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October 16, 2022

Autumn ADC Newsletter

Where it all started - Original ADC Range, Swanton, Ohio, Autumn 2016.


It has been a while since my last email, I've been busy (as you can imagine) getting settled in here in Idaho and at my new job - which is going very well, by the way. I am still planning on running some online classes this winter, so if there are any topics you'd like me to put a class together on, let me know. Hey, it's free and a good way to spend a winter evening instead of watching depressing television.

I am still getting emails from former students asking for refresher and renewal classes, so for those of you who didn't yet know, I relocated to Eastern Idaho in June and am no longer a New Mexico CCW instructor.

Nationally, gun and ammo sales are still breaking records. Even so, ammo prices continue to creep back down to more reasonable levels. Have you checked your inventory recently? Are you well stocked on practice and defensive ammo?


This didn't get as much traction as I would have hoped. I was only contacted on Signal by about 3 people. If you aren't familiar with Signal, it is a secure messaging app, end-to-end encrypted and even for those of you who don't use social media, it's a handy app.

I may not be there to run classes in-person, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep in practice, and practice is better with friends. I'd like to keep trying to make this work. If you are on signal or sign up for it, send me an email and I will add you to the ADC Alumni Signal Group.


Despite Supreme Court decisions supporting The Second Amendment, including the recent Bruen decision, many states, the federal government, and the ATF are still applying continual, relentless pressure to further restrict the right to keep and bear arms. With the mid-term elections approaching rapidly, I'd like to ask you to take a moment to ponder the state of our nation and our second amendment rights (which, as a subscriber to this newsletter, I assume are of some value and interest to you), and take that into consideration at the voting booth.

If you haven't been keeping up with the ATF's infringements this tear, they have basically reversed their position (which they do frequently) on the legality of arm braces on AR-type pistols. If you own an AR-style pistol (AR equipped with a barrel length less than 16 inches and an arm-brace), the ATF has re-interpreted the rules so that they may arbitrarily declare your firearm a "short-barreled rifle (SBR)." Possession of an SBR without an approved Form 1 or Form 4 and $200 tax stamp is a felony, the same as possessing an unregistered silencer or machine gun. If you currently own an AR-pistol equipped with a pistol-brace, your main options are to either install a 16" or longer barrel and convert it to a "rifle," or register it with the ATF on a Form 1, pay your $200, wait, and upon approval, convert it to a legal short-barreled rifle. There are other options, of course, like surrendering it to the ATF or non-compliance with the law, but these options have their own...disadvantages. The decision is yours, but I want to make sure you are at least knowledgeable so you can make an informed decision.

The ATF has also attacked 80% receiver kits. If you own a firearm made from an 80% receiver, be advised that if you ever take it to a gunsmith for any kind of work, they will be required to apply a serial number and put it on their books. The main purpose behind 80% guns is to keep them off the ATF's records and illegal gun registry. So if you have any home-made firearms, best not to take them to a licensed dealer if you can avoid it.

As always, please keep the pressure on your representatives and help support pro-gun organizations like the Firearms Policy Coalition and other local groups who focus on the preservation of our right to keep and bear arms.


I have yet to receive any feedback from any ADC-15 owners on how their rifles are shooting. If you have had your ADC-15 out to the range this year, I'd love to hear about it. If you have ANY problems or issues, I'd like to hear about those too.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some nice fall weather and hit the range at least one more time before winter. Keep in touch and if you have any questions about guns, ammo, or training, please feel free to drop me a line.

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