Friday, 29 May


Our newest featured blog,”Girl of 10,000 Lakes” put together a list of kid-friendly fishing organizations that parents can add to their kids’ tackle boxes.

Fishing gear on a dock

As I get our home ready for our first child, I can’t help but also think about how I want to equip his “tackle box.” I don’t mean just lures and kid-friendly fishing poles. I also want my son to have access to our lakes, natural resources, understand the value of fishing and how it relates to conservation — and have fun while doing it!

I put together a list of kid-friendly fishing organizations that parents can add to their kids’ tackl...

Thursday, 28 May


Minneapolis Burns

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 15:21, Thursday, 28 May

The death of George Floyd at the hands of the police is regrettable, lamentable. and probably prosecutable.  Everyone from the local police union to the US Dept of Justice is investigating it. Even the President of the United States has made the promise that justice will be served.

So, explain to me again why looting a Target store does anything to promote justice.  Explain to me again how burning buildings does anything to promote justice. 

Opportunistic looting is a crime.  Arson is a crime.  The people in the stores, the owners of the buildings, had nothing to do with the injustice that  two officers imposed on George Floyd.  Tell me again how mo violence does anything to promote justice.

I'll wait.


by ASM826 in Borepatch at 18:10, Thursday, 28 May

The Fore Shipyard was an active shipyard on Quincy Point in 1901. They were bought by Bethlehem Steel in 1913 and later became known as the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation. Sold in the 1960s to General Dynamics and finally closed in 1986. They made all sort of ships, cargo vessels, submarines, tankers, even some ships for foreign navies.

This is the Thomas Lawson, a seven masted schooner they built in 1902.

But it's the U.S. Navy ships I want to focus on.

They built the first USS Lexington (CV2) in 1927 and when she was sunk at the Battle of the Coral Sea and they built the sec...

Officer Cody Holte

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 15:02, Thursday, 28 May

End of Watch. Grand Forks Police Officer killed in shooting identified. This was over an eviction, or “Writ of Restitution.” When the officers entered the apartment, Pendleton retreated to a bedroom. The deputies, after ordering Pendleton to come out of the bedroom several times, opened the bedroom door and were immediately met with heavy gunfire. […]

TFB Review: Leupold D-EVO Offset Optic

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 17:00, Thursday, 28 May

An opportunity arose to check out some Leupold Optics. I requested the Leupold D-EVO offset optic because it is such a unique optic design. For those not familiar with the D-EVO, it is an offset 6x rifle scope. It is not your traditional offset optic. There is no need to roll or tilt your gun […]

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35e Régiment d'Infanterie de BelfortThe Firearm Blog probably has one of the most extensive online coverage available on the French Heckler & Koch HK416s, as well as their new SCAR-H PR, S&B Scope and Night/Thermal Vision. It’s therefore nice to be able to share some more wonderful pictures in this Photo Of The Day, with pictures from the French […]

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying While Paddling

by Doug E in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Thursday, 28 May

Carrying While PaddlingIf you’ll recall this past summer, TFB’s Matt E covered Concealed Carry While Boating, in which he focused on being armed while on a motorboat on the ocean. However, being on a boat small enough to maneuver with your own strength brings about a few challenges in how to carry concealed in a more compact […]

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Ten years ago it was the cause of The Onion’s descent into irrelevancy: Their brand of satire simply couldn’t keep up with everyday real-life absurdity. Now we see that even a better class of satire is clearly doomed. Witness:

Babylon Bee: Shooter Released After Authorities Determine All Victims Died Of COVID

KENTON, WA—A gunman was released from police custody on Thursday after it was determined by experts that the people he had shot were victims of COVID-19 and not his psychotic bloodlust-induced blind-firing rage-spree death-binge through downtown Kenton last week with three AR-15’s, seventeen uzis, and one bazooka and zero clothes on. “Our apologies,” said officers as they unlocked the man’s cuffs and let him walk free, snickering and shaking like a lunatic with drool hanging from his chin.

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Repair for me, therapy for thee?

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 11:49, Thursday, 28 May

I got the funniest damn text this morning. Out of the blue, Neighbor L wanted to know if I needed Neighbor D to drive me to town to get more lug nuts for the Jeep. I replied no, I filled my immediate needs yesterday when I biked to town and no special trip is needed.

She came back with (paraphrased) “Are you sure? [D] is going stir crazy.”

Regular readers know that Neighbor D had two minor strokes last year and is finding the recovery slow and frustrating. A very capable man, he’s suddenly clumsy, sometimes fumbles his speech and is occasionally a little slow to figure out things he used to be able to do without breaking stride. He’s used to feeling useful, and lately he doesn’t. He’s really not even supposed to drive, though I’ve never seen a problem when he does. A sudden emergency might be a problem.

I thought about it for a minute: That nail-punched tire needs to go to the shop in town. It really wasn’t worth a special trip, but on the other hand dealing with a heavy tire and wheel in the back of the truck is a lot easier if seven or eight 3-gallon water bottles aren’t in the way. No...

Louisiana Covid Update - Day 73

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 12:41, Thursday, 28 May

The numbers are up, so let's take a look.

The total covid count today is 38,802, or 305 more than reported yesterday.
Our deaths are up to 2635, an increase of 18 across the state.
Hospitalizations are down to 761, but the vent counts stand at 100.
My home parish of Rapides is showing 703 positive.  No word on local deaths or hospitalizations.

Our governor, the petty tyrant is supposed to make an announcement o Monday, June 1 relative to the state of Louisiana moving into Phase 2.  It's a no-brainer, so he has to make a big deal out of it.  We could actually skip Phase 2 and move to wide-open, but that would end the emergency and he wouldn't be able to soak the feds for covid-bucks.

Our governor is a scoundrel, and a West Point grad, but I repeat myself.  He claims to have been the chairman of the Honor Code committee, but evidently he's forgotten a lot about honor.  He's also a trial lawyer, if that tells you anything.

Police Seize New Mexico Sheriff's Phones in Obstruction Case - Police have seized cellphones of a New Mexico sheriff accused of showing up drunk to a SWAT standoff. [More]
I posted a link to the video of the seizure back on the 19th.

[Via Matthew L]
Trump Must Name Special Counsel on Obamagate [More]
Looks like Barr is no friend to more than gun owners...

[Via Mack H]

"From the very beginning you weren't allowed to have certain weapons," Biden said. "You weren't allowed to own a cannon during the Revolutionary War as an individual.""Anybody think you should be able to go out and have a machine gun these days?" Biden asked. [More]
Don't tell that to Ben Franklin, who helped a volunteer militia get cannons from his business pals or  "leading Loyalist, Colonel Philip Skene ... prepared to defend his manor with cannons and his own armed schooner."  Or the privateers (Letters of Marque and Reprisal are still authorized by that Constitution this execrable dolt knows nothing about).


The Engineering of the A-10 Thunderbolt

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 11:51, Thursday, 28 May

Commonly known as the Warthog. The Insane Engineering of the A-10. Here’s a video featuring the design choices behind everyone’s favorite flying tank killer, the A-10 Warthog. Click thru for a 16 minute video on the amazing A-10.

National Police Ammunition Introduces New 9mm SCHP +P HELO Defense RoundNational Police Ammunition has just announced the latest addition to its ammunition lineup. The new 115grain 9mm +P ammo will make use of NPAs H.E.L.O (High Expansion, Law Enforcement, Ordinance) bullet which is already in use with several law enforcement agencies. National Police Ammunition Introduces New 9mm SCHP +P HELO Defense Round The HELO bullet features a solid copper […]

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…but what the hell. Time, I’ve got.

The Leghorns have always had the very annoying habit of all laying their eggs in one spot as a flock. This causes breakage and hassles like trying to steal a dozen eggs from under a laying hen who’s emitting ear-splitting screeches and stabbing your hand with her beak the whole time. It’s also comical as hell to watch 3 hens literally sitting on one another, with sometimes a line of others waiting their turn. I’ll give them credit for queuing very politely but it makes no sense when there are five other nesting boxes in the chicken house.

