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Caleb Lee is the #1 best-selling author of "Concealed Carry 101" and founder of 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 course.

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In the video below, you’re going to see surveillance footage from the 2014 Seattle Pacific University Shooting that could have been a tragedy.

That’s if student Jon Meis hadn’t taken fast action!

But he did take fast action! Now, watch as he takes down the active killer who shot and killed one student and injured others (and also keep reading to see some key points you should think about if you’re ever in a similar situation):

What Are Your Takeaways? Here Are Mine …

* Bad Guy appears to be using a break action shotgun

* At 0:50 the poor girl coming down the stairs doesn’t even NOTICE the bad guy holding a shotgun until he shoots her. Then she seems very confused by the fact she got shot and stumbles off. (Keep your eyes open and head on a swivel people!) – Also notice — this is not Hollywood, even though she got shot with a shotgun, she didn’t fly through the air!

* I don’t know if the hero student planned it, but it was perfect time when he came out of the door behind the killer with pepper spray, which he immediately shot into the face of the bad guy

* The GOOD guy did the right thing after spraying the face of the bad guy. He did not wait to see if it took effect – he immediately tackled the bad guy. The bad guy is using a long gun, good guy closing the distance takes away much of utility of such a weapon.

* Good guy tackles bad guy. Starts to choke him and then takes the long gun from him when the bad guy lets it go. Importance of h2h combatives/martial arts here! Learn and get comfortable with wrestling/taking people down and choking them.

* It looks like good guy took the long gun back to another room and came back to find a knife in the bad guys hand, disarms that too and chokes him some more until more help arrives.

We salute you Jon Meis!

Could You Save MORE Lives In This Scenario?

Also from a news report on the incident (emphasis mine):

“Jon Meis, a student working as a building monitor, pepper-sprayed the shooter as he stopped to reload, then put him in a chokehold and took him to the ground, according to police and a friend who spoke with Meis after the shooting. Then other students and faculty members rushed to hold the shooter down until police arrived.

But until it was clear that only one shooter was responsible, students barricaded themselves, pulled blinds and waited for word that they were safe. Medics were forced to wait outside until police were sure there was no more danger.

Smart work on the students holding up to see if there was more danger … but look at what happened?

I don’t know if this is standard procedure, but the Medics were “forced to wait outside until police was sure there was no more danger”.

Say you’re the hero here …. BUT … 20 seconds before the bad guy shot your friend, or your wife, your daughter, etc …

Are you going to watch your loved one bleed out while you wait for medics to arrive …. or are you going to get some Tactical Medicine training and CARRY that medical gear with you so you can continue being a hero and save the day?

Learn how to save lives too!

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File this one under “uh duh”!

As you probably know the “Hearing Protection Act” was reintroduced to congress to remove silencers from the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Obama Admin’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) also found out there are not one but TWO things silencers can be beneficial for. You may guess the one, but maybe not the other? Check it out:

First, Silencers Best Option For Reducing Gun Range Noise

In the first “duh” entry — after noting that the noise on outdoor test ranges in California was particularly high — CDC found this:

The only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire is through the use of noise suppressors that can be attached to the end of the gun barrel. However, some states do not permit civilians to use suppressors on firearms.

Well, yeah.

Now let’s not go full retard and think we need handguns with silencers hanging off them as a requirement (I feel like that would be the next Government step because “logic”), but yes, encouraging silencer use by making them 100% legal like any other non-registered gun part would be perfect. I would GLADLY shoot silenced rifles if given the choice.

Also …

Second, CDC Finds Quarter of Americans Have Hearing Loss Because of Noise (Solution? Silencers)

Along with that, as Americas1stFreedom notes:

A CDC study recently found that a staggering 40 million American adults—including one-fourth of people 20-69—have lost some hearing because of noise. Even more noteworthy, 53 percent of those with hearing loss claimed to have no occupational exposure to excessive noise—a number which likely includes many shooters and hunters.

These numbers not only uncover a national epidemic—they also indicate that the deregulation of suppressors, as outlined in the Hearing Protection Act, should be regarded less as a matter of politics and more as an urgent matter of public health.

