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1911s – FINALLY!

Courtesy  of The Firearm Blog

Closer Than Ever Before To CMP M1911s


The Civilian Marksmanship Program has been providing arms to civilian match shooters and riflemen for over 110 years, but one weapon left off the list of civilian-legal surplus firearms the CMP is allowed to sell to civilian shooters is the venerable 1911 handgun. However, that may soon change. For the past couple of years, variations of the National Defense Authorization Act have been proposed that would change the law establishing the CMP to allow them to sell 1911 handguns to the American public, but so far none of these versions have passed and become law. The most recent version of the NDAA provides for the sale of 1911 handguns (albeit in a different manner than the rifles, i.e. through an FFL) through the organization, and is poised to be signed in the next week. Hognose of WeaponsMan reports:

According to Al Jazeera, which is bent out of shape because the language forbidding the closure of Guantanamo remains, the President will sign the changed National Defense Authorization Act.

The President’s reasons were many and various. The two he most often gave were the use of off-budget “Overseas Contingency Operations” funds to circumvent military spending caps, and the maintenance of spending caps on domestic programs.

The Republican Congressional leadership yielded to the Democrats across the board, discarding the budget sequester principle and going on a spending spree in domestic/welfare spending. Ironically, the OCO money remains, and is increased — but the increase is tapped off for domestic spending also.

The Guantanamo language remains, and more to our point, so does the CMP transfer language.  (We discussed it recently, and explained the many gotchas in the text. The law limits CMP sales to a max of 10,000 firearms a year).

The resultant sale of 1911 handguns to the American public, even at a relatively low rate of 10,000 per year, could open the door for historical handgun competitions, perhaps based on a variant of IPSC or USPSA rules, in the same way that National Rifle matches have been cultivated by the CMP. As Hognose writes in his post, the signing of this bill into law does not mean that 1911 handguns will immediately go up for sale on the CMP website immediately; the pistols will have to be transferred from Army inventory to the Program, first, and the new bill requires the CMP to have an FFL to do this, which was previously not necessary for transfers of rifles from the Army to the Program.

– See more at:

Wouldn’t THIS be cool?

Of course, I suspect the current administration to put the kibosh on the idea…

(I do remember a previous barber of mine telling me he bought his 1911 from The Pentagon in 1961, for $17.00!?  Of course, he may have just taken his when he left…)

As They Say On Late Night TV…

“But wait, there’s more!”

I recently posted Tomi’s view regarding escalating our efforts against terrorism and supportive nations (an idea I support).

And, I have an addendum to her idea.

To wit, consider this argument:

Why were the Parisian terrorist attackers so successful in obtaining fear, terror and death?

Because of French and Parisian laws, the citizenry were unable to respond!  As people in most schools, hospitals, concerts, military bases and all gun-free zones are in The United States.

Fact – most polls currently in the United States support the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Fact – The Supreme Court has upheld this right as individual.

Fact – In so-called gun free zones, the recommended method of survival is to hide and wait for people with guns to come and solve the problem.

Let’s take the gloves off!  

Every able-bodied man and woman who has has training should be carrying a handgun, everywhere. Including adult students, teachers and the military!


Let’s take the fight to them!

If some joker or a team of jokers decide to attack your place-of-business, church, concert hall, shopping mall or school, let’s show them that of which we are made.

If they want to see their god – provide an introduction.

It’s time to stop pussy-footing around.  ‘They’ aren’t just in Europe and India, they are here!  Whether they are imported here as ‘refugees’ or are ‘home-grown’ is of no consequence.

I  DON’T  CARE   !

We need to stand up.   As the military responds overseas, we need to here.

Let’s take the Republic back from fear of terrorism by being proactive in our ability to respond.

Personal Responsibility.


Yep, Another Bob!

Long-time readers of my drivel will recall I seem to have attracted an inordinate number of friends, relatives and acquaintances named either BOB or DAVE.  (One guy was even named Robert Davidson!)

