Regarding the slingshot, you might not want the “Bart Simpson” model. I made my own David & Goliath sling, from paracord. Bank Run pebbles are all over the place here, so a tool pouch or inexpensive nail apron, holds plenty of pebble ammunition in all sizes and weights for whatever the application is.
In the previous installment, I mentioned that shooters have a tendency to ‘walk’ their rounds into the center of the target. The reason for this is that the most missed shot in shooting is the very first shot. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, commented about this in his book The Wilderness Hunter, published in 1893.
No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual carelessness of aim with the first shot.
To TR’s comment, I would add ‘and mashing the trigger’ after “carelessness of aim.”
The second most missed shot in shooting is the shot immediately after clearing a stoppage. Stoppage refers to either a malfunction or a reload. As put in the military, “any unintentional interruption in the cycle of operation.”
Both of these shots are missed so often because they represent a transition point from using a complex motor skill (combination of gross…
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Although I have already written more about gun ownership statistics than I care to (here and here and here and here), the questions of who owns how many guns and how we know are important. So I took note when sociologist Dan Hirschman posted today on the scatterplot blog that the data for the 2016 edition of the biennial General Social Survey is now publicly available. Hirschman also linked to the GSS Data Explorer trends page which allows users to quickly look at basic trends on issues of interest.
If you go to the page, you can find the question “Does respondent have gun in home” under the broader “Civil Liberties” category (it’s in the Bill of Rights after all!), and within that under the “Crime” category (oh, well, can’t win ’em all!)
Using your mouse as a magic wand, you can quickly generate the trend line…
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9mm ammo will require moon clips for use in a revolver, as does the .45 acp. I had a S&W Model-1952, with a 5″ pencil barrel, an N-frame. It was okay, but I did not like the moon clips, the half-moon clips, or the 2×2 clip sections. 1911 was the way to go. N-frame is much better in .44 Magnum or .44 Special. I would say as guessing, that a J-frame S&W would be best in .38 Special, a proven commodity, and a K-frame is better in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum, over a 9mm, because moon clips are involved. Maybe competition, but for street fighting, I personally would not care for the 9mm.
I stumbled across an article on The Loadout Room website last week and I thought I would share.
According to the article (read it in full here), it is an excerpt from the notebook an intelligence asset with a great track record in super-secret, Ninja squirrel types of endeavors. I don’t know enough about the website, it’s authors or super-secret, ninja squirrel stuff to know how factual it is…
But, since it deals with revolvers and more specifically snub-nosed revolvers it caught my attention and I thought I would share it with you. For those too busy or devoted to check out the original, here is a synopsis:
Super-secret, Ninja squirrel operative received extensive training on the preferred handgun for “embedded human intel assets,” the snub-nosed revolver chambered in 9mm.
The reasons (paraphrased):
9mm is the most common handgun round in the world
9mm is effective
A revolver is extremely reliable…
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When I tell my more liberal friends I am studying “gun culture,” they frequently hear me saying “gun violence,” since their primary association with guns is with violence. Although my interest in guns is actually in the culture that surrounds it rather than violence, I still spend a few days on “gun violence” — firearm-related injury and death — in my Sociology of Guns seminar every semester.
An article we are reading this week – “Firearm Injuries in the United States,” published by 4 authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is interesting to note – shows that the firearm homicide rate in the United States was 3.66 per 100,000 from 2010-2012.
Taking an aggregate statistic like this, we often hear about how much higher…
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I only need two things, fire and knife. I make primitive fire, but something like a Doan’s magnesium bar, and a fire steel, makes life easier. The problem with “preppers”, we were called “Survivalists” in the 1980s, is that too much junk is carried. It’s kind of like when I travel with my wife, she takes several suitcases and then about four tote bags, while I take only bare essentials. She hates that, but never learned from me the importance. In other words, practice your firemaking skills, then practice your knife honing skills. Camping skills, in general, will always be worth their weight in diamonds. Learning silence, unless a communication need or emergency, saves a whole bunch of unnecessary chatter and, excessive talk, causes panic and fear to set in. Few discuss those skills. I tend to assess trash that I come upon. How old is it? Can it be repurposed and utilized? Same with forage. Usually dandelion and berries. All the pine trees around here are all but gone, but were all over the place, and a Native American who was my grandfather’s friend, taught me the importance of the pine tree and the secrets it holds. Simplicity. Avoid gimmicks or anything that depends on batteries if possible. I am also very fond of paper maps. I still do not have a clue of how to use the truck GPS, nor do I understand people’s dependency on something where if satellites are blocked, or batteries die, they are in a panic mode. Learn topography. Sun position and time. Use your hand to determine time and distance. Then, all the toys become an amusement, but unnecessary.
