Bullet Cam from Vortex Hornady

Imagine being able to see your bullet hitting the target as it hits its target or maybe go off by a minute.

Vortex and Hornady released a video of a new “bullet-cam” and it had many talking, whether they believed it or not.
Some new technology that would hypothetically change the hunting and filming game forever from Vortex and Hornady took the outdoor world by storm recently.
News like this would change the industry…if only it were true, lol.
Yes! April Fool!

An epic April Fool’s prank cooked up an incredibly cool product, outstanding visuals and dialogue, and some cool acting from employees.
Vortex and Hornady released the video that would seem to be a legit product launch with the production quality and subsequent buzz.

But, putting a camera on a bullet is virtually impossible, and some people on social media knew exactly what was going on. But some didn’t, and it was very funny.

If you saw it on the internet, its gotta be true. Right?


Watch how awesome this prank video turned out.
Conversation on FB

Video Transcription
Ian: Here at Vortex Optics, we strive to push the boundaries of the Sport Optics community. From high-powered binoculars to precision optic scopes, so that our customers can see clearly from all vantage points. When it comes to bullet impact, though, shooters have had to rely on traditional optics to determine accuracy from long distances. We were determined to provide an additional point of view, to improve precision and overall performance. With our expertise in research and development of optics, we reached out to Hornady to collaborate on a new product encompassing action-camera technology that before now was impossible to achieve. We are proud to anounce the revolutionary Vortex Hornady Bullet Cam.

When the guys at Vortex came to us with this idea, honestly, we thought they were crazy. But we decided to take a look at their data, and they were definitely onto something, so we immediately started on a prototype. When it comes to optical system design, accuracy and precision are absolutely essential. One of our initial concerns was flight path, and that the mass of our optical system had to be absolutely centered. After considerable testing and re-testing, we developed the brand-new G10-Drag model, which streamlines the trajectory for this new profile. In addition, we redesigned the propellant burn characteristics, as well as its densities. We’re confident, with or without the camera, this bullet technology is going to start a trend throughout the shooting community.

Operating a bullet-cam is incredibly intuitive. And it’s fun to use. After sinking a bullet with the VTXM, hit record, load the round as you usually would, and shoot. The live feed streams right to your device for instant viewing. Once the bullet cam hits a target, recording stops, and your clip is uploaded to the VTX cloud.

You can review your trajectory, even slowing it down frame by frame, so that you can see the impact, make a correction if necessary, or confirm your kill. With access to the VTX cloud from anywhere, you can share all your shots directly on your social media profiles. At only $99.99 for a box of ten, bullet-cam is completely affordable, and will make you a true pro.

Our goal at Vortex Optics is for shooters to have the most advanced tools in the industry to achieve the most accurate shots. And with this bullet, you’ll always know if you were way off, or dead-on. With the Vortex-Hornady bullet-cam, the force of Optics just got more forceful.

Sources: Vortex, Hornady

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The Awkward Sunngard Automatic Pistol

Sunngard modified handgun carried 50 rounds

Early in the 20th century one of the weakness observed by an inventor named Harald Sunngard in automatic pistols was that during reloads while under stress were often bungled by shooters. This would leave them vulnerable to return fire without being able to shoot back. This Norwegian inventor came up with a solution. There were two parts to this, the first was to use a big magazine, second was to store a spare magazine right in the well of the pistol for immediate use.


The grip of the pistol needed to be big enough to store two identical magazines. One in the front and one in the back inside the well. The front magazine sits higher than the rear one, the bolt face on the slide feeds rounds from the front magazine into the chamber. Once the magazine is empty, shooter ejects it and slide the rear magazine to the front position.

This pistol shoots a 6.5mm and the magazine holds 25, with two magazines the shooter has 50 rounds available. Sunngard hypothesize that while in a gun fight with the common handguns which was only 7 to 8 rounds. While the reload is where Sunngard auto pistol would come into play without a reload and win the gun fight.


The Sunngard pistol was a simple design, uses a plain blowback action, with a no locking system for the small cartridge. The barrel is fixed to the receiver and a recoil sprin is located around the barrel and inside the barrel shroud.

Reports has it that Sunngard tried to market the pistol to military forces, but was not successful. There was a story that in the Norwegian military trials that it was tested against the Colt 1911, unfortunately no records of the results. Which would have been interesting to see. Some of the many reasons as to why the pistol never made it big, may be due to its low cartridge power and the reloading was awkward.


Caliber: 6.5mm (also 8mm)

Cartridge: 6.5mm Sunngård (6.5x19mm) (also 8x19mm)

Bullet weight: 28.5 gr (1.85g)

Overall length: 8.0in (203mm)

Barrel length: 6.2in (158mm)

Height: 5.3in (135mm)

Weight unloaded: 26.8oz (760g) (28oz/800g for the 8mm variant)

Weight loaded: 33.8oz (960g)


US Patent 972,087 (Harald Sunngård, “Automatic Firearm”, October 4, 1910)

Here’s Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons take on this unique Sunngård pistol.

