carry and often times you'll find comfort to be a main selling point. The #Browning 1911 .380 features a blackened stainless steel finish with silver brushed polished flats on the slide. The 1911 .380 is an 85 percent scale of the original, ideal for those with small hands or a need for absolute concealment. The sights are steel, your choice of three-dot combat sights or night sights. These come with a composite frame and century-proven 1911 ergonomic controls. Price starts at $800

S&W Shield, .45 ACP Ported

The new Smith & Wesson M&P45 Shield is the other extreme of calibers. While compact is good, some do not want to give up the big hammer that the .45 ACP provides. A compact pistol in .45 quickly becomes real work to shoot. Aware of this, S&W made life a little easier by porting the Shield. The two small ports on the barrel vent through matching slide slots to help reduce muzzle flip. You get the thump of the .45 without the recoil and muzzle flip associated with a big bore and a short slide. As a bonus, you get six-plus-one rounds in a flush-fitting magazine or seven-plus-one if you use the compact magazine with an included extension, $610.

Taurus 700 Slim Stainless

The Taurus 700 Slim stainless provides you with seven-plus-one rounds of 9mm, and it comes with a stainless slide and polymer frame. The Slim has a DA/SA trigger system with an external thumb safety, so you have options for your carry mode. The Slim is compact, has soft recoil, is chambered in a useful cartridge, features a rust-resistant construction and has fixed but large-enough and useful sights. All that comes in a small, elegant and easy-to-use package. The only thing that could be done to make it even more appealing is to offer it at an affordable price, and Taurus has had that covered for a long time now. The Slim Stainless has a list price of $317.

STI Hex Tactical 3.0

With a shortened barrel and slide for easier concealment and carry comfort, the STI Hex Tactical is carry with class. The “3.0” is the version number, while the barrel is 3.7-inches long, and the Hex comes with two choices for capacity. You can opt for the aluminum-framed single stack Hex for seven-plus-one rounds in 9mm, or the DS, the double-stack mag model, with a polymer grip frame and 15-plus-one rounds. The choice is yours. You can get the smallest and lightest, or pay a bit more in bulk and double the on-board ammunition capacity. Price $2,400

Beretta BU9 Nano

As compact as the Nano is, if you can’t conceal it, you probably should put on more clothing. Beretta has been making firearms for almost five centuries now, and the Nano combines that history with looks and performance that are as modern as tomorrow. Price $430.

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Wednesday, December 13th

Barrett MRAD 338 Lapua Magnum Rifle

Ready to follow your every move, the #Barrett MRAD adapts to a variety of user needs without sacrificing performance. With unfailing accuracy, this #boltaction system continues to define a whole new class of long-range precision #rifles.

The MRAD rifle's user-changeable barrel system is just one example of this hardworking gun's modularity. Available in .338 Lapua Magnum, .338 Norma Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor, the precision grade barrel can be removed by simply loosening two bolts using a standard Torx wrench. Besides reducing maintenance and logistical burdens, this unique design allows for user level caliber interchangeability and serviceability with the MRAD rifle's barrel kits.

The MRAD also boasts Barrett's fully adjustable match-grade trigger module, which is user accessible. The thumb-operated safety can be configured for left or right hand operation. The ambidextrous magazine release can be used intuitively while retaining a firing grip and cheek weld. Integrated into the MRAD rifle's 7000 series aluminum upper receiver is a 21.75 inch M1913 rail with 20 MOA taper. The forward receiver is drilled and tapped for accessory rails to be mounted at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions.

The MRAD stock is foldable for enhanced portability yet locks in as solid as a fixed-stock rifle, creating a rigid platform for consistent firing. During transport the stock folds and locks onto the bolt handle maintaining the same rifle width whether folded or extended. Made of a temperature-resistant polymer, the adjustable cheek piece also offers a consistent rifle-to-user contact point. The rifle's length of pull can be set to five different positions with the push of a single button.

From its quick-detach sling mounts to colors that blend into any environment - every detail of the MRAD has been carefully designed to create one thing: a high-performance rifle you can truly make your own.

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Tuesday, December 12th

Review of the Taurus Curve .380

Thirty years ago, if you wanted a reliable pocket #gun, a small .38 Special #revolver was the end all and be all unless you wanted to take a gamble on an older, yet well-made .25 ACP. Anything less seemed unreliable. But, times have changed. The .25 is mostly dead and .38 #revolvers have taken a backseat to new, more reliable automatics. Guns like the #Ruger LCP, the Seecamp and Smith & Wesson Bodyguard epitomize the balance of compactness, power and reliability. And then Taurus upped its game by trying to advance the concept of a pocket gun with the #Taurus Curve.

Fully loaded at 13.6 ounces and measuring in at only five inches long, the Taurus Curve qualifies as a pocket gun. The pistol is chambered for .380 ACP, a round that nearly equals the power of standard .38 Special loads. With its six-shot detachable magazines, the reloading aspect is somewhat faster than breaking open a revolver to initiate the reload.

Like others of its class, the Curve has a polymer frame and steel slide. Right away, the complete lack of snag hazards grabbed me by the lapels. The pistol wears no sights and the only obvious high point is the loaded chamber indicator just behind the breech. What Taurus does to make up for sights is a painted crosshair on the back of the receiver where the shrouded hammer rides.

The Curve may appear featureless, but it has a bit more going on. The pistol is equipped with an integral Laserlyte combination laser and light housed forward of the triggerguard. The system is powered by 357 batteries and is activated by a knurled button on the right side of the pistol.

The barrel is cut awkwardly and rounded off to conform to the rounded slide. The grip of the pistol, like so many other pocket guns, is only good for a two-finger grip below the triggerguard, but the stippling on the backstrap and front strap of grip is a smart move.

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Tuesday, December 12th

Sig Sauer army pistols for limited

#SigSauer intends to make a small quantity of the Army’s Modular #Handgun System contract winning design available to the public.

Each of the M17 pistols sold to the public will be — almost — identical to the one the #Army is currently fielding, lacking the anti-tamper mechanism for the striker action and some special coatings on internal parts,#Military.com reported. They will, however, come with a letter of authenticity and a serialized matching challenge coin.

“We are planning to do a limited release of about 5,000 of the Army variant of the M17 for the commercial market,” Tom Taylor, Sig Sauer’s chief marketing officer, told Military.com. “The timing is not finalized yet, but it looks to be late spring.”

Taylor said a price has not been set but that they wanted to make the small batch commercial run “really special.”

Though based on the P320 series of modular handguns, both Sig and the military have stressed that the full-sized M17 and its little brother, the compact M18, are not the same animal as their civilian predecessor. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went on record earlier this year, saying, “[T]he guts and the internals of the military version of that weapon are different than what you’re going to buy in the gun store or what police are going to be fielded.”

The first batches of the M17/18 were issued to troops of the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division late last month as part of a 190,000-pistol initial buy. The handgun platform will then be fielded to a new installation each month until September 2018, except for next March and April. In all, the contract is expected to be worth as much as $580 million to Sig, a figure that could grow as additional branches flesh out plans to adopt the handgun to replace legacy stocks of M9 pistols, a military version of Beretta’s Model 92 adopted in the 1980s.

The M17 is not Sig’s first tie-in with a military issue sidearm, as they have since 2011 marketed the MK25, a variant of the P226 9mm adopted by the Navy SEALS, complete with government-style UID label on the frame and a Navy anchor engraving on the slide. Similarly, following the adoption of a modified Colt 1911 as the M45A1 Close Quarters Battle Pistol by the Marines in 2012, that Connecticut-based firearms company began marketing a commercial variant to the public.

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Tuesday, December 12th

Monarch High Tech Binoculars

Nikon is proud to announce its MONARCH HG has been awarded Field & Stream's Best of the Best #Outdoor #Gear 2017.

“This is not just the good stuff, folks. It's the best of the best.” according to Field & Stream's editors.

Field & Stream's editors went through countless hours putting different brands and products through rigorous testing and here are their results.

“With Field-Flattener lenses that minimize distortion at the edges, the #MONARCH HG binocular produces an image that rivals that of the best German-made glass.”

In August of 2017, the MONARCH HG was awarded Field & Stream's Best of the Test and is now being awarded with Best of the Best. Awards were also presented to manufacturers of firearms, bows, knives, reels and rods.

Nikon has always made top of the line glass at an affordable price and the Monarch HG backs that up.

“The MONARCH HG combines outstanding glass, prisms, coatings, optical design and materials as well as a throwback retro look,” said Jeremy Bentham, Sr. Manager; SRO Sales & Operations Nikon Inc. “We were determined to bring the best optical quality for the price point in modern optics, and we feel the MONARCH HG's achieved this and more.”

For further information regarding Nikon Sport Optics, visit their website, and for a full review of Field & Stream's Best of the Best Outdoor Gear 2017, click here.

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Tuesday, December 12th

Gift Ideas For Him

We asked our staff to select the best holiday #gifts for #guys who shoot, based on their extensive experience and practicality. There are gifts for less than $25, gifts priced between $25 and $50, and special gifts priced above $150. They range from apparel to gun accessories to fun and creative ideas — and even one really impressive gift! Let's get started...

1. Otis Technology Ripcord | $14.99

Unrivaled one-pass cleaning. For times in the field when you just can't reach your #Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean, reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.

2. Bunker Buster Shirts | $19.99 + FREE SHIPPING

Bunker Buster is a new clothing and accessory line for men and women who are proud supporters of the Second Amendment. Bunker Buster features our iconic ponytail skull for women and stylish Mohawk for men, which represents the soldier within, the fighter who takes a stand, and empowers the well-armed citizen. We’ve made it our mission to redefine the gun industry by creating a new line of fashion wear and gun accessories.

3. Whiskey Bullets | $24.99

These stainless steel bullets can be used to cool your whiskey, scotch, vodka, white wine, etc. Unlike ice, Whiskey Bullet™ chill your liquor without diluting the flavors. Each drink is unique and you only get one shot, make it count.

4. Man Crates | $39.99 - $150

Let's face it, guys are tough to shop for, and that's exactly the problem we set out to solve. Man Crates make gifts for guys designed to maximize the joy of gifting and the memories created. We fill our crates (and ammo cans!) with snacks, gadgets, and gear that will keep him satisfied long after he cracks open the lid. So sit back, relax, and enjoy looking like the gifting guru, because you got a Man Crate!

5. Freedom Cabinet | $195

Freedom Cabinet is topped with a burnt accent Polished US Flag / Metal Art. The cabinet comes stuffed with foam that can be configured to store guns, booze or any of your dirty little secrets. Flag is cut from 16 gauge, cold rolled, mild steel (very strong) Ground and polished, then covered in 3 layers of glossy clear coat. Flag is set in grooves and is flush with surface of wood for an amazing 3 dimensional look

Friday, December 8th

Remington Model 870 DM

Who can go wrong with a Model 870 pump #shotgun? If you mention the brand #Remington the first word that comes to mind is 'reliable'. The new #870DM takes a different approach to the traditional tube style mag. Instead they introduced a detachable magazine, which is the first of it's kind in a pump action shotgun.

The magazine system and fire controls designed from the ground up available with 3- and 6-round mags. It’s the fastest response time of any pump shotgun in history, and the ultimate choice for a home defense shotgun. The Model 870 DM features 6-round 12-gauge magazine, bead sight, black synthetic stock, corn cobb fore-end, Supercell recoil.

MSRP: $529

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Monday, December 4th

SilencerCo goes Full-Auto with thei

As an excuse to display that their Saker ASR #suppressor lines are #fullauto rated and compatible with a wide variety of calibers, #SilencerCo hit the range with both an FN M249 and a MK 48 MOD 1 for some trigger time.

Sure, the soundtrack sounds like they borrowed it from the DJ at an Iraqi wedding, but the machine guns are on point and they run a 300-round string through each. Sharing a 1.5-inch diameter, both the Saker ASR 556 and 762 are made with Stellite and stainless steel, featuring a Hoplon baffle that is billed as increasing the suppressor’s lifespan in SBR and full-auto applications as it helps deflect debris. MSPR varies by model from $864-972 but sound moderation (although stepped on in the video by the music) hits the 129-137 dB mark for loads ranging from 5.56mm NATO to .300WM.

If this clip doesn’t make you want to pass the Hearing Protection Act and/or repeal the Hughes Amendment and NFA, then we just don’t know what else could melt your butter.

Alternatively, the soundtrack could just give you a hankering for Muwashshah music. Maybe should have rolled with some Skynard.

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Monday, December 4th

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Monday, November 27th

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Thursday, November 16th

Brownells and Smith and Wesson Dona

#Brownells and Smith & Wesson join forces to donate a Dream Gun, a custom M&P M2.0 Compact, to be raffled off through the #LoneSurvivor Foundation.

The Dream Gun, valued at $850, features Smith & Wesson’s latest 9mm pistol, the M2.0 Compact. Released in Septemeber 2017, the striker fired design is a trimmed down version of the company’s full-size M2.0. The Dream Gun ditches the standard black color in favor of a red, white and blue design with Cerakote by Battle Arms Development.

The raffle, conducted by Lone Survivor Foundation, runs through Dec. 11 and aims to help military veterans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Raffle tickets start at $20 each, with different packages available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased through Lone Survivor’s raffle site.

Texas-based Lone Survivor Foundation supports and empowers wounded service members and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support. LSF offers therapeutic retreats for service members with post traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and military sexual trauma.

“We are grateful for this chance to partner with Smith & Wesson to help support our veterans,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell in a statement. “Somebody is going to win a very sharp-looking, custom M&P M2.0 Compact.”

At the time of publication, the raffle had raised $1080 of its $10,000 goal.

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Wednesday, November 8th

Extreme Workout

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When your workout routine gets boring try shooting a #50Cal while running backwards on a treadmill. That's right your host Morgan from #GunRodeo got her inspiration from watching #LannyOakley #workout videos and thought she'd tryout a new style of training!

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Tuesday, November 7th

Gun Review: Mossberg 464 SPX Tactic

The #Mossberg 464 SPX .30-30 is photogenic. It makes a distinct statement. And opinion seems to be split. Some seem inexplicably drawn to the odd aesthetic of the rifle. Others think it is an abomination.

The Mossberg #leveraction 464 is, most basically, a lever action #rifle without the wooden furniture. Rather than go to great lengths to make the polymer look exactly like the wood it is replacing, Mossberg adopted the tools of the tactical trade. The forend is covered up in rail. And the stock, which is made by ATI (who makes all kinds of stocks) is actually adjustable.

The 464 holds five in the tube. Beneath the flash suppressor, the barrel is threaded. The rail covers the fore-end, but doesn’t extend to the top. A rail section could be added up top, or there are options for a traditional scope mount.

But I don’t think Mossberg is taking the tactical angle very seriously, honestly. This is a hunting gun. The .30-30 is hell on whitetail. It is perfect for the piggies. I’ve used one for hunting elk. If you can close the range to within 100 yards, the .30-30 delivers flat shooting, hard hitting, dependable accuracy.