Having a pouch or two around your waist when walking around in the woods might just be beneficial to your gear setup…
Of course it all depends on how you are set up and where your pouches are located, whether you’re backpacking or what it is you’re doing. Maybe you’re just out for a day forage to harvest some wild mushrooms, or maybe your you’re on a day hike and decided not to take a backpack, just a belt kit to get you through the day with some other gear connected to it, such as your water bottle, a saw and a knife, etc…
It all depends on what you’re doing as to where a belt pouch could fit in…
Learn from Wildtuskanybushcraft one way to make a leather belt pouch…
This is the second video in the Understanding the Baseline series. You will need to watch the introduction video to have a better understanding of what the intent of this video is. If you haven’t yet watched it, you can do so here.
The Hasty Search is our first scan as we enter a new environment. It gives use our initial baseline so that anomalies are easier to recognize. This assessment will give us the overall mood of our environment and the individuals in it.
Let me start by providing some context to this video. The video begins in the vestibule of my apartment complex. I’m just starting my commute to work by walking to the metro station and catching the train.
Patrick Van Horne, CEO of the CP Journal, suggested I should clarify that the hasty search actually starts before I exit the vestibule. As I say in the video, I’m looking through the…
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After an anonymous tip off, police arrested a man in San Jose de Campos earlier this month suspected of manufacturing and selling firearms. At least ten homemade submachine guns had been produced by him, two of the models being previously seized. Each were being sold from between $1,000 to $1,700 (USD) to local buyers.
Those of us that have been paying attention know that accidents involving firearms are not only far more rare than anti-liberty fanatics claim, but the number of such accidents have been declining precipitously for the last century. We also know this is particularly remarkable, because while the accident rate has been dropping, the rate of firearm ownership has been skyrocketing, particularly during the Obama years, with a push at the end due to fears of a Hillary Clinton presidency. This may seem to some to be irrational, until one realizes Clinton actually ran on gun control and promised to work “every day” she was in office to destroy the Second Amendment. Firearms sales records were being set virtually every month, and with the election of Donald Trump, the firearm industry is experiencing something of a sales slump, however, far more people, including liberals and women, who never considered owning firearms…
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Changes have taken place with laws, but the bottom line remains, “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”, despite what some trainers salivate for training requirements. 2A remains the one and only bastardized amendment, and very arguably, I could find due cause, to bastardize every other amendment.
Twelve state are Constitutional Carry, and there is no escalation of idiocy beyond what already existed prior to Constitutional Carry. Under advisement to lawmakers, I would suggest concerted efforts to elevate IQ levels above the temperature that beer is served. Firearms are not the problem, limited intelligence, remains the problem.
I wrote recently about the dawn of the era of permitless carry, as a nascent stage in the expansion of gun carry rights following the normalization of shall issue concealed carry.
Of course I am not unique in observing this expanding right to bear arms. Over many years, Rob Vance has graphically depicted this and John Richardson has shared Vance’s graphic on his blog, No Lawyers Only Guns and Money.
The passage of permitless carry in New Hampshire and North Dakota has prompted the release of the latest graphic showing blue (permitless carry) continuing to grow and red (no permits issued) continuing to shrink.
Note that the graphic depicts the % of the US population that lives in states covered by different laws. It does not speak to how many or what proportion of the population carries concealed or has a permit.
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A rather interesting video, from one of my favorite video makers. Kind of leaves you, “warmed up”.
Video from Iraqveteran8888, one of my favorite video makers.
The smoke alone, will scare the daylights out of any threat.
The perp still gets charged with Attempted Robbery.
“The taking of property by fear, or force, or intimidation.”
HOPE & PRAY that he reinforces & supports the 2nd Amendment and doesn’t waver like Roberts did with ObamaCare!!!!
Really wasn’t expecting CNN the “FakeNews Capital” of the world to be fair discussing Neil Gorsuch’s slim record on the 2nd Amendment.
The HYPOCRISY of the party that has perpetuated & supported Sanctuary cities where American Citizens have been raped, gunned down, stabbed, murdered and raped is saying that he helped Felons get guns is a classic case of Liberal Hypocrisy of of the Pot calling the Kettle Black!
We don’t have a GUN problem in America! We have a Judicial Loophole problem & a Liberalism problem where felons are released on pleaded down sentences by activist judges and allowed to walk amongst us on the streets.
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Imagine that, more lies and mis-information from the Anti’s!
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DIY wood tarp fastenersThe Tautline knot, or hitch, is a knot you’ll like to use when working with versatile tarps, ridgelines and possibly in such situations as tent tie-outs. It’s an adjustable tension knot that will hold well if tied and dressed properly…
Here’s a handy trick on how to make tarp fasteners from branches found around your campsite…
Walking in to work this morning, the pavement looked more like it had been raining earthworms than water. Apparently earthworms surface from underground during rains in order to move above ground to safety. Sadly, earthworms aren’t very good judges of what constitutes safety, and I’d guess that not many hospital employees took the time to walk in-between the worms in order to minimize smooshing.
