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Bracken: Operation #EFAD – Final Communiqué

Communiqué #7: D-Day Minus One, Wednesday, February 29

(Older communiques are below in order.)

Okay, my loyal and stalwart troops, it is now D-Day Minus One. At around midnight tonight, Enemies Foreign And Domestic will become free on the Amazon Kindle Store HERE.

Since last night, I’ve been working on the major essay below. Please read it, and spread it as widely as you can over Facebook, Twitter, and freedom-oriented websites and blogs. It’s a barn-burner, I promise you.

Gangster Government, and Sakharov’s Immunity
Please use every means at your disposal to spread the word for everyone you know to download, for free, Enemies Foreign And Domestic beginning when the month rolls over to March. If you click the free order button and don’t have a Kindle, it will guide you through the free download of the Kindle app first.

And please review Communique #2, especially this part: “Please begin to collect the email addresses (personal, not corporate, when possible) for as many national and local talk radio hosts and their production assistants as possible. Also collect the email addresses for other national media figures and internet heavyweights. These email addresses are often hidden beneath layers of corporate claptrap, meant to keep the unruly peasants at bay, but you can often find them with a bit of digging.

“Easier, but just as important, begin to collect the Twitter @handles for the same local and national talk radio hosts, media figures, and assorted internet hotshots. These email addresses and Twitter handles should be held in ready reserve, preparing for our phased “Time-On-Target” media barrage, leading up to D-Day, March 1, when Operation EFAD will go thermonuclear.”

It’s not news until it’s news, and the media dislike being bothered with “press releases” about upcoming potential news. Tomorrow we will observe the upward surge of EFAD on the Kindle Free Library’s Hot 100 lists, and then we shall “alert the media,” and in a very big way!

We are walking our barrages onto the target, and tomorrow is D-Day!

Thank you all,

In Liberty,

Bracken–OUT!


Bracken: Operation #EFAD – Gangster Government And Sakharov’s Immunity


Read the latest installment in Operation #EFAD .

Spread it far and wide.

Andrei Sakharov and other dissenters are smiling.

Resist.

A Prayer For Health, Peace, Focus, And Courage

Bad news.

And possibly an opportunity for renewed reason and focus.

A suggestion:

1) Pray for Mike’s family and for Mike, for his health and their comfort.

2) Pray also for peace and deliverance from the demons that torment Mike as he interacts with those around him.

3) Check muzzles and fire direction. If the vitriol that has been expended recently on each other had actually been aimed at the Bad People who want FreeFor dead, the cause of freedom would have been better served. Interpersonal squabbles are far less important than a candid and intellectually honest exchange of views, especially on issues of the import discussed in these parts.

But remember also that those who live by the ad hominem cannot legitimately complain when that same tool is raised in opposition.

4) Pray for the intellectual courage to face the fact that those who oppose freedom have already committed genocide on multiple occasions in the past century. Ask the Russians kulaks, the Ukrainian people, the Poles, the Lithuanians, the Chinese, the Vietnamese, the Cambodians, and the property-holding South Africans, amongst scores of millions of others.

Those who shirk from that central fact – whether for lack of focus, ignorance, or whatever other excuse – are deluding themselves about what the struggle here in North America will entail.

When your opponent has demonstrated a willingness to engage in democide to further his goals, you’d best be coldly and soberly prepared to oppose that opponent by any means necessary.

The Bad People are playing, in the final analysis, a game of “Us or Them”.

Heinlein had it right.

Ball’s in your court, folks.

Let’s win.

Wretchard’s Three Rules of Insurrection

From this post at The Belmont Club:

Rule One, the most important thing in change is positioning yourself to be an attractor before the discontinuity comes.

Rule Two, if you have a dominant meme out there, people will cling to it when they are confused. So put the meme out there.

Rule Three, revolutions are as much about what is preserved as about what is changed.

Therefore forget about creating “ideal societies”.

You’ll be lucky to get a sane one.

Read it all, including comments.

Repost: The Guerrilla Sniper Rifle Project


Test vehicle for Guerrilla Sniper Rifle project


From reader AS:

The Case for the Guerrilla Sniper Rifle

My personal view is that in any coming maelstrom, most individual level “misbehavior” will very likely manifest itself in the form of small encounters, systems disruption, and “Clinton Rules” engagements. While small unit action is possible and may happen in some instances, I think that it will be the aberration and the rule will be the small, individual action. This is the territory of the guerrilla – individual, self supporting, and operating in their home AO.

For much of this type of activity, a reasonably accurate, potent, robust, and above all portable rifle is the most desired and efficient tool possible (especially for many of the “semi hard” targets that systems disruption activity must deal with).

Enter the Guerrilla Sniper Rifle.

