Friday, 23 March


Ballistic gel tests

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 17:05, Friday, 23 March

I received an email from Brandon B. of Ammunition To Go about a bunch of ballistic gel tests they recently completed. Nearly 100 different handgun loads were tested. See Self Defense Ammunition Ballistic Test for the overview. There are links there to the individual tests but here are the shortcuts to each of the calibers tested:

There were some interesting results in there. I have a proba...

Landlady likes my rosemary bread. She’s hosting a little get-together tomorrow and asked me to bake some. Glad I didn’t wait till tomorrow.

Rosemary is one of the very few non-native plants I’ve seen do well here. A hard winter will kill it, but the past few winters have been very mild so this patch is doing fine. Of course it’s all hard and woody, because we’re just coming out of winter. For baking you really want nice tender fragrant new leaves. So all in all not a great time for rosemary bread. Also, this reminds me that the whole patch needs a good trim to encourage new growth. So while I had the anti-cow wire open I went ahead and did that.


The F*&%book Nightmare- Where Does It End?

by Conn Williamson in Liberty Park Press at 19:34, Friday, 23 March


Reporting LIVE from JAIL - Yes, that's right, it's me, Abby Normal the Lab and I'm in jail.  I think someone should call the Law Offices of Von Schnitzel, Ketchum and Dedum about this egregious mistake.

It all started a few hours ago. Life had been good. It's been 4 years since Mom adopted me as from the Lab Rescue place after my previous family dumped me really sick at a high kill shelter. I loved my new home even if it was in Chiberia and I have a really comfy bed and lots to eat.  Mom's friends that loved Barkley love me know too (Mrs. Og, who comes over to our house to visit, calls me Princess Wondercoat). I work hard at keeping the Evil Squirrel Cartel away from Mom...

porn hub logoIt has been a busy couple of days for the guys at InRange TV. Their decision to open an account on the porn site PornHub has seen them go not just viral but global. The decision to set up an account on the NSFW equivalent of YouTube has garnered attention from news agencies across the […]

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Worst AK Variants – Pakistan and Afghanistan

by Vladimir Onokoy in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Friday, 23 March

What does an average person know about the Pakistani weapons and the military-industrial complex? Nothing. Ordinary people are not interested in this kind of weird stuff. OK, so what does an average gun enthusiast know about Pakistani weapons? Probably not much either. What usually comes to mind is grumpy bearded guys wearing funny hats, who […]

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It's Friday, once again,

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 19:30, Friday, 23 March

and after a busy day it's time to relax and get on with your studies

A Bump Stock Ban BATFE Haz

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 19:11, Friday, 23 March

Completely unsurprising to anyone who has been following the process, ATF has essentially ruled that the distinction between the currently available bump stocks and the Akins Accelerator is one without a distinction, and that they were wrong when they classified Bump Stocks as not machine guns. Essentially ATF ruled the shelf where you rest your finger is the difference, since it allows the recoil of the rifle to successfully actuate the trigger as it’s pulled into the finger.

Does this mean a belt loop is a machine gun? Probably better not to ask that question. There are a lot of things we do that are honestly better off flying under the radar. Bump firing was one of them, but that asshole in Vegas brought the issue front and center. Home built firearms are another. You don’t have to spend much time in politics, or on social media, to realize the people are extremely irrational about guns and weapons in general. Libertarians are often too clever by half. We want to outsmart the system. But the system doesn’t car...


They have announced a new set of rules for their merchants, prohibiting them from selling guns to 18-21 year olds, selling high capacity magazines and generally doing the bidding of Bloomberg.  Time to cancel your Citibank card.  This hurts because I have had one since 1977.  I understand they are getting a lot of cancelation calls for this reason.   Are there any Mastercard relationships that NRA still has?   Also,  Citibank is violating Georgia law with this one.

Church Diversity?

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 13:00, Friday, 23 March

A good article, at PJMedia, on church diversity.  Is the poll that they cited asking the right questions?

Diversity has become quite the buzzword. It's even captured the imagination of the vast majority of Protestant pastors. According to a new survey conducted by Lifeway Research, "93 percent of pastors—including 80 percent who strongly agree—say every church should strive to achieve racial diversity." The same survey reveals that diversity in this country's Protestant churches is, indeed, growing.
That's good, I guess.  But diversity is not what I am looking for in church.  Let me explain.

I look for two things in a church.  1) A pastor that preaches the absolute truth and authority of the Holy Bible, and 2) the salvation of Jesus Christ.  Those are the only two things that matter, and those are the things that pastors should preach.

Having said that, I believe that congregations should be welcoming, should make everyone feel comfortable and at home.  The example and teachings of Jesus say that sa...

The internet of things

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:52, Friday, 23 March

So, YouTube/Google banned instructional gun video uploads. So, InRange TV is uploading their stuff to PornHub. Heh.

The party of smaller government

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:39, Friday, 23 March

Republicans passed a $100+ trillion dollar spending bill. The president signed it. The bill funds gun control.

How’s that repealing Obamacare, National Reciprocity, HPA, and other stuff coming since the Rs have both houses and the white house? Oh, right. I guess Trump is part o...

Gun Porn

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:16, Friday, 23 March

The Stoner 86/ ARES LMG-1 unfortunately never received much fanfare in the time that it was produced. Originally intended as Eugene Stoner’s concept idea for the SAW trials in what would later become the FN Herstal M249, it never reached full production potential. Truly a shame considering the well thought out features of the weapon […]

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: The High Price Of Night Vision GearGood evening everyone. Thanks for coming back to TFB’s Friday Night Lights Series. A common theme among first-time buyers of high-end night vision gear always seems to revolve around price. Specifically, why is everything so expensive? We touched on this briefly last year in my interview with Todd Huey of Lone Star Boars and what […]

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How AK Parts Kits are Made in WBP Rogow of Poland (Video) (3)Polish WBP Rogow has published a video showing how AKMS rifles are disassembled into parts kits in their factory. They completely disassemble the rifles including the removal of barrel and trunnions. Let’s watch the video first then take a closer look at different processes. As you can see in the video the whole process starts with field stripping […]


Bump-fire Banned

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 16:23, Friday, 23 March

Let me drop this here before the sun sets.

Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period. We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.

— Donald J. Trump, 1:50 PM – 23 Mar 20181:50 PM – 23 Mar 2018

In case you’ve forgotten how stupid (and contrary to physical reality) this is.

And yes; The Zelman Partisans opposes this. Accepting this is in no way a compromise. We did not get reciprocal carry. We did get a dangerous Fix NICS. And this isn’t a merely bump-fire ban; it’s effectively a ban on semiautomatic firearms (and if you think Feinstein, Schumer et al aren’t aware of that, you weren’t paying attention): parts is parts.

I’ll try to dig up the official commenting URL tomorrow night.

Added: I’ve got 10 minutes…...

Texas Has Been Arming Teachers Since 2007

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:06, Friday, 23 March

So far, not once have any of the armed staff needed to draw a weapon. This Texas school began arming teachers with guns in 2007 | KTSM

Texas Association of School Boards spokesperson Barbara Williams said at least 172 Texas districts have adopted the Guardian Plan. Because no state agency has responsibility for the plan, local school boards set training standards and decide who is approved to carry concealed handguns on school property.

The idea of local control is anathema to the big state proponents. The schools decides who it will train and allow to carry firearms.

As you can guess, the program is mostly used in more remote schools. And the program is anonymous; only a select few administrators know who is carrying a weapon.

Eliminating gun-free zones seems to be a good idea.

There are well established ways to stop a vehicle. Why aren’t we using them? Travis AFB explosion: New details in possible attempted attack at Travis Air Force Base in California – CBS News

A car loaded with propane tanks ran through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in northern California on Wednesday night. Military personnel ran up to the burning car that exploded in flame after breaching the security gates.

This is beyond stupid in this era of terror attacks. Every base should be secure.

The main gate at Travis was closed for 12 hours after the incident and officials say there is no known threat to the base or the community.

I would say it’s the unknown threats that they need to consider.

This Complete Lack of Online Data Security is Getting Old

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 13:59, Friday, 23 March



This is a British series,  but so far,  every episode I have seen is about an American plane.

I’m from Detroit. If I’d ever been presented with a couple of hay hooks I’d have presumed they were a sort of weapon.

I knew from the moment my feet hit the floor it was going to be a busy day. The weekend promises to be intensively social, which means I have a lot of prepping to do. Bake rosemary bread. Clean the whole Lair. Take an actual bath. In addition to the usual daily chores and by my standards, a busy day.

Then the phone rang. D&L were returning 22 bales of hay to the local feed store. I don’t know – I guess it’s defective. The horses don’t like it.

Okay – I got the call just as I came in from morning chicken chores, which meant I grabbed my hat and gloves, patted LB on the head and bolted out the door. We loaded the hay on their flatbed, drove to town, unloaded it, loaded 22 bales of new and improved hay (and 2 bales of straw...

What a treasure that man is.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 10:00, Friday, 23 March

Iowahawk: Homeless Junkie Killed Jumping In Front of Robot Car Carrying Trans Armed Robber is the most 2018 story ever

I’m never coming out of the desert again. Never ever ever. And if I ever see a driverless car out here, sweartagod that’s the day the world will witness the firepower of this armed and operational cedar rat…

ETA: Huh. Well, the Twitter link I had early this morning doesn’t work now and I’m not enough of a Twit to know how to get it back. But take my word. he’s funny.

Mom - I need more squeaky toys.  You leave, you're gone for days and you come home all tired out, without any squeaky toys.

I remember that day, my fiance (now husband)  was visiting me in Indiana and we had a few errands that needed to be run before our Fall wedding.

First a stop at the BigBox store for some cleaning stuff ("hey look - the WalMart Brand of foaming bathroom cleaner with "Scrubbing Bubba") and a trip to the UPS store to pick up all my mail.

Then off to PetsMart.  We'd not been to one before.  He had another groomer that was co-located with his doggie daycare, and most of the time when I needed something, I'd ord...

Calexit - The Anthology

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 10:31, Sunday, 29 October

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I'm going out to visit my Dad for a week or so later in the month while Partner finishes some pre-winter renovations on the house and stays close to home as his grandma is not doing well. I'd wait, but I can't say Dad's health, at almost 98 will wait, so it's best I get on out there.

The book should be out when I return. I was very honored to be part of this and we had a great time working on it. Thank you, Jim Curtis (Old NFO), for putting it all together.  I've known Jim some 25+ years, from when I first flew him in a Sherpa to the city where he was based...

With the only voices from young people given media exposure being those demanding that government abridge liberty, you and your children might be in a position to help show that some still believe in the vision of the Founders. [More]
On the other hand, it can show us how much ideological suppression those who swore an oath to the Constitution are willing to impose.

Rocks in His Head

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:47, Friday, 23 March

Students will be armed with rocks in case of school shooting, superintendent says [More]
Which explains why cavemen control so much territory these days no doubt...

[Via cydl]

Cop sucked suicidal man's toes and sexually assaulted him at hospital, Chicago police say [More]
And it looks like in this case, it was from toe to head.

[Via Neil W]

Bluntforce Mk 2 Stiletto Pistol Bayonet

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Friday, 23 March

Bluntforce Mk 2 Stiletto Pistol Bayonet (3)No, today is not the April 1 and this thing is not a joke but a real product manufactured and sold by a Canadian company called Bluntforce. If you are into accessories like the pump action bayonet that we saw at SHOT Show 2018, then Bluntforce Mk 2 Stiletto pistol bayonet must be the ultimate accessory for […]

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[IWA 2018] Zahal x Fab Defense MOJO Grip

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Friday, 23 March

I saw a photo floating around social media just after SHOT Show last January of a magwell accessory that has interchangeable face plates. Somewhat akin to the Sharps Bros lower receiver concept of 3D sculpted mag well this mag well grip has skulls, helmets and other pieces of flair to help personalize your AR-15. Well […]

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Brigid has reopened her old blog!

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 10:31, Friday, 23 March

Guest blogger Brigid has reopened her old blog for business again.  I've loved having her post here, and hopefully she will come back every now and then to grace us with more of her bloody goodness, but you can get your regular dose at Home On The Range.

So Does 3 People Shot Count as a Mass-shooting?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:59, Friday, 23 March

Or does it only count if it happens in the US? I can never remember what the rules are. Three killed in France in shooting, supermarket hostage-taking

French President Emmanuel Macron said the incident appeared to be a terrorist attack and security forces were securing the area.

The first clue was that he was screaming God is Great in Arabic. So you figure it out. (I wonder what other evidence that it is terror Macron is waiting for?)

The gun laws in France make the whole country basically a defenseless victim zone, so a gunman (here’s a hint, I doubt he had a license for that weapon) has clear fields of fire until the cops show up. And when seconds count, police are minutes away.

Gun Guy Movie Review: Death Wish

by Andrew Tuohy in Gun RSS Feed - Omaha Outdoors at 12:00, Friday, 23 March

Gun Guy Movie Review: Death Wish

It seems Hollywood can’t get enough of remakes and long-delayed sequels these days. While some have come very close to ruining cherished childhood memories, a select few haven’t been entirely terrible. The latest classic film...

It’s pretty clear the world is going to keep trending towards ‘smart’ everything. Smartphones, smartwatches, smart homes, and now apparently smart scopes. Steiner isn’t the first to bui...


We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. It used to be that smoking was a glamour symbol—cool, sexy, macho. Now it is dirty, deadly—and banned.

Mark Rosenberg
Director for CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
October 16, 1994
New Tactics Urged in Fight Against Crime
[Tell me why this shouldn’t be treated as a confession of guilt in a violation of 18 USC 241 and/or 18 USC 242.

