Team Wilson Combat Wins At Wisconsin State IDPA Championship

Wilson Combat Award
Wilson Combat Award

Wilson CombatUSA -( Wilson Combat team members, Greg Martin, Austin Proulx, Les Kismartoni, and Mandy Bachman traveled to the Wisconsin State IDPA match on June 17th, 2017.

The match was held at Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club in Muskego, Wisconsin. The team had a successful match and Wilson Combat is proud to announce the results.

IDPA Distinguished Master, Greg Martin, dominated the match winning the CCP Division, High Industry, and 1st place overall. Austin Proulx took home the CDP Division Champion title and finished 4th overall for the match.

Les Kismartoni placed 3rd SSP Master and 5th overall. Mandy Bachman was 2nd in the ESP division, 8th overall for the match and brought home another High Lady title.

  • Greg Martin, CQB Compact Commander chambered in 9mm:
    “The match was held on a range that had small bays, so the stages were all pretty compact. I took some time before the match to look at all the stages. When doing so, I realized that two of the stages were going to most likely be high point drop stages. I knew the rest of the stages needed to be shot as accurately as possible. My plan worked out enabling me to win the CCP division and High Industry. I also had the best score of the match. I ended up dropping only 18 points for the match, 11 of those points were on the 2 stages I mentioned before. I believe that my experience and knowledge of the sport put me out in front. Having the ability to know when to tone down or punch the accelerator was key at this particular match.” – Greg
  • Austin Proulx, CQB Elite chambered in .45ACP:
    “This was a challenging match with little room for error and lots of fast moving targets. I ran into some bumps along the way during the morning. Ultimately, I was able to do well during the second half of the day, and pull off a CDP Division Champion win. My CQB Elite keeps chugging along and performing extremely well, even after thousands and thousands of rounds.” – Austin
  • Les Kismartoni, Brigadier Tactical:
    “After taking aseven year break from shooting IDPA, I just wanted to be comfortable with my concealment gear and the new 2017 rule changes. Even though I had a few errors, I think I was successful in shaking off the rust.” – Les
  • Mandy Bachman, CQB Elite chambered in .9mm:
    “This was a very deceiving match. The stages were set up pretty tight, not a ton of movement, and not many long shots. This made it very easy to underestimate the difficulty of the stages. I typically like to go one for one on steel activators. There was one, in particular, I had to shoot from a very awkward angle and this proved challenging for me. Because of that, I plan to spend some time in my next few practices working on awkward angles from the fault lines.” – Mandy


About Wilson Combat:

Since 1977 Wilson Combat has been the leading innovator in high-performance, custom 1911 handguns, tactical long guns and accessories. A Wilson Combat product’s unmatched level of exceptional reliability and peerless craftsmanship is only equaled by our legendary customer service.

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Weather: The Natural Disaster Maker

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

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One of the most fascinating subjects I had to study for a captain’s license was weather forecasting. Back in the late 70s there was no Weather Channel with satellite photos or live radar images to rely on. We had to learn to forecast weather by observing the sky, our surroundings, and recording the change in the barometric pressure. Wind speed is deduced by how it affects objects around us. Offshore, we could look at the wave tops to judge the wind velocity. On land we observe tree branches, weeds, or grass.

When I first started studying weather forecasting, I had several good books on the subject with a pocket weather guide the easiest reference to carry around. A guide helps with determining the different cloud formations and the type weather that would be associated them. Periodically logging, every ½ to 1 hour, the changing barometric pressure in association with the clouds added another layer to the forecast. Next was the direction and speed of the wind. Subsequently, by recording the rise or fall of the barometric pressure over time, the wind direction and speed, and the cloud formations, a forecast would come together. It is important to note that low pressure systems will produce much more wind with unstable weather conditions, where high pressure systems produce milder, more unchanging conditions.

C. Crane CC Pocket AM FM and NOAA Weather Radio with Clock and Sleep Timer

When I first started watching the Weather Channel, in the mid-90s, they focused totally on reporting the weather. If and when some storm or weather event was happening, then they sent people out into the field to cover it. Back in the studio, a meteorologist would analyze the conditions as the weather progressed. That was great for me, because I seeing what I had been studying for the past 20 years and witnessing just how far weather forecasting had advanced.

Today, as I begin my studies on prepping, I realize the importance of knowing some basic weather forecasting. After all, the worst natural disasters in America are weather related. Therefore, understanding what effects weather will have on most any disaster is of a primary concern.

Observing a wildfire, we predict how the wind and humidity affects the speed at which the fire spreads. When a chemical spill or explosion occurs, the weather will determine areas in danger from the fallout. Understanding basic weather principles helps when considering how heavy rainfall may affect a local dam or roadways. Other factors help us predict foggy conditions, hail, ice, or snow. A summer stable high pressure area tends to produce heat waves, which are the number one cause of weather related fatalities in the U.S. Here in Texas, we know all about heatwaves and droughts.

The worst disasters in America are weather related.

The worst disasters in America are weather related.

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Predicting the effects of the changing weather around us, gives us the ability to prepare for it. Once the SHTF and we are left to our own instincts, the weather will be a major factor affecting our survival. Subsequently, here are some questions to think about.

  • The Weather Channel will be able help until the electricity goes out, then what?
  • Do you have an emergency weather radio; one with a hand crank or solar cells?
  • What about weather (wx) broadcast on Short Wave, AM, or HAM radio?
  • Where do you find the frequencies that broadcast weather info and at what time they transmit?
  • What about a small handheld anemometer that also displays barometric pressure?
  • A pocket guide to weather forecasting stored in your prepping gear?

