Visiting “Gun Valley”: Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity on my recent visit to Amherst College to tour around “Gun Valley” (a.k.a., the Pioneer Valley) a bit. I had part of one afternoon and one morning, so I couldn’t see as much as I would have liked, but tried to hit the highlights. I began at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

One side of Armory Square

There is a self-guided walking tour of the grounds of the enormous site (a large part of which has been turned into Springfield Technical Community College), but because time was short and it was FREEZING (temps in the 20s) and windy outside (look at the flag in the picture below), I just explored the indoor part of the site.

The museum exhibits all fit on one floor of the building. To the right are exhibits about the evolution of the manufacturing process at Springfield Armory…

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Second Amendment New News

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Springfield Armory Model 1911 “Ranger Officer” .45 ACP pistol

In the early days of the Trump Administration, there continue to be positive developments for Americans that support the entire Constitution—particularly the Second Amendment–and the rule of law. Bill Tallen, a friend from Wyoming, firearm and tactics sensei, and all around good guy, recently e-mailed this report:

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Glock straw purchases leave 3 guilty on conspiracy charges

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 Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph LaPlante needs to give these people that maximum the law allows.

People like this makes people that follow the law look bad. 

Two New Hampshire residents last week pled guilty to their part in buying handguns for a Massachusetts felon and lying on federal paperwork in the process.

Accepting guilty pleas to federal conspiracy charges Friday were Matthew Bergeron, 30, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, as well as Rashawn Dunn, 30, and Jessica Fithian, 33, both of Manchester, New Hampshire, over a plan in which Bergeron, a convicted felon, paid Dunn and Fithian to buy guns for him from a licensed firearms dealer.

According to court documents, Bergeron paid the two co-conspirators $200 to lie on federal paperwork to purchase Glocks meant for him from Riley’s Sport Shop in Hooksett, New Hampshire in 2016. Dunn purchased a Glock 26 9mm subcompact with three 17-round magazines…

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“The Social Life of Guns” Conference at Amherst College

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As my gun blogger friend John Richardson noted, I spent a couple of days this past weekend in Western Massachusetts, attending a conference associated with the Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College. Seven of us had been invited to write and present papers on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns,” and we were joined by Copeland Colloquium fellows, Amherst College faculty, and a couple of members of the public.

Although advertised as a “conference,” what took place was more of a workshop on our various papers. Because the papers were circulated in advance to most attendees, we each took just 5 minutes to say something about our work and each paper also had one commentator who also had 5 minutes. This left most of the hour set aside for each paper for other attendees to offer further comments, questions, and criticisms. It was very productive in that way.


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Air-grown mung bean sprouts for food.

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by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#mung bean #sprout #food #no cooking #growing #in air #air grown #no substrate #nuclear shelter #nuclear disaster #stored food

The benefit of growing sprouts in ONLY AIR is that there is no substrate to be contaminated after all sprouts have been collected and there is no substrate waste with horrible rotting smell. It also allows the consumption of mung beans as food without cooking. It requires only drinkable water but uses no fuel.

Growing sprouts in ONLY AIR is also suitable for preparing bean sprouts when sheltering in bunkers after nuclear disaster (to avoid consuming hot released, fast decaying radioactive alkaline Cesium and alkaline earth Strontium nuclei).

1. Growing beans into sprouts.

When beans grow into sprouts, they convert the highly compact stored energy and materials into small plants to continue the propagation of their genes.

The beans need a triggering signal before it enter into…

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Treasure Valley residents rally to make Idaho more gun friendly – Arbiter Online

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Gun rights advocates gathered on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Building on Saturday, Feb. 24 in support of new gun legislation.

Source: Treasure Valley residents rally to make Idaho more gun friendly – Arbiter Online

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What Did You Prep This Week?

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Walk With God

My walk with God has gone well this week. Bible study, prayer, Sunday school, church; I have been really focused on what is most important this week. I even managed an “inspirational” post this week based on a verse I read.

