2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Friday, December 28, 2012

RIP GEN H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr, 1934-2012

An American military icon has passed.  General H. "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. passed away yesterday with him family close by in Florida from complications of pneumonia.  He was 78,

General Schwarzkopf was a soldier's general, a man that once crawled into a minefield to help save a wounded soldier while wounded himself.  A man that troops rallied around and drew inspiration from.  His legacy will ultimately be tied with the Desert Shield/Storm conflict of  1990-91, and while history will record this as a slam dunk win for the US and coalition forces, it was not always a foregone conclusion.

At the time of the invasion of Kuwait, Iraq had the 4th largest military in the world (behind, China, the Soviet Union and the US), its senior leadership and many of its regular units had been tried in tested in a decade long conflict in Iran.  It had chemical weapons and had used them in the past.  In short, it was a formidable foe on paper.  It was widely circulated that we expected tens of thousands of casualties in the first few weeks of fighting.

It lasted 4 days on the ground.

After a prolonged air campaign orchestrated by Schwarzkopf to blind and disorient the Iraqi leadership, he masterminded the great "left hook" move of having an entire division pull a "Hail Mary" attack at the flank of the Iraqi force and ultimately drove them out of Kuwait in short order while devastating their troops and armored forces in the process.

Even more importantly, Schwarzkopf, along with General Colin Powell, recognized from their experiences in Vietnam how much the media could influence the perception of the war.  He therefore went on very orchestrated briefings directly to the media showing how coalition forces were defeating the Iraqis by the use of smart weapons that could drop a single bomb down an air shaft in a building and surgically remove the threat like a delicate cancer operation. He famously showed a video of "the luckiest man in Iraq" who drove a truck over a bridge mere seconds before a smart bomb blows it up behind him.  He made us laugh at the war in a sense.  Meanwhile he hid the horrors of the tens of thousands of Iraqis that died after massive bombardments, ariel strikes and coalition ground attacks.  Not that I feel sorry for the "barbaric invaders" (as my former Kuwaiti hosts called them), but I think its important that we note how he sanitized the war for the American public and therefor kept support for it high.

After he retired he became a well known speaker, commentator and also was on the board of directors for many large corporations, including Remington Arms for those of us into that thing. 

Rest in piece General, your post here is secure.

Monday, December 24, 2012

I'm no Robert Frost but here goes....

'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the store
There was not an AR mag to be found
From the front to back door

Ammo shelves stood empty
There simply was no more
From 9mm to 5.56
All the way to 6.5 creedmore

Great mobs had descended
Upon all gun stores
As rumors of bans spread
Turning all into gear whores

All black rifles had been sold
Both AR an AK
Causing some people to question
Why the didn't buy before today

Our POTUS gets on the tube
Telling people what they want to hear
Giving false safety to some folks
And others great fear

He thought he was doing right
By causing such great fear
But instead of getting guns out of homes
He's the NRA salesman of the year

A great tragedy did happen
And a madman used guns
And the Brady bunch is calling
For the masses to have none

Even though this great horror did happen
In a state with strict gun laws
The Antis will claim to allow us to have them
Is one of our societies great flaws

The Fudds will go along
Stating large mags are not meant for sport
But will cry for their own liberty
When they themselves come up short

For you see those against us
Simply will not stop
They will start with "assault weapons"
And not end until they close all shops

The truth is quite simple
Easy for some to plainly see
To trade freedom for false safety
Means the end of being free

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Meet our new gun control tzar....

Are you kidding me....

I got a headache now, back tomorrow folks....

Anyway, when did we start naming our non-cabinet advisers after imperial Russian titles anyway?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CTD Gouging....

Here is an order I placed with Cheaper Than Dirt on 11/25...notice the price of the mags at the bottom....

And here is the same item today..

If this was a comparable mark up in gasoline there would be riots in the streets and congress up in arms... This is gouging plain and simple, a ban on the sale or manufacture of these items is not even on the table (yet).  Yeah, I suppose supply and demand play a certain portion of the price increase but not 550% in a month!!  Ammo prices have similarly increased as well!!

And here is the real kicker, the same items (magazines and ammo) for the feared "AK-47" that the media traditionally likes to report on are the same price!!  This is all because the "Bushmaster AR assault rifle" was used in the Connecticut shootings and that is what all the press is enamored with right now.

Right now the 'net is ablaze with reaction to not only CTD's suspension of firearm sales but this gouging also. I for one will no longer patronize them.  I wonder who they think is buying there wares after all, little old ladies in knitting circles?


CTD has gotten their last order from me....

There is no reason they would have to review their policy if they have been obeying the law to begin with.  The must ship firearms to a FFL who does a 4473 and NICS check or to a C&R holder.  Why would they have to change their internal policy unless they were considering not selling certain items or limiting quantities...which is my personal opinion of why they are doing this.

I guess they could always sell Amway on their site...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Time for mourning?...or time for sensationalizing and villainization?

