Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kalashnikov USA to Open American Factory in 2015


If you remember back to March 2014, Øbama signed Executive Order 13661 which banned Russian gun maker Kalashnikov from being able to import AK-47's and other Kalashnikov weapons such as the Saiga shotguns into the USA as a sanction against Russia's involvement in the Ukraine.

Well...here's some good news for you AK fans:
Kalashnikov enthusiasts, rejoice. The official importer of Russian-made AKs, RWC Group, announced at SHOT Show today that they would be opening an AK factory in the United States later this year.
 

The new US manufacturer is called Kalashnikov USA. Jim Kelly, production manager with Kalashnikov USA, said that at least three states are currently in the running for hosting the company’s production facilities.
 

Kelly said that after choosing a host state they hope to have production lines up and running shortly, and ideally the first Kalashnikov USA guns will be available in the second quarter of 2015.
 

According to Kelly, Kalashnikov USA plans to manufacture roughly “80 percent” of the firearms currently produced by the factory in Russia. That could include shotguns, conventional rifles, and even, according to AK Operators Union, a 9x19mm carbine.

(read more here from the Outdoor Hub)
Take that Øbama!

Resist!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Next Step in ATF Pistol Arm Brace Decision: Declaratory Relief

The other day, the Sig Brace was deemed to be illegal by the ATF if used in a manner that it was not designed for...shouldering the AR pistol.
On Friday, just before the end of the work day, the ATF released a bombshell of a declaration. In their opinion the previous letters claiming SB Tactical’s stabilizing arm brace is perfectly legal were actually completely wrong, and they decided to completely reverse their decision and make the misuse of the item illegal. It’s a landmark change, since this concept (that the use of an object determines what it is rather than its intrinsic qualities) has never been applied to firearms ever in the history of the world. It would seem to some like this is the end of the line barring some legal challenge after an arrest, but there is one last card up SB Tactical’s sleeve: Declaratory Relief.
(read it all here)
Basically, if I understand correctly, the ATF's wording makes a pistol a SBR if shouldered to fire because the pistol was not designed to be fired from the shoulder. Using their logic, firing a rifle one handed would make it a pistol.

And by the same ATF logic, firing a pistol with 2 hands would make that pistol, well, I don't know...as a pistol is meant (by ATF logic) to be fired with one hand.


Let's hope a judge can see through this malarkey and make the proper decision.

The fight isn't over yet.

Friday, January 16, 2015

ATF Ruling on Sig Braces Makes Them Illegal to Shoulder Fire


 Well, people couldn't leave well enough alone and kept sending letters to the BATF to confirm whether or not it was legal to shoulder the Sig Brace. Now they got their answer.

Below is the letter ruling on the matter from F-Troop.
OPEN LETTER ON THE REDESIGN OF “STABILIZING BRACES”

The Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received inquiries from the public concerning the proper use of devices recently marketed as “stabilizing braces.” These devices are described as “a shooter’s aid that is designed to improve the single-handed shooting performance of buffer tube equipped pistols.” The device claims to enhance accuracy and reduce felt recoil when using an AR-style pistol.
 
These items are intended to improve accuracy by using the operator’s forearm to provide stable support for the AR-type pistol. ATF has previously determined that attaching the brace to a firearm does not alter the classification of the firearm or subject the firearm to National Firearms Act (NFA) control. However, this classification is based upon the use of the device as designed. When the device is redesigned for use as a shoulder stock on a handgun with a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length, the firearm is properly classified as a firearm under the NFA.
 
The NFA, 26 USCS § 5845, defines “firearm,” in relevant part, as “a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length” and “a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length.” That section defines both “rifle” and “shotgun” as “a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder….” (Emphasis added).
 
Pursuant to the plain language of the statute, ATF and its predecessor agency have long held that a pistol with a barrel less than 16 inches in length and an attached shoulder stock is a NFA “firearm.” For example, inRevenue Ruling 61-45, Luger and Mauser pistols “having a barrel of less than 16 inches in length with an attachable shoulder stock affixed” were each classified as a “short barrel rifle…within the purview of the National Firearms Act.”
 
In classifying the originally submitted design, ATF considered the objective design of the item as well as the stated purpose of the item. In submitting this device for classification, the designer noted that

The intent of the buffer tube forearm brace is to facilitate one handed firing of the AR15 pistol for those with limited strength or mobility due to a handicap. It also performs the function of sufficiently padding the buffer tube in order to reduce bruising to the forearm while firing with one hand. Sliding and securing the brace onto ones forearm and latching the Velcro straps, distributes the weight of the weapon evenly and assures a snug fit. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to dangerously “muscle” this large pistol during the one handed aiming process, and recoil is dispersed significantly, resulting in more accurate shooting without compromising safety or comfort.
 
In the classification letter of November 26, 2012, ATF noted that a “shooter would insert his or her forearm into the device while gripping the pistol’s handgrip-then tighten the Velcro straps for additional support and retention. Thus configured, the device provides the shooter with additional support of a firearm while it is still held and operated with one hand.” When strapped to the wrist and used as designed, it is clear the device does not allow the firearm to be fired from the shoulder. Therefore, ATF concluded that, pursuant to the information provided, “the device is not designed or intended to fire a weapon from the shoulder.” In making the classification ATF determined that the objective design characteristics of the stabilizing brace supported the stated intent.

ATF hereby confirms that if used as designed—to assist shooters in stabilizing a handgun while shooting with a single hand—the device is not considered a shoulder stock and therefore may be attached to a handgun without making a NFA firearm. However, ATF has received numerous inquiries regarding alternate uses for this device, including use as a shoulder stock. Because the NFA defines both rifle and shotgun to include any “weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder,” any person who redesigns a stabilizing brace for use as a shoulder stock makes a NFA firearm when attached to a pistol with a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a handgun with a smooth bore under 18 inches in length.

