When Dirty Harry announced the .44 Magnum as the most powerful handgun in the world it created huge demand for the big Smith & Wesson revolver. Folks who had no interest in the Model 29 suddenly ran out and bought one and for a long time demand outstripped supply. The .44 Magnum remains a top seller to this day. While folks who live in bear country rightly favor the Magnum for predator defense I rather imagine many .44s are sold to folks who will never encounter a bear in the wild but would like to think they will be prepared. There are also folks who would like to have a .44 for concealed carry and defense but there are few suitable choices.
Charter Arms has made a small .44 Special Bulldog model for many years, and back in the ancient mists of time folks took to cutting down large frame Smith & Wesson and Colt .44s and .45s and making them into belly guns. What’s a belly gun? It’s a powerful revolver, easily concealed, that’s quick to get into action at extreme close ranges, as in, shove it in the bad actor’s belly and stroke the trigger. And while Smith & Wesson has made a couple of large frame, short barreled, lightweight .44 Magnums these blasters are lethal at both ends. Shoot one a few times with full-house .44 Magnum ammunition and you’ll get my meaning.
The idea for a medium frame .44 caliber revolver has been around for a long time. Skeeter Skelton wanted it produced in .44 Special and wrote about it often throughout the 1960s and 70s. I think he would have been pleased when Ruger made their GP-100 revolver in a 5 shot .44 Special but I doubt Skeeter could have imagined that Smith & Wesson would take the concept one step further and make a 5 shot, .44 Magnum in their L-frame sized revolver. I fired this stainless steel revolver, the Model 69 with a 4 inch barrel, at the SHOT show in Las Vegas earlier his year and thought it was a bit brutal when firing .44 Magnum ammunition but might be just the thing when loaded with .44 Special ammo. And then, a couple of months ago, Smith & Wesson released another version of the M69, this one with a short 2.75” barrel – kind of an improved .44 Magnum belly gun.
Being very similar to the K-frame M66 I recently reviewed the M69 is a bit bigger in most dimensions but not nearly as large a the N-Frame Model 29, even those with the abbreviated tubes. That means it’s actually a practical size for concealed carry and could make for an easily packed outdoorsman’s revolver. With the right ammunition the M69 can provide meat for the pot and defend against all manner of two and four legged predators. And that’s one of the very best attributes of the .44 Magnum; the vast selection of ammunition it can fire. Light and heavy bullet loads are available, or can be constructed, in .44 Special or Magnum ammunition to cover any use from plinking and target shooting to hunting and defense.
As with the M66 snubbie, the M69 has a very good synthetic grip that works well in absorbing the energy this revolver is capable of generating. While I was unhappy with the factory trigger on the M66 I’m less so with the one on the M69. Running to 11 pounds, 10 ounces in double action and a slightly creepy 6.5 pounds in single action the trigger is usable but can be improved by a good pistolsmith.
The M69 is equipped with the excellent S&W adjustable sights I’ve used in other revolvers for many years. The rear sight, with a plain, black blade, is adjustable for windage and elevation and the black, ramped front combat sight has the usual red insert. The front sight is pinned to the barrel and is easily replaced if damaged, or should you wish for a different sight, such as a colored fiber optic or gold bead. The barrel is screwed into a shroud and has a minimal barrel/cylinder gap to reduce gas leakage. The five shot cylinder is fluted and there is a crane lock to ensure it locks up tight to promote strength and accuracy. As in all current production S&W revolvers the M69 is equipped with a key lock, a feature S&W traditionalists find to be unnecessary and somewhat offensive.
Perhaps my memory is defective, and maybe the short-barreled revolver has less barrel whip than the 4-inch version I shot earlier, but it seems to me this snubbie is more comfortable to shoot. I fired at least five rounds of every .44 Special and .44 Magnum load I could locate and lived to tell the tale. Even the nastier loads were not that bad. No, I wouldn’t want to shoot the 72 round Border Patrol qualification course with the heavy loads but 5 or 10 rounds was tolerable.
Should you roll your own, this revolver is the right launcher for Skeeter Skelton’s load, a hard cast Keith 429421 semi-wadcutter over 7.5 grains of Unique in a .44 Special case. Skeeter’s favorite load will handle anything you might ask a .44 Special or .44 Magnum to do and will do it without the heavy blast and recoil of the top .44 Magnum loads. I think Skeeter would have been pleased with this revolver. If you’re in the market for an easy packing, powerful defensive revolver for home or trail you should give the S&W M69 a look.
