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By Cody GriffinSurvivoPedia

Congratulations!  You just bought your first firearm.

No matter whether it is the latest and greatest in gun fashion, or a used weapon, you will need to learn how to shoot safely and effectively whether for hunting and/or self-defense.  Your best teachers will be commitment to a lifetime of training, practice, and gaining personal experience.

Training to shoot safely and effectively requires practice. Here are some essential tips to follow to make rookie’s training and gun usage accident-free, responsible, and enjoyable:

1. Choose The Right Gun for You

A 5‘2“ 98 pound person would have a ridiculously difficult time shooting a 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum.  In fact, the recoil might hurt the shooter more than a living target, assuming they can control the gun enough to hit the target.  Your handgun or rifle needs to fit you.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: The Rookie’s Guideline To Gun Ownership


SB gun brace

By Travis P

They were passed in the desperate dustbowl time. Bandits and mobsters wielding Thompson submachine guns were the talk of the decade. They filled the imaginations of dime novel writers and moviemakers alike.

In reality, though, thieves, mobsters and criminals used not only machine guns, but short-barreled rifles, and short-barreled shotguns were way overblown. Members of Dillinger’s gang used semi-auto full-sized rifles, and reportedly Dillinger only liked the Thompson because he was a terrible shot.

Like most cases where things become overblown, the government felt the need to step in and began infringing on our rights in the name of safety. The National Firearms Act didn’t outright ban short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, machine guns, and any other weapon so much as regulate and tax them to such a degree they were almost impossible to afford.

The NFA is such a bureaucratic piece of nonsense it turns out there are many ways around it. We see things like the slide fire stock which replicates full auto, or twenty dollar cranks that can do the same thing. Something else has hit the market recently and it caused a stir.

How to hide your guns, and other off grid caches…

When the SB15 brace hit the blogosphere the gun world couldn’t shut up about it. The story goes that the designer was trying to build something to help his friend, an amputee veteran, fire his AR-15  pistol easier. The design resembled a very short butt stock with the center cut out for the shooter to insert his or her forearm, and then strap it in with nylon straps.

Remember how I said it resembled a rifle stock? The NFA said rifles with a barrel under 16 inches with a stock are considered a short-barreled rifle and are covered under the NFA and subject to its draconian laws. The BATF is charged with deciding if a weapon or accessory falls within the NFA standards. Surprisingly the aptly named stabilizing brace was approved.

Most said it was a gimmick, and putting it to your shoulder was illegal. Someone finally wrote a letter to the ATF and simply asked, “Can I put the brace to my shoulder legally?” The ATF came back with a big whopping “yes.” Essentially, the product is based on its intended use, and if it’s misused that doesn’t make it illegal. Using the stabilizing brace as a stock is no different than placing the rear of a Glock to your shoulder and shooting it.

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Now skip forward a bit and we arrive at the AK pistol variant of this little brace, the SB 47. I went with the Zastava M92 Pap pistol with the SB 47 brace. The M92 represents an awesome example of quality and affordability. The Zastava is built in Serbia in the same factory they produce the military variant of the M92. The quality is top-notch, the sights are excellent.

Unlike most AKs the M92’s magazine features a bolt hold-open device which works pretty well. The M92 can take every AK-47 magazine out there. You can load up the more compact 20 round “tanker” mags or jump up to a 75 round drum. AK mags are easy and cheap to find, and most are incredibly reliable.

The weapon is chambered in the standard 7.62 x 39mm round, which works quite well out of the short barrel. Recoil and muzzle rise really aren’t that much more than your standard AK. The main difference is the muzzle blast and noise created by this little beast. At low-light situations you really notice the muzzle blast.

The SB 47 isn’t the best stock in the world since it’s not exactly supposed to be a stock. The SB 47 is much shorter than a standard stock, and for big guys like me it’s not exactly comfortable, but it’s quite useable. Using it as the actual brace is okay, but it shines as a short-barreled hack.

The weapon features a great AK74SU-style muzzle break that works wonders for muzzle rise. The muzzle break is also an attractive-to-the-eye feature for the AK clone. If I was to compare it to other short-barreled rifles I’ve handled, I’d have to rate it a five out of 10 compared to a normal AK SBR. The brace may not exactly compare to a normal stock, but as a $120 wannabe stock and a lot less headache it might as well be a ten.

The M92 is a great 200 meter rifle, and the short barrel will compromise accuracy at longer ranges. At close range the heavy hitting 7.62 round will take a threat down easily enough. It’s extremely easy to wield and very handy in close quarters. The M92 makes a great truck gun; it stashes easy enough in a trunk or behind a truck seat.

It’s an extremely handy rifle, and excellent as a defensive firearm. It would also make an excellent home defense weapon. It’s compact and light, and backed by a 30-round magazine. Thirty rounds of 7.62 is hard to beat, and the tiny rifle is easy enough to control.

My test of the rifle was about 400 rounds of wolf standard ammo. I took it through its paces with a slightly modified Marine Corps Table three of the Marine combat marksmanship program. The table consists of failure-to-stop drills on multiple targets, also known as Mozambique drills, as well as hammer pairs, also known as double taps. There is also movement and fire, but it’s very basic. I went through the motions, practicing speed reloads and tactical reloads.

