Shooting with Iron sights is a bit like driving with a manual transmission. It’s always great to learn how to drive a manual but automatics the United States have become overwhelmingly common and few people ever learn to drive both.
For the same reasons you teach a new driver to drive an automatic,you should teach a new shooter to shoot with some sort of optic. It’s always weird how shooters demand new comers to learn with iron sights even though they are more complicated and can cause problems inthe range.
Here, we’re going to dispel a few myths about the purpose of the scope and what they actually do for shooters and give a few reasons as to why new shooter should always be taught with some sort of magnified optic or red Dot sight before they are taught with iron sights.
Purpose of a Scope
Scopes can do a lot for a shooter. They can be used to predict the ballistic performance of around and bring range estimation capabilities to the very forefront of your consciousness why your shooting but the two main things they do is simplify the aiming process and add magnification.
Simplifying the aiming process is one of the main reasons you should start a new shooter with an optic. Instead of having to align three things, the front sight, rear sight, and target, you only need to up two things, a reference point, andthe target. This allows you to deliver your fundamentals of marksmanship much easier, which is great for new shooters.
Telescopic sights also have the distinction of adding magnification. This is important because it optically brings the target closer to your eye and allows for finer adjustments of the site picture. In layman’s terms, it makes the target appear bigger, so you have an easier time lining up the crosshairs of the scope. In older people or just nervous people, magnified optics can help them see much better and allow for more fun time at the range.
Magnification does not help you shoot better, it helps you see better. Many people lose sight of this and they purchase scopes that are way too big thinking is going to make them better shooters. If you don’t have the fundamentals of marksmanship before you bought the scope, if you jerk your trigger or don’t fall through you’re going to have the same problems once you spend all the money getting your scope mounted up and dialed in. Make sure you know how to shoot before you start buying things to make you a better shooter. Start with simple optics and work your way up.
Why You Should Learn with a Scope First?
The primary reason to learn with a scope on the rifle first is thatit’s easier. Yes, this is the exact reason many people site is the reason why you should learn with iron sights first but in the grand scheme of things you are more likely to be using an optic that iron sights and with the beginning shooter it is much easier to get them moving and enjoying shooting with a scope that is with iron sights.
It Reduces Anxiety
Because scopes and optics are much easier to use than iron sights they reduce anxiety with new shooters that are afraid. Many people have a deer in the headlights look the first time they go shooting. With safety being the paramount lesson to be learned early on, and proper handling of a firearm being next marksmanship and proficiency with iron sights are far down the line. Throwing all of these concepts at a new shooter at once is a recipe for disaster. Every effort should be made to reduce anxiety and simplify new shooters experience at the range. This means using tools like low magnification optics and red dot gun sights.
It’s More Fun
Anyone who’s ever shot with a red dot optic at close range or on the move, or used a highly magnified scope to shoot targets at long-range will never forget it. Using optics is just plain fun. Telescopic scopes and optical gun sights at another depth to shooting that makes using firearms more enjoyable and making shooting more enjoyable for new shooters is the single best way to make sure they continue shooting.
It Adds Weight to Reduce Recoil
If you are shooting a medium to large war centerfire rifle for the first time, a heavy, high-powered optic can go a long way to attaining recoil and smoothing out the impulse. New shooters especially have a hard time managing recoil and a lightweight .308 hunting rifle the scope can be as much is a third of the overall poundage. Removing this wage can add significantly to the perceived recoil and is a bad idea for training a new shooter with a large rifle than they would normally be used too.
How & When to Transition to Iron Sights
Simply put, usually transitioned iron sights when you want to. Modern electronic a magnified optics are reliable enough that even on a home defense gun you can reasonably expect them to do their job and not rely on backup iron sights. That being said, every shooter at some point should become familiar with iron sights and be able to use them within at least 50 yards.
Batteries do die, and things do break but iron sights have been the standard for well over 200 years and there’s no telling how long in the future we will rely on them for aiming reference out to several hundred yards.
Men in the old West could shoot well out past 1000 yards with big bore buffalo guns and nothing but sliding iron sights. Nowadays were lucky if we get to shoot past 100 yards and many people never get the opportunity to range out with iron sights.
Do your best as a shooter to progress at your own pace and really learn how to safely handle a weapon. Iron sights are part of marksmanship, but scopes and other gun sights have become the norm and should form the bedrock of your marksmanship in the future they provide an enormously important tool for teaching new shooters.
McKinley Downing is an avid shooter & firearms instructor. He shoots, hunts and is a patriot in the sense that he enjoys pissing off gun grabbers and an anti-hunters. He has worked with and around firearms for several years, and enjoys talking to anyone interested in learning more about firearms and their 2nd Amendment rights. He currently writes for several online outlets on the use of guns and ammunition, you can find more articles from him on Outdoor Pursuit.
