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Going Back – In – Time

I remember a time, when, rightly or wrongly, the good guys carried revolvers, and the bad guys carried semiautomatics.

The meme was semis were finicky, and revolvers worked every time.  Reloading speed was not a big consideration.

And the .357 was KING!

Time marched on, as it is want to do, and semis became more reliable, and the Miami FBI shootout occurred, and the good guys began looking into semis an an option.

And there was the development of 10mm, and .40 S&W, and the invention of Glock and her offspring.

And the meme changed.

Now, today, as shown at this years S.H.O.T. Show, a bit of a reversal.

The Kimber K6

The Kimber K6

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A stainless steel six-shot snubbie, in .357 Magnum(!) with no MIM parts!  Made in the U.S.A.  And weighing the same as the venerable S&W 640.

It appears the meme has been tweaked by the increase in civilian CCW folks!

Who could have guessed?

FTC – I’ve not owned or shot this revolver, nor has Kimber given me anything.

h/t Mad Ogre

Will Wonders Never Cease?

(Courtesy of David Hardy)

NPR story on black Americans and guns

Right here. A short presentation on “All Things Considered,” but a good one, and fair.
Considering the leftist history of NPR, I’m surprised this slipped by the editors.  Regardless, good for all rights-loving people everywhere!

Rule 5, With A Bullet!

Bayou Renaissance Man recently regaled us with a story, and a photo:

No salivating on the shooting range!

Now and again commercialism gets so weird that it jumps the shark.  I think that’s just happened (or is that ‘happened again’?) in the shooting sports.  5.11 Tactical, an otherwise respected producer of so-called ‘tactical’ clothing and related products, has announced at the 2016 SHOT Show that it’s developed – wait for it – ‘Raven Range Capri‘ trousers for women, which have instantly (and inevitably) become known as ‘Tactical Yoga Pants’.

The funniest thing about them, to my mind, are the comments left by readers at The Firearm Blog.  Here’s one exchange.

  • I weigh about 280 lbs. I think these might have a slimming effect on me and be quite stylish at the range.
  • HAHAHAHA… does the term TMI mean anything to you??? just kidding dude…
  • TMI or BMI??
  • You go, um, guy. You go.
  • Not to be critical but I think you would exceed the maximum tonnage limit.

There are many more at the link.  Click over there for a good laugh.

Of course, this isn’t the only time 5.11 Tactical have produced something, shall we say, ‘tongue in cheek’.  A couple of years ago they came out with the ‘Tactical Duty Kilt‘.  I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was available in ‘tactical’ sizes up to the mid-50’s . . . which would indicate (a lack of) fitness and physical dexterity that’s anything but tactical!

(Yes, I do own a ‘Tactical Duty Kilt’.  My wife insisted I had to buy one for the sheer hilarity of it.  No, I won’t post a picture!)

Peter

While I can appreciate both the sentiment and the photograph, I do fear many of the potential customers will not come close to resembling the model above.
I own a 5.11 shirt (long-sleeve, O.D. green in color) which is of fine construction and quality.  It was a Christmas gift.  (5.11 gave me nothing, FTC!)
Thank you, Peter, for the Rule 5 moment.  Or perhaps multiple moments…

How The NSA Is Working To Threaten Your Second Amendment

Food for thought.

 

h/t Survival Frog

A Modest Bleg For Mike

(as copied from Wirecutter)

Plea to All Friends of Mike Vanderboegh

Per Mike, the doctors have told him he is not long of this world. As we all know, his financial situation due to years of disability and devotion to the larger issue of self-sacrifice for freedom is terrible. He is doing what he can to get his affairs in order, but the reality is, his wife will be left in really bad shape. I would like to help with a funding appeal.

I looked at various “crowdfunding” sites, but there are hoops to jump through and/or a cut they take. For now at least, in order to get the ball rolling and hopefully growing as it does, I’m asking all of Mike’s friends to spread the word and to send gratitude offerings directly to him:

Paypal to georgemason1776@aol.com*
Check, money order, cash, etc. to Mike Vanderboegh, PO Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126.**

You’ll note I called it a “gratitude offering.” That’s proper, as this is being directed to those of you who have received value from Mike’s work over the years. That gratitude should also extend to Mike’s wife Rosey, who has had to make plenty of sacrifices of her own to enable Mike to do so many necessary things you and I have benefited from.
FROM HERE

Here is a man who truly believes in sacrifice  as the signers of the Declaration of Independence did:

“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor.”

