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An Open Letter to New Gun Owners – Remember How This Feels and Act Accordingly

The news has been full of stories about people arming themselves in the face of the unknown. There are new gun owners being minted every day all across the country. People are taking hold of their rights and nourishing the seed of liberty even while their own governments work to stamp it out.

If you have become a first-time gun owner due to current events in the last two weeks, I’m glad you’re here. If you are one those who were surprised and angered to find that buying a gun online or at a gun show wasn’t nearly as easy as you were told it would be, I’m sorry you have been lied to for so long but I’m glad you’re here. f you tried to purchase a gun but your state government made it impossible by closing your gun stores or background check systems, I’m sorry that you’ve been denied this basic human right but I am glad you are here.

This is my charge to those of you who fit what I have described above: Remember how you feel right now. Remember the realizations that drove you to arm yourself and resolve to act accordingly in the future.

The Constitution of the United States of America enumerates, not grants, several God given rights to include the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This right has been purposely obscured for years with arguments about what one needs to shoot deer but “needs” and hunting were never the point (though the ability to put meat in the freezer doesn’t seem so unimportant now, does it?). Sometimes, it takes something like a pandemic and accompanying shortages to make people realize what what they have, the things they need, and life itself is worth protecting. It solidifies the seed of a thought that we all have about the nature of people and just how thin the strand of society is that holds them back from acting more violently. It awakens the spirit in us that is the very same free and independent spirit penned the Bill of Rights in the first place.

Maybe, your urge to be responsibly armed came when you realized how suddenly valuable things you previously took for granted are… like toilet paper. Maybe the need to be armed took hold when saw empty store shelves, saw fistfights over groceries, and wondered what people might do to put their hands on what you already had at home. Maybe you were watching Congress look out for themselves during our time of need with insider trading and special interest pork being added to bloated “relief” bills which made you wonder who was looking out for you… other than yourself.

The reason you braved the lines and bought that firearm doesn’t really matter now. You’re here. You’ve already joined the ranks of the armed and hopefully responsible. What matters now is that you remember this feeling and turn it into action. It matters now that you act, and vote, in a way that ensures that the human right to protection with the most effective tools possible is available to the next person like you. You can turn this terrible situation into a win for liberty.

If you need some direction on how to preserve these precious and precariously preserved rights, please reference our Join the Fight page for some resources.

Attending even some basic firearm familiarity training can help ensure you stay safe while flexing your new-found freedom muscles. Finding training may be difficult during these times but there may still be trainers operating in your area. If you just can’t find a reputable trainer, consider asking a conscientious, firearm owning friend for some training in the basics of safe firearm handling. If none of that works, consider browsing trusted sources of firearm training information on YouTube like this video from Warrior Poet Society. Here is another option, specifically for this situation, from Military Arms Channel.

Woven Dyneema Matrix Card Holder from County Comm

If you like lightweight, minimalist wallets, take note. There aren’t many materials that are lighter than Dyneema.

County Comm is now offering a new card holder that is constructed from woven Dyneema sail material with nylon piping reinforced edges. It features two simple card slots with enough room to hold 12 cards and 10 bills.

The Woven Dyneema Matrix Card Holder is just $5.95 for a limited time.

It Lives! KE Arms to Produce MK3 Polymer Receiver

Many of you know that I am a fan of the CAV Arms and later GWACS Armory MKII AR-15 Lowers. These are one of the only (maybe THE only) viable polymer receivers ever produced. The status of GWACS Armory, the last company to produce the MKII, is unclear at this point and that left the status of the receivers in limbo.

Russell Phagan, Sales and Marketing Director at KE Arms and one of those who has been a common thread in the development of all iterations of this receiver, has long said that as long as he is around, there will always be hope for the MKII (and now MKIII) receivers. As of this morning, it looks like there is more than just hope…

KE Arms sends the following:

KE Arms is pleased to announce development of the MK3 Polymer Receiver. Molds and tooling are currently in production and we anticipate to start shipping receivers in Quarter 2 2020.

The MK3 receiver is the heart of InRange TV’s What Would Stoner Do 2020 Rifle Project. WWSD2020 Rifles will be exclusively available at Brownell’s

The MK3 is an AR15 style receiver made from injection molded glass filled nylon incorporating the buttstock, buffer tube, pistol grip, and trigger into the receiver design as integral components. 

The MK3 Receiver draws inspiration and experience from earlier monolithic polymer receiver designs while incorporating modern manufacturing techniques and features for the current marketplace.

This manufacturing process offers several advantages

  • Lighter weight compared to similarly configured receivers
  • Lower cost to similarly configured receivers
  • Increased production speed and elimination of sub components through integration; especially important during high demand cycles in the market.

Features Include:

  • Compatibility with most common AR15 uppers and lower parts kits
  • Flared magwell to make reloads under stress easier to perform.
  • A1 Length 13” Length of Pull (LOP) Buttstock to fit a wide range of shooters
  • MLOK Slots at rear of stock for sling attachement points or run a strap through it for simple sling attachment
  • Holes at the front of the stock for QD socket inserts for more sling attachment options
  • Improved grip for comfortable use

“Winter” Trigger Guard

Product Link:

Updates on the MK3 receiver and WWSD2020 development can be found at,, and InRange Media Distribution Points.

InRange sends the following:

InRangeTV launched the What Would Stoner Do (WWSD) project in 2017 with the goal of revisiting the intentions of Eugene Stoner when he developed the AR10, ultimately scaled down to the AR15 with Jim Sullivan, wherein Stoner leveraged aerospace technologies, concepts and materials in regards to designing the world’s most modern rifle.    He succeeded in these goals but he was initially ahead of his time – an inline design composed of aluminum and fiberglass was something foreign & weird, certainly not a fighting man’s rifle, right?

Ultimately the AR15 became the world’s best, most reliable, handy and capable fighting rifle against all odds of existing bias and even sabotage.   However, over time, the AR15 has gradually be modified by “one good idea at a time” and the AR/M16 of today has dramatically deviated from the original vision of Eugene Stoner.     We aimed to bring the AR15 back to its roots, but with modern materials and concepts in 2017, and feel that we succeeded well beyond our expectations.  The 2017 WWSD rifle turned into a wonderfully well balanced, accurate and durable gun that did indeed capture the spirit of those goals from the late 1950’s.  

Unfortunately, the only good and viable polymer lower on the market become nearly inaccessible.  The company that manufactured them went dark and the remaining inventory of those on the market went up in value and became difficult to obtain.   This lower was one of the most quintessential elements of what made the WWSD rifle what it is. 

We are  *very* excited to announce today that we’re launching WWSD2020 in which we’re going to revisit all of what we did in 2017, but now with a brand new Mk3 Lower that is being manufactured by KE Arms, under the watchful eye of Russell Phagan (Sinistal Rifleman), who has a superb and institutional knowledge of the previous lowers and can incorporate lessons learned into the manufacture of this new MK3 and WWSD2020 rifle.

Ultimately this effort will culminate in not only having a truly improved Mk3 version of this polymer lower on the market, but with also with *complete WWSD rifles* available through a partnership with Brownells!

Brownells has provided a landing page for this project and we plan to provide videos all the nitty gritty of the revisit of WWSD in 2020 on that page, including content that can’t be published to YouTube. 

You can find more information here:

Veterans Day

Veterans, on behalf of those of us at Jerking the Trigger, thank you for your service. We respect and appreciate what you have done for this nation.


Matt and the rest of the JTT Family


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