2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
|Gabby Giggords, Anti-Gun meat puppet par excellence...|
Administration announces new gun control measures, targets military surplus imports
heard it from a friend who...
heard it from another Glock's been messing around"
Got the following Glock rumor via various sources not in my direct line of communication.....so consider the source I got before you rant...just passing on what I am hearing here.
So...... this rumor has 2 parts....first part, Glock is going to start selling a .380 auto in the US, presumingly the G25. This would indicate to me that they are going to produce it within the US, as the "penalty" for importing the .380 does not give it enough "points" on this ATF checklist to be legal to import, some type of safeguard against the importation of so called "Saturday night specials" I think. If so, I have mixed feelings about this. First, happy that US made Glocks will be available to the US market. Glock has been making some pistols in the US for export to countries that do not have a arms trade agreement with Austria directly for a few years, but few, if any, of these guns make it to US gunbuyers. Secondly, kind of disappointed that they would do this before coming out with a small, single stack 9mm pistol. Lets face it, the .380 craze is so 2008...everyone is buying (and making) single stack 9mm's now. Not that Glock is known for any special innovation, but still it would of been nice. Kind of curious to see how a larger .380 like the G25 will do in the market. Ruger just released their LC9 pistol chambered in .380 so maybe the market is there for recoil sensitive shooters looking to fire a "mild" round out of a larger frame.
Also of note, I believe the G25 is the only non-locking breech Glock, relying on a simple blowback operation like many other .380s but retaining the overall Glock form.
Second part....get ready for it.....Glock to produce AR rifles?!?!?!? Yep, that's what I heard, Glock is going to produce an AR with supposedly 2 different uppers available, 5.56mm and 6.8mm. Why? Well, I suppose it has something to do with Glock's position in the law enforcement market and the move toward the so called "militarization" of our nations LEO officers, equipping squad cars with carbines instead of the traditional shotguns to better deal with modern threats on the mean streets. Remember, when Glock first got into the LE market they offered ridiculous trade in discounts to departments, often sacrificing profits for long term customer loyalty that has served them well. I wouldn't be surprised if this actually came to pass (that they made AR's) that they would be almost giving away their service pistols to departments that also bought their carbines. Otherwise, I am sure having an AR with "GLOCK" stamped on the magwell would be enough to send sales skyrocketing on the civilian market side.
Personally, I would of liked to see Glock produce a compact, single stack 9mm to compete with the likes of the M&P Shield and XDS (both of which have had safety recalls issued this past week....oops, that would of been a market into boom if Glock had one ready to roll out now!). That niche for compact 9mm's is/has taking/taken over from where the ultra small .380 boom left off.
Also, I still would like to see a pistol caliber carbine from them that utilizes Glocks standard mags. Not only would I want one, but I think that quite a few LE agencies might be into issuing a weapon that offers better accuracy and penetration using the same logistical feeding system and round as the officers primary sidearm.
Oh well, lets see if these rumors actually come true now....
Monday, August 26, 2013
We are constantly being reminded of our past history of being heavily invested in manufacturing jobs that no longer exist here, our heavy union presence and sluggish economy married up to a perpetual welfare state. Yet, we have some of the biggest and most innovated business ventures located here. We have some of the most elite students attending our colleges here, yet have high school graduation rates that are appalling to even some third would countries in many of our school systems.
We are the home of Wright-Patterson AFB, Camp Perry and the NRA national matches as well as the CMP North store. Heck we even have a firearm company or two in this state....Hi-Point being the most recognized. Unfortunately we also have some of the most anti-gun voices in the country here also....
Yeah, we are a kind of wacky, messed up mishmap of a mess here....
It's no surprise then that the following stories have recently come out of my Buckeye state.... (click on each bold title below to link to the related story)
#1 CCW Class instructor shoots student
OK, so when you're shopping for a class to get certified for a CCW permit here in Ohio you thought process goes something like this..."OK...certified training staff...check... Adequate classroom and range facilites...check All inclusive class fee that provides handgun, ammunition and lunch/snacks....check Instructor has not shot his students..... che....WHAT THE HELL!!!!"
There is no conceivable reason why this should have happened. At least 3 of the 4 cardinal rules of gun safety had to have been violated here. Apparently (from info not in the linked article) the instructor was demonstrating that a revolver could be fired from a pocket when this happened. I am assuming here based on conjecture and other info I have heard/read...that this was his personal CCW weapon in his pocket he mistook for a training pistol and used in his demonstration.
