Monday, 21 May


A young woman walks out to an old rural mailbox and pulls out a couple of letters, standing in the cold as she looks through them, for in her haste, she wears no coat. Her eyes are alight with hope, as she scans the postmarks, almost naked in their pleading.  But there is no letter from him today, no news that he is still safe.  Her eyes grow quiet, two shining gloves in which a world at war lurks in profoundly small scale.  The mailbox shuts and her hope draws itself in, like measured string being rewound into a spool

Thirty later, her children, one at the edge of the field, one away in a straight line about 30 yards away, connected only by two paper cups and a taut piece of kite string. One speaks, the other listens, and hears  "there are 4 of them to our two. But we have the ...


Fortunate Son

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 16:04, Monday, 21 May

This is how we rolled when I was a young warrior.  I never made it to the 'Nam, but these are the guys that trained me, and I was Air Cav before I was Armored Cav.

Watching that brings back memories.

Masked gunmen with Kalashnikovs open fire on a group of youngsters in Marseille leading to shoot-out with French police [More]

I'm sure David and Emma have some helpful solutions.

Is This a Trick Question?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 17:32, Monday, 21 May

Received via email:

Let's review the bidding:


National Guard of Ukraine Purchases AirTronic PSRL - US Made RPG-7s (1)Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, has announced on his Facebook page that the first shipment of 500 American-made RPG-7 clone rocket-propelled grenade launchers has been received by the National Guard of Ukraine. These launchers are called PSRL which stands for Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launcher. They are manufactured by a US company called AirTronic […]

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Mexican Army g3This month Heckler & Koch employees will face legal proceedings in Germany for illegally selling firearms to Mexico. Six former employees, including two former executives, are on trial in Stuttgart for the violation of Germany’s War Weapons Control Act and the Foreign Trade Act. It is alleged that the company sold approximately 4,500 G36 assault […]

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Russian Soldiers Report Issues with Ammo

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Monday, 21 May, a Russian defence website, recently reported that the Russian Army is having quality issues with its ammunition. The issues range from primer misalignment to powder quality and quantity inconsistencies. Warhead’s report is based around the anonymous anecdotal evidence of an anonymous source referred to as the ‘Tired Machine Gunner’. He begins by describing an […]

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That's at least the actual thrust of this article (by a different writer this time).

The article is about how "gun nuts refute their own arguments."

But the first two in the list are a really bad DVD and a really bad book.
How bad? The book is "My parents open carry."

The first, somehow, refutes that firearms can be used for self defense, and the latter, similarly, somehow, debunks that firearms can protect one's family.

Those are pretty pedestrian.  The confusing one is #2  "Men Are Monsters, So Women Need Guns!"

Um... this is the same publication that goes in on #MeToo and the problems of abusive men.

But the confusion grows:

About 38 percent of gun owners are women, but they don't seem to be interested in shooting those guns for murder or self-defense. In 2014, only 15 ladies gunned down a man in self-defense. That obvious...

But I still think this is hilarious. A long-time reader sent me a link to an article about a line of ads pushing J-B Weld, a product I do actually keep around the Lair. He said ol’ Curmudgeonly Joel coulda been a star if only they’d cast me in the ads.

I replied that no, I really prefer to encourage people to throw away useful things. But the ads are funny anyway…

Winter 2013. It was time for the weekly commute to work, a several hour drive in the usual heavy truck traffic. I left early, to get here before dark, but with what was left of an accident closing all but one lane, it took over four hours.

I'd driven this route for a couple years already while dating my now husband, no accidents and no tickets.  The secret is -

(1) drive a vehicle with an engine that sucks fuel like a CF700 turbofan  engine
(2) don't break any traffic laws
(3) don't break them as bad as anyone driving around you.

#3 is easy.  Find the worst possible driver in the world (which is not hard to do on I-65) and when you spot him or her, s...

The eARC for Target Rich Environment is out!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with eARCs, it stands for Electronic Advanced Reader Copy. An ARC is what normally gets sent to reviewers months before the book comes out, but Baen realized a long time ago that people will pay to get books they want several months early. In fact, they’ll pay extra, and as devout capitalists, that’s awesome.

eARCs have not gone through the final copy editing process, so a lot of time you get to see all the happy fun bonus typos and author screw ups that didn’t get caught before turn in. Some eARCs have big changes from the final (like the l...

Shotgun noob stuff

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 15:18, Monday, 21 May

Took the Beretta, in its stock configuration, out for another 75 rounds. No problems to report. Gun ran great. And then, when I got home, this happened:

Nordic Components +5 magazine extension.


by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:20, Monday, 21 May

The Texas shooter used a shotgun and a revolver. This kind of harshed the media narrative.

And some good journalisming from USA Today calling the guns less lethal. Pepper spray is less lethal, you idiots. Not shotguns and revolvers. Depending on the range, the shotty is more lethal.

What to look for in a M&P9

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:17, Monday, 21 May

When SJWing collides

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:16, Monday, 21 May

Apparently, Jimmy Kimmel should check his white privilege when it comes to guns.

Life in the future

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:15, Monday, 21 May

Say when

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:14, Monday, 21 May

Sure thing, sprout:

Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I now actually do want to take your guns.

All of your guns.

Why are anti-gun activists so violent?

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:13, Monday, 21 May

But of course:

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher was fined $500 by a Virginia judge for vandalizing a National Rifle Association lobbyist’s home earlier this year.

Hillary Clinton P-MAGS

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:10, Monday, 21 May


Gun Porn

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:09, Monday, 21 May

Walker Defense Research NERO 556 Muzzle Device

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 15:00, Monday, 21 May

Walker Defense Research NERO 556 Muzzle Device (5)Walker Defense Research (WDR) is a new firearm accessories manufacturing company located in Mesa, Arizona. Right now they have one product – the NERO 556 muzzle device. By looking at the shape of this product you have probably guessed that this is a 3D printed part. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing allows making parts with complicated […]

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In the beginning of April, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. This action-packed, 3-day expo consisted of numerous seminars, a live-fire shooting range and more than 100 vendors with all types of products for the American gun owner. 


Gear Up is sponsored by Springfield Armory

In part of the event center they sectioned off an area for the Women’s Concealed Carry Showroom. Here they disp...


by Tam in View From The Porch at 13:34, Monday, 21 May

Ugh, getting FedEx to come pick up a call-tagged package is a nightmare. UPS was probably annoying, too, but seemed downright pleasant there on the heels of the FedEx call.

I got pretty frustrated trying to explain what was going on to C3P0, and the basic level human I transferred to was actually dumber than the computer, reducing me to literal tears of frustration. I had to escalate to a supervisor to arrange for a simple call tag pickup.

April Rain

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:10, Monday, 21 May

Delain is a Symphonic Metal Band from The Netherlands. (Don’t worry – English Lyrics!). Only recently ran across them because I like European Metal, and the various music services I use know that.

This is “April Rain” from the album April Rain, which was released in 2009.



Origins Debacle Update

by correia45 in Monster Hunter Nation at 10:23, Monday, 21 May

If you missed last week’s drama, the details of my being removed as the Origins Writer Guest of Honor are here:

I was first officially approached to be the GoH on 1/23/2018. My correspondence at this point was with a famous author who was representing their writing track. I’ve left his name out of it, because he’s a good dude, and doesn’t need to get lumped in with the actions of John Ward (who in my opinion is either cowardly, incompetent, or both).

