For sale: Original German 88mm Flak 36 manufactured in 1942 – One of the rare surviving of Normandy Campaign

This weapon has a true Battle of Normandy provenance. It was painted in the standard “Dunkel Gelb” ordark and finish and supplied in 1942 to a Luftwaffe anti-aircraft division where it found its way to Normandy in early 1943. By June 44, it was positioned in defense of a German Command Center located in an occupied chateau near to Cherbourg.

When the Cherbourg pensinsula was over-run by the Allies in July/August, our weapon was captured intact by the Americans who, deciding it might be of some use, painted it olive drab green and presumably had some intention of using it.


As the Liberation of Europe continued, this 88 was left behind and was eventually destined to become a hard target on a firing range. To this end, it was daubed with great splashes of bright orange paint but, thankfully, was rescued after the war by the French Army who repainted it in their own color and who most probably used it for training and educational purposes. After all, it was a very advanced weapon for its day and possessed many innovative technical features.

Finally, our weapon left French military service and passed through the hands of scrap dealers until finally being shut away in a huge barn by an eccentric collector – it has to be remembered that back in the 1970’s there was not a great deal of interest in German WW2 hardware.

And so it languished, becoming covered in grime and dirt until 2014 – all the time the multiple layers of paint flaking and peeling and ending up a bizarre variegated hue. The Normandy Tank Museum rescued the weapon and placed it in the hands of their highly experienced German restoration expert who, over a period of 8 months, brought the sad relic back to the amazing condition one sees today.

Missing or badly damaged parts have been replaced with locally sourced original replacements – an example of which was a set of the 3 part “Trilex” wheel rims and locking ring which our restorer found amidst a load of farmer’s scrap dumped in a forest when walking his dog.

The 4 brand new wheels and cartridge cases came from the Finnish Army who used them as practice rounds up till the 1980’s. They are obviously empty but, interestingly, are dated June 1944. The fuse nosecones are 3 anti-aircraft and one anti-tank.

So a weapon with true Normandy provenance and a major rarity these days as many of the surviving and displayed “88’s” are of Spanish origin. This cannon is one of true German manufacture- a fact which adds significantly to its value.

This 1942 Flugabwehrkanone Canon “Flak” 36 88mm is being offered for sale for just 70,000 – 130,000 €. More information on Artcurial




Taking a selfie with a loaded gun ended tragically in Washington, when a man accidently shot himself in the face while taking a picture. His girlfriend was next to him when the gun went off. The man apparently had been greatly against Donald Trump, and many of his selfies included violence and profanities directed toward presidential candidate Donald Trump. According to his girlfriend the photo was supposed to be a joke about killing himself if Donald Trump were elected president.

As she told the police, this was not his first selfie with the weapon.

The fatal accident took place over the weekend, police in Skagit County said.

The man, whose name has not been released, thought the gun was unloaded and attempted to take a selfie while pointing the weapon at himself, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

The man’s girlfriend said the couple had taken several selfies with the same gun on Sunday. Each time, he would unload the gun before taking a picture and then load the bullets back afterwards.

However, this was not the case with the man’s last selfie, as he apparently left one fatal bullet inside the chamber before the final photograph.



A few things you may have missed in your concealed carry class

Dave Spaulding, you may have heard of him, goes over some essential tips and important information that a lot of teachers forget to mention in the typical concealed carry classes that are offered across the country.



A lot of this is helpful. If you did get all this information in your local class, go ahead and thank your teacher for being thorough.


The 4210 Yard Shot (2.4 Miles) – NEW Record!(Video)

There’s a small group of Texans who are on a never ending mission chasing the world record for longest shot. Their obsession paid off again when Jim Spinella tagged a 3′ plate nearly 2.4 miles from his position using a high performance HCR 375 CheyTac rifle.  Not too long ago the team over at Hill Country Rifles could hit an objective that was 3800 yards out.

Well back on November 22nd, they exceeded themselves – Jim Spinella hit a 36″ plate at 4,210 yards, that is 2.4 miles.Every shot included another rifle work by HCR, all in 375 Cheytac.

