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  1. You were off the internet for a while there.Thought we lost you.
    I enjoy your site.Welcome back!

  2. Greetings Mr. Hill.
    I was actually referred to you by a mutual friend, Richard Cluff. He said that you’d be a font of wisdom when it comes to enlisting in the army. I’m trying to get in right now for full time active duty. I’m just prepping for the ASVAB right now and doing exercise to get myself ready for the PT test. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me.
    1. Do recruiters really lie to you to get you to sign up?
    2. With today’s issues, both political and foreign, what do you think might be the chance I’ll get shipped to a ‘war zone’.
    3. What is the best way to deal with a whiny spouse that doesnt want you to enlist because he’ll be ‘lonely’ (extreme co-dependency).
    4. I was told to get everything in writing from the recuiter. What ‘everything’ would that generally include? Salary? Ship dates? MO availability? I’m not sure what to ask for writing and what not to ask for writing.

    Thank you SO much for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.
    ~Titianna~ (Tasha for short)

    1. 1. Do recruiters really lie to you to get you to sign up?
      Yes, but not as much as they used to. But get all offers in writing. If it sounds too good to be true, ask for validation.

      2. With today’s issues, both political and foreign, what do you think might be the chance I’ll get shipped to a ‘war zone’.
      Absolutely.

      3. What is the best way to deal with a whiny spouse that doesnt want you to enlist because he’ll be ‘lonely’ (extreme co-dependency).

      Tell him to Nut-Up because you are going to do what you feel is right; that you love him, but if he loves you he wont stop you from doing what you feel is right and important.

      4. I was told to get everything in writing from the recuiter. What ‘everything’ would that generally include? Salary? Ship dates? MO availability? I’m not sure what to ask for writing and what not to ask for writing.

      Ship Dates are too fluid… I mean Pay, MOS Assignments, Enlistment Bonuses… things like that.

      God Bless you, Tasha. I wish you the best.
      Please keep in Touch.
      GH

  3. Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your Youtube videos, and also your website. I am currently looking for a way into the military, but being type 1 diabetic it is proving to be impossible. Are there any suggestions or alternatives you might have? I really agree with your piece on Egypt. If I were Israel, I would be preparing for some payback for the late 70’s stomping Egypt recieved at the hands of that tough little country. God Bless..
    David.

  4. I was wondering if you knew of a list of trigger-reset measurements for various handguns? Everyone measures the trigger pull for their reviews, but researching the reset distance of various guns is proving to be quite difficult.

  5. About the SMG’s: Where do I send $$$$? I’ve been looking at 9mm carbines, all have disadvantages. Perhaps this is the golden egg. Maybe that goose did come through!

  6. Tasha, if I may, let me put in my .02 to your questions:

    1. Yes all recruiters lie, but that’s not a black & white question or answer. Recruiters have a monthly quota to fill and many of them will say just about anything to keep a prospect from walking out of their office. They are “supposed to have all of the answers”, but that is impossible and most 17-22 yr. olds don’t want to wait for an answer that a recruiter isn’t 100% sure about. Also those prospects are typically young & impressionable and will pretty much believe anything that they are told. Best thing to do is go there with detailed questions in mind and it is ok to question their answers if they don’t sound right.

    2. It really depends on your job in the military that determines mobility and world-wide requirements. There are many more small “conflicts” going on in the world right at this moment that get zero media coverage, but rest assured the US military are in those places. So short answer is yes, chances are if you join the Army or Marines you will be deployed somewhere at least once…if not a half dozen times depending on your enlistment length. Deployments aren’t really that bad you just have to maintain the right frame of mind and realize why you are there in the first place. Being deployed is a great oppertunity to see the world and also get away from your daily grind. A chance of scenery helps out the mind & body and is needed from time to time.

    3. Without disrespecting your spouse, he should understand that you are a patriot and are one of the few that actually wants to do what is right in the world…because you aren’t doing it for the money. I assume he is young to mostly feel this way. Tell him that he is about to join you on an adventure of a lifetime. He will be able to live in places, possibly overseas, that people pay thousands of dollars just to visit for a week. It’s a growing process that he should appreciate over time. He really needs to man up and support your decision to do this. It also sounds like he needs to make some friends and get some hobbies. Being “lovey-dovey” is nice, but not very healthy for a relationship. He needs to find some things to occupy his time for a few hours a week, then hopefully he’ll chill out some and grow up.

    4. You will DEFINATELY want some things in writing from your recruiter, but you will have to realize that there are some things that no matter what they can’t promise. Pay is one of them. There is a fixed pay scale that is determined by your rank & time in service and that is set in stone. They also can’t guarantee assignments, duty stations or non-deployment status. What you want in writing is: rank that is higher than E-1, which is possible if you have a certain number of college credits or held a certain rank in the Scouts. There are other qualifying things, but remember if you meet any of them and are eligible for a higher rank upon enlistment, GET IT IN WRITING. You can also be guaranteed a certain MOS, get it in writing. If you are eligible for any enlistment bonuses, GET IT IN WRITING. If you are wanting a certain job, hold out until it’s available. Don’t get pressured into something and be told that you can cross-train at a later date…it’s hard to do and sometimes impossible and it might not even be available when you are eligible to cross-train. You can always come back to the recruiter at a later date when the job you want is available. Get as much as you want from the beginning and don’t get pressured into anything. Good luck!!

  7. i bought my first motorcycle 6 years ago..a bmw 1150 rt -04…believe me unless you can do the work on your own bike…change oil, change tires, valve adjustments, a car is much much cheaper…not nearly as much fun but a whole lot cheaper…..

  8. Dear MadOgre,
    On your website you had a long list of “Weapon Manufacturers” which I bookmarked. When I click on this bookmark now, IE tells me that the webpage cannot be found. I found this Weapon Manufacturers link to be very helpful. Do you still maintain this list and how do I get to it?
    Rich

    1. Rich, it’s still there. Click the page up top that says Old MadOgre and go to the weapons section, and you’ll see the list.
      I’m working on the new version.

