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I’m BACK!

Thanks to the extreme capabilities and generosity of my Roommate, who not only found an old laptop for me, but, spend many hours rebooting/reconfiguring the router so we could again enjoy the wonders of the Internet!

There IS a learning curve, as this is a Windows 8 machine, and none of my blog prep files have yet found there way here, but, I AM BACK!

Thank you for your patience.

Guffaw

More On The ARES ARMS Legal Battle…

Of Arms and The Law posted THIS:

Ares Armor gets temporary restraining order against BATF

Posted by David Hardy · 13 March 2014 05:02 PM

Summary here. Essentially, Ares makes “80% receivers.” A receiver starts out as raw material — steel, or here polymer. Everyone can agree that’s not a receiver. At the end, it is a finished receiver that, with the appropriate parts attached, can fire. We can all agree that that is a receiver. But at what point between the two does it go from being in one legal status to being in the other?

The industry understanding (and I emphasize understanding) has been that the line is crossed when the future receiver is 80% complete. But this is one area where BATF rulings, if any, are kept private, and never published as a regulation. This violates the Administrative Procedure Act (which requires that general rules for the public be published as regulations — you cannot have a rule that the public must comply with, and keep it secret) and allows a little of wiggle room for “our position is” or “our position has always been.”

Hat tip to Jeff Harris….

Yea!  One for OUR SIDE!  Freedom, that is…

Weapon Retention

Jay G of MArooned tells us about the following…

Arizona police officer loses handgun during chase

The Tucson Police Department says one of its guns is missing.

Police say an officer who helped locate a purse-snatching and shoplifting suspect following a foot chase on the city’s west side Monday discovered that his service weapon had been dislodged from his holster.

I’m so old, I remember when LAPD had those nifty S&W 6″ Combat Masterpieces in a duty rig which were of clamshella clamshell design!  One placed one’s finger in the trigger guard (!), depressed a button, and the holster flew open, leaving the K-Frame revolver in your hand – finger on the trigger!

Of course, mechanical contrivances being as they are, more than one revolver was lost by a patrolman scurrying over a wall whilst in foot pursuit and inadvertently depressing the release button!  Weapon retention eventually evolved into high-ride duty holsters with steel linings, thumb snaps and specific presentation angles,  said holster being held in place on the Sam Browne belt by Chicago (tension) screws.

And, Aikido – Jiu Jitsu – like training simultaneously developed to teach officers how to maintain control and possession of their weapons during physical encounters with suspects interested in obtaining their own control.

Civilian training?  SOME is out there.  Of course, making certain no miscreant even sees you have a gun until it’s leveled at him is a good idea, too.

I do remember one time when I was a security guard/graveyard shift in an urgent care facility, when an accident victim and his entourage arrived.  They were all drunk.

And I was escorting them to the even more crowded clinic when I felt a firm tug on my sidearm!  Reflexively, I used my elbow to pin the hand to the stocks, and rapidly turned and stepped away, to break the offending wrist or hand.  The guy yelled, let go and complained I’d tried to hurt him.  Then he explained he “just wanted to see what I had”!  He was drunk, of course.  I kept my cool and told him forcefully if he wanted to stay in the clinic with his friend he’d keep his hands to himself.  He complied.

I’ve never had any problem of this nature carrying concealed.  Perhaps there’s a message here?

I can’t speak for you, but, I’m no Bruce Lee.

Hell, I’m not even Pinky Lee!

pinky(Yes.  I know.  I’m old…)

RETAIN AND CONTROL YOUR WEAPONS AND ACCESS, PEOPLE!

Hard To Believe – It’s Been NINETEEN YEARS…

Yesterday was the anniversary of the accident.

2014-03-19 07.32.29Nineteen years ago, today, her life support was turned off.

Had she lived, she would be 31.  Instead, she is permanently 12.

She was a terrific kid, blossoming into a terrific young woman.  Smart, funny, aware, and a good citizen.

I love you and miss you Molly.

.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  .

IF YOU TAKE NOTHING ELSE FROM TODAY’S POST, GO AND HUG AND KISS THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE, AND TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM.

BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW…

(and no place for comments today – you’ve all been kind enough, thank you! - Guffaw)

Well, There’s ONE Thing We Have Going For Us…

Worried about ‘the authorities’ getting involved in civilian disarmament?  If NYPD is any example, and you are planning resistance to their plans…

The triggers are a major factor, but are not entirely to blame.  The NYPD apparently does not teach the Weaver stance, or at least, does not train in it to any standard of proficiencyIts internal documents admit that only about half of officers involved in shootings fired with any kind of two-handed grip.  As late as 1992, overall officer hit potential was only 17%, and only 28% at 3 yards–9 feet–and closer.
If this is true, then everybody involved in training needs their ass kicked.  C’mon, do you know ANYBODY currently teaching defensive handgunning who doesn’t teach some kind of two-handed hold?

You should go and read the whole thing (link – Firehand)

And take heart – when the SHTF you can throw it faster and with more accuracy than agents of government trained by bureaucrats.

I’m reminded of my IPSC days.  We’d have some hot-shot cops show up to compete with we lowly civilians.  Usually, after two or three sessions, we’d not see them again.  Because the civilians took their training seriously and weren’t answerable or trained by bureaucracies!

Of course, hopefully, this is all just fictional commentary, and none of us will ever have to know if it holds true for us.

Registration Doesn’t Mean Confiscation ?

LIKE HELL IT DOESN’T!

Connecticut has an “assault weapon” problem.

Politicians rammed through a law demanding that citizens register scary-looking firearms and standard capacity magazines, and the citizenry overwhelmingly responded by being “militantly sedentary.”

Gun owners sat on their butts and refused to register either arms or magazines, all but daring the state to do anything about it.

Of the estimated 375,000-400,000 firearms deemed “assault weapons” by the state,  more than 325,000 remain undocumented. Only about 50,000 were registered for future confiscation.

The requirement to register standard capacity magazines was laughed at even louder by the citizenry; just 38,000 (less than 2 percent) of an estimated 2 million standard capacity magazines holding greater than ten rounds of ammunition were registered with the state.  (Bearingarms.com)

h/t Mike Vanderboegh (Sipsey Street Irregulars)

APHORISMS

The Art of Manliness (my go-to place for classic wisdom on the Web) recent posted 20 aphorisms, abhored (or ignored) in youth, but appreciated as I got older.  (Sometimes)

An aphorism is a short, pithy statement that conveys a principle or contains a pearl of wisdom. Part of what makes them so powerful is that they can stand on their own without context; as the philologist Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel put it, “An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.”

Indeed!

Here is one.  CLICK on it to link to the remaining 19.

be kindI always thought it should end in rewind.  Obviously, I’m old.

That Stoopid Guffaw…

is here to remind you, as it’s been another orbit of the Earth…

  • Are all your firearms clean, lubricated, inspected for broken and/or worn parts?
  • What about holsters?  Properly cleaned, dressed – hardware inspected?  Snaps/straps, equipment need replacing?
  • Magazines or speedloaders (speed strips)?  Clean?  In good condition?  Functioning properly?
  • Pants belts?  and Women (or metrosexual men?) with carry bags?  Clean and in good repair?
  • Ammunition.  When’s the last time carry rounds were inspected and wiped-down?  Shot for group and function?
  • Do you carry edged weaponry?  When was the last time it was sharpened?

Jeff5Lastly, I’m channeling the late, great Col. Cooper.  Yes, again.  It all begins with mindset…

If there isn’t a gun within arms reach as you read this, you missed the point of API 250 !

Voter ID critics proved wrong – Shocking!

(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!)  :-P

THE quote:

That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.

And here’s the entire article.

texas-voting-story

Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!

h/t CNN !

Personal Responsibility

Murphy’s Law recently posted a fine piece about Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, her history of massive attempts to violate the rights of legal gun owners, and her mind set.

Politician with cancer smoked for 40 years, sues over asbestos

Distilled down, this is all about personal responsibility.

Now I have a number of health ‘issues’.  Chronic conditions requiring regular monitoring by physicians and prescription medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar regulation and arthritic/neuropathic pain.  My weight is not within the CDC guidelines.  I consume too much fat, protein, carbohydrates and volume.  Probably too much alcohol.  Because of my ‘issues’, I get minimal exercise.  And I’ve an aversion to tofu and most cooked vegetables.  And don’t eat as much salad as I should.

Now, if I get more sick, or when I die, I’ve no expectations of suing beef, cheese, pork, egg, sugar, booze and bread manufacturers because it’s their fault!  That’s asinine!

I’m certainly not the poster boy for always owning up for my errors-in-judgement, but I’m trying.

Murphy’s Law is right.  Rep. McCarthy is the poster child for the ‘it’s their fault, they need to pay’ mindset.

I hope I never get THAT sick!

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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The Four Rules

1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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FEAR

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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