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    The Beretta M9 Strong Even in Retirement :: Guns.com

    The Beretta M9 was the standard side arm for the U.S. military for more than 30 years only to be recently retired by a more modern duty weapon design. The M9 has not only withstood the test of time in the hands of our troops, but also here state’s side with various law enforcement agencies as well. With the current trend of duty weapons shifting away, though, it makes me wonder: what’s the Beretta M9’s place in today’s marketplace?

    We already know that the M9 is reliable. You cannot spend three decades as a military sidearm fighting in deserts, on mountain tops, and everything in between only to be deemed unreliable. The M9’s open slide design works to its advantage by not trapping spent brass or dirt in the action. The most common malfunction you may run into would be a failure-to-fire but even that is mitigated by the M9’s strong single- and double-action hammer. This is a gun that will not quit on you with minimal maintenance required.

    The M9 has not only withstood the test of time in the hands of our troops, but also here state’s side with various law enforcement agencies as well. With the current trend of duty weapons shifting away, though, it makes me wonder: what’s the Beretta M9’s place in today’s marketplace? (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

    You will be hard pressed to find a more comfortable shooting handgun than the M9 straight from the manufacturer. This is a full size “fighting handgun” with a nice high beaver tail to allow for a very aggressive grip. Unloaded the M9 weighs 33 ounces, which is heavy and probably not the best choice for concealed carry, but it aids in keeping felt recoil to a minimum. Once the M9 is out of the holster it shoots like a calm lake.

    During a 40-year period a gun can develop a lot of aftermarket support. The M9 has an extensive supply of aftermarket parts, holsters, mags, etc. Some of this support is military surplus from extensive service life and some is from the cult like following Beretta has developed over the years. I will say that if you are buying from the surplus market that a lot of the parts and pieces have been well loved. Make sure you do your homework when buying and if you can physically inspect the components that is even better.

    M9

    You will be hard pressed to find a more comfortable shooting handgun than the M9 straight from the manufacturer. This is a full size “fighting handgun” with a nice high beaver tail to allow for a very aggressive grip. (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

    Thank you to Ammunition To Go for the quality ammo supplied in this review.

    Some would consider retirement a death sentence, but others might consider it a time to re-invent themselves. The M9 is still the same great gun that has been carried by our military for three decades. It will need to find a bigger role on the civilian market and I think it really is starting too. There are plenty of gunsmiths out there boosting the popularity of the M9 by tuning them up for competition and concealed carry. For those out there that want to start messing around with a great SA/DA gun or breathe new life into a military classic, the M9 is one of my top choices for you.

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    Virginia: Let’s Reduce CHP Fees in YOUR Locality

    Virginia: Let’s Reduce CHP Fees in YOUR Locality – Take Action

    Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Over the last few years many localities have lowered their CHP fee from $50 down to $15 (the lowest it can be under current law). (Unfortunately, Northumberland has quietly raised their fee to $50 from $15.)

    Some localities have lowered their fees by various other amounts.

    To see what your locality charges, click here.

    ACTION ITEM

    If your locality is charging $50 for a CHP, then you can start the process of getting that fee reduced. The fees are usually set by the Board of Supervisors or the City or Town Council.

    Contact your Board of Supervisor or City or Town Council member and ask that the CHP fees be reduced to $15. If they agree to introduce a motion to do so, let me know ([email protected]) when the hearing will be so we can get people in the area to turn out. I might also be able to come and speak on the matter.

    Here are some talking points to justify the reduction:

    The maximum fee was set at $50 in 1995 by the General Assembly. It broke down as follows:

    • $5 for the Virginia State Police to run the background check
    • $10 for the Circuit Court Clerk to cover costs of paperwork and making the permit
    • $25 for the FBI to cover fingerprinting fees
    • $10 for the local law enforcement office running the background check

    The fee was only meant to cover the cost of the permit to the government (break even). It was NOT to be considered either a tax or funds to be put in some slush fund by the locality

    The fingerprint requirement was repealed in 2012 and, thus, the $25 fee allocated to the FBI was no longer needed. As of 2012 the CHP fee could be dropped from $50 to $25 and the locality would see the same amount of money as they did between 1995 and 2011. Unfortunately, many localities hung on to the extra money and used it for other things and they now feel entitled to it.

