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Global Skywatch

shotgun look behind the curtain

The following is a snapshot of what may be going on in The Deep State battle for control of Earth. I post it here because it passes my sniff test: It smells plausible … perhaps likely. I continue to hold that the Biden/Harris theft will not come to fruition. The planners are better than that. The next 8 days will be epic… like nothing we have experienced in our lifetimes. Heckuva show. Enjoy it. Life will be harder from now on. REMEMBER that Trump continues the chemtrail atmospheric poisoning program. REMEMBER that Trump is pushing the DNA-altering vaccine. REMEMBER that Trump is encouraging the Scam-Demic. REMEMBER that Trump is endorsing the dollar collapse/replacement with Fed-Coin that THEY CONTROL. – […]

avoiding shotgun purchase mistakes

I was asked to accompany a prospective first-time firearm purchaser to a gun store in North Carolina. She just wanted someone to cover her six. Good thing, as it turned out. The half-wit behind the counter wanted to sell her one of those Hollywood-cool-factor wrist-cracker 12-gauge shotguns. I helped her get out of the store and told her to find a different dealership. Even the much lower-recoiling 20 gauge pump-action shotguns I recommend would be uncomfortable and marginally controllable without the normal shoulder stock. If somebody is pushing the handgun-mode setup your direction, find a different somebody to work with. Much more recoil than a .38 Special is too much for beginner or intermediate handgun use. In shotguns, definitely a […]

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 […]

handgun, rifle, shotgun Energy

I was perusing my website usage statistics and noticed that my shotgun energy post at The Fixer.biz was highly popular – and to a much lesser extent my rifle and handgun posts. I was reminded that I compiled those to resolve a shortage of useful information on the subject. How can you explain the roles of the basic firearms without referencing their relative energy? That inspired me to look anew, dress them up and promote them to permanent page status. The titles make them group together over on the left column where they will be most useful for reference material. Pages: energy – handgun energy – rifle energy – shotgun Of course this new arrangement will probably cut into the […]

shotgun energy

Hardly anybody talks about shotgun muzzle energy, while many do with handguns and rifles. It’s kind of an apples and apple sauce discussion. The problem is that shotgun projectiles are mostly round shot or fat slugs that lose velocity and energy rapidly. Worse, they are also commonly little BBs that on their own have little mass to carry their energy past the surface of whatever they hit at a distance. Nevertheless, I think it is useful to use muzzle energy to put things in perspective. Up close, at home- and family-defense distances, this energy can be really significant crime stoppers. Useful defensive handgun energy begins around 9mm and 400 foot-pounds of energy. Newer .38 Special +P ammo just gets there. […]

novice shooter videos

There is no hiding that our world is becoming increasingly dangerous to people, families, neighborhoods and liberty. Previously anti-gun or ignorant about firearms people are awakening to a personal responsibility for defense. The explosion in gun sales tells some of the story. Mandatory background checks for purchases from licensed gun dealers from January through June this year were 19,180,047. Nineteen MILLION guns sold from January to July this year. Dealers report MOST OF THOSE ARE FIRST TIME GUN BUYERS. That matches my personal experiences. Even in well-armed Podunk, Montana guns and ammo are in very short supply, and prices are climbing according to the rules of scarcity. A handful of people who understand that I know a bit about […]

I am not killing someone over food

I was teaching revolver and shotgun fundamentals to some people recently. Afterwards I asked if they were considering one or the other for home, family and community defense, one answered with my title line, “I am not killing someone over food”. That made me think. I believe I will not kill to take someone else’s food. It would be incredibly destructive of my spirit, soul, karma, eternal being to go for 71 years on the positive side and trash that in my last few months as an Earthly mortal. I am convinced I won’t end my life on that side of the cosmic ledger by choice. I have read and studied a lot of fiction and non-fiction about dysfunctional societies. […]

