Wednesday, 21 February


Self Sufficiency, Part Two

by Dave Markowitz in Blog O'Stuff at 18:55, Wednesday, 21 February

It was unusually warm today for February, so I took advantage of that after getting home from work, and pan lubed and sized between 150 and 200 of the bullets I cast last weekend. These were cast from my Accurate 43-15C mold and will be shot in my Cimarron 1873 Sporting Rifle over black powder.

I use a hot plate that I got from Amazon for $14.95 or so to melt my roughly 50/50 mix of beeswax and mutton tallow. I recently picked up a .44 caliber Lee lube cutter off eBay, which made separating the bullets from the lube simpler than my previous solution. That was a .44-40 case with the mouth expanded a bit larger than normal and the flash hole drilled out so I can still a pin...


I wish I knew how to make a .gif file…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 18:10, Wednesday, 21 February

…because this would be hilarious.

I got a kick out of this – I do believe the Official TUAK Gamecam came within two bull synapses and a bull neuron of being obliterated. I’ve got like 32 frames of this bull strolling by on the trail they use every day, then stopping and giving the camera a long, apparently thoughtful look.

You can tell a bull from a cow in a flash, because...

You can tell a bull from a cow in a flash, because…

...cows have necks....

Armed American Radio Monstercast 2.18.18

by Conn Williamson in 2nd Amendment – Liberty Park Press at 16:36, Wednesday, 21 February


Metal Work

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 17:28, Wednesday, 21 February

Working for a few hours on the portable range for Louisiana State, my son made dramatic progress on the welding this evening.

He is a whole lot better welder than I am, and I'm glad he was able to come play for a couple of hours.

Age Discrimination

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:13, Wednesday, 21 February

In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida last week, one gun shop owner has decided to act, and will no longer sell AR-15 rifles to people under age 21. [More]
Fine. Sue his ass, f-ing idiot.

Anybody see a story mentioning the name of the gun shop?  Curious they want to make gun owner feedback so hard.

Full Flake Out

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:02, Wednesday, 21 February

Ventura’s best millimeter: 10mm 180gr JHP

by Andrew in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Wednesday, 21 February

If you aren’t already subscribed to us, you’re missing great content! Click here to subscribe. Buy it at Ventura Munitions: URL We shoot Ventura 10mm 180gr JHP ammunition from an EAA Witness with a 4.5″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation and retained weight. Guns in this video: EAA Witness […]

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According to the Danish website (Translated: The Warrior), the Danish Army is looking for a new handgun. It is mandatory for the new pistol to be Striker Fired. The pistol M/49, which is a SIG Sauer P210, is expected to end its service life with the Danes in 2019. After almost 70 years it’s about […]

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Lawrence of Arabia's Smith & WessonWe often wish old firearms could speak, share their stories and tell us what they’ve seen. Well a Smith & Wesson revolver, recently acquired by Britain’s National Army Museum, has a hell of a story. The National Army Museum in London, announced this week that a Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 1st Model ‘New Century’ […]

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Sprinco Creates Walther and CZ After-Market Springs

by Rachel Y in The Firearm Blog at 15:00, Wednesday, 21 February

Occasionally, companies throw industry standards out the window to create something truly unique and spectacular. Enter Alan Dugger, owner of Sprinco. The Last Buffer Spring You’ll Ever Need Made from Chrome Silicon, the Sprinco AR-15 and AR-10 buffer springs are the same material used in Formula One and NASCAR vehicles. Springs in those types of […]

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And You Thought American Politics Were Screwed Up

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 18:17, Wednesday, 21 February

German politics are way more screwed up than ours right now. And that is saying something.

Germany held elections on September 24th of last year. They still don’t have a government. The SPD (center-left party) is voting by mail to decide if they should join another “grand coalition” with Angel Merkel’s CDU/CSU party block in forming a government. The 400,000 some odd members are not too happy since the leadership said they wouldn’t join a coalition – and then they did. The leadership is meanwhile arguing about whether they need to listen to people. Of course this is why the SPD has had its worst election result in decades. SPD ‘has no plan’ if members reject Merkel coalition deal.

If there is no coalition, then there will either be a minority government (which won’t outlast the first no-confidence vote, and people are not confident), or there will be new elections. Th...

They Don’t Care About Actually BEING Safe, They Want to FEEL Safe

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:02, Wednesday, 21 February

It is all about feelings. Tacoma students’ message to adults: We want to feel safe in school | KIRO-TV

So have armed security at schools.

The first things schools do when something bad happens is call 911 and tell them to send good-guys with guns. Why not short-circuit that delay?


Restoring Ourselves - A Brigid Guest Post

by Brigid in Borepatch at 12:37, Wednesday, 21 February

It was that time of the evening when things grow both restless and weary.The sun has dipped below the horizon, just enough light remaining to make out the forms of a couple of bicycles strewn across a lawn down the street, abandoned by children called in to supper. Piled up in the corner by where I sit and read are Abby is the pile of Abby's "stuffies" laying as if napping, where they will remain this late afternoon until she gently carries them to her dog bed at night, to sleep by her side.

As I get ready to go out for a quick jaunt around the neighborhood before dark, it's not hard to see the houses that have big screen TV's in the living room as they are directly evident if the windows are open, or providing that tell tale glare of light through the curtains. For many people, the TV is on as s...
Jeff Bezos reveals construction of a massive clock inside a Texas mountain that will chime every day for 10,000 years as a ‘symbol for long-term thinking’
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who has invested $42 million (£30 million) in the project, revealed the clip on social media.
It shows workmen installing the mechanism inside a hollowed out chamber in a West Texas mountain.
The clock, powered by Earth's thermal cycles, will continue to keep time over the millennia, marking time with a chime once a day rather than each hour. 

2/21/18 NBC News (or whatever it is):

he patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement...

Now, It's Umpatriotic

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 13:30, Wednesday, 21 February

First, Nancy Pelosi hated the new tax scheme, saying that it only gave crumbs to the working class.

I don't know about you,  but the crumbs I've gotten are pretty tasty.

Nancy is such a dumbass.  She probably doesn't recall from her high-school history that the American Revolution was predicated in part by a single tax on tea.  Low taxes and small government is very patriotic.  

Now that’s funny

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:08, Wednesday, 21 February


Just last week, Congress was calling on Tide to change the design of the Pods so teenagers would stop eating them. This week, teenagers should determine gun policy.

And we shouldn’t base policy on the emotional reactions of freaked out victims.


by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:06, Wednesday, 21 February

Bump stocks are all the rage again since Trump told the DOJ to make up some laws to ban it. Slidefire’s site is still down, due to volume. I confess, I went over there to buy one just have it. Sebastian with some common sense:

So what do you do? Call on ATF to undertake rule making, where you can control the process under a friendly administration, and make sure whatever comes out is narrowly worded. Also, since its regulation, rather than law, its much easier to change.

And the opposing view, advocating that congress should take it up.

Of course, a ban is not going to eliminate them in the era of 3D printing.

I’m sure the ATF will get right on this

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:01, Wednesday, 21 February

Some idiot decided to destroy his AR-15 after the Florida shooting to keep a gun off the street or something. The problem for this guy is that he just cut the barrel. That gun can still fire. But it won’t cycle. So he has, inadvertently, made a short barreled rifle, which is illegal.

At least this other idiot did it right.

Common sense gun safety

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:56, Wednesday, 21 February

Sarasota County Sheriff:

My recommendation is for the school to consider implementing a quasi-school security program that puts retired law enforcement and military veterans on Sarasota County campuses. Members would be contracted through the schools however, our agency will be made available to put them through the proper training. I have spoken with the superintendent who agrees this can be a win-win for everyone.

An idea that may actually work.

Gun Porn

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:51, Wednesday, 21 February

POTD: HK416 Machine Guns Go To The Guillotine

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Wednesday, 21 February

I saved these photos a while ago and considering recent events, I thought these would make a good photo of the day. This is how you destroy a gun. This is an FFL destroying HK416 machine gun lowers. I do not know the context but these receivers needed to be destroyed. I am surprised they […]

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MATBOCK ARD 40mm Grenade Launcher Sight

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Wednesday, 21 February

MATBOCK ARD 40mm Grenade Launcher Sight featuredA US company called MATBOCK has released a new 40mm grenade launcher sight which automatically estimates the range of the grenade impact depending on the angle of the weapon system. The new sight is called ARD (Aquire Read Deploy). In order to make a shot, the shooter must make sure the weapon is pointing at the […]

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Conservatives love to go on about how liberals/progressives keep beating the same old rhetorical drums, never noticing how worn their own drumheads have become. Case in point…

[#Nevertrump’s] mission is to destroy Trump, reverse the gains made over the past year, and make sure the march to destroy the last vestiges of America as founded starts up again unimpeded – forever. We not only dodged a bullet in 2016 but it was a major shock to the system. 2018 is going to be for all the marbles.

Didn’t voters hand the supposed good guys all the marbles in 2016? What’s been done with them since then? The “good guys” failed to repeal O’care, gave their corporate buddies a huge tax break while apparently failing to notice the existence of whatever ragged remains of the middle class that might still barely hang on, and the current debate is whether to throw gun owners all the way under the bus or only as far as the front wheels. (That’s “compromise,” you know.)

But we’re supposed to believe tha...

The Politician’s Syllogism

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:35, Wednesday, 21 February

Thanks, Billy. Rest in Peace

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:00, Wednesday, 21 February

I learn this morning that Billy Graham has died.  He was 99 years old.

For the latter half of the 20th century, Billy was our nation's pastor.  He led millions to Christ and his message of peace, hope, and salvation was inspiring. 

Rest in Peace, pastor.

The People Have Spoken

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:46, Wednesday, 21 February

Reader reaction to another hand-wringing self-flagellator getting his AR-15 minutes of fame... [More]

One thing I've noticed about these exhibitionists is it never seems to be easy or straightforward to trace their inernet footprints for political affiliations, yet they all seem to have no problem getting widespread media attention. It really seems like preparations are in place to activate when opportunity arises.

Cody Davis, Liar

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:59, Wednesday, 21 February

I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes [More]
No he wasn't. But he should have been able to.

Coming of Age

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:34, Wednesday, 21 February

Trump has discussed raising the minimum age for gun purchases: Report [More]
You have to wonder how much is just noisemaking or if the guy really thinks we have no other choices.

[Via several of you]

On a Need to Know Basis

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:05, Wednesday, 21 February


Fatal Attraction

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:47, Wednesday, 21 February

FBI bureaucratic failures and willful blindness rack up a horrifying body count. [More]
And don't get me started on field operations...

I think everyone could use an attitude adjustment about now:

[Via Mack H]

Blast from the Past

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:38, Wednesday, 21 February

ABC News Found Lying about Guns...Again [More]
Conditions were being set up for a perfect storm back in 2008.

And they'd have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for those darned whistleblowers.

"90%." How many times did we have to debunk that lie?

[Via Jake S...

Seen and Not Heard

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:31, Wednesday, 21 February

Florida legislators vote down motion, won’t hear assault rifle ban bill as Stoneman Douglas students look on [More]
Jeez, WSVN 7 News, focus on manipulation much?

[Via Florida Guy]   

A Second Amendment Guy

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:22, Wednesday, 21 February

Now, I’m a Second Amendment guy. I believe Americans who are sane and not criminals and pass a genuine background test should be allowed to own weapons for home protection and for target shooting and for self-defense. [More]
So you're not really "a Second Amendment guy."

Anyone know why? Anyone...?

[Via Mack H]

Brownells Glock 17 Length Slides for Glock 19 Pistols

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Wednesday, 21 February

Brownells Glock 17 Length Slides for Glock 19 Pistols (1)Brownells has released new Glock slides which have the length of Glock 17 slide but are designed to fit Glock 19 frames. By installing these slides on your G19 pistol you will get a full-size pistol length slide with the compact grip. These new slides have enlarged dust cover portion to fit the shorter Glock 19 […]

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Thomas Gabor reacts to the Parkland Shooting

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 09:33, Wednesday, 21 February

Oh Tommy Gabor, one of the darling “Researchers” of the anti-gun side. He has a piece up at Mike “The Mentally Ill Guy” Weisser’s website.

Let’s have a look:

Thomas Gabor: Gun Licensing Could Have Prevented Parkland Shooting

Pretty bold title, Tommy! Hey, I hate dead kids as much as the next guy, so you have my attention:

Tragically, fellow Americans, this time in Parkland, Florida, have once again been slaughtered ruthlessly by a young man wielding a weapon of war.

Adorable, you gotta get in those bullshit talking points right off, otherwise we might mistake you for being objective. There is no military on the planet that issues AR-15s. They are indeed rifles used for hunting, they were used by the police protecting the innocents in Parkland:


Can They Even Hear Themselves?

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 08:23, Wednesday, 21 February

Ok so first, I feel for this guy. I too have a daughter, and I get it, but let’s get into it:

He repeats multiple times “We need to stop talking and start doing something”…but never actually uses the platform to give his version of a solution. I doubt he notes the irony.

Also another thing to note is that he dodges the question of “How did you feel about the issue before this?” The bottom line is gun control is bullshit, and the only laws that seem to have an issue here is the fact that despite multiple contacts and tips to law enforcement, they did NOTHING to take a dangerous person off the street.

When somebody goes on TV after they are stricken by tragedy and talks about gun control laws, their mind hasn’t changed, this was how they felt before. And that goes for people who talk FOR gun control, and AGAINST gun control.