Late morning I ventured outside with my service dog for her bathroom break and the earthworms remained overland, and moving very slowly. My initial response was, again, to walk between them to avoid pulverizing the creatures into the pavement; but my second thought was to scoop them up and place them back on the grass. I suspect this is a bit of a throwback to my days as an animal-rights liberal; all Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. I wondered if doing such an act of…
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Walk With God
I was still off track this week. When your brain isn’t tracking well enough to follow a kid’s cartoon it’s tough to try and understand the word of an all powerful God. We didn’t make it to church this week at all but we should be well enough to go this weekend and we should be contagious either. As my condition improved I was able to get back to a more regular prayer routine and Bible study so that is a step back in the right direction.
I was able to make it to the store one day and picked up this paycheck’s supply of ammunition and reloading supplies. I bought a pack of small pistol primers, 15 rounds of buckshot, and 20 rounds of .308 practice ammunition. I plan to start buying ammunition regularly again. After the last election I pretty well stopped any…
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Here’s an idea that might work in certain situations, although I wouldn’t be cutting any holes in the top of my tarps and tents.
This idea came from somewhere over in the Philippines, I am having a hard time finding the source, but I think you get the idea just by the image.
To get light into a dark place they are taking a water filled plastic bottle (with bleach as an option to keep algae from growing) and cutting a hole into the roof and hanging the bottle in the hole.
Supposedly on a sunny day this puts out light equivalent to that of a 55w bulb.
Or don’t mess with old dudes…
They’ll kill you..
Always be careful.
In the interest of practicing what I preach, as well as giving me something to do, I have decided to pick the ‘best’ carry pistol for me from my current small collection. This journey is mine alone, but I encourage you to think about what you value in a carry gun, do some research, and…
If you believe the Bible is true, then you know it’s going to happen. The “Mark of the Beast” is a staple of prophecy, a development many evangelical Christians would take as a sign the end times have truly begun. And Pastor Carl Gallups believes there are real, concrete indications the United Nations has already […]
For all of the controversy and scrutiny that has been directed toward Baylor’s athletic program, it would only be fair to give them credit for honoring Jesus. After their loss to South Carolina in Friday night’s NCAA Sweet Sixteen game, the Bear and Gamecock players joined in a circle and engaged in prayer acknowledging the Majesty of Our Lord Jesus.
(H/T: Ed Uszinsky/ Athletes In Action)
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Feinstein & Co. Try to Sink the Gorsuch Nomination
The confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch are now over, having lasted for four long days.
And anti-gun Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is angry.
She tried, ten different ways, to get Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to denounce the Second Amendment — or to subscribe to a narrow interpretation of it.
She tried to get Gorsuch to endorse the interpretation that stripped 257,000 law-abiding veterans of their rights without due process.
She pushed safety-free school zone legislation that has turned our kids into sitting ducks.
She even tried to get Gorsuch to endorse bans on certain types of guns.
And, if that wasn’t enough, anti-gun Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked the very same questions the next day.
All to no avail.
Gorsuch “stuck to his guns,” literally and otherwise — and rebuffed Feinstein again and again.
In the end, frustrated…
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We know how the anti’s and their lapdog media will report this..
Fabricating stories and lies are they…
Personally, I enjoy Everclear 190-proof (95% Alcohol) , straight. America, is here, as a nation, only because it was funded by, moonshiner proceeds. The Founding Fathers, manufactured spirits.
It took several trips over several seasons before I was able to see any results from this project. Last February I was able to take my fist hog with the “Tactical Hunter.” He wasn’t any lightweight either. During the first night hunt of the trip I spotted a big boar about 65 yards out from the stand I was sitting in. He wasn’t heading for the feeder just crossing the field going from one stand of trees to another. We had dropped some grape seasoned corn out away from the feeders to try and draw them in and it must have caught his attention because he slowed from his trot and started rooting around a bit. I don’t normally like to take hogs, especially boars, much over 100 pounds. The meat is generally better but this guy was really something and I decided to go for it.
One shot and he was down…
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The 2017 Public Safety Omnibus Bill was unveiled this morning.
Unfortunately, despite all of your efforts over the course of this legislative session, the two bills that gun owners have been pursuing for years in Minnesota – Constitutional Carry and Self-Defense Law Reform (Stand Your Ground) were not included.
Because of this, it’s unlikely that any gun rights legislation will advance this session.
We’re disappointed because law-abiding gun owners like you have worked hard – giving time, treasure, and your talent – to ensure that we elect and maintain a strong Pro-Second Amendment majority in the Minnesota House and Senate.
We’re disappointed because allegedly strong pro-Second Amendment leaders in the Minnesota Senate refused to hold hearings on these bills.
We’re disappointed because allegedly strong pro-Second Amendment leaders in the Minnesota House refused to advance these bills.
We’re disappointed because rather than advance substantive pro-Second Amendment legislation, leaders…
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I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I require the same from them.
When discussing Standards, we should keep in mind that Standards come from several sources.