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Thursday, November 9th

Keanu Reeves Shooting at 3-Gun Matc

“ #JohnWick ” star #KeanuReeves showed off his real-life #shooting skills on a #3Gun training course in a new video released by a California gun range.

Taran Tactical Innovations published the video, titled “Keanu shredding with Taran Butler,” showing the 51-year-old actor racing through the course and “shredding” several targets while transitioning between three weapons.

Pro shooter Taran Butler has trained actors and actresses on his 20-acre range for movies such as “Charlie’s Angels,” “Transformers” and “Avatar,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

The video comes after Mr. Reeves finished filming for “John Wick: Chapter 2,” which is set to release in February 2017.

“For us it was just what is the next chapter? What is the continuation of this story?,” Mr. Reeves teased of the sequel to IGN. “Opening up the world — the underground world. The world behind the world in terms of the assassins. Kind of evolving the action — if the first one was a black belt, then this one is third degree black belt. It’s such a fun project

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Monday, October 30th

Extreme Workout

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Wednesday, October 18th

Do Background Checks Stop Gun Viole

Strict #gunlaws passed in two states to require #backgroundchecks for every #firearm sale had virtually no effect, a new study has found. Gun violence experts from the Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Violence Prevention Research Program conducted a study in Washington state, Colorado and Delaware to analyze whether state laws requiring more background checks actually resulted in more checks.

The results, published in medical journal Injury Prevention, suggest the laws had little impact.

Delaware was the only state that saw apparent results, with an increase ranging from 22 to 34 percent based on the type of firearm. But according to the study, "no overall changes were observed in Washington and Colorado."

The report, which comes amid a renewed gun control debate in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, also blamed the findings on “insufficient enforcement of the law” by state authorities. Law enforcement officials in Colorado reportedly stated they would not enforce the law, and some retailers reportedly declined to process background checks for private party transfers.

In Washington, law enforcement agencies announced there would be no arrests for selling guns at the non-compliance rally and gun show, according to the report.

Wintemute told the Guardian that the report shows “evidence that these policies may need more assertive enforcement,” saying advocates pushing for laws like these should question how to best “maximize opportunities for enforcement” and “remind” private party sellers that background checks are required.

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Monday, October 16th

2017 She Never Quit

We are having another great year at the 2017 #SheNeverQuit hosted by The WOMA and the Lutrell family! This event helps support #Navy #SEAL widows in need.

The Women’s Outdoor Media Association (WOMA) is proud to announce the sponsorship of the 3rd annual She Never Quit Summit by #GunRodeo joining sponsors Sticky Holsters, Patriot Defense, Glock Inc, Otis Technology, Smith & Wesson, Krieghoff, Colt, Mossberg, Thompson Center Arms, Fiocchi, Armscor, FNH USA, Rock Island Armory, Mace, and Howard Leight.

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Monday, October 2nd

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Thursday, September 28th

Gun Review: Glock 26

#Concealed carry guns are always a series of tradeoffs. Capacity is usually an issue which is why the majority of guns designed for concealed carry skew in the direction of smaller calibers such as #9mm and .380. Recoil’s another problem as these guns tend to be small and light, having less mass to soak up the force of the shot. Triggers are often the bane of many CCW designs. It would seem that Double action only (DAO) triggers with long pulls tend to rule the day. One particularly egregious example of this is the trigger found on my #SigSauer P290. From the start of the pull to the point where the hammer releases, the trigger has to move almost a full inch. That may not sound like much, but when you compare it to, say, the trigger on my single action only (SAO) P938, which only needs to move ¼ of an inch, it feels like a football field.


Let’s face it, a GLOCK is the flea-bitten mongrel that shows up to the AKC National Championship – it’s uglier than most of the others, but in a fight, it can kick the pretty-boys’ butt. GLOCKs are built to work while not costing a lot. Unfortunately, they end up being fairly unattractive guns. Then again, do I really care if people think my Dewalt drill is nice looking or not? No, the important thing is getting the job done. That said, there’s a certain elegance in the minimalist approach that #GLOCK applies to their guns but I do wish they could do something about the boxy look.


GLOCK has had more than three decades to refine the ergonomics of their offerings and they have pretty much got it dialed in. If you’re used to shooting any of the bigger GLOCKs, you’re going to feel right at home with the G26. The only nit I have to pick is that the short grip of the 26 leaves my pinkie twisting in the wind. For some people, this isn’t an issue. For others (like me), it feels unnatural. Fortunately, he problem has a simple and relatively low cost solution: Pearce grip extensions.


  • Caliber: 9mm (also .40 auto and .357 Sig)

  • Action: Semi-auto

  • Overall length: 6.49 inches

  • Overall width: 1.18 inches

  • Overall height: 5 inches

  • Weight: 21.7 oz. unloaded

  • Sights: Fixed front sight dot, rear sight channel

  • Finish: Black or FDE

  • Capacity: 10 rounds, up to 33 rounds with extended mags

  • Price: $525 street

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Tuesday, September 26th

The Derringer 'Cell Phone Pistol'

#IdealConceal innovative .380 that mimics a #smartphone when folded is set to enter production and the company has announced tour dates to bring it to the people this fall.

The Minnesota-made double-barreled #Derringer made a big splash last year when it debuted and was supposed to go on sale in mid-2016 with a retail price of $395. However, Kirk Kjellberg, Ideal Conceal’s CEO, in an email Monday apologized for the missed production dates and announced a very limited run of “a few hundred” pistols would occur at the end of November followed by a 1,000-gun run in January 2018, then ramp up from there.

“February will see the same 1,000 gun production volume and March sees a jump to 2,500,” said Kjellberg. “Second quarter production will increase, but we have not picked a number for that as of today.”

Kjellberg said the company is taking their show on the road and will be holding public demonstrations starting in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 27. Other dates in Winston Salem, Chattanooga, Nashville, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Kansas City and Des Moines are scheduled through October with more dates set to be announced through social media.

Now you may be asking, does the gun even work? Check out the below– slightly NSFW– review posted this week by Tactical Shit on that very subject.

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Monday, September 25th

Suppressed Maxim 50 Muzzleloader

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with the #SilencerCo latest innovation: the integrally suppressed #Maxim 50 #muzzleloader.

In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no $200 tax stamp, no photographs, and no fingerprints) and have it shipped immediately to the customer with few exceptions.

As well as producing hearing safe sound results, the Maxim 50 also offers shooters greatly reduced recoil and a 2/3 reduction of smoke emissions when compared to non-moderated muzzleloaders. No matter where you are in the country, you can now enjoy shooting suppressed.

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Wednesday, September 20th

Micro .38 SPL Snub Nose Load - Ammo

Expanding on the line of +P personal defense loads taking aim at those packing #subcompact handguns, Federal’s new 130-grain .38 Special round packs a punch.

Resembling traditional wadcutter ammo, the jacked #hollow point HST Micro is no plinker and uses deep-seated #bullets to eliminate air inside the case, producing more consistent powder burn rates. They use a nickel-plated brass case with waterproofing on the case mouth and primer, with a tapered jacket profile. #Federal uses a cannelure groove that locks the copper jacket to the lead core, a six-petal design that mushrooms out as it travels down a wound channel.

While the HST bullet line dates to 2002 and has long been popular in law enforcement use, the HST Micro series is much newer, with a 99-grain .380 ACP and 150-grain 9mm load recently introduced, and now augmented by the .38.

The loading is optimized for performance from “micro guns” i.e. snub-nosed revolvers, which have never really gone out of style. As it is a +P load, older revolvers should be off-limits for the new Federal ammo, but modern guns rated for that pressure now have a premium new offering on the block to stoke their favorite wheel gun with.

The company sent Guns.com 80 rounds to test — four, 20-cartridge boxes — and the good news is that they all went off as planned. Our test gun was a well-used Smith & Wesson Model 642-1 Airweight .38 five-shot J-Frame revolver. With a downright humble 1.875-inch barrel, it is rated for continuous +P use and was the shortest barreled snub we could lay hands on.

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Monday, September 18th


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Wednesday, September 13th

Latest News from SHARE Suppressor H

Nearly two hours of testimony Tuesday on an omnibus new sportsmen’s package were dominated by the topic of removing #suppressors from #National #Firearms #Act regulations.

The #Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement or #SHARE Act, was the subject of hearings this week in the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands. While the measure covers a sweeping list of subjects ranging from good samaritan search and rescue and polar bear conservation, its section on the #HearingProtection Act drew most of the commentary.

“Suppressors are important devices to reduce hearing damage for shooters – my father suffered from it — as well as to reduce noise at #shooting ranges located near residential areas,” said subcommittee chair, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calf, in his opening statement. “In my district, this has been a major complaint of residents near a recently-opened #outdoor shooting range in Shingle Springs.”

The measure aims to eliminate #NFA requirements for silencers and other sound moderators, scrubbing the information on more 1.3 million suppressors currently registered from the books and refunding any $200 transfer tax paid for them since Oct. 22, 2015. In the end, suppressors would be treated as Title I rather than Title II firearms – which would allow them to be transferred through any regular federal #firearms license holder to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an #FBI instant background check.

Invited to address the lawmakers by the minority #Democrats on the subcommittee, David Chipman, a former agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives now working for Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions group, argued the move to cut regulations on the devices would translate to an increased threat to public safety.

“Silencers mask the sound of a #gun, changing the sound into one not easily recognized as #gunfire. As a result, ambush-style murders become easier, and bystanders may not know to alert first responders,” said Chipman. “Congress must do more to make our communities safer, not put silencers in the hands of criminals, making it harder for people, including law enforcement, to identify the sound of gunfire, locate active shooters, and keep our communities safe.”

Read More Courtesy of Guns....

Thursday, August 31st

Lifepack Backpack

#Lifepack is so rich in functionality, we call it the #backpack that’s got your back.

This #anti #theft backpack is paying us a visit from the future. It’s equipped with a #solar #powered #power bank/ #Bluetooth speaker combo and an integrated lock so you can connect it to something stationary to keep your belongings safe. It also keeps you organized and your stuff protected, with features like a super cushiony back, key holder, built-in rain cover, and padded laptop storage.

Features integrated 3-digit combination lock, integrated #USB charger, drop-proof #laptop storage, 4 hidden pockets, water bottle holder, #sunglasses pocket, bottle opener, key holder, built-in rain cover, and receipt/paper storage.

  • Fits up to 15.6” laptop

  • Designed with two, divided sections

  • Bluetooth playback time: 96+ hours

  • Full #solar charging time: ~30 hours

Lifepack is an overachiever—an anti-theft backpack that charges your phone, plays music, and locks your possessions inside. Its minimalist design even uses solar energy to fuel the 2-in-1 Bluetooth speaker and two-slotted power bank.

Maker Adrian Solgaard started troubleshooting after his date’s purse was stolen. He created a backpack that’d be really hard to steal.

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Monday, August 28th

Donate to American Red Cross - Hurr

Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Today or call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

With so much property damage already, there are thousands of people displaced in #Houston and the surrounding area. The #RedCross has been working on the ground, delivering meals and getting to residents to shelters. We spoke with their vice president of disaster operations, Brad Kieserman, who's been directing the #relief efforts from the #Red #Cross #Disaster Operations Center in Fairfax, Va. I started our conversation by asking him to tell us how many people are in shelters right now.

BRAD KIESERMAN: The number of people in #shelters just continues to fluctuate. I am expecting that, by tomorrow, we will see, at least, 20,000 to 30,000 people in shelters. There are people taking shelter in churches and community centers. And just trying to capture all of that information in this chaos is challenging. This has got to be one of the most #devastating and catastrophic events I have seen in my career.

MARTIN: How long have you been with the Red Cross? Can you give us some sense of that - the scope of this in your experience?

KIESERMAN: I've been involved in emergency management for over 30 years. And just to give you a sense of what we're seeing here, the rain, the flooding, the wind - and this is really a two-disaster problem - right? The #hurricane struck, and that brought wind, and it brought some rain, and it brought a storm surge. And now, we're dealing with absolutely monumental flooding. As you heard the colonel say earlier, this is unlike anything that we've seen in Texas in, I think, anyone's lifetime. The area that is flooding - just to give you a sense - I heard you talk about the triangle earlier - if you really look at all the places that are flooding and that are going to flood, the flood waters are not going to recede in most places for weeks.

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Tuesday, August 8th

15% Off Salute Featured Targets

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Thursday, August 3rd

Folding .22 LR Single Shot by Trail

The company, which “was founded in 2014 to design, develop, manufacture and market innovative American-made #firearms” advertises the new #LifeCard as their flagship gun. The single-shot, single-action #22LR is machined from a solid billet and features a steel barrel in an aluminum frame and handle. Overall length is 3.375-inches with a width of 0.5-inches. Weight is 7-ounces.

Incapable of firing when collapsed into its credit card state — thus keeping from crossing into National #Firearms Act AOW regions— the gun, once unlatched has a grip that unfolds to expose the #trigger. For sighting, a small v-groove is recessed along the top of the barrel.

A small storage compartment in the grip holds four spare rounds. The barrel tips up, similar to a #Beretta Bobcat or JetFire, for loading. The bolt for the #pistol must be cocked to manually to fire, and has a half-cock position. The LifeCard ships with a supplied padlock that can slip through a hole in the action to lock the gun. According to the manual, the entire gun contains 27 parts.

MSRP is $399 and the #gun is expected to ship in mid-August.

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Friday, July 21st

How to destroy a suppressor

The #WestCoast #Armory has taken matters into their own hands and done us all a favor by destroying one of their own suppressors! Take a look at what 700 rounds going #fullauto mania with an #M249SAW can do to a #Silencerco #SWR...now that's how you destroy a #suppressor.

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Monday, July 3rd

GunRodeo Independence Day SALE!

For a limited time #GunRodeo is extending the 15% off #ammo, #holsters, and #exploding #targets now through July 10th.


When you order GunRodeo ammunition you'll receive FREE shipping on #bulkammo. You'll find great deals on #50cal, #300Blackout, #9mm, #45ACP, #40SW, #223ammo, and much more.

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GunRodeo has partnered with KRounds to give you the best deals on quality USA manufactured #concealment. Find #OWB, #IWB, and #IWBAppendix holsters.

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Exploding Targets

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Wednesday, May 17th

High School Trap Team Gets its Year

The #Big #Lake #High #School #trapshooting team will get its picture in the school yearbook with #guns , after all.

#Team members had been told the #yearbook photo would not be included because of the school's policy against against showing #firearms in photos. Some parents were concerned enough they were considering raising the issue during a school board meeting Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, however, the Big Lake school district said it agreed to modify its no-guns-in-pictures policy to make an exception for the trapshooting team.

"Once the procedure for modifying a handbook policy was followed, the district was able to amend the policy," officials said in a statement.

"It is important to remember that a school district has rules and procedures that need to be followed," the district said. "The intense conversation around this topic on social media and the phone calls and emails we received, only delayed the process."

