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NRA American Warrior Number 21

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

NRA American Warrior

The latest issue of NRA American Warrior is now available. This issue features a story on our friends at Hodge Defense Systems, along with coverage on guns, gear, and lifestyle.

You can read it here: viewer.zmags.com/publication/add2d3f8#/add2d3f8/1

NRA Freestyle – Media Lab Episode 1

Friday, May 9th, 2014

NRA Freestyle is now live. One of the featured shows, Media Lab, stars SSD friend, former US Navy SEAL Dom Raso as he analyzes, critiques, and reenacts action sequences in television and movies, separating the fact from fiction. In this first episode, Dom questions the act of throwing one’s weapon to the ground before engaging an enemy in hand-to-hand combat that’s so prevalent in action movies. Then, he, along with an assistant, reenacts the final fight scene in Jack Reacher, in an in depth, step-by-step manner. There will be a new episode every Wednesday, so be sure to check out NRA Freestyle weekly for new content.

Also, notice how Dom’s assistant is wearing a Tactical Distributors Elite Hoodie.

www.nrafreestyle.tv/media-lab/video/media-lab-episode-1-whys-your-gun-on-the-ground

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Daniel Defense Named Presenting Sponsor Of NRA Freestyle

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Black Creek, GA – May 5, 2014 - Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest weapons systems, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced a partnership with NRA’s Freestyle, an edgy, new digital network.

The NRA Freestyle Channel recently launched online, features strong talent from vastly different backgrounds. “Our intention is to reach a broad range of gun owners”, explains Jordan Hunter, Daniel Defense Director of Marketing. NRA Freestyle will feature programming such as NOIR, with Colion Noir and co-host Amy Robbins discussing pop culture, fashion as well as firearms. “When we were first introduced to the concept of this project, I was blown away and immediately knew DD had to have a major presence.”

Other programming includes Media Lab, where Veteran U.S. Navy Seal Dom Raso dissects fight scenes from some of Hollywood’s most well known movies. I Am Forever follows Dom as he takes high school senior Reagan Tyler under his wing, exposing her to unseen dangers, and instructs her on situational awareness and best practices.

Join Daniel Defense and NRA Freestyle for a whole new experience at www.nrafreestyle.tv.

Magpul Rolls Out “MBUS Pro” At NRA Annual Meeting

Monday, April 28th, 2014

You’re already familiar with the MBUS Pro backup sight but you may not have seen Magpul’s latest creations, the MBUS Pro bus.

MBUS Pro 1

Created from a 1952 Flxible Sightseer bus, it was customized by Timeless Travel Trailers. According to Magpul, it includes a mahogany armory by Azar’s Woodcraft and Phil Ramos Upholstery for vintage guns, a Gallow Technologies armory for modern guns, a well stocked wet bar, and two tap kegerator, a built in humidor full of Perdomo Cigars, and a few other special touches.

looks like a great time was had by all.

www.magpul.com

Coming Soon – NRA Freestyle

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

NRA Freestyle

NRA Freestyle is an upcoming project which will include three new TV shows and a website, all intended to appeal to a more youthful audience of firearms enthusiasts. The shows will feature hosts such as SSD friend, former US Navy SEAL Dom Raso and NRA contributor Coilion Noir, and promise to embrace fitness, adventure, and independence while blending Second Amendment rights with entertainment and culture. Stay tuned for more information when NRA Freestyle launches on April 30th.

www.nrafreestyle.tv

Special NRA Life Of Duty Holiday Membership

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Thanks to the generous donations of NRA members, the NRA is able to offer special one-year memberships for NRA Life of Duty to all active-duty military, law enforcement, and first responder personnel. These memberships include deep gear discounts from major brands, a subscription to the NRA American Warrior digital magazine, and more. Members may also qualify for $27,500 in combined group specified accident only insurance coverage.

Sign up here: join.nralifeofduty.tv

If you don’t know anyone who qualifies for this deal, but would still like to help, you can sponsor a membership at donate.nralifeofduty.tv

What Do You Think About Brandon Webb’s Possible Candidacy For NRA Board Of Directors?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Former SEAL and SOFREP Editor Brandon Webb is talking about running for the NRA Board of Directors. His possible candidacy has already spawned an “anti” Facebook page as well as a rather lively thread on AR15.com. BW is certainly outspoken and in response, he has posted a platform of sorts on SOFREP which we are sharing with permission. This isn’t an endorsement of Webb’s positions or candidacy but rather meant as a informational post and to spark discussion on the issues raised in his post.

