NEW RELEASE: The Dead Air Armament Odessa-9

After weeks of teasing us on social media with coded messages and Cold War imagery, the evil geniuses at Dead Air Armament are ready to announce their latest release. Dubbed the Odessa-9, the Utah-based crew’s new silencer is ultra slim, modular and purpose built for pistol use.At 1.1 inches, the 9mm pistol suppressor is just slightly larger than a typical rimfire can. However it’s biggest feature is configurability: with 11 baffle sections and booster housing, the Odessa can go from super compact to super quiet depending upon your mood mission

Because the Odessa-9 is so slim, there is no need to swap the factory pistol sights for suppressor height sights. Even so, the Odessa is capable of a 39 dB reduction using all 11 sections. Spec’d out at just over 10 ounces and made from 17-4 stainless steel, pricing and availability has yet to be determined at of the date of this publication. Additional details can be found below.

Odessa-9

Dead Air Armament Odessa-9

Dead Air Armament Odessa-9

Dead Air Armament Odessa-9

About The Dead Air Odessa-9

The Odessa-9 is the most modular and adaptable pistol suppressor ever manufactured. Built for accuracy and ultimate versatility, its super low profile allows the shooter to see more of the target without obscuring the sight picture, and fit any role from ultra-compact to ultra-suppression.

Every detail of the traditional handgun suppressor was scrutinized. From unneeded volume and excess material, to components that loosen when they shouldn’t. The Odessa-9 has been optimized to provide incredible performance in a tiny, adaptable, and robust package. Every machined component of the suppressor is made from 17-4 PH stainless steel to bring ultimate strength and performance to the product.

The Odessa Baffle System

The ODESSA-9 baffle system provides ultimate versatility and performance. It contains a total of 11 baffles with a specific order. Note that each baffle is numbered. The lower the number, the tighter the bore and the closer it is to the rear of the suppressor (firearm muzzle side). This reduces the possibility of bullet strikes on baffles if a bullet does not travel true to the bore path. Always stack the baffles in an ascending order from the Booster Cylinder to the Front Cap.




About Dead Air

https://deadairsilencers.com

Dead Air Armament was co-founded by one of the industry’s true icons, Mike Pappas, and is supported through distribution and manufacturing by BPI Outdoors, an industry leader in OEM firearms component manufacturing. The goal of our company is simply to make the best firearm sound suppressors on the market. Every suppressor is manufactured in Lawrenceville, GA, USA, by American craftsman utilizing the finest materials. As Mike says, “We wouldn’t have it any other way. We want the best products, made by Americans for Americans.” That said, it’s our customers that make our products possible and we appreciate each and every one of you that have supported us.

TAX TUESDAY: Top Picks For Tax Payers

You did it! You filled out all the forms, packaged up your payment and shipped everything off. Now the painful waiting game begins. No, not todays income tax filing deadline, the NFA Form 4 you just sent off for that suppressor or short barreled rifle you’ve been wanting for ages. But now the painful approval process begins. In the meantime, why don’t you use some of that tax refund to grab some silencer-supporting gear. Threaded barrels, subsonic ammunition, gas regulation and muzzle devices all top the list of needed equipment after finally buying a suppressor.

Don’t care for NFA controlled items? No problem, everything you see here will enhance your shooting experience, regardless of muffler ownership.

Notice: This TFB Tax Tuesday article contains affiliate links that helps us to keep everything on the blog printed in color. If we slip just a bit on the budget, the entire site goes black and white for a month. So if you see something you like, use the ‘Support TFB – Buy From Brownells’ links posted below. It doesn’t cost you anything and it keeps our laser printer filled with toner. But, no hard feelings if you decide not to participate.

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SENTRY Adjustable Gas Block

The SLR Rifleworks Sentry Adjustable Set-Screw Gas Block ensures that AR-15 shooters have the ability to fine-tune their gas system for optimum operation.

The SLR Rifleworks Sentry Adjustable Set-Screw Gas Block is constructed with a simple metering system that doesn’t use springs or balls and is adjustable through the use of an included tool.

  • Machined from 4140 steel
  • Features QPQ Melonite finish
  • Comes in .625, .750, .875 and .936 diameter sizes

The SLR Rifleworks Sentry Adjustable Set-Screw Gas Block is equipped with two set screws that lock the block into the barrel for an ideal gas seal.

