South Dakota: Important Self-Defense Legislation Scheduled for a Hearing in Senate Committee

Tomorrow, the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider important self-defense legislation, Senate Bill 87.

Bootleg Inc Introduces New Products for 2018 at SHOT Show

Bootleg Incorporated is excited to announce the new additions to the 2018 product lists.

Bootleg Inc. started as a sister company to Primary Weapon Systems in 2015. Unlike the PWS long stroke piston design, Bootleg inc. focuses on the Direct Impingement (DI) systems and developing products that cater to the individual user. The main products over the pas years have been the introduction of PicMod™ technology and the Adjustable Suppressed Carrier. This year we are excited to announce changes to our product line to allow more versatility.

NEW!! Bootleg Inc. PicLok™Handguard
Bootleg Inc. is now offering our Handguards in a new PicLok™ design. The rails come integrated with the MLOK accessory attachments, but at the front of the rail they will contain both picatinny and MLok. This allows the end user to use multiple accessory attachments and allows you to be able to continue using your favorite attachment methods. The PicLok™ design will be available in 7”, 9.2”, 13.4”, and 15” lengths, and will continue to be mounted with Bravo Companies KMR Mounting Hardware.

NEW!! Bootleg Inc. Full Auto Rated Adjustable Bolt Carrier Group
Bootleg Inc. has also made changes to one of its flagship products. The Adjustable Bolt Carrier is getting a huge upgrade! The Adjustable Bolt Carrier is now Full Auto Rated, and we will be shipping this as a complete carrier group. No need to worry about purchasing a bolt completion kit, because the new carrier will ship 100% ready to rock. The carrier will also have forward assist serrations for use with compatible upper receivers. The adjustable BCG will come with the standard 4 setting gas adjustment to tailor to your individual needs; so whether suppressed or unsuppressed this new upgraded carrier will fit perfectly into your collection.

If you have any questions you can visit Bootleg Inc. at, or contact bootleg by emailing If you would rather reach a person you can Call/Text 208-914-3300.

Utah: 2018 Legislative Session Convenes

Today, the Utah Legislature began its 2018 Legislative Session.

Fortis Mfg Introduces the LICENSE Lower Receiver

Fortis Manufacturing is pleased to announce our new lower receiver – utilizing the aesthetics and features found commonly in our accessories – embodies all that is Fortis. At Fortis, our aim is to provide “Operator” needed strength with exceptional design and aesthetics at an affordable price. Fortis Manufacturing, Inc. (FMI), utilizes only the highest quality materials available and machining that is second to none. We intentionally waited to release our lower receiver. When the masses were releasing products that all looked similar, we were busy designing, testing, evaluating and then repeating the process until we got it just right. Truth, liberty, & justice for all isn’t just our Pledge of Allegiance, but it’s our LICENSE and civic duty to uphold all that’s great about our country. The freedom to do so and the license of liberty. Introducing the Fortis License™ Lower Receiver. Made from 7075 T6 billet aluminum. We offer the things that you need and eliminated the fluff that you don’t. The License™ is the base and foundation for any great build so give us a try, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

One Piece Billet Design
Will be offered in both 6061/7075 as well as standard and ambi
Flared magwell with serrations for added grip
Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodized
Raised embossed logo on one side, raised F’N shield on the other
Markings for 45° safety lever
Oversized trigger guard
Receiver tension screw
Made in the USA!

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**Offered stand alone or as a Matched Set with our new redesigned upper receiver

**Photos are just renditions as we’ve already made some changes to the design. Will release March/April 2018, but will be offering an introductory price for the first batch. Click on the button to be notified.

DC political comedian robbed at gunpoint changes stance on guns

Tim Young was heading to one of D.C.’s newest hotspots—The Wharf—when his life changed. He was walking down a well-lit section of M Street at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when two men approached him—one of them had a gun.

California ramps up gun confiscations

In 2006, California became the first state in the nation to create a database that cross-references firearms purchasers against a list of people convicted of crimes, or who are subject to mental health judgments or domestic violence restraining orders that prohibit them from possessing guns.

Delaware: State officials respond to court ruling with partial gun ban in parks

State officials have written a new version of a gun ban in state parks and forests following a recent state Supreme Court decision declaring a full ban unconstitutional.

Delaware: State officials respond to court ruling with partial gun ban in parks

State officials have written a new version of a gun ban in state parks and forests following a recent state Supreme Court decision declaring a full ban unconstitutional.