Somali Pirates Mistakenly Attack Naval Vessel and Get What Was Coming
Somali Pirates are not the smartest creatures on Earth and this video shows this perfectly.
These Somali pirates endeavor to swarm and board an obscure boat around evening time. The boat ends up being a US Naval vessel, and they endeavor to escape in the wake of being let go upon. One of the water crafts, loaded with thin marauders, isn’t as fortunate as alternate ones.
In the first place, it’s immobilized, and after that it takes another hit which touches off the fuel. The team bails over the edge to a dim and wet destiny.
A single mother has stopped shopping at supermarkets because she hunts and kills wild animals for her meals.
Lisa Taylor posted photographs which show her holding her rifles and boasting about the animals she has just killed.
The hunter, from Surrey, posed for photographs and smiled in one as she held up a wild boar which had just been shot.
Other images show her sitting next to deer, foxes and roe buck she has just killed while hunting.
Lisa Taylor has uploaded hundreds of photographs of her hunts and was smiling while posing next to dead animals.
Lisa placed her gun next to a dead fox which had just been killed on one of her hunts and uploaded it to her Facebook page.
Ms Taylor then uploaded photographs which showed her cooking venison (pictured) after going on a hunt .
She then cooks the meat and posts photographs of her meals to her Facebook page, which has attracted more than 15,000 followers who ‘like’ her posts.
Ms Taylor wrote on her page: ‘I’m a girl who hunts and cooks. This is my way of meat shopping.’
When uploading photographs of her latest kills, she provides a detailed description of what she has just shot.
On one image, she wrote: ‘This was a Young Roe Buck (Spiker) I shot April 2015. He was quite skinny and was part of the cull plan.
‘Can’t believe Roe Buck season is coming back around so fast. Hopefully after culling last year’s bucks we should have a good healthy and strong herd of Roe deer.’
She also wrote on another picture: ‘A job that has to be done. But after eating my venison and wild boar stew I always need to top my freezer up.’
The mother, who manages a deer park, believes what she does is more humane and ethical than eating animals which have lived on factory farms.
And she keeps her army of followers – including 1,200 people who like her Instagram page – updated with pictures of her £1,200 night vision equipment.
She posed for this photograph and uploaded it online with the caption: ‘Spring is here!!! Who else is looking forward to Roe Buck season?’
Ms Taylor uploaded this photograph and wrote online: ‘Pheasant and duck all prepared’
Other posts uploaded to her Facebook page – which has been liked by 15,000 people – showed her posing for selfies.
But her posts have angered some people who have criticised her decision to kill wild animals and one person called her a ‘disgusting person’.
Other critics asked her to ‘leave the poor foxes alone’ after she uploaded photographs to her Facebook page.
Padraig Hannafin wrote: ‘Why celebrate this? I’m from a sheep farming family so I get why it’s done but I don’t get the pride or glee of killing an animal.’
But other people posted positive comments to support her.
Greg Mayhew replied to one of her posts and said: ‘That’s great news !! Well done and much deserved. Keep posting for us. Cheers.’
Ian Jamieson added: ‘Well done Lisa all because of your hard work, you should be very proud of yourself xxx.’
Elisa Allen, Director animal rights charity PETA UK, told MailOnline: ‘There’s a word for a person who derives pleasure from killing.
‘And while this woman is clearly desperate for attention, callously snuffing out the lives of animals who wanted nothing more than a peaceful existence will make her reviled rather than revered.
‘Most Brits admire real sportspeople and genuine sportsmanship, not small individuals who hurt others in order to make themselves feel big.’
Last week, Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in an effort to legalize marijuana across the nation and penalize local communities that want nothing to do with this dangerous drug. This is the furthest reaching marijuana legalization effort to date and marks another sad moment in our nation’s embrace of a drug that will have generational consequences.
Our country is facing a drug epidemic. Legalizing recreational marijuana will do nothing that Senator Booker expects. We heard many of these same promises in 2012 when Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.
In the years since, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls, and emergency room visits. The marijuana black market has increased in Colorado, not decreased. And, numerous Colorado marijuana regulators have been indicted for corruption.
In 2012, we were promised funds from marijuana taxes would benefit our communities, particularly schools. Dr. Harry Bull, the Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state, said, “So far, the only thing that the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana.”
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Senator Booker stated his reasons for legalizing marijuana is to reduce “marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities – poor communities, minority communities.” It’s a noble cause to seek to reduce incarceration rates among these communities but legalizing marijuana has had the opposite effect.
