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great handgun ammo test

AmmoToGo.com published the results of an excellent, thorough and hugely informative defensive handgun ammunition test. I have never seen one better; rarely one even close. Quite noteworthy is that a bullet design may be excellent in one caliber but perform poorly in another. Velocity is an interesting factor, but penetration and expanded diameter are more important. Anybody with a chronograph can give you the former. It is normally listed on the box and in promotional literature. Only shooting into ballistic gel provides the latter. The best test fires bullets through simulated winter clothes into ballistic gel. AmmoToGo.co did exactly that with this test. In addition to their great knowledge base, they include good prices on ammunition you can order […]

good Kiwis vs bad Kiwis

Whether it was a staged event rather than real has been debated on the Internet, but the Christchirch shooting event was all the excuse ruling elites needed to pass draconian gun bans and an incredibly expensive program they call “gun buyback”. As one commentator notes, the government never owned the affected guns, thus cannot buy them back. Worse than the semantic failure is the program’s realities. The politicians rushed their anti-gun legislation through in a few days – thereby avoiding organized resistance. It was unsurprisingly already written up when the ‘trigger event’ took place, though the legislators don’t mention that part. Millions of guns costing a thousand dollars each were instantly disallowed with gun owners offered $350 for each during […]

20 gauge tactical youth-stock pump shotgun

I continue to extoll the virtues of this platform as your basic home defense firearm. You will never regret having one of these, find many people who it fits perfectly and know it could serve anybody well as an only home defense weapon if you have limited choices. It has not been long since I published 20 gauge youth pump as #1 home defense weapon choice (April 26th), but I did not include a link to the one I would be purchasing were I in the market today: Mossberg 500 Tactical 8 Shot Pump Shotgun I would simply go to a local dealer, even if it cost a few bucks more, shopping local is always a good idea when […]

misunderstanding your core market – don’t be Dick’s

As incredible as it might seem, Dick’s Sporting Goods hates outdoorsmen … okay, top level management of Dick’s hates them. I would be willing to wager that a significant percentage of their knowledgeable employees ARE outdoorsmen. But the pansies at the top don’t understand a bit of it… most likely big city kids who grew up on college campuses. The wonderful thing about our country as it stands today is: We Have Choices. Dick’s can die without hurting us a bit. Let them. Help them. Don’t be Dick’s. Be Mossbergs. – Ted Mossberg Terminates Relationship with Dick’s Sporting Goods May 11, 2018     Mossberg Terminates Relationship with Dick’s Sporting Goods NORTH HAVEN, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., […]

20 gauge youth pump as #1 home defense weapon choice

8 gauge shotgun An intelligent man watching his wife at 60% of his muscle, meat and bone shoulder, hold and fire my lovely Mossberg 590A Special Purpose would find it disproportionate. In simpler terms, “This ain’t right”. Simply holding it up is far more effort for her than he. Then the 12 gauge recoil kicks in. Mister 200-pound tough guy is moved slightly by it. If he is fortunate enough to have a cute 110-pound mate, it rocks her world. Idiots and those of frail egos are amused. Intelligent men see lack of balance. For proportion Mr Weak Ego should track down an 8-gauge shotgun and fire off a dozen rounds. He might be getting the point somewhere along the […]

gun control chart

I will let this one speak for itself. Ya’know one picture worth a thousand words…

reloading bench back in business

My reloading bench ran its first set of test loads in the new homestead. Getting it operational tends to be well below the CRITICAL and Urgent level activities. However it sure is nice to get there. My reloading skills exceed my shooting abilities, but I work to achieve the best mechanical accuracy to minimize the inaccuracies that arrive when my finger starts dancing on the trigger. My first two batches of load test firings were not as careful as the third one, but all suffer from eyes that cannot focus very well on both the near sights and far targets simultaneously. Lately my eyes have also been watering quite a bit which compounded the problem. The final, and most significant […]