While the concept is not new, the modern use of the term has recently been popularized on Gabe Suarez’s “Warrior Talk” forum. More specific references to this site are found in the “Sources For Further Study” section of this document. There is a large amount of good information on Warrior Talk and I strongly suggest any serious student go there and digest it. It should help you sharpen your thoughts on the concept, as should the other resources referenced. Additionally, I end this document with a “Sources For Acquisition” section that may help those interested in a similar project.

Through my own research and much supporting material gleaned from other sources (Warrior Talk being one of the primary ones), I decided on the components necessary to build a couple of rifles as proof of concept vehicles. I focus on one specific example here, but many other variations and implementations could be equal or better solutions. Experiment and find what works for you – just make sure that you test it so that you know it works and can prove it on demand.

There will be no dress rehearsals.

For my Guerrilla Sniper Rifle subject, I utilized a Savage bolt action 308 (short action length), a Choate Folding Sniper Stock, and a Nikon 3-9 x 40 BDC reticle scope. That and a minimal set of supporting accoutrements are really all one needs.

First, why a bolt action?

In the Guerrilla Sniper role, it is unlikely that multiple fast follow up shots will be needed, at least in the context of how I foresee such activity. We are generally talking about one or perhaps at most three well placed shots, and then scoot. A bolt action does this with a lighter, more accurate, less complicated, and usually much cheaper implementation than a semi-auto battle rifle. A solid bolt action is simple and offers several tactical advantages (brass retention, ease of scoping, superior suppressor platform, etc.). Keep it simple when you can and you will usually find that you have the best tool for the job. So I chose a bolt action.

Second, why the Savage 100/10/Stevens 200 action in particular?

From my analysis, I think there are three significant advantages that this action offers:

1) Accuracy/Economy ratio – they are the most affordable option and inherently accurate
2) Barrel changes – to be able to replace or exchange barrels yourself is unique and enabling
3) Accutrigger – to have an excellent trigger out of the box is a significant advantage

That all said, don’t get too hung up on requiring the gun to have an Accutrigger, as most of the standard triggers can easily be made quite serviceable (possible exception being the basic “two screw” variety that comes on the Stevens 200 and some older Savages). The three screw models I’ve played with are just fine. If this is not the case for you, several excellent aftermarket triggers exist.

I cannot overstress that the modularity of the rifle, in particular the ease of barrel replacement, is what really makes this the best choice, in my opinion. Never underestimate the utility of being able to replace or exchange your barrel in the field, with no need for precision, powered machinery or a trained gunsmith. It could be a life saver. Ponder the concept and I think you’ll agree.

As to barrels, while one can make do with the standard 22” factory sporter barrel, the Guerilla Sniper concept really shines when you utilize a shorter barrel, something in the 16” – 20” range. It may not seem like much, but shortening the barrel by just a few inches significantly improves the handiness of the rifle when in use and opens up whole new areas for transport and storage with the stock folded. I have played with barrels from 22” down to 18” so far, with a 16-1/2” barrel next in the queue for testing.

A worthwhile option is to thread the barrel for a flash hider (Smith Enterprise Vortex model 1009V is my recommendation) and potentially a suppressor. This is especially true if you have the barrel cut down to the 16” – 18” range. If going this route, just make sure you plan ahead and have the barrel threaded to a pattern that will support both the flash hider and suppressor – not always a simple task. Minimizing sound and flash can be critical in this role, so consider these options carefully.

The Choate Ultimate Sniper Folding Stock

The availability of this stock is really what made me decide to put together such a rifle. Were I limited to traditional full length stocks, I could easily ‘make do” with my Steyr Scout with FFP reticle Pride Fowler scope and angelic trigger. It’s an awesome package and still is my go-to “walking around” rifle. However, if you add the ability to shorten a rifle by 10 inches, you suddenly open up flexibilities normally associated with “hand rifles” such as the T/C Contender/Encore, Savage Striker, Remington XP-100, etc. With the Choate folder, a short action, and an 18” barrel, you have a potent and accurate rifle that can be reduced to a storable length of less than 30”. For a .308 rifle, that is excellent utility value.

Clearly this reduced form enables storing in some large packs and cases, but an aspect overlooked by most is the ability to sling the rifle over your back and yet be able to move much more freely than with a full length slung rifle. The barrel does not poke down so low as to make kneeling or sitting down as problematic as is often the case with African Carry. Similarly, nothing extends above the shoulder, as muzzle down is the obvious way to sling this setup. Not only can you thus move much more easily, but when moving you will not stand out nearly so much as “a man with a rifle slung over his back.” This lower profile is another huge advantage offered by a folding stock.

