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Just over a week ago, border state FFLs received a warning from ATF about criminals angling to acquire some heavy-duty firearms. This was, apparently, based on fresh intelligence that a unique, current, and active push among bad actors to acquire .50 caliber rifles and belt-feds was underway.

Then the attacks in Israel happened…and are escalating. Now we’re learning even more about how many “special interest aliens” from the Middle East have been illegally crossing our open southern border.

Seen above is the entirety of the email sent to FFLs in Texas (and other border states, we believe). This was assumed by most to be referring to drug cartel activity and the ATF’s assertion that cartels use straw purchasers in the U.S. to acquire firearms intended for criminal use in Mexico.

However, that may not be the case and given global terrorism activity and military age males entering the U.S. illegally, it could be something worse — something directed at Americans.

From Fox News . . .

. . . fiscal year 2023 broke the record for encounters on the FBI terror watch list with 151 people encountered at the southern border between ports of entry, higher than the previous six years combined.

I’ve seen other sources stating 160-something encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist by July of this year. We don’t know if these encounters resulted in deportations, arrests, or, given the open border policy, individuals being released into the U.S.

We also don’t know how many of the approximately 1.6 million-plus-plus “gotaways” — people who successfully snuck across the border without an encounter with .gov types on the U.S. side — who have entered the country since 2021 are on the terrorist watchlist. Or should be. Or if the number of “gotaways” is at all accurate since, after all, they’ve snuck past any border controls and much of that happens without our knowledge or visibility.

How about people who aren’t formally on the Terrorist Screening Database (the “terrorist watchlist”) but are coming from countries where, to put it kindly, many terrorists originate? Countries which, by the way, generally have such a lack of infrastructure that we have no way of confirming who one of their citizens actually is when they show up at our border. Countries with very rudimentary identification systems, no searchable criminal or other databases, etc.

These sorts of foreign immigrants are deemed “special interest aliens.” The same Fox News article explains what that means . . .

“Special interest aliens” are people from countries identified by the U.S. government as having conditions that promote or protect terrorism or potentially pose some sort of national security threat to the U.S.

That data, confirmed by multiple CBP sources and reflects apprehensions between ports of entry between October 2021 and October 2023, shows that agents encountered 6,386 nationals from Afghanistan in that period as well as 3,153 from Egypt, 659 from Iran and 538 from Syria.

Agents also encountered 13,624 from Uzbekistan, 30,830 from Turkey, 1,613 from Pakistan, 164 from Lebanon, 185 from Jordan, 139 from Yemen, 123 from Iraq and 15,594 from Mauritania. The data does not include information on how many of those migrants were removed or who were released into the U.S. with a court date.

Not exactly comforting. We know that these people were encountered by CBP, but we don’t know what was done with them. Were they released into the U.S.? Probably, given that’s clearly been the standard applied to visitors at our southern border since 2021. Heck, they’re showing up with pre-paid debit cards paid for, in part, by U.S. taxpayers via grants to NGOs and such.

22 WMR, 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, 7.62×39, 308 Win, 303 Brit, 7.62x54r, 338 Lapua Mag, 375 Cheytac, .50 BMG

To be clear, I have precisely zero information that hasn’t been written in this article already. It’s nothing but reasonable concern that the ATF warning, the terror attacks on Israel, more information about who’s coming across our border, the Mayor of NYC publicly warning of the threat of a near-term terrorist attack, and, now, Hezbollah calling for a “global day of jihad” this Friday may all be dots that connect to an acute, increased risk of terrorism on U.S. soil.

Obviously .50 BMG ain’t no joke. That’s the far-right cartridge in the photo above, with the AR-15’s cartridge second from the left. Belt-fed firearms are serious business, too.

All I’m saying is, I guess, this is a very good time to stay frosty. That’s slang for vigilant, ready, keeping your head on a swivel, and observant. More so if you’re in population centers or will be at large gatherings.

Carry a firearm whenever and wherever you’re legally allowed to do so. Perhaps keep something heavier in your vehicle, such as a capable rifle, multiple loaded magazines for it, body armor (here, rifle rated here, other options here), a blowout kit and other medical supplies, etc. Maybe even a gas mask would be a good idea.

Grey Man makes cool stuff for keeping a rifle and all sorts of other gear handy in a vehicle, and their panels can be concealed in a trunk or other hidden space as well as mounted to the back of seats.

