Ammunition Accuracy Requirements 101

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Written by Sierra Bullets Chief Ballistician Tommy Todd

I load and shoot ammunition for a living. In my duties here at Sierra I constantly test bullet accuracy for our production needs. Because of this, I shoot a variety of different calibers and cartridges on a daily basis and a large demand of this shooting is keeping the guns and loads tuned for optimum accuracy. I have a very narrow window of tolerances to maintain in order to provide our customers (you) with the most accurate bullets on the market.

I have learned many tricks and techniques over the years to tuning a load, prepping brass, and cleaning barrels to keep a gun shooting. I often utilize the things I have learned and take them to extreme levels when competing in a shooting event.  I also often ignore most of these things (other than safety) and simplify the process if the…

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Czech Republic Plans To Combat Terrorism By Arming Its Citizens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Have you ever wondered if, had it not been for that which is often referred to as being the “Great Recession”, the man who would go on to become the worst president in recent memory would have ever been elected?  And I think it’s worth mentioning because when it comes to determining the primary cause for this “great recession” it’s obvious that things were set into motion back in the late 70’s courtesy of a Democrat scheme called the Community Re-Investment Act (CRA).  The evidence is overwhelming that the CRA played a significant role in creating lax lending standards which then fueled the housing bubble which in turn lead to the 2008 financial meltdown that, even 9 years later, we have yet to fully recover from.  And it was at the beginning when we thought things could not get any worse, that we fell for the pitch from snake oil…

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When Your Defensive Ammo Fails

Roughly a week ago I received a telephone call from a friend pertaining to an incident that just occurred in his neighbourhood. A man armed with a sharp object attacked a resident and stabbed them in the neck, after which a member of the public fired his revolver and shot the assailant. Members of the community then overpowered the suspect and arrested him.

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2AR | Security Footage Shows Robbers Forcing Homeowner To Open His Gun Safe And It Costs Them Their Lives | Daily Wire

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Gunservant & Renegade Report Podcast: Guns Save Lives

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a podcast with the Renegade Report to talk about firearms, gun ownership in South Africa, and some of the myths and misconceptions attached to the topic. My gracious hosts were Roman Cabanac and Jonathan Witt, and the outing was an absolute blast. I am willing to go so far as to state that it was a highlight for my 2017 personally.

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White RiverKnives


Just learning about this US, Michigan based company that is turning heads, getting great media coverage and winning consumers over one knife at a time. I don’t have one in house yet to test but I could not resist sharing this video shot by my friends at Everyday Tactical Vids.(follow on YouTube for great reviews)

More to follow on this amazing company! Check all their great selections at

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How to prevent Chiggers and Bites

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How to Avoid Chigger Bites

Three Parts: Avoiding Areas with Chiggers * Keeping Chiggers Off Your Body *Keeping a Chigger-Free Yard

Chiggers, or red bugs, are not insects, but rather the larva of mites. Chiggers can be found in outdoor areas similar to those inhabited by ticks. Unlike tick bites, chigger bites are unlikely to carry a disease. They are, however, itchy and long lasting.  You can avoid chigger bites by taking certain precautions when spending time outdoors. Chiggers are usually too small to be seen with the naked eye, so getting to know the habitat and behaviors of chiggers is the best way to avoid their bites.

Part 1

Avoiding Areas with Chiggers

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    Avoid spots where chiggers are commonly found. In the United States, chiggers are most common in the humidity of the Southeast and the Midwest. Chiggers thrive on warmth and moisture. Avoid walking through brush, tall grass…

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How To Make a Knife From An Old Wrench

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How To Make a Knife From An Old Wrench With Knifemaking Skills

It’s really a shame that in all the hustle and bustle of modern life, we’ve lost so many of the ancient skills passed on by our ancestors. The truth is, in order to truly be prepared and survive, you need to reconnect with these primitive survival skills. You also need to know how to be resourceful in a survival situation and find unexpected uses for everyday items. Learning knifemaking skills is an invaluable resource when you’re in a survival situation.

One of those skills is the ability to transform one tool into another. Turning a wrench into a knife, for example, is actually easier than you might think.

In under 3 minutes, the video below gives you a full tutorial on turning a wrench into a knife.


