Monday, April 10, 2017

Manufactures in Layoff Mode

The five top firearms and ammo manufactures are in layoff mode. Cycling again through the boom & bust political climate. Prices have dropped in some cases to over 60% of MSRP prices from the summer of 2016.
 IMO many AR platform receivers are being dumped by everyone who wanted their name on one. I have to ask if they are being manufactured off shore? Components , if you have a favorite cartridge ,brass of bullet you better order plenty as I for see many being dropped from manufacture production.
Another side is all the dealers IE; local folk, new sutlers who jumped on the I can sell that wagon are foundering. So far I can't get one distributor to respond to a request for more re-man cartridges. Several who I have dealt with no longer have a active web site.
The Constant barrage of dealers offering me all kinds of black carbine add on's and build kits has over whelmed my 3 email address's.
Lots of spray and pray cartridges are out. Firearms manufactures have created a branded line of cartridges. Many of them are defensive in nature. Accuracy is not in those boxes! Inexpensive cartridges manufactured to be burned up for a fun day of shooting. Defensive cartridge are to be used in close combat situations.
Not for shooting down the street or IMO past the length of the hall in your home.

Regards, BPB

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Horace Kephart Event NE Georgia
Horace Kephart

I've been invited to participate featuring a Muzzle Loader demonstration. Please stop out and visit!

Date: MAY 26-28, 2017
Location: Greene Moon
23 Joy Bridge Rd.
Lakemont, Georgia

Entry fee: $5/person



​Kephart Desk Presentation with Tom Ray

Silent Auction
"Nanook" Knife by Francis Kirk

Great Smoky Mountains Association will be selling Kephart merchandise


Live Music
Friday Night: Bill Mize
Saturday: TBA

TeePee Community

​Native American Arts & Crafts

Georgia Jeepers Association

Bushcraft Lore

Survival Skills Demonstrations

Primitive Skills Demonstrations


River Wilderness Campground
(across the street from the Rendezvous)

$15/day for primitive tent sites
$55/day for RV camping sites

Book your spot now!!!
Call us: 678-898-5099
For Vendor Info
Contact us at
​Or call: 678-898-5099

$15/day for primitive tent sites
$55/day for RV camping sites

Schedule of Events
Final Schedule will be posted May 1st.

Friday May 26, 2017 
6pm - Let's Talk Kephart Around the Campfire (bring chair/blanket, etc)
Music with Bill Mize

Saturday May 27, 2017 
9am Gate opens
Speakers & Demonstrations throughout the day TBA
7:30pm Georgia premiere of documentary An American Legend: Horace Kephart ~ His Life and Legacy

Sunday May 28, 2017 
​9am Gate opens
Schedule TBA

Vendor Tables/Booths



Mountain Man Contest
Traditional Archery

Black Powder Rifle Demonstration with BlackPowder Bill

Trade Blanket

Antique Dealers

Knife Makers

​Family Fun and much much more!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

4 SALE HAWKEN STYLE 50 & 54 cal Cabela's Muzzle Loader

This is an Invest Arms muzzle loader from Cabela's. It has a 50 cal bbl as the original barrel and I have an additional 54 cal bbl that drops right in!

This Muzzle Loader features double set triggers and a percussion lock.
The barrels are appx 29" long.
The walnut stock has a few dark grain strip lines present & brass patch box with a jag inside.
Cheek piece has a bit of a ding in it, the rest of the rifle has a few marks as to be expected on a used ML'er.

Price is $500.00 plus shipping

This is also cross posted on FB & Twitter under BlackPowderBill and listed on GunBroker under BPBReloading

Thanks for looking!



