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The ALG Defense EMR V3X 15 Inch Handguard Review

The ALG Defense EMR V3X 15 Inch Handguard.

Whether you have one AR-pattern rifle or ten, invariably you’ll fall into the habit of just not being able to leave well enough alone. You may not have the skill yet to out-shoot that stock trigger, but you’ll get an itch to take it out and install a Geissele (the big brother to ALG, makers of the EMR V3X Handguard) Single-Stage Precision Flat Bow trigger. That mil-spec stock that wouldn’t look out of place on a GWOT-era recruiting poster? Gone - you’ll acquire something a little more ergonomic such as an Adaptive Tactical EX Performance Stock or a B5 SOPMOD Stock.

Eventually you start replacing major groups of hardware on your AR-15 rifle. Or, you fall into the trap of finding one spare component, and you get bit by “the bug” and have to build out something completely new.

And that’s what happened to me…

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The MIRA Safety CM-6M Gas Mask - Tacticool Or Necessity?

The MIRA Safety CM-6M Gas Mask.

Disclosure: MIRA Safety sought me out to review the CM-6M Gas Mask from my perspective. While you may see affiliate links to their product line throughout this article, my perspectives, as always, remain mine.

When it comes to preparations for The End Of The World As We Know It, the Ice House Fiesta, or whatever your terminology is, it’s super easy to focus on firearms, accessories, and ammunition. Yes, guns and ammunition are cool. And fun to learn about. However, you could have an ammo dump bigger than the reserves at LCAAP and still be boned if you don’t have a supporting infrastructure. In a world gone upside down, or even more mundane situations, the air itself can become a hazard. That fancy H&K MR556 will just be a convenient grave marker if you’re unable to breathe.

Within the Second Amendment Radical community, there’s always been a layer of interest in the “other things” - like gas masks and respirators. Spurred on by the unexpected contact from the team at MIRA, my own interest in the fascinating world of gas masks and PPE was amplified.

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Being An Armed Citizen Should Be The Default

Every able-bodied adult in the US should have a one of these.

Over the past few decades, the amount of Americans who own at least one firearm has grown exponentially. Whether it’s a GLOCK 19 pistol or some variant of an AR-pattern rifle, it is estimated that over 120 million people currently possess one firearm, at the minimum. For a good reason, concrete data of actual ownership is hard to come by, but estimates can be gleaned from NICS background check inquiries, manufacturer-supplied data, and gun shop statistics. Regardless of the sources, a generally accepted estimate, even by the government, is that somewhere north of 420 million firearms are in private hands in the United States. To be certain, the real figure is much, much higher.

However, it’s one thing to possess a firearm. To actually be “armed” is technically quite another thing entirely….

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Independence Day Is For Armed Citizens

A modern rifle such as an AR-15 variant gives the armed citizen a marked advantage.

248 years ago as of this writing, a gathering of merchants, physicians, lawyers, farmers, and entrepreneurs gathered in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence of the United States. Knowing full well this would brand them as war criminals in the eyes of the regime, they nonetheless made their declaration, and truly sparked the American Revolution. For themselves and those allied with them, there was no going back. The Crown would, after some political theatre, execute them for being traitors if they were ever captured. To say that the Founding Fathers and their supporters were fighting for their lives is putting it mildly. Failure meant certain death. Success meant establishing the nation, for better or for worse, that we all enjoy today.

And the primary reason they were able to secure that freedom is because they understood the importance of the inherent and absolute right to keep and bear arms as acknowledged by the Second Amendment…

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How Florida Firearms Instructors Can Survive Permitless Carry

A GLOCK 30 45 ACP pistol with a Streamlight TLR-6 weapon mounted light.

In just about a week, the great State of Florida’s rather unique permitless carry law will go into effect. On July 1st, 2023, anyone within the borders of the State will be able to carry a concealed handgun in public without having to first obtain a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License aka the CWFL.

