H.R.1263

Details are slim on this one — so far just the title has been released. But that is scary enough…
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act any semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1263

Must-Have Tactical Gear For Hunters

When in the wild, it’s best that you prepare for the unexpected. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in an unwelcomed situation and realizing that you don’t have the tools necessary to get yourself out of the predicament. This is especially true for hunters, who spend a majority of their time in the woods. Below, we’ve detailed some of the must-have tactical gear for hunters. We believe that this gear is essential when building your hunting kit.

Vests

Some hunters may balk at the idea of wearing a tactical vest in the field, but many have made the switch lately and loved the results. First and foremost, the vests come with sewn-in pouches and pockets that allow you to access gear easily. For instance, keeping shotgun shells in a breast pocket could help ensure you complete your kill, especially when hunting erratic animals like turkeys and other birds.

Additionally, hunters can reconfigure the vest so that it best fits their needs. The vests are often Velcro, allowing you to attach pouches where you best see fit. The vests will enable you to keep vital equipment such as:

  • An extra pistol or knife
  • Hearing protection
  • Shooting glasses
  • Target tools
  • Gloves
  • Binoculars
  • Game calls

Furthermore, many of the vests available on the market today also serve as hydration packs. No longer will you need to worry about lugging a cooler to your blind. When wearing a tactical vest, you can fill the hydration pack with any liquid you’d like before you go.

Lastly, information from the International Hunter Education Association indicates that each year, roughly 1,000 people in the United States and Canada are accidentally shot while hunting. An additional study found that nearly a third of these injuries were severe. Even when practicing proper hunting techniques, accidents can still occur, primarily due because people are:

  • Unfamiliar with their equipment
  • Overexcited
  • Careless

Many of today’s best tactical vests are bullet-resistant and can help reduce your chance of injury. Making the switch to a tactical vest when hunting will not only put many resources at your disposal easily, but it could also help keep you safe were an accident to occur.

Backpacks

If a vest isn’t for you, but you’d still like to stay organized while carrying a large amount of gear, you should check out tactical backpacks. Manufacturers design tactical bags to withstand the toughest of conditions. Packs are available in a variety of sizes, although even the smallest packs provide ample storage space that should allow you to go off the grid for at least a couple of days.

Today’s best tactical bags feature self-healing YKK zippers, which prove durable for years. They also allow you to zip and unzip your pack quickly while on the go. Furthermore, the packs feature waterproof nylon, suitable for the roughest of conditions. Manufacturers also design these packs to hold small weapons safely.

Lastly, manufacturers design these packs to carry heavy loads. Many of today’s best packs feature ergonomic support that allocates your load proportionally and makes it easier and safer for you to carry your belongings. No matter if you’re going on a weekend hunting trip or merely making a short walk to your blind, your back will thank you.

Knives

Even if a rifle or shotgun is your primary weapon of choice while hunting, it’s essential that you carry a high-quality knife with you at all times. Many of today’s best tactical knives are foldable, making it easy to carry in a pocket and access quickly. This sets them apart from traditional hunting knives, which do not fold and are awkward to carry. Tactical knives are significantly stronger than your average folding knife.

Furthermore, carrying a tactical knife can reduce your load. Many tactical knives add multiple tools that could be necessary when in the wild. For instance, some tactical knives also feature:

  • LED flashlights
  • Fire starters
  • Liner locks

Not only do the knives feature both curved and straight edges to help you undress your most recent kill, but they also have serrated edges that can help you cut rope or branches. Tactical knives are also built to withstand the toughest of conditions, many of them featuring stainless steel blades that are corrosion-resistant.

In summary, a tactical knife can do everything that a hunting knife can do, and then some. You’ll find that you can lighten your load by reducing the tools that you must carry with you. Additionally, a tactical knife is much more accessible than a hunting knife. Because tactical knives fold, you can quickly put them in a vest pouch or clip them to your belt and still run, jump, and chase prey with ease.

Flashlights

Even if you plan on hunting during the day, you’ll want to bring a high-quality flashlight with you. There’s a good chance that you’ll go to your blind in the early hours of the morning and could use a tool to help you see. Furthermore, were you ever to find yourself in a survival situation when in the wilderness, a flashlight will be one of the tools that you rely on most frequently.

Fortunately, the best tactical flashlights are lightweight and easy to store in a vest or backpack pocket. For instance, some flashlights are no longer than five inches and weigh less than four ounces. However, they provide a brightness up to 400 lumens, shining up to 800 feet. This could also help keep you safe from other hunters as well, alerting them to your presence. Many tactical flashlights also come with strobe settings that could help in case of an emergency.

