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April 2011


Fear! and being the first man FEAR! It is the life draining emotion. It is what keeps you from accomplishing and doing and starting. It is excessively protectful. It is how animals think...the kind of animals that get eaten. Seth Godin calls it the "lizard brain". Fear is destructive in that it prevents you from doing anything at all other than running away or hunkering in a fetal "down and cover". Fear thrives on pessimism and complaint. The man that wakes every morning, walks outside and smiles at the bright sun and blue sky and cinches down the ruck, and moves out to a day of promise with a straight back and head held high is neither pessimistic nor fearful. I didn't say a "safe day" without challenges, but rather a day filled with opportunities. Contrast that with the man who slouches in the couch watching one program after another advising him of the coming calamity of the day. He moves through his day defeated and almost mournful, neither noticing nor appreciating the beauty around him...nor the opportunities those seeming... Read more →

By Uli Gebhard Living in one of the most restrictive states in the US one is sometimes forced to get very creative to find effective defensive tools. For those who are not familiar with California's laws, centerfire autoloader rifles are highly restricted to the point where many police officers will err on the side of caution and take a rifle in for safe keeping if they are not sure whether or not it fall under California Assault Weapons Law. That said, two years ago, I began looking at non-autoloading rifle platforms that will allow a quick rate of fire, handle fast and ambidextrous, have a good choice of effective calibers and hold a decent amount of ammunition. Gabriel Suarez' work on the combat lever action rifle came to mind and I began researching this platform. Lever Action Platforms: There are currently two basic systems on the market: Closed-Top/Side eject and Open-Top/Top Eject. What do those terminologies mean and what kind of an impact do they have on us as a user? The distinction between Closed-Top and Open-Top refers to the... Read more →