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    What the Supreme Court Won’t do for Our Right to Bear Arms

    What the Supreme Court Won’t do for Our Right to Bear Arms iStock-1055138108

    U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- State legislators denied the ordinary person the right to bear arms in New York. That decision was upheld in state and lower courts. In New York City, the “privilege” to defend yourself with a firearm in public is only given to a select few. You need not apply unless you are an ex-law enforcement officer, a judge, a politician, or an elite celebrity. That privilege is paid for with political power or campaign donations. Remember that the bill of rights is designed to limit the actions of the government. Big government politicians turned that on its head so they could sell our rights back to a select few of us at exorbitant prices. Now, the US Supreme court will decide if the second amendment is a real right or only a forgettable footnote in the bill of rights.

    The Supreme Court’s decision won’t change the laws in New York, let alone change the similar laws in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. The court decision, at most, might say that the New York law is unconstitutional and infringes on the right to bear arms. The ruling might give guidance on the level of scrutiny to use when judges decide carry permit cases in the lower courts. There is no guarantee that the New York state legislature will follow the spirit of the court’s decision. The law they write might have to be litigated again if the new law also infringes on the right of ordinary citizens to bear arms. That court fight takes years if not decades.

    The constitution does not enforce itself. At best, an expansive reading of the right to bear arms by the Supreme Court will allow advocates to bring suit in other states. They can challenge existing laws one at a time. For example, our reading of the court’s decision may indicate that laws in New Jersey are unconstitutional, but our opinion doesn’t matter. It is the opinion of judges at the district, appellate and circuit level that matters. We’ve already seen these judges ignore Supreme Court cases that support the right to bear arms like Heller and McDonald. At best, a favorable ruling might give us another tool in our appeals, but our rights are not secure.

    The New York legislature might take parts of the most objectionable laws from other states and claim that their new permitting scheme satisfies the court’s ruling. The legislature has already returned criminals to the streets of our inner cities. Through expensive fees and bureaucratic delays, the legislature might again deny ordinary citizens the right of armed defense in public for reasons of “public safety” and “protecting vulnerable minorities”. The people most at risk from violent crime are poor minority women in our inner cities. They could again be disarmed by progressive politicians, by activist judges, and by a complicit press.

     

    Even a favorable inclined supreme court only takes a fraction of one percent of the cases that are submitted for review. This case is another step to protect our right to bear arms, but it is not the last step. We’ve seen activist judges and politicians ignore the law before. I expect them to do so again.

    “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
    But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

    Winston Churchill


    About Rob Morse

    The original article, with sources, is posted here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, at Second Call Defense, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob was an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.Rob Morse


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    Leupold BX-T Binocular With Range Finding MIL-L Reticle -The Firearm Blog

    Earlier this year, Leupold Optics relaunched their BX-T binocular that features a mil-rad reticle for ranging targets. I happen to like binoculars and work on range estimation, so I immediately requested a sample from Leupold. Some people would easily write this off given the proliferation of laser rangefinders, but hunters and precision shooters know that atmospheric conditions don’t always provide a clear path for lasers. Thus, the Leupold BX-T binocular offers a lower tech, analog option to still get rounds on target.  Let’s see how they fared.

    Leupold Optics @ TFB:

    LEUPOLD BX-T BINOCULAR: INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

    Aside from the unique MIL-L reticle, the Leupold BX-T binocular comes with a 10x magnification and 42mm objective lenses for an overall blend of low light capability and portability, with a weight of 26 ounces. The BX-T is coated with a rubberized material, which feels more like a protective covering than for gripping. The rubberized cover isn’t slippery, but the outermost portion of both barrels are textured with Leupold’s name embossed on the right side, while the left side boasts Leupold’s crosshair logo. The BX-T binocular stands out from the rest of its BX classmates in that it’s completely black. The eyepieces are also covered in a textured rubberized coating for easy manipulation and have a soft lock into each of the two positions of eye relief.

    The diopter adjustment is quite unique in that it’s located on the focus wheel, and can be locked once set. To adjust the diopter ring, pull the cap between the eyepieces toward your eyes, it can then be adjusted to your vision, then push the cap forward to lock it. I liked that I could set the diopter to myself without having the kids inadvertently knock it out of place. The knurled focus wheel turns easily and is not hindered while adjusting the diopter.

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    I love the feel of the Leupold BX-T binocs, they fit perfectly in my medium sized hands, the rubber coating doesn’t feel thin or cheap, and has an aesthetic, aggressive look. Even though there are two bridges between each barrel, my middle two fingers fit between them without feeling cramped. The bridge between the objective lenses holds the ¼ inch tripod adapter nut and is covered by a plastic cap when not attached to a mount. Now, let’s go glass some stuff and figure out the MIL-L ranging reticle.

