Friday, 18 January

22:55

Imperial holiday this weekend?

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 20:05, Friday, 18 January

By Nathan Barton

As we approach the one-month mark on the “partial government shutdown,” we find more and more dire predictions about the catastrophe looming, which has just not yet hit the Fifty States.

Being distracted by a good many things I’d forgotten that this coming Monday is “Martin Luther King Junior Day.” When I mentioned that to my son (as he tried to figure out schedules for testing and such), I had a slip of the tongue.

“Remember that this is a three-day weekend because Monday is an Imperial holiday.”

This, in turn, triggered a whole lot of other ideas, some serious, and some fascicious, but fascinating.

Consider this:

The entire concept of “Federal Holidays” is not just unconstitutional (what authority exists?), but can be seen as robbing the taxpayers even more – insult to injury.

It is also very arrogant, that a group of people in DC can dictate to 300 million-plus Americans when not just government offices but many kinds of businesses and other enterprises can be available to provide them goods and services. Especially...

19:55

and baby, it's cold outside.  More comfortable inside, continuing your studies




















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Good evening everyone and thank you for coming back to TFB’s Friday Night Lights series that covers the world of illumination, night vision, thermal imaging and lasers. Our beam guru Nick Chen will be your regular host of FNL going forward, but I’m filling in tonight to give you an advanced look at two new […]

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POTD: Heckler & Koch Roller delayed blowback system

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Friday, 18 January

It’s time to get a little bit technical in Today’s Photo Of The Day. You are looking at the Heckler & Koch‘s roller-delay...

16:55

Lowering the Barr Again

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 14:32, Friday, 18 January

Trump's AG pick was top cop during the federal siege and killing of Randy Weaver's wife and son. [More]
In case this wasn't enough...

Springfield Armory Introduces New XD-E Pistols

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Friday, 18 January

XDEIn 2019 Springfield Armory are introducing new barrel lengths to its XDE series of pistols. The 9x19mm hammer-fired pistols will now be available in 3.8 and 4.5 inch barrel lengths. The XD-E 3.8 inch weighs in at 24 oz with an overall length of 7.16 inches while the larger 4.5 inch barrel XD-E weighs 25 […]

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12:55

Well, now. That is ugly.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 09:24, Friday, 18 January


Grumble. Temperature fell 10o in an hour. Could barely see to get back from chicken chores in the Jeep.

Winter sucks.

Sour Grapes

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:00, Friday, 18 January

The headline at the New York Post sounds like sour grapes:

Melania Trump reportedly heading to Mar-a-Lago on government jet
The paper is trying to make the point that the Big Nance had a trip canceled yesterday, but Melaia is flying to Palm Beach for the weekend.  Frankly, the point is lost on me.

Who cares?  Melania is smoking hot and could probably stand on the ramp at Andrews with her thumb up and hitch a ride anywhere she wanted to go.  I'm pretty sure that the First Lady qualifies for Space-A travel.

Of course, leftist Twitter took notice.
“So Trump denies the Speaker of the House the ability to visit troops in Afghanistan, but Melania gets to take a trip to Florida ahead of the holiday weekend,” tweeted pollster Matt McDermott.
Troop visits go two ways.  When I was in service, I was involved in a couple of Big-Shot visits.  The idea that the Big Nance wanted to visit the troops is one thing.   The suggestion that the troops wan...

Wolves' Breakfast Plans Foiled

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:00, Friday, 18 January

Virginia House panel votes down more than a dozen gun bills, including red-flag proposal [More]
The pack leaders are not pleased.

[Via Mack H]

Everything presented so far indicates the firearms industry would find faith in Mr. Barr as attorney general to protect the lawful commerce in arms. [More]
Besides,who you gonna believe? Us or your lying eyes and ears?

[Via Mack H]

Tofu Eater

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:01, Friday, 18 January

Chernin, who has donated nearly $500,000 to Democratic candidates and causes since 2015, has repeatedly attacked gun rights and Second Amendment activists over the last year ... Chernin also signed a petition backed by a Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control group demanding a federal ban on semi-automatic weapons. [More]
I confess I still take guilty pleasure in watching a Fudd on TV.  He never fails to entertain.

[Via Michael G]
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Gun control

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 12:23, Friday, 18 January

Explained to a liberal.


It's a lot more peaceful now, amirite?

R. Lee Ermey is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  Rest in peace, Gunny.

Global Temperature measurement is getting a lot better in some ways, although you won't read any of this is the newspaper:

Between 2005 and 2017, the global network of thousands of Argo floats have measured an average temperature increase of the upper half of the ocean of 0.04 deg. C. That’s less than 0.004 C/year, an inconceiveably small number.
I like the Argo system because it's automated and global (and doesn't look like it's been massively adjusted; I guess we'll have to watch that).  But while the measurements look pretty darn good the data look like they're tossed into the maw of the Government-Academia Complex:
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More on the Realignment

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 11:01, Friday, 18 January

Ace of Spades doesn’t get the people who don’t want their elected politicians to fight for their interests. He points out:

I think the biggest difference between the cuck and non-cuck wings of the Republican party (apart from the cucks being liberals) is that non-cucks valorize audacity and aggression, whereas cucks valorize caution and defensiveness.

In a period of relative political stability, caution and defensiveness are what get you through. There are apple carts that don’t need upsetting, so people will tend to select for those traits. The problem is we’re in the middle of the political realignment where everything is up for grabs, and new arrangements are being negotiated. In that kind of political environment, audacity and aggression are what will get you through, but it’ll take a while to move aside all the people who rose under the last period of political stability.

I’m not always happy about the battles Trump picks, but he’s a fighter. He is a harbinger of the realignment. We will need more politicia...

Commentary on the Shutdown

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 10:27, Friday, 18 January

It’s been fun to watch social media, and all the people on pointing fingers at anyone but themselves. If you really give a shit on the issue to the point of inflexibility, you’re part of the problem. I don’t really think a border wall will accomplish what people expect it to, but can’t you give the dude his wall? What’s it to you? Do you really believe in completely open borders? Because you can have that, if you’re willing to give up the welfare state. But you can’t have both open borders and a welfare state. Five billion dollars is sofa change for the federal government, so lets not pretend this is about money.

Likewise from the other side, a wall isn’t going to keep out visa cheaters, which is most of the illegals these days. So maybe be willing to work a bit with Nancy to end the impasse. Both Pelosi and Trump need a face saving way out. But that’s probably not possible. Both Trump and Pelosi’s base has each of them locked into a no win scenario, with neither side able to give an inch without their base crying “surrender,” “traitor.”

The algorithms have driven everyone ...

Review: Bushnell Forge 4.5-27×50 Scope

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Friday, 18 January

Last year, Bushnell came out with their Forge line of optics. The Bushnell Forge optics boast better lens coatings and higher magnification over their Nitro line. I opted to check out their 4.5-27×50 scope and see how it works for long range shooting. Bushnell Forge Terrain The Bushnell Forge collection comes in Terrain color which […]

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Steyr Introduces Scout Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Friday, 18 January

6.5 Creedmore ScoutSteyr Arms have announced a new version of their Scout Rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The new chambering joins the line of light, handy bolt actions. The new 6.5 Creedmoor chambered rifle joins other calibres in the Scout Rifle line which include .223 Remington, 243 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington, .308 Winchester. The Scout Rifle was developed […]

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Unique-ARs new line of handguards: the Slim Series.

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Friday, 18 January

Slim handguards, often chosen by competitive sports shooters who like to get a good grip around the handguard at all times. Unique-ARs, based in McCall, Idaho, has a new line of handguard called the Slim Series. As the name suggests, these handguards offer a slimmer profile than their usual, with an Outer Dimension of 1.8”, […]

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Crimson Trace produce over 350 different laser sights and 2019 means the addition of a few more models as well as 11 new custom-designed riflescopes that range from a 1-4X24mm up to a long-range 5-25X56mm. The line also includes a 3-9X40mm riflescope with an illuminated reticle and 34mm tube, and two 1-8x28mm riflescopes with 34mm […]

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Noveske rolls out Gen 4

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Friday, 18 January

Noveske Rifleworks continue to evolve their rifles, and the Fourth Generation is available now just before SHOT Show 2019. The GEN4 Noveske Rifles, PDWs, and SBRs are chambered in either 300 Blackout or 5.56mm, from a short barrel length of 7.94″ up to 10.5″. and 16″. The changes are sutble, keeping the Noveske Design language. […]

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08:55

Once you realize that “assault weapons” are in the eye of the beholder, it’s hard to take seriously the extravagant promises of legislators who want to ban them. Feinstein claims her bill would “put a stop to mass shootings.” Yet even if it eliminated the millions of “assault weapons” that Americans already own (something it does not even purport to do), mass shooters would still have plenty of equally lethal alternatives.

After three decades of this nonsense, Americans may be starting to wise up. According to Gallup, support for legislation like Feinstein’s fell from a peak of 59 percent in 2000 to 40 percent last year.

Jacob Sullum
January 16, 2019
The Whimsical Illogic of ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans
[At a national scale I think we are m...

Most of yesterday was very pleasant here. Then in mid-afternoon the wind came up and I knew the predicted change was arriving. This morning…


Warm for the season, but windy and raining and yuck. Of course it isn’t supposed to last long. Still it put me in kind of a bad mood...

Gun Control ‘Cancer’ Spreading in Pacific Northwest

by Dave Workman in Liberty Park Press at 08:25, Friday, 18 January

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Unmasked

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:43, Friday, 18 January


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Design by Committee

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:36, Friday, 18 January

STEM students create dumbest smart gun ever [More]
How did they get hold of a real gun to validate their contentions and then get it into the school?  Or didn't they, and the whole "project" is just speculative political bs?

