TFB Review: Gibbous Outfitters MP5K Furniture

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If you have been following along in the various MP5 groups on social media, Marcus of Gibbous Outfitters is developing accessories for the MP5. Marcus sent his Gibbous Outfitters MP5K furniture for me to test on my HK SP5K PDW SBR which I now dub the MP5K-SD (Super Deformed).

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Super Deformed Baby MP5

You may be asking yourself “I’ve seen this baby MP5 before” and you would be partially correct. It has the same aesthetic as the Tokyo Marui MP5A5 mini toy airsoft gun.

Image from Tokyo Marui

Below is the actual electric toy airsoft gun. Japanese would call this “chibi” which is a style of caricature.

Image from Tokyo Marui

Well, Gibbous Outfitters MP5K furniture has a wide forearm that mimics the aesthetics of the full-size MP5 wide forearm but it is for the MP5K

Gibbous Outfitters MP5K furniture.

Marcus sent in his handguard and shorty stock. He also sent an end cap so I could test his latest design on my H&K SP5K PDW. Marcus only has access to clone roller-delayed blowback guns and was curious how it would fit on a legit H&K.

The Gibbous Outfitters MP5K furniture is 3D printed using Multi-Jet Fusion, similar material that Nocturn Industries uses for their night vision housings. Here is Gibbous Outfitters MP5K shorty stock. Marcus designed it to mimic the fixed A2 stock aesthetic. If you notice, it has ears that straddle over the sides of the upper receiver. MP5Ks have a welded reinforcing plate since their end caps do not wrap around the receiver like a full-size MP5. In order to get a fixed A2 stock on an MP5K was to have a reverse stretch made, where the rear of the MP5K is like a normal MP5 and it used an MP5 bolt and recoil spring. But now you don’t need to do that.

Marcus designed his Gibbous Outfitters MP5K stock after the A2 so it has takedown pin storage on either side of the QD hole. The QD hole is compatible with Magpul QD sling cups. Below is the Gibbous Outfitters MP5K stock next to my HK93 stock.

The Gibbous Outfitters MP5K stock is a work in progress. I found it to be too thick. It is 1.55 inches wide while the HK93 stock is only 1.23 inches wide. I gave Marcus this feedback and he said it should be a simple adjustment in his CAD file.

The other minor issue was that his bottom takedown pin hole is slightly shifted and needs to move down a little bit. The top one lines up perfectly and installing or removing the top takedown pin is easy. But the bottom one required physical coercion to slide all the way in. Again, Marcus said that should be easily fixed in the next design and print.

Gibbous Outfitters MP5K Wide Handguard

The wide K handguard is something I have been wanting for a long time. Here is a screenshot from my article reviewing the Custom Smith Manufacturing 3D printed MP5 furniture. I had expressed a desire to have an MP5K wide handguard back in the summer of 2020.

Well, it is finally here and Marcus made it happen. Note, this handguard is best suited for use with an MP5K-PDW style barrel. If you have a regular MP5K style gun with a flush barrel, it is too easy to have your fingers in front of the barrel.

I did some rough calculations. The Tokyo Marui MP5A5 Mini airsoft gun shoots 6mm bbs. Well, 9mm is 50% bigger. So I measured the MP5K-SD and sure enough, it is 50% bigger than the toy gun dimensions. So the scaling works. That is why the MP5K-SD looks so similar. But how does it feel to shoulder such a small MP5? It is not that bad actually.

The LOP is short but it is not uncomfortable. I rather run a red dot with this setup. I grabbed my old EoTech Holosight (used for archery) and it too has a “Chibi” aesthetic compared to the more common 512 and EXPS-2 HWS. So it fits the cute aesthetic.

Final Thoughts On The Gibbous Outfitters MP5K Furniture

Right now the Gibbous Outfitters MP5K furniture is still in development. The MP5K wide handguard seems like it is ready to go. Oh, one thing for those of you with an SP5K vs a Clone MP5K. The SP5K does not have the welded sling loop on the front sight tower. So removing the MP5K wide handguard is super simple. Just pull the takedown pin out and slide the handguard forward. If you have a clone MP5K it most likely has that sling loop. So you have to pull the handguard down. Due to the design of the handguard, the ears are a bit tight so it helps to use a plastic shim to gently pry the ears open as you pull the handguard down off the barrel. Ergonomically, the wide handguard feels great until you have coupled mags. The spare mag sticking out the left side hits my wrist. Same with running a Magpul drum. Other than that, the handguard seems like it is ready to go. Gibbous Outfitters will have them in a couple weeks and will retail somewhere around $130.

