I did. In two ways.
FIRST (this is when I owned my house), I had homeowner’s insurance. My insurance guy (who is a good guy and is still my car insurance guy) made certain he knew about luxuries I owned – jewelry, precious metals, guns. He had me estimate a dollar figure, required no inventory or serial numbers, and set me up!
SECOND, after a burglary wherein they missed the lockbox of guns (!), I felt it appropriate to get something more substantial. I did. A Fort Knox safe. The damn thing weighed 750 pounds empty and took two of us and an appliance dolly to get it into my spare bedroom. (Thanks, AGAIN, Dave!) I thought to myself, “Hell, it’s over 800 pounds, NOBODY will be able to take it. AND, being a quality safe, no one will be able to penetrate it.”
I was correct on the second count. Wrong on the first.
A few years ago, around this time of year (hence, this memory flogger) a drunk driver jumped the kerb and knocked down my backyard chain-link fence, and struck the back wall of my house! The impact slid the whole rear block wall of the house about two feet!
Fortunately, no one was home. I was at my (then) girlfriend’s that weekend. Returning home Sunday night was quite an ordeal. But, my insurance guy set me up in a hotel, got the house secured, and hired contractors to essentially rebuild the entire rear of my home!
Part of this process was to have my stuff in that part of the house moved into storage. But the storage guys advised me they couldn’t do anything pertaining to the safe or guns. I figured “Hell, it’s over 800 pounds, NOBODY will be able to take it. AND, being a quality safe, no one will be able to penetrate it.”
Two weeks later, while I was ensconced at my insurance-paid-for-condo a mile North of my house, ‘someone’ broke off the contractor’s realty lock, keyed their way in, and took the whole damn safe!!
This was after trying to breach it, unsuccessfully. (Thank you Fort Knox!)
How did I know they were unsuccessful at a breach?- I found the combo dial and safe handle on the floor when I stopped by to check the mail.
Of course, the police were also unsuccessful at developing any suspects. They did say they checked out all the contractors and movers, to no avail.
So, I went to my insurance company. And found out (or was reminded) that while there was a rider covering my firearms, it capped at $5000. My safe contents was over $20,000! I had thought the safe would save the day, but circumstances aligned themselves to give the burglars ample opportunity to get my safe out.
And I was out $15 grand.
I looked at my NRA insurance. It was for a small sum at the time, and by the time I’d thought of it and got around to making a claim, the claim time had passed.
As NRA members, you have $2500 in firearms theft insurance – BUT YOU MUST REGISTER FOR IT! AND file your claim within one year.
I’m now a renter, and own two guns. You can bet I registered for my free NRA Insurance!
If you haven’t yet done so, do so, NOW. If you are not an NRA member, sign up and get free insurance!
|AND there’s reasonable cost additional insurance if you own over $2500 in firearms!As I now have only two guns, it’s no cost to me!FTC – The NRA paid me nothing to say this. Nor did Fort nox. Now go away…|
Please call your congresscritter TODAY and ask them NOT to vote in favor of the so-called “Undetectable Gun Ban”!
Not only is reaffirming a ban on guns made entirely of undetectable materials unnecessary (and another infringement on our rights) but they have added measures to stop production of wooden rifle stocks and other materials used in common firearms production!
They are trying to force through yet another gun control measure, this time by amending an unnecessary sunsetting law to include other controls. Because it’s all about CONTROL.
Please contact your Congressman immediately.
*** Call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Ask to be connected to your Congressman; or,
*** Click here to find out who represents you.
PS – I called mine (Kyrsten Sinema) and left a detailed message with my concerns. Unfortunately, she is a socialist stooge, so I don’t have much hope in swaying her vote. But, if enough people call…?
PPS – this just in – it PASSED the House!
govtrack.us to follow the bills progress…
h/t National Association for Gun Rights, Free North Carolina
My roomie recently made an impulse buy at our local gun store. A Double Tap derringer. In .45 ACP!
