We're Now An Official OKC Distributor

Friday, March 28, 2014 6:37:54 PM America/New_York

We're Now An Official Ontario Knife Company Distributor

One of the product lines our buyers were able to line up at IWA 2014 was to secure our place as an official distributor of Ontario Knife Company Products.

We've been big fans of OKC knives for a very long time, and one of our goals has been to expand into the knife market. With the proliferation of inexpensive and poor quality imported knives, we decided to go with the very best and we strongly believe that is Ontario Knife Company.

You can look forward to us offering what we feel is the best selection of OKC products for our customers. That would be the fantastic OKC3S Bayonet along with the M9 Bayonet, an assortment of fighting knives, machetes, and axes. We feel the value this line brings to our customers is exceptional and we look forward to a long relationship with Ontario Knife.

Ontario Knife Company Distributor

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KeepShooting At IWA 2014 in Germany

Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:16:28 PM America/New_York

KeepShooting At IWA 2014 in Germany

We sent a group of buyers over to attend the IWA Outdoors show in Nuremberg, Germany.  This show allowed us a chance to visit with our current European suppliers, meet with potential new suppliers, and get a better idea of what will be available for imports in the coming months.

We signed a number of key deals, lined up a considerable amount of inventory, and have many new products that will be arriving that you'll only find here.  This includes everything from new tactical gear, military surplus items, and surplus firearms and ammunition.

Watch this space for updates.  In the mean time, here's one of our team holding the K98 Sniper Rifle that was used by Ed Harris in the movie Enemy at the Gates.  Just a little preview of some of what we saw on this trip, and to give you a tease of what we've got in the works.   Sadly this gun isn't for sale, we tried to buy it.

 

K98K Sniper Rifle from Enemy at the Gates

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Maryland Compliant Firearms

Friday, December 6, 2013 6:08:01 PM America/New_York

Maryland Compliant Firearms After SB281

Now that Maryland's SB281 gun ban has been in place for over 60 days, we've started to focus on serving the needs of our customers who are stuck living under this terrible piece of legislation.

What we've done is added a new product category of Maryland Compliant Firearms that will easily allow our customers in Maryland to find guns that are legal for sale after SB281.

There are a few points to bring to your attention:

  • Some of the compliant firearms listed come with non-compliant magazines. We cannot transfer these magazines to our Maryland customers within the state.
  • This list only covers "cash-and-carry" firearms that do not require a 77R to be filled out.
  • You need no additional licenses, such as a HQL, to be able to purchase any of the listed firearms.
We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the latest in the legal challenges surrounding SB281. While the courts have their way with the legal challenge, we will do everything we can to help ensure our Maryland customers can continue to enjoy the shooting sports as much as possible under SB281.



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Super Chargers, Belt Feds, and Street Battles

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:07:50 PM America/New_York

Liberation of New Oxford 2013

We recently had the pleasure of attending the Liberation of New Oxford which is a yearly event put on in the town were we've expanded our warehouse capacity.

For those who don't know, this is the premier WWII re-enactment on the East Coast.  Organized by the New Oxford Historical Society, the entire town square becomes a German occupied French village that is then liberated by the Allied forces who convoy in from the Eisenhower farm in Gettysburg.

 If you've never been to New Oxford, Pennsylvania you really should check it out.  Everything you'd expect from Smalltown, USA can be found there.  Low crime, unique small businesses, great food, and a sense of community you just don't find anymore. The people and the community of New Oxford have also been very gracious in welcoming our business into the community, which is a refreshing change from what we've dealt with in Maryland.

Liberation Day - September 21, 2013

After checking schedules, four of us decided to attend this event and we made plans to meet at our Maryland facility and ride up together.  As the events began at 8am, we had to leave at 4:30am to make sure we made it to our facility in New Oxford with plenty of time to spare.  The ride into Pennsylvania turned out to be an excellent way to start a day, with the ride made much more enjoyable by riding up in this 2013 ZL1 Camaro.

We made really good time heading up I95 to I495 and heading over to I270.  Why did we make such great time?  There was no traffic, no police, and we were in a 580HP super charged performance car.  There is nothing quite like driving 130mph on a straight road, the mountains in the distance, the sun rising, and you hear the whirl of the super charger doing it's job.  The blending of power, engineering, and performance was remarkable!  We all knew as long as the boss didn't get a speeding ticket...this was the start of a great day!

So our team pulls into New Oxford and we're on the West Golden Lane heading towards our warehouse.  We pull into the parking lot and it's immediately clear we're in for a good event.

Nazi Forces Invade KeepShooting:

 

German's Invade KeepShooting's Parking Lot

Nazi's Occupy New Oxford

One of the most memorable aspects of any WWII Re-Enactment for me has always been the vehicles.  The German forces really turned out with some amazing small vehicles that showcased their encampment well.

German's Invade New Oxford - Vehicles

German's Invade New Oxford - Vehicles #2

To me one of the finest vehicles on display was this German gun truck, with dual MG-42's mounted:

German Gun Truck - Front

 

Look at these MG42's!

German Gun Truck with Dual MG42's

 

German Gun Truck - Rear View

Now we can't talk about MG42's and vehicles without mentioning the number of BMW and variants we saw!  Everything from original BMW's to Chiang-Jiangs the "German" motorcycle with sidecar is probably one of the most iconic images of WWII.

German Motorcycle with MG42

 There was a lot of towed artillery on display!  Many of the pieces were gas guns, but based from actual real cannons.  Some of the highlights:

German Towed Cannon

German Towed Cannon - Rear View

The boss loved this cannon the best!

German Towed Cannon - Kate

Not to be outdone, the US side brought out some really nice vehicles!

Love these US Military Motorcycles!

US Military Motorcycles

 How did the Allied Forces compete with the German MG42 Gun Truck?  With this amazing Half-Track!

US WWII Half Track - Liberation of New Oxford

US WWII Half Track - Liberation of New Oxford

Liberation of New Oxford - 2013 - Half Track Front

Look at that BEAUTIFUL Browning Water-Cooled Machine Gun inside the Half Track!

Browning 1918 Water Cooled - Liberation of New Oxford

Now onto some Occupation scenes:

German Occupation of New Oxford PA - 2013

German Occupation of New Oxford PA - 2013 - #2

German Occupation of New Oxford PA - 2013 - 3

Liberation of New Oxford - 2013 - 4

Liberation of New Oxford - 2013 - 5

Now the main attraction of the Liberation of New Oxford is of course the street battle! We had multiple cameras running in the town, and here is the first video:

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Keepshooting.com's exciting new announcement: expansion

Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:18:34 PM America/New_York

Keepshooting.com's exciting new announcement: expansion

There comes a time in every fledgling company’s life, when physical changes begin to manifest. The size of the business increases, and hair begins to sprout where there was once no hair to be found. This is, of course, started by hormonal signals sent from the brain. Now, if this sounds at all familiar, it is probably because I mistakenly described puberty rather than the expansion of a small business; but not without reason. As always, there is a purpose behind my nonsensical musings, and if you have yet to figure it out, then let me express it as clearly as possible: Keepshooting.com is expanding.

While we may not be growing any new hair – at least we hope not – our facilities and operations will most definitely enjoy a much-needed size increase. Moreover, it was not so much a brain sending out hormonal signals to trigger these changes as it was our owner and his staff making phone call after countless phone call, road trip after tireless road trip, plan after painstaking plan and everyone putting their social lives on hold to ensure that everything came together as perfectly as possible. The result is a new business model, a renewed sense of purpose and, most importantly, a new consolidated central warehouse that will ensure our continued growth in spite of our nation's changing political climate. To put it plainly, we love the new Keepshooting.com, and we fully expect that you will be overcome with emotion as well.

Anyway, I am sure you have had quite enough of the uncomfortable metaphors and heartfelt sentiments – on with the juicy details. Keepshooting.com is expanding and you want to know how it will affect you, not how it came to be. I get it. As noted, our expansion is all-encompassing. That means that our physical location is not the only thing getting a makeover. Our staff is expected to grow, we will be better equipped to handle all business operations and, ultimately, existing customers will be treated to much more of what they already love – more firearms, more ammunition, more accessories, more outdoor gear and more military surplus.

Everything stems from the coming addition of our new consolidated central warehouse located across state lines. For each of our first ten years in business, we have made our home in Southern Maryland, about 30 minutes south of Washington, D.C. During those ten years, we have accomplished more than anyone expected in our three interconnecting warehouses and modest office space. To be honest, however, we have long needed more space. Now we have it. And while I would love to be able to take you on a virtual tour with pictures, videos, detailed dimensional descriptions and more, we are not quite set up for that yet. The following will have to do.

Located in the small, friendly town of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, our new consolidated central warehouse takes the form of a 33,000-plus square foot warehouse situated on a multi-acre lot – more than twice the size of our current setup. Storage space and office space abound, which will allow us to meet our current needs as well as shore up our long-term requirements as well. In the short-term, it means being able to stock up on all the products that you already know and love. Ideally, there will be no more out-of-stock products provided those products are available for us to purchase. As you know, some products, such as firearms and ammunition, are on an allocated status. That means we can only purchase them as distributors make them available to us. Other products, like military surplus, are no longer in production. Once the supply runs dry, we are unable to obtain more. Everything else, however, is fair game, and if you want it we will have it. Long-term, we are looking at the ability to add more and more new products to the lineup. If you are asking yourself, "How could Keepshooting.com possibly add to their lineup more than they have in the past year?" then just you wait and see. But the increased space is not only for inventory.  

With an increase in space also comes an increase in efficiency on all levels. As I alluded to earlier, our staff will be expanding. In fact, it already has with the hiring of several part-time employees right here in Maryland. Now, in addition to the friendly and customer-driven Maryland staff that you have dealt with for years, there will be an all-new support staff in Pennsylvania that will be just as inviting. Who knows, they may even prove to be nicer than we are! Several business operations, including inventory tracking, shipping and receiving will benefit as well. Some of these processes will be automated, while others will be facilitated by the sheer availability of space where there was no space before. Our cramped shipping stations will soon turn into small, professional hubs capable of next-day, and sometimes even same-day shipping. You can also expect shipping accuracy to improve as well. All in all, this is a decision that was years in the making, and we have every bit of confidence that it was the right one for us, our families, our customers and the industry.

Sounds great, huh? Unfortunately, this is the part where I admit to being just a bit misleading. Do not get me wrong, everything I have said is 100 percent true. It is just that while yes, this decision has been years in the making, it was expedited by more than just a growing need for more space – there were other factors at play, and it is now time to discuss how this decision came to be.

For months, we have been making reference to our nation's changing political climate, which I will not detail here as it has been nearly unavoidable these past few months. In a nutshell, new firearm legislation is inevitable. To what extent that legislation is passed is yet to be seen. But it is not only the nation that faces increased firearm legislation, it is individual states as well, and Maryland is one of the states that are faced with perhaps some of the toughest firearm legislation yet. And now, with full disclosure, we are able to admit that the impending legislation has been a major catalyst in our getting the ball rolling on this expansion.

Again, I will not detail the pages and pages worth of proposed legislation, which has already been approved by the state Senate – all signs point toward it passing in the House of Delegates as well. But those who have pored through the details are well-aware of the fact that this legislation seems aimed at putting firearm-related businesses in our state at a disadvantage more so than it seeks to curb firearm-related violence. Do not just take my word for it – Beretta USA, one of the world's oldest and largest arms manufacturers is threatening to move its entire operation out of state should the proposed legislation be passed. No doubt, losing a decades-long mainstay and the hundreds of jobs it provides will be a huge hit to Maryland's economy.

But wait, is this not all a little hasty? I mean, nothing has passed yet. True, but we here at Keepshooting.com are already feeling the effects of what experts are assuring us is almost definitely going to become law. Already we have experienced unwillingness on the part of several top national distributors to accept orders for or ship now-legal firearm accessories and other products to retailers in Maryland. This will only be compounded by added legislation. So far, this hindrance has been, for the most part, limited to firearm accessories and other firearm-related products. When it comes to the firearms themselves, however, Maryland businesses have an entirely different set of problems to worry about.  

Anyone who has attempted to purchase a regulated firearm in the state of Maryland this year is likely already well-aware that our seven-day waiting period has turned into an indefinite waiting period, sometimes approaching 60 days. Anyone arguing that a small part of that is not due to an influx of firearm purchases in fear of an upcoming ban should be ignored, but a bigger piece of the pie is the fact that the Department of Maryland State Police is improperly staffed to handle some of the duties tasked to their Support Services Bureau. Well, that or they are hoping that the extended waiting period will discourage some prospective buyers from making purchases until legislation is passed, at which point some of those firearms will be off limits. And if you thought that the problems with the state police begin and end with a waiting period, then think again.

Included in the proposed legislation is a new amendment regarding the regulation of paperwork and record keeping that stipulates a mandatory inspection for each dealer by the Department of Maryland State Police every two years. Also included in this measure is the requirement of each dealer to keep two different sets of books. While this may not sound like much, the potential penalties for a single record-keeping error, which is not defined, are severe. A single record-keeping error, the likelihood of which seems to increase with the potential confusion brought about by the requirement of two different sets of books, may result in imprisonment of up to three years, a $10,000 fine or both – better not forget your tittles or T-bars. Would not the funding required to implement these proposed inspections be better spent on education, the economy or one of the number of any other problems our state faces?

Finally, there is the little matter of the proposed licensing provision to discuss. At the heart of the looming legislation is a licensing provision that would require all prospective handgun buyers to obtain licensure prior to purchasing a handgun, which would include providing the state police with a fresh set of fingerprints and completing at least one training course. The fees and waiting periods that will be associated with obtaining licensure will no doubt serve as a deterrent for many prospective handgun buyers, making business in the state of Maryland non-viable from an economic standpoint. And where business is not viable, business does not thrive – hence, our expansion to Pennsylvania.

Owning a multi-acre lot with an enormous pre-existing building in a firearm-friendly state not only gives us the ability to accomplish everything already mentioned, it also provides us with a bit of an insurance policy. Should all proposed legislation pass and business become non-viable in Maryland, we will be fully prepared to transition the entirety of Keepshooting.com to Pennsylvania. So whether you live in Maryland or you are a customer that lives hundreds of miles away, rest assured that Keepshooting.com is not going anywhere – except maybe Pennsylvania.

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Thanksgiving is back with its pal Black Friday

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:04:26 PM America/New_York

Thanksgiving is back with its pal Black Friday

Well, the holiday season is finally upon us once again. Luckily, it starts with the better of the two in Thanksgiving. Do not get me wrong, Christmas is pretty great. I love receiving gifts as much as the next Tom, Dick or Harry, but the pressure of picking out gifts for others and hoping they enjoy them is almost too much. And besides, if there is one thing that I love more than receiving gifts, it is a day marked by sloth and eating hearty meals that others have prepared for me.