  • an old wrench
  • a grinder
  • heat or fire
  • a hammer
  • sand…

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Why Gun Owners Are Against Concealed Carry Reciprocity For Lawmakers

Off target. What is needed is, Constitutional Carry. Anything involving any type of Permit, or License, means that it is a privilege and not a Right. As a privilege, it can be revoked by bureaucrats or malicious politicians.

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Every law-abiding gun owner in America wants Congress members to have the ability to protect themselves while in Washington. What we don’t want, however, is to have Congress pass an elitist bill. We want them to pass reciprocity for everyone. 

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Survival Food Storage – Four Methods…

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Survival Food Storage | 4 Methods Of Maintaining A Solid Food Supply

Ask 10 survivalists what they are most concerned about regarding survival and/or disaster preparedness and the majority of them will say something about the procurement of food. For good reason, we can’t physically live without food for three weeks or longer. This makes survival food storage of vital importance.

However, when it comes to our morale, food is a big part of giving us the boost we need to keep going. Not to mention, even though we can live that long without food, our bodies start to break down and become non-functioning as each day passes without nourishment. Let’s take a look at some of the choices that are out there when it comes to survival food. In general, there are several types of food out there for our consideration. For this discussion we are…

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TRUMP: Annoying the Swishers

With losses in Georgia, South Carolina, Nancy Pelosi, and Charles Schumer, are rumored to be on extremely thin ice, and could be removed from congressional leadership roles for the Democrat Party. Must be something, going around.

A Final Reflection from Gunsite on Being Pro-Gun vs. Pro-Truth

A most wonderful experience.

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With Gunsite in my rear view mirror, I have alot of observations to process. And I was reminded today that I still have to process observations of Tom and Lynn Givens’s Rangemaster Instructor Development Course from Memorial Day weekend.

And I have made or am trying to make arrangements to observe Rob Pincus, Gabe Suarez, Mike Seeklander, Massad Ayoob, John Farnham, the USCCA, and NRA Carry Guard this year (not to mention the many others that have been suggested to me beyond these).

Given this busy-ness, what quick takeaway can I offer from my week observing Gunsite Academy’s 250 Defensive Pistol course?

I think it is this: There are truths about guns in America that get too little attention from the media, and even less from academics. And I found some of those truths at Gunsite this week.

At the outset of any observation of gun owners, including at Gunsite…

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The Skivvy Clothing Roll – Backpacking Tip

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The Skivvy Roll Pack Is The Ultimate Bugout Must Have

The Marines have nailed down the ultimate method for efficient packing…and it’s called the skivvy roll pack. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a pack of essential clothing: a shirt, underwear and pair of socks, all rolled up into a “clothing pill”. It’s one of the better ways to pack efficiently, but it’s not only for those in the Armed Forces. Skivvy roll packs are perfect for bug out bags or simply for camping trips.

In just a few seconds, you too can prepare your very own skivvy roll pack to toss in your backpack/bag and head out. Check out the simple tutorial below.

The Skivvy Roll Pack Is The Efficient Way To Pack

Step 1: Place underwear on shirt. Grab the shirt of your choice and put it on flat ground, with the front facing upward. Put your…

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Finbury Park mosque Attack…Some things the “media” DOES NOT Want you to Know…


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The Finsbury Park mosque has been the subject of much examination during the past decade. Its previous imam, Abu Hamza, was sentenced to life in prison for terrorist charges.

The charges against Hamza include the kidnapping of Western journalists in Yemen and the establishment of a militant training camp in Oregon that supplied the Taliban and Al-Qaida with terrorist fighters. His disciples make up a list of who’s who among barbaric murders.

In 2003, Hamza was arrested when it was discovered that the Finsbury Park mosque had stockpiled weapons, gas masks, and chemical suits. In 2004, the new cleric and vice-president of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), Mohammad Kozbar took over and attempted to clean up the mosque’s sullied image.

However, Hamza’s legacy lives on. In 2005, the Wall Street Journaldiscovered that one of the 9/11 attackers, Zacarias Moussaoui, was a London follower of Hamza. The shoe…

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The Gunsite Experience: “Dinner and a Show”

Professor, after that training and experience, are you going to be able to continue to wear bowties? 😉

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The sun has risen on the 5th and final day of the 250 Defensive Pistol course at Gunsite Academy, the original course at Gunsite designed and taught by founder Col. Jeff Cooper.

