Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hypothetical

Just as an exercise.  Let's say SCOTUS comes back with more than we'd ever dare to hope on that 2nd Amendment case.

Justice Thomas: "Heck, this country isn't full Vermont carry, but if you can prove you passed a NICS check you can carry CCW anywhere, legally, that isn't a controlled area like an Airport or a Courthouse ... places with a metal detector.  In 18 states you don't even need that.  But if you have a Chicago FOID, or a UTAH out of state CCW Permit, or a Maryland Firearm Purchase Permit, or that permit thing Massachusetts made you get... you can carry without permission in the Smithsonian, or the streets of Honolulu, or Times Square.  And those permits shouldn't cost much.  $60 every 5 years maybe too much.  Oh, and of course you can carry at your Post Office! That bad was nonsense."

Wow.  Just shy of 'the 2nd is your carry permit.'

And... Heh, instituting them FOIDs in non-permissive really bit them gun grabbers in the ass. 

Anyway, at that point nothing is legally stopping me from carrying a full size pistol at work in an IWB holster.  Finally.  Except they might tell me if they catch me I am fired.  I'd expect a lotta offices like mine would put in metal detectors and upgrade the security staff.  Our gate guards are pitiful.  Unarmed trip wires.  They only tell me a crazed shooter has entered the building when I hear the shots that kill their unarmed ass.  Then I am all Run, Hide, Fight training they make us take every year.  With nothing to fight with.

Anyway.  At work I would have to undoubtedly use my car as a gunsafe until management got their heads out of their asses.  Booooooo.

But I would have to!  I go to the store after work.  I go to the gas station.  I park in my neighborhood and walk to my door.  All places I normal people carry.  I'd have to mount up in the car.

AND THAT IS SUB-OPTIMAL.

It's situations like that that make a lazy person pocket carry a j-frame everywhere.  Which is also sub-optimal

Monday, May 10, 2021

Remember Bella Twin

She shot and killed a record Grizzly bear with a beat up .22 on this day in 1953.  She was 63 years old at the time.  



Sunday, May 9, 2021

A Crime

A crime against nature.

Every key member of the brewhouse should be committing ritual sepuku for this abomination.  For shame!

Gummint ONLY

11 days after Kamala Harris told us ‘Only the Govt should have assault weapons’, an Army trainee hijacks elementary school bus full of children.

Well, when you think about, Private Snuffy with the M16 is the government.  The bus driver works for the government.  And the 18 elementary school kids Snuffy kidnapped were going to a government school...

It's government on government evolution and none of our business.   Let the Veep figure it out.

Private Snuffy, Snuffy's battle buddy, Snuffy's platoon, the Drill Sergeants, the Chain of Command at Fort Jackson...  All are gonna be in a world of hurt.  Some more than others.


They should bring these back

I like the cut of that big tank's jib. Er... So to speak.

Of course maybe make em a bit faster.

I also prefer the M60 on this side of the pond. But, in both cases, purely for classic aesthetic reasons. Like loving the 1966 Bonneville while recognizing the base, boring, Hyundai Elantra is objectively a better in features, safety, reliability, and even some performance measures.

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

It's Weird

Why is there a rash of reports, often with video, of black people attacking Asians?  

Did word go out "it's time to beat up Asian people" in cultural media sources I am not privy to?  

Is the mainstream media just stressing this now, and there are just as many crazed Sikh beating up ginger haired people as there are black people attacking Chinese folks?

Seemed like 3 years ago Asians weren't targeted but Hasidic Jews, and only in NYC, were the target.  And that was supposed to be Trump's fault, but the videos of the attacks, the attackers didn't look like they had MAGA hats.

Only Jussie Smollett was attacked by Chicago MAGA folks, I was informed.

It's just weird.  Why the hate on Asians all of a sudden?  There have been other surges, that faded, in the past (bodega resentment?), but why this new surge?

Friday, May 7, 2021

I had a gonne dream

 I was at work, and it was a crowd of us, and we were all being handed loaded AR style rifles.  It was a hectic and confusing event.  I took my rifle, checking for the safety, and there was no real place to point it.  Crowd, plus office park.

Now I am not super familiar with the AR.  I've only shot hundred through one, not thousands.  I am better than an average Air Force person, and better than a lot of Army folks with one.  Not infantry trypes, naturally.  All Marines come out of bootcamp with weeks of exposure to the platform.  Not even close to a boot Marine.