Team members, coaches and parents say the guns should be viewed as a piece of equipment used in the sport, much like a baseball player holding a bat in a photo. Before the district shifted it position, parent Rick Anderson told WCCO-TV "political correctness has gone way overboard."

The #athletic director had offered to have a team picture taken for the yearbook, but without the guns.

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Thursday, April 27th

Proven and Tested - LimbSaver Recoi

#LimbSaver has the world’s most advanced #recoilpad is now available as a slip-on option for most #rifles , #shotguns and #muzzle-loaders . It features advanced atmospheric chambers which produce a substantial increase in performance through uniform energy dissipation. No installation necessary, just slip over the end of your #firearm #stock and feel the difference immediately.

#AirTech #SlipOn pads are designed to slip over existing #firearmstocks without any modifications. Though slip-on pads will work with or without factory recoil pads, we highly recommend removing the existing pad before putting the slip-on recoil pad on; this will ensure the best fit and will prevent slipping during use.

The LimbSaver recoil pads are #durable and at an #affordable price of $28.99-$38.99.

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Tuesday, April 25th

Subcompact 1911 Review

Upgraded to #Subcompact

#Wilson #Combat values the feedback its gets from its customers and keeps track of current trends in the industry. The two trends that have influenced the company the most are the explosion of #concealedcarry #firearms and the increase in the popularity of #1911s chambered in #9mm.

On the range, I was pleased with how well-mannered the #Sentinel XL was. We tested the #compact #pistol with three loads from Wilson Combat as well as a subsonic load from Gorilla #Ammunition, which was extremely soft shooting.

I tested the pistol’s accuracy at 25 yards. And let me just say that I cannot match the capabilities of the Sentinel XL. I will admit that attempting to #shoot tight groups with a bright #green #fiberoptic #frontsight is not that easy. In an attempt to properly measure the pistol’s inherent accuracy and minimize shooter error, I shot from a seated position, resting the pistol between my knees. I fired a 10-shot group with each load and measured the best five shots. The three #WilsonCombat loads all created sub-2.5-inch groups while the Gorilla group measured 2.75 inches.

Wilson Subcompact 1911 Specs
  • Caliber: 9mm

  • Barrel: 4 inches

  • OA Length: 7.6 inches

  • Weight: 27.6 ounces (empty)

  • Grips: Black cherry

  • Sights: Fiber-optic front, Battlesight rear

  • Action: SA

  • Finish: Armor-Tuff

  • Capacity: 8+1

  • MSRP: N/A

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    Tuesday, April 11th

    Salute Targets - Spartan Tactical T

    Spartan Tactical – Save $50- Use promo code ‘SAVE50’

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    This is #Salute #Targets most challenging tactical target yet, The #Spartan™ #tactical #target will prepare you for the split second when you need to protect what you cherish most. The target trains you to focus on the three primary areas of vulnerability on the body: The Head, Heart and Pelvis. Or as any modern warrior or shootist would state: The Electrical, Hydraulic, and Chassis kill areas. You’ll aim at these three primary areas on The Spartan’s #AR500 steel plate base, which is laser-cut with the curves of the IPSC A-C zone shape.

  • No need to go downrange to reset the target.Each of the three spots on the target are receded and designed to pivot outward with your accurate shots. You can slap them back into place with the thrust of your follow-up bullet strikes.

  • Immediately confirms your increasing speed and accuracy.The bullet’s plinking sound against the metal, along with the visual swing of the plates, gives you instant satisfaction and assessment of your performance.

  • Highest quality steel that survives the elements.The Spartan™ will last through rain storms, high temperatures, multiple coats of paint, and just about every #caliber you can aim at it to improve your tactical #shooting skills.

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    Tuesday, April 4th

    AR-15 Raffle | Kemah Police Departm


    Patriot Defense is raffling off a custom 1 of a kind AR-15 to help support our local Police Department.

    100% of proceeds will go to our local KEMAH POLICE DEPARTMENT to assist them in buying proper gear to keep our LEO’s safe while on the job.


  • TICKETS = $20/each

  • Maximum Tickets Sold = 350

  • Fundraiser will end May 1st, 2017 or if all tickets sell before the ending date.

  • Winner will be drawn randomly and contacted the day of the drawing.

  • Must be legal to own a long gun in order to enter raffle

  • Must live within the United States of America.

  • Winner is responsible for providing a Federal Firearms Licensed Shop for transfer if not in the Kemah, TX area.

  • Thanks for helping our community and good luck!


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    Tuesday, March 21st

    .308 Multi Use Launcher (M.U.L)

    In this video we have a little fun with the new Multi Purpose #Launcher (or MUL) from #XProducts . This launcher is similar to the #CanCannon however instead of compatibility with a standard #AR15 #lower, this one fits on an #AR10 lower and uses #308Winchester blanks to launch all manner of things. Stay in your seat, because we have a couple of fun surprises in this video you won't want to miss. We'll be doing more with the MUL and the standard Can Cannon in future videos, stay tuned.

    They are currently designing the following accessories for this product Harpoon product line:
    #GrapplingHook (For Sale Now!), #NetLauncher (In Sketch), #Dog #TrainingToys For #Duck #Hunting and Retrieval, T Shirt #Launching, and #Lawn Darts.

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    Tuesday, March 7th


    It seems to be a popular time for updating flagship pistols. A couple months ago Ruger announced that it was thoroughly updating its famed #22LR #Mark pistol series with the Mark IV. Now, at the top of the new year, #SmithWesson has announced an update to its extremely popular full-sized M&P pistol line with the #MP M2.0.

    The Smith and Wesson M&P was introduced in 2005 as the company’s push into the blossoming world of #polymer #handguns . It’s a short, recoil-operated, semi-auto using a #Browning type locking system. It features a unique take-down method that doesn’t require a dry-fire pull of the trigger, for added safety.

    The gun’s target demographic was #lawenforcement, but plenty of shooters in all walks of life have embraced the M&P for target shooting, home- and #selfdefense , #competition , and as duty weapons. Many variants and sizes have been introduced over the years, along with a couple of spin-off #pistols designed for #concealedcarry and bearing the M&P name, such as the M&P Shield and M&P Bodyguard.


    The M2.0 retains the proven 18-degree grip angle of the original, which allows shooters to point the gun more naturally. But Smith & Wesson engineers also looked at and made changes to the part of the pistol that contacts the hand the most, adding a more aggressive texture to the somewhat chubby M&P grip. They also paid attention to the gun’s customizability options, adding a fourth interchangeable palm swell insert. It falls between medium and large on the size scale and is dubbed medium-large. While it may seem trivial, when you shoot the M&P with the different sized inserts in rapid succession, you can really feel the difference in stability and comfort.


    The factory trigger was always the big gripe about M&Ps. Many shooters found them to be mushy and replaced them quickly. S&W listened, and the M2.0’s redesigned trigger is crisp, with a lighter pull and a positive, audible reset. All that, combined with the gun’s signature high grip-to-barrel bore axis, makes for a fast-shooting, accurate pistol with very little muzzle flip, right out of the box.


    That stability and comfort is enhanced by the new grip texture, which I like, though some may not. Shooters who use an inside-the-waistband holster, especially those who carry in hotter climates, might find the rough texture uncomfortable and would want to add a layer between gun and skin. But when it comes to hanging on to the pistol, it’s wonderful and reminiscent of the grips on the #HKVP9 or the #WaltherCCP.

    At the range, the M2.0 was extremely controllable and comfortable in both calibers and ran like a champ in the hands of various shooters at the S&W range who were all picking it up for the first time. And, more importantly, it was solidly on target using plain ol’ American Eagle 115-grain 9mm and 180-grain .40 S&W loads, with no malfunctions. I attribute a lot of that accuracy to the excellent trigger, which really is vast improvement over previous factory triggers and exceptional for a striker-fired pistol.

    Some extensive range testing is in order, but from a first look and a few mags, the M&P M2.0 series looks to be a worthy successor to the first series of M&P pistols that offers shooters just enough tweaks to make an upgrade desirable. (MSRP: $599)

    Read More Courtesy of Range365....

    Wednesday, February 15th

    When will the Hearing Protection Ac

    The #HearingProtection #Act of 2017—H.R. 367, introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX)—resurrects a 2015 proposal by then-Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon to ease #suppressor ownership restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

    For more than 80 years, suppressors have been exiled to a list of National Firearms Act (#NFA) items created in 1934—when Franklin Delano #Roosevelt was in the #WhiteHouse. Ownership of suppressors is generally legal, but qualifying to take one home requires onerous and time-consuming requirements such as, but not limited to, fingerprints, photographs, notifying your local chief #law #enforcement #officer, a background check and a $200 tax stamp.

    The Hearing Protection Act, in simplest terms, aims to eliminate the #taxstamp and effectively reduce the six-to-nine-month wait—in the 42 states where ownership is legal—by requiring only a #NICS background check and a 4473. The bill, as currently written, also refunds money to those who started the purchase process while legislation was pending. It sounds like an easy victory, considering the current administration, but it’s too early to put this one in the win column.

    The ground game is ongoing, with the latest proposals—H.R. 367 and S.R. 59 (Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, co-sponsored by Jerry Moran, R-KS, and Rand Paul, R-KY)—introduced on Jan. 9, 2017. Both would remove suppressors from #NFA listing, and they have garnered 97 and 7 co-sponsors, respectively.

    NRA-ILA is reminding members and enthusiasts to contact their representatives by phone, writing and e-mail to let them know they need to support the Hearing Protection Act. The #Trump administration’s overwhelming support has lulled some into a false sense of victory, making action critical.

    “Gun owners and #sportsmen should be able to enjoy their #outdoor heritage with the tools necessary to do so safely,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox said. “This bill makes it easier for them to do that.”

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    Monday, February 13th

    Glock 43 Review


  • Length: 6.26”

  • Height: 4.25”

  • Barrel Length: 3.39”

  • Width: 1.02”

  • Weight: 17.95 oz. (unloaded) 22.36 oz. (loaded)

  • Trigger pull: 5.5 lbs.

  • Capacity: 6+1

  • MSRP: $529

  • To the surprise of many, the G43 was a little larger than anticipated. My response: how could it really be any smaller? Some thought that the G42 would be made to accommodate a #9mm round, but the engineering that comes into play is far greater than many would suspect. With that said, the size of this firearm is pretty near perfect for myself. It fits great in the hand, better than the G42. Admittedly, the #Glock42 is fun to shoot… but I have trouble getting a really firm grip on it. With the added height and length of the G43, this makes it feel much better in the hand, not even that far off from the #Glock26.

    In line with all of the other Glocks, the G43 is no different when employing it’s line of safeties. I’ll reiterate what I’ve said about all Glocks and their safety features: Sometimes people overlook the fact that thumb safeties have been known to get caught up in clothing while drawing. With the Glock, your safeties are all internal and do just what they’re supposed to do. During a stressful situation, there is no need to potentially fumble with an external safety.

    This is a biggie for me, especially with a firearm that I plan to carry. Here’s the (my) rule: If it doesn’t perform correctly even once, it’s retired from my concealed carry system. No second chances. Some say that’s too tough a rule, but I respectfully disagree.

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    Friday, February 10th

    ATF White Paper, Repeal the NFA, Su

    In 2011, the #American #Suppressor #Association formed with one primary goal in mind: remove suppressors from the purview of the #National #Firearms #Act, #NFA. For years, we worked behind the scenes in Washington, D.C. to set the stage for Rep. Salmon’s #HearingProtectionAct of 2015 (H.R. 3799, S. 59). Following Rep. Salmon’s retirement from the legislature, the bill has gained new primary sponsors who have reintroduced it.

    On January 9, 2017, Rep. Jeff Duncan and Rep. John Carter reintroduced the Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 367), to cut through the red tape on owning #firearm #suppressors. Senator Mike Crapo also reintroduced the Hearing Protection Act (S.59) in the Senate. The Hearing Protection Act will remove suppressors from the scope of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the outdated federal transfer process with an instantaneous National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS). The bill also includes a tax credit provision for the $200 transfer tax on any suppressor purchased after October 22, 2015, which was the original date of introduction. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

    As we fight for our right to shoot quietly, we need your help to make sure our voice is heard loud and clear on #CapitolHill. Please take the time to fill out the form below so that you can send an email to your Representatives and Senators to let them know that you support the Hearing Protection Act.

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    Tuesday, January 31st

    D&H Tactical Handguards

    #DHTactical is proud to offer our new and innovative #ultralight free float #handguard system for the #M4, #M16, #AR15, family of firearms. Our patented expanding coupler system allows the handguard tube to be rotated anywhere throughout 360 degrees and locked down in seconds. This allows the user to place their mounted accessories where they want them around the axis of the bore and not be locked into a fixed "clock" position as mandated by other systems. This offers a new world of possibilities for all users looking to gain a competitive edge and add a truly drop in custom component on their personal #firearm.

    Turn your dull monotonous #rifle into a force of #tactical #badassery with a D&H Tactical Handguard. The #GunRodeo staff is positively impressed with the ultralight-weight feeling of the handguards, and the simple mechanics of locking it into place. With its smooth tactical design and ultralight material we give this product a firm fist-bump!

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    Monday, January 30th

    Tanfoglio Xtreme Magwell

    #Magwells are designed to allow for #faster #reloading of the #semiauto by giving you a bigger opening that is flared and beveled to guide the #magazine home. Acting as a funnel, the magwell maneuvers the magazine into position for smooth insertion. Whether you enjoy testing your speed at range or training for #competitive #shooting this is a must have for all #speedshooters.

    #PatriotDefense #Tanfoglio products are popular among #pistol and #3gun shooters who strive for quick reaction times and faster #reloads, which improve overall scores and times in #competition. Check-out the incredible #JoAnnaWilson #3GunExhibition #Shooter take charge with speed and agility using the #PatriotDefense #Tanfoglio #Magwell in the video below.

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    Thursday, January 26th

    BulletSafe is Leading the Industry

    From plates to caps and #bulletproof #vests for K-9's, BulletSafe is leading the industry with #affordable prices available nationwide. Not only is this incredible vest a support system for #PoliceDepartments, but this #highcaliber product is now becoming a #hottopic within the #gun community as a reinforcement for self-preservation. The BulletSafe Level lllA could become your next lifeline when an unexpected attack occurs.

    The #BulletSafeVest offers level IIIA (3A) protection for just $299. NIJ Level IIIA is enough #protection to stop #handgun rounds up to a .44 Magnum! #BulletSafe offers you a great #bulletproofvest at an unbelievable price. BulletSafe vests are the best value in body armor.

    Choose from different styles of ballistic plates to find the right body armor that fits your needs. Choose ceramic ballistic plates if you want a #lightweight plate for a great price. Choose the #AlphaPlate if you want the lightest plate at a great price too. #Backpack panels can be inserted in your book bag, purse, or bug-out-bag.

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    Tuesday, January 24th

    Combat Arms Supply Recon Slings

    #CombatArmsSupply llc. is a #US #Marine #Veteran owned and operated business. They are dedicated to manufacturing and distributing premium #tactical products to the #lawenforcement, #military, and #sportsman communities (while wearing Hawaiian shirts).