Originally, I was concerned about whether or not this stock would be rigid enough to provide a solid shooting platform for a .308 rifle. After a number of shooting sessions, I am convinced it is more than up to the task. Shooting it is comparatively comfortable and does not introduce any impediments to accurate field shooting. It plain works.

There are downsides, however. The stock is just a bit heavy for its size (but it’s cut down and thus manageable). It also has no sling swivels, although that is easily fixed. Given the abbreviated forearm, a traditional bipod location is not possible. You can mount one, though (and I did). That said, the Guerrilla Sniper role likely is best served by a rucksack or pack rest, keeping with clean lines and minimalist equipment. If you really want to put a bipod on it though, you have that option. A decent sling, however, is not negotiable.

A good sling is required for carry and should be of a type offering proper sling supported position use, preferably via some type of loop for the support arm. That is out of the scope of this paper, but is something that must be stressed – a Rifleman needs to be competent with the use of sling supported firing position in the field. I care not what you can do off the bench in the shade, but what you can do in the field from sitting or rice paddy prone might just save your life – or mine. Learn it, well. (If you have no idea of what I speak, seek out an Appleseed and then follow it up with more training, since you won’t learn things like rice paddy prone at an Appleseed, which is only a starting point.)

One further carry idea that makes a lot of sense is something I picked up from the Warrior Talk forum. Using one of the “sniper rifle” scope cover/muzzle cover combinations makes the folded rifle into a durable package, whether slung on your back or laying on the back seat floorboard. It protects the scope and muzzle as you would expect, but also retains the folded stock and covers the bolt handle. It’s not quite as protective as a traditional soft case, but leaps ahead of just the bare rifle. Such considerations are moot for the bench rest potato taking his rifle to the range, but of huge value to the lone rifleman in the field.

NOTE:
There is one significant caveat when buying this stock if you are working with a Savage Short action rifle. Currently, this stock is only available in the 4.3” action screw spacing length. Since some point in time around 2006, Savage switched over to the newer “center feed” action, which uses a 4.41” action screw separation. The older “staggered feed” actions are what fit the Choate Folder, while rifles manufactured recently do not fit.

If you have a 4.41” action, it is possible to buy the Choate Varmint Folder (as used in the factory Savage “Model 10 FP Folding Choate” package). However, as far as I can tell the stock is currently only available directly from Choate at full retail ($285 IIRC). Worse than that, it is HEAVY.

For Long Action Savage rifles, there is only one screw spacing length and you are OK. Similarly, those utilizing Winchester or Remington actions should also have no issues.

Thus if going this route, be careful with the parts you try to combine.



In summary: 

The Choate Sniper Folder stock weighs about 3.5lbs and is what I describe here. 
The Savage Choate FP folder stock weights about 5.25 lbs and:


– does not have its forearm abbreviated

– has a different butt section (like from the original Ultimate Sniper/Varmint Stocks)

– is thought to only be available from Savage with a complete rifle, but one may be able to purchase it directly from Choate, albeit at full retail
– has a heavier duty folding mechanism that is slightly more difficult to disengage

Nikon Team Primos 3-9 x 42 w/BDC

IMHO this is the way to go for scoping a Guerrilla Sniper role. Reticle wise, its BDC is a straightforward yet significant improvement over the Burris Ballistic Plex that I previously favored. Optically, this specific “Team Primos” labeled scope is a notch (or more) up from the Burris Fullfield or the other Nikon options (Prostaff and Buckmark lines), as it is essentially an old model Monarch UCC (Ultra Clear Coat) with its coatings and 95% light transmission specification. It also has nicer adjustments with decent miniature target style turrets and positive ¼” (IPHY) click adjustments. It’s a tremendous scope at a very attractive price, and comes with an outstanding reticle for our purposes.

On the reticle, where the Burris has small tick marks, the Nikon has little circles. It also has more of them (Burris has crosshairs, then three ticks, then the thick portion of the crosshair – Nikon has four little circles).

The Nikon’s circles offer several advantages over the Burris scope’s ticks:

– More aiming points (top, center, bottom of circle, plus sides for some windage)
– Easier to see in low light or against dark backgrounds
– Ability to see a small aiming point, as with the circles you surround rather than cover it
– Much better potential for ranging (1.5MOA inside, 2.0 MOA outside at 9X)


Nikon BDC reticle – graphic for 100m ranging example


In this Warrior Talk thread (also listed at the end of this summary), one can get several excellent graphic aids that illustrate a simple yet effective ranging method. The photo above is but one example. Do check it out closely.

This all said, were I armed with a rifle topped by a Burris with Ballistic Plex reticle, I would not feel unprepared at all – just not as prepared as I could be with the Nikon BDC. I still have a couple of Burris scopes, but they are now relegated to second line roles.

