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    Homicides Surge, But What Did City Expect?

    Portland, Oregon is experiencing a violent crime surge, with 51 slayings already reported. iStock-884203732

    U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Portland, Oregon “is on track to shatter gun violence records this year,” according to KATU News, the local ABC affiliate, but what they’re really talking about is the number of murders in the Rose City so far in 2021, in an environment that has been dominated by violent protests for 14 months, and $15 million cut from the police bureau budget.

    KGW News, the local NBC affiliate, is reporting that the police agency has lost 125 officers during the past year, and Mayor Ted Wheeler has acknowledged, “It is obvious from where I sit that we do not have adequate resources deployed on our streets in a proactive way.”

    The city experienced a mass shooting over the weekend that left an 18-year-old woman dead and several others wounded. According to the OregonLive/Portland Oregonian, “the Police Bureau’s effort to set up a new uniformed team of officers to address gun violence remains a challenge.”

    No surprise there, since US News recalled that in the wake of last year’s death of George Floyd while being restrained by a Minneapolis police officer, Portland erupted in violent protests. “In the wake of sustained protests and calls to defund the police last summer,” US News said, “Portland’s City Commission cut some funding and disbanded the gun violence reduction unit.”

    Portland has logged 51 homicides so far this year, and there are still five months to go. Last year, the city posted 55 murders, according to the Oregonian. This follows a report by KPTV News on July 14 that the city had posted 48 slayings, and “So many people have been killed in Portland this year that detectives are having trouble keeping up with the number of cases.”

    There is something else. KATU is also reporting that community activists are complaining, “Because a lot of the victims are young black people, I don’t think it’s getting the severity that it deserves.”

    But there does not appear to be as much concern about who has been doing the shooting. There have been arrests in fewer than half of the reported homicides, according to KPTV.

    Oregon lawmakers pushed hard on gun control issues in Salem earlier this year. And the KATU report said most of the 51 people murdered so far were “killed…by gun violence.”

    A recent opinion at Liberty Park Press put the media and gun control proponents on the spot about repeatedly using the term “gun violence.”

    While firearms get the blame, and the Democrat-controlled legislature continued to penalize law-abiding gun owners, OregonLive.com acknowledged police “have had little success in finding two sergeants and 12 officers to sign up for” a new uniformed squad called the “Focused Intervention Team.”  But as the news agency acknowledged, “Officers are very aware that many residents and city councilors don’t want police to recreate the Gun Violence Reduction Team or its precursor, the Gang Enforcement Team.”

    Therein lies the problem, it appears. As reported by the Oregonian, “The city disbanded the Gun Violence Reduction Team last year as part of a $15 million cut to the police budget, citing concerns about its disproportionate stops of people of color.”

    And the newspaper also reported that “A key component is to have a 12-member community oversight group to monitor the team’s actions. The city has moved forward and selected 12 people to serve as members of the group,” so it appears there will be some sort of citizen oversight.

    What’s happening in Portland may be a microcosm of what is happening nationally. Violence is on the upswing in major cities, including Washington, D.C. where a shooting outside of Nationals Park caused a sixth-inning shutdown of the baseball game Saturday evening. The shooting was between “people in two vehicles,” according to the New York Times. Three people were treated for gunshot wounds, including a female bystander.

    In Chicago, “At least 11 people were killed and 45 others were injured in shootings,” Fox News reported.

    But instead of blaming individuals, gun control proponents will continue affixing blame to guns and penalizing gun owners who had nothing to do with any of these crimes.

    In Seattle, according to MyNorthwest.com, there were nine homicides in June.

    “That’s the highest number of recorded homicides Seattle has seen in June since 2008,” the story said, “the earliest year publicly available from the Seattle Crime Dashboard. It represents a 125% higher homicide rate than in June of 2020.”

    And the year isn’t over, yet. Two months remain in the summer, and early autumn in major cities can produce several murders as well.

    About Dave Workman

    Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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    PROOF Research Introduces the MDT Chassis RifleThe Firearm Blog

    PROOF Research and MDT have teamed up to produce the ultimate precision rifle. The new PROOF Research MDT Chassis Rifle takes the high-quality barrels of PROOF and combines them with the solid foundations that MDT produces for barreled actions. The new rifle will be available in .223 Rem, 6 ARC, 6 Dasher, 6 Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Win.

    PROOF Research and MDT @ TFB:

    PROOF Research Introduces the MDT Chassis Rifle

    PROOF Research Introduces the MDT Chassis Rifle

    PROOF Research MDT Chassis Rifle Specifications:

    • MDT ACC Chassis
    • Zermatt Arms TL3 Action
    • Adjustable Triggertech Pro Curved Diamond Trigger
    • MDT 12 Round AICS Steel MAG
    • 26″ 1:7.5 twist PROOF Competition Contour Steel Barrel
    • 20 MOA rail
    • Weight – 15lbs-14oz w/ mag
    • SUB 1/2 MOA Guarantee

    PROOF Research Introduces the MDT Chassis Rifle

    The core of the MDT Chassis Rifle is centered around the Zermatt Arms TL3 action and the Triggertech Pro adjustable trigger which can be dialed from 32 ounces all the way down to 4 ounces. The rifle feeds from an MDT 12-round AICS-pattern steel magazine which helps reduce the overall height while giving the user higher capacity. The rifle is paired with a PROOF Research competition contour steel barrel which is topped off with an Area 419 Hellfire muzzle brake.

