Last week we hit the 600 mark on podcast. I started in the winter of 2006 and have learned a lot about myself, the world and the gun community as a result.
The podcast ties together the friends, instructors, activist, and gun owners I have met since 1991.
I use the show to not only talk about guns, products and politics but to encourage, inspire and entertain this group of patriots, great citizens, and family members using the power of podcasting.
Gun rights activist, firearms instructor, humanitarian and patriot, Rev. Kenn Blanchard is raising money to travel this Spring to meet you, his friends.
This design will be made into a high quality, PVC key chains to sell as mementos to reaching 600 episodes on the Black Man with A Gun Show podcast and being a leader in the grassroots gun community since 1991.
“The Second Amendment is for everyone.” I have to repeat the mantra of fellow former US Marine, gun rights activist, and podcaster Tony Simon. I know people that don’t realize they are free. They believe that the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are subjective. They have allowed injustices to occur because they feel that things don’t apply to them.
A right delayed is a right denied – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But where are we collectively as gun rights advocates when it comes to the recent police shootings of Black Men With Guns? I had a different draft post before I read this article from The Rolling Stones Magazine.
Here’s an excerpt from The “Good Guy With A Gun” is Never Black.”
The lack of ability to imagine black people as heroes may be one explanation for these shootings. That was one of the countless things that James Baldwin was right about. American fiction is a significant contributor to our ideas of heroism both on the page and onscreen, and as the author both wrote and said in 1965, “It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, and although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you.” Regardless of color, we all are trained from an early age not merely to synchronize whiteness and heroism, but are fed narratives that discourage us from forming any other conclusion. Barack Obama wasn’t enough to change that, to say nothing of Lando Calrissian, Roger Murtaugh or Axel Foley. Not even T’Challa from Black Panther or Chris from Get Out. A childhood of seeing men of color as cannon fodder for Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and other assorted Good White Guys With Guns has an effect on folks.
This article made me remember that I have been here before.I have thought many times since 1986 about the possibility of being shot myself by a law enforcement officer even after graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.Being pro-gun, African American and a staunch supporter of gun rights doesn’t make me immune.
The accidental death of an African American man in Alabama by a police officer is not news you want to read on Thanksgiving holidays, much less have happen at all. As a responsible gun owner where should we be in this conversation?
If you are a Black person, the lens in which you look at the recent shootings of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, and Jemel Roberson can be different.
I know police are not shooting African Americans for fun and profit. This stuff still bother us, regardless of color. Blaming the police broadly is a “cop-out.”
If you are a law enforcement officer I would dare to say that you hate to hear about this, knowing that it will make your job even harder than it already is.
Let’s look at the police.
The police have a difficult job. They are called to act before all the facts are known in dangerous situations. They have to basically jump into a crowd of strangers and figure out the good guys from the bad guys. When they get it wrong someone dies.
Have you ever heard of “Qualified Immunity.” It is a legal defense where government officials are held harmless if they followed established procedures. It is that established procedure that will be exonerate or incarcerate the police officer in question. The details won’t make it out of court. You only will see the drama. Folks will protest without knowing what was said in court. Even what you can see on video isn’t ironclad. There are always circumstances.
I am not excusing anything that has happened.
Police departments that can afford it use simulators to train when to shoot and when not to shoot. This reality based training is extremely useful in exposing weaknesses in police policy and in officer training. I know for a fact that training is the first thing cut out from a departments budget. And some people shouldn’t be police officers.
The truth is, you can’t fix stupid.
We hold law enforcement to a different standard but it is not fair. They are still just people.
The Media is challenged to report on what will get the most amount of eyes. As consumers, we will change the channel if there is no exciting news. Fear sells. We like to believe the worst of people before we watch good news so the media broadcasts daily, imagery of dangerous black men, criminals, using and dealing drugs, over-sexed, unemployable, idle and the epitome of death and doom. It is amplified by pop music and underground loving culture and ignorance, that promotes the negative stereotypes. We have no problem with that. That is why is it reported on a loop. It is sensational. Its media worthy. It divides. It sells.
Black people have already started the campaign against all police. That is wrong.
Fear. False Expectation Appearing Real.
The racism that everybody always brings up is really based on a fear of loss. Almost everything we do is based on the fear of loss. We buy stuff we don’t need because of it. White supremacy is based on the fear of losing the so-called Whiteprivilege. Fear of loss touches on almost everything you can name. This is all because of the psychology of fear. We are not as free as our Constitution allows.
We fear those different than us. What was once a defense mechanism is now a flaw.
We are conditioned to fear. We learn fear. We are afraid of the unknown. We are afraid that a black man will kill us. The myth of the predatory Black man has been used to instill fear in whites and to justify their brutality and violence against Black individuals, communities and continents since the 1600’s. The narrative has been passed down from one generation to the next and is still used to underwrite injustice against Black people.