With regards to the MP5K shorty stock, it is still in development. Its butt pad was 3D printed on a desktop FDM printer. Marcus needs to change the thickness to more closely match a real A2 or HK93 stock width. I advised him to look into surplus G3 parts. He could get inexpensive butt pads but he would need to design a cavity in the back of the stock, just like my HK93, so the butt pad can clip into the stock. Right now the stock is a large 3D print and is rather expensive to print. So as it is now, the stock could easily be north of 300-400 dollars. He is considering making full-sized fixed stocks but those would be even more expensive if they were completely 3D printed.  I told him he could get surplus G3 stocks for not that much. Even wooden Cetme stocks for cheap. Then he would only need to design a 3D printed adapter that would attach to the MP5K but allow the use of normal stocks like my HK93 and G3 stocks. You would just need the plastic stock, not the metal end caps.

We talked about some other accessories for the MP5 platform and am eager to see what he comes up with next. Check out Gibbous Outfitters’ website for more info when they become available.

Pentagon Refuses To Shoot Down Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Hovering Over Montana for Days

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The Department of Defense announced on Thursday they have been monitoring a suspected Chinese spy balloon floating over the state of Montana for over two days.

Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told NBC News, “The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now.”

Ryder went on to say once the US Government was notified about the floating balloon they immediately started to notify officials in Montana to protect sensitive information.

Flights were temporarily grounded on Wednesday after many noticed the UFO.

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The balloon is the size of three school buses!

NBC News reported Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Miley, and other commanders reviewed the threat of the “Chinese stratospheric balloon” and presented several options to Joe Biden.

After evaluating the threat, the U.S. Military along with the White House opted not to shoot down the balloon.   Debris from the floating device could possibly injure a civilian.

A video from a local resident captured of the suspected device.

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As of now the U.S. military will continue to track the surveillance balloon and conduct all the necessary steps to prevent any sensitive data from being intercepted by the spy device.

In Your Face: Xi Sends Giant Spy Balloon Over US Days Before Blinken Trip to Beijing

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Days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to arrive in Beijing on Sunday, Communist China President Xi Jinping disrespected Blinken and Joe Biden by sending a giant spy balloon over the Northwest United States this week where it was spotted by a civilian on Wednesday and caused the Billings airport to shut down for several hours.

Video shot Wednesday by Montana resident John Martin:

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Martin followed-up by noting the Billing airport was shut down for about two hours Wednesday:

ABC News reported the balloon has a large “technology bay” (excerpt):

A senior defense official said they “are confident” the balloon was sent by the Chinese government — and this incident isn’t the first one.

“Instances of this activity have been observed over the past several years, including prior to this administration,” the official said.

Earlier Thursday, a senior U.S. official described the balloon to ABC News as the size of three buses, with a technology bay.

President Joe Biden has been briefed about the balloon and “asked for military options,” the defense official said. Biden is following the recommendation of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and U.S. Northern Command Gen. Glen D. VanHerck to not “take kinetic action due to the risk to safety and security of people on the ground from the possible debris field.”

“Currently, we assess that this balloon has limited additive value from an intelligence collection perspective. But we are taking steps nevertheless to protect against foreign intelligence collection of sensitive information,” the defense official said.

The Washington Post reported an official saying the balloon has been tracked from Alaskan waters, “The Pentagon initially observed the balloon soaring above Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and then over Canada before it crossed into Montana, another U.S. official said. It was not clear from where the balloon was launched initially.”

A meteorologist searched and found the likely trajectory of the balloon, tracing it back to China:

U.S. military jets are now reported circling the balloon.

White House reporter Simon Ateba points out the ramifications of China’s action, “BREAKING: Pentagon says China sent spy balloon over Montana, home to one of the most sensitive U.S. military installations, which oversees Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles to gather intelligence, days before Blinken’s Beijing trip. Your reaction.”

