Safety first

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Backpack armor.

A friend from a body armor company just wrote: “With the shooting that happened in FL, we are about 3-4 months backordered on some products right now.”

Since most of the armor for kids is used in the form of backpack inserts, doesn’t this put the decision by many school administrators to prohibit kids from wearing backpacks to school in a different light?

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New lightweight armor

During Tennessee summer, the surplus vest I have gives the option of either cooking in it or risking exposure to gunfire. It’s also getting long in the tooth, and there’s no good way of testing Dyneema for degradation over time. Finally, a second vest with ammo pouches is required over the top: donning both quickly is a challenge. I do have steel, both mainstream AR500 and thinner Premier…but steel is heavy and conducts heat and cold equally well. I don’t feel that my level of physical conditioning is up to using it for extended periods outside of home defense.

Level III (left) and much thinner IIIA (right)

DFNDR caught my attention by being the next step past Dyneema in strength. Such plates don’t require separate anti-spall layer, so they tend to be fairly thin.

These two plates, level III for the front, IIIA for the back, weigh 5.6lbs with the molle plate carrier. At this time, I am not sure if using lighter plate in the back is practical, considering that mag pouches also attach up front. The vest by itself seems comfortable enough to wear without having to make allowances for it, but I will report more detailed findings once I have time to use it more extensively.

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Another article in the newest Blue Press

Numerology of Gun Control on pages 36-37.

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Rifles as canaries in the coal mine.

Weapons are unique in the lineup of the items typically banned or regulated by governments. They are the only contraband that can be used to fight the enforcement of the ban on them. Neither a bottle of rum, nor a cigar, nor a bag of salt, nor any of the other things that governments control or ban are good for defeating a team of revenuers. Firearms and other weapons are, and that makes them the subject of special ire from those who wish to control others. Disarm the population, and all other items on their wish list fall into place.

In going after rifles, prohibitionists are more concerned about politically significant firepower than they are about crime. The authoritarians aren’t comfortable with constituents who don’t need state services, however unwanted those “services” may be. This is why shotguns with short effective range remained legal in many countries where rifles were banned from private ownership.

Those of us who hope to hide behind legal definitions, such as the items above being nominally pistols…that’s not how the other side plays this. One, there’s nothing to stop states from re-defining a pistol as a banned rifle. For example, until 2014 Ohio defined any firearm holding 31 or more cartridges as a “machine gun” (“Automatic firearm” also means any semi-automatic firearm designed or specially adapted to fire more than thirty-one cartridges without reloading, other than a firearm chambering only .22 caliber short, long, or long-rifle cartridges.”) Words mean what politicians and their enforcers want them to mean. Further, the various prohibitions simply cover appearance (pistol grip or thumbhole stock), performance (such as muzzle velocity), specific calibers (the way California bans 50BMG), specific actions (ATF banned open bolt semi-autos by an administrative ruling) and, the most encompassing of all, by the political affiliation, sex, age, economic status, medical condition, country of origin or some other attribute of the potential owner. Combined, these bans get the other side their dream of dominance.

Our best hope of stopping this without bloodshed is winning the hearts and minds of our generation and of the next one. Some states and many foreign countries prohibit teaching kids to shoot. Their aim isn’t the achievement of public safety but rather the denial of education and freedom.

What have you done to preserve your own rights lately?


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Reducing ricochets from BBs: new on AllOutdoor

Dust Devil BBs

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A blue watch face.

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Paper products at SHOT 2018: new on AllOutdoor

Coloring books and high-visibility targets.

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Two articles in March ’18 Blue Press

My reviews of M+M 10x and Keltec RDB-S are up in Dillon Blue Press.

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Six new posts on AllOutdoor

Six news posts from SHOT show 2018.

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Lost necklace

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One of my favorite recent portraits

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This year at SHOT show, I finally got to spend time with Sammy the actor.

He punched a 500 yard target on the first shot using BDC reticle of the new PA 1-6x FFP scope. Having tried it, I can see how that optic made hits a lot easier to make.

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Three new articles on AllOutdoor

Sig P320 pellet gun

MGI Hydra switch-barrel system.

Wolf Optics UM8-2 monocular

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Texture library updated.

More textures.

Even more textures.

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Keltec RDB-S: new on AllOutdoor

What that rifle is, really.

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More factual arguments for RDB-S carbine

It’s lightweight and can be controlled with one hand.

Collapsed, it can be comfortably fired by a 5 foot tall shooter.

The strong hand grip is right around the boreline, so it’s easy to point accurately.

It’s about the same length as MP5K PDW submachine gun, while much more powerful, accurate and slightly lighter. It’s also completely ambidextrous. Recoil impulse is similar to the 9mm MP5.

A user who might prefer a pistol grip configuration can swap furniture in a minute, it’s all cross compatible. The main down sides are also functions of the design:

  • Checking of the chamber status is slower than on a conventional rifle.
  • Downward ejection can be a problem if shooting sitting in shorts or prone with short sleeves. A clip-on brass catcher fixes that.

The pluses are more numerous:

  • Empty casings don’t end up in the faces of people next to the shooter, or bounce off barricade or wall into the shooter’s face or arms.
  • Five pounds is easier to carry or hold up than six to seven pounds typical of competing designs. You can have an RDB-S with a red dot, a sound suppressor and a full magazine for what a bare-bones Sig 556 weighs.
  • Felt recoil is more like 22WMR than 5.56.
  • Gas system can be tuned to work with any load, and also for sound suppressors. Minimal gas blowback.
  • Very slim form, especially with a flush-fitting 10-round magazine.
  • 16.1″ barrel compared to 8″ of a similar length AR15.
  • Variable length of pull with adjustable stock, uncommon for bullpups.
  • Folding iron sights of good quality.
  • Very high grip keeps the rifle from rolling even if a relatively heavy optic is mounted. Also keeps muzzle from flipping up on firing.
  • Simple, easy to maintain design. If you look at the parts diagram in the instruction manual, you will see that most of the parts by numbers are screws and nuts, while the actual mechanism is very simple.
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Somebody’s Christmas Present

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YHM8030 pistol: new won Tactical Life

My photos with Jay’s article.

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