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    LEUPOLD BX-T BINOCULAR: FIELD USE

    The Leupold BX-T binocular is usable with any purpose in mind, whether you need the reticle or not. The reticle wasn’t distracting, but sometimes it just felt like it was in the way of what I was trying to look at if I didn’t need to range it. In that case, I would usually just offset my object from the reticle, or twist the left eyepiece to turn the reticle until it looked like a chevron rather than an “L”. If you want this binocular specifically for ranging, then you’ll want to consider that you’ll need to know the size of targets, or at least the averages of those targets if they’re alive. Using this binocular to range deer or coyotes might be a little tough given their varying heights, but averages might get you close enough, more on that shortly.

    Luepold BX-T binocular

    The HD glass is crisp and details are easily seen at distance, though it seems a bit fuzzy at the outermost edges. Interestingly, I found that I had to use my eyeglasses when using the BX-T binocs if I wanted to use the reticle. I was sometimes able to focus on both my target and the reticle without my glasses, but other times not, so it probably has to do with how I was relaxing my eyes. My son, who does not wear glasses didn’t have any trouble focusing on the reticle and target at the same time. The two photos below were taken through the non-reticled (is that a word?) barrel.

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    I took the BX-T binocs to my state’s Sniper/Observer school, in which we didn’t really have a need for the analog ranging due to the course structure, but they worked great for spotting shot placements on paper at 200 yards and in while watching the other guys’ targets. Watching steel targets beyond 200 worked well too.

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    The BX-T binocs held up to the waterproof claim. This photo was right after a couple minute dip underwater.

    RANGING

    There’s a couple different ways to calculate range using the Leupold MIL-L reticle. My favorite way is pretty quick, but I’ve seen two different ways to calculate it. Target size in inches, multiplied by 27.8 (constant, some sources say to use 27.77), divided by the number of MIL’s your target takes up in height or width.

    • INCHES x 27.8 ÷ MILS = RANGE IN YARDS
    • CM x 10 ÷ MILS = RANGE IN METERS
    Leupold BX-T binocular

    I estimated this turtle on the log to be about 3 inches tall, did the math and calculated it to be about 83 yards away. I then used my laser range finder to verify (inset).

    Since this is billed as a tactical scope, I ran some numbers using a several adult male heights and chose a hypothetical MIL number to see how accurate this system is. I’ll show an example below, then discuss the other ranges.

    • 70” x 27.8 ÷ 30 MILS = 64.8 YARDS
    • 72” x 27.8 ÷ 30 MILS = 66.7 YARDS
    • 77” x 27.8 ÷ 30 MILS = 71.3 YARDS

    As you can see, the above ranges for our hypothetical bad guys that take up 30 MILS in our reticle have a 7 yard difference, so at those ranges, a general hold for a shot between those distances isn’t going to matter much. I then ran those same bad guy heights as though they only took up 10 MILS, and ended up with a 20 yard spread in the 200 yard range. I was on a roll so I did the same heights as though they only took up 1.5 MILS, and ended up with a 130 yard spread between 1297 and 1427 yards. Thus, when only using averages on bad guys and animals, you might not get the most accurate calculation the further out you go. However, if you’re ranging something in the same plane as something more standard, such as a road sign or a 36 inch doorway, then the only thing left to scrutinize is how many MILS it takes up.

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    According to Wikipedia, a Blackhawk helicopter is 7 feet 9 inches wide. What do you get for a distance using the above formulas?

    CONCLUSIONS

    Overall, I really like the Leupold BX-T binoculars. They felt right at home in my hands and were useful for everything I would normally use binoculars for, even though I didn’t always need the ranging reticle. It took me a little bit to figure out to just use my eyeglasses in conjunction with the MIL-L reticle, but it worked perfectly when I did. One thing that may have helped would be a lighted reticle for low light or darker backdrops, but that would add complication and cost. While this binocular might not be for everyone, it can certainly come in handy as a low tech way to measure distances, and to have a good quality binocular with HD glass for general use in a convenient magnification to objective ratio. The Leupold BX-T binocular has an MSRP of $649.99 on Leupold’s website, where you can also check out the BX-T’s specs.

    Leupold BX-T binocular

    What do you think about Leupold’s BX-T binocular? If you’ve already been using this model, what has your experience been?



