Tuesday, April 14, 2015

“Bundy Ranch” type standoff In Oregon Between Miners and BLM


BLM is at it again, this time in Oregon. Oath Keepers are on location.

Local news KDVR has the story and video here.

Here's a summary from Locked & Loaded News:
For the past several years, the miners from the Galice Mining District, about 3o minutes west of Grants Pass, Oregon, have been arguing over who has the rights to the minerals in the ground  around Galice Creek.  The Galice mining district is compiled of a number of claims, owners and miners and has been in continuous operation since the early 1870’s, which makes it one of the longest running operations in the US.  This specific operation predates the BLM bureaucracy by many decades in fact.
 

The area in question has produced in excess of 10 million ounces of gold since its conception, and geologists estimate that only 10% of the gold in the ground has been removed, which makes this area highly sought after by any standard.  It is said that children find gold with their hands in the creeks to this day.

BLM has made several attempts to disband the operation  of the sugar pine mine through multiple unsubstantiated stop orders and now a cease and desist order.  The owners of this mine have spend tens of thousands of dollars to date requesting documents, researching the claims of the BLM,and preliminary attorney fees. 

The sugar pine has made requests to produce the official rulings that show they are in violation which have gone unanswered.  They simple reason given by the BLM is that “they say so”.  The BLM claims that the mine has no surface rights to the area and in turn says that all structures and equipment need to be removed. The BLM also claims that this violation is grounds for the operation to cease and tunnels filled in.  The mine predates more recent rulings about surface rights so the sugar pine feels that the new ruling is not applicable to this specific situation.

Late last week, BLM officials accompanied by Josephine County Sheriff deputies issued a cease and desist order to the district without any official ruling by the courts.  Specifically, the issue is not even scheduled to be heard in court until later in the year.  The order has given the mine until April 25th to remove all equipment, buildings and supplies from the location.  Local BLM officials have threatened to burn the buildings down if they are not removed by the date.


The owners of the sugar pine have stated that they will fully disobey the order as they claim that it is illegal and invalid.  A call for assistance to the Oath Keeper’s has been made and there is no intention to leave the area by the deadline.
 

This issue has far reaching implications.  The outcome from this issue and the court ruling to come will effect all of America.  The issue at hand is not just about the Galice Miners and the gold in the ground, but more about what the government says you can do with the ground in your control.  These miners have the rights to the minerals in the ground and the government wants that changed.  What comes next could effect every American.  What if your backyard has a specific mineral that the government values.  By any means,  can come in and tell you that you can not grow your broccoli on your land because it absorbs this “special” mineral?  The bigger picture would effect farmers.  What if  gold, oil, or something like uranium was found under a farmer’s corn crop.  Does the government have the right to those minerals and have the ability to over ride your use of your own land?  This issue will have the ability dictate the future use of our public and private lands. 
The Oath Keepers have already established ROE
STAGING AREA CHECK-IN REQUIRED
All responders and media personnel are required to check in at the staging area before going to the camp site.
2491 Camp Joy Road
Grants Pass (Merlin), Oregon, 97526
Directions:
I5 – Exit 61
West on Merlin / Galice Road – 1.0 mi
Left onto Jaime Ln – 0.2 mi
Right onto Camp Joy Rd – 0.1 mi
Right to stay on Camp Joy Rd – 0.2 mi
Left onto Walden
CAMP RULES FOR RESPONDERS
After staging check-in, those who are approved to transit to the camp site must comply with the following rules:
No Drinking
No Drugs
All Access in and out is controlled by security (Limited Access and Emergency Access)
Establish your own team leader / representative under Oath Keepers
Bring cold weather gear, rain gear, own food and supplies
You are accountable for your personal belongings
Rules of Engagement: Always Self Defense – If a person shows means, opportunity and intent STOP the threat.
We are not allowing trespass, threat to life or damage to property or illegal seizures.
No one talks to the media or to anyone outside the area about the operation. (All media and information comes from Oath Keepers Josephine County leadership)
Reaction team will meet contact.
Bring your own communications. (Preferably Baofeng UV-5R / BF-F8+ to simplify programming and setup.)…
Will the BLM back down once again or are they intent on making an example out of these miners?