  9. ogre this is true

    “John Galliano to Face Trial for Anti-Semitic Remarks
    Exhibit A. The Paris Prosecutors Office has decided to put designer John Galliano on trial for anti-Semitic and racist abuse he allegedly hurled at customers in a Parisian bar. He faces up to six months in prison and more than $25,000 in fines. Galliano is believed to have left France and may be checking into rehab in Arizona.
    _________________________in norway a lutheran priest faces 6 months in jail for saying homosexuality is wrong..he is being tried for hate speech….how long before this happens here? paul

  10. Hery George, after the Crusader Sten, how about an updated “Crusader” style grease gun? long barreled .45 acp “car” carbine. Hey, just a personal “dream”. Like the site, visit almost dail, but always catch up.
    Respectfully.
    Storyteller

  11. Ogre,
    I’ve been looking into picking up a new rifle and was eyeing the Robinson Armament XCR. It looks like an interesting alternative to the ARs and AKs out there. I was wondering what your experience level was and your take on the rifle. Thanks in advance.

    Hank

  12. Ogre, since The seals got bin Ladin and they carry the sig p229, I’m betting that’s what killed him. A 9mm sig. Paul

  13. ogre i bought a glock 21 5 years ago…not one ftf….my daughter moved to virginia and i gave it to her for protection…i was thinking about getting another one but i keep hearing bad things about the new glocks..any truth to that rumor? after reading some bad posts on glock talk i am thinking about the polymer .45 from springfield armory..any thoughts ? thanks paul

    1. The Gen 4’s have had some teething issues. Especially in 9mm. The model 22 Gen 4 in .40 is just fine… but… I prefer the Gen 3 guns.
      Get a S&W M&P 45 in your hand – put on the small grip insert. Feel that and see how it points for you. Totally 1911’ish.

  14. Dear George,

    Been trying to catch up on my AAR podcasts. Up to May of 2010. Caught your comments on the Sig P238. That’s my current carry gun. I would like to go up a caliber, maybe 9mm or .40, but I am a small person with small hands. The P238 carries beautifully in an IWB Bianchi holster. I’m afraid that anything bigger would necessitate going to a purse carry. Any suggestions? A friend of mine has a Springfiled XD 9mm (double stack mags) which I was able to shoot with accuracy but it felt to large. And definitely to large and too heavy for carry. HELP!!

    Suzie in Las Vegas
    CCW Holder since 2010

    1. Take a good look at the S&W M&P Compacts. With the small grip adapters, I bet your hands will fit it just fine. There is also the SIG 239, in 9mm or .40 or even .357SIG. Great guns. You are lucky in Vegas as you have a couple Ranges/Stores there that you can probably find one to try out.

      1. Dear George,

        Awesome. Thanks for the advice. I DID look at the S&W compacts when I was in the Chicago area on vacation, of all places. But I also looked at the Glocks and Kahr Arms. I’ll have to go try a few of these. And yes we have some great gun shops here in Vegas. And keep up the good work on AAR. I love hearing you and Mark talk about guns and everything. Your articles in Concealed Carry Magazine are truly informative. Yes I am a USCCA member too. Just need to get more training.

        Thanks!
        Suzie in Las Vegas

  15. I’ve been looking for a commander 1911 with an officer sized frame. I’ve recently come across your video review of your Sig Sauer C3. I’m between that or a Kimber compact stainless II. I prefer a 1911 with the original GI.style bushing. My main concern is that the Kimber pistols use a lot of injection molded parts. Is that the same case with the C3 or does Sig machine their internals?

  16. Hi,
    I am one of the adult leaders in charge of shooting sports for a Boy Scout troop here in California. There is often a lot of negative press/messaging around firearms in California and I am a small part of a grass roots movement to show how shooting sports can be a positive and affirmative part of family life and a bonding activity in a healthy American family. But as a volunteer organization, we are always conscious of costs. Can you please give me your opinion on how I should approach a decision regarding shooting sports for our Troop. I would like to buy a rifle that the troop can use for target shooting at a local range. Here are the critical elements for consideration as I see them (but please add anything that you think I might be missing):

    COST–Since we are a non-profit/volunteer organization, all costs tend to come out of the pockets of a few dedicated and civic-minded citizens. Nobody here has deep pockets, so we need to be VERY conscious of cost. I am thinking about the cost of purchasing the rifle(s) that we will be using as well as the ongoing costs of ammunition and maintenance.
    CALIBER–Our local shooting club has ranges of 25 yds, 100 yds, and 200 yds. I think that for most of the boys, we will have to focus on the 25 and 100 yd ranges. So I will need a rifle that is effective at these two distances primarily. My initial thoughts ae that we should be looking at rifles chambered for .223 Remington and .17 HMR for cost and accuracy at these ranges, but if there are other suggestions, please let me know.
    MANUFACTURER/MODELS–Considering what we are trying to accomplish, are there particular models and manufacturers that you think would be a good fit.
    On paper and on the Internet, I have looked closely at reviews of models from CZ-USA, Savage, Remington, Marlin, Ruger and many others, but my research has really only gotten me to a state of “analysis paralysis”. I am hoping that you will lend your experience and expertise to my Troop to help us make the best decision. I look forward to any advise that you can lend.

    Thanks,

    Sean

    1. I’d probably stick with .22 Rimfire in the form of the CZ Scouts. Small, feel like a “Real Rifle”, but tough as nails and your troop will be able to use them for generations. The .223 guns for when the Scouts get bigger and want to shoot farther, and still be cost effective, take a good hard look at the SAVAGE AXIS. It’s cheap, but well built and Savage will back you guys up if you have any problems. Accuracy has been impressive for a gun at that price… well under 300. And a local dealer should be able to get you these guys at not much over cost.

    2. ScoutDad, you might want to check with the NRA and/or other pro-rights organizations (esp. local ones), firearms and/or ammo manufacturers, to see if they’ll share the cost of a firearm or 3, ammo and safety equipment for your organization. Can’t hurt to ask, IMO.

      And I believe you can pick up a Remington 597 semi-auto in .22LR for about a hundred bucks. If you do, be sure to pick up a few extra magazines (it comes w/ a 10-rounder in GA — don’t know about CA.)

      Thanks for being a man of courage.