For now, the Team Primos scope is available from a variety of vendors from ~$200 up to ~$250. This is a Killer Deal – a No Brainer. Just buy it. Or buy two or three and get your buddies set up too (you do train with trusted friends with similar gear, don’t you?).

For me, I use Leupold QRW rings since they are robust, easily removable, pretty good at holding close to zero when remounted, and fairly affordable ($50 or so a pair for 1” rings). I have the EGW bases installed for ease of scope swapping, but the standard Weaver mounts that come with the rifles will work fine as well. Remember, keep it simple.

In summary, with a reasonable amount of effort and not much monetary outlay, nearly anyone can set up a compact, portable, powerful, and accurate rifle to fulfill a wide variety of roles. You can call it a Guerrilla Sniper rifle or whatever other pithy term you care to dream up, but the true measure of the rifle will be what you can do with it. So if you are so inclined, put one together and put it to the test. You may find that you have something that gives life to the old cliché “the whole being greater than the sum of its parts” – as I did.


Exercising at the gym…..or Exercising your Liberty?



Now you see it….



Now you don’t!


Sources For Further Study:

The Guerrilla Sniper – Anthony James and Gabe Suarez
A bit thin, but an important book nonetheless. A good starting place, especially if you are starting from square one. Likely only available from the Warrior Talk store, One Source Tactical. My take on it can be found in this thread.

Fry The Brain – John West
This book is essentially a historical catalog of all significant guerrilla sniper activity through history, up to and including present day struggles. West includes a lot of details and thus it’s a tremendous collection of examples of what works and what does not, with generally good explanation of the reasons for success or failure. Some cast it aside for the JFK assassination chapter and its heavily conspiracy dependent scenario, but even if pure fiction, the tactical considerations are worthwhile. Don’t let that chapter dissuade you. It’s an important resource.

The Art of The Rifle – Jeff Cooper
This concise book is the best summary of the handling, usage, and importance of competence with a rifle, period. There is little to quibble with when the good Colonel speaks about rifles. Every library needs one. (Two versions exist and either will do for these purposes.)

The Ultimate Sniper – John Plaster
The updated edition is also something that must be in your library. It’s not perfect and sometimes covers from too much of a LEO/military perspective, but it is invaluable nonetheless.

Warrior Talk forum:

There is a gentlemen going by the screen name of SUA SPONTE that has authored a number of excellent posts pushing this concept forward (not just on the rifle and gear, but more importantly the tactics and thought processes). I’m pretty sure that he’s using many of his posts on Warrior Talk to flesh out material for an upcoming book. He explains things well and comes up with good graphics to illustrate key concepts. I strongly encourage those interesting in this type of study to search out his writings and the constructive contributions others have added to his threads. Several of these threads are listed here.

This Warrior Talk thread has extensive discussions of Guerrilla Sniper Rifles as well as SUA SPONTE’s excellent BDC graphics (anyone can read the text, but you have to register to see most photos and graphic attachments).

Various Guerrilla Sniper “issues” and training ideas are in this thread.

This thread has some valuable training ideas plus discussion of the good old “Over the Head and Under the Balls” method of practical field holdover for two-legged varmints:


Here is a new and handy tool for calculating ballistic data for your Nikon BDC equipped scope. Until a few weeks ago it could be used by anyone, but now requires a simple one time registration for some reason. It’s worth it if you have a BDC, at least in my opinion.

Sources For Acquisition:

1. Team Primos Nikon 3-9×40 BDC: Likely the best cost/performance deal going in a ballistic reticle.

2. Choate Folder (Savage Short Action): So far, the best price I’ve found is here. In case you want to use another action, here are all of the similar Choate stocks.

3. Savage Factory Site: Here’s the word on all models from the Savage factory. Don’t forget, however, that you can very likely find an appropriate Savage or Stevens short-action rifle with a decent bore on the orphan rack at your local pawn shop or gun dealer; don’t forget Gunbroker or AuctionArms as well. The Stevens 200 is an especially good value (factory new rifles at ~ $290!), if you can live without the Accutrigger; see this article for background on the Stevens and this article for a recap of aftermarket triggers for the Stevens.

4. Brownells.com Article On Rebarreling Your Savage: You might want to know how, especially if you want to reduce the barrel length to the legal minimum.

5. Leupold QRW Rings and EGW 20 MOA Base: As referenced above; talk to the vendor to make sure the base you are ordering will fit on your particular flavor of Savage rifle action.

At the author’s request, please spread this article far and wide; use the hyperlink below so that all links and illustrations function properly:

http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2010/07/guerrilla-sniper-rifle-project_22.html

Thanks!

