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Caleb Lee is the #1 best-selling author of "Concealed Carry 101" and founder of PreparedGunOwners.com. He is a civilian (no law enforcement or military experience) who shares information about self-defense and becoming more self-reliant. He's a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, NRA Certified Basic Pistol & Personal Protection Inside The Home Instructor, Concealed Carry Academy Instructor certified & also a graduate of the Rangermaster firearms instructor course. He's also the author of numerous online courses including the UndergroundAssaultRifle.com course.

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If you don’t know, there are some INSANE laws from 1934 that govern much of what is “legal” in the firearms world.

They’re known as the National Firearms Act (NFA) laws.

And they suck.

It’s the reason you can’t buy silencers & short barreled rifles off the shelf. A short barreled rifle is anything under 16″.

Well, there is one way around the NFA laws on short barreled rifles. If you do it right, you can legally own an AR-15 with a short barrel rifle without paying for a $200 tax stamp and waiting for approval by the ATF. Check it out:

How To Get A “Short Barrel” AR-15 Without Paying An NFA $200 Tax, etc

In short, you need a pistol …

The AR-15 platform can be had in either a “pistol” or “rifle”.

You want to buy the “pistol” type (or build it yourself, if you know how to do it legally).

What’s the ONLY difference between a pistol AR-15 and the rifle version?

Very simply, the pistol AR-15 can NOT have a buttstock of any kind. And it must NEVER have had a buttstock of any kind attached. The actual lower receiver is bought/transferred into your name as a pistol lower, not a rifle lower.

(In other words, if you bought an AR-15 rifle with a buttstock and then took the buttstock off, while it may look EXACTLY like an AR-15 pistol — the ATF still considers it a rifle.)

 

Image source: AR-15 pistol PDW

Why You Want an AR-15 Pistol

Here’s the reasons you want an AR-15 pistol …

1. It’s legally a pistol. That means with your concealed carry permit, you can legally carry it concealed in public just like you would any other pistol (like a Glock, etc). That’s important because a lot of states say you can’t carry a loaded rifle/shotgun around with you or in your car, etc. They have different rules for pistols.

2. As a pistol, you can have a short barrel (less than 16″) on it without it becoming a “short barrel rifle” which is a NFA weapon. An NFA weapon is illegal to have without paying a Tax Stamp to the ATF and getting their permission to own/build it. Obviously, you’ll want a shorter barrel because it makes it easier to conceal.

By The Way, There Are Now Multiple Pistols – Not Just AR-15’s …

L to R: Sig MPX, HK MP5, KRISS Vector, AR-15, Scorpion EVO, Uzi – all with SB Tactical Braces

You can now buy pistol versions of the following rifles, including (but not limited to):

* AK-47’s
* .308 FAL’s
* CZ Scorpion EVO
* KRISS Vector
* IWI Uzi Pistol
* HK MP5, HK53, MP5K’s, etc
* Sig MPX

The Invention Of The “Stabilizer Brace”


AR-15 pistols used to be considered “range toys”, but sometime in 2013 SB Tactical started selling something called a “stabilizing brace” for AR-15 & AK-47 pistols.

It took the market by storm and was very popular.

It’s important to note that they got approval from the ATF for making these braces way back in 2012. The agency said:

“the submitted brace, when attached to a firearm, does not convert that weapon to be fired from the shoulder and would not alter the classification of a pistol or other firearm. While a firearm so equipped would still be regulated by the Gun Control Act … such a firearm would not be subject to NFA controls.”

Of course, one of the obvious ways to fire a pistol with one of these things attached is by using the brace as a makeshift “stock” on your shoulder …

Something you can already do with the built-in buffer tube of an AR-15 pistol. In fact, in the below pictures from an article by Gabe Suarez on the M4 Pistol concept, you can see the two primary ways of running the M4 Pistol – either the cheek index for CQB or when greater accuracy is needed — obtaining a fourth point of contact by bringing the end of the buffer tube back into the shoulder.

Gabe Suarez demonstrating two ways to fire an AR-15 pistol using either cheek support only or also getting a fourth point of contact on the shoulder. Obviously, shouldering a regular AR-15 pistol does not magically make it a rifle … right?

Obviously, this does not somehow magically turn an AR-15 pistol into a rifle, just because you “shoulder it”.

