Monday, 22 July


Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 061: Geeks Gotta Geek Out

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 02:00, Monday, 22 July

Hello Internet!

In This Episode:
  • Weer’d and Erin have a geek-out session over nerd stuff, then reveal that the new editor of Bearing Arms is a friend of the show;
  • Oddball picked up a new knife (surprise!) and gives us a review of the tungsten carbide Sandrin TCK;
  • David discusses traveling with a firearm and explains the intricacies the Firearms Owner’s Protection Act;
  • and Weer’d Interviews Logan Metesh of High Caliber History to discuss the career of a famous gun designer you’ve never heard of: John Pederson.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

Oddball’s Corner ...

The following blog is an excerpt from Not-So-Hidden Treasures: Remarkable Hikes All Across the U.S. by the National Park Foundation.

big cypress nps joey waves Remarkable Hikes(Joey Waves NPS photo)

We call them our national treasures – our prized gems! These natura...

One of the most popular attractions at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Championships each year is the elimination style competition called Last Competitor Standing – often called “Annie Oakley”.

This elimination-style shoulder to shoulder competition is so popular the SCTP offers it on Wednesday and Friday during the National event.

Last Competitor Standing

For the last two years in a row, SCTP has found a modern day Annie Oakley at Wednesday nights’ competition in a young lady named Reanna Frauens from Corral Springs, Florida. Frauens, the 2018 champion bested nearly 400 other competitors on Wednesday to regain her crown this year.


Sunday, 21 July


Henny Penny Builds A “Safe” Gun

by Yitzhak Goldstein in The Zelman Partisans at 22:01, Sunday, 21 July

Henny Penny

For those discomfited by my point of view, and for liberals that entails maniacal hatred, don’t get your Garanimals’ training undies in a twist. I’m in the extreme minority. I’m so “old-school” and normal, nothing more than shirt and trousers will ever emerge from my closet and I managed to reach middle-age sans tattoos, never involved in drugs, and without carnal knowledge of Madonna. Is that rare or what? I’ve never won a popularity contest either and am not about to start now. So why sweat me? Like-minded Americans could fit in...


The Massive Failure That Is Wikipee

by mzmadmike in The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse at 18:45, Sunday, 21 July

I've occasionally edited or commented on WP. Usually it's to fix some grammar, add a link, minor housekeeping stuff. I've occasionally opined on a talk page about a matter.

Recently I added content on two pages, and was amazed at the retardery I had to wade through.

First was on the page for John Illsley, former bassist for Dire Straits.  I saw a message to the effect of, "Before you add instruments to a musician's page we have to discuss it and get consensus."

Um, no. He played bass and sang backup for Dire Straits. On his solo albums, articled on Wikipedia, he plays bass, guitar, and sings.  He sings and plays on his Youtube channel (And he's very good: ).  The liner notes of his albums document these facts. "Consensus" is irrelevant when faced with facts.  Grow up.

Then on David Bowie's page, same message. Are you fucking kidding me?  Bowie played about 17 instruments, most of them live on stage and on film and noted in liner notes. That means he fucking played them. There's no "consensus."

This demonstrates the problem. Wikipedia is the ply...

Handgun Radio Live

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 18:03, Sunday, 21 July

Starting up soon!

Lileks Say Good-bye to His Dad

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 19:48, Sunday, 21 July

On his Daily Bleat, Lileks wordsmiths a good-bye we should all take the time to read.

It was lovely. It was hard. It was exultant. It was unreal and pointedly real. The coffin was flanked by two pictures - Dad as a young Navy recruit, and Dad seven decades and change later grinning in the plane he flew last month.
I won't copy any more that that. Go and RTWT.

USPSA Marysville Series Match 2019

by lokeuei in Gunbot! at 20:53, Sunday, 21 July


No it wasn't.  That is fake news.  They fake the data, and conveniently forget historical information.  Borepatch with tell ya.

[More]Go to the AAR website to find a station near you or to listen via live streaming.


by Tam in View From The Porch at 14:07, Sunday, 21 July

So, my usual Sunday morning entertainment of local news followed by Meet the Press was bumped off the air by some big game of pasture pool over in the British Isles today.

I channel-surfed around for a bit and watched This Week With George Stephanopolopolopolous and Face the Nation and then accidentally wound up watching a Space: 1999 marathon on CometTV.

I couldn't tear myself away, it was that bad. I remember liking it, but I guess eight-year-old me was pretty easily impressed.

On the other hand, it's ready made for some home-improv MST3K silliness with your friends. Bobbi and I laughed ourselves silly a few times.

POTD: U.S. Marine with Suppressed H&K MP7

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Sunday, 21 July

What could possibly trump our previous U.S. Marine with camouflaged H&K MP7? Well, quite possibly this uncamouflaged but suppressed H&K MP7? The pistol grip says MP7 A1, and the suppressor says Rotex II, made by B&T Switzerland. The suppressor would be this one, dedicated for the MP7 and its rather small caliber: B&T Rotex-II™ SMG/PDW suppressor, […]

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A couple of weeks ago I learned that the Jeep’s fuel pressure was less than half of specification. Since the engine was actually running pretty well, that meant the ECM had cranked the fuel injector pulse width to eleven to compensate for the low pressure. The only real issue the (probably) failing fuel pump was causing was vapor locking. I wondered what would happen if I ever had to clear the codes before getting the problem fixed. Then a couple of days ago, chasing my ignition system problem, I disconnected the battery to clean the contacts. I knew that I was thereby testing my theory about the fuel injectors, possibly to my detriment. It just seemed unavoidable.

Yeah – Theory confirmed.

I use the Jeep to haul all the chickens’ water to Landlady’s ridge, which has no water pressure at all. So before I lose the Jeep starting tomorrow I really needed to fill 5-gallon water bottles.


Yet, they are.

This one is south of the District.  Halfway between DC and Fredericksburg.  Horrible rush hour traffic down that way.  Near Quantico, for you Marine types, close to the museum.

Remember this is just today.  There was some shooting in northeast and southeast DC earlier in the weekend.  Those sounded pharmaceutically related.

It's so you know what the Other Side™ wants you to think.  As a palate cleanser, here's a picture that say the same.