    While their business started with a cup of hot coffee, our core product now is the #SpecialOperations #CombatSling (SOC-Sling), which is the best quality, most versatile and coolest rifle sling on the market today. Combat Arms Supply also designs & manufactures custom OEM & private label slings, straps & harnesses.

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    Monday, January 9th

    Sure Shot Exploding Targets

    #GunRodeo believes in selling high quality products, which is why we back #SureShot #ExplodingTargets as being the best on the market. Sure Shot is the only target manufacturer that will guarantee their product to have a 7 year shelf life on their #CenterFire formula. Not only is it the loudest and most powerful, but it's the most consistent and consumer friendly target on the market.

    Gun.Rodeo offers a 1/2Lb .22 LR exploding target called The Magnum that is stable enough to mix then throw in the air and smash it with a baseball bat. One Sure Shot 1/2 lb Magnum target is as loud as 2 + Lbs of our Center fire and 3-5Lbs of the other brands!

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    Wednesday, January 4th

    Patriot Defense Tunable Muzzle Brak

    This PD-3G-MB Tunable #MuzzleBrake is CNC Machined from 6AL-4V (grade 5) titanium, with a bead blasted finish (cerakote color finish optional). This compensator was designed and engineered for max performance to the end user. Flow simulations and force analysis were run on each revision until the data showed us that we had the optimum port size, and angles to create the flattest shooting brake on the market.

    Finished weight comes in just over 2oz with all excess weight being shaved off giving the shooter an unparalleled balance of speed and sight tracking during those quick shots or transitions. 3 tuning ports allow the shooter to meter the amount of gas diverted upwards in order to achieve optimal performance on each individual rifle or ammunition being used. Blends smoothly into any .750″ barrel, threaded 1/2X28″, and legal in all 3-gun divisions.

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    Monday, December 19th

    Spreading the Joy of Christmas with

    Its #Christmas time at #GunRodeo boys and girls. With ye olde holiday season approaching we found a way to let loose as we hunted for the perfect tree. Don't waste time being traditional sawing by hand, bring out the big guns son. Take out the yule log, crack open the nog, sit back and relax as we bring you tidings of comfort and pure explosion joy. How to cut down a #ChristmasTree. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Gun.Rodeo!

    Sponsored by #SaluteTargets, #SureShot, #PatriotDefense, #ExoticFirearms, #TVMunitions, and #TNWFirearms. See more great videos at www.gun.rodeo and don't forget to enter to win one of our daily giveaways.

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    Friday, December 16th

    Lock and Load: Tactical Range Day

    We have had the incredible good fortune of working with The #MediaRocket on many of our still photo and video shoots. With a technical pedigree matched only by their keen artistic eye, The Media Rocket makes it easy to look good. Check out this video they threw together for us in just a few hours.

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    Friday, December 16th

    Drones vs. the Backwoods Boys

    Even though we're all about technology here at #GunRodeo, we still have our secret fears about the machines taking over and destroying the human race! And now that we've seen the proof that it's coming, we're loading our magazines and spotting our scopes!

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    Thursday, December 15th

    Lock-and-Load Thanksgiving Style

    Here at #GunRodeo, the #holidays are about #eggnog, #yulelogs and community. And speaking of community, after the #Thanksgiving #holiday we got together with some of the Gun.Rodeo friends and crew and threw ourselves a photo "Shoot".

    You know what kind of #shoot I'm talking about!

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    Thursday, December 15th

    How to Cook a Turkey on Gun.Rodeo!

    Here at #GunRodeo, Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday. No shopping for gifts, no crazy uncle Bob, dressed in his stained Christmas sweater and smelling of brandy and cigars, and of course lots of great food. The only problem is, no matter what recipe we follow, year after year we wind up with a dry, overcooked turkey. Well no more! Feast your eyes on our resident chef: #SniperSally, from #BunkerBuster and her #Thanksgiving #turkeyrecipe!

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    Thursday, December 8th

    Mag Packer - Reload in Seconds

    When you buy something from a woodworker, you’re buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of experimentation. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not just buying a product, you are buying a piece of art… a small piece of someone else’s life.

    #Magpacker Mini #AR-15 #Speed #Loader is a #compact version of our original #Magpacker #AR15 Speed Loader. The mini version loads your #magazines just as quickly and smoothly as the original, but without the bullet pool area for dumping your rounds. Our Magpacker Mini AR-15 Speed Loader is made out of hardwood in one of the following: Alder, Poplar, Okoume, or Sipo Mahogany. This model works with .223, 5.56 and 300 Blackout rounds in magazines of 10, 20, 30, and 40 round capacity. This Magpacker also works perfect with the Ruger Mini14 magazines up to 40 rounds and can be used with magazines that have a ranger plate. We also offer a larger wooden speed loader, our original Magpacker AR-15 Speed Loader, as well as a polymer version, the Magpacker Polymer AR-15 Speed Loader.

    View Mag Packers Video below!

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    Monday, December 5th

    Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Gun Enth


    Top 10 Holiday wish list!

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    #1 Mag Packer

    Made from solid Okoume Mahogany #Magpacker for AK-47, AR-15, 300 Blackout, and a variety of other ammo packers. $49-$99

    Visit MagPacker.com


    #2 Handgun Hangers

    #Handgun Hangers organize the shelves in your safe to store guns more efficiently. There are four styles of the product for storing guns underneath or above the shelf.$24.95

    Visit StoreMoreGuns.com


    #3 Patriot Defense Tunable Muzzle Break

    3 Tuning ports allow the #shooter to meter the amount of gas diverted upwards in order to achieve optimal performance on each individual rifle or ammunition being used.$125.99

    Visit PatriotDefense.com


    #4 Women's Concealment Purse by Twelve Six Company

    The #TwelveSixCompany hand makes each #concealmentpurse with the finest leather material, which ensures high quality and fashion. $129-$375

    Visit TwelveSixCo.com


    #5 K Rounds Concealment Holsters

    #KRounds uses only the highest grades of materials which is why they use KYDEX® for all their holsters, which come in IWB Traditional, #IWB Appendix, and #OWB Pancake. Customer orders are available.$54-$194



    #6 Tactical Mug

    There is only one word to describe this mug. Cover your ears, folks, because that word is BADASS. The #BattleMug starts out as a 13.5 pound solid block of 6061 T6 billet aluminum before it enters a state of the art CNC facility.$189



    #7 Ammo Ice Tray

    This #AK47icetray takes ordinary water and molds it into bullets. Presumably the same kind used to load an AK47. And presumably with the help of a freezer.$9-$11



    #8 Gun Toilet Plunger

    Turn an unpleasant task into comedy with The Redneck Plunger. Not only does it actually do the job, but it also makes realistic #shotgun sounds when you pull the trigger.$16.98



    #9 Chocolate Pistol

    Superb hand-crafted detail and made from almost a full pound of silky smooth Milk Chocolate candy, the #ChocolateHandgun will give anyone the best "Near Death by Chocolate" experience of a lifetime!$29.99



    #10 Gun Sweater

    Stay warm this winter all while proudly dispaying your love of guns with a stylish yet slightly ugly AR-15 Gun Sweater!$26.99


    Wednesday, November 30th

    The Newly Engineered Gualbo Steel S

    The #Gualbo #steelslug #12ga #slug is an expanding 32 gram #shotgun steel slug with petals that peel back upon impact to maximize the slug's energy transfer and create a devastating wound channel.

    The central upper pin guarantees stability and precison, both in trajectory motion and at the moment of impact against the subject. To maximize the final damage, the front petals have been projected in order to come off the main body of the slug once it penetrates the tissue for about 10 cm.

    The plastic body has been developed with lateral tongues that hold the steel slug and come off the central body immediately upon discharge from the barrel. This central balance not only guarantees the equilibrium and precision of the Gualbo Steel slug but protects the barrel from potential damage.

    Roll or fold crimps work well with the DGS line. The highly efficient gas seal and finely detailed slug structure are engineered to work symbiotically to achieve hard-hitting accuracy. Exclusive self-adjusting column height for perfect crimps.

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    Thursday, November 10th

    Gun Rodeo Sponsored Shooter JoAnna

    Meet the newest member of the Gun Rodeo Sponsored Shooters roster, #JoAnnaWilson. She holds the title of High Lady in production division at the 2016 Cowtown Classic USPSA Match in Texas. When she's not throwing bullets down range she's running a new venture as owner and partner of #PatriotDefense #TacticalGear and Accessories.

    PatriotDefense.com is a family owned and operated business striving to build high quality custom rifles, and also supply #personaldefense and tactical gear at the lowest possible prices. They know and trust their product line, and are constantly testing new equipment. That means they are fully equipped with the right information to help customers choose which products will work best for your particular needs or application.

    In additon to building our own Patriot Defense brand of AR-15/AR-10 platforms and custom bolt action rifles, our product categories include: firearms and related accessories, including, but not limited to: reloading equipment, shooting glasses, range finders, scopes, dragbags, hardcases and backpacks.

    Watch JoAnna Wilson 3-gun Nation Southwest Regional below.

    Enter to Win a Patriot Defense Tunable Muzzle Brake on Gun Rodeo

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    Tuesday, November 8th

    She Never Quit Summit 2016

    Ladies from across the country joined with The Women's Outdoor Media Association #WOMA for the #SheNeverQuit foundation for a week of shooting and training with some of the top gunners in the industry. Guest trainer 6 time #Olympian #KimRhode along with #Olympic #Biathelete #LannyBarnes, and many other sponsored shooters including, #AthenaLee, #JoAnnaWilson, #DiannaMuller, #MaggieReese, #LenaMiculek did an incredible job helping at the event.

    This event benefits #NavySEAL family charities selected by Melanie, wife of Marcus #Luttrell, famed Navy SEAL #LoneSurvivor. Sponsors donated an array of different auction items where all the proceeds go towards the family charities. This event was a lifetime opportunity for women to shoot rifles, shotguns, and handguns with renowned pro shooters/trainers. For many of the ladies that came to the event they walked away having made new friends and life long memories all while supporting the men and women who continue to protect our freedoms. We love our military serves men and women, find more ways to support them by visiting....

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    Tuesday, October 11th

    Improve your Range Skills for Hunti

    The problem most #hunters will have with this initially is in establishing a realistic distance from which to begin. It is stunning how many hunters have no working idea what they can and can’t accomplish with a #rifle they’ve owned for over a decade. Volunteering to work a range for #DucksUnlimited at its #GreatOutdoors Festival, I was shocked by the number of attendees who were convinced that their targets were “at least 100 yards, maybe a bit farther” when the actual distance was 51 yards. Whenever a hunter without competition or decent #shootingschool training spins a hunting yarn, I mentally divide all stated distances by two or three to arrive at the actual range.

    The maximum range drill is a needed reality check. A mediocre marksman can still be a successful hunter if he knows when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. To get started, rather than post a target at a randomly determined distance and fumble about for a realistic hold ‘em range, I designed a simple 100-yard target.

    My aiming mark is a modified #Canadianbullseye, as found on older military 25-meter zero targets, 10.5 MOA wide and 4.5 MOA tall. From the bottom edge, an easily-defined point of aim for all types of iron and optical sights, the desired point of impact is just over 2 inches up, yielding a reasonable zero for many #fieldshooting and #hunting needs. Most optical sights lacking objective focusing will be parallax free (or nearly so) at 100 yards. The rings are scaled to represent an 8-inch vital zone at distances from 100 to 500 yards. Place the target 100 yards away and shoot a five-shot group from the position of your choice. Add up the score and multiply it by 10 to get a rough estimate of your effective maximum range in yards.

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    Wednesday, October 5th

    Blackstone Gun Safety

    Special thanks to Dan Blackstone of #BlackstoneGunSafety for allowing #GunRodeo to introduce ourselves to his #concealedcarry class. We gave away free Gun.Rodeo Bunker Buster Gear and spoke about our PLACES locator tool that allows you to find gun shops, gun ranges, concealed carry classes, and events.

    Blackstone gave one of our team members the opportunity to receive a concealed carry permit for personal self protection. Dan helped people learn about firearms, increase their proficiency and/or obtain their concealed carry permit. His team are strong supporters of the #SecondAmendment and believe that an armed society is a polite society.

    #Firearmsafety is their number one priority and the basis of that is knowledge. His classes cover the basics of #handguns, cleaning, #ammunition, handling and the safety rules as well as the when and where’s of concealed carry.

    Find a concealed carry class near you by visiting https://www.blackstonegunsafety.com/class-schedule/

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    Monday, September 26th

    Gun.Rodeo Music Video

    Gun.Rodeo Team and #creativeDirector Andrew and friends filmed a new #musicparody , featuring #REOSpeedwagon "Take It On The Run." The video showcases #KRounds products, along with our other sponsors of Gun.Rodeo with #SureShotExplodingTargets and #TualatinValleyMunitions . On the #Gun.Rodeo set we filmed Kelsey and Ryan sharing a #shootingsession at the range where bullets flew and #slowmotionexplosions rocked the scene.

    Stay tuned for the Gun.Rodeo Music Parody Video coming soon!

    Tuesday, September 6th

    Rigorous Gun Regulations in Germany

    The #Gun.Rodeo team had an opportunity to host a #shootinglesson with two #Germantravelers , Christina and Marcel who made the United States a must-see on their year long expedition. Marcel explained the #Germanygunregulations , which only allow the military and police to #barearms unless you withstand a rigorous process, dues, and good reason as to why you might need a gun. Surly farmers would be an exception to the firearm laws, sadly this isn't the case. For most farmers in order to protect their livestock from predators will #buyfirearmsillegally through the black-market.

    Sport Shooting

    You have to be a member of an established shooting club, certified by this #Germansportshootingsociety for at least 12 months. Before you can buy your #firstgun you also have to provide proof of at least 18 practice sessions within 12 months (i.e. with a rental gun at your shooting club). Second, pass a governmental exam of general #firearmsknowledge (use, laws, handling etc.). Then you will receive a letter from your certified shooting society stating that you need a gun or guns for a specific shooting discipline (e.g., “precision shooting cal.

    You also receive two different types of owner cards: a yellow “sport shooters firearms owner card” and a green “firearms owner card”.

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    Thursday, September 1st

    Vintage Second Amendment Advertisem

    The early #1900'sadvertising had a way of #capturingastory with every #magazinecover, #poster, or #banner. Yeah, the early 20th century was pretty bad-a. What you may have noticed is that there was a ton of new stuff to spend money on! And you know what that means, right? More advertisements!

    Now television was introduced in 1949, but that is going to be a huge and fun topic, so we’ll save early TV for later. Let’s stick with print and outdoor for now. We will look at some examples of great ads for consumer products, automobiles, and political ads.

    People were buying all sorts of crazy things in the early 20th century like light bulbs, telephones, and Kodak cameras. Companies did a good job advertising these products.