My Thanksgivings are special in that I get two different meals, each of which is packed with more food than this writer can handle. In the early afternoon, I eat an Italian-themed meal with my father's extended family. You better believe it has turkey and all of the other traditional Thanksgiving foods, but it also has pasta, lasagna and cannoli. Later that evening, I enjoy an evening meal with my mother's extended family. And though it is traditional in every sense of the word, the deserts are to die for – I can almost hear myself gaining weight.

Is there anything better than sitting around, lazily falling in and out of naps and stuffing your craw to capacity? For me, the answer is a resounding no. But for others, the answer is very much the opposite. For others, the real main event of the holiday season comes just a day after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday and Keepshooting.com

There are some people – crazy people – who look forward to Thanksgiving not for its decadent deliciousness, but for the amazing discounts most retailers offer on the day that follows – a day dubbed "Black Friday."

Black Friday is the ceremonial start of the Christmas shopping season. And what better way to kick things off than with a day of jaw-dropping deals that are so good they send people into a violent frenzy? Seriously, there are several violent incidents on record stemming from the bargains offered on Black Friday – because if I cannot have that last big-screen television, then nobody can.

What kind of world is it where you cannot even go shopping for Christmas gifts for your loved ones without fearing for your wellbeing? Certainly not one in which I would like to live, which is exactly why Keepshooting.com is once again offering a Black Friday sale. This year, avoid the crowds and get the same great Black Friday prices from the comfort of your own home when you shop with Keepshooting.com as we offer our second-annual Black Friday sale – one that promises to be a perfect complement to the food-induced coma from which you should be waking at the start of the sale.

As noted, this year marks our second Black Friday sale. After both the success and headaches brought about by last year's sale, we had no choice but to offer another. I cannot tell you how many happy customers – new and old – we made by offering a hand-picked selection of our already low-price products for pennies on the dollar. Last year, our sale was highlighted by steel G3 magazines being offered for a mere 99 cents, which is absolutely absurd! This year, expect more of the same. In fact, here is a little preview of just a few of the items we will be discounting this year…

German G3 Camouflage Magazine Pouch

Making its debut in the now-annual Keepshooting.com Black Friday sale is the German G3 camouflage magazine pouch. Sure, you could get traditional rubber G3 magazine pouches for a little less, but these camouflage magazine pouches boast a durable construction that will ensure a lifetime of service. Not to mention, it features the cool flecktarn camouflage pattern – a unique German disruptive camouflage pattern designed for use in temperate woodland terrains.

German G3 Camouflage Magazine Pouch

The German G3 camouflage magazine pouch is a surplus magazine pouch constructed from a canvas material that is sturdy as can be, which means it is more than capable of taking any and all abuse you can possibly dish out. Each is designed to accept two 7.62x51mm NATO 20-round rifle magazines. And though they were originally designed for and used by members of the Bundeswehr who were issued G3 rifles, these pouches are capable of storing 20-round magazines for any rifle chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, including the M14 and the FN FAL. Best of all is the fact that each ships with a pre-installed ALICE adapter for use with your ALICE gear.

M1 Carbine 1943 Magazine Pouch

You cannot say M1 carbine without saying M1 carbine 1943 magazine pouch. Well, you can, but where is the fun in that? Anyway, the M1 carbine 1943 magazine pouch is one of the most iconic accessories available for the M1 carbine, which is probably why it is also one of our best-selling. And in an effort to get the word out to even more people, we are including it in our Black Friday sale.

M1 Carbine 1943 Magazine Pouch

The M1 carbine 1943 magazine pouch is an excellent reproduction of the original pouch, which was manufactured by "KADIN" in 1943. Like the original, our reproduction includes the correct style of snap fastener, the rear offset button snap and correct U.S. markings. Each pouch is capable of carrying two M1 carbine 15-round magazines, and for just a few bucks, you can get pretty close to the real thing.

Gerber® Survival Case

Because some would have you believe that this will be the last Black Friday sale of all-time – they believe the apocalypse is coming on December 21, 2012 – we have also decided to include some survival gear in our sale. Enter the Gerber® survival case.

Gerber Survival Case

What is the Gerber® survival case? The Gerber® emergency survival case is a great way to begin preparing for any emergency survival situation. The survival case is a rigid, fold-open case designed by Gerber® to store a wealth of indispensable emergency tools and accessories in a compact case that is both practical and easily manageable. Inside the case is a wealth of pockets, straps and storage compartments that can accommodate anything from an entrenching tool and a compact pistol to flashlights, multi tools, road flares and much more.

And there you have it, a small sampling of our big Black Friday sale. All there is to do now is eat and wait. The sale begins at 12 a.m. Friday!

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Keepshooting.com is your winter weather headquarters!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:48:23 AM America/New_York

Keepshooting.com is your winter weather headquarters!

And now, it is time for the main event. This contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the title of "greatest season of all-time." In the red corner, the challenger stands in at an alarming temperature of 98 degrees with 100 percent humidity – summer. And in the blue corner, summer's opponent comes in at a brisk 32 degrees with a good chance of flurries – winter.

This match marks the first head-to-head meeting between these two highly-favored seasons, one that also promises to be the last as a winner must be crowned here today. And with the bell, things are set to begin.

Both competitors look strong today and are coming out throwing hard forearms at each other. Winter looks to be gaining the upper hand, however, and wrenches what looks like a painful hammerlock on summer. I would not count summer out just yet though; the hot rainy season has a great deal of tonight's crowd behind it. And just as quickly as the hammerlock was applied, summer makes a great reversal and pulls winter into a devastating clothesline. Winter is somewhat slow getting up but looks determined to end things quickly. A hard Irish whip lands summer dazed in the corner. Winter is gearing up for a big boot to the face of summer. And it connects! Summer, who now finds itself being lifted onto the top turnbuckle, is in a bad position, folks. Winter is now calling for the most dangerous maneuver this side of the solstice – the brain buster! Winter hits it, goes for the cover and gets the pin one, two and three. Ladies and gentlemen, your winner and the greatest season of all-time – winter!

A fake wrestling match between two seasons can mean only one thing. Summer is on its way out and winter is almost upon us, which always seems to spark the debate of which season is better. But rather than arguing about which season is best, I figured it would be much more entertaining to get the two seasons into the squared circle and settle it once and for all. It was at least a bit more entertaining than my usual argument, which is also a rock-solid proof of the superiority of winter and goes something like this:

No matter how cold it gets in the winter, you can always add another layer to keep warm. But when suffering from the miserable summer heat, you can only strip off so many layers of clothing before stepping out into public is going to be considered a fineable offense. It is as simple as that.

Anyway, as winter is right around the corner, it is a good idea to begin your preparations by checking out all the new cold weather gear Keepshooting.com has to offer in the web store. And believe me when I say that we have stockpiled a wealth of cozy jackets, parkas, blankets and gloves to ensure that all of our customers stay comfortable all winter long. Keep reading for the skinny of some of our great new products.

British Military Fleece Jacket

First up is the British military fleece jacket. I will be the first to admit that I am not at all a fan of military surplus clothing. Call me a diva all you would like, but I am just not big on used clothes – especially when I can afford new clothes. But the British military fleece jacket was pretty dang close to changing my opinion of military surplus clothing. Check it out.

British Military Fleece Jacket

Though each jacket is piece of military surplus, they remain in excellent condition and appear almost unused. But that is, of course, not the selling point. That would be their uncharacteristically cool appearance. Not to mention, these British military fleece jackets feature a dual-layered fleece construction, two zippered hand warmer pockets, a drawstring cinch cord at the waist and the presence of unique thumbholes in the cuff that allow the cuffs to be used as partial gloves, serving to protect part of the hands and the wrists from crippling  temperatures.

This jacket is definitely worth your $15.95 if you ask me.

USGI ECWCS Gore-Tex® Jacket

Next up is the deceptive USGI ECWCS Gore-Tex® jacket. Again, while I would not ordinarily wear military surplus clothing, and while I am not a fan of camouflage, I could definitely see myself considering this paper-thin-yet-weirdly-warm jacket.

USGI ECWCS Gore-Tex Jacket

These authentic United State Military surplus jackets serve as a singular component of the Gen III Extended Climate Warfighter Clothing System (3G ECWCS), which is a radical redesign of the original Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) developed by the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to provide protection to U.S. soldiers from a range of extreme combat environments. More than that, though, is the fact that these jackets feature a seam-sealed, dual-layered Gore-Tex® construction, which provides for a jacket that is lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable. And though they are designed to be layered with the other protection levels of the Gen III ECWCS, they are surprisingly warm on their own.

Having a hard time believing how warm this jacket really is? Shell out a fair $39.95 and see for yourself. 

Polar Fleece Blanket

The polar fleece blanket is one military surplus product that I can get behind full force. I mean, what is better than a soft, freshly-laundered blanket on a cold winter night? Not much.

Polar Fleece Blanket

Lightweight and with room for a few, the new polar fleece blanket is a cream-colored blanket that measures approximately 90 inches by 90 inches and is perfect for a queen-sized bed yet suitable for a king. As evidenced by its name, each polar fleece blanket boasts a full fleece construction, making it an excellent choice for the coldest of nights.

Grab your polar fleece blanket today for just $10.95.

But that is not all…

To think that the three products I have chosen to highlight here are the only winter weather products we offer here at Keepshooting.com would be extremely foolish. As noted, we have a number of new gloves, including the woodland camo gloves and the Dutch military mittens. And if it is jackets and parkas that you want, then look no further than our jackets and parkas section. You will surely find something to keep you warm.

0 Comments | Posted in News Products Military Surplus By Joe Michelizzi

The Whacky World of Military Surplus Sizing

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:02:16 AM America/New_York

The Whacky World of Military Surplus Sizing

The United States of America is a unique place. It always has been, and from what I can tell it always will be. From the "we are not going to take it" attitude of the American Revolution to the "don't mess with Texas" sentiment that exists today, America is truly one of a kind – and it shows.

When it comes to sports, America reigns supreme. Baseball is far and away the best sport in the world. Unsurprisingly, it originated in America and though it has found its way to all corners of the planet, cricket is still the bat-and-ball sport of choice in Europe and in many other heavily populated areas. Then there are America's other popular sports: football, hockey and basketball. Europe's top three other sports? Soccer (no, I am not calling it football because I live in America), rugby and tennis. I think this picture speaks for itself.

How else is America different from the rest of the world? Ever heard of the United States customary units? It is the primary system of measurements used in America that is based on the imperial system. When you think about it, the United States customary units are not really advantageous in any way; America just wants to be different. In fact, America is one of three countries worldwide that has resisted the International System of Units, which is based on the much more user-friendly metric system.

Then there is the sizing system used in America. For most things in America, especially food and clothing, sizing exists in the following format: small, medium large, extra-large and so on until the "X's" that represent just how extra-large something is push the "L's" out of sight.

Luckily, there seems to be an established standard regarding those sizes, though most companies seem to prefer not to use it. But when that established standard revolves around the United States customary units, it makes it hard for those not familiar with American ways to buy American clothing. Ordinarily, I would not care one lick about foreigners buying American clothing, but since the reverse holds true as well, I must. Those in America looking to buy European clothing, military surplus to be specific, can become easily confused by their sizing standards, which revolve around the International System of Units rather than the United States customary units.

What is Keepshooting.com going to do about it?

I would be lying if I said that customers did not call constantly asking questions about the sizing for many of our products. The fact that much of our surplus comes from European countries makes it a bit difficult for some to convert their sizes into standard American sizes. And I would be lying if I told you that we are able to accurately answer all of those sizing calls. So what is Keepshooting.com going to do about it? Keepshooting.com is going to pen a blog post about American versus European sizing in an effort to clear up the confusion.

American Sizing

As noted, America established a set of standards regarding clothing sizes that companies choose to follow or not to follow. Unfortunately, those standards were established in the middle of the 20th century. And in case you have somehow failed to notice, body sizes in 2012 are not too comparable to body sizes in the 1950s – so follow these standards at your own risk.

A men's size small is categorized as a 34 to 36-inch chest and a 28 to 30-inch waist. Medium is 38-41/32-34. Large is 42-44/36-38. Extra-large is 46-48/40-42. Double extra-large, triple extra-large and quadruple extra-large all increase by the same increments. Of course, there are also standards for the seat/hips, neck size, shirt sleeve and inseam. If you want to go that in depth, then I suggest you pay a visit to your old friend Google and search something along the lines of "U.S. standard clothing sizing."

European Sizing

Unsurprisingly, Europe has a set of standards regarding clothing sizes as well – EN 13402. EN 13402 is the European standard for labeling clothing sizes and is based on body dimensions measured in centimeters, which is where much of the confusion regarding conversions arises.

There are a wealth of body dimensions used in deciding sizes for EN 13402, including head girth, neck girth, chest girth, height, arm length and many more. As noted, these dimensions are measured in centimeters and each different type of clothing uses a different set of body dimensions. Look at jackets for an example. Sizing labels in European jackets will typically list two numbers. The larger number, usually listed first, corresponds to height in centimeters. The smaller number, usually listed second, corresponds to waist girth in centimeters. Pants are much the same, with the first number corresponding to height and the second corresponding to inseam, both in centimeters.

To save time and consolidate space, you can check out this website for a collection of all the different types of clothing and all of the body dimensions that are used in sizing each of them. It is a true lifesaver when shopping for clothing with European labeling.

Conversions

Now that you are equipped with all of the necessary knowledge available regarding American and European sizing, conversions will be simple. Ordering a European jacket? Check which body dimensions correspond to the sizing labels and convert those numbers from centimeters to inches. Compare these new numbers to your personal body dimensions and order your heart out. Remember, one centimeter is equal to roughly 0.393701 inches. But why do it by hand when conversion tables exist?

0 Comments | Posted in News Military Surplus By Joe Michelizzi

Keepshooting.com is your Halloween costume haven!

Friday, October 12, 2012 1:03:34 PM America/New_York

Keepshooting.com is your Halloween costume haven!

It is October, and nothing is more important than playoff baseball – especially when the Washington Nationals are involved, and boy are they involved. One more win and they will earn a trip to the National League Championship Series. But because you likely have no interest in listening to me go on and on about the one thing that keeps me going, I will get to the point a little quicker today.

Yes, it is October. And though nothing is more important than playoff baseball, there is one thing that comes close: Halloween.

For all of those readers who live under rocks and have never heard of the great holiday known as Halloween, it is a day reserved to observe the world's greatest monsters – Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein and all the rest. It is a day dedicated to screams, thrills, horrors and chills. Oh, and for some reason you are encouraged to dress up like your favorite ghouls and ghosts and knock on strangers' front doors. Doing so will result in said strangers rewarding you with heaps of candy. It is truly a majestic holiday.

But no matter how ridiculously made-up Halloween seems to be, it actually has roots in history. The word Halloween was first used in the 1500s and represents a Scottish variant of "All Hallows' Evening," that is, the evening before All Hallows' Day. All Hallows' Day, of course, is the Christian holiday that celebrates the lives of saints the world over. But even though that is believed to be the first appearance of the holiday's title, the holiday itself is thought to have pagan origins and is believed to have come from the Celtic festival known as Samhain. Samhain comes from the Old Irish word Samuin, meaning "summer's end." None of that matters now, though, because planet Earth being planet Earth turned the holiday into something much more interesting – an evening dedicated to horror movies, costumes, trick-or-treating and mischief.

Again, I am getting away from the point of writing today's blog. Today is not about baseball (not until 8:37 p.m. anyway). It is not about how great Halloween is or even the real-life history from which is sprang. Today is about Keepshooting.com and how we plan to get you geared up for the third-best holiday of all-time.

How can Keepshooting.com make your Halloween a hit?

Some people treat Halloween like a joke. Those are the people that stroll down to Halloween superstores on October 30 and spend 20 bucks on a poorly made costume that kind of looks like the hero from a recent summer blockbuster but really looks sillier than anything else.

Those that treat Halloween like the magnificent holiday that it is take their costumes a bit more seriously. They rummage around and piece together elaborate costumes that are truly impressive. The good thing about Keepshooting.com's affinity for Halloween is that we have already done all the rummaging for you. In our 10 years of buying military surplus and new production items, we have amassed quite a collection of clothing and accessories that can be combined to produce an award-winning Halloween costume. Even better, those pieces of clothing and accessories are available at the unbelievably low prices that our customers have come to expect from us. Today, I want to highlight just a few that may make your Halloween just a bit scarier.

"V for Vendetta" Mask

The “V for Vendetta” mask is a mask designed to resemble Guy Fawkes and is a symbol featured prominently in the film of the same name, which many might not know is actually an adaptation of a limited comic book series written by Alan Moore.

"V for Vendetta" Mask

Anyway, the "V for Vendetta" mask is one of the coolest masks available commercially and is definitely the coolest mask available from Keepshooting.com. The mask is constructed almost entirely of plastic and measures approximately 8.5 inches by 7.5 inches and will conceal most faces. It is secured to the face via a Velcro® adjustable strap and is perfectly capable of completing your "V" ensemble or turning you into the world's biggest supporter of the Tea Party movement.

The "V for Vendetta" mask is now available for just $9.95.

Red Rock Ghillie Suit

Speaking of Alan Moore, the man also had a pretty great run on "Swamp Thing." And with Keepshooting.com's Red Rock ghillie suit you can transform yourself into Swamp Thing without a batch of Alec Holland's bio-restorative formula and without suffering a harrowing explosion.  

Red Rock Ghillie Suit

The Red Rock ghillie suit is a five-piece complex camouflage suit that is made to resemble dense foliage and serves to yield greater concealment than traditional camouflage clothing. It also looks a bit like Swamp Thing and will make a fabulous Halloween costume.

The Red Rock ghillie suit is available for $79.95 in two sizes – medium/large (chest 42-48, waist 32-38) and extra-large/double extra-large (chest 48-56, waist 38-46). Additionally, you have the option of two different camouflage patterns – woodland camouflage and desert camouflage.

Orange Prison Jumpsuit

Everyone loves a convict, especially on Halloween. For that reason, our orange prison jumpsuit is an excellent costume idea.

Orange Prison Jumpsuit

Halloween is the only day of the year you can walk proudly in public dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit without being hassled by the police, who would ordinarily be more than happy to escort you back to a jail cell. Do just that with our orange prison jumpsuit, the very same jumpsuit that has been sold to production teams working with HBO and a number of professional sports organizations.

Currently, five sizes are available: medium (M), large (L), extra-large (XL), double extra-large (XXL) and triple extra-large (XXXL). Prices start at just $33.95.

And do not forget that we have a number of appropriate accessories to go with the orange prison jumpsuit, including a wide variety of handcuffs and leg irons.

As one would expect, these are just a few of the great products we carry that can also be recruited for a Halloween costume. In fact, we recently built an entire category devoted to Halloween and all of our great Halloween-friendly items. We invite you to browse that category and get started on your costume today!

0 Comments | Posted in News Products Military Surplus By Joe Michelizzi

Keepshooting.com's Magic Number

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:55:54 PM America/New_York

Keepshooting.com's Magic Number

I hate to point out the obvious, but it is September and September is an important month for me. Why? It is the final month of Major League Baseball's regular season and serves as a lead-in to the all-important post-season. And anyone that knows me knows how crazy I am when it comes to baseball.

Ordinarily, September would not have me as excited as it does this year. That is because, ordinarily, the Washington Nationals are far from being involved in any sort of pennant race. Not the case this year. Not only are they leading the pennant race in the National League East, they are also leading all of baseball with a record of 88-54. And because they are right in the thick of things, it means that it is also time to start thinking "magic number."

In some sports, baseball included, the magic number is a number that is representative of a team's proximity to clinching a spot in the playoffs. The short and simple explanation is that the magic number represents the number of wins by the team in question, the number of losses by their biggest threat or any combination of the two that would be required to mathematically eliminate the threat from contention. For the Nationals, the magic number is lucky number 13. But I guess none of that really matters because today we are interested in Keepshooting.com's magic number.

Keepshooting.com's magic number works a little bit differently than the MLB's. With Keepshooting.com, there is no winning or losing. In fact, the magic number is representative of an unchanging number – a number that will mean the same thing next year as it does today. Keepshooting.com's magic number is nine, as in the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge, better known as the 9mm Luger or just plain 9mm.

The History of the 9x19mm Parabellum Cartridge

The 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge is one of the industry's most widely recognized pistol cartridges. In order to understand the history and development of the cartridge, one would have to look through the history books back to the year 1898, the year during which Georg Luger patented his design for Luger P08 pistol, also known at the Parabellum Pistol. The Luger P08 was originally chambered in 7.65x21mm Parabellum, another of Luger's designs that would become the parent case for the 9x19mm Parabellum. By removing the bottleneck characteristic of the 7.65x21mm Parabellum cartridge, the tapered, rimless 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge was born.

Now, over 100 years later, the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge is a mainstay in the modern arms industry. It has gone on to become the world's most popular pistol cartridge among the military, law enforcement agencies and civilians. In fact, the cartridge is the standard service cartridge in over 60 percent of U.S. law enforcement agencies. Additionally, it has become one of the top self-defense cartridges available due in part to its flat trajectory, moderate recoil and its tendency to inflict lethal wounds at ranges of 50 m. Oh yeah, the relatively low price is not hurting its case much either. All of this brings me to today's point. Why is nine Keepshooting.com's magic number? Well, because Keepshooting.com stocks a number of excellent choices when it comes to 9x19mm Parabellum ammunition.

Keepshooting.com and 9x19mm Parabellum Ammunition

The fact that Keepshooting.com stocks a wide variety of 9x19mm Parabellum ammunition is no secret. In fact, it is not even anything new. We have carried, and will continue to carry, 9x19mm Parabellum ammunition for years and years to come. The reason for bringing it up, however, is due to the fact that we recently received some new ammunition worth telling you about. What could possibly be better than new high quality 9mm ammo at the prices you have come to expect from Keepshooting.com? Probably nothing.

PMC Bronze 9mm Ammunition

The newest, and my pick for best, 9x19mm Parabellum ammunition in our web store is PMC Bronze 9mm ammunition.

PMC Bronze 9mm Ammunition

If you have yet to hear about PMC ammunition, there is no possible good excuse and I cannot forgive you. PMC, otherwise known as "Precision Made Cartridges," has been producing high-quality ammunition with an emphasis on reliability for over 40 years. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, PMC offers a wide range of Korean-made pistol and rifle ammunition for any number of applications, including plinking, sport shooting, home defense and law enforcement.

The newest offering is PMC Bronze 9mm ammunition. The "Bronze" line of PMC ammunition is the company's affordable alternative. Each product in the bronze line boasts the same high-quality raw materials found in their other product lines, but is designed for high-volume shooters and priced accordingly. Each box of PMC Bronze 9mm ammunition contains 50 rounds of 115 gr full metal jacket ammunition – perfect for training, target shooting and more. Best of all, it is available today for just $12.07 per box.

Estate 9mm Luger Ammunition

The other recent arrival is Estate 9mm Luger ammunition.

Estate 9mm Luger Ammunition

Unlike PMC, letting Estate ammunition pass you by is forgivable. But only because tracing its lineage, so to speak, is a bit confusing. Even though it may appear to be some cheap, poor-quality excuse for a brand, Estate ammunition is a product from the Federal Cartridge Company, one of America's leading manufacturers of ammunition. And like all Federal ammunition, this Estate 9mm Luger ammunition is manufactured in Independence, Missouri at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP).

When you order a box of Estate 9mm Luger ammunition, you get 50 non-corrosive, brass-cased cartridges. Each cartridge contains a 115 gr full metal jacket bullet, which provides for increased muzzle velocities and is perfect for just about any application.

Unfortunately, that is all the time I have for today. But be sure to check out the rest of our 9x19mm Ammunition. Oh, and do not just check it out, be sure to buy some as well.

0 Comments | Posted in News Products Gun Industry By Joe Michelizzi

Springfield Armory and Keepshooting.com – like peas and carrots

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 11:30:55 AM America/New_York

Springfield Armory and Keepshooting.com – like peas and carrots

Because it has been discussed in just about every city on every radio station and television show, including "Good Morning America," we may as well discuss it here: the Stephen Strasburg innings limit.

For those of you not savvy to the world of baseball, Strasburg is a pitcher for the Washington Nationals, who currently hold the best record in baseball after suffering through six straight losing seasons. Since Keepshooting.com is not a team sports website, I will keep this brief and easy to follow.

Strasburg is a 24-year-old phenomenon. He is arguably the Nationals most skilled pitcher and was once referred to by Sports Illustrated as "the most hyped and closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball." In a nutshell, he is kind of a big deal. But in 2010, Strasburg tore his ulnar collateral ligament and required Tommy John surgery (look it up). This season marks his full-time return to the team, but as usual, there is a catch. Strasburg will be limited in the amount of innings he is allowed to throw as part of a rehab program and will eventually be shutdown. The inevitable early end to his season is controversial because the Nationals are primed to make a run at the World Series.

Now, the arguments for both sides of the debate open up another can of worms entirely and do not beg an explanation here. I really only wanted to use the example to get you thinking about shutdowns. That is because today, I want to discuss an arms manufacturer that has aimed to shut down its competition with its mighty product line. That manufacturer is none other than Springfield Armory.

Springfield Armory

The Springfield Armory, founded in 1777 by George Washington, was the United States' Federal Armory and the primary location for the manufacture of U.S. Military arms until its abrupt closure in 1968. Contrary to popular belief, the Springfield Armory located in Springfield, Massachusetts is, for all intents and purposes, unassociated with the modern arms manufacturer bearing the same name – Springfield Armory, Inc. 

The humble beginnings of Springfield Armory, Inc. can be traced back to 1974, when Elmer Balance licensed the "Springfield Armory" name for use with is company LH Manufacturing – the company responsible for the initial civilian production of the M1A rifle. Eventually, Balance sold the company and transferred the licensing to Robert Reese, who went on to form the company we all know so well today. Springfield Armory, Inc. now operates out of Geneseo, Illinois as an arms manufacturer and importer.

Though the company only has just over 35 years of experience, it has proven time and time again the quality, reliability, durability and nearly unmatched performance of its line – all qualities that are readily apparent in the Springfield XD and XD(M) series of pistols.

The Springfield XD

For years, the only viable option for those seeking a striker-fired polymer pistol was GLOCK. Apparently, that did not sit well with Springfield Armory and in 2002 they introduced the Springfield XD pistol to the United States market.

The line, which is actually manufactured in in Karlovac, Croatia by renowned Croatian arms manufacturer HS Produkt and sold as the HS2000, quickly rose through the ranks, surpassing many other polymer pistols in terms of quality, reliability and performance – generally anything that truly matters. When you think about it, it is not very surprising considering the factory-standard features that provide for all the aforementioned qualities.

All Springfield XD pistols include a factory-standard two-stage trigger put other double-action triggers to shame. They also boast a number of safety features like the loaded-chamber indicator and the striker-status indicator, which provide the shooter with visual and tactile confirmations as to whether the pistol is loaded and cocked. Add in the grip safety, ultra safety assurance (USA) trigger, drop safety and out-of-battery safety and you have a pistol that is at the top of its class in all of the areas that matter most.

Then, of course, there is the XD(M) series, builds upon an already strong foundation with match quality upgrades and a slew of other practical features. But I am straying from my purpose for penning this blog.

Springfield Armory and Keepshooting.com

You know me – I am never one to jaw on and on about a bunch of nonsense without a good reason. Now, after forcing you to sit through a bit of nonsense, I am ready to offer my good reason.

All this talk about Springfield firearms is the result of one simple thing. Keepshooting.com recently became an official Springfield Armory, Inc. stocking dealer in the state of Maryland, as well as online, which means a few different things for us and for you. If you are familiar with our Mossberg deal, then you may already have an idea of what to expect. If not, listen to this.

Being a Springfield Armory, Inc. stocking dealer means committing to carrying a number of firearms from the Springfield product line. As you may know, Springfield's line consists of dozens of firearms that range from the reliable XDs and XD(M)s to the iconic 1911 and M1A. We have researched everything they have to offer and have selected quite a few of their finest offerings, many of which will soon be stocked and ready to order are already available in our web store now. Those that are not are on the way!

Being a Springfield Armory, Inc. stocking dealer also means that we will be one of the few companies that will have an exclusive opportunity to check out and order new Springfield firearms as they are released. When a new 1911 gets put out, you will not have to look any further than Keepshooting.com to find it.

Finally, our commitment to being an official Springfield Amory, Inc. stocking dealer means that we will get excellent pricing on all of the Springfield firearms we have decided to carry. And as always, excellent pricing for us means excellent prices for you.

As noted, many of the Springfield firearms that spun out of this deal are already available in our web store today. Check out the "Springfield Armory" section of our website to browse firearms like the Springfield XD-S, the Springfield Loaded 1911-A1 and the Springfield M1A Loaded.

0 Comments | Posted in News Products Gun Industry By Joe Michelizzi

Get your paracord here!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:01:38 PM America/New_York

Get your paracord here!

Every once in a while, some genius comes around and creates something mesmerizing – something so versatile that carries a million different applications that it becomes a must-have item for people the world over.

Remember German engineer and industrial designer Gottlieb Daimler? Of course not! But it is a name that should be more familiar than Kim Kardashian, who has yet to offer the world anything of value. Anyway, you should know the name Gottlieb Daimler because he is credited with inventing the four-wheeled automobile – you know, the thing you rely on day in and day out for just about everything.

No, it is not often these days that people are credited for their ingenious work. Do not believe me? Who invented paracord? Exactly.

You may not ever rely on paracord as much as you do your car, but you would be surprised at how versatile paracord actually is. In fact, I am willing to bet MacGyver would have gladly traded in his episodes and episode's worth of crap for a paracord survival bracelet or two. That is right; paracord is fully capable of saving your skin from more than a few of the sticky situations in which you may one day find yourself.

Now that you have got paracord on the mind, how about you pick some up from Keepshooting.com? But before we get to that, let us pay tribute to the creator of paracord, whoever that may be, with a brief history and explanation of the wonder rope.

World War II and paracord

To begin, paracord is actually an abbreviated word for the term "parachute cord," which makes perfect sense when you consider the fact that it was originally developed for use in the suspension lines of United States parachutes during World War II.

Its versatility was quickly realized by paratroopers though who discovered their suspension lines served a number of seemingly limitless secondary applications, including use as a dummy cord, boot laces, fishing line and much more. It was not long until parachute cord was readily available to all soldiers in the Military.

The versatility of parachute cord carried it far beyond the reaches of the Military, however as it was also used by astronauts on NASA's STS-82 mission – their second shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Unsurprisingly, parachute cord quickly became commercially available and commercially successful.

That is great, but what is paracord?

How could I have let that little detail slip by? Parachute cord, more commonly known as paracord and sometimes 550 cord, is a type of nylon kermantle rope that was, as noted, originally designed for and used in suspension lines found in U.S. parachutes during WWII.

Kermantle rope is a type of rope characterized by an interior core, known as the kern, and an exterior sheath, which is designed to provide an added degree of strength, durability and flexibility. As one would expect, the tensile strength of kermantle rope is derived from the kern whereas the exterior sheath exists primarily to protect the kern from abrasions.

Many different types of paracord exist and are categorized by a number of different characteristics, including strength, elongation, length per pound, core yarns (kerns) and sheath structure. The overwhelming majority of paracord available is "Type III" paracord, also known as 550 paracord due to its nominally-rated minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds. 550 Paracord is also marked by its seven to nine core yarns (kerns), each of which is made up of three strands.

So what can I use paracord for?

Since its introduction by the military decades ago, paracord has gone on to enjoy wild success on the civilian market, as evidenced by the prevalence of paracord survival bracelets. With virtually limitless applications, paracord is becoming more and more popular as time wears on. As such, it would probably be more appropriate to ask what paracord cannot be used for.

If you have ever had a need to build, bind, climb, carry, hoist, pull or do anything else requiring effort, then you probably could have used paracord. I was not kidding when I said the applications were virtually limitless. Additionally, paracord will make a great addition to the packs of anyone who enjoys:

- Camping

- Climbing

- Hiking

- Hunting

- Fishing

- Survival

- Much more…

Keepshooting.com and paracord

Today's title says it all – get your paracord here. It is obvious that there is a demand in the civilian market for paracord. And where there is demand, Keepshooting.com is there to supply.

Looking for heaps of paracord? Check out our black 550 paracord. Our black 550 paracord is sold in lengths of 100 feet. Nominally rated with a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds, 550 paracord generally contains between 7 to 9 core yarns.

Perhaps you are looking for a paracord survival bracelet. Good thing you came here. We carry an excellent paracord survival bracelet kit that includes a length of olive drab 550 paracord as well as detailed instructions for fashioning a tactical bracelet. Also included with every kit is a plastic side-release buckle for fastening the bracelet. Buckles are available in two different sizes: three-eighths and one-half of an inch. We also carry various paracord bracelet buckles.

Go ahead. Order some paracord. It is what MacGyver would have wanted.

0 Comments | Posted in News Products By Joe Michelizzi

A Brief History of Glock

Monday, July 30, 2012 11:24:01 AM America/New_York

A Brief History of GLOCK

Do you ever wonder how certain people or certain companies got their start? Surely you will wonder how the great Joe (that is me) got his start when in twenty years I am writing from the press box at Nationals Park. Surely you will be asking yourselves, "How did he get his start?"

How does a man who graduated from one of the nation's top universities with a degree in elementary education end up working in the press box at Nationals Park? No, seriously, I am asking you because it is my dream and I would really love to know – that was not at all a rhetorical question. While you work on an answer, chew on the following.

As of now, I am only aware of my destination. All I know about the path is that it begins with Keepshooting.com and the multitude of writing experience that I am currently gaining. So how did I get my start at Keepshooting.com?

A lowly recent college graduate, unable to find a job in a tough economy, returned to his writing roots and began working as a freelancer, doing small jobs here and there for little pay. When the opportunity to write short blog postings for an up-and-coming firearms and military surplus company came around, it was taken. So impressed with the job the writer did were the owners, they did not hesitate to bring him on full-time.

Here I am, today, penning yet another blog posting for that firearms and military surplus company. Only time will tell what my next stop will be. And until then, all I can do is keep writing and keep watching every baseball game that is humanly possible.

It seems that I, as I often tend to do, have gotten off track. But at least this reflection on my career and aspirations sparked a thought. How did the leading global manufacturer of pistols get its start? What path did that manufacturer follow that allowed it to find its way into the hands of approximately 65 percent of law enforcement officers in the United States? What is the story behind GLOCK?

GLOCK…For Those Living Under a Rock

To be unfamiliar with GLOCK is absurd. The brand has been featured in countless movies, television shows, video games, songs and just about every other form of popular media known to man – not to the mention the heaps of attention that have been dumped on the brand by media outlets everywhere on several different occasions. In fact, I can only think of only one decent excuse for being unfamiliar with GLOCK in the year 2012. You live under a rock, which is perfectly okay with me. Now that you have emerged from your earthy establishment and have somehow stumbled upon our website, I may as well shed some very basic light on GLOCK.

GLOCK, formally known as GLOCK Ges.m.b.H, is an arms manufacturer that was technically founded in 1981 and finds its headquarters in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria. As noted, the manufacturer is the leading global manufacturer of pistols, lauded for its rich heritage that is steeped in safety, durability and reliability. And even though I had to take the time to tell you about the manufacturer itself, I will not take the time to detail the quality and precision engineering that is typical of their products, which are a given.

Now that your eyes are adjusted to the light of above-ground living and you are familiar with GLOCK, it is time to answer the million-dollar question: How did GLOCK get its start?

Gaston Glock and the Beginnings of a Behemoth

You probably already know that GLOCK is named for its founder, Gaston Glock. What you might not know, however, is that the Austrian engineer had no experience with either the design or manufacture of firearms at the time that the prototype for the GLOCK 17 was being developed. How can that be?

Just a bit ago, I mentioned that GLOCK Ges.m.b.H was technically founded in 1981. That is because GLOCK KG preceded GLOCK Ges.m.b.H. GLOCK KG was founded in 1963. Making good use of Glock's expertise with advanced synthetic polymers, GLOCK KG began by producing a variety of plastic and steel parts. A few years later, the company began manufacturing military products that included knives, training hand grenades and machinegun belt links. Not the type of start you were expecting from a company that would go on to sell more than 5 million pistols worldwide? I was relatively surprised as well.

It was not until 1980 that the company you know today began to take shape.

1980: GLOCK Turns a Corner

Like many of the world’s finest firearms, the first GLOCK pistol came about as the result of an exhaustive competition organized by the Austrian Ministry of Defence to select a replacement for the Austrian military’s then-current service pistol, the Walther P38. In a competition reminiscent of Stalin’s contest in the 1940s, which went on to produce the AK-47, the Austrian Ministry of Defence stipulated that the new service pistol must meet 17 criteria. These criteria were instated to ensure the design of a pistol that is both durable and reliable and utilized only the most desirable characteristics.

In 1980, the Austrian army issued an official invitation for the competition to GLOCK KG. Gaston Glock had a huge hill to climb if he was to be successful. As noted, he had no experience with firearms design or production at the time. A year later, GLOCK Ges.m.b.H was founded and Glock fielded a team of experts to assist in the design process. Needless to say, his offering was probably not a favorite to win the competition. However, his expertise in advanced synthetic polymers led not only to the design of the first successful polymer-framed pistol but also what was to become the standard by which all modern pistols are measured. It was not until 1982 that a contract was awarded, marking the initial production year for the GLOCK 17.

GLOCK in the Modern Era

Today, GLOCK is known for producing high-quality firearms marked by their safety, reliability and ease-of-use, which probably explains the fact that about 65 percent of United States law enforcement agencies place their trust in the manufacturer. GLOCK is also the side arm of choice for a number of armed forces, law enforcement agencies and private security firms worldwide.

0 Comments | Posted in News Products Gun Industry By Joe Michelizzi

Beat the Heat with Keepshooting.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:15:12 AM America/New_York

A Special Look at Helpful Summertime Products

Today is July 10, 2012. If you are at all a fan of baseball, you know that today is the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game – the 83rd of its kind. Apparently, it still counts. In 2012, an exhibition game is still being used as the deciding factor for home-field advantage in the World Series, which is just a bit ridiculous considering each team's starting lineup is selected by a fan vote. Godspeed Bud Selig. Godspeed.

Anyway, since today is sort of a special occasion in the life of me, I decided that there would be no better way to kick off today's festivities than by offering a second helping of the Keepshooting.com blog. Two posts in one week?! You heard right. And considering that you are reading it right now, it should come as less of a surprise.

The Major League Baseball All-Star game is also known as the "Midsummer Classic." Why? It is played in the middle of summer, genius. And boy is it summertime. Saturday was marked by a record-high temperature of 105 degrees. Can you guess where I was? If you guessed taking in a baseball game at Nationals Park, you would be incorrect. While I was at the game, the only thing I was taking in was copious amounts of water in an attempt to survive the hell Washington D.C. had been turned into for the week.

In recognition of summertime, my most despised season of all, I figured it would make sense to take this time to highlight a few of our products that find utility most often in summer.

German Wustentarn Boonie Hat

When I think of summer, I think of sunshine. And when I think of sunshine, I think of devastating ultraviolet rays, sunburn and melanoma. A good preventive measure to take in hopes of avoiding those ailments is the frequent slathering of sunblock. But since Keepshooting.com is not a drug store, I am going to cut off the sunblock discussion right here and now. Instead, I offer you the German Wustentarn boonie hat – a perfect choice to keep cool in the summer heat while protecting your face and neck from the death rays characteristic of the sun.

German Wustentarn Boonie Hat

Part fashionable headwear, part German military surplus and all sorts of awesome, the German Wustentarn boonie hat is a comfortable, wide-brimmed hat that is ready to retire from its life of combat and settle down in a location where cooler heads prevail. You heard right. These hats actually saw action. And they have a whole slew of great features that make them practical.

The hat is constructed from a cotton-polyester blend and features a 3-inch brim that is great for protecting the wearer's face and neck from ultraviolet rays. Also included is a thin drawstring cord that can be used to tighten the hat or secure it around the neck when not in use.

But deadly invisible sun rays are not the only thing that summer brings…

Swiss Military Folding Raincoat

Luckily, some relief from last week's record temperatures in the Washington Metropolitan Area is coming – in the form of showers and thunderstorms. I believe I made it painfully obvious how little I favor the heat that summer brings, so I welcome this week's barrage of cooling rain, though I am sure most of the others in this area will complain about it just as they did the heat. You cannot please any percentage of the populating at any time at all.  

But it is funny. Considering how important water is to life all over the world, people sure seem to hate getting wet. No matter, because Keepshooting.com has a lightweight solution that will appease everyone. The Swiss military folding raincoat keeps you dry and cool all season long.

Swiss Military Folding Raincoat

Perfect for anyone seeking shelter from the rain, the Swiss military folding raincoat is an authentic Swiss military surplus item. Noted for both its light weight and compact size, this raincoat is great for those surprise summer rain showers. It is constructed almost entirely from a thin vinyl material that is both comfortable and extremely water resistant. Not only that, it has a built-in pocket that allows you to fold the raincoat into itself for easy storage when not in use. How convenient is that?

Still, there is more to summer than heat and thunderstorms. This is where things get a little hairy.

German Flecktarn Summer Gloves

Yard work. I hate is almost as much as I do the heat. Almost. Who could possibly enjoy mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, trimming the hedges or anything even remotely similar? Not me. Unfortunately, it has to be done. So suck it up, stop complaining and grab a pair of German Flecktarn summer gloves to help get the job done without ruining your precious little mittens.

German Flecktarn Summer Gloves

The German Flecktarn summer gloves are a German military surplus item and were originally issued to members of the Bundeswehr. Designed for tough military jobs, these camouflage work gloves are perfect for any summer project from trimming hedges to logging forests. Boasting military-grade craftsmanship, each pair of gloves consists of a thin outer layer constructed from a soft canvas material, while the interior is lined with a thin, comfortable cotton layer. Though the thought of dual layers may make it seem as if these are unfit for summer work, they are very lightweight and extremely breathable. The real draw, however, is not in their light weight or breathability, but rather the inclusion of a protective layer of leather on the areas that are most vulnerable to wear and injury. The palm of each glove, along with the tips of every finger and the knuckles, has an added layer of leather to protect the most sensitive parts of the hand from dangerous elements that may be encountered during various types of labor.

I probably should not bash summer all day long. I mean, it does bring baseball back into my life. Not to mention, summer is the perfect time for firearms and ammunition.

Firearms and Ammunition

I am sure you are well aware of the fact that Keepshooting.com has a decent little selection of firearms and ammunition. As such, it is impossible for me to pick one firearm or one box of ammunition to highlight here. Instead, I invite you to check out our newly-revamped "Firearms" section, which is now organized by type and manufacturer and designed to provide a more user-friendly experience. Go ahead, check it – it is right there in the top-left portion of your screen. There you go.

I also invite you to check out our ammunition section (just two categories over from firearms), which features a great selection of pistol, rifle and shotgun ammunition.

There you have it – some of our best summertime products. All that is left to do is order some of them and root for the National League to win the All-Star game.

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The Beginning: A Tale of the .30-06 Springfield Cartridge

Monday, July 9, 2012 12:36:47 PM America/New_York

The Beginning: A Tale of the .30-06 Springfield Cartridge

Well, it seems our readers have grown exponentially after our previous two entries: "The Mesmerizing Tale of the 7.62x51mm NATO Cartridge" and "A New Standard: The Story of the 5.56x45mm NATO Cartridge." Okay, our readership has by no means grown exponentially, but those entries have proven to be quite popular. As such, I have decided to return to the series' roots by penning a prequel. After introducing the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge and following it up by shining a light on its replacement, it only makes sense to go back a few steps and highlight one of the United States' early stars.

I have already familiarized you with the concept of the sequel and even given you one to cherish. Today, we discuss the prequel. Then you get one – to cherish. Prequels are in many ways the opposite of sequels. A prequel is any narrative work whose story precedes that of a narrative originally presented in a previously released work. Whereas a sequel expands upon the backstory of the original narrative, a prequel lays the groundwork for what occurs in the original. Stay with me if you can – I realize this is some pretty dense information. Anyway, sometimes prequels are good, but many times they are terribly, terribly bad. Remember "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace?" What about "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"? Of course you do. But fear not, my prequel will be more in line with glorious "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

If you recall, our story began in the 1950s with the development of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge and its eventual adoption as the standard small arms cartridge for NATO countries in 1954. We then met its replacement, the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, which was adopted by NATO countries under Standardized Agreement (STANAG) 4172. Today, we go back to the turn of the 20th century and meet their predecessor – the .30-06 Springfield cartridge.

An Overview of the .30-06 Springfield Cartridge

Unsurprisingly, there is no background information to get into here. I am starting fresh from the beginning of the story. So without further ado, let us get to a short overview of the .30-06 Springfield cartridge and then we will soon be off to its development. Actually, before proceeding any further, I have to take a brief moment to make sure your pronunciation is on point. The way it is written has the potential to be confusing, but the correct pronunciation is "thirty-aught-six."

The .30-06 Springfield cartridge, also known as the 7.62x63mm cartridge, is a high-powered rifle cartridge that was designed by the United States Military in 1906 and saw service begin the very same year. It remained in service with the U.S. Army for nearly 50 years before being replaced by the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, but we all already know about that. Besides, its introduction retired a few cartridges in the process, namely the .30-03 cartridge, the 6mm Lee Navy cartridge and the .30-40 Krag cartridge. Regardless of its replacement, it remains a popular sporting cartridge to this day.

In terms of ballistic performance, the .30-06 Springfield cartridge was very similar to the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge that replaced it. It was originally designed for 1,000-yard shots with a 150 gr, flat-base cupronickel-jacketed bullet. This bullet eventually became known as the M2 ball cartridge and was incorporated into standard-issue ammunition until its eventual replacement. This configuration boasts muzzle velocities that have been observed to travel in excess of 2,900 fps and is known to expend over 2,800 foot-pounds of energy.

Though the formation of NATO came well after the introduction of the .30-06 Springfield cartridge, I like to believe it would have been worthy of standardization. The cartridge is used in conjunction with several popular domestic and foreign rifles, including the M1903 Springfield, the M1917 Enfield, the M1 Garand, the M1914 Johnson, the Famage Mauser and the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).

Now that we know all about this recoil-riddled cartridge, we can move on to its development.

The Development of the .30-06 Springfield Cartridge

The development of the .30-06 Springfield cartridge came at a time when many militaries were adopting cartridges that utilized the new spitzer bullet, also known as a spire point bullet. Spitzer bullets are what many of us picture when we are asked to imagine a rifle bullet, which I cannot imagine is very often. They are pointed such that they take on aerodynamic properties during flight. Regardless, France was the first to adopt such a bullet in 1898, followed by Germany in 1905. The United States took bronze by adopting it third in 1906 with the introduction of the .30-06 Springfield cartridge. The timeline here is quite interesting. As you may know, the .30-03 cartridge, which was quickly replaced by the .30-06 Springfield cartridge, was developed alongside the M1903 Springfield rifle. When the .30-03 cartridge was introduced in 1903, it was already outdated as France had already introduced the spitzer design. Luckily, the M1903 Springfield rifle was easily modified in order to accept the new .30-06 Springfield cartridge, which featured a shortened neck to accommodate a higher velocity bullet. Among the changes made to the rifle were a shortening of the barrel and a re-cutting of the chamber.

As you might imagine, the U.S. Military designed several variations of the .30-06 Springfield cartridge. Among the most popular was the .30 M1 ball cartridge, which used a 174 gr, boat-tail gilding-metal bullet. This was developed after World War I revealed a U.S. weakness in regards to the effective range of their machine guns. Not only did the new .30 M1 ball cartridge provide for increased range due to an increased ballistic coefficient, it also cut down on fouling thanks to its gilding metal construction.

Unfortunately, we are nearing the end of this tale. As noted, the .30-06 Springfield cartridge remained in service as the standard rifle cartridge for the U.S. Military until 1954 when it was replaced by the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, a cartridge more suitable for fully-automatic fire. Nevertheless, the .30-06 Springfield cartridge remained in service throughout the Vietnam War and is now a popular hunting cartridge.

Keepshooting.com and the .30-06 Springfield Cartridge

Those of you who read my previous installments know exactly what to expect at this part of the story – a sales pitch. Unfortunately, we do not currently have any .30-06 Springfield ammunition in stock. Luckily, we do have entire sections devoted to its replacements. Check out both our 7.62x51mm NATO/.308 Winchester and 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington sections today for an excellent selection of some of the industry's most popular cartridges.

And so ends my epic trilogy. It was a good one – certainly much better than at least one other trilogy. And who knows, maybe one day I will resurrect this beast and add on just a bit more.

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A New Standard: The Story of the 5.56x45mm NATO Cartridge

Monday, July 2, 2012 10:55:28 AM America/New_York

A New Standard: The Story of the 5.56x45mm NATO Cartridge

Good news, everyone! Considering the success and popularity of my previous blog entry titled "The Mesmerizing Tale of the 7.62x51mm NATO Cartridge," I have just been given the go-ahead to pen a sequel. Do not groan just yet. I promise to deliver another thrilling, historically-accurate account that builds on the previous entry while weaving exciting new threads that not only tells a complete story in its own right, but sets up another sequel or perhaps even a prequel. You know, just in case this is met with the very same success and popularity.

For those that are not the cultured type and do not enjoy partaking in books, comic books, television shows, movies, video games and other forms of narrative entertainment, a sequel is a continuation or expansion of some narrative that was originally presented in a previously released work. Sometimes those continuances are excellent additions to the original narrative. More often than not, they are abominations – unwatchable, unreadable or unplayable filth that exists solely to capitalize on the masses' love of a franchise. I am sure we all remember "Speed 2: Cruise Control" and I apologize for even mentioning it. But you know to expect better from me. I would never produce anything I did not believe worth producing, and this sequel is a natural progression of my previous blog entry.

If you will remember, we last left off in 1954 with the adoption of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge as the standard small arms cartridge for NATO countries. I made it pretty clear that the cartridge was replaced soon after its adoption, which lends itself to a sequel. So settle in and get ready for the story of the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge. I assure you; it will be less like "Caddyshack II" and "Blues Brothers 2000" and more like "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Aliens."

An Overview of the 5.53x45mm NATO Cartridge

Sequels are very much different than the original works on which they are based. While many original works must take time to set up background information, many sequels can assume that information is already understood. I realize, however, that in addition to the fact that the information presented in my "sequel" is largely unrelated to the information presented in my previous entry, there may be new readers here. As such, I have some explaining to do.

The 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge is a rifle cartridge that was designed in the United States as a cartridge for the M16 rifle. It was derived from the commercial .223 Remington cartridge and its design spanned a number of years beginning in the late 1950s and ending in the early 1960s. After its introduction to the United States Military for use with the new M16 service rifle, it was quickly adopted by NATO as a replacement for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. In terms of ballistic performance, the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge is not quite as powerful as the NATO cartridge it replaced. A standard SS109 bullet is capable of producing approximately 1,300 foot-pounds of energy, though its muzzle velocity is much higher than that of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge and has been observed to travel at speeds of approximately 3,100 fps. It also has a tendency to yaw and fragment in tissue after impacts that occur at extremely high velocities, which is believed to sometimes result in hydrostatic shock. This aspect of its performance is also the subject of much debate and criticism, though that is a topic best reserved for another day.

As noted, the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge was derived from the commercial .223 Remington cartridge. These two cartridges, while possessing dimensions that are very similar, are not identical. Though it might be safe to fire .223 Remington cartridges from a rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute warns specifically about the safety of firing 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge from rifles with a chambering other than 5.56x45mm NATO.

And now that we know more than ever about the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, it is about time we move on to some information regarding its development.

The Development of the 5.56x45mm NATO Cartridge

Though I never mentioned in in my previous entry, the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge was not always popular and never universally praised. After all, I cannot show all of my cards at once. Prior to the selection of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, the British army was working on an intermediate cartridge known as the .280 British cartridge – what they had hoped would become the standard small arms NATO cartridge. Its development was led by the very same criticisms of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge that would eventually lead the development of the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge. The 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge was, the British felt, too powerful for controlled automatic fire. It produced too much recoil and its hefty overall weight was less-than-ideal. Ironically, the United States thought the .280 British cartridge underpowered. A few years later, they began work on what would become the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge.

In the late 1950s, several arms manufacturers, including ArmaLite, began individual small caliber, high velocity assault rifle experiments with the .222 Remington cartridge – a cartridge that was quickly ruled out as a possible contender for service due to its limited powder capacity. ArmaLite reached out to Remington Arms seeking a cartridge similar to the .222 Remington cartridge but with a longer case body and therefore greater capacity for propellant powders. The new cartridge was initially known as the .222 Remington Special. Shortly after, in an effort to avoid confusion with other manufacturers seeking similar cartridges, the .222 Remington Special was renamed the .223 Remington cartridge. It was soon after adopted by the United States Military as the 5.56x45mm cartridge for use with the new M16 service rifle, which was developed alongside the development of the cartridge. Again, that is a long and fascinating story that begs too much time to be discussed here.

The new cartridge was desirable in part due to its reduced weight as compared to both the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge and the 7.62x39mm cartridge. When carrying a load of 10 kg worth of ammunition, troops were able to carry over twice as much 5.56x45mm ammunition as they would 7.62x51mm ammunition. At a cap of 10 kg, soldiers could carry 33 M16 magazines for a total of 660 rounds of ammunition and only 14 M14 magazines for a total of 280 rounds.

The success of the 5.56x45mm cartridge with the United States Military led it to be adopted as a standard small arms cartridge for NATO countries under Standardized Agreement (STANAG) 4172. To this day, it remains the standard small arms cartridge for NATO countries.

Keepshooting.com and the 5.56x45mm NATO Cartridge

And so we come to the part of the story where I introduce you to our 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington ammunition section. These cartridges are two of the most widely-used cartridges in the United States. They are popular with rifles like the AR-15 and the Ruger Mini-14. That said, these cartridges are relatively inexpensive and are popular with target shooters. In an effort to supply our customers with the widest selection and the best prices around, Keepshooting.com has decided to carry 5.56x45mm NATO and .223 Remington ammunition – we would be fools not to. If you have an AR-15, you may be interested in our PMC X-Tac 5.56 ammunition. Each box contains 20 rounds M193 bullets. We are also stocking Federal XM193 5.56 ammunition as frequently as possible. And if your rifle is chambered in .223 Remington, check out our Wolf Polyformance .223 Remington ammunition.

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The Mesmerizing Tale of the 7.62x51mm NATO Cartridge

Monday, June 25, 2012 10:42:52 AM America/New_York

The Mesmerizing Tale of the 7.62x51mm NATO Cartridge

Everyone likes a good story. It is why books, comic books, television shows, movies and video games are so immensely popular. Because all of those things are, if nothing else, stories. Storytelling spans the entirety of human history and exists across all cultures. It is believed that in the past, storytelling served the purpose of relaying information necessary for survival. It evolved into tales that spoke about morality and social adaptation. Now, no matter what specific purpose a story serves, one thing holds true: stories are enjoyable. Whether they frighten us and send us crying to Mom or they make us weep like newborns, we want to hear them. And since we want to hear stories, I aim to deliver stories.

But I cannot tell just any story. As much as I would like to give you my take on "The Three Little Pigs," it just does not make any sense to do so. This is Keepshooting.com. And at Keepshooting.com, we are all about firearms, ammunition and military surplus. So you can bet my story is going to be an action-packed thrill ride that shows Michael Bay how it is done.

Today, I offer you the first part of what will be our blockbusting summer two-parter, trilogy or quadrilogy – I have yet to decide how many parts there will actually be. For the foreseeable future, I will be telling the tales of some of the world's most iconic firearm cartridges. So sit back, relax, grab some popcorn and enjoy the mesmerizing tale of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge.

An Overview of the 7.62x51mm NATO Cartridge

As you may well know, a good story begins by offering a little bit of background information. The main character is introduced alongside the setting. The plot is set up and we see the beginnings of some type of conflict. Hopefully Michael Bay is taking notes. Because my story is no throwaway, it will begin much the same, though it will be much more straightforward and much less poetic.

The 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge is a rifle cartridge that was originally developed in the 1950s as a standard small arms cartridge for NATO countries. It was quickly adopted by the United States Military for use in the M14 rifle, and though it has since been replaced by the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, it remains in service to this day with several units. Those paying attention are likely to have noted my use of foreshadowing with the mention of the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, which is likely to show up in part two of my sprawling epic. Anyway, it boasts a ballistic performance that is not unlike the .30-06 Springfield cartridge that it replaced. It is also very similar to the commercial .308 Winchester cartridge, from which it was derived. Though these two cartridges are very similar, they are not identical. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute does, however, consider it safe to fire the NATO cartridge in rifles chambered for the commercial cartridge. Others disagree. And with that, let us move on to the bulk of the story.

The Development of the 7.62x51mm NATO Cartridge

The development of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge began a lot earlier than you probably think. In fact, events that took place just after the end of World War I would impact the development of the cartridge.

Originally, the powerful .30-06 Springfield cartridge was thought inadaptable for semi-automatic fire and the promising .276 Pederson cartridge looked to be a frontrunner for replacing it. The .30-06 Springfield cartridge did, however, prove to be compatible with semi-automatic fire and the idea of the .276 Pederson cartridge as a replacement was quickly scrapped. Once it was clear that the United States would enter World War II, the .30-06 Springfield cartridge was the only cartridge available. This did not present a problem though, as along with the M1 Garand, the cartridge provided the American troops with firepower far superior to that of their counterparts. With an excellent performance in WWII, no replacement was required and the cartridge remained in service through the Korean War and much of the 1960s.

Though the cartridge survived well into the 1960s, many design experiments designed to improve the M1 Garand were carried out throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Its limited capacity, a result of the famous en-bloc clip, led to designs that used detachable box magazines. Its limited rate of fire led to the Springfield T20, a fully-automatic version of the M1 Garand that was to truly impact the development of the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge.

Tests of the T20, and the eventual T25, involved the use of both the .30-06 Springfield cartridge and a newly designed modification of the .300 Savage cartridge, which was known as the T65 cartridge. Those that know their history know that the .300 Savage cartridge was the parent case for the .308 Winchester cartridge. The .308 Winchester cartridge was the parent case for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. Those with brains can see where this is going. Anyway, the new T65 cartridge was believed to be about as powerful as the .30-06 cartridge in that it shared a similar ballistic performance and provided a near-equivalent output of energy. It was also about half an inch shorter than its predecessor. Eventually, all of the fully-automatic testing led to the T44 – what we know today as the M14 rifle. And what cartridge did the M14 fire? None other than the T65 cartridge, which was formally adopted as the standard small arms cartridge for NATO in 1954 as the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge.

Of course, the M14 eventually revealed its weaknesses. Both it and the cartridge it fired were soon to be replaced. But that is a story for another day.

Keepshooting.com and the 7.62x51mm NATO Cartridge

And so ends my wonderful tale. But what kind of story would it be if I did not at least make an attempt at trying to sell you something? Is there a book, comic book, television show, movie or video game nowadays that does not specifically mention a brand name? I thought so.

Today, many modern and surplus rifles are chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO or .308 Winchester. As such, we here at Keepshooting.com have decided to begin stocking a wide variety of both 7.62x51mm NATO and .308 Winchester ammunition. For now, you may be interested in our Brown Bear .308 Winchester ammunition. Each box contains 20 rounds of 145gr FMJ bullets. In the coming months, more and more ammunition will be added to our online store so be sure to check back frequently.

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Only at Keepshooting.com!

Monday, June 18, 2012 2:16:28 PM America/New_York

On the Exclusivity of Certain Keepshooting.com Products

There are a seemingly infinite number of reasons why buying from Keepshooting.com is a good idea. For one, there is our excellent customer service. When you call us you will never get stuck speaking to a machine. Instead, your call will be answered by a person just like you – one that actually cares about his or her work enough to put forth the time and effort required to respond to an inquiry in a satisfactory manner. Then there are our speedy shipping times. Some places like to take their sweet time when shipping your items. Why? Because they already have your money and can always claim that it was "just shipped" when you call to lodge a complaint. By that point, it is fairly unlikely that you will cancel. Our customers know that when they place an order with Keepshooting.com, they can expect an email notification with a confirmation of their order that is quickly followed up by a tracking number and an expected date of delivery, which is usually not far off. Then there is the most important reason – our products and our prices, which get their own paragraph.

What can be said about our products and pricing without sounding like an arrogant jerk? We have what you want available for prices that you would imagine are too good to be true yet somehow are true, which is why we suspect that the very large majority of our customers are repeat customers. Not only that, we have a great deal of products that can only be found at here at Keepshooting.com. That is exactly what I want to talk about today.

Exclusivity? What the heck is that?

I learned about the importance of exclusivity as it relates to businesses when I was a youngster enamored with video games. A big part of the video game industry's business model is exclusivity. If you want to play any of the installments in "The Legend of Zelda" series, then you have to buy a Nintendo console. If you want to play any of the installments in the "Halo" series, then you will need a Microsoft console. The big wigs devised a plan that was designed to drive sales of their console by offering highly popular titles as console-exclusives. And it worked.

The comic book industry does the same thing. If you want to read the writings of Scott Snyder, and you do, then you will have to pick up some DC Comics. If you are a fan of Jason Aaron, you will now only find his work over at the House of Ideas – that is Marvel Comics for those in the dark.

The idea of exclusivity works, so it is only natural that we here at Keepshooting.com try to obtain as many exclusive products as possible – products you can only get by visiting our website and ordering from us. The best part is that our exclusives are available for the same great price as everything else. So without further ado, I would like to introduce a few products that you will only find here.

The Keepshooting.com Exclusives

Since receiving a sizeable shipment of Gerber® survival cases, it has been one of our best sellers.

Gerber Survival Case

What is the Gerber® survival case? The Gerber® emergency survival case is a great way to begin preparing for any emergency survival situation. The survival case is a rigid, fold-open case designed by Gerber® to store a wealth of indispensable emergency tools and accessories in a compact case that is both practical and easily manageable. Inside the case is a wealth of pockets, straps and storage compartments that can accommodate anything from an entrenching tool and a compact pistol to flashlights, multi tools, road flares and much more.

I know what you are thinking – you can pick up this case just about anywhere. While that is true, we are the only retailer that sells them void of gear, which not only drives down the cost but offers the option to customize the case with your preferred gear. If you are caught up in the 2012 hoopla, you might want to give some consideration to this product.

Our next exclusive is the Finnish M95 gas mask.

Finnish M95 Gas Mask

Produced by Scott Safety, a company with well over 50 years of experience in personal safety devices, the Finnish M95 gas mask is a multi-purpose mask that has been manufactured to the highest safety and performance specifications. The M95 gas mask includes a number of built-in features as well as a gas mask carrying bag and one M95 filter. In 1995, this mask replaced the popular Finnish M61 gas mask – one of the most popular surplus masks available on the market. Ordinarily, I would advise against the use of a surplus mask in favor of a proven, newly manufactured mask. Today, you can ignore that advice because the Finnish M95 gas mask shatters all preconceptions about the inadequacies of surplus masks. The NIOSH-approved Finnish M95 gas mask provides proven protection against the hazards associated with nuclear, biological and chemical environments in addition to numerous features designed with your comfort in mind.

You would think a surplus mask like this would be widely available. It is not. In fact, we have the only large supply of authentic Finnish M95 gas masks on the Internet. It is definitely within the realm of possibility that you can find them from time to time on auction websites, but expect to pay a premium price. If you want proven protection and a palatable price, you are going to have to come to us.

Speaking of military surplus, you will need much more than a stroke of good luck to find the German 120mm mortar scope anywhere but here.

German 120mm Mortar Scope

The German 120mm mortar scope is an optical device that is used in conjunction with a 120mm mortar. It is designed to provide a person with a more accurate means of aiming the mortar when a target is direct and visible. The scopes are in good condition with fully functional adjustment dials, which change the angle of the scope, and nearly perfect optics. One interesting aspect of the German 120mm mortar scope that I was able to obtain is the NATO Stock Number (NSN). An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the German 120mm mortar scope is 1240-12-124-7489, which is identified as a fernrorh or "telescope." The "1240" signifies that the piece classified as optical sighting and range equipment. The "12" signifies that the piece is from Germany. The remaining digits are the item number.

We bought up the entire supply of these scopes save for a small lot that went to a German company. And considering that to the best of my knowledge they do not have an Internet presence, we are your go-to retailer for all things German 120mm mortar scope.

The last product I will highlight today also happens to be the biggest and most exciting. I introduce to you the Sabre Defence M2HB barrel.

Sabre Defence M2HB Barrel

The Sabre Defence M2HB barrel is 45-inch barrel that is manufactured from stainless steel and designed for use with the M2HB heavy machine gun. In addition to a full chrome lining, which serves to protect the bore from rust and corrosion, the first third of the barrel (beginning at the chamber and extending toward the muzzle) is lined with stellite. Stellite is a cobalt-chromium alloy that is particularly useful due to its tendency to resist both wear and corrosion, which makes it particularly desirable for firearm barrels. Because fully-automatic machine gun barrels are especially susceptible to wear as a result of extreme rates of fire, the chrome and stellite lining in the M2HB barrel is a welcome feature. Those looking for replacement barrels or components to begin a build need look no further than the Sabre Defence M2HB barrel. The Sabre Defence M2HB barrel is recognized by experts as one of the best M2HB barrels ever manufactured.

The product description for this barrel has a wealth of information regarding the barrel, the machine gun it is designed for and the company that manufactured it. In short, these amazing barrels were produced by Sabre Defence Industries as part of a United States Military contract. You can only get them here and once they are gone, they will not be back.

In closing…

These are only a few of the many exclusive products we have scattered throughout our website. Our highlighting of these products is not meant to brag but to illustrate our willingness to serve by providing products that other retailers decide are too much trouble to seek out or are not worth their time. At Keepshooting.com, if it is worth your time then it is worth our time.  

0 Comments | Posted in News Products Gun Industry Military Surplus By Joe Michelizzi

Busting Myths and Taking Names

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:45:48 PM America/New_York

An Attempt At Dispelling Five Myths Regarding Firearms

I must say that I am a pretty big fan of Discovery Channel's long-running series, "Mythbusters." If, by some chance, you are unfamiliar with the program, it follows special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as they employ science as you have never seen it before in order to test the validity of everything from common myths and rumors to movie scenes and viral videos. Now in its 10th season, the show has tackled a wealth of gun-related myths, and in honor of this week's episode titled "Hollywood Gunslingers" I have decided to take this opportunity to debunk a few gun-related myths of my own. Sure, I may not have the flashy science, but it gets the job done just as well.

Some of the myths I plan to address are still around simply because many people lack common sense. As such, I am taking it upon myself here to provide you with definitive information that will serve to dispel the silly rumors. Some of the myths here are laughable. Others are more understandable. Either way, after reading this blog post you will undoubtedly be able to settle a few arguments at the next local gun show. In order of their absurdity, beginning with the least absurd, here are the myths:

- Black Talon ammunition was made illegal for its remarkable lethality

- Ownership of NFA firearms negates one's Fourth Amendment rights

- Silencers make firearms silent

- Bullets make everything explode

- Glocks were once illegal to own

As you can see, I have some whoppers lined up for you. So without further ado – the myths.

Myth One – Black Talon Ammunition

The 101 California Street Shootings, a mass shooting that claimed the lives of eight of fourteen victims, took place in San Francisco, California on July 1, 1993. The shooting was perpetrated by failed entrepreneur Gian Luigi Ferri, who entered a law office at 101 California Street and opened fire with two TEC-9s and an M1911. Reportedly, he used Black Talon ammunition in the attack. As you can imagine, the incident drew a great deal of attention from the media. So did the fact that he used Black Talon ammunition.

Black Talon was a line of ammunition that was originally designed for law enforcement and self-defense and was manufactured by Winchester Ammunition beginning in 1991. The Black Talon line features hollow-point bullets with special perforations that were designed to expose tissue to sharp, petal-shaped barbs upon expansion. Additionally, each bullet included a Lubalox coating that was applied via a proprietary oxide process and was often mistaken for Teflon®. In addition to giving the bullet an unusual black appearance, the Lubalox coating was designed to protect barrel rifling. Unfortunately, the media did what it does best and made an exaggerated claimed: Lubalox, like Teflon®, is applied to bullets to give them armor-piercing qualities.

This could not be further from the truth and can be proven by simple field test data. Nevertheless, beginning in 1993 after the shooting, Black Talon ammunition was no longer made available to the public, which prompted the belief that these "cop-killer bullets" were made illegal – another myth. In fact, the Black Talon line was not discontinued completely until 2000. Even then, it was replaced by the Ranger SXT line – ammunition that was nearly identical to Black Talon save the Lubalox coating.

The bottom line is that Black Talon ammunition was never illegal and it is no more lethal than other jacketed hollow points.

Myth Two – NFA Firearms

I am actually going to clear up two myths with this one. Let me get the easy one out of the way first. You do not need to hold a "Class 3 license" in order to purchase NFA items. In order to purchase an NFA item, one must only complete the following steps: submit an application to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE); pass a rigorous background check and provide a set of current fingerprints; and pay a one-time fee of $200 dollars for a Federal Tax Stamp, per firearm. Of course, certain firearms may carry restrictions and some states may have established laws that prevent ownership.

Now that we are all aware of the legality regarding NFA items, how about we tackle the notion that owning one entitles the BATFE to random inspections at their leisure. Again, not only is this idea absurd, it is completely untrue. The Constitution still holds its weight. The BATFE will not come knocking unless you give them a reason to do so. My only explanation of the origins surrounding this myth is that some clown sporting a tinfoil hat either did something illegal or just decided to strike fear in the hearts of the gullible masses. In fact, a quick once-over of ATF Form 4, the formal request to transfer ownership of an NFA item, will reassure you that no Fourth Amendment rights are waived by owning an NFA item. So give it a rest.

Myth Three – Silencers are Silent

Congratulations, Hollywood. You have successfully duped the world into believing that silencers make gunfire silent. They do not. I could easily dispel this belief by offering some anecdotal evidence, as I have fired pistols equipped with silencers, but for some reason I do not think that will be enough to convince you. Are silencers cool? Yes. Do they make gunfire silent? No.

While we are at it, how about we get the name right? A silencer should technically be referred to as a suppressor. Anyway, a suppressor is a muzzle device that can be attached to the barrel of a firearm in order to reduce the amount of noise produced by a discharge – emphasis should be placed on the word reduce. Anyway, if you have ever fired any type of firearm, you know that the muzzle blast and the sonic signature of a bullet are loud – really loud. The only thing a suppressor does is reduce that volume by slowing the escape of propellant gases. You know what else reduces the volume of muzzle blasts and the sonic crack of a bullet? Hearing protectors. In fact, they do a job comparable to that of a suppressor. You can do a quick Internet search and find out that lowly .22 LR pistols and rifles can produce gunshots in excess of 160 decibels. For comparison, an ambulance siren is about 120 decibels. Anyway, independent testing shows that most commercially-available suppressors only reduce volume by a range of about 14 to 43 decibels. Most hearing protection reduce volume by a range of about 18 to 32 decibels. I think you can draw the conclusions from this point. And just in case you cannot, my point is that suppressors do not make gunfire silent – so you should revisit your crime spree plans.

Myth Four – Bullets and Explosions

Hollywood strikes again. We have all seen it before – gas tanks and barrels exploded by a smattering of bullets. The only problem is that shooting a gas tank with a bullet will probably not produce the results for which you are hoping. In fact, this myth was put to the test on "Mythbusters," but because I would rather you hear it from me rather than watch it on an exciting television show, I am going to refrain from citing the episode. But just to reassure you that this is a myth, they busted it.

The simple truth is that bullets alone will not ignite any container full of flammable materials. Gasoline ignition needs both heat and oxygen to take place. Though a bullet does pick up heat from the explosion that propels it, it is not hot enough to ignite a gas tank that is unlikely to be filled with oxygen. Is it possible? Yes, but unless you are using tracer ammunition under a set of special circumstances it is very, very unlikely. Either way, next summer's blockbuster should still be quite enjoyable.

Myth Five – Glocks

Finally, we come to the most absurd myth on the list. According to John McClane, the Glock 7 is "a porcelain gun made in Germany that doesn't show up on your airport metal detectors and costs more than you make in a month." For those that may not know, John McClane is a fictional character from the film "Die Hard 2." I find that his fictitious nature is fitting considering that every purported fact in that spiel is, in fact, completely fictional. Aside from the obvious fact that there is no such model as the "Glock 7," Glocks are not made of porcelain, they are certainly detectable at airport security gates and unless you make only a meager fraction of minimum wage, a month's salary is more than sufficient to cover the costs of ownership. Oh yeah, and they are manufactured in Austria. Not Germany.

Believe it or not, the gullible masses ate up this gobbledygook and took it to heart. And as you would expect, these inaccuracies led media outlets everywhere to dump attention on the brand, which only served to spike sales in the face of concern. It did not result in any form of ban or any legislature that prohibited ownership of a Glock pistol.

The sad part is that though these myths have been dispelled time and time again, people everywhere will continue to perpetuate them. Just last week, and this is where the idea for this post came from, I was lectured on the now-defunct ban that once existed on Glocks. It takes all kinds.

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The State of the Arms and Ammunition Industry

Monday, April 23, 2012 1:12:22 PM America/New_York

Are Firearms and Ammunition More Popular than Ever?

The Keepshooting.com blog has been pretty stagnant this year. To date, I have only had time to write up five postings. But you have probably noticed that the lack of blogging is due in part to the tremendous increase of new products in the web store. With all my time being dedicated to adding these new products, I have yet to give our loyal customers a proper welcome to the New Year. Welcome to the year 2012. Sorry, that comes about four months too late. Now, here we are barreling into May, which can mean only one thing – we have only about eight more months to go before total annihilation (more on that later). As such, one thing seems to be on a good portion of the general population's mind – now is the perfect time to stock up on firearms and ammunition!

Firearms have always been a part of American culture, but both interest and sales seem to be skyrocketing recently. Among other things, the changing trends in government and society have led to an increase in both the interest in and the ownership of firearms in the United States. In these trying times, many people are seeking out firearms as a means of personal protection, self-defense and survival. And of course, the increase in firearm sales is accompanied by an increase in ammunition sales as well.

If any of that sounds the least bit interesting, then read on. I have got all the answers to each of your burning questions.

What Do I Know and How Do I Know It?

As I mentioned, the demand for items like pistols, modern sporting rifles (that is suit speak for rifles like the AK-47 and the AR-15) and shotguns has been on the rise in recent months. And as demand increases, supply is remaining largely unchanged. In some cases, the supply is beginning to completely dry up, as is the case with surplus arms and ammunition coming out of Ukraine. Ever the skeptic, all of this information begs one question: Where is the proof?

The proof is in the numbers. The numbers are in the press releases and earnings reports that have recently been published by some of the United States' most reputable arms manufacturers. Smith & Wesson has reported a 23.8 percent increase in net sales over the past year alone. They cite the popularity of their M&P series along with other pistols designed for personal protection and concealed carry as a strong driving force behind those sales. Moreover, as of January 31, 2012 the company's firearm backlog stood at $198.5 million, a figure that represents an increase of $124.7 million or 168.9 percent as compared to the end of the third quarter in the previous year. For those who may not have much business savvy, that means Smith & Wesson has built up $198.5 million worth of firearm sales that have yet to be fulfilled – probably due to a lack of supply. Put simply, it means people are buying a lot of firearms.

Smith & Wesson is not the only company experiencing such a high volume of orders. Big news came out of Sturm, Ruger & Company, Incorporated, more commonly known as Ruger, when CEO Michael O. Fifer made a few interesting comments in the company's March 21, 2012 press release. Since the beginning of the year, Ruger has received orders for over one million firearms and has decided to temporarily suspend the acceptance of any new orders. The company simple cannot keep up with the demand. They do, however, expect to resume the normal acceptance of orders by the end of May 2012.

Now, most distributors are being placed on allocated statuses for many pistols, modern sporting rifles and shotguns along with the most popular calibers of ammunition.

Why, Oh Why is this Happening?

We have a couple of theories as to why the demand for firearms and ammunition is so high and why the supply is somewhat lacking. Shall we begin with the supply?

Government demand for ammunition in recent years seems to be on the rise. The past three years have seen domestic U.S. government agencies ordering over 750 million rounds of .40 S&W ammunition. The Department of Homeland security alone was responsible for 200 million of those cartridges when it awarded Winchester a contract in 2009. Three years later, ATK was awarded with a contract to provide 450 million more rounds of ammunition to the same agency. As for the supply of firearms, a few seconds of thought will reveal that the demand is just too high to keep up with orders.

Speaking of the government, in case you somehow missed it 2012 is an election year. Sales of firearms typically see a marked increase in presidential election years as citizens are unaware of what the future of the office holds regarding gun control. It happened in 2008 and it is happening again now. President Obama, a noted advocate of stricter gun-control policies, is running for reelection. As such, supporters of the Second Amendment are chomping at the bit to fill out their collections in fear of the next Federal Assault Weapons Ban. But 2012 is no ordinary year, which brings us to our final point of interest.

If you were not aware, 2012 marks the end of the world as we know it. I do not claim to know the specifics of the world’s demise. Whether an asteroid will come crashing down or whether mystical space lizards will unleash their wrath upon us all – I just do not know. What I do know is that there are an awful lot of people that seem convinced it will happen this year due to the completion of a “great cycle” in the infamous Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (what they believe marks the end of that particular calendar). This is all slated to take place on December 21, 2012. The solution: buy more firearms. Everybody knows that firearms are the key to staving off the apocalypse. The belief that the world will end this year is no doubt a major contributor to the increase in firearm sales as people everywhere make their preparations for whatever lies ahead.

What is Keepshooting.com Doing about It?

I have been with the company long enough to know that our customers expect a lot from us. We are currently making every effort to ensure that we have what you need when it comes to firearms and ammunition. That means building up our inventory while inventory is still available so that we can meet your demands. You have probably noticed that we have recently begun adding a number of different firearms to our product lineup. This is accompanied by our decision to build up our supply of the most popular cartridge calibers, including .223 Remington/5.56x45mm NATO, 7.62x39mm and 9x19mm Parabellum.

You may also be pleased to hear that we have kept our prices as low as we possibly can and we plan on sticking with those low prices. This has been relatively difficult as the high demand, low supply and mandatory allocations have led vendors to increase our prices more than once.

Finally, just as the arms industry has experienced record orders, so have we. This year has been great for Keepshooting.com so far. But with those record orders come slight shipping delays. For years, we have been lauded by customers for our shipping speeds, but demand has slowed those speeds just a bit. All we ask is that you have a little patience when waiting on your order. Rest assured, your packages will arrive and meet your expectations as they always have.

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What Do Keepshooting.com, Mossberg and the 2012 SHOT Show Have in Common?

Monday, February 13, 2012 5:42:04 PM America/New_York

SHOT Show 2012 Update – Mossberg Mania

The New Year has brought a great deal of business for us here at Keepshooting.com. For me, it means more time researching and prepping all of our great new products so that we can make them available to our customers as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it also means less time working on our blog. But that is quite all right, you can get your fix of the same quick wit in all of our new product pages and descriptions throughout the year.

For those of you that still keep up with the blog, you may recall a post I made a few weeks ago detailing our thoughts coming out of SHOT Show 2012. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then go check out my previous post. If you are too lazy to do that, then just keep reading and I will give you a short recap.

The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show is an annual convention for those interested in shooting, hunting and the outdoors. Long story short, we went out to Las Vegas for the show and conducted a little bit of business. Towards the end of my last post, I made quick mention that the business we did there would have a big impact on Keepshooting.com and to be on the lookout for news and updates. Today, I am ready to announce one of the bigger pieces of news that came out of our trip to the SHOT Show. Keepshooting.com is now a proud…well, maybe I should just hold off a little longer for the announcement. What do you think?

Mossberg: An Extremely Brief History

Mossberg, officially known as O.F. Mossberg & Sons, has a name and a logo that would have you believe that the world-famous arms manufacturer is a Swedish company. Even I thought it was a Swedish company until I actually sought out the answer. Before you go on a Google spree, let me clear up your confusion. Mossberg is an American arms manufacturer, known primarily for their shotguns, among other products.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons was founded in 1919 by Swedish-born Oscar Frederick Mossberg alongside his two sons. That sure explains the origin of the company’s name pretty nicely, does it not? Anyway, Mossberg came to the United States in 1886, where he worked in a bicycle factory owned by Iver Johnson. Yes, that Iver Johnson.

Mossberg’s company began its manufacture of firearms in 1919 with the Mossberg Brownie, a four-barreled handgun chambered in .22LR. The Brownie had a unique design in that it included a double-action trigger as well as a rotating firing pin. With each trigger pull, the hammer is cocked and released. Additionally, the firing pin is rotated so that each chamber would fire. The success of the Brownie led the company to branch out and include .22-caliber rifles, shotguns and scopes in the product line as well. The rest is, well, history.

The company remains family owned, boasting the title of “oldest family-owned arms manufacturer in America.” It is still headquartered in New Haven, Conn.

Why Should I Buy a Mossberg Firearm?

I feel like this is sort of implicit in the last section, but Mossberg has been around since 1919. They are coming up on 100 years of arms manufacturing experience. Companies usually do not stick around that long unless they are doing something right. In that time, Mossberg has risen to the top of the ranks in the firearms, and more specifically shotgun, industry. The name is synonymous with good, quality firearms.

Mossberg supplies firearms to the Military, police and sportsmen the world over. Additionally, the company became the only arms manufacturer to supply the United States Government with pump shotguns that meet or exceed Mil-S-3443 specifications. When you get right down to it, it is very evident that the company is very concerned about its product, reputation, quality control and customer satisfaction. This can be seen in their strict adherence to the commercial standards set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In fact, Mossberg was the first American long-gun manufacturer to achieve ISO 9001 certification – just another step in their dedication to quality control. In order for a company to achieve that certification, they must undergo an intensive audit in which all aspects of the manufacturing process are scrutinized. Obviously the company passed the audit and obtained the coveted certification.

If all of that does not speak to the quality of Mossberg, my only suggestion is to get out to the range and fire one. Of course, I always recommend that you try a firearm out before purchasing it, but in this case, you can probably rest assured that any Mossberg firearm will live up to your expectations.

How is this Relevant to Keepshooting.com?

That is a great question, and I assure you it will be answered very soon. But think for a second, what could all of this talk about O.F. Mossberg & Sons have to do with Keepshooting.com? What could possibly have happened at the SHOT Show that connects our company with that of one of the world’s finest firearms manufacturers? If you have not figured it out yet, maybe I should just wait until the next post to fill you in. How does that sound?

Okay, fine I will tell you. While at the SHOT Show, we were fortunate enough to do a little business here and there, sign some paperwork and become an official Mossberg stocking dealer in Maryland (as well as online), which means a few different things.

It means that we have committed to carrying a number of firearms from the Mossberg product line. As you may know, Mossberg’s line consists of over 100 firearms. We have researched everything they have to offer and have selected 30 of their finest rifles and shotguns, all of which will soon be stocked and ready to order.

As an official Mossberg stocking dealer, it also means that we will be one of the few companies that will have an exclusive opportunity to check out and order new Mossberg firearms as they are released. When a new shotgun gets put out, you will not have to look any further than Keepshooting.com to find it.

Finally, our commitment to being an official Mossberg stocking dealer means that we will get excellent pricing on all of the Mossberg firearms we have decided to carry. Excellent pricing for us means excellent prices for you, but I am sure you realized that we like to pass the savings on to our customers long ago.

But do not expect the excitement to end there. This was just one of the many deals that took place at this year’s SHOT Show. I am sure you have noticed some of the other great products we have rolled out as a result of the SHOT Show, such as the FN FS2000 tactical and the Crosman M4-177 air rifle. Keep your eyes open for more SHOT Show updates!

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We are Back with Tons of News from SHOT Show 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:48:21 PM America/New_York

SHOT Show 2012

Though you may not realize it by looking at me, I am a huge fan and avid reader of comic books. I love it all – DC, Marvel, Image and all the rest. Those are the names that take over my Wednesday evenings as I make my weekly trek up to the local comic shop to purchase a big stack of new releases. And as a comic book fan and resident of the state of Maryland, there is an annual event I usually try my best to attend – the Baltimore Comic-Con. Now, as many of you know, one of the spectacles associated with comic book fans is the comic book convention. Conventions are so much more than the large gathering of nerds clamoring over comic books and discussing ways to avoid women that the typical passerby would have you believe. They are much like any other trade show one would attend and include an enormous commercial aspect. In fact, Comic-Con International in San Diego, which usually takes place across a span of four to five days, is the United States’ largest comic book convention and brings together guests from a range of different media. I hope to one day attend. Anyway, I will get to the point. Since coming on board at Keepshooting.com, there is another convention that has caught my eye – the SHOT Show.

For those of you who may be unaware, the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show is an annual convention for those interested in shooting, hunting and the outdoors. But it is not limited to those industries exclusively. It is much more encompassing. That said some of us here at Keepshooting.com were fortunate enough to make it out to the event this year. While I was not one of those fortunate individuals, I was told that this year’s event was a good one. And if word of mouth is not enough to make you a believer, I have a few highlights for you. Read on for a recap of just a few of the things we took away from SHOT Show 2012.

2012 Will be Huge

As many of you know, 2012 is slated to be a huge year in general. This year ushers in another presidential election, which is always big news and always has some type of effect on our industry. However, 2012 also marks the completion of a “great cycle” in the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, which many believe will mark the end of the world. These two events will, without a doubt, bring about a huge spike in the demand for firearms, ammunition and survival products. As always, people worry about what a regime change in Washington can mean for laws related to firearms. As a precaution, people start buying. And as if it was not perfectly clear what a world-changing disaster could mean to our way of life, people feel the need to stock up on survival gear in hopes of making it through the end of the world. The demand has already reached new heights and will only grow higher as we move closer to the end of the year. Fear not, though. Keepshooting.com has you covered. While at SHOT Show, we shook some hands, signed some deals and did some business that will ensure our continued ability to offer you a wide range of products at competitive prices.

New Products

Much like Comic-Con International is known for unveiling upcoming comic books and the like, SHOT Show is very much known for pulling the curtain back on brand new products related to shooting, hunting and the outdoors. To say the least, we were pretty underwhelmed by the new products introduced this year. In the interest of time, I am only going to discuss two of the new products – one we liked and one we did not.

First up is the product we liked – the Springfield XDs. As the owner of a Springfield XD .45, any future Springfield XD will get my seal of approval. The XD line of pistols is exactly what a pistol should be – accurate, durable and reliable. There really is not much else to say about it. So why would we be unimpressed by another XD available in .45, but presented in a much smaller package? Well we aren’t. The Springfield XDs is an ultra-compact pistol, chambered in .45 ACP. It accepts a single stack 5-round magazine for a 5+1 capacity in a pistol that boasts an overall length of 6.3 inches, a height of 4 inches and a width of 1 inch. The pistol also features a barrel that is only 3.3 inches long. Basically, it is an extremely concealable pistol with a great deal of power. It is the concealed carry pistol. Look for it later this year.

Now on to what we were not so impressed with – the StG 44 in .22LR from GSG/ATI. Now, it would not be very productive to run this product into the dirt, so I will just give our honest opinion and leave it at that. It seems that each time this rifle is brought to a show, the quality decreases. Parts that used to be made of metal now appear to be made using some type of plastic, which gives the rifles the appearance of an airsoft rifle. We do not see it being a very smart buy at its current price.

AR-15 Parts

I like AR-15s. I just finished building one. But is there any company that does not sell parts for the AR-15? It is almost like selling AR-15 parts has “jumped the shark.” The only thing left for companies to do is start a race to the bottom and try to offer their product at the lowest price, which is not good for any parties involved. If that happens, companies will suffer slim to nonexistent profit margins on AR-15 parts as they drop prices to stay competitive. I would not be surprised if we start seeing mil-spec lower receivers in the $50 range or so. This will leave companies with no other option but to save on manufacturing costs, leading to parts with sub-par quality. My advice is to watch out when trying to save a few bucks on your next build.

Surplus Firearms Market

Most people familiar with Keepshooting.com probably know that the Mosin Nagant 91/30 is one of our more popular items. However, it looks like the market for surplus firearms may be about to dry up. Here are a few quick thoughts on the subject:

- More 91/30s are being brought into Europe and turned into de-milled collectibles than are being sold to the United States.

- Those same European importers are buying up numerous U.S. lend-lease firearms from all over the world to be de-milled for their market.

- Several small arms exporter nations are in the process of joining the European Union, which will bring about radical changes in their regulatory agencies and the sale of regulated goods.

People have been speculating on the state of the surplus market for years, but it is looking more and more like now is the time to fill out your collection.

Endorsements

Just because a product has an endorsement from what appears to be a reputable organization, does not mean the product is worthy of your hard-earned money. One thing we noticed was the great deal of vendors that carried products with identical endorsements. It really makes one wonder whether the endorsement carries the same weight. Perhaps it is due to these goods being manufactured by the same Chinese OEMs. Maybe they paid for the endorsement. Do your research before buying a product; do not buy it because some tactical organization gave it their approval.

That is about it for now. Like I said earlier, we conducted a lot of business at the 2012 SHOT Show. Be on the lookout for great new products from Keepshooting.com. We cannot say much right now, but we think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Not Quite Convinced on Keepshooting.com Brand Magazines?

Friday, January 13, 2012 5:19:12 PM America/New_York

Keepshooting.com Brand Firearm Magazines

Keepshooting.com is a business that is customer-driven, as any good business should be. After all, without a solid customer base, we wouldn’t even be around. I guess what I am trying to say is that without our customers, we would be nowhere. It is because of you guys that we carry the products that we do.  Thanks for that. But I cannot give you guys all the credit. You see, many of us here at Keepshooting.com are avid shooters, as I am sure many of you are. When we decide to have certain products designed and manufactured, such as our Keepshooting.com brand firearm magazines, we cut no corners. We spare no details. We know that in addition to satisfying our customers 100 percent, the magazines must also satisfy us. Why? To be perfectly honest, we use them too. Basically, they are made with you in mind but must meet our standards for performance as well. I am currently in the process of building my first AR-15. When it is complete and ready to fire, I will look no further than our own warehouse for magazines because I know them to be not only reliable, but exceptionally well made.

You still haven’t sold me…

We cannot stress enough the amount of faith we have put in our magazines. As noted, when we decide to design and manufacture a new magazine, it is done with our customers in mind. It is always our goal to produce magazines that are not only 100 percent functional, but also 100 percent reliable. They are not released to the public until that goal has been met. How can we be sure that our magazines meet these performance standards? We rigorously field test a random sampling of every magazine we produce. If we do not have the firearm that accepts the magazine, we buy it. That is how dedicated we are to providing you with products of only the highest quality. Each magazine field test includes ensuring proper fitting, feeding and ejection. If even one of these tests fails in the slightest bit, the entire batch is rejected, redesigned and reproduced. If you question the fact that we field test our magazines, just check out the product page associated with any of the Keepshooting.com brand magazines and watch the video located there. Each video shows a small portion of the testing our magazines go through to give you peace of mind. Additionally, you can read some of our other customers’ reviews. Almost all of our magazines have received scores of five-star reviews from satisfied customers.

Our magazines are made with quality materials using modern manufacturing methods. It sounds expensive, and it is, but we are still able to offer you the most affordable prices you can find. It might also interest you to know that over 100,000 Keepshooting.com brand magazines are in the hands of actual, satisfied customers.

If that is not good enough, our magazines also come with a guarantee. We guarantee the functionality and reliability of all our magazines 100 percent. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the performance of your magazine, it can be returned for a refund of the purchase price. Returns are limited to magazines that are free from modification, damage or visible signs of wear.

Okay I am in, what have you got?

Now that I have your interest, I would like to highlight a few of our magazines. We have designed and manufactured original magazines for pistols, rifles and shotguns. Additionally, we have been the first company to offer reproduction magazines for firearms that have never before had reproductions made – namely the MP44/StG44 and the M3 “Grease Gun,” both of which are positively reviewed. Furthermore, we were the first company to offer affordably-priced magazines for the Saiga-12, as well as Crosby Thompson drums – both of which boast performances that are on par with the originals.

Being that we also carry a good selection of military surplus items, we thought it would be a great idea to design and manufacture magazines for surplus firearms to meet a market with high demand and low supply. Check out our magazines for the Makarov, CZ 52 and the P-64 – we think you will be impressed.

Having said all that, I would now like to introduce you to a few of our heavy hitters.

Walther P22 Magazine – Our Best-Selling Magazine

Deciding upon the Walther P22 magazine was a no-brainer. It seems we were right to choose this magazine for production because it turned out to be our best seller.

Keepshooting.com Brand Walther P22 Magazine

The Walther P22 is a blowback-operated, semi-automatic pistol that features both a polymer frame and single/double action. The P22 is one of Walther Arms’ most successful pistols to date. It is chambered only for the .22 LR rimfire cartridge.

All owners of the Walther P22 have likely faced a similar issue – finding spare magazines at an affordable price. If this sounds at all familiar, it is time to put your mind at ease. The Keepshooting.com Walther P22 magazine is a stainless steel, single stack box magazine that holds 10 rounds of .22 LR ammunition. The magazine also features a finger rest floor plate and, like all of our magazines, comes with a guarantee.

M1 Carbine 30-Round Magazine

The introduction of the M2 carbine in early 1945 also saw the introduction of a 30-round magazine, which allowed soldiers to haul twice as much ammunition. Well, we thought we could improve on the design and offer a higher-quality product. This was our result.

Keepshooting.com Brand M1 Carbine Magazine

The M1 carbine is a gas-operated, semi-automatic carbine that features a rotating bolt and fires the .30 carbine (7.62x33mm) cartridge. Its light weight and ease-of-use made it a wildly popular service rifle for the United States during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The rifle has since become prevalent in the civilian market and found usage throughout numerous foreign nations.

The Keepshooting.com M1 carbine magazine is a staggered box magazine that holds 30 rounds of .30 carbine ammunition. As I mentioned, we did our best to produce a 30-round magazine for the M1 carbine that exceeds the performance of the originals. Some of the features we decided to include are the 15-round style follower (as opposed to bolt hold open followers) and a Teflon®-based finish. The idea behind the finish is that it provides superior corrosion protection and reduced resistance on all moving parts, providing for a well-fitting, well-feeding magazine.

CZ 82 Magazine – Coming Soon to Keepshooting.com!

Back in 2001, Česká zbrojovka, better known as CZ, ceased production of all 9x18mm Makarov 12-round CZ 82 magazines – making original factory-produced CZ 82 magazines very hard to find at a reasonable price. Lucky for you, the lack of supply inspired us to have our very own CZ 82 magazine machined so that we can offer you the right magazine at the right price.

Keepshooting.com Brand CZ 82 Magazine

The CZ 82 is a double-action, semi-automatic pistol that features a traditional blowback system of operation. The pistol was designed in 1982 by Augustin Nečas for the Czechoslovakian military, where it served proudly for 10 years. The Keepshooting.com CZ 82 magazines are staggered box magazines that hold 12 rounds of 9x18mm Makarov (9mm Makarov) ammunition. Like the M1 carbine magazines, we believe we have produced a magazine that is capable of outperforming the originals. Features such as the fully heat treated body, laser welding and high-strength follower spring make this magazine one worthy of your hard-earned money. Then there is the fact that we opted to spend more money on the magazines for the inclusion of a thicker, milled floor plate as opposed to the thinner, stamped floor plate in order to deliver a better product.

While the CZ 82 magazine is not yet available, it will be here sometime in the next 90 days. You should probably check out the product page and sign up to be notified of its arrival – we fully expect the first batch to sell out in record time.

That is it folks – everything you need to know about Keepshooting.com brand magazines. Hopefully I have convinced a few of you to hop off the fence and try one out. After all, it is a risk free purchase. You have nothing to lose.

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Caring For Your Gore-Tex® Jacket and Restoring its Water Resistance

Friday, December 30, 2011 5:53:30 PM America/New_York

Why Did My Gore-Tex® Stop Working?

So, it is officially winter time and we here on the east coast have become plagued with cold, rainy weather. To combat it, you’ve gone out and bought yourself a brand new Gore-Tex® jacket – nothing wrong with that, I have one myself. The problem, however, is that after regular usage you’ve come to notice some performance problems. Perhaps the outer shell of your garment has stopped repelling water and has instead begun absorbing it. Don’t fret! I have the perfect solution to restore your Gore-Tex® to its former glory.

But first, let’s cover the Gore-Tex® essentials for those readers who may be unfamiliar with the product. Gore-Tex® is a synthetic fabric that is waterproof, windproof and breathable. It is guaranteed to keep you dry and comfortable and used in a wide range of applications including, but not limited to: high performance fabrics, medical implants, insulation and gaskets.

So how does it work?

Good question. The first thing you must understand is that the outer shell of your jacket is not actually made from Gore-Tex®. The Gore-Tex® is a membrane sewn into the garment between the outer shell and the inner lining. It features a micro porous structure that is composed of tiny little holes that are about 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet, which ensures that water cannot seep through. To enhance the water-resistance, garments that feature Gore-Tex® are also treated with a durable water repellent, or DWR. The DWR causes water to bead up and roll right off the jacket, rather than absorbing it. With the fabric free from wetness, evaporative heat loss is reduced and body heat is able to pass through the garment freely.

Then what is the problem?

I’ve given you a lot of great information about Gore-Tex® and how it works, but it sure seems like I am sidestepping the water absorption and treatment issues, does it not? Well, like most things, prolonged use and every day wear and tear tend to cause things to break down. You may notice that your once amazing jacket now seems to absorb water and feels a little heavier than normal. The perceived problem with the Gore-Tex® fabric is actually a problem caused by the DWR, which over time gets worn out just like everything else. Remember, the Gore-Tex® is a membrane sewn into the interior of the garment and is likely functioning just fine. The DWR is a treatment applied to the outer shell and its effect can wear off after time. Unfortunately, there is no water-repellent treatment that provides a permanent effect. However, as long as the treatment is still present on the garment, it can be rejuvenated.

Quick! Tell me how!

If you’re going to rush me and get unruly then I am not going to tell you. Now, there are certain tell-tale signs that your DWR treatment has begun to wear off and your jacket requires a quick boost. If your jacket appears wet on the outside or feels heavy due to water absorption, it is probably a good time to treat it. Sometimes condensation may appear on the inner lining. This is likely due to the fact that the outer shell is wet, which prevents evaporative heat loss and allows warm air to condense on the inside. If this sounds like your jacket then read on.

The best way to get your Gore-Tex® jacket back in tip top shape is to keep it clean. That’s all – just give it a good washing. But how do I clean my Gore-Tex®? It’s easy – just machine wash the jacket in warm water and tumble dry on low to medium heat. The only suggestion (made by the inventors) is that you use a powdered detergent rather than any liquid detergent. As always, before cleaning, washing or laundering any garment, make sure you consult the care instructions.

That’s about it folks. The secret to bringing your Gore-Tex® jacket back to life is cleaning it.

0 Comments | Posted in News By Joe Michelizzi

KNS Precision Distributor

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:42:30 PM America/New_York

We have recently picked up the KNS Precision line of quality gun accessories.  For those of you who are not familiar with KNS Precision, they are a well known manufacturer of AR-15 parts and accessories.

Some of the best known KNS Precision parts are their duplex crosshair front sights for various weapon systems.  The duplex crosshair sight will allow you to get a much better sight picture on long distance targets.  We have the duplex crosshair sights for the following firearms:

M14 Duplex Crosshair Front Sight

M1 Garand Duplex Crosshair Front Sight

HK Weapons Duplex Crosshair Front Sight

We've also decided to carry the KNS Precision line of push button take down pins for various firearms.  This is a really useful upgrade for weapons like the MAC-10 and AR-15.  You can easily separate your firearm's upper and lower receivers without the need for additional tools.

MAC-10 Push Button Take Down Pin

We are continuing to add more products daily, so keep an eye on our KeepShooting New Product page for everything we've added since your last visit.

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Massive Gas Mask Sales

Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:09:17 AM America/New_York

GAS MASK SALES UP IN RESPONSE TO JAPANESE NUCLEAR DISASTER

All previous records for gas mask sales have been shattered by the record breaking purchases of gas masks and chemical suits in response to the Japanese nuclear disaster.

We want our customers to know that we stocked up months ago and continue to have a large supply of gas masks and we are shipping around the clock to fill orders.  

Should you feel the need for a gas mask please visit our gas mask page and see what we can do for you.

We encourage all of our customers to follow the Reuters Live Feed for latest updates about the Japanese Nuclear Disaster.

 

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Rewards Points!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 5:06:27 PM America/New_York

Customer Rewards Program

We have a brand new recently implemented Customer Rewards Points system for our website!   We are excited to offer this value added service to our loyal customers who deserve to be rewarded for their support.

So how does it work?  You simply make purchases using your account on our website, and for each transaction you will earn rewards points.  Rewards points are also available for other activities, such as subscribing to our newsletter, filling out a review, or making a purchase as a member.

This sounds awesome, how do I redeem points?  Once you've built up enough rewards points to be able to redeem them (100pts) you will see an option at checkout to redeem your rewards points for the transaction.   Even if you don't have enough rewards points for your entire transaction, you can use them for a nice discount!

Here's the current Rewards Points Exchange Rate:

For Every $5 spent, you earn 1 Reward Point

For every 10 Rewards Points, you can redeem for $1.00

Register as a customer and you earn 50 Rewards Points

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Welcome to KeepShooting.COM v2.0

Sunday, January 30, 2011 4:07:30 PM America/New_York

For those of you who have been customers for awhile, you know our website has not changed for a number of years.  As we've grown, we've realized that our old website was not a good platform for growth.   Rather than make a change quickly, we spent many months considering what we needed with a new website.

Magento Professional Edition

After much research, we decided to migrate our website to Magento Professional.   Magento offers all the features we've been looking for as well as areas that our customers have wanted.   We are thrilled with the way things have turned out, even though we still have much "fine tuning" to get things 100% correct.   So if you notice anything that doesn't seem quite right yet, just realize we are still working on getting many features configured and working.

So What's New And Exciting On The Website?

The most exciting thing our new website provides is the ability to finally get our entire product catalog online, up-to-date, and fully managed.  Our warehouses are packed with exciting products that have never made it to our website.  Now with the ease and flexibility we have, you can look forward to many new items appearing weekly on our website.  

We have also fixed a number of issues with our checkout page.  Many of you frequent buyers know that this has been an issue for quite some time with errors not being handled very well on the old system.  Now you have multiple options when you check out, including to check out as a guest!

Some other highlights:

Inventory

Our inventory is being updated and within the next 30 days if you see it "in stock" it means we have it and its ready to ship to you.  Many new products have been added along with many pictures and videos showing these products.

Catalog

Our product categories have been expanded to cover outdoors, camping, clothing, and more!  If an item is out-of-stock and you want to know when it is back, sign up for product alerts!

Customer Management

Our customer management system allows us to do things like offer preferred customer discounts, etc.  We will also be adding a reward points system to give back to those who support us so frequently.

This list can go on and on...rather than list everything,  we invite you to explore our new website yourself!

We want to thank all of our customers for your years of support and patience as we've made this transition.  We promise you this is the start of better deals, more products, and even better service!

Signed,

The Entire KeepShooting.COM Team

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