Two years ago Chinses diplomats insulted Blinken with a dressing down at their first meeting which took place March 2021 in Alaska.

The Financial Times reported Thursday on the trip (before the balloon was reported) (excerpt):

Antony Blinken is expected to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing, making him the first US secretary of state to sit down with the Chinese leader in nearly six years and the first of President Joe Biden’s cabinet secretaries to visit China.

…But Blinken’s trip to Beijing comes as relations between the two powers remain mired in their worst state since the US and China established diplomatic relations in 1979. Tensions rose in August when China held large-scale military exercises in response to then US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan.

Underscoring the tensions, a top Air Force general recently said the US and China would probably go to war over Taiwan in 2025, in a leaked memo the Pentagon quickly dismissed as not reflecting the view of the Biden administration. The memo highlighted the growing concern in Washington about China. The Republican-led House of Representatives recently created a new committee that will focus exclusively on China.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called on Blinken to cancel his trip.

JUST IN: “Our Expectation Is The Panel Will Move This Case Quickly” – Kari Lake Gives Update On Private Conference Yesterday In Arizona Court Of Appeals

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The Arizona Court of Appeals held a closed-door conference yesterday to discuss Kari Lake’s lawsuit against this corrupt election.

Kari Lake’s election for Governor of Arizona was blatantly stolen right in our faces. The Gateway Pundit reported on the massive machine and printer failures that targeted Election Day voters, turning out for Kari Lake and Republicans 3:1. According to cybersecurity expert Clay Parikh, who testified in Kari Lake’s election trial, broken machines and printers on Election Day “could not arise absent intentional misconduct.”

Her lawsuit to overturn the corrupt election more than proved this and other violations of the law that stole the election from Trump-Endorsed Republicans in Arizona. However, Judge Peter Thompson dismissed eight of ten counts before Lake’s trial on December 21. He later dismissed the entire lawsuit on Christmas Eve, despite the evidence of massive voter disenfranchisement targeting Republicans, obviously false testimony by County Elections officials, and his own refusal to hear all of the evidence.

Lake appealed Thompson’s ruling, and the Arizona Appeals Court recently ordered a conference to be scheduled for Wednesday, February 1. Lake told Steve Bannon earlier this month, “We know they stole the election, and we have more evidence coming forth.” 

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Read Lake’s ‘Petition for Special Action,’ filed in the Arizona Court of Appeals here.

Presiding Judge Maria Elena Cruz was appointed to the Court by Doug Ducey on April 12, 2017, Judge Angela K Paton was appointed by Ducey in October 2021, and Judge Peter B Swann was appointed to the Court by Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano on September 23, 2008.

The conference yesterday was closed to attorneys, media, and the public, and a live feed was unavailable.

The Arizona Court of Appeals judged the trial court’s ruling based on the record from the trial and likely did not consider any new evidence. However, The Court was asked by attorneys for Lake to take notice of the Arizona Senate Elections Committee investigation and presentations by We The People AZ Alliance.

The Gateway Pundit reported on the presentation on January 23 and the shocking findings, including Election Day tabulators reportedly rejecting nearly 1/4 million vote attempts on election day and nearly 300,000 mismatched or fraudulent mail-in ballot signatures in Maricopa County’s 2022 Election.

On Monday, January 30,  We The People AZ Alliance gave another bombshell presentation and revealed that an estimated 8,327+ voters did not cast ballots due to tabulator failures and long lines caused by intentional sabotage of Republican voters in Maricopa County.

View the full PowerPoint presentations here.

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It is unknown whether or not the Court of Appeals considered this evidence.

Kari Lake released the following statement on Twitter:

Lake: Here’s an update on our Election Case currently in the Arizona Appellate Court. The three-judge panel overseeing the appeal held a private conference Wednesday, Feb 1, where the judges met to discuss the case and the briefs. This is standard procedure for any appeal. The panel could issue a ruling, or if they have questions, they could ask for supplemental briefing or bring in attorneys for oral argument. Our expectation is the panel will move this case quickly.

As soon as I have more information—you’ll be the first to know. I will never stop fighting for you Arizona!