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    Thursday, July 21st

    Marksmanship Afternoon

    The Founders of Gun.Rodeo, Tim and Terence took a quick afternoon break and headed down to the range loaded with #Salute #Targets to #practice their #marksmanship. After a few hundred #rounds of #brass cycled through and #targets #obliterated by lead #bullets from a Beretta 92, Glock 43, and a PWA AR 15 it was time to head back to work.

    Select the Follow Button above to stay up-to-date with all Gun.Rodeo Media coverage to catch the latest details trailing in the gun industry, and don’t forget to bump the articles you like!

    Thursday, January 7th

    Sig Sauer P250

    The #Sg Sauer #P250 is one of the most under marketed technological advancements in #handgun technology that just never got off the ground. Let that just sink in for a second and understand both the power and failure that evokes.

    About the P250The P250 is the single most versatile handgun Sig has ever made. The reason is that unlike most guns where the frame is the handgun sig has developed a system that registers the firing control as the weapon. So by purchasing various grips and barrels you can shoot all the following calibers via one registered weapon:

    In the following grip sizes:

    Full Size
    That is a lot of options and for those of us who are addicted to switching up our daily carry or like to shoot lots of cartridges at the range it sounds like a dream. I bought one shortly after they hit the market thinking it would be the last gun I ever buy. I realise now how ridiculous of an idea that was.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    TRU-SPEC 24-7 Series Pants

    Shortly after the holiday season one of my prefered retailers put the #TRU-SPEC 24-7 Rip Stop #pants on clearance. I am a huge fan of #cargo pants going back to my middle and high school years long before it was tactical. My job affords me the luxury of wearing cargo pants instead of requiring slacks.

    As a parent who has little time for laundry and always in need of extra storage for all the items my kids ask me to “hold for just a minute daddy” cargo pants are part of my life for good or bad.

    Before getting into EDC and CC I often rotated between Eddie Bauer, Gap and other preppy style cargo pants. In the last few years before finding the EDC market I was becoming every unimpressed with quality. The pants stained easily, they tore at the cuffs and would wear in the knees and crotch.

    Moving to Vortex, TRU-SPEC and some of the other “tactical” brands has made a huge difference. While 5.11 and the LA Police Gear imitations often have the same quality issues the preppy retailers have TRU-SPEC has really impressed me for the following reasons.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    Tuff Products 1.5″ E.D.C. EZ-Feed

    If you follow us on #Facebook you will know a few months back we asked users what #belts they wear. Some really great recommendations came in and we sifted through our budget and connections for #T&E #gear to see who we could check out for an article. My goal was to do an article comparing all the belts together with the goal of picking an ultimate belt. The plan was fundamentally flawed for a few reasons.

    To do a proper belt review you need at least 30 days of wearing a belt. So with 4 belts to review the article would be a 4 month project at the minimum. This would be manageable though those companies that sent T&E gear they expected to get back may not have been very happy. The larger issue became the fact that like the 45 vs 9mm or AK vs AR debates belts serve many purposes. Based on our selections and recommendations we found that many of the belts we did order or get sent to us did not exactly overlap each other in use. They all fell into the EDC market but even in that market you have lots of different levels of carry.

    So instead of writing a comparison article as originally intended we have decided to look at each belt and discus it stand alone for its pro’s and cons. This will be our second article on the topic and will cover the Tuff Products 1.5 inch EDC Cobra Ranger Belt.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    K Rounds Reversible IWB or OWB In N

    #KROUNDS is a newer company, but like other newer companies in the gun community the people behind it are far from newbies. K ROUNDS is home to individuals with a long history in the #tactical industry, some of whom served in the #armedforces. The production staff offers decades of raw experience. This company is comprised of a seasoned management and production team, and they know how to make quality products at #affordable prices.

    Formed just over a year ago, K ROUNDS has an interesting mission. To make #American made #holsters at an affordable price that can hold up to rugged, daily use, at home and abroad. Now you may be thinking, “Why is this interesting mission? Doesn’t the rest of the holster industry offer the same?” No, sadly they don’t, and here is why:

    In the Kydex market there are a few types of companies. The American made outfits that offer holsters made in small workshops or garages, and the large corporate conglomerate companies pushing out thousands of holsters in a day. Hats off to the little guys. These guys are great examples of American ingenuity and capitalism, and they build custom work better than most. However, they often have large lag times and while the work is often great, it is subject to inconsistencies. Be mindful of the larger shops that focus on using an easily reproducible product. Although they offer great speed, they generally focus on marketing and cost savings over quality. Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch this is a generalization, and yes, there are exceptions.

    I have found that K ROUNDS is neither of these companies. They are what I would call “the biggest little guys” you will ever meet. Much like Napoleon or Chuck Norris, they cannot be judged by their age or size. They offer American made raw materials of the highest quality; with experienced craftsmen hand producing the holsters the old fashioned way. Each holster is created by using an exact mold of the weapon produced, and they do not use blue guns. The company keeps a well-stocked safe, full of actual weapons and lights needed to create the mold. This assures the highest degree of accuracy and best fitting press possible. If you happen to have a weapon that they don’t have on hand, the solution is simple. Just ship the weapon or swing it by the shop, and in a short amount of time, you will have your custom holster. They do all of this in such a large volume and on industrial equipment, which insures that they have a short lead time and low cost compared to the mom and pop competition. Don’t think for a minute that they aren’t burning the midnight oil. Often times, the production crew is on sight until well into the wee hours of the morning. Much like smaller companies, they also can allow for customization. I have seen holsters adjusted for RMR’s as well as popular weapon lights. If you have a light, cuffs, a multi-tool, or a unique weapon system, they can holster it, and you won’t have to wait for an eternity or break the bank.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    Mil-Spec Monkey Adapt Pack

    #Mil-SpecMonkey, Tactical Tailor Adapt #Pack
    Mil-Spec #Monkey has a knack for taking great products and tweaking them a bit via some very high profile collaboration projects. In conjunction with Tactical Tailor Mil-Spec has developed the Adapt Pack.

    As you may notice we are using pictures from the #MSM site. The fact is Monkey or whomever he uses for photography is much better at taking pictures than me. While the images are pulled from the site the bag has been in our possession for about a month now and used very heavily. It has shown no signs of loose threading or significant wear. This review is 100% independent and based on our testing and use.

    Adapt Pack
    The product is designed as a lightweight assault pack for military users or to be used as a go back or on the move bag in civilian markets. It is the size of a typical school backpack:

    Approx Dims:

    Main Pocket: 17″ tall x 9.5″ wide x 5.5″ deep
    Front Pocket: 14″ tall x 8″ wide x 2.5″ deep
    Total Volume: 1,178.25 cu. in.
    Weight: 1.75 pounds
    It comes in a wide array of colors that range from hunter to military to police to urban depending on your needs or sense of style.

    What separates this from other gear is how well thought out and how adaptable this bag can be.

    Attaches to LBV
    Hydration pockets included
    PALS webbing for adding additional space
    2 strap or single strap adjustability

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    Thursday, January 7th

    AR500 Armor® Tactical EPIK

    We have discussed the importance of carrying a true trauma kit. Not a boo boo kit, or a basic #firstaid kit. First Aid kits are useful and you should be keeping one in your car especially if you’re a parent. However we are talking about a true trauma kit that is designed to deal with potentially fatal injuries associated with #gun #shot wounds or massive #trauma.

    #AR500 Armor® makers of some of the best quality steel plate body armor, have expanded their offerings to include medical supplies. Chances are if you’re buying armor plates you’re going to want to have an #IFAK or #EPIK . IF you are unaware of what these abbreviations are then see below.

    IFAK: Individual First Aid Kit

    EPIK: Emergency Personal Injury Kit

    We are not going into why you need to both carry a IFAK/EPIK or why you would need to train with these as that has been covered. The goal here is to discuss the advantages of buying a pre-made kit and the effectiveness of the AR500 Armor® EPIK kit specifically.

    Contents of EPIK
    AR500 Armor Tactical EPIK Contents:

    (1) Celox 35g Hemostatic Granule Packet
    (1) Swat-Tourniquet (Swat-T, Tourniquet, Pressure Dressing, or Elastic Bandage) OR SOF Wide Tourniquet
    (2) Foxseal Chest Seals (in single package) – or equivalent based on availability
    (1) Olaes 4″ Modular Emergency Bandage (Includes compressed Z-Fold gauze, and Occlusive Dressing within the bandage)
    (1) H&H PriMed Compressed Gauze – 4.5″ x 4.1 yards
    (1) Trauma Shears
    (1) 4″ Compressed Bandage
    (1) Waterproof Medical Tape – .5″ x 2.5 yards
    (1) Pair Heavy Duty Black Nitrile Medical Gloves (Large)
    (1) Tactical EPIK MOLLE Pouch
    (1) Color matching removable Velcro medical patch

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    Thursday, January 7th

    K Rounds IWB Appendix Holster

    This is now the third attempt I have made to appendix carry. I am still not sold on this method of carry, what I am sold on though is this ingenious holster made by #KRounds. You may remember K Rounds from our previous review of the In-N-Out #Holster. We have spent another 30 days rigorously testing their #IWB #KYDEX Appendix Holster.

    The Comfortable Kydex IWB Holster
    I know your thinking really yet another Kydex holster? We cover kydex holsters often due to our readers interest in EDC and concealed carry. In a recent survey of our fans, both on Facebook and via the email list, we had an overwhelming interest in EDC and concealed carry. The secret to actually carrying every day is a simple one, comfort. If you’re not comfortable or named John Rambo then you’re likely to not carry, or only carry sometimes.

    Comfort breaks down into two sub categories. The feel of the gun on your person, does it pinch or wear on you, will it fit IWB, can you bend and move without limiting your range of motion? Body weight, type of clothing typically worn, and placement of the gun on your body will be major deciding factors in picking the right holster for you.

    While some people swear by appendix carry for me it is the least comfortable form of carry. I spend a lot of time sitting or driving and that is one of the reasons appendix carry is not for me. My tests while out and about standing for the day have proven to be much more comfortable carrying appendix. This K Rounds holster however is the most comfortable appendix carry rig I have tried yet.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    Body Armor

    #AR500 #armor is a company that focuses on making body armor affordable for the average person. In addition to making affordable gear they have been working hard to make people aware of the legality of body armor. To be clear there is no rules prohibiting you from owning body armor. While it is not inexpensive the cost is much lower than it used to be and is far less than a hospital visit.

    This first part of the review will focus on the various types of armour available as well as the differences. For those new to armor plates this is an important starting point.

    The Basics of Body Armor
    Armor comes in a few varieties but to keep it simple there is soft armor that us usually worn under clothing and typically rated for handguns and there is plate armor that is rated to various rifle speeds.

    For a more indepth look at the rating system used you can see the below table.We are going to focus on Plate or hard armor for this article. The reason for this is that hard armour is often rated to withstand a higher velocity projectiles and it is more affordable. Since most people are going to be using the gear in training classes, ranges and hazardous situations soft armor is likely not going to provide the needed protection.

    Be careful when buying armor form retailers as some plates are actually designed to be worn with level II soft armor under them. If you do not intend on wearing soft armor make sure your buying what is classified as “Stand Alone Plates”.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    Tactical Tailor Phantom Trekker SBR

    #SB610 makes #SBR’s or Short Barrel Rifles legal in the great state of Michigan. With this change we are seeing a unprecedented rush of new registrations for SBR’s and an increase in registrations for #AR and #AK #pistols so that people can begin building now while they await a tax stamp.

    Once those stamps start to arrive and people take possession or complete their builds for SBR’s we are likely to see an increase in the amount of SBR related products that come to market. HEavier buffer tubes, collapsible stocks and ways to facilitate transport for these weapons. One interesting thing about the way the SBR laws are in Michigan is that a SBR configured and registered as a pistol is legal for concealed carry. (This is not legal advice please consult a lawyer for actual legalities in your municipality). As such when adhering to the concealed carry laws with a proper CPL it is possible to conceal an SBR in your vehicle.

    This is leading some to install larger center consoles in trucks to fit AR-Pistols/SBR’s as well as backpacks designed to carry these short rifles. There is certainly not as many SBR bags as there is 72 hour bags on the market but you are likely to find more options for this niche market than one may think.

    Tactical Tailor is the maker of one such bag and it is called the Phantom Trekker SBR Bag.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    It 95 Falco Leather Holster

    #FalcoHolsters was introduced to me differently than the other reviews done here. I received a link in a chat message from the owner of #248Shooter with a simple instruction “pick a holster”. Not one to question something like that from a friend I began surveying the selection all the while Charlie is describing #Falco #Holsters.

    My honest first reaction, “Europe? Imported leather from Europe? Fancy.”

    Falco Holsters was established in 1989 and made, at first, premium falconry gloves and gear.

    Falconry. Even fancier. But on to the holsters themselves.

    Europe has a larger firearms market than we in the states give them credit for. Items like suppressors are much easier to obtain despite the overall more restrictive atmosphere firearms, we tend to think of Europe as a giant gun free zone and that is far from the case. So a nod to our friends across the pond, they make some great items too. Hence H&K, Glock, SIG, Beretta, and specific guns like Springfield’s XDm. Most of these are now made out of US manufacturing bases but they all originated in Europe.

    I had a Sig Sauer P226 without a home to ride on my hip. European origin gun. European holster. Perfect. So looking through Falco’s selection I found this…

    The It. 95, a decidedly undescriptive name with an equally short and sweet description. No flashy marketing lingo or overly “tactical” display, just an open top leather holster designed to be worn inside or outside the waist band with a 1.5” belt.

    Sold, designed for range use and concealed carry and no ridiculous marketing. This is a serious company with a serious product.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    ALG Defense Ergonmic Modular Rail (

    There is no shortage of #rails in the marketplace for the #AR-15. The usual suspects are the #magpul drop ins, quad rails, free float rails and many variations on those. For many years it was an all or nothing mentality for AR-15 owners, you either kept the generic #handguard or put a quad rail which was commonly referred to as a cheese grater on your gun. It does not take long for you to realise the added weight and uncomfortable ergonomics of a standard quad rail is not practical.

    Companies started to develop inserts and protectors to make the quad rail more comfortable and rounded as the stance was adjusted to a more forward position on the handguard. However this added size in most cases made grabbing your handguard on par with grabbing the fat end of a baseball bat. Not ideal in most cases to say the least.

    Free float rails have been adapting and changing to accommodate a less is more mentality, by developing ergonomically inspired round thin handguards and adding places to mount Picatinny rails. This provides the user with a lighter, smoother handguard, without sacrificing the ability to position lights, grips sights, and other gear as needed on the weapons system. This new generation of handguards have stepped it up again adding new types of connection systems such as the key mod and the new magpul M-LOK system. These are designed to no longer require the mounting of picatinny rails instead creating a line of gear that connects directly to the rail further lighting the equipment and allowing attachment point without need to access the underside of the rail system.

