Do you suffer from severe GAS?

Never heard of that before? Maybe you’re more familiar with it spelled out as Gun Acquisition Syndrome.

You love firearms, and you’re always eyeing the next addition to your collection. It’s ok. We won’t tell your wife.

Well, that’s perfectly fine and all, but some guns might be more worth your consideration than others. Furthermore, some are all hype.

Can you guess which ones we’re talking about here?

Check out this list from Off the Grid News and see if you were right:

1. Desert Eagle in 50 AE. Arguably, it is the most powerful semiautomatic pistol ever made. The Desert Eagle has it all in the looks department, too, and the manufacturer offers them in a number of attractive finishes. The power and look made it a natural for placement in movies and video games, as well. Realistically, however, this is a special purpose handgun designed for hunting and silhouette shooting sports. It is a heavy pistol with a large grip that makes it impractical for self-defense for most people.

If you must have one, do so after you have enough “real guns” to fill your needs.

2. S&W 500 or S&W 460. These revolvers leave the Desert Eagle far behind in the power game. What they really did was put the rifle caliber bolt-action and single shot pistols out of business. Why grab a Remington XP-100 chambered in 7mm BR or 308 Winchester when you can duplicate the ballistics in an easier shooting revolver?
Still, the recoil is extremely harsh, and most new shooters who try one seldom make it through a box of 20 rounds before trading it in or selling it at a loss.

3. Sphinx SDP. Many shooters have never heard of these fine pistols from Switzerland that are renowned for their perfect craftsmanship. Holding a Sphinx is like holding an engineering marvel in your hands. You will find no flaws or machining marks on one of these pistols. Almost as if it were created by magic.

Why is it on the list? Craftsmanship of this nature comes at a price, and $1,200 for a CZ75 clone, no matter how well it works, is a bit much. We have never found these pistols to be more accurate than a CZ or Tanfoglio offering. Save the money and buy more ammunition.

4. Winchester 1911. No, not a 1911 pistol, but a semiauto shotgun that was made that very same year. In an effort to bring a semiautomatic shotgun to market without infringing on John Browning’s patents, Winchester came up with the most dangerous design in the world.

The recoiling barrel means that once it is loaded, the only way to unload it is to push the barrel rearward. More than one gunowner did this by placing the butt on the ground and pushing downward with their head in front of the muzzle.

5. TEC-9, DC-9 or MAC clones in semiautomatic. As full auto machineguns with stocks, these guns are fun and actually pretty useful. In semiautomatic with no stock, you end up with a heavy awkward clunker that is not very good at anything apart from looking cool in a photo op. Why shoot an awkward and heavy 9mm when you can do better with any real semiautomatic handgun, such as a Glock 19 with a 32-round magazine?

There are others out there, but these seem to be the ones we see new people drawn to that end up being rather expensive mistakes. If the world is your oyster and you have money to spend and a battery of dependable firearms to defend yourself and your loved ones, then by all means seek one of these out if it is on your short list.

But if it is going to be one of your first firearms purchases, know that you can do better.

What do you think? Do you agree with this list, or are you offended to see one of your favorite guns?

Give us your reaction in the comments.

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At the risk of stating the obvious, accuracy is crucial any time you discharge a firearm. Whether you’re going after wild game or protecting yourself in a defense situation, being able to land a round right where you want it is an invaluable skill.

Target practice can get expensive though. All that ammo adds up. Even after just a short session of target shooting, it’s easy to start feeling like you’re just burning up money.

So what’s the solution? Enter the high powered air pistol.

This isn’t your grandpa’s BB gun we’re talking about. These bad boys pack some serious punch – some models shoot at over 1200fps!

And the best part is that pellets are cheap and bountiful. You can plunk away for hours without spending more than $10, and that means you can spend as much time as you need honing your accuracy.

Here are a few of the absolute best air pistols for target practice.

Hatsan AT-P1 QE PCP Pistol
From Personal Defense World:
Hatsan’s new AT-P1 provides shooters with a hard-hitting and affordable alternative for honing their shooting skills, as pellets are both inexpensive and readily available.

The AT-P1 is designed to shoot heavier pellets than airguns manufacturers that test their products using alloy aluminum pellets, it will provide shooters will greater accuracy and more energy upon impact when using high-density pellets. The AT-P1’s pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) power system uses a 50cc air cylinder with 200 bar fill (3000PSI) to propel high-density lead pellets to velocities as high as 870fps.

The AT-P1 features components that are nearly all made in-house by the Turkish manufacturer like all airguns from Hatsan. This includes the airgun’s precision rifled barrel made from high-quality German steel and its fully adjustable 2-stage Quattro Trigger.

Beretta PX4 Storm BB & Pellet Pistol
From Replica Air Guns:

The Umarex Beretta PX4 Storm is a very unique pellet blowback air pistol and there are very few airguns that sport all the same features. Not only is it a very close replica of the original Beretta PX4 Storm but it’s also a blowback pellet shooter with decent FPS velocity. The Umarex PX4 Storm has decent accuracy and you can expect about 60 good shots out of a CO2 cartridge. At well under $100, this replica airgun is a great value and a nice addition to any airgun enthusiasts collection.

Benjamin Marauder Pellet Pistol
From Shooting and Safety:

The Benjamin Marauder PCP Air Pistol is an amazing Pre-charged pneumatic survival pistol. It actually feels like a professional weapon disguised as an air pistol. And with its adjustable triggers, it provides much flexibility while shooting. It provides the comfort of various shots within one powerful firearm. While the main focus of this specific Benjamin Marauder PCP Air Pistol review was initially intended to zone-in on the power if offers, it has emerged as one of the best rifles around, particularly one that can utilize the full power and accuracy of .22 PBA platinum caliber pellets.

Got Suggestions?
Do you have any suggestions for air pistols that are good for target practice? Give us your tips in the comments!

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Many AR-15 owners find that the first upgrade they want to make to their rifle is a nice red dot sight. It’s a natural step up from a classic iron sight, because it provides a nice bump in accuracy and range without breaking the bank.

As a result, these sweet little red dot sights are extremely popular. Here are three great options if you’re looking to make the upgrade from a standard iron sight.

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight


bushnell_trs25_mainThe optics company Bushnell should be familiar to any hunters out there. They are one of the best known optics manufacturers out there. Their Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight is a great sight at an inexpensive price point.

At less than $100 it’s worth the advantages it gives you over traditional iron sights. This sight is a tube design that weights in a 3.7 oz at a length of 2.4 inches, a slim design that won’t take up too much room on the rail.