Ohio (and many other state I am sure) is awash in folks willing to take your money to give you a CCW class. I myself considered teaching it for a while' but something I couldn't get over was the fact that the ORC (Ohio Revised Code) that governs the licensing process never really gives you a good idea of what the credentials should be for an instructor or what the cirriculum should consist of other than a certain number of range hours. I know (because I have met some of them) there are guys out there teaching CCW classes that, personally, I wouldn't trust to be in the same room with me armed with airsoft guns. Getting your NRA pistol certification and having a bean field to shoot into does not make you a good trainer. This guy was teaching at an actual firearm center and had years of experience and still made this major screw up occur. What will that guy with the one crazy eye in the white van parked down by the river do when you go to his class at his cousin Bobo's farm?
I am NOT saying individual trainers or private training at non-traditional locations are universally to be avoided. On the contrary, if you know what you are looking for you can find some great individualized and personalized instruction from these private instructors. But, it is a buyers market for this type of activity, if you feel the least bit uneasy or questioning an individuals ability or qualification to instruct you, don't hesitate to bump and run to your next option.
Oh yeah, about the instructor above...and again not in the article...it came out a week or so after the initial story broke that he had shot another individual indirectly 30 some years ago after firing a weapon at a Halloween party to create a "spooky atmosphere"...yeah, getting shot is pretty damn spooky...and terrifying. The country prosecutor is now re-reviewing the circumstances of this latest shooting.
#2 Ohio man buys gun safe...gets it delivered...with $420K of pot in it!
So, a guy in Shelby, Ohio buys a champion safe from The Sportsmens Den and has it delivered to his house. Upon opening it he finds 300 pounds of marijuana in it. This actually makes sense if you consider where the safe comes from....Mexico.
Ah, Mexico...the land that when foreigners look at the violence in the US they say..."yeah, its bad in America....but at least they aren't Mexico!". Drug cartels have ripped apart this once amiable Southern neighbor of the US nad have corrupted not only the government but many private entities and individuals as well. A safe would be a great way to smuggle drugs into the US because...well...its a safe! Don't want people snooping through stuff to find your pot...stick it in a big metal box with a lock designed against unwanted entry.
|Yes, I know Cheech Marin has worked hard at getting passed his stoner personality from his early days....but he is still an icon in the stoner culture, he's Mexican and he has a gun in this picture...so it fits....Loved you in Tin Cup Cheech!|
The thing I don't like is that the guy that ordered it must of offered up that he had 24 long guns and 12 shot guns to put in it. Why offer up info like that to the public if you don't have to? The safe itself sounds like a big one at 1000 pounds, although the inclusion of 300 extra pounds of weed seems like it should of been noticed by somebody along the way.....
No word on the missing driver yet.....
#3 Why aren't there more crazy people in Cleveland?
|Your average liberal voter from the Communist Peoples Republic of Cuyahoga...|
According to the above article, there area shockingly few number of people being treated for mental illness and being reported to the state in accordance with our 2004 CCW law as required. Cuyahoga country (er, county but they think that they are their own sovereign state up there) - you know it as Cleveland - is not alone in this possible oversight, as some counties with populations of hundreds of thousands are only reporting a few cases while other with population much smaller have much higher reporting numbers.
Seems to me a city awash in idiot left wingers that constantly vote in left wing mayors, commissioners and other representatives - all the while with no economic improvement save to get more government money allocated to their coffers - would be a natural place for mental illness to be ripe. These people voted and constantly support uber liberal Dennis Kusinich...the man that flat lined Cleveland's municipal bond rating while mayor.
And yes, I am quoting a San Francisco news source...that is reprinting an AP story. Why? Because San Fran is a messed up liberal mecca with a big anti-gun voice and movement out there...if they notice this, well, we need to clean up our own back yard before outside forces do it at a national level with the BS politics going on today. San Francisco...where illegal aliens get sanctuary status and benefits but not homeless Americans....but man, what a view!
|If only Dirty Harry was real....|
Friday, August 23, 2013
Had to go renew my CCW license this morning and this was the for I had to go through....
In all honesty though, the folks working in the Franklin County CCW office here in Columbus made the process quick and painless for me, as well as having the for sight to send me à reminder letter which I appreciated.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This thing is actually fun as hell to shoot. I can adjust the velocity via how many pumps to give it just enough "umph" to penetrate a shoot-n-see target without going through our backstop (cardboard box with newspaper and magazines in it). After the first couple of shots I can tell the accuracy of both the gun and the kid were one par not to make me worry too much about errant cats getting shot by misses in the neighbourhood....just in case used a big tree as a backstop and I also have a 6' high wooden fence around the backyard.
Overall, my kid is a decent shot. We went over gun safety (of course), basics of good positioning, breathing, sight picture and trigger squeeze. If she concentrated, she could put most of her shots in the center of the target.
Baby steps man....gotta take those baby steps first.....Mosin next week....
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Here is the article on The Blaze...
and here is a link to that gun shop...LEPD, I like this place, review forth coming...
~ MAJ Nidal Hasan (AKA MAJ Asshole Muthafudger) to the jury on his first day of trial in the shooting deaths of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009.