[Via William T]

Ready for a Bastille Day II?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:01, Friday, 18 January

Yellow Vest protestor shot in the back of the head by French police [More]
I'm sure things would settle down if they only formed some kind of public safety committee...

[Via Michael G]

#BelieveWomen?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:19, Friday, 18 January

Parkinson, a former police worker, alleged the rape against her former partner while he was a prison guard at Canberra's jail. [More]
I wonder how many other innocents this foul creature set up.

[Via Michael G]

White House School Safety Commission Recommends Gun Confiscation [More]
Why am I suddenly thinking "Goldfinger"...?

[Via Joseph W]

Sheriffs came to the Roundhouse to meet with lawmakers and listen to the governor's speech, but because they were armed, they were told they couldn't come into the House gallery. [More]
I can't tell you how much that upsets me.

[Via bondmen]
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Criminocracy

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:01, Friday, 18 January


What would you call it? [More]

[Via bondmen]

Polk County Sheriff said Calderon blamed the child... [More]
Another qualifier! Everything about this guy screams "Democrat-in-waiting!"

[Via bondmen]
...
Upheaval in the Hillsboro Police Department over theft investigation [More]
So much for being  more trustworthy to have a gun...

[Via bondmen]

Garbage People

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:37, Friday, 18 January

Note the force of such dehumanizing invective that transcends political differences. [More]
Are you vermin?


[More]Why do I feel like a closer look at the judge might be in order?

Or at least getting her name right...?
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Zeroing In

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:25, Friday, 18 January


[More]I wonder how long it will take them to notice...

It's easy to do when you work alone and are in a hurry. If an editor did it, the Roman numeral can confuse some.
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Under the new law Pritzker signed Thursday, it would be illegal for retailers to sell guns without being certified by the state.  [More]
No, of course it won't eliminate ATF oversight.

This is harassment because he can.

Is anyone surprised to find the people who want to disarm you are also sadists?

[Via Bill in ILL]

The Benefits Line Starts Here

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:07, Friday, 18 January



I wonder if anyone in that line would object to someone cutting in front of them. [More]

[Via Dave Licht...

The Gun Went Off

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:38, Friday, 18 January

The Mossberg .22 caliber rifle determined to be the gun that killed Allen...[More]
What else could it have been?

Racists and Xenophobes

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:24, Friday, 18 January



Either that or lying, subversive hypocrites...

[Via Don J]

Aptronym

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:14, Friday, 18 January

Yoni... [More]
How fitting.

What he really wants to impeach are the ideas that got the man elected.


#SheiToo

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:08, Friday, 18 January

Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim [More]
And he was a Beto-besty...?

The Vichy NRA officially supports Star Chamber-ordered SWATting with no due process. [More]
Here comes their waterboy now:



In the Pink

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:01, Friday, 18 January

Gillette has been accused of hypocrisy over its new advert tackling toxic masculinity, with some complaining the brand is itself guilty of sexism. It relates to the issue known as the “pink tax” where products advertised towards women cost more than similar products marketed towards men. [More]
So their masters disproportionately pass along child labor cost savings...?

LOCK THE DOORS!

by Mas in at 06:00, Friday, 18 January

This bizarre incident happened recently in Michigan. One of the charms of rural living in old-fashioned America was the sense of peaceful good neighborliness that made people comfortable leaving their doors unlocked at night.  That has been over for a … Read more

A Virginia state senator utilized the state’s open-carry law in a unique way on Tuesday by carrying her .38 caliber revolver with her right into the state’s capitol building. 
Amanda Chase, a first-term conservative state senator who has made news by being a vocal opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, decided to carry her gun after pro-immigration activists confronted a fellow state senator the day before, forcing Capitol Police to be called, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
There's a photo at the link which is made of so much win that it's in danger of collapsing into a black hole of win.

 Note: I believe that this is the first time I've used both the "...

That is one damned big fish

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 07:02, Friday, 18 January

“My first reaction was just disbelief,” Mark Mohler, who captured the images for this story, told For The Win Outdoors. “She followed three tiger sharks in toward the whale carcass, and her sheer size made them look like barracudas.”
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Deep Blue, believed to measure at least 21 feet, became famous after being featured by Discovery in 2014 (with footage captured in 2013).



Richard Fernandez is skeptical, but nonetheless willing to take the establishment’s Russian-conspiracy theory and run with it.

The outbreak of unrest [of the rebellion of the commons against the elites from Britain to France to the USA] … is so vast …. that the Washington Post had an op-ed explaining it: Putin at work. The hand of Russian collusion is seen everywhere. “From Brexit to NATO and the s...

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by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:31, Friday, 18 January

Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:20, Friday, 18 January

You could also file this under “Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight.” Richmond clerk fires gun at knife-carrying robber: ‘I had to take action’. When confronted, the would-be-robber ran like a rabbit.

“Fired at” not “Fired at and hit” is the key phrase. (Practice, Practice, Practice!)

“With him threatening my wife and threatening me again when he saw me, I had to take action,” said Haddad. “When someone threatens you with a knife, you don’t know what they are capable of doing.”

Still, the action taken stopped the attack. Cops caught up with the getaway vehicle, and after a short foot chase, arrested 3 people.

Three people were arrested after a convenience store robbery Tuesday night: two brothers and their female friend.

Self-defense is a Human-right.

Chicago’s Recipe For More Corrupt Cops

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:00, Friday, 18 January

Don’t have repercussions for bad behavior. On-duty Chicago cops used as chauffeurs, babysitters for supervisor’s child: OIG.

The Office of Inspector General recommended possible firing for the supervisor, but the Chicago Police Department opted instead for a seven-day suspension.

Seven days of unpaid time off. Gee, however will he survive?

And it isn’t like this didn’t impact policing in Chicago.

In one instance, an officer hung up the phone on a domestic-violence victim because the child needed attention, according to the report.

Hat Tip to Second City Cop, who has identifying information (via the Tribune.)

identified by sources as Grand Central District Cmdr. Anthony Escamilla

05:55

I am just a little disappointed.

I hope they start to do better again in the near future.

Missing in Action

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:50, Friday, 18 January

2019 WOMEN'S MARCH SPONSORS [More]
You didn't think you could quietly slip away without being noticed, did you, gals?

Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 18, 2019

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:23, Friday, 18 January

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

 

Critical Thinking About Defensive Shooting

This is a topic about which I’ve changed my mind over the years.  Early in my instructor journey, I bought into the whole “gross motor skills” slide racking debate.  As this article des...

A highlight of working SHOT Show is time at the Safariland booth. I remember the first year I joined the team and how nervous I was giving a demo on my competition rig. There I was elbow to elbow, literally, with some of the biggest names in the shooting sports! Now, Team Safariland demos are […]

With President Trump’s December 31 signing of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), saltwater recreational anglers just got a big leg up when it comes to the federal management of the nation’s fish stocks.

“The Modern Fish Act is a big step forward in recognizing the value of today’s recreational fishing,” said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. “It will help improve public access to America’s federal waters and management of fish stock, promote conservation of natural marine resources, and spur economic growth by fixing key issues in the law governing marine fisheries.”

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Don’t own a boat yet but want to learn how to boat? Are you traveling and interested in renting a boat? Then you should look into a one day boat license.

power boat

Boating license terms vary quite a bit depending on your state. For example, you may find that a “one day boat license” may not even exist in your state but that you can earn something like a “boater education certificate.”  This will prove that you have succeeded in finishing a boat safety course, but because it may not need to be renewed, it ...

Last night...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:10, Friday, 18 January


Fresh home from the vet, having been x-rayed, palpated, had blood and urine samples taken with needles, given subcutaneous fluids, and otherwise had her dignity disrespected, Miss Random Numbers J. Wu got home and hopped into Roberta's desk chair for a well-earned nap...

X-rays showed that she didn't have impacted stool, but she did have a hard, dried ball of poop she was probably having extreme difficulty with. Rehydration and stool softeners were indicated.

I don't look forward to being her age. I imagine I'll have the same method of dealing with doctor's visits:
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News You Can Use

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:40, Friday, 18 January

It is funny the unexpected things that can turn up in my daily web-searches for news. Betty White’s Health Secrets Include Vodka, So There’s That.

At 97, she’s the oldest working actress in Hollywood. She gives some “health tips” or at least what works for her.

“Vodka’s kind of a hobby,” the Golden Girls star has said. “On the rocks… lots and lots of lemon. You can’t get much better.” When we think of vodka, we tend to think of Russians, and it’s true: They’ve been drinking the spirit since the 14th century, when foreign dignitaries traveling from Italy introduced its precursor, aqua vitae, as a universal cure-all. And now, we’ll think of Betty. However, the idea is not as off-the-wall as it may sound.

And it isn’t all hokum.

A new scientific study found that drinking alcohol in moderate doses — a glass or two, now and then — triggers the release of enzymes that process the toxic components of liquor. These are the same lifesaving enzymes that are released when a person has a heart attack. ...

South African Army .22 Rimfire Conversion for the R4

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Friday, 18 January

In order to allow cheaper and simpler training of troops, the South African Defense Forces adopted a .22 rimfire conversion kit for their R4 rifles. The system was developed by an engineer named Willie Klotz working for Thor Engineering. It is an open-bolt firing system which is quite complex, and interestingly uses the sear of the Galil/AK fire control system to fire rather than the hammer. The conversion is rather tricky to install, and in practice often required hand-fitting each kit to a specific rifle.

