Sunday, 21 July


Damned if you do ...

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 00:21, Sunday, 21 July

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday evening condemning President Trump's "racist" remarks this weekend -- although the moment was largely overshadowed by a ...

Trophy Hunting

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 00:13, Sunday, 21 July

Bambi Lives!

I once shot a chipmunk with a .22 pistol.
Not because I had felt threatened or because I was hungry, or because it was a "varmint" raiding a farmer's Alfalfa crop, but because I was young and bored and couldn't find any jackrabbits.

That statement is "full disclosure";  I've shot things I didn't need to shoot, and I regret it.

A recent Rant against "Trophy Hunting" included this:
 A couple photographed kissing next to a lion...

Heat Wave

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 00:11, Sunday, 21 July

Be careful in the sun:  Seek shade, drink lots of water, and remember that perspiration is God's way of telling you that you're going to Hell!

In Viet Nam, (1969-1970)  ... three months into my tour.

We were assigned to "Firebase Security", my platoon and another, and we were assigned to a "cloverleaf patrol" outside Firebase "November 2" ..

"We" was Charley Company, 1/18th, First Infantry Division.  One hundred Infantrymen commanded by Captain Cagill and we were Third Platoon ("Third Herd") commanded by Lieutenant Smith ... known as "The Rutgers Ranger" ... he was a graduate of the ROTC program at Rutgers University.

Lieutenant Smith (all names are invented here) commanded First and Second platoons, I was senior NCO (E6/Staff Sergeant) of Third Platoon.   Fourth platoon did not exist .. manpower was short.  We had to use everyone we had, regardless of the risks.

I led the 30-man platoon, which we had split into two 2-squad elements; our company mission was to perform a day-light "cloverleaf" patrol around the four corners of the firebase to search for daylight infiltrators or any enemy positions.&...

QOTD, 07/20/2019

by Drang in The Clue Meter at 00:19, Sunday, 21 July

I always knew I'd see the first man walking on the moon. I never thought I'd see the last.
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, scientist, author, raconteur

(Yes, I'm late posting this, thought I'd scheduled it and screwed that up...)

Saturday, 20 July


On Duty: The Federal HST 45ACP

by Mr. RevolverGuy in Day At The Range at 20:12, Saturday, 20 July

Federal HST On The Front Line

Today we are testing the preferred 45ACP ammunition of the local law enforcement community. Federal Premium 45ACP HST 230gr ammunition.

This test provides valuable information, chronograph data, accuracy data, penetration and expansion data.

Test Pistols

These pistols are what the local LEO community carries for on duty and off duty.

Glock 30

Glock 21


Borrowed from Wirecutter:

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 20:57, Saturday, 20 July



Environmental Conditions change. I am constantly irritated by the absolute failure of forums and gun reviews to illustrate certain failings that sighting systems have.

“Optics are superior in every way, period.”

Palmetto State Armory PSA 10.5


I generally agree, it’s 2019 after all… we have compact nuclear powered scopes which can also d...

Yes, they sent probes.  They never sent a Cosmonaut.  Here's why. (Warning: the link has a photo of Vladimir Komarov’s open coffin funeral.

In the 1970s I heard rumors that the Soviet Space Program killed some of it's Cosmonauts but thought that we did, too (in Apollo 1, although that was on the ground rather than in space).  This is the story behind that rumor.  Komarov went to his death in a spacecraft that he knew to be a death trap.  He did it because Yuri Gagarin was the backup pilot and he wouldn't back out to allow Gagarin to die in his place.

They had guts and determination, but that wasn't enough to get them to the Moon.  Rest in peace, Vladimir Komarov.

Typical July weather here,

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 19:30, Saturday, 20 July

which means still hot & humid in the evening, though mornings can be delightful.  Right now it's evening, so indoor studies are in order.

I mean, the Democrats in Chicago never lie. (Or only when they talk.) ‘I just made it up’: Florida Dem admits lying about treating Pulse shooting victims after going on the record as saying ‘I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 people. It was like an assembly line’. She wanted to “be somebody.” And so […]

POTD: Estonian Army Galil in Iraqi Freedom

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Saturday, 20 July

Photo Of The Day – time to go back in time to Operation Iraqi Freedom, where we look at an Estonian Soldier with a Galil SAR in 5.56×45 mm. The Estonian Defence Forces plan to replace the Galil, and LMT Defense won the order as reported by TFB in LMT Defense Announces Award with Estonian […]

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Pretty Bird…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 14:18, Saturday, 20 July


50 Years Ago Today

by Kevin in The Smallest Minority at 13:00, Saturday, 20 July

Man first landed on the Moon:

Here, fifty years later I have become convinced that the United States peaked on this day, fifty years ago. The decay had already begun, but we as a nation carried off the single most difficult, incredible effort in human history. I'm blessed to have been alive during that time.

What’s The Worst Part of a SWATing Call?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 14:26, Saturday, 20 July

Danger to the public? Not by half. Swatting call takes time, manpower. Forget about the fact that someone might get shot, since that someone is most likely to be the homeowner, and not a cop. So did they do anything to try and contact the homeowner aside from assembling an army with the goal (mostly) […]


I’m getting old. Also I was a dealership mechanic many years ago, HATED it, and willfully forgot all about it when I finally had a chance to move on.

It was years before I’d so much as open an engine hood. In that time I forgot simple, common sense things that are a mechanic’s bread and butter. Things like, if you can turn the ignition switch on but can’t crank the starter, jump the solenoid.

Now, when I was very young I had some bad experiences attempting to jump starter solenoids and I’m as shy about it as a dog that’s had his paw pinched. Also the solenoid is way down there under the engine and I’m old and lazy. But if you jump the starter RELAY, things get much simpler. I like simple.


The Chicago Writer's Association has published a review of my latest book! I'm pretty happy about it.

What has been done can be done again

by Unknown in The Freeholder at 11:17, Saturday, 20 July

The original plans for today included shooting the monthly IDPA match at Rivanna. I haven't been able to make it to that match since last October and was really looking forward to it. However, with the thermometer predicted to peak over 100° today, the organizers cancelled the match. I was disappointed, but it was probably a wise decision.

On the other hand, it gave me a rare Saturday morning to sit in my happy place on the screen porch enjoying my coffee. I will not be deterred! Grabbing the floor fan, I decided to enjoy an, also rare, morning smoke with my coffee.

The best reading on the Internet

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 10:31, Saturday, 20 July

It's over at Aesop's place.  And it's over at Aesop's place again.

Smart, funny, topical.  It's a trifecta of bloggy goodness.

Why we never went back to the Moon

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:31, Saturday, 20 July

Ten years ago I wrote about this, on the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing.  The ten years since have seen the flowering of private space travel, which bodes well for the future.

Jack Kennedy's Treasure Fleet

History; it be messy

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 08:10, Saturday, 20 July

While taking sediment cores from a nearby peat bog to help study the ancient environment, archaeologist Paul Ledger and his colleagues discovered a previously unknown chapter in the story of L’Anse aux Meadows. Buried about 35cm (14 inches) beneath the modern surface, they found signs of an ancient occupancy: a layer of trampled mud littered with woodworking debris, charcoal, and the remains of plants and insects.

 Based on its depth and the insect species present, the layer looks like similar surfaces from the edges of Viking Age Norse settlements in Greenland and Iceland. But organic material from the layer radiocarbon dated to the late 1100s or early 1200s, long after the Norse were thought to have left Newfoundland for good.

