Monthly Archives: December 2013

Finally Finished



It has been a brutal few weeks, as a few delays turned into some concerns, then concerns became borderline panic.  Managed to get those who specified they had Christmas gifts overnighted on the 23rd, of course USPS doesn’t really post their 3pm cutoff time, so when I arrived at 3:30, I was rebuffed and had to take the packages to USP for twice the cost.  Now that the dust has settled, and processes and products have been streamlined, future runs should be a lot more smooth.

Thanks to everyone for your patience, I really hate not be able to follow through on a promised deadline.  


LaRue 7.62 PredatOBR

Finally breaking this picture out, been sitting on it for months.pred



LaRue Tactical 7.62  PredatOBR w/ quick change barrel
Surefire brake
LaRue Tactical APEG grip
LaRue Tactical RAT stock
Aimpoint T1 optic
Magpul magazine

Really trick setup.  I don’t have a personal need for the  quick swap barrel and total breakdown functionality, but it’s tough not to want one after seeing it in the flesh.  High probability of a Ballistic.US shirt based on this rifle in the future.

LAST DAY to Comment on BATFE’s NFA Modification

I’m just going to quote the whole thing, too important not to.   Get your comments in NOW.  It is already too late for some states, but this is coming from the Fed level.   Legal NFA weapons simply aren’t used in illegal activity.


As we previously reported, the Obama administration, via the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has proposed a new rule governing applications by legal entities such as trusts and corporations to make and transfer National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms.  To justify the proposed rule, the administration and BATFE have stated that over 39,000 applications for transfers of NFA firearms to trusts or corporations were received in 2012 alone.  Nevertheless, the agency cited not a single case in which an NFA firearm transferred to a legal entity was used in the commission of a crime.

The proposed rule would significantly complicate transfers of NFA firearms to legal entities. An especially burdensome provision, for example, would create new classes of “responsible persons” for each type of legal entity and require that each of these persons submit fingerprints and a photograph with a transfer or making application, as well as undergo a background check.  BATFE seems to ignore or misunderstand that many NFA firearm owners choose to use trusts to hold their NFA firearms and other property for estate planning reasons, one of which is to simplify the transfer of the firearms to the heirs of the owner. Thus, children, including those who are very young, are often beneficiaries of trusts.  The proposed rule seemingly would require even such children to be included in its expanded background check procedures.

Further complicating the transfer process, the proposed rule would require each “responsible person” of a legal entity to get a certificate or “sign-off” from a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) before a transfer could be approved.  Not only will this further tie up limited government resources by potentially requiring multiple sign-offs and background checks to be done for each transfer, it will allow CLEOs who refuse to process NFA transfers for even the most law-abiding of citizens effectively to veto the transfer.  In these CLEOs’ jurisdictions, the proposed rule would act as a de facto ban on the otherwise perfectly lawful transfer of NFA firearms.

BATFE is now seeking comments on the proposed rule and has made multiple commenting options available.  NRA encourages you to make thoughtful and respectful comments to BATFE on the proposed rule. To comment, there are several options available:

Through the federal eRulemaking Portal;

By fax to:  (202) 648-9741; or

By mail to: Brenda Raffath Friend, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20226; ATTN: ATF 41P.

All comments must include the agency name, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the proposed rule’s docket number, ATF 41P.  The federal rulemaking website has tips on writing an effective comment that covers what agencies look for in the rulemaking process.  Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments submitted on or before December 9, 2013.  The electronic submission site will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 9th.  Please note that all materials submitted for comment, including personally identifying information, will be made available to the public on the federal rulemaking website.  Note, too, that comments will continue to be accepted during the government shutdown.

BATFE has already received over 1,200 comments regarding the proposed rule.  We hope that the number and quality of comments in opposition to the proposed rule will encourage BATFE to abandon this poorly conceived rule, that will have zero impact on public safety, in favor of effective measures that truly target the criminal perpetrators who commit crimes.

All kinds of stuff going on…

Well, it’s been crazy around here.  I haven’t even had a chance to document my trip back to the Live Free or Die State at the beginning of November.  It’s been non-stop craziness since I returned.

If you’ve been ignoring all the social media stuff, then you wouldn’t know that there are several new designs in the works.  The preorder prices end 12/5, so get in while you still can.  Quite a few people took advantage of Black Rifle Friday / Monday discounts.  We’ll be doing another sale once the preorders have been filled.

Couples Therapy | Ballistic.US

The Mrs. and I had a chance to get out the Southern California Pumpkin Shoot, met some great people.  Still need to process those photos as well… someone out there keeps bugging me about it.  This one shot by k3n.

Ballistic.US sponsored the first Gentry Co (MO) Biggest Buck contest, and it sounds like next year, there will be more ways to win.

We were honored to contribute to the 2013 Team Ranstad raffle.  They raised quite a bit of money, and last year they put 99.11% of all donations directly to use helping those US service members in harms way.  

We were also able to donate Costa Edition Shirts to the participants of the first Warrior hunt at LBJ Ranch.  They sent Ballistic.US a spiffy plaque to show their appreciation, which will be proudly displayed in the  new HQ.

We’ve only been at this a few months, and we’ve been able to get involved in some very worthy causes, and meet some great people.  There are big plans for the next year, but we’re still trying to grow our reach so people can see the product, and all the other content Ballistic.US produces.   So stay tuned to social media, we’ll be running more contests, trying to get the product and the word out.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Ballistic.US during this infancy, hope to be bringing you some great new products next year.

Angry Al