1. How else though can you combine the joy of shooting sports with the joy of trying to catch a leaping salmon in your bare hands? It's a Bass Pro bonanza.

  2. Jeff Gurwitch is an ex SF guy who talks in one of his videos about why SF used 1911's in Iraq and Afghanistan. The preference was for knock-down power over capacity. In the early aughts, 9mm wasn't yet trusted by the SOCOM guys who had cut their teeth on .45 ACP. By the time he did his last tour in Afghanistan, he had changed his tune and carried a Beretta M9. One reason was that by that point, tactics and training had shifted from double taps and a pause to see what effect it had, to five-round strings. This was true of the rifles as well - it was well-known that 5.56 would often just zip right through guys who would keep fighting back, so it made more sense to keep putting rounds on the target until the target was nullified. Gurwich specifically says that he was considering taking a rifle in .308 on that last tour, but the tactical doctrine shift and training that went with it convinced him to take a 5.56 carbine instead. He didn't specifically say how short-barreled the .308 he was considering was, but as a SF guy potentially clearing rooms, I think it's safe to say it was under 20", and probably under 16" at that time.

  3. I feel like a couple of thousand rounds of whatever I shoot regularly is a good hedge against shortages and/or spiking prices. I will then buy smaller batches to replace what I'm shooting. The exception is .22 LR, which I shoot a lot and for which I have several multiples of that base number of rounds. That way, I can shoot my .22s a lot without feeling like I'm cutting into my stash too much, and also because my .22's like different things.

  4. I feel like I should point out that they weren’t aiming for the absolute lightest rifle possible, just that any heavier accessories had to be justified by their usefulness.

  5. The other thing about the WWSD is that it is really well balanced, which is a factor that often gets lost in focus on weight. There are also parts on the WWSD that were selected for their overall quality and contribution to the package that could easily be replaced with cheaper, lower-quality options that don't necessarily weigh more - the BCG and capture buffer spring being cases in point. You can get a handguard that doesn't weigh more than the carbon fiber one on the WWSD, but it's going to have heat issues the carbon fiber one doesn't have. The idea that the WWSD is entirely weight-focused is a misinterpretation of the project.

  6. At least he didn't say he was shooting offhand.

  7. Obligatory technical notes: bottom left is my LCP with Peacemaker adjustable trigger, Hogue grips, and Hyve +1 magazine extension. Top right is a 55 year old Ruger Mark 1 Standard that has passed from my great-grandfather to my grandfather and now to my dad. Hopefully, that tradition will continue!

  8. Thank you so much - I need that mag extension.

  9. With guns at least there are still parts that are difficult to manufacture outside of a pretty serious factory (at least at an large scale. Rifled barrels are one of the biggest ones afaik that none of the home manufacturing experiments have really solved yet.

  10. Most illegal firearms get into Canada via smuggling. So more like cocaine or heroin than meth - although these analogies tend to break down pretty quickly once you start peering too far under the the hood. With heroin, for example, local manufacture is kind of moot without large growing operations, which are arguably as difficult to "manufacture" below the LE radar as rifled barrels are to make in a home shop (unless you were here in Lancaster County PA making Pennsylvania rifles in the 1700s). With meth, the fact that it is primarily manufactured locally actually make it potentially easier to shut down, since the required materials can be made very difficult to maintain on that local level. Which I think goes to your point - some aspects of the project can't be easily MacGyvered. That said, a lot of gun crime can pretty easily be linked to existing stocks, and the US has massive stocks, and the border with Canada is not exactly airtight. As long as those ducks line up, guns will continue to cross the border into Canada the way a lot of heroin crosses the US-Mexico border.

  11. Table top CNC machines are getting cheaper and more sophisticated every year as is 3D printing and the materials involved are not nearly so easily to trace. In the next 5-15 years you will barely need any machining knowledge at all. Steel of any grade is fairly easy to come buy, even your high speed machine steels. Pistol barrels will be easy to do, Rifle barrels will only be slightly more challenging, but if you use a simplistic button riffling design it's definitely doable.

  12. OK. I'm still sticking by my point. If smuggling was even remotely easy to detect, the US would not have the drug problem that it does, full stop. Hell, a lot of drugs still come into the country on airplanes. Stopping smuggling requires dedicated resources, and those resources are expensive and limited by the sheer number of resource needs. Sustaining the effort over time has significant opportunity costs. Increased interdiction of heroin contributed to increased use of - and deaths from - fentanyl, because it's a supply-driven phenomenon. Officials even admitted that stepping up seizures of heroin was making the fentanyl problem worse. And so it goes. It's a game of "whack-a-mole." Where there is money, there is always a new supplier willing to take on the risk.

  13. Personally, I think everyone's first gun should be a .22lr target pistol. Like a browning buck mark, ruger Mark IV, or Smith & Wesson victory. This isn't a good self defense gun but you can learn the basics, use cheap ammo, and get addicted to shooting.