In more recent news connected to this see What Does The Omnibus Spending Bill Mean for Gun Control? Background Checks and CDC Studies where congress gave the anti-gun people some of what they wanted and didn’t even give gun owners a breadcrumb.—Joe]

BRUTAL CARTOON Illustrates Democrats Mass Shooting Playbook

by Lilly Trevelyan in Liberty Park Press at 05:58, Friday, 23 March

Truth is you could eliminate a lot of gun violence just by keeping guns out of the hands of Democrats

Study: Murder Concentrated in a Few Parts of The USA [Map] — by Calvin Frieburger

As reported in The Federalist Papers,

Whenever something as horrific as a mass shooting takes place, people have an understandable tendency to let it grow in their minds into a fear of an ever-present dange...

House of Assassins Cover Reveal

by correia45 in Monster Hunter Nation at 08:18, Friday, 23 March

House of Assassins is the sequel to Son of the Black Sword.  Cover by Kurt Miller.

Act Like Republicans

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 08:00, Friday, 23 March

The Congress is controlled by Republicans, but you wouldn't know it from the numbers in tn the spending bill. 

You can also expect Republicans and President Trump to spin this as a “huge” victory for their team. After all, isn't it a sign that they can govern? Sure, if you tolerate massive deficit spending, being irresponsible and pushing all that liability down the throat of future generations. I don’t, because I actually care about the well-being of my kids and grandkids….
We didn't send Republicans to Congress to increase the debt, or engage in deficit spending.  We expect Republicans to control spending, set priorities and make tough choices to balance the budget.  That is what families have to do,  Money is a finite resource, and we expect that Congress will live within their means.  Otherwise, we're just Democrat-lite.

From what I'm reading today, this spending bill is a stinker.  Go back to the drawing board, and get it right.

Oh, By The Way...

by D.W. Drang in The Clue Meter at 06:23, Friday, 23 March

...Brigid has made Home On The Range public again!

Go, read some of the most profound writing in the Blogosphere, laugh at doggie stories, steal some recipes...

I'll Survive It

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:51, Friday, 23 March

Unhappy today over lack of border wall funds, Trump threatens veto and government shutdown [More]
Do it.

And get rid of the "gun control" while you're at it.

Survey SAYS...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:47, Friday, 23 March

AP-NORC Poll: Support soars for stricter gun control laws [More]
I wonder what a survey to establish what respondents actually understand about the issue would reveal.

Not really.


That's the Spirit

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:42, Friday, 23 March

Spirit Airlines apologizes to Parkland survivor for flight attendant’s gun control speech [More]
Good. Now fire her.

What got me was this:
The flight attendant “made everyone clap”...
I doubt it was "everyone," but I do find it disappointing that no one loudly told her to go **** herself.

That would have been worth clapping for.

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A Fair Question

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:37, Friday, 23 March

Whose Side Is the NRA Really On? [More]
I just became aware of this write-up from five years ago.

Cover Story

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:30, Friday, 23 March

The students-turned-activists who survived a mass shooting at their Florida high school last month are featured on the glossy cover of Time magazine. [More]
No surprise there.
The cover was revealed two days before the students and their allies rally in Washington for the March for Our Lives, a demonstration organized by ... the gun control organization Everytown for Gun Safety.
And supported by these guys and these guys...


A Viable Alternative?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:08, Friday, 23 March

I've just been told about Full30 as an alternative to YouTube for gun videos. [More]

A couple things:

I tried embedding a video in Blogger and their embed code results in a player with several (and I mean a lot) inches of black space above and below, and I see nothing in the html I can remove to fix that (bearing in mind my capabilities in that regard are really limited.)

Also, one of the big issues destroying YouTubers is no longer being allowed to monetize their videos, effectively shutting them down by impoverishing them.  I didn't see anything about that through a quick scan of the Full30 t's & c's.

If you have knowledge about either of these concerns, please educate me in "Comments."

[Via ...

Help is There if You Need It

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:51, Friday, 23 March

Students can call the SAF toll-free hotline to obtain information about legal help and report violations of their First Amendment rights,” he added. “The foundation is prepared to take legal action if necessary.” [More]
Here's your first case, guys.

[Via Felix B...
Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Raymond Tensing, who killed an unarmed black motorist during an off-campus traffic stop, has received a settlement from UC worth almost $350,000... [More]
Now be fair -- the guy "was driving a car without a front license plate."

[Via Jess]

Paradise Lost

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:15, Friday, 23 March

[More]You're not getting it back, guys . That ship has sailed.

Yeah, yeah, I know, "...
'EUROPE WILL BE MUSLIM,' SAYS TURKISH LEADER - 'There is no remedy for it' [More]
I can think of one.

Things must be pretty bad when an atheist is ruing the "demise" of Christianity.

Casting the First Stone

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:22, Friday, 23 March

Scorch back. Ask Chris Evans about former celebrity bodyguard Leonard Taylor claiming that he used to buy him cocaine.

Lame Face-Saving Attempt

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:58, Friday, 23 March

Dick's Sporting Goods Is Tumbling – But Don't Blame Its New Policy on Guns ... Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has vowed to limits sales of guns. Its problem, however, is poor sales of everything else. [More]
What, the writer thinks the only things we buy are guns? Guess who I'm not buying anything else they sell from.

Oh, "By Bloomberg"...

Semiauto Portuguese AR-10 on a Sendra Receiver

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Friday, 23 March

So, you would like to get an original AR-10 rifle to shoot? Well, the original Armalite AR10 rifles were almost all manufactured by Artillerie-Inrichtingen in the Netherlands, and they were virtually all machine guns. They were made circa 1960-1961, and only a few contracts were made – Cuba, Guatelmala, Suban, and most notably, Portugal. The Portuguese really liked the AR10 and were planning to adopt it for their whole military, but international pressure for their activity in Angola led to the Netherlands cutting off arms sales, and Portugal only had enough AR10 rifles for its airborne units.

After many years of hard use, these were ultimately replaced by newer weapons, and the surplus guns were found by American importers. In the 1980s, these came into the US as parts kits, which led to a hunt for compatible lower receivers on which to build them. Several small companies made receivers of varying quality before Jerry Drasen and the Sendra company (note the anagram) invested the money to p...

some m855The first photographs of the tungsten carbide cores for the US Army’s new XM1158 round have surfaced. The Army’s 7.62x51mm XM1158 Advanced Armor Piercing (ADVAP) round featured in the US Army’s Manufacturing Technology program 2018 Fiscal Year Update as one of their successful programs. The XM1158 round is said to provide improved performance against barriers and armour likely […]

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New Limited Edition Aimpoint Micro H-2 Orange

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Friday, 23 March

We just reported about the Limited Edition Flat Dark Earth Aimpoint T-2. It was sold out almost immediately. Collectors and lovers of Orange better beware now, because there’s a new limited edition of the H-2 Micro introduced at IWA. As you can see it is bright Ceracote orange and will stand out on any rifle. […]

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by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 08:05, Friday, 23 March

Mayors want to pass gun safety laws, but the NRA and our state legislatures won’t let us
Nearly everywhere gun violence can happen, local leaders are blocked from taking action to help prevent it, And as recently highlighted by the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, the consequences of defying the state can be grave.

Oh dear. Our brave mayors can’t protect us because state preemption laws tie their hands. Sounds terrible, eh?

As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now for the rest of the story.”

Some 64% of murders have prior felony convictions, typically for prior violent crimes. That means that –under existing, enforceable — laws, they are prohibited persons unable to lawfully possess firearms. Yet somehow they are free to walk the streets and kill.

Some 88% of firearms used to commit crimes — including murder — are stolen. Theft of a firearm is a felony under existing, enforceable — laws. P...


by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 07:56, Friday, 23 March

For students, not government:

BACKFIRE: Broward County Implements ‘Solution’ For School Violence And Students Are Not Happy
Great. Because clear backpacks are gonna fix everything. I appreciate the attempt, but I’d rather have common since gun laws than a clear backpack.

#NeverAgain #EnoughIsEnough
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) March 21, 2018

The hell with transparent backpacks. I want to see high school girls forced to wear transparent bras and blouses so they can’t hide weapons.

Not really, of course. But apparently it is going to take more than backpacks for these little immature whiners to see the irony of demanding firearms bans on honest folks with the inevitable “transparency” of searches t...

In the Tank

by Tam in View From The Porch at 07:43, Friday, 23 March

The morning news, both local and national, was full of coverage of the planned Children's Crusade tomorrow.

Reporters were interviewing children, apparently exempt from school on a weekday, boarding planes for the flight to DC. No doubt they had purchased their airline tickets with their newspaper route and babysitting earnings.

Earlier this year these same fawning reporters had been making fun of these same wide-eyed naifs for eating laundry detergent.

I won't be able to watch the festivities on the tube tomorrow because I'm going to out on the range, apparently in the snow, learning how to run a pistol better from John Murphy of FPF Training.

It's Back!

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:51, Friday, 23 March

Brigid has turned the lights back on at Home on the Range
Go read!

I wish I could remember who wrote it, but someone quipped "Is it just me, or does it feel like we're in the 'Factors leading to...' part of the history lecture, before the map breaks out in flags and arrows?"
— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) March 23, 2018

Departure From Controlled Flight

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:01, Friday, 23 March

So, the stock market pretty much shit the bed yesterday. Global markets are doing likewise, because investors love them some trade war rumors.

Well, it's not like this part was unforeseen. Protectionism was baked into the core of the Trump platform, inasmuch as you can call an inchoate middle finger a "platform". We're gonna bring back all them jobs and you'll be able to buy $49 cell phones, $19 blue jeans, and 99 cent shower shoes made with good American union labor craftsmanship like your grandparents did. You can pay for them in the soybeans you can't sell in China anymore.

Yeah, this is hyperbole an...

The dog that had nine lives

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:03, Friday, 23 March

OK, he really only had 5 lives but he was a World War II combat veteran and hero.

Václav Bozděch was a Czech air gunner who left Czechoslovakia when the war began, making his way to Britain where he joined the RAF.  He was in France in 1940 during the "Phony War" of late 1939 and early 1940.  On one mission his two seater bomber went down in no man's land, which is where our story begins.  He and his pilot sought refuge in an abandoned farmhouse where they found a German Shepherd puppy.  He was dehydrated and starving, and so they gave him water and some chocolate to eat.

If their plane hadn't gone down, the puppy surely would have died.  Let's score that as life #1 of the nine 5 lives.

After resting, the two airmen decided they had to make a break for their lines.  They left and shut the puppy in (so it wouldn't follow them) but the puppy started crying, and attracted the attention of a German patrol.  The two decided that one would have to go back and kill the puppy to shut it up.  Bozděch picked up a rock on his way back to the farmhouse but found himsel...

Like a psychopath

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 06:16, Friday, 23 March

High-level academics...

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 07:44, Friday, 23 March

A philosophy professor at Siena College says that she left the committee on civil discourse because the thought of working with some conservative students was “making me miserable.” 

In an email obtained by Campus Reform, professor Jennifer McErlean strongly condemned the conservative students on her campus, voicing her desire to protest the upcoming “Let Freedom Ring” conference that is slated to feature several prominent political figures including investigative journalist James O’Keefe, lobbyist Roger Stone, and others.
"These students are guilty of BadThink, and I can't stand it!"  Wonder what kind of crap she's been putting her students through?

The Stupid(aka Backstabber) Party strikes again.
Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the sam...

Texas Has Been Arming Teachers Since 2007

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:29, Friday, 23 March

So far, not once have any of the armed staff needed to draw a weapon. This Texas school began arming teachers with guns in 2007 | KTSM

Texas Association of School Boards spokesperson Barbara Williams said at least 172 Texas districts have adopted the Guardian Plan. Because no state agency has responsibility for the plan, local school boards set training standards and decide who is approved to carry concealed handguns on school property.

The idea of local control is anathema to the big state proponents. The schools decides who it will train and allow to carry firearms.

As you can guess, the program is mostly used in more remote schools. And the program is anonymous; only a select few administrators know who is carrying a weapon.

Eliminating gun-free zones seems to be a good idea.

Meanwhile in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:24, Friday, 23 March

Hyper-inflation is running wild, because people no longer believe in the currency of the government. Venezuela knocks three zeros off ailing currency amid hyperinflation

So they’ve decided that the way to fix all of their problems, is to officially devalue all of the currency in circulation, by dividing everything by 1000.

The move illustrates the collapse of the bolivar, which has fallen 99.99 percent against the U.S. dollar on the black market since Maduro came to power in April 2013. A $100 purchase of bolivars then would now be worth just a single U.S. cent.

The official exchange rate hasn’t changed, so it is just a convenient accounting move. But it won’t fix the fact that the country – under its august Socialist leadership – is imploding.

French Rail Workers Don’t Want to Give Up Jobs for Life

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:16, Friday, 23 March

Or the guaranteed annual pay raises. Who would? Just one problem, the French National Railroad is in financial trouble Unions flood streets of Paris in stand against Macron reforms

Civil servants want better pay and oppose the planned loss of 120,000 jobs by 2022, while employees of the heavily-indebted state-run SNCF rail company are fighting government plans to scrap job-for-life guarantees and automatic annual pay rises.

Of course they want those benefits. And who cares if the railroad on the nation can afford them. Oh, and they don’t want cutbacks in the face of economic trouble they want the .gov to hire more civil servants. Because socialism. (Someone should direct their attention to the examples of Detroit and Chicago and the questions of bankruptcy.)

So how do they want to get these demands met. Strikes. Air France will be impacted on Friday. And the trains in France. File that under “How to win friends and influence people.”

