Review of the Auto Reset target from Challenge Targets

IMG_4257shrunkThe latest 13C review is live on You Tube.

Since the first “PING!” I heard off a steel target I’ve loved them.  They are addictive and add another level to plinking or target shooting.  One of the down sides in the past to steel targets were their lack of portability.  A few manufactures have taken that issue to task and Challenge Targets is one of them.

ARtargetfrontToday I’m taking a look at the Auto Reset handgun target, it’s similar in design to the Stake and Shoot rifle rated target I reviewed last year but with a new twist.  Instead of having a spring system that just flexes or leans backwards, the Auto Reset actually falls down and then pops back up.  It’s not something you would normally see on such a portable and easy to transport target and it’s accomplished with a simple spring.

You can read my full review over on The Bang Switch.

Be sure to visit the YouTube review for a 15% off discount coupon code for Challenge Targets for 13C subscribers.

You can find the Auto Reset target here.

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Hypocritical Episcopal Church bans guns in response to GA HB60

Robert C WrightThe Right to self defense has been well understood for millennium.  The Bible clearly articulates the justified killings of evil men and nations in self defense.

Bishop Robert Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta apparently places his political views ahead of Biblical teachings.  The ‘bishop’ has banned firearms on all church property in middle and north Georgia.

Speaking of his ban on firearms Wright says: “My judgment and this policy are based on the normative understanding of the teachings of Jesus as the Episcopal Church has received them”.

Let us first start at the obvious problem with ‘Bishop’ Wright’s position: He exempts on duty law enforcement.  If he truly believes what he is preaching, how could a piece of metal (a badge) give one person the religious authority to kill someone?  Either a person has a Right to self defense or they don’t.  It’s preposterous to think a secular entity could grant an exemption to God’s Word, if that is truly what Wright believes.

Next let us briefly look to the “teachings of Jesus” that Wright apparently refuses to even acknowledge.

At the last supper Christ gives His final instructions to us.  He talks about the disciples needing to start doing things for themselves after He is betrayed.  In  Luke 22:36 –  He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”

That’s right, Jesus not only tells the disciples to carry a sword but it is so important he tells them to sell their cloak and buy one if they don’t have one.

Episcopal Church ban on firearms notification.

Episcopal Church ban on firearms notification.

A few people might counter with what happens later in the garden when Jesus says “those who live by the sword die by the sword”.  Only a fool would think the Son of God would contradict himself less than 12 hours after He issued a commandment.  I believe Christ is speaking not just to Peter but also to the Romans who were about to start killing them.  Basically He was saying ‘There is a time and a place, my time is now and I must be taken in to fulfill prophesy and you must continue to spear the Word’.

The old testament has similar instructions, take Nehemiah 4  for example “Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked” and “each had his weapon, even when he went for water.”

I’m not sure what Bible the ‘bishop’ is reading but mine is pretty clear.  God the Father and Jesus wants us to be able to defend ourselves against evil, both spiritual AND physical.

If you are a Christian that happens to be a member of any Episcopal (or other denomination) church or diocese that ignores the teachings of Jesus Christ, I’d suggest you find another church.

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April 19th, the original Patriots Day.

Battle_of_Lexington_1775Two Hundred Thirty Nine years ago years of oppression and tyranny came to a head in Middlesex county.  The infamous “Shot Heard Round the World”.

It was actually quite a few shots that started in Lexington and Concord and continued as colonists Patriots defended themselves, their homes and families and chased the British through other towns like Lincoln, Menotony and Cambridge, back to Charlestown and starting the siege of Boston and the American Revolution.

I celebrate this day every year.  It’s a day where hundreds of people initially gathered and whose ranks swelled throughout the day and hundreds more Minutemen poured in to the area from all over New England.  Many knew each other but some Minutemen traveled for hours to join their countrymen, in some cases 12 hours or more.   It was historic and certainly unprecedented.

You can read the rest of my article over on The Bang Switch

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Let them eat turtle? The Patriots vs the government.

1979498_757003787664480_5853638361100748192_nI don’t think most people realize how close the BLM situation in Nevada came from becoming the second shot heard round the world.

Some folks were asking what ‘main stream’ media was covering this, KHQ NBC in Nevada had this FoxNews.com had this.

The articles fail to mention that there were hundreds upon hundreds of armed Americans who showed up yesterday as well.

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“And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”  – Jefferson

 

I am thankful yesterday ended peacefully.  I have no doubt that the hundreds of brave American men and women who put their lives on the line by armed (peaceful) presence yesterday are directly responsible for such a benevolent outcome.

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First Amendment Area. Seriously.

Yesterday we saw an out of control agency act with respect and reason, where in days prior unarmed protestors had been corralled into “First Amendment areas”, tasered and women thrown to the ground like rag dolls.  What changed?

