Tuesday, 24 April


On his way east, Big Brother was attacked by a suicide collider.

Antlerhu Akbar! Or maybe it thought BB insulted its mother.

BB speculates that its method of crossing the road involved closing its eyes and trying to get it over with quickly. But I suspect that if the SPLC hears about this it’ll probably try to get BB charged with a hate crime.

Ball Peen Hammer Cooking

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 18:03, Tuesday, 24 April

 Loose E!   You have some 'Splainin to Do!

 It just going to be one of those weeks.

Key issues with the blogging computer, a lot of squirrels on leave or out with a Spring "bug" that's going around. Plus, by the end of the day I was seriously coming down with it as well.  At least the day started better.  For when everyone is a little down, bring in some goodies for the skeleton crew that is working.

Scooby Snacks.

Audience Displays

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 19:23, Tuesday, 24 April

With the proceeds from Louisiana State, the Cross Branded Peacemakers were able to buy audience displays.  These lights hang over the target and display the time for a shot.

They came in today, and I installed them tonight.  Working by myself in the shop, about four hours to install a six-lane set.  It wasn't a bad job, but I got my exercise going up and down that ladder tonight.

Those lights hanging from the ceiling, after the test run.  Everything works, it's ready for the match on Saturday.They are about twelve feet in the air, so they should be fairly safe from bullet strikes.

This is something I have waited for, for a long time.&nbs...

PK Design Labs’ New M52 Weaponlight And Tape Switch

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Tuesday, 24 April

For those of you not familiar with Paul Kim AKA PK and his legacy of flashlight design, you just need to look at the flashlights that helped SureFire in the 2000s. He was responsible for helping to develop and design many of the SureFire Lights you may use and enjoy. The X-series pistol lights and […]

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How Are We Picking Them, Anyway?

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 20:22, Tuesday, 24 April

Since the development of the primaries, the expansion of television, and now the internet, how are we picking Presidents? On both sides, the major parties seem to be selecting candidates on very thin credentials. Since 2000, we have been presented with:

1. the Goreacle Vs. Dubya
2. the Winter Soldier Vs. Dubya,
3. the Chicago Community Organizer Vs. Maverick
4. the Chicago Community Organizer Vs. the Massachusetts Republicrat
5. Monica's boyfriend's wife Vs. The Donald

How were we ever supposed to make a rational decision about who is going to be the Leader Of The Free World with choices like those?

Government-run health care

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 18:56, Tuesday, 24 April

In Britain the death penalty is illegal. In Britain euthanasia is illegal. In Britain 30 policeman are standing guard outside Alfie Evans’ room to ensure his court ordered death proceeds uninterrupted.

"The State will decide when your useless child dies, citizen.  Shut up and stop causing problems."

And the left wants this here.


(Via The Woodpile Report)

It's also an answer to the questions "Why I need an AR-15", "Why I need standard capacity magazines" and "Why I carry a gun at home."

It was 7 against 3 at 4 AM in Glen St. Mary, FL when the seven kicked in the door, claiming to be from the sheriff's department. Two of the three gunned up and unleashed an answer of high speed lead "No, we don't think you are" on the intruders. One intruder DRT (Dead Right There), one wounded and hospitalized, one treated and released to the cops and the rest are being sought.

The mouthy children from Parkland have yet to be heard from on the subject.

Go forth and be clueful

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 15:12, Tuesday, 24 April

Tacticool Memes takes a break from trolling people on the internet and drops some knowledge.

This seems like a big deal: CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public, Provides More Evidence That Plenty of Americans Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns

Another shooting

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 15:08, Tuesday, 24 April

Another government failure:

Suspect in Tennessee Waffle House shooting had guns seized after arrest near White House last year

But the Nashville mayor thinks gun control will help.

Here’s hoping

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 15:06, Tuesday, 24 April


by SayUncle in SayUncle at 15:05, Tuesday, 24 April

A Parkland shooting survivor, and pro gun guy, went to the range, had his picture taken and posted it to social media. He was then visited by the police at school. A perfectly lawful activity being investigated because it hurt someone’s feelings.

Only assault vans

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 15:02, Tuesday, 24 April


Life in the future

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:59, Tuesday, 24 April

Someone argued in a court of law that a monkey can have a copyright.

bisexual lighting

And no flying cars. And I can’t get socks that stay up.

The future is stupid.


by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:57, Tuesday, 24 April

Cool story

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:56, Tuesday, 24 April

I laughed. Thanks, Jack.

Sanctuary cities

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:55, Tuesday, 24 April

For gun owners.

A few states passed laws that attempted this in the past, including Tennessee, but they didn’t work out.

Gun Porn

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:53, Tuesday, 24 April

Radians Expands their Portfolio & Acquires Bellingham Glove

by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Tuesday, 24 April

Bellingham GloveRadians is known for many things within the shooting sports industry. They have great quality hearing protection in the form of muffs and earplugs, shooting glasses and gloves. To help expand those categories they have recently acquired Bellingham Glove which is a company under LFS Glove. This new joint venture will be the beginning of […]

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Gary Taylor (Division Chief, ATF Import Branch) and Desiree Dickinson (Programs Manager, ATF Import Branch) will address Federal Firearms Licensees including those who import regulated firearms and firearms components at the upcoming Firearms Industry Compliance Conference (FICC). This session, to be held on May 17, will provide licensees with information pertaining ATF Import Regulations, Import […]

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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves delivers two rounds to the X and 150+ get right summer jams to your face, head, and neck area. We discuss several unorthodox methods of carrying a gun with shorts and a tee and no belt, just in time for summer CCW. (Sorry, no zap.) It’s a challenge […]

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by Tam in View From The Porch at 16:43, Tuesday, 24 April

Monday morning saw me at Indy Arms Co with the two Smiths, looking to move the round count ball downfield a little more.

The 5906 was fired at the upper 3x5" zone. I decocked on loading and any time I came off the sights at the end of a string. The DA trigger is easy to manage, but the SA takes some getting used to, because there's a long-ish almost weightless takeup and then a light-but-crunchy break.

The 4046 was shot at the 8" circle about as fast as I can run that trigger so far. The DAO on the Smith is not like the regular DA trigger. The travel is much shorter, and it's heavier, but there's zero stacking and a nice rolling break at the end. You just have to remember to ...


Boomershoot 2018 smile

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 10:28, Tuesday, 24 April

Here is one of the Boomershoot 2018 Personal Fireballs and the resultant smile:


Also of interest is this is an immigrant from Venezuela and told me in email:

I hope some day to I can contribute to this great country,  my city and community  and  defending the second amendment, as much as you do.

If “everybody” owns them, nobody owns them. Which means they don’t get maintained.

The Gulch has one really good ladder, and of course it does have an owner – Landlady bought it, Landlady owns it. But it gets used promiscuously at three different locations, and tends to stay wherever it landed last. So it spends a lot of time out in the weather, and doesn’t get cleaned or lubricated very often.

Despite in other ways being a veritable freedomista paradise, the Gulch is economically a sort of manorial system with me as the only resident villein. I pay my rent by finding ways to be useful. Also, since I&#...

Churches make a drastic pledge in the name of social justice: To stop calling the police [More]
Is there no end to the enthusiastic usefulness of shmoos?

[Via Mack H]

Breaking the Bank

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:00, Tuesday, 24 April

I suspect that Bank of America simply wanted to make a political statement, which was unnecessary. If anything, it only sent paying clients to a competitor, which is lunacy. [More]
Yesterday I submitted my latest GUNS Magazine "Rights Watch" piece, "Banking on Disarmament," dealing with B of A and other financial ideological cleansers. I expect to see it posted to the site soon.

Also still unresolved: Bass Pro Shops is staying mum about what it's relationship with B of A on credit cards and Citi on credit processing means for its business practices.  Probably because no one else is asking.

[Via ...
There is something seriously wrong with our democracy when Congress will not act on something favored by 97 percent of the voters. [More]
Yeah, if Question 1, despite Bloomberg millions and a media blitz, passed by less than 1% of the vote (with what pushed it over the top being heavily-populated, Democrat-dominated Clark County), that figure must be right.

The reason we recognize unalienable rights is to protect the individual from an ignorant, manipulated and deluded majority.  And besides, who thinks the gun-haters will stop at "background checks"?

[Via ...
The number of women taking concealed carry courses through the NCA is up 24% since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14. It was the biggest 60-day jump ever for the NCA since July/August of 2016. [More]
Those must be the ones Hillary says can't think for themselves, as evidenced by their embracing individual rights and responsibilities instead of putting on pink pussy hats and joining a mob.

No XPrize for them...

2018 Practice Session #11.5

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 09:54, Tuesday, 24 April

Written by: Greg Ellifritz


My friend Claude Werner recently wrote an article where he postulated most shooters don’t do any real structured practice with their firearms.  They plink or play, but they generally don’t perform drills designed with realistic standards in order to improve performance.  In the article, Claude talked about sharing details and photos of his practice routines to give novice shooters an idea about how they might better spend their practice time.


I think that is a wonderful idea.  I plan on sharing the drills I shoot in my weekly practice sessions.  Hopefully, you will get a little value out of my posts and come up with some new drills to make your own practice sessions more effective.


I titled this one “session 11.5” because it wasn’t truly a full practice session.  This was a mandated firearms training session put on by my ...

Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optics, has added to its top-selling line of AR Optics with several new options designed specifically for the Modern Sporting Rifle platform. The growing AR Optics line now has a scope specifically tailored for almost every prevalent caliber of today’s most popular rifle—including 22 LR, .223/5.56, .308 Win., .300 […]


SKAT GM-200 (15)SKAT is a private Russian firearms manufacturing company founded by a gentleman named Gennadiy Kozhayev. The company makes a variety of firearms including Glock clones, AR-15 rifles and PCCs, bolt action precision rifles etc. Mr. Kozhayev is also the head of Russian National Federation of Benchrest and Varminting. This organization and the SKAT company are deeply […]

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The sacrifice of the children

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 18:51, Tuesday, 24 April

There was in their city a bronze image of Cronus [Ba'al] extending its hands, palms up and sloping toward the ground, so that each of the children when placed thereon rolled down and fell into a sort of gaping pit filled with fire.
- Diodorus Siculus (1st Century BC)
Ancient Carthage was founded by Phoenicians, who brought their religion of Ba'al with them.  You may be more familiar with their Canaanite cousins: Beelzebub from the Bible is the Hebrew's view of the same deity, and they roundly condemned its worship.  In particular, they wrote of the practice of sacrificing infant children to the god.  The Carthaginians continued this practice, seemingly even after their conquest by Rome.

In addition to many ancient written sources that discussed this sacrifice, there is archaeological evidence.  The site of Carthage has cemeteries full of urns.  The urns contain the charred bones of infant children, and ...

Medical Cyber Security – Is It Still a Joke?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:07, Tuesday, 24 April



Copycat Effect Again

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 07:54, Tuesday, 24 April

4/24/18 CNN:

(CNN)Alek Minassian, the man accused of steering a white rental van down a packed Toronto street killing 10 people and leaving 15 others injured, appears to have praised the killer in a 2014 attack near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The response from my ISP's support is:

(1) The message was sent from a mail server which is listed as a verified spam source on major real time blacklists (RBLs)
(2) The message was sent from a mail server which doesn't have a valid forward confirmed reverse DNS (FCrDNS) record
While all properly configured mail servers have reverse DNS records which check out backward and forward (the mail server's IP points to a valid host name, and that host name is likewise pointed to the same IP) and there is no way to disable that check if you wish to make sure that all other mail is delivered to your Inbox it is possible to request that one or all of your domains be added to a special "skip RBL check" list.
If we do this no incoming mail will be bounced due to it coming from a verified spam source/blacklisted mail server. While this would help guarantee that all wanted incoming mail reaches you please note that this change may (and likely will) cause an increase in unwanted spam to your domain's inboxes. 
It appears that I need to whitelist every conceivably valid mail server.  Can you all provide a list o...
A backpacking trip in the Rothrock State Forest and day hikes in the Laurel Highlands and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia were among the Penn State Outing Club’s 2018 spring-term events.
After this weekend, though, the 98-year-old organization has nothing on its calendar, and unless things change, it won’t.
The Outing Club isn’t allowed to go outside anymore. 

A couple of tiny hermit lifehacks

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 08:22, Tuesday, 24 April

When I started on the Lair’s bedroom addition last year a friend’s mother said she had some kid’s bedroom furniture that had been in her basement for a long time, and I could have them if I wanted. I wanted.

bedroom furniture
I literally sized the closet wall to accommodate the dimensions of the headboard and night stand. It worked out fairly well but, naturally, not perfect.


It didn’t occur to me at the time that I need to move the bed for morning bed-making (Yes, Mark. I ...

Toronto v. Nashville Shows Dual Standard of Anti-gun Left

by Dave Workman in Liberty Park Press at 08:01, Tuesday, 24 April


Today’s Audible Daily Deal is The Monster Hunter Files, featuring me, Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter, Jonathan Maberry, and a whole bunch of other awesome authors writing stories set in the Monster Hunter universe.

And it’s on sale today only.


How to Lose Millions of Customers Overnight

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:21, Tuesday, 24 April


In a move destined to create a chasm between gun owners and high-priced hipster gear, Yeti has decided to stop selling merchandise to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), according to a ...

Blues from Timbuktu?

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:55, Tuesday, 24 April

Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder – Ai Du

Martin Scorsese included Ali Farka Touré in the first episode of his Blues: A Musical Journey documentary, Feel Like Going Home, identifying Touré’s music as the “DNA of the blues.” And Dan Melnik blows a gasket:

[Y]ou wouldn’t refer to Robert Johnson’s music as southern rock and roll, Touré’s music is not desert blues. It’s Malian music with deep roots in the musical culture of his home country.

The music that Touré drew from predates the modern blues by over a thousand years. To equate it with a more familiar, more American style of music is to marginalize it. That comparison robs us of any chance to explore the older musical traditions less familiar to people outside of Africa. …...

Speaking of the Trojan War…

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:14, Tuesday, 24 April

Battle of Poitiers.

Nulle Terre Sans Seigneur brings to our attention an interesting French political theorist who essentially visualized as the alternative to Absolutism the same sort of Noble Republic that once existed in Poland-Lithuania functioning, potentially with elective monarchy and all, on French soil. Fascinating reading.

By the time of early modernity, there were various ideas of which organ of the French constitution played a special role. The peerage had its strongest defender in the Duc de Saint-Simon. The absolutists and their insistence on monarchical supre...

Hey good post guys, except that the receiver of an FN FAL (which is the gun actually depicted in this article, not an H&K G3), is steel. The receiver of an AR-15 is aluminum. So cutting aluminum with an oxy-acetylene torch, as you instruct, is going to result in splattering molten aluminium all over the place, instead of cleanly cutting through a ferrous metal, as an oxy-acetylene torched is designed to. Hopefully no one is injured a result of this plainly un-researched article, and if they are, I hope they have the sense to sue Rolling Stone for providing them with these instructions. Way to contribute to the uninformed static of the pro-gun control narrative. This is journalism as its best. [More]
Gosh, you mean "commonsense gun safety" tips from Opposite Day "progressives" are dangerous?

Grover and Out

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:32, Tuesday, 24 April

NOT ELECTED ... 30) Grover G. Norquist...[More]
I'd like to think I played some small part.  Still, not a one of the "winners" to my knowledge has manned up to the reforms I believe are essential, so I'm still expecting a rubber stamp board toeing the line paid staff tells them to.

[Via Dave Licht]

Positive People

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:45, Tuesday, 24 April

And remember, with "progressives," every day is Opposite Day. [More]

[Via Jess]

When we say “fuck the law,” we mean that under the the current political administration, we will not engage in a “civil debate” about the validity of someone’s existence. When we say “fuck the law,” we mean fuck the law. [More]
The "validity of someone's existence"?

That certainly opens a familiar collectivist door.

Anybody think that peace with such as that is possible?  Or desirable?

Vanderboegh had a relevant observation:
I have long contended, attempting to warn those who think the Leviathan can act with impunity, that if the law and the Constitution no longer protect us, then it no longer protects them either.
[Via ...

Lest Ye Be Judged

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:01, Tuesday, 24 April

A circuit judge here lied to detectives about his contact with an ex-roommate charged with murdering a man in east Belleville, a state judicial board says. [More]
Read on. You sometimes can judge a book by its cover.

[Via bondmen...

Line Up to Obey Master

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:56, Tuesday, 24 April

50,000 Illinois firearm owner ID cards due for renewal [More]
Molon Labe, right?

[Via bondmen]

Back in 2016 I stumbled upon EXPLORER Cases at SHOT and have stayed in contact with them ever since. I did a review of a case then as well as a padded gun case and backpack kit (which I think must have been a prototype for this kit). When this new case (and kit) came […]

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Broward County grabs shovel, digs deeper

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 08:11, Tuesday, 24 April

The Broward County Sheriff’s office and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School seem determined to cost taxpayers millions in legal settlements.

I found this report today:

BREAKING: Anti-Gun Control Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv Questioned By School Security For Visiting Gun Range With His Father
Near the end of third period, my teacher got a call from the office saying I need to go down and see a Mr. Greenleaf. I didn’t know Mr. Greenleaf, but it turned out that he was an armed school resource officer. I went down and found him, and he escorted me to his office. Then a second security officer walked in and sat behind me. Both began questioning me intensely. First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.

Then a third officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office walked in, and began asking me the same questions again. At that ...

Why Civilizations fall

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:07, Tuesday, 24 April

This is a very interesting, short discussion by Sir Kenneth Clark on why the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome fell.  It's well worth a listen, and will make you think about the current assault by the "Intellectual Class" on our own civilization's self-confidence.

Quite frankly, it's Exhibit A in the case of the People v. the Universities, and strong evidence in support of the proposition that we should entirely de-fund higher education.

Don’t Question Her Authority!

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 09:42, Tuesday, 24 April

She offered you water, not medical treatment. Don’t waste her time asking for medical treatment! Woman dies after yelling judge ignores pleas for medical help – FOX29 Lake Charles

This prime example of our black-robed overlords is named Judge Merrilee Ehrlich of Florida. A defendant in her court was coughing, and she offered water. Sounds nice, except what that person needed was medical attention.

When Sandra Twiggs tried explaining, the judge yelled, “Ma’am, I’m not here to talk to you!”

“I need a breathing treatment,” Sandra Twiggs said.

“Ma’am, I’m not here to talk to you about your breathing treatment,” Ehrlich said.