It must be nice to live in a world where you don’t have t...

One of the more interesting booths at SHOT 2018, albeit one of the more confusing ones, was the Archon Firearms booth. At first, we didn’t recognize the name, but then we realized it was the company formerly known as Arsenal Firearms. Due to the potential for confusion with another company using the Arsenal name, Archon was born. Their innovative Strike One pistol has been discontinued, which made us sad, but replaced with something they claim is better, which makes us happy.

That better something is the Type B pistol. It retains the “AF Speedlock” design that gave the Strike One such a low bore axis, a design feature Archon says contributes to easier control over the firearm during recoil and more rounds on target when shooting rapidly is required. While the merits of a low bore axis are often debated, it’s hard to argue with the low recoil of the...

Reddit Bans Gun Subreddits

by Travis Pike in Gun RSS Feed - Omaha Outdoors at 06:00, Friday, 23 March

Following the path of the glorious leader, YouTube, Reddit has wandered into the gun control debate. Anyone who’s browsed Reddit knows most of the users tend to lean left, but the population of Reddit is incredibly diverse. There are tons of gun subreddits dedicated to a variety of diff...

If You Could Collect Insurance Money …

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 08:50, Friday, 23 March

… for running your company into the ground, like you can for grease fires in restaurants, I’d be looking at the CEO of Dick’s really close if I were the underwriter. And yet, I’m sure there are still people out there who will shop at, even buy ammunition at Dick’s. You now have your answer: Dick’s wasn’t pressured. They caved because their CEO supports gun control. Stop shopping there. Seriously. Stop.


Karma, kids. Do you speak it?

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 05:48, Friday, 23 March

“When we demanded totalitarianism, we meant for OTHER people! WAH!”


CAUTION: The link below opens with a picture of David Hogg’s face, in case you’ve grown as weary of looking at it as other rational people have. Sheesh, talk about a 15-minute celebrity who’s gone past his use-by date…

BACKFIRE: Broward County Implements ‘Solution’ For School Violence And Students Are Not Happy

On Wednesday, the superintendent of the Democrat-heavy Broward County Public Schools announced a new policy aimed at reducing school violence — and the students are not happy.

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, a proponent of radical left-wing gun control measures, announced that students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will only be allowed to bring clear backpacks to school after spring break and will be...


63 rounds, Winchester, no failures. 

I was right.  I was onto something last time.  The groups were fast and tightened up.  See.  Two flyers, two flinchies, all called.  The rest were pretty good

I may be onto something here.  I need to do some more testing, but this is exciting.  25 feet.

"Well?  What did you do this time to get this.  Especially that middle target."

Surprisingly little except for one wrinkle.  I couldn't tell you where my trigger finger placement was this time.&n...

My novella -- "Freedom's Ride" -- is in 

Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love. 
For whatever reason Fox News denies access to links from Blogger, so you'll need to copy and paste the url into your browser:

A SUSPECTED ISIS gunman shot at cops and killed a butcher before taking eight hostages at a French supermarket today, reports claim. [More]

Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 23, 2018

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 03:55, Friday, 23 March


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

Ballistic Eye Protection What You Need To Know

Some of the science behind eye protection.



Be Prepared...

240 servicing at AnnistonThe US Army Materiel Command has shared an interesting behind the scenes video filmed at the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama. Ever wonder what happens to the US Army’s tired small arms? All the M4s, M240s and M2 Heavy Machine Guns which have seen decades of service? Well many of them pass through Anniston Army […]


UARM Ukrainian Armor Testing (DON'T Try This at Home) (4)A Ukrainian company called UARM is specialized in body armor manufacturing. They have recently published quite a controversial video where they demonstrate the performance of their armor in the most unsafe manner one can imagine. The director of the company wears a plate carrier with one of their armor plates inside it and another employee shoots him with […]


I first shot the Springfield Armory 911 during a Las Vegas Desert Duel writer event back in November and knew right away I wanted to own one. This is quite unusual for me, since I often find pocket guns snappy and a 1911 for concealed carry isn’t my cup of tea … until now.


Gear Up is sponsored by Springfield Armory 

The smooth low profile frame of the 911 .380 ACP pistol meas...

A ramble through the woods, a stroll across a mountain meadow, or a strenuous alpine hike with the reward of a breathtaking vista – it all sounds idyllic until something goes wrong. As a former search and rescue volunteer and EMT, I’ve participated in too many wilderness searches that could have been avoided with a few precautions, a little know-how, and the right gear. Trust me – if golf is “a good walk spoiled,” so is a search for a missing hiker! If you’re planning to explore hiking trails in your region this fall and winter, know what is needed to have a fantastic outdoor experience (and make it home in time for dinner).


Safety Precautions

Before setting out on any wilderness hi...

By Nathan Barton

In the old days in England, people had to put up with “highwaymen” – armed robbers who would come upon unsuspecting travelers (on foot, horseback, in carts or stages) and order them to “stand and deliver.” Often these were ex-soldiers (or even officers or nobles) on the wrong side of the latest civil war or out of favor in court.

In medieval Europe,  you had “robber barons” who had castles that controlled key transportation chokepoints (bottlenecks).  Gorges on rivers, fords across rivers, good landings, mountain passes, or even gates in walls. Holding their lands in fief from higher nobles or the local king (or emperor), these nobles would charge “tolls” or “import and export duties.”  And often with suitable pretext (wrong religion, wrong loyalties (and gang colors), wrong expression on the travelers’ face) just steal everything the traveler had.  Sometimes including their lives.

In the 1870s, there were robbers along the trails connecting the Black Hills of Dakota and Wyoming with the UP Railroad in Nebraska and Wyoming.  The robbers are best known for holding up stag...


I've been under the impression that the Reagan Administration de-funded institutional health care for Americans with mental illness.  In fact, I understood that he closed down federal support for programs and hospitals which treated the mentally ill, and this lack of support might be the genesis of the recent wave of untreated mentally ill who have gone on to become mass murderers.

After an evening spent exploring this hypothesis online, I'm less certain than I was that it was 'all his fault". 

There are a variety of online resources which address this issue, and there are so many that it's nearly impossible to understand the situation in the 1980's which ... one way or the other ... may have contributed to mass murders today.

One online resource asserts that the defunding of mental hospitals did not originate with Reagan, but with JFK


Here's the problem with the "Republican Omnibus Bill":

Long long ago, and far far away, the "Dickey Amendment" was imposed by gun-rights people who didn't think that the Center for Disease Control should use their populist power specifically to undermine the Second Amendment rights of Americans by using their  popularity to campaign against Second Amendment Rights.

Specifically, they spent a lot of time enumerating the negative effects of  "Gun Violence", bur failed to balance their opinions by mentioning that many Americans had used firearms to defend health, hearth and home.  So in the interest of fairness, folks decided that the CDC website ... paid for by federal funds (our taxes!) should at least make an effort to present a "balanced" interpretation of American firearms laws.  Which CDC did .. reluctantly.

For a while.

But now, the outrage has died down, and CDC is migrating back to it's original issue of treating "Firearms Violence" as if it were a "Disease".  And a lot of folks are insulted tht their defensive measures are unjustly categorized by a public venue.


Thursday, 22 March


Peaceful armed protest is welcomed. If you are planning to open carry, please do so with unloaded weapons.”

What's notable about this short news story from New Mexico is that it was published as it if were "News Worthy".

The point seems to be that a political candidate called for "Peaceful Armed Protest".

It seems that the Main Stream Media cannot conceive of a peaceful protest by armed citizens.

(I note in passing that there were no "follow-up" stories reporting a massacre at the Las Cruces City Council meeting.)
There's something wrong in America, the land of the Second Amendment, when tabloid writers consider a peaceful protest by an "Armed Citizen" to be an anomalous event.

Given the recent string of school shootings, it seems only reasonable that Americans might choose to attend public forums while armed in defense of themselves, and others.

Candidate Calls for 'Peaceful Armed Protest' at City Council | KGRT | Your ...

Turn Up The Volume!

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 20:48, Thursday, 22 March

It don't get no better than this.

They didn't know whether to Sh*t or go blind, so they closed their eyes and pharted.

 Clai Lasher-Sommers, executive director of the gun-control group Gun Sense Vermont, said public schools and universities should refuse money from NRA-affiliated entities because their parent organization lobbies against gun regulations. "When the NRA goes in to provide bullets to students, I just find that problematic," she said. But according to Evan Hughes, a leader of Vermont's NRA chapter, the grants largely support training for women and students,

In other words, it's their way or the highway. [More]
They can make their business decisions and gun owners can make theirs.

In re: the Austin bombings

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 20:04, Thursday, 22 March

Here endeth the lesson.


I don’t have the imagination to make this person up.

“I think this clearly shows the effect of his attacks on governmental institutions, on the government itself,” [Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, Susan] Page said. “This is not to say that there’s nothing — there’s never anything to investigate. Part of our tradition is a trust, not just in the government but a trust in the government to investigate itself. But this is, I think, a new phenomenon for Americans in modern times, for a majority of Americans to believe that there’s a deep state.”

I don’t know anybody who practices that particular tradition, lady. If you really believe all those millions of federal bureaucrats don’t have their own ideas as to who ought to be ruling whom, you’re even dumber than you appear. But I don’t think you believe that.

David Hogg, the Hater of Civil Rights, Dean Venture, half of the Venture Brothers.

A Red Flag

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:01, Thursday, 22 March

Red Flag Laws Mean Red Flag Rising [More]
A black one comes to mind.



by Mas in at 17:47, Thursday, 22 March

Apologies for the slow blogging this week, folks. The Evil Princess and I drove out of Little Rock Sunday afternoon from the Rangemaster Tactical Conference to St. Louis, where on Monday I once again chaired ILEETA’s Panel of Experts on … Read more

Belgrade, 1926

by Davidwhitewolf in Random Nuclear Strikes at 17:41, Thursday, 22 March

Eric Ambler’s A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS (1939) is one of my favorite novels, for the noir atmospherics alone.

(That I number more than one fellow as casually amoral and exotic as Dmitrios Makropoulos among my professional colleagues just adds relish to each rereading.)

Hitchcock’s writer Robert Arthur anthologized the ninth chapter “Belgrade, 1926” as a stand-alone short story, and it remains as near-perfect a piece of short suspense fiction as I could want. Seek it out.

An excerpt:

I don’t know much about these things, but apparently one does not have to lay a couple of hundred miles’ worth of mines to make a two-hundred-mile wide corridor of sea impassible. One j...

Beretta Agrees Qatar Rifle Production License

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Thursday, 22 March

ARX 160s in AfghanistanQatar has used the opening ceremony of 2018’s Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) to announce the signing of a number of major defence agreement, including a manufacturing license with Italian small arms manufacturer Beretta. Qatar has established a new defence company called Barzan Holdings, Barzan will oversee Qatar’s strategic procurement needs and have […]

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[IWA 2018] Mateba Still Making 6 Unica!!

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Thursday, 22 March

One thing I was not expecting to see at IWA was Mateba let alone the 6 Unica. The 6 Unica is one of my grail guns and I was pleasantly surprised to see it at IWA. These somewhat unicorn guns were made from 1997 – 2005. When one goes up for sale they typically start […]

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BREAKING: Citibank To Limit Gun Sales

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Thursday, 22 March

CitibankFinancial giant Citibank announced today that the company would place restrictions on gun sales by their clients. Specifically, they will require businesses to limit gun sales only to individuals over the age of 21 and require a criminal background check. Currently federal law restricts the sale of rifles and shotguns by anyone under the age […]

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The post ...

In some countries, the Police will not allow a firearms license for a “military looking” rifle on a hunting permit, and sometimes not even on a target shooting permit. One of the examples, but there are more, is in Sweden. Attributes like pistol grips, Picatinny rails (the longer the worse) and foldable stocks are not […]

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Hangun Radio Live

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 18:20, Thursday, 22 March

We’ll be talking about handguns we maybe need to give a second chance and Youtube Anti-gun Fuckery…..on Youtube, this might be interesting.


A case where a man with a TN CCW permit got pulled over in Middletown, Delaware and charged with CCDW without a license has gotten some news coverage recently.

This is exactly what's wrong with gun control. It destroys the lives of good people. The only reason this guy isn't facing a felony and jail time is because the prosecutor decided to do something smart and drop the charges.

Should this guy have known the law and known he couldn't carry here? Yes, but I think we as gunbloggers are a bit jaded. I'm a bit of a junkie about gun / legal stuff, but think about your average person and how little knowledge they're likely to have.

Take someone like my Poppop, a WWII vet.  He doesn't own a computer or smartphone.  Now imagine you're him, don't have a Gunnie to help you and have to go to your public library to find information from someone who is likely overworked, underpaid, and anti-gun (sorry Breda)

This guy is obviously intelligent, but what about someone wi...

Truly Insane

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 11:38, Thursday, 22 March

Great Planes: F84 shows a B36 dropping and retrieving RF84 in midair.  This makes in air refueling look safe and sensible.

Crazier: ballistic launch of F84 for zero runway launch out of fear of sneak destruction on US Air bases.

And the F84H, a turboprop version capable of 670 mph.

I tried setting up a summer oven outdoors, scrounged from a scrapped-out RV. It worked, sort of. For a while. Not very well. It didn’t like being outdoors, that’s for sure.

In early winter a neighbor asked me to haul this away…

I know, right? People throw away the damndest things.

It’s in the mid-seventies today, by far the warmest day so far this year. And it’s baking day, so it’s time to see if I can bake bread in it. I hooked up a little propane bottle, and learned to my relief that at least the BBQ lights right up. But I had quite a time trying to get a stable 350o. In fact I never succeeded in that.


