Monday, September 28, 2015

ATF Bans Can Cannon

Get over to the X-Proucts page and see what’s going on:
Or go to their Facebook page and show supprt:
We love the Can Cannon! Heck, everyone loves the Can Cannon. We’re on record as saying it’s the best fun-gun ever!
So, we were incredibly perturbed to learn that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently issued a letter on the Can Cannon saying that when it is affixed to a rifle receiver it is considered a (SBR) or short barrel rifle and when place on a pistol it becomes an (AOW) Any Other Weapon.
Now, by itself, the Can Cannon is not a firearm or a controlled item. But the minute it is put on a rifle receiver or handgun it becomes subject to NFA restrictions.
In other words, to legally possess the Can Cannon on a rifle receiver or handgun one must must obtain approval from the ATF, obtain a signature from the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) who is the county sheriff or city or town chief of police (not necessarily permission), pass an extensive background check to include submitting a photograph and fingerprints, fully register the firearm and pay a $200 tax.
You can read more about how to legally buy a NRA-regulated item in this  article.
So, it appears that owners of the Can Cannon have two options: 1. Begin the NFA application process or 2. Refrain from using the Can Cannon until the ATF revises it’s stance.
With respect to number 2, there is reason to be hopeful. Currently, XProducts, the makers of the Can Cannon, are “submitting a revised design” of the Can Cannon to address the issues raised by the ATF in its determination letter. Assuming XProducts is able to satisfy the ATF’s concerns, the Can Cannon may no longer be subject to NFA restrictions when attached to a rifle receiver or handguns.
There’s no telling how long this review process will take, but keep your fingers crossed that in the end the ATF makes the right call and removes all the NFA restrictions on the Can Cannon.

Interview with James Malarkey of X Products

What will happen to all of the Can Cannons sold? “At this time nothing. They are not illegal to poses and they will be able to exchanged once we have received a determination letter from the ATF on what needs to be changed for them to be legally used on a non class 3 AR lower.”
How many units have been sold? “Between 4,000 and 5,000 units.”
Will welding the gas tube end shut solve the problem?
Will welding the gas tube end shut solve the problem?
What modifications are you planning on making to appease the ATF? “Currently we are working with 4 potential modifications that can be done to the uppers that will make them legal for everyone to use.”
We currently have submitted two versions this week and are now waiting on the ATF to make a judgment.
List of options
  1. Adding holes after the chamber so that all of the gasses are expelled instantly.
  2. Adding holes after the chamber and then welding a plug/plate over the bore so that no projectile can pass.
  3. Make the tube 16” long.
  4. Rifle the inside of the tube.
Options 1 and 2 have been submitted and are thought to make the devices comply with the ATF. The other two options will be explored as last case scenarios.
Some have wondered why X-Products hadn’t already gotten a determination letter from the ATF. They had. “We had already received a determination letter for our upper before the product originally went on sale. After the fact we submitted a complete firearm and they decided to change their minds. This is not the ATFs fault. They are just doing their jobs and we don’t hold it against them.”
The new duck decoy.
The new duck decoy.
How will they handle all of the uppers that are out there in the wild? “Once we develop and have a proven solution we will offer an exchange program to make sure our customers are take care off properly.”

X Products isn’t stopping here.

They have many new products launching for the end of 2015 into early 2016.
  • Weighted and whistling duck decoy for hunters and dog trainers – 2-4 weeks out
  • Net launcher that has a new purpose in life. Netting drones out of the air. -6-7 months out
  • Grappling hook to be used in marine environments for shooting lines form boat to boat. -2 months out
  • 308 launcher that shoots tennis balls. –Waiting on ATF determination for that upper.
  • Top water spear launcher for spear fishing – 4 months out
  • Inflatable vest projectile launcher for boats.

A letter from XProducts on the Can Cannon evaluation.  (Photo: XProducts)
A letter from X-Products on the Can Cannon evaluation. (Photo: X-Products)
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can cannon ATF letter 2
can cannon ATF letter 1

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Witless for the Prosecution: New York DA Forces Staff to Forgo Second Amendment Rights


Witless for the Prosecution: New York DA Forces Staff to Forgo Second Amendment Rights