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I Like Them to Learn Early

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 09:23, Wednesday, 21 February

Local municipalities in Pennsylvania are preempted from enforcing any ordinance relating to guns. This is pretty well-established under our law. But that doesn’t stop them from passing ordinances, and a popular thing to do is for Boards and Councils to use their positions to lobby state lawmakers to let them have a go at gun regulation, or lobbying on behalf of some legislation or another that the majority of the Board or Council would like to see. It’s like what we do, only they get to do it with taxpayer dollars.

On a rumor, I dragged a bunch of club people out our township meeting with the belief that they might try to pass something like they did after the Vegas shooting. It was shot down after Vegas, because the three Republican Supervisors could outvote the two Dems. However in November, the Dems flipped a seat, and took control of the Board. The Dems this time were assuring members who e-mailed that no gun issue was on the agenda, and they would be taking no action. Even though they are preempted, I like my politicians to learn early about the gun voter. Also, getting them on the record is helpful if they try to run for higher office.

Last night ...

The Bump Stock Issue Never Went Away

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 08:34, Wednesday, 21 February

The ATF, in a rare move, decided several months ago to enter the rule making process with the bump stock issue. There was even the required public comment period. I say rare, because ATF has never liked using rule making, choosing to do most regulation through determination letters. They traditionally prefer policy to regulation.

Now the big deal is that Trump called for a bump stock ban, probably because NRA called for a bump stock ban, and there’s already a rule making process going on that’s headed in that direction. NRA called for a bump stock ban because in Congress, the votes were there to pass one, and all the Congressional bills I saw on the topic were overly broad and sucked. They would have made any gun smithing work on a semi-automatic firearm legally risky, and that’s before you get into the multitudes of constructive possession issues.

So what do you do? Call on ATF to undertake rule making, where you can control the process under a friendly administration, and make sure whatever comes out is narrowly worded. Also, since it’s regulation, rather than law, it’s much easier to change.

So that was the choice: a bump sto...


Help me understand why you want a guy you’ve been calling Hitler for over a year to collect all your guns.

Chad Prather‏ @WatchChad
Tweeted on February 17, 2018
[That is a reasonable ask. But I’m pretty certain Prather knows the answer. The people calling Trump “Hitler” are projecting. They know they wouldn’t be at risk if gun were confiscated. But they know they are at risk when attempting to implement their political goals. They are planning for the future when they regain political power and implement their “(final) solution”.—Joe]

Computers, life, and stuff...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 07:20, Wednesday, 21 February

So, the big desktop gaming rig had sat lifeless on the corner of my desk for...well, several years now, I'm ashamed to say. The hard drive had shat the bed and I kept meaning to replace it, while using my laptop as a substitute machine.

First it was my cheap 17" HP Pavilion, before going through a couple of more potent, game-capable 15" machines. The irony of the latter is that when doing anything that works the GPU hard, you generally want to keep the lid open for maximum cooling, and so here I'd be, playing games on a 15" screen with a dormant 25" monitor behind it.

I'd been kicking around the idea of a Mac Mini for a while, especially now that I'm using an iPhone and iPad. Being able to get stuff seamlessly back and forth between tablet and phone and working computer would be mighty handy.

I mentioned this in a discussion on Facebook and Marko PM'ed me to say he had a Mini that wasn't being used for anything right now. Further discussion developed that he had a MacBook Air that was also surplus to requirements at the moment. He made me a good price on the pair and so now I'm doing all the stuff involved in setting up a new desktop for work.

What - more altered climate data?

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 06:01, Wednesday, 21 February

Rick emails to point out interesting happenings at NOAA:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating ‘global warming’ by fiddling with the raw temperature data. 
This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history.

If you believe NOAA’s charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winter’s cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.
Basically, NOAA has changed the record cold that the Northeast suffered into something, well, normal.  Rather than the coldest winter on record (remember, cold record were set all ...

we only care about the children!"
Documents released in December through litigation by school-choice advocates showed that lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Wisconsin had prodded federal prosecutors to go after the program, which enables low- and moderate-income Milwaukee parents to use taxpayer-funded vouchers to send their children to private schools. Nearly 30,000 students participate in the program.

According to the documents, the liberal groups opposing vouchers coordinated media strategy with the feds and submitted questions that Justice turned around and posed nearly verbatim to Wisconsin education officials. In addition to suggesting that the program was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying access to disabled kids, the groups promised to drum up additional complaints. Their efforts appear to be why Justice kept the inquiry open for four years ...

with people who think you're a child murderer and terrorist, and who insist that first you must earn their respect by doing what they demand, the answer is simple:

No, we won't surrender a basic right because you disapprove.  No, we won't crawl to try to earn the 'respect' of people who despise us.  No, we won't crawl before people who want us dead.

Screw you.

As has been noted:
You demand we give up the 2nd Amendment.
Your move.
And be damned sure you want what happens when you try.


When I reach $100 per month, I’ll repair the Jeep’s shock absorbers! Landlady will be very surprised and proud.

I can do that. Can’t honestly say I’ll get right on it, not all at once, since the shocks’ll cost $50 a pop and the driveway currently consists of barely frozen mud.

But I keep my promises. I’ll get on acquiring the parts, anyway. I thank you, LB thanks you, the Jeep’s springs thank you, my kidneys thank you.

TUAK now has 18 patrons, and between you you’ve replaced a long-standing and much-missed paying gig, the loss of which took some adjustment.

What do you think? Should I come up with another goal?

1929 Interviews of Elderly Americans

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:57, Wednesday, 21 February

HT: Karen L. Myers

Fake Gun Interviews

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 04:30, Wednesday, 21 February

From VCDL President Phillip Van Cleave, via e-mail

February 20, 2018

Last weekend, while doing what seemed to be a regular interview, I discovered that a movie is being made with the intent to discredit gun-rights leaders across the country.

No, this is not a joke, it is real and we need to get the word out to other gun-rights organizations, gun-rights leaders, and prominent firearms trainers across the country and we need to do this FAST.

Back in 2014, alleged Hollywood sexual predator Harvey Weinstein said he was going to make a movie “that would make the NRA wish they weren’t alive.” (All gun organizations are the NRA in his mind.) And he was dead serious. Michael Moore has been attempting to discredit gun owners and leaders for years by tricking people and using creative editing techniques to make them look foolish or idiotic.

Who’s behind this effort isn’t clear, but they are EXTREMELY WELL FUNDED PROFESSIONALS. For example, to reel me in and to try to make me feel beholden to them, they laid out the red carpet, by providing luxury accommodations, limousine service, and providing a generous monetary allowance to cover me...


by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 14:29, Wednesday, 17 August

I’m sad to report that while My wife and I were on vacation, on Monday, our house was broken into. My gun locker was broken into and many of my guns were stolen.

The real issue is that they stole several antique guns that were family heirlooms and cannot be replaced. The frustrating thing is that those guns aren’t useful to criminals and aren’t worth much money, but are of infinite sentimental value to me.

Of course I have the “It’ll never happen to ME” syndrome and I don’t have serial numbers or pictures of all the guns, but I’m going to post a list of the guns and the serial numbers and pictures I have. During your travels at gun shows, flea markets and gun shops, please keep a lookout for any of these guns and if you see any of them, please let me know, or contact the Norfolk Police Department. The case number is 160815000129.

1. Make/Model: Springfield Model 67
Type: Pump Shotgun
Caliber: 12 Ga
Serial: Unk
Description/Notes: Blued barrel and receiver, blond (light colored) stocks. Inoperable: action does not cycle correctly causing shells to hang as they enter the chamber, als...

Open carry laws work (updated)

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 09:58, Wednesday, 20 July

[Update] When I initially posted this, I missed a closing tag which prevented everything after the blockquote from showing up. I fixed it so now there’s more content, it’s not that I added the additional content later, I just fixed the tag so that what was there is now visible. My bad [/update]

It’s rare that an anti-freedom advocate so clearly articulates why they oppose free people being properly equipped to defend themselves, but a “Code Pink” organizer in Cleveland this week accidentally did so:

McCracken says she’s not sure why relatively few people showed up to protest in Cleveland, but she believes many were scared off by Ohio’s open carry laws, which allow people to carry firearms

You see…they know that if we commoners are “allowed” to defend ourselves against assault and injury, they have no power to bully people, harangue people and shut down free speech. In other words, laws that liberalize the ability of free people to be properly...

It’s a good thing…

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 05:21, Wednesday, 20 July

That Germans aren’t allowed to carry concealed handguns.

Someone might have gotten hurt.

ISIS has released a chilling video of the Afghan refugee who went on an axe rampage on a German train where he says he will attack the country in revenge for airstrikes against the terror group.

The attacker, who is named in the footage as Muhammad Riyad, was gunned down by armed police after fleeing the scene

In other words, he was free to commit mayhem the entire time the train was moving and could only be confronted by anyone properly equipped to handle a deadly threat after he finished rampaging and was trying to escape.

In other news: Why are you opposed to bringing refugees here? Are you afraid of widows and children?

The attacker…is believed to be 17 years old

Common Sense Truck Violence Laws

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 09:52, Friday, 15 July

In light of the recent attack in Nice France, when is western culture going to have a serious discussion about the proliferation of dangerous assault trucks in civilian hands?

These high powered death machines are made for nothing more than mowing down as many people as possible in the shortest time.

No one needs such dangerous things and you can’t even use them to hunt.

So I’m calling for a serious and frank discussion on strong measures to get these dangerous killing tools out of the hands of the public.

In order to facilitate that discussion, any comments that disagree with me or in any way challenge my ignorant and uninformed opinion will be promptly deleted, the authors will be blocked and I’ll spend the next week whining about people threatening me and scaring my cat.

Attack in Dallas

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 05:52, Friday, 08 July

I’ve got a couple of thoughts about the Dallas attack…fair warning, none of them are particularly “politically correct”.

I do feel sad for the families of the slain officers and hope for the rapid recovery of those wounded. There’s a good chance that those cops were good, hard working and diligent public servants.

But they were a part of a larger community and that leads me to my first thought:

You reap what you sow.

The Police, as a community, has been fostering an “us vs them” mentality for many years. They openly consider themselves “warriors” and place more value on “getting home safe” at the end of the shift than protecting the public or doing their jobs.

When you treat the general public as the enemy and publicly declare that occasionally killing innocents is an acceptable outcome when compared with officer safety, you are no longer a police force, you are an occupying military.

It should come as no surprise when some of the people you view as the enemy decides to view you in the same way.

“You reap what you sow” also applies to the Black Lives M...


by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 05:25, Wednesday, 29 June

Ode to Dick the Butcher

What we are seeing is not just the slow erosion of civil liberties by the state. This is a new an horrifying, full-throated attack on our civil liberties by politicians, bureaucrats, and the media where we are being told that the civil liberties that have protected the citizens of this nation for eleven score and ten years are in fact what is killing us. This a detestable perversion of the principles of American jurisprudence.

All things which have a beginning, also have an end.

I know I’ve said this before but our society (American society specifically, but western society in general as well) is in its death throes. I’m not saying it’s all going to come crashing down tomorrow, or next year or even in within my lifetime, but within the next few generations, unless something fundamental changes, put a fork in us, we’re done.

Our politicians and media are openly advocating the elimination of one of the foundational protections of the people against government abuse…due proces...

Grandstanding Democrats

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 05:33, Thursday, 23 June

As you’ve probably heard, the house democrats are holding a “sit-in” to protest the fact that Republicans won’t allow them to violate US citizens rights without the due process promised by the Constitution.

I get that most people who would visit this blog realize this already, but just in case I get any liberal readers stumbling across my humble scribblings, let me explain something that you won’t read in the liberal media.

What’s missing from the CNN report linked above (and pretty much any other main stream media report on the situation) is that the Senate Republicans offered a compromise bill (you know…compromise…that thing that anti-gunners always accuse our side of refusing to do).

That compromise bill would have blocked sales of firearms to people on the terrorist watch list, but would require the government to then “put up or shut up” by conducting an in...

It’s not about the guns

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 20:19, Tuesday, 21 June

Re another hack writing in the NY Daily News (something in the water there?)

Let’s See:

This time it was just amendments on the floor of the U.S. Senate, one simply asking that no one on a no-fly list be allowed to purchase a gun in this country.

OK, it “Simply” asked that Americans be denied a constitutionally protected right based on a secret list, with no due process, means of redress or even ability to know one is ON the list until denied access to basic rights. Yeah, that’s simple and reasonable.

Strangely, nowhere does this hack mention that the Republicans, supported by the NRA, had an alternative available, but it failed, not because it couldn’t get a majority vote, but because the DEMOCRATS filibustered it, preventing any vote at all.

What was this Republican bill? Well, it basically said that if someone on a terrorist watchlist tried to buy a gun, the sale would be delayed while an investigation was conducted. If the investigation determined the att...

And the beat goes on…

by Sailorcurt in Captain of a Crew of One at 06:27, Friday, 17 June

Why do so many people who are so blissfully and intentionally ignorant about the uses, purposes and capabilities of guns insist upon trying to tell us what kinds of guns we “need” and what kinds are just “too much gun”?

First, she damns with faint praise “The NRA’s terror watch list suggestion” without ever mentioning what it actually is.

She links to an NRA-ILA release that basically reiterates the stand the NRA has taken on terror watch lists for quite a long time and then tries to imply that it’s a new policy in response to the Orlando shooting.