This is about yet another Bob…

I met Bob P. when he was a guard supervisor for B**** Security.  The Captain.  It was his function to travel to all the guard posts, usually at night, making certain the security guard had arrived for duty, was in uniform, awake and not intoxicated.  And to obtain a replacement should a guard call in sick, or just not show up.  Or, replace the guard himself, if no one was available.

He got to know me, as I was one of the ‘regulars’ who showed up for duty, knew his job, and had some kind of education.  He obtained permission from upper company management to make me his ‘second-in-command’. I became a lieutenant, obtained a small raise, and while continuing to work at my regular guard post three days a week, was tasked with doing the supervisor’s job the other two days.  The idea was so that Bob could get two days off.  Many ‘adventures’ ensued.

Bob was a large man, and had a deep, booming voice.  And loved to listen to and sing operatic music – in spite of the fact he had been born in the South.  Seriously, in another life, he could have been a professional singer or an announcer.

But, as it is with many people, Bob had a phobia.  His was getting up in front of  groups of people(!) Doing a long stint in the Air Force and traveling the World failed to cure him of that.

I followed Bob from B****, to D******* Security, and ultimately to TMCCC (in 1987).  He knew I’d both education and experience in investigation, and figured if he could do it, I could.

He loved movies, and was the first of the people I knew to buy a VCR!  It was a Magnavox, ran on vacuum tubes, and weighed a ton!  I believe it cost around $1000 (in 1975).  It took VHS-sized tapes, but the recording system had yet to be standardized.  He had hundreds he’d recorded off television that were unwatchable when the machine burned up in the mid-80s.  Lot’s of sci-fi and John Wayne.

We also shot competitively together in a league of armed security guards he helped form.  He reloaded much of the ammo we used.  We engaged in friendly competition – sometimes he would win; sometimes I would.

We worked together @ TMCCC for a number of years as credit card fraud investigators.  He became involved in a number of ‘beefs’ with management and left the company, returning to physical security. He divorced his second wife, and married a younger woman.  Then decided to move out-of-state and return to his Southern routes as a farmer.

We lost touch with one another.  Ultimately, utilizing the Internet, I determined he had passed away from a heart attack in Las Vegas(!?) in 2005.  I never found out what happened to his wife.

The reason all this came to mind was I remembered celebrating his 50th birthday, with a few other close friends.  He had been born October 30, 1939, simultaneous with the Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of The War Of The Worlds.  He would sometimes claim he was brought here by the Martians.

He was certainly out-of-this world.

I miss you, Bob.  You were a good friend.

Lessons From Carrying A Gun

Tom Lindsay, of Fill Yer Hands, was kind enough to share with us his observations:

Tom McHale posted a nice article a couple of weeks ago, about 10 Things You Learn By Carrying a Gun Every Day.

This got me to thinking about the lessons I’ve learned, and I would like to share a few.

I’ve been carrying a gun almost everywhere for about the last 14 years or so, ever since we moved to Georgia. Before that I carried from time to time, mostly for travel, but not to work, and not during most social events. My reasons why I didn’t carry are probably the good subject of another post, for another day.

But now, carrying almost all the time, I’ve come to learn some things. I agree with Tom McHale’s first four points, and I have experimented with a few belts and holsters, to find the ones that work best for me.

Having said that, here are some observations and Lessons Learned:

Condition Yellow takes concentration, but that’s not a bad thing. Once you get used to it, it gets a little easier.

But it still takes concentration. A lapse in that – slipping into Condition White – may be the last thing I experience in this life.

It takes thought and concentration in other areas, too. Like planning ahead for bathroom breaks. You have to have a plan.

More people carry than you think. I routinely look for telltales when others are carrying, as much out of curiosity as to know who would be on my side if the balloon went up.

It’s no big deal to my wife and kids. Once they got used to me carrying, and asking for the seat facing the door, etc., it became almost second nature.

Sometimes my wardrobe is dictated by my choice to carry. But that isn’t as big a deal as I thought it would be. Of course, gone are sweat pants in public. At my age, that’s not such a bad idea, though. As it turns out, I have become a Hawaiian shirt aficionado in warmer months, and a fleece vest guy in the cooler months.