All these questions are easily solvable.

As an example of local awareness, here along the Gulf Coast of Texas, we get tropical fronts in the Spring and Summer. The warm, humid Gulf air is drawn inland to the mid-Atlantic states. Cool fronts descend on this area as the jet stream comes south and the cool dry air meets the warm humid air and a front develops. Low pressure systems have a counter-clockwise rotation and high pressure rotate clockwise. Low pressure systems tend to move rapidly where high pressure will remain stationary for some extended period of time. High pressure tends to steer low pressure. Lifelong residents on the Gulf Coast know all about hurricanes and flooding and they both are associated with high and low pressure systems.

Topography also plays a huge part in how weather will affect a geographic location. Learn the local weather patterns for the different seasons of the year where you live or plan on heading when bugging out. Knowing the local weather patterns and having a basic understanding of the weather, you will be surprised at how easy you can forecast the weather. Discerning the wind speed and direction, cloud formations, and barometric pressure, you will have all the data you need at your figure tips. The data is not that difficult to collect.

Use your field guide to classify the clouds and for a reference. Purchase a small, portable, digital weather station to obtain wind speed and pressure data called an anemometer, which are readily available at a nominal price. Also, a compass to record wind direction, a good mechanical pencil, and a waterproof note pad to log readings every hour or 1/2 hour, depending on the situation. Thus, for a small investment, you can have the tools for forecasting the weather in your bug out bag. What I use cost less than a good hunting knife and takes up about the same space. I carry them when I go out shooting pictures or go to the beach just to practice. If you fish, a small weather station would be an excellent tool to forecast the quality of fishing and a good excuse to buy one.

Having some basic weather forecasting knowledge could be the difference in knowing when to seek shelter from a rapidly approaching front, or getting caught off guard trying to shelter after it hits. Weather related incidents cause the worst disasters in the U.S. Many times, just by having a basic understanding of the weather, how it is going to affect your community, and what you need to do for shelter, could save a lot of lives. Make the investment in inexpensive, easy to understanding weather forecasting tools and learn how to use them. It is an enjoyable way to gain one more step toward being better prepared when the grid goes down.

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Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife Review

by Jim and Mary Clary
Rancher, Jim Clary, explains the inner details of the Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife by Columbia River Knife and Tool.

Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife
Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife :
Jim Clary
Jim Clary

U.S.A.-( This is another in the line of Ruger knives for everyday carry, hunting and tactical use.

And, it didn’t take a second look for Mary to recognize that this was a Ken Onion blade uniquely retro-styled.

The blade has the high-grind that Ken is famous for, making it ideal for just about any task you can think of, from filleting fish to skinning out an animal.

Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife , Columbia River Knife and Tool, R2302, with Frame Lock

The Ruger Hollow-Point Folder incorporates the IKBSTM ball bearing pivot system, the “flipper” for blade deployment is smooth and fast. The IKBS was invented by Flavio Ikoma and his friend Rick Lala of Korth. The “I” stands for Ikoma and the “K” for Korth. Ken combined the IKBS ball bearing system with modern knife features such as a frame lock mechanism, two-position pocket clip, lanyard hole and blade flipper for quick one-handed deployment. This uniquely styled knife is ideal for hunting treks and great for every day carry in the pack or pocket.

The blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which is tough, corrosion resistant and holds a good edge, yet is easy to re-sharpen when needed. Properly heat-treated for use as a knife blade (HRC 58-59), 8Cr13MoV is approximately equivalent to Japanese AUS-8 stainless.

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Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife Specifications :

  • Model Nr. R2302
  • Designer: Ken Onion
  • Style: Folding Knife w/ Frame Lock
  • Blade: Length: 3.17” (80.15 mm)
  • Blade Width: 0.875″ at widest point (22.23 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.125” (3.2 mm)
  • Blade Grind: High hollow grind
  • Closed: 4.25” (107.95 mm)
  • Open: 7.50” (190.5 mm)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV,
  • Hardness: 58-59 HRC
  • Finish: Satin
  • Weight: 4.40 oz. (125 gm)
  • Handle: Stainless Steel w/ High Impact Plastic Inserts
  • Country of Origin: China
  • MSRP 2017: $69.99 (less $ online)

As we have come to expect from the Ruger/CRKT line, the Ruger Hollow-Point Folding Knife is a quality blade that is priced right. We feel confident that it will find a home in the pocket of many outdoorsmen and should provide years of rugged service.

CRKT Ruger Hollow Point Knife
CRKT Ruger Hollow Point Knife

Other models that are available include:

About Jim and Mary Clary:

Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over three hundred and fifty articles, (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.

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This Week on Shooting USA: Hornady’s Zombie 3-Gun Competition

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Nashville, TN -( It’s happening again! Zombies are invading Nebraska! It’s Hornady’s Pandemic in the Heartland that’s become a tradition in five years of competition and weekend fun. The run-and-gun multi-gun match continues to grow in popularity, as competitors, like Jerry Miculek continue to defeat those zombie targets.

Plus, the Les Baer Custom Ladies Pistol Team celebrates 20 years of shooting competition at the National Matches at Camp Perry.

And, the 10-millimeter cartridge makes a comeback! The Colt Delta Elite returns to the market with a few key upgrades. Tune in to Outdoor Channel this week!



