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Tired Of Your Old Gun? Sell it to Us the Easy Way!

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 07:49 not only delivers Second Amendment news and great deals on firearms, ammo, and accessories but also makes it simple to sell your guns as well.

Have a gun that just isn’t what you are into these days? Trying to consolidate calibers and want to weed out the oddballs? Shifting gears toward specializing on a particular type or model of firearm? Just trying to clear up space in the safe for something new? Need some extra cash?

We, as a Federal Firearms Licensee, have the solution.

Just start our online process which can bring you from a click to a check for an honest price in record time.

How it works: Give us the 411 on your gun

First, simply tell us about your firearm including manufacture, model, caliber and condition. You will be able to complete this transaction entirely online.

Be sure to send us a few pictures. We need images that show blemishes, scratches, dings, as well as the overall quality of the firearm.

Note: it’s best to try and take photos in natural light if possible. You don’t have to be a shutterbug, this was snapped with a phone in a backyard #nofilters.

Let’s Make a Deal!

After we get your information, one of our professional gun appraisers with decades of experience in the firearm industry will evaluate your gun, taking demand, current market prices, and other factors into account, then make you a serious offer for a fair price. You may be pleasantly surprised at the offer.

Box inbound

If the offer sounds good– and we have found in thousands of cases that it usually does– we’ll send you a custom box with a prepaid label directly to your home. Simply pack the unloaded firearm carefully in the box with any accessories you mentioned in the offer such as spare magazines, bayonets or optics– but no ammo– and send it back to us.

Get paid

Once we receive the gun, we’ll do a quick double-check to make sure its the same firearm in the offer and not a super soaker, then you’ll have your check winging its way to you. All payments are sent within three business days of approved inspections.

Keep in mind we buy single guns looking for a new home as well as whole collections. In the case of the latter, we may even arrange to come to you personally.

Give it a try, what do you have to lose?


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Ten Quarantine Pastimes for Cooped-Up Hunters

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 05:00

While many of us are burning hours watching “Tiger King,” this downtime can be used be in more constructive ways. Hunters lamenting canceled trips, lost spring seasons, and closed shooting ranges should take advantage of these unusual times to get some things done on the home front and in the local outdoors.

Gun Safe Wipe Down

How long has it been since you’ve pulled all the guns out of the safe and given them a good wipe down with a rag? If you don’t know the answer, time is overdue. If any need a thorough deep cleaning, now is a great time for that as well. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy admiring their guns and reminiscing on past adventures? Just remember to follow safety protocols and check to make sure there’s no ammo still in the guns before handling.

Go Shed Hunting

Shed hunting is not only a great way to get some exercise, but can yield great rewards like this whitetail antler. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Take a walk than in the woods while easily maintaining social distancing by getting off the beaten trails and into the terrain of big bucks and bulls. Remote locations are the best places to look for shed antlers. Move slowly and study the land and bring a good set of binoculars to help seek larger antlers in open country.

Practice Calling

It’s never a bad time to practice calling, and homemade calls like this Wingbone Yelper made by turkey-guru Steve Hickoff is both a reminder of a successful past hunt but also a very useful call, provided the caller practices plenty in advance. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

There’s no better time to practice calling skills than in the offseason. Watch videos of champion callers read books and, best of all, get out in the wilds and listen to the animals in their natural habitat. While continuous wingbone calling or buck grunting in the home can strain an otherwise happy household, all that practice will yield better results come hunting season.

Scout Your Areas

While scouting hunting areas, be on the lookout for tracks indicative of commonly used travel corridors, which can make good stand locations. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Scouting is something every successful hunter does, but what better time than now to get out and do some wilderness observation. Make this part of your outdoor activities. While you’re shed hunting, make notes of deer behavior and trails. As you tap trees for maple syrup, observe the wild turkey populations. This is also an ideal time of year to begin thinking about trimming shooting lanes, moving stand locations, or mapping the terrain.

Dry Fire Practice

While many shooting ranges are closed during this time, there’s no reason you can’t become a better shooter at home. While you shouldn’t dry fire rimfire rifles, centerfires can usually be done without causing damage — though snap caps are the answer to all those problems.

Dry fire practice allows shooters—and in this case hunters—to get comfortable with their rifle’s trigger while also working on fundamentals like breath control, field hunting positions, and overcoming the dreaded flinch. When the next trophy steps from cover, dry fire practice will ensure the shot is right on the money.

Read Books

Brush up on some reading with gun themed books. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

While many of us are spending more than the usual amount of time in front of the TV watching hunting and gun shows, there’s an even richer world to be found in the written word of books. Cut the cord for at least an hour each day to do something off-grid like reading. There are lots of great classics — think “Death in the Long Grass” and “Horn of the Hunter” — but also plenty of wonderful current publications for the modern hunter and outdoors person.

Cast a Line

Don’t overlook the local lake or waterway just because some outdoor trips and getaways are canceled. Many hunters also find happiness casting a line, enjoying the solitude of nature, and catching fish for an evening fry. Even if fishing is not your forte, launch the boat or take a canoe paddle to peruse the shoreline and unwind.

Reload…or Learn to Reload

Reloading shotshells using a MEC is a great way to spend the time and save money. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

With many folks now spending more hours at home, these days are perfect to get back to the reloading bench or, for those unfamiliar, to learn how. Whether shotshell or metallic cartridge, entry-level equipment can be acquired at a low cost.

If you’re learning, read a quality reloading book like Phil Massaro’s “How to Reload Ammo” or the more in-depth “Shooter’s Guide to Reloading.” For those who know what they’re doing, organize that loading bench—often no small feat in itself—and get down to business. Reloading pays dividends when ranges re-open and hunting seasons come around.

Plan a DIY Hunt

Instead of lamenting lost hunts and snacking through the refrigerator, how about spending some downtime planning that dream DIY hunt. Oftentimes, studying area topographical maps, using hunting apps, and making contacts with people in the area can help make what seems an impossible hunt an adventurous reality.

Reach out to the chambers of commerce in areas you plan to target and talk to other hunters who’ve done the same. Laying the groundwork with logistics and planning now will mean you’re ready to make that hunt in the future.

Shop for Guns, Ammo, and Gear

What do hunters and gun lovers do when they’re stuck at home and can’t visit their local gun shop as often, or at all? They shop online. Whether shopping for new or used guns, is a great place to start your wish list. Throw a couple of new types of ammo in the cart as well.

Plenty of other online retailers offer new calls, camouflage outfits, decoys, blinds, and more. Get the gear now and have it ready to go when things get back to normal.