(from their website) DoubleTap Firearms has developed the world’s smallest and lightest .45 ACP concealed carry pistol on the market today. Also available in 9mm.
|Titanium or Aluminium Frames with a MIL-STD finish that resists corrosion|
|Stainless Steel Barrels|
|Two rounds in the chamber and integral grips house an additional two spare rounds|
|Optional Ported barrels reduces muzzle flip and recoil|
|Small, slim, no-snag hammerless design for easy pocket carry|
|Ambidextrous thumb latch to eject spent rounds|
|U.S. Patent No. D686685 and other Patents Pending|
RE: Double Action Trigger – She (WE) have not shot her yet, but as it’s 14 oz. and a 1911 is traditionally 39, I suspect it comes-back-a-bit. (Roomie did not get the comped barrels!) Her trigger is a long, crunchy pull, which is her only ‘safety’. If one has the time, I believe the proper way to activate the trigger is by stacking or staging.
That is pulling smoothly until the double-action mechanism takes up slack, then holding and gaining a sight-picture before touching her off.
Even the manufacturer’s own literature says she is NOT a target or competition piece. I suspect, like the classic Derringer, she’s a ‘put into a gut or orifice and empty’ kind of firearm.
She does come with a clip – a speed strip kind of device holding an additional 6 rounds. And a two-rounder stored neatly in the butt of the weapon.
Now, if it is only
(I will post an AAR after we field test her.)
attn FTC – she bought it, okay?
(AOL? Are they still around?)
AOL lists for us 18 Things Navy Seals Won’t Leave Home Without (ending with a preposition, no less!)
Not that many of us are SPECOPS types…
The U.S. nabbed the Al Qaeda leader believed to be behind the 1998 embassy attacks in Africa on Saturday.
On the same day, a Navy SEAL team raided a house full of Al-Shabab militants two weeks after the terror group’s deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.
We think it’s safe to say that America’s elite — the Navy SEALs — have been keeping busy.
Thanks to Matt Bissonette, a SEAL that was on the Bin Laden raid and wrote the book ‘No Easy Day,’ we know what they likely brought with them.
In his book, he details getting ready for deployment in Norfolk, Va., when he asks a more experienced SEAL what he should bring.
The senior SEAL stopped, looked at his new teammate and said: “Dude, what do you think you need to bring for deployment? Load it … Bring what you think you need.”
Most of us probably don’t need a bullet-resistant helmet, night vision goggles, body armor plates and suppressors, just to go to the office.
In fact, we should probably think more like a Boy Scout than a Navy Seal.
And two guys come in rapidly, guns in their hands! I pull my J-Frame Smith and commence to engage.
And the gun just clicks emptily in my hand!
My partner tosses me another snubbie, and I fire twice – hitting the larger of the two robbers in the neck, and he drops. My action-induced-tunnel vision gives me no other information. Where are the clerks? Where is my partner now? Where is bad-guy two? Have I been hit?
I kneel by the downed miscreant, applying pressure to the through-and-through I can see, trying to stop bleeding, but not breathing. And I yell for someone to call 9-1-1. No answer. Where IS everybody?
Then I wake up. This is a DREAM I had last night, to the best of my recollection!
And it got me to thinking – Am I carrying enough gun? Sufficient reloads? Does my firearm function flawlessly? What about first-aid?
Do YOU think about such things? Or are you just dreaming?
JayG said it – truer words never spoken!
Then followed up with THIS!
A New York deli worker pulled a machete from under his counter and chased away an armed, masked gunman who fired a shot at the wall as he demanded money, police said.
Police on Long Island say the gunman entered the Stop & Shop Deli on Crooked Hill Road Sept. 25 and fired his silver .22-caliber pistol as he ordered the worker to stuff his Air Jordan backpack with cash.
The worker apparently chased the dude out of the store and through the parking lot. Armed with a machete. Against a gun. That’s pretty impressive right there, I have to admit. Not many people would go on the offensive against a (marginally) superior weapon. I know I’d sure as hell be reluctant to take on someone armed with a gun if I only had a lawn care implement…
(I was reminded that Jamaica has rampant violent crime, and very strict firearms control – perhaps we should all get machetes as backup?)
Another dispatch from..
No, the above photo isn’t she. She was, uh, more endowed. (and a redhead). And while she was known to carry a concealed weapon, it usually wasn’t a .38 snub. It was one of those truncated Kimber .45s, in a belly-band, right below the, uh, area pictured above. Presentation was ‘between’.
This takes me back to the book Stopping Power, wherein Marshall and Sanow present numerous examples of police and civilians utilizing firearms against assailants. In teaching my students, I used to refer to the book as ‘bedtime stories’. One story had a female sheriff’s deputy rushing to exit the women’s room to back up her partner, going into full-on-Weaver, and engaging the threat. Without having properly fastened her pants. The back up cops told her doing so was a helluva diversion!