A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America

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I’m writing this in response to a recent stir about my intent to run for an NRA board seat.

I first joined the NRA when I decided to attend the NRA Range Development course in 2005. I was there to learn about private range operations and the hurdles of getting shooting ranges approved in California. I learned that getting a shooting range approved in California is almost harder than getting Spotted Owl on the menu at a Sierra Club gala.

I took military leave from the SEAL sniper course to attend the Las Vegas NRA Range Development conference in 2005. I remember sitting in the conference room as the attendees were going around the room introducing themselves, “Joe from Colorado, gun show owner”, “Bob from Montana, gun smith…” When it came to my turn, I stood up, kept a straight face, and told them I was a representative of the Sierra Club who was attending to find ways to shut down shooting ranges across the nation. I’m pretty sure one guy had a stroke, and the rest were just north of apoplectic. When I told them I was bullshitting them and gave them my background as a Navy SEAL, the tension disappeared and the room erupted in laughter.

I never shot much as a kid, aside from shooting clay pidgeons off the bow of the boat I worked on. I hunted quite a bit, but it was with my spear gun, not a rifle. I learned to shoot in the Navy, and only became an expert with a weapon by the time I finished my first SEAL platoon work up. It was there that I was given a shot to attend sniper school with my best friend Glen Doherty (later killed in Benghazi, Libya).

My first exposure to the firearms hot button came when I spoke out in defense of school shootings and compromise on my personal blog. Things heated up again more recently when I announced that I’m going to run for a 2015 NRA board seat on my author Facebook page.

Many people I’ve encountered on social media lately have misinterpreted my position on the 2nd Amendment. Lately, I’ve heard people develop wild and ungrounded conclusions about my position on the 2nd Amendment. Some think that I’m automatically talking about Americans giving up their right to keep and bear arms, and 2nd Amendment compromise. They couldn’t be more wrong.

In the dark corners of the Internet they lurk, call names, and make ridiculous emotion-based (not fact-based) assumptions. I’ve heard it all, and I’ll take this on the chin. To be honest, I could have been clearer on my position in the past. However, do keep in mind that the word “compromise,” a term I’ve used before, comes in many forms; sometimes it includes sitting down with your adversaries and having an intelligent conversation and debate on major issues.

What have I learned since getting out of the Navy in 2006? Few things will stir people up in this country like the 2nd Amendment. It’s right up there with gay marriage and abortion. And I’ve learned that you can’t have a conversation with a fanatic.

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill

Some facts about me

-I’m Canadian-born American citizen by birth (by a US parent).
-I grew up hunting fish (Halibut, Yellowtail, Bass, nothing was safe) and Lobster in the kelp forests of the Channel Islands with my spear gun.
-I bought my first gun when I was a new SEAL at Team 3. I still have it – an HK USP .45.
-Favorite gun manufacturer: Rifle-Blaser Handgun-HK
-I was an M-60 Gunner in my first platoon (It’s one bad ass area weapon!)
-I am a certified SEAL sniper, sniper instructor, and US Army-trained stinger missile gunner.
-The snipers in the Teams used to go on Navy-sponsored hunting trips, mostly white tail.
-I shot my first buck in 2002 at 443 yards with my issued .300 Win Mag in Washington State.
-I served in the Navy from 1993-2006.

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I own (don’t tell on me):
-Remington 300 Win Mag w/Night Force 15x Mil Dot optic
-HK .45 USP
-HK .45 USP compact (carried this in Afghanistan and Iraq)
-Sig Sauer 1911 .45 “Nightmare”
-Glock 19 9MM
-Mossberg 12 GA Stainless mMrine (I love my stainless)

My wish list for 2014:
-S&W 686 .357
-Blaser .338/.308 with Schmidt & Bender Mil Dot optic
-HK UMP .45
-A good .308 suppressed semi-auto with short range scope and red dot (my Zombie gun)