    They are NOT entitled to it.

    Because self-defense is a constitutionally protected right, CHPs should be free (16 states don’t require a permit to carry a concealed handgun). However, since there is a CHP fee in Virginia currently, it should be minimal.


    Virginia Citizens Defense LeagueAbout Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

    Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

    For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.

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    Gun Owner’s EDC First Aid KitThe Firearm Blog

    Everyone should have a well-stocked medical kit. More-so, I think that all gun owners should have, at the very least, a small kit to deal with the injuries they have an increased chance of encountering. We all enjoy watching YouTube videos of “people doing dumb things and getting injured” but rarely do we see any of these “influencers” applying basic first aid. Let’s take a look at what should be in a gun owner’s EDC First Aid Kit.

    When I stepped down from the EiC role earlier this year, it was to focus on teaching austere medicine to a variety of populations. Recently I finished a list around the concept of a survival first aid kit that is applicable to most people and which is supported by supplemental posts that explain the rationale and best picks for some of the items.

    Not quite an IFAK

    The best everyday carry for most people that carry guns is similar, but not exactly, to a military-style individual EDC first aid kit, and which comprises the first level of the survival kit in the above link. Since you are playing with toys that fling bits of metal and polymer around using directed explosions, you should carry items that deal with penetrating injuries and which can stabilize an injury long enough to get to medical care.

    This list includes:

    There are other things you can certainly add, but this will get you through the worst of it. If you need band-aids because you got a slide kiss from your 1911, here are our favorites *cough* Disney Princess Bandaids *cough*.

    Imodium could be important if you want to avoid a “range dump” in a 130-degree portajohn.

    How to carry your first aid gear

    Just like having a firearm, you need to have your first aid gear on you when it is time to use it. It does you no good for it to be at your home when you are on the range or back in your car in a parking lot.

    At the same time, you do not want to run around looking like Tactical Timmy or Batman with belt pouches and sling bags. Open carry of medical gear is just as goofy, IMO, as open carry of your pistol. But hey, to each their own…

    I prefer an ankle wrap when possible. It is discreet, comfortable, and will work for pretty much anyone except for James during short-shorts season (then again, he advocates for fanny packs; what do I know about fashion?).

    EDC First Aid Kit

    This wrap can hold everything but the kitchen sink. The question is, should it? You do not need to load it this completely.

    My personal favorite is the Warrior Poet Society Ankle Medical Kit. It is by far the most comfortable I have worn and accommodates a ton of gear. It even has a couple of pockets where you ninjas can store some other EDC stuff, like handcuff keys and Kevlar cord.

    An added benefit is that WPS has partnered with North American Rescue to provide a kit with most of the gear you need; it has everything except for a pair of compact chest seals.

    Another great ankle wrap is by Ryker. It has an internal sleeve that will easily swallow the chest seals, and even an NPA (with the WPS you have to use one of the vertical pouches). You can also order an extender with the Ryker for those of you with plus sized ankles.

    Do you know where the first aid kit is located at your range?

    If you are loathed to wear first aid items on your body, you can pick up any number of pouches that will work and attach them to your gun bag or anything that will be in grabbing distance if you need it. I would advise against leaving all of the components vacuum-sealed (either from the vendor, or your own creation) unless you have pre-staged the items, especially the tourniquet. Trying to rip open packaging and detach adhered velcro is a challenge in a stressful situation. The best solution is something that you can access using gross motor skills. The reality is that most of us do not put in the training hours under stressful situations to allow us to perform optimally under moments of pure panic.

    But how do I use it?

    Fortunately, there is good information on the internet for how to use these items if you are not capable of getting into a training class—which should ultimately be your goal. Find a Stop the Bleed class or enroll in a wilderness medicine class. A wilderness medicine class will cover life-threatening injuries as well as the common stuff you are honestly more likely to encounter.