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ED BROWN Threaded 1911 Barrel

Identical to the standard drop-in Ed Brown barrel, but longer length and threaded for use with suppressors. Thread size is 0.578 x 28 tpi RH. Includes link, link pin, bushing and thread protector.

Barrel accuracy comes from using the highest quality materials and manufacturing methods. Ed Brown Products is committed to both.  The barrels are made from T-416 modified, gun barrel quality stainless steel bar stock, just like a benchrest rifle barrel.  T-416 is certified pure, there are no foreign materials, and no hard or soft spots to worry about. It is stress-relieved and heat-treated prior to final rifling and refinishing. Ed Brown barrels are precision machine cut from a 3 pound chunk bar of this top quality steel.
https://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/barrel-parts/barrels/1911-45-acp-suppressor-ready-threaded-barrels-prod77975.aspx

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SilencerCo Threaded Barrels – GLOCK

Silencerco’s threaded barrels for Glock® handguns are made from 416R stainless steel with a black nitride finish. These fit both Gen 3 and Gen 4 Glocks®. 9mm barrels have 1/2×28 threads, while the .45 ACP barrel has .578×28. Includes thread protector.

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SilencerCo Threaded Barrels – S&W Shield

The SilencerCo S&W M&P Shield threaded replacement barrel sets you up to install a sound suppressor on your pistol for quiet practice and home defense use. Machined from stainless steel, these barrels are cut to factory dimensions for a neat, drop-in fit to your M&P.

  • Fits M&P Shield chambered in 9mm
  • 1-10″ RH rifling
  • ½”-28 muzzle threads accept most popular silencers and muzzle devices
  • Machined from blast/wear/corrosion-resistant 416R stainless steel

The SilencerCo S&W M&P Shield threaded replacement barrel is ready to stand up to thousands of rounds down the bore – and no need for hearing protection (with suppressor installed and subsonic ammunition).

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TACSOL Buckmark Threaded Barrel

Gives The Benefits Of A Bull Barrel Without The Extra Weight

Machined aluminum replacement for factory barrel gives your Buck Mark the rigidity and thickness of a bull barrel for improved accuracy without the weight penalty. A button-rifled, chrome-moly steel liner helps ensure precise accuracy. Comes with target front sight installed, and pre-threaded muzzle to accept the Tactical Solutions compensator listed below or another ½”-28 tpi threaded muzzle accessory. Included thread protector gives the muzzle a clean, finished look when a compensator isn’t installed. Compensator – A large internal expansion chamber and 48 vent holes redirect muzzle blast to help control muzzle jump and recoil, so you can keep your Buck Mark’s sights on the target for fast follow up shots. Simply screws the Trail-Lite barrels and has the same O.D. as the barrel for a neat look.

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Tacsol X-Ring 10/22 Threaded Barrel

Enhances Accuracy of Your Rifle Without Compromising Takedown Capability

The Tactical Solutions X-Ring Takedown Barrel for the Ruger® 10/22® Takedown brings an immediate accuracy improvement to your rifle. It will drop right into Magpul® and Hogue® takedown stocks with barrel channels for .920″ O.D. bull barrels – no additional work on the stock required.

Tactical Solutions’ X-Ring Takedown Barrel for the Ruger®10/22® Takedown comes fully assembled with the same locking mechanism as the factory barrel, making the barrel swap even easier and faster. Includes:

  • Aluminum exterior with steel bore liner construction keeps weight down (16 oz.) 
  • Fiber optic front sight and fully adjustable rear sight
  • Thread protector with .920″ O.D. for a smooth, finished “of a piece” look when install on muzzle 
  • 1-16″ rifling
  • 1/2″ x 28 tpi muzzle threads accept TacSol X-Ring 10/22 Compensator or a wide variety of other comps and flash hiders
  • Available in a variety of attractive colors

The Tactical Solutions X-Ring Takedown Barrel for the Ruger® 10/22® Takedown helps you enjoy shooting your rifle even more – better accuracy always equals more fun, doesn’t it? – without sacrificing the convenience of the gun’s unique takedown feature.