      Jim

  17. Dear sir, I planned to save this so I could do it right (while clear headed) but after skimming your Highway Patrol account I thought you and your readers might need this now. So with no blog of my own I would like to pass this along. God bless Montana and the Free States of America. Recently pulled over by an LEO in MT whom shall remain nameless lest they be considered derelict of duty as even I, the pulled over, had to suppress my urge to say “but wait, I’ve been bad”. To sum up I quit moving and placed my hands on the top of the wheel when the man with the badge and the gun approached. I was asked if I was trying to get someone killed. No sir, driving angry no excuse, I know better, ect… I provide lic. reg. and isn. plus my CCW which was of no interest as he already knew thanks to general competence. After examining my light summer garb he does ask where and what it is so I tell him there is a Ruger 9mm in my front right pocket. This seems to bore him. I was directed to exit the vehicle, for the well deserved chat if you know what I mean. I say with my hands in a non threatening but non surrendering possision, “Do you want to secure it sir?” As I have given him probable cause and would not blame him and would permit it as he has established trust, i.e. I have been up here for a while and they aren’t like LA county sheriffs, LAPD, ATF, Atlanta PD, or any other type I have had the misfortune of dealing with. He politely says no “just keep your hand out of you pockets” and directs me to take a seat in the front passenger side of his vehicle. “I clocked you at 91,(75 zone) which isn’t so bad but you really made me chase you.” , no shit, his words, so what’s going on today, why so mad? I swear when I hear 91, see dollar sings in my eyes and cant figure out why I am not in the back seat with the cuffs on again. I reluctantly told him about how all that is going in the news has gotten to me, the ohio cop thing, soldiers in southern cities like martial law had already been enacted, printing money like the Weinmar Republic ect.. but “I don’t think it’s relevent sir, I was being irresponsible” And you should have seen the way I made the light at the end of the offramp. He listens and says things like I didn’t hear about that and asks where I get my news. I tell him nowhere in particular, I listen and then try to find out if it’s true. I mention I used to listen to FOX but they have lost their credibility with being bought out by the Saudis and such, he seems concerned by this. He prints of a ticket for $40 and sends me on my way. I would estimate time elapsed to be about 8 min. or less. This is typical of my LEO encounters up here. As for that sick rapist murderer from Mexifornia, they locked his ass up for life, no parole, thew away the key, he seemed surprised.

  18. Just read your article “Why I Hate the M-16 and AR-15 Rifle and Variants” and I can say that I agree totally. In Australia we now use the Steyr for all services. Long after our Army starting using the M16 at least my service which was the Royal Australian Navy had more sense and stayed with the Lithgow L1A1 SLR (FN Fal derivative). I was persuaded to get an AR15 as a hunting rifle for wild pigs and kangaroos and I found it the most useless rifle and least accurate of any I had before or since. The hitting power on this rifle was nothing compared to the .308 I had previously and I was able to offload this weapon to a mate who was going to turn it into fully automatic for plinking as he knew it wasn’t much good for anything serious.
    Keep up the good work.
    Rod

  19. Hi Mad Ogre,
    I live in Texas but was born and raised in Vernal. I love to read you posts. Been checking them out for about a year. I will be in town next week. My cousin and I set up a GOP debate watch party. I would enjoy meeting you if you can make it. We are a little crazy over Ron paul. All are welcome. Could you help us spread the word please? I am not sure who to pass this on to since I only come to visit now and then. I have helped organize similar events here in Texas with the tea party. I am heading into the bookcliffs for the next 3-4 days. If you are not interested, no hard feelings.
    Come and join us in this years GOP debate party at the Dinosaur Brew Haus (550 E. Main St. in Vernal). We will be there around 5 or so in the afternoon getting set up your welcome anytime the debate starts at 6pm. You might want to come a little early so you can order yourself some grub and grab a beer before the debate starts. We will provide online voter registration for anyone interested in registering to vote. Political propaganda is strongly encouraged so bring your own (we’ll have ours for sure!!) Hope to see you all there. O yea PLEASE R.S.V.P. ON THIS FACEBOOK PAGE so we know approx. how many people will be attending. MSNBC will broadcast the debate live from the Reagan library’s Air Force One Pavilion at 8 p.m. ET.
    POLITICO will stream the proceedings live on its website.

    CNBC will also broadcast the debate

    Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

  20. i watched a few of ur videos and liked them alot so i was woundering if u could answer a question for me…im 13 and my birthday is next week and this year is my first year of hunting and i am thinking about asking for a remington 700 270 sps rifle and i was woundering if that would be a good choice or should i askl for a 308 instead? thank you for your time and help :)

    1. Depends on several factors. Another good option is the .25-06, but that would all depend on what exactly you want to be hunting. I’d probably go for the .270 though, for deer and elk.

  21. Dear Ogre,

    I own a S&W 640 that I’m very fond of,but have been considering one of the 340 M&P for CCW.Do you have any experience with any of these ultralight magnums & will they practically tear your arm off with full house .357 Magnums loads like many claim?

    Thanks,
    DWW

    1. Arm? No. But your hand wont like them. Not one bit. They are for carry, not shooting. Great defense weapons, you can always have it on you… but they do suck to shoot.

  22. Hay Mad Ogre- I was so excited to receive your book, which mysteriously appeared on my desk one day. Sorry to miss the personal delivery.
    To see the name GEORGE HILL in print…ahhhh! I’m proud to possess one of the “early GH” pieces from ENGL 3440, and I’m just as proud to have the book.
    But I need it signed!
    Vini

  23. Hey Mad Ogre had a question about the ACC 300 Blackout round, wanted to get ur opinion on it ive gone to my gunsmith and should be able to build one for around 800$ with the transfer fee cause i want it for an SBR platform do you think this would be a good move or would u go with a different caliber for it any info u could give would be awesome if Mark W. respects your thoughts on guns I know that I should as well thanks a bunch for the youtube refrence last night on AAR i watched them today and again i love my Lucid HD7 keep up the fight and shoot on !