    Focus on mastering the basics. While we all want to go “high-speed, low drag” and run around with chest darts and cric-kits, you are not going to get enough training and be proficient in a couple of days (or even a week) of class. Stop the bleeding and plug the holes while you wait for 9-1-1—don’t make new holes, or perform dangerous treatments, without the appropriate training and experience.

    Also, don’t go budget on a solution you will need at game-time. Many of us will drop several hundreds of dollars on a pistol and then cheap out on a budget holster. Same with critical medical gear. Spending $10 on a budget tourniquet with a bendy windlass is just as criminal as a nylon OWB holster.

    I know many of you are going to say, “Well, no s*t, Doc,” to the above list. My question to you all is: how many of you can put hands on any one of those four items in under a minute (let alone all four)? Post pics of your EDC First Aid Kit in the comments and let’s discuss favorite tourniquets, dressings, and chest seals.

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    Major Erik Bonde during the Congo Crisis -The Firearm Blog

    TFB’s Photo Of The Day – today we go back in time to between 1960 and 1965 and the Congo Crisis.

    The picture is probably taken in 1961.

    Soon after the Republic of the Congo (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) became independent from Belgium, the crisis began which turned the country into a state of civil war.

    There was an intervention by the United Nations, but still, about 100,000 people were killed during the crisis.

    Major Erik Bonde was one of the soldiers in the Swedish United Nations mission, and the person that can be seen in these pictures.

    As you can see in the top picture, there seem to be two bullet holes in Major Bone’s chest and arm. According to RareHistoricalPhotos.com, Mr. Bonde was probably shot by Baluba warriors.

    A quote from Wikipedia (Source) shines some more light about the possible level of armament of the enemy: “Luba had no guns, their weapons were bows and arrows; guns they did not know. The guns we have with us, they asked us, “Are they pestles?” The conquest of the Luba people was swift”

    The enemy was probably using old muzzle loading rifles or muskets to shoot Mr. Bonde.

    As you can see Major Bonde is using the Swedish Carl Gustaf M/45 sub-machine gun in 9×19 mm.

    Major Erik Bonde was lightly wounded in the ambush. After given first aid he returned to the fight against the invisible enemy in the jungle bush.

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    The Guns of the Great American Classic :: Guns.com

    Opening 35 years ago this week, the film Red Dawn brought World War III to a small American town and the town fought back. Written and directed by noted Hollywood gun guy John Milius — legend has it that 1911-toting bowling purist Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski was partially based on him — the motion picture’s opening act involves Soviet paratroopers dropping on an American high school unannounced, looking to turn the Cold War hot. Within the first 10 minutes of the film, teens who managed to give said Russki sky soldiers the slip begin to reach for the glove compartments and gun racks as signs mount that the invasion is on.

    (Caution, big-time spoilers below if you have never seen the film, but then again it has been out for 35 years, so just what are you waiting for?)

    M1911A1

    Two World Wars…make it a third (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    Other than the invaders’ guns put into action as soon as their chutes collapsed — which are a mix of CZ75 and Tokarev TT-33 pistols and Egyptian Maadi ARMs and Finnish Valmet M78s made up to look like Soviet AKs and RPKs — the first American iron firing back is an M1911A1 GI pried from the literal “cold dead hands” of an armed citizen downtown who played the “Not today, comrade,” card when it came to reeducation camp residency. As the venerable longslide made the first two world wars, it is fitting that it showed up in the opening act of the third.