A decision from the Court can be expected any day.

In honor of Kari Lake’s rally and her continued fight for election integrity, The Gateway Pundit is releasing a limited edition KARI LAKE WON AZ tee shirt. After the fraud of the century in the 2020 Election, the exact same issues — and more — showed up in 2022 and robbed Kari of her rightful seat as Governor of Arizona. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT and get your ‘Kari Lake Won – Save Arizona’ shirt exclusively at THEGATEWAYPUNDITSTORE.COM.

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The Gateway Pundit will provide updates as soon as more information is available!

Northern MI Loses A 6-Yr-Old Angel And Everything They Own In An Awful House Fire… Here’s How You Can Help

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An unimaginable tragedy struck the impoverished town of Lewiston, MI, on Sunday night.

After celebrating their teenage daughter’s birthday with their three daughters in their Lewiston, MI home,  Mr. and Mrs. Kritzman left their 6-year-old Annabella and her 13-year-old sister at home while they drove her boyfriend home to a neighboring community. Annabella’s oldest sister and her boyfriend do not have driver’s licenses because they are not old enough to drive.

While they were in their vehicle, Mr. and Mrs. Kritzman received the phone call no parent ever wants to get when they’re far away from home—their 13-year-old daughter was calling to tell them their house was on fire. Unfortunately, their 6-year-old daughter Annabella could not be rescued from the fire.

The family home is next door to a fire department with volunteer firefighters.

According to the Petoskey News– The firefighters immediately started to perform life-saving measures on the girl, who was then transported to Munson Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.

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“From the initial time of the first dispatch for this fire and the time the six-year-old was rescued from the home, it was 12 to 13 minutes,” said Baum.

He said a burning candle in the home is believed to have started the blaze.

 Annabella died at the hospital after several attempts to save her.

The elementary school where Annabella attended school will host a funeral for the family on Saturday. The family has asked that, instead of flowers, people would consider donating money to help them.

The Kritzman family is pictured below. Six-year-old Annabella, who perished due to the fire, is shown with her mother’s arm on her shoulder.

The Krtitzman family home, as well as everything inside the home, has been completely destroyed. According to people who live in the Lewiston community, both parents work for a t-shirt company in Gaylord. Everyone who knows the family says they are all wonderful, and the parents are hard-working individuals. It would be great to be able to help them secure housing, clothing, and food as they deal with the horrible tragedy of losing their daughter/baby sister. To make matters worse, Annabella’s mom tragically lost her brother the week before the fire.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family.  Please consider going here to donate: GoFundMe- for the Kritzke Family. 

This is a tough economy for a lot of people, but if every person reading this article could give what they can afford, it would mean so much to a family who doesn’t have a lot and has lost their daughter and everything they own.

Two of the young waitresses in the small community of Lewiston have offered to give all of their tips on Friday night to the Kritzman family. A local church will host a lasagne dinner and two elementary schools are collecting a dollar from each child for a pajama day to benefit the family. Every little bit will help this family get back on thier feet.

I appeared on Lindell TV last night, where we talked about this awful tragedy and how grateful I am to have a voice that reaches so many good people who will help this family. I will post the clip from the interview when it’s available.

Pray for the Kritzkman family.

A special thank you to Jim Hoft, who graciously allowed me to repost this article with the GoFundMe page on the Gateway Pundit.

Hunter’s Business Partner Eric Schwerin Moved Joe Biden’s Documents from White House to UDel – Not the Only Time Schwerin Handled Government Docs

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Hunter Biden’s business partner and President at Rosemont Seneca, Eric Schwerin, was reportedly in charge of the transfer of Joe Biden’s documents to the University of Delaware. 

This is the same guy TGP reported on two days ago who was involved in transferring classified information to Ukraine. 

Daily Mail reported earlier today:

Hunter Biden‘s business partner was tasked with transferring sensitive papers from Joe Biden‘s vice presidential office to the University of Delaware – papers that were sensitive enough to require the involvement of White House lawyers, DailyMail.com can reveal.

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The revelation is the latest piece of evidence tying Hunter to the president’s potential mishandling of classified documents.

