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    Florida Carry Alleges Illegal Activities By The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Dept.


    Florida Carry Alleges Illegal Activities By The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Dept.

    Charlotte County, FL-(Ammoland.com)- It is alleged that the Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Department has been illegally holding gun owners’ personal information, according to Florida Carry.

    As reported by thegunwriter.com, Florida Carry sent a letter to Attorney General Ashley Moody demanding that she launches a statewide investigation into law enforcement’s “illegal abuse, misuse, and general operation of the FINDER database including the compilation of lists of gun owners, and illegal retention of records.”

    Florida Carry is alleging that the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department has committed a felony by unlawfully storing gun owner’s information. According to Florida Statute 790.335, No government agency can “knowingly and willfully keep or cause to be kept any list, record, or registry of privately owned firearms or any list, record, or registry of the owners of those firearms.”

    Pawn stores must enter all pawn transactions into the FINDER database. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Bill Prummell, took it upon themselves to data-mine these transactions to investigate the people pawning their firearms.

    In the act of pawning, a person seeking a short-term loan puts up an item as collateral for cash. Once the debtor pays off the loan, the pawnshop returns their property. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department has been keeping records of these transactions, including the names of the debtor, the firearm, and serial numbers of the guns.

    Florida Carry sees this as a violation of the Sunshine State’s Statute against using this information to create records of firearms owners. The Florida based gun rights organization isn’t the only group that finds this practice disturbing. Matthew Patterson, Director of State and Local Affairs for Gun Owners of America, stands behind Florida Carry and their concerns.

    “Gun Owners of America share the concerns brought to light by Florida Carry, Inc. over the blatant mishandling and abuse of this data by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Bill Prummell, in clear violation of Florida Statute,” Patterson told AmmoLand. “This is not only unlawful and unethical but also demonstrates that law enforcement and other government agencies are more than willing to use data and information on gun owners to make a working registry, even if that means breaking the law themselves.”

    “This is a prime example of why Gun Owners of America is against any system that collects and stores information on gun owners, including Universal Background Checks. It is unknown whether other sheriffs’ agencies in Florida are maintaining similar records; however, we at Gun Owners of America stand behind Florida Carry, Inc. in their calls for an investigation into these illegal activities.”

    According to Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department’s internal emails, the practice has been going on at least since 2013. In February of this year, Florida Carry provided information to the state about Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department’s violation of the law

    In May, the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office reported that they had investigated similar incidents but determined the Sherriff’s Department did not violate the statute. The investigation was carried out by ASA Anthony Kunasek.

    Kunasek is the head of the Special Prosecution Unit. Florida Carry reached out to Kunasek and explained what was wrong with his investigation and outlined all violations of the law carried out by the Sheriff’s Department. He reviewed the evidence but refused to change his conclusion.

    Florida Carry is now calling on the Attorney General’s Office of Florida to carry out an independent investigation of the abuse of the FINDER database to mine information about Gun Owners. The attorney general has not responded to the demand.

    AmmoLand News reached out to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department. They provided AmmoLand with a letter [below] by the investigator who investigated the charge. He states that the emails in question did contain the firearms and the owner’s information, but it was not a list. He called the “retention of these emails of no consequence.”

    AmmoLand reached out to the AG’s office but did not receive a response at this time.

    Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department, Alleged Illegal List of Gun Owners Letter Response

    About John Crump

    John is an NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement, including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

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    Wolfpack Armory AK with Carbon Fiber Wrapped Barrel -The Firearm Blog

    Today’s Photo Of The Day was found in one of the online communities dedicated to AKs. It depicts a half-built Wolfpack Armory AK with a carbon fiber wrapped barrel. While carbon fiber barrels are nothing new in the industry and there are probably half a dozen companies making such barrels, they are mostly seen on bolt action rifles and AR-15/AR-10 pattern gas guns. For whatever reason, we don’t often see other firearms with carbon fiber wrapped barrels. In fact, this is the first time I ever see an AK with such a barrel.

    One of the advantages of such barrels is faster heat dissipation. Another benefit is the better harmonics thanks to the overall thickness and stiffness achieved in a much lighter weight package compared to all-steel heavy profile barrels. Judging by the way AR carbon fiber barrels are designed, I assume this AK barrel has two wrapped sections divided by a steel portion where the gas block is mounted. Obviously, the ends of the barrel where the muzzle threads are and the breech area where the barrel is pressed into the receiver or front trunnion as well as the rear sight block mounting portion also must have exposed steel.