Basically, the NRA’s position is that using terror watch lists to TEMPORARILY halt a sale of a firearm would be OK, as long as there is due process…meaning there is an investigation and if the accused turns out to actually BE a terrorist, they should be prosecuted. On the other hand, if the investigation turns up nothing, the gun sale should be processed.

Of course this is not enough for the anti-gunners…it “...

Quick Bleg

by The Displaced Louisiana Guy in The Displaced Louisiana Guy at 05:55, Wednesday, 21 February

I've been saving pennies and Leatherworking profits for months, saving up for a new concealed carry piece. I've been strongly considering a G26, because Glocks are solid preformerrs and it would take the same mags as my duty gun. I can pick up a LEO model with 3 mags and night sights for right at $500 out the door.

But, I stopped by a local pawnbroker the other day, and saw a lonely S&W 640 in the case. That's the hammerless, stainless steel model.

I did a Jim March checkout on it, and it's solid. No endshake, no cracks in frame or forcing come areas, crown is in good shape, bore has no pitting, all cylinder bores look as good, as far as I could tell. It has a pinned front sight, so I could put an aftermarket big dot or fiber optic option in it. It also has a set of Crimson Trace grips. And is chambered in .357, and doesn't have the stupid lawyer lock...

It was marked at 599, but the counter guy said if I walked in with 5 bills, he thought the manager would let it go. It came out the back 6 days ago.

The biggest problem is, I have a soft spot for j-frame. I love em. So, should I embrace this, and enjoy the 640, accepting it's li...

Today’s New Additions: 2/21/2018

by USCitizen in Traction Control at 03:56, Wednesday, 21 February



Taurus 740 SLIM Double Action Semi-Automatic Pistol, 40 S&W, 3.2″ Barrel, Blue Finish, Black Polymer Frame, One 6 Round Magazine, Finger Indexing Taurus Memory Pad on Frame, Adjustable Rear Sight



And Leave the Driving to Us

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:41, Wednesday, 21 February

Three buses set out for Tallahassee carrying 100 students... [More]
Who paid for the buses?

Why isn't that stated?

[Via Dave Licht]

'bout Damn Time

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:35, Wednesday, 21 February

Fla. State Lawmakers Propose Bill To Reverse Gun-Free Zone Laws In Schools [More]
"Some Republicans" fighting this need to be identified and replaced.

[Via William T]

There's No Intent Exemption

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:28, Wednesday, 21 February

By doing that he made the barrel shorter and thus potentially made an illegal SBR. [More]
If he's allowed to get away with it, no matter for how long, I've got to be able to get away with it, too.

[Via Jess]

And a Child Shall Lead Them

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:23, Wednesday, 21 February


The problem is, rampant childishness is what has always enabled manipulative "progressives" to advance their agenda.

[Via Michael G]

The Voice of Experience

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 18:54, Wednesday, 21 February

Columbine survivor introduces bill to expand concealed-carry in schools [More]
I dunno, man. What do Emma and David and especially Wayne have to say about that?

[Via Michael G]

A Foot in the Door

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:02, Wednesday, 21 February

[More]You'd better not only close that one but bolt it shut.

[Via several of you]

You Sly Dog

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:51, Wednesday, 21 February

Students, it should be clear to you by now that the adults responsible for protecting you have been unable, unwilling or incapable of doing so. [More]
Oh wait... this isn't his resignation letter?

[Via bondmen]
“Stop!” the officer is heard shouting. He calls 17-year-old John by name. The van keeps backing out and the officer jumps aside and fires two shots from the side. [More]
So was it coming at him when he fired or not?

[Via bondmen]

More Blood on NRA's Hands, No Doubt

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:33, Wednesday, 21 February

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis announced that Ralph J. Evans Jr., 29, of Pagedale and Julius D. Evans, 31, of Uplands Park, had been charged in the killing of Tyrone A. Grady. [More]
If only they would disarm you and me!

[Via bondmen...

Arizona, Hey Won'tcha Go My Way

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:21, Wednesday, 21 February

“I was chosen to be resettled in Arizona,” he told SBS News through a translator. “I don’t know their reasoning, but they chose Arizona for me.” [More]
I don't know either. But the important thing is, "they" do.

[Via Wynn A

A Load of Malarkey

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:41, Wednesday, 21 February

X-Products Owner James Malarkey Thinks The Magazines He Sells Should Be Restricted By Law [More]
With gunkapos like this, who needs gun-grabbers?

[Via Joseph W]

The reenactment was to include firing black powder muskets as a part of the history lesson, but the group was told that’s against the rules. According to a city law which says you cannot “Use, maintain, possess, fire, or discharge any firearm.” [More]
Yep -- and it's ironic, considering the Red Coats being the "Only Ones" authorized to bear arms was what gave us something to reenact in the first place. Under "Park Regulations":
9.36.061 Firearms, air guns, and other weapons. No person other than peace officers in the discharge of their duties shall use, maintain, possess, fire, or discharge any firearm, air gun, spring gun, bow and arrow, slingshot, or any other weapon potentially dangerous to wildlife or human safety, except in areas, at times, and under conditions designated by the Director for such use. 
It could be that there are certain lawfully-enacted steps that must be f...

Free Books-Part 148

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:20, Wednesday, 21 February

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  On average, you can find approximately 11,000 free kindle books on Amazon’s site every day!  These books can be downloaded to a Kindle reader or a free App on your phone or personal computer.  Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle reader for your computer or phone HERE.   If you would like a free 30-day trial of Kindle Unlimited (unlimited reading for a low monthly fee), click on the box below.



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


One caution….



Book Review – The P38 Pistol by Alexander Krutzek

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Wednesday, 21 February

Get your copy here!

If you have been looking for a comprehensive reference work on the P38 pistol but balked at paying $400 for the out-of-print three volumes by Warren Buxton, the solution is here. Newly available in English is “The P.38 Pistol” by Alexander Krutzek, with Dietrich Jonke and Orvel Reichert. Based in part on a massive 43,000-gun database compiled by Mr. Reichert, this book is an excellent and well organized reference for the P38 collector.

Spanning the life of the P38 from pre-production trials guns and the commercial HP series through to the French and Soviet post-war production (although not the P1), it includes major sections on each of the manufacturers (Walther, Mauser, and Spreewerke). The major variations – all 27 of them – are broken down and identified, along with as many as half a dozen subvariations for each one. This comprehensively covers both the mechanical changes made over the co...

In rimfire events like NSSF Rimfire Challenge and Steel Challenge, speed is the focus. The first shot is absolutely critical. It sets the tone for the entire stage. You want to be fast, but you need that shot to be a solid hit too. This week on the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting USA I’m using the […]

I’ve read Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules to my children many times, from when I first storyboarded the pages to when I sat down and filmed a reading with my 4-year-old this weekend. Each time we read the book, we learn something. Firearm safety education isn’t a one and done thing, it should be a […]

Grip LaserSpringfield Armory announced on January 1st this year the inception of the 911 .380 ACP pistol. This defining introduction was Springfield Armory’s 1st offering of a .380 ACP chambered firearm. At that time, it was stated that 4 configurations would be available for consumers to purchase: a black frame/black slide, black frame/stainless slide or either […]

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Hudson H9A Debuts at SHOT Show 2018

by Rachel Y in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Wednesday, 21 February

Cy and Lauren Hudson brought an updated version of their flagship firearm to SHOT Show this year, the Hudson H9A. We spoke with Lauren Hudson to learn what makes this new handgun so unique. Everything I know About Physics, I learned at the playground For starters, let’s review the H9 so you can see the […]

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Phoenix Weaponry has introduced a new integrally suppressed bolt action rifle chambered in .338-06 A-Square. Although the rifle is built on a Remington 700 action, the company can build it on other actions too. This rifle comes with a fluted bolt made by the Pacific Tool & Gauge and custom Remington 700 trigger. It also features […]


US Army Looks to Private Sector to Overhaul M107s

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 04:00, Wednesday, 21 February

M107 at the rangeThe US Army Contracting Command is in search of private sector contractors to repair its M107 Long Range Sniper Rifles. A revised sources sought notice was posted earlier this month. The sources sought notice was originally posted over a year ago on 8th February 2017 but was reposted at the end of January 2018. The notice stressed that […]

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When you’re shamelessly in love, you don’t need a holiday to celebrate each other – you create opportunities to adventure together year-round. Keep the spark alive by making new memories at one or more of these national park getaways.

Acadia National Park Getaways

Catch the First Sunrise

Acadia National Park is renowned for its beauty. This is the place for the lovers that want to revel in the Northeast’s stunning scenery – with rugged coastlines so spectacular that you’ll want to snap a shot recreating that scene from “Titanic.”

Plan to catch ...

Michelle Cerino interviews the proprietor of HidingHilda, Dawn Hillyer, on the day of the announcement of a new line of concealed carry purses – the Hero Line. Michelle met Dawn on opening day of SHOT Show, Jan. 23, 2018. The first purse, originally named the “3 Zip Messenger,” is now known as “The Michelle (aka Princess Gunslinger).”

Dawn sums up the Hero Line on her HidingHilda website: “We all have people we look up to in life. It could be your mom, sister, best friend — anyone who has made a lasting impression. At HidingHilda, we are discovering heroes every day and want to share them with you.”

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Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:24, Wednesday, 21 February


The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 04:08, Wednesday, 21 February

One more song from the 1990s courtesy of WXRT’s Saturday Morning Flashback.

XTC was one of the bands to come out of the Post Punk/New Wave era. They had some success but apparently had problems with their record label. I haven’t heard anything from them in decades. But I do own Nonsuch, and a few songs are worth listening too even at this late date. 25 years? Really?

This is “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” by XTC from their 1992 album Nonsuch.



Princeton Prof

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 04:35, Wednesday, 21 February

So professor Eddie Glaude said, "mass shooting are the result of toxic masculinity that teach people to think they can protect themselves."

So who is in charge of protecting me, if not me, professor?

Almost a third of the regular shooters I know personally are women, do they have the toxic masculinity, too?

The professor then tied the AR15, symbolically, with the Minutemen of the American Revolution.  Ok, that part is right.  Good job, but you are still failing the exam.

Then he asserts the gun world is propped up by the "gun culture that makes people money."  Admittedly, there is a bit of money in firearms.  I'll grant that.  Not so much the push the little-guy members of the NRA exert.  But the industry money isn't THAT big a pile.  Folks act like guns rival the pharmaceutical industry.  Or makeup for ladies.  Or delivery pizza.   If our side had that kind of money we wouldn't be having this conversation.&n...


Holy Crap!

by D.W. Drang in The Clue Meter at 14:01, Wednesday, 21 February

This blog is now a decade old!

    1. The Clue Meter: Test Shot -- Posted 02/21/2008, at 10:25 AM PST.
    2. The Clue Meter: Let's see... -- Also posted 02/21/208 at 10:25 AM, when I somehow duplicated the Test Shot post and had to edit it...
    3. The Clue Meter: Moving right along..., Posted at 08:20 on 02/26/2008,  spoke of the Clue Meter itself, which was the original header of the blog layout. Based on the "Chicklet Lights" used on the instrument panel of a UH60 Blackhawk (pic here), they seem to have confused everyone that never crewed a Blackhawk,and eventually went away.... 
    4. The Clue Meter: "The Forgotten American" was my first post that contained actual content that was not all about me. 02/28/2008.
    Going over old blog posts, I see a lot of bad links, ...

    Bridging the Gap

    by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 20:56, Tuesday, 20 February

    Written by: Greg Ellifritz

    I originally wrote this piece in June of 2016 after seeing some horribly contentious gun control debates on my Facebook feed.  Guess what I’m seeing now?  You’re right.  The very same political virtue signalling.  The article is as useful today as it was two years ago when I first wrote it.  For that reason...

    A blue watch face.

    in Oleg Volk at 00:23, Wednesday, 21 February

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

    Paper products at SHOT 2018: new on AllOutdoor

    in Oleg Volk at 21:57, Tuesday, 20 February

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

    Coloring books and high-visibility targets.

    Tuesday, 20 February


    Iwo Jima - 19 February 1945

    by ASM826 in Borepatch at 05:31, Wednesday, 21 February

    Years ago I met and talked with an Iwo Jima veteran about his experiences. He went ashore on the 2nd day and was there until the Marines were relieved by the Army sometime in April. He would say, "Sciline remembers, because Sciline was there." He told me that when his company mustered on the beach to leave, there were 13 of them that were original members from the landing.

    Sciline is gone. Even his website is only visible on the Wayback Machine. Here's one page from May of 2008. 

    The men and women in this interview are likely all gone now. But when they were young, their country called and it fell to them to go and fight and die on a sulfurous island that would serve as a waypoint on the way to Japan.

    Take an hour and hear their stories.

    Semper Fidelis, Sciline. I ...

    Damn, I"m Golden

    by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 20:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity.
    Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18% less likely to experience a premature death, the Independent reports.
    Meanwhile, participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day, cut the same risk by 11%.
    And, whiskey is better than red wine.
     Wine’s not the only beverage with antioxidants: Whiskey also contains polyphenols and offers up heart-healthy benefits similar to wine, research shows. And while it won’t prevent or cure a cold, a hot whiskey drink can give you some symptom relief, one doc says.
    It's been a long day.  I think I'll have one more bourbon before I lay down.

    Play Me Out: Bayou Billy

    by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 20:28, Tuesday, 20 February

    One of the worst games ever made, but a damn good first stage song.