We are talking effective communication for the new gun rights activist. The struggle is real and you can win this thing if you are properly prepared to do battle. The opportunity to make a difference can come at any time and I want to share some stuff I have learned over the years about communicating. The USCCA is having a three day expo next week and I got a chance to snag my friend Tim Schmidt for an interview. http://uscca.blackmanwithagun.com to join up. Michael J. Woodland has a commentary about the attack on the Second Amendment. Atty. Andrew Branca is back with a Law of Self Defense tip and story of the week.
Pro-rights people are under attack every day. We are demonized, vilified, and maligned by people that get their point across more effectively than we do. Communicating effectively is more important than talking. The facts can get lost in the presentation. I want to share with you how to say the right thing at the right time. Communicating is secret sauce of life.
There are a lot of smart people that are not great communicators. If you can communicate with others, the opposite sex, other folks in our community or when you get the opportunity to speak against gun control, effectively it makes a difference. The newest tool of the anti-gun movement has been children. The only thing more precious might be your pets.
So what do you do? For many of us it is to counter-protest. The media will be selective and chose someone from our side that they can ridicule or discredit if possible. You won’t get chosen to speak if you are wearing a suit, clean shaven and not wearing a baseball hat. If they don’t have a choice they may still give you some camera time but edit what you say. You speak for 30 minutes and they put .30 seconds of that on the air.
I’ve been doing this since 1991 and would like to give you some tips. In addition to that I just so happened to get a copy of the anti-gunner playbook that I will gladly share with you if you ask. It’s an 80 page PDF I’ll exchange for a working email address from you. I am trying to grow an email list of leaders in our community so if you want a free copy, click here
Context is king for communication.
It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to. — Jean-Luc Godard
Context helps you listen. Think of context as anticipating your reader’s questions, and answering them. Get into their heads and hearts: You need to really understand how and when your messages are going to be in front of your audience and what they are thinking and feeling in that moment. Every word you use or visual you include is filtered through their state of mind at that moment. Some of you call that “emotion.” Don’t ever ignore the context of how, where and when your communication will fall into the audience’s day.
A Consistent Message
It’s where, how, when, and to whom, and how often you say it. For the pro-gun community, we have facts on our side but often lack the power of persuasion. We need to be as relentless as our opponents. If your message actually matters, then surely the time, place and tone you say it will matter equally.
Your communication requires a high level of accuracy in reporting information. Characteristics of effective interviews in media include clear dates, facts, resources and schedules that should be double-checked for completeness and clarity. Effective messages are also free of jargon, and slang.
For example, the reporter says: What is your response to the fact that more children are shot and killed in the US than anywhere in the industrialized world?
YOU say passionately that I heard that too but I know it’s not true, did you know that criminals are included? Yeah according to the CDC, over half of all homicides of victims aged 15-19 are gang-related. The same study found that gang-related homicides are more likely to involve firearms than those that are not (95% versus 69%).
Effective messages include a clear purpose to inform, persuade or collaborate with the intended audience. The message should be designed according to the audience’s level of understanding, potential reaction and relationship with the composer. Generally, it’s best to include only one main idea in each message, unless there are closely related issues that must be addressed together. Having a clear purpose in mind for this communication will also help determine the medium used to deliver the message.
Prepare at least three solid points for when the reporter sticks a microphone into your face or attaches you a lapel mic. Knowing that you will be edited, keep your message succinct, know that the camera is rolling if you are in their presence. Nothing is off camera for you. If the question is off base deliver your points, regardless of what was asked. If they want to use your sound byte give them the complete message of what you prepared. For example, the reporter says,
Thank you for agreeing to speak with us. What do you have to say in response to the uniquely destructive role that the NRA plays in America?
You respond with a smile, and say, I’m not sure where you get your facts but as a good neighbor, an active recreational and competition shooter I know that though the number of firearms owned by private citizens has been increasing steadily since 1970, and that the overall rate of homicides and suicides has not risen.
The most effective messages are short, engaging and to the point. Figure out how to provide infotainment. Don’t deliver or respond to the sound bite the same dry, I know more than you, you are an idiot look. Look at Wayne LaPierre, don’t be him. There is only one Wayne. You be you. To be effective your communication should include a bit of creativity but not buffoonery.
Overall, and more important than the truth here is getting your message across. The other side knows this. That is why they are pimping kid victims and indoctrinating them with the PDF I want to share with you.
Socialist youth are made not born. – Kenn Blanchard
Draw attention to their ridiculousness of their claims. Illustrate it, tell a story, everyone, even the ignorant care about personal safety. Frame your response so you don’t look like a smarty pants, know it all but a concerned responsible father, brother, mother, sister. Be self-deprecating if possible, appeal to the audience not the reporter or speaker. Be as emotional as you have to be to be true to you. You know this stuff matters. You know the truth. I am not saying you have to go for it like a Pentecostal preacher but …
“You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas.” – Davy Crockett
Although I try to keep a lid on the salty language in this column, sometimes it is really tempting. As a law abiding gun owner, it sure has been difficult lately not to give some people some directions to a…much warmer location. Especially since the gun controllers have been feeling their oats following the Parkland school shooting, and the hundred-or-so million of us who have done nothing wrong have been feeling the heat.