Eric Schwerin, Hunter’s Rosemont Seneca partner who handled Joe’s taxes and personal affairs, was in charge of moving an archive of 1,850 boxes of files from the vice president’s DC office that were being donated to the University of Delaware in 2010….

…According to the University of Delaware website, ‘more than 1,850 boxes of archival records from the President’s Senate career arrived at the Library on June 6, 2012.’

A Newark Post report from the time said the records arrived on 33 pallets carried by two trucks, and also included 415 gigabytes of electronic records.

 It is still unclear whether the thousands of papers given to UDel ended up including any classified documents.

We won’t know if there is any wrongdoing until someone with some integrity is involved in auditing the documents in the possession of the University of Delaware.

Since Schwerin was involved in the transfer of the Biden documents to UDel there is a chance that the documents transferred included classified documents. 

As we reported a couple of days ago, the Biden’s were asked to obtain visas for Burisma executives to travel to the US in early November of 2015.  In a response to the request, Hunter Biden and Devon Archer reached out to a friend with ties to the US Deep State, John Sandweg.

John Sandweg worked as the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from August 2013 to February 2014.  Sandweg had a short tenure working in this role for the Obama administration.

Sandweg was happy when the Biden gang replaced the Trump administration and expressed his happiness that habitual liar Alejandro Mayorkas was taking over Homeland Security.

John Sandweg, a former Homeland Security Department official in the Obama administration, said his former colleagues still in government told him there is a hopeful atmosphere as Trump officials made way for their Biden replacements.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Sandweg. “There is a very palpable sense of excitement that [DHS Secretary-designate Alejandro] Mayorkas is coming back. It’s not tied to policy or politics. It’s a management and leadership issue.”

In the email string below taken from the Hunter laptop, Sandweg emailed Eric Schwerin at Rosemont Seneca (Hunter Biden’s firm) on November 2, 2015.  Sandveg relayed information on one of the individuals from Burisma for whom Hunter was trying to get a visa for was Mr. Zlochevskyi.

Sandweg in his email says that he obtained a search:

…from the Department of Homeland Security and Customs databases did not reveal any prohibitions on Mr. Zlochevskyi ability to enter the United States. Unfortunately, after receiving the initial report, I suspected that the individual I asked to run the search only queried DHS/Customs databases and not State Department databases. As such, I asked another individual to query both databases. This search revealed the cancellation of the visa and the legal basis for the cancellation.

Sandweg includes two attachments, one of which is labeled “Zlochevski Visa Denial”.

Schwerin shared this information with Burisma, Hunter, and Devon Archer.

This information was likely classified information.  The reasons for the refusal of a visa are not information that would be shared outside the government.  This information was shared with individuals in Ukraine. 

Florida police chief warns would-be crooks after homeowner shoots intruder: ‘We live in Polk County, and most people are armed’

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Goreck added that “one should expect that if you are brazen enough to enter into someone’s residence — and it is not yours — with intent to commit an unlawful act, there may be repercussions.”

Namely, “If you break into somebody’s house, you might end up getting shot by the homeowner,” which he said is the “logical conclusion” to which most folks would arrive.

What happened?

Fox News said Goreck was referring to a concealed-carrying homeowner who shot one of two intruders he found burglarizing his residence after he arrived home Friday.

While both suspects fled the scene, officers caught up with the wounded suspect at a nearby park by using a K-9 officer, the cable network said.

“Immediately at that point the officers — even though this was a felon who had been illegally inside someone’s house — immediately changed focus and changed gears and went from a search and locate and apprehend to saving this individual’s life,” Goreck said during the press conference, according to Fox News.

The wounded suspect was identified as 27-year-old Tyriek Tramaine Washington, the cable network said, adding that he was hospitalized after being hit with multiple gunshots that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Washington — whom the chief said is “no stranger” to law enforcement after he listed several past offenses — has been charged with burglary in this latest incident and is being held at the Polk County Jail, Fox News said.

Authorities still investigating the incident are trying to locate the second suspect, the cable network added.

