Russian Ammo: Good and Bad News

Brother Farnam sent this out today: With the ongoing situation in Ukraine, Vlad P has decided to halt exports of Russian-made small-arms ammunition to the USA. Most domestic ammunition shortages associated fears over gun-control legislation had been alleviated over the past few months. But, now this new development is currently generating fresh shortages, mostly of 7.62×39. AK owners who do not currently have an adequate supply of 7.62×39 will have great difficulty finding it now, as domestic production can’t come close to keeping-up with demand! And not just 7.62×39. Wolf, etc, churn out other calibers and not all steel-cased. AIM […]

Gun-Day Monday: New FPF Site, Ukrainian Ammo, etc

1. FPF Training has a “massively upgraded” site. (If the old one comes up, dump your cache.) Among the improvements is a section for “Hosted Instructors,” which shows a few seats left for another set of Greg Ellifritz courses in two weeks– Ground Fighting and Tactical First Aid. GET IN WHILE YOU CAN; YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED. 2. I saw this post and said, uh-oh, yep, that would be a strong possibility. So I went on GunBroker.com to check prices and availability of my favorite 7.62×39. So far no issues, but you never know. HOWEVER, a little closer digging led […]

Gun-Day Monday: Upcoming Events at FPF Training

Looking all the way into May, courtesy of John R. Murphy of FPF Training. The full schedule is on this website, but here are some highlights; note the SHOTGUN and REVOLVER courses. (Yes, I’ll be at the shotgun course.) Greg Ellifritz is back in March 15-16 for “Ground Fighting” and the “Collapse Medicine”.  Ground Fighting: The presentation and practical application of various techniques of reversal and escape for average average citizens to augment their pistol and enhance their capacity for self-defense. Protective gear in the form of a cup and glasses recommended, but not required. This class will be conducted indoors at […]

Farnam: “More on Winter Weather”

A follow-up to a previous post, same subject; both well worth reading: 31 Jan 14 Additional on Winter Storms: From a friend in WI: “Winter conditions here are often life-threatening, because of the cold. Entire stretches of highway have been shut-down, often fifty miles or more. Sometimes, no one can get off for over half a day! Being thus stranded in a stationary car that is running out of gas can be a death-sentence, and has been for some! One thing I’ve learned, and of which I was reminded from looking at Atlanta: you need to stay off of limited-access […]

“Ready or Not!”

From Mr Farnam, re the recent meteorological boar-hoggery in the Deep South, said by one Tango Seven-Six to be unparalleled since Sherman last visited: 30 Jan 14 Individual Preparedness: This from a friend in Atlanta, GA: “Few locals were prepared for this weather! I personally witnessed several thousand people walking away from abandoned vehicles, on just one highway. Ice was an inch thick! I drove as far as I could yesterday morning, and then walked three more miles, all in order to rescue a friend, his wife,and daughter after their car ran out of gas. They sat in their cold […]

Weapons Wednesday: Pistol Calibers

More items of interest from the great John Farnam: “It all depends…” For my first Quip of 2014, I will talk briefly about trends in serious pistol calibers. When asked about pistol calibers and guns, and which is “best,” I’m reminded of this poetic advice given to aspiring poker players by one of my favorite authors on the subject, John Vorhaus: “Poker is a challenge, built on tendencies and trends / And many tough decisions, upon which a session bends / So, when I’m asked for advice by strangers, or by friends, / I look them squarely in the eye […]

John R. Murphy Speaks

Now on his own video! Not to mention the new logo. (Lots of familiar faces there, including Erica and Gary, and of course the good old Culpeper minuteman range. Good to see them all.) Speaking of same, may I remind you now, that the holiday buzz has subsided, of John’s new course offerings? Of particular note is the return of Greg Ellifritz from Active Response Training, with a reprise of last October’s two-day Knife Fighting/Collapse Medicine on 1-2 Feb 14, then Ground Fighting/Collapse Medicine on 15-16 Mar 14. (See my AAR on the Collapse Medicine course– you’ll be amazed at […]

Gun-Day Sunday: Updates to John Murphy’s FPF Training

All: In our continuing (and wholly non-financially-involved) effort to trumpet the greatest value in firearms training in the mid-Atlantic, we bring to your attention some updates to John R. Murphy’s FPF Training for the coming new year: New offerings, like “Winter CCW/Working Around Cars” and “Winter CCW/Hit at a Distance,” and other situational courses More from Greg Ellifritz and his Active Response Training courses Seminars in the Law of Self-Defense And the much-anticipated pistol/shotgun course (one day of each); I’ll post confirmed dates when I get them, but look for it to go in May; cost will be $225 for […]

Firearms Friday: Ammo Inbound

All: Got this earlier in an email from AIMSurplus, there’s a pre-order underway for various calibers in anticipation of a shipment inbound soon, including 30 CAR, 9mm and 45 ACP. As always we have no financial interest here, and I have no idea if available quantities have been spoken for or not, but we bring this to you as a public service. LONG LIVE THE WELL-REGULATED CITIZEN-SOLDIER.

Gun-Day Sunday: Greg Ellifritz Looks at the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

This is not a pretty subject, but Greg Ellifritz of Active Response training (you’ll remember my AAR from his tac med course) highlights some of the major points from the official report. Here are my questions– How well secured is your children’s school? What is your school system’s SOP? How do your local boys in blue (or brown) plan to respond? And are they even remotely capable of doing such a thing? Does their union have a position? Are any teachers or staff permitted to carry discreetly? All good questions to ask, in open, public forums if necessary. No need […]