Given that noises of over 140 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss with hearing protection—and that an unsuppressed .223 rifle produces about 165 decibels—the use of suppressors (which reduce gunshot noise by 20-35 decibels) could, when combined with regular hearing protection, significantly reduce the longstanding prevalence of hearing loss in the shooting community.

I mean, none of this should be news guys.

This is common sense.

Conclusion? Support The Hearing Protection Act In Congress Again

This isn’t the first time that a pro-silencer bill has been in congress. They normally don’t pass. This one has a lot of support and with a new Trump presidency a lot of people are hoping it will.

As I’ve said before, even anti-gun places like Europe are KILLING America when it comes to silencer use. Trump’s son knows it, let’s see if he can convince dad too.

After talking to some people who work in the silencer industry, as the video points out below, it might be a WHILE before this bill gets passed (if at all) … and more importantly because people don’t realize how complicated our Government is … that just because we have a republican majority, it’s not a guarantee (at all) it will ever even make it to the President’s desk. Good little fact filled vid:

When it comes down to it, support the bill and lets dismantle the NFA entirely before Trump’s first term is over (a gal can dream can’t she?)

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If you like to travel, or are even thinking about it, then you should really check out this video series from John Lovell.

John’s a former Army Ranger, war veteran, and full-time firearms/tactics instructor and he’s a good Christian guy who’s actually pretty entertaining to watch.

Traveling to third-world countries and other places that most TV news stations would say are rampant with murder and crime is usually safer than you think. Because American news is mostly fear-mongering propaganda.

That said, it pays to be prepared! Check out what you can do when you have to travel “un-armed” to other countries:

Travel Safety Tips: PT.1 Introduction

John is in Costa Rica and shares some advice from a local. Pretty funny story in here about a missionary group that got mugged THREE times! And of course what they did wrong

Travel Safety Tips: PT.2 General Advice

John shares some “common sense” advice that’s not that common unfortunately for traveling in foreign countries, especially third world countries. Good ideas on handling your passport in here. I really need to take John’s advice.

Travel Safety Tips: PT.3 Pretravel Preparation

John talks about pre-travel tips like how to do risk assessments for your destination, insurance considerations, medical considerations, education on the culture you intend to visit, hotel considerations, and more.

I have to admit, I don’t do half this stuff before traveling. And I should. This is all good advice.

Travel Safety Tips: PT.4 Advice for Hotels, Transit, Assault, etc

In this video John gives advice and quick tips for foreign travel on buses, taxis, personal vehicles, and planes as well as going through airports and crossing borders. He also covers staying in hotels or other people’s homes internationally and talks through responding to assaults/muggings.

Just a lot of good “rapid fire” tips here on traveling and getting around in foreign countries that are good tips.

Do You Know Of Any Other Good Travel Tips For Prepared Gun Owners?

These are great tips for those that want to be prepared to travel.

I know this guy, who is supposed to release a book on traveling because he has lots of experience. But it’s taking a while 🙂

At least he regularly posts a LOT of good info on travel safety after his globe trotting adventures, like these.

Leave some other good tips in the comments or other people to check out regarding this type of info.

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Every gun guy (or gal) loves guns.

The only thing better is new guns right?

That’s why I was super excited about handling all the new guns at SHOT Show 2017 this year that I could!

Check out these new guns (that look super promising!) from Beretta, Salient, and Smith & Wesson!

1. Arsenal Firearms USA Stryk B Pistol from Salient

As much as I love new guns, I’m more the “what’s the point?” with new designs. Or “if it aint broke don’t fix it”, but from what I’ve seen this is kind of cool.

Salient is a high-end custom gun maker that — generally — focuses on customizes Glock pistols. They teamed up with Arsenal Firearms to bring this gun to the USA and as a bonus it has a lot of Salient “work” done to it that you would normally have to pay for like the:

* grip
* trigger
* sights

… Which, when you think about it — other than the cosmetic stuff Salient does — is kind of the only things they do to Glocks right?

