Friday, 10 July

23:55

From The More You Know.

From Brady United (formerly The Brady Campaign):

Steve Kerr thought bad things happened to other people – that his life was impenetrable, and that his family was immune to everything. Steve was consumed by basketball, but his life changed forever instantly when his father was senselessly shot and murdered outside his office.

That’s why Steve is working with Brady to elect gun safety champions. He knows that preventing pain and devastation for thousands of families across the country depends on stopping Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump’s inaction on gun violence.

From John Richardson:

Now you may be thinking that Kerr’s dad was the victim of a robbery or a school shooting given he was murdered outside his office.

And you would be wrong.

Kerr’s father, Professor Malcolm Kerr was a political scientist whose specialty was the Middle East. He had taught at the American U...

(last night: 'hot & humid tomorrow'; morning: '60% chance of rain before ten'; at ten: 'Storms, some possibly severe, through 1pm', etc.), followed by a, let's say 'interesting' day at work,  something is needed to cheer the mood.


















19:55

Friday Sloth

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 17:21, Friday, 10 July

Having spett all day at leisurely pursuits, and having not much to say about the current events, which I admit are out of the conversation of reasonable, thoughtful people, we spend the early evening working through You Tube, searching for intellectual entertainment.

We find ohn Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson discussing the Declaration of Independence.



Belle has declared Happy Hour.  Long may she reign.

Building the “Okay, Boomer” Rifle.

by Richard in The New Rifleman at 18:18, Friday, 10 July

America is at a crossroads.  The Left wishes to destroy traditional American civilization and replace it with their socialist utopia.  At this moment, America needs good men, old men as well as young.  It hasn’t become a war of bullets yet, but if and when it does, ALL good men will be needed.  This article speaks to a rifle build suitable for an older man.   An older man has three primary traits that need to be addressed; aging eyesight, aging strength, and aging patience.  The rifle best suited for him will meet his needs in those areas. I am close to 50 years old now and the criteria for this rifle started as I considered myself getting older, and so I will use myself as the model for this build.  I will include links at the end of the article for relevant material.

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The End of the World

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 17:25, Friday, 10 July

Back when Ted Turner ran a network, he commissioned a video to be shown if and when the world was ending. It apparently featured the Air Force band playing Nearer My God to Thee at a slow tempo. The same song that the band played on the deck of the Titanic. Pretty boring stuff.

John Oliver had something to say about it in 2015 and he created an alternative video to be played at the end of the world. I don't know that we're there yet, but when it comes we might be busy and the internet might be down. So watch it now. It will be the funniest thing you see today.

Over two years ago, when I only had a PVS-14, I wrote about budget POV cameras for night vision. POV cameras are nothing new. There are those sunglasses that have a built digital camera. I used to invert a GoPro over my left eye when I was learning to shoot USPSA. But filming what you see […]

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16:55

I keep hearing that racism is much more common among young people than it was when I was young.  My wife and I are old enough to think of racism as a stupid and backward thing, but I keep hearing that it is getting worse among younger people.  A student a semester or so back who worked in a call center here in the Boise area told me that people she was talking to were insistent on only talking to a white person.  Has 30 years of the left running K-12 and higher education failed to educate against racism?  (And yes, this requires education; prejudice is the default human setting: see below.)  Have they failed to teach racial equality for the same reason they have failed to teach the 3 "R"s?  Or is this perhaps a reaction to heavy-handed leftist teaching about race?

When my wife and I were attending Sonoma State University, as a grad student she was teaching in an English class about Samuel Johnson's "A Brief to Free a Slave."  One student argued that the morality of slavery was culturally dependent.  At first she...

Were They Running?

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 15:07, Friday, 10 July

Couple threw power saws from car during chase with police, officials say
During the pursuit Matthew McNutt, a passenger in the vehicle, started throwing items including a gas tank, a table saw and two other saws out of the window, investigators said.

SEATTLE — The majority of Seattle City Council is now backing proposals to defund Seattle’s police department by 50%, despite concerns from the mayor’s office and Seattle’s police chief that council members are moving too quickly and without enough widespread community engagement.

A coalition called Decriminalize Seattle presented a plan to the budget committee to redirect millions from the city budget to community organizations.

“The status quo is no longer acceptable,” Council President Lorena Gonzalez said Thursday, adding that while she previously believed in police reform, she now believes in rebuilding. “We have to take aw...

Like every house that I have owned, there are a lot of good memories associated with it.  Unlike previous houses, I have no strongly negative memories.  Some bad things happened while I lived there (two heart attacks, a stroke, and the layoff by HP), but none of those were associated with the house.  I am going to miss it.  But sometime in late July, after the money ends up in checking, we will have a housewarming/mortgage burning party.

A Moment of Zen

by Kevin in The Smallest Minority at 15:38, Friday, 10 July

After those last two überposts, I need one.  Badly.


Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada


Pew! Pew! Pew!

by Tam in View From The Porch at 15:30, Friday, 10 July


Made it to the range again this morning to continue the FN 509 Compact MRD test...
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Something for everyone...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 13:40, Friday, 10 July

It's an Eighties retro show that's kinda horror, kinda Sci-Fi, kinda high-tech espionage thriller...

Bobbi and I just finished up watching the first season of Stranger Things last night. To commemorate things, I got her a tee shirt that seemed very Bobbi.

This was good TV. Now I see what the fuss was about.
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Antisemitism Spreads

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:11, Friday, 10 July

In this case it is in the form of conspiracy theories. ‘To Enlighten My People’. To show his solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter, NFL star Desean Jackson used a fake quote attributed to Hitler: Because reasons. So, is he canceled? If any white celebrity engaged in such blatant anti-Semitism, or allied himself with an anti-Semite as notorious […]

POTD: Pew Pew Pew with a Heckler & Koch MP5 SD

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Friday, 10 July

HK MP5 SD submachine gunThe question is does the Heckler & Koch MP5 SD really go Pew Pew Pew, or what sound does it make if we have to type it down? Perhaps Phopp, phopp, phopp is a better description? For sure it is going to be quite a hush sound compared to the normal MP5s below. Notice how much smoke […]

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Featured Deals of the Week – 7/10/20

by Benjamin F in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Friday, 10 July

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Hello boys and girls, it’s your favorite TFB writer (hah) once again doing my level best to bring you what constitutes a decent deal in these trying times. Guys, I hate to say it but I don’t think prices are going back down to pre-COVID until November. So buckle up, this ride is gonna stay […]

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12:55

I've got something...maybe?

by Unknown in The Freeholder at 10:31, Friday, 10 July

I and others have commented on the near impossibility of commenting on current events. There are two reasons for this:
  1. Things move so fast that you can't get something written and posted before the entire situation changes, rendering everything you just wrote out of date.
  2. The volume of craziness simply swamps you.
I've reacted to this by once again limiting my daily intake of what we call "news". The damn stuff is toxic, and over-exposure to it is dangerous. It gets people upset, scared or both , and that generally isn't a good thing when you really need to be aware of the goings on around you and their ramifications for your future s...

Turn for the Worse

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:09, Friday, 10 July

CEO brandishes gun at Hispanic couple lost on his property [More]
Based on what we're being told here, there is no excuse for this.

As we saw with the St. Louis couple, it pays to see what we're not being told before drawing conclusions.



This week has been a hell of a run, but today will be my last day on Armed American Daily Defense with host Mark Walters -- at least until he invites me back again.

The program starts at 4 p.m. Eastern and you can join in by finding a station near you or live streaming from the AAR website, or via Facebook, where you can watch Mark do the show.

Here's yesterday's conversation if you w...

Good Only for the Goose

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:11, Friday, 10 July


From Jim Simpson, via email:

Who does this guy think he is? Don Lemon?

At least it looks like Rick Wilson has risen again.

Dear Leader

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:27, Friday, 10 July

The Governor is not just claiming unbounded power in relation to the Legislature. He’s now saying the judicial branch has no role in checking that power either. Courts should simply assume that any and all actions he undertakes are justified by the “readily apparent” threat of the pandemic. [More]
Well, yeah. That's why they call them"totalitarians."