Best SuppressorsGood morning everyone and thank you for tuning in to TFB’s Silencer Saturday – where the neighbors have no idea how much lead you throw in the back yard. Today we start the difficult task of picking the best suppressors currently on the market. And, as I am not a Dictator, I will rely on […]

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Quote of the day—Chet

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 06:00, Saturday, 20 July

I wonder how gun grabbers would describe hell: fire and brimstone or free men living happy lives?

July 7, 2019
Comment to Quote of the day—Nate McMurray (@Nate_McMurray)
[Excellent question.–Joe]

Jeep Update…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 07:12, Saturday, 20 July

I was misled by some clumsy writing in my Haynes manual and initial appearances to fear that the ignition lock cylinder of a 2001 Jeep was some peculiarly unserviceable example of proprietary black box. But it turned out in the cooler evening to be just a lock cylinder, and very easily removable.

Unfortunately it also turned out not to be the problem. A lot of surfing came up with a new theory: There’s something called an ignition switch actuator pin that is made of plastic and can fatigue to cause precisely the symptoms I experienced before and during the failure, the need to apply force to the key to engage the starter followed by a complete failure of the starter circuit though all the electronics still work. That’s replaceable with special tools I’d rather not buy, plus it would probably take a week to get the part.

So I’m going to see if I can get a neighbor to give me a tow this weekend. What the hell, I’ve been planning to take the Jeep to the shop anyway…


by Kevin in The Smallest Minority at 06:04, Saturday, 20 July





More powerful


The immortal words of the comic-strip character Pogo.

(Perusing my blog, I noticed that I had a half-dozen started essays that I'd never completed and published.  This is one of them from back in early 2016.  I thought I'd dust it off and hit "Publish."  Comments?)

Here we are in the early stages of the Run for the Presidency, 2016, and the most likely candidates at the moment are a lying, incompetent carpetbagger from Arkansas and a blowhard billionaire whose only principles seems to be "make money" and "promote myself."  The Vermont Socialist could still pull it out if he could get the Democrat Superdelegates on his side, but that seems unlikely at this point.  The Republican elite is shitting itself over the possibility that The Donald® might win the nomination, and the only other candidate with a chance is Ted "No Compromise" Cruz.  They could defeat The Donald® if they united behind Cruz, but as Rush Limbaugh keeps repeating, they hate The Donald®, they FEAR Cruz.

How the fuck did we get to this point?

Political commentator Henry Louis Mencken, an early 20th Century Cassandra wrote in 1920...

Speaking of which, of the “21,000 children” they say “died from guns” [!] we find “There were 14,583 deaths for 18-21-year-olds…” [More]
You have to wonder if, when they were children, some of these doctors ever said: "I want to be an agenda-driven liar when I grow up."

71, 17…MEH.

by Mas in at 06:00, Saturday, 20 July

Well, waddaya know – I turn 71 today. There are days I feel every bit of that, but there are also days when I get up feeling 17. Which makes me wonder…am I elderly and dyslexic, too? Aah, what the … Read more

My gravest secret is that I really did fake the moon landing. On Venus!
- Richard Nixon
Half a century ago, we landed on the moon.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a plaque saying that we came in peace for all mankind, but the planted the US flag.  When the astronauts blasted off from the moon, Buzz Aldrin noted that the rocket exhaust knocked the flag over.  In 2012 NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took photos confirming that while flags are still standing at the Apollo 12, 16, and 17 sites, there's no Apollo 11 flag still standing.  The flag and pole cast a shadow at the right time of day; no shadow, no flag.

I need to go to the range

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:03, Saturday, 20 July

as there are two rifles that need zeroing, some loads that need testing, and some stuff that just needs shooting.

Some of which means ammo to load.  And there's only so much time in a day to fit that in with the other stuff.

Time, ask of me anything but time.

Socialism, Comrades!

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 05:50, Saturday, 20 July

And yes, it's real socialism.
Venezuelan special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resisting arrest, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report detailing wide-ranging government abuses targeting political opponents.

Special Action Forces described by witnesses as “death squads” killed 5,287 people in 2018 and another 1,569 by mid-May of this year, in what are officially termed by the Venezuelan government “Operations for the Liberation of the People,” United Nations investigators reported.
Well, they liberated those people from breathing.  And from further starvation.

Now we only wait for the left to figure out how to blame it on the US.

The Last Walker Colt

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:22, Saturday, 20 July

A great item, but so damn valuable that nobody will ever again drop the hammer, let alone shoot it.

Saturday Links

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:59, Saturday, 20 July

I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Vodka Pundit – Millennial Writer Cries at Work, Puts Mother on Speakerphone after Editor Corrects Her Spelling. I’m so glad I don’t have to manage people in this day and age. How does a boss manage a worker who believes their feelings trump reality, right […]

The Eagle Has Landed

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Saturday, 20 July

Since everyone is celebrating/remembering Apollo 11… The date the Lunar Lander touched down was August 20th, 1969. The time was 20:17:40 UTC (or 4:17 PM EDT for those of you confused by universal coordinated time, or Zulu time). They managed to land the Eagle and shut the engines down with about 20 seconds of fuel […]

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Saturday, 20 July

Well, not quite 0; they did wound the homeowner. Deputies: 2 killed in home invasion, homeowner wounded. Investigators tell the Ocala Star-Banner that four men entered the property, which is surrounded by dense woods. Apparently, one of them entered the home and was shot by the homeowner. The second man was hit during an exchange […]

Waiting For The Sun

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Saturday, 20 July

There was a period in the 1980s into the early 1990s, after the demise of Disco, when mainstream rock was dealing with Punk, and in short order Post Punk, that a lot of more “traditional rock” music was coming out of bands considered Country by the suits running the music business. I’ve mentioned that the […]

Tirmax: A Pre-WW1 .32ACP Light Carbine

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Saturday, 20 July

The Tirmax is a handy little carbine made between 1909 and 1914 in Liege by a German company. It is a semiauto action using a 5-round detachable magazine. The guns are quite scarce today because only a fairly small number appear to have been produced before World War One ended its manufacture.

Mechanically, the Tirmax is simple blowback, although incorporating a heavy hammer spring into the system to increase the bolt’s resistance to opening when fired. The hammer also has a lever extension on the left side of the receiver, allowing it to be manually cocked prior to manually cycling the bolt.

Out on the range, this particular example exhibited a bunch of problems, although that may or may not be representative of overall production. In addition to feed problems, I had one instance where the firing pin appears to have stuck in the forward position, resulting in 3 rounds slam firing in extremel...

TFB Top Picks: The Best Revolvers On The Market

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Saturday, 20 July

Best RevolversGreat, a Best Revolver article written by a guy who believes a defensive handgun should be a semiautomatic and be made of polymer. You can go ahead and stop reading now. All kidding aside, my advice to everyone looking for a defensive weapon is buy something that works for you and learn how to shoot […]

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by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:30, Saturday, 20 July

It's hot.

But I find myself having a hard time noting the difference between 94 and 101.

I'd like to go back 106 years and try out what 134 felt like.  Where there was no AC, and no shade not built.  I'd only want to try it out for 15 minutes or so....  then zoom back to the house in 2019 where my AC is.

The Range has no AC in the range itself.  No thank you.


by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 03:50, Saturday, 20 July

The family is gathering today, here at PawPaw's house.  Miss Reba, the matriarch of Belle's clan is celebrating her 98th birthday.  Family and friends from all over the state will assemble in the shop to celebrate.

