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  • U.S. Army Top Enlisted is avid about hand-to-hand combat, including fighting ISIS with shovels

    01/19/2018 6:19:48 AM PST · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/19/2018 | C Garland
    The Pentagon's top enlisted service member has a penchant for hand-to-hand combat, a fact brought to light in recent comments vowing that U.S. troops would defeat its enemies by "shooting them in the face" or in close-quarters combat with shovels. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted adviser to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued the warnings to the Islamic State on Facebook and Twitter this week, telling them they have two options — surrender or die. Senior defense officials have issued similar threats to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as Taliban insurgents in...
  • Fostech Origin 12 – Damn Fast Shotgun

    01/18/2018 5:08:18 AM PST · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/ | J Hines
    In this video we go down the rabbit hole with a suppressed Fostech Origin 12 SBS, this truly is one sick fast shotgun. We have seen Jerry Miculek outrun several shotguns in our time spent with him and the family, but he’s never been behind an Origin 12 on film to our knowledge. Hopefully we’ll be able to put that to the test in the near future. Erik from Iraqveteran8888 runs 30 shots in 8 seconds with a 12 gauge suppressor. He's using a Salvo12 suppressor Nine 3/4 inch barrel 30 round drum (comes in 20 round drum, 10 shot...
  • 45 ACP Carbine – Hi-Point

    01/17/2018 6:16:24 AM PST · by w1n1 · 28 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/17/2018 | J Hines
    Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine design is one of the most popular among gun hobbyist besides the 9mm. What’s great about it is that its very inexpensive, constructed using polymers and alloyed metals as much as possible, resulting in a reduction of production costs and sale price. It functions via a simple direct blowback action. My first exposure to the Hi-Point carbine was with friends plinking in the woods a while back. There are some good and bad things with the Hi-Point, here are a few, not to be the definitive guide. The Good Just like their pistol the Hi Point...
  • The Crazy Story of Stuckie the Mummified Dog!

    01/16/2018 9:53:27 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 1/16/2018 | C Cocoles
    So the story goes, back in the 1960s down in Georgia, a hunting dog chased a raccoon up inside a hollow tree. The determined dog wouldn’t give up from chasing the coon farther up, so it eventually got stuck. Back to 1980 – Here's the excerpt from The Sportsmen Party Facebook page: In 1980 a "logger" found the dog after processing the log and donated it to a museum. The dog is a hunting type dog and around 4 years old. Apparently was in there for around 20 years. Scientists believe his fate was sealed when he chased something up...
  • .300 Blackout vs 5.56

    01/16/2018 7:33:52 AM PST · by w1n1 · 40 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/16/2018 | M Down
    We all love the AR platform because its so reliable and as long as you keep it maintain, it can last a life time. The only drawback from this platform is the 5.56 cartridge. Some folks want a little more punch. There have been some cartridges that have come down the pike as an alternative, but the only one that stands out is the .300 AAC Blackout. The .300 AAC Blackout was designed to give the AR platform extra umph in terms of power and penetration on intermediate ranges with reduce recoil while holding the 30 round mag. Its original...
  • 22 Mag Pistol – for Self-Defense, would you?

    01/15/2018 6:41:50 AM PST · by w1n1 · 53 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/15/2018 | J Hines
    For concealed carrier having a reliable pistol that you’re comfortable with is ideal. If you’re a newbie and think that you want to start with a reliable pistol. Why not look into a getting a Ruger LCR-22, compact light handgun weighs 16-ounce, affordable and easy to shoot. It incorporates several novel features such as a polymer grip and trigger housing, monolithic receiver, and constant force trigger. Operates in double-action only (DAO) as the hammer is concealed within the frame handle's fire control housing of the gun and cannot be cocked prior to firing, shoots .22 Winchester Rimfire caliber. Some may...
  • (vanity) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('70S) ROUND 1

    01/14/2018 7:57:12 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 119 replies
    me | 1/14/18 | me
    OK, FREEPERS, LET'S START THIS CONTEST FOR THE GREATEST SONG OF THE '70S. The baseline for the contest is the top 7 hits of each year of the '70s, as compiled by BILLBOARD. This is not based on personal preferences, biases, prejudices, or counter-culture fringe-element reactivity. The rules in general will be to vote for everything shown. NO equivocating, ties, or omissions. Votes will ONLY be counted if the "ballot" is COMPLETE. *ROUND 1* We begin by taking the #7 songs of each year and paring them from 10 songs to 4 (to set up brackets of 64 for the...
  • (Vanity) Participate in the 70s Music Tournament of hits!