    Thanks again
    Jeremy S

  24. Ogre:

    I respectfully suggest that you remove, or “de-list”, the “Bonehead of the Week” link. It directs us to the very same thing that has been published on that site for many months (maybe longer). There’s never a new “bonehead” actually highlighted. It’s been the Illinois AG for as long as I have been checking. It detracts from your otherwise excellent site. Thank you.

    1. See, Mossberg can do good stuff… The 930SPX. The 590A1.
      And then they go full retard with the Chainsaw, Roadblocker, and that joke of a Lever.

      1. Don’t forget the .22 with the .50 muzzle brake.

        I have a 500 that I love. I ran it through a shotgun class last summer and it ran flawlessly. They can do great things.

        But this?

        HORRID!

  25. I’m interested in purchasing a lever action carbine for hog hunting. I’m considering either a .44 mag or a .45-70. I’m a bit “recoil sensitive”, but not a wuss about it. I’ve never fired a 45.70. What is the better choice for my purposes? I appreciate any info. Thanks!

  26. Okay, I’ve given up on the idea of a .44 mag or. 45-70. I will purchase a 30-30. But what make: Marlin, Henry, or Rossi? What’s the best bang for the buck? Thanks!

  27. Opinion on the Walther PPQ? I’ve been playing with one in the store for awhile now and I’ve got to say, it has the best trigger (and best reset) of any other striker-fired pistol I’ve felt yet. Haven’t heard anything about it from any of my usual, trusted sources so I’m curious what the word is.

  28. Ogre! You have my dream job.
    Are you a gunsmith? What schools did you go to, if so?
    Also, if you don’t mind, (I know it’s personal) about how much is your average income off of your shop alone?
    you’re amazing!

  29. Ogre,
    Any word on the Crusader 1911’s? I’m very interested in the product when/if it comes out.

  30. Hi: I don’t know you. My son loves you. I hate hawking stuff, but my son insists that you or your readers would be fascinated with a book I wrote about the Hitler Era from the German perspective, the message being that it CAN happen here. Anyway, the Kindle version is FREE until 2/21/12 at: http://www.amazon.com/Seduction-Eva-Volk-ebook/dp/B004SOZ9R8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329490168&sr=8-2

    Not trying to sell anything, but mainstream publishers have published other works of mine, but won’t touch this one so I don’t know how else to spread the word. Thanks.

    And if you need to remove this, I understand.

    C.David Baker

  31. I’ve always used Hoppe’s Gun Cleaning Patches. Worked well and proudly Made in the USA. I noticed the other day that they felt different(thinner & more fiberglass-like) & noticed the “Made in the USA” was absent from the front of the package.Flipped it over and there it was in small print at the bottom… MADE IN CHINA along with the California Cancer warning. Hmm,never needed the Cancer warning when made in the USA.This Chinese garbage is going back to the store and I’m buying patches made in the USA.Shame on you Hoppes.

  32. I accidentally double posted on your love of 40 article. Sorry. Could you delete the first one? Thanks

  33. Ogre! Little less than half way through Uprising USA and have already bought UK. Loving it. I keep waiting to read about some SIG 556 love but am thinking it may have been bypassed. Oh well. Still love mine.

    Speaking of the 556, any thoughts on some Crusader mods/SIG specific work? Honestly, the rifle is 100% reliable to start with so I don’t know what Slipstream will do for it but I’m always willing to try something different. Thoughts?

    1. Slipstream will really smooth out that SIG, but those rifles are extremely reliable. I maybe put a SIG in Uprising Russia, but they would be 552’s.

  34. Hey Ogre went down to see u at Basin but you wasn’t there, are you riding your bike?

    Hey my buddy Eric Larson at HBE Leatherworks has you on a link at his website, he does fantastic work you should return the favor and add him on yours too. hbeleatherworks.com in NSL.

    Keep up the great work I love reading your stuff!!

    Stay safe on the rocket!
    Blessings
    Pastor Dee

    1. If you see a red Honda Superhawk… I’m there. I’ll leave for an hour for lunch, but for the rest of the month I’m working 10 to 7. In May I’m going back to rotating days and I’ll be there a lot less often.

  35. I came across your book “UPRISING” and was pleasantly surprised, the follow up “UK” was even better. But now I am waiting for “RUSSIA”, the teaser at the end of “UK” got me fired up…any idea on release date? Your writing style lends itself to a rapid page turning read, your ego is only surpassed by your wild and vivid imagination. Please keep it up, I am now a fan.

  36. Ogre,
    Been reading your blog quite a while and love it. No B.S. from you whatsoever. Recently tried some Slipstream Styx on my Beretta 96 and it made an already smooth gun even smoother. Slicked up the trigger too. My question is, do I continue to degrease with Crud Cutter or similar when I clean the gun, or just use rags and solvent? (Obviously, I’d relube with Styx.) What do you recommend?

    RagDragger

    1. I’ve become a huge fan of MPRO7 Cleaner. The stuff in the pump-spray bottles. Spray it on, wipe it off – Done. If it’s really gunked up, Spray it down good, let it soak, then wipe it off, done. No smell, fumes, or anything that can damage wood or leather. Its what I use almost exclusively. If I need something more for like Copper Fouling, I like the Hoppes Elite Bore Gel.
      Thanks for the kind words.

  37. Thanks for the advice. I’ve got a bottle of MPRO7 kicking around somewhere. Will use that from here on out.

    RagDragger

  38. I’d like to buy the first and latest Uprising Book(s), BUT, I’d like to have them signed by you. I so enjoy your thoughtful and thought provoking comments on AAR and your web page, as an NRA pistol instructor, I frequently direct students here…So how do we make the book purchase and signing work…can I direct mail you funds? In advance, thank you.

  39. If you don’t know you should know… you probably know… Crusaders web site has been hacked by some jackass.

    I was really looking forward to drooling over your 10mm Glocks and now I’m left gun-porn-less.

    I guess a plastic guide rod is good enough… and the factory Glock sites aren’t all that bad…

    1. The Crusader Site is going to be going through some changes… Evolution… You may have seen some temp placeholders. Our Tech Guru is all over it like Masala on Rice.

  40. Sir, I am a retired USAF C-17 Instructor Loadmaster. If you would like any input on this aircraft for future work, please contact me.