Hundreds of Americans, exercising their Right to self defense, showed up in addition to the hundreds of unarmed protestors.  Funny how that works… when only one side has the guns, they tend to run rough shod over the other.

1959497_10151917378615876_1655608561854301998_nCropedI don’t think the situation with the Bundy ranch is over but what is over, for now, is an out of control agency completely ignoring the Constitution.

 

You can read a great article about it over on The Bang Switch but in a tiny nut shell, the BLM told the protestors to disarm and the protestors said “You first.”  The BLM then left.  Wow.

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The cows come home.

Watch this 4 minute clip of a rancher explaining what is going with the BLM:

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You can find out more about the BLM here, it’s very well done and worth your time:

Ever notice how all these things seem to happen in April?

Join us on Facebook, Twitter , Google+ and of course the 13C YouTube page to keep up to date on this and other issues relating to Liberty and Freedom and reason why we can defend them, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

How much land does .gov own?  It might shock you: http://benswann.com/lofti-who-actually-owns-americas-land-a-deeper-look-at-the-bundy-ranch-crisis/#ixzz2ymLdGQqf

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Florida Family shoots home invader.

penahomeinvasionStories have been flooding the news lately about home owners shooting would be home  invaders but this story is a little different.  This time a family shoots a home invader… together.

When 40 year old Mitchell Large started breaking into the rear of Pena family home, the Father, Mother and oldest son all retrieved their firearms and acted to defend their home and their family.

mitchelllargesuspectThe father fired a warning shot first which did no deter Mitchel’s advance.  That’s when the family of three fired multiple rounds, striking and killing the home invader.

“It appears at least two of the family members fired in defense of themselves and their property,” said Police Chief Gary Hester.  No charges are likely to filed against the three family members.  A fourth woman, the daughter of Mr. Pena, was home during the invasion but did not witness the shooting.

Do you have a plan to defend your home with your family?  This might be the right time to sit down and draw up some home defense plans with your loved ones.

You can see a video report of the incident here:
http://www.wsav.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10027557

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VZ-2008 Review and take down.

Processed-4071 copyThe rifle has some unique features you won’t find on an AK such as a last round bolt hold.  The benefits of a last round bolt hold cut two ways.  While they can facilitate a faster mag change, you leave the internals of your rifle wide open to fouling which is one reason why you don’t see that feature on some military rifles.  There is also a stripper clip guide on the top of the bolt that allows the magazine to be reloaded while still in the rifle, reminiscent of the SKS bolt design.  While the rifle is easy to break down, there are several differences between it and it’s look alike big brother the AK, you can see the VZ-2008 broken down HERE. –

You can see my entire article over on The Bang Switch

The YouTube video can be found here:

We’ll be teaming up with Military Arms Channel for a comparison of several different VZ-58 clones next month, so stay tuned!

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Confiscation of ‘registered’ weapons about to begin in CT. Updated with notice

594px-Flag_of_Connecticut.svg“Registration always leads to Confiscation”.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Registration eventually always leads to confiscation.

For those gun owners who dropped their registrations in the mail and they got post marked a day late…well you’ve given the state notarized proof you are in possession of “illegal” weapons or magazines.

I use quotations around illegal because I don’t believe they are truly are.  After all the Supreme Court has ruled that any law in violation of the Constitution is void and that law is most certainly in violation of Second Amendment… but I digress.

State officials are giving these owners “one more chance” to get rid of the banned items before turning those records over to prosecutors.

This ladies and gentlemen is one of the many pitfalls of registering… the law in America today doesn’t care about justice, it only cares about compliance.

Once again we see the State tip-toeing around going door to door and working on intimidation instead.  Why?  I’ll leave it to you for conjecture but how would door to door raids serve for the “we aren’t coming for your guns” crowd?  Yeah…

I offer this for the Law Enforcement officers of Connecticut, remember your Oath and the Constitution should you be called upon to violate the Rights of those you serve: The People.

Update:
This is a copy of the letter being sent out to CT residents in ‘violation’.
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Unbiased customer reviews worth more for companies than advertising? Some of us already knew that.

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13C hard at work… or hardly working?

A recent article on Entrepreneur.com caught my eye.  It’s about establishing your business on “review sights”.  The gist of the article is about how important online reviews are and how to get noticed and so forth.

One thing most large companies and ad agencies miss, and that most of us in the firearms world have known for awhile, is each customer is a walking testament to your product. No matter how big you get, you simply shouldn’t be writing any customer off because ‘it’s easier’ or it’s “just one guy”.  In that same token, being a “big guy” doesn’t ring as true to some consumers as the ‘Mom and Pop’ folks that aren’t paid by the companies whose products they review (disclaimer: 13C has never been paid for reviewing a product.  Ever.)