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Jackson Mayor Hit with Lawsuit, Spurned by City Council over Open Carry Ban

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 01:42

Jackson, Mississippi’s mayor issued an executive order banning open carry on Saturday and was sued for it in federal court on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Just days after Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba (D) moved to outlaw legal open carry in Mississippi’s largest city, he is finding little support.

On Tuesday, the non-profit Mississippi Justice Institute filed a lawsuit against Lumumba on behalf of State Rep. Dana Criswell (R). The 13-page filing, in U.S. District Court, holds that the Mayor does not have the authority to override rights protected by both the U.S. and Mississippi Constitution, even during a state of emergency.

“As a citizen of the great state of Mississippi who has regular business in our capital city of Jackson, I was shocked by the recent announcement by Mayor Lumumba,” said Criswell in a statement. “I take the protection of myself and my family very seriously and believe deeply in the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The mayor’s attempt to disarm me and deny me the ability of self-defense puts me and my family in danger anytime we are in Jackson.”

State Attorney General Warns

Other legal action could be on the horizon for Lumumba, a progressive who previously pledged to turn Jackson into the “most radical city on the planet.” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch on Sunday rebuffed the Mayor in a two-page letter in which she explained that he did not have the power to bar open carry in the city.

“Mississippians enjoy the right to lawfully open carry in all of Mississippi’s 82 counties and in every municipality within the State,” said Fitch, a Republican. “The City of Jackson is no exception. The City lacks statutory authority to suspend a state statute or constitutional provision. Accordingly, I ask that you rescind the Order immediately. I take seriously my obligation to protect Mississippians’ constitutional rights, and I will take every action available to my office to ensure these rights are not infringed upon.”

Fitch’s letter was echoed and supported by national gun rights organizations including the National Rifle Association.

City Council Refuses to Support

Jackson’s Democrat-controlled City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a resolution opposing a ban on open carry in the city, as reported by the Clarion-Ledger.  The lawmakers stressed they were not consulted on the ban beforehand and are disinclined to enter into what is shaping up to be a wave of litigation.

“I’m in favor of anything we need to do to lower crime in Jackson, but this is a legal issue for the city,” said Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks.

So far, the only supporters for the ban outside of Lumumba’s office seem to be anti-gun groups, with the state’s Mom’s Demand Action chapter calling it a “Wise decision!”

An online petition launched by Lumumba over the weekend to stump for a statewide ban on open carry had just 110 signatures as of Wednesday morning. It is not known how many of those, if any, are registered voters in the Magnolia State.

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Second Amendment Screaming Vehicles

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 06:51

During my travels as a filmmaker and photographer for, I’ve come across some patriotic vehicles that scream the Second Amendment. In some cases, I’ve been lucky enough to make videos about them and their proud owners. Check the descriptions below the photographs for more information and click on the photographs to see the corresponding videos.


The Second Amendment Corvette. 1969 with 625 horsepower. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

USA truck photographed near Eureka, California. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A jeep sporting a very patriotic paint job driven by Mark Muller of Max Motors. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Interesting ‘Army’ van conversion. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Badass rat rod made by Matt Groover in Tennessee. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Little Bertha, an M-1 (M-59) 155mm Long Tom howitzer outside the George Patton Museum in Fort Knox, KY. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Patriotic bigfoot truck in Tennessee. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Good looking Army jeep for sale at the Big Sandy Shoot. Click on the photo for the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Patriotic truck photographed in Missouri. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

1971 M35A2 Deuce and a half belonging to Marc Hampton. Click on the photo for the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

M29 Weasel with a Finnish Lahti L-39 20 mm anti-tank rifle. Click on the photo for the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A driver sits on his M274 ‘Mule’ at the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Zombie enforcement truck at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A good looking humvee photographed at the Pro Gun Club in Nevada. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

One of the cars used as a target downrange at the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. Click on the photo for the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Bonnie and Clyde’s supposed car at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel & Casino in Nevada. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A group of gun owners posing on an M274 ‘Mule’ at the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. Click on photo for video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

An old army jeep with a .50 cal Ma Deuce at the Big Sandy Shoot. Click on the photo for the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Camouflaged trucks at the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

American Huey 369 at the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. Click on photo for video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Battlefield Vegas M60A1 Tank at Big Sandy. Click on photo for video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

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Springfield Armory Debuts New SAINT Victor Pistol in .308

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 05:28

Illinois-based Springfield Armory continues to expand its SAINT line of AR platforms by announcing this week a new Victor pistol chambered in .308 Winchester.

Standard with a 10.3-inch CMV barrel with a 1-in-10 twist and a 5-position adjustable SB Tactical SBA3 forearm brace, the new Victor is feature-rich. When it comes to specs, the AR-10 pistol is 28.25-inches long in its most compact form and weighs in at 8.4-pounds.

“The SAINT Victor Pistol in .308 gives shooters a premium featured AR pistol that delivers serious power in a small, lightweight and easily maneuverable platform,” said Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s VP of Marketing. “If you want a SAINT Pistol that offers more power than 5.56, then this is the one for you.”

The Springfield Armory SAINT Victor pistol in .308 is feature-rich (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Designed for a heavy round count, other features include a 9310 steel HPT/MPI bolt, a Melonite-finished barrel with a pinned low profile gas block, and a nickel boron coated single-stage flat trigger. The pistol uses M-LOK slots on a free-floating aluminum handguard, a top Pic rail, a 2-piece blast diverter muzzle device, and a BCMGUNFIGHTER Mod 3 pistol grip.

The Springfield Armory SAINT Victor pistol in .308 has an MSRP of $1,363 and ships with a single 20-round Magpul PMAG Gen M3 magazine. For comparison, this is about $300 more than SA’s other AR-15 Victor pistols chambered in 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK.

A state-compliant model is also available for those stuck behind the lines.


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Gun Review: Initial Look at the Diamondback DB15 Pistol

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 03:41

Diamondback has been making its DB15 series ARs for years, and their pistol line is constantly expanding. (All photos: Chris Eger/

For the past several weeks we have been knocking around a Diamondback Firearms Co. DB15 series AR-style pistol. Here’s what we found out.

Diamondback, located in Cocoa, Florida in the Gunshine State’s Space Coast, sprang on the scene over a decade ago with their popular compact DB9 pistol offerings and has since grown into one of the most prolific gun makers in the country. As we found out last summer during a factory tour of their facility, the company these days is shipping out upwards of 2,000 all-American-made guns a week.

Big in Diamondback’s catalog is their DB15 series carbines and pistols. In this initial review, we are taking a closer look at one of the shortest of the latter, the 7-inch barreled DB15PDS7B model. Sure, longer barrels give you more complete propellant combustion translating to more velocity imparted to the projectile, but that is an argument to get into in a separate piece. For those who want longer barrels on their AR pistol, Diamondback offers DB15 handguns in a 10-inch format as well.