But I have some exposure to firearms in general.  I grabbed the rifle by the grip, barrel pointed down, flipped the sling loop over my head, and held it close to my body with the barrel still pointing down but NOT at my feet.  Sul with a rifle?  I improvised something like that. Not pointing at me, not pointing at anyone else outside my personal space, not pointed at the sky.  Then I meandered away from the confusion, but close enough to hear instructions.  And maybe close to actual cover, and started scanning the rest of my co-workers.  Chamber check and put the dust cover back up.

Pretty standard safety stuff.  Especially the hide from the horde of noobs.  Stuff you sorta absorb from my now 14 years of new-found gun enthusiasm,

At this point I realized it was a test.  The folks in security were handing out rifles to see how people would act.  Who would be too excited, too unsafe, just too awkward, too afraid of it?  Apparently I passed.  I bet the ammo was fake

That reminds of this guy.  Some diner facing down a horde of also-armed Marxists with an NAA revolver.  Good luck with that, buddy.  Muzzling EVRYONE.  On purpose.  

Yeah, the commie should leave people alone.  And the people need to maybe think a little bit more on their CCW choices and tactics.

Hey, is there a "Sul" thing with ARs?  What's it called.  Is it anything more than what I improvised in a dream?  There has to be something...

 


Thursday, May 6, 2021

And Speaking of the Rhine

I just finish this great book about Colonel Anderson, CO of the 1111th Combat Engineers Group.  

Combat Engineer: The Life and Leadership of Colonel H. Wallis Anderson, Commander of the Engineers at the Bulge and Remagen


He was there as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard when Pancho Villa had little excursions el Norte, he was an Engineer in WWI, he worked the rails all around PA as a civil engineer, and then he trained an engineering unit that was pretty much him and green 2nd Lieutenants sleeping in pup tents in the winter in Plattsburg New York.  Brrr.

Then he and his unit found themselves in a quiet sector near the Ardennes in the Autumn of 1944.  A good engineer might keep his head and know what few bridges he'd need to drop in the unlikely event a buttload of SS Panzers came rolling in, wandering around an area like that, making lumber and gravel for engineering purposes...  

And then a unit like that might be handy to construct back up bridges if they ever captured a damaged but semi-intact bridge over the Rhine.  

Just extraordinary displays of leadership and professional competence, and the book was a pleasure to read.  If you like military engineers, quiet competent leadership by example, or SS Generals losing battles, then you, too, might enjoy this book.      



Wednesday, May 5, 2021

MD Bumpstock Ban

Maryland has one, and SCOTUS declines to hear a case about it.

Yeaaaaah.  Bumpstocks don't have a lotta positive PR out there.  I don't think you want a SCOTUS case on them right now.  It's no one's hero issue.  

I am not fond of them.  And I am progun.  Not because I want them banned or even regulated, but because of their bad reputation among the straights already.  I would love it if the Overton Window was shifted and the Bumpstock Battleground was where our side was fighting and winning, but that field is way behind enemy lines, like, east of the Rhine, and we'll have to push them back a ways to meet them there.  Let's fight and win "oh yes, there is a right to bear a CCW outside the home, of COURSE" in SCOTUS-Bastogne first.   

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Help Me Out, T-Bolt

"I gotta problem.  You know I have a two year old and another on the way.  And also that I live way out on the fringe of the outer suburbs.  So close to country it might as well be.  How do I store my firearms so they are ready to respond at a moments notice, but also are put away safe from curious young hands."

That IS a pickle.  And his ready guns are 2 or 3 long guns, 2 or 3 pistols, max, but also kind 'min'.  So a tiny one-pistol gun stowage with a biometric lock isn't the solution.

Currently they have double padlocks on plastic gun cases.  Slow to access. 

Big combination lock safe?  As secure as you'd want.  Slow to access. 

On two pegs above the door, out of reach?  Quick access, but you know as soon as you do that the 3 year old learns to stack chairs and is touching the dang thing.  No good.  

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The closest I come up with that satisfies his needs is something like this:

I like push button access more than bioetric.  When one of the combos is pushing 2 button simultaneously, that often defeats kids trying to get in.  1, 2-3, 4.  Or summat.  

Anyone else cracked this tough nut with something better?  




Monday, May 3, 2021

Gasp! Zombie Ammo!

Yeah, I bought a box of that on a lark.  10 years ago?  Of course I did.  Mine was a Hornady label, but other companies copied the theme.  Don't need gimmicks to sell ammo these days...  The trick is keeping it on the shelf to sell more of.



Well border patrol caught some small time smuggling, and because of the packaging... It's NEWS!  A box of lower power pistol ammo in among a shipment of household good.  Almost the perfect cirme!

Heh.

