I finally got to snatch some of these from Cabela’s online, other than that I haven’t seen them online but a handful of times. They were selling them at MSRP price but hey at least I didn’t have to pay a premium. Better snatch em up fast before the gun grabbers want to take these too. Product description from Magpul’s site:

Product Link: http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG233/PMAG

Product Description:

“The next-generation PMAG 40 GEN M3 is a 40-round 5.56×45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons. Along with expanded feature set and compatibility, the GEN M3 incorporates new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability to exceed rigorous military performance specifications.

Modified internal and external geometry also permits operation with a wide range of non Colt-spec platforms such as the HK® 416 and MR556A1, M27 IAR, British SA-80, FN® SCAR™ MK 16/16S, and others. A redesigned bolt catch notch in the rear of the magazine provides increased bolt catch clearance, while an over-travel stop on the spine helps ensure the magazine will not over-insert on compatible weapons.

Similar to the MOE PMAG, the GEN M3 features a long-life stainless steel spring, four-way anti-tilt follower and constant-curve internal geometry for reliable feeding, and simple tool-less disassembly to ease cleaning. In addition, an included pop-off Impact/Dust Cover can optionally be used to minimize debris intrusion and protect against potential damage during storage and transit. Low profile ribs and new aggressive front and rear texture gives positive control of the GEN M3 in all environments, and a paint pen dot matrix has been added to the bottom panel of the body to allow easy marking by the end user for identification. The new, easy to disassemble flared floorplate aids extraction and handling of the magazine while providing improved drop protection, but is slightly slimmer than before for better compatibility with tight double and triple magazine pouches.

Made in U.S.A.”

 

I had heard about this over the wire so decided to do some digging and found a news update on Magpul’s site. This text is taking directly from their site

“25-Jul-13 13:29

MAGPUL SUES FOUR MAGAZINE MANUFACTURERS FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT

BOULDER, Colorado — July 25, 2013

Magpul Industries Corp announced today that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against four companies for offering for sale, selling, and distributing magazines for AR15/M16 compatible weapons in violation of Magpul’s patents. The company’s lawsuits allege infringement of Utility Pat. No. 8,069,601 for a novel ammunition magazine, in addition to numerous Magpul design patents.

The lawsuits, filed in United States District Court, Colorado, provide another example of Magpul’s dedication to protecting its valuable brand while sending a warning to others attempting to infringe on our innovations. “These patents exemplify the industrial design-focused spirit at Magpul, which drives us to create novel solutions that enhance user experience with our products,” said Duane Liptak, Director of Product Management and Marketing for Magpul Industries. “People who use Magpul products have high expectations and a great deal of trust regarding the value, quality, and amount of thought put into every design we release. As such, we cannot allow others to misappropriate the patented technology that helps us generate that consumer confidence and trust.”

The lawsuits are the largest and most significant to date brought by Magpul, and are part of the company’s ongoing proactive efforts to combat the unlawful production, distribution, and sale of products that infringe on its valuable intellectual property rights.”

Today is Bring your gun to Starbucks Day as put together by a firearm advocacy group which has more than 234,000 likes and setup as a public event on July 29. More than 3,000 plan to attend. Thought it was interesting as both of my sisters texted me earlier this morning to let me know so it peaked my interest enough to go out there and see what it was all about. Here is the full article in case you are interested.

Link: http://mashable.com/2013/08/09/bring-your-gun-starbucks/

NRA Legislative branch released an overview of the new Illinois CCW law that has taken effect recently. It highlights some of the FAQ’s that everyone will have. If you have any additional questions, you can go to the Illinois State Police website. They have a FAQ section setup. See below for more info:

Link to Article: http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/13/nra-ila-on-illinois-overview-of-the-new-concealed-carry-law/

Link to ISP Website FAQ Section: http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-faq.cfm

Article Highlights:

Concealed Carry Licensing:

  • Five-year concealed carry permits will be issued to Illinois residents at least 21 years of age with a valid FOID card 90 days after a qualified application is submitted.
  • Illinois will not recognize carry licenses or permits from other states at this time; however, non-resident Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses will be available with an increased fee of $300 if the interested applicant’s state’s concealed carry license laws are “substantially similar” to Illinois’. Illinois State Police must first establish which elements of other state’s permits meet the “substantially similar” requirement.

To qualify for a license to conceal carry, an Illinois resident must:

  • Pay a $150 fee;
  • Be subjected to fingerprinting for an additional fee in order to avoid delayed processing of one’s application;
  • Undergo 16 hours of training (which includes a “live fire” component). Eight hours of prior training may be credited if it is “approved by the Department [of State Police] and recognized under the laws of another state or if the applicant is an active, retired, or honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces.”

An applicant will be disqualified if

Convicted or found guilty in Illinois or any other state of:

  • 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, within the last 5 years.
  • A misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the last 5 years.
  • Applicant is the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification.
  • Applicant has been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years.
  • Any law enforcement agency may object to the issuance of a license to an otherwise qualified applicant on the basis of reasonable suspicion that the applicant presents a danger to self or others or is a threat to public safety. Such an objection sends the application for review by the Concealed Carry Licensing Board, which consists of a total of 7 judicial, law enforcement, and mental health professionals appointed by the Governor. The Board generally will issue a decision in 30 days as to whether it has determined, by a preponderance of the evidence, if the applicant is eligible or ineligible for a license.

