Monday, 14 October


USPSA shooting on a Segway

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 17:32, Monday, 14 October

I shot in a USPSA match yesterday and one of the guys in my squad, Loke, brought his Segway. He mostly used it to move from stage to stage. But on one stage, after shooting the stage for real, he shot it while riding the Segway. I have my own video but this is better and is already posted on YouTube with this comment by the shooter:

After owning and using a Segway Ninebot for a few months, I got to shoot one of the stages for fun on it. It was a blast. You can see me wanting to go faster but the Segway’s acceleration is pathetic. I’m sure it’s for safety reasons, so I’m ok with that.

Another shooter also had her Segway and was pulling her wagon loaded with her shooting supplies while riding it. It worked surprisingly well even when traversing uneven ground.

Doubt You Need Them

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 17:20, Monday, 14 October

telescope rings

These came off a Photon Instruments refractor. They are 4.878" (122.84 mm) inside diameter at the hard rubber foam. The thumb screws that came with it were M6x1.0, but at some point I either cross-threaded or stared at them too harshly. I have tapped the holes to 1/4"-20 and put in thumbscrews. The hole in the base for mounting to your dovetail was also M6x1.0, but because I suspect my buyer will be in America, I tapped those holes 1/4"-20 as well.

Aluminum. black crackle finish. If you need too mount a 5" refractor to your Losmandy dovetail, a great choice. These will easily go in a Priority Mail box. Have them in 3 days or less.

But I just figured out a use. The little telescope rebuild has a 4.5" OD tube. Cut a couple of 4.5" ID, 3/16" wall pieces and glue them to the tube.  Apply rings.


Got a heads-up on this from Big Brother. Followed up, and…

Republican wishes ‘Happy Birthday to the US Navy’ — with a picture of a Russian battlecruiser

Sunday morning, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) tweeted a celebratory message to the U.S. Navy, which was officially established in 1775. Instead of showing photos of historic Navy ships or courageous sailors or decorated admiral, he posted a battleship, that isn’t even an American ship.


Is life better because of his accomplishments? I guess that depends on whether or not you are a "progressive" ingrate or not.

Figures the Google Doodle for today commemorates Teacher's Day in Poland.

It's a cinch our "educators" won't share this with their victi...uh, "students."

[Via James Simpson]


by Tam in View From The Porch at 19:10, Monday, 14 October

An interesting writeup on a couple who have decided to party like it's 1889, for the most part, at least.

In a market absolutely saturated with AR-15 style rifles, it’s hard to stand out. Seemingly everything has been done to make the platform more reliable, more accurate and more ergonomic. Even with all the top tier options out there, some available at very reasonable prices, people still choose to go with PSA and Anderson Rifles. […]

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POTD: M32 Speedloader – For Your 40mm Wheelgun

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Monday, 14 October

M32 SpeedloaderVLTOR recently posted a photo of the M32 speedloader. Yes, it is a speed loader for their revolver grenade launcher. If you were one of the few that could afford the $15k transferable Milkor M32 grenade launcher then this is a must-have accessory for you! Are you tired of loading 40mm chalk rounds one at […]

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Welcome everyone to the 29th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series (and you’ve been missing out), 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 […]

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The Rights-Hangin' Judge

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:45, Monday, 14 October

Last week, Senior U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad ruled that the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights weren’t violated by a 1968 law that makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a handgun. [More]
Oh, look, a George W. Bush appointee.

Vote freedom first!

[Via Mack H]

Divine Rights

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 15:36, Monday, 14 October

As near as my ears can hear:

"He’s got some responsibility, but not all. Right and wrong is wrong,
That was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest, yes, he's robbin' [unintelligible], oh well, call police, that's not s'posed to, they're not s'posed to take matters into their own hands. If that's the case, I [unintelligible] take matters into my own hands..."
Ah, that sense of entitlement.

And if the police had shot him, she'd be calling for what, exactly?

[Via ...
NYPD officer menaced Queens karaoke waitress with gun, threatened to shoot her if she didn’t hang out with him [More]
And his sergeant wasn't charged as an accomplice because...?

[Via Roger J]

Triggering Joanna

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 14:28, Monday, 14 October

"I almost lost control of the car"... [More]
Sounds likes someone needs to be red-flagged.

[Via Dave Licht]

California enacts most radical gun seizure, gun control law yet — even the ACLU is speaking out [More]
I'm losing my capacity to give a f***. I can't help but feel that ultimately, they're gonna learn the hard way.

[Via Geordan]

Seems Right to Me

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:56, Monday, 14 October

In essence, Cheeseman’s new argument means if Cheeseman qualifies for a 2C:58-3 Firearms ID Card, then Cheeseman qualifies for a 2C:58-4 Permit to Carry a Hand Gun. [More]
And if he doesn't qualify, what's he doing out of custodial care?

Nichols said the waitress made a complaint to Tisbury Police about what she overheard and on the strength of that, Saloio and another officer relieved Nichols of his crossing guard duties while he was in the midst of performing them and subsequently drove to his home and took away his firearms license and guns.  [More]
The fear/snitch conditioning is damn near complete, although the waitress is lucky she didn't pull that on the wrong demographic.

[Via Stephen I]

Painted into a Corner

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:35, Monday, 14 October

ATF Drops Lower Receiver Case For Fear Of Doing Damage To Other ATF Regulations [More]
I'm looking into an AmmoLand piece springboarding off this. Gimme a couple days.

If It Bleeds It Leads

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 13:23, Monday, 14 October

How the American Media Perpetuates and Profits from Mass Shootings [More]
With all the hysteria they tried to generate over Joker, I'd say they encourage more.

A black woman was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Fort Worth, Texas home after a neighbor called dispatchers to report the woman’s front door was open, police said. [More]
Are police background checks "commonsense" enough for ya, Betsy?

[Via bondmen...
Two Muslim Paris police officers have had their weapons taken away from them, with one suspended from duty, after allegations that the pair may have been radicalised. [More]
Good call. We know how effective trusting French gun laws in such situations has proven to be.

[Via bondmen...
Back in July of 2017, the Carroll Times Herald published an article about police officer Jacob Smith and his relationships with teenage girls. Smith, who is no longer on the police department, filed a libel lawsuit. [More]
When "Only Ones" and "Authorized Journalists" collide...

[Via bondmen]

Award for my Dred Scott book

in Of Arms and the Law at 14:09, Monday, 14 October

The International Book Award program of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society has given my Dred Scott book first prize in Historical Nonfiction! (The book is available on Amazon). Here I am, receiving the award from Maya Davis, who headed the event.