Update Your Gear Today

No matter if you’re just getting started hunting or have been doing so for years, it’s critical that you routinely update your equipment. Choosing tactical gear, such as the four options listed above, could revolutionize your experience in the field.

At Orion Tactical, our team is comprised of survival experts who have years of experience in the field. We seek to share our knowledge and expertise with our readers, providing them with the information and products necessary to survive any tactical situation. We invite you to check out the News Section of our site to learn more about what we offer our readers and check out our latest product offerings.

RSR, Radical Firearms And Maxim Defense Announce Collaboration

Radical Firearms and Maxim Defense are announcing their collaboration to deliver exclusive weapon systems in pistol format to RSR.

“This is our first collaboration with Radical and were thrilled to be part of this exclusive build for RSR” said CJ Dugan Director of Military and LE Sales for Maxim Defense. “The Radical team is great, the collaboration and teamwork to get these weapons off and running has been groundbreaking!”

The initial weapons will be offered in the following formats and dealers can place orders directly from RSR today.

• Radical Pistol 308WIN, 12.5” M-Lock and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $1284.95
• Radical Pistol 5.56 NATO, 7.5” M-Lock FCR and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $750.95
• Radical Pistol 5.56 NATO, 7.5” M-Lock MHR and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $792.95
• Radical Pistol 300BLK, 10.5” M-Lock and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $750.95

“We’re excited about the opportunity to offer these exclusive systems for RSR.” Said Stanley Smith General Sales Manager at Radical Firearms. “Being able to couple the unmatched precision and quality of Radical’s firearms with the duty-built Maxim CQB Pistol Brace offers enthusiasts one of a kind builds that won’t disappoint”. Dealers can order directly from RSR and expect products to ship quickly.

About Radical Firearms:
Radical Firearms is a Title II NFA Gun Manufacturer with a complete—and growing—lineup of pistols, rifles, shotguns, silencers, and machine guns. The company manufactures a line of custom-built AR-15s, AR-10s, bolt guns and silencers in-house. Radical is a true manufacturer, not an assembly shop, with a fully tooled and operational gunsmithing facility. Radical Firearms is headquartered in Stafford, TX. To learn more, please visit http://www.radicalfirearms.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @radicalfirearms

Ugly And Proud

H&P Manufacturing produces a suppressor that is literally called the “Ugly Suppressor” and honestly, it really is. However, there is a lot of science that went into their design as can be noted by the different flow path that the hot gasses are forced to take. The basic idea that most suppressors function off of is to slow down and cool the hot gasses exiting the muzzle of a gun in order to slow their rapid expansion which leads to the “bang” that is heard. This suppressor design also allows the overall length of the gun to remain shorter than with a conventional suppressor.

Read the rest of the article: https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/hp-manufacturing-ugliest-suppressor-shot-show-2019/

Hmmm

Believe that serious firearms training is definitely needed, but don’t think that would be enough given the train of thought here…

AR-15 Range Prep

Words of wisdom from Jerry:

10 Advantages and Disadvantages of Hunting

Like every other endeavor, humans get involved in hunting as it has its own pros and cons. The thing is; hunting arguably has been a form of securing food for humans since the inception of man. People go hunting as a type of game, food, a source of leather, etc. People also hunt for status or cultural reasons, maybe as a rite of passage into teen-hood or adulthood. Hunting has provided several other values and challenges to man. Hence there are different schools of thought on the relevance or not of hunting today.

Some people argue that hunting is an honorable profession and valuable economic activity. Other persons think that hunting should be banned out-rightly maybe to help preserve animal life from extinction or painful death. Therefore, let’s explore some of these 10 pros and cons of hunting today:

10 Advantages and Disadvantages of Hunting

Advantages

  1. It provides a cheaper source of meat

In some clime, there are people who live on the meat they hunt. Those who depend on animal hunting might not be able to get food to eat without such activities. Hunting also avails such person’s access to their required daily ration of protein. In such locality, hunters could hunt for meat, feed on some and then sell off the remainder to purchase other items for food.

Besides people who get lost inside the wood depends on hunted animals as a source of food till relief comes.

  1. Hunting is a source of Revenue

Hunting creates multiple streams of income for individuals and the government. In those cultures where animal hunting occurs often, these animals serve as food. Their animal skin could be used as blankets and other clothing, or antlers tools.

Apart from the individuals, the government earns revenues from hunting activities. Would be hunters usually pay for a hunting license or specific hunting for instance.