Now normally, when I’m a special guest at a con, I just give them my airport details and they book the flights. On 3/22 they sent me another email saying that it was time to figure out the travel details for myself and my guest. My wife already had plans, so my kids then had to fight over who got to be my guest to what they thought was going to be a super fun game weekend (plus my kids love manatees, and the Columbus zoo has them) so this was a coveted p...

Uh, No. Just No

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:00, Monday, 21 May

Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I now actually do want to take your guns.
All of your guns.
Right now.
Uh, no, I don't think that's going to happen.
So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.
 We're tired of trying to reason with you too.  Gun control law after gun co...

Guest Lineup: An exceptional and incredibly informative Monster Broadcast from the Crossbreed Holster Studios. Hour one saw the return of Alan Gottlieb. Alan had been traveling and fighting the fight at various venues and gives us his one-of-a-kind insight today. Hour two saw AWR Hawkins be AWR Hawkins. Nuff said. Hour three brought long-time AAR contributor David Codrea, who as usual, shows why he is a long-time contributor! Enjoy this exceptional AAR broadcast! [More]
Fun for me as usual...

Cops Claim That Mice Ate Half a Ton of Missing Marijuana [More]
That's gotta be more believable than thinking the Only Ones trustworthy enough to have guns would do anything improper.

[Via Neil W]

It's "Settled Science"

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:56, Monday, 21 May

We’ve won the argument – 90 percent of Americans think that we should have universal background checks.  [More]
Yeah, but...

How very "progressive."

[Via bondmen]

Jimmy Kimmel Thinks School Attacks Don’t Happen Where There Are ‘Real, Sensible Gun Laws’ -- But China And Reality Beg To Differ [More]
At least he's been waking up dry for the past few years.

[Via Michael G]
Make Schools Safe Again: Repeal The Gun-Free School Zones Act [More]
Sorry-- there's no money and power in freedom-- at least for those who would take it from you.

[Via Michael G]

Not as Exploitable

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:41, Monday, 21 May

Texas shooting suspect's choice of guns complicates debate over assault rifles [More]
No kidding.

[Via Roger J]

A Quorum of Qusilings

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:57, Monday, 21 May

Something must be done? [More]

Where have I heard that before?

So you present a menu of neocon surrender options to pick from?

If you "libertarians" at Reason want to do something, how about you stop sabotaging RKBA through your Democrat-enabling "immigration" advocacy?

[Via Felix B...

Not a Single Wampum Bead

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:41, Monday, 21 May

Elizabeth Warren pledges not to take ‘single penny’ from NRA.  [More]
Did anyone offer?

[Via Michael G]

All the Arguments Needed

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:48, Monday, 21 May

On the one hand, we have a qualified and enthusiastic testimonial for reliability and ease of use. [Watch]

On the other hand we have those waiting to pounce, and to mandate such technology for the guns themselves.

There ought to be a place in a free market for those who perceive a use for such devices, and those providing them have every right to extol their virtues.

The issue here is how to keep the totalitarians from exploiting it. Then I think "New Jersey."

This will go on until the recognized right of the people to keep and bear  "ordinary military equipment ... in common use at the time" is secured.

[Via An...

Star Wars character Lando Calrissian is pansexual, and I couldn't be happier [More]
What else would we expect from Disney?

[Via Matthew L]

The Friends of My Enemy

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:07, Monday, 21 May

Koch Bros Running Ads for Democrats: ‘Thank You’ for Pushing Open Borders [More]
How often are their names trotted out as archetypes for "conservatives"? Sure, most of that is by useful idiots, but at its core there's a purpose being served.

[Via Felix B]

Abloy Protec PL330 affixed to one of the metal-lined hasps on the Explorer Case 5833Regular TFB readers know me as the “Flying with Firearms” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) subject matter expert, and it comes as no surprise to most folk here that I have logged hundreds of thousands of air-travel miles with my luggage.  While this is typically an uneventful process, over the years I have had […]

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New Zealand Army Begins Fielding New Rifle: LMT MARS-L

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Monday, 21 May

Range time with the MARS-LOver the last few month the New Zealand Army has begun fielding its new standard issue infantry rifle, the LMT MARS-L. The MARS-L is replacing the F88 Austeyr which has been in service since 1988. The decision was made to replace the Stey AUG-based F88 in 2015, following performance concerns reported during operations in Afghanistan. The […]

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Story here. Too bad it was only a misdemeanor. She's apparently part of a group that feels the other gun-hating organizations are insufficiently mentally disordered radical. So much for modern academia.

Awesome retro Tech Pr0n

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 09:58, Monday, 21 May

This is sweet:

The PiDP-11 is a modern replica of the PDP-11/70. 


By Nathan Barton

A correspondent recently asked me an interesting question.  Is it government’s duty to protect us from weeds?  Is it government’s job to control weeds?

Although he was asking the question regarding a particular subject, in reality, there are several ways that we can answer this question.

I am not sure about whether it is the case nationwide, but most county governments in western States have “weed and pest control departments” as an agency. Sometimes, this is a separate, special district of some type, together with “mosquito control” and “animal control” and “recreation services” districts or bureaus or agencies.

Originally, these were apparently part of road departments, taking care of weeds along the public roads. But the mission of government agencies always seems to creep.  These expanded to dealing with weeds on public lands in general, such as parts and school lands and such places.  And then became a regulating agency: it was given the power to order people to treat (kill) the weeds on their private property. And then the power to tell people HOW to deal with weeds on ...

From Esquire Magazine:

So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.

Well, what are you waiting for skippy?

Down the Memory Hole?

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 09:06, Monday, 21 May

It was looking like the school shooting in Texas had all the hallmarks of going down the memory hole. I have a policy of not mentioning the killer’s name, but I’m just going to say, if you plan to shoot your way to the top of the news cycle and become a household name, don’t have some Greek name that no one can spell or pronounce, unless you live in Greece. If that kid planned to become a household name, he failed out of the gate with that name. Also, Royal Wedding the next day.

The killer used a shotgun and revolver, not an evil AR-15. Of course, USA Today notes that the killer used “less lethal” firearms, even going so far as, without a hint of irony, noting that “less lethal” weapons were used at Virginia Tech to kill 32 people. We got some narratives to preserve here!

In truth, against unarmored individuals, there’s hardly anything more deadly than a...


It’s well established that gun humper culture exists to project machismo to compensate for feelings of physical inferiority.

Donkey Otay‏ @CervantesMount
Tweeted on April 23, 2018
[It’s another Markley’s Law Monday!

Via a tweet from Jonathan.

I read through a bunch of the responses to this tweet and my favorite was:

It’s well-established that feminized men are scared of inanimate black plastic objects.

I wonder what color the sky is in Otay’s universe.—Joe]

While mental illness is the cause of most of these mass murders, it is not the only one.  This one in Santa Fe, Texas does not fit that pattern.  My wife blames the society's increasing normalization of chaotic family structure and divorce.  Is bullying a cause?