    01/13/2018 6:52:44 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 71 replies
    me | 1/13/18 | me
    Who wants to participate in a music play-off bracket-type poll for best songs of the '70s? 3 years ago I ran a "tournament" to pick the best songs of the '80s, based first on Billboard rankings, so only the best of the best are included! You can view how this played out here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3249477/posts That's what I want to do for the '70s. (Wouldn't mind doing it for other decades, either!)
  • Tannerite Addresses Warehouse-destroying Fire Rumors In Press Release

    01/12/2018 11:15:31 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/12/2018 | AP
    As most of our wonderful supporters and customers now know our company has suffered a devastating fire at our factory which resulted in a total loss on early Monday morning, 01/08/18. We would like to thank the Pleasant Hill fire, Goshen fire, Springfield fire, South Lane fire, Lowell fire, Dexter fire, McKenzie fire, Mohawk fire and Coburg fire personnel that did a stellar job at saving what they could save. We are happy that none of them were injured in responding to this large fire, and that no one else was injured. Needless to say with this fire now just...
  • Best AR15 for under $500

    01/12/2018 5:56:08 AM PST · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/12/2018 | J Hines
    In this AR era, you can find them all over the internet and local gun stores. For those looking to get a quality AR but a limited in their spending, can you find an AR under $500? You definitely can, here are some of those AR-15 under $500. Windham Weaponary R16 M4 – $465 This AR features an M4A4-type flat top upper receiver and Picatinny rail gas block to allow for the use of a variety of optics and removable sights. However, it doesn’t come with iron sights. The chrome-lined steel 16-inch barrel has an M4 profile and a removable...
  • Why Henry Repeating Arms are Awesome Rifles

    01/11/2018 6:57:46 AM PST · by w1n1 · 40 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/11/2018 | J Hines
    Henry Repeating Arms have had a dip in popularity and sales from 2014 to 2016. But since last January (2017) the sales and popularity is up at plus or minus 100%. (source: Google Trends) One big popular rifle among cowboys and hunters is the Henry Repeating in 44 magnum. So why is it that its such an awesome rifle? Here's some reason why: Its Accurate Straight out of the box with 44 mag loads you can zero in at 100 yards with 3-inch groups, if you’re a decent shot on a stable platform. Slick Operation In other words the rifle...
  • Ancient Warriors You've Never heard of

    01/10/2018 5:20:15 AM PST · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/10/2018 | J Hines
    Warfare has plagued our history of death and destruction. Civilizations had to adapt to the war mongering way of life. These culture bored many warriors who’ve had to be bad asses in order for their tribe to survive. Whether they’re leading an army to victory or going down in defeat even some may have strayed off course of the righteous way – one thing in common is that they all had that fighting spirit. Here are some of the most fearless warriors (badasses) from our history: (not the complete list)Galvarino If you’re a Wolverine fan, you’re gonna like Galvarino, he...
  • Surrounded by Coyotes while Hiking alone

    01/09/2018 10:53:55 AM PST · by w1n1 · 69 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 1/9/2018 | C Cocoles
    Probably not the scenario to be in for a hiker, but what if you’re on a hike. And, you get this feeling that something is near you, not by another human but by a pack of howling coyotes. When we hear coyotes howling its usually from a safe distance. How would you handle a pack of coyotes howling closer to you? Most of the time when I’m on a hike, I carry a pistol and depending on the state that allows me to carry my rifle. (AR) In this video a hiker is unarmed on a hiking trail with coyotes...
  • Bolt Action AK-47 – not exactly for Deer Hunting