01:55

VODA On The Temple Index

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:16, Friday, 18 January

Mans a bit late on this, since the temple index craze definitely already passed:

He has more control up high, than down low apparently. haha cool stuff bro, I have big hopes for VODA bringing the derp content HEAVY all thought 2019.

Oh man they...

Bump stocks got treaded on hard recently.  Jerry checks one bumpy boi out vs his quick finger:

They definitely take some getting used to.  I don’t have one but I’ve used one and didn’t care for it… that said I’m irritated they are now NFA items and am still shocked that actually was allowed to happen.

Thoughts?

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NERF Wild West

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Friday, 18 January

Sure why not:

What can I say fellas, it’s “content”.  Not as bad as I thought it was going to be actually.

Thoughts?

Thursday, 17 January

18:55

Pelosi No-Fly

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 16:00, Thursday, 17 January

It's on the news everywhere, but President T rump has told the Big Nance that she can't fly to Europe on a government airplane.  I don't know why she thinks going on a world tour is a good idea during a government crisis of her own making, but evidently, she thought it was a good idea.

The letter is everywhere.


I'll bet that when she read the sentence about flying commercial, her tit got caught in a wringer.

That's funny, right there.

GOAL Post 2019-1

by D.W. Drang in The Clue Meter at 18:26, Thursday, 17 January

Is up here, as seen at the top of the right hand sidebar.  (I seem to have fallen off the mailing list.)

Being the first GOAL post of the year, it's a long one, as Joe usually takes the time to explain the legislative process. (See also my earlier post in which I shared everyone's favorite Schoolhouse Rock vids 😉...)

Bills, so far:
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP
Senn (D-41) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1022 Prohibiting handgun sale data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1024 Prohibiting gun owner data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1068 High capacity magazine ban
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1038 Authorizing armed school personnel
Walsh (R-19) UnAsg SUPPORT
HB 1073 Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal contr...

Because Actually Getting a Job Is Out of the Question

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 16:25, Thursday, 17 January

The linked article could start discussions on so many things. Recidivism being the obvious choice. Robbery suspect is convicted murderer. But a quote late in the story makes me want to scream.

“I don’t want to hurt you but I have to make a living,” one of the robbers told the clerk Monday.

The 2 got about 100 dollars in cash.

The murder – in 1990 – was also the result of a robbery, which also netted about 100 bucks. But in 1990, he couldn’t leave a living witness, even though she was nice.

“They simply could not leave a witness alive,” a Metro detective was quoted in 1990 by The Tennessean. Coleman told Metro detectives how “nice” the 1990 victim was, who had given the men free sandwiches before they shot her to death, hid her body in the store and left in her car with less than $100 in cash, a similar amount to that taken Monday in Shelbyville.

He could have made more money if he got a job in the store and applied himself.

Vasilyev Automatic Rifle (VAR) Concept

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Thursday, 17 January

Russian Vasilyev Automatic Rifle (VAR) Concept (1)When checking the news feed in Russian and former Soviet countries’ websites, I came across an article written in a Russian website called Voyennoye Obozreniye about a new rifle concept called VAR (Vasilyev Automatic Rifle). At first glance, it was one of those concepts that makes you think “someone plays video games too much”. However, […]

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NEW Springfield Armory SAINT Victor: A Tier Above

by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Thursday, 17 January

victorSpringfield Armory has announced a NEW iteration of their SAINT AR-15 leading into SHOT Show 2019! The unveiling of the SAINT Victor is a new tier within the SAINT family of rifles and pistols that is meant to be a cut above. There are 5 different configurations: 5.56 SBR (Short-Barreled Rifle), 5.56 AR-15 Pistol, 300 […]

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15:55

Via email from Chet.

Suicide prediction technology is revolutionary. It badly needs oversight:

Facebook is the largest and most visible company engaged in suicide prediction. After it introduced a live-streaming service in early 2016, dozens of users broadcast suicide attempts in real time on the platform. In response, on Feb. 16, 2017, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was experimenting with AI-based suicide prediction. Its software analyzes user-generated posts for signs of suicidal intent — the word “Goodbye” paired with responses like “Are you OK?,” for example, or “...

Truth

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 14:49, Thursday, 17 January

Via someplace on Facebook:

YOU KNOW YOU ARE FROM WASHINGTON STATE WHEN:

You know the Vitamin d deficiency struggle is real.

You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Sammamish, Enumclaw and Issaquah.

You avoid driving through Seattle at all costs.

You know what a Geoduck is.

You consider swimming an indoor sport.

You see a person carrying an umbrella and instantly think tourist.

Your lawn is mostly moss and you don’t really care.

Honking your car horn is for absolute emergencies.

You’re EXTREMELY picky about your coffee.

“The mountain is out today”, isn’t a strange statement.

While out of state you just tell people you’re from Seattle since that’s the only known city in Washington according to the rest of the world.

You remember Almost Live.

You’ve eaten in the Space Needle, and while it was delicious, you’re never paying $50 for a meal in the sky again.

You rarely wash your car because it’s just going to get washed by the rain tomorrow.

You’re used to the phrase “No, not DC” when te...

…to report that that went well!


This is easily the nicest day we’ve seen since Christmas. Full sun, temperature tickling the low fifties, light breeze. I thought I was going to regret not diving into this project yesterday, but that would have been an ordeal. Except for so...

You Had Me At Bacon

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 18:36, Thursday, 17 January

I have survived the pre and post-holiday sales, the pre-Valentine's sales, not finding any "furlough sales".  But I have been busy, not writing, as the muse went south with my paycheck.  But I'm taking care of an elderly lady from our congregation several days a week.  She fell, not badly injuring herself, but leaving her bruised and a little wobbly.  Home health care is expensive, so she has a nurse for overnight, but needs some company during the day so myself and a couple other ladies from the Bell Choir volunteered to keep her company until she healed and felt stronger.

Tonight I'm home, another lady is covering and I really didn't want a supper I had to fuss over as Partner in Grime is working late.  I thought I'd make one of Barkley's favorite treats.  He didn't g...

I've spent a lot of my career working with Marketing and PR types, and have generally found it to be fun and rewarding (as one Marketing VP once told me, "Marketing doesn't change the truth, it just makes it better!").  But along the way some basic concepts have sunk in.  The first rule of PR, for example, is "if you have to explain it, you've failed".  This has actually been a really good challenge in making the message you want to send very crisp and sharp.

Gillette failed at this in a big, big way.  They failed so big that their advert needs to be Voxsplained.  It won't do any good, of course - you can't explain to someone who's been offended that they haven't, you know, been offended.  But good luck with that.

It's actually worse than this, of course.  You need to be extremely careful with your marketing so that you maintain your credibility.  You can come across as a fast talking snake oil salesman, of course, but you shouldn't expect that to build trust in your brand.  Even if what you say is...

Sort-of Midweek Link Roundup

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:52, Thursday, 17 January

The Other McCain – In The Mailbox: 01.16.19.

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Do You Put Your Own Personal Interests First, Or Your Nation’s?
American Power: The Case Of Caroline Callaway & The Influencer Economy
American Thinker: Understanding Why The Deep State Had To Take Down General Flynn
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News
BattleSwarm: Parliament Rejects May’s Dog’s Brexit, Yet, May Survives No-Confidence Vote

Doug Ross – Larwyn’s Linx: Now Pelosi Democrats Weaponize State of the Union Address for #TheResistance.

Nation
Now Pelosi Democrats Weaponize State of the Union Address for #TheResistance: CTH
Do a State of the Union Rally, Mr. President!: EIB
Apology Demanded From Pelosi For Lying About, Insulting Secret Service: Benny Johnson

MaddMedic at Freedo...

ProvidenceIt was just about this time last year when us ‘new media’ types were getting geared up for SHOT, when Franklin Armory decides to roll a grenade onto the dance floor in the form of the Reformation, a short barreled non–SBR. Well, in what everyone should have seen coming, the mad scientists at Franklin have […]

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11:55


“Gun outrage grew”?  With whom?  Do they get a lot of whiny harridans in pink pussy hats registering anti-gun indignation at monster truck events these days? [More]
Let 'em fill the stands with leftists since that's who they want to please.

Group Identity Concepts

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 10:32, Thursday, 17 January

Written by: Greg Ellifritz

 

Do you know about “Social Identity Theory” and “Identity Fusion?”  If not, it might be beneficial for you to read the article linked below about an Army doctor who struggled with PTSD after his retirement.

Abandoning the tribe: The psychology behind why veterans struggle to transition to civilian life

 

From the article:

“Social Identity Theory (SIT). SIT works on the premise that individuals define their own identities with regard to social groups, and that these identities bolster and protect self-identity (Tajfel, 1982). Group identities rely on the formation of one’s “in-group” with regard to an “out-group”, and the tendency to view one’s own group as superior compared to others, and the potential to degrade other groups in order to bolster one’s own group cohesion. In the military context this can be seen in the distinct diffe...

[Update] Red Flag Orders: Weasel-wording from the VNRA

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 09:23, Thursday, 17 January

See below, for more hypocrisy.

No, for once, I’m not going to talk about bump-fire stocks (anyone who doesn’t understand that problem by now can’t, or won’t, comprehend it).

Let’s talk about ERPOs. And the Vichy NRA.

Call them extreme risk protective orders, red flag orders, gun violence protection orders, or what have you, they had been floated for years, but became particularly popular after the Parkland school shooting. Rather irrationally, since the local, state, and federal authorities had plenty of time and warnings to stop the murder before he escalated to the deaths of humans (per reports, he’d been killing animals for years). The point was to deflect attention from their own failures. If only we’d had ERPOs (in addition to unused protective orders, unused Baker Act, unused arrests/indictments/convictions for what he’d already done, maybe even ...