At least in Georgia, Gun Free Zones are pretty much worthless to me. I can discuss this in another post, but I generally ignore the signs, since, for the most part, they have no legal force in Georgia. But exceptions are exceptions (like the Post Office), and those I do honor. For the rest of you (and this means you, Taco Mac) I don’t pay any attention. Trust me, if I’m there when something goes down, you won’t care that I’m violating your sign.

Despite what movies and some online Gun Heroes want you to think, if the balloon goes up, I am there to protect me and my family. Unless there is a compelling reason, that means I’m not chasing any bad guys or saving anyone but us. Sorry.

More to come, I am sure . . .

I’ve been carrying a little longer than Mr. Lindsay, but generally do not disagree.  Except, I’ve made the decision to A.C.E.  ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE.  Of course, that means everywhere possible.

In Arizona, businesses may post signage to discourage customers and visitors from carrying into their establishments.  Barring a physical confrontation, the most that could happen if observed violating the law would be being asked to leave (to remove the weapon from the establishment or just leave) lest they get charged with trespassing.

Seriously, what business owner in their right mind would approach a customer violating the law by being armed and ask them to leave?  I suspect most would either ignore it (if the customer appeared docile) or just call the cops.

Me?  I’ve never been observed or asked.  That I’ve been aware of.

I always think of Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a chiropractor (eventually a Texas State Representative) who obeyed Texas law and left her gun locked in her car.  Then accompanied her parents into Furr’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.  Her parents and 22 others were subsequently murdered, in part because Dr. Hupp was unable to respond.  Because she voluntarily obeyed the disarmament sign.

And when criminals take it upon themselves to attack the public, or schoolchildren (in gun-free zones), what is the prescribed course of action?

Call people with guns to respond to alleviate the situation.

So, why not just carry?

Significant Others and Firearms

I’ve not had a significant other (wife, girlfriend, etc.) for many years.  :-(  I’ve been fortunate that the last couple were interested in firearms and I was able to further educate them.

And both carried.

But, I saw a blog post on the Alien Gear Holsters Blog that caught my interest.  And reminded me of some others I’ve known with less-than-interested significant others…


With regard to how informed the significant others should be, I’ve two tales of woe:

A student of mine who worked at TMCCC with me had a wife who was vehemently anti-gun.  Before we met, he had talked her into allowing him to have a Glock 19 in their home.  (unloaded and locked away, of course!)  We were able to go out shooting a couple of times, and I was able to markedly improve his speed and groupings. Part of this involved what he referred to as his front sight epiphany!  (finally understanding how focusing on the front sight versus the target was the correct method to shoot).  He loved shooting, and became enamored with one of my AR-15 rifles.

You can see where this is going, can’t you?  :-)

Another one of my students had become proficient in assembling AR-15s for a local rifle manufacturer (as a side job).  He had also begun his own business to do the same.

And my student really wanted an AR-15!

Well, I connected the two of them, and a deal was made.  The rifle was made and passed to my student in the TMCCC parking lot (carried under disguise of a blanket).  Had we been discovered, both of us would have been undoubtedly fired, due to having a firearm on the premises.  (This was a few years ago).  But the exchange went fine.

Unfortunately, my student had been dishonest, as he neglected to tell his wife of the purchase!!

I disagreed with him, but, Hell, I wasn’t married to her.

He even kept the rifle bivouacked at a friend’s house (not mine), lest she fine out…

The morals and ethics in a marriage is for another blog post.

Ultimately, he was promoted, and had to move to Chicagoland, get a FOIA card (to get to keep his Glock), and was unable to take the rifle!  My understanding is he visits her (the rifle) when he comes out to the Phoenix TMCCC office.

The other story is of another TMCCC student.  We were good friends and coworkers, and again, his wife hated firearms.  But, he started with a .357 Ruger revolver.  Obtained his CCW permit and bought a 1911.  And carried often, much to the consternation of his wife.  But, he did obtain her permission.

Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, he died.  In going through his things, his wife discovered a 12 gauge pump shotgun (of which she was unaware).  She gave the revolver, the semiautomatic, and the shotgun to her son-in-law, who was a shooter.

