Badass Report: Pfc John C. Squires

It’s been a while since the last Report, but this guy needs one! A platoon messenger in his first combat steps up when needed.


On this day, April 24 1944 in Italy, PFC John C Squires became a badass and was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was the platoon messenger and this was his first time in an attack! It was night and he had to sneak forward through artillery and mortar fire to check on the lead platoon that had suffered an explosion. Upon arriving he saw that he was needed to take charge. He rounded up other stragglers and formed his own squad, found a new route forward, and led like a boss. There was no one else around to lead, so this PFC with no prior combat set up the outpost, moved out to get more reinforcements, braving machinegun fire and grenades, even crawling through a minefield twice to get more stragglers! Three times his little outpost was attacked and they held strong, each time PFC Squires stood, ignoring enemy fire, returning hundreds of rounds back at the Germans. Moving off alone he engaged a group of 21 Germans in a point blank machinegun duel, killing or capturing all of them, as well as their weapons. He forced them to teach him to use their Spandau belt feds, placing them in his own outpost and teaching his men to use them. They held fast through the whole night, killing and capturing more Germans using the enemy’s own weapons. He acted with “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty”. PFC Squires  was killed later in the offensive in Italy. A Badass steps up when needed, even if he is just a messenger.

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The Star BM doesn’t have to be blue…


The nice solid steel construction of the Star BM makes a great platform for your imagination – in this case we imagined Burnt Bronze with black accents on the fire controls, black barrel and bushing, and contrasting bronze screws on the black grips. Thank you to LRK Mechanical in Prescott Arizona for the Cerakote work. We hope to have some other examples soon of what a Star can be… for now enjoy these pics.





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New California Ammo Delivery Restrictions

California residents please note: Prop 63 passed by the vote of the people of California and implements many new elements of gun control, including the elimination of direct mail order deliveries of ammunition to individual California gun owners.

Beginning in a few weeks, Jan 1, 2018, you will not be able to receive ammunition that was ordered online or via telephone and have it delivered to your house, unless you are an FFL dealer, or have a C&R license together with a COE. All other ammo transfers must go through an FFL dealer in a face to face transaction.

For most California gun owners, inexpensive and convenient ammo deliveries by UPS/FedEx will be a thing of the past. To avoid these invasive new regulations, stock up ahead of time. We will be shipping to California as long as we can. Please get your order placed in time to receive it before the end of the year.

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Star BM – the Spanish “1911”

The Star BM is the latest surplus pistol that we have brought in, a very handy and fun 9mm compact sidearm, with some cool features and interesting history. Check them out HERE


The Spanish Police started carrying the Star BM in the 1970’s and 80’s, and many were marked with Guardia Civil stampings on the frame and slide. It served Spain as a rugged and reliable handgun for many years, and now as surplus pistols, they are coming to the USA.

Based on Browning 1911 Commander pattern, the Star BM is a compact size gun, with a 4″ barrel with link and locking lug on top like a 1911, barrel bushing holding a full length guide rod, and a single action trigger. The manual thumb safety is very positive with a solid lock, allowing for “cocked and locked” carry. It has a long external extractor, slide serrations, and fixed sights. They are in standard 9mm caliber, (the slide is marked “9m/mP” which stands for “Parabellum”, another name for the standard 9mm Luger/9×19 round.)

Spanish steel was famous for hundreds of years, and the Star continues that reputation,  constructed of all steel parts, except the grips which are checkered black composite. It uses an 8rd single stack magazine. There are also two small areas on the gun where the police markings were removed prior to importation.

Since they are surplus, we are able to offer them at a great low price, making them a wonderful gun for home defense or concealed carry without getting the latest and greatest $600 – $700 pistol.

Below is a round up of the some reviewers that have loved shooting the Star BM from J&G Sales and produced some great videos for your enjoyment:


Military Arms Channel




The FireArm Guy

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Badass Report: Sgt Roy W. Harmon

On this day, July 12, 1944, in Italy during WWII, Sgt Harmon showed his badass bravery as acting squad leader to his men.