New lessons were found out and the rifles developed into lighter, more valuable plans.A standout amongst the most fascinating perspectives to these shots is the building of custom mounts to abstain from coming up short on degree change. A 230 moment of edge  rail was machined for a 20 MOA Nightforce Unimount for an aggregate of 250 MOA.



The .222 Remington Story

The .222 Rem. cartridge, designed by Mike Walker of Remington, was introduced in 1950 in that company’s Model 722 rifle. The gun was only a couple of years old at the time, and it would soon be joined by others chambering the new cartridge. Sako, which began exporting its L46 rifle to the United States in 1949, added the .222 shortly after the gun’s introduction. My early example in .218 Bee has the thin barrel typical for those rifles, but my 1952-vintage .222 has the optional heavy barrel for that caliber.

Other rifles of both foreign and domestic manufacture followed, and finding an accurate one was not difficult. Among those I have shot through the years, Remington’s Models 722, 700, 600, 788 and 40X ranked highly in accuracy, as did several Sako L46 and L461 rifles.

The author and his custom Martini in .222 Super await the appearance of an unsuspecting woodchuck.

The Marlin 322 built on the Sako L46 action was quite nice, but accuracy was short-lived because of accelerated wear when its Micro-Groove rifling was subjected to jacketed bullets at high velocities. Other great .222s were the Browning Hi-Power and the Harrington & Richardson 317, both on the Sako L461 action, and the Anschutz Model 1533. The Savage 340 was the first economy-priced rifle offered in .222 Rem.

The .222 Rem. was the second commercially developed cartridge of its caliber to have a rimless case (the .22 Newton was first). And whereas most earlier .22 center-fires were descendants of existing cases of larger calibers, the .222 case was brand new. Early in its development, a 48-gr. bullet was loaded, but when performance on varmints proved to be unsatisfactory, a 50-gr. bullet with a thinner jacket became standard. A metal-case bullet of the same weight was also available. With a velocity of 3200 f.p.s., the .222 offered greater range than the .22 Hornet and longer barrel/accuracy life than the .220 Swift.

In addition to taking the varmint-shooting world by storm, the cartridge soon dominated a new shooting game called modern benchrest. Mike Walker, one of the founders of Int’l Benchrest Shooters, first shot the cartridge in competition at the Johnstown, N.Y., gun club during the summer of 1950. The rifle, built by him, had a heavy barrel and was on a Model 722 action. His five, five-shot groups at 100 yds. averaged 0.35″, which was not bad in those days. As the accuracy of rifles and shooters improved, so did the .222, with sub-quarter-minute groups eventually becoming commonplace. The .219 Donaldson Wasp, .220 Wilson Arrow and other favorites eventually faded away.

The rifle Walker used in that first match would evolve into Remington’s 40X target rifle. In .222 Rem., it was guaranteed to consistently average 0.45″ and smaller for five shots at 100 yds., making it the most accurate factory rifle available at the time. Up until about the mid-1960s, the 40X and custom rifles on the Model 722 action dominated benchrest competition, but they began losing the accuracy race with the introduction of rifles built around custom actions from barrelmaker Ed Shilen and several others.

Benchrest was not the only competitive game in which the “Triple-Deuce” excelled. In 1960, the Remington Model 760 pump gun in .222 was adopted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning, Ga., for use in 100-meter international running deer competition, where a moving target is exposed for only a few seconds. The highly modified rifles wore Redfield Int’l target sights and heavy, match-grade barrels. The first win came in 1961 when the Army team took gold during the double-shot aggregate at the world championship matches in Oslo, Norway. Back at Ft. Benning that same year, Sgt. Norman Skarpness won the single-shot (50 single-shots) championship while SFC Loyd G. Crow, Jr., took first honors in the double-shot (50 double-shots).

I doubt if many of today’s shooters are aware of the existence of a rimmed version of the .222 Rem. called the .222 Super. Martini-Henry rifles were used by various Australian armed forces and police forces beginning in 1871 with the .577/450 Martini-Henry cartridge and later ending with the .303 British. They were too large and heavy for comfortable use by young cadets at various schools and military academies, so a rifle on a smaller version of the Martini action was adopted. Chambered for a rimmed cartridge called the .310 Greener, they were manufactured by several English firms, including BSA Ltd.