What Is A Man?

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 08:58, Thursday, 17 January

I'm not the bully in the Gillette commercial. I'm not the guy that cat-calls. I'm not a racist.

I am male. I have grown into being a man. I had good examples growing up. I joined the Marines when I was 19. I served six years on active duty and received an honorable discharge. I married at 20. Our relationship has lasted 42 years and continues. I raised four sons and survived the death of one of them. I have worked steadily since I was in high school. I have never been stopped for anything more serious than traffic violations. I volunteer in my community in what I consider meaningful ways.

Gillette may not be able to walk this back but they ought to try. It's wrong to insult people because of their gender.

Meanwhile, here's a response from another company.

Boy, did they.

This part alone demonstrates the perils of someone who has no real idea of the use of a tool trying to redesign said tool:
...It’s also equipped with a GPS and geo-fencing technology, so it can’t be fired in public places, like schools or churches. They say the technology would be built into new guns and a version would be made to be retrofitted onto existing guns.

“You still are allowed to do one bullet every 20 seconds so you still are allowed to use self-defense so it’s still going to work,” said Shahid.
Because A: Nobody ever needed to defend himself/others in a public place, and B: bad guys always fall down at one shot.  And nobody ever misses.

I'll bet Watts & Co. are kissing their ass and saying "This Will End Mass Shootings!" 

Kids, your hearts may be in the ri...

Take truck to shop, walk home,

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 11:26, Thursday, 17 January

and find a hawk sitting on the carport next door.  No pictures, unfortunately.

On Christmas Eve, Taran Tactical celebrated Keanu Reeves’ birthday. At the same time, they unveiled what handgun Keanu will be using as he reprises his role in the upcoming John Wick 3 movie. This time John Wick has upgraded from polymer striker fired guns to a double stack 9mm single action hammer fired STI 2011 […]

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I think many will agree that shooting Rimfire is one of the funniest things you can do, a feeling which will only grow if you throw economy into the equation. One of the industry leaders in Rimfire ammunition is CCI, a company which has been in business for over 68 years. CCI was formally established […]

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POTD: Maxrounds vs. Magpul D-60

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Thursday, 17 January

If you shoot a Molot or a Saiga Shotgun I am sure you are annoyingly very familiar with how often you have to change magazines. The normal one only holds 8 or 10 rounds, which can fly out in matters of seconds. The magazine is empty before you read this sentence. With the Powermag it […]

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08:55

You can’t arm slaves and expect them to remain slaves, and similarly, you can’t disarm free citizens and expect them to remain free.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
January 7, 2019
CIVIL RIGHTS RALLY IN PITTSBURGH IS THE HIGH ROAD
Misguided effort to disarm Jews and the public is wrong
JPFO Statement for the Pittsburgh Rally

[There is nearly incontrovertible evidence that is the point. It is a feature, not a bug.

Respond accordingly.—Joe]

Chicago, IL

by Clayton Cramer in Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog at 06:26, Thursday, 17 January

CHICAGO (WLS) --
A woman fatally shot a man who was trying to rob her at a bus stop Tuesday morning in Chicago's Fernwood neighborhood, Chicago police said.
The shooting and attempted robbery occurred at a bus stop in the 500...

Bonner County, ID

by Clayton Cramer in Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog at 06:04, Thursday, 17 January

1/14/19 KREM:

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho — The Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney has determined that the shooting death of 39-year-old Joshua Matthew Cole on Oct. 12, 2018, was a “justifiable homicide” carried out in self-defense.
Cole died after being shot by 41-year-old Jimila Hall in the Clagstone area outside of Spirit Lake, according to a letter from Louis E. Marshall, Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney.
Hall shot Cole in her driveway after he approached her and her 70-year-old mother Theresa. Robert Johnson, a man who Cole had allegedly began chasing after as Johnson drove away, said Cole then approached Hall and her mother, according to t...

Caravan Karma

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 07:00, Thursday, 17 January

It seems that there is another migrant caravan cranking up to make its way to the US-Mexico border.  The Mexicans are not pleased.
“Mexico is just like your country,” Gonzales added. “There are many problems and needs, and you’re not going to be much better off than you were in Honduras. Please don’t trust these manipulative agitators who are encouraging you to risk everything for nothing.”
Luis Mendez was far more unwelcoming. “We do not want caravans of (emojis of rats). Fight conditions in your own country. You are not welcome here."
 Really?  Mexico is telling disadvantaged migrants that they are not welcome?  The irony burns.
At the time, Stoia was a Stafford County sheriff’s recruit in training. [More]
And she "thinks" cops are the Only Ones who should be armed?

Question: If someone with murder on his mind were endangering her children, what would Annette Hyde be able to do about it?

[Via Mack H]

Murphy's Law

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:33, Thursday, 17 January

New Jersey residents organize effort to recall Gov. Murphy [More]
Good luck with that.

And it's not like New Jersey Republicans offer an alternative.

[Via Felix B...
Are There AR-15-Owning Democrats Defying Boulder Assault Weapons Ban? [More]
Why wouldn't there be? Did you ever know one that wasn't a damn hypocrite?

[Via Jess]

Former Maize teacher, ex-cop gets probation in student sex case ... Yelverton, 45, had sex with the girl in his classroom and at off-campus locations [More]
I don't get it -- on the one hand they're "children," but on the other they're mature enough to demand changes to our "gun laws"...?

[Via bondmen...
Kate Steinle’s acquitted killer wants gun conviction dropped, too – and he might get it [More]
Yeah, I mean, it's not like he's Wayne Fincher or anybody...

[Via bondmen]
...
BOYFRIEND of Louisiana rookie cop who was shot on her way to work is arrested for her murder along with two accomplices [More]
They get to carry in places you and I can't because of superior trustworthiness and judgment...?

[Via bondmen]
...

The Takeaway

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:06, Thursday, 17 January

The country did not just "change". Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it. [More]
What's this got to do with us and guns?

[Via Michael G]

Supporters of sanctuary cities say they help foster good relationships between law enforcement and immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. [More]
Gosh, now that you put it that way...

[Via Mack H]

The Wrong Question

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:19, Thursday, 17 January

“Why is a sitting State Senator in Virginia carrying while presenting at a Committee Hearing?” [More]
Where does Lorie Haas find it acceptable for any non-state enforcer to bear arms?

That Mr. Pynchon -- him plenty smart fella.

[Via Mack H]

It’s one busy week here on the blog. Why? Well, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show is next week and that means new product releases and exciting announcements from the industry. Launches like this one from Trijicon: Trijicon Inc., manufacturer of Brilliant Aiming Solutions™ is excited to introduce the new line of Trijicon® Fiber Sights […]

For the past 10 years, Shoot Like A Girl has been committed to empowering women to participate in shooting sports with confidence, and they have done just that. Many gathered to share in the company’s successes, as they hosted a celebration at 2019’s ATA show. Stories and laughs were passed around as everyone reminisced about the journey the company has seen that has made it what it is today. Over the years, Shoot Like A Girl has traveled over 100,000 miles, introducing 19,681 women to shooting sports, and the company is keeping the road hot as they continue to travel this year making 26 stops across the country from Washington to Delaware. 

Shoot like a girl birthday ...

Stumpy The Snowman

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 06:19, Thursday, 17 January

It's a winter storm in Kentucky. There is a good snow. A guy and his fiancee spend the weekend outside, sledding, snowball fights, and building a snowman. She is from Mississippi, so she's excited to play in the snow. The highlight is building a giant snowman in the yard.

Sometime later, someone driving by decided to drive across the yard and smash the snowman with their truck. When something likes this happens you always wish you catch the vandals. This time, I just wish they could have just filmed it.

Because, to save on the amount of snow they had to pile, and to stabilize the giant snowman, they had built it around a very large stump.

The local fish wrap offers up this headline in today's edition: Data Shows Shutdown Shortens Morning Commute for Area Workers.

You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows, dude.  Oh, and "data" is plural.  It should be "Data Show ...".  Just sayin'.

Is it time for this?

by Rivrdog in Nom de plume: Rivrdog at 07:34, Thursday, 17 January

Dissolution of and separation from the Former State of Oregon We, the People known formerly as Citizens of the State of Oregon, solemnly declare that our fealty shall no longer be given to the tyrannical conglomeration previously known as the Government of the State of Oregon. We, the People formerly known as Citizens of the State of Oregon, declare that...

Self-defense Is Legal In Ohio

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:20, Thursday, 17 January

But then I thought it was. Teen cleared of murder in Sandy Township shooting.

A Stark County grand jury declined to indict Gage L. Woods for the October shooting death of 32-year-old Jerry R. Hendershott Jr., of Waynesburg.

The 19-year-old-legal-adult shot someone who was trying to force their way into his home.

Self-defense Is Legal in Indiana

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:00, Thursday, 17 January

And holding people accountable for the foreseeable consequences of their actions is still a thing in Indiana. Indianapolis man not charged in intruder’s deadly shooting; burglary suspects facing murder charges.

Prosecutors in Marion County have decided a man who killed a burglar during a home break-in will not face criminal charges.

Indiana has a version of “Stand Your Ground.”

The dead-guy’s partners will be charged with Felony Murder.

But two suspects who survived the shooting Thursday — identified by police as brothers Benjamin Gardner, 47, and Kevin Lemaster, 40 — are now facing two counts of burglary and one count of felony murder.

[SNIP]
Felony murder allows suspects to be held accountable for deaths that occur during crimes, but the legislature and courts have begun to restrict its use in recent years.