The ATF agreed, because in March 2014 they said this in a second letter,

“for the following reasons, we have determined that firing a pistol from the shoulder would not cause the pistol to be reclassified as an SBR: FTB classifies weapons based on their physical design characteristics. While usage/functionality of the weapon does influence the intended design, it is not the sole criterion for determining the classification of a weapon. Generally speaking, we do not classify weapons based on how an individual uses a weapon.”

Things were wonderful in AR-15 pistol land – people finally had a cost effective, good looking, potentially useful accessory to put on their AR-15 pistols to (arguably) make them easier to handle and everything seemed great.

The ATF issued a third letter just before SHOT Show in January 2015 that resulted in panic in the firearms industry. The letter stated:

“the pistol stabilizing brace was neither ‘designed’ nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a ‘redesign’ of the device because a possessor has changed the very function of the item.”

In other words, by simply shouldering an AR-15 pistol with a stabilizing brace attached, you have magically “redesigned” it into a short-barreled-rifle and you’re now a felon.

Which, of course, makes no sense because if you take it out of your shoulder pocket does it magically “redesign” back into a pistol if you fire it with your arms extended like one?

Fire it with two hands like this, and does it magically redesign itself back into a pistol? But then you shoulder it and it magically redesigns itself into a rifle?

Either way, these letters from the ATF are basically law, so everyone was cautioned to not shoulder any pistol with a brace attached.

Which brings us to modern times …

ATF REVERSES Opinion On Pistols With Braces (AGAIN!), Now Says Pistols Are Still Pistols, Even If You Shoulder Them

Recoil Mag posted a letter from the ATF that has reversed the earlier reversal to the earlier reversal letter … or whatever.

The latest letter from the ATF is here.

And here’s what SBTactical had to say about it.

“… The new clarification of opinion letter states, “an NFA firearm has not necessarily been made when the device is not reconfigured for use as a shoulder stock – even if the attached firearm happens to be fired from the shoulder. To the extent that the January 2015 Open Letter implied or has been construed to hold that incidental, sporadic, or situational “use” of an arm-brace (in its original approved configuration) equipped firearm from a firing position at or near the shoulder was sufficient to constitute “redesign,” such interpretations are incorrect and not consistent with ATF’s interpretation of the statute or the manner in which it has historically been enforced.”

SB Tactical, along with the law offices of Mark Barnes & Associates, have worked tirelessly for more than two years to correct what they believed to be an inaccurate interpretation of “redesign,” related to the Pistol Stabilizing Brace. “It has always been our belief that the addition of our Pistol Stabilizing Brace benefits shooters, both disabled and able-bodied, and that neither strapping it to your arm nor shouldering a brace equipped pistol would constitute ‘redesign’ of a pistol to a NFA firearm”, said Alex Bosco, inventor, founder and CEO of SB Tactical. “We are strongly encouraged by the ATF’s reversal of opinion and commend their willingness to continually review policy, including their own opinions, to ensure public safety and the fulfillment of their mission.”

Both SB Tactical and Mark Barnes & Associates are proud to be at the forefront of protecting and preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Mark Barnes echoed Bosco’s praise of the ATF’s new guidance and stated that “it’s clear that the Bureau has no intention or desire to prosecute law abiding citizens using SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces. Their decision to act should be commended.”

So It Looks Like You Can Shoulder A Stabilizing Brace Now, Just Don’t Modify It!

Of course, the entire internet will be in a roar telling you that if you do ANY modifications to a stabilizing brace then you’ve redesigned it and you’ll go to jail.

That may or may not be true.

The REAL issue here is that these are outdated laws from 1934 that should have neve been passed in the first place and the entire NFA needs to be repealed because it’s just silly.

First silencers need to be legal, and then the NFA needs to get repealed. Until then, enjoy shouldering your pistol braces without fear of an ATF hit squad busting down your door and shooting your dog!

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Friday, April 21, 2017 – The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages simultaneously affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

There is no official word on what caused the simultaneous blackouts to three of America’s biggest cities.

The official word is that it’s all a coincidence they occurred at the same time.

Many wonder if it’s a cyberattack by our nation’s enemies …

Apparently, the government is also running something called “Operation Gotham Shield” – which is leading many to believe these blackouts may have been a part of the government led drill/false flag of some sort …

Power Blackouts Hit LA, New York, San Francisco

Power outages hit Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, leaving commuters stranded and traffic backed up Friday.

