And when we go to to see what we did wrong:
Speech they don't like?
Uh, I guess the ad algorithm needs some work because the whole site is about weapons. If I had to guess, someone programmed the machine to get weak-needed over "ghost guns."
If we ever loose AdSense, don't look for the website to be renewed. It's not worth the effort at that point. Maybe if people donated to help support us, but beyond the cadre of regulars (you know who you are) demand is low. Most people hit one or two pages when they have question and bounce out; i.e. your typical low-information Internet user.
Note: this applies to buyers of the Buy, Build, Shoot Kits, not individual frames, as far as we know yet.
Not that the buyers did anything wrong, but it's sorta of like "oops, this wasn't supposed to get out so now Uncle Sam has to take it from you."
It appears the ATF is stretching the regulations that selling everything all-in-one to make a gun is somehow illegal. The entire idea is to terrorize companies, drive them out of business, and potentially get favorable court rulings encouraging this abuse.
If you have a Polymer 80 handgun Buy, Build, Shoot kit, you may wish to contact a firearms attorney.
This summer, seeing the ammo shortage I wanted to shoot a .22 pistol. Sorry Ruger, the Mark series wasn’t what I was looking for. Although a suppressed version with a red dot sight would be intriguing; but that would be owned for a different purpose.
Specifically what I was looking for was a medium sized pistol with combat type sites so I could practice the mechanics of pistol shooting; drawing, getting a sight picture, and firing. .22 is much cheaper than doing it with 9mm. Yes, one loses out on the recoil aspect, but I specifically bought a .22 to help ingrain muscle memory (and have fun with).
My initial criticism on hearing the announcement of the Glock 44 (besides disappointment it wasn’t something cooler) centered around the 10 round magazine. So my intent was to buy another manufacturer’s pistol.
The one I wanted was the Taurus TX22, which has a 16 round magazine and a MSRP of $349, but a street price closer to $250-300. Alternatively, I would buy a Smith & Wesson MP 22 Compact or a Walther P22Q. The Glock 44 was not on my radar. I had enough of those and wanted something different.
I visited one gun store in late June that was packed. No suitable .22 pistol. Later that week I visited another gun store and all they had was the Glock 44. Reluctantly, I held it and it wasn’t that bad. I decided to buy the pistol on impulse; yes, I didn’t want to leave empty handed, but at least this way I could do a fair shooting review of it.
Out the door the Glock cost me $389 with taxes, higher than the Taurus. I didn’t pay extra fees or wait on a background check because my Nevada CCW permit is on the Permanent Brady Chart, which means you fill out the Form 4473, but they don’t call it in. I was also willing to pay more because of the instant gratification and I prefer to buy guns over-the-counter whenever possible to support my favorite gun stores who don’t make much off of $25 transfer fees from online retailers.
What I Liked
Naturally, I played with the empty pistol at home. I immediately appreciated the ergonomics of the Generation 5 Glocks. No finger grooves, the adjustable backstraps, and no finger hole in the front of the pistol grip. The magazine well is flared to aid with insertion of magazines, which is a small, but very nice touch. I immediately appreciated the forward cocking serrations, but admittedly it is taking some getting used to because for the last 20 years I haven’t cocked a pistol from but the rear of the slide.
Even as much as I enjoyed handling the pistol in my living room, I still couldn’t shake the feeling I made a mistake purchasing it. It was very light, only held 10 rounds, and seemed gimmicky. I’m rather parsimonious with money and wondered if I added another gun, and another Glock Tupperware case, because I have low impulse control. Gun reviews come out of my pocket and selling the gun after the private gun sale ban is a PITA, so odds were that after I was done with it, it would just be taking up space in the safe.
When I took it out in the field, I immediately changed my mind. The gun was a pleasure to shoot. My attitude changed immediately and I understood what Glock was getting at when they designed it. The Gen 5 trigger is a noticeable improvement over previous Glock generations; it’s subtle, but noticeably crisper in breaking.
The pistol is externally the same size as Glock 19, so it fit my holsters for that pistol. Because the slide is so light (polymer on a metal base), the recoil impulse feels close to 9mm. As this was intended as a low-cost training weapon, the closer to 9mm the recoil the more realistic the training. Mechanically I feel like I am working my Glock 19.