Right now their favorite nesting spot is a commercial plastic box Landlady got from somewhere. It’s right next to 3 wooden boxes I made for the Rhode Island Reds, which the Leghorns will sometimes sit in but almost never lay eggs in.

It has been suggested – on what evidence I don’t know, I just heard it somewhere – that maybe the Leghorns don’t like those boxes because they’re too open; maybe they just like smaller spaces. So this morning I woke up with the bright idea of building dividers to make those sp...

(Via Rantingly)

I have never had to be a leader under morbid circumstances, a fact for which I'm thankful. But I have been a leader, and I've given considerable thought to the questions "What makes a good leader?" and "How can I be a good leader?"

I'm probably going to have to read this (more?) than a few times, but just on a first reading there is a lot in here that any leader can put to good use.

Tremendous read.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees [More]
There's really not a lot out there on Fred and Brenda, at least to help us decipher their ideologies or to understand who is for them, who is against them and why...

There also ought to be a tie-in to who voted to confirm, so we can hold our representatives accountable for how they voted.

I'd think a comprehensive website would be a useful tool, and not just for at the federal level, but i...

Helping Arms

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:42, Thursday, 28 May

WATCH: Armed citizens are attempting to stop looters in Minneapolis

“Before there were cops, there were just Americans. So, here we are.”

“Justice for Floyd but we don’t support looting...”@maxnesterak
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 28, 2020
And unsurprisingly, there are plenty who disapprove.

[Via Michael G]
And here's Democrat @RepDarrenSoto's request for a proxy to vote for him. He says "unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing health emergency." Looks like he's having fun at the space launch while someone else votes for him! [More]
Try missing a vote in Oregon for principled reasons and the Democrats will sic their dogs on you.

[Via Michael G]

The Arbiter of Truth

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:28, Thursday, 28 May

...Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rebuked Twitter for its decision to tag two of President Donald Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting with fact-check links, saying that private companies “shouldn't be the arbiter of truth.” [More]
You don't say...

Funny, what a champion of free speech he becomes when he senses his o...

The Devil You Know

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:19, Thursday, 28 May

Mueller shows the FBI needs disbanding [More]
And as with ATF, simply transferring power is not the answer.

[Via Michael G]

Beaten Up By a Girl

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:06, Thursday, 28 May

McEnany Crushes Reporter Who Asks How Many 'Dead Americans' Voters 'Should Tolerate' [More]
Funny how "progressives" keep finding ways to clear their own of allegations...

[Via bondmen]

Tracing Back

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:00, Thursday, 28 May

7 Ways The DNC Will Use Contact-Tracers For Biden's Campaign To Oust Trump [More]
You gotta wonder if this will provoke anyone into using tracers to contact and oust those initiating force and fraud in order to seize power...

[Via bondmen]

You get points for sharing this.

You get bonus points for sharing this on Biden's Twitter feed.

[Via bondmen]

In Denial

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:12, Thursday, 28 May

Now, some folks probably should be denied firearms ... [More]
Yes. We call such people "inmates."

Welcome to Summer Camp

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:08, Thursday, 28 May

For pointing a Nerf gun. It wasn't even loaded.

It appears that the coronavirus has outpaced both Obama and Beto as gun salesman of the decade.  Reports abound of large numbers of first-time gun buyers depleting inventory in local gun stores across the country.  These purchases have elicited the expected pearl-grasping by the confiscationists, but these hoplophobes always miss the obvious:  gun are used […]

Speaking of lack of trust,

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 09:27, Thursday, 28 May

It appears that officials in charge in Washington state want to keep the panic level as high as they can during this pandemic.

To do this, they have been listing some deaths as a result of the coronavirus in their statistics, even when the cause of death is something other than COVID-19 — like gunshot wounds.
Hutchinson said such deaths will eventually be removed from the state’s COVIC-19 count.
'Eventually'.  Isn't that nice?  Why not now?  And how many other deaths have been falsely credited to the CCP Flu so Inslee can pad the numbers?

“It Ain’t Necessarily So”

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:02, Thursday, 28 May

Amy Cooper calling the police. New York City, May 25 2020. (Screengrab via NPR)

We all saw the video of the annoying hysterical woman calling the cops on an apparently harmless African American birdwatcher who had merely remonstrated with her about her violating park rules by letting her dog run off-leash. What a racist!

But, as ...

Riviera Beach, FL Pays Ransomware Demand

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:59, Thursday, 28 May

I wonder how long they’ve told the Information Technology support staff, that their budget requests are too high. Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers’ demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no choice if it wanted to retrieve its […]

New Mini Plate PRO from Gray Ops CNC

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Thursday, 28 May

gray ops cncnGray Ops CNC are very busy with the R&D to bring new interesting products and concepts to the (long range) shooting community. TFB recently wrote about the Spuhr Ring Turret Guards from them, and it’s now time to introduce the Mini Plate PRO. I have a plate from Gray Ops, in fact I have two as […]

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Night Fision Costa Ludus Glock Night Sights (1)Night Fision has announced the release of new handgun night sights designed in collaboration with the renowned firearms instructor Chris Costa and named after his company, Costa Ludus. The Night Fision Costa Ludus sights are designed for Glock pistols and are compatible with the following models: 17, 17L, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, […]




It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

Rudyard Kipling
From A Diversity of Creatures 1917.
[Via a comment from William Ashbless.

As quoted above appears to be the origi...

If the only meat you are gonna put out that is on my shopping list is grass fed NY Strip, then I guess I am eating steak 3 nights in a row. 

I kinda miss the shake n bake pork chops, tho.

It is pretty good steak.

Good Morning

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 04:47, Thursday, 28 May

With the new software, the Ford (F) Police Utility -- a version of the Ford Explorer SUV -- can use its engine along with the cabin ventilation system to raise interior temperatures to 133 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. That's hot enough and long enough to kill more than 99% of disease causing germs in the vehicle, including the coronavirus, according to Ford. [More]
Ostensible safeguards notwithstanding, I'm waiting for the first report of a K9 baked in the car while Officer Horny takes a break.


RKBA Roundup

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:05, Thursday, 28 May

This Week In Gun Rights: Pennsylvania, New York, California, Louisiana, The Second Circuit, the ATF, and More! [More]
It never stops.

For some reason, that makes me think about our old Citizens of America objective:
Our goal is to put ourselves out of business as soon as possible—through success.
The biggest obstacle to that, of course, was this.

[Via ...

Just Like in a Real Tyranny

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:46, Thursday, 28 May

Even after security allowed me through the official Princess Anne entrance, once Gullion got word that a Rebel News  journalist was about ask unapproved questions, he sicced the RCMP on me, and they escorted me off the property. [More]
I kind of know the feeling.

[Via Michael G]

Changing Channels

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:40, Thursday, 28 May

England is now being invaded across the Channel, not by a conventional Navy, but by illegal aliens crossing in boats! [More]
It seems an easy enough fix provided those pulling the strings aren't counting on it.

Behind the Mask

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:34, Thursday, 28 May

And that’s the key. If we want to marginally improve our lives, we will submit. The masks aren’t the endgame. The point of the masks is to teach the American people that if we want to get some sense of normal, we have to accept abnormality. [More]
That and getting the spooked herd to do your enforcement for you.

[Via Mack H]

Bigly Day

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 17:32, Thursday, 28 May


So should we be watching "Presidential Actions" or "Briefings & Statements"?


“Watching a Murder”

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:19, Thursday, 28 May

Written by: Greg Ellifritz


I had a friend send me a message yesterday. He wanted to know how a bystander might intervene in a situation like what happened in Minneapolis.   My friend told me he didn’t want to stand around “watching a murder.” How does one safely intervene when cops are mistreating a prisoner?

Violent action won’t help. You will be arrested and likely beaten or killed as well. If you physically attack the cop, it might actually make it worse for the guy you are trying to protect.


I’m going to give you some suggestions.  Some of you will think this advice is “soft.”  It is.  The best way to win a battle against a more powerful force is to engage in some trickery.  It’s best to come at that force from an angle they aren’t expecting.  If you charge head on into a mob of cops, you simply aren’t going to win that battle.  You need some dece...

