Sunday, July 25, 2021

January Had Record-Breaking Sales for Firearms

by Jose Nino, Big League Politics:

Good luck trying to pass gun control.

Don’t expect Americans to stop buying guns anytime soon. According to Dean Weingarten of AmmoLand, a record number of National Instant Background Check System (NICS) were conducted in January. This represents the highest number of checks conducted in one month since the system was set up in 1998. The second highest month was December 2020, which had 3,937,068 checks.

Ruger EC9s

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by Pat Cascio, Survival Blog:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve carried a second (or backup) handgun to my main handgun, and these days we have quite a selection of small, compact handguns to pick from. We’re looking at the new Ruger EC9s 9mm handgun today. It is one super, little, concealed carry piece.

Ruger- Affordable Handguns

I’ve stated this before, but I will say it again; for the most part, Ruger www.ruger.com is producing guns that are for us blue collar workers. Now that’s not to say that they aren’t producing some outstanding upper-end firearms, because they are. However, many of the handguns produced by Ruger are in the very “affordable” price range, if you ask me, and that’s a good thing. I’ve been a fan of Ruger for more years that I can remember, easily more than 40 years.

Going to the Gun Range With Family Got These Students Suspended From School

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by Katie Pavlich, Townhall:

Here’s an outrageous story to end the week.

A pair of students in New Jersey were reportedly suspended, one for an entire school week, after officials saw they went to the gun range with family and posted a photo of the outing on social media. From NJ.com:

A New Jersey school district that allegedly suspended two high school students this week over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a private shooting range is facing community backlash and the threat of a lawsuit over district policies.

Trump: “Take The Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second”

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

This is not only a really, really bad idea, it’s a totally unconstitutional one on several fronts.

Well, now it should be very clear to anyone who voted for President Donald Trump on which side of the Constitution and the Second Amendment he is actually on.  The man who claimed, “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedomshas come to a crashing end,” to the NRA, and added, “You have a true friend and champion in the White House” is now attacking the very rights protected in that Amendment, as well as the rights protected in the Fifth Amendment head on.

President Trump has already violated his oath of office on several occasions, but recently, he’s done it with attack on the Second Amendment, targeting bump stocks for ban (something that wouldn’t stop a single shooting) and calling on Congress to raise the minimum age to obtain a rifle (something that wouldn’t stop a single shooting either).  No authority is given in our Constitution to Congress to restrict or regulate arms at all.  It certainly is not provided to the Executive Branch.

On Wednesday, Trump took a step further, not only attacking the Second Amendment, but also the Fifth in the process.

Trump threw his support behind another Manchin-Toomey bill, and we know both of those guys suffered a humiliating defeat under Obama for their gun grabbing legislation.

However, following comments from Vice President Mike Pence, who was claiming the DC could somehow give help to local law enforcement and families in taking weapons from people considered “a danger to others or themselves,” the president spoke up and completely went anti-Constitutional.

“I like taking the guns early like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence. “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

No, Mr. Trump.  You have due process of law, Sir.  Then, and only then, may you lawfully deny rights.  Trump took an oath to uphold this part of the Constitution.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com

Confiscation: Oregon Initiative Seeks To Ban Semiautomatic Rifles, Mandate Current Owners To Turn Them Over

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by Matt Vespa, Townhall:

After the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, which left 17 people dead, the calls for new gun laws have reached a fever pitch again. Of course, Congress will pass no new laws on the subject. There’s no need, as it’s becoming increasingly clear that enforcement of the current laws that could have prevented shooter Nikolas Cruz from obtaining firearms was egregiously absent. Federal, state, and local authorities failed miserably to act upon the many red flags presented by this disturbed man. Yet, at the state-level, it’s a different ballgame.

New ATF Study: 423 MILLION Guns In Hands Of Americans

by Paul Joseph Watson, Summit News:

Violent crime rate has decreased by 48.6 percent in tandem with ownership rise

Newly released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives shows that there are now a whopping 422.9 million guns in the hands of Americans. The number equates to 1.2 guns for every person in the country.

The figures also show that in 2018, 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition were produced by the gun industry.

This 100 Year Old Gun Might Out Last Any Glock or Sig Sauer

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from Government Slaves:

More than a century after its introduction, how much longer can the 1911 go on? As a pairing of high-powered bullet and frame, it’s difficult to beat. Other manufacturers including Glock and Springfield Armory have come out with competing .45 ACP designs that also have lasting appeal.

The 1911 is one of the most notorious handguns in history and easily the most famous in America, having seen action in every U.S. conflict since World War I. One of the most successful product designs ever, the 1911 has achieved something rare in the world of machines: immortality. Over a hundred years old, it remains largely unchanged.

Gunman shoots two students at Maryland high school — armed security officer halts attack in 60 seconds using a loaded weapon

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by JD Heyes, Natural News:

Three students at a Maryland high school are in critical condition Tuesday morning after one male student brought a handgun to school and shot a female student while striking another male student.