When the Martini Cadet rifles became obsolete, the Australian government sold thousands to hunters and shooters in that country, many of which were converted to .22 Hornet and .218 Bee. Demand for higher velocity prompted the Super Cartridge Co. Pty. Ltd. of Maribyrnong, Victoria, to begin making a .222 with the same rim diameter as the .38 Spl. revolver cartridge. That made the case compatible with the extractor of the Martini rifle. Rifles were also exported to the United States where Ye Olde Hunter, a popular U.S. mail-order firm, priced a complete rifle at $15 and the action alone at $8.

After buying one of the actions, I learned that Williams Gunsight Co. of Davison, Mich., was importing .222 Super cases, and quickly stocked up. Then, my friend Dave Talley—an accomplished machinist and fine custom stockmaker who later made his mark manufacturing scope mounts—turned my $10 barrel blank from Herter’s, a stock and fore-end from Bishop, and a Unertl Varmint scope in 12X into in a fine little single-shot rifle in .222 Super.

The .222 Rem. is parent to other offspring as well, with the .222 Rem. Mag. introduced in 1958 being the first and the .22 TCM from Rock Island Armory being the latest. Others include the .221 Fireball, 5.56/.223 Rem., .17 Rem, .17 Fireball, .204 Ruger, .300 Blackout and the European-developed 5.6×50 mm Mag., which was introduced during the 1960s for use on roe deer.

There have also been a few wildcats with the 6×47 mm on the .222 Rem. Mag. case once used by benchrest shooters in Sporter Class where 6 mm and larger cartridges are required. It became popular enough to inspire Federal to offer unprimed, nickel-plated cases. Today the 6×45 mm is more popular due to the abundance of .223 Rem. brass. Black Hills loads 6×45 mm ammunition, and Les Baer Custom chambers the AR-15 for it. Also on the .223 Rem. case were the TCU line of unprimed cases in 6 mm, 6.5 mm and 7 mm.

Back to the .222 Rem., companies presently listing the ammunition include Federal, Hornady, HSM, Nosler, Prvi Partisan, Remington, Sellier & Bellot and Winchester. Plenty to keep the thousands of rifles out there active in the varmint fields, with one caveat. Production during the past few years has been devoted to more popular cartridges, resulting in a scarcity of .222 Rem. ammunition.

That should eventually change for the better, but in the meantime, the .222 has always been a great candidate for handloading. A top-ranked benchrest shooter who used a 50-gr. bullet once commented on using IMR-4198 for so long his powder measure adjustment was permanently stuck in place at 20.5 grs. Holding a strong second place in popularity was Bruce Hodgdon’s first lot of military-surplus BL-C. Its eventual replacement, BL-C(2), never became as popular. H322 and Reloder 7 have long been excellent choices and, as newer propellants go, Reloder 10X and VihtaVuori N130 are worthy of a try. CFE 223 is a good choice with 50-gr. and heavier bullets. Any good, small rifle primer will light the fire, but I am partial to the Federal GM205M and the CCI BR4.

When unprimed cases cannot be found, simply run .223 Rem. brass through a .222 Rem. full-length resizing die and trim to a length of 1.690″. Either virgin or once-fired cases should be used.

The .222 Rem. ruled over benchrest competition until the 1970s when it and the 6×47 mm were replaced by the 6 mm PPC. In the varmint fields it eventually lost out to the .223 Rem., mainly because cartridges adopted by the U.S. military have historically run roughshod over their competition. Those in the market for a new varmint rifle chambered for an extremely accurate and mild-mannered cartridge will logically choose the .223 Rem. due to more variety in factory ammunition and more availability of cases for reloading. But those of us who already own rifles in .222 Rem., and enjoy reliving the past, would not dream of switching.