Source: Wikipedia, PopularMechanic, Ian McCollum

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Dual Wield Pistols vs Single Pistol

Which is faster and more accurate?

Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical and his buddy Dave Royer were out testing a firearm myths whether dual-wielding versus using sight alignment with a single pistol is better. Seen all the time in the movies Dave and Larry are out to show you what really happens when you fire two pistols at the same time.

Stationary Drill
They start the test with stationary shooting at multiple targets. (5 targets) Dual shooting (using H&K .45 Compact and a custom Colt 1911) was going from inside targets to outside targets. Single pistol shooting went from left to right. The result for dual shooting was at 2.8 seconds and 3.73 seconds for single pistol. Dual shooting was faster but not as accurate as with single pistol. However, for this test single pistol shooting with good sight alignment wins the accuracy test.

Mobile Drill
Starts out at a walk towards the target from 30 yards out and at the sound of a buzzer. Shooter engages the target while still moving forward. Dual pistols will be alternate shots between left and right. Single pistol lay down some lead rapidly. The verdict single pistol wins with accuracy and speed on this drill.

The Myth of Dual Handguns – Video Transcript:
Larry: The next movie myth we’re gonna tackle is the Dual Wield Handgun. You’re also seeing this show up in a lot of videogames. Essentially you’ve got a handgun in each hand, and you’re firing at multiple targets, with amazing accuracy on the silver screen. On the surface it looks like it might be a home run, because you can fire a lot more bullets in the same amount of time as one handgun, in theory. What do you think?

Dave: I think I’d go with one gun, because you’re throwing out sight line on it, and that’s the key to accuracy.

Larry: Well, we’ll see how it shakes out. Got two guns here, HK-45 compact 45 ACP, and a custom colt 1911 built by yours truly, 45 ACP. We’re gonna do a variety of drills, dual-wield, then we’re going to do the exact same drills single-handgun. We’l look at the timer and look at the hits, see how it shakes.

Dave: Alright Larry, we’re gonna shoot these targets, you’re gonna shoot simultaneously at two targets, working from the center out, one at each target.

Larry: Ok!

Dave: On the buzzer, shoot ready. Standby [beep]


Dave: Let’s check it out.

Larry: What kinda time we got?

Dave: 2.81 seconds.

Larry: ok!

Dave: Well this target looks clean.

Larry: Don’t think we have to worry about pace, now remember this was the far-left target, left handed, with the HK-45, this is actually the last target I shot at on the left hand side. Same deal.

Dave: Clean target on the left on the second target.

Larry: This was double-action, the HK-45, the first target I shot. Was this it?

Dave: I believe that’s it.

Larry: Target’s clean.

Dave: Got a center hit on this target.

Larry: Now this was the target I was focusing in on. I was doing the thing that you and I talked about, actually looking at the targets, and kinda trying to do sympathetic movement.

Dave: Right.

Larry: Ok, we’ve got a shot here. Not a great one, still a hit. And I got a hit here.

Dave: So basically, you were point-shooting to the right, and you hit every one.

Larry: Right. Two very good hits, one mediocre hit, and three misses. 2.8 seconds. Now, same technique: Low ready, finger straight, one on each coming all the way across.

Dave: Alright Larry, so we can compare, we’re gonna have you shoot like you normally would: With one gun, two-handed, from the low ready, at the beep shoot from the farthest left to the right, one on each target.

Larry: Ok.

Dave: Shooter ready. Standby.

[Beep, gunshots]

Dave: Time is 3.73, so less than a second, but I’m betting we got better shots.

Larry: Yea let’s check out the test. Bad hit, but still outside the circle. Talking about an OK hit but not great.

Dave: Excellent hit.

Larry: Outstanding. This one’s in our circle.

Dave: Top of the circle.

Larry: So we’ll accept that.

Dave: Absolutely. About the same place.

Larry: Same thing here.

Dave: Inside the circle, ’bout one O’clock.

Larry: ‘Nother hit inside the circle, and another excellent hit. Well I think the verdict is clear on that. Clearly one handgun and point fire, using your sights and index on the target, firing one shot at a time and make that shot a good shot; far superior to any kinda dual-wield in that scenario.

Dave: Absolutely, because as we know, with any kinda real threat, the only way to get rid of it is this.

Larry: Bingo. Got another movie myth coming up, this involves two pistols, and shooting on the move while shooting forward. This one’ll be really cool, I guarentee ‘ya.

Larry: Alright Dave, what’s the drill?

Dave: The drill is, I’m gonna give you the command to walk, and at the sound of the beep, you’re going to alternately shoot at one target.

Larry: Alright, and three shots each, alternating?

Dave: Correct.

Larry: Ok.

Dave: Shooter ready?

Larry: Yep.

Dave: Walk.

[Beep, gunfire]

Larry: Hm. The hits are actually pretty decent.