Justice For America

by Sheila Stokes in The Zelman Partisans at 04:09, Thursday, 28 May

As much as I love ya’ll, this is not a project I plan to repeat any time soon. This is really time consuming! But I hope it’s helpful and you like it. I’m tired of seeing people living in fear due to a fraud. I’m not saying don’t use caution, but doing the normal things you do when you are around someone with the flu (basically) should have covered it. Destroying millions of lives was unnecessary.

As you may have noticed, this Wuhan flu is getting on my very last nerve. I’m not saying it’s not serious, it is. But the damage that has been done to the US by the choices made in dealing with Wuhan flu will never be undone I don’t believe. China and their dang virus is not the reason for massive unemployement, loss of businesses, homes, lives and the massive increase in tyranny. I heard somewhere that this “Shelter in place” model was the result of a high school project. But I couldn’t find anything on the net so it didn’t make the video. I’d ...

Yeah, science!

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:24, Thursday, 28 May

This is super cool...
— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) May 28, 2020

[Ed: Dr. Petrocelli originally published at Ammoland on May 13. It is reposted by permission.] Dear Republican Party of Virginia, I replied to your emails, and I didn’t get a reply, so I thought I’d write to you publicly so that you understand where a portion of the electorate stands. It’s a larger portion than […]

Our Consistently Mendacious Media

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:24, Thursday, 28 May

Victor Davis Hanson:

As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.

Put another way, the media’s “truth” is a good guide to what is abjectly false. Perhaps we can call the lesson of this valuable service, the media’s inadvertent ability to convey truth by disguising it with transparent bias and falsehood, the “Doctrine of Media Untruth.”


Drugs Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Thursday, 28 May

They make you do stuff that will get you killed. Florida homeowner fatally shot man who smashed through door. So how should a 70-year-old man react to a stranger beating someone in his home? You can also file this under “Floridians are almost as heavily armed as Texans.” The soon-to-be dead-guy was walking the neighborhood […]

4 Cops Fired in Death of George Floyd

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Thursday, 28 May

It’s a first step. Must not be the last step. 4 Minneapolis police officers fired following death of George Floyd in police custody. My only prediction, is that within whatever required time-frame applies, the union will sue to get their jobs back based on the fact that they weren’t given an opportunity to defend themselves. […]

Another County Struggles to Deal with 1990s Tech

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:40, Thursday, 28 May

A couple of weeks old, but still worth a look. Wright County Receives Grant To Get Closer To Completion Of Next Generation 911. And by “Next Generation” they mean those newfangled cellular telephones that everyone is using now. For almost a decade, Minnesota has been in the process of creating an enhanced Next Generation 911 […]

Q&A 41: Rebuilding Elbonia, and Lots of British Rifles

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Thursday, 28 May

0:00:27 – Followup: Restoring the Elbonian military
0:05:48 – How to learn about pricing of collectible firearms
0:09:57 – Why are German small arms so highly desired?
0:13:32 – Pick a gun in a new caliber
0:15:32 – Why not recoil spring above barrel for reduced recoil?
0:17:34 – Why aren’t guns better prepared for Army trials?
0:21:46 – Why isn’t gas-delayed blowback more common?
0:24:13 – Fluted barrels
0:27:09 – Advice for firearms writers
0:31:33 – StG44 vs Cold War rifles
0:33:51 – Updating versus replacing military small arms
0:37:02 – Breechloaders converted to use magazines
0:40:11 – Farquhar-Hill in WW1, would it have worked?
0:42:06 – Why is 7.62x54R still a thing?
0:45:45 – What military adoption bo...

New Arca Elite System from Cadex Defence

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Thursday, 28 May

Cadex arcaIf you haven’t discovered the Arca Swiss Rail system yet, you should take a serious look at it. For long-range shooters, there are several advantages with the Arca rail system, which is one of the reasons why you have seen and will see more articles here on TFB about it. In some cases, the good old […]

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Wilson Combat Bullet Proof Adjustable Gas Blocks

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Thursday, 28 May

Wilson Combat Bullet Proof Adjustable Gas Block (1)Wilson Combat has announced the availability of a Bullet Proof series product – an adjustable gas block for AR-15 and AR-10 pattern rifles. Adjustable gas blocks are getting more and more popular because they are really handy tools for fine tuning your firearm to any particular load and, of course, for adjusting the gas system for […]



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Wednesday, 27 May


At 4:53:44 in the video below is the start of a short segment which features Boomershoot:

The rest of the video is more worthwhile than my small contribution. Watch all of it.


or NOBODY will ever have reason to trust that agency again.  About anything.
Late last week the FBI document that started the Trump-Russia collusion fiasco was publicly released. It hasn’t received a lot of attention but it should, because not too long from now this document likely will be blown up and placed on an easel as Exhibit A in a federal courtroom.

The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John Durham, will rightly point out that the document that spawned three years of political misery fails to articulate a single justifiable reason for starting the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.

Those of us who have speculated there was insufficient cause for beginning the investigation could not have imagined the actual opening document was this feeble. It is as if it were written by someone who had no ...

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol GenerationsThe popular phrase “there’s always room for improvement” rings true no matter what industry you’re in. Even for venerated manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, SIG Sauer, and Glock, there are always tiny steps here and there that are taken to improve their product. Today we’ll be taking a look at the various Glock generations […]

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Above we can see a U.S. Marines with the 3rd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment as he fires the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (based on the H&K HK416) during a live-fire weapons exercise at range F-18 on Camp Lejeune, N.C. That’s the subject for this Photo Of The Day, where we look back to 2017. Below: […]

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colt diamondbackIn this Wheelgun Wednesday, we take a look at an older vintage Colt Diamondback .22 Long Rifle revolver and review their history as well as their rise in recent value. The Colt Python is the double-action wheelgun that gets all of the press lately because of its re-introduction and limelight in cinema, but if you […]

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A Judge Who Needs Promoting

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 12:01, Wednesday, 27 May

Read the transcript here.

So I took the bike to town late this morning to get some lug nuts for the Jeep…

…and met some residents on the way out to the road.


Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 13:00, Wednesday, 27 May

Insty talks about a graph that someone put up, saying that since mid-April, Covid deaths have declined in Democrat congressional districts, but have remained relatively stable in Republican congressional districts.

That's true, until we actually look at the graph.

Yep, Covid deaths in Dem districts are declining.  Hopefully soon, they will get down to the relatively stable rate in Republican districts.

At least in the United States. Amazing how that tiny area in red has caused all that green so much pain. They are followed closely by the yellow area, which is at least physically larger. Put the two together and they're the size of what? South Carolina, maybe?

Yet we're all getting treated as if we all lived in NYFC.

Ever wonder why? You should. You won't like the answer.

Edit: It seems Blogger needs to update their HTML generation. It seems the old HTML strikeout tags no longer work in modern browsers. So my original snark, which required strikeout text, has been deleted so the post doesn't look like it was written by a 12 year old.
“Is any panic more primitive than the one prompted by the thought of empty grocery store shelves?" [More]
Yeah, watching everyone around you die from mass starvation because of collectivist tyranny comes to mind...

Privileged geldings like Jonathan Safran Foer could not exist but for rougher men who came before and created enough surplus over sustenance to allow those with no essential value to survive.

[Via Michael G]

After a long-waited IDPA match on Saturday, I sought out another cigar and beer pairing with which to relax before dinner. Looking through the bottle reserves in a dark basement corner, I came across a bottle of Ommegang My Watch Has Ended Imperial Brown Ale. Reading the beer's description, it immediately struck me that a Micallef Grand Bold Maduro would make a fine accompaniment to the ale. 

The stout poured a rich dark brown, with a short beige head. The aroma was a pleasant sweet malt with a hint of chocolate. The flavor profile followed with semisweet cocoa and toffee notes. Mouthfeel was creamy with a short sweet, but not cloying, finish.


USS Nevada

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 13:22, Wednesday, 27 May

I saw a news article today that the USS Nevada had been located. She's upside down on the sea floor 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor. The story of how she got there is part of today's post.