While some DB15 pistols in the past shipped sans brace, or include an SBA3, this example has a Gearhead Works’ Tailhook Mod 2, which Diamondback seems to be switching to exclusively on their handgun builds. Using 7075-T6 aluminum receivers, this DB15 pistol is chambered in 5.56 NATO (the company also offers 7.62x39mm variants) and uses a heavy 4150 ChromeMoly barrel with 1-in-8 RH rifling. It also comes standard with a KAK Industry 1/2-28TPI Flash Can muzzle device– another feature increasingly standard on Diamondback’s new DB15 pistol line.

The result is an AR-pattern handgun that runs a very compact 23-inches overall with the brace compacted and weighs in at 4.53-pounds, unloaded, with a set of Magpul MBUS sights installed.

The pistol ships with a single 30-round PMAG and our model included a Magpul MBUS set.

The pistol has an A3-style flat-top upper receiver with 14-inches of Picatinny rail that runs from the end of the charging handle to within a couple of inches of the end of the Flash Can.

The barrel has a pistol-length gas system and is wrapped in nine-slot MLOK anti-rotation S-rail with a trio of slots at the 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock positions.

The adjustable Gearhead Tailhook MOD 2 brace is rock-solid and is growing in popularity for AR pistol builds. Of note, Wilson Combat offers Tailhooks on their Protector and AR9 series AR-style pistols.

The pistol comes standard with a Magpul MOE-K2+ grip.

While the upper is complete with a forward-assist and brass deflector. I am something of a forward assist agnostic, but for those looking for one, this is a bonus.

Surface controls are workable and standard for anyone familiar with an AR.

As is the charging handle.

The dust cover is engraved “5.56 NATO” that shows when open in an effort to keep those safe who have mags of Blackout floating around.

It comes standard with a shot-peened Mil-Spec 8620 bolt carrier that is marked Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI). Yes, proper gas key staking was observed.

Speaking of staking, here is a view of the castle nut.

The rear pin on the lower is captive, which those who have ever lost one will find nice.

With all that space on the top rail, we added a Romeo 5 that still works with the sights as well as a Streamlight 88850 PolyTac on the rail, both super inexpensive upgrades that add less than $200 to the gun.

For reference, with a loaded 30-round PMAG, the weight of the DB15 pistol with Romeo/Streamlight extras was still under 7-pounds. With the standard PMAG swapped out for Magpul D60 filled with Winchester bulk pack, weight was 8-pounds, 11.2-ounces.

We also found no issue with running 30-round aluminum mags in initial testing. Those looking to shave weight should know aluminum mags are about an ounce lighter than PMAGs. Different strokes…

How much does it cost? MSRP, as shown, is $889 although pricing at retailers is typically a good bit less, down into the high $700ish range. For comparison when it comes to “deals” this stacks up pretty good against the competition. About the least expensive PSA AR-15 pistols run about $500 but they use a cheaper Shockwave Blade or SB Brace on a fixed tube rather than the adjustable Tailhook and likewise usually lack the KAK Flash Can, backup sights and M-LOK handguard.

How does it shoot and hold up with extended firing? Is it accurate out to a decent range? What about ballistics? We’ll get back to you in a bit with the results of those tests once we do more fieldwork. As they say, “watch this space.”


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Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Ruling in Long-Awaited 2A Case

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 00:44

A much-anticipated case before the U.S. Supreme Court that had gun control advocates worried over fears it could set a nation-wide precedent left the high court with a fizzle this week. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A challenge to an overreaching New York City gun law that made it against all odds to the U.S. Supreme Court was remanded back down on Monday.

The plaintiffs, NYC gun owners who argued the city’s “premises permit” scheme, which drastically restricted the ability to leave one’s premises with a firearm, was unconstitutional, made it to the nation’s high court with the support of a host of gun rights groups as well as 120 Republican GOP members of Congress allied with attorneys general or governors of 24 red states. The case, the first Second Amendment-centric claim heard by the Supreme Court in a decade, was eagerly expected by pro-gun advocates who hoped it would set a new standard when it came to busting unconstitutional infringements on the Second Amendment.

However, New York City, backed by Dems in Albany as well as Washington– some of whom openly threatened the court with political retribution– along with the standard array of anti-gun groups, undercut the case once it made it to the Supreme Court by snuffing out the ordinance that was at its heart.

That move was enough for five justices, including nominal conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, this week to issue an uncredited decision to declare the case moot as the old law doesn’t exist anymore and remanded it back to the lower courts to determine if damages are possible. It should be noted that the petitioners have been fighting uphill against City Hall since 2013, incurring significant legal fees.

“Now that the Supreme Court has accepted New York’s surrender, perhaps the city will finally repay all legal fees incurred by their deceit,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director, NRA-ILA, in a statement. “Because this lawsuit was necessary to force the government’s admission of wrongdoing and retreat, the NRA will continue these battles across America. The justices’ concerns about Second Amendment infringements are real, and our membership is excited to have their rights formally vindicated before the nation’s highest court.”​

Just three of the court’s nine justices– Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas– joined in a dissent penned by Alito, taking issue that, although the old law had been removed prior to the case being argued in front of the court last year, the court still had work to do.

“All that matters for present purposes is that the City still withholds from petitioners something that they have claimed from the beginning is their constitutional right,” said Alito. “It follows that the case is not moot. It is as simple as that.”

Further, Alito warned that the way the City undercut the case was out of line. “By incorrectly dismissing this case as moot, the Court permits our docket to be manipulated in a way that should not be countenanced,” he wrote.

Comparing gun rights with reproductive rights, the latter staunchly supported by the courts, Alito gave the example of how future cases could be derailed using the same tactic:


A State enacts a law providing that any woman wishing to obtain an abortion must submit certification from five doctors that the procedure is medically necessary. After a woman sues, claiming that any requirement of physician certification is unconstitutional, the State replaces its old law with a new one requiring certification by three physicians. Would the court be required to dismiss the woman’s suit? Suppose the court, following the precedent set by today’s decision, holds that the case is moot, and suppose that the woman brings a second case challenging the new law on the same ground. If the State repeals that law and replaces it with one requiring certification by two doctors, would the second suit be moot? And what if the State responds to a third suit by enacting replacement legislation demanding certification by one doctor?

Mootness doctrine does not require such results. A challenge to an allegedly unconstitutional law does not become moot with the enactment of new legislation that reduces but does not eliminate the injury originally alleged. And that is the situation here.


The ninth justice, President Trump-appointed Brett Kavanaugh, straddled the fence by joining with the majority in a separate opinion but did so with the caveat that he shared the minority’s “concern that some federal and state courts may not be properly applying Heller and McDonald. The Court should address that issue soon, perhaps in one of the several Second Amendment cases with petitions for certiorari now pending before the Court.”