[Via Michael G]

A New Declaration

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:23, Friday, 10 July

But then there are dozens of proposals that, if implemented, would lead to civil war on campus and erode even further public confidence in how elite institutions of higher education operate. Some examples: “Reward the invisible work done by faculty of color with course relief and summer salary” and “Faculty of color hired at the junior level should be guaranteed one additional semester of sabbatical” and “Provide additional human resources for the support of junior faculty of color.” Let’s leave aside who qualifies as “of color,” though this is not a trivial point. It boggles my mind that anyone would advocate giving people—extraordinarily privileged people already, let me point out: Princeton professors—extra perks for no reason other than their pigmentation. [More]
Now we get to see if he just committed professional suicide.

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:17, Friday, 10 July

In a new law effective July 1, Vermonters are asked to save leftovers like peels, rinds, cores, eggshells, coffee grounds and tea bags from the garbage, plus unfinished “plate scraps” like bread, meat, veggies, fruit, dairy, sweets, sauces and food that’s gone bad. From there, people are instructed to compost the scraps, coordinate a curbside pick-up or drop them off at a composting site. [More]
What about all the diseases from fungus, bacteria, etc. that you, pets and wild animals getting into it can catch and spread?

Y'know, you can't handle "hazardous materials" on any kind of widespread scale without documented training including the use of Material Safety Data Sheets, and with proper controls to avoid exposure or to respond to that if it happens. Yet these environmentalcase mandarins are dropping this on people with no apparent regard for their safety ...

State of Emergency

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:59, Friday, 10 July

That's a lot of "Whereases" to say mobs have no respect for due process and rule of law and will react violently when they don't get their way. [More]

Can you imagine the type of "trial" you'll get if those exploiting these idiot losers "win"?

[Via bondmen]
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Crocodile Tears

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:52, Friday, 10 July

City officials are becoming more and more alarmed at the level of violence thus far this year.  [More]
Not enough for the incompetent frauds to stop whining for more wealth transfers to "Cure Violence," though...

[Via bondmen]
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Always Think Forfeiture

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:00, Friday, 10 July

The complaint seeks to permanently forfeit 29 firearms from Braziel. [More]
I still want one of those Leatherman tools.

[Via bondmen]
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The NRA Competitive Shooting Division recently announced that they were once again open for business for sanctioned events despite canceling almost all of the national championships for 2020. There are several action pistol matches scheduled for the remainder of the year and I hope to be able to shoot a few. The update made me […]

Hatsan's new full-auto pellet rifle, dubbed the Blitz.Airgunners and pellet slingers, this one is for you. Among a few other product lines, Turkey’s Hatsan Arms produces a wide array of pellet guns. With a 8th July press release, Hatsan’s US division has announced a new full-auto .30-cal airgun: the Blitz. Small backyard varmints, time to hide in your burrows! Hatsan’s release reads […]

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Citadel shotguns will now be available through MGE Wholesale and Orion Wholesale.Legacy Sports International is the parent company for several firearms brands, including Howa and Citadel. Seeking to expand their distribution channels, Legacy has partnered with MGE Wholesale and Orion Wholesale, who will be adding Citadel shotguns to their product lines. Some of the available shotguns will include the BOSS-25, an AR-style semi-auto 12 gauge, and […]

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09:55

If Trump is a Hatemongering, Evil, Racist and a Nazi

Then why aren’t his followers the ones Killing Cops, Destroying Statues, Looting Stores and Assulting Innocent Bystanders?

↤ℝ ™ ᎷᏗᎶᏗᎷᎧᎷ @__Kimberly1
Tweeted on July 8, 2020
[Good question.—Joe]

With my getting back into ham radio I wanted to update the memory settings on my Icom 7200. You can do so via the front panel, and it's good to know how, but it's tedious.

The popular open source program CHIRP will talk to the IC7200. However, functionality is pretty minimal with this radio. For example, it works with the rig in live mode with changes you make in the application immediately written to the radio. It also misconfigured some fields in the memories, as I discovered later.

Years ago, shortly after buying the rig, I'd purchased  RT Systems' WCS-7200 programming software on CD from the New Castle, DE Ham Radio Outlet store. That CD disappeared, along with the product registration info. So, I decided to drop $25 for a new digital download of the program. (What the heck, it's good to support small businesses anyway.)

Unlike CHIRP, it runs only on Windows, but it can use the same USB A-B cable used for digital mode operations.

The WCS-7200 software is more mature and full-featured than CHIRP. For e...

I am making a part out of acetal right now somewhere where I need to reduce weight.  Acetal is pretty low density, 1.41 g/cm**3, but perhaps carbon fiber composite?  It is denser, but far stronger.*  I was thinking of machining out of it, and I was shocked and pleased to find a 3D printer that does carbon fiber composite.  This has always been my problem with 3D printing; its shear strength is poor with most of the common materials.

*Additional problem is that you can't use steel fasteners; electrolytic action corrodes. 

Cross-traffic etiquette…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 07:35, Friday, 10 July

Took the bike to chicken chores this morning. Got to the end of my little side road, looked left and right, and…


Incoming from the right was a small pod (herdlet? whatever.) of cattle which immediately stopped when they saw the human. (“What’s it doing, Harriet?” “I don’t know what it’s doing or what it wants, Maude. But be ready to run.”)

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In relation to my previous post, read this article from the South China Morning Post.

Excerpt:
After China’s 2010 strong-arm tactics against Japan, some in the West raised warnings but were soon drowned out by economics, a supply glut engineered by China and limited political will. “The Pentagon has built its entire advanced weapons on Chinese quicksand,” military consultant James Kennedy wrote in a Defence One commentary in 2016.
China controls the market of refined rare earth minerals crucial to the defense industry for advanced electronics and metal alloys.  The United States has one (1) active rare earth mine, and its entire production is sold to a Chinese state-owned refinery.

So if the SHTF and China simply cut us off, our military technological superiority will shortly be eliminated.

I've been just a fountain of joy recentl...
Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department announced today that it has found reasonable cause to believe the Narcotics Bureau of the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department (SPD) engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. [More]
That might explain why they're so particular with the permits.

[Via ...
In January 2009, 79% of whites and 64% of blacks held a favorable view of race relations in America. By July 2013, those figures had fallen to 52% among whites and 38% among blacks. [More]
Thanks to Obama, the Democrats, and the DSM.

[Via bondmen...
Richardson can petition the court with his side of the story to get the money back. [More]
So the burden of proof that it's not legitimately his isn't on them?

[Via bondmen]
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Persona Non Grata

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:11, Friday, 10 July

I laughed out loud when the Fox News Booker lady called me back that time and said, "I'm really sorry for the confusion. I didn't know that you're on the Banned list." [More]
I guess Patrick Howley's priorities aren't the direction Baby Murdoch wants "conservative" Faux News to go.

I wonder how much longer Tucker has.

Get Triggered!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:57, Friday, 10 July


This is amazing, who made this? I have a job for them if anyone finds them. pic.twitter.com/j32lzMKUEB
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 9, 2020

[Via Florida Guy]   


Molly Moon’s Ice Cream bans police with guns, officers respond https://t.co/eyE7c9jFa4 pic.twitter.com/7U6X5K0p5x
— Q13 FOX Seattle (@Q13FOX) July 9, 2020
Police should refuse to respond to emergency calls from there citing workplace safety grounds because she won't allow them to be properly equipped and they will not violate her property rights.

[Via Steve T] ...

Speaking of Disgusting

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:33, Friday, 10 July

Penn State deletes ‘disgusting’ tweet affirming conservative students - Penn State Liberal Arts tweeted a message affirming diversity in various forms. This included an acknowledgment of conservative students and their viewpoints. After backlash from students and social media, Penn State deleted the tweet. [More]
Not that this would register:


[Via Michael G]
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How About 'NO'?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:21, Friday, 10 July

So, the message we want to say to you, Robin, is simple. No. [More]
That and "Your move."

We'll see who is fragile.

[Via Michael G]

Cops say tire mark on rainbow pride crosswalk is 'gesture of hate' [More]
I'm afraid to make a "skidmarks" joke...

[Via Jess]

Protesters In St Petersburg Block Firetruck From Going Down To A Fire…[More]
This ought to result in a life sentence of being ineligible for public emergency response services.