A World Record Group

Despite the 6 mm PPC’s dominance in 100- and 200-yd. benchrest competition for nearly three decades, it has yet to topple the .222’s firm hold on the world’s smallest group. That accomplishment was shot by Mac McMillan on Sept. 23, 1973, during a NBSRA-sanctioned match at the Skunk Creek rifle range near Phoenix, Ariz. Chambered in .222 Rem., the 10½-lb. Light Varmint class rifle had an action built by Mac, a barrel made by brother Pat and a fiberglass stock made by another brother, Gale. Wally Siebert had bumped the magnification of its 12X scope to 24X. Custom dies were used to swage 50-gr. bullets using J4 jackets. McMillan’s load consisted of the Remington case, 23.5 grs. of Hodgdon BL-C (Lot No. 1) and an experimental primer made by CCI that would become the BR4.

McMillan’s five-shot, 100-yd. group was measured by match officials with a dial caliper modified by the addition of a clear plexiglass plate containing a .22-cal. reticle. All bullet holes in the paper target fit inside the reticle for an incredible group-size measurement of 0.0000. For the first time in recorded history, the perfect “one-hole” group had been shot in registered competition. The group was next measured with a special 60X microscope capable of accuracy to 0.0001, and it still came out at 0.0000. As required for official recognition, the target was then mailed around to seven members of the NBRSA records committee and they unanimously agreed on 0.009 as the size of the group. The group stood for 40 years until Mike Stinnett beat it by 0.002 with a 30 PPC in 2013.

—Layne Simpson

Those Rechambered .22 Hornets

During the 1950s and 1960s, practically every varmint shooter in the country wanted a rifle in .222 Rem. Factory rifles were available, but for less money that old .22 Hornet standing in the corner could be rechambered. And many were, not only by one-man shops, but by bigger operations such as Griffin & Howe. Two of the more popular for the conversion were Winchester’s Models 54 and 70. Whereas the rifling twist rate of 1:16 in their barrels was usually a bit slow for best accuracy with bullets heavier than 45 grs. at .22 Hornet velocities, the 50-gr. bullet originally loaded by Remington in the .222 Rem. was marginally stabilized in flight due to its higher velocity. Some rifles shot it accurately, others did not.

The Model 70 I have had for about 25 years (opposite page) is a standard grade with a 24 barrel. A previous owner had P.O. Ackley modify it soon after the .222 Rem. was introduced. Making the change required making a new magazine follower and modifying the bolt so that, as it moves forward, a hinged arm drops down to push the tiny .22 Hornet cartridge from a magazine capable of handling cartridges as large as the .375 H&H Mag. When enlarging the bolt face for the .222, the pusher was eliminated.

Barrel groove diameter of the Winchester rifles usually measures a nominal 0.223, and since they deliver acceptable accuracy with the 0.224 bullets of .22 Hornet factory ammunition, the same can be expected for bullets of the same diameter from the .222 Rem. The 1:16 twist does place limitations on bullet length. As an example, the Sierra 50-gr. BlitzKing measuring 0.780long is unstable in flight while the shorter (0.633 long) Sierra 50-gr. SMP is quite accurate.

Dropping back to 40 grs. and lighter is not a total solution because some are quite long for their weight, and only slight differences can matter. My Model 70 is extremely accurate with the Nosler 40-gr. FB Tipped that measures 0.670, but groups open up with the Hornady 40-gr. V-MAX measuring a slightly longer 0.680 and even more so with the 0.700 long Nosler 40-gr. Ballistic Tip. The Hornady 35-gr. NTX at 0.725 and the Nosler 40-gr. Lead Free Ballistic Tip at 0.780 won’t stay on a 16×16 target at 100 yds.

Other bullets that do work in my rifle are the Hornady 35-gr. V-MAX, Sierra 40-gr. HP, Nosler 40-gr., Varmageddon HP, the Sierra 40- and 45-gr. Hornet and the Hornady 45-gr. Hornet. The Hornet bullets from Sierra are available in 0.223 and 0.224 with the larger diameter being considerable more accurate in my Model 70 with its 0.2232 groove diameter.