I was subject to lots of bullying.  I was different.  I was a year younger than my classmates and pretty smart.  And this was in a district where many kids came from UCLA faculty or engineer homes.  I remember being 4th grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in Santa Monica getting an ice cream bar and a 5th grader whose name I did not know pushed me against a wall and punched me in the stomach while a crowd of my fellow 4th graders stood around and cheered. 

In junior high, the thugs were Casey Vis, Mark Friend, and Hugo Gonzalez.  I keep waiting to see one of their names with "(D-CA)" after it.  They attacked me on the Wilshire Blvd. bus one day.  At the end, I had a cracked wristbone.  They were, of course, never punished. 

High school was less severe, but threats and implications of violence were common.  I took to using...

Coincidence, I Am Sure

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 05:52, Monday, 21 May

5/21/18 U.K. Sun:

In a private dialogue, the Pontiff is understood to have told Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, that God loves gay people and it is fine to be homosexual.
The comments are the most striking public acceptance about homosexuality ever made by a head of the Roman Catholic Church.
The remarks were made during a private meeting at the Vatican between the pair, in which ...

From 5/20/18 The Hill:

Mark Penn served as pollster and adviser to President Clinton from 1995 to 2000, including during his impeachment. 



I am reminded of a recurring pro-Israel meme (and I don’t want to debate this because it’s all propaganda and I simply don’t know which side is more right or wrong) that refugee camps set up after the first Arab-Israeli war, full of what must certainly have been easily assimilated people, were arranged to become really awfully squalid and also permanent specifically because the surrounding states wanted a class of victims they could blame on Israel.

The tactic has become familiar in this country. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together can clearly see that “gun free zones” are useless in combating “gun violence,” because they’re guaranteed-safe shooting galleries for any incel* who wants his fifteen seconds of fame. But every time it happens, and doesn’t contain some unacceptable element like a...

Wagnerian Container Gardening

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 05:57, Monday, 21 May

Speaking of Viral

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:35, Monday, 21 May

Viral ‘grad with rifle’ image continues to cause a stir as Jim Carrey joins the debate [More]
Say what you will, he reportedly really knows how to blister a gal...

A Trained Policewoman

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:44, Monday, 21 May

So much for a man will just take a gun away from a woman and use it against her, typically made by zealots who don't know but somehow believe... [More]

In comments, we learn the incident took place in Brazil a while back and the woman was a police officer, which means the option for an "ordinary citizen" to respond in force is limited because:
Houston police chief pens scathing post on gun control, rips politicians who ‘do absolutely nothing’ [More]
But he doesn't really get into specifics justifying why this or that would prevent what happened. He's making noise and showing his inability to think things through. It's a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

So what do you want to do, [expletive deleted], ban revolvers and shotguns?

Go figure -- he's a refugee from Castro's "¿Armas para que?" Cuba who wants to eviscerate our Second Amendment and provide sanctuary for cultural terraforming by foreign invaders. And he want his guys, who "from 2010 to 2014 ... killed more people than LAPD with half as many officers" to be the "Only Ones"?

I need to stop or I won't be able to delete the next expletive, and I do my best not to get too colorful with my...

[More]No, you want other men to do it, men equipped with -- what do your fellow totalitarians call them?
"[W]eapons ... made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people...

A Vivid Imagination

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:44, Monday, 21 May

[More]No, it doesn't "allow Congress" to do that at all, but it is telling that you want the men that would enforce such a ban to be armed with "assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only - to kill as many people as fast as possible."

We submitted a FOIA regarding NICS and the appeals process in April 2016.  Today we received documents responsive to that request.  The documents produced demonstrate that the FBI and NICS were not processing appeals as required by law as alleged in all of our 18 USC 925A cases we have filed to date.  On page 50 of the attached, it says "The AST has five business days to tell a denied individual the reason for their denial.  However, the AST Examiners are not performing any appeal work due to the increased volume."  On page 57, someone wrote this email: "We stopped processing front-end [appeals] mail on 11/25/2015."  [More]
It links at the end to a pdf of the production.

Watch the Skies!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:39, Monday, 21 May

You realize this Kasky character is a certified "Only One" whose got his, and feels free to attack while refusing to allow rebuttals:
I don't engage in conversations on Twitter, just Tweet some & read some. If you're a dick I block u. Defender of the US Constitution. Ain't no time to hate.
No cognitive dissonance there at all.

And as for "TRUST ME,' well, Di... I mean, Jeff, you kind of ...

Grab 'em by the P*ssy

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:38, Monday, 21 May

[More]Lest anyone question their qualifications as interpreters of founding intent, especially as it pertains to young men and arms ... or hands, for that matter...

A curious thing about all the "progressive" approval this has received -- ...

Dumpsters for Disarmament

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:38, Monday, 21 May

Former Porn Star Gives Up Her Gun In Virtue Signaling Stunt, Parrots Democratic Talking Points [More]
I look at that photo with the Austin Only One and expect sleazy music to cut in.

But she's not anti-2A. Honest.

That's why she "will be donating the gun’s value ($1,500) to the @Everytown organization."

Except that's not its value, she later admits.  Hey, it can be tough to keep stories straight.

Take her "manager" -- please!

Skunk Skank!

"I was with her when she bought that w...

How am I supposed to know if it's on topic or not?

A Piece of the Action

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:37, Monday, 21 May

Who's spyin'? We're investigatin'. [More]

Ain't that right, Jojo?

The Illinois House of Representatives on Friday approved a plan to replace armed police officers in schools with unarmed mental health professionals. [More]
No, this is not another absurd post from "The Onion." But it could be.

They must really hate the young, which I guess is the mark of an organism that longs for annihilation.

Looks like they want another crack at the ones they missed in the womb...

Hillary Clinton to receive prestigious Harvard medal [More]
It's a big club and you ain't in it.

Until Further Notice

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:36, Monday, 21 May

From the May 17 Weekly E-Cruiter email:

Until further notice is provided by the NRA Recruiting Programs staff, Recruiters are not authorized to display any materials advertising or referencing NRA insurance benefits.
They're not allowed to "refer to the $2,500 ArmsCare Basic Firearms Insurance or $5,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance during your sales pitch. Recruiters should state only that the NRA endorses Lockton Affinity or AGIA as a broker." There are also prohibitions on displaying or advertising "the insurance benefits or insurance components of membership programs."

I thought Lockton threw them under the bus. Is endorsing them anything like giving a gun-grabbing political whore an "A"?

[Via ?]

Isn't that Special?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:33, Monday, 21 May

“Special” Session Starts Monday [More]
Oregon Firearms Federation needs gun owners to be on their toes over the next few days.

Rape Their Minds

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:34, Monday, 21 May

...and their bodies will follow. [More]

Give it a few years, and those opposing this will be condemned as haters.

The goal is not tolerance -- it's unchallengeable supremacy.

Ultimately, what they lust to rape are souls.

Type 1 Russian AK: The Actual AK-47

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Monday, 21 May

The AK-47 rifle was formally adopted in 1947, as the name implies, and went into production in 1948. In this very first form, it used a stamped receiver with front and rear trunnions riveted in place. Unfortunately, while the hand-fitted preproduction guns were quite excellent, the manufacturing processes and quality control left a lot to be desired. The stamped receiver was relatively thin (especially compared to previous stamped Russian small arms like the PPS-43), and was very susceptible to warping during heat treating and other parts of the manufacturing process. The guns that met QC requirements were every bit as good as expected, but the high number of rejects nullified much of the point of having those stamped parts in the first place.