- Ourselves (personal standards)
- Private Sector (social values and employment criteria)
- Public Sector (legal requirements)
Of those, the standards we set for ourselves are the most important. For instance, I don’t drink if I’m driving. I enjoy having a cocktail but I either have one at home or in the company of a designated driver. That’s my personal standard. In most cases, I could probably ‘get away with’ driving home after I’ve had a drink. However, even if I wasn’t close to the legal limit of intoxication, alcohol consumption reduces the margin of safety I consider acceptable for operating a two ton potential manslaughter machine…
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(This is a guest article by Brandon Cox)
Learning survival skills isn’t everyone’s plans as most people rarely plan to become survivals one day. What if the worst happens and you have to hunt for food to survive? Chances are you’re not one of those many people if you’re reading this post. As a modern-day prepper, the idea of bow hunting might not sound ideal but remembers bullets eventually do disappear. You need to learn stealth to survive.
These are the times when you realize a bow is your best option. Tracking your target with the focus on stealth hunting is one of the best skills any prepper can learn. Learning how to use a bow and arrow for hunting is an art of the highest kind that might one day be the only option you’ve got.
When stuck in the wilderness, nothing beats what a bow and arrow…
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I recently took an adventure bicycle tour partially along the Southern Tier where I jumped up north from the Tier in New Mexico. This trip began in San Diego California and ended in the mid-United States Ozarks area.
I began my journey early November 2016 and arrived mid December 2016. The weather conditions began warm and sunny and drastically changed into cold weather once I crossed over Apache Summit in New Mexico..
Now let me explain the equipment I began with, concluded with, the sacrifices, and even the dangers and I’ll begin with a little about myself…
Yesterday as I was riding my bike on the edge of a highway shoulder when a seemingly humble, yet excited man got out of his jeep at the highway entrance and flagged me down – this scenario was safer than this sounds. Being a bicycle tourist himself, he was enthusiastic to find out…
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By Craig Gadd
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
The quote by Mr Winston Churchill was part of his speech on the 20th of August 1940 to the House of Commons. The Battle of Britain was raging above, and Britain was short on fighter aircraft and even shorter on pilots.
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The ways of Glock are mysterious. Glock began with the 17, a duty-sized 9mm handgun with 17 round magazine capacity. That has led many to think Glock’s numbering scheme is related to the magazine capacity of its pistols. Rather, the Glock 17 was Glock’s 17th patent. While H&K actually produced a polymer framed production handgun, theVP-70 some decade before the Glock 17 (my article on the G17 is available here), That odd handgun was never intended for the mass market, and actually had a detachable shoulder stock that enabled three round burst–automatic–fire. It’s an interesting historical sidelight that Remington introduced the Nylon 66, a .22LR rifle with a polymer receiver and stock, long before either H&K or Glock. However, Glock was the pioneer in marketing a workable, mass manufactured, polymer, striker-fired handgun.
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In January 2016, Dr. John Lott contacted the CDC to alert them to a mistake in their numbers for 2014 on accidental gun deaths. The total was clearly a 100 larger than it actually was (the error arose because of mistakes in Tennessee’s data, and the mistake was so large it noticeably impacted the national number …
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch does not have a long appeals court record on gun rights issues.
For any kind of bugging out, those animals cannot be pushed too hard. You might end up walking them more than riding.
Glock NY triggers, used in NYPD service pistols are reported to be between 12.0# to 12.5#.
Lately, I have been hearing much about “triggers” and being “triggered.” Once someone is “triggered” they can run to a college campus “safe space” to recover from the “triggering.”
Perhaps, with such tender hearts running about, I should offer a warning. Heaven forbid, I inadvertantly “trigger” some snowflake’s little feelers, talking about triggers… on guns. Boom! There it is, the “G” word!
Here is a quick story, about triggers, that “triggered” me!
I was recently at a Cabela’s Store in Idaho. My daughter and I were looking at sub compact pistols. Maybe I am a trigger snob, Ok, I am… anyhow, I asked the guy working the counter what the trigger pull was on a Glock 43. He said it was three and a half pounds. The pistol I was holding, had a trigger that felt like 6-6.5 pounds, to me. I explained to the lad, from the factory…
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Anthony Weiner, the disgraced Democrat who can’t seem to go a year without texting some unsuspecting young girl a picture of his penis, has disappeared from his daily life. According to the US Marshal’s Service, Weiner has been taken into protective custody and placed in a safe house until he can testify against Hillary Clinton […]
South Africans generally have a poor attitude towards self-defence. Those who can afford to prefer to outsource it to security companies, and place a heavy reliance on passive defences such as high walls, security gates, and alarm systems.
All of those things have their place, but none of them replace the individual’s ability (and responsibility) to actively defend themselves when their person comes under attack.
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I want a toy room just like that.
Now that it’s almost spring I’ve been trying to do some fishing. I went a couple of weeks ago, when the weather was still frosty, but had zero luck. There are a couple of small lakes, ponds really, on post that are stocked part of the year with trout. Historically, the best way to catch the trout has been with chartreuse Berkley PowerBait floating eggs. This year it seemed the trout were not impressed with eggs. When I spoke with others out fishing, they said the trout wanted spinners; blue and silver, or red specifically (maybe the trout had answered a You Gov poll….). So I went out and bought them, and though I did get a few hits, I failed to catch any fish that way. I think my hands were too cold to feel the hit in time to respond.