    Colt Single Action

    You wouldn't think the Colt Single Action Army would see so much use against Soviets and their Latin American commie allies, but it does (Photo: Colt)

    You wouldn’t think the Colt Single Action Army would see so much use against Soviets and their Latin American commie allies, but it does (Photo: Colt)

    Former high school football standout Jed Eckert (Patrick Swayze), upon grabbing his little brother and assorted soon-to-be-partisan friends from the Soviet drop zone in his sweet Chevy step side, stops off at a gas station/market just outside of town. There, the crew empties friendly shop owner Mr. Morris’s displays of hunting guns and ammo — something increasingly rare in gas stations today. Then, as youth are pulling stumps for the mountains with Mr. Morris cautioning them to not come back, Jed asks his little brother to fetch a vintage Colt 1873 from the truck’s glove box and check to make sure that it is loaded.

    “It’s already loaded,” says Matt Eckert (Charlie Sheen).

    Oh, you knew it was.

    According to IMFDB, aforementioned film-used Colt belonged to Milius himself and in the movie, it is featured prominently, getting more screen time than some of the top-billed actors. Jed, getting “pretty lean on feelings,” even uses it in the film’s final climactic big boss-style showdown, to evict Soviet partisan hunter, Col. Strelnikov, from his meat suit.

    Smith & Wesson K-frame Model 15

    SW model 15 gunscom

    Fill your hands with a S&W Model 15 K38, the next best thing for when your F-15 is on the fritz

    Dropping in with shot down US Air Force Lt. Col. Andrew “Andy” Tanner (Powers Boothe) is a classic blued Smith & Wesson K-frame, specifically a .38 special Model 15. An upgrade to Smith’s Model 10 M&P series of swing-out cylinder medium-framed revolvers, the wheel gun was a staple of the USAF as a bailout gun for pilots and Security Police — and is only now being totally replaced in service by the Sig M18.

    Despite access to plenty of captured Warsaw Pact gear, Tanner still carries the big Smith in a raid on a Soviet airstrip although he later picks up a 1911. Why not a Makarov? Because nobody wants that Russki stuff in 1984, that’s why.

    Remington 870 Wingmaster

    Remington 870 Wingmaster 12

    The Remington 870 Wingmaster: for those who ask why they should be different.

    Among the extensive collection of common sporting guns borrowed by the crew from Mr. Morris in the opening scenes — a Ruger M77, Winchester pump, and Marlin 336 .30-.30 lever action all make an appearance — a Remington 870 Wingmaster is present and gets a non-NFA-compliant trim to make it handier. Hard to submit Form 1s from behind the lines in Soviet-occupied Colorado. The gun comes in handy when young Robert Morris (C. Thomas Howell) springs from a spider hole to zap a pretty rapey Soviet tank crew who were caught in a feint trap.

    Honorable mentions

    While not as central to the plot, other great guns make cameos such as the FN FAL, M16, and Ruger Mini-14. Of note, Strelnikov even carries a super cool Finnish-made Jatimatic SMG, a gun that had only debuted a year or two before the film was made and a very unlikely choice for a Soviet super-soldier rocking his babushka’s sunglasses.

    Besides the cloned AKs and RPKs, lots of other clones appear in the film including an M60 machine gun, mocked up to look like a Soviet DShK HMG and a wild array of aircraft and vehicles that look closer to something from a Mad Max film than actual Warsaw Pact armor. While today it would be a snap to buy a whole platoon of working T-55 tanks and even a few actual MiGs, such hardware was tough to come by in 1984 during the most frigid part of the Cold War.

    Either way, remember the days when John had a long mustache next time you visit Partisan Rock and don’t ever mention that “other” Red Dawn movie again.

    Red Dawn Wolverines

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    WWII Remington Rand M1911A1 :: Guns.com

    This 1943 Remington Rand M1911A1 is striking. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    SEE MORE ON THIS M1911A1 IN THE VAULT

    One of the more interesting guns that have come through the Guns.com Vault in recent months is a World War II-era Remington Rand M1911A1. The gun came to us from the family of a man who was reportedly a B-17 bomber pilot during the conflict. While the golden rule in used firearms is “buy the gun, not the story,” this Government Issue .45 certainly has a lot to say just by looking at it.