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    Christensen Arms Introduces The Ridgeline Scout RifleThe Firearm Blog

    One of the most popular precision firearms manufacturers west of the Mississippi has just released their latest versatile rifle – the Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout Rifle. Featuring a carbine length 16″ barrel, and chambered in 4 popular calibers often used for small to mid-sized game hunting, the new Ridgeline Scout is loaded with features that perfectly nestle it into the role of “scout rifle.”

    Christensen Arms @ TFB:

    Christensen Arms Introduces The Ridgeline Scout Rifle

    We are excited to add the new Ridgeline Scout rifle to the Ridgeline series. The intent was to offer shooters the same familiarity and performance of the Ridgeline in a shorter, more compact, system. This Ridgeline Scout has the same accuracy potential and dependability as our field-proven Ridgeline rifles, as they share many of the same features, technology and components.”

    Stephen Graham, Senior VP of Marketing, Christensen Arms

    Introducing the Ridgeline Scout Rifle from Christensen Arms

    Built on the popular Ridgeline series, the Ridgeline Scout is purpose-built to be compact, reliable, and lightweight to offer shooters a gun that will fit in situations where larger rifles cannot go or will be too cumbersome (think tree stands, ground blinds, or shooting from a truck or car). The rifle is said to be an ideal suppressor host and is also backed by Christensen Arms’ Sub-MOA guarantee.

    Specifications:

    Chambering:

    • .300 BLK : 16” Barrel, 1/7 Twist, 37.5” OAL
    • .223 REM: 16” Barrel, 1/8 Twist, 37.5” OAL
    • 6.5 CRDMR: 16” Barrel, 1/8 Twist, 37.5” OAL
    • .308 WIN: 16” Barrel, 1/10 Twist,  37.5” OAL
    • MSRP: $2,199.99

    Introducing the Ridgeline Scout Rifle from Christensen Arms

    The barrel of the Ridgeline Scout rifle will be made from Christensen Arms 416R stainless steel with an Aerograde carbon fiber wrap which terminates in the removable 3-prong flash hider. Christensen’s Arms has their barrels button rifled and hand lapped for maximum precision. The barrel also has a match-grade chamber, is completely free-floated, and features a 5/8×24 thread pitch which the only exception to this being the .223 version which has a 1/2×28 thread pitch.

    Introducing the Ridgeline Scout Rifle from Christensen Arms

    The Ridgeline Scout weighs in starting at just 5.9-pounds and will feature a black nitride coated action, a 0-MOA optic rail, barricade stop, a 10-round AICS box magazine, a 3-prong flash hider, and a Trigger Tech Trigger. The rifles will be available in a black and tan carbon fiber composite sporter stock. Paired with an extended eye relief scope, I think that the Ridgeline Scout looks like a pretty awesome package for hunting.

    Introducing the Ridgeline Scout Rifle from Christensen Arms

    Introducing the Ridgeline Scout Rifle from Christensen Arms

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    Hosts of ‘The View’ Don’t Appreciate a Right

    The hosts of The View don’t understand the difference between a right and a privilege0 IMG NRA-ILA.

    U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Women, and especially black women, are increasingly buying firearms for self-defense. This reality did not sit well with the hosts of a somehow still-running daytime talk show.

    Readers are likely aware of, if not familiar with “The View.” Sherri Shepherd is an actress and former co-host of “The View” who recently returned for a guest spot. Self-professed “big gun control person” Joy Behar set up a segment on the rise in gun ownership among black women, queuing up Shepherd to reveal that she is among a large number of black female new gun owners.

    Shepherd shared with the audience that she, like millions of other Americans, recently became a first-time gun buyer. Shepherd said:

    “During the quarantine, I felt really helpless, Joy, and we’re talking about depression, I felt [my son] Jeffrey would look at me like he was so scared. I get these little alerts in my neighborhood app about there’s going to be a march through the neighborhood and I started feeling like, ‘how am I supposed to protect my son if something happens?’”

    Shepherd took steps to lawfully acquire, be trained, and familiarize herself with her firearm. She practices regularly. She did – and presumably does – everything as prescribed.

    That wasn’t enough for former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin.

    Hostin admitted that she knew many black women who had acquired firearms recently but quickly pivoted to the supposed inherent risks of firearm ownership. She claimed having a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide and suicide but offered no references. The research that supports such claims is based on a flawed methodology to support a predetermined outcome. We’ve covered some examples here and here.

    Hostin claimed she knows “the statistics” and referenced going to crime scenes as a federal prosecutor. Vaguely referencing advocacy masked as research does not afford anyone special insight into firearm ownership, nor does witnessing the aftermath of criminal actions.