Anti-gun groups to include Everytown, Giffords, and the Brady Campaign all issued lengthy statements taking a victory lap in Monday’s ruling.

“Today’s decision is a positive resolution for the overwhelming majority of Americans who want strong gun laws, and a blow to the gun lobby’s efforts to further a radical, unsupported interpretation of the Second Amendment,” said Jonathan Lowy, Chief Counsel, Brady. “We remain concerned by the apparent appetite of some Justices to expand the Second Amendment and deprive Americans of their right to enact reasonable laws that keep their communities safe.”

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Look at This Historic Enfield Rifle from the Civil War

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 05:00

John Russell is a Civil War Historian and Collector who brought a historic Enfield rifle to show off at a Texas Independence Day Party in late February.

This Confederate Enfield has been authenticated by Russell who pointed out the marks of authenticity. The most important marking can be found on the stock of the rifle. The “SC” marking indicates that this rifle was purchased from England for use in the South Carolina militia.

The serial number of the P53 Enfield shows this to number 415 in the lot. (Photo: Don Summers/

On the lock plate of the gun, you can see “Barnett London” still clearly visible. On the butt of the gun, you will find the shipping number — this rifle happens to be number 415 of the lot. Russell assumes that this rifle saw heavy wartime action during its lifetime based on the marks on the gun.

For starters, the ramrod is a replacement signifying that this rifle was used extensively. It’s also missing both its rear sight and sling swivel which Russell points to as indications of heavy use.

A soldier inscribed his initials and the date into the gun. (Photo: Don Summers/

One of the most fascinating markings on the gun is carved initials in the stock of the gun. “J.B.L.” is visible along with a date “Apr 29 1865” right below the initials. This roughly corresponds to Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender to Union General William T. Sherman at Bennett Place.

This is culturally and historically significant as this is seen as the last major surrender of Confederate troops, effectively ending the war. Though we don’t know exactly why this is scrawled into the stock, it remains a piece of history — which is the fun in collecting.

It is estimated that upwards of 900,000 P53 Enfields were imported into the Americas during the Civil War, with the Union Army purchasing some 505,135 of the rifled muskets during the conflict and the balance purchased by Confederate agents in England.

Looking for your own collectible gun? Check out the Collectors Corner to own a piece of history today.

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CZ Lands Contract to Deliver 39,000 Weapons to Czech Army

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 04:20

The Czech Army already uses CZ BREN rifles, CZ P-10 pistols, and CZ 805 G1 grenade launchers and are set to get a bunch more by 2025. The Czech Republic has been a key NATO ally for the past 21 years. (Photo: Czech Army)

Czech Republic-based CZUB has secured a significant tender to supply the Czech Army with new rifles, pistols, PDWs, and grenade launchers.

The award, announced by the CZ Group last week, includes 16,000 BREN 2 rifles; more than 21,000 CZ P-10 pistols; 1,600 CZ 805 G1 underslung grenade launchers; and nearly 100 CZ SCORPION PDWs along with training ammunition.

In all, the tender is expected to be worth up to 2.35 billion Koruna ($93 million) with deliveries by 2025. The new contract comes in the wake of a series of awards over the past decade for more than 40,000 small arms to the Army from CZ.

“The Army of the Czech Republic demands only the best armament,” said Luboš Kovařík, president of the CZ Group. “This contract is an assurance for us that we are doing our job well and create high-quality and innovative products that hold up even in the most demanding military and law enforcement markets.”

According to a release from CZUB, the company, with roots going back to 1919, currently supplies firearms to armed forces in more than 40 countries and exports to the consumer market in 90 countries. It’s U.S. subsidiary, CZ-USA, is building a new 65,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Arkansas to better supply the American market.

Earlier this year at SHOT Show, CZ-USA debuted their new semi-auto 5.56 NATO Bren 2 Ms in a long-awaited carbine format.

The new CZ BREN Ms 2 carbine (Photo: Chris Eger/


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What Gear Do I Need for an Elk Hunt?

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 04:00

Here’s some info you need to know before heading out to hunt elk. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

Elk hunting is a dream hunt for many of us and I am lucky enough to have had the chance over and over throughout the years. If an elk hunt is on your list of must-do hunts, I have put together my thoughts on the gear you won’t want to be without when you go. Of course, a good gun and the right ammo are always the right start, but there’s other gear you’ll also want to have on hand.

The Rocky Mountains are a bountiful and impressive place to hunt, whether you are after monster mulies, elk, or one of the other beautiful species herein, it can be quite a job. Today we’ll speak specifically about the elk hunting side of it and the differences you should know between elk hunting and smaller animals like deer.

The Bugle of a Bull

Elk calling might not be easy but when it works, nothing beats the rush. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

Contrary to what you see on all the hunting shows, calling elk is not as simple as it appears. Elk are most vocal during the rut, which is usually in September. During the rut, they can be hormone-driven fools, that come in fast looking for a fight. If you are hunting outside of their rutting schedule, though, your bugling tube and all your practice might be nearly useless. If it is a general season hunt or any hunt where there will likely be people present, adding hunting pressure, elk tend to shut up. So, keep in mind when your hunt is and the kind of pressure they will be under. Elk are quite smart, and a call under the wrong circumstances may send them charging off into oblivion.

Cow calls and other noises can be useful depending on the general mood on the mountain. I’ve brought in several bulls just raking the trees with a broken branch. If a big bull is what you are after, you have to play to his attitude.

Whether you are after a bull or a cow, you will want to keep an eye out for the cows. There are lots of eyes and ears in a herd of elk and the ladies are usually the ones to bust you. Minimal sounds and calls may be all you need to find them and get into place for a shot. If you are hunting active herds, make sure you bring your a-game — a good bugle can bring in a monster on a string.

Boots of Hermes

Trekking through the wild requires proper footwear to ensure a successful hunt. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

Elk hunting will drive you right to the edge of sanity. Plodding through soft mountain soil and chasing towards a ridgeline in pouring rain or snow, your legs and feet will take punishment like never before. Wearing a good pair of boots is essential — even better, have more than one pair. Sometimes you’ll sneak through dense forest while other times you’ll claw up a loose rock pile or chute. Good boots, and perhaps several different pairs for differing terrains, may keep you fresh.

Lightweight is a must but the weather dictates the rest. If it’s cold and snowy then you want insulating boots to retain heat. If it’s wet and raining, you’ll want waterproof footwear to keep from getting soggy and cold. The best practice is to have several good options, that way your feet get a pleasant change from day to day and hike to hike.

Also, make sure you have good comfy shoes waiting for you back at camp as well with clean fresh socks. You’ll want to take good care of your feet to prevent problems down the line.