The TRS-25 has a 25mm objective lens that is coated in Bushnell’s patented Amber-Bright coating, providing high contrast between the FOV and the reticle. The reticle itself is a 3 MOA red dot which is a great size for close-to-mid range shots, good for target acquisition and speed.

See more here.

Vortex Sparc 2-MOA

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Sitting pretty towards the top of the budget price-range for red dot sights, the Vortex Optics SPARC II Red Dot (SPC-402) is a sight you’d be considering if you’re serious about your target-shooting or hunting exploits. In fact, for a sight that resides in this price bracket, you might even be surprised at just how close this sight comes to military-grade precision in its application.A longitudinal view of the Vortex Optics Sparc II might leave you wondering where the power and MOA adjustment buttons are, which are quite cleverly located facing backwards. In-use adjustment in this fashion might take some getting used to (you’ll be using your thumb more), but only if you’re used to sights with dials on the side of the device’s body.

See the full review here.

Airpoint ACO


The Aimpoint Carine Optic (ACO) provides MSR shooters a quality optic at a decent price.

Aimpoint aims to add to its market share of red dot sights with the addition of their new Carbine Optic. The Carbine Optic is specifically designed for the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR), and introduces a quality red dot sight to compete in the mid-level price range.

The Aimpoint Carbine Optic combines the proven Aimpoint designs and features, and is ready to mount and shoot straight out of the box. The Carbine Optic will have a 30mm aluminum alloy sight tube with a fixed height mount designed to provide absolute co-witness with the chosen AR-15 back-up sights. Offered with a 2 MOA red dot, the Carbine Optic provides accurate targeting with maximum target acquisition. Typical of Aimpoint reliability, the Carbine Optic will be completely waterproof and offers a 1-year constant-on use from a single 1/3 N battery.

See the complete review here.

Do you own a red dot sight for your AR-15? How do you like it? Is it one of the sights listed here?

Give us your advice in the comments.

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You’ve done it. You got your shiny new AR-15 built up, and you’ve even plunked off a few rounds to see your watch your new beauty do what it does best. Now comes the really fun part… tricking it out with accessories.

You’re probably getting excited by all the possible add-ons your new AR can take on, but there’s one accessory you’ll want to put pretty close to the top of your shopping list. That accessory is a solid tactical flashlight.

Think about it. What good will your AR-15 be in a low light survival situation if you can’t see well enough to shoot it? The answer is kind of obvious, but we’ll go ahead and spell it out anyway: an AR in the dark is about useful as a box of matches in a rainstorm.

So how do you fix that? You get one of these awesome tactical flashlights, that’s how.

You can spend anywhere from ~$50 to $300 on a tactical flashlight, but there are plenty of good options on both ends of the spectrum. We’ll break it down for you in three budget categories so you can find the flashlight that’s best for you. Let’s get started.

Under $100: LiteXpress SET-KOMBI89

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Combat ready is good, but a lot of folks just need a reliable weapon light that won’t break the bank. After all, the size of your wallet is vitally important when searching best light for your rifle! The LightXpress kit is one of the best AR 15 lights if you are on a budget. With a remote pressure switch, rail mounting hardware, and capability to quickly be switched to a standalone flashlight, this feature rich package will get you a high quality light on your AR for about the price of a couple hundred rounds of ammo and provide years of functionality and darkness defeating security.

Under $200: Elzette ZFL-M60

Stepping up to the next price bracket gets you a few more features and some higher quality build features. The Elzette ZFL-M60 is an impeccable choice in the under $200 price range. Check out the comprehensive video review by VuurwapaenBlog below:

Under $300: Surefire X300

Coming in at just under $300, the Surefire X300 is pricey but packed with value. Check out this brief summary from an in-depth review by to learn more:

The X300 is unique in two ways. The first is most notable when the light is on. The X300 puts out 500 lumens, which is a tremendous amount of light. This insane beam is generated by an LED, which is the absolute standard now for flashlights. The LED bulb has a very long life, is difficult to break during normal usage, and doesn’t get as hot as old-fashioned bulbs.The second feature of the X300 is the side-by-side battery compartment. The x300 needs two 123A batteries to produce that staggering spot. Most lights put them in line, but not SureFire. The result is a wide light. It will be wider than most guns. This will make holstering the X300 a challenge.
The X300 measures 3.6 inches long and 1.3 inches wide. With batteries, the X300 weighs 4 ounces. The two 123A batteries will run the X300 for an hour and a half. If you use the light judiscuoisly, that is a long run time. Otherwise keep some spare batteries with you.The light is fully ambidextrous. The toggle switch is right at the tip of your index finger (or where your finger should be if it isn’t on the trigger). Switching off is just as easy, and can be done with the same finger, or with the thumb on the support hand.The light comes with a solid rail mount and a spring loaded clip. It slides on, catches firmly, and holds through anything. No tools required.

These are just a few of the many good options out there for equipping your AR with a weapon light. If none of these float your boat, do a little digging and you’re sure to find an ideal light.

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After the terrorist attacks in Paris, there has been a major uproar over Obama’s plan to resettle more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in America …

It seems as if most people on the “right” think it’s absolutely bat-you-know-what-crazy because surely a large percentage of these 10,000 people will be terrorists in disguise …

And those on the “left” who support Obama, think that it’s a great plan because … well I guess because they support Obama.

I am not siding with Obama. I’m not siding with the Republicans.

Today, I want to step back from the argument, and try to wedge some desperately needed facts into the discussion and also look a little bit at the history of the United States, refugees, and just take a big picture view.

The Facts And Data Show That Since 9/11 Refugees Have NOT Been Terrorists …

Listen, I’m no fan of President Obama, but that doesn’t mean I am going to have a knee jerk, emotionally-driven reaction to disagree with everything he says.

That being said, when I heard that he wanted to let 10,000 more Syrian refugees into the U.S. — that idea sounded crazy.

After all, it seems logical that terrorists could infiltrate the U.S. by slipping in among the refugees—as a lot of people say that might have occurred in the case of one of the Paris attackers.

But the truth is, when it comes to issues like this, you have to use cold-blooded logic and look at the data to make a decision.

As reports:

“In the 14 years since September 11, 2001, the United States has resettled 784,000 refugees from around the world, according to data from the Center for Migration Studies, a D.C. think tank. And within that population, three people have been arrested for activities related to terrorism. None of them were close to executing an attack inside the U.S., and two of the men were caught trying to leave the country to join terrorist groups overseas.

