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  1. Having accumulated so many other guns over the years, I never saw a real need for a personal AR15 type rifle since retiring from the Army. However, I recently rethought my position given the current events unfolding across our country. I did the necessary research and decided on an FN...they make the M4 and M249 for the Army which are in my mind, the best small arms for soldiers we've ever had. The FN15 DMR II ( Designated Marksman Rifle) had some of the best reviews and the right specs for my purpose. Its design, build, and function were the same as those rifles I used for so many years! It was like coming home to familiar territory. I then saw where the DMR II was on sale at my local gun store for $600 off the MSRP. I walked into the store, told them what I wanted, showed them my driver's license and CCW, filled out the paperwork and gave them my VISA card. A grand total of 25 minutes later, I walked out with my new rifle, (4) 30 round magazines and 500 rounds of 5.56 ammunition. Obviously, I'd prefer that a CCW wasn't required but given what I've seen in too many other states, I'll reluctantly accept the reality of it...for now. Having said that, a relatively gun friendly state like mine is the way I feel it should be all over the US. But as I always say, that's just the view from my foxhole!
  2. Sam Andrews leather does make rigs for the public. It’s best to call and talk to them directly about what you want. 904 679 4997
  3. Dominator, SASS# 62912, aka Dominic Whitaker and former SASS Scholarship recipient is making a name for himself with the Hollywood movie crowd. He has now carved rigs for several movies, including cowboy movies, and is in the process of making more for coming attractions that he’s not at liberty to discuss just yet--even with his grandfather--me. Dom is the premier leather carver for Sam Andrews Leather of St Augustine, FL.and has been since his graduation from Flagler College in 2016 where he majored in fine art and graphic design. Sam Andrews, an extremely well known, respected and sought after master craftsman in the world of leather, has made rigs for the cinema, TV and personal rigs for well known film makers such as Quentin Tarantino. His rigs were the ones you see in the 2016 version of The Magnificent Seven as well as the 8th episode of the Fast and Furious series. You can see more of Andrews Leather masterpieces here: http://www.andrewsleather.com. You can also telephone them at : 904 679 4997 Dom was always a very creative youngster and could make wonderful artistic creations out of anything. I remember once when he carved a full detailed church with steeple out of an apple! Not only an artist, but a champion level cowboy action shooter having won his category at both state and regional levels--he takes after his champion dad in that regard—Santa Fe River Stan, SASS# 36999. In fact, the whole family are SASS Members: Southpaw Sibby SASS# 62914, Dom’s mother, sister, Lighting Livvy, SASS# 82544, and brother, Cracker Dan SASS# 90287. Below is some of the work Dom did for McCarthy Studios who produced an art house remake of the 1953 movie Shane. Dom was asked to recreate the rigs from that movie...in exact detail. Dom with two of the final products Holsters under development Two exact replicas of the rig Jack Palance wore in Shane These are rigs he made for the movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The two gun rig shown was made for and worn by Russell Crowe in the movie True History of the Kelly Gang Dom is a born artistic craftsman that took up leather work as a hobby, learned from the master craftsman Wild Otter, SASS# 48346 of Asheville, North Carolina and blossomed into a very well known leather carver in his own right. If you want to see Dom in action explaining his craft, you can find him on YouTube. You can also visit him on Instagram: the_witmaker Leather Carving Basics with Dominic Whitaker // Making Custom Holsters
  4. SASS Alias: Colonel Dan SASS# 24025 From: Central Florida Cowboy Action Shooting: 20 years
  5. More on the good news front! Continue to soldier on my friends... CD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Colonel Dan: I want to thank you for your activism earlier this week. After I asked you to contact your Representative in opposition to Obama's Social Security Gun Ban, the House took action this week. And the results were fantastic! I must say that having lived in the DC area for the past several decades -- and having endured Obama's oppressive regime for the last eight years -- the past month has been a breath of fresh air. Donald Trump and the Republican Congress are moving swiftly to reverse Barack Obama's vile anti-gun legacy of executive actions. Trump is apparently spreading out his executive orders over a longer