About 90,000 customers were affected in San Francisco (the worse hit from what I’ve read).

While the outages occurred simultaneously — as of yet — there is no evidence they were connected or coordinated.

The picture below from Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) shows the outages:


The outages seemed to have occurred quickly and in succession.

As of yet, there’s not evidence as to why they happened this way.

Some people suspect a potential cyberattack or even government drill/false flag.

New York Hit First At 7:20am …

The first outage occurred at around 7:20am in New York when the power went down at 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station

This picture, to me, is particularly horrifying:


It took me an hour and 20 mins to go one stop, give up, find my way out of this mob, then walk back home @MTA,” wrote Liz Baker on Twitter.

The mobs of people stuck underground …

That’s not some place I want to be.

The utility company, Con Edison, said one of its electric lines triggered the outage.

Los Angeles Was Next …

Next hit was LA, but it didn’t appear to be as widespread as in San Francisco.

Most reports are just of the Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

San Francisco Was The Worst Hit – Blackout Widespread …

Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

PGE officials named a substation fire as the primary cause of the outage.

Residents called it “surreal” …

The San Francisco Fire Department was responding to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside, but reported no immediate injuries. Everywhere, sirens blared as engines maneuvered along streets jammed with traffic.

This is actually a common occurrence and something I would not have known was so common until I read Ted Koppel’s book “LIGHTS OUT: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” — although it makes total sense when you think about it — during a power outage.

In the tweet below, you’ll see someone stuck in an elevator:

Cyber Attack Feared As The Cause Of Multiple City Power Grid Failures

SHTFPlan writes, ” …The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame.”

And that doesn’t sound very far off.

Cyberattacks can be launched from anywhere in the world using nothing more than a laptop computer and an internet connection…

Many of the nations that FedGov has been saber rattling with of late definitely have the capability.

In fact, the NSA’s top Cyber Warfare expert George R. Cotter is convinced that China and Russia have already penetrated the U.S. power grid, both for reconnaissance, and in order to plant cyber weapons that could be launched in the future!

In the video below, you can see a group of “White Hat” hackers that were hired to test the security of a power company. How quickly they get access is scary:

Could These Blackouts Be The Result of a Secretive Nuclear/EMP Drill By The Federal Government?

You know, there is such a thing as coincidence, but then again, some things are just too weird…

For example, here is an in depth article covering something called “Operation Gotham Shield“. You can read all about it there (including seeing the actual government PDF’s on the exercise.)

What is it?

SHTFPlan writes:

“It is a tabletop, joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies. WMD, chemical and biological units will all be on hand as a response is tested for a “simulated” nuclear detonation over the United States’ foremost urban center, in the iconic and densely populated island of Manhattan and nearby shores of New Jersey.”

Cyberattack, Government False Flag, Or Just Bad Luck – It’s Definitely Time To Get Prepared!

A large-scale power outage is nothing to laugh at.

The potential effects are terrifying.

In fact, an attack on America’s power grid would bring us to our knees.

A long-term outage would be like being instantly sent back into the 19th century…

In the event of a nuclear/EMP attack that takes out all electronics, we would be devastated.

Dr. Peter Pry — a former CIA officer and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security — says within the first 12 months 9 out of 10 Americans — over 290,000,000 innocent men, women and children — will be not survive.

The congressional EMP commission on which I served calculated that within a year of blackout that knocks out the national grid, we would probably lose up to nine out of 10 Americans through starvation, disease and societal collapse,” said Pry.

The only reason we can sustain a population of 310 million Americans is technology. If you take that away, we don’t have any way of feeding, providing water or even providing communications and government for an orderly society that’s going to sustain 310 million Americans.”

The bottom line?

Take steps now to prepare.

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If you’ve ever wondered if there was a way to become invisible to thermal optics, then you’ll see how to do it today.

In fact, you’ll see exactly how to build your own “thermal evasion suit”.

Thermal imaging is the technology that picks up thermal signatures — aka your body heat. Originally military technology, it’s now used on drones, rifle scopes and it’s so popular it’s readily available for not much money (hunters use them for example).