What if it was on its way to help save black lives?

[Via Michael G]

Retailer group urges governors to require everyone to wear a mask [More]
So they don't have enough controls imposed on them?

[Via Mack H]

A Silver Bullet?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:46, Friday, 10 July


Interesting claim... [Watch]

Naturally, there is doubt raised by the medical establishment.

Thoughts?

[Via bondmen]
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday recognized about half of Oklahoma as Native American reservation land and overturned a tribe member’s rape conviction because the location where the crime was committed should have been considered outside the reach of state criminal law. [More]
So if the "Constitution ... and all treaties ... [are] the supreme Law of the Land," and if that collides with the Bill of Rights, the rape victim loses?

[Via Don J]
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A Full-Throated Response

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:47, Friday, 10 July

Two arrested after coughing on Walmart employees, refusing to wear masks [and] A school worker lost her job after video showed her coughing on a baby in a yogurt shop... [More]
I wish news reports would give more background information on suspects, like political sympathies.

Robert De Niro says coronavirus decimated his finances [More]
Gee, I feel terrible.

I mean, obviously, since he has a New York City concealed carry permit, he must be one of us, right?

Mayor Bill de Blasio is permitting Black Lives Matter protesters to continue marching through city streets while canceling all large events through September. Speaking on CNN Thursday night, de Blasio said the demonstrators’ calls for social justice were too important to stop after more than a month of demonstrations have not led to an outbreak of coronavirus cases. [More]
Collectivists, of course, being the arbiters of whose lives are important... same as it ever was.

I wonder if you or I would be physically attacked for wearing this t-shirt:

B: Lots of 'liberals' who claim to support free speech will use any excuse to divorce themselves from defending it when the leftists scream, one method being "Oh, I didn't know THAT person/THOSE people had also signed this!"

Actual free speech is always under attack from someone, and some of them are idiots who don't think their 'protect the historically victimized from damage to their feelings!' crap can ever turn around and bite their ass off.

Democrats on Capitol Hill have introduced a bill championed by anti-gun advocates to strictly regulate machines designed for the manufacturing of firearm frames or receivers.
The measure, titled the “Stop Home Manufacture of Ghost Guns Act of 2020,’’ would ban ownership of what the bill terms a “firearms manufacturing device” unless the tool is in the hands of a federally licensed firearm maker or of a business that produces such machines for use by FFLs.
Among the slight problems with this,
While it could be argued by the bill’s sponsors that the measure is aimed at high-profile desktop milling machines like the Ghost Gunner and similar devices, it should be pointed out that there are dozens of different brands of hobbyist-level mini CNC machines for sale both online and at hardware outlet chains such as Harbor Freight that can be used in an array of metal and polymer fabrication work to include produ...

Friday Links

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:24, Friday, 10 July

Silver pens a guest post at Living Freedom – Hypoxia from facemasks. A topic we should be aware of. Baldilocks has a post On Destruction, and the policies of the Obama Administration as well as the current crop of Democrats. SiGraybeard – The “That’s Funny” Story in Iran Comes More Into Focus. Pirates Cove has […]

Nature Is Not Like a Disney Movie

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Friday, 10 July

And you’re only an apex predator when armed. Camper kills bear in self-defense in Colorado. The chain of events that led to the bear’s death started when the man came out of his camper to his dog barking. The man then called the dog to return to him, which resulted in the bear charging toward […]

The Tolerant Left – Not So Tolerant

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Friday, 10 July

Not if you dare to disagree. UTSA investigates alleged violent threats made by former teaching assistant toward woman on Twitter. (University of Texas at San Antonio) The UTSA police department is investigating an incident of alleged violent threats made on social media toward a woman by a now former teaching assistant. Twitter user Ashley StClair […]

The Calico family of firearms was developed in the late 1980s, and put on the market just in time to be squashed by the 1994 Omnibus Crime Act. The heart of the Calico system was a design for a double-stack helical magazine, which was made in 50- and 100-round versions in both ,22 rimfire and 9mm Parabellum. Both pistols and rifles were made in both calibers, and I am looking at the 9mm type today. Where the ,22s were simple blowback, the 9mm Calicos used the roller delayed blowbacks system developed by H&K. The company was hoping for military or law enforcement, but suffered from a poor reputation for reliability and never got a significant military contract. They also pursued civilian sales, but manufacture of magazines holding more than 10 rounds was prohibited in 1994. Without its large magazine, there was really no reason to choose Calico, and the company basically went into a coma ...

The US Army's new heavy barrel concept for the M4.“The M4A1 Carbine is a lightweight, 5.56 millimeter, magazine fed, gas operated, air cooled, shoulder fired weapon.” For many years, US Army Infantrymen have had this phrase, or a slight variation of it, drilled into their heads until they could recite it perfectly. The above version was the one I learned verbatim during my time […]

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You can buy Burt Reynolds Concealed Carry Rossi RevolverKeepShooting.com has just put the concealed carry weapon of Burt Reynolds up for sale on their website. The Hollywood star had this customized Rossi .38 Special Rev...

The Egyptian contract FN49 rifles are a fascinating example of the geopolitics of Egypt became entrenched in the Warsaw Pact side of the Cold War. Adopted in the same era that Nasser was seizing power from the Egyptian royalty, the Egyptian contract numbered approximately 37,000 rifles purchased from FN Herstal in several different orders directly […]

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Tactix Delta Solar: Smartwatch for Shooters

by Will P in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Friday, 10 July

Garmin and Applied Ballistics' shooting-purposed smart watch, the Tactix Delta Solar.Smartwatches are everywhere these days. All across the US, it’s hard to leave your home without seeing someone with an Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch on their wrist. While these pieces of wearable tech may have good applicability in day-to-day life, the uses for shooting have been a bit more limited – until now. […]

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05:55

You know, grocery stores around here are much much better.  But not back to pre-Rona normal, no.  Still big holes in some aisles.

Yes, there is terlet paper, and pork and chicken and beef all at the same time.  But not lots, and not the old levels, and not the old familiar brands and packaging.

You want a box of Zataran's Dirty Rice?  Sorry, only Jambalaya.  If you want Dirty Rice they only got Tony Chachere's.  Which is fine.  But last winter you could get both.

My store's in house cookie baker is different.  Different sizes, and no oatmeal raisin with walnuts. 

It's still gonna be a while.

Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 10, 2020

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 03:59, Friday, 10 July

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.

 

Is Hollowpoint the Best Defensive Ammo for Concealed Carry?

In most calibers, you should be carrying hollowpoint bullets for defensive purposes.  O...

Coffee and a Cuban Cigar

by David in Musings Over a Barrel at 06:36, Friday, 10 July

On side effect of the COVID-1984 restrictions is that I have more free Saturday mornings. The chances to shoot on weekends have decreased, and there's been a reduction in other activities as well. Lately I've been enjoying an early morning cigar and coffee on the deck, before the heat and neighborhood power equipment ramp up. As a nod to this, Colleen gave me an espresso maker for Father's Day.

I typically enjoy my coffee "straight up," black, no cream, whether that a big mug of regular coffee or a small cup of espresso. But I do partake in a creamy treat from time to time. Recently I enjoyed a big Cappuccino with a classic Cuban cigar. The Romeo y Julieta Petit Coronas is one of the cigars I brought back from our Ireland trip last year. (You remember travel, right?) 

The small 5 ⅛" x 42 stick offers about a 40 minute smoke. Like most Cubans, it is balanced and, in my opinion, quite mild. The smoke has a creamy, nutty taste with a touch of sweetness. Yeah, sort of like the coffee, though the coffee predominated o...

Automotif CLXXI...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:56, Friday, 10 July

So, here's that photo from the other day of the 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham shot with the Nikon D700. It was shot in RAW, 1/320th @ f/9, ISO 200, using the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D, and just run through a quick automated processing in photoshop, with a light crop and straightening.


And here's the same Cutlass shot with the F5 on Kodak Ektar 100, in Program Mode, using the old 24-140mm f/3.5-5.6D "Streetsweeper".