Extraction: Rope and a Plan

Elk are much larger than they seem. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

Elk look like large deer from a distance — until you walk up on a downed one. As soon as you lay hands on your prize, you will realize just how big these beasts are. Even with a buddy just turning a large elk around is hard enough, so one of the most important things you can have before leaving camp is a plan to extract the animal. That could be quartering it and packing it out or hauling it away in one big piece. Whether you use horses, ATVs, or just some good backpack frames, make sure you have everything in place beforehand.

I’ve been party to several different types of elk recoveries but bringing it in whole is by far my favorite. For that, you need enough rope to reach the animal with either a vehicle or a team of mules. We’ve pulled elk nearly half a mile up steep canyons with enough rope, other times we have carried quarters from a pole carried by two. The most ingenious plan we concocted was to build a sled from fallen trees and use it to drag an entirely butchered elk up a steep hill to the truck.

There are hundreds of ways to do it so research the area you intend to hunt and see what kind of work it will take to get your prey back to camp. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can drive an ATV or truck right up to them. Of course, those stories don’t sound as adventuresome.

Bag it

(Photo: Jeff Wood/

As I mentioned, elk are very large animals, and handling a fallen animal the size of a horse can be a lot of work. If you are lucky enough to get it out whole, you will need to get it cooled down and skinned ASAP. If you end up having to pack it out, likely in large pieces, nothing beats high-quality game bags to store those pieces. Make sure you have enough game bags to protect your meat from contaminants and insects. It will make it that much better to eat and butcher once you get back home.

It’s also a good idea to have twine or paracord to tie-up open ends or hang it from. Many times, we’ve made multiple trips to pack out an elk and sometimes overnight. Paracord is great for hanging up those pieces left behind to keep out of reach of foraging animals while also keeping the meat clean and elevated so the air can keep it cool and as fresh as possible.

You can choose to haul the elk back whole or carve it up and place it in game bags. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

Eternal Optimism

Elk hunting can be feast or famine, days can pass with little to no sign of elk. Elk hunting requires a good attitude and, coupled with diligence, you can be successful. Study the area, know where the animals go when spooked, get a feel for their safe zone and unless it’s a last-ditch effort do not push them out of their safe zone. You’re better off waiting for them to come back out on their own, lest they spook and run for 30 miles without looking back.

In my experience, you don’t get the prize without putting in the effort. Only after your hopes are broken and your body pushed to the edge does that magical moment happen when stars and sights align on elk.

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Appeals Court Reinstates California Bullet Control Scheme

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 03:11

A U.S. District Court on Thursday put a crimp in California’s draconian bullet control law. By Friday night, a federal appeals court turned enforcement of the law back on. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Respite for gun owners in California seeking to buy ammo without layers or red tape did not last the weekend as a federal appeals court stayed an injunction of the state’s ammo control laws.

The U.S. 9th Circuit, on prompting from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office, late Friday stayed U.S. Senior District Judge Roger Benitez’s Thursday order enjoining the State of California from enforcing both the ammunition sales background check and the ammunition anti-importation provisions of Prop. 63.

Citing the fact that nearly one-in-six qualified residents who tried to buy ammo under the new guidelines were initially rejected at the point of sale, Benitez, a 2004 appointment by President George W. Bush, held in his preliminary injunction that, “California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured.”

The legal challenge to the ammo control law was filed by Olympic Gold Medal clays legend Kim Rhode and others in 2018 and is being spearheaded by the California Rifle & Pistol Association.

“The fight for freedom goes on, but we are back to ammo sales restrictions for now. More to come,” said CRPA attorney, Chuck Michel.

It should be noted that President Trump has appointed 10 judges to the notoriously left-leaning 9th Circuit during his administration, a move that some have described as effectively flipping the court to a more conservative bent, a factor which should make any coming circuit review of the case interesting. California U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both anti-gun Democrats who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have vehemently opposed most of the recent appointments.

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Mississippi: Citing COVID-19, Jackson Mayor Bans Open Carry

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 02:26

Jackson’s mayor has issued an executive order that bars legal open carry in Mississippi’s largest city. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Democratic Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba over the weekend announced he has suspended legal open carry in Jackson, Mississippi by executive order.

In a video released by the City on Saturday, Lumumba cited the city’s current state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, saying he was granted powers under state law that allowed the move.

“The open carry law not only provides protection to individuals who are armed with illegal weapons, it creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the community,” said Lumumba. “We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that the open carry law has led to an increase in gun violence into our communities.”

Mississippi adopted a popular open carry law in 2013, followed by constitutional carry measures in 2015 and 2016. Further, the Magnolia State has strict preemption laws against local firearm regulations which allow for significant penalties for city and county public officials who violate the statute, including a personal fine of up to $1,000. Other state laws forbid cities from regulating otherwise legal carry of firearms in times of declared emergency.

In response to the news from Jackson, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch on Sunday said, “Cities can’t usurp the authority of the State’s elected Legislature and violate the Constitutional rights of the people. I support the 2nd Amendment and will enforce the laws of this State.”

Lumumba has supported Everytown-backed initiatives in the past including declaring June 2nd “Gun Violence Prevention Day” in Jackson just months after he took office. So far this year, the first-term Democrat has held high-profile events with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, last month endorsed Bernie Sanders for president and two years ago said he wanted to turn Jackson into the “most radical city on the planet.” 

Meanwhile, Moms Demand Action has described Lumumba’s move to void open carry in the state’s largest city,  a “Wise decision!”

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Fun Friday: Concealed Carry Word Search

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 05:00

Try your hand at’s concealed carry themed word search. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

To help you beat the inevitable isolation boredom, we at are bringing you a variety of fun, entertaining content to beat the boredom blues. For those word gurus out there who want to pass the time, check out our concealed carry inspired word search.

Head HERE to work on it electronically, or, if you’re an iPhone user you can save the image above and play locally on your smartphone, just follow the instructions below. Sorry, Android fans, you’ll have to stick with the link — we’re still working on a local solution for you.

iPhone Users:

1. Long press the Word Search image and when prompted save image to your phone or tablet.

2. Open Photos, find the Word Search, and click the Share button.

3. Scroll to the end of listed apps and tap “More.”

4. Scroll until you see “Books” and tap that button.

2. Open the “Books” app and you should see the Word Search in your recents.

3. Open Word Search by tapping on the image, then tap on the pen button at the top right to bring up the highlighter.

4. Drag your fingers across each word as you spot it to highlight words as you go.

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Williams Machine Gun Mafia’s Most Dependable Guns

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 04:39

The Williams Machine Gun Mafia like the kind of guns you can run hard without having any issues. The boss, Andy Williams, tells us which of his guns he prefers.

