Category Archives: Weapons

Jack Lawson Interview on “Civil Defense Manual”

H/T to Matt Bracken on Gab.  Great Interview!!

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Go here and get your copies!  Yes, COPIES!  Two volumes, 930 pages. Best $100 you’ll spend!!


Apropos of Nothing Whatsoever….

Y’all got yerselves an ammo rationing plan worked out, right? You know, so you can intersperse live fire with dry fire while not putting a huge dent in your supply? As we know, shooting is a perishable skill, so while we do our dry fire, disassembly/reassembly drills, parts inspection, and other light maintenance, we need to work out a way where we get live fire in as well.

One way, with an AR, is to shoot a 22 adapter. Lots lets expensive, and it puts lead down range, albeit not a lot of lead, but still, it’s fun, and is a solid way to train noobs on marksmanship fundamentals….

So…I’ve Got a Little Disposable Income – Should I get Another Pistol or AR???

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Presuming you already have a functional pistol in a standard caliber, such as 9mm, .45ACP, .40 S&W, or 10mm, you should definitely NOT fall prey to marketing to get yet another pistol, for the following reasons:

You rarely, if ever, will leave your ‘new sidearm’ or rifle as it comes out of the box.  There’s tritium sites, better connectors, triggers, magazines, optics, etc.  You name it; upgrading your pistol or rifle will take every dime you have.  That’s fine in ‘normal’ times, but these are NOT normal times!! 

Your current stash of disposable income should, by necessity, be spent on the fuel for your current self defense weapons, meaning ‘ammo’ if you have less than 5K rounds per weapon, and then, items that will help economize your ammo expenditures, such as a good 22LR adapter for your AR’s, or dry fire tools, such as lasers, etc.

Let’s face it – it’s a LOT cheaper to shoot 200 rounds of 22LR at a 50 meter target with a 22 adapter in your AR than it is to shoot 50 rounds of 5.56NATO at a 200 meter target.  You’re practicing breathing, sight picture, sight alignment, trigger depression, and follow through; the shot is simply the aftermath of your practice when you’re on the practice range.  

When it comes to pistols/revolvers, same thing.  You may not have an adapter, but your dry fire will take care of training your eyes, hands, lungs, and the collaboration between them just as well as live fire.  

Use what funds you have on what will count most when it all becomes, ‘unobtanium.’  Remember, ‘cost’ is what you pay – ‘value’ is what you have.  Yup, ammo is through the roof expensive right now.  You’ll be glad you paid what you did today a month down the road, though.  I’d bet on it.

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UPDATE: DOJ Temporarily Reins in ATF on the Honey Badger AR Pistol Issue…

And if your not a member, consider joining as well.

Your letters, emails, texts, and phone calls worked…for now.  Please keep up the pressure.  The fight’s not nearly over.  Complete article at the link.
From the ‘Free Beacon’, here.


“The purpose of this suspension is to allow the United States Department of Justice to further review the applicability of the National Firearms Act to the manufacture and transfer of the model ‘Honey Badger Pistol’ firearm,” ATF chief counsel Joel Roessner said in a letter. The move gave the gun company and owners of such weapons—which have been legal since 2012—a 60-day reprieve.

Gun-rights activists have been pressing the White House to rein in the agency since the Boston order became public. The controversy emerged three months before Election Day and could alienate a key Republican ally in the 2020 election. The National Rifle Association, which has pledged to spend millions on President Donald Trump’s reelection, said the suspension does not go far enough.

“The ATF’s letter is a weak attempt to placate gun owners and does not resolve this issue,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter told the Washington Free Beacon. “The NRA will continue to fight to get a speedy and fair resolution from DOJ on this important matter.”

Some gun-rights activists are now threatening to sue the federal government if the proposed ban is not completely revoked. Adam Kraut, director of legal strategy at the Firearms Policy Coalition, accused “rogue elements” at the ATF of trying to implement an “anti-gun owner agenda.” He asked President Trump to fire or reassign the agents and lawyers involved in the cease-and-desist letter. 


CMMG AR15 .22LR Adapter Field Test Results

                                                                          CMMG 22LR Adapter in my AR

Sometime between this past January and April, when the lock down was getting into full swing, Brownells had the CMMG 22 Adapter with three 25 round magazines on sale for $174, down from $225 or so.  So I bit the bullet and bought it.  I really had held off on buying one for a LONG time, as I had some experience with the concept on active duty, as back in 80 and 81 there was a shortage of 5.56 rounds for any use other than, ‘the real thing’.  At the time, I was a combat instructor for the Air Force’s ‘Air Base Ground Defense’ school at Camp Bullis, Texas, and we probably went through 25 to 30K per month in 5.56 on the various live fire ranges with the students, and this didn’t take into account our own fam fire (USAF speak for, “I wanna go to the range and shoot…”).  Well, somebody came up with the 22 adapter for our M16’s and 203’s.  They weren’t very reliable, and the ammo they gave us  was really the worst we could get.  Problem with ours were that they wouldn’t extract all the time, and when that happened, as we couldn’t get into the chamber, the rifle was useless unless we could get the jammed 22 case out of the adapter chamber.  For whatever reason, they didn’t want us popping the rifle open, removing the adapter, and taking a section of cleaning rod and popping the casing out.  Article 15 offense if you were caught.  Anyway, they gave us long brass rods, probably 30 inches, and had us insert it into the muzzle, run it down the barrel, and push it out of the adapter chamber.  Another instructor had to hold the charging handle to the rear to open up the adapter so the case would come out.  Then you were back in business….till the next time.  It would happen a dozen times during the firing of  4K rounds or so.  PITA.  Well, I figured manufacturing QA had come a long way by now (40 years) and thought I’d take a gamble.