Obviously, the woman above (or Roberta) would have accomplished the same thing.
Hey, I’m all about women carrying, and carrying something effective and discrete. The presentation may lose some discretion, but, so be it!
And I saw this photo on a couple other blogs and thought, “Hey, Roberta! And Rule Five.”FTC – neither Flashbang, Kimber, Marshall nor Sanow gave me anything. Roberta did for a few years, then we parted company. No money changed hands.
h/t From The Caer, Breitbart
Some years back, when I was (somewhat) gainfully employed @ TMCCC, and part-time less-gainfully employed at my favorite firearms emporium (part-time), I was tempted with a ‘modified’ gun.
Not illegal, but, ‘customized’, fitting a specific taste. And documentation identifying the previous owner who had requested the customization.
She was a Colt 70 Series, Commander, .45 caliber, blue, good cosmetically. With the grip frame gunsmith-
modified to Officer’s Model length!! Talk about made for concealment!
This was long before manufacturer’s began mass-producing such a thing. The only initial caveat was she needed an ambi-safety (I’m left handed). Easily done.
She had Pachmayr stocks, and it was ‘suggested’ (pretty much demanded) by the shop staff, smith, and hanger’s on that ‘we’ remove said stocks to see the internal machining. Because one never knows…
Good thing we did.
She appeared as though someone had chopped off the base of the grip frame with a hack saw (after a few beers), and then added many unnecessary tool marks whilst shaping the internals and the mechanism.
In short, a messed-up piece of hardware. So, I declined.
In hindsight, she probably wouldn’t have been shot much, and would have become a safe queen, destined to be stolen with the rest of the collection and the safe a couple years later. Sigh.
Documents indicated she had been previous owned by one Carlos Estevez, who had been branded with a domestic disturbance charge. Federal law determined he must divest his ownership of all firearms as a result. The shop acquired a number of his for sale.
He even looks like a jerk!
I’m not big into firearm toy replicas. Mainly, because, I like the real things. Sadly, I can no longer afford them, nor toys.
The roomie and I signed up for GEARHOG, an outdoorsy equipment site that emails us daily with discounted offers of rifle cases, fishing rods, knives, all manner of goodies! Usually offered at a specially discounted price for a limited time. Usually, I gloss over these sporting goods items, because, as I said, I’ve no money.
Then, one morning I saw THIS:
And the description stated ‘suggested value $25.00, our price $9.99′!!
TEN BUCKS! You can barely get a hamburger (made with real hamburger) and fries for that money! So, I checked my bank balance and said what the hell. Amazon has ‘em @ $25.00!
I go downstairs to breakfast and meet my roomie there, and I told her of my purchase. And she had ordered one, too!
Then (dammit) she got her’s first! . Two days ahead of mine! Damn UPS guys!
I made up an ersatz bullet trap and went for it. Corrugated cardboard box/sheet of printer paper. She came with 100 bright yellow .12g plastic pellets and TWO magazines (which hold 12!) Single action – must actuate the slide each round to cock the spring. The hammer safety works, too. Just like a 1911!
328 FPS! Or so the package states.
At least the errant pellets are somewhat easy to find, being yellow, and all! I’m missing three. It actually works well enough for real trigger control practice indoors!
Now I gotta by more pellets. :-(
FTC – I bought the damn thing. GEARHOG gives me nothing.
Tam did a recent post mentioning “Cobb-ray”, which was a memory flogger for me. In my callow youth, when I was first interested in things firearm, I remember lusting after a Cobray-Sionics Ingram MAC-10 submachine gun.
Then I saw Mitchell Livingston WerBell III on the Tomorrow Show.
And I was transformed. Here was a real spook, mercenary, soldier-of-fortune, firearms manufacturer and trainer. Right there in my living room!
Of course, who knows how many of his exploits were disinformation, propaganda or hype?
Even though it’s been surpassed by the H&K, the MAC-10 still holds a place in my heart. Even got to fire one once, with a suppressor. All one hears is the clackety-clack of the bolt-hammer operation.
I think of folks like WerBell when I think of the history of covert ops. The predecessors of today’s Special Forces, Delta, SEALs and other folks, many anonymous. You should visit the Wiki link above, especially if you are not familiar with him.
(The name Kardashian never crosses my mind…)