March Update Post

by correia45 in Monster Hunter Nation at 12:31, Thursday, 22 March

Lots of stuff going on, which is why very little blogging.  I’m swamped, so this is going to be a quick update.

First up, personal business, this week was our 20th anniversary.

As you can see, I got fatter and balder, and Bridget still looks awesome.

In other personal news, physical therapy is a time suck. I miss weight lifting and I’m having to shoot left ha...

Paul Is Right, Ya' Know

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 14:27, Thursday, 22 March

I understand that spending bills are huge, but this one is huge-er, and Senator Rand Paul wants to read it before he votes on it. 

"We don’t want leverage. We want a real process and time to debate, amend and vote," a Paul aide said. "It’s not too much to ask but [Senate leaders] refuse to do it, time after time."
And, he's right.  The budget process shouldn't be a hurry-up affair.  There should be time to debate, to make changes, to reflect the desires of the people.  But, when Republicans are in power, they act like Democrats, both in the nature of the process, and in their spending habits. 

It's not too much to ask.
Sheriff's officials wrongfully returned a gun to a man who used it to kill his ex-wife inside a busy Southern California mall last weekend, even though a judge had ordered the weapon be confiscated by investigators...[More]
Completely understandable.  He was trusted without a custodian, wasn't he?

Police shot at a man 20 times in his own yard, thinking he had a gun. It was an iPhone ...  The officers are never heard identifying themselves as police before fatally shooting Clark. [More]
That'll teach him!

Diamonds are Forever

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:21, Thursday, 22 March

CitiGroup is spending $100,000 to be a “diamond sponsor” of the ninth annual National Immigrant Integration Conference, a gathering of refugee and immigrant advocacy organizations meeting in Nashville for three days that began on Sunday to plan opposition to President-elect Donald Trump’s refugee and immigration policies. [More]
So naturally they want you disarmed.  And ruled.

Are YOU giving aid and comfort to the enemy?



Putting the 'Red' in Reddit

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:00, Thursday, 22 March

As of today, users may not use Reddit to solicit or facilitate any transaction or gift involving certain goods and services, including: Firearms, ammunition, or explosives; [More]
Looks like they're intent on going down the same path.

A Good First Step

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:11, Thursday, 22 March

Iowa Senate Passes RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS BILL 34 to 15 with bipartisan support! [More]
And yo, Frank: Click on the graphic, like it says.

Tennessee Republicans who have killed "pro-gun" bills... [More]

[Via Ron W]

Just ask Tucker Carlson. [More]

I guess it keeps the numbers from being discussed.

Thank goodness this has nothing to do with that "single issue."

[Via Mack H]

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com March 22, 2018 DefenseReview’s (DR) done quite a bit of reporting on Midwest Industries (MI) products (see “Related Articles” section below), and for good reason. They work, they look good, they’re high-quality, and they’re priced correctly. Basically, they’re awesome. So, we always make sure to stop by ...

Archiving a Classic

by mzmadmike in The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse at 14:51, Thursday, 22 March

Not mine, but I don't want to see it go away.

Today, Le Monde released this year's list of French Favorites Awards. The annual list highlights the preferences and tastes of the world's most stylist culture.

This years choices were:

General Awards
Favorite Dance: Goose Step
Favorite Oppressor: Germany
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Garment: Turncoat
Favorite Footwear: Flip-Flops
Favorite Headwear: Jackboots
Favorite Animal: Weasel
Favorite Beverage: Whine
Favorite Breakfast Food: Waffles
Favorite Pet: Pussy Cat

[IWA 2018] Limited Edition Fusion Black Beretta 92

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Thursday, 22 March

At the Beretta booth in IWA, most of the items on display were similar to what I saw at SHOT Show. Save for these handguns under glass. This first one caught my eye because of the fancy case and carbon fiber accents. I’m somewhat of a car guy and carbon fiber always makes things look […]

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Prancing Pony or Dead Horse?

by Tam in View From The Porch at 14:22, Thursday, 22 March

Got an press release in my inbox the other day announcing that the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 NRA World Action Pistol Championship and the NRA Bianchi Cup this year was going to be Colt.

Now, at SHOT this year, Colt had a display half the size of the one they had last year, or the one they had at the last NRAAM. Floorspace in the main hall at SHOT ain't cheap, and that's not a good sign for a company that's been fighting off bankruptcy nearly as long as I've been in the gun biz.

On the other hand, they threw enough dough at NRA to be the Presenting Sponsor for Bianchi Cup, so who knows what's going on?

The Culture War Heats Up

by Tam in View From The Porch at 11:50, Thursday, 22 March

Some of those magazines represent my livelihood.

My words, my name, are on their pages.

My first real job was bagging groceries in a Kroger. I rode my bicycle to the local Kroger to earn the money I used to buy my first car. I’ve retained a nostalgic fondness for the chain ever since. I have written often on this blog of our tiny neighborhood Kroger here in Broad Ripple and its convenience and friendly employees. I ride my bicycle there frequently in the nicer months to get groceries.

Forget abstractions like natural rights and constitutional protections, this is an outright attack by them on my livelihood. They are drawing a bead rig...

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 11:49, Thursday, 22 March


The USMC to Adopt the MHS XM18

by Travis Pike in Gun RSS Feed - Omaha Outdoors at 14:00, Thursday, 22 March

The USMC isn’t the biggest branch and its always been a Corps of riflemen. Handguns have long been an afterthought in the mind of the Marine Corps. They’ve often focused their time and funds into rifles, crew-served weapons, and some questionable forays int...

When it comes to AR-based pistol caliber carbines, the options in the market are exploding in number, but sometimes it’s hard to tell which ones are of the highest quality and which ones are just so-so. That’s not the case with Angstadt Arms – pick up one of their pistols or carbines and you can immediately tell it’s made right.

We started off by examining a tricked out version built with a Sharp Brothers “Jack 9” skull type lower receiver, a LAW Tactical folder, a VZ Grips pistol grip, and other nifty features. Sadly, the teeth of the skull lower don’t “bite” your hand for extra grip.

But it’s the duty level weapons that have generated a lot of interest from police departments, we’re told. Although the power of a rifle is undeniable, a pistol caliber carbine’s function is not dependent on a gas sys...

Sounds Like a Winning Strategy to Me!

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 12:04, Thursday, 22 March

Dems to run on gun control as a central part of their platform in Georgia.

At the top of the ticket, Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans have tried to outdo each other on new firearms crackdowns. And Democratic candidates down the ballot are embracing gun control not just as a policy plank, but as a central campaign theme this midterm vote.

All I can say for those thinking of staying home because the GOP is awful (and I won’t argue with that), if they win on this there will be hell to pay. We can take care of business in the primaries. The solution to the GOP sucking is not giving control to the Democrats.

UPDATE: More of that here.

Related posts:

  1. Victor...


USA Today gathered data on mass murders 2006-2010.  Only about 3/4 involved guns (click buttons “shooting,” “stabbing,”, “blunt force,” “Smoke inhalation/burns” for the totals.)  But even in gun mass murders: 72.9% handguns, 18.5% rifles (8.6% semiautomatic rifles); 8.6% shotguns.  And these are the guns carried, not necessarily used by the killer. 

I’m never entirely sure what will and won’t trigger the game camera. What is certain, though, is that predators at least can see the IR flash. I’ve never gotten a nighttime pic of a coyote who wasn’t reacting to the camera even if nowhere near it.

In this collection of stills we’ve got a coyote rapidly exiting stage left, and then there’s a couple of pics of what appears to be a bobcat, right at the left edge of the frame and also leaving the neighborhood without delay, an hour and a half later on the same night. Both are pretty clearly aware of the camera.



Battleground Northwest: Gun Owners Under Attack

by Dave Workman in Liberty Park Press at 08:59, Thursday, 22 March


On History

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 10:33, Friday, 23 March

Folks - it's been a year and a half since I was trolled and threatened after someone shared my blog with a group that did not share my views, forcing me to go private the same week my third book was published (there's been a fourth book that will be a post for another day).  That was tough, and shutting it down when I had a book just out that people told me not to write was even tougher because even though many of you wouldn't read the genre, not having a blog as a platform was pretty much-guaranteed FAIL. Fortunately, despite my former publisher saying "...

Random Thoughts

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:00, Thursday, 22 March

Mueller was appointed My 17, 2017.  How long is this circus going to go on?  If, in a year, he can't find evidence of collusion, maybe he's looking in the wrong places.  Or it isn't there at all.  Either way, he should be competent enough to know when to call in the dogs and go to the house.

Why do people think that a random cop, standing on a street corner, knows the address, location, and phone number of every business within a 20 mile radius?

I hear that YouTube is blocking/taking down pro-gun channels.  Maybe it's time to regulate Google, Facebook, and YouTube as common carriers. 

It's Thursday, so salad for lunch.  There's this church down the road, where the ladies make great salads and deliver them. 

The Sacremento PD shot Clark 20 times.  Standing in his grandmother's backyard, holding a cell phone.  What an horrific tragedy.  I never liked foot chases trough residential neighborhoods.

Maryland school shooter used father's gun to go after ex-girlfriend [More]
Why, there oughtta be a law...uh...oh.

So how come the "news" story doesn't mention that?

And note this bit of NBC deception as it used what was presented as "straight news" to throw cold water on any "good guy with a gun" ideas people might be getting:
Nevetheless, what Gaskill is reported to have done is extremely rare. The Washington Post, which has done an analysis of dozens of school shootings, reported Wednesday that Gaskill would only be the second school resource officer to kill an active shooter since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
So it's gotta be an "Only One" and it's gotta be a kill...?

Unfortunately, even that was not enough to shake a stereotypical "educator" mentality, which the ...

An Unqualified Opinion

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:08, Thursday, 22 March

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court invented a defense known as “qualified immunity.” [More]
For which the robed usurpers should have been held liable...

[Via Michael G]

A Silver Lining

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:03, Thursday, 22 March

Dashcam video shows Uber driver was looking down moments before self-driving car killed pedestrian [More]
Hey, at least they didn't any allow guns in the car.

[Via Tristan M]

Forgetting WHOSE Place?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:56, Thursday, 22 March

"You guys are reaching into our private life, the private life of our children," said one parent, Lewis Fiordimondo, who has twins in pre-kindergarten and a daughter at the high school. "It's not your place. It's not the school's place." [More]
It's not a matter of place. It's a matter of time.

Give it a bit and the collective's replacement units will be conditioned to report any counterrevolutionary threats trying to stand in the way of "progress."

[Via William T]

A Little Light Reading

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:43, Thursday, 22 March

RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115–66 TEXT OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1625 [Showing the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.] [More]
Anybody got time to read and understand this in the allotted time?

Guess who else doesn't.

[Via Felix B...

Can't Buck the Narrative

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:31, Thursday, 22 March

When "progressives" demand "diversity," they're not talking about for points of view. [More]

[Via Michael G]

A spending bill headed for a vote in Congress will clarify that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may research gun violence, altering a statute that has spanned more than two decades. [More]
So we're back to "dirty, deadly and banned," are we? And as long as we're repealing appropriations blocks, I don't suppose we got anything in return from Sen. Schumer on his rider...?

I mean, Republicans are the majority, right?  Yet somehow we're getting "Fix NICS," but all our "staunch defenders of the Second Amendment" are being  awfully quiet about suppressors and reciprocity...?

Good show on the CDC there, guys! I'm looking forward to seeing my coerced tax dollars ...

The Boy with Green Hair

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:01, Thursday, 22 March

Hey, Gramp, I've got green hair! [Watch]
Nothing endearing about the remake, although it does make me have second thoughts about another "progressive entitlement"...

[Via Mack H]

Only Himself to Blame

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:54, Thursday, 22 March

Plus, if that actually was Zuckerberg’s standard, a lot of us would be defending him right now, instead of hoping the government moves in to break his fascist public square into a thousand pieces. [More]
Yeah, pretty much.

[Via Michael G]

A Need-to-Know Basis

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:14, Thursday, 22 March

Richmond school officials on Tuesday defended their decision not to notify parents immediately of Monday’s lockdown at Huguenot High School, saying that a student has confessed to making up the threat to the school. [More]
Besides, if someone does exploit their approved victim disarmament policies, they'll want time to get their stories straight.

Glenpool Student Recovers After Beating Over Gun-Violence Walkout [More]
Leave it to the public school to dismiss a potentially deadly assault inspired by the politics it promulgates as "a fight."

Personally, I find their mascot offensive. And the name "Warriors." (Not really, but stir that pot and scrooem, damn "liberals."]

Me, I'd like to know the little Democrat thug animal's name and address so good people know who and where to avoid now that he's been released back into the wild. This business of withholding that information in cases like these protects the wrong people.

[Via Sa...

UPS’ drone army

by Davidwhitewolf in Random Nuclear Strikes at 09:28, Thursday, 22 March

This is a very interesting chart from a very interesting article about surprise and first-strike capability. Also, nanoexplosives. (!!) Emphasis mine.

This brings us to another area where U.S. systems are outranged: ground vehicles. Researchers at the University of Virginia successfully 3D printed a drone body in one day. By snapping in place an el...

TNVC Night Fighter: Armed Professional

by Richard L. in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Thursday, 22 March

I will be attending TNVC’s Night Fighter: Armed Professional at the Alliance Police Training Facility. This course is designed to increase the student’s night vision skillsets during real world operations. The course will be a combination of some life fire and some simunition engagements with evolutions covering team movement, communication, movement to target, stealth search […]

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[Update] They actually did it!