Self Defense/Hunting

Purchased .45 and .30 caliber collets for my bullet puller  I deconstructed a few .45 ACP rounds that I had made but weren’t usable for various reasons and recovered the bullets, powder and one piece of brass for reuse. I also did the same with a .30-30 round that I wasn’t happy with. This equipment will be especially useful when I am developing loads that don’t quite work out.


It looks like spring has come early to this part of Texas so it is time to get the garden started for the year. The local critters, squirrels or raccoons, made short work of our…

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Make your own Wood Tarp Clips in the field when you need them – Bushcraft skill for camping and hiking

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Make your own wooden tarp clips out in the field when you need them – or carry some ready made with you when backpacking, camping and hiking…learn this simple primitive technology bushcraft skill

Maybe you have a tarp you’re using and you would like to expand its capabilities without punching holes into it or shrinking it by tying pebbles…

Back when I was traveling across country there was a time I needed some type of tarp clip to grab onto an edge of a high quality military poncho that I was using for shelter in a light snow storm.  This poncho had limited grommets and I didn’t want to punch any more holes, in turn weakening the poncho.  I also did not want to tie pebbles onto the ponchos edge, because this would shrink the poncho up…

So as time has went on, two months had gone by and I…

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Pick-Axe Wielding Home Invader Wins Room Temperature Challenge

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H/T Bearing Arms.

Sedrick D. Jemison became a Darwin Award Winner.

Sedrick D. Jemison broke down three doors with a pick-axe at Elite Marine in Foley, Alabama, apparently unaware that the mutiple layers of security on-site were to protect stupid criminals from the armed owner, who lives on the property.

Authorities have confirmed that the individual killed on scene Tuesday night was an intruder in the home.

Foley Police say 20-year-old intruder Sedrick D. Jemison broke three doors with a pick-axe before entering the business, Elite Marine, in Foley.

The business owner, who also lives on the property, was awoken by a “loud crash” and retaliated with a gun. The intruder was shot dead. No arrests have been made.

The business owner is believed to be acting within his rights. The case will be sent to a grand jury.

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Open-Carrying Couple Butt-Hurt Because They Didn’t Read The Fine Print

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H/T Bearing Arms.

The moral of this story is read the fine print and avoid being embarrassed along with butt hurt.

Costco did not violate their rights.

A pair of open carriers in Ohio are upset with Costco because they were asked to leave the store due to the chain’s anti-gun policies that they didn’t both to read and understand when they signed up as members.

A Greene county couple is coming to Fox 45 for answers after they said they were asked to leave Costco because they were open carrying their guns.

Courtney Mason and her boyfriend Mitchell Register said they both have CCW licenses and never carry in stores that have posted signs that say no guns allowed, but they said Costco had no signs and violated their rights by asking them to leave.

“Some people are saying why would you even need a gun in Costco…

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The Dangers of a Firearm Amnesty

By Gideon Joubert

Last week saw the announcement to cabinet of a firearms amnesty for 2017. Despite many South Africans sitting in a legal grey area of expired firearm licence cards, they were to find no proposed respite from their predicament: disappointingly, the amnesty very specifically targets the circulation of illicitly-held firearms, and the statements offered give no indication of there being any effort to solving the expired licence card debacle before the onset of a court case pertaining to the matter in April.

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NRA Ad: ‘America has Stopped Looking to The New York Times for the Truth’

Nice video, but the mutts at NRA, do not support Constitutional Carry, because the NRA, wants to become a federal gun registry agency.
Do not support NRA’s reciprocal carry farce. It sets up confiscation, if the wrong people are ever voted into office.

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H/T Breitbarts Big Journalism.

I gave up on looking to any newspaper for the truth years ago.

I  stopped listening to the news talking heads on television for the truth also.

An NRA ad released February 28 recounts myriad times the New York Times avoided reporting the “truth” during national embarrassments overseen by Democrats and suggests that America has now stopped seeking “truth” from the NYT.