    Remington Rand, not to be confused with Remington Arms, was a business machine company formed in a merger between the Remington Typewriter Company and Rand Kardex Corporation during the Roaring Twenties. However, as with other gadget and widget makers, during WWII they retooled to help crank out the Arsenal of Democracy and win the war.

    For Remington Rand, this meant making M1911A1 pistols, the standard U.S. military handgun since 1926. The company received drawings, gauges and tooling from the Army’s Springfield Armory, which had been previously used to manufacture M1911s and converted their “C” Division typewriter plant and warehouse in 1942 to war production.  While Colt, Ithaca, railway equipment maker U.S. Switch & Signal, and even the Singer Sewing Machine company would produce over 1.8 million of these iconic handguns during the conflict, it was Remington Rand that delivered the most to Uncle Sam.

    With a serial number that dates to 1943, the Remington Rand in the Guns.com Vault has what collectors consider Type 3 slide markings, a very crisp “FJA” Ordnance inspector’s mark of Col. Frank J. Atwood, an Ordnance Department wheel, and U.S. Property marks.

    Remington Rand M1911A1 markings

    Lt. Col. Frank J. Atwood was the U.S. Army Ordnance officer in charge of war production in the Rochester district of New York from 1942 to 1946 and both the Remington Rand and Ithaca factories were under his control. M1911A1s accepted during that time from those makers will have his FJA mark. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    Remington Rand M1911A1 markings

    Remington Rand’s M1911A1 factory was located on Dickerson Street in Syracuse, New York, which is now a parking lot. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    Remington Rand M1911A1 markings

    While the M1911 was adopted before WWI, the “A1” series became standard in 1926. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    Remington Rand M1911A1 markings

    Note the U.S. Property marks (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    Remington Rand M1911A1 markings

    U.S. Army Ordnance Corps wheel is one of the oldest insignia designs used by the U.S. Army. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    Remington Rand M1911A1 markings

    Note the condition of the grips and parkerized finish as well as the “P” proof mark by the magazine release and lanyard ring. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    When it comes to the barrel, this M1911A1 has one produced by High Standard as denoted by the “HS” mark on the lug. This is correct for late model Remington Rands as the typewriter and adding machine maker did not produce their own pistol barrels. High Standard, on the other hand, produced 5-inch M1911 barrels during the war for not only Remington Rand but also for Ithaca and US&S.

    Remington Rand M1911A1 (10)

    (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

    As for why the gun looks so minty, the story is that the gun was issued to said B-17 bomber pilot who only shot it to familiarize himself with it and returned home with the gun after the war, where it spent the rest of its life largely in storage.

    Why would a pilot have a gun?

    U.S. Army Air Force B-17 bombers flying through flak on their way to a target in Europe. At 25,000 feet, the temperature could drop below -60 degrees Fahrenheit but the Germans had their own way to keep things hot for American aircrews. (Photo: U.S. Air Force photo)

    U.S. Army Air Force B-17 bombers flying through flak on their way to a target in Europe. At 25,000 feet, the temperature could drop below -60 degrees Fahrenheit but the Germans had their own way to keep things very hot for American aircrews. (Photo: U.S. Air Force photo)

    This week marks the 77th anniversary of Mission #1, the first heavy bomber attack on Nazi-occupied Europe by the U.S. VIII Bomber Command, the England-based unit that was to grow into the mighty 8th Air Force. While that initial raid only fielded 18 B-17 bombers on a strike in occupied France, by Mission # 84, the famed Schweinfurt–Regensburg Raid — which was 76 years ago this week and coincides to the “born on” date of our Remington-Rand — the 8th Air Force sent 376 B-17s deep into Germany itself. By Mission # 817 in February 1945, the 8th Air Force was putting an amazing 1,437 bombers into the air over Berlin.

    Over the course of the war, the 8th Air Force alone lost a staggering 4,145 bombers on missions over Europe. While aircrew were limited as to what they could bring along on their high altitude flights — for instance, most liquids were banned due to the likelihood of them freezing in the unpressurized aircraft — they were issued basic survival gear such as a special extreme cold-weather uniform, life vest, parachute and a pistol in case they had to “hit the silk” and try to escape and evade Axis patrols to make it to friendly lines, often with the help of local resistance groups.