    After all, we know with certainty that criminals do not lawfully acquire the firearms they use in crimes. Hostin was a former federal prosecutor who won an award for the prosecution of child sexual predators and child sex abuse. Her experience at crime scenes is very unlikely to be relevant to the lawful gun ownership exemplified by Sherri Shepherd – or a hundred million other law-abiding American gun owners.

    Hostin concluded her soapbox sermon with “I still believe that in this country our readiness to sort of allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at will has led to violence and hatred becoming a really popular pastime.”

    A former federal prosecutor should really know the difference between criminal and lawful actions. A former federal prosecutor should also know that federal law requires retailers to conduct a background check before all firearms purchases and that the background check requirement, as well as the prohibiting factors, were codified in the 1968 Gun Control Act.

    But that’s the game, right? Try to drum up some in-group credibility by claiming you or your friends own guns, and then blur the lines between lawful gun ownership and criminal behavior. Just like the drivel presented as “statistics,” this is a worn-out trope.

    Shepherd tried to explain to her fellow panelists on “The View” and the audience that she found arming herself to be empowering. It seems that all Shepherd wants is a chance to keep her son and herself safe. “If something happens, I can protect my child.”

    That’s what the 2nd Amendment provides: a chance.

    Sherri Shepherd is just one of the hundreds of thousands of black women who became first-time gun owners. The year 2020 may be over, but interest in firearms has not passed. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that 3.2 million people purchased a firearm for the first time in the first half of 2021. More than 90% of licensed firearms retailers reported an increase in black female customers in this time frame – along with sizeable increases in every other demographic group.

    That’s in addition to the estimated 8.4 million new gun owners that joined our community last year. Approximately 11.6 million new gun owners in 18 months.

    That’s a lot of people who, just like Sherri Shepherd, just want a chance to protect their loved ones.

    There is nothing irresponsible or unlawful about that.


    About NRA-ILA:

    Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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    An Ode To JStark and Self Defense ScenariosThe Firearm Blog

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    Welcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 15. This week I wanted to feature a special podcast episode I recently listened to honoring the late JStark and the legacy he has left the gun world with. Although the 3D gun printing pioneer has left us, we can still appreciate what he did for the firearms community and 3D printers. I know personally, he inspired me to take a deeper look at the concept and in a way, he actually convinced me that 3D printed guns are indeed a viable and modernized way for us to secure our rights and access to arms. Also this week we have our very own Doug E who we featured on last week’s B-side podcast who talks with us about the grey man concept and how to conduct yourself when responding to an active shooting situation. We also have our friends over at the Studnet of the Gun Podcast talking about 350 Legend and also if Tasers as weapons in a response to the New York City banning the devices. Sit back, hit play, and roll into this week’s TFB Podcast roundup. Enjoy everybody.

    More Podcast Content @ TFB:

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    T.Rex Talk – 3D Printed Firearms and the Legacy of JSTARK

    Length: 31 Minutes

    Subjects: JStark and 3D Printed firearms and their impact on the gun community

    We believe that the ability to manufacture your own firearms is as fundamental a right as the ability to own them. Isaac talks a bit about the different categories of homebuilt guns, 3D printers, and some plans for the future.

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    Listen to T.Rex Talk – 3D Printed Firearms and the Legacy of JSTARK on Player.fm

    Handgun World Podcast Episode 567 – Mark Giles

    Length: 34 Minutes

    Subjects: Mark Jiles Joins the Handgun World Podcast to discuss their favorite handguns

    This episode is some pretty easy listening and I quite enjoyed hearing their opinions on the current guns that they were shooting. Kind of gave me the same vibes I get when talking with the rest of the TFB crew as we don’t get to see each other that often and it’s always nice to catch up like this to see what everyone is getting their hands on.

    This week one of my good friends, Mark Giles joined me in the Handgun World Mobile Studio to discuss what guns we are shooting, while going to a competition match.

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    Listen to the Handgun World Podcast Episode 567 – Mark Giles on Google Podcasts

    Student of the Gun Radio 1097 – .350 Legend and Are Tasers Arms?

    Length: 50 Minutes

    Subjects: The guys talk about eastern versus western rifles, the increasingly popular 350 Legend cartridge, and the recent controversy surrounding New York’s Taser ban. 

    During our Brownells Bullet Points segment, we will consider Eastern rifles versus Western rifles? When it comes to the new .350 Legend cartridge where does it fit? What is the difference between east and west when it comes to rifles?

    Also, we have an SOTG Homeroom from CrossBreed Holsters. We continue with our topic of being dangerous on demand and self-defense. The Second Amendment Foundation through the Firearms Policy Coalition has filed suit against New York City for their electronic subject control or “Taser” ban. Is a handheld electronic self-defense tool protected under the 2nd Amendment as “arms”?

