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Lantac USA Halloween 2016 Special – Teaser 3

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Darryl is making back for home and he feels a lot happier to be leaving the woods. He’ll come back to investigate with his brothers in tow next time.

USCG Beach Patrol – 1941

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

(Updated) Discontinued BSA Merit Badges : Master-at-Arms

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

This photo is said to be of Boy Scouts participating in the short-lived Master-at-Arms badge. It was one of the original 14 merit badges which debuted in the 1910 version of the Boy Scout Handbook and unfortunately, this one lasted just a year. The badge was missing from the 1911 version of the manual when it was released.

To earn the badge, a Scout had to master three of the following combat skills (the surviving manual says two):
-Single Stick
-Ju Jitsu
-Quarterstaff Fencing

Update – Kirk Lawson has introduced a reproduction of the original merit badge pamphlet. The drawings come from this manual and you can download it here.

Interestingly, the pamphlet is dated 1925 but it would not be unheard of for a merit badge pamphlet to continue to be published even after it was no longer a merit badge because they were printed by private publishers at the time, and not by BSA.

Can you imagine such a merit badge today?

Helping Your Pets, Helping Our Vets

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Kriser’s Natural Pet Stores Raising Funds to Help American Humane Provide Lifesaving Service Dogs to Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 27, 2016 – As the nation gears up to commemorate Veterans Day, a company dedicated to the health of America’s animals is stepping forward to ensure the health of the brave warriors who have made major sacrifices in fighting for our freedom. Kriser’s Natural Pet stores across the country are raising money to help American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization which has supported the U.S. military for 100 years, provide lifesaving service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS).
Every day, 184 veterans are diagnosed with PTS and 20 die at their own hands – nearly one an hour. Waiting times for obtaining one of these highly trained critically important animals is estimated at between 12-18 months – far too long when the odds for heroes are this great.
To change these odds and save lives, Kriser’s Natural Pet stores across the country are collecting $1 donations from customers who visit their stores between November 6 and November 19 to help American Humane put healing leashes in the hands of veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Trained PTS service dogs are extremely expensive at around $20,000 apiece, but provide invaluable outcomes for veterans suffering the invisible wounds of war. Veterans with service dogs have reported improved sleep, decreased startle responses, and a decrease in the need for prescribed pain medication.
“As Veteran’s Day nears, we are proud to help support our true national heroes by raising funds and awareness to provide service animals as part of the Wags4Patriots initiative that American Humane coordinates,” said Brad Kriser, founder & CEO of Kriser’s Natural Pet. “In this month of Thanksgiving, our entire Kriser’s Pack gives thanks to the people who have served our country and the amazing companion animals that support them.”
“Honoring our veterans involves both commemoration and active participation on our parts,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “We all need to do what we can to care for and protect those who have sacrificed so much to protect us. Our veterans, including those who suffer from the invisible wounds of war, now need our help. I salute Kriser’s Natural Pet stores for choosing to stand with our veterans and urge Americans who love their pets – and our vets – to support this important effort on behalf of those who have given so much to this country.”

Participating Kriser’s Natural Pet store locations:


Kriser’s Natural Pet
12507 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Kriser’s Natural Pet
24272 Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355

Kriser’s Natural Pet
5365 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1044 Irvine Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Kriser’s Natural Pet
3341 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92823

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1559 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Kriser’s Natural Pet
23894 Aliso Creek Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Kriser’s Natural Pet
303 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Kriser’s Natural Pet
966 S. Westlake Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Kriser’s Natural Pet
4930 South Yosemite Street
Greeenwood Village, CO 80111

Kriser’s Natural Pet
3531 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1910 Chestnut Pl.
Denver, CO 80202

Kriser’s Natural Pet
3475 S. University
Englewood, CO 80113

Kriser’s Natural Pet
14710 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80401

Kriser’s Natural Pet
5160 W. 120th Ave. Suite A
Westminster, CO 80020

Kriser’s Natural Pet
9362 S Colorado Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Kriser’s Natural Pet
2055 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1103 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Kriser’s Natural Pet
3232 Lake Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1033 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

Kriser’s Natural Pet
168 N. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Kriser’s Natural Pet
100 W. Higgins Rd.
South Barrington, IL 60010

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1658 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1640 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Kriser’s Natural Pet
20291 N. Rand Road
Kildeer, IL 60074

Kriser’s Natural Pet
674 Roosevelt Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Kriser’s Natural Pet
356 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Kriser’s Natural Pet
15160 S. LaGrange Rd
Orland Park, IL 60462

Kriser’s Natural Pet
8 W. Gartner Rd
Naperville, IL 60540

Kriser’s Natural Pet
780 Skokie Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062

Kriser’s Natural Pet
5160 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77005

Kriser’s Natural Pet
15556 Cutten Road
Houston, TX 77070

Kriser’s Natural Pet
250 W 20th St
Houston, TX 77008

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1925 Hughes Landing Blvd
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Kriser’s Natural Pet
427 N. Loop 1604 W
San Antonio, TX 78232

Kriser’s Natural Pet
10225 Research Blvd., Suite 1500
Austin, TX 78759

Kriser’s Natural Pet
1515 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019

Wylie Wagg
5B East Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20117

Wylie Wagg
3903-F Fair Ridge Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22033

Wylie Wagg
7505 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043

Wylie Wagg
2509 N. Franklin Rd.
Arlington, VA 22201

Wylie Wagg
3707 Newark St. NW
Washington, DC 20016

G96 Products’ New Bio-Based Synthetic Gun Oil Triggers U.S. Army Approval

Sunday, October 30th, 2016


PATERSON, N.J., Oct. xx, 2016 — G96 Products Inc., a leading supplier of gun lubricants and cleaning products, announces it has received U.S. Army certification for its new Bio-CLP Synthetic Gun Oil, opening the door for its use by America’s soldiers. Bio-CLP is the first bio-based gun oil from a gun products supplier to earn the Army’s stamp of approval.