    The MDT Chassis itself will feature PROOF Research coloring and engraving and provide you with all the adjustments you could want out of a rifle stock. The ACC Chassis features a full Arca rail down the entire length of the fore-end for maximum bipod adjustment as well as length-of-pull, and comb height adjustments you’ve come to expect from precision rifles. The new rifle will also come in its own custom-fit hard case and be backed by PROOF Research’s accuracy guarantee. MSRP on the PROOF Research MDT Chassis rifle is $5,699.

    PROOF Research Introduces the MDT Chassis Rifle

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    Pyro 2.0 Enhanced Muzzle BrakeThe Firearm Blog

    Reducing your signature can be very important in a gunfight. Concealing your position can keep you alive. However, depending on your circumstances, the signature reduction could be less important than reducing recoil. Muzzle brakes excel in recoil reduction (with the tradeoff of increased sound, typically). Dead Air Silencers produces some very high-quality muzzle devices. The newest to hit their catalog of goodies is a muzzle brake, and it’s fire. This is the new Pyro 2.0 Enhanced Muzzle Brake from Dead Air Silencers.

    Dead Air Silencers @ TFB:

    Pyro 2.0

    Our flash hiders excel at keeping flash to a minimum, but sometimes you just want a flatter shooting rifle and don’t care about the visual signature. That’s where the Pyro comes in.

    Install it over your flash hider and just like that, your flash hider is a fully functional brake. Extremely effective, installs in seconds, and Keymo compatible.

    The Dead Air Silencers Pyro 2.0 Enhanced Muzzle Brake

    Pyro 2.0

    The Pyro 2.0 Enhanced Muzzle Brake uses Dead Air’s new Pyro vented shroud. This, combined with their KeyMo or Xeno, allows users to install the Pyro 2.0 over their existing flash hider. The brake ships with a .30 cal front cap. This cap is also interchangeable with your existing Sandman/R-Series front caps. If you already have a KeyMo, you have the option of buying the other parts separately.

    Pyro 2.0


    • Mount: Key brake / Flash hider
    • Length: 3.1″
    • MSRP: $349.00

    Pyro 2.0

    Dead Air Silencers also makes … well, silencers. Check out all they have to offer on their website. You can also follow Dead Air on various social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Make sure you also check out their YouTube channel for some fun content and videos of their podcast. Keep up your training!

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    Stemming from his childhood love of WWII history, Nic’s passion for firearms continues to grow as his maturity level recedes. He has competed in local USPSA, IDPA, and rifle competitions, and has an almost unnatural affection for Rosie, his Gen3 Glock 19.


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    Simple Training on the Range

    Simple Training on the Range

    Anyone who has spent even a modest amount of time in the modern firearms community will be familiar with “Pew-Pew Therapy.” For some, a trip to the firing range to throw lead down range is equal to hitting the heavy bag at the gym after a hard day at work. With low ammunition supplies, and prices at an all-time high, this form of therapy has become more expensive than an hour with an actual psychoanalyst. Trips to the range nowadays need to count, but do you take the time to make them count?

    What’s the difference between a trip to the range for some gun time, and taking some time out to train? Simple: a plan. Do you have a plan when you visit the range? Do you have training goals? Do you spend time to develop specific skills or work on bettering your technique? Do you even know how?

    Many people go to the range and work on the basics over and over again. This is fantastic, but what about those pesky bad habits you have? Do you take the time to root them out or do you just reinforce them by letting them go unchanged in your technique? Here are a few simple drills to help identify and correct deficiencies in your skillset.


    Malfunction Drill

    This drill will prepare you for weapon malfunctions. Start with snap caps or dummy rounds (empty brass will do in a pinch). As you prepare to load your magazine, randomly grab a couple of snap caps or dummy rounds and load them among your live rounds. Try not to pay attention to where you loaded them. If you have a range buddy with you, have them load the magazine.


    Begin your shooting drill as you normally would. Eventually, you will end up with a click instead of a bang. When you do, did you flinch? Many people who have never trained for it don’t realize how much they anticipate recoil until the recoil doesn’t come. That is when they see that they jerk the weapon violently in anticipation. Recoil should surprise you; not make you jerk the weapon.

    The second part of the training is what happens after the gun does not fire. The first time you see yourself flinch, you may laugh or get roasted by your range buddy but stay in the fight! You just had a malfunction. Clear the weapon! Tap, rack, and get it back in battery so you can put more rounds down range. This drill intends to help you identify any recoil anticipation and prepares you for the possibility of a malfunction in a gunfight, keeping you in the fight and out of a pine box.


    Failure Drill

    This drill doesn’t refer to your weapon failing to function but to your rounds failing to stop the threat. Our perception of how people react to being shot has been drastically altered by television, film, and pop culture to think that people fly backward and don’t get up from a single round to center mass. Real-life doesn’t work that way. Often those intent on inflicting harm can fight through multiple gunshot wounds, and despite mortal wounds, are still able to return fire or inflict wounds themselves. This drill is designed to prepare you for that possibility.