What makes it more interesting is the design, still striker fired but based off a different barrel locking design. Wikipedia explains it this way:

“The Strike One uses a Bergmann System introduced in the Bergmann–Bayard pistol. Unlike the Browning system, the barrel does not tilt. It is locked with a Y shaped part that during the recoil locks the barrel and bolt and half way through it drops, releasing the barrel. The barrel stops its motion, the bolt continues back, ejecting the spent cartridge case and loading fresh cartridge and on its way back the Y shaped locking fork reengages and the barrel and bolt move together forward. Instead of tilting the barrel only moves in a straight line, thus increasing the accuracy. “

Which I don’t fully understand but is still pretty cool because of one thing. The super low bore axis on this gun. In short, as you can see by how “thin” the beaver tail is–you can get a SUPER high grip on the gun.

That may not sound exciting but a low bore axis is one of the primary benefits of the Glock platform, because the higher the grip you can get on the gun, the better your shooting performance (speed, pointability and most of all controlling recoil). In fact, Robert Vogel, the champion shooter of champion shooters says “My number one reason for preferring the Glock is the grip I am able to get on the pistol. Because of the grip angle, ergonomics and low bore axis of the pistol I can get a much higher and more secure grip with both hands. This in effect translates into a shooting platform that is more effective in controlling recoil.

The Stryk B has an even lower bore axis, so if it’s reliable it will be interesting to see if it catches on!

In the video below, the rep at the SHOT Show 2017 booth explains more about the gun:

2. Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Carry

In collaboration with Ernest Langdon, The Beretta PX4 Compact Carry was developed with custom features to offer a lightweight hammer fired, DA/SA concealed carry gun.

Ernest has been a been a long proponent of Beretta DA/SA pistols for their accuracy, reliability, and safety. I remember reading the original thread where the idea of this gun was born on called “The PX4 Compact might be my DA/SA Glock 19”.

The PX4 Compact was a natural choice as the base of this project because of its rotary barrel design, ammo capacity and smooth trigger pull. Incorporating the stealth levers, night sights, and a lightened trigger pull makes this flat shooting pistol an ideal concealed carry gun.

From Beretta, “Though it is completely concealable, the Compact offers a full grip for most shooters. The Compact offers full 16 round capacity (15+1 in 9mm), an accessory rail, low-profile slide stop, new integral and retractable lanyard loop, and a cold hammer forged barrel for ultimate precision.”

Honestly, as far as DA/SA pistols go, at about the same size as a Glock 19 this is probably the best option for concealed carry. When you think about it, it ALREADY has all the “custom” stuff you might do to a carry gun done already. Though it’s worth noting there’s a version Ernie is doing with Robar with all their “slick” components.

3. S&W M&P 2.0

Ah, the Smith & Wesson M&P 9. How I want to love you and how many have and how you have had so many problems too.

To Smith & Wesson the company? Thank you for listening to your customers.

Not sure how many people know this, but the original Smith & Wesson M&P pistols had some serious issues. Not the least of which was accuracy problems because–if I recall correctly the source of the problems–the barrels were bored out off center.

My buddy John Murphy fought with the issues that plagued the M&P for some time before giving up on the platform.

Anyways, the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 is a big improvement over the 1.0 for the following reasons:

1. Stiffer frame for less recoil. They added steel into the polymer frame for this. That’s what the “cool looking” window holes are for, you can see the steel underneath.

2. Four grip frame options: small, medium, large and “in between” called medium/large.

3. Lightened slide. Because people like this on the polymer guns …

4. New Pro Series Trigger! This was a HUGE complaint of many M&P shooters who could actually … well … shoot. Everyone hated the original 1.0 M&P trigger. Most considered an Apex trigger upgrade a minimum requirement in the gun. The 2.0 comes standard with a pro series trigger.

There’s more too, but those are the things that most people complained about with the original M&P — so it’s nice to point out they’ve been “fixed” with the 2.0.

What do you think?

Do any of these new guns tickle your fancy?

Are you thinking of getting a new gun?

What do you think of the new offerings from Beretta, Salient and Smith & Wesson?

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Do you know the real problem in America, and why having a new president doesn’t help you much?

Unelected Officials.

This is the shadow government — referred to as the Deep State — comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes and running our government right now.

I’ll explain further and you’ll see how they’re ruining one Veteran’s business (and life) right under Trump’s nose:

What Is The Deep State And How Are They Running Our Country?

These are the unelected officials that actually run almost ALL of the different government organizations that can make your life hell.

Former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren has written extensively about this, saying:

It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.