At work this past week I was talking…
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Good advice on cleaning pocket knives. I have dedicated food knives and dedicated working knives.
When I am on jury duty, and it’s a malpractice case, lawyers always look at the older people and try to soften us then snag us on the jury. No Problem-o. If I am on any medical malpractice jury. I convict the bastards, every time out. I’m also very good at swaying juries into guilty convictions. Gun owners must, do the same.
Two legged rats….
So much for patient confidentiality…
Taken from the owner’s youtube description:
Over the years, our family has developed a means for fire-starting that we feel is superior to all others. We call it the “Ugly Stick.”
It is essentially jute twine infused with wax. But, we enhance it further by putting it through three more processes to make it more waterproof, rugged, light weight and easy to store for use in the field and for emergencies.
We feel it is superior to all other ignition sources because this fire-starting method is absolutely reliable under extreme cold conditions and high altitudes…and it is waterproof.
One 12 cm [4.75”] “Ugly Stick” will light 30-37 times. It can be dunked in water and re-lit. A waterproof tube we provide contains 12 “Ugly Sticks.” The tube also floats.
Now that the rifle was completed I needed to find self-defense and hunting ammunition to feed it. For both applications I wanted a round that was accurate out to 100 yards and would expand reliably. Although I might be willing to stock up on cheaper ammunition for SHTF or practice rounds I was also willing to pay a little extra for premium rounds for hunting and self-defense rounds. A quick search showed a bit of a downside for selecting this caliber; there wasn’t a very good selection of hunting ammo.
Hornady had a round listed on their web site but finding it (at the time) proved to be an impossible task. Winchester had the Hog Hunter Special for $24.99 per box of 20. TulAmmo had offerings in 154 grain soft points as well as 122 grain hollow points. Brown Bear (Barnaul) had a 125 grain soft point that seemed to be reasonably priced and…
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Locally made automatic handguns seized from a gang in Delhi including a ‘mini carbine’ which is similar to examples seen produced in Pakistani tribal areas such as Darra Adam Khel. This fits with a noticed shift in trends of locally made guns in India.
Other examples seized by Dehli police this month:
In a recent appearance on the Polite Society Podcast (episode 399, 2/5/17), Sean Maloney, founder of Second Call Defense, gave a very succinct summary of the transition from Gun Culture 1.0 to Gun Culture 2.0:
“The NRA is changing, our demographic is changing, and the people that are carrying guns in America are changing. They don’t care about the 300 meter shot at Camp Perry anymore. They care about the 3 foot shot in the dark, at night.”
The Stand Your Ground bill has passed to the Iowa House and
the anti-gun group is going to need a safe space. During the
public speaking speaking segment in our capitol, activists were
vocal. They claim gun owners will shoot people in the street,
their children will be shot because they’re the black kids who
wear hoodies, and worse.
Some have even gone so far as to call Stand Your Ground a
modern day lynching bill. And they are welcome to their opinion
on the subject. One comment, however, sticks in my craw. No
name was given to the person who made the comment that
offends me but they said the only people who want the Stand
Your Ground are ‘white, redneck, racists.’
Merriam-Webster describes a redneck as: a white member of the
Southern rural laboring class.
I will not apologize for being born white, or the fact that
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The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Policing today poured ice cold water over the SAPS’ proposal for a six-month firearm amnesty starting 1 April. The proposal is not only dead in the water; it is sunk like the Battleship Bismarck.
Committee Chair Francois Beukman made it unambiguously clear that in order for the proposed amnesty to comply with the law, it requires the approval of Parliament.
Approval that was never sought.
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We live in interesting times. And I see the Prepper Community reflecting that. Up until the early morning hours on November 9th many people increased their prepper activities at a fast pace expecting Killary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. Myself included. That consisted of expending funds to buy items that I was concerned would be soon unavailable under a Clinton socialist regime. Across the country guns, especially AR’s were flying off dealer’s shelves (at least where I live).
On the morning of November 9th, you could hear a collective sigh of relief from across the country. And especially in the Prepper Community. But many of us warned against that. I stated my case in Trump Won. So It’s O.K. Now, Right?
Those warnings have proven to be true. Even with a President who supports the Second Amendment, and will put decent judges on our Supreme Court…
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Nope. Trump is another ZERO. If he really kept his oath to uphold the US Constitution, he would uphold ALL of, the constitution, namely 2A.
“SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”
Avowed Second Amendment enthusiast Donald Trump drew plenty of scorn and outrage recently when he signed a bill overturning an Obama era restriction on handgun sales to certain mentally disturbed citizens. But the action was significant more as a political statement than functional policy, says UC Berkeley Law Professor and Center for Studies in Criminal Justice Director Franklin Zimring, an authority on Second Amendment issues.