So much, round here.  When self defense happens it should make then news.

So, someone drunk or high, I'd wager, maybe crazed by the heat, bangs on the wrong door and eventually bangs his way in, despite warnings, and catches a shot.  More info when they learn it.

Now Woodbine in north of interstate 70.  It starts to get less suburban and more rural.  That part of Maryland is sometimes referred to as 'almost Pennsylvania'.

You are in rifle hunting country, standing in Woodbine, but that county line that separates Howard (shotgun slugs for deer) and Carroll (rifle allowed) is right there.   That's how rural that area is. 

Antonin Dvorak - Song To The Moon

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:12, Sunday, 21 July

In America there has been a huge retrospective on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.  I'm not sure whether it's getting the same commemoration around the world, but here it's a big source of national pride.  In 1901 Antonin Dvořák was a similar source of Czech national pride.  For years this opera was performed almost exclusively for Czech audiences, leading to a perception in the rest of the world that Dvořák didn't write operas.  Now it's one of his most famous pieces.

Explains Everything

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:36, Sunday, 21 July


Sunday Roundup of Link Roundups

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:22, Sunday, 21 July

I hope your weekend is going well. It’s Sunday, so that means that Pirate’s Cove has Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup. America’s Watchtower covers a judge handing Trump a win on Obamacare American Power notes women’s sports being doomed Blazing Cat Fur covers the money sent from Ilhan Omar’s district to support Boko Haram Brass Pills […]

In almost any gun store or forum, you can find someone who can’t wait to give you unsolicited information. A lot of the “advice” that Over Eager Jerry likes to “share” with you is stuff that has been repeated ad nauseam in gun circles, but it isn’t always backed up by facts. For example, they […]

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Americans have always come together as ‘one’ when we have a identifiable threat or a common enemy and the Democratic Party fits the bill perfectly. #Truthdom #WalkAway


Isaiah Washington‏ @IWashington
Tweeted on July 13, 2019
[I don’t think it is quite that simple and clear cut, but I can see a good case being easy to make.—Joe]

Still saw it.

The Cold Blue

by ASM826 in Borepatch at 06:26, Sunday, 21 July

In 1943, at the height of the bombing war, a film director named William Wyler took a team to England. They were capturing footage for a documentary on the Memphis Belle, one of the first B-17 to complete enough missions for the crew to come home.

The extra footage, including footage filmed on bases in England and on bombing missions over Germany, was sent to the National Archive and forgotten.  It was found 70 years later.

Completely restored in a digital frame by frame effort and rendered in 4K, the footage was used to create a new documentary. Surviving pilots and crew in their 90s are interviewed and provide commentary and voice over.

The mix of their memories and the vivid footage that looks like it was recorded create a historical documentary that  immerses the viewer in a different time and place.

HBO has it. Clips and trailer can be found on YouTube.

Liberals and the Space Program

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:36, Sunday, 21 July

The New York Times’ derisive response to the 50th Anniversary of America’s triumphant landing on the Moon made the blood of many people boil, but really wasn’t anything new.

The liberalism of the American Establishment moved significantly in the direction of the rancid radical Left in the six years between the death of JFK and the Apollo space crew’s moon landing. Even as far back in 1969, as Steven Hayward notes, the liberals were turning against the Space Program.

[W]e shouldn’t underestimate how dramatically liberals turned against the Apollo project at the moment of its triumph—a sign of the larger collapse of liberalism...


by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:09, Sunday, 21 July

Every Human Ever (Except Michael Collins)

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Sunday, 21 July

50 years ago today, a most iconic image was taken, just before the lunar lander docked with the command module of Apollo 11. (The photo was taken at 21:34:00 UT or 5:34 PM EDT, 1969) Michael Collins, the astronaut who took this photo, is the only human, alive or dead that isn’t in the frame […]

Self-defense Is Legal in North Carolina

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Sunday, 21 July

And the DA’s move with lightning speed. (It can take some jurisdictions months to make these determinations.) NO CHARGES: Brooklyn Avenue shooting was self defense, D.A. says. The shooting that killed a 48-year-old man on July 3 was an act of self-defense and won’t result in charges against the shooter, District Attorney Greg Newman announced […]

Neighbors Are Shocked

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Sunday, 21 July

Shocked to discover that their zip code doesn’t protect you from crime. Police say attempted burglary leaves one man shot to death in Spring Park. One person is dead, and another detained. Cops won’t say if it is a homeowner or intruder who was shot. So, on to the neighbors. “There’s crime everywhere, but I […]

Book Review: Arming the West

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Sunday, 21 July

Published in 2008, “Arming the West” is, as it self-describes, “a fresh new look at the guns that were actually carried on the frontier.” Herbert Houze used the sales records of the Shuyler, Hartley, and Graham company to compile a survey of the makes and models of firearms actually shipped to the frontier states and territories from 1868 to 1886. The romantic view of the frontier would have every man (and many a woman) armed with a Winchester 1873 and Colt Peacemaker – but the reality was very different. Colts and Winchesters were expensive guns, and many settlers had plenty of expenses to eat up their whole savings without buying a flashy premium firearm. Instead, many bought utilitarian arms from second-tier manufacturers or surplus arms form the US Civil War or European armies.

Shuyler, Hartley, and Graham was by no means the only wholesale supplier of arms in the US at th...


Damned if you do ...

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 00:21, Sunday, 21 July

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday evening condemning President Trump's "racist" remarks this weekend -- although the moment was largely overshadowed by a ...

Trophy Hunting

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 00:13, Sunday, 21 July

Bambi Lives!

I once shot a chipmunk with a .22 pistol.
Not because I had felt threatened or because I was hungry, or because it was a "varmint" raiding a farmer's Alfalfa crop, but because I was young and bored and couldn't find any jackrabbits.

That statement is "full disclosure";  I've shot things I didn't need to shoot, and I regret it.

A recent Rant against "Trophy Hunting" included this:
 A couple photographed kissing next to a lion...

Heat Wave

by Jerry The Geek in Cogito Ergo Geek at 00:11, Sunday, 21 July

Be careful in the sun:  Seek shade, drink lots of water, and remember that perspiration is God's way of telling you that you're going to Hell!