Sandra Twiggs was dead the next day

The judge will “step down.” That’s bureaucratic weasel-wording for “retire or resign and otherwise face no repercussions for treating a sick woman like a dog.” You and I would go to jail for treating a dog like that, but not a judge.

You ...

How Would You Respond to an Intruder in Your Home?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:26, Tuesday, 24 April

She was able to defend herself because she had access to a firearm. Homeowner shoots, kills suspected burglar in Greenville Co. – WSPA

A family member of the resident tells 7News his niece arrived home after dropping her children off at school and smelled something strange.

That’s when Douglas Sweeney said she went to her car for a gun that she legally carries, returned to her home and found a man in her closet.

He lunged at her, and she fired one shot. Cops found him dead at the scene.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Epic Fail of the Victim-selection Process

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:08, Tuesday, 24 April



Is there such a thing as a Boomershoot hangover? I had such a good time yesterday but now I hurt all over. Should I take an Advil?

Happy Boomershooter
April 23, 2018
[Barb and I saw this woman and her husband from Twin Falls Idaho at breakfast in our motel the day after Boomershoot. They plan to return next year.—Joe]

Lemme get this straight.  There is a new push to confiscate guns from Law-Abiding gun owners since Dean Venture got famous.  For safety.  Confiscate all ARs.  Confiscate all semi-autos. 

But when an anti-gun state DOES confiscate the guns of an OBVIOUS crazy person they fear will cause mayhem with them... they then turn around and give them right back

So, you are gonna take my guns and give them to violent criminals and crazy people to do as they will, is that the plan?   Obviously that is the plan.  This isn't the first time the gun-controllers or authorities did that.  Arm the bad guys, disa...

Happy Belle

by Murphy's Law in Lagniappe's Lair at 06:00, Tuesday, 24 April

Gratuitous shot of Belle shaking paws with the lovely Cherry.

It's a dog's life, indeed...lucky dog.



Howa M1500 HS Precision Bolt Action Rifle, 6.5 Creedmoor, Blue Finish, 26″ Semi-Heavy Threaded Barrel, Gray Carbon Composite Stock with Black Webbing, 4+1 Round Capacity, Aluminum Bedding Block, H.A.C.T Two Stage Trigger, No Sights


What Came First?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:51, Tuesday, 24 April

The chicken or the egg? [More]

[Via bondmen]

The Possibilities are Endless

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:46, Tuesday, 24 April

America Faces One of Three Inevitable Paths: Unrest, Tyranny, or Divorce - Pick One [More]
I'd change "inevitable" to "probable." My experience has been just when I think I've got all my ducks lined up, a goose waddles in.

[Via Mack H and Jess

Why did the accused Waffle House shooter get back his guns? [More]
We've already established that's the wrong question.  There's a reason people ask them.

Let's get to the whole point of this:
“Let’s be honest,” said Nashville Mayor David Briley (D). “Some people see these weapons as having a purpose of terrorizing other people. It’s happening too much. Enough is enough.” Indeed. The same type of weapon was used at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed; it was used in the 2017 slaughter of 25 worshipers at a rural Texas church; it was part of the arsenal used by the Las Vegas gunman who killed 58, and the shooter who killed 49 at an Orlando nightclub.These are not wea...
Machete Attack Every 90 Minutes in ‘Gun-Free’ Britain - Recorded machete attacks in the UK have shot up by nearly five times in just three years, with the majority in the capital, London. [More]
I never did trust chaps with barmy names like Nigel and Cecil...


'The Gun Sense Candidate'

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 04:41, Tuesday, 24 April

Davis Stover was previously chief of staff for former representative Chet Edwards, a Texas Democrat who separated himself from his party when it came to gun rights. She took time away from his official office in 2010 to work on his reelection campaign, which was endorsed by the NRA. [More]
It's a proven winning strategy if the object is to increase power and screw over duped gun owners.

How many times have we seen this happen, and when will gun owners learn that in the final analysis there's no such thing as a "pro-gun Democrat," despite what Fairfax would have you believe?

Take Chet Edwards, for instance...

Obama jets off to legitimize South Africa's Zimbabwifying regime [More]
Hey, always it's nice to go to a place where you can be your true self.

[Via Michael G]

Guiding Light

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 04:17, Tuesday, 24 April

The Firearms Policy Coalition and the Firearms Policy Foundation have started a website called K12speech.com and a 21-page guide for parents and students meant to protect pro-gun students. I've read the guide and it is very well done. It contains sample letters and emails, documentation including relevant court rulings, tips on how to make FOIA requests, and instructions on how to document your interaction with school officials. You can download the guide here. There is also a legal action hotline and dedicated email address in order to seek help. [More]
Here's the guide.


Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 04:12, Tuesday, 24 April

“A few weeks ago, Yeti notified the NRA Foundation, as well as a number of other organizations, that we were eliminating a group of outdated discounting programs,” Yeti said in a written statement Monday afternoon. “When we notified the NRA Foundation and the other organizations about this change, Yeti explained that we were offering them an alternative customization program broadly available to consumers and organizations, including the NRA Foundation. These facts directly contradict the inaccurate statement the (NRA) distributed on April 20. [More]
NRA issue inaccurate statements...?

Oh go on.

And I agree with this guy.


0:26 – Can roller delayed blowback system be relevant in modern guns?
3:32 – Difference between gas tappet and short stroke gas piston
6:00 – Cleaning procedure, particularly for corrosive ammunition
7:32 – Brief synopsis of Yugoslavian post-WWII Mausers
10:45 – Final weight of WWSD carbine
11:44 – What hindered automatic arms development during WWI?
16:55 – Why not use MLOK/Keymod for optics?
18:05 – Forward-acting gas pistons?
19:26 – My opinion on the Remington bankruptcy
22:18 – Will 3D printing allow squeeze-bore rifles?
25:39 – What was the last US cavalry carbine?
26:20 – When the the Potato Digger leave US service?
28:11 – What was the first gun I bought specifically as a collectible?
28:55 – Is the FAMAS the best bullpup ever?
33:59 – What nation is underappreciated in small arms design history?
36:28 &#...

Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote firearms safety and education. We are committed to promoting genuine firearms safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S. The program had 3 main goals in 2017: Demonstrate Success and Momentum with […]

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Rock Island Auction Sets 10 World Records! (1)I was going to write another overview of the most expensive firearms sold at recently ended Rock Island April 2018 Premiere Firearms auction in the same fashion that I have been doing it before. However, this time the auction was quite different – it set 10 world records of firearms sold at auctions. So instead […]

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Relocating the Kabul Arsenal

by Miles in The Firearm Blog at 04:00, Tuesday, 24 April

To be quite honest, the old Kabul Arsenal never needed to be “relocated” as it had never been lost, destroyed, or otherwise essentially altered. What this post is adding to the conversation is that someone who had a very legitimate interest in the arsenal bothered to snoop around present-day Kabul with the intention of historical […]

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The shooting sports have lots of specialized equipment for each discipline. It might be a fancy race gun for the Bianchi Cup, or a super accurate rifle that costs more than some people’s cars.

Cheyenne Dalton Volquartsen Scorpion ad

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One thing that’s pretty standard for all shooting sports is the range bag. They come in all shapes...

HUGE news broke at the end of last week. Gary Kleck, PhD, the David J. Bordua Emeritus Professor of Criminology at Florida State University, published a new paper:  “What Do CDC’s Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?” The heart of the matter is that Dr. Kleck and co-author Marc Gertz, PhD were […]

...Although the same Victrix bolt-action rifle is marketed in the US as suitable for uses including “military” and “law enforcement”, in Australia the Victrix (and similar weapons) are categorised with firearms licensed for hunting and sport.
Gun control advocates have dubbed the Victrix guns “high-powered and military-style”. They warn that an increasing range of these guns – which still have design specifications that allow them to be classified as sporting and hunting firearms – have hit the Australian market.
Gun Control Australia has called for a rewrite of weapons classifications, which the group says are outdated and do not properly codify modern hi-tech guns.
Because bolt-action rifles are just as bad to these clowns as semi-auto, and they want ALL of them banned.

Alas, I had forgotten Owens is African-American and conservative. That admixture produced the usual assortment tolerant campus activists convinced that a successful black man simply isn’t diverse enough to speak on their campus — and he shouldn’t be telling them that hard work is the key to success. Thus, the Q&A portion of the speech went… well, predictably.

“What was your name again?” one student asked.

After Owens repeated his name, she responded, “Thought it was Tom.” 
Yeah.  Because working your ass off to succeed, and telling others they can do it, makes you the House Negro to these shitstains.

Why yes, I am using bad language; these idiots earned it.


Let slip the dogs of panickmongering

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 00:00, Tuesday, 24 April

Oh dear, another mass shooting involving an AR-pattern rifle.

First the report:

BREAKING: Multiple People Have Just Been Killed In A Gun Free Zone!!
A man wearing nothing but a coat stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee before dawn Sunday and shot four people to death, according to police, who credited a customer with saving lives by wresting a weapon away from the gunman.

An almost naked guy shoots up a breakfast shop in the middle of the night. I think it’s safe to suspect mental health issues.

But the details get interesting. Because you know this will — and probably has been by the time you read this Monday morning — be used to rally the victim disarming people controllers. Let me don my Carnac the Magnificent turban and make a few predictions.