“I think I can count on one hand the number of crimes of any significance that I’ve heard have been committed by refugees,” said Lavinia Limón, a veteran of refugee work since 1975 and the president of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. “It just hasn’t been an issue.”

Two Reasons Why Refugees Just Aren’t a Big Problem …

Why is this?

Wouldn’t it raise the risk of a terrorist getting in the midst if thousands of them start pouring in as refugees? Apparently, the truth is that there are quite a few screening measures in place. continues, that there are two reasons this isn’t as big a problem as you may think …

” … The first is that there is a key difference between people seeking placement in the U.S. as refugees and the millions of people who have flooded into Europe seeking asylum. The Syrians in Europe in many cases are already at or over the border, having come directly from Syria in to Turkey and then Greece and elsewhere; that situation is more akin to the thousands of Cubans who have fled by boat to South Florida or the migrant workers from Central America who gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border last summer. A refugee applying for resettlement in the U.S., by contrast, must endure a screening process that takes as long as two years before stepping foot on American soil.

And the second reason?

“… since the program was briefly halted and then overhauled after the 9/11 attacks, refugee applicants are subject to the highest level of securitychecks of any type of traveler to the U.S. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees initially chooses which refugees to refer to the U.S. after doing its own check. U.S. officials then conduct multiple in-person interviews and verify a refugee’s story with intelligence agencies and by running background checks through several government databases, including DHS and the National Counterterrorism Center. As a result of that extensive process, only around 2,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S. since its civil war broke out in 2011—a much lower number than many previous refugee crises.

Immigration Is Always a Hot Button Issue

Many people don’t like the idea of immigrants. I don’t understand why because everyone in America was originally an immigrant.

It’s the whole idea of America … we’re supposed to be the freest nation in the world with a country built on the rule of law (not men) which means that everyone who wants freedom and wants to make something of themselves wants to come here.

The fact that we are in a presidential election race simply means that on both sides — the left and right — all the candidates are going to use immigration to try and divide their people and get them emotionally invested one way or the other.

Please remember, that the talking head politicians on TV do not give one care in the world about your safety, or the safety of United States — they simply want to get you emotional, fearful, and ready to accept their point of view.

In short, they’re manipulating you.

 So What’s The Solution?

The fact is, the Government keeps waging war, especially in the Mid East, so there really is not a solution here. Every bomb dropped and every shot fired helps create a refugee somewhere in those countries.

If you’re continually waging war in a country, you will have refugees — innocent people that just don’t want themselves and their families to be caught in the cross-fire — and they want to leave.

Many of them are flooding into other European countries because they can get there on foot. Some want to come here. The problem is not going away as long as their are wars in those countries.

The truth is, while the refugee program so far hasn’t seemed to be a problem, you never can be too sure.

Everyone that says you can’t be 100% sure that you’re not letting in a “terrorist in disguise” is completely right.

There’s no way to be sure …

But this is America. And the point is that politicians are simply using this refugee situation as a way to manipulate your emotions, plain and simple.

Again, I am not siding with Obama. I’m not siding with the republicans.

I’m siding with America’s founders, who understood how political power corrupts and how politicians will use every crisis to manipulate you. James Madison said:

 “In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

 – James Madison, Founding Father and 4th President of these United States

That’s James Madison warning you about the Government’s game plan.

Now here is Hermann Goering, famed Nazi leader, who was convicted of war crimes explaining how his Nazi party used the same plan to become so successful:


My point is, stop being manipulated. 

Refugees have not appeared to be a risk in the past, and they “most likely” won’t be that big of a risk in the future.

Can we be sure? No, absolutely not … but … what’s the alternative?

The alternative is to continue killing, bombing, burning and otherwise waging war in those countries — such as Syria — and then turn your back on the innocent people caught in the cross-fire.

That’s not responsible. Those people–the innocent ones caught in the crossfire–simply had the bad luck of being born in Syria, instead of the good luck that myself, you and millions of others had to be born in America.

All I ask is that you do the research, look at the risks, and don’t get emotional because politicians don’t actually care–they just want to control you. 

Ultimately, YOUR Safety Is YOUR Responsibility

Finally, no matter what anyone thinks — the only thing you CAN be sure of — is that neither the Government, the Police, or anyone else can keep your safe.

NOTHING is 100%.

That’s why it’s so important for you to be ready to defend yourself and your family at any time. In short, don’t put your faith in politicians or their plans, put it in yourself and your preparation.

 P.S. wrote a similar article to mine, and received many comments similar to mine — so I’ll repost their additional info here:

Note: Several commenters suggested Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who committed the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, were refugees. Strictly speaking, they were the children of asylees. As Bloomberg News explained the two were given “derivative asylum status” and didn’t come through the refugee admissions program. Apparently the legal distinction is too fine a point for some readers. So be it, but they should nevertheless keep in mind that the brothers were two people out of around 1.8 million people who were granted refugee or asylee status between 1995 and 2013.

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Let’s face it, getting older is both good and bad …

God Bless the wisdom you gain, but your body sure does takes a beating in the meantime!

Over the past few months or so, I’ve been working with my father and helping him with his shooting. One of his biggest challenges is his failing eyesight.

I know that this is a big problem for many people, so today let’s talk about three of the best handgun sight options for “old eyes” or people with bad eyesight.

High Visibility Iron Sights

First off, we have traditional Iron Sights …

One of the first things you can do, if the factory iron sights on your gun are “decent” is to enhance them by customizing them.

You can actually paint the front sight with colored paint or nail polish in a bright color. The late Jeff Cooper made the statement, “If you are going to use a contrasting front sight, use a color not normally found in nature,” and you would do well to heed that advice. That means bright orange, bright red, super bright yellow or lime green should all work (red/orange being my preferred choice).



I happen to be a big believer in aftermarket handgun sights. That’s probably because I carry and shoot a Glock regularly and their cheap, plastic factory sights are horrible in my opinion.

My personal favorite are the Trijicon HD Night Sights. The only compromise I make with them is that at greater distances (around 20-25yds+) the large front sight obscures a lot of the target.

You can also check out XS big dot sights. And you may even look into fiber optic front sights. The point is that there are a LOT of different night sight/high visibility sight combos on the market and you can find the ones that work best for you:



Lastly, if you choose a night sight configuration where the rear dots/sights also have tritium — if in low light you have trouble distinguishing the front sight from the rear sights — you can use a red sharpie to “fill in” the rear sights, dulling their brightness to help the front sight stand out.

Laser Sights

Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

My father just picked up some Crimson Trace laser sights for his Glock handgun and we went out to the range yesterday to sight them in.

