Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $48,413
Woo hoo!!! And we're now over 55%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Hobbies (Bloggers & Personal)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Home Defense: 5 Tactics To Prevent an Intruder

    09/25/2019 5:30:12 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 19 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/25/2019 | R Douglas
    There's more to it than Bang Bang for Home Defense - There are roughly 2.5 million burglaries a year — 66% of those being home break-ins. That translates to one burglary every 13 seconds. So don't be surprised if one day an armed robber with an AR-10 scope attached decides to break into your home. But here’s the good news: You can significantly lower the possibility of a home invasion. How? By following these 5 proven tactics I mention below. Let’s get started. Security Cameras Let's start with the obvious: Security Cameras. If a robber sees cameras set up around...
  • New York Just Tried to Ban 80% Lowers and AR-15 Build Kits

    New York state Attorney General Latitia James just told 16 different websites and gun makers to stop selling receiver blanks and gun-making kits to residents of New York. James' office put out the letter with some excerpts that are pretty damning for the Second Amendment: "Your website offers unfinished lower receivers that require simple milling in order to manufacture unregistered and unserialized assault weapons, despite the fact that such manufacture and possession are illegal in New York. Assault weapons are illegal in New York, and the sale and/or advertisement of these products violates New York law. I hereby demand that...
  • Remington Round Top Rolling Block Restored

    09/24/2019 5:54:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/24/2019 | M Nesbitt
    Inspired by a Sporting Rifle carried by Custer, a black powder enthusiast rebuilds his model. Remington's No. 1 Sporting Rifle was introduced around 1868. That was a rather quiet introduction and this sporter was not identified or named as such until 1874. The No. 1 Sporting Rifles were last shown in a Remington catalog in 1889 with a total production of under an estimated 13,000 rifles. Remington was simply concentrating a lot more on filling military orders from several countries, and making sporting rifles was secondary. When the Remington sporting rifles first appeared, they were made using military receivers which...
  • Are you armed when you go out fishing?

    09/23/2019 5:16:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 75 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/23/2019 | T Wiester
    I was wandering back to one of my "secret" holes, one Id discovered as a teenager and had never, ever seen another angler or trace of another human at since the early 1980s. I was 20 minutes into the usual 30-minute hike on animal trails when a person appeared from nowhere. I literally almost jumped out of my waders. The dude, who looked strung out and definitely not a fellow fisherman, asked, "Hey, you got some smokes?" "Nope, I don't smoke," I said. "Do you have any money?" "Nope, I'm fishing." "I need some money!" "Sorry, I can't help you."...
  • Best buffer tube and stock for an 18" AR15 build

    09/18/2019 6:27:40 AM PDT · by bill1952 · 29 replies
    As the title reads
  • Anyone for Wilson AR9 Pistol?

    09/18/2019 5:27:13 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 39 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/18/2019 | D Justin
    Pistol caliber carbines have become extremely popular for the last few years with the plinkers and prepper crowd. During the ammo shortage, the prolific Wilson Combat company produced their 9mm rifle the AR9. This was supposed to let people enjoy shooting one caliber in a carbine or pistol. At first glimpse the Wilson AR9 has the similar appearance of an AR-15, so obviously an AR clone. Its a quality-built 9mm AR with a quality AR price of $2,095. The idea is nice utilizing one caliber across platforms. Unfortunately, that price is what's killing it in the eyes of many buyers....
  • Training Actors for War Games

    09/17/2019 5:18:47 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/17/2019 | C Cocoles
    The movie Saving Private Ryan is a classic military movie directed by Steven Spieldberg. The main characters of the movie all went through a mini boot camp taught by Warriors Inc Cadre (Founded by Ret. USMC Capt Dale Adam Dye a California company that specializes in training actors for realistic military portrayals, for movies), the trainers of the 80's hit movie "Platoon", that shaped Charlie Sheen & Tom Berenger into grunts. Here are some of the things that the main characters under went from Warriors Inc. to get them not into shape, but the shaping of the characters behind...
  • Beto ORourke Says Well Take Your AR-15. Heres Why That Wont Happen.

    Beto ORourke, a Texas Democrat and presidential hopeful, recently made the comment, Hell yes, were going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. Orourke declared this striking, new campaign promise of a mandatory gun buy-back during an impassioned plea made at the last Democratic presidential debate. Orourke was asked by the debate moderator what he would do about gun control if elected President. The only problem with the congressmans promise is that itll never happen. Heres why: Most Americans Wont ComplyA simple truth provides a rather large hurdle for Mr. Orourkes ambitions: Many Americans simply dont like the government telling them...
  • Reno Air Races Live Stream

    09/15/2019 6:40:41 AM PDT · by taildragger · 18 replies
    airrace ^ | 09/15/2019 | taildragger
    Freepers, today is the final rounds @ Reno for the Championships! Live Steam here:
  • Metropolitan Diary: Doing Research (FReeper Silly's latest NYT piece; scroll down page)

    09/14/2019 8:25:44 PM PDT · by Silly · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 8, 2019 | Paul Klenk
    Dear Diary: My friend Leslie, a retired teacher, invited me to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts one Saturday to watch a film of a Broadway musical. I told her if it was being shown at the Theater on Film and Tape Archive, it was restricted to researchers and professionals. I found the title in the online catalog, and verified that all viewers must have a valid reason for viewing and a library card. But Leslie insisted, and I agreed to meet. Before entering the screening room, I stopped to quietly caution her. Volunteer no information, I...
  • Fishing Boat Startup Plans Mississippi Factory

    09/13/2019 3:11:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Thomas Net ^ | August 27, 2019 | Andy Szal
    A startup manufacturer of fishing boats on Tuesday announced plans to establish a factory operation in northeastern Mississippi. Avid Boats expects to create 75 jobs at a facility in Amory, Mississippi about two hours southeast of Memphis formerly occupied by a packaging company. Avid plans to invest $1.6 million in the project, Mississippi economic development officials said in a statement. Although we are a startup, our team brings 100-plus years of combined marine industry experience to the table, said Avid Boats President Phillip Faulkner. We look forward to being a vital contributor to the continued growth of this...
  • Stackin Em Deep and Sellin Em Cheap!

