Hello all out there on the interwebs!  I want to thank everyone who has donated and helped to make our Crickett Fundraiser a success for 2016.  We have till the 20th of December to raise a few more bucks for the cause.

Please check to see that your name is listed on the donor list.  This is the list the Crickett rifle and the AR-10 will be drawn from.  There are some entries that are hidden that are listed as "Pending".  This means the Paypal transaction did not go through for some reason.  I have seen this happen a few times with this donation software so I want to make sure, if you think you donated, that the transaction went through and your name is on the list.

The easiest way to check is to verify your Paypal account for the transaction.  If your name is not on the donor list, you can try to donate again. Those who have tried again, have had success the second time.  I apologize for any inconvenience but I am just trying to make sure everyone is happy with the results of the fundraiser.  This also means there are about $300 in donations listed as pending that could be going to a good cause.  So please check your status by checking the donor list. 

Again, a BIG thanks to all of you and if you get a chance, help spread the word that it will be coming to an end soon and the funds will be given to Active Heroes sometime around Christmas.

Go here and click on "Donors" to check to see if your name is on the list!

Sincerely,

ArtisanTony

chattanooga victims ThumbI will always remember the men who died this day and the police officers of the Chattanooga Police Department who responded and saved lives. I was only a few miles away as it was happenening.  I was on my way to get supplies at the lumber company I trade with when it was happening.  You hear about these events and they really do not seem real to a degree but this one was in my back yard. I want people to remember what happened.

This article will serve as a place for me to post links and pictures to keep the history of this event close to me and others who care.

Links;

Hangout 9PM EST July 16, 2016

Chattanooga Times Free Press Article

Wiki Page on Event

Remember this? H.R.3799 - Hearing Protection Act of 2015? Maybe you do. But most likely you had forgotten about it.  GunLaws

I started RepealGunLaws.com back in 2013 because I thought people [mainly conservatives] were ready to make real change in Washington.  The truth is, I found out through this experiment, that people will accept just about anything their government will impose on them.   I chuckle to myself now when I hear people like Glen Beck suggest that Americans would be capable of a civil war.  I have this image of fat Americans [like myself] grabbing their AK's only to find themselves stopping at McDonald's on the way to the fight.

The Hearing Protection Act of 2015 should have been a slam dunk.  Any congressman involved should have feared for their job and rushed to pass this law.  But dudes in DC know better.  They know that the day after the Hearing Protection Act went to committee, the American people changed the channel and were more concerned about what video game PewDiePie was playing than what happened to the Hearing Protection Act of 2015.

My experience with RepealGunLaws.com taught me something about humans and about life, so I decided to create GunsandGearVids.com to reconnect with the common youtuber and bring back the old days of raw video.  The days when content was king and video editing took a back seat [mainly because cameras sucked back then but whatever].  I have not given up on activism, I am just reminded that people need a break from politics every now and then and that in the end, the American people will make the right decision.

By the way, this is the committee where the bill is stuck now.  Please email Rep. Louie Gohmert and ask him to push the Bill through.

 

 

It is easier than it sounds to enter my giveaway. KSAad 2

1.  Create a video with ArtisanTony's 60K Giveaway in the title. In the video tell people what you think should be included in a video sharing website designed for the user.

2.  Upload your video to YouTube.

3.  Got to your GunsandGearVids.com account and embed your YouTube video. Click the "Upload" button and click "Accept" for the Terms and Conditions.  You will then notice a "or add remote media" button on the right.  Simply copy and past the url of your YouTube video here and BAM, you are done!  You can also upload a thumbnail, select a category and tags but you can always do this after the video is published.

4.  Click on the Facebook link on the menu at the top of the page and Like our page! 

See, that was not that hard.  Not much work for the possibility of winning a sexy Ruger 10/22 with a custom stock from Keystone Sporting Arms. Plus 4 other prize packs in four other categories!

Number of entries;  You can enter once for each category. You are only required to make one YouTube video for the giveaway.  To enter in other categories just make a short video saying it is your entry for that category (with title Artisantony's 60K Giveaway "category name") and say what you like about the category then upload it to the website using your GunsandGearVids.com channel. You can only win once! So if you win the 10/22 you cannot win in other categories.  

There are (5) Categories for the Giveaway; Gun, Gear, Bushcraft, Prepping and ANE

Easy Sneezy!  The giveaway will run for a few weeks to give everyone a chance to make videos.  Stay tuned for the next giveaway video where I show the prizes for each category!