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Central Park Karen Back in the News

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Friday, 10 July

Sort of. Woman Criminally Charged For 911 Call Claiming Black Man Was Threatening Her. Manhattan, NY – The white woman who called police in hysterics claiming that an “African American man” threatened her in Central Park in May has been charged for allegedly filing a false police report. I have little sympathy for someone who […]

02:55

Following the late April announcement of their joint effort to unite the industry around a national marketing campaign, today, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing brand and the recreational boating industry’s Discover Boating brand launched “Get On Board.” As summer kicks off and states begin to safely reopen amidst COVID-19 and stress is on the rise across America, the campaign aims to help more Americans experience the restorative health and wellness benefits of recreational boating and fishing.

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It’s time to leave stress in our wake, it’s time to Get on Board. At TakeMeFishing you will find all the fishing & boating resources you need to learn, plan & equip for a day out on the water. Get on board and create your own adventure.

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New to fishing? Here’s how to get started! We have all the information you need to learn, plan, and equip for a day out on the water. Get on board and create your own adventure. Learn more here.

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Thursday, 09 July

22:55

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 20:16, Thursday, 09 July

Via a Toot by Matthew Bracken @Matt_Bracken who also commented:

100% spot-on message.
The cowardly cucks of corporate America are selling out to the Communists, hoping they will be spared.
They won’t.

I’ve been saying essentially the same thing.

First try at subsonic .223

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 19:58, Thursday, 09 July

Hodgdon reloading page shows 4.0 of Trailboss giving about 1074fps.  That being listed as a max load, a not wanting to wind up with a bullet stuck in the bore, I dropped it to 3.9 and tried five.  All went 'bang' appropriately, HUGELY less loud than standard .223, and made nice round holes in the target.  I wasn't able to set up the Chrony so don't know what actual velocity was.

I need to do two things: run this over the Chrony, and through a suppressor and see what it winds up as.

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The Day After (1983)

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 09:45, Friday, 10 July

ABC spent an incredible amount of money making this "better Red than dead" movie, primarily to defeat Reagan in 1984.  The scenario was perfectly fitted to Reagan's (and NATO's) decision to install IRBMs in Western Germany as a deterrent to Warsaw Pact invasion.  Of course, had they successfully defeated Reagan, the Soviet Union would not have fallen (at least, that early) and who knows?  We might still be living under the real possibility of thermonuclear war.  To their credit, they spared no expense to create a powerful and realistic portrayal of this nightmare: set in Kansas, with very middle class white protagonists and victims.  The farmer, who is no survivalist, but takes all the right steps as the war becomes imminent is armed, but still falls to a bullet from a marauder.

To their credit, they acknowledged that surrender has its own serious problems, making the miniseries Amerika in 1987, starring Robert Urich and Kris Kristofferson, which presented a pretty bleak alternative.
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Just like SARS, some people are recovering with long-term health problems.https://www.bannerhealth.com/healthcareblog/teach-me/what-long-term-effects-could-covid19-have-on-your-lungs At least one person needed a lung transplant.   Keep masked in public and pretend that every public surface was last touched by someone time traveling from 1348.

Seen on Facebook

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 18:18, Thursday, 09 July


TFB Review: Primary Arms GLx 2X Prism Scope For .300BLK

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Thursday, 09 July

Earlier I reviewed Primary Arms’ MD25 red dot sight. Well, they also have a new GLx 2X Prism with ACSS CQB-M5 reticle. It is a simple, compact, lightweight 2x optic and they make a version that is set for .300blk/7.62×39. I requested it specifically to test it on two .300blk guns, my Troy Pump Action […]

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New Steiner M7Xi 2.9-20x50 MSR2TFB’s Photo Of The Day is a bit different today. We happen to have not one but two world exclusives captured in one picture. First off we have a concept Tikka TACT A1, with a heavy stainless steel 24” barrel in 6.5 Creedmoor. The Stainless barrel looks magnificent and I almost forget that I tend […]

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In past articles, I’ve talked about how important it is to do various drills or even jump in a competition to help better your skills. I still think that’s important but what about initial accuracy? Whether it’s working on your “cold start” or just doing low round count practicing, it’s incredibly important for a person […]

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Ford employees have asked the automaker to stop building police cars, according to a Jalopnik report published Wednesday. The request comes as countless Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout America and around the globe, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

"Throughout history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression," workers wrote in a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford, according to Jalopnik. "We know that while many join, support or supply law enforcement with good intentions, these racist policing practices that plague our society are historic and systemic -- a history and system perpetuated by ...

False god

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:28, Thursday, 09 July



Here's a point I raised on today's Armed American Radio Daily Defense program I promised I'd post a verification for after the show:
Over the years, Soros has given voice to this sense of grandiosity many times and in a variety of different ways. In his 1987 book The Alchemy of Finance, for instance, he wrote: “I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance—to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god or an economic reformer like Keynes or, even better, a scientist like Einstein.”...

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Cash.  So many of these mass murders that I am reading are robberies, because the father (sometimes his widow) had a local reputation for keeping lots of money in the house.

Several commenters have suggested small denomination bills and keeping it silent that you keep cash around the house. Small bills has merit, assuming you are expecting the situation to recover, unlike The Road.  Many years ago, I talked to a guy who was living in Germany at the end of World War II.  He said gold jewelry was more useful than bullion.  (I was too polite to ask how he obtained gold bullion.)  "Try to get a haircut with a $50 bill."  Substitute a $100 or $500 bill today.

Old men in shorts

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 09:13, Thursday, 09 July

Sorry for the no posting, it’s just hot here and nothing’s going on. Sort of an all-week siesta.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s such a thing as too many pockets: I was looking all over for the tiny pile of little plastic bags in which reside those S&W screws I bought a month or so ago. I got multiples of the ones I replaced because the previous owner chingered them up, against the inevitable day when I chinger the new ones up – and then I put the bags somewhere clever instead of where they belonged and couldn’t find them anywhere. I was thinking I’d have to order more yet, when…

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Officer told George Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’ [More]
What a mess.

[Via bondmen]

Groomed by Whom?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:07, Thursday, 09 July

These people are being groomed as bogeymen for conservatives. [More]
Going after them for speech or being armed, as I see some doing, are approaches that could end up catching us in the net. Absolutely they should be looked at, and if there aren't already embedded assets, that's gross dereliction on the part of LE.

Follow the money. If a case is to be made, don't discount a RICO investigation for tracing strings back to pulling fingers.

They're not invincible. Many aren't even very smart. The question is, are they smarter than the Feds?

[Via ...
Qualified Immunity is a Test for Conservatives [More]
That so many are failing it plays right into the enemies' hands.

[Via bondmen]
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A Mess of Pottage

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:50, Thursday, 09 July

Marijuana sales in Illinois at an all-time high [More]
Pun intended?

I sure hope any buyers who are gun owners know what the risks are.

[Via bondmen]
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A Foregone Conclusion

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:07, Thursday, 09 July

Oregon Court Affirms Conviction of Journalist Who Pulled Gun to Stop Advancing Antifa Mob [More]
Let this be a lesson to us.

[Via Dave Licht]

By a Long Shot

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:00, Thursday, 09 July



Anybody got a handle on what really happened here?



Mark Walters must have liked the Shark Week analogy because I'll be coming back on Armed American Radio's Daily Defense again this afternoon at 4 Eastern. You can join in via the AAR website or Facebook.

Here's yesterday's program and the day's before.



Your name can't be announced as a Gun Contest winner if you don't enter. [More]

The Parade That Didn't Happen

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:19, Thursday, 09 July



Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

But wait, there's more!

Per George Gramlich via email:
"Remember there is only about 500 people in the whole town. The parade ran 800 -1000. No organizers. Patriots just showed up when they were TOLD they can't. We will not comply. Freedom first."

The Serial Subversive

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:04, Thursday, 09 July

Radical Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant Vows to Overthrow the United States and Replace with “a Socialist World” [More]
Before or after she destroys capitalism?

This native of India who chose to come to this country and enjoy its superior benefits reportedly "is a naturalized US citizen." That means she voluntarily swore the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.

