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DoubleStar Exhibiting Edged Weapons Line at BLADE Show 2018

New collaborations from Kim Breed and Hakim Isler will be on display at Table #20H at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre, June 1 – 3, 2018.

Drakon Blade with Cerakote finish
Drakon Blade with Cerakote finish

Winchester, Ky. (Ammoland.com) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, will be exhibiting its edged weapons line at BLADE Show 2018, to be held in the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, June 1 – 3, 2018. New collaborations from Kim Breed and Hakim Isler will be on display, as well as product staples such as the Brimstone Folder Knife, Drakon™ Blade, Fang™ Blade, MOTAC™ Blade, Fury™ Machete and Wrath™ CrashHawk. There will also be Drakon Blades in several special Cerakote® finishes debuted during the show.

DoubleStar recently announced two new collaborations with BLADE® Magazine’s Field Editor, Kim Breed, and with published author, television star and Iraqi War veteran, Hakim Isler. The Chico Diablo-X, designed with Breed, and the Path Seeker, designed with Isler, are affordable production versions of their designs that will be on display for the first time at the BLADE Show.

DoubleStar’s Edged Weapon Division was first unveiled at BLADE Show 2017. It is led by Rob Cabrera, its Director, and the designer of Filo Bladeworks. In addition to Breed and Isler, the Edged Weapon Division now features edged weapons designed by Ret. Sergeant Major and owner, operator and founder of TCT Knives, Darrin Sirois, as well as designs by the founder of FILIPINO COMBAT SYSTEMS, Tuhon Ray Dionaldo.

BLADE Show, hosted by BLADE Magazine, the world’s number one knife community and publication, is the destination for the best selection of knives and knife products found anywhere. Globally recognized exhibitors and legendary makers gather under one roof to introduce attendees to the largest selection of blades, knives and outdoor gear and accessories in the world. Over 700 tables, 450+ booths and 40 display tables of the world’s best and most in demand knives will be on display. From renowned custom knife makers to the industry’s best in mass production, BLADE Show is a cut above the competition. Tactical, utility, hand-forged, camping, art, hunting, fixed, folding, kitchen, Damascus, military, antiques and other knives, as well as the equipment and materials to make, sharpen and maintain them, will all be on display at the world’s largest knife show.

For more information about DoubleStar, visit www.star15.com.


About DoubleStar Corp.:DoubleStar

DoubleStar Corp., located in Winchester, Kentucky, was formed when customers of J&T Distributing, a leading manufacturer and supplier of thousands of AR15 parts and accessories, requested complete rifles and pistols crafted from the same high-quality, U.S.-made components. DoubleStar now manufactures and supplies not only the commercial market but military and law enforcement forces across the world with rugged and dependable firearms. www.star15.com

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More At Play In Iceland’s Lack Of Murders By Gun Than Laws

Every time the media wants to push for new gun laws, they look to Europe. They find a low-crime European nation and then point out how their gun laws make everything better.

Most recently, NBC News decided to look to Iceland. The country hasn’t had anyone killed with a gun since 2007 and does allow civilian ownership of firearms. At least to a point. Of course, people there attribute that to their gun laws and apparently, so does NBC News.

Like many of his countrymen, Olaf Garðar Garðarsson is eager to get his hands on a rifle.

But he can’t just walk into a store and buy one. Instead, he is sitting through a mandatory four-hour lecture on the history and physics of the firearm.

This is Iceland — the gun-loving nation that hasn’t experienced a gun-related murder since 2007.

“For us, it would be really strange if you could get a license to buy a gun and you had no idea how to handle it,” says Garðarsson, 28, a mechanical engineer. “I would find it very odd if [a gun owner] had never even learned which is the pointy end and which is the trigger end.”

Iceland is a sparsely populated island in the northern Atlantic. Its tiny population of some 330,000 live on a landmass around the size of Kentucky.

St. Louis, Missouri, which has a population slightly smaller than Iceland’s, had 193 homicides linked to firearms last year.

Icelanders believe the rigorous gun laws on this small, remote volcanic rock can offer lessons to the United States.

And I think Icelanders don’t understand what the real difference is between the United States and Iceland.

Iceland and the United States are very different when it comes to key issues, namely those of culture. Iceland is culturally homogenous, with 94 percent of its population coming from Norse or Celtic roots and only six percent coming from some other group. Because of this, the Icelandic culture is easily dominant, making those who come from other cultures step up and adhere to the social rules of their new nation as much as the civil and criminal rules. The fact that the culture has been there, more or less, for over a thousand years solidifies that in a lot of minds. While that culture has changed over the years, it’s still there, and it drives society.

Meanwhile, the United States is culturally diverse. It’s encouraged for people of different groups to develop their own cultural identity for the most part. As a result, you have multiple sets of cultural rules that come into being within the same borders. Also, immigrants aren’t encouraged to embrace American culture and are instead permitted and even encouraged to hold onto their own culture despite living in a new nation.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does create some unique problems. This is especially true when a number of factors combine to create a criminal culture such as gangs which thrive in so many of our urban centers, including St. Louis.