The 250 pistol course is now referred to as “The Gunsite Experience.” Perhaps it has always been that way, but today Gunsite is definitely a “destination” location for gun training. Several of the students I have spoken with said training at Gunsite was a “bucket list” item. People come here on “mancations” or “brocations” (though there are as many couples and families as there are “bros”).

Buzz Mills, the owner, and Ken Campbell, the chief operating officer, both realize this. As Campbell told me, “We want to give you dinner and a show.” This of course raises the specter of what some have criticized as “edu-trainment” — putting students through fun and exciting training experiences (e.g., shooting from…

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Brooks Expresses Second Amendment Support After Being Asked if Scalise Shooting Changed His Views

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) was asked hours after witnessing the shooting of one of his colleagues if the incident had changed his views on gun rights, but he said he remained supportive of the Second Amendment.

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Scalise shot: What the Virginia attack should teach us – the Second Amendment is not the problem, in fact it can save lives | Fox News

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OH YES HE DID: Canadian Sniper Sets World Record with 2.2-Mile Pickoff of ISIS Fighter

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Michael Obel reports: A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq.

Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper.

“ … the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed and direction all the way to the target.”

Ryan Cleckner, former U.S. Army Ranger sniper

“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target from 3,540 metres [2.2 miles],” the Canadian military

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James Wesley Rawles Warns: ‘ If the Power Grid Goes Down, I Would Not Recommend Being In a Town of More Than 500 Population’ – Bio Prepper

Possibly, but not probably. In every protracted event of power being out, there has always been an increase in births nine months later. Most likely, the nation would repopulate itself with our own people.
The longest that I have been without power, natural gas or electric service, was during the period and aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy, from October 29, 2012, to the day after Thanksgiving. We were one of the last areas to have service restored as we were hit with the brunt of the flood. I found it peaceful and quiet without power. Early to bed. Some people were walking around shell shocked. If a massive nationwide or regional grid outage, after a day or two, people would be on foot. Savagery, might take place in some areas, but not in all areas. People, are the difference.

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Congress Pushes Bill to Let Lawmakers Carry Concealed Weapons Anywhere in U.S.

Since when are their lives valued more than anyone else’s life??

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Well now, isn’t this special?

From theleft waste their time making sure We the People can’t get permits to carry weapons yet let a couple of their own get hit and they are all over the concept of concealed carry.

Law abiding citizens daily face more dangerous situations than encountering a random nut job at a baseball field. 

Some states like CA are “Will issue,” not “Shall issue states.”

The former implies that the county sheriff has the decision to issue or not to issue.

Shall issue states means that anyone legally eligible to own a gun with no negative background information on them shall bee issued a permit.

The delusional politicians who desire gun free zones will never get them, they will just create a group of formerly law-abiding citizens into criminals.

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The God of Gunsite

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I am only 2 days into my observation of the 5 day Gunsite Academy 250 Pistol course — “the Gunsite Experience” — and I can already tell it is going to take me some time to digest all that I am seeing.

So, for now something brief (and not at all novel). The only published academic study of the American Pistol Institute/Gunsite that I am aware of was by James William Gibson, a chapter called “Becoming the Armed Man: Combat Pistol Shooting at Gunsite Ranch” in his book Warrior Dreams: Violence and Manhood in Post-Vietnam America. (I have discussed Gibson’s unique take on guns, holsters, shooting, and ballistics in the same book already.)

In the summer of 1988, Gibson took the 250 Pistol course “as an ordinary student” (p. 172) and wrote about his experience. At the time, Col. Jeff Cooper still did some of the teaching, which makes…

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When in Prescott, Arizona, stop by Sturm, Ruger Company

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I didn’t think I would have much free time during my week observing a Gunsite 250 Pistol course in Paulden, Arizona to get down to Prescott, so I didn’t attempt to arrange a tour of the Ruger factory there. But due to the heat, we got to the range an hour early this morning so finished class an hour early this afternoon. I took the opportunity to drive to Prescott to check out the place where they make Ruger semi-automatic pistols.

A large statue of a cowboy on his horse greets you in the visitor parking area. The plaque reads: “In the vast reaches of the American West, the work ethic still exists. The man who makes his living on horses that are bound to buck earns his pay. A good hand is loyal to his outfit, meets a challenge, and takes pride in an honest day’s work.”