When she assumed office, she swore another oath as required by the Constitution and laws of both the United States and the ...
Please know that as a City, we are doing all we can to ensure that the community remains safe. [More]
Anybody reading a special relationship with a legal duty in all that...?

[Via Dave Licht]


.@BetoORourke blames skyrocketing murder rates in U.S. cities on Republicans’ “death cult mentality” pic.twitter.com/gQxQFtYQh8
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 8, 2020
Have I mentioned these idiots lately?

[Via ...

The first quarter of 2020 was marked by the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic which has affected almost every aspect of our lives. The second quarter of 2020 has seen rising tensions over police brutality and the wider societal effects of racism. These issues have left few areas of American life without turmoil, and few […]

 

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NSSF Resource: Using Social Media Effectively In Times Of CrisisAs much as I would like to relocate all social media to the burning dumpster fire part of the internet and close the door, for businesses it can be their main channel of communication with potential customers. Unwelcome guests that we are, our gun-loving thoughts, ideas and passions need to be on mainstream social media […]

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ReBAMFed! Cobalt Kinetics Now Under New Ownership!

by Giorgio O in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Thursday, 09 July

ReBAMFed! Cobalt Kinetics Now Under New Ownership!In 2019 TFB reported about ongoing changes at Cobalt Kinetics, from starting to manufacture a line of 1911 derivatives to ceasing the production of AR-15 models. On top of this, the company also cooperated with MARS Inc. to, unsuccessfully, compete in the US Army NGSW Program, with a peculiar long recoil operated rifle. Now we […]

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The past few months, I have been thinking about the parable of a Chinese farmer and his horse and how it relates to the coronavirus pandemic.

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As the parable goes, there’s a farmer who has a horse and a son. One day, the horse runs away, and the neighbors come by to express their condolences to the farmer. “This is most unfortunate,” the neighbors say. 

“Maybe,” says the farmer.

The next day, the horse returned and brought 7 wild horses along wi...

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It is not the truth of Marxism that explains the willingness of intellectuals to believe it, but the power that it confers on intellectuals, in their attempts to control the world. And since, as Swift says, it is futile to reason someone out of a thing that he was not reasoned into, we can conclude that Marxism owes its remarkable power to survive every criticism to the fact that it is not a truth-directed but a power-directed system of thought.

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Sir Roger Scruton
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A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism
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Consequences

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 06:52, Thursday, 09 July

I was taught as a child that everything I did had consequences.  Some good, some bad, but always consequences.  It's a central tenet of civilized life.  Thinkers have been telling us this fact for millennia.  David Crockett apocryphally said "Make sure you're right, then go ahead."  More recently, Jordan Petersen cautioned us to not try to change the world until we put our own hose in order. 

In this digital age, it's even more important to learn that actions have consequences.  The near-total infatuation with digital communication has certainly changed life in this century.  But, the old rules apply.  Actions have consequences.

Like most of connected America, I use Facebook.  But, I learned a long time ago that using it can be toxic, or it can be liberating.  It all depends on how you use it.  By and large, the digital giants (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) tend to chronicle life in ways that don't lend themselves to thoughtful discussion.  It's all instant and unfiltered.  In some ways this is good.  Instructional video is instantly available if you need to solve a particular prob...

Polity is Job One

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:40, Thursday, 09 July

Ford Employees Demand They Stop Making Police Cars [More]
Looks like they're returning to their roots.

And no, the motives are completely different.

[Via TM]
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He Did It! He Missed the Barn!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:28, Thursday, 09 July

Anti-Gunner Believes He Found the Answer for Disarming Law-Abiding Americans [More]
That's not where the hypocrisy lies.

They can't help but project their racism. It's hardwired into them.

[Via Michael G]

The Antifa Bake Sale

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:23, Thursday, 09 July

The deck was stacked. And this was just the first hearing. [More]
Can Moscow Trials be far off?

The Big Lie

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:16, Thursday, 09 July

Oprah Winfrey, Lionsgate Team to Bring New York Times’ ‘1619 Project’ to TV and Film [More]
If you're going to spread a lie, it pays to go big.

[Via Michael G]
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Stand with Steven

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:10, Thursday, 09 July


Michelle Malkin asks us for help to defend a man who defended himself against the mob and is being persecuted by a Soros functionary.  [More]

[Via Michael G]

Why Ukrainians should support the Black Lives Matter movement [More]
Yeah, because everybody knows that communists, and that's what they are, have been so good for Ukrainians.

And they ain't done with 'em yet.

[Via Agustin B]

Be Careful What You Wish For

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:53, Thursday, 09 July

Seems pretty clear that most of the commenters here, perhaps even the author, didn’t hear what their leader had to say… [More]
Yeah, we know the guy is a violence-minded racist and collectivist cult leader. What did he say that you want the state to be able to prohibit and punish him for? Be specific and show where it's actionable and why such restrictions could not be used against us, and then let us know what's stopping you from filing a report of a terrorist threat if you believe a credible one has been made.



I've done my share of criticizing Jeff Sessions, specifically over the way he did not use the full power of his office during the phony smear job coup attempt. That said, Trump rubbing Tuberville in his face is pure vindictiveness, and working against Sessions works against the president's stated campaign pledges on guns (Sessions earned an "A" from GOA) and immigration (Numbers USA calls Sessions a "true reformer" based on his performance and Tuberville won't say what he'll do).

I've said before 2020 is Trump's to blow, and ...

Speaking of White Trash

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:45, Thursday, 09 July

“I think you know why,” Keller allegedly said when asked by police why he was throwing trash. “Because of that flag.” [More]
I do think I know why, Keller, and the "because" has everything to do with you being a dim-witted, cowardly, unethical, resentful New Jersey Democrat loser.

Umatilla County politician speaks out after police say he wrote racist letter to himself [More]
Of course, he wouldn't have had to do it if people weren't so racist...

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Fats Waller...

That Makes It Official

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:36, Thursday, 09 July

Seattle held 'segregated' training session on 'undoing whiteness,' encouraged staffers to forfeit 'guaranteed physical safety' [More]
And what are the career advancement (or even retention) prospects if anyone objects...?


For now, even if the mob returns and ups its antics, you won’t see Bloomberg emerge from his mansion like the couple in St. Louis who defended their home.  He leaves that to “the help.” [More]
When mobs start showing up at your house with symbolic pitchforks, it's time to wonder if you're paying your bodyguards enough to keep them at their posts when the world is on fire.

Speaking of bicycles...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:17, Thursday, 09 July

...there are links here to a bunch of made-in-the-USA bike brands.

Most of them are pretty boutique, but there are some interesting finds in there. Many are projecting wait times of up to thirty days on new builds, so business is brisk.
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That's just my flavor of weird...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:36, Thursday, 09 July



I'm pretty jaded about gun stuff these days, but this has managed to bend the needle on my novelty meter.

There's a detailed writeup over at TFB explaining the construction of the gizmo, if you prefer text to video.

Of course that gets me to wondering how hard the mechanism would be to translate to one of the semiauto Ruger 44 carbines...
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One result of the Kung Flu is that companies are learning that their employees are able to work effectively from home, via video conference and messaging/collaboration applications.  We're beginning to see the implications of this for commercial office space:

Fujitsu is to permanently shutter one half of its office real estate in Japan and will ask 80,000 locals to work from home permanently as it redefines work culture internally in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the auspices of the Work Life Shift campaign, Fujitsu is to study data of how employees use offices, with a view of giving them more tools and options to work from home, at hubs or be more mobile.

“For employees in Japan, this latest initiative will mark the end of the conventional notion of commuting to and from offices, while simultaneously granting them a higher degree of autonomy based on the principle of tr...

Latest From the New Paper of Record

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:06, Thursday, 09 July

Babylon Bee: “International Manhunt Under Way For Those Who Signed Letter Supporting Tolerance Of Differing Viewpoints”

Harper’s A letter on Justice and Open Debate

A couple of ...

Government By Fraud

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:23, Thursday, 09 July


Jheronimus Bosch, The Conjuror, 1502, Musée Municipal, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.

Angelo Codevila proposes adding a new form to Aristotle’s forms of government.