Watched CBS Morning news while getting dressed.  Charlie Rose had some guy on the news talking about the weaponry used in the Newtown shootings.  Of special note for some reason was the Glock 20 the shooter used, as it used "larger than normal shells" and "was only really used for hunting large game" (or something to that affect).  Apparently that is the pistol the shooter used to end his own life when police got on scene.   Larger than normal?  There are bullets both larger in weight and diameter than the 10mm (10x25mm actually, a .40 caliber round) carried by police in this country every day (10mm is .40/180gr vs the 200-230gr .45 ACP carried by many officers).  Should I also make mention that the round was developed in part for adoption by the FBI who liked it but passed because some officers could not handle the stout, but not unmanageable, recoil.   This isn't the first time I recall condemnation of the 10mm based solely on reputation.  I remember a court case in California I think where a hiker defended himself against an attacker on a trail with a 10mm and was convicted of manslaughter because the jury considered the 10mm "too powerful" for self defense?  Too powerful? WTF?  Tell you what, I want the most powerful round I can carry effectively to defend me, hell, let me know you are coming to attack me ahead of time and I will have a damn howitzer ready for you.

Back on topic, this type of sensationalism and villainization of guns is just the beginning.  If I knew it wasn't so damning to the 2nd Amendment it might also be kind of funny.  I mean, if I went on national TV and tried to give a comprehensive explanation about something like horses and tackle after just reading up on it on the internet for an hour I am sure equestrians across the country would have a heyday making fun of my demonstrated ignorance.   Instead, when it comes to guns, anybody and everybody is an expert it appears when they get on national TV.  If the other side wants to have any validity with their arguments against our rights it might be a good idea for them to start by having a clue what they are talking about first..."seek first to understand, then to be understood".

I  watched the President's speech last night at the service for the victims (it preempted the season finale of Survivor)...he danced all around gun control in his speech without actually saying it, but we know its coming. I will give him credit, he gave a fairly good speech about how we cannot stand to watch these events to happen again, its just he and I have vastly different ideas how this can be accomplished.  He obviously wants to enact strict control on the selling and possession of firearms in this country, I would seek to help facilitate better mental health care in this country, give money to schools to hire security guards full time (vets?) and crack down on ILLEGAL gun trafficking in this country.  

This will not be a pretty fight.  Matter of fact I fully expect an Executive Order to be the end of this, not legislation that he cannot hope to pass.  If he does press legislation it will be to parade the faces of 20 innocent children across the American landscape and proclaim that anybody that does not vote for his legislation is obviously in favor of more deaths like these 20 kids.  Its a no win situation in my darkest vision of the future.

Still funny for me to see God invoked so often by a POTUS whose own party did not even include him as part of their party platform at their convention on the first day, and also that the people most loudly calling for gun control to save the lives of children are also often the ones calling for individual rights to choose to abort these children while still in the womb without trial or cause.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Conn. School Shootings...

As of now, 26+ dead, including 18 children...a tragedy.

First off, the horror I feel about the mere thought of children being gunned down like has happened today, let alone the actuality of it, sickens me to no end.  I am sure many parents will anguish with gifts under the tree that will never be opened due to the savagery of one persons actions.  The season is ruined for many people.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this act of madness.

No child should have to endure this....
Still, even now as information is just coming out about the shooting the normal voices of rhetoric are already being heard from both sides in regards to this tragedy.  I see a vast array of pro-gun posts on Facebook along with the tendrils of the anti-gun media looking to exploit anything they can to vilify firearms.  I am too pissed now to start spouting anything specific, lets just settle for the fact that I still believe that simply banning all guns will not make this type of problem go away.

Still, being a host of pro-2A blog you feel compelled to say something in times like this when firearms are used for such evil purposes.  I cannot defend what has happened, I condemn it.  Still I think it should be pointed out that even if you take weapons out of the equations, the sickness of the individual committing the crime remains.  I believe China just executed a guy that went to a school and knifed children to death, same intent, same result, different tools.  Still a sick fucking mind though....

Connecticut is a AWB state already with a waiting period for the purchase of firearms, and that with a license to purchase too I believe.  Yet still this tragedy happened.  This morning I had a piece post in regards to Armslist being sued by the Brady Campaign and I pointed out how the killer in that story traveled hundreds of miles to get the gun used in his crime.  Gun laws do not stop determined criminals, I am convinced of this fact.  The other day I posted about the shootings in Oregon and pointed out that maybe the  seasonal depression felt by many during the holiday season may help set off these individuals, maybe also often the notoriety does too.  Some sick individuals may be willing to sacrifice their lives in the commitment of a heinous act like this knowing that they life of obscurity will end in 15 minutes of infamy.  The shooters name has already been release, I will not list it here.

Still a lot of info being sifted through, maybe a second shooter, the shooter's mother worked at the school and both her and his father are dead too. The is a report that maybe an AR was used, Glock and Sig have already been given by name as weapons used in the attack.      I am sure that that piece of info was asked specifically by the press to some LEO agency, as if the name of the weapons used makes much difference to the victims or anybody else.  White House has declined to speak on the subject of gun control other to say that the president was "determined about an assault weapons ban"...and so it goes.

All in all, too sickened by the thought of kindergartners being gunned down by this animal to think straight.

Again, my prayers for the families.