    And a damn good cover!


    [UPDATE] That’ll be our first one-term president in a while

    by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 18:04, Tuesday, 20 February

    I wish I could be surprised, but even before Trump began to look like a serious candidate– well before he got the R nomination — I warned that his new-found verbal respect for RKBA was belied by a long anti-RKBA history.

    Trump pushes ban on ‘bump stocks’ — devices that turn weapons into ‘machine guns’
    President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has recommended that “bump stocks” — devices that let semi-automatic weapons fire hundreds of rounds per minute — be banned.

    Trump signed a memorandum recommending that Attorney General Jeff Sessions propose regulations that would declare that bump stocks are illegal because they effectively turn legal semi-automatic weapons into outlawed machine guns.

    I told you the fix was in.

    Age limit for buying AR-15 assault ...


    Cracked: Gut the NRA!

    by The Jack in Assorted Meanderings at 14:55, Tuesday, 20 February

    I exaggerate.  A little bit:

    To hear gun control proponents out, one might think that the best, fastest solution to the mass shootings plaguing our country would be to take a shiny litigatory scalpel and excise the NRA -- with their bottomless lobbying coffers, poisonous conspiracy theories, promotion of violence against protesters, and all-around assholery -- from politics and wider society. It's hard to argue against that. We certainly wouldn't stand for that shit from, say, the dairy indu...

    Damn, that’s pleasant…

    by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 17:39, Tuesday, 20 February


    A Set-Up?

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 20:51, Tuesday, 20 February

    Last weekend, while doing what seemed to be a regular interview, I discovered that a movie is being made with the intent to discredit gun-rights leaders across the country. [More]
    I'm passing this on with the caveat that I have not personally done a thing to verify the allegations. Nor will I have time-- I'm simply posting this becuase I've been asked to share it. Here's the suspect group's web and Facebook pages. shows a proxy.

    And this is the email received by another group from the alleged "scam contact":

    In Kasich’s case, it was no surprise.  As a congressman, he was one of 46 Republican members who helped pass the 1994 semi-auto ban by a narrow 216-214 vote margin, putting him on a first-name basis with Bill Clinton.  Then, when running for governor and needing the votes, he “convinced” (a more than willing) NRA to change his “F” to an “A,” paying them back with “good” gun actions as long as he felt pandering to Ohio gun owners was in his political interests. [More]
    Once a be...

    A Bump in the Polls

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:18, Tuesday, 20 February

    Presidential Memorandum on the Application of the Definition of Machinegun to “Bump Fire” Stocks and Other Similar Devices [More]
    Well look who told him it was OK.

    Asking you was just a formality.

    By JB 2/20/18 I’m writing a review of a mindset/combatives course I took recently with Justin “Master Chim” Garcia of Jungle Gym Martial Arts, called VioPrep 101. This was an excellent course, and I was excited to take it because I feel that the mental preparation for counter-violence combatives (real fighting) is the most overlooked ...

    THIS IS A ROUGH DRAFT because I want to get up to date figures (where possible) and revise until we're as accurate as reasonable. I'm busy with a bunch of projects and will follow up later, but I have friends who may have the stats handy.

    For the US as a whole, here's the arithmetic:
    Half of households have at least one gun. Waiting period = worthless.

    This is very well done. Although, he seems to have gotten the term “assault rifle” (which is actually a thing) confused with “assault weapon” (which is made up):

    Too many great quotes to list. But this made me laugh:

    It’s very hard to subdue a home intruder with your dick.

    We have facts. They have dick jokes.


    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:39, Tuesday, 20 February

    A city has banned guns at a Civil War enactment. It seems they’ve allowed it in the past and now are not. They asked them to use wooden sticks instead.

    They’re already there

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:37, Tuesday, 20 February

    The mayor of Dallas, butthurt over something, wants the NRA to not have its convention there. I’m guessing NRA membership in Dallas is pretty high.

    Attack the money

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:36, Tuesday, 20 February

    An effort to get financial institutions to not do business with the gun industry.

    Waiting period challenge goes down

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:35, Tuesday, 20 February

    California’s waiting period was denied cert at the SCOTUS. Thomas dissented noting the second amendment is a constitutional orphan.

    Trump directs DOJ to ban bump stocks

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:34, Tuesday, 20 February

    Seems to me this would require passing a law:

    Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns

    Related: Slidefire, a maker of bump stocks, seems to be having website issues. They appear to have DDOS protection enabled.

    Why are anti-gun activists so violent?

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:30, Tuesday, 20 February

    A billboard was vandalized to read “Kill the NRA”.


    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:29, Tuesday, 20 February

    Despite all the hemming and hawing from the press and democrats, the US is ranked 11th in mass shootings. Or 12, depending on which metric.

    Conscientious Gun Owner Mistakenly Makes An Illegal SBR?

    by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    After recent events in Florida, Scott-Dani Pappalardo decided that his AR-15 is one too many and decided to get rid of it. In a very public forum, he cut the gun in half with a chop saw. Unbeknownst to him, he may have just committed a felony and made an illegal SBR. For those who […]

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    [SHOT 2018]: D3LLC’s domestic MP5SD

    by Andrew in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Tuesday, 20 February

    Desert Design and Development has a line of integrally suppressed ARs and a domestic HKMP5SD clone. Like the MP5SD, both the AR pattern rifles and D3LLC’s HK clone have ported barrels that slow supersonic ammunition below the speed of sound to prevent supersonic crack.

    The post [SHOT 2018]: D3LLC’s domestic MP5SD appeared first on The Firearm Blog.

    Federal Premium goes Further with NEW Hydra-Shok Deep Ammo

    by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    Federal Premium recently went back to the drawing board to see if they could improve upon a time-tested standard for handgun defense loads. After extensive testing and some minor, meaningful changes they have developed the Hydra-Shok Deep defense load; an improved variant of the staple Hydra-Shok round. The Hydra-Shok Deep round is meant to be […]

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    Rickey Red Tests If School Textbooks Can Stop Bullets

    by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 15:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    Rickey Red posted up two videos on social media. He believes that the textbooks our kids carry everyday could possibly save their lives. He tests some “government issued textbooks” to see if they can stop bullets.   His first video only shows the aftermath. He states that he shot three rounds into the text book. […]

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    TFB WINTER GAMES: A Look At The Biathlon Event

    by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 13:30, Tuesday, 20 February

    BiathlonWith the closing ceremonies only a few days away, the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is drawing to a end. Unfortunately, for those who don’t run in specific snow-shooting-sports circles, the Winter Games that come around every four years is our only chance to watch the Biathlon – a cross country skiing event featuring rimfire […]

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    Supreme Court again denies cert

    in Of Arms and the Law at 15:50, Tuesday, 20 February

    But over a strong Thomas dissent.

    "as evidenced by our continued inaction in this area, the Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this Court. Because I do not believe we should be in the business of choosing which constitutional rights are "really worth insisting upon," Heller, supra, at 634, I would have granted certiorari in this case."

    "The Ninth Circuit claimed to be applying intermediate scrutiny, but its analysis did not resemble anything approaching that standard. It allowed California to prove a governmental interest with speculation instead of evidence. It did not meaningfully assess whether the 10-day waiting period is reasonably tailored to California's purported interest. And it did not defer to the factual findings that the District Court made after trial. The Ninth Circuit would not have done this for any other constitutional right, and it could not have done this unless it was applying rational-basis review."

    Recently a story was shot into the ...


    Seen on Facebook....

    by Mike W. in Another Gun Blog at 13:46, Tuesday, 20 February

    "The question is very simple, what private citizen needs to possess any semi-automatic weapon? Who are these people and what purpose does it serve? It astounds me how much effort is spent supporting these shadows in society as though their rights and ours are one in the same."
    So basically, if you own a semi-automatic weapon or think you should, you are a "shadow in society" and your rights are second-tier.

    This is what's wrong with our culture.  The "anyone who differs from me is a monster."  The "Anyone who disagrees with me just wants to see dead children."

    Let me tell you a story.  My teenage nephew is big into the outdoors.  He loves hunting, fishing, shooting etc.  He's proud of it, it's part of who he is, and he enjoys it.  I also enjoy getting tasty goose jerky or deer meat from time to time.  Hunting is a way to bond with his dad and siblings, and it teaches him the stark realit...

    Long-term Prepping As We Age

    by The Freeholder in The Freeholder at 12:52, Tuesday, 20 February

    I believe that I've mentioned elsewhere that my earliest interest in preparedness was started by reading books like The Swiss Family Robinson and My Side of the Mountain as a young teenager. While entertaining, I can look back now and see how unrealistic they were.

    One thing both books had in common is that they put one person or a small group in a situation where they had to plan for long-term survival with little or no help from outside. They had whatever supplies they had with them, whatever they could find in the environment around them and that was pretty much it. At least in My Side of the Mountain Sam, the teenage protagonist, has some help from the local librarian and access to the local town.

    In my early years, say late teens and early 20s, I was in the mode of "I'll take my backpack of stuff and restart civilization on my own in the woods." Ye flippin' gods I was ignorant in those days. Thankfully I never had to actually do any actual surviving.

    For some years after that, I was a lapsed survivalist. But my work in Y2K remediation opened my eyes to just how fragile our civilization could be, and I, like a...

    Feel the Bern

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:02, Tuesday, 20 February

    That must be why his pants are on fire. [More]

    The Orphan Amendment

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:12, Tuesday, 20 February

    Our continued refusal to hear Second Amendment cases only enables this kind of defiance. We have not heard argument in a Second Amendment case for nearly eight years. Peruta v. California, 582 U. S. ___, ___ (2017) (THOMAS, J., dissenting from denial of certiorari) (slip op., at 7).  And we have not clarified the standard for assessing Second Amendment claims for almost 10.  Meanwhile, in this Term alone, we have granted review in at least five cases involving the First Amendment and four cases involving the Fourth Amendment—even though our jurisprudence is much more developed for those rights. [More]
    So naturally a demand must be made viral to impeach Clarence Thomas.

    Don't worry about discrimination charges for booting the only justice of color off the court. It's not like he's ...

    If You See Something Say Something

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    It won't do any good, but having a catchy slogan makes us look authoritative. [More

    [Via Florida Guy]   

    George Clooney continues his charitable giving– now half a million dollars to the March for Our Lives. He and wife Amal will make an appearance at the gun control rally. [More]
    No worries. No expense will be spared to ensure the twins will be protected by "their own bodyguards" while George and Amal are out there trying to get laws passed to make the rest of us criminals for having the means to protect our children.

    Just a Woke Mom

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:20, Tuesday, 20 February

    Her being a CNN producer, just like Shannon was a PR pro, has nothing to do with it. [More]

    What do you mean the news stories are incomplete without telling people that?

    Night Vision Buyer’s Guide: Helmets and Aiming Lasers

    by Richard L. in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    Helmets To get the most out of your night vision, you need to be able to use it hands-free. Often this is done by mounting to a helmet. Common brands of helmets include Ops Core, M Tech, Team Wendy, Crye, as well as many others. On the budget end, you can purchase a nice bump helmet […]

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    New research out, and the science is settled! We all knew this. Hell, Zuckerberg built an empire on this: what would Facebook be without self-serving moral preening? A platform to share baby and cat pictures, basically.

    When people publicly rage about perceived injustices that don’t affect them personally, we tend to assume this expression is rooted in altruism—a “disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.” But new research suggests that professing such third-party concern—what social scientists refer to as “moral outrage”—is often a function of self-interest, wielded to assuage feelings of personal culpability for societal harms or reinforce (to the self and others) one’s own status as a Very Good Person.

    Well bowl me over with a feather. I will admit I’m one of those odd ducks that doesn’t feel guilty about a whole hell of a lot. If anything, I feel guilty over the fact that I don’t feel guilty about much. Maybe I’m sorry I didn’t spend more ti...


    Wind damage at the Big Chickenhouse

    by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 08:09, Tuesday, 20 February

    The one specific thing I was a little afraid the wind would do, the wind did. When the wind gets strong across Landlady’s ridgetop, it blows directly against the front door of the Big Chickenhouse. The door is cheap pressboard and is only held closed by a bolt latch. It has blown open before – and it blew open sometime yesterday afternoon.

    I wasn’t afraid that the chickens would wander outside – in that sense, they pretty much know what’s good for them. They’re afraid of that door. I was afraid something from outside would come inside, and do bad things.

    So imagine my concern when I counted heads and could only find six chickens huddling in the farthest corner. Not good – there should have been nine traumatized hens. Hmm.

    Fortunately, they had an alternative.


    Mass Shootings Caused By?

    by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:17, Tuesday, 20 February

    El Borak contends that the cause of mass shootings is not actually the existence in the world of guns. We used to have guns in the older America, plenty of guns, but we had other things as well that today’s America dos not have so much.

    [W]hat did we expect was going to happen? That’s not a rhetorical question, except in the sense that no one really thought to ask it.

    We built a culture in which celebrity is our highest aspiration. From “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” to “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, we have taught our kids that being rich, being famous, being glamorous is what’s important. When we cut ourselves loose from any virtue higher than others’ opinions of us, no one thought it would result in a generatio...

    Not This Again

    by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 19:16, Tuesday, 20 February

    I see that the gun control meme has raised its ugly head again.  Liberal talking heads are gushing about the idea that maybe they can finally do something about those horrible guns.  They figure that if they make enough noise, someone will start to pay attention to them.  The anti-gunners are in full throated  roar and they think that they have the initiative.

