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Pathological Liars Anonymous

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

The Captain’s Journal has obtained secret video documentation of a counseling session for the legacy media concerning dishonesty. Here it is. Remember you saw it here first.

Ammo Scam Sites

BY Herschel Smith
10 months ago

Outdoor Life.

Here are four examples of scam websites that were still live within the last few days:, and

Ammo scams aren’t the only scams out there.  For example, is a scam web site.  I seem to be able to pick them out of a crowd and haven’t been taken by any of them yet.  But there’s a first time for everything.

Be diligent, and if you get wind of any scam sites, report them in the comments.

InRange TV’s Review of the NGSW

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 2 months ago

A comment was posted on this article here at TCJ by BAP45: “Great stuff but I’m surprised you linked inrange.”

I didn’t author the article, my co-writer did.  However, I suspect he simply copied the entirety of the linked article (the part he lifted out) for perspective and context.  It’s fine.

Apparently, the video was done by someone named “Karl.”  I have never watched InRange TV, don’t know who Karl is, and had no idea why anyone would bring this up.

So I did a little digging.  Apparently, there’s a lot of water over the dam on this guy, as well as online fights between him and folks at ARFCOM.

This thread is gruesome.  Karl is apparently a socialist, perhaps a member of ANTIFA, defends exposing children to “drag queens,” and according to the thread there is a video of him admitting to being a priest in a satanic “church.”


I had no idea and am not familiar with these people at all.  I don’t have the time necessary to fisk everything some guys do during the day (I have a day job), and I certainly don’t have time to fisk everything we link.

But everything that guy stands for is diametrically opposed to what I stand for, and vice versa.  I am a Christian, and Jesus is the Lord of Lords.  I defend liberty and firearms ownership not because I want to see little children exposed to drag queens, but because I don’t want that.  I want a godly society and liberty from tyranny.  I am a Christian libertarian.  Karl sounds like a jerk and an awful man.  I put him in the same category as gun controllers, regardless of what he claims.  Being made in God’s image is the only reason we have right to liberty and self defense.

Having said that, I don’t think his video was particularly useful or informative.  I think the NGSW is the wrong weapon for the future, and I’ve already said what I think the best option would have been: a barrel and magazine swap and change over to the 6mm ARC.

I won’t be proven wrong about this.

Update on Lucky Gunner: They Refuse to Make Changes

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 3 months ago

This post could just as well be titled “The Legacy Media Sucks.”  Here I cited a legacy media article on a settlement Lucky Gunner made with families of victims over verification of ammunition purchases.  I sent a note to Lucky Gunner, and they kindly referred me to this post on their site.

It should come as no surprise that anti-Second Amendment activists will do and say anything to push their agenda, including using tragedy to further their cause. Following a 2018 shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, the activists at Everytown Law saw an opportunity to do just that. The Michael Bloomberg-funded group spearheaded a lawsuit against Lucky Gunner with one clear goal: to drive us out of business. They failed. This week, we announce the dismissal and settlement of that lawsuit.

We spent three years vigorously defending against this lawsuit and the many false allegations levied against our company and its employees. We refused to back down and were committed to fighting as long as necessary to prove we did nothing wrong.

Our loyal customers and suppliers know we follow the law. We are proud of that fact. In the end, a plaintiff and one of the victims of the shooting, Trent Beazley, even said, “Upon reflection and review of the facts, I believe that Lucky Gunner did not break a law.”

Clint McGuire, an attorney for several of the plaintiffs, echoed that sentiment during a press conference highlighting lobbying efforts to change Texas ammo sales laws.

“There is not a law in the State of Texas that requires ammunition sellers – whether they are brick and mortar or whether they are online stores – to require proof of age before they sell ammunition,” McGuire said. But he sued us anyway.

Ending this lawsuit now allowed us to achieve several goals. First, we protected our reputation for following the law. Second, we stopped wasting money on lawyers so we can put it to better use buying inventory for our customers. Finally, we avoided the risk that the jury would incorrectly apply the law, which could set precedent that would hurt your Second Amendment rights going forward.

They tried to get Lucky Gunner to bend, and they didn’t.  This only increases my respect for Lucky Gunner.