    Often referred to as the “Mozambique Drill,” this drill is simple and requires nothing but a silhouette target at about 7-10 yards. Once in position, on the command of threat (or the sound of your shot timer if you have one), you will fire two rounds in the torso and one in the head. Train yourself to decide when the target is “down” and keep your weapon pointed at the target until you have made that determination. As you become more proficient, place an index card where the heart would be and a playing card where the ocular cavities are. Try to place your shots in those areas for greater accuracy.


    Shooting From Cover

    Many firearms enthusiasts stand up on the range and fire at their static target, reload, fire another magazine, score their target, wash, rinse, and repeat. These drills will ensure that your first time shooting on the move, or from cover, isn’t during a fight for your life. Make sure you are on a safe range. If you have a range buddy with you, have them act as your spotter and beware of others around you. Crowded public ranges may not be the place for a drill like this.

    Start by identifying an object to use as cover on your left or right. You can use lumber from a hardware store to make your own using these instructions. Set up your barricade on the side you will be training on, between 10 and 15 feet away. Begin at your original starting position with your firearm in the holster. On the threat command, draw, and begin moving slowly to cover while placing effective rounds downrange. Once you have gotten to cover, crouch down and take full cover.

    Once you are behind cover, lean out, and practice delivering rounds from behind the barricade in short, two or three round bursts accurately. Speed is not the purpose of this drill; learning to effectively shoot and move to cover is. As you gain proficiency, the speed will come. Remember the wise words of many tactical operators over many years of experience: “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.”



    These three drills aren’t definitive by any means and are not the only way to train. They are just three simple drills designed to help you start thinking about making the most of your range time and maximizing your skillset with your most expensive asset: ammunition. If you are ready for more drills, or just want to see more ideas about the kind of drills that are out there, take a look at this list of drills for the range. Just remember, these drills should always be done safely. Don’t try to be John Wick in one day on the range. Walk before you run and develop good habits. Starting with good habits may be hard, but correcting bad habits is harder.

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    SHOCKING! ‘Big Image’ Media Making Money Promoting Dangerous Gun Violence

    ShutterStock Images Anton WatmanScreen Grab 7-10-2021 suicide

    USA –  -(AmmoLand.com)- The images are disgusting and above all else extremely dangerous: a crying woman with an AK barrel in her mouth, children pointing guns at their own heads, pregnant women pointing guns at their belly, a toddler pointing a Glock with their finger on the trigger – 1000’s of photos of children with fingers on triggers. 10,000’s of more images of adults carelessly mishandling what look like real guns!

    These are stock images, known in the trade as photo illustrations, because they are set up in advance, as opposed to actual news photographs, which are taken live as news happens. Apparently, the majority of photojournalists have no understanding of basic gun safety. The big image licensing businesses take no responsibility, provide no safety guidelines, and choose to ignore the real-life dangers in the name of profit.

    Not only do the images violate almost all of the basic tenets of gun safety, but they also portray gun handling that’s life-threatening, and they clearly exploit the children involved. Most of the images could never be used by a newspaper or legitimate website, as they depict suicide attempts and far worse.

    Access is easy. These stock photographs websites can all be searched and browsed for free and the images can be purchased individually for a nominal fee or through a paid subscription. There are no age requirements or other safeguards in place to protect children from viewing these dangerous images. There are no warnings about the portayal of life-threatening gun handling?

    They’re offered by multiple image services across the with the largest being Shutterstock, Getty Images, and Getty’s discount subsidiary, Stock. These stock photo companies have massive archives and a broad reach.

    Getty maintains an archive of 415 million photos and other digital assets from more than 340,000 individual contributors. Getty’s iStock brand has 125 million photos in its archive.

    Shutterstock offers more than 300 million photos from more than 1 million contributors and operates in more than 150 countries.

    Theirs is a multi-billion-dollar global business. It’s e-commerce on a massive scale.

    ShutterStock Images Fails at Gun Safety Screen Grab 7-8-2021 suicide
    ShutterStock Images Fails at Gun Safety Screen Grab 7-8-2021 suicide

    All of the stock-image firms say they support press freedom, cultural awareness, creativity, and the rights of their contributors, but none of them were willing to discuss their stock photos depicting exploited children dangerously mishandling firearms.

    Neither Shutterstock nor Getty Images or iStock returned the SAF Investigative Journalism Project’s calls or emails seeking comments for this story.

    Similarly, none of the major organizations representing individual photographers were willing to comment for this story, including the National Press Photographers Association, the American Society of Media Photographers, American Photographic Artists, and the Professional Photographers of America.

    “Toxic” Photography of Children

    Dr. Roy Lubit MD, Ph.D., is board certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. He is an expert at evaluating emotional trauma in children and adults (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). He has served as an expert in criminal and civil sexual assault cases, civil rights cases, and psychological/psychiatric malpractice cases. Dr. Lubit has strong opinions on these 1000’s of reckless stock photos.

    “I think it is best if children are not exposed to pictures of violence or pornography, and especially to things that involve other children. It’s problematic when people become desensitized to images of violence and inappropriate behavior, and it can also be very scary and upsetting,” he said. “Adults have slowly learned about the problems of the world and can deal with it, but for children, it will be much more shocking to see violence and much more likely that inappropriate images could impact their opinion of what happens in the world. And certainly, images of children with firearms could be very scary for them.”