Brady Bunch sues Armslist....I am underwhelmed...

The anti-gun, anti-freedom group The Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence is suing the online firearms listing service Armslist.com over the death of a young women whose killer illegally purchased the firearm used in her murder from a lister on the site.

Story by The Huffington Post (yeah, I know).

Well, as you may remember, I use Armslist from time to time, along with Gunlistings.org and other resources to buy and sell firearms that I am looking to get rid of or acquire.  You get better prices for sales than you would get otherwise selling to a gun store and as long as you do everything buy the book its just a private sale between 2 individuals.  One of my biggies is always trying to deal with somebody who can produce an Ohio CCW card, which tells me that he is for certain a resident of my state and that he has passed a background check.
Pistol used by Squeaky Fromme in the assassination attempt on President
Gerald R. Ford.  She did NOT buy in on Armslist.com....just threw it in here
'cause its a 1911...
In this case the person selling the firearm obviously knew he was doing it illegally as the killer paid him $200 to "look the other way" during the sale (the killer was a Canadian that bought the gun from another state from which he resided and also was underaged).  The seller was convicted of the act and sentenced to jail for selling the firearm illegally.   The thing that stood out to me was that the guy traveled from Chicago to Washington to buy a gun?  Wow, this guy was motivated and stupid all at the same time.  It also proves that you can make guns virtually impossible to acquire (as in Chicago) but yet criminals will go to extreme lengths to get one.  What I thought was really wrong is that (info found in another article) that this woman knew she was in danger and when the killer attacked her all she had to defend herself with was a cup of coffee....I wonder if she herself had been armed if this could have ended differently.  Again, being an unarmed citizen in a city that virtually makes it impossible to arm yourself surely did heavily weigh the odds in the killers favor.

Also this brings up a few other points (least among them is that she initiated a relationship with a 17 year old when she was 33).  So if this lawsuit goes to court and stands, does that mean that cars sold to people who use them in conjunction of a crime can used to sue the sellers or the automakers themselves?  Same goes for computers and other items sold on places like Craigslist, if used for crimes, can Craigslist be sued?  Speaking of Craigslist, I know they have removed their "escort" adds after the "Craigslist Killer" case, but did they ever get sued?  If not I hope the family of those victims is taking note.  In the Armslist suit here the only thing the site did was to provide the weapon, the Craigslist killing the site actually helped arrange the meeting between the victim and killer....interesting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Concealed carry for Illinois!

Hey, some good news.   The 7th US Circuit court has overturned the ban on CCW in Illinois as unconstitutional, just like we always knew it was.  The court has furthermore ordered the state government to come up with a law to govern CCW in the state within 180 days, else constitutional carry (carry when, where and how you like at your discretion) will go into effect! Wow, I bet many didn't see that coming.

Anyway, this apparently sets the stage for a showdown in the Illinois legislature between mostly anti-gun Democrats and pro-gun Republicans over the wording and statutes in such legislation.  There was a CCW bill that was defeated last year it seems because it was too restrictive.  The democratic crafter of that bill vows not to be so "accommodating this time".  Illinois, and Chicago to be more precise, has a long history of anti-gun bullying to include the requirement of each owning citizen to have a FOID (firearm ownership ID) card with them at all times, kind of like have to have a background check card before you fill out the ATF 4473 at the store to buy one.  

Pro-gun voices are calling for a laissez-faire type treatment of any bill where the government has almost no say in the stipulations for the carrying of firearms by citizens.  I think realistically you will see a compromise like in other states, such as here in Ohio, where you have licensing requirements and "restricted areas" (even if the NRA spokesman in the article say those areas are a ban, I think the precedence has been upheld in court and in other states to allow such restricted areas, like it or not) and other stipulations to carrying.

At the extreme, this sets up another challenge to be sent to the US Supreme Court, that still does not have the numbers (unless somebody flips...again) to overturn the ruling.

Bottom line, first Otis McDonald wins and now another victory for the citizens of "The Prairie State".

Another white elephant in the room...

OK, another public shooting at a mall in Portland, Oregon has claimed two lives.  Once again I pray for the families of the victims while pondering this insanity.

Apparently a gunman (white male of course) strolled into this suburban mall with a white mask, some type of vest (some say bulletproof, police won't say...my guess is one of those tacticool vests) with an AR and proceeds to proclaim "I am the shooter" and lets loose with apparently 2 mags before doing the police and society a favor and taking his own life.

A tragic event indeed.  Not surprising as many strange things happen in regards to people and their behavior around the holiday season.  Its a well known fact that DUI's and suicides increase in and around the holidays as people get depressed realizing how shallow their lives may be or how isolated they feel when others are celebrating with family and friends.  Personally (and I was discussing this with my wife earlier before I found out about the shootings) I think the entire commercialization of the holidays and the implied need to spend money and give and receive material goods puts a lot of stress on people psychologically.  I think it all wears on people, even those of us that more or less have it all together between the ears.  Those that may be a bit on the "not normal" scale to begin with might just use the excuse to get back at society for having a good time while they are not.