  • The control freaks will cry for an “assault weapon” (when they aren’t calling it an assault rifle) ban.
    It wasn’t an assault weapon under Illinois or Tennessee law. D...

Monday, 23 April


Anybody who listens to Michael Bloomberg is a damn fool.

"There's no leadership" on gun reform, says Michael Bloomberg - CBS News:

"I think all of us have a responsibility between now and then, call your congressman, call your senator, and say we want you to do something about this. I don't want to have my child at risk. I don't want to personally be at risk from crazy people with -- should, who shouldn't have guns," Bloomberg said.

The crazy thing about "calling your congressman ...." and saying "..we want you to do something about this" (speaking of Gun Control legislature) is that your congress-critter has no better idea what to "Do About This" than does Bloomberg, who thinks crazy people are those who don't agree with him.

Well ... except "Mister and Mrs America, Turn 'em All In!"

(Sorry ... a Nancy Pelosi moment; I'm just overwhelmed with emotion. Give me a m...


Yes Walt Disney Made This Training Film

And this one:

Anti-Gun Dating Site Donates To Planned Parenthood

by Conn Williamson in Liberty Park Press at 17:54, Monday, 23 April


India to Start Licensed Manufacturing of Caracal CAR 817AR Rifles (1)On April 12, 2018, during the Defexpo 2018 exhibition (Chennai, India) Caracal International of UAE and MKU Corporation of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning strategic partnership which will ultimately result in the licensed manufacturing of the Caracal CAR 817AR rifles in India. The manufacturing process will be arranged at MKU’s facility located in […]

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Tree-hugging for stability

in Oleg Volk at 20:28, Monday, 23 April

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

Half-pint Sharps, 44-40



The funniest scene in movie history:

and the real life equivalent.  4/17/18 News 5 Jacksonville:
GLEN ST. MARY, Fla - Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open. 
In stormed a masked gunman...
The man suspected of gunning down four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee during an early-morning, half-naked rampage has a history of run-ins with police -- including once telling cops that music star Taylor Swift was stalking him.
Authorities in Tazewell County, Ill. revealed Sunday that police encountered Travis Reinking, 29, in a...

4/20/18 Reason:

Many people who support gun control are angry that the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are not legally allowed to use money from Congress to do research whose purpose is "to advocate or promote gun control." (This is not the same as doing no research into gun violence, though it seems to discourage many potential recipients of CDC money.)
But in the 1990s, the CDC itself did look into one of the more controversial questions in gun social ...
One of the big ideas from my presentation at Southern Illinois Law School on Thursday was that even in gun controlled nations, mass murders are not all that rare.  4/23/18 CTV:
Police in Toronto say they have arrested a male suspect after a white van mounted a curb in the city’s north end, killing nine people and injuring 16 others.
Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen told reporters Monday afternoon that police received multiple calls around 1:30 p.m. about a vehicle “driving on Yonge Street, striking a number of pedestrians between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.”
That is...
GLEN ST. MARY, Fla - Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open. 
In stormed a masked gunman who fired off a single round before two of the men inside, one armed with an AR-15 rifle and the other with a handgun, emerged from two bedrooms and opened fire....

Sometimes you can tell just by looking.

Crazy eyes:


NOT crazy eyes:


Tank Ammo

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 15:28, Monday, 23 April

Mostly Cajun says in comments (and takes me down memory lane).

All the way in - HEAT-T or TP-T, our most common training round at Knox. All the way out - HEP-T. In the middle APDS-T, which was NEVER used at Knox.
When I got to Knox in '76 for the Basic Course, we fired a lot of HEAT-T, but I don't remember any sabot at all.  Even when I graduated and went down the street to the 4/27th Armor, we shot mostly (95%) HEAT-T and HEP-T.

But, when I got back there in '85 for the Advanced Course, we shot a heck of a lot of TPDS-T   Mainly on Yaho and St. Vith ranges.  I feel like I spent the whole summer at St. Vith.  As I recall, that was a beautiful range, nestled between two big ridges near the Salt River.  That place was  absolutely gorgeous

Knox ain't Knox any more.  Nowadays, it's a Finance center, with lots of REMFs and DA civilians keeping it open. 

More weapons of Rio’s drug war

by Ronaldo Olive in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Monday, 23 April

In what appears to be a never-ending TFB series on weapons used by criminals in Rio de Janeiro, I’ve brought some recent pictures covering that, mainly motivated by the featured image, above. This photo has circulated in the social media, reportedly by a gang operating in Copacabana’s Vidigal Hill community, apparently as an intimidating visual […]

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Umarex USA, Inc. has launched a new “TV” show—Real Air Gun Hunting, Umarex USA’s foray into digital programming dedicated solely to using air guns as a hunte...

Parkland high killer Nikolas Cruz made multiple, violent threats, and the school and law enforcement ignored them. Parkland High survivor Kyle Kashuv posts pics of himself, with his father, at a rifle range and police are called to detain and grill him.

The difference seems to be that it's safe and easy to f__k with Kashuv, he's a law-abiding person who is not going to put up a fight or hold a grudge, whereas it might have been difficult and risky to f__k with Cruz.

They should register vans and license drivers.https://t.co/HbPOGmU8bx
— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) April 23, 2018

Truck Attack in Toronto

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 13:54, Monday, 23 April

Will we blame the machine or the man operating it? Van plows into crowd in Toronto, injuring several, driver in custody, cops say | Fox News

Police confirmed to Fox News the arrest of the suspect, which came just minutes after news of the incident broke. “The van involved in multiple pedestrians stuck in the Yonge and Finch area of Toronto has been located and the driver arrested,” Toronto police tweeted.

Witnesses said the drive appeared to be in control of the vehicle. He knew what he was doing. (Hat tip to Chicks on the Right.)


Radio silence

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 11:31, Monday, 23 April

I usually have QOTDs up for the time before and slightly after Boomershoot so I have time to concentrate on Boomershoot then just veg out and recover afterward. This time I did not get ahead on the QOTD stuff for this blog. I’m going “radio silent” for a few days.

Nothing to worry about. I’ll be back online when I feel like it.

Boomershoot 2018 report

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 11:27, Monday, 23 April

Boomershoot 2018 was a big success!

There were a few minor glitches like the guy that got his trailer and pickup stuck and I had to get a tractor to pull him out. Somehow the number of stakes at the tree line was miscounted and we had a few too many stakes for the number of Sunday targets (879). I changed the way we put the explosives in the boxes which resulted in more explosives per box. No big deal but I forgot to update my spreadsheet with the new weight of the explosives per box. This meant we used up all of the secret ingredient and Barb had to run into town to buy some more. We used up all but about two pounds of the Potassium Chlorate and all but 150 pounds of the Ammonium Nitrate when I thought I would have enough left over for my summer recreational use. I expect there were a few sunburns. I got a small burn on my thumb from lighting a road flare with my lighter. The U-Haul trailer door broke on Saturday and we had to strap things in to make sure they didn’t slide out. The box of flares for the Sunday fireball was misplaced and we scrounged up flares from other other sources. The Wi-Fi was extremely flakey and essentiall...

The most popular spot in town…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 12:17, Monday, 23 April

(“LB, did somebody break in here and drool all over my laptop?”)

At one point there was actually a line at this thing, five cedar rats long. And I was at the front of the line!!!11! Because seriously, that last thing never happens.

Good thing I was doing all right for cash, because this morning put a serious dent in it. Between filling every single gasoline container I own, starting LB on a different (expensive!) brand of dog food, topping off the chicken feed barrel, buying some ammo and getting a prescription filled, I filled the Jeep and damn near emptied the wallet. But it’s all good. Th...

ANJRPC has demanded in a lawyer letter that the Gloucester County Institute of Technology immediately rescind disciplinary action taken against a student earlier this year for failing to remove a t-shirt depicting firearms in a non-threatening manner. [More]
Nobody thought this was just about the Second Amendment, did they?

[Via Felix B...

Thanks to You It Works

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:14, Monday, 23 April

The introduced bill was an improvement over the initial proposal that was revealed to the media over a month ago, but it was still unacceptable and we opposed it. However, because your activism generated almost 37,000 emails to the Legislature, an 82 page strike-everything amendment, that completely replaced the original bill and corrected most of the issues, was offered and adopted at the committee hearing. [More]
Seeing what participation can yield, it's a reason I get disgusted with do-nothing profiles-in-apathy bloviators.

So why isn't the number 370,000 or more?

CDT notes via email:
This is how a gun-rights organization SHOULD work.  No namby-pamby, no compromise, no surrender.

AzCDL worked like hell, orchestrated *37,000* emails to legislators and the governor in the space of three weeks, and managed to get an absolute stinker of a bill de-fanged to the point where they could say they were now NEUTRAL on it.

I ce...

Masking Real Intent

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:41, Monday, 23 April

Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing Masks - They cited a state law from the 1950s that was initially intended to go after hooded KKK members. [More]
Is HuffPo against the law applying to Klan hoods too, or do they just think they're above edicts they would impose on others?

I wonder what the courts would say about someone wearing a surgical mask "for respiratory health reasons"?

[Via ...
Gun Control Advocate Assaults Student for Supporting the 2nd Amendment [More]
Funny how those bent on controlling the rest of us can't control themselves.

[Via Felix B]


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:22, Monday, 23 April

Pro-gun demonstrators rally in downtown Boulder against assault weapons ban [More]
So how many of these mothers, fathers and their children is the council willing to see its armed agents kill in order to bend defiant citizens to their will?

