Cheeterz speed loaders are essentially stripper clips for pistol magazines that require manipulation and movement of the clip and cartridges rather than stripping. Those familiar with AR-15 stripper clips are the "spoon" that acts as a guide. All you do is push down on the cartridge stack. Cheeterz are intended to be shipped loaded with factory ammo in lieu of the standard 50 round tray that ammo is packed into now.-
They claim that they are faster to use than manual loading, but I doubt it. The movement looks like it has to be practiced. It looks like a remote control version of loading a magazine with your fingers. The fine motor skills required to precisely align the clip & cartridges, then basically perform the standard push down, stuff, and push back movement, but with the clip instead of fingers, is going to be problematic.
My mom easily grasped the concept of loading a pistol magazine when I showed it to her. What was troublesome was the spring pressure when several cartridges were loaded. She has no problem using an Uplula loader at all though.
I don't see this as being successful because the loading movements are so finicky. It's a tough, delicate movement to anyone with hand strength or dexterity issues. With this device, there is no feedback from the fingers and the whole thing has to be accomplished visually with one hand that is not only holding and steadying the clip, but is trying to make detailed movements.
I think the idea of replacing ammo trays with a quick loader is a good idea, but the execution is wanting here. A disposable plastic stripper clip right out of the box would be nice, but it has to be easy to use like an actual stripper clip.
Former Nevada Air National Guard Captain James Upton, 40, of Reno was convicted of battery with a deadly weapon stemming from a bad defensive gun use in 2017. We blogged about this story and another defensive gun use gone bad.
He confronted teenagers in a local park after they were behaving "suspiciously" and as he claimed, one approached him aggressively and was waving his arms around. The teenager was wounded in his legs with a non-life threatening injury.
I didn't attend the trial and have no more details, but it very well may have been three teenage friends that lied about what happened and condemned this guy. He may have legitimately been in fear for his life and was justified using his gun, but the two other teens defended their shot friend. Or he could be a dumbass and getting what he deserved.
First, do not use deadly force unless they are presenting a truly deadly threat to you or threatening great bodily harm. If it can be said you started the fight or if you can walk away with no one getting hurt, do it. You don't need to be defending your freedom. Lawful force can be used to fend off an attack, but it has to be proportionate.
Second, do not talk to the police without an attorney present. You cannot talk your way out of trouble.
Finally, get a plan like a USCCA to get you a lawyer in a crisis and to help with defense costs. USCCA can have an attorney respond to represent you after arrest or in the aftermath of legit defensive shooting. They will not only pay for your defense up front, but can also provide indemnity for civil suits.
Even if all you ever use from them is the magazine (which is top notch) and the training materials, you have the piece of mind of having $100,000 up to $250,000 for legal defense and $500,000 to $2 million for civil defense. If you are involved in a shooting, you don’t have to scramble to try to find an attorney.
All you have to do is pull your membership card out of your wallet and call the 24/7 hotline for a specialist defense attorney come to your aid. Even if everything is 100% above board with your self-defense incident, an attorney can bring you piece of mind and comfort while the police interview you. Join the USCCA today and get the piece of mind that comes with knowing there is always someone who will have your back. Keep your savings for you and your family; let your membership foot the bill.
Just like you hope to never use your gun, but if you do, make sure you have someone on call to represent you and the funds to defend yourself.
Gun rights activists, including Nevada's own Amanda Collins-Johnson gathered at UNR recently to discuss campus carry. Here's are some recaps:
Sexual assault survivors team up for pro-Second Amendment ‘Feminism and Firearms’ campus event
OKAFOR AND COLLINS REOPEN CAMPUS CONCEALED CARRY DEBATE, MOTIVATE UNR STUDENTS AND ALUMNAE TO VISIT LOCAL RANGE
Firearms and Feminism: Gun rights activists speak at UNR
Concealed Carry on Campus? One UNR Faculty Member is All For It
Today (October 25) is St. Crispin’s Day. On this day in 1415, the English Army had its greatest victory at the Battle of Agincourt in today’s Azincourt, France. This battle is memorialized in Shakespeare’s Henry V where the titular character gives a stirring speech known as the “St. Crispin’s Day Speech” where the phrase “band of brothers” originated. I’d like to think that it has something to do with us having a right to keep and bear arms and a Second Amendment in our time.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
The battle took place as part of the Hundred Years’ War, one of the many battles between the English and the French over the French throne. The English army was headed back to England when the French cut them off from the Channel thus requiring King Henry and his men to fight their way out. Historical accounts vary, but the English were at approximately half-strength and wildly outnumbered. The French correctly assumed the battle would be a slaughter, but guessed wrong on who the victor would be.