Firearm products need to be at least 49 percent comprised of renewable resources to be recognized by the USDA’s BioPreferred® program as bio-based. G96 Products’ Bio-CLP Gun Oil was lab-tested to 51 percent bio-based content. As such, it exceeded the Army’s requirements to receive Military Specification MIL-PRF 63460E(4): Cleaner, Lubricant and Preservative for Weapons and Weapon Systems.

“We’re obviously very pleased to receive this designation, but we’re even more satisfied that our product will be used by our troops in the field, and possibly help save their lives,” says G96 Products President and CEO Alan Goldman. “This highlights our commitment to both providing gun owners with the very best lubricants and cleaning supplies available today, and ensuring the well-being of the environment.”

According to the acceptance letter from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, G96 Products’ Bio-CLP Gun Oil performed “equal to or better than the control CLP on an M249 weapon on all tests,” which included exposure to salt spray, extreme cold and very fine dust. The Bio-CLP Gun Oil experienced zero stoppages at a rate of fire exceeding 650 rounds/minute, against a criterion of no more than five stoppages.

G96 Products’ Bio-CLP Gun Oil, which also contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), will soon be available online at and at select sporting goods and gun stores.

G96 Products Inc. is one of the most trusted names in gun lubricants and cleaning products. Used by shooters around the world, including many law enforcement agencies, G96 continually strives to live up to its reputation for providing world-class products for firearms. For more information, call 973-684-4050 or visit

Lantac USA Halloween 2016 Special – Teaser Part 2

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Darryl’s journey takes him deeper into the woods and after finding shredded, blood soaked clothing, he is beginning to think he should not have gone out alone.

Gunfighter Moment – Ken Hackathorn

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Magazine Madness

Of all the issues I see with users of the AR15/M4 weapons platform, two issues create the most problems. First is lack of lubrication. You must keep these firearms lubricated to work properly. Second is the problem of failing to seat the magazine into the weapon securely, when the bolt (moving parts) is forward.

Whether it is military, police, or private sector users, they try to top off their AR by putting a magazine that has 30 or often 31 rounds loaded into their carbine with the moving parts forward and in battery. With 31 rounds it will not lock into the weapon period, and with 30 rounds it will often be nearly impossible to get the magazine catch to engage in the magazine notch without beating the hell out of the magazine. This is especially the case with GI issue magazines. Some newer designs such as the Magpul polymer magazine has enough over travel in the spring that it can often be inserted and latched with 30 rounds in place. Yet, even with the Magpul I see many users fail to get it latched into the carbine properly with 30 rounds loaded.

The result of this failure to get the magazine secured into the weapon is that when the weapon is fired, the bolt carrier will fail to pick up the next round and you’ll get a click instead of a ‘bang’. In some cases the magazine will drop out of the weapon. Either way it is an ‘Operator Malfunction’ that can be easily corrected by first down loading any 30 round AR magazine to 28 rounds, and using a technique to insert the magazine with force, then give the magazine a tug to insure that it is securely latched into the weapon.

For half a century, the method of loading an AR magazine down to 18 rounds in a GI 20 rounder, or 28 rounds in a GI 30 round magazine was to insert the rounds into the magazine with the top round on the right looking at it from the rear. Press down on the top cartridge in the magazine with your thumb until the base of your thumb nail is even with the top of the magazine feed lip. Remember, top round is always on the RIGHT as you can load 31 rounds in the magazine; the 31st round will be on the left.

Now it gets interesting as the ‘Green Machine’ has converted to a magazine with a tan follower that will now have 30 rounds with the top round on the left; so much for 50 years of doing it one way, why not screw up the system? Again, remember it is the ‘Green Machine’; if you have been part of it you understand.

So, if you have the new tan follower GI magazines or Tango Down AR magazines, think top round on the left, thumb nail down to top round.

Now, which AR magazine is best?

Simple, whatever is free.

I like GI magazines with Magpul followers. I have Magul Gen 2 and Gen 3 mags, they are great. Nov 9th is coming, so make sure you have a good supply of quality serviceable 30 round magazines, and load them to 28 rounds.

– Ken Hackathorn

Old Guy With A Blaster

Ken Hackathorn has served as a US Army Special Forces Small Arms Instructor, Gunsite Instructor, and NRA Police Firearms Instructor. He is currently an FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Certified Deputy Sheriff with Washington County SO, Ohio, and a SRT member and Special Response Team trainer. Ken has trained US Military Special Operations forces, Marine FAST and SOTG units and is a contract small arms trainer to FBI SWAT and HRT.

Ken has provided training to Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and been active in small arms training for the past 25 years. He has written firearms related material for Guns & Ammo, Combat Handguns, Soldier Of Fortune, and currently American Handgunner and contributed to at least six other gun/shooting journals. Ken was also a founding member of IPSC and IDPA.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Bravo Company USA. Bravo Company is home of the Gunfighters, and each week they bring us a different trainer to offer some words of wisdom.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The Emperors last order to his army….

Courtesy of Grzegorz