For this reason, AK-47 production ended in 1951, and a milled receiver was developed to allow rifles to continue being made while the engineering and production team worked to improve the receiver design and the manufacturing processes around it.


Monday Morning Music

by David in Musings Over a Barrel at 05:11, Monday, 21 May

Not much in the way of blog-worthy events of late. So we'll just enjoy some Monday blues...

At least we're counting down to a three day weekend!

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Barrel ]

Gun Control and nonstop violence in Africa.

by Y-man in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Monday, 21 May

Locally made shotgun - NigeriaYeah, yeah – “Firearms, no Politics…” but this is AFRICA! We have a “Killer Bandit” problem. There is continuing debate on the usefulness of firearm restriction and gun control, especially in the repressed cultures of Africa, and specifically Nigeria. In recent times, there have been a LOT of terrible attacks and killings, on a daily […]

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Iron Armi Ares MITO 410 Semi-Auto Shotgun

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Monday, 21 May

Iron Armi Ares MITO 410 Semi-Auto Shotgun (2)Iron Armi is an Italian arms manufacturer specialized in making shotguns. One of their latest products is a semi-automatic magazine fed 410 bore shotgun called Ares MITO 410. This shotgun is made in two configurations for shooting birdshot and slugs. The standard model of MITO 410 shotgun has a ventilated rib and a bead front sight. […]

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New Russian OTs-128 Prototype Belt-Fed Machine Gun

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 05:00, Monday, 21 May

Russian Prototype OTs-128 Belt-Fed Machine Gun (1)About a year ago we reported about several new firearms that were designed or were in development by the Russian TsKIB SOO. Among these guns, there was a semi-auto marksman rifle called OTs-129. Apparently, that was one of the guns of a project called “Alatau” (Алатау). A couple of days ago, Kalashnikov Gun Magazine has published images […]

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The $6,000 Man

by Tam in View From The Porch at 07:47, Monday, 21 May

An entirely spring-powered "bionic" vest that provides support for a worker's arms, allowing them to do overhead labor all day without courting repetitive stress injuries.

I'd imagine a drywall worker with one of these and drywall stilts would be quite a sight.

Study: Authoritarian countries overstate their economic growth rates:

"I find that a 10 percent increase in nighttime lights is associated with a 2.4 percent increase in GDP in the most democratic countries and with a 2.9 percent to 3.4 percent increase in GDP in the most authoritarian ones," Martinez said. The most obvious explanation is that those countries are the most likely to fudge their GDP figures to make their political leaders look good.
It's a clever study, using nighttime lighting as observed from space as a proxy for economic activity.  Of course, we've know this for ages:
The most spectacular Intelligence failure of the Cold War was the ...

Yeah.  Right.
After confirming Hall’s identity, the deputies announced they had a deposition and were there to take his guns. The news left Hall dumbfounded, but he obeyed the orders of the officers and retrieved his two handguns.
... Hall, who had no history of mental illness, handed over four long guns, but when he questioned why, specifically, they were taking his firearms, they couldn’t provide him with an answer. In fact, according to Hall, the officers, who apologized throughout the process, admitted that they had never confiscated anyone’s guns before and had no clue why they were there other than the “mentally defective” stamp on the deposition.
As it turned out, the hospital where Hall had undergone a sleep apnea test four years ago had ...

that all their laws didn't prevent a mass murder.  Would really mess with the Preferred Narrative, don't you know.

Next will be the usual asshats demanding everyone who didn't do anything be punished for it.

So you teach a kid how to make stuff out of metal…

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:29, Monday, 21 May

And you’re surprised when he makes something out of metal. Police: Student arrested for making hatchets in welding class

So is that a tool or a weapon? (I use one all winter long to break firewood down into kindling, along with my short-handled maul.)

The 15-year-old male student was caught by his teacher Friday making hatchets during a welding class

Charges are pending. Because it threatens the safe-space sensibilities of the establishment. It’s not like he was making guns.


I didn't have a rough draft for today's post already. Crud.

Well, helping out Hatfield's with their 1911 re-build class.  This weekend was them filing down their slide rails to a round number that ends in zero.  Like .1180 inches.  Or .1150 inches.  Then, SMASH the frame rails with a hammer!  Peen them RIGHT down!  WHAM WHAM WHAM!  It's quite upsetting if you've never done it before.  You put a slide fitting bar in the rail gap so you can peen metal to a precise fit.  Say... .1180 inches?

Now, you rail has peened over metal sticking out where you can file it, but the vertical gap is the exact one to one fit in the frame and slide rails. 

This is the start of tight gun. 

And the pucker factor is about a 6?  Only because the pucker factor gets worse when you do the barrel lugs.  Next class maybe we'll start that.



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Written by: Greg Ellifritz


Last week I received three different emails from readers and former students regarding Ohio’s often confusing knife laws.  If I’m getting this many inquiries on the same topic, an explanatory article is in order.


Keep in mind, I am not a lawyer.  As such, this is not legal advice.  After 22 years as a cop in Ohio, I do have some experience arresting people for carrying weapons.  Don’t consider this legal advice, consider it my best recommendations for not ending up in handcuffs in the back seat of my police car.  I am eminently qualified to provide that kind of information.  Also, like any other information on this site, this is my personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion or interests of my cop bosses or the city which employs me.


The primary confusion about the knife law in Ohio is that there is minimal clear cut statutory guidance about the difference between a common pocketknife carried for utilitarian purposes and a “deadly weapon” that is ille...

The need to SEE

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:00, Monday, 21 May

  Written by Greg Ellifritz   Watch the short video above.  It illustrates one of the most common mistakes I see students perform in scenario training.  I see cops on the street doing it every day as well.     The video is of a police car chase.  The suspect car stops and the driver […]

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Economic Growth Impact of Firearms Industry by State. Source: GoBankingRates.comWhether employment opportunities, taxes, manufacturing, gun sales, or all points in between – there is little doubt that the firearms industry contributes significantly to the economic growth of the United States. In fact, a recent report compiled by the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated that the Firearms Industry contributed $51.3B to the US economy in 2017. […]

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 007

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 02:00, Monday, 21 May

Hello Internet, this is Episode 007 of the Assorted Calibers Podcast

This Week Erin and Weer’d discuss their return from the NRA Annual Meeting, the aftermath of the protests there, and flying with firearms.

Savage discusses how to manage your Cryptocurrencies and some of the hazards to be wary of.

Weer’d Fisks a video that claims that the founding fathers were actually pro gun control.

Steven talks about a few tactics that Private private investigators can use to crack a cold case, one very glamorous, the other….

If you’re interested in supporting this podcast, and would like to get access to extra content and early episodes, subscribe to our Patreon!

Show notes can be found here


Moms worry. We worry if our kids are with us or without us. Worries about firearms, regardless of whether we own any, are similar to worries any parent has when raising children in a world full of powerful tools – from cars to bikes to power tools. It is possible to raise children to respect firearms, as well as use them safely. Here’s how.