  41. Ogre (and friends): bought a Sig Stainless GSR 1911. Ran 200 rounds of Federal 230 gr. ball through it without a hiccup. Took it down, cleaned and lubed it (I use Mobile One as my lubricant).

    Brought it to the range again and ran that old school Federal Hi Shok 185 gr. HP through it. At least one round per magazine would fail to seat. More disturbing is that the slide would fall into fire position after the last cartridge was expended, whereas the slide should have locked back. That happened only a few times, but I’ve never experienced that before. Most disturbing is that the pistol began having the same issues with the Federal 230 gr. ball that had ran flawlessly through it on my first outing (albeit, not as frequently as with the Hi Shok).

    What’s the issue here? Upon taking the pistol down I saw that I had the guide rod springs (is that what it’s called?) installed backwards. Could that have been my issue? Yet it’s just a spring that I expect will perform in whatever way it is installed. My Springfield works fine without such consideration. What are your thoughts? Should I try some Slip Stream? Thanks!

    1. Lubrication remains an unappreciated reliability factor. M1 is good lube, but it’s chemically formulated for a very different purpose. I’ve used it myself. But Slipstream is so much better that I’ve not gone back to it. SLIPSTREAM, especially the STYX formula is what you want. You’ll wish you could use it in your cars and trucks.
      But you probably have one of two issues going on that you think are not issues… A. It’s real easy for your thumb to hit your slide release and for it to not lock back and you not know it. Try shooting left handed and see if the slide locks.
      B. The magazines. Try some other mags to see if it feeds better.

      So I’d do this.
      1. Slipstream Styx. 2. Shoot left handed. 3. New mags.

  42. OGRE: Thanks…I’ll do EXACTLY what you advised. I ripped apart my mags, cleaned them, but I think I’ll still get a few Wilson Combats. Thanks again!

  43. OGRE: Ordered the Slipstream Styx, as you suggested. I think my Sig issues are also related to the magazines I’m using. I ordered some Wilson 47D’s. Do you advise applying the Slipstream to the magazines? Lube ‘em up a bit? Thanks.

  44. OGRE: Thanks for the advice! I put a little Slipstream Styx on my Sig 1911, changed the mags to Wilson 47D’s and the pistol runs beautifully! Not one hiccup after 200 rounds.

    I have to say that the Slipstream is some great stuff. I “felt” the difference when racking the slide after the initial application. I also thought of something: when I was lubing my pistol with M1 it had that “wet” effect. I live in the desert, thus I imagine small granules of sand and dust could more easily attach to the oil and jam a gun up. But because you need to use so little of the Slipstream, one can avoid that problem. There’s less for dirt, sand and crap to stick to! You can use that as an additional selling point. Thanks again!

  45. I have a question, with how much you hate the M16FOW I find it funny that you currently work for a company that sells such a crappy rifle. Why is that? Why do you Rifles from Crusader Weaponry with that horrible DGI system that you hate so much?

    You woukd think one would want to get people the best, but you seem happy to sell people a weapon that will get them killed when needed.

  46. I remember back in 2011 you wanted a Keltec KSG shotgun. Me too. Even put a deposit on one back then. Nary a word since. Should this gun be called the Phantom?

  47. Just finished your book “Uprising USA”. Well done, a great read! How about a new book along the lines of the FEMA storyline without the zombies…it may turn out to be future factual accounting versus fiction. Great job, keep up the blogging and try to stay on AAR – every segment. All the best…

  48. Hello Mr. Hill

    I actually bought my ccw gun from you at Basin before I knew who you were. Still got it, Glock 23C.

    Anyways, I’m building a tactical rifle on AR platform. I am going to put a 16″ barrel on it and wondered what you prefer and why, when it comes to carbine or midlength gas systems?

    1. In an AR, I prefer 16″. Crusader’s True Polygonal barrels shoot like 18″ barrels, so they don’t give up anything, stay nice and short and light and that makes it a better weapon for general use.
      I like the midlength gas systems as they operate and slightly lower pressure than the Carbine length and it’s not slamming your BCG around as hard.

  49. Love the sterling and its rugged reliability, a bit heavy but functional. Unfortunately I bought mine before I new you made them. So 2 part question.

    1)Whats your view of the sterling as a SHTF survival weapon. Im not talking defense(we know it excels here). I am talking the ability and accuracy to harvest game within 100yds. Typically people tote the .22lr for survival harvesting but the 9mm should pack more umph. The other mindset is availability though you can stock up on .22lr it is not a military round. 9mm is a world wide military round and will be available where ever you step foot. .22lr if you didn’t pack it you may not find it. Outside of that the sterling weights in at almost the same weight as my AR, BUT the sterling is just simple and rugged and if something were to fail on it I am sure some scrounging in a garbage pile could repair it, I would start to get worried if I ran out of cleaning supplies for my ar.

    2)Do you guys still make the optics mount? I put my own rail on that extends back over the receiver, but because it is not grooved to fit the shroud it cants ever so slight to the left, making windage and elevation adjustments tiresome.

    1. The Sterling remains a fantastic weapon. It has some issues that needs to be addressed.
      1. The sights. Contact Joe at Crusader Weaponry to get a couple mounts. One for an optic, another for a light.
      2. The firing pin. They are fragile and will eventually break. Order a couple spares, and don’t dry fire it.
      3. Magazines. Order at least four spares and test them carefully. You want reliability and the biggest point of failure is the mags. You can also run Sten Mags… but they are not as good.
      4. A good sling. You can set up a forward sling mount. The Magpul MS3 sling is awesome and handles the weight just fine.

  50. My oldest daughters boyfriend just put me on to the Uprising Saga Books and I just got them in the mail today and I have just found your website and am checking it out and very much like what I see. I just read your post about reducing the weight of your AR 15. I just recently got into AR weapons. I had a Springfield Socom 16 that I liked very much but the weight was just too much and at 63 I like light weight. I now have a S&W M&P15 outfitted with Magpul furniture and back up sights and a Mepro 21 red dot sight and Timney trigger and I also have a Colt M4 with Timney trigger, Magpul furnture and a Nikon M-223 1-4X20 Scope. They are nice light weight and accurate and really put feral pigs down nicely.