This is one of the reasons we built this venue.  It's a place to gather and celebrate, and we can accommodate plenty of guests.

As soon as I finish coffee, I'll go out to the shop and make final preparations.   Move the lawnmower out, do a final sweep, and ice down the beverages.  We're expencting 30-40 people today, and it's going to be a lot of fun.


Going Deep Sky

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 23:09, Friday, 19 July

It was not a great night.  The air was turbulent and you could see Saturn and Jupiter burbling.  (Something best done only with mutually consenting planets.)  The Sun is now setting early enough for me to pursue the fainter dark sky objects.  The big reflector has the Sky Commander digital setting circles.  These have been an occasional source of frustration.  You aim the telescope at two of several dozen bright stars and press ENTER.  It should then let you pick any of about 8000 objects, and as you rotate the mount in azimuth and elevation, it shows you how many more degrees to go. The instructions warn you to sight in stars at high magnification to reduce error.  I can see why.  I did it at 78x and the results were disappointing.  Tonight I used 222x to align on Arcturus and Polaris.

The first target was M13, a (sort of) nearby globular cluster.  I showed it one person several years ago and he described it as looking like diamonds on black velvet.  Yup.  I was not exactly on target but it was bright enough for the finderscope to hint at it,  Using the 40x eyepiece it was obvious.  At 78x, ...

Friday, 19 July


7/18/19 Los Angeles Times:

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has admitted to running an illegal gun operation, authorities said.
Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs was arrested Feb. 5 after an investigation involving undercover officers to whom Xu sold three guns out of the trunk of his car, including an “off-roster”pistol not certified for sale in California, ...

Late. Hot. Tired.

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 20:52, Friday, 19 July




My right to armed self-defense is based on my ancestor's ability to pick up a rock, you drooling simpleton.
— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) July 20, 2019

At SHOT Show 2019 Streamlight showed off their new TLR-VIR II. It is a compact pistol weapon light that is night vision friendly. It has visible white light, IR illuminator, and an IR laser. The best part? It costs less than the SureFire X400V. TLR-VIR II Streamlight came out with the first generation TLR-VIR a […]

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Above you can see a High Explosive artillery 155 mm round being fired from an M109A6 Paladin, in a live-fire training at Combined Resolve IX at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. That is the subject of this Photo Of The Day. The updated A6 Paladin version can come from the move to a halt and fire […]

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Featured Deals of the Week – 7/19/19

by Benjamin F in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Friday, 19 July

Deals-of-the-Week-HeaderIt’s your boy Benjamin F coming at you pre-written with another Featured Deals of the Week. I am cutting it way too close to the publishing deadline this week, so I’m going to be really salty if any of these deals get sold out before Sunday. As always please leave a comment if you want to see […]

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And the Jeep broke again.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 15:13, Friday, 19 July

I have this lengthy list of things I want the shop in town to fix or at least check while it’s up on a hoist but I keep on procrastinating about driving it to town…



I watched the television coverage of man’s first step on the Moon in 1969 from an Estes Park, Colorado camp ground club house. That step  was a moment that defined the potential of America to the World.

Well done, America.  I salute you.

No other country on Earth  has matched your success.

You make me proud.

God Bless America.

This is the first article in a multi-part series. [More]
I'm working on my own Firearms News contribution which I plan on spending Sunday working on now that I've got my source material identified and compiled.

The workers began demanding a raise in May, arguing that Sanders, who has made a $15 federal minimum wage a centerpiece of his campaign, should honor that commitment in compensating his own staff. [More]
They haven't figured out that commies who extol the virtues of workers have never worked a day in their lives, are career parasites and expect others to give everything while they never contribute a thing besides their demands?

[Via Henry Bo...

I May Need to Revise My Law

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:30, Friday, 19 July

Ontario’s top court has upheld a decision allowing a man found not criminally responsible in a knife attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre to eventually take college classes on his own. [More]
So he can't be trusted with a knife but he can be trusted with a campus?

Why don't we find out if he can be trusted with a judge first?

[Via Mack H]

'Cosmopolitan' is for Nazis

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:02, Friday, 19 July

All the national socialists say so. [More]

[Via Mack H]

David Atkins, a Californian regional director for the Democratic Party and a Bernie Sanders supporter, criticized rural white voters for lacking gratitude in a Twitter thread posted Thursday night. [More]
That and you're a hater.

[Via Mack H]

Things to Come

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:38, Friday, 19 July

What the Progressive Socialist Liberals have in store for Conservatives (part 1) [More]
Don't share this though. They'll call you a racist.

[Via  An Hour of Wolves]

SHOULD YOU BE A PLAINTIFF IN FLORIDA CARRY'S LAWSUIT AGAINST FDLE? If you had a "Decision Pending" that delayed a firearm purchase for more than three business days, you probably should. [More]
Don't let those who would happily enforce "the law" against you get away with arrogantly breaking it...

Another Voice Heard From

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:05, Friday, 19 July

[More]Thank you, JPFO. And while I agree it may prove to be "unlikely," it's important we don't lose sight of the greatest impediment to su...

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com July 19, 2019 DefenseReview (DR) writer/contributor and Chief New-Product Tester Jeff Gurwitch has created a great video range (and studio) review of the Bravo Concealment BCA 3.0 Gun Holster for his Glock 19 (G19) combat/tactical pistol, and we’re very pleased to share it with our readers. Jeff ...

Federal is excited to launch BYOB rimfire buckets and bottles, which are perfect for a fun day at the range or in the field. Shipments have been delivered to dealers. BYOB rimfire buckets and bottles are bulk packs that stack, store and carry easily. They’re loaded with high-quality 17 HMR, 22 LR or 22 WMR […]

Don't worry...

in Of Arms and the Law at 15:10, Friday, 19 July

Why would anyone need a gun? The police (and courts) will protect you.


by Borepatch in Borepatch at 15:29, Friday, 19 July

I know I've posted this before, but it's the weekend so here's a cute puppy.

SJW’s Screeching That Insurance is Unfair in 3, 2,…

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:22, Friday, 19 July

After the Camp Fire, it seems some insurance companies are revisiting their actuarial tables. ‘Sticker shock’ for California wildfire areas: Insurance rates doubled, policies dropped. Here’s a hint: If Lloyd’s of London won’t insure you, you are screwed, because they traditionally are the insurer of last resort. They will make you pay, but they will […]


It would violate ex post facto constraints but we can fantasize about it. And it might be fun to suggest it to your local SJW.

Knife crime has hit a new record high in England and Wales, rising 8% on the previous year new figures show. “The figures for police-recorded crime revealed there were 43,516 police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, which is the highest since comparable records began in 2011,” reports Sky News. [More]
We ain't seen nothin' yet.

[Via CDT]

Critics say Bill de Blasio could be doing more to excerpt pressure on his police department to fire Pantaleo, but the mayor has so far bulked and emphasized the importance of due process. [More]
For "everywhere that he go," I consider the source. But what's the deal with screwing up "exert" and "balked'? I don't know if it's a factor here, but I ignore the vernacular-intolerant (and often wrong) Grammarly half the time or more.

As for the story itself, I pretty much only have one question:


[Via Mack H]

Le is the sixth HPD police officer in the last three years busted for allegedly soliciting sex or for other allegedly improper behavior with prostitutes. [More]
Anybody into chokejobs?