I am not pointing out the holidays as the contributing factor in this incident, just spewing some food for thought. Of course the real factor here was the gunman himself, although not surprisingly the media is making a big deal about the "machine gun" he used.  The Brady campaign hates to waste a tragedy so I expect to see some rhetoric from them.  To that I will reply with the same rhetoric us in the 2A arena use "the gun is just a tool"...so there, fair and balanced for you.

Suspects?...no, not hardly...
All I know about this is what I am reading on the 'net currently.  I could go on and spout some more but I have been wiping down cosmoline for the past 2 hours and I am tired.  Its late and I want to go to bed without thinking too much about this.  Post it in the morning and see how it sounds to me then, maybe add some more comments.

Bottom line though....in all the reports in this shooting, like in many others, I don't see anything about anybody having a weapon to defend themselves with...I am sure this was a "safe" mall with a "no firearms" policy and signs posted.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Getting my mojo back....

Alright, been in the blogging doldrums again lately.  Just can't seem to get motivated to write.  Its time to get my blogging mojo back before this place goes to shit.  Its a shame too because my head is full of stuff to write about, and I have acquired some pretty decent swag (firearms, gear and the like) that I haven't written about going back months now.

If you look at the history of posts for this blog (see chart below) notice how posting started slowly around here in May of 2008 until a burst of activity began in March of 2009.  2011 will be known forever as the year I will never again match I am afraid, just went hog wild posting.  This year I am not on mark to match any month in terms of posting from last year, but I can still get a decent year in, even with the lack of content lately.

Hopefully I got some stuff I can crank out soon concerning some C&R and 2A type material as well as maybe some general musings on life in general.

Stay tuned folks. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gone Phishing...

Phishing: the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Phishing is a huge nuisance on the web, often joked about as the Nigerian Bank Scam after the numerous emails circulated by criminals in that African nation purposing to be some type of ousted royalty or government figure that is willing to give the person who allows him to deposit his ill gotten booty into their bank a portion of the wealth.  Yeah, right.  Its a form of social engineering aimed at taking advantage of a person's sense of need or desire for wealth and security by exploiting the human element of the communication to willfully give up information used for criminal activity (most likely identity theft) and by doing so bypass any and all technological security measures.  Phishing is responsible for Billions (with a "B") of dollars of loss in the US alone.

Well, phishing isn't always relegated to your inbox as the initial form of communication... Check out the following pic....
Rule #1 against phishing...if it seems too good to be true it probably is!!
I found this listing on an online gun listing service for an Ed Brown Special Forces 1911 for $450.  Wow, they retail for around $2,500...a price too good to be true?  You betcha.  Still, out of curiosity (and possibility of maybe this is a legit sale by someone who is just liquidating an estate or something) I sent an email to them via the site. Here is the email response I got with a few things highlighted....

Couple of things to note...

  • Poor English usage is a good sign of a scam coming from outside the county....although it should be noted that with our current education system poor usage of the English language is common anyway.
  • Shipping a gun from overseas via private airline?  Please, not only would that violate import regulations but if you have access to a private airline why the hell do you need to sell your gun at a loss to me?
  • Offering to ship a firearm across state lines without going through the proper FFL...illegal.  Sorry buddy, I like to own my firearms, not have them confiscated for doing a d-bag move like that.
  • Asking way too much information from me....my drivers licence # and occupation, you don't need to know that....unless you were trying to set up a shadow identity with it to establish illegal credit lines in my name.
  • More badly Engrish to end the email.

Wow, sad part is that if these things didn't work they wouldn't take the time to keep sending them out, so somebody must be sending this guy money from this.   I reported the listing as a scam right away, but still some poor sap will probably put some money in this guys pocket.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Home on the range....

Took my old friend Tom and his wife out shooting this past weekend at another friend's place down in Orient, Ohio that I have posted about before.  Tom and I were in the National Guard for years and years together.  I posted back in July about helping him get a M1 Garand from the CMP store at Camp Perry.  He had not gotten a chance to fire it yet, but still came well equipped with everything a rifleman would of had during WW2 for it....he is a WWII buff to say the least!

Also, his wife got a chance to fire her new LC9....ONCE!  After the first round the firing pin went MIA out of the pistol!!  I offered to get it fixed for them since I am their "gun guy" so I am now awaiting Ruger to have a UPS box sent to me to ship it to them in.  Weird malfunction that...the only thing I can think is a roll pin either failed or was never installed that allowed it to come out the back of the pistol when it was at full recoil. Remember kids, always wear safety glasses!

The mystery of the missing firing pin...Rut Roh!

Another weird malfunction happened with my Springfield M1A I had out.  Gave it to Tom and after the first shot the weapon didn't cycle and the op rod appeared to be stuck!  Gave it a quick smack and the op rod popped right off the side!! WTH!! Well, what happened was that we had the rifle laying their with the action open and bold locked back and a .22 case from another rifle had flown over and gone in the stock relief where the op rod fits along the side of the stock and caused the error.  Wow, that was strange!

Of course I got pics!

A view of some of the items on our firepower buffet for the afternoon.....

Tom Getting ready for the first shots with the M1...