In Viet Nam, (1969-1970)  ... three months into my tour.

We were assigned to "Firebase Security", my platoon and another, and we were assigned to a "cloverleaf patrol" outside Firebase "November 2" ..

"We" was Charley Company, 1/18th, First Infantry Division.  One hundred Infantrymen commanded by Captain Cagill and we were Third Platoon ("Third Herd") commanded by Lieutenant Smith ... known as "The Rutgers Ranger" ... he was a graduate of the ROTC program at Rutgers University.

Lieutenant Smith (all names are invented here) commanded First and Second platoons, I was senior NCO (E6/Staff Sergeant) of Third Platoon.   Fourth platoon did not exist .. manpower was short.  We had to use everyone we had, regardless of the risks.

I led the 30-man platoon, which we had split into two 2-squad elements; our company mission was to perform a day-light "cloverleaf" patrol around the four corners of the firebase to search for daylight infiltrators or any enemy positions.&...

QOTD, 07/20/2019

by Drang in The Clue Meter at 00:19, Sunday, 21 July

I always knew I'd see the first man walking on the moon. I never thought I'd see the last.
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, scientist, author, raconteur

(Yes, I'm late posting this, thought I'd scheduled it and screwed that up...)

Saturday, 20 July


On Duty: The Federal HST 45ACP

by Mr. RevolverGuy in Day At The Range at 20:12, Saturday, 20 July

Federal HST On The Front Line

Today we are testing the preferred 45ACP ammunition of the local law enforcement community. Federal Premium 45ACP HST 230gr ammunition.

This test provides valuable information, chronograph data, accuracy data, penetration and expansion data.

Test Pistols

These pistols are what the local LEO community carries for on duty and off duty.

Glock 30

Glock 21


Borrowed from Wirecutter:

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:39, Sunday, 21 July



Environmental Conditions change. I am constantly irritated by the absolute failure of forums and gun reviews to illustrate certain failings that sighting systems have.

“Optics are superior in every way, period.”

Palmetto State Armory PSA 10.5


I generally agree, it’s 2019 after all… we have compact nuclear powered scopes which can also d...

Yes, they sent probes.  They never sent a Cosmonaut.  Here's why. (Warning: the link has a photo of Vladimir Komarov’s open coffin funeral.

In the 1970s I heard rumors that the Soviet Space Program killed some of it's Cosmonauts but thought that we did, too (in Apollo 1, although that was on the ground rather than in space).  This is the story behind that rumor.  Komarov went to his death in a spacecraft that he knew to be a death trap.  He did it because Yuri Gagarin was the backup pilot and he wouldn't back out to allow Gagarin to die in his place.

They had guts and determination, but that wasn't enough to get them to the Moon.  Rest in peace, Vladimir Komarov.

Typical July weather here,

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 19:30, Saturday, 20 July

which means still hot & humid in the evening, though mornings can be delightful.  Right now it's evening, so indoor studies are in order.

I mean, the Democrats in Chicago never lie. (Or only when they talk.) ‘I just made it up’: Florida Dem admits lying about treating Pulse shooting victims after going on the record as saying ‘I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 people. It was like an assembly line’. She wanted to “be somebody.” And so […]

POTD: Estonian Army Galil in Iraqi Freedom

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Saturday, 20 July

Photo Of The Day – time to go back in time to Operation Iraqi Freedom, where we look at an Estonian Soldier with a Galil SAR in 5.56×45 mm. The Estonian Defence Forces plan to replace the Galil, and LMT Defense won the order as reported by TFB in LMT Defense Announces Award with Estonian […]

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Pretty Bird…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 14:18, Saturday, 20 July


50 Years Ago Today

by Kevin in The Smallest Minority at 13:00, Saturday, 20 July

Man first landed on the Moon:

Here, fifty years later I have become convinced that the United States peaked on this day, fifty years ago. The decay had already begun, but we as a nation carried off the single most difficult, incredible effort in human history. I'm blessed to have been alive during that time.

What’s The Worst Part of a SWATing Call?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 14:26, Saturday, 20 July

Danger to the public? Not by half. Swatting call takes time, manpower. Forget about the fact that someone might get shot, since that someone is most likely to be the homeowner, and not a cop. So did they do anything to try and contact the homeowner aside from assembling an army with the goal (mostly) […]


I’m getting old. Also I was a dealership mechanic many years ago, HATED it, and willfully forgot all about it when I finally had a chance to move on.

It was years before I’d so much as open an engine hood. In that time I forgot simple, common sense things that are a mechanic’s bread and butter. Things like, if you can turn the ignition switch on but can’t crank the starter, jump the solenoid.

Now, when I was very young I had some bad experiences attempting to jump starter solenoids and I’m as shy about it as a dog that’s had his paw pinched. Also the solenoid is way down there under the engine and I’m old and lazy. But if you jump the starter RELAY, things get much simpler. I like simple.


The Chicago Writer's Association has published a review of my latest book! I'm pretty happy about it.

What has been done can be done again

by Unknown in The Freeholder at 11:17, Saturday, 20 July

The original plans for today included shooting the monthly IDPA match at Rivanna. I haven't been able to make it to that match since last October and was really looking forward to it. However, with the thermometer predicted to peak over 100° today, the organizers cancelled the match. I was disappointed, but it was probably a wise decision.

On the other hand, it gave me a rare Saturday morning to sit in my happy place on the screen porch enjoying my coffee. I will not be deterred! Grabbing the floor fan, I decided to enjoy an, also rare, morning smoke with my coffee.

The best reading on the Internet

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 10:31, Saturday, 20 July

It's over at Aesop's place.  And it's over at Aesop's place again.

Smart, funny, topical.  It's a trifecta of bloggy goodness.

Why we never went back to the Moon

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:31, Saturday, 20 July

Ten years ago I wrote about this, on the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing.  The ten years since have seen the flowering of private space travel, which bodes well for the future.

