Tuesday, 31 March


“How’s the pear tree?”

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 13:32, Tuesday, 31 March

It’s doing quite well so far. 🙂

I hate that it always blooms in March, because the chance of a hard freeze before the buds mature is – well, pretty much definite. Not that there’s any danger that the poor thing will ever fruit anyway. Looking at it, if you live in a more fecund area of the earth you’d have a hard time believing that this tiny ‘tree’ is closer to ten years old than five. But every yea...

Oh nice

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 13:37, Tuesday, 31 March

Maryland runs out of hospital beds on April 21st, and we disease peak May 1st.  But it's a gentle curve.  No f-ed like New York's. 

PA, VA, and WV do much better.  Neighboring states.

I have friends and relatives in Indian, Ohio, and Florida, and their states do pretty good too.  Cali as well.

So, don't come to Maryland for sanctuary.  We don't got it. 

Double damn

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 14:55, Tuesday, 31 March

I had mentioned that my Son-In-Law is on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where there had been an outbreak of the Kung Flu.  It looks like things are spicy:

Theodore Roosevelt captain makes urgent plea for individual quarantine sites as COVID-19 cases multiply

The commanding officer of aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is urging the Navy to step up its response to COVID-19 and secure individualized isolation for the ship’s crew as COVID-19 cases aboard the ship continue to multiply, according to a new report. 
“Sailors do not need to...

Cisco's WebEx videoconferencing service is probably the market leading service for big companies to have videoconference meetings.  They've made it available to anyone for free.  This stuff is the real deal (I work from home and use this every day).

If you work with a group that could use this - or if you can use it by yourself with friends or family - go get you some.  All you need is a browser.

Full Disclosure: I work for Cisco, but get no sales commission on these $0 orders.

CNN and others are just shocked, that you can’t make guarantees over things you can’t control. The So-Called Explicit Guarantee To Free Healthcare. CNN was shocked the Orange Man wouldn’t guarantee that everyone who needs a ventilator, will get a ventilator. Of course, because there is a shortage, no one this side of God could […]


If you’re rigging a solar-powered electrical system for an off-grid home, it has become entirely practical to use lighting that bypasses the need for an inverter. In fact it’s so seamless as to almost be a problem; I have 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC LED bulbs that all fit the same socket, and some of the Chinese ones aren’t even labeled. So I have to carefully label the spares I have in storage.

This 12-volt residential LED business is relatively new. I went with all AC lighting when I first wired the cabin because the only DC lighting I was familiar with was automotive. And even then, as late as 2009, I had to go with CFLs because anything LED was out of my league.

Since then non-dimmable LEDs have come way down in price. The one big promise we were made 10-15 years ago was incredible longevity, and so far that has not been my experience. Your typical screw-in LED ‘bulb’…


Louisiana Covid Update

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 12:10, Tuesday, 31 March

On this cool, cloudy Tuesday afternoon, the Louisiana Dept of Health is reporting 5237 active cases with 1355 hospitalized.  That is an increase in active cases of 1212 since yesterday.

I've been out in the shop loading wax bullets.  I got 600 rounds loaded and primed today, which eaves me 2900 to go before all the cartridge brass is loaded.

While I was loading, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh, and his continuing theme today is that this level of economic inactivity is simply not sustainable.  At some point in the very near future, we are going to have to get back to work.

I see that Sweden is going for herd immunity.  That is a bold decision by its leadership, and I"m sure that someone studying pubic heath will write a dissertation on this decision in years to come.


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:53, Tuesday, 31 March

Armed Maine Residents Try to Forcibly Quarantine Out-of-Towners By Blocking Their Road With a Tree [More]
Interesting: Vinalhaven has about twice the number of registered Democrats as registered Republicans.

[Via Jess]

Unique Perspectives on COVID-19- Part Four

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 12:22, Tuesday, 31 March

Written by: Greg Ellifritz


Since I don’t have TV in my house, I spend a lot more time reading than the average American.  I have more than 400 websites programmed into my RSS reader. On the average day I scan about 1200 articles in my feed.  I deeply read more than 100. You can guess that my feed in recent days has been almost completely full of Covid-19 articles.


There are lots of good articles out there.  With that said, I don’t want to share the articles that everyone else is sharing, doom and gloom porn, or wild speculations. Instead, I will share the truly unique and valuable pieces I find scanning the internet.


Check out the links below to learn something new.  These are the most informative pandemic articles I have read in the past few days.


Sinaloa Cartel Drug Traffickers E...

This is getting old...

by Drang in The Clue Meter at 09:30, Tuesday, 31 March

1/2 I can't wait for this to be over:
*We need to get people back to work. The longer the economy is on hold, the longer it will take to fix.
*I despise politicians that tell l Americans what they can and can't do.
— Drang (@DWDrang) March 31, 2020

2/2 I can't wait for this to be over:
*I despise Americans that dime out their neighbors for "unauthorized assembly's" and "conducting non-critical business."
*I need a haircut. I am not a hippie! Open the barber shops already!
— Drang (@DWDrang) March 31, 2020
It's doesn't help that my job is a critical one, and I still have to go to work. I can telework, but that means that means I simply do my regular duties with different furniture, including cats. Not a lot of sitting back and watching movies, ...

“Professional Journalism”

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 10:22, Tuesday, 31 March

Harder to tell from Fake News every day. CBS News admits ‘mistake’ after airing footage of overcrowded Italian hospital in report about NYC. CBS News admitted to a “mistake” on Monday after airing footage of an overcrowded hospital room that was allegedly in New York City but was actually from a hospital in Italy. “It […]

The Italian firearms manufacturer Beretta is helping in the current healthcare crisis in Italy. Beretta has switched their machine park, which usually produces 3D printed prototypes of firearms and accessories, to make parts for breathing aids for the extremely hard-pressed Italian healthcare. Through a call on Linkedin by Franco Gussali Beretta, the company has received 150 […]

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In 2018, leading Russian small arms research, development, and testing institute called TSNIITOCHMASH (and yes, even Russians can’t pronounce this name) presented a new pistol called “Udav” (in Russian, “Udav” means Boa constrictor). Last year at the “Army 2019” exhibition, they also presented a civilian version of the same pistol called “Aspid” (Viper). Many different prototypes […]

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While we pursue litigation elsewhere we’re happy that the situation in New Jersey has changed. Regardless what some politicians might think, the Second Amendment is not subject to emergency orders, same as the First, Fourth, Fifth or other constitutional protections.

This is one more example of SAF’s ongoing mission to win back firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time.

Alan M. Gottlieb
SAF founder and Executive Vice President
March 30, 2020
[I think legislative action is going to be increasingly difficult and even impossible in many states. The courts is where we have to fight and win. It appears to me that SAF is on the leading edge of this.—Joe]

Arsenal of Democracy Part 2

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 07:27, Tuesday, 31 March

3/30/20 GQ:
As health-care workers continue to face a dire shortage of personal protective equipment and fashion designers and manufacturers struggle to address the dearth, Brooks Brothers announced on Monday that it will begin producing medical-grade masks and gowns, converting its New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts, and suits to producing masks and gowns for health-care workers and others fighting the spread of coronavirus. The company—which, at over 200 years old, is America’s oldest retailer—says it will be able to produce up to 150,000 masks per day.
Fox 32 Chicago:
The My Pillow company is refocusing 75-percent of its production to make face masks for health care workers. CEO Mike Lindell talks about his company's efforts to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
50,000 masks per week.


How Low Can Higher Education Go? by John Ellis from "Minding the Campus."  Highly recommended.  Just a taste:

One study after another has found that (recent college graduates) write badly, can’t reason, can’t read any reasonably complex material, have alarming gaps in their knowledge of the history and institutions of the society in which they live, and are in general poorly prepared for the workplace.
RECENT.  COLLEGE.  GRADUATES.  The ones who DIDN'T drop out.

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RTWT, where you will find this:  "The goal of schooling is not considered to be instructional, let alone intellectual, but political."  And weep.

Something Smells Fishy

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:52, Tuesday, 31 March

Court records show the wife who fed her husband fish cleaner (poison?) has a history of mental illness (paranoia, depression, donating to liberal politicians & Super PACS) [More]
A rejoinder sometimes attributed to Churchill comes to mind.

[Via ...
It strikes me that it's terribly funny that the response of some Americans to a virus is to buy guns [More]
The guy oughta stick to what he's good at.