Useful Checklist


From a reader:

For those not familiar with the little reference cards that the Army issues out, here is a good one that has good reports on them that could be useful in a Post SHTF time period.

You will have to change some of them to fit your situation or needs.

GTA 7-1-38
INFANTRY LEADERS’ REFERENCE CARD

TROOP-LEADING PROCEDURES
1. Receive mission
2. Issue warning order
3. Make a tentative plan
4. Start Movement
5. Reconnoiter
6. Complete plan
7. Issue plan
8. Supervise

Operation Order
Task Organization
1. Situation
A. Enemy
B. Friendly
C. Attachments/Detachments
2. Mission
Who, what, where, when and why
Task and Purpose
3. Execution
A. Concept of operation
1. Maneuver
2. Fire Support
3.Engineer
B. Tasks to maneuver units
C. Tasks to combat support units
D. Coordination instructions
4. Service Support
A. General
B. Materiel and services
C. Casualty evacuation
5. Command and signal
A. Command
B. Signal

SPOT REPORT
1. Size
2. Activity
3. Location
4. Unit/uniform
5. Time
6. Equipment

MEDEVAC REQUEST
1. Requesting unit identification
2. Location
3. Number of patients by type (litter or ambulatory)
4. Type of injuries
5. Special equipment needed
6. Tactical situation

DELIBERATE ATTACK CONSIDERATIONS
1. Reconnoiter pinpoint objective/enemy positions
2. Determine weak points; designate supporting positions
3. Assign platoon/squad objectives-identify the decisive point
4. Determine main attack, supporting attack reserve
5. Assign breach support assault missions
6. Designate fire control/measures
7. Coordinate indirect/direct fires and CAS to time attack
8. Control measures during attack
9. Secure (ground and air)
10. Consolidate and reorganize

DEFENSIVE PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
1. Establish security (OP/patrols)
2. Position key weapons
A. Coordinate with units on left and right
B. Establish FPF or PDF for machine gun
C. Ensure mutual support between machine guns
D. Cover armor approaches with anti-armor systems
E. Establish fire control measures
3. Prepare positions:
A. Check sectors of fire
B. Check overhead cover and view positions from enemy vantage
C. Position in depth and achieve mutual support between positions
D. Select/prepare alternate and supplementary positions
4. Integrate indirect fires CAS and obstacles with direct and indirect fire
5. Check communications and establish emergency signals
6. Designate ammunition, supply, PW, and casualty points

SHELL REPORT
1. Observer identification
2. Location (coded)
3. Azimuth to flash or sound
4. Time(from and to)
5. Area Shelled
6. Nature of fire
7. Type rounds received
8. Damage (coded)

Weapon (FM 7-8)
TYPE MAX EFF RANGE (m)
M16A2 580 (pt) 800 (area) 200 (moving)
M203 150 (pt) 350 (area)
M249 600 (pt) 800 (area)
M136 (AT4) 300
M47 (Dragon) 1000 (sta) 100 (mov)
MK19 1500 (pt) 2212 (area)
M60 MG 1 100 (600 grazing)
.50 Caliber MG 1 800 (1000 grazing)
TOW 3 00 (ping purposes)
TOW2 3 750
105 mm 11 500
105 mm Tank 2 to 2.5 km
120 mm Tank 2 to 2.5 km
25 mm BFV 2,200
155 mm M109A3 18,100
M198 24,000
8-in Howitzer 22,900

Steyn: “I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans”


Mark Steyn marvels at the bleating American masses.

We have it coming.

And come it will.

Alea iacta est.

Bracken: Operation #EFAD – Communique #6

Communiqué #6: D-Day Minus Two, Tuesday, February 28

(Older communiques are below in order.)

I’m extremely happy that Operation #EFAD has achieved self-acceleration. Clearly, operators are grasping the potential for search engine and hyperlink log-rolling between Twitter, Facebook, Free Republic, this page, and many other forums and blogs, especially over at Western Rifle Shooters Association.

Another great place to mention Operation #EFAD is over on The Blaze. www.theblaze.com/ Thanks for that suggestion.

Use this link as the recruiting portal for Operation #EFAD. About Enemies Foreign And Domestic. http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/bookefad.htm

Please keep going on Twitter, a little here and there when you are able to. Remember, a Retweet (RT) or a reply is as good as a new message, in terms of throwing Operation #EFAD back out into the flowing Twitter-stream.