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4 Absolutely Necessary Things Every Prepper Must Realize

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

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Now, I have been doing this for over ten years and have been actively involved in a small community of like-minded people for almost as much time – and I have seen plenty of folks come and go (especially since the rise of the show Doomsday Preppers). I – more so than a lot of people involved in this – have dealt with A LOT of other preppers face to face and I want to talk about the patterns that I have seen form over the years.

Before anything else I will quickly mention one thing that has been repeated a lot but is always worth mentioning – physical fitness! I have met people who hold the belief that it doesn’t matter if they cannot handle a flight of stairs as ‘the weight will come off when it needs too’ and ‘my body will adapt’. You can be the best prepared and equipped person on Earth but the harsh reality is that day zero will involve a lot of hard work, even if you intend to hunker down, you need to take into consideration preparing your AO and getting there. The reality is that no matter the event, prepping without the willingness to make some sacrifice to fitness is hoarding under a different name.

Now with that over with…

Skills – not stuff!

All too frequent is the mentality that having lots of “things” is going to make a SHTF scenario easier; while yes, there is a baseline amount of prepping supplies that will improve your chances and are basically necessities (A good knife, a map, a plan, and a gun depending on how you feel about the situation) that isn’t everything. What I am talking about is the huge tendency to believe that having an object is the same as being able to use said object proficiently.

Using a knife as an example – I believe that you will be hard pressed to find a single prepper that doesn’t carry a knife and have a good fixed blade somewhere. However I would say over 80% of preppers do not have knife skills, what I mean by this is do you know you to whittle, make traps, baton well, the uses for various knife blades and shapes, and how to dress a kill for hide and meat?

The same can be said of maps – yes navigating when you know your initial position is easy, but in the event you get disoriented can you triangulate your position with landmarks. What if you do not know the area, can you still find your way around?

Chances are that no matter how well prepared you are, a SHTF scenario will – eventually be similar to living in a completely infrastructure-less environment. Backpacking over a multi-week time period and hunting are excellent ways to learn many skills to make your life easier.

What are your gear priorities?

people tend to think of prepping items of - it is good to have. Instead try to think of it in a mindset of ‘what else could I bring instead’.

People tend to think of prepping items of – it is good to have. Instead try to think of it in a mindset of ‘what else could I bring instead’.

Prepping – like engineering, is not about having the most of everything, it is about having the right amount of everything. Whether you intend to stay or bug out, it is of course important to have the skills (Can you pack a bag correctly etc). However I see many people approaching with a mindset of hoarding will make things easier, as an example I spoke to a man whom had 43 different weapons with almost 500 days of non-perishable food. This mindset of buying without realizing that in a SHTF scenario every item you bring or stock has a cost.

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For example with every weapon that man owned he was paying a price in 3 different ways.

  1. Obviously, space and weight. That 2.5 Kg rifle could be swapped for 2.5 Kg of water purification tablets, ammunition or tools – people tend to think of prepping items of – it is good to have. Instead try to think of it in a mindset of ‘what else could I bring instead’.
  2. Ultimately guns must be maintained regularly and more guns will mean more maintenance and man hours spent tending to your weapons.
  3. Finally, almost everything that is a tool for your own survival is also a tool AGAINST your survival. A bigger stash makes you more attractive to bandits and in this situation the only reason to have that many weapons was to maintain a guard force large enough to protect 200-300 people. If your plan is to conscript people and form a sizable community for survival that is fine, but having 40 people armed and only having enough farming tools and equipment to support 10 long-term is very dangerous.

Learn to maintain and make everything!

Learn as much passing knowledge on simple items as possible, learn to make bows, furniture, simple houses, simple clothes, simple bags, and anything along that line

Learn as much passing knowledge on simple items as possible, learn to make bows, furniture, simple houses, simple clothes, simple bags, and anything along that line

This is less applicable for people prepping for 3-4 day events like earthquakes and more aimed at people prepping for a complete breakdown of human society for an indefinite period of time. All too often I hear statements like ‘I have these 2 really super high quality solar panels so I will be fine’ unfortunately the reality is even the most expensive and well made tools money can buy are unlikely to survive 10 years of use. It may not be a nice reality but the reality is that any tool that you bring that cannot be replicated with basic machining knowledge and tools is temporary.

Learn the basics of reshaping scrap metal and wood – learn to make a furnace with materials that are renewable (Think clay and charcoal for the fire). Learn as much passing knowledge on simple items as possible, learn to make bows, furniture, simple houses, simple clothes, simple bags, and anything along that line – not only will it be useful in equipping your group but also for trading, a working and replaceable long-range weapon like a bow will be worth more than luxury cars 15 years after a collapse.

And finally, learn how to lead and how humans think.

People, given tools and direction can and will work and provide for themselves and the unprepared group who bands together will outlast the lone prepper.

People, given tools and direction can and will work and provide for themselves and the unprepared group who bands together will outlast the lone prepper.

Prepping has a strong theme of different strokes for different folks but one of the most common themes is ‘Everyone is going to be marauders and is going to be after me and I am going to have to kill so many hapless raiders and that justifies my federal armory of weapons!’. I have served, and I have been in disaster situations both long and short-term and the reality is there will be raiders for maybe a week – tops.

After that people will work together on a small-scale (think tribes) because we are naturally altruistic. After maybe a year or two and people are established raids will begin again. Preppers are almost always very exclusionary – I have met people who think the world will end if you share your beans but it is almost exactly the opposite.

