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Ballistic October/November 2019

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BALLISTIC is a magazine devoted to the modern firearms enthusiast.

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United States
Athlon Media Group
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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
still treading on us

It turns out that we law-abiding Second Amendment proponents, including the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation and other leading groups, were right all along. We weren’t fear-mongering at all. Leftist politicians do want to take away your guns. At a recent Democratic presidential debate, Beto O’Rourke said, “If it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield, if the high-impact, high-velocity round when it hits your body shreds everything inside…Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47….” That one fully transparent statement alone—not to mention countless others—vindicates us. But O’Rourke isn’t alone in his call to do away with our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Former Vice President Joe Biden said the following on a campaign stop in September of 2019: “The idea that we don’t…

5 min.
brew ha ha

WOULD YOU RATHER… Be a quick shot at 10 yards or dead-nuts accurate at 1,250 yards? Wyatt Earp is attributed with saying, “Fast is fine, but accuracy is final.” Most shootings are at point-blank distances, but reigning death from afar never goes out of style. Well, we asked our readers, and 49.8 percent said they’d rather be super-fast at 10 yards, and 50.2 percent would rather be super-accurate at 1,250 yards. The best responses include “You don’t need to be fast if you’re accurate at 1,250” and “Why not both?” CRAFTY BREWS Cool weather is on the way, bringing Oktoberfest. As the nights get darker, so do my beers. Fall is a good time for a good scotch ale, and if you find yourself in Atlanta, I recommend you wander into Monday Night Brewing.…

6 min.
motor city masterpieces

WANNA WIN THESE GUNS? Every issue of Ballistic features a Custom Challenge gun giveaway. Check out ballisticmag.com/win-springfield to learn more and see how you can get your hands on these two beauties. Detroit is known for its automotive and manufacturing roots, and for being a city that has its own attitude and a vibe like no other. This shows in all of the Motor City area businesses, especially in the plethora of custom firearms shops. But two shops stand out from the crowd. You’ve probably heard of them if you’ve read Ballistic in the past: Blowndeadline—run by Cerakote wizard Michael Sigouin—and Odin’s Workshop, with Cody Dennis as its Cerakote master. These two Michiganders are only about 30 miles from each other, but both are known for their insanely unique styles. To level the…

8 min.
gunpocalypse now

It’s Wednesday, April 21, 2021, President Beto O’Rourke is celebrating his first 90 days on the job by burning a joint in the Oval Office. Newly minted Attorney General Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just completed giving all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents their pink slips. Bulldozers have nearly finished demolishing the southern border wall, and 150,000 hungry Venezuelans have poured north in three short months. Cory Booker is the new U.S. Senate majority leader. In close concert with perennial Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, they have used their newfound legislative majorities to push through unprecedented progressive reforms. The newly enacted Green New Deal promises to rid the nation of coal, airplanes and cows within the decade. The jewel in their legislative crown, however, is the passage of hard-fought gun-control legislation. Magazines…

2 min.
faulty buyback logic

Following the tragic shooting at two mosques in New Zealand in March, Jacinda Ardern, that nation’s prime minister, called for a ban on all “military-style” rifles. These firearms were defined as “a semiautomatic firearm capable of being used with a detachable magazine which holds more than five cartridges.” Of course, no sooner had Ardern made this announcement than various gun-grabbers here, including multiple Democratic contenders for president, jumped on the proverbial bandwagon and called for a similar ban in the United States. Opponents of the Second Amendment are often vocal that “nothing has been done to stop mass shootings,” and clearly saw this tragedy as an opportunity. But there are some notable differences between our laws and New Zealand’s. First, we have the Second and Fourth Amendments. While the former grants us…

7 min.
don’t tread on us

REGARDLESS OF WHO IS THE CURRENT OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, July should be a time to show some patriotism, with parades, fireworks and certainly respect for the flag. However, the divisiveness in our country hit a boiling point this past July. Early in the month, former professional football player Colin Kaepernick called out Nike for releasing Air Max 1 Quick Strike “Fourth of July” sneakers featuring the “Betsy Ross flag.” Kaepernick, whose football career crashed and burned when he refused to stand for the U.S. national anthem prior to NFLgames as a protest against racial injustice, has been a “brand ambassador” for Nike since his forced retirement from football, and convinced the shoemaker that the flag is offensive because it is associated with slavery. The mainstream media then jumped…