According to local media, the attack occurred at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md. The shooter, himself a student, exchanged fire with a school resource officer (SRO); the student was wounded in the exchange.

Deputies were called to the school shortly before 8 a.m.; the school is located about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron told local media his office has prepared for this kind of incident, but added that despite the quick response from the SRO, two students were still shot.

2ND AMENDMENT RED ALERT! FBI COULD STOP APPROVING GUN SALES SOON

from InfoWars:

Agency warns ‘offices in charge of conducting the background checks could shut down’

Due to a historic spike in gun sales and ensuing background checks sparked by COVID-19 fears, the FBI is warning “offices in charge of conducting the background checks could shut down, effectively stopping sales.”

According to Washington Examiner, “Fears of a crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in an historic spike in gun purchase background checks, leading to long delays in approval.”

The Texas Church Shooting Was Eerily Foreshadowed in Mass Media

from Vigilant Citizen:

A disturbing scene in the 2014 movie Kingsman: The Secret Service features the hero killing an entire congregation inside a Baptist-style church in the Southern U.S. similar to the one in Texas. 

On November 5th, Devin Kelley entered the First Baptist Church of a small town in Texas during the Sunday service, while wearing a skull mask and a ballistic vest. Armed with a Ruger AR-556 rifle and two handguns, Kelley fired into the crowd, killing 26 people, including several children.

Not unlike several mass shooters in the past, Devin Kelley had served in the military for some time, including a 12-month stint in confinement.

Kelley was once a member of the US Air Force, spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said. He served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, starting in 2010.

Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, assault on his spouse and assault on their child, Stefanek said. Kelley received a bad conduct discharge, confinement for 12 months and a reduction in rank, she said. The Air Force did not provide a date of the discharge.
– CNN, What we know about Texas church shooting suspect Devin Patrick Kelley

Various accounts about Kelley are surfacing in mass media. Some news reports state that he was an “aggressive atheist” who often took to social media. His Linkedin profile states that he was an exBible studies teacher, which is somewhat contradictory with shooting up a church. Both his family and his wife had strong ties to the church.

According to a profile on Indeed.com, Kelley’s wife was a “teacher for toddlers” at First Baptist of Sutherland Springs from June of 2009 to March of 2013. Her responsibilities included teaching the children about God, helping with “their life stones that are needed,” and being a “positive influence in their life,” the page stated.
– Heavy, Danielle Shields Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

New police reports state that Kelley had “issues” with his mother-in-law who usually attends the church, but she was not present that day.

So what truly motivated the shooter to kill? Could he have been programmed in the military to carry out this horrific mission? The public was certainly programmed to witness it.

Describing the horrific scene in Sutherland Springs, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt stated:

“He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out. It’s unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there. DefenSeless people.”

Read More @ Vigilant Citizen.com

Remington TAC-14 Shotgun

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by Pat Cascio, Survival Blog:

By request, from our own Jim Rawles, we are taking a close look at the Remington TAC-14 shotgun.

Unique in Barrel Length

Something a little unique about the Remington TAC-14 shotgun is the barrel length of only 14 inches. Normally, this would be considered an NFA firearm and you’d have to jump through all the red tape and hoops in order to own one. However, Remington cleverly got around this in a number of ways. First of all, there is the overall length of 26.3-inches. Secondly, the very unique Raptor Pistol Grip gives the TAC-14 the much needed few more inches so this isn’t considered a “sawed-off shotgun” that we’ve all heard about.

Shotgun For Home Defense

I used to advocate a short barrel (18 inch) shotgun as the ultimate in home defense, and that is still true, in a few cases, but it’s not the best choice. When I was teaching SWAT techniques to small police departments, they all had “riot shotguns”. And when trying to maneuver through narrow hallways in a house or a business, the shotgun proved cumbersome and hard to work with. It was not quite what you want when a threat is around every corner or in every room. Next time, try taking your home-defense shotgun through your house and walking through narrow hallways or small rooms. See just how fast you can bring the shotgun up and ready to fire, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

 

Twelve or Twenty Gauge and Various Loads

Of course, then we have to discuss if you want a 12-gauge or 20-gauge shotgun for home defense. Both will sure deafen you when fired indoors, and then we have the recoil. There is no way around the law of physics. There is going to be serious recoil. We have to discuss if you have your shotgun loaded with 00 Buckshot, 000 Buckshot, or some other target or bird loads. For my money, you need to have the shotgun stoked with at least 00 Buckshot to get the job done.

Remington TAC-14 Options

The Remington TAC-14 is available in either 12 or 20 gauge, and both come with that short 14-inch barrel and hold 4+1 rounds of shotgun ammo. That’s if you keep a round in the chamber; otherwise, you have four rounds in the magazine tube. The barrel is cylinder bore, for the widest pattern. I don’t know if that is ideal for close quarters shooting inside of your home or not. The barrel has the typical bead front sight, as found on most shotguns; however, you could mount a red dot sight on it, but that makes shooting difficult if you pull the gun up to eye level with the Raptor pistol grip. Ugh!