    ALG Defense and subsidiary of Geissele is ahead of the pack when it comes to free float rails. We have been testing and using the ALG Defense ERGO Free Float Rails with thousands of rounds of ammo and have been very impresses with what it has done for us.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    Patriot Cases Foam Cutting Instruct

    If you have ever had to fly with a #weapon or spend large periods of time #outdoors in inclement weather, you have probably purchased a hard case for your weapon. Both #pistol and #rifle #cases fit into the same mold for hard cases. You typically have some form of heavy duty plastic shell that can be secured and then locked for transport. The insides contain any number of various types of foam that are either pre-cut, custom cut or hand cut by you to fit your firearms.

    When we recently had to look for a hard case for an upcoming trip we are taking. Having never needed a hard case before I was blown away at the high cost of some name brands. Finding Patriot Cases was a huge relief , they offered a really sturdy looking product that met our needs at 1/4 the prices we had been seeing.

    We purchased the AR/AK Case- BLANK with the BLANK representing an uncut solid piece of foam. The foam itself is an upgraded 2.2lb polyethylene material which is an additional upgrade for most manufacturers. The advantages of this upgraded foam are:

    Does not hold moisture
    Impervious to cleaning oil or solvents
    High density offers additional protection.

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    Thursday, January 7th

    a Great Target

    The following is submitted by Mark the #CEO of #EZ2CTargets. It contains a history of the company and an explanation of how they got to where they are today. It also goes into the various styled designs they have and the practical purpose. While this is an advertorial and written by the product owner and not us I will make the following addition.

    Until I found Mark most of the time I #shot #targets printed at home on standard 8.5×11 paper. Using EZ2C targets for sighting in with style 5 targets makes my life much easier. Running pistol drills with style 17 Dot Torture has become a fun torture test to remind me how much more I need to practice.

    At 7.50 for a stack of 40 targets your paying less than $.018 a target. With the 10% discount it is only $/16 per target which is about what it costs me to print them myself factoring ink and paper.Back in 1993, a family of shooters got bored with the same old black targets and frustrated with the inability to see where shots were landing. This combined with being professional printers naturally lent itself to the creation of a new and more efficient target. The designing and printing of targets for family enjoyment began. They needed to be easier to see and offer variety in shooting while still being cost effective. Highly visible fluorescent red ink and contrasting bold black ink were the beginning. Next came designing a target that enhanced and improved the shooter’s skill. A ton of lead and years of trial and error later emerged a dozen different styles of handgun and rifle targets. For years, the Gregory family along with fellow shooters continued successfully firing at those targets. It was now possible to see the target, see where the shot landed and shoot more rounds at each outing…thus the trademarked name EZ2C Targets was born.

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    Monday, January 4th

    Memoirs of a 3 Gun Competition Newb

    Editors Note: We are working hard to field a team for 3 #gun using local #sponsors. I love seeing other# newbies getting involved and sharing experiences. We contacted Tiffany “Duchess” Matala after her recent blog on the #Beretta site and obtained permission to republish this article. Thank you Tiffany for the hard work.I had the honor of tagging along with one of Beretta’s 3 Gun Team members, Lisa Marie Judy, at the Palmetto 3 Gun competition on Saturday May 17th, and all I can say is WOW!
    3 Gun is an incredibly rapid growing sport, and I can see why! 3 Gun is the use of, wait for it… three guns; a pistol, a rifle and a shotgun. The shooter who can hit the most targets in the least amount of time is the winner. 3 Gun has multiple divisions and accommodates beginning to advanced shooters. Targets used in 3 Gun Competition can include cardboard silhouettes, steel plates, or clay disks and can range in distance from 1 yard to 500 yards. Though the basics will always remain the same, each 3 Gun competition is unique, as they each depend on the person who is organizing the competition. Shooting 3 Gun will never get boring!

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    Monday, January 4th

    Womens Prana Halle Pant

    #Gun #ownership and #ConcealedCarry #Permits among women have been on the rise. Heidi Dexter is an excellent example of the type of women who have taken upon themselves to train and carry so as to not become a victim.

    I have been lucky enough to train with her and her husband on 2 occasions and on each this couple has impressed me. Overcoming challenges and rising to the occasion together as a family should.

    Unfortunately for Heidi she faces many unique obstacles as a female shooter. Like many women the amount of options for clothing and gear that properly fits the female body are limited. Combine that with her fit but tall frame and those options become even more limited.

    This review is the culmination of a long time searching for the right pair of pants for EDC and training.

    I’ve been on a search for tactical pants that fit the female form and come in lengths. Not an easy find, because aside from the tall girl problem they still have to look good. I don’t believe one should ever have to sacrifice fashion for function! Any woman who has needed a dressing room intervention after trying on jeans, with misplaced rear pockets, understands the importance of a flattering cut.

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    Monday, January 4th

    Inteliscope and Flir

    You may remember that we did a review on the #Inteliscope at the end of August. Since then we have been talking to the team to share our thoughts with them and get the word on new products in development.

    When you look at the software and hardware required to make the Inteliscope work there is no surprise to me that, the creators of the company are working overtime to bring more exciting things to market.

    As we mentioned in the article one of the concerns, we had with the product was battery life. The team at Inteliscope agreed with that and has been working hard to integrate a charging solution into the product. Having the ability to store 1 or 2 full charge cycles to your device to extend use is a great idea, and we are super excited to see that product hit the market.

    What is even more exciting however is the partnership between Flir and Inteliscope. You maybe aware of Flir by now as this product has made a huge wave on Facebook, CES and many other places.

    Flir has an IR based sensor placed over the camera lens on an Iphone 5 and 5s (Other devices in the works). The unit is designed in two parts. The adapter shell snaps over your phone and then snaps into the main portion that houses all the electronics. Both parts are plastic and have a tactile rubber finish nearly identical to the Inteliscope products. We have found this finish to be very durable and feels rubbery to the touch.

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    Monday, January 4th


    If you train or have a #military background, you should be well aware of what a drop chart is. #Dropcharts are an easy to understand tool used when teaching or studying hold over or under.

    The common misconception often attributed to #television and #movies is that bullets travel in a straight line. As such, you see movie #snipers always placing the #crosshairs on the head of a target that is highly magnified at a mile away.

    Those of us who have taken long distance training courses or maybe have a long history in the woods will know this is not realistic.

    Rifles are sighted in at a specific distance. Often the max distance of your local range limits this distance. Tactical, Home Defense or Personal Defense guns are often sighted in for much closer distances such as 25 yards.

    Understanding dope charts, drop charts, hold over or hold under are essential then in real world scenarios that exist outside your sighted distance. Understanding your likely range of engagement goes a long way in determining the proper distance to sight your rifle. Ammunition types will further affect these metrics as bullet weight, and different powders will change your drop rates.

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    Monday, January 4th

    Falco Belly Band

    Well folks, I’m back with another review

    #Falco #Holsters was kind enough to send me what became my absolute favorite holster, their #it95 model, but they have a number of other products that intrigued both Charlie and I.

    Through the magical mishaps that sometimes occur through the postal service I received a product from Falco meant for my counterpart, a #bellyband style concealment holster made of elastic and mesh nylon.

    And as any good gear reviewer should do when they receive gear meant for a friend in the review community, I began to laugh manically and test it for myself (with his permission, but still)

    Joke was on me, your point Charlie.

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    Monday, January 4th

    Super Dynamic Combat (SD-C) Trigger

    We have reviewed some of the #ALG #Defense products in the past like the rails and #ACT #trigger they make. Their parent company #Geissele was kind enough to send us out a #Super Dynamic Combat Trigger commonly referred to as the SD-C Trigger.

    The SDC is a completely flat trigger, which creates a feel that is different from a conventional trigger. The pull weight of a curved trigger and a flat trigger can be set to the same weight, but due to leverage the flat will “feel” lighter. There is also a perceived ability to shoot straighter dues to the angle of pull using the flat trigger instead of hooking it.

    Your mileage may vary, and some of the responses I have seen on forums may be a placebo affect. All I can tell you is my opinion. I like the flat trigger but I have no issue with curved triggers. I would not buy a gun or trigger “just” because it is flat. The other elements such as weight, reset and pull make more of a difference. That said if all elements are equal as you can find in several of the Geissele triggers I would take the flat.

    So what features does this trigger sport that make it command a price of $230. 00

    Type: 2-stage
    1st Stage Weight: 2.5lbs.
    2nd Stage Weight: 2.0lbs.
    Total Pull Weight: 4.5lbs.
    Adjustable: No
    Recommended Use: LEO, HD, and Hunting.
    Pin Size: Mil-Spec
    All weights are approximates

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    Monday, January 4th

    KAK Industry Super Sig SB-15 Tube

    Few products have gone from new to prolific as fast as the #Sig #Brace. Designed originally to help disabled vets shoot #ar-15 #pistols. This niche product soon found mainstream approval when the #ATF approved it for use when shoulder firing a pistol.

    Once the clarification letters from the ATF hit the open market and news sites stores sold out of Sig Braces as fast as they could get them. The free market reacted as it should, quickly producing lines of products designed to maximize the efficiency and popularity of the Sig brace.

    While several companies rushed pistol buffer tubes to market to fill the void, KAK Industry has been a pioneer in engineering next generation components. The culmination of this engineering is seen in the KAK Super Sig Tube.

    6.2 oz
    Military Hard Anodized
    Uses a Standard length Carbine Buffer Spring
    Over all length: 9.075
    Once installed length: 8.45
    Diameter of tube 1.175

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    Monday, January 4th

    Jones Tactical Cobra Belt

    A #belt seems pretty simple. It seems like something that mankind has dealt with since moving from loin cloths to trousers. Now with the amount of people who have a #CPL a belt maybe the most important part of the equation.

    I have been carrying a #firearm since around 2003, and in that time I have learned the importance of a good belt. For the majority of the time I wore an instructor’s belt from one of the original and largest makers of that type of belt. The belt did its job admirably, held up my pants and allowed me to carry a full size firearm, a magazine, and some other goodies. One thing about the belt, it was unforgiving. It was 1.75” thick and had a polymer liner to add stiffness to it. But after long days carrying that weight on that belt my hips and back often had battle scars from the day. Not to mention I was fighting with the tightness of the belt all day.

    Enter the Jones Tactical Cobra Belt; at first glance it’s just a belt. As a matter of fact when I pulled it from the box I was unimpressed. Sure the build quality and quality of materials was evident, but the belt, felt flimsy. No way this can hold up to my daily load out plus keep my pants up. Well; I was wrong, the Jones Tactical unit does a great job of keeping my daily carry items concealed as well as keeping my pants where I want them. As I type this I am wearing the Jones Tactical Belt with a Glock 34 in a Kydex holster. The Glock is equipped with a Surefire x300 and a Taran Tactical +6 aluminum base pad. Opposite the Glock I have 2 Glock magazines in a kydex holster with +4’s on them. This gives me a total of 65 rounds on my belt with nary a tug or twinge of discomfort.

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    Monday, January 4th

    Detroit Concealment Holster

    I can already hear your sighs and muffled “What the F*&^” as I write the review for another #Kydex #holster. But hear me out, who doesn’t like to support local businesses? Who doesn’t like quality at a fair price? Who doesn’t like lots of choices? Who doesn’t like Nudity?

    Ok, now that I have your attention, let’s start this review. The first thing I noticed about this Detroit Concealment, rig is the built in retention screw, which is a great feature in this world of press fit kydex. As you continue to examine this rig you will see the incredible detail in the mold, right down to the take down pins and accessory rail. Another great feature are the belt loops, they are not the flimsy things you are used to on a kydex holster. These bad boys are tough; they are made from tough dense plastic instead of kydex.

    I have a rare trait in my DNA enabling me to break and destroy about any equipment I buy or I use. I have broken Kydex rigs from several of the top makers and some lesser known guys. I have ripped off belt loops destroyed holster bodies, cracked mag carriers, you name it I’ve done it. But so far this rig from Detroit Concealment has surprised me. I have been wearing this rig for about 6 months, in a plain clothes law enforcement role, as well as off duty. This holster has held up very well, from getting banged around on search warrants, to being pulled, tugged ,prodded on long surveillance operations and even an off duty dirt bike crash, I’m ok don’t worry. But more surprisingly; so is the holster, and it doesn’t even look any worse for wear.

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    Monday, January 4th

    Kangaroo Cary Air Marshal 3 Holster

    Many of our recent reviews have been on the #tactical side of things. While many of our users enjoy looking at and using tactical #gear, the fact is it’s not practical or part of the #EDC lifestyle for all readers.

    We are going to be taking a step back and focusing on the average self-defense gun owner. The gun owner that carries to protect their life with a subcompact or compact pistol, not an AR-15 pistol with 30 mags in their trunk.

    Along these lines, we have been looking at deep concealment holster choices. I am a huge fan of IWB carry due to relatively fast presentation, and it’s concealment. You may have seen that I have moved to appendix carry in most cases. However, there are several places and specific outfits that would make appendix carry either not practical or not possible.

    The first solution is to change your outfit accordingly, which is the most common answer from the tactical crowd. However, that is not always practical. We have many readers who need to wear a specific uniform to work, wear a suit or even a tuxedo on occasion. What do you do in these cases?

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    Monday, January 4th

    Sticky Holsters

    With all the talk about #Kydex #holsters and war belts going around the interwebz in this day and age. People forget about a fair number of concealed carry practitioners. Some folks like the simpler things in life. Not wanting to have $100 wrapped up in Kydex and another $65 in a good gun belt is very understandable.

    Enter the Sticky Holsters; it doesn’t get any simpler than this folks. This is a holster that is a pocket sewn into the shape of your firearm; that’s it. Now, it is made of a sticky compound that keeps everything where you put it and is also very comfortable against the skin.

    Editors note: It is sticky but only to fabric. The material is not a gooey or adhesive that will leave residue on your clothing.

    The inside of the holster is a quality Cordura material. The sticky holsters come in a lot of different configurations including ankle rigs, pocket rigs and even a “Guard-Her Belt” thigh holster for the tactical lady in your life, or you fellas that rock the Tacti-kilt. I’m not here to judge just writing a review.

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    Monday, January 4th

    FirstSpear MTAP Medic Bag

    I recently had the opportunity to demo the #FirstSpear Medical Trauma Assault Pack (#MTAP) bag. Demo in this case means I beat the living snot out of it for the last 6 months. I’ve had multiple “tactical” medicine bags from all the big name brands and decided to try a bag from a high-end manufacturer like FirstSpear for once. Due to the nature of this bag, it is an ideal piece of equipment for paramedics, law enforcement as well as range officers and those who have received trauma training such as is offered in the one day class being taught at Detroit Bullet Works on Feb 21st.

    Watching the videos from the FirstSpear website immediately got my attention so I tried finding the cubic inches of the bag to see if all my current supplies from my work bag would even fit. After no luck because it was so new, they just sent me one to demo. My first impressions were not in line with my expectations. The bag was half the size I had estimated and after sitting next to my loaded BlackHawk STOMP2 bag (picture) I thought there was no way it was going to fit.I was, however, extremely impressed with the material, stitching, strength and the over all high-quality construction. It took several days to work up the motivation to attempt to move my work gear to the new MTAP bag. It was clear to me looking at the bag sizes that the MTAP would never fit all the gear I carry for my job. Even though the outcome looked bleak, I decided just to give it a try.