Featured Deals – Columbus Day Edition

by Benjamin F in The Firearm Blog at 15:00, Monday, 14 October

Deals-of-the-Week-Header-1Hello my half a dozen faithful readers. I know you were all just utterly ambivalent when you didn’t see a DOTW post last Friday. But have no fear! It’s a special edition for Columbus Day and the first day of Sukkot for any other Jewish gun owners out there. Chag sameach (happy holidays)! M&P Shields […]

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Layers of fact checkers

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 11:45, Monday, 14 October

When you catch them in lies (or even errors) this big the correct conclusion to draw is that nothing they say can be trusted:

ABC News ‘slaughter in Syria’ footage appears to come from a Kentucky gun range

ABC aired supposedly shocking footage Monday and Sunday purporting to be from the frontline battle between the Syrian Kurds and the invading Turks. The only problem is: The footage appears to come from a nighttime machine gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.

As J.D. Rucker said:

If @ABC News made a mistake, then their incompetence is startling. If they did it on purpose (and with the edits to the video, that seems to be the case), then they’re an outright evil group of bald-faced liars pretending to report the news.

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Two Axis Mill

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 11:23, Monday, 14 October

I have been having intermittent problems with my X axis.  They seem to have settled into permanent.  If I turn off the controller and use the handwheel, it works.  If I connect the X control cable to the Y motor, X controls Y just fine.  I conclude therefore that the motor has failed.  I need to order a new motor obviously.

In the meantime, I am finishing cutting the 45 degree diagonal mirror holder with 2 axes CNC and 1 axis CEC (Clayton E. Cramer).  I advance X about .050 by handwheel, then run a program that cuts in Y at .1 ips, then makes a cleaning cut backward at 1 ips.  It is slow, but with this depth of cut, it works.  I can get work done preparing next semester while it is cutting in the Y axis.

Oh, this is precious…

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 11:28, Monday, 14 October

Via Alert Reader Kentucky, I got this link…

ABC News Busted for Using Knob Creek Footage in Report on Turkey’s Military Attacking Kurd Civilians
…which includes some fairly horrific footage of the Turkish invasion of Syria (CliffsNotes version: Trump did it) but as ABC apparently didn’t think it horrific enough, they added some additional footage from…Kentucky.

The good news: no men, women, children or pets were injured or killed in that ABC News fake news clip. Because, of course, the Knob Creek Range has great people running it safely for everyone involved. Hundreds of thousands of rounds (if not millions) are fired each year and nobody gets hurt. Unless they trip and fall walking around behind the firing line, or get a blister from stuffing magazines.

For the music and smoking indoors alone.


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:43, Monday, 14 October

Many of the kids that unfortunately were violently killed were teenagers engaging in criminal behaviors themselves. And so out of the 13, about eight were engaged in criminal behaviors that resulted in their deaths.  [More]
Just think how much more furious they'd be if he'd given appropriate "credit" to their familial enablers and the "progressive" system that made them inevitable.

[Via bondmen...
So this is the new brainwash: “The Deep State is necessary as a check and balance on power.” [More]
Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain.

[Via Michael G]

Release the Kraken!

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:33, Monday, 14 October

Close Rikers Became Abolish Prisons [More]
While we're at it, open all the zoo cages.

And turn in those guns, nazis.

[Via Michael G]

S-Laughter in Syria

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 12:19, Monday, 14 October

I'm surprised Knob Creek security didn't make the Turks unload and zip tie their guns. [More]

[Via Len Savage]

[More]What do you think?


Resident Evil

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:17, Monday, 14 October

But, according to SAF, the state essentially bans nonresidents from its program. And without a review by the Supreme Court, "virtually all Americans will be deprived of their full Second Amendment rights while in the state of Illinois, based on nothing more than their state of residence." [More]
What the Bill of Locality-Sanctioned Privileges have to say about this?

Wearing white laboratory coats to symbolize their research credentials... [More]
So the "qualifications" are symbolic. Just like gunquacks are presumed competent with theirs, or "Only Ones" with their magic uniforms and badges...

Curious how their spokesflack has no credentials in the field she's representing. Although I do see some acting credits.

Well who'da thunk: They're fronting for the environmentalcases.

Broken Clock Gets Time Right

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 11:01, Monday, 14 October

In one tweet, crazy-@$$ Rose McGown just did more damage to Hillary's political ambitions than the entire Republican party has been able to in decades, and doesn't that say something about the "system." [More]

I'd be looking over my shoulder if I were her.


by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:51, Monday, 14 October

Readers Beware: AI Has Learned to Create Fake News Stories [More]
Who thought creator bias wouldn't be built into the code?

A New Pillar of Islam?

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:13, Monday, 14 October

“Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities — should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”
“Yes,” O’Rourke said without hesitation, drawing applause from the Los Angeles audience. [More]
They've all cleared that with the mosques, right?

About That 'Trump' Video

by David Codrea in The War on Guns at 10:48, Monday, 14 October

All I'm seeing is PSH indignation--anybody know where I can see the actual video instead of politically-motivated "outrage"?

I don't know who thought this would be a good idea, but I don't know how anyone can reasonably blame those who had nothing to do with it, or those who were at the event and had it sprung on them by surprise. Of course, "reasonably" has nothing to do with it and it's being spun as representative of the president and those who support his agenda. He and we are to blame.

UPDATE: Link courtesy of Greg in "Comments."  Yeah, absolutely stupid judgment to not foresee the blowback, but then again, I'm wondering why the fantasizing "progressives" who made the original get a pass.

Overwhelming Military Force

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 11:36, Monday, 14 October

I’ll just drop this here with one comment, to follow.

ABC News Airs U.S. Gun Range Video, Calling It a Syrian War Zone — Twice
The footage, which ABC News purported was of an attack on the border town of Tal Abyad, was aired Sunday on World News Tonight and Good Morning America on Monday morning. However, a comparison by Gizmodo shows the video was captured at Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky back in 2017.

Oh. My.

I would like Swalwell, Biden, O’Rourke, and Harris to note that what US gun owners consider play time is what a major news outlet can mistake for a major military offensive by the Forces of a NATO nation. Tell us again how resisting a tyrannical government is futile.

OK. Two comments: That’s funny.

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Is the ATF “Beleagured”?

by Carl Bussjaeger in The Zelman Partisans at 10:27, Monday, 14 October

The Washington Times’ Jeff Mordock thinks so. I don’t.

EXCLUSIVE: ATF beleaguered by crisis in age of mass shootings
An epidemic of mass shootings has put a spotlight on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, revealing an agency that is understaffed, underfunded and treated as a political punching bag on both the right and the left.
“If they are really concerned, Congress would give ATF the resources to prevent and respond to mass shootings, but ATF is a political football,” [Kenneth E. Melson, former acting ATF director] said.

Bull. Even accepting the existence of the ATF, it is over-staffed for its “mission.”

In regards to firearms, the ATF has two jobs, neither of which it performs very well.

  • Regulation of National Firearms Act (NFA) items
  • Regulation of commercial manufacturing and sales

Because they have the manufacturing/sales data, they got tasked with assisting trac...


in Of Arms and the Law at 11:55, Monday, 14 October

Background to this ABC World News tweet: they aired footage of a supposed firefight along the Syrian border. Multiple sources of full auto fire using tracers, impressive explosions and fireballs.

The footage turned out to be from the annual full-auto event at the Knob Creek shooting range, in Kentucky.