[Via Jess]

Forgetting Their Place

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:37, Friday, 19 July

"What we know — and what Virginia Beach won't tell us — about the mass shooting" [More]
Well, just who do you think they work for?

[Via Mack H]

They TOLD Me To!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:29, Friday, 19 July

Flores, reportedly a UCSD student at the time of the November 2016 incident, partly blamed campus officials in her lawsuit, alleging Resident Advisors had effectively organized the protest by encouraging it, therefore campus officials shared responsibility for her injuries. [More]
That takes me back to being like seven years old, getting caught doing something stupid, trying to mitigate the judgment by blaming a friend for egging me on, and Mom replying "If Billy told you to jump off a bridge would you do it?"

Is it any wonder that those who have absolved themselves of adult responsibilities are so enamored with what children "think"?


You Can't Go Home Again

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:20, Friday, 19 July

Somali-Canadian journalist returns to her homeland to tell ‘uplifting’ stories, is killed by terrorists [More]
Sorry, but I feel as much sympathy as I do for people like this.

And ain't in something when some of them come here and tell us our country isn't good enough for them.

[Via ...
ICE releases list of migrants accused of crimes after police ignore detainer requests [More]
This has gotta be a basis for lawsuits.

[Via Michael G]

“You force her to do what’s called a ‘chokejob.' ..." [More]
That a 25-year-veteran felt free to do this in front of everyone at roll call tells us much about the whole barrel, no?

[Via Ron W...

By All Means, Send Her Back

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 14:37, Friday, 19 July

America can never measure up to Omar’s high standards—but no doubt Somalia will. [More]
The ever-subversive Vox helpfully explains how even though that's not their intent.

[Via Mack H]

UPDATE -- Yep, send her back.

Los Angeles cop faces two rape charges... [More]
I like how the concern is over tarnished badges.

[Via William T]

In a petition filed earlier this month to obtain a protection order, the wife of a sheriff's deputy alleged Swyers had sent her a letter in March saying, "Every good predator stalks its prey before destroying it." [More]
There's nothing like making a good impression your first days on the job.

[Via Steve T

Task force stops short of recommending mandatory storage for guns in Lincoln [More]
But they had no problem going full bore with post-decision both-sides-of-the-fence weasel-wording. Some sound like they're almost at the tipping point.

It's just a shame nobody proposed a lock-up-your-pitchforks law.

[Via Steve T

Ten years ago on this blog

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 09:54, Friday, 19 July

There were still veterans from World War I.  Now they are all gone.  Rest in peace.

Cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women
That's what Henry Allingham said was the secret to his longevity. The oldest World War I veteran has passed on at age 113.


Caroline Walter

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:16, Friday, 19 July

Atlas Obscura:

In 1867, when she was just 17, Caroline Christine Walter died from tuberculosis. Devastated, her sister Selma...


by Doug E in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Friday, 19 July

TFB Field Strip: Ruger LCPThe Ruger LCP has been on the market since 2008. The LCP’s small frame and controllable .380 ACP chambering have lent itself well to those that need to carry a firearm in a deeply concealed manner. Its six (plus one) capacity offers enough gun for a close-in self-defense situation where bigger guns are harder to […]

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With the new release of the SIG Sauer X-Five Legion, I’ve gotten some questions about the new Legion version vs the older polymer X-Five model. There are a number of differences between the regular X-Five and the new upgraded X-Five Legion. I had a chance to take my personal X-Five out and run it next […]

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This is what House Democratic leadership fears: that Ocasio-Cortez and the Squad, through their dominance of social media and their centrality on conservative media, will become the faces of the House Democratic majority.

Trump took a fight House Democrats were having with each other and turned it into a fight they are now having with him. In doing, he rallied House Democrats around the Squad, and made himself the Squad’s chief opponent. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” Trump tweeted. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”

Ezra Klein
July 16, 2019
Trump vs. “the Squad”–Trump reunited the Democrats to further his narrative.
[“The Squad” is the far left wing of the Democrats and their politics will be unacceptable in the vast majority of U.S. political jurisdictions. Speaker Pelosi knows this. She has data, from the quoted article, which says:...

Well played, rat.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 08:46, Friday, 19 July

It not only cleaned out the trap, it apparently cleaned up after itself as well.

All my rat traps are worn to pieces; I’ll try again after I can score a new one.

The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent was the #1 audiobook in the world (for the second time!) last week.

Obviously, it helps to be FREE!  😀  And you can still get it now as one of the monthly free originals at You can check out Adam Baldwin’s amazing narration here:

Tom Stranger #2 is called Murder of Manatees.  I just sent them #3 including the epic tale of Apocalypse Cow....

Gun-running Long Beach customs agent had 41 machine guns stashed at home ... some of which he obtained by using his power as a law enforcement official ... exploiting his status as a law enforcement officer to buy handguns that can’t be sold to the public by a federal licensed dealer."[More]
What was that about violating the trust of citizens again...?

[Via Dave Licht]

Real Reporters

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:01, Friday, 19 July

What the hell is this world coming to when those with paid jobs in the media have to reach out to us citizen journalists and/or quote our work? [More]
I remember one who called me for some comments and then started trying to challenge what I told him, and I had to ask him if he called me for my views or to debate me.

High levels of bloodshed this year in mainly poor majority-black and mixed-race areas prompted a provincial official last month to liken the situation in parts of the Western Cape province to a "warzone", with some 2,000 people killed since January. [More]
Doo-dah, doo-dah...

But don't worry about the current containment. More inclusion is part of the plan.


The Forever First Lady

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:39, Friday, 19 July

Don't be surprised if she lets the current field of dwarfs exhaust itself, then steps in and her husband becomes the Forever First Man. [More]

Dozens of convicted criminals have been hired as cops in Alaska communities. Often, they are the only applicants. In Stebbins, every cop has a criminal record, including the chief. [More]
They're not "prohibited persons"...?

[Via William T]

Advantage, Criminal

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:46, Friday, 19 July

The measure not only requires that your self defense firearms be rendered useless, it also, (once again) holds you responsible for the criminal misuse of a firearm stolen from you. [More]
Hey, Democrats gotta take care of their constituencies...

Thirteen Philadelphia police officers will be fired over racist or offensive Facebook posts. More than 50 other officers are being reprimanded or suspended. [More]

For some reason, those behind the effort are not in plain view.

However, people who escaped from socialist and communist systems know the crimes that they perpetrate once the Left takes power. [More]
Except the "pathway to citizenship" generally leads straight to the DNC...

Delayed Launch

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:24, Friday, 19 July

Zora Arkus-Duntov started work on the CERV-II, which hinted at an at least semi-production mid-engine Corvette in the future in 1963, the year after John F. Kennedy made his "Moon Speech".

This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing...and we're finally, really getting the mid-engine Corvette.

While the mid-engine C8 has been no secret for about a year now, probably the biggest surprise at the official launch is that Chevy's holding the price of the base model to around $60k, same as the current edition.

(When the rumors first floated, there was even speculation that the mid-engine version would be some separate super-'Vette with a stratospheric price tag and that a front-engine model would soldier on as a sort of entry-level model.)

Carnival time

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 07:14, Friday, 19 July

There are many things about Maryland political structures that annoy me, but the prevalence of local volunteer fire departments is one that I find charming.  It's summertime, which means it's time for the local VFD carnival.  They do this as a fund raiser each year, and it's a ton of fun.  We went last night.

