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Beretta: A History of the World’s Oldest Firearm Company

The Val Trompia valley district in Italy, including the city of Gardone, runs through the Columbine Mountains which is a source of high-grade iron ore. During the Middle Ages it was the center of iron working and, in the beginning of the Renaissance Era it was known for its high quality gun making. Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta was a master gun barrel maker living in Gardone.

History of Accuracy International

Accuracy International was founded in 1978 by a Olympic medalist Malcom Cooper, MBE, along with Sarah Cooper, Martin Kay, and weapons designers Dave Walls and Dave Caig. Together they took their knowledge of long range rifle shooting and weapon design to create a suberbly accurate and rugged rifle suitable for both military use as well as long range target shooting.

Guest Post: Commander Zero on Preparedness, Spreadsheets and PTR-91 Magazines

Preparedness is all well and good, but without a bit of accounting it can be difficult to know what you have, where you have it, and how old it is. Commander Zero talks about the use of spreadsheets for tracking his inventory of foodstuffs and other preparedness items. Later in this article he discusses the PTR-91 as a main battle rifle (MBR) and the current availability of low cost magazines.

March Photo Contest

Congratulations to JJ, winner of our March photo contest.

He writes about the photo saying “The only details I can really give you about the photo is that it was a photo taken in 2006 out of Fallujah, Iraq and that it was in support of Coalition Forces. The gentleman you see next to me is my spotter and the cameraman was our third team mate. I hope you and your readers enjoy the photo.” The rifle appears to be a Barret .50 BMG M107 or M82 variant.

Click the photo above to view a full size version.

S&W Extreme Ops Knife

Knife Anatomy 101: Blade Types

Knives come in all shapes in sizes. Each description of the blade type actually refers to a specific shape design. Here’s a quick visual guide to the various types and styles of a few of the most common folding knife blades.

Water Purification

The EPA reports that 90% of the world’s fresh water supply is contaminated. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of all travel diseases are caused from contaminated water. Tap water, surface water (surface water is any standing or flowing body of water.), ice cubes and even bottled water can all harbor unsafe bacteria, viruses, protozoans and agricultural chemicals. By consuming even the smallest drop of contaminated water, you can get Hepatitis A, E-coli, salmonella, cholera and many other diseases and sicknesses. Most water contaminates come from human and animal waste. They are spread by rain and run-off in surface water.

Tactical Flashlights

Initially developed for the military and law enforcement agencies, tactical flashlights are now available for just about anyone. Tactical flashlights are a category of flashlights designed specifically for high intensity light output in a very small hand-held or weapon-mounted platform. They have a much higher light output than standard flashlights so that they can temporarily blind the target and obscure anything behind the light, making the operator much more difficult to see. Older conventional flashlights with two D-cell batteries and a standard bulb emit only about 15 to 25 lumens. Tactical flashlights emit anywhere from 60 lumens to more than 200 lumens.

How to buy and register a handgun in the District of Columbia: a survival guide

It’s been nearly two years since the US Supreme Court ruled on the Heller case regarding Washington DC laws regulating firearm ownership. Since that time, it has been legal to purchase and own a handgun within the federal district, though the process for obtaining a firearm legally is long and arduous when compared to other state procedures. DC Libertarian Examiner Kris Hammond has an article that details just what must be done to purchase and register a handgun inside the District of Columbia.

Western lawman Jeff Davis Milton's, Colt SAA Sheriff's Model

Shopping for and Inspecting Used Revolvers

So, I’m heading out to the local gun show Sunday, and I’m looking for some bargains on revolvers. I’m pretty picky when it comes to purchasing used handguns, and revolvers are no exception. Many people attend local gun shows looking to find a bargain. But how do you know that Smith & Wesson Model 60 laying on the table there is a great deal and not someone else’s problem they’re trying to unload on an unsuspecting buyer?