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April 11, 2022

April Update


A box was waiting for me today, containing the very first batch of Adaptive Defense Armory ADC-15 Receivers. These are forged receivers with mil-spec Type III hardcoat anodizing. If you are interested in a custom AR build, these would be a great starting point. Because they are engraved with my FFL information, I can build you a rifle from scratch with them. Some of these are destined for our ADC-15 carbines that will feature our custom handguards. If you would like one of these stripped lowers, they will sell for $120 + tax. (...but there is a 10% discount for subscribers to this newsletter).
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The receivers weren't the only thing to arrive in the mail today, this is the second prototype of our new handguards. More clearance has been added for the front sights to ensure plenty of space and uninterrupted barrel harmonics. These are designed for one of my favorite folding front sights; the A.R.M.S. #41, but, I am also working with another company on a receiver-height railed gas block that will enable the use of almost any aftermarket sight that will clamp-on a Picatinny rail. The finished version will also be anodized black and will be the standard handguard on our ADC-15 Carbines. We can also upgrade your existing AR to this configuration if you are interested. These hand-guards will sell for $180 + tax as a stand-alone item. Consider that is roughly the cost of many other mid-length Mlok handguards without the QD sling or Picatinny rail attachments. In order to get close to this functionality in a standard Mlok handguard, you would need to spend another $100 on Mlok QD attachments and rails, and you wouldn't get the extra "real estate" that this rail offers.

Los Alamos Gun Show

The Los Alamos Gun Show a few weekends ago had a great turnout. I passed out a LOT of flyers and business cards, and picked up a few new subscribers to this newsletter. Thanks to those of you who stopped by to pay us a visit!

36th Anniversary of the '86 Miami FBI Shootout

April 11, 1986, 2 bank robbers: Michael Platt and William Matix, engaged in a shootout with 8 FBI agents. Almost 150 rounds were fired in a gunfight that lasted roughly 4 1/2 minutes. When it was over, 2 FBI agents were dead, 5 were wounded, and the 2 bank robbers were fatally wounded. This event had a significant impact on law enforcement and defensive use of firearms.
I cover this incident in each of my concealed carry classes because of the lessons to be learned.
  • The 2 criminals murdered a target shooter, stealing his firearms and vehicle. From this, we should learn to pay attention to who is around us while we are shooting, particularly on BLM or forest land.
  • FBI agent Richard Manauzzi unholstered his weapon and placed it on the seat next to him to make it more accessible. Unfortunately his vehicle collided with the criminals' vehicle before the fight and his gun bounced out of sight and out of reach. Keep the gun in the holster on your person until you need it. That is the best place for it. Your car isn't a holster!
  • FBI Agent Gordon McNeill was struck in his shooting hand, and needed to reload his revolver with his left hand only. Do you know how to reload your firearm with your non-dominant hand only? ...especially if it is a revolver?
  • FBI Agent Jerry Dove shot Platt in the chest, the 9mm 115gr bullet penetrated to within an inch of Platt's heart and collapsed his lung. This was a fatal wound, but not rapidly incapacitating. Platt shot Agent Dove in the head twice, killing him. From this, we know how important it is to select ammunition that will penetrate adequately.
  • The FBI abandoned the use of revolvers as a standard duty weapon due to its difficulty to reload. They also abandoned the 9mm for a while and moved to the 10mm cartridge. The 10mm proved difficult for agents to qualify with due to excessive recoil. The .40 S&W was the next evolution of this caliber, but is also plagued by heavy recoil and I find many shooters have difficulty with recoil anticipation from this caliber.
  • Industry responded by developing better bullets that expand and penetrate more reliably. With better bullets, law enforcement has mostly re-adopted the 9mm for better capacity, less recoil, and faster follow-up shots.


Saturday, April 30th, is our Defensive Pistol Elements *Lite* class. Typically a 2-day class, I have squeezed the curriculum down to a 1-day, 500 rounds (approximately) class. This one is currently full, but if you are interested in this training, let me know. If I can get enough folks together, I will try to schedule another one of these for sometime in the late summer or fall.

Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club Update

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The Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club in Rendija Canyon has managed to secure a 15-year lease with the DOE. Support the club so we can hopefully keep it as a resource for the next generation of shooters.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has been ordered and empowered to go after gun dealers. A single non-compliance in recordkeeping will be enough under this new framework to revoke a dealer's FFL. This is a tactic designed to reduce the total number of FFLs, which impacts the availability of arms and ammo.

President Biden has nominated another anti-gun zealot as head of the BATFE. If you value your ability to keep and bear arms, contact your senators and tell them you oppose the appointment of Steve Dettelbach, ask them to vote "NO" on his confirmation.

With the confirmation of Ketanji Jackson to the US Supreme Court, it adds another anti-Second Amendment Justice.

Today, The President also announced the ATF's new "final rule" defining firearm frames and receivers, as well as restrictions on home-built firearms like 80% builds.

If you value Constitutional Rights and The Second Amendment, remember this when it comes time to cast your vote in the midterm elections.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Nine of the 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured as traitors, then died. Two had sons serving in the Revolutionary Army who died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Eight more (Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton) had their homes and buildings looted by Tories or English soldiers.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British who were trying to capture him that he was forced to move his family almost constantly from one hiding place to another. His home and possessions were taken from him, and he died in poverty.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, had his fleet of ships sunk by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in poverty.
Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over his home for headquarters. He quietly urged the American generals to have artillery open fire on the house. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis went into hiding from the English forces seeking to find and kill him as a traitor. He had his home and properties destroyed. The English jailed his wife as the wife of a traitor, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven by oncoming English army men from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. He and his 13 children fled the house for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were burned by the English. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Some of us take our American liberties as normal. They are not. Most of the world has never had such liberty and never will in the foreseeable future.
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