January 26, 2015

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    Maryland Police Using Concealed Carry Database to Harass Gun Owners

    A disturbing trend is manifesting itself in the street of Maryland. The police are targeting gun owners for extra scrutiny by running out of state license plates in an attempt to find gun owners. Once they have identified a gun owner, they perform a traffic stop and try to find gun violations. These tactics first came to light when a driver from Florida, John Filippidis, was pulled over and his car searched while his wife and children were forced to stand outside in the cold weather. No firearm violations were found and he was sent on his way with a…

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    Universal Background Checks: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

    I read an interesting quote the other day. It comes from a Ms. Turner of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She said, “Most people agree that universal background checks are a good idea. Most people agree that they don’t want to see someone walking down the street with a semi-automatic weapon.” I want to focus on universal background checks. A loophole is by definition an ambiguity in the law. For example, we often times will speak of loopholes in the tax code and we are referring to ways that the ultra-rich or those who are in-the-know can get…

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    Alabama School Goes With Canned Answer to Active Shooters

    Valley, Alabama-Officials in this small town in Alabama have decided that they have the answer to active shooters on school grounds. The principal at W.F. Burns Middle School has come up with a plan for students and faculty to fight back if an active shooter comes on to their campus. I’m sure that you are wondering, what they have armed their students with? Beans, yams, fruit and soup. No, they aren’t trying to feed the shooter to death, they are teaching the students and faculty to throw the cans at the shooter. I’m not making this up—they are going to…

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    Why America Hates Protesters

    I have a question for all of the people protesting the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings: Do you know why most people in America hate you? I guess I should back up. Most people in America hate you—do you know why? If you think it is because America is full of racial bigots, then you are incorrect. If you think it is because we think that the police deserve more respect than what you are giving, then you are again incorrect. If you think it is because we don’t care about what has happened and continues to happen, then…

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    Shot Show 2015

     SHOT Show is upon us, and for those of us who work “in the industry”, we could not be more excited.  For those of you who do not know, the shooting, hunting, and outdoors trade show, known simply as “SHOT”, is a yearly trade show being held in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.  Since SHOT is not open to the general public, one must be involved in the industry in some manner (and give proof) to attend.  Once one obtains their pass, the doors to the largest trade show of its kind is opened up to people not only nationwide, but…

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Alabama School Goes With Canned Answer to Active Shooters

Jan 22, 2015

Valley, Alabama-Officials in this small town in Alabama have decided that they have the answer to active shooters on school grounds. The principal at W.F. Burns Middle School has come up with a plan for students and faculty to fight back if an active shooter comes on to their campus. I’m sure that you are wondering, what they have armed their students with? Beans, yams, fruit and soup. No, they aren’t trying to feed the shooter to death, they are teaching the students and faculty to throw the cans at the shooter. I’m not making this up—they are going to…

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The Invasiveness of New Jersey’s Gun Permitting Process

Jan 20, 2015

I wonder, when the Tenth Amendment was ratified, limiting the powers of the Federal government, whether it ever occurred to anyone that the States would themselves become more abusive to the people than the Federal government, as is the case with gun control.  There are, or course, states that respect the rights of its citizens in this respect, such as Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Idaho.  And those that have absolutely no respect for the rights of law abiding citizens, such as: California, New Jersey, Massachusetts and especially New York.  As seven of the ten states with the harshest gun control…

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Dr. Martin Luther King and the 2A; Pacifist or Pragmatist?

Jan 19, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King would have been 86 years old on the 15th of this month. His life was one of service and fighting for a cause bigger than him. While many people at that time vehemently disagreed with his thoughts and ideas, today he is revered or at least respected by most Americans.  I, of course, do not presume to speak for everyone as I am sure that there are some who, to this day, do not like what he stood for, or see flaws in his moral character. Those flaws existed, of course, as do flaws in all…

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Shot Show 2015

Jan 15, 2015

 SHOT Show is upon us, and for those of us who work “in the industry”, we could not be more excited.  For those of you who do not know, the shooting, hunting, and outdoors trade show, known simply as “SHOT”, is a yearly trade show being held in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.  Since SHOT is not open to the general public, one must be involved in the industry in some manner (and give proof) to attend.  Once one obtains their pass, the doors to the largest trade show of its kind is opened up to people not only nationwide, but…