If you think you can help this man in his last days, and his lovely wife, please don’t hesitate to do so.

He has done so much for us.

A Liberal Think-Tank Says This

(from The Brookings Institute)

Guns, Blacks, and Steel.

If you’ve read the book, you know gun crime (fatal and nonfatal) has a color.

Black.

But if you really want to see the reality of just who is committing gun crime in America, look no further than this Brookings Institute study. [Guns and race: The different worlds of black and white Americans, Brookings Institute, Richard V. Reeves and Sarah Holmes |December 15, 2015]:

In 2013, firearm deaths accounted for over 11 percent of all years of potential life lost among the black population, but less than 6 percent of all years of potential life lost among the white population.

White suicides, black homicides 

Gun deaths also vary dramatically by type. The vast majority (77 percent) of white gun deaths are suicides; less than one in five (19 percent) is a homicide. These figures are nearly opposite in the black population, where only 14 percent of gun deaths are suicides but 82 percent are homicides.

The firearm homicide rate among black men aged 20-29 is about 89 per 100,000.To put that fact in some international perspective, in Honduras—the country with the highest recorded homicide rate—there were 90.4 intentional murders per 100,000 people in 2012. That includes all means, not just firearm homicides.

Gun violence is part of a vicious cycle of race and inequality in the U.S., reflecting existing social inequalities, and also making it even more challenging for young black people, especially young black men, to escape poverty and violence.

Poverty and violence is a creation of young black men. One cannot escape their genetic inheritance, and in a society where we refuse to understand so-called “inequality” is merely a reflection of individual black people’s collectively inability to compete in Western Civilization, standards must be continually lowered.
Expectations must be dropped.
Since Barack Obama took office in 2009, more than 100 million guns have been purchased. I’d wager 90 percent or more have been purchased by white people, yet there is virtually no white gun crime in America (save white people using their firearms for taking their own life).
This Brookings Institute study leaves out of key data point: nonfatal shootings. In city after city, nonfatal shootings have one unifying metric: a black suspect.
Memphis, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Kansas City, St. Louis… and especially Baltimore.
The health of a neighborhood, a community, or a city [the “environment”] is nothing more than a reflection of the people who live there, and if black people create the conditions where poverty and violence flourish, the boarded up buildings and decaying infrastructure (remnants of a civilization once thriving there, before high levels of black crime necessitated white flight) are a vivid visual reminder of the vast genetic differences between the African and the European.
Lack of impulse control and poor future time orientation would be another, which is evident in 65 percent black Baltimore, where the leading cause of spinal cord injuries is no longer auto accidents, but black people shooting one another. [Gun violence often leads to spinal cord injuries in Baltimore:Taxpayers bear brunt of costs to treat paralysis victims, WBALTV Baltimore, 10-30-15]:

Baltimore is one of only nine cities where gun violence is the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.

The fallout from spinal cord injuries related to gun violence is a lifetime of medical challenges and what some call an epidemic: black men in wheelchairs, paralyzed from being shot on the streets of Baltimore.

“I see it especially at appointments at the hospital and in my passing. I see it all the time. It’s crazy,” said Tavon Harrington.

“It was at a cookout. Someone started shooting and I got hit,” Harrington said.

The cookout at Douglass Homes at Caroline and Orleans streets took place in May 2010 when Harrington went home for a visit from a residential facility for at-risk young people. One bullet destroyed the new life he had been building.

“I got shot in the back and it hit my spine,” Harrington said.

Harrington stayed in Shock Trauma for one month, then went to Good Samaritan Hospital for rehab for three months. The bullet fragments remain in his back.

“I’m totally devastated. It took a while to get used to,” Harrington said.

“I’ve been struck for the last decade or two about the incredible number of young, predominantly African-American men who otherwise look totally healthy who are driving around in wheelchairs,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, who served 13 years as Baltimore’s health commissioner.

Beilenson teaches a course at Johns Hopkins University called Politics, Policy and Public Health. The course touches on the public health and social ills of the city.

“In most of the country, spinal cord injuries are predominantly caused by auto accidents and falls being the No. 2 reason, and about 15 percent due to violence, but here in Baltimore, the leading cause of spinal cord injury leading to paralysis is violence,” Beilenson said.