Heavy machinegun fire from enemy positions, well dug in on high ground and hidden by haystacks, had stopped his company’s advance and pinned them down exposed to almost certain annihilation. Ordered to rescue the most beleaguered platoon by neutralizing the German automatic fire, he led his squad forward along a draw to the right of the trapped unit against 3 key positions which poured murderous fire into his helpless comrades. When within range, first his squad fired tracer bullets to set fire to the haystacks, but this failed. So Sgt. Harmon ordered his squad to hold their position and alone and voluntarily he began a 1-man assault.

Carrying white phosphorus grenades and a submachine gun, he skillfully took crept to within 25 yards of the first position and set the haystack afire with a grenade, killing the enemy when they attempted to flee from the inferno. Crawling toward the second machinegun emplacement, he shot and wounded, but he continued to advance and destroyed the position with hand grenades, killing all enemy occupants. He then attacked the third machinegun, crawling over ground which offered no concealment. About halfway to his objective, he was again wounded, but he struggled ahead until close enough to the third machinegun, where he raised himself to his knees to throw a grenade. He was shot and knocked down by direct enemy fire, but with magnificent effort, he rose and hurled the grenade with his last dying move and fell dead, riddled by bullets. His grenade found its mark and destroyed the last machinegun nest.

Sgt. Harmon’s extraordinary badass heroism and self-sacrifice saved a whole platoon from being wiped out, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was buried in Italy.

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Badass Report: Sgt. Edward Carter

Fighting from a young age…


Another Badass Report:

Sgt Edward A. Carter Jr. grew up wanting to fight. Although born in Los Angeles, he was raised by his parents in India, then China, until he ran away from home at 15 and joined the Chinese Nationalist Army to fight the Japanese. He was eventually kicked out when it was found he was only 15, so he made his way to Europe to join the Lincoln Brigade of American volunteers fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Then in 1941 he joined the US Army and served in Germany with the 12th Armored division.

It was March 23rd 1945 when his bravery reached a peak. While riding on a tank, they were hit with bazooka fire and the tank was disabled. Sgt Carter took his remaining three guys with him and set off across a field under fire to try to reach cover. Two were killed and one was grievously wounded while trying, but Sgt Carter made it to cover although hit and wounded five times by enemy fire. His hiding spot was then attacked by a squad of eight German soldiers, but although seriously injured, he fought back, killing six of them and capturing the other two. In order to get his prisoners where they could be questioned, he knew he had to re-cross the fields of fire. So using his captured Germans as a shield from enemy fire, he overcame his injuries and forced his way back to his unit, where his prisoners turned out to have valuable information.

Sgt Carter was found in 1997 to have been overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to his African American heritage, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor.

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Badass Report: Master Sgt Vito Bertoldo

48 hours with no rest killing Germans… a serious Badass


Another Badass Report:

Today 72 years ago, Jan 10th, 1945, US Army Master Sgt Vito Bertoldo was maybe the bravest man in France. While defending an outpost in the village of Hatten France against a massive German armored and infantry assault, he left the protection of the building and set up his belt-fed in the street to cover his unit’s retreat. Essentially alone for 12 hours he stayed and drove back the attacks in basically full view of machinegun and 88mm counterfire, taking out every Nazi he could spot.

Things really got hairy as the tanks moved up, so he moved back into his unit’s building and strapped his machinegun to a table by a window to keep up the pressure from cover. The Nazi’s brought up a tank and from only 75 yards away, put a round directly on him, blasting him across the room. But Sgt Bertoldo would not go away, and waited quietly as the tank led the infantry close to his location, then popping up in a window, he took out every one of them, killing over 20.

Moving to another building he kept up the machinegun fire for another day, until the German’s were able to get an 88mm within a few feet of his building, and putting the muzzle almost directly in his window, and blasting him across the room again. But even as dazed as he was, he went back to his gun and killed more Nazis for the rest of the day.

Another day and another wave of Germans came, this time Sgt Vito was down to grenades, and still pushed the enemy back. Then came another wave and another tank round into Vito’s holdout, and again he was blown across the room, and again he grabbed a rifle and stayed in the fight. Finally the town was abandoned, all US troops retreated thanks to Sgt Vito Bertoldo who withstood more than 48 hours straight without rest, escaping death repeatedly, and killing more than 40 Germans, wounding countless more. He was a serious Badass, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage.

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