  51. I am retiring from the USAF after 26+ years as a C-130 Loadmaster and later as an Intelligence Analyst. Have a little down time after 02 Nov 12…how do I score an invite for some Ogre BBQ and some time at Ogre Ranch experiencing some Crusader Weaponry?

    1. We will see. My schedule is not easy to predict… So I am not sure when I could commit. And Ogre Ranch turns into Winter Hell in November. But we shall see.

  52. I have a KelTec PF-9 which started to rust in my pocket from sweat here in Florida.

    What do you suggest for a finish? I think it is blued.

    Thx.

  53. I would like to see comments on what repair kits/were we should find them, we should have on hand. TEOTWAWKI would mean if you AR breaks and you don’t have the right parts you are SOL…

  54. OGRE!!!Alert, Alert, OK – since you’re not running for President…at least apply for this position!

    STATEMENT FROM SIM
    Article by Recoil Staff
    Source Interlink Media (SIM) today announced it had accepted the resignation of Recoil editor Jerry Tsai. Mr. Tsai will leave Recoil effective immediately.

    SIM, a leading men’s interest media company, will continue to publish Recoil, a gun lifestyle magazine that has to date proven to be a highly popular new title in the firearms sector.

    “SIM gives its editors a lot of freedom in terms of how they run their brands,” said Chris Argentieri, President of Source Interlink Media. “In this particular case, however, mistakes have been made, and Mr. Tsai is stepping down.

    “There should be absolutely no misunderstanding that Recoil is fully supportive of, and committed to, Second Amendment rights,” Mr. Argentieri added.

    Mr. Argentieri also announced Joe Galloway, Associate Publisher, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, has been suspended until further notice.

    SIM is actively seeking a new editor for Recoil, and looks forward to improving its approach to responsibly delivering engaging gun enthusiast content with the next issue and beyond.

    Read more: http://www.recoilweb.com/statement-from-sim-16553.html#ixzz26PFZYlqe

  55. I am wanting to do some competition pistol shooting is there anything like that here in the basin?

  56. Hey Ogre,

    Its late and I have to go to bed cause I have to go to work in less than 6 hours. But am I going to bed? No! It is your fault. The articles on Madogre.com tonight, started out great and then each openend another can of awesome. So now its the middle of the night and I have my old engineering text book out and I am reading it so I can remember Morh’s Circle, and I am rushing cause I want to start God’s of Miskatonic, then I have a web page openend on the Moto Guzzi V7 that I am going to want to reread. Trunk Monkeys and the M9 was better than anything I read elsewhere this week and your military wish is perfect tough I would like to add 100 Seawolf submarines, pretty please.

    Good job.

      1. The number of torpedoes carried is still a secret; rumors are it can carry a mix of 50 Harpoon, Tomahawks and torpedoes. What is known is that it has 8 launch tubes, double of its Los Angeles class predecessors. It can dive to 3,000 feet, a depth that is more than triple the Los Angeles class’ max depth. It is supposedly 10 times quieter than the LA class, so quiet at 25 knots that if you were diving under water it could sneak a few feet behind you and you would never hear it. It can reach 45 knots submerged if it does not mind being heard. The bow and deck are specially reinforced so that it can break through the polar ice cap any time it would please it to do so and rain holy hell on any target within 1,500 miles.

        Although designed in the late 80s it is still 30 years ahead of any submarine any one else has. It is so flipping full of American goodness that if you told me it could leave the ocean and orbit the earth I would probably believe you.

        1. I’ve had some casual chats with some dudes in the Navy who are very familiar with the Seawolf. They say that they’ve sneaked up on Whales. They also say that running flat out, it’s still quieter than an LA running at slow and trying to be as quiet as it can. That may be an exaggeration, but it was said with pride. The Navy is quite proud of those boats… and very stingy with actual details.
          I would love to get aboard one and have a walk through.
          In any future Hostilities with countries like China – The Seawolves will be an unfair advantage. I like unfair advantages.

  57. Just a comment on the .25 cal., Living in a state that does not allow concealed carry, a Baby Browning is small enough to conceal unlawfully. Living in a town that has the highest murder rate in the country even a .25 is better than nothing, which is what our law makers demand. But they are allowed to carry. So, just for thought. I think a 25 would make someone think twice about messing with you.

  58. Ogre,

    Just found your website through another and really am enjoying it. I just began a firearms related blog, (see above website) and basically took the advice in your recent post about starting a blog. Not sure if I am doing a good job as of yet but I am writing as much for myself as for my friends and family or any poor slob that stumbles onto my site and surrenders 5-10 mins of their life to its ramblings. If you take a notion and can spare the time check it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts, criticisms, or just any general “get lost loser” comments you may have. Thanks! Great blog BTW!

    Wheelgun

  59. Dear Ogre,
    I was wondering what your take is on the Mossberg SA20, and also whether or not it’s close enough to the 930 to use the same aftermarket parts?

    Neither my wife nor I can use a 12ga pump any longer, as we have bad backs (to the point of disability) and the recoil knocks things loose, so to speak. When you fire two shots and spend the next 3 days in bed, you’re not going to get the practice you need for a home defense gun, you know? I thought a 20ga semi-auto might reduce the recoil enough to be manageable.

    Alternate suggestions would be more than welcome!
    -Ken in Oregon

  60. Quick question regarding my new Mossberg 930 SPX with pistol grip. I am new to tactical shot guns and specifically sling swivel studs installed on my gun. What do I need to purchase to complete this addition. Many different styles and ways to attach. Hoping you can answer my question, thanks!

    1. Forget trying to do a Single Point. Get the Viking Tactical quick adjust 2 point sling. It’s perfect for that heavy Mossy. Method of attachment really doesn’t matter, just anything that works. Your local gun seller should have what you need on hand. If not, Brownells.com will.

  61. OGRE: I hope you and your family are well. Question: do you have any thoughts on the Rossi Rio Grande lever actions? I’m not in the market for a 30-30 (I’d get an older Marlin if I were). But I see that Rossi has a Rio Grande in 45-70. Any thoughts or recommendations? I was going to get a Rossi in .44 mag, but saw the 45-70 and said “hmmmmmm”…..