If bullets of the two diameters are tried, use a Redding Type S full-length sizing die with interchangeable bushings and install a bushing 0.002 smaller than the neck diameter of a loaded round. To assure adequate case neck tension, the neck expander button of a sizing die made for 0.224 bullets measures 0.223 and it should be 0.222 for 0.223 bullets. This can be accomplished by reducing button diameter or by ordering one of the desired size from the die manufacturer.

Factory ammunition options for a 1:16 twist barrel are quite limited. The best I have tried is Nosler Varmageddon loaded with that company’s 40-gr. Flat Base Tipped bullet. No currently available .222 Rem. factory load with a 50-gr. bullet that I have tried delivers acceptable accuracy from my Model 70.



The Kriss Vector! Super gun! All video.

This is a quick look at the company’s 9mm SMG. The KRISS Vector started life as a .45 SMG, but has since evolved. The 9mm model take Glock magazines and have a 5.5″ barrel. For velocity purposes, I would love to see these guns with an 8″ barrel, but a 5.5″ combined with the folding stock gives a very compact package. The Vector series are a family of weapons developed by KRISS USA (formerly known as TDI, Transformational Defense Industries). They use diverted recoil in the form of the “Kriss Super V” system.

There are four main variants marketed: the SMG is the military and LE version with a 5.5 inch barrel and select-fire, while the civilian semi-auto version of the SMG is called the SBR (“short barrel rifle,” with “special operations” appended in older marketing). For states with SBR bans, the CRB (“carbine”) version is available with a 11.5-inch permanent extension to the standard barrel oddly referred to as a “safety extension” in some literature. A “pistol” version with an end cap instead of a stock is also available, the SDP (“special duty pistol” or “security detail pistol”).

A second-generation redesign called the K10 with alterations including a vertical charging handle, integral collapsible stock and replaceable magwell for switching between .45 ACP, .40 S&W, and 9mm Parabellum was displayed at SHOT Show 2011, but has not been seen since 2013; in 2015, new “Gen II” versions of the original Vector models with redesigned pistol grips and safeties and compatibility with a new 9mm lower were announced, which appear to have replaced the K10. “Enhanced” versions are also available, but these simply add accessories which can be bought separately, an AR15-style stock adaptor (provided with a Magpul UBR collapsible stock) and an angular shroud for the barrel on the CRB version.

Gen II versions (with the exception the CRB Enhanced, for some reason) are also available with factory Cerakote coatings in olive drab or flat dark earth, in addition to the original flat black.


Woman with Gun to Her Head Kills Assailant with Her Own Handgun

A woman shot and killed an assailant, who allegedly had the barrel of his gun pressed against her head. The incident occurred around 1 a.m. at a Circle K at 59th Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale, Arizona. AZ Family reports that police arrived on scene to find 27-year-old Frank Taylor in the parking lot, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. Witnesses told police that Taylor held a gun to 23-year-old Carol Miracle’s head and demanded money. Miracle told police that “Taylor tried to rob her at gunpoint near the store.”Glendale police officer Tiffany Smith indicated that investigators “learned that Taylor pointed his gun at Miracle’s head.” Smith said, “She then drew her own handgun that was holstered on her hip, and shot him one time while she was in fear for her life.”

Smith said the evidence recovered at the scene is “consistent” with eyewitness testimony that Taylor had a gun to Miracle’s head.



American shooter brings home first gold

American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning, USA Today reports. Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207. The West Virginia native, Thrasher, is an NCAA champion competing in her first Olympics. She wasn’t the favorite going in as Du won gold in 2004. Serbian shooter Andrea Arsovic is ranked No. 1 in the world and failed to advance to the final. Yi won Olympic gold in the 2012 London Games.

Ginny Thrasher, 19, has ushered in the gold for Team USA in an upset that saw two Chinese competitors take silver and bronze in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event.

The teenager from Springfield, Virginia, defeated Du Li and Yi Siling with a total score of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals.

Thrasher, who wanted to become an Olympic figure skater when she was a kid, fired her first gun just five years ago during a hunting excursion with her grandfather.

