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)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Another cool license plate sighting...

Saw this coming into work today (got the zoom on the iPhone, I don't normally travel that close behind someone....need room to turn out if need be, defensive driving 101)...I am assuming this is gun related...but hell, I got a guy at work with Gaston's last name that is a liberal anti-gunner so you never know....

And this of course got me thinking about this again....Glock 30S

But my money went to one of these last night....Swiss K31!

Gotta love that old wood....

Friday, January 25, 2013

So let me get this straight.....we're in Demolition Man mode?

Looking over the "banned gun list" proposed by Senator Feinstein's AWB she proposed to "get assault weapons off the streets".  Hmmm....here's the list...

Please notice how the "list" is presented as a continual run on of names, sort of alphabetically listed but here and there you will find one listed as if someone said "hey I watched this movie last night and they had this scary looking gun on it named XXXXX, put it on the list!" while somebody was typing. 

Wow, what a lineup....

Basically, all of the "usual suspects" are listed....AK, AR, UZI, the TEC-9, MAC-11 and the like, even if some of those are rarely used in crimes anyway....they obviously look scary, and therefore must be banned.  Just throw logic out the window I guess when putting together a bunch of names that you know nothing about people....I mean if you are going to try and pass a "banned list" at least give me the satisfaction of knowing you put a little thought into this thing first and know what you are talking about...

Lets take a look at a few examples....

This is the Ruger Mini-14, its a semi-automatic, gas operated, magazine fed, shoulder fired rifle in .223 caliber that has never been in service with the military....

It's banned.

This is the Springfield M1A, its a semi-automatic, gas operated, magazine fed, shoulder fired rifle in .308 caliber that is directly based on the M14 service rifle that has been in use since the 1950's...

It's not banned.  It must not be as scary looking...either that or one of the folks on the Senators staff obviously looked up "assault rifles" on Google and saw the Mini-14 and listed it and then maybe saw the M1A and thought they were the same thing. 

Another example...

The SIG 550, this is a semi or fully automatic, gas operated, magazine fed, shoulder fired rifle in 5.56mm caliber that is an actual assault rifle, good job Senator, you actually got one classified right.  However, since its fully automatic and made after 1986 in a foreign country, its already ineligible to be imported or sold to civilians to begin with.  However, fully automatic weapons made prior to 1986 are still eligible to be purchased if the buyer can pass a strict background check and pay a tax stamp to the federal government.  Either way, you banning does nothing for this particular firearm...

This is the SIG 556, its a semi-automatic, semi-automatic, gas operated, magazine fed, shoulder fired rifle in 5.56mm caliber that is legal to own in this country.  As you like to point out, its based on a military rifle, the SIG 550 above you have proposed to "double ban" with your proposal (kind of like double secret probation).  Its not on your list but it operates the same way as your feared AK or AR listed...one pull of the trigger for one round being fired...

Meanwhile...my beloved M1 Carbine,  which the government refused to be allowed to be re-imported back from Korea, whom borrowed them from us, because its an "assault weapon"...isn't even on the list!!

So clearly, its not the actual functioning or existing prohibition or laws that you are basing your decisions on...but the normal fear based feelings that your liberal ideology embrace that makes your decsions.  Hmmm...this sounds familiar....ah yes....John Spartan...San Angeles....Simon Phoenix....1993 movie...Stallone....Snipes....DEMOLITION MAN!

In the movie a rogue police officer (Stallone) and his arch nemesis (Snipes) are frozen in a cryogenic state and are awakened in a future where all types of vice have been made illegal.  Cursing, alcohol, nicotine, sexual relations, fatty food....you name it.  The populace has been conditioned and reduced to a sniveling group of like minded wussies needing constant emotional support and reinforcement (you can see them at kiosks with computers telling them how great they are) that not only abhor violence, but can't handle simple confrontations without extreme guidance...even the police.   In the end it takes an old time cop to catch an old time villian when the wussies can't do the job...they might get their feelings hurt. 

Overall, I like this movie...its still fun to watch 20 years later and its got both action and comedy going for it as well as some of the best rat burgers ever put to film! 

Anyway, I see a very frightening parallel between this movie and this piece of legislation.  In both, the government is letting fear and emotion over ride logic and reasoning.  Both seek to replace personal freedom with perceived safety from perceived fears.  I say "perceived", because just like in the move where the citizenry had allowed themselves to think they were safe but were not, this legislation will not help us be safe by banning weapons.  In both the movie and anti-gun legislation the bad guys simple don't follow the law!! All anti-gun bills do is to create "victim rich environments" for those that would seek to do harm to plunder.  Let's not let this happen...contact your representatives, senators and anyone else you can think of....yes, even the White House.  Let them all know you object to this infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights and freedom.  Let them know regardless of their publicly stated opinion on the subject.  Let them know you want to "freeze" anti-gun legislation where it stands!!

I still haven't figured out those 3 sea shells though.....

Britain's Prince Harry likes ice cream...who don't?

Lighten it up on here for a bit....

Funny stuff, apparently "CPT Wales" doesn't let a little thing like a royal pedigree get between him and killing some Talibastards....got to love that.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

As expected, Feinstein introduces AWB in Senate

Not much of a chance that it will pass, but still its there to be dealt with....

Damn, I looked at this pic...that one eye is burned into my soul now....ARGHHHHH!

Link to the story here...

Funniest line in the story...  “We must balance the desire of a few to own military-style assault weapons with the growing threat to lives across America.” A few?

Madam Senator.....the AR style rifle is probably the most popular rifle in America today with millions of them legally sold and in the hands of law abiding citizens in this country.