Jack Kennedy's Treasure Fleet

History; it be messy

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 08:10, Saturday, 20 July

While taking sediment cores from a nearby peat bog to help study the ancient environment, archaeologist Paul Ledger and his colleagues discovered a previously unknown chapter in the story of L’Anse aux Meadows. Buried about 35cm (14 inches) beneath the modern surface, they found signs of an ancient occupancy: a layer of trampled mud littered with woodworking debris, charcoal, and the remains of plants and insects.

 Based on its depth and the insect species present, the layer looks like similar surfaces from the edges of Viking Age Norse settlements in Greenland and Iceland. But organic material from the layer radiocarbon dated to the late 1100s or early 1200s, long after the Norse were thought to have left Newfoundland for good.

Best SuppressorsGood morning everyone and thank you for tuning in to TFB’s Silencer Saturday – where the neighbors have no idea how much lead you throw in the back yard. Today we start the difficult task of picking the best suppressors currently on the market. And, as I am not a Dictator, I will rely on […]

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Quote of the day—Chet

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 06:00, Saturday, 20 July

I wonder how gun grabbers would describe hell: fire and brimstone or free men living happy lives?

July 7, 2019
Comment to Quote of the day—Nate McMurray (@Nate_McMurray)
[Excellent question.–Joe]

Jeep Update…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 07:12, Saturday, 20 July

I was misled by some clumsy writing in my Haynes manual and initial appearances to fear that the ignition lock cylinder of a 2001 Jeep was some peculiarly unserviceable example of proprietary black box. But it turned out in the cooler evening to be just a lock cylinder, and very easily removable.

Unfortunately it also turned out not to be the problem. A lot of surfing came up with a new theory: There’s something called an ignition switch actuator pin that is made of plastic and can fatigue to cause precisely the symptoms I experienced before and during the failure, the need to apply force to the key to engage the starter followed by a complete failure of the starter circuit though all the electronics still work. That’s replaceable with special tools I’d rather not buy, plus it would probably take a week to get the part.

So I’m going to see if I can get a neighbor to give me a tow this weekend. What the hell, I’ve been planning to take the Jeep to the shop anyway…


by Kevin in The Smallest Minority at 06:04, Saturday, 20 July





More powerful


The immortal words of the comic-strip character Pogo.

(Perusing my blog, I noticed that I had a half-dozen started essays that I'd never completed and published.  This is one of them from back in early 2016.  I thought I'd dust it off and hit "Publish."  Comments?)

Here we are in the early stages of the Run for the Presidency, 2016, and the most likely candidates at the moment are a lying, incompetent carpetbagger from Arkansas and a blowhard billionaire whose only principles seems to be "make money" and "promote myself."  The Vermont Socialist could still pull it out if he could get the Democrat Superdelegates on his side, but that seems unlikely at this point.  The Republican elite is shitting itself over the possibility that The Donald® might win the nomination, and the only other candidate with a chance is Ted "No Compromise" Cruz.  They could defeat The Donald® if they united behind Cruz, but as Rush Limbaugh keeps repeating, they hate The Donald®, they FEAR Cruz.

How the fuck did we get to this point?

Political commentator Henry Louis Mencken, an early 20th Century Cassandra wrote in 1920...

Speaking of which, of the “21,000 children” they say “died from guns” [!] we find “There were 14,583 deaths for 18-21-year-olds…” [More]
You have to wonder if, when they were children, some of these doctors ever said: "I want to be an agenda-driven liar when I grow up."

71, 17…MEH.

by Mas in at 06:00, Saturday, 20 July

Well, waddaya know – I turn 71 today. There are days I feel every bit of that, but there are also days when I get up feeling 17. Which makes me wonder…am I elderly and dyslexic, too? Aah, what the … Read more

My gravest secret is that I really did fake the moon landing. On Venus!
- Richard Nixon
Half a century ago, we landed on the moon.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a plaque saying that we came in peace for all mankind, but the planted the US flag.  When the astronauts blasted off from the moon, Buzz Aldrin noted that the rocket exhaust knocked the flag over.  In 2012 NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took photos confirming that while flags are still standing at the Apollo 12, 16, and 17 sites, there's no Apollo 11 flag still standing.  The flag and pole cast a shadow at the right time of day; no shadow, no flag.

I need to go to the range

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:03, Saturday, 20 July

as there are two rifles that need zeroing, some loads that need testing, and some stuff that just needs shooting.

Some of which means ammo to load.  And there's only so much time in a day to fit that in with the other stuff.

Time, ask of me anything but time.

Socialism, Comrades!

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 05:50, Saturday, 20 July

And yes, it's real socialism.
Venezuelan special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resisting arrest, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report detailing wide-ranging government abuses targeting political opponents.

Special Action Forces described by witnesses as “death squads” killed 5,287 people in 2018 and another 1,569 by mid-May of this year, in what are officially termed by the Venezuelan government “Operations for the Liberation of the People,” United Nations investigators reported.
Well, they liberated those people from breathing.  And from further starvation.

Now we only wait for the left to figure out how to blame it on the US.

The Last Walker Colt

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:22, Saturday, 20 July

A great item, but so damn valuable that nobody will ever again drop the hammer, let alone shoot it.

Saturday Links

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:59, Saturday, 20 July

I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Vodka Pundit – Millennial Writer Cries at Work, Puts Mother on Speakerphone after Editor Corrects Her Spelling. I’m so glad I don’t have to manage people in this day and age. How does a boss manage a worker who believes their feelings trump reality, right […]

The Eagle Has Landed

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Saturday, 20 July

Since everyone is celebrating/remembering Apollo 11… The date the Lunar Lander touched down was August 20th, 1969. The time was 20:17:40 UTC (or 4:17 PM EDT for those of you confused by universal coordinated time, or Zulu time). They managed to land the Eagle and shut the engines down with about 20 seconds of fuel […]

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Saturday, 20 July

Well, not quite 0; they did wound the homeowner. Deputies: 2 killed in home invasion, homeowner wounded. Investigators tell the Ocala Star-Banner that four men entered the property, which is surrounded by dense woods. Apparently, one of them entered the home and was shot by the homeowner. The second man was hit during an exchange […]

Waiting For The Sun

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Saturday, 20 July

There was a period in the 1980s into the early 1990s, after the demise of Disco, when mainstream rock was dealing with Punk, and in short order Post Punk, that a lot of more “traditional rock” music was coming out of bands considered Country by the suits running the music business. I’ve mentioned that the […]

Tirmax: A Pre-WW1 .32ACP Light Carbine

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Saturday, 20 July

The Tirmax is a handy little carbine made between 1909 and 1914 in Liege by a German company. It is a semiauto action using a 5-round detachable magazine. The guns are quite scarce today because only a fairly small number appear to have been produced before World War One ended its manufacture.