Fake news, anyone?

UPDATE: more on this.

A conversation with Snippi Longstockings

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 12:46, Monday, 14 October


— Rep. Steven Smith 🇺🇸 (@RepStevenSmith) October 12, 2019

And I love the tip of the Slouch Hat to Johnny Cash.  Good on ya, Cobber!

Hat tip: Chris Lynch.

Happy Thanksgiving, eh!

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 10:33, Monday, 14 October

To our Canadian readers (unless you're in the Maritimes in which case it may or may not be Thanksgiving) let me wish you recovery from the feast.  But there's Monday afternoon football, which is cool because it isn't NFL and so you don't have to worry about overpaid crybabies taking a knee during the national anthem.

Left Freaking Out Over 2018 Parody Video

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 09:31, Monday, 14 October

The entire media Left is clutching its pearls and shrieking with outrage over this sill “Kingsman” parody video showing Trump slaughtering his media enemies. I thought it was kind of fun in a pleasantly transgressive way myself.

Hey, libs, isn’t “transgressive-ness” one of the absolutely best artistic values? If it is important that we fund putting the crucifix in a bottle of the artist’s urine and making a statue of the Virgin Mary out of elephant dung, doesn’t that mean the makers of this video deserve a huge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts?


by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 12:22, Monday, 14 October

Tool is a Progressive Metal band, though it is hard put that square peg into one of the round holes created by the suits in the American music industry. (The Wiki lists them in different ways in different places.) What they are is a Progressive Rock band with a Heavy Metal foundation. (They do have […]

25 Years of Pulp Fiction

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 09:02, Monday, 14 October

October 14th was the date Pulp Fiction was released.

N.Y. Times Does Gun Owners an Unintended Favor

by Dave Workman in Liberty Park Press at 11:57, Monday, 14 October


Taurus Adds .454 Casull to Raging Hunter Line

by Giorgio O in The Firearm Blog at 11:00, Monday, 14 October

Taurus Raging Hunter .454 6.75".After introducing the .357 Magnum version, Taurus has decided to inject some serious power in the Raging Hunter line by introducing a .454 Casull version. This addition gives more purpose to the hefty yet aggressive lines of the revolver and it surely broadens its appeal to hunters. Here below the full press release: (Miami, FL) […]

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Since the late 1990s, the Heckler & Koch G36 is the standard rifle of the German Bundeswehr. Already in the 2nd quarter of 2017 it was made official that the Bundeswehr were going to procure roughly 120 000 assault rifles with accessories, to replace the G36. In total the order value was estimated to about […]

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“Come and take it” is also a death threat. Given our gun violence crisis, law enforcement must stop giving pundits and politicians who say these things a pass.

Shannon Watts @shannonrwatts
Tweeted on October 11, 2019
[Watts doesn’t just want to ban guns. She is also opposed to freedom of speech.

No one should give her a pass on this. I hope she enjoys her trial.—Joe]

10/12/19 Fox News:

For a recently published academic journal, the professor, Holly M. Barker, wrote an article "Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom," in which she offers a different take on the affable sea sponge.

"SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends play a role in normalizing the settler colonial takings of indigenous lands while erasing the ancestral Bikinian people from their nonfictional homeland," the article reads.

Building the Wall

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 06:36, Monday, 14 October

Make a contribution.  I did.

Red Beans

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 07:34, Monday, 14 October

It's Monday, historically a day to do laundry.  The weather is cool and clammy outside, which screams for comfort food.  True to form, I'm doing laundry this morning.  Back in the old days, when a harried housewife was doing laundry with a rub board, or even an old wringer washing machine, she was busy.  Today, as a layabout stay-home husband, I have more time on my hands.

But, red beans and rice is still an easy meal.  In the old days, that harried housewife could walk past the stove occasionally and give the beans a stir.  It was an easy meal that didn't take much work.  Even today, it doesn't take much work.  I have two grandsons here that will get home from school about 3:00, and I generally have a hot meal ready.  Belle and I quit eating supper many years ago, preferring to eat lunch, and maybe a snack in the evening, but grandsons eat heartily.  We keep hot pockets, frozen pizza, and other quick foods available for them, but a hot meal in the afternoon tends to keep them out of the freezer foods.


Fall Tailgating: Beer, Cigars

by David in Musings Over a Barrel at 16:55, Monday, 14 October

With the advent of fall, our weekend activities often revolve around college football. Fall also means the store shelves are filled with one of my favorite styles, the malt-rich Oktoberfest lagers. Afternoon tailgating before a game provides the opportunity to combine good beer, good food, and a good smoke.

The tailgate preparations included picking up a six pack of Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest. The brewery collaborated with Germany’s Bitburger Brewery to create the 2019 version of the seasonal release.

Though not visible through the plastic cup, the beer is an attractive copper-red color with a creamy head. A rich malt aroma greats the nose. The flavor ...

When do rooftop solar panels not work?

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 08:45, Monday, 14 October

During a blackout:

Californians have embraced rooftop solar panels more than anyone in the U.S., but many are learning the hard way the systems won’t keep the lights on during blackouts.
That’s because most panels are designed to supply power to the grid -- not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can...


by Borepatch in Borepatch at 07:16, Monday, 14 October

Happy Columbus Day!  In this election season pitting normal Americans against a witches brew of socialists and latter day fascists (**cough** Beto **cough**) it's worth taking a look back on one of the epochal turning points in world history.  The key term that you really need to know for any discussion on Columbus Day is the Great Divergence - the point where Europe passed, and then pulled away from the rest of the world in terms of production and wealth per capita.

In 1000 AD, nobody would have predicted that Europe would lead the Great Divergence.  China had cities of hundreds of thousands when Paris was a few thousand thatch-roofed huts.  In 1500 AD it would have seemed pretty unlikely.  Mogul India was fabulously wealthy.  By 1800 AD it was pretty much all over but the shouting.

The reason for this quite unlikely turn of fate is relevant to our upcoming election.  Forms of government are important and while the old Chinese and Indian governmental structures excelled at distributing wealth (as do today's socialists), none of them were very good at fostering weal...

Scene from the range

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:41, Monday, 14 October

This one applies to just about any store:
You start the check-in process.
Get to the end and "We have discount cards!"
But you can't find the cards.
So you show me a receipt that has nothing to do with the cards.
One of you goes back to the other counter while the others stand there.
Finally come back, with cards.  Get that done.
About to hit 'pay now' when "Oh, I need some bullets."
And about two more "Oh, I also" things after that.
All the while there are people backed up but I can't do anything about them because you keep dragging this whole mess out...

Either have your damned card with you, or just pay and go shoot, stop thinking you're the only one there.

Irish Veteran Leaves Them Laughing

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 08:25, Monday, 14 October

The late, but irrepressible, Shay Bradley.

NY Post:

He got the last laugh.

Loved ones at an Irish funeral for Defense Forces veteran Shay Bradley were shocked — then delighted — when they heard the voice of their late friend calling out from his coffin.