Forend, Receiver, and Pistol Grip

The forend on the TAC-14 is by MagPul, and it’s their M-Lock forend, which is a good choice. The receiver is black oxide coated, and as mentioned, the overall length of the TAC-14 is 26.3 inches. The Raptor Pistol Grip is worth mentioning. It isn’t a typical pistol-gripped shotgun grip. It isn’t mounted at 90-degrees; instead, to bring the length into the legal parameters, this Raptor Pistol Grip extends rearward, and only at a shallow downward angle.

Pistol Grips and Dealing With Recoil

In the past, I’ve owned and tested a number of 18-inch barreled shotguns with the traditional pistol grip instead of a full stock, and they were no fun to shoot. They were extremely hard on the wrist. The Raptor Pistol Grip on the TAC-14 is all that more difficult to hold on to, and it obviously is named after the Raptor dinosaur. It lets you know just how mean this shotgun is to shoot, no matter how big and strong you are. My shooting partner for this test is 6’5” tall and very strong, and even he didn’t find the TAC-14 much fun to shoot, and the same goes for me.

As with all Remington shotguns, the dual-action slide bars were smooth and easy to pump the next round into the chamber. Also, ejection was sure and never failed. Remington is famous for smooth action pump shotguns. They always have been, so that’s a positive aspect of the TAC-14. Neither myself or my shooting buddy raised the TAC-14 to eye level to aim. This gun isn’t designed for that. It is meant for close-in fighting. So, the gun was fired from the waist as well as bringing it up next to distance between the belly and lungs, with the gun on the side of the body, still not aimed.

Bird Shot

We used everything from target loads to heavier bird shot, and, of course, 00 Buckshot loads. The TAC-14 was not comfortable or fun to shoot in the least. We had a few people stop by and want to fire this shotgun, and with most it only took one or two rounds before they were done; the recoil is harsh and very hard on the wrist. An extremely strong hold on the Raptor Pistol Grip is an absolute must, period!

Target Testing

We set targets out from 25 feet to 20 yards, and the short cylinder bore barrel didn’t let us down. While it spread out the hits on the targets, it didn’t open up nearly as much as we thought it would. Still, out to 20 yards, some of the 00 Buckshot was off the kill-zone of the target. Of course, when firing indoors, your shot pattern will be much tighter. That’s a good thing.

Personally, I’m not sure where the Remington TAC-14 fits into my firearms battery. The gun tested was not mine, nor would I purchase one. I can see many people purchasing one for the sheer novelty of owning a “sawed-off shotgun” and having the ability to show it off to their friends, and of course, take them out to run a few rounds through it, just to see the expression on their faces from the recoil and to watch them complain about the recoil on their wrist. The TAC-14 would not be my first, second, or third choice to reach for when something goes bang in the night in my house. I much prefer something that I can aim, has less recoil, and is easier to walk though my house with.

TAC-14 Owners

I’m sure some of our more macho readers, who own the TAC-14, will probably flood our comments section with their bravado about how they can fire their TAC-14 all day long without any problems. All I can say is, they are a better man than I am and better than some of the other testers who fired a round or two out of the TAC-14 we tested. The overall opinion by everyone was that the TAC-14 was “fun”, in a sorted twisted way, to fire. No one expressed any desire to rush right out and purchase one for their own use though.

A Different Kind of Remington Shotgun

Of course, being a Remington shotgun, it pains me to give this particular type of shotgun two thumbs down, or maybe one and a half thumbs down. While I’m sure many will rush out and buy one, just because it is a bit different, is something akin to a “sawed-off shotgun”, and it will make a nice conversation piece, I don’t think they will be running a lot of ammo through their new toy. And, I can think of a lot of other firearms that I’d reach for when things go bump in the middle of the night. Needless to say, the quality is there, because this TAC-14 is made by Remington. I’m guessing they will sell a lot of them, and that’s not a bad thing.

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Mass Shooting gunman supported Elizabeth Warren; Killer was Trump-hater who despised Cops

from True Pundit:

The Ohio gunman described himself on social media as a pro-Satan “leftist” who wanted Joe Biden’s generation to die off, hated President Trump and law enforcement, and hoped to vote for Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, rifle-wielding Connor Betts rampaged through a Dayton entertainment district, killing his sister and eight other people and leaving dozens of others wounded before police killed him.

Hawkins: If Gun Control Is So Popular, Why Are Democrats Avoiding It?

by Awr Hawkins, Breitbart:

Democrats have spent years telling us Americans want more gun control yet now, four days before midterm elections, there are no candidates for federal office making gun control the central plank of their campaign.

In fact, Senate candidates like Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and incumbents like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), are fighting to hide their gun control support from constituents.