It strikes me as terribly pathetic that subjects prefer having that choice decided for them by their overlords.

Our Bad

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:52, Tuesday, 31 March

CBS News Says ‘Editing Mistake’ Led To Misleading Video Showing An Italian Hospital During Segment On New York’s Coronavirus Crisis [More]
At least ABC News got the eradication efforts right...

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Not Dead Yet

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:39, Tuesday, 31 March

Brian Lane lawfully purchased three bump stocks before the rule took effect and raises a Fifth Amendment challenge that the federal government must compensate him for taking his property. The federal government responds that the rule falls under a valid use of the police power, which requires no compensation. But as explained below, the federal government forgot the Tenth Amendment and the structure of the Constitution itself. It is concerning that the federal government believes it swallowed thestates whole. Assuming the federal government didn’t abolish the states to take their police power, the Court DENIES the motion to dismiss WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The Court will allow the federal government to try again and explain which enumerated power justifies the federal regulation and whether it allows a taking without compensation. [More]
The whole business of taking in the first place isn't resolved and the judge seems to accept the 'bump stocks were used" contention with ...

It's Only 'Common Sense'

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:22, Tuesday, 31 March

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For the Children

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:16, Tuesday, 31 March

Three of these inmates had been convicted of raping children. So, while liberals race to save prison inmates from coronavirus, we are releasing sexual deviants back into the community to rape again.[More]
"Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me..."

[Via bondmen]
Will the Second Amendment Survive Coronavirus? [More]
It will thrive. This business of us using the forms of government to do things "lawfully" is just us being nice. Take those away and make it "Surrender or die" and we'll be talking a whole new dynamic.

Just try and stop us.

Right, Dr. Banner?

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Necktie Party

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:55, Tuesday, 31 March

Governor Northam ditches ties, citing infectious pathogen risk [More]
Besides, there's no place to put them when you're wearing a hood.

[Via Roger J]

A 'No Returns' Policy

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:43, Tuesday, 31 March

Though President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has been accused of not taking the China Virus seriously, he is working the issue his own way. Recently, he said that Mexicans in the United States shouldn’t travel to Mexico... [More]
Think about that for a moment.

UPDATE: Look what can be done when the will exists.

Is The Constitution Worth Dying For? [More]
Let's ask the General:

[Via Mack H]

Unless we find some way to rein in the government’s power grabs, the fall-out will be epic. [More]
But just think how safe we'll feel!

[Via Mack H]

Woke County

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:21, Tuesday, 31 March

I don't see this posted in GOA's "State Alerts" yet, so I'll just post a screenshot of this update on Wake County:
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An Unarmed Suspect

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:14, Tuesday, 31 March

Lundy lashed out, complaining Marshall wasn’t following coronavirus social distancing guidelines, and allegedly slugged her in the head, knocking her to the ground, according to police sources. [More]
So it's not uncommon for fist attacks to be lethal, and that justifies using all force necessary to stop them?

Unless it's Slappy, here...?

[Via ...

Found in Translation

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:58, Tuesday, 31 March

I am most grateful to John Comeau, who applied his time and skills to transcribe the handwritten letter from my AmmoLand article on Civil War gun confiscations:

Here's what I got so far. Some of it makes no sense which means I obviously guessed the wrong words, but if I got the names right you might have some more grist for searches.
Hookstown Penna July 26 1861Genl. H. B. BeiselDr Sir
Your favor of 22nd wish to Major Littith is before me. I am at a loss to understand how it is that the Gov. and Adjutant Genl. authorized you to hold the Arms and equipments now in your possession. the order is in direct opposition to the instructions received by me on yesterday to collect all arms &c good and bad in the county and ship to E. M. Biddle Adjutant Genl. immediately [....] a circular from Maj. O. H. Wheeler which will explain itself. 

Interesting things:

The ‘conservative’ Spanish newspaper/site abc.es. has a report about the food situation in Italy (in Spanish) which indicates the following, something our media seems to ignore, per my translation:  
‘Increasing woe in Italy due to the coronavirus: almost 3,000,000 people need food aid’ 
There’s a 10% uplift there, as the report gives a breakdown with more details. 
In Campania more than 530,000 people need food, almost 9% of the region’s population. More than 364,000 in Sic...

Finally, some good news – a light on the horizon in what seems to be an endless sea of anti-gun bills! Earlier this month, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL-17) introduced H.R. 6126, a bill that would cap ATF transfer times on suppressors at 90 days. If not approved within the 90-day time frame, any application that has not been denied would, by default, be deemed approved.
It's a start.

Archaeology World:

Orichalcum, the lost metal of Atlantis, may have been found on a shipwreck off Sicily

A group of naval archeologists has uncovered two hundred ingots spread over the sandy seafloor near a 2,600-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sicily. The ingots were made from orichalcum, a rare cast metal that ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote was from the legendary city of Atlantis.

A total of 39 ingots (metal set into rectangular blocks) were, according to Inquisitr, discovered near a shipwreck. BBC reported that anot...

Tom Lehrer: “I Got It From Agnes”

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:36, Tuesday, 31 March

A song that seems appropriate for the times.

HT: Walter Olson.

Cincinnati PD Lists Crimes They Don’t Care About

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:47, Tuesday, 31 March

That isn’t how they phrased it, but that’s what it amounts to. Starting Tuesday, Cincinnati PD won’t respond in-person for these calls. I know this is from last week, but this slipped my notice. I never go into Cincinnati, and I don’t read their news/watch their TV. And I stopped listening to the radio when […]

Armed Woman Homeowner versus Idiot Home Invader

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Tuesday, 31 March

His smart mouth cost him his life. RCSD: Man shot, killed by homeowner during break-in. The homeowner told deputies the man was attempting to get into her home through a window. When she told him she had a gun, she said he threatened to come in and use it on her. She then fired her […]

Epic Fail at Children’s Protective Services in Ohio

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Tuesday, 31 March

“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Not so much in this case. Police: Children Services placed 2 kids in home with sexual assault suspects. Montgomery County Children Services placed a 4-year-old girl into a home with two known sex assault suspects, a Dayton police report says, and kept the child in the […]

This is lot #183 in the upcoming RIA Premier Auction. It was scheduled for April, but has been postponed – check their web site for upcoming Online Only auctions every month, though!

This is a fascinating experimental Remington Keene rifle, build in an attempt to alleviate concerns about magazine tube detonation. With centerfire ammunition in a linear tube magazine, there was an ever-present (if very slim) risk of a bullet detonating the primer ahead that it was resting against. Remington’s experiment here was to add a second magazine of donut-like spacers to separate bullets from primers in the magazine. These spacers were manually inserted between cartridges when loading the rifle, and they were automatically returned home when cycling the action, so as...

Leupold Performance Eyewear Now Available Through RetialersLeupold & Stevens, Inc has just announced that the Leupold Performance Eyewear is now available for purchase. All five models are designed, manufactured and assembled in the United States and will take full advantage of Leupold & Stevens 113 years of optics manufacturing experience. Some of you out there might already have a pair from Leupold’s […]

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Firearms Accidents Have Reached an All-Time Low

by Luke C. in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Tuesday, 31 March

NSSF Report Reveals Firearms Accidents Have Reached and All-Time LowThe NSSF just announced on their website that unintentional firearms fatalities have reached their lowest point ever since record-keeping began in 1903. According to the latest available data derived from the National Safety Council which just released its Injury Facts Report 2018 firearms accidents – specifically unintentional firearms deaths, accounted for less than 1% of unintentional […]


Discreet rifle transportFor quite some time now, I’ve tried to take a long gun with me when I travel, but carrying a gun case through a hotel lobby has the potential to draw unwanted attention.  Using a discreet method to carry a long gun doesn’t alert naysayers or thieves that a rifle or shotgun is present in […]

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Ok, one day, soon, this panic will end.  Now you have to prep for the next one.

Toilet paper was the item in short supply, this time.  When the next panic comes...  Will people make a run on toilet paper?  Because now it is in folks' head that that is a think you do.  Like with a blizzard.

Or will more of us in the general population have a stash to weather a future trouble because of this one?  TP doesn't have to be the go to next time.   We saw that in gun buying and ammo panics.  Depending on the threat from Obama.  Green tip 5.56?  GONE.  No wait, it's back.  .22lr that one awful 11 months.  Nothing.  Nigh everything ammo that other time and got me thinking about buying WWII surplus .45 with corrosive primers.