Dave: And that’s what we were talking about. As long as you can acquire the target, point-shooting or the sights. If you’ve got sight-alignment on the target, it’s much easier, or you have much better accuracy.

Larry: Alright. Now I’m gonna try it with one gun.

Dave: Cool.

Larry: Alright dave.

Dave: Alright we’re gonna do the same drill with one gun, command of walk you move toward the target, on the beep you engage with the target six-seven shots.

Larry: Alright.

Dave: Shooter ready. Walk.

[Beep, shots]

Larry: Alright. Well. Can’t argue with those hits.

Dave: No, and it’s what I expected on this drill, because this is a common drill in training, shooting on the move. You have perfect sight alignment, you have one target, shouldn’t expect anything else.

Larry: Well I think we can kinda wrap up two guns Vs. one gun.

Dave: Absolutely.

Larry: I know what I’d pick.

Dave: You bet.

Larry: One gun. Every time.

[Vicker’s Tactical Outro]

Here’s Mythbusters take on the effectiveness of Dual-Wield shooting.

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Source: Vickers Tactical Youtube, TAC-TV Crew, Larry Vickers, Mythbusters


At first glance, looks like the M4 Carbine, but Looks can be Deceiving

Half a century ago, boards were formed and studies commissioned to find a replacement for the .30-cal. cartridges employed in U.S. military service rifles. The goal was to develop a high-velocity, small-caliber cartridge in a lightweight rifle. Eventually, a spin-off of a successful varmint round, the .223 Rem. (5.56×45 mm NATO) cartridge, was selected, and Eugene Stoner’s AR-10 rifle was re-engineered, scaled down to accept the .223 and named the AR-15. The selective-fire rifle was adopted first by the Air Force, and then by the Army and Marine Corps, and dubbed the M16. In the past, rifles chambered in .308 Win, such as the M14/M1A and AR-10 variants, have been reclaiming their place on the battlefield as special-purpose rifles for designated marksmen.

DPMS Panther Arms has been one of the manufacturers leading the resurgence of AR-10-style rifles with its Long Range 308 line. Now, in response to the need for smaller, faster and lighter carbines, DPMS has released its newest innovation, the AP4 LR-308. A compact version of the Long Range 308 rifle, the AP4 LR-308 is, at first glance, a ringer for its little brother, the M4 carbine. But looks can be deceiving.

Much was done to the LR-308 platform in order to trim it down. The milled billet 6061-T6 aluminum lower receiver remained the same, but the extruded 6066-T6 aluminum upper underwent a face-lift. In order to meet the requirements for the Army’s Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS), DPMS added a brass deflector to the new generation LR-308 and incorporated the now-familiar forward assist into the backside of the brass deflector. Unlike the AR-15/M16A2 design, the AP4 LR-308 forward assist engages the flat surface on the back of the enlarged bolt carrier rather than a series of cuts milled into the side of the carrier.

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A detachable A2-style rear sight (Fig. 1) was supplied on the AP4 LR-308 mounted to the receiver’s top Picatinny rail.

The bolt and chromed bolt carrier differ in size and design from familiar AR-15 components. We installed an optional 308 Miculek Compensator (Fig. 3) for part of our testing, and it tamed perceived recoil to almost .223-like levels.

Inside the LR-308 bolt, the standard single extractor spring was swapped out for a two-spring system in order to enhance reliability. Incorporating a standard six-position collapsible stock with the LR-308?s longer bolt carrier required a mini buffer that measures 3/4 inches less than a standard carbine buffer.


The AP4 LR-308 barrel is of 4140 chrome-moly steel and sports a standard M4 contour beyond the front-sight assembly. Underneath the handguard, however, the barrel has a heavy profile, measuring nearly an inch in diameter.

The standard AP4 LR-308 handguard is a ribbed aluminum free-float tube, but our test rifle arrived with an optional DPMS four-rail, free-floated handguard. Due to the increased diameter of the barrel extension and the barrel nut, standard AR-15 handguards will not fit the AP4 LR-308. Also included on our test rifle was a detachable A2-style rear sight, which was attached to the Picatinny rail system on top of the upper receiver.

The fit and finish of our test rifle were exceptional. The take-down pins were remarkably tight, as was the upper-to-lower receiver fit. DPMS’ Teflon finish on the hard-coat anodized aluminum was smooth and uniform, as was the chrome plating on the bolt carrier, firing pin and retaining pin.
For accuracy testing, we used a 4-16X variable scope with a fine reticle. We used three different brands of match ammunition from Federal, Hornady and Black Hills. It favored the 168-gr. Hornady AMAX Match loads, producing groups as small as 0.68 inches at 100 yards. The AP4, with its 16-inch barrel, produced an overall average of just smaller than a minute of angle (1.047 inches) with the three brands of ammunition.