Resist tyranny.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 19th Canon City, CO Event - Stewart Rhodes/Oathkeepers Rally

Brought to you by the same good folks in Colorado that brought you the July 4, 2nd Amendment March Parade. (Which is happening again for the third year in a row)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dems Push ATF To Revive M855 Bullet Ban and More

Domestic enemies. It's always the Democrats.
Congressional Democrats are pressuring the Obama administration to move ahead  “swiftly” with a proposal that would ban a form of armor-piercing ammunition.

In a draft letter first obtained by The Hill, Democrats are urging the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to use his “existing authority” to keep “dangerous ammunition out of our communities.”

“We hope that the Bureau will swiftly review comments on the proposed framework and issue a revised proposal that will address the danger posed by handguns that fire 5.56mm and other rifle ammunition,” Democrats write in the letter.

The ATF had sought to prohibit gun companies from manufacturing or selling 5.56 mm projectiles for M855 cartridges, arguing they are a threat to law enforcement officers because they can be used in handguns.

But the proposal generated a firestorm of opposition from Republicans and gun groups, who denounced it as an attack on the Second Amendment that could open the door to sweeping restrictions on ammunition.
 

With the backlash growing, the ATF backed down earlier this week, shelving the proposal indefinitely to allow time for “further study.”

House Democrats in their letter say they are “very disappointed” that the ATF delayed the rule. The proposal, they say, is true to the spirit of the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act, which Congress passed in 1986 to ensure that officers do “not face extreme safety risk from firearm technology.”

(read the rest here)
Is this the 'line' in the sand?

How many would do nothing if they really did effectively ban M855?

How many would do nothing if they banned ALL 5.56 ammo like ATF Director B. Todd Jones suggested in a in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing...for officer safetyness. The fact that zero, none, zilch, nada, zip, nary a one, officer has been killed with this round doesn't matter to him and his cronies. They have an agenda and they are going to see it through one way or another. 

It's interesting that they didn't go after 7.62x51 ammo or similar, which is far more effective at penetrating armor than the 5.56x45 round.

Resist.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

M855 Already Banned in New ATF Regulation Guide - ATF Back-pedals


Forgive me for being a bit behind in my postings. Lots going on.

So I'm sure you've already heard that the ATF already published their online 2014 Regulation Guide and that the M855 round no longer has the exemption from being considered 'armor piercing' included.

When called out on this discovery, the ATF published a response to clarify (back-pedal?) the issue as a 'publishing error' on their part:
Please be advised that ATF has not rescinded any Armor Piercing Ammunition exemption, and the fact they are not listed in the 20 14 online edition of the regulations, was an error, which has no legal impact on the validity of the exemptions. The existing exemptions for armor piercing ammunition, which apply to 5.56 mm (.223) SS 109 and M855 projectiles (identified by a green coating on the projectile tip), and the U.S .30-06 M2AP projectile (identified by a black coating on the projectile tip), remain in effect.

The listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions can be found in the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide on page 166, which is posted here. The 2014 Regulation Guide will be corrected in PDF format to include the listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions and posted shortly. The e-book/iBook version of the Regulation Guide will be corrected in the near future. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.
There are only 2 possible causes of this:

1) It was an actual error
or
2) It was intentional because they already planned on outlawing the M855.


You can send your thoughts to ATF about the proposal until March 16, 2015 using the channels below:
  • Fax: (202) 648-9741
  • Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments
What's next? A ban on 7.62x51?

Resist anyway you can.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

ATF Proposes Ban on M855 Green Tip Penetrator Ammo


Looks like the ATF is at it again.

