Monday, December 5, 2016

Action Alert From NSSF


The National Shooting Sports Foundation released an action alert at the end of last week. The Bipartisan Sportsman's Act which is part of an energy bill that needs to be passed will come up for discussion this week. Even if you don't hunt or fish the bill includes an item that should appeal to all shooters:  a provision for shooting range development.

From NSSF:

Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act
Your Immediate Action is Needed

The most important legislation in a generation for America’s hunters and target shooters is at a crucial stage. Senators and members of the US House of Representatives have just days to complete negotiations on the Energy Policy Modernization Act conference report that includes the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act.

Call Your U.S. Representative and both US Senators and politely insist that Congress act on the Energy Conference report that contains the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act. Please CALL TODAY before Congress takes up the Continuing Resolution next week to fund the federal government past Dec. 9.

We do NOT want Congress to punt the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act into the next congress that begins in January. We have come too far to go back to “square one” and begin again.

Please call today to help protect and preserve our cherished outdoor traditions.

House Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Look up your U.S. Representative: http://nssf.it/CongLookup

Monthly Contests


Aaron at the Weapon Blog has released his monthly list of contests where you can win firearms or assorted related items. The rifle that caught my eye in the list was the Ruger Precision Rifle while the pistol that caught my eye was the Coonan 1911 in your choice of .357 Magnum or .45 ACP. There are also a number of other prizes as you can see below.