I am not going to try and take away from their lineage and call them a "modern sporting rifle" ( although that term is certainly appropriate in some cases), I will refer to it as an AR, not an assault rifle because it does not meet the definition of that type of weapon due to its semi-automatic nature.  It may be a so called "assault weapon" but lets be serious, before around 1990 there was no term such as "assault weapon", it was made up to spread fear about this type of firearm.   They are a direct relative off of the same tree that the M16/M4 family of rifles that we use in the military comes from.  No denying that.  That's why lots of us love 'em.  I was trained on one, I carried one, I shot one....its what I know.  Is there any real mystery that because so many vets have used them and they are paraded in movies to the rest of the country that there is a demand for them?

Show this pic to a libtard and watch them piss their underoos....

Look, I will admit that they are an efficient tool for what they were designed for, and if used for the wrong reason they can cause quite a bad result.  BUT... you have no right to try and control what I own by what you think I MIGHT do (which I WOULDN'T!).  I served my country for over 20 years in its defense, I pay my taxes, I go to church, I have not had anything other than a speeding ticket in my entire life.....and you are afraid of what I own?

When the constitution was written, the muzzle loading, single-shot, flintlock rifle owned by most Americans at the time and used in the revolutionary war was the "Assault Rifle" of its time.  Yet, the Founding Fathers did not include any type of restriction on the amount of powder or shot one could own with one, in effect what would of been a "magazine ban" of its day.  No, instead they decried the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.  Even if you tie it into the preceding statement about a well regulated militia it still means we can own them, for you see Madam Senator......WE ARE THE MILITIA!  Even back then there was a distinct difference understood between a standing army and a local militia!  If you look in the same USC  (United States Code) that you are trying to write law in, you will find a section that details the unorganized militia, which any of us may consider ourselves a part of.   The militia was seen as a necessary counter to the standing army which could be used against the citizenry, as the revolutionary war clearly demonstrated.

Now, I am not calling for armed revolt or anything so you secret squirrel types looking for troublemakers can go away and take the tin foil wearing hatters that are looking for more reason to gather on the green with arms....not going to find it here.  All I am saying is that the right to own any type of firearms has clearly been established in the constitution and slowly been chipped away since, bringing us to this great period of unrest we see today in regards to the 2nd Amendment.  It should be noted though that it was a column of Red Coats that marched to Lexington to take that same powder and shot to disarm the colonists that started that little toss up that lead to the Constitution in the first place.....just saying.

GI Jane is now a reality

Its not like females have been exempt from the brutality of combat over the past decade long war against terrorism and Islamic extremism, but as of yesterday they are now eligible to apply for "front line" positions in the combat arms branches previously open only to men.  I put "front lines" in quotations because its been obvious that in a war without a front line any position within the battle space may be subject to combat hazards.  I would venture to say for a while people, including females, that worked in transportation, supply and maintenance MOS positions driving convoys up and down routes titled such unassuming names as Tampa and Irish in Iraq delivering supplies and support had some of the most dangerous duty in theater.  Female clerks, medics, MP's and other combat service support types have all seen their share of combat and in the vast majority of cases have served honorably and well.

Doesn't sound like much of a game changer then that they get their chance to try for the jobs in the infantry, artillery, combat engineers, armor, cavalry and other "front line" jobs, including special operations type positions....or does it?

Sorry folks...letting women into combat arms will not result in Starship Trooper-like shower scenes.....

I can't really speak in any depth about most of the other combat arm branches other than the infantry, but in the field you are often subjected to conditions that create situations that would certainly be considered "akward" with the inclusion of females.  I don't go for the guys that say that the enemy will get dogs trained to smell out the scent of females on their menstruation cycle (and it only took 4 years for that subject to get brought up on the blog) and the like, just don't see that happening or even being realistic.  When I did basic training back in the 80's everything was segregated by sex, men did basic on their own and so did women.  I understand that they have done integrated training with the sexes before and it generally worked well.  I just wonder where the line will be drawn on physical abilities in Infantry school where you cannot have 2 different standards based on sex like you do the PT test?  Its one thing to account for the fact that a woman generally has more body fat and less muscle mass than a man and let them do fewer pushups or give them longer on the run...its another to expect them to carry a 60 -100 pound rucksack 15 miles and not keep up with the rest of the unit.  Do you let them carry a lighter ruck and make the men carry the extra weight?  Do you allow them to have a slower standard and not enforce unit adhesion?  Do you allow the men to slow down to keep the group together but not challenge them physically as they should be?

Of course that's just one example and not necessarily the best, but I do think that at some point that there will be a natural line created where women may cross, but are not normally expected to.  OK, maybe some women will want to join the infantry and will do so and be assigned to line units...but I doubt that there will be scores of them plying their units for slots in Ranger school after the initial buzz has worn off.  Undoubtedly there will be some that will apply for the "higher end" schools like Ranger, SF, SEAL and the like, and I wish them well.  However, from what I have read that this new directive is not all encompassing and at a later date if it comes to bear that certain specialties are uniquely suitable only for men, that there may be restrictions reintroduced.

Overall to me being retired, its not a game changer since it does not directly affect me.  I sincerely doubt my daughter is going to running to enlist in the infantry in a few years and to me women have already proved themselves in the military.  There are plenty of gals out there with more time behind a hot weapon than I and doing jobs I wouldn't want to do.  I salute them all.

I will say this on a personal note, woman in uniform, having the balls to put it on the line for their country in combat...yeah, certain hotness factor is certainly included in their overall score in my book.. Not being a sexist here, just saying that what a uniform does for a man in some women's eyes also works the other way for a lot of us guys that respect that choice they made to do so.

Columbus Man Charged in "Castle Doctrine" Shooting Death

Or actually, what he apparently thought was a Castle Doctrine defense....

Story here locally in Columbus, link to the Columbus Dispatch article...

Man shocked to be indicted for fatally shooting intruder

For now I am going to stick to the side that he was in the right until evidence is presented in trial and that the man was shot inside the home, although something tells me that if homicide detectives found no evidence that he was, that information to that affect will be presented to the jury. 