For many years these were a gimmick, but the innovations in the market — driven mainly by Crimson Trace as I understand it — have really made them a viable option.

They definitely help with “target focused” shooting because you can focus on the target instead of your sights. I will say that the red lasers tend to fade away in bright sunlight, so my suggestion at this point is to try the green lasers if possible.

Because of my experience shooting with iron sights, I found it would take some training to get me to focus on the target more — looking for the laser dot — instead of my eyes going to my front sight.

The benefit of course, if you have bad eyes, is that you just look for the bright laser dot instead of having to focus on the front sight. So far my dad seems pretty happy with them, we’ll see how it goes …

Red Dot Sights

The final category of sights for older eyes is the red dot sighting systems …

I confess that I have not had any experience shooting and using this system, so I can’t offer first hand experience there.

What I can say is that the benefit of red dots on carbines has been proven time and time again to be faster and more accurate than iron sights, so the same should be true of red dots on pistols (especially in our context of people with failing eyesight).

To mount these correctly on a handgun, you often have to have the slide milled to get the proper height. That’s something to keep in mind.

The leaders in this category are the Trijicon RMR, Leopold Deltapoint, Eotech MRDS, Docter RMR — and a lot more rarely seen — the Aimpoint T1.



It’s common practice to not only mill the slide and put the red dot on there but to also use “Suppressor Height” iron sights as backup in case the red dot fails (because regular height iron sights generally aren’t high enough for you to co-witness over the handgun optic if it fails).

In Conclusion …

These three options are viable choices if you have trouble seeing your sights.

As a bonus, I realize I’ve roughly presented them in the order of price as well. You could start with higher visibility iron sights, using the do-it-yourself method of painting your factory sights, then if that doesn’t fix the problem start moving down the list to see how much help you can get out of each option and how it works for you.

Keep in mind that no matter what you choose, you still have to practice with the new “sighting system” so that you can use it effectively.


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I don’t pay as much attention to the presidential debates as I did in the past because, let’s face it, no matter who wins it’s just going to be more of the same.

It’s called the Welfare/Warfare state …

In fact, I’m going to stick my neck out and call it now, Bush vs Clinton 2016 (the sequel! Wait … the trilogy? how many are we on now?)


But I must admit that I simply can’t believe that a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” is running for president … and actually doing ok.

His name is Bernie Sanders if you haven’t heard, and yes, he’s definitely pushing socialist agendas.

Today, I’m going to let my friends at Laissez Faire weigh in on this monstrosity.

Take it away Chris …


If you use any form of social media, and have any friends or followers at all, you’ve undoubtedly come across the hashtag.

And you also undoubtedly feel the ‘bern’ of yet another fellow American falling… yet again… for the socialist trap.

And here are some scary numbers to chew on this fine Monday afternoon…

According to social media analytics firm RiteTag, #Feelthebern is tweeted 625 times per hour.

With that, it’s getting 2.11 million views and being shared 883 times…


Also according to RiteTag, some of the latest pictures shared are…




 Let’s face it. Bernie Sanders is ‘hot right now.’

And here’s the thing…

We don’t disagree with him on everything. In fact, here are just a few things we can say, from a 10,000 foot view, we agree with…

** Get big money out of politics.
** Create decent paying jobs.
** Care for our veterans.
** End the drug war.
** And on…

But how he plans to do most of these things, of course, is what we absolutely, unequivocally, without a single shred of doubt… completely… disagree with.

He’s a one-trick pony. His only solution is a bigger government to “better” redistribute wealth. Which, if history is any guide, doesn’t work.

Alas, some are doomed to repeat humanity’s mistakes. And they think that it makes perfect sense. Especially the majority of the millennials, who, caught in a trap of student debt, wish someone would wave a magic wand and make it all go away.

I know many of these people. And have heard many of them, on many different occasions, tell me that they don’t plan to ever pay off their debt. Their plan is to just let it fester until it’s absolved.


Apparently, enough millennials rubbed the lamp and… miraculously… out popped Uncle Bernie, here to soothe all their ills with free stuff.


Oh, wait. There he is now, on his white unicorn…


How will you do it, Bernie?

Raise the taxes.

But just on the rich, right?


Wait… what? 

What most bernwashed Americans don’t get is it’s not the super rich who are going to #feelthebern… it’s them.

Everyone… we repeat… everyone is going to get taxed to death so our government can waste more of our money on illegal things Big Governments love to do…

The end result, of course, is that this country falls to its knees and stays there.


In the meantime, all the services that Bern is offering for free might become free — but they will also continue to degrade. And they will quickly become completely irrelevant in our society. A big waste of resources and time.

We can already see it happening in regards to education.

Many think Sanders is somehow ‘new,’ and ‘edgy,’ and he’s on the fringe.

When, in reality, he’s just spouting the same old [expletive deleted] that governments have always promised when a charismatic leader steps up in a time of crisis.


Bigger government. Bigger government. Bigger government. 

If that mantra doesn’t keep you up at night, you need a little dose liberty in your life.

Or maybe a whole lot. But that’s up to you to figure out.

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John Murphy
John dropping knowledge bombs

Today, I’m going to tell you about a live training concealed carry course that I recently attended with my wife and father …

What makes this a good live training course to talk about is it fits the criteria that I laid out in my other article about training courses for the armed civilian.

1. It’s taught by someone who is more than qualified but also

2. The entire course is taught with the context in mind being that of a plain clothes civilian who is concealed carrying in their every day life.

That’s it.

There was no attempt to turn the class attendees into “Sheep dogs” or “Spec Ops Snake Eating Door Kickers” and there were no back flips out of flaming helicopters.

Just good info, good range work and practical exercises designed to help good people 1.) hopefully avoid bad people and if that doesn’t work then 2.) win fights against bad people if needed.

Why did I take ANOTHER basic pistol course?

In the last 10 months, I’ve taken around 157 hours of professional firearms training. To put that in perspective, the average bachelors degree takes about 120 hours and the average master’s degree is 30 hours — so I’ve earned the equivalent of a “Masters degree” in handgun fundamentals at this point.

Yet, I signed up for another basic pistol/concealed carry course and completed it this past weekend …

Why is that?

There are a few reasons:

1. With a background in martial arts, I understand that there is no such thing as “advanced techniques” — just the fundamentals applied with more skill.