The beauty of today’s digital age is the freedom to post, find and search for virtually anything you can think of.  It’s driving industries to evolve or go the way of the dinosaur.  Some places, like certain main stream media source, choose to become dinosaurs rather than evolve and give the consumer what they want.

Some companies take constructive criticism and use it to improve their product.  The article from Entrepreneur touches on this concept and sometimes in the Firearms world you see a company that just can’t accept constructive criticism.

Case in point is a ‘sniper’ rifle company that is currently suing a gentlemen AND the internet chat board he posted a negative review on.  I honestly don’t know enough about that particular rifle and the situation to interject my opinion on it but I can say, as a third party observer, that the company in question has probably destroyed itself over this issue.

The blow back is rippling across the net and it isn’t pretty.  If I had to guess the party filing the lawsuit got some line from their attorney that a win in court would be ‘vindication’… the attorney was looking at dollar signs in this case, not their clients best interests.   Even if they win, who wants to buy from a company that may sue them if they get a dud rifle and write a bad review?   It’s worse than cutting your nose off to spite your face, it’s flat out suicide.

They obviously didn’t read #3 on the article-

3. Deal with negative reviews head-on.

Chances are you’ll attract a handful of grumpy customers. Should you ignore them? Respond? Perhaps you should celebrate them, like New York’s JoeDough Sandwich Shop did with a sign outside that read: “Come in and try the worst meatball sandwich that one guy on Yelp ever had in his life.” The truth is, there is no one right answer for dealing with negative reviews. The best you can do is apologize and try to make it right.

Invested as you are in your company’s reputation, the criticism might sting. But it’s helpful to remember that not even Tolstoy earns five stars on Amazon. (War and Peace gets a paltry 4.5.) And, paradoxically, a few negative notices will only add to your credibility, signaling that the reviews are authentic and unvarnished.

You may find yourself the victim of an internet troll who just likes to stir things up. “In those instances,” Kramer says, “leaving it alone is the best path, because the worst thing you can do to someone seeking attention by being mean or negative is to ignore them.”

Crap happens.  Even if you make the best product in the world, eventually something is going to slip through QC.  It’s Murphy’s law.  The question then becomes one of customer service and that is where a company with an otherwise good product can make or break itself.

Today in the firearms community you will find many folks, including 13C, who do what we do because we’ve been there.  We’ve been stuck trying to decide between ABC and XYZ and we’ve made the mistake one too many times of making the wrong choice.

Now that we have an opportunity to help others make informed choices we are doing it.  The internet makes it possible for small independent men and women like us to get our voice out there and to help others.

Being little guys we can’t review everything and we often work together and collaborate with other reviewers to figure out for ourselves how things compare and what works best.  I’ll be the first to admit when I’m looking at buying something new I’m not familiar with, I turn to fellow reviews and give them credit for my choice to purchase when credit is due.

Case in point the TacCon 3MR trigger, after seeing MAC from Military Arm Channel review his, I’m sold.  Would I have given it a chance after the previous gimmick triggers like the infamous TacTigger or HellFire?  Probably not, especially at the price point.

Personally I’m proud to be part of a community that is really unlike any other and I look forward to bringing you fresh new reviews and most of all having fun.  That’s the biggest thing for me, having fun and be able to help my fellow shooters.

I can’t tell you how good it feels to have feedback from you all such as “I was on the fence and bought it after seeing your review, I love it!”  Like wise I like being able to steer someone away from something that might not be right for them.  I have a basement full of stuff I wish I never bought and had some of these reviews been out when I was looking at them, I probably never would have.

Thanks again everyone and don’t forget to check us out on Google+  .  Facebook continues to put the screws to those us in the RKBA and Liberty circles and we are trying to move away from it.

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Massive Civil Disobedience: The media is starting to recognize Americans don’t want to register their firearms.

594px-Flag_of_Connecticut.svgAs previously reported here on 13C less than 50,000 assault weapons were registered in Connecticut prior to the December 31st deadline.

Initial media spin reports blamed it on everything from post offices closing early to people not being made aware of the new law.

Estimates place as many as 350,000 assault weapons  in CT prior to January 1 2014.

State Sen. Tony Guglielmo says residents think that their rights are being violated, and they refuse to abide by the law. He also says he has “never seen a law willfully disobeyed like this”.

FoxNews talking head Trace Gallagher ended their segment on this civil disobedience by saying: “This is astonishing considering this is Connecticut not exactly Texas.”

Please share stories like these with your fellow gun owners, especially those in CT right now.  Sticking to your guns and ignoring a blatantly unconstitutional law, knowing it will make you a felon, isn’t something to scoff at.

I hope the good people of Connecticut know the rest of the nation stand behind them opposing this tyrannical new law.

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