“Hello, hello — let me out!,” they heard on Saturday at Bradley’s funeral in Kilmanagh, Leinster, as his casket was lowered ...

Peterson Type H, Wheeler Type II Viking Sword 9th Century.

[P]ieces of some 100 Viking swords and spearheads dating to the middle of the tenth century A.D. were found in two caches placed about 260 feet apart along a remote Viking trade route near Estonia’s northwestern coast. Archaeologist Mauri Kiudsoo of Tallinn University said the bits of broken weapons may have been cenotaphs, or items left as a monument to warriors who had died and were buried somewhere else. The surviving sword parts provide enough infor...

Nike’s New Ad Campaign

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:26, Monday, 14 October

Predicted by Genesius Times.

Columbus Day

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 06:24, Monday, 14 October

Christopher Columbus (detail), from Alejo Fernández, La Virgen de los Navegantes, circa 1505 to 1536, Alcázares Reales de Sevilla.

In his magisterial biography, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, 1942, Samuel Elliot Morrison observes:

[Christopher Columbus did] more to direct the course of history than any individual since Augustus Caesar. …

The voyage that took him to “The Indies” and home was no blind chance, but the creation of his own brain and soul, long studied, carefully planned, repeatedly urged on indifferent princes, and carried through by virtue of his courage, sea-knowledge and indomitable will. No later voyage could ever have such spectacular results, and Columbus’s fame would have been secure had he retired from the sea in 1493. Yet a lofty ambition to explore further, to organize the territories won for Castile, and to complete the circuit of the globe,...

Did They Think They Were in New Jersey?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Monday, 14 October

This was Texas. Smith County Sheriff’s Office investigates overnight shooting, suspected vehicle break-ins. A homeowner suspects a few miscreants are trying to break into his car. He confronts them. They jump in their car (which was stolen) and drive away, only problem is they drive into a cul-de-sac. (Does that make this a case of […]

Another Dead Homeowner, Executed in Her Own Home

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Monday, 14 October

Because of an open door, and cop doing a “welfare check.” Texas police officer shoots woman to death inside her home. A neighbor called about an open door. He shot the homeowner thru the window. They say “a gun was in the house” but they don’t say she was armed when she was executed for […]

New York’s Finest? Not Hardly

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:38, Monday, 14 October

An NYPD screwup two-fer. This guy is not the sharpest tool in the shed. NYPD cop points gun at waitress’s head in Queens karaoke lounge: police sources Two cops go out for drinks after shift. At one point in the night, one of the lounge’s waitresses noticed Hyun Kim’s gun and asked if he was […]

Systema OBREGON: The Mexican Rotating-Barrel 1911

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Monday, 14 October

This is Lot 1500 in the upcoming October Morphy Extraordinary auction.

Patented by Alejandro Obregon in Mexico in 1934 and in the US in 1938, this pistol is an adaptation of the classic Browning 1911 to use a rotating barrel locking system. In addition, Obregon integrated a couple other clever elements. The safety lever and bolt stop were combined into a single part, in the process doing away with the need for the plunger tube on the side of the frame. The mainspring was made into a contain unit with the guide rod and spring plug, and a magazine safety was added through slight modification of the trigger bow and magazine catch.

Only about 800 of these pistols were made, at the Fabrica de Armas factory in Mexico City. It was not adopted by the Mexican military (which used the M1911A1), and ...

Introduction: Berger Bullets, a member of the Capstone Precision Group, announced the release of their new .22 caliber projectile.  Weighing in at 85.5 grains it is the second heaviest bullet Berger offers for that caliber. It’s lighter weight allows it to be pushed a little faster than the 90 gr offering as well as allowing […]

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OuterImpact® is proud to announce the newest addition to the Modular Red Dot Adapter (M.R.A.) line of products. The OuterImpact M.R.A. line of adapter plates gives shooters an easy to install option for mounting mini red dot sights onto their Sig Sauer P320 pistols without the need for milling or drilling of the slide. Note: […]

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SIG Sauer ROMEO1PRO Red Dot Pistol Sight Now Available

by Matthew Moss in The Firearm Blog at 06:00, Monday, 14 October

SIG Sauer’s ROMEO1 pistol red dot reflex sight has been around for a few years now, but this week SIG announced it would be joined by the new ROMEO1PRO claiming a new level of reliability and durability. Available in black and FDE with SIG claim the new red dot has a 20,000-hour battery life with a new […]

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My first contacts with ammunition were at the shore of the Chesapeake.

My grandparent lived right on the water near Pt. No Point.  A great place for a kid to visit.  There were inlets nearby for crabbing, and there were plywood shacks over the water I couldn't get to.  I was told that these were duck blinds.  The whole area would be great for hunting ducks.  Flat, lots of shallow protected waterways, away from the bay proper.  Farm fields bordering.

Along the shore shotshells would wash up, and we picked up any old interesting thing we saw on the beack, including these.  They were often colorful, too.  Red green and yellow. Invariably, in the early 70s, there were high brass and plastic casing.  Later, the metal part was more often rusted.  Steel.  Usually plastic, 12 gauge, but sometimes .410.

I was an adult before I ever saw a cardboard shotgun case.  Maybe those rotted away in the water.

Was there a time when paper crossed over to mostly plastic?

I don't even remember seeing any ducks, ever, tho.  Near t...

Rangemaster Instructor Development Course

by Greg Ellifritz in Active Response Training at 04:00, Monday, 14 October

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   “You can’t screw up, not even once, not even a little, because someone’s life hangs in the balance.“- Tom Givens   When I looked back at the notes I took while attending a recent Rangemaster Instructor Development course, that quote seemed to sum things up best.    I’ve taken close […]

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 073: Kind of a Big Deal

by Weerd Beard in Weer'd World at 01:53, Monday, 14 October

Hello Internet!

In This Episode:
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss an anti-gun town hall held at a gun club, Bernie Sanders’ health issues, and Kamala Harris’ lack of compassion;
  • Oddball talks about camping hammocks and how to use them properly;
  • and Weer’d interviews Dr. Miguel Faria about his new book, America, Guns, and Freedom.

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I first began precision shooting through some employees from SilencerCo that teach precision shooting classes. Curtis Broadbent and Casey Knorr, from Learn to Shoot Precision, invited me out to their precision shooting range near Five Mile Pass Recreation Area in Utah County, where they had me hitting targets back-to-back at a mile in my first class. I successfully shot targets from 100 yards out to 1 mile on a variety of platforms and calibers that were all suppressed. It was at that class that I fell in love with the precision rifle sport and began my journey on my way to becoming a precision shooter. 

Shotgun Shooting drills are crucial to getting better at shooting. Some drills work for all events and some only work for a specific event. Here are some drills I do to improve my shotgun shooting for trap and skeet competitions. 

Shotgun Shooting Drills Shotgun Shooting Drill for Skeet Spot Shooting 

Spot shooting with skeet is easier to do than in trap because, in skeet, every bird follows the same trajectory almost every time it is launched. When I spot shoot, I will shoot a normal round of skeet, and then...