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 09:36, Thursday, 22 March

Richmond School Board: Ban assault weapons, improve school safety
In a unanimous vote, the board passed a school safety resolution that makes a number of political statements, including a call for a ban on assault weapons and an appeal to strengthen background checks. The resolution was approved by the Council of the Great City Schools and has been taken up by other school boards across the U.S.

I had to email the board to… congratulate them. Particularly for this part:

NOW, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the School Board and RPS call on the Congress of the United States to ban the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition cartridges, except those needed by the military and law enforcement.

In case that doc...

YouTube is going to block all gun videos staring in April. Even the "how-to" disassembly and cleaning videos.

The Internet, which treats all censorship and security efforts as outages to be routed around, has already responded.

Here, and tell everyone, repost this everywhere, every gun forum, every 2A blog, is the site for gun videos.

Hickok45 is already there. So is Forgotten Weapons. I'll see you there. 

Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thought crime becomes a reality. Ben Shapiro
Read more at:

But it's what leftists do.

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 10:43, Thursday, 22 March

But now, the left has found even more sympathetic faces for its agenda: kindergarteners. According to The Wall Street Journal, "Schools are grappling with how to address the event with children as young as 5 years old and with finding ways for children who are too little to be told about school shootings to take part." Children in pre-K at Manhattan Country School will sing, "If I Had a Hammer" and "Paz y Libertad." Public schools like PS 321 in Brooklyn allowed children to do activities linked with the protests.


Those days you think about

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 09:27, Thursday, 22 March

keeping a strap wrench in the kitchen for opening jars...

Is It Racist for Police to Pursue a Robbery Suspect?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:38, Thursday, 22 March

You have to read a lot of the coverage, before the real story comes out. Man Engaged In Crime Shot By Police For Refusing To Cooperate, Raising Object At Police » Pirate’s Cove

The headlines – and not just from the usual suspects like The Washington Post – all paint it as another racist killing. But the truth is a bit harder to pin down, if all you have to go on is headlines.

Anyway, go see what Pirate’s Cove has to say.


Citibank Strangles Gun Owners

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 09:54, Thursday, 22 March

I’m in the process of cancelling my Citibank card as I write this. It will go into the shredder shortly.

The new policy, announced Thursday, prohibits the sale of firearms to customers who have not passed a background check or who are younger than 21. It also bars the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. It would apply to clients who offer credit cards backed by Citigroup or borrow money, use banking services or raise capital through the company.

The rules, which the company described as “common-sense measures,” echo similar restrictions established by some major retailers, like Walmart. But they also represent the boldest such move to emerge from the banking sector.

And I just took the “common-sense measure” of shredding my card, after calling and cancelling. They noted I had been a card holder for 27 years, and asked what they did to upset me. I sure as hell told them. I also told them to delete all contact information for me, put me on their “do not market to” list and...


The best defense against an “abusive government” lies with the rule of law, an independent judiciary and law enforcement, the free press, civil disobedience against injustice, voting by all members of our communities without voter suppression, religious freedom and tolerance, and respect for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all who make their home in our country.

The myth that a gun guarantees freedom has to be shattered once and for all.

Linda Allderdice
Letter to the editor, Los Angles Times
March 21, 2018
[The irony is almost painful.

The Bill of Rights is part of the highest law of the land and Allderdice, apparently wanting to ban guns protected by the Bill of Rights, claims adhering to the rule of law eliminates the need for gun ownership. So, which is it? Does she want to adhere to the rule of law or does she want to ban guns? Also, apparently Allderdice doesn’t recall that the great genocides of Europe in the last century were perform in full compliance with their laws at the time.


These dudes destroying or turning their guns into the police?  Just so they are not tempted to get a replacement they should voluntarily (highly encouraged to comply) add their names to the prohibited persons list.  That would be due process.   If you volunteer yourself to go on the list.  Think of all the Democrat hoplophobes that would feel good about themselves doing that.

Shennanigans by the .gov?  You get voluntold to prohibit yourself.  No bueno.  Unless you are turning in your guns at the station.  THEN pressure the wienie.

Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi could burn up a lotta cycles calling for this measure.  The NRA and Republicans could help them, on this.  Win win.

On the table at the outdoor sports, knife and gun show was a piece of a meteorite on display.  There was a sign that you were welcome to touch it, but don't pick it up.  Its weight was such that to do so might cause injury.  There was a tiny one as well, that you could pick up.  The weight of it considering its size was surprising.

Both were innocuous in appearance, yet in realizing where they came from it was if they possessed of some secret, to galaxies far beyond the limits of imagination, created somewhere in deep space, perhaps in a time when things were not irrevocably fixed to their form.

In a container in my vehicle is another stone, this one a sturdy chunk that possesses neither beauty or function but was picked up from a lake hi...

Talk to the Paw

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 19:25, Thursday, 15 March

While my husband went and got some supplies for this weeks home renovation projects, I got dinner cooked.

Abby is snoopervising, only retreating to the futon for a nap when Vlacula comes out to clean up the area rugs.
I'm helping Mom!

Call me old fashioned but I enjoy taking care of a home and a kit...

My Thoughts on Arming School Staff

by Brigid in Home on the Range at 18:36, Thursday, 01 March

A Sense of Thrift

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 18:36, Tuesday, 06 March

During a fair bit of the last 20 years, I have been a  sponsor or volunteer at local shelters for the physically abused, many also homeless. People ask why I do it, as it is often depressing, and sometimes futile.

The women there who have been abused (though abuse goes both ways, men also a victim of it) present an image to the world that is often one of stone, hiding the pain, hiding the bruises, until eventually, one night, the stone is shattered by the fury of a long fall or a storm surge. Sometimes it's simply eroded away, what is unique, distinct, worn away over time, as if by water, drop by ceaseless drop. Perhaps with those who will listen and support, some of whom have been there, a little of what is left can be reclaimed, still c...

Restoring Ourselves

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 20:38, Tuesday, 20 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...

Into the Night With Me

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 07:26, Saturday, 17 February

In Chicago this week, we lost a well-loved and respected police Commander, to a criminal's bullet.  His colleagues were helpless to stop it, but they are there now to honor him.  When going into battle soldiers know who has their back. In Law Enforcement, it is much the same. But in the day to day life, we often find out who is around us that would take that literal bullet for us.

Growing up my big brother was my protector. If you've read my first two books you know our story well. He was my best friend and guide despite the age difference.  I still thank him for when he sent the "live toad in a gift box" to the snooty girl down the block that made fun of me for wearing...

A Blog update for my Readers

by Brigid in Home on the Range at 08:13, Wednesday, 07 February

OK, all 15 of you listen up. :-)

I had someone ask me on Facebook if I wasn't posting as much about guns as we live in Chicago and there's no places to shoot up here, and the guns are so restricted.

They are not, as much as the Mayor would like you to believe.  I have a VERY large safe full of firearms. We don't have to register them, we just have a FOID card that shows that there are firearms in the house.  Amount and types we don't have to disclose. It's only a way to get addition dollars out of the gun owners, honestly

Concealed Carry is alive and well, and I have two ranges within 15 minutes of my house, one brand new, and ...

Beer Breads

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 07:07, Tuesday, 23 January

I know a number of folks who have never made a loaf of bread - preferring to pay 3 to 4 times the cost to buy a loaf in the store.  Now, frankly, we don't always have time, especially if you have jobs and children. Certainly, in my...

Quotes for the Day

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 19:25, Saturday, 20 January

“No great thing is created suddenly.”Epictetus

Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly.-- Batman Costume warning - Unknown

On Sustenance - Home Ec Memories

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 06:27, Thursday, 11 January

How many of you that visit here remember seeing or taking  home economic classes in school in 70's and early 80's? After that it became gender neutral "bachelor living" where one learned how to make dip out of Velveeta and use Velcro. (I had to figure out Southern biscuits with peppered bacon gravy on my own).

The whole "home economics" idea, which in my day was only for female students, was not intended to make women a slave to the kitchen but rather came about from a change in how women shopped for their family.  Before the 19th century, except for the most privileged of the wealthy, women were producers of household items, including food and clothing, rather than consumers. So the early home economics classes focused on education for purchasing decisions, as well ...

Science and Bacon

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 10:19, Sunday, 07 January

Bacon!! Buttermilk Bacon Waffles

The basic waffle batter recipe comes from the talent of Andrea Greary at Cooks Illustrated. But, like always, I had to experiment with it, adding a couple of things. You know, like bits of brown sugar caramelized bacon

I've had readers comment, what is it with you and waffles (or pancakes?). It's comfort food for me, Mom making them for dinner, with farm fresh bacon on ...

A Geeky Christmas

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 05:36, Friday, 23 March

We are both admitted geeks/nerds.  I'm primary a scientist by way of education and my husband is an engineer.  So this Christmas - it seems we both tuned to our inner geek to select Christmas presents for one another.  There were a couple practical items - a vest for him, and a kitchen appliance I had asked for but most everything else was simply fun.

I knewPartner in Grime was making a couple of items, as I heard lots of activity from the basement shop and was told I couldn't go down there.


by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 14:10, Sunday, 24 December

A Little Retro Christmas

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 05:27, Thursday, 21 December

Yes, 3 bucks at a yard sale in a small village.  
And they threw in the color wheel.

I sometimes have to go weeks, occasionally months, between shooting due to my schedule, caring for a home or tending to my Dad, but when I do go, I usually meet my friends at the local LEO range or at one of the Fish and Game or Conservation ranges. Most ranges won't allow shooters out unless they have both eye and ear protection, but I've encountered several shooters outdoors in the field, chasing birds or game, that wear nothing to protect against the dB's of shotgun blast.

The sound of gunfire is the most hazardous non-occupational noise to which adults are exposed and can be a cause of noise induced hearing loss. The damage happens to the microscopic ...

Going Home Again

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 06:55, Wednesday, 29 November

One thing I made sure was working properly on my last visit out was Dad's chair that lifts him up to the standing position, then, he can lean into it and gently have it sit him back down (and I have to say the DeBeers Diamond  "three months salary" marketing staff have nothing on the folks that sell furniture for older folks).

He loves it, one more thing to help him stay in his home. He recovered from his stroke a few years back better than anyone thought, but he now has a hard time standing and sitting without a little help.  Every morning, he gets up and gets settled in it and reads the daily message from "Our Daily Bread" and then the Bible.  That's something he's done every day since retirement, after his morning work out (Dad was a Golden Glove Boxer and still h...

Are We There Yet?

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 05:03, Sunday, 26 November

For my pilot readers, yes, that is Jeppesen CSG-1P Slide Graphic Computer (E6B as we knew it as student pilots) used by Spock to figure the time before impact. I wonder if I still have one.

Pilots have to take regular re-examinations to fly passengers legally.  For private pilots, it's every two years.  For commercial pilots it's every six months for the Captains, and once a year for the copilots under traditional training.

And, like any pilot, I hate taking exams.

Written or otherwise. I think it started in early school years when I got a question really wrong.

The question was: "Where do women mostly have curly ha...

The Brady Campaign has a list of each state's gun laws on their website with their interpretation of said law. Check your state out and compare it against the truth. For the area I have lived most recently (Indiana and Illinois) I'm going to cover the laws that pertain to the areas that, pardon me, "chap my hide" the most.

ASSAULT WEAPONS - Are there limitations on assault weapons? No - BRADY: No state restriction on the sale or possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons. Assault weapons are as easy to buy as hunting rifles.

TRUTH: Why should there be? They are almost rarely used in crimes, but are used by citizens legally every...

On Trust

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 19:07, Tuesday, 14 November

I've mentioned several times on this blog that I have a Blackhawk holster for my Sig P220. It's not as sleek as many other holsters I own, but for th...

I don't know how many of you have listened to "The Piano Guys" but their music is just awesome. This video is special as I was one of the several folks that got to be part of the production process. (My author name is in the credits).  The wife of Jon Schmidt, the piano player, read my third book "Small Town Roads" and sent me the most heart warming handwritten letter as to how those words, as the book had an underlying grief theme, helped them as they had just lost their 21-year-old daughter in a tragic hiking accident. That meant so much to me. Great family, great music, and a connection was formed. I was so honored to be part of this video.

Battle Walls

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 05:16, Monday, 06 November

It's been a week. That's all I can say. Dealing with the past. Dealing with the present. Work mostly, but I'm absolutely wiped out from a writing standpoint. If a zombie attempted to access my brain tonight it would be the Weight Watcher meal of cerebral activity. I'm mentally and emotionally done. The wall is up and I just want to hunker down with my best friend, and for a meal with Og and his family last night at the Range was just what I needed.

But the week before my time off was not fun and I needed more of a vacation than putting up storm windows and cleaning gutters and raking leaves at Dad's.

Let's just say - picture me, picture large opposing attorney type person tha...

Halloween Memories

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 09:40, Tuesday, 31 October

Trick or Treating was big in my house, even as it came with its own set of rules. It was on Halloween, not a Friday or Saturday or what was convenient or politically correct. School night or not, we were out and we were going to get our loot.

My earliest memory of it was early grade school and that Cat outfit mom bought.  She was recently out of the hospital following ca...

Some Souls Should Never Be Forgotten

by Brigid J. in Home on the Range at 17:55, Thursday, 02 November

Gemma - my friend Carol's Foster Failure

Lab Rescue LRCP of Maryland, a group that The Book of Barkley has supported for some time, with wonderful volunteers who have become friends, is having their online auction. They have some amazing items due to their generous supporters. They've raised $22,000 but with the high number of dogs for whom they provide medical care and placement into loving furever homes, more bids are needed (until the 8th).