  1. Helps manage wildlife population

Allowing the animal population to grow exponentially and unchecked could result in fatal situations. Animals eat up varied species of crops or destroy properties once close to the human residence or community. Also, animals sometimes cause vehicular accidents or attack the human population. Therefore, hunting serves as a means to balance the ecosystem by checkmating the animal population.

  1. It serves as a form of exercise

Hunting is a very engaging activity that involves the use of key parts of the body. To go on a successful hunting expedition one has to walk a long distance or mountain climb. One also has to sometimes climb trees, set up a shade or camp, might need to make a run, etc. Hunting can do great wonders for the hunter’s health.

  1. Hunting is guided by Regulation

In most cities, hunting cannot be carried out without a license. To obtain the license the individual must have undergone specific training to guide hunting practice. This training helps to ensure endangered species of animals cannot be hunted. It also ensures strict regulations, limitations for hunters such as not hunting outside the season, overhunting, where to hunt, etc. Hunting regulations also consider proximity to human populations, how to hunt, etc. Such regulations, therefore, make hunting safe and reduce the chances of accidents during hunting. Defaulters usually would face the wrath of the law when caught.

Disadvantages

  1. Could result in the extinction of particular species

There have been cases of overhunting of some animal kinds in the past resulting in those species going extinct or endangered. Overhunting can also result in an imbalance in the ecosystem. Several reports have confirmed that no less than 13 animals have become extinct due to overhunting in the past two centuries. Examples of endangered species of animals include the passenger pigeon, Tasmanian tiger, Quagga, etc.

  1. It can cause fatal accidents

Hunting has on some occasions resulted in accidents before. Hunting especially without sticking to the rules could lead to serious injuries or death to other humans. Carelessness during hunting can be dangerous to other members of a hunting team, passersby and even the hunter himself. And that’s the reason for security, education, and regulations to stem the tide of careless hunting.

  1. It is more of a sport and tradition

Hunting is a tradition passed down from one generation to the other. In some societies, you have generations of great hunters known to have captured some rare animal species. That becomes a motivation for continued hunting either as a competition (sports) or culture. However, earliest hunters hunted more for a source of meat and revenue source than anything else. But current hunters do so more for the trophy. This is one major reason animal rights activists frown at hunting. It appears to the right activist as a form of man’s inhumanity to animals, exposing them to a painful death. In actual fact, most meat consumption for society is not based on hunting but animal/ cattle rearing.

  1. It could be a costly venture

The whole process required before one becomes a full-fledged hunter might be a bit cost-prohibitive. First, the cost of acquiring the needed hunting gear, clothing, firearms or bows, etc. could be astronomical. Some of them require additional accessories as well such as a scope for a rifle. Also, to qualify for a hunting license might require some form of funding not less than $20. In some situations, hunters might be required to pay certain other fees to hunt a particular type of animal. All these and more add up to the overall cost of hunting which might be quite expensive for some.

  1. Cases of unethical issues

Poorly trained or careless hunters can complicate issues for others by their unethical practices. Some persons could go hunting for fun. Others carelessly kill and dispose of the carcass resulting in health implication for others. These unwholesome activities during hunting could also result in a legal tussle with animal rights activist.

Hunting definitely has its pros and cons represented in the various schools of thoughts for and against. But the central philosophy of any would be hunter should be preserving the animal population. With total adherence to animal hunting regulatory laws, one can better preserve the ecosystem. As much as traditional hunting practices and hunting for sports or gaming remains humans would forever live with the benefits and dangers of hunting. But we could better strike a balance by our actions always.


Brian Morgan works as a data analyst in a private farm. He is a hobby hunter who loves everything about hunting. Writing about hunting gears and experiences is one of the many things he does during his spare time.

Jerry Wins

Agree or disagree?

Steve Scalise On 2A

My name is Steve Scalise. I am the Congressman for Louisiana’s 1st District. I am the Republican Whip. I am also a target of gun violence.

Many of you may be familiar with the events of June 14, 2017. Around 7:00 AM, at the last morning practice before the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, an Illinois man named James Hodgkinson opened fire on myself and a group of Republican legislators and volunteers on an Alexandria, Va. baseball field.

Fortunately, as a member of House leadership, I was accompanied by my Capitol Police security detail who were able to return fire and engage the shooter until additional law enforcement officers arrived and ultimately took down the shooter. I was shot and nearly fatally wounded, and both of my detail agents were shot as well. I am alive today thanks to the bravery of U.S. Capitol Police and the Alexandria Police, heroes like Congressman Brad Wenstrup and the first responders who rushed to the scene, the incredible medical team at Washington MedStar Hospital Center, and most importantly the grace of God.