It is really easy to get discouraged with the relentless attack on one-third of the American population and the accusations of complicity in the murder of children. The mass media amplification of the minority voice which favors massive control can certainly make us feel isolated and alone in our support of the 2nd Amendment.
But it is a false narrative, and I can prove it to you. Come see me…and over 80,000 kindred spirits…at the 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas. If you are a law-abiding gun owner who understands and values the right to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Constitution of the United States, you owe it to yourself to join us in Dallas the first weekend in May.
While Michael Bloomberg, George Clooney, and other elitists organized and funded the so-called March For Our Lives (a protest against civil rights), the NRAAM is a display of true grassroots. How many would have attended the March For Our Lives if they had had to pay their own way? We’ll never know. But in one month we will see over 80,000 individuals celebrate liberty in Dallas, and they’ll do it on their own dime.
The stakes could not be higher. The forces which wish to eradicate gun rights in this country are feeling brave right now. The mask is off, and they feel safe in their contempt for us and our liberty. But they are wrong. We are the good guys (and gals). We are going to gather in Dallas and show them who we are.
We are people who say “please” and “thank you” and “excuse me.” We recognize the responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with the exercise our right to keep and bear arms, and are exceedingly law abiding and safe gun owners. We do not have blood on our hands. No matter how the antis try to portray us, we are not the problem.
So if the constant stream of vilification from the anti-gun rights has you down, I can think of no better cure than to gather with the good people of the National Rifle Association in Dallas. Let the haters go…well, you know. I am going to Texas. Hope to see you there.
As a podcaster that has been a gun rights activist since 1991 and podcasting since 2007 I had the opportunity to meet Tim Schmidt, the founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association back in 2010. Tim helped with the one and only Second Amendment March that happened in Washington DC on the Mall. The USCCA today is a membership organization that provides education, training and the insurance-backed Self-Defense SHIELD to responsibly armed Americans like us..
Since its inception in 2003, and together with its flagship publication Concealed Carry Magazine, the USCCA has proudly supported a community of hundreds of thousands of patriots from all around the country. It’s our mission to arm our loyal members with the tools they need to safely and confidently protect themselves and their loved ones with the utmost peace of mind.
Do you want some peace of mind when you carry your firearm legally that you won’t be alone if you have to defend yourself in court after you save your life? Join them and protect your family knowing the USCCA Has Your Back Before, During, And After A Deadly Force Incident. Members get access to classes, training and resources to help you sharpen your skills.
If you think you want to do this, please consider using my link as I have an affiliate deal with them so if you decide that this is what you are looking for I get the credit for hooking you up.
Doing the right thing shouldn’t cost you everything…
You and I both know we have a gun to protect our family…but at the same time we pray to God we never have to use it.
But if you ARE ever forced to pull the trigger, I want to make sure you’re 100% prepared for what comes AFTER the smoke clears…
For someone who has not held a gun before, sometimes it can be intimidating to get into a shooting range. The worst can be when you do not know the general etiquette when it comes to a shooting range. Well, the first experiences are always daunting for most people, so make sure to learn more from this guide. We get to share with you some of the important tips you should always know before you can go to the shooting range.
With these tips at the back of your mind, you will be in a position to know how well to adapt to the new shooting environment. Let us get right into it.
1 Always listen to the range safety officer (RSO)
This is your first time at the shooting range, so the chances of knowing all the rules are slim. The RSO is in charge of the safety while at the range, so you might want to listen to what he says all the time. The office is your friend and always available to help whenever possible. This means that if you have any questions about how to behave while at the range, then he would advise you accordingly. With the rules in mind, you would know how to keep yourself safe and learn more in an environment where multiple people are shooting each time.
2 Have your range bag packed
You will always need a gun range bag with you or else how are you going to carry your gear? You need to find a durable bag, as it would often be carrying a lot of heavy stuff for the shooting range depending on the number of accessories that you have. You could use a sports duffel bag or a specially made range bag for the shooting range activity.
You are likely to have 2 pistols at most for a beginner, eyes and ears protection, 2 boxes o ammo, masking tape, a multi-tool, notepad, pen, and a towel or rag. You can always check out various reviews on the bag you want to buy before getting one.
3 Have a ball cap ready
Well, a ball cap is one accessory you will always find shooters wearing at the range. Some would have wondered why this is always the case. For someone who is shooting a semi-auto pistolor a rifle, the ejected brass might bounce more before settling on the ground. Sometimes it might bounce towards your face and that is something you do not want to experience on your face. With the ball cap on your head, it would help in deflecting it to other places.
The worst is when you try to dodge the hot brass while at the same time shooting at a target.