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Dead Air Flash Hider

New from Dead Air Silencers is the long awaited flash hider mount for the company’s Sandman series of suppressors. Consumers demanded it and Dead Air listened. The flash hider has a unique patent pending design featuring mass shifted equal length tines. The end result is a flash hider that does not “ping” when used with Dead Air suppressors. The flash hider is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Gemtech Suppressor Rimfire Ammunition

Gemtech’s Subsonic 22LR ammunition has proven to be dependable in every gun we have tested from 2″ barreled pocket guns to the tried and true Ruger 10/22. This ammo is great for target shooting as well as varmint eradication. The 42gr lead bullet is coated to help cut down on Fouling in your suppressor and the powder is designed to burn cleaner than conventional rimfire.

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American Eagle Subsonic 9mm Ammunition

Get substantial noise reduction without sacrificing accuracy or reliability. The all-new affordable American Eagles Suppressor rounds perform to their ballistic peak in suppressed firearms, thanks to carefully selected propellants, bullet weights and primers. Their sub-sonic loading eliminates the super-sonic “crack” suppressors can’t silence. Loaded with clean-burning powders to help minimize fouling while reliably functioning in semi-automatic firearms.

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Gemtech Suppressed Bolt Carrier

The GEMTECH Suppressed Bolt Carrier is a drop-in replacement and will allow the shooter to choose between suppressed (S) and unsuppressed (U) settings without any permanent modifications to the firearm. No longer will you need to change gas blocks, buffers, or any other components. Not only that, but with the GEMTECH Suppressed Bolt Carrier, there is a reduction in carrier speed and less felt recoil, bringing the cyclic rate of the suppressed rifle down to unsuppressed levels. And in some systems, testing has shown that it can actually bring it LOWER than unsuppressed levels.

  • Reduce Bolt/Carrier speed while suppressed (S – setting)
  • Unsuppressed velocity is unchanged (U – setting) from that of a normal bolt carrier
  • Reduces Felt Recoil
  • Reduces Blowback to shooters face
  • Less wear and tear on weapon system
  • 14.5in Colt M4 – 25% decrease in carrier velocity while suppressed.
  • 10.5in Daniel Defense MK18 – 16% decrease in carrier velocity while suppressed.

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Cole-Tac Suppressor Cover

Cover Withstands The Heat Of Sustained Fire

Rated for temps up to 3000°F, the Cole-TAC High Temperature Python (HTP) Suppressor Cover lets you do mag dumps or rock-and-roll full-auto style. Cover is secured to your suppressor using Cole-Tac’s unique BOA locking straps, ensuring the High Temperature Python (HTP) Suppressor Cover stays in place while shooting.

  • Durable metal buckles
  • Adjustable straps
  • No-slip cinch design
  • Water and fire resistant
  • Fade, abrasion, mildew resistant

Constructed of 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon and fire resistant material, the Cole-Tac High Temperature Python (HTP) Suppressor Cover will stand up to the harshest conditions.

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XS Sights Suppressor Height Sights

Suppressor height matched sight set features green tritium on both the front and rear sights for fast pickup under any light conditions. Rear sight features vertical tritium bar with a highly visible, white border; front includes tritium dot surrounded by a white ring. Rounded, low profile design won’t slow your draw. Designed to directly replace factory sights. Big Dot (BD) front sight has a large, easy-to-see white ring surrounding the tritium dot.

S&W M&P 22 Compact FDE Rimfire Pistol

Ideal for Training or Target Shooting

The M&P 22 Compact has been precision built to provide both accuracy and reliability. Durable and comfortable, the M&P 22 series is capable of handling as many rounds as you are.  

Engineered with an attention to detail and superior ergonomics the M&P22 pistol connects the shooter with the shot.

  • Threaded Barrel with Thread Adapter – Fits Most 1/2×28 Thread Suppressors
  • 2 Magazines Included
  • Ambidextrous Manual Safety
  • Reversible Magazine Release
  • Picatinny-Style Accessory Rail

Ideally suited for training or target shooting, the M&P 22 semi-automatic compact pistol maintains standard M&P pistol design features and includes a few extras.

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ITAR UPDATE – Proposed Rule Change May Help FFLs

Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) are required to jump through various hoops to be able to sell guns as a business. From zoning laws, to insurance to National Firearms Act (NFA) payments, and to detailed record keeping, license holders need to be in compliance or risk losing their ability to transfer firearms. Going a step further, manufacturers of small arms have an additional set of rules to follow and records to keep. Not in the least being the International Traffic Of Arms Regulations (ITAR), a program meant to keep weapons from being illegally exported into the hands of enemies of the United States.