2. I teach others through the various things I publish, so I’m also learning “how to teach” the fundamentals of pistol craft from every instructor I take a course from and finally …

3. This was a special occasion because I was taking the class with my wife and my father.

I wanted my father to get some good training and see the incredible advancements in combat training since the Vietnam era and my wife … well … let’s just say that it’s always better to “out source” professional training for your wife (no matter the field) to another expert.


Concealed Carry: Foundation Skills – day 1
Concealed Carry: Street Encounter Skills – day 2
Culpeper, VA

FPF Training in 90 Seconds Promo Trailer:

This was a weekend training experience that I attended with my father and my wife. My father retired from the ARMY in the Vietnam era and since then has had no formal firearms training. This was also my wife’s first formal firearms training.

Why I Trusted John Murphy at FPF Training To Train My Wife and Father

John Murphy
John dropping knowledge bombs

As you can imagine, having taken a lot of training in the last year from many different instructors, I wanted to make sure that my wife and my father’s first training experience was with the absolute best instructor possible.

Now, here’s the funny part — I had never trained with John Murphy before!

… But, I did train at his range. He hosted both the first Tom Givens pistol/shotgun course and the Greg Ellifritz Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting and Tactical Medicine Class I took at his range.

As such, I got to see him talk a little bit and get a feel for the guy. Plus, you can tell a lot about people by the way they act and the people they hang around with.

For instance, in introducing Tom Givens, Murphy explained (I’m paraphrasing from memory of course):  “The reason I host Tom at my range here is because Tom is the best at what we do. The context we all operate in, the concealed carry context, so that’s why he’s here”.

You notice that he didn’t say “I’m the best and Tom Givens is the second best” he went ahead and swallowed his EGO on his own range and gave praise where praise was due, to another trainer, and told us all to pay attention.

The ability to swallow one’s own ego and be a perpetual student usually makes for a good instructor (ask me how I know having spent my entire life involved in the martial arts).

Finally, through reading other AAR’s on the internet, I’ve heard good things about FPF Training and John Murphy.

Instructors, Range and Class Size:

John Murphy was the head instructor. As a quick background, John did a decade in the Marines and still works as a jackbooted government thug … err … in some capacity with the DOD as he reveals on his website. However, he points out “I’ve learned much more about shooting and self-defense outside the military than I ever did during my service.”

Gary looking good
Gary looking good

Gary Jakl was the assistant instructor. His experience is also deep and wide.

The FPF Training range is a really nice facility. It’s private and located rather remotely, on private land, even though it’s in Culpeper, VA. It’s not huge but there’s just enough space and equipment to get everything done. Not pictured are the porta potties because the range is rather remote.

FPF Training
The FPF Range facilities

Class size was about 6-8 people on both days. Just one assistant instructor was plenty and John controlled the lines well and could have probably run the entire class himself, but it was nice having the assistant instructor there because he had time/ability to give extra help when needed. The range could fit double this size no problem (and triple this size using the A/B line format).

As a note before we start. John offers the foundational skills class as a one day class and also the street encounter skills as a one day class. They could both stand on their own (and we had some people that came for either/or because of scheduling conflicts) but they are best taken together in my opinion because the information builds on each other and it’s good to do the day 2 while the day 1 info is fresh.

Concealed Carry: Foundational Skills (Day 1)

John giving love like only a retired Marine can ...
John giving love like only a retired Marine can …

Let me first read you the description for this class from the FPF Website:

“This ten hour class is intended for near novice and experienced shooters alike seeking to acquire the basic skills required for carrying and employing a concealed handgun in self-defense.

“The class consists of an extensive read ahead email, multi-media classroom presentation and subsequent defensive marksmanship training drills. These defensive marksmanship training drills emphasize safety, pistol manipulation (load, unload, reload, reduce malfunctions, perform a concealed draw stroke), practical marksmanship and the legal considerations of employing deadly force. Students must have completed a basic handgun course, military service or some other form of pistol training. Please email with any questions.

“This class exceeds the training requirement for a Virginia Concealed Pistol Permit.”

And that is a pretty good description of what this class was about.

In short, this is clearly your foundational skills course. John covered all the safety rules, went into a good class lecture on concealed carry in general and then talked about the goals of the course.

He made the point that getting in the proper mindset is crucial. The reason that concealed carriers are often successful in defending themselves and their loved ones is simple–they refuse to be victims. Other parts of mindset were discussed and explained …

Essentially, in a one day class (or even 2 day) the point was made that there is not enough time to train/prepare/practice any and every situation you could encounter …

Rather the goal of a foundational class like this is to give you the principles of how to be effective with your concealed carry handgun and then you can always apply those principles no matter the situation you find yourself in. John emphasized this point that the fundamentals worked in various real life scenarios by showing surveillance video footage in his powerpoint.

I believe at this point John also explained all the “practical” points about concealed carry that aren’t covered enough in my opinion in other courses aimed at the concealed carrier (again, context).

He went over how to choose a good holster, even showing a box of examples of holster types and the guns they fit, the draw backs they presented, etc.

Then John showed his EDC (Every Day Carry) which, if I’m remembering correctly at this time consisted of an appendix carried Glock 19, with one reload on the weak side, a stabbing fixed blade knife (forget the name) carried weak side appendix, pepper spray in his left front pocket, and a flashlight somewhere in his pockets I forget where. John explained the usefulness of each piece of equipment and why he carried it and the type of situation that it might be best for.

John also made a point to teach everyone that handguns are wimpy. This is great and knowledge you just don’t see in most courses but that all cutting edge trainers know and teach today. In short, all handgun service calibers (9mm, .40 and, yes, even the .45 ACP) are all wimpy and you need to shoot more than once to get the job done most times.

Then after a few hours (it may not have even been that long as we had a small class and not many questions) — John handed out “snap caps” and we hit the range.

I like that this class started with dry fire manipulations of the handgun so that everyone was on the same page. This is where John explained all the fundamentals of marksmanship and how the applied to the concealed carrier (hint: it’s not bullseye shooting).

Then live fire started. We first started with shooting singles, doubles and other accuracy bullseye type drills to try to get down the marksmanship fundamentals.

After this, the concealed draw stroke was demonstrated and practiced to one shot. John actually teaches the concealed draw stroke from 4 different “starting positions” … I have thoughts on that, that I’ll share later, but it was definitely different and gave everyone practice at starting the draw stroke from hand positions that they might not have thought about before. The video below shows John demonstrating the 4 positions:

Then draw to two aimed shots (aimed pairs). And then later on “strings of 3-5 shots” with John emphasizing again that handguns are wimpy so you’ll need to shoot more than once in a real life encounter.