Despite some common beliefs, it’s not impossible to hide from this technology.

First, What Is Thermal Imaging Technology?

The most simple description comes from The Night Vision Company:

“All objects emit infrared energy. The amount of infrared energy emitted is proportional to the amount of heat an object or organism produces. Thermal imagers sense this infrared energy and provide a thermal signature of a scene.”

In short, anyone with thermal imaging technology can see your body heat.

Here’s an example of two men walking in the woods, viewed through thermal tech – their body heat is in red:

 

Many people think that it’s impossible to hide from such technology.

That’s not the case …

How Can You Hide From Thermal Imaging Technology?

There are a lot of myths about thermal imaging …

Thermal can’t see through walls. (Unless, it’s a VERY thin wall and your body heat is heating the wall up enough to be seen from the outside.)

Thermal can’t see through other objects either …

For example, a bunch of trees in the forest. So if you’re in a very dense forest you can hide quite well. Likewise (as many terrorists in the Middle East have figured out or were trained by our forces to do) other natural terrain like caves/hills/mountains will hide your body heat.

Sadly, I was watching Predator the other day (the original one) and I would not count on using mud like Schwarzenegger to hide from thermal because even if the mud did block out your body heat for a short time — it would quickly heat up and then be visible.

So let’s talk about what does work…

How To Build A Thermal Evasion Suit

Snakebite Tactical sells a ready-made suit for this purpose. They also produced this video to share the info on how to make your own for free.

Let’s talk about what we have learned …

So the main thing you want to do is block your body heat right?

The first thought everyone has is using an emergency blanket because it reflects your body heat back at you.

It’s a sound idea, but the problem is that your body heat quickly warms up the reflective material.

According to these guys, the best way to avoid all these problems is to go with a multi-layer system.

The first layer is Radiant Barrier material — the stuff made to reflect heat back into homes — appears to be the best material to make it out of.

Second layer is thin layer of polyster padding to create airspace. Airspace is crucial. About an inch thick.

 

Third layer is another layer of Radiant Barrier Material – facing the opposite direction of the first layer.

At this point, you have blocked your thermal signature.

But because you want to actually be camouflaged, you need to add an extra layer to camouflage the suit.

The primary problem here is extra layers cause the suit to heat up quicker. Their solution is very thin ripstop nylon camouflage for the outside. To further break up the shape of the cloak, they added sniper veil webbing (extremely light) and fake leaves (help break up shape and also help to break up thermal energy).

You Can Also Use This Method To Create a Tent/Shelter Type Structure

Max Velocity Tactical used to sell something called an MVT Shield – designed to block thermal imaging too.

It works in much the same way.

To be completely clear, I’m not sure exactly how they build the MVT shield — but it this is what Max had to say:

“The MVT Shield, both this specific design as well as the general concept using less effective methods, has been tested and will block viewing of your thermal image, including all thermal bloom through the material. The outer sandwich layers are constructed of 70 denier rip-stop coated nylon with an inner double layer of thermal blocking material. The inner layers of thermal blocking material are not Mylar type ’emergency blankets,’ but a better, softer, more foldable/durable (‘non-crinkling”) alternative material.”

Further Max expands on some important points (emphasis mine):

“The MVT Shield is designed to be optimally used in conjunction with good fieldcraft, i.e. terrain and vegetation masking, as well as with an air gap between the user and the material.”

The important part is the “air gap” that the MVT shield is designed to utilize.

This air gap between you and the cover you’re using to evade thermal will keep your own body heat from heating your cover and rendering it ineffective.

Also, like Max says, utilizing good fieldcraft of regular concealment/camouflage will help.

That’s because even if you manage to block your body heat completely — you need to break up your silhouette to make sure you don’t look like a human. And in the day time (where thermal can also be used) it’s even more important obviously.

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Once again, I bring you another installment of “This is why it’s impossible to ban guns” because they’re just so darn EASY to make!

This guy made a home-made 9mm “carbine” pistol from:

* A paintball gun
* Random parts from a hardware store
* hacksaw, dremel, welder, drill press and hand tools

And of course using his brain. In fact, he even designed it from scratch! Check it out:

How to make a homemade 9mm “carbine” pistol from a paintball gun!

This is neat, because I’ve never built my own gun from my own design. But this guy did.

Talk about simple, but genius!