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Preparing kids to have adventures in life means raising them with tools. Raising kids around firearms often gets very serious...

Sunday, 20 May


I participated in the USPSA match at Marysville today. It was raining as I left home and was still raining as I arrived nearly an hour later. I had checked the weather forecast the night before and it said it would stop raining by 9:00 AM. I had not brought a rain coat. But I hadn’t checked the forecast before I left either. I checked again. The rain was to stop by 9:15. At 9:15 it was still raining..The forecast now said the rain was to stop by 9:45.

The rain tapered to a slight mist by 10:00 and I avoided spending a miserable match in wet clothes. And to my surprise only 36 people showed up for the match. It has been a long time since there were fewer than 100 people have been at the matches I have attended there. I suspect it was the rain that kept most of the people away or perhaps there was a major match someplace that drew them away.

I had practiced some last week but I was very slow compared to what I had been a couple months ago. I just couldn’t consistently get good hits when I would try to shoot fast. I stayed slow for the match. I would rather do poorly because I shot slowly than do poorly because I had tons of misses....


.380 ACP and Coyotes

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 15:55, Sunday, 20 May

A coyote was stalking wife and the puppy last night.  The neighboring game warden thinks from the behavior that she was seeking food for her pups.  My guess is that .380 ACP would probably be sufficient for coyote at 15 yards.  (If it farther away, it isn't a threat to either.  I am aware of pack hunting, but I suspect the first gunshot will tell the rest of the pack to call Domino's.)

FMJs should easily penetrate such a light and thin creature.  Should we load with JHPs?

Tweet Reveals The True Goal Of The Gun Control Agenda

by Conn Williamson in Liberty Park Press at 16:18, Sunday, 20 May


For those of you who have been following the shop project, Phase 1 has been complete for a couple of months, and we're just about ready to move on to Phase 2.

So, I put together a little video (7 minutes) that will give you a walk-around inside the building.

I'm suing the new camera, learning all the ins-and-outs of video, along with editing and such.  I probably learned as much in the last two hours as I care to learn for a while.  Scripting is good and "winging" it is bad.  But, here goes.

For a first attempt, I'm satisfied with it.  I have a lot to learn.

The following was inspired by reading Joel's post this morning.  Apparently in responding I got a bit carried away, and all of this made more sense here as its own post, than there just as a comment.  :-)

The question was,

"Anybody else ever have the good or bad fortune to meet a personal hero?"


I have met two, myself, and for all the reasons you discuss here, I think I have been amazingly lucky, because I hold them both in even higher regard as time goes by.

Jeff Cooper 
The first was the late Jeff Cooper. At the time I met him I was in my early twenties and fantastically not-necessarily-stupid-but...dense. I'd been reading his work for the better part of a decade by then, and had been actively corresponding by letter (remember letters?) for the latter part of that time; I was at least arguably a card-stock fanboy. When the meatspace meeting finally occurred, I had the oh-so-ca...

Handgun Radio Live

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 17:52, Sunday, 20 May

We’ll be going live soon, talking about guns for those who might not be gun nuts


A real shocker....

in Of Arms and the Law at 17:42, Sunday, 20 May

Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledges not to accept any NRA contributions. I suppose people will now start to demand that Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton do the same.

It's probably significant that Fauxcahontas has not disavowed support from the Archery Trade Association.

Technical Difficulties...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 18:05, Sunday, 20 May

So, I stayed up a little later than planned last night. My rationale was that I'd already blown off my intended bedtime of 11:30 and so I'd just stay up and surf the intertubes for another 45 minutes or so until my phone finished charging.

Apparently I nodded off at my desk and, when I slipped from REM into deep sleep, I also fell out of my chair. I must have hit the hardwood floor right on the point of my shoulder, because I broke my left collarbone pretty good.

Well, this puts paid to my planned trip to gun school with Gabe White in Columbia, MO. It's gonna ding my pistol shooting for the next month or two as well.

I see that my roommate lit the Beacons of Gondor while I was at the hospital or was sitting on the couch in an opioid stupor. I didn't know she'd done that, but it was a welcome surprise. Thank you so much to all who responded.

And thank heavens for this little flyweight wireless keyboard in my lap so that I can continue to type two-handed.


[More]I'll be on in Hour Three (10 - 11 p.m. Eastern). You can go to the AAR website to find a station near you or to listen via live streaming.

Larry Elder on the State of Education in America

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:15, Sunday, 20 May

The Democrats and the Educational System in this country. The teachers unions and most of the major cities have been controlled by Dems for DECADES. (Except recent history in New York City.) Larry Elder: Democrats’ Hypocrisy on the Catastrophic Education System.

The section on Obama and education, at about 2 minutes in, is very interesting.


Oh, this is good stuff.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 09:42, Sunday, 20 May

Go Carl!

Problems and Solutions

No doubt, you’ve heard all about how [background] checks have stopped sales to bad guys 2.5 million (or whatever number is being bandied about of late) times. The reality is that with a false positive rate of 94%, that’s actually 2.3 million innocent people whose Second Amendment rights were mistaken abridged. That’s why there have been so few prosecutions (I think 140-something was the last number I saw; not 140,000, not 1,400… 140. Nationwide.) coming from those millions of NICS denials. At last report, the DOJ still had a backlog of tens of thousands of denial challenges to process.

Prohibited folks intent upon committing crimes just bypass pesky PPYI inflicted on the innocent.

New gun control laws would target only the honest folks who aren’t committing the crimes. So such laws violate rights without even the lousy excuse of enhancing public safety.

So naturally the gun control crowd whines, “But we have a growing gun violence problem, and you aren’t offering any solutions.”

No, we don’t; and yes...

I happened upon that bit of folk wisdom this morning during the first cup, and it sent my memory stumbling through some dark, cluttered rooms. Actually, sometimes it’s beneficial to meet your heroes. It can save you pain. But bring a stout stick.

I hung briefly with some Ann Arbor socialists in the very early seventies – and I do mean briefly. This was a year before I lost my leg, and I was just a feral kid: I often hitchhiked there to be near the cool guys, placard things and smoke weed on sidewalks in quicky “Free Sinclair” demonstrations – and to bum weed. I can’t recall the name of the band that replaced the MC5 after that band actually had a hit and suddenly discovered that socialism is bad when you’ve got a little money in your pocket (“Sellouts!”), but they were the house band of the White Panther Party (which was just in the process of changing its name to Rainbow People’s Party because they got tired of explaining over and over that the...

Royal Wedding

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:47, Sunday, 20 May

GQ interviews the Savile Row Tailors who made Harry’s Blues & Royals uniform and the delightful miniature versions worn by the little page boys at the wedding.

[T]he pageboy uniforms were a bit of a challenge because obviously we were very familiar with the grown-up version that Harry was wearing and to make it for someone who’s considerably smaller, particularly with the detail on the sleeve and on the back and collar of the jacket, we just have to shrink it down to the size that a young child could wear.

On the grown-up version, the lacework on the sleeves goes up above the elbows, so if we used it on the coat for a small chap that would ha...

Interesting article.   Over at National Review.  It links mass shooting events (particularly school shootings) to social media.  He talks about thresholds, which is a part of the Broken Windows theory of policing.