The English arrayed themselves in one line of mostly archers on the wings to funnel the French into the infantry into the center. The French had full forces of archers, infantry, and cavalry. The cavalry charged the English lines intending to break the battle lines for the French infantry to then exploit the chaos. But what happened marked the rise of projectile weapons and distance warfare.
The English longbow was a fearsome weapon. It was tall, strong and its arrow was capable of penetrating armor, whereas more conventional short bows and crossbows couldn’t, or struggled, to do this. Longbows could shot hundreds of yards relatively accurately. They were “wonder weapons.” Volleys of arrows could fill the sky and cover vast sections of troops, a lot like blackpowder musket volley fire and the machine gun “beaten zone” concepts. English troops could kill at a distance with impunity, reducing their enemy before they got close.
That’s exactly what happened at Agincourt. Longbowmen picked off the French cavalry charge, which was never able to regroup for second attack. The English lines held. As the French infantry marched on in increasing disarray, the archers continued to shoot, winnowing down the forces as they struggled to cross a muddy field. By the time the French arrived at the English lines for hand-to-hand combat, they had been diminished considerably.
The day lead to victory for the English and has become an immortal part of our culture, thanks in part to William Shakespeare. But more so, this victory and others before it in the war, lead to a reverence for the longbow, even as tactics changed to blunt its effectiveness in battle and gunpowder became common.
Now at this time, English armies were typically raised from volunteers and militias. The citizen-soldier concept is an old one. Englishmen kept their weapons at home and were often obligated to do so. Longbow practice was required. In fact, ownership of firearms and shooting with them was restricted in favor of the longbow into the reign of Henry VIII specifically to keep that skill alive. Despite what anti-gunners might claim about English firearm laws in the 16th and 17th century, those laws were not intended to deprive the average, Protestant Englishman of firearms.
With the demonstration at Agincourt of what long-distance projectile fire could do, firearms were now a viable concept. Technology just had to catch up, and it did. Firearms required less skill than longbows (thus the English drive to preserve archery skill), while giving much of the same advantage. As firearms became common and finally supplanted longbows, English militia men began keeping firearms at home, supplanting their bows and hand-to-hand weapons. By the time of the American colonies, it was de rigeur that the colonists would have firearms at home. The English tradition of armed individuals for combat was hundreds of years old by the time of the Revolution.
In England, one didn’t have the same need for a firearm as American colonists and frontiersman did. England was a relatively peaceful place. The wolves and other wild beasts had been extirpated ages ago. While English and Scots warred amongst themselves in particular, there was no hostile, native population like our Indians that attacked farmers. Self-defense against thugs was done by hand with knives or clubs as useful pistols didn’t really exist.
What made firearms common and necessary for survival in America didn’t exist in England. Rather, aside from isolated sport, Englishmen had weapons to practice and maintain their skill at the art of war. Firearm ownership was born in the idea that every man was capable of being a soldier and should practice that skill.
So while there are many reasons how and why the right to keep and bear arms and the militia system came to be established in our Anglo-American tradition, it’s nice to think that this day, so well celebrated by the Bard, is responsible for our Second Amendment.
Watch the video. Kenneth Branagh is absolutely spectacular and it's one of the most rousing speeches you'll ever hear.
The Humboldt County Commission recently passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution in response to a grassroots effort. In the wake of a contentious meeting Sept. 30 with Sheriff Mike Allen, the sheriff is facing a recall effort organized by Dawn Principe, the owner of Sage Hill Arms of Winnemucca.
During the hearing on red flag laws, the response from county law enforcement was mixed. It was clear that the officials were not exactly pleased with anti-gun money and Las Vegas Democrats putting them in this position. However, what appears to have gone unsaid is that for liability reasons, law enforcement has to use this tool in extreme circumstances.
What was left out of the discussions is the mention of probable cause. Probable cause is the standard for the issuance of search warrant under the Fourth Amendment and if a red flag order can be substantiated on probable cause, it is likely constitutional. Such cause would be things like specific threats or plans. Why an ordinary search warrant and existing conspiracy laws couldn't be used is a matter of agenda. Red flag laws are a concerted effort by hoplopaths to lower the bar to confiscate guns.