Ginny Thrasher, 19, has ushered in the gold for Team USA in an upset that saw two Chinese competitors take silver and bronze in the women's 10-meter air rifle event

Ginny Thrasher, 19, has ushered in the gold for Team USA in an upset that saw two Chinese competitors take silver and bronze in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event

Thrasher, who wanted to become an Olympic figure skater when she was a kid, fired her first gun just five years ago during a hunting excursion with her grandfather

Thrasher, who wanted to become an Olympic figure skater when she was a kid, fired her first gun just five years ago during a hunting excursion with her grandfather

The teenager from Springfield, Virginia, defeated Du Li (left) and Yi Siling (right) with a total score of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals.

The teenager from Springfield, Virginia, defeated Du Li (left) and Yi Siling (right) with a total score of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals.

Thrasher faced tough competition, but came out a full point ahead of 34-year-old veteran Du Li, (left) who won gold in the event in 2004

Thrasher faced tough competition, but came out a full point ahead of 34-year-old veteran Du Li, (left) who won gold in the event in 2004

Bronze medalist Yi (right) was the defending gold champion from 2012 (pictured, Thrasher on the podium with her gold medal) 

Bronze medalist Yi (right) was the defending gold champion from 2012 (pictured, Thrasher on the podium with her gold medal)

Thrasher emerged from the pack of 50 women in the qualifying round with seven other competitors in the finals.

Athletes stand 10 meters from the target and attempt to hit the bullseye for a maximum score of 10.9, which Thrasher received early on qualifying round.

The teen faced tough competition, but came out a full point ahead of 34-year-old veteran Li, who won gold in the event in 2004.

Bronze medalist Yi was the defending gold champion from 2012.

Thrasher's coach, Jon Hammond, acknowledged the teen's steely resolve, even though she is known for being upbeat and full of life outside the sport

Thrasher’s coach, Jon Hammond, acknowledged the teen’s steely resolve, even though she is known for being upbeat and full of life outside the sport

 Thrasher said mastering the mental side of the sport is the most attractive part, since controlling her emotions to consistently score 10s under pressure is 'very hard'

 Thrasher said mastering the mental side of the sport is the most attractive part, since controlling her emotions to consistently score 10s under pressure is ‘very hard’

Thrasher’s coach, Jon Hammond, acknowledged the teen’s steely resolve, saying: ‘When it comes to anything that’s a challenge — a test, a competition, training — it’s very easy for her to dial in that concentration,’ NBC reported.

The engineering major at West Virginia University said: ‘What’s most attractive of rifle is the mental side of the sport.


Nazi officer Hermann Goering’s gold-plated pistol up for bid

A one-of-a-kind, gold-plated Walther PPK once belonging to Nazi officer Hermann Goering will be auctioned off by Rock Island Auction Company in September. The Walther PPK, deemed the most historic Walther the auction site has ever had up for bid, is chambered in 7.65 mm auto. The pistol has just over a 3-inch barrel and features three piece ivory grip panels factory carved in a traditional Germanic oak leaf and acorn pattern inlayed on a gold-plated frame. With the initials “HG” emblazoned on the left grip, the Walther also prominently showcases the Goering family crest. The crest was created by Hermann Goering himself after WWI. It features an armored fist holding a large ring with the words “Der Eiseme,” Goering’s nickname, which means “Iron One.”

Included with the Walther is a large ring worn by Goering at parties and a pair of cuff links, both have the Goering family seal and crest engraved into them.

With an estimated value between $250,000 and $400,000, the Walther PPK, cuff links and ring are to be auctioned off beginning Sept. 9. The auction closes a few days later on Sept. 11.

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A ring and cuff links worn by Goering will also be auctioned off alongside the pistol.
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Hermann Goering quickly rose in rank in the Nazi party, eventually making his way into Hitler’s inner circle.

Goering, the man behind the pistol was born in 1893 in Rosenheim, Bavaria. The son of a judge, he entered the German army in 1914 as an Infantry Lieutenant. He was later transferred to the air force where he distinguished himself as an air ace with 22 downed Allied planes under his belt.

After World War I, Goering became a show flier and pilot in Denmark and Sweden. When the Nazi Party came calling in 1922 Goering jumped at the chance to head back onto the battlefield. Quickly rising in rank due to his powerful personality, Goering eventually claimed the accolades of Commander of the Luftwaffe, President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Russia and Hitler’s designated successor.