4 Always stick to your lane
Each shooter would be assigned a lane where they get to practice the shooting. Make sure to walk into the lane, hang the target and start unpacking the ammo and gun. It is possible to have a range safety officer approaching where you are to see whether you are following the basic safety rules of the range. Where you are not sure, ask him rather than asking another beginner in the next lane.
5 Always keep the gun pointed in the safe space
As part of safety, you need to keep the gun pointed in the safe space even when not shooting. The safe space, in this case, would be pointing downrange. Still, when we say downrange, it has to be straight and not pointing up or down. You should also keep the finger off the trigger until you are ready to start shooting as part of safety. You will only get to start shooting when you have focused on the target in front of you.
6 Clean up after shooting
It is crucial that you get to clean after you are done with the shooting. During the time of the shooting, you would get brass all over your shooting lane. You might want to clean up that once you are done with the shooting. The RSO might do it for you or give you directions on how to do so. Whenever you are not sure, always ask to get directions on how to clean up your area.
7 Always record the number of rounds fired
If you want to know that you are getting better at shooting, then you have to consider making some recordings. Take down the number of rounds you have fired for the day and how many have hit the target. It is also not just about knowing your stats but help in scheduling when to buy the next box of ammo and also clean the gun. Having a clean gun is always important so that it can keep firing correctly.
8 Let the barrel cool
By the time you have shot 300 rounds through the gun, the barrel will be quite hot for you to just pack the weapon at that time. It is advisable to give it a few minutes for it to cool before packing it in the range bag. You could spend your time watching the other shooters or having a chat with the RSO to learn more about the safety rules while at the range since you are still new.
9 Wipe down the gear
It is important to maintain cleanliness when it comes to handling your gun and magazines. This is where the work of the towel or rag comes in. These two will have gunpowder, so the best way would be wiping them before storing them in the bag.
10 Wash your hands and face
You should also clean up after the shooting activity. Just washing the face and hands should be enough, as you will be having visible gunpowder on these body parts. Just using cold water should be sufficient to remove the gunpowder residue easily.
If you are new to a shooting range, you now know some of the things you have to always consider. The list does not stop there as some of the things you will have to learn them as you continue with your shooting at the range. Always listen to the safety officers and you should be fine.
Roy, Hunter and Survivalist
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On 24 March 2018 there was a huge march in Washington, DC funded by the super rich against gun owners. Kenn Blanchard talks about the shotgun in self defense, Michael J. Woodland on a survivors mindset, Andrews Branca gives a tip on the judicial system, and Kenn shares the news of the tragedy in Maryland with a school shooting. Kenn inspires and tries to encourage the law abiding gun owner now demonized. Gun control, gun rights, civil rights, and civil liberties explained.
Is the shotgun a one size fits all tool for self-defense? Probably not. It is an effective tool and worth considering when choosing a home defense weapon. For one thing, it is still a very economical option when compared to carbines.
There are many misconceptions surrounding the home defensive shotgun . The stuff Hollywood puts out is misleading. For the record, you can easily miss with a shotgun. Movie scatterguns may lift grown men completely off their feet or stop large cars in their tracks, but real ones don’t do anything like that. The shotgun remains an excellent choice of armament for use in home or where concealment is not an issue.
The shotgun has been a ubiquitous home-defense tool for decades but it has lost its sparkle over the years. As I spoke of last week, the AR-platform rifles are getting cheaper and the fact that they are almost, endlessly customizable, and available in nearly every modern caliber under the sun, it becomes harder and harder to justify the harsh recoil and comparatively clunky operation of a shotgun.
Defensive shotguns still have a wide array of configurations, accessories, and ammunition types. Tactically, a shotgun offers four points of contact to steady and guide an easier-to-aim barrel. And then there’s the “terminal energy.” In each typical shotshell of 00 Buck, there are nine pellets that combine to deliver roughly 1500 ft.-lbs. of energy to the target—or four times the energy of a .45 ACP bullet fired from a Model 1911 pistol. Factor in five to nine shells capable of being fired in rapid succession, and what you have is one of the most formidable arms for home defense ever conceived. The point is simple–proper selection of a fighting shotgun and effective ammunition, combined with training, give the defensive shooter one of the most devastating firearms possible.
The shotgun doesn’t have to be the shoulder-breaker that it is often stereotyped as. Excessive recoil is going to negatively impact performance during training as well as during defensive situations, and as many of us have found out one way or another, shotguns can generate a ton of recoil.
In states where magazine capacity is restricted, there may not even be a substantial capacity disparity between the shotgun and other defense platforms to begin with, which makes the shotgun an even more attractive option for those of us faced with excessive legislation against the law abiding.
Shot guns come in several flavors all categorized by their actions, some are.
Breech: The breech types are for hunting and sport shooting not defense.
Training is what makes a difference.