This sure isn’t how the legacy media portrayed the settlement, is it?  It looks like Grace Hauck simply parroted the words of the controllers.  That’s not reporting.

YouTube: Byzantine, Arbitrary and Ridiculous Rules to Live By

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 4 months ago

Hey Google-YouTube.  Why do you suck so badly?

Dispute Between Ammoland and TCJ

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 5 months ago

I removed a post made by fellow writer PGF.  I did so after receiving this note from Ammoland editor Fredy Riehl, as follows.

Hello  captainsjournal100″ (sic)

You have content from our website that is in violation of our copyrights. (here is one example, you have multiple.)

The Captain’s Journal » Self-Defense Skills and Drills, The Casino Drill (

 Please remove all content and images you may have scraped from our domain at once and email us notice it has all been deleted and scrubbed from your domain

This is a poorly written letter with awful editing (e.g., you don’t end the sentence with a period if there is a qualifier in parentheses, nor put a period inside the parentheses, I don’t know what the ” is about at the beginning of the letter, etc.).  But I got the gist of his offense.

I responded to Fredy as follows.

Mr. Riehl,

To avoid problems with you, the offending post has been removed.  The post was made by one of my somewhat less experienced co-writers, not me, but that’s irrelevant to the main point.
But let me make this clear to you.  I don’t consider any other post (of which I’m aware) to have violated ANY legal stipulations whatsoever.  I consider previous posts in which TCJ has linked Ammoland to be “fair use.”  I make precisely zero (0) dollars or cents from my web site.  In fact, I have to pay for the services.  This is a labor of love for the sake of the 2A.
Furthermore, I’m surprised that you would have sent this note.  You clearly don’t understand the way the internet works.  We ALWAYS lift a bit of pose out of articles, commentary, and observations, usually make some comments or remarks of our own, whether agreeing and expanding on the points (usually the case) or in rare cases disagreeing and explaining why, and then send the reader to the link we provide for Ammoland (or whatever other publisher).  This increases (a) your traffic, and (b) your internet power (Google Page Rank).  That you don’t understand this is a testimony to … frankly, I don’t know what.  I rarely get notes like this except from very small publishers who get almost no traffic.  Again, I’m quite surprised at you.  Almost stunned at the ignorance of your note.
David Codrea and I have exchanged links like this almost forever, and if I do lift some limited content from his web site or Ammoland article (or Firearms News), I will NEVER copy in a link he provides himself based on his own research.  I have also helped him a bit with research (usually limited but it has happened), never demanding payment or recognition.
Henceforth, I will link to Ammoland almost never.
See how that works?  Was that what you intended?

And I will add that the instances where I have helped David are extremely rare and the instances where he has helped me far outnumber the times I’ve helped him.  But the point still stands.

For evidence of what I’m saying, go peruse Instapundit any day to see the prose they lift from articles, sending visits to the source.  It’s all fair use.  This is the way the internet works.  PGF responded to me with this note.

Not only did I link the full article but what i did amounted to a tease and promo, even directing the reader that they had to procede to ammoland to get the main and important information.

I responded back with this note.

I know.  They’re acting like a small and inexperienced publisher.  This is all water over the dam.  This is fair use, and they know it.

I’m not worried about it – in fact, a bit offended that he sent the note to begin with.
This is why the 2A community might fail in the end.  He thinks we’re siphoning traffic.  Rather, we’re sending it to him.

Fredy finally responded with this: “Thank you for your fast action and for your support of our second amendment.  This is all just a matter of housekeeping when we have a large site with lawyers involved.”

I don’t think so.  I think the Ammoland lawyers know the difference between copywrite violations and fair use by sites who make no income (but rather, send traffic to the source).  I think Fredy has a flair for the dramatic.

And thus, I won’t be linking Ammoland anymore.  I thought I should explain this to readers. issues vaccine mandate for all employees, including remote workers

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 7 months ago

Armed America News.

by Anonymous:, one of the industry’s top websites for gun-related news, reviews, and a not-too-new firearm and accessory marketplace, has recently implemented a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for all employees, including remote workers. While the move has been seen as forward-thinking by some, others aren’t so convinced that it was such a smart move.

