OMG! Ghost Guns! In California! OMG!

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In a painstakingly researched and thoughtfully reported piece (click the image above to view it) from Sacramento’s kcra.com, the threat presented to the populace by the spreading scourge that are “ghost guns” is laid out for Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public and the rest of the low information types watching at home. Reporterette Melinda Meza rounded up – or, more likely, was rounded up by – BATFE agent Graham Barlowe to let Golden Staters know that there’s trouble, right there in River City. With a capital ‘T’ and that rhymes with ‘G’ and that stands for GHOST GUN! The problem is that, against all odds, California governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senator Kevin de Leon’s bill last fall that would have required anyone cobbling together his own firearm — even a shadetree gunsmith working in his own garage — to ask our friends in Washington for permission and a serial number . . .

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EDC for CCW: FNH USA’s Limited Edition Bawidamann Tactical Fixed Blade Knife

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A fixed blade for everyday carry? Really? Yes, it’s more than possible given the right carry options. And those options are some of the best parts of the product of the collaboration between FNH USA and Bawidamann Blades. FNH announced their limited edition run of these S35VN tactical blades just before the SHOT Show and auctioned the first one off to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. So how good are these knives? Click over to The Truth About Knives to read our full review of this exceptional blade . . .

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9mm Ammo Quest: Remington Golden Saber

Remington’s Golden Saber is one of their premiere defensive handgun loads, and has been for many years. In this test, I’m trying out the 9mm version in both 124 and 147 grain. Now, there are many versions of the Golden Saber out there, including standard pressure, bonded, and +P. For this evaluation, I’m using the standard pressure, non-bonded versions; part #’s GS9MMB and GS9MMC. As a side note . . .

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Quote of the Day: More Than Just the Second Amendment Edition

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“We do a great job defending the Second Amendment, and everybody knows that. But we have to defend the whole Bill of Rights. To defend the Second amendment, you have to defend the Fourth Amendment. You need the First Amendment to protect the Second Amendment… The Fifth, the Sixth — we should have speedy trials in our country.” – Senator Rand Paul in Rand Paul: GOP needs to care about more than gun rights [at cbsnews.com]

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New From Muzzleshot: The Middy Tactical Rocks Glass

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We noted Muzzleshot’s flash hider shot glasses a couple of years ago. What gunny’s bar loadout is really complete without them? Now, to add to their range, the’ve gone big bore. Because man cannot live by shots alone, the’ve introduced a new 10 oz. tumbler they’re calling The Middy (can a maxi be far behind?). Like its little brothers, The Middy is a “mil-spec hardcoat anodized, aluminum rocks glass styled after the A2 Flash Hider.” And while it’s always proper to serve a mint julep in a metal (well, silver) cup, we’re thinking something more along the lines of a Revolver would suit the Middy just fine. You?

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White House: If You Oppose the M855 Ammo Ban You Want Cops to Die

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“We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone.” That’s today’s pronouncement from the contradictorily named Josh Earnest, the White House Press Secretary, when he was asked about the ATF’s proposed ban of M855 5.56/.223 ammunition. You don’t want cops to die, do you? The only thing more egregious  — or predictable — he was able to muster . . .

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Video of LA Police Shooting Goes Viral (NSFW)

“‘At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer’s weapons occurred,’ Smith said. ‘At that point an officer-involved shooting happened.'” That’s the report at latimes.com quoting Cmdr. Andrew Smith of LAPD’s Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative. As you’d expect, exactly what happened is still very much in question. Some witnesses on the scene . . .

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Is Smart911, “911 On Steroids”, a Threat to Gun Owners?

Reader Michael L. writes:

I received a notification that my county police department has instituted a system called Smart911. From my research it is a private company that sells their service to government entities. It is a repository of citizen information available to first responders supposedly. It gets tied into the 911 police system. It talks about uploading photos of all family members, medical records, etc. In about a minute of research I see that noting whether firearms are “stored in the home” is one of their target areas. This is a huge intrusion into gun owners privacy and rights . . .

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Five Tips for Getting the Most From Your Gun-Buying Dollar

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Reader BP Dealer writes:

By no means is this intended to be the end-all-be-all to firearm purchasing, merely a few quick points I wish somebody had pointed out to me earlier on.

1. Know your item and the law
Do some online research regarding going prices and comparable equipment, as well as legalities (i.e. req’d age for shotgun vs. rifle vs. handgun ownership). An excellent research tool for prices and availability that I use is SlickGuns.com, a site of “deals posted by users.” Excellent sources for legalities are the online dealers themselves (such as Bud’s Gun Shop, GrabAGun) . . .

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Quote of the Day: No Bones About It Edition

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“They are telling us what they’re gonna do. They have been telling us what they’re gonna do for six or seven years. It’s the one thing that we really can’t say we’re being shocked and surprised. That’s why the people who profess to be shocked and surprised by (the m855 ammo ban) kind of bother me, because it is happening right now. It started, actually, in 2013. What do you think the government buying up as much ammo as they could in the retail markets was all about? They’re telling us what they’re gonna do. Obama’s making no bones about it. It’s just so people, ‘Nah, he doesn’t, it will never happen.’ That attitude is understandable in a sense. It’s rooted in the fact that, ‘No, we’ve never had a president do this, the Constitution, can’t do that. That’s not the way things happen in America.’ That’s true. But they are happening.” – Rush Limbaugh

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Focusing on M855 Is Missing the ATF’s Ultimate Intent

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Reader SAS 2008 writes:

While I agree that M855 should not be classified as armor piercing because its core is not “entirely” composed of the restricted materials, I am concerned that everyone is focusing on M855 and missing the point of the ATF proposal. The title of the document is: ATF FRAMEWORK FOR DETERMINING WHETHER CERTAIN PROJECTILES ARE “PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES” WITHIN THE MEANING OF 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C), So while it may be useful to comment on M855 and U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B)(i) we had better also comment on the problems with the proposal’s definition of what is primarily intended for sporting purposes . . .

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Veteran Outdoors, Frontier Justice Surprise Army Sgt. With Trip of a Lifetime

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Veteran Outdoors gives back to vets and service members by providing the opportunity to take part in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Frontier Justice is a newly-opened “guntry club” range and retail operation in Lee’s Summit, Missouri outside Kansas City. The two recently partnered to surprise an active duty Army sergeant with a trip he’d been dreaming of for years. Their press release follows . . .

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