All these agencies are coordinated by the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council. Certain key areas of the judiciary belong to the Deep State, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose actions are mysterious even to most members of Congress. Also included are a handful of vital federal trial courts, such as the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Manhattan, where sensitive proceedings in national security cases are conducted.

The final government component (and possibly last in precedence among the formal branches of government established by the Constitution) is a kind of rump Congress consisting of the congressional leadership and some (but not all) of the members of the defense and intelligence committees. The rest of Congress, normally so fractious and partisan, is mostly only intermittently aware of the Deep State and when required usually submits to a few well-chosen words from the State’s emissaries.”

The worse part, and my main point, is these are unelected officials within these organizations … they are NOT elected by the people … that means … that they have absolutely no responsibility to the people.

You can’t vote them into or out of office.

You can’t bombard their office with letters/phone calls about how you’re displeased with their service (well, you theoretically could, if you could find out who was actually in charge).

And yet, they have the power to interpret laws — using their own opinions — and those opinions have the power of law.

So when they interpret laws how they see fit, they have the POWER of law, without ever having Congress pass a law.

And they make the VAST majority of the decisions. This Forbes article (from 2011) notes (emphasis mine):

Congress has exceeded its constitutional authority in delegating such power to unaccountable agencies. Sadly, this is not limited just to these recent laws, but rather it is business as usual in Washington, D.C.

Today there are more than 300 independent and regulatory agencies that publish more than 75,000 pages of new and proposed rules in the Federal Register every year. At the beginning of each calendar quarter, the executive orders, rules and regulations in the Federal Register that become final law are included in the Code of Federal Regulations. The current edition of the Code of Federal Regulations is more than 200 volumes in length. By comparison, the entire U.S. Code, which contains all the laws passed by Congress and signed by the president, is roughly 35 volumes.”

Get it?

This article, printed in 2011 no less, makes it clear: 200 volumes of rules/regulations by unaccountable officials that actually govern your life VS only 35 volumes of laws actually passed by Congress and signed by the President.

That’s how stuff like this happens …

ATF Shuts Down Veteran’s Solvent Trap Line

SD Tactical Arms of Prescott, Arizona sells firearms stuff. It appears that they sold both regular NFA-regulated silencers of their own manufacture and also a line of “solvent traps”.

As of today the ATF shut down our business of selling solvent traps,” A Facebook post by SD says.

The continue, “This is 99% of our income. They have put 3 Veterans, my wife and son out of work. They said I can’t sell freeze plugs. NAPA can’t even sell them to us because they are a suppressor part. They said all I can sell is complete suppressors.

SD is appealing and hoping the new president will help, using the hashtag #Americandreamlost on Social Media he says:

My plea for help is to make this Viral to the Trump admin, the Trump family and such. I have been put in the street over mindless opinions. I had talked to the ATF in the past and they had no issues. Today they shut us down,” reads the post.

SD Tactical noted the ATF did not get a copy of their customer list.

They also noted that if the new silencer act in Congress doesn’t pass, then they will have to go out of business (because the Solvent Traps were such a big source of revenue).

Again, this is the problem with unelected officials like the ones who run the ATF who are given the power to decide how to interpret laws.

They can change their minds on a whim and their “opinions” have the force of law!

And you can’t vote these guys out because they work for the organization not the people.

(That’s why regime changes in Washington rarely amount to much real change in your day-to-day life and level of freedom.)

How The ATF Could Throw You In Jail For Owning a Gun and a Water Bottle

From what I gather, SD posted what appears to be the text of a letter from the ATF’s Firearms Industry programs Branch (FIPB) which first said:

The stated intent of a solvent trap is to catch and trap gun cleaning solvent during bore cleaning operations commonly performed on firearms. Solvent traps do attach to the muzzle of a firearm but do not have any design features intended to allow a bullet to pass through them. Since as originally manufactured they are not intended to silence, muffle or diminish the report of a portable firearm they are not silencers..

It also said this:

However, if the solvent trapped (sic) was redesigned or utilized to assemble a device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm or if intent was demonstrated to use the device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, the solvent trap would be classified as a “firearm silencer.”

So by using this logic, and shutting down this man’s business, basically ANYTHING that could be “redesigned” into a silencing device would be grounds for violating the NFA laws against silencers.