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    TFB Podcast Roundup 15: An Ode To JStark and Self Defense Scenarios

    Listen to Student of the Gun Radio – .380 Legend and Are Tasers Arms | SOTG 1097 on Google Podcasts

    The MagLife Podcast 193 – Steve Tarani

    Length: 66 Minutes

    Subjects: My good friend Daniel Shaw and his guest Steve Tarani talk about Steve’s specialized training which focuses on awareness and how that plays a role in self-defense.

    On this week’s episode of The Mag Life Podcast, Daniel is joined by the immensely knowledgeable, Steve Tarani. With decades in the defense, law enforcement, and intelligence communities, Steve is a highly-respected firearm, defensive tactics, bladed weapons, and personal protection instructor. As of late, Tarani has specialized in awareness-based training, having incorporated this into his training classes as well as his books.

    Together, Daniel and Steve discuss the vital importance of soft skills versus hard skills, situational awareness training, and overcoming fear in a fight.

    Listen to the MagLife Podcast Episode 193 with Steve Tarani on Google Podcasts

    TFB B-Side Podcast: Doug E On Responding to Shootings & the Grey Man

    Length: 24 Minutes

    Subjects: TFB Writers Doug E and Luke C discuss the concepts of the grey man and responding to an active shooting situation safely and responsibly

    This week we’re hearing from Doug E, a writer at TFB. Doug has years of law enforcement experience as well as a lot of solid well-contemplated thoughts about how to respond to shootings and how to best be prepared for such a dramatic and rare event. On this episode of the TFB B-Side Podcast, Doug and I discuss the various situations you may find yourself in, how you can help law enforcement instead of hindering them, and also a couple good tips on how not to get shot in these types of situations should you find yourself in one. Doug and I also talk about the Grey Man concept, its validity in everyday situations and how perhaps the concept itself has been taken out of proportion and somewhat skewed by the onset of its coining. Don’t forget to check out Doug’s articles here at TFB and also follow him on Instagram.

    Listen to the TFB Behind the Gun Podcast and the TFB B-Side Podcast on Spotify or right here at thefirearmblog.com


    Thanks for stopping by to listen to this week’s podcast roundup. If you’ve come across any great podcasts or individual podcast episodes, feel free to drop us a tip in the comments below. Thanks for reading and listening to TFB.

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    Meet the tM35 – Swarovski Optik’s First Thermal Imaging Clip-on and Spotter -The Firearm Blog

    Swarovski Optik enters the world of thermal imaging with their new model tM35. The tM35 works both as a thermal imaging handheld and clip-on device and was introduced at a recent online Press Conference attended by TFB.

    Swarovski Optik @ TFB:

    I know those who are into thermal imaging want to know the technical details, so here we go: The sensor is an uncooled VOx microbolometer with a resolution of 320×256 pixels, 12 µm. The screen is AMOLED with a rather high resolution at 2560×2048 and a 60 Hz refresh rate. The start-up time is quoted at a low 2 seconds. It isn’t mentioned in the specification, but in the Q&A after the Press Conference, Swarovski said that the NETD was below 35mK. Other than that, it seems that Swarovski put a lot of focus on making the tM35 easy to use, with as few buttons as possible. 

    Below: By using different adapters you can attach the clip-on thermal unit to your riflescope.

    They also included the energy-saving Swarolight automatic switch-on/off timer and intelligent brightness adjustment. Depending on the hunting situation, detail recognition can be enhanced by switching between White Hot and Black Hot modes.

    Swarovski tM35

    Below you can read Swarovski Optik’s own words about their new tM35:

    Detect. Decide. Hunt.

    SWAROVSKI OPTIK is entering the world of thermal imaging technology with the tM 35

    Ready for a new kind of hunting? SWAROVSKI OPTIK is unveiling its first thermal imaging equipment with the new ‘t’ product series. The first thermal imaging product from the world-leading sports optics manufacturer, the tM 35 is an observation and thermal imaging clip-on device in one. It allows respectful observation as well as reliable identification of the target both day and night, and impresses with outstanding SWAROVSKI OPTIK quality. The tM 35 will be available from selected European retailers in spring 2022.

    SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s great capacity for innovation has been a fundamental pillar of the company’s success for decades. New products deliver top quality and the technical precision to ideally meet the requirements of today’s hunters. They provide reliable support for sustainable and ethical hunting. The new tM 35 also follows this principle. Marketing Director Stefan Hämmerle is convinced: “This is the right time for us to enter this market. Thermal imaging technology has now reached the required level of maturity. In combination with our optical and mechanical know-how, this allows us to develop an innovative and absolutely top-quality product.”