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How to find and process clay…

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Processing Clay the Easy Way: Water Extraction

(As featured in the January 2008 issue of Practically Seeking)

Today we usually think of clay as being used for pottery

but in truth the uses are almost endless. For thousands of years man has used this substance for a whole host of things, from pigments to medicines. One of the most abundant materials on earth, clay can be found almost anywhere — just look for areas where the ground has broken into a bark like pattern (as on a tree) or areas where water tends sit longer after a heavy rain.
Clay can be extracted from many of these sources quite easily, and whether you plan to use it for pottery or one of the multitude of other traditional uses, the goal is to remove as many impurities as possible and the process is the same. While some clay deposits are…

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an excellent book for anyone looking into learning Wild Edibles or just Botany

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Botany in a Day
      The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

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Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

      “Many people are familiar with the square stems and opposite leaves of the plants in the Mint Family. I like to start my classes with a discussion of the mints because this pattern is so well known.

“What people don’t realize is that similar patterns exist for other families of plants as well. You only need to learn about 100 broad patterns to recognize something about virtually every plant from coast to coast across the northern latitudes.

“In a two hour plant walk we typically start with the Mint Family, then progress through the Mustard, Pea, Parsley, Borage, Lily, and Aster Families, so that every…

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Revisiting Col. Cooper’s “Principles of Personal Defense”

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What better way to pass the time flying West to observe a 250 Pistol Course at Gunsite Academy than revisiting Principles of Personal Defense by The Colonel, Jeff Cooper?

Originally published in 1972 and again in 1989, my copy is the 2006 Paladin Press edition with a foreword by the late Louis Awerbuck. In the Preface, Cooper says he re-read the book and “felt no need to change anything of importance” (p. 11). But the Preface is undated, so it’s not clear whether it was written for the 1989 or 2006 edition.

In any event, here are some brief snippets from the book I found interesting in 2017.

First, although I have usually heard the analogy made to a piano, the statement commonly attributed to Col. Cooper is found here as follows:

“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol than you are a musician because you…

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How to make your own Oxygen Absorbers for Cheap

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Most commercial oxygen absorbers are nothing more than fine iron powder mixed with a polymer grain to allow air circulation through the powder – the rusting of the iron powder depletes the container’s contents of oxygen.  It’s that simple.  It’s also very easy to replicate that process.


  • Steel Wool ‘0000′ superfine (don’t use “SOS” pads)
  • Salt (table salt is fine)
  • Paper towels
  • Stapler

Depending on the container size, take a wad of steel wool and lay it on a open paper towel.  Sprinkle table salt over the steel wool and work it into the fibers.  Then fold the towel over and staple it into an envelope shape. That’s it!

The salt’s acidity activates corrosion of the fine steel wool and the rusting of the steel absorbs oxygen in the container. Just leave a wad of steel wool outside overnight to see this process in fast forward … you don’t even need…

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Stink about NRA Carry Guard


There’s currently a lot of Internet stink about some limitations imposed in the NRA Carry Guard training. I’m not going to comment about Carry Guard in general because as an Instructor certified in numerous disciplines through the NRA Training Department, there’s a possible conflict of interest.

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What I will comment about the equipment limitation is:

They’re staying in their lane of competency.

Looking at the background and resumes of the instructors, running a striker fired autoloader or Sig 226 is mostly likely all they’ve ever been trained with, practiced with, or used. Revolvers and 1911s have a different manual of arms and idiosyncrasies that these instructors, with the exception of Jarrett who was briefly with the LAPD decades ago, are probably not familiar with.

They are probably expert with the weapons they have used and the possibility is they are either inexperienced or ignorant of how to operate other weapons…

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Arm Up: You NEED to Listen to the Patriot Nurse…You will Stand up and Cheer…

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I think that we now are being told that the democrat terrorist who shot up the practice for a charity game, while children were on the field, was using an SKS rather than a AK-47…But this lady is RIGHT on TARGET…

                            Here is the video she is referencing…

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Rough Rider Tie Dye

A bit too much for my tastes. I have been thinking of dying a handle (whenever I get around to it…) in a mix of olive, brown, and gray. Probably come out some kind of Loden color. I love muted earth tones.


No I am not a hippie… That whole experience predated me by several years. Somehow about every 20 years or so Tie Dye makes a comeback so multiple generations recognize the multi color. Rough Rider Knives might just be in the right time for their contribution to the seemingly tireless pattern with two knives.