    It's like arguing with three-year olds.  What they don't understand is that any serious attempt to harm the Second Amendment will have serious repercussions.  More serious than they might want to contemplate.  And, if they think that the police or military will d their dirty work, they really should think again.

    I'm hearing (and reading) all the nonsense spewing from the antis and at this point, it's simply tiresome.  We've had this discussion before  Every time some socially challenged, mentally ill, self-loathing misfit decides to shoot up something, whether it be a school, or a nightclub, or a convention center, the antis immediately start ha...

    Recycling - The Liberals' dirty secret

    by Rivrdog in Nom de plume: Rivrdog at 08:19, Tuesday, 20 February

    Recycling has been all over the Western World like a wet diaper on a baby for almost 50 years now. What could POSSIBLY be more liberal that the recycling habit? Well, besides gun control, but I digress. Recycling is one of those ideas we conservatives never looked into adequately. We're paying for that failure NOW. You see, all along, recycling...

    What are you, nuts? [More]

    Forget those millions capable of peaceably owning guns all their lives. Every good witch doctor knows the cursed fetish is what's brings the bad juju.

    [Via Jess]

    Dagestan shooting: ISIS gunman in Russia kills four with hunting rifle at Lent festival [More]
    Yo, Fudds and other dickmenn: Remember when Polyphemus said he'd eat you last?

    He's still gonna eat you.

    [Via Dave Licht]

    Your Kind Not Welcome Here

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:54, Tuesday, 20 February

    Dallas Mayor Pro Tem urges NRA to find a new home for their convention [More]
    So much for tolerance and inclusiveness. Coming soon, to a Democrat-controlled city near you.

    [Via ...

    The Children's Crusade

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:32, Tuesday, 20 February

    She said gun control is "just the first thing." [More]
    Yes. We know.

    It's telling, all the gushing "progressives" who want children to define the social order.

    I remember that movie.

    [Via several of you]

    A Woman's Place?

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:21, Tuesday, 20 February

    More women die when domestic abusers own guns. [More]
    I'm calling BS on this Gungrabby Gabby press release rewrite. Especially after seeing the "federal law ... already prohibits people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors and those who are subject to certain protective orders" admission that "gun control" doesn't work. So naturally, they want more of it.

    And especially especially after seeing the old "developed countries" deception pulled out of the gungrab bag of tricks...

    Also note you won't see the difference between gun ownership and gun possession acknowledged. There's a reason for that.

    Bottom line: Opposite Day "progressive" champions of "womyn's rights" disparage equalizers and would rather see them slaughtered like sows than armed.

    The Road to Dystopia

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:11, Tuesday, 20 February

    Democrats seized the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress and promised major changes to come—including on guns. [More]
    As with all things Reason, a key danger is not even being considered.

    [Via Michael G]

    Since They Asked

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:03, Tuesday, 20 February

    Should the U.S. ban AR-15 rifles? [More]

    Your move.

    [Via Roger J]

    [More]What do you think?

    5M members? There's a word for that.

    Which Nancy Sina...

    I guess it depends on who's doing it. [More]

    [Via Michael G]

    Why You Need An AR-15, or Another AR-15

    by mzmadmike in The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse at 08:36, Tuesday, 20 February

    Because in response to another uncommon but visible mass shooting, the liberals are dancing around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots.*

    Their second, entirely predictable reaction, is turn the shooter into a fucking superstar, with around the clock dissection of his life, times and person.  He'll have a Wikipedia page if he doesn't already, and they plan to demolish the school and build a MEMORIAL to him.  (I'm sure some liberal retard (pardon the redundancy) is going to insist, "No, the memorial is to the event!" ...oh, you mean that event he created? At a cost of tens of millions after you raze the school?)

    Their third, rather than stop jerking off over murderous pieces of shit (Hell, they'd fuck the corpses if they thought they could get away with it), is to insist that all of us who were un-involved should be penalized. About like insisting, "This guy was a rapist, so we need to castrate everyone with a penis since we can't predict who might be next."

    So, yes, go buy an AR15, or something even cooler, like an AUG or an FN2000. Because eventually they'll discover those and freak out.

    And in the meantime, it supports our culture.


    US Army Wants Powder Metal Gun Barrels

    by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    US Army Wants Powder Metal Gun BarrelsLast Thursday, we discussed the US Army’s solicitation for combustible cartridge cases. Today, we’ll take a look at another interesting solicitation published in the same US government program called SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research). This time the Army is looking for powder metal small arms barrels. The idea behind this request is to have a bi-metal […]

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    Gun Control Has Nothing to do with Crime Control

    by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 10:11, Tuesday, 20 February

    I’m sure criminals will roil at the idea that they’ll no longer be able to buy firearms out of the back of a van with a Visa or a Master Card. This is aimed squarely at law abiding gun owners:

    What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?

    I think they overestimate how much leverage they have over the industry. If forced to, I’ll pay cash for guns. In fact, I’ll make it a point to buy more as a fuck you to the financial industry. I haven’t really been buying for a while. I have little doubt such a move would cause industry upheaval, but it would survive. Maybe Cabela’s wouldn’t, but the industry would.

    People hate banks. If the banks and financial industry suddenly “got woke” and started believing their job is to enforce social justice, I’m going to push my lawmake...

    Gun Ban: This Scenario is Entirely Plausible

    by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 08:15, Tuesday, 20 February

    Over at Reason:

    But the cultural onslaught, ably assisted by the stumbling GOP and its internal civil war, had enough impact at the margins to affect elections. Democrats seized the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress and promised major changes to come—including on guns.

    Warned by experts that yet another “assault weapons” ban made no sense because “as a matter of functionality, these guns are just like other rifles. They’re more powerful than some handguns and rifles, and less powerful than others,” they decided to go a step further. Encouraged by Supreme Court turnover and the resulting opportunity to redefine the Second Amendment out of existence, Congress banned all semiautomatic firearms in private hands, with compensation promised in return.

    Read the whole thing.

    Related posts:

    1. National C...


    Quote of the day—Ronald Reagan

    by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 06:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

    Ronald Reagan
    January 20, 1981
    Inaugural Address
    [It was true then and it is true now.

    Government create the victim disarmament zones. The solution to the problem is to remove government from the problem.—Joe]

    Age related issues...

    by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:44, Tuesday, 20 February

    So the Zed Drei is twenty years old this year. That's the chronological equivalent of a 1966 Jaguar E-type (Or a BMW 1600 coupe) when I was in high school. I've been driving it for seventeen of those twenty years. And age is starting to catch up with it.

    There are a host of niggling issues: The car's been needing a new top for years. The HVAC fan only works on the highest of the four settings. The windshield washer packed it in last summer and I haven't gotten around to figuring out why. The power steering pump leaks (a known issue). The headlight covers need replacing or polishing.

    Of late, the car's developed a tendency to want to stall when it switches from cold to warm idle, so I guess it's time to take it into the shop to see what's up, and probably get the front brakes done while it's in there.

    It's definitely time to decide what I'm going to do about the top; replace it? Or get a transportation pod for foul weather and roadtrips and just have the Zed Drei for top-down days?

    Riddle me this, Gun Control Man

    by Borepatch in Borepatch at 06:48, Tuesday, 20 February

    — Sal the Agorist (@SallyMayweather) February 20, 2018

    A Million Dollars a Minute

    by ASM826 in Borepatch at 05:16, Tuesday, 20 February

     From Andrew P. Napolitano, a reminder of the real risk. The heart of it is in the quote. The $30 billion he writing about is the money borrowed to finance our participation in WWI.

    The $30 billion President Wilson borrowed from the Federal Reserve and others has been rolled over and over and has never been repaid. The federal government still owes the $30 billion principal, and for that it has paid more than $15 billion in interest. Who in his right mind would pay 50 percent interest on a 100-year-old debt? Only the government.
    Wilson’s $30 billion debt 100 years ago has ballooned to $20.6 trillion today. At the end of President Donald Trump’s present term – because of the Republican budget signed into law last week – the government’s debt will be about $27 trillion.
    That amount is a deb...

    gun bigots and hoplophobes, let's collect a few things.

    Yes, Obama was lying* when he said "This doesn't happen in other countries."
    We're not even at the top of the list.

    Larry Correia's magnificent piece on the subject.

    "You want to repeal the 2nd?  Then try it, you screeching clowns.  See what happens."

    '6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Coming To Your Side On Gun Control'
    Note: screeching that your(probably former)friend is a bloody-handed child murderer for not agreeing with you works just as well as calling him a racist for not liking Obama.

    How to Create a Gun-Free America In 5 Easy Steps...

    I'm giving something a try

    by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:05, Tuesday, 20 February

    If you're looking for ammo, the Ammo.Com link under 'Gunny Stuff' in the sidebar now gets me a credit if you buy a bunch. 

    So, being no less ammo needy than anyone else, take a look at their stuff if you're shopping around.

    When I let LB out at 5:30 there was no light – I could tell it had snowed but not how much or whether it was still snowing.

    It was still snowing. It is still snowing. Big fluffy bundles of snowflakes.

    In fact it’s doing that irritating thing where you sweep off your porch and the snow just fills up the stairs behind you.


    So yesterday we were promised low fifties temps and damaging wind. We got low fifties temp and damaging wind, even down in the hollow…

    Afternoon saw me out with my brush saw, clearing a big piece of the juniper grove off the porch. That was in addition to the usual chasing-all-the-trashcans entertainment. I went to Landlady’s in the morning before the wind got bad at the Lair, and even then the wind on the ridgetops was becoming quite unpleasant. There’s talk of 70 mph gusts, which is excessive even for the gulch. Glad I screwed the powershed roof back down. I’ll bundle up later and look for damage.

    But the nighttime weather, also predicted, may make finding the damage more difficult than I’d like…


    All Outdoor has some more bad news:

    The United States Army announced they will be dropping hand grenade and land navigation competency as requirements for basic training graduation.

    Reasons cited to drop the grenade competency: People are growing up never learning how to throw. That’s right. Too many people are going into the army who never learned how to throw as a child. The Army does not have the time to teach all the adults how to properly throw.

    How far does the grenade have to be thrown? Only 20 – 3...

    Deconstructing Whiteness at Yale

    by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:28, Tuesday, 20 February

    Claudia Rankine, genius!

    Claudia Rankine is a professional aggrieved-African-American. In 2014, she received the National Book Award for poetry for Citizen: An American Lyric, a tract exposing America’s “systemic racism.”

    Two years later, she was awarded the $625,000 MacArthur genius grant for her poetic efforts at making people “understand that whiteness is not inevitable, and that white dominance is not in...

    Today’s New Addition: 2/20/2018

    by USCitizen in Traction Control at 04:29, Tuesday, 20 February



    Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (CA-Approved) Double Action Only Semi-Automatic Pistol, 40 S&W, 3.1″ Barrel, Black Melonite Finished Stainless Steel Slide, Black Polymer Frame, Two Magazines: 6 & 7 Round Capacity (One With Extended Capacity for Full Grip), Striker Fired, Short and Consistent Trigger Pull, Mag Saftey, 18 Degree Grip Angle, Loaded Chamber Indicator, HI-VIZ Red Rear Sight, HI-VIZ Green Front Sight


    A Work in 'Progress'

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:51, Tuesday, 20 February

    Responding to concerns of riders like Williams, local elected leaders say they have made dealing with crime on MetroLink a priority. But nine months after announcing a “memorandum of understanding” aimed at boosting security on the transit system, that effort remains a work in progress. [More]
    Destined never to be completed, at this rate:

    There's an App for That

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:42, Tuesday, 20 February

    Normandy Police are investigating multiple cases where people responded to apps and links to buy items but then were robbed and in one instance shot. [More]
    Now those intent on being stupid have choices besides Craigslist.

    [Via bondmen]

    [More][Via ...
    On February 19, 1942 — seventy-four years ago today — Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. With the stroke of his pen, the man who had earlier snubbed Jesse Owens after the Berlin Olympics used his executive powers to order the imprisonment of over 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry (as well as thousands of German and Italian ancestry) for the duration of World War II. [More]
    Where were the activist federal judges and the outraged media and celebrities?

    [Via Michael G]

    Child Sacrifice

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:38, Tuesday, 20 February


    Project Bombrunner

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:22, Tuesday, 20 February

    Improvised Explosive Device Found at Border Bridge to Texas [More]
    Sounds like the feds ought to set up some kind of "sting" where they can let IEDs "walk" across the border...

    [Via Wynn A

    What's in a Name?

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:13, Tuesday, 20 February

    "I am a responsible, highly trained gun owner," Ben Dickmann, from Broward County, Florida, wrote in a post that has been shared more than 180,000 times as of Saturday night. "I do not need this rifle. No one without a law enforcement badge needs this rifle." [More]
    Oh look, a self-righteous gunkapo.

    Not the first time we've seen an attention-seeker take one for Team Totalitarian.

    Or the last.

    And that "k"-word is why some of us will never accept their monopoly of violence apologia.

    [Via several of you]

    Seeing is Believing

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:03, Tuesday, 20 February

    Fake videos are on the rise. As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn't always be believing [More]
    Like any technology, virtual face-swapping can be used for good or ill. And while the topic can be fascinating, a few of the writer's observations show some biases, and thus manipulation, that is also damaging.
    "Truth, already diminished by Russia's misinformation campaign and President Trump's proclivity to label uncomplimentary journalism "fake news," would be more subjective than ever...That means the onus is on those who read the news and those who report it to verify footage the best they can. Students at a young age also need to be taught how to wade through news sources critically..."
    What do we see happening to the "Russian collusion" accusations as more and more details are revealed?  Trump's use of the term "fake news" has proven appropriate many times, so portraying that as mere butthurt return fire again advances an ad hominem political narrative.