[Via cydl]

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is welcoming 350 participants, 100 instructors and staff, and more than 50 vendors to its 6th Annual National Training Conference, which begins Thursday in Burnet, Texas. The Presenting Sponsor of the event is CZ-USA Firearms. This marks the second year of the partnership between […]

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CAA Micro Roni OLIGHT Flashlight 900 Lumen Upgrade

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Monday, 23 April

The CAA Micro Roni is a clever little device that transforms a Glock handgun into a personal defense weapon sub-gun. CAA designed the Micro-Roni to be modular. The front of the Micro-Roni can accept their front integral tactical light. The tactical light is actually a plastic housing for an Olight flashlight. You can upgrade this […]

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Police in UK arrest a man based on a fingerprint seen in a photo he posted online:

A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message "is the future" of how police approach evidence to catch criminals. 

An image of a man holding ecstasy tablets in his palm was found on the mobile of someone arrested in Bridgend. 
It was sent to South Wales Police's scientific support unit and helped to secure 11 convictions.
It's just a short step from a photo to a 3D printer, and then you have something that someone can use to get into your stuff.  Let's review the security badness in this strategy:

1. You probably don't know if you've posted photos with enough detail for someone to make your fingerprint.  In more formal security-speak, you can't tell if your fingerprint has been compromised or not.

2. The first rule of passwords is that if you think it may have been compromised, you change the password.  I...

Cold War Knowledge (Or lack thereof)

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:47, Monday, 23 April

Tam stumbled on something that I’ve known for a while. People are stupid. Or at least uniformed about the reality of nuclear weapons. View From The Porch: What the hell? Where were you guys in the ’80s?

Given that we seem to entering a brand-new Cold War (version 2.0?), you might want to learn some of this stuff. Or remember it, if you learned it before.

During the news cycles that followed the Russian’s test announcement of the new SS-X-30 Satan 2, I kept hearing NBC talking heads saying the weirdest things:

"The missile can reach the continental US…"

"The missile can carry multiple nuclear warheads…"

"The missile is believed to be able to reach anywhere on the globe…"

…and all these were voiced in tones of fear and wonder, like this was shocking and scary new information.

I ran across this after one of the Korean missile tests ...


by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:14, Monday, 23 April

To tell you the truth, I lost track of Jack White, after the White Stripes (his duo project with Meg White) fell apart. I liked the few songs of the White Stripes that got radio play. (“Seven Nation Army” is probably their biggest hit.) But he is still making music. And it is pretty good.

This is “Lazaretto” from the 2014 album Lazaretto. It was used in the pilot episode of Black Lightning. It was the soundtrack to the showcase fight at the end of the episode.

Gun Guy Movie Review: Beirut

by Andrew Tuohy in Gun RSS Feed - Omaha Outdoors at 10:00, Monday, 23 April

There are certain cities which evoke a sense of mystique, adventure, and perhaps even romance. Some of these places are no longer accessible due to time: consider Paris in the 1920s or Shanghai in the 1930s.

Beirut of the 1960s cert...


Talk of banning military-style semiautomatic weapons actually bothers some guys THAT much. They feel THAT threatened by it. Somewhere along the line in their mind their penis and their gun became one.

Kevin Gregg‏ @KevinPaulGregg
Tweeted on April 9, 2018
[It’s another Markley’s Law Monday!

We have SCOTUS decision. They have Junior High insults.—Joe]

And now, a word from Little Bear

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 08:26, Monday, 23 April

Hi, guys. Yeah, it’s me. Haven’t been on the keyboard since December, hope you’re all well. Dad went to town for the Monday water run, and I thought we could just take this time for a word about snackies.

Look, I’m just going to get to the meat (mmmm…what was I saying? Oh yeah!) the meat of the issue here, which is that I’d appreciate it if you’d stop raining on my parade, okay? I mean, thanks for the concern. Really. But I’m fine. So if you could just stop telling Dad he shouldn’t give me food. He’s already really bad about things like rat poison and chocolate and cooked chicken bones, like somehow those are bad things. Do you know how good they smell?

So anyway – thanks for the concern, I do appreciate it. But things are bad enough around here without you guys commenting and emailing and all but hollering over the...


St. George’s Day

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:51, Monday, 23 April

Hans von Aachen, St. George Slaying the Dragon, c. 1600, Private Collection, London

From Robert Chambers, The Book of Days, 1869:

Butler, the historian of the Romish calendar, repudiates George of Cappadocia, and will have it that the famous saint was born of noble Christian parents, that he entered the army, and rose to a high grade in its ranks, until the persecution of his co-religionists by Diocletian compelled him to throw up his commission, and upbraid the emperor for his cruelty, by which bold conduct he lost his head and won his saintship. Whatever the real character of St. George might have been, he was held in great honour in England from a very early period. While in the calendars of the Greek and Latin churches he shared the twenty-third of April with other saints, a Saxon Martyrology declares the day dedicated to him alone; and after the Conquest his festival was celebrated after the approved fashion of Englishmen.

In 1344, this feast was made memorable by th...

Cullen the Herd

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:53, Monday, 23 April

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen fabricates details of Marathon bombing [More]
Not the same Kevin Cullen who fabricates reasons to impose Massachusetts disarmament edicts on the rest of the Republic...?

Gosh, I haven't been this let down by "journalistic ethics" (and there's an oxymoron for ya) since learning about WaPo's award-winning plagiarist.

China's Xi says internet control key to stability [More]
Of course he does.

What self-respecting totalitarian or lackey would suggest otherwise?

The Missing Link

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:32, Monday, 23 April

Received via email:

Hi David,

I noticed this article yesterday morning.

When I clicked the link for the abstract at SSRN in the story - it was available. I made a mental note to come back asap and download the article. Yesterday evening, the link was dead and the SSRN site indicated that the requested abstract was not found. I then did a search on the site and it listed 16 papers from Kleck, the first of which was the article in the story above entitled - What Do CDC's Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?. Clicking on that link led to the same unfound abstract message as before.

I checked again this morning and received the same message from SSRN. However, after searching using Kleck's name, only 15 articles appear and the CDC article does not show anymore.

This seems like it's a little more than a glitch with SSRN's system. Although there may be other, simpler explanations.

I got the same results and just don't have time to dig...

Circular Reasoning

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:41, Monday, 23 April

The firearm ban would apply to a 500-foot radius around the demonstrations. [More]
Gee, I wonder what the real reason behind this is?

The Wrong Question

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:32, Monday, 23 April

In Missouri and Kansas, African Americans are in peril. How can we reduce homicide rates? [More]
I know! I know!

By disarming me!

Right, Mr.  Pynchon?

[Via bondmen]

Police believe the suspect in a shooting that killed four people at a Waffle House early Sunday could be armed, despite the fact that authorities seized his guns following a 2017 arrest. [More]
Not "gun-free" Waffle House...?

And he wasn't trusted with guns but was trusted without a custodian?

There oughtta be a law!

Gov. Colyer signs measure to keep guns out of hands of domestic abusers [More]
Sure it will.

But if that doesn't give him a leg up in the competiton, I just don't know my Fairfax.  Especially with Kobach calling to arm teachers.

[Via bondmen...

Two Can Play That Game

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:46, Monday, 23 April

Protesters target NRA lobbyist’s home and wife’s business [More]

Now that they've made theselves public figures, perhaps the favor ought to be returned. Except factoring in that they're lunatics, I wouldn't be surprised to see a violent lunatic response from them.

UPDATE via Michael G: Newsbusters read the same story and concludes it lookslike WaPO wants to play.

A former Sedgwick County detention deputy convicted of sex crimes against inmates is back in jail — this time he's accused of sex crimes against a child. [More]

[Via bondmen]

A New Paradigm

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:21, Monday, 23 April

Why We Are Losing the Fight for the Second Amendment and What We Can Do About It [More]
Glad to see another voice on this.

[Via Felix B]

Thor: Ragnarok

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:11, Monday, 23 April

Where do you stand on the Second Amendment? Don’t tell me how you support the right to keep and bear arms. Tell me specifically what policies you support. Do you support “universal” background checks, which are really just a way to eliminate private gun sales? Do you believe that anyone on the terrorism “watchlist” should automatically be denied their right to keep and bear arms without due process and without even being notified that they’ve been watchlisted? Do you believe certain firearms need to be controlled or outright banned? How about certain accessories? [More]
Send him the questionnaire. Along with the challenge.

Utah Republican delegates force Mitt Romney into a primary election with state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in the race for the U.S. Senate [More]
So Mike: What do you actually mean by "Defend Second Amendment and "Fix Immigration Process" and can you tell us how the two are related?

I've got no fondness for My Man Mitthead, but ask because...

Amalgamated Bank, a New York-bank with $48 billion in institutional investment assets that emphasizes socially responsible practices, sent a letter Thursday to Sturm, Ruger & Company’s board, demanding that it adopt six reforms or it would not support the re-election of one of the gun maker’s board members, Sandra Froman, who is also an NRA board member. [More]
Interesting bedfellows. Excuse me while the shock and awe wears off.

I submitted my GUNS Magazine "Rights Watch" column earlier this morning (titled "Banking on Disarmament") and just asked the editor if he could add this news at the end.

Mexico murder rate soars with 7,667 killed in 3 months [More]
Sounds like they could use some "commonsense gun safety laws."