Around this time was lunch on the range. If you attend a course at John’s range he’ll tell you to bring your lunch because there’s not enough time to leave the range (he’s right).

After lunch, I believe John showed reloading techniques and malfunction clearances. Then there was more shooting.

Verbalizing, a Key Skill …

One thing that was great about this class was John had everyone verbalize, something I’m still not good at training enough. For instance, after shooting the bad guy everyone had to come to ready, scan for additional threats and then verbalize some version of “Somebody call the police! This guy just tryed to kill me!” while scanning for more threats.

This is really, really great work that should be done by anyone who is practicing for Concealed Carry.

We ended the day with a qualification course of fire on the FPFTraining Targets — everyone passed as far as I know — and there was REAL improvement in the targets of my father and wife by the end of the day.

All in all, the FPF Training Concealed Carry: Foundational Skills course is exactly what it sounds like a “foundational skills” course much like most other “Handgun 1” classes that I’ve taken.

What did set it apart though was that John teaches the entire thing in the context of the civilian concealed carrier, which I think is lacking in most “defensive pistol” or “Handgun 1” or “Combat Pistol 1” courses. Round count for day 1 was approximately 200 rounds.

Concealed Carry: Street Encounter Skills (Day 2)

John demonstrating his own version of a "street encounter"
John demonstrating his own version of a “street encounter”

I believe this is John’s “flagship” class and for good reason. This was an EXCELLENT class for a basic concealed carry class. Here’s the description from John’s website:

“During this ten hour course, students will concentrate on practical application exercises transitioning their foundation skills into a realistic context and live fire environment. The principles of de-escalation, verbalization and decisive movement will be exercised along with practice in the judicious use of lethal force.

“This course also includes a 4 hour interactive, multi-media lecture illustrating the indicators of criminal pre-assault behavior, the physiological impact of stress in self-defense situations and ballistic performance. The course culminates with highly supervised “force on force” scenarios to reinforce and exercise the defensive principles of awareness, avoidance, deterrence, de-escalation and transition to decisive action.

“This class exceeds the training requirement for a Virginia Concealed Pistol Permit.”

My wife, my father and I were 3 of the people from day one that stayed for day 2. Then either 3 or 4 people joined us for the day 2 and I THINK that almost all of them had prior experience training with John. That meant that everyone was on the same page because they had the basics from day one down.

The Extensive Classroom Time …

Even so, the day started with 3-4 hours of classroom time with an extensive powerpoint presentation that really knocked everyone’s socks off. I’m not joking. It was really good.

Let’s face it, the idea of sitting on your butt for more than an hour is not appealing, but John’s presentation was really good. John said it covered “illustrating the indicators of criminal pre-assault behavior, the physiological impact of stress in self-defense situations and ballistic performance” which it did and much much more.

Discussions of “social” vs “asocial” violence were discussed which I thought was really great because it was one of the main takeaways I had from the Target Focus Training (TFT) I had done with Tim Larkin and what I like about what they teach.

There were many, many, MANY “caught on camera” video surveillance clips played for the class to show what actual incidents actually look like and the lessons that could be learned from each.

In fact, there were two incidents (at least) over the two days that were so ambiguous that they presented the best case ever of why I would ever carry pepper spray. I won’t go into the incidents, but the point is I never saw a need that I personally would need pepper spray but after seeing and discussing two “what would you do” incidents — I see now where pepper spray could be VERY valuable in some ambiguous situatoins that are on the fring of social/asocial but my hands, a knife, or a gun aren’t the “best” answers. Very good stuff.

Come to think of it, almost everything in John’s presentation — if used as the starting point for your own reading/research — would set you up really well to become very skilled in all this. John basically draws from a vast library of knowledge — from Colonel Coopers “Principles of Self Defense” to modern day sources.

One take away, that I think my wife finally understands now, is how quickly the “monkey dance” of social interactions where egos are involved can turn into social violence, and then asocial violence … and you never know who or when in the real world.

Managing Unknown Contacts and More “Transitional Moment” Work …

Then we went to the range and there we did some work on MUC – Managing Unknown Conctacts – that John explained he picked up from Craig Douglas (aka SouthNarc).

This is where you get into the “principles of de-escalation, verbalization and decisive movement” that John promises you. In short, how to do you recognize, then avoid or stay out of a bad situation.

How can you tell if the guy walking up to you on the street is just an out of work guy who needs a couple bucks or a guy that’s using that ruse to get close enough to jam a knife between your ribs?

Do you know? Have you put as much time into thinking about pre-assualt indicators as you have into what gun is the coolest?

After practice of a lot of this, and giving I believe it was three basic solutions to managing unknown contacts and people that start to present themselves as possible problems (with practice) we had lunch.

After lunch I believe is when the live firing began. Safety was quickly covered again, and because everyone was on the same page the shooting started.

The FPF Target …

Various drills were done, almost all shooting on the FPF Training Target which you can see below:

The FPF Training Target
The FPF Training Target

As you can see, this is a good target that (I assume) John designed since it bears his company name. For the head shots, you’re looking to get hits in the ocular cavity (which is actually shorter in height than a 3×5 card, this looks to be 2×4-5 inches). And instead of aiming “center mass” you’re aiming for the inner most triangle which starts at the sternal notch and the two nipples — this is where the heart and other large vessels that are anatomically valuable to destroy with your wimpy pistol bullets.

In addition, the “lines” for these target areas are light grey on a black hoodie that the bad guy is wearing so they’re not easy to see … sort of like in real life the bad guy doesn’t have any target zones drawn on him right?

Plus, you’re looking into the face of a “real person” and shooting them, so that’s also good for realistic training (an entire discussion that deserves its own article). And finally, the numbered shapes in different colors can be used (and were) used for different marksmanship drills. It’s almost like John put a lot of thought into this target 🙂

Gas Stations and other “Watering Holes” …

In the classroom portion, it was shown how a lot of incidents happen at Gas Stations and they present a special problem for you because 2 legged predators — much like the predators of the Sahara — see gas stations as “watering holes” where they know that you have to go and you’re often distracted enough to attack. The video below shows John explaining some gas station concerns:

In addition to practicing drawing from concealment with single, double and multiple hits to the target at 3 yards, 5 yards and 7 yards, eventually movement was introduced.

Movement plus shooting — all in a beginner’s course!

Much like Tom Givens, John recommends that you sidestep on the draw anytime you’re drawing on a threat inside of about 5 yards. Also like Tom Givens, this is included in a beginner’s curriculum, which I totally agree with.