    More Gun Laws Violated

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:47, Tuesday, 20 February

    [More]Keep up with what's unfolding here.

    Blame apportioning in 3...2...1......

    Who is Springfield Armory? A Tale of Two Entities

    by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Tuesday, 20 February

    Today we will take a look at the history of Springfield Armory – both the American national arsenal founded in the 1770s and the commercial entity founded in the 1970s.

    Wojtek Weaponry Gas Block Assembling Tray

    by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    Wojtek Weaponry Gas Block Assembling Tray (1)Wojtek Weaponry is a firearm accessories manufacturing company located in San Diego, California. They have recently added to their product line a rather simple and useful fixture – a 3D printed tray for AR-15 gas blocks which makes assembly and disassembly of the gas tube a much easier process. The Wojtek Weaponry gas block assembling tray aligns […]

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    Torkmag 45acp AR-15 kitTorkMag had a new product on display at the 2018 SHOT Show but not much info was available to us then, well they’ve finally released details on their Facebook page. They’re calling it the 1911-Block .45ACP Magwell Adapter and as the name implies it’s a conversion kit that allows you to use .45ACP 1911 magazines […]

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    Along with our visit to Battlefield Las Vegas where we were able to fire ZMT’s UKM 2000 general purpose machine gun, TFB was also able to get close and personal with the companies anti-material rifle entry. The Tor is a .50 BMG manually operated, magazine fed (bullpup configuration), anti-material rifle that was just recently approved […]

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    Review: Archon Mfg Glock Compensator

    by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 04:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    Having compensators on pistols is not exactly new. Competitors have been porting pistols for a very long time. Go look at any open division pistol in USPSA or IPSC. However, since the Roland Special came out, we have seen an increasing trend in compensators for Glocks. This has led to companies like Archon Mfg to […]

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    When I moved from Hong Kong to the United States at 12 years old, I did not understand the obsession this country has with sports.

    Years later, I now see why Americans put such value on sports.

    Sports teach you endurance. They teach you emotional and physical stamina. They teach you work ethic. They force you to improve. They teach you teamwork.

    Koo-family Outdoor Sports

    I was not exposed to sports growing up.

    Neither of my parents was active in sports or the outdoors, and it was not set as a priority for me. I remember in junior high, it was a struggle just to do a sit-up or a push-up or swim the width of a pool.

    It was not until I met my husband, Carlos, when I was about 1...

    Body Armor: Do You Own Any?

    by Women's Outdoor News in Hunting, shooting, fishing and adventure for women by women at 04:30, Tuesday, 20 February

    Now more than ever, there is the need for women to consider the best ways to remain safe and protected as they go about their daily routine. With a sharp rise in urban crime, sexual assaults and random attacks in Europe, America, Canada and Australia –  women need to take protection into their own hands. Keeping protected through protective clothing seems like a logical piece of equipment to consider.

    Body armor is the type of equipment, where size and fit are crucial to its efficiency. Loose or tight carriers compromise the quality of the gear, rendering it useless. Now, the focus of developers is on designing protective equipment that can fit women appropriately. And it’s not just about the difference in size when it comes to female body armor protection. The anatomy of women has also called for a redesign of how the gear fits.

    Investing in soft body armor is something to consider as you may find yourself in a situation that calls for its use. Recent advancements in the design and materials used have allowed for carriers to become lighter and more comfortable. This means even women, who are not used to wearing a protective vest, can take advantage of the availabl...

    [Ed: Dr. Faria’s piece, slightly edited for DRGO, was first published in November at, and It is a sharp analysis of the editorial bias inherent in organized medicine’s premier journals. Look for Part 2 on Thursday.] In the wake of the heinous Las Vegas shooting, the medical politicians of the American Medical […]

    This Is Not Your Father’s AR-15

    by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 04:45, Tuesday, 20 February

    Offhand Gear I know this is coming off like an ad, but I promise, it isn’t. Do you know how much drek is marketed to women? (We’ll come back to that.)

    I love black rifles. But sometimes, you wish there was something a bit more stylish. Offhand Gear has got you covered.

    Usually at some point in a product cycle, some executive, will say to either marketing or product design, “Figure out how to sell more [Fill in the blank] to women.” At that point a product designer, who apparently knows not a single woman he can ask about what she might want in a product, decides to paint it pink. I have seen pink guns, and pink hammers, and pink tool boxes. I don’t own any of them. The grandmother of all stupid pink marketing ideas, might be the Dodge La Femme, from 1955. ...

    A Car Can Be a Weapon

    by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 04:14, Tuesday, 20 February

    Or in this case, an SUV. Homeowner defends himself with handgun

    The guy driving the SUV has been threatening the couple for some time. Messages that include photos of guns and threats.

    The 38-year-old husband recounted seeing the same vehicle about 11:30 p.m. Saturday when he returned home. The victim backed his vehicle into the home’s detached garage and began walking up the driveway.

    The Chevy Tahoe “began to accelerate towards (the victim),” according to a police affidavit. “Fearing the vehicle would hit him, he pulled a gun from his waistband and fired two rounds at the moving vehicle.”

    Realizing his mistake, the would-be bad-guy backed away, but he backed his vehicle into a tree, and took off on foot. Police eventually found him.

    “(Bigler) believed (the victims) were the cause of a personal problem,” [state police Lt. Eric] Hermick said. “But he may have been mistaken or delusional.”

    The guy in the SUV is facing a bunch of charges “including felony assault.”

    Cops don’t expect charges ...

    About as Shocking as Weather

    by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 07:51, Tuesday, 20 February

    Lame duck governor whose political career is at an end didn’t used to like assault weapons, then liked them, and now decides that once again he doesn’t like them. It bears repeating: politicians very rarely come to this issue out of any real personal conviction. It is almost always based on a calculation of political expedience. When banning assault weapons was all the rage even among a lot of Republican politicians in the early 1990s, Kasich liked himself some assault weapons bans. When the 1994 Federal AWB laid the foundation for our return to political power, Kasich flipped and declared himself a darling of the NRA, and gladly took our endorsement. Now that his political career is over, he has plainly laid out that he’s not really a gun guy, and all those NRA endorsein’ and assault weapon lovin’ was just a show.

    Oh well, whether he likes it or not, he signed a lot of stuff that’s good for gun owners. Remember, just because your girlfriend is a whore doesn’t mean you can’t get laid. Remember Un...

    So many gun control advocates really do believe that the only reason guns aren’t banned yet is because of the NRA. They really do not understand that we’re bigger than the NRA. NRA membership is held by only a few of the millions of gun owners and pro-gun people. It’s not a top-down organization that tells us to jump. We tell the organization to jump.

    A few years ago, I wrote a series of posts of very specific ideas that people with different backgrounds and connections in the pro-gun community could take to protect their rights. There’s a good chance that some of those ideas need to be dusted off.

    Here’s the list for:

    If any readers tried some of these suggestions, fee...


    Days gone by.

    by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Tuesday, 20 February

    James Lileks

    "Today while driving daughter to work we were having a conversation about school shootings. I was talking about Fargo when I was young, how this simply didn’t happen, how there were guns in everyone’s rumpus room, or at least dad’s drawer, because chances are he was in WW2 or Korea. How my dad taught me about guns and how I learned to shoot and learned that I didn’t want to. She was telling me that Fargo of my childhood is no longer applicable, and I suppose she’s right"

    Correct, Natalie.  That far gone Fargo is not applicable.  Unless you decide it to be.   It can be that way again, and all it takes is will.  It's not even a heavy lift.

    And her father sorta says the same thing in the blog post.   RTWT, as the kids say.

    Monday, 19 February


    Optics PlanetEarlier today, news began to trickle through online forums and social media platforms that retail giant Optics Planet had stopped selling magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds. With the internet being, well, the internet, we decided to have a look for ourselves. A cursory search of Optics Planet’s site revealed a couple of noteworthy concerns: […]

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    I'm the NRA. What were you planning on killing me with?
    — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 20, 2018

    As George Washington said when he burst into the Hessian commander's room in Trenton, "Prithee, what now, bytches?"
    It’s a move away from so-called “zero tolerance” policies that require schools to refer even minor misdemeanors to the police. Critics call it a “school to prison pipeline.”
    Under a new program adopted by the Broward County School District, non-violent misdemeanors — even those that involve alcohol, marijuana or drug paraphernalia — will now be handled by the schools instead of the police.
    Cruz was banned from carrying a backpack at school after bullets were found in his backpack. Cruz was expelled from MSD last year after a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

    Apparently, at least in some cases, they consider starting a fight to be 'non-violent'.

    Idiots.  Surrounded by idiots.


    Consistent Cast Bullet Weights

    by Dave Markowitz in Blog O'Stuff at 16:45, Monday, 19 February

    Tonight I weighed a sample of ten bullets from the batch I cast yesterday and plugged them into Excel to figure out the average weight and the standard deviation in weights.


    Self Betterment

    by Tam in View From The Porch at 14:15, Monday, 19 February

    From discussion elsewhere: People should seek (firearms) training because they desire to be excellent, not because they're prodded into some lowest-common-denominator syllabus in order to exercise a fundamental human right.
    — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 19, 2018

    Urban Carry G2 Holster

    by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 07:38, Wednesday, 21 February

    The ads at the start of YouTube videos are usually a complete waste on me, but I saw an ad for the Urban Carry G2 Holster and I think it is on my last of things to buy.  A number of comments suggest that it is gimmicky.  What other methods are there for deep concealment?  IWBs still need a shirt or coat hiding the butt.  Ankle holsters are generally not comfortable, and are limited to very small pistols.  Pocket holsters are necessary for pocket pistols, but again limited on size of gun.

    when they do crap like this...

    "You want fake news and flat-out lies?  CBS News is for you!"

    Of War?

    by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 16:49, Monday, 19 February

    The point stands: I cannot buy a tommy gun, a tank, an F18, sarin gas, nuclear weapons, etc. weapons of war have no place in a civilian society. Laws can exist and should be exist and be followed to protect us all.

    — Trevor Davis (@DavisTrev) February 19, 2018

    Not that is matters much, because I am sure the 2nd Amendment intended for the People to have 'access' to weapons of war, but the AR15 or even the M16 are not weapons of war. The police have those weapons. The police aren't soldiers. Who would the police be at war with, anyway? So those rifles aren't weapons of war.

    What I See

    by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 15:00, Monday, 19 February

    What I see when I see these signs.

    The internet for the last week

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:41, Monday, 19 February

    SJW: Let’s ban all guns!

    Gun Nut: Uhm, no.

    SJW: Ok, let’s ban the ones that look scary!

    Gun Nut: Also, no.



    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:39, Monday, 19 February

    A gun dealer has been found guilty of, well, lots of things. Seems he conspired with some police to get department letterhead to procure machine guns for them. And there are laser sights only available to law enforcement? And that’s an FDA reg? Anyone know anything about that.

    Why are anti-gun activists so violent?

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:37, Monday, 19 February

    They want you dead. They just lack the fortitude to do it themselves.

    Republicans react to Florida shooting

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:34, Monday, 19 February

    Prominent republican donor says Republicans should pass a ban on guns to keep getting money. Given his history of backing the losers, meh.

    Trey Gowdy supports banning bump stocks, even though one wasn’t used in FL.

    The idiocy does need to be mocked. Just yours.

    John Kasich:

    If all the sudden you couldn’t buy an AR-15, what would you lose? Would you feel your second amendment rights would be eroded?

    I’d lose my freedom and my rights would be eroded. Now, go away.

    Trump open to improving background checks.

    Moms need to get more demanding

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:30, Monday, 19 February

    They only have about 3,000 members.

    Lying to score cheap political points

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:30, Monday, 19 February

    The left and the press (but I repeat myself) claimed the shooter was trained by the NRA. But it’s not true.

    Russia! Russia! Russia!

    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:28, Monday, 19 February


    by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:26, Monday, 19 February

    Preach. But instead some advocate acting in the emotional way when the facts aren’t all out.

    Review: Unique AR’s Self Adjusting Unique Grip

    by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Monday, 19 February

    After posting up the article about the Unique AR’s self-adjusting grip, Unique AR reached out and asked if I wanted to review their Unique Grip. I was intrigued by this grip and wanted to see what it could do. Unique Grip Modularity As advertised the grip does adjust to your hand. You just loosen the […]

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    São Paulo Military Police Glock G22 Gen5 initial test setback

    by Ronaldo Olive in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Monday, 19 February

    Following the recent arrival in Brazil of test samples of the .40 S&W Glock Gen5 pistol that emerged as the winner of a competition to supply 5,000 units to PMESP – Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Military Police), it has been disclosed that the very initial testing process, carried out […]

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    Ruger 9mm PCC

    by Andrew in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Monday, 19 February

    The new Ruger 9mm PCC has generated a great deal of interest. People have been asking for a gun like this for years and Ruger listened. It is packed with features requested by shooters. A very special thanks to BROWNELL’S – check out their new Retro line here: Many THANKS to: Proxibid: Shop For […]

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    Winchester Super Suppressed Ammunition

    by Andrew in The Firearm Blog at 15:00, Monday, 19 February

    Winchester’s new line of ammo is expressly designed for use in silencers. It uses subsonic projectiles and is designed to leave less carbon and lead residue in your silencer. A very special thanks to BROWNELL’S – check out their new Retro line here: Many THANKS to: Proxibid: Shop For Home Defense Pistols Online Here […]

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    Why does it take a Australian to ask the right question about the US?