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Universal Background Checks: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Jan 13, 2015

I read an interesting quote the other day. It comes from a Ms. Turner of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She said, “Most people agree that universal background checks are a good idea. Most people agree that they don’t want to see someone walking down the street with a semi-automatic weapon.” I want to focus on universal background checks. A loophole is by definition an ambiguity in the law. For example, we often times will speak of loopholes in the tax code and we are referring to ways that the ultra-rich or those who are in-the-know can get…

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Liberals Changing Tactics for War on Guns

Jan 12, 2015

2014 was a tough year for liberals. They were crushed in the mid-term elections, and many federal judges have been ruling against their irresponsible, anti-constitutional laws and requiring many liberal states and districts to be more in alignment with what the Second Amendment calls for and what other courts have decided. Most liberals who were tied to Obama lost their elections. Control of both houses of Congress are now under the control of the republicans (this may be good or bad—only time will tell). But not all liberal issues have been disasters this year. Liberals were able to get I-594…

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NRA Suing San Francisco Over Handgun Law

Jan 12, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Last week, it was announced that the NRA (with the help of 26 Republican states: Nebraska, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) will be suing the city of San Francisco over a law regarding handguns. The said law, which was introduced to San Francisco in 2007, states, “No person shall keep a handgun within a residence owned or controlled by that person unless the handgun is stored in a locked container or…

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Why America Hates Protesters

Jan 12, 2015

I have a question for all of the people protesting the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings: Do you know why most people in America hate you? I guess I should back up. Most people in America hate you—do you know why? If you think it is because America is full of racial bigots, then you are incorrect. If you think it is because we think that the police deserve more respect than what you are giving, then you are again incorrect. If you think it is because we don’t care about what has happened and continues to happen, then…

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Maryland Police Using Concealed Carry Database to Harass Gun Owners

Jan 8, 2015

A disturbing trend is manifesting itself in the street of Maryland. The police are targeting gun owners for extra scrutiny by running out of state license plates in an attempt to find gun owners. Once they have identified a gun owner, they perform a traffic stop and try to find gun violations. These tactics first came to light when a driver from Florida, John Filippidis, was pulled over and his car searched while his wife and children were forced to stand outside in the cold weather. No firearm violations were found and he was sent on his way with a…

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Year in Review 2014 Part III

Jan 8, 2015

Click here for Part I. Click here for Part II. Gun Companies Move In 2014, several of the big players in the firearm manufacturing game left anti-gun states because of new more restrictive gun laws that were passed. Beretta left Maryland for Tennessee after the Maryland legislature made it virtually impossible for Marylanders to own any of the guns that Beretta produced within the state. Remington Arms Co. laid off close to 200 workers in New York State after the SAFE Act was passed and signed into law this year. Remington has also announced plans for even more layoffs as they…

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How Often Should You Clean Your Gun?

Jan 8, 2015

Yes, folks, this necessary evil has been praised and cursed by sportsmen and competitors alike. Let’s looks at some cleaning procedures and then open it up for discussion below. The question is often raised, “How often do you need to clean a rifle?” and the answer is always, “It depends.” With the above statement, let’s notice that the following will represent what works for many but may not work for all, as firearms, conditions, and usage will always vary. We clean guns to maintain two aspects: Function and accuracy. Since both are relative, that leaves cleaning habits open to a…

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Toddler Kills Mom in Walmart

Jan 7, 2015

Tragedy struck the small town of Hayden, Idaho shortly after Christmas this year when a two-year-old toddler gained access to his mother’s concealed handgun and shot her at what appears to have been point-blank range, killing her instantly. Veronica J. Rutledge, 29 was shopping at the local Wal-Mart when she left her two-year-old toddler son unattended in the shopping cart along with her new concealed carry purse.  The toddler unzipped the secret compartment where Rutledge had her 9mm pistol, and when she returned to the cart, he shot her in the head. The store manager heard the shot and was…

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Pistol Grip Review: Fab Defense Mako AGR-43