Just a reminder that the Castle Doctrine that was passed into law does not necessarily give you the right to commit murder just because somebody is in your house, you still need to show that you had a reasonable fear for your life or that of the life of another.  I have heard and read way too many people claim, even jokingly, to pull them into the house after you shoot them. Read the law folks, its not that simple.

So you got a dead guy who was 29, a bad guy for sure but unarmed, dead; and this 20 year old "kid" (as you get older you seem to apply that term to older and older people) who is now  facing not only a trial and possible 11 years (I doubt any jury will sentence him to that in this state) but also the knowledge that he has taken a life.  He probably didn't know the law other than what he had casually heard about, and may very well have been in the right, but that doesn't matter in the eyes of the court.

Gun ownership is serious business folks, never forget that fact.  Yes, they can be fun (and that is how I use them mostly, recreational and target shooting) but they are always dangerous.  Be sure you are ready to learn a bit to go along with ownership to use them responsibly with no legal backlash against yourself.  Somebody coming through your door with an ax is one thing, an unarmed man leaving is totally different, as this case shows.

Disclaimer:  I am not a lawyer, I am a gun owning citizen much like I suppose most of you are.  Its YOUR responsibility to know and follow all applicable laws and regulation for your particular state and locality.  I offer up my observations and advice as I see fit based upon my constitutional right to free speech.  This is not offered as legal advice your your use.  Again, I am not a lawyer.....although I have watched quite a few episodes of Law And Order and the movie A Few Good Men.  I did dabble in military law for a while in the S-1 shop while in the military, but that was like saying a meth head dabbles in chemistry....

Thursday, January 17, 2013

MAC shoots the Caracal carbine...pay attention Glock

Most people have not heard about, seen or shot a Caracal pistol.  I myself have never actually seen one in person or shot them.  Its a European designed striker fired pistol produced by a company out of the UAE.  Supposedly they shoot well and are very comfortable.  I have tried to find one locally but have not run across one.

Even though they have not gained a following here in the US, they introduced a carbine at the SHOT show that our friend from The Military Arms Channel got a chance to shoot.  Notice the carbine takes the same magazines as the pistol.  This is cool.  A firearm like this could be issued as a backup weapon to police or security personnel normally armed with just a pistol.  They roll into a barricade or other type situation, they pull out the carbine, take a mag out of their pouch and they're set.  The carbine provides a longer sight radius and more stable platform increasing the potential for accuracy.  Plus, with +P ammo coming out of a 16" barrel, that 9mm round just turned into a nearly a .357 giving the shooter a bit more punch, but not as much as a intermediate rifle round in 5.56/.223, which is what most patrols have if not a 12 guage I believe.  That would be useful in an urban setting where long range over penetration is not a good thing with bystanders nearby.

Here's the video....

It seems that a similar offering by Glock has been on the wish list of a lot of shooters, but Glock has not delivered.  That kind of surprises me considering how many police departments and civilian shooters use their products.  Maybe this will spur Glock to make one, maybe not.  If the scarcity and general unavailability of the Kel-Tec Sub2000 carbine that takes Glock mags has not spurned them into action before, this probably won't either I guess.

NY Legislative Derp....

Well, I have not seen it pointed out directly or actually taken the time to look it up myself, but there are more than a few references to the fact that New York's new AWB that limits magazine capacity to 7 rounds did not specifically exempt LEO personnel from the requirement.  It was apparently asked and verbally verified that it did, but there are some folks looking to make a point I think about how hastily this was rushed into passing by pointing it out. 

You know, I got a grand experiment to try.   Everyone (and I am looking at your Piers Morgan) keeps saying how fucking fabulous England is with its restrictive gun laws.  Hell, even the police over there are not armed normally.  Well, New York City has been effectively disarmed already by the wonder Mayor Bloomberg.  I say we take away their Glock 19's and arm all of the NYPD for a year with billy clubs, to include the mayors security detail and see what happens....you know, just as an experiment.  I wonder how the find people of the Big Apple would feel about their security then.

Getting back on point, again I didn't look the law up specifically because, well to tell you the truth, I really don't give a elephants ass about it, but if anyone could confirm, or debunk this, please let me know.

Kind of funny as hell either way...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

XO x 23.....

Sounds like a math problem....

Well, the POTUS finally released his long awaited list of 23 executive orders that he signed today to curb gun violence.  He did not, despite what many of us thought, sign anything that directly prohibited the sale or manufacture of "assault weapons" or high capacity magazines.  He did come out openly against them and asked congress to pass strict legislation similar to New York's recent decent into Hell that would strongly curtain the rights of US citizens.

Click here to see his "plan"

For the most part, what he presented was a mix of "duh" and "meh" to me...  A lot of these are things that many of "us" have said the federal government should of been doing all along, and other items fell into the "I'm not sure what that will really do" category and still others landed in the "a warm fuzzy that we talked about it won't really do shit" category.

Here they are with my thoughts, as relevant.

1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system." 
OK, this seems to make sense...share info at the federal level where the NICS checks are made at ..

2. "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."
So if your doctor thinks you are depressed he can now have you put on the "no no" list...maybe 60% OK with this if he feels you are a danger to yourself or others... 

3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."
What "incentive" should we give them to do the job they should be doing anyway?

4. "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."
Like Mexican drug cartels?  OK, that was low... accurate, but low.  They will probably add veterans to that list since the DHS has already classified us as threats...yay!

5. "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."
At no cost to the individual and on the spot correct?  SO..if I am pulled over with my CCW and pistol and the officer takes it from me for a minute, it should only take a minute to get it back, correct?

6. "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."
Uh...the same way you do it now if somebody buys a gun online and has it shipped to a FFL for the customer to pick up....I guess they don't realize this already happens. 