I applaud the intentions behind this hearing and believe we are all pursuing the same goal of reducing gun violence. As someone who experienced gun violence, I do not want anyone else to go through that trauma. However, it is also important to me that we be honest with ourselves and the American people about what will — or won’t — actually prevent these tragedies. The shooter who targeted me that morning was armed with an SKS rifle and a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, both of which were purchased in compliance with Illinois gun laws.

The new gun control restrictions currently being considered by the Democratic majority in H.R. 8 would not have prevented my shooting.

In fact, these new gun control measures being proposed in H.R. 8 would not have prevented any number of recent mass violence events. Several perpetrators of recent multi-victim shootings also purchased their guns legally. In some instances, the background check system failed, and lack of intervention from law enforcement failed to intercept potential threats.

I want to stress that the man who shot me was issued a permit to purchase firearms by the state of Illinois, and had acquired them legally. At Virginia Tech, Charleston, and Sutherland Springs failures in the background check system allowed individuals to illegally obtain the firearms they used to commit their crimes. The alleged loopholes that H.R. 8 claims to fix would not have prevented these tragedies either.

Instead, whether intentionally or not, the gun control proposals in H.R. 8 could turn law abiding citizens into criminals while also failing to achieve the stated purpose of reducing gun violence.

Read the rest of the article: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/rep-steve-scalise-democrats-dont-want-you-to-hear-what-i-have-to-say-about-guns-and-the-second-amendment

5 Things You Need To Know About Carrying A Concealed Carry While Hunting

It is important to bring a suitable firearm along when you hunt. You can choose between different types of firearms such as rifles, shotguns and handguns. However, we should not forget about getting a suitable self-defense handgun, which is often referred to as a concealed carry, to protect us while hunting.

A concealed carry is the practice of carrying a concealed firearm in public. We will be referring to handguns in this article. Concealed carries are used as a defensive firearm for protection.

Whether venturing into public hunting land or scouting at unfamiliar lands, you will want to make sure you are protected at all times, not just against wild animals but also dangerous people you could encounter. Defensive situations can happen anywhere at any time. If your state allows you to legally carry a handgun while hunting and you do not yet have one, what are you waiting for?

1. Getting a Concealed Carry Permit

A concealed carry permit is the first thing you should look into before you invest in a concealed carry. This is because each state has different requirements and statuses on its permission to hold a concealed carry. Different states also have different names to refer to concealed carry permits. For example, Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW), Concealed Carry License (CCL) and Concealed Handgun License (CHL).

Each state follows one of these 4 statuses for concealed carry permits: Shall Issue, May Issue, Constitutional Carry or Right Denied. “Shall Issue” status means that any resident of the state is allowed a concealed carry permit if they meet all the requirements. States like Alabama, Georgia and Michigan have this status. Majority of the states adopt “Shall Issue” status to both residents and non-residents. This means that non-residents are granted permits if they meet the requirements too.

May Issue” status means that it is up to the authority to decide whether they want to issue the permit to the person. In California, Virgin Islands and Delaware, authorities may only issue to residents. In the other states that have the “May Issue” status like New York and Hawaii, authorities may issue permits to non-residents as well.

There are three types of “Constitutional Carry” status. The first type is where the state will issue a permit to residents as long as they meet the requirements. However, the Constitutional Carry law allows residents to hold a concealed carry without having their permit. This status is followed by Alaska and West Virginia. The second type is the same as the first, but non-residents are included. States like Mississippi and Kansas adopt this status. The third type is where the state follows a Constitutional Carry law which allows residents to hold a concealed carry without having a permit. The state does not issue any permit to them. Vermont takes this status.

Right Denied” status is adopted by American Samoa and N. Mariana Islands. Unfortunately, citizens are not allowed to carry handguns under this status, so concealed carry permits are not issued in those states.

Apart from the four main statuses adopted by states, you will need to specifically find out about the requirements according to your state as they vary. For example, in Illinois, although it follows a “Shall Issue” status, permit holders are not allowed to possess firearms when hunting unless the firearm carried is legal for taking the species being hunted. This means that archery deer hunters will not be allowed to carry handguns when deer hunting.