Representing an admittedly watered-down version of one of Governor (and now Presidential candidate) Ron DeSantis’ wish-list items, the Florida permitless carry law promises to kick the Gunshine State out of a decades-long doldrum with regards to firearms rights. While the vast majority of Second Amendment Radicals and armed citizens in Florida see this as welcome news, there’s a small amount of Quisling-esque behavior emanating from the community, most notably from some firearms instructors…

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Second Amendment Bits And Pieces Sporadic Updates Edition

A Silencerco SWR Specwar 762 suppressor.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of Second Amendment Radicalism And Armed Citizen Adventures. From the tragedy in Nashville that was thankfully cut short by law enforcement officers who know a thing or two - yes they still exist - to the signing into law of Florida’s much-debated and much-awaited Permitless Carry law, it’s been a pretty exciting couple of weeks out there.

And to top it all off, it seems the ever-unpredictable President Donald John Trump has been indicted on a whole litany of administrative charges, ushering in a new era of petty political warfare. Well, if they’re too busy indicting each other and arresting each other, they can’t cause problems for the people. I’ll take a deadlock any day of the week. But that’s beyond the scope of this blog.

But without further ado…

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Is Florida Really The Gunshine State?

Florida has a robust firearms culture.

As has been recently discussed, there’s a very good chance that the great State of Florida will get some form of permitless firearms carry signed into law in the current legislative session. As of this writing, the Florida House has passed the permitless carry bill. We now wait for the Florida Senate. Of course, since Florida was and may still be an electoral battleground state, the usual histrionics from the harridans has ensued. Much like it did in 1987 when Florida became the first major state to institute a shall-issue concealed weapons permit scheme, the mainstream media is predicting the state will be knee-deep in blood, the Wild West, and that sort of thing.

Interestingly enough, the 1987 adoption of a statewide and state-managed shall-issue permit scheme is what led to Florida getting the moniker The Gunshine State

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No Guns On Campus? Hah!

A GLOCK 30 .45 ACP pistol atop a logo of a well-known fraternity.

As of February 23rd, 2023, West Virginia’s SB 10, a bill removing restrictions on the carry of firearms on public university campuses in the state, has cleared the final hurdle in the West Virginia legislature. Governor Jim Justice (what a name!) has promised to sign the bill into law when it gets to his desk on March 1st, 2023. While there was some performative whining and kicking from some students at West Virginia and Marshall Universities, the campus carry bill has by and large seen little opposition amongst the population and their duly elected lawmakers…

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Permitless Carry Bill Introduced In Florida

A Heckler & Koch VP9 with a Streamlight TLR-1 HL Light attached.

On the morning of Monday, January 30th, 2023, Speaker of the Florida House Paul Renner (R-Palm Court) introduced the latest attempt at Constitutional Carry (aka Permitless Carry) in the State of Florida. Known as HB 543 in legislative circles, the bill will remove the need for Floridians to obtain a Concealed Weapon Or Firearm License before carrying a concealed handgun in public. In his opening remarks, Renner stated that the bill gets “rid of the need for a government permission slip” to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Florida.

At first glance, this does seem to be what Floridians have been waiting for with baited breath for decades. With one of the only “red waves” being in the Sunshine State, Florida is primed for a Constitutional Carry bill to pass. Governor DeSantis has promised to sign if one reaches his desk, even. But, the devil is in the details…

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The ATF Pistol Brace Rule Has Been Revealed

An SB Tactical arm brace attached to an AR-15.

After many false starts and delays, this past Friday, January 13th, the much-debated, maligned, and promised firearm pistol brace ruling from the regime of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr was revealed to the nation. With the usual excuse of “public safety”, ATF director and noted bullfrog Steve Dettelbach announced this travesty. While drafts of the ruling circulated for months prior, few had any insight as to what the final contents of ATF Rule 2021R-08F would be.

To put it mildly, this isn’t a slow-pitch softball like the so-called “ghost gun” ruling was, it’s a full-on assault and exploitation of the firearms community in the US…

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