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

IS DUE PROCESS A LOST CAUSE? The Right Side by Budd Schroder

MARCH 15, 2017


The SAFE act is once more generating news. There is a bill is in both the Senate and the Assembly to make a change, not in wording, but in geography. The bill proposes that the law is limited to New York City and those in Upstate New York are not affected by it. It is similar to the way the Sullivan Bill works on handgun possession. Two different sets of rules on gun ownership.
From the recent news about the criminal misuse of handguns in Buffalo and the increase in homicides since the law was passed, it would indicate that it isn't working to cut deaths by criminals using guns. The answer is actually pretty simple. Criminals don't obey laws and the good people don't need to have their rights infringed. They definitely are not a problem.
The law does nothing to keep criminals from getting guns anymore than the drug ban keeps addicts from getting heroin. However, in politics perception is reality. So, if enough people are conned into believing the law will reduce violence, the politicians without scruples will vote for it. The whole motivation is votes and reelection. In New York City the attitude regarding guns is much different than it is upstate.
The upstate gun owners are used to having guns for hunting and target shooting as well as believing they have the right to self-defense and wish to be able to have a viable means to do it. New York City has a contingent of politicians who try, and often succeed in convincing the voters that the government will take care of them.
The legislative power is in the Assembly and there are enough Democrat votes Southeast of the Tappan Zee Bridge to pass any bill and to even override a veto. The power is there and naturally, that is the house with the most abuse. What the Democrats want, the Democrats get. They wanted more gun control and they got it.
Now that there has been a long enough period to see it doesn't work, there I a huge effort to get the law repealed. That won't happen, so since politics is the art of compromise, this bill is offered. The people in New York City get a law they want and the people in upstate get rid of one they don't want.
The SAFE law makes it impossible for the Amish to buy a gun because of the universal background check. It requires a photo ID to get the NICS background check and the Amish religion forbids the photo taking. Therefore they are denied the ability to legally purchase a gun. The Amish are known to be a very law abiding, peaceable and non-violent society. We wonder why the politicians don't want them to have guns.
Another problem with the law is that on only a report, a person can lose four Constitutional and civil rights. The big problem is that they can lose these righs without due process. A false report from a hospital or from a doctor, nurse or social worker saying thet believe the person is a danger to themselves or others. can cause the loss of Second Amendment rights. They don't need the intervention by a psychiatrist or parapsychologist and there is no hearing to challenge the report. That is a very significant problem.
SCOPE (Shooters Committee On Political Education) initiated a law case on this issue. It is called Montgomery v. Cuomo and has been languishing with delays caused by the state. This is an indication that they are not optimistic about winning and hope that the plaintiffs will give up. The plaintiffs are waiting for the SCOTUS to be filled soon in case the lawsuit has to go that far.
It is simple to determine from an outside viewpoint. The fact that due process is in the Bill of Rights and also in an amendment to the Constitution should be reason enough to repeal at least that part of the bill. Nobody should be denied any rights without due process, but the State of New York believes that they should be able to override the Constitution. It would seem that the legislators who voted for the bill have the same opinion.
When the new bill comes out of committee, it will be interesting to see how the Assembly Speaker prevents it from coming to the floor to be debated. The Assembly has a tradition that no bill gets debated unless the Speaker approves it and he wants it to pass. It is a New York City passion that only their approval of any bill should get consideration. This also opens the door for back door deals in order for upstate legislators to get any of their bills passed. Good old Quid Pro Quo.

How far this will go remains to be seen. The odds are that it won't get out of the Assembly committees although it has a chance in the Senate. There are many one house bills that are used to help legislators in their reelection campaign. They can tell their constituents that they tried, but the other party was responsible for it failing. Just another campaign strategy.
From the time of Tammany Hall, the Albany legislature had been an inspiration for the TV show “Let's Make A Deal.” Politicians have been known to be arrested, prosecuted and convicted of corruption. It would seem the rewards outweigh the risks. If there is to be any chance of this bill passing, there will have to be a huge input from the upstate gun owners to gain the necessary activity to pass this bill.

This is not only a bill to strengthen ther Second Amendment, but really could be a victory for those who believe that everyone deserves due process and justice. Neither one is in the SAFE act.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New York Conservation Council Legislative Bills 2017

Advocating for Conservation and Sportsmen Since 1933


Legislation that the NYSCC is tracking this session has been updated at A major bills list has been posted, as well as our memorandums on pending legislation.

On the homepage, using the menu on the left side of the screen, select "Legislative Information."

If you know the number of a bill and want to see the bill text and sponsor statement, select "Bill Search."

"Bills of Interest" will give the "Legislative Report - Major Bills 2017" option.  Select it to display the full report.  This report is updated regularly to reflect legislative activity.

"Memo and Statements" will give you access to the Council position memorandums.  If the Major Bills report shows an ACTION of "2017 MEMO," there is a full memorandum.  If it shows "2017 STMT," there is a one or two paragraph synopsis under "BRIEF STATEMENTS" at the end of the list of memorandums.