Friday, September 25, 2015
Madeline Singas, Acting District Attorney for Nassau County, New York, is a hypocrite. Worse, she is willing to gamble with the lives and safety of her staff and their families for her own perceived political benefit. While claiming “a commitment to justice, compassion, and integrity” and boasting about keeping “more vulnerable people safe,” she enforces a policy of mandatory disarmament amongst the attorneys who put their own safety on the line to administer justice in her jurisdiction. On Monday, Prof. Eugene Volokh broke the story that the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office bars prosecutors from having handguns, even at home.
Prosecutors, considered the top law enforcement officials of their jurisdictions, take an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. They are invested with great public trust, making decisions that profoundly affect the life, liberty, and property of the residents of their jurisdictions, decisions that can increase or decrease the public’s respect for the justice system and the rule of law. The system can only work if they take that oath seriously.
Prosecutors also face a unique career hazard in taking public roles in seeing justice meted out to often very dangerous people. Some of those people will hold grudges and will look to settle scores. An article at recounts the murders of 14 prosecutors and underscores the risks of those “who confront evil for a living.”
Thanks to Singas’ policy, Nassau County prosecutors will be finding themselves especiallyexposed, should they be forced to confront an aggrieved offender bent on doing them or their innocent family members harm.  The policy will also ensure that armed offenders have the upper hand in any such confrontation.
That’s a lot to ask of anybody for $52,000 a year, the salary of an entry level prosecutor in Ringas’s office in 2014. For anybody who has tried to earn a living in the New York City Metropolitan Area, that’s not a lot of money. Clearly, the policy is aimed at impressionable young attorneys eager to begin their professional careers and to make a name for themselves. “Vulnerable” indeed.
According to Prof. Volokh, Ringas’s Office justified the policy as follows: “Our practice of asking prosecutors to not possess handguns is to ensure the safety and comfort of staff, victims, and witnesses, and is consistent with other district attorney’s offices in the New York City metropolitan area.”
This is a bizarre and insufficient explanation for several reasons. First, they’re not simply “asking” their employees to follow a suggested practice. A document linked to in Prof. Volokh’s story clearly indicates the handgun ban is a mandatory condition of employment. Titled “Assistant District Attorney Application Information & Instruction Form,” it requires the applicant to acknowledge: “I understand that assistant district attorneys are not permitted to apply for a handgun permit nor own or possess a handgun while employed by the Nassau County District Attorney.”
Second, how could the ban possibly contribute to the “safety and comfort” of anybody, except criminals who would seek to victimize prosecutors? Prosecutors are presumably hired for their legal acumen, good judgment, and fidelity to the law. Most are subject to thorough background investigations. Yet as Prof. Volokh aptly observes, “As best I can tell, the theory is that the DA’s office is worried that prosecutors will come in to the office in a rage and shoot up the place. What kinds of people is the DA’s office hiring?”
Third, the policy only applies to handguns. Apparently, whatever “safety and comfort” issues are presented by employees’ handgun possession are not presented by their possession of long guns. Of course, anybody who’s read the Supreme Court’s Heller decision would know that a handgun ban is not saved by the theoretical availability of other types of firearms. “It is no answer to say,” the court wrote, “that it is permissible to ban the possession of handguns so long as the possession of other firearms (i.e., long guns) is allowed.” 
Fourth, the evidence in criminal trials will more than occasionally include handguns. Taken at face value, the ban would preclude prosecutors from handling the evidence in their own cases. Even if the policy has an unwritten evidentiary exception, how does it increase safety or credibility for prosecutors to be forbidden from handling handguns in their personal capacity, when their jobs may require them to do so in a room full of people during highly charged court proceedings? Is Singas suggesting that the only safe place for a prosecutor to handle a gun is in a courtroom?
Fifth, New York is already a virtual gun controller’s Utopia, particularly with respect to handguns. It has the dubious distinction of an “A-“ rating from both the antigun Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign. Brady itself rates it as among the five U.S. states with the strictest gun control. It has handgun licensing (including mandatory background checks) and registration. The licensing process can result in a de facto waiting period of six months. Licenses in Nassau County are also subject to summary cancellation. Magazines are limited to a capacity of 10 rounds. State officials are authorized to impose design standards for handguns. Concealed carry permits are issued on a discretionary basis. Private sales of all guns are banned. And the list continues. Given this, it’s clear that the policy can only be based on a belief that handguns cannot be “safely” and “comfortably” possessed by anyone under any circumstances.
Presumably, Acting District Attorney Ringas knows that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms and that the U.S. Supreme Court has held it specifically applies to handguns. She also must realize that her office’s purported justifications are farcical to any thinking person. The irony of denying those who are supposed to serve the ends of justice of their most basic rights needs no further elaboration. It also goes without saying that if she tried to impose similar restraints with regard to other basic rights – for example, denying employment based on perceived “comfort” issues with a person’s religion or lack of religion – she would be facing civil rights litigation herself.
The only plausible explanation is that the policy serves as a litmus test to allow Ringas to purge her office of social or political views that she finds objectionable and to advance her own perceived political standing. One can only imagine, however, the negative fallout if one of her employees were to suffer victimization that could have been prevented with the proper tools of self-defense. That anybody who regularly deals with the criminal element would subject others to that risk not only shows bad judgment, it shows a disregard for the rights and safety of others that should disqualify a person from any public employment, much less in a law enforcement field.
Volokh notes, with professorial understatement, that the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office provides a “pretty good example of just how anti-gun some government organizations are.” It also provides a pretty good example of what America could look like if Hillary Clinton or another anti-gun zealot were overseeing the U.S. Justice Department and appointing Supreme Court justices. We have said it before and we will say it again. Choose wisely, America. Choose wisely.
Friday, September 25, 2015
UK Government Report Urges More Warrantless Searches, Less Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
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Monday, September 21, 2015
Texas: Spread the Word! Right to Hunt and Fish Proposition on November 2015 Ballot!
While you’re enjoying the hunting season in Texas, be sure to spread the word to your family, friends ...
Friday, September 18, 2015
CNN Poll Offers Bad News for Gun Controllers, Anti-gun Candidates
Candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination – Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley – have spent significant effort in recent months trying to ...
Friday, September 25, 2015
Witless for the Prosecution: New York DA Forces Staff to Forgo Second Amendment Rights
Madeline Singas, Acting District Attorney for Nassau County, New York, is a hypocrite. Worse, she is willing to ...
Friday, September 25, 2015
Gallup: More Americans Say Federal Government a Threat
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Preppers Survival Gear List : Ten MORE Things To Do Now