Think about that logic.

So that means if you have a gun and a water bottle sitting in your home, the ATF could potentially bust you using the same type of logic because “while the stated intent” of a water bottle is not to be a silencer and “as originally manufactured they are not intended to silence, muffle or diminish the report of a portable firearm they are not silencers …”

But remember! The ATF says “However, if the water bottle (sic) was redesigned or utilized to assemble a device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm or if intent was demonstrated to use the device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, the water bottle would be classified as a “firearm silencer.”

Of course, a quick visit to Youtube reveals how to “redesign or utilize” a water bottle to assemble a silencer:

You’ll note that nothing about the SD Tactical shut down said they had ACTUALLY turned these solvent traps into silencers.

The entire shutdown appears to be because people could potentially turn them into silencers.

That’s crazy.

But this is the America we’re living in and why — even though I personally LIKE Trump and think he’s awesome — I don’t think much will change under his administration because practically our entire country/government is actually ran by the unelected “shadow government” or “Deep State” that is responsible to no one but themselves.

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While I was out at SHOT Show 2017, I took a great interest in products that can help you be more prepared.

There’s always been a big gap in the market in my mind with no companies producing good “fast-access” gun safes for AR-15’s or other home defense carbines. Sure, I and many people own a fast-access safe for our handguns, but not rifles.

That’s why I’m excited about these cool new fast-access gun safes for AR-15’s because they look promising:

1. Gunvault Wall Mount “ARVAULT” Fast-Access Gun Safe

And open …

Gunvault is a known producer of fast-access gun safes.

In fact, the fast-access gun safes that I my handguns are sitting in are all Gunvault brand if I remember correctly.

That’s why I was excited to stop by their SHOT Show 2017 booth and see their new ARVAULT for the AR-15 available.

The design is VERY much like their proven handgun safes. It’s a clam-shell. They are going to offer a digital code and also the Biometric-digital versions both with backup override keys. I still don’t trust those darn robots so I prefer the finger code version.

You can wall mount it so a thief just doesn’t grab it and walk away. The locking box covers the trigger and magazine section. In the picture I took a Trijicon MRO red dot sight was on the AR-15, you’ll notice that it takes up most of the available room so you wouldn’t be able to run a full size or low power variable optic with this setup, but a red dot for home defense use is just right here. I do NOT think it fits a 30-round magazine though … my only concern.

Really neat product, and I’m actually looking forward to getting one myself. Check it out at

2. Gunvault Tacsafe

I thought I would mention the Gunvault Tacsafe here because I haven’t seen much about it online. Although, according to my research it’s not “new” just not widely stocked anywhere (that I can find).

It also is offered with a fast-access key code lock. It DOES fit a 30-round magazine because it basically resembles a “1 rifle” gun safe that you can stick in a closet or a corner in your bedroom. This is definitely more traditional and more expensive than the ARVault, but I wanted to mention it here becuase it’s from Gunvault — the same company — and was high on my list before the ARVAULT came out. Again, more on the website.

3. The Boomdock fast-access gun safe.

This is another wall-mounted fast-access design and it has a lot of neat features from what the rep was showing me …

1. It can fit not just AR-15’s but shotguns and other home defense long guns.

2. Allows rapid access to your home defense long gun in under 3 seconds with the included RFID card (Also opens with a programmable 4 digit PIN)

3. Will hold long guns with a variety of accessories (because of the adjustable rail inside)

4. Has a motion activated LED light to illuminate your keypad

5. Includes several safety features such as a steel pin that blocks the trigger from being pulled while your long gun is in the BoomDock® (it goes BEHIND the trigger in the trigger guard)

6. It has an adjustable “mount” on the inside that allows you to fit different size guns in there — no matter what mods you’ve made to your AR or other long gun

In the video below you can see some of the features demonstrated:

Check them out at

What do you think?

Do you think these fast-access AR-15 style safes will catch on?

Planning on picking any of these up?

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of low power variable scopes for the AR-15.

After all, they let you turn your humble AR-15 carbine into a “do it all” rifle you can then use for everything from CQB to long-range “sniping”!