Finally, you should have a planned course of action for your family and such. In the few extreme weather and other events I’ve been through, communications were affected and unreliable, especially in the beginning. Cell phone towers get overwhelmed when an event triggers mass usage (if you have the means, you can hedge against that with some very cool satellite messaging devices).

Establishing a protocol for unplanned events and emergencies such as a place to meet is very helpful. It at least gives your people a first course of action and an initial plan should things go sideways.

Stay safe out there, y’all.


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  1. “Or if the number of ‘gotaways’ is at all accurate since, after all, they’ve snuck past any border controls and much of that happens without our knowledge or visibility.”

    The number of ‘got aways’ is probably more. If you have watched the house hearings, bits and pieces came out that over time thousands were captured on surveillance but the border patrol didn’t interdict them at the time detected supposedly because they did not have the man power to send out to do so when it was happening and after its happened they send someone out and report they found nothing. Well, of course they didn’t find anyone after they had already left the area. But for example >

    • Got-aways are sighted, but not intercepted. Add in the never-seens, and the numbers can be much larger. The CBP is concentrated where 200k+ a month are streaming across the border and filling out asylum forms. The asylum seekers are generally law abiding and seek to turn themselves in and get free transportation to the destinationof their choice. They’ll be less law abiding when they skip out on their asylum hearings that would deport them because crime and economics aren’t bases for asylum. The got-aways and never-seens avoid law enforcement, so the percentage of smugglers and bad guys is probably significant.

  2. And how many more do you suppose are illegally crossing the NORTHERN border, which doesn’t have a river, and not much more than a three strand barbwire cattle fence protecting a majority of it? Cops in Minnesota are prohibited from asking immigration status – hell, they can pick up a check at the welfare office the next day, and apply for a driver’s license with minimal paperwork.

    • St Lawrence would like a word. Also winter complicates things as well as less smuggling infrastructure. Yes it is a concern but tends to require a flight to a country that shares intelligence data with ours directly. Bigger issues are the upper class anchor babies and high value drug smuggling last I heard but who knows anymore.

      • The word St. Lawrance would like would mostly be “eh, hoser”… there’s only about 100 miles east of Lake Ontario that forms a border with the US, the rest is Canuck on both sides.

        • More covers NY up to where Quebec starts to be relevant and funnels non bridge crossing to Northeastern states with fewer roads to watch and a lot of woods with shitty cell and satellite coverage to get lost in. Extra fun for the half of the year we are entering now re survival without a fire to draw attention. Looks like the other points were covered below but did not know about Washington so time to read up.

        • SAFE…FML
          Look at 49° 0’4.36″N 122° 4’24.97″W on Google Earth.

          Before crossing the border ‘got stupid,’ the the people in the farm houses used to wander over to their Canadian neighbors for breakfast and vice versa. They were actually trained to watch for ‘unapproved’ crossings, and had a direct line to the Border Patrol..

          I remember once as a crazy teenager, a friend and I started playing ‘tag’ on motorcycles up on a bunch of logging roads, and finally popped out on an open spot of ground up on the side of a mountain and spotted a city in the valley.

          We kind of looked at each other and went ‘Oh, crap! That’s Chilliwack!’ Talk about a hasty ride back to the truck..

    • How many illicit northern U.S. border crossings? That is a good question.

      The Canadian Shield geologic region makes up a significant percentage of the northern border and that is an absolute bitch to traverse any significant distance. The terrain is bad enough and the forestation just makes it virtually impenetrable.

      Then you have the Rocky Mountains making up another significant percentage of the northern border. While there is less forestation to hinder your progress, the terrain is even more difficult than the Canadian Shield.

      Then you have the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River separating most of the entire eastern span between the U.S. and Canada. Those are water barriers that you cannot simply wade across. And the remaining bit east of the St. Lawrence River is back to difficult terrain and forestation for the most part.

      About the only easy place to cross would be into North Dakota in the Great Plains region where the terrain is fairly flat with minimal forestation. Even then, any budding terrorists would have to somehow find a way to cross a REALLY long distance to get to North Dakota.

      Having said all of that, I have to think that it is a lot harder for proto-terrorists from the Middle East to enter into Canada in the first place. Maybe I am totally wrong on that point.

      All of this does not mean that we can completely ignore our northern border. Well, I would argue that we can ignore it until we button up the southern border. At any rate, I do not expect a large number of people moving across Canada to then sneak across our northern border. Could a few state-sponsored commandos do it? Sure. Could thousands of Middle Eastern terrorists wearing flip-flops and carrying a water bottle do it? Nope.