You may remember my post “10 things to do now!“, if not go read it before continuing – go on I’ll wait… Done. great. Now let’s go back to the shopping center with another survival food and gear list and ten more things to do now. Ready? Great.
1. Go to the grocery department and pick up 5 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent of canned, now go over to the next aisles and throw in 5 lbs of rolled oats and a case of Ramen noodles. Ramen noodles aren’t the most nutritional food but they are cheap, add bulk to the diet and store well –  just don’t rely on them to provide all your nutritional needs. And don’t forget a good manual can opener.
2. While you’re in the grocery department be sure to pick up an assortment of spices to taste, such as Basil, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Garlic, Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and Black Pepper. Spices can go along way toward making unfamiliar foods palatable. Also, while you’re in that area add 5 or more lbs of salt to your shopping cart, as you know salt has 101 uses.
3. Okay, counting what you bought during our first trip to the shopping center, that should do it for the grocery. Now go over to the area near the pharmacy and pick up 3 large tubes of toothpaste, 3 brushes, 100 double edge razor blades, (note: if you don’t have a razor you’ll probably have to order one from and don’t forget a brush and bowl), I’ve used this type razor for years and think it is a cheaper long-term solution than disposable.
While you’re there, add the most comprehensive first-aid kit that you can find to your cart and don’t forget over the counter pain meds (Tylenol, aspirin etc.). If you’re a woman (or have one in your life) go over a few shelves and pick up enough “feminine” supplies to last three months or longer.
4. With all that food in your pantry its only a matter of time before you have to poop. I know, its shocking but we all do it.  If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual. If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to look for other alternatives such as the Portable Toilets sold in the sporting goods department or making a  sawdust toilet from a five-gallon bucket.
5. What’s next? You guessed it toilet paper. If you poop you need to wipe, if not you probably need to start. You could use a corncob, cloth, Roman sponge on a stick or paper from discarded books or newspapers but I would wager most of you prefer the softness of Angle Soft. Get enough to last at least a month, more if possible and remember women need more than men so plan accordingly.
6. While you are in that area of the store pick up a supply of disposable plates, bowls and plastic utensils. Don’t go overboard here but having a small stockpile of these items on hand can save a lot of water that would otherwise be used to wash dishes. Also add two or more gallons of regular, unscented bleach to your cart.
7. This is a biggie and can’t be done (legally) at the department store pharmacy without the signature of a doctor – that is stocking up on prescription meds.  Getting more than a 30 day supply, at least in the U.S., can be difficult if not impossible. But there are ways to get most of what you need for long-term survival. See this post and this one and this book (note: some of the information in the book is dated but there is still good advice to be found).
8. Now push your cart (man this thing is getting heavy) over to the hardware department of the store and pick up a carpenters hammer, vice grips, adjustable wrench, screw driver set, duct tape, electrical tape, axe, pry bar, crosscut saw, hacksaw and large can of WD-40. This is your bare minimum survival tool kit.
9. After you get your tool kit, go over to sporting goods and in the camping supply aisle pick up a propane camp stove and 5 or more 1 pound propane cylinders or a bulk 20 lb tank and hose adaptor – yes the pressure in the small bottles is the same as a 20 lb cylinder or even 100 lb tank, just be sure to get the proper adapter and hose assembly. Another alternative and the one I prefer is the Volcano Stove because I can use propane, wood and charcoal.
10. Okay, we are just about done for today – only a few more steps pushing the cart and you’ll be out the door. You’ll need a way to keep in touch with your group so go to the electronics department and pick up the best two-way radios that you can afford – I have these. Don’t forget a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for both. While not necessary, I prefer a radio capable of receiving AM/FM and shortwave broadcasts – I have this one.
This shopping list will have you better prepared than probably 90% of the U.S. but it should not be signify the end of your preps only a good start. There’s always something to do and learn never become complacent – remember the quote “On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of those who on the very threshold of victory sat down to rest, and while resting died.”

Preppers Checklist : 10 Things To Do Now!

No matter how much I beg, some of you, no doubt haven’t done anything to prepare (you know who you are). I don’t know what else to do. All I can do is give you the information, it’s up to you to act. No one can do it for you. No doubt some of you are intimidated by my repeated suggestions of storing and using whole grains and beans. If it doesn’t come from the supermarket shelf it’s strange and unfamiliar and you want no part of it. Fair enough.
But you still need to prepare. Here are ten things that you can do now that will make you better prepared than 90% of the population. And everything is available at your local shopping center – so it’s easy.
You can do all ten steps at once or divide each into a separate week and shopping trip. But you need to get it done as soon as possible. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed list.
1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.
2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.
3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.
4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.
5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.
6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.
7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart – comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.
8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.
9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this will be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.
10. And lastly pick up the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters. Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started. What would you add to the list?