Throughout the testing, we used just one 20-round magazine. It was one of the new steel magazines for the LR-308 platform from DPMS, which replaced the company’s old plastic 10-round units. Throughout several hundred rounds, the AP4 LR-308 functioned reliably. Of the three malfunctions we experienced, the magazine failed to sufficiently engage the bolt stop twice when it was empty. A single stoppage was a short stroke that prevented a cartridge from being picked up. Upon opening the rifle up, the reason was obvious, the three gas rings on the bolt had aligned.

Looking at the bolt after a hard day on the range presented another surprise. We expected to see a lot of carbon build-up on the back of the bolt, as is usually the case on short-barreled AR-15s, but there really wasn’t any on the AP4.
Side-by-side the AP4 LR-308 and the M4 look almost identical, but inside the AP4 LR-308 is a powerhouse. While it’s not touted as a sub-m.o.a. rifle, our AP4 had the accuracy to match.

Here’s Youtuber 1957Shep taking this for a run.

Close Retention Shooting

Don’t Blink, You’ll be Shocked and Amazed at the Speed of this Draw with a Glock!

If you watched the late Bob Munden when he did his quick draw while shooting from the hip, it was amazing to watch. What’s really kind of neat-to-know is that this type of shooting is similar to what law enforcement term “retention shooting”. Retention shooting was taught to the officers when they had to pull the weapon out and fire while in close proximity to a suspect. (melee time) This way of shooting is not new as a matter of fact, the history of it goes back to the early 1900’s taught by William E Fairbairn the author of several tactical shooting books.

Fast forward to modern day, the person in this video blasting away at high speed below is Baret Fawbush, he says that he is not an expert, but when watching him draw and shoot from the retention at close quarter, he looks pretty good. Calling this a “close retention shooting drill,” he puts his hands up, clears his mind, and then empties his magazine like a boss.

See him in action below. Wow! That is the epitome of fast, controlled shooting with a sidearm. While he says that this is not a video on defensive tactics, seeing Baret in action against targets with t-shirts and a box for a head. Don’t know looks like very much like a drill for defensive purpose.

Talk about shooting from the hip!, this is the modern version of gun slinging at its best. Whoever thought this technique would turn out to be one of the most important to have at your disposal.
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Close Retention Shooting Variation
For those in the CCW and/or LE circle, there will always be a question of would this type of retention shooting hold up while under a serious mano mano brawl.
Which means you are so close that you can smell the bad guy’s breath as you’re struggling to get your pistol out to defend yourself. When you watch an actual fight of this scenario, it almost looks like two people playing tug-of-war over the pistol. But, seriously this becomes a fight for the control of the pistol when its pulled out.
Many gun instructors have come up with ways to deal with the real issue. One that stands out is one that is taught by Craig Douglas of ECQC. (Extreme Close Quarter Concepts)
The initial movements are similar to the original method but the follow-up is transition to shooting with two hands as you create distance from the bad guy. The video below is quite long, but it should start at what this technique should look like.

Here’s some short clips while fighting.

Sources: Craig Raleigh, Parker Fawbush Youtube, Baret Fawbush

Comparing Barrel Twist Rates

Rifling 101

When a bullet is fired, the rifling of the barrel puts a twist on the bullet in order to improve accuracy, increase the distance traveled, and to stabilize the bullet as it moves through the air towards its target. Twist rates are often set up as a ratio, such as 1:14, 1:12, or 1:7, which refers to inches per turn. A twist rate of 1:10 means the bullet will turn one time in 10 inches of the barrel.

Rifling was discovered in 15th century Germany and most likely took the science behind arrows, which are fletched in a way that the arrow spins, thereby increasing its accuracy. It did not gain popularity until the 18th century, and was a crucial tool for the young United States to beat the British in the Revolutionary War. Nowadays, gunsmiths use either cut rifling or button rifling to produce this effect, but either technique effectively adds raised lands and depreciated grooves along the length of the barrel that cause the bullet to rotate before it ever leaves the gun.

fireringThere are many factors that can affect the twist rate of a barrel. Even the same type of guns from different manufacturers can have different rates, and this can be very confusing to people who are new at purchasing or analyzing rifles. Furthermore, different bullets will require different twist rates for proper stabilization depending on their weight.
For example, if you want to shoot more accurately over a longer distance with a gun such as the AR-15, you may decide to upgrade from a 62-grain bullet to a 77-grain bullet; the lighter bullet requires a twist rate of 1:8 while the heavier bullet in question requires a rate of 1:7; in fact, a much lighter 40-grain bullet only requires a twist rate of 1:12.

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It is important to note that you could potentially use any grain bullet for the rifle, but the accuracy will vary at different distances, so it is important to know at what distance you would like to shoot. Furthermore, a lower ratio means an increased speed, so a twist rate of 1:7 will travel faster than one at 1:9, because it will complete a full rotation in only 7 inches compared to 9, and so it makes sense that a heavier bullet needs a higher twist rate to be accurate.