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    TFB Extended Review: SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm

    The SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm is no longer “breaking news” since it has been out on the market for roughly 3 months now. It has had an impressive rise to fame though as the original P365 broke the mold for what people believed a carry gun could hold and achieve. The P365XL 9mm looks to even improve upon that. In this TFB Review, we take an extended look at this new-to-market, but already incredibly popular SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm in which I spent the better part of this last summer carrying and shooting to get a better idea of what this pistol is all about.

    I had the good fortune of being able to see the SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm back at the NRA Annual Meetings (NRAAM) in Indianapolis this past April before it was to debut to the public in early July this summer. While at that point in time I did not have the opportunity to shoot the pistol I could already tell SIG had constructed something that would crush people’s perception of what is possible with a carry gun (again). All of the specifications of their new hit wonder can be read below as presented by SIG Sauer:

    It is difficult to grasp what a firearm is completely about by only reading a spec sheet, but there are some key differences to note from the P365XL 9mm and the original P365. For one, you are gaining an optics cut-out for the also brand new Romeo Zero, or an RMSc red dot. You also get the signature X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights while the P365 has a simple 3-dot, white dot sight set. SIG Sauer goes on to detail many of the important differences shooters may need to mull over if they are contemplating getting the P365XL 9mm in their arsenal:

    When I officially peeled the wrapper off my test pistol several months ago to begin this review it was my second encounter with the P365XL 9mm. So I had forgotten some features of it and quickly got refreshed on what it was all about. The obvious differences are the increase in size. The dimensions of the pistol are extended in the barrel and slide as well as the frame and its magazine. This gives you the feel of a full-size pistol, but with its petite width, it simultaneously is easily concealable.

    While the original P365 felt a bit nose heavy in my hands, the P365XL is extremely well balanced. With a 12 Round or extended 15 Round magazine the pistol not only affords you a complete grip, but it also has a natural balance to it that not many carry guns are able to achieve. I appreciated this a lot because it just adds to your ability to confidently shoot it when it is more well balanced.

    range time: sig Sauer p365xl 9mm

    When I took this pistol to the range it was not just a one-and-done field trip. I brought this pistol out for play multiple times over the summer. I did most everything a seasoned shooter could think to try for practice from banging steel, shooting silhouette targets, practicing magazine exchanges, and working on drawing from a holster.

    My greatest overwhelming impression was that this firearm shoots like a full-size range pistol. It might have been spawned from carry pistol origins, but frankly, it handles, manipulates, carries, and hits like a full-size range pistol. The fact that it is easily concealable to boot is an ancillary benefit we are all going to benefit from.

    I believe I have moderate-size hands, and I was able to easily get a complete purchase on the frame of this pistol. This made handling the pistol easier and I had a lot more confidence. The transfer of recoil was easier to mitigate and control as well. All of these things culminated in making this pistol very enjoyable to shoot.

    As far as some of the aesthetic points of the P365XL 9mm, I appreciated the stippling on the frame of the pistol as well as the extended 15 round magazine. It was like a fine sandpaper grit that assured a secure hold without being abrasive to the point that you are losing skin. The beavertail built into the rear of the frame and the shallow undercut beneath the trigger allow you to hold slightly higher than comparably sized pistols. This achieves the feel of a sleek low bore axis which aids in quick follow-up shots and mitigating recoil.

    The one thing I had difficulty with is quickly catching sight of the ROMEOZero Micro Red Dot I had mounted on top. It may have been my own fault for not having a lot of experience with SIG Sauer firearms, but it took a solid 10 mags or more before I could shoot fast with the red dot. So for people who are new to SIG Sauer pistols, there might be a slight learning curve in getting comfortable with ‘pointing’ them.

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    concealed carry: sig Sauer p365xl 9mm

    Although all I wanted to do with this gun is burn it down at the range shooting steel, paper targets, bowling pins, or anything I could get my hands on I know that the origins of the P365XL 9mm is a carry gun. Albeit slightly longer in the handle and slide than the original P365, this is still a tremendous contender to be anyone’s everyday carry (EDC) gun. So with that being said, I carried it on and off over the course of the last 2 months in rotation with my normal EDC.

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    Galco KingTuk Deluxe IWB (Inside-the-Waistband) Holster (KT838B) paired with a SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm outfitted with a ROMEOZero Micro Red Dot

    I used the ever so popular Galco KingTuk holster which worked great for my mundane days of working behind a gun counter and light work of unloading product off semi-trucks into our store. On the days when I would wear a shop polo (not tucked in) I chose to go the KingTuk route. The longer polo easily covered this pairing while carrying what I call far-of-back; basically on my right butt cheek since I am right-handed. The neat thing about the P365XL 9mm is it will fit most normal P365 holsters. I do not want to make the profound blanket statement that it will work in all, but the 3 or 4 I tried it fit just fine even with the ROMEOZero Micro Red Dot and the longer 15-Round Magazine. All in all, comfortable to carry this way, decently easy to draw (not lickety-split fast, but decent), and much easier than my mainstay EDC which is a full-frame polymer gun.