Sunday, 13 October


No bias here

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 21:10, Sunday, 13 October

From CNN (of course):

Gordon Sondland, is expected to tell Congress this week that President Donald Trump relayed to him directly in a phone call the content of a text message that Sondland sent denying quid pro quo, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing a person familiar with his testimony.

Sondland’s text message was sent to the top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, who raised concerns in a text to Sondland about the US withholding nearly $400 million of US military and security aid. This text message exchange has become a major focal point of the impeachment inquiry into the President.

Sondland is expected to testify to Con...

Jupiter A While Back

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 19:54, Sunday, 13 October

At least it has bands.

With unsharp mask.

Pre-Assault Indicators...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 19:16, Sunday, 13 October

Recognizing this stuff can be a lifesaver.

Being able to articulate it can be a freedomsaver.

I can't recommend training with John Murphy highly enough.

USPSA Paul Bunyan October 2019

by lokeuei in Gunbot! at 20:52, Sunday, 13 October


POTD: CZ Scorpion Briefcase Gun

by Nicholas C in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Sunday, 13 October

CZ Scorpion Briefcase GunAs a fan of briefcase guns, this intrigues me. Thanks to my friend Erik C. who recently returned from his trip to Berlin for this photo. He shot it at the Berlin Spy Museum. There are some really interesting things going on with this briefcase design. First of all, I have never seen this briefcase […]

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I've been on a bit of a revolver kick lately and last night accompanied my dad to his club with my Ruger Police Service Six .357 Magnum and GP100 .38 Special in tow. (Note that the vast majority of GP100s are .357s but Ruger will chamber them in .38 Special for agencies that don't want magnum revolvers. This is one of those.)

Both guns are law enforcement or security company trade-ins. The Service Six has been in my safe for a long time but I haven't shot it much, and not at all in several years. The GP100 was acquired a few weeks ago and has given me a bit of trouble. More on that below.

Anyway, I brought two flavors of .38 Special handloads with me last night.

First was a batch of ammo loaded with Berry's plated 158 grain truncated cone flat points on top of 3.8 grains of Alliant Bullseye, sparked by CCI small pistol primers. These were loaded in mostly Winchester brass. This is a full-power but not +P load.

Second was a box loaded with 178 grain Keith bullets from Matt's Bullets, on top of 5.2 grains of Alliant Unique, again with CCI small pistol primers. These were loaded in mixed headstamp nickeled cases. These rate as +P loads....

Shooting fish in a barrel

by Unknown in The Freeholder at 13:39, Sunday, 13 October

OK, I'm going to allow myself one last post on the California blackouts. I've been out of town and off the news for a few days, and this makes for what I'm going to call hysterically funny reading.

‘This Did Not Go Well’: Inside PG&E’s Blackout Control Room

And you expected it would?

CA Power Shutdowns Causing Air Pollution Concerns

How dare you proles use unauthorized means of power generation!

Shadow of Gray Davis looms over Newsom as outages rock California

Hundreds of thousands out of power, but the important thing is how this could effect the Democrat governor's plans to climb the ladder.

California power outages highlight economic disparity

Muh s...

Story here.

Here is the ruling. Its format suggests that the judge issues tentative rulings, so counsel can prepare their oral argument in light of what he is inclined to do. I can see why ATF chose to abandon the case. He was prepared to rule that (1) the legal "receiver" of an AR-15 is NOT its lower receiver (ATF's longtime position) since it doesn't meet the definition used in ATF's regulations; (2) ATF's practice of declaring or classifying receivers doesn't comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (and by implication, a lot of ATF procedures do not) and (3) ATF's position here would make the statute (!!!) and its regulation void for vagueness.

UPDATE: the practical significance of this is (at the very least):

1. The legal "receiver" of an AR-15, the firearm under GCA, is (interpreting the ATF reg) the upper receiver rather than the lower. Needless to say, the required markings on every AR-15, tens of millions of firearms, is on the...


Landlady’s Deck, Day 2

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 11:08, Sunday, 13 October


Cali-freakin'-fornia staggers on

by Unknown in The Freeholder at 11:50, Sunday, 13 October

(Via The Ultimate Answer to Kings)

This was supposed to be published Friday 10/11, but I forgot to hit the button on my way out the door.

If you're in California and are out of are you reading this? Just joking. If you're in California and out of power, you should be planning the tar and feathering of politicians and utility managers. Because this will just get worse if you don't act to take back control of your home.

Mass murders are not increasing

in Of Arms and the Law at 12:44, Sunday, 13 October

Clayton Cramer performs an interesting analysis of the question. The media, of course, has a vested interest in keeping people scared or angry (and thus watching TV or reading a journal) and so creates the impression that they are, just as it creates the impression that homicide rates are increasing, when in fact they have fallen by 50% over the last quarter century.


What are witnessing is not the imminent extinction of the planet. It is the extinction of reason.

Melanie Phillips
September 20, 2019
The extinction of reason
[Reason is but a thin veneer over the emotional mind. It takes very little to pierce that veneer. The persistence of superstition, Marxism, and hundreds of other things both large and small is proof of it.

Stand up to those who advocate for the extinction of reason or prepare for the endarkenment.—Joe]

They come in an enormous range of prices and quality levels.  Pretty much all use magnetic bases.  But the tables and beds on the Sherline tools are aluminum.  How do you work around this?  Build steel parts that are held by T-nuts on the mill and do what for the lathe bed.  Similar solution that slides on the bed?

Interesting Piece About Drag Queen Story Hour:

Mr. Havranek, who performs in character as Venus Valhalla, was dressed to the nines: a flirty red party frock (think Early Katy Perry), sparkly stilettos, a Niagara Falls of a blonde wig, and enough stage makeup to supply all 14,000 extras in “The Ten Commandments.”…
The adults present loved Drag Queen Story Hour. They laughed at Venus’s jokes, and they sang the children’s songs along with her, rolling their hands and shaking their fingers Hokey Pokey-style as she did. When she stuck out her tongue during a ditty about a frog, so did the mothers and fathers. It was the children who . . . didn’t react at all. They either stared transfixed at Venus, squirmed restlessly, or crawled and toddled off to find their own entertainments. ...
I have an even better suggestion: Leave the little ones with the babysitter and have a Drag Queen Story Hour just for...

Not Just Virtue Signaling

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 06:20, Sunday, 13 October

10/11/19 NBC News:

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Thursday that churches and other religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage should lose their tax-exempt status, taking the Democratic presidential debate into uncharted — and controversial — territory.
This isn't just virtue signaling.  I think O'Rourke is trying to gin up hatred of LGBTs among evangelical churches.  A bit late for that?  No.  I have attended churches that are more fundamentalist than with which I feel intellectually comfortable for more than 40 years now.  I have heard one sermon attacking homosexuality.  Generally, evangelicals regard homosexuality as equivalent to adultery, fornication, racial hatred, greed, lust, gluttony, gossiping, and all the rest of the sins prohibited in the New Testament.  The only difference is that there are no Adulterer Pride parades, no lawsuits demanding cakes be baked celebrating greed, no demands that the grossly overweight (5'11', 400 pounds) be given the...