Pretty neat that he used a Taurus PT111 magazine for this pistol caliber “carbine” pistol build. Like he said, he thinks he can use Sig P226 mags.

Except for the little bit of welding, none of this looks that hard. Pretty neat.

Homemade Guns Are a Learning Process!

This is the same guy, and I found this other video of his, where he shows off all the homemade guns he has made in the past and how well they worked, what went wrong, etc. Some very SIMPLE designs here! Especially the bolt action ones.

Have You Ever Made Any Homemade Guns?

If so, I’d love to hear about it. Share your story in the comments!

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It’s all over the news …

And I’ve heard the same thing over and over from people I know “inside the industry” …

Trump may be the WORST thing to happen to the gun industry in nearly a decade!

What’s going on?

 

Here’s the story …

Obama was BEST for gun industry, Trump looks the WORST so far!

If you’re reading this, then you probably voted for Trump.

Good for you!

You also might have thought that Trump would be GREAT for the gun industry.

But the fact is, so far, he has been really bad.

Here’s the surprising reason why …

Obama Was The World’s Greatest Gun Salesman EVER!

You might remember, shortly after the election, I wrote an article called “3 Reasons Why Obama Was The BEST President America EVER Had For Gun Owners!

I pointed out three facts:

#1: Obama’s Anti-Gun Policies Divided The Nation Into Vehemently Pro-Gun & Anti-Gun People

In short, he cured a lot of gun owners apathy.

He got a LOT of us to really care about gun ownership, protecting those rights, and buying more guns.

In fact, he led me to create this website you’re reading right now because I was so tired of him trying to ban guns!

#2: Obama Is 100% Certified The Greatest Gun Salesman In The History of The World!

More guns have been sold under Obama than any other president.

Period.

Practically every single month he was in office, record after record was broken in gun sales.

Of course this was mostly because so many people were worried he would ban guns — so we all stockpiled!

#3: Concealed Carry Has Grown More Under Obama Than Any Other President In History!

The bottom line is that — despite his best efforts to stop them — under Obama, right-to-carry laws have benefited to the point where there is NO state in the union that does not have some form of carry law because it was proven that it’s a constitutionally protected right.

Even Obama’s home town of Chicago, Illinois — one of the last hold outs — has a concealed carry law on the books now that happened during his presidency.

Why Pro-Gun Trump Has Been BAD For The Gun Industry … So Far

You might think, with full NRA endorsement, that President Trump would be great for the gun industry.

To quote the Donald …

“WRONG!”

1. Gun company stocks have dropped – and stayed down – since Trump was elected.

According to NPR, “… the day after the election shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger fell 14 percent. And the price of Smith & Wesson, which has since changed its name to the generic sounding American Outdoor Brands, fell 15 percent. Shares of both companies are still down”

2. Most companies in the gun industry are reporting lower sales (especially AR-15 companies!)

It’s estimated that AR-15 sales make up more than 70 percent of the long-rifle sales in the United States (after all, the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. Ever.)

But even AR-15 sales are down.

Boutique shop Primary Weapons Systems’ sales are down about 35 percent since Trump’s election last November.

Other gun companies are reporting the same. Sales are down all around!

3. The Gun Industry is laying off people left and right!

Trump promised to create jobs … but people are losing them in the gun industry!

According to IdahoStatesman.com,

“… Vista Outdoor, which operates Idaho’s largest ammunition-making plant in Lewiston, with 1,465 workers.

Vista reported a quarterly loss of $378 million in early March, compared with a profit of $43 million for the same period in 2016, the Lewiston Tribune reported. The company laid off 10 Lewiston workers in February and 15 in March, and it placed about 100 employees on furlough for a month.”

And they’re not the only ones …

A Minnesota ammo maker, Federal Premium Ammunition, laid off 110 of its 1,430 workers in March, according to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

Remington Outdoor Co. laid off 110 workers at its New York plant in March, according to The Wall Street Journal.”

4. Even Silencer Sales Are Suffering Under Trump!

This one might surprise you, given that there is a pro-silencer bill circulating right now largely due to Trump’s election.

But again, it has hurt sales!

In fact, Silencer sales have dropped off nearly completely, because two federal bills would make it easier, quicker and cheaper to buy sound suppressors, Martinez said. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

Many people in the industry thought one of the bills would pass in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. That prompted would-be silencer buyers to wait for its passage before buying, Martinez said.