    Thanks!!!

    1. Yeah, I’ve looked over many Rio Grands. Each one is much better than what Marlin is putting out. I’d get one if I was in the market. But if you want a .45-70 lever… Get the new Winchester 1886. Its flawless.

  62. Ogre, would love to see more from your BA50. I have owned the big Bushmaster for just over a year. I have shot most of the 50bmgs on the market and this was my choice. People always doubt it when I tell them how accurate the BA50 is. Keep doing what you are doing Ogre. Take care my friend.

    1. Alas… it has been sold. It was a fine weapon. Looking at all the production .50’s on the market, it is my favorite, hands down.

  63. Thank you for your outstanding blog, guest commentary on AAR (and excellent books…the Uprising series of which I have 2). I appreciate and value your humor, wisdom, and experience. The challenges against our 2nd Amendment regarding our 2nd Amendment freedoms, as you very well know, are under attack. I would respectfully ask for you to consider writing a blog commentary on the need, urgency, and “how to” regarding contacting your elected officials at the federal level. Using the NRA-ILA website makes it a snap to cut, paste, and send. It is found here: http://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/grassroots/write-your-reps.aspx I would happy to offer sample letters etc… In advance, I thank you for your consideration.

  64. I always enjoy your contributions to AAR regarding what is currently happening in the Gun Industry. I heard about the AAR Signature AR-15 and could you please send info and purchasing details. THANKS!

  65. Ogre! Been a fan for a number of years, love what you are doing with the blog, WTA, Uprising etc. Was wondering your thoughts regarding the Rock Island Armory line. I have had one of their Tactical models for about 4 years now with no malfunctions of any kind. I have put every type of bullet type through it except for cast. It didn’t cost a whole lot, it just runs and runs and runs…

    1. I’m a huge fan of the KaBar BECKER series knives. The Combat Bowie and the Companion and the Necker are my holy trinity of fixed blades. For a Folder, I dig the Kershaw Knockout.

  66. Madman, concerning the Ford Ranger, the knock off is the Mazda b2000 owned by Ford. I am a small construction/home repairman and I hate trying to get into a full size truck for tools/supplies and have had an 85′, 90, 97 and now a 2004 Ranger all with over 200k mileage. I also have a silverado and will not work out of it used solely for boat towing. Gary

  67. A few months ago I acquired a Beretta 92fs. Italy made from ’89 in excellent shape. It might very well be the most accurate pistol I have ever shot and fits my hands very well.
    Since you are an enthusiast of this pistol from what I have read I wanted to seek your advice. The only thing I do not like about the gun is the fixed sights. The rear doesn’t even have a two dot as I am sure you are aware of. Being that the sights are fixed (which would mean having to machine them out) did you have them altered at all or done it yourself to put other sights on them?
    Its about the only issue I have with the gun and was wondering what other professionals might have done to change them out.
    Also… I enjoy your gun columns and videos quite a bit … keep them coming.

    1. Mine are Fixed also. Learn your Point of Aim, Point of Impact with your favored load… a lot easier than gunsmithing and machining on it.

  68. Dear George:

    Being a long time fan of Armed American Radio and having learned that you recently moved to the Jacksonville area, I would like to extend an invitation to you to become an activist-member of Grass Roots North Carolina and to attend our annual meeting and dinner in Charlotte on Saturday, June 22.

    John Lott and James O’Keefe will be the featured speakers (please see alert below for details).

    I hope to see you there.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Krupicka, Member, Board of Directors, Grass Roots North Carolina

    William M. Krupicka
    2290 Land Harbor
    Newland, NC 28657-7934
    Voice/Voice: 828.733.8429
    BillKrupicka@bellsouth.net

    GRNC Alert 6-2-13: Meet ‘Most Feared’ Gun Researcher & WIN AR-15!

    Each reservation to June 22 GRNC Annual Dinner will receive a ticket for GRNC’s next AR-15 GIVEAWAY: Likely only 200-300 tickets will be issued!*

    Describing how the left became unhinged when a truly objective gun researcher demonstrated that concealed handgun laws deter murder, rape and aggravated assault, Ann Coulter recently described researcher John R. Lott as “America’s most feared economist.” You’ve seen his writings supporting defensive gun use in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review and elsewhere.

    The same radicals have made it their mission to destroy James O’Keefe, the man whose secret videos have unmasked voter fraud, left-wing support for prostitution, and hypocrisy at ACORN, Planned Parenthood, NPR and among gun ban advocates in the media and Hollywood.

    On June 22, you have an opportunity to meet them in person and hear their stories.

    You will also get to meet two of the most pro-gun figures in media and government in North Carolina: WPTF radio talk host Bill LuMaye, and NC House Representative Larry Pittman.

    And finally, you will be helping GRNC, the organization which brought you concealed carry, concealed handgun reciprocity and Castle Doctrine, and which forged the 39-member “National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban,” to “reload magazines” for the next round of battles.

    WIN AN AR-15…FREE

    But GRNC is including an added bonus: Each and every GRNC Annual Dinner reservation will include a free ticket for our latest AR-15 giveaway. With fewer than 300 dinner reservations likely to be sold, those are the best odds you will see anywhere on winning this now (thanks to Obama & Co.) all-but-unobtainable rifle! Better yet, you don’t have to be at the dinner to win!

    * Note: This is not the same gun raffled off recently for the GRNC Political Victory Fund, but rather another Palmetto Armory M-4 configured AR-15 identical to the last. Although GRNC is not limiting the number of tickets to win the gun, we are giving away tickets ONLY with the purchase of an annual dinner reservation, making the number of tickets distributed almost certainly less than 300, possibly as few as 200. Again, you do NOT have to be present at the dinner to win, you need only make a dinner reservation as described below.

    BOOK SIGNINGS

    James O’Keefe will be autographing copies of his book, due out June 18th: “Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy” and John Lott will be signing copies of his recent book: “At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over the Edge?” ven that O’Keefe’s efforts stretch beyond guns, please share this alert with like-minded conservatives and Tea Party supporters.