People, given tools and direction can and will work and provide for themselves and the unprepared group who bands together will outlast the lone prepper. Television always portrays survival groups as a bunch of assholes all fighting for dominance all the time but really, it is the opposite! Almost always everyone just agrees they need food or whatever and no one steps up to the plate to really make decisions. Be that person and you will form a group of 20-30 people who will work for you and with you to make everyone’s lives better – it is how we are programmed.

The final note I leave you with on this topic is that people always form tribes and tribes are ALWAYS communal. Don’t expect that refusing to share what you have will extend your life at all.

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NRL Announces Kelbly’s Inc. as Official Action Sponsor

Kelby's Inc. Atlas
Kelby’s Inc. Atlas

SANTA ANA, Calif. -( The National Rifle League is pleased to announce that Kelbly Rifles has agreed to sponsor the NRL’s 2017 season as the official Action Sponsor. The company offers aluminum, steel, and in-stock rifle actions.

Today, Kelbly’s is averaging over 1,200 actions yearly with 40 percent sold to overseas customers.

Kelbly’s Inc. manufactures both aluminum and steel rifle actions. Kelbly’s Inc. aluminum models are of a square, flat-bottomed design to give a much greater and longer-lasting bedding area. It’s steel actions feature a 416R stainless steel body and a 4140 alloy steel bolt.

The Atlas steel action was added in 2009 as a Remington semi-clone, that features a side bolt release and trigger hanger.

“The NRL is grateful to have a prestigious company like Kelbly’s Inc. supporting us during our inaugural season.” stated Travis Ishida, President of National Rifle League. “Kelbly’s will enhance the overall experience of our matches by not only rewarding participants of the match, but the RO’s and everyone else who played a part in running the match.”

“Kelbly’s is excited to be the Official NRL Action Sponsor for 2017, because we are able to give back to a community that has given our company so much,” stated Ian Kelbly, Treasurer of Kelbly’s Inc. “Having the NRL community use Kelbly products is a huge goal for us, as they use products every day, day in and day out, and it is the perfect platform to test and drive innovation.”

NRL, Atlas Tactical Action
NRL, Atlas Tactical Action

Kelbly’s Inc. is working to bring a great experience to the 2017 season of precision rifle matches and the community.

This includes presenting gift certificates for competitors to select off the prize table at each match and generous deals for Range Officers, including during the 2017 Season Championship match held in January 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.


About Kelbly’s Inc.:

Kelbly’s Inc. is a custom Rifle manufacturer in North Lawrence, OH. Kelbly’s Inc. manufactures Actions, Scope Rings, Scope Bases, Triggers, Stocks, and Rifles.

For more information, please visit their website.


About the National Rifle League:

National Rifle League is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and education of precision rifle shooting through a range of outdoors-related public interest activities. These activities are designed to develop marksmanship skills for those participating in the shooting sports, promote firearms and hunting safety, and to educate the general public about firearms.
Its mission is to enable growth in the competitive shooting sports, for those who have aspiration for their communities, their businesses, families, and themselves. National Rifle League supports them on their journey from ambition to achievement. And this is why it is so proud to support match directors and competitive shooting athletes as they represent all of us over the United States.

For more information, please visit their website.

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Carry Is Breaking Out All Over

This feature appears in the June ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.

Town Suburban Neighborhood Sunrise USA America
Town Suburban Neighborhood Sunrise USA America
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -( State legislatures from coast to coast are working to crack concealed-carry regulations and restore freedom to their citizens.

While pro-Second Amendment legislation like National Reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act weave their slow, methodical course through Congress—countered at every turn by gun control Democrats and their surrogates in the media—state legislatures around the country are working to repeal gun control and to expand the exercise of our Second Amendment-protected rights via pro-self-defense legislation.

It is important to note that state legislatures are not working to expand Second Amendment-protected rights, but to expand the exercise of the rights that are already there. These rights have been denied to the people via myriad gun control schemes.

Consider state-level efforts undertaken to secure “permitless” or “constitutional” carry in 2017.

In New Hampshire, a three-year push to liberate residents from the burdensome task of acquiring a permit to exercise firearm freedoms finally prevailed. According to the Union Leader, then-Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, vetoed legislation to repeal the permit requirement in 2015 and 2016. But legislators continued to push, and on Feb. 22, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), thereby abolishing the state’s requirement that residents get a permit to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense.

SB 12 was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, who pushed the measure as a way to roll back the irrational imposition of gun control on concealed carriers. After all, open carry without a permit was already legal in New Hampshire, and Bradley did not agree with criminalizing law-abiding citizens simply because their clothing—perhaps a jacket or a sweatshirt—happened to cover their gun.

Shortly after, on March 23, Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed HB 1169 to abolish the concealed-carry permit requirement in his state as well. Upon signing the bill, the West Fargo Pioneer quoted Burgum as saying, “North Dakota has a rich heritage of hunting and a culture of deep respect for firearm safety. As a hunter and gun owner myself, I strongly support gun rights for law-abiding citizens. House Bill 1169 allows citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution.”

Constitutional Carry Coming Soon
Constitutional Carry

On April 5, constitutional-carry legislation passed the South Carolina House by a vote of 64-46. The legislation was sponsored by Republican state Rep. Mike Pitts. The Post and Courier quoted Pitts as saying, “This bill is a very simple bill. It means, by definition of the Constitution, it gives you the ability to keep and bear arms without having to be permitted by the country.”