The pistol is as accurate as the shooter and ammo will allow. The Gen 5 Marksman Barrel helps with this. The sights are also adjustable, but your mileage may vary. I’ve been using a six-o’clock hold and that seems to work well for me. At five yards, I’ve completely obliterated a one-inch red sticker with a single magazine, which is no mean feat seeing as I’m out of practice and suffer from some forearm issues. I didn’t measure my groups, sorry.
The pistol is also generally reliable. Like all .22s, the complicating factor is the quality of the ammo. Using high-quality, round nose ammo produced the best results. Cheap, hollow-point ammo produced the worst. More often than not, the magazine fed without any problems. I would say you can use whatever ammo you’d like in it, but some brands/bullets may produce varying results.
What I didn’t like
As I said in my original post, I don’t like the 10 round magazines. I’m rather critical that Glock couldn’t increase the magazine capacity to more than that. Taurus has made a reliable 16 round magazine, so 12-14 should not be out of the question for Glock.
Loading cartridges must be done carefully. Rimmed cartridges are known for being unreliable in semi-automatic magazines. Rimmed cases are susceptible to rim lock and the sequential loading to avoid the rims catching creates a curved stack—not a beneficial thing in a straight magazine.
When loading, only lower the follower just enough to push the next round in. Don’t pull the tabs to the bottom and try dropping the cartridges in; load one at a time. . It’s important that the cartridge stack not be allowed to collapse because the rounds will tilt downward and jam.
I bought an aftermarket ProMag 18 round magazine. ProMag is notoriously hit and miss. I did not care for this magazine and would not buy another. Why?
The loading tabs to depress the follower were too small. My fingertips ached after holding them down against the spring pressure. By contrast, the factory Glock magazine has very large, excellent, ribbed tabs.
I could only load the magazine to 17 rounds, max. This was after several difficult attempts due to the cartridge stack collapsing, the rounds jamming, and problems with my fingers due to the tabs and spring pressure making them hurt. I could not load it to 18 rounds.
The spring pressure was too heavy. The heavy spring pressure is unfortunately necessary due to the amount of the cartridges the magazine holds and the increased compression required to give it the putative 18 round capacity.
The cartridge stack collapsed and jammed too much. Once the stack collapsed and the rounds jammed, I had to hold down the loading tabs, shake the magazine upside down, and even use a tool to pop the cartridges free. Once those suckers tilted and stuck, it was hopeless and they had to be freed and re-loaded. This last issue is not ProMag’s fault; it is just that the larger capacity exacerbates the issue, which isn’t helped by how hard it is hold the loading tabs.
The magazine is otherwise reliable and durable, but I load it to only 10 rounds now. I would caution owners to load it to 12-15 rounds maximum.
Magazine capacity aside, I would recommend this pistol to Glock aficionados or others in the market looking for a defensive-style pistol in .22. It is being allowed in some defensive-style matches. For personal use, it is an excellent way to get cheap range time practicing with something very similar to your everyday carry weapon.
I would not recommend it as defensive pistol for women, the disabled, or the elderly. .22LR is not a suitable defensive cartridge (except when it has to be) and the Glock 42 .380 is a much better cartridge, suited for self-defense, and has low recoil.
WSJ: Ghost-Gun Company Raided by Federal Agents
Their supposed crime? Selling "ready to build" kits with an 80% lower in it and all the necessary parts to complete the firearm. The receiver, the legal firearm part, was not complete and required machining by the buyer. ATF is claiming these kits weren't approved by them. Apparently, the ATF has decided to construe all of these things together as manufacturing a complete firearm, or wishes to establish that precedent in court by railroading Polymer80.
The idea here is to terrorize them or use defense costs to bankrupt them out of business. Maybe they can get a plea deal where the company agrees to shutdown? It's unlikely anyone will spring up in their place in this environment. Pour encourager les autes; to encourage the others. It's how the ATF does business, just like the mafia.