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    Galco Tuck-N-Go 2.0 Strongside/Crossdraw IWB (Inside-the-Waistband) Holster (TUC424B) paired with a SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm outfitted with a ROMEOZero Micro Red Dot

    The 2nd way that I carried the P365XL 9mm is with an appendix IWB holster also from Galco because I had them readily available to use at work. While the far-of-back IWB carry is more comfortable for the general bending, moving, and working of everyday life I prefer the appendix IWB because of its secure feeling and faster draw.

    With the appendix IWB carry, I never have heightened Spidey-sense feelings that the gun is going to ever tip out. With far-of-back IWB, if I am crouched down stocking and straightening shelves I feel like my shirt may unfurl and GASP!… Be exposed! I understand a lot of this is in my own head, but for that reason, the appendix IWB always feels closer-at-hand and more secure to me. Conversely, if you do a lot of car commuting or work in a seated position for long periods of time the scrunch of a gun under your belly and poking your groin can be uncomfortable. Its a give-and-take of positives and negatives which are not necessarily the SIG P365XL’s fault. These are gripes I have with most any gun in those positions so it is simply food for thought for those considering carry there.

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    My closing thoughts on carry for the P365XL 9mm are that it was very easy to conceal. As easy, if not more so, than all of its direct competitors like the Smith & Wesson Shield, Glock G43, insert “X,Y,Z” brand name, but with this you are getting more capacity and a better purchase on the frame to control it. Also, it feels like you are concealing something smaller than those competitors because of the thinness of the frame. It is truly an enigma in the shooting industry right now; the best kind of enigma.

    If I end up buying one of these which has a high likelihood, I would search out a better appendix IWB holster because the draw would be faster for me from that position of carry, and it would be just as easy to go about my day. The brand I had in mind is actually from one of our very own writers, Alex, who is the owner of ANR Design: Thermoplastic Solutions and Holsters. Give his company a look when you have the chance.

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    ANR Design Appendix Holster w/ Polymer Claw – Inside The Waistband

    conclusion: sig Sauer p365xl 9mm

    With the duration I spent using, carrying, and shooting the SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm, I had more than enough time to reaffirm my thoughts and feelings about this pistol. For one, it is truly an oddity. What I mean by this is it can run beside your best or favorite carry guns and then crossover to the range to perform equally well there, too.

    Being as the original P365 paved the way for holsters and accessories, the P365XL 9mm can share all of those aftermarket tools and essentials so you are not hunting down components that are not on the market yet. For carry, I grabbed multiple P365 holsters off a store shelf and the P365XL 9mm dropped right in. I loved that simplicity.

    The other thing I truly appreciated is this pistol being optics ready with the slide cut from the factory. While I wholly believe everyone should have a foundation of shooting and proficiency with iron sights before adding in optics to anything… Holy Cow does shooting with a red dot make life easier! There is a learning curve of knowing how to point quickly and catch the dot in the window, but once you attain those skills you can quickly be burning down steel at the range in no time.

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    My only complaint about the P365XL 9mm in 2+ months of shooting it was that it ‘points’ at a different angle than some other brands I am familiar with. This is not so much a strike against SIG Sauer that they are doing anything wrong, but more so something of note that there is a slight learning curve to get used to and that I personally have do not have a lot of experience with SIG Sauer firearms.

    In closing, I want to say THANK YOU to SIG Sauer for allowing TFB and myself the opportunity to try out their New SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm as well as their equally New ROMEOZero Micro Red Dot! That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that this SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm is something worthy of you adding into your EDC rotation? Would you carry it with a Micro Red Dot like I did? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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    CCW Renewal in NC

    Quote Originally Posted by cityjack
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    Afternoon everyone. Its been 91 days since my renewal application with the sheriff. My permit expires in 3 weeks. What happens if my renewed permit does not come back before then? I asked the sheriff, an assistant just said, you can continue to carry while it is expired until my new permit arrives
    Does that sound normal? If I get pulled, will the local or staties know that or will i be in violation?

    Thank you

    since you applied for your renewal before your current CHP expired, the following will apply.

    You can still carry IN NC until your new CHP is issued.
    You canNOT use it to carry outside of NC
    You canNOT use it to purchase firearms.

    If an NC LEO runs your drivers license, it will show that you have applied for a renewal, and will honor it as valid. (I confirmed this with a friend that is a deputy, who pulled my NCOL up on his phone)

    I am surprised this was not explained to you at the time you by the sheriff’s dept when you submitted your renewal request.