Mechanically, the Tirmax is simple blowback, although incorporating a heavy hammer spring into the system to increase the bolt’s resistance to opening when fired. The hammer also has a lever extension on the left side of the receiver, allowing it to be manually cocked prior to manually cycling the bolt.

Out on the range, this particular example exhibited a bunch of problems, although that may or may not be representative of overall production. In addition to feed problems, I had one instance where the firing pin appears to have stuck in the forward position, resulting in 3 rounds slam firing in extremel...

TFB Top Picks: The Best Revolvers On The Market

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Saturday, 20 July

Best RevolversGreat, a Best Revolver article written by a guy who believes a defensive handgun should be a semiautomatic and be made of polymer. You can go ahead and stop reading now. All kidding aside, my advice to everyone looking for a defensive weapon is buy something that works for you and learn how to shoot […]

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by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:30, Saturday, 20 July

It's hot.

But I find myself having a hard time noting the difference between 94 and 101.

I'd like to go back 106 years and try out what 134 felt like.  Where there was no AC, and no shade not built.  I'd only want to try it out for 15 minutes or so....  then zoom back to the house in 2019 where my AC is.

The Range has no AC in the range itself.  No thank you.


by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 03:50, Saturday, 20 July

The family is gathering today, here at PawPaw's house.  Miss Reba, the matriarch of Belle's clan is celebrating her 98th birthday.  Family and friends from all over the state will assemble in the shop to celebrate.

This is one of the reasons we built this venue.  It's a place to gather and celebrate, and we can accommodate plenty of guests.

As soon as I finish coffee, I'll go out to the shop and make final preparations.   Move the lawnmower out, do a final sweep, and ice down the beverages.  We're expencting 30-40 people today, and it's going to be a lot of fun.


Going Deep Sky

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 23:09, Friday, 19 July

It was not a great night.  The air was turbulent and you could see Saturn and Jupiter burbling.  (Something best done only with mutually consenting planets.)  The Sun is now setting early enough for me to pursue the fainter dark sky objects.  The big reflector has the Sky Commander digital setting circles.  These have been an occasional source of frustration.  You aim the telescope at two of several dozen bright stars and press ENTER.  It should then let you pick any of about 8000 objects, and as you rotate the mount in azimuth and elevation, it shows you how many more degrees to go. The instructions warn you to sight in stars at high magnification to reduce error.  I can see why.  I did it at 78x and the results were disappointing.  Tonight I used 222x to align on Arcturus and Polaris.

The first target was M13, a (sort of) nearby globular cluster.  I showed it one person several years ago and he described it as looking like diamonds on black velvet.  Yup.  I was not exactly on target but it was bright enough for the finderscope to hint at it,  Using the 40x eyepiece it was obvious.  At 78x, ...

Friday, 19 July


7/18/19 Los Angeles Times:

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has admitted to running an illegal gun operation, authorities said.
Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs was arrested Feb. 5 after an investigation involving undercover officers to whom Xu sold three guns out of the trunk of his car, including an “off-roster”pistol not certified for sale in California, ...

Late. Hot. Tired.

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 20:52, Friday, 19 July




My right to armed self-defense is based on my ancestor's ability to pick up a rock, you drooling simpleton.
— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) July 20, 2019

At SHOT Show 2019 Streamlight showed off their new TLR-VIR II. It is a compact pistol weapon light that is night vision friendly. It has visible white light, IR illuminator, and an IR laser. The best part? It costs less than the SureFire X400V. TLR-VIR II Streamlight came out with the first generation TLR-VIR a […]

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Above you can see a High Explosive artillery 155 mm round being fired from an M109A6 Paladin, in a live-fire training at Combined Resolve IX at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. That is the subject of this Photo Of The Day. The updated A6 Paladin version can come from the move to a halt and fire […]

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Featured Deals of the Week – 7/19/19

by Benjamin F in The Firearm Blog at 16:00, Friday, 19 July

Deals-of-the-Week-HeaderIt’s your boy Benjamin F coming at you pre-written with another Featured Deals of the Week. I am cutting it way too close to the publishing deadline this week, so I’m going to be really salty if any of these deals get sold out before Sunday. As always please leave a comment if you want to see […]

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And the Jeep broke again.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 15:13, Friday, 19 July

I have this lengthy list of things I want the shop in town to fix or at least check while it’s up on a hoist but I keep on procrastinating about driving it to town…



I watched the television coverage of man’s first step on the Moon in 1969 from an Estes Park, Colorado camp ground club house. That step  was a moment that defined the potential of America to the World.

Well done, America.  I salute you.

No other country on Earth  has matched your success.

You make me proud.

God Bless America.

This is the first article in a multi-part series. [More]
I'm working on my own Firearms News contribution which I plan on spending Sunday working on now that I've got my source material identified and compiled.

The workers began demanding a raise in May, arguing that Sanders, who has made a $15 federal minimum wage a centerpiece of his campaign, should honor that commitment in compensating his own staff. [More]
They haven't figured out that commies who extol the virtues of workers have never worked a day in their lives, are career parasites and expect others to give everything while they never contribute a thing besides their demands?

[Via Henry Bo...

I May Need to Revise My Law

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:30, Friday, 19 July

Ontario’s top court has upheld a decision allowing a man found not criminally responsible in a knife attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre to eventually take college classes on his own. [More]
So he can't be trusted with a knife but he can be trusted with a campus?

Why don't we find out if he can be trusted with a judge first?

[Via Mack H]

'Cosmopolitan' is for Nazis

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:02, Friday, 19 July

All the national socialists say so. [More]

[Via Mack H]

David Atkins, a Californian regional director for the Democratic Party and a Bernie Sanders supporter, criticized rural white voters for lacking gratitude in a Twitter thread posted Thursday night. [More]
That and you're a hater.