    FLEXIBLE USE
    One of the key features of the tM 35 is the fact that it is an observation and thermal imaging clip-on device in one. Detect, observe, approach, shoot: equipped with cutting-edge thermal imaging technology, the device is suitable for hunting in twilight, at night, or in poor visibility. As an observation device, the tM 35 offers 4 x 35 magnification. Higher detail recognition can be achieved in different situations by switching between White Hot and Black Hot modes.

    ON TARGET
    The tM 35 is compatible with almost all SWAROVSKI OPTIK rifle scopes from the Z8i, Z6i, Z5(i), and Z3 series. As a thermal imaging clip-on device with 1x optical magnification, in combination with SWAROVSKI OPTIK rifle scopes it guarantees a 100% reliable point of impact. The tMA thermal monocular adapter is available as an optional accessory to ensure a perfect connection. The result is a reliable complete system that requires no sighting in.

    EASY TO USE
    The fewer operations the hunter needs to perform, the greater the chances of hunting success. Intuitive operation was therefore a key focus in the product development process: simply press the button to activate the device for the entire hunting session. The intelligent SWAROLIGHT automatic switch-on/off timer allows the user to activate the thermal imaging device quickly and silently from sleep mode. Adjustment of the brightness on the display to the prevailing light conditions is also automatic. All these features reduce distracting movements to a minimum.

    Swarovski tM35

    Below: The tM35 used as a thermal spotter.

    Swaro tM35 spotter - Swarovski tM35

    The Swarovski tM35 will be available in spring 2022 and the MSRP is set at $5,554.00 or £4,800.00. For more information check: https://www.swarovskioptik.com/us/en/hunting

    So another large European optics company enters the thermal market. What do you think about the Swarovski tM35 and its potential?

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    Sig Romeo MSR 1X20mm Red Dot & Juliet3 Micro Magnifier $219.99 FREES&H


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    Sig Sauer SORJ72001 Romeo MSR 1X20mm Red Dot & Juliet3 Micro Magnifier

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    Romeo MSR 1X20mm Red Dot & Juliet3 Micro Magnifier

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    The ROMEO-MSR is a sealed compact red dot or green dot sight intended for MSR, carbine, shotgun and air rifle. Brightness is adjusted with a top-mounted rotary dial, featuring 10 daytime and 2 night vision settings for quick target engagement in any condition. The JULIET3 3x micro Magnifier is designed to work as a stand-alone magnification solution or in conjunction with reflex optics.

    This family of magnifiers is an excellent choice for transitioning from close quarters to intermediate ranged targets. In conjunction with a reflex optic, the JULIET3 can be adjusted for height through the use of spacers.

    This combo combines the ROMEO-MSR red dot sight with the JULIET3 3x MIRCO magnifier.

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    German Sniper with Remington Mk 21 Precision Sniper Rifle -The Firearm Blog

    Turkish Special Forces Sniper with Remington Mk 21 Precision Sniper Rifle

    Photo Of The Day: Right above is a German soldier engaging long-range targets in the middle of the night. He’s using a Remington Mk 21 Precision Sniper Rifle at the International Specialty Training Center (ISTC) Alpine Sniper Course, in Hochfilzen training area, Austria. The Alpine Sniper Course went on for two weeks and was designed to teach and train sniper teams the necessary skills to operate in mountainous terrain.

    The photographer Sgt. Patrik Orcutt is highly skilled and we’ve seen many top-quality photos from him, and we hope he keeps them coming. Here he really caught the moment with what’s left of the muzzle flash. As you can see, the rifle is equipped with a lot of interesting gadgets, like LRD, Thermal clip-on and suppressor.

    Below we see a Turkish Special Forces Sniper. He’s also using the Remington Mk 21 Sniper Rifle.

    Also check – Remington MSR: The Special Forces MK 21 Sniper Rifle.


    Photo Source: U.S. Army, Sgt. Patrik Orcutt


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    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! -The Firearm Blog

    Searching for firearm patents online can be an interesting way to spend one’s time. It offers a deeper insight into known models and, sometimes, it offers some rather pleasant surprises. One of such events happened to a reader, who tipped us about a patent for a PDW-style firearm recently granted to inventor Caleb Crye, of Crye Precision fame.

    Crye Precision @ TFB:

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – An embodiment of the patent, with stock extended

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So!

    Crye PDW – The Brief

    The patent US 11,105,574 B1, generically titled “Firearm”, covers a hypothetical “compact rifle-caliber firearm” conceived to provide advantages over current existing layouts.