First, we have to go back to Old America. The USS Nevada was the first of her class. The first U.S. battleship to have oil fired boilers instead of coal. The first to have triple gun turrets. The first to have geared turbine drives. She was twice the displacement of the previous generation of battleships.

She was built in Quincy, Massachusetts at the Fore River Shipyard. You can remember that name because that will be subject of my next post. There was time when saying "it was Quincy built" meant something to sailors. And The USS Nevada was laid down near the beginning of that time. They laid her keel in November 1912 and launched her in July of 1914. The Navy took her into active service in May of 1916.

She did not see battle in WWI and spent the years between the wars showing the flag in various places around the world. She was modernized ...

Crime In Chicago Must Be Under Control

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 11:54, Wednesday, 27 May

Since the Mayor seems to think the best use for cops is to violate the First Amendment. Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Defies President Trump — Sends Armed Police Squad to Shut Down Black Baptist Church in Southside Chicago. And while I applaud the fact that Trump thinks churches and houses of worship are “essential,” I would […]


Okay, the Jeep’s right front tire picked up a nail. Jacked up that corner and found the nail easily enough and decided to leave it there till I can take the wheel to town for a proper repair next Monday. I could probably repair it in a pinch – I have a tire plug kit but it really only works well on tires worn much thinner than these are – the smart money would bet on me making the problem much worse. A nail hole is too small for the tools to penetrate, I’d basically have to drill it out bigger before I could plug it.

But that’s not the problem I was dreading…


Louisiana Covid Update - Day 72

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:58, Wednesday, 27 May

On this muggy Wednesday, the 72nd of the covid over-reaction, Belle went back to work today.  The office called her yesterday and asked if she would give a medication-administration class to new employees.  She said that she would be happy to, and tap-danced out of the house this morning to go to the office.

By all rights, this covid unpleasantness should be over.  Yet, Louisiana has a Democrat governor who thinks that as long as he can keep us caged, he can soak more money out of the federal government.  So, let's look at today's numbers.

Cumulative covid-load is at 38,497.  That is 443 more than reported yesterday.
2617 deaths reported today. 21 more than yesterday.
The hospital census stands at 798 with 100 on ventilators.  If what I've heard about ventilators is correct, about 80 of those souls will be added to the death toll.

Louisiana is still in phase 1, and are scheduled to be until June 5th. Our petty tyrant governor decided that 14 fays wan't long enough, and opted for 21 days.  Our church opened up this weekend, and I saw one congregant wearing a mas...

Submitted for Your Approval

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:05, Wednesday, 27 May

I guess we'll see how well they obey their own rules...

Welcome to the Party, Pals

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:39, Wednesday, 27 May

Spirals of silence: Expressing a minority political view on some campuses is difficult [More]
It's difficult everywhere. It always has been. At least they're not burning us. Again and yet.

Life would be a whole lot simpler if we all just signalled how inexcusably hateful fascist white men and their cowardly, penis-compensating murder weapons are...

[Via Michael G]

The Clean-Up Crew

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:31, Wednesday, 27 May

Memory hole: Cuomo’s order forcing COVID patients on nursing homes scrubbed from gov’t website [More]
Erasing inconvenient history? What a "progressive" idea!

[Via Michael G]

He shot the firearm multiple times, ending the threat. [More]
What wholesome young people. I'm thinking a case might be made that Nathan was unarmed and another victim of "stand your ground."

Shannon and Gabby would rather the husband and wife had both been beaten to death than have a gun in the home.

Liars Lie

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:05, Wednesday, 27 May

Gretchen Whitmer, Without Evidence, Claims Protesters Carrying ‘Automatic’ Weapons [More]
Yeah, that's been the plan for a while now.

Mail Man Charged With Attempted Election Fraud, Changed Mail-In Ballots That Were Given Out Due To Pandemic, Feds Say [More]
This call for another warning against Trump tweets!

[Via Jess]

What Conflict of Interest?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:16, Wednesday, 27 May

Twitter’s Trump ‘Fact Check’ Does Not Disclose Company Partnered with Groups Pushing Mail-In Ballots [More]
So they're not honest brokers...?

[Via Michael G]


by Tam in View From The Porch at 07:57, Wednesday, 27 May

(Tee shirt available here.)

10 Best Films

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:49, Wednesday, 27 May

Far Out Magazine publishes Woody Allen’s list of ten favorite films:

The 400 Blows – François Truffaut, 1959
– Federico Fellini, 1963
Amarcord – Federico Fellini, 1972
The Bicycle Thieves – Vittorio de Sica, 1948
Citizen Kane – Orson Welles, 1941
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – Luis Buñuel, 1972
Grand Illusion – Jean Renoir, 1937
Paths of Glory – Stanley Kubrick, 1957
Rashomon – Akira Kurosawa, 1950...

Only Playable Stradivarius Guitar

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:00, Wednesday, 27 May

Five complete guitars built by Antonio Stradivari survive, along with some fragments of others. Only one is still playable.

In the above video, Rolf Lislevand performs Santiago de Murcia’s Tarantela on the Sabionari Stradivarius guitar.

Decline and fall of the great urban areas?

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 11:01, Wednesday, 27 May

I admit it has been predicted more than once, that the “great urban areas” (whether they had a “mere” 50,000 people in the Middle Ages or the 5-20 million of the huge urban complexes of the 21st Century) are going to collapse and die. But maybe, just maybe, this time – with the Pandemic Panic and the accelerating withdrawal of the Fifty States from the world order of the last 75 years – it is going to happen?

It is a week of surprises. For just a few reasons.

Kristin Tate, described as a libertarian writer, has an Op-Ed piece on The Hill, that political rag that is about as pro-establishment and pro-powers-that-be as they come. In her article, she points out that New York City’s decline has accelerated during the Pandemic Panic and will continue to do so after the official end of that (whenever it will be) as people see no advantage to having to live in a stinking, polluted, overpriced, overhyped, and over-governed city.

It isn’t ju...

Oh My God, Karen!

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:51, Wednesday, 27 May

At this point, I have trouble feeling sorry for whatever happens to her. Cooped up: A shameful Central Park encounter demands all New Yorkers be better people. Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper (no relation) had a disagreement about her dog. The fallout has been typical. Despite apologizing, she’s since been fired. Her dog’s been taken […]

It’s not common for any product to be available for retail sale on the same day as the launch, but the new FX Wildcat MkIII from FX Airguns is a nice exception. The new model has many improvements over the previous models of Wildcats and comes in two versions: the short Wildcat MkIII Compact and the longer […]

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STI Firearms Announces Company Name Change to StaccatoSTI (Strayer-Tripp Inc.) Firearms was founded in 1980 and designs modular, high-capacity 1911 frames aimed mostly at competition shooters. Today, the company has announced that its official name will be changing to Staccato. STI Firearms Announces Company Name Change to Staccato The name comes from the companies 2019 line of Staccato 2011 pistols. The pistols […]


New Heckler & Koch MR556A1 in FDE

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Wednesday, 27 May

Hk mr556 fdBlack is fine, but FDE is betterer? The color of a firearm means a lot to some people, and if you happen to like both FDE and Heckler & Koch at the same time, here’s your chance to own a limited production run of the MR556A1 in FDE. Exactly how limited this run is we don’t […]

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We will be making criminal referrals in the coming weeks against the Mueller team. We’re just now putting that together.


This started as a dirty campaign operation run by the Clinton campaign. At some point they got dirty operatives involved, including the dirty cops.

Now, remember, in the middle of 2016, the dirty cops that are involved, it’s almost impossible to believe it didn’t reach the highest levels of the Department of Justice, when they opened so-called Crossfire Hurricane.

Devin Nunes
May 25, 2020
GOP ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee
Top GOP Lawmaker Says There Will Be ‘Criminal Referrals’ Against Mueller Team
[We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Culpable, Accountable

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 05:21, Wednesday, 27 May

It seems that the Obama team may finally be coming to that time where their culpability will finally be exposed for all to see, and be forced to account for their malfeasance.  The idea that Obama had a scandal-free administration is both laughable and myopic.  Those of us who railed against government excess can remember the way that Obama and his minions played fast-and-loose with both the law, and the ethics of governing.