[Via Mack H]

Things to Come

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:38, Friday, 19 July

What the Progressive Socialist Liberals have in store for Conservatives (part 1) [More]
Don't share this though. They'll call you a racist.

[Via  An Hour of Wolves]

SHOULD YOU BE A PLAINTIFF IN FLORIDA CARRY'S LAWSUIT AGAINST FDLE? If you had a "Decision Pending" that delayed a firearm purchase for more than three business days, you probably should. [More]
Don't let those who would happily enforce "the law" against you get away with arrogantly breaking it...

Another Voice Heard From

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:05, Friday, 19 July

[More]Thank you, JPFO. And while I agree it may prove to be "unlikely," it's important we don't lose sight of the greatest impediment to su...

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com July 19, 2019 DefenseReview (DR) writer/contributor and Chief New-Product Tester Jeff Gurwitch has created a great video range (and studio) review of the Bravo Concealment BCA 3.0 Gun Holster for his Glock 19 (G19) combat/tactical pistol, and we’re very pleased to share it with our readers. Jeff ...

Federal is excited to launch BYOB rimfire buckets and bottles, which are perfect for a fun day at the range or in the field. Shipments have been delivered to dealers. BYOB rimfire buckets and bottles are bulk packs that stack, store and carry easily. They’re loaded with high-quality 17 HMR, 22 LR or 22 WMR […]

Don't worry...

in Of Arms and the Law at 15:10, Friday, 19 July

Why would anyone need a gun? The police (and courts) will protect you.


by Borepatch in Borepatch at 15:29, Friday, 19 July

I know I've posted this before, but it's the weekend so here's a cute puppy.

SJW’s Screeching That Insurance is Unfair in 3, 2,…

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:22, Friday, 19 July

After the Camp Fire, it seems some insurance companies are revisiting their actuarial tables. ‘Sticker shock’ for California wildfire areas: Insurance rates doubled, policies dropped. Here’s a hint: If Lloyd’s of London won’t insure you, you are screwed, because they traditionally are the insurer of last resort. They will make you pay, but they will […]


It would violate ex post facto constraints but we can fantasize about it. And it might be fun to suggest it to your local SJW.

Knife crime has hit a new record high in England and Wales, rising 8% on the previous year new figures show. “The figures for police-recorded crime revealed there were 43,516 police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, which is the highest since comparable records began in 2011,” reports Sky News. [More]
We ain't seen nothin' yet.

[Via CDT]

Critics say Bill de Blasio could be doing more to excerpt pressure on his police department to fire Pantaleo, but the mayor has so far bulked and emphasized the importance of due process. [More]
For "everywhere that he go," I consider the source. But what's the deal with screwing up "exert" and "balked'? I don't know if it's a factor here, but I ignore the vernacular-intolerant (and often wrong) Grammarly half the time or more.

As for the story itself, I pretty much only have one question:


[Via Mack H]

Le is the sixth HPD police officer in the last three years busted for allegedly soliciting sex or for other allegedly improper behavior with prostitutes. [More]
Anybody into chokejobs?

[Via Jess]

Forgetting Their Place

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:37, Friday, 19 July

"What we know — and what Virginia Beach won't tell us — about the mass shooting" [More]
Well, just who do you think they work for?

[Via Mack H]

They TOLD Me To!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:29, Friday, 19 July

Flores, reportedly a UCSD student at the time of the November 2016 incident, partly blamed campus officials in her lawsuit, alleging Resident Advisors had effectively organized the protest by encouraging it, therefore campus officials shared responsibility for her injuries. [More]
That takes me back to being like seven years old, getting caught doing something stupid, trying to mitigate the judgment by blaming a friend for egging me on, and Mom replying "If Billy told you to jump off a bridge would you do it?"

Is it any wonder that those who have absolved themselves of adult responsibilities are so enamored with what children "think"?


You Can't Go Home Again

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:20, Friday, 19 July

Somali-Canadian journalist returns to her homeland to tell ‘uplifting’ stories, is killed by terrorists [More]
Sorry, but I feel as much sympathy as I do for people like this.

And ain't in something when some of them come here and tell us our country isn't good enough for them.

[Via ...
ICE releases list of migrants accused of crimes after police ignore detainer requests [More]
This has gotta be a basis for lawsuits.

[Via Michael G]

“You force her to do what’s called a ‘chokejob.' ..." [More]
That a 25-year-veteran felt free to do this in front of everyone at roll call tells us much about the whole barrel, no?

[Via Ron W...

By All Means, Send Her Back

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 14:37, Friday, 19 July

America can never measure up to Omar’s high standards—but no doubt Somalia will. [More]
The ever-subversive Vox helpfully explains how even though that's not their intent.

[Via Mack H]

UPDATE -- Yep, send her back.

Los Angeles cop faces two rape charges... [More]
I like how the concern is over tarnished badges.

[Via William T]

In a petition filed earlier this month to obtain a protection order, the wife of a sheriff's deputy alleged Swyers had sent her a letter in March saying, "Every good predator stalks its prey before destroying it." [More]
There's nothing like making a good impression your first days on the job.

[Via Steve T

Task force stops short of recommending mandatory storage for guns in Lincoln [More]
But they had no problem going full bore with post-decision both-sides-of-the-fence weasel-wording. Some sound like they're almost at the tipping point.

It's just a shame nobody proposed a lock-up-your-pitchforks law.

[Via Steve T

Ten years ago on this blog

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 09:54, Friday, 19 July

There were still veterans from World War I.  Now they are all gone.  Rest in peace.

Cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women
That's what Henry Allingham said was the secret to his longevity. The oldest World War I veteran has passed on at age 113.