If only more of them there could have unlimited access to those of us here.

This is the environment ATF allowed guns to "walk" to. Anybody see any actual consequences for that yet? Or for criminal "immigration" aka Homeland invasion?

When Finland decided to replace the Luger as its service handgun, they turned to Finland’s most famous arms designer, Aimo Lahti. After a few iterations, Lahti devised a short recoil semiautomatic pistol with a vertically traveling locking block, not too different from a Bergmann 1910 or Type 94 Nambu. It was adopted in 1935, but production did not really begin in earnest until 1939 at the VKT rifle factory. Several variations were made as elements of the gun were simplified to speed up production, and the design was also licensed to the Swedish Husqvarna company, which manufactured nearly 10 times as many of the pistols as VKT eventually did.

In today’s video we will look at each of the variations, including one with an original shoulder stock and the early and late military guns as well as the post-war commercial guns marked Valmet instead of VKT.

NEW RELEASE: The Dead Air Armament Odessa-9

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 08:22, Monday, 23 April

Odessa-9After weeks of teasing us on social media with coded messages and Cold War imagery, the evil geniuses at Dead Air Armament are ready to announce their latest release. Dubbed the Odessa-9, the Utah-based crew’s new silencer is ultra slim, modular and purpose built for pistol use.At 1.1 inches, the 9mm pistol suppressor is just […]

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A recent image posted on Egypt Defense Review has shown perhaps one of the more detailed images publicly available of Beretta GLX160 40x46mm Low-Velocity UBGL/Stand Alone configuration grenade launchers in use by Egyptian special operations forces (also in use are CZ 807s). The caption states that these operators are from the “103th Battalion” after a night […]

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TFB Review: WORLD’S 1ST PRODUCTION Ideal Conceal IC380

by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Monday, 23 April

IC380Many of you may have heard about the cellphone shaped pistol that drew lots of positive and negative buzz roughly 2 years ago when it was announced. From theory to development to further development, the Ideal Conceal IC380 has been on a long road to being crafted into what Kirk Kjellberg, founder and CEO, had […]

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Suarez Supermatch SI-43 GLOCK 43 Slide

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 05:00, Monday, 23 April

SupermatchForward serrations, rear serrations, top serrations, lightning cuts: maybe I am getting old, but is GLOCK slide milling getting more aggressive as time clicks by? Pretty soon we will all be walking around with stippled frames and invisible slides in our holsters. Regardless, Suarez International has always put out a quality product, and their latest […]

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As a child of the Cold War who participated in Civil Air Patrol and AFJROTC and who assembled one of the above-pictured model kits in high school as part of a project, something that I'd been hearing on the news recently startled me.

During the news cycles that followed the Russian's test announcement of the new SS-X-30 Satan 2, I kept hearing NBC talking heads saying the weirdest things:
"The missile can reach the continental US..." 
"The missile can carry multiple nuclear warheads..." 
"The missile is believed to be able to reach anywhere on the globe..."...

Scenes from the range

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:54, Monday, 23 April

Guy had been banned from the range, oh, two days before.  For breaking several rules, and lying about it.  And then shows up thinking- apparently- "Nobody will remember."

Oh yes, there's a note on your record.  That's a surprise?

And then he argued with the guy who informed him of this.  And then argued with the manager.  Because all that 'safety rules' crap shouldn't apply to him.

Yes, it does, asshat.  Which is why, if you try coming back again, you'll be told 'No'.

Happier scenes: a number of first-time shooters in the last few days, and every one of them left with that smile.  Very excellent.

I will note that we got a S&W M&P Compact .22 several months ago, and that thing has been used a lot, and there have been precisely three problems:
One idiot decided to 'adjust' the rear sight and lost the screw.
Two idiots decided to mess with the takedown latch and partially disassembled it("It just stopped working!")
It's kept ticking along quite nicely on a diet of Mini Mags, and all who've shot it seem to like it.

Speaking of S&W, they seem to ha...

Rebellion? Revolution?

by tpolnathan in The Price of Liberty at 06:22, Monday, 23 April

By Nathan Barton

I am hearing more and more signs of rebellion in many parts of the West – especially the rural farming and ranching areas.

People are sick of being told what to do in the minutest detail by the people in their State Capitols.  Add this to resentment of the Federal Congress and bureaucracy and THEIR micromanagement (directly through the alphabet agencies and indirectly through state government agencies), and the anger grows.

Usually, the mandates result in making life more costly, as well as more miserable.  People know that they are breaking numerous laws and innumerable regulations.  It is not that they don’t care.  They were once law-abiding citizens, and proud of that nature.  Even when it didn’t make sense to them.  But now, not only do the laws and regulations make less sense, not only do they cost a fabulous amount of money and time, they are also impossible in many cases to comply with.  This is not a “War on the West” as during the Reagan era.  It is a war against rural people, societies, and institutions.  Against not just farmers and ranchers, but against businesses and institutions....

Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:01, Monday, 23 April

End of Watch. Deputies shot to death while eating at restaurant, sheriff says law enforcement has been ‘demonized’ – KYMA

Ramirez, 29, is survived by his wife and two young children. He’s been in law enforcement for more than seven years, with stops at the Williston Police Department and Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

Lindsey, 25, joined the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in 2013.

The guy who shot them took his own life.

Predictions From 1970 – The First Earth Day

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:43, Monday, 23 April

Are you surprised that they were wrong? 13 Worst Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970 | FreedomWorks

8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine

Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.

This was a call about an active home-invasion. Memphis father says delayed 911 response time put his family at risk | WREG.com

A mother was home with her 2 children when someone started breaking in. That was at 4:45pm. At 4:47pm a second call was made to inform dispatch that the mother was home with 2 kids, and someone was breaking in. A 3rd call was placed at 5:05. At 6:06 officers were available, and they arrived at the house at 6:18.

That is 93 minutes between the 1st call and response.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but if that is the only thing you are prepared to do, then you might want to reconsider your planning. They can’t send someone charging to your rescue, if they are all busy on other calls.

Teachers in the Park County School District of Wyoming can now apply to carry handguns in school. After an extended period of debate in...

Anyone Watch the New “Lost in Space?”

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 08:38, Monday, 23 April

I try not to binge watch these days. The problem is, you end up watching a whole season in a weekend, and by the time the next season comes around, you forget everything and have to watch the whole thing over again. I prefer spacing things out these days. One thing kids today probably don’t appreciate is that my generation was too small for the entertainment industry to really cater to. Gen X got recycled Baby Boomer culture. We watched the same shit our parents watched when they were kids. So most Xers are pretty well acquainted with shows from the 1960s like “Lost in Space,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Bewitched,” or “Hogan’s Heros.” My mom watched “Star Trek” TOS as a teenager, and what did I end up watching with her in syndication? We were fans. I remember mom crying at the end of Star Trek II the Wrath of Kahn (Best. Star Trek. Ever.) when Spock died.

I’ve been watching the “Lost in Space” remake. The original series is one of those shows I used to watch on daytime TV if I was home sick from school. It was on Netflix or maybe Amazon for a while, and I rewatched it. I was surpri...


I had taken a break over a weak.  And my shooting quality fell off.

Oh it's not gone, but, it is definitely a perishable skill.  I notice that more and more the better I get at it.  Confirmed.

Because I wasn't relaxed and just reinforcing failure, I stopped 35 rounds fired.  American Eagle .45.  8 yards for head shots, 25 years yards for center mass.  Here is the final two mags.

That high one on the chest I called, I am pretty sure  (yellow).  The front sight was WAY high.   It is kinda nice that they were all hits.  Even with me sucking and too tense.  Gotta get my finger back an...



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Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters and Accessories

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:00, Monday, 23 April

Written by: Greg Ellifritz



There are many different options for carrying your handgun in a concealed manner.  Body type, clothing selection, firearm, holster type, and mission all mandate different styles of carry.  It ultimately comes down to personal preference, but here are a few hints and guidelines to help you make your decision.  If you are new to carrying concealed firearms, this resource will help you make some important decisions and save you a lot of money.




The belt holster


We’ll start with the most common way to carry a pistol, the belt holster.  This holster is mounted to the belt (with loops or slots) or uses a paddle that makes it easier to remove.  I generally prefer the belt loops over most paddle holsters because they stay on the belt better in a struggle.  They also conceal better because most paddles tilt the butt of the gun inwards and the barrel out, m...

Recent photographs have suggested that the Iranian Army (not the Revolutionary Guard Corps) might be introducing a Designated Marksman Rifle variant of the internally manufactured, H&K license produced Defense Industries Organization G3 currently in service with the Iranian Army. The rifle on display was at a demonstration put on by the Iranian 16th Armored Division […]

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 003

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 02:00, Monday, 23 April

Hello Internet! This is Episode three of the Assorted Calibers Podcast, the Second Amendment Podcast that has a little bit of everything!

This Week Erin and I Discuss Operation Blazing Sword and LGBT gun rights.

Erin interviews the new foreign policy correspondent for ACP, Connie Eliot!

Now that you HAVE cryptocurrency Savage1R shows how you can actually USE them or start trading.

The Weer’d Audio Fisk is part 1 of Shannon Watts on the NPR 1A Podcast.

Also new to the show is Steve, the house Detective to tell stories about his life as a private investigator. This week Steve tells a story of an attempted carjacking that changed his outlook on life and firearms.