“However, Martinez said there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass either bill. If either survives, passage will take years, he said.”

So Is The Gun Industry Going To Fizzle Out Under Trump?

I hope not.

Another problem is that many people think Trump is somehow America’s savior and that they don’t need to be prepared, buy guns or ammo, or get training anymore.

He’s not.

In the long term …

If the silencer bill passes …

If some type of national reciprocity for concealed carry passes …

Then I think we will maybe see an uptick in the gun industry.

Will it rival the legendary growth under Obama?

I doubt it!

But maybe the shooting sports industry will grow. Maybe more youth will get involved. And maybe more and more people will start to conceal carry under Trump.

My only hope is that a — seemingly — pro-gun President Trump will help to reinvigorate the gun culture in America. In the long run. Because it’s not happening now!

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People always argue about what may be the best gun for home defense.

One of the things people always worry about for home defense is “over-penetration“. That is, they worry about stray bullets going through walls.

In this video, you get to see multiple different bullets fired through AR-15’s, AK-47’s, pistols, and even a .308 “sniper” rifle!

Check it out:

Home Defense Penetration Test – AR-15 VS AK-47 VS Pistols

Reid Henrichs has a good video here where they shoot MANY different self-defense bullets through AK-47’s, AR-15’s and handguns.

You’ll notice that many of their self-defense rifle rounds are chosen from this list of the BEST self-defense ammo for pistols and the best self-defense ammo for .223/5.56 rifles.

AR-15’s Are Great For Home Defense!

As you’ll notice, none of the excellent performing self-defense AR-15 bullets over-penetrated and left the house. Many stopped within a few layers of drywall.

In comparison to both pistol and AK-47 rounds (not to mention .308) they overpenetrated the least.

That makes them excellent for home defense.

That’s why we’re a big fan of the AR-15 for home defense around here.

You may also want to check out my other articles …

Keep In Mind, ANY Bullet That Will Stop a Bad Guy Will Go Through a Standard Interior Home Wall!

Many people think there may be a bullet that could stop a bad guy but that also won’t go through your wall if you miss.

That’s just not going to happen …

Keep in mind, after watching this video, almost every single bullet went through AT LEAST one or two walls before stopping.

That’s because if a bullet is designed to reach the — FBI recommended — 12-18″ of penetration in the human body (necessary to reach vital organs) then it will go through at least one interior wall easy peasy.

Remember that …

What you want is performance like you see in this video. Penetration but not “too much”.

In short, the AR-15 is GREAT for home defense!

What did you think of the video? Did you expect it to turn out that way?

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I’ve spilled a bit of digital ink introducing you to Rob Leatham before.

That’s because you absolutely CAN learn a lot from the man they call “The Great One“.

He’s arguably considered the world’s BEST pistol shooter …

He’s an 8-time IPSC World Champion, a 10-time NRA Bianchi Cup Champion, a 17-time Single Stack National Champion and a 26-Time USPSA National Champion. He’s been around for so long and has been winning for so long that he no longer tallies the local, state and regional wins.

Today, he’s going to DESTROY 4 popular gun myths to make you a better shooter. Check it out:

World’s BEST pistol shooter destroys 4 gun myths [Must See!]

Rob is no stranger to busting myths.

Remember this? Where he told you to STOP AIMING to become a better shooter?

Pretty mind-bending stuff 🙂

Let’s see what he has for us today.

Gun Myth: Cross Eye Dominance!

Cross eye dominance is when you’re “different” with eye dominance than hand dominance. For example, you are right-handed but left-eye dominant.

Rob reveals why it simply doesn’t matter with handgun shooting … definitely NOT use your left hand (why make it harder?) … and why you should just tilt your head instead of moving the gun!

Gun Myth: Stance!

What stance to use? Weaver? Iscoceles?

Rob says it all in one pithy sentence: “Stance is unimportant. What matters is balance point and ability to control the gun in recoil.”

Boom! Myth busted! Check it out:

(NOTE: I think it’s pretty cool how Rob does the forward pressure thing with his entire body. Never seen that before!)

Gun Myth: Relax to shoot better

Ever heard someone tell you to “relax to shoot” because it will make you more accurate?