While Humboldt County will probably not start seizing anyone and everyone's guns for the slightest pretext, the possibilities of these laws are frightening. Also, it was unfortunate to see the county officials pointing fingers at the legislature and court system. DDA Kevin Pasquale said “we’re not the ones who get to decide if a law is unconstitutional. A judge has to decide it’s unconstitutional.”
While that's true, courts frequently abuse the constitution. Judicial review was created by the US Supreme Court in its decision Marbury v. Madison. Judicial review of laws is not in the Constitution so courts, for good or bad, are not the final arbiter of what is and isn't constitutional. Sadly, we've let them have that power. Yet this cop-outs sound remarkably like Nazi's on trial in Weimar Germany who said "I was just following orders."
If Sheriff Allen wants to abide by his moral standard to protect people, he damn well better be right that the person who loses their guns is a dangerous psycho. This problem could be solved by relying on probable cause that the person is about to commit a crime (conspiracy) or by scheduling an emergency court hearing where the person can defend himself. Personally, I think the moral standard is more of an excuse against liability if the sheriff doesn't take the guns and the anti-gun media jumps on him.
The Thousand Oaks, CA, Borderline killer was contacted by deputies and never met the criteria for being a threat to himself or others. The same was for the USCB/Isla Vista, CA, killer, the killer at Virginia Tech, and many others. Red flag laws are at best a liability and comfort blanket for the "do something crowd" and at worst a way to harass gun owners.
No sheriff or government official should be denying people their due process rights nor confiscating property without probable cause.
Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a form of technology where a computer can recognize letters in a photo or document and convert it to searchable text. You may be familiar with this from scanned books or searchable Adobe PDF scanned documents.
Google and Facebook have applied this technology to photographs posted online to allow someone to search for a serial number to find a photo of a gun posted on line. The Firearm Blog broke the story.
Stop posting photos of your gun & serial number online immediately. I don't need to go into details on how this can and will eventually be misused. The days of blurring the serial number so some idiot won't try and report your gun as his "stolen" gun are a minor thing in the rearview mirror now.
Speaking of OCR, David Codrea of The War on Guns blog recently posted a link to an ATF newsletter that talks about electronic storing of Form 4473s. Codrea writes: "That electronic 4473 storage variance looks like all it's waiting for is a Democrat majority to reverse the FOPA database appropriations prohibition..."
Federal law currently prohibits an electronic gun registry. To trace a gun now, the ATF must manually go through paper records, tracking a gun from maker, to dealer, to first buyer, and so on. This is a laborious process that often requires identifying the store where the bad guy bought the gun (or searching dozens of stores).
It is a matter of time before dealers are required to keep electronic databases instead of boxes of Form 4473s and a matter of time before the massive ATF file center in West Virginia filled with 4473s and other records is digitized. Then, based on original purchase records, we will have a nearly-full firearm registry. All it will take to expose an old private sale is the seller to give up your name from his Bill of Sale.
Read the articles and keep your data as safe as possible.
A librarian in Pahrump wants to institute a gun ban.
After facing overwhelming opposition from citizens, the Nye County Library District is begging people to come in and "express their fears" as our source in Pahrump has put it. The specific wording of paragraph 2 is a call for people to state they are opposed to defensive handgun carry around children.
This special message is nothing but a blatant attempt by the library to get parents to "gang up" on the right to bear arms. Apparently, manipulating the rules and behaving like general scumbags is not confined to the Las Vegas libraries. Plenty of citizens will come to express their views, but unless Bloomberg trucks in Las Vegas moms, the opinions won't be in support of the gun ban.
This is all because one 18 year old woman openly carries at storytime with her young siblings and refused to backdown because the librarian was uncomfortable. If a plurality of the public opposes the ban, then in a democratic society without good cause (and gun-free zones are bad ideas almost everywhere outside of prisons) the library trustees cannot pass a regulation because one hoplophobe employee things guns in the kid's are are incongruous.
Criminals target places like gun-free zones with children because they are soft targets, undefended by police or security. This isn't about someone being unsafe or irresponsible. It's because a scared, liberal librarian doesn't want a legally armed woman in the library.
If Nevada didn't unconstitutionally prohibit most 18-20 year olds from carrying concealed, a compromise could be made.
Note that no argument has been made that guns pose a danger. An employee just doesn't like the optics of having them around children. The trustees likely know if they push a total gun ban the citizens of Nye County won't have it.
The county commission should de-establish the library district and make it a subordinate department of the county directly, thus eliminating the ability of the trustees to apply the LVCCLD doctrine.