From the time I opened the box and pulled the weapon out I didn’t lube or clean off the packing grease, I just rocked and rolled. The weapon worked without one single malfunction, like you’d expect an AK to do. The weapon works, and works darn well. The stabilizing brace was wide enough to fit well against the shoulder.

The mags get in and out easy enough. The mag well is tight enough to fit the mags nice and tight, and the only issue I had was the Tapco polymer magazines. They were just a little too tight, and couldn’t be quickly popped out for speed reloads.

This stabilizing brace is quite the loophole when it comes to the NFA laws. The brace isn’t quite the perfect stock, but then again it’s not supposed to be. As a brace it’s OK, but as a makeshift stock it really shines.

I simply love the fact that accessories like this are able to sidestep their way around ridiculous laws. I’m hoping, and it’s a lot of hope, but maybe people will realize these laws are ridiculous and need to be overturned.

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This article first appeared at Off The Grid News: How To Get Around Federal Gun Bans … Legally



Carrying firearms across United States requires for the carrier to be willing to comply with each state’s jurisdiction. Always remember that one is more subject to the gun laws of the state one is traveling to or visiting, as opposed to the laws existing in the state in which one lives.

The Bill of Rights–the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution–was ratified in 1791.  This included the Second Amendment, which protects the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms.

In 1968, over 170 years later, Congress passed the “Gun Control Act”, which prohibits illegal aliens, felons, those diagnosed with mental illness, dishonorably discharged veterans, and other codified people from legally possessing or purchasing any firearms. Today, federal guns laws are enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (the ATF).    However, the ATF does not create laws, nor can it always enforce federal law in certain states.

It is often a slippery slope when it comes to which branch of government (federal, state, or local) defines the ultimate law when it comes to the possession of firearms, especially when traveling across state lines.  United, these states are not, particularly when it comes to matters of gun laws.  This makes for carrying firearms from one portion of the country to another a precarious and often indefinable matter.

To begin, there is no federal permit available (or required) for transportation of a firearm from state-to-state.  That sounds like a done and simple deal for someone who has a registered handgun in Nebraska and wants to bring it with him/her to Colorado on vacation.   In reality, doing so is easier said than done.

By verdict of Printz v.  United States in 1997, states are not legally obligated to enforce federal gun laws.  Additionally, some states have preemption, meaning the regulation of firearms is only governed by the laws of that particular state.  To complicate matters further, the local governments in some states are able to pass even more restrictive gun laws.  This is merely pointing out that local legislation can trump state and even federal regulation sometimes.

The main rules for using/owning a gun (while staying put) are essentially the same for travelling, and include:

  • Keeping your firearm unloaded and stored in a case or lock-box
  • Keeping ammunition separate and preferably in a locked vessel
  • Not carrying a gun onboard a plane – it must be stored, unloaded, in checked baggage, and the ammunition kept in a separate checked bag
  • Declaring that you have a firearm or ammunition when traveling across legally defined borders – honesty is definitely the best policy here

Local Regulations

If you plan to carry a gun across the US, you have to be ready and willing to comply with each state’s jurisdiction.  The Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) promises to protect anyone carrying a firearm for lawful purposes from local restrictions.   However, as mentioned above, local laws may come into affect as soon as any firearm is “carried on or about a person, placed or loaded, or readily accessible in a vehicle”.  Be aware that many states will recognize FOPA statues only after you’ve been arrested to view your neglect as an affirmative defense.

If traveling by car or bus, the “Safe Passage Provision” basically protects a gun-owner from being put in jail if he or she is traveling through a place that has strict gun control (stricter than where he came from).   That is to say that he/she must be on his way to somewhere else when stopping to eat or refuel and then moving on to his intended destination.

For example, a competition shooter driving with a rifle on his way from Virginia to Maine could not be arrested and incarcerated in New Jersey because he was passing through.  If he decided to stay in New Jersey for a prolonged period of  time for some unknown reason then, yes, he could be prosecuted.

Carrying a concealed handgun across the United States has many diverse stipulations.  Residents of one particular state must get a license from the state to which they are traveling.  Or, on a broader scale, one may acquire a license from a state like Florida that allows nonresidents a permit to travel into approximately 28 other states with his/her concealed permit.

The majority of U.S.  states accept a “Shall-Issue” jurisdiction, which is when a person meets reasonable criteria for owning a gun.  In many cases, these individuals are allowed a license for a concealed weapon if they choose.  A “May-Issue” ensues when a state requires a permit, but one that is at the discretion of local authorities.  This type of stringent concealed-handgun law exists in California and New York, perhaps because of celebrity-stalkers and the need for extended personal-protection from actors, producers, etc.  Regardless, these states may enforce trespassing laws on individuals from other states with concealed weapons as hanging around too long and not just “passing through.”

Basically, if one is a registered, legal firearm-owner in his/her state, the best advice–if the plan is to travel across the United State–is to seek  an understanding of the laws of each state you will travel through.  A quick search on the Internet or even a call to a town’s Chamber of Commerce can facilitate your trip and ease your legal worries.

Remember, we still have our Bill of Rights.  Although some states have limitations, we still thankfully have the ability to travel freely.  And more importantly, we have the right to own our guns and use them for home protection if we choose.

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This article first appeared at Survivopedia: Rules for Carrying Firearms Across the US