Handguns
  • Glock 22
    Deadline: December 8, 2016
    Added to list: November 14, 2016
    https://gleam.io/mBswU/glock-22-giveaway
  • Ruger Armerican Pistol
    Deadline: December 15, 2016
    Added to list: December 2, 2016
    https://ggg.galleryofguns.com/
  • Coonan .357 or .45ACP
    Deadline: December 16, 2016
    Added to list: October 31, 2016
    http://www.coonaninc.com/lp/gun-and-gear-giveaway/
  • 25 Guns of Christmas
    Deadline: December 25, 2016
    Added to list: November 1, 2016
    http://www.tropgun.com/25gunsofchristmas.php
  • Ruger LC9S
    Deadline: December 30, 2016
    Added to list: December 2, 2016
    http://grabagun.com/giveaway
  • Ruger LCP
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: December 2, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/TombstoneTactical/app/190076381016644/
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    https://www.cashquickpawn.com/pages/promotions-contest-giveaways
  • 5 Elite Guns
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: November 1, 2016
    https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/freegungiveaway/2016nov-dec/index.html?id=MediaBuy2016-11&sid=WeaponBlog
  • Shooters Arms 1911
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: April 5, 2016
    http://www.contests.gunownersofcanada.ca/2016---1911-giveaway.html
  • NRA 24-Gun Collection
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: September 4, 2015
    https://www.nra.org/sweepstakes/
  • Rock Target FS HC
    Deadline: January 31, 2017
    Added to list: November 14, 2016
    http://americanhandgunner.com/fmg-surveys/47756/
Rifles
  • Voodoo Tactical Deluxe Terminator Padded MOLLE Range Bag
    Deadline: December 2, 2016
    Added to list: November 29, 2016
    http://www.guncarryreviews.com/giveaway-time/
  • Smith & Wesson M&P15T
    Deadline: December 2, 2016
    Added to list: November 29, 2016
    http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2016/11/mp15t-giveaway/
  • Leaspeed6 AR-15
    Deadline: December 14, 2016
    Added to list: November 23, 2016
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/bapid=504/ClientPage/2016-Leaspeed6-AR15-Giveaway
  • Ruger Precision Rifle
    Deadline: December 15, 2016
    Added to list: December 2, 2016
    https://www.galleryofguns.com/
  • S.W.A.T Firearms AR-15
    Deadline: December 15, 2016
    Added to list: November 14, 2016
    http://cqrcengage.com/gunowners/app/register?0&m=209762
  • 22plinkster's Card Splitting Challenge IV
    Deadline: December 25, 2016
    Added to list: November 29, 2016
    https://www.full30.com/video/eaefc7cbdcf07901f4469d4fe554cd6a
  • Bug Out Bag
    Deadline: December 30, 2016
    Added to list: December 2, 2016
    https://contest.io/c/bdico4iz
  • Moriarti Arms AR-9
    Deadline: December 30, 2016
    Added to list: November 30, 2016
    https://moriartiarmaments.com/Monthly-Giveaway
  • Springfield Armory SAINT
    Deadline: December 30, 2016
    Added to list: November 8, 2016
    http://woobox.com/ujwfdi/i472iy
  • Springfield Armory SAINT
    Deadline: December 30, 2016
    Added to list: November 1, 2016
    http://www.gunwinner.com/contest/springfield-armory-saint-giveaway
  • Smith & Wesson SD9VE
    Deadline: December 30, 2016
    Added to list: November 3, 2016
    http://contests.gunownersofcanada.ca/2016---lanz-shooting-supplies-pistol-giveaway.html
  • AX 300 Win Mag
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    https://nagr.org/2017/member_2017_nc.aspx
  • Patriot Ordinance Factory Renegade
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: November 14, 2016
    http://www.impactguns.com/sweepstakes.aspx
  • Colt AR-15
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: October 5, 2016
    https://www.secondamendmentgiveaways.com/
  • Remington 200
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
    http://200sweepstakes.remington.com/
  • Thompson/Contender Compass
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: July 19, 2016
    https://tcarms.com/dreamtruckgiveaway
  • Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: October 7, 2015
    http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/win-free-gun
  • Rock Target FS HC
    Deadline: January 31, 2017
    Added to list: November 14, 2016
    http://americanhandgunner.com/fmg-surveys/47756/
  • Savage MK II BTV
    Deadline: 5,000 Group Members
    Added to list: January 7, 2015
    https://mewe.com/join/pray_hard_shoot_straight
  • Xena-15 GEN4
    Deadline: 100,000 Subscribers
    Added to list: February 18, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFY0jhhMw54
  • Cerakote
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: October 17, 2016
    https://welikeshooting.com/bdl/
  • CVA Muzzleloader
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: January 1, 2015
    http://www.cva.com/CVA-Contest.php
Shotguns
  • None this month
Air Rifles
  • Nickel & Gold Colt Peacemaker
    Deadline: December 8, 2016
    Added to list: November 23, 2016
    http://woobox.com/h4ox3o
Ammunition
  • 1,250 Rounds of 12ga Rio BlueSteel
    Deadline: January 31, 2017
    Added to list: November 3, 2016
    http://www.rioammosweeps.com/
Knives
  • Grayman SATU folder
    Deadline: December 15, 2016
    Added to list: December 1, 2016
    http://woobox.com/mo8hai/i8in50
Constitution
  • None this month
Gun Rights Organizations
  • None this month
Accessories
  • Tannerite Pro Pack
    Deadline: December 2, 2016
    Added to list: November 29, 2016
    http://woobox.com/f6f6vr/i80h4m
  • Aimpoint 3X-C Magnifier and FlipMount
    Deadline: December 2, 2016
    Added to list: November 23, 2016
    http://a.pgtb.me/xGzr5J
  • Rugged Suppressors Surge 762
    Deadline: December 4, 2016
    Added to list: November 29, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/SilencerShop/app/423461697723768/
  • Nine Line Tactical Bundle
    Deadline: December 4, 2016
    Added to list: November 29, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/NineLineApparel/app/211058802266771