2. Choose your Concealed Carry wisely

In choosing your concealed weapon, you should look for models that are good for everyday carry but practical for the woods. This means it will have to be durable, weather resistant and have a good trigger. Besides, you should check that your gun fits securely in the holster and stay close to you. It should also be capable of shooting out to a reasonable range. For example, about 25 yards or more.

Ease of carrying is important too since you will be having a lot of gear with you on the hunt, so you do not want a bulky and heavy concealed carry. If your hunting area may have wild bears, however, you may need a bigger and more powerful handgun. This is so that the bullet can penetrate through better which will grant you a good chance for survival. A revolver will be a good choice in that case.

A revolver is a handgun that has a revolving chamber which enables several shots to be fired without needing to reload. It is a good choice for concealed carry because it is reliable and easy to use. A snub-nosed revolver is the choice for some hunters because it comes in good size and is simple to use.

A more famous choice of concealed carry is the semi-automatic pistol. These pistols harness the energy of one shot to reload the chamber for the next shot. Some hunters choose semi-auto pistols because they are flatter and smaller, thus easier to carry.

3. Get a Retention Holster

With all the scouting, setting-up and more, hunting can involve much movement. Therefore, a type of retention device to keep your firearm secured is essential. The last thing you want is to be separated from your gun when you are on the move. Hence, it is important to get a good retention holster to hold your concealed carry in place.

There are two types of retention that holsters have, active and passive. Active retention requires a step to be performed while you draw your handgun from the holster to release it. For example, pressing down a lever. Passive retention only requires you to pull the gun from the holster to draw it out.

There are plenty of retention holsters in the market today. You can make your choice based on the different models, materials and features available. The paddle holster is popular for holding concealed carry. This is because of the convenience of simply clipping it onto your waistband to secure it. It is easy to conceal as well, as long as you are dressed for concealed carry. Some paddle holsters with active retention have a trigger guard that locks in the weapon until the user squeezes it to release.

Make sure to always secure your retention holster on the correct side. If you are right-handed, place it on the right side for easy access. You should also check that your holster position allows you to sit, stand and kneel comfortably so that it will not affect your hunt process.

You will also want to back up your ammunition on your support side. If you are ride-handed, place it on your left side and vice versa. Always make sure you have back-up ammunition for malfunctions and reloads.

4. Don’t forget your Gun Belt!

Gun belts are belts made specifically with the ability to hold a holster with a gun in place. You may wonder if a normal belt from a departmental store is good enough. Although normal belts may be cheaper, they have not enough structure and support to hold up your concealed carry. It will be flimsy and either hang towards the outside or press inwards against your body, both which will not feel very comfortable when you are wearing it.

Gun belts, on the other hand, are made in a way that allows them to carry heavier loads with more rigidity. The heavier your concealed carry, the stiffer the belt you want to get. Common materials for gun belts are typically leather or synthetic material like nylon.

You should invest in a good quality gun belt not only because it can last longer, but so that it will not stretch or twist. It is important for your gun belt not to stretch because you want your holster to stay exactly at the position you are most comfortable with it. This is because drawing your concealed carry in stressful situations relies greatly on muscle memory. Shifting of your holster position can delay your draw at the time of need.

5. Practice, Practice and Practice

Practicing how to draw and use your concealed carry will help you when you really need it. This is because although your heart may be racing in the moment of truth, you can rely on your muscle memory to protect yourself.

You should start by practicing how to take out your concealed carry from the holster so that your draw can be done in a swift movement. This is especially if you are using an active retention holster as it requires an action to draw out your handgun. Practice reaching for your handgun and drawing it out with the type of clothes you will wear to the hunt and even your other equipment to make it more realistic.

As you practice more, you will discover the best carry positions for you to reach your handgun easily and even with either hand should the need arise. Of course, start by practicing with an unloaded firearm.

Besides, practice shooting with your concealed firearm so that you can train your proficiency of using it. If you do not have the option of live-fire practice, spend time on dry-fire drills instead. This is a great way to practice with your concealed carry without firing any ammo. This means that you will need to use an unloaded gun. One way of practicing dry-fire drill is by practicing what you would do in the event of a gun malfunction.

Conclusion

If you apply these tips, there is a high chance that you can stay safe while hunting. Furthermore, if you follow these steps carefully, not only you ensure that you can defend yourself effectively, you will reduce the probability of getting harmed by your own mistakes.

If you have any comments or ideas you want to share, feel free to comment below!


Author bio: I am James Nelson, a survivalist, outdoor and hunting enthusiast. I have dedicated my time and effort to build a website that contains comprehensive information about hunting gears. You can follow me over at Hunting Research.