      • US
        The western Washington Canadian border is only ‘protected’ by cameras and motion detectors.

        During the wuflu border lockdown, people who had families on both sides would work out a meet on Avenue Zero for the Canadian side, and Boundary on the US. They’d set up lawn chairs and show off new kids, etc and talk back and forth for hours, with less than 30 feet separating them.

        A slight depression in the ground and cement monuments mark the boundary.

        That’s it. No wire, ditches or anything.

        • Stuck in Pugetopia,

          Oh, I forgot about the flat-ish bit in central-eastern Washington state. A border crossing there would be pretty easy.

        • Can confirm, my parents live 1 mile from the border. We went up to see our Canadian grandma and uncle/cousins across the ditch a couple times.

  3. He!! My mechanic is a Palestinian from Jerusalem. Best ever mechanic in 50 years. He seems like a good guy but who knows? Ditto my dentist. Ditto my Medicare doctor Muhammad. I dunno what’s in their hearts. And the dims are importing who knows what from everywhere. Not to mention ILL annoy Dims want to disarm me. In the last day’s perilous times will come. It’s HERE🙄

  4. “… other events … communications were affected and unreliable, especially in the beginning. Cell phone towers get overwhelmed when an event triggers mass usage …”

    Pro-tip: if you are in a situation where cell phone towers are likely to be overwhelmed (or maybe even no longer operational) and you cannot initiate or receive a voice call, just send and look to receive simple text messages (without photo attachments).

    Cellular carriers can handle thousands of text messages with the capacity that a single voice call requires. Furthermore, unlike voice calls which are real time and require uninterrupted capacity at the time of the voice call and for the entire duration of the voice call, text messages can sit in an outbound or inbound queue and successfully send/receive seconds or even hours later. Finally, voice calls require much higher wireless signal strength than text messages. That means a much more distant cellular tower (with signal levels too low for voice calls but high enough for text messages) can handle your text messages–a real plus if your local tower is no longer operating.

    And there is another advantage to text messages in a disruption scenario. Even if your cell phone indicates that there is no cellular service when you try sending your text message, that carrier could restore service at any moment and your text message will go out as soon as the cellular carrier is back in service. Unless you keep staring at your phone, you would not know that your cellular carrier is back for a voice call. Somewhat similar, as you move around your home or property–or even if you are migrating away from a disaster location–you may suddenly get enough cellular service level for a brief moment to send a text message which has been waiting to send out since you typed it moments or even hours ago. This frees you up from having to constantly look at your phone for service–which takes up far too much of your attention and also runs your phone battery down far too quickly (because you keep your screen illuminated while constantly looking to see if cell service resumed).

    Moral of the story: if you find yourself in a disruption scenario and voice calls are not reliable on your cell phone, fall back to simple text messages (without photo attachments) which are far more likely to succeed (albeit possibly delayed).

    • It’s also worth noting that some of the encrypted apps function even when regular voice calls do not.

      We had an incident around here that was never really elucidated as to cause, but basically voice and text were off for about six hours earlier this year and phone internet was spotty AF.

      Signal still worked flawlessly.

      It probably won’t get you past a very serious overload though since “cell breathing” becomes an issue unless you’re right next to a tower.

      • strych9
        Texts are usually carried as part of the ‘overhead’ traffic between the handset and the tower / system. It’s kinda cool because as long as a bit or two get through before the timeout is reached, the phone will keep trying to send the message, a bit here, a bit there…

        Verizon is a bit fussier…

        I regularly pass through poor signal areas, and most of the time when i’ve tested similar, it puts up a ‘failed’ message, and I have to manually retry..

        I’ll test again and make sure I DON’T hit retry…

        • I haven’t really looked into how Signal works under the hood but I doubt it will function when there’s literally no signal or very poor signal.

          What I can say from personal experience is that it functions when voice and text don’t, which suggests to me that it uses a different part of the band to communicate with the tower. Which suggests that with a modern phone that can hop frequencies to maintain data/voice/text, it seems to be able to utilize and maintain a connection even if the frequencies for voice/text and regular “internet” data have a high load that’s resulting in an inability to use “normal” features of the phone.