The 5 Most Popular Martial Arts Disciplines

The history of martial arts stretches back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, where the first record of simulated fighting can be found. Since that time, many societies have practiced various forms of hand-to-hand combat, with Asia being particularly well known as a center for the martial arts most commonly practiced today.

Martial arts are used to develop self-defense techniques, confidence, and physical fitness and practitioners range from the very young to the young at heart. Here are the most popular forms practiced the world over.

1. Judo

Judo can be traced back to the 1880s in Japan. It’s a discipline that focuses not on brute strength, but on using an opponent’s weakness to advantage. The principles of Judo guide the practitioner to utilize efficient movements and to evade the blows from a larger opponent to throw them off balance.

Judo is based not on strikes, but on grappling and throws, making it a martial art that practitioners of all sizes and strengths find appealing. It’s a popular technique for self-defense and discipline and is taught to many youths looking for a style that deemphasizes aggression. Judo has gained so much popularity that it is now an official Olympic sport.

2. Jujitsu

Jujitsu, also from Japan, was the forerunner of judo and came about as a means to fight back against armed samurai during the feudal era. Since strikes against an armored opponent weren’t fruitful, jujitsu emphasized moves to neutralize even a heavily armed aggressor including pinning and throws.

Jujitsu roughly translates to “soft art” and is generally practiced without weapons, focusing on grappling instead. Some schools do teach the use of short weapons but grappling is the primary skill taught. Jujitsu emphasizes using an opponent’s force to the jujutsuka’s advantage instead of attempting overwhelm it with an even greater show of force.

3. Muay Thai

Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, originated in the 18th century as a style of hand-to-hand combat during battles between the kingdoms of Burma and Siam. The famous fighter Nai Khanontom was taken captive during a battle and so impressed his Burmese captors with his fighting abilities that he was allowed to go free and return to Siam. His style of fighting became known as Burmese-Style boxing and then later Muay Thai.

It’s known as the “Art of Eight Limbs” and utilizes feet, elbows, knees, and shins for full-contact fighting, making use of nearly available points of contact. Focusing on strikes makes for a more aggressive style of fighting which has gained popularity around the world, with highly viewed matches. Muay Thai depends heavily on conditioning exercises such as cortical remodeling, in which fighters train by repeated striking the shin against a heavy bag to condition and harden the bone itself.

4. Capoeira

Capoeira is a very fluid style of fighting from Brazil, originating as a defense against colonial authorities that was so effective that it was outlawed at some points. Mixing elements of dance into the movements, capoeira has highly complex moves that can prove highly effective even against multiple opponents.

A move called the ginga is a cornerstone of the style, consisting of a continuous rocking motion, keeping the fighter constantly moving and the opponent unsure of the next move. Evasive movements make this a style that can be very nearly impossible to defend against, as the opponent is kept constantly guessing as to what the fighter will do next.

5. Karate

Dating back to the 1300s and with influences from China by way of Japan, karate is undoubtedly the most famous martial art and the most frequently referenced. Karate has been portrayed countless times in film and television, with its unique style having a strong visual appeal and drawing in fans from across the world.

Karate is less passive than other forms of martial arts, emphasizing striking first and gaining the advantage by being the first to take control of a match. While other martial arts place importance on defensive motions, karate’s strength comes from the ability to destabilize an opponent by throwing them off guard. Katas, or shapes, are sequences of movements that are taught to prepare for diverse scenarios and students strive over years of practice to perfect them.

Find the Martial Art That’s Right for You

If you’re interested in starting a martial art, consider what you’re looking to get out of it; are you interested in improving your strength and flexibility? Are you looking for a meditative way to relieve stress? Do you need more discipline and structure in your life?

Once you’ve decided on a specific martial art to pursue, you’ll want to stock up on the best martial arts supplies, find a local academy or dojo to sign up for classes, and start discovering the benefits of practicing martial arts.

Carl Turner is a personal trainer and freelance lifestyle writer from Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience, he has trained many clients and has helped them to reach their personal fitness goals. During his free time, he enjoys kayaking, hiking, and reading.

Pennsylvania: 2018 Legislative Session to Convene

Next week on January 22nd, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will begin the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will pick up where we left off last year in advocating legislation to strengthen firearm preemption and repealing the Sunday hunting ban.  It is important that gun owners and sportsmen across the Keystone State continue to stay actively involved in these issues throughout 2018 to ensure the passage of pro-gun reforms and the defeat of anti-gun measures targeting your right to keep and bear arms.