I won't say "the shooting deaths of his fellow soldiers" like I have heard some news outlets state....he doesn't deserve that amount of respect from me for being a soldier...his rank is purely an administrative title for now.
I fully expect, or rather demand, that the Department of the Army and Whitehouse publicly renounce their use of the term "workplace violence" in the description of this event and replace it with "domestic terrorism" and "treason".
God bless the souls of my fellow soldiers that were lost in this premeditated act of cowardly betrayal by an educated murderer who was fully aware of his motivations and the recourse of his actions on that horrific day.
Personally I think the survivors should each be allowed 15 minutes with him alone in a room with their choice of a blunt object with the requirement that he needed to be breathing when they left...and then taken out and be drawn and quartered. But hey, we're civilized...I think the normal sentences of either a firing squad or hanging will do.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Me? I'm not quite so heavy with my EDC.....
Like many of you, I spend the majority of my days away from home at my place of employment. I take into consideration that I work in an organization that is very much a no carry locale, the type of clothing I normally wear during most of my day is business casual (khaki slack and a polo or button down shirt) and that my transportation to and from this place is in my (well stocked and with a "go bag") truck. This lends me to have a more Spartan EDC loadout than many would otherwise go for, and some of it is carried in either my jackets or a case I use to carry my iPad to and from work in.
Generally, and this will sound weird coming from a firearm related blog, my EDC is NOT centred around my weapon. Its actually centred around my phone.
- Phone. Its the means in which I communicate with my most important and valuable things in my life, my family. I want to be sure that, in an emergency, that I would be able to at least make some type of contact with my wife and or parents and siblings to coordinate some type of plan. In addition, like many Americans, my phone has become an extension of myself and the means in which I keep abreast of current events and news, communicate via email, text and social media and also do various other things.
- Wallet. After my phone my secondary consideration would be my wallet, in my case, a front pocket clip with card holders. Its how I carry items (money, debit card) to pay for the things in my life and also carry the card that legally allows me to carry the 3rd piece of my EDC in my state, my weapon.
- Weapon. OK, now to what is usually the primary focus of most gun blogs on this subject, the gun. In my case its usually my .38+P Ruger LCR or LCP in .380. I am planning to start working my G26 into the rotation, but currently I am only usually packing one or the other of these. With either I carry a speed strip (LCR) or a spare mag (LCP).
- Light. I normally carry a small AAA flashlight by Countycomm, it has both a uber bright and normal bright mode, weighs less than an ounce and generally is so small I have to keep from forgetting where I put it. Since neither of my CCW weapons accepts a light, I think having this is kind of important and also has a good general utility usefulness.
- Knife. A lot of people include a "battle blade" in their EDC. I don't. Sometimes I will carry a decent size folder, but truth be known, I would totally suck at knife fighting. Therefore I will generally include some type of blade for utility purposes as part of "Swiss Army" knife or as part of a....
- Multitool. I would prefer to carry a multitool that includes a blade general purpose work as well as a set of pliers and a screwdriver. You will find all sort of uses for one when you DON'T have it on you, trust me.
- Other Items. I will often carry one of those small first aid kits sold at the store that have a few bandaids and some antiseptic cream in them. Also I will occasionally carry some meds in the form of some motrin or similar as well as rolaids or something else for an upset stomach. Generally these items will not be normally on my but in some type of bag I may have on me.
|Ruger LCR in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster, speed strip with 6 rounds, Samsung Galaxy S4, Countycomm AAA light, original Leatherman tool and my money clip with my fortune displayed...|
Something to work on in my idle time at home.....
Monday, August 5, 2013
The flea market in Delaware, Ohio that I went to with my wife is pretty much on the other end of that spectrum....
Gathering at the Delaware County Fairgrounds each Sunday from 8 until noon, the market attracts people from all over to sell their goods on folding tables gathered along "trails" around the fairgrounds grandstand at a price of $15 a day to do so. You can find everything from fruits and vegetables, grocery items (obviously being sold by "ultra couponer" types), tools, yard equipment, mopeds, household goods, porn (no I didn't look, would you buy it from and old guy selling it out the back of his van?), clothing, and yes....even guns.
|Looks legit to me...|
There are always exceptions though...
I found this guy in the middle of the market that had a couple of M1 Garands on his table and a Mauser style rifle along with a bunch of ammo. Both Garands were in decent shape, but listed at around $900 a piece (not that anyone necessarily pays full price at these things) and the Mauser was marked $250. After a bit of haggling - actually me just starting to walk away - he offered it at $150...SOLD! Here it is....
|My version of a Swedish meatball.... and no, you won't find this at Ikea, they have a posted no CCW policy...bastards...|
Its a Swedish M38 Mauser pattern short rifle in 6.5x55mm made by Husqvarna in 1943. The Swedish government "officially" maintained a policy of neutrality with both the axis and ally powers during WWII, but never-less with war raging all around them the did maintain military weapons production during the war to update and maintain their own forces. Part of this production was designed around the older M1896 patterned Mauser rifle in 6.5x55mm. The round was decided on jointly by both Norway and Sweden as a joint use round, with each country using their own procured rifle for it, in Norway's case the Krag-Jorgensen rifle that the US Army eventually adopted. The Swedes shortened and updated the design in 1938 (hence M38) and produced this particular version as a "short rifle" between 1942 and the end of the war by the Husqvarna company (the same one that makes tools and tractors ).