Over the past fifty years the rules of public and even of private life in America have well-nigh reversed, along with the meaning of common words, e.g. marriage, merit, and equality. Social inequality, even more than economic, has increased as personal safety and freedom have plummeted. People are subject to arbitrary power as never before. No one voted for these changes. Often, as wi...

Nighthawks Updated

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:07, Thursday, 09 July

Murder is Up in 20 of 25 Largest US Cities

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Thursday, 09 July

Which might explain the previous posting. It’s Been ‘Such a Weird Year.’ That’s Also Reflected in Crime Statistics.. Overall crime is down 5.3 percent in 25 large American cities relative to the same period in 2019, with violent crime down 2 percent. But murder in these 25 cities is up 16.1 percent in relation to […]

Almost 4 Million Background Checks in June

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Thursday, 09 July

Witnessing the complete lack of police protection for people and businesses in the face of rioting, has evoked a completely understandable reaction in the population of the law-abiding. June sets new record for gun background checks. June set a new record for the number of NICS firearm background checks conducted around the country with almost […]

30 Years of the Movie Ghost

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Thursday, 09 July

A lot of strange things come thru my news feeds, but then I’m interested in a wide variety of things. It is both hard to believe that this movie, Ghost, is 30 years old, and at the same time, not so hard. It seems like it came out in a different era. It was released […]

Sometimes it makes sense to use convenient existing magazines. Sometimes it doesn’t. Like all things in firearms design, magazine features are all compromises. Single feed vs double feed, polymer vs steel, and straight vs curved…one size does not fit all.

Standard Manufacturing, maker of off-beat firearms like this S333 "Thunderstruck", joins the Davidson's lineup.Standard Manufacturing is a relatively young company, having only been around for six years. In that fairly short time, they have produced an eclectic mix of guns. Their unusual lineup includes a number of double-barrel pump and semi-auto shotguns, high-dollar single-action revolvers, a smattering of 1911s, and the particularly odd S333 “Thunderstruck” – which is […]

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Real Avid's new scope-mounting system, the Level-Right Pro.Minnesota-based Real Avid has been hailed in the past for offering useful products like cleaning tools and armorer’s kits. From wrenches and informational cleaning mats to magazine disassembly tools and punch sets, if you’re a ...

Howa's Hogue full dip camo rifle is now available in Kratos pattern.Not so long ago, the vast majority of hunting rifles were only available with traditional wood furniture or they were of the all-black tactical variety. If you wanted something different in the aesthetic department, you would likely have to break out some rattle-can spray paint in a selection of browns and greens or find something […]

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As I mentioned in my previous article, this year we are upgrading my daughter’s, Addison’s, firearms training. While she has briefly handled a pistol before, I wanted to teach her more advanced shooting skills, as well as the basics of how to clean and care for her gun. She has seen me do this throughout the years, but this summer, we are taking a more hands-on approach with the Ruger SR22 – a great beginner pistol. 

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Reblog

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Thursday, 09 July

Been reading some Dan Mitchell.  When I am to home.  Work's proxy servers don't like some web platforms and wordpress is one of them.  I should be working, not reading blogs, anyway.

Anyway, reasonable libertarian.  Which, from my experience, are different from the Big 'L' Libertarians.  Big Ls often strike me as nuttier than a rodeo turd.

Enjoying Mitchell's stuff.  Both on how racist gun control is.  And the great universal utility of increasing economic freedom.  Cursory checks suggest he is not stark-raving mad.  And may not be mad at all.  He'd never get a job at Reason, tho.  If he smokes weed he sure don't qvetch about it.






Free Books- Part 208

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 03:23, Thursday, 09 July

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  You can find thousands of free kindle books on Amazon’s site every day.  These books can be downloaded to a Kindle reader or a free App on your phone or personal computer.  Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle reader for your computer or phone HERE.  

 

Here are a few free books that I think my readers might enjoy. Check these out.

 

One caution….

 

These books were free at the time I posted them. Prices change rapidly. Please check the price before you hit the“buy” button!

 

If you cannot see any of the links below, there is likely a setting in either your internet browser or ad blocking software that prohibits “live links.”  If you see a blank page below, check those settings.  I promise you that there are book links actually listed directly below.

 

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Wednesday, 08 July

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Fox News covers a segregated training session for Seattle city employees:
One handout distributed in the session reportedly declared how “racism is not our fault but we are responsible." Another said White staffers must give up “the land” and their “guaranteed physical safety” in order to be an “accomplice” for racial justice.
Do they want a race war?  These are some really messed up people, who clearly have learned nothing from Rwanda.  Let me quote from a well-known racist: "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
NYPD limits retirement applications amid 400 percent surge this week
That's okay; we are past that societal stage anyway.

If there was two Tik Tok users the app WASN'T surveilling. 

Endgame

by Kevin in The Smallest Minority at 07:28, Friday, 10 July



This blog has been, for me, a seventeen-year exploration of other people's ideas.  If you've been here long, you'll know that I use short quotes and long excerpts from other people's writings to make the points I write about.  Like most people, I am not an "original thinker."  I try to expose myself to as much as I can, and weigh it against my experience and reason to determine truth.  Then I put it down in pixels to help me get my head around it.

Over these past seventeen years (hell, over the last 25), I have slowly come to so...

New Watch Battery Today!!

by USCitizen in Traction Control at 18:47, Wednesday, 08 July

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Belt-Fed Bullpup Lever-Action Rifle Chambered in .44 Magnum - mainThe title of this article probably sounds like a clickbait and the gun in the image above looks more like a sci-fi movie prop. However, this is a real, functional firearm and the title precisely describes what it is – a belt-fed bullpup lever-action rifle chambered in .44 Magnum. I was doing a .44 Magnum […]

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POTD: Accuracy International Arctic Warfare

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Wednesday, 08 July

AI AW Spuhr collectionAs the Swedish Army is out looking for a new Multi-Caliber Sniper Rifle System for 2020 we’re going to take a look back in history and the Accuracy International L96A1. Things seem to have been so much easier then. Our Photo Of The Day is one of eight first AI AW (Arctic Warfare) rifles that were ever […]

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ruger wranglerThe Ruger Wrangler is an economical rimfire revolver that has been on the market for a little over a year now since its introduction in April 2019. Ruger has always been known for their single-action revolvers with their Single-Six and Vaquero lines, but they were never known for affordable single-action wheelguns. That all changed when […]

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PJMedia article about a PhD student in Mathematics Education tweeting that 2+2=4 is a Western, colonialist form of oppression.   1984 was not an instruction manual!


Civil war is coming.   I have no idea how they are going to do indirect artillery fire.  Sarcasm.  They aren't going to use artillery, just biting slogans and shaming.

The Guardian reports on upward thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky.


Yes, more evidence that feminists did not get the memo from Freud: "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

7/8/20 RT points out that this a satirical piece from 1980s BBC, but played straight, not as comedy.

New Partnership: Silencer Shop And Orchid Advisors Join ForcesAlthough I don’t have a Federal Firearms License (FFL), I thoroughly appreciate the industry information and analysis from the professionals at Orchid Advisors. Already providing a suite of solutions to help FFL’s take care of business, Orchid Advisors and our friends at Silencer Shop are announcing a partnership to help clients in the industry manage […]

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The Unintentional Racism Found in Traffic Signals...

But what about the far more subtle streams of everyday racism that course through our homes, our workplaces, and the outside world? These instances may be far subtler than a mascot or an offensive term, but are no less pervasive — and no less deserving of cultural reckoning.

For me, this reckoning begins with traffic signals.

A few months back, before Covid-19 kept us in our homes and George Floyd made us take to the streets, I was walking with...

Poll Dancing

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:37, Wednesday, 08 July

Would you be shocked to learn that a big hunk of the citizenry is absolutely convinced that Donald Trump will not only be re-elected but re-elected in a landslide? [More]
I would be.

Man, I hope I'm wrong.

And then I hope he doesn't decide he no longer needs gun owners.

Must Be One of Those Heretics

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:22, Wednesday, 08 July

Marquette University threatened to rescind student’s admission over pro-Trump TikTok video [More]
Marquette's a Jesuit school. I thought they admitted everybody...

