Random Shots from Day 3 of NRA Annual Meeting 2016

On Day 3 of the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, we got to see new products from Magpul, old friends from Mauser, and relics from the National Firearms Museum.

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PSA KS-47 – Compatibility PSA

Hot on the success of the CMMG Mutant, Palmetto State Armory released their 7.62×39 AR hybrid, instead opting for compatibility with the AR-15 platform versus its own proprietary system. Originally shown at SHOT 2016 and shot at the Big 3 East in the spring, the KS-47 has begun shipping and now with bare receivers available, is now the subject of some compatibility issues.

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PSA: Always Follow the Golden Rules of Gun Safety

Warning: PSA contains graphic images of an injury.

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PSA & Reminder: Wear Safety Glasses While Shooting

I’ve been there and done that. In a rush to get through a limited range session with plenty to do, I simply did not put on eye protection for a new gun with new ammo. While the worst that happened was a hang-fire, it certainly reminded me of my own idiocy.

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PSA: Be aware of your target

Of course, the full extent of that statement is “Be aware of your Target, and what lies beyond and in between”. This applies to all shooting activities, from tactical shooting, to plinking, and in this case to hunting. In a recent NBC report, a stray round entered a couples house in Washington State, and blasted all the way through it, ending up in the coffee maker on the other side of the house. The report says it was a hunters round, but honestly it could have been a person plinking in the woods, or perhaps someone drunk and acting irresponsible with a firearm. But in any case, this serves as a sober example of why we have to always know what lies beyond our targets, in any scenario, in addition to ensuring we have a sufficient backstop when target shooting. Luckily in this case no one was wounded or killed from that stray round.

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Run. Hide. Fight. PSA on Surviving Active Shooter Scenario by City of Houston

Mass shootings are incredibly rare, if caught in one, they are an incredibly dangerous scenario. While many TFB users may be tempted to use their concealed firearm, the most obvious course of action to survive is NOT to engage the active shooter (they can shoot back).

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PSA- catching a squib load

I don’t think there is a single shooting event/competition, civilian or military, where it is declared in the safety brief, that everyone present is a range officer and has the right to call out an unsafe act or situation, on behalf of the whole group. Often times we listen to this and nod our heads in understanding, but how many of us have actually called out an unsafe act? Whether you have or not, this is an excellent video of a range officer doing the right thing.

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PSA: Train for Your Carry Style

Appendix carry is a great way to carry a firearm comfortably, conceal it easily, and access it quickly when needed. However, it does come with its inherent risks, namely that re-holstering is far more critical due to where the muzzle is pointing.

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PSA: SAAMI's Guide to Unsafe Gun-Ammo Combinations

It should go without saying to never use ammunition in your firearm that is not written on the side of the firearm… Well, except in cases like .223 and 5.56, where the two are semi-interchangeable, or in the case of .38 and .357, where one is compatible with the other, but not vice-versa. So “feed a gun only ammo it’s chambered for” is a good handy rule of thumb, but as always things are just a little bit more complicated than that. There are a whole host of resources available on the internet talking about ammunition-chamber compatibility, but one thing that isn’t as thoroughly discussed – for obvious reasons – is the bad combinations. Fortunately, the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer’s Institute, better known as SAAMI, publishes a document annually covering some of the worst common ammo-firearms combinations which should be avoided in all circumstances. The document is hyperlinked above for reading at your leisure, and below is what SAAMI says about the list:

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Reminder: Don't Tamper With A Colleagues Gun

In an apparent attempt to “teach a lesson” to another offer, a Georgetown, Texas, police office has been fired after messing with the zero on another officer’s duty rifle after the other officer forgot it at the range.

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PSA: Celabratory Gunfire is Stupid

Browsing through my Facebook feed for the day, I came across this nugget from my local group “ Gun Enthusiasts of Cincinnati.” which shows a local member’s windshield smashed from a bullet falling back to the ground from celebratory gunfire.

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ATF Posts PSA on Exploding Targets

Dated from May 29th, the BATFE has posted a PSA from the National Explosives Task Force (NATF) on the use of binary targets. As often shown on YouTube and other public outlets, the inappropriate use of these substances can create dangerous fragmentation when contained improperly.

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PSA: Respect Binary Explosives – They Can and Will (Try To) Kill You

I’ll admit it, I am completed enthralled with binary explosves like Tannerite. Having said that, I use them with extreme caution, typically on sanctioned ranges under good conditions at minimum safe distances. Those that do not heed the warnings risk life and limb.

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PSA: Always Known Your Caliber (300 BLK in 5.56 KaBoom)

Originally posted on Reddit, one very fortunate shooter survived a catastrophic failure by detonating a 300 BLK in 5.56 firearm. 300 BLK has many advantages, but can have one real disadvantage. It can chamber in a 5.56 firearm under certain circumstances.

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Wrong Powder Blows Muzzleloader's Fingers Off

I take no pleasure in posting the picture above. Its from a hunter in my native Indiana who used the wrong powder and suffered a catastrophic detonation.

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