    ShutterStock Images Fails at Gun Safety Screen Grab 7-8-2021 Kids Guns
    ShutterStock Images Fails at Gun Safety Screen Grab 7-8-2021 Kids Guns

    Dr. Lubit is not alone in his opinion.

    Dr. Helen Grusd is a licensed clinical psychologist, past president of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and a past board member of the California Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Psychology. She is a Certified Forensic Consultant by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and has worked on cases dealing with PTSD, sexual harassment, car accidents, and the psychological effects of alleged negligent surgery. She works with children, adults, and adolescents.

    Dr. Grusd, too, has strong opinions of the stock images involving children and firearms.

    “I think they’re very dangerous. I think children are very vulnerable, and when they look at a picture, they see it over and over again. It’s stored in their memory banks, and they think it’s okay. I don’t know if there are voices in their lives to say that they’re precious and that life has value. I don’t know if they think it’s funny or fun, or if they offer a sense of power over their environment, in which they feel helpless, or if they come from a culture – mostly teens – where they have to prove they’re okay if empowered,” she said. “If they’re depressed, they might think it’s okay to use a gun … You don’t use violence. You don’t fight back with guns and violence. You should fight back with strong words and strong action. These images are toxic.”

    Unified Reaction & Disgust By Those Who Live by Gun Safety

    Getty Images Fails at Gun Safety Screen Grab 7-8-2021
    Getty Images Fails at Gun Safety Screen Grab 7-8-2021

    While the stock-image companies were all unwilling to address their dangerous photographs, pro-rights and Second Amendment organizations, leaders in portraying responsible gun handling, were united in their outrage.

    “I find these images incredibly disturbing – they could become weapons themselves if viewed [or copied] by young children,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan M. Gottlieb. “The media is clearly profiting by promoting gun violence, which is something they have accused the firearms industry of doing for years.”

    “If you want to talk about an ‘epidemic of dangerous gun use,’ the blatant disregard for basic gun-handling safety standards by thousands of so-called professional photographers and every single major image licensing service is shocking. AmmoLand News has paid subscriptions with iStock, Getty, and others but it is very difficult to use almost every one of their images depicting firearms as they promote careless, if not life-threatening, gun misuse.” said Fredy Riehl, Editor-in-Chief of AmmoLand News.

    “It may be a toss-up as to what is more detestable: these gruesome images or the Bloomberg apologists and other gun control lobbyists who squeal like stuck pigs whenever they see an NRA picture with an adult and a child practicing safe and responsible firearm handling,” said Marion Hammer, former president of the National Rifle Association and current NRA board member. “The double-standard is glaring and the gratuitous promotion of gun violence is disgusting.”

    “The firearm industry has known that many in the media harbor a bias against firearms and it is a rare occurrence that firearm ownership is framed in a way that shows responsible ownership. Depictions of children mishandling firearm and even negligently pointing them at themselves or one another is reckless and only serves to drive a political agenda to vilify guns and gun owners,” said Mark Oliva, public affairs director for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  “This is frustrating because if runs counter to the good that the firearm industry is doing through Project Childsafe. That program has brought partnership with 15,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states to distribute more than 40 million free firearm locking devices to ensure that firearms remain beyond the reach of those who shouldn’t haven them, including unsupervised minors. That program has been praised by the Government Accountability Office and the National Safety Council for the efficacy in reducing the negligent misuse of firearms to historic lows. That’s just one aspect of the Real Solutions campaign the firearm industry is leading to bring true gun safety to America.”

    “I think it’s best that people know that the majority of firearms owners are not Elmer Fudd. We are not out there trying to do stupid crap with guns. We are the most law abiding, rule oriented, safe practiced conservationists that exist. When we take photos, we know they’re portraying the lifestyle that we enjoy,” said Thomas MacAulay, executive director of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.

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    ShutterStock Images Fails at Gun Safety Screen Grab 7-8-2021

    Firearms Photography & Video Best Practices ~ Safety First

    The Professional Outdoor Media Association, or POMA, seeks to “foster excellence in communications at all levels, help members build their businesses, connect media and industry, promote fair and honest communication of the traditional outdoor sports and conservation stories, and mentor the next generation of traditional outdoor sports communicators.”

    The Professional Outdoor Media Association recently updated its’ “Firearms Photography & Video Creation Best Practices ~ Gun Safety First!” guidance for creating photographs and videos that involve firearms.

    The organization stresses safety above all else, and a “rigid adherence to basic firearm safety protocols.” POMA also offers guidance on the use of minors and warnings about prohibited persons in photos with firearms. As well as best practices involving real guns and prop guns.

    Before the photoshoot, POMA recommends:

    • Keep all weapons under strict control and out of the reach of minors, models, and assistants.
    • Make sure all weapons are clear or unloaded and free of ammunition before bringing on set.
    • Never have ammunition on-site or on-set. Live fire shooting being the exception.
    • Keep all weapons in locked containers before, after, and during the shoot or when not in direct use.
    • Individual weapons should have cable-style gun locks. Cable-style gun locks are available for free for the asking across most of the USA.