But I, personally, with have an extra 2 dozen rolls of Quilted Northern in a cool dry place, yessir.  

Anyone who even suggests that a full-time wife and mother doesn't "work". 

This one is for Mom, watching over me from above, and my friend Auntie J , watching over her own little ones.

My Mom quit her job as Deputy Sheriff to adopt two kids. We came with scars and fears and needs and it WAS a full-time job. I was just a baby, but Dad said if anyone touched me I'd scream.  Loads of fun, I imagine.  My older brother would rock in his crib, hitting his head gently but repeatedly on the frame.&...

L.A. County Blinks

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:23, Tuesday, 31 March

After the California Gun Rights Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association, and Firearms Policy Coalition turned the sky over California legal pad yellow late last week, it seems that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has revised their opinion of the vitality of firearms businesses...

QotD: CoronaTiger Edition

by Tam in View From The Porch at 04:52, Tuesday, 31 March

From Jon Hauptman on Facebook:

"Y’know, we look at Chinese wet markets and wonder when the next insane disease is going to jump from animals to humans.

And then you realize that some unsupervised speed freak is feeding diseased cow remains to inbred tigers in Oklahoma, as fast as they can shovel the meat into the cage."
Tiger King on Netflix has been the most amazing train wreck to watch during these trying times. Every time you think it can't get weirder or more awful, it does.

It would be funny if it wasn't sad. The Democratic Party has to know this is isn't viable. My bet is on Gov. Cuomo of New York taking it at the convention.

Musing about populism

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 05:00, Tuesday, 31 March

My recent commentary, “The Bloomberg File,” prompted Tom Knapp and I into a brief discussion regarding populism. (Or if you prefer, “Populism.”)

Tom pointed out that the only true populist was a libertarian; implying that true populism is libertarianism.

I understand his point, but don’t fully agree with it. That is not how the term is used, in the Fifty States and especially in the “Midwest” where Populism and its derivatives remain popular and actually quite powerful. Or how it was used in the past. At least as I understand it. (Which I can describe as a really bad equation; “We, the People” = Government = Control”) Just as prosecuting attorneys claim that their accusations are coming from “The People versus” whoever is in the defendant’s box.

There are, of course, many definitions of Populism and populists. The one that seemed to sum things up best is simple, found in the Free Dictionary. Populists (lower case) are people who support the rights and the powers of the people....

Hope for the Battle Against COVID-19?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Tuesday, 31 March

The Other McCain tells us that the FDA Approves ‘Game Changer’ Drug. Glenn Reynolds notices that Politico asserts there is “scant evidence” for the effectiveness of chloroquine, despite the actual evidence from French studies, which are not “scant” at all. It’s almost as if journalists were suffering from an “Orange Man Bad” disease, or something. […]

Recently I attended an outdoor low light shooting class. The trainer, Andrew Blubaugh of Apex Shooting and Tactics, works with us and I’ve helped him with a few classes. This nuts-and-bolts, 3-hour class allowed me to experience and experiment with some new techniques using a handheld flashlight while shooting.

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Monday, 30 March


My primary interest in this is to determine where Wheeler got off ordering arms to be surrendered, and what would have happened had a gun owner told him to go pound sand. [More]
It looks like habeas corpus may not have been the only thing Mr. Lincoln sanctioned suspending...

Kroil is a penetrating oil

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 17:46, Monday, 30 March

that works very well for some things.  If you'd like to try it out, or you need some, they've got a very good deal going.

Toon clearing

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 16:09, Monday, 30 March


Movies You Haven’t Seen: Tank Girl

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:08, Monday, 30 March

Guys universally hate Tank Girl. I think it mostly stems from the “feeling inadequate?” scene that is referenced in the trailer. But maybe not. Women are split on the film in my experience. But hey, you’ve got time on your hands… Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice-T and Malcolm McDowell. All in a post apocalyptic landscape. […]

TFB Review: The Milspec Monkey CG-Hat Notch Adjust

by Luke C. in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Monday, 30 March

TFB Review: The Milspec Monkey CG-Hat Notch AdjustFrequenters of the blog as well as our YouTube channel TFBTV will know that we offer our Subscribe Star and Patreon supporters patches as rewards. Upon reaching a certain dollar value our supporters are rewarded with TFB embroidered patches. Many of these patches come from our good friend Milspec Monkey. Milspec Monkey now also makes […]

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POTD: Falkland Islands Defence Force

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Monday, 30 March

Welcome to TFB’s own Photo Of The Day. As the name indicates, we dedicate this series to interesting and unique pictures on a daily basis. Today’s pictures are from the Falkland Islands Defence Force, and we’re looking at a soldier with a .50 Browning Machine Gun. The vehicle, which I presume is a Land Rover, […]

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The Rimfire Report: The Worst 22LR Pistol I Ever BoughtWelcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! In this series we discuss, explore review various rimfire firearms, calibers and various aspects of their use. As you can tell by the title, today we’re going to discuss a slightly negative issue – the worst 22LR pistol I ever bought. Before we get started I […]

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Yesterday afternoon it finally warmed up after a few seasonably cool days and some snow. It was Sunday, Landlady had returned to self-quarantining in the city and nobody was likely to call. I stripped down and had a much-needed sink bath.

And I was not yet entirely clothed when I got a text:

Hi Joel
Just noticed a white van taking stuff out of the shed at [TC] place??

And I pulled on my BDUs and boots and my .44, and Torso Boy and I headed out in the Jeep to see what was going on at TC’s place. Almost time for afternoon chicken chores anyway.

It turned out to be nothing bad – good, actually, a nice older lady who’s in the process of buying the place. TC died a few years ago and everything there has been bleaching alone in the sun ever since. Might even get some hauling gigs out of it. But the irony of the situation did occur to me, as it always does. How did I, the sketchy cop-hating loner, end up becoming the neighborhood’s cop?

If she had won and been president right now. 

He did promise "America First." https://t.co/bzks3hqCUE

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2020

I didn't so much vote for Trump as I vote against this harpy, and I think people of the same bent ended up putting him over, and, boy was that a serendipitous result.

You know who they'd be blaming right now for the pandemic is Hillary had won?  George W. Bush.

Such an awful person, and has been in China's pocket since the 90s.

Louisiana Covid Update

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 15:23, Monday, 30 March

The Louisiana Dept of Health is reporting 4025 active covid-19 cases i Louisiana, up from 3540 yesterday, an increase of 485 cases since yesterday.

My home parish of Rapides is reporting 44 cases, a small increase.

Our governor reports that he will modify his stay-at-home order to correspond with the Presidents order, to reflect that we're supposed to veg out until April 30th.

During this madness, I have been loading CFDA ammo to give my hands something to do.  I currently have 9000 rounds of CFDA ammo loaded, with a paltry 3500 left to go before I put this project to bed.  Tomorrow, I"m probably going to run to the lumber yard.  Belle wants a small raised bed to grow some tomatoes and cayenne peppers.

Confronted Bully Backs Down

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:45, Monday, 30 March

That means Murphy knew his position was unlawful but tried to abuse his powers of office to bully it through anyway.

Think about the character of that kind of character. And the majority of New Jersey voters are evidently fine with that.

Classic AAR Roundtable with David Codrea, Neil McCabe and Brad Premo [Listen]
ICYMI. Fun as always.

Welcome to the Party, Pals

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:25, Monday, 30 March

Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a federal civil rights lawsuit in California have filed a revised complaint, adding to the list of defendants to include the City of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the City of Burbank and City Manager Justin Hess. [More]
Good. I hope California gun owners do more than bellyache on forums and help with the legal costs.

Now when is the Trump administration going to make good on its commitment and start protecting critical establishments that reopen in defiance of local orders? If Garcetti blatantly violated other civil rights, DOJ would dispatch agents to stop him quickly enough, and without teeth, such proclamations become mere political pandering.


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:13, Monday, 30 March

[Watch]With the caveat that I'm not a doctor nor do I play one on TV, this makes about as much intuitive sense as anything I've seen.


In My Front Yard

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 11:53, Monday, 30 March

We live in town, but there is a river just a couple hundred yards away with a lot of undeveloped land on either side and a lot of the area has gone back to scrub. This barred owl showed up in a tree while I was working in the yard and I managed to get this shot just before dusk.