It's a fund raiser, so everything costs more.  But it's for guys who will run into burning buildings to rescue us, so what's not to like?  I even won another stuffed thing (it was shooting corks from a Daisy air rifle at solo cups, not the full automatic assault BB gun like last time).  But some friends have a brand new grandson who will be needing that rainbow polka dot stuffed elephant.  Win!

After fried chicken, snow cones, and ice cream there was a band playing 80s music (Guys In Thin Ties, recommended) and then fireworks.  I didn't bring my camera, but it looked exactly like the pictures in the link.

It was a ton of fun, and how many times can you combine Date Night with libertarian loca...

I need to try something

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:42, Friday, 19 July

In .45-70 I've tried various alloys, and found both 15-1 and 20-1 lead-tin seem to work the best in mine.

I've also noticed that some people have gotten pretty good results in using much harder alloys.  I've got some Lee 500-grain that I cast out of mongrel alloy; I need to load a few of them with a load that works well with 15-1 and see what they do.  I know they probably won't shoot as well, but it's worth trying just to compare results.

Why no, I can't leave some things alone.

is running wild.
As the world anxiously monitors the outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo, health officials note that a measles outbreak declared last month in the country has killed more people—mostly children—and faster.

Since January 2019, officials have recorded over 100,000 measles cases in the DRC, mostly in children, and nearly 2,000 have died. The figures surpass those of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country, which has tallied not quite 2,500 cases and 1,665 deaths since August 2018. The totals were noted by World Health Organization Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a speech today, July 15, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Also, remember what Peter Grant had in his post about trying to check people for ebola? 
Though he began experiencing symptoms while in Butembo, he traveled by bus to Goma on July 12 with 18 other people. The bus passed through three health checkpoints on its way, but the pastor showed no symptoms and gave different names at each checkpoint. This is possibl...

By Nathan Barton

The Blaze reports “Facebook bans quotation by St. Augustine of Hippo and calls it ‘hate speech,’ Catholic writer says”

What was this awful quote that Facebook says “goes against our community standards on hate speech.”?

Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon. But men are hopeless creatures, and the less they concentrate on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticize, not to correct. Unable to excuse themselves, they are ready to accuse others.

Oh, dear. In this text, Augustine (a 5th Century religious philosopher) is paraphrasing Jesus Christ’s words in Matthew 7:3 – ‘Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?’

That, of course, is definitely hateful, isn’t it?


And it looks like there were 2 bad guys, though that isn’t clear. Seattle woman shoots burglary suspect. She shot him as he was trying to break in. When officers arrived, they found the homeowner on the roof and a man behind the home with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a handgun on […]

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Friday, 19 July

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Man trying to rob Madison home held at gunpoint by homeowner. First he knocked softly. Then loudly. Kids told someone in the home, who told the homeowner. By the time the guy had progressed to trying to kick in the door, the homeowner […]

Too Much Ransomware to Treat Cases Individually

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Friday, 19 July

Various government agencies, radio stations, etc. have been hit. A new version of ransomware is making it’s way around firms in China. Too much really. Let’s concentrate on the .gov problems, because it can hit any of you, and you will – through your taxes – pay the bill. And we know that politicians don’t […]

FAL in the North: The Canadian C1A1

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Friday, 19 July

Canada was the first country to adopt the FAL rifle, purchasing trials rifles from FN within weeks of the formal standardization of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. Canada acquired production rights to the rifle along with the technical package form FN, and spent 18 months converting the drawings into 1st-angle inch pattern (which would be used by the rest of the Commonwealth nations subsequently). Both a C1 rifle pattern and a C2 LMG pattern were made, although todays we are looking at just the C1.

The first production was a run of 20 toolroom prototypes, one of which we have in today’s video. After a few changes were made – most distinctively to the rear sight – full-scale production commenced. Over the following years, a few minor changes were made, and a slightly improved C1A1 pattern adopted. These would service the Canadian military until eventually replaced with the C7 rifles.

3D Printed GLOCKOver at my second digital family – – one user has started making his own GLOCK magazines with a stock 3D Printer, some filament and CAD files released by a group called Deterrence Dispensed. The end result are functional 3D Printed GLOCK magazines that may not look as polished as a factory specimen, but […]

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REVEALING THE INFINITY GATS! Mailroom #24 (June, 2019)

by James Reeves in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Friday, 19 July

Welcome to Mailroom #24, where James Reeves opens your terrible fan mail. Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to for details on our monthly gun giveaway. TFBTV is giving away one gun a month to a randomly selected $5-level (and […]

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NEW Strike Industries GRIDLOK Handguards

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Friday, 19 July

Strike Industries GRIDLOK Handguards (1)Strike Industries has announced the availability of their new GRIDLOK series of handguards. Some of the key features of these rails are the modular construction and the possibility to quickly detach the rail from the barrel nut. Let’s take a closer look. Here is what Strike Industries said when introducing this new product: Since the […]

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Ukrainian Snipex T-Rex 14.5x114mm Anti-Materiel Rifle (660)Snipex, a Ukrainian company specialized in manufacturing of anti-materiel rifles, has announced a new rifle called Snipex T-Rex. The new gun is chambered in 14.5x114mm. The model name is given because of the very powerful cartridge and the distinctive shape of the rear monopod that reminds the legs of Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Snipex T-Rex is a […]



Even BUSIER day yesterday. Jinxed myself

Haven't even had time to read headlines til near dark.

Trump partied with cheerleaders and Epstein was around?  This is awful.  Lemme look.


The media source made me think High School cheerleaders.  It was NFL cheerleaders.  IOne this is awful though.  Those eyebrows.

Other than that?  What's the big deal? Whole lotta nuthin.

C'mon. Trump does bad things. Why not bring those things up. Why bring up neutral-to-good things? It's not like he is Bill Clinton, here. Or Gropey Joe Biden.


The App I always wanted to get when I got a real cell phone was one of them Star Gazer apps. So I can ID stars in the sky and know when satellites are flying over. Got it. StarWalk2. Might get a plane traffic app, too. Recommendation for the plane tracker...

Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 19, 2019

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 03:52, Friday, 19 July

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Crime Guns Obtained Illegally Shortly Before Shootings Research that indicates guns used in crime were mostly acquired through the criminal’s friends or family less than two months before the crime. Thanks to Practical Eschatology […]

This is a content summary only. Click the title of the article to view the rest of the content.


I started scuba diving in 2018. It was something that I had always wanted to do because I love the water. The main reason I started scuba diving is because I would like to join the Navy SEALS and keep going to school to get my Ph.D. someday in Marine Biology.  

I started my training at the beginning of spring, and I finished training at the end of summer. I was a little nervous to do training with a partner I didn’t know, so I asked my friend, Brenna, if she would do it with me and she said, “Yes.” We did our first half of training in the community pool and we had work online; the second half we finished off in the lake to secure our first dive in our dive book. My friend and I had an absolute blast scuba diving together. Our instructors helped us with any trouble we had, and they made us feel at ease. Once we were done with our lake dives, we were certified as Junior Open Water, which is the first level. I loved it so much I decided to get certified for advanced open water and I will finish training at the end of the summer 2019...

Want to learn how to catch more fish? Check out these fishing tips from our friends at ~MC

Simple Tricks for Fishing Success

No matter what anyone tells you, you don’t need years of experience to catch more fish. In fact, all you need is a rod and reel, some bait or lures, and these tips for increasing your odds. Oh, and a body of water… you’ll definitely need that.