The Art of Concealed Carry and Situational Awareness

by Contributor in Concealed Carry Today at 06:58, Thursday, 17 January

by DownStreamFly Depending on where you live, no doubt on any or every given morning you can wake to the doldrums of newscast reporting on the crimes against everyday people that have taken place in the last few hours. They run the gamut with 5-10 second blurbs about a deadly assault, […]

ZEV Technologies & Ed Brown together – The Orion

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Thursday, 17 January

Are you more of an Old School or Red dot Space Gun kind of person? Ed Brown do both, and have renewed their collaboration with ZEV Technologies for 2019. Below you can see their brand new creation THE ORION.   As to be expected, this 1911 is hand-fit with fully machined parts.   Ed Brown […]

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New Pivoting Contour Brace from SIG SAUER

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Thursday, 17 January

With a Suggested Retail Price of 199 USD SIG Sauer Inc. has released a Pivoting Contour Brace for their SIG MCX and SIG MPX series of carbines and rifles. You can chose any color you like as long as it’s either black (no surprise there!) or tan. SIG SAUER Releases Pivoting Contour Brace Published Date: […]

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Barrett to Launch New REC10 at SHOT Show

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Thursday, 17 January

REC10Back in December 2017 we reported that Barrett would be launching their new 7.62x51mm REC10 rifle, now in 2019 it’s finally here. Barrett have confirmed that the REC10 will be introduced at SHOT Show 2019. The new rifle is chambered in 7.62x51mm, uses an intermediate length direct impingement system, has a barrel length of 16 […]

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05:55

Jacksonville, FL

by Clayton Cramer in Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog at 05:47, Thursday, 17 January

This a weird one.  1/15/19 WOKV:

Jacksonville, FL -  The fatal shooting of 7-year-old Tashawn Gallon last February was at the hands of one of the boy’s family members who was acting in self defense, according to new investigative reports released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
...

Emergency Fund

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Thursday, 17 January

You work the government, directly or indirectly, eventually a shut down will get to ya.  If you are an indirect worker, that money is never coming to you.  If you are a whiny gummint worker you ALWAYS get your back pay from your enforced vacation.  Never not.

You still need to get over that hump.

And if you don't work for the gummint, you can still get laid off or the business you work for can go belly up.  And bingo, between jobs.

Been there, myself.  I was out for 4 and half months last time.

You need to get over that hump.

You need an E-Fund.

"But I don't get the big bucks like you do T-Bolt!"

My current decent salary is a new event.  It just makes building that Emergency Fund a bit easier.  But I wasn't paid good back the last time I was out of work.  Well, just before I was out of work.  I still had an Emergency Fund.  You CAN do it.

But I have always been a halfway decent saver.  I didn't contribute the max into my 401k back then.  But I did contribute enough that it hurt to.  I always figured Social Security shouldn't...

Tilting at Windmills

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:41, Thursday, 17 January


So in order to stop polar icecaps from melting we need a global tax on who, exactly...? [More]

A Public Health Menace

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:32, Thursday, 17 January

WOMAN'S OBITUARY BLAMING DONALD TRUMP FOR CONTRIBUTING TO HER DEATH "CENSORED" BY NEWSPAPER, NOW SON WANTS APOLOGY [More]
Now that we know the TDS pandemic is fatal, should we consider her Patient Zero?

And if the family believes it proper to use obituaries to express contentious political views, going public with its indignation against restraints, would alternative views be acceptable?

...confidential FBI source...undercover agent...A second FBI source... [More]
So basically they set up a malevolent retard who doesn't even know how to use a gun in order to generate herd-spooking headlines and garner public accolades?

Well why not? They already sold a bridge.

A Florida woman is accused of stealing a man’s five Rolex watches, valued at $108,000, during their date on Jan. 8...Correctional officers found them inside of her vagina. [More]
I see what they did there.

[H/T Wirecutter and CC]

Sic 'em!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 04:58, Thursday, 17 January

One of the most prominent groups advocating for stricter immigration went to court Wednesday to demand a judge order the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop labeling it a “hate group,” accusing the self-described watchdog of running an illegal racket to silence political opponents. [More]
Or as Mike called 'em...

Interested in archery? The best way to get started is to find someone willing to teach you to shoot. This can be done in several ways, either with a group or on your own. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to get to the range and pick up a bow.

archery

1. “Try Archery” Events

One simple way to try out archery is to attend a local event where instructors are running demonstrations, often referred to as a “Try Archery” event. Keep your eyes peeled for events run by local archery shops, parks and recreation departments, or...

Sick Kitty

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:36, Thursday, 17 January

Rannie, who turned seventeen in September, has been dealing with kidney issues that sometimes make it difficult for her to keep food down.

This morning she showed no interest in her breakfast and has been throwing up bile. Unsuccessful litter box attempts make us think it's an intestinal blockage. I'm taking her to the vet and hopefully it's something they can clear up with a kitty enema.


[Ed: We are reposting with permission Dr. Latebloomer’s 10/31/18 piece from GATdaily because it highlights the failure of restrictive gun laws. New Jersey also outlawed “high capacity” magazines as of December 10 and, earlier, bump stocks. Exactly zero of each were turned in prior to those laws’ effective dates.] The word “Resist” seems to have […]

Ma Nature, looking to kill you 24/7

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 05:42, Thursday, 17 January

And lots of tools at her disposal.
A SCIENTIST was eaten alive by a 17ft long crocodile after being dragged into its enclosure while she fed it last week. 

Deasy Tuwo, 44, was feeding croc Merry early on Friday morning at the CV Yosiki Laboratory in Indonesia when the beast appears to have reared and leapt up an 8ft high concrete wall, pulling her into the water.

You Say That Like It’s a Bad Thing

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:40, Thursday, 17 January

But then WaPo hates the idea of armed peasants. Amid a spike in slayings, Brazil’s president loosens restrictions on gun ownership.

Brazil tired the Leftist dream of disarming the populace. It became the most dangerous – in terms of murders committed – country in the world. Now they will try something else.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree Tuesday loosening restrictions on gun ownership, a move that appeased his base but which critics say will worsen a crime wave that has already claimed thousands of lives.

Who are these critics? The same people who encouraged the disarming in the first place? Why should we listen to these critics (or the WaPo)?

World War One Q&A with Othais from C&Rsenal

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Thursday, 17 January

Today I have made the trek to the C&Rsenal studio to have a Q&A with Othais. Not familiar with his channel? It is a wonderfully in-depth look at firearms history, development, and use focusing on the weapons of World War One. And if you are looking for someone to support directly, I can think of few who are more deserving and who work harder than Othais, Mae, and the whole crew behind the scenes of C&Rsenal. I support them, and you should too.

We would also like to thank Andrew at Archival Research Group for assistance finding great information in the US national archives:

And last but not least, thanks to Cam and Alex for the t-shirts!

Our questions today are:

0:06:22 – Why was the Madsen not used more in WW1?
0:08:10 – How wo...

02:55

S&W knows M&P guys aren’t the sharpest:

M&P guys will be furiously taking notes in crayon to this 😂… then pausing, backing up to hear what was said for the 25th time.

I wonder if these guys discussed ahead of time that one of them should grow a bit of beard scruff so they didn’t l...

Happy 20th Birthday Magpul

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:08, Thursday, 17 January

One of my favorite companies, period:

Good stuff, Happy Birthday my dudes.  Magpul is one of those companies, where everything they make is nicely designed and works properly.  You wouldn’t think that would be too much to ask, but seriously if you spend some time in any industry there is so much garbage; it’s refreshing when you find a company whose products live up to (and exceed) your expectations.

Thoughts?

...

BoUnDriEs WiLL bE BrOkEn ArE YoU ReAdY

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Thursday, 17 January

haha Taurus:

Some little compact polymer handgun I guess.  We’ll find out tomorrow… I’ll set my alarm and have my credit card out and read (no I won’t).

If I already wasn’t sleeping well every night, I think I’d have to visit SHOT show this year because so far it seems like it’s going to be the snooze fest of the century.

Thoughts?

...

Magpul + CZ Scorpion EVO 3 = True!

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 01:23, Thursday, 17 January

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 must be selling well. At least well enough for Magpul to start making magazines and accessories for it. Someone found a market need to feed. The upcoming Magpul EVO parts are all easy to install. No need to mention the magazine, but the grip and the magazine release are all […]

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Wednesday, 16 January

22:55

Via Twitter:

Proud to represent @AtlasBrewWorks in its First Amendment shutdown challenge. Can the government silence you because the speech-licensing office is closed? Complaint https://t.co/FLDzYyYhyG TRO https://gurapllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/3-motion_TRO_PI.pdf

— Alan Gura (@alangura) January 15, 2019

The ATF must give approval of the label on any alcoholic beverage sold in U.S. interstate commence. Since the ATF licensing center is currently shut down with no known reopening date some comp...

Just When I Thought Google Had Reached Peak Slime

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 20:21, Wednesday, 16 January

I discover that in order to leave a comment on a Blogspot Blog, you need to allow third-party cookies. I guess too many people have followed the advice to disallow 3rd-party cookies.

So when faced with slime, I fight it with slime. In this case Microsoft Edge. Which is also slime. I don’t use Edge for anything, except when I run into problems like this. And I have it set to delete cookies when I exit. So in order to comment, I enabled 3rd-party cookies. (I disabled it again, so even if I forget, the rule of one-thing-at-a-time in edge will handle it..)

They really and truly need to be destroyed, or at least busted up and hemmed in. They dropped “Don’t be evil” and went straight to maximum evil. Monopolies who are not good for anything.