“In Math We Trust”

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:26, Monday, 30 March

In honor of all the ways that the media have proven they can’t do math… The sort-of‡ Symphonic Metal group Epica is very fond of concept albums. The Holographic Principle is one such album. I have to say that I like most of the songs on this album. While I’m still on the fence about […]

TPD-A1 - New Italian Dry and Live-Fire Training DeviceWith live fire training being not an option for many of us confined at home, dry firing solutions become more interesting. Indeed our Eric B included dry fire training in his list of activities to kill boredom in quarantine (No. 9). The folks at TPD, in Italy, had the same thought and they are promoting […]

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Mayor de Blasio threatens to permanently close houses of worship if they do not obey his quarantine rules.

Yet the subways are still open.  3/24/20 New York Times:

As the coronavirus engulfs New York, the city’s public transportation network is slashing service at least 25 percent as ridership plummets and an increasing number of sick workers hobbles the ability to run the system normally.

The decision on Tuesday to cut service on the nation’s largest transportation network came after subway ridership plunged a staggering 87 percent, or nearly 4.8 million riders, compared with the same day last year. Personnel shortages forced the the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees subway, buses and two commuter rails, to temporarily eliminate service on three subway lines: the B, W and Z.
Of course, everyone is staying six feet apart on the subways.

Imagine if President Clinton were in charg...

I was away from the ‘pooter this weekend, sorry. Came back this morning to post the entry below and catch up on comments, seeing one that read in part…

Just don’t pretend you are some kind of self-sufficient hermit living in the desert, because you’re not. Every time you need something you post it on your blog, and… WHAT DO YOU KNOW… it appears.

Try it without handouts and let us know how it goes.

I don’t dispute that at all and – for the record – explicitly never have. In fact I have always been extremely careful about too enthusiastically patting myself on the back lest I dislocate a shoulder, and specifically avoid ever applying the term “self-sufficient” to myself specifically because I consider it an unrealistic and even undesirable goal. I stated that most explicitly here, an...

When your favorite pants die…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 07:05, Monday, 30 March

…and you can’t bear to part with the corpse.

Several years ago I inherited maybe half a dozen pairs of baggy canvas jeans from a neighbor. They were already in the “popping mysterious holes for no apparently rational reason” phase of their decline. I only wore them in winter, and when they popped new mysterious holes I patched them. Some of them, I patched a lot.

Behold my favorite – and most-patched – pair of winter pants…

This winter multiple pairs of winter pants had simply had enough and began doing wo...

Baen just put up the announcement.

Larry Correia will be joining us here on Facebook LIVE on FRIDAY at 8 PM EST for a reading from DESTROYER OF WORLDS, Book Three of the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, and for a bit of Q&A after!

I’m assuming I’ll probably be banned again by then for some terrible thought crime,  but I’ll just be doing a Zoom call and my publisher is going to stream it.

Jack compiled this post a while back… I can’t imagine why I keep getting kicked off that stupid website.  Jack just copied over my comments, but you’ll get the idea. After the screen caps I’ll explain how to spot Common Internet Shit Gibbons in the Wild

Hey all- Jack Wylder here.
Although we all know Larry’s opinion of the Book of Faces, he nevertheless manages to make it more tolerable for all of us. It’s become more and more obvious, though, that we need to take anything worth taking with us and bring it HERE. Recently Larry was on a friend’s page and decided to have a bit of fun. As soon as I saw it, I knew it needed to be preserved for posterity. (Note: I didn’t bother capturing the posts of the mockee because no one cares what the pinata has to say…) So for your enjoyment, CorreiaTech is proud to present the latest episode of Larry Correia- the Facebook Hunter. Today’s episode: the Common Internet Shit Gibbon….


Texas Closed For Business

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:00, Monday, 30 March

It looks like Texas is shutting down internal domestic travel.

AUSTIN ― Travel by road from Louisiana into Texas at any location will require a 14-day self-quarantine by those arriving in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday.
Evidently, the Texas DPS will be telling travelers by road fro Louisiana that they will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
When the first air travel quarantine restrictions were announced last week, DPS troopers were charged with handing out forms requiring arriving travelers to list where they would be carrying out their 14-day quarantine.
I never thought it would come to this.

Thirty More Days

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 06:55, Monday, 30 March

It looks as if we're under lockdown for another 30 days, at least.

That's the galling part.  They can't tell us, with all the science and the finest minds in the business, when this will be over.

I want to know when it will be over.  I don't care when they set the date, whether it's in June, or July, or even August.  I just want to know when I can start making plans.  Americans are planners, and the worst of this disaster is shutting down the planning.

I spent twenty years in the Louisiana Dept of Corrections.  The one thing that every inmate had is a release date.  The inmate knew that on some certain date in the future, he would be released.

What we have now is a rolling release date.  Maybe in 30 days, maybe in 60. What I'd like to see is a iron-clad date when we know, without a doubt, that we can return to some semblance of normal.  Let the experts look at their most pessimistic models, then set a date based on that estimate.

Then, let us know that on that date, we can get on with our lives.

Somehow, this seems appropriate

by Unknown in The Freeholder at 08:12, Monday, 30 March

I remember the Pickup Man quite fondly from a time when country music was a lot more fun. RIP, Joe.

Forbidden Knowledge

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:10, Monday, 30 March

Gun-Rights Activist Releases Blueprints for Digital Guns - Cody Wilson calls the move impervious to legal challenge [More]
I know it's impervious to moral challenge, but I'm not sure I'd bet on "legal."

And now, here's Anoushka Pinto of MEAWW to bring in the PSH for those of you who don't subscribe to WSJ and like your "news" peppered with hand-wringing anti-gun editorializing.

[Via ...

No Time Like the Present

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:35, Monday, 30 March

De Blasio says not “time to look backwards” at his Wuhan coronavirus failures [More]
What personal cowards these people who would disarm us prove to be. When they get caught and they know they're wrong, they act like children desperate to escape the consequences of their misbehavior.

[Via ...

Bullet Points

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:47, Monday, 30 March

An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for definitions, for persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms, for sale or transfer of firearms, for Pennsylvania State Police, for firearm sales surcharge, for Firearm Records Check Fund, for retail dealer required to be licensed and for licensing of dealers, providing for ammunition purchase authorization permits, establishing the Ammunition Safety and Enforcement Fund and providing for transporting ammunition into this Commonwealth. [More]
With "Republicans" like Thomas Murt, who needs Democrats? Until gun owners make sure the GOP understands that, the betrayals will continue.

[Via Geoffrey H]

Runs for the Border

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:38, Monday, 30 March

Kathy Griffin tried to cut in line for COVID test, turns out she had diarrhea after Mexico trip [More]
What a surprise. And what an apt ailment.

If someone called her a stupid, horse-faced c***, could they be sued for libel, or would a truth defense with "loser pays" be a deterrent?

I ought to do a pool on which new "husband" decides he just can't stomach it anymore and sues for what he came for in the first place: Kathy's or Amy's.

Rhymes with 'Coup'?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:28, Monday, 30 March

Dr. Fauci In New England Journal Of Medicine: Coronavirus Less Severe Than The Flu [More]
So after people's lives, jobs, businesses, and the economy are destroyed, along with the "Republican form of government" the Constitution was supposed to guarantee us, can we expect Emily Litella to come out?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the bipolar information machine:
The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday...

Intended Primarily

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:26, Monday, 30 March

Ohio sets all-mail primary April 28: How to request a ballot [More]
Looks like I'm out of a job this time around.

And with the Democrats playing their "disenfranchised" shenanigans for all they're worth, it's important that gun owners put their cynicism aside and make this minimal effort.

Help Wanted, Inquire Within

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:08, Monday, 30 March

We are a group of volunteers working tirelessly to keep all of our constitutional rights. We need your contributions to move forward to keep the citizens of Wake County and others from having their rights stripped away. [More]
The suit they're paying for doesn't come from a Beverly Hills tailor.

Some Things Never Change

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:06, Monday, 30 March

Allow me to weigh in a bit.  I’ve never seen or heard of this guy (“Caleb” from Gun Nuts Media – I have no idea if that’s his real name or a nom de guerre).  I have visited his site once as you’ll see below, and I’ll never visit again. [More]
Huh. You should'a asked me.

A federal judge ordered 10 illegal aliens under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in New Jersey to be released, finding that their underlying health conditions makes them vulnerable to coronavirus. [More]
And we would expect anything less from an embedded ObamaDemocrat on the federal bench?

[Via ...

Work It Out Privately

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:16, Monday, 30 March

Child Custody Conditions Restricting Parents' Speech and Gun Storage [More]
Bring the state into it and dead poodles are the least of your worries. 