Training:

  • HB 183 mandates that the Illinois State Police begin approval of certified firearms instructors and firearm training courses within 60 days of enactment. At that time, ISP will provide a registry of instructors and approved classes.

Preemption:

  • The language of HB 183 contains comprehensive preemption of handgun and handgun ammunition-related local ordinances for anyone with a valid FOID card, and preemption of “assault weapon” bans enacted by July 19th (see here for more information). Regulation of laws relating to the concealed carrying of handguns is now reserved to the state.
  • Illinois law now contains increased protection for those who are traveling with firearms, since the preemption of local firearms ordinances applies to all individuals with a valid FOID card who are transporting firearms in compliance with all state regulations. A personal vehicle is also a safe haven for transport of firearms by non-Illinois residents not otherwise prohibited from possession.

Storage:

  • In addition to the safe harbor found in one’s vehicle, licensees who wish to store their firearm in the trunk of their vehicle while visiting an otherwise prohibited location may exit their vehicle while in the parking lot in possession of the firearm for the purposes of storing it in the trunk. They may also store the firearm in the passenger compartment of their vehicle in some sort of container as long as either the vehicle or container is locked and the firearm remains out of plain view.

Prohibited Places:

Under HB 183 there is an extensive list of places where carrying firearms is prohibited, even with a concealed handgun license. Three or more violations will result in a permanent revocation of license. The list of prohibited places includes, but is not limited to:

  • Schools and child care facilities
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Courthouses
  • Libraries
  • Government buildings
  • Public playgrounds
  • Public parks (trails excluded)
  • Bars (and any restaurant deriving more than half of its profits from alcohol)
  • Public transportation
  • Permitted public gatherings, such as festivals or parades
  • Museums
  • Stadiums
  • Zoos

Recently I had a few friends out on my farm to do some shooting. I had talked about some projects that I had going on mainly the shooting scenarios and you will see that I have some of them complete. I setup a little pistol range where we could practice drawing, firing from half height cover, firing at different angles, firing from a window, and firing from a corner. I think the guys had fun. I use steel plate targets that I welded myself from old scrap metal around the farm and welded them onto old sign posts. I use standard marking paint to repaint them after every session so that you can confirm via a black mark where you hit on the target and how consistent and accurate you are when shooting.

I also setup a long range for plinking with some of the 22 rifles / pistols we had, a 100 yard target, and a small gopher for super accurate shots. There’s a couple cool videos and one that we placed a Natty Light next to the muzzle break of the 50 cal and it blew it to shreds. I think I will have to link them via youtube so stay tuned on that front. Afterwards we grilled some BBQ’d some pork chops and pork steak along with some baked beans and potato salad. One of my buddies is a cigar connoisseur so I had to partake in the festivities to round out the ATF weekend.

Here is a list of the firearms we shot:

Pistols:

  • Beretta 92 FS 9MM
  • Beretta Neos 22LR
  • CZ 75 SP01 Black Shadow 9MM
  • CZ 52 7.62×25 Tokarev
  • Ruger SR9C 9MM

Rifles:

  • Aresenal AK-74 5.45×39
  • DSG FAL .308
  • H&K MP5 SD 22LR
  • Mosin Nagant 91/30 7.62x54R
  • Savage Model 93 .17HMR
  • Serbu .50 Cal
  • Stag Model 3 5.56
  • Steyr M95 8MMx56R

Picture / Video Gallery

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So recently I have taken up the hobby of pararcord if that’s how you word it but I wanted to share some of the things I have made / built for the hobby and some of the materials I have used. Its best to go to the internet as far as buying the raw materials. Amazon is one of the most logical choices for price and shipping. I have bought both version of Tying it all Together and they are pretty good the only negative I can say is most of them have no instructions on how to work the buckles in to your bracelets / projects. I’ve had to figure this out on my own. Pinterest & Instructables are good places to go for other paracord ideas and instructions. Below you will see the jig I made for ¼ and 3/8 Bracelets of varying sizes out of hard maple. You will also see the dog leash I made in a dual endless falls pattern. I had to work the handle in with a little ingenuity and I could have probably done a better job but at least I didn’t have to expose any burnt ends. Let me know what you guys think and if you have any questions. I also have a dog collar I made from a switchback pattern I will post pictures up of soon.

Working Projects:

  • Paracord Can Coozie
  • Turks Head Knot on a Cold Steel Machete Handle
  • Paracord Watch Band on a Casio Watch

So my fellow blogging readers, I have let you down! I have been a total slacker lately even though I have been doing a ton of cool stuff that revolves around my blog. I had an avid reader an personal friend remind me of that several times in the past couple weeks and I’m going to try and get back on track and back to releasing all that quality content you so desire. Stay tuned there is some good stuff coming down the pipeline.

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