But Granovetter thought it was a mistake to focus on the decision-making processes of each rioter in isolation. In his view, a riot was not a collection of individuals, each of whom arrived independently at the decision to break windows. A riot was a social process, in which people did things in reaction to and in combination with those around them. Social processes are driven by our thresholds—which he defined as the number of people who need to be doing some activity before we agree to join them. In the elegant theoretical model Granovetter proposed, riots were started by people with a threshold of zero—instigators willing to throw a rock through a window at the slightest provocation. Then comes the person who will throw a rock if someone else goes first. He has a threshold of one. Next i...

Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns

This is what many/most/99% of anti-gunners want, and why even hypothetical discussions of alternatives run into brick walls on both sides.

Not as if it's a surprise, I guess. But I always have this foolish and unreasoning hope that humanity should be better than it apparently capable of being. Too much Star Trek as a kid, I suppose.

Clara Schumann - Piano Trio Op. 17

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:28, Sunday, 20 May

Image from Der WikMost composers throughout history have been men.  Clara Schumann's story tells us why.  She was the wife of composer Robert Schumann.

As you would expect from those times, he was better known than she, even though she was a musical prodigy from an young age.  But they had eight children together (only four of whom survived to adulthood), and she was the primary caregiver for them.  Her husband fell ill (perhaps bipolar disorder) and ...

Sig Sauer P365 vs Glock 43 Pistol Review

by Travis Pike in Gun RSS Feed - Omaha Outdoors at 10:50, Sunday, 20 May

For years people clamored for a single stack 9mm Glock pistol. Glock being Glock took their sweet time in delivering the Glock 43. Glock being Glock took their sweet t...


Quote of the day—Lyle

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 06:00, Sunday, 20 May

This fight has never been, and never will be, about WHETHER people should own guns because criminals and government will always have them no matter what. Rather, the only question regarding guns is whether the honest and the law-abiding should also have them.

Anyone who opposes an unadulterated second amendment is therefore a criminal, a would-be criminal, has emotionally bonded with criminals, or has fallen for the lies of criminals to such an extent that this basic, irrefutable, self-evident line of reasoning is abandoned. There is simply no other possible conclusion.

May 7, 2018
Comment to Quote of the day—Hieu Nguyen
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Some News Service:

NORTH BEND, Wash. — One man is dead and another has been injured in a cougar attack in Washington, authorities said Saturday.

The two men were on a morning mountain bike ride in the foothills near North Bend when the attack occurred, King County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said.

The cougar ran into the woods, he said. The Seattle Times reported state officials tracked, shot and killed the cougar just before 3 p.m.

North Bend is about 30 miles east of Seattle. The injured victim, who is in his 40s, was airlifted to a hospital. He was initially listed in serious condition but has since been upgraded to satisfactory.


Sunday Morning

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 06:02, Sunday, 20 May

It's supposed to be 92F under partly cloudy skies today.  That's not the record for this date, but it's close.  It's going to be hot today.  A good time to be inside with air conditioning, or alternately, in the shade.

The dog is adjusting to the heat, although as an old man, he doesn't want to spend as much time outside.  He is as happy in his climate-controlled house as we are.

The kids will be over in a little while for lunch.  I'd best get cracking.  Y'all have a nice Sunday.



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A Book and a Rifle: The Vercors Resistance in WWII

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Sunday, 20 May

One of the single largest actions of the French Resistance during World War Two was Operation Montagnards – the plan to drop about 4,000 Allied paratroops onto the Vercors Massif when the resistance was activated in support of the Allied landings in Normandy and Provence. If you are scratching your head trying to figure out why you don’t remember that operation, it is because it never actually happened. The two Allied landings were originally intended to take place simultaneously, but logistical limitations forced the southern landings to be delayed about two months. In an deliberate decision to prevent the Germans from immediately understanding the nature of the Allied attack, the whole of the French Resistance was activated to support the Normandy landings in June 1944. The internal attacks in the south would force the Germans to keep significant forces in that area in expectation of a second landing, which would increase the chances of the Normandy landings succeeding. Unfortunately, the ...

or just horrified at the thought: "He expects us to actually go after a terrorist supporter who's a minority and a tenured academic?  That'd cause us problems!"
So the question is not, “Why did it take so long for Kent State to fire Pino?” He was just advancing their morally bankrupt vision of tolerance and diversity. The larger question is, “Why did it take the FBI so long to catch Pino?”

Sunday’s Weekly Roundup

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:31, Sunday, 20 May

Courtesy of Pirate’s Cove: Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup.

A couple of the posts of interest.

7. The First Street Journal notes the success of socialism (hint: think dieting!)

13. Climate Change Dispatch wonders why renewables are destroying the environment

There is more of interest (including a post form yours truly), so go take a look.



by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 02:30, Sunday, 20 May

This is why I have a Jacobins tag.

1789, the year the Enlightenment peaked and then went off the rails.

Jacobins is my shorthand for all the Off The Rails bit.  Before, I really like the enlightenment.  Adam Smith, the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and the seeds of Science, the Declaration, property rights, individual dignity, rule of law, and the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  After... it's guillotines and communists and suffering and Rock-Roll music on the Teevee.  And it all started (in this fanciful world I made up in my head but has a whiff of truth to it) when the Jacobins yanked on the lever and caused the bottom to fall out of it.

Keep my principles pre 1789 and more Westerly than Continental.  The Wogs start at Calais.   And so does Socialism and sacrifice for the good of the state. 

The duality of the Enlightenment.  One side gives us James Madison and John Locke.  The other side brings us ...


The reason for "Resource Officers" (eg: "Guards") in schools is to protect the innocents.

It sounds as if there are still "Resource Officers" who know their duty, and they do it.

Absolute accolades to men who are willing to put their lives on the line.  Hope Officer John Barnes gets a great big BONUS with his next paycheck ... but I suspect that knowing he saved dozens of innocent lives will be sufficient reward to such a stalwart man!

Amid the chaos in Santa Fe, teachers' yells sent students scrambling for safety:

 One of the wounded in Friday’s shooting was Santa Fe school district police officer John Barnes, who was in critical but stable condition late Saturday, officials said. The police chief said two officers "engaged him right away," referring to the suspected shooter. "Our officers went in there and did what they could," Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said. ...

Step #1: "Have A Plan"

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 22:49, Saturday, 19 May

if someone wants to get into a school to create havoc, they can do it.”

During the last part of my tour in Viet Nam, I was "in the Rear Echelons" (assigned to a base camp) where we paid regular visits to orphanages and Childrens' Hospitals.  I met kids as young as 7 or 8 years old who had been "injured".  Land mines (ours, theirs, whatever) took a terrible toll on children who would pick up a toy, only to have it blow up on them.  I met children missing arms, legs ... and parents.

It didn't matter whether the land mine which had taken their limbs were set by our side or the other side ... usually, the children of Viet Nam were delighted to see us because we brought them  food, fruits, candies and other treats.  It was hard to accept that we were sent on these visitation to "win the hearts and minds" of children who were missing body parts,  and who had terrible battle scars much worse than our friends in the company had suffered from similar war wounds

A seven year old girl with burn scars over her chest from Napalm, but still smiled at us, is enough to make a grown...