Police said the armed homeowner fully complied and answered all their questions, Fox News said. Goreck noted in the press conference that the homeowner was not arrested, and it is believed due to available evidence that he was legally justified in defending his home.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Pistol Type Reliability Over Time

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Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last time, we talked about consumable carry items and when to replace certain items you use daily to carry your firearm. To check out that article, be sure to click on the link here. In the world of carrying a concealed firearm, the market is shifting in strange directions and is even starting to move back into the world of single-action type 2011s and 1911s over something like a striker-fired handgun. With the gradual shift from small micro-style guns to larger framed firearms, it’s important to look at the reliability of certain firearms as time goes on. Let’s take a closer look at pistol type reliability over time.

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Single Action Only Hammer Guns

The biggest resurgence in popularity has to be the single-action-only market. With Staccato growing in popularity along with other 2011 variants being released onto the market, there’s been a sharp increase of individuals carrying single-action handguns who may not see the things to keep in mind over time.

When it comes to the 1911/2011 platform, there are a few things to keep clean and check on a regular basis. The first thing is to regularly clean your firearm especially if you carry it cocked and locked. With the hammer back and safety on, there can be more lint and debris accumulation over time around the firing pin and inside the firearm. It’s not nearly as closed up as a striker system so it does take some cleaning and maintenance to keep clean if you carry it every day. This shouldn’t be a new concept but carrying anything with the hammer back does expose more openings to the potential of debris and build-up of lint.

Another important thing to keep an eye on is your plunger tube. The plunger tube is the tension between your thumb safety and your slide release. This is a common failure point on 1911-type platforms and will occasionally come loose. I’ve had this happen to me a few different times on 3 different 1911s, so it’s always a good idea to check your plunger tube is properly attached and works correctly.

Double Action / Single Action Hammer Guns

DA/SA style firearms are some of the most reliable options available with a few positives over striker or single action only firearms. Double to single may be tricky to learn with the different weight triggers and that is typically why most shy away from it. With a bit of practice, you can consistently make accurate hits with both double and single action. The vast majority of the time hammer-fired guns will fire even when dirty from daily carry but once their springs wear out, they are some of the most complicated to fix and oftentimes will have to be sent in instead of fixing it yourself.

Striker-fired guns are some of the easiest to fix, but DA/SA guns have second strike capabilities by pulling the trigger again. Personally, I grew up shooting DA/SA handguns so the learning curve wasn’t as tough as other people who might start with a striker-fired gun. The biggest issue with DA/SA guns is the fact they are difficult to work on for basic maintenance and can be difficult to learn initially but once you get the hang of them, they can be an incredibly reliable system for a very long time.

Striker-Fired Handguns

Out of all the guns on the list, striker-fired handguns are some of the simplest guns to maintain and replace parts on. Pulling apart something like a Glock 19 can be done in a matter of minutes with minimal training. The amount of rounds you can put on a striker without replacing parts varies between firearms. When it comes time to replace springs and parts, the striker-fired system is much easier to replace springs on your own to keep costs low for the user. There are plenty of people out there who enjoy shooting but don’t have a ton of gunsmithing experience so being able to change out parts without much resistance is a huge plus to inexperienced gun owners.

Overall Thoughts

When it comes to reliability, with enough maintenance all of these systems will be completely reliable but some will require more work than others. The single action only will require the most monitoring and they can be finicky and require a little more love and care than other types. DA/SA guns and strikers are about on par depending on the manufacturers but over time, the DA/SA guns will be harder to change out parts and depending on how old they are, will be tough to source parts for as well. When it comes to overall reliability and simplicity, it’s very hard to beat a striker-fired pistol and that’s why they are so incredibly popular on the market today.

What do you guys think when it comes to handgun reliability? Do you have a preference when it comes to a carry gun or do you think it doesn’t really matter with proper maintenance? Let me know your thoughts down below. If you have questions about carrying concealed or firearms in general, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message on Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there and we will see you guys next week for another edition of Concealed Carry Corner.

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Raging Bulls in Blue: The Deadly Toll of Warrior Policing on Steroids

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This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. 

The Biggest Obstacle To Real Freedom Is The Belief That We Already Have It

This is warrior policing on steroids.”—Paul Butler, law professor

That the police officers charged with the beating death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols are Black is a distraction.

Don’t be distracted.

This latest instance of police brutality is not about racism in policing or black-on-black violence.

The entire institution is corrupt.