The company announced their decision the last day of September in a company-wide email that was sent out less than an hour before close-of-day. The company, which just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, is mandating that all employees provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination before November 15. Without it, employment with will be terminated as of that date.

While two exceptions are provided — or rather applications for exemption — some employees have little faith in them. The medical exemption, for example, provides a list of conditions which are not considered valid reasons for opting out of the Covid vaccine. This includes any autoimmune disorder. Just to reiterate, even if you are immune compromised, still requires you to get the jab. And then there’s a religious exemption, which has historically been a “can’t touch this” kind of document. The religious exemption wants employees to identify and explain their sincerely held religious beliefs which preclude the vaccine, in addition to indicating whether you have asked for such an exemption from previous employers, the outcome of that exemption, and the company with which the religious exemption was submitted. They also require you to explain “whether you are opposed to all vaccines, and if not, the religious basis on which you object to the Covid-19 vaccine in particular (as opposed to other vaccines).”

We should always be careful with anonymous sources, but in this case an inquiry was made to Mr. Greg Minkler who responded and stated “no comment.”  If it wasn’t true, it would have been easy enough to deny it and renounce such a mandate.

This is an awful look for

I’ll wait, but until I learn otherwise, I’ll never link again, and won’t even read them.

If this is true, they are dead to me.

Sportsman’s Warehouse Is Plagiarizing My Work

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 8 months ago

That’s not cool at all.  I’ll help him call out the perps.

I recall an instance where one of the talking head generals on the national news wrote a commentary about the campaign in Afghanistan (or maybe it was Iraq) where he had lifted two entire paragraphs out of one of my posts, word for word, and put his name on the article without attribution for his source.

As I said, not cool. It’s theft, whether held to account or not.

A Fuller Picture of Osama bin Laden’s Life

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 9 months ago

NYT does a fawning piece on UBL.

They forgot to mention the massive stashes of porn loaded on his computer that was confiscated by SpecOps.  Guess that was inconvenient to the Islamic narrative and the great picture of a loving family man.

Hollywood Pushing Gun Control!

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 3 months ago

Say it ain’t so.

“Last week, the Biden administration promised gun control groups that it will soon roll out a massive push for limits on firearm purchases and other measures. President Biden reiterated that promise on Sunday. And the television networks aren’t waiting to lay the groundwork for this effort. CBS is in a full-court press for gun control on its evening entertainment television shows. The bad guys are always white supremacists who use machine guns — supposedly AR-15s — to commit mass public shootings. Criminals in Mexico supposedly get machine guns from the United States. A father’s desire to protect his family only leads to tragedy when his daughter gets into the gun safe and uses the weapon in a mass public shooting. And guns in the home pose a danger for children. Gun registration is necessary for solving crime. NBC isn’t to be left out, showing a woman who tried but failed to use a gun to protect herself. Instead, her gun was taken from her and used to kill a police officer. The lesson is that owning a gun will only bring you grief. And that’s just in the first six weeks of the year. Every show gives an inaccurate impression about firearms, thereby helping in this push for gun restrictions. It’s as though these shows were written by Michael Bloomberg’s gun control organizations. Indeed, the networks are working with these groups.”

Oh I don’t think it’s that hard to get machine guns or any other kind of weapon from the U.S. to Mexico.  Just ask the U.S. DoJ and the ATF.  They’re experts at it.  And then just to clean up the mess they’ll prosecute and imprison the very FFL they forced to do the transfers.  Wipe, wipe, scrub, scrub, clean as a whistle.  No muss, no fuss.

As for TV, does anyone really watch that any more?  I don’t watch television.  Oh, I have to admit that I might turn on “For a Few Dollars More” just to watch the masterful job Lee Van Cleef does with the character Colonel Douglas Mortimer.  It’s just awesome viewing late at night on a Friday after a week of work.

Somehow, I don’t think Hollywood is happy with me feasting my eyes on righteous gun play for two hours and then ignoring all of their other crap.

And somehow I sense that they are desperate.  They want to be relevant in a market that is making them increasingly irrelevant.  They feel left out.  Pity.

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