The complicit media was no help.  By fawning over the first black president and failing to hold him accountable, they did themselves no favors.  The lack of scrutiny and journalistic curiosity about anything that the administration didn't want covered  is a huge stain on the journalist class. 

Victor Davis Hanson writes about all this in the National Review.

The remains of the Obama team (Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, James Comey, Samantha Power) are not offering much of a defense for the Obama years — they are now too busy scrambling to h...

Judge Mike McHaney for Appellate Court

Mike McHaney is a judge on the Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit Court. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Kathleen P. Moran and was elected to the seat in 2010. McHaney was retained in the general election on November 8, 2016.

On April 27, 2020, Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney granted a restraining order against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s (D) 30-day extension of the state’s stay-at-home order.  Judge McHaney has overseen two suits against Illinois governor Pritzker's stay-at-home order, in both cases issuing a stay for the individuals who brought suit.  In the latest one, however, is the language that I think...

Daily Defense Redux

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:13, Wednesday, 27 May

Here's yesterday's conversation with host Mark Walters on Armed American Radio. [Listen]

Griffin commented on Acosta’s tweet, saying “Syringe with nothing but air inside it would do the trick. F— TRUMP.” [More]
And Trump, of course, is but an avatar.

It's interesting how she feigned tearful remorse when she thought it would hurt her career.

[Via bondmen...

Making the Case for Camps?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:34, Wednesday, 27 May

Anti-Lockdown Protesters Could Become Violent If US Revives Quarantine Measures, DHS Warns [More]
What price obedience...?

[Via bondmen]

The Times They are a-Changin'

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:27, Wednesday, 27 May

Expect Creative Destruction In This Fourth Turning [More]
So we ain't seen nothin' yet?

[Via bondmen]

For the Public Good

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 06:22, Wednesday, 27 May

Contact Tracing Scarier than you Imagined [Watch]
Don't worry --it's all voluntary. The forceful coercion only comes into play if you don't volunteer.

[Via bondmen]

Immigrant Song

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 04:59, Wednesday, 27 May

The Price of Chivalry in Dhimmified Europe [More]
Their most destructive enemies are the traitorous ruling "progressives" who have engineered all this.

[Via Michael G]

You Can't Stop the Signal

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:54, Wednesday, 27 May

Now watch them try.

[Via Michael G]

Final Push

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:38, Wednesday, 27 May

Received via email:
Can you help us contact voters by making phone calls into the 2nd Congressional District this week? A commitment of just one hour means hundreds (if not thousands) of voters contacted. In a tight election, every vote can be the deciding ballot cast. The program we use is simple, highly automated and you don't even use your phone. I really need your help to contact voters!
Why Maryland gun owners should.


The Party of Criminals

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:31, Wednesday, 27 May

Federal judge rules Florida ex-felons can vote despite fines or fees [More]
That's because he's a Clinton appointee who knows it will favor Democrats.
DeSantis to appeal Amendment 4 ruling that allows ex-felons to vote [More]
That's because he's a Republican who knows it will favor Democrats.

[Via Mack H]

As Requested

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 05:20, Wednesday, 27 May

[More]OK. Let's see how she does on the greatest threat:


Four officers were fired after a video showed one of them kneeling on a handcuffed black man's neck and ignoring pleas that he couldn't breathe. [More]
People struggle and resist when their air is cut off? Who knew?

And then we see:
Officials have not publicly named the four officers...
Will that change when charges are filed?

Charges will be filed, won't they?

[Via Mack H]

The Head of Site Integrity

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:50, Wednesday, 27 May

And remember, with "progressives," every day is Opposite Day. [More]

[Via Michael G]

My Adventures With Beef

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:27, Wednesday, 27 May

I make no claims to any talent in the kitchen. I can do rudimentary breakfast cooking, do up a skillet steak, broil fish, and...well, we're rapidly exhausting my cookery repertoire with even this brief list.

So it was with some trepidation that I faced down the task of getting the roast ready for last night's stew. I needn't have fretted, because Bobbi left comprehensive instructions...

Wednesday Link Roundup

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:44, Wednesday, 27 May

Pirate’s Cove started the week with Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup. Not A Lot Of People Know That covers wind farms paid to turn themselves off No Tricks Zone discusses Mexico moving away from “renewables” Weasel Zippers notes that Alyssa Milano’s mask says everything about the Left Bacon Time!!!! marked Sunday with Sunday Linkage. Hogewash You […]

In what world is that correct police procedure? ‘I can’t breathe’: Man dies after pleading with officer during Minneapolis arrest. Is anyone shocked that kneeling on a man’s throat leads to suffocation and death? A man appearing to yell “I can’t breathe” as a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground and put his […]

Outlaw In The City

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Wednesday, 27 May

More instrumental jazz? Sure. And the title somehow seems appropriate when mayors and governors are making everything illegal, from going to the beach to going to church. This is “Outlaw In The City” by Craig Chaquico from the 2004 album Midnight Noon.

People You Know Can Be a Threat to Your Safety

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Wednesday, 27 May

A very real threat in some cases. Man shot, killed near Birch Tree, Mo.; sheriff considers death ‘justifiable’ The Left loves to prattle on about how if you own a firearm, you might shoot someone you know, but that might be exactly what you need to do. In this case, it was a relative who […]

FAMAS G2: The French Navy Updates its Bullpup

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

The FAMAS rifle was originally adopted for use with 55 grain ammunition, with a 1:12 inch rifling twist rate and, of course, a proprietary 25-round magazine. This was the F1 pattern. Further development of the rifle with an eye toward international sale led to the G1 pattern, with a 1:9 inch twist suited to the Belgian SS109 62 grain projectile adopted by NATO, as well as the use of NATO-standard magazines (specifically FNC magazines). While the French Army was quite satisfied with its F1 rifles, the French Navy decided to modernize in the early 1990s.

The commercial G1 rifle had been economized by removing many of the extra features like bipod legs and grenade launching hardware, and the Navy wanted those elements reinstated. GIAt did that, and the result was the FAMAS G2. A total of 10,000 were manufactured for the French Navy, and they are the last FAMAS rifles to be produced before the St Etien...

Faxon Firearms MUSTANG Limited Edition Rifle

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Wednesday, 27 May

Faxon Firearms has released a limited edition rifle called Mustang, themed after the iconic American WW2 warbird, the P-51 Mustang. The custom laser-engraved Cerakote finish that resembles the fuselage of the airplane is applied by One Off Coating LLC. The Faxon Firearms Mustang is the second rifle in the company’s Limited Edition rifle line with the first […]

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In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the new 8″ barreled version of the Ruger 10/22 Charger. This may be the ultimate plinker and range toy, but it could also be the perfect tactical .22. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if you enjoy our program, […]

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The post NEW Ruger 10/22 Charger: Ultimate Plinker or Tactical .22? appeared first on The Firearm Blog.

Finland Sniper rifle semi-autoThe Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command has signed a letter of intent with Sako Ltd. to develop a new family of Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifles / Designated Marksman’s Rifles. Sako are well-known for their high-quality Sniper Rifles available in various calibers (Sako TRG M10, TRG 22/42 A1, TRG 22 and 42), but they are all bolt-action rifles. There […]



Book Detail

by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Wednesday, 27 May

I asked for recommendation for something clever to read.  Some of your recommended I try a guy named FfordeThe Eyre Affair.


I'm a quarter of the way in.  Not what I expected, but still good. Set in England in the mid 80s, and the Crimean War has been going on for 130+ years.  Heh.  Parallel universe type stuff.  I'm liking it so far

The main character is a special operative law enforcement type.  She gets bumped upstairs to more exciting work . (Read:  dangerous...)  And expecting trouble her supervisor provides were with AWFUL, horrible, beyond-the-pale immoral ammunition for her pistol to help her get an edge over an extra dangerous quarry.

She could get fired if Internal Affairs catches here with it!  Fired, if she is lucky.  The existence of said items is practically a Crime Against Humanity, is how they act. 

What kind of ammo?  Regular self-defense ammo.  'Holler points,' we might say.

Ok ok, I am cutting the autho...