For those interested in both supporting the creators of this podcast, but also to get extra content as well as receive the podcast early. subscribe to our

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Shooting competitive skeet is hard enough for those who have been shooting their entire lives, but what about those who’ve spent the bulk of their lives working for something else? Dania Vizzi has spent most of her life (22 years) working toward a professional career in the art of dance. She even got accepted into the summer dance intensive at The Juilliard School, one of the world’s elite dance programs. After her summer performing at Juilliard in New York, she decided dancing wasn’t meant to be. She took up the hobby of competitive skeet shooting, thanks to her father’s recommendation. From there, her passion and skill for the sport took off. 

It's funny because it's true.

Hat tip: American Digest.


By Jeff Gurwitch April 22, 2018 M855A1 ammunition has been in use overseas since at least 2011, and has been in widespread service at most U.S. Army bases since 2014. I myself first saw it in 2012 in Afghanistan. Now, when M855A1 first came out, like many others, I heard the stories that due to ...

Seattle, WA (April 23, 2018) – BaseMap just launched their latest product, which is an updated and redesigned version of their original mapping application, and it’s changing the way people plan, navigate and explore the outdoors.

The all-new app features complete hunt planning capabilities that enable the user to filter units by species, view detailed season dates, and compare past season harvest success rates. The easy to use app stands out not only because of their hunt planning features, but also because of their Hybrid 3D mapping technology that allows you to see the terrain in much greater detail than standard 2D.


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“BaseMap has been progressing and developing for years, and I’m proud to say that our team has accomplished exactly what I had in mind. I wanted this to be more than just a mapping system. This is a planning tool, with crucial information, as ...

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Some people will go to extravagant ends to justify their theories, even at the risk of allowing themselves to be identified as fools.   You have to ask yourself, what does this have to do with "Gun Control"?
On the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, examining the science behind why better gun control really will stop school violence — Quartz
In 1963, Britain experienced 5,714 suicides. Over the next several years, that number declined steadily and quickly; by 1975, the country had 3,693 suicides. This decline took place against a rise in suicides throughout the rest of Europe. Social scientists started looking for something to explain the drop. What they realized was that the decrease in suicide had coincided with the progressive transition in British households from carbon monoxide-producing coal gas to natural gas, beginning in 1958.

Law enforcementWith nearly 20 years of law enforcement behind me, I’ve carried my share of different pistols. Some were chosen for me, others were selected off a list of approved personally owned weapons. For the last decade I’ve picked GLOCK as my choice for on duty and off duty carry. Besides being hyper-reliable, they fit my […]

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Kleck paper vanishes from SSRN

in Of Arms and the Law at 22:50, Sunday, 22 April

A comment on my previous entry points out that Prof. Klick's paper on SSRN (Social Science Research Network) has vanished, the link doesn't work. Which means that it vanished between morning and evening of today. Here is a downloaded copy.

Imagine That – School Shooting STOPPED By School Officer

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 20:26, Sunday, 22 April

Instead of the “maintaining a perimeter,” he took action. Florida school cop hailed hero for running towards gunman Sky Bouche | Daily Mail Online

School cop is hailed a hero for running towards Columbine-obsessed gunman, 19, in Florida school and arresting him three minutes after he opened fire, wounding one

Any guesses about how much the media with trumpet this?


Funny thing; I always thought the law was intended to protect the innocent and our Human Rights.
Today, we see states deliberately formulating laws to make criminals of law-abiding citizens, and undermining Constitutional Rights. 

It's a funny world we live in, isn't it?  But not humorous; no, not at all.

Incredible Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in MN - AllOutdoor.com

I couldn't do a better job than All Outdoor dot Com describing this egregious (and unconstitutional) Minnesota bill, other than to note the subtitle on the original article:

HF 3022 could make California seem "gun-friendly."... and the subtitle:

They used our tax money to hide the truth of their research?

Well, of course they did; the results didn't fit their political goals!

CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public, Provides More Evidence that Plenty of Americans Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns - Hit & Run : Reason.com:

The final adjusted prevalence of 1.24% therefore implies that in an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases (unweighted) in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million past-12-months estimate obtained Kleck and Gertz (1995)....CDC's results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals....

Tall Ships!

by Murphy's Law in Lagniappe's Lair at 17:24, Sunday, 22 April

Long time, no post, I know.

To quote any one of a number of my neighbors: "You see, what had happened was..."

Anyway, last weekend was a long birthday week-end. I had friends collect me up to take me out to celebrate on Friday...and on Saturday...and Sunday...and each night lasted until around zero-dawn-thirty, so by Monday afternoon, I was pretty much glad that birthdays come around just once a year. and it was different groups of friends each time, so each of them only had to stay out and play too late ONE night, but I got all three. And it was also French Quarter Fest, so there was that.

It was fun times though, at least the parts I can recall.

I've also been having major problems with this computer at home, and it's probably ready for a replacement. And since I can't blog from work any more, it severely limits my online presence when I can't get onto the internet or open files without a fight.

But like I said...anyway...

This week-end was the beginning of Fleet Week, and we've got a few Tall Ships and an LHD here for the tourists to see, the USS Ke...


SCCY Firearms is moving from Florida to Tennessee.

Obviously, something like this takes a lot of time and planning, and therefore isn't a reaction to last month's foolishness revolving around the Parkland, FL school shooting--although I wouldn't be surprised if the alleged Republican governor's actions didn't add an exclamation point to it. Instead, I would suspect this is nothing more than the creeping Yankification of Florida that has been going on for the last couple of decades. While the northern retirees weren't so bad, the new waves of younger immigrants are bringing their liberal viewpoints with them, and the word from sources in Florida is that times are a changin' in the state that gave us shall issue concealed carry.

Pity, since there is a lot to like about Florida once you get outside the cities.


I was sitting at the computer, munching on a bowl of raisins. LB had crept up behind me and was earnestly bathing me in “If you need help with that, I’m here for you” rays. I said, “I don’t think you’re gonna want this, buddy,” and put down the bowl with maybe a couple of dozen raisins left in it. He stuck his muzzle in, came up licking his lips and looking like maybe that wasn’t so desirable after all, seemed to think it over, and then…

Guess it shouldn’t surprise me. I’ve read (I don’t know how accurate this is, but it does have logical appeal) that one reason dogs won out over wolves in the “who gets to move in with humans and live long enough to get old” sweepstakes is that dogs can metabolize carbohydrates and wolves can’t*. Hence dogs, though often capable predators, are really adapted to be scavengers – the...

Farewell to Big Brother

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 12:06, Sunday, 22 April

He was going to pull out sometime this afternoon, having a appointment to meet a guy tomorrow in the big city about five hours away. Then the meeting got bumped up to this afternoon, and he decided to boogie. We were kind of done anyway: We agreed we should do it more often and not for quite so long.

One thing I’ve always liked about BB is that he’s not afraid of companionable silence. But no longer having a lot of experience with human company I kept feeling the need to fill the silence with stuff. It became uncomfortable. Yesterday afternoon he just went off to be by himself for a few hours, and I got some single-person stuff done.

Finally took half an hour and replaced the vents on the remaining two Jerry cans. Took a lesson from some things that could have gone better the firs...


A Flying First

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 09:15, Sunday, 22 April

For the first time in my life,  I experienced an aborted takeoff.  Just as we were starting to get going,  the engines suddenly allowed,  the air brakes went on,  and we turned off the runway.   The pilot told us that the air conditioning indicator came on.   We then for back in line.

I do not believe we aborted for A/C.  In light of the recent accident,  I think he did not want to scare us.

I Hate Flying

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 09:11, Sunday, 22 April

The more I do it, the more I hate it.  Perhaps flying had just become more unpleasant.  When I first started flying, there were no metal detectors.  If you were meeting someone who was arriving,  you could go all the way to the gate.   There were lockers you could store luggage in short term.  This started to change after the Alphabet Bomber series of terrorist attacks in Los Angeles,  then the hijackings to Cuba, usually by crazies who thought they were going to meet and kill Castro, but just ended up in Cuban prisons.

I remember a business trip in the early 1980s where the plane was 1/2 full,  and I was served a pretty decent dinner (not an overpriced snack box).  A friend flew to NYC in a 747 with 10 passengers.

And the seats in the Embraer puddle jumper were hard and unpleasant.  The MD80 Was more spacious but the seats were only slightly more comfortable.

Awesome Night

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 08:57, Sunday, 22 April

Spring seems to have arrived. Last night was clear and not too terribly cold.  I spent some time figuring out which direction for the power switch on the equatorial platform was on.  Eventually, I figured it out by  measuring voltage across the motor contacts.

Once out and aligned with the phosphorescent line pointing true north,  it was taking almost perfectly.  I still need to improve pointing by aligning the edge of the wheeled platform to the line. Also there is a vernier speed adjustment rheostat that I have stupidly moved.   Still, it was tracking.  The Moon was so wonderfully sharp; I have never seen even professional astrophotos that were sharper or more pleasing.   Venus was low in the west and gibbous phase is hardly ever awesome.   Look forward to seeing some more Moon pictures Anna maybe some deep sky objects soon!

At GovTrack: Text of H.R. 788: Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (Introduced version) - GovTrack.us

To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain States.
The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Feb 1, 2017.
Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
This bill amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the construction and expansion of public target ranges by: (1) authorizing a state to pay up to 90% of the costs of acquiring land for, expanding, or constructing a public target range; (2) authorizing a state to elect to allocate 10% of a specified amount apportioned to it from the federal aid to wildlife restoration fund for those costs; (3) limiting the federal share of those costs under...