7. "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."
"He's the one they call Mr. Feelgood....He's the one that makes you feel all right"

8. "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."
Which will eventually lead to laws requiring all gun owners purchase expensive safes and such that further inhibit a persons ability to exercise their Constitutional right....

9. "Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."
WTF? They don't do this already? So much for what I learned on CSI....

10. "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."
To do what with?  

11. "Nominate an ATF director."
Or dictator....whats a few letters...

12. "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."
Again, WTF, this isn't being done already? 

13. "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."
Try really, really.....REALLY hard this time guys....

14. "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."
If they come back with the way to prevent gun violence is to get rid of guns it will not surprise me a bit....and why are we treating gun violence likes a flu strain going around by asking these nerds?

15. "Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies."
More people thinking that thumb print sensors on guns is not only a viable technology, but easy enough to do that its feasible...."hey, I saw it done in this movie!"

16. "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."
The affordable care act....see a few less dollars in this month's pay.? That's that act in action raising  your FICA taxes that was just passed after the POTUS promised not to raise taxes on the middle class....

17. "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."
OK...if we need to spell it out to a bunch of folks that spent 8+ years in college to be doctors we need to...

18. "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."
Incentives = Tax money

19. "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."
Is it too soon to point out Sandy Hook had one of those and enacted it the day of the shooting and I feel it helped to save further lives from being lost....probably is...

20. "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."
Because they don't have time to page through that massive Obamacare law congress passed to find it themselves.....hell, CONGRESS didn't read it!

21. "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges."
What does this have to do with gun violence?

22. "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."
Commit? or just "finalize"!  I commit to get off of my fat ass and run and lose weight often....and just as often I (obviously) fail.   As the great philosopher once said "Do, or not do....there is no try"

23. "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."  
What are we doing now then?  You had a big "summit" with Joey B and the gang where you invited both sides of the issue in...and when you say both sides you mean anyone against your agenda must be for dead children btw.... Oh yeah, I forgot, you brought in the NRA and other pro-2A groups, talked down to them and then made it look like you were reaching out.

Fixed Magpul stock

Steve over at The Firearm Blog did a short post on a new, non-adjustable, stock that can be added to the buffer extension tube found on many AR style rifles manufactured over the past decade.   Pretty good idea on Magpul's part, seeing how collapsible stocks are presumed to be on the "no-no" list in what we can only assume will be some questionable executive orders today banning "assault weapons".  Collapsible or folding stocks were just outlawed in New York with their draconic firearms law they passed.

MSRP in the article is $49.95. 

At least it looks cool...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ALERT!! New York went full retard tonight!!

In what is an apparent ram rodding of legislation down the citizenry's throats, the New York assembly in conjunction with the State's Governor apparently passed S2230-2013, an anti-firearms/anti-2nd Amendment bill that makes California's restrictions look like a day at the park with the NRA.
It bans the sale of "Assault Weapons" which it defines as semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine and ONE of the following features...


Or a semi-auto shotty with one of the following...

Or a semi-auto pistol with a detachable magazine and ONE of the following...


Hell, I'm not even sure of what some of that shit means... I am sure as hell that 
the folks that crafted this law didn't have a clue what they meant either.  " 
PISTOL OUTSIDE OF THE PISTOL GRIP"  WTF is that? An extended magazine? And do they
even realize that a pistol with a stock, folding, telescoping or otherwise is already
classified and restricted by current regulations.  

And speaking of magazines, SEVEN (yes 7!) rounds is the maximum allowable rounds in 
magazine in these new "Assault weapons"...basically boning owners and manufacturers that 
thought they were safe buying a gun that complied with California's formerly most restrictive
10 round limit. Grandfathered magazines?  NOPE!! All must be turned in, destroyed
or sold out of state within a year apparently!!
That entire 7 round capacity limit just seems to arbitrary and random to be actually
random.  I wonder is some politician pushed to include that as such because one of
the two gun manufacturers (that I readily know of) in the state, Remington and Kimber,
both make 1911 pistols and they wanted to get "tough on firearms", but not necessarily
affect jobs of voters in their districts that could come back to them.  Hmmm, going to
have to follow up and follow the money on that one...     

As far as the "assault weapons" they can be grandfathered in (I am sure it would be
wise to keep purchase receipts) but they will have to be registered.  Also, there 
are no private sales anymore effectively.  All sales must be accompanied by a NICS
check so in effect, gun stores will now conduct all transactions.  Also, all ammunition
sales must be done via a background check it seems and large volume purchases will 
be reported to the state.

So in short, current legal firearms are now illegal, and in some cases owners will not
be able to own their current magazines for said firearms and NY gets a gun registry...
congrats to the residents of New York, you just went from citizens to serfs... 

Wake up Remington and Kimber and leave that shitty state.


Monday, January 14, 2013

The Glock 30S...I want it..why? I have no idea...

So Glock just announced a new .45 ACP pistol to add to their lineup.  The Glock 30S.  Its a G36 slim profile slide on a Gen3 G30SF frame.  Its obviously aimed at filling some perceived gap between the 30 and 36.   Why they chose the G30SF frame over the Gen4 G30 frame to give folks the choice of grip size I don't know, but the thing here was the inclusion of the slimmer slide on top of it.  I suppose perhaps the slide would not work on the Gen4 frame?  I think other than the RTF2 texture it matters littles, as I have recently stated in my G26 Gen4 review that I don't think the majority of shooters will use anything other than the standard (SF) grip size anyway.

Anyway from Glock's site...

