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The New ATF Rules on NFA Trusts and How They Affect You!

By: Mark Toronjo http://www.t-plaw.com/ 41(f) And You! What do you need to know and how does it affect you? As you are most likely aware the ATF proposed a rule change in 2013 to close the “Trust loophole” for NFA transfers. This proposed change would require all “Responsible Persons” to the legal entity, Trusts, corporations, LLC’s etc to comply with the CLEO certification requirements and submit identifying information, ie. Fingerprints and photographs, with each form submission. Well the Final Rule has just been published to the CFR on January 4th, 2016. It is set to go into effect 180 days after it was submitted which would be July 2, 2016. So what does it do? What has changed? First off, It is not as bad as it could be. Trusts, Corps and LLC’s are still the most viable way to possess and acquire NFA items. They still allow continuity of ownership and allow multiple persons to be able to use and possess the items legally, unlike personal transfers were only the owner may be in custody and control of the NFA item. Under the new rule, when a Form is submitted to make or transfer an NFA item (Form 1,

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The Gimmick of Blood Type Patches

BY: Tore Haugli Blood type patches and why they are nothing more than gimmicks. I was asked to type out a short post detailing why these kinds of patches - blood types, NKDA etc - are totally useless for real world application. 1. No professional pre-hospital medical provider will look for, or TRUST, medical information found on a patch velcroed to your gear. It will not affect how they examine or treat you. 2. No ER/Role 2/3 staff will trust or bother with medical information velcroed to your gear. They have advanced equipment to test everything to make sure they perform the correct interventions and administer the correct drugs/fluids. They also have the expertise and antidotes on hand to counter any negative effects, should they occur. 3. If you are going to wear anything denoting special needs with regards to medical care, wear proper items as provided by your physician. 4. Typed blood transfusion is definitive care, and is only carried out once a patient's blood group has been typed correctly in a lab. Until that time, you will be given O Neg - universal donor blood. 5. Pre-hospital fluid resuscitation is done using colloids or crystalloids. Even if you were

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How To End The Endless Quest For Good Footwear

By: Michael Heuser A couple of things. Don't wear kicks that reflect the current trend just so you can step up your Instagram picture "likes"... Only fools and tools do that shit. Your foot volume, foot profile, and biomechanical issues are as unique to you as is your BZO or your favorite choice in Instructor Zero vids. Unless you are burning frequent flier miles for a trip to London to have custom kicks made at John Lobb, no shoe/boot will truly account for your nasty, Hobbit feet. If you don't like English shoes, there are some excellent cobblers in Italia that cut a mean last. Don't believe me? Ask the Gioppetto that mentored Daniel-Day Lewis... $3500.00 customs not your thing? Bueno..... Before you buy new shit kickers, ACTUALLY have your feet measured in a Brannock Device... Look it up, I'll wait..... Why is this important? It gives a decent metric regarding your foot "size". "But hermano, I've always been a size 10..." Maybe, maybe not... With that number from the Brannock, you now know what's up. Next.... Get a piece of cardboard... Steal the box your cat hides in if you are so bold (they will murder you in your sleep at some later date). Lay a flat piece

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Pride – Just Not Helpful.

By: Jimmy Krause The #1 thing that should be left out of any fighting rifle reference is pride or pride driven statements like "I love this rifle", "it suits my needs" and "is the best rifle I've owned" Most of the people that are determined to engage in uneducated arguments are the collectors; the guys that just want to have a dozen rifles to post to impress the people in the groups that they belong to. They regularly post them arranged and re arranged. They have not one care about form and function because they're just going for what looks tacticool and more worried about "fit and finish". Let's face it.... a PSA kit looks just like a similarly set up Noveske from 10 feet away, or a low resolution phone picture. And pride will have them defend their choices as you call them out in front of their minions. They'll talk about countless rounds, and zero failures. A recent argument had a guy trying to tell a room full of veterans that he expends I'm excess of 10k rounds a week, and his Bushmaster's round count was over 100k without replacing a barrel or bolt, even BCG or springs.... After that

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Motivation and luck

  By: Mike G. Here is the reality, a motivated enough terrorist can find a way to perpetrate an attack that will not be able to be stopped except by sheer luck. You cannot write enough laws, field enough cops, restrict access to physical locations, etc to 100% prevent it. That being said we have been exceptionally lucky up to this point. One day the real deal is going to show up. The quiet guy who worked his unassuming job, lived a minimalist lifestyle, saved all his money to fund his plan, took OPSEC to it's highest level, didn't talk to anyone about his plan, tested his methods, concealed his research and comms, etc. That is the one that will make the harshest impact. I am serious when I say this. Pick an attack and reverse engineer it until you are successful despite surveillance, laws, bans, etc. It isn't that hard. All we can do is be as prepared as possible to respond and mitigate the severity of the attack and push elected officials to make intelligent efforts to eliminate the ideology. Because we cannot legislate ourselves to 100% safety we must never passively accept legislation that reduces our ability

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So you want to be in Law Enforcement?

