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July 27, 2023

July 2023 ADC Newsletter #3

Sometimes, you capture a moment... Smith and Wesson M&P 22 Magnum firing, showing not only muzzle flash, but the projectile streaking towards the target. If you want to learn more about Smith and Wesson's new magnum rimfire, read about it here:


For those of you attending my pistol class, either here in Idaho in August or in New Mexico in September, there are some things you should do now to make sure you are prepared:

Equipment Check

Make sure you check your handgun to make sure everything is in proper working condition, clean, and well-lubricated. Pay special attention to gunk in the trigger or action. Get some action blaster or compressed air and really get all that junk out. Then lubricate well with a firearms-specific product like FP-10 or Gunzilla.

Make sure your sights, particularly red-dots, are tight and secure. It isn't unusual to have red dots fall off guns in class. Use some blue loctite on the screws.

Holster and Belt

You need a sturdy belt, and your holster, whether leather or kydex should adhere to the S.M.A.R.T. holster criteria:

Stays open when pistol is drawn
Muzzle is covered
Attaches firmly to belt
Retention devices don't align finger with trigger
Trigger guard is fully covered

The holster is a vital piece of equipment, don't skimp on it. I would avoid cheap gunstore holsters like Fobus and Blackhawk SERPA holsters. Stick with Safariland, Comp-Tac, Raven Concealment and similar designs.


Quality ammunition makes for a smooth-running class. I don't mind if you use hand-loaded ammo, but if you are shooting someone else's handloads you are wrong. I know a lot of people who hand-load. I can count the people who's handloads I will trust in my firearms on one hand. For a class, unless you have a very high confidence and success rate in your handloads, stick to factory ammunition. Loads that work in pristine range or competition settings don't always function reliably in the awkward firing positions encountered in a defensive pistol class. Make sure you are bringing the correct caliber for your firearm and enough of it. Also bring extra magazines. 3 is good, 4 or 5 is better.
Other than that, come prepared with whatever you need for a full day on the range, weather gear for sun and rain, bug sprays or sunblock as appropriate, a hat, a scarf to keep brass from going down your shirt, water, more water, and a few energy-dense snacks to keep you going.


The next class we have scheduled is our 1-day Defensive Pistol Elements "lite" class in Idaho. This class will be held on Saturday, August 12 in St. Anthony at Fremont County Sportsman's Club on their lower pistol range. Bring a group of 2 or more and I will apply a discount to the class fee for every person in your party.
Check out our classes page for more information.


Last week, my gas blocks went from "in production schedule" to "engineering review." After several unproductive months of tedious waiting and my gas blocks are still in the vaporware phase, I am initiating plan B. There are some great machine-shops here in Idaho Falls that specialize in firearms parts and I've been assured that they could get my gas blocks finished in 8-10 weeks. If I don't hear something from my original supplier in the next few days, plan B goes live. I appreciate your patience if you've been waiting on these.

I do currently have in-stock Magnamatic carbon scrapers for the AR-10 and AR-15, and I finally have some of my AR-15 field repair kits ready to go. Prices below, flat-rate USPS priority shipping of $10.

Magnamatic CRT-15 Carbon Scraper Tool

The AR15 bolt is the beating-heart of the rifle. When carbon builds up on the bolt radius, it impairs bolt function. This tool helps you safely scrape the carbon enamel off the inside and outside bolt radius without damaging the surface. Works for AR15’s and AR10’s.

$38.00 +tax = $40.28

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Magnamatic CRT-15 Carbon Scraper Tool

AR15 Field Repair Kit

This kit consists of the most commonly worn, broken, or lost parts that will shut your AR15 rifle or carbine down. Contains a firing pin, firing pin retaining pin, cam pin, gas rings, and extractor assembly with mil-spec Viton O-ring. All parts are packaged in a convenient pouch that stows in most pistol-grip compartments. Also includes a broken cartridge extractor.

$30.00 +tax = $31.80

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AR15 Field Repair Kit

...on a personal note

"Robert Wise was shot on July 10th in the parking lot of McAllen Lodge 1110 following the installation ceremony of their lodge officers. The (alleged) attacker, Julio Diaz, had posted paranoid threats, rants and allegations against Masons on his social media pages prior to the shooting, and even uploaded a video of himself as he killed Wise."

Some of you are aware of my affiliation with the Masonic fraternity. I am proud to have been a Freemason for over 20 years. In that time I have served in various offices at the local, state, and even national level. I am a member of several branches and appendant bodies of the fraternity.

I believe the influence of Freemasonry was a necessary ingredient for the realization of America and American liberty. From the 17 Masonic signers of the Declaration of Independence, to the 14 U.S. Presidents who were Freemasons, to the pioneers and explorers like Louis and Clark, Davy Crocket, and Daniel Boone, or scientists like Enrico Fermi; Freemasons have been present as patriots, leaders, explorers, and role-models throughout our nation's history.

Unfortunately, some shallow-minded, hateful (or gullible) people would rather embrace delusional fears and lies than the truth and they accuse Freemasons of the most repulsive crimes. This is no different than the NRA being blamed for the actions of non-NRA members who commit atrocities with firearms.

Take my word for it as someone who has "been there, done that," Freemasonry is not a cult, it does not venerate the devil, it is not involved in globalist conspiracies. If, however, the people who are involved in attacking our freedom can convince you to focus on red herrings like the Illuminati (which hasn't been a real thing for over 200 years), and conflate these conspiracy theories to involve a beneficent organization like Freemasonry, people will be distracted from who the real enemies are. Don't fall for it. We have seen again and again what happens when people are made to fear their neighbors as enemies over labels and distinctions, it leads to hatred and violence.

This should also remind all of us to be watchful and prepared at our churches, our places of business, our gun stores and shooting ranges... having values in a valueless time paints a target on you. Take notice and govern yourself accordingly.


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