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.
 

It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.
(read the rest here)

When they can't ban our guns, they try to ban our ammo. The EPA tried it with the lead ban on bullets and failed. Now the ATF is determined to change the classification of the M855 cartridge as 'armor piercing' despite it not being a true AP round.



The M855 bullet consists of a hard steel cone which sits behind the copper jacketed tip and in front of the lead core base. Originally developed as the SS109 by the Belgians to penetrate one side of an enemies steel helmet, it was adopted by the US and redesignated as the M855.

This round is pretty popular with the AR-15 crowd as it can be found fairly easily as surplus ammo and is plentiful. Apparently this round is now deemed to be a potential threat to the government when used by its own citizens for all purposes legal and lawful.

Seems like a whole new avenue in the black market is about to open up. Price gouging and panic buying coming soon to a gun store near you.

Got M855?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Holster Review: Alien Gear Holster

 
The good people at Alien Gear Holsters asked if I would review their new Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster. Truth be told, I was just looking at them the week before and was considering trying one out. Now I had no excuse not to, since they were kind enough to send me one for this review. I told them I would wear it for 2 weeks before I gave my review. So here we are.

I have been using a CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe daily for 6 years now. I carry in the 1 o'clock position, not quite appendix carry but close enough. I'm a big fan of my CrossBreed so I was wondering how the Alien Gear would compare to it. Both have a lifetime warranty (CrossBreed's lifetime warranty does not apply to all items). Both are IWB holsters. Both have similar construction styles. But that's where the similarities end. I'll get to the differences in my review below as they come up.

So when the Alien Gear holster arrived, it came in an black ziplock type plastic bag with their logo on it. Inside was the holster, instructions, and a set of spare parts nicely packaged on a neon green (keeping with the alien theme) plastic backing card, not a bunch of loose parts in a plastic bag. I appreciated the extra thought that went into this. It keeps everything nice and organized. No extra parts are included with the CrossBreed.

I took out the holster to exam it. The first thing I noticed was that the backside portion which goes directly against your body was lined with a thin piece of neoprene. It was soft and slightly spongy and actually felt pretty nice. I can see the benefit of having this against your skin versus leather when it's hot out. The back side also had the T-Nuts already in place for adjustment of the clips if you wanted to adjust the ride height. With the CrossBreed, you have to move the T-nuts to where you want if you want to adjust the clips. On the Alien Gear, the T-Nuts were used to attach the plastic shell with unlike the rivets used on the CrossBreed. I'll explain why this is important further down. 
Against the body Neoprene side of the holster
The other thing I noticed was that the hard plastic shell on the Alien Gear holster covered the entire length of the gun slide unlike the CrossBreed. In addition to that, the 20° cant angle on the Alien Gear was more aggressive than the CrossBreed 10° cant angle. Both holsters can adjust the cant angle by raising one clip and lowering  the other as I have done on my CrossBreed below. The one advantage the CrossBreed has over the Alien Gear in adjustment options is that it has 4 adjustment location holes versus the 3 that the Alien Gear has. However, I did not find it to be much of an advantage. Also, the way the leather is cut on the Alien Gear allows for a firm, full grip on the pistol versus the CrossBreed as seen below. I found this to be very advantageous and practical.

Going back to how the shells are attached, I really like how the Alien Gear is attached versus how CrossBreed attaches theirs. Why? CrossBreed rivets their shell in place, whereas the Alien Gear screws theirs in place. The spacers that are included in the extra parts pack allow for the shell to be raised or lowered to increase or decrease the retention on the pistol. With the CrossBreed, you have to carefully heat up the Kydex and manipulate the trigger guard to give it a more aggressive hold. In this area, the Alien Gear holster wins for convenience and ease.
In addition to being able to adjust the retention much easier, replacing the shell, if needed, is much simpler as well. As much as I love my CrossBreed, I've had to send it back twice to replace the Kydex when it started cracking at the top edge of the trigger guard. Replacement was free per their Lifetime Warranty, but it was a bit of a hassle to have to send in my holster and wait for it to return. There was no way I could replace the Kydex myself as it was attached with rivets. With the Alien Gear, they'll send a new shell and I can replace it right away. Free. Also the shell is thicker than Kydex so it's less likely to crack.