You'd think survivalists would know that.

On a related note, there's a reason why I only refer to my guys as feral sons Uday and Qusay and have learned not to post current pictures from which they can be identified. If they want to enter the pit it will be their decision, not mine.

[Via ...

Titles of Nobility

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:04, Monday, 30 March

Harry and Meghan 'will beg Donald Trump for secret service protection' after LA move [More]
Well, there's "royalty" and there are "commoners." It's right there in the Constitution, isn't it?

Remember what Mr. Paine told us?

Ah, good, he told them to pound sand.

Harry ain't the brightest bleeder from Buckingham, is he?

Wallis Simpso... uh... Meghan is counting on that.


Some Good News for a Change

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:58, Monday, 30 March

Globalism gone bust: Italians burn EU flag, vow to leave EU over EU's lousy coronavirus response [More]
It's just a shame it takes people dying to see for themselves that "progressive" promises result in catastrophe when reality decides its had enough.

[Via ...
Don’t Exploit the COVID-19 Emergency to Push the Anti-Gun TAPS Act [More]
More pushback against sterile bee queen Amy Swearer and her Conservative, Inc. drones.

I just received more links than I know what to do with, so with the caveat that I may or may nor have even clicked on some of these,  let alone read them to see if I'm 100% with 'em, here ya go:
Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge [More]
Including house-to-house?  And if they find guns...?

God forbid they do it to non-Americans.

[Via Jess]

It Couldn't Be More Obvious

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:50, Monday, 30 March

“You see, that’s what’s wrong with our community right now.” [More]
Yes, I believe I do.

[Via bondmen]


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:45, Monday, 30 March

Dem Rep. Thompson: I Don’t Think Gun Stores Are ‘Necessary Businesses’ [More]
He should have stopped at "I don't think."

[Via bondmen]

Colorado is Tracking Your Location Using Metadata from Your Cell [More]
Hey, if you're not doing anything wrong...

[Via cydl]

It's Academic

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:39, Monday, 30 March

I have to admit a certain qualified admiration for trough feeders who figured out a way to get paid for this.
The shooting is Tulsa’s 13th homicide of 2020. [More]
Way to buzz kill after grudgingly being forced by the facts to admit it was a lucky number this time.

[Via bondmen]

Unless you work in an essential job (a shout out and HUGE thank you to those who are), you’re likely working from home during the global pandemic. Though it’s wise to constantly consider your personal safety and how you can protect those you love, here are 5 reasons why right now is an excellent time […]

The last time I was able to enjoy some range time was the Sanner's Lake IDPA match at the beginning of the month. Subsequent plans to shoot Cavalier IDPA and the next Sanner's Lake matches have been cancelled indefinitely. The upcoming MD State and VA State IDPA matches are in doubt as well. Despite the fact that the DHS has ruled that shooting ranges are "essential services," our leftist Governor has ordered them be closed, thus also quashing any practice indoor practice opportunity.

At least the government can't control the weather (yet) so the back deck was a fitting place for social distancing this weekend. Chores, cigars and a few good beverages, would once again provide a pleasant distraction. Spending so much time isolated on the deck led to me being tired of looking at the rusty fan housing, so I resolved to clean and repaint it. The first round of paint done Saturday morning, I settled in with a Camacho Connecticut, paired with a Bold Rock cider. Both the smoke and the drink are on the lighter side of my usual ...

From a conversation elsewhere...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 09:59, Monday, 30 March

A friend was trying to puzzle out the manufacturer of a (probably Wish.com-sourced) compact light/laser combo in a picture. Having time on my hands, I tried to help...

"I actually went and poked around on eBay, which means that now my search algorithms are all jacked up and it's gonna start emailing me "Hey, we noticed you like meme-tier garbage light/laser combos, so you might be interested in...""

Coming To America

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 09:25, Monday, 30 March

Italy is crumbling, the hospitals are overwhelmed, and violence and riots are coming.

We won't be far behind. Get your mind wrapped around the possibilities. Normality bias will slow your response to a rapidly deteriorating situation.

COVID-19 and de Blasio’s NYC

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 09:31, Monday, 30 March

Because they were bound and determined to live up to political correctness, even if it kills thousands of people. The Timeline of How Bill de Blasio Prepared New York City for the Coronavirus Or not. First up, something that was done correctly (though not by de Blasio). On February 1st Flushing, Queens canceled Lunar New […]

NYC and COVID-19 – 1000 deaths

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:27, Monday, 30 March

New York passes grim milestone: Over 1,000 killed by virus, more than two-thirds of the deaths in NYC. New York state surpassed a grim milestone Sunday as its death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed above 1,000, less than a month after the first case was detected in the state. Across all of the US, […]

Federal’s line of Top Gun sporting ammunition has been a popular choice amongst sport shotgun shooters for years. Two new higher velocity offerings are now available at 1,300 fps in both 1-ounce, 12 -gauge 2 ¾-inch loads in either 7.5 or number 8 shot sizes. Two New Higher Velocity Shotshell Offerings from Federal The velocity […]

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Rivian Seat patent drawing.We rarely care about what happens in the automotive world, but sometimes there are bits of car news which can be interesting to TFB readers. Whether it is luxurious hunter’s rides, wannabe tanks, or not-so bulletproof trucks, we know that occasionally vehicles and firearms can go together. This time again the protagonist of the story […]

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Remington to Dedicate 1 Mil Sq Ft of Space to Make Medical Supplies?In the midst of this current pandemic, Remington Arms has offered to take part in its manufacturing space at their Ilion New York factory and convert it supplies dedicated to combating the coronavirus. Items such as ventilators, surgical masks, hospital beds and other critical medical supplies used in hospitals are in short supply and Remington […]

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A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League is once again breaking barriers for women and girls. For the past seven years, the organization’s National Conference has offered 34 simultaneous training sessions on the range over 3.5 days for 450 women. This year the 8th National Conference Presented by SIG SAUER will achieve something even more incredible: it will offer training to participants around the country through a new digital platform.



State and local governments are well within their constitutional rights to broadly close businesses in order to prevent the spread and flatten the curve, and they are definitely not required to designate gun industry businesses as ‘essential’ and keep them open. There is no constitutional right to immediately buy or sell guns, and there is certainly no right to spread coronavirus while buying or selling guns.

Kris Brown
President of Brady United
March 29, 2020
[I find it very telling Brown refers to the “rights” of governments. Governments don’t have rights. They have enumerated powers granted to them by the people.

When and how did the people give governments the power to force people to stop or delay the exercise of a specific enumerated right?

Answer: The people did not give governments any such power.

Apparently Brown believes governments ...


by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:30, Monday, 30 March

So they passed a $2 Trillion Stimulus Package.  We heard a lot about all the pork it was larded with.

  • NPR
  • Kennedy Center
  • Museum and Library Union
  • Windmill

and so on.

I was wondering, how come all the pork goes to Democrat constituencies and never GOP leaning ones?  I mean, fair is fair.  $25 million for the Kennedy Center, why not a couple mill to the Second Amendment Foundation?  NASCAR race track spectator parking lot improvements.  History departments that teach history instead of SJW type Hyphen-Studies.  Throw money at Prager U.

The Hole Truth

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:43, Monday, 30 March

What became clear during the Kavanaugh hearing is that Ford's story had holes in it. [More]
So does Reade's.

More Evil Right-Wingers

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:42, Monday, 30 March

Wilson was linked to the neo-Nazi groups National Socialist Movement (NSM)... [More]
And that is what's being presented as another "one of us"...?

Maybe they're referring to the member of the central government's standing army...?

The FBI sure seems to be getting even dickier these days. Does anybody else get the feeling this Wray guy's first loyalty may not be to his oath?

That Was Uncalled For

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:40, Monday, 30 March

[More]Except ad hominem is the logical fallacy resort of those trying to gin up mob support by hurling insults. Because Constitutionally speaking, Massie was right, and those manipulated to scream against a recorded vote because it's "their guy" doing it know not wha...

‘Officers are scared out there’: Coronavirus hits US police [More]
Wait 'til it really hits.

Man in coronavirus quarantine runs into street naked before biting woman to death [More]
Looks like I gotta add "teeth" to the list...

Besides, nobody except trained enforcers needs assault canines, designed only to rip through flesh...

Holder That Thought

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:52, Monday, 30 March

VOTE AT HOME will allow more people to vote... [More]
Never mind which people...