Apocalypse America: Three of the top informative Prepper / Survivalist websites

The May 2013 print issue of Reason magazine reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency wants US citizens to be prepared, not just for a potential Doomsday, but for floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and any other disaster natural or…manmade.
More often than not, liberals and the mainstream media portray Preppers -- or survivalists -- as nutty, far-right extremists, despite (or maybe spurned on by) popular television shows such as ‘Doomsday Preppers’ on the National Geographic channel.
Take, for example, the Newtown shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza. When it was discovered that she owned a large gun collection, she was quickly labeled and vilified as a ‘Doomsday Prepper,’ and this has been used to ‘explain’ the shooter’s, Adam Lanza’s, impetus for perpetrating the massacre of 26 children and adults in that incident. It has also been used by gun control advocates as justification for the continual onslaught of attacks on the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.
Lanza’s former sister-in-law, Marsha Lanza said [Nancy] had turned her home ‘into a fortress’.
‘Nancy had a survivalist philosophy which is why she was stockpiling guns. She had them for defense.
‘She was stockpiling food. She grew up on a farm in New Hampshire. She was skilled with guns. We talked about Preppers and preparing for the economy collapsing.’
Another interesting twist: A FEMA ad currently appears on the front page of the American Preppers Network. The ad asks: Do you meet President Obama’s Prepper Standards?
So, even Barack Obama has developed criteria for being a successful Prepper? The FEMA website actually devotes an entire section to the Prepper movement and disaster preparedness.
This is indeed surprising (and to most conservatives, suspect) since it wasn’t too long ago that Rand Paul warned from the senate floor, in a speech against particulars included in the National Defense Authorization Act (signed by Barack Obama in January, 2013) that the government considers owning guns and storing more than 7 days of food as possible terrorist activity.
Preppers are certainly not terrorists, but realists. Also a certainty: A true Prepper does not follow federal government guidelines for disaster preparedness. There are numerous community groups, forums, and websites created by US citizens and devoted to survivalists and the Prepper movement.
Here is a list of the top three websites, selected based on the highly respected web-ranking system Alexa (as of 2013, Alexa provides traffic data, global rankings and other information on more than 30 million websites).
Each site in this list offers valuable information on a variety of topics that anyone concerned with disaster preparedness -- natural or manmade -- would find beneficial.
It is most interesting to note that at least two of the top three survivalist websites are owned and operated by former US military personnel.
The modern-day Prepper movement has been building in the US since the 1960s when the ephemeral threat of nuclear war became a distinct reality. It has seen a resurgence in the past decade, following the events of 9/11, and continues to grow throughout the country as informed US citizens experience the vice-like grip of a federal government spinning out of control.
Number One Survivalist Website
Number One Survivalist Website

Number One Survivalist Website

“When it hits the fan, don’t say we didn’t warn you.”
With an Alexa ranking of 4,355, no information is provided on the owner, and the DNS records are private, as well.
This site offers plentiful links to preparedness solutions, informative and regularly updated articles (sorted by date and category), as well as an impressive list of links to other websites where all types of survival gear may be purchased.
Number Two Survivalist Website
Number Two Survivalist Website

Number Two Survivalist Website

“The Daily Web Log for Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times.”
With an Alexa ranking of 5,700, this site, established in 2005, was once promoted as the standard by which all other survivalist websites are judged.
Blog owner and author, Jim Rawles, is a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and technical writer. He states on the site, “SurvivalBlog is my creation, but because of SurvivalBlog, I'm part of something bigger: a virtual community of some of the most brilliant people that you could ever meet. Despite our differences, we all have an interest in preparedness.”
Check this out link for a general summary of Rawles’ survivalist philosophy.
Number Three Survivalist Website
Number Three Survivalist Website

Number Three Survivalist Website

“Plan. Prepare. Survive.”
With an Alexa ranking of 18,966, M.D. Creekmore, owner and editor of the site, is a full-time survival author, blog writer, and emergency preparedness consultant. He is the author of “31 Days to Survival” and ”The Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat“ both published by Paladin Press.
Creekmore writes, “My main goal is to show ordinary people how to become better prepared for an uncertain future. The articles here are based on real-world experience. You will find helpful tips, guides and checklists – focusing on a very modest budget. Most importantly, you will find a preparedness community whose members are willing to help each other learn and how in the journey of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.”
Check out one of the most important and informative sections of this blog, Preppers List : 10 Things To Do Now!

Tactical Tips

I have a tactical life. I have a tactical knife. I have a tactical pen, a tactical light, a tactical vest, a tactical site. I even have a tactical wife!
When I get home tonight, we plan to decant a few ounces of our favorite tactical whiskey, curl up on the sofa and watch Tac TV.
What is tactical?
I did a story a while back that examines the incredible tactical shooting phenomenon – the biggest thing to hit the firearms industry since the invention of smokeless powder.
For some, tactical shooting is a clever marketing ploy; Take something shiny, paint it black, write “tactical” on it, charge double what it’s worth. Repeat.
My friend John Sigler, a former NRA president, defined tactical shooting as 3-Gun competition – the sport involving military-style rifles, pistols and combat shotguns.
Legendary Army Special Operations veteran Larry A. Vickers defined tactical shooting as a mindset, something definitely not a sport.
Others defined it as a lifestyle – a way of looking at the world.
While I lean a bit more toward the ‘mindset’ definition, truth is, they are all right.
Tactical shooting is specific style of firearms and accessories. It’s also a sport, a mindset and a lifestyle. It is what it is.
It’s almost easier to say what is not tactical than what is.
This is not tactical:
 This is:

Being tactical is more than wearing BDU pants and a para-cord bracelet. It is a realization that while it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by six, it is best not to be judged or carried by anybody. That’s why tactical shooters are such training junkies.
I’m off the soap box, for now.
On with the tips!
Cover vs. concealment – Cover stops bullets. Concealment hides you from an assailant.  My wife and I live in a typical Florida home – one level concrete block construction with interior sheet rock walls, standard furniture and appliances.  Contrary to most popular television shows, there is nothing inside our home that will stop even a small caliber handgun round. There is plenty of concealment – sofas, walls and doors to hide behind, but there is no cover. Ballistic testing shows most appliances and furniture will slow but not stop even a .380 round. The best way to think of your home tactically is like a large, rectangular box full of concealment, but no cover between you and an armed intruder. Plan accordingly.
Concealed carry for women – Women are the fastest growing demographic within the firearms industry. As the popularity of concealed carry increases, more and more retailers are catering to women. Several gun shops I’ve visited recently offer purses with built-in holsters. These should be avoided at all costs. The first thing a robber will grab from a female victim is a handbag, effectively disarming the shooter. The best way to carry a concealed pistol, regardless of the sex of the operator, is on the strong side hip, in a secure holster made by a reputable manufacturer.
Chinese tactical accessories – Every time I go to a gun show there are more vendors offering lasers, white lights, red-dots and other gear made by NC-Star and similar brands. The price is right – $50 for a laser/light combo or a red-dot. It looks cool but it’s junk – something to be avoided at all costs. It will fail, probably when you need it most. Spend the extra money and buy accessories made by a reputable manufacturer. Buy American.
The best handgun for concealed carry –  I am occasionally asked to recommend “the best” pistol for concealed carry. It’s like trying to recommend a car or a bottle of wine. The easy answer is this – carry the biggest caliber, largest capacity pistol you can conceal and shoot effectively. I’m 6-Feet 3-inches, 275 pounds. I can control and conceal a .45 XD. Depending upon my clothing and whether I’ve had a large lunch, I could probably conceal two or three.  Smaller shooters need smaller caliber firearms that are easier to conceal, but don’t rely on anything smaller than .380.