    POMA also publishes weapon handling safety basics:

    • Do not touch the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
    • Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction.
    • Only point a firearm at something you intend to shoot.
    • Make sure that you positively identify your target before pulling the trigger.
    • Always know and verify what is beyond your target before shooting.
    • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
    • Before using any firearm, read its instruction manual and understand how that firearm should be handled.
    • Ensure that your barrel is clean and clear of any debris. If debris is found, ensure that it’s completely removed and the barrel is clean before firing.
    • Inspect and check your ammunition. There are many types of ammunition and using the incorrect type of ammunition in the firearm can lead to death or injury.
    • Keep your firearm unloaded when it is not in use.
    • Do not run, jump, or climb with a loaded firearm.
    • Firearms and ammunition should be stored separately.
    • Do not use drugs or alcohol before or during the usage of any firearm.
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    Depositphotos Gun Safety Fail & Suicide Screen Grab 7-20-2021

    Many of the stock images involving firearms violate the basic rules of firearm safety, The Professional Outdoor Media Association points out.

    “Keeping a firearm always pointed in a safe direction includes not pointing it in the direction of the photographer. Often, we’ve seen images of firearms staring directly down the bore of the barrel. This clearly goes against this basic rule,” the organization states. “Never point firearms at other models, yourself, or anyone else during the media shoot. All weapons should be ‘pointed down range’ meaning in a direction that has nothing you intend to ever shoot.”

    Criminal Negligence & Liability

    Craig Schaeffer is the chief assistant state attorney for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit and a seasoned prosecutor.

    “The photo of the man simulating using a gun while holding a baby in his arms, and an apparent minor with a handgun pressed to his temple are particularly disturbing images,” Schaeffer said. “Using children in these types of photos or to advance a platform could potentially be a form of child exploitation or neglect, depending upon the jurisdiction.”

    This story is presented by the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project and wouldn’t be possible without you. Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support more pro-gun stories like this.

    About Lee Williams

    Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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    Bitcoin Now Accepted For Botach Tactical Purchases -The Firearm Blog

    Botach Tactical has announced that they will now be able to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.

    Botach Tactical is a web-based retailer offering a vast array of products related to the firearms and tactical industry, with hundreds of brands listed in their digital catalog. Headquartered out of Las Vegas, Botach provides some specialty services that are often absent from other businesses. Some of these include a robust initiative in open box and trade-in items, especially law enforcement department trade-in equipment. They are also a licensed firearms dealer, with more than a hundred models of guns listed on their website as of the time of this writing. A small number of these are restricted to LE purchase only, like Heckler and Koch MP5 and MP7 submachine guns, but most are available for public purchase. Now if you’re into cryptocurrency, Botach has announced that they’re now able to take Bitcoin as an accepted form of payment. See more crypto- and Botach-related news items from TFB’s past reporting listed below.

    Bitcoin and Botach @ TFB:

    If you want to use the new Bitcoin functionality, look out for this highlighted section during your checkout process.

    If you want to use the new Bitcoin functionality, look out for this highlighted section during your checkout process.

    Botach’s Bitcoin-acceptance press release reads as follows:

    Botach Now Accepting Bitcoin as Form of Payment

    Bitcoin is revolutionizing the financial world.
    By providing a fast and private payment method, Bitcoin makes it easy for individuals to
    do business securely.

    For over 30 years, Botach Inc. has been an industry leader in supplying Tactical Gear to
    US Law Enforcement & Military Personnel.

    At Botach, we believe our customer’s right to privacy. Accepting Bitcoin provides an
    additional layer of privacy.

    We have partnered with OpenNode to process transactions in the most secure and
    reliable way.

    Customers can find the OpenNode payment gateway on our checkout page.

    We are also working to begin accepting additional crypto currencies such as Ethereum
    and Dogecoin in the near future.

    Now if you like both firearms and #STONKS, you can buy guns and gear while you take your 💎🙌🚀🌑!

    Now if you like both firearms and #STONKS, you can buy guns and gear while you take your 💎🙌🚀🌑!

    So what do you think, readers? Are you involved in any cryptocurrency trading? Who’s been fortunate enough to ride the Bitcoin wave up from almost nothing to the $30,000+ value where it’s sitting as of the time of this writing? Would you use crypto to buy guns and gear, or not? Why or why not? Would you like to see additional cryptocurrencies taken by Botach or other retailers? What about any other forms of non-traditional payment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and best of luck with your Bitcoin, Dogecoin, ammo investments, and more! See you at the range.

    Images courtesy of Botach and the author.

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    New AD-15 Lite Tactical Scorpion-Lock Folder from Cold SteelThe Firearm Blog

    Photo Credit: Reliks.com

    Cold Steel has just released their newest offering to the EDC, hunting, and tactical knife community by offering a lower-cost version of their popular AD-15 sub-4-inch tactical folding knife – the AD-15 Lite. Like the Standard AD-15, the AD-15 Lite still uses the innovative Scorpion Lock Design and sports a 3.5-inch AUS 10A steel blade.

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    New AD-15 Lite Tactical Scorpion-Lock Folder from Cold Steel

    New AD-15 Lite Tactical Scorpion-Lock Folder from Cold Steel

    The original knife was inspired by custom knife maker Andrew Demko who developed the Scorpion Lock mechanism. The Scorpion Lock works quite a bit differently than your standard frame locker and actually becomes more solid when it is held in the hand due to the rear “yoke” using your hand force to further lock the blade closed.