GLOCK, Inc Unveils the New 30S Pistol Model 
SMYRNA, GA —January 14, 2013 —

SHOT Show Sets the Stage for Unveiling of Latest Offering from GLOCKToday GLOCK, Inc. announced a new addition to its pistol lineup - the GLOCK 30S. The conceal-and-carry hybrid pistol features impressive stopping power consisting of a factory-made 36 slide on top of a 30SF frame. Its compact design and simple operation allow smooth drawing in a .45 caliber pistol. The 30S packs 10 rounds of .45 ACP in a package that fits the hands of most any user. The G30S is easy to use, easy to conceal and tough to contend with. 
“The G30S platform has been more than a year in the making,” explained Josh Dorsey, GLOCK Vice President. “Our original request from the field - particularly from law enforcement - was to have a more concealable .45 that still carries 10 rounds, so we utilized the G30 SF frame after it was thoroughly tested, presented and accepted as the desired frame for the G30S.” 
The full details of the new model are outlined below: 
  • Dimensions
  1. Length (overall): 177 mm / 6.97 inch
  1. Length (slide cpl.): 172 mm / 6.77 inch
  1. Width: 32.5 mm / 1.28 inch
  1. Height with magazine: 122 mm / 4.80 inch
  1. Barrel length: 96 mm / 3.78 inch
  1. Length of twist: 400 mm / 15.75 inch
  1. Trigger distance: 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch
  1. Trigger travel to discharge: 12.5 mm / 0.49 inch
  1. Length between sights (polymer): 150 mm / 5.91 inch
  • Weight
  1. Pistol w/o magazine: 575 g / 20.28 oz
  1. Magazine std. empty: 70 g / 2.47 oz
  1. Magazine std. full (depending on ammo used): 280 g / 9.88 oz
  • Magazine capacity (rounds): 10
  • Barrel profile: right hand twist; octagonal
  • Standard Trigger pull: ~5.5lbs
  • Muzzle velocity V0**: 787 fps
  • Muzzle energy E0**: 317 ft lb
**depending on ammunition used
They even came out with a promo video clearly aimed at the LEO crowd in which you get to see the actual pistol for like 10 seconds in use, and the rest of the time some dark images of undercover officers driving around looking for bad guys...or donut shops  (zing!!).

"Elite Tactical"?  I bet Gecko45 couldn't of come up with a cooler descriptive term.  Damn, I want to be "elite tactical" now...I wonder if there is a t-shirt for that yet?  Hmmm...off to Cafe Press I go....

Back on topic,  It doesn't appear to be any functionality gap between the G30 and G36 models here that Glock had to address.  I think I  (and many others) would have been much happier to see them come our with a single stack 9mm/.40 model. I went ahead and did a little comparison on the G30 SF compared to the other subcompact Glock models in its own lineup (all data from Glock's website)....since I know you were probably wondering the same thing I was....whats the difference between what was offered before and this new model?   Outwardly they all appear to be somewhat the same.  The dimensions listed are the widest at any given point so I think maybe the actual experience of wearing the slim slide IWB with the regular G30 width grip may be lost in the numbers here.

I think there must be some error with the data on Glock's website, because I don't see how both the G30SF and G30S can both weight the same empty, but the G30SF weighs over 3 ounces more with the same number of rounds in a loaded magazine inserted than the G30S.  Matter of fact the unloaded weight of the G30SF, G30S and the single stack G36 (which is .17" thinner) are all about the same to begin with, which also seems a bit off. 
If you want to check out the G30S on Glock's website click  here..
I don't know why, but I want one of these.  Maybe its because I recently got a G21 that I want a companion piece to it, maybe I have fallen in love with Glocks again and renewed my fanboy membership...maybe its just because I like the idea of 10 rounds of .45 ACP in a package that size and have learned to rely on the Glock design. Hopefully they will come out with a LEO/.mil package that I can buy for their discounted "First Responder" program (most basic models are $398 under the program, .45's and tac/prac models slightly more).  I dunno....hopefully I will still be able to exercise my right to buy a firearm when I can get the funds together to buy one.  
There is just something about those Glocks....somewhat related but I love Brad Delp's vocals....

And before any of you comment that I don't know my butt from a hole in the ground about this pistol, this is purely a review based on info currently available on the web.  Hopefully I will get a chance to handle this pistol in person soon and will provide more info as it becomes available.  But hey, I don't charge you folks to read this stuff anyway so who cares, right?

Cosmoline Killer....boiling water....

As you know by now, I have been a C&R collector over the past year.  In this time I have bought a few rifles and pistols with my license (I still get a kick out of UPS or Fedex bringing them right to my door) with it and generally enjoy the practice....that is after you get them cleaned up.

Most surplus guns, especially those from former countries of the Eastern Bloc, Soviet Union and China, tend to be heavily coated with cosmoline, a waxy grease used for long term storage of metal components to avoid rust.  If you have ever bought a surplus Mosin or SKS you know what I am talking about here.  After the "Great Patriotic War" and the advent of the SKS and AK the Ruskies took all of their Mosins that they could muster (after upgrading their standing Army and disarming formerly armed partisans and peasants....can't rule an armed populace...take note) and cleaned them up and slathered them with cosmoline  to be put in storage for the next "great war".  The idea being that if they ever faced another advancing enemy on the Motherland that they would break them out and issue to every able bodied citizen to help fight back the invaders.  Well, decades later we (for now) get to buy these historic pieces or world history to enjoy if we are willing to do a little work to get them cleaned up.

You may remember this pic of my Nagant 1895 revolver that I got...thats all cosmoline...
Not my pic...I recently ordered a surplus SKS that came caked in cosmoline.  The spring and guide looked exactly like this one here...matter of fact the stuff must have been injected directly into the gas tube because it was packed full and was so dried out and the end that when I pulled the gas tube off and cleaned it, the cosmoline came out in a semi-solid "plug"
Its a sticky job.  Cosmoline is especially formulated to not easily disperse off of a surface, hence its usefulness to be used as a protectant...it stays in place.  For a long time I manually wiped off the stuff with rags, patches and swabs....using a little solvent here and there.  If nothing else the tedious process of going over each individual piece got me familiar with the weapon.  But it was time consuming and often did not remove all of the waxy mess.  Boy, I was an idiot.  I have found the best way to deal with the stuff is simply to immerse the metal parts of the weapon in solvents and boiling water.  Yep, just plain boiling water, the stuff works miracles.  I can't claim credit for inventing this method, its been posted online before and probably suggested to me along the way.  I just recently came into the practice of using it.