Liberal media, White House owes preppers and survivalists a massive apology in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy

(NaturalNews) In the wake of superstorm Sandy, preppers are the new prophets. Those who failed to prepare are the new homeless.

For as long as we can all remember, preppers and survivalists have been derided by the mainstream media, labeled "kooks" and "wing nuts" for stockpiling food, water, ammunition, medical supplies and emergency gear. Only paranoid conspiracy theorists engage in evil preparedness activities, we were told by the sellout mainstream media, and they've convinced many that preppers may even be terrorists.

The very word "stockpiling" has been used in a derogatory manner, as if it's somehow bad for private citizens to stockpile food, medicine and emergency supplies that might save lives in a crisis. Never mind that the government stockpiles all these things for its own survival; citizens are routinely taught that stockpiling is bad!

Suddenly all that has changed. In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, preppers are the ones who aren't starving, freezing or begging the government to come save them with emergency supplies. Those who failed to prepare are now subjected to the chaotic, incompetent actions of the federal government which is, predictably, operating in a never-ending state of logistical failure.

An one example, in response to the ongoing scarcity of gasoline, New York announced that the Defense Department would be opening up free gas stations near areas hardest-hit, but that residents should stay away and let first responders fuel up ahead of them.

This, of course, set off a wave of confusion. It was then announced that those "civilians" (a derogatory term against citizens, used only in a police state) who were already in line could stay in line, but no "civilians" could join the line. Many people waited up to six hours for gasoline. Tempers flared, fist fights were commonplace, and state troopers had to be sent to gas stations to keep the peace.

Preppers, of course, already stored away spare fuel at home and therefore didn't need to wait in line and subject themselves to the chaos and desperation.

FEMA runs out of water

This one was easy to see coming: FEMA has run out of water to distribute to Sandy victims and is now desperately trying to find a private contractor that will deliver millions of bottles of water to the region.

That this could happen in the aftermath of a storm that everybody saw coming at least a week ahead of time is nothing short of bewildering. How could FEMA, whose only job is to plan for crisis, not have stockpiled some supplies in advance of the storm?

The answer is that FEMA is just flat-out incompetent. As described in an article by Michael Patrick Leahy:

...the agency appears to have been completely unprepared to distribute bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims when the storm hit this Monday. In contrast to its stated policy, FEMA failed to have any meaningful supplies of bottled water -- or any other supplies, for that matter -- stored in nearby facilities as it had proclaimed it would on its website. This was the case despite several days advance warning of the impending storm.

Once again, preppers who had stockpiled water in advance of all this were sitting pretty, living on stored water supplies. Those who invested in water filters were even able to use water that would not have been drinkable otherwise.

No electricity = no heat for cooking

Even today, the power grid is down in many areas, and for all those residents using electric stoves and toasters, that means no ability cook anything... not even to boil water!

Most people simply have no backup plan for when the power grid goes down. So they become yet another victim who needs to be rescued by a government that has a terrible track record on rescues.

Preppers, on the other hand, own non-electric cookstoves such as this Zoom Dura cookstove which can burn paper, wood, small branches and almost anything flammable. It boils water, cooks meals, and kills bacteria. No batteries required.

In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, people who own emergency campstoves or cookstoves have been able to cook meals if they also stored some food. Something as simple as a few cans of chili can be priceless in the middle of a grid down scenario. Or some quinoa, oatmeal, rice or whatever.

I know for a fact that we shipped a large number of 40-day organic survival food pails to the Northeast in the days before the storm hit. Those people have no doubt been sitting pretty with plenty of food to eat, compared to their neighbors who didn't prepare and are therefore starving or dumpster diving for food scraps.

Arming up with bows, machetes, firearms and baseball bats

Looting has been widespread in some areas, thanks mostly to the fact that police are spread too thin and can't cover all the territory. At first, the looting targeted commercial buildings, where looters made off with TV projectors, flat panel displays and valuable electronics, but it soon shifted to the looting of private homes by criminals dressed as Con Edison workers.

Citizens quickly realized they would need to fend for themselves. As the NY Daily News reports:

Ever since Sandy strafed the Queens peninsula and tore up the boardwalk, it's become an often lawless place where cops are even scarcer than electrical power and food. Locals say they are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats, booby traps -- even a bow and arrow -- to defend against looters.

"We booby-trapped our door and keep a baseball bat beside our bed," said Danielle Harris, 34, rummaging through donated supplies as children rode scooters along half-block chunk of the boardwalk that had marooned into the middle of Beach 91st St.

"We heard gunshots for three nights in a row," said Harris, who believed they came from the nearby housing projects.

Preppers, of course, already have firearms and ammo. In fact, many preppers today are investing in firearms proficiency training in order to gain combat skills. I know several firearms instructors, and they tell me their classes are jam packed, with waiting lists increasingly common.