WRONG!

Here’s what TGO (“The Great One”) has to say:

The gun simply moves around too much when you relax!

What Did You Learn?

Did you learn anything from TGO?

I’ll be keeping his words in mind next time I shoot.

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March 22, 2017: An attacker in London killed 4 people and injured at least 50. His weapon? A car and a knife.

December 2016: An attacker at a Christmas market in Berlin Germany kills at least 12 people and injures 48. His weapon? A truck.

May 18, 1927: In the deadliest mass murder to take place at a school in United States history, a man kills 38 elementary school children and 6 adults while injuring at least 58 other people. His weapon? Bombs.

The fact is: evil exists in the world and evil people will use whatever weapons they can to hurt people.

You Won’t Believe The Weapon Used In This Vicious & Brutal Attack [Must Watch!]

John Correia from Active Self Protection brings us this incredibly disturbing video of what appears to be a completely unprovoked attack caught on camera in Los Angeles, California.

WARNING: this video features extreme violence against a woman.

The weapon used?

A Hammer.

Do watch the video and consider the lessons that John shares with you. They’re good. His website has the full list.

But here’s why I bring this up today …

You Can’t Ban Evil By Banning “Tools”

Guns, Knives, Cars, Hammers, Screwdrivers, etc …

Virtually any tool, object, or “thing” can be used as a weapon.

To use a popular quote (if I could remember who is the originator I would credit them) “anything is a weapon if you hold it right“.

Cane killed Able using a rock.

In short, as I’ve spilled much digital ink discussing here, it’s impossible to actually ban guns and banning the tools used by evil people does not work.

Evil people can hurt and murder with their hands, fist, and feet or they can utilize practically anything and use it as a weapon for more destruction.

For an example of this futility, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014 shows that more than twice as many people are beaten to death by fists and feet each year than are shot to death with rifles of every kind (yes, that includes “scary assault rifles”).

As always …

You’re on your own.

Your safety is your responsibility.

No amount of laws banning things will keep you safe.

The first murderer recorded in the Bible used a rock.

The worst mass murder in American school history — as early as 1927 — used bombs.

Today, terrorists are using trucks and cars and knives.

Random attackers are using hammers. Their fists, feet and baseball bats.

Oppose gun control. Get prepared. Get training. Get a gun. Learn to fight. Practice. Get fit. Exercise. Keep your head up. Be aware. Be safe.

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One of the biggest benefits of the AR-15 is also one of the biggest downfalls …

It’s so versatile and there are so many options!

You can choose barrel lengths, optics, handguards, grips, triggers, gas systems, and on and on and on it goes …

A theme we’ve explored here before is the “1 rifle for everything concept”. I think this is it.

Is This The ULTIMATE AR-15?

In the video below, “Garand Thumb” describes his Recce Rifle setup.

Now, keep in mind, I don’t think that Garand Thumb’s personal rifle setup is THE ultimate setup.

But, I do think the “idea” is the ULTIMATE setup for the AR-15 because it gives you so much versatility.

Like he says, you can do everything from CQB type room clearing/home defense to taking shots at 500+ yards with a setup like this.

I think that’s ideal.

With that said, from the video, here are the specs I got …

Garand Thumb Recce Rifle Setup:

* 14.5″ BCM 1/7 Barrel
* BCM Alpha KMR Lightweight Keymod Rail
* Magpul Mbus BUIS
* BCM Kinesthetic Angled Grip (KAG) when using NOD stuff
* Streamlight Protac Light
* Arisake Mount for light
* Steiner M5Xi 1-5×24
* Bobro scrope mount
* BCM charging handle
* B5 Systems Stock with storage
* Frank Proctor Way of The Gun Sling

More On The “1 Rifle For Everything” Concept

In the past we’ve talked about a similar setup.

Check out How To Have One AR-15 For Everything From 0-600yds for more info on how Frank Proctor, US Special Forces vet and USPSA Grandmaster shooter sets his up (you’ll see a lot of similarities).

You can also see How Special Operations Soldiers Setup Their AR-15’s for another active duty guy who gradually modified his rifle over multiple deployments until he had what is basically a very similar setup.

What do you think? Do you setup your AR-15 for various uses or do you have multiple ones that each have a specific role?