PORN, YOUTUBE and Gun Sites NEWS
Pornography is any image, picture, statue, advertisement, writing, etc. whose purpose is to create sexual titillation. In modern Western culture, sex has become such a public topic that the lines between what is legitimate and what is illicit are harder and harder to draw. In fact, sexual images have become so prominent that what used to be considered soft porn, is now considered tame enough to be on prime time television. And while it used to be that people could only get access to it in magazines behind the counter – and then only at certain stores – it is now so pervasive that virtually anyone can access any kind of porn through the most basic internet connection. Many now even question why Christians think pornography is such a big deal.
It is possible for a person to become desensitized to just about anything. Many people who live around abject poverty get to where they hardly even notice it. People who play violent video games often become so desensitized that even real violence is seen as no big deal. This technique is even used by the military to desensitize young recruits. And to get into the topic we are dealing with today, pornography has become so prominent in our society that we hardly even notice it anymore – much less think of it as something bad and destructive. A great example of this is the many “soft porn” TV commercials advertising everything from lingerie to hamburgers. It is so prevalent that most people aren’t even embarrassed anymore when they are shown.
There are many reasons why pornography is a bad thing. Some of those reasons include the fact that it is instrumental in breaking up marriages, it desensitizes people concerning the true significance of sexuality, it objectifies people – turning them into objects of self-gratification instead of persons of worth – and it creates literal addictions which, in turn, lead to acts of perversion.
From a Christian perspective it is bad because it rips people out of their personal fellowship with God. It changes our hearts. Pornography makes sex purely an object of self gratification. In any area, when our life is focused on gratifying ourselves rather than accomplishing the purpose of God, we have put ourselves in a position which is outside of our relationship with God.
As Christians, we need to be living and expressing our own faith (worldview beliefs) in a way which not only serves to eliminate this destructive influence, but which, literally, changes the hearts of individuals.
In the news I referenced came from this one:
Gun enthusiasts publishing videos to Pornhub amid YouTube crackdown
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, March 23, 2018, 11:06 AM
It’s getting hard to share gun videos on the internet these days.
A recently announced YouTube crackdown on a portion of its gun-related content has pushed some users to a new, unorthodox hub willing to host their content.
InRangeTV, which has more than 144,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel, has opted instead to publish its videos on Pornhub. A search of the adult website turns up a series of clips including one that sees hosts comparing a Glock 19 and a Hudson H9.
Though it’s listed among racier clips common to a porn site, the video appears exactly as it does on YouTube.
InRangeTV on its Facebook page said the move was an effort to defend “freedom of expression on the internet.”
“We will not be seeking any monetization from PornHub and do not know what their monetization policies are, we are merely looking for safe harbor for our content and for our viewers,” wrote Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, who run the popular gun review blog.
YouTube on Monday announced new policy regarding gun-related content shared to the website.
Starting next month, videos that offer instruction on how to make firearms and accessories — like bump stocks and silencers — will no longer be allowed on the popular video-sharing platform. Content detailing modifications to guns and videos aiming to sell firearms and accessories will also be prohibited under the new policies.
Several gun adovcates have slammed YouTube for the move. (INRANGETV VIA YOUTUBE)
“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.
“While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories, specifically items like ammunition, gatling triggers and drop-in auto sears.”
Prominent pro-gun bloggers and advocates were quick to denounce the move, many of them expressing their frustration on social media.
“The liberal left will slowly chip away at our freedoms and erode our rights, and the first step is to squelch our voice,” Florida-based gun manufacturer, Spike’s Tactical wrote on Facebook.
“To say we’re f—ing pissed is an understatement.”
The new policies are slated to go into full effect on April 20.
The announcement comes just more than a month after a gunman killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida. The student survivors of the deadly attack have since thrust the issue of gun violence into the national spotlight
YouTube today updated its policies on videos containing firearm and firearm modifications, banning demo videos, how-tos, and anything containing links to sites that sell guns. Needless to say, the gun enthusiast community on the site is not taking happy about it, and some are starting to find unconventional new hosts for their content.
According to YouTube’s updated policies, it will no longer allow content that:
…intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items …Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities, [or] Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.
The community is already starting to feel the pressure, as several channels are seeing videos disappear, according to Motherboard. One popular channel, Spike’s Tactical, was taken down entirely for content that, according to a notice posted to the channel’s Facebook page, “promotes violent or dangerous acts.” The channel has since been reinstated, and YouTube told Bloomberg the takedown was a mistake.
At least one of the vloggers in question has turned to a different platform: PornHub. InRangeTV, a channel with over 100,000 subscribers, said in a statement on Facebook that it was “merely looking for a safe harbor for our content and for our viewers.” It also said, “YouTube’s recent update on their policy towards firearm content is extremely poorly worded and open ended.”
YouTube first began taking down videos with gun modifications last October, following the massacre in Las Vegas. At the time, the big target seemed to be bump stocks, a modification allegedly used by shooter Stephen Paddock to tragic effect.
