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Ballistic 2013 PUMPKIN TORTURE conTEST



Alright guys, time to bust out the cutlery and administer some slow pain to the invading hoard.  We are getting ready to launch a slew of new products over the next couple months.  To celebrate, we are having yet another product giveaway.  Rules are simple:  Send in your jack-o-lanterns featuring firearms, military, and or liberty related themes, and we’ll pick our favorite.  The winner gets a brand new, not yet available Ballistic Impact Logo sweatshirt.  You can submit by tagging Ballistic.US in a photo, or sending it direct via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, or email (  Have fun, stay safe, and make ’em suffer!

History and Origins of Ballistic

2008: The origins of the brand

2008: The origins of the brand

Who: Me, 33 year old father of 5, California based graphics/web designer, lifelong firearms enthusiast, staunch 2A supporter What: Ballistic.US-Firearms Related Clothing Company Why: Kids keep eating my ammo budget Where: The internet. A series of tubes… This all started in 2008 (notice the date in the file properties) as I was trying to think of some kind of firearms related brand I could build to create opportunities within the firearms industry. The old, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day” idea. The reality is that it makes work a lot more enjoyable, but it’s still work. As a designer, I know this as well as anyone. Anyway, thinking Ballistic was a decent name, I started with 2 stacked cartridges to form a B. I must have worked with 50 different ideas of calibers and different layouts with multiple cartridges to represent my B. I ended up going back to these. My first product ideas were jackets and shirts that had unique and novel features for CCW. I realized that it would be a costly process having custom design garments manufactured, but I thought there was merit to the ideas. Continue reading History and Origins of Ballistic

10 Steps for Successful Open Carry Activism

I agree with nearly everything here, especially 1 & 10.  However, I don’t know that picking on the poor guy’s shirt is necessary.  If OC is the only way you can carry, then you should carry, even in a tank top.

According to the gospel of Pat-

The car is not a holster.
Carry your ****ng gun.

All of the ****ing time…

I don’t wear tank tops, and I can’t OC in CA, so it’s irrelevant for me anyway.  Now if we want to talk about appropriate clothing- if you aren’t wearing real shoes, you just suck.

Head over to G-nuts and give it a read.

1. Don’t be a dick
Honestly, if you can accomplish step 1, you’re way ahead of the power curve. We lost Starbucks specifically because people were being dicks. If you have to ask yourself “is action X being a dick?” then the answer is probably yes and you should not do it. Don’t provoke confrontations, don’t get up in people’s faces, and don’t give the cops a reason to think you’re a clown.

First Contests Done, Team Ranstad Raffle

We had a couple contests last week, got a decent amount of participation in both. One was a board specific deal (, the other was open to all Facebook users. Still waiting to hear back from the winner of the Facebook contests, we’ll give him a couple more days before we go to #2.  Also, Ballistic.US is proud to help in some small way with the 2013 Team Ranstad Raffle.  Be sure to pick up some tickets  to help those Fantastic Bastards in their ongoing mission to boost morale and bring much needed stuff to our men & women on the ground- you just might take home a LaRue PredatAR rifle.  Stay tuned for more giveaways, discounts, and overstuffed firearms content.


Saturday 9/29 Lessons Learned

At the beginning of September, I got a call from Uncle D about heading out to the secret spot at my grandfather’s place.  I don’t think we have been shooting together once this year, we usually make it a few times per year.  My oldest had literally mentioned getting together with Uncle D just a few days earlier, so it appeared fate was with us.  Uncle D mentioned that he had a friend with an unfired EDM rifle, which has a (CA registered, for those will ill intentions among us) .50 BMG barrel & bolt, as well as .408 Cheytac and .338 Lapua barrels & bolt- if I recall correctly, the .408 & .338 share bolts.  Bring him on out!

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Door to Door Student Got More Than He Bargained For

As I was working on some web updates for my cousin’s site at Ballistic HQ, there was a knock at the door. A young man, with a planner, and some big hair, stood on the doorstep. How he made it to the front door of the compound, I can’t say. Apparently, the little deer statue in the bushes didn’t deter him. He began his pitch by stating that his mom walks her yorkie through the neighborhood and says that everyone is nice. I was wondering if the dog was missing at this point. He then goes on to say that he is part of a young entrepreneur’s club, handed me a card by which I could identify him if I needed to “go looking for him.”