Saturday, 19 May


DIY and Dad Update

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 05:35, Sunday, 20 May

Just a quick note - Dad is doing much better.  The delirium was from fever due to a UTI, and antibiotics knocked that out pretty quick but he did have a brief hospital stay.  He is home and muttering about "those little furry bastards" (the squirrels that are raiding his bird feeder) which is a good sign.  But thank you, (airline I won't name), for charging$3010 for a round-trip ticket on short notice if I needed to get out there.

We now have him on 24-hour in-home nursing care. At $20 an hour, I have no idea how I'm going to pay for the additional hours, but he is NOT going into a nursing home if I can help it as that would break his heart after outliving ...

Apparently, Fecesbook is defending Nazis now. Sieg Heil, Facebook!  You Nazi cocksuckers! is probably the only safe platform out there.


Thursday morning's goal through the Model 5906 was 180 rounds downrange to bring the total to the  2,000 round goal. I brought the 100-round box of TulAmmo from home, and picked up a box of the cheapest ball ammo at the range (Magtech 115gr) and a couple 25-rd boxes of JHP.


by ASM826 in Borepatch at 20:12, Saturday, 19 May

Today was going to be regular yard work, getting my utility trailer tires replaced, and then working on the tree that fell across the yard last week. Maybe even get to the reloading bench for a while.


It's pouring rain here. Has been for 3 or 4 days. Streets flooded. No way to cut the grass. Decide I am not working on the tree, although I did cut enough to get it off the house, porch roof and windows.

About 11 in the morning, I decide on the easy route. I hook the trailer to the truck and take it to the discount tire store. They do one. On the other side, two of the lugs just spin. Can't get the nuts off. We give up. I pay for one tire and come home.

Did I mention the rain? I put on my oldest boots and a full rain suit. Drive the truck and trailer up in the yard. Run an extension cord out to the wheel. Put a fresh disc on the angle grinder. Put on a face shield and hearing protection. And sit there in the rain, showering sparks until I grind down the two offending studs flush with the rim. Then chisel at the remaining metal until I can drive the studs back and get the wheel off. This time I leave the trailer.

The auto part...

Anybody else remember that song?

In any case, new data


For those of you who believe Democrats when they protest that they "... don't want to take your guns away ..."

NRA-ILA | Anti-Gun Democrat Proposes Banning Semi-Autos and Going After "Resisters":

The headline of the USA Today op-ed said it all. Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) last week advocated for legislation to ban an as-yet undetermined class of semi-automatic firearms and to “go after resisters” who refuse to relinquish their lawfully-acquired firearms. Lest anyone mistake his intentions, Swalwell followed up with a lengthy NBC News interview this week in which he made clear that his own proposal is a departure from prior gun bans that allowed those who obtained the firearms when they were lawful to keep them. Swalwell said that after thinking “about the dif...

Oregon's Initiative Petition 44  demands that all firearms must be kept locked, or locked up.   If your firearms are stolen, you are liable for all injuries (etc).

All of my firearms are locked up.  The locks are on the doors and windows of my home.   I never go farther than the corner mailbox without locking up.   Any more stringent lock-up measures would inhibit my ability to defend myself in my home

Yes, some firearms are locked in safes; others remain available (although not in "plain sight").   Ammunition is typically stored out of plain sight, but not locked up.

Now, the new Oregon Firearms Initiative suggests that if someone breaks into my home and steals my firearm(s), I'm criminally liable for any harm that criminal causes using my stolen firearm.

Where's the justice when the victim becomes the criminal, and the criminal's subsequent crimes are shared by the victim?

SECTION 2. (1) A person who transfers a firearm must transfer the firearm with a trigger...


Show Texas

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 16:00, Saturday, 19 May

Belle and Zach and I are going to be in the Panhandle of Texas the last week of May.  The Southern Territorials and US National championship of Cowboy Fast Draw will be held in Amarillo, TX  May 30-June 3rd.

I have heard about this musical at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and I've heard that it's worth the time.

The link is here, and we're going.  I"ve already bought tickets for Friday, June 1st.

This looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.


by Mas in at 17:31, Saturday, 19 May

This week in a small community near Houston, yet another disaffected loser opened fire on helpless victims at the high school he attended, killing ten and wounding a like number. When he was confronted by armed school resource officers, he … Read more

Glock AmericaGLOCK America has just announced that it has won the contract to supply the Military Police of São Paulo, Brazil with 5,000 G22 pistols. In a first for Brazilian law enforcement, the agencies solicited contenders from international sources. Tests included a 10,000 round endurance test without cleaning or lubrication, parts interchangeability, precision and drop testing. […]

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Problems and Solutions

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 17:40, Saturday, 19 May

Once again, some asshole went on a shooting rampage in a school.

Once again, some asshole legislator is blaming the lack of new gun control laws, specifically universal background checks Preemptively Prove Your Innocence (PPYI) prior restraint on human/civil rights.

It’s true that the Santa Fe scumbag would not have been able to pass a background check, being seventeen years old, but… he bypassed any such checks by obtaining his weapons unlawfully in the first place. He stole them, from a locked cabinet. Does Douche...


Scrounging a porch

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 12:22, Saturday, 19 May

I have several pieces of good 3/4″ plywood, none very big, to use as decking for the new front porch. I have a non-negotiable width of 12′, and a depth to be determined – depending on what I can do laying out the pieces.

It’s not as weird as it sounds.

Big Brother brought up four pieces, which once held up his waterbed. We took them out of his SUV and stacked them in the woodshed last month, and I never really paid attention to their dimensions. At the time it didn’t matter: Those four would determine the porch size, full stop. But then the plan changed, and the porch needed to be 12′ wide. Would those four pieces serve as a basis for that?

They certainly will and then some. I had assumed without really thinking that they were four pieces of one 4X8 sheet, and that was far from the case. In a line they stretch well past 12′, which is good because half of one pi...


by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 13:04, Saturday, 19 May

Rodeo is an old cowboy tradition, playing those games that a working cowboy has to master.    Our church is a cowboy church.  We have an arena, and we hold rodeos during the season.  Every 3rd Friday night we rodeo, and if you're just there to watch and enjoy some good, clean fun, it's free.

Pretty girls getting ready for the grand entrance.  Country girls, horses, patriotism and prayer.


That'll buff out

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 12:42, Saturday, 19 May

The driver walked away from the crash.  And his team was working overnight to get the car put back together for the next day's race (!).

Flower (1920x1080px wallpaper)

in Oleg Volk at 13:57, Saturday, 19 May

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

If you need a larger image, let me know.

My cat’s self-image.

in Oleg Volk at 13:43, Saturday, 19 May

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

My psycho furbie Gremlin thinks he’s the top creature of the neighborhood. Occasionally, reality bites him as a reminder of other opinions.

So I Went to My Local Gunshow Today

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 14:00, Saturday, 19 May



That Nazis can be conflated with the “right wing” is because “conservative” is a relative term.  During the War of the Rebellion, Crown-supporting Tories were the “conservatives.” What has happened is over time the Orwellians (“War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”) hijacked the words “liberal” and “progressive” to mask their direct opposite objective of totalitarianism. [More]
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The Media is all in for curtailing the our Second Amendment rights.  OK, then - maybe we should look at curtailing their First Amendment rights.