Further, a constitutional-carry measure was introduced in Minnesota on Jan. 18. KARE 11 reported that “Republican lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow all legal Minnesota gun owners to carry their weapon in public, no permit required.” The constitutional-carry statute was contained in House File 188 and a companion bill, Senate File 650. Although the bills did not succeed, the fact that they were introduced shows the growing momentum of constitutional carry.

Constitutional carry was also proposed in Alabama, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin. It was proposed and passed in South Dakota, but was vetoed by Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Now, consider state-level efforts to enact campus carry, thereby removing restrictions that deny Second Amendment-protected rights on college and university campuses.

A key example is Kansas, where campus carry is slated to become the law of the land on July 1, despite House Democrats’ efforts to derail it. Campus carry was signed into law in 2013 with the caveat that colleges and universities would have four years to put security measures like armed guards and metal detectors in place if they wanted to designate certain buildings as gun-free. Without such security measures, law-abiding students are viewed as providing their own security via the arms they bear.

On April 2, The Kansas City Star reported that House Minority Leader Jim Ward pushed legislation focused on “out-of-state concealed-carry permits” with the goal of opening a debate that would have allowed amendments to be made to the campus-carry law. Ward’s legislation failed, and campus carry is still scheduled to take effect July 1.

Lawmakers in Georgia have passed campus carry for the second year in a row, and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law. Last year, the Georgia House passed campus carry on Feb. 22, and the state’s Senate followed suit on March 11. Deal actually campaigned for campus carry as it moved from the House to the Senate, but then did an about-face and vetoed it after the Senate passed it.

Deal was heavily pressured to veto the legislation by university presidents and other academics. Other gun controllers pressured Deal as well, and a common theme in all the complaints was a lack of exemptions of on-campus daycare facilities. This year’s bill contains the exemption for daycares.

Also, consider the state-level push for “Stand Your Ground” laws.

These laws shield law-abiding citizens who must exercise their right to self-defense in a life-or-death situation. They do this by removing any requirement that law-abiding citizens attempt to retreat before using lethal force to defend their lives while under attack. In simple terms, law-abiding citizens can stand his or her ground and use whatever force necessary to protect their lives and the lives of their families.

On April 4, the Iowa Senate voted 33-17 to pass legislation containing a “Stand Your Ground” statute. The Des Moines Register reported that the bill’s “language on standing one’s ground says a law-abiding person does not have a duty to retreat before using deadly force with a gun.” In other words, it is “Stand Your Ground” 101. The bill already passed the House but must return for another vote because the Senate made changes to it.

Stand Your Ground Law
Stand Your Ground Law

Florida already has a “Stand Your Ground” law, but lawmakers are working to strengthen it by shifting the burden of proof from the citizen to the state. The legislation being pushed will force the state to disprove a “Stand Your Ground” defense instead of putting the onus on the armed citizen. The legislation is contained in SB 128, a bill the Florida House passed on April 5

While House Democrats criticized SB 128 and warned of increased violence if it becomes law, the Miami Herald quoted Republican state Rep. Gayle Harrell saying, “This is not about violence; this is not about guns. … This is about the rule of law and the protection our Constitution has guaranteed us.

There have also been—and continue to be—state-level efforts to speed up the process by which domestic victims with a restraining order against an ex-boyfriend or violent spouse acquire a concealed-carry permit. The fundamental thought behind such a push is the attempt to avoid the travesty that America witnessed on June 3, 2015, when an unarmed Carol Bowne was attacked and killed by her ex-boyfriend, against whom she had previously secured a restraining order.

Breitbart News reported that Bowne lived in Berlin Township, N.J., and applied for a permit to own a gun on April 21, 2015. Six weeks later, while she was still waiting for the state to grant her permission to own a gun for self-defense, her boyfriend cornered her in her own driveway and stabbed her to death.

In the spirit of saving women from such savagery, Virginia lawmakers passed legislation to allow domestic abuse victims to carry a gun immediately upon securing a protective order against a violent boyfriend or spouse. The legislation would have granted the abuse victim 45 days from the issuance of the order to carry a gun for self-defense while she completed the carry licensing process.

While passed by the Legislature, the measure—HB 1852—was vetoed by Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe. He issued a statement with the veto in which he wrongly claimed that allowing domestic abuse victims to bypass the concealed permit application process weakens the “commonwealth’s gun safety laws.”

Similar legislation is under consideration in Indiana, and stalking victim Dawn Hillyer is urging lawmakers to pass it. The Journal Gazette reports that Hillyer was stalked for six years, during which time she lived in “constant fear.” After securing a protective order against her stalker, Hillyer applied for a concealed-carry permit, only to wait more than two months before receiving it. In those two months she learned a different lesson—protective orders are not enough; women need handguns.

Hillyer is now actively lobbying lawmakers to pass HB 1071, the measure which would allow victims who secure protective orders to carry a gun while their concealed-carry permit application is being processed. This would mean no more 60-day waits for a means of self-defense. And it would also mean more women would have a legal way to defend their lives instead of losing them to a violent former boyfriend or husband who cares little about the limitations posed by a protective order.

In summary, the Second Amendment is alive and well in the states.

Constitutional carry, campus carry, stand your ground, and special carry allowances for the most vulnerable among us are just a few examples of how states are working to protect and expand the exercise of those rights Americans possess by birth.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with awr Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter @AWRHawkins, or reach him directly via email at

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:

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SCTP National Tournament on Pace to Set Records

2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program
2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program

Scholastic Clay Target Program

USA -( The month of June is a peak time for Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) team activity across the country, and if the first day of registration for the SCTP National Championships is any indicator, there will be record crowds again in Ohio for the July culminating event.