    Cold Steel AD-15 Lite Specifications

    • Model #: CS-58SQL
    • Weight: 6.2 oz.
    • Thick: 3.8 mm
    • Blade: 3.5″
    • Handle: 5″
    • Steel: AUS 10A
    • Overall: 8.5″
    • MSRP: $159.99
    New AD-15 Lite Tactical Scorpion-Lock Folder from Cold Steel

    Photo Credit: Reliks.com

    The AD-15 Lite foregoes the S35VN stainless steel in favor of the less expensive AUS 10A which has started to become a staple of Cold Steel’s mid-range knife blades. Further cost savings are made by switching from a 3D CNC-machined aluminum billet frame and using instead an injection-molded Griov-EX handle material. The Scorpion Lock design of both the AD-15 and the AD-15 Lite makes use of a strong compression spring and the rear yoke which allows the user to both open and close the knife with one hand very easily.

    New AD-15 Lite Tactical Scorpion-Lock Folder from Cold Steel

    In total, you’re saving a little over $100 by going with the AD-15 Lite versus the standard AD-15. For daily use and abuse, I tend to favor knives around the middle of the pack in terms of price. Cheaper knives generally don’t handle the type of abuse I dish out to them and either sharpen poorly or need to be sharpened too often. On the converse side, I don’t really like spending nearly $300 on a knife only to lose it or have it completely wrecked by my wanton blade abuse. What are your thoughts on this lower-cost alternative to the AD-15 knife? Let us know down in the comments.

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    Strike Industries New Oppressor Lite Available Now! ~ VIDEO

    U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The Strike Industries OPPRESSOR LITE is the little brother to the original SI OPPRESSOR which also aids in redirecting blast and sound. Unlike most other blast shields on the market, the OPPRESSOR family is designed with computer-aided flow dynamics to maintain the recoil reduction of SI muzzle devices.

    The LITE version is designed to be more lightweight than big brother, 3 full ounces lighter. Not only does LITE refer to the reduced weight, but the design of the attachment mechanism has also been made to be easier and quicker to install when removing without the ratcheting system like a big brother. Using the SI patent-pending Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) system found on the majority of SI muzzle devices and other SI SREM compatible devices, you can easily transfer the OPPRESSOR LITE to the weapon you are currently shooting as long as it has the compatible business end.

    If you are going for that tucked look, any current SI rail/handguard inner diameter is designed to work with a suppressor up to 1.57” (39.9mm) so you got the green light for the OPPRESSOR LITE as well as any handguard made to clear majority of suppressors on the market. The OPPRESSOR LITE is made of a steel core with a 6061-T6 aluminum body and is anodized in SI black, red, blue, and FDE colors. The OPPRESSOR family is multi-caliber compatible with .223/5.56, .308/7.62, and 9mm calibers. The OPPRESSOR LITE is a no-compromise solution for redirecting the gas pressure produced by aggressive brakes and compensators. Advanced internal geometry actively draws the gasses out and thrusts the gasses forward through vents to accomplish linear braking in order to retain more efficiency. The OPPRESSOR LITE can be rapidly installed before transitioning to prone shooting positions, indoor use or to not scare the poop out of the person next to you in a training class setting or on the firing line.

    Package Contents:
    -x1 SI OPPRESSOR LITE (fully assembled)

    Product Features:
    -Redirects blast and sound while maintaining recoil reduction of SI muzzle devices
    -Shoot next to someone without scaring the poop out of them
    -Lightweight build compared to original SI OPPRESSOR (3 full ounces less)
    -Easier and quicker mechanism than original SI OPPRESSOR
    -1.56” (39.50mm) overall diameter will clear handguards made for the majority of suppressors
    -SI patent-pending Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) system
    -Multi-caliber with .223/5.56, .308/7.62, and 9mm
    -Steel core with 6061-T6 aluminum body

    COMPATIBILITY: (Only with SI muzzle and SI SREM compatible devices)
    -SI: Checkmate Comp, Cloak Flash Hider, JCOMP, King Comp, Mini King Comp, Triple Crown, Venom Flash Hider and Sierra Comp
    -Ferfrans: CQB Modular Muzzle Brake System
    -Desert Tech: Ratchet compensator, Micro Dynamic Riffle (MDR) w/ Ratchet compensator

    -SI: Cookie Cutter Comp, Miller Comp, Sail Comp, WarHog Comp

    About Strike Industries

    Strike Industries, always innovating and providing the best quality firearms accessories at the best prices since 2010. www.strikeindustries.com

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    Police Guns Of The World: South America

    Welcome to the first installment of the Police Guns Of The World series, in which we’ll explore the current state of police firearms around the globe. In the first and second editions, we’ll be taking a look at what’s currently riding in federal law enforcement holsters of South America. Seeing as how we’re almost a quarter of the way through the 21st Century, I figured now is a good time to update the history books. Most firearms enthusiasts are familiar with the age of revolvers, the “transition” years from revolvers to semi-automatics, and perhaps even what their local agency carries. However, it’s rare to find even a glimpse of what the rest of the world of law enforcement carries at present, in one place.

    Image credit: SOVATII YouTube channel


    Trying to sift through every police agency of 193 (give or take) different countries seems pretty daunting, so I’ve set some criteria to help narrow the field.

    1. I’ll only be covering national or state police agencies’ issued guns. If no such agency exists, then I’ll focus on the most prominent law enforcement agency in that country.