And technology just keeps getting better. Whereas 1-4x power used to be the standard, now it’s really 1-6x and many new 1-8x scopes are hitting the scene. Here’s two of my favorite new low power variable scopes I just saw revealed at SHOW Show 2017:

1. NEW! Burris RT-6 1-6×24

I have been running a Burris MTAC 1.5-6x42mm scope on one of my primary AR-15 rifles for quite a while now. It’s definitely one of the 3 Absolute BEST 1-6x Low Power Variable AR-15 Scopes For Under $400 as I’ve written before.

It appears that much like Vortex did with their 1-6x power scope, Burris is stepping up in a big way and releasing a new 1-6x power scope that looks to be a solid performer (given how well their MTAC products have done) at a low price point.

I got to spend a little hands on time with the Burris RT-6 1-6×24 and it is one sweet tactical AR-15 scope!

From a Burris press release, the scope features:

“Shorter than most 1-4x scopes, 3-Gun shooters will find the RT-6 is easy to handle and quick to point. The 6x zoom with true 1x setting allows eyes open engagement at close range, and the Ballistic AR™ mil reticle with trajectory compensation puts you on target out to 600 yards.

Features of the RT-6 1-6x24mm include:

* Illuminated reticle with 11 levels of illumination
* Integrated throw lever
* 30mm tube size
* Waterproof, shockproof and fog proof
* Nitrogen filled
* Matte finish”

One other cool thing I don’t want to forget to mention is that it comes with a built-in “throw lever” making it much easier to adjust from 1x to 6x power quickly when you need to change ranges fast (this is a nice touch!)

Now, let’s talk about the price. As you can see, from the picture I took the MSRP at shot show was listed at $549. In the video below, the only video I can find (taken at the same booth I was at during SHOT Show 2017), the Burris rep says it’s $419 MSRP. Add to that the only press release I could find that this new product was coming this year said MSRP was $419 as well. My guess (and hope!) is that this is Burris’s new scope to challenge the Vortex Strike Eagle as a sub-$400 scope for the AR-15 market.

Lastly, the reticle is the Ballistic AR™ that I was talking about before which I think is an improvement on their MTAC line of scopes:

And explained …

I was able to find the video below where a rep described some of his favorite features of the new scope at the Burris booth:

2. Trijicon Accupower 1-8×28

Trijicon is known for their military-proven, bomb-proof line of scopes like the Trijicon ACOG. They also have a reputation for producing really nice low-power variable optics like the Accupower series.

What I didn’t realize about this scope — even after handling it a lot and talking to the rep at the Trijicon booth — until I studied the brochure — is that this is a 1-8×28 power scope. It has a larger 38mm tube diameter (as opposed to 30mm) and a larger 28mm objective lens (as opposed to a 24mm).

What I DO know because I picked it up multiple times is that while it looked big and robust and it’s a 1-8x power scope, it was lightweight for its size. According to the Trijicon website, it’s only 25oz which is heavier than I would have guessed actually.

This is also a 1st focal plane scope. Trijicon is a pricier scope brand, but like they say, you get what you pay for and you’re investing in a military proven brand. MSRP looks to be at $1,699 from their website and check out the reticle below:

And here’s how it looks when you zoom in because it’s FFP:

The effect you get with this scope is at 1x the big red circles look easy to acquire like a holographic site, but then when you zoom in they’re “out of the way” enough that you can be very precise with the crosshairs. I really like it!

Somehow IraqVeteran8888 got their hands on this thing for a review already 5 days ago, check it out:

Those were the two new AR-15 low power variable scopes — NEW for 2017 — that I saw at SHOT Show. Are you excited about either of these?

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It’s official, the US ARMY has finally ended it’s search for a new handgun — the Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) — by choosing SIG SAUER.

Specifically, the gun that will replace the M9 and M11 pistols over the next 10 years is going to be built by Sig Sauer, Inc out of Newington, New Hampshire.

For all the details (and to see the pics!), keep reading …

Press Release Breaks The Story During SHOT Show 2017 … was the first to break the story on January 19, 2017 …

Sig Sauer Inc., Newington, New Hampshire, was awarded a $580,217,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Modular Handgun System including handgun, accessories and ammunition to replace the current M9 handgun. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2027. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-17-D-0016).