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Ok so this is going to be a little bit of a rant.

But it needs to be said because in this day and age — with the internet making practically all the information of the world available at your fingertips — we’re not suffering from a lack of knowledge sources or information to potentially learn from.

No. In modern life, you need to carefully sift through an incredible amount of information and pick out what’s good and bad.

So here’s your warning/rant for today.

Don’t Do Stupid Sh*t Just Because “Special Forces XYZ Does It That Way!

I don’t mean to pick on the Krav Maga experts and their followers, but it seems like it’s always something with these guys.

I wrote an article where I explained how “Israeli Carry” (Condition 3, no round in the chamber) got started. And why it’s obsolete now. (As a followup, you can Watch as Israeli carry nearly gets an Israeli Police Officer stabbed to death when you click here if you insist on carrying that way.)

But this isn’t about Israeli carry …

This IS about not doing stupid sh*t just because “Special Forces XYZ does it!

Here’s a new one to me …

Israeli Krav Maga “Tactical Movement” Shooting Position. Just Don’t.

There’s a Facebook vid that’s making the rounds …

In it, the instructor demonstrates a modified retention/CQB shooting position that goes like this.

Draw

Blade the body …

Shield yourself with an elbow out …

And put the pistol on the crook of your elbow there.

Looks like a perfect little place to stick the gun huh? Nice little spot, like it was made to cradle your pistol barrel …

The guy shoots a target and doesn’t shoot himself. It works out for him.

But do me a favor?

Just Don’t.

Just because you see this guy who was in a cool military service (Israeli something or other …) doesn’t mean you should mimic what he’s doing.

There’s a ton of problems with mimicking this …

Probably, what should be most obvious, is that you will eventually shoot a round through your elbow. If you’re really using this in a situation where people are making contact with you — bumping you around, grabbing for your gun, fighting you, etc (as is the justification in the video) — then your shielding arm IS going to get pulled away from you just enough to let the gun muzzle slip down to where it’s pointing into your elbow and you’re going to need a new elbow after you smoke a round through the one you were born with.

Just saying.

If you don’t believe me, clear a pistol for dry-fire or grab an airsoft gun and “war game” this one with a buddy. Basically get in a fight with him trying to grapple with you while you try this.

I’m sure there’s other reasons to not do this, but I just don’t have the energy right now …

If you’re going to shoot from retention, then check out my post where an Ex-Navy SEAL Shows You The Basics of Close Quarters Shooting.

There’s a much better position for compressed shooting. It usually looks something like this:

Former Navy SEAL and professional Firearms trainer Kyle Defoor demonstrating shooting from retention.

Retention shooting/shooting in close quarters usually looks something like this depending on the application. The gun is in a compressed position, so it still can’t be grabbed (easily). The other hand/arm is WAY out of the way because shooting yourself with the gun in retention is a very, VERY possible scenario.  This is pretty basic/proven stuff and it should stay that way.

Just because something is “cool” looking or “new” or taught by “Special Forces” or they (supposedly) do it that way — doesn’t mean you should too.

Oh by the way:

Mini Rant: Stop Saying “Special Forces” Unless You Mean “Special Forces”!

First, don’t do the dumb stuff.

Second, don’t do it and then justify it by saying “Special Forces” does it if you don’t really mean “Special Forces”!

As explained here, “Special Forces” is a specific term for a particular group of soldiers in the US Army (also commonly called the “Green Berets”.)

Because not only do you look dumb for justifying your dumb/not well thought out techniques by saying you’re copying “Special Forces XYZ“, but you look double dumb for mis-using “Special Forces”.

Anyways, Enough Negativity. Don’t Try This One At Home Folks!

I really mean no disrespect to the instructor in the video.

I don’t know who he is, his background, or whether he could kill me in a 1-on-1 fight to the death.

And I’m not linking to his page.

I’m not starting a fight.

I don’t care.

He may be a great guy, and everything else he teaches is solid.

I’m just showing the technique that was demo’d in the video and telling you not to do it.

But the BIGGER lesson here has nothing to do with this particular technique and definitely nothing to do with this particular instructor …

MY KEY POINT: Just because you saw some “Super JSOC Jedi Special Operator Ninja” show a technique on the internet, you shouldn’t try copying it because they do it. Apply critical thinking first.

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