It's .38 special.  In a box with a picture of a zombie.  Nothing else.  I bet you can't just easily buy ammo in Honduras.  They've been tightening what was a pretty free gun control regime down there.  Like that helps reduce crime.  Some Central American immigrant to the US is going back home and he wants to be able to feed his plain Jane revolver to protect himself, his stuff, and his family.  It might be completely innocent.  Dude thought what was the big deal shipping my stuff home to myself?  ANd it is no bigs, really.  Prolly just another made-up federal felony we all violate unknowingly every day.  Oh know, I bought the wrong orchid, ate the wrong lobster, knocked over a lamp in a federal building, and now I am gonna go to Ft Leavenworth Supermax for 40 years. 

I mean, it IS bad to smuggle ammo to the cartels south of our border, but, this doesn't feel like that.  Can't CBP do a big press release about a time they found 50,000 rounds of 7.62x39 heading south fast and furiously?  Did the return address say Eric Holder?

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Plague

 Hey whatever happened to the mandatory anal swabs we were all supposed to be getting by now on a regular basis to test for China-Virus?  A few diplomats were forced to in customs then the whole thing just disappeared.

Citation Needed

“Currently, no U.S. law lets the government designate domestic extremists as terrorists or bring specific charges for domestic terrorism. That contrasts with laws to combat international terrorism, which allow the government to designate groups and bring charges for providing those groups with material support.” Bloomberg reported.

“This is a cancer on our country,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), chairman of the subcommittee. “Right-wing extremist attacks and plots have greatly outnumbered those from all other groups combined and caused more deaths as well.”


What deaths?  I know the Neo-Marxists got over 30 deaths and burned quite a few building last year.  ANd I know you'd like to label 75 million Trump voters as criminals and terrists.  But it'd be nice to have some examples, there, buddy.  

When the actual white supremacists rally, there are dozens present.  Two dozen.  There are more news cameras than racists.  And at least half of them are on the FBI payroll, they might as well enroll in the DoJ pension plan.  And they never DO anything.  

Man we dodged a bullet not getting Merrick Garland on SCOTUS.  What a pig.    

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Creed, like Apollo

It's Mayday

Don't be a commie.  Commies ain't cool.  They are at least as bad as Nazis and sometime arguably much worse.

Friday, April 30, 2021

No, not the 'he was a vegetarian and nice to dogs'

You can say what your will about Hitler.  He was the personification of evil and doom for friend and foe alike. Pure evil, just straight to the bone.  That he made those awful little cars possible.  

But he did accomplish one very good thing that no one else was able to do despite lots of trying.  He did manage to kill Hitler.  Shoulda done it 6 years sooner. Coulda saved a lot of trouble.


Thursday, April 29, 2021

All gun control is racist

And the repeal of this North Carolina law is an effort to be less racist.  

In 1919 you want a pistol purchase permit you had to get the high sign from the sheriff, in person.  Be sure you weren't a felon and had 'good moral character'.  Meaning, you weren't a black person.  Which, 100 years ago, was practically the same thing to them sheriffs.  

Good on ya, North Carolina.  One less racist gun laws.  Thing is, 90+% of gun laws are similarly racist.  Prolly be best to get rid of em all.  Get back to gov't not infringing on keeping and bearing.  

So, now Sheriff Taylor in Mayberry won't be squinting at you funny for wanting a Smith & Wesson Model 10 for home defense.  Notice you rarely see black people on the streets of that town...  

Cam Edwards, with Petrolino and Knighton, came at this.  I bet Maj does too.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

WWII

When I was younger and a baby historian, I, we, would play what if conjecture games.  

"If Germany had built 40 more U-Boats they would have won WWII"

"If Germany had built 400 more ME-262s they would have won WWII"

"If Germany had started the invasion of the USSR 2 weeks earlier they would have won WWII"

"If Germany had actually set it economy on a war footing in early 1940 they would have won WWII"

Now I am older and hopefully wiser.  My conclusions have changed.  They were never going to win WWII.  Had they done X or Y they might have extended the war a few more months, but that was only delaying the inevitable.  If they had contained themselves to JUST Britain as an enemy, not declared on the US, or invaded Russia, I still think they lose.  The way looks different, but they still lose.    

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Well, that's good.

Support for stricter gun control drops.


But so is this.


SCOTUS TAKES A CASE.


Well, it is good if Roberts doesn't fink.  Big if.  He may have already.


"How could the CJ Finkosaurus fink this up. T-Bolt."


By re-writing the question.  

Monday, April 26, 2021

Ammo Prices

 Blazer 9mm is down to only 84 cents a round.  Getting better...