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    Wheeler Ultra Scope Mounting Kit

    The Clarys review the Wheeler Ultra Scope Mounting Kit.

    Wheeler Ultra Scope Mounting Kit

    USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Over the past few years, we have tested and reviewed each of the primary products in this kit: The F.A.T. Wrench, Laser Bore Sighter, and Reticle Leveling System. All were superb and handy tools. We often wondered why they were not included in a single kit with one carrying case.

    Well, it finally happened, and we are happy to give a brief discussion of each and their benefits to every shooter that uses a scope.Buy Now Gun Deals

    Wheeler Engineering Reticle Leveling System

    Wheeler Engineering Reticle Leveling System
    Wheeler Engineering Reticle Leveling System

    First up is the Reticle Leveling System. Most everyone knows that if the reticles in a rifle scope are not properly aligned, the elevation and windage adjustments will not be true and the resultant cant is sure to impact bullet placement adversely. The instructions are so simple that rather than paraphrase them, we will simply quote them, as follows:

    “The system is comprised of two machined aluminum level housings calibrated to their integrated levels. The Barrel Clamp Level is attached to the gun’s barrel while the smaller Reference Level is placed on scope base, bottom half of a ring or other flat surface perpendicular to the vertical axis of the gun. The gun is then rotated until the Reference Level is aligned. The tuning adjustment knob on the Barrel Clamp Level is then turned until its level is centered to match the Reference Level. At this point the Barrel Clamp Level is calibrated to the guns axis. The scope can be installed loosely and the Reference Level placed on top of the scope’s turret cap. The scope is rotated until the Reference Level is aligned with the Barrel Clamp Level and then simply secured in place.”

    Wheeler Engineering F.A.T. (Firearm Accurizing Torque) Wrench

    Wheeler Engineering F.A.T. (Firearm Accurizing Torque) Wrench
    Wheeler Engineering F.A.T. (Firearm Accurizing Torque) Wrench

    Once the scope is secured, it is time to bring out the F.A.T. (Firearm Accurizing Torque) Wrench. The F.A.T. wrench is a handheld torque wrench which allows you to apply accurate and recommended torque settings on scope rings, action screws and floor plates of your gun. Consistent torque on scope ring screws insures that your scope doesn’t work loose over time which will affect your accuracy. It provides torque adjustments from 10-inch pounds to 65-inch pounds, +/- 2 pounds.

    The quarter-inch drive comes with a set of 15 bits as follows:

    • Leopold/Buehler windage bit #10 flat blade
    • bit #11 flat blade bit #32 flat blade bit 3/32″ Allen bit 5/32″ Allen bit T10 Torx bit T15 Torx
    • bit Torx bit drive adapter bit

    The following torque recommendations (from Wheeler) are for the most common screws used in mounting scopes.

    Wheeler Engineering Laser Bore Sighter

    Wheeler Engineering Laser Bore Sighter
    Wheeler Engineering Laser Bore Sighter

    And finally, we come to the Laser Bore Sighter. As most shooters know, the bore-sighting a gun does not sight-in the firearm. It merely means that you should be on paper at 25 yards. After that, it is generally an easy matter to “walk your rounds” into the bullseye via incremental scope adjustments.

    Before the invention of practical lasers, most of us relied on optical bore-sighters like Sweeney. They worked quite well, but were expensive and required a different spud for every caliber. The Caldwell laser bore sighter eliminates the requirement for spuds as it incorporates a powerful magnet which firmly attaches the unit to the barrel of your rifle. It is not necessary to precisely center the LBS for accurate results.

    The following instructions from Chuck Hawks, editor of Guns and Shooting Online illustrates how easy the task is:

    “Note the vertical distance between your line of sight and the center of the barrel’s bore. (This is usually 1.5-2.0 inches for scopes and optical sights and about ¾” for iron sights.) Turn on the laser and adjust the position of the rifle to get the laser dot on the target. Adjust your scope or sights so that the point of aim is ½ of the distance between your sight line and the bore, directly above the laser dot on the target. For example, if your scope is 1.5″ above the bore of your rifle, adjust your scope’s crosshair so that it is aimed 0.75″ directly above the green laser dot at 25 yards. Your firearm is now bore sighted. Turn off the laser and remove the PLBS from the muzzle.”

    The specifications for the Wheeler Engineering Laser Bore Sighter is:

    • Compatible with a wide variety of guns and any caliber
    • The high powered green laser is visible in daylight
    • Attaches magnetically to the end of the barrel without arbors, adapters or clamps
    • A magnetic connection is precise and non-damaging to the bore
    • Machined aluminum body
    • Soft rubber over-molding houses the laser module
    • Lithium 123A battery included
    • Each unit is hand calibrated at the factory

    This kit, while a bit pricey with an MSRP of $262.99; however, if you have a full battery of rifles and like to “rotate your scopes” or try out new ones, it is well worth the investment. If you purchased the items separately, it would be over $300, so the kit savings is worthwhile. We like this kit and recommend it to anyone who does a lot of shooting.