The old guard—made up of fine, decent, lawful police officers who took seriously their oath of office to serve and protect their fellow citizens, uphold the Constitution, and maintain the peace—has given way to a new guard hyped up on their own authority and the power of the badge who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to “serve and protect.”

Memphis’ now-disbanded Scorpion unit provides a glimpse into the looming crisis in policing that has gone beyond mere militarization.

Unfortunately, while much has been said about the dangers of police militarization, a warrior mindset that has police viewing the rest of the citizenry as enemy combatants, and law enforcement training that teaches cops to shoot first and ask questions later, little attention has been paid to the role that “roid rage,” triggered by anabolic steroid use and abuse by police, may contribute to the mounting numbers of cases involving police brutality.

Given how prevalent steroid use is within the U.S. military (it remains a barely concealed fixture of military life) and the rate of military veterans migrating into law enforcement (one out of every five police officers is a military veteran), this could shed some light on the physical evolution of domestic police physiques.

A far cry from Mayberry’s benevolent, khaki-clad neighborhood cops, police today are stormtroopers on steroids, both literally and figuratively: raging bulls in blue.

“Steroid use,” as researcher Philip J. Sweitzer warns, “is the not-so-quiet little secret of state and city police departments.”

John Hoberman, the author of Dopers in Uniform: The Hidden World of Police on Steroids, estimates that there may be tens of thousands of officers on steroids.

Illegal without a prescription and legitimized by a burgeoning industry of doctors known to law enforcement personnel who will prescribe steroids and other growth hormones based on bogus diagnoses, these testosterone-enhancing drugs have become hush-hush tools of the trade for police seeking to increase the size and strength of their muscles and their physical endurance, as well as gain an “edge” on criminals.

Having gained traction within the bodybuilding and sports communities, steroid use has fueled the dramatic transformation of police from Sheriff Andy Taylor’s lean form to the massive menace of the Hulk. As retired cop Phil Dees explains, “Anabolic steroid use among law enforcement officers is prevalent among the subset of cops who are heavily into weight training. They usually stand out from the crowd, and anyone who cares to look can pick out the most likely suspects.”

Broad-shouldered. Slim-waisted. Veiny. Tree-trunk necks. Rippling physiques. And as big as action heroes. That’s how Men’s Health describes these “juicers in blue”: cops using a cocktail of steroid drugs to transform themselves into “a flesh-and-blood Justice League.”

“Because juicing cops are a secretive subculture within a secretive subculture,” exact numbers are hard to come by, but if the anecdotal evidence is to be believed, it’s more widespread than ever, with 25% of police using these drugs to bulk up and supercharge their aggression.

Indeed, while steroids are physically transformative, building muscle mass, they are also psychologically affective, upping resistance to physical and emotional stress during periods of prolonged or heavy conflict, to the delight of the military, which was involved in their early development and experimentation.

Cue the rise of muscular authoritarianism.

As Philip Sweitzer documents, “Cops on steroids are simply the natural evolution of a conscious decision by the federal government to promote military authoritarianism in drug enforcement and the implementation of military technologies.”

Roid rage is yet another example of blowback from a militaristic culture.

There are few police forces at every level of government that are not implicated in steroid use and, consequently, impacted by “roid rage,” which manifests itself as extreme mood swings, irritability, nervousness, delusions, aggressive outbursts, excessive use of force, a sense of invincibility, and poor judgment.

“For officers who work daily in a high stress, high-adrenaline environments and carry guns, the ‘rage’ can be even more extreme,” concludes journalist Bianca Cain Johnson, eliciting “a Hulk-esque response by those using steroids to normal situations.”

When that roid rage is combined with the trappings of a militarized cop armed to the teeth and empowered to shoot first and ask questions later, as well as to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, the danger of any encounter with a cop grows exponentially more deadly.

Given the growing number of excessive force incidents by police, especially against unarmed individuals, we cannot afford to ignore the role that doping by police plays in this escalating violence.

For instance, in one of the largest busts nationwide involving law enforcement, 248 New Jersey police officers and firefighters were found to have been getting fraudulent prescriptions of anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, and other muscle-building drugs from a doctor. A subsequent investigation of those officers found that many had previously been sued for excessive force or civil rights violations, or had been arrested, fired, or suspended for off-duty.