No dog is left behind - one of the ladies I'm am friends with sometimes has as many as 5 dogs in her large and forever foster care, knowing, due to medical costs, they won't be ...

The Epoch Times:

A father living in Ventura, California, posted a video of a heated confrontation he had with the principal of his son’s school.

The video comes after students nationwide walked out of their schools last Wednesday to advocate for gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead.

John Gunn confronted principal Barbara Boggio of the Ventura Unified School District and questioned her about allowing 12-year-old students to hold the protest.


Sidesaddle Race — Warrenton Races, 2018

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:15, Thursday, 22 March

Photo: Richard Clay.

HT: Jesse Swan.

Balzac & Houllebecq on Writing

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:06, Thursday, 22 March



Leneghan, the Liberty County trustee, is seen by most as a wild-card candidate. She’s staked out a more conservative lane than other Republicans ... [More]
Which means those seen as more likely candidates are perceived as surrender weasels on matter of core principle...

And that means any fire in the belly needed for inspired consituents will more likely be subdued, if not extinguished. So if a Democrat wins, look for it to be portrayed by the establishment and its media cheerleaders as a rejection of swamp-draining.

If I get time I'd like to revisit this race and stake out the Republican field's individual positions on guns and immigration, especially beyond lip service. If anybody wants to beat me to it, feel free to post a comment or send me a link.

Free Books- Part 150

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:24, Thursday, 22 March

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….


These books...

UK vz.59 Czech Universal Machine Gun: Shooting

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Thursday, 22 March

Yesterday we looked at the history and the mechanics of the Czech UK vz.59 universal machine gun – so today we are taking it out to the range for some shooting!

The UK 59 is a belt fed, 7.62x54R machine gun, capable of only fully automatic fire (it has no semiauto selector). It is unusual in using a push-through belt with a rimmed cartridge, but that system works just fine here. Belts were available in 50-, 100-, and 250-round lengths along with belt boxes to attach the ammunition to the gun (which I did not have available).

Overall, I found the vz.59 to be a rather difficult weapon to shoot effectively. Whether it is the gun’s weight, the bolt velocity, rate of fire, or just something about its harmonics, the gun vibrates significantly when firing and it is difficult to maintain a sight picture or situational awareness when firing. It certainly is a light and sleek weapon, though. I suspect that as a semiauto conversion (currently available in the US through MarColMar) it woul...

[IWA 2018] Czech Small Arms vz. 15 Polymer Handgun

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Thursday, 22 March

We know of Czech Small Arms (CSA) from their vz.61 Scorpion and their vz. 58 rifle. They debuted the vz. 15 last year but this time I got a chance to see it in person and take a closer look at it. vz. 15 The vz. 15 is a polymer framed striker fired handgun with […]

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Piexon JPX6 Jet Protector Less-Lethal Weapon (4)Piexon is a Swiss company specialized in manufacturing liquid irritant launching devices. Particularly, they make less-lethal multi-barrel pistols/derringers. One of their latest products is called JPX6 Jet Protector. It has the same 4 round capacity as the previously introduced JPX4, but unlike the older model, JPX6 has a quick change magazine feature. To launch the irritant JPX6 uses cartridges […]


22 squibs in one barrel. New record?

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 05:00, Thursday, 22 March

JP Enterprises out of Hugo, Minnesota, posted a picture of a 9×19 mm barrel cut in half. The picture caught a lot of attention and I’m sure you can see why. Someone managed to fit no less than twenty-two rounds of 9 mm down the barrel before they gave up! Just because PCC (Pistol Carbine […]

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With improvements to manufacturing and production, formerly “exotic” technologies are not only becoming affordable to hunters and shooters but also much more capable.  Our Friday Night Lights series showcases some of these items.  A couple of new updates to Leupold’s line of thermal devices have some listed improvements over their predecessors. Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has upgraded […]

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MASSIVE Podcast Update: The Assorted Calibers Podcast

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 06:22, Thursday, 22 March

Ok some of you might have already heard this, but the new podcast almost has its first episode.

The show name is The Assorted Calibers Podcast (Brilliantly Abbreviated as ACP).

As I type this I have the first episode all edited, cut, and balanced, and last night I watched some great videos on how to add the official show music to it exactly how I want to to be added.

There are a few more steps after this before we’re ready for our full launch, but things are going well.

In this first episode we will have Erin talking about Florida SB 7026, I will do an Audio Fisk of Trevor Noah of the Daily Show, Savage1R will talk about the Origins of Bitcoins, and Erin will interview me on my transition from anti-gunner to pro-gunner.

Of course we will keep you all posted going forward, and we thank you all who have been giving us support for both your kind words and encouragement, as well as you patience.

Writing about early female big-game hunters, aka historical huntresses, was not as easy as I thought it would be. I chose 2 women, Delia J. Akeley and Mary Kingsley, who I feel exhibited strength and who pursued their dreams despite what society expected of them. And although these ladies wrote many books, there is very little information available about them.


Female Historical Huntresses, Big-Game Hunters

Delia J. Akeley (“Mickie”), born in Wisconsin on December 5, 1875, worked, alongside her husband, Carl, as a respected taxidermist. In 1905, The Chicago Field Museum commissioned Carol and her to Africa and collect examples of elephants. Delia had never fired a gun before, but she quickly learned how to shoot and hunt in order to assist her husband. Among the many animals collected during the expedition, Delia successfully brought back 2 of the finest elephants.

A paper in the January 2018 Journal of Surgical Research attempts to show that the right to keep and bear arms is a cause of suicide.  According to the authors, “Weaker gun state laws are associated with higher rates of suicide secondary to firearms”. The authors use data from a small percentage of US hospitals […]


by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:30, Thursday, 22 March



About so-called Red Flag restraining order gun confiscation?

Shout "Hell No!"?

Probably an untenable position.

Make low approving-sounding noises in public, and work behind the scenes with lawmakers and go "Hey, what about some due process protections?  You know someone is gonna sue and appeal if you don't have a least a little in there.  A little more."

This works, now, while our 'side' is still in a majority position and takes other gun grabs off the table for now.  Even couple this with reciprocity, even.  Get that done before November, and that is the NRA doing its job as best it can.

Of course that would make no one happy.  For doing its job and not doing enough.

But like some commenters over on Sebastian's site, I'd prefer that maybe the cops do at least part of their job with investigating threats and using the Baker Act where appropriate.  Instead of what happened in Florida.  Where apparently they had to try really hard to do the OPPOSITE of their job a few score times over year...

Today’s New Addition: 3/22/2018

by USCitizen in Traction Control at 03:35, Thursday, 22 March



Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded TRP CA Approved Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol, 45 ACP, 5″ Barrel, Black Matte Armory Kote Finish, Black and Grey Checkered G-10 Grips, Two 7 Round Magazines, Packed In A Range Bag, Integral Locking System, Titanium Firing Pin, Lightweight Speed Trigger, Delta Hammer, Checkered Mainspring Housing, Fixed Combat Tritium Night Sights


[Big 3 East] TDS Self Regulating 3D Printed Gas System

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 03:33, Thursday, 22 March

At the last SHOT Show, Pete wrote an article about Thermal Defense Solutions (TDS) and their 3D Printed suppressors. They are here at Big 3 East with a selection of their 3D printed inconel suppressors as well as their self regulating AR 3D printed gas system. The 3D printed gas system is a sort of […]

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Pull up… a chair:

Good video.  I didn’t realize it required so much hand fitting in today’s day and age.  I just figured they hit the green button on the CNC machine, and everything came out fitting perfectly down to the thousandth of an inch.

I’m still choked ever since one of you guys put me onto this little fact:

In 1974, the Springfield Armory name was licensed to Robert Reese, to form Springfield Armory, Inc., a company that manufactures semi-automatic versions of the M14 rifle and M1911 pistol. The company is not located in or near Springfield, Massachusetts and has no direct association with the original Springfield Armory.


Smooth slowjam sample in the background to set the mood, looking like a damn shitty stressed out little league football coach:

Which one of his auntie’s houses is he at this time?  Seems like his accent isn’t as strong in this video.  Bomboclat.  The ...

Catapult Skeet Shoot Because Why Not

by ENDO-Mike in Everyday No Days Off – Gun Blog at 00:00, Thursday, 22 March

The slow mo guys get it done. “YouTube Originals”:

These guys were always my favorite gay couple, until I found out a while back that they weren’t actually gay. 🤔 whoops.

I wonder if Gavin got more into guns since that stalker-fan home invasion he was a victim of?  Scary stuff.

Oh and another thing… So YouTube is now ...

Wednesday, 21 March


The Garden Valley School District has stored semi-automatic rifles in safes around its school building — which houses about 250 students in pre-k through 12th grades — since the 2014-15 school year.
The number of guns and safes, some of which are in classrooms, is a closely guarded secret.
Superintendent Greg Alexander won’t disclose how many teachers and staff have been trained to use the guns, other t...


Good Pic

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 17:54, Wednesday, 21 March

Another picture of me and my gal, taken by the inimitable Miss E, at Texas State.

That was a good shoot, but I don't have time to reflect on it.  Louisiana State starts in 15 days.

Season 4 of NRA Women’s Love at First Shot is here! Sponsored by Smith & Wesson and Federal Premium, episode 1 hit and Youtube today and this afternoon I jumped on Facebook to talk about what you can expect from this premiere episode as well as what’s in store for the season. NRATV and NRA Women […]

Federal Power-Shok Copper Throws .300 Blackout into the Mix

by Adam Scepaniak in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Wednesday, 21 March

Power-ShokFederal Premium has always reserved their Power-Shok line of ammunition as an affordable entry point for hunters and target shooters. With numerous calibers to pick from in both new and old cartridges, it satisfies a need for a diverse range of hunters and weekend range warriors. More recently, they upped the ante on this category […]

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Love Rand Paul

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 18:05, Wednesday, 21 March

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

just to set an example.  Especially the asshats with the "Hey, I'm a gun owner too!" defense.
This after the language of a district policy in the student handbook was quietly amended last week following a local uproar in the Lacey community and the threat of a lawsuit by the Association of Rifle and Pistol Clubs of New Jersey, whose lawyer, Daniel Schmutter, was at Monday's board meeting.
Translation: "We wanted to make an example of those redneck kids, but this is too much heat!"


I'd go with the power of 'and'

Idiot lying control-freak politicians are the same everywhere.

you just think they're stupid.  'Dumb shits' was the term you used, I believe.  Along with 'lowest of the low'.
Salcido apologized at a City Council meeting in February, the paper reported, and attempted to clarify that his comments “had nothing to do with their moral character.”

"I don't think it's all a revelation to anybody that those who aren't stellar students usually find the military a better option. ... That's not a criticism of anybody. Anything I said had nothing to do with their moral character," he said, the paper reported.
Let's not forget the attacks on students with the bad taste to disagree with him, either.

And who's teaching YOUR kids or grandkids?  And what are they 'teaching'?

I am the NRA again

by Ian Argent in Shall Not Be Questioned at 17:20, Wednesday, 21 March

I’d let my membership lapse after the initial period through a combination of apathy and a mild distaste for the undertone of politics beyond their mission that I felt the NRA had allowed to creep into their advocacy.

But the recent organized and directed assaults on the 2A reminded me that they are still the most effective advocacy for firearms freedom, so I re-upped. And this time I can’t let the membership lapse, I went for the Life membership. At least partially so I can vote and pretend I have input.

I am reasonably sure I’m not the only lapsed member come back to the fold; I certainly hope not, anyway. And here’s hoping they can continue to be effective.


Why is this school shooting getting so little media attention?  3/20/18 CNN:

A 17-year-old male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning before a school resource officer engaged him and stopped the threat, authorities said.
The incident began in a school hallway at 7:55 a.m., just before classes started. Authorities say Austin Wyatt Rollins, armed with a handgun, shot a female and a male student. The shooter had a prior relationship with the female student, St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.
School resource officer Blaine Gaskill responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said. Gaskill fired a round at the shooter, and the shooter fired a round simultaneously, Cameron said.
Darn, CNN is probably saying.  There's not enough of a pddule to get an adequate dance going.  Where is the ad revenue?   Oh yes, it does not involve a rifle but the far more common handgun....

Windows are open today, for sure.

What a lovely day.

This is the sort of place where, if a juniper branch is getting in your way, you can just throw your saw in the Jeep and go cut it off. No point waiting for the road maintenance crew to do it for you.

That little B&D recip saw is very handy. I’ve replaced it for heavy-duty work with a more powerful ...


But what makes the mental health strategy particularly appealing to gun controllers? [More]
Probably the same thing that made it so appealing to the Soviets.

[Via Felix B]
Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet [More]
The masters are pleased.

What a tool. What a tyranny enabler. What a genocidal maniac.

[Via Mack H]

Not Enough

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 14:05, Wednesday, 21 March

It never will be for these idiot puppets or the hands inserted in them. [More]

What, the jackals aren't going away? They're circling in closer? But we threw them a nice scrap of flesh...

Of course they want more, especially when you  signal you're weak and afraid by preemptively surrendering -- what kind of Quisling dope would that surprise?

[Via Bluesgal]

It's Trump's Fault?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 14:44, Wednesday, 21 March

Actually, the "Deep State" invited the situation here, but ultimately it's the illegal aliens' fault.  [More]

If Canada doesn't like it, it's their fault for electing "leaders" who put out a welcome mat of their own.

Reuters is saying that, eh?

[Via Michael G]

And His Father Shot Skeet!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 14:24, Wednesday, 21 March

Ralph Peters is a retired Army officer, a former enlisted man and a gun owner. [More]
They forgot to mention an oath-breaker and a collectivist tool.