We’ll have to wait and see if other gun enthusiasts follow InRange over to PornHub and other video sites. Though if I were Vimeo, I’d be feeling very unappreciated right now.
I sitting at home cooling like I usually do, and I got an email from a European leather guy named Luke. Luke said hey man, like what you are doing can I send you one of my holsters to try? A couple of weeks passed by and I remembered I had not responded to Luke. So I emailed him back and he said, go on my website and pick something. Is that nice or what? Christmas in March, man.
Well, I thought to myself. Smith and Wesson just sent me a M&P 9mm 2.0 to review so I ordered a OWB with a two position slant leather right handed holster for it from CraftHolsters.com
Luke said ok and in a few days it was in at my door. My wife, hollers, what did you buy now? You know we are on fixed income. My wife.
This holster is solid. The leather is good quality. The stitching is neat, clean and tight. This is a quality holster. I have had my share. I would rank this right up there with DeSantis, Galco and El Paso Saddlery.
When I put the M&P in it, I had the usual resistance on the thumb snap until the leather stretched over the back strap for a secure fit.
I expect it will work itself out after doing a couple of hundred repetitions of drawing in my dry fire practice.
As holsters go, I give this one a five-star rating.
I first saw the Joyce Pipe on Instagram. As a cigar smoker I was interested in learning about the pipe that smokes like a cigar for several reasons. Pipe tobacco is usually easier on the nostrils for people like my wife that detest smoke of all kinds minus a barbeque pit. My grandfather used to smoke an old pipe with the smell of Cherry flavored tobacco that I associate instantly with a calm, wise old man with stories and laughter. The pipe on Instagram was handmade by a former pastor that moved out of a busy city to the country of the upper west coast where he makes a living designing and creating these individual pipes that smoke like cigars.
It’s made out of various types of wood with acrylic and stone inlays where the band would go on a traditional cigar. It is created with a chamber inside so that it smokes cooler than a cigar would. You have a choice of the color of the wood, and the band.
Smoking a cigar pipe is similar to smoking a pipe. You purchase your tobacco, you pack it, tamp it, pack it and light it. As the tobacco burns the ashes spill out so I had to tip the cigar pipe up at an angle in between puffs. It was enjoyable. It will be my go to smoke when with the family on outings.
The artisan, Ben Joyce is as nice as his creations. It was a pleasure to speak with him and interview him for one of my podcast episodes of the Speak Life Podcast.
Go to joycepipes.com and see what you can come up with. Get a custom cigar pipe or purchase one already finished from his collection.
If you like the feel of a 1911 but prefer a 9 mm shot, check out this new gun from rock island armory. It even comes with the exotic .22 TCM barrel conversion. Almost like having to guns in one. The company is solid and originally out of the Philippines. These brothers do good work. They are nice people to talk to —all around. Here’s me and the head dude of RIA, “Bolo”.
For every day carry it’s a little heavy but depending on your size, you might be able to work it out. It is definitely a collectible and a fun gun to own though.
I really enjoyed shooting this gun.
RIA is famous for mastering the development of the 1911 platform. For over 30 years, they’ve advanced the scope of their research and engineering team with the commercial launch of the meteoric 22 TCM cartridge in the 1911 format. Delivering over 2000 fps in a handgun while offering both single stack and high capacity options, the TCM series introduces the most potent and versatile 1911 in the market today. It’s known for light recoil without sacrifice in muzzle energy and penetrating impact abilities. Also built in mid size, full size and high capacity options with both Standard and Tactical configurations, each TCM series handgun includes a drop-in 9mm barrel adding another proven ammunition option in one firearm. Once you rule the fire breathing dragon, you’ll never want to put it down. MSRP $820
Rock island armory
The TCM Rock Standard MS HC is constructed in 4140 Ordnance steel and refined by our carefully managed hand fitting process. (not a light gun)
It’s built to drive the factory original Rock Island 22 TCM cartridge at over 1850fps and features a 4.25” barrel with penetrating impact and unprecedented light recoil. Add a double stack mag well with 17-round capacity and the TCM MS Rock Standard earns respect for delivering a constant high velocity payload. Includes a skeletonized hammer and trigger with adjustable over travel stop and low profile anti-snag front and rear sights. This pistol is fitted with checkered polymer grips and finished with a durable parkerized coating.
Complete with a drop-in 9mm accessory barrel, the TCM Rock Standard offers the best in old and new.
If you’re a collector or just enjoy shooting, get one of these.
For the record, I’ve been African American, Black not Hispanic most of my life. Before that I was Colored, Negro, and Afro- American. I’m over 50 so I have weathered the social and cultural storm. I am not confused.
I’ve been there done that, and got the scars to prove it.
Also, the title of this post and podcast is to bring attention to the foolishness which has become our normal. Some of you will get that later.