After all, this has a better chance of reducing school shootings than any of the gun control proposals that we've heard.  And their publications are commercial in nature - they make money on talking up the school shootings, which likely encourages more school shootings - which leads to higher ratings and more money for them.  Which is more important: Media profits or children's lives?

After all, we're constantly told that if it saves one kid's life than we should do it, amirite?

Go sign the petition.


Only hardcore right wing extremist belong to the NRA, over 98% of gun owners want nothing to do with the NRA and it’s unhinged extremist political agenda.

May 18, 2018
Comment to Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting
[Interesting claims. Nearly all the gun owners I know who don’t have NRA memberships say the reason is because they NRA gives up our rights too easily. The others I know say it’s because they don’t want to be on a list the government might someday get access to and use to confiscate their guns.

Going on to the next portion of the sentence, the NRA claims they have something like 6 million members. If that represents only 2% of gun owners then EisenhowerConservative is of the belief there are 300 million gun owners in this country out of a population of about 325 million, of which about 35...

Tom Wolfe on the Contemporary Intellectual

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:14, Saturday, 19 May

“The intellectual had become not so much an occupational type as a status type. He was like the medieval cleric, most of whose energies were devoted to separating himself from the mob—which in modern times, in Revel’s phrase, goes under the name of the middle class. … Moral indignation was the main thing; that, and a certain pattern of consumption. In fact, by the 1960s it was no longer necessary to produce literature, scholarship, or art—or even to be involved in such matters, except as a consumer—in order to qualify as an intellectual. It was only necessary to live la vie intellectuelle. A little brown bread in a bread box, a lapsed pledge card to CORE, a stereo and a record rack full of Coltrane and all the Beatles albums from Re...

Literary Ambition

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:09, Saturday, 19 May

The teenage William Burroughs.

“As a young child I wanted to be a writer because writers were rich and famous. They lounged around Singapore and Rangoon smoking opium in a yellow pongee silk suit. They sniffed cocaine in Mayfair and they penetrated forbidden swamps with a faithful native boy and lived in the native quarter of Tangier smoking hashish and languidly caressing a pet gazelle.”

— William S. Burroughs, The Adding Machine: Selected Essays.

The Santa Fe Incident

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 06:51, Saturday, 19 May

I'm sure that you've all read, by now, that a school in Santa Fe, TX, suffered a deadly incident yesterday.  Sadly, it's all too familiar. and details are starting to come out.  My prayers ad thoughts, f course, are for the families of the slain, and I hope for a speedy recovery for the wounded.

The goblin, who won't be named here is in police custody, alive and incarcerated.  I'm sure that we'll learn more about his motives in the weeks and months ahead.    As horrific as such things are, we tend to live in an immediate news-cycle.   The less we dwell on this misfit, the better we'll be.  But, there are several indicators that it was a planned event, with preparation.  Authorities have found improvised devices, such as grenades made from discarded CO2 cylinders and Molotov cocktails.  This shows some degree of planning and establishes intent, which will be important during his trial.

When I want generic, generally incorrect news, I go to USAToday.   They, and outher sources are reporting that the goblin used a shotgun and a revolver. ...



POF-USA Constable Semi-Automatic Rifle, 223 Rem, 556 NATO, 16.5″ Barrel, Black Finish, Mil-Spec Stock, One 30 Round Magazine, A2 Flash Hider, Direct Impingement, Carbine length Low Profile Gas Block, 14.5″ Renegade M-LOK rail, 4 QD Sling Mounts, No Sights


You could almost hear gun-grabber hearts breaking. And it leads to a dilemma for them, because their M.O. is to call for gun bans as a necessary step every time semi-autos are used. To be consistent, especially noting how much human carnage was accomplished without them, they must now demand something they haven’t felt politically ready to unveil: A ban on revolvers and shotguns. [More]
Now, just as a matter of logical consistency, it ought to be the Fudd's turn in the ba...

M1918 Chauchat: First Shots (Will It Work?)

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Saturday, 19 May

This M1918 Chauchat is still awaiting NFA transfer, but my dealer was able to bring it out to a public range where I could do some initial testing on it. I was expecting to get extraction problems as soon as it got warm, as that is what the literature suggests will happen. The .30-06 American Chauchats were made with improperly cut chambers. However, I ended up finding no extraction problems at all – although I had lots of feed problems with my original magazines.

People expect that because they don’t have the big open cutouts, the American Chauchat magazines are much better than the semicircular French 8mm Lebel Chauchat magazines. This is not the case; the American mags are made of equally flimsy material, and their feed lips are actually worse that the French magazines. They are supposed to hold 16 rounds, but I could not get more than 13 into any of them before I started to get a worrying amount of mag body bulging and feed lip stress.

I have plans for arranging much more r...

Hal Ketchum - Hearts Are Gonna Roll

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 07:34, Saturday, 19 May

The 1990s saw a flowering of what is called neo-traditional country music, which quite frankly is perhaps my favorite era for the music.  Hank Ketchum was one of the artists riding this wave.  This song charted at #2 when it was released in 1994, but Ketchum's story is more interesting than just a record of his music.

In 1998 he was diagnosed with a neurological condition of his spine that made the entire left side of his body unusable.  Despite this, he relearned how to play guitar.  Adding to his ailments, he also suffers from multiple sclerosis.  Despite this, he is a master carpe...

Because it sounds so great. Paramedics held hostage by hospitals: 37,000 hours spent waiting to transfer patients to ER | Ottawa Citizen

If an ambulance arrives at an Emergency Room, and the staff is overwhelmed, the ambulance crew have to continue to care for the injured party. And since there is a shortage of nurses and hospital beds in Ottawa, that can take a while.

Ottawa paramedics collectively spent more than 37,000 hours last year waiting to be released from various emergency rooms. That’s the equivalent to more than 1,500 days. The number is also up from 27,445 hours spent waiting in 2014.

That’s in 1 city. 1,500 days of ambulance/EMS worker time.

When there’s no nurse or bed available at hospitals, paramedics are left to take care of the patients they’ve picked up. “That’s not our responsibility,” Di Monte said. “What about the 65-year-old lady that slipped in her home and fractured her hip? She’s now waiting.”

Or the business e...

In Search of Mei Ting

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 04:38, Saturday, 19 May

I really like a lot of the new stuff in the genres of Exotica Jazz, and Lounge Music (more jazz in the style of the 1950s). In the Exotica genre, The Tikiyaki Orchestra is one of the groups doing interesting work.

This is “In Search of Mei Ting” by The Tikiyaki Orchestra from their 2011 album, Aloha, Baby!.



by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:30, Saturday, 19 May

I own a few.

But lately I'm only USING four.

I got enough that I would preload 100 rounds and show up at the range and never need to use a mag loader.

But I like breaking up the session, so I end up only using four.  Shoot, relax, load, shoot, and so on.  Slow the pace down.

Think about the shooting in between strings.  What could I do better.  Am I forgetting my finger placement?  Ooooh, I anticipated too often that last time, better relax.  Stop prairie dogging over the front sight.  That was good with the trigger reset keep that up.  Breathe.  Relax.  Make the trigger go good, you've been here before.

Those are things on my mind. 


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