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Communications Basics

Two-way radio communications is a tremendous subject that can and does carry people in many directions. Certainly among the most important are field communications to and from tactical and reconnaissance teams, particularly with some semblance of security or privacy to the information thereby exchanged. Particularly well suited to teaching this fine art is NC Scout. He recently published a book on the subject: The Guerrilla’s Guide To The Baofeng Radio, which I recommend and am buying myself. He also has a web page covering a whole lot more range. I share the outline below, but encourage you to go to the source. Simply click the linked heading. – Ted – The Foundation: Squaring Away Communications Basics Improvised Field Antennas The […]

Guerrilla’s Guide To 2-Way Radio

For my heading, I purposefully modified NC Scout’s bestselling book title that I am discussing in this post. The Guerrilla’s Guide To The Baofeng Radio goes far beyond the make/model amateur radio he recommends in it. I and a fellow active licensed radio operator (HAM) took a local class from him a few years ago. It was extremely informative and valuable. I expect this book to have much of what we learned in that class, and quite a bit more packed into it. I have ordered my own copy, so this is a recommendation in advance of being able to review it, based on what I know of the author and of the subject matter. He created and operates Brushbeater […]

With boring predictability, gun control gets trotted out again

One of the greatest enemies those who would rule us fear is our cool self-defense tools. Of course thinking, creative, strong-willed, unpredictable white men are also on the top of the problems they are working to solve. Thanks to LBJ’s Great Society, darker skinned men with similar qualities are not as common, but most certainly do exist. I welcome them on our HOME team. This year they are working on marginalizing the white men, but this month they have targeted our self-defense mechanisms. It is too early for me to call the most recent school shooting a false flag or a staged event, but it smells very strongly of one or the other. Thank you FBI, CIA, ATF and […]

Montana Supreme Court races

Dear MSSA Friends, What’s up with the races for the Montana Supreme Court (MSC)? Great question. First, some background. The MSC is one of the last bastions of politically liberal power in Montana. The left has lost all the statewide offices and the Legislature because of the left’s practiced irrelevance. What power the left holds on to, so far, is the education industry, some local governments, and the MSC. The MSC is made up of seven justices, a Chief Justice, and six Associate Justices. They are all elected to staggered eight-year terms. Two of those seats are up for election this election cycle. Two of the sitting justices are thought to be neutral or conservative. The remaining and dominant seven […]

Top 8 Reasons You Absolutely DON’T Need A Gun

from: BabylonBee.com contributed by Armslist.com Are you thinking about buying a gun? Ew. What’s wrong with you? Gross! Just… ew. Guns are very problematic, and so are the people who use them. You don’t need one. Here’s why. #1) You can always count on the police to protect you: That’s just a fact. Police are proven 100% effective at protecting innocent people! #2) There’s no evidence to suggest the government would ever overstep and try to take away your rights: A government has literally never done this. Don’t be so paranoid! #3) Guns make journalists wet their pants: If you live near a journalist and he hears you own a gun, he may wet his pants. You don’t want something […]

why reload your own ammunition

By the time you have purchased the equipment required to load your own ammunition, then bought primers, powder, brass and bullets, you will not have saved any money over purchasing commercial factory loaded ammunition. Trained snipers use commercial high-end ammunition made specifically for that task. Cost per round doesn’t matter, but repeatability, reliability and lethality mean everything. Hunters only take a few shots per year per rifle. They cannot make handloading pay off for them. Your typical handloader is a guy who shoots in competition. We shoot a lot. The cost-per round must be on par with the cheap ammo while the accuracy through OUR GUNS has to be nearer the high end. I shot DCM, then CMP, and […]