Registration for SCTP Nationals opened June 1 and in the first 24 hours of open registration for the July 8-15 National Championships, 132 teams from 23 different states registered over 2,000 athletes.

Combined registrations in all SCTP events totaled 4,396 compared to 3,804 for the first 24 hours of tournament registration one year ago.

An additional 70-80 SCTP teams are expected to register prior to the July 5 deadline.

“These numbers are absolutely incredible!” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP national director. “We had almost as many athletes and registrations in one day this year as we had in total at last year’s National Championships! People are excited about this year’s tournament for sure!”

The 2017 event at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio, is on track to outpace the 2016 SCTP National event, which finished with 2,176 athletes and 4,576 event entries.

While the numbers are already up significantly from last year’s registrations, Wondrash points out that there is still room at the spacious Cardinal Center.

“There are many times and dates still available for this year’s National Championships. We encourage teams to join us in July to continue the fun throughout the summer!”

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program will also hold its National Junior/Senior Championships in conjunction with the SCTP tournament. SASP Nationals registration opened on May 18 and currently has 342 athletes from 32 teams across 13 states registered to shoot.

SASP registrations currently total 642 already out-pacing the 542 total entries from 2016. Teams may register for the SASP National Championships through July 5. The 1911 division first being offered at Nationals already has 62 entries


About the National Championships:

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) 2017 National Championships will take place near Marengo, Ohio, at the Cardinal Shooting Center July 8-15. The eight-day event is expected to draw around 2,500 youth from over 30 states. Over one million shots will be fired during the event with around $16 million generated in economic impact. Participating teams are organized and coached by certified volunteer leaders and have participated in their SCTP/SASP state championship event.

To learn more about how you can start a SCTP or SASP team in your area or become a sponsor for the championship event, go to their website.


About Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation:

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.

For more information about SSSF, visit their website.

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Making a G.O.O.D PLAN: Get Out Of Dodge

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

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Basically a GOOD Plan is life’s Plan B. Plan A, is what we are currently living. We live in society that pretty much provides for all our basic needs and then some. Plan A is where the electric is always on, clean water comes out of the faucet, when you dial 911 someone shows up to help you. Plan A is where babies are born in hospitals, our kids are educated in schools to prepare them for employment, were adults working at jobs to receive monetary compensation so they can exchange it for things they need and want. Plan A is where some people get married, have kids, enjoy comfortable retirement, and then die. Plan A is commonly referred to as the “Center Holds”. We live a life of electricity, gas for our cars, food available nearly everywhere, and a government that provides a degree of law and order and responds to most emergency that may befall us.

Most of us are on board with Plan A. But what if Plan A fails? What if the Center doesn’t hold? What if events, beyond your control, fall upon you and change all you know and expect from life. Do you have a Plan B? What if you find that you can no long stay in your current home due to lack of power, water and food? What if your neighborhood is no longer safe and you have to leave, to “Get Out Of Dodge”. Where would you go? How would you get there? How would you live once you got there? What is your Plan B?

The primary purpose of this document is to get you thinking about Plan B. And to provide a very basic understanding of things to consider if you decide to develop a Plan B. As with Plan A you layout goals and acquire resources that will support you Plan A goals. Same with Plan B, you develop goals, then start acquiring resources.

The purpose of a GOOD Plan is to get you, and your family, to a place of safety and survival before SHTF (Shit Hits The Fan). Your plan needs to be executable and based in reality. A good GOOD Plan will answer three questions.

  • Where are you going?
  • When do you leave?
  • What are you taking?

Finally, you need to communicate your GOOD plan with your family. Doesn’t help to have a plan if no one’s aware of it.


Survival Retreat

A GOOD Plan assumes that you will be leaving your current / normal place of residence for a Survival Retreat. However, if you currently live in a place that meets the basic requirement of a Survival Retreat, then there is no reason to leave.
A Survival Retreat is a predetermined place that you would be living at for at least a year. By predetermined I mean that you know where the place is, you know how to get there and, if you don’t own it, then you are expected by the owner or have their permission to stay.

The basic first requirements for a retreat is no different from any piece of real estate, it all starts with location. A retreat that is remote, and off the beaten path is preferred over one that is in or next to populated areas. Your retreat needs to be defendable. It needs to have access to fresh water, and a fuel/energy source.

Fresh water can come from rivers, streams, lakes or rainfall. A retreat fuel/energy source is either one that you have stockpiled like gasoline or diesel fuels. Or ones that you have developed like wind, solar, and/or hydro. Additionally, there are natural energy sources like trees, and coal that can be harvested and burned.

Consideration should be given as to how the retreat will support your family. It is large enough? If you plan to grow food, is land suitable for gardening? Can you protect the food you grow from wildlife?

As to defending a retreat, the best ones don’t need defending. Meaning its location is such that access is difficult or well concealed. The goal is to be able to fend off a small band of four to six attackers. What is the most likely avenue of attack? What can you do to neutralize that avenue? For attacks by groups larger than six you need to have a means of escape. The escape route needs to be concealed and will get you and your family out of harms’ way.

Another consideration is your route of travel to the retreat. Ideally you will be leaving before there are roadblocks. But in case you don’t and the primary route is blocked. You need to have a secondary route. Neither route should depend on things like ferries or airplanes. Both routes should be ones that if needed you could walk.