This is great training and I was amazed that my wife with no formal training was progressing so fast that half way through day 2 in her first training class she was sidestepping (or hopping …) and drawing a gun and putting multiple hits center mass on a bad guy like a pro. It was great to watch. John demonstrates the defensive draw in the video below:

Then there was one handed shooting and practiced. I can’t for the life of me remember if we did “other killing hand” shooting (weak hand/support hand shooting). I think we did.

Verbal and Physical Interactions Before The Guns Come Out …

Building on the verbalization skills from day one, and the Managing unknown contacts from day 2, John acted as the bad guy’s “voice” for many of the drills.

So you’re standing there and John is yelling “hey man, let me get some change man, let me get some change …” and you verbalize back, “sorry, I don’t have any, no thanks …” and then John says “HE DON’T LOOK RIGHT” which is your queue to put your hands up in position 4 (hands up in the “give me space I don’t want trouble” position where you can also defend your head against blows) then either the situation de-escalates (“OK, he walks away, God Bless you man ...”) or you enter what John calls “the transitional moment” when John starts shouting “He has a gun, GUN, GUUUUNN!!!” then you sidestep, draw and shoot.

This is really, really, REALLY good training for anyone that carries a gun.

All contacts with weird, creepy people will NOT end up in you having to shoot them (in fact probably 99% of the time they won’t if your head is not up your butt) — so practicing these transitional moments — with verbalization is sorely lacking in most defensive handgun training I’ve taken.

Shot Timers and Steel (something most people don’t get to experience) …

More range work was done, on the shot timer and we all got to see our times. Right now, I’m sitting at around 1.40’ish seconds (consistently) on the sidestep with draw from concealment to first aimed shot (guaranteeing my hits in the anatomical valuable zone), with .20-.30 splits on the followup shots. It was neat to see that measured in a class (I can’t remember the last class that the instructor got a shot timer out).

My wife and father, by the way–even with this being their first formal training–were consistently in the 2.3 to 2.5 range of side step draw from concealment and getting an anatomically valuable first hit. With only 2 days of training! Obviously, if most gun fights happen in less than 3 seconds–John did a great job getting them prepared!

We got to shoot some steel too. At some point, we did a walk back drill on C-Zone steel targets. Three targets, and you had to get 2 out of 3 hits to continue moving away from the targets. We started at 10 yards, most the class was done by 15-25yds. I think I made it (if I had to guess because there was no markings past 10 yards) to about 40-50yds before I missed two of the targets. A few others made it farther than me.

The final student remaining (along with John Murphy of course) were battling it out at around 70yds if I remember what John said correctly. Needless to say at the 40-50yd distance I got my two misses at — my trijicon HD front sights were obscuring the entire target. I want to do more work at these extended ranges because it gives you an advantage for sure!

John explained that while the “typical” gunfight happens at 3-5 yards in 3 seconds or so — you should know how far and whether you can make hits like this at distance. Great points and I agree, especially with the idea that we are seeing more domestic terrorism and killers with rifles that you may have to engage at distance.

We did some “competitions” against each other on the steel dueling trees as well at 10 yards. That was a lot of fun as well.

At the end of both days, we got to end with six shots of “Whatever makes you happy” on the targets. Basically, you got to shoot six shots into the target however you wanted. And then the class was basically over. Round count for day 2 was approximately 200 rounds as well.

In truth, I didn’t keep copious notes because I was participating in the class and concerned about managing and trying to make sure my wife and father had a good first class experience too — so I might have missed a LOT of what was covered — but that should tell you that it was an excellent class because it covered A LOT.

In the video below, you’ll get a lot more footage (8 minutes) of the type of training that was in this class:

In Conclusion …

John Murphy at is a class act. He represents exactly what I am talking about when I emphasize what is important in a concealed carry course — there are so many things you can learn that could waste your time — and there are so many things that you should learn — John’s training represents a great example of a “foundation” that will probably be enough for the average citizen.

And at the very least, it’s a GREAT foundation to start building on your skills. But I would recommend the course highly to anyone and everyone who asks, no matter your skill level.

Further, I’m glad that I put my faith in John and trusted him enough to train my family … and that he didn’t disappoint. He doesn’t know it, but he had very lofty goals that I had set for him and he exceeded them all. If you’re looking for a good foundation course, go to Culpeper, VA, and take a class from John you won’t regret it.

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First off, Magpul Mbus Gen 2 Sights are affordable.

If you are just starting out in the AR-15 world, then you might not have much money. Or you don’t want to spend a lot because you don’t know what you will like yet. Or perhaps you want to do a budget build. Or maybe you just don’t like spend more money than you have to (who does right?)

If you have more than one AR-15 rifle, then you will need to put backup iron sights on all of them … and that can start to add up real fast.

And the Magpul Mbus Gen 2 sights are a pretty good price. You’re basically looking at getting both the front and rear sights for under $100. Compare that to the $200+ you might pay for some other brands (which we’ll talk about in a moment) and you’ll see they’re a good deal.

They’re slim profiled, lightweight, polymer, and look good

Ok, so the big pink elephant in the room with the Magpul sights is that they’re made of polymer.

Now, at first that might turn you off because your first thought is “that’s not going to be as strong as steel” but we’ll get to durability in a moment …

Let’s talk about the benefits of the polymer, spring-loaded design of these things:

They’re lightweight – from what I can gather, they weigh 1.3 oz each (front and rear). That’s practically nothing. They’re featherweight. Very important because ounces = pounds real fast on a rifle.

They’re slim profile – They take up less than 1″ of MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny receiver rail space. There is less to snag on brush or slings or anything else.

They’re Secure – they lock in tight with the included steel crossbolt to your rail

Standard – Rear sight has standard AR-15 style aperature sighting system. Both front and rear have same height over bore as standard A2 iron sights.

Look Good – I think they’re a nice design and look slim and low profile when folded down and out of the way. And if I have them flipped up, then I’m shooting with them so I don’t even look at them 🙂

Accurate as Backup Iron Sights can be

These sights work the same way as most iron sights or backup iron sights. The rear adjusts for windage and the front adjusts for elevation.

When I recently got certified as a Concealed Carry Academy firearms instructor, during the rifle portion of the bootcamp, I ran my AR-15 with these Magpul sights only because I didn’t have an optic yet.

We ended the rifle day of training with a 300 point qualification rifle course from various distances from 25 yards all the way up close to CQB drills at 5 yards with the AR-15, from multiple fighting positions like prone, kneeling, standing, and shoot & move — all with time limits.