Here are some new Twitter #hashtag groups to include on new tweets and replies: #2A #GOA #CCW #guns #teaparty

Here is the old list, the more patriotic and conservative groups that are able to see Operation #EFAD tweets, the better.
#NRA #RKBA #SHTF #survival #redstate #biggovt #tcot #tlot #sgp #ocra

Remember to copy this link to “About Operation #EFAD” into new tweets and replies:

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/EFADcomm.htm

Any Operation #EFAD potential operator recruit who reads that page, and then the Communiques, can get fully up to speed and become fully mission capable in short order. This will be true even more so on D-Day, Thursday March 1. Once Operation #EFAD kicks into high gear with the free Kindle downloads, and the elite MSM eventually takes notice, they will be able to read the history right here, and we’ll all have a good laugh at their expense, for a change.

Bracken–Out.

Repost: The .243 Urban Varmint Rifle

From the old place:

Lyudmila Pavlichenko sends:

The goal of this exercise is to find a commonly available but very effective caliber for use out to a maximum one thousand yards from a very compact and lightweight bolt-action rifle.

How compact? With a folding stock and a short barrel – perhaps even 16 inches – so that it meets the BATFE overall length regs and still fits into a gym bag or a back pack for urban and suburban toting convenience.

Let’s face it – some days you might not want to stroll around town with your Remington 700 slung over your shoulder.

You can select many fine calibers, from .223 to .338 or beyond, and everybody has their favorites. But the goal of this caliber is not to stop elk or moose or military APCs in their tracks or to bust through cinderblock walls, so smaller is better in terms of recoil and the weight of the rifle platform. At the upper end of modern varminting we’re talking about 200-pound feral hogs, wild dogs and in some places even whitetail deer, among other highly destructive pest species, so that is what the caliber must be made for. Nothing much bigger than that.

Now in the end, we want the projectile leaving the barrel at over 3,000 fps, or you’re just not in the league you need to be in for true long range excellence. We want all three sides of the ballistic triangle: high muzzle velocity, high ballistic coefficient, and great accuracy. For a high ballistic coefficient make the bullet (the part that flies through the air, not the entire cartridge) l-o-n-g. (Ballistic coefficient or BC: the difference between bowling balls and javelins of identical weight thrown at the same speed. If you can’t guess which will fly further, stop reading now.)

It’s been demonstrated conclusively that even relatively tiny but l-o-n-g bullets are effective against enemy soldiers in combat. A case in point is the .223 Black Hills M262 cartridges firing 77 grain bullets, especially when compared to the dismal 62gr “green tips.” Field reports from our snipers and designated marksmen say that the humble .223 Black Hills 77gr bullets are creating very serious wounds even out at 700+ yards, comparable to the .308 in their terminal effects. (This is primarily when fired from M-16 A4s and A5s with 4X Trijicon optical sights.) So 77 grains is enough mass in a long, skinny bullet to “put the hurt on,” even though this “heavy” .223 is only going out of the muzzle at about 2,800 fps.

But since we want to get the speed back up to over 3,000 fps and in a slightly larger bullet, we have to start with a bigger shell-case than the tiny .223 Remington / 5.56mm. The anemic .223 brass just doesn’t have the powder capacity we need. So look for a genuine high velocity round that has standard loadings in the 3,300 fps range while firing bullets exceeding the weight of the Black Hills 77 gr. The .243 Winchester, a necked-down .308, nicely fits this bill.

Then we find the longest bullet we can for it, and we have a super deadly l-o-n-g bullet still going out of the muzzle at over 3,000 fps. That’s the goal: a long, fast bullet at least 100 gr. in total mass. This would be superior to the deadly Black Hills 77 gr .223 caliber bullet, both in mass and velocity, but with a much higher BC for outstanding velocity retention at long range. Yet in terms of recoil, it would still be a lightweight, so it could be loaded into a lightweight six-pound folding-stock rifle and still be comfortable even for small folks and non-riflepersons to shoot.

For non-ballisticians a simple example of the aerodynamic principals involved in short versus long bullets is to compare the 30-06 to the .270 Winchester, which is a necked-down “thirty-ought-six.” Both have common factory loadings of 150gr, but the 30-06 projectile is shorter and thicker. Both start out of the muzzle at about 3,000 fps, but the longer and slimmer .270 helps it retain its velocity further. (Yes, I know the serious reloaders are already tearing my numbers to shreds, but I am trying to introduce general principles.)

(You can also get a nice l-o-n-g bullet with a slippery high BC in a .30 caliber and still achieve 3,000 fps, but then you have to step up to true magnums like the .300WinMag and many others, and most mortals consider them very punishing to fire, even from seriously big and heavy rifles. To say nothing of .338 Lapua and all the way up to fifty caliber Browning. Yes, you need these big guns to get out to 1,500 yards or further, but if you see all of your varminting inside of a thousand, why punish yourself with a heavy, awkward, hard-recoiling rifle? Even a .270 or a 7mm Remington Magnum might be at the far end of what is needed.)