So, that's all well and good, but how does the Alien Gear holster feel while wearing it? Honestly? Pretty darn good. The neoprene side is a little thicker than the leather of the CrossBreed, but not by much and it's very soft and pliable. The one thing I immediately noticed was that it didn't squeak when I moved or bent like leather did. It stayed firmly in place due to the better gripping plastic clips which wrapped around and under the belt. I was always having to adjust the metal clips on my CrossBreed to get them to stay on the belt, especially when I squatted down. Yes, CrossBreed does offer different clips for a more secure hold, but this is what I have. For me, sitting down was always less comfortable with the CrossBreed, as the leather would dig into my upper thigh (1 o'clock carry position, remember?).
I really like my CrossBreed. Having said that, I think Alien Gear took that great hybrid leather/kydex holster idea and improved upon it. A lot. And in doing so, they still managed to produce a holster that is almost half the cost as the CrossBreed They're very much worth checking out. They'll give you 30 days to try it unlike CrossBreeds 2 weeks. And if you don't like it, send it back. They make it almost impossible not to try it. If you do, tell them Resister in the Rockies sent you.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kalashnikov USA to Open American Factory in 2015


If you remember back to March 2014, Øbama signed Executive Order 13661 which banned Russian gun maker Kalashnikov from being able to import AK-47's and other Kalashnikov weapons such as the Saiga shotguns into the USA as a sanction against Russia's involvement in the Ukraine.

Well...here's some good news for you AK fans:
Kalashnikov enthusiasts, rejoice. The official importer of Russian-made AKs, RWC Group, announced at SHOT Show today that they would be opening an AK factory in the United States later this year.
 

The new US manufacturer is called Kalashnikov USA. Jim Kelly, production manager with Kalashnikov USA, said that at least three states are currently in the running for hosting the company’s production facilities.
 

Kelly said that after choosing a host state they hope to have production lines up and running shortly, and ideally the first Kalashnikov USA guns will be available in the second quarter of 2015.
 

According to Kelly, Kalashnikov USA plans to manufacture roughly “80 percent” of the firearms currently produced by the factory in Russia. That could include shotguns, conventional rifles, and even, according to AK Operators Union, a 9x19mm carbine.

(read more here from the Outdoor Hub)
Take that Øbama!

Resist!

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Ships out at the end of the month.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Next Step in ATF Pistol Arm Brace Decision: Declaratory Relief

The other day, the Sig Brace was deemed to be illegal by the ATF if used in a manner that it was not designed for...shouldering the AR pistol.
On Friday, just before the end of the work day, the ATF released a bombshell of a declaration. In their opinion the previous letters claiming SB Tactical’s stabilizing arm brace is perfectly legal were actually completely wrong, and they decided to completely reverse their decision and make the misuse of the item illegal. It’s a landmark change, since this concept (that the use of an object determines what it is rather than its intrinsic qualities) has never been applied to firearms ever in the history of the world. It would seem to some like this is the end of the line barring some legal challenge after an arrest, but there is one last card up SB Tactical’s sleeve: Declaratory Relief.
(read it all here)
Basically, if I understand correctly, the ATF's wording makes a pistol a SBR if shouldered to fire because the pistol was not designed to be fired from the shoulder. Using their logic, firing a rifle one handed would make it a pistol.

And by the same ATF logic, firing a pistol with 2 hands would make that pistol, well, I don't know...as a pistol is meant (by ATF logic) to be fired with one hand.


Let's hope a judge can see through this malarkey and make the proper decision.

The fight isn't over yet.