    While Navy aviators had to make do with various revolvers, Army Air Force aircrew were typically issued standard M1911A1s. The U.S. Air Force Museum has an example of one such gun on display carried by a WWII B-17 gunner that caught a piece of German flak on a mission.

    The Remington Rand in the Guns.com Vault came from its owner complete with its 1943-marked Boyt M3 shoulder holster.

    The U.S.-marked leather holster is imarked "U.S. Boyt 43" (Photo: Richard Taylor?Guns.com)

    The U.S.-marked leather holster that comes with the M1911A1 is marked “Boyt 43” (Photo: Richard Taylor?Guns.com)

    The M3, sometimes referred to as the “flyer” holster by militaria collectors to set it apart from later “tanker” holster models, was often issued to USAAF aircrews and occasionally to Army paratrooper officers.

    "England. The crew of the 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, relax beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Klette's Wild Hares. They have just returned from a bombing attack on enemy territory." Note the M1911 pistol and holster of the crewmember to the far right. (Photo: U.S Army Air Corps via National Archives)

    “England. A crew of the 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, relax beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Klette’s Wild Hares. They have just returned from a bombing attack on enemy territory.” Note the M1911 pistol and holster of the crewmember to the far right. (Photo: U.S Army Air Corps via National Archives)

    In the end, while you can easily pick up any variety of 1911 clones, few are the real thing carried by the members of the Greatest Generation. Even when you do, military surplus 1911s are often “mixmasters,” with their parts swapped out over the years by military armorers and arsenals, leaving such pistols with a lot of character but little in the way of being all-matching. Meanwhile, this Remington Rand has escaped relatively unscathed and intact.

    If only guns could talk.

    Remington Rand M1911A1 (4)

    History is just a click away. (Photo: Guns.com)

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    Trump’s Dig at Chris Cuomo Shows Arbitrary Danger of ‘Red Flag Laws’

    So is our “pro-gun” president saying we must close the Meltdown Loophole? And speaking of “filthy language,” what does he want to “grab them by” again?

    U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?” President Donald Trump asked in a Wednesday Twitter tweet. “Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”

    He was referring to the CNN talking head’s screaming meltdown and threat of violence at a New York bar against a customer who called him “Fredo.”  His furious reaction is instructive, particularly in light of Cuomo’s elitist disparagement of Second Amendment-recognized birthrights. The well-earned Streisand Effect will no doubt follow him to the end of his days, but it by no means rises to the level of legal justification to confiscate guns.

    Defenders of the right to keep and bear arms, alarmed by the president’s backsliding on promises made to gun owners to win their votes, are pointing out the obvious in their replies to the president.

    “Your tweet here @realDonaldTrump is precisely why: 1) #RedFlag laws are awful policy ripe for abuse, and 2) why your personal opinion cannot lawfully or constitutionally result in another person’s fundamental human rights and property being taken from them by force (govt guns),” Firearms Policy Coalition answered back.

    “With one Tweet POTUS explains how red flag laws can and will be abused,” commentator Dana Loesch weighed in.

    The president is “Torn between two theories to explain his latest tweet,” Hot Air’s Allah Pundit noted. The options are the president “doesn’t understand why stuff like this will steel opposition on the right to the sort of red-flag bill he’s endorsed” or “He’s playing eight-dimensional chess, deliberately sabotaging the push for a new red-flag bill to please his base by showing immediately how it would be abused by the government once it’s law.”

    That second option hardly seems likely. Trump himself notoriously argued, “Take the guns first, go through due process second.” And red herring edicts are the centerpiece of the new Republican push to capitulate on infringements, in the insane idea that there’s no amount of betrayals their desperate core constituents won’t tolerate. Hey, it’s worked in the past.

    Option one is the most likely. He wasn’t serious but saw a chance to take a shot at an enemy with a “joke,” and didn’t think through who the butt of it really was, and the broader implications.