The author of this article is DREAMING! Look at the last paragraph and it’s CLEAR what the LEFT is trying to do to Guns and Gun Owners when in actuality its the opposite! We continue to gain traction and they are wrong that it will follow Big Tobacco because look at the Legalization of Marijuana as an example! All the smoking cessation and demonization of Tobacco has actually done NOTHING to…
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Many say that I could write a book on it. In fact, I was born during a hurricane. Have been through countless hurricanes and a great flood. Some people say that I am growing a 25 foot shark (“Hooper, put up another barrel!”).
Everything listed is worth knowing and having. What is YOUR comfort level? I tend to have little that I need. I know how to make primitive fire. But a fire steel and magnesium (USAF type quality/Doan) block, is nice. A knife. Two knives are better. A hammer. An eight inch waterpump pliers. Maybe some mechanic’s wire. I used to keep an old hubcap, because fire, burns better when off wet ground. A pair of leather driver work gloves, is always useful. A hat or cap. That is the stuff that I go through hurricanes with. My grandsons have been though a hurricane with me, and were a bit excited when they saw the waters surround the house. I let them carry the flashlights. They showed up to be in the hurricane with me and my wife. They were young boys when they arrived, and were a step closer to being men when they left.
Then again, I happen to love coastal storms and hurricanes. I must have a screw loose. (“That one? The Indianapolis.”)
Hurricanes are not as common along this part of the Gulf Coast as they can be in other areas (Florida) but on average we get a moderate to severe storm about every ten to fifteen years. Tropical storms are far more common and we may get several of those during a busy season. The last few years have been pretty quiet so we are about due. We are far enough inland and far enough above sea level that we really won’t need to evacuate. There have only been one or two storms in my lifetime that would have warranted “bugging out” and for the most part it’s probably safer to stay put.
During the first hurricane scare after my middle daughter and her husband were married he decided they needed to evacuate. They headed north east away from the path of the storm for about a day. Every time they…
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Best ideas were from the Great Depression Era.
Common Sense stuff, goes a very long way, and then some.
Written by Sierra Bullets New Product Development Manager Mark Walker
In a previous post, I discussed a couple of methods to tune a load to your barrel to help achieve the best accuracy possible. People most often work on load tuning if they get a new rifle or have a different barrel installed. In both instances, the barrel is new and has not been fired very much. According to most competitive shooters, this is the most accurate your barrel will ever be, so getting it tuned and shooting accurately is a priority.
Even though after you work up a load and your new barrel is shooting great, a lot of shooters notice that at around 100 to 150 rounds their rifle may stop shooting as accurately. I had this happen to a rifle and I was confused as to why something that worked so well to begin with would…
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When the U. S. Supreme Court issued its seminal rulings in Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010), finding that the Second Amendment does in fact guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms that must be recognized by the states, many Americans felt like the issue of the Second Amendment had finally been settled in America.
The proposed six-month firearm amnesty has hardly been announced, and already any sane person will harbour some serious doubts not only as to the intentions behind it, but also whether or not it will be a repeat of the previous one which saw hundreds (if not thousands) of surrendered firearms leaked to criminals by the police.
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“The core of mans spirit comes from new experiences” – Into the Wild
It took a 5 hour drive after work to reach the point of entry into the beautiful Adirondacks before pulling sled a mile or so over land and ice to the planned shelter spot and beacon of lantern light left out at the edge of the water by a friend. The trip was designed originally as a canvas hot tent outing but due to the heavy rains and warmer temps we ended up staying at a nearby location in a lean-to and never took the tent out of the bag. The lean-to made for an easy base camp and was situated 100 or so yards from the waters edge. We woke before the sun and drilled holes through the approximately 10 inches of ice and placed tip-ups according to plans made after reviewing the state water depth…
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Is a God-given right. The Constitution is only there to ensure this fact is known.
Always good to be aware of things, but you can relax, because I don’t see any of it happening on the scale presented. After the flood of 2012, we had curfew established, and actually, it kept looters from outside the community, out, of, the community. I was in an incident with an overly tense national guardsman, but that was diffused. Bear in mind, those sent into areas, are tense, so try to be more layback and easy in demeanor. If the outside “help” is tense, and you are tense, it only escalates things. Also try to think about two steps ahead of yourself. Not to harm anyone, but to prevent yourself from getting into unnecessary trouble.
“150 yards”. Nope. The .308/7.62mm variant, is a qualified round for 600 meter shooting, and I, did, qualify, at 600 meters with that cartridge. It was also used at 1000 meters and I heard some have used it for 1200 meters and 1500 meters. Within 150 yards, you will have very nice energy displacement on whitetail deer. If so, be certain that you are carrying a good sharp knife for field dressing. You will, be bringing home, meat.
Best of Luck, with your new purchase.
Walk With God
My walk with God is not as strong as it was last week but it is still going well. I was able to give back a little by helping a man in need a little north of here. He’s been through some seriously trying times over the last few years that have left his body weak but his faith is still strong. A local company re-roofed his home for free and we helped pull out some of the drywall and insulation that had been damaged by the years of water leaks. Another crew will be in later to replace it all. We also helped clean up his yard. Removing the years of built up leaves and trash that he had not been able to take care of himself. We were also able to catch up on some charitable donations that I had committed to but have fallen behind on.