[Via Michael G]

Taking One for the Team

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:12, Wednesday, 08 July

Nicely done, Trump dude. [More]
Provided charges aren't dropped by a politically-incentivized prosecutor's office...

[Via Michael G]

Of Course They Did

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:08, Wednesday, 08 July

Oregon School Districts Say White People Should Vote Democrat To Be Less Racist, May Have Broken the Law [More]
Good luck finding a prosecutor or a judge there who aren't Party functionaries.

[Via Michael G]

Just Be Aware of the Downside

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:02, Wednesday, 08 July

Open carrying a sidearm is a wonderful way to educate the public on liberty and our God given rights. [More]
Provided the Only Ones don't prone you out, do a double-tap or laugh about getting two weeks off...

PHONE THE SWING VOTERS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING WEDNESDAY: Tell them that we need them to reiterate their support for this important piece of legislation for the Safety and security of all North Carolinians. [More]
I wonder how many North Carolina gun owners will lift a finger to help.

A Voice of Living History

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 08:42, Wednesday, 08 July

Stanislaw Aronson is in his late 90s now. He lives in Israel. He was born in Lodz, Poland in 1925. He is the only survivor of his immediate family. The ones that didn't die in Hitler's camps died in Stalin's gulags. Here's a short piece he wrote recently about life, extremism, and lies.

 And a quote, even though you should go RTWT.


Finally, do not ever imagine that your world cannot collapse, as ours did... If disaster comes, you will find that all the myths you once cherished are of no use to you. You will see what it is like to live in a society where morality has collapsed, causing all your assumptions and prejudices to crumble before your eyes.
--Stanislaw Aronson

I believe the saying is "When you're taking this kind of flak, you're over the target."

At this point I'd be willing to support Trump simply because of the way the left loses more brain cells* every time he says or does, well, anything.


*Also at this point, they don't have that many left

F.H. Buckley contends that Slavery and Black Criminals Shot by the Police are not the real reason for national disorder. All the racial politics is simply a pretext.

Reading today’s national media is like staring down a bottomless pit. Le vertige des grandes profondeurs, the French call is. The vertigo from looking down a deep hole. And just when you thought we had reached bottom, there’s deeper level to the madness. It seems incomprehensible, and yet there’s a simple explanation. America is being held hostage.

We began by re-fighting the Civil War. Until recently we had left that behind us, and non-racis...

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RA-15 – New AR-Style Rifle Designed in Russia

by Vladimir Onokoy in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Wednesday, 08 July

Many think of Russia as a land of Kalashnikov and the US as a realm of AR-15, but the reality is always more complicated. Many US companies produce different variants of an AK platform and several Russian companies manufacture AR-style rifles. Until recently, those Russian ARs were pretty typical run-off-the-mill builds, but recently one of […]

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Well, ya, because no government has ever killed its own people, like ever.

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[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

But what they hey, they can't be OUT.

Naw.  Remember way back in April when there was literally zero?

Now it is only almost zero.

No plinking ammo in my preferred flavor.  Or most any flavor.  But I got lots of range time before I get itchy.  I have my hats.

I also have plenty of Federal HST, but what the heck, the website has some, I might as well get more.  Just a few boxes.  I mean, why not?  Then, in a few months, after the madness, maybe 500 rounds of plinkers. 





From his recent piece Year Zero at NRO, but do read the whole thing:

Gun sales are at record levels. I supposed the revolutionaries never investigated the original idea of a police force and the concept of the government’s legal monopoly on violence? It was not just to protect the law-abiding from the criminal, but to protect the criminal from the outraged vigilante.

Only police can stop blood feuds such as the ones we see in Chicago or like the medieval ones of Iceland’s Njáls saga, or the postbellum slaughtering of the Hatfields and McCoys. We are already seeing a counterrevolution — as the Left goes ballistic that anyone would appear on his lawn pointing a semiautomatic rifle to protect mere “brick and mortar.”

Without a functioning police force, do we really believe that the stockbroker is going to walk home in the evening in New York City without a firearm, or that the suburbanite in Minneapolis in an expansive home will not have a semiautomatic rifle, or that the couple who drives to Los Angeles ...

Have You Driven a Ford Lately?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:56, Wednesday, 08 July

REVEALED: Ford Motors Makes Millions From Police Cruisers While The Ford Foundation Donates Millions To ‘Defund The Police’ [More]
The real question: How long will either one be able to keep its name?

[Via TM]

In an attempt to get Lurry to spit out the drugs, police held his nose closed while shoving a baton in his mouth and slapping him. This torture went on for nearly two entire minutes until Lurry fell unconscious and eventually died. [More]
Didn't their training tell them that's the wrong end?

Naturally, the guy to take the fall is the one who opened his mouth.

[Via Neil W]

Did It Damage the Mark?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:37, Wednesday, 08 July

Chief Justice John Roberts spent a night in a hospital last month after he fell and injured his forehead, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Tuesday night. [More]
If Biden wins, I wonder how many SCOTUS judges will step aside for him.

[Via Jess]

You Are Number Six

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:31, Wednesday, 08 July

We Are All Prisoners of Groupthink - Patrick McGoohan's 1960s cult curiosity turns out to be a parable for our intolerant times [More]
Realize that and never give up trying:
But the thing about Number Six, and what confounds his tormenters, is no matter what they throw at him, he never gives up. Each episode, he defies and rebels and attempts to escape, always seeking creative ways out of his trap, relying on himself, his intellect, his resourcefulness and daring to reclaim his liberty. And each episode he is thwarted, betrayed, recaptured. But he never allows himself to be broken. When one idea fails him, he comes up with another, commits himself to it, and gives it his all. For the sake of his freedom. That strikes me as a pretty fine ideal to strive for.
I could say something about how it ended and what that signified, but I don't want to spoil it for those of you yet to dis...

What They Eat for Breakfast*

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:09, Wednesday, 08 July

Antifa Is Posting Videos on Social Media on How to Smash Windshields and Assault Drivers Who Will Not Obey Them During Street Protests [More]
Attacks will continue unless and until the perpetrators have compelling personal reasons not to. I'm just surprised I haven't seen reports of the more violent agitators being followed home. You know, so they can be reported to the police.

*

[Via Jess]
...
Ricky Bellevue, 35, was arrested near the 42nd Precinct stationhouse in the Bronx shortly before noon Tuesday after he allegedly slashed a man’s face with a box cutter after making anti-gay statements, according to police. [More]
I guess the cops who choked him out last month had an alternative, but we see what that results in...

[Via Steve T
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We support responsible policing. We also recognize that any authority can be abused. We certainly learned that when Michael Strickland was railroaded and Lavoy Finicum was killed. [More]
There's plenty more where that came from, and Oregon Democrats are just the ones to give it to you.

Enemy, Foreign AND Domestic

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:43, Wednesday, 08 July

Seattle Council Member Calls for Overthrow of ‘Racist, Sexist, Violent, Utterly Bankrupt System of Capitalism’ - “We cannot and will not stop until we overthrow it and replace it with a world based instead on solidarity, genuine democracy, and equality – a socialist world. [More]
As I've noted before, I'm more interested in determining how it serves "to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" to import foreign subversives, and if it does not, where government derives the authority to admit them.

[Via ...

PEO NGSW

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:36, Wednesday, 08 July

The US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier (aka, PEO Soldier) has released photos of the three candidate systems for NGSW-Rifle and NGSW-Automatic Rifle, as well as the two proposed Fire Control Systems. [More]
Sorry, you're only allowed to help pay for them.

[Via bondmen...

Paint It Black

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:37, Wednesday, 08 July

The couple recorded defacing a Black Lives Matter mural that was painted in front of a California courthouse has been charged with three misdemeanors, including a hate crime, prosecutors today announced. [More]
Can't have activists defacing of public property, can we?  Oh, wait...

Now, privacy groups and activists are scrutinizing the relationships between Amazon and local police departments that allow law enforcement to request access to video recordings from doorbell cameras installed in private homes. [More]
I look at that damn thing and the first thing that comes to mind is "Open the pod bay door, Hal."

[Via bondmen...
Latinos shot by police at high rates locally. Fresno police say they don’t discriminate [More]
That's a real head-scratcher.

