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GUNS Magazine December 2010 - Page 78

ThE GuN RiGhTS WAR David Codrea I don’t believe it’s hyperbole to say any gun owner, especially one who became involved in the issue after Knox’s passing in 2005, is inadequately prepared for the fight if he has not studied the lessons from the master contained in this invaluable collection. ThE GuN RiGhTS WAR By neal knox eDiteD By ChRis knox ©2009, isBn-10: 0976863308, isBn-13: 978-0976863304 MaCFaRlane PRess P.o. Box 84015 Phoenix, aZ 85071 WWW.theGUnRiGhtsWaR.CoM A nyone who has been a long-term advocate for the right to keep and bear arms knows the name of the late Neal Knox, described alternatively as “a dark force within NRA” (The New York Times) and “the evil genius at NRA” (Ted Kennedy), or, if you’re like me and give honor and credit where due, “the conscience of the gun rights movement” (Gun Week) and “a hero—no, the hero—of the 20th century gun-rights movement” (Tanya Metaksa, former Executive Director, NRA-ILA). Widely recognized as “the architect of the modern NRA,” Knox was a prolific writer for newspapers and periodicals, including GUNS Magazine and its competitors, and a savvy strategist and organizer, heading both NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action and The Firearms Coalition. The Gun Rights War is a compilation of key essays written by Knox throughout his long career. The book is divided into seven sections, covering his credentials as a gun authority, his principles-based political strategy, the culture war divide between those who demand control and those who trust, how the gun issue works at the political level (no one understood this better), why the “Gun Lobby” is not any one organization but the grassroots citizen activist, “Dark Passages,” including Waco and Ruby Ridge, and culminating in “An Uncertain Trumpet,” detailing the need for gun owners to monitor and input NRA’s internal politics, again, something Knox knew from experience better than anyone. Compiled and annotated by his son Chris, The Gun Rights War is as much a labor of love as it is a collection of wisdom, wit, encyclopedic knowledge, bareknuckles realities and a template for achieving political and cultural success. the BonD aRMs taCtiCal kniFe Sam Fadala nless you’ve been dozing in the U cabbage patch the last decade or so, you know that everything The thrust behind the Bond Arms joint venture with Buck Knives was the creation of a tactical self-defense knife of small dimension to match the successful selfdefense derringer by Bond Arms. The end result is the heavy-duty stainless steel Signature with rosewood or black ash scales. from Aunt Clara’s bloomers to your wristwatch has turned tactical. Tactical means military, or in many cases, pseudo-military along with selfdefense. Tactical/self-defense holds up well as an idea because it involves “heady on-the-spot thinking” plus adroit planning in any theater of operation from a long hike to a fishing hole to 10 days in the wilderness with a .30-30. Tactical/self-defense stuff is tough. It has to be because it’s designed to take hard knocks without failure. Bond Arms teamed up with Buck Knives to produce the Signature handheld tactical/self-defense blade of pocket size dimension. Made in the USA, the Bond Signature knife features a very sharp 1-hand opening blade. Simply stick your thumb in the oval-shaped hole residing high on the upper back of the blade and flick. Pack the knife it in your back pocket with integral clip so it won’t get buried deep, thwarting quick deployment. Or if you prefer, take a tiny Allen wrench and remove the clip for a more flatsided profile. Handle choices include black ash or rosewood, both checkered for a sure grip and embossed with the Bond Arms logo. Gordon Bond came up with the idea. “We’ve been searching for a long time for the perfect knife that would match the quality and craftsmanship of our Bond Arms double barrel handguns,” said Bond. So that was the push. Small self-defense handgun paired with a small self-defense folding knife, a knife retailing for around 60 Bucks. What makes this knife legitimately tactical is its strength. It’s not going to fail when the chips are down, whatever chips they may be. This knife will take it. I know because I felt it was only right to torture it a little before penning a glowing report that might end in the dying embers of real life function. So I slammed the blade into a nearby pine tree several times for starters. Pine is pretty soft. So I went to the woodpile and selected a nice chunk of mesquite cut down south of our mountain. No problem gouging a gash in that tough wood. Mr. Bond promises a stainless steel blade, so I put the one with black ash handle (I have a fondness for rosewood) in a puddle just off the porch caused by snow runoff. Two days later I pulled it out of what was now a mud hole and washed it off under the sink. Nothing wrong with the knife. Weight came in at 4.5 ounces for the black ash handle, a negligible cat whisker less for the rosewood grip. Length went 4.5" closed, width 1.25". Open, the Bond Signature ran 7.5". It’s slim at well under a 1/2". Linerlock design retains the blade open by a ball set into the lock arm via an indentation in the blade. The Bond knife will find its greatest use as an everyday cutting instrument due to its compact dimensions. These knives are ideally sized to go wherever we go daily. The Bond Signature is an unobtrusive hardworking knife and 78 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • DECEMBER 2010

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