Long story short, as you can see in the picture I scored a 269 out of 300 possible total score — enough to win the high score for the day — even though most of the other guys had red dots or other optics on their AR-15’s.


In other words, if you do your job behind the rifle, these sights — once you get them zero’ed — are plenty accurate.

They’re durable and tough. Maybe even better than more expensive options 

As I mentioned these made it fine through the previously mentioned instructor level rifle training class, but that’s the total extent to which I’ve gotten to “beat” on these BUIS, so I couldn’t speak to their long-term durability  …

However, I recently came across a “drop test” performed by a guy named Andrew Tuohy from “Kitup” on Here’s what he found (in a nutshell):

    "In order to test whether certain popular BUIS would still be serviceable after taking a hard hit, I attached three different types of BUIS – Troy Industries, Magpul Industries and Diamondhead USA – to an AR-15 rifle chambered in .300 AAC Blackout weighing 7 pounds and dropped the rifle upside down from a height of 5 feet onto a concrete surface.    Other portions of the rifle were protected from damage, and each set of BUIS took a solid hit from the drop. The ammunition used was Remington Premier Match .300 AAC Blackout 125 gr OTM. Each sighting device was installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then points of impact was established from a stable shooting position at 25 and 200 yards. After the drop, the rifle was fired again, and any change in point of impact noted.    The first BUIS dropped was the Diamondhead ... Point of impact shifted approximately 16 MOA.     Next came the Troy sight. Cosmetic damage was apparent, but the sight could still be operated normally. Point of impact shift was approximately 3 MOA.    The last set of BUIS was the Magpul MBUS. Damage was purely cosmetic and the sight remained fully functional. Point of impact shift was less than 1 MOA. Unlike the other sighting devices, a second drop was performed. Results did not change, and the sight remained functional."

What’s even more impressive, is that both the Troy and Diamonhead sights typically cost in that $200+ range that I was talking about earlier.

That’s double the price of the Magpul sights …

And to make it even MORE impressive, I found this on the author of that article’s private blog:

    "One thing I did not mention in the post which was sent to KitUp (due to word count limitations) was that after dropping the MBUS twice, I picked the rifle up, held it over my head like the maul I used to split seasons’ worth of firewood while growing up in Alaska, and swung it down on a concrete shooting table, with the MBUS taking all of the impact. It did not break or shift POI by anything more than 1MOA.
My opinion of the MBUS went from “cool airsoft gear bro” to “wow.”"

I don’t know about you, but that’s way more abuse than I plan to put my own BUIS through, but I’m definitely glad to know that they can take it!

The Bottom Line On The Magpul Mbus Gen 2 BUIS is this …

I like them because they do the exact job that they are meant to do:

They appear to be reliable, well thought out Backup Iron Sights (BUIS) that fold down nice and slim when not in use, are aesthetically pleasing, and they can take enough abuse that even if some catastrophic event caused your primary optic to go down — they would most likely survive and be ready for you to aim with.

And the best part is that, surprisingly, they either hold their own with other more expensive sights or simply out perform them in the ruggedness & durability department!

I can’t think of anything more you might want out of BUIS.

You can go and pick these up, for less than $100 total from right now.

Magpul Gen 2 Rear Sight


Click here for the Magpul Mbus Gen 2 Rear Sights from Brownells. 

Magpub Gen 2 Front Sight
Magpub Gen 2 Front Sight

Click here for the Magpul Mbus Gen 2 Front Sights from Brownells.

I’ll close with one final thought …

At the same instructor bootcamp one of the guys next to me said, “so you’re a big Mapul fan huh?” because I had the Magpul sights, and PMAG magazines, and a Magpul CTR stock and Magpul pistol grip on my AR-15 …

Until he said it, I didn’t realize how much Magpul gear I had on my rifle … but … I guess my answer best summed up why.

“I’m not a big fan boy or whatever, but it’s priced right and it just works man.”

And, when it comes to gear you can trust your life with, that’s what you need.

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More Guns, Less Crime
More Guns, Less Crime Book by John Lott
We should celebrate our current heroes — the unrecognized heroes that are still fighting for freedom today.

Enter John Lott.

“Who the hell is John Lott?!?!” you’re probably wondering. I’ll show you…

As every gun owner in America owes John Lott a debt of gratitude. Lott is an economist and political commentator whose book, More Guns, Less Crime, makes the definitive case AGAINST “gun control” and for the private ownership of firearms.

Lott’s work gets cited alongside that of criminologist Gary Kleck because both men have worked very hard to provide actual statistical proof of the validity of firearms ownership.

Photo from Wikipedia, used under creative commons license
Photo from Wikipedia, used under creative commons license

Lott is the founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, which Raquel Okyay called “a research and education organization that studies the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.”

The gun control group calling itself the “Violence Policy Center” (which I think used to call itself “Handgun Control, Inc.,” a name that was deemed too honest) recently released another faulty “study” purporting to show statistical support for gun control.

Lott has worked hard, and continues to work hard, to get the word out that these “studies” (like all gun control statistics vomited forth by these anti-civil-rights groups) rely on grossly distorted figures and ridiculous leaps of logic in reaching the conclusions that that get repeated ad nauseam in the news.

Lott recently gave an interview in which he found errors like “triple counting” in the gun control data.

Lott has been endlessly vilified by liberals and “progressives,” just like Kleck has, because these men provide the ammunition we, as free citizens, need to combat left-wing lies.

I want to underscore that point: There ARE no studies to support the validity of “gun control.” When these are examined, they are all found to be lies. This is because it simply isn’t the case, in a rational world, that a person is more safe when he is disarmed and helpless.

To put it another way, the facts of reality support the idea that an armed citizen is a safer citizen because he has the means to protect himself. Liberals and progressives hate gun ownership because they hate anything that empowers the citizens to resist their attempts at creating an all-powerful cradle-to-grave state that tells citizens what to do, think, eat, and believe from the time they are born until the time they are die.

Progressives are statists who will not rest until every living creature lives under their boots and thumbs. They are allergic to facts and always prefer convenient lies.

John Lott fights to repel these lies with actual truth. It can’t be easy, and he is often giving interviews to hostile parties who make fun of him and disrespect him. He continues with his work because he believes in it and because he wants you and me to be able to protect ourselves with legal firearms.

Dedication to individual rights of this type deserves to be recognized. I applaud John Lott and I hope he continues to do his work. I hope he continues to give the liberals heartburn and I hope his statistics will fuel the defeat of progressives in many a debate for the next several years.

Thank you, John Lott, for standing with us.


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