  14. I think the Taurus TX22 Competition is worthy of consideration in this category as well. Or even the bog-standard TX22. I think it's good prep for a striker-fired handgun in a larger caliber.

  15. The problem here is that only SOCOM used them in the US. So they're going to take forever to make it into the CMP lottery.

  16. If you want to defend your home from the average invader looking to take possession of your valuables then you’ll only ever need a 9mm pistol. I would get a Glock if you only plan on having one because of the sheer availability of parts and accessories. But if you want a kit to defend yourself and your values against a modern military then you’ll need an AR platform rifle and most likely body armor. The idea of citizens being able to compete against a modern military is pretty silly just because of the sheer amount of technology they have at their disposal that we as civilians just don’t have any access to. But……. More likely you’d be defending against foreign invaders since I don’t see either side of our political spectrum moving towards complete facism like so many people worry about. So politics aside I would recommend you get an AR15 and a Glock 19 with plenty of magazines for both. Get yourself a stockpile of ammo to keep at home (at least 1,000 rounds of each) then buy ammo whenever you can and go shoot as regularly as you can. The equipment is nothing without the training and practice needed to make you competent with it. I would also suggest having some body armor because in most instances you’d be fighting people who had body armor so why not level the field. I’d go for steel plates with an anti spalling coat because they will last you a long time, just make sure you train with the extra weight to make sure your body is strong enough. Hope this helps.

  17. Aero, PSA, big box stores like Cabella’s and Bass Pro. “Not expensive” is kind of vague, but you can walk in/log in to any of those places and leave with a decent AR. As long as you avoid BCA and other sketchy brands, an AR is an AR until you hit the upper end of brands.

  18. I asked for Bass Pro gift cards for my last birthday. I was able to purchase a Savage MSR-15 Recon 2.0 on sale for $550 all in.

  19. In the 10 years I lived in NYC I did not have any good experiences when the cops were involved. I called them at least twice (man dragging a woman by her hair down the street and robbery in progress) and I had one cop write me a summons in my own workshop on a separate occasion and the cop never showed.

  20. I went to college in NY. One time in my local deli, some cops who were there asked a guy a question. Apparently, they didn't like the answer, because next thing you know, his face was up against a freezer door. After they let him go, a bunch of people in the store offered to go down to the precinct and support him in filing a complaint.

  21. I'm pretty sure he didn't even bother. If I recall correctly he was walking with a cane, too. But that was a long time ago.

  22. Slippery slope ain't a fallacy if it keeps actually happening

  23. I have at times been critical of slippery slope arguments here. I am suspending that criticism, since it's unwise to die on a hill you're actually sliding off of.

  24. May I ask why you were critical of slippery slope arguments in the past?

  25. I think slippery slope arguments are often problematical. There are good ones and bad ones, as with many things. Some I find plausible, some less so. I am not an either/or person, so I try to assess each one on its merits as I am able to discern them. I think that is a reasonable approach to take. I am someone inherently disposed to critique things.

  26. "Why bother with the new Springfield, when this is half the price, and is better quality?"

  27. 2A was never interpreted as a right to personal gun ownership until the 2008 Heller decision.

  28. Disagree. The Miller decision left this as somewhat of an open question, which the Heller decision attempted to clarify. Also, if you are not speaking specifically of the courts, there is ample evidence that the 2A was interpreted at the time it was written as establishing a right to personal gun ownership, and that it was interpreted as a right to personal gun ownership subsequently by citizens who expressed this view, for example, in letters to Congress when the NFA was enacted. "Interpretation" is an interesting category of human communication, and it is often more complicated and nuanced than is commonly supposed. If Miller was saying the defendant didn't have the right to personal gun ownership because he was not a member of a militia body, the Court could have stated that clearly. Instead, it did not, but focused its decision instead on the type of firearm involved and its relationship to militia services. And just as "interpretation" is an interesting category, the same applies to the concept of "rights," which is also nuanced and and fraught with history and baggage. When the Constitution and 2A were written, there was a vast body of common law and precedent already in place in the minds of the framers. Leaving much for subsequent generations (of both citizens and jurists) to grapple with. As we are doing here.

  29. The Founders expounded at length on the purpose of 2A and is clear in the contemporary letters they wrote collected in the Federalist Papers. None of the Founders intended the 2A to be used as an argument for personal gun ownership for personal protection as in the Heller decision (a case entirely funded by the NRA and gun lobby). This was a new novel interpretation which completely redefined the 2A. Founders were clear about their concerns of an overly powerful Executive (president) and the power an Executive could wield with a standing army. 2A was very clearly meant to protect a well regulated militia, controlled by States, as a check on Executive power. It’s almost like the Founders anticipated the possibility of a Trump presidency.

