BFD: Large Amount of Internet Requests Meant Longer Message Return Times

Open Letter   To our student communities, I would first like to apologize for the extreme delay in responses, especially those coming from our email. I realize that there have been many messages that have not been responded too, some of them ranging as far back as a year from this writing. Our inbox has been flooded from various messages regarding internet traffic from other countries, as well as security updates from our website host. We’ve experienced a large amount of denied entries into the administrative side of our website which triggers an alert email and blocks the source IP web address for a pre-set amount of time. When we performed an IP trace of the attempted entries, we discovered that a large portion of them originate from Russia; thankfully, we log these attempts to deny future access. With that new information in mind we decided to investigate the reason Black Fox Defense was targeted, whether it be that our website is a part of a mass group selected at random or selected based upon our services rendered. The results from our investigation have determined that both answers are true. The search term “Black Fox Defense” cultivates many results ranging from an Oklahoma Nuclear Power Plant proposal in 1973, a 1962 Documentary called Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler, and more notably the Malaysian 6×6 and 8×8 wheeled armored vehicle dubbed “Black Fox“. Our website also boasts an easy contact form so people who are curious and want to send an anonymous message to us are able to; however, due to technology and determination of marketing companies, there are web-crawlers that...

ATF: Total Number of Lost or Stolen Firearms Increases

The burglary of firearms in America has skyrocketed over the last five years according to a new report issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on April 11, 2017. The ATF stated that 18,394 firearms were reported lost or stolen from Federal Firearms Licensees, an increase of 3,594 firearms from 2015. Of those 18,394 firearms, 50% are labeled as lost, and most of those go missing in transit from factory to store. FFL burglaries have risen by 48.01% since 2012, with there being 377 FFL burglaries in 2012, 338 in 2013, 406 in 2014, 436 in 2015, and 558 in 2016. FFL robberies have risen by 175% since 2012, with there being 12 FFL robberies in 2012, 22 in 2013, 22 in 2014, 29 in 2015, and 33 in 2016. The number of firearms stolen during these incidents have also increased. Firearms stolen during FFL burglaries have risen by 72.53% since 2012, with there being 4,340 in 2012, 3,355 in 2013, 4,280 in 2014, 4,271 in 2015, and 7,488 in 2016. Firearms stolen during FFL robberies have risen by 213.56% since 2012, with there being 118 stolen in 2012, 96 in 2013, 168 in 2014, 322 in 2015, and 370 in 2016. Kevin O’Keefe, Chief of the Operational Intelligence Division at the ATF said only a small amount of the total firearm businesses in the U.S. are measured in the report, and therefore the report’s data is “fluid.” The ATF had implemented a new initiative that would alert businesses when a gun goes missing, so that business inventory could be further secured. The Bureau also has an...

Mental Strength and Deescalation

Avoiding conflict is human nature, most of us would say we’d rather live a happy life than sit in a dull anger filled world. When most people are asked how they deal with conflict, most say they avoid it because it’s human nature to avoid things we don’t like (Runde, 2012). But in reality there may be times where we are faced with the challenge of having to face confrontation whether we want to or not. Some of those instances would (and could) include living in a high crime-rate neighborhood, having bad blood with former spouses whom you share parenting time, deranged ex-lovers and the list could go on. Granted we would like to change our living arrangements, but it’s not that easy for some of us. Because we are pro-firearm and pro-safety, it’s our duty to explore the possibility that we may encounter a situation that we are carrying a firearm and face a verbal or physical altercation at any time. That being said, we also have a duty of being responsible, and that means making attempts at deescalating situations before they arise. In every life or death situation where a gun shot is required there is the right time to pull the trigger. If you shoot too early you face the possibility that violence could be avoided, and if you shoot too late you might not have to opportunity to pull the trigger at all. According to the National Association of Social Workers there are two critical elements that are involved in deescalation: Reasoning with an enraged person is not possible. The first and only objective in deescalation is to reduce the...

Why some gun ranges won’t allow steel cased ammo

There are a few answers to this question, but first before we get into specifics I’d like to say that the range makes the rules. They’re the ones allowing us to shoot at their facility, they clean it up, maintain the backstop and have to deal with insurance companies that label them as high-risk entities. So first and foremost it’s important that we respect the rules of the range. Most ranges state they won’t allow steel cased or steel jacketed ammunition, but this also goes without saying they don’t allow incendiary ammunition either because of the enormous risk of causing an indoor fire (1, Above Image). Another reason is these rounds cause damage to the range. In order to combat this many ranges will deny the use of these rounds, and double check them by running a magnet over the box and simply by denying certain brands. There a few reasons for this: Range Damage Rifle rounds .223 Remington, 5.56mm, and 7.62x39mm can penetrate ¼ inch of mild steel. Lower caliber handgun rounds may not damage the backstop, but with repetition they can cause damage over time. A common backstop is AR500 steel, which once it’s damaged cannot be repaired and must be replaced. At a cost of $40 per square foot for the material the cost can add up, not to mention the labor(2,3). Indoor Fire As stated above, steel on steel can cause damage. Friction is another key concern because the steel can cause sparks that may ignite other nearby materials. This is not that common but there have been ranges that have burnt down because of...