          I was talking to a friend of mine in NY and at least 40 people asked me how I had service. Phone, text, whatever, Signal acted entirely normal when Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T etc were all “out” for regular phone use.

          Why exactly this is the case, I don’t know. But then, I also don’t know what caused that outage because the cell companies were not exactly forthcoming about half the state losing pretty much all cell coverage for an entire afternoon.

  5. Deploy a couple of good old boys along every mile of border armed with .50 BMG rifles to indulge in some two legged varmint hunting and the tsunami of illegal aliens (excuse me, invaders) crossing the border would be greatly diminished. They wouldn’t even have to score a perfect interception rate to achieve deterrence.

    Of course the detonations of a few thermonuclear hand grenades would achieve the same result.

    • A .50bmg, that’s costly. I think a paint ball gunm and a stern warning that they have been marked should do the trick.

    • Elmer Fudd,

      You highlight how absolutely simple and inexpensive it could be to establish and secure our southern border. Although I would argue that you post a couple good old boys every half-mile (rather than every mile) and arm them with rifles chambered in .308 Winchester. In theory their longest shot would be a quarter mile (400 yards, any farther away would be closer to the next post) and .308 Winchester is plenty potent out to 400 yards. Note that .308 Winchester would be much less expensive to shoot and much less punishing on the shooters, especially if they used suppressors which significantly reduce recoil. (Plus .308 Winchester means a REALLY long barrel life compared to many other calibers.)

      • That’s a minimim of 2 brigades of snipers on constant deployment. The US has never been able to field such a force in its history.

        • When has it actively tried and when was it not based on actual sniper quals which are way, way, way more than you need here?

          These guys don’t need to pass a stalker test or learn to build a ghillie from scratch in a day. They don’t need to shoot past 400 yards and they don’t need to pop a badguy with a hostage.

          They just need to be able to engage a human sized target at 400 yards with good effect and stay within some reasonable ROE. Heck, realistically, they don’t even need to have a very good hit rate to make people consider things like, maybe not wandering across the border illegally.

          At every half mile you need something like 3908 posts. Call it 4000.

          Eight hour shifts, 4000 x 3 = 12,000.

          Add 40% to cover people who are sick, on vacation etc 12,000 x 1.4 = 16,800.

          We can easily find 17K people in this country who can identify and shoot targets at 400 yards. Hell, pay them $100K a year each.

          16,800 x 100,000 = 1,680,000,000 $1.68B

          Quadruple that stand this force up and double it for infrastructure.

          1.68 + (1.68×2)+(1.68×4) = $11.76B.

          11.76 / 113 = 0.104. It costs 10.4% of what we’ve given Ukraine, which, sitting a sitting US Senator has stated was the “best money we ever spent”.

          Maybe the recurring costs are $3B/year but even at $5B, who cares? Cut some brass at the Pentagon and redirect the money from pushing paper to pushing lead. Just apply the Scully rule to this and fire a shitload of people based on a parade. An officer doesn’t have the right sized unit for his rank behind him? Fired or reshuffled immediately.

          There might be ethical arguments against this strategy but I don’t see any realistic logistical argument against doing it because we’ve never stood up that many snipers when 1. we’ve never really tried and 2. snipers have way, way higher requirements than this would.

          It’s actually pretty cheap considering what we do elsewhere.

        • Realistically would they need to be trained even to designated marksman level for the purpose? AR 10 with the appropriate ACOG would probably be more than enough.

        • Mr. Taylor,

          All we would have to do is advertise free beer at each post and we would be turning people away!

        • Mr. Taylor,

          On a much more serious note, strych9 pretty much summed it up. We don’t need official credentialed snipers. All we need are personnel who have a reasonable hit rate on a human sized target at 400 yards. If the “good old boys” at each post only have an 80% hit rate, I cannot picture too many illegal immigrants deciding to roll the proverbial dice and take their chances. Heck, even if they only have a 50% hit rate, I am not imagining too many people trying their luck.

          And then we have Huntmaster’s excellent suggestion which I have thought of before: just create a 100 yard wide strip with fences on both sides and mine it. Although I am thinking that we would still need posts every half mile or so because industrious border crossers could fairly easily and quickly detonate and thus create a clear path through the minefield.

          Oh, and another thought that I just had getting back to the idea of rifle posts: I have to believe that it would be exceedingly easy to automate those.

        • “I have to believe that it would be exceedingly easy to automate those.”

          Israel had such tech years ago. It therefore exists in a pre-fab form already, off the shelf type stuff.