10/11/19 Washington Times:

CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson and the Democrats on stage for Thursday’s LGBTQ town hall were put on notice by the audience — misgendering or altering a transgender person’s name is tantamount to “violence.”
Singer Shea Diamond scolded the reporter and warned the nine presidential hopefuls on a Los Angeles stage that mispronouncing names can have devastating effects.
“I want to bring in Shea Diamond. A singer songwriter from L.A. She currently supports Mayor Pete Buttigieg. What’s your question?” Ms. Henderson said before being corrected.
“Uh, it’s ‘Shia’ Diamond,” the singer responded. “Put that on the record. Yes honey, it’s violence to misgender or to alter a name of a trans person so let’s always get that right first.”
Apparently pronounced  like "She a Diamond."

[I]t's violence...."  Of course, if you are confused about your sex, or think an atypical pronunciation of...

Are Mass Murders Increasing?

by Clayton Cramer in Clayton Cramer. at 05:39, Sunday, 13 October

Using the data from the USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder data base, we get the following data on mass murder victims by month for the period 2006-present.

The two recent peaks on the right are the Pulse and Las Vegas incidents.  And yes, the number of mass murder victims per month is not increasing.

That's A Wrap

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 09:17, Sunday, 13 October

The election is over, and it's int he record books.  I didn't win.  That's actually an  understatement.  I didn't even come close.  I garnered a few votes, and I appreciate those who pulled the lever for me, but it was not in God's plan.

I'm in good company.  There are five other very fine police officers who are also not in the run-ff for Sheriff.  I'm not discouraged, I'm not depressed, it is what it is, and I'm okay with American democracy.  I learned a lot about the election process, and I met a lot of very good people.  For those faceless voters who voted for me, I appreciate the show of confidence.

Belle and I slept in this morning, after a long day yesterday.  I'll sup this cup of coffee and then start dismantling the campaign.  In the coming days, I'll finish the accounting and reporting that the law requires.

Politics is interesting, and this was my first (and probably last) foray into the process.  I learned a lot, and it was a great experience.  I have no regrets.  The past six months transitioned me from a workaday cop into retirement.  It was a lot of fun, but no...

Global Warming - confirmed!

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 06:35, Sunday, 13 October

The thermostat hasn't been this high at Castle Borepatch is months and months.

Third World Nation Needs American Assistance

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:49, Sunday, 13 October

Don Surber alerts us to the human tragedy:

Last month, American missionaries went to clean up a village in a Third World nation. The volunteers picked up 50 tons of garbage in this backward land. Nowhere is the gap between the rich and the poor greater. The poor live in tents, while the rich reside in the most expensive houses in the world.

The poor face typhoid and other debilitating diseases that were eliminated in civilized nations. People poop in the street for lack of indoor plumbing.

Instead of meeting the basic sanitation needs of its cities, the corrupt, one-party government squanders billions on an unneeded high-speed train. It will neve...

Sagan: On the Necessity of Writing

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:39, Sunday, 13 October

As a teenage girl, Françoise Sagan read Rimbaud, lying on the beach one morning, and experienced a life-changing moment.

Someone had written this, someone had had the genius to write it, the joy of writing it; it was beauty incarnate, definitive proof, all the evidence I ever needed of what I had suspected since I’d read my first unillustrated book – that literature was everything. It was sufficient unto itself; and if others have blindly strayed into business, or into one of the other arts, and didn’t know it yet, well at least I now knew. Literature was everything: the best and the worst, fatality; and once you knew this there was no alternative but to grapple with it, with words, literature slaves, our masters. You had to run wit...

Inferior to South Park

by JDZ in Never Yet Melted at 07:09, Sunday, 13 October

Liberty and the environment

by TPOL Nathan in The Price of Liberty at 05:00, Sunday, 13 October

I’ve been asked this question more than once over the years, as an environmental engineer: “If business is not regulated by government, wouldn’t the environment be destroyed?”

Here is a compendium of my answers, over time.

Here in the Fifty States, our greatest polluter is the US Government, not corporate America.

Therefore, putting government in charge of protecting the environment is like asking the fox to guard the hen house.

Indeed, the most polluted countries in the world were those where government had total control of the environment, such as the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This is still true today, as we can see in China and Vietnam, among others. Government is just as dangerous to our environment as it is to the wealth of our nation — it is the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Here in the Fifty States, various Federal agencies have and continue to pollute our air, waters, and land. They used taxpayer money to cause the problems, and now use it to try and fix them. These include the Department of Defense, Tennesse...

Sunday Roundup of Link Roundups

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:55, Sunday, 13 October

I hope your weekend is going well. EBL starts things off with Trump’s Minneapolis, Minnesota Rally. Hot Air: Trump in Minneapolis TOM: Anti-Trump Riot in Minneapolis Instapundit: The Whistleblower worked with Joe Biden when he was VP Claire Wolfe of Living Freedom – Saturday links. Following PayPal’s departure, Mastercard, eBay, and Stripe all depart F*c*b**k’s […]

Self-defense Is Legal in Wisconsin

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Sunday, 13 October

Even in a blue state… District attorney: Labor Day shooting in Maple was self-defense. There was a shooting on Labor Day. The details are bit convoluted. All this over an ATV. So they were going to pick up an ATV. During that, there was an “altercation.” The guy who go shot said some things and […]

The Silver Spade

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:58, Sunday, 13 October

Lately I’ve become fascinated by the extreme tech that we built in the 1960s. We did a lot of interesting things. Took computers out of the lab and built them for companies, went to the moon, built things like the SR-71, and generally built some incredible things. As several people have pointed out, some of […]

Police in the UK Failing Victims of Sexual Violence

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Sunday, 13 October

They couldn’t even be bothered to do the minimum required paperwork in one case. Police officers discouraged child rape victim from reporting attack, investigation finds. Two police officers called to reports of a 15-year-old girl being raped in a car park questioned the victim’s credibility and discouraged her from reporting the attack, an investigation has […]

Turkish Conehammer “Broomhandle” C96 Mauser

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Sunday, 13 October

This is Lot 2493 in the upcoming October Morphy Extraordinary auction.

The “cone hammer” was the first commercial version of the Mauser C96, so named for the stepped conical sides of its hammer. The C96 did not sell particularly well in the first few years after its introduction, and the only major bulk sale was to Sultan Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire, who bought 1,000 of the guns for his palace guard. These guns were numbered in Farsi in their own range from 1 to 1000, and were all sold with matching shoulder stocks. The order was signed in December of 1897 and the guns were shipped a few months later, in May of 1898.

Under the Sultan’s rule, there was significant concern over potential military coups, and most arms were locked away in armories, including many o...



by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 03:00, Sunday, 13 October

So in seeking out my grandfather I ran across this book.  Twenty Two at Peleliu

George Peto is the WWII verteran.   Margaritas helped him get his recollections into book form at this late stage of life

In it an old guy, Goerge, with a great memory, records his time before the war and in the Marines in WWII.  He served on Peleliu under Puller, left flank, while my grandfather was on the right with Hannekin.  Of all the description of what that island's battle was like Peto's was the best I've read.