Hmmm… I thought it strange that I would need to track him down. He stated that they are raising money to go to Browning. Asking if I was familiar with the company, I asked if it was the firearms manufacturer, which of course I am familiar with. I thought he said they were going to Britain, but maybe it was Belgium, since that is where Browning’s (FN) parent company is located. Regardless, he mentioned that they were going to learn about management. At this point, the speech was getting a little convoluted, so I cut him off, “What do you need from me?” The list of magazines was presented. “I’m not buying a magazine subscription, can I just give you some money?” There is a service that sends magazines to service members overseas if I would prefer. Excellent.

He went out of his way to mention that he would not be handling any weapons, some people are “up in arms” about the fact they are visiting a firearms mfg. I told him I am ALWAYS up in arms. This was met with a puzzled look as I stepped from the door and mentioned that I’m an entrepreneur myself. I showed him my shirts, he exclaimed in the positive. I asked him what size he wears, and threw him a L Costa Edition shirt. I asked him to force some social media stuff on his friends, and told him I hoped he got to handle all the cool firearms they have.

I realize now that I should have snapped a picture with his score, but I wasn’t thinking about it at the time. Wherever you are, puffy haired neighbor kid, remember it is your right by birth, recognized by the US Constitution, to be up in arms. What a sad state of affairs that he has to go through the neighbor pretending to not be excited about visiting a firearms manufacturer. I hope he gets the funds he needs and has a blast in Europe.

On The Starbucks Letter

On the one hand, agree with this poster from a forum:

The gay marriage zealots seemed pretty weird to most when they started agitating for their cause. Today gay marriage is rapidly becoming the law of the land.

I support these open carry agitators. They are exercising a constitutionally-protected right. Much better to get challenges to the law pushed up to SCOTUS now than any time in the foreseeable future since this court has ruled recently and consistently in favor of a literal interpretation of the 2nd amendment that protects individuals’ right to keep and bear arms.

On the other hand, I don’t trust most people to not be idiots, that goes for NDing gun owners; when I see pictures like these, I can understand why people who are unfamiliar with firearms would be uncomfortable (pics heisted from


Now, I don’t drink coffee, and I have better things to spend $5 on, and better ways to consume 1000 calories, so in the most immediate sense, a gun unfriendly Starbucks doesn’t mean much to me. Hell, I live in CA, the air I breathe is anti-gun. However, part of winning people to our side is helping them understand that gun owners are everyday, normal people, and not the caricature portrayed by frothing at the mouth HuffPo contributors.

I take my responsibility as a gun owner seriously.  I take gun safety seriously.  I just don’t see how taking your no-sling AR to Starbucks makes any practical sense.   To be part of the solution, you gotta have a modicum of situational awareness, and these people seem be lacking.

New Header at

Is that actually news?  Probably not, but since one might recognize that rifle illustration from the Ballistic Pest Control shirt, one may realize the source of that new header.

Give up? It was your very own AngryAl!

What is the Lightfighter blog? It is sort of a delivery system for some of the very good info found on the forums, but packaged for public consumption:

Lightfighter is a community made up of military, law enforcement and industry professionals whose crusade is to get high quality, proven information into the hands and minds of those who want to learn. There are right and wrong ways to do everything, and the right way is often borne of blood, sweat and tears. The idea is to shorten the learning curve with good gouge. Our contributors come from diverse backgrounds: current and retired military from combat arms fields, law enforcement experience from officers working the streets every day, to detectives, to SWAT team members; assaulters, team leaders and commanders. We have trainers from a deep and wide breadth of experience and vetted backgrounds. If you see it posted on the Lightfighter Blog, you can take it to the bank and treat it as gospel.

Definitely check out the header, then do a little reading.  There isn’t a ton there yet, but it will grow to be an awesome resource.

Lightfighter Header


It’s been 12 years since the attack on the WTC, 1 since Benghazi.  Those responsible for the original 9/11 are largely dead, while the administration refuses to acknowledge the 2012 was anything but a speedbump.  It is up to us, the citizens of the nation, to remain vigilant as we have threats to our way of life coming from all sides.  We  have given up liberty for security theater, meanwhile the national interests of our country are not even defended by those we have tasked to do so.  They allow AQ to attack a US Consulate, not even a year later John McCain is pushing to arm the very same group against Assad.  Insanity.

On the home front, CA is on the verge of sending the 2nd AM into the shredder.  It has been bad, it appears it will be a whole lot worse.  In one shining ray of light, CO recalled two state senators who overstepped what their constituents were willing to bear in regards to eroding the liberties enumerated by the Bill of Rights.  Perhaps there is hope after all.