Bleeding Oregon

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 19:38, Wednesday, 16 January

Thought of the day, and I guess open thread: if the shit is going to hit the fan, so to speak, I think it’s going to start in a blue state. The excrement will be put in motion by narrow minded urbanites forcing policies on rural people that ruin them. What state will this happen in? My prediction is Oregon. Portlandia has basically lost its mind, and the rest of the state is culturally the mountain west.

Oregon will be the 21st century Bleeding Kansas. Lets hope it works out better for them than it did for Kansas.

Build Of The Year…?

by Tom R in The Firearm Blog at 22:30, Wednesday, 16 January

I mentioned that we had some exciting news? Well, here it is… Strike Industries (sponsor of this series), Primary Weapons Systems, and Holosun, in conjunction with your most favorite Firearms Blog (that would be, ahem, us), are going to do the Build Of The Year runoff right now. At the six month mark. (Build Of […]

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BOTW: Sixth Set Results

by Tom R in The Firearm Blog at 19:17, Wednesday, 16 January

Drumroll…..And the winner for the sixth set was Jim’s Higgins Build with an overwhelming 45% of the votes (Kevin’s AR9 build came in second with 27% of the votes). The randomly picked winning voter was Zach C. I think Jim’s build won because of the Walter White picture… Jim will receive a gift card to Brownells […]

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18:55

Tight Chambers

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 16:30, Wednesday, 16 January

Rugers are known for tight champers.  I'm not hating on Ruger, I'm just saying that they are known for tight chambers.    You might want some evidence, so, to wit:

In Cowboy Fast Draw, Belle ad I own several .45 Colt revolvers.  Pietta, and Uberti in several flavors, and a couple of Ruger New Vaqueros.  We bought some laser cartridges for practice, ad while they'd work right out of the bubble pack in the others, in the Rugers they would't completely chamber.  The fix was simple,  with an emery board, reduce the case mouth just a bit ad the lasers would fit the cylinder.

I load .308 Win for several rifles.  My daughter owns a Ruger American.  Ammo that will fit in the Savages or the Remingtons will chamber very tightly in the Ruger.  I've learned to seat bullets for her rile just a bit deeper, a hair under SAAMI length for best chambering in the Ruger.

We have a couple of old Ruger Model 77s in .25-06.  Likewise, tight chambers.

Which brings me to my Ruger LCP.  Nice little gun, but factory ammo simply will not...

A couple of days of sort-of rest

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 17:06, Wednesday, 16 January

does help after the weekend, but I still feel like someone's been beating on me with sticks.

Weather's not helping.  I make it to warmer weather, that'll help.

Charged With a Domestic Violence Offense. Things can often get out of control when family members are involved. We are a Spokane area criminal defense firm so if you are ever charged with Domestic Violence, there are a number of issues that usually come into play. When the police arrive, usually because someone called 911, […]

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Colors Galore! NEW Springfield Armory 911 380 ACP Variants for 2019

by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Springfield Armory has blown open the doors on the grip and finish options of their 911 380 ACP carry pistol! You now have your pick of 10 unique variations boasting different sights, lasers, grips, and finishes all while utilizing the same magazines and controls. These will surely be hitting retail shelves soon and we will […]

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POTD: SHOT Show legends

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Wednesday, 16 January

We are heading with lightning speed onto the 2019 edition of SHOT SHOW, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This year’s edition of SHOT SHOW keeps the doors open between the 22:nd and the 25:th of January, and while I’ll be at home this year I know that the rest of the TFB staff will do their […]

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TFB REVIEW: The Just Released Remington V3 TAC-13

by Austin R in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Tac-13In recent years the firearms industry has witnessed a boom in sales of Pistol Grip Firearms or PGFs.  “Firearms”, as they are classified, like the Remington Model 870 Tac-14 and Mossberg Shockwave have left some gun owners scratching their heads.  These specialty grip weapons are simply viewed as “firearms” or “non-shotgun shotguns” and have barrel […]

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15:55

Article 2 Section 3

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 13:25, Wednesday, 16 January

Nancy Pelosi vows to postpost State of the Union.

Ahem:

Article the SECOND

Section 3
...

100 years ago

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 13:15, Wednesday, 16 January


Commies gonna commie

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:18, Wednesday, 16 January

NYC mayor wants to seize private property from landlords who don’t want their tenants living on the property anymore.

I was promised the hearing protection act and reciprocity

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:17, Wednesday, 16 January

And the Republicans are looking to enact gun violence restraining orders.

Shutdown

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:15, Wednesday, 16 January

So, ya’ll surviving this .gov shutdown thing?

Apparently, after 30 days of furlough, federal jobs are permanently vacated. I doubt that will happen.

Meanwhile, economic illiterate Bernie Sanders on the twitterer:

The scientists tell us that the future of the planet is endangered by climate change. Meanwhile, because of Trump's government shutdown, about 95% of E.P.A. employees have been furloughed because they are "non-essential." How insane is that? pic.twitter.com/1XiUvqbzUf

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 15, 2019

Uhm, what’s insane is that a department that is 95% non-essential exists.

Good

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:03, Wednesday, 16 January

Did they have a camera crew?

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 12:57, Wednesday, 16 January

Because that would have been funny: ‘Catch a Predator’ Host Arrested

12:55

I may be jinxing this by saying so…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 11:52, Wednesday, 16 January

… but it’s almost one in the afternoon and the sun is still shining. The road mud is drying. My driveway is still a quagmire but that’s going to go on for some time since the gully behind the Lair still has snow and drains into the driveway. No matter. I needed some sun.

Just got home from town with everything I should need to repair the Jeep’s cooling system. It cost every bit of cash I had squirreled away for emergencies, plus 44 cents. How’s that for planning? That includes a line wrench for the transmission cooler fittings, and thanks to the commenter who reminded me of them – that would have been infuriating.

It’s baking day and I’m already late for starting it, so I’ll go into auto repair mode as soon as it warms up tomorrow unless the weather plays me another dirty trick.

A couple of regular readers hit the tip jar recently which helps a lot. Thank you very much, this latest Jeep nonsense tapped me out.

#ReleaseTheNRAQuestionnaire

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:35, Wednesday, 16 January

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said Tuesday evening that she is launching a presidential exploratory committee, throwing her hat into a crowded field of potential 2020 White House candidates.  [More]
It's not too late to ask her some tough questions on guns.

You know, instead of deliberately lobbing softballs.

Gun Porn

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 12:53, Wednesday, 16 January

H&K P7 Family

Kel Tec’s CP33, a 30 or 50 round 22LR:

If this turns out to bypass Kel-Tec’s usual release issues, it will have my interest.

I guess it's time to stop buying Gillette

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 10:25, Wednesday, 16 January


This is a pretty big marketing fail.

Or at least be working to improve their level of safety. (The world is not a safe place, and you can’t make it one by wishing or doing.) After Jayme Closs returns, northwest Wisconsin wonders how to feel safe again.

The randomness of a meticulously planned crime has shaken residents of Barron, Wis.

Double murder of the parents. Kidnapping of the girl. Escape, followed by arrest of the bad guy. The story has been all over the news.

But one thing caught my attention. Or actually, it made me want to scream.

People are uncertain. They’re frightened,” said local newspaper editor Bob Zientara, who has the ear of a town that, in an instant last week, became overwhelmed with joy at Jayme’s return. “It’s tempered joy because now [people] realize that things like this can happen here.”

Really?!! They believed that bad things couldn’t happen in their neighborhood/town/county/state? Really? Crime only takes place in “Other kinds of places.” Crime only impa...

NEW SHUSHER: Rugged Radiant762 LW w/ ADAPT Modular Technology

by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Wednesday, 16 January

radiant762Rugged Suppressors has brought a new meaning to lightweight silencers with their latest engineered design. The Radiant762 is comprised of stellite and titanium and also affords the user the luxury to easily switch between two different lengths. This can provide the shooter different purposes for different needs in the field or at the range. This […]

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GOA Files Case Before SCOTUS To Fight Parts Of The NFA

by Benjamin F in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Jeremy Kettler in uniform answering reporter's questions. Mr. Kettler is the subject of an ongoing Federal case.  The Gun Owners of America’s legal arm, the Gun Owners Foundation, is pressing further in their full-throated defense of Jeremy Kettler, a disabled US Army combat veteran. Mr. Kettler was convicted of possession of an unregistered firearm in violation of the National Firearms Act (NFA) in November 2016. The original complaint against Mr. Kettler […]

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09:55

Self-defense is not a sufficient argument against gun control.

Zack Ford‏ @ZackFord
Tweeted on January 15, 2019
[The United States Supreme Court and about 100 million United States gun owners disagree with this absurd assertion. But you should know that people like this exist.—Joe]

As in:  tilting at windmills.

A buddy at work says he is donating to the GOA because they are bring a suit to challenge the NFA.

Why do you need to repeal all or part of the 1934 National Firearms Act?  Like I said, it's step W or X and we are on D.  There are so many more things to do first that will help so many more people.

And actually have a chance of winning.

A Supreme Court made up of 9 Scalia clones wouldn't rule in favor of that kind of repeal now. 

Most voters will never support repealing the machine gun part.  To repeal the suppressor part...  you probably will need a legislative solution to have a hope in heck.  


I have a new free short story available now on the Baen website. https://www.baen.com/

The Testimony of the Traitor Ratul is set during the events of Son of the Black Sword, and gives the backstory of one of the pivotal supporting characters.  Here is a direct link: https://www.baen.com/testimonytraitorratul

Book 2 in the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, House of Assassins, comes out in a couple weeks. And Baen.com always likes to have a non-fiction article to go along with their free fiction, so as a happy bonus this month, there is an article by Whit Williams (my sword fighting technical adviser for the series) about The Swords of Lok https://www.baen.com/swordsoflok

I hope you enjoy.