    The guy with the power to destroy lives doesn’t get to joke like that, at least not with people serious about liberty. Ask yourself this: If Trump does win in spite of his presumptuous arrogance about multiple broken promises on guns, what’s to restrain him from showing “true colors” in his second term, when he doesn’t need to worry about reelection?

    Undeniable betrayal is what will finally be the last straw for perhaps a critical mass of disillusioned gun-owning voters. It certainly takes the fire out of their bellies to do all the things necessary to “win” an election, particularly when it looks to be close, and 2020 is Donald Trump’s and an increasingly unprincipled GOP’s to blow.

    So what can “we” do to stop the Democrats, who we know will gorge themselves on “gun laws” and pack the courts with fellow disarmament fanatics?

    Perhaps the Republicans and the president believe the polls, that “gun control” is what the electorate wants, even though their premises are misleading and the people being asked only know what the media has told them about guns. Most respondents, literally, have no clue as to the fundamental truths behind what an armed citizenry represents and what they’re being conned out of.

    That’s why, rather than preemptively surrendering, NRA “A”-rated and endorsed politicians, sold to us as “staunch supporters of the Second Amendment,” need to prove they weren’t just paying lip service. They need, now more than ever, to demonstrate that they actually understand why the Founders knew “the right of the people” to be “necessary to the security of a free State.”

    Instead of caving and giving the gun-grabbers another incremental gain in their long march to getting it all, how about if those asking gun owners to trust them with political power use their long reaches and unique bully pulpits? How about if they explain to the public what the right to keep and bear arms is about, why it’s of paramount importance and always relevant, and how those who want to swindle that right away from them are lying?

    If you agree with that, and if your rep is not a gun-grabber in a safe district/state, meaning your outreach efforts would be wasted, how about taking a moment to share your expectations with them? And while you’re at it, let the president know he’s risking everything and needs to stop with the infringements.


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    David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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    Atlas Bipod Centipede -The Firearm Blog

    Today’s Photo shows an AR15 with endless Atlas bipods mounted.

    This setup is perfect for when you have to roll around on the ground with your rifle perfectly supported in every angle.

    The shooter is from the Top Gun Rifle Team – and the rifle is unloaded.

    Because I was inverted” 

    The B&T Industries Atlas Bipod is a great tool for any rifle shooter. I use them a lot both for practical and long range shooting. They carry a premium price, but I never had an issue with any of mine.

    I do know of friends who have bought the counterfeit ones, and I have also seen these fail in competition so I would stay as far away from these as possible.

    The real ones are made by B&T Industries (USA):

    B&T Industries L.L.C. was founded by two Kansans, one that had an idea and the other the capital, to bring a novel idea to the shooting sports.

    Business principles based on taking a novel common sense idea, manufactured from the best materials, assembled by Americans and sold at a fair price.

    The idea that was to found B&T Ind. began during a 1997 Prairie Dog hunt, in which a good friend to the business, forgot to bring his sandbag and resorted to a time-honored, field-expedient solution: putting dirt in the sock he had been wearing.

    The Atlas bipod was introduced in 2010 with several patented features including the novel multiple positioning legs, Pan and Cant in a light weight strong package has found favor in civilian, law enforcement and military riflemen around the world.

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    About two years ago I did a review of the B&T Industries Atlas 5-H Bipod.

     

    How many bipods are enough in your opinion? What’s your experience with the (real) B&T Industries Atlas bipods?

     

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    Life Lessons on How To Conceal Carry

    Being able to conceal carry a gun for the first time can give new guys mixed feelings. It’s definitely exciting to be able to legally carry and take personal safety into your own hands. There can also be a lot of anxiety and mistakes when learning how to carry a gun in public. One of the first things I learned is it’s not as simple as strapping a gun onto your hip and walking out the door. Now, most of you who are regular readers on The Firearm Blog will know how to conceal carry, but there’s always new people getting into firearms and it’s not always easy finding reliable information out there.