  30. The Federalist Papers were concerned with specific aspects of the 2A related to issues arising from Article 1 and state concerns about federal power. That doesn't in and of itself mean there weren't other aspects of the 2A that were not discussed in the Federalist Papers. Since we have limited access to the actual debates surrounding the 2A at the time, it's really impossible to know, which means saying what "none if the founders" intended is a somewhat sketchy enterprise. As incorporated into the Bill of Rights, it's not at all inconceivable that other dimension of that right were intended. There are legitimate debates on these issues, and I don't think it makes sense to merely dismiss that fact. There is too much gray area around the whole thing, frankly, for any claims of certainty. We can agree to disagree on that point if you like, but I have studied the nuances of this long and hard enough that you are not entirely convincing me, although I understand where you're coming from.

  31. Just as the people Shiites have hurt the most are Sunnis and vice versa. Most Americans are too dumb to grasp any of this.

  32. As an amateur historian, I tested the history part of my Appleseed pretty thoroughly post-event, and was fairly pleasantly surprised. There was some hyperbole (the old guy they mentioned who took out, like, 4 redcoats when they marched through his town on their way back to Boston turned out to have only shot one British soldier). But they did give multiple versions of events - i.e. disputes regarding whether it was Gage's wife who alerted the colonists. Anyway, I have read a number of good books on the Revolutionary War in the past couple of years, so if you're interested in a follow-up read to your Appleseed, this one is pretty decent:

  33. That's good to know....and I think a little hyperbole that communicates the spirit of the moment sometimes helps paint a more accurate picture, as long as it doesn't change the flow of events. :)


  35. That would be a 5th Amendment Violation. And not the first one with which the NFA has been involved. SCOTUS would shut that down in a nanosecond.

  36. Because you are sending the government a sworn statement and photographic evidence admitting to having committed a violation of federal law.

  37. That would be a 5th Amendment Violation. And not the first one with which the NFA has been involved.

  38. Fair response, which I genuinely appreciate. I was raising this as a general point regarding distinctions between various tiers of ARs - it was kind of an afterthought. My other points were, I think, more pertinent. I only have access to a 300-yard range currently. But I'm also old - so every bit of noise I can reduce helps. If only by way of the placebo effect. Which is only one step behind the Viagra effect at this point.

  39. If you're currently shooting 2MoA 20 shot groups (not 3, not 5, but 20) with a BA barrel, and shooting match grade ammo (like black hills or whatever), and want to see if you can get that down under 1-1.5MoA 20 shot groups, then sure. Get a $500 krieger from compass lake

  40. Thank you for making my original point.

  41. They say you need a barrel with more significant rifling like 1:7 for a heavier 62 grain bullet, but I've never seen anyone mention the downsides for shooting 55 grain bullets in a 1:7 barrel. Is it just a slightly lower muzzle velocity?

  42. I'm not sure who "they" are, but plenty of testing, including by the Army, has demonstrated that the best twist rate for the military's M855 62-grain round is probably 1:8 or even 1:9. The choice of 1:9 originating with the M16A2 was to better stabilize the M856 tracer round, not the standard infantry round. I think that when people are referring to a 62-grain bullet, they are generally referring to M855 or a variant of it. Things "they say" on the internet aren't always true.

  43. That's only technically correct. Modern rifle rounds, especially 556, achieve similar effects from high velocities and from yaw-tumble instead of expansion. The modern M855A1 even fragments upon entry more than most hollow points.

  44. Also worth noting in this context that the glossary doesn't include open-tip match bullets such as Sierra MatchKing that special forces units have been using for years. These are legal under the Hague Declaration of 1899 because they are not designed to expand in soft tissue, but they do have better ballistics than M855/M855A1, especially out of shorter barrels. The open tip is a consequence of the way the bullet is drawn from base-to-tip rather than - as is done more inexpensively and commonly - in the opposite direction. The open-tip construction allows for better consistency of manufacture and quality control, and the bullet is designed for competition. Sierra specifically does not recommend these for hunting, as opposed to their GameKing bullet, which is a true hollow point designed for expansion. Also, I think your point about hollow points in combat is a valid one.

  45. I made the frame for the drawing, a local artist in southern AZ. She does amazing sketches. Horses are difficult.

  46. As a horse owner and equine art person, this is spot on.

  47. Not sure what state you live in, but I’ve used for this with a lot of success. Better than selling to a pawn or gun store and easier than GB.

  48. Just don't fall for, kids. It's a trap.

  49. I saw this video in my feed yesterday.. I didn't watch it, I don't think I'll be watching anymore of Herrera's videos as well. Kyle is not a 2A hero.. far from it, if anything he should be the model of what not to do, such a weird person for others to be holding up.

  50. Same for the lawyer couple that was asked to speak at the RNC after breaking, like, all four of the basic gun safety pillars on their own lawn. Why are these people held up as paragons of gun ownership when they can't follow basic safety rules? They are precisely who should not be used to represent the community of gun owners.

  51. Yeah, the grain on that one seems particularly nice.

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