Peto was a bit of hell raiser and reminds me of the trouble Archie, my crotchety old neighbor of blessed memory, used to tell me.  Time in the brig, troublemaking, a string of girls.  Kindred spirits, they.

He seemed to thrive in the Corps when not in trouble, though, and was a forward observer for the mortars when it was possible, a rifleman when circumstance didn't permit, like when the ...

Franz Liszt - Totentanz

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 04:01, Sunday, 13 October

The Fab One in 1843In eight years of posting classical music on Sundays - over 300 posts to day - I'm kind of surprised that I've never posted Franz Liszt.  Good thing that Halloween is coming because it gives be a great opportunity to correct that with one of the all time great/creepy classical music pieces.  And I can't believe that I've never posted about Liszt before.  You s...


Headline of the Week

by Sebastian in Shall Not Be Questioned at 22:07, Saturday, 12 October

ANTI-GUN SENTIMENT SHRINKS DICK’S. In reference to this article. I’m actually really hoping Dick’s gets out of the gun business entirely, if only so I don’t have to listen to the fuddie duddies talk about getting this or that at Dick’s. Not everyone gets the message. They’ve been a problem for years. None of this shit is new. It’s just that the mask is off now.

Saturday, 12 October


One way of solving a problem

in Of Arms and the Law at 21:23, Saturday, 12 October

Let's send them better rifles. Or reinforcements of a thousand Cajun hunters, told that Boko Haram taste good in gumbo, and the hunting season just closed.

Not as cold as last night, but

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 20:00, Saturday, 12 October

still nice to be inside checking new data


Landlady’s deck, Day 1

by Joel in The Ultimate Answer to Kings at 13:22, Saturday, 12 October

The old man is tired now.

Sketchy on its face...

by Tam in View From The Porch at 14:32, Saturday, 12 October

Unless there are some pretty serious extenuating circumstances, leaving the building to spray the area with your AK doesn't pass my "It was self-defense" smell test.

POTD: Heckler & Koch HK416 in FDE (Concamo)

by Eric B in The Firearm Blog at 16:30, Saturday, 12 October

Today we take a look at a Special Forces Soldier with the Heckler & Koch HK416 in FDE (Flat Dark Earth). The uniform is with Concamo – Confusion camouflage, developed by Matthias Bürgin. H&K describes the HK416 A5 as “the next evolution in assault rifle technology.” (Source) Photo: Heckler & Koch   The soldier also […]

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AR-15 lowers are not firearms

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 12:00, Saturday, 12 October

The anti-gun people are running up against the definition problems of an “assault weapon” at a more fundamental level.

Very, very interesting. The courts are reluctantly being our friends (emphasis added):

Nicolaysen argued that the definition of a receiver under the relevant federal code differed in various ways from the AR-15 component Roh was accused of manufacturing.

Under the US Code of Federal Regulations, a firearm frame or receiver is defined as: “That part of a firearm which provides housing for the hammer, bolt or breechblock, and firing mechanism, and which is usually threaded at its forward portion to receive the barrel.”

The lower receiver in Roh’s case does not have a bolt or breechblock and is not threaded to receive the barrel, Nicolaysen noted.

He called the decision to classify it as a firearm nonetheless, the result of “secret, in-house decision-making.”

Nicolaysen accused the ATF of abusing its authority by pursuing Roh based on his alleged violation of a polic...

Interesting times

by Joe in The View From North Central Idaho at 10:36, Saturday, 12 October

Judicial Watch Files Two New Lawsuits on Biden Scandal:

Our government doesn’t assume that every business investment opportunity is good for our country, and so there are checks in place, including something called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is commissioned to review “transactions involving foreign investment in the U.S. to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.”

What does CFIUS know about Hunter Biden’s questionable overseas ventures? The agency is playing its cards close to the vest. So we are suing the State and Treasury Departments for information on CFIUS’ handling of investments in the U.S. by two companies tied to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The companies are Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings and China’s Bohai Harvest RST (BHR).

We sued in the U.S. District Court for the District...

New California gun laws

in Of Arms and the Law at 12:49, Saturday, 12 October

Fox News is reporting. I don't have time to look up the laws themselves, but this report of them raises big constitutional questions (other than the obvious 2A and due process ones). Does the law make failure to turn over firearms a criminal offense? If not, where is the probable cause for a search? "Probable cause" assumes a crime. The provision that a warrant may be issued with the order, to become effective if the gun owner refuses to turn over a gun, raises questions of anticipatory search warrants. Those were a big issue some years ago, I forget how it turned out, but they weren't in favor with the courts. The idea was to issue a search warrant over a future event, to become effective (without further restore to a court) if something happened. E.g., here is the evidence we have of drug dealing (not quite probable cause). We're going to send in an informant. This warrant to immediately search the house will become effective only if the informant comes out and reports he made a drug buy inside.

Spoiler Alert

by Tam in View From The Porch at 10:09, Saturday, 12 October

Car and Driver had a little throwaway listicle* entitled "The Best-Selling Car in America the Year You Graduated High School: Find the top-selling car from each year, from 1978 to today."

Spoiler Alert: If you're a late Boomer or early Gen X'er, it's probably an Oldsmobile Cutlass. For most Gen X'ers, it's the Taurus or Accord, and then it's Camrys from there on out. (There's a jumbled period in the mid-'80s where Cutlass dominance had crumbled and a few forgettable GM and Ford products scrambled for first place; horrid little commuter boxes like the Escort and Cavalier. My graduating year featured the Chevy Celebrity, the most vanilla variant of GM's spectacularly mediocre '80s A-body. Imagine a car so dull that the Lumina was an edgy improvement.)

*Safari's spellchecker knows "listicle". Huh.

Seasons Change

by Tam in View From The Porch at 09:52, Saturday, 12 October

Spending the tail end of September up in Vermont and New Hamster gave me a bit of a foretaste of fall, but it's finally caught up to me here in the Circle City.

After ninety degree temperatures just last week, we had a few days of perfect convertible weather for a breather, and then yesterday's cold front brought the first frost of the season and the lowest overnight temperatures since April.

Woobie weather has arrived, and it's almost time to swap out the cotton socks for the wool ones and the short-sleeved tees for long-sleeve pullovers. Next thing you know it'll be long johns and warm boots weather for walking to Twenty Tap.

Andy Griffith on Columbus Day

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 11:37, Saturday, 12 October

This isn't the holiday because it isn't a Mnnday, but Columbus made landfall in the Americas on this day in 1492.  For some reason, this is also Andy Griffith Day here at Borepatch.  Here's his take on Columbus.