period of time so that each executive order can be featured in a separate news cycle. But one thing which is already happening is Congress' effort to repeal Obama's Social Security Gun Ban. Because that action was promulgated as a formal rule, it can be most easily repealed by a congressional resolution -- passed under the Congressional Review Act. This act allows the Senate to repeal the rule by a simple majority vote, without the possibility of a filibuster. Social Security Gun Ban is Built on the Stinking Carcass of Gun Control You might remember that the Social Security Gun Ban was finalized in December. It was issued in a purported effort to implement the NICS Amendments Improvement Act of 2007 -- legislation also known as the Veterans Disarmament Act, which was vigorously opposed by Gun Owners of America. Under the Veterans Disarmament Act, over 257,000 law-abiding veterans have lost their Second Amendment rights, merely because they sought counseling from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The new Social Security Gun Ban would extend the precedent to disabled persons receiving social security benefits under Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This means, for instance, that the names of those who receive their social security checks through a guardian can now be sent to the NICS gun ban list. In some states, SWAT teams would be sent to their homes to forcibly seize the guns they have. The good news is that the House yesterday passed H.J.Res. 40, to overturn the Social Security Gun Ban. The vote in the Senate, expected next week, would send the resolution to President Trump's desk for signature. The vote in the House was 235-to-180, with only two Republicans voting anti-gun and only 6 Democrats voting pro-gun. ("Aye" was the pro-gun vote and can be viewed here.) The vote reinforces recent trends in which the Republican Party has increasingly become the "pro-gun" party in America, and the Democrats, increasingly the "anti-gun" party. We're optimistic that the Senate will approve the House-passed measure by a largely party-line vote. (S.J.Res. 14 is an identical version introduced by Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.) Under the special Congressional Review Act procedures, this majority vote will be enough to send the measure to President Trump's desk. So please urge your Senators to vote for H.J.Res. 40/S.J.Res. 14 -- legislation to overturn the Social Security Gun Ban. Sincerely, Larry Pratt Executive Director Emeritus
  6. President Trump hit a home run with this nomination. It's now squarely in the hands of Mitch McConnell to do whatever it takes to get this good man confirmed--including extending the "Nuclear Option" that Harry Reid first imposed, to include Supreme Court nominees! I suggest pressuring your Senators to push McConnell in that direction. This is extremely important for all gun owners--get involved. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/31/trump-scotus-nominee-2nd-amendment-protects-individual-right/
  7. I always have one with me..especially in places I can't carry...like airplanes...no one ever challenges it anywhere I go. Where I can carry, I certainly do and look at the cane as my first line of defense. Like was mentioned above, in the proper hands a cane can be a formidable self defense weapon. I highly recommend that if your considering this route do it right and get the training on how to effectively employ it in a threatening situation. If you don't, you may find yourself on the receiving end after its been forcibly taken from you. I've had just such training. It was very enjoyable as well as very valuable. Then as with all skills, practice, practice, practice. Just the view from my foxhole. A side note: I bought a stock cane from Tractor Supply for less than $20. It's a one inch thick piece of solid oak. I cut it to fit me for length, lightly sanded it then rubbed it with Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil. Looks good and is extremely effective.
  8. Please join me in congratulating one of our own.... Our Team SASS Deputy Director, Allegiance, aka Joe DeBargalis, has been named Deputy Executive Director of General Operations for the NRA! This a absolutely super news...a great patriot has been duly recognized. The NRA has chosen an authentic top notch winner to fill this important position I salute my friend Allegiance and wish him only the very best.
  9. Please join me in congratulating one of our own.... Our Team SASS Deputy Director, Allegiance, aka Joe DeBargalis, has been named Deputy Executive Director of General Operations for the NRA! This a absolutely super news...a great patriot has been duly recognized. The NRA has chosen an authentic top notch winner to fill this important position I salute my friend Allegiance and wish him only the very best.