    Jim and Mary Clary
    Jim and Mary Clary

    About Jim and Mary Clary:

    Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over six hundred published articles (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.

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    Steyr AUG (Oberland Arms OA-UG) -The Firearm Blog

    Steyr AUG clones? Have you ever heard of the one made by Oberland Arms?

    In this Photo Of The Day, we take a closer look at one, plus some of the modifications done with it.

    Now the upgrades are complete! Meet my Steyr AUG clone with shell deflector and mag button by Corvus Defensio plus QD sling sockets and scope shell by ClawGear

    One of my favorite rifles just got a whole lot better! One of the problems with nearly all bullpup rifles is the ejection port that sits right on the opposite side of where your face is. And as soon as you transition shoulders, those spent, ultra-hot cases are flying right into your face.

    Not anymore! Austrian manufacturer Corvus Defensio is offering a lot of nifty little upgrades for the Steyr AUG family of rifles – and among those upgrades is the shell deflector I have just put on my personal semi auto Steyr AUG clone. It only takes a minute to install and boy, what a difference it makes!

    No more brass in your face!


    The pictures are from Germany and Schrombo, used with permission. Please check his Instagram or Facebook out.

    Oberland Arms (Germany) can be found here: http://www.oberlandarms.com

    You can find the Hompage of Corvus Defensio here: https://corvusdefensio.com/de/

    They are based in Vienna, Austria.


    I have shot both the 9×19 mm and the .223 Rem Steyr AUGs. How about you, have you ever tried any of them?

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    Best Choices For Your First SilencerThe Firearm Blog

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    Good afternoon suppressor lovers and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Last week we discussed NFA wait times, some new products hitting the market and a random sampling of patents that recently hit USPTO.gov. Today we are going to discuss picking a first silencer for the gun-muffler uninitiated. Veteran owners and shooters often forget the amount of time and research we put in to purchasing our first suppressors. The anxiety of investing in a “lifetime” investment. The constant second guessing of choices. Wanting to hold off just one more week hoping for something awesome to debut. Relax, it’s not that complicated, we are here to help.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    One of the biggest issues with buying your first silencer has nothing to do with the suppressor itself. The Form 4 transfer process of the National Firearms Act, on it’s face, appears to be a tedious and time consuming affair. In reality, if you can finish a passport application and wait patiently (arguably the hardest part), you can join the NFA club. Soon, we are going to put together a soup-to-nuts NFA Buyer’s Guide to help you navigate the process. But for the time being, here’s all you need to know: Buy Now. The longer you wait to buy, the longer you will need to wait to shoot your very own suppressor.

    Criteria for First Silencer choices:

    As a first time buyer, your criteria for for buying a suppressor will be different than the criteria for someone buying their 12th can. My advice is to keep things simple and play it relatively safe – that hot little boutique can may look awesome, but the last thing I want is for you to sour your first silencer purchase and scar you for life.

    On the other hand, smaller manufacturers like Energetic Armament who makes the impressively quiet and affordable Vox and Vox-S rifle suppressor make awesome gear. I’ll have to make a “lesser known manufacturers you should know about” edition for Silencer Saturday.

    A. Affordable

    While many of use have no problem dropping $800 on a new pistol or $1500 on an optic or a rifle, the idea of spending nearly $1K on a silencer is daunting. Take steps to lessen your anxiety by buying an older, proven silencer on sale. Or, opt for a direct thread suppressor versus a quick detach version that will add to the weight, price and complexity. Trust me, you’ll have plenty of time to experiment with future purchases.

    B. Idiot proof

    Mounts, modularity, swappable end caps, and other variations have made today’s suppressor marketplace awesome for the consumer. However, I suggest limiting your variables for your first silencer purchase.

    C. Solid performance

    It seems like common sense, but pick a first silencer that actually suppresses well, isn’t too heavy, is easy to clean and in general is know for performance. Avoid possible gimmicks in exchange for universally excepted proven designs.

    D. Brand Reputation

    A bit controversial, but I suggest sticking with the big name suppressor companies rather than a small outfit for your first silencer. In addition to quiet shooting, your are really looking for peace of mind.

    First Silencer Choices: By Host/Caliber

    The easiest way to do this whole First Silencer thing is to list out some options based on caliber and host platform. The majority of purchasing questions I get revolve around “what can is best for my [xyz gun]”.

    I intend for this to be a living document that can be updated with suppressors for beginners. As new models are announced or readers have suggestions, I’ll update the list below.