Williams, a Class 3 dealer from Maine, is a regular attendee at the Green Mountain Boys Machine Gun Shoot in Eden, Vermont. I caught up with him in 2014. He showed up, as usual, with his crew that consisted of his son and a few close family friends. In tow was a small arsenal of select-fire weapons and a lot of ammo.

Douglas Wood “sprays and prays'” his select-fire AK-47 shorty. (Photo: Ben Philippi/


Although Williams enjoys selling guns, he prefers to shoot them. “There’s a couple different kind of dealers,” he said. “There’s the kind of dealers that want to make money off of everything. And there’s the kind of dealers that love guns like me.”

Williams and his gang shoot hard – probably harder than anyone else at the gun shoot. “We don’t worry about the gun. We fix it after,” Williams said with a grin.

“We like the guns that run time after time and you don’t have to mess with them. The AK is one example of that,” Willams said. He had about a dozen different variations of AKs in his lineup. “I’ll tell ya, the accuracy sucks on an AK, but the reliability is unbelievable,” he said.


Douglas Wood lets loose with a select-fire Glock G19 pistol with a brace. The rate of fire is around 1,500 rounds per minute. (Photo: Ben Philippi/


Williams is also a big fan of Glock pistols. He had three select-fire G19 pistols at the shoot. “They’re really fast. I mean, they’re like, probably at least around 1,500 rounds a minute,” he said.

The Williams’ style of shooting their select-fire Glocks was unique. A shooter advanced to the firing line with two unloaded Glocks, one in each hand, held aloft in a safe direction. From behind, a loader inserted two 33-round magazines, one in each of the Glocks, and released the slides. Checking the range to be clear, the shooter unleashed both guns in unison, draining magazines in seconds

They fired the Glocks all day in this manner.

They must have put a few thousand rounds through each G19, firing at roughly 1,500 rounds per minute. I did not see a single jam. I don’t recall them cleaning them either the whole day. Talk about a testament to the Glock’s legendary reliability.


Douglas Wood fires the Heckler & Koch G36. (Photo: Ben Philippi/


You only have to take a look at the giant tattoo of an H&K MP5 to know what guns Williams truly loves.  “HK is high quality. I just think it’s top-end tactical stuff,” he said. He loves and owns MP5s, G36s, pistols, and of course the gun he had on hand at the shoot, the apple of his eye, his HK 21E.

It’s a belt-fed general-purpose machine gun chambered in 7.62×51mm NATO. “It really roars. It has a three-round burst capability. It’s got a nice sight system. When this thing fires, you’ll see an arc of brass,” Williams said.

He then demonstrated it. And, true to his word, a Freedom rainbow of hot brass filled the air. He claimed to have one of the few transferable HK 21Es that was worth in the ballpark of $30,000. “I’ll never sell that gun,” he said with a smile.

He gave shout-outs to a range of other guns that he had at the shoot that he enjoyed – AR-15s, M14s, and his FN M240 machine gun. What do you think of his gun selection? Do you agree with preferences? Let us know in the comments.


Andy William’s tattoos shed some light on his true loves – America, freedom, and H&K guns, especially MP5s. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A shooter fires a select-fire AR-15. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

The Williams Machine Gun Mafia like the kind of guns that you can run hard without having any issues. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

If you enjoyed the video above, you may enjoy some of the other short videos we made about similar fascinating guns.

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4 Universal Firearms Safety Rules and Their Importance

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 04:00

Competitive shooters are constantly drilling themselves on safety. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

When it comes to firearms safety there are four universal safety rules crucial to follow. These rules ensure no one is injured — or worse — due to a negligent discharge. If you’re new to firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation recommends committing the following rules to memory:

1. Always point a firearm in a safe direction.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

3. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Keep it unloaded until you’re ready to use it.

4. Know your target and what’s around it, including beyond it.

Hang around gun people enough and you’ll hear different variations of these basic rules but, rest assured, they all mean the same thing. For example, a classic twist on rule one is “Never point your firearm at something you’re not willing to destroy.” It’s a bit more poignant for those who need help painting a mental picture.

The 10 C0mmandments of Gun Safety

In addition to the above four universal safety rules, the NSSF offers up six additional rules to follow making up what they call the 10 Commandments of Gun Safety:

5. Use correct ammunition.

6. If the gun fails to fire, keep it pointed in a safe direction. Unload it, then inspect it.

7. Always wear eye and ear protection on the range.

8. Before shooting, ensure the barrel is clear of obstructions. Never look down the muzzle end of a firearm.

9. Don’t alter or modify your firearm and have it serviced frequently.

10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of your firearm.

A gun is just a tool and it doesn’t shoot itself. (Photo: Don Summers/

The Importance of Safety caught up with Kevin Michalowski, Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, to learn why safety rules are so important.

“When you’re handling a gun, they allow you to make sure that you think of these things every time you pick up the gun. It allows you to make sure that you’re doing all the things correctly to ensure that you are safe with that firearm and the firearm is safe in your hands.”

A report from the National Safety Council indicated that unintentional firearm fatalities hit a record low in 2018. Gun industry experts credit safety education, like adherence to the safety rules, as well as safety programs to reducing the number of accidental firearm-related fatalities.

“Guns don’t cause problems. Stupid people cause problems,” Michalowski explained. “They forget, they get too comfortable, they get complacent. We can’t blame that on the firearm. We have to blame that on the person who picked it up and pointed it someplace unsafe and then put his or her finger on the trigger.”

Ultimately it is your responsibility to make sure you are practicing safe handling and treating firearms with the respect they deserve.

Those who train a lot understand the onus of safety is on the individual, not the gun. (Photo: Jacki Billings/


Understanding these universal firearms safety rules and committing them to memory is the best way to keep you and your family safe; but, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Classes, training, and practicing at the range should also be on your regular to-do list throughout a lifetime of firearms ownership.

Committing the four universal safety rules to memory will ensure that you have a lifetime of enjoyment with your firearms. Owning a firearm carries the extra responsibility of being safe. When safety is a priority, everyone wins.

Looking for your first gun or to add to your collection? Check out the wide variety of Certified Used Guns available in the Vault.

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Trijicon Gets $41 Million Contract to Refurb Marine ACOGs

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 03:27

The Marines have been widely fielding the ACOG since 2011 and will continue to do so in the future, having just awarded a contract to refurbish existing optics. (Photo: USMC)

The Marine Corps Logistics Command this week announced that Michigan-based Trijicon has won a contract to remanufacture the Corps’ ACOGs.

The $41,218,080 five-year contract includes $8.1 million at the time of award for the first task order to inspect, diagnose, test, and restore an indefinite quantity of Rifle Combat Optics. The RCO, designated the AN/PVQ-31A/B by the Marines, is a variant of Trijicon’s 4×32 Tritium/Fiber Optics ACOG series sight.