Iceland has been without a firearm related homicide since 2007, but Mexico–who has much tougher gun laws than Iceland–hasn’t been able to go more than a few minutes at a time without there being a murder.

Here’s the thing, though. Iceland doesn’t have to worry about that culture seeping across its borders. We do.

Even if Iceland simply handed every citizen a gun, they’d still have a ridiculously low homicide rate. Their culture doesn’t currently have anything quite like the drug-related criminal activity that we do.

To be fair to NBC News, they don’t just present one side of things. They even admit that Iceland’s system can’t just be transposed into ours.

It would be misleading to suggest that the model in Iceland — a small country where income inequality is low — could be seamlessly transposed onto the U.S.

Most guns here are used for hunting or competitive shooting. Crime of any nature is so infrequent that few if anyone argues that they need to own a weapon for self-defense.

“The system in the U.S. is so different to the one we have here,” says Sveinbjörnsson, the police spokesman.

The truth is, while the media likes to argue that no nation in the developed world has the problems we do when it comes to violence, they also forget that the United States is the gateway to the developed world for millions. We take in all types from all different places and, frankly, we don’t do that good of a job keeping out those who may not have the American Dream in mind when they cross the border, especially since many are crossing that border illegally.

And, to be honest, that’s just one aspect of the coin.

The truth of the matter is that the whole situation is incredibly complex and few, if anyone, is willing to delve into the roots of violence in this country to try and determine just why we have these problems. NBC News suggests income inequality may be at play, and I think that plays a factor. In particular, the way income inequality is reported on and discussed, but that’s another topic for another day.

The truth is, it’s not that cut and dry, and mentioning it halfway down the story that it isn’t is just another way to try and obscure that reality.

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DoubleStar Unveils the Path Seeker at BLADE Show 2018

DoubleStar’s bursts onto the Bushcraft knives scene with the Path Seeker, the first blade from its collaboration with Hakim Isler, which will be on display at Table #20H at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre, June 1 – 3, 2018.

DoubleStar Path Seeker blade
DoubleStar Path Seeker blade

Winchester, Ky. (Ammoland.com)  – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, will unveil the Path Seeker, its latest knife from its Edged Weapon Division, at BLADE Show 2018, to be held in the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, June 1 – 3, 2018. The Path Seeker was made in collaboration with published author, television star and Iraqi War veteran, Hakim Isler, and will be shown to the public for the first time at the BLADE Show. It is DoubleStar’s first installment in the world of Bushcraft knives.

Path Seeker with Sheath

The Path Seeker Knife features:

  • Forward leading profile ideal for chopping.
  • Designed thick to provide durability and for wedging.
  • Comes with baton area on spine at head of blade.
  • Designed with ferrocerium rod scraper on back to preserve edge retention.
  • Equipped with lanyard holes for fastening.

“The construction of this knife screams indestructible and innovative. Our goal with this knife is to reach out to the experienced trailblazer with features that even the novice can depend on. Hakim’s experience in this field is rock steady, forever honing his craft, and that’s why we knew we had to team up with him to create this knife,” commented Rob Cabrera, Edged Weapon Division Director.

Path Seeker Specifications:

Designer: Hakim Isler
Classification: Bushcraft
Steel: 80CRV2
Thickness: 0.25”
Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Length: 11.25”
Width: 2”
Cutting Edge Length: 6”
Coating: Parkerized and Tumbled
Handle Material: Course textured G10
Scale Colors: Black with Flo-Yellow liner and Flo-Yellow with Grey liner
Handle Hardware: Steel screws
Sheath: 0.08” Black Boltron
Attachment System: Large Tek-Lok
Rigged Weight: 1.21 lbs.
MSRP: $199.99

For more information about DoubleStar, visit www.star15.com.


About DoubleStar Corp.DoubleStar

DoubleStar Corp., located in Winchester, Kentucky, was formed when customers of J&T Distributing, a leading manufacturer and supplier of thousands of AR15 parts and accessories, requested complete rifles and pistols crafted from the same high-quality, U.S.-made components. DoubleStar now manufactures and supplies not only the commercial market but military and law enforcement forces across the world with rugged and dependable firearms. www.star15.com

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First Black Woman, First Latina Win Gubernatorial Nods in Georgia, Texas

Photo by Kerri Battles

(From UPI)

Four states — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas — held primary voting Tuesday, further setting the stage for midterm elections this fall, as well as making history.

In Georgia, Stacey Abrams became the first black woman to win the nomination of a major party for governor. In Texas, Lupe Valdez became the first Latina to have that opportunity.

Abrams, a former state legislator in Georgia, easily won the Democratic primary with more than 76 percent of the vote.

This fall, Abrams’ Republican opponent will be either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Cage won 40 percent and Kemp got 25.6 percent Tuesday, so they will compete in a July runoff to decide the GOP nomination.

In Texas, Valdez, a former Dallas County Sheriff, won the Democratic Party nomination with 53 percent of the vote. She beat Andrew White, the son of former Texas Gov. Mark White, who held the office between 1983 and 1987.

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