SILENCER SATURDAY #94: Quietest Suppressor Setup

by Pete in The Firearm Blog at 10:00, Saturday, 12 October

Quietest Suppressor SetupGood morning everyone and thank you for joining us for another installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, makers of the YHM Turbo K 5.56 silencer. Last week we discussed first silencers for the beginner. Today we’ll reach for the proverbial stars and attempt to define the quietest suppressor, host […]

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This is a case that literally begs for Supreme Court attention. When the Court ruled in the 2008 Heller case that the Second Amendment protected a fundamental right, it was clear that this right belongs to everyone, not just the residents of an individual state. The Seventh Circuit held in Moore v. Madigan that the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense is a fundamental right, but under existing Illinois restrictions, that right has been limited to Illinois residents and citizens from only four other states.

All the plaintiffs in this case are asking for is to be treated equally to Illinois residents. They’re not asking for special treatment. They will take the training required by state law and abide by all the other rules.

Alan M. Gottlieb
October 11, 2019
[From a constitutional point of view one has to ask, “What other specific enumerated right requires you to get a background check and undergo training before you can exercise it?”

But, as a practical matter, what is...

10/9/19 Free Beacon:

The CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods told CBS News this weekend that his decisions to stop selling certain guns and hire lobbyists to push for new gun bans have cost his company roughly $250 million.
CBS Sunday Morning host Lee Cowan asked Dick's CEO Ed Stack how much his company lost after the retailer decided to stop selling firearms to anyone under the age of 21.
"About a quarter of a billion," Stack replied. "Pretty close."
Stack also said the company destroyed $5 million worth of rifle inventory because Stack believed no one should be allowed to own them.
A quarter billion dollars.  Obviously gun rights is a tiny, lunatic fraction of America.
It's a weekend morning, the phone rings, friends visiting your area are going to stop by for coffee and to say goodbye before hitting the road.

They will be here in a little more than an hour.  What to serve them?

Meals Ready to Eat with Mountain Dew?

A Slim fast and a a Slim Jim?

Cinnamon Rolls!

What, you say?  You can't make Cinnamon rolls in less than an hour without thawed bread dough or the Popping Fresh Guy?  I don't have time?! I don't have yeast?!



by Mas in at 06:00, Saturday, 12 October

We’ve been hearing a lot about the hot new movie “Joker,” and how some theaters are hiring police guards for showings in case some nutcase is inspired by the movie to shoot up the audience.  Having just seen it, that … Read more

Andy Griffith explains football

by Borepatch in Borepatch at 07:39, Saturday, 12 October

Saturday is College Football.  For readers overseas who are unaware of American Football, here's Andy Griffith explaining the game for you.

for deliberately damaging their investments.
The CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods told CBS News this weekend that his decisions to stop selling certain guns and hire lobbyists to push for new gun bans have cost his company roughly $250 million.
That is consistent with Stack's previous statements on the losses associated with his decision. In the company's 2018 annual report, he wrote that gun sales were a "sizeable part" of Dick's business and that his push for the company to support new gun control laws significantly hurt that business. However, this did not make him reconsider his decision to use company resources to lobby for gun control and to remove certain guns from stores.
"Screw your investments, I have virtue to signal and social engineering to pursue!"

"Racism is bad!

by Firehand in Irons in the Fire at 06:21, Saturday, 12 October

Except when we're doing it!"

From the same asshats who thought it was better to hire illegal aliens than vets.

Why Me?

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:39, Saturday, 12 October

Swing underwent something a revival in the late 1980s and 1990s. There was even a revival in ballroom dancing, though it never really caught on in a big way. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was part of that. (They still are I guess.) And if this video doesn’t make you smile, then I’m sorry that your […]

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 06:19, Saturday, 12 October

He thought it was a good idea to rob a Dollar Store. He was wrong. Ohio clerk pulls out own gun and shoots armed robber dead. Police say the suspect entered the store around 6:20 p.m., pointed a gun at the worker and demanded money. Officers say the clerk then pulled out a gun and […]

Saturday Links

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 07:29, Saturday, 12 October

Finally a week that has been “normal.” Whatever that means anymore. I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Adaptive Curmudgeon – As We Enter The Election Cycle Of Asshattery The Daley Gator – The left chirps about stopping “gun violence” takes it easy on thugs who carry illegal guns While he starts […]

FBI Doesn’t Think They Have to Follow the Rules

by Zendo Deb in 357 Magnum at 05:59, Saturday, 12 October

Cops never think that the rules apply to them. Newly declassified court documents reveal FBI FISA violations in targeting Americans. Newly declassified court documents indicate that the FBI failed to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in targeting Americans while searching through NSA records during President Trump’s administration and after James Comey’s tenure […]

SMG Comparison: Bernardelli VB vs Beretta Model 4

by Ian McCollum in Forgotten Weapons at 06:27, Saturday, 12 October

These are Lots 1069 (Bernardelli) and 2034 (Beretta) in the upcoming October 2019 Morphys Extraordinary auction.

Yesterday we looked at the short-lived Bernardelli VB submachine gun made a few years after World War 2, and compared it to the post-war Beretta Model 4 SMG. Having seen how different the two guns really are, it’s time to take them to the shooting range and see how they compare in actual firing…



by New Jovian Thunderbolt in New Jovian Thunderbolt at 17:04, Saturday, 12 October

My college degree is in History.  It was what I fell back to when engineering calculus kicked my butt.  But only because I loved history as much as I love knowing how mechanical things worked.

So I have advanced formal instruction.

That means nothing.  I left school with huge holes in my knowledge.  Over the years I have tried to fill these gaps.

Recently, I really got into the nitty gritty involved with WWI.

Couple decades ago it was shoring up my colonial and ante-bellum North America knowledge.

Recently, I have availed myself of the History of Rome podcast to put the ancient world together in some modicum of sense in my head.  Like history lectures when I drive.

I can keep better track of the first few emperors, now.  Before it was dribs and drabs.  Before the emperors?  Gah!  That's still hard.

Lessee, from recent memory (so there still could be errors)

  • Julius Caesar.  I know lots about him already
  • Octavius Augustus.  LONG reign despite being sickly, horrible at raising up hei...

Election Day

by Pawpaw in PawPaw's House at 04:18, Saturday, 12 October

It's Election Day, and I'm running for office.  I've done everything I can do, made the rounds, talked to everyone I can talk to.  I don't need luck, but I'll take luck.  This is American democracy at work, and I can't complain about the outcome.

But, there is one ting I can do.  I can throw a little party for those folks that gave me support, gave me courage, gave me the will to put myself in the rings.  I love those folks, and win, lose, or draw, I'm going to say Thank You.

So, we're hosting a little get together at the campaign headquarters tonight.  We're going to eat, and visit, and tell stories, and watch the election returns.  And we're going to eat and have fun.

I cooked a brisket yesterday.  12 hours at 250 with Datamation Rub in the smoker.


By Tim James October 11, 2019 A small boy jumps out of the ditch with a rifle aimed at you and the soldiers in your unit. You have just arrived in Afghanistan and it’s your first tour. You’re driving down a hot, dusty road, and you’re behind the .50 caliber gun. You were trained to ...


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