Furthermore, a vast majority of Colorado’s marijuana businesses are concentrated in neighborhoods of color. Leaders from these communities, many of whom initially voted to legalize recreational marijuana, often speak out about the negative impacts of these businesses.
These days you can walk into almost any gun store and find silencers in stock. Just a few years ago that wasn’t the case. You needed to order a silencer from a distributor and have it shipped to your local shop, but before the can ever left the distributor’s shelves the ATF had approve the transfer.
These inter-dealer transfers, called “Form 3 transfers,” could sometimes add months to the total time it took from purchase to actual delivery of your legally purchased firearm safety accessory. Now, according to our friends at Silencer Shop, what once took months to accomplish is now being done almost instantaneously.
This is a big deal for Silencer Shop (not to mention lots of other suppressor retailers). Their business model depends on individuals ordering dirt cheap silencers from their online store and having them shipped to participating local dealers.
That was needlessly complicated when it could take a month just to get permission to ship the silencer. It further delayed the customers from starting their own ATF paperwork, getting in line with their Form 4. Now, those same cans will be free to ship to FFL’s instantaneously which should significantly speed up the process.
This is even better news for those who have a “kitchen counter FFL” or are in the business. No longer will you need to wait a few months to play with your new can, now you can get it almost instantly.
Improving the Form 3 process was one of the bullet points that has been on pro-gun folks’ radar for some time now. It was always a no brainer. All the ATF is doing is updating the registry to say that one licensed and properly investigated entity is transferring a regulated item to another properly licensed and investigated entity.
That process should have happened long ago. Does the new administration have anything to do with this improvement? We can’t possibly say. But it’s awfully good to see the ATF finally catching up. And catching on.
An instructor at Texas’ San Antonio College responded to the school’s decision to allow lawful concealed carry on campus by showing up to work in a Kevlar helmet and an Interceptor IOTV armored vest.
Standing in front of his students in an IOTV and early GWOT-era “K-Pot,” Geography teacher Charles K. Smith drew quite a bit of attention.
“I was just saying I don’t feel safe, Smith said on Tuesday. “It definitely makes me feel uneasy that there are more firearms on campus than there really should be,” Smith said. “(Dressing this way) was just a statement on how I felt.”
A teacher at the campus for ten years, Smith has encountered the occasional heated student- something that worries him when firearms are added to the mix, no matter if the person carrying is qualified to do so or not.
“I realize students were carrying guns on campus illegally, but now it’s legal to do so. It increases the chances of something happening,” Smith said. “Used to, when they got mad at me, they had to go home to get the gun and had time to cool off, now they will have it with them.”
For Smith, the move to legalize campus carry goes against his pacifist outlook on life.
“My assumption is that you will have more people carrying guns, that well lead to problems. It always has,” Smith said. “There is nothing on this planet worth a human life.”
The photo, which was taken by James “Hot Mustard” Velten, has created a flurry of controversy since it hit the internet.
“I’m not one bit surprised on the horrible things people have said. You have guns. The Second Amendment. It has to do with a community college. There’s so many messages that haven’t made it on the thread,” Velten said.
According to LMT Online, Campus Carry was signed into state law in 2015 and was officially implemented into Texas community colleges on August 1 of this year. The law only extends to qualified and licensed individuals who wish to carry a concealed handgun while on college premises. Prior to community colleges, 4-year institutions were cleared to carry in 2016.
Smith said he informedcampus police and the school administration before showing up to work in full battle rattle.
“Some of them were okay and some of them weren’t, but it’s freedom of speech,” Smith said.
Ever since the old days of gun racks in trucks, truck guns have been a thing. It could be a shotgun, a bolt-action rifle, or any other longer gun that, when needed at a moment’s notice, is right there in the hands of the operator.
But truck guns have changed. It’s not just a family pump shotgun or an old Winchester hunting rifle — it’s now evolved into a whole series of short barrel rifles, pistols, and optics.
A person who makes the willful decision to arm up before he steps foot out the door likely has an understanding that concealed carry is just an immediate life line. It’s the tool you can easily conceal so you can get to safety in a life or death situation.
However, for a real fight against a determined foe, a truck gun is that next step. Often times a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .300 BLK, 5.56 NATO, or even 9mm, these semi-automatics are designed to conceal well, take up as little space as possible, and ensure that a person can “reach out and touch” the bad guy if he has to.
Don’t worry if you don’t own a truck or an especially large car in general. In this article, we’ll go over some ways to choose a truck gun. And don’t worry, we won’t go overboard.