          The last few days might lead one to wonder how effective it is against an adversary with any technical skill or backing which the cartels certainly do have or can buy without blinking.

        • strych9

          There was a video a number of years ago where someone tied a paintball gun into an acquire and fire system and put the video out on the internet.

          It was actually pretty funny to hear the “Ouch! Ouch! Damn it Ouch!” as the guy tried to sneak around the house where he had deployed it..

        • strych9,

          All defenses have vulnerabilities–whether that is a couple good old boys in a tower or automated rifles in a tower (or both).

          However you want to look at it, the most robust defensive strategies must have multiple layers and backup systems–and even then have additional human assets ready for immediate deployment to backstop the primary and backup systems. And on top of all of that, you STILL need distributed defensive capabilities.

          In other words we need significant defensive border systems AND an extensively armed and capable militia of We the People to handle attackers after they breach our border systems. The sad reality is that any serious attack will eventually reach the populous and it is up to the populous to be ready and able to end that attack.

        • “And on top of all of that, you STILL need distributed defensive capabilities.”

          Agreed. You also need constant update and review. What works like magic today won’t necessarily tomorrow. The “opfor” will find ways around it or to limit it’s impact.

          Blah, blah, blah “diminishing returns” etc.

  6. The general idea of staying prepared is always a good idea. Aside from the notion that I am, “preaching to the choir,” it really is a good idea. We simply never know when some huge threat (foreign or domestic) could rear its ugly head.

    Like we often say, “Better to have and not need than to need and not have.”

  7. Cartels have a bigger budget for arms. Good Ole Boys best keep moving. A.I. directed drones would be fun.

  8. @uncommon

    Good points. Text is quiet, too. Often that’s agreeable even in good times.

    ot, sort of – used to be people talking loud by themselves were crazy. Now they are just on phone.

  9. Generally not bad advice though I’ll pass on the Grey Man gear.

    I don’t run a patrol vehicle and I don’t need my vehicle broken into so I can explain to the cops why I had what they’ll consider an infantry kit setup in the vehicle and that it’s now missing.

    I simply don’t consider their setups to be low profile other than the trunk kit and I doubt their trunk panels’ mounts last very well over time given the mounting hardware they supply/recommend. That kind of set up, without additional support added to the trunk lid, works well for a mass up to about that of a 3-4lb fire extinguisher IME and not much past it.

    Past that mass, the screws pull out from the sheet metal over time unless you run exclusively on very smooth roads, which pretty much no one does. I just don’t see it supporting the mass of a rifle plus spare mags plus other stuff over time in most cases unless you mod your mounting fairly significantly yourself, or have someone else do it for you.

    In some cases you might be able to use an expanding type of screw on the portions of the lid that are meant to lend some structural stability to the trunk lid itself but the tolerances will be pretty tight to not punch through the lid and still have enough room to expand the screw. Even metal-to-metal lap screws for that application will be touch-and-go at the smaller sizes of around 7/8″.

    It’s not really their fault, a trunk lid wasn’t designed to have heavy shit like a rifle mounted on it.

    I generally suspect the answer is building a proper wood box for your trunk that slides the gun/gear out on a tray. I built such a thing for the trunk of my WRX with a couple small cabinets for odds and ends as well. The trunk could still hold a pretty decent amount of luggage but getting at the spare was kind of a PITA.

  10. @jwt

    $96m would put a $10k guard hut every 1/4 mi on 2400 mi of border. That’s only one F35…


    • I’ve only purchased mil-surp in the past, but those boys at MIRA are local to us and I’ve played with their stuff and it’s super dang nice. They do a very good job at education (in particular via their social media) to make a good case that owning a gas mask(s) is prudent for sooooo many more reasons than you normally think of. Though I’ve handled and worn their stuff before, I don’t yet own one myself…but it’s on my list!

      • A few NYS employees may have worn them in lieu of the typical N95 options when they refused to get a shot and were temporarily forced to wear masks as a result…………then our weekly testing showed those that didn’t get the shot had a much lower rate of contracting covid and both testing and masking quickly disappeared. Reactions to proper protective gear in use were predictably humorous.

    • Jeremy ain’t lying and they’re very competitive with similar 3M products that are not meant for “extreme” or “duty” use.

      The CM-6M “Tactical” mask is, IMHO, a better buy at $263 than the 3M 6000/7000 series. Honeywell’s good (comparable) stuff will cost you more than what that “tactical” mask does, their actually “comparable” items starting around $425.

      The stuff that 3M makes that’s truly competitive in terms of function you mostly can’t buy at a reasonable price unless you have creds and are willing to buy a case from a company like Fisher Scientific. It’s not illegal but it’s just so special use and so necessary to certain industries that after sellers had a run on everything “respiratory protection” during Covid they just stopped selling to you if you can’t show you use it for work. That, or they jack the price up to $400+.

      If you’re looking at MIRA you’re not just thinking about going out and getting some riot video while dodging the occasional tear gas cannister, you’re looking at something built for harder use/longer life. Like it survives in perfect working order in a backpack that takes some abuse. Most 3M/Honeywell/comparable stuff won’t do that, it’s for industrial application and just won’t survive in usable condition for long in a bag you tote around with you unless it’s being protected by something like a welding helmet.

      • My base preparedness for a teargas environ are swim goggles. Seals off the eyes quite well. A sweaty T-shirt (easy in Florida) over the mouth and nose is enough to exit the area.

        The big problem with the cartridge-specific respirators are the shelf life of the cartridges, for the specific agent…

        • Sealed ones seem to be good for a while……….at least for the viral level ones. Would have to look up specifically which ones for tear gas but I will say whatever old reused far beyond when it should have been thrown out piece of shit filter we used in basic for the gas chamber (tear gas) absolutely blocked that agent for the several minutes we were milling around masks on.

        • As SAFE pointed out keeping them sealed is the big deal.

          The two common bayonet-style (push in and twist to lock) cartridges that are easy to get ahold of pretty much everywhere are 3M products. There’s the Black Stripe (“Certain Organic Vapors” and particulates) and Yellow Stripe (“Certain Organic Vapors, Chlorine, Hydrogen Chloride, Sulfur Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulfide, Hydrogen Fluoride and Particulates).

          Green stripe (Multi Gas/Vapor [insert list of gasses here]) cartridges will work as well but are generally not something you’ll see at a hardware store and for riot control stuff, aren’t worth the price. They’ll add capacity for things like formaldehyde. Unless you hang out around a mortuary, I can’t see the need.

          The reason they don’t last once opened is that the main substrate for them is activated charcoal (with specific additives in the case of ‘Ol Yellow Stripe). The charcoal will pull moisture from the air which will reduce its reactivity to the OVs in question and will also degrade the capacity of the additives as well. You’re basically “using it” without actually using it.

          Keeping them sealed until you’re ready to use them they work fine. Depending on the gas in question and the environment they need to be changed after a while if they’re unsealed.

          In Florida, for deep, long term storage I’d keep them sealed, place them in a ziplock or similar bag with a desiccant, then drop that in a vacuum sealer bag with another desiccant and seal it on “dry” mode.

          All three “stripes” will work against Xylyl bromide or bromoacetone for two reasons, first they’re reactive with charcoal and second, they’re actually an aerosol, not a gas. Gas filters will take them out of the air quite well. You can enhance that capacity with a P/N-100 filter as well. 3M’s cartridges have an external pink P-100 that fits over most, if not all, of their bayonet cartridges. Some even come with it.

          That’s probably not necessary if you’re just beating feet. The cartridge will last for quite a bit of exposure, like hours and hours in an outdoor environment. If you’re hanging around to film or something, I’d slap the P-100 on there to extend the life of the cartridge by removing some of the aerosol before you get to the actual charcoal (+ additives if that’s your stripe).

          Screw-in style cartridges, usually 40mm, for .mil gas masks have the same basic rule but they tend to be more expensive if they’re not near/past their date. Not worth it for riot control gasses, closer to what preppers want for the apocalypse since they’re usually some flavor or CBRN protection.

          The mask linked the article generally fall into this category but you don’t need to run all-CBRN-all-the-time filters. You can get lower end filters that are relatively competitive against the bayonet style industrial kind and just store CBRN cartridges for if shit really hits the fan. The cap on them is, honestly, better for storage than what you’ll get for industrial-use filters, but you can apply the same after-market solutions to enhancing storage time.

  11. Sounds like they’re proactively trying to cover their asses own advance of another Fast & Furious illegal gun running operation.

    • Between Afghanistan and Ukraine they have a bit to work with. Oh right and whatever we give the Mexican government that gets sold/stolen off to the cartels.

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