  • Ultimate Outdoor Giveaway
    Deadline: December 14, 2016
    Added to list: November 14, 2016
    http://www.cabelas.com/category/sweepstakes/905258880.uts
  • 85qt Gator Box Cooler Package
    Deadline: December 15, 2016
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    http://southernlifeapparel.com/pages/christmas-giveaway
  • APOC Armory Complete AR-15 Upper
    Deadline: December 17, 2016
    Added to list: November 23, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/ar15discounts/app/228910107186452/
  • Rifle Body Armor Kit
    Deadline: December 18, 2016
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    http://swee.ps/zdsOsQay
  • 5.11 Tactical Christmas Bundle Giveaway
    Deadline: December 23, 2016
    Added to list: November 8, 2016
    https://gleam.io/Bv5WB/511-tactical-christmas-bundle-giveaway
  • Polaris RGR 570 XP
    Deadline: December 28, 2016
    Added to list: October 25, 2016
    https://www.mackspw.com/contestentry--id-17
  • Nickel Boron BCG
    Deadline: December 30, 2016
    Added to list: November 8, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/APOCarmory/app/228910107186452/
  • $500 Gift Card
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: December 2, 2016
    https://app.brandsatisfaction.com/land/2165?front_surveys=2134
  • SureFire EB1
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    https://everydaycarry.com/giveaway
  • $3,000 King's Camo Package
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    http://swee.ps/luSoQyhM
  • $5,000 Kahr Arms Gift Certificate
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: October 17, 2016
    http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2016/10/kahr-firearms-group-shooting-contest/
  • Rocky Boots For Life
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: October 12, 2016
    http://www.rockyboots.com/rockyboots4life/
  • Taurus Judge 10 Year Anniversary
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: October 12, 2016
    http://www.taurus-judge.com/tour/
  • Blastout 51T
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: September 16, 2016
    https://apps.agorapulse.com/mobile/sweepstake/71605
  • $250 2A Shooting Supply Gift Certificate
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: August 25, 2016
    https://2ashootingsupply.com/giveaways/
  • Trip To Taurus Headquarters
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
    http://www.taurus-judge.com/tour/index.html
  • Mossy Oak Rock Starz
    Deadline: January 4, 2017
    Added to list: August 30, 2016
    http://www.addictionattractants.com/rockstarzphotocontest.html
  • NRA Ultimate Shooting Experience
    Deadline: February 28, 2017
    Added to list: September 16, 2016
    https://www.nrawc.org/ShootingExperience/default.aspx
  • Yamaha Side-By-Side
    Deadline: May 31, 2017
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    http://www.powderhook.com/contests/yamaha-side-by-side
  • Patriot Ordinance Factory Drop-In Trigger
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
    https://pof-usa.com/monthly-contest-giveaway/
  • Relentless Tactical Gun Belt
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 16, 2016
    https://relentless.leadpages.co/relentless-tactical-belt-giveaway/
  • $100 60X Gift Card
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
    http://www.60xcustomstrings.com/giveaway/
  • Trailboss
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: July 13, 2016
    http://www.trailbossguns.com/signup.html
  • ATN SHot Trax-HD
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: April 4, 2016
    http://lauraburgess.com/clients/american-technologies-network/ATN_VideoContest_0416.pdf
  • Parker Crossbow
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: February 17, 2016
    http://www.parkerbows.com/giveawaynewxbow.html
  • Parker Compound Bow
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: February 11, 2015
    http://www.parkerbows.com/giveawaynew.html
  • Dead Air Armament #MuzzleBrakeMonday
    Deadline: Recurring Weekly
    Added to list: June 9, 2015
    https://www.facebook.com/DeadAirSilencers/photos/a.574740122637686.1073741828.567415350036830/682580115187019/
  • Franklin Armory 9" FST Keymod Rail
    Deadline: 10,000 Facebook Fans
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/franklin.armory/photos/a.243357719130637.62582.240937162706026/913602745439461/
Raffles
  • Agency Arms / Mission Volant Shot Show Raffle
    Deadline: December 15, 2016
    Added to list: September 28, 2016
    http://www.shotshowraffle.com/
  • Hart's Fort Rifle
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: February 8, 2016
    https://www.youcaring.com/homeless-and-at-risk-military-veterans-516369
  • Outdoor Mentors Gun A Week
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: January 6, 2016
    http://outdoormentors.org/content/2016-gun-week-drawing
  • Sandcrabs Baseball Support
    Deadline: January 14, 2017
    Added to list: October 6, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/99849707935/permalink/10154440211502936/
  • Badger Ordnance USMC M40A5 Rifle
    Deadline: January 18, 2017
    Added to list: November 18, 2016
    http://www.reconsniperfoundation.org/store/badger-ordnance-usmc-m40a5-rifle-raffle
  • 2016 50 Gun Fundraiser
    Deadline: Only 500 tickets sold
    Added to list: January 28, 2016
    http://www.pitstopbbq.org/#!2016-50-Gun-Fundraiser/cp5g/i2l12v0s1
Training
  • Ultimate Shooting Experience
    Deadline: February 28, 2017
    Added to list: November 14, 2016
    https://www.nrawc.org/ShootingExperience/default.aspx
  • Tactical Training Adventure
    Deadline: 60,000 Contest entries
    Added to list: August 17, 2015
    https://freedomfightersfoundation.org/sweepstakes/
Hunting
  • Ohio Big Buck Hunt
    Deadline: December 19, 2016
    Added to list: November 3, 2016
    http://www.buckmasters.com/contests/Hunt/c/JBOHI6/s/4