We project this fear. Have you ever heard of projection? That is when one accuses someone of having traits they refuse to acknowledge in themselves.
The behavior of people around us also can influence our responses to threats. You ever see people run because everyone else is running? It is a smart response to crime prevention.
“Fear has a certain contagious feature to it, so the fear in others can elicit fear in ourselves. It’s conditioning. We come into the world knowing how to be afraid, because our brains have evolved to deal with nature.”
The truth is this is sad. This has happened before. Fear and perception cloud our judgements. Until I started to look “older” I used to cause quite a few people to move fast across the street, lock car doors when I approached or clutch their wallets/purses. I have been followed in the stores. I have been accused of “casing” a place while shopping. This is our society. I know that all it takes is one bad apple to make us accuse thousands of people in any group.
WTH do we do now? How can we stop this? How can we keep our nation together? How do we stop it from happening tomorrow?
I want to hear your opinions. But really think about what I said. The tragic killing of people that scare us, isn’t new. Don’t restate the problem? What do you suggest we do to solve this?
I think a lot of what is put out about 3D Blueprinting guns is bovine excrement (BS). I admit that some of the reports are true, but I don’t believe the hype is warranted. It doesn’t represent freedom. It doesn’t present a clear and present danger. It is just another “thing.”
I say this because I see the folks that are benefiting from the attention. This thing has been around since 2013 and is coming from what looks like to me a guy loving the attention with his ugly plastic gun called the Liberator. Which looks a little like the real metal pistol (FP-45 Liberator manufactured by the US military during World War II for use by resistance forces in occupied territories. Comparatively, a zip gun from the streets is more dangerous than this 3D printed gun)
So what happened?
Cody Wilson, of Defense Distributed, came under fire after uploading code for the world’s first 3D printable firearm, a plastic single-shot pistol also called “The Liberator.” It’s now out there for all.
As a responsible gun owner and lifetime activist, I know that except for gaining attention, and giving ammunition to politicians that will milk this thing for all they can— it’s a non-issue.
In 1982, when Gaston Glock put out his 17th version of his safe action pistol made of 33 parts, in polymer and steel, called the Glock 17, folks said the same thing about “plastic guns.” It even made a mention in the first Die Hard movie. The myth of the plastic gun is that it will be able to go undetected. The truth is that bullets if nothing else are metallic. The quality of gun that can be made with a 3D printer would not be economical, practical, or safe. But that doesn’t stop anyone from hyping this thing.
What is 3D Printing really?
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D-printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
It starts with making a virtual design of the object that is to be created. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D-modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object.
According to the news, Cody Wilson is suing the U.S. State Department for his constitutional right to 3D print guns. In May 2013, the federal government demanded that Wilson take down the instructions. They claimed that Wilson and his company Defense Distributed were exporting secret military hardware for anyone to take, which violates the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR.
However, Wilson believes that 3D-printed guns should be protected by not only the Second Amendment but the First as well. Technically all he created was a digital how-to guide, which is free speech, he says.
Wilson’s lawyers told the New York Times that the case was supposed to be settled two months after the State Department ordered the instructions removed. But after two years without a ruling, Wilson is counter-suing for having his speech restricted. As the Times noted, Wilson thinks his effort drew particular scrutiny because it happened shortly after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.
One of the things I learned after this podcast episode is that all of Cody’s files are already in the public and that 3D printing is not only polymers but you can also do it in metals like even titanium.
It’s not good for our community to side with this crap. It’s not a threat. It is feeding the attention whores on both sides of the argument. Politicians are using this to scare people and galvanize their campaigns.
Don’t be fooled by the threat of a 3D printed gun. A 3D printer can cost around $2500. Any gun printed can be detected by TSA and almost all x-ray machines.
Criminals are not going to all that trouble, since the guns themselves tend to disintegrate quickly and traditional firearms are easier to come by.
Unlike traditional firearms that can fire thousands of rounds in a lifetime, these polymer ones usually hold a bullet or two and then must be manually loaded afterward. And they’re not usually very accurate.
3D printers can make parts for guns to make them un-serialized aka “ghost guns” but the BATFE is well aware of all of that. A ghost gun is a firearm without a serial number. To the uninitiated it sounds like the stuff movies are made of. It’s not. In the US, under Federal law, it is legal to make a firearm for your own use. It has to be a firearm that is not regulated under NFA. That means it can’t be fully automatic, a short barrel shotgun, a short barrel rifle, or a disguised gun of some sort.
The premise, however, is great for political grandstanding. Case in point, there is a state attorney that is also suing the Trump administration for making the settlement with the guy that started this whole thing out of Texas. In addition, their lawsuit asks for a nationwide temporary restraining order that’ll prevent him from uploading the gun design files online.