It's really quite simple. The CDC buried a study that showed that guns are used defensively nearly 2.5 million times a year because it doesn't fit the narrative. It simply wouldn't do to have that sort of information out running around when we're trying to demonize gun owners and legislate he right to own guns out of existence.

And scientists wonder why the public doesn't trust them.


by Mas in at 08:06, Sunday, 22 April

The gun prohibitionists would have the world believe that successful cases of self-defense with firearms are rare anomalies, far outbalanced by the evil done by criminals with guns in hand. Au cntraire. No less a source than the Center for … Read more

Prof. Gary Kleck is the criminologist whose meticulous survey determined that Americans used guns in self defense against attackers about 2.5 million times a year. His conclusion was, of course, attacked, and he did a superb job of showing why the criticisms were invalid.

Now, he makes a BIG discovery. The antigun Centers for Disease Control has secretly (they have never acknowledged they were even asking the question) conducted surveys of the public, asking about defensive gun uses against criminal attackers, and those surveys almost exactly confirm Klick's 2.5 million uses. (You can download his paper by clicking on the orange button at the top of the page).

He notes:

"Why didn't the CDC report their DGU results? The agency clearly regarded the topic as sufficiently important to insert DGU questions into a very expensive national survey that had never previously included any questions about self-defense, and to do so in three of the surveys.... One obvious explanation would be that they recognized that their own surveys' finding of a high DGU prevalence was unfrie...

Gun control protip

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 09:25, Sunday, 22 April

— Sal the Agorist (@SallyMayweather) April 21, 2018

Alessandro Rolla was an Italian classical composer mostly known as the teacher of Paganini.  He really deserves better, as his music was in some (albeit limited ways) groundbreaking, and was published all over Europe.  A virtuoso on the viola, he composed a great deal of music for an instrument that had mostly been in the shadow of its better known cousin, the violin.

His reputation was such that he was appointed conductor of the orchestra of La Scala.  The French under Napoleon had conquered Italy and the new governor wanted the orchestra to showcase the greatest virtuosos available.  Rolla's success there was such that when the French were expelled after Napoleon's fall he remained conductor until retiring in 1833.

Bootnote: It was surprising to discover that in over 250 weekly Sunday Classical posts, I have never done one on Paganini.  I'll have to correct that oversight next week.

Anniversary of the Liberation of Sachsenhausen

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 09:58, Sunday, 22 April

Sachsenhausen concentration camp, built by the Nazis in 1936, was the prototype for all that came later. Sachsenhausen concentration camp: Anniversary of liberation | Germany

Between 1936 and 1945, over 200,000 people from across Europe were incarcerated at Sachsenhausen. They were humiliated and tortured, or forced to work for German industry. When Polish and Russian soldiers began closing in on the camp, most remaining inmates were sent on grueling death marches. Many died from exhaustion or were shot by their captors. And Sachsenhausen was also an extermination camp, in which thousands of Soviet soldiers were executed and where experimental gassings were carried out.

It was liberated on April 22, 1945

And Pirates Cove Roundup

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 09:04, Sunday, 22 April

Pirate’s Cove Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Lot of good stuff there, including at least 1 story about the non-facts bandied about regarding the AR-15.

Weekend Links from Claire Wolfe

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:58, Sunday, 22 April

A roundup of what is interesting and insane. Weekend links – Living Freedom

Of particular note – Apparently people from the city are surprised that farm animals make noise, and smell “funny.”

Farmer puts up scathing sign for complaining ‘townies’ [Video]

‘This property is a farm. Farms have animals and animals make funny sounds, smell bad and have sex outdoors’, it reads.

‘Unless you can tolerate the above, don’t buy a property next to a farm.’


It’s only still pictures updated once a minute but you can see what’s happening at Boomershoot today on this web page: http://www.boomershoot.org/Live.htm.

My current jihad is to continue to remind terrorist scum that they can’t silence decent people–Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Pagan, areligious, or otherwise, with bombs. And to remind liberals that they’re pathetic shit who can’t silence the voices of decent people, aren’t even effective terrorists, but that if they attempt to become so, we will have to kill them.

Michael Z. Williamson
March 27, 2018
You’re Offended? Go Fuck Yourself.
[This is particularly relevant today because this is Boomershoot weekend and is a good part of the reason why I put so much work into Boomershoot.

For those of you who would like to point out that the classic liberal is different from present day liberals, Williamson addressed this earlier in his post.—Joe]

Thanks to You Hobbyists

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 07:04, Sunday, 22 April

I drilled 1/4" holes in each end of the project box, tied knots in the leads inside the box, then glued the 12VDC to 3VDC transformer into the project box.


Know Your Audience

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 07:00, Sunday, 22 April

At the symposium Thursday, a question that was asked involved the primary intent of the 2nd Amendment.  I explained that self-defense was so deeply assumed that it was not even seriously discussed; resistance to tyranny was the big concern.  So I threw in a laugh line:

I keep hearing Trump compared to Hitler.  To which my question is: "What prison is Kathy Griffin being held in?  The same one where the Dixie Chicks were sent after insulting the last Hitler-like president, George Bush?"
My wife pointed out later that these law students are too young to remember the Dixie Chicks kerfuffle.

The History of Things

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 05:27, Sunday, 22 April

In the declining season of the year, I'll make a stop at some of the local thrift and antique shops, looking for various tools and things that might be useful in the coming winter, or just perusing items that people have discarded as part of a big Spring and Summer clean.

There's often some junk, valuable only to the person that originally purchased it, for reasons unknown. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say, and for every Popeil Pocket Chainsaw (with Cap Snaffler), there's someone that would buy one. There are also treasures, marked up accordingly, there are small things, that only a certain individual will be drawn to.  There are things that were once worn, things that once graced a home, things in small jars, the buyer peering into them, as if inspe...


by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 06:35, Sunday, 22 April

When I was a stripling soldier, I was introduced to computers.  Not the kind I'm typing on now, but e an electro-mechanical computer that figured ballistics for tank ammo.  It was mounted to the right side of the gunners station and fed inputs from the range-finder into the gun, to help assure a first-round hit.

You can click on it to see a bigger version.  When used, you could hear the cams working

For the uneducated, elevation is the angle of the gun from level.  Super elevation is that minute change, based on the ballistics of the ammo, to make the bullet hit the target. 

I found this picture on the Book of Fa...

Gordon Ingram served as an infantryman during World War Two, and decided to get into the gunmaking business after the war. He though there was a market for a submachine gun for police and military forces, and to that end designed the very Thompson-esque Model 5 and Model 6 guns. These were not major successes, but did sell well enough to keep Ingram in business. Eventually he would change his focus to gun which were very cheap to make, in hopes of finding contracts with small foreign governments, if not the US.

The .45 caliber Model 10 would be his iconic breakthrough design, most commonly referred to as the MAC 10, as it was initially manufactured by the Military Armament Corporation. In addition to this, Ingram produced a scaled down Model 11, chambered for the .380 cartridge. These two cartridges were specifically chosen for their subsonic nature, as one of the Ingram guns’ key selling points was their pairing with suppressors made by the Sionics company.

Eventually MAC would go o...

In the declining season of the year, I'll make a stop at some of the local thrift and antique shops, looking for various tools and things that might be useful in the coming winter, or just perusing items that people have discarded as part of a big Spring and Summer clean.

There's often some junk, valuable only to the person that originally purchased it, for reasons unknown. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say, and for every Popeil Pocket Chainsaw (with Cap Snaffler), there's someone that would buy one. There are also treasures, marked up accordingly, there are small things, that only a certain individual will be drawn to.  There are things that were once worn, things that once graced a home, things in small jars, the buyer peering into them, as if inspe...

No, I don't want her forbidden from speaking.  Don't particularly want her fired.  But I'm not going to shed any tears because the university gets lots of "Screw it, I don't want my money going to pay this vile being" calls from people who don't like what she said.

and it doesn't want to be associated with them.  Well, screw YETI; there's other very good coolers out there. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has removed the “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” from their website after attorneys for Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim and prominent Islamic reformer, threatened legal action over his inclusion on the list.
And just what kind of horrors caused the Lies Center to put him and others on the list?
Nawaz — informed by his experience as a former member of a global terror organization and a political prisoner in Egypt — routinely criticizes the fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that gives rise to terrorism. As a result of that work, the SPLC and a coalition of partner organizations that helped create the list accused him of “savaging Islam.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born liberal feminist who fled her home country amid civil war and now works at the Hoover Institution, was also branded an “anti-Muslim extremist” by the SPLC.

Like Nawaz, Ali routinely criticizes inhumane practices that are common in majority-Muslim countries, including ...



by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 04:30, Sunday, 22 April

You know, I need a new cooler for my annual camping trip and other fun shennanigans.  I really do.

I heard really good thing about Yeti.

Whelp.  Nope.

For even a chance to get my business, they have to come back AND apologize. 


by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 03:00, Sunday, 22 April

When I was a young man, I used to walk Catahoula lake, or the creeks and sloughs in other places, hoping for a shot at a mallard drake.

Nowadays, they are wandering around my driveway.  With a pellet rifle, I could be eating mallard three nights a week.

Fortunately for them, I don't feel like plucking a duck.



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