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A Snap Shot Perspective of My Views on Gun Ownership & The 2nd Amendment

-The 2nd Amendment is inherent in America’s cultural DNA
-Limiting magazine capacity is ridiculous and impractical
-I believe everyone who owns a gun should attend a firearms safety qualifications course, and this should be standardized across the country. Too many people I’ve seen on the range are unsafe.
-Yes, owning a gun is a right; driving is similar to this but you have to have pass a drivers test to prove competency *this point was clarified from my earlier post.
-The NRA should be like PADI or NAUI and encourage gun ranges to only accept NRA basic qualified shooters on the range.
-Few people outside of America understand how important firearms ownership is to Americans
-Background checks are a good idea but should take minutes, not days
-Often gun laws are made by people who don’t use, own, or understand firearms
-Mass shootings have to be dealt with head-on or America will face more gun restrictions and erosion of 2nd Amendment rights
-NRA training needs to be brought up to date.
-Legislation on increasing the prevention of mentally ill folks from gaining access to firearms seems logical
-Increasing early warning signs
-Dogs/handlers at schools and colleges are better than armed guards, in my opinion
-Guns aren’t the problem, mental illness is the problem. It’s like punishing responsible automobile owners (which kill more people annually) because of drunk drivers killing innocent people on the road
-I like high cap magazines
-I believe we should be able to concealed-carry and open-carry where practical (e.g., not on an elementary school campus or an airplane)
-Guns are guns and people should be able to own and obtain a permit to own everything, short of WMD, if they’re properly trained/certified
-The NRA should take a strong leadership position when it comes to legislation affecting ownership pro and con, not just a “supporter” of legislation. The perception from the left is that the NRA is an uncompromising organization
-I think the current NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre, a career lobbyist, is unfit to lead the NRA into the 21st Century. I wouldn’t let him lead my kids camping trip, let alone the NRA. This may make some angry, but I would be dishonest if I didn’t make my opinion on LaPeirre perfectly clear, see you in 2015 Wayne
-If elected to the board I would be one of 76, but I would do my best to make sure we hold the elected leaders accountable, and work on ways to promote and engage the responsible youth in this country. They are the future, and there’s a decline in youth participation in firearms sports.
-I believe the 2nd Amendment is a right we should keep and hold dear
-Hopefully this clarifies my position. I’ll be happy to address more specific questions when I go forward with a petition to get on the 2012 board ballot. To the name callers, and haters of the Inter-web I have nothing to say to people who can’t change the subject. To the rest, thanks for your support regardless of your NRA membership or vote.

- Brandon Webb

2nd Amendment – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

NRA American Warrior Issue #17

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

NRA American Warrior

NRA American Warrior Magazine is a digital publication that features articles and reviews on firearms and gear, along with coverage of the Military, Law Enforcement, and even lighter stuff like video games. It’s presented well, and takes advantage of its digital nature by including embedded videos and plenty of links related to the articles. It can be read or downloaded at the link below.

viewer.zmags.com/publication/17eca02c#/17eca02c/1

NRA News Commentators Episode 31 TRAINING | Dom Raso

Friday, October 18th, 2013

In this episode, Former Navy SEAL Dom Raso says owning a firearm means little if you don’t train with it.

Tune in to www.NRANews.com/Commentators for episodes every Monday and Thursday.

A special offer for all active-duty military, law enforcement, and first responders: Sign up for your FREE, one-year NRA Life of Duty Membership (at no cost to you) to beginning receiving all standard NRA membership benefits, plus deep discounts on gear, life insurance, the NRA American Warrior magazine and more! Sign up today at JOIN.NRALIFEOFDUTY.TV.

NRA American Warrior Issue 16 Is Now Available

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

NRA Life of Duty’s ‘American Warrior’ is a great online magazine that covers military, LE and first responder profiles, gear and lifestyle. The latest issue is now available for your perusal.

American Warrior No 16

Of particular interest to SSD readers would be the WarriorWare section featuring reviews by Dom Raso who served this nation for many years as a Navy SEAL. I think you’ll find his reviews refreshing and he covers several products we’ve mentioned here before including the S&S Precision PlateFrame as well as Crye Precision’s HalfJak and All Weather Combat Clothing.

Read your copy at ‘American Warrior’.