    2. I’ll primarily be focusing on pistols first, since that is the primary weapon of law enforcement for most of the world, and I’ll try to use the most current information available for each country.

    Even though I’ve set my own criteria for finding out which guns police use, you are more than welcome to share any information you may have on other localities’ issued weapons, be it pistols, shotguns, rifles or anything in between in the comments section.

    Without further ado, let’s explore the law enforcement guns of South America.

    Police Guns Of The World: South America – Part 1

    My primary sources to find South American police-issued pistols has been Youtube and Facebook. Most agencies want to have a positive social media presence, which has allowed me to peer into their gear, despite every attempt to contact via public and private messages going unanswered. If agencies allow a broader spectrum of pistols to be carried, then this won’t be the most accurate view, but it won’t be wrong either. There’s also a concerning trend I’ve observed from at least two South American countries that we’ll explore in PART 2.


    We’ll first take a look at the South American Glock users as seen in the photos below. It’s no surprise Glock would be represented, given Glock’s claim of providing pistols to 65 percent of all law enforcement, and South America has a good representation on the federal level. I should note that with a lack of direct confirmation from the agencies in question, it’s hard to know if they only issue one size, or allow for a mix of full-sized, compact or subcompact Glocks. The Brazilian Federal Police appear to issue Glock 17’s as seen below, while there seems to be at least one Glock 19 in the holster of one of the officers from the Suriname National Police.

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Glock

    Glock @ TFB


    Police Guns of the World: South America

    According to Wikipedia, Brazil’s Policia Federal employ G17’s, G19’s, and G26’s. Image credit: Polícia Federal Facebook Page

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Polícia Federal Facebook Page



    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Policía Nacional del Ecuador Facebook page



    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit:Revista de Policía – Paraguay Facebook page

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Glock inside a CAA Micro Roni. Image credit: Revista de Policía – Paraguay Facebook page



    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Korps Politie Suriname Facebook page



    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: SOVATII YouTube channel (Uruguay Police promotional video)



    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Policia nacional bolivariana Facebook page

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Policia nacional bolivariana Facebook page

    SIG PRO 2022

    Before the SIG P320 made a big splash, the SIG Pro SP2022 has been in law enforcement holsters globally since 1999. The SIG Pro was made with law enforcement in mind. With its lighter polymer frame and budget-friendly price point, the SIG Pro won its spot on the list of law enforcement pistols. The SIG Pro’s double-action/single-action (DA/SA) operation was an attractive option for administrators that may have preferred it over striker-fired pistols. The SIG Pro SP2022 has a 15+1 capacity.

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: SIG SAUER

    SIG Sauer @ TFB


    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Policía Nacional del Perú Facebook page.

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Policía Nacional del Perú Facebook page



    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Policía Nacional de los Colombianos Facebook page.



    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Police Nationale de la Guyane Facebook page

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Police Nationale de la Guyane Facebook page


    The Taurus 82 is a six-shot, .38 Special (+P) revolver that will actually show up in another edition of Police Guns Of The World. Given the seemingly strange phenomenon of seeing revolvers still in mainstream use in law enforcement, it should at least come as no surprise to anyone that the Taurus 82 is designed around the quintessential police revolver from Smith & Wesson, the Model 10. The rear sight notch is machined into the top strap for a hassle-free sight alignment, and no doubt keeps the armorers and firearms instructors happy since there’s no extra adjustment for officers to fiddle with. I covered this particular revolver for one of TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday articles to highlight agencies that specifically issue revolvers to their officers (more real-world photos in the link).

    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Taurus USA

    Taurus @ TFB


    Police Guns of the World: South America

    Image credit: Carabineros de Chile Facebook page.

    What do you think about the pistols issued to federal police agencies in South America thus far? Were you surprised by any on the list? If you have photos from your travels featuring the guns you saw in police holsters and you’d like to share in the remaining continental Police Guns Of The World series, feel free to email me. Stay tuned to TFB for Police Guns of the World: South America – Part 2.

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    SILENCER SATURDAY: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the award-wining YHM Turbo K 5.56mm rifle suppressor. Last week we tested the Rugged Oculus, a superb rimfire silencer with modular features. This week we take a dive into the integrally suppressed rimfire world with the Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS for the Ruger Mark IV line of pistols. It looks fantastic, but how does it sound? Let’s give it a shot.

    Thank you to my friends at Silencer Shop for allowing me to borrow the Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite TSS for this review.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    Tactical Solutions @ TFB

    Ruger Mark Series Rimfire Pistols

    As great as the Ruger Mark II and Mark III family of pistols are (arguably the best target rimfire pistol platform in history) until fairly recently they had two frustrating characteristics. The first was a lack of a factory threaded barrel option which left consumers to send their upper to a gunsmith to modify their factory barrel. Or, they could buy an aftermarket assembly, like these from Tactical Solutions, that come with standard threads and a seamless thread protector.

    The complication here is that the upper is the serialized firearm for the Ruger Mark pistols, leaving aftermarket barrel/upper pricing close to the price of a complete factory pistol. Fortunately, with the rise in popularity of suppressors, Ruger began offering threaded barrels on factory Mark III pistols about 10 years ago.