Since many gun manufacturers may use a different barrel twist rate for their gun, it is important to research before purchasing a rifle so that it can fit the intended requirements. Although it may be difficult to determine at what range you intend to fire the rifle most often, a little bit of gun training will allow you to determine your needs. For example, an expert marksmen may want to shoot at a longer range when he hunts out in the open, while someone who usually hunts in the woods may not need to fire at longer distances because there is usually increased coverage.

For a while many people believed that a slower twist rate would cause poor accuracy, which is true, but some also believe that having too high of a twist rate could “over-stabilize” lighter bullets, also decreasing accuracy. This idea has been debunked by ballistics experts, although firing a very light bullet through a gun with a very high twist rate could still decrease its structural integrity.

However, for the most part a higher twist rate will increase accuracy across the board, especially if closely paired with the correct bullet weight. Nowadays, almost all standard military-grade weaponry has a twist rate of 1:7, while you will find hardly any rifles now with twist rates less than 1:14.

It is also important to keep barrel lengths in mind. Comparing a 10.3″ AR-15 with a different model 18″ barrel, both with a 1:7 twist rate, shows that the smaller barrel is pretty accurate with 55- to 77-grain bullets, while the longer barrel was extremely accurate with higher grain bullets but virtually useless with the lighter options below 70-grain. Although it is impossible to tell exactly what sort of bullet and barrel combinations will be best, knowing a little about twist rates can make it easier to get close, and from there it’s just practice and trail and error.

Source: Wikipedia

M1911 takes down an Enemy Plane

A War Story for the Ages.

During World War 2, the 7th BG’s 9th Bomb Squadron was dispatched to destroy a railroad bridge at Pyinmana, about halfway between Rangoon and Mandalay and near two active enemy fighter bases. The formation was led by Col. Conrad F. Necrason, 7th BG commander. The B-24 on his right wing was piloted by 1st Lt. Lloyd Jensen whose copilot was 2d Lt. Owen J. Baggett. On that mission, Baggett was to earn a distinction believed to be unique in Air Force history.

Before reaching Pyinmana, Burma, to destroy a bridge, the American B-24 bombers were intercepted by Japanese fighter pilots.
Baggett’s B-24 plane took heavy damage with fire taking place at the rear. When smoke and fumes consumed the whole aircraft, aircrew commander (Jensen) ordered the crew to bail out.
Bagget recalls barely jumping out and almost consumed by the smoke inside the aircraft. He remembers floating down with a good chute. He saw four more open canopies before the bomber exploded.
The Japanese planes immediately began strafing the surviving crewmen, apparently killing some of them and grazing Baggett’s arm. As the plane circle Bagget to come in to finish him off. Owen J Bagget did what you would only see from a James Bond movie.

Baggett pretended to be dead, hoping the Zero pilot would not fire again. Anyway, the pilot opened his canopy and approached within feet of Baggett’s chute, nose up and on the verge of a stall. Baggett, raised the .45 automatic concealed against his leg and fired four shots at the open cockpit. The Zero stalled and spun in.
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It must take some sharp shooting and nerves of unbending steel to keep straight aim in the face of certain death, but seems he managed to shoot and kill the enemy fighter pilot with none other than a .45 caliber M1911 pistol. Whether a testament to sharp shooting under pressure or the efficacy of the gun, who knows.


Owen fell to the earth, wounded but alive, he and 2 other crewmen were captured as POW’s, later freed at the end of the war.
While in captive he met Col. Harry Melton, commander of the 311th Fighter Group who had been shot down, passed through the POW camp and told Baggett that a Japanese colonel said the pilot Owen Baggett had fired at had been thrown clear of his plane when it crashed and burned. He was found dead of a single bullet in his head. Colonel Melton intended to make an official report of the incident but lost his life when the ship on which he was being taken to Japan was sunk. Unfortunately, there were no official evidence to support Baggett’s account.

He lived to 85 years old, having reached the rank of Colonel and continued as a defense contractor, and died in 2006. His tombstone tells of his being a POW, a hero, and a father– But sadly, it doesn’t cover his badass airborne feat: being the only person to down a Japanese fighter plane with a pistol.

Whether it was true or not, its still a great story for our M1911 legacy.

by Sam Morstan

Source: Owen J Baggett Wikipedia, AFMag.com and Controversial Times

Car Jacking – Where are you packing your heat?

On the hip, in a case, or on the seat next to the driver, where are you packing for easy access?