People like Harrington will need a lifetime of care and assistance with daily living, from eating and bathing to caring for bodily functions, and changing catheters, tubes and bladder bags.

The cost is staggering. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons said, over a lifetime, the costs to treat these victims is $2.2 million — much of that coming from taxpayers.

“For the entire individual in the first year following spinal cord injury, it ranges from about $200,000 to $750,000 for healthcare costs and rehab costs,” Beilenson said.

Patients are prone to skin infections, pneumonia and more. Harrington goes in and out of the hospital for various infections.

Poverty and violence is a creation of young black men.

Only in horror stories should a cookout be the site of mass violence, but for black people this is just a reminder of the type of community they create.

The fight for our Second Amendment “rights” is racial, because the primary race committing violence with a gun (fatal/nonfatal shootings) is black.

The fight for our First Amendment “rights” is racial as well, because the primary race committing violence with a gun our black people and yet few people want to utilize freedom of speech to point out this fact.

Consequently, “gun control” is a political maneuver in an attempt to protect the black community from Itself.
And how sad is THAT?

Carry Nation

(from the lovely and talented Tamara)

It’s called a “carry gun” for a reason.

Throwing “gun stolen from car” into the Google box rarely leaves one empty-handed:

6:58 a.m. — An man reported the theft of a black-and-silver Kel-Tec 9mm pistol and belt-clip holster from an unlocked garage on the 300 block of East Fifth Street. The pistol was taken from a vehicle, which was also unlocked. The estimated value is $300.

I’ll just repeat myself here: Don’t leave unsecured guns in your unsecured car. And if it’s your “carry gun”, then why the hell ain’t youcarrying it? Some dude busts up into your house and you’re gonna tell him “Hang on, I have to go out to the driveway and fetch my carry gun”? You keep using that word; I do not think it means what you think it means…

(Also? Dude’s pretty optimistic about the value of a used Kel-Tec that seems to spend a goodly portion of its life in a car.)

The subject’s choice of a defensive firearm aside (First Rule in a Gunfight – Have a gun!), I’d an additional thought about this:
To all those folks who leave their sidearms in the safe, in the car, locked away…
Ask them to substitute seat belt or fire extinguisher for the tool’s name!
“I left my seat belt locked away in the safe”
“I locked up my fire extinguisher, lest kids get to it.”
A.C.E. – ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE
And if you cannot (metal detectors, people being frisked willy-nilly) make certain it is secured!

Reinventing The Wheel

Or wheelgun stocks…

Now, there are those who might suggest that a new-fangled revolver stock* is akin to a better buggy whip.  No one uses revolvers, anymore!

Except, many do.

stocksMany have complained for years that the traditional trumpet-shaped revolver stock may be esthetically pleasing, but poor in design execution. After all, as recoil makes the muzzle rise, the revolver rotates up toward the more narrow part of the design.

Hardly designed for gripping the revolver well.

I like both revolvers and semiautomatics.  And I’m a big believer in having choices – the whole marketplace of goods, services and ideas.

SO, if you carry a J-Frame Smith revolver, you might look at this stock* design…

GEAR REVIEW: Ergo Grip for the J-Frame

Into the Fray Episode 92: Ergo Grip for the J-Frame – I don’t believe a gun should “punish” you when you’re shooting it. Sometimes, you have to make adjustments.

| DECEMBER 14, 2015

Looking for a comfortable grip for your small-framed revolver? Ergo Grip might just be the answer. This is a totally new and radical design when it comes to a grip for a revolver, but it is easy to install, inexpensive, and oh-so-comfortable to shoot.

On Target

Replace the grip with just one screw and start shooting in minutes. If you don’t like the standard grip on a small revolver, try this one by Ergo.

*stocks (with apologies to Kevin and Ergo for their use of the word grips) – the wooden, rubber, ivory, plastic, stag (or other material) furniture affixed to the firearm – in this case, a revolver’s grip frame. One grips the grip frame via the stocks.  (per Jeff Cooper)  This is a bugaboo with me, akin to people who say clip when they mean magazine!

FTC:  neither ERGO nor Smith & Wesson gave me anything!