1. Choose the Best Time of the Day

Fish are more active in low-light conditions, when they feel less threatened by predators. This means you’ll have more luck in the early-to-mid morning, as well as the early-afternoon to evening hours. That said, if the only opening in your schedule means casting under the noonday sun, don’t pass on the opportunity. Instead, look for shaded water, take advantage of cloudy skies, and remember that fish don’t always do what we expect. 


This looks like just my sort of big, dumb summer fun.

Off tackle left on three worked well last time, so just run the same play again.

Thursday, 18 July


Round bales

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 19:55, Thursday, 18 July

In the comments Gerry asked if the bales at Boomershoot would be square or round. I’ve only seen round for at least 10 years. The renter appears to have finished the baling at about 7:30 PM today.

As expected, the bales are round:



Because that's not creepy at all...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 20:19, Thursday, 18 July

"Elon Musk wants to insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain..."
Okay, look. You can leave your cell phone at home if you want to go out and get up to shenanigans (although idiots go get their crime on with their GPS-enabled tracking devices in their pockets all the time).

You can unplug Alexa , and you can put tape over the camera on your laptop, but how you gonna pop out your brain implant if you feel the need to get your mischief on? Your Juggalo makeup may foil the facial ID camera, but your built-in Bluetooth headset is gonna give the game away.


It’s a good thing…

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 18:21, Thursday, 18 July

…Japan has such strict gun control. Because that makes mass murders impossible or something.

A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

When I started concealed carrying I thought most people carry in their home as well as in public. After working in the industry and talking to a ton of everyday people who carry, I’m honestly shocked at how many people decide not to carry in the home. The most common thing I hear from people […]...

POTD: Iraqi Security Forces with AK-47s

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Thursday, 18 July

Photo Of The Day – we travel to Al Taqaddum, Iraq, to look at Iraqi Security Forces who practice combat marksmanship with AK-47 assault rifles earlier this year. The range training is part of the development of the Iraqi soldiers’ individual skills and confidence to operate the Kalashnikovs. Perhaps this wasn’t a live-fire exercise at […]

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TFB Review: The HK SP5K

by Matt E in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Thursday, 18 July

There’s no denying the Heckler & Koch MP5 is one of the most iconic submachine guns ever made. Its full-auto cyclic rate was really controllable and is always worth a good smile. HK brought in their civilian legal MP5 models in the 1980s but in recent history has been extremely difficult to find on the […]



SSD Drives

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 14:47, Thursday, 18 July

I have toyed with the idea of replacing the 1TB drive in my Lenovo with a SSD drive.  At these prices, it is mostly the hassle that stops me.

WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm - WDS100T2B0A  $115.  I do not need more room, but more speed is attractive, especially running linuxCNC in a VM.  Remember when hard discs were so expensive that you often found your...

7/19/19 Reuters:

TOKYO (Reuters) - A man shouted “die” as he doused an animation studio with fuel and set it ablaze in Japan on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said, killing at least 33 people in the nation’s worst mass murder in nearly two decades.
Japan has very strict gun control; people with antisocial tendencies find other ways to do mass murder.

Monitor Flickering

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 13:59, Thursday, 18 July

I have an antique Viewsonic monitor which several of my readers have repaired over the years usually when it just went black.  I am now getting occasional flickering of different colors, sometimes localized, sometimes broadly distributed.  I am sure that this means it is on its last legs.  Any guesses as to what is going to fail?  Would it make more sense to buy a new monitor when this fails?  I can get a 22" 1920x1080 for $80 at Amazon.

Okay, that’s just insulting.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 14:52, Thursday, 18 July

A pile of fresh rat droppings on my brand-new porch floor.

(Via the Woodpile Report)

Last time, it was something that most folks who visit here would call fun, or perhaps entertaining, even though, when you consider the subject, it should have be equally disturbing and depressing. The subject matter, after all, wasn't sunshine and puppies.

This time, after you have read this, I hope you find it disturbing, depressing and that it serves as something of a call to arms. Sorry, still no sunshine and puppies. Maybe next time.

Among my circle of family, friends and acquaintances, the subject of "Civil War II" is slowly becoming a more frequent topic of discussion. People are feeling out others on their stance on things political in not too subtle ways. It seems to me that there is a creeping realization that things are getting worse and they won't get better until the Tree of Liberty has been properly nourished. I don't have any perception that they are looking forward to this. They simply have seen enough that they're concerned.

Metallicman, who I've never read until now, has a 5 ...

Jesus Titty-fucking CHRIST, this column was supposed to be weekly.  I could do a dozen a day if I had the time.

And yeah, I've been  busy. Catching up:  

So let us look at the following:

Suppose you were Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, and suppose you'd made history by getting SCOTUS to LITERALLY FUCKING LAUGH AT YOU for standing by your position that the 8th Amendment magically doesn't apply to the states, and that it's hypothetically perfectly reasonable to seize a half million dollar car for a 5 MPH over speeding violation.

Now, in such case, you'd probably come back and say, "Well, guys, that's it. We tried."

But no!  This complete phaggotte and total cockgobbler doubles down and says, "That was only regarding CIVIL forfeiture! So as long as we can prove a te...

Civil Rights Movement and arms

in Of Arms and the Law at 15:09, Thursday, 18 July

I'm reading A most interesting book, Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era, released by the U of Georgia Press. One of the points made is that the plaintiff in the keystone case of Brown v. School Board had draw his revolver and shoot a segregationist in self-defense.

UPDATE: here is the book mentioned in the comment below: Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms, by Prof. Nick Johnson.

Ten years ago on this blog

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 15:52, Thursday, 18 July

It seems that I posted six times that day.  Woof.  Of course, this is the fifth post today ...

The reason for smaller government, parts CXLIV and CXLV
From Her Britannic Majesty's realm ...

Isn't breaking records, that is - at least not any interesting records  Sure, it's being reported that way:

Tens of millions of Americans will swelter through the hottest weather of the summer over the next few days as a record-breaking heat wave builds across much of the central and eastern U.S.

"A dangerous and widespread summer heat wave is expected through this upcoming weekend across much of the central and eastern U.S.," the National Weather Servicesaid. "A large dome of high pressure will allow high temperatures to surge into the 90s and 100s in many locations, while heat indices will top 100 and approach 110 degrees or higher."
Oh, hum.  Here's a prediction: not a...


Dragon Award Nominations Close Tomorrow.

by correia45 in Monster Hunter Nation at 09:10, Thursday, 18 July

The Dragon Award Nominations close tomorrow. Now is your last chance to nominate your favorite books of the year.

Not me though. I’ve already won. Spread the love and nominate other people.

Anti Semantics

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:05, Thursday, 18 July

Unlike the United States, Israel has no right to bear arms... [More]
Of course the people there have the right to keep and bear arms. That it is not "officially" recognized and is being denied them is another matter.

To believe otherwise is to embrace the semantics of the antis, that rights are government's to give.

Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studio [More]
So you don't need guns?

A Friend of Schumer

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:35, Thursday, 18 July

Come on Chuck you better come clean. [More]
I'd have used a different choice of words.

[Via Florida Guy]  

NRA Alt: Shut Up And Train

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:29, Thursday, 18 July

The last line of defense in America is not a lobbyist wearing $1,000 tasseled loafers, but millions of trained law-abiding Americans capable of defending their life and property.  [More]
True enough. The last line. But without such efforts, the training now can be greatly infringed upon. And as Jeff Knox reminds us, you are the "gun lobby." 