A typical prepper owns not only a handgun, but also a combat rifle (typically an AR or AK) and a shotgun for close quarters defense. In addition, preppers stockpile at least 1,000 rounds of ammo for each. It's not uncommon to talk to preppers who have stored 10,000 rounds of ammo for each firearm they own.

These firearms, far from causing violence, are used in the defense of life and property in communities struck by disaster. People who legally own firearms are law-abiding citizens who typically work with local law enforcement to restore peace and security to local communities and help stop criminals and looters.

That states like New York restrict private citizens from owning firearms is, in a very real sense, denying them the ability to protect themselves during a crisis when the police can't protect them, either. Using machetes and bows is no match for a Glock 17 or an AR-15. While anti-gun people like Bloomberg or Obama like to say that guns "have no place on the streets of America," they are wrong. Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens are an essential part of restoring peace and order following any crisis. In a disaster scenario, more guns in the hands of responsible citizens really does equal less crime.

It's just common sense: When the cops are nowhere to be found, and the National Guard isn't helping out, and FEMA's lack of preparedness has made the local population desperate for supplies, a privately-owned firearm is the only remaining defense against criminal-minded looters and violent opportunities who try to prey on the weak. That's why I even published a tactical home defense guide designed to stop looters and criminals from targeting innocent victims of superstorm Sandy.

The media owes preppers a massive apology

One of the realizations emerging from all this is that the media's portrayal of preppers has been not just malicious and highly inaccurate. Preppers are not the "kooks" you see on TV shows (which the media admits are laced with pay-for-placement messages provided by the White House); they are intelligent, forward-thinking members of society who are truly a national treasure capable of saving lives in any disaster.

Preppers pick up where the police and the government drop the ball. Preppers provide food, water, emergency medicine and even local neighborhood security. They do it without being paid and without even being thanked for their contributions to society.

In the wake of superstorm Sandy, the national media -- and especially the liberal media which expresses intense hatred for preppers -- owes preppers a massive apology. Preppers create stability, safety and security in any crisis, and they deserve to be portrayed as the upstanding members of society they truly are.

The White House owes preppers a huge apology as well. Preppers and survivalists have, in the last few years, been characterized as "terrorists" by the Obama administration. The message is that anyone with a gun, some ammo and a stockpile of food is somehow "dangerous" or a threat to society. In reality, that person is the guy sharing food with neighbors and helping protect the neighborhood from violent criminal looters.

Famously, a prepper was recently put on a "no-fly list" and stranded in Hawaii because he was classified by the government as a "prepper." So hold on: Stockpiling emergency supplies makes you synonymous with a terrorist now?

Preppers are actually on the target list of the U.S. government. As an active duty National Guard member named "Soldier X" has recently revealed, the Guard is being trained to "treat preppers as terrorists."

According to Soldier X, the government is compiling lists of preppers and intends to confiscate their guns and treat them as enemy combatants in any crisis situation. So the very group the government should be thanking for providing local community stability and order is the group being targeted for arrest, detainment and possibly being sent to Obama's secret military prisons under the provisions of the NDAA.

The federal government WANTS chaos and panic, get it?

The reality of all this is that the federal government is trying to eliminate preppers and survivalists precisely as a way to create more panic, fear and chaos. Why? Because it is from that scenario that the government can justify yet more funding for itself, more police state crackdowns and more dependency among the citizen slaves.

Remember: Every government wants to become like North Korea, where it dominates everything in society, controls all the resources and commands citizens as if they were slaves. The U.S. government is no different: Like every government, it thirsts for unlimited power.

Preppers and survivalists interfere with the growth of government power because they demonstrate the far greater power of individual preparedness. When preppers take care of themselves and don't need to be rescued by the government, they send a "dangerous" message to the rest of society: Emergency preparedness is YOUR responsibility, not the government's.

The White House doesn't like people sending that message. Neither does the liberal media which persistently pushes citizen victimization and government dependence. The very idea of thinking for yourself, taking care of yourself and being self-reliant is alien to the liberal media. And that's one reason why the liberal media is ultimately so dangerous: Many people who followed the advice of, say, the New York Times, are now DEAD in Jersey.

The bottom line: Preppers are the future of human civilization; deniers are dead

Hurricane Sandy was a walk in the park compared to what we'll see in a national grid-down scenario. As I've explained many times here on Natural News, a single solar flare (or a high-altitude EMP burst weapon) could knock out most of the national power grid.

That would thrust virtually the entire nation into the scenario we've recently watched unfold on Staten Island and certain parts of NY. Imagine fuel scarcity, starvation, water scarcity and looting unleashed on a national scale. That's what we will sooner or later face in America (and everywhere else, too).

When that scenario unfolds, it's a simple matter of fact that we're going to see the mass death of liberal media worshippers and Big Government worshippers who refused to prepare. The survivors will, by and large, be the preppers who planned ahead.

It's Darwinism at work, backfiring on people who call themselves "Darwinists" (who almost universally do not believe in preparedness). It's natural selection doing its thing. People who cannot adapt to survive do not tend to reproduce, while those who can adapt and survive are the ones left remaining to repopulate the planet.

In fact, the domination of the planet by the "prepping gene" is one of the most scientific ideas of our time. That's because crisis strikes our planet on a regular basis: Solar flares, asteroids, the spread of infectious disease and even the threat of widespread nuclear war or nuclear facility failures.

Each "wave" of crisis weeds out the ignorant unprepared masses through mass death. While those people may be in a majority right now, they and their lineage have no real future.

Interestingly, modern humanity hasn't faced a real crisis yet. By "modern," I mean the version of civilization that has bet everything on complex electronics, food supply logistics and the continued restocking of the artificial living zones known as "cities." This modern civilization has only existed for about seventy-five years -- a blink of an eye in terms of the big picture. So it hasn't been tested yet with a true global survival scenario. We are one solar flare away from being thrust back to the early 1900's.