Last week, attorney’s general from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the city of Los Angeles also threatened legal action in an effort to ban access to the guys’ website in their local jurisdictions.
My point is; 3D gun printing is here and possible but this is not a bell we should be ringing in celebration of freedom. Don’t give the anti-freedom people a rope to hang us with using the support of the ignorant.
This video is pretty snazzy. And makes some points that I agree with and disagree with.
What do you think?
This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast ends a month long break I took to reassess and reflect on my success and failures of blogging and podcasting. I attended the Podcast Movement and hobnobbed with successful podcasters and Content Creators. I got a chance to remember why I do this thing that my wife still doesn’t understand called “podcasting.” She is not alone though.
I plan to be more purposeful with the show. It even starts with a new tag line, which is “The Responsible Gun Owners Podcast.” I have decided to “stay in my lane,” and be the common sense guy. That alone ought to ruffle feathers the way things are now.
Last week, I married a couple of great people under the Speak Life Church banner at Duke University Chapel but before going to Podcast Movement. Michael J. Woodland reviews the Break Thru Clean product for us.
This week on the podcast I want to introduce a gun that is not a firearm.Introducing the AirForceAirGuns.com Condor SS that I will be reviewing and the history of airguns.Remember the Daisy Red Ryder?This is the beginning of a project I am working on for folks in the urban environment to get one of these pro airguns.Andrew Branca’s feature on the Law of Self Defense is from a 2014 case talking use of force and our martial arts.Michael talks about how important fitness is to one that uses firearms.Barbara Baird shares some inside info on the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 pistol.And I share some news and commentary.
When is a gun not a firearm?
From a legal definition (in 46 of 50 US states) All firearms are guns but not all guns are firearms.
A firearm is a mechanical device that uses pressure from a burning powder or an explosive charge to force a projectile through and out of a metal tube; a weapon, especially a pistol or rifle, capable of firing a projectile and using an explosive charge as a propellant.
But there are also air rifles and pistols, which are commonly called BB guns or pellet guns, but which are not commonly called “firearms,” since they use compressed air or CO2, not gunpowder to propel the projectile. There are also toy guns, such as airsoft or paintball, so gun is a more general or broad term that could be applied even to toys, which look like firearms, but are not.
What Is an Air gun
A airgun (rifle or handgun) that launches projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas such as carbon dioxide.
The Red Ryder BB Gun is a BB gun made by Daisy Outdoor Products and introduced in the spring of 1940 that resembles the Winchester rifle of Western movies. Named for the comic strip cowboy character Red Ryder (created in 1938, and who appeared in numerous films between 1940 and 1950, and on television in 1956), the BB gun is still in production, though the comic strip was cancelled in 1963.
The year was 1886. France had just given the bright copper Statue of Liberty to the United States. Coca-Cola had just been invented and was only available as a syrup mixed with soda water. The Plymouth Iron Windmill Company in Plymouth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, had for four years been making iron windmills for farmers. However a premium item, given free to farmers who purchased these windmills, was about to change that company’s destiny.
Windmill sales did not take off as expected and the company came close in 1888 to liquidating. The vote failed by one vote – that of General Manager Lewis Cass Hough. While the “Chicago” air rifle–made almost entirely of wood – had been made since 1885 by the Markham Air Rifle Company of Plymouth, Hamilton was the first to develop a metal air rifle. After firing the gun (first at a basket of red-ink covered paper and then an old shingle), Hough exclaimed in the slang of the time, “Boy, that’s a Daisy!” and later convinced the Board of Directors to use the metal air rifle as a premium item.
The popularity of the premium item was huge. Farmers were more interested in the “Daisy” than the windmill– so much so that the focus of the company shifted from windmills to airguns. By 1890, the twenty-five employees of Plymouth Iron Windmill Company were producing 50,000 guns, most of which were distributed within a radius of one hundred miles of the factory.
From a technical point of view, any gun that launches projectiles utilizing compressed gas rather than producing gases burning a propellant (powder) is considered to be an “air” gun. In some cases, the propelling gas may be carbon dioxide in which case the gun is actually a “gas” gun, but the term airgun is still generally applied to them. One of the great American airgun designs is the multi-pump (sometimes called a “pump up” gun) in which air is compressed by a series of pump strokes. When the gun is fired, the compressed air enters the breech behind the projectile driving it forward. This type of rifle has been produced for well over a century, and with a maximum number of pump strokes, some of these rifles are powerful enough to be useful tools in hunting.
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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…
As you probably already know, the Black Man With A Gun website recently experienced what you might call a “catastrophic event.” Kenn has successfully recovered some of the content, but much was lost for good, including over five years of my writing. As you might expect, my first, knee-jerk reaction was…well, unprintable here. But I have learned over the years that the old adage about crying over spilled milk is true…and that time spent lamenting what cannot be undone is also time wasted.