This past weekend I decided to clean up a couple of M14 mags for my M1A that I had bought a while ago (before the current panic buying craze hit) for less than $10 a piece.  Sorry folks, they don't have any more left so don't bother asking.  The mags both came in wax paper with a whole mess of cosmoline on the inside and outside.

Again, not my pic but this is the same type of mag I was working on...

The first thing I did was to remove the wax paper and take some paper shop towels and wipe off the exterior cosmoline the best I could.  I could tell on both of them that it was a mess on the inside of the mag bodies as well just be depressing the followers a bit and seeing how it oozed from around them as they moved.  (Sorry folks, did not have the presence of mind to document all of this with pics at the time, you'll just have to take my word on it).

Next I gave the magazines a bath in mineral spirits (paint thinner).  Acetone or other more volatile chemicals will work much better, but paint thinner is easier to work with and safer overall.  I used the "green" version available which is milky white as compared to regular mineral spirits.  It does not work as well as the regular, still, after a hour or so soaking in the stuff the surface was coated with a nice brown scum and gently shaking the magazines upside down over the tub caused yet more brown stuff to trickle out of the innards.  Less effective than regular spirits or not, it didn't matter much after the next step.

Back when I was overseas I asked my wife to send me a hot pot to boil water to make instant noodles and such during times that I might be up and the DINFAC was closed or simply didn't feel like walking to chow. She sent me a unit similar to this...

It has a wide base and narrows towards the top.  I can boil 1.5 liters of water in about 3 minutes. Since I got home its gotten sporadic use in the kitchen, but now I found a chore that it will surely get a yeoman's share of the duty with...

I took the magazines, now coated with a milky white residue and wiped them down again with shop towels.  I then used a pair of pliers to hold them (we are talking hot stuff here) and poured boiling water over them slowly.  Cosmoline has a melting temperature of around 120 degrees, so boiling water will both melt it and flush it away at the same time.  The outside was easy enough to do.  For the inside I slowly poured water on the top of the follower and tilting the magazines toward each side to make sure the water had a chance to hit each internal wall of the magazine.  At first I was treated to more brown sludge dripping out of the hole at the bottom of the mag, but soon the brown liquid was replaces with just more clear, hot water coming out of the bottom of the mag.  Perfect!

I then used my $79 Sears air compressor to blow out any excess water from the inside of the mags the best I could.  The nice part about using boiling water on metal is that it will keep evaporate more quickly than room temp water. Now being that these are steel mags and I just used water on them...I took a couple of patches and soaked them with CLP.  I pushed down the follower the best I could and allowed the patches to do their best to get the sides of the mag lightly covered with the stuff.  I then applied a light coat to the outside of the mags.   I then had 2 practically brand new M14 mags at my disposal.

While cosmoline is truly a pain in the butt, its preservative properties allows us to enjoy old firearms and accessories many years after the people that made them ever assumed or foresaw their use.  Now that I have another tool in my arsenal to use against it, it should be a lot more fun to collect these classic arms knowing I have more time to admire them and less to clean them.

Friday, January 11, 2013

So much frustration....

Hey folks... I'm frustrated.

Frustrated with the prolonged assault on our constitutional right to bear arms....

Frustrated to see Hollyweird celebrities being quoted as experts on gun violence after making millions in a film glamorizing gun violence...

Frustrated to see people in positions I have traditionally looked up to saying stupid things....a 4 star general saying there should be no guns in society...a Chicago police chief saying that they will shoot lawful citizens with guns.....

Frustrated with liberals in the media being taken as serious subject matter experts on a topic they are clearly know nothing about....

Frustrated fighting the lame stream media....they see that a teacher talking a student out of shooting more people when the armed guard was away from school is a reason showing how guns in schools aren't the answer...I see a reason we need to ensure we have more than one person with a gun available...

Frustrated in trying to make time to keep this blog running...

Frustrated with it all....

I am tormented by my own governments efforts to erode my rights aided by a sympathetic, elitist culture and the media. The same government that is giving weapons to people who openly oppose our country in Egypt and allowing guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels and then blaming it on law abiding citizens and gun shop owners. One of the main proponents behind the push is a man who disarmed his own citizens and made no mention of how 2 of his own cities police officers emptied their pistols until slide lock at a criminal, injuring bystanders. Many on the push come from a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country but still the highest gun crime rates.

And they all have armed security details to protect them and their families.

I'm 44 years old....college educated ..... I work a stable job.... I pay my taxes....I served my country for 21 years in the military to include extended periods of separation from my family.... I contribute to charity... I have had nothing other than a few speeding tickets since I was 18.... AND MY GOVERNMENT IS WORRIED ABOUT MY GUNS?!?!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Cult of Personality....

...is usually not a good thing at the national level...

Looking at the movies on Netflix the other night and noticed the epic movie Platoon was available.  It had been a while since I saw it so I selected it and gave it a good watch for a while.  Noticed this guy in it....

If you are scratching your head trying to figure out how Charlie Sheen got so tan, stop.  Its actually actor Corey Glover playing the role of Francis in the film.  Glover was also the lead singer of the band Living Colour (not to be confused with the TV show "In Living Color" which aired around the same time as the bands heyday) which cranked out the hit "Cult of Personality" in 1988, after he had been in this Oliver Stone tainted view of the war in Vietnam. 