A few weeks ago, Summerlin was facing robberies by a man who forced women to take off their clothes and pose for pictures. He then tried to blackmail them via Snapchat. He's been caught and is facing charges including sexual assault for fondling his victims.
What we're learning now is that the second victim, a female pizza delivery driver, pulled a gun from her glove compartment, causing the man to flee.
Gun save lives and stop crimes.
Humboldt County Commission passed an ordinance Oct. 7 affirming support for the Second Amendment.
SUMMARY: A NON PARTISAN RESOLUTION DECLARING THE COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT, NEVADA TO BE A “SECOND AMENDMENT SUPPORTING COUNTY” RESOLUTION NUMBER: 10-07-19a
Taken with permission from the original poster on a local gun forum:
The board was clearly not expecting any turnout on this issue. They had our group crowd around a table in their board room instead of using one of the larger meeting rooms. It was made clear that they were going to go by Robert's Rules of Order when they announced that comments on the rules change would have to wait until that part of the meeting. Imagine a room about the size of a kitchen with a big table in the middle, the board all seated, and a small crowd surrounding them. Our family was present in full: myself, my wife, my 18 year old daughter and then the smaller children at 8 and 2. Three county commissioners attended: Leo Blundo, John Koenig, and Donna Cox.
Commissioner Koenig opened the comments by making clear that the NRS citation was incorrect and what they were doing was illegal. He spoke for several minutes making the matter clear that this action was not acceptable to Nye county. Then my family spoke with me taking the lead taking the NRS code to task and demonstrating that a lack of clear understanding of the law (as demonstrated by grossly incorrect reference) also demonstrated a clear lack of understanding of the extent of understanding of law that those who carry must understand and live by. I also pointed out how this was incongruent with Nye county as a second amendment sanctuary. I then pointed out that there has been no problem in the library of late with people brandishing firearms and the like. In fact, I pointed out that the manager had said to us that this rules change was a direct result of her feeling uncomfortable with my well trained 18 year old daughter carrying openly in the library for "storytime" with her 2 year old little sister. In my conclusion, I pointed out this change was not based on law or problems, but on feelings alone from the following false syllogism: guns are dangerous, someone has a holstered gun nearby, therefore that person is dangerous.
My wife then spoke to the fact that banning guns has never worked and before someone thinks that "this won't happen in Pahrump" she pointed out that Sutherland Springs, with a population of 600, never expected anything to happen either. She went on later to question the application of the rule: will the library tape off the section? Will they feel more comfortable with her standing inches away from the "barrier"? What happens if her child becomes unruly? Will the police be called if she were to go in a get her?
Then our 18 year old daughter, at the center of this issue, spoke to the issue of how long it takes for the police to arrive when someone carrying can respond instantly. She went on to point out that she open carries because, by law, she is not allowed to conceal carry but she had been trained around firearms since she was very young and now she is a twice distinguished graduate of Front Sight and had competed in the Washington State IDPA championship. These are all summaries of our comments as there was more.
The opposition then spoke their minds, all of which was tailored to feelings: "I feel kids should have a safe place" and "I don't feel we should have guns around the kids" and the like. Then, Commissioners Blundo and Cox spoke to close out the comments time to point out that this was unacceptable in no uncertain terms.
Judging from the expressions of the board, it would seem that their minds were already made up prior to the public comments. However, they were clearly shown that their citation was completely wrong and they were also treading in an opposite direction from the community. So, the matter was tabled until the chairman of the board could speak with the district attorney and sheriff...something the county commissioners encouraged. It was proposed by the board to do a community survey to see what the community thought but the opposition did not favor that as they felt the results would be "skewed"...interesting comment on their part. However, there was quite a bit of laxity on the Robert's Rules as some individuals were allowed to speak out of order with comments that were nothing short of demonstrating their lack of knowledge on the matter of the lawful use of arms and simply inflammatory. While this was disappointing, overall the meeting did see this put on hold pending investigation. It will be brought up again at the next meeting on TUESDAY (not Monday) November 12th at 10AM in the bigger meeting room. We will want to have many more to come if possible.
Side note: there were three of us open carrying, two of which were county commissioners (I was the other).
During the meeting, the manager, who is on the board, let slip what their true intentions were. On the meeting agenda, it stated that they wanted no firearms in the storytime room. She then further clarified what that meant by saying that she didn't want firearms in the storytime room OR in the children's area but then went on to say that they wanted everyone to leave them in their car. So, not only did she not understand the law but she couldn't even give a consistent stance on what they wanted to do.
Clayton E. Cramer
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