By all means, look at these guys and see if what they offer gives you superior training alternatives. They appear to have a well thought out and comprehensive operation, but I'm not the guy who can write it up in detail with any real training creds authority. You're the one who's going to have to see if this is something you want to pursue, and it's pretty obvious that will require a real commitment.

I can go on and on when it comes to talking about how I grip a pistol. Writer Maureen P. Sangiorgio found that out when she called to discuss the topic for American Rifleman. It’s such an important fundamental, especially for those with smaller hands. Without fail, I’ll read comments on social media about my […]

'Tis devoutly to be wished

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 11:46, Thursday, 18 July

Daddy Bear has a proposal to relocate government agencies closer to where their mission is:

So, taking a cue from the “You don’t want to do it my way? Really? Then we can get crazy!” school of leadership, here are my proposals for where to put several federal agencies that makes more sense than Gehenna on the Potomac.
  1. Army Corps of Engineers – ...

The 79¢ Lime

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:21, Thursday, 18 July

Brett Stevens points out that the Administrative State adds an awful lot of costs.

Take a detour now to a grocery store. For sake of argument, let us say that you are buying a single lime. Maybe you need a mid-day margarita after all of this government drama; maybe you are seasoning fajitas. Either way, you just need to pick up a lime.

It costs $0.79 for a single lime. This is for a fruit that grows on trees even within your region, which in theory should be harvested by cheap illegal alien labor, and delivered with our ultra-efficient transportation system. Why is is so expensive?

The following approximate estimat...


by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 09:38, Thursday, 18 July

Angus McQueen has died, Angus’s death really is the end of an era for NRA. I’ve always been of the opinion that NRA’s relationship with Ack-Mac had become an unhealthy one, but it’s hard to argue they didn’t have a huge impact on the organization and the direction. This is the end of an era, for sure. And should be a caution to Wayne’s apparent sense of indispensability: the cemeteries are filled with indispensable men, and Angus wasn’t much older than Wayne. The Board needs to be thinking about the future now. Not allowing it to be sacrificed so Wayne can bitterly cling on for a few more years.

I expected that ILA would have a brain drain when Chris was pushed out, so I wasn’t surprised to learn that Jennifer Baker has left NRA. Keeping in mind I haven’t really been talking to NRA people for several years now, so my first-hand experience is dated, but people who worked under Chris always seemed happier than people ...

star10-pDoublestar has unveiled a Brand New AR Pistol leading into this fall and TriggrCon 2019 with their STAR10-P .308 Win which could be perfect for compact hunting, range fun, or competition. It utilizes their new Stronghold Pistol Grip with G10 Panels which by itself is rather impressive looking. In a world that is heavily saturated […]

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Happy TFBirthday! A Dozen Great Years

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 10:48, Thursday, 18 July

TFBirthdayTwelve years ago today, The Firearm Blog opened its doors to the world with one main objective: to provide factual information about guns without all the usual tribal political debates that tend to follow. Our founder, Steve Johnson, had a unique vision that would bring gun owners from around the world together to appreciate the […]

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flag seriesIt seems like every year there is a new hip bandwagon of color, accessorizing, or even a certain caliber that gun lovers all need to jump over. In prior years it was everything FDE (Flat Dark Earth) or zombies or the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge which is still riding high. Well, this year it might be […]

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Turns out the California county with the most concealed carry licenses has a lower homicide rate than LA County, where it’s easier to win an Oscar than get a CHL.

Cam Edwards @CamEdwards
Tweeted on July 16, 2019
[Reference article, also by Edwards, is here.

Just another data point demonstrating that anti-gun people lie. It’s part of their nature.—Joe]

Husband kills wife and then himself ... Robinson was a democratic candidate on the August ballot... [More]
A line from "Sunshine" comes to mind:

He can't even run his own life
I'll be damned if he'll run mine.

[Via William T]

Riddle Me This

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:41, Thursday, 18 July

When is "a Des Moines man" not "a Des Moines man"? [More]

When he's an "ICE detainee," of course!

Is it OK to call him that?


Words Do Matter

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:30, Thursday, 18 July

"Words matter. It's vital that we respect the dignity of immigrants..." [More]
He means invaders.

[Via Mack H]

Population shifts set up huge House battleground [More]
Between nest foulers and pathway followers, some of us will soon be up to our necks in it.

[Via Mack H]

Three from the Federalist

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:13, Thursday, 18 July

Why John Roberts’ Citizenship Decision Is Legally And Politically Corrupt [More]
Because he is.
In Face Of Massive Border Crisis, Democrats Tell Americans Citizenship Means Nothing [More]
They are traitors who will do anything to become unchallengeable totalitarians.
What Happens When Psychiatric Abuse Begins To Affect Politics [More]

Allies Joining In

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:01, Thursday, 18 July



No Noose is Good Noose

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:39, Thursday, 18 July

“Noose” Found At U. Michigan Hospital Turns Out Not To Be A Noose [More]
No matter. The HATE CRIME!!! inference has already been spread.

[Via Michael G]

I’ve argued that repealing, or at least reinterpreting, the Second Amendment should be part of a bolder progressive agenda on guns... [More]
What can I say besides "Vox"?

Not that illegitimate repeal would delegitimize the right.

That's the whole point of insisting on this.

[Via DDS]

Hot-Dogging It

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:25, Thursday, 18 July

You Can Rent the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Airbnb This Summer [More]
With all the other cost-cutting measures going on, Wayne thought it best to give it up until things blow over.

[Via Steve T

Open to Question

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:10, Thursday, 18 July

This particular case is leading people to question the logic of the San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot’s new law that would require gun owners to safely store their guns in either a safe or with a trigger device when not in use. [More]
Let's ask Sammy.

Then let's ask the Pitchfork Kids.

Because we should really have no questions about Mara.

More than half of Illinois’ 2,351 federally licensed gun dealers haven’t applied for state licenses required by the new Illinois’ Firearm Dealer License Certification Act, which takes effect today. [More]
Suppliers for these guys just laughed.

 [Via Jeffersonian]


by Mas in at 06:00, Thursday, 18 July

We just finished teaching a class in Colorado where the shooting was done in mid- to upper-90 degree weather. Got through it fine thanks to some clouds, some breeze, and above all by staying on top of the heat exposure. … ...

Your thought for the day

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:39, Thursday, 18 July

In which I am a bit slow

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 06:20, Thursday, 18 July

I hadn't realized that frequent commenter HMSDefiant has a blog.  I mean he's only been commenting here since forever, but I hadn't known that he has been blogging for almost ten years!

Sigh.  Well, better late than never.  Welcome to the blogroll, Defiant!

The ebola situation is bad

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:48, Thursday, 18 July

And from what the gentleman says, probably worse- maybe a LOT worse- than reported.
...As a result, the virus is now poised to break out into three or four new countries.  I'm taking bets that it will do so before long.  I know that area from personal experience.  Just look at this map (courtesy of the Daily Mail) of where the epidemic has spread, most recently to Goma, a city of at least one million people (according to informal estimates, double that).
Unless we're very lucky, look for Ebola to reach Burundi next, and from there, slowly but surely, all the way down the central African lakes and their connecting rivers to Zambia and Malawi.  Look at the blue areas on the map below.  That's how informal, local trade travels, and ...