Gender Roles

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 07:00, Wednesday, 16 January

There are a couple of things I've noticed int he past week.  Both from Insty.

First, this:


Then This:
Today, with the freeing of females from traditional role constraints, it is still primarily men who do the dangerous and dirty jobs, who make up most of the first responders and the military who defend us, and who, as scientists and engineers, continue to address the natural world for understanding and to serve our needs. These are some of the ways that the characteristics and qualities of men benefit society. And it is the job of socia...

Food storage in one easy lesson

by The Freeholder in The Freeholder at 09:02, Wednesday, 16 January

(Via the Woodpile Report)

If you're new to prepping, allow me to tell you something: Food is the single most important thing you can store. While in an emergency there are a ton of problems to deal with, if you're hungry in an emergency there is only one.

That said, food storage, when approached in the prepper manner, isn't as simple as "We'll just fill up the spare bedroom with stuff from the grocery store!" However, the grocery store isn't a bad place to start when you're starting.

Bear in mind the caveats pointed out. Remember that water, which is only mentioned in passing, is as important as food. Actually more so from a technical point of view, but I'm not going into that now. Just be sure you have access to plenty of potable water and a means to make more.

To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald (or possibly Mark Twain or Ernest Hemingway), a crisis starts slowly at first, then all at once. Don't get caught empty-handed in a crisis.

Home at Last

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:04, Wednesday, 16 January

CNN hires John Kasich as on air contributor [More]
Will they at least give him a donut cushion?

[Via Michael G]

We're the Only Ones Resistant Enough

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:57, Wednesday, 16 January

An investigation caused the officers to believe that Collier was drunk and when they tried to arrest Collier for DWI, he resisted and assaulted the officers on the scene. [More]
So can we infer professional courtesy from no mention of guns being drawn...?

[Via Mike R]

“We have legislators drafting bills who have no idea how firearms work or any sense of firearm nomenclature,” Fortunato said. “When decision makers want to restrict someone’s constitutional rights, they shouldn’t go off half-cocked.” [More]
I have mixed feelings about this.

On the one hand, do we really want them actually knowledgeable and thus able to craft less-challengeable legislation?

On the other hand, they'll vote it down and demonstrate to all that remaining ignorant is a major part of their agenda.

[Via CDT]
...

What Does that Tell Us about Him?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:44, Wednesday, 16 January

Think Progress Writer Was Quite Upset a Concealed-Carrying Woman Killed Her Armed Mugger [More]
That's because he knows she's more of a man than he will ever be.

And can there be anything more Opposite Day than "Think Progress"?

[Via Mack H]

Teach Your Children Well

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:40, Wednesday, 16 January

Company co-founded by Nancy Pelosi's son charged with securities fraud [More]
Don't worry-- he's established plausible deniability.

Besides, he's a member of that Big Club you ain't in.

[Via Michael G]

Fairfax-Approved

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:36, Wednesday, 16 January

Republican Marco Rubio is Pushing a Major Gun Confiscation Bill Through Congress [More]
Don't worry, Chris says it's OK.

Hey, who wants wine?

[Via Wynn A

Going to the Mat

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:32, Wednesday, 16 January

Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels. [More]
Curious how those with the resources to prove such allegations for all to see don't seem interested.

Representative of Whom?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:22, Wednesday, 16 January

A federal judge on Tuesday invalidated the Trump administration's addition of a U.S. citizenship question to the 2020 census, the first ruling in a handful of lawsuits that claim the query will hurt immigrants. [More]
See, disenfranchising you and me doesn't count.

An Obama judge said it, I believe it, that settles it. And don't get me started on Harry Reid.

Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:23, Wednesday, 16 January

ROGUE AI Alexa DOWN – Amazon helper stopped working, ‘ignored users’ and wouldn’t turn off  [More]
Say, who's up for some RFID-connected "smart guns"?

It's Actually More of a Continuum

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:29, Wednesday, 16 January

If leftists believe any of the above, let alone all of it, they are deluded people ... If leftists do not believe those claims, they are not deluded; they lie for effect and, therefore, engage in evil. [More]
It's not necessarily either/or.

And I assume the above holds true for Groverians?

[Via Mack H]

Sly Like a Foxx

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:19, Wednesday, 16 January

Jamie Foxx Calls for Solutions to Gun Violence [More]
What he offers are statements like:
“I kill all the white people in the movie,” he boasted. “How great is that?”
Via Dave Licht]

Educated Guesses

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:39, Wednesday, 16 January

LA teachers union advocates for illegals, then complains of overcrowded classrooms [More]
What, they don't teach math?

Too busy with their Opposite Day "progressive" anti-bullying efforts...?

UPDATE: These are the people entrusted with-- what do the collectivists call it? -- "our most precious resource." It's not hard to see how Comrade Duch's can arise from such ranks.

There is No Try

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:24, Wednesday, 16 January

Cornyn offers 'reciprocity' for 17 million concealed carry permit holders [More]
And the chances of it passing in the now-Democrat-controlled House are...?

But back when they controlled it all it wasn't the right time?

He knows all that, of course. They all do.


Good grief, where to begin...? [More]

Panty fetishists? "Slurred" speech -- in more ways than one? Mowing down a four-year-old ... on the sidewalk?

[Via bondmen]


Company known for deep cost-cutting offers to buy Gannett [More]
I can't tell you how concerned I am.

Sins of the Father

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:14, Wednesday, 16 January

Patterson will not be allowed firearms, contact with Jayme or the neighbors and dog walker who alerted authorities to her escape. [More]
Gotta close that Relative Loophole...

[Via Dave Licht]

It Could Be Worse?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:01, Wednesday, 16 January

The temporary decree, which will expire in 120 days unless ratified by Congress, is likely to thrill his supporters, but many others fear it will only worsen violence in Brazil. [More]
The cognitive dissonance -- it burns!

[Via Roger J]
...
Does this still work?" O'Rourke said. "Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships . . . and security agreements in every continent, can it still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?" [More]
Yeah, the problem is we've been following the Constitution too closely all these years.

Why not go with something that works?

Arguing Over Trivialities

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:02, Wednesday, 16 January

If Rehaif was not aware of his changed immigration status, his lawyers argue, he cannot be convicted for being an illegal alien in possession of a fire arm under the relevant law. [More]
This goes to a much deeper question.

Like how can your status change and the exit process not begin?

[Via bondmen]

“Why Doesn’t the FBI Videotape Interviews?” [More]
Who's the average accepted-by-the-prosection juror going to believe? Someone he's been conditioned to regard as a hero, or the slob who must have done something wrong or he wouldn't be here?

[Via Michael G]

Killer Instinct

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:43, Wednesday, 16 January

A soulful piano ballad channeling Springsteenian 1980s power rock, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers tackles President Donald Trump's border wall, mass incarceration and gun violence by anchoring each stance with singing "...in the land of the free." [More]
Remember when editor-in-chief Steve Forbes was running for president and wanted us to believe he was our pal?

Nice to see NRATV totally avoid that "single issue" while sucking up to the guy who ultimately approves such subversive paeans. I especially like the "Help Save the 2nd - Donate Now" header.


Breaking Up is Hard to Do

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:42, Wednesday, 16 January

Botched Brexit means clock ticking on UK's chance for sovereignty, freedom from EU *
Yeah, sure. "Botched."

Opposite Day "progressives" are all for "democracy" until it doesn't go their way.

Mr. Kennedy's warning comes to mind, but the government has pretty much taken the Captain Parker option off the table.

* Fox News does not allow links from Blogger. Paste https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/steve-hilton-original-intent-of-brexit-restoring-freedom-and-sovereignty-buried-by-inept-bureaucrats into your browser.

Going for the Brass Ring

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:47, Wednesday, 16 January

Gun Owners of America Funds Challenge to National Firearms Act in U.S. Supreme Court [More]
If nothing else it will strip away illusions from all but the willingly self-deluded.

The Performance Center is offering yet another great j-frame! This new addition to the line up has some excellent features right out of the box. Read more in the press release: New concealed carry revolver features Performance Center Tuned Action, Crimson Trace® LG-105 Lasergrips® Performance Center announced today that it has added a new, lightweight J-frame revolver to its growing line of unique concealed carry revolvers.  The […]

Failure Mode

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:23, Wednesday, 16 January

Way back when I was still working at the 1-hour photo lab, call it 1989 or 90, we carried a few of the usual cheap blister-pack point & shoot cameras, as well as some more expensive Kodaks and a few Olympus cameras.

The most expensive thing in our department was the Olympus IS-1. It was a single-lens reflex camera, but the 35-135mm power zoom lens was built-in and non-interchangeable. Olympus called it a "zoom lens reflex" and it was yet another attempt by a camera maker to solve the saturated market for SLRs in the last decade or so of the previous millennium. (Basically, everybody who wanted an SLR had one, and now they had to figure out a way to separate people who were scared of knobs and dials from their money.)

Anyhow, the IS-1 was pretty spendy, several hundred dollars, which was more than I'd given for the '75 Ford Granada I was driving at the time.

A few years ago, when I was in the throes of the film camera bug, I spotted one for sale on eBay for next to nothing, and bought it.

When it arrived, I pu...