    As you can guess, the patent discloses solutions that would enable rifle caliber cartridges to be fed through the grip of the firearm. While the advantages of this configuration and the limitations that made it so far not viable may sound obvious to the TFB reader, the patent analyses them in-depth, and so shall we.

    Crye PDW – ANALYSis of the current compact firearms

    The document identifies three main configurations of automatic (or semi-automatic) repeating firearms, based on the location of the feeding assembly relative to the grip:

    1. Magazine in front of the grip;
    2. Magazine behind the grip (i.e. bullpup);
    3. Magazine through the grip.

    With a focus on compact firearms, configurations 1 and 3 are shown as capable of employing collapsible or folding stocks. Although the patent does not mention any specific model, as we’ll see later we can consider the SIG MCX Rattler the benchmark for the “forward-fed” AR-style firearm. This weapon is relatively compact as it sacrifices barrel length to achieve this goal.

    Crye PDW - SIG MCX Rattler by Pete

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – SIG MCX Rattler, a compact, forward-fed firearm chambered in .300BLK (Image Credit: Pete @ TFB)

    The bullpup reference as well is purely theoretical, however, since it is inferred it should be chambered in a full-sized rifle cartridge (5.56×45 NATO or bigger), and it may be fired one-handed, we like to think that the Bushmaster Arm-Pistol fits the bill. This layout is shown as capable of reducing overall length while preserving a suitably long barrel, to deliver the required ballistic performance.

    Crye PDW - Bushmaster Arm Pistol bullpup.

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – Bushmaster Arm-Pistol, a compact, rearward-fed firearm chambered in 5.56×45 mm – accessories not included (Image Credit: Nick C. – @solscud007)

    The firearm fed through the grip is described as employing pistol caliber cartridges, offering the shortest layout (with stock folded/collapsed) together with the disadvantage of limited ballistics performance. We can think of the B&T MP9 to fit this role.

    Crye PDW - B&T MP9

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – B&T MP9, a compact firearm fed through the grip and chambered in 9mm Luger (Image Credit: B&T)

    The analysis of the prior art concludes that, currently, having full-power rifle cartridges fed through the grip is not possible as the grip would end up being too large to allow comfortable operation of the firearm. Indeed, the closest attempt we can think of is the Russian AO-46 PDW prototype, which completely ditched the grip, replacing it with the magazine itself.

    Crye PDW – TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

    The intent of the inventor is to solve the above-mentioned limitation, i.e. to offer a compact rifle-caliber firearm that can feed relatively long ammunition through a grip small enough to be handled by shooters other than André the Giant.

    The document mentions “5.56×45 mm NATO , 7.62×39 mm , 7.62x51 mm NATO, 300 AAC Blackout, as well as other 6.5 mm variants, 0.50 variants, 0.300 variants, and 0.338 variants” as calibers of interest. The option of 7.62×51 mm may seem a bit excessive, with its 2.80″ overall length, while the wide range of AR-15-sized cartridges, 2.26″ overall, may be the main candidates of the development. The cross-sections of the loaded firearm depicted in the patent appear to show .300 BLK rounds.

    Cry PDW cross-section

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – An embodiment of the patent, with stock collapsed; cross-section with .300 BLK looking rounds

    The goal of feeding multiple cartridges through a grip of depth smaller than the cartridge length is achieved by the novel design through the concurrent influence of grip and magazine angles, follower angle, and ultimately cartridge angle. The rounds are meant to modify their orientation relative to the bore axis, in order to allow smooth feeding, once their reach the magazine lips. This may be achieved through the magazine shape and the presence of a two-piece follower, with its rearward part capable of pivoting up under spring pressure.

    Crye PDW mag follower

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – The two-piece magazine follower

    Quite a few trigonometry evaluations are involved and several potential angles are covered by the patent.

    Crye PDW mag

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – Cross-section of the magazine clearly showing how angled rounds can fit in space shorter than their length and how their angle must vary to allow chambering

    The document shows how this compact rifle-caliber firearm can be beneficial, in its hypothetical embodiments, both in terms of controllability and portability. The former is achieved through a center of balance closer to the shooter’s hand, compared to the other configurations. The portability is easily achieved as the firearm can be holstered not much differently than a common pistol.

    Crye PDW holsterability

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – The compact rifle-caliber firearm holstered next to a Glock-style pistol and a SIG Rattler-style firearm

    The inventor does not disclose anything about the operating system, although the cross-sections show hints of a rotating-head bolt, likely gas-operated.

    Crye PDW – Conclusions

    We do not know if the solutions covered in this patent have already been tested in actual prototypes or they are just theoretical. Surely the details of some of the models used in the drawings suggest a fairly advanced stage of design.