An Interesting Latin American Mauser


From the late 1800s until well into the 20th century, the bolt action Mauser was the rifle of choice of many of Latin America's armies. Countries like Columbia, Brazil, Peru, and Mexico among others went with the 7x57 Mauser while the Argentines adopted the Mauser in their own distinctive 7.65x53 caliber. Indeed, my own collection includes a Columbian Mauser made by Steyr and a Brazilian Mauser made by DWM Berlin. Both of these are in 7x57. I just need to add an 1891 Argentine Engineer Mauser and I'll have covered the Southern Cone.

In the video below Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons talks about a single shot Mauser that was adopted by Uruguay. It is referred to as the Doviitis and is a conversion of the blackpower 1871 Mauser to a smokeless 6.5 caliber.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

I Think Tom Might Be Correct - We Need An Asst AG For The Second Amendment


Tom Gresham made the suggestion on his show Sunday that the Trump Department of Justice should have a special Assistant Attorney General for the protection of the Second Amendment. He referenced how DOJ sent armies of lawyers to the South after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Heller and McDonald decisions confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and that right applies in the states. However, the current DOJ is doing nothing to protect that individual civil right.

I think Tom is on to something.

Having just read of the latest attack on the Second Amendment and the gun culture coming out of New Jersey, I think this is doubly true. An ostensibly anti-suicide bill would create onerous requirements on gun ranges that would force them to close. As the 7th Circuit decided in the Ezell v. Chicago, gun ranges are an essential part of the Second Amendment.

From the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs:
The bills as presently written would require the owner or operator of every range and gun club to verify that every range user has an FID card, NJ carry permit, or pistol purchase permit, along with government-issued photo ID, every time that person uses the range. That is an impossible burden for most ranges to meet - most ranges are unstaffed or staffed sporadically by volunteers. Few ranges have staff during all operating hours. NO SHOOTING ACTIVITY COULD OCCUR ON ANY RANGE THAT IS NOT STAFFED TO VERIFY CREDENTIALS.

The bills as presently written would also prevent you from using your own firearms on a range unless the range first verifies your credentials, every time you use the range, and bans all temporary transfer on a range unless the range verifies the credentials of both the transferor and transferee. THIS IMPACTS A HUGE SWATH OF SECOND AMENDMENT ACTIVITY, INCLUDING TRAINING, COMPETITION, TARGET PRACTICE, OPEN HOUSES, RANGE GUESTS, HUNTER EDUCATION, WOMEN'S EVENTS, ETC. (see below for detailed examples).
I think of the ranges that I have open to me in western North Carolina. The indoor ranges are staffed and could meet the requirements of such a bill. However, the NC Wildlife Resources Range at Cold Mountain (yes, that Cold Mountain) and the ranges in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are neither staffed nor have Range Safety Officers. These free and/or inexpensive places to shoot would have to be shut down.

Sebastian is correct when he concluded:
This would essentially close every club in New Jersey. It would make it impossible to bring new shooters into the sports, since they would essentially need to apply for and receive an FID card before they could even try it out. This would destroy the shooting culture in New Jersey, and that’s exactly what it’s intended to do. Suicide prevention is a ruse. Christie has shown a willingness to veto legislation like this, and will probably continue to do so as long as he’s in office, but it’s going to be hell to pay if Christie is replaced with an anti-gun Democrat.
 If you live in New Jersey, I suggest that you do as the ANJRPC says and contact your legislators. As to the idea of a special Assistant Attorney General for the Second Amendment, I'm not sure how to contact the incoming Trump Administration directly. However, you could send the suggestion to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at his Senate offices.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reminds Me Of Plinking In My Youth


I saw this YouTube video by Ron Spomer that he released just yesterday. He compares shooting water filled milk jugs with a .375 H&H and a .22-250 Ackley Improved. You have to watch the video to see which cartridge wins.

Shooting water filled milk jugs reminds me of my late teens when my friend Robert and I would go to the range and shoot them with everything from a .22 to a .30-06. The overfilled ones were the best as they reacted more violently when hit by the .30-06 bullet. Call it plinking or call it a penetration test, it just fun.



Just Like Clockwork


The saying that the only two sure things in this world are death and taxes needs a revision. The revision would be to add that in a (purported) campus active shooter situation where little or nothing is known, Shannon Watts of Mommies Demanding Illegal Mayors will be tweeting about it and asking for more gun control.



The first report of an active shooter at Ohio State came in just before 10am EST. The above tweet was made at just a bit after 11am EST. I'd like to be able to say it was her first tweet but it wasn't. Shannon was tweeting within minutes of the first report.