Offhand, I'd say Fresno Swedes are gonna have to up their game.

Violent Crime Is Surging Dramatically In Major Cities All Over America [More]
Major DEMOCRAT cities...

So naturally, "progressives" can't allow the truth of that to spread.

What a lame attempt to lie their way out of it, but then again, look at what we're dealing with...

[Via ...
At least 18 transgender people killed in 2020, advocacy group says [More]
By whom?

Great job there, criminal justice, social justice and culture "reporter" Erin Donaghue!

Magical Misery Tour Redux

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:22, Wednesday, 08 July


[More]Oh, those Opposite Day "progressives"...

Always coming up with fresh, new ideas...

They did learn from last time, being coy about exactly where and ...

Speaking of Being Disgusted

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:14, Wednesday, 08 July

“Donna, we were equally disgusted with this post,” the company tweeted Wednesday. “Please be assured we are taking the appropriate steps to ensure this is removed.”[More]
Why?

I don't particularly care for its message either, but I find the power to suppress what is clearly parody much more disgusting.

What the hell happened to Mattell?

[Via bondmen...
The bill makes a handful of changes to the state’s criminal law, including ... increasing the range of punishment for unlawful possession of a firearm... [More]
And how might one who is faithful to Founding intent on the Second Amendment become a "prohibited person"?

Hey, enforce existing Intolerable Acts, right?

[Via ...

First Two, No Problem...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:10, Wednesday, 08 July

“Code white. There is an active shooter in the A M C C. Remain calm. Silence your cell phone. Run, hide, fight...." [More]
With what?

WISDOM OF AN OLD MASTER

by Mas in at 06:00, Wednesday, 08 July

Guns Magazine CoverEldon Carl appears on the cover of the November, 1977 issue of GUNS ma...

Welcome to the Crazocracy.

by Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 07:24, Wednesday, 08 July

What follows is the author’s personal opinion, not that of The Zelman Partisans.

There is no rule of law.

Dictators shut down states for the common cold.

States are violating the Constitution and federal laws, and the Supreme Court Clown Show says, “So what?”

What we do have is mob rule. Let’s look at that last one.

  • Mob commits breaking and entering.
  • Mob trespasses.
  • Disturbing the peace.
  • Vandalism.
  • Circuit Attorney calls all that First Amendment “peaceful protest,” and threatens the innocent homeowners.

Perhaps there’s a lesson there for us honest folk to take to heart in dealing with these governmental scumsuckers…

Or not. I think we’re past the point of no return. Anything we do to defend freedom is just a ...

Original Gangsta

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:20, Wednesday, 08 July

Imagine my surprise a couple years ago when I discovered Elden Carl had a blog. https://t.co/WKTShg6iYz https://t.co/F4qpKSs03G

— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) July 8, 2020

Others have noticed, too.

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:35, Wednesday, 08 July

I turns out that Borepatch's co-blogger, ASM826, has been commenting on the bicycle shortage and the offshoring of the old Schwinn brand.

(At least the Schwinn label is still being applied to bicycles, and not Home Depot checkout lane impulse buy garbage the way other hollowed-out old American brand names, like Bell + Howell or RCA, have been.)
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It's alive!

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:00, Wednesday, 08 July

There's a cliche'd little slogan that you can get on the Etsy-tier kitsch that's constantly hawked in the target-marketed background hum of social media:


Which, I'll confess, makes me not much of a photographer. Most of my life is spent in Program mode with occasional forays into Aperture Priority when I need to force more subject separation than the camera's likely to give me without prodding.

So the old Leica IIIb proved something of a challenge, since there was none of that to be found.

...

I got nothing

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 06:47, Wednesday, 08 July

For someone who posts things as wordy as I do, it's kind of strange that I find that I have nothing to say.


Lots of great blogs on the blogroll, though.

ALL Rights Matter

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 05:00, Wednesday, 08 July

No doubt, this headline will result in TPOL being condemned for a “parody” of the nasty Black Lives Matter.

A female student at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, was expelled within hours for a posting on social media which was meant to disparage those who do NOT take the christian concern for human life seriously regardless of race. In other words, for exercising her freedom of expression.

When I first saw the triptych, I thought it was supporting “BLM” but apparently a few people saw it as insulting BLM and got the spineless cowards that run HSU to “end her enrollment” nearly instantly. Free speech and all the other “moral stands” of Baptists were thrown out the window. Whether because the administrators are afraid of the protester/rioter/looters – or because the support the cockeyed “morals” of these people. Either way, the university demonstrated it has abandoned its moral code, and deny the rights of anyone with which the administration disagrees.

As Ari Armstrong shared, the propagandists at NPR  ...

Something About You

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Wednesday, 08 July

Most of the jazz I listen to is either guitar, like Craig Chacquico, or saxophone, like Stan Getz. So here is something different, a pianist. I think it was all those years of piano lessons that mostly make me skip piano, though I never had a teacher who could teach jazz. This is “Something About […]

Wednesday Link Roundup

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:29, Wednesday, 08 July

Pirate’s Cove – Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup. Chicks On The Right covers a white BLM protester assaulting a black man Creeping Sharia notes Jihadists calling for death to America in NYC Datechguy’s Blog covers #CancelCulture coming for the Catholic Church Bacon Time!!!! – Sunday Linkage. Victory Girls NBA Hands Out China-Approved Messaging Hogewash Readjusting the […]

A Restraining Order Is Just a Piece of Paper

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:17, Wednesday, 08 July

It may be an important piece of paper, but it is not a guarantee of safety. Alabama detective killed by ex-boyfriend who violated protective order, authorities say. A female detective in Alabama died early Monday morning in what authorities are saying was a domestic disturbance involving her ex-boyfriend, from whom she had previously sought protection. […]

No One Is Responsible

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Wednesday, 08 July

That is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s position, anyway. And Atlanta’s mayor is still calling the riots “mostly largely peaceful.” Gun violence kills 160 as holiday weekend exposes tale of ‘two Americas’. This article doesn’t just deal with Chicago, but I will start there. But Chicago saw the worst violence in one of the bloodiest holiday […]

WW1 French Contract Colt 1911 for Tank Crewmen

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Wednesday, 08 July

France was in an interesting position during World War One of being a primary supplier of rifles and machine guns to its allies, but a major importer of handguns. In addition to a great many Spanish pistols of several types, the French government purchased both revolvers and Government Model 1911 pistols from Colt. Specifically, they purchased 5,000 standard commercial 1911s off the shelf from Colt, with deliveries starting in April of 1915 and ending in January 1916. These appear to have been issued to tank crewmen, but not exclusively. It is unclear how exactly they were distributed, but after the war they were sold as surplus through Belgian dealers.

These French purchase 1911s were not given any markings by the French, and appear as standard commercial 1911s. They can only be identified by serial number and by Colt factory letter. We know the whole of the order was fulfilled with pistols betwe...

The Ruger PC Carbine garnered plenty of aftermarket support, almost as soon as it was released, but tinkerers have been having their fun with it too.  Some of our TFB readers surely remember one such homemade Ruger PC Carbine project that involved using a surplus PPSh stock, but our friend Axel reached into more German […]

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Armenia Starts Assembling AK-103 Rifles

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Wednesday, 08 July

Armenia AK-103 (2)The news concerning the establishment of an AK-103 assembly line in Armenia has been reported by several Armenian and Russian sources within the past month, however, there was no official statement. Yesterday, this information was officially confirmed as the Government of the Republic of Armenia published a news release covering Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s visit […]

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Offset-sighted Cruiser Shotgun.  This is something new to me.  The method:

From his description:

Notice how high I am holding the shotgun? There is a reflex sight mounted on the other side and it works really well. The gun recoils alongside my face with a couple of inches of clearance. I made that.

I designed the setup with active shooter response in mind. Loaded with buckshot it is, in my view, superior to any handgun (it is actually a kind of super-handgun).

The setup with the side mounted red dot:

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The Worst AK

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Wednesday, 08 July

Brandon’s reaction to the original Forgotten Weapons video.  He goes through the entire video so you can probably skip watching that original linked video:

Ruined Brandon’s day… you hate to see it.  Not being an AK guy to the level that...

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