The GCA does not define the term “redesign” and therefore ATF applies the common meaning. “Redesign” is defined as “to alter the appearance or function of.” See e.g. Webster’s II New College Dictionary, Third Ed. (2005). This is not a novel interpretation. For example ATF has previously advised that an individual possesses a destructive device when possessing anti-personnel ammunition with an otherwise unregulated 37/38mm flare launcher. See ATF Ruling 95-3. Further, ATF has advised that even use of an unregulated flare and flare launcher as a weapon results in the making of a NFA weapon. Similarly, ATF has advised that, although otherwise unregulated, the use of certain nail guns as weapons may result in classification as an “any other weapon.”

The pistol stabilizing brace was neither “designed” nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a “redesign” of the device because a possessor has changed the very function of the item. Any individual letters stating otherwise are contrary to the plain language of the NFA, misapply Federal law, and are hereby revoked.

Any person who intends to use a handgun stabilizing brace as a shoulder stock on a pistol (having a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a smooth bore firearm with a barrel under 18 inches in length) must first file an ATF Form 1 and pay the applicable tax because the resulting firearm will be subject to all provisions of the NFA.

If you have any questions about the issues addressed in this letter, you may contact the Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division at fire_tech@atf.gov or by phone at (304) 616-4300.

Max M. Kingery
Acting Chief
Firearms Technology Criminal Branch
Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division

In my opinion, this is unenforceable, unless there are ATF agents hiding in the bushes waiting to pounce on unsuspecting shooters using the Sig Brace as a substitute shoulder stock.

I need to get one now.

Resist.

Monday, January 12, 2015

NYPD Tells Cops To Generate More Revenue Or No Vacations


Road pirates and revenue generators for the city. That's what the main duty of the police has been for quite some time now. For proof of this, let's see what the NYPD is forcing it's officers to do according to the NY Post:
Throughout the city, precincts are being ordered to hand up to borough commanders “activity sheets” indicating the number of arrests and summonses per shift, sources told The Post.
 

“Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses,” one union source said.
 

“This is the same practice that caused officers to be labeled racist and abusers of power.”
 

In at least one precinct, the brass backlash — which comes in the wake of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton ordering cops back on the job after The Post reported a 90 percent drop in ticket writing — is downright ­draconian.
 

“Everyone here is under orders — no time off” during the summons catch-up blitz, said one cop at the 105th Precinct in Queens.
 

“And the majority of [new] summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way.
 

“But now they’re realizing how much revenue the city is losing and they’re enforcing their will upon us,” he said.
 To Serve (the city coffers) and Protect (income revenue stream).



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas


I hope you all have a wonderful day, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. As this year winds down, it's nice to reflect on the good things and enjoy time with your family and friends.

I must apologize for the lack of postings lately. I've had to take on a 2nd job and some freelance work. 6-4 hrs of daily sleep has taken its toll and I've been too exhausted. I'm not complaining, though. The extra money has ensured my family still has a roof over their heads and food to eat.

I'll be posting more as time frees up.

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Former Sheriff Mark Kessler Admits To Being An Agent Provocateur


Yesterday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” former police chief Mark Kessler admitted to working for "an agency" to catch domestic terrorists.
COLMES: Were you working for the federal government?
KESSLER: Yes, I can’t say what agency.

More here.

Be careful who you trust.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Selco: The Cost of Violence


If you survive the violence, can you survive the mental aftermath? There's always a price.
For all this that I wrote here, people have name, they label it with words PTSD. But real point is that once violence enters your life, once it becomes part of you, you belong to that violence. To the rest of the life. In the famous US series Dexter he calls this “his dark passenger” and this dark side will stay with you.
 

Nothing romantic about it. And every time when I see on TV or wherever some anniversaries of military events, and when I see those guys under the banners and old flags, no matter what country and what war they have same expression on their face.

(read it all here)
h/t WRSA
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mosby: The Reluctant Partisan, Volume Two: The Underground


News on Mosby's new book.

Volume One of The Reluctant Partisan focused on the rural guerrilla skills needed to establish security for retreat locations and rural communities. Volume Two follows the doctrinal construction of an insurgency by covering the underground.
 

This volume focuses on urban skills needed for surviving the continuing collapse of the socio-economic and political/legal order in our world. According to the US Census Bureau, over 80% of Americans live in areas defined as “urban.” The rest of us have to go to town at least occasionally, to buy groceries (and take the wife to a movie!).
 

Absent an epic, immediate event, such as an EMP event, or sudden nuclear exchange with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), it is unreasonable and unrealistic to expect a) everyone to move to the country, giving up high-paying jobs for subsistence wages in the boondocks, and b) to quit going into town for groceries and other needs and desires.

With the events occurring in Ferguson, MO and other urban areas, the importance of community defense organizations that allow people to rely on themselves and each other for survival are all too obvious. Whether you’re fighting cannibalistic San Franciscan rioters in order to get home from work, or trying to escape the urban madhouse, from direct-action defense to intelligence collection and assessment; from building resilient, cellular networks of trusted associates, to developing an autonomous economy within—and outside of—those networks, to communications concepts and other tradecraft, Volume Two of The Reluctant Partisan picks up where Volume One left off, and keeps swinging from the floor.

Read more here to learn about what this book will contain, what improvements have been made in the physical book over Volume 1, and how to pre-order the e-book.