MiniTrue was for Amateurs

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 04:39, Wednesday, 27 May

Board member: “The challenge for the Board is to decide at what point your freedom of speech ends and the human rights of others take over” [More]
Does that humorless broad look East German or what?

[Via Michael G]

Unique Perspectives on COVID-19-Part 12

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 03:42, Wednesday, 27 May

Written by: Greg Ellifritz

I’ve been posting Covid-19 weekly updates for the past three months.  The very first update had 7,304 page views.  Last week’s update had 2, 217 pageviews.  People are getting sick of reading about the pandemic.  This will be my last weekly coronavirus update.


Since I don’t have TV in my house, I spend a lot more time reading than the average American.  I have more than 400 websites programmed into my RSS reader. On the average day I scan about 1200 articles in my feed.  I deeply read more than 100. You can guess that my feed in recent weeks has been almost completely full of Covid-19 articles.  I’ve been reading an insane quantity of material with regards to the virus and its likely future consequences.


There are lots of good coronavirus articles out there on the internet.  With that said, I don’t want to share the articles that everyone else is sharing, doom and gloom porn, or wild speculations. Instead, I will share the truly u...

There are no atheists in a foxhole

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 04:01, Wednesday, 27 May

Especially with priests like this around.  Wow.  "Just War Doctrine" goes all the way back to St. Augustine.  Maybe this guy is a saint, too.

Like I said, wow.


Every spring, while readying the gardens for planting, I find little plants growing in my compost pile. In the realm of botany, these plants are classified as “volunteers” as they grow on their own, rather than being planted. Normally these plants get turned under and chopped up while the compost soil is prepared. This year, however, I decided to create a garden strictly from these “volunteer” plants. I further challenged myself to complete this task using solely the items already in my potting shed. What unfolded was an enjoyable exercise of incorporating, and finally using, found items (such as seashells from many summers ago). I feel this creates an additional layer of “volunteer” to my garden. Follow along for my step-by-step compost volunteer garden instructions.


Tuesday, 26 May


Primary Arms has built its reputation on delivering solid entry-level optics. With each successive generation, the optics became more feature-rich and remained at the affordable end of the spectrum. Today they still offer entry-level optics as well as a few high-end models with ACSS reticle systems. The latest generation of PA optics has introduced us to the SLX MD-25 series of red dot. I received a demo model with no other instructions other than an all-clear to review. Let’s clear the air: We understand readers have been a bit vocal about overseas optics from China. The MD-25 is made in China and Designed in the USA by Primary Arms. TNR Reviews gear. We have no financial relationship with PA. If equipment makes its way into my lap, it gets reviewed. Let’s begin to check out the MD-25 and see if it stays true to form: high quality for low cost. Capitalism yo.

Fit and Finish:


THE GUNS OF Den of Thieves: Den of Thieves was released to movie screens in January of 2018. This was a while ago obviously but it has been on my brain’s watchlist for two years. Just a little bit ago it made its way onto Netflix and found itself on the top 10 movies currently […]

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POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures and stories out there. Today we’re looking at French Commando Units, during the night in April 2020, about 40km north of Gorom Gorom (meaning: “you sit down, (and) we’ll sit down“), in Burkina […]

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Ruger Super Sniper

by Austin R in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Tuesday, 26 May

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 51st edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or does it […]

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This is the cast of the low-budget remake. 

Regular readers will recall me spending much of the late wet winter bitching about the mud on Laddie’s path, in the ashfield at the foot of the ridge. I thought caliche clay made the worst mud, but that was before I moved here and met volcanic ash.

In February I hauled in some flat rocks and tubs of sand from the wash. The rocks weren’t much help – the sand was, but bringing it in two tubs at a time took a lot of time and effort and spread it too thin.

Enter a stranger, who rode in from the west…


I didn't look at the numbers yesterday, but it seems that the LDH has put them up today, so let's look

Total Covid load is at 38,054.  With over 341,000 tested, that's just a bit over 11%.
Fatalities are at 2596.  That's 36 more than the last time we looked.  Sad, but not a huge number.
The hospital census is down again, to 831, with 103 of those o ventilators.

Here in Rapides Parish, the case count stands at 663.  I heard a church last night that the vast majority of those are in nursing homes.  I cannot attest to the truth of that fact, but that is what a congregant reported.  I don't doubt it, and I"ll pray every day for those people.

From Facebook:

If you want to have an economy it is because you want grandma to die, except when Cuomo signed off on an order that actually literally killed thousands of grandmas that is okay because they were going to die anyway, so nobody should be held accountable, and while we are at it should run Cuomo for president because he looks more presidential than Biden, who is senile, and quite possibly a rapist too, but the rapey bits don't count anymore because we only hash tag believe all women when they accuse republicans, because everything is okay when we do it and nothing is ever our fault, even when things directly under our watch spiral terribly out of control, but also how dare you politicize these tragic events, you cold hearted republican bastards who love money more than people, unless that money is being donated to democrat causes, because then it's good again. - sincerely the Party of Science, Morality, and Goodness.
I'm going to call this kind of train-of-logic stream a Walshing, after Matt Walsh who wrote the first one I came across:
Gender is a social construct, but “I am w...
Gun Battle Unfolds At Residential Complex Near Moscow [More]

[Via bondmen]

The Road to Damascus

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:00, Tuesday, 26 May

First-Time Gun Buyers Explain How Coronavirus Changed Their Politics [More]
We'll see.

If that's all it took, we wouldn't have gunkapos.

[Via bondmen]
2 arrested after robbing Healdton police officer who solicited a prostitute [More]
Until he's actually convicted, I prefer to believe he was playing along in a (NSFW) sting operation.

[Via bondmen]

Daily Defense

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:10, Tuesday, 26 May

[More]You can join in via live-streaming from the AAR website or via Facebook for those of you who like to watch.

We are also your source for 2nd Amendment news with articles by David Codrea, Jeff Knox, Mark Chesnut, and Vin Suprynowicz.  [More]
The 20th Annual Firearms News Treasury Edition is now on sale.

Police reported that Manfredonia was at the scene of a homicide on Sunday in Derby, Connecticut, and at a serious assault on Friday in Willington, Connecticut. Police said he was armed with pistols and long guns stolen during a home invasion. [More]
That and he's a leftist who raised money for gun-grabbers:
Manfredonia said the money raised during the event would suppo...
At least 13 are killed and 32 more are injured in multiple shootings during Memorial Day weekend of bloodshed across St Louis and Chicago [More]
Odds are a good percentage of those would be the NRA members they aim citizen disarmament laws at, wouldn't you think?

[Via Wynn A

NY Times Pushes Conspiracy Theory About Trump Refusing to Accept 2020 Outcome [More]
Like virtually all Democrat influencers did with 2016?

[Via Michael G]

A decade of Liberal failure

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 11:02, Tuesday, 26 May

Actually, it's more like two decades.  Maybe more.  I posted this ten years ago, and it has held up remarkably well over that time. 

The one thing I could add looking back from the present is that Donald Trump has figured out how to successfully exploit the weakened trust in our corrupted institutions, and that this is at the core of why so many people hate him with the fire of a thousand suns.  They were expecting to make further advances using the power of those institutions, but Trump shows them (again and again) that the institutions are now easily bypassed.

For example, who follows the Nightly News anymore?  Only Tools and Fools.  Everyone else has wised up - thus the inability of the News to get rid of Trump.

I also predict that governmental institutions like CDC will never recover their reputations once people realize just how badly CDC screwed up their virus projections and recommendations, and how much damage that did to the economy.  Not that this is a hard prediction to make ...


Another Bletchley Park Cryptanalyst Has Passed Away

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 11:51, Tuesday, 26 May

Ann Mitchell: 19 November 1922 – 11 May 2020. I don’t think much was made of the passing of Ann Mitchel. Bletchley Park codebreaker who helped change course of World War II dies aged 97. Even after that movie about Alan Turing, people still don’t seem to understand what an impact Bletchley Park had on […]

Anyone Have a Decent Alternative to WP?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 14:11, Tuesday, 26 May

WordPress is about to force their “New and Improved” block editor on everyone. Whether we want it or not. Because blocks are better, if you are selling soap. I gave up on Blogger all those years ago, because Google is annoying. On so many levels. And at the time WordPress was much less annoying. But […]

Thousands of people defend their lives with firearms every year, but unfortunately, we don’t hear about it in the news. Potential legal liabilities and concerns for personal safety usually prevent people from telling their stories. Fortunately, there are exceptions, such as the story of Jack Wilson from Texas, who stopped an active shooter in the […]

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OK this one got my blood boiling.