So I am embracing this “reboot” as an opportunity for a fresh start. And in the spirit of that fresh start, I have a confession to make. For those of you who are unaware, you should know that I…Dave Cole…am not black. In fact, I am as white as they come. Most of my ancestors came here from Scotland, England, and Germany shortly after the Mayflower landed, and we’ve been here ever since. I spent almost the first half of my life in East Tennessee, before serving in Texas, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Korea with the United States Army for nine years as an Air Defense Artillery officer. Then I got out and moved to Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, where I have worked in both private industry and as a police officer.
Then early in 2012, I was listening to Kenn’s Black Man With A Gun podcast when he asked if there were any writers out there who might like to contribute to his website. I’ve always liked to use the written word as my own personal outlet, and I had some stuff I’d already written handy…so I sent it to Kenn. He emailed me back inside of an hour asking, “Can I go ahead and start posting this material?” I said “Sure,” and the rest is history.
But today…Martin Luther King Day…what is even more important to note is what Kenn Blanchard did not ask me. Before accepting my writing to post on the Black Man With A Gun website, he did not ask me what color my skin was. He simply read my writing, and judged whether it was good or not, regardless of the color of the person that it came from.
Isn’t that what Martin Luther King was talking about? Isn’t that exactly the way he would have wanted us to treat each other? Rather than focusing on our differences, Black Man With A Gun is a place where we focus on our commonalities…a love of guns, shooting, and liberty. I’m personally quite proud to be a part of this team, and excited to reboot into 2018 with all of you.
When considering a bag to transport your rifle to and from the range, you really need to consider your surroundings. When I go to Academy or Bass Pro there’s no end to the number of tactical bags available, but what if I’m transporting my rifle from my car to my place of business do I want to advertise to the world that I’m carrying a rifle? I’d think not. So, it’s through that lens I’m considering the Copperbasin Takedown Backpack.
If you’re looking for an aggressive looking tactical bag that strokes your ego and makes you feel more like a manly man then this probably isn’t the style bag for you. If you’re comfortable in your manhood, and like me live and work in the city where you’re surrounded by others that may not be as comfortable around guns, then you should consider the Copperbasin Takedown Backpack.
I was pleasantly surprised when the bag showed up, the thoughtful design and the quality construction was apparent. You can get the specs on the Copperbasin Website so I won’t get into those but let me talk just a minute about my thoughts on how well the bag is built. I spend a fair amount of time in the woods and have a number of bags from multi-day backpacking bags to quality day-packs and I’m a stickler about quality construction when it comes to bags.
The first thing I noticed was the use of quality nylon for the main bag body, I tend to be tough on bags and keep them for a long time (if they hold up). I feel that this bag will get the job done for many years to come. The main zippers are big and rugged, there’s nothing more frustrating than a manufacturer who invests in quality material only to included cheap zippers on the final product. The bottom on the bag is reinforced with a tough vinyl type of martial, so as you’re packing and unpacking your bag overtime it won’t wear holes through the bottom.
Copperbasin includes quality buckles (which I’m a stickler about) which are a must, especially if you live in a colder climate where the cold can make the buckles brittle.
Storage…storage…storage is what this bag offers. You can easily get your rifle, magazines, cleaning supplies, tools and ammunition to the range and still have both hands free to bring more toys along with you. The compartments for your rifle and accessories are lined with a fleece material which helps to keep your weapon free from any dirt or other debris that may scratch the finish on your rifle. The compartment for your rifle and barrel have adjustable straps to keep everything safe and secure.
For those like myself that tend to have a lot of gear already in the truck there is a seat mount to give you more carrying options. The only problem with the design is that if you don’t have adjustable head rests the strap may not be long enough to get around the fixed head rest design. I have a 2006 Ford F350, as you can see from the picture my headrest is not adjustable so the strap doesn’t work for me. A bummer but not a deal breaker by any means, because the bag is slim it easily fits between the front and rear seat or just about anywhere else.
All-in-all the Copperbasin Takedown Backpack really opened my eyes to the reality of being a gun owner in an urban environment. If you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you’re carrying a weapon to and from your vehicle, home, or job then you need to reconsider tactical style bags and think about a bag like the Copperbasin Takedown Backpack that does a much better job at blending into the urban landscape.
Is Publisher of Outdoors In Color, which he founded in 2016 and outdoors contributor to blackmanwithagun.com. When he’s not with his family you’ll most likely find him out at the lake or stalking hogs in the woods.
Special thanks to CopperBasin for letting us review this great bag. Thanks and congratulations to Merrell Ligons for the review, and on his recent nuptials.