Caroline Walter

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:16, Friday, 19 July

Atlas Obscura:

In 1867, when she was just 17, Caroline Christine Walter died from tuberculosis. Devastated, her sister Selma...


by Doug E in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Friday, 19 July

TFB Field Strip: Ruger LCPThe Ruger LCP has been on the market since 2008. The LCP’s small frame and controllable .380 ACP chambering have lent itself well to those that need to carry a firearm in a deeply concealed manner. Its six (plus one) capacity offers enough gun for a close-in self-defense situation where bigger guns are harder to […]

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With the new release of the SIG Sauer X-Five Legion, I’ve gotten some questions about the new Legion version vs the older polymer X-Five model. There are a number of differences between the regular X-Five and the new upgraded X-Five Legion. I had a chance to take my personal X-Five out and run it next […]

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This is what House Democratic leadership fears: that Ocasio-Cortez and the Squad, through their dominance of social media and their centrality on conservative media, will become the faces of the House Democratic majority.

Trump took a fight House Democrats were having with each other and turned it into a fight they are now having with him. In doing, he rallied House Democrats around the Squad, and made himself the Squad’s chief opponent. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” Trump tweeted. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”

Ezra Klein
July 16, 2019
Trump vs. “the Squad”–Trump reunited the Democrats to further his narrative.
[“The Squad” is the far left wing of the Democrats and their politics will be unacceptable in the vast majority of U.S. political jurisdictions. Speaker Pelosi knows this. She has data, from the quoted article, which says:...

Well played, rat.

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 08:46, Friday, 19 July

It not only cleaned out the trap, it apparently cleaned up after itself as well.

All my rat traps are worn to pieces; I’ll try again after I can score a new one.

The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent was the #1 audiobook in the world (for the second time!) last week.

Obviously, it helps to be FREE!  😀  And you can still get it now as one of the monthly free originals at You can check out Adam Baldwin’s amazing narration here:

Tom Stranger #2 is called Murder of Manatees.  I just sent them #3 including the epic tale of Apocalypse Cow....

Dozens of convicted criminals have been hired as cops in Alaska communities. Often, they are the only applicants. In Stebbins, every cop has a criminal record, including the chief. [More]
They're not "prohibited persons"...?

[Via William T]

Advantage, Criminal

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 08:46, Friday, 19 July

The measure not only requires that your self defense firearms be rendered useless, it also, (once again) holds you responsible for the criminal misuse of a firearm stolen from you. [More]
Hey, Democrats gotta take care of their constituencies...

Thirteen Philadelphia police officers will be fired over racist or offensive Facebook posts. More than 50 other officers are being reprimanded or suspended. [More]

For some reason, those behind the effort are not in plain view.

However, people who escaped from socialist and communist systems know the crimes that they perpetrate once the Left takes power. [More]
Except the "pathway to citizenship" generally leads straight to the DNC...

Delayed Launch

by Tam in View From The Porch at 05:24, Friday, 19 July

Zora Arkus-Duntov started work on the CERV-II, which hinted at an at least semi-production mid-engine Corvette in the future in 1963, the year after John F. Kennedy made his "Moon Speech".

This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing...and we're finally, really getting the mid-engine Corvette.

While the mid-engine C8 has been no secret for about a year now, probably the biggest surprise at the official launch is that Chevy's holding the price of the base model to around $60k, same as the current edition.

(When the rumors first floated, there was even speculation that the mid-engine version would be some separate super-'Vette with a stratospheric price tag and that a front-engine model would soldier on as a sort of entry-level model.)

Carnival time

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 07:14, Friday, 19 July

There are many things about Maryland political structures that annoy me, but the prevalence of local volunteer fire departments is one that I find charming.  It's summertime, which means it's time for the local VFD carnival.  They do this as a fund raiser each year, and it's a ton of fun.  We went last night.

It's a fund raiser, so everything costs more.  But it's for guys who will run into burning buildings to rescue us, so what's not to like?  I even won another stuffed thing (it was shooting corks from a Daisy air rifle at solo cups, not the full automatic assault BB gun like last time).  But some friends have a brand new grandson who will be needing that rainbow polka dot stuffed elephant.  Win!

After fried chicken, snow cones, and ice cream there was a band playing 80s music (Guys In Thin Ties, recommended) and then fireworks.  I didn't bring my camera, but it looked exactly like the pictures in the link.

It was a ton of fun, and how many times can you combine Date Night with libertarian loca...

I need to try something

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:42, Friday, 19 July

In .45-70 I've tried various alloys, and found both 15-1 and 20-1 lead-tin seem to work the best in mine.

I've also noticed that some people have gotten pretty good results in using much harder alloys.  I've got some Lee 500-grain that I cast out of mongrel alloy; I need to load a few of them with a load that works well with 15-1 and see what they do.  I know they probably won't shoot as well, but it's worth trying just to compare results.

Why no, I can't leave some things alone.

is running wild.
As the world anxiously monitors the outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo, health officials note that a measles outbreak declared last month in the country has killed more people—mostly children—and faster.

Since January 2019, officials have recorded over 100,000 measles cases in the DRC, mostly in children, and nearly 2,000 have died. The figures surpass those of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country, which has tallied not quite 2,500 cases and 1,665 deaths since August 2018. The totals were noted by World Health Organization Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a speech today, July 15, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Also, remember what Peter Grant had in his post about trying to check people for ebola? 
Though he began experiencing symptoms while in Butembo, he traveled by bus to Goma on July 12 with 18 other people. The bus passed through three health checkpoints on its way, but the pastor showed no symptoms and gave different names at each checkpoint. This is possibl...

By Nathan Barton

The Blaze reports “Facebook bans quotation by St. Augustine of Hippo and calls it ‘hate speech,’ Catholic writer says”

What was this awful quote that Facebook says “goes against our community standards on hate speech.”?

Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon. But men are hopeless creatures, and the less they concentrate on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticize, not to correct. Unable to excuse themselves, they are ready to accuse others.

Oh, dear. In this text, Augustine (a 5th Century religious philosopher) is paraphrasing Jesus Christ’s words in Matthew 7:3 – ‘Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?’

That, of course, is definitely hateful, isn’t it?