10 Years Old, Tearful and Confused After a Sudden Deportation

Typical left sob story about a poor little Honduran kid who is supposedly sad and confused because he got deported. But if you read past the headline, you'll see that he was never really in our country to begin with. His mom wanted to get in here with him, but she apparently could not so she paid money to the smuggling cartels, put her precious child in a raft at night with a bunch of strangers, and blindly launched him across the Rio Grande at our country, expecting our Border Patrol to find him and obligingly turn him over to one of her relatives already here (likely illegally also). Then six days later, she found out that he was back in Honduras and she and her family are now upset that we Americans aren't letting them play us for suckers any more.

Even better, her brother, the boy's uncle, throws shade on America for sending the kid home:

Ricardo Rodríguez Galo, the uncle of the 10-year-old boy who was deported thi...

Leverage Is A Thng

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 10:00, Tuesday, 26 May

Back in the late '80s, I was sent t a class put on by the Air Force, an Air Load Planning class.  They taught us how to balance loads in Air Force cargo aircraft.

If the aircraft is at rest and the front wheel comes off the ground, you're doing something wrong.

I stole this .gif from Wirecutter.
Editor of ‘Non-Partisan’ VA Paper Accidentally Emails GOP Senate Candidate Calling Her a ‘Dimwit’ [More]
Kind'a reminds me of people who type "Your an idiot"...

[Via Mack H]

He Went to Jared

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:31, Tuesday, 26 May

For the past six months, top Trump campaign officials, reporting to Jared Kushner, have been working on a radical overhaul of the Republican Party platform. [More]
I wonder how he -- and this -- would have done against Hillary in 2016...

[Via Mack H]

Last month, the original law was amended as part of the 2020 budget, now making it an E Felony for any law enforcement officer to share DMV records with another law enforcement agency in charge of immigration like ICE or DHS. [More]
Think of it as a variation of "gaslighting."

So when's the Big Fight?

[Via Bluesgal]

A Shot Across the Bow?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:20, Tuesday, 26 May

This is pretty long on allegations and short on substantiation. [More]

In any case, it cries out for an investigation -- either against a lying attempt to extort a federal judge or as an insider tip to find evidence of corruption.

The Results are In

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 09:04, Tuesday, 26 May

Once again, the Republicans have nominated several candidates who strongly embrace liberal Democrat values. [More]
Most supposedly "pro-gun" Republicans are devoid-of-principle frauds who make soothing noises to win elections but would betray us in a heartbeat if  the numbers said "Grab."
Scarcely five minutes after their list was published, people on Twitter began pointing out an obvious error: Jordan Haynes, 27, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the sixth name on the Times list, but he did not die of COVID-19. He was a homicide victim, whose body was found in a car in a wooded area near Interstate 380. Exactly how the “team of editors” made such a colossal blunder, we don’t know, but they’ve deleted Haynes’ name from the list and promised to publish a correction tomorrow. [More]
Who do these people think they are? "No More Names" compilers?

[Via ...
Gov. Inslee’s Lax Unemployment Benefits Rules Made Washington Primary Target Of Nigerian Crime Ring [More]
That won't stop fanatics who voted for him from dismissing the crime as acts of a desperate people victimized by colonialism -- or from attacking businesses that want to reopen as selfish haters.

[Via Michael G]

We must criminalize gun possession in Canada [More]
I trust no one thought Tony had an original idea rattling around in that authoritarian skull of his?

Funny thing about Vahan:
Kololian’s lengthy journey began in Cairo, Egypt, where he was born in 1953.  His family had fled to Egypt at the time of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Young Turk leaders of the Ottoman Empire.
Made possible by...

And his solution is to impose that -- under force of arms -- on the people who took him in and enabled him to prosper.


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:30, Tuesday, 26 May

Historically High Numbers of Americans Approve of Hunting [More]
Including these despicable gunkapos.

[Via ...

Nothing Special?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:06, Tuesday, 26 May

We do not offer exemptions to Law Enforcement. [More]
That should count for plenty when it comes to customer loyalty.

[Via Jeffersonian]


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:03, Tuesday, 26 May

So, if half of the recorded voter fraud incidents in Texas involved absentee ballots, and research shows that is where voter fraud most often occurs, why reject the state’s concerns that incidents of voter fraud will increase when the use of absentee ballots increases? [More]
Because it serves your purposes and because you can?

[Via Mack H]

"Two males with masks covering their faces entered the side garage door of the residence. Both males were armed with handguns and confronted the homeowner in the master bedroom. The suspects told the victim to lay on the floor and was not physically harmed. The two suspects ransacked the master bedroom and took jewelry and cash before entering a vehicle occupied by a third suspect. The vehicle fled the scene." [More]
Masks? Who says we can't count on their cooperation in times of need?

[Via Dave Licht]
Investigators determined that a small group of young people were playing with a gun and it discharged and killed the 18-year-old, according to Kelly. [More]
It's not exactly like the community heroes could get it to throw itself down before they dared approach it to arrest it.

And remember "commonsense gun safety experts" teach us mandated ignorance is the way!

[Via Dave Licht]

The license provides the threat. [More]
What's that I'm hearing about "nationwide ccw"...?

And If You Act Now...

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:11, Tuesday, 26 May

Hudson, Ohio: Recent Attacks On Seniors Prompt Police To Issue Public Safety Alert, Urging Older Residents To Carry New Safety Device [More]
I live in Hudson, OH. You don't get much safer.

I'd be interested in knowing whether they're talking about the Acme or the Heinen's, both of which have relatively safe, well-lit, and traveled parking lots, and if they can cite any police report or link to any alerts. And why they know about it but the Hudson Hub Times does not.

Hell, I'd be less curious if they could just ID a "Ruth Miller" who is 63, as Zabasearch can't find one in Hudson and the only two on the Summit County voter roll were born in 1929 and 1932.

Far be it from me to call into question the forthrightness of the elusive Rachel Manfield and the fine folk...

The Staff at The NY Times Had One Job

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 08:21, Tuesday, 26 May

Accuracy is apparently not an issue in NYC. ‘A Team of Editors’. This is of course about the infamous “list of (some of) the dead” from COVID-19 published by the New York Times. Their “staff devoted hours to the project.” Scarcely five minutes after their list was published, people on Twitter began pointing out an […]

Chicago logs bloodiest Memorial Day weekend since 2015

by Dave Workman in Liberty Park Press at 08:58, Tuesday, 26 May


Brownells Introduces Glock 48 Slides

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Tuesday, 26 May

Brownells continues expanding their line of Glock pistol parts. The most recent additions to their Glock products are the new Glock 48 slides. These are stripped slides available in standard and windowed configurations. The latter has a top cutout behind the front sight as shown below. The Brownells Glock 48 slides are made of stainless […]

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Underground Arms Watch – May Pt.1

by ImproGuns in The Firearm Blog at 08:00, Tuesday, 26 May

Continuing the Underground Arms Watch series, here are a number of black market made and modified firearms which have recently surfaced. First up, here are three corpses of what were once guns which were seized in Zimbabwe earlier in the month. “EASTERN CAPE – Two (02) shotguns and an AK47 Assault Rifle were seized during […]

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Obama might have started out as a likable, naïve socialist.

But he became the inevitable state-worshiping fascist that is always necessary to sustain socialism in the face of its inevitable failure and devastation.

Don Kilmer @donkilmer
Tweeted on May 21, 2020
[This may be giving Obama more benefit of the doubt than he deserves, but that doesn’t change the correctness of the conclusion.

