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I’m not going to get into the politics of the Sandy Hook shooting. Suffice it to say, it was a tragedy of the worst kind. Such evil and ungodliness is beyond comprehension.
What I want to touch upon is the aftermath of this tragedy without tying it to any specific event. It seems the national conversation has turned to gun control and finding ways to circumvent the 2nd Amendment.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
So now, all the politicians are talking about gun control. I’ve heard in many different places talk about reinstating the “Assault Weapons Ban” of the 90s, only this new one will have even more teeth. If you were ever thinking about ONE DAY buying a nice AR-style rifle, NOW is the time to do it. If you want 30-round magazines, NOW is the time to do it.
A buddy of mine is the owner of a small firearms company here Central Texas called Blackjack Firearms. He carries some awesome firearms and can customize just about anything. He’s helped me with a few customizations of my firearms and I even bought one of his first Blackjack Firearms lower receivers and I’m in love with it. I put it on an older model AR and it greatly improved both the look and function of my AR. I just wanted to support my buddy, but I got a better weapon out of it.
Another item on the chopping block are the so-called “high capacity” magazines. This is an invented term by the gun grabbers of America that is generally thought to mean any magazine or clip that holds more than 10 rounds. Most AK-47 and AR-style magazines are 30. Soon, you won’t have the option of buying them if Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has her way.
“Right away this week, we could pass the ban on the assault magazine,” Pelosi said. “In a larger sense, let’s go down this path of banning the assault weapon. I think there’s a better chance to do that now than ever.”
When the last “assault weapon” ban was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the cost of these magazines went through the roof. These days, they only cost between $14-30 depending on the brand.
Besides my PMAGs, I was recently given a few steel .223 magazines to try out from a company called C Products Defense. The magazines are “Made in the USA” and are similar to the standard issue magazines we have in the Army. I tried out both the 10-round (which is all we’re going to be able to get if this law is passed) and the 30-round magazine to try out. Because they are less expensive that other magazines from top name brands in the firearms industry, I was a little worried they wouldn’t be as good.
Now, I’m not a fan of 10-round magazines at all. I just don’t like the look of them and the fact that it only holds such a finite number of rounds causes me anxiety thinking about ever having the need to use it to defend myself. Neither magazine had any problems feeding or cycling through normal fire or even rapid fire. I didn’t experience a single misfeed or malfunction in my testing of these magazines.
That said, I had no issues with either of these magazines. If you’re on a budget, this may be the way to go, though. You can get the stainless steel or aluminum ones at Blackjack Firearms for $10.99. The 30-round stainless steel ones are also $10.99 or you can get the aluminum version for $9.99. Ask around. These are great prices for, as best as I can tell, an equally high-quality magazine.
I don’t mean to sound doomsday, but your opportunities to go out and get a 30-round magazine or larger are dwindling. During the last “assault weapons” ban, you were grandfathered if you already owned one of these. People could buy and sell them, but they couldn’t be imported or produced domestically.
Same goes with the black rifle. Our ignorant, elected officials are ban-happy and they only care what a weapon LOOKS like. If you ban “assault weapons” a mass murderer will just use a deer rifle or a shotgun or a pistol.
The media and gun grabbing politicians want you to believe that Adam Lanza used an AR rifle to commit the murders in Connecticut so that they can use it to pull on your heartstrings and support massive legislation that limits your right to defend yourself with whatever weapon you think you need. Remember, the second amendment wasn’t just put there so you could go hunting or to defend against robbers and rapists. It was put there to keep a government in check as well that got out of control. Can you imagine, God forbid, that something happens in this country where the government declares martial law and the only thing that can deter or defeat an armed defense and all you’re left with are 10-round magazines against the DOE, BATFE, DHS, FBI, DEA, DOD, and many other alphabet soup armed agencies of the government using their 30-round magazines? (Note: I am NOT and DO NOT support any armed sedition, sabotage, or other violent aggression against any branch of government, local or federal; I’m merely explaining the purpose of the 2nd amendment.)
I’ve called around where I live. Academy, Weber’s, Cabelas, Dick’s, and Bass Pro Shops are all sold out of AR-style rifles. People are scared right now. They may have reason to be.