As David Meinert reports, “Steroid use has been anecdotally associated with several brutality cases and racially motivated violence by police officers, including the 1997 sodomizing of a Haitian immigrant in  New York.”

Not surprisingly, police have consistently managed to sidestep a steady volley of lawsuits alleging a correlation between police doping and excessive force, insulated by a thin blue wall of silence, solidarity and coverups, powerful police unions, and the misapplied doctrine of qualified immunity.

Qualified immunity is how the police state stays in power.

Indeed, as Reuters reports, qualified immunity “has become a nearly failsafe tool to let police brutality go unpunished and deny victims their constitutional rights.”

At its most basic level, what this really translates to is an utter lack of accountability, whether over police brutality or doping.

Despite concerns about roid rage by police, few agencies carry out random tests for steroid use among officers, not even when an officer employs excessive force. Objections to such testing range from concerns about availability and cost to officer privacy.

As Hoberman points out, “The police establishment has reacted to the steroid culture by equivocating: announcing zero-tolerance policies while doing the absolute minimum to detect and control steroid use.”

Thus, any serious discussion about police reform needs to address the use of steroids by police, along with a national call for mandatory testing.

For starters, as journalist David Meinert suggests, police should be subjected to random drug tests for use of steroids, testosterone, and HCG (an artificial form of testosterone), and testing should be mandatory and immediate any time an officer is involved in a shooting or accused of unnecessary force.

This is no longer a debate over good cops and bad cops.

It’s a power struggle between police officers who rank their personal safety above everyone else’s and police officers who understand that their jobs are to serve and protect; between police trained to shoot to kill and police trained to resolve situations peacefully; most of all, it’s between police who believe the law is on their side and police who know that they will be held to account for their actions under the same law as everyone else.

Unfortunately, more and more police are being trained to view themselves as distinct from the citizenry, to view their authority as superior to the citizenry, and to view their lives as more precious than those of their citizen counterparts. Instead of being taught to see themselves as mediators and peacemakers whose lethal weapons are to be used as a last resort, they are being drilled into acting like gunmen with killer instincts who shoot to kill rather than merely incapacitate.

We’ve allowed the government to create an alternate reality in which freedom is secondary to security, and the rights and lives of the citizenry are less important than the authority and might of the government.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries, the longer we wait to burst the bubble on this false chimera, the greater the risks to both police officers and the rest of the citizenry.

Chinese Spy Balloon Discovered  Spying Over America This Week

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For days a mysterious object has been hovering over the Northern United States, now the U.S. government has confirmed that they believe it is a Chinese surveillance balloon.

Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a briefing on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. government has detected a high altitude surveillance ballon over the continental United States.

The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now. The U.S. government to include Norad, continues to track and monitorit closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the US government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information,” Ryder said.

The high-altitude spy balloon was spotted over Billings, Montana, on Wednesday. It flew over the Aleutian Islands, through Canada, and into Montana. A senior defense official said the balloon is still over the U.S. but declined to say where it is now.

“Currently we assess that this balloon has limited additive value from an intelligence collection perspective over and above what the PRC can do through other means,” a senior defense official said. “Nevertheless we are taking all necessary steps to protect against foreign intelligence collection of sensitive information.” The official said the balloon does not pose a threat to civil aviation because of its altitude.

The official told NBC News there was a window while the balloon was over Montana Wednesday when they could have taken it down. NORAD sent aircraft — including F-22 Raptors from Nellis Air Force Base and airborne early warning aircraft known as AWACs — but according to military sources the Biden administration refused to shoot it down.

The news comes as a high-level four-star U.S. Air Force General warns that war with China is coming by 2025!

In the memo sent Friday and obtained by NBC News, Gen. Mike Minihan, head of Air Mobility Command, said, “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025.” Minihan predicted in the memo that because both Taiwan and the U.S. will have presidential elections in 2024, the U.S. will be “distracted,” and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have an opportunity to move on Taiwan.

On Thursday, the Pentagon announced it would bolster the U.S. military presence near Taiwan, with plans to expand the number of U.S. military personnel in the Philippines.