Another mass extinction event is inevitable

Sixty-five million years ago, a single rock from space wiped out the dinosaurs. It was the most violent mass-extinction event planet Earth had ever experienced. So far, there have been five mass extinction events in the known history of our planet.

Human beings are likely going to be the sixth, through the careless proliferation of nuclear power plants, the toying with GMOs and the genetic pollution of the planet, or even through the accidental release of a military bioweapon with a 98% fatality rate.

The next mass extinction event will quickly eliminate from the planet all organisms poorly adapted to survive, which includes most New York Times subscribers. It will leave behind only those humans, plants and animals with remarkable survival adaptation skills.

The most likely survivors, it turns out, are going to be well-stocked preppers who have practiced the skills of self-reliance and sustainable living.

Survival resources

If you're serious about survival, here are some resources I recommend:

James Wesley Rawles' Survival Blog:

I also recommend books by Rawles on

Joe Nobody:
Author page on

Lehman's Non-Electric Store:

Article: How to "Bug In" for survival.

Health Ranger course on self defense and preparedness.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ruger Precision Rifle

It’s a good feeling to be somewhere with the most striking woman in the place on your arm. It’s also fun to be at a gun show and have a gun everyone wants to look at and buy, even if that gun is not for sale. A few weeks back, I had that exact same experience. I always get a table at the Greensboro Gun Show, because it’s a great gun show and I always need more room in my safe. On Thursday, before the show, I picked up my “test and evaluation” Ruger Precision Rifle. I decided to put it on the table without a price tag to see what the reaction might be and I was amazed. I’m certain I could have sold that rifle ten times over.
Everything you need and nothing you don’t a full length 20 MOA rail, adjustable stock, AR 15 grip and front tube, and remarkable accuracy.
Everything you need and nothing you don’t a full length 20 MOA rail, adjustable stock, AR 15 grip and front tube, and remarkable accuracy.
The left side of the RPR.
The left side of the RPR.
In recent years, there’s been a groundswell of interest in long range rifles with tactical features. Gun enthusiasts like the idea of shooting guns similar to what our military uses and our recent military operations in desert country have spawned some pretty interesting long range rifle concepts, like fully adjustable chassis stocks, threaded muzzles, large capacity box magazines, extended 20 MOA scope rails and use of common AR15 accessories to allow modularity and ease of customization.
Several companies have introduced their versions of this type of rifle with prices ranging from the price of a decent used car to about twice the price of the standard version of the base model rifle. I believe that Ruger has produced the best of this lot. Ruger has always built a quality gun. As a company that makes firearms that fit into almost every category, they probably enjoy more brand loyalty across a wider spectrum of shooters than any other brand. Having said this, brand loyalty had little to do with the attraction of the Precision Rifle at the gun show.
Specs for the three available models.
Specs for the three available models.
Simply put, the Ruger Precision Rifle is very well thought out, so well thought out that there are disassembly tools stored in the rear of the bolt body. Unlike many of the adjustable stocks currently available, the Ruger’s stock has a wide range of adjustment that doesn’t take a long time to adjust. Two major manufacturers have chassis rifles that use the Magpul PRS Precision stock which is heavy, slow to adjust and has minuscule amounts of movement.
The stock fold release is easy to use on the left side and the oval button on the upper side of receiver is easy to access. The stock needs to fold to remove the bolt.
The stock needs to fold to remove the bolt.
The idea of an adjustable stock on a tactical, long range rifle is to quickly adjust for a difficult position. The level of adjustment needs be generous and it needs to happen fast. The Ruger has almost an inch of cheek piece adjustment and three inches of length of pull. These adjustments can be accomplished lightning fast with a cammed lever that works like a bicycle seat adjustment.
The Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) also uses a straight line stock with the bolt coming back into the stock when retracted. The stock folds to allow bolt removal and easier transport. When the stock locks into place, there’s zero movement, important in a precision rifle. The pistol grip is standard AR as is the Keymod 15 inch front float tube. Ruger supplies a section of Picatinny rail and a sling swivel attachment with the rifle. The trigger is the bladed type so many rifles use these days and it was both light and crisp enough for precision shooting.
More modularity comes from the variety of magazines that can be used. Most precision tactical rifles use single stack ten shot magazines that sell for well north of the $50.00 number. The Ruger has a new feature they call Multi Magazine Interface that allows use with both side and front latching magazines used in AR Platform .308, as well as M14 style front latch magazines.
One of the most impressive features is the ability to use different magazines. Standard M14 magazines as well as 7.62 AR magazines worked perfectly in my test gun. The three lug bolt strips the round off the magazine with the bottom lug.
One of the most impressive features is the ability to use different magazines. Standard M14 magazines as well as 7.62 AR magazines worked perfectly in my test gun. The three lug bolt strips the round off the magazine with the bottom lug.
While the company stipulates that some M14 magazines might not work, my test rifle worked just fine with my M14 magazines and this is important because PMags and steel M14 magazines are cheap and much more compact for their capacity.
While it has that kind of look, the Ruger RPR isn’t a chassis rifle, it uses an upper and lower receiver assembly, with the trigger and magazine housing comprising the lower receiver and the bolt, stock and barrel all assembled in line on the upper portion. This keeps the unscoped weight down under eleven pounds. The modularity extends into the design further, allowing the barrel to be changed as with AR platform rifles and using the same tools.
Of course, with any rifle, the proof is in the shooting. I chose the .243 Winchester chambering, and based on the gun show crowd, I made the wrong choice, but I don’t think I did. I come from an NRA High Power background. I’m a Distinguished Rifleman and former High Master. I had friends who experimented with the .243 and liked it. It’s not the current hot caliber at Camp Perry, but it’s easy to find, with a wide variety of loads and the numbers are almost as good as the 6.5 Creedmoor.
I tested the Ruger with three different loads. Hornady Superformance SST 85 grain, Remington 100 grain Corelokt, and Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 55 grain Fragmenting Polymer tip.
I tested the Ruger with three different loads. Hornady Superformance SST 85 grain, Remington 100 grain Corelokt, and Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 55 grain Fragmenting Polymer tip.
The other part I liked is that the .243 comes with a 1-8 twist 26 inch barrel and I’d suspect the extra two inches of length and good choice of load will put the .243 up to 6.5 Creedmoor numbers. Besides, should I decide the .243 was a bad choice, I can easily swap barrels to any barrel in the .308 family.
I scoped my test rifle with the excellent Leupold 6.5-20 and used the lowest BSquare rings that would clear the front rail. This put the adjustable cheek piece at just off the bottom setting. Accuracy testing was done from prone off a bipod. This is a tactical rifle, and I felt it should be shot like one. I used three different loadings for my testing, none of which were competitive match loads. While the shortcoming of the .243 is a lack of out of the box match loads, there are plenty of quality bullets that can easily make the .243 a fine long range performer. I used two 100 grain loads, the Hornady Superformance 95 grain SST boat tail, and I couldn’t resist using some good old Remington 100 grain Core-Lokt. I also had a couple of boxes of Winchester Ballistic Fragmenting Polymer Tip Silvertips and I thought it would be good to see if the Ruger RPR could handle a lightweight bullet.
Initial results were good, but not great with everything hanging right around MOA accuracy. Surprisingly, the best group came from the 55 grain Fragmenting Winchesters. I felt the Ruger should do better so I went over things, I cleaned the barrel again, since there are no guard screws to tighten, I checked the screws that hold the two halves of the lower receiver together and found the rear screw a bit looser than I thought it should be. Snugged up, with a clean bore, I returned to the range to the 200 yard line at Piedmont Handgunners Association, my local range.
The group from the Hornady 95 grain SST at 200 yards.
The group from the Hornady 95 grain SST at 200 yards.
Resolving to hold hard, I managed five shot groups averaging a bit more than a half minute. The Hornady Superformance produced the best average, and the 55 grain Balistic Silvertips produced the best group, just .872” at 200 yards. The 100 grain Core-Lokt put in a great showing with one group at just 1.177”. Core-Lokt is still remarkably good ammunition even though it’s an almost 50 year old product line. I’m curious just how well this little rifle will shoot with a real match bullet and a bit more time on the barrel.
Accuracy Results at 200 yards off a bipod                                                     Best Group                            Average
Winchester 55 grain Ballistic Silvertip Fragmenting                                              .985”                                         1.587”
Remington 100 grain Core-Lokt Pointed soft point                                              1.177”                                          1.703”
Hornady Superformance 95 grain SST                                                                     1.009″                                        1.344″
The Ruger Precision Rifle performed will with every brand of ammunition I tried.
The Ruger Precision Rifle performed will with every brand of ammunition I tried.
I’m convinced a good rifleman could slick up the bolt, install a good set of match sights, load some real match ammo and shoot a High Master score with this rifle at Camp Perry. The Ruger Precision Rifle strongly resembles and has many of the features that allowed the Tubb 2000 rifle to take Camp Perry by storm several years ago, except the Ruger has those features in a mass produced rifle at a fraction of the cost.
Ruger has done a great job on this one. It will serve well as a target gun, a tactical competition rifle, and for long range hunting applications. They’re so confident, they’ve introduced the Ruger Precision Rifle Challenge, a website where RPR owners can report their success and compete for the best shot at a wide range of distances from 100 yards for group size to 1,600 yards on a metal plate. It’s going to be interesting to see just how accurate the little Ruger is going to be.