Rules

1.  The Ruger 10/22 will be transferred to the FFL of your choice.  You must provided proof of eligibility before the rifle is shipped. The Ruger 10/22 can only be transferred to an FFL in the continental US.

2.  Verify your eligibility prior to winning knives or other prizes that you can legally receive them.  The Mora Companion knives have a fixed blade 4.1 inches in length.

3.  You can only win once.  If you win a prize and your name is drawn again another name will be drawn.  We want to spread the love all we can :)

4.  You must live in the continental US to win the Ruger 10/22 but can live any where else in the world for the other prizes.  I will pay up to $30 shipping for each prize pack so if you live in Antarctica, :) you may have to pitch in for shipping.

5.  Make sure you label your additional videos with the title "ArtisanTony's 60K Giveaway "category name" and include content related to that category in the video.  Just uploading a video in the category that is not related to the giveaway or category is not an entry.

6.  It is your responsibility to assure your videos meet these requirements.  I cannot verify every video. I will only verify the videos that have proper titles to begin with.  If your video is not listed here, "Giveaway Entries to Date" then please verify your videos meet these requirement. Once the deadline has been announced and then reached, entries will be cut off so verify your entireies prior to the deadline which is to be announced soon.

7.  Other rules may be added as prizes are added.

OK, this is it!  These are the entries.  If you do not see your name listed where you think it should be, let me know.  The deadline has past for uploading new entries. You can only win once.  One alternate winner will be drawn in each category.  If winner does not contact me within one week after drawing video is released, the alternate will receive the items.  Also, if original winner is not eligible to receive item/s (i.e. Ruger 10/22 or knife) The alternate will receive the items. The drawing will be Monday or Tuesday and the video will be uploaded nolater than Tuesday night, March 8, 2016. Good luck!

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There was a fire on February 16, 2016 at the Little Sportsman Shop which is in fire 1Northumberland, PA.  This is not just any old gun shop. This is Steve McNeal's gun shop. Steve McNeal has supported our efforts with the Cricket Fund Raising project each year and continues to support us by advertising here on our website. So let us send him well wishes. 

The fire apparently did not do major damage but these kinds of things are always a bit of a setback.  On the bright side, I asked him if there were going to be any fire sale items :)  Take a look at the article Nate [of Keystone Sporting Arms] sent me. Steve and Nate are interviewed in the story so take a gander if you have never met them.  They are very cool guys.

 

The prize packages for ArtisanTony's 60K Giveaway are as follows;

1.  Guns - Ruger 10/22 with custom stock and barrel. Also comes with Bushnell rimfire scope.

2.  Gear - Day pack with Mora Campanion, ferro rod, MRE, Gunwebsites Kalashnikov ID playing cards, Vanquest FATpack, Vanquest RFID Wallet and Going Gear key chain light.

3.  Bushcraft - Book, Advanced Bushcraft signed by Dave Canterbury, Book, Forager's Harvest, Mora Companion, ferror rod, Vanquest Maximizer and IV8888 Tactical Soap.

4.  Prepper - (2) Emergency Food Packs, Kalashnikov ID Playing cards,  Voidhawk LED Flashlight and Vanquest Maximizer with miscellaneous items.

5.  ANE - Choice of Bushcraft Stephi Painting or Voidhawk LED Flashlight kit, MRE and Kalashnikov ID Playing cards.

Watch the video below to see these in detail;

 

I am placing this one under the category of cool crowd sourced funding projects.  BarretandDadwAKs600My good friend Gwebs has come up with two very cool projects in the last few months.  The first, the AK I.D. playiing cards and just recently the AK47 Buyers Guide. Both of which I have been an investor so I am slightly biased.  Both of these are examples of creative projects that support the firearms community.  You might ask me how such projects support the firearms community. 

Let us just say we like to talk a lot in this community but projects like these get us involved in investing our time and resources in fun and creative ways. I am a big believer in connectedness. Is that a word? I believe that by putting out fun and informative information into the ether, we help offset the negative energy placed there by gun hating liberals.  Besides, you have to admit, it's just down right cool.  And if you are an AK lover as I am, I know you cannot wait until you start seeing the fruits of this labor.

Just imagine, some day your ancestors will look back at the AK47 Buyers Guide as the be-all and end-all on AK's.  Future generations will hold it in high esteem as my generation did the World Book Encyclopedia.  Sure, there are great AK books in print, The Grim Reaper and the like, but these are expensive and not accessible to some people.  Electrons wil be around for eons and the interwebs has a good future as far as I can see.  Having this online reference for one of my favorite firearms is just down right exciting. Check out the links above an leave a comment below to let me know what you think. (click on the article title if you don't see comments)