The colors that dominate the two knives: on one is orange, the other pink. For my review I have the orange version. It is a very colorful knife with assisted opening. It’s also a liner lock knife.

As you can see the tie dye is everywhere including the liners and the clip. The body of the knife is a reddish orange but somehow it all goes together. The liners extend past the body to form two lanyard holes. Yes, I can see all kinds of paracord, bling, beads whatever tied to those two lanyard holes.


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53 Bushwhacking Tips for Off-Trail Navigation

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53 Bushwhacking Tips for Off-Trail Navigation

 Bushwhacking is a form of off-trail navigation through forested areas, so-called because the trees and ground vegetation whack back when you try to push through them. While expertise with a map and compass is a prerequisite skill to become an expert bushwhacker, many other skills are required including an ability to navigate by terrain and how to conserve energy when walking through thick brush, in addition to hiking and backpacking skills. Call me old-school, but I shun using GPS-enabled tools on bushwhacks, if only because they can lose power for a myriad of reasons and leave you stranded if you’re not an expert with traditional navigation techniques.

Bushwhacking Gear Tips

1. Wear a long sleeve shirt and long pants on bushwhacks to avoid getting scratched up. Safety glasses are good if you don’t wear glasses and so…

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“The Sociology of U.S. Gun Culture” Article Published and Available Free Online

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I am very happy to report that my second academic article on gun culture was published today in the journal Sociology Compass (my first was on religion and gun ownership).

Thanks to a generous grant from Wake Forest University’s ZSR Library and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, “The Sociology of U.S. Gun Culture” is available as a free download from the journal’s website.

In the paper I argue that social scientists have been so concerned with the criminology and epidemiology of guns that there is no sociology of guns, per se. To help develop a sociology of guns that is centered on the legal use of guns by lawful gun owners, I give a brief historical overview of gun culture in the United States, review the small research literature on recreational gun use, highlight the rise of Gun Culture 2.0, and offer some thoughts on directions for…

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Acknowledgement Of A God-Given Right


The 2nd Amendment does not give us the right to self-defense.  That right is given by God, not men.  The Amendment’s intent is to restrict government from encroaching on a right that was given to all men.  And it is also a directive (I believe) to practice with military weapons for the defense of the public at large if necessary.  Well regulated meant well trained, not anything else.  No restrictions on the personal God-given right of the individual to keep and bear (carry) weapons.  One of our Founders, Tenche Coxe said that the sword, musket, and ALL the terrible weapons of the soldier are the birthright of the American people.  RPG’s anyone?

Anyway, Congressman Mike Bishop appears to understand where our rights come from and gave thanks appropriately.  God bless him, we need more of his kind.

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U.S. Gun Laws & Violence – a Brief Look

Earlier this week a Bernie Sanders supporter shot and wounded several GOP congressmen at a charity baseball game practice. In response thereto a number of politicians called for more restrictive gun laws, as they usually do in the wake of any high-profile shooting. Considering that the rest of the world loves bashing the United States’ so-called “out-of-control gun violence”, perhaps it is time to unpack the statistics on this issue a tad.

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The Act of Killing: Not So Easy; Is It Something You Can Live With?

Some people are weaker than others, while most lack the training, mindset, and motivations. In my official capacity on the streets, I had absolutely zero issues killing seven armed gunmen, who, were shooting at me. Everyone said that my military training and experience made me cold blooded, and I noticed the weaker people brought up that I was a hunter. I reminded them that I also worked in a slaughterhouse for one year. It all, had nothing to do with, the professionalism and clinical detachment of taking a life (or several), when it is a necessity. Listen to me: It’s already inside of you. I didn’t put it in you. You were born with it. Everyone, is a child of a survivor. Think generations back, who survived wars, famine, lions, dinosaurs or something, but nobody would be here today, if generations back, they did not survive something or other. It’s in you. Get to know it and if necessary use it correctly to defend your family or third party, or property, or nation. You’re a hell of a lot tougher than you think you are.

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LK-35 Backpack Gear Modification Part 2

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LK-35 Backpack Modification Part 2

In Part 1we identified a few design modification potentials for the LK-35, in this blog I expected to have delivered the swed_webbing_setSwedish webbing pouch set, however there has been a further two week delay and the suppliers.