    09/13/2019 5:17:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 21 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/13/2019 | F Jardim
    Kentucky's Centerfire Systems serves up bargains on guns, gear, surplus, ammo and so much more. With the slogan Stackin em deep and sellin em cheap!, Centerfire Systems, Inc. in central Kentucky is known as a leading value retailer among enthusiasts of all shooting sports and vintage military firearms. In fact, the company is the go to source for nearly all things AK-47 for the home-build hobbyist. Company founder Mike Davis was a bargain hunter extraordinaire and got into selling firearms as a side job after seeing one change hands twice at a local flea market, netting the middleman a quick...
  • 4 Bore Rifles - Magnum of Magnums

    09/12/2019 5:21:49 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/12/2019 | J Dickson
    'Think artillery' when it comes to the 4-bore double rifles of Austrian gunmaker Peter Hofer. - The long, illustrious history of the 4-gauge rifle goes back to the days of the muzzleloaders first employed against the pachyderms of India and Africa. These guns reached perfection with the advent of the breech-loading cartridge guns. The standard load was 14 drams of black powder behind a 1,882-grain slug, which would give an approximate velocity of 1,200 to 1,400 feet per second. The immense unbridled power of a shoulder gun firing the maximum load for a ship's swivel cannon generated 300 pounds of...
  • Feral Peril - Hog Hunting

    09/11/2019 4:59:00 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/11/2019 | J Dickson
    Hunting wild boar has a proud tradition in Europe, but in the U.S., where theyve been introduced or escaped from farms, Sus scrofa is non grata due to damage they cause. Heres how to pursue them. Hunting the wild hog is a tradition as old as man himself. In Europe the wild boar was considered a worthy opponent for heroic warriors who faced him with sword and spear. Throughout the centuries, many men were killed, as the European wild boar is a brave and savage animal that can fight unflinchingly to the death. Often he will disdain to squeal or...
  • The AR-15: Mil-Spec vs. Commercial Buffer Tubes Explained

    This is for all the readers and commentors bookmarking my past AR-15 guides and discussions: Last month, a few rifle builders on one of my forums asked questions about installing mil-spec and commercial buffer systems on their finished 80% lower units. One cited issues with their lower assembly install and the castle nut threads. Others weren't entirely sure about what either type of measurement specification represented. So, I wrote up a guide explaining the similarities and differences between the two.
  • Straight Shooters

    09/10/2019 5:02:15 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 15 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/10/2019 | J Vandiver
    The Army is revamping small-arms training with tougher marksmanship tests designed to better prepare troops whether cook or infantryman to shoot straight while under duress. The new standards, which take effect in October, will change how troops train with pistols and automatic rifles, the Army said. The standards must be met by October 2020. "It's exactly what we would do in a combat environment, and I think it's just going to build a much better shooter," Sgt. Maj. Robert K. Fortenberry, of the Army's infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga., said in a statement. The aim is to...
  • Federal Ammo Line of Bullets

    09/09/2019 5:31:04 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/9/2019 | P Massaro
    From defensive ammunition to components for handloaders, company offers a bit of everything. I was in Minnesota for a deer hunt specifically the Minnesota Governors Opening Weekend event when my friend J.J. Reich suggested I amend my itinerary in order to pay a visit to the Federal plant in Anoka. J.J., you see, is the public relations manager for Federal Ammunition, and I didn't hesitate to accept his invitation. "We can test all sorts of stuff: rifle, pistol, whatever you want to do." I have long been a fan of Federal ammunition with all the different brands...
  • Madsen M47 as a Truck Gun

    09/06/2019 6:02:08 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/6/2019 | C Alex
    When I was a boy, every truck you saw in Texas (even in urban areas) seemed to have a gun rack in the back window with two or three different long guns proudly displayed on it. A rifle or two and a shotgun were not at all uncommon to see inside vehicle windows, but that definitely is now quite rare. While not illegal, people are more conscious of concealing their firearms in vehicles due to theft and urbanization (people aren't as used to seeing firearms in plain sight these days). That said, just because you can't see them doesn't mean...
  • The Ideal Conceal IC380 Cell Phone Pistol

    09/05/2019 7:59:22 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 39 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/5/2019 | F Jardim
    The Best Gun is the One you Have with You - What would you think of a gun that you could carry in plain sight, was easily accessible in your back pocket or a belt holster, and wouldnt attract the slightest attention? Nobody would look twice at it, even if you were in a T-shirt, with no jacket, and they were standing right next to you in the supermarket check-out line, or even if you were wearing only shorts and sneakers playing Frisbee at the park. This invisible gun could save your life in a desperate situation, when its appearance...
  • [Flashback] A Warning to the Gun Owners of the World (10 min video)

    09/04/2019 5:07:04 PM PDT · by Boomer · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/12/2012 | Video
    This is how England and Australia lost their freedom. This is what the dems/gun-grabbers have planned for America. Only by staying united and vocal can we hope to defeat them (again).