The ad begins with the caption, “The New York Times placed an ad during the Oscars to tell us that truth is more important now.” The NRA followed this statement by asking, “But why now?” and then listed numerous deadly and embarrassing events that occurred during the Obama administration but failed to meet the NYT’s threshold for truth in reporting.

For example, the NRA ad points to the lack of truthful coverage of Tea Party events that sprung into existence in response…

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This DA Thinks You’re All Too Dangerous To Carry Safely In NYC

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H/T Bearing Arms.

This man is the son of the mental midget Cyrus Vance Sr. that was the Secretary Of State for Jimmy Carter. 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. wants you all to know that you’re a bunch of violent, dim-witted hayseeds who cannot possibly safely and sanely carry a concealed weapon in New York City like you do every day of your life as you do everywhere else liberty actually matters.

Gun owners with conceal-carry permits from anywhere in the US would be allowed to tote their pistols around the Big Apple as if it were the Wild West under a proposed federal law — which Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. warned would be “a mistake.”

Gun owners are currently barred from carrying weapons in Gotham without a city permit, which have stringent requirements.

But the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act — which mirrors President Trump’s own stated…

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3 Days


Our just-in-time delivery of everything is very dangerous.  Grocers only have about 3 days of food on hand, and if that supply is disrupted, you will see food riots on an unprecedented scale.  Preppers always talk abut the ‘three B’s’ of Beans, Bullets, and Band-aids.  A year or so ago I added a 4th ‘B’ and recommended batteries.  Particularly rechargeables with a solar charger.

But the sudden loss of available, affordable food is the most likely to create civil unrest.  If you can raise your own and preserve it (canning, dehydrating) you are way ahead of most of ‘Murica.  And remember, it takes at least 3 years to get a decent garden going.  If you look at the survival food hawkers, you will see exorbitant prices.  But you can buy bags of beans and rice along with some seasonings for a few dollars, just a little at a time, every…

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Colt Continues To Fail

The Armed Christian

According to a  number of firearms blogs and news sites Colt is in the throws of a massive layoff (link).

I am no financial expert, nor an insider in any way but from what I hear Colt’s problems are with the investment firm that owns them. They are draining it of so much money they can’t keep the doors open. Combined with poor decisions from the management team and you have a company that was going bust during a boom.

I am disappointed that this could mean that the new Colt Cobra could fail to see the light of day but mostly I feel bad for all those folks who just lost their jobs. Keep them in your prayers, I will be.

God Bless.

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The Tactical Hunter Project (Part 2: My Solution)

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20141208_022022891_iOS 1 Initial configuration of the Tactical Hunter

The 7.62×39 caliber seemed to be the best choice for this project based on the cost, availability of ammunition and the ballistics of the round. It wasn’t a perfect choice by a long shot. For example, I would have like a more powerful cartridge, something actually on par with the venerable .30-30 it would be replacing. It has been explained to me on several occasions engineering isn’t a matter of making perfect choices it is about making the right set of compromises to meet the desired objective. I am no engineer but the basic concept still applies.

At the time I started building this rifle it was almost blasphemy to build an AR in 7.62×39 and every “expert” out there said it would never be a reliable rifle. Nevertheless, I still thought it was worth a shot.

The lower receiver was pretty easy and…

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5 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Suppressors

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Many people have misconceptions about silencers/suppressors they have been mislead by HollyWeird.

Then you have the loony left saying silencers/suppressors they claim gang bangers will use them.

That is a crock of crap as the bangers want to be able to hide their gun and a silencer/suppressor makes that very difficult to do. 

There is an old joke that the “official NRA handshake” is a person saying “What?” as he or she cups a hand behind one ear.