    Crye PDW - stock collapsed

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – An embodiment of the patent, with stock collapsed

    As we all know, proper automatic feeding of a firearm is one of the biggest hurdles in firearm design,  resulting in many new models employing proven magazines. This novel approach would definitely be bold, and, if truly functional, surely a breath of fresh air in the industry.

    Would you love to have an MP7-style firearm chambered in .300 BLK or .223 Remington? We can only hope that the project is under development with a manufacturer and that we’ll soon see a suppressed version floating in the woods in Pete’s neighborhood.

    Crye PDW - folded stock

    An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So! – An embodiment of the patent, with folded stock


    All images from Patent US 11,105,574 B1 (United States Patent and Trademark Office), unless otherwise stated.

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    Politicians and Media Are Misleading Misleading the Public on Armed Texans

    On the 2nd day of Christmas, more anti-gun measures from Bloomberg and Beto in Texas. IMG iStock-884200682

    U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- It has been a month since Texans enjoyed carrying a firearm in public without a permit. At the beginning of September they joined tens of millions of us who already had permit-less carry. Nothing much happened in Texas. A few more honest citizens defended themselves.

    That isn’t what some politicians and law enforcement officers predicted. They said we would see extraordinary levels of violence in the streets after we let our neighbors carry in public. The media never examined those extravagant claims. Now, we can do what the news media failed to do.

    Houston Mayor Sylvester issued another press release about how dangerous honest gun owners can be unless they have a government license to carry concealed.

    “Under this (permit-less carry) bill, even a law-abiding citizen can become a danger.. They could become a danger to themselves and others due to mishandling a deadly weapon.. This flawed new law will have a harmful impact inside our neighborhoods and on our streets. Unregulated guns aggravate our public safety problems.”

    We can look at the news to see if the honest citizens of Houston who are legally allowed to own guns suddenly acted irresponsibly after this law took effect. I looked, and I didn’t see the holocaust the mayor predicted. In contrast, I can find many stories where criminals continued to break the law, but that is what criminals have always done. The mayor owes the honest gun owners in Houston an apology. The news media also owes us an apology for not checking the mayor’s story.

    Dallas police chief Eddie Garcia said that law-abiding gun owners should only be allowed to carry concealed in public if they pass a state-mandated training course. Remember that the open carry of a handgun without a license was, and remains, perfectly legal in Texas. Chief Garcia is saying that ordinary gun owners who were open carrying their personal firearms without a license would suddenly become monsters after they cover their holster with a piece of cloth. I don’t believe in magic shirts, but evidently, some police chiefs do.

    Chief Garcia also said his officers couldn’t tell the good guys from the bad guys without a piece of paper issued by the state. I can only conclude that there is a training issue with the once-great Dallas PD.

    Constitutional carry is already the law of the land in 21 other states. Law enforcement officers in those states learned to base their actions on people’s behavior.

    Speaking personally, I want people to get their carry license and continue training, but the policemen I know considered any stranger as a potential threat, license or no license. I suspect that the chief already knew that, but the chief assumed the reporters wouldn’t embarrass the chief with obvious facts. That says a lot about the chief’s reputation and the reputation of the news reporters too.

    The Austin interim police chief Joseph Chacon said that crime was rising to historic levels. Chacon is right, yet the chief wanted more honest citizens disarmed unless they get a permission slip from the state before they exercised their right of self-defense. Let’s be honest. Law enforcement officers are not interchangeable. Sheriffs are elected by the voters in their county, while Police Chiefs are appointed by politicians. The chief doesn’t have a political opinion of his own. He represents the political opinion of his boss. To be more precise, the chief’s opinion reflects the political leaning of the mayor’s campaign donors.

    We have not seen a surge in violence perpetrated by legal gun owners in Texas. I don’t expect to see one because that isn’t what happened in other states after they adopted constitutional carry.

    We have seen crime increase after big-city prosecutors let criminals walk away. That trend started before and continued after Texas adopted permit-less carry. Perhaps because of that political failing, we’ve seen more citizens protecting themselves and their families with a firearm, and doing a good job of it.

    I asked a few firearms instructors in Texas if they noticed any trends after constitutional carry took effect. The number of people in their licensing classes went up and down slightly, but they saw a large increase in the number of people who wanted training in armed defense. I’m not surprised because we’ve seen this before in other states.

    That is what I’d do if I was a new gun owner in Texas. That is what you’d do, and it turns out that our neighbors did too. Now we have to ask why the news media couldn’t figure that out.

    We’re lucky to have Ammoland.


    About Rob Morse

    The original article, with sources, is posted here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, at Second Call Defense, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob was an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.Rob Morse


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