    We’ll see you all next week back here for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Thanks for reading.

    I. AR-15 Rifles/Pistols

    YHM Turbo K

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    • MSRP: $450
    • Street $400
    • Weight: 10.5 oz. (direct thread); 11.7 oz. (Q.D.)
    • Diameter: 1.562”
    • Length: 4.9” (direct thread); 5.5″ (Q.D.)
    • Construction: 17-4 Ph SS / Inconel
    • Mount: Q.D. Flash Hider, Direct Thread

    Rugged Razor 7.62

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    • MSRP: $850
    • Street: ~$750
    • CALIBER: 7.62mm rated up-to .300 RUM
    • RATINGS: Belt Fed Rated™
    • DIAMETER: 1.5”
    • LENGTH:  6.4″
    • WEIGHT: 15.3 oz
    • FINISH: Cerakote 

    Dead Air Sandman S

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    • MSRP: $1049
    • Street: ~$850
    • Length: 6.8″
    • Weight: 17.7 oz
    • Diameter: 1.5″
    • Finish: Cerakote body, Nitrided Muzzle Device
    • Min. Barrel Length: No Restrictions


    YHM Resonator – MSRP $799

    II. 300BLK

    Dead Air Nomad

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    • Length: 6.5″
    • Weight: 14 oz.
    • Diameter: 1.735″
    • Finish: Cerakote body
    • Min. Barrel Length: No Restrictions
    • MSRP: $916

    SIG Sauer SRD762

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    IV. Rimfire

    Dead Air Mask



    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For First Time Silencer Buyers

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    • MSRP: $449
    • Street Estimate: $350 – $400
    • Rating: 22LR, 22MAG, 22 HORNET, 17 HMR, 5.7X28MM (FNH)
    • Length: 5.1″
    • Weight: 6.6 oz.
    • Diameter: 1.070″

    SIG Sauer SRD22X

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    Hunting/Bolt Gun:

    SilencerCo Harvester

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    • TOTAL LENGTH: 8.80”
    • WEIGHT: 11.0”
    • DIAMETER: 1.37″
    • MATERIALS: Aluminum & Stainless Steel
    • FINISH: Black
    • SKU: SU627
    • MSRP: $724
    • Street Estimate: ~$600


    Griffin Sportsman Ultra Light – MSRP: $795

    Thunderbeast Arms Ultra 9 – MSRP $1195

    Pistol/Pistol Caliber Carbine:

    SilencerCo Omega 9K

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

    • TOTAL LENGTH: 4.7
    • WEIGHT: 7.2oz
    • DIAMETER: 1.48″
    • MATERIALS: Stellite & Stainless Steel
    • FINISH: Black, White, & FDE
    • SKUBlack: SU1544 
    • White: SU2644
    • FDE: SU2643
    • MSRP $865
    • Street: ~$650


    SilencerCo Osprey – MSRP: $918

    Dead Air Odessa-9 – MSRP: $899 (Modular)

    Thompson Machine Isis-2 – MSRP: $399

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    Kershaw Decibel EDC Knife Review

    Kershaw Decibel

    U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)– It’s tough for reviewers to keep pace with Kershaw’s prodigious release schedule, even more so when knives aren’t the websites only focus. The Tualitin, Oregon based company releases a slew of new products annually, spanning from EDC to tactical blades and even fillet knives.  Today I’m writing up my evaluation on one of Kershaw’s new-to-2019 EDC folders, the Decibel.


    The Decibel is certainly eye-catching, with the dark gray of the titanium-carbo-nitride finish being offset by blue anodized accents.  Likewise, the Wharncliffe blade shape and handle cut-outs are distinctive additions to a memorable appearance.  Let’s take a look at the guts of the Decibel, with tech specs as provided by Kershaw.

    Kershaw Decibel
    Kershaw Decibel
    • Manual opening
    • Thumb stud
    • Frame lock
    • Reversible pocket clip (right/left, tip-up)
    • Custom pivot cap, handle window
    • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, titanium carbo-nitride coating
    • Handle: Stainless steel, titanium carbo-nitride coating
    • Blade Length: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
    • Closed Length: 3.75 in. (9.6 cm)
    • Overall Length: 6.6 in. (16.8 cm)
    • Weight: 2.9 oz. (83 g)

    So what we’ve got here is a diminutive pocket-folding, utility EDC with a definite Sci-fi edge.  First, I want to cover the things I love about the Decibel.