Jan 6, 2015

So, you’ve gotten that AR-15 you wanted for Christmas. Now what?  If you are anything like me, the moment you held that baby in your hands, you fell in love immediately.  The first time I held my AR, I, for the very first time, understood my wife completely.  Because, though I loved my new rifle, I knew that I would love it even more if I changed absolutely everything about it. But what to change first?  A different flash hider?  Should I change out the hammer and trigger pins with anti-roll pins?  Should I get a charging handle with real…

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2014 Year in Review Part II

Jan 6, 2015

Click here for part I. Ares Armor Raided by ATF The ATF raided Ares Armor over 80 percent lowers for AR-15′s. The ATF wanted Ares Armor to turn over the names of all the customers that purchased one of these 80 percent lowers.  When Ares Armor wouldn’t conform to these demands, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms petitioned for and was granted an ex parte order against Ares Armor and raided the Ares Amor warehouse, seizing inventory and customer lists. The ATF, in true fascist style, stormed the retail establishment with their guns drawn, yelling for all to hear,…

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The B.A.D. Lever – Magpul’s Answer to Quick Bolt Manipulation

Jan 5, 2015

As an instructor and avid shooter, I (and our readers alike) are always looking for ways to improve our speed during various events.  Even as a casual firearms enthusiast, one always enjoys simplifying the manipulation of their rifle.  The AR 15 is one of the most popular rifles enjoyed by men and women across the country, but there is one thing in particular that comes to mind when I think of ways to simplify a day on the range. This world was designed for us righties out there…sorry, lefties, but that is the cold, hard truth!  You lefties do have…

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Congress Passes Gun Provisions in Appropriations Act

Jan 5, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. — A few weeks ago, Congress pass the Fiscal 2015 Consolidated Continuing Appropriations Act.  This Act has many pro-gun provisions in it. The act prohibits operations like Fast and Furious as well as operation Choke Point. The Act also prohibits the IRS from targeting groups and people based on their ideology. The Act also prevents the Congress from implementing the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. Fast and Furious Fast and Furious was a deadly gun-running operation conducted by Obama and Holder in Arizona. The operation basically allowed guns to be sold to people that were known to be…

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Portland State Teacher: “Repeal Stupid 2nd Amendment”

Jan 5, 2015

An instructor from Portland State, Tom H. Hastings, has written an opinion piece about his ideas to end “gun” violence. Guns are not capable of violence, of course, but since Hastings is a liberal, I do not expect him to understand the idea that an inanimate object is not capable of action, unless acted upon be a human being. Humans are capable of violence and using a gun during said violence. Never mind—“gun” violence just sounds more ominous and scary, and since liberals are more interested in emotions than facts, it stands to reason that “gun” violence is such a…

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Educate Yourselves! — Common Misconceptions By Non-Gun Owners

Jan 5, 2015

Nowadays, it is downright impossible to turn on the news or read through a newspaper without coming across some sort of article that is related to firearms or their owners.  Reading through these articles can be quite frustrating at times, especially for someone who is an avid shooter or firearms enthusiast.  Today, I wish to take a step back from a review on a new product on the market or a lesson of our history and take a brief look at some of the most common misconceptions from an “outsider’s” view of the hobby we enjoy so much.  Listed below…

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2014 Year in Review — Part I

Dec 30, 2014

2014 was a year filled with exciting gun-related news. Depending in the state in which you live, your rights may have been restricted even more or your rights could have come a step closer to where the founders intended them to be. I can’t possibly cover all of the stories from 2014, but I will try to hit the big ones. Californians Win CCW Ruling The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the county of San Diego in Southern California. In a 2-1 ruling the court decided that a citizen does not have to provide a valid personal safety…

Recent Anti-Gun PSA Encouraging Illegal Actions?