What could possibly be better for state surveillance and control? (Logic Magazine)

This summer I spent a month in Beijing. I’d last lived in China in 2016, and I was relieved to find my favorite noodle shops in their usual niches. But this time round, navigating the city felt inexplicably different. The cabs I tried to hail passed me by. On the subway, other riders jostled past me, swiping their phones at the turnstiles as I fumbled with my ticket. When I tried to sneak into the cafeteria in Renmin University for a cheap lunch, clutching my grubby backpack, I made it past the guards only to be stopped at the cash register—apart from student cards, the only form of payment accepted was Alipay.

It gradually daw...

A Son Defending His Father

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Thursday, 18 July

You could almost say, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” Resident Wounded, Intruder Killed During Lake Murray Burglary. A burglar who attacked and stabbed a Lake Murray man Tuesday during an early-morning confrontation in the victim’s house was fatally shot moments later by the wounded homeowner’s adult son, according to San Diego police. The […]

The FBI – OR – Political Policing Is Never Good

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Thursday, 18 July

They would like you to believe that it is a few political appointees, but some of the folks at the FBI doing bad things were in that organization for 20 years and more. The FBI Tragedy: Elites above the Law. There are list of the people involved the Russian Collusion invention. Here’s an example. Nonetheless, […]

Forgotten History: Musée de Plans-Reliefs (Paris)

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Thursday, 18 July

Hidden away up on the 4th floor of the Paris Army Museum (in Les Invalides) is the rather unexcitingly-named Musée de Plans-Reliefs. Up here in the dark is a collection of strategic dioramas dating back some 350 years. French King Louis XIV created a workshop to build these 1:600 sale models of the major fortifications around the French coast as a tool for planning military actions. Napoleon resumed the practice in the 1800s, and today the collection includes some 100 different models. Not all of these are on display, but they are quite large and intricately detailed. Truly a hidden gem of military history in the attic of the museum. If you have an opportunity to visit the Paris Musée de l’Armée, don’t miss the chance to take an hour or so to see these!

Gasoline and Matches

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 07:37, Thursday, 18 July

Good thing Japan has strict gun laws or someone might have gotten hurt. My chief argument against people who want to tighten up gun laws because of mass killing is: “OK, then what do we do when that doesn’t work, and we still have mass killings?” Because we will. You don’t need an AR-15 to kill a lot of people quickly. Tactics are a lot more important. Even with a bolt action rifle that only holds 5 rounds, the killer can still succeed if they adjust their tactics to match the capabilities of the weapon. So the idea that you ban this gun or that gun is not borne out by reality. Mass killings have been very successfully pulled off by trucks and explosives and even bladed weapons in countries that have strict gun laws and little cultural history of private gun ownership.

Clayton Cramer is working on a definitive work on the history of mass killing, and from what I’m hearing the history is extensive and pretty interesting. This is not a new phenomena. Mass killing is probably the number one threat to our...

counterfeitWith the burgeoning popularity of AR and AK pistols, SB Tactical has one of the most in-demand accessories on the market with their pistol braces. As their light continues to shine brighter there will always be those who go to great lengths to copy a good idea whether in a legal or illegal fashion. As […]

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PROOF Research announced today that they’ll be providing barrels to the DoD’s extended long range sniper program.  These new Barrett MRAD rifles are chambered in Hornady’s new 300 PRC round (that I recently had a chance to try in a different rifle).  Here’s what PROOF Research had to say in today’s press release.     The […]

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by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:30, Thursday, 18 July

Erry boday on my team at work has been on vacation.  One comes back tomorrow.

So I have been on my own at work, doing the jobs of four people.  So lonely.  And busier than a one-armed paper hanger in an ass kicking contest.  Assuming I was also missing a leg.  And had a lot of wallpaper hanging to do. 

Not an excuse for the poor blogging, just an explanation.

Hey, that reminds me of that radio Pentecostal that signed off with "not a sermon, just a thought."  Remember that guy?  I think he may be local.  He'd have to be to penetrate my listening preference, I do not seek out religious radio programming.  I think this is him.  I did appreciate his brevity.

Also,  Delenda Est LaPierre.  After he is removed his office needs to be trashed and the plush pile carpet salted so nothing can ever grown in there again.

Ilhan's Vision

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:27, Thursday, 18 July

[More]Any questions?

The Larger Issue

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:14, Thursday, 18 July

Update: This article was updated on 17 July with the initial headline, ’Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt’ being amended to ‘Chris Pratt criticised for T-shirt choice.' References to White Supremacism in this article have been removed. [More]
Well if Ellen Page and Aureola Grande are against it...

There's a larger issue, and we'll see how that plays out in the upcoming political prelude to more unrestrained preference signaling. The Democrats will be running on the platform that if you're not one of them you're a racist, no longer welcome in your own country and with all the attendant "benefits" thereof.

Good Question

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:41, Thursday, 18 July

Why did Wayne LaPierre have a shell company for 27 years that shared an accountant and registered agent with democratic activists? [More]
Will pulling the thread lead to something or nothing?

We'll never know unless it's pulled.

For any parent, forming children’s minds is an important job. But what do we focus on? No matter what role firearms play in your home, you should arm your children with the necessary tools to make sound decisions. Two of the best tools any parents can give their children are the skills of critical thinking and preparedness. What does that mean when it comes to firearms? It means knowing what to do and not do, and how to be prepared to take the correct action when encountering firearms in life. This is a topic that should be addressed, just like fire safety, swimming pools, crossing streets, and prescription medications. In this piece, we are going to talk about building good gun handling habits with pistols.

Earlier this summer, my kids developed poison ivy. Upon investigation, we found a healthy patch of the stuff in the back corner of the yard, right next to the swing-set. As my husband is highly allergic to poison ivy, it was my job to pull up and discard the patch before the kids got into it again. Precautions were taken by wearing long pants and gloves. Afterwards, my clothing was immediately removed and washed. During my shower, I scrubbed down with Dawn dish soap, but it didn’t matter. Within a week I had poison ivy rash up and down both arms and on the trunk of my body.

Adult Tourniquets for Kids

by DRGO in Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership at 05:45, Thursday, 18 July

[Ed: DRGO’s ‘Dr. Latebloomer’ originally published this July 17 at] A recent article published in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics, indicates that Adult Combat Application Tourniquets (CAT) are effective for use in school-age children. I don’t follow the pediatric trauma literature because I’m in general office care, so this was news to me. It seems […]

By Nathan Barton

Freedom Net Daily ran this headline recently: “US Air Force issues veiled threat to murder Americans it supposedly exists to serve,” reposting a UK Independent article on the Area 51 storming:

“The Air Force has issued a stern warning to the over half of million people planning to storm a top-secret US military base in the Nevada desert who are on a hunt to ‘see them aliens.’ Over 600,000 people have signed up to an event called ‘Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us’ which invites attendees to gather en masse before going into the air force base, which has long obsessed alien conspiracy theorists. The satirical event, which is organised on Facebook and is scheduled to take place on 20 September, appears to be a joke given the high security and heavily guarded nature of the base. … But Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews has released a warning to potential trespassers [sic]. ‘[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage an...

Epic Fail at Teaching Math

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Thursday, 18 July

They would love to outlaw math. TRENDING: Educators work to combat racism, whiteness in math. Do you remember the pedestrian bridge in Florida that collapsed a few years back? Get ready for more of that, because engineering is all about physics and math. How much social justice was delivered to the people who died that […]


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