7.62×39

We are 1.5 years into our new homestead. Two years is my magic number after which I am supposed to transition from “urgent mode” to “important”. This week I finally got my magazine closet organized with some new shelving and lots of stirring around. Whoah! 7.62×39 is currently dirt cheap, readily available, and I have hardly any of it! It is almost stupid-crazy that the only thing cheaper to shoot than this big-game-capable round is wimpy .22 Long Rifle rimfire. Dang you can burn a lot of 7.62×39 for just a few bucks and it will reach out a couple hundred yards with more-than-adequate accuracy and effectiveness. Reloaders find bullets, that is the projectiles, more expensive than completely loaded ammo. […]

Dems Debut National Ammo Control Bill in Congress

03/14/19 6:00 AM | by Chris Eger A plan backed by anti-gun groups and Democrats on Capitol Hill would require background checks or gun permits for most ammo transfers. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com) An effort to close what bill’s supporters term the “ammo loophole” would make mandatory background checks the nationwide norm for ammunition sales. Under measures proposed in the House by Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Senate by Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, would-be ammunition buyers would have to be first vetted by the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. The lawmakers, allied with national gun control groups, say the move to add controls to bullet sales would help save lives. Wasserman Schultz’s bill, entered Wednesday as HR 1705 with […]

gun control pushback

REBELLION: Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and STATES Spring Up Across the Country By Dagny Taggart Sanctuary cities aren’t just for immigrants anymore. A growing number of states, counties, cities, and towns are declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” and are refusing to enforce gun-control laws that infringe on the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. While adopting ordinances and resolutions to defy gun laws isn’t a new tactic, momentum is rapidly building – likely in response to increasing calls for more gun control at state and federal levels. Sheriffs in several states say they will NOT enforce gun control laws. Sanctuary counties and towns are passing resolutions that state no funding will be used to enforce unconstitutional laws […]

North Carolina county declares itself a gun sanctuary

One down, 3,141 to go. If your county is anything other than Cherokee County, North Carolina you need to contact your county rulers to explain local control and the original separation of powers defined by The Constitution of These United States. I promise to do my fair share. Will you? from the American Thinker By Rick Moran The Board of Commissioners in Cherokee County in North Carolina has passed a resolution — largely symbolic — declaring the county a “gun sanctuary.” The gist of the resolution: Furthermore, any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms or affiliated firearm rights that violates the Second, Ninth, Tenth, or Fourteenth amendments to the US Constitution, that violates Article I, Sections 5, […]

news potpourri

I have an accumulation of interesting articles and links that just have not been given the time and attention to become complete posts here. It is time for some house-cleaning of those links before they get old. Here is the down payment on that project. More later. TTFN ———————————————————————————— FEINSTEIN ASSAULT WEAPON BAN OF 2019 [EXPLAINED] This horrible harpy is back with her favorite project: preventing honorable people from defending themselves from dishonorable, totalitarian governments. The Armalite Rifle platform (AR-15, AR-10) is now far and away the most popular design in the USofA with hundreds of producers offering every quality and option anyone could imagine. Interestingly, its use in crime is almost unheard of; statistically near zero. Protecting us is […]

left hook

The Sandy Hook school shooting hoax was, and still is used as a reason, an excuse to take firearms away from us. We need to solidly understand that the shooting story is and always was fiction, and such flimsy fiction as to be easily shot full of holes. A few things came my way recently that relate. I share this fresh-to-me information here. For one, the startling resemblance of the supposed shooter and the “kid” who became a national spokesman for gun control after the staged, fake school shooting in Broward County Florida … yeah, THAT Broward County. A few years older, but the same guy. Are there really so few sold-out actors they have to keep re-using them? Apparently […]

self defense stats

FBI Data Shows Armed Citizens Have 94% Success Rate Stopping Would-Be Mass Shooters Photo by Alien Gear Holsters. As the nation mourns the latest tragedy in “gun free zone” Chicago, a recent report compiled by Jacob Paulsen at ConcealedCarry.com shows that armed citizens facing possible mass shooters are able to stop the potential massacre 94% of the time. Paulsen’s study is inspired by John Lott’s consistent analysis of crime and gun laws.   While sourcing data from the FBI and giving a prefrace, Paulsen reports on ConcealedCarry.com: We thought it would be interesting to see if the overall percentage of events at which an armed citizen was present was increasing given the rise in concealed carry permit holders and gun owners nationwide. The data set is […]