The Marine Corps first evaluated the ACOG in the early 2000s and, after a recruit training company on Parris Island in 2011 using the optics produced 30 % more rifle experts than the average company, moved to purchase upwards of 115,000 RCOs for general use.

While the Marines earlier this year adopted Trijicon’s VCOG 1-8×28 as the service’s new Squad Common Optic (SCO), with 19,000 of the newer scopes to be delivered in the near future, officials have stated that noncombat arms Marines who are not issued the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle will continue to use the RCO.

The ACOG remanufacture process is expected to be completed by April 2025, with the work completed at Trijicon’s Wixom, Michigan plant.


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Judge Dropkicks California Bullet Control Scheme

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 01:56

Over 100,000 law-abiding consumers who attempted to buy ammo in California over a seven month period were rejected, a factor that steered a federal judge to block the state’s restrictive bullet control law. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A federal judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction halting the background check requirement to purchase ammunition in California.

U.S. Senior District Judge Roger Benitez held in his 120-page order in the case brought by Olympic Gold Medal clays legend Kim Rhode against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that the state had trampled on the Constitution by implementing the Prop. 63 ammo rules that have blocked many law-abiding Californians from being able to legally purchase bullets.

“The experiment has been tried,” said Benitez, a 2004 appointment by President George W. Bush. “The casualties have been counted. California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured.”

In one group of 616,257 residents who attempted to jump through California’s background check hoop– which most adults with only a state-issued ID cannot accomplish without a U.S. Passport or certified birth certificate to back it up– 101,047 were rejected even though they were legal citizens who were not prohibited firearms possessors. Some common reasons for rejections were that the would-be buyers had address mismatches in the state system, or had not recently purchased a firearm. Nonethless, in many cases, working through the appeals process to get the green light to buy ammo often took days and even weeks.

Pointing to the fact that as many as 16.4 % of citizen-residents legally able to possess firearms were rejected while attempting to buy bullets in the state over the past seven months under the new bullet control scheme, Benitez said that, “The background check experiment defies common sense while unduly and severely burdening the Second Amendment rights of every responsible, gun-owning citizen desiring to lawfully buy ammunition.”

Further, he pointed out the glaring hole in the plan that “criminals, tyrants, and terrorists don’t do background checks,” and often use underground or alternative sources to acquire ammunition.

Finally, citing the federal Commerce Clause, Benitez said the element of Prop. 63 that bars consumers from purchasing ammunition over the phone, by mail, or on the internet and having it shipped to their house, is unlawful. Prior to Jan. 1, 2018, any merchant located outside of the state was permitted to sell ammunition directly to a customer in California, an ability that changed under the new regulations as such purchases were criminalized unless they go through a California-located vendor for a face-to-face transfer after a background check.

Coupled with the fact that they may not be able to buy ammo locally due to the flawed background check system, Benitez said, “Where a citizen resident could buy ammunition from beyond state lines previously, now he is completely cut off from enjoying his Second Amendment rights.”

Moreover, Benitez concluded the anti-importation provisions artificially insulate the state from national ammo commerce and competition from the other states. “The United States Congress may have the authority to do that, but not state lawmakers,” he said.

In closing, Benitez said that in these trying days, the ability to access ammunition is particularly critical to the right to keep and bear arms.


Presently, California and many other states sit in isolation under pandemic-inspired stay-at-home orders. Schools, parks, beaches, and countless non-essential businesses are closed. Courts are limping by while police make arrests for only the more serious crimes. Maintaining Second Amendment rights are especially important in times like these. Keeping vigilant is necessary in both bad times and good, for if we let these rights lapse in the good times, they might never be recovered in time to resist the next appearance of criminals, terrorists, or tyrants.


In his order this week, Benitez enjoined the State of California from enforcing both the ammunition sales background check and the ammunition anti-importation provisions of Prop. 63.

“California wasn’t just obstructing the people’s fundamental right to defend their families and lives—it was encouraging unlawful hostility toward an individual, Constitutional right,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA funded this case for the same reason the court struck down the laws: enough was enough.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office has said they are reviewing the decision, but for now, at least, it appears the ammo light is lit for residents of the Golden State.

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How to Clean Your AR-15 the Daniel Defense Way

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 01:59

The AR-15-style rifle has been around since the late 1950s and has been called “America’s rifle.”

Here is how to clean and maintain it.

Jim Ross with Daniel Defense holds class in the above sub-30-minute video on the simple art of keeping the AR platform running like a clock. The company, of course, makes the DDM4 carbine and pistol variants as well as the DD5 rifle, which all share the same free 47-page manual.

“There’s been a lot of questions out there about, ‘hey, how do properly I clean my weapon, what’s proper lubrication look like?'” says Ross. “Today we are gonna cover all those things in a very basic video.”

Ross walks the user through having proper PPE and having a safe and clear firearm, then starting at the 1:36 mark begins the basic field strip of the gun, laying it out on the table Mickey Mouse towel-style.

By the 2:26 mark, he is into taking down the bolt carrier group, explaining not only how to disassemble it but also some insight on the mechanics and nomenclature.

You know, this type of stuff:

(Photo: Daniel Defense)

At the 3:35 mark, Ross touches on cleaning materials needed– bore snakes/patches, brushes, picks (plastic preferred), swabs, solvent, and cleaners.

Around the 5:50 mark and running for about the next 15 minutes, you are into the actual cleaning and he walks you through taking care of both the upper and lower in detail, step-by-step, explaining not just the what, but the why of the process.

Beginning around the 19:10 mark, Ross carries you through lubrication and reassembly, pausing to explain the little tips and tricks of that process. Then comes the function check.

And there you have it. In and out in under 30 minutes, with a clean rifle to show for it.

For some more magic about how Daniel Defense crafts their firearms and the passion behind them, check out the factory tour we did last Fall as part of our Select-Fire series.


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Gallery of Beautiful Guns From Over the Years

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:30

As a filmmaker and photographer for, I’ve been fortunate to travel to every corner of America to attend gun shows, machine gun shoots and range days. I document unique, rare and fascinating guns. In some cases, I’m lucky enough to make videos about guns and their proud owners.

Check out some of the gorgeous guns I’ve captured over the years. If you want more info, click on the photographs to see corresponding videos.