If you are still reading, let me share some stuff with you that is true and factual. Some information about gun control, deliberate misinformation, and fear based hypocrisy regarding a mechanical device called the AR-15. I have one and want to share why I “aint scared.”
The Armalite Rifle (AR-15) is the subject of debate, hysteria and fearmongering since a murderer used one in Parkland, Florida. Over the past twenty-five years of my tenure in the gun community I have seen and heard this argument over and over again. The laws that are proposed only affect the innocent, and the law abiding gun owner. The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Act (the Federal Assault Weapons Ban) was enacted as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to 2004 it did not work. The AWB did not prevent the 1999 Columbine massacre either. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people at a high school in Colorado, carrying two illegal sawed-off shotguns as well as a Hi-Point 995 carbine and Tec-DC9 pistol.
The bill was originally written by Vice President Joe Biden—then a Senator—no crime bill before or after was bigger. Inside the 356-page bill is the Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), which banned any new manufacture of semiautomatic rifles that accept a detachable magazine and had two additional cosmetic features from this list:
· Folding or collapsible stock
· Pistol grip
· Bayonet mount
· Flash suppressor or threaded barrel
· Grenade launcher mount
Along with the firearms ban was the stop to any new manufacture of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The AWB’s intention was to stop mass shootings and lower homicide rates of law enforcement officers.
Remember Sandy Hook? Some anti rights folks, claim the assault weapons ban would have prevented Adam Lanza from obtaining the firearm he used. However, during the time of the shooting, Connecticut had its own assault weapons ban in effect. The alleged Bushmaster Lanza stole from his mother was legally purchased and owned in Connecticut.
The AR-15 was developed in the late 1950s as a civilian weapon by Eugene Stoner, a former Marine working for small California startup called ArmaLite (which is where the AR comes from). The gun, revolutionary for its light weight, easy care and adaptability with additional components, entered the mainstream in the mid-1960s, after Colt bought the patent and developed an automatic-fire version for troops in Vietnam, called the M16. I had a M16A1 in 1980 in MCRD Parris Island.
Why is it good?
The AR is a lightweight, magazine-fed, gas-operated semi-automatic rifle. It was designed to be manufactured with the extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials. They can be chambered in .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.
These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches. AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag. The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different “uppers” (the barrel and chamber) to the “lower” (the grip, stock).
This is why some people compare the AR-15 to a car chassis, others to Legos or Mr. Potato Head. It is relatively easy to take it apart, reassemble it and modify it ─ including changes to the caliber of ammunition it fires. Pushing the gun’s “takedown pins” with his fingers, he broke his gun down into its basic components, and within several seconds snapped it back together.
Building an AR-15 at home often begins with buying a “lower receiver,” the only part with a serial number and that requires a federal background check. The rest of the core parts are available online. Then there is a seemingly endless array of accessories: barrels, grips, stocks, rails, magazines and scopes.
Everything about the AR-15 platform can be changed to fit the specific end user and their intended use. Long range shooters might add a longer barrel and big scope to the gun for increased accuracy. Those interested in home defense might choose a shorter barrel and add a flashlight to the gun. You can even change the grip to fit your hand exactly and make shooting more comfortable.
Hundreds of thousands of new hunters use the AR-15 platform (which is often sold in complete configurations specifically designed for hunting). The gun is rugged, reliable, portable and accurate. What’s more, the ability to quickly and easily change the rifle’s caliber offers American hunters a huge advantage.
Before the AR-15 rifle made its way onto the market gun owners needed to buy a different gun for each caliber and application.
Shooters were also stuck with their rifle’s ergonomics. If the stock was too long or too short there wasn’t much they could do—except pay a gunsmith to modify the gun. The same was true if you didn’t like the rifle’s trigger or the sights. Changing anything was a major pain in the butt.
For self-defense the AR-15 is an easy-to-use and effective rifle for self-defense, both at close and distant ranges. It’s also the reason the police rely on AR-15s to counter active shooters.
Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.
Misconceptions from the ‘hood.
AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic — a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
FYI: The M16 was not the original so called assault rifle, the German created at in WWII with a rifle called the Sturmgewehr 44 or STG 44.
Re-naming AR-15’s “assault rifles” is comparable to how folks named health care legislation (Obama Care) the “Affordable Care Act”.
Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.
1. Owning a rifle does not equal murder.
2. Owning a rifle does not mean I am evil.
3. Owning a rifle does not mean I don’t have faith in God.
I am a steward of everything God has given me. He has given me the ability to get training, knowledge, and learn how to be safe, accurate and secure as a person. With this I can protect others and have fun with this device.
Shooting these rifles is fun.
The skill required to shoot accurately past one hundred yards is no joke.