Just to get them out of her house.

She received a call from a local gun store.  A gun which he had ordered had just come in, all paid for.  She called me, asking what she should do.  I suggested as it was all paid for, she should pick it up and give it, too, to her son-in-law.

That she did.

coonanIt was a custom Coonan .357 semiautomatic!

Too bad she just couldn’t stand firearms – she would have had quite a little collection.

I suggested to her, if she ever changed her mind (now living alone, and all) I’d be happy to educate and train her in firearm safety and self-defense.

No call to date.

(FTC – Alien Gear, Glock, Ruger and Coonan gave me nothing!  GO AWAY!)

The NYT Editorial Board Strikes Again!

(remembering, this is opinion, not news – Guffaw)

Via avordvet

New York Times Editorial Board: ‘The Concealed-Carry Fantasy’

The idea that law-abiding concealed carry permit holders could potentially stop mass shooters is nothing more than a “myth,” the New York Times editorial board proclaimed on Monday.

Citing a study from the anti-gun Violence Policy Center, the editorial board claimed “at least 763” concealed carry permit holders “have been killed in 579 shootings that did not involve self-defense” since 2007.

More from the opinion column:

It always amazes fascinates confounds makes me physically ill when a (formerly great) ‘news’ organization makes up statistics to push an anti-rights agenda.  Of course, as people as like-minded as The President do the same thing, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
Fortunately for us, as the New York Times readership is approaching that of Newsweek (6 or 7 illiterates?), we shan’t be concerned about rank dissemination of false data.
Should we?
h/t Brock Townsend

The Basics

I’ve been perusing ‘gun media’ since the early 70’s  Back then, magazines and books, then, switching largely in the 90’s to this new-fangled Internet thing.

And many things have changed.

The preferred sidearm (for some perhaps – semiautomatic over revolver, or plastic over steel), the preferred stance (Isosceles over Weaver), the preferred caliber (9mm over .45 ACP), holster material (Kydex over leather).

Back then too, at least most of us trusted our government.

Times have changed.

But some things remain constant.


Distilled down even further then The Modern Technique of The Pistol(!)

(from Mad Ogre, in part)

Only YOU know what your sight picture looked like the instant your shot broke.  Only YOU know what that trigger pull felt like.  Only YOU know what you did wrong.  YOU have to be honest with yourself.  If you want to get better, you have to start with your own internal honesty here.  Put down the pride, and admit to yourself you are not doing everything you need to be doing to achieve consistent accuracy.

Front Sight Focus – Trigger Pull.

Those 2 things.   You get those two things right – everything else falls into place and you’ll have tighter shot groups.

This also applies to rifle shooting as well.

AMEN, brother!

Et Tu Kerodins? AKA Qui Bono?

I’ve written a number of times regarding how those of us individual liberty/freedom-minded folks (three percenters, oathkeepers and their fellow travelers) need to stop sniping at one another and hang together.

Lest we hang separately (sorry, Dr. Franklin!)

But, just as John Adams presupposed the only way the Republic would survive was if those persons stewarding her were of moral character…

We now have THIS revelation!

(courtesy of Wirecutter)

A Kerodin must read

George will have a video out reference this stuff very soon.  Episode 2.

The III community has been stunned the past few weeks with complaints of mistakes made on the part of Sam and Holly Kerodin.  Those complaining may or may not have legitimate grievances, but the situation has been compounded by the responses of Sam and his supporters.

The complainers have been pretty unified in their complaints of fiscal mismanagement.

The Sam defenders (to include Sam) have been pretty unified in attacking the complainers instead of addressing the complaints.

In a bold move, Sam announced an audit by a third party auditor.  Probably a good move.  But also a safe move.

In a Clintonesque move, Sam has been very specific when he does address the complaints.  Very specific.  The bigger question is what isn’t being audited?  Perhaps his own choice of words is appropriate here, “WHO BENEFITS”?

Sam and Holly have been some of the bigger supporters of Legal zoom over the years!  They currently have no less than 15 businesses registered in Idaho.  If you count the ones that have been forfeited or dissolved just in the past three years, it goes up to 26!