Really concentrating....

the results.... not bad...

my results with my own M1...keep in mind I have been shooting mine for a couple of years now....

Here's a vid of those first shots....

Tom shooting a Mauser K98 (nice all matching with no import marks...wartime bring back)

Tom getting ready to go with my '44 Winchester M1 Carbine...he loved this gun...

His wife getting a little time in with a .22 in preparation for "the big stuff"..she shoots lefty like me!

Tom getting ready to pass part of "the big stuff" off to his wife...in this case my AR...

And she shoots it like a boss!

All in all a great and safe time was had by all!!  Just remember with all of this hype going around about how bad guns are and how they make you turn into a homicidal maniac that nobody was killed this day.  I should point out a disclaimer that neither Tom, I nor his wife play in the NFL.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bob Costas...you're a douche..

Boy, and you thought the entire Wounded Warrior thing would create some controversy....

My Costas, you're a douche.

You went on air during a Sunday evening football game and gave a highly polarizing rant against the 2nd Amendment in reaction to the Murder/Suicide of Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend (who was mother to the couple's 3 month old infant).   I will not post the video but instead offer the following link to Jason Whitlock's article that Costas just basically reread.


Costas, you're not only a douche, you're a meat puppet. A meat puppet is somebody who is simply a mouth piece professionally for another person, like they had that controlling person ram their arm up his ass like a puppet and make him mouth the words of their sentiment.  I mean you can't even come up with your own statement and have to regurgitate something from someone else.  I guess it comes from being in the media to begin with but come on, you knew this rant would cause controversy but chose not to use your own words. Coward.

You indicate that, among other things, had it not been for a gun in the house that Belcher and his girlfriend might be alive.


Explain to me how a 6'2' 230lb linebacker playing professional football would of had any difficulty any other way killing her with his hands, a knife, hammer or any other implement on hand when he decided to do so.  Also explain to me how that same firearm put the sinister idea to commit this heinous crime in his head in the first place.  You can't.
A portion of my collection...I am posting this on the off chance that Bob Costas might actually view this picture and with the hope that upon seeing it he might actually shit himself.
You say that gun owners seek to protect themselves from a government armed with stealth fighters, drones, tanks and nuclear weapons.  Well, I shoot for enjoyment, for sport and to protect myself and my family not necessarily from the government but more likely from 6'2" 230lb killers and the like.  I am middle aged and not what I used to be physically, having a handgun in my home greatly evens the odds ever should I need to use it to solve a physical confrontation.

Equalizer par none..
"Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it."
Again I cry bullshit.  If anything owning a handgun and getting my CCW has actually helped me think more levelheaded when I get pissed off with the realization of the end game possibility that having a handgun on my person brings to any confrontation.  This constant awareness of my responsibility and also my capabilities to defend myself do not embolden me to embrace confrontation.  In fact the first rule of conflict resolution taught in almost any handgun class is to avoid confrontations in the first place.  And if handguns do indeed to as both Whitlock and Costas claim, why are our streets not running red with the blood of innocents from the millions and millions of legally purchased and owned handguns in the homes of Americans now?  How can not the same logic be extended to people who practice one of the forms of martial arts, or who have cars (road rage anyone)?  

I could take another road here and claim that the fact that Belcher played a sport based on violence for a living and may have had issues with concussions that may have contributed to this act.  But that would be bullshit as well, just as saying just because a guy is a veteran makes him a terrorist (oh wait, our own DHS did indeed publish that guideline for profiling).  

Belcher did what he did because that was his choice.  Stop trying to blame someone's bad decisions on an inanimate object Bob.  Worse yet, this entire fiasco is starting to paint Javon Belcher like he was the victim and if it had not been for the gun none of this would of happened.  Bullshit again.   Javon Belcher was a 25 year old college graduate participating professionally in a sport making over $1million dollars a year.  He had options open to him the normal person could only dream of having.  He took the cowards way out instead of trying to fix his situation or deal with it like many other people do on a daily basis.  He is not the victim here, his girlfriend and their now orphaned child are, along with coach Romeo Crannel and other people who he forced to watch him end his own life in front of.  

Bottom line, you went on national TV in front of a prime time audience and spouted a bunch of personal opinion (well not really personal since it wasn't your own material!) in lieu of any type of unbiased reporting and now people are pissed at you.  Douche worthy indeed.

Take a minute and send an email to Bob's bosses at NBC sports and let them know that you are none too pleased with your sportscasts being seeded with political messages.   My email is already sent.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another "Movie + Gun = Panic" situation in Ohio...

I swear there must be something in our water supply here in the Buckeye state....

Remember a couple of months ago when a guy got caught carrying a CCW in a man bag in a theater up in Cleveland and found himself in trouble?  Well it happened again, this time a bit closer to home this time (at least for me)...

Man Who Allegedly Took Gun Into ‘Twilight’ Movie Removed By Police

Alright, you may start with the "If my girlfriend drug me to see Twilight I would bring a gun to shoot myself too" jokes at your convenience...