And it looks like there were 2 bad guys, though that isn’t clear. Seattle woman shoots burglary suspect. She shot him as he was trying to break in. When officers arrived, they found the homeowner on the roof and a man behind the home with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a handgun on […]

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Friday, 19 July

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Man trying to rob Madison home held at gunpoint by homeowner. First he knocked softly. Then loudly. Kids told someone in the home, who told the homeowner. By the time the guy had progressed to trying to kick in the door, the homeowner […]

Too Much Ransomware to Treat Cases Individually

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Friday, 19 July

Various government agencies, radio stations, etc. have been hit. A new version of ransomware is making it’s way around firms in China. Too much really. Let’s concentrate on the .gov problems, because it can hit any of you, and you will – through your taxes – pay the bill. And we know that politicians don’t […]

FAL in the North: The Canadian C1A1

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Friday, 19 July

Canada was the first country to adopt the FAL rifle, purchasing trials rifles from FN within weeks of the formal standardization of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. Canada acquired production rights to the rifle along with the technical package form FN, and spent 18 months converting the drawings into 1st-angle inch pattern (which would be used by the rest of the Commonwealth nations subsequently). Both a C1 rifle pattern and a C2 LMG pattern were made, although todays we are looking at just the C1.

The first production was a run of 20 toolroom prototypes, one of which we have in today’s video. After a few changes were made – most distinctively to the rear sight – full-scale production commenced. Over the following years, a few minor changes were made, and a slightly improved C1A1 pattern adopted. These would service the Canadian military until eventually replaced with the C7 rifles.

3D Printed GLOCKOver at my second digital family – – one user has started making his own GLOCK magazines with a stock 3D Printer, some filament and CAD files released by a group called Deterrence Dispensed. The end result are functional 3D Printed GLOCK magazines that may not look as polished as a factory specimen, but […]

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REVEALING THE INFINITY GATS! Mailroom #24 (June, 2019)

by James Reeves in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Friday, 19 July

Welcome to Mailroom #24, where James Reeves opens your terrible fan mail. Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» Go to for details on our monthly gun giveaway. TFBTV is giving away one gun a month to a randomly selected $5-level (and […]

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NEW Strike Industries GRIDLOK Handguards

by Hrachya H in The Firearm Blog at 07:00, Friday, 19 July

Strike Industries GRIDLOK Handguards (1)Strike Industries has announced the availability of their new GRIDLOK series of handguards. Some of the key features of these rails are the modular construction and the possibility to quickly detach the rail from the barrel nut. Let’s take a closer look. Here is what Strike Industries said when introducing this new product: Since the […]

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Ukrainian Snipex T-Rex 14.5x114mm Anti-Materiel Rifle (660)Snipex, a Ukrainian company specialized in manufacturing of anti-materiel rifles, has announced a new rifle called Snipex T-Rex. The new gun is chambered in 14.5x114mm. The model name is given because of the very powerful cartridge and the distinctive shape of the rear monopod that reminds the legs of Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Snipex T-Rex is a […]



Even BUSIER day yesterday. Jinxed myself

Haven't even had time to read headlines til near dark.

Trump partied with cheerleaders and Epstein was around?  This is awful.  Lemme look.


The media source made me think High School cheerleaders.  It was NFL cheerleaders.  IOne this is awful though.  Those eyebrows.

Other than that?  What's the big deal? Whole lotta nuthin.

C'mon. Trump does bad things. Why not bring those things up. Why bring up neutral-to-good things? It's not like he is Bill Clinton, here. Or Gropey Joe Biden.


The App I always wanted to get when I got a real cell phone was one of them Star Gazer apps. So I can ID stars in the sky and know when satellites are flying over. Got it. StarWalk2. Might get a plane traffic app, too. Recommendation for the plane tracker...

Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 19, 2019

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 03:52, Friday, 19 July

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Crime Guns Obtained Illegally Shortly Before Shootings Research that indicates guns used in crime were mostly acquired through the criminal’s friends or family less than two months before the crime. Thanks to Practical Eschatology […]

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I started scuba diving in 2018. It was something that I had always wanted to do because I love the water. The main reason I started scuba diving is because I would like to join the Navy SEALS and keep going to school to get my Ph.D. someday in Marine Biology.  

I started my training at the beginning of spring, and I finished training at the end of summer. I was a little nervous to do training with a partner I didn’t know, so I asked my friend, Brenna, if she would do it with me and she said, “Yes.” We did our first half of training in the community pool and we had work online; the second half we finished off in the lake to secure our first dive in our dive book. My friend and I had an absolute blast scuba diving together. Our instructors helped us with any trouble we had, and they made us feel at ease. Once we were done with our lake dives, we were certified as Junior Open Water, which is the first level. I loved it so much I decided to get certified for advanced open water and I will finish training at the end of the summer 2019...

Want to learn how to catch more fish? Check out these fishing tips from our friends at ~MC

Simple Tricks for Fishing Success

No matter what anyone tells you, you don’t need years of experience to catch more fish. In fact, all you need is a rod and reel, some bait or lures, and these tips for increasing your odds. Oh, and a body of water… you’ll definitely need that.

1. Choose the Best Time of the Day

Fish are more active in low-light conditions, when they feel less threatened by predators. This means you’ll have more luck in the early-to-mid morning, as well as the early-afternoon to evening hours. That said, if the only opening in your schedule means casting under the noonday sun, don’t pass on the opportunity. Instead, look for shaded water, take advantage of cloudy skies, and remember that fish don’t always do what we expect. 


This looks like just my sort of big, dumb summer fun.

Off tackle left on three worked well last time, so just run the same play again.


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Lagniappe's Lair XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Laptop and a Rifle XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Les Jones XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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MArooned XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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Mr. Completely XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Musings Over a Barrel XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Never Yet Melted XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
New Jovian Thunderbolt XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Nom de plume: Rivrdog XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Non-Original Rants XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Of Arms and the Law XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Oleg Volk XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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Random Nuclear Strikes XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Rifleman Savant XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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Shakey Pete's Shootin' Shack XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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She's a Garand Gal XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
Short Barrel Shepherd XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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The Clue Meter XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
The Displaced Louisiana Guy XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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The Freeholder XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
The Law Office of Mark Knapp XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
The Michael Bane Blog XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
The Minuteman XML 16:55, Sunday, 21 July 16:55, Wednesday, 24 July
The New Rifleman XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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The Price of Liberty XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
The Smallest Minority XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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The View From North Central Idaho XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
The War on Guns XML 02:55, Monday, 22 July 05:55, Monday, 22 July
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