    Some Basic Rules

    So these aren’t an official list of rules but rather a list I personally live by daily. One of the biggest mistakes new concealed carriers make is giving in to the excitement and carrying a gun that’s not ready for concealed carry. This can be anything from no holster to carrying full metal jacket rounds instead of correct defensive ammo. It’s important to have a good concealment holster when carrying. It has to secure the gun and be discreet so there’s minimal or no printing. I recommend inside the waistband carry, but it can be uncomfortable for beginners. If it’s uncomfortable at first, keep working at it and your body will get used to it. If you want something easy, there’s always the pocket carry method. Pocket carrying is typically limited to subcompact or micro guns.

    Ammunition is really important when conceal carrying. Running quality defense ammo in your gun is a pretty basic part of conceal carrying. It’s never a good idea to run range ammo as a substitute for defense ammo and having a “good enough” approach to it. With over-penetration being a fairly large risk, it’s always a good idea to think about being the safest and responsible person you can. There are a ton of different options on the market for self-defense ammo. I personally like Federal HST rounds or the SIG Sauer V-Crown rounds. Another great thing to do is test the carry ammo you decide on. Most firearms out there will feed self-defense ammo reliability but it’s always important to test whatever ammo before depending your life on it.

    Getting Into The Mindset

    One of the toughest things is being comfortable with a loaded firearm on your body in public. I remember the first month or so was tough getting comfortable having a loaded gun on my hip. The first few days I always felt like I was going to have an accidental discharge with my Glock in its holster. Needless to say, it never happened and I became comfortable after a while but these feelings do happen. Some people do Israeli style carrying or carrying without a round in the chamber. I’ve talked with someone who carried a revolver with two empty chambers in case he accidentally pulled the trigger in a situation. There will always be debates on whether Israeli carry is a good idea, but personally, I think it’s important to be confident and comfortable enough to carry a loaded firearm on your person.

    Overall, it’s important to be ready both mentally and physically to carry a firearm in public. It’s definitely exciting once you’re able to but there are responsibilities that need to be taken seriously before starting. We aren’t perfect from the start and things will change whether it’s trying new holsters and styles but it’s always a good idea to start somewhere and try out different styles to see what fits your lifestyle best. I’d love to hear some stories from you carry veterans about your experiences starting out in the comments below. If you have any specific questions about concealed carry or guns in general, don’t be afraid to message me on my Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there!

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    Taurus Announces New PT-92 Pistol Models with Walnut Grips

    Taurus says the new grip options add classic styling to the full-framed PT-92 series. (Photos: Taurus)

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    Brazilan gunmaker Taurus this week announced they are adding two new models to their long-running PT-92 pistol line, complete with walnut grips.

    The guns, clones of Beretta’s 92 series of 9mm pistols, have been a staple of Taurus since the Brazilain company acquired the Italian firearm manufacturer’s Sao Paulo facility in 1980. While the current bright natural anodized and black anodized PT-92s come standard with black synthetic grip panels, the two new models will sport grips crafted from Brazilian walnut.

    Taurus says the upgraded furniture has “rich variations in the wood’s tone, depth, and distinguished grain patterns” to give each pistol a “unique, custom look and aesthetic finish.”

    Taurus Announces 2 New PT-92 Pistol Models with Walnut Grips 2

    Did you say, walnut? Besides the black anodized finish shown here, Taurus also markets the PT-92 in a what they call a “Natural” bright finish.

    Other than the grips, the new PT-92 models will still have the same features and specs of the legacy pistols including drop-hammer-forged alloy frames with steel slides featuring 5-inch barrels and a 17-round magazine capacity. Overall length is 8.5-inches with an unloaded weight of 34-ounces. The guns ship with two magazines.

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    In related news, Brazilian-made Taurus models could be in the rearview in the future for buyers in the States as the company’s U.S branch has officially begun low rate production on firearms in their Bainbridge, Georgia facility. The company announced this week the first “Bainbridge” marked gun has rolled out.

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