The big problem with Polymer80 that the ATF, CA DOJ, and limp-wristed police have is that criminals also use them. Nevermind the hobbyist who wants something he can complete and assemble within his skill-set or the citizen who wants a firearm off-the-books so the tyrannical ATF can't seize it when they finally get the green light to squash the Second Amendment.
Ignore the fact that criminals formerly (and still do) obtained guns through straw purchases, crooked ATFs, burglaries, thefts, and making crappier homemade firearms. No, because Polymer80 is a company that sells these easily, they must be squashed. So ATF is doing it through its vast regulatory power which they will only use when Biden/Harris come to power.
The ATF is without honor and is America's worst rogue agency. Forget about Trump fixing them or Congress reining them in after 2020; there will be no more free and fair elections in America. If the Supreme Court doesn't hand Trump the win, the only chances for reforming a clearly tyrannical government will be through the Second Amendment.
Short version: dude is approached by security who ask, like cops "Do you have anything on you we should know about?" Because he's curious to find out what happens, he answers honestly. They are polite, walk him back to the armory, and disarm him. Apparently this happened in the latter half of 2020.
Notice he doesn't say how he got caught (i.e. printing, scanner, etc). I've carried undetected after October 1 through all major casinos through main entrances, past the front desks, and under the nose of security.
I know a lot of private security for the big Strip casinos. Most of them are cool, pro-2nd Amendment guys, but I'm not cool with anyone who wants to disarm me. Frankly, I see someone who believes in gun rights and self-protection disarming a well-behaved guy with a legally concealed weapon as corporate tools. Basically mercenaries who aren't going to protect you.
This dude slobbering over how cool the veteran security staff is is sorta like the people who say "thank you for your service" unironically to cops as they get a ticket. I'd really be interested in finding out how these casinos are treating armed blacks and Hispanics.
The Strip wants you disarmed because it makes life easier for them. Let's be honest; the rise in violence on the Strip is because prices dropped and poor minorities involved in gangs and drugs came here. Disarming people who have disposable income and want to lose it in Las Vegas is stupid because once those people start getting jacked on the Strip and can't shoot back, people aren't going to want to come here.
The Strip is not a safe place and someone does not need to be disarmed simply because they want to enjoy the amenities on the Strip. If they do, the casinos and Metro need to be held accountable for disarmed people being harmed.
Of course, we haven't been down to the Strip after all the recent stupidity, so we can't comment on the temporary measures. Overt metal detectors are defeatable as anywhere else. I've carried to the top of the Stratosphere by flashing my belt buckle when the detector went off. Maybe in 2020 they've adopted the TSA "lift your shirt and turn around" thing.
Wynn apparently has imaging technology. Other casinos profile people. Let's hope they go for "Compton gang member" and "sicario" instead of just "beared white guy in a gun t-shirt."
As far as metal detectors discreetly in the entrance of casinos, walk through in large group so it's difficult for them to detect who is armed. Carry something large, bulky, and metallic, like a camera. Texas-style belt buckles are a great idea. If you get caught or asked to leave, remember the only violation is trespassing. If you simply walk away immediately and leave the property, there's little beyond taking your picture/license plate they can do. Certainly don't give them your name or ID.
Frankly, avoid the Strip at all costs. Fuck 'em right now.
Never forget that your greatest risk is on the street or in the parking garages...or the concert across the street from Mandalay Bay.
Brace for 2021 when the Legislature will probably ban carrying in casinos or allow Clark County to do it. Of course, if a major economic disaster happens and a civil war breaks out, the Strip will probably literally become a walled area for rich people to play.
Matt Bracken is a retired Navy SEAL and has essentially predicted the future of the United States. Check out his books on Amazon. He videocasts every Saturday on YouTube with Fernando Aguilar, a survivor of the Argentinian economic collapse. If you are wondering that the future of the resistance or the patriot movement will be, this is a good start.
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian author/historian and political prisoner
We are posting this information because it has come to our attention that many people are unaware of the corruption that Joe Biden is involved in and level of fraud that went on in the election. The mainstream media has been actively spreading disinformation and suppressing news in order to push the Democratic Party's agenda. Read this information and tell us if you regretted your vote for Joe Biden. We'll bet you didn't hear this in the news.
