Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Prudent Prepping: Feeding Your CA-Legal AR

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. 

Now that you have a CA-compliant Modern Sporting Rifle, what do you do next?

Before I go too far into this post, I need to mention that the love and attention shown to any of the AR fill-in-the-blank platforms by the State of California applies equally to their ComBloc equivalent, the AK and all of its related variations too!

Carefully Feeding Your AR
Our esteemed and quite patient Editrix Erin shared a video to my Timeline weeks ago, showing a CA-compliant magazine system.

The company that makes this is called CompMag and there is a very good write- on their website.

This is a clean and rather elegant answer to the "Fixed Magazine" requirement found in recent CA (and other states) laws. As a southpaw, this is not as convenient for me as some of the systems shown last week, but it's still a contender.

A different take on the "Fixed Magazine" loading drill is from MEAN Arms and their magazine-to-load-your-magazine, the MA Loader, shown here:

This is another pretty cool way to load, since the MA Loader (shown with their optional loading guide) fills your magazine through the ejection port, which is a Lefty Friendly way to go. From the MA Loader page:
"Our new MA-Loader is a California compliant, 10-round bullet loading device that will allow you to safely and efficiently reload your fixed magazine without the need to break down the firearm. Simply place the MA-Loader into your AR-15's ejector port and press the thumb-ring slider to quickly load or reload. It is that simple!"
"But what about having to buy multiple MA Loaders?" you ask. Well, I am willing to bet that most people have more than 2 magazines, so purchasing half a dozen of these, while more expensive, is what California residents might have to do.

Oh, just for a comparison, 10 round Magpul magazines retail here for $25.

Filling Those Magazines
Now that there are ways to have a loaded Modern Sporting Rifle, what do you put into it and how do you re-supply yourself?

Again, since this is California, the answer is "With some difficulty."

What Has Changed: 
  • Recently passed laws require all ammunition sellers to be registered with the state separately from their firearms licenses. 
  • Those forms and what needs to be done are still in flux since this past January. 
  • Another problem is there can be no shipments of ammunition into the state to private parties. 
  • Ammunition purchases will have a minimum $1 fee at the time of sale for a background check. 
  • No ammunition purchased out-of-state may be brought by car into California after January 1. 
  • Many stores are refusing to accept ammunition shipments from retailers to private parties, since the paperwork is not finalized. 
  • The only bright spot is there is no restriction on reloading supplies. For now. 
Doesn't all this sound like fun? 

 The Takeaway
  • There are even more private businesses helping the law-abiding citizens of the State of California to follow the rules and regulations! 
  • You can't stop the signal.

The Recap
  • Nothing was purchased this week ... but I will probably get something mentioned either this week or last
  • All items mentioned can be purchased from various online retailers or in some cases, directly from the manufacturer. Shop around for your best price!

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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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