OK, enough joking.  Back to the issue at hand.  Dude, what the hell were you thinking?  First off, you were carrying where you were not supposed to be, which is against the law to begin with.  Yes, I know that there is probably a bevy of people at any given movie carrying "under the radar" for protection, and God knows (and most of you too) that I whole heartily support ones right to self defense in all situations; and think that the  banning of legally owned and licensed firearms for CCW in these establishments is ridiculous and does not prevent another Colorado type shooting....but.......  Dude, you took it out in public.  A firearm is one of two things in your pants you don't whip out while in public unless you really need to.   I think the guy had to go practice some low level bombing in the bathroom and didn't want to risk his pistol falling out of his pants or what not, but why in hell would you just pull it out in the theater and place it on a seat in "plain view" for others to see?  Even in a dark theater you would be surprised how well you (and others in this case) can see once your eyes get adjusted.

This theater is somewhat close to THE Ohio State University campus and also is near a relatively populated and upscale neighborhood (and liberal as well) as such gets fairly busy on the weekends and such and is usually crowded.  Its obvious to me that the guy meant no harm, hell he even brought his girlfriend (no, she brought him I bet) I cannot condone the guy (who has not been charged at this point) with carrying illegally, but for crying out loud man, one of the primary rules of CCW is to keep it hidden, hence the "Concealed" in CCW!

And I will admit....I went to see the last installment of the Twilight films with my family on opening day a few weeks ago..... The things you do for your family.  I am on "Team Alice" BTW...

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I have shown this pic before and probably will again...Thanksgiving Day Camp Arifjan Kuwait, 2006

I have an awful lot to be thankful about this year....and most every year

  • A great family
  • Great friends
  • A job
  • The fact that despite some misgivings, we once again as a country elected our government without bloodshed.
  • My freedoms I hope the above mentioned government will continue to uphold.
  • and much more..

And now I am thankful for a G21 Gen4 that made its way into the safe today also...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jeep Australia gets in hot water for "sexist pic"

Story here..

The Jeep is an iconic vehicle linked to the past military history of our nation, and many countries outside of the US as well.  Thousands of these lightweight, multipurpose vehicles were built and given to allies of the US during the 40+ years they were in production.  Even the commercial variants which are still being produced still have metallic DNA rooted in these veteran warhorses of yesterday.

This is the picture that Jeep Australia posted suggesting that the Australian military could say money by changing the uniforms of females soldiers to G-Strings and T-shirts....

The only problem I have with the pic is after looking at it multiple times I still can't seem to find a damn jeep!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Caveat Emptor

You've probably heard that before, its Latin for "buyer beware"

Found a guys selling .45 ammo on gunlistings this week.  Prices were good and he had some Winchester Ranger +P HP ammo as well.  Good price on the range ammo but about list on the HP and the bulk Winchester white box he had.  Anyway, I said screw it and agreed to buy it all...

Met us this week.  Guy pulled up and saw some stickers on my truck, conversation then went more or less as follows...
him: so you were in the Army?
me: yeah, Army guard 21 years...and you?
him: I was a marine.
me: oh cool...what did you do?
him: I was in the adjutant office...but I didn't spend any time there, I was always out in the field blowing stuff up.....
Yep, because as I know from my admin training in the Army that demolitions is taught right between preparing a memo and non-judicial judgement sections of the course material...bet you got to work with some Recon unit too there Chesty....

Guy came with more ammo than I realized he had and ran me more money than I had budgeted but I said "what the hell" and just got it all (about 800 rounds, or so I thought).

Oh yeah, and the guy shorted me about half box of ammo too in the deal in one of the boxes of the Winchester Ranger, a handful of ball rounds were in the middle so the weight would not seem so much off.   No honor there Mr. J Head (and as not to disrespect marines I only use that term with marines I like or extremely dislike...this guy is the later at this point).  I emailed him with a pic (same below) saying "Thanks", don't expect a response and really don't want one either.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

RIP Twinkies...The Zed Apocalypse is gonna suck now...

Ah, twinkies. Those little yellow tubes of doughy cream filled goodness are going away.  Apparently a prolonged strike by union bakery workers caused the death knell for the entire Hostess company.   Well, folks, I guess you showed them!  Have fun collecting unemployment.  Guess you should of taken notice that the CEO of Hostess recently got done reading Atlas Shrugged.....

Anyway, as any good Zombie Apocalypse aficionado that watched Zombieland knows, Twinkies are THE snack for the post apocalypse party or for when you need that little bit of extra blood sugar to lop off the heads of the last few walkers in a lumbering herd of zeds.  It lends an allegorical lesson to Zombieland rule #32: Enjoy the little things...

Tallahassee just came...
So, hopefully the company will be bought, or at least the IP for the recipe, so the Twinkie may endure as long as its proverbial shelf life....in the mean time, much like ammo now is the time to stockpile Twinkies.

I'm gonna need a bigger basement....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Wounded Warrior Project is Anti-Gun?

Seems like it from the following email exchange posted on a FaceBook page....