    The second issue with the MK I, II, and III pistols is the disassembly and reassembly process. While I’m far from being TFB’s resident Mensa staff member, I have been able to successfully navigate the world on my own for more than three decades – I should be able to field strip a rimfire pistol without any help. To this day I still remember the first time I disassembled my Mark III, and subsequently left it as a pile of parts for a few weeks as I read the user manual several times. For those of you who are experts, feel free to point and laugh.

    Credit: Ruger

    About five years ago, Ruger released the Mark IV that features a push-button takedown system. It’s glorious, especially when you consider the additional cleaning requirements for suppressed weapon systems.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    (L to R) TBA Sicario Integral Mark IV, Ruger Mark III with Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite barrel and pill bottle suppressor, Ruger Mark IV 22/45 with the Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS Integral upper.

    I have several Ruger Mark series pistols and I recommend them to anyone looking for a target rimfire pistol. The Ruger Mark IV or 22/45 series make excellent suppressor hosts. If you don’t already own one, I’ve included some links to the vase models available at Guns.com.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    There was a time, in the not-so-distant past, that achieving maximum suppression with a rimfire firearm meant wipes, an integral silencer system, or both. Today, there are several thread on suppressors on the market that put the older integrally suppressed guns to shame.

    However, there is an elegance to integral suppressors, especially on rimfire rifles and pistols, that still make them viable options to this day. The Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS has the look and feel of a factory Ruger Mark IV pistol, without the added length, weight and complexity of adding a muzzle suppressor.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    Just as I probably wouldn’t suggest a modular rimfire suppressor to every first-time silencer buyer, I wouldn’t suggest an integrally suppressed firearm as a first silencer either. A shooter’s first suppressor should be simple and adaptable to several hosts.

    Take a look at the details below. As a reminder, prices do not include a frame, bolt or magazine, so you will have to have a host gun to run the Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS.

    PAC-Lite IV TSS Specifications:

    The Tactical Solutions PAC-LITE IV® TSS™ is the only integrally suppressed upper available for the Ruger® Mark IV™ and Mark IV 22/45™ and includes a patent pending muzzle-end front sight system.  At only 12 ounces, this lightweight, accurate, integrally suppressed .22 LR pistol barrel features titanium interlocking baffles and a patented stainless steel split tube for easy service and cleaning.  The barrel is engineered and manufactured with an internal silencer built into the barrel which allows the pistol barrel length to remain manageable and short compared to traditional barrels with screw-on silencers attached.  The PAC-LITE IV TSS is easily installed on your Ruger pistol.

    As a reminder, always read the user manual before using or servicing an firearm or suppressor. Disassembling the Pac-Lite IV TSS for cleaning is straightforward; use the included wrench to unscrew the end cap and pull the baffle stack and sleeve out of the main tube.

    One unique and innovative feature is the removable front sight that indexes between the end cap a d the tube.

    After cleaning and inspection, the end cap starts the assembly process, adding each successive interlocking baffle followed by the sleeve which is aligned perpendicular to the baffle venting holes. This prevents fouling buildup that could cause the baffle stack to get stuck in the main tube.

    The whole system is innovative yet simple and works as it’s designed.

    I did have a bit of difficulty getting the baffle stack out of the tube. However, to be fair, I have no idea how many rounds were shot through it or the last time it was cleaned. It was very dirty and dry as a bone.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    PAC-Lite IV TSS Features:

    • Green Fiber Optic Front Sight
    • Drilled and tapped for Pac-Lite™ Scope Bases
    • Quiet, enjoyable shooting.
    • Integrally suppressed barrel with a front sight.
    • Minimize overall barrel length while shooting suppressed.
    • Easy to clean.
    • Shoot with Accuracy: The chromoly steel bore and target crown provide pinpoint accuracy
    • Easy to Install:  No gunsmithing needed
    • Easy disassembly and reassembly.
    • Easy to carry:  Extremely lightweight
    • Easy Optics Attachment:  Drilled and tapped for easy Scope Rail attachment
    • Smooth Cycling:  Innovative bolt creates extremely smooth shooting
    • Versatile Use:  Perfect for hunting, plinking, and target shooting
    • Fiber Optic Front & Rear adjustable sights

    As I expected, the Pac-Lite IV TSS is very quiet. There’s a good amount of internal volume stuffed into the tube and the baffles look efficient.

    Tactical Solutions recommends using subsonic ammunition, but using standard velocity rounds produced the same results in my test gun. A 3.5” barrel should keep most bulk pack ammo below supersonic speeds.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

    Tactical Solutions also advises against running the Pac-Lite IV TSS with any ablative material. Which is fine since I didn’t detect any first round pop. If I had to guess, they want to avoid constant disassembly to add liquids or having users pour fluids down in the barrel. Running the TSS wet may also cause a debris slurry that could prevent the baffle stack from sliding out easily.

    Overall, the Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS is a solid performer. It’s construction and appearance are top notch; those who aren’t in-the-know won’t be able to tell that the TSS is a suppressed firearm at first glance. The Ruger Mark IV is an excellent host and this suppressed system from Tactical Solutions takes the platform to the next level. The only “downside” is that it can’t be moved to other guns. But you already knew that.

    Update: I just ran outside to shoot this Pac-Lite IV TSS again before hitting the publish button, and this baby is really quiet. I love it.

    Have a great week. Be safe and we’ll see you back next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS - Ruger Rimfire

    SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire

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