ATF vs constitution

By Michael LeMieux February 6, 2013 NewsWithViews.com In the United States, under a republican form of government, power is divided between the states and the central government. Within the central government, as is within the states, that power is further sub-divided between branches of the government. All of these government organizations have charters or documents that govern what power they have and the boundaries each organization must adhere to. The fundamental document outlining these powers and duties are the constitutions for their respective governments. Any action by these organizations that does not have a basis within their founding constitutions is unconstitutional and therefore constitutionally illegal. In this article we will be dealing primarily with gun laws and the primary organization […]

Constitutional Republic vs. Pure Democracy

How the U.S. Election Process Has Changed You’re free to republish or share any of our articles (either in part or in full), which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Our only requirement is that you give Ammo.com appropriate credit by linking to the original article. Spread the word; knowledge is power! “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Pledge of Allegiance, with a revision made in 1923 Conservatives are generally quick to point out that America is a republic, not a democracy. But what really is the difference, and are they even right? Voting in America […]

coaching, empowering self-defense

I once was an active NRA-certified junior rifle coach. More relevant, I am a very good teacher. Yesterday my three charges voiced and agreed that “He is a very good coach” – which is just about the finest compliment one can lay on me. Thank you for that one. That came up because a couple from the west coast passed through our neighborhood, and I gave them the opportunity to burn some ammunition on our short range (10-30 meters). I laid out a table of .22 semi-auto pistols, a 9mm Glock, 38 Special revolvers, .22 rifles and a 20-gauge shotgun, then helped them through familiarization, safety, handling, loading and shooting whatever captured their interests. We had FUN My standard […]

.45 vs 20-gauge

There are three standards in the shooting community that are simply not worth challenging within a group chatting behind the firing lines. Chief among them are the irrefutable power of the .45 ACP (“forty five”), the superiority of the 1911 (“nineteen eleven”) among handgun platforms, and the requirement that shotguns must be 12 gauge. Even if not a majority, the acolytes will be adamant, staunch and vociferous in defense of the aforementioned religions. You may not lose, but you will never win those arguments. Fortunately we are here not there. I brook no counter-arguments, in fact I don’t want to police a comments section so there is no possibility of any back talk. Thus ‘my truth’ is THE TRUTH. That’s […]

a basic home armory

Inspired by the “10 Guns Worth Keeping” article that I copied and linked below is my more fundamental version of that here. Author Bob Campbell describes his double-handful with make/model specificity that is always welcome to people considering one or another of the recommendations. However, as I read through the article I was confident that my long and short guns were functionally every bit as good as his favorites, perhaps better in my opinion. Of course opinions are like ________ , everybody has one. I am a mid-pack shooter with at least a little experience in most shooting sports, and have at various times been student, competitor, certified and active as a junior rifle coach, range officer and president of […]

Seattle – the heart of darkness

Seattle winters are damp, dark and depressing in normal years. March is their peak suicide season. This one is much worse. Seattelites are more depressed, angry, afraid and testy than they usually are in this emotionally dark season. All of their warm-feely-huggy policies are biting back in big ways. They welcomed world travelers into a major port city, cruise line home bases and international airline hub. They also threw out the welcome mat for refugees from anywhere and everywhere, invaders posing as refugees, homeless, drug addicts, pushers, gangs and welfare queens. Combining cause and effect, their Pacific Paradise is second only to New York as ground zero for the COVID-19 virus. In response the jails, prisons, courts and police […]

10 Amazon Warehouses Hit With COVID-19

We are avoiding Meat-Space in droves. Little towns, big towns, grand malls … they are all hollow echoes of their ever-so-recent past. THE MASSES have discovered online ordering. We don’t touch keypads a hundred others have touched. We do not handle paper money a hundred others have recently handled. We aren’t gripping shopping cart handles a hundred others have grabbed in the last two days. ONLINE ORDERING HAS EXPLODED. Big box stores were right on top of it. Minor chains were hot on their tails. Mom-N-Pop were right behind them, sometimes in front. Darn near everybody whose income HAD depended on floor traffic have come up with ways to deliver their services (and get paid for them) while minimizing virus […]