I never liked this joke, as it makes light of a serious issue. Decades ago many gun owners didn’t think it was a big deal that they didn’t wear earplugs or muffs when hunting and at the range. Many shooters who grew up in that culture now have hearing loss or problems with tinnitus (ringing in their ears). Massive public education—much of it from the NRA—taught us about the…

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Grid down

Power goes out, businesses do business with hard copy rather than point-of-sale, and report less to IRS.
In 1965 (?) the power went out in NYC, and nine months later, a baby boom. When power went out when I was a cop, we did more running back and forth as people flipped out. Accidents because traffic lights were out. Burglaries spiked. More and more people, were also in public, openly having sex. The hookers ran around naked. Orders were given to avoid arrests unless absolutely necessary so roof lights and a tap on the siren were the warning. People ran like cockroaches, and we criss-crossed back-and-forth the sector, all night long. All the ghettoites came out doors to avoid the heat, and the streets were teaming with people.

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6totally insane things that will happen when the grid goes down

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What The Heck Am I Preparing For? (Part 3: Death)

The Armed Christian

“Wait? What? I thought the point of being prepared was to avoid death!”


The one disaster that is guaranteed to happen to each and every one of us is that we will die…as will our loved ones.

Yes, that is depressing…but it is a cold, hard fact and since the probability of death is 100% I am planning and preparing for it. In fact, I am preparing for it in three different ways. First, I want to ensure that my passing will be as little of a burden, financially and logistically, on those I leave behind as possible. Second, I want to make sure that I “get right” with all the people around me. Finally, I want to make sure I am “right” with God.

1 – Finances and Logistics

I want to make sure that those I leave behind are able to focus on each other and not on funeral arrangements…

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Dog breeds for preppers

Just about any dog will do. Yes, I have had many dogs over the decades, some from the breeds listed, but any dog, is okay. It’s still a canine, regardless of anything. I have had Shepherd, Dobermans, Labradors, and one notable Rottie/Dane, that looked like a Rottweiler needing a horse saddle. One of my late brothers, had a companion dog on his farm, that was a Jack Russell Terrier. Cute little dog and intelligent.

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14of the best dogs to get when you prep

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Confirmed: Draft Firearm Amendment Bill Withdrawn

On 30 January we published an article pertaining to the withdrawal of the proposed amendment bill to the FCA. This caused quite a stir, and we were accused of peddling “fake news” among other equally flattering charges. Most of this due to keeping our source within Parliament confidential, as is good practice under the circumstances.

We received the latest SAGA Snippets for the month of February via email yesterday, the contents of which confirm what we reported on:

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Possible Executive Order Could Protect ‘Assault Weapons’ From Statewide Bans

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H/T Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

I hope President Trump signs this Executive Order.

Hear that Dems? Oh, they aren’t going to like this one. But we are! Let us know if you love this too. It’s a good sign. Trump was the right man to protect our Second Amendment rights!


Deemed the “modern musket” by some, AR-style rifles are owned by tens of millions of Americans. The true number of rifles owned is truly impossible to know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the number of AR-style rifles alone surpasses 100 million here in the U.S. Needless to say, this is THE American rifle.

However, we are in a time where ignorance prevails over knowledge, and fear-mongering overrides cool-headed and rational judgment. States and courts have condoned banning these rifles simply based off of magazine capacity and certain cosmetic features, often designating these rifles as…

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DNC Chair Frontrunner Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) Hides from his Radical Anti-gun Record

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Keith Ellison like all DemocRats want honest citizens disarmed.

Ellison want us unarmed so his fellow followers of the Pedophile Mohammed can rape and plunder in America like the are doing in Europe.

With the Democratic National Committee’s officers election set for Saturday, earlier this week CNN hosted a debate featuring the candidates vying to be the next DNC chair. During the debate, CNN’s Dana Bash confronted Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) with the severe anti-gun comments the representative made during an appearance on the March 21, 2014 episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. In responding to the question, Ellison attempted to deceive viewers by denying his earlier statements and obfuscating his record on gun rights.

Bash asked the congressman:

In 2014, you told Bill Maher that you wished the Democratic Party would come out against the Second Amendment. How do you reach out to Americans who…

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Second Amendment: Faith Of The Public

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A great deal of progress has been made in the vindication of the fundamental, inalienable right to keep and bear arms affirmed by the Second Amendment. For much of the life of the republic, it was a second class right of undetermined application, until, that is,District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010). 

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