    Event details:

    Date: June 22, 2013

    Place: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27609-7330, 919-872-2323

    Price: Dinner: 1st ticket, $50; 2nd & subsequent tickets, $40 each.

    VIP reception: $20/ticket. (Due to limitations of our credit card processing form, VIP reception reservations must be made by email to: DirectorOfDevelopment@GRNC.org. GRNC Benefactor members, PRO RKBA Benefactor Sponsors, and active volunteers are eligible for free VIP reception tickets.)

    Tickets: May be purchased via GRNC’s web site at: http://GRNC.org/annualdinner Ticket availability will be limited, so order yours ASAP!

    Event schedule:

    4:00 PM: GRNC annual meeting

    5:30 PM: VIP reception

    6:30 PM: GRNC Annual Dinner & Freedom Awards

    Rooms: GRNC has a limited number of rooms available at the special rate of $95/night. Call the hotel number above and let them know you are with Grass Roots North Carolina.

    AR-15 giveaway terms: Rules: Drawing will be held at GRNC’s annual dinner on June 22, 2013. Entrants need not be present to win. All State and Federal laws apply. Transfers will be conducted between FFL’s in accordance with state and federal law. Entrants must be North Carolina residents and 18 years of age or older. Officers and board members of Grass Roots North Carolina, the GRNC Political Victory Fund and Rights Watch International are not eligible to win.

  69. It may be old news to you but Malwarebytes paid version is blocking your site as potentially dangerous. You’ve obviously been a bad boy, again. Couldn’t figure out why your site wouldn’t load. Turned off “malicious website blocking” and you fired right up. Probably the libs up to no good again.

  70. Hi, I like your work and the fun you have helping folks. I too help others, mainly veterans (Veterans Family Fund of America). This email is to introduce you to Lowell Kenney (his website is above) and he (like me) is an old Vietnam Army vet who is struggling with his firearms business. He has several great products that have yet to “take off.” So –why you, well I thought that if you contacted him and you tried out his “stub kit” or other products, he may get a little more business. The T/C makes a good Zombie killer or it can be a survival rifle/pistol, not sure of all of the opportunities it can offer but I thought that if you got with him, the two of you could design some great “one of a kind” weapons and have a little fun doing it. Just a suggestion and if some of the folks you know would like to donate to the VFFA, then so be it. FYI, the VFFA is a group of vets that all volunteer, we have no paid employees. Our CFO is Mike Brown (22 years USAF), do nations can be made directly to the website address or email him: mike.brown@veteransfamilyfund.org. Thanks for your consideration of this request.
    BOB

    1. I love the TC Encore! Used one with a .223 and a .22-250 barrel to good effect smokin coyotes in Utah.

      I’d love to work on products with you and with VFFA. But it’s awkward contacing VFFA saying that someone said I should work them. If they contact me – I’d be all over it.

  71. My Wife and Sons are I town visiting family. We are fans of the Uprising Saga and I have been reading your blog for years. We were all hoping for a chance to meet you and tell you how much we enjoy your works and your counsel. MHI and Uprising were their bed time reading for months. If you are too busy or just don’t want to be bothered, I understand I am a bit of and Ogre too. We are here until Saturday 21JUN. Thank you.

    Sam

    1. Sorry, Sam. My dance card is real full this week, Sam. I’ve got appointments all week and all over the place. And on top of that, getting my family ready for a road trip and working two Eagle Projects. If you had come out last week this wouldn’t have been a problem. Sorry man.

  72. No worries Ogre. Maybe next time. The boys may cry themselves to sleep tonight but I’ll just reread them a chapter of Uprising UK, yea, that’ll cheer’em up. They hate mimes too.
    Thank You,
    Sam

  73. You have on occasions articulated my thoughts precisely (as you did regarding those a$$holes carrying battle rifles into Chipotle) at other times you have blocked my posts. Theres something I got lazy about and did not want to face but you slapped me in the face with. Something along the lines of an almost there and then and when with just a holdout at the mall with a crazy guy if I recall correctly. I likewise cannot shoot my LC9 near as well as I can my P7M8 which I cannot shoot near as well as my Jericho, but what is a skinny guy to do, I think I am just going to have to start open carrying summers as soon as I clock out, maybe a drop leg rig I can just throw on over my CCW on the job piece. Thanks, sometimes we all need a wakeup call.

  74. I’m a little mad myself about whats happening to me, maybe you could get the word out and help me.
    My name is William Baker. I own the property next to the KOA in Arco Idaho. I am writing due to an incident with KOA staff over the fence at my own property. I am not an activist, nor was I protesting or anything but: While on my own property I commonly open carry a handgun in a holster on my hip. I was minding my own business and walking my dogs around my acreage and actually on the phone with someone when I was called over to the fenceline by a KOA agent. He proceeded to tell me he had several complaints about me ‘parading with a gun’ down the fenceline. I had actually only walked the fenceline once that evening as it has been too hot today, and I was simply walking my dogs. I was at least 50 feet from the line when he called me over and I had to get off the phone to talk to him. I did not realize KOA was anti-gun, but this takes anti-gun to a new level: complaining about someone not on KOA property, whilst in uniform as a KOA agent on duty. Is this national KOA policy? I believe even if it is, I deserve an apology from KOA as I was minding my own business on my own property.
    William Baker
    arcostrokeman@gmail.com

    http://youtu.be/sZvEJpQXU-0

    In case you would like to politely talk to my local KOA
    Kampgrounds of America
    2424 3000 W, Arco, ID 83213
    (800) 562-3408
    KOA Corporate 888 562 0000

  75. Curious about what sheath you use for your Becker Bowie? Love my knife, but the factory sheath suuuucccckkks.

  76. George,

    You still high on the Lucid HD-7? I have an AR carbine I built with my WTA lower and want a solid red dot that doesnt break the bank.. I was looking at an Aimpoint Pro, then remembered you seemed impressed with the Lucid offering. I like the price point of the Lucid (Scottish ancestry), and if it is a solid unit i would happily go that way.

  77. Read your article on the Compact Polymer Baby Desert Eagle. I just bought one on lay away. What do you recommend for IWB and OWB or combo.

    PLEASE EMAIL ME.

    Thanks

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