Goering was arrested by Allied forces in May 1945 and put on trial in Nuremberg for war crimes in 1946. He was charged and eventually found guilty of conspiracy to wage war, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to die by hanging on Oct. 15, 1946.

Two hours before his designated execution, Goering committed suicide by cyanide pill in his Nuremberg cell.



Gunmaker offers free rifles for guard towers on Trump border wall (VIDEO)

A Phoenix-based firearms manufacturer recently made an offer Donald Trump can’t refuse.Patriot Ordnance Factory founder Frank DeSomma sent a message through psychic medium and videographer Ben Philippi to the likely Republican presidential nominee offering firepower for one of the campaign promises the real estate tycoon has made.   “Patriot Ordinance Factory will put a free rifle in every guard tower along the border of the wall you build. Remember, go Donald Trump, vote for gun rights. Do not take away our rights,” DeSomma told during this weekend’s NRA convention in Louisville.

Trump has frequently claimed he will build a wall at the U.S. southern border with Mexico, which stretches some 1,989 miles from San Diego at the southern edge of California, through Arizona and New Mexico, to the southern-most point at Brownsville, Texas.

As Trump ratchets up the rhetoric on his proposed wall, migrants increasingly flock to the border at the prospect of a more difficult crossing, the Washington Post reports.

The NRA recently endorsed Trump at the annual convention when he took the stage with the gun lobby group’s two top executives before delivering a well-received speech.

Apart from the criticism over cost, Trump’s idea to build a wall has been a controversial one, with many of those most outspoken calling out the Republican candidate for his views on immigration. Not only would Trump build a wall to stem the flow of people coming into the U.S. illegally, he would deport those currently residing here without current documentation, which analysts have calculated could cost upwards of $600 billion.

Also raised are concerns over human hunting, or the shooting of immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. Assuming the backlash over an imagined President Trump wall isn’t overwhelming enough to stop it or the building of guard towers, they’d have to be manned to be effective.        

If the effective range of a regular AR rifle is 600 yards at best, then the guard towers can probably be 1,200 yards from one another, assuming your border patrol and militiamen are good shots. The border is more than 3.5 million yards across, divided by the space between towers, which gives you a need for roughly 2,917 towers.

POF’s rifles cost between $1,400-$3,500, so assuming there wouldn’t be any extras, that would set POF back anywhere between $4.08 million and $10.2 million, according to some back of the envelope math. In February, Trump said the wall only needs to be 1,000 miles long “because we have natural barriers, et cetera, et cetera,” which would cut POF’s presumed costs in half.

The company is offering free shipping on its rifles to all customers, so assuming Trump gets the same deal, that should bring the overall cost for POF up just a bit. Since it would be a donation, perhaps there’s a tax break to also consider.

Trump has thrown out different figures at various speeches during his campaign for how much he thinks the wall will cost – somewhere between $4 billion and $12 billion. TheWashington Post in February fact-checked Trump’s $8 billion figure and includes calculations for the cost of his wall, which he said would be 35-40 feet high. The amount of concrete required would be double that of the Hoover Dam, the Post reported, and would cost about $700 million just for that building material alone.

“Last Weekend Tonight” host John Oliver detailed much of the projected costs – some of which accounted for the building of new infrastructure to support the transport of materials to remote parts of the border.

Other costs to consider would be the guard towers themselves, which require a more complex design structure than a simple wall and thus more material over the same area. Though we haven’t found anything from Trump or his campaign regarding the implementation of guard towers, they would presumably be a more effective – though probably not the cheapest – way of policing a border.

Using as an example the Israeli-built wall in the West Bank, the Post estimated Trump’s wall would cost roughly $42 billion for a 1,000-mile wall at a height of 25 feet, which is 10 to 15 feet shorter than what Trump has proposed.

All of this means that assuming Trump wins the presidency and is able to build the wall, he likely won’t be able to do so at the magnitude he has claimed, which lets POF off the hook, to some extent. Maybe DeSomma knows something we don’t.