Dec 30, 2014

It would seem that hoplophobic media is at it again; but this time, in an anti-gun PSA, it appears to be sending an even worse message than it usually does. If you’re not yet aware, a PSA was released by Sleeper 13 Productions on December 13th. The ad, titled “Stop Gun Violence – PSA,” depicts a young boy sneaking into his mother’s room while she  is shown reading on couch. Once he is in her room, he opens her dresser drawer and takes out a handgun that had been hidden under a few clothes. He then goes into his room…

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Utah Law Enforcement Making a Difference

Dec 30, 2014

As promised in a previous article, I am going to be highlighting police departments and police officers who are going above and beyond their duties and making a real difference in the communities where they serve. I have been critical of law enforcement for various reasons and still am when it is warranted. I believe that all public officials—especially ones vested with the power to use deadly force—should be held to a high standard of accountability. I also believe that officers who go out of their way to make a difference in peoples’ lives should be recognized and praised for…

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278 New York Residents Slated for Persecution Under SAFE Act

Dec 30, 2014

SYRACUSE, NY — Recently, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that New York has identified and flagged 278 current gun owners as being mentally unfit to possess firearms under the state’s relatively new Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE Act). Apparently, the state wasn’t willing to provide any more information about what this means to the 278 people identified. It falls to local authorities to revoke permits and confiscate legally owned firearms from people with medical conditions. Let’s just hope that at least some of them refuse to perform this duty. The 278 victims of this latest constitutional infringement were identified…

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Why Obama is Snubbing Congress on Immigration and Courting Cuba

Dec 29, 2014

There is an old saying that goes something like, “The way to destroy your enemies is the make friends with them.”  Another saying goes, ”The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”  Yet a third saying states, “The best way to defeat an enemy is to slowly allow him to think the same way as you do, until you are like minded.  Then, he will become your friend.” It is no secret that the man who calls himself “President Obama” has been acting more like a Central American dictator.  In truth, he has been willing to act alone ever since…

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Michigan Man Wins Right Guaranteed to Him in the US Constitution

Dec 22, 2014

Constitutionalists and gun rights proponents enjoyed a significant victory in the struggle to protect their 2nd Amendment rights on Thursday when a three judge panel on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals of Cincinnati unanimously ruled a federal ban on gun ownership for those formerly committed to a mental institution unconstitutional. Under the federal ban, convicted felons, minors, illegal aliens, drug addicts as well as those formerly committed to mental institutions are barred from lawfully purchasing a firearm.  However, federal law also requires that those who once suffered from “disqualifying” disabilities have the opportunity to demonstrate their competence and…

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2 NYPD Officers Executed by Suspected Gang Member

Dec 22, 2014

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Horrible news came out of New York City on Saturday. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were both killed execution style as they sat in their patrol car that day. The officers were participating in a anti-terrorism drill when the scumbag approached from the passenger side window and opened fire. Both officers were struck in the head and upper body multiple times. Liu and Ramos had been on the job for 7-1/2 years and 2 years respectively. Ismaaiyl Brinsley is the suspected shooter. After the shooting he scurried like a little rat to the subway…

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Hornady RAPiD Safe Review: Truth in Advertising

Dec 22, 2014

Disclaimer: The following views belong solely to the author. They do not represent the views of any implied manufacturer or publication. Home firearms storage is subject to local and federal laws, ensure you are in accordance with them. Every household is different and each gun owner should pick a home defense plan based on their own living situation, the occupants and the layout of their home. What works for one is not automatically recommended for others. Follow all manufactures instructions for all firearms and security devices. Every firearms course we teach includes safe transport and storage. Renaissance puts forward the…

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Shooting in Cold Weather, Part Two: Braving the Cold

Dec 19, 2014

Welcome back shooters, and thank you for joining us for our second installment of Shooting in Cold Weather. In our previous piece, we looked at getting the most out of the easiest option, shooting indoors. Today let’s take a look at shooting outside and how to manage your equipment, ammo, and of course, yourself! Those of us who do not have access to indoor ranges or simply need distance to do their work will have to overcome the elements. In addition, if you are like me, you will enjoy the serenity that you just don’t find on the crowded ranges…

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America Seeks to Normalize Relations with Cuba

Dec 19, 2014

President Barrack Obama announced that he has instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to begin a dialog with Cuban officials to reestablish political relations.  Political relations with Cuba have been non-existent since the 1960s when Fidel Castro became the dictator via a violent revolution. The sanctions where put in place by Kennedy and have never been lifted. This signals a huge step forward as the United States is one of the only countries left without any diplomatic ties to Havana. Many Cuban-Americans are outraged, as to be expected. Many of them lived through the revolution and had their property and…



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