Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2nd Amendment Rally and March - July 4th, Westcliffe, CO

It's that time again! If you can make it, come down and lend your support. It's getting bigger each year.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 - by Dimitrios Karras


From the owner of Ares Armor.
TO: THE HEROES OF LOST CAUSES

FROM: DIMITRIOS KARRAS

SUBJ: MEMORIAL DAY

DATE: May 25, 2015



    On the news Sunday morning, I had the pleasure of watching the now customary Memorial Day Weekend interrogation of average American voters. As expected, most the respondents had this clueless look on their face and fumbled their way to a half-assed answer that made about zero sense. One college aged child actually said it was a day to remember to thank his parents. Because ... obviously they did such a good job raising him.


    Isn't the news great? Last week, I watched as ISIS members triumphantly happy-danced all over their newly conquered city of Ramadi. For good measure, they included a nice video clip of our “local allies” quite bravely and heroically running away.


    This was, to put it mildly, disturbing. You see, many of the kids that were sent off to fight for our fanciful ideals of liberty, freedom, democracy, WMDs, iPhones, and the Kardashians, spent a little time in that city. And by “time” what I mean to say is that they died rather gruesome unceremonious deaths, trying to bring peace to the very same land that ISIS is now throwing a parade in.


    Once those lucky enough to live got home, they were euphemistically thanked for their service and then dumped back into the great American society. And whilst America looks on in bewilderment, our boys continue to die rather gruesome unceremonious deaths, this time, trying to bring peace to their minds.


    So many have chosen suicide, that for a lot of us still kicking, the horrific images of war, have now been replaced by the horrific images of peace; a hanging corpse, brain matter splattered on the car window, or a rotting pile of flesh decaying in the wilderness for three months before it is found by hikers.


    And what was it all for in the first place?Was it to be remembered once a year, kinda like the Easter Bunny? Was it to be honored once a year, kinda like Cupid? Perhaps it was to be corporately franchised once a year, kinda like Jesus?

   It certainly was not for ISIS, Bush, Al-Qaeda, Obama, The Taliban, or Congress.

   The truth is, it doesn't really matter. We don’t need a righteous cause. We don't need politicians to thank us for our service. We don't need any of them.

    What we did—good or bad, just or unjust, worthwhile or lost— was an experience. And that’s all life is. The bad experiences can teach us just how wonderful the good experiences can be. The good experiences can remind us just how terrible the bad experiences can be. To know the difference you must have lived each.

    After you have eaten a double stacked shit-sandwich, a PB&J will taste better than anything you have ever remembered.

    And for those idiots that think Memorial Day is just a day off of work to barbecue, drink beer, and have a good time. Ignore them, they don’t know any better. And you know what, Memorial Day is a great day to have a barbecue, drink beer, and have a good time. Not a day goes by where I don't have to fight back tears wishing my brother was still here. If he was here though, I am sure he would have the grill going in the back right now. I know for a fact he would have a beer in his hand.

    As for that sinking feeling of betrayal that you feel. I feel it too. You are not alone.

    It is not our country that has betrayed us. Our country is a philosophy. Our country is an idea. Let us not mix the actions of our government with the actions of our philosophy.

    And to that same government, remember this:

    We are not the “peaceful” generation; we won’t just watch. We are not the “greatest” generation; we don't need a cause. We are a different kind of generation. We are the Heroes of Lost Fucking Causes. Did you see what we did in Iraq and Afghanistan? Did you see the carnage we spread? According to the News ... we did that ... because it was Tuesday. Imagine what we could do to someone we actually have a personal problem with, perhaps someone who betrayed us.

    Imagine what we could do if we had a truly just cause, perhaps restoring liberty to our own homes.

    I leave you with these words, given to a guard, by a man about to be hung for the crime of fighting to liberate others from government approved enslavement:


    "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can never be purged away but with blood”



Sincerely,
Dimitrios Karras

Source: http://aresarmor.com/store/NewsArticle/Memorial_Day_2015


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Adjustable Gas Blocks for the AR Pistol


Regardless of whether you think an AR-15 pistol is pointless or not (I use mine as a PDW for home defense), an adjustable gas block is a necessity. (this applies to AR-15 rifles as well)

The problem with AR-15 pistols is too much gas pressure traveling down the gas tube due to the shorter barrels which results in a lot of recoil. Too many times the "solution" is to address the symptoms rather than the problem. I see many opinions that in order to tame the recoil, one should resort to a modified buffer coil, a heavier buffer, a pigtail gas tube, etc., rather than addressing the problem itself...too much gas pressure.

How do you solve the problem of too much gas pressure? Simple. You limit the amount of gas going into the gas tube. How do you do this? Simple. Install an adjustable gas block which can be tuned to limit the amount of gas going into the tube, which allows only the necessary amount of gas needed to cycle the bolt, eject the empty shell casing, and chamber a new round.

There are quite a few adjustable gas blocks on the market now. One only needs to Google the term "Adjustable AR15 Gas Block" to find a selection of products.

Before I installed one, my AR-15 pistol kicked pretty hard. Harder than my AR-15 rifle. It was not very pleasant to shoot and suffered from harsh recoil. After acquiring and installing an adjustable gas block, one could easily be mistaken that they are shooting a .22LR version instead of the 5.56 version. Yeah, it makes that much of a difference.

Some adjustments at the range to find the ideal setting that works well with soft shooting bullets and hot loads is all it takes to ensure that your AR-15 pistol runs reliably and with minimal felt recoil. The same can be applied to the AR-15 rifle, especially those running a carbine gas length systems.


However, an adjustable gas block isn't going to do anything for the fireball issue out of a short barrel.

Have fun!

Mosby: Rifle and CQB in Arizona


Mosby has 2 open enrollment classes for October in Arizona.

Combat Rifle course and a first time available open enrollment course for CQB/Fighting In/Around Structures.

If you have never taken a course by Mosby, you're definitely missing out.

More info here


Oath Keepers To Stand Down From Sugar Pine Mine


Looks like they've completed what they set out to do.
After an administrative law judge put on hold any plans by a federal agency to enforce an order to stop mining, Oath Keepers of Josephine County will stand down from the Sugar Pine mine.
 
According to Mary Emerick, Information Officer for the Josephine County chapter of Oath Keepers, in a statement made on  Thursday, the guards are leaving the Sugar Pine Mine outside Galice in Southern Oregon, where they have been for five weeks. But they will maintain a staging area north of Grants Pass.
 
 The miners will have their day in court, which was the whole purpose of the Oath Keeper Security Operation. Mission accomplished!Well done, Josephine County Oath Keepers, and everyone who stood for the miners Rights.  You stand tall in our eyes. Congratulations!
 by Shorty Dawkins
(source)
Can't say if they really had anything to do with the decision or not, but their presence there was definitely noticed.

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?