The big business seems to be III Percent LLC.  It has six additional “Doing Business As” (DBA) listings registered, to include MacGregor and Grey, America 527, Samuel White, Spartan MMA Academy, Light Warrior Fitness, and Studio III.

A recent venture is the III Partners LLC, registered a mere ten days ago.

With the exception of the III Percent Society for America Ltd, they are all LLCs.  The simple definition of a limited liability company (LLC) is that it is a form of business entity that limits the liability of its owners while allowing flexibility in operation and management and passing through its income to its members with no tax at the entity level.  In other words, there is no business income tax per se; the income is treated as individual income.

So, let’s look at what is currently registered for business in Idaho.

III Arms Idaho LLC

III Comms Idaho LLC

III Partners Idaho LLC

 III Percent LLC

               DBA MacGregor & Grey

               DBA America 527

               DBA Samuel White

               DBA Spartan MMA Academy

               DBA Light Warrior Fitness

               DBA Studio III

 III Percent Patriots  Idaho  LLC

III Percent Society for America Ltd  Idaho  Non Profit

Idaho Patcon  Idaho LLC

Citadel Land Development  LLC

               DBA Rightful Liberty Project

Loden  LLC

Who funds what and where does the money go?  Are donations and funding to one cause diverted to support another cause?

In the interests of transparency, the Kerodins owe it to their supporters to open up and explain where the interests of these various businesses cross and where is the money shared.  If it says III on it or is related to III ventures, we deserve transparency               


No, I have no idea who George Patton is – this GP, not the tank guy. But he’s done his research, that’s for sure.
Comments and links come from a disposable email address. I damned sure didn’t write it – there ain’t a single cuss word in there.

That ever present question – Qui Bono?  Who benefits?

Now I’m all about differences of opinion and approach with regard to the so-called Liberty Movement (Threepers and such), as long as we are all on the same page.  But, if Kerodin or anyone else is obtaining funds for self-aggrandizement, raw profit and/or direction elsewhere (!), then we need to look hard and fast at what’s happening.

And make decisions.

Who knew that folks reportedly on OUR side would appear to be utilizing the same tactics  for which we criticize the Left?  

This makes me both angry and sad…

This just in – Kerodin has announced he is stepping down as the leader of the Three Percenters.

The Well-Armed Woman

(from Woman’s Outdoor News)


Scottsdale, AZ – August 20, 2015 – Finally, a women’s only online gun forum, sponsored by The Well Armed Woman (TWAW). With the numbers of women entering gun ownership soaring, there hasn’t yet been a comprehensive online community and gun forum created for women, a place where they can share and discuss all things gun – until now.

The Women’s Gun Zone offers extensive forums covering every possible topic important to women shooters of all ages. Women can ask questions and glean from other women shooters. News feeds, videos, photos, private groups where women can “gather” based on things they have in common, as well as places to share their own photos and videos are available. Popular forum topics include the following: Purchasing the Right Gun, Concealed Carry Holsters, Owning Guns with Children, Gun Laws, Pregnancy and Shooting, Defensive Shooting, Competitive Shooting, Senior Citizens, just to name a few. New topics will be regularly and can be added by users, so no question goes unanswered.

Visit The Women’s Gun Zone here:

Great stuff, what?!

Man Barricades Himself In Own Home

Nothing happens, no one cares! (G. Carlin)  :-)

Reportedly, a man died, and wasn’t discovered for several days.  Upon inventorying his belongings, authorities discovered 1200 firearms!

Sacre’ Bleu!

Here’s the story, as reported in the L.A. Times.

And here’s the money quote…

“We don’t think the weapons are illegal. We are taking them for public safety,” said Sgt. David Craig of the LAPD’s gang and narcotics division. He said investigators removed the weapons to ensure the ammunition and guns wouldn’t be stolen from the home.

So the guy had a bunch of firearms – SO WHAT?  Then he died of cancer.

This is what Say Uncle said…

The real story is the press correctly identifies an arsenal

Sorry Unc., I prefer a ‘collection’.

It’s less pejorative.

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