    Kershaw Decibel
    A nice touch recessing the logo
    1. The Decibel is light.  Saying “2.9 ounces” doesn’t do it justice.  It’s barely there.  Ditch the pocket clip and I could practically stow it in my wallet.
    2. The pocket clip is very firm.  This isn’t a defensive blade so much as a convenient tool, so there’s less need to draw it in a big hurry.  I’d rather have it stay exactly where I left it.  Being reversible is a nice plus as well.  The Decibel also rides nice and low in the pocket.
    3. The blade comes from the factory sharpened very well, which is typical of Kershaw.  Their blades are consistently among the sharpest factory edges I encounter.  After a good bit of use as a utility knife in the shop, the Decibel still packs a well-honed edge.
    4. The titanium carbo-nitride coating is a really durable choice.  Good lubricity, wear resistance, chemical resistance, and corrosion resistance.  Plus, it looks good.
    5. 8Cr13MoV stainless steel is among my favorite steels for EDC knives.  It sharpens well, sharpens easily, resists nearly everything under the sun and isn’t expensive.  I don’t baby my EDC knives, I choose durable products that can handle rough-use and sporadic maintenance.
    Kershaw Decibel
    A very solid framelock

    The Decibel, however, falls short in a couple of areas.  Mostly it’s two small problems that both affect grip, and when combined make a bigger problem.  Numbers 1 and 2 are really 1A and 1B.

    1. The handle is short.  I know this is a small knife and thus has a short handle.  It’s a minor issue that medium-to-large handed folks will have a small quibble with unless combined with…
    2. A thumb stud is used to open the Decibel.  A Speedsafe flipper would have been a better choice, as it doesn’t necessitate choking down on the handle to get leverage under the thumb stud.  Holding the Decibel for use is fine, but adjusting my hand downwards to torque the blade outputs my hand too low for comfort.
    3. Being so short and having a stiff pivot pin exacerbates the fact that the thumb stud isn’t really far enough down the blade for optimal leverage.  I’m left putting an unusual amount of force into the thumb stud for such a small, light blade.

    Worth noting is that the Decibel’s handle isn’t so short that it presents a danger of being dropped, just a discomfort for someone like me with wide hands.

    Taking all things into consideration, the Kershaw Decibel is a good knife in a small package, especially if you have small-to-medium-sized hands.  For those with wider hands, you may be more drawn to something like the Boilermaker.  While the MSRP on the Decibel is $65.99, the street price is more like ~$37.  Not a bad price for a solid utility-EDC blade.

    About Rex NanorumJens Hammer

    Rex Nanorum is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his wife and kids. Growing up on commercial fishing vessels, he found his next adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. After 5 tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he adventured about the west coast becoming a commercial fisheries and salvage SCUBA diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and personal trainer, before becoming a gear reviewer and writer.”

    Rex Nanorum


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    Battle Tank Madness -The Firearm Blog

    Photo Of The Day, and it’s a photo to make the people of the United Kingdom proud (above).

    We are looking at the tank competition IRON SPEAR 2019, which finished with a tank crew challenge.

    The exercise IRON SPEAR 2019 tested specific tank crew skills by demonstrating the readiness and the strength of the NATO alliance.

    Below is an impressive battle line with tanks from all over the World.

    Canada, Spain, Poland, Germany and the United Kingdom – those are the flags visible below.

    Not your average round.

    I’m no expert on tanks, but I think this is a PT-91 Twardy of Poland, a development of the Russian T-72.

    Today was the first day of IRON SPEAR 2019, a tank competition bringing together 3 of the 4 eFP, demonstrating our cooperation through the Baltic states and Poland.

    Below: German Leopard II. Note the round about 2/3rds to the right in the picture.

    Probably a Spanish Leopard 2 below.

    Canadian Leopard II.

    We have a great video for you as well.


    Also, have a look at Knives forged from the barrels of the German Leopard Main Battle Tank and

    POTD: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank


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    Reader’s Choice BEST Aftermarket Trigger: Geissele SSA-EThe Firearm Blog

    Reader’s Choice BEST Aftermarket Trigger: Geissele SSA-E

    For the month of September and our Reader’s Choice voting, we voted on the BEST Aftermarket Trigger you could add to one of your firearms. This could have been anything from your handguns to your rifles to your shotguns. The most frequently upgraded firearm, in regards to triggers, is the modern sporting rifle so there were an abundance of options put forth for that type of firearm. Between 12 triggers to pick from your chosen winnner was… (drum roll please)… the Geissele SSA-E!