A generous bolt handle makes operation easy and fast, the familiar bladed trigger breaks clean and light. Magazine release is M14 style and the gun will run my M14 magazines just fine in .243
A generous bolt handle makes operation easy and fast, the familiar bladed trigger breaks clean and light. Magazine release is M14 style and the gun will run my M14 magazines just fine in .243
Prone Accuracy testing was done prone with a bipod at 100 and 200 yards.
Prone Accuracy testing was done prone with a bipod at 100 and 200 yards.
One of the best features was the fully adjustable stock. Both cheek piece height and length of pull were fast to adjust and had a wide range of movement.
One of the best features was the fully adjustable stock. Both cheek piece height and length of pull were fast to adjust and had a wide range of movement.
The Keymod float tube forend comes with a section of rail and a swivel attachment point.
The Keymod float tube forend comes with a section of rail and a swivel attachment point.
Muzzle Standard threads allow easy use of a suppressor or compensator.
Muzzle Standard threads allow easy use of a suppressor or compensator.
I tested the Ruger with three different loads. Hornady Superformance SST 85 grain, Remington 100 grain Corelokt, and Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 55 grain Fragmenting Polymer tip. There wasn't a load that performed badly.
I tested the Ruger with three different loads. Hornady Superformance SST 85 grain, Remington 100 grain Corelokt, and Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 55 grain Fragmenting Polymer tip. There wasn’t a load that performed badly.
During my testing, I used the Bullseye Camera AmmoCam to monitor groups. It is a remote camera that lets you see real time results.
During my testing, I used the Bullseye Camera AmmoCam to monitor groups. It is a remote camera that lets you see real time results on a laptop or tablet.