Car jacking happens almost everywhere and one of the question that comes up is where are you packing your firearm for easy access. Here’s a conversation excerpt from 1911 Forum on the subject.

mikesheating: my question to you is, if work has me driving all day, should I do as normal and keep my EDC on my right hip, or would a pistol be better used in a briefcase on the seat next to me? My thoughts on this are
1) I could keep a second full size duty pistol in the open top briefcase along with as many mags as I feel are needed. Of course I’d still have my normal CCW on my hip.
2) If I start seeing condition orange ( I could have my hand in the briefcase, on the pistol, free from the holster, without brandishing it.
3) I could even shoot through the briefcase, “please don’t murder me, take my briefcase, BANG!” and never see it coming. As far as they know I’m following orders up till the first shot.
4) I could load out a little heaver with a second bigger pistol with more mags ready to go.
Or am I over thinking this? should keep to my normal EDC, on the hip. These things happen fast and as soon as a gun is seen by ether party, the fight is going to be on. So it’s a little slower to draw from concealment seated in a car.

boatdoc: many of my friends are appendix carrying for access while driving seems to me that an extra gun could be placed in an ankle holster( a revolver maybe?) for your protection. A purse or briefcase might give the perps a gun they did not have why isn’t the media covering this. I used to live in Chicago and it wa s very safe and the cops were very tough( maybe that is why crimes wa s low back in the ’80s?)

the agenda today seems to viilfy cops for doing their jobs and praise thugs when they commit crimes and hide the ghettto thugs crimes as well(chicago is th e prime example with all the weekend shootings going on and very few are reported int he mainstream media)–it is Obamas and loonbergs agenda against us as well. They ignore the criminals and go after us– brilliant!

lhawkins: +1 for appendix carry for vehicle. Also, I mounted a plastic coated magnet on the side of the console (designed for firearms). Holds the gun nicely. It will even hold a gun through a pocket hoslter.

FYI, some states have goofy laws with respect to how the gun is carried in vehicle even with a CHL. Ohio did, but rescinded most of them. You may want to know the laws in the states you travel. It would be silly to be a felon just because you put the firearm on the seat instead of your holster.

monadh: When I’m in my car, I always have two pistols. I generally carry a Springfield 1911 wherever I go, so that is in the holster on my hip. The second is a CZ 9mm of some sort, usually my CZ 75 PCR with a 16 round magazine, 1 chambered for a total of 17 rounds, in an unzipped pistol blanket right next to me. I am too large to gracefully pull a pistol out of the holster, and I can deploy the other pistol much faster.

I also always carry two extra magazines for each. The 1911 has one mag with hollowpoints and one with ball ammo. The CZ has two extra mags of 147 gr subsonic hollowpoints.

Plantar5: I know 2 people who were carjacked at gunpoint.
One gave up his car, as would I or suggest, it’s just a car.
The other was a LE detective who shot and killed one and paralyzed the other.
Now he is involved in a civil matter, that even probably will be cleared, you can draw your own conclusions.

azguy1911: Obviously keep your doors locked as that gives you some protection and extra time and I keep mine between the seat and console while in the car, easily accessible there.

WobbleZone: In my truck, tucked into the tight space between driver’s seat and middle seat, canted, butt up. Instant access. Dan Wesson CCO or Glock 20.

evets5321: I hope you never get car jacked and especially not shoot thru your brief case, ’cause the attorneys will find this post and say that you PLANNED it….sticks and stone may break my bones but my words will get life in jail. Just do what you need to do and don’t talk about it. IMHO

MegaGlide: Just MHO, of course, but if you are worried about carjacking, you need to have a gun on your person, not on the seat, etc. You get distracted, door flies open and you are dragged from car, you don’t have a gun.

In retrospect, there are many ways to quarterback this but what it comes down to is always remain alert and have a plan. All the tactics that you learned and practice comes into play lies in the planning for such contingency. What are your thoughts on this?

evets5321: I hope you never get car jacked and especially not shoot thru your brief case, ’cause the attorneys will find this post and say that you PLANNED it….sticks and stone may break my bones but my words will get life in jail. Just do what you need to do and don’t talk about it. IMHO

MegaGlide: Just MHO, of course, but if you are worried about carjacking, you need to have a gun on your person, not on the seat, etc. You get distracted, door flies open and you are dragged from car, you don’t have a gun.

In retrospect, there are many ways to quarterback this but what it comes down to is always remain alert and have a plan. All the tactics that you learned and practice comes into play lies in the planning for such contingency. What are your thoughts on this?

Unique WWII Facts that you didn’t know about

These Facts Will Give You a Different Perspective on World War II

Historian John Keegan words on World War II, was “the largest single event in human history,” a conflict “fought across six of the world’s seven continents and all its oceans. It killed 50 million human beings, left hundreds of millions of others wounded in mind or body and materially devastated much of the heartland of civilization.”
Much have been analyzed and explored from numerous angles in history books, films and art.
Common figures and events are familiar to the average high school student who is buried in the history books. This era is filled with complex and endless fascinating stories that packs plenty of overlooked or under-appreciated stories, characters, and facts for the rest of us. Here are some unique World War 2 facts.