Nevertheless, I have been able to put together some of the options and also had some alternative feedback from forums / groups to what others have done.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsing the original LK-35 frame I loosened the original back rest strap and passed it through the new Hip belt details in Part 1, this fit perfectly and allowed the hip belt to be securely attached to the frame.


The webbing loops were then ideally positioned to attach to the two D hoops on


the metal frame using paracord at the top and using the MOLLE

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Gun Banners Trying to Hijack the Tragedy in Virginia

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GOA Responds to Today’s Tragedy, Counters Anti-Gun Shrills for More Gun Control

No doubt you’ve heard the sad news today — the tragic shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, which is just 20 minutes from our offices here at Gun Owners of America.

Several people were shot and wounded, one of them being House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

There were others, including brave law enforcement officers, who were wounded as well.

We have been praying for their speedy recovery and that God would grant their families peace during this time.

Already, anti-gun mouthpieces are trying to politicize this event.

And they are stepping over the injured bodies to call for more gun control.

You can click on the picture to the right to view my Facebook Live response from earlier today. 

Shannon Watts, who heads up a group for Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, said the answer to this tragedy is “not more…

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Alexandria Shooter Dead

Perp died of wounds in hospital. Identified as: HODGKINSON, James T., M/W/66; Public activity as Never-Trumper. Last known occupation, home inspector. Motive appears to have been politically motivated violence against Republicans and/or Conservatives.

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Lk-35 Backpack Gear Modification Part 1

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LK-35 Backpack Modification Part 1

Inspired by  a video review by McQ Bushcraft I liked the idea of a traditional metal framed backpack, so wanted to try out the LK-35 backpack for myself. lk35The basic pack can be sourced for as little as £12.50 in the UK, cost increases dependant upon the material and grade required.

You can find an abundance of modification options on the internet ranging from side pockets that can be sewn on, additional back supports, waist or kidney belts, ALICE frame straps, etc. one particular option to lighten to the original frame by replacing it with a used a lighter  aluminium frame that I found on a fellow bloggers page in a post by New England Bushcraft. This is something that I wanted to try out on my LK-35 project.

So for my initial pack I purchased a grade A…

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Happy Birthday (71) to the President

Today, June 14, 2017, is President Donald J. Trump’s 71st birthday. Wishing Mr. President, a joyous day. Also reminding him that America needs Constitutional Carry. Uphold your oath. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

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Feedback: Meeting between GOSA, WC Dealers, and SAPS

Feedback regarding the meeting between GOSA, representing a large group of WC Dealers, and the SAPS (CFR) last Wednesday, 7 June. In summary, the meeting was was highly constructive and the outcome positive. The result is due to the involvement of our membership base, and the contributions of the paying members made it possible.

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The M118 LR Chamber: The .223 Wylde of the .308 AR World

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Guest blog from our friends at Criterion Barrels, Inc.

A typical AR-10 or other .308 AR pattern rifle will normally come standard with a SAAMI specified .308 Win chamber. While this configuration is designed to accommodate a wide range of different ammunition options effectively, it is less than ideal for a precision .308 AR rifle build. A wider throat diameter (.310) and shorter freebore length (.090) will allow the rifle to accommodate chamber pressures typically found with factory loads, but the wider inside diameter of the throat can cause complications with bullet and bore alignment during feeding, limiting accuracy potential with high performance ammunition.

Criterion Barrels Inc. typically utilizes a .223 Wylde design on their AR-15 barrel models. The benefit to this design involves a slightly tighter throat angle than its 5.56 NATO counterpart, with a longer freebore (when compared to the .223 Remington) to counteract the additional chamber pressure…

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Make some DIY Waterproof Survival Fire Starters…

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Fire being one of the essentials of survival, you always have to make sure that you have access to tools to help you build one quickly in the event of an emergency. I have already shared with you how to make fire from ice and how to start fire with sugar, lets add to that list with these diy waterproof fire starters.

Besides being super easy to make, they will cost about $3 only to make as many as 100 of these. The advantages of using these over the ones that use cotton balls and petroleum jelly is that unlike petroleum jelly, wax does not expire. Therefore you can keep these in your emergency kit for many years and they will still work. They also tend to burn for a longer period of time.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • candles in glass containers
  • cotton rounds
  • tweezers or pliers
  • large pot

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Women of SA: Armed and Ready

It is a little over two weeks since the rape and murder of Maties student Hannah Cornelius. The specifics of the event have been more than sufficiently covered by the press, and I really see no point in unpacking the horrible details of this atrocious crime again. Being close to people who used to know Miss Cornelius, I also did not feel like dragging a soapbox unto her grave in order to make a point about the terrible hazards faced not only by young women in Stellenbosch, but everybody in our society. The time is perhaps now right to address the issues that require such addressing, and hopefully I can persuade enough people to think sufficiently differently about their personal safety and maybe, just maybe, a life or two can be saved in the process.

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They Are Called HANDguns Not HANDSguns for a Reason

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If you say “hand cannon” today, the typical gun owner is likely to think of an extremely large handgun like the Desert Eagle or .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum, guns that make “Dirty Harry” Callahan’s .44 Magnum revolver seem small by comparison.

But the term hand cannon has deep roots in firearms history, going back to the 14th century when combatants were literally holding small cannons on sticks in their hands.

“Hand cannon” on display at the Springfield Armory Museum in Massachusetts. Photo by Sandra Stroud Yamane

Cannons themselves were the result of the application of the “Gunpowder Revolution” to weaponry. Using the explosive power of chemicals (a compound of charcoal, potassium nitrate, and sulphur) rather than human or mechanical power to launch projectiles greatly increased the potential destructive force of the weapon. The difference between a cannon and a human arm, sling, or catapult launching a rock or…

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How To – DIY – An Expensive Water Filter Made On A Budget

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Have you ever wondered which are the first items to disappear from the shelves in an emergency situation? If you did, I bet you’ve reached the same conclusion as yours truly: water, food, and guns, in no particular order.

Because water and food are essential survival items needed on a daily basis – never mind an emergency/SHTF situation – they’re among the first to make the “extinct” list at any grocery store or seven-eleven.

And while you can live for a couple of weeks sans food, the story with water is way more dramatic; you’ll croak in 2-3 days tops without water.

And what’s even worse, even if you manage to get some water from a – let’s say dubious – source, drinking impure water is almost as bad as not drinking at all. Besides the fact that you can get sick from bacteria/chemical pollutants, you may spread the disease…

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The Hypocrisy of Gun Control

By Rouen Heiberg

I’ve been involved with the shooting community for a few years.  A decent percentage of that time being actively involved with firearm rights organisations by helping to admin and moderate social media, doing some one-on-one marketing, fundraising and all the other dreary boring jobs. 

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One way to make a simple DIY Lifestraw water filter

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We have all seen the infamous survival water straw that is available on Amazon, that can not only be used in survival situations but is now being used for humanitarian purposes too. What if I told you, you could make your own homemade straw water filter, right in your kitchen?

Yep! That is absolutely correct. The best part is it won’t cost you anywhere as much as the ready made one. I love this water filter, because you can make one in less than 5 minutes and it can work both as a straw or as an ordinary funnel filter, with just some slight modifications.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • turkey baster
  • coffee filters
  • cotton balls
  • activated filter carbon
  • pencil
  • plastic cup
  • tea strainer
  • twist tie or rubber band
  • small funnel (optional)

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1.

Push a cotton ball through one end of the turkey baster
using a…

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That Cape Fear Gun Lifestyle

Gun Culture 2.0

Visiting my daughter in Wilmington, North Carolina recently, a local “lifetsyle” magazine, Cape Fear Living, caught my eye. Many cities have these to promote local business and civic affairs. Look at the cover below and it will be obvious what drew my attention. Look at those GUNS!

Flipping through the magazine I was actually surprised to see that the guns on the cover were not just props. The side-by-side shotgun and large revolver suggested that. There was actually a long article accompanying the cover discussing guns in the context of femininity and empowerment. To quote the article, “There is a burgeoning population of women . . . who are taking a proactive stances in fortifying their response to [the] need for personal protection.”

As the article progresses, pictures of the side-by-side and revolver give way to semi-automatic pistols. We hear from Mary Anne Rodrigues, a Marine Corp veteran and

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ATF Gunwalker – Fast & Furious 6 (or 8) Years Later

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The ATF started smuggling guns into Mexico in 2009, then got found out in 2011.  This goes back a long, long ways, and was one of the reasons this blog was started – initially we wanted to cover all kinds of political stuff, but the ATF’s Fast & Furious and sister smuggling operations dominated things for a long time.  Under Obama, nothing was done.  He exerted executive privelege and made all the relevant documents that he and Eric Holder knew about disappear from the public eye, all while claiming nothing happened, all while blood continued (and still continues) to flow in Mexico and in the US.  Holder was held in contempt by Congress for stonewalling their investigation into Fast & Furious, and it showed us how transparently biased much of the media was, especially on Fast & Furious.  Sharyl Atkisson, the CBS reporter who brought the story to the mainstream…

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Tickborne Disease – Prevention – Safety

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 Tickborne Disease (TBD)

Fact Sheet Tickborne Disease (TBD)

Prevention of Tickborne Disease

Ticks do not jump, fly or fall out of trees. They wait on low growing plants for a host (person or animal) to pass by. When a host brushes against the plant, the tick will cling to fur or clothing. Once on the host, the tick will crawl upward, looking for a place to attach and begin feeding. In Arkansas, ticks can be active year around. Reduce the risk of getting disease from ticks by following these steps:


  • Avoid tick-infested areas such as tall grass and dense vegetation.
  • Tuck your pants into sock tops or boots.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find crawling ticks.
  • Use repellents and follow label instructions carefully.
  • Check yourself, your children and pets often for ticks.
  • Bathe or shower within two hours after being where ticks live to find and…

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Apparently the NRA is Now Selling “Murder Insurance”

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According to a gun control group I have never heard of until this media campaign, the companies underwriting the new NRA Carry Guard “insurance” plan,  Chubb and Lockton, are actually selling “murder insurance.” And they should stop doing so. (Not sure why Guns Down America is not all over Lockton Affinity for also administering Second Call Defense plan, or Lloyds of London for underwriting it.)

Without going into details — which others like Kevin Creighton at Misfires and Light Strikes and Marty Hayes of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network have done already — I suspect that if you are involved in a “bad shoot” and/or are adjudicated guilty of murder that many legal defense plans won’t pay out. (Unlike the case of George Zimmerman who needed a legal defense plan and who, despite the Guns Down claim in the screen cap below, was found not guilty of the…

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Gun Trainer Drama

Gun Culture 2.0

Fake Recoil Magazine cover courtesy of Gun Free Zone this morning.

Of course, most humor is grounded in some reality. Here the reality is drama in the gun training “community” or “cottage industry” (as Tom Givens called it) about who, what, where, when, why, and how gun training should take place. These debates — much like the debates over “9mm vs. .45,” “Glock vs. 1911,” and so on — are long and deep.

Which is not to say these debates are trivial. To the contrary, they are of the utmost importance when you’re talking about teaching people how to use lethal weapons.

Which makes a bit of levity all the more welcome.

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Gun Rights and Gun Control: Nihil sub sole novum

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That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Reading year after year of The American Rifleman, this well-known passage from the Tanakh ring ever so true.

Two examples below are similar to others I have found, from 1929 and from the 1940s and 1950s.

50+ years ago, an August 1961 editorial reacts to legislative threats to “one of the basic individual liberties of the American way of life” – “the right of reputable citizens to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes.” It encourages laws that regulate persons not firearms. It maintains that laws will not prevent criminal from getting guns.

It argues that gun accidents will not be prevented by laws; to the contrary, gun safety education is essential to reducing such accidents and the National Rifle Association is…

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Islamist Terror: The Best Defense

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22 May, 2017, Manchester, England: an Islamist suicide bomber killed 22 and injured 116. Many were young girls and their mothers, attending a concert.

3 June, 2017, London Bridge, London England: three jihadists wearing fake bomb vests killed seven and injured at least 48 by running them down with a van and in follow up knife attacks.

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Group of Women From Across America to Lobby Congress on Gun Rights – Washington Free Beacon

2nd Amendment, Shooting & Firearms Blog

Fifty women from across the United States will gather in Washington, D.C. next month to lobby congress in favor of gun rights.

Source: Group of Women From Across America to Lobby Congress on Gun Rights – Washington Free Beacon

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Gun regulation: A shotty violation of Second Amendment rights | Opinions |

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Gun rights can be a touchy topic, especially considering Virginia Tech’s past. I would like to start off by saying that when I advocate for gun rights and against gun-free

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