The Federalist: Joe Biden Says Democrats Created ‘The Most Extensive And Inclusive Voter Fraud Organization’ In American History
NY Post: How mail in ballots are fixed
Voter Fraud: Pennsylvania Democrats Caught Throwing Out Trump Votes
GOP Poll Watcher and Fraud Expert Gives Explosive Testimony About What He Observed Happen in Delaware County.
W. M. Briggs: Stats I Did for Sidney Powell Lawsuits, 150 Thousand Missing Votes.
Deep Capture: The 2020 Election Was Rigged.
Election Corruption In Georgia
Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai On The 2020 Election Fraud
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Here’s some extremely damning proof that Biden stole votes in the key battleground states!
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PJ Media: The Unspeakable Corruption of Joe Biden
Real Clear Politics: Biden Family Corruption Does Matter
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NY Post: How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections
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In the early hours of Thanksgiving, five people were shot in a random shooting spree in Henderson. One was killed and four injured. Police issued this chilling statement:
Preliminarily it is believed that the suspects were driving around the city randomly shooting at citizens with no apparent motive.”
It appears that two psychopaths were driving around shooting people for fun. Among all the scenarios in which an armed citizen prepares for, this is among the most frightening.
This comes several weeks after 4 people were killed in a gun battle in a Henderson apartment complex on Election Day. In that shooting, the suspect was killed by police.
Stay strapped and practice often. Carry high capacity magazines and make use of cover. There are some sick f---kers out there.
Facebook gave a thirty day ban to the one admin who does most of the blog posting (and the editor here forgot his password because he don't use Facebook). What offended them? Something about Free Kyle. We know the story; the leftist censors are angry that anyone dare support the right to self-defense and resisting a communist uprising.
So you all of you in Menlo Park, screw you! We have a blog, a website, and a newsletter. We don't need you.
Although we will admit it is difficult to get eyeballs off social media and on to the blog. This makes it difficult to communicate because people find it easier to go to Facebook as a one-stop shop for their grassroots political info.
With industrial censorship running rampant, bookmark this website and the blog. Have alternatives to social media. Join the newsletter (which we will only use in emergencies).
Are we going to MeWe? No. Facebook has been a place to disseminate information and the group's purpose was mainly to facilitate discussion. The website and the blog have always been primary. So again, if you only follow us on social media, break that habit and go to the website. Check the blog, especially next year when the Legislative session begins.
Should the communist coup succeed, there is no reason believe that the incoming administration won't do everything they can to ban modern firearms. We may not see an assault weapons ban right away, but you can bet the ATF has a reclassification of AR pistol braces waiting in the wings, ready to drop as a fait accompli as the bump fire stock ban.
From here on out, the "boating accident" meme where you lost your guns isn't going to float. A regime truly bent on confiscating firearms will not be satisfied with excuses until they track down each one that you have or make you pay for your lies. Giving up some red herring guns to get them to leave the rest of your collection alone is like telling the wolf "eat me last."
If a new American government attempts to "buyback" guns or confiscate them Australia-style, it will be an act that is totally ill-legitimate under the Constitution and the inherent rights of man. Should the Constitution be amended to eliminate or nullify the Second Amendment, the social contract with government on guns is over. Even a packed Supreme Court ruling could have the same effect. It is clear that the founding fathers intended for the average person to have the means to overthrow totalitarian government.
Our attitude must become one of non-compliance and resistance (hard and soft). Don't turn your stuff in, because if you do, all it will take is a simple knock at the door to take you away for your past wrongthink. Every time guns were taken away by totalitarians, governments did bad things. We're on the cusp of seeing that in the formerly democratic countries.
How you choose to resist is an individual choice and not one to be taken lightly. I do know that we must stand firm together and provide a large, uniform resistance that is too powerful to stop. They can't get everyone and non-compliance in the face of obviously immoral laws and regulations will delegitimize the mission in the minds of many people; cops, politicians, and civilians.
No more joking about boating accidents. Come and take them needs to be our mantra.
Clayton E. Cramer
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