Being in the gun community, being an advocate for 20 plus years is starting to really pay off for me. I got a chance to visit the LWRCI shop in Cambridge, Maryland last summer. I had a ball. What made it for me was that it was in the town on Harriet Tubman. It was in a formerly poor part of the Eastern Shore. The folks there have a choice of either farming, working for Frank Purdue in the chicken realm, or become skilled craftspersons at a machine shop that makes high performance rifles. I saw old ladies, old dudes, young people cranking out, finishing, polishing, engraving, cutting, sanding, and building beautiful works of art that you can shoot.
Some people collect rifles for nostalgia. It reminds them of a movie, a war, a time period. For me it is to support my state, one of the most un gun friendly states in the union and the people that work for LWRCI.
Can I tell you about this rifle? (seen in the picture)
The LWRCI™ Di is made with the same craftsmanship and design excellence that comes with every LWRCI™ firearm. I have seen the African American hands that put these together. It’s built from the ground up to be more than just another direct impingement rifle, the LWRCI™ Di delivers the quality every rifle enthusiast demands with innovation that’s expected from LWRCI™. It has a “keyless” bolt carried design, combined with an operating system . It has an ambidextrous lower receiver is compatible with the rest of our IC family, you can upgrade your Di to our flagship, piston-driven IC just by switching out the upper.
LWRCI™ A2 BIRDCAGE FLASH HIDER
LWRCI™ AMBIDEXTROUS SLING MOUNT
LWRCI™ AMBIDEXTROUS CHARGING HANDLE
LWRCI™ ADJUSTABLE COMPACT STOCK
CALIBER 5.56 NATO
BARREL 16.1” [40.9cm]
WEIGHT 6.6lbs [2.9kg]
O/A LENGTH 32″-35.25″ [81.3-89.5cm]
MUZZLE THREADS 1/2 x 28 TPI
RIFLING 1:7″ RH
How these guns work.
The bolt carrier acts as a movable cylinder and the bolt itself acts as a stationary piston. This mechanism is often called “direct gas impingement” (DGI), although it differs from prior gas systems. Designer Eugene Stoner did not consider the AR-15 to be a conventional direct impingement mechanism, but that is how it came to be characterized.
Gas is tapped from the barrel as the bullet moves past a gas port located above the rifle’s front sight base. The gas expands into the port and down a gas tube, located above the barrel that runs from the front sight base into the AR-15’s upper receiver. Here, the gas tube protrudes into a “gas key” (bolt carrier key), which accepts the gas and funnels it into the bolt carrier.
At this point, the bolt is locked into the barrel extension by locking lugs, so the expanding gas forces the bolt carrier backward a short distance. As the bolt carrier moves toward the butt of the gun, the bolt cam pin, riding in a slot on the bolt carrier, forces the bolt to rotate and thus unlocks it from the barrel extension. Once the bolt is fully unlocked it begins its rearward movement along with the bolt carrier. The bolt’s rearward motion extracts the empty cartridge case from the chamber. As soon as the neck of the case clears the barrel extension, the bolt’s spring-loaded ejector forces it out the ejection port in the side of the upper receiver.
Behind the bolt carrier is a plastic or metal buffer, which rests in line with a return spring. The buffer spring begins to push the bolt carrier and bolt back toward the chamber once it is
Being into guns is not a strange weird thing people have been hunting with long guns for centuries, collecting, passing them on as heirlooms, investing in them.
Shooting is an internationally recognized Olympic sport.
Having a gun makes you better able to defend your family.
If gun ownership one day is made illegal, criminals won’t turn in their guns. Gun control makes easy prey out of law-abiding citizens. The police can’t come to help you until AFTER a crime has been committed. Having a gun may enable you to stay alive long enough to call for help from the police. Our courts regularly return violent criminals to the streets to do their crimes again.
Guns in the home are safe, when gun owners keep guns responsibly. More children die every year in swimming pool accidents than in gun accidents.
It is a fact that armed American men and women prevent two million crimes every year with their guns.
Self-defense is more honorable and better for society than being a victim. It is up to YOU to act responsibly for your own safety, and the safety of your family.
It is true that cities which impose strict gun control create the highest assault and murder rates in America.
The most violent cities involve gang members that shoot other gang members. The average gun owner never uses his or her gun to commit a crime.
Most states issue permits to carry concealed handguns. Men and women who get permits take gun safety classes, and have extensive criminal background checks.
These people make everyone a little safer, wherever they may be.
Imagine walking out to a outdoor range where the sky is blue and the grass is green like a golf course. You can’t even see the target without binoculars or the scope on your rifle. But if you are old school like me, you are using iron sights. The Zen of shooting is the ability to decompress, block out the troubles of the day, concentrate on your breathing, marksmanship skills and the abilities of the rifle you probably put together. Your goal is to hit a target accurately and continuously a foot ball field away.
The Japanese had bows or swords, we now have the AR15. It is the same art really, just a different choice of weapon but the mind game is the same – getting rid of “mind” so that one can just hit the target naturally. It’s a Zen thing.
If you still don’t get it after everything I said, then maybe you are not someone I would want around me or my family. Just saying…