  1. The Soviets were the only ones that realize just how skilled Finnish snipers were during the war, they were able to kill 40 Soviet troops for every Finnish soldier killed, that is unheard of today.
  2. This photo shows the massive Japanese submarine I-401. This sub was the size of an aircraft carrier and even had three folded up bombers secured inside the sub. The mission of the submarine was to bomb the Panama Canal but instead the behemoth of a sub ended up at the bottom of the ocean.
  3. Bomber crews were signed on to do 25 mission tours but what most didn’t know was that from 1942-1943 air losses were so common that it became statistically impossible for a bomber to complete a full tour.
  4. German U-Boats were a terror in the seas and 795 of them were sunk during the course of the war. Records shows 40,000 men manned those subs and 75% of them lost their lives at sea.
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  6. For those that think being in the Air Force was better than being a grunt, listen this fact. During World War 2 you were more likely to die as a member of the U.S. Air Force than as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Pilots were required to complete 30 missions but the odds of dying before completing those 30 missions was 71%.
  7. Tracers were used to help pilots aim their shots, every fifth round was loaded with a glowing tracer. This tracer was meant to help the pilot see if they were hitting their targets. Unfortunately tracers behaved differently from the bullets, so if the tracers were on target 80% of the time, the bullets would be missing it.

  8. Another sad fact about tracers was that pilots would end their rounds with several tracers as a signal to let them know they were out of ammo. Unfortunately, the enemy figured out that they were out of ammo. The pilots who stopped using tracers improved their aim and suffered fewer casualties.
  9. While Japanese Kamikaze pilots flying into ships was well known, the Russians also had Kamikaze pilots who would ram themselves into German planes in midair. Some Russian pilots were quick enough to eject and survive, but the strategy wasn’t entirely effective even though able to bring down hundreds of German planes, but at the cost of a Russian pilot. Near the end of the war, Germany would adopt this strategy as well.

  10. Believe it or not, Koreans were among the first German soldiers captured at Normandy. They were first forced to fight for the Japanese and then the Soviets and finally by the Germans.

  11. Stanislawa Leszczyńska was a Polish midwife who managed to deliver 3,000 babies at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  12. Another horrific face when the Russians moved through open fields they would force convicts to walk ahead of the troops and tanks. This often cost the convicts their lives but it would spare the Russian army and allow them to continue to advance.
  13. James Hill managed a feat that few thought imagine possible when he captured two tanks with nothing but a revolver. He attempted to capture a third tank with his trusty revolver but was wounded.
  14. La femme, Roza Shanina was a Russian sniper who achieved 54 confirmed hits. She became known as “the unseen terror of East Prussia.”
  15. The Nazis Came Close to Developing Plutonium
    As if the Nazis weren’t sinister enough, they came surprisingly close to developing plutonium—the stuff that makes nuclear weapons go kaboom. When the Germans invaded Norway, they took over a factory in the Telemark region that produced heavy water, which was used to create plutonium. But before they were able to produce anything, a band of 11 Norwegian commandos sabotaged the plant, setting off explosives in the base without suffering a single casualty on their side.
  16. A Downed Japanese Pilot Was Welcomed onto U.S. Territory
    Japanese pilot Shigenori Nishikaichi, among those who bombed Pearl Harbor, crash-landed onto Hawaii. The locals, unaware that the Japanese had just set off hostilities with their country, welcomed the enemy fighter graciously, offering him breakfast and even throwing him a luau—with Nishikaichi grabbing a guitar and treating the crowd to a traditional Japanese song.

Sources: Wikipedia

Apache Revolver

Gangster Weapons of the Past

In the early 1900’s French gangsters used a weapon called an Apache Revolver that functioned as a revolver, a knife and brass knuckles. The Apache operates on the principle of a pepperbox revolver using a pinfire cartridge and incorporates a fold-over knuckle duster forming the grip and also a rudimentary foldout, dual-edged knife.

Apache_revolver2Due to the lack of a barrel, the revolver’s effective range is very limited, but since all of its component parts can be folded inward towards the cylinder, it was easily concealable inside a pocket.
It was common to leave an empty chamber with no cartridge under the hammer to prevent shooting oneself while having it concealed in a pocket or bag, as the weapon has no trigger guard or safety. This weapon is not able to be aimed precisely because of its lack of front and rear sights. Despite its limited potential, the revolver proved deadly at extremely close range. For reloading, the cartridge cylinder must be removed and replaced with a full one.

A 9×19mm Parabellum revolver of similar design (but no official designation) was allegedly used by British Commandos during World War II, though exact statistics about production numbers and technical details have as yet remained undisclosed to the public.

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Host: “Hi guys, thanks for tuning in to another video on ForgottenWeapons.com. I’m Ian, I’m here today at the Rock Island Auction House taking a look at some of the guns coming up for sale in our February 2015 regional auction. One of the ones that I figure we should take a look at is this, Dolne or Apache knuckle-duster revolver. We’ve looked at a bunch of this era of pocket defensive pistols, but we haven’t seen this one before, so they have a good example in the auction, I figured I should pull it out.
What makes these a little bit different is, they’re actually three weapons all in one. So, if I go to put this back together here, it is actually a set of brass knuckles, it is also a dagger right there, to be used with knuckles, and a folding-trigger revolver. There’s actually a lot of neat, intricate stuff going on in this gun, so why don’t I take the camera back here, and let’s take a closer look.