In theory, the idea is sound: licensing and fees that support an infrastructure that prevents weapons from being exported illegally. In practice, ITAR can be a burdensome challenge for smaller businesses that have no intention of exporting anything, let alone weapons. The flat/first year ITAR licensing fee alone is $2,250.

A proposed rule change could help eliminate the ITAR burden on some manufacturers or gunsmiths by declassifying “commercially available” guns and ammunition, eliminating the need for licensing fees. Although there is no defined timeline, details on the possible deregulation activity can be found below.

ITAR UPDATE – Proposed Rule Change May Help FFLs

https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201710&RIN=1400-AE30

This rule will revise Categories I, II, and III of the United States Munitions List to include those items that provide the United States with a critical military or intelligence advantage or otherwise warrant control at the highest level. Removed from Category I and III are commercially available firearms and ammunition, which in most cases are available for purchase at retail establishments across the United States and around the world. These firearms and ammunition, as well as other items removed from the United States Munitions List, will continue to be controlled for export under the Commerce Control List of the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Department of Commerce. Transition from control under the United States Munitions List to the Commerce Control List will result in a net reduction in regulatory burden for the affected manufacturing and export community. Under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, U.S. manufacturers and exporters of defense articles on the United States Munitions List are required to register with the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and pay an annual registration fee. Under the Export Administration Regulations, there is no comparable registration requirement or fee for items on the Commerce Control List.  Therefore manufacturers and exporters of only items transitioned from the United States Munitions List to the Commerce Control List, such as most commercially available firearms and ammunition, will no longer be required to register or pay a fee as part of compliance with U.S. export controls.


department of state ITAR Registration Guidance

https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/compliance/documents/ITARRegReqFirearmsManufacturers.pdf

(Current FFL ITAR guidance.)


Thanks to Mike/Renegade for the tip!

Silencer: Putting Money In The Meter

Today we have a bit of a potpourri of NFA bliss. First, we will talk briefly about how suppressors are evaluated using a scientific lab-quality decibel (dB) meter and other equipment. Then we look at the team at Q who are always working on something fun and exciting. And lastly, James Reeves from TFBTV drops the news on the new CMMG Banshee and DefCan silencer which is being sold exclusively by Silencer Shop.

Meter

It’s common for suppressor manufacturers, distributors and dealers to include dB reduction numbers along with their sales and marketing information. It is less common, however, that companies include environmental variables alongside their metering results. Because of the wide variety of techniques used to test suppressors, I personally don’t put a lot of weight on dB reduction numbers for a silencer purchasing decision – it’s really just one variable to consider. Although, because the American NFA laws are so cumbersome, purchasing decisions by most buyers is usually ‘sight-unseen’, let alone any type of first hand shooting experience.

Even so, as a silencer lover, I have decided that it is time for me to learn more about the proper use of a dB meter. Unfortunately, real decibel equipment capable of measuring the impulse of a gun shot starts at $2,500 for a used, but calibrated, meter. As we have talked about in the past, drug store dB meters and mobile phone applications are incapable of recording sound levels from the discharge of firearms.

Fortunately, Allen Engineering, makers of the iconic reflex-style suppressors like the AEM5 for the MK12 designated marksman rifle. have been nice enough to loan me a proper meter for a few months to conduct  testing on some new and old cans. Here’s what I have planned so far:

  • Ablative media comparisons – “Running Wet” with different liquids/gels/gasses
  • Large volume silencer comparisons: B&T TP9, Bowers Vers9, Gemtech MK9K, etc
  • MP5SD silencers: TPM Outfitters SD & SDK, older models/manufacturers
  • AR15 barrel length testing: 10.5” vs 12” vs 16” vs 18” using the same silencer
  • Rimfire suppressor comparisons
  • Delta P Brevis Ultra “3D Printed” suppressors.
  • ’At the Ear’ vs 1m to the right of the muzzle.

After I make sure I have the process perfected, I’d like to hear from you guys about what you’d like to see tested. As always, send in any suggestions to silencers@thefirearmblog.com.