    01/09/2018 5:20:58 AM PST · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/9/2018 | J Hines
    This handmade bolt action AK-47 looks to have originated from the Khyber Pass AK. The “Khyber Pass” AK47s rifles were built from scratch or from parts in the Pakistani armories of the Khyber Pass region, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan. Your average KP AK47 is basically an AK47 chambered in 7.62X39 with a side-folding stock normally found on the AK-74 rifle.Br/> According to Ian McCallum this bolt action AK may have been just a piece that was made for looks. More than likely just a trash can gun. The entire weapon is manufactured from scratch, not using scrounged parts. While the...
  • Saiga 12 Shotgun vs Concrete Wall

    01/08/2018 6:35:25 AM PST · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/8/2018 | J Hines
    If you like shotgun and you want it on an AR platform. You probably wished you had a Saiga 12 shotgun. With a Saiga12 you can load up a 20 round drum to it. What’s even more impressive is to see what it can do against a concrete wall with a steel door. Youtuber Florida Guy is having fun blasting his Saiga12 against the concrete. Its amazing to see the sheer power of 20 rounds of 12 gauge. Its like playing a video game where you have to get through the concrete wall to reach the next objective. See the...
  • Best Muzzleloaders you can Hunt with

    01/08/2018 5:07:22 AM PST · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/8/2018 | J Hines
    Muzzleloaders have come along way and there has been enormous improvements in muzzleloading technology. Traditionally, able to take down target at 50-75 yards, current muzzleloaders can reach out at longer ranges. There’s mixture of sentiment as to which muzzleloader to go with. Modern day hunters have the latest piece of weaponry with all the gizmo. While some old school purist just want to use their old style muzzleloader. Finally, a few that just want a reliable muzzleloader. Whichever side you fall on there is something for everyone. Have a look at this best hunting muzzleloader list. Remington Model 700 Ultimate...
  • Glocks new G19X "Crossover" pistol

    01/05/2018 5:38:31 AM PST · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/5/2018 | J Hines
    Glock introduces military inspired pistol that is a “do it all” handgun, the G19X blends a full-sized frame with a compact slide and inherits all of the Gen 5 features. This G19X incorporates a G19 slide with a modified Glock17 frame and utilizes a G19-length dust cover. Standard Gen 5 features are carried over which includes: a grip devoid of finger groovesambi slide stopsa Glock Marksman Barrel with a new rifling and crown designdehorned nose profile on the slideflared mag well "Developed for the military in mind this is a practical EDC pistol that you can rely on anytime and...
  • Glock Modifications by Spec Ops

    01/04/2018 10:29:27 AM PST · by w1n1 · 34 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/4/2018 | J Hines
    Since Glock is a very popular handgun for law enforcement and gun hobbyist. These retired U.S. special ops have looked at and pushed the envelope on what it can do with a little modifications. Larry Vicker of Vickers Tactical and company talking over some mods with the Glocks. Here's a quick view of Glock mods from the 3 retired spec ops: Glock19 – Tritium Sights front sight, textured surface, Crimson Trace laserGlock17 Gen4 – Ameriglow Hackathorn sights, AmeriGlow Hackathorn Sights, Guardian Triggers The main thing that everyone agreed to modify was the plastic sights, anything with night sights is a...
  • Concealed Carry Guns – Is it right for Home Defense too?

    01/04/2018 5:56:34 AM PST · by w1n1 · 50 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/4/2018 | J Hines
    Guns are tools, and having the right tool for every task is ideal. Which is why most gun instructors will tell you that picking a home defense handgun may be different than having a concealed carry gun. Yes, there are some pistols that can be used for both roles, but some of these guns were designed small for concealment vs a full size 1911 .45. Which brings us back to the original statement, if you’re going to choose a handgun for home defense, here are a few things you should look for. Home Defense Most home defense handgun size does...
  • Toss trick with a Glock

    01/03/2018 9:43:25 AM PST · by w1n1 · 34 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/3/2018 | J Hines
    Its back to work for the new year, but its only Humpday. And, its really dragging, my trigger finger is itching to get back out on the range, must be withdrawals. For this fellow gun hobbyist, he already beat me to the range and has a new trick with his Glock. What he does is put a round on top of the slide (locked back) of the glock. While holding it, he tosses the round up into the air and have it land into the open port. Release the slide forward to rack one into the chamber and fires a...