If you don't know your legislator, now is a good time to get to know him or her.  If you don't know his or her name or contact information, go to or  Both sites have a "find my legislator" function.

Contact your legislators and let them know your positions on legislation of concern to you.  Call, write, email or visit their local offices.  We can't impact legislation without active support of New York sportsmen who elect members of the legislature.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wildlife Trapping Workshop: Instructor,Jason Chapman @ Red Hill Range Martin, GA

Wildlife Trapping Workshop: Instructor,Jason Chapman
Cost is $75.00  visit the link  above to purchase your class ticket[s].


Wildlife Trapping Class:
Come learn the fundamentals of wildlife trapping from a professional trapper. Experience hands on training in an entertaining and educational setting. See how to select the right gear and set it up for success in the field. Understand how very subtle and specific details make all the difference. Review the trapping regulations and help understand how to keep yourself legal.
This is a course designed to get you into wildlife trapping from start to finish. Whether you are targeting coyotes, beavers, or other furbearers this detailed workshop will get you ahead of the game. Over two days you will experience the full range of what it takes to be a successful trapper.
Day 1:
Learn with hands on workshops:
• Proper trap selection and anchor systems
• Trap tuning, set up, and repairs
• Correctly dyeing and waxing equipment
• Fundamentals of setting for specific species
• Practice land and water sets for a variety of Georgia Wildlife
• Snare making and proper use
Day 2:
Another action-packed day:
• Run an actual trapline and check traps with a pro
• Learn proper wildlife handling skills (Especially dealing with non-target catches)
• Fur handling techniques
• Reading tracks and terrain
• Specialized predator trapping techniques for year-roundsuccess
• Bait and lure selection as well as how to make your own for less.
Trapping is a skill that takes a lifetime to master, however getting direct instruction on the fundamentals will make sure you start out in the right direction. Come join us for an amazing class that even the most experienced outdoorsmen will enjoy and learn from.
Equipment Requirements.
Notepad and pencil, Leather gloves, rubber gloves, Knee pads or a foam kneeling pad
Would also suggest rubber boots or waterproof boots.
If students have gear and want some advice on it. bring it with you also.
What can I bring into the event?
Need to pack a lunch, bring snack, drinks and water. A hat, backpack to keep supplies, and personal items. This is a simi primitive area. Comfortable clothing for working in dirt, and water. A change of clothing and shoes.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

What's the refund policy?
This is a ran or shine workshop, credit for workshop available for next class.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Some Days Ya Just Want to Scream!

  So , how many people purchase cartridges and think they are getting something special? Ya know you went to China-Mart and picked up a few boxes of American Eagle 223.5.56 and think it is all kinds of different because the box is different from a LC head stamp = Lake City cartridge. The LC box or packaging isn't fancy nuff. 10 new shiny cartridges all sitting pointy end up right on a clip waiting to be spoon feed into your black weapon's magazine.

Do ya know the parent corporation? Did ya ever think China-Mart might have a different recipe for those lower priced Remington 9mm-40-45acp?

Do you know the difference of FMJ to FMC or CP?  Do ya think a plated bullet cost the same as as Jacketed one?  How about the beveled base bullets both lead and jacketed think those cost more than the plain flat base /

Would a manufacture use a pulled bullet or seconds and offer them to another cartridge manufacture to re-manufacture and sell at a discount?

DO ya think if a dealer who offers you a discount cartridge is worried about your groups,function,stove pipes,jams? Maybe that's why your groups suck and look more like a shotgun pattern.

Your a smart consumer and have spent thousands of hours on the internet forums reading all the top notch what to purchase , do's & don'ts.

In today's age of interchangeable parts and components do you think ATK Alliant Technology who split off into two groups military and public sporting sales.

Do ya think VISTA Group or anyother outfit uses their own manufactured components in a wide range of products & when those products don't meet spec they are sold to a re-man factory for the public's use.
So when I tell you LC 223/5.56 is the real deal & not a discount stores knock off you need to think in terms of maybe this guy is onto something. Virgin components 1st rate vs seconds at that discount rate. Scrap components to be remaned

One mans trash is another's treasure.

Well boys & girls in the firearms world grab a handful and look here! I'm bout to change the way you think about purchasing ammo.