  10. Thus far, I'm very encouraged and optimistic about our pro-gun future! CD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In one of the first pro-gun actions of his administration, President Donald Trump is expected to shortly move to revoke Barack Obama's illegal actions to effectively outlaw gun collecting. Obama's anti-gun "executive action" was announced on January 6, 2016 -- in the wake of Obama's unsuccessful attempt to scapegoat law-abiding gun owners for the actions of a Muslim terrorist in San Bernardino. Obama's action was implemented as a "clarification" because he knew that his lawless moves could never pass muster under the rule-making procedures of the Administrative Procedures Act. Under Obama's now-moribund "clarification," a gun owner could have been imprisoned for up to five years and fined $250,000 for "only one or two [firearms] transactions," according to a White House fact sheet. Note that, under Clinton, tens of thousands of licensees lost their licenses because they didn't have "brick-or-mortar" stores. Now, in a Clinton/Obama Mutt-and-Jeff routine, Obama proposed to imprison hobbyists who didn't have licenses because the government refused to issue licenses to them. Hence, a hobbyist who bought a firearm one day and sold it the next day at a profit could go to prison for five years. Obviously, the intent was to create such a cloud of ambiguity that gun owners would refrain from constitutionally protected activity (private firearms sales), for fear that they would run afoul of Obama's amorphous rules. Tragically, in some cases, Obama's unlawful actions had exactly the intended effect. But, thanks to President Donald Trump, Obama's unlawful action will soon be repealed -- as one of the priority actions of the incoming administration. Gun Owners of America is optimistic that this is only the first in a series of Trump actions overturning illegal Obama actions. We are also asking for Trump administration action: Removing the U.S. from the Anti-Gun UN Arms Trade Treaty; Repealing bullet and gun import bans going from Obama back to George H. W. Bush's semi-auto import ban; Repealing the suspension of health privacy laws with respect to gun owners; Repealing executive actions encouraging doctors to inquire about gun ownership and to enter this information into a federal health database; Restoring gun rights for 257,000 law-abiding veterans; Repealing Obama's efforts to strip Social Security recipients of their guns, merely because a guardian processes their checks. The work of restoring the Second Amendment to its God-given status has only just begun. But the important thing is that it has begun. Sincerely, Tim Macy Chairman
  11. GG, Thank you for asking! I have exchanged emails with Misty and she is considering this. In the mean time, complete Chronicle editions are archived on the SASS website and you can access my articles that way. Soldier on...
  12. Once again, I backed the wrong horse in this race. Just as I did in 1985, I was hoping for and backing the Glock but the Sig is a great pistol also. My final hope is for a .45 not the 9mm but that's just the view from my foxhole... http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/01/20/army-picks-sig-sauers-p320-handgun-to-replace-m9-service-pistol.html
  13. Florida's first district is well represented! I sense a new awakening in America...and it begins in earnest on Friday. It will be up to us to keep this going my friends. Saddle up with Team SASS! CD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://www.pnj.com/story/opinion/2017/01/17/rep-gaetz-second-amendment-negotiable/96686296/ Rep. Gaetz: Second Amendment not negotiable Congressman Matt Gaetz 3:54 p.m. CT Jan. 17, 2017 Liberal activist John Cork asks in a recent column, “Who is Matt Gaetz Protecting?” The answer: Gun owners and our Constitution. Some on the left believe the Second Amendment is negotiable, flexible – even forgettable. I don’t – and Andy Marlette’s cartoons provide the evidence. Our founders understood that America’s strength comes from empowering citizens, not government. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man" (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria). Jefferson’s words ring true today – especially given increasing violence in society. When Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Michael Bloomberg called for a repeal of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, I proudly stood up to them. We didn’t weaken Stand Your Ground, we made it even stronger to protect those under attack. As a state legislator, I championed open gun carry in Florida. Forty-Five states allow open carry in some form. States that allow open carry have 23% less violent crime, fewer murders and fewer aggravated assaults. The numbers don’t lie – which is likely why Mr. Cork didn’t cite any. Congress can do more to restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Today, when a Florida conceal carry permit holder travels to Alabama, Georgia or any other state, they cannot carry absent duplicative permitting. I’ve joined Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introducing national conceal carry reciprocity legislation. In our state, conceal carry permit holders are remarkably law-abiding citizens. In fact, they are eight times less likely to commit crimes than members of law enforcement. We hope to pass this bill soon. Mr. Cork writes, “There are numerous effective strategies that reduce the odds of the mentally ill obtaining firearms. The NRA and Rep. Gaetz oppose them all.” That is a lie. And I can prove it. No person should be able to walk out of a mental institution and return to an arsenal. In 2013, I was Criminal Justice Chairman in the Florida House of Representatives. We worked with Democrats, Republicans, the NRA and others to pass HB 1355. According to nonpartisan analysis, this law prohibits the sale or delivery of firearms to someone “adjudicated mentally defective” or who has been “committed to a mental institution.” That’s just commonsense. Perhaps Mr. Cork should take better aim of the facts before publishing fake news. For eight years President Obama has blamed law-abiding gun owners for the tragic events caused by a disturbed few. In Northwest Florida, we proudly “cling to our guns and bibles.” We always will. And if anyone ever wonders who I am protecting by supporting the Second Amendment, it just may be you or your family. Because, in America, you always have the right to protect yourself. Congressman Matt Gaetz represents the First District of Florida. He serves on the Armed Services, Budget and Judiciary Committees and lives in Fort Walton Beach.