SIG quickly followed up with their own official Press Release:

“SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.””

I Walked Right By The SIG Booth At SHOT Show and Had No Idea!

It appears as if the actual pistol is a P320 chambered in either .40 S&W or 9mm (most likely a 9mm. In fact, it better be or this is a stupid move on Big ARMY’s part …) still a striker fired pistol but with a manual safety (a somewhat “rare” model).

The TAN/FDE colored handguns on this page are from SIG official, so that’s what it looks like.

Until we can get some hands on this new pistol (or anyone else does), that’s the only pictures I can share!

These two pics are from TheFirearmBlog of the closest current P320 model SIG with the manual safety:

And because I’ve never seen a P320 with a manual safety (though I have fired and seen a lot of P320 at gun training classes without a safety) — I thought this post from WeaponsMan was pretty cool showing diagrams about how the manual safety actually works:

4.2 Manual Safety Equipped Pistols

The SIG P320 is offered with an optional ambidextrous manual safety. The manual safety mechanically blocks the movement of the trigger bar so the trigger cannot be pressed to the rear.

To engage the manual safety, rotate the safety lever upward with the thumb of the firing hand. The manual safety is ambidextrous. Pressing up on the lever from either side will rotate the opposite lever upward, engaging the manual safety. The slide can still be manipulated with the manual safety engaged.

If you would rather watch a video about this story than read, here’s a good one from TFB:

What Do You Think?

Should they have given the contract to Glock like all the Special Operations Forces are already using?

Or do you think the P320 is a smart move?

Do you think it’s a little pre-mature to give it to SIG when the P320 is only a few years old and not yet … proven?

I will say I was fondling all the different (modular) grips of the SIG P320 while I was at SHOT show and I did actually like the “small” frame model as it fit my hand better than any other handgun I’ve picked up in a long time (in Double Stack format at least)…

Sound off in the comments!

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After walking — literally — over 10 miles worth of trade show floors at SHOT Show 2017, I was lucky enough to find some neat products.

What I’m really interested in, and have been for some time now, is the idea of conceal carry backpacks. Packs you can stick not just a handgun in, but also a short-barreled-rifle (SBR) or AR-15 pistol sized Personal Defense Weapon (PDW).

Check out these awesome new packs:

1. Backpacks from Elite Survival Systems

I thought I knew all the people that made conceal carry backpacks like this, but I had not heard of Elite Survival Systems until I went to SHOT Show.

I’m glad I did, their backpacks look really nice. They actually LOOK like regular backpacks with nothing “Tactical” to give them away.

The Stealth backpack was pretty impressive (pictured above) and as you can see they offer a few others that are just as “low profile” but can conceal carry perfectly.

See more at and check out the video review I found on Youtube of the Stealth Covert Operations Backpack

2. Sneaky Bags

Sneaky Bags has been in the game for a while and they didn’t disappoint. This was actually my first time going hands on and checking out their SPYDER line of bags and seeing how quickly you could deploy a PDW type weapon out of one. They also had a new backpack out, that I really liked because it had multiple compartments. That way you could carry a gun in one compartment but also a laptop or other regular carry stuff in the other, so you can still use it like a regular backpack and nobody would know. It’s pictured to the far right in tan in this picture. Check out the SPYDER bag below:

3. Tuff Products Sentinel Backpack

I was looking forward to seeing this backpack that was designed by Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts. It looks almost completely like a regular hiking backpack on the outside … but you can fit a LAW tactical folded AR-15 PDW inside.

This thing is really slick and the guys at TUFF are good people.
See more at And here’s the backpack walkthrough by Yeti and Jeff from YouTube:

Bonus 4: 5.11 Covrt M4 Bags

The 5.11 COVRT M4 Bags have been out a while, but this was the first time I got to handle them together. I could definitely see using the small size. Check them out at 5.11.  Dave Biggers gives you a good review in the Youtube vid below:

I’ll keep my eyes out for more Covert Conceal Carry AR-15 bags!

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I’m sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas writing you today because I’m at SHOT Show 2017.

The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show is the biggest annual trade show of this type in the WORLD.

Attendance is RESTRICTED to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services ONLY.

That means it’s not like a gun show where you can walk in off the street to check stuff out and buy it, you have to be in the “business” so to speak.