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When I began this blog nearly 5 years ago, I had no idea that I would be talking about the dawn of a new era of concealed carry in the United States. But developments in the past couple of years have forced my hand. Before highlighting those developments, I will review the broad pattern of development in concealed weapon laws for the record .
A very rough dating of various “eras” of concealed carry in the US looks like this:
- Unrestricted Era: Through 1820s
- Restricted Era: 1830s-1970s
- Shall-Issue Era: 1980-2014
- Permitless Carry Era: 2015-???
Briefly, in the early republic, no special licensing was required to bear arms, either openly or concealed.
But beginning with Kentucky in 1813, there was a movement in several southern states to ban the carrying of concealed weapons in public. In time, these prohibitions spread from the south to the rest of the United States…
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Training, Training, Training.
Not a good report. National reciprocity is a farce that will give a major foothold for confiscation if the wrong people are elected to office. CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY, is the way to go.
Standards (Part I – Introduction)
While I’ve been on hiatus, I’ve been thinking a great deal about Standards. The Free Dictionary lists the first noun definition of Standard as: An acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative or qualitative value; a criterion.
In the area of personal protection, standards can apply to many different facets of our skills and body of knowledge. Standards imply measurement, something that many people are deathly afraid of. While ‘public speaking’ is often mentioned as being the most prominent fear, that is merely a subset of a larger body, individual performance measurement.
The most obvious and contentious type of standard regarding Private Citizens who own firearms is the concept of marksmanship standards. The discussion comes up regularly among the training and gun communities without any general consensus about what is appropriate. Generally, the topic revolves around Citizens who have some form of of License to carry…
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The American Sociological Review was founded in 1936 as the official publication of the American Sociological Society. (The ASS was founded in 1906, and was apparently unaware of acronyms until 1959 when it changed its name to the American Sociological Association.)
The ASR remains the flagship journal of the ASA, and is one of the top 2 US journals in the field (the other being the American Journal of Sociology). It is a difficult journal to publish in because peer reviewers and editors set a very high bar for acceptable quality.
Recently I was asked to review an article submitted in my former area of expertise, the sociology of religion. I responded that I did not want to review the submission because I am not longer working principally in the sociology of religion, but I would be happy to review any submissions received on the topic of guns…
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H.R. 1181 is meant to deal with a longstanding and shameful practice by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which administers disability benefits for veterans and their families. Under this practice, anyone who the VA declares “incompetent” to manage his or her own benefits and assigns a fiduciary is automatically reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as a prohibited “mental defective.” The person is then subject to a lifetime ban on the acquisition and possession of firearms, unless he or she successfully petitions for “relief from disabilities.”
Should be standard equipment with every new American truck…
- Ballistic barrier is made up of twelve layers of bullet-proof Kevlar fiber
- Unique origami inspired design can fold up and easily be stowed in a vehicle
- Barrier successfully stopped 9 mm, .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum rounds
- Could also protect school children or casualties in an emergency situation
Engineers working on a way to keep police safe may have found the solution in an unusual place.
Taking inspiration from the Japanese art of paper folding, a team of researchers have developed a lightweight shield that can stop bullets in their tracks.
The ballistic barrier is made up of twelve layers of Kevlar fiber and weighs only slightly more than a large suitcase, but it can completely stop projectiles from most common handguns.
The barrier was created by engineers at Brigham Young University (BYU), a private research university Utah.
It can be…
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Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Rich Machholz
Over the years I had entertained the idea of a small concealable handgun. I bought a nifty little Star 9mm Largo years earlier because it looked like a 1911 Colt, well … okay, sort of. I sent it to my pal Pete Single and he performed some magic but this is still a large gun. So I was nosing around my local dealer not long ago when I noticed a used Taurus PT 111 Millennium GII double stack 9mm with a Crimson Trace installed. The price was right so I bought it.
I guess I could have shot it first BUT I told Brian (the partner) that if I didn’t like the gun it was coming back. He understood. Besides, we don’t have any indoor ranges in town and it is pretty dark when I get home. Although now I have some…
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I have never been a fan of the AK-47. Saw a couple of them over the years that were police recoveries, and I noticed that two, had cracks in the frame. No clue of how they cracked, but it always stuck with me. The AK-47, from what was throwing lead in my direction, were not exactly accurate fire instruments. I would opt for an AK-74 with synthetic stock, if I had to chose in the AK lineage. Why not just go with a Ruger Mini-14 chambered in 5.56 and synthetic stock [Model 5855]?
In the last installment I outlined my solution to the Tactical Hunter Project; an AR in 7.62×39. Some would ask, why not skip the challenges of an AR in this caliber and go with the tactical rifle designed around this cartridge, the AK?