Yeah, that one will turn some heads…
So, what are some considerations when picking out a truck gun?
Truck Gun Application
Application refers to the likely situations you may be forced to deal with. If you’re living out on the prairie, you may need to reach out and knock down some predators hunting your flock. A long range bolt-action rifle or something with an advanced optic may be a great choice.
However, if most of your days are spent jumping from the city to a rural environment, you may need a gun that works well in short to medium range situations. A 16 inch barreled rifle may fit in your vehicle of choice but you may also need something you can stow away into an even tighter area.
That’s where short barreled rifles and pistols earn their keep.
Not necessarily anyone’s first choice for sniping prairie dogs, these short barreled firearms can have barrels as short as nine inches.
Short barreled rifles require additional steps through the ATF . That can include long wait times and delays. If you feel you can afford to wait, short barreled rifles offer a great degree of versatility, mobility, and stability.
Short barreled pistols, however, are not under those restrictions. They can be equipped with the same style of magazines as their rifle counterparts and still run great. Many come with a stabilizing brace that can be secured to your arm for a better degree of stability.
And some people honestly will keep a full-sized 16 or 18 inch AR or AK platform in their vehicles. For many that I’ve spoken with, it’s the instantaneous gratification of being able to respond to near any situation. Decisiveness and security — it’s a big thing.
Storage Considerations For Truck Guns
If you’re going to keep a truck gun, it’s a good idea to keep it locked and out of view. Some people put their truck guns in their trunk — I guess this would technically make it a trunkgun but let’s not get into it. A trunk compartment can be a great way to secure firearms, magazines, and additional equipment that a person may feel he needs at the ready.
Depending upon the size of the gun, you can even get a locked compartment placed under your seat or under the rear seats if they pull forward.
The basic premise is this: if you have a truck (or trunk) gun, you need to be able to secure it so it cannot be easily seen and taken by a bad guy.
The worst feeling in the world is the thought of walking back to your vehicle to see a bad guy arming himself with your gun.
Lock’em up. Keep’em out of sight. This could be your last ticket out of the station in a rough scenario — treat it like such.
The Philippines could be sending 86,000 M1 Garand rifles to the US which will be made available to the US public through the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program). Most of the rifles were made before 1957 and are considered highly collectible. The program will use the proceeds from the potential sale to fund their operations.
The CMP is a federally chartered non-profit corporation which promotes firearms safety and training. Numerous marksmanship competitions all over the country are hosted by the group.
The organization obtains most of its funding by selling surplus military firearms, donated to the CMP by the Army. Because of restrictions on firearm returns from overseas allies which were put in place by the Obama administration, there is a limit on how many guns can be sold.
Because of these restrictions, the common variations of the M1 have been out of stock for two years.
The CMP only covers shipping costs when sending weapons to America, keeping costs down when they are put up for sale.
Only those who meet the CMP’s eligibility requirements will be able to buy weapons from the program. The requirements include proof of US citizenship, proof of age, and membership in a CMP affiliated organization.
The program also requires proof that the individual is knowledgeable about the safe handling of firearms and range procedures or proof of prior participation in a marksmanship related activity. This proof can be from time spent in the military, law enforcement, or certain training courses. They must have either a concealed carry license or similar form of certification. The municipality or state where the buyer resides might have additional restrictions.
The eligibility requirements are only applicable for those who buy weapons, not memorabilia, parts, ammunition or publications sold by the program, assuming local or state laws don’t ask for them.
North English, Iowa – A suicidal North English man’s wish came true after he raised a gun to police officers. Video of the encounter shows one of the responding officers shooting the man with buckshot from a 12 gauge shotgun (video below.)
Officers were called to the home of Robin Blaylock on June 10 for a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived, Blaylock was armed with a rifle and telling officers to shoot him.
At one point, Blaylock even raised the gun to officers, and the officers did not fire.
The shotgun blast was fatal, and Robin Blaylock was pronounced dead on scene.
On July 25, county attorney Tim McMeen announced that the shooting was legally justified, according to Press-Citizen.
“The officers could have on more than one occasion on June 10, 2017, feared for their own safety or the safety of the other officers such that the use of deadly force by Officer Blake Heller was justified under these circumstances.
“As a result, the Iowa County Attorney’s office has made the determination that the shooting of Robin Blaylock, while being a homicide, was a justified homicide on the part of Officer Blake Heller.”
You can see the video of the shooting below. WARNING – Graphic Content: