As the sole importer of a small quantity of Italian Air Force Vegetato Camo Suits, we wanted to list the sizing here:
Jacket = Chest 50", Sleeves 20"
Pants = 38" Waist, Inseam 32"
Jacket = Chest 52", Sleeves 22"
Pants = Waist 42", Inseam 34"
Jacket = Chest 53", Sleeves 23"
Pants = Waist 45", Inseam 34"
Jacket = Chest 54", Sleeves 23"
Pants = Waist 48", Inseam 35"
Friday, September 26, 2014 2:23:59 PM America/New_York
As the sole importer of a small quantity of Italian Air Force Vegetato Camo Suits, we wanted to list the sizing here:
Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:13:38 PM America/New_York
Product Spotlight: French Army Tow Straps
Here at KeepShooting, we are constantly trying out new products to determine what will work best for our loyal customers.
But once in a while, some of our best tests happen by accident.
A few weeks ago, as the weather in the Pennsylvania area warmed up, some of us decided to head out and shake off the winter by blasting a few hundred rounds of ammo. As usually happens, we lost track of time and it was getting dark far too quickly. We packed up and headed back to our trucks, but the melting snow and some recent rain made the ground a muddy mess. One of our Jeeps slid off the access road into a small ditch, and damned if we couldn't get it out.
We had few options.We could call a tow truck and wait a few hours for it to show up and winch the Jeep free. We could come back in the morning with some heavy-duty gear and try to pry it loose.
But one of us had another idea.
We had just gotten in some surplus Heavy Duty Towing Straps back at the warehouse. We really hadn't had a chance to try them out yet, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Truth be told, it was more like desperation - we didn't want to spend $250 for a tow truck to come out and pull us loose. Besides… towing a Jeep out of a muddy ditch… could be kind of embarrassing.
Instead, we went to the warehouse and grabbed one of the Heavy Duty Towing Straps. We have two kind at the warehouse - an 8-Ton Towing Strap and a 16-Ton Towing Strap. Even though the vehicle stuck was a smaller Jeep, we decided to play it safe and take the 16-Ton Towing Strap, just in case.
We shouldn't have worried. The towing strap worked like a charm. It felt like it could have pulled out the Jeep, a couple pickup trucks, a Hummer, and maybe a deuce-and-a-half. We just secured one end around the tow vehicle and the other around the tow hook on the Jeep and in a few minutes, it was out of the ditch and back on solid ground. Saved a couple hundred bucks and a ton of embarrassment.
These straps are great. Imported from France, they're just as good as tow cables. Because they're military surplus, they're a great deal, too. The 8-Ton Heavy Duty Towing Cable is only $24.95 and the 16-Ton Heavy Duty Towing Cable is only $34.95. That's a lot of towing ability for a fantastic price. They're 30 feet long, which goes a long way - literally.
The way we see it, if you're likely to find yourself in a similar situation, you have a couple of options - you can keep that cell phone handy with a towing company on speed dial (that is, if you can find a signal when you're off the beaten path), you can carry some dirty, greasy, heavy cables or chains that take up a lot of cargo space, you can stay home, or you can carry one of our durable Towing Straps.
Our buddies on that shooting trip now carry their own Towing Straps in their trucks. They know what they need to spend less time in a ditch and more time on the range where they can just KeepShooting.
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.
Friday, March 21, 2014 6:16:04 PM America/New_York
New Products To Get Excited About
We've been adding many new products to our catalog with many more planned for the rest of 2014. Since there are so many new products being added, we thought now would be a great time to highlight some of the products.
If you're familiar with our company, you know we've really become a major importer of military surplus from all around the world. We've got partners in the UK, France, and Germany who are continuously searching for new products for us. We also attend major trade shows, auctions, and visit vendors regularly to ensure we are first to be offered the latest military surplus goods.
We really like military surplus as the products are high quality, the price is generally inexpensive, and our customers keep coming back for more deals. This product line has helped us expand our catalog, offer products no one else has, and separate us from our competitors.
Some highlights from our recent military surplus imports:
Nomex Jackets - These came from the UK, brand new they would cost $200+ but since we purchased these surplus, we're offering them for $19.95.
Beretta 92 Holster - These came from Italy, still in the original factory package. This is the same as the Bianchi M12 Holster, yet priced at only $14.95.
Military Trench Coat - These came from France and were originally worn by officers. For $19.95 you get a full length military trench coat, made in Europe, without any signs of being worn.
Tactical Vest - We've got the last of the brand new British Osprey Load Bearing Vests. For the price you'd pay for a poorly made in China vest, you can get a European tactical vest with 10 molle pouches.
Monday, February 17, 2014 12:59:41 PM America/New_York
Product Spotlight: Bulgarian Medical Kit
As part of our continuing series of product spotlights, we're now going to highlight our Bulgarian Medical Kits. This is an awesome buy we made in Europe that consists of a vintage 1950s first aid bag, along with an assortment of authentic Bulgarian army issued first aid supplies.
Let's take a look at this kit and see what makes it so great!
The Bulgarian Medical Kit Bag
When we first were offered these medical kits, the bag immediately caught our attention. First and foremost the Red Cross symbol is something we know customers desire. The bag also screams 1950s era manufacturing and design with the color of the materials, the type of materials, and the overall make up.
How cool is this bag? Super cool. It feels like it shouldn't be called a bag, since the sides are rigid to protect the contents of the kit. So call it a bag if you want, or call it a square pack like they do in Europe. In Europe these vintage square packs from the military are seen as fashionable bags, which is something I'd expect to see make its way across the pond to become popular here in the United States soon.
If you're not interested in the "style" aspect, this bag is quite good for everyone from target shooters to preppers. The bag actually folds out and lays flat, so it makes an incredibly good range bag. You can stack and organize your ammunition, magazines, sight tools, broken shell extractors, and any other essentials for the shooting range. From a prepper perspective, the rigid design, the shoulder strap, the compartments, and rugged nature of this pack lends it to being used for a bug out bag, vehicle emergency kit, or really any other number of uses.
The Bulgarian Medical Kit Contents
When we were offered these medical kits, we had to make a decision. We could have imported them empty, which was the far easier route. Or we could have filed additional paperwork, worked with our European contacts, and been able to bring in the kits with virtually everything the Bulgarian Army issued with them.
We like to bring our customers unique products, products with history, and products that you cannot get any where else. This made the choice of "empty vs full" easier for us, as the extra work and expense to bring the kits in full would mean a better value for our customers. So we worked with all the necessary regulatory agencies to determine what filings were needed, what was importable, and what was not. What we were able to determine was that with the right paperwork, everything but the medication. That was fine by us, since based on the translation we were provided, the medicine included in the kit was aspirin and morphine.
So we completed all the necessary forms, and now we've got the only 99% complete Bulgarian Medical Kits in the country. You'll be amazed at the contents of the kits. My personal favorite has been the glass bottles, which after examination it is clear that they are all hand made. The other components of the kits are pretty interesting too, including various bandages, tape, shears, and documents. You are getting a very unique piece of 1950s military history for under $20.
The Bulgarian Army Medical Kit Video
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:14:34 AM America/New_York
Product Spotlight: Remington 597 Magazine
As part of a new series of blog posts, we're going to take the opportunity to showcase products we think are great and worthy of attention.
The first product we'd like to showcase is our KeepShooting branded Remington 597 Magazine available in .22lr.
What you're probably wondering is why would we produce a magazine for the Remington 597. Well we think the Remington 597 is a great rifle, but since it was first released it has suffered from a poor quality magazine. The poor quality factory magazine has caused the Remington 597 rifle to have a poor reputation. We felt that with some good R&D we could make a better magazine and hopefully redeem the Remington 597 in the eyes of shooters.
Just how bad are the factory magazines from Remington? Currently they are on their third generation of magazine for the Remington 597. You can find a good write up on Wikipedia which covers this. If you'd rather not visit Wikipedia, here's what they say:
The 597 has had at least three generations of magazines. Early magazines were made of plastic and caused a number of feeding problems when loaded with more than three to four rounds. This early magazine was seen as a major detractor to what was otherwise a good rifle. As the magazine aged and dirt, oil and unburned powder got ground into the magazine and the follower the feeding problems could increase.
The second generation of magazines were made from investment cast aluminum alloy. These were available for purchase in the year 2000. The base cap and follower were still made of plastic. This new magazine was a great improvement over the first generation. The new style magazine was shipped with the later rifles. These magazines were also available separately for purchase.
The third generations of magazines were very similar to the second generation with only small differences.
Currently there are third party magazines available to purchase for the 597.
We felt that the best course of action in making a better magazine was to study the Generation 3 magazine, and look for areas we could improve.
What we found was the magazine really needed to be beefed up, the spring tension increased, and a few small changes that we don't wish to disclose. After these improvements, we spent a considerable amount of time testing our prototype magazine in as many guns as we could get. We found that our magazines fit better, fed better, and increased the reliability and fun factor of the Remington 597.
Enter the KeepShooting Remington 597 Magazine:
We have been very pleased with the response this Remington 597 Magazine has received from the marketplace. Customers tell us repeatedly that this is the best magazine for the Remington 597. We've even had some customers tell us REMINGTON has told them to purchase our magazine.
Don't take our word for this magazine being better than the Remington factory magazine. Here are two independent reviews we found on Youtube:
KeepShooting Remington 597 Magazine Reviews:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 1:38:37 AM America/New_York
Genuine military surplus from elite fighting forces is usually rare for a number of reasons. First and foremost the number of soldiers who make it into these elite fighting forces is generally very small. Government and military forces are also very strict about releasing uniforms, equipment, and other materials associated with these elite troops.
There are a few elite fighting forces in the world and the French Foreign Legion is certainly one of them. We've been lucky enough to purchase a very good amount of genuine French Foreign Legion equipment this year, and most have now arrived and available on our website.
Here is a good overview of these French Foreign Legion issued items and what makes them so great:
What Makes This French CCE Gore-Tex Parka Great? The condition, sizing, history, and performance all make this jacket the best jacket available on the surplus market presently. Visit this product page by clicking the image above for a complete and detailed examination of this product. Don't delay on buying one, they are selling fast, and we will have no more ever again.
The French Foreign Legion 3 Grenade Pouch was issued to the parachute division within the Legion. Designed after the US original, this allows the wearer to securely carry three hand grenades. Simply store them in the pouches, make sure the double clasp buttons are secure, and lash the bottom to your leg with the included straps. You can now safely carry grenades just like the French Foreign Legion.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:16:48 PM America/New_York
What's In Your Bag?
One of the most popular items we carry is our line of military surplus or military style bags. We have sold well in excess of 100,000+ bags through our website and in our store. We're going to feature some of our best bags in a few blog postings to give our customers more exposure to these products.
Your Anything Bag - Digital Camo Tool Bag
Have you been looking for that extra storage to put your favorite tools? Keepshooting has a brand new product that surely will bring you those needs. It’s called the Digital Camo Tool Bag. It’s a very tough bag with a handle and side pockets. Easy for storing tools that you cannot find room for or need to take somewhere. You could use it as a carrier for first aid products to keep in your car for emergencies.
Some Uses For This Bag
Tool Bag - This is what the bag was designed for, and first use that comes to mind.
First Aid Bag - Build out your own first aid kit and use this as the transport bag
Make Up Bag - Yes, we've sold these to women as over night makeup bags!
Art Supplies - Many artists like to draw on location, and this bag is perfect for carrying numerous art supplies like pencils and pens
Range Bag - Probably the second most common use for this bag, plenty of room for shooting gear and it looks great!
Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:02:00 PM America/New_York
The Swedish Military Flashlight might be the coolest military surplus item we've got in stock right now.Read More
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:01:40 PM America/New_York
Is Steel Cased Ammo Okay To Shoot In My Gun?
When it comes to ammunition, no topic seems to be more controversial as the use of steel cased ammunition. Our experience has been either customers choose steel cased ammo as their first or last choice when it comes time to buy ammunition. Rarely do we find a customer who has no opinion on steel cased ammunition.
Throughout history there has been times where virtually every military force has used steel cased ammunition. During WWII when resources were scarce even the US Army used steel cased .45acp rounds. Results showed that properly loaded steel cased ammunition performed as well as brass cased ammunition.
How To Recognize Steel Cased Ammo
The easiest way to recognize steel cased ammo is to examine the case. Brass cased ammunition will have an almost "gold" like appearance. Steel cased ammunition will vary, with some being zinc plated or lacquer coated which will change the color and texture of the steel case.
Some common brands of steel cased ammunition:
Benefits From Steel Cased Ammunition
The primary benefit from using steel cased ammunition is the cost savings. Presently 1,000 rounds of MFS 308 Ammunition would cost you $674.50. If you were to buy economical Winchester 308 brass cased ammunition 1,000 rounds would cost you $1050.00. You would save $375.50 by purchasing the steel cased ammunition rather than the brass cased ammunition.
Certain firearms also tend to function better when using steel cased ammunition. One example is the PTR-91 or H&K G3 which will often times experience better extraction and feeding with steel cased ammunition. There is much debate as to why this performance benefit is seen on the HK, with some crediting the fluted chamber on the HK.
Negatives From Steel Cased Ammunition
The main negative associated with steel cased ammunition is some feel it is more harsh on your firearm. There has been tests ran many times to look for areas of excessive wear on firearms from shooting steel cased ammunition. The most frequent part that experiences additional wear from steel cased ammunition tends to be the extractor.
Now with that in mind, you can purchase spare AR-15 extractors for $15.00. Considering the cost savings that come from shooting steel cased ammunition, you could afford to purchase multiple extractors per 1,000 rounds on this savings alone.
Some feel that the steel cased ammunition can be rough on the chamber of your gun. That should also not be a concern with high quality AR-15 barrels available from Green Mountain amongst other suppliers for under $200. You could once again stock up on spare barrels with the savings from shooting steel cased ammo.
The most common answer we give on the steel cased question is it comes down to what you feel comfortable with.
When we develop a new magazine we will often times fire 20,000+ rounds of ammunition in the development phase. We use primarily steel cased ammunition during this process. Our experience has shown not a single failure of any firearm part has been from the use of steel cased ammunition.
So stock up on the steel cased ammunition! You can afford to shoot more, which is way better than having to conserve your more expensive brass cased ammo.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
- 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.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:02:50 PM America/New_York
M1 Carbine Mania
When it comes to iconic firearms, conversations are dominated by the likes of the AK-47, the M16 and the M1911, which makes sense considering the impact they have made. Show a picture of an AK-47 to an average citizen and there is probably a good chance they will recognize it. The same goes for the M16 and the M1911. Other firearms? Not so much. Anyway, those discussions get tired quickly, especially after having them time and time again. There is nothing wrong with routine, but rehashing the same words about the same firearms is not my cup of tea. So today, we are going to talk about a different firearm. We are going to talk about an old U.S. military service rifle that I actually admire. Today, we are going to talk about the M1 carbine.
The M1 Carbine
The M1 carbine is a lightweight, semi-automatic rifle chambered in .30 Carbine that was designed during the early years of World War II. It saw extensive service with the United States Military throughout WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It has also seen battle with numerous foreign militaries, paramilitaries and police forces, in addition to being a widely used civilian rifle.
The rifle began development after Army Ordnance began receiving reports of the then standard issue M1 Garand being too cumbersome for use with troops with specialized duties. This was especially true of the paratroopers that were deployed in Germany, whose jobs begged a lightweight, selective-fire rifle.
The M1 carbine is interesting for a number of different reasons. At the top of the list is the fact that it was developed as a brand new rifle. Traditionally, carbines are scaled-down variants of a parent rifle. With the M1 carbine, most people assume that it is a carbine variant of its predecessor, the M1 Garand, which is incorrect. Not only is the M1 carbine chambered for a different cartridge (.30 Carbine) than the M1 Garand (.30-06 Springfield), it only shares a single common part with the M1 Garand – a buttplate screw.
As noted, it has become a very popular rifle on the civilian market for its historical significance as well as its ease of use. It has even found itself in a couple of famous photographs, which depict the rifle in the hands of both Malcolm X and Patty Hearst.
Keepshooting.com and the M1 Carbine
As always, I have reasons for thinking the things that I think and typing the things that I type. No, I am not writing about the M1 carbine as a lead-in to inform you of a surplus of M1 carbines we now have for sale. But I would love to tell you about a select few of the wealth of M1 carbine accessories we currently have in stock.
M1 Carbine 1943 Magazine Pouch
For years, the most common and most popular M1 carbine accessory has been the small magazine pouch that is designed to be mounted on the right side of the buttstock. It is probably not a coincidence then that our M1 carbine 1943 magazine pouch is one of our most popular items.
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. For just $9.95, you can get pretty close to the real thing. Each pouch is capable of carrying two M1 carbine 15-round magazines.
What is a U.S. service rifle without its bayonet? Undesirable, that is what. And it is exactly why we offer a number of original and reproduction bayonets for all of the most popular U.S. service rifles, including the M1 carbine.
The M4 bayonet is a great addition to any M1 carbine. It is constructed from U.S. Military parts and designed to give your M1 carbine a correct appearance. All M4 bayonets are guaranteed to fit the M1 carbine. Because this bayonet was manufactured over 40 years ago, they may have been arsenal refinished with newer aplastic grip panels.
M1 Carbine 30-Round Magazine
If a U.S. service rifle without its bayonet is undesirable, where does that leave a U.S. service rifle without its magazine? Luckily, we will not have to answer that question because Keepshooting.com can ensure that you have all the magazines for your M1 carbine that you need.
By far, our most popular M1 carbine magazine, and accessory in general, is our M1 carbine 30-round magazine. The best part about the M1 carbine 30-round magazine is that unlike other aftermarket magazines, it actually works. Not only that, but it is guaranteed to fit and function in your in your mil-spec M1 carbine or your money back. Like other Keepshooting.com brand magazines, the M1 carbine 30-round magazine features a steel body that has been fully heat treated to ensure that your magazine remains durable and reliable for years to come. Additionally, these magazines are equipped with a follower characteristic of the 15-round M1 carbine magazines rather than "bolt hold open" followers to provide for a more reliable magazine.
Avid shooters are well aware of the reliability problems that typically seem to plague 30-round M1 carbine magazines. We want to assure you that these magazines were made with nothing but fit and function in mind, which is why they carry the aforementioned performance guarantee.
As noted, these are just a select few of the M1 carbine accessories available from Keepshooting.com. Take some time to browse the M1 carbine section of our website for the entire lineup.
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.
Monday, July 23, 2012 10:27:43 AM America/New_York
Things to Consider Prior to Purchasing Your First Handgun
A few months ago, I bought my first new car. No more hand-me-downs, no more dealing with other people's problems, no more anything other than fresh-smelling upholstery and an engine that runs like clockwork. I know you are probably saying to yourself, "New car? I came here to read about new firearms! What is this guy yapping about?" As always, I have good reason to begin my post this way.
The first thing I did before considering which car to purchase was consider my needs. Luckily, that did not take very long. I needed a reliable car with better-than-average fuel economy that would get me to work and look good while doing it. I also wanted a car that is fun to drive, which helped me narrow down my options. Still, there were an ungodly amount of choices to make. Car or truck? Automatic transmission or manual? What can I afford? Could I have afforded the Dodge Challenger that I wanted? Of course, but it would have made no practical or financial sense.
After narrowing my choices to about three different models, it was time for some more research. I looked at just about everything in order to decide which car was the right car. I compared all sorts of specifications and previous consumer reports until I decided on a model that I was sure would present the least amount of mechanical issues while still meeting my other requirements. The test drive that followed served only to cement my choice.
Everything that came next involves researching prices, calculating costs and similar financial matters. Obviously, price will be a big part of the decision when it comes time to pick up a pistol, but these aspects of buying a car do not quite translate to a firearm purchase and so their discussion will be left for another time.
So why did I spend a few precious minutes of your life discussing my car buying experience? Because the experience, from uncovering needs and completing research to performing test drives and making a final decision are the same steps one should follow when purchasing their first handgun. If you do not believe me, then keep reading. Oh, and if you do believe me, keep reading anyway.
Step One: Why Do I Need (Or Want) a Handgun?
Just as you would before buying a car, you must make a decision based on your needs. Before buying my car, I decided that I needed something suitable for use as a daily driver, which meant it needed to be reliable and possess good fuel economy. Obviously, you will not be buying a handgun hoping to get 40 miles per gallon, so why would you buy a handgun?
The reasons people purchase firearms can vary widely and range from the simple purpose of collecting to more serious purposes like personal protection. As such, the first question you must ask yourself is, "What will I use my handgun for?" Once you have answered that question, the selection process can move forward.
Unfortunately, answering that question only serves up a slew of new ones.
Step Two: What Considerations Should I Make?
Once you have decided on the role your new handgun will play, a whole new can of worms is opened. Those looking to do nothing more than begin a collection really have no limitations – buy what you want. But perhaps you are purchasing a handgun that will be used for competition shooting. If that is the case, you will be best served by making considerations regarding barrel length, sight options, ergonomic grips and the like. These features, in addition to many others, can make or break a competition pistol.
Those looking to use their handgun for self-defense have an entirely different set of considerations to make. Perhaps the most important is caliber. Typically, larger calibers are better for self-defense due to their increased stopping power and tendency to inflict lethal wounds. Additionally, whether or not you will be carrying the handgun concealed will inevitably become a factor, as will reliability and ease-of-use. When your life is on the line, you want something that is simple to operate and perform when it is called upon.
Of course, you must also decide between a revolver and a semi-automatic. Both types have the capability of serving most needs, but have pros and cons just as well. In general, revolvers are more reliably than semi-automatics, a quality that stems from their simple operation. That is not to say that semi-automatics are unreliable. On the other hand, semi-automatics generally have larger capacities and provide faster reload times. As with everything else, there are many considerations you must make when deciding.
Once you have made these considerations, certain models will emerge that fit your needs while others get the boot. Now, it is time for research.
Step Three: Research Different Models That Suit Your Needs and Considerations
After deciding on my needs and making certain considerations when selecting my car, a few models stood out. If you remember, my next step was to research these models by comparing specifications and consumer reports. You should do the same thing after choosing a few potential winners in the handgun department.
Research the company. How long have they been around? What is their track record? Research the models. What does one offer that another may not? How did each perform in ballistics testing? Completing extensive research is sure to aid in making your decision. Fortunately, not all research is boring. Nothing beats a test drive.
Above all else, you should arrange a trip to a firing range and test fire any handgun you are considering purchasing before you buy it. You would not buy a car before test driving it and you should by no means buy a handgun before doing the same. What appears to be the perfect handgun could very well be much to your disliking upon firing. Here is a quick example. I am a fan of FN firearms. Naturally, I was a fan of the FN Five-Seven. Thankfully, I did not buy one because when I had the chance to fire one; it was not at all what I was expecting.
After completing research and test firing your choices, you should be ready to make a decision.
Step Four: Shop Around and Buy
There is not much to this step. Find out who has the best prices and buy the handgun that you decided fit all of your needs and considerations. Congratulations, you are now a handgun owner. Unfortunately, step four is not the final step.
Step Five: Familiarize Yourself with Your Purchase
This one seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the number of people that purchase a handgun for self-defense, lock it away in a safe and never touch it again. What happens when you actually need it?
I cannot stress the importance of practice enough. Make sure you understand exactly how the handgun operates. Make sure you understand how all safety features work. Practice dry firing the handgun. Take it to the range and put live ammunition through it. Do whatever it takes to familiarize yourself with it in order to ensure a safe and proper handling when it comes time to use it, no matter how it is used.
At this point, you are probably expecting me to offer a few suggestions as to what handguns would be suitable for a first-timer. Unfortunately I am not going to do that. The right firearm for me is not the right firearm for you. I did not spend all this time writing an article detailing the steps one should take when buying their first handgun to turn around and tell you to buy a Glock 17. So read the article, reread the article and then apply the knowledge you have learned. Then come back and I will suggest something for your second purchase.
Monday, July 16, 2012 10:58:37 AM America/New_York
Good Enough for the Military, Better for You
It is no secret that we here at Keepshooting.com carry a wide variety of military surplus items. You would have to be either blind or just plain dumb to have let that fact slipped by you. And considering the likelihood of your reading this blog while blind and the fact that I believe none of our customers are, in fact, dumb, I am going to go ahead and assume that you are well aware of our military surplus offerings.
Just in case you were not aware, or by some miracle you do not even know what military surplus is, military surplus is the name given to goods, usually clothing and equipment that are no longer needed by various military forces and therefore sold for public consumption. And yes, we do carry quite a bit of the stuff. From helmets, jackets, gloves and other clothing to canteens, shovels, blankets and more, we carry it all. We even have an entire section of our website dedicated to military surplus – go check it out if you are into that sort of stuff. Unfortunately, though I have spent a good deal of time talking about it thus far, this blog is not really about military surplus.
You will notice that I did not mention firearms, munitions, firearm components or other weapons under the umbrella of military surplus. Not only are these goods typically not considered military surplus items, it is probably never in a military's best interests to sell off old firearms to the public. So while we do not necessarily carry any military surplus items that would fall under the aforementioned categories, we do carry quite a few items that were produced as part of a military contract. These products are usually production overrun and come to us before seeing issuance to any military forces. As such, when you pick up one of these products, you are picking up the exact same thing seeing use in the United States Military or some other military force on the other side of the world. Hence the title of today's blog entry – an entry that will be spent introducing you to some of the fine products we offer that were manufactured as part of a military contract. Now, without further ado, I give you the products.
The Stainless M1 Carbine Magazine
We carry quite a few magazines that were manufactured as part of a military contract. After we sold over 10,000 of our original 30-round M1 carbine magazines, we jumped at the chance to buy up stainless steel M1 carbine magazines, which were designed for use alongside ceremonial rifles.
These stainless steel M1 carbine magazines are staggered box magazines and are currently available only through Keepshooting.com. As noted, these magazines come to us as production overrun from a contract for ceremonial rifles. Like our original 30-round M1 carbine magazine, this magazine is designed to hold 30 rounds of .30 Carbine ammunition and is manufactured entirely from stainless steel. Like our other Keepshooting.com brand magazines, the stainless steel M1 carbine magazine features a steel body that has been fully heat treated to ensure that your magazine remains durable and reliable for years to come. Additionally, these magazines are equipped with a follower characteristic of the 15-round M1 carbine magazines rather than "bolt hold open" followers to provide for a more reliable magazine. As with our other Keepshooting.com magazines, this magazine carries a performance guarantee. It is guaranteed to fit and function in your M1 carbine or your money back. Just think about it for a second. If these magazines boast a quality that is high enough for military forces, they are probably a pretty good fit for your rifle as well. Consider picking one up today.
The M14 Rear Sight Assembly
As you may have imagined, our military contract products are not limited to magazines. Magazines, unlike other firearm components, are typically available in large quantities. When it comes to smaller replacement parts, it is very important to consider availability. At this time, Keepshooting.com has a surplus of brand new, fully functional M14 rear sight assemblies available in both the standard and national match variant.
Each M14 rear sight assembly is a brand new part and comes to us via military contract production overrun (I am getting tired of emphasizing that fact). The primary difference between the standard and national match variants is the diameter of the aperture in the eyepiece, with the national match variant featuring a smaller aperture that provides for more precise aiming. As expected, the M14 rear sight assembly can be adjusted for elevation as well as windage and includes all components, including the base, cover, aperture eyepiece, elevation knob assembly and the windage knob assembly. All pieces are marked correctly (the national match base is marked NM/2A on the base) and will make an excellent spare, replacement or upgrade for your M14/M1A rifle. Best of all, the national match variant can be had without sending us one of your arms or legs. I am sure you are aware of how pricey they can get.
The Sabre Defence M2HB Barrel
There are smaller replacement parts like the M14 rear sight assembly and then there are behemoth replacement parts. The final product I would like to tell you about today falls into the latter category, as it is a 45-inch machine gun barrel that is manufactured from stainless steel and designed for use with the equally large M2HB heavy machine gun.
The Sabre Defence M2HB barrel is much like the stainless M1 carbine magazine in that they are currently only available from Keepshooting.com. And you guessed it; they were produced by Sabre Defence Industries as part of a United States Military contract.
Really, what else can be said about the Sabre Defence M2HB barrel that has not already been covered in its product description or in another blog entry? I realize how special it truly is, but do I really need to spew forth the same information time and time again. Of course not. Everything you need to know regarding this barrel can be found on the same page where the "Add to Cart" button can be found, which is right here. Just know that this barrel is widely considered to be among the highest quality M2HB barrels ever manufactured.
That is all for today. I have grown tired of writing and you have probably grown tired of reading. Of course, these are not the only items we offer that were the result of a military contract. In fact, we offer several more for the M2HB alone. If you happen to be interested in learning more about the military contract products we have to offer, let me kindly direct you to our website search feature, which you can find in the upper right corner of our website. Simply type the term "military contract" in the box and have at it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 6, 2012 1:57:03 PM America/New_York
Gas Mask Filters
Lots of cool things use filters -- coffee machines, vacuums, cars and much more. You wouldn’t use any of these items without their respective filters, and you wouldn’t dare use a gas mask without a gas mask filter. Well fear not, Keepshooting.com is here to give you all the information you need about gas mask filters. We offer a variety of filters and chances are we have the right one for you.
Gas Mask Filters 101
If you’ve seen a gas mask, you’ve likely seen a gas mask filter. It is important to understand how the filters work before trying to use them. Gas mask filters work by utilizing one or more of three different purification techniques -- particle filtration, chemical absorption/adsorption and chemical reactions. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these means.
- Particle filtration – This is the most simple purification technique. When a filter employs particle filtration, it uses a very fine particulate filter. The holes in the filter are so small – less than one micron in size – that many biological particulates are unable to make their way through, allowing only breathable air to pass. Eventually, these filters become saturated with biological particulates, becoming ineffective and requiring replacement.
- Chemical absorption/adsorption – Often, chemical threats aren’t susceptible to particle filtration due to their gaseous nature. In these cases, we rely on chemical absorption and adsorption. Absorption is the process by which one state of matter – in this case gas – is incorporated into another state of matter – solid or liquid. Adsorption is the physical bond that can occur between the molecules of one substance and the surface of another. In filters that utilize this technique, activated charcoal is often used. Charcoal is a form of carbon. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated with oxygen, resulting in millions of tiny holes opening between the carbon atoms. This offers a large surface area with plenty of room for chemicals to bond to the charcoal, allowing the safe passage of air through the filter.
- Chemical reaction – Remember my article about the Finnish M61 Gas Mask? I mentioned the hypo helmet from World War I. The hypo helmet was basically a cloth mask fitted over the head of a soldier and was treated with glycerin and thiosulphate. The idea behind this was that the thiosulphate would react with the chlorine gas, rendering it inert. This is the same idea behind filters that utilize the chemical reaction technique. Later in World War I, hexamethylenetetramine was used to protect soldiers against phosgene gas.
What we offer
At Keepshooting.com, we offer a variety of gas mask filters. Most gas masks use the NATO standard filter, a gas mask filter canister with a 40mm attachment. These filters will work with Israeli, Russian, German and most US models. Also available, though less common, is the 60mm filter, which works with many older US, Canadian and Finnish models. We also offer an adaptor, which allows 40mm filters to be used with 60mm gas masks.
We also carry M10 gas mask filters, designed specially for use with the Czech M10 or M10M model gas masks.
Most of our filters are under $10, so stock up before it’s too late.
Why should I buy it?
Gas masks offer plenty of practical uses:
- Yard work
- Personal protection
Without the use of a proper gas mask filter, the mask will not protect against anything. If you’re only buying a gas mask for its looks, at less than $10 you may consider buying a filter along with it to complete the look.
Monday, January 2, 2012 11:10:57 AM America/New_York
Finnish Gas Mask Model M61
We here are Keepshooting.com like to believe that we are a customer-driven company. When you speak, we listen. So when I realized how much our customers love the Finnish gas mask model M61 (our top selling gas mask), I couldn’t help but write up a blog post to give those who have already fallen in love with it, and those who soon will, a little more information about the mask customers are calling an “awesome product for an awesome value.”
A gas mask is a type of mask worn over the face, typically forming a seal around the mouth and nose, and is designed to protect the wearer from several different hazards, including toxic gases and airborne pollutants. Often, gas masks also cover the wearer’s eyes and other susceptible parts of the face.
I wanted to learn a little more about the history of gas masks, so I did a little research and found out from Popular Mechanics that as far back as ancient Greece, people were using sponges as a crude form of gas mask. Fast forward to World War I, and we get the precursor to the modern military gas masks with which we are all more familiar. World War I saw a spike in chemical warfare with the introduction of chlorine, phosgene and mustard gas. The need to protect troops from these gases lead to the development of the hypo helmet in 1915, a fabric mask fitted over the head of a soldier and soaked in a chemical absorbing solution of glycerin and sodium thiosulphate. Though this original gas mask only protected against chlorine gas, the P helmet was developed to offer additional protection with the introduction of phosgene gas. As history progressed, the development of gas masks mirrored the advancement of chemical and biological warfare.
What is it?
The Finnish model 61 is a Finnish gas mask and was manufactured by Nokia. Yes, the very same Nokia that made the cell phone on which you probably played your first game of “Snake.” A modified version of the US M9 gas mask, the M61 was standard issue for the Finnish army, a branch of the Finnish Defense Forces. Over the years, the mask has undergone several design changes, resulting in three different generations of the M61. We offer both second and third generation models. The second generation had minor changes to the exhalation valve while the third generation saw the addition of a speech diaphragm.
This mask is a side-mounted gas mask, meaning the filter attaches to the side of the mask. Speaking of filters, this mask is designed to be used with 60mm filters, but we do offer an adapter so that the mask can be fitted with standard 40mm filters.
The M61 is made of heavy-duty, form-fitting gray rubber and includes a 60mm filter for only $11.95.
Why should I buy it?
At $11.95, I think a more appropriate question would be, “Why shouldn’t I buy it?” Aside from being just plain cool-looking, the M61 was designed to protect against toxic gases and airborne pollutants and it does just that.
Though you may not find yourself in such a dire situation, this gas mask may find use in many different circles and is great for:
- Yard work (If you don’t mind looking great in public)
- Halloween costumes
- Stage prop
- Movie production
While you’re here, why not check out our gas mask carrying bag, gas mask filters, or one of our many gas mask accessories.
Monday, December 26, 2011 10:19:38 AM America/New_York
M1A2 Rifle Grenade Adapter
There could be any number of reasons why you visit my blog. Perhaps it’s the intriguing history lessons; maybe it’s the scintillating language (probably not). However, I am willing to bet that a big reason you’re here is your fascination with firearms. Handguns, rifles and shotguns are your life’s blood, but sometimes that 7.62x39 mm just doesn’t cut it. If your itching to fire something that packs a bigger punch, what you need is a rifle grenade. Like always, Keepshooting.com has just what you need to start launching grenades over 100 yards downrange. We offer an excellent reproduction of the M1A2 rifle grenade adapter that will turn your good day into a great day.
History Lesson: Rifle Grenades and Rifle Grenade Launchers
A rifle grenade is a grenade that is fired from a rifle-based launcher. This configuration provides a greater range than if the grenade had been tossed by hand. Additionally, a grenade fired from a rifle has a higher rate of accuracy than a hand-tossed grenade and can be fired from any rifle fitted with an appropriate flash suppressor or spigot-type rifle grenade launcher.
According to “The International Military Digest Annual,” Colonel Amazawa of the Japanese military was the first to experiment with rifle grenades during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904. It wasn’t until World War I that they found widespread use.
Early designs saw grenades fitted with long stems that were fed into the barrel of a rifle and propelled by a blank cartridge. This method caused severe damage to the barrels after repeated use and led to the development of rifle grenade adapters. These adapters appropriately fitted hand grenades with a hollow stem and tail fins. It was the Japanese army that developed these adapters, as well as a new type of rifle grenade launcher. These new spigot-type launchers were hollow tubes that were fitted over the muzzle and also required the use of a blank cartridge. This became a popular setup, as several countries adopted it just prior to World War II.
Today, standalone grenade launchers specifically designed to fire grenades are often used in favor of rifle grenade launchers. There are also attachments that are mounted underneath the barrel of a rifle. Many rifles are even produced with spigot-type launchers as part of their integral flash suppressors, removing any need for a muzzle-mounted attachment.
What is it?
The M1A2 is a rifle grenade adapter, originally adopted in the early years of WWII, designed to allow a hand grenade to be fired from a rifle grenade launcher. A hand grenade is mounted to the end attachment with the spoon placed in the arming clip. Then, the piece is fitted over a rifle grenade launcher or flash suppressor. After being fired, inertia causes the arming clip to drop off, allowing the spoon to pull away from the grenade effectively arming it.
Due to the scarcity of original M1A2 rifle grenade adapters, we had these adapters specially manufactured for Keepshooting.com according to the original USGI drawings. Each adapter is made to the exact specifications as the original. Additionally, to avoid having these resold as originals, all of our adapters are marked with “LOT KS” as opposed to the original “LOT UOD.”
For $39.95, you will receive a complete rifle grenade, including both the M1A2 adapter and a dummy “pineapple” grenade!
Check out this video we made to see one in action:
Why should I buy it?
What could be more fun that turning a tennis ball or dummy grenade into a rifle grenade and firing it hundreds of yards downrange? Not much. With the M1A2 rifle grenade adapter, you can do just that.
Even if you don’t plan on firing it, it may still find other uses, such as:
- Display item
- Stage production
- Movie prop
Don’t hesitate. Pull the trigger on this high-caliber deal today!
Friday, December 23, 2011 10:37:44 AM America/New_York
M65 Field Jacket
Everyone knows that winter means one thing – cold weather. Of course some people may associate other things with the season, but those subfreezing temperatures are what really stand out. Without a tough jacket or coat, you’re in for one miserable winter. But don’t let the misery sink in just yet; you still have a few options. You could purchase one of those high-dollar, “all style, no substance” jackets that seem to populate the streets. Choose this option and you’ll likely continue shivering as you scrape your windows every day prior to your morning commute. If this doesn’t sound appealing, consider purchasing a fashionable, functional M65-style jacket from Keepshooting.com at a fraction of the cost. We offer a great Austrian M65 field jacket for only $37.95.
The M65, officially designated the M-1965 field jacket, is a wildly popular military jacket introduced in 1965 for the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. It was developed as a replacement for the M-1951 field jacket and included several key design changes, including: a built-in hood that could be stored in a collar pouch, Velcro® fasteners providing adjustable cuffs and a straight collar. The M65 was the culmination of the ever-evolving field jacket that began with the M-1941, better known as the olive drab cotton field jacket.
M-1941 Field Jacket
Generally known as the olive drab cotton field jacket, the M-1941 saw service in the early years of World War II before being phased out by the M-1943. It was very reminiscent of the common windbreaker, utilizing a cotton outer shell and a wool flannel lining. It featured a zipper front closure with a button flap, adjustable button tabs on the cuff and the waistline, two slash pockets, and a lapel collar with buttons for a detachable hood.
M-1943 Field Jacket
The M-1943 field jacket served as a replacement for the inadequate M-1941. Unlike the M-1941, the new design extended down to the upper thigh. This jacket featured a button closure, detachable hood, drawstring waist, notched-lapel collar, two breast pockets and two skirt pockets. This model was briefly followed by the M-1950.
M-1950 Field Jacket
The major difference between the M-1950 and the M-1943 was the addition of interior buttons designed for a button-in jacket liner. This model was quickly replaced by the M-1951.
M-1951 Field Jacket
The M-1951 was very similar to the M-1950, though it did have some design changes. The major differences were the use of wind and water resistant fabric and a zipper with snap fasteners as opposed to buttons. As previously stated, this model was replaced by the M65, which included the aforementioned changes.
What is it?
The Austrian M65 field jacket is the Austrian-made version of the famous M65, popularized by American troops during the Vietnam War. As this is an Austrian jacket, there are some differences from the American-made model, most notably the lack of Velcro® cuffs and snap fasteners.
The jacket is constructed from a cotton/polyester blend and is both water and wind resistant. It is a used, military surplus item in great condition and comes in medium, large and extra large sizes. Features of this jacket include:
- Authentic Austrian military surplus
- Zipper closure with button storm flap
- Adjustable button cuffs
- Interior drawstring for a fitted waist
- Five total pockets, including: two breast pockets, two skirt pockets and one interior pocket
- Built-in hood housed in zippered collar pouch
Also available, are two authentic Austrian military patches: the Österreich Bundesheer (Austrian Armed Forces) shoulder patch and the airborne wings breast patch.
Why should I buy it?
It’s a cold, cold world. You need something to protect you from the elements and this jacket is the total package. Serviceable yet stylish, it’s a great alternative that ensures you won’t be “that guy” in the camouflage military jacket. Make this your choice for:
- Cold winter weather
If for some reason you struggle to see the greatness of this jacket, Keepshooting.com has a wide variety of jackets and parkas that may be more your cup of tea. Check out the Swedish M90 parka or the Italian army jacket.
Wait a second…
If you’re wondering where you may have seen this jacket, I have a question for you: “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?” That’s right, Robert De Niro’s character Travis Bickle wears the famous M65 field jacket in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver.”
That’s not the only place you may have seen it though. The jacket is so popular that even Nike® has produced an M65-style jacket.
Monday, December 19, 2011 10:13:50 AM America/New_York
Dummy “Pineapple” Grenade
If you were anything like me as a child, playing “war” after school was a daily occurrence. Imagination shaped the battlefields, forts were built in the woods and tree branches served as rifles. Perhaps the most memorable aspect, however, was the deadly pinecone grenade. Seeing one of those bounce your way inspired fear and spelled instant doom. They were, of course, so sought after due to their visual similarity (in the eyes of a child) to the Mk 2 “pineapple” grenade. Well, now we are all a little older and it’s time to turn in your pinecones for something just a bit closer to the real thing. Keepshooting.com offers a wealth of dummy ordnance and ammunition, including the iconic “pineapple” grenade, at a price that makes arming your imaginative army very cost-effective.
What is it?
The Mk 2 is an antipersonnel, fragmentation grenade originally designed in 1918 to replace the Mk 1, which suffered from field safety issues. It was developed for use by the United States military and was used primarily in World War II, though it saw limited service in the Vietnam War and other conflicts. It was replaced by the M26, which is noted for its more controlled blast radius.
Made from cast iron, the Mk 2 generally operated on a delayed-detonation fuze with flaked TNT filling, though some variants utilized EC blank fire powder. It is sometimes referred to as a “pineapple” grenade due to its shape and external serrations, which give it the appearance of the fruit bearing the same name. Its unique design was thought to have aided in fragmentation, though more realistically only served to enhance the user’s grip.
Its paint scheme has varied over time, including a pre-1943, all-yellow design used to correspond with the color code for “high explosive ordnance.” This presented an obvious problem due to its high visibility in the field. To combat this, the grenades were painted olive drab with a yellow stripe around the top of the fuze well.
There is also a practice version of the Mk 2, designated as the M21, which is painted blue and stamped with “RFX” (Richmond Foundry and Manufacturing Co.) on the side of the body.
The dummy pineapple grenade offered by Keepshooting.com is a reproduction of the M21, the practice version of the Mk 2. This can be seen in the distinctive “RFX” stamp on the side of the grenade and the hollow, non-threaded hole at its base. We offer both olive drab and non-painted variations, each of which includes an exclusive fuze. The olive drab grenade comes with the M213 fuze (used on current USGI M67s) while the non-painted version comes with the M228 (used on current M69 training grenades).
Beware! Some retailers market these dummy grenades as authentic, inert Mk 2s or M21s and charge a higher price.
Why should I buy it?
The dummy “pineapple” grenade provides a cheap alternative to more expensive and authentic, inert ordnance. Plus, they look a lot cooler than pinecones! Great for collections, they also make an excellent addition to any reenactor’s arsenal.
This product is a great choice for:
- Halloween costumes
- Stage props
- Movie production
Check out what one of our customers had to say:
“This grenade is a definite must-have for any collector, and with the $9.95 price, it blows other sites’ prices away. Having just received one a few weeks back, I am now the envy of all my friends! I would definitely recommend this to any collector!”
As he mentions, this piece is only $9.95. With a price that low, you’ll be able to pick up some of our other dummy grenades as well, such as the “baseball” grenade and the “lemon” grenade. You may also consider our M1A2 rifle grenade adapter.
How does a grenade work?
The functionality of a grenade is reliant on its detonation mechanism, which may either be ignited by impact or a time-delay fuze. The Mk 2 operated on a time-delayed fuze.
In general, for the grenade to explode, the firing pin must strike the primer in order to set off a series of events. However, the firing pin is held in place, under spring tension, by a striker lever (spoon) that is in turn held in place by a safety pin. Pulling the safety pin allows the spoon to pull away from the grenade. Once a grenade is thrown, the spoon pulls away from the grenade, allowing the firing pin to make contact with the primer, which creates a spark. The spark ignites a slow-burn fuze, which will burn down until it ignites the detonator and causes an explosion. This explosion will ignite the explosive material found inside the grenade, in this case TNT. The result is a very big boom, the dispersal of fragmentation, and the displeasure of those surrounding it.
Friday, December 16, 2011 10:17:15 AM America/New_York
Spare Parts for the G3/HK91/PTR91 and the Walther P38/P1
As of writing this article, Halloween is but a few days away (of course by the time you read this it will be a distant memory), and I cannot help but think about one of my favorite novels – Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Morality, life and death, creation and destruction, abandonment and alienation and Victor Frankenstein’s god complex are each explored in this enduring classic that makes for a perfect October read. At this point, you may be asking yourself how “Frankenstein” is connected to the G3/HK91/PTR91 or the Walther P38/P1. Well, here is another question: Where would Victor Frankenstein be without his spare parts? One less monster, that’s where. Face it, spare parts are important. Whether you’re building your very own homunculus or repairing a firearm, spare parts are a must. That’s why Keepshooting.com offers a wealth of spare parts for the G3/HK91/PTR91 and the Walther P38/P1.
The Importance of Spare Parts
At some point during its lifespan, every machine needs repair. Whether it be a car, a bike or a clock, some part will break and require service. The same holds true for firearms. Each component of a firearm relies on a series of parts to function properly. There are parts for the action, barrel, ejector, extractor, frame, grip, magazine, recoil, sights, slide and the trigger group. When one of these parts fails, the firearm may fail and if it is not repaired or replaced, the firearm remains out of commission. Think about what would happen if your kidneys failed. Without a replacement from a donor, your body would shut down. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a website that offered spare body parts to ensure your body remains in great working order? Well Keepshooting.com offers spare parts for the G3/HK91/PTR91 and the Walther P38/P1 to ensure that they remain in great working order.
Another aspect of spare parts to consider is their availability. Let’s go back to the kidneys. Someone with chronic kidney disease needs a donor kidney to get well. However, donor kidneys are not readily available, which may present a serious problem to the person in need. Similarly, firearm parts are not always readily available. Without the right part, your firearm may never be repaired.
Keepshooting.com has a wealth of authentic factory parts from Heckler & Koch and Walther for the G3/HK91/PTR91 and the P38/P1, respectively. Now is the time to take advantage of their availability.
The G3 is a 7.62 mm selective-fire, automatic firearm designed by Mauser, Heckler & Koch (H&K) and Centro de Estudios Técnicos de Materiales Especiales (CETME) and was officially adopted by the West German Army in 1959. Several variants have been manufactured for military, law enforcement, and civilian use. The HK91 is a civilian variant of the G3 and is also manufactured by H&K. It is a semi-automatic firearm with special modifications that prevent fully automatic fire. The PTR91 is an American-made copy of the G3/HK91 manufactured in Connecticut by PTR-91 Inc. Like the HK91, the PTR91 is a semi-automatic firearm marketed to civilians.
The Walther P38 is a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol designed by Walther in 1938, though production did not begin until 1939. The pistol was selected to replace the Luger P08 (a personal favorite) as the official service pistol of the Wehrmacht, the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. The P38 was in production from 1938 until 1963, though production was brought to a halt between the years 1945 and 1957. The P1 is a post-war redesign of the P38, with the most drastic change being the switch from a steel frame to an aluminum alloy frame. P38s were still produced from 1957 to 1963 alongside P1s. They can be easily differentiated by the stamping of “P38” or “P1” on the left-hand side of the slide.
Like the G3/HK91/PTR91, the parts we offer for the P38/P1 are interchangeable. We have a large amount of original Walther parts, including the Walther P38/P1 magazine, rear sight packs, firing pins and many more.
Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on spare parts for some of the most iconic firearms ever produced. They won’t be around forever.
Monday, December 12, 2011 10:23:49 AM America/New_York
On the Origin of UZI Stocks
Way back in 1859, Charles Darwin published his still-controversial theory of evolution in a little book titled “On the Origin of Species.” Darwin maintained that all life has descended over time from common ancestry, a process resulting from his theory of natural selection. Basically, certain inherited traits become more or less prevalent based on their usefulness for survival. Ever wondered why some animals have opposable thumbs and others do not? Well, I’m not going to tell you; but I do have some equally fascinating information. So listen up Homo sapiens, because today I present what may become my magnum opus in “On the Origin of UZI Stocks.” Just as human lineage has been plotted from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z, so too will I plot the lineage of UZI stocks, including several of which are available now from Keepshooting.com.
The UZI is an open bolt, blowback-operated submachine gun named for its designer, Uziel Gal. Originally designed in the late 1940s, the UZI was officially adopted in 1951 and introduced to Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in 1954. The magazine is housed in the pistol grip, which allows for a shorter firearm. This is made possible by the inventive telescoping bolt. Originally fitted with a quick detachment wooden stock, the UZI is most often seen with a folding metal stock, though there have been several incarnations and variations over the years.
The Evolution of the UZI stock
As mentioned, the UZI was originally fitted with a quick detachment wooden stock. Most of the stocks developed for the UZI are wooden stocks and variations of the original, with the exception of two folding metal stocks and a polymer stock. Several aftermarket stocks have also been developed for the UZI. In this article, only stocks manufactured by Israeli Military Industries (IMI) will be discussed.
First Generation Stock, “Type 1”
The original stock developed for the UZI was a quick detachment wooden stock. This stock has a flat comb and butt. The butt is shaped with a groove to allow the attachment of a butt plate. The butt plates used on these stocks have a hinge that provides access to holes in the stock that allow for the storage of a cleaning rod and oil bottle.
Second Generation Stock, “Type 2”
The second generation IMI stock is very similar in design to the original. The glaring difference with this stock is in its size. It is about 2-inches longer than the original.
Third Generation Stock, “Type 3”
The third generation IMI stock is very reminiscent of the original as well. Still utilizing a straight comb, the butt was designed specifically to fit perfectly with the butt plates. Like its predecessor, this stock was also longer than the original, though only by about one inch. The last major change is the removal of the storage holes.
Fourth Generation, “Type 4”
This stock is near identical to its predecessor, the only difference being a change in the shape of the comb. While the combs on all previous stocks were straight, this stock utilizes a curved comb. Additionally, IMI produced variants of these stocks that allowed them to be permanently mounted on the firearm.
Fifth Generation, “Type 5”
This stock represented a marked design change, as it was the first non-wooden stock developed for the UZI. The Type 5 folding metal stock was originally designed in the 1960s to replace the wooden stocks originally found on the UZI. The stock attaches to the receiver and folds in two places, allowing for a quick extension. When not is use, the stock folds conveniently under the receiver.
Sixth Generation, “Type 6”
Also a folding metal stock, the Type 6 stock was developed for use with the Mini-Uzi and is considerably different from the Type 5. This stock is attached to a hinge welded on the rear of the receiver and folds to the side rather than under the receiver.
Seventh Generation, “Type 7”
The final IMI-manufactured stock is a polymer stock, made of plastic, and is near identical to the Type 4 wooden stock. Like the Type 4, this stock is also available as a quick detachment or permanent variant.
Stockpile our UZI stocks
Keepshooting.com is proud to offer two different UZI stocks at the lower than low prices you’ve come to expect.
The Type 4 wooden stock is the quick detachment variant and includes all hardware required to mount the stock on your UZI. Own this stock today for only $13.95.
The Type 5 folding stock is the first folding metal stock developed for the UZI in the 1960s and includes all hardware required to mount the stock on your UZI. Own this stock today for only $11.95.
Both of these stocks are original IMI-manufactured parts. Grab one today!
Friday, December 9, 2011 11:14:18 AM America/New_York
I like food. Food tastes good. You know, juicy burgers and greasy fries? I also enjoy camping, but hate that I can’t always enjoy the deliciousness that is my home kitchen. That’s why I always bring some sort of portable camping stove any time I’m roughing it. Really, what fun is camping if I can’t catch and cook a nice salmon and enjoy the obligatory s’more? Okay, you got me. Camping is still great regardless of the presence of a portable stove, and I am sure some traditionalists would disagree but sometimes building a fire is just too much trouble. So, if you’re at all like me -- and even if you’re not, stick around and let Keepshooting.com tell you about outdoor cooking gear and eating in the wild.
Indoors or outdoors, a guy has got to eat! The only problem is that cooking outdoors proves to be a little complicated, unless you know what you’re doing. The most glaring difference is the lack of a kitchen. There is no oven, sink, counter, refrigerator or wealth of dishes and utensils. However, that is quite all right as over time, campers have developed a wealth of methods and equipment to make gourmet cooking outdoors a breeze.
One of the oldest, simplest forms of cooking outdoors involves the use of direct heat from a campfire. One advantage of a campfire is the lack of need for extra equipment. However, inexperienced campfire cookers may find this method a bit difficult. Not to mention the extra effort of building the fire. Besides, we’re here to discuss the finer points of outdoor cooking with camping stoves, which does require one to carry the extra equipment. That’s where we come in.
Stoves on the Go
The Swiss M71 stove is a camping stove issued to Swiss military soldiers.
It is basically a can of denatured, jellied alcohol. Easily ignited with a match, the Swiss M71 stove can boil two cups of water in about 11 minutes. When you order, you receive four stoves, each accompanied by a burner stand and wooden matches for only $14.95. Check out this video we made that shows just how easy these are to use:
You may also be interested in the Esbit folding stove, a compact, lightweight stove dating back to World War II era Germany.
These stoves are very popular among campers, military servicemen and survivalists. They use small tablets of hexamine or trioxane as a fuel source. When you order, you will receive six tablets that have a virtually unlimited shelf life for a meager $4.95. The frame also makes it perfectly compatible with our European military mess kit.
The great thing about these stoves is that they are both compact and lightweight, which means they take up little space in your pack. Now, let’s talk about how they’re best used on a campsite.
One thing everyone needs is water. However, obtaining sanitary drinking water in the wild is a big task if you don’t own some fancy filtration system. That is, unless you have some way of boiling the water. Both of the aforementioned camping stoves are perfect for boiling water, which is useful for cooking food, making hot beverages or obtaining clean drinking water.
Provided you have a small pan, these stoves are great for frying. Cooking that wild salmon or anything else you happen to hunt or catch is quick and simple when using camping stoves.
So next time you want to hit the great outdoors, grab a portable camping stove and introduce some convenience to the wild.
Monday, December 5, 2011 10:33:49 AM America/New_York
Some say the eyes are a window to the soul. That may be true, but more importantly the eyes allow for vision, a sense with which I wouldn’t want to live without. After all, without your eyes, how would you be able to read your favorite blog – mine? As such, I only go for the best when it comes to protecting my peepers. Since my eyes are one of my favorite organs, I don’t settle for any old eyewear. I ensure that I’ll live to see another day, literally, by using ballistic eye protection when engaged in any activity that may involve debris or impact to the face. Today, Keepshooting.com is proud to present the finer points of ballistic eye protection as well as showcase a few products worth checking out.
What are ballistics?
In general, ballistics deals with the mechanics of different projectiles (e.g. bullets, bombs, rockets, missiles etc.) and their flight, behavior and effects. Furthermore, ballistics can be broken down into several categories, grouped based on different points in the flight of the projectile in question:
- Internal ballistics is the study of the processes involved in the initial acceleration of a projectile.
- Transition ballistics is the study of the projectile’s behavior at the point at which it leaves a barrel and pressure is equalized.
- External ballistics is the study of a projectile’s movement through space.
- Terminal ballistics is the study of the interaction between a projectile and its target.
There is also forensic ballistics and ballistic fingerprinting, which can assist in criminal and legal investigations.
The relevant category here is terminal ballistics, as we will be discussing the interaction between projectiles and eyewear.
Ballistic Eye Protection
When engaged in any activity that might subject a person to debris or impact to the face, such as shooting, eyewear is a necessity. Dealing with firearms places a shooter’s eyes at increased risk of injury as both rifles and shotguns are shouldered while handguns are held at arms length, all of which are in close proximity to the face. The rapid expansion of gases and ejection of cartridges present hazards to a shooter’s eyes. As such, shooters should take special care to wear eye protection that is rated for ballistic impact.
Eyewear that is rated for ballistic protection usually consists of impact resistant frames and lenses and is most often treated with an anti-fog/anti-scratch coating. With ballistic eyewear, you can rest assured that if recoil were to force a firearm upwards, the frames would remain intact and the lenses would not break or shatter as they might with ordinary eyewear. An excellent example of ballistic eyewear that is perfect for shooting are the Swiss Eye Shooting Glasses.
Not only do these glasses contain the aforementioned features, but they are also rated for UVA, UVB, and UVC protection up to 400 nm.
Ballistic eye protection is also essential in numerous military and combat operations. Tactical goggles may prove effective in protecting the eyes against shrapnel or other debris resulting from IED’s, grenades or other attacks. The Bolle Defender Tactical Goggles are a great choice for those who need increased protection that traditional eyewear may not offer.
The Defender goggles are rated for ballistic impact and were created to provide superior eye protection in nearly any tactical environment. The goggles are designed to be worn over a helmet and utilize soft, face-hugging foam that provides a well-fitted and comfortable seal. Also noteworthy, are the interior polycarbonate anti-fog coating, the exterior scratch-resistant coating, and the Bulpren® foam aerators that filter out dust while providing even airflow.
When shooting, remember to stay smart and stay safe. Check out the rest of our safety glasses and make the switch to ballistic eyewear today!
Friday, December 2, 2011 10:40:52 AM America/New_York
US Military Duffel Bag
Hey there, Mr. Survivor. Are you sick of being in the great outdoors with those puny packs that leave you with just the bare essentials? Sometimes a single bandage and a package of energy gel won’t do the trick. We all know that large outings call for large bags, and there are few larger than the US Military duffel bag. However, size is not the only selling point here. This bag is tough as nails. After all, this is an authentic USGI (United States Government Issue) bag, and if it’s good enough for military service, it’s even better for personal service. When you order from us, you will not only receive a huge bag. You will receive the huge savings you’ve come to expect from Keepshooting.com. While you’re here, check out the rest of our bags and packs.
What is it?
Since World War II, the duffel bag has been a standard USGI item. It is one of the items service men and women are permitted to keep upon discharge, which accounts for their wide availability on the surplus market. However, the bags being offered by Keepshooting.com are not used. They are brand new, unissued bags.
As mentioned, the bag is quite large. It is cylindrical in shape with a wide opening at the top. Around the top are four large, metal grommets that serve as a closure system. A long metal loop protrudes from one of the grommets. Opposite this grommet is a snap link attached to a strap. The metal loop is fed through each grommet and attached to the snap link to secure the pack. A rope or cord may also be fed through the grommets to serve as a drawstring closure.
The bag has both a side-carrying handle and two padded, adjustable shoulder straps so that it may be worn as a backpack.
Other features include:
- Made in America
- Constructed from weather resistant Cordura® nylon
- Measures approximately 34-inches by 23-inches
- Side pocket with snap fastener
- Interior sewn flap for extra protection from airborne debris
Why should I buy it?
This bag is huge. This bag is tough. Perhaps most important, this bag is affordable. What more could you want, especially if you like camping? Go from “survivor man” to “roughing it outdoors comfortably man” by packing the bare essentials along with the rest of your bedroom, kitchen, and medicine cabinet. Seriously, it’s that big!
As if the inside storage capacity wasn’t enough, the grommets are large enough that you can feed ropes or cords through to hang more items from the bag.
It’s great for more than just camping, too. Athletes and parents of athletes know just how expensive sports bags can get. Carry your hockey, baseball, football, soccer, or any other sporting gear to the game with a duffel bag that will last season after season.
The bag is great for:
- Sporting equipment
- Survival packs
At only $24.95, this deal is a no-brainer. Want some other no-brainer deals? Try the tactical backpack, Swiss engineer rucksack, or the German laundry bag.
Tips for packing your bag
When packing your duffel bag, make sure to place the largest, heaviest items at the bottom. This not only creates a solid base for your pack, but it makes the pack both safer and easier to carry on your back. Remember to place important, frequently accessed items such as food and water at the top of your pack. This eliminates the need to unpack and repack your bag but also ensures quick access.
Did you know?
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “duffel” dates back to the 1670s and comes from a town (Duffel) in Belgium where the material used in making duffel bags originated.
Monday, November 28, 2011 10:17:49 AM America/New_York
Remember, Remember the Fifth of November with the 'V for Vendetta' Mask
“Remember, remember, the fifth of November; Gunpowder, treason and plot.” Bonus points for those of you who can tell me why these words are important without reading the title or the text of this article. Don’t look at the picture either! Well, it’s probably too late for that. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this post is about the “V for Vendetta” mask. It is one of the coolest masks commercially available and definitely the coolest we offer at Keepshooting.com. Keep reading for the full story on this mask, its comic book and film source material, and the real-life history that inspired it all.
What is it?
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. What many may not know is that the movie is an adaptation of a limited comic book series written by Alan Moore, the same man behind such classics as “Watchmen,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “The Saga of the Swamp Thing.” Do yourself a favor and pick it up from a local comic book shop. You will not be disappointed.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future in which England is ruled by a totalitarian regime that is all very reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984.” Cue the arrival of “V”, the series’ terrorist/freedom-fighter (you decide) protagonist who decides he’s had enough and takes it upon himself to force a change. At its heart, this is a story about the clashing of political ideologies, as the fascist Norsefire party feels the wrath of the anarchist V.
In the story, V dons the very same mask available today. It is made of plastic and measures 7.5-inches by 8.5-inches. It also includes a Velcro® adjustable strap that ensures this mask will fit just about everyone.
Why should I buy it?
Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
V, “V for Vendetta”
Occupy Wall Street. Occupy D.C. Occupy just about anything and express your bulletproof ideas through anonymous protest with the Guy Fawkes mask. There is a reason why this mask is popping up at protests all over the world. It has become a symbol. It is a “vestige of the vox populi,” as V puts it. It represents the voice of the people. Not to mention the fact that it just plain looks cool.
As mentioned, this mask is prominently featured in both the comic book and the film. It is sure to be a hit with both collectors and fans of the media it came from. At only $9.95, it is a great idea for Halloween!
Check out our other costumes and masks. If you like items featured in print or visual media, consider the Zentai suit, as worn by Charlie Day’s alter ego “Green Man” in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot
Guy, or Guido, Fawkes was an English Catholic born in 1570. He is most recognizable as a conspirator involved in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, sometimes known as the Gunpowder Treason Plot, in which Fawkes, along with a group of fellow Catholics, sought to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords. Fawkes’ job was to safeguard the gunpowder hidden below the House of Lords. When was this scheduled to take place? The November 5,1605. Long story short, their plan failed. Today, Bonfire Night is observed on November 5 to commemorate the events.
Aside from “V for Vendetta,” Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot has served as inspiration for literature, theatre, video games, geographical features, and Internet culture. The entire ordeal is very interesting and much too lengthy to discuss here. If it interests you at all, I highly suggest researching it further.
Make sure you check out the film as well. See the trailer below, courtesy of YouTube user “warnervod.”
Monday, November 21, 2011 11:29:32 AM America/New_York
Getting' Jiggy With It – Everything You Need to Know About Jiggler Keys
Well look who’s back? It’s James Bond, and it would appear that he is ready to learn a little more about the many lock pick tools we offer here at Keepshooting.com. Last time, we learned about the lock pick gun. Today, we will focus on another tool best suited for those who may not be blessed with patience or the steady hand required for traditional lock picking. If this sounds like you, consider checking out the jiggler keys, another great tool that allows for a speedy entrance at a fraction of the cost.
Raking vs. Bumping
In my blog posting for the lock pick gun, I reviewed a few of the finer points of lock picking. Specifically, I discussed the technique known as raking. Raking is a lock picking technique in which specialized tools are used to mimic the movements of a key and move a lock’s pins into the correct position. When used in conjunction with a torsion wrench, which is used to apply rotational pressure, certain locks may be opened without a correctly cut key.
Ever seen Newton’s Cradle? I’m sure you have, though you may not have realized it. Newton’s Cradle is a toy usually found on office desks that consists of five identical metal spheres, each suspended by two equal lengths of wire and each gently touching each other while at rest. When one sphere is pulled back and released, it will strike the remaining set of spheres, sending a force through them all and pushing the last sphere upward. This toy demonstrates the principles of conservation of momentum and energy, the very same principles used in lock bumping. Bumping is a lock picking technique in which the lower pins in a lock, known as key pins, are struck and result in an upward force that drives the upper pins, known as driver pins, into place. Bumping doesn’t require the finesse that traditional lock picking does, and can sometimes damage the lock. The lock pick gun and jiggler keys both rely on this technique.
What is it?
The jiggler keys are a set of ten different pieces of metal, cut to resemble the general shape of an assortment of keys.
By way of lock bumping, the keys are designed to open most pin tumbler and wafer tumbler locks, such as those commonly found on an automobile. A key is inserted into a lock and jiggled, resulting in repeated impacts on the lower key pins of a lock. This energy is transferred upwards through the key pins to the driver pins. Ideally, the driver pins will be pushed high enough on one of the bumps that the cylinder will be able to turn. Because this is a key, constant rotational pressure can be applied to the lock, removing the need for a torsion wrench. If the first key doesn’t open the lock, try again with the next key in the set. If you’re still curious how jiggler keys work, check out YouTube for a selection of videos that show them in action.
This set of jiggler keys comes with 10 keys and an instruction booklet for only $14.95.
Why should I buy it?
Much like the lock pick gun, the jiggler keys are perfect for those irritating times when you accidentally get locked out of your home or car. The jiggler keys are more compact than the lock pick gun and are easy to carry or store underneath a car using a magnetic stash box.
The jiggler keys, like any lock pick tools, are a perfect choice for:
- Law enforcement agents
- Roadside assistance vehicles
As always, when you’re ready to learn patience and train yourself for a steady hand, we offer a great lock pick set.
Friday, November 18, 2011 10:41:23 AM America/New_York
Don't Tread on Me: A Retrospective
Don’t tread on me. A phrase we have all undoubtedly seen, heard, spoken, scrawled, tattooed or generally communicated in some form, at some point. We have seen the phrase displayed across the buttocks of Bart Simpson and we have recently seen it adopted by the Tea Party Movement. However, it is arguably most recognizable as a part of the Gadsden flag. You may know it as the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. No matter what you call it, Keepshooting.com is giving you the opportunity to own it. Let everyone know that you will not be treated like a doormat and pick one up today!
What is it?
The Gadsden flag is a flag originally designed in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War by Christopher Gadsden, a statesmen from South Carolina.
During a meeting of the Second Continental Congress, at which approximately 56 delegates met to manage the war effort and act as a makeshift national government, the Continental Navy was established alongside five companies of Marines. Among these Marines were several who carried uniquely decorated drums. The drums were painted yellow and adorned with coiled rattlesnakes along with the phrase, “Don’t tread on me.” Sounds sort of familiar, huh? This is recorded as the first known joining of the coiled rattlesnake symbol with the now famous motto, and it was the inspiration for the flag soon thereafter designed by Gadsden. In fact, Gadsden presented the first flag to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy, Commodore Esek Hopkins, just prior to the Navy’s first official mission.
The flag available here is a recreation of Gadsden’s original design. It includes both the rattlesnake symbol and the motto. It is often said that the rattlesnake featured on the flag is an American timber rattlesnake, though many claim it to be an eastern diamondback. Regardless, the rattlesnake is depicted with a rattle containing thirteen segments, just as it was on the drums of the Marines. As you may guess, these thirteen segments represent the thirteen original colonies of America.
The flag measures 3-feet by 5-feet and features two metal grommets for hanging the flag on a pole.
Why should I buy it?
The Gadsden flag is the ultimate symbol of American patriotism. It embodies everything that our nation stood for at its inception and will perfectly capture your “no nonsense” rebellious spirit. Hang it on your wall. Fly it outdoors. Show your pride, or your disapproval. This flag really is all encompassing.
If you’re still not sure, check out what one of our satisfied customers had to say:
“I fly this flag proudly in several places on my ranch. Every American should have one in my opinion. Keepshooting.com had the best price I could find.”
At $4.99, there is really only one thing to say: “Buy, or Die!” Or, I guess you could consider one of our many other flags including the traditional American flag, the First Navy Jack flag, or the 101st Airborne flag.
Rattlesnakes in Early America
Rattlesnakes had a nice little history of symbolizing the American spirit prior to their inclusion on the Gadsden flag. As early as 1751, Benjamin Franklin made reference to rattlesnakes in his Pennsylvania Gazette, when he suggested that criminals being sent from England to the colonies send back rattlesnakes as thanks. Three years later, he made his famous “Join, or Die” woodcut, which became the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper. The woodcut depicts a rattlesnake severed into eight different pieces, each representing a different colony (one was labeled N.E., for New England and represented multiple colonies), and is underlined by the message “Join, or Die.” A few years later, Benjamin Franklin contributed an essay to the Pennsylvania Journal, in which he said:
She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage… she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping [treading] on her.
Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania Journal, December 1775
Monday, November 14, 2011 10:50:02 AM America/New_York
Stop Accepting Counterfeit Currency Today
It’s probably a safe assumption that no one likes getting burned -- physically or financially -- and while we don’t offer much in the way of fire protection we can certainly offer you some financial peace of mind. Every day, people fall victim to counterfeit currency and are forced to take a loss. Well, with a little knowledge and the counterfeit money detector pen from Keepshooting.com, you can protect yourself from the financial fires set by counterfeiters.
What is it?
The counterfeit money detector pen is a tool used on banknotes to determine their authenticity. Though most banknotes are manufactured with a number of security features, it is often impractical to meticulously verify each one. This pen provides a fast, efficient method of catching one of the most common counterfeits: those printed on cellulose-based papers.
Generally, banknotes are printed on cotton-based papers -- ones that are made with cotton fibers. A great deal of counterfeit notes are printed on standard cellulose-based paper, or paper that originates from trees. By utilizing an iodine-based ink, these pens can detect counterfeit bills printed on cellulose-based paper, which contains starches that react with the iodine in the ink.
To use the pen, mark the note on a lighter area or an area that is free from ink. If the mark remains clear or turns to a light yellow color, the note is likely genuine. However, if the mark turns violet, green, blue or brown, the note is likely a counterfeit. This YouTube video, courtesy of user “blockandcompany,” demonstrates a similar product that uses the same principles of detection. Check it out if you want to see a counterfeit money detector pen in action before you make a purchase.
Why should I buy it?
Let’s talk about time. Time is the reason a large deal of counterfeit currency is printed on cellulose-based paper. This method is faster and easier than more convincing counterfeits. Counterfeiters know that merchants won’t spend a lot of time examining notes in front of the customer; they just don’t have the time and it may be offensive to some. Time is also the reason you should consider purchasing this pen. It is quick and it is efficient. I used to work in a bank and we used these pens every day. They work.
The counterfeit money detector pen is great for:
- Small businesses
- Bank tellers
- Office clerks
- Anyone who wants to protect themselves from receiving counterfeit currency
Make sure you don’t take a loss by picking up a counterfeit money detector pen today for only $2.95!
Did you know?
Though the United States Secret Service is overwhelmingly associated with its protective services, it was initially created by former President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 as a means to combat counterfeiting. At the time, it was estimated that about one third of the currency in circulation was counterfeit.
Today, the USSS fills two general roles:
- Safeguarding current and former domestic and foreign national leaders
- Safeguarding the payment and financial systems of the United States of America
If you are interested in learning more about the safety features included in U.S. currency and methods of detecting counterfeit currency, the official website of the USSS provides several invaluable resources.
Friday, November 11, 2011 10:19:01 AM America/New_York
Quick Fix Synthetic Urine: A Surefire Way to Protect Your Privacy
Privacy. You know, the right you’ve been screaming about since you were thirteen years old, hiding behind a locked bedroom door in your parents’ house? That privacy. Keepshooting.com is a company that recognizes the importance of our customers’ privacy. We’re also well aware that some organizations have seemingly no problem violating that privacy. That’s why we offer a range of products intended for privacy protection, including Quick Fix synthetic urine. What is synthetic urine? Why would anyone use it? Read on and find out why this product could be the one you’ve been seeking for years.
Technical terms explained
In this post, I’ll be mentioning a few terms that other websites don’t bother to explain. They just like to sound intelligent without really knowing what is it they’re discussing. It’s important to know what you’re ordering, what it’s for, and why it’s included in the product.
Urinalysis – A urinalysis is essentially an examination of the urine. These tests can be used to determine and assess health and generally measure and quantify organic and inorganic substances contained in the urine.
pH – The pH of a person’s urine is a term used to describe the acidity or basicity of the urine. Water is neutral, and has a pH of about 7.0. Urine is generally acidic and should have a pH between 5.0 and 7.0.
Specific gravity – Specific gravity is a measure of the ion concentration in a sample of urine. It can be used to assess kidney function and diagnose renal failure. It is also useful in determining levels of hydration.
Urea – Urea is an organic compound useful in metabolizing certain nitrogen-containing compounds. It is a major component of urine.
Creatinine – Creatinine is a by-product of creatine phosphate and is regularly found in urine. High levels of creatinine are characteristic of normal urine. Low levels may suggest that a urine sample has been tampered with.
What is it?
Quick Fix synthetic urine is a premixed laboratory urine designed specifically to protect the user’s privacy when submitting to urinalysis screenings. What this means is that this product is not actual human urine. This product was synthesized, or created, in a laboratory setting in order to mime the characteristics of authentic human urine. The result is a toxin-free product that is usable by both males and females. It is balanced for pH and specific gravity while containing key organic and inorganic components including both urea and creatinine.
Quick Fix synthetic urine is available for purchase in two or three ounce packages and includes:
- Attached temperature strip (for accurate temperature readings)
- Heating pad (for prolonged heat up to six hours)
- Instruction manual
The most up-to-date formula, 5.7-1, is available today for $24.95.
Why should I buy it?
You need a reason for buying synthetic urine? I’ll give you several, including why you should buy directly from us.
Some people value privacy more than others and would prefer to keep their medical histories to themselves. Quick Fix offers those people a safe method of doing just that. As mentioned, Quick Fix synthetic urine is designed specifically to protect the privacy of those submitting to urinalysis screenings. Whether these screenings are required for beginning employment, a means of continued employment, life/health insurance or anything else, you can ensure your privacy will be protected as this product will cover: nicotine, pregnancy and many other health-related ailments.
Quick Fix synthetic urine may also be useful for:
- Research (when actual urine is impractical or unavailable)
- Alternative medicine (some groups attest to the medicinal and cosmetic properties of urine)
- Distasteful pranks (you didn’t hear it from us)
Now you’re sold, but you’ve found the same product for cheaper on some other website. We are an authorized Spectrum Labs distributor. Other websites may sell this product at a lower price, but those products could be fakes. Additionally, if you place an order before 3 p.m. EST, and select FedEx priority overnight shipping, your order is guaranteed for next day delivery.
Monday, November 7, 2011 7:00:05 AM America/New_York
Weather the Storm with the German Gore-Tex® Wet Weather Suit
October has come and gone. However, the drop in temperature it brought with it has stuck around. This means that winter is right around the corner along with the cold, wet weather that always seems to sneak up on us all. This year, Keepshooting.com has you covered (literally) with a vast assortment of jackets and parkas, clothing, and coveralls to keep you warm and dry all season long. If you’re really looking to keep the elements out, consider the German Gore-Tex® suit, a powerhouse of a wet weather suit available for only $34.95!
Willst du die Geschichte hinter der Tarnung wissen? Want to know the story behind the camouflage? Back in 1976, the Bundeswehr, or German Armed Forces, began developing new camouflage patterns as a push to replace the olive-grey uniforms that were being used at the time. The result was this work of art known as Flecktarn, German for “spotted camouflage.” The word Flecktarn comes from the German words fleck, for “spot,” and tarnung, for “camouflage.” It wasn’t until 1990 that the pattern found widespread use among the service branches of the Bundeswehr, including the Heer (Army), Marine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air Force), and the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst (Central Medical Services).
Flecktarn is a multicolor disruptive camouflage pattern, generally utilizing three or more colors. This particular pattern was designed for use in temperate woodland terrains, though by varying the colors, it is adaptable to other backdrops.
What is it?
The German Gore-Tex® suit is a lightweight, wet weather suit designed to keep you dry and comfortable when facing the elements, and it does. When you order from us, you will receive a jacket and pants, both designed to be worn over other layers, with the following features:
- Made of Gore-Tex®
- Full zippered front
- Additional front snap fasteners for enhanced protection
- Integrated hood with drawstring closure
- Velcro® adjustable cuffs
- Two deep front pockets
- Made of Gore-Tex®
- Double elastic suspenders
- Two seven-inch zippered “pass-thru” pockets allow access to jeans/pants
- Snap fastener waistline with a zippered fly
Why should I buy it?
Tough winter weather calls for tough winter clothing, and that’s where Gore-Tex® reigns supreme. Gore-Tex® is synonymous with wet, winter weather. It is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It keeps the wind and water out while allowing heat and sweat to escape, keeping you dry and comfortable. When you enter the outdoors wearing Gore-Tex®, your protection from the elements is guaranteed. The jacket can be used as an all-purpose winter coat but is also great for any of the following:
- Winter weather
- Any other outdoor activities that may be subject to wet weather
But don’t just take my word for it. Here is a review from a satisfied customer:
“I Bass fish for a living and when it’s raining the fish still bite. So rather than getting soaking wet, or wearing a bulky, noisy rain suit, I wear these Gore-Tex® suits. It makes a rainy day at the office a bit more tolerable.”
As I mentioned, this suit is only $34.95! Good luck finding a comparable item at a better price. If somehow you’re still not sold, check out the Swiss camo rain poncho or the splinter camo anorak for alternative ways of staying dry and stylish.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 2:01:01 PM America/New_York
Answer the Call of Duty with the German Flak Jacket
It’s a crazy world out there and sometimes even a trip to the grocery store can be quite an adventure. Keepshooting.com wants to make sure that our customers are safe, and whether you’re parachuting into enemy territory or taking fire from your friend’s paintball gun, we’d like to believe you will be protected. In order to ensure that safety, we offer a wide variety of body armor, including the German Flak Jacket, each of which is a great piece of German military history and each of which is in excellent condition.
Ready for some more instruction in German? Of course you are. Have you ever heard the word fliegerabwehrkanone? Probably not, but I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of a flak jacket. The word flak comes from the word fliegerabwehrkanone, German for “anti-aircraft gun.” The term flak jacket essentially means, “anti-aircraft gun jacket,” and was so named due to its usage by the British Royal Air Force in World War II to protect its pilots from shrapnel and other debris resultant from German anti-aircraft guns’ highly explosive shells.
Early flak jackets were made of ballistic nylon, a synthetic material developed by DuPont® specifically for military use. Sewn into the ballistic nylon were several manganese steel plates. Due to the size constraints brought about by the Avro Lancaster (the RAF’s bomber), the Royal Air Force found the jackets impractical and subsequently gave them to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), a predecessor to the modern day United States Air Force (USAF). Today, flak jackets are outdated by more bullet-resistant fabrics such as Kevlar®, which can be used in conjunction with metal or ceramic plates to enhance their “stopping power.”
What is it?
A flak jacket is a type of protective clothing designed to shield the wearer from shrapnel, fragmentation, debris, and other indirect projectiles. Though the terms flak jacket and bulletproof vest are often used interchangeably, not all flak jackets are bulletproof or rated for direct fire from pistols or rifles.
The German Flak Jacket offered by Keepshooting.com is a Kevlar®-paneled vest, covered in a flecktarn patterned nylon and includes the following features:
- Easy-to-wear with Velcro® closure on the left shoulder and the left/right hips
- Zipper closure for insertion and removal of Kevlar®-paneling
- Shoulder pads with snap fasteners
- Large, expandable front pocket with Velcro® closure
- Interior waistband with adjustable Velcro® closure ensures a secure fit
- Front and rear rings for additional field gear
At $69.95, these jackets are selling fast. We’re unsure when they will be restocked so act quickly!
Why should I buy it?
As mentioned, people use the terms flak jacket and bulletproof vest interchangeably. However, all flak jackets (early models especially) are not bulletproof. These flak jackets were manufactured in the late 1980s through the 1990s, and though they use Kevlar®-paneling we do not recommend using them to protect against actual firearms nor do we guarantee any level or protection.
Well then, what are they good for? It has been years since I was involved in any type of paintball skirmish, and though it was a great deal of fun, the feeling of being shot was less than comfortable. Having a German flak jacket would have made the experience more enjoyable while also helping to conceal myself in the woods with its flecktarn pattern.
The German flak jacket is a great choice for:
- Paintball players
- Airsoft players
- Theater props
- Movie production
Though we do not endorse the use of this product for protection from actual firearms, we do carry an assortment of body armor, including: German police body armor, Level IIIA body armor, German police full-body impact suit, stab resistant vests and many more.
Monday, October 24, 2011 3:04:12 PM America/New_York
Picking Locks With a Lock Pick Gun
Hey James Bond, have we got a deal for you. We know how tough it can be out on assignment, and that’s exactly why we offer a variety of lock pick tools to help you out of those sticky situations. Sometimes, the job calls for a quick entrance and there is no better way to make it than with a lock pick gun. Keepshooting.com is excited to offer a high-quality lock pick gun, but act fast because supplies are limited.
What is it?
The lock pick gun, also known as a snap gun, is a locksmith tool designed to quickly open most pin, wafer, and disk tumbler locks without the use of a correctly cut key. A steel picking needle is attached to the pick gun and inserted into a lock. Then, by way of mechanical energy, the needle bumps the lock pins into place simultaneously, allowing the lock to be opened with the assistance of a torsion wrench.
The lock pick gun being offered by Keepshooting.com comes with a torsion wrench and two pairs of picking needles, one straight and one offset. The picking needles are made of stainless steel and are not only durable, but also rust resistant. It includes an instruction booklet and is yours today for only $45.95.
Lock Picking 101
Keyed locks have been around for a very, very long time. According to Popular Science, a wooden pin lock and key were discovered in Egypt that is thought to be from 250 B.C. Where there is a keyed lock, you better believe there is a person trying to open it without the key. Lock picking is an art that involves the skillful manipulation of a lock in order to open it without its key. Traditionally, a technique known as raking is employed in which specialized tools are used to mimic the movements of a key and move a lock’s pins into the correct position. At the same time, the picker will apply pressure with a torsion wrench in order to spin the cylinder at the exact moment when all the pins are correctly aligned, thus opening the lock.
Lock pick guns were originally designed for law enforcement officers who were unskilled at the art of lock picking but still needed a quick entry. Check out this video, courtesy of YouTube user "LockPickPaul," which explains the correct usage of a lock pick gun and the inner workings of a pin tumbler lock.
Why should I buy it?
How many times have you locked yourself out of your house or car and thought, “If only I had a lock pick gun?” If you’ve had that thought even once, then it’s time to stop thinking and start acting. People get locked out every day. Rather than call a locksmith and wait, take matters into your own hands and remedy the situation in seconds. We also offer a magnetic stash box, perfect for holding your lock pick gun underneath your car until you’re ready to use it.
The lock pick gun is also an invaluable tool for:
- Law enforcement
- Roadside assistance vehicles
- Locksport (recreational or “sport” lock picking)
Perhaps you’re interested in locksport. Learn the more subtle aspects of lock picking by checking out "Lock Picking For the New Millennium" or "Lock Picking Simplified." Then try your hand with a good lock pick set or a pair of jiggler keys.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:44:15 PM America/New_York
German Folding Shovel
By: Joe Michelizzi, Staff Writer
Back in February 2010, the Mid-Atlantic region was hit with two different blizzards that crippled the area. Remember when your car was stuck in the driveway for days? Remember when -- after digging out your car for a trip to the store -- you got stuck in the ice-covered parking lots? It sure would have been useful to have a compact shovel in the car, huh?
Well Keepshooting.com doesn’t want to see our customers stuck outdoors again. That’s why we’re offering the German military folding shovel for only $24.95, a perfect companion for your car or truck.
The German military folding shovel, also known as an entrenching tool, is a military issued piece of field gear. Entrenching tools are known to have existed as early as Julius Caesar and the Roman Legion and were prevalent throughout the Napoleonic Wars, where siege operations were commonplace. During World War I, entrenching tools began to take on their more modern design as trench warfare rose to prominence.
Today, entrenching tools are produced with much more sophisticated designs. Many components have been modified including the handles and folding design. Several have been fitted with picks or bayonets and are often used as weapons. Many units are even trained in combat with their entrenching tool.
What is it?
The German military folding shovels being offered here are in very good condition and it is one of the more practical items we offer. The shovel weighs in at a meager three and one half pounds and has a folded length of about seventeen inches. When fully extended, the shovel measures about two feet. It is compact and easily manageable.
Features of the shovel include:
- Sturdy hardwood handle
- Folding steel shovel and pick
- Adjustable to three different positions: 0 degree, 90 degrees, or 180 degrees
- Locks into position with spring lock
Also included, is a leather sheath with belt loops and double strap and buckle closure.
Why should I buy it?
The benefits of the German folding shovel are obvious. Its compact size makes it an ideal addition to any survival or winter weather preparedness kit. Are forecasters calling for snow? Toss this shovel in your trunk and ensure that you don’t get stuck in the cold.
The shovel is also perfect for:
Grab yours today!
Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:58:04 PM America/New_York
Swiss Mountain Gaiters
By: Joe Michelizzi, Staff Writer
As camping season begins to wind down, why not prepare for that last trip into the great outdoors by considering one of our many fine Swiss products? Ensure a dry, comfortable outdoor excursion with the new Swiss mountain gaiters from Keepshooting.com. As always, the price is right at just $15.95 for four pairs!
Gaiters were originally developed for use by those riding on horseback and were useful for protecting the lower legs of the rider. The design comes from a type of armor worn to cover the shins, known as greaves. Dating back as far as Ancient Greece, greaves were a commonplace among the Greek hoplites and Roman centurions. They remained popular throughout the Middle Ages, even appearing in feudal Japan where samurai wore suneate, Japanese for “shin guards.” Though early gaiters were almost always fashioned from leather, the introduction and availability of synthetic materials such as Gore-Tex® has allowed for gaiters to find uses outside of horseback riding.
What is it?
Gaiters are a form of clothing worn over the lower legs, designed to protect them from the elements, groundcover and other natural pests. The Swiss mountain gaiters, constructed from wool, are made in Switzerland and boast the quality that has come to be expected from Swiss-made products. Keep your legs protected and your pants dry with these easy to wear gaiters.
- Made of wool
- Measures 14” tall
- Full length zipper
- Double drawstrings for below the knee closure
- Double foothold straps with buckle closure
Why should I buy it?
Outdoor enthusiasts all over will want to own a pair of these Swiss mountain gaiters. Take a hike in comfort while keeping rain, dirt, mud and snow out of your boots and pesky forest underbrush off of your legs.
These gaiters are perfect for numerous outdoor activities, including:
- Yard work
- Winter weather
Going camping? Consider one of our other Swiss products. The Swiss military sleeping bag, Swiss M71 stove, and the Swiss engineer rucksack make perfect additions to the Swiss mountain gaiters for an enjoyable outdoor experience.
Monday, September 26, 2011 2:45:06 PM America/New_York
Swiss M18 Helmet
By: Joe Michelizzi, Staff Writer
It’s no secret; we here at Keepshooting.com are big fans of Swiss military products and the rich history that accompanies them. Keepshooting.com is pleased to bring you the Swiss M18 helmet. This helmet, introduced in World War I, has a style all its own. Along with the Swiss army uniform jacket and the Swiss engineer rucksack, this helmet brings you one step closer to being a Swiss army conscript.
The early years of WWI proved devastating, as casualty rates soared. The introduction of trench warfare and advances in technology such as barbed wire, artillery, and machine guns played a big role in this trend. Less responsible, though glaring, was the disadvantage of leather helmets. The first year of WWI passed without a single nation offering their troops steel helmets. However, 1915 saw the introduction of the M1915 Adrian helmet by the French, closely followed by the British Brodie helmet and the M1916 stahlhelm, German for “steel helmet.” Many other nations began manufacturing and issuing helmets based on the stahlhelm design, including Switzerland, who introduced the Swiss M18 helmet in 1918. The M18 was very unique, however, sporting a lower, rounder crown with a skirt that was designed to protect the troops from the harsh elements associated with the Swiss region.
What is it?
Seeing service in both WWI and WWII, the Swiss M18 helmet is the first steel helmet issued to Swiss troops during WWI and marked a great advancement in military headgear. Originally painted olive, these helmets were recalled and modified in 1944. The new black paint included a mixture of sawdust, giving the helmet its unique texture. As with our other Swiss products, you can expect outstanding craftsmanship on a product that is built to last.
- Made of steel
- Excellent condition with original leather liner
- Adjustable chinstrap
- Rough texture finish to prevent glare
- Individual tag on most identifies soldier of issue
This is a great chance to own a piece of history. Don’t let it pass you by!
Why should I buy it?
History. Culture. Functionality. The Swiss M18 helmet is a helmet like no other. The Swiss soldiers are required to store all army issued equipment, including personal service weapons, in their homes. Due to this practice, it is likely that many of these helmets sat ready for service in the homes of Swiss soldiers. Many of these helmets even include an individual service tag that identifies the soldier that was issued the helmet. This is perfect for Swiss military, WWI, and WWII collectors that prefer field gear with a personality.
You may have even recognized this helmet. Along with a WWII era stahlhelm, the Swiss M18 helmet served as major inspiration for the helmet worn by Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," and would make an exceptional addition to any fan’s collection. It was also featured in the recent grind house film "Hobo with a Shotgun," worn by “The Plague.”
This is also an ideal helmet for:
- Theater prop
- Movie production
Get yours today for only $34.95, before supplies run out.
Did you know?
Most military helmets are named based on their design year. The Swiss M18 helmet, or Model 1918, is so named because it was designed in 1918. Other examples include the Russian M52 (Model 1952) and the East German steel helmet, or M56 (Model 1956).
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:46:18 PM America/New_York
Swiss Engineer Rucksack
By: Joe Michelizzi, Staff Writer
Keepshooting.com is proud to offer you the Swiss engineer rucksack. With limitless options for use and a price that will have you coming back for more, this rucksack is the perfect buy.
The Swiss Army dates back to the cantonal troops of the Old Swiss Confederacy, the pre-cursor to modern day Switzerland. From here, the federal army was established with the signing of the Swiss Federal Constitution in 1848. Today, the Swiss Armed Forces are comprised of only about 5 percent professional soldiers, with the remaining personnel consisting of conscripted soldiers. All Swiss soldiers, by law of the Swiss militia system, are required to store all army issued equipment, including their personal service weapons, in their homes. You can continue the tradition of the Swiss army with this authentic Swiss engineer rucksack.
What is it?
The Swiss are renowned for their quality and precision craftsmanship, producing everything from the world famous Swiss army knife to fine timepieces. The Swiss engineer rucksack continues the long history of superior Swiss craftsmanship. This rucksack, built to last, is constructed from waterproof vinyl and reinforced with an internal metal frame for support.
Other features include:
- Weatherproof vinyl construction
- Leather-bound metal reinforcements
- Double drawstring closure
- Internal metal frame for back support
- Top flap with buckle closure
If you are looking for a military style backpack, you won’t find a better deal.
Why should I buy it?
The Swiss engineer rucksack has something to offer everyone, from the most avid history buff to the average college student. Collectors of military surplus and memorabilia will want to own this low priced piece of Swiss history. The rucksack is also highly functional and with its spacious main compartment, can be used by students to carry a laptop computer along with several textbooks, notebooks or folders while protecting each from the elements. There is also a smaller, secondary compartment perfect for housing a cell phone, GPS or other small items.
This is also an ideal storage bag for:
Get yours today for only $19.95, before supplies run out.
Friday, July 8, 2011 5:45:12 PM America/New_York
We have just begun shipping our new KeepShooting Magazine for the Walther P22. This magazine has been in development for the past two years and is perfect in every way. Read more on why this magazine goes well with your Walther P22 and your current factory magazines.
Walther P22 Magazines
Our magazine for the Walther P22 is designed to offer you a high quality magazine at a cheap price. By offering you a magazine at a low entry price, you will be able to enjoy your P22 more at the range as you'll spend less time loading magazines and more time shooting.
Our magazine is professionally manufactured using the highest quality materials, laser engraved, and designed to function 100% in your Walther P22 pistol. You will find our magazine performs as good as your factory original, with no issues with magazine jams or misfeeds.
Give our new magazine for the Walther P22 a try today! Our introductory and quantity pricing gives you the opportunity to stock up on magazines at a price no one can match.
Walther® and P22® are trademarks of Carl Walther GmbH. The use of the Walther and P22 trademark is not intended to and does not represent any affiliation with Carl Walther GmbH. Our products do not say Walther® or P22® anywhere on them and our use is intended to identify the product our magazine is used in. This is not a product of Carl Walther GmbH.
Monday, May 16, 2011 11:57:53 AM America/New_York
There are many uses for less lethal ammo that you may not have considered. We hope this post will show you the benefits to using less lethal ammunition.
Buying Less Lethal Ammunition
The first thing to consider when choosing less lethal ammunition is your potential suppliers. Many vendors of less lethal products will only sell to certified law enforcement officers and departments. This is generally due to terms set by the manufacturer of the ammunition to ensure that no one uses more advanced less lethal ammunition in an improper manner.
We would be honored to get your less lethal ammo business and our requirements to purchase are the same as regular ammunition. You simply need to be an adult and be able to receive the ammunition with an adult signature requirement. The less lethal ammunition we sell is able to be used by anyone with an understanding of a few basic rules.
Types of Less Lethal Ammo
Many types of less lethal ammunition exist, but the only type that we recommend using would be 12 gauge. The 12 gauge less lethal ammunition provides good results, requires minimal training, and is easy to purchase.
Rubber Buckshot - Effective against humans, large animals, crowds, and other situations where you cannot take carefully aimed shots.
Contains 15 hard rubber pellets, be very careful not to aim anywhere near the neck up to prevent loss of eye sight. We recommend shooting at the legs with this ammunition.
|Rubber Slugs - Effective for one-on-one encounters where you have time to take aimed shots. Fires one solid hard rubber ball from each shell, which will deliver a painful blow. Good for large animals, single human threats, and will drop any sized target with one shot.|
|Shotgun Bean Bag - This shotgun bean bag round made by ALS Technologies is the latest in less lethal ammunition. Designed for extremely close encounters, the bean bag round will drop your target with no risk of over shooting. This shotgun round is the most popular less lethal round for bounty hunters and others requiring a quick take-down with no risk of serious injury to the target.
Benefits of Less Lethal Ammo
We hear from customers all the time about not seeing the "need" or "benefit" from less lethal ammo. The most common statement we hear is "If I'm going to need to defend myself, I want to make sure I kill the person who is threatening me."
We understand this statement completely, but always advise our customers to think about what happens after you pull the trigger. What if the person lives and testifies that they were posing no threat? What does it say to a judge, jury, or prosecutor that you shot with lethal force the first time? Could your defense be better served if you fired a less lethal warning shot first?
Talking to customers who have killed criminals in the line of duty, the experience is not something taken lightly. Often times it takes months to recover from the shock and trauma. Why not try less lethal ammunition first to see if that can be avoided?
Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:31:27 AM America/New_York
Drug test is awaiting you and you'd really like to pass it but you are not sure if these fake urine products you've heard about actually work? We have years of experience in selling fake urine. The fake urine we sell is called QuickFix synthetic urine and we always get you the newest formula (current formula is 5.7). In all these years of selling fake urine we are yet to hear a story from a customer that failed to pass the drug test.
Here are some of the fake urine product reviews that our customers recently left on our website. There is a good reason why they trust us and always return to buy from us again. Let me quote one of our customers:
Every test I take with QF, I pass. Nothing else works as good as this.
Been buying here from these guys since 2005. Will continue buying here as long as they keep shipping at record speeds. (Posted on 4/4/11)
How to pass a drug test tomorrow?
We understand how important it is for you to receive your fake urine on time, so we take extra care when handling these orders. You need it tomorrow? If you order before 3:00 PM EST and choose FedEx priority overnight shipping, you'll have your fake urine tomorrow. If you're not sure if we'll be able to deliver it on time, please call us (Toll Free: +1-877-703-2767, Phone: 301-576-1656) and we'll answer any questions you might have.
Will I pass the drug test?
Fake urine we've been selling for years has a 100% success rate. We are authorized resellers of QuickFix synthetic urine. Do not buy from unauthorized resellers because you might not be getting the latest formula and you might not pass the test!
Once you pass the test, please take your time to return and write a product review for us. When you write a product review, you are given award points which can be exchanged for discount on checkout for your next order!
Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:36:35 AM America/New_York
Military Surplus Flare Guns
Flare guns are perhaps the most fun military surplus item you will ever find that doesn't involve obtaining the services of a Federal Firearms License holder. You can spend the afternoon shooting flares of every type and color, and yet never once have to fill out a form, wait for an approval from the government, or suffer any other inconvenience that restricts your fun. Your flare gun is not only a fun toy, but it can also be a life saving device to signal for help in emergency situations.
We have sold tens of thousands of flare guns and have learned a lot about flare guns and why our customers love them so much. Our flare gun customers have ranged from Hollywood movie studios to collectors of all things military. A good number of our customers have also been military customers who've used flare guns sold by us in places like Cuba, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Here are some examples of various military surplus flare guns we've sold:
Polish Model wz44 Flare Gun
Polish Flare Gun Model wz44 - This Flare Signal Pistol is based on the original Russian flare gun from World War II. It was still being used by the Polish military up into the 1980s. This flare gun is built like a TANK which is typical of military items that have a Soviet history.
This style of flare gun is most popular with military history buffs, collectors of former USSR countries, and surprisingly people of Polish heritage.
This flare gun fires all 26.5mm flares and is commonly sold with a Russian M44 Flare Gun Holster to complete the authentic look and feel.
Heckler & Koch Flare Gun Model P2A2
The Heckler & Kock Flare Gun Model P2A2 is commonly referred to as simply the HK Flare Gun for ease of reference. This flare gun would be one of the most modern military surplus flare guns in existence, with it being lighter than most other flare guns. It is also highly desired as it is an official H&K product, which makes it desired by H&K collectors and fans of HK products.
The flare gun is easy to use as it has fewer parts than most military surplus flare guns. The lower assembly is all one solid polymer unit, so there will never be issues like cracked grips to deal with. This flare gun has also been licensed to other countries so you will often times see flare guns that look exactly like the HK P2A2 but are sold as being a different origin.
German Flare Gun - GECO
This particular flare gun is the GECO Flare Gun which is commonly referred to as simply the German Flare Gun by most collectors. This would be a 1960 era flare gun, with the manufacturing materials and methods taking you back to the era where people took pride in complicated designs. This flare gun has so many parts that are highly refined that it will remind you of a classic Mercedes.
The GECO Flare Pistol has come with both wooden and plastic grips, so collectors will want examples of both. We have sold far more blued GECO Signal Pistols than parkerized, so look for parkerized guns if you want a more rare pistol for your collection.
The GECO Flare Gun is by far our best selling flare gun of all time.
How To Buy A Flare Gun
Purchasing a flare gun is easy, you have a few things to consider with your purchase. The first thing you want to do is to make sure that there are no laws in your state or city preventing you from owning a flare gun. With very few exceptions, there should be NO LAWS restricting you from owning a flare gun. You can get a good idea if flare guns are legal by looking at your state's boating laws. Generally you need to be 18 years of age to get a boating license in most states, so being of age to get a boating license should be the only restriction on flare gun ownership in most states. Note, you do not HAVE to have a boating license, you simply need to be of age to get one.
Once you have verified you can legally own a flare gun, the next choice is to decide if you want a modern or classic flare gun. We think this is an easy choice, get both the modern and the classic flare guns. We recommend the Polish Flare Gun and the German Flare Gun to cover both the classic and modern style flare guns. You can place your order on our website at the links we provided, or give us a call at 877-703-2767 and one of our flare gun experts will take your order.
Why You Want A Flare Gun
Watch these YouTube Videos to see how much fun you can have shooting military flare guns!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:43:07 PM America/New_York
M1 Carbine Bayonets
The M1 Carbine is one of the most popular rifles in America. It shares the stage with the M1 Garand, M14, and M16 rifles as a long gun that was used by the US Military.
One of the most popular things for new M1 Carbine rifle owners is to get all of the accessories. You can spend years collecting M1 Carbine accessories of various different type and manufacturer.
Quite likely the most popular accessory for the M1 Carbine is the M1 Carbine Bayonet which comes in two varieties, the M4 Bayonet which looks like most other US Bayonets.
Did you know that originally the M1 Carbine did not even have a bayonet lug? If you examine an M1 Carbine with a bayonet lug, you can quickly see it was a retrofit that was done after the M1 Carbine was introduced.
The M4 Bayonet for the M1 Carbine has also seen various design changes. It started with an ultra-rare all-leather handle, then moved to rubber, then finally to plastic grip panels like you see on most all US Bayonets.
We hope you found this quick blog entry about M1 Carbine bayonets interesting!
Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:39:12 PM America/New_York
We get asked lots of questions about gas masks and figured it was time to blog some gas mask information.
Which Gas Mask Should I Buy?
This is the most frequently asked question we get about gas masks. With there being so many different gas masks for sale on our website, this is an understandable question.
The first thing to consider when buying a gas mask is what exactly are you looking to protect against? If you are being exposed to an environmental toxin such as mold, every mask we sell will protect you. If you were going into a confirmed exposure area where radiological hazards have been released, you might want to select your mask more carefully.
The second thing to consider when buying a gas mask is how frequently you anticipate wearing it. For example if you are just buying it to have in case of emergency, it probably doesn't matter which features the mask has as you aren't planning on wearing it for extended periods of time. If you however think you may be wearing your mask frequently or for long periods of time, the ability to buy extra gas mask filters will be important.
Another feature you may want to consider is the ability of your gas mask to accept a drinking tube. Drinking tubes attach to a special canteen for gas masks and allows you to stay hydrated while wearing your gas mask. This may be especially important if you live in an area where it is hot or humid, as wearing a gas mask in this type of weather can be dangerous if you do not stay hydrated.
What Does This Gas Mask Protect Against?
The second most frequently asked question we get about gas masks is what will each mask protect against. This is usually followed up by are they rated for NBC events?
For protection, the most important thing is the type of filter that you use. All of our masks are quality masks with good tight seals and no cracks. The filters that we provide are military grade filters that are past their expiration date, but are still sealed. They have no cracks or dents, and we have tested their effectiveness with tear gas and found they worked 100% with tear gas. However as the filters have passed their expiration date and we lack lab facilities for testing, we cannot guarantee what any surplus filter will protect against other than tear gas. We strongly feel you will be well protected from any harmful element with the surplus filters, but we cannot guarantee it.
If you wish to have guaranteed protection, we do have the MESTEL Safety gas mask filters. These are all current issue filters that have many years left before they expire. Each one is a multi-purpose gas mask filter, designed to protect you against NBC threats. Included with the filter are laboratory test certificates
More About Gas Masks
We will be blogging more about gas masks in the future. We will cover differences between each gas mask, country of origin for each mask, and history behind each gas mask. Until then, keep shooting!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:07:46 PM America/New_York
Many people have been surprised that we sell Quick Fix....
What exactly is Quick Fix that we sell? Quick Fix is basically fake urine that is bottled with a temperature strip and heating pad. It is made by Spectrum Labs and we've been stocking and selling it since 2005. Other than Spectrum Labs, no one has been selling Quick Fix on the Internet longer than we have.
Why Do People Buy Quick Fix
The most common reason why people buy Quick Fix is to protect their privacy. In this day and age, you are often asked for biological samples such as urine for many reasons. For the most part these are gross invasions of your privacy.
To give you an example, we just got a new life insurance policy, and part of the process was submitting urine sample to verify that neither myself or my wife were smokers. Let me stop you from jumping to conclusions, the insurance agent was concerned about us smoking cigarettes rather than other stuff.
There was once a time in America where if you told your insurance agent you did not smoke cigarettes, that was enough "proof" for them to sell you a policy as a non-smoker.
Why Do We Sell Quick Fix
We believe in privacy. That is the number one reason. The number two reason is it is an item in demand, priced fair, and we really enjoy dealing with the folks at Spectrum Labs who make it.
Hope that gives you some insight on what Quick Fix is and why its for sale on a "Gun" website!