  14. Let Freedom Ring! http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/15/iowa-senators-push-constitutional-amendment-blocking-gun-control/
  15. I believe Jeff Sessions would be a great AG. It's time to put the pressure on your Senators. CD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Demand that Your Senators Vote to Confirm Sessions as Attorney General Dear Dan: Stunned by the defeat of Hillary Clinton, the Far Left is now flailing away to create a new benchmark for Donald Trump's Cabinet appointments. Under their standards, "No Gun Owners Would Be Allowed." Their first target is Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, who was examined by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. As a U.S. Senator from Alabama, Sessions is "A" rated by GOA, given that he has voted pro-gun nearly 100% of the time. Not surprisingly, roughly 1,300 "law" professors spewed out a muddled rant objecting to Sessions' confirmation. Why? Well, Sessions, like GOA, opposes amnesty for millions of illegals, in a transparent effort to turn the whole country "blue" -- just as California became "blue" following the 1986 amnesty bill. And remember the anti-gun "sentencing reform" bill, which would have released drug traffickers onto the streets, while imposing a new five-year mandatory minimum for gunsmiths? Both GOA and Sessions opposed the anti-gun bill, and we worked to kill that legislation last year. But, of course, that's unacceptable to the "law" professors. These are the same goofballs that produced a 23-page letter in support of anti-gun Justice Sonia Sotomayor -- and that produced 1,000 "law" professors in support of anti-gun cop-killer-lawyer Debo Adegbile. The fact is that, after 8 years of lawless AG's who have tried to destroy the Second Amendment in every way possible, Jeff Sessions would administer his department in accordance with the law and the Constitution. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has come out in strong support of Sessions, showing how he would represent a tremendous break from the previous eight years: Senator Jeff Sessions' nomination to be the 84th attorney general of the United States is fantastic news for those who revere the rule of law.... The Obama Department of Justice openly ignored the laws it didn't like. While Senator Sessions condemned so-called sanctuary cities, the Obama DOJ funneled hundreds of millions in grant money to them -- despite these cities' brazen refusal to abide by our country's immigration laws -- and it endangered Americans all over the country by itself repeatedly refusing to enforce these laws. Furthermore, the Obama DOJ routinely preferred to act as a quasi-legislature, attempting to rewrite straightforward laws -- and even the Constitution itself -- to fit its radical agenda.... In stark contrast to his predecessors, Obama lost more than half of his cases at the Supreme Court, including nearly 50 unanimous rulings. As a Senator, Jeff Sessions has voted for concealed carry reciprocity and for restoring gun rights to military veterans who have been disarmed for maladies such as PTSD. Plus, he has voted against a ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines, and he voted to prohibit the U.S. from implementing an anti-gun UN treaty. Sessions has also been a leader against Universal Background Checks in the Senate. Unfortunately, Sessions' answer on this subject during the confirmation hearings this week was somewhat weak, but it does not change the fact that he voted against Universal Background Checks in 2013 and 2015, plus against the Obama no-fly gun ban in 2016. As Attorney General, Sessions could rein in the ATF by prohibiting them from copying 4473 forms, as they are currently doing. He could put a permanent end to Fast and Furious and Operation Choke Point (which has shut down many lawful gun businesses). Plus, he could issue opinions which advance the pro-gun "football" in several ways, including: Exempting residents of Constitutional Carry states from the federal prohibition on carrying a firearm in a school zone -- and from undergoing Brady checks. Decreeing that Gun Free School Zones are unconstitutional, as per the 1995 Lopez decision, thus ordering the ATF NOT to enforce the act. It's been a long time since an ardently pro-gun attorney general served as the nation's top cop.
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