TFB Checks In with ‘Live Q Or Die’:

Last night we got a peek at Q’s new pistol stabilizing brace for their Honey Badger PDW. But Brittingham, Lessard and crew have a variety of new silencers, guns and gear in the design pipeline. In the final stages of development is the pistol caliber Erector suppressor that is segmented to be able to change length configurations.

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TFB’s Silencer Saturday: Q Silencers

A new, yet to be announced, silencer is also underway. As is a direct thread 5.56mm silencer with an additive manufactured core. There is currently no ETA on the availability for either model.

Meter

TFB’s Silencer Saturday: Discreet Ballistics 8.6 Creedmoor

The Mini Fix rifle is set to debut in early fall. Available in both Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) and PSB configurations, this bolt gun will be super compact, folding up into a forearm-sized package.

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TFB’s Silencer Saturday: Q Mini Fix In 300BLK

The Mini Fix will also be available in other calibers such as .224 Valkyrie. Honestly, I might be more excited about the Mini Fix than I am the Honey Badger with PSB.

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TFB’s Silencer Saturday: Q Mini Fix In 300BLK

Q has other projects in various stages of development. When they are ready to discuss them publicly, TFB will get the update and report back to you on a future edition of Silencer Saturday.

Have fun, be safe, shoot quietly.


TFBTV: The Best 9mm AR15 PDW? The CMMG Banshee SBR and DefCan Silencer [from Silencer Shop]

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Published on Apr 13, 2018

In this episode of TFBTV, James looks at the brand new CMMG Banshee. This is a 9mm SBR (short barrel rifle) PDW (personal defense weapon) AR15-type carbine that takes Glock magazines. In simpler terms, it’s a reeealllly tiny AR15 that uses the magazines from your Glock pistols. James also runs the CMMG DefCan-9 silencer on this diminutive blaster.


Specifications From CMMG and Silencer Shop:

MkG BANSHEE 9mm

The 9mm and .45 ACP BANSHEEs feed from factory Glock magazines and utilize CMMG’s patent pending Radial Delayed Blowback operating system. The benefit of the Radial Delayed Blowback system is that it allows CMMG to use a lighter buffer and carrier than the typical straight blowback design. This reduction in reciprocating mass ensures that both the 9mm and .45 ACP version of the BANSHEE are easily controllable.

  • SBR BARREL: 5″ MT 4140CM SBN 9mm
  • MUZZLE: Thread Protector Threaded ½-28
  • HAND GUARD: CMMG RML4
  • FURNITURE: Magpul MOE Pistol Grip, Compact Receiver Extension, Compact Stock, Magpul MVG Foregrip, Ambidextrous Sling Plate, Ambidextrous Selector, Ambidextrous Charging Handle
  • RECEIVERS: Billet 7075-T6 AL Lower, Forged 7075-T6 AL Upper
  • TRIGGER: CMMG Single Stage Mil-Spec
  • MAGAZINE: Glock 9mm 33 round
  • WEIGHT: 5.1lbs
  • LENGTH: 19″ (STOCK COLLAPSED)
  • MSRP: $1,499.95

DefCan 9

The DefCan 9 is the ultimate full-auto rated 9mm rifle suppressor. It’s available in Bi-Lock QD (either in ½-28 or ½-36) making it compatible with most 9mm rifles on the market, including CMMG’s MkG GUARD and BANSHEE platforms. It’s made of 7075 Aluminum and lowers sound by 32 dB to make your rifle hearing safe. When used with subsonic ammunition, the DefCan 9 practically renders your rifle backyard quiet. Coming in at an MSRP of $699.95, this is an incredible value and is one of the more affordable 9mm sub-gun cans on the market. The DefCan 9 is a sealed can that requires no maintenance or cleaning and is backed by CMMG’s Lifetime Guarantee.

  • DefCan 9 (Bi-Lock QD)
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Sound Reduction: 32 dB
  • Length: 10.25 inches
  • Diameter: 1 3/8 inches
  • Weight: 10 ounces
  • Finish: Hard Coat Anodized
  • MSRP: $699.95

Graphic Video of Daniel Shaver begging for his life before being Shot by Police

A judge on Dec. 8 released graphic video showing Daniel Shaver crawling on his hands and knees and begging for his life before he was shot and killed.
The shooting, by Philip “Mitch” Brailsford, then an officer with the Mesa Police Department, occurred after officers responded to a call about a man allegedly pointing a rifle out of a fifth-floor window at a La Quinta Inn.

