In case you missed them the first go-round, here are the top-ten most-read items in the Shooter’s Log for the last quarter:
The media portrays the lives of preppers and survivalists on our home televisions with regularity. They usually portray them as being a little off. Some of this is no doubt due to the behavior of the individuals, while the remainder is due to clever editing by the producers. While a portion of the media pushes the average American to think that preppers and survivalists exist on society’s fringes, the government and other parts of the media encourage all Americans to prepare their homes for a catastrophe.
The long-gone, unlamented Chauchat light machine gun of World War One was faulted for many design and manufacture defects. One complaint that had the greatest influence on the subsequent firearm design was the open-sided magazine — an awkward, flimsy mud-trap. Since then, open-sided magazines have been relegated to a few pistol designs. After WW2, even those largely disappeared.
Drum magazines have long had a bad reputation. “We found many Angolan and Cuban soldiers dead, with jammed RPK drums in their rifles” said a South African veteran. “PPSh drums had to be down-loaded by a few rounds, usually had to be fitted to individual submachine guns, and jammed more often than box magazines” wrote Soviet veterans of WW2. And yet drums persist in weapons large and small — have you ever wondered why?
In 2002, Hornady introduced the .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire, which we lovingly call the .17 HMR. Usually, rimfire cartridges that are not in .22 caliber do not sell well, but this one caught on like a wildfire. There has never been a hugely successful rimfire caliber smaller than .22, until now.
Today is Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July. It commemorates the creation of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Most Americans celebrate Independence Day by attending fireworks celebrations, parades, picnics, or barbecues. Some of us however, like to fire off a few rounds from our personal arsenals to celebrate our telling the Kingdom of Great Britain to hit the road.
Since the end of the Second World War, service rifles have changed drastically. The world’s most powerful militaries issue impressive firearms from a wide variety of manufacturers. If everyone showed up today to pick a fight, what would they bring to the arena? Some of the answers might surprise you.
In association with CheaperThanDirt!, the Gun Tests/GunReports.com video team recently did a range review of the Fulton Armory FAR-308 Phantom, a $1,910 retail unit before optional equipment is added. The gun’s basic weight is 9.65 pounds before the upgrades.
Lisa Bedford, aka The Survival Mom, is a preparedness-minded writer, blogger, trainer, and mom who encourages other women to adopt a calm and common-sense approach to an uncertain future. In her Survival Mom the Book, she asks an important tongue-in-cheek question that Cheaper Than Dirt! women may want to tackle: What Kind of Survival Mom Are You? Or, for spouses, What Kind of Survival Mom Is She? Commenters, have at it.
Here are some of the most-read items from recent editions of the CTD Chronicle and favorites in the Shooter’s Log:
Recent news about products, people, and politics:
Moss Pawn Jewelry and Guns in Jonesboro, Georgia has Created the Ultimate Mall Ninja Tactical Zombie Destroyer
Based off an M&P15, it features three lasers, three red-dot sights (set for 100, 200, and 300 yards), a magnifier, four flashlights, a massive muzzle brake, a folding bipod, and holds 270 rounds of ammo on board. Fully loaded, it clocks in at 23 pounds. Video:
Many people love the AR-15. If you are not one of them, then a large number of gun enthusiasts might tell you to go pound sand. The platform is versatile, deadly, readily available, and somewhat affordable. When shoppers first start looking at battle rifles, they tend to start at the bottom and eventually work their way up. Would be owners quickly realize that like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Entry-level ARs are often .223/5.56 semi-auto rifles with few to no options, and sometimes-shoddy construction. Guns that are more expensive offer rails with endless accessories, as well as different calibers. Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about the AR-15, they change it up. So is a high end AR chambered in a wildcat or alternative caliber a good idea?
According to the surveys I’ve read, the average distance for police sniper shots in the US is just under 60 yards, and median is closer to 35 yards. At 60 yards, even a ratty AK47 with surplus ball will produce a group not much greater than two inches. A two inch group means dispersion of only one inch from the point of aim at fifty yards. So why is everyone obsessing about sub-MOA accuracy in sniper rifles?
Recent news about products, people, and politics:
Daniel Defense Offers New Rail on DDM4 Rifles
The new DDM4 Rail standard on most Daniel Defense rifles only requires four installation bolts. The lower rail on this model is closer to the barrel. “The narrower profile lends itself to better weapon manipulation,” says the company. Front and Rear Sling Adaptors are integrated into both the left- and right-side rails. The DDM4 Rail measures 1.9 inches wide, stands 2.165 inches high, and has an inner diameter of 1.08 inches. Unlike other rail systems offered by Daniel Defense, the DDM4 Rail will only be offered as part of a complete rifle or upper receiver group and will not be available for individual sale.
Here are some of the most-read items from recent editions of the CTD Chronicle:
When talking with staunch anti-gunners, it’s worth inquiring whether they object to firearms or to weapons. Contrary to their initial impression, the two are not the same. This Anschutz target rifle is a firearm. While it can be used as a weapon, it’s designed for an entirely peaceful purpose. That didn’t stop California from temporarily banning Olympic .22Short pistols as “assualt weapons” because of the forward location of their 5-shot magazines.
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.