First, one of the primary goals of this project was to be a do everything rifle. I needed to be able to use if for self-defense and hunting. I needed to be able to quickly and easily reconfigure it for each of these roles as well as the variations within each role. For self-defense I would want a red dot optic and a powerful white light. For hunting out of a blind I would need a magnified optic. At night I would need to attach a green light (green doesn’t seem to disturb the hogs nearly as much as a white light)…
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Classic architectural example of Freemasonry, where the onion top is representative of the Great Mystic East, and the Roman columns signifying the greater good.
The final stop on my very brief tour of Gun Valley — after the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and the Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History — was an area of Hartford, Connecticut called “Coltsville,” named after Samuel Colt and the company and community he established there.
For a description of the place that is much better than I could ever give, check out this entry on the web site Atlas Obscura.
In addition to the old factory and housing structures, which are being redeveloped commercially as the “Colt Gateway” and as a National Park Service historic site, there is a city park on 100+ acres of land donated by Elizabeth Colt. The land runs from the former Colt Mansion Armsmear (“meadow of arms”) to the Connecticut River. A memorial to Col. Samuel Colt was dedicated in 1905 by Mrs. Colt with the following inscription:
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After my tour of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, I still had some daylight to play with so I drove to see Smith & Wesson’s Springfield, Mass. factory. I knew I would not be able to get inside the compound, and have seen quite a bit of it already on various gun TV shows like Michael Bane’s “Shooting Gallery” and Tom Gresham’s “Guns and Gear” anyway. But I thought it was worth driving by and snapping a couple quick photos anyway. The historic art deco building out front is the most distinguishing part of the whole place anyway, which otherwise looks like what it is: a working factory.
In addition to Smith & Wesson’s living presence, gun manufacturing is an important part of the history of the Connecticut River Valley (hence, “Gun Valley”), and therefore is also a major aspect of the history of the City of Springfield.
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Is any form of intelligence present amongst politicians and their supporters these days?
Particularly those that support gun control?
I think not…
Today, at 5:00pm, marked the deadline for bills to be voted out of the House they originated in. As previously reported, two anti-gun bills your NRA-ILA has been actively opposing in Olympia were awaiting a vote on the House floor, however both of these bills failed to receive a vote before the cut-off and are likely defeated for the year.
The Substitute for House Bill 1122 would have required the locking up of one’s firearms or else they would potentially face reckless endangerment charges. Further, under this bill the penalty for a reckless endangerment charge involving a gun storage violation would amount to a Class C Felony. This intrusive government legislation invades people’s homes and forces them to render their firearms useless in a self-defense situation.
House Bill 1483, sponsored by state Representative Tana Senn, would have allowed for the destruction of all firearms confiscated by or forfeited to the…
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Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Climate Institute, a previously well funded climate NGO promoting support for the Paris Agreement and other climate causes, has announced it will close due to lack of money, after a failed call for philanthropic donations to keep their doors open. Climate Institute to shut due to lack of philanthropic […]
As a gun bill is making its way through our Iowa legislation
so many changes have been made in the name of compromise that
the bill cannot even be considered a shell of its former
self. If this bill passes we fail to see how any true patriot
could be happy with it.
The Constitutional carry portion of the bill is gone.
Representative Matt Windshitl made a deal that took it out of
the bill. If you aren’t happy about this you can call him at
515-570-5769 or email him at email@example.com
The stand your ground portion of the bill is also gone. Key
provisions in the bill that protect gun owners when defending
their rights have been gutted. We don’t see anything that
would change with the passage of this portion of the bill the
way it currently reads. This was done by Representative Matt
It’s time to…
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The Fish Hunter was apparently designed for deep-sea divers who spearfish under water. In case the fish isn’t completely ‘out’, you could use the Fish Hunter to ‘brain’ the fish. The double ground blade certainly looked very impressive. The top edge is ground but not sharpened. I did not see a sheath for the Fish Hunter at the meet, but I would guess that the final production version will sport an Aqua Salt-style sheath.
Overall Length: 22,7 cm / 8.94 inches
Blade Length: 11,2 cm / 4.39 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 116 grams / 4.10 ounces
IIRC, the Genzow Hatchethawk featured a polymer handle that had an aluminum rod all the way through it. The hawk seemed very light and well-balanced to me, but I’m not exactly an ‘axe-guy’. Perhaps my fellow meet attendees could chime in with some additional info on this design? Unfortunately, we did not manage to collect any measurements on the Genzow Hatchethawk.
Guys, on your way out when you sign off the tour, just leave your shield and IDs on my desk, along with your service weapon.
Piggy goes into Kosher Whine, about firearms owners.
Ok, so retirement is not really a disaster in and of itself…unless you are not prepared for it.
Most folks in the good old US of A don’t plan for retirement. After all, that’s what Social Security is for. They have been paying into it for all these years and expect it to be available. Unfortunately, that probably will not be the case. You see Social Security has pretty much always been a bit of a scam. Initially the plan would have supported those who paid into it, like a retirement savings plan. However, that didn’t help all those folks who had already retired so it was changed almost immediately so that those working today are paying for those who have already retired. That sort of a pyramid scheme worked great as long as the average life expectancy didn’t increase (it did) and each generation of workers was as…
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