    February 19, 1993: Army of Darkness

    by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:58, Monday, 19 February

    That was the day the movie got full release. 25 years ago.

    I was going to include the “Boomstick” clip, (actually I thought Tam would have included that), but I decided to go with the 2nd best clip: “Buckle Up Bonehead.”

    Some trivia: Fast Facts: ‘Army of Darkness’ and 25 Years Worth of Trivia – Bloody Disgusting.

    Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

    by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:11, Monday, 19 February



    Stabby Tree

    by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 13:11, Monday, 19 February

    I visited daughter Xenia this last weekend. She recently moved to Kentucky. It’s a little damp and cloudy but it looks like it will be very beautiful when it warms up and the trees get their leaves.

    We did a little bit of sightseeing and this was one of the more interesting historical items we saw:


    She and John have a few acres with their new house and we took the dogs on walks and looked at the trees and birds trying to identify them. There were several trees like the one below. I thought trees like this only existed in scary Disney cartoons. It’s the kind of tree I would expect around Sleeping Beauty’s castle:



    by Tam in View From The Porch at 12:21, Monday, 19 February

    Gun Owner Butts get on my last nerve.
    "I'm a Gun Owner Butt!" You sure are, buddy.
    — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 19, 2018

    This is my more or less annual post for this holiday. In the 6 years since I wrote it, I haven't seen the need to update it.


    It's not a real President's birthday (Lincoln was the 12th, Washington is the 22nd), but everyone wants a day off, so sorry Abe and George, but we're taking it today. But in the spirit intended for the holiday, let me offer up Borepatch's bestest and worstest lists for Presidents.

    Top Five:

    #5: Calvin Coolidge

    Nothing To Report is a fine epitaph for a President, in this day of unbridled expansion of Leviathan.

    #4. Thomas Jefferson.

    Jefferson is perhaps the last (and first) President who exercised extra-Constitutional power in a manner that was unambiguously beneficial for the Republic (the Louisiana Purchase). He repealed Adam's noxious Alien and Sedition Acts and pardoned those convicted under them.

    #3. Grover Cleveland.

    He didn't like the pomp and circumstance of the office, and he hated the payoffs so common then and now. He continually vetoed pork spending (including for veterans of the War Between the Stat...

    The Only Ones were the only ones with guns that day.  On a campus, no less.

    — Sal the Agorist (@SallyMayweather) February 18, 2018

    Army, Oh, My Army

    by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 13:30, Monday, 19 February

    I've seen this several places, but it appears that the US Army is ditching grenade training at the BCT level because recruits can't throw a grenade 25 meters.

    On Friday, the Army revealed that it is nixing the grenade throwing requirement, where recruits had to show that they could hurl the explosive a minimum of 25 meters, because “a large number of trainees” can’t meet the distance, even lacking the physical ability “to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters.”
    Wow!  I've never really been a ran of the standard issue hand grenade.  But, I've been trained on them, and I never had any problem throwing one.  Looking back on my high school recreation, I recall that it's 90 feet from the plate to fist base, which is 27.4 meters, Well within the standards.

    I guess kids are playing more soccer, less baseball.

    Seven Things

    by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:00, Monday, 19 February

    There is a great article over at PJMedia, Seven Things We Can Do To Prevent Another School Massacre...  The article makes sense.  Let's excerpt, shall we?

    1.  Train Teachers.  This makes sense to me from a practical perspective.  If I am the school cop, and I know that some of the teachers have volunteered to go through training to conceal, carry, and protect students, then I know who the good guys are.  The old law about gun-fighting:  "Bring a gun and all your friends who have guns."  If I'm the only cop in the school, I"m almost certainly outnumbered in any gun-fight.  That won't stop me from doing my job, but additional help is always welcome.

    2.  Get Cops In The Schools.  This is so self-evident that I am amazed that not every school district in the nation has employed this policy.

    3.  Get Rid Of Gun Free Zones.  Yeah, those signs really help, don't they?  Gun Free Zones are problematic on so many levels.

    4.  Stop...

    Accelerated Schedule

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:49, Monday, 19 February

    Bloomberg /Brown Confiscation Bill Fast Tracked [More]
    Who will make their voices heard?

    Assume the Position

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:43, Monday, 19 February

    Bill Clinton wants to 'present his position' on unsealing Monica Lewinsky sex scandal investigation records [More]
    Standing with his pants around his ankles comes to mind...

    [Via Jess]

    Altering the Deal

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:36, Monday, 19 February

    Jeff Sessions: DACA Deal ‘Last Real Opportunity’ to Enact Immigration Agenda That ‘Serves National Interest [More]
    All needed laws and enforcement mechanisms already exist.

    Make a deal for government to obey the law? And they won't alter that as well?

    What do you think, Darth?

    [Via Wynn A

    No Surprise There

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:28, Monday, 19 February

    Trump Supports Efforts to Improve Gun Background Check System [More]
    What's the guy supposed to think when he gets a green light from Fairfax?

    [Via Wynn A

    It's Not About Guns

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:24, Monday, 19 February

    For the most part I agree with this guy.  [More]

    I'd argue against "licensing the kid." I did not need the state to get into my business and authorize development-appropriate access.

    But he does make some good points.

    [Via Mack H]

    Never Letting a Crisis Go to Waste

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:08, Tuesday, 20 February

    HB 219: Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines [More]
    Mr. and Mrs. Florida, turn 'em all in?

    Anybody from Florida know if this is just noise or if it stands a chance?

    Protecting Against Terrorist Vehicle Attacks

    by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 09:36, Monday, 19 February

    Here is a guest post submitted by Don Boal, lead investigator for Ron Borsch’s PACT organization.  Don has a very simple and useful idea for protecting pedestrian areas from terrorist vehicle attacks.  Thanks to Don for submitting the article!





                                                                                            By Don Boal


    ISIS publishes an online magazine, and in this magazine, they teach their followers how to commit low cost terrorist attacks that anyone can carry out.


    Driving into a crowd with a vehicle to run down and kill as many people as possible is one of their ideas. All they need is a driver’s license and a credit card and they can rent a car or truck and they have their weapon. We’ve seen numerous vehicle attacks in Europe and our country. Every time one of these demons commits this attack he inspires others to do the same. Our country is filled with thousands of ISIS sympathizers that want to commit acts of violence. We will have ad...

    Fenix TK35 Ultimate Edition (UE) for 2018

    by Dan M in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Monday, 19 February

    I confess that after almost 9 years of using, obsessing over, and writing reviews of “high-end” flashlights I’ve become somewhat jaded. Gone are the days when Surefire and Streamlight dominated the flashlight market. Now we have boutique manufacturers making titanium, brass, copper and exotic metal beauties…we have an onslaught of original and copycat designs from […]

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    TFB Review: Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum® .357 Magnum

    by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Monday, 19 February

    Model 66There is a lot of love for semi-auto pistols nowadays, but it is hard to beat the reliability, power and clean manufacturing of a revolver. In this TFB Review, we take a look at the stout Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum® .357 Magnum with a 2 3/4″ barrel. model 66 Specifications The Smith & […]

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    Gun Controllers, Shut Up and Listen For a Few Minutes

    by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 11:02, Monday, 19 February

    The Parkland high school mass murderer appears to have been a prohibited person, unable to lawfully purchase firearms, who was never reported to NICS.

    Sound familiar?

    Yes, I know; you’re enjoying your dance in the blood of the Parkland innocents. This looks like the perfect time to call for more restrictions on rights because people are upset. You think this one proves people can’t be trusted, and more laws will fix everything.

    After all, who really needs a gun when the government is there to protect you, eh?

    I’ve already discussed why you shouldn’t be targeting the tens of millions who didn’t do it. But I know those innocent millions are exactly who you’re afraid of (“Gee, what do they want to do to us, that they need us unarmed?” he wondered rhetorically.)

    And NO. Genocide and ethnic cleansing really wouldn’t go down the way you hope. Drop it.

    So let’s look at all the legal loopholes that need plugging; the ones you pretend allowed the Parklan...

    Rush – The End of an of Era

    by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:34, Monday, 19 February

    The Canadian group Rush is a bit hard to categorize. They went from hard-rock to progressive-rock, to heavy synthesizer and back to hard rock. I liked some of their music and hated some of it. On January 19, 2018 they announced that they were done.

    We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.

    This is “Tom Sawyer” from the 1981 album Moving Pictures by Rush, from the end of their progressive-rock era.

    Seen on the Book O’ Face

    by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 12:55, Monday, 19 February

    This could pretty much sum up what we’re all seeing on social media lately:

    Well, I don’t know about you guys, but her well reasoned post wishing for my brutal murder totally makes me want to give up my guns!

    All I can say is that in 2018, get out and vote. I’m pissed off that the GOP hasn’t done anything either, but I’ll take nothing over rewarding people for this kind of behavior by putting them back in power.


    Quote of the day—LucasJackson

    by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 06:00, Monday, 19 February

    We’re 17 children closer to the Australian solution. Unfortunately because of the pervasive gun cult of tiny-handed cowards, we’re not close.

    February 14, 2017
    Comment to The Latest: Student: Suspect in school shooting ‘weird kid’
    [It’s another Markley’s Law Monday.

    This idiot thinks what they did to gun owners in Australia is plausible. It has neither legal or practical plausibility.—Joe]

    The brown stuff is obviously worse.

    by Tam in View From The Porch at 07:50, Monday, 19 February

    Sebastian brings a fantastic analogy for the "assault weapons" debate. You should go read it right now.


    by Tam in View From The Porch at 07:40, Monday, 19 February

    In a world of home CNC machine shops and 3D printing, if you "ban guns" you're only going to keep them out of the hands of the law-abiding.

    TL;DR: it would take 3 years for the police to search American's houses to find and seize guns, and it wouldn't work anyway.  The math is inescapable.

    There's been a bunch of great posting recently on the perennial gun control argument.  One thing that stands out for me this time around is (ignoring the sense of futility on the gun grabbers' side) the increasing calls for confiscation.  Call it the "Australian Model" if you want to sugar coat it but it amounts to the same thing: collection of privately owned firearms by the police.

    This made me wonder whether this would even be possible.  It sure looks like it isn't.  Let's take a look at why.

    Nobody knows for sure just how many households in the USA own firearms, because t...

    I understand the pressure you must be under from Democrats and many Republicans to pass some sort of gun ban after the recent tragedy in Florida.  It is important to keep the focus on the underlying problem: untreated mental illness.  The shooter displays two symptoms that indicate schizophrenia: depression and hallucinations (the voices telling him to commit this monstrous crime).

    These tragedies were rare before the 1970s, when efforts to destroy the state mental hospital systems began to empty out the existing hospitals and make it difficult to involuntarily commit those with serious mental illnesses BEFORE they started murdering people.  Congressional hearings about mass murder should examine what states can do to provide the mental health care that they used to do, but do not do now.

    Very Truly Yours,

    Clayton E. Cramer

    Right, I’m just going to turn the Jeep radio right off for the duration, so I don’t need to hear any more admiring paeans to the clueless schoolchildren currently being bussed around to repeat words placed in their little mouths in protest of congress’s inexplicable failure to punish all the people who haven’t shot up a gun-free zone.

    This absurd re-iteration of the same old bullshit makes me so crazy I want to go off my meds, rip the AK and bag’o’mags off the wall and march right down to the…(ahem) actually it just makes me wearily change the channel. Because I’m not a crazy kid, and furthermore I refuse to accept punishment for something somebody else did.

    But I am so sick of hearing it. So for the record, no. Your move.

    I’m so tired of this hectoring “conversation,” in fact, that I can’t even think of any witty arguments for my own side. So instead, go read this…


    Baker Act

    by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 07:56, Monday, 19 February

    I did not know that Florida already HAD enhanced mental health public policy in the form of the Baker Act.

    So, his foster family was afraid of the shooter "we had no idea he was like this" but also deathly afraid of him?  Yeah, you knew something.  Enough to maybe surreptitiously take the firing pin out of the bolt carrier group.

    Local police had gone to his house upwards of 40 times.

    The FBI got at least 2 tips about him.

    Any and all these could have triggered some sort of intervention, perhaps under the Baker Act.


    But no, none of those proscriptions could be done.  Those were ignored.  What can be done, after the fact, is pass some ineffective gun control that will be also ignored, but will inconvenience law abiding folks and infringe on their rights.

    Effective old policies are ignored.  Ineffective new policies are proposed.  Freedom is curtailed.  Check.  I see.

    Back from LTUE

    by correia45 in Monster Hunter Nation at 09:21, Monday, 19 February

    I was at the annual Life, The Universe, and Everything writing conference in Provo for the last few days.

    LTUE isn’t a con in the normal sense. There is very little fannish stuff. It’s mostly writing for writers by writers. Some panels can be a little artsy and fannish, but mostly they tend to be writers giving nuts and bolts advice about the business.

    If you are an aspiring writer, or currently writing and trying to improve your skills, I highly recommend it. I’ve been every year since 2009. Also, it’s comparatively super cheap.