Reports in the Columbus Dispatch about the incident are relatively sketchy. Some people are in the hospital reportedly with non-life threatening injuries. One of the attackers is reported dead. There is not identification of the attacker. There is no word on whether police killed the attacker or whether it was self-inflicted. There is no word on motive. There is no word on what type of weapon. The list goes on.

The bottom line is that Shannon Watts will use any attack or incident as a reason to push gun control regardless of the circumstances. Her blood dancing is really getting rather old.

UPDATE: More details of this "mass shooting" are coming out. The "shooter" actually hit a number of pedestrians with his car and then started stabbing them with a butcher knife. There were no firearms involved other than that of the OSU police officer who shot and killed the attacker approximately a minute after the attack began. The unnamed attacker is reported in another story to be a Somali refugee with permanent legal residence who was a student. Unlike earlier reports, there appears to have only been this one attacker. The motive for the attack is unknown at this time.

Cyber Monday Triggering Events


Triggering events are all the rage among the special snowflakes on college campuses. However, I don't think they mean these kind of triggers.

ALG Defense is selling their Advanced Combat Trigger (ACT) for 35% off. Normally these triggers sell for $69 but they are $44.85 today with free shipping. This sale is for today only and lasts until midnight or until they are sold out whichever comes first.

The other "triggering event" for Cyber Monday is from Geissele which is selling their G2S two-stage trigger for $115. This OEM trigger normally sells for $165. It also comes with free shipping.

I can highly recommend either of these triggers. I have the ACT trigger in at least one or two of my AR15s, and I have the G2S in what I call my Charlie Foxtrot Memorial DMR Special. If I hadn't inventoried and consolidated all my boxes of AR parts this weekend, I'd otherwise be participating in this sale.

To be clear, I'm just a very satisfied customer of ALG and Geissele. I have no vested or monetary interest in this sale other than wanting my readers to be able to get good triggers at good prices. A trigger upgrade is, in my opinion, one of the best upgrades you can make to a stock AR.

For something I do have a vested interest in, Amazon is having their Cyber Monday sale. The 8 GB Kindle Fire remains on sale for $33.33 until the end of the day. I use mine all the time as the Complementary Spouse has all but taken over use of my iPad. As a reminder, I donate 100% of all commissions earned to gun rights organizations.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Doing My Part To Stimulate The (Gun) Economy - 2016 Edition


This is my annual listing of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in guns, ammo, parts, knives, and other outdoor or 2A related items. Looking at the recent stock prices of Ruger and Smith & Wesson, it looks like the stock market is assuming the win by Donald Trump is negative for gun sales. That said, the stocks prices of Vista Outdoors and Olin have soared. We shall see.

Unlike in past years where I had tons and tons of links, this year I am sending readers to some excellent compilations. I really see no need to reinvent the wheel especially when they are doing such a fine job of it.

The first place I'd suggest going is to the Black Friday page of Slickguns.com. They have links to all the major outdoor and firearm retailers along with other gun deals. If you don't have an AR-15, this is the year to buy one. I saw a number of them in the $500 range. Brownells has the Aero Precision (not a low end brand!) OEM model for $524.99. All you need to is add a stock, handguards, and whatever kind of optics or iron sights that you want.

The second place I'd suggest going to Reddit for their /gundeal subreddit page. I was turned on to this (fortunately or unfortunately) by PDB. They do have a Black Friday thread. One deal I found that I couldn't pass up was for a CZ P-09 for under $400. The CZ P-07 was the same price.

Arfcom has multiple threads going on Black Friday deals. The official one is here. A secondary one dealing with reloading tools and components can be found here. If you are a member of Arfcom, then here is the official thread dedicated to team members.

If you are just looking for regular Black Friday circulars of all the major retailers, then I'd suggest this website.

Soldiersystems.net has a Black Friday page of more tactical items. The page was down right now but I'll post a link as soon as they are back up.   Here is the link to their Black Friday page.

Finally, I'd like to remind everyone that No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money is an Amazon affiliate. All commissions that I earn from your purchases go to non-profit gun rights organizations like the Second Amendment Foundation and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

One think you might want to look at is the Fire Tablet. I bought one last year and it functions as my alternative iPad. While it isn't as powerful as an iPad, it works for email, web browsing, Facebook, Reddit, and Kindle reading. For $33.33, you can't beat it. See the link below.

Shop Amazon Devices - Fire tablet only $33.33