Yesterday I was at the the SHOT Show Industry day tat the range, which means I got to shoot a ton of guns from all the manufacturers there. Check out what I saw …

What Is SHOT Show Industry Range Day?

For a quick primer on what goes on during the Industry Day at the range, check out this promo video from SHOT show:

Helping Setup Shooting Tables …

Early in the day, I helped my friends over at Dixie Gun Worx setup their shooting tables — which are the official shooting tables provided by the SHOT show for the exhibitors. Some brough their own, but these bad boys were setup for many of the booths.

They’re pretty darn cool actually, because they’re completely mobile. The table top disconnects from the base. The base is a tripod design that folds up and so does the shooting seat. The shooting seat is completely and totally adjustable — meaning you can easily (within seconds) have it setup for right or left handed shooters and accommodate various heights of shooters.

I’ll be doing a full review on these shooting tables in the future, because I think they’re a big jump forward compared to what most people are using and they fit a really unique spot in the market place.

Geissele Triggers And New Rail

I don’t have any aftermarket triggers in any of my AR-15’s. But that MAY change in the future because of Geissele. I got to shoot their single-stage and 2-stage triggers – the SSA and SD-SSP specifically – and they were really, really nice. This was actually my first time shooting a single-stage and I can see how it’d make long range accurate shots much easier.

Of note was the new rail from Geissele too. I’m a big fan of their rails, I really liked this one too the new MK13 rail, this one was 13″:

Vortex Shows Off New Holograph Weapon Sight — It’s Nice!

You already know that I’m a big fan of Vortex scopes for the AR-15. With their durable construction, great glass, and all for an even better price and lifetime warranty they’re great scopes. This new holographic site — if it is anything like their scopes — will be a serious contender.

It’s the Razor AMG UH-1 and it’s sweet. I’ve barely ever used a holographic site, but this was so easy to use I was able to hit a “hostage” steel target (similar to the image below) in 1.80 from low ready at (I’m guessing?) 15-25yds with it. They had a little contest going on and they wrote my score down on a brochure — you can see how it can allow you to make precise shots really quickly:

New Polymer-Copper Ammo Looks Promising

This new polymer copper ammo from Ruger and Inceptor looks promising. The rest of the cartridge is the same except the bullet projectile is made from a copper polymer blend and it comes in both self defense projectiles and “training” ammo similar to ball ammo like the pic below:


Jerry Miculek broke – ANOTHER – world record

And because it was a Monday (and I’m guessing because he was bored?), Jerry Miculek broke yet another world shooting record with official time keeping by the NRA there. Here he is praising the M&P-15 that he used in typical Jerry — humble — fashion instead of himself after smoking the three targets with over 7 rounds in 1.50 seconds I believe it was? I’ll have to track down the actual record he broke. Of note, I THINK he was using the new Vortex holographic site I talked about for this?

Silencers are BIG and going to keep getting bigger

Because of Trump being in the White House it seems like everyone is expecting the legislation for safe hearing — making silencers finally legal without all the hassles of paper work — to pass. I stopped by the SilencerCo booth and got to finally shoot the shotgun silencer and a really, really cool 45-70 lever gun that was silenced. Of note is that the silencer REALLY reduces the felt recoil of normally hard-kicking guns like the shotgun and 45-70 and turns the impulse into more of a “push” feel then a sharp jab into your shoulder. Silencers are going to be an excellent way to introduce new people to shooting in the future — I can’t wait till they’re 100% legal like they should be.

UTM Paint Marking Training Rounds For Civilians

Lastly, because this is getting long and I have to get ready for the 2nd day of SHOT show here, another cool new thing is that UTM is really expanding their training rounds for the civilian market.

Now you can buy these kits relatively affordably and either do target shooting in your backyard (even in the suburbs! As long as your neighbors are cool …) with your normal guns you shoot (but shooting these paint rounds) or force-on-force training with the “man marker” rounds using your concealed carry or home defense guns. Really valuable training is going to happen in the future because these guys are selling to civilians when many aren’t.


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The “tactical shooting” training industry has grown exponentially over the last decade plus ... From a few schools, generally run by competitive IPSC/IDPA or Three-Gun...