Benedict Arnold was "a military man," too.

I'm told this fraud is a Faux News regular? Make that was. Now that he's used them to make a media commodity of  himself, he'll be moving on to better opportunities where he can be his "true"self and turn on those he was paid to service -- kind of like Stormy Daniels.

[Via Mac...

Go forth and be clueful

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 15:00, Wednesday, 21 March

And interesting survey of 100 Rangemaster certified instructors and what and how they carry.

Monopolies of information

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:58, Wednesday, 21 March

YouTube is targeting the gun culture. So is Reddit. But Reddit is small potatoes compared to Google. This action from Google will impact the next generation of shooters in that they won’t have access to information. And there could be fewer of them.

So, regulation is coming? Government has busted monopolies before.

The Stoner Machinegun: A Navy Seal Remembers

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 14:53, Wednesday, 21 March

From one of my favorite, though rarely updated, blogs Arms of the 80s:


by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:52, Wednesday, 21 March

BJ Campbell:

There is no clear correlation whatsoever between gun ownership rate and gun homicide rate. Not within the USA. Not regionally. Not internationally. Not among peaceful societies. Not among violent ones. Gun ownership doesnt make us safer. It doesnt make us less safe. The correlation simply isnt there. It is blatantly not-there. It is so tremendously not-there that the not-there-ness of it alone should be a huge news story.

What stops a mass shooter?

by SayUncle in SayUncle at 13:50, Wednesday, 21 March

Orville Bierkle’s War Diary

by Davidwhitewolf in Random Nuclear Strikes at 09:30, Thursday, 22 March

Somehow it seems I haven’t posted a direct link to of Sergeant Orville A. Bierkle’s Korean War diary here — thought I had, but can’t find any such post. So here is the link. If I can figure out how to upload the PDF file here, I’ll do that too.

The war diary, provided by the sergeant’s daughter, gives provenance to his remarkable revolver, showing conclusively that it was used by him in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, and that he brought it back with him to the United States, where it even...

Heavyweight TSSFederal Premium has been very busy as of late re-working many of their turkey loads for hunters to be more lethal than ever. This has come through the implementation of their FliteControl Flex Wad and the use of Heavyweight TSS payloads. Now they have a line of shotgun shells dedicated to that unique shot type […]

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[IWA 2018] European Suppressors Overview

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Wednesday, 21 March

Walking through the rooms of IWA, I was surprised by the number of European suppressors on display. Many of them seem to target the hunter more so than the tactical or recreational shooter. There are some really wild European suppressor designs and some that look similar to what we have here in the US. Stalon […]

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British Army Set to Drop Light Machine Guns

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 15:00, Wednesday, 21 March

Soldier with L110A2The British Army is set to move away from its use of the FN Para Minimi or L110A2/A3 at the fire team level. During a seminar at the 2018 Future Soldier Technology conference, held in London 12th-14th March, the CO of the British Army’s Infantry Trials and Development Unit confirmed that the L110A2/A3 would be […]

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Andrew McCabe's firing

in Of Arms and the Law at 14:53, Wednesday, 21 March

Being a former GS-14 and knowing something of the federal retirement system, I meant to research and blog on the effects of McCabe being fired just before his retirement date. Then I found someone else, more expert than I, had already covered the subject. He shows they hysterical media accounts of McCabe losing his pension, and how the actual impact is that he'll have to wait until 57 to start drawing his full pension, instead of doing so at 50. (I believe he could claim his pension right now, but the payments would be somewhat reduced.),

The retirement system hinges on age and years of service. For most federals, at age 60 you can retire with 20 years of service. For law enforcement, due to the risks and strenuous work environment (tho I doubt McCabe has had to run foot races against suspects or break up fist fights in a long time), you can retire at 50 with the same 20 years. So he's doing a lot better than most federal employees as it is. Since the article estimates his net worth at eleven million, he can probably get by.


Beautiful, busy morning.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 11:09, Wednesday, 21 March

Having been up for a few hours in the middle of the night, of course I overslept. Got a text from Neighbor L at 7:30 that it was laundry day, which meant I had to get going.

Absolutely perfect day for it…
Into the sixties in the shade before nine, no wind. I picked up a dozen eggs for L, dropped off my laundry, then went back to Landlady’s to top off her batteries.

The winter weather has been so funky I’ve sort of fallen off my standard of doing all the batteries on the first of the month. Haven’t been neglecting them at all, just haven’t been on my traditional schedule. Did Ian’s and...

Ain't Quite As Dead

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

He ain't quite as dead as he seems.   This Romanian fellow left home to go to Turkey to make a living.  Came back 20 years later and found out that he had been declared legally dead.

He's in the middle of a bureaucratic nightmare, because he's dead.  But he's walking around.  Trying to convince the courts that he is still alive.

You would think that the Romanian authorities would be more sympathetic.  They do have a history of the dead walking around, don't they?

I'm just sayin'.

#DeleteFacebook ?

by The Freeholder in The Freeholder at 12:38, Wednesday, 21 March

I believe I've posted a few times on the utility of Facebook and the declining utility of same. Well, about a month ago, I deactivated my account and told Facebook not to bother me with their incessant "so-and-so posted this" attempts to get me back on their (dis)service.

No one thing brought me to the place where I turned it off, rather, it was a long series of events. As with my on-going efforts to de-Google my life (you're reading this on the last major vestige of Google in my life), I sort of walked into it slowly and deliberately, and one Sunday afternoon, I pulled the plug. *plink* No more Facebook.

There were still some things on Facebook I liked. Various ham radio pages, some WW II pages and the like all were still of interest. But the on-going deterioration of the overall experience due to the constant changes to the all-holy Facebook Algorithm, more and more intrusive ads and the steady leftist politicization of the platform all told me it was time to leave, and leave I did.

You know, I don't miss it at all. I have other places to get the ham info, and while I do miss the WW II stuff (it was mostly pictures), I don't miss the constant bick...

This little jewel popped up on one of the last social media sites I still frequent. Take a look at that long list of laws, most of them relating to firearms, all of which were passed by politicians who assured us that each and every one of them was "A good first step" or "Another step to reign in gun violence" or that we had to "Think of the Children!" or some other phrase meant to appeal to those who emote rather than think.

You know, I'd like to take all those politicians and their allies in all the gun grabber groups, stand them en masse up against a wall and...slather them in the blood of all the victims they have created. After all, they enjoy dancing in...

With Friends Like These

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:30, Wednesday, 21 March

"I think we should do Fix NICS. I agree with Fix NICS," Ryan added. "That's something we're discussing with our friends on the other side of the aisle." [More]
What "friends" would those be? And who says aisle side matters?

Yep, it's in there.

The event was cancelled after borough Democrats and others expressed outrage, citing the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the number of unfounded gun threats on Staten Island. [More]
It seems to me if it was scheduled there was an implied contract and a unilateral pullout can result in damages, especially if finding a suitable new venue results in additional expenses and/or an attendance drop.

Or are we free to reserve the room and then pull out at any time?

Earlier this week, TFB ran an article on TFBTV’s “March Gatness” tournament (posted at We’re going to determine what readers think to be the best rifle, shotgun, automatic pistol, and revolver (click here) ever made.  TFBTV will run a video on the “winners,” i.e., the guns that go the distance and claim their respective brackets. The Rifle […]

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[IWA 2018] Norinco Handguns And A Chinese M4 Style Shotgun

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

I was hoping that I would get to see some Chinese made guns at IWA.  We do not get to see Chinese made guns in the US apart from some shotguns that are imported like the Catamount Fury and the saiga style shotguns imported recently by SDS Imports. China South Industries Corp did not disappoint. […]

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The HK417 A7 is not even up on the HK homepage, I can only find the A2 version. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. TFB reported about it (as in the G95) already last year, check here for more details. It was also to be found at the Heckler & Koch booth at EnforceTac 2018. […]

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Thought for the day

in Of Arms and the Law at 12:03, Wednesday, 21 March

What didn't stop the recent Maryland school shooter:

Maryland's registration of guns and requirement of a permit to own;
Its universal background check;
Its one-gun-a month limit;
Its prohibition on magazines holding more than ten rounds;
Its very restrictive permit to carry system;
The Federal creation of "gun free school zones"
Its prohibition on handgun carry by the underaged.

What did stop the shooter:

A good guy with a gun, at the scene.

Summing up the Maryland school shooting

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 12:05, Wednesday, 21 March

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

So by all means, let's ban bump stocks!  Stupid and useless gun control is an infinitely renewable resource.

Texans are Still Armed, Home-invaders Are Still Getting Shot

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 10:01, Wednesday, 21 March


He Apparently Didn’t Like the “Ex” Part of Ex-boyfriend

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:51, Wednesday, 21 March


Regulation is Coming

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 10:49, Wednesday, 21 March

While both he GOP and the Dems are still sucking up to the Silicon Valley money machines, eventually regulation is going to come. YouTube has suspended a lot more categories of legal gun videos. John Richardson has a lot more to say on this. The purpose of anti-trust law can be best understood as to prevent unaccountable political power, which Google now wields in abundance. As Stephen Green says over at Instapundit: “It’s time to regulate YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter as common carriers.” I’m not sure common carrier regulation is the correct thing, but if Google is going to maintain a monopoly on online video, it’s going to have to be a lot more ev...


Quote of the day—Aesop

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 06:00, Wednesday, 21 March

Yeah, because what you really want to do in a society is make 150M gun owners with 600M-1B guns and 1T rounds of ammo for them ostracized pariahs, with nothing to lose, no job, no life, and no prospects, and sit there on top of the shit heap with the other monkeys as Lords of the Flies, with nothing to protect you but an entitled smirk.

Because that will turn out so well for you and the other shitlords.

Keep on telling gun owners they’re terrorists, and see what happens when they decide if they’re going to be hanged as a thief, they may as well steal.

March 17, 2018
Comment to Robb: When ALL Gun Owners Are Shunned
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

03/20/18 Washington Times summarizes a Washington Post story.  I would link directly to the WaPo, but "Democracy Dies Behind a Paywall."  (Yes, I know that they need to pay their reporters, but the sanctimonious tone bugs me.)
A D.C. Council member who apologized over the weekend for suggesting that Jewish financiers control the weather has propagated the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory in the past.
D.C. Council member Trayon ...

Love It

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 07:53, Wednesday, 21 March

Sen. McCaskill's Republican challenger is running ads with Hilary Clinton's attacks on Red America as a reminder of what McCaskill's party stands for.  If every Republican did this, I think the predicted Democratic landslide next year might be less than the MSM expects.

These tweets report that at least two of the students have been arrested on weapons charges, both involving threats involving knives.  Remember: allowing teachers to be armed is irrational overreaction.



by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 07:00, Wednesday, 21 March

A nice video about value, money, and the price we put on things.

I like explaining to people that the value of gold never changes.  The value of the money we use to buy or sell gold changes, but the value of gold remains constant.

Often, I get perplexed looks when I explain that.

Got an Aussie friend whose brother will be in town late May, early June.  We're looking at June 3 at the Casa Grande public range for an informal gathering of the People of the Gun.

Anybody still read this blog and interested?

Remains believed to be those of Louise Pietrewicz of Cutchogue, who vanished without a trace in October 1966, were unearthed Monday in the basement of the Southold house her married boyfriend, former Southold police officer William Boken, shared with his wife and children. [More]
Would you say she came from a Boken home?

[Via William T]

Minneapolis police officer charged with murder, manslaughter in Justine Damond case [More]
I'm inclined to believe his attorney:
“The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy.”
[Via several of you]

In case you were wondering why the kid is such an odious little punk... [More]

[Via Felix B]

Who Will Show?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:12, Wednesday, 21 March

We need members to show up in force and stay united. REMEMBER THESE BILLS ARE NOT JUST ABOUT BUMP STOCKS AND GHOST GUNS, there is more in these bills that infringe on our rights. People who oppose our rights plan to be there in large numbers. [More]
My guess is most of those who will be negatively affected won't even share CCDL's link.

[Via Felix B]

When Mangoes are Outlawed...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:04, Wednesday, 21 March

Anyone who can't be trusted with a mango can't be trusted without a custodian. [More]

[Via William T]

You can tell from comments the mob that's already made up its mind isn't interested. [More]

[Via Michael G]

What? You can't now...? [More]

How do we know it's not the Russians trying to influence U.S. elections...?

[Via Jess]

The suspected Great Mills shooter, a teen, used a handgun. It's tough for adults to buy one in Maryland. [More]
Time to make it double-plus-tough.  That'll stop these guys.

[Via Jess]

YouTube Officially To Start Banning Firearms Related Content [More]
The Keeper explains.

I'm wondering when blogs like this will be banned and removed.

[Via Sam L]

UPDATE: Herschel has more.

[More]Would you obey it?

I view myself as a conservative... [More]
That and he was a white male...

His immediately subsequent admission that he really didn't know what that meant will be ignored or dismissed.

“This is very frustrating. Because we’d love to do something about this,” said Michael Mena, who last month joined in a unanimous City Commission vote endorsing a draft ban on the sale of military-style rifles. “Whether we like it or not, there is a state statute that prevents us from doing that.” [More]
Slavering tyrant wanna be, raging that he doesn't have unlimited power to rule by diktat...

Can you imagine this psychopath with even more power?

[Via DDS]

The Voice of Experience

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

Advice from a Russian: Never Give Up Your Guns [More]
Yeah, but has he eaten Tide Pods?

[Via Felix B]

Not Ready to Throw in the Towel?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:43, Wednesday, 21 March

Feinstein Speaks on Gun Legislation... [More]
Doesn't she get that she's no longer needed or even useful, and will soon be seen as an obstacle to be removed?  New management is taking over.