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    Monday, January 4th

    New releases from HK

    The new #HK45 and #HK45Compact models are special colored frame/colored slide variants. A choice of an olive drab green or desert sand Cerakote™finish is applied directly to the #HK #pistol slide, preserving the original HK hostile environment nitro-carburized protective finish underneath. The color of the polymer frame matches the slide. Cerakote™ceramic coatings outperform other firearms coatings and have been extensively tested by the U.S. military. All the standard HK45 series features are present on the Cerakoted models.
    “Heckler and Koch is always concentrating on quality and our pistol line is now getting the kind of recognition it deserves. The recently introduced striker fired VP9 has been a tremendous success and adding new models to the HK45 and USP series highlights our pistol-centric direction,”said Mike Holley, vice president of commercial and law enforcement sales at HK-USA. “We have superb quality handguns with one of the best lifetime warranties and the lowest warranty repair rates of any company. And with recent manufacturing advancements we can offer better pricing on HK pistol models like the P2000 series.”
    An enhanced version of the USP, the USP9 Tactical brings all of HK’s tactical pistol features to the 9 mm model for the first time ever. A threaded barrel with an O-ring, match trigger with adjustable trigger stop, and adjustable target sights make this the ultimate 9 mm “spec ops” handgun.

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    Monday, January 4th

    Magpull PMags for the Glock 17 and

    So every once in a while news hits my desk that makes me go huh, what, wait, what? You too can have a “Wait, What” moment like Little John. I am sure we will get a chance to shoot these Monday and I will share more when I actually lay hands on these little unicorns.

    The #PMAG17 GL9 is a #USA made #9mm #magazine that is compatible with the #Glock 17, 19 and other Glock 9mm pistols.

    Designed around the same Gen M3 polymer used in M16 PMags the GL9 PMag provides the boring reliability expected from OEM Glock magazines.

    The GL9 is easily disassembled for cleaning and features full load indicator window along with paint pen marker matrix on the floor plate.

    Glock is the registered trademark of GLOCK, Inc. 6000 Highlands Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30082

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    Thursday, December 31st

    Legendary Arms Works

    #LegendaryArmsWorks Launches Website LANCASTER COUNTY, PA — Legendary Arms Works (LAW) is proud to announce the public release of their #website — #LegendaryArmsWorks.com.

    Designed with user-friendly interfaces, #LAW’s website highlights the history behind the formation of their #veteran-owned company as well as the key specifications of each #rifle model. Visitors will also be able to dig deep into the innovative technologies used by LAW’s master gun maker, Mark Bansner.

    “We’ve been looking forward to this launch and to have people browsing our site, learning more about what makes our products superior while having a good time doing it,” says Jack Delozier, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for LAW.

    Experience the legend for yourself — visit LegendaryArmsWorks.com to learn more and to read testimonials from some of the toughest outdoors critics.

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    Thursday, December 31st

    Tuff Products ITuck

    #Concealedcarry has changed so much over the last few years. More states are offering true shall issue #permits with even Illinois and DC being forced to allow for concealed carry. The influx of new #shooters who now carry on a limited or consistent basis is growing at an astonishing rate.

    At the same time technology has changed greatly in just the last five years. New polymers, advanced metallurgy as well as coatings have made carrying lightweight, reliable pistols a more comfortable experience. Gone is the day of a 5 inch 1911 and a leather holster or a snappy revolver your only options.

    While many of these solutions will not appeal to the die hard market the fact is, there is now a huge segment of the population that is only now considering the need or importance of CC.

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    Thursday, December 31st

    Kel-Tec KSG Redux

    Hello, again #GAT and #248 readers! I’m back with another review… or a review preview as it may be. On Deck today, courtesy of #Southwick’s Guns Ammo and Accessories, is a# shotgun most interesting.

    #Kel-Tec’s KSG, Burnt Bronze. This 12 gauge shotgun caught my eye awhile back, and I’ve been keeping my eye out for a proper specimen to snag up to review. I now have said specimen and towed it along to a #CCW class to put it through a short evaluation preceding a more in-depth and arduous examination over the coming period.

    Where did the KSG come from?
    First mentioned back in 2011, the KSG comes from Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc’s depths of interesting firearms concepts. Prior to the KSG and RFB (A .308 bullpup) Kel-Tec had been most notable for its very simple and inexpensive lines of small concealed carry style handguns, this changed with the PF9’s introduction.

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    Thursday, December 31st


    I decided that it was time to shop for a new #EDC light, the one that I have carried for a few years now still works great and has its uses. However, technology has changed so much that I thought it was time to look around. One particular light really caught my eye #Leatherman’s LED Lenser F1r what does the r stand for you ask, is it the right-handed model? Or maybe the republican model? Nope even better than that Rechargeable, so no more having to deal with my #CR123A batteries because this guy runs a lithium ion rechargeable battery the charger works off of a USB cable and I can charge it just about anywhere now. I know what all of you apocalypse people are saying rite now… How are you going to recharge your light in an emergency? Well, I will let you in on a little secret but don’t tell anyone… I have more than one light! Yes, I have a back up light…

    Here is a little something to think about for all the regular battery flashlights out there, where does that used battery go when you are done with it? Even if you recycle it, it still has to dealt with. Some form of recycling etc. with the Lenser F1R you have a much more eco friendly solution because it is rechargeable I know I have thrown out and recycled a many CR123A batteries and I happy to make a better choice. I still have a few CR123A lights in the house but now they are just back ups and hopefully will not be needed or go through as many of those little batteries and at $1-$1.50 each I plan on saving a bit of money too!

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    Thursday, December 31st

    Vanquest VPacker Mobius and Tolcat

    #Vanquest has sent over some serious quality gear that we have reviewed before. After a putting a face with the name at #ShotShow and a chance to see what is coming, there is no doubt you will be hearing much more from them this year.

    Today we are taking a step back to one of their earliest products. The #VPacker Bag Series consisting of the #Mobius and #Tolcat packs. These are single sling small #EDC packs designed to carry a surprising large amount of gear in a very small form factor.

    The Tolcat is the smaller of the two having a similar layout to the Mobius but about ½ to 1 inch smaller dimensions on each of the pockets. The Tolcat also does not have the Nalgene side pocket. Other than the dimensions and Nalgene pocket the 2 kits have an identical design and hardware.

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    Thursday, December 31st

    MI Custom Hybrid M-Lok Rifle

    It is no surprise that Steve of #SentinelConcepts has worked with many top companies in an effort to refine pre-production #guns. #MidwestIndustries a company I have been following for some time now recently entered into a partnership with Steve to produce a hybrid but affordable rifle.
    Wednesday I finally got a chance to hit the range and break in that gun. It was 19 degrees and misting sleet, That’s not uncommon for Michigan so train like you fight right! So we took the 16 inch Custom Hybrid M-Lok out to get sighted in and run a few rounds through her.

    7075 T6 forged aluminum upper and lower
    Precision machined to M/16/M4 specs
    Free Float 12 inch M-LOK Rail
    16 inch Criterion 1/8 twist barrel
    Magpul CTR stock
    Magpul MOE grip
    Magpul MBUS Pro
    100% USA Made
    Lifetime Warranty
    Surefire Suppressor Break
    Geissele trigger
    VCOG from Trijicon . We have a Vcog review in works so I’m not going to muddy the waters on that portion of the review.

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    Thursday, December 31st

    Blitzkrieg Components 9mm Hydraulic

    One of my favorite guns to run out and have some fun with is #RockRiver 9mm LAR-9. It has all the ergonomics of the #AR platform combined with the cost efficiency and low recoil of the #9mm round. Not to mention it’s just a lot of fun to shoot! Now the fact that I already #LOVE this #gun, and it is one that the wife will take out as well made me skeptical about messing with something that already works. So when I was asked to test the #Blitzkrieg Components RB5007, I was not really enthused.Let me start by saying that I am not a small man and that I am not frightened by the recoil of high powered rifles. Now my wife, on the other hand, has been known to be more sensitive to the effects of recoil than myself, so I figured I would bring her along for her opinion as well. Now this company makes several claims, reduces kick & muzzle flip, Improves: accuracy, clustering, dependability, shoulder flinching, felt recoil and service life. The product has a 10 year-1million round Guarantee. As I do want this to go to press sometime this year, I decided to look at all but the service life and Guarantee claims.

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    Thursday, December 31st

    April Ladies’ Month Raffle

    Coming back from #ShotShow #2015 speaking to my partner one thing was clearly evident while #2014 may have been the rise of the #woman #shooter 2015 was going to be the continuation.

    Heading out to public ranges since I have been nothing but pleased by the large amount of women shooters who are actively training and working at the skills behind responsible concealed carry. What good does an increase of 134% in female CPL licenses do us for Michigan women if they are not trained.

    A tool I have used for those times I just can’t make it to the range is Laser Ammo products, like the ones we reviewed here. http://248shooter.com/index.php/laser-ammo-surestrike-review/

    Now Laser Ammo has partnered with The Well Armed Woman to create a great raffle. Proceeds will be used by The Well Armed Woman to offset training courses and range events for local chapters around the country.

    Check out the full press release:

    Laser Ammo USA Launches April Ladies’ Month Raffle

    Joins with other industry sponsors to raise funds for educating, empowering and training female firearm owners

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Great Neck, NY – April 1, 2015:

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    Thursday, December 31st

    Blitzkrieg Upgraded Luminescent Lig

    Just over a year ago we published our first review from #Blitzkrieg components. A new #manufacturer who developed a #chevron front sight post to replace the standard post in #tactical #weapons like the #AR-15. Fast forward to this year and you will find that Blitzkrieg Components has leveraged that success into more sight options as well as new products for the AR platform.

    We caught up with Brian the CEO of Blitzkrieg Components at SHOT Show 2015 for a chance to look over his expanded product line. One of my favorite things from this company is the new luminescent chevron front sight post.

    Billet 416 Stainless Steel
    Chevron height 0.25.”
    Fits into any AR-15 Front Sight Housing that uses a standard threaded post
    Melonite finish
    Five layers of paint in a machined groove
    Chargeable via flashlight, sun or other light sources

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    Thursday, December 31st

    Barrett M82A1

    I’ve been given a rare opportunity #248 and #GAT friends. I’ve recently been able to consolidate my passion for the shooting sports and firearms industry into a single employment opportunity. The benefit for all of you is an increased pace of reviews and articles of which I am woefully behind on. The benefit to me is a stabilized and enjoyable career base (hopefully).

    The mutual benefit is a vastly upgraded access to review material or anti-material, as is in this case. Even better is having the time to push those reviews out with the detail and substance this audience deserves.

    Now onto this month’s gun review the #Barrett #M82A1!Barrett’s M82A1 is the Titan of big bore and long distance shooting. It’s far from the only name or game in the shooting world for large calibers or long distances, but it is the most iconic and recognizable and for very good reason.

    Back in 1980 Ronnie Barrett took John Moses Browning’s .50BMG cartridge and threw it inside a precision based long distance rifle platform he designed from scratch. .50 BMG had been used precisely at distances prior to 1980. Most famously perhaps by Carlos Hathcock, who used a scope mounted to an M2 Browning machine gun to fire a single round 2,500 yards to kill a Vietcong guerilla fighter. That distance record held from 1967 until 2002, when it was topped by another .50BMG rifle shot. The capabilities of .50BMG as a precision round were obvious, and Barrett developed a rifle to deliver on those capabilities.

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    Thursday, December 31st

    EDC Pack

    So you found the #EDC movement, or you just have developed a stockpile of items you feel are needed in your daily life. The fact is with advanced technology and an increase in tactical training more people are carrying more things on a daily basis.

    For the ladies, the Mary Poppins purse is the go to. For the men, we have had to rely on pockets and belts to carry our gear or a backpack. In the 90’s many of us made the mistake of sporting a fanny pack to carry our stuff. I was a rollerblader in a past life and know there is more than one pic of me floating around with blades and a fanny pack.Fast forward to a more common sense form of fashion, we find that the choices for male carry are still limited. Backpacks are great as are messenger bags. In fact Mon- Fri I usually carry a messenger bag with my laptop and my EDC items. However for those events where a laptop is not needed, both of these solutions are overkill and unwieldy.

    We reviewed the #Vanquest #MOBIUS and #TOLCAT #VPacker bags, which are small shoulder-carry bags. In truth, the MOBIUS bag Vanquest offers are still my favorite bag. It’s a perfect size and has a built-in #Nalgene bottle holder. However some of my followers and even personal friends (If I can call some of them that), and most importantly my wife think the MOBIUS is too much like a man purse. Apparently as this is such a widespread issue, Vanquest also offers the VSlinger series that greatly differs from the VPacker series.

    Modeled as a single-strap sling pack rather than a hip-based bag, the VSlinger series includes the larger JAVELIN 2.0 and smaller KATARA packs. I have changed out my EDC to use the KATARA VSlinger Ambidextrous pack since just after SHOT Show.

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    Wednesday, December 30th

    Musical Ballistics

    What does #music have to do with #ballistics? Well this chronographs closest relative is an electric guitar yes you read that correctly. Here is it is in a more simple explanation a standard chronograph uses optical sensors to measure velocity, this revolutionary device uses a magnetic field very similar to the pickup on an electric guitar. I have been loading #ammunition in all shapes and sizes for the better part of two decades (Oh god, I just realized I am getting old) anyway a chronograph has been a large part of my tool kit to determine if my rounds were safe. It is a great tool for giving your ammo a check-up. With a chronograph you can check your velocity against what is in the book to know if you are achieving proper results.

    Challenges with the predecessors in chronograph technology were the optical sensors not enough light they don’t work at all, too much light and you start getting false readings. What MagnetoSpeed has done is a huge leap forward for the technology it would be like skipping from the telegraph to the cell phone it really is one of those things that makes you just smile when you use it. The great thing about their technology is that it is not light dependent and it is not affixed to a tripod giving you the freedom to collect your data while shooting in several positions.

    The guys at MagnetoSpeed put a lot of thought into this chronograph and it really shows right down to the alignment tool that is included for setting up the chronograph on your weapon platform.

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    Wednesday, December 30th

    GLOCK 43

    Recently we had the opportunity to head down to #Nashville for the #NRA convention. This year we had the special treat of being invited to the #GLOCK43 launch party. It was a media only industry event where we had a chance to get hands-on with the just announced and soon to be released GLOCK 43.

    As a huge fan of the #P938 and as someone who has not enjoyed most other “pocket guns” my expectations were not very high for the gun. In all honesty, I went more to have a chance to catch up with Michelle V and get one on one with several of my media friends.

    After a safety brief, signing of waivers and a rundown on the specs as well as differences from the 42 and 26 vs. the 43 then it was off to the range with a Colion Noir

    In each lane, there was the new single stack 9 accompanied by four magazines two with pinky extensions and two without.
    The gun itself is just slightly larger than it little brother the 42 but packs the punch of a 9mm vs. a .380.