Here's a pic of how Corey Glover looked during his singing days then...
No, he wasn't getting ready to run in a track meet, this was the 80's, its how we rolled back then...along with Elvis collar BDU's and black boots that you spit shined....

The one song the band is most famously known for is "Cult of Personality" (of course, otherwise this post's title would seem out of place.  The song still rocks to this day and the fact back then that a group of black guys were lighting up rock stations with their music back then when all the other artists on the playlist were long haired white guys raised a few eyebrows as well.   The song sings about how sometimes we pick out leaders not based on their ideas but on how they come across on purely a likeable, believable or some other way that makes people follow them regardless of their true abilities to lead. 


Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
I'm the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

Neon lights, a Nobel prize
Than the mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set me free

I sell the things you need to be
I'm the smiling face on your tv
I'm the cult of personality
I exploit you, still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three
I'm the cult of personality
Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

Neon lights, a Nobel prize
When a leader speaks, that leader dies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set you free (?)

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You gave me power in your god's name
I'm every person you need to be
I'm the cult of personality (I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of)
I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of (I'm the cult of)
I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of personality (I'm the cult of)
Ask not what your country can do for you 

Neon Light?  A Nobel prize?

Holy crap, were these guys fortune tellers or what?  With as much "star power" that our current Prez has in Hollywierd and the fact that he was given a Nobel prize by that idiotic society for doing nothing has got me thinking about one person after listening to it...

"..and over there is Hawaii, which costs the taxpayers $3 million a pop to fly me there and back on vacation...."

That's right the 2008, 2012 and frontrunner for 2013 NRA Salesman of the Year himself.... President Obama.  Now I am fairly certain that if I asked him, Corey would say he was a supporter of our president and probably would also so say that he supports his assault on our 2nd Amendment rights (most actors in Hollywood that have used a gun on screen to help make themselves some money often do feel this way it seems), and would probably object to me using his song and lyrics to make this comparison. 


Don't really care at this point.  Not only do I have my POTUS openly waging war against my Constitutional right to bear arms for my own protection, security and pleasure...but now I am seeing things that somebody is trying to introduce legislation to overturn the 22nd amendment limiting presidents to 2 consecutive terms.   This would set the stage for President Obama to sit in the White House for another term after this once ends (and it hasn't even started yet....).   This I can not stand by and idly watch.

Folks, contact your representatives and tell them that you want to keep your right to bear arms and the limits we have set on our governing leaders to keep power in check.  Remember, when given the chance to basically rule as a king in our fledgling country, George Washington declined the opportunity noting that power corrupts and that we did not need to create one king to replace another.  Lets remember that lesson now 200+ years later...

In the meantime, politics aside, this song still stands up on its own feet 25 years after it was released...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Another Gen 4 G26 review..

This little baby Glock has been reviewed to death on the 'net.  Hell, I even skirted around a full review of its earlier version, the Gen 3, last year when I used to own one. So why do one now?  Well, for starters I like this little guy.  Secondly, its been a while since I had some good honest to goodness gun info on here not tied to any political or societal circumstance so I am going for normalcy here...or at least as close as I can get.

I last owned a G26 last year when I bought it for a CCW piece.  I then got the LC9 which I thought carried better (it did) and traded the G26 toward the purchase of a CAI CETME (mistake admittedly).  The LC9 was sold once I got the LCR because I actually prefer the simplicity of operation and carry weight of it over the LC9.  Now I felt the need to get the G26 due to the impending thereat of legislative efforts against my 2nd Amendment.  You read that right, I panic bought.  But what the hell, I still love the format of this little Glock. 
For those that have not bought one before, this is the general Glock package as from the factory, pistol, box,  3 mags, bag with additional back strap inserts, mag loader, cleaning rod and brush, manual and spent shell casing (in states where they are not required to submit to state law enforcement).  Lock included as required by Law.

The difference this time around was that I got the Gen 4 model versus the Gen 3 model I had last time.  In terms of the G26 the big 3 differences were as follows.

  1. The old grip style pattern was replaced with the Gen 4 style "polyzoidalhypertetracons", or whatever they are called.
  2. The old style mag release has been replaced with a larger, reversible catch.
  3. The grip incorporates Glock's replaceable back strap insert system.

Other than that, the pistol is still pretty much the same as the Gen 3 save for the stamping of "Gen4" on the slide this time around.  In the bigger Glock's, the Gen 4 versions introduced the double spring recoil system, which the baby Glocks have always had.   One thing that I did notice right away is that on some earlier Gen 4 models that I had seen the standard black finish (which is not the tennifer coating btw) had been replaced on some models with a duller, grayish color.  Not so on this one, the same good 'ol Glock black is present.  I like that.

The G26 is called a compact pistol by Glock.  By comparison it dwarfs many other pistols in the same class by as much as a pound or more that are aimed at the CCW market.  However, what the G26 sometimes lacks in diminutive size it makes up by bringing 10+1 rounds of fun to the party where other compact pistols may make you do with 6 or 7, and those may very well be in .380 at that.  The outward dimensions and weight (roughly 6.5"x4.2"x1.2" and 26 oz. loaded) make for a pistol that is small enough to go into a pants pocket, but probably not one you would really want to carry that way most days.  It is small enough to inconspicuously tuck away in a IWB holster or into a handbag or purse though, and I think that is where it is really aimed at in terms of an audience.  Also, it would be a perfect BUG or off duty piece for an LEO that was issues the G17 or G19 as their primary weapon as the gun mimics its larger siblings in most ways (same for the G27 as far as the G22/G23 is concerned to).

As much as I liked my Gen 3 G26 before, I have to admit, I like this Gen 4 evolution of the design better. First off, the reduced grip diameter ensures your hand can really get around the grip first; and then the RTF finish on the frame helps you keep a hold on this little guy despite moisture or other factors. 