  I'm generally going to be writing about my experiences, and the experiences I've heard from others, regarding various academies and departments (not just my agency's). This is just a broad overview for areas that tend to overlap, not just the jail/street thing, but the common events/situations in all academies in my area. Oh yeah, and I curse. I'm not writing a report or submitting a proposal to my department. I'm writing this like if we're sitting at a bar, shooting the shit. If this offends you, well, let me be the first to tell you that you're looking into the wrong profession. First, the hiring process: Depending on location, hiring processes can take a hell of a long time. Up here in my area, hiring processes can take anywhere from a year & 1/2 to three years (this is standard for nearly every department up here, not just my agency). Average time from my academy class spent in the hiring process was 20 months, and my department generally hires hundreds of people per year. The process is easier to understand if you know up-front that this shit's going to take FOREVER, the department moves at a pace that makes

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Quality Assurance in the Selection of Equipment & Information.

Quality Assurance in the Selection of Equipment & Information. By: Frank Woods (NYPD) What is "the best?" This isn't so much a subjective matter, as it one of observation. To start, let's determine what it is not: - Best is not determined by a cabal of industry & marketing masterminds scheming and plotting on how to drive spending and take your money. - Best is not merely what works. Even the worst specimens will successfully function. "It works" does not mean "it works best." -- In addition to this point, Best is not that which was the hotness back in the day, just because you've got an emotionally driven soft spot or fondness for it. Just because it was the best in its time and during its prime, does not mean that modern day standards and applications haven't rendered it obsolete. Modern day standards and applications are determined by what is best. "Best" is determined by the end users that require it. Simple as that. Enter emulation. I recently read an article that contained a novice perspective, whereby the author proposed that those with limited knowledge and skill set avoid emulating the choices in selection of equipment by those beyond

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Sentinel Concepts Low Light Handgun and Carbine AAR

Sentinel Concepts Low Light Handgun and Carbine AAR Instructor: Steve Fisher By: Joshua Lepselter ***[Note: the attached pictures show the light setup on the rifle and the splashback experienced from the light being so far behind the front sight]*** "If there is a 50% chance of rain, you'd carry an umbrella. Tonight there will be a 100% chance of dark." I have lived by that motto for the past few years. I can't remember where I heard it from or if I came up with it myself. It is a mindset that there will be dark, every night for many hours. The problem is that the majority of commercial firearms training classes are in broad daylight. Gunfights do happen in daylight but they also happen in low light and no light. Why is it then do training courses revolve around daylight when nighttime is arguably more important and more dangerous? In my opinion, if you can fight at night, you can fight in daylight better so why not train more often at night? A reason could be that the night is spooky and that it is more practical to get students to come to a daylight course. Whatever the reason,

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“That Guy”: Gearing Up

Know your goal. Know your role. Slow your roll. We live in a world of appearances. It's unavoidable when most of the data we accumulate is visual. How we look is important and can play a large part in what social groups we to which we gain entry. If you show up to your office job in overalls or your mechanic's job in a suit, there's a good chance you won't be taken seriously on first impression. You'll be embarrassed (Damn. There's that word again.). In the fight against the dreaded embarrassment, we emulate.  We find who we want to be like, and we try to look like them. If you're reading this, there's a good chance firearms are a part of your life. We all come to guns from different places. Some of us grew up hunting. Some of us chose a profession for which a gun is a tool (maybe even the primary tool). Some of us came to firearms as historical or collectible. Some of us (I) didn't have any of that. There's a new category of shooter these days. With media, politics and world events constantly sounding the alarm, many of us came to this community

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Why Do I OPFOR?

  Why Do I OPFOR? By: Arien Lee Everyone has an activity they find enjoyable. Mine happens to be a living, breathing, aggressive, reactive meat target for a local training facility known as Direct Action Resource Center (DARC).  When people find eventually find out what I do, the common question “Why? Doesn’t that hurt?” shows up. There’s a dividing line when it comes to being OPFOR (Opposition Forces). In my experience there’s two extremes after your first run through the shoot house.  You either hate it, or you love it and can’t get enough.  I take some pride in being a difficult target for the heroes and making them work to earn every part of the house. Realizing anyone would much rather be shot by simunitions instead of live rounds this training is invaluable for the heroes to practice tactics that could potentially save the lives of others. It is nice to hear at the end of a long week the appreciation from fellow humans you’ve been trading hits with knowing they’re as beat up or more then we are.  Because they truly do appreciate it and they know the value of experience. There are practical applications as well to being

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