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The light at the end of the gun by Massad Ayoob

As always, Massad Ayoob has some great thoughts about lighting on weapons.  His article in backwoodshome is well worth the read:

My old friend (and publisher) Dave Duffy suggested my topic for this month in Backwoods Home. He had a bit of an epiphany in a critter eradication situation.

Dave writes, “A few weeks ago I had to shoot a skunk in the chicken house, but the old long-barreled Sears semi-auto proved unwieldy as I tried to take aim at him.

“Since then I attended a preparedness show in Utah where a gun seller was displaying a short-barreled Remington 870 with extended magazine and high quality LED light toward the front. It would have been perfect for the situation above. (I’ve had to shoot skunks and rats in the chicken house on at least a half dozen occasions.) It also looked way cool! You operated the LED light with your left thumb. He was charging about $1500 for it but it was all high quality. I’m thinking of buying one.

“It occurred to me that this shotgun would double nicely as a home protection gun. I’ve used my old Sears shotgun in “practical” situations more than any gun in my home, even though it’s the least expensive of any firearm I own.”

There’s a lot to be said for a maneuverable firearm that has a light attached. (In police work, we’ve come to call it “white light,” to distinguish it from laser sights and from hand-held flashlights.)

When the SureFire company figured out how to attach them to pistols, LAPD SWAT quickly glommed onto them for their .45 caliber semiautomatic sidearms, starting a trend nationwide. The next cops to go with light-mounted guns were K-9 officers. During a dangerous manhunt in the woods, backyards, or alleys, the K-9 cops only had two hands with which to do three jobs: keep hold of the dog’s lead, hold a gun, and hold a light. Attaching the light to the gun was a perfect fit for their mission.

The next step in development was smaller lights, sometimes combined with laser sights, which quickly slid on and off a rail that was integral to the gun. Heckler and Koch started the trend in the early 1990s with their USP (Universal Service Pistol), whose polymer frame was molded to take a proprietary quick on/quick off light unit. This soon gave way to the universal-fit Picatinny Rail, now available for military style rifles, standard on modern police service pistols, and even available on some shotguns. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the light mounted on a soldier’s weapon can mean the difference between life and death.

And, as my friend Dave has noted, this concept has huge potential in routine rural living applications.

SureFire light system replaces “slide handle” on Remington 870 shotgun.

The backwoods gun & light

When you have to shoot a critter in the dark on your rural property, a light attached to the gun can be a huge help. Let’s start by looking at the rationale of the concept.

Continue reading here:  The light at the end of the gun by Massad Ayoob.




Gauss Machine Gun

I love this video of some young men that made their own rail gurn!  This is quite an impressive feat!  Think of the possibilities!  What will I see next – a handheld phaser?

See their full website with more videos and how it was made at

New information on gun rights motive in National Guard bioterror exercise story

From News Channel 3 WSAZ – A dead science teacher, weapons of mass destruction, first responders in hazmat suits and the Ohio Army National Guard all near the Municipal Stadium in Portsmouth, Thursday. There’s no cause for alarm — this is just a drill!

 The mock disaster training exercise is being done with Scioto County first responders and the Ohio Army National Guard 52nd Civil Support Unit.

 “It’s the reality of the world we live in,” says Portsmouth Police Chief Bill Raisin. “Don’t forget there is such a thing as domestic terrorism. This helps us all be prepared.”

 The make-believe scenario is timely. Two school employees who are disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, plot to use chemical, biological and radiological agents against members of the local community.”

A FOIA request to the Ohio NG revealed that the statement by the local news team was accurate.  I read the documents, released by, and the only motive given in the scenario scripts was “On the chalk board as well as the tables there were several statements about protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.” followed up after the FOIA documents were finally provided.

Ohio National Guard Communications Director James Sims II suggested Media Trackers was “inferring” from the ONG document’s contents as opposed to “what’s actually in the report.”  After excerpts of the report were read to him, Sims said it was “not relevant” to understand why conservatives may feel unduly targeted by ONG’s training scenario.  “Okay, I’m gonna stop ya there. I’m going to quit this conversation,” Sims concluded. “You have a good day.”

While I disagree with Mr. Sims, the Ohio NG press release led me to believe that perhaps the Civil Support Team involved in the exercise did not develop the scenario.  When I asked Ohio National Guard Communications Director James Sims who had actually developed the scenario, his email reply stated “The West Virginia CST developed the scenario.”

I emailed Lt. Col. Todd Harrell, WV Army National Guard Public Affairs Officer, to see if he would provide any information on the matter.  Six days later I have received no reply.  

So as it stands now, the trail of scenario development leads to the West Virginia National Guard 35th Civil Support Team.  While someone in the Ohio National Guard was certainly aware of the details of the scenario (they had to set up and stage the event), more information is needed from the West Virginia National Guard before more can be known on who exactly thinks second amendment supporters are terrorists.

Contact information for the unresponsive WVNG PAO is: Lt. Col. Todd Harrell 304-561-6764

Photo of LTC Harrell when he was a Major in 2007

Photo of LTC Harrell when he was a Major in 2007