As my friend Eric E. once described it, “Socialism is like a piece of candy which, years later, causes terminal cancer.”—Joe]

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 06:07, Tuesday, 26 May

It seems that the scientists at the National Lab have come up with a way to run a Tomahawk missile on corn.

Los Alamos National Labs has come up with a replacement fuel for JP-10 that uses corn bran and other feedstocks instead of petroleum products. The result is a fuel that can be sourced directly from America’s most plentiful crop, bypassing foreign sources.
That's interesting science, but recent events show us to be awash in petroleum, certainly not dependent of foreign sources of fuel.  At one time last month, crude oil sold for $-34/bbl.  They couldn't give it away without paying someone to haul it off.

If memory serves, the original diesel engine was designed to run on vegetable oil.  They got away from that when petroleum became more widely available.

It's interesting to know that we can make jet fuel from corn, but at this particular moment, I'm not convinced that it's particularly applicable to the markets, unless we're trying to subsidize corn production.

A Golden Oldie

by Kevin in The Smallest Minority at 07:17, Tuesday, 26 May

Back in April, 2006 I wrote a piece titled RCOB™.  It was a fisking of an op-ed by a writer named Nina Burleigh, who I later discovered was the bint who (in)famously said that she'd orally service Bill Clinton "just to thank him for keeping abortion legal."  Ms. Burleigh is an alumnus of the University of Chicago - aka "Mordor on the Lake," and is an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University, home of the Frankfurt School.  She is also National Politics Correspondent for Newsweek.  And, of course, she's not above making it up as she goes, since a 2019 piece she wrote for the Daily Mail had to be retracted and "substantial damages" paid to the person she slandered - Melania Trump.  That was her second retraction.  In 2018 a piece she wrote for Newsweek was retracted when the editors belatedly concluded they couldn't support her allegations that "Russian bots" were responsible for Sen. Al Franken's downfall.

So we have a woman, given her history, who is anti-theist, ultra-feminist, educated at one college with a reputation for neo-marxism, and teaching at another, yet lives in New York City with a second home i...

Mark 8:36 Comes to Mind

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 07:48, Tuesday, 26 May

That and they're gonna need a bigger ditch... [More]

[Via TM]

Camera Nerd Humor

by Tam in View From The Porch at 07:07, Tuesday, 26 May

My 5D Mark II saw a lot more use than my 1DS Mark II.

Hey, look!

by Tam in View From The Porch at 06:44, Tuesday, 26 May

The latest issue of RECOIL: CONCEALMENT is on newsstands! I have a digital subscription on Kindle, but I snagged a dead tree copy from Walgreens yesterday because I have two pieces in this issue.

The first is the regular "Crap Shoot" column, which is a look at guns in the $200-or-less price bracket for personal defense. I think I picked a winner, but you may want to read for yourself...


Getting my nose out of social media so much by removing the Facebook app from my phone and iPad has definitely upped my reading. Sitting and reading fifty or a hundred pages at a stretch is a task that requires exactly the sort of extended focus that social media does not. (In fact, constant swimming in the fragmented world of social media, a world of short Tweets, Instagram photos with quickie captions, and two-minute YouTube videos may negatively affect the ability to concentrate like that.)

Anyway, I finished The Vampire Lestat on Friday and then plowed through Queen of the Damned over the weekend.

I'd forgotten what a good story the first three books of this series were. Cracking good stuff, back before Anne Rice fell down her own belly button with all the subsequent books. After these three it was just more and more words about less and less story, but I can't blame her for riding the cash cow until its legs give out.

Yesterday evening, I put down Queen of the Damned...

New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo is gaining a deserved reputation as a strong leader and effective communicator about the coronavirus crisis in New York state, which has been particularly bad in New York City. His daily live video updates are watched all over the country because of that, and the fact that the state […]

A Day to Remember

by DRGO in Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership at 05:00, Tuesday, 26 May

[Ed: First appearing on DRGO 2 years ago, we repost this piece yearly.] Memorial Day has now come for the 53rd time since it was officially proclaimed in 1967. It has been kept nationwide, though unofficially, since World War II, and as Decoration Day since 1868.  It was born in spontaneous memorials early during the Civil […]

Starline's having a giveaway

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:24, Tuesday, 26 May

you can enter here

Tyranny and So-Called “Hate Speech”

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:16, Tuesday, 26 May

The Heritage Foundation recently published a must-read report on the Left’s widely successful effort to first stigmatize, and eventually to criminalize, speech and ideas it doesn’t like, thus shutting down all discussion and debate over very significant cultural and policy issues.

America is the only Western nation that does not criminalize “hate speech.” Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most nations of Europe already do so. The United Nations relentlessly pressures the remaining holdouts to follow suit: “As a matter of principle,” says the U.N. Secretary-General, “...

A Cold War Hero’s Rolex Oyster

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:54, Tuesday, 26 May

Hodinkee unravels the tale of a rusted Rolex watch once worn by one of the brave men symbolized by a star on the CIA’s Memorial Wall.

It was barely recognizable as a watch when it first came to me. The case shape gave it away, but the dial and hands were hidden behind a rust-colored crystal. The caseback was deeply gouged with what looked like marks made by claws strong enough to scratch stainless steeI. You could tell it was a Rolex – its still bright gold bezel and crown, stamped “Rolex Oyster,” gave that much away, but that was about it. The truth is, it could have been made by anyone, and it wouldn’t have made any dif...

Better Living Through Chemistry

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:26, Tuesday, 26 May

Trust the science? Only if it is trustworthy. Canadian study finds that enzymes in cannabis could treat COVID-19. It is actually a fairly thin conclusion, but I love the fact that it has been screamed from the rooftops by the likes of Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the BBC. It is funded by a company that is […]

Memorial Day Weekend In Chicago

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:41, Tuesday, 26 May

Good thing Mayor Lightfoot (or Groot as Second City Cop calls her) has police breaking up parties, because otherwise they might have to deal with crime. Chicago’s deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015: 10 shot dead, 32 wounded. And that isn’t the full total. The Sun Times counts the 3-day weekend from 5 PM Friday […]

Keeping Violent Criminals in Jail is Unfair

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Tuesday, 26 May

So says the Left. Released Early Due To Coronavirus: Former Weld County Inmate Now Accused Of Strangulation. A former Weld County Jail inmate, who was released early from a two year sentence due to COVID-19 concerns, is now accused of attacking and strangling someone one month after his release. The Windsor Police Department is now […]

Self-defense Is Legal in South Carolina

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Tuesday, 26 May

I always thought it was. Two fatal Columbia shootings deemed self-defense. Columbia police say two recent fatal shootings have been determined to be self-defense, meaning no charges will be filed in the case. One happened May 21, at an apartment complex. The dead guy forced his way into a home, and started a confrontation with […]

M38 Carcano: Best Bolt Rifle of World War Two?

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Tuesday, 26 May

During the 1920s, Italy was concerned about insufficient lethality with their 6.5x52mm cartridge, and began experimenting with larger bore diameters. By the late 1930s they settled on a new 7.35x51mm round, based closely on the existing 6.5mm cartridge case. They also planned to replace the original M91 rifles with a much more compact and more modern short rifle for the infantry. This design was adopted as the M38, and it featured side-mounted sling attachments, a folding bayonet more like a fighting knife than the old sword type, and did away entirely with the long-range adjustable sight, instead opting for a fixed 200m notch.

I submit that this configuration was the ideal one for World War Two, and Italy was the only nation to really adopt a reality-based rifle design. The use of rifles beyond 300m was almost unheard of during the war, and the fixed sight both reduced production overhead and als...

Suppressed Nation Reviews the YHM Resonator K Rifle SilencerTesting and evaluating silencers is no easy task. On the surface, the process seems easy – setup to record video and shoot the host/suppressor combination. Unfortunately, consumer-grade electronics are not capable of accurately recording the peak impulse of a gunshot. The most affordable option is a B&K 2209 analog decibel meter that has been out […]


amg uh-1 gen iiWhenever Vortex Optics does another generation of any of their optic lines it ushers in lots of new features and even further improved quality from the previous good set of optics. With many faithful Vortex fans understanding this, they have been clamoring for a Gen II version of the AMG UH-1 for awhile already knowing […]

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