Overall, its in excellent condition and according to my friend and very knowledgeable friend, Otto, a steal at that price! I also bought a can of Greek surplus .30-06 ammo (CMP stock) from the guy at a bit above what I knew that they went for up at Camp Perry, but then again I don't have to spend 4 hours and gas money to go get my own now either. In addition, for farts and smiles, I bought a used Jennings compound bow just to play around with.
Now, before anyone tries to snipe at me with a comment, keep in mind that the buying and selling of firearms as personal property is perfectly legal in Ohio as long as both parties are legally able to possess said firearms in the locality in which the transaction takes place. While I was not asked if I was a resident or under disability to own a firearm (that, I believe, is the legal term) I did offer up my CCW card to the seller (who turned out to be a fellow Ohio Gun Collectors Association - OGCA for short - member himself) and gave verbal notice that I was able to own one. Furthermore, since the firearm I purchased (which I am voluntarily disclosing in a public forum here) falls within the list of Curio & Relic firearms, I have entered it into my 03 FFL C&R "Bound Book" as is requried by law.... See NSA, I have nothing to hide....
So in the end I found out that sometimes out of the way places are also great places to find a good C&R bargain....don't overlook them!
Friday, August 2, 2013
USPS Clerk in Columbus refuses to handle handgun being shipped by FFL holder......."religious basis"
The story goes something like this...
They (the store) were shipping a handgun to another FFL (for what reason I did not catch, not that it matters) and one of the owners took it to the local US Post Office for mailing. After waiting his turn in line, he got up to the clerk, placed the box on the counter and handed and the required paperwork to the clerk. The clerk looked at the owner and said something to the effect that they refused to handle that particular package based on "religious" beliefs. She then instructed the owner to wait at the next window...that was unmanned...for somebody else to take care of them. The owner obliged (I would of made a scene myself and forced him/her to get a supervisor...but then again in this day and age you would probably get shot by an armed postal inspector or something doing that) and stood their waiting for 20 minutes without anybody coming out to help them. They called Eric to relate the story, Eric got back on the phone and called the post office and raised hell to which a person finally came out and took care of them. Eric was so flustered that he actually called into the Glenn Beck show and was put in contact with somebody from The Blaze who is going to run a story on this.
Frickin' incredible. The USPS has never exactly been known for being efficient or mindful of its customers, but the fact that this clerk simply refused to do their job over this is ludicrous. Fine, if they did have a legitimate "religious" objection to handling firearms I would like to hear it and have them list other specific instances where they have refused service on this basis. If, however, they did this on (what I and I think the owner may suspect) to be personal or political beliefs than its time to go hit the legal eagles up for discrimination. Sorry, handling all sorts of packages is a Bona Fide Occupational Requirement for that type of job. If you don't like it, quit your cushy job and go hand out fries at McDonald's or something else.
I just wonder if this "religious" objection to firearms keeps her from doing some of the following....
- Shop at Walmart...who has a gun department
- Watch films that glorify gun violence - either with actors that support guns or ones that are hypocrites that use guns to make millions acting and then lobby against them off screen....more of the latter than former...
- Go to Starbucks or any other store that either explicity allows the carrying of concealed weapons or has a hands off approach and allows local laws to decide, as in they don't post their own "no guns allowed" signs.
- Work in a organization that arms some of its personnel...postal inspectors.
Point is, in this age of "political correctness" and "tolerance" we all have to walk a line sometime between our beliefs and what can be seen as "offensive" to others. A lot of the time you just have to roll with the local culture. Over in Kuwait we were instructed not to eat and drink in public during Ramadan during the day, even if everyone knew we obviously weren't Muslim. However, the interjection of your beliefs into your professional occupation, religious or otherwise, should always be balanced against the affected individuals rights as well. In this case, if it was indeed a religions objection the clerk had against firearms (I dunno, maybe they were a Jain Indian, in that case it would be legit and we have a large Indian population in Columbus) then I would expect, or rather DEMAND, that USPS management be on site to intervene and not inconvenience the customer in order to make this religious accommodation. IF this was however, a personal belief that was being used to deny the 2nd amendment rights of this individual as a owner of a licensed FFL to obtain "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" by running their business....well, let the lawsuit begin.