You can tell from comments, if nothing else, this f***er will be forever associated with Gunwalker deaths.

[Via Tristan M]

Los Angeles Sheriff Reverses Course AGAIN!?, Orders Gun Stores to Close to the Public [More]
If he were obstructing another civil right, the Feds would arrest him.

I guess we get to see how serious they are about what's critical.

Police should fire BATON ROUNDS at coronavirus curfew breakers says ex-police chief [More]
Just what those whose subversion made this inevitable need-- more power to employ violence against a victim pool of their creation.

[Via Jess]

Cowboying Up

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:54, Monday, 30 March

Texas Cities and Counties Can't Close Gun Stores as Part of Coronavirus Closures - So opines the Texas AG, interpreting Texas state statutes (and not needing to consider the Second Amendment). [More]
What about these guys?

[Via ...

Call to Arms

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:53, Monday, 30 March

AOC MOCKED AFTER THROWING TANTRUM IN CONGRESS OVER BAILOUT PACKAGE - ‘WHO moves their arms like this when they speak?’ [More]
Have we forgotten so soon?

[Via Jess]

The Other White Meat

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:46, Monday, 30 March

The elephant is dead. Capitalism is gone, the republic is gone. What we have now is an opportunity to feed off of the dead elephant, to stockpile as much as we can, to distance ourselves from each other and prepare for the ultimate battle for survival.  [More]
The Republic: It's what's for dinner. At least per TL Davis.

Call me a cockeyed optimist, I'm not sure we're there yet. In any case, I'm not ready to abandon the remarkable system bequeathed us by the Founders even if those who rule appear to be, if most they rule are oblivious to what the...

Pepper Spray- How to Choose it and How to Use it

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:00, Monday, 30 March

Written by: Greg Ellifritz


Many of the questions I receive from students involve the use of chemical sprays.  It seems that nearly everyone carries or is contemplating the carrying of some type of Mace or chemical irritant.  Accurate information about the selection and use of these chemicals exists, but it is often difficult to find truth in the sea of lies and misinformation promulgated by the chemical manufacturers.  This article will provide a simple step-by-step formula for selecting, carrying, and using a chemical spray deterrent.



There are essentially three different types of chemicals that are marketed to the public for self defense purposes.  They each have long chemical names, but they are abbreviated with the initials CN, CS, and OC.  CN (the original formula in Mace) and CS (military tear gas) are irritants.  They were developed for military use.  They work by irritating the mucous membranes causing tearing, coughing, and pain.&nbsp...


by Mas in at 06:00, Monday, 30 March

So, being that I’m in semi-voluntary “self-isolation” at home and my lovely bride, the Evil Princess, is a thousand or so miles away taking care of her sick mom (NOT COVID-19, thank God), I was left to my own devices … Read more

and thought I'd pass it along.

Note: it uses acid, so you have to be careful making and using it. 

Here goes:
1 part acid(nitric or muriatic work, the original formula specified nitric)
5 parts water(can use more, but the acid has to be strong enough still to dissolve the steel wool)
Steel wool(back then it was iron filings)
Mix the liquids in a glass jar by slowly adding the acid to the water, make sure it's thoroughly mixed.  Then add a little steel wool. It'll react, you'll get some foaming, let that die down, then add a bit more. Keep going until the solution is saturated and won't dissolve any more, then loosely cap and set somewhere cool for a couple of days.

To use it, you make sure all previous finish is removed from the wood, then you'll need a heat source, a heat gun will work or a gas burner, and linseed oil. And use gloves.

Use a swab of some kind to wipe the finish evenly over the wood, keep doing it for a minute or two as you need it to soak into the wood. When you're sure it's soaked into the wood evenly, wipe off the excess.

And now you wo...

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Over the weekend, the panic over the novel coronavirus has continued to ramp up.

Among the current trends: more governors are starting to close the borders of their states. Here is a list of those claimed to be doing so:

  • California – rumor? The San Francisco Chronicle claims it cannot, but…
  • Texas has required that people entering Texas from certain states must be in quarantine
  • Florida has also required that people entering Florida from a small but growing list of states must be in quarantine or return to their point of origin
  • Alaska is prohibiting travel from the Lower 48
  • Ha...

California’s Governor Sets Convicted Murderer Free

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Monday, 30 March

He said he was sorry. Or something. Gov. Newsom commutes sentence of man convicted in 1987 murder of Bakersfield gas station clerk. Bradley was convicted for the 1987 murder of gas station attendant Claude Baker. He was sentenced in 1988 to a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and has served 32 years […]

Concealed Carry Stops Shooting Rampage

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Monday, 30 March

That thing the Left says never happens, just happened. Concealed carry permit holder fatally shoots armed woman outside north Tulsa shopping center. A would-be bad-guy with a gun, stopped by a good-guy with a gun. Video reportedly showed the woman was involved in an earlier altercation in the parking lot. The woman left the shopping […]

More Insanity In New York

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:58, Monday, 30 March

Because the Left doesn’t think police should defend themselves, even when they get shot. BLM Activists Riot After NY Police Shoot Armed Man in Self-Defense. One police officer in Newburgh, N.Y. was shot when trying to arrest an armed man wanted for questioning in a shooting. Bodycam footage clearly shows the man armed with a […]

Ross Rudd’s Prototype Delayed Blowback AR180

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Monday, 30 March

Sold for $1,610 in the February 2020 Sport & Collectors auction.

Ross Rudd was born in Toronto in 1915, but his family moved to Springfield Massachusetts in 1917, and he would grow up there. Interested in guns and gun design from an early age, Rudd went to work for Savage in 1940, where he was involved in Lee Enfield production and the simplification of the Thompson SMG. In the early 1970s, he formed his own company to produce a pistol he designed using a clever delayed blowback design. He also adapted the system to a rifle, and it is his prototype AR-180-based rifle that we are looking at today.

While the mechanical system seems sound, and his prototype pistol appears to have run well, Rudd was unable to find a financial backer for the project, and neither the rifle nor pistol ever went into production.

You can see Rudd himself explaining his pistol here: https://youtu.be/7lA...

It’s AK-47 vs. AR-15 today on The Firearm Blog. We’ve got a fun coronacollab for you today on TFBTV; James and his equally well-maned brother from another mother (possibly literally), Brandon Herrera (a.k.[47]a. “The AK Guy“) decided to have a good old fashioned YouTube pissing match over which platform was better for SHTF survival – […]

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IEA Mil-Optics is a German company supplying premium solutions for Armies and professionals. For instance, they got the order from the German Army as they ordered Night Vision Quad-Eyes. For users of the PVS14 / NT920, Mini14 / NT940 or PVS-1431 and PVS-31 BNVD they have developed Amber filters, which is to ease the use of Night Vision […]

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Imagine my surprise to learn that the first female scientist, Louella Cable, at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hailed from South Dakota – my home state. She attended the same university where my parents once worked, and we are delighted that guest author Ben Ikenson contributed this article. ~BB

A Google search for “Louella Cable” produces some enthrallingly esoteric results, among the first, a publication available through Amazon: “Plankton (Fishery leaflet) Unknown Binding – 1966”; or a 1967 prototype for digital fish-measuring calipers; or, perhaps, the fish named in her honor – “...


Hello Internet!

In This Episode:
  • Erin and Weer’d talk about the ammo and gun shortage in reaction to COVID-19, as well as an innovative strategy for keeping people working and happy;
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  • Weer’d fisks a propaganda film for a March for Our Lives protest you probably never even heard about;
  • and Oddball gives another use for a Raspberry Pi Micro Computer: a Virtual Private Network and a network-wide ad blocker.

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Firearms trainer Avery Skipalis brings you tips and tactics for a safe and enjoyable beginning experience at the range with kids. In this video, sponsored by Project ChildSafe, Avery and her son share some quality range time together.


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Sunday, 29 March


Disinfecting Your Groceries

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 18:17, Sunday, 29 March

Something most of us had not thought of. If the virus can live on surfaces for 3 or 4 days, how do you deal with the groceries when you bring them home?

Spread the word


Join Mark THIS Sunday 3-29-2020 from 7-8pm ET (4-5pm PT) for a special pre-AAR Monstercast Armed American Radio Facebook LIVE event from the AAR Crossbreed Holster studios right here! The studio line will be open and we'll be taking your calls! [More]
Mark Walters will be hosting a good old fashioned "round table" in Hour Three (10 - 11 p.m. Eastern) with yours truly, journalist Neil W. McCabe and Brad Pr...