I’m NRA You Hate I Am

(Full Disclosure:  I am an NRA Life Member, and have been for many years, paid for in installments.  I don’t always agree with the organization or her choices, but she is one of the best means available to monitor and respond to statist governmental abuses. With the latest in fascist salvos across our bows, including many political cartoons painting the NRA and gunnies as violent, criminal, knuckle-draggers, I thought it appropriate to respond with humor! – Guffaw)

(As posted by Proud Hillbilly)

With thanks to buzzamonkey for permission to use:

I’m NRA You Hate, I Am
 
—apologies to Herman’s Hermits, and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”
I’m NRA you hate, I am
NRA you hate, I am, I am
I own guns and I want to buy more
You keep asking what I need ‘em for
But thanks to the Second Amendment (Amendment!)
It’s none of your business what I need (Indeed!)
Whether for sport or personal defendment
NRA you hate I a-a-a-a-am
NRA you hate I am
Second verse, same as the first!
A little bit louder, and a little bit worse!

I’m NRA you hate, I am
NRA you hate, I am, I am
I own guns and I want to buy more
You keep asking what I need ‘em for
But thanks to the Second Amendment (Amendment!)
It’s none of your business what I need (Indeed!)
Whether for sport or personal defendment
NRA you hate I a-a-a-a-am
NRA you hate I am

For the younger folks, here’s the tune itself:

I’m SHOCKED – Part Whatever

The Fifth Column reports:

Washington, DC (TFC– One of the largest fears of firearm owners is the prospect of a database of their names and personal information in the hands of the federal government. The idea of the government in possession of a list of gun owners has been one of the most opposed proposals in the gun control debate. The stiff opposition is linked to the justifiable fear of the government using such a list to confiscate firearms by force.

The idea of registering with the federal government brought such stiff opposition that when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was instituted, the law specifically prohibited the collection of data about legal gun owners and the implementation of any kind of registry. The law reads in relevant part:

“The NICS, including the NICS Audit Log, may not be used by any Department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to establish any system for the registration of firearms, firearm owners, or firearm transactions or dispositions, except with respect to persons prohibited from receiving a firearm by 18 U.S.C. 922(g) or (n) or by state law. The NICS Audit Log will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to detect any possible misuse of NICS data.”

In plain English, unless a person is prohibited from owning a firearm, their information cannot be retained. However, a recent Washington Post article parroted the Government Accounting Office’s numbers related to firearms purchases:

“Between 2004 and 2014, suspected terrorists attempted to purchase guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times. And in 2,043 of those cases — 91 percent of the time — they succeeded.”

Upon first reading, many Americans might be glad the authorities are keeping an eye on those potential terrorists in our midst. Of course, the facts are a little different. The term “suspected terrorists” in this case means somebody on the combined terrorist watch-list. These are people that may have never been convicted or even charged with a crime. The list has expanded so much that there are around 700,000 names on the list. They include a number of journalists, former Department of Justice ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, Nelson Mandela, and the list of non-terrorists and false positives goes on forever. Known nonviolent activists have been added to the list because there is no real justification required to be placed on it, only a “reasonable suspicion.”

Even more disturbing is that to make the matches, the government must retain records on everyone, or at least have every purchase in a supposedly confidential system scanned. That data is being shared within the government, contrary to federal law. When the FBI released its figures, it went as far as saying that 2,000 known or suspected terrorists bought a pistol, sports rifle, or assault weapon. This means they are collecting information about the types of purchases as well. Just matching a name to a list would not be enough to come up with accurate data. This means the NICS program, which was promised to be free from other agencies, is sharing personal data such as name, date of birth, address, and social security number.

To be very clear, the NICS system is retaining records of legal purchases, it is sharing that information with other agencies, it is retaining and sharing information containing enough detail to match the purchaser to a government created list, and now the US government is publicizing the fact that it is doing this even though it is a violation of federal law.

This comes at a time when the government is making another power-grab for firearms. If we can’t trust the government to obey its own laws, how can we trust them with more power? This revelation leaves those seeking sensible reform to a shoddy gun control system in the lurch. It has become clear the only way to avoid having your firearms purchases tracked and registered by the federal government is to exploit the “gun show loophole” so many want to close.

A list of news outlets parroted the government’s release of information without questioning where the data came from and the legality of it being recorded. Whether you agree with the concept of gun registration or not, the failure to report the dubious origin of the data demonstrates either poor journalism or complicity in pushing a government agenda.Those outlets include: The Washington Post, Newsweek,CNN, the New York Daily News, CBS, and dozens of others.

renault

I’m SHOCKED!

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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