    Length: 159 mm / 6.26 in
    Width: 26 mm / 1.02 in
    Height: 108 mm / 4.25 in
    Vs G42

    Length151 mm / 5.94 in.
    Width 24 mm / 0.94 in.
    Height 105 mm / 4.13 in

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    Wednesday, December 30th

    San Tan Tactical STT-15

    We have discussed billet vs. forged before. We have built #guns on a few forged lowers, and even some of the less expensive #billet lowers. It wasn’t until recently however that I had a chance to put in serious time with a high-end billet matched upper and lower.

    It was a cold winter day when my #SanTanTacticalSTT-15 matched set entered my life. It sat in a box for weeks as I ordered and organized the parts required to start my build.

    Why did we pick San Tan?
    There is no shortage of quality made billet sets on the market. Some sets look nicer, and some are cheaper. But I have yet to see one that offers the level of function out of the box in an attractive styling that was better priced than the San Tan. So that settled that. It did not hurt either that our friends over at Black Sheep Warrior highly recommended them.

    The Features We Love
    When I train in tactical classes, I like to do so with a standard forged lower and upper. This gives me the ability to grab and go with any gun I come across in the wild. However when looking to put together a 3 gun or range gun, compatibility was less important to me, comfort, speed, and accuracy were the deciding factors.

    True ambi releases are a must due the positions you can find yourself in when competing. There is no need to add adapters like bad levers or a tactical link to manipulate the weapon with either hand when working with the STT-15.

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    Wednesday, December 30th

    SDI AR-15 Armorers Course

    One of the best parts of doing what I do is getting to meet cool people and be invited to special events. #NRA and #SHOTShow are certainly highlights of the year, but there are plenty of other meetups that offer unique opportunities to network and grow.

    One such unique opportunity was when we were recently invited to the #MTOA (Michigan Tactical Officers Association) Conference. While the entire conference had meaningful highlights for #law enforcement officers, the primary focus of my visit was centered on the 2-day #AR-15 armorers course being taught by #SDI.

    SDI is the acronym for Sonoran Desert Institute, which is the only long distance school to offer students the ability to earn an accredited associates degree in Gunsmithing. Governed by the Department of Education and DEAC, SDI has built a team of qualified instructors and a base of course material that exceeds any certification program found in person or online.

    The MOTA brought in 3 SDI instructors including Frank Vigil the owner of Heritage Gun works a master armorer. One look at pictures posted by happy customers across social media or even better, one feel of the lightweight, high quality builds he has brought to life shows exactly how talented he is.

    AR-15 Armorers Course
    The course itself was a 16 hour condensed class designed to assist police armorers and advanced users to develop the skills to diagnose and repair common malfunctions on the AR-15 pattern rifle.

    Starting from a complete rifle the course teaches how to disassemble the rifle into all its base parts. Time is taken to explain the purpose of each part as well as the types of malfunctions common to that parts failure. Once dissembled the students are then instructed on how to re-assemble the rifle and function check the weapon.

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    Tuesday, December 29th

    The Third Most Fun “Button” On

    I recently installed the #Armaspec #TacticalCombatButton on one of my #ARs it was that basic AR I had floating around for when someone wants to go the range and use up all your ammo to get that “Black Rifle” experience under their belt, just nothing special about it. Well I got to feeling bad for it, it always gets abused and molested by somebodies greasy fingers who has no idea what they are doing and it is the one rifle I own that rarely gets cleaned properly for the simple reason it is usually the job of whatever trigger molester borrowed it to go the range and use my #ammo and my rifle to clean it! So needless to say it gets no love, time to change that I have some great parts to install on her over the next few months and well show her the love and respect she deserves after her long career of being molested and abused.

    The first part up to bat the Tactical Combat Button TCB for short, it really brings a lot to the table for the size and cost here are the specs from the companies website:

    *All mounting hardware included

    Improved magazine changes
    263% larger button
    Ergonomic design
    7075 T6 Aluminum and Type III black hard anodized or FDE and ODG Cerakoted
    Fits AR 5.56/.223 and 7.62/.308
    Made in U.S.A
    The button is easy to install with even basic understanding of the AR platform or with the help of a YouTube video. You can find a helpful video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My0b0ZY5Zwc

    Simply remove the existing mag release and screw in the new one and your off to the races. It took me about 10 minutes and that included finding a screw I dropped on the floor of the shop.

    Fit and Function
    As you can see from the photo’s of it installed on the AR 263% larger isn’t as big as it sounds but is defiantly large enough to make a nice difference. When you have meat hooks like mine having that extra large button to push really helps (my wife tells me I am good at pushing all buttons) but that is a different article all together. All joking

    Tuesday, December 29th

    A Wolf in GLOCKS Clothing

    We have all heard the adage about if it walks and quacks like a duck it’s probably a duck. What happens when it’s not a duck, but instead a highly tuned cybernetic organism based on the systems of a duck?

    That’s sort of what we have going here with the recent build sent to us from #LoneWolfDistributors. Lone Wolf is a well-known company that specializes in selling parts to tune up your #GLOCK.

    Back in our early days of reviews we reviewed a barrel from Lone Wolf that converted the GLOCK 27 in .40 to a GLOCK 26 in 9mm. These conversion barrels are one of the products that have made Lone Wolf so popular over the years. Also, they have built a name-supplying drop in barrels for shooting lead cast bullets, tactical threaded barrel, #OEM parts and modified frames.

    Now they sell or make just about every part to upgrade your GLOCK. I’m no stranger to upgrading a GLOCK just look what we did to a G19 with Innovative GunFighter Solutions. What happens when your result isn’t a GLOCK?

    LWD sent us their “G22” conversion since even making their own G17 is too passé. The G22 conversion is a full sized handgun on par with the 17 but designed to fire .40 caliber round. This “G22” has a 40-9 conversion barrel, which, in essence, makes it a G17 with a heavier slide.

    To better explain what this gun is as a whole, it may be best to start with the parts. In all actuality, I don’t foresee many of you ordering all the parts to build your own GLOCK anyway. So you can think of this as a series of smaller reviews if you’re so inclined. It is far more likely your going to be converting or upgrading a GLOCK you have already purchased.'

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    Tuesday, December 29th

    Rhino R-23 Tactical Magwell Grip an

    #Armaspec is a #USA based, USA manufacturer making quality products for #AR pattern #rifles. We recently reviewed the #TCB or Tactical Combat Button, which is an enlarged magazine release.

    While Chris was checking that product out, I have been running the R-23 Rhino. The Rhino by Armaspec is a patented combination of a mag funnel and a grip for the AR rifle.

    60-degree magazine insertion angle
    Fits mil-spec M16, M4, and AR-15 lowers without modification.
    Ultra-light, super strong mil-spec reinforced polymer
    Supports all Magpul PMAGS including Gen 3
    lifetime warranty
    Fit and Installation
    The R-23 is designed to fit on any Mil-Spec forged lower. It was not designed to and will likely not fit on a forged lower. I know it didn’t fit on the 3 I had access to here. It did. However, fit on 5 different forged lowers from multiple manufacturers.

    Installation took about 2 minutes with the included hardware. Clamshell, the R-23 around your magwell, attach 3 screws, and you’re done. There has been no wobble or alignment issues on any of our test guns.

    Magwell What attracted me to the product was the flared magwell. While I have gotten better at changing mags under pressure with my carbine by no means am I excellent. When practicing at home no stress I hit the magwell dead on 99% of the time. On the range, it is common to enter on an angle at least 50% of the time.

    I find on my flared milled lowers the mag goes in properly about 75% of the time. Still not something to write home about.

    By installing the R-23, the mag insertion angle allows for 90-60-degree insertion. This swing room of 30 degrees works on both the left and right side giving you a full 60 degrees of insertion angle.

    Those of us with big tools can appreciate the increased assertion angle. God knows you don’t want to miss the hole or jam a mag someplace it doesn’t belong.

    In practice, the wider angle of insertion allows for you to correct easily an off angle insert. Meaning your more likely to

    Tuesday, December 29th

    Magpul GLOCK Mags the GL9

    When I need to make a copy of something to this day I still say I need a Xerox. When it’s time to blow my nose, I ask for a Kleenex. In the south when you order a pop you ask for a coke, even when you want a Sprite. Confusing I know, but it is what it is. Some things are just known by the brand name that built them, more than the generic name of the product.

    Since I never served in the #military and came to the #AR game late in life, when I think of magazines for the AR platform, I think #Pmag . Based on that success when looking for extra #GLOCK mags during the scare in 2013, I got my hands on some Pro Mags, and #KCI mags as that were all that was available. Those magazines could only be described by one word, CRAPTASTIC. As I threw the Pro mags in the garbage and marked the KCI mags emergency only, I swore I would never buy anything but official GLOCK magazines again.

    Fast forward to Shot Show this year, I found myself eating crow. Magpul the company I have relied on for AR magazines since my first AR, announces their new GLOCK 17 magazines named the GL9. The naming makes little sense I can only assume it stands for GLOCK Like 9mm.

    Initial Problems
    We didn’t get our hands on any of these mags until after the NRA show. While we never shot any of the magazines between Shot and NRA it was widely publicized that in smaller guns such as the G19 or G26 feeding issues had surfaced. Magpul immediately issued a recall repairing or replacing magazines for all affected. If you have an issue with your products that’s the way to handle it in my book thumbs up Magpul.

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    Tuesday, December 29th

    Trijicon 1-6 AccuPoint

    The worst part of getting to do what we do here is when we have to send a product back. I’m not going to lie I stalled the hell out of this article because the idea of shipping the #AccuPoint 1-6 scope back to #Trijicon pretty much breaks my heart. So it is with a bittersweet feeling I write this review.

    We are a #Michigan based blog and huge fans of Michigan businesses. As a state, we are lucky to have 2 of the best #optic companies located right here in our home state.

    While selling products to Michiganders is certainly one place they make money Trijicon has built its business on government contracts and its flagship ACOG. (Trijicon ACOG TA31ECOS Review).

    They furthered their reputation on RMR’s (Trijicon RM08G Dual-Illuminated RMR Reflex Sight Review)

    Then drove home new products like the VCOG for consumers (First Impressions MI Custom Hybrid M-Lok Rifle)One thing these products have in common is Tritium. Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. Because if it’s difficult to produce and use in nuclear weapons and reactors Tritium is the 5th most expensive product in the world at $30,000 per gram.

    So when people look at the high cost of Trijicon products, it is important that you look at the source of the cost. Not only is this a rare and expensive product it is also one of the most heavily regulated products in the United States.

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    Tuesday, December 29th


    I’m going out on a limb here people, we at #248Shooter need your help. This article is likely to get me blacklisted from advertisers and other industry friends. I’m writing it anyway; it’s an article that needs to be published. Of all the articles, we have shared this might be one of the most important articles in my career. The worst part is I owe it all to a friend who now gets to hold an “I told you so” over my head.

    I am a #gear whore. I love new shiny objects that promise better #shooting or cool guy points. Running this blog, we get lots of cool #gadgets thrown at us. We evaluate their use, and you only see reviews on maybe 50% of the items we get sent. The other 50% either doesn’t make the cut or aren’t really of enough benefit to warrant a full review. That doesn’t mean I don’t get all excited at #Shotshow, #NRA or #GreatAmericanOutdoor show when the next new gadget comes out. Each time I hope and pray this is the product that is going to take me to the next level.

    This weekend at a DMI training course in Adrian, I was forced to acknowledge something I had been refusing to grasp. Upgrades can compensate for bad form to make you a better shooter, but that doesn’t make you a better shooter. Read that sentence again and think on it, I’ll wait.

    Ok did it sink in yet? Let me give you an example. My trigger control sucks as much as a single mom working 8 mile. I didn’t notice how bad it was because when using a light triggers the issue is muted. This leads me to believe the problem does not exist. Sure the upgraded triggers make it appear I’m a better shooter, but my skill level remains unchanged. The minute I use a heavy or even standard trigger the fundamental breakdown is observed on the target.

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    Tuesday, December 29th

    Shockwave Blade with Adjustable Tub

    Taking the #ECE course from #SentinelConcepts this weekend taught me the value of a light and maneuverable carbine. When using a #CQB #pistol, it is even more important. Fighting in an urban environment such as a home with obstacles and corners, light and maneuverable will give you the edge to engage quickly. Nobody grasps this concept better than the folks at #KAK Industry. You may have seen reviews on them before from us. They make high quality #US made products with a focus on the #AR-15.

    One product that helped build their name was the Sig Pistol Brace buffer tube we reviewed, and it’s subsequent versions. KAK has moved into 2015 with a vengeance to become the name in the pistol tube market with its recent partnership with Shockwave.Shockwave developed a solid polymer pistol brace that offers many unique advantages over the incredibly popular Sig Brace. The biggest of these is arguably thanks to the combined partnership with KAK Industry.

    The Shockwave brace combined with the KAK Industry 12 point adjustable buffer tube creates a stable, adjustable shooting platform for those with long arms. Unlike competitive products that loose support as they are moved rearward, the solid polymer structure with locking adjustable tube, will not collapse when pressure is applied to the rear of the brace.

    It has a solid blade form that rests against the arm instead of the softer rubber that would wrap around the arm also increases stability when shooting. This gives the Shockwave brace an advantage when rapidly fired or shot from certain positions.

    The Shockwave comes with a copy of the ATF letter designating it as a legal accessory for pistol users, making it compliant in most states. In short if you can own a pistol brace in your state you can own the Shockwave.

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    Tuesday, December 29th

    LUCID P7

    The new #LUCID P7 Prismatic Combat Optic is now shipping to distributors and should be seen out and about in the wild now and/or shortly. LUCID was generous enough in their hustle to get this new #scope to market to send one out in a little box in my direction.

    Many of you read my initial impressions and evaluation plan a couple weeks ago and as promised I put this P7 against the most arduous and proven competitor I could muster, the #Trijicon ACOG.

    So let’s break down both optics and see what we have.

    The P7
    The prismatic combat optic boasts the following specifications:

    Housing and Frame: Cast Aluminum
    Weight: 19 oz.
    Mounting: 13mm hex nuts, reversible
    Lenses: 25mm Ocular with manual focus, 30mm Objective
    Optic Coating: Chemical Rubber Armor
    Power: 1 AA Battery (not included), estimate 2,500 hours life, 2 hour auto shut off
    Reticle: P7, Red Illumination, automatic and manual brightness adjustment, 10 settings
    Waterproof and Nitrogen Purged recoil rated to .458 SOCOM
    Adjustments: ½ MOA clicks with resettable thumb turrets, hex wrench included for reset
    Field of view: 25ft at 100 yards
    Eye Relief 3.25”
    Warranty: Limited Lifetime
    As stated in my preview article the P7 doesn’t have a large field optics in its class and the above numbers and features are desirable and satisfying for its intended role.

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    Tuesday, December 29th