Joe Diffie, Rest In Peace

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 16:44, Sunday, 29 March

Dead at 61 from Coronavirus.  I posted about him in the early days of this blog, on the topic of shuffling off the mortal coil.  I didn't expect to dust it off so soon, for someone taken from us far to young.  His music sure made me smile, and I hope that you've gone to Glory singing this.

Rest in peace, Joe, and thanks for all the great music.

(Originally posted 4 April 2009)
Joe Diffie - Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox


38 year old Michigan Man says drug combo recommended by Donald Trump saved his life:

Santilli said he became seriously ill March 18 “with severe cardiac and respiratory issues” and was admitted to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in metro Detroit.

According to Gruber, “Santilli said the biggest problem was waiting for test results that took four days to come back. In the meantime his condition worsened by the hour, and he thought he was going to die.”

“Santilli says he was slowly drowning and was convinced he ‘would not live until midnight.’ That’s when doctors made a decision he says changed everything,” Gruber said.

The survivor said the drug combination began to work “within a few hours.”

Santilli credited Trump for his survival.

“Donald Trump recommending that medication combination saved my life and a lot of other people’s lives,” he told Gruber.

Santilli criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) for her recent threat against d...

HK416 22LRPhoto Of The Day – Above you get a look at a nice plinkster pistol. You’re looking at a Heckler & Koch HK416 .22LR pistol with Strike Industries parts and a Vortex UH1. The picture is taken by Jeremy Tremp of Offensive Marketing Group. Here’s how H&K describe the product: Get the look and feel […]

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Today I made more progress on the home office remodel.

The first thing I tackled today was sanding the spackling. I used a 3M N95 mask that was stored with my painting stuff and my nose is still a little sore from wearing it for maybe 20 minutes. It would suck to have to wear one on the regular.

After that I got the first coat of paint on. It looks like two will be fine. I'll do the second coat tomorrow after work, and the trim on Tuesday.

I should be able to move in by the end of the week, even though it won't be complete. I.e., it will still need shelves.

Louisiana Covid Update

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 12:53, Sunday, 29 March

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Louisiana Dept o Health reports 3540 active cases, an increase of 225 cases since yesterday.

Here in Rapides Parish, we are currently reporting 41 cases.

Freedom and the Role of the Militia Part II

by Yitzhak Goldstein in The Zelman Partisans at 11:34, Sunday, 29 March

What I find most galling are not Republican allegations former Democrat Vice President Joe “Boss Tweed” Biden leveraged his position to benefit his son Hunter in Ukraine.1 Nor do I find Democrat accusations President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine pressuring President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potential Biden influence peddling most galling. Democrats want Americans to believe Trump withheld aid while Ukraine was at war with Russia. However, Putin invaded Ukrainian Crimea on 20 February 2014 and later sent military units across Russia’s western border into Ukraine to assist “separatists” in May of the same year. Trump did not place his party line call to Zelensky until July of 2019, five years later.2 Can we be frank? Notions Ukraine would survive let alone prevail in a war with Russia are preposterous. Therefore, American military and economic aid would be pointless. Why then do De...

Without further comment

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 11:07, Sunday, 29 March

"What is best in life?"

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 10:46, Sunday, 29 March

"To hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth of the gun bigots."

Trump's not magnificent, but he's definitely better than the alternative would've been.

Are We Ignoring Infrastructure Problems?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:26, Sunday, 29 March

There are many dams in America that are in danger of failing for one reason or another. Let’s look at 2. First up, a simple problem with a dam in Ohio, could have bad consequences. Goose carcass causes clogged drain at Cattle Dam. A dead goose was blocking the primary outlet of a dam in […]

It is a surreal state of affairs we all live in today. Although we do all face some similar very challenging circumstances, I think we need to break our planning down to what is optimal for the job at hand. As for my SHTF weapon I needed a weapon that was concealable and easily carried. […]

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Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.

This advisory guidance and accompanying list are intended to support state, local, tribal, territorial and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and that need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.

Christopher C. Krebs
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
March 28, 2020

Today's SQL Question

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 08:06, Sunday, 29 March

You have multiple columns.  You want to sum those columns, into sums for each column.  Many of the columns are empty, so I know that I need NVL.  All the examples that I can find involve summming all the columns.

Something like
SELECT DISTINCTROW Sum([incidents].[UNKNOWN]) AS [Sum Of UNKNOWN], Sum([incidents].[AX]) AS [Sum Of AX], Sum([incidents].[HATCHET]) AS [Sum Of HATCHET], Sum([incidents].[KNIFE]) AS [Sum Of KNIFE], Sum([incidents].[OTHERSHARP]) AS [Sum Of OTHERSHARP], Sum([incidents].[BLUNT]) AS [Sum Of BLUNT], Sum([incidents].[EXPLOSIVE]) AS [Sum Of EXPLOSIVE], Sum([incidents].[POISON]) AS [Sum Of POISON], Sum([incidents].[STRANGLE]) AS [Sum Of STRANGLE], Sum([incidents].[DROWN]) AS [Sum Of DROWN], Sum([incidents].[ARSON]) AS [Sum Of ARSON], Sum([incidents].[HANG]) AS [Sum Of HANG], Sum([incidents].[OTHER]) AS [Sum Of OTHER], Sum([incidents].[personal]) AS [Sum Of personal], Sum([incidents].[FIREARM_UNKNOWN]) AS [Sum Of FIREARM_UNKNOWN], Sum([incidents].[SHOTGUN]) AS [Sum Of SHOTGUN], Sum([incidents].[RIFLE]) AS [Sum Of RIFLE], Sum([incidents].[PISTOL]) AS [Sum Of PISTOL], Sum([incidents].[MACHINE_GUN]) AS [Sum Of MACHINE_GUN], Sum([incidents]....

One for the bugout crowd

by Unknown in The Freeholder at 07:28, Sunday, 29 March

In the prepper community, there's been a long running discussion of staying put (also known as "bugging in") versus leaving for the hinterboonies ("bugging out") when Bad Things start to happen. In almost any circumstance save threat of chemicals, fire or the like, I'm firmly on the side of bugging in. My logic is that if you have prepared, home is where all that stuff is. You know (or should know) your neighbors. You know the lay of the land. You have the home team advantage.

Here are some data points for the bugout side to consider, brought to you courtesy of the Wuflu:
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Requiescat in Pace

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 08:06, Sunday, 29 March

I have been thinking for several days about this post. We are in the midst of an unprecedented event. Someone is dying of Covid19 every 9 minutes in New York alone. All of us have been affected.

These deaths aren't statistics. They are people. People that had lives, families, friends, and dreams. And people continue to die of other things every day as well. The gunblogging community has had some recent losses and now there's been another one.

Say Uncle's wife died suddenly from a heart attack. I don't even know Say Uncle's name. I'm just a reader. But he posted a family picture. They look like they were in their 40s, with three teen-aged children. In the middle of their lives. And now she is gone. There are no words of comfort that don't sound like meaningless barking. I know.


their prices aren't terrible.

Which reminds me of this on Forgotten Weapons on the Carbine.

Pandemic Mask Shortage

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:07, Sunday, 29 March

Used Books

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:55, Sunday, 29 March

“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”

— Virginia Woolf

Your WWII History Lesson for the Day

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Sunday, 29 March

I know, we just had a history lesson yesterday. You’ll survive. You might actually learn something. (It will only hurt for a minute!) The Friday Flyby – Bombing Germany. Sarge has some info on the bombing campaigns in WWII to inflict punishment on Germany. The B-17F, the B-24 Liberator, the Lancaster, Handley Page Halifax B.III. […]

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Sunday, 29 March

Homeowners in Nevada are armed; the bad guys haven’t gotten that memo. Homeowner shoots, wounds man during confrontation near Sahara, Arville. A man was home alone when he reported hearing voices at his back door, Gordon said. The man got a firearm and confronted two people in the backyard. One man allegedly moved toward the […]

Alyssa Milano Ignores Accusations Against Biden

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 09:30, Sunday, 29 March

I’m shocked that a Democrat has double standards. Hypocritical #MeToo Founder Alyssa Milano SILENT as Joe Biden Accused of Sexual Assault. OK, I’m not that shocked. If it weren’t for double-standards, they’d have no standards at all. A couple of years ago Alyssa Milano said, “You can’t pretend to be the party of the American […]

Firearms Industry: Essential Critical Infrastructure WorkforceThe U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published the essential critical infrastructure workforce in an attempt to provide guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business shutdowns. In the breakdown of businesses that meet the criteria as essential to commerce and infrastructure, the firearms industry is mentioned […]



Ammo Panics

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 04:00, Sunday, 29 March

Tam talks about Ammo Panics. 