Gillette’s Toxic Masculinity Commercial

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:33, Wednesday, 16 January

Immigration

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:29, Wednesday, 16 January

Tesla, Thermal Runaway, and Negligence

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:34, Wednesday, 16 January

This started with an article over at The Silicon Graybeard, which was of interest to the geeks who love all things tech. (Which includes me!) It was on the problem of Thermal Runaway in lithium ion batteries. And they are a problem.

As the number of electric vehicles continues to grow, the number of fires is going up. I did a piece about burning Teslas five years ago, in February of ’14. At that time, Tesla seemed to have a catastrophic fire rate of about 1 in 4000 cars. For perspective, at the same time, GM had just recalled 370,000 of their GMC Sierra pickups for a software fix that had caused eight fires, or 1 in 46,250, less than 1/10 the electric Tesla’s rate.

This prompted a search, which was going to try and get better numbers on Tesla and the current state of affairs. (I may still keep looking for that, and if I find it, I will post it somewhere.) But instead I tripped over something I missed. Since I don’t have any connection to the CNN, MSNBC, EIEIO 24-hour-news, I don’t know if this got much cov...

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:18, Wednesday, 16 January

This is a story about trusting your instincts, and not giving up. Bastrop store clerk fights off attempted robber recalls deadly encounter.

Guy backs into a parking space at a convenience store, and is acting a bit weird in the store.

“He kept walking along the counter well I just reached over and put my hand on leroy”, said Linzay.

Leroy is the .38 revolver Linzay keeps under the register every shift. She says she’s never had to pull the trigger in the 23 years she’s had the gun but in the blink of an eye that changed.

He came at her with a knife, and they fought over the gun. She was stabbed and shot a couple of times. He died at the scene. She is home recuperating with her granddaughters around her. There’s a link to raise funds for her medical bills at the bottom of the link article.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Bad Guy with a gun, stopped by Good Guy with a gun. JSO: Suspected robber shot by employee at MetroPCS.

According to the police report, Deschion Baskerville went into the MetroPCS, pulled a gun on a female clerk and demanded money, threatening to kill her. She handed over some money, then ran into the office and told a co-worker what was happening.

That co-worker was armed. The guy who got shot has been charged with Armed Robbery. I’m guessing that his day didn’t turn at all the way he planned it.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida it is mostly your legal right as well. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Gun industry pet peeves

by Caleb in Gun Nuts Media at 08:38, Wednesday, 16 January

You know what really grinds my gears? Pretty much everything in this video.

New LE BLUE Duty Line of High Speed Gear Now Available

by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Wednesday, 16 January

le blueHigh Speed Gear is now offering through their Duty Line of law enforcement products New LE BLUE offerings to more openly acknowledge and thank our men and women in blue. Moreover, the High Speed Gear Duty Line in LE Blue was developed for law enforcement in jurisdictions that require less aggressive looking gear. This as […]

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Hands-on with the NEW Kel-Tec KS7 Shotgun

by Stephen C in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Kel-Tec planned to release its new KS7 shotgun at Shot Show 2019 but leaked information got out about the gun early. Lucky for us, we got an opportunity to show you their newest bullpup pump-action shotgun before anyone else! The KS7 is a compact and lightweight design based on their popular KSG that features improved […]

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If you follow what’s going on here at TFB you know about the Spuhr accessories for the Heckler & Koch G3. I shot a prototype of the system a few years ago, mounted on the Swedish Ak4 (HK G3) with an Aimpoint CS as the main optic. I have little or no experience with the […]

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Franklin Armory Reformation: The Semi Automatic Musket Cometh

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Franklin Armory RS11Well it’s not technically a musket, it isn’t a smooth bore, it has straight rifling rather than spiralled. You may remember the hype which surrounded Franklin Armory’s mysterious Reformation in the run up to SHOT Show 2018. Well almost exactly a year later the Reformation is now available. Boasting a SBR length without the need […]

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New Steiner DRS 1X (Defendu Reflex Sight)

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Tuesday, 15 January

Steiner USA will have a new Reflex Sight available early 2019 called the DRS 1X (Defendu Reflex Sight). As reflex sights in general it is focused for targets at close range, but with a small 2 MOA dot in the middle you should be able to engage targets into the medium range as well. The […]

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05:55

Criticizing the NRA

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Look...  I'm not criticizing the NRA lately because they have gone on about repealing the 1968 GCA or repealing the 1934 NFA... or hell just tweaking the Hughes out of the 1986 FOPA.

I know a magic wand isn't gonna get waved, at the prompting of the NRA, and we get gun own utopia.

My criticism is we moved the ball down field in the right direction.  We might lose some yardage for a snap, but we gain that all back the next run.

My criticism is we've ONLY been losing yardage lately.

I need to NRA, the GOP, Trump, to throw us a bone.  Don't just concede a point, fight for it.  Compromise for it.  Go for a bumpstock ban, fine, and administratively so it will be easier to overturn, but get suppressor taken off the NFA list in return.  Or something.  ANYTHING. Not nothing.

Instead, we get bupkis.  Surrender.

I am criticizing the long list of bupkis we've gotten lately.

The Leftists are patient, and are happy to tighten their ratchet a click at a time.  We need a counter ratchet.  A click for fr...

An Africentric School

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:45, Wednesday, 16 January


[More]Let me guess: The parents are neither Republicans nor NRA members.

Let me also guess the school is a result of half a century of Opposite Day "progressive" school desegregation efforts.

Patreon Account

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:27, Wednesday, 16 January

My friends and business advisors have been telling me for years that I need to start a Patreon account to allow readers a convenient method to support my work. With revenues from advertisements and affiliate sales declining for the second year in a row, I’ve decided to create one.

 

I currently have a Paypal donation page (linked in the right sidebar) and I appreciate all of you who have donated in the past few years.  I will keep that available if it is more convenient for you to use.  Some folks don’t like Paypal’s politics and refuse to use it.  I understand that perspective.  Here’s another option.

 

I’ve set up an account on Patreon.  You can easily subscribe to my work for as little as $1 a month.

 

I’ve seen lots of creative types provide special content for their patrons only.  That’s not my style.  I really wan...

Girl, Wash Your Waders!

by Barbara Baird in Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women at 04:12, Wednesday, 16 January


As tempting as it might be to get your waders off after a fishing trip or duck hunt and forget about them in a closet, it’s necessary to wash your waders before storing them. 

I hunted ducks in Arkansas and Mississippi right after Christmas. My waders, between hunts, got a wash with well water as I stood on a special area set of pavers. My guide, from Bust-A-Duck Guide Service, hosed them down as I wore them, and even had me roll the boots toward the toes so he could get the mud off the soles. Then, I hung them upside down in the locker room to dry.

...

The following blog is an excerpt from 19 Ways to Experience Your Parks in 2019 by the National Park Foundation.

wrangell-stelias_skookum volcano-to-ramblermineroute_nps(National Park Service photo)

National parks are filled with so many opportunities for you to get active, meet...

Cobrastyle

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:40, Wednesday, 16 January

Teddybears is a group out of Sweden known mostly for mixing a bunch of different genres. (Pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica, reggae, etc.) Mad Cobra – Ewart Everton Brown – is a Jamaican Reggae musician. They teamed up to bring us this. (Not dance music, exactly, but a little up-tempo to start your day.)

This is “Cobrastyle (feat. Mad Cobra)” from the 2004 album Fresh from the Teddybears. (It wasn’t released in the US until 2006.) YouTube is achieving peak insanity when it comes to privacy and ad-blockers. Use the link above if it complains. (WHEN it complains. I seriously don’t know why they still support embedding of videos, since it never seems to work.)

Teddybears isn’t usually a group that I like, but I do...

H&K P7 Family: Pistols for Gun Cognoscenti

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Wednesday, 16 January

Developed in the 1980s in response to a need for new West German police sidearms, the H&K P7 is one of the most mechanically unusual pistols to have been commercially successful in recent decades. It incorporates a number of features which are rather polarizing; brilliantly innovative to some, and pointlessly unproductive in the eyes of others.

The biggest innovation H&K made in the P7 was the squeeze-cocking system. The front strap of the pistol must be depressed (with a substantial amount of force) in order to fire. This action acts to cock the striker back to its full travel, and when the front strap is release, the striker is dropped completely forward. As a result, there is no chance of a discharge, and could potentially happen on a traditional striker-fired gun which keeps the striker partially cocked at all times. The P7’s system also allows it to have a better trigger press by not using the trigger to retract the striker.

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First USPSA Match of 2019

by lokeuei in Gunbot! at 00:06, Wednesday, 16 January

The piehitters and preppers alike will LOVE these promo videos:

“from .22 to .308 and everything in between”… here is some fancy product video:

Tim Ralston (the guy who invented it) talking about how it replaces all the guns he has on the table for a SHTF WROL scenario:

Here’s the feature list:

  • Can shoot from .22 caliber up to .308 caliber bullets and eve...

AR Guys vs AK Guys

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:08, Wednesday, 16 January

LOL this is incredible:

Accurate.  Oh man the shemagh with the punisher hat… pure gold.

This is filling a big void in my heart, where lots of gun related humor YouTube content used to be.  I hope Brandon keeps doing it for the sport.  That’s what it’s all about really.  It’s been proven over and over again that dudes who are like “I gotta make content and get paid handsomely for it because I de...

HipShotDot – Bruh… Bruh… Just No

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Wednesday, 16 January

Holy this is so dumb its genius:

*sigh* I get what it’s trying to accomplish, but come on… a suction cup with an LED and a ugly cord?  Oh no baby what is you doin?

I looked it up on Amazon, and to my surprise the cool teens (or gaming teens anyways) must love it.  It has a solid 4 star rating and 955 customer reviews...

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