Other things to consider when selecting a retreat

  • What is its condition, are repairs needed?
  • Does it have a means of heating and cooking without electric or gas?
  • Is it physically large enough to support your family?
  • If you don’t there full time and you stockpile resources, can it be secure?

Ideally you have stockpiled enough food, water, and other survival gear at your retreat that will support your group through at least the first year. This will give to time to establish a mean of addition food source, like a garden, bartering or developing your hunting and fishing skills.

An eye-opening exercise is to make a list of all the things you would need for you and your family to survive for a year without being restocked, access to support systems like medical services, and no power, running water or sewage service.
How much food would you need, how about clothing, medical supplies, weapons and ammo? What knowledge or skills would you need?

Once you have the list, cross off all the items you currently have. I think you will find that other than a camp stove and sleeping bags and some clothing you are in need of a lot of shit.


bug out before disaster

In developing a GOOD Plan there are two terms that need defined and given consideration that help in determine when to Get Out Of Dodge.

The first term is tipping point. A tipping point is a moment in time that due to a series of events or one major event the odds of society collapsing and going off the deep end, are the same odds as the center holding and life pretty much continue as it has, otherwise a moment when things could go either way. Pandemics, economic collapse and national wide civil unrest are the events that would lead to a tipping point.

A collapse of society is better known to “preppers” as TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It). While TEOTWAWKI indicates once things go to hell, they stay that way forever. I believe that after a period of time things will return to a more civilized / normal way of life. The challenge will be to survive till it does. This leads to two questions, how bad will it get? And how long will it last? The theory is, the worst things gets, the longer it lasts, the longer it lasts, the worst things will get.

The second term is trip wire event (TWE), this is an event or events that when it happen, tells you it’s time to GOOD. The term trip wire comes from the practice of stringing a wire around your camp about 4” off the ground. The wire is connected to a device that can warn you that an intruder is attempting to enter your camp. A TWE is a warning that in the near future shit is going to hit fan. The challenge with TWE is that different events that would result in TEOTWAWKI would have different trip wires. For example, a TWE for a pandemic is different from those for an economic collapse. Though a major pandemic would, or could cause an economic collapse. If you wait to GOOD till the economic collapse you’re leaving too late. TWEs are also flexible and always being reevaluated.

Another challenge with TWEs is selecting ones that when they happen there is enough time to allow you to GOOD before TEOTWAWKI. Like a trip wire around your camp site. Too close to the camp and there’s no time to react. A TWE needs to be before the SHTF, meaning before the electrical power is off, before the grocery stores are out of food, before all the gas stations are closed, before police and firefighters stop showing up for work, before there are roadblocks (either those set up by the government or the ones set up by morons with guns).

Also when considering TWE you don’t want ones that are not so far in advance of the SHTF that you GOOD before it’s necessary. The same is true for a campsite tripwire, too far away can having you react to something that was not really a threat. Staying put till the right time to GOOD will allow you to continue gathering supplies.

In putting together a GOOD Plan you can categorize TEOTWAWKI events into one of two types, CONSIDERED EVENTS and NON-CONSIDERED EVENTS. A Considered Event is one that could happen and you can prepare for it. A Non-considered Event is one that is damn near impossible to happen or if it does no amount of prepping will save you.

Below are Considered Events that I believe warrant the execution of our GOOD plan.

Power Grid Down:
There are three main power grids in this country, Eastern, Western and Texas. All are susceptible to hacking or physical sabotage. The loss of one grid would have a direct impact on the other two. Experts estimate that if the grid is taking down by a hacker it could take months to a year to get the system back up. Experts also say that it’s not a matter of if the grid is hack but more of a matter of when.

Economic Collapse:
This event will have plenty of warnings but when it happens it will hit hard and fast. The impact will push many people over the edge. Don’t wait too long to GOOD. Another challenge in this event will be to have a stockpiled a resource that will have value after the collapse that you can use to barter with for things you don’t have but need to survive.

Pandemic is basically an outbreak of a disease that is highly contagious, deadly and wide-spread. It could start in any part of the world. The primary goal will be to get away from areas of large populations or if you can’t get away, have a means to isolate yourself from those who are infected.

Civil Unrest:
This event will undoubtedly happen during a pandemic and economy collapse. But there is a long list of other event that could result in wide-spread civil unrest. The primary challenge will be security, protecting your family and resources.

The following are Non-considered Events that I have no intention of planning for.

  • Global thermonuclear war (this would not include a single nuclear attack by a terrorist)
  • An attack/invasion by aliens from outer space
  • A plague that results in people who die becoming flesh-eating zombies
  • The earth being sucked into a black hole
  • The earth being hit by a planet killing asteroid (ELE, Extinctions Level Event)


Ideally you have stockpile resources at your retreat and the items you’re taking are minimal. For the most part you will need damn near everything you didn’t stockpiled. Your GOOD Plan should list out what you’re taking. The recommendation is to pack based on priorities of, security first (weapons and ammo), first aid/medical, then all the non-perishable food you have in your home, any camping gear you have, any type of fuel, and if you have one, take your generator. If space allows, load up clothing, linen, “How To” books, tools and any items that might be used for barter. My recommendation is bring the dog but leave the cat (unless you are willing to eat the cat).


shtf disaster

Besides for being prepped up with survival supplies and resources, you need to also prep your mind. You need to be mentally prepared for the weeks and months ahead. Prepare to make tough decisions. Decisions that may, and can mean the difference between life and death. So what can you expect? If you think about it, about a week or so after SHTF there’s a good chance basic services, like police, fire and medical responses will be gone or greatly decreased. Once power is off for the entire area for more than three days there’s a good chance things are only going to go from bad to worst. If you turn on a portable TV or radio and the only broadcast is emergency information message telling you to stay at home and wait further orders or tell you were the nearest FEMA camp is located. You can bet the economy is near to or in the process of collapsing.