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Alright, so a Frenchman by the name of Louis Dolne patented this device in 1869, they were manufactured by a number of different companies in Europe through until about the turn of the century, about 1900. At that point of course they’d been superceded by more typical modern pistols. So, let’s start with this as a knuckle-duster.You can see, obviously, it has space for four fingers.
It also, interestingly, has this little hole in one last finger, and a little pin right here on the frame, so that that gives you a solid position to lock the knuckles into the frame so that they don’t bend if you don’t hit something. The top of the frame here is curved, that’s not an accident, that’s intentional, so that it fits nicely into the palm of the hand like so. For what it’s worth, I find that these knuckle holes are just a hair too small for my fingers.
I can get the thing onto my main row of knuckles, but it’s kinda tricky to get it back off, so I’m not gonna do that on camera. Now the next weapon involved in this is this little flamenbere-style dagger. It has a locking latch right here, so I push this button down, it allows it to go back in. You can see right there, the locking latch pops up and the whole thing is held on by a screw. It is kinda wobbly, but if you tighten it down it’d probably work at least once. Now some people look at this and assume it’s supposed to be some kind of a bayonet-pistol. I’m pretty sure that the knife is actually intended to be used with the knuckles. It’s certainly a lot more practical this way. When the knife is not in use it has a little latch here, a cover that holds the point of the blade.
The blade by the way is not sharp. The point is pointy, but the edge is not sharpened. So there’s the knife blade. And the last element to this is the revolver. So we have a latch here, spring-loaded, and the knuckles lock into the frame like this, the trigger folds down, and we have a functional revolver.

I was a little surprised while handling this just how good of a grip you actually get from these brass knuckles. It works better than I was expecting, and frankly better than most other pocket-pistols of this sort of this era. The revolver itself has no barrel, it’s just a cylender. It holds six cartredges. This particular one is a five-milimeter pinfire. That was probably the most common, they were also made in seven-milimeter pinfire. Unfortunately on this one, the cylendar hand is broken, so it doesn’t properly rotate the cylendar. But you can see we’ve got our hammer there, there’s no way to manually cock this, it’s double-action only, and being pinfire, this simply drops down onto the pin primer extending out from the cartredge. There is no rebounding safety or half-cock, so if you were going to carry this, you’d want to carry it on an empty chamber, You’d carry five loaded rounds and one empty. In order to load it or unload it, what you’d do is rotate this little pin around -you can see there’s a lot of little fiddly stuff going on on this guy- anyway, we rotate that around, and then we can open up our cylendar access pin here. Once this pin comes out, you can see it has this little retention spring on it there, and the cylendar just drops out. So there’s our cylendar. No rifling, just six long chambers. There’s a hole in the front of the frame that you fire through, and you can see the hand right here, and the spring that’s supposed to push it out to engage with this ratchet on the back of the cylendar, that little spring is broken. So. That’s why it doesn’t work. Then at the base of the cylendar here we have the lock, so that prevents the cylendar from rotating while you are actually firing.

Now, the access pin would act as your cartredge ejector. It’s got the spring, so it’s right, but push that in. Eject each cartredge, one after the other, then you would manually re-load them all, put the cylendar back in, put the access pin in, rotate it down, rotate this up to lock it in place, and then you’re ready to go. you can see this right here is the main spring for the trigger mechanism, that’s what’s being acted upon when I pull the trigger, and that’s about it mechanically for these guys.

I mentioned at the beginning that they are often called Apache Pistols, I can’t quite vouch for the veracity of that exact story, but the idea is: These were used by gangs of French -specifically Parisian- roughs and no-goodnicks, Gangsters basically, who got the name ‘Apache’ allegedly for being renowned as being as cruel and violent as the American Apaches. Whether that’s absolutely true, I couldn’t say for sure, but it makes for an interesting story. And apparently this sort of pistol was either a trademark of theirs, or simply something that just became associated with them. I don’t think they were typically called Apache pistols at the time, but it’s a name that they’ve gotten since.

So here are the markings on the front of the frame. You can see there’s a serial number, you can see the word ‘Dolne’, that’s the inventor, then there’s ‘privet'(?), that’s a patent notation. That’s a Dolne-patent gun. We don’t know exactly who manufactured this one. There is a little teeny mark on the frame right there. That’s about it. The majority of these were brass, there were some made with iron frames, the style of the blade varies between different examples, as do the style of the knuckles. Of course, being made by multiple companies, you had a lot of different designs. The only real commonality is mechanically, how they function.

Well, thanks for watching, guys, I hope you enjoyed the video, hope you learned something about another one of these interesting eighteen-hundreds defensive weapons. And if you’d like to buy this and add it to your own collection, you certainly can, this being an auction house it is up for sale. This is lot 1117, you can see it below, there’s a link in the description below to rock island’s catalog page, you can take a look at all of its pictures and place a bid on it. It’s in a lot with ther interesting old revolvers, so definitely something to take a look at.

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