My proposal: Get a .243 and load the heaviest bullets made for it, in a barrel with a twist that will stabilize it, such as 1 by 9. The heaviest standard factory loading for it is about 100gr at 3,100 fps coming out of the barrel. The necked-down .308 caliber known as the .243 was primarily made for “varmints” so folks were mainly loading little-bitty short bullets to hit tiny groundhogs out to about 500 yards, and not much further than that. If you want to “tack-drive” a tiny target at 200-500 yards, you want a lighter, shorter, ultra-high-velocity bullet, but they will quickly shed their velocity due to their low BC past much more than that range. For close to medium range work in .243, you might see 60 gr bullets stepping out at 3,700 fps. That’s fast, folks!

But for thousand yard match competition or long-range military or varmint use, the .243 solution would be to use a much heavier and longer bullet. Interestingly, the .243 can win thousand-yard matches against the latest exotics when launching a 115 grain slug with a very high BC. For reloaders, the necked-down .308 case of the .243 can pack enough powder to launch the 0.585 BC 115 gr DATP projectile at 3150 fps! You probably won’t find that in a factory loading, but the cartridge and the rifle can take it. But even the now-available factory 100gr hunting loads at 3,000 fps would be extremely effective against large varmints at all ranges.

Now, there are at least a dozen or two other calibers in the 6mm/.243 to 7mm/.270 range that could be considered for this same mission tasking, and no doubt every shooter has their own preferences. So why choose the .243 from among that cornucopia of calibers?

The .243 Winchester is made from a necked-down .308 case, so in a pinch finding brass for reloading would not be a problem. (Good projectiles might be scarce, so bullets should be bought in bulk for reloading.) Its overall cartridge length places it into “short” bolt actions. And unlike most in its class, the .243 is not an “exotic” or soon-to-be-orphaned caliber, nor is it a forgotten wildcat round from the gunny history books. It is also not a corporate “UltraSuperMag” flavor of the month, nor is it somebody’s great brainstorm from last year that he’s trying to sell to hunters, cops or the military. The .243 will not be a “here today, gone tomorrow” caliber, slipping below the surface without a ripple.

The .243 has been popular since its debut in 1955, almost as soon as its father the .308 was created. Almost every manufacturer with a rifle chambered for the .308 also sells rifles chambered in .243. That is to say, the .243 is chambered in almost every bolt-action rifle made in America in the past fifty years. That’s a lot of rifles, folks! It’s a mainstay caliber and ammo can be found almost everywhere you find standard rifle ammo like .270 Win and good old 30-06. But you can load the .243 into a six-pound folding-stock rifle that your little sister can shoot accurately, without flinching from the recoil. Who doesn’t want a six-pound, thousand-yard varmint rifle that you can throw into a hiking pack?

Your math may vary:

$400—-Used bolt-action rifle in .243Win

$200—-Choate folding stock for that rifle

$300—-Bushnell 4X12 scope or similar

$900—-Thousand Yard Varmint Rifle

A safety note about using any “necked-down” calibers that are derived from the shell casings of other calibers. Remember that seriously bad ka-booms can happen when (for only one example), a .270 is accidentally jacked into its brethren 30-06 chamber (or viceversa) and the trigger is pulled. Ditto the .260/.308 or I suppose even the .243/.308, though I don’t know if you can force a .308 into a .243 chamber, and I don’t plan to try. The point being, don’t mix up your cartridges if you have plenty of flavors at home, some of which could wind up being mistaken for one another while rolling around on your shooting table. If you are careless in this regard I suggest you do all of your shooting from behind a boron-carbide ceramic wall with a polycarbonate viewing slit, with just a string tied to the trigger. But we are human and mistakes happen, so in all seriousness, exercise caution.

(Personally, I’m guessing that the military was worried about this potential problem when the brass nixed the superb 6.8mm offering of a few years back. Yes, this Famous Specops Unit or that SWAT team swears by 6.8 it in their ARs, and I fully “get” that. But in the Big Army, it’s just too easy to see identical magazines with two different calibers being mixed up in the heat of battle. But if you do go the necked-down route to high velocity, at least maybe think about a much smaller caliber that won’t get mixed up with its bigger brother. You can’t mix up the battle-rifle .308 with the hot little .243, not even if they are the same from their rims right up to their shoulders. From the neck up they are nails to needles, and even a blind man could not mix them up…probably. End of the safety announcement about mixing up calibers and blowing up rifles.)

Muir: Day By Day


Forward.

Yup


AP gets it.

Forward.

Resist.

JohnGaltFLA: It’s Time To Accept Reality That It’s Too Late


JGF gives a cogent sitrep.

You ready?

Sauve qui peut.

To God with the rest.