Wounded Warrior Project Email Exchange

by Gun Talk on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:56am ·
After Sunday's show, we've gotten many emails about Tom's remarks after WWP declined an interview request on Gun Talk Radio because it's a firearms-related show. We've also seen the forums that are suggesting many things that are not true. So, I'm going to lay it all out right here.
We thought it would be great to book the WWP on the Veteran's Day show to promote the organization, so I contacted them. I was flabbergasted when their PR contact, Leslie, sent me an email saying they could not participate because our show dealt with firearms. Knowing that WWP has had a booth at trade shows and various gun shows across the US, takes wounded warriors on hunts and range days, raffles guns and accessories as fundraisers, etc., their policy didn't make much sense. I forwarded the email on to Tom to get his take.

The following is the complete email exchange:
Hello, Leslie:
Sarah forwarded me your email after I asked her to invite the Wounded Warriors Project to join me on "Tom Gresham's Gun Talk" radio show.

I'm stunned at your email saying that the WWP doesn't participate in an interview or activity related to firearms.  Inasmuch as there are 90 million gun owners and most of them support wounded veterans, I think they would be shocked to hear that they are, by way of their hobbies, somehow not worthy of helping with the Wounded Warriors Project.

 Does your policy apply also to police agencies and the military, since they are "related to firearms?"

I'm hoping that we have misunderstood your email.  Can you confirm that it is, in fact, an official policy of the Wounded Warriors Project to not do interviews with or participate in any activity related to firearms?

Thank you.
Tom Gresham


Good afternoon --

While we appreciate your interest in Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) you are correct that we decline the media opportunity.

Please note the following notice that appears on our website which also applies to WWP public awareness policy and inquiries from media outlets:

WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies.

 Thank you for your inquiry.

 public relations director

O: 904.405.1433
 M: 904.654.8138
 F: 904.296.7347

 Wounded Warrior Project
 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
 Jacksonville, Florida 32256

Thanks for confirming that, Leslie.  It was a simple opportunity to promote the WWP on a national program in an effort to send donations your way.
 I'll pass along the info that you don't want or need the help of America's gun owners.  

 Best regards,
 Tom Gresham


Good morning --
This policy is not a judgment on those who own and use firearms – clearly every member of our armed forces has been trained in the use of firearms and then called on to use them in the course of their service to this country.

Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.

 Thank you.
 public relations director


Hello, Leslie:

Thank you for that explanation.

I do think -- and I'm being as kind as possible -- that it's the nuttiest thing I've heard in years. Suicides are not linked to firearms. Japan has a much higher rate of suicide than does the U.S., and they have essentially no firearms. Suicide is a serious issue irrespective of the methodology used.  

This explanation doesn't pass even the most simple "does this make sense" test.

Your policy does, in fact, brand firearms and the companies which make them as undesirables, and by association, you are saying that those who own and use firearms for recreation, hunting, self protection, and other safe and legal uses are to be avoided.

It's certainly your option to ostracize the firearms industry, the 90 million gun owners in America, and the media which support firearms safety training.  

At this point, I feel an obligation to make sure the millions who listen to my radio show and watch my two national television series know about your policy.

I cannot fully express how much I feel you are doing a disservice to our wounded veterans, and how disappointed I am to discover this bias at the Wounded Warriors Project.

Tom Gresham

The post is getting a lot of play across social media and the web, some pro and some anti the organization.  What do I think?

Well, it seems to me that I see folks talking one of two points..

  1. The overall mission of WWP is honorable and people should not politicize it over a particular issue.
  2. That the organizations stand on 2A is hypocritical concerning how many gun groups give to them and further donations to them should be directed towards other charities working to help veterans.

What I see happening is that the organization has just gotten too big.  WWP generates a lot of cash income from various sources to include both individual and corporate donations and also through merchandising their logo onto various items that are sold.   A group making that much money cannot exist stuffing it into coffee cans and running to the bank to make deposits into a checking account.  They have a full time administrative staff that oversees the collection and disbursement of these funds through their various outlets and, of course, those people have a vested interest in their own livelyhood in keeping the organization solvent with cash coming in.  These people in turn hire a PR company to handle both their image and public reputation who also now have a vested interest in the organization maintaining flush with donations.  

It seems to me in this instance that the spokesperson for WWP decided to go down the path of least resistance and stand against a "touchy" subject knowing full well that it would be harder for any individual or organization to shun disabled veterans in order to promote a pro-gun agenda.  More likely than not, people that do not agree with their position will still donated to WWP because of what they contribute to.  Hopefully  this is all it is and not, as I may fear, is an indication of the political leaning of the organization.
Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.
I cannot abide by or try to support this statement made by the WWP spokesperson as having much validity at all.  While I also do not condone the use of the term "nuttiest" in describing that response as used by Tom Gresham above, I do think it does show a bias against firearms and an ignorance that a firearm is a tool, and as such is sometimes used for purposed other than what it was intended for use.   If this is indeed a view shared by the entire organization itself it is truly sad as they often gladly take in large sums of money from both firearms companies, those in the shooting sports industry in other capacities or pro-2A individuals.  They will accept our donations to fund their livelyhood in the name of the cause they champion, but do not want us to associate with them.