I’d just as soon be lucky

Results matter. Consistent results are even better. According to many historians, Napoleon was more interested in a pattern of good fortune for his generals than technical skill sets. “I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky?” – Napoleon Bonaparte – A friend and I were target shooting a few days ago. I was shooting my .22 pistol while he shot his .22 rifle, 9mm pistol and 12-gauge pump. He offered to let me shoot each. I did a few rounds with the rifle, then took his offer with one 12-gauge slug. I selected the top-middle of the pictured array as my target – about 35 yards away, sighting with a little-bitty bead at the end of a […]

long distance hole punch

Note: I wrote this article some time back but for some reason did not publish then. It looks fine to me today, so I am sharing it as I found it. – Ted – I am taking liberties in the title comparing the hole punching I did yesterday with the implied office implement. The subject of this post is a carbine at 35 yards (front target) and 50 yards (back target) – a distance for that tool considered to be SHORT RANGE. I have not operated this particular hole punch for years. THAT is not good. Shooting capabilities are high among those ranked as PERISHABLE SKILLS. Each gun, tool, particular defensive platform compared to the next offer differences that […]

.22 bullet blows up Hawaiian Islands

Okay, my headline overstated that one a bit, but what the New York Times published April 3, 1981, quoted below, was about as realistic. For those of you not particularly firearms fluent, I will describe the .22 long rifle or .22LR ammunition so you can have perspective on this wild tale they spun to a susceptible audience. The .22LR is the diet for the most popular training and youth round on planet Earth. Every significant firearms manufacturer builds entry-level .22LR guns sized for 5-year-old children on up to large male adults. Firing 22s involves almost no recoil, relatively little noise and has one of the lowest terminal power transfers of all the choices available to firearm shooters. While they […]

ammunition supply and demand

When did they start adding Unobtanium to powder, primers, brass and completed ammunition? The results have been in our face since the 4th-generation-war on us began a year ago. I have read many explanations, but none pass my smell test – that is, smelling like the truth. There is just something a bit off when those of us rather select few who reload our own ammunition are, for over a year unable to find powder OR primers OR reloadable brass from the suppliers we have been using for decades. Loaded ammunition is also scarce with empty shelves where a HUGE variety used to await our purchases whenever the mood struck. Even law enforcement agencies have found their regular channels […]

New gun owners

Hollywood’s fake shooters and real experts in online videos can be very misleading and quite dangerous for those new and inexperienced with firearms. I have helped a large number of newbies and novices to a level of relatively safe competence. I am good at that. I am not a master in any class or form of the shooting sports, but I am a good teacher of this and other things I understand well enough to impart key ingredients. It is crucial that you select your first firearms from real advice and thoughtful counsel rather than from what looks good in action movies or excites a speed-gunner expert … or much worse, the wannabe Rambos behind too many gun shop […]

county legalizes arrest of feds who try to violate 2nd Amendment

This is not actually my county, though it certainly is my spirit county on this topic. I doubt our county commissioners are as intelligent and courageous as the ones who passed this ordinance. Missouri county legalizes the arrest of feds who try to violate citizens Second Amendment rights by Katie Daviscourt, Seattle, WA If big tech continues censoring conservatives, that means our days on these platforms may be numbered. Please take a minute to sign up to our mailing list so we can stay in touch with you, our community. Subscribe Now! In preparation of the Biden administration passing potential anti-gun legislation, a county in Missouri passed an ordinance which would invalidate the federal government from infringing on the Second […]

Open letter to Senator Jon Tester

Dear Senator Tester, MSSA doesn’t often contact you asking for specific performance.  Now, however, is a time when that is unavoidable.  We hear a lot of talk about various possible gun control measures that are now or may soon be before Congress. On behalf of Montana gun owners, we formally ask that you both work and vote against any and every measure and motion that would reduce or restrict the right to keep and bear arms that the people have reserved to themselves in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically from government interference. We want you to know that Montana’s legal gun owners feel very strongly on this subject.  Please do not convert law-abiding Montana gun owners […]

Montana state house and sheriffs hate you

From: Gary Marbut and Montana Shooting Sports Association Dear MSSA Friends, MSSA’s bill to prevent state and local government employees from enforcing the expected raft of federal gun control, HB 258, was tabled by the House Judiciary Committee today. Read on … HB 258 was tabled primarily because of opposition to the bill by the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (MSPOA), arguably the most anti-gun organization in Montana’s history. It appears that MSPOA is eager to have its members enforce federal firearm and magazine bans, and much more. This is not a position that is likely to appeal to rank and file law enforcement officers who will be expected to kick in doors and seize outlawed firearms and […]