[Via Dave Licht]

Onward Christian Soldiers

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:02, Wednesday, 21 March

The Holy Cross Crusaders are giving its nearly 100-year-old mascot the heave-ho to avoid offending other religious groups. And by “other religious groups” — well, you can probably figure that out for yourself. [More]
Now all they neeed to feel like the first pope is a rooster crowing.

A Symbolic Gesture

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:52, Wednesday, 21 March

But, as Hill acknowledged, it has no chance whatsoever in the Democratic-held House. [More]
What did Yoda say about that?

Sorry to be so cynical. I don't know those behind the bill and that may be unfair to them.  I'm coming from a point of view that has seen advocacy used too many times as a ploy to enhance political standing while knowing in advance it has zero chance of bringing about any real change.

[Via cydl]

UK vz.59 Czech Universal Machine Gun: History and Mechanics

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Wednesday, 21 March


In 1952, Czechoslovakia adopted a whole new family of small arms, including the vz.52 pistol, vz.52 rifle, and vz.52 light machine gun. The rifle and LMG were both chambered in the Czech 7.62x45mm cartridge, and both would be adapted to the Soviet standard 7.62x39mm a few years later, in 1957. Very shortly thereafter, the Czechs would also introduce a heavier universal machine gun version in 7.62x54mmR under the designation UK vz.59 (universal machine gun model 59).

The UK 59 was basically a scaled up sibling of the vz.52 and vz.52/57 machine guns, although it fed from a belt only, where its smaller predecessors had allowed either belt or magazine feed. It used a pivoting locking block system much like the Walther P38 and Beretta pistols, in conjunction with a long stroke gas piston much like that of the vz.26 light machine gun.

The weapon did not see much interest outside of Czechoslovakia, although it does remain in service in that region in the modernized 7.62x51mm iterati...

Canada Introduces Tighter Gun Legislation

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 07:47, Wednesday, 21 March

The Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have introduced a new bill which would require tougher background checks and retailers to independently maintain records of their sales and individuals purchasing firearms. Bill C-71 seeks a number of changes to several elements of Canada’s legislation including the Firearms Act and Criminal Code, here’s the bill’s […]

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BEHIND THE SCENES: The M1A From Springfield Armory

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 07:32, Wednesday, 21 March

M1ANathaniel, Matt, Miles or virtually any other TFB writer could drop pages of knowledge on the development and use of the M1A rifle. Instead, you’re stuck with me and my incidental stories; I’ve lusted after a proper M1A ever since I first saw a print of the iconic rifle hanging in an old supervisor’s office, […]

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Mark 5HDLeupold first put on display their Mark 5HD scopes at SHOT Show 2018’s Industry Day at the Range which TFB checked out in person. Leupold makes two offerings currently of the Mark 5HD with one being a 5-25x56mm and the other a 3.6-18x44mm. Both of these models can be purchased with your choice of 6 […]

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H-S PrecisionLegacy Sports International, the US importer of Howa rifles, has a new firearm for the precision minded hunter. Howa is glad to introduce their newest offering to shooters with the H-S Precision rifle. This rifle, like many Howa rifles, comes with their sub-MOA accuracy guarantee as well as their Lifetime coverage of service. This new […]

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For years, Karin Holder, co-founder of the award winning TV show, Raised Hunting and co-founder of the non-profit archery camps, Raised at Full Draw has had a vision of hosting a retreat where women can come learn archery and hunting skills. The vision has been for this to be a fun, safe environment where mistakes are no big deal, a environment that encourages renewal of the mind and soul and allows women to have that recharging get away. A place that pushes women beyond what they thought they could do, builds confidence and provides them with the skills to experience the outdoors and hunting.


NA MSD: The Cowardice of Their Conviction

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 09:28, Wednesday, 21 March

The Parkland students “working” for gun control mass human/civil rights violations want to have a rational discussion of their goals, without “threats”:

Parkland shooting survivors say the NRA is “basically threatening” them
“They’ve been instigating things,” Gonzalez added. “And then, when we reply, they like shy back away. They can dish it out but they can’t take it.”

“Instigating.” Remind me again of who is calling innocent people murderers. “Instigating” is responding to false accusations and rights violations?

Grow up.

Never Again MSD was offered a a chance to state their goals, to describe the laws they think will accomplish them. The Zelman Partisans g...

QotD: Enough Room In The Toes Edition

by Tam in View From The Porch at 08:35, Wednesday, 21 March

From PDB in a Facebook discussion:

"Why are we even expected to listen to kids? They're all idiots. Five years ago they were watching the Backyardigans with their fingers up their noses, and now we expect them to have meaningful opinions on natural rights, constitutional law, and criminology? They know less than nothing about the world and bear no costs for interpreting it incorrectly.

Using kids as political puppets is grotesque emotional manipulation and should be called out as dishonest bullshit at every opportunity.

Florence King's quote bears repeating:

If we want to regain the respect of the world, we should begin by announcing that children have no business expressing opinions on anything except "Do you have enough room in the toes?" -Florence King
— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 19, 2018

Cards on the Table

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:01, Wednesday, 21 March

MSNBC had not been shy about having a leftward editorial slant in the past, implicitly since '07 and explicitly since the "Lean Forward" campaign of 2010. It was their schtick to pass CNN and go after FOX News, by basically setting themselves up as the "AntiFOX".

By 2014 it was costing them viewership, as they'd pushed too far past the center-Left, and they were losing viewers in the crucial "Crackers in their prime spending years" demographic. They officially tried to steer a course back towards hard news back in 2015, but it's obvious that there's still an agenda, as is witnessed by the lavish promo spots for the Children's Crusade:

So, yeah, basically a straight-up commercial for gun control. Such evenhanded, very journalism, wow.

Of course, if you are a journalist working the Acela corridor, gun control is a very Centrist idea! Everyone knows that the NRA is funded by g...

In line with the awesome analysis found by T-Bolt (highly recommended) comes this via Isegoria: How does the number of steps required to buy a gun relate to homicide rates?  Short answer: not really at all.

Not what I wanted to do this morning, but when I saw a fellow sociologist Tweet about a New York Times story on “How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries,” I couldn’t help myself. According to the Times, “Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 15 of them.”
The implication is that adding more steps and required approvals to the process of buying a gun ("Be more like Europe!"). &n...
D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr., a Democrat, claimed that the Rothschilds — a European Jewish banking family descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild — control the World Bank and the federal government during a Feb. 27 gathering of top city officials, The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning.

“There’s this whole concept with the Rothschilds — contro...

Americans have lost their rational fear of wild animals. Even when they are in your backyard, they are dangerous. Coyote attack of 9-year-old Carolina girl sparks concerns in the. The point of the old (original version of) Grimm’s tales was to impress on children that nature was “red of tooth and claw.” Now they’ve been sanitized by Disney, they contain no lessons whatsoever.

The coyote attack this past week of a North Carolina girl at her own house is raising concerns about safety in Upstate areas with frequent sightings.

The animal attacked the girl in the middle of the day, leading the game department to suspect rabies.

But the ready availability of food in suburban settings is making the coyotes stick around and become accustomed to humans.

It is legal to shoot a coyote in your yard, unless your city or HOA laws prohibit that. But if your safety is in question, the law is on your side either way.

So at least in South Carolina, you are entitled to...

Delete the Videos! YouTube Cracks Down on Gun Channels (Again.)

Another day, another anti-gun policy put in place by YouTube. The media giant has been slowly taking steps to eliminate c...


Culture Change

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Wednesday, 21 March

If the bad guys really wanted to drive a wedge in gunnie culture they might try to ban guns that ARE just used for hunting and are in declining use.  Hunting isn't what the 2nd protects, and SCOTUS in Heller says regulation of stuff not in common use can be permissable.

The military/militia doesn't use shotguns.  Ban them.  Pump and doubles.  They are problematic from all the laws of war, anyway.  Sure, the .mil used to use them, but allies and opponents always thought shotguns in war a bit hinky.

No military or police use them revolvers for the most part.  They are old fashioned anachronisms.  Ban em.

And now the Fudds are up in arms.  But they'd have sold other gunnies out to still go duck hunting, so, effective culture attack, and we ALL lose some power.  (We'd have more power if the Fudds were as supportive of my preferred firearms as I was of there doubles.)



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We're the Only Ones Dreamy Enough

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:47, Wednesday, 21 March

Deputy suspended for sleeping on duty Monday at Stoneman Douglas High School [More]
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Take the Tide Pod Challenge

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:52, Wednesday, 21 March

The quickest way to discredit them is to let them keep being who they are. [More]

MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems, has set its sights on the law enforcement market. With the recent addition of its new Law Enforcement / Military Sales Coordinator, Trinity Brown, MPA is poised to expand its offerings of high quality and precision-built rifles and chassis systems, as well as […]

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You might be familiar with CrossBreed Holsters, but did you know that they offer several leather options for holsters and belts? Each type has different benefits. The process of making holsters and belts involves many steps, and a lot of attention to detail. I recently visited CrossBreed’s headquarters to find out more about the world of leather as it pertains to holsters.

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someone pointed out his record isn't exactly sterling.  Which reminded me of a piece about the anthrax attacks and just how the EffingBI* screwed that case up, and I found it.

Skimming through, I ran across this:
Much of what authorities discovered, they leaked anonymously to journalists. The result was an unrelenting stream of inflammatory innuendo that dominated front pages and television news. Hatfill found himself trapped, the powerless central player in what Connolly describes as “a story about the two most powerful institutions in the United States, the government and the press, ganging up on an innocent man. It’s Kafka.” 
In their own depositions, both John Ashcroft and Robert Mueller, the FBI director, said they had expressed concern to underlings about news leaks that appeared to single out and smear Hatfill. Both, however, denied any...

La Grange

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 04:27, Wednesday, 21 March

ZZ Top was never one of my favorite groups when I was younger, though their music was always on the radio. I really came to appreciate the group when Billy Gibbons took a role on the TV show Bones, playing a slightly amplified version of himself, as Angela Montenegro’s father.

Anyway, this is “La Grange” by ZZ Top from their 1973 album Tres Hombres.

Self-defense Is Legal In Milwaukee, Wisconsin

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:48, Wednesday, 21 March

JusticeEven if the powers-that-be wish it weren’t. ...


I love it when anti-gun advocates provide specific information about why they don't like guns ... and then they get it WRONG!
Anti-Gun Group Tweets a Photo of a Gun...They've Loaded The Magazine Backwards | MRCTV:

 Everytown For Gun Safety, an anti-gun activist group known for posting all kinds of false stats about gun violence in an effort to strip law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment rights, tweeted a Newsweek article alleging that arming teachers would somehow make minority children in urban schools "less safe." Perhaps even more ridiculous than the premise of the article was the photo along with it: a gun, with a magazine that's loaded...backwards.
This is just one more reason why we are justified in ignoring their pallid political posturing.

If they have a political agenda, they should at least demonstrate some expertise in the subject they're so adamantly against!

A recent opinion piece in The Guardian postulates that the NRA is not a "real defender" of the 2nd Amendment.

(The Guardian?   I thought they were a British website ... why are they worried about American firearms laws?)

Only the Brits would postulate that an argument against a Constitutional Right is actually an argument FOR it.

Why the real defenders of the second amendment oppose the NRA | Corey Brettschneider | Opinion | The Guardian: Perhaps no subsection of a political movement is so passionately animated by a clause of the US constitution. As many a gun enthusiast is eager to say, gun regulation is a non-starter; the second amendment is the law of the land, so the government can’t tell me what to do with my guns. But those seeking sensible gun regulation – like the 83% of Americans who support a mandatory waiting period for buying a gun and the 67% of Americans who agree with a ban on assault weapons...

You deserve a better class of hermit.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 01:13, Wednesday, 21 March

Other hermits have life-changing spiritual epiphanies. I’m told.

I wake up at midnight with “My Baby’s In Love With Eddie Vedder” stuck in my head. Humming the accordion solo.

Lisdoonvarna vs The European Union

by Sheila Stokes-Begley in The Zelman Partisans at 00:09, Wednesday, 21 March

Yes, I am aware St. Patrick’s Day was the 17th, but perhaps we can spare a moment to remember the town of Lisdoonvarna. A town that most likely is not going to be remembered as it is. Irish singer Christy Moore wrote a lovely song about it. I always like Christy Moore’s music, plus it has pretty pictures.

So to set this up nicely, I’ll give you a bit of background. Ireland, like Israel in her past has had to fight for their culture. There is this column Dreidels & Hedgerows, but just a brief bit of background on the Irish war of Independence. First we will look at the Easter uprising.

Easter Rising

The Easter Rising, also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, 24 April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in I...

People are always looking for ways to make Glocks “safer”.  This one was done for the Taiwan and Portuguese police straight from Glock apparently:

The other side:


RIP to a real one:


Tuesday, 20 March


As it turns out...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 18:49, Tuesday, 20 March

...there are rather a lot of photographs here to sort through.

And that's just off the Pen. I still have to offload the pics on the OM-D.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” ― Mark Twain 

The picture was taken where friends and family gathered, a night back in January.  The moon was building, the air was quiet, the earth a motionless sphere in cooling space.  Stepping outside, one breathed in the cold, across which the faint scent of a fire touched the palate with smoke. Above, the night streamed in thick indigo threads, beyond which lay myriad points of crystal lights.  It was a good night for a small glass of whisky.

Whiskey vs. whisky?  The difference between whiskey and whisky seems simple but it's not. Whisky typically denotes Sco...


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