I am going to wait a bit to see how this plays out (if it does any further) before I make any decisions to not support the project.  I have a friend who has benefited from WWP directly and I do believe their cause is just, as are many other organizations out there as well that may not share the same view.  What I think some people need to remember is that 99.9% of the population supports veterans in this day and age.  As far as core services to these affected veterans, the US government still provides the lion's share of resources for them in terms of medical care to try and get them physically heal.  Organizations like WWP do not pay for the surgeons or therapists that help heal physical wounds but help to provide a bride for the wounded to reintegrate back into society and deal with their new challenges.  So by not supporting them you will not be take a crutch or a wheelchair from out beneath a wounded veteran, but maybe make it more difficult for him to experience some needed "down time" at a later date while he deals with the (often Just as damaging and as scaring) mental injuries they also need to overcome.

I should point out this year I have pledged $10 a pay period to WWP through my employers combined charitable campaign.  I have also made both single cash and material donations to them in the past, as well as have actively promoted them on this blog and in other mediums.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Not saying there is going to be an ammo shortage now...but

OK, got a lot a folks skitish now that POTUS has a second term and is a lame duck in terms of having to worry about the consequences of any social agendas he may push via executive orders (which he has used extensively).  Not saying there is going to be a run on ammo, but I went out yesterday (yeah, panic buying I know, but I was down almost all of my calibers at home) and bought ammo.  The place I went was packed with folks doing the same thing...guys at the store said they expected to be out of the major sellers (9mm, .45, .38, 5.56 ect) by the end of the weekend.

I remember this happening in 2008 and while prices did go up and supply went down, it did eventually subside.  I just wanted to get some at the current prices while I knew it was still available.  Call me a sheeple if you must....

What a great ending to the day...Winchester M1 Carbine

Wow, that was a great way to end the day...

As you may (or may not) know, for a long time now I have wanted a GI issue M1 Carbine.  I have the Universal copy which works great, but its not the same.  The GI is superior to the various copies (as I have pointed out before), but unfortunately there are just not that easy to find for a good price anymore.
This was me for many a sad day....
Tonight my prayers were answered by the angels of armament (who work under Saint Michael)...

I just got back from meeting a guy that replied to my add for my Glock 34 on Gunlistings.  Yes, I know, that is (was) a great pistol, but it had become a safe queen.  I had originally bought it for steel plates but it only got used a few times for that and twice for indoor GSSF league matches and otherwise was one of those "eh, I'll shoot it later" guns I had in the safe.  I had posted that I either wanted to sell it or trade it for a GI M1 Carbine and boy, talk about two pieces of a puzzle that just fall together.  I wanted a M1 carbine and had a G34 that I didn't need.  This guy (I will call him LB) is a gentleman who is just getting into the pistol sports and was looking for a G34 and had a M1 carbine laying around.....can you see how this works out? Perfectly!

We actually talked in the parking lot of a McDonalds for about 20 minutes before the M1 even came out for inspection.  I approach every transaction that I do via one of these online sources with caution and care (meet in a public area, well lit, don't bring a lot of cash, ect), but after a few minutes talking to LB I found out we had a lot in common.  He had gotten the M1 from his brother and didn't shoot it much.  Matter of fact, he openly told me he didn't care for the design very much, but knew about its history none the less.  I knew when I looked down the barrel that it was coming home with me right away.  Even the import markings on the barrel ("Blue Sky, Arlington VA") from when it had been returned from Korea were cleanly stamped/engraved.  I had done some quick research before the meet and found multiple people claiming this importer had used "20 ton presses" to stamp that on them that bent barrels and such, but all seemed to be hearsay as is normal on forums ("I knew a guy who knew a guy who's brother was a Navy SEAL that had one while a door gunner on the space shuttle....").   I also looked up the serial number that was visible in a pic LB sent to me and it indicates that this carbine was made between February and November 1944.  The US cranked out a lot of these (as well as everything else) leading up to the Normandy invasions....hmmm...I wonder where this one has been!

Overall, the carbine is in great condition, seems that the metal was parkerized at some point during a rearsenaling of it as it is fairly uniform and without excessive wear as is seen on weapons that have seen field use.  The wood is fair with the upper hand guard being of different coloring than the bottom, no big worry there...lets see what some boiled linseed oil will do for it.  The bolt is of the later rounded design (stronger and sped up production times) and it incorporates the later style lever safety, rear ramp sights and a barrel band with bayonet lug that was added to these Korean models after WWII.   It came with one mag (marked "SS" for the Seymour Smith Co. ) and a sling and oiler, although at this time I do not know if they are original or not.  The bore looked shiny and clean and the land and groves of the rifling looked sharp to my untrained eye.  The action moves a bit sluggish with the bolt almost hesitating before going forward when charged to the rear.  A quick field strip when I got home revealed what I believe is the gremlin: old, dried up grease.   The grease on the bolt (where it has any) looks old and dirty.  Tomorrow I will totally take it apart, clean it with degreaser and rags and then properly give it a lube job with Slipstream grease and oil the metal with some CLP.  That should take care of that problem.

My pal Otto has already made me a deal I couldn't refuse on an original M4 bayonet (www.ebayonet.com) and I will be ordering a few additional mags and (hopefully after Tuesday) some ammo.

Firing line review when I have time!