I think its safe to say from what I have seen, heard and read, most people do not use the additional back straps that come with their Gen 4 Glocks and instead just go with the stock configuration, which is the same as the older "SF" dimensions on the G21SF.  Its always been my opinion that the grip panels on the Gen 4 Glocks were a reactive design addition after other competitors started eating into their LEO market (S&W M&P comes to mind) offering pistols customizable to the different sized hands of many officers.  The total affect of the backstraps, while still nicely done in some ways, overall feels like a hackneyed attempt at catching up.  All the additional straps do is lengthen the distance from the front to the rear of the grip and do nothing to increase palm swell size, as the M&P ones do.  Then again, I doubt that there are very many people deliberately asking for a wider grip on a Glock to begin with anyway.

The information/misinformation concerning the rough texture finish (RTF) styles on the Glock pistol could fill another 2 pages, with some insisting the somewhat stippled finish on a Gen 3 frame grip is actually RTF1 and then there were top secret grips never released to the public and all sorts of fairy tale ninja stuff. I will give you the somewhat Readers Digest condensed version.  From what I have learned there are only 2 actual grip finishes called RTF by Glock, the RTF ("1") finish found on Gen 4 pistols and the short lived RTF2 finish that was on my once owned G23.  Partially I believe to do the fact that Glock was still working out the design wrinkles in the Gen 4 design, the RTF2 texture was actually released first before the RTF pattern on the Gen 4, causing some naming confusion between Gen 3 stippling and the Gen 4 texture.  Either way, the Gen 4 RTF finish is better than either.  I liked the RTF2 finish to a degree, but the little spikes did get bothersome after prolonged shooting without gloves on and snagged shirts and clothing a plenty when I wore it on my side.  Now, if I was a top secret Navy SEAL climbing up the side of a oil rig in the North Atlantic covered in oil with cold surf pounding against me as I tried to hold my pistol to engage targets, give me the RTF2 all the way.  But for my purpose of having a CCW/home defense/Range gun, the RTF is better all the way around.  The blunted pyramids offer enough grip to keep your hand in place without slipping while not taking flesh off in the process.  Its a nice compromise between gripping and comfort and I have learned to really enjoy it.  Especially on the G26 where, with the standard non-extended mag, you can only really get 2 fingers to grip it, knowing that they are securely in place is very comforting.

Speaking of magazines, in a very appreciated move, Glock started giving 3 mags per pistol with the Gen 4 models, a move that I highly applaud.  I have sometimes chastised another manufacturer that I like (*cough* Ruger *cough*) for marketing some of their pistols designed for CCW and personal protection but not giving you the ability to do a magazine change by only giving you 1 magazine. Glock went the other way and upped the gimmes from 2 to 3.  Thanks and nice move Gaston, et al. 
Three (3) 10 round magazines come with each Glock pistol now, I have already added a mag extension to one of mine (inserted) which gives better purchase on the pistol when used.

Like with other Glock pistols, magazines are interchangeable withing caliber as far as using larger capacity mags in smaller pistols, so the G26 can use its own 10 round mags, the 15 round G19 mags, 17 round G17 mags or the incredibly long 30 round mags originally designed to be used with the uber rare G18 fully automatic model.
Remember this mag dump?

Also in conjunction with the magazines is the magazine release, which was redesigned on the Gen 4.  The release on the Gen 3 was functional, but on the small side and made you really shift the pistol in your grip to drop a magazine.  Extended releases came out which just made the release taller which did relieve this shortcoming, but often did not really fit into some holsters molded with stiff leather or kydex.  In some cases the extended mag release installed by the user would actually be pressed in enough when holstering on a hard sided holster to cause the magazine to prematurely release when drawn or after the first shot.  Not good.  This new release is slightly taller and quite a bit bigger than the old, allowing you to drop your mag without having to break your grip.  The release is fairly easy to reinstall to accommodate left handed shooters by placing in on the right side of the gun.  Only Gen 4 magazines can use this configuration, while Gen 3 magazines can be continued to be used for "normal" right handed shooting (no nasty comments, I shoot pistol right handed and rifle left handed).

As for the other main control, the slide release, it remains the small, unobtrusive rectangle on the side of the pistol it always has been.  I would like to see Glock make a small change and allow it to also be reversible as the magazine release is.  It certainly would not be as convenient as the truly ambi one on a M&P and others, but it would be easy enough to do to suit most folks.  Also easy enough to add is the extended slide stop/release (as I probably will), but it should be noted that the use of it to release the slide on a magazine is not recommended by Glock, as their training staff instructs to always pull back and release the slide from its most rearward position under maximum spring compaction to reliably feed cartridges into the chamber.  That being said I have never had a Glock not go fully into battery using one.

As for the sights, they're stock plastic Glock sights.  Meh.  Ok for casual range use and such, but I will probably replace them with a set of XS big dot sights, as has become my custom.  I like the easy of use and quick acquisition that they provide to my aging eyes. They are not target sights, but then again this won't be a gun for target shooting anyway.  Also my custom, I will most likely get a grip plug for it, that has nothing to do with sights, but helps round out the end of this paragraph anyway, deal with it.

Overall, I really love this gun....and I have yet to shoot it.  From my past experiences with Gaston's plastic fantastic bastard I do not expect to be disappointed.  "A Glock is a Glock is a Glock" they say.  Most shoot with boring regularity and reliability.  That's not to say that they are infallible, far from it.  But give me my choice for a gun to carry at the end of times when the SHTF is nigh, and it will be a Glock I am reaching for. 

Will this be my primary CCW gun? No, the LCR still has that firmly in its grasp.  This will be a secondary CCW piece along with the LCP for those times that it makes more sense to carry it due to its abilities or the limitations of the LCR. 
Range report as soon as I can.