Once the economy has collapsed the only person still working will be mostly be the first responders and the military. And they will stop showing up once they sense that their families are at risk. Once that happens there goes the last means of public security. Hopefully before any of this happens you and your family will be at a survival retreat. Regardless were you are you will be on your own.

Without securing items like food, water and protection will be mostly gone. If there is no public security people will stop showing up for work and stay home to protect their family. There will be hard times in the first weeks and months. Due to the lack of resources like food, drinking water, medical support and electricity there will be a lot of people dying. The first to go will be the physically impaired. People that cannot fend for themselves, or cannot move under their own power, people who depend on regular medication to stay alive. Nearly all these people will be dead in the first week or less. The next group to go will be the poor. With little or no resources to start with, most will holdout in their homes and apartments waiting, hoping that “someone”is coming to help them. Prior to a total collapse some of the poor and unprepared will be “helped” by the government in being relocated to a FEMA camp. These camps will offer food, shelter, and security until the military collapses. At that point the things with fall into chaos as it did at the Superdome during Katrina. The camp will collapse into a “dog-eat-dog” environment. It will be brutal and deadly. In my option these camps are to be avoided at all costs.

As to the healthy but unprepared a number of them will be injured or killed trying to find a means of survival or escape the cities. Without medical attention the injured will succumb to their wounds/injuries. In a SHTF world, if you are not prepared, a broken arm or leg, a laceration that is allowed to become infected can kill you. The unprepared people who last the longest will and can pose the biggest threat by forming into predatory gangs. These gangs will be armed, mobile and lethal. They will do whatever they want to secure food and resources. As they consume the resources in an area they will move on to other areas of opportunity. Some will travel by vehicle once they figure out how to connect a generator up to a gas pump. Ours will move on foot. The leaders of these gangs will more in likely have been criminals prior to SHTF or maybe military training or both. Due to being forced to “live off the land” these gangs will likely be mostly male and consist of less than 20 people. There are two options for dealing with these gangs. The first, and best option, is to avoid contact. Stay concealed and under the radar. The second is to attack and kill them before they attack and kill you. My guess is that most of these groups will relocate to parts of the country where the climate is mild year round.

In a long-term survival situation, there are lots of areas you will have to be mentally prepared for. Of all of them death will be the most challenging. Death of a love one or a vital member of the group can leave you mentally vulnerable and weak. Your challenge will be to morn but not let the event push you into a feeling of hopelessness. Every member of your group needs to be physically and mentally strong. The way to strengthen your body is through exercise. The same is true for the mind. Your group will need to hold regular meeting to discuss events that can happen. This will help to prepare the group mentally for impactful events. Discussing responses to events and making a plan will help to prevent confusion and inaction if the event occurs.

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What Is Evil Unto You, Do Not To Unto Others

By John Farnam

Scary Skull Shadow Evil
What Is Evil Unto You, Do Not To Unto Others
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( “Never open the door to a ‘lesser evil,’ for greater ones invariably slink in after it.” ~ Baltasar Gracián

Comments on my last Quip, from a colleague and Rabbi:

“Centuries ago, Rabbi Hillel (of so goes the legend), was asked by a skeptic if he could succinctly define his religion, all while standing on one foot. The latter requirement was added so as to put an emphasis on getting to the point quickly!

His answer (loosely translated) was:

‘What is evil unto you, do not to unto others. The rest is commentary. Now, go and study.’

Modern-day terrorists are mostly happy to have what they ‘do unto others’ being ‘done unto them.’ They will for example, voluntarily blow themselves up. Thus, blowing up others is consistent with Rabbi Hillel’s definition, but for the ‘commentary.’

I think that places them, and all VCAs (Violent Criminal Actors), outside the definition of ‘humanity!’

Darwin spoke of human evolution as something that relentlessly moves us in the direction of survival of our species. For terrorists, if their route is the path to specie survival, we’re all doomed, and relatively quickly!

Accordingly, in my opinion, we denizens of Western Civilization are all obligated, by the future of our genetics, to stay alert and prepared, so that the best of humanity is preserved and enhanced, indeed is worth preserving!

Even so, there are still ‘acts of nature,’ (‘Force Majur,’ I think they’ re called) so staying alert and prepared always remains invaluable, and at the heart of our personal arsenal, whether threats take human form or not.

And, that suggests that we are obligated to have the ‘arsenal’ to begin with!”

My comment:

The foregoing was recognized as “self-evident” by this nation’s heroic Founders, and thus wisely embodied within our Second Amendment.

Evil is real, and it fatally infects souls of many. Pretending evil does not exist is a certain recipe for a short life!

Our war with evil, and evil men, is currently (in case you haven’t noticed) a shooting war. We have to fight!

The only question is:

Are you prepared to fight effectively, or are you just another naive VBC (Victim, by Choice)?

Either way, evil is coming to a place near you – ready or not!

“Resolution to avoid evil is seldom framed until evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.” ~ Thomas Hardy


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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