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Ryder 22 and Ammo

New SureFire Ryder 22A—The Best .22LR Suppressor Ever Built?

If you set out to build the best rimfire suppressor possible, regardless of the cost, you might just design the new SureFire Ryder 22-A. SureFire poured all of their research and development knowledge into this little gem. See, the problem with suppressing a .22LR is that the ammunition is so dirty. Lead and copper fouling get into the suppressor and create a gooey, mucky mix that reduces its effectiveness and can even make it difficult to attach and detach from the gun itself. The answer is to make the .22 suppressor easy for the owner to take apart, clean, and put back together. These user-serviceable suppressors are all the rage now, but they have always had other issues… until now!

Dummy Hurricane

5 Things You Didn’t Know About D-Day

D-Day was the largest amphibious assault in history. The movements of huge numbers of men, and the places where they fought to the death, are well known. Names such as George Taylor and Pointe du Hoc are etched forever in our nation’s memory. There are hundreds of thousands of individual stories surrounding the great invasion. Many are lost to history and many others are obscure. Here are a few interesting ones you may not have heard of.

Wounded

The Longest Day: A Timeline

We have assembled all of our June 6 Facebook posts to create a timeline of events for “The Longest Day.” D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in history. 155,000 American, British, and Canadian troops came ashore and faced thousands of well equipped and fanatical German defenders. The fate of the war in Europe hung in the balance.

Martin Lefty 300 BLK

Innovative Arms Proves High Quality Suppressors “Can” Be Affordable

I talked with many people in the suppressor industry at the 2012 Silencers Are Legal shoot. Large companies like AAC, GEMTECH, and SureFire sent teams of employees to the shoot. The owners of smaller companies showed up in person, sometimes with just one or two models to demonstrate. Of all the folks we met at the shoot, Phillip Woodell of Innovative Arms impressed me the most. He answered every question we asked about suppressor technology in a simple way that we could understand. However, it was clear that Phillip has a vast knowledge of sound engineering and metallurgy. We came away from our time with Innovative Arms firmly believing in his company and his products.

S&W 22a

.22 LR Competition Pistols: What to Buy, What Not to Buy

With ammo costs going up and availability going down, many shooters are turning to the good old .22 Long Rifle cartridge for affordable shooting fun. Rimfire competition shooting leagues are springing up across the country. New shooters are mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship. Experienced shooters are rediscovering that .22 LR competitions are a fun way to hone their skills to a fine edge. So, what should we look for in a competition .22 pistol?

Chris Kyle in Falluja

CTD Book Report: American Sniper by Chris Kyle

The war-hero biography does not lend itself well to truth telling. The easy path is to give the public what they want. If they will pay to see you in a certain way, why not go along with it? You can write the standard tell-all book about your all-American upbringing, your rigorous training, and your triumphs on the battlefield. You will stand tall as a patriotic, upstanding role model for your children and your children’s children.

Game face

I Brought an AK-47 to the Carbine Class…

Do you want put your firearm, your equipment, and yourself to the test? Do you want to know what works and what doesn’t work in tough conditions? Are you thinking of getting off the couch and taking a carbine class? I did.

Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma Governor Signs Open-Carry Into Law

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin just signed Senate Bill 1733 into law, making Oklahoma the 41st state to allow open carry. The bill passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives by an overwhelming 85-3 vote earlier this month. The bill then passed in the Senate by a vote of 33-10. It will become law on November 1, 2012.

Zombie Form 4

So How Do You Buy A Suppressor?

You’ve seen the press coverage of the Silencers Are Legal shoot. You’ve spent hours idly watching YouTube videos of people shooting cool guns quietly. Maybe you went to the shoot or you’ve had the privilege to fire a suppressed firearm belonging to someone else. You can’t wait to buy a can for your own favorite gun, but you’ve heard it is complicated. How does it work?

Angela Shoots AAC

First “Silencers Are Legal Shoot” Event Draws 3,000 Quiet Shooters

The first “Silencers Are Legal Shoot” event took place on April 28, 2012 at the Elm Fork Shooting Range in Dallas, Texas. Every major silencer manufacturer brought their latest products. Many smaller companies traveled from far and wide to show their wares. An estimated 3,000 shooters began arriving early in the morning. Participants saw the latest in sound suppressor technology, and were able to experience it by sending live rounds downrange all day long!

IRA Fighters

How to Survive a Kidnapping

Statistically, the chances of getting kidnapped are extremely small. However, there are certain factors that increase your risk of becoming a victim. Criminals who kidnap for ransom will focus on families with money or connections that can provide money. Many times they will kidnap employees if they know a company will pay to get their people back. In some cases, they will kidnap people to coerce their parents or spouses to do something specific in exchange for release. For example, the Irish Republican Army used to kidnap wives and require their husbands to leave a package in a certain place at a certain time. The package might contain arms and ammunition that another IRA operative would pick up. Or, it might contain a bomb to wreak destruction on a busy city street. If they caught bomb carrier, he would have no useful information about the IRA to share with police forces. If the explosion killed him, the IRA would not lose a valuable operative. Traveling abroad to Latin America or the Middle East brings an increased risk of kidnapping. Mexico City, with its population of 21 million people, is well-known as the world kidnapping capital. However, it may surprise you that Phoenix, Arizona takes the number two spot—right here in the USA. So what do you do if you find yourself being kidnapped?

Remington 760 rifle

NBC Sells Fear with Another Shot at Remington

In October 2010, CNBC broadcasted a report titled “Remington Under Fire” as a segment in their nightly news program. The segment alleged that the Remington 700 bolt-action rifle has a defective fire control group. Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn reported that Remington 700s could fire immediately when the bolt is closed, or discharge with the safety catch on. A series of videos by Remington responded to the allegations in the report, and debunked some of the claims CNBC made. Scott Cohn still won a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, for the “Remington Under Fire” story.

Stainless Beretta 92 with Crimson Trace and 20 round MecGar magazine.

In Defense of the Beretta 92

The Beretta 9mm is an American icon.

That’s right, I said it—An American icon. Officially adopted in 1985 and in general issue since 1990, the Beretta M9 pistol has served all branches of the US military with distinction for over 20 years now. Over that time, the Pentagon has funded several different programs to decide on a suitable replacement for it, but all have failed. In 2009, Beretta received a $220 million contract to deliver another 450,000 M9 pistols to our military through 2014. All other gunmakers went home disappointed, again. The big Beretta has gotten knocked around and disrespected for too long. It is time to set the record straight and give this pistol the recognition it deserves.

Illinois Supreme Court Justices

The Next Heller Case? Wilson v. Cook County Goes to Trial

Gun advocates in states that still have assault weapons bans have been wondering when some brave soul will sue to overturn those laws. Under the landmark DC vs. Heller case, the Second Amendment was interpreted as protecting an individual right to keep and bear arms in common use, subject to reasonable restrictions. Now, solo practitioner Victor Quilici and a small but dedicated legal team have a good test case in Illinois. The Illinois Supreme Court just ruled earlier this month that Wilson v. Cook County will go to trial.