The graphic video, which was released after a jury on Thursday acquitted the officer of murder and manslaughter charges, stoked outrage on social media and renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement.
Here’s the reaction on Facebook:








 

 

Sources: WA Post, CNN, NY Times

Study Finds 3 million Americans carry a loaded handguns

An estimated 3 million Americans carry a loaded handgun on themselves every day, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Researchers from the University of Washington, Harvard University and the University of Colorado conducted the National Firearms Survey in 2015. From the 4,000 U.S. adults who participated in the online survey, 1,500 of them were handgun owners. One significant question was asked how often they carried a loaded handgun when they were out of their homes.

The objectives of the study were to “determine the frequency of loaded handgun carrying among US adult handgun owners, characterize those who carry, and examine concealed carrying by state concealed carry laws.”

In addition to the 3 million who carry daily, researchers found that 9 million Americans carry a gun once a month. People in that category were disproportionately likely to be conservative men ranging in age from 18 to 29 and living the south.

Four out of five of those who carried said protection was the main reason they armed themselves. About 6 percent said they’d been threatened by someone with a gun in the last five years.

The study comes as more and more states have eliminated laws mandating permits in order to concealed carry. Before 2003, Vermont was the only state with so-called constitutional carry. Now 11 other states allow residents to carry without a permit. Several other states have loosened permitting requirements so far this century. In 1999, 2.7 million Americans had concealed carry permits. By 2016, that number had shot up to more than 14.5 million.

“In light of the increasingly permissive concealed carry laws in the United States that we have observed over the past thirty years, it’s important to first, not only document the scope of this particular behavior that we did, but also take the next step and think about how this particular behavior may impact public health and public safety,” said Ali Rowhani-Rahbar of the University of Washington, the lead author of the study.

Sources: Original story on The Washington Post, American Journal of Public Health, Christopher Ingraham, Brian Seauy

Armed Attacker with Knife Flees after woman reveals her concealed carry Gun

After a man wielding a knife attacked and kidnapped a woman, she was able to grab her concealed carry gun and scare him off, probably saving her own life.
Guns save lives. An Illinois woman probably saved her life from a knife wielding attacker when she was able to reach her concealed handgun.

The woman had parked her car near a shopping mall in Moline when a man brandishing a knife jumped into her vehicle. She reportedly fought with the attacker as he entered her car, whereupon he slashed her arm and told her to drive to a rural area in Rock Island County.

She began driving but once she stopped her car she was able to reach her concealed handgun. Upon seeing the weapon the attacker hastily exited the vehicle and ran off. The woman was able to drive herself to the hospital for treatment to her knife wound.

Police later arrested a 61 year-old man and charged him with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery with a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated assault. He is currently in the Rock Island County Jail on $550,000 bond.

The woman has a conceal carry permit, and because she chose to take responsibility for her own safety and protection she is alive today.

Guns save lives. It’s really that simple. Guns are effectively used in self-defense nearly 2.5 million times a year. That’s 6,850 times day in this country. That’s 80 times more often than guns are used to take a life.

The overwhelming majority of defensive uses of a gun – more than 92 percent of the time – do not result in the wounding or death of the assailant. Merely brandishing the weapon, as this woman did, is enough to scare off an attacker.

Every year approximately 200,000 women use guns to defend themselves from sexual abuse.

These are the facts. Guns save lives.

Sources: Fox News, David Smith

Feared Iraqi Sniper who Killed more than 300 ISIS Fighters Dies

An Iraqi fighter known as “the sheikh of snipers” was killed last weekend in a battle with the Islamic State.

Abu Tahsin al-Salhi had been fighting for more than four decades in the region, beginning with the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. He was killed in northwestern Iraq while trying to reclaim the town of Hawija from ISIS fighters, according to the Daily Mail.

Tahsin had a grey beard, wore fingerless gloves, rode an off-road motorbike, and used an Austrian-manufactured Steyr rifle. He fought in as many as five armed conflicts, including Saddam Hussein’s war against Iran in the 1980’s, and again during the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. When US troops came to topple Saddam’s regime in 2003, Tahsin fought against America. As ISIS rose, he quickly turned his sights on them, even going to Syria to fight ISIS there before heading back to Iraq to defend his homeland in 2014.