    The guest list is always excellent, with a lot of really talented people to learn from (and sometimes disagree with, but even that is educational).

    Plus, on the personal side it is a lot of fun because friends come in from all over the country. This year there were a bunch of folks I know from Texas and Florida who flew in (over the last couple of years, we’ve started having a miniature LibertyCon West contingent to hang out with).

    I’d encourage you to check out LTUE. As far as writing education goes, its the best bang for the buck out there.


    What’s Happened to Pryam Farll?

    by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:59, Monday, 19 February

    He used to call himself “Arcangelo Corelli,” but Facebook started hassling him for using a pseudonym, so he changed over to “Pryam Farll.” Facebook evidently was satisfied at the time. Maybe he had ID.

    Pryam claimed to be an Old Etonian, an American related to a variety of European royal houses (Britain, Norway, the Netherlands), to have graduated from the University of Colorado, to being a Lieutenant-General in the Marine Corps working in Intelligence, to being very rich, to reading Vladimir Putin’s mail regularly in his professional capacity, to having purchased recently a 17th Century townhouse in Talinn, Estonia and furnishing it with expensive antiques, to have stocked a wine cellar and hired a personal chef. He also claims to be 6′ 5″ tall, irresistible to the l...

    Fits in the pocket just fine.

    Larry Correia differs from most people talking about the Parkland High School shootings in that he actually knows something about guns.

    Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

    Police are awesome. I love working with cops. However any honest cop will tell you that when seconds count they are only minutes away. After Colombine law enfor...

    “Black Panther” and Liberal Racial Fantasy

    by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:48, Monday, 19 February

    Z-man has some jaundiced, extremely politically-incorrect comments on the new movie that the American Establishment absolutely loves.

    W]hat makes the run-up to the most important movie release, since Birth of a Nation, a bit comical from the perspective of someone on our side of the river. All you have to do is look at the coverage on TV and the internet and point two above is made manifest. The movie is getting a near perfect score from reviewers and anyone not slobbering over it is getting bullied by the media. The TV networks are carrying on like Obama is going to come back f...

    New York vs. San Francisco

    by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:35, Monday, 19 February

    just click on image for the link.

    "So, how did that class go, Drang?"

    by D.W. Drang in The Clue Meter at 20:19, Monday, 19 February

    Well, I'm glad you asked... sort of.

    So, two weeks ago I posted Training returns to WAC Shows!

    So I secured the weekend off, since I work graveyard shift these days and being able to teach a class Sunday morning would require two days... fortunately, I have leave to burn (as in, "use it or lose it.") and no one else was requesting the days.

    Unfortunately, while we had training materials, and a venue, and instructors, we had no students sign up.

    Well, it was pretty short notice, too short to fully advertise. 

    There's a show this weekend at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, but this is the month when it is bumped from the usual "Showplex" facility to the "Pavilion"--and that raises a critical question...

    The NRA Home Firearms Safety class involves teaching people safe gun handling, including how to "unload and make safe" the major types of hand- and long guns.

    This, obviously, requires manipulating firearms.

    Therefore, one of the requirements to conduct the class is that you have a "safe direction", per Rule ...

    Woman sues former St. Clair County deputy, accusing him of sexual assault [More]
    I dunno -- something about this story just doesn't ring complete...

    [Via bondmen]

    Timing is Everything

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:01, Monday, 19 February

    They say the timing was insensitive after the deadly Florida school shootings. [More]
    When would they say it would be a good time...?

    Oh, never?

    So that's just a transparent lie?

    I'd be interested in seeing if those "moms" really "had no idea." Because if the raffle has been an annual tradition, it doesn't seem all that credible that they'd just show up and be "shocked... shocked." This seems more like a premeditated "fake news" stunt that CBS 13 Sacramento is glad to be a part of.

    [Via Rough and Ready]

    The Buck Stops Where?

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:35, Monday, 19 February

    Fire the FBI Chief [More]
    Some of us questioned hiring him in the first place.

    [Via Michael G]

    Do that and it takes you to their "Kids Dead: Send Money" blood-profiteering page.

    Just send them names.

    Brown's Mom

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:24, Monday, 19 February

    When Brown's mom, Candice Brown, president of the Boulder County 4-H adult advisory committee, learned that the 4-H-led Boulder County Shooting Sports Council was approved to host a tack show table exhibiting .22 caliber rifles and pistols as well as shotguns and archery equipment, she worried about the message the new display would send to youth. [More]
    Were Brown being threatened, one wonders what Brown's mom would be prepared to do about it.

    [Via cydl]

    Kind of Like Sanctuary Schools?

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:12, Monday, 19 February

    Because back in 2013, the Broward County School Board adopted a program where they don’t relay information to police about troubled students. [More]
    I have to admit to having reservations about always calling in police, who have been known to bring consequences of their own. In this case, however, a threat threshhold appears to have been reached.

    [Via Jackie Juntti]

    What do you have to do to get rid of the "old guard" again...? [More]

    Because nothing says "safe for general population immersion" like cutting your arms for a Snapchat video. [More]

    [Via Jess]

    Crazy Like a Fox

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:57, Monday, 19 February

    Former Mexican President Blames “Racist Trump” for School Shooting [More]
    Everyone understands you don't hold significant political or economic power in Mexico without cartel ties, right?

    [Via bondmen]

    From the Stupid Ideas Department

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:47, Monday, 19 February

    The rolling panels are capable of stopping an AK-47 or even a sniper rifle. [More]
    Did you mean to add "bullet"?

    "$2,200 apiece"...?

    And are they capable of stopping the maniac wielding the gun, or are we just making idiot noises and enabling blood profiteering?

    [Via bondmen

    Heading into trial, the case against Cichy appeared solid, given the other defendants’ admissions of guilt and the evidence, which also included cocaine confiscated from a drug dealer the men allegedly worked with and secretly taped audio recordings of discussions about the scheme... [More]
    Hey, maybe now they'll all get off.

    [Via bondmen

    Democrats Behaving Like Democrats

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:31, Monday, 19 February

    If they can't screw you they'll screw each other. [More]

    [Via bondmen]


    True to Form

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:27, Monday, 19 February

    If all the sudden you couldn't buy an AR-15, what would you lose? Would you feel your second amendment rights would be eroded? [More]
    Anyone surprised?

    Besides our "leaders"?

    As Simple as a Swab Test?

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:42, Monday, 19 February

    [More]Well I'm totally out of my depth on this one. I'm looking at the intrusiveness aspect, and aside from not seeing any clear fedgov authority to involve itself in this area, I'd think this would be something medical practice...


    by Mas in at 07:18, Monday, 19 February

    Here’s what Newt Gingrich has to say about preventing more atrocities like the recent one at the Florida high school:   Of course, certain elements of major media don’t want to hear anything that doesn’t fit their agenda: … Read more

    Brazil’s INA submachine gun reloaded – Part 1

    by Ronaldo Olive in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Monday, 19 February

    While still under the effect of the strong wake created by the flood of new, eye-catching  SHOT 2018 products, this old scribe was somehow motivated to once again write on older, lesser-known stuff. The chosen subject was the INA submachine gun. Very well known in Brazil due to decades of use by the local armed […]

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    Improvised Rifle-Mounted Autocannon Bullet Launcher (1)A YouTube channel called WarDoc has published a video where they show a rifle grenade launcher made in self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. This device is basically a tube attached to the muzzle of an AK-74 rifle. Instead of purpose made rifle grenades, it uses the projectiles of 23x152mmB autocannon rounds. As in the case of many […]


    Monday Metal

    by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 09:38, Monday, 19 February

    A Geek with Guns gives us even more music. Monday Metal: Unfold Legend by Operadyse

    I’m in the mood for something that sounds epic.

    Operadyse is a French Symphonic Power Metal band drawing heavily on fantasy for their lyrics. (Yes the lyrics are in English.) It consists of Franck Garcia (Vocals), Gianni Nardonne (Keyboards), Damien Marco (Guitars), Stéphane Lambert (Guitars), Laurent Maurel (Drums), and Franck Hermanny (Bass).

    Kevin has a good article that I think is spot on:

    I’ve been arguing gun rights online for almost 20 years now, long before there was such a thing as a gunblog, and in that time, I’ve managed to convince absolutely no one that disarming the law-abiding will somehow affect criminal behavior.

    However, I’ve also seen friends who were anti-gun get into guns because of their experience at a range: Shooting guns is fun, and once we get people to try it, we usually win.

    I think what we’ve been seeing this past year are the consequences of the destruction of civil society. Recently, a friend posted a picture on social media of a tween sleepover where every single kid had their nose buried in their smartphones. I can remember when I was a kid having friends sleep over, and we’d spend serious effort trying to side tune the Playboy channel. You remember doing that? Adjust the tuning just righ...


    Cows are calving…

    by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 05:34, Monday, 19 February

    I set up the game camera next to a well-used cattle trail last week. Turned out to be a mistake in terms of wildlife, but I got hundreds of pictures of cattle placidly strolling back and forth.

    Including these from yesterday…

    1651:021718:54F:0000:TUAK1   :1E[140:0076]G[008:0x0006]
    1651:021718:54F:0000:TUAK1   :1E[140:0076]G[008:0x0006]
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    Mental Health

    by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Monday, 19 February

    When Newtown happened my State representatives were all about gun control.  They actually responded back then, when written to.  Or someone in their office.  They don't respond anymore.  I guess I am filed away by the "this guy is a crank" filter.  Though I didn't present as a crank.

    In my correspondence then I suggest concentrating on mental health would be more effective than yet more firearms restrictions on people that don't commit the atrocities.  I noted it's a harder problem to solve, but that's why they are elected to be leaders on.

    My entreaties then fell on deaf ears.

    I am glad we are hear noises about mental health issues from other quarters tod...

    Today’s New Additions: 2/19/2018

    by USCitizen in Traction Control at 09:47, Sunday, 18 February



    Browning 1911-380 Black Label Pro Medallion Stainless Full Size Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol, 380 ACP, 4.25″ Stainless Steel Barrel Block, Target Crown, Matte Black Finish Frame, Matte Stainless Steel Slide, Satin Curves, Brush Polished Flats, Super Rosewood Laminate Grips, Two 8 Round Magazines, Extended Slide Release, Beavertail Grip Safety, Skeletonized Hammer, Fixed Steel 3-Dot Combat Sights



    Calling Good Evil and Evil Good

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:50, Monday, 19 February

    When it comes to the gun control debate, there is little sunlight between the most ardent Marxist and politically liberal “Christians”... [More]
    The quotation marks are appropriate. They're either intentional deceivers or useful idiots.

    [Via Michael G]

    Ros-Lehtinen decried that the growth of the GOP “seems to be very limited in a specific group.” But, she noted, “the demographics of our great country is changing greatly.” [More]
    And whose fault is that?

    So the answer is to embrace the disarmament agenda?

    It doesn't surprise me to see NewsMax hosting such surrender sentiment.

    Grassroots or Astroturf?

    by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:31, Monday, 19 February

    A prominent Republican political donor demanded on Saturday that the party pass legislation to restrict access to guns, and vowed not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style firearms to civilians. [More]
    Turn into Democrats or you're going to take your checkbook and go home?

    Bye. And take your Bush wing with you.

    Plenty more examples exist to refute the reassurances that no wider disarmament goals exist. [More]
    No one is talking about taking away your guns? That's exactly what they're talking about -- and trying to do.

    Swiss Prototype von Steiger Auto-Ejecting Revolvers

    by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 05:27, Monday, 19 February

    In the 1870s, Switzerland was looking for a new military revolver, and they were particularly interested in finding a system which would allow faster reloading than the standard loading gate and manual ejection rod. A military veteran and gunsmith by the name of von Steiger in Thun submitted a design which automatically ejected an empty case each time the gun was fired. This did dramatically increase the rate of fire (one Swiss officer in the trials managed 10 rounds in 20 seconds), but at the price of complexity and durability.

    The first series of von Steiger revolvers were in 9mm, followed a few years later by a redesign to the 10.4mm cartridge which would ultimately be adopted in 1878. We have six examples to look at today, form prototype #2 through one of the trials pistols in 10.4mm. Ultimately the Abadie system was chosen in favor of von Steiger’s guns. Abadie’s gun was not as fast as von Steiger’s to reload, but it was still faster than the traditional system and did not ...

    PSA: Short Run of Peterson Match Grade Brass Out of Spec

    by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 05:00, Monday, 19 February

    Peterson Match Grade BrassPeterson Cartridge Company is a manufacturer of brass casings for handloaders that are primarily designed for and used by long-distance shooters. Although they are a smaller company based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania they produce a very healthy amount of Peterson Match Grade Brass for consumers. It was brought to their attention by a customer recently […]

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    POTD: NSSF SHOT Show Infographic for 2018

    by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 04:00, Monday, 19 February

    SHOT Show InfographicIf you have ever attended SHOT Show recently you know that you better put on your walking shoes. It is huge! Just how huge?… Like, the size of the New Orleans Saints’ Superdome huge! The title sponsor for SHOT Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), compiled an impressive list of statistics in an all-encompassing […]

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    10 Reasons Why Vz. 58 is NOT an AK

    by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 04:00, Monday, 19 February

    No, Vz. 58 is not an AK version. The recently released video by Kalashnikov Media was just a good additional source to start talking about this topic. This rifle is so many times confused with the AK, that even Kalashnikov Media dedicated a separate video in their video series called “Kalashnikov: Around the World” to tell the […]

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