The commemorative 1911 produced by American Legacy Firearms honoring the Second Amendment Foundation’s victories in protecting our freedom. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Ruger Single-Nine .22 magnum revolver belonging to Ryan C. Bundy. Click on the photo to see the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

On top is British Lee Enfield No1 MkIII with a 7.5-inch barrel chambered in .303 British. Below is a Russian Mosin Nagant 91/30 chambered in 7.62x54R. Once rifles, both were made from de-milled rifle receivers that had been cut in half. They’re now considered pistols. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Ruger Bisley Vaquero revolver belonging to Boge Quinn of Gunblast. He had it customized for the powerful .500 Linebaugh cartridge. Click on the photo to see the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Sig Sauer P226 concealed in a carved-out book and kept at the bedside. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

DPMS Panther AR-15 with patriotic magazine art belonging to CJ Grisham. Click on the photo to see the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Para-Ordnance PXT 1911 SSP belonging to Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.), Editor, Publisher of Soldier of Fortune
Magazine. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special revolver and a Colt 1911 in .45 ACP. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

The Smith & Wesson Model 29 used by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry on display at the NRA Museums in Fairfax, Virginia. Click on the photo to see the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Troy Industries M7A1 PDW photographed at the IraqVeteran8888 Range Day. Click on the photo to see the video. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Ruger Vaquero .45 Colt revolver serving as a ‘truck gun’. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

AR-15 pistol photographed at IraqVeteran8888 Range Day. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Custom Veteran-themed handle on a Swedish K SMG belonging to Bill Stojack. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

General Patton’s Colt single-action Army .45 and Smith and Wesson .357 magnum revolvers on display at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor at Fort Knox, Kentucky. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

1915 model 9mm Luger.belonging to John Sokol. His uncle was fighting in northern Germany in 1945 when the man next to him was shot. John returned fire with his M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle and killed the German. This 9mm Luger was recovered from the body. It was imported to America via a duffel bag with all of the proper documentation. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 magnum with a 5″ barrel. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A silver-plated Colt .38 Detective Special complete with vampire-themed Francolini engraving and an ebony coffin. On display at the NRA Museums in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

S&W 686 revolver in a beautiful Savoy Leather Holster belonging to Chad Sims of IraqVeteran8888. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Wall depicting the evolution of the long gun at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

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Wild Game Recipes: Pressure Canning Wild Meat

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:00

Thinking of creative ways to butcher, process, and store large amounts of wild game can be a daunting task, especially if freezer space is short. The heyday of canning may be in the past, but it remains an underrated way to store meat on the shelf. While some may be hesitant to use a pressure canner, it’s actually a very safe, simple and effective way to tenderize and store meat so it can be later used in any number of recipes.

Why Pressure Canning and What You Need

Any good pressure canner must have a pressure gauge, so you know when things are up to pressure. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

All you need to safely and simply can raw meat is a pressure canner, glass jars, lids, rings, the meat of your choice and canning/pickling salt. Though most pressure canners will work, I prefer the heavy-built All-American Pressure Canners. As a caveat, my grandparents used to can meat in either a hot water bath or the oven, but pressure canning is now the only USDA suggested way to preserve low-acid foods like meat, chicken, and fish.

This regulated weight helps maintain the proper pressure safely. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Start by preparing all your equipment. The canner should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In my case, I add 2 inches of water to the canner along with the jar rack. Use only name-brand canning jars to ensure they safely withstand the heat and pressure. Before filling, the jars should be sterilized, which can be done by running through a dishwasher on the sterilize/high heat setting or washed by hand and then submerged in boiling water.

Meat, Meat, Meat!

Cube the meat to be canned. Even the toughest cuts of meat will tenderize in the pressure canner. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

With sundries in order, it’s time to get down to the meat business. Canning works well with either fresh or frozen—and at least partially thawed—meat. The type of red meat doesn’t matter, and I’ve used venison, Elk, Bison, Water Buffalo and even beef. When hunting seasons get busy and butchery happens quickly, I often opt to freeze whole boned quarters of Whitetail, then thaw and cube them for canning later.

Whatever your choice, your chosen meat should be clean, free of large pieces of fat or gristle and cut into approximately 1 inch to 2-inch cubes. Be aware, the meat will be under high pressure and temperature for an extended time in the canner so smaller pieces are likely to fall apart. On the upside, even the toughest pieces of meat become tender and succulent in the jar.

Canning Time!

Add preserving salt to each jar before canning. Nothing else needs to be added. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

With the gear prepped and meat cut, it’s time to get down to business! Pack the raw meat into the jars, allowing 1 inch of headspace at the top of the jar. Pack the meat well so as not to allow air pockets, which can lead to spoilage. Use a small wood or plastic spatula to push the meat down into any voids in the jar.
While other recipes call for adding seasonings, onions, garlic, or the like, I prefer to can the meat very simply, adding only Preserving Salt. Sprinkle this specialized salt over the meat, adding 1 teaspoon to quarts or a half-teaspoon to pints.

There’s also no need—and is not recommended—to either pre-cook the meat or add liquid. The meat generates its own juices during the cooking process, will be completely cooked, and it’s safer and easier to season and add things like onions when the jar is opened and meat is used, otherwise those things can get mushy and rather unpleasant.

With the jars filled, wipe any drips from the rim. Though it may not be necessary, I opt to warm the new lids in a small pan of water on the stove before putting them on the jar. This both softens the seal and prevents any bacteria introduction on the lid itself. Screw the lids to finger tight, lower them into the water, and get that canner going.

Jars packed with meat in the canner, ready to begin the process. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

This is where you’ll want to follow the instructions for your particular canner. Mine needs to vent for several minutes before placing the regulator weight over the vent hole. Just be sure you don’t start timing the cooking until the canner has reached the desired 10 pounds of pressure, which should be adjusted accordingly for those at high elevation.

Our particular All-American pressure canner holds seven quart jars or 19 pint jars. I process the quarts at 10 pounds of pressure for 90 minutes and pints at the same pressure for 60 minutes. When the timer sounds, again follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for ensuring the canner has depressurized before removing the lid. It is then safe to use a jar lifter to move the still incredibly hot jars to a towel on the counter. I like to drape a kitchen towel over the jars to allow them to cool more slowly.

Within a half-hour, you’ll begin to hear that wonderful pinging sound of sealing jars, signifying properly canned meat. Though all canned foods should be inspected before use, canned meat can be stored on the shelf—preferably in a cool, dark place—for up to five years. Be sure to label each jar before storage.


The finished product! Quart jars out of the canner, sealed, and just needing a wipe-down and labeling before storing in the cellar. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Canned meat can be opened anytime and reheated for a quick meal by itself. Sauté onion and some garlic, add the meat and supper can be ready in minutes. I also enjoy using canned meat as a base for fast stews, soups, casseroles and a companion to pour over mashed potatoes, rice or wide egg noodles. Shelf-stable canned meat travels well for camping and hunting trips, requiring neither refrigeration nor work to prepare.

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