Bracken: Operation #EFAD – Communique #5

Communiqué #5: D-Day Minus Three, Monday, February 27 

(Older communiques are below

Sorry to put this up so late (10pm eastern). Today was brutal, but I couldn’t share this Operation #EFAD task. But fortunately, this type of operation becomes self-sustaining, and does not need regular “command guidance” once set into motion.

All of the Facebook, Twitter, blog and forum activity will make its mark on Thursday, March 1, when the world at large first becomes aware of the “dangerous” novel from 2003 that foreshadowed current repulsive criminal abuses by federal law enforcement agencies, including Operation Fast And Furious. 

More tomorrow. 

Bracken out. 

Absolute Power


Get it?

You will.

Alea iacta est.

AmMerc: Obstacles


More good stuff from American Mercenary.

Read it and think about all aspects of OAKOC.

Tempus fugit.

#EFAD Tactical Tip

(Photo by Oleg Volk; for an explanation, read EFAD)

Commenter JSW sends:

Go to the Blaze dot com and scroll to the lower right of the page, “GOT A NEWS TIP” and ask “Why aren’t you covering #EFAD?” and hit enter.

Do the same with all the MSM news outlets you read. If no ‘news tipper’ button, use “CONTACT US” and ask why they’re not covering #EFAD.

Do the same with all the TV station sites you visit.

Like many, I’m not on FB or Twitter or any other social sites, but it’s easy to get the word out to MSM and private news outfits.

Word.

“Extend And Pretend” Is Coming To An End


Big ugliness en route.

Are you ready?

Alea iacta est.

Selco: Being In A City Under Siege


Read.

Prepare.

Tempus fugit.

Operation #EFAD: Communique #4

(Photo by Oleg Volk)

Communiqué #4: D-Day Minus Four, Sunday, February 26 (Older communiques are at link below)

Today’s communique will be short; nothing like yesterday’s Twitter tutorial. I’m excited to see that Twitter, the switch engine of the internet, is really heating up with Operation #EFAD tweets. Today let’s keep the momentum building. Keep posting new tweets, and re-tweeting (RT) any that you see. Be sure to include #EFAD, so we can find them all for easy re-tweeting.

But Twitter is just one cog in the internet engine.

Keep posting about Operation #EFAD on Facebook, and firearms, RKBA and other freedom-oriented blogs and forums. Then do Google searches for keywords and phrases such as “Enemies Foreign And Domestic and Fast And Furious”, to tie those two stories together at the hip. When you find a link to Operation #EFAD, click the link, and try to leave a reply which includes the searchable keywords again, then copy the link into Twitter or Facebook. You know the drill by now. “Round and round she goes…”

This phase is not exciting to perform nor dramatic in immediately visible results attained. We are just prepping the battlefield, so that on D-Day, March 1, anybody searching for any information on Enemies Foreign And Domestic will be overwhelmed by the massive avalanche of positive information. We are just teeing up the football and getting the team warmed up for the kickoff on March 1.

There is an active thread discussing Operation #EFAD over on Free Republic at this link. I am live-blogging the op from that thread, so if you have ideas or input that you want to contribute to the effort, plenty of other active #EFAD operators will see them and share them on down the line.

Please keep the snowball rolling, leading up to March 1. Remember, the goal is to drive the free downloads of EFAD to #1 in the Kindle free book library, so that the MSM will be forced to take notice this “dangerous and seditious anti-government novel.”

(I mean, pass the smelling salts, George–the book as a yellow Tea Party flag AND an assault rifle on the cover! Oh–my–Gaia!”)

Once that happens, we’ll use that new attention as a stick to beat the MSM about the head and shoulders, for their shameful and disgusting collusion in the ongoing cover-up of Operation Fast And Furious, and other grossly illegal and unconstitutional usurpations and abuses of our Free Republic.

Bracken–out!

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/EFADcomm.htm

Operation #EFAD Observations


Those wishing to support Matt Bracken’s Operation #EFAD can do so, even without going down the black hole of Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of current-gen social media.

Simply run the following search through as many search engines as you can, a couple times a day:

Operation #EFAD

Then send an email such as the following to local and national media of your choice, at the time directed by Matt:

Why aren’t your reporters covering this Operation #EFAD?

Seems with the information at this link:

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/EFADcomm.htm

you’d be wanting to spread the word about this domestic terrorism activity. Books like EFAD and that other one about the gun nuts in Wyoming – http://www.neitherpredatornorprey.com/ – have the potential to inflame violence and endanger all of the progress that has been made over the past four years.

Sincerely,

Alias First and Last

Do the same at your choice of liberal/comsymp sites and venues, including physical locations in your area.

Your imagination should be let free to wander, as long as you stay synched with the timing of Matt’s initiative.

;-)