As an aside she mentioned she worked a counter on New Years Eve, 1999, right before Y2K, and that was a wild time, she relates.  I wish I had been involved in the gun scene to see it.

You know...  That might have been the precursor to my first gun purchase.  Even back then I had my head screwed on at least a little tighter than some.  I didn't wait til the last moment to get a pistol.  I got it in the Spring or early Summer.  A .357,  my 686.  And maybe 2 boxes of ammo.  I was SET.  First real gun.  Oh, I had a Springfield .03, but the head space was suspect.  All I know was it was made after they sussed out the heat treatment issues with the receivers.

I felt a panic coming for November 2008, if McCain didn't win.  Bought my M1A you see at the top of this blog in the Summer of 08.  I'm not allowed to buy one of those now.  But I beat the panic then,...

Whitetail Tales

by Unknown in Home on the Range at 05:51, Sunday, 29 March

The sound came from the darkness, a foghorn, groaning without ceasing. I woke from a savage dream, a werewolf chasing me. It's a nightmare I've had since childhood that arises after long days and spicy food for late supper. We all have had nightmares that arrive in that abyss between dusk and dawn, riding chill currents that make us shiver in those lonely, dark places. Why can't tonight have been a dream of a cabana boy named Buck Naked who arrives on the pathos of a glass of wine and a good day?

No spicy food late, ever again, I'd promise myself, if I could form a cognitive thought.

It had been a nightmare that disrupted both rest and sense. The creature's breath had been hot on me, claws shimmering in the dark and in my dream I picked up a can resembling bug spray, to ward him off, looking at the label to read "WEREWOLF B-GONE". I'm asleep and I know that's not going ...

Lest We Forget

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 05:07, Sunday, 29 March

Exactly two weeks ago, I was in Sepulpa, OK, getting ready to leave the motel for the final day of the Oklahoma State Championship.  We had heard about the corona virus, but no one was truly convened.  It wasn't till we were home Monday that the awful truth started to sink in.  The President issued his "15 days" warning, and people started paying attention.

In the interim, we've learned some hard lessons.  Toilet paper can be in short supply even in the most prosperous country in the wold.  Politicians are generally idiots, which we knew, but never on such glaring display.

The mayor of New Oleans has said that she would have cancelled Mardi Gras if the federal government had warned her about the outbreak.  Realy?  Mardi Gras was on February 25th.  At that point, the USA had not yet recorded the fist death on American soil.  And the mayor would have cancelled Mardi Gras?  The outraged citizens would have run her out of town on a rail.  The mayor o New Orleans is spouting complete and utter bullshit.  Which is what the Mayor of New Orleans normally does. 


The Hagia Sophia was for a thousand years the most famous church in Christendom.  Built by the Roman Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople, the church is unlike anything that came before, or since. When the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453 and finally put an end to the Roman Empire, the Hagia Sophia became a mosque for a while.  Ataturk turned it into a museum in the 1920s.  You can visit it if you find yourself in Istanbul.

But there is to this day a ban on any musical performance there.  Since the Eastern Orthodox liturgy is sung, there has been no way to know what it sounded like back in Justinian's day.  Except now the scienc...

The cost of panic

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 05:00, Sunday, 29 March

The news this last week has been filled with Congress passing a “stimulus and disaster response bill” that has a price tag of $6.2 TRILLION dollars (admitted by Trump, although Congress claimed it to be “merely” $2.2 trillion). The entire national debt didn’t hit that astronomical level until the Bush II administration.

It seems that every dream of spending by both parties and every politician in Congress is being fulfilled. The national debt, already at 23.6 billion dollars may hit $30 trillion within THIS fiscal year (which ends in September) because it is already growing by more than a trillion dollars a year.

This is also the classic case for massive, even runaway, inflation: more and more money chasing fewer and fewer goods and services. Businesses are closed – more are closing, either because governments are ordering them to or because their suppliers are being shut down, or their customers are cowering in fear. (And out of work!)

Money isn’t the half of it. Panic reigns in the United States and elsewhere.

The spending o...

Turns Out You Don’t Have a Right to Health Care

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Sunday, 29 March

Not if your care would cause other deaths, or endanger the doctors and nurses providing care to everyone. Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients. Hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic are engaged in a heated private debate over a calculation few have encountered in their lifetimes — how to weigh the […]


That could have been sporty...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 23:00, Saturday, 28 March

While the media made it sound like all the places in which we were sheltering were going to be sucked up into the clouds by tornadoes, this seems to not have happened.

Round One in the early afternoon missed us entirely, passing by to the north. Round Two, 'round midnight, was noisy but lacking in tornadoes or hail.

Saturday, 28 March


Excel updates the queries in Access when you open the worksheet.  Word updates its linked fields from Excel when you open it.

Tulsa, OK

by Clayton Cramer in Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog at 21:00, Saturday, 28 March

3/27/20 KTUL:

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Tulsa police said a woman was found dead near East 54th Street North and North Peoria Avenue from gunshot wounds Friday night.

A man with a concealed carry permit notified officers that he fired at the woman after she fired at customers outside a business, according to police.

Video showed the woman had been involved in an earlier altercation in the parking lot of the business involving parking.

Police said she left and then returned a few minutes later, took out a gun and fired at people standing outside the business.


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 20:33, Saturday, 28 March

President Trump’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has revised its guidance of critical infrastructure to include the firearms industry as part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure. This revision comes shortly after Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners of California (GOC) sent a letter to the administration urging inclusion of the firearms industry. [More]

the data collection did get done on time.


Did NOT see this one coming!

by Drang in The Clue Meter at 20:10, Saturday, 28 March

DHS Says Firearms Retailers, Manufacturers ARE ‘Essential Businesses’: BREAKING NEWS

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Under the Trump Administration's guidance, the Department of Homeland Security has declared firearms manufacturers and retailers “essential businesses,” possibly driving a spike through the heart of various state and local “emergency powers” declarations that had classified gun stores to be “non-essential” during the current Coronavirus panic, and had ordered them closed.

The reference to gun shops is found in a document released Saturday titled “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce,” in the section dealing with “Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders.”

The document released by DHS simply says that “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers...


Progress on the Home Office

by Dave Markowitz in Blog O'Stuff at 17:25, Saturday, 28 March

I made it out to Lowe's today to pick up paint, etc. so I can redo my old/new home office. They had a box of shop towels and also cleaning wipes by the carts, which I availed myself of. They had sneeze guards up between cashiers and customers. Everyone seemed to maintain social distancing.

After I got home we got most of my daughter's crap cleaned out and I was able to spackle where needed and got some primer on the trim. Hopefully, the paint I got won't take more than two coats to cover the previous paint -- light blue with one wall painted orange. (I call this decor scheme "eyesore.") I'm going with a light tan.

Did I mention that I hate painting?

After I'm done painting I'll be tearing up the pink rug. There's a hardwood floor underneath but I forget what it looks like. The previous owner of my house had painted the hardwood floor in our living and dining rooms with 4 coats of white paint. Stripping that was a bitch. IIRC, in my office there's some stain on it. I'm planning on an area rug.

I've decided to keep her old desk temporarily but I'll remove the hutch on top of it for more space. I figure once we're done with the...

Be Dangerous

by USCitizen in Traction Control at 16:29, Saturday, 28 March


We now live in interesting times.




just ordered 'shelter in place'.  But I'm sure he feels very bad about the people hearing this and watching their job/business die.  He seems to be one of these politicians

It’s much scarier to just report the raw numbers, but then they probably can’t do the computations to arrive at per capita (or per million people) numbers. What the Media Isn’t Telling You About the United States’ Coronavirus Case Numbers. Well, isn’t that interesting? The United States’ confirmed cases per capita are the lowest of […]


Photo Of The Day – We’re in for a look at Polish snipers and some of their rifles & optics today. The Polish Bor Sniper Rifle isn’t something you see every day. TFB only covered this rifle briefly in previous articles. With these photos, you’ll get another chance to come closer to the Bor.  Bor is […]

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