    Reader’s Choice BEST Aftermarket Trigger: Geissele SSA-E

    There was a hefty initial list of suggestions from our staff, and you provided ample more suggestions of your own as well. For the final voting results we will provide you with the Top 5 because below that the voting falls off for the remaining triggers considerably. Let’s get this rolling, and as always, shoot us some of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

    1. Geissele Automatics “Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced” (SSA-E) – 30.33%
    2. LaRue Tactical “MBT-2S” – 21.34%
    3. Franklin Armory “BFSIII AR-C1 Binary” – 7.24%
    4. Triggertech “AR Diamond” – 6.11%
    5. Rise Armament “High-Performance” – 5.38%
    • Remaining Miscellaneous Voting Choices – 29.59%

    As can be seen by the voting results, there is a tremendously strong liking for the Geissele SSA-E and LaRue Tactical MBT-2S triggers. Those 2 triggers alone comprised over 50% of the voting! From there the voting tightens up quite a bit with 3rd through 5th place less than 2% apart. The remaining 7 voting options were all good triggers as well, but the voting became pretty watered down and tight after 5th place. Are those the results you expected in the poll? Did a trigger you voted for make the Top 5? Let us know what you think in the Comments below! Also, congratulations to Geissele Automatics for taking home top honors with their SSA-E trigger!!!

    Built on the chassis of the Geissele SSA, the Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced (SSA-E) provides enhanced trigger control and weapon accuracy while maintaining the robustness and reliability of our combat-proven two-stage trigger. The SSA-E’s reduced first and second stage pull weights result in a trigger with a smooth, light first stage take-up and a crisp, candy cane-like second stage break. The SSA-E is ideal for use in precision Squad Designated Marksman type rifles where weapon accuracy and reliability are critical and a non-adjustable drop in trigger is desired.


    When we run the Reader’s Choice every month what can be more entertaining than the results you guys and gals create through your voting is your side commentary. This month was no exception because you bust our chops and you have some pretty good one-liners. We appreciate you engaging in our monthly Reader’s Choice polls and growing along with us. So let’s dive into some of the more cringe-worthy, feelings-triggering, and hilarious comments you all posted!

    Finally a poll I give a crap about…

    -Nicholas Washington

    Well, either we gotta step our game up or you have a strong fancy for premium triggers. In either case, thanks for joining the conversation!

    Sorry but how the frick does Franklin Armory think their trigger is worth almost $400? That’s just comical.


    Franklin Armory does some wildly creative things. Sometimes they are criticized for their odd creations, and other times the firearms industry as a whole is like, “How the heck did they do that?”

    Most modern AR15 manufacturers make a pretty decent stock trigger.
    Pick one made by a reputable manufacturer (BCM, ALG, DPMS, Colt, etc), made of quality materials…

    Just like aftermarket Glock triggers, you really should learn to shoot the stock, factory spec gun BEFORE you decide you need a new trigger. People act like their shooting problems will magically be fixed with some special expensive part but that is rarely the case. It’s mostly marketing hype and babbling nonsense from people who probably shoot worse than you do.


    This person makes one really good point. While it is fun and at times cool to upgrade your firearms and make them your own, there is no amount of ‘upgrades’ that can overcome poor shooting. We should all strive to train, hone, and improve our abilities for whatever our discipline or craft requires. Whether that is for hunting, competition shooting, CCW/defense, and/or any unique combination of those.

    Fully digital triggers are definitely the future

    Guns are almost literally the last mechanical fudd holdovers in all of the world of machinery.


    While firearms (some) are still very rudimentary from their original inceptions there are a lot that are truly pushing innovation and design in a lot of capacities. If you look at some of the technology surrounding firearms like night vision, thermal, range-finding riflescopes that tell you where to aim… that is something that was thought of as impossible 50 years ago.

    From the comments below one thing is clear. There are a bunch of high quality replacement triggers out there to fit about any budget.


    That is absolutely true. While if you wanted to you could spend a mortgage on some aftermarket parts, you do not have to in order to get some really nice parts. The difference between run-of-the-mill and an impressive upgrade is not much. We often talk about the highest tier of quality in existence, but there is a lot of great stuff available at affordable prices as well.

    CONCLUSION: TFB BEST aftermarket triggers

    Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in our September poll of Reader’s Choice for the BEST Aftermarket Triggers. With close to 2,000 votes we are thankful for everyone who participated in this month’s voting on the Reader’s Choice. Here are your Top 5 results of the BEST Aftermarket Triggers:

    1. Geissele SSA-E “Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced” – 30.33%
    2. LaRue Tactical “MBT-2S” – 21.34%
    3. Franklin Armory “BFSIII AR-C1 Binary” – 7.24%
    4. Triggertech “AR Diamond” – 6.11%
    5. Rise Armament “High-Performance” – 5.38%
    • Remaining Miscellaneous Voting Choices – 29.59%

    Be sure to be on the lookout for October’s Reader’s Choice poll as we enter a new month and start a new topic! Also, let us know what you think of the results we posted. Do you agree? Disagree? Let’s keep the conversation going in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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