In this case, it worked out well.  I did a mini reliability test on the range yesterday and fired 4 mags of 15 rounds as fast as I could pull the trigger, hoping to replicate the problems of yesteryear.  Didn’t happen.  Worked flawlessly.  I did, however, oil the operating spring as suggested in the paperwork.  Seemed to make a difference.

Anyway, my only nit to pick so far is that it doesn’t have a bolt hold open feature unless you have a mag inserted, in which case the mag follower performs the function.  So, before I was loading a mag into the well, or after I had completed firing or the range safety officer called a cease fire, I had to stick a flag in the adapter, which is what you see in the pic above.

Accuracy:  I shot at 25 yards at a 3 inch ‘Shoot and C’ target pasted on an AQT silhouette.  I had the scope set at 100 yards for 5.56 and didn’t feel like adjusting down for the 22.  Lazy, I’m sure, but anyway, I knew it would shoot an inch and a half to 2 inches low at 25 yards, and that’s why you see two separate groups in the pick below.  I did shoot 10 rounds slow fire once I got the impact point down, and that’s where you see a really large hole in the upper target.  So, it’s pretty accurate, for a 22 adapter.  I would caution that I was using really good ammo, so you get what you pay for in the accuracy world.

If you’re looking to be able to live fire without diminishing your supply of 5.56, this is a good way to do it.  Also great for teaching your kids/grandkids/wives/girl friends/significant others how to shoot an AR without using up ‘real world’ ammo.

I’d like to hear in the comments your experiences with 22 adapters.


For Those Last Minute, “Here, Read This; it Might Save Your Life..” Recommendations

Especially for people in your AO who are (unbelievably) just now becoming conscious of what’s coming down the pike from now until after the election….basically, in varying degrees, for the foreseeable future, and really don’t have nearly the time needed to learn the ‘school’ method.

Author’s name is Don Paul; his books identify him as a retired Green Beret and Christian.  Not too shabby a combination, in my book!

I’ve read through his ‘Never Get Lost,’ and it’s a superb way to get someone up on how to navigate without learning the grid system, coordinates and relying on a map and only a compass, watch, pen/pencil, and paper to perform your calculations.  Maps do have their place, as do GPS devices, topographical maps, protractors, declination equations, and so forth.  In fact, while I have a couple USGI Lensatic Compasses, they’re relegated to back up for my back up, as I’ve changed over to a Suunto M-3 NH Global Compass and have a MC-2 Mirror Compass as a back up.  They’re faster for me as I set the declination for accuracy and speed in determining azimuths on the map.  No conversion necessary.  It also provides for more accuracy using Paul’s method, as he teaches a non-declination compass method, which works, but without the correct declination, you’re off your intended location by varying distances, which may or may not prove to be very important.

The next couple I’m going to read is, “Everybody’s Knife Bible,” where he teaches knife skills for use in a survival situation.  He covers a lot of standard subjects/tasks, like making beds, additional weapons, etc, but he also provides instruction on how to use your knife to tell time and cross rivers.  Might prove to be interesting.

I’ve got a couple other of his books coming to check out and put in the library, but if what I’ve read so far is any indication, the few bucks I’ve spent per book is well worth it.  Some are available on Amazon or eBay.

Check them out.


Why I REALLY Like the ACSS Reticle from Primary Arms…

There are quite a few reasons I like the Primary Arms offerings:  Quality, affordability, durability, eye relief, clarity, and so on.

BUT…..the foundational reason I really like these scopes (I have one on my ‘go to’ AR and one on my semi-precision .308 Savage) is the ACSS reticle.

These scopes are meant to be zero’d at 100 yards, and from there, the Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC) for your caliber let’s you shoot your target without making another scope adjustment.  Saves time, which is really important.

The first pic is on my 1X6 ACSS mounted on my, ‘Go To’ AR.

Now, do I believe I’ll make 800 yard shots with a 62gr m855?  No, but I may make 500 yard shots more times than not with this phenomenal scope from a prone and clear line of sight.  I also am very comfortable with the ‘CQB’ donut.  I also appreciate the 5 mph wind holds for both lateral directions.  And the measuring tool on the right is a great range finder presuming your human target is about 5′ 10″ tall.  Below is a great example of how you can range with it, even though the reticle is a ‘dot’ version, vice the chevron, which I prefer.

Then there’s the 4X14 FFP Illuminated on my humble semi-precision Savage Model 10.

I have no illusions about my .308, even with Berger rounds, being accurate enough OR having enough ‘oomph’ to stop someone/thing at 1000 yards.  If this scope was on a 300 Win?  You bet!

You can also determine range with this fine optic, but you’ll have to do the math, which isn’t so difficult, and if you’re a few hundred yards away and camouflaged, unless the target is sprinting, you’ll more than likely have time to do your calculation.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I’m really taken with these scopes.  I’ve been using them for about 3 years now, and I’m not dissatisfied in the least!

Do I still teach the 25 meter zero?  You bet.  It’s great for straight iron sight shooters, or for zeroing your BUIS.  Even a red dot, depending on the application.  But for optics at the price paid and the clear value, I can’t see not using these fine scopes.

*Disclaimer – I am simply a happy Primary Arms customer – I get nothing from this, or any other write I have done on their products.