“This pushes him back a meter before putting him down,” he said, talking about his sniper rifle in a video produced last year. “I’m relaxed, my mind is relaxed. When I get my rotation, I just want to get back here. Last time they gave me a month off and after 12 days I came back.”

In the video, Tahsin and his spotter looked out over a valley and spotted another sniper and his spotter. Peering through his scope, he lined up his shot and pulled the trigger.

“Sweet. Sweet. Sweet. Prayers to Mohammed and his family,” he said, after confirming a kill.

“Today, I gunned down two of them (IS fighters). That’s ridiculous — the minimum for me is four,’ he said.

All told, Tahsin bragged about killing at least 320 ISIS jihadists, with some estimates as high as 350. He had been a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces, which have “a semi-official relationship with Iraqi military and security institutions.”

A funeral was held for Tahsin on Saturday. He was 63 years old.

Sources: Brian Seay, Daily Mail, Original story here.

Store Clerk gets Two Weeks Suspensions for Shooting Robber

“I’m sick and tired of being a sitting duck,” Jennifer Wertz told a reporter. When she heard reports of an armed robber nearby, the Albuquerque gas station clear retrieved a gun from her car. Not long after, an armed robber barged into her store and pointed a gun at her. Shen then used hers to shoot him in the chest.

While most gun owners would applaud her action, Circle K reacted by placing her on a two week suspension. Company policy at Circle K, like many chains, says employees should never resist robbers. Wertz, who cares for her three kids and a disabled mother, didn’t want to wait to see what the man pointing a gun at her would decide to do.

Ms. Wertz described Circle K company policy in more detail.

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“We are not to chase. We are not to provoke. We are not to do anything. We just stand there and give them what they want and they leave,” Wertz said.

Does that mean employees are supposed to stand there and take a bullet or a knife without resisting as well?

Ms. Wertz says she’s looking for a new job now. Surely some business owner in or near Albuquerque would appreciate a clerk with her fortitude and gumption, someone who won’t roll over for two-bit hoodlums without a fight.

A gas station worker has been suspended for two weeks for shooting a robbery suspect. But in an interview, the worker said she’s sticking to her guns.

“I grabbed my gun from my pocket, I cocked it, and I shot,” said Jennifer Wertz, who shot the robbery suspect. “I’m sick and tired of being a sitting duck.”

In front of the Circle K near Eubank and Candelaria, Wertz said on Tuesday that she didn’t hesitate to shoot a man who ran into the store on Monday. “He like stepped into the door and pointed the gun at me. I reacted,” she said. Police say she hit 23-year-old Ferron Mendez in the chest. He’s expected to live.[/su_heading]

Sources: WRBC, Truth about Guns, John Boch

Man Plays with Rattlesnake, gets Bit on his Face

So you want to play with rattlesnake? Make sure it’s dead first. This Arizona man learned it the hard way. Okay kids, if you catch a live rattlesnake in your backyard, let it go! Good. We got that out of the way.

Some guy in Arizona didn’t exactly heed that same advice, though, and tried to barbecue one. Unfortunately, poor decisions can result in terrible consequences. In the case of this man trying to show kids how to handle a rattlesnake, that’s exactly what happened.

As the story goes, the whole family was enjoying a birthday in their Arizona hometown when a rattlesnake slithered into the yard. It was at that point Victor Pratt decided he wanted to show everybody that rattlesnakes are nothing to be afraid of. So, as any man would do, he grabbed it, started rolling around on the ground, and kept holding it by the head with intentions to cook it.

In Pratt’s interview he stated “When the kids saw it, I grabbed it”. “I showed them how to catch it and I was playing with it like little kids do. This is how you play with a snake. I wasn’t thinking. I was showing off like I always do and this time it got me in the neck.”

After being bitten by the rattlesnake in the facial-neck region and on his chest, Pratt immediately knew he was in trouble. After five days of being in so much pain they kept him sedated and mostly unconscious, he was released to go back home.

Sources: Fox10 Phoenix, WIBQ AM Facebook, Brad Smith