Sunday, September 30, 2012
John Richardson (and many others) are at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando...am looking forward to his reports. I'm glad to see how much the industry has adopted the Gun Culture Ver. 2.0 meme. Just a quick note — I've been credited with pointing out the birth of Ver. 2.0; more correctly, Paul Erhardt and I made the initial observations.
I've been rounding up magazines for the Sig Sauer P938, which is harder than one might think. I bought the only one at Midway, then a couple of more from Sig's online store. A bit pricey, that. I want to shoot the little 9mm in a IDPA Back-up Gun match (the 3-inch barrel is easily under the IDPA 3.8 inch requirement). Am also waiting for extra Taurus "Slim" mags. Have actually been carrying the "Slim" with a CT laser in a Simply Rugged Cuda holster (the same design holster I use for my knockaround Ruger SR22 pistol. I'm pretty much convinced that the mini-9mms are a real breakthrough in concealed carry...yes, they are harder to shoot than both their slightly smaller .380 brethren (from which they sprang) and their slightly larger "compact" sized cousins, but the more I carry them, the more I like them as carry guns. I'm planning on filming my second Panteao Productions "Make Ready With" concealed carry video in March of next year, and the mini-9s will play a big role.
Interestingly enough, I have a Charter Arms 9mm snub on the way for T&E. I've shot the .40 S&W version, but am much more interested in the little 9mm. Shame it doesn't come in red and black...
There's an on-going battle at the University of Colorado in Boulder on CCW for students. You can get a good idea of the shape of the battle from this article in the local dead tree media. A part of me wanted to gear up for an expedition to Boulder to attend Brady shill and professional "victim" Colin Goddard's talk on campus just to ask him how he lives with himself.
I note that Brother Ted has a new series coming on the Discovery Channel. I also hear that several other gun shows are in the works on networks other than the one for which I labor.
Next week is an AR build week. We'll be putting together the .22 LR tackdriver based on the Spike's Tactical Lothar Walther-barreled upper and the JP custom lower (probably MagPul or ACE furniture). Hopefully, we'll also build the ultralight breakdown on the ATI Omni polymer lower and the TAC2 Discreet Carry Kit. Upper is still undecided, although I have a Stag here. Both of these builds will be filmed for SHOOTING GALLERY and our still-hidden-in-the-box Internet project. The suppressed Ruger Charger, sort of a crash tutorial in overhauled the 10/22, which is so easy to overhaul that even I can do it, is also on the menu.
Well, a long blogpost is a good excuse not to address the wreckage in both my office and the gun room, the consequences of too much travel...I suppose I'd better at least try to clean up one or the other!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Coupled with the grueling SHOOTING GALLERY schedule, including the Poland trip, I am simply burned up. I'm going to take next week to spend some time at the range and catch up on a bunch of stuff.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
We finished up our "active shooter in a theater" scenario for THE BEST DEFENSE last night. Man, these "big box" scenarios terrify me...not to mention my Sweetie, who handles show logistics, and producer/director Matt Shults. There were lots of moving parts to this one, and it went off without a hitch. Thanks to our Pod People who came up to be in the "audience," as well as some of our cowboy friends, neighbors we drafted, Mike Janich's students and even the Drama Club at the local high school. Many of them died well...and repeatedly!
I did get about 30 minutes of "WHEW!"...followed immediately by the next crisis de jure! LOL!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Tomorrow, Tuesday 25 September, is Book Bomb Day for Jim Rawles' new novel FOUNDERS: A NOVEL OF THE COMING COLLAPSE. Jim, as you know, runs The Survival Blog, and FOUNDERS is the 3rd novel in his "Coming Collapse" series. In case you've been napping, the function of a "book bomb" is for as many people as possible to order the book on the same day from Amazon to raise the book in the Amazon ratings. Jim is one of the Good Guys, and The Survival Blog is an indispensable resource....buy the book!
Friday, September 21, 2012
And speaking of war, I get it that Apple is at war with Google. That said, the new version of Safari (6.0) really, really sucks hard. Apple eliminated the Google Search window in favor of some supposedly do-it-all window that actually does nothing well. Yes, it can be fixed with a free applet, which I have done, (and yes, I have lots of browsers...Firefox and Opera are arguably more annoying than Safari) but as structured it is nearly completely worthless. Thank you, Apple! May your development division be hounded by Chinese spam crap.
There is an very interesting interview with Paul Barrett, author GLOCK: The Rise of America's Gun, in the Los Angeles Review of Books. It is certainly no secret that I have serious reservations about the book, and Mr. Barrett, whom I know personally, and I have had our issues. Still, this is an excellent interview for several reasons...it highlights the huge gap between our side and their side, in many ways the absence of a "common language." LOL! Definitely worth reading.
In other world-changing news, Defense Distributed has come up with enough cash to continue their Open Source project for a handgun that can be "printed" from a 3-D printer. This from Forbes, which is worried:
The Wiki Weapon Project, hosted by a group that calls itself Defense Distributed, set out in July with the goal of raising enough money to hold a design competition among 3D-printable software models for a working gun capable of firing at least a single .22 caliber bullet that can be printed on a relatively cheap RepRap 3D printer.As your basic nerd-boi, I find this fascinating! Wired Magazine is also reporting that MakerBot is bringer new inexpensive 3-D printers to the market with expanded features:
This is MakerBot’s Macintosh moment. Just as nearly 30 years ago Apple made desktop publishing mainstream, the aim with the Replicator 2 is to take something new to the masses: desktop manufacturing.Indeed! Finally a Star Trek replicator for the masses! Well, not quite. I have talked to both individuals and companies using printing technology on firearms, including the guys (HaveBlue) who "printed" AR-15 receivers, and yes, they followed all applicable laws. It is not illegal to build your own gun. This from the ATF FAQ website:
Q: Does the GCA prohibit anyone from making a handgun, shotgun or rifle?
With certain exceptions a firearm may be made by a non-licensee provided it is not for sale and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semi-automatic rifle or non-sporting shotgun from imported parts. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and approval by ATF. An application to make a machine gun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing that the firearm is being made for a Federal or State agency. [18 U.S.C. 922(o) and (r), 26 U.S.C. 5822, 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]I know some of you might think this is a weird analogy, but just as desktop publishing was the "killer app" that shoved laser printers into the mainstream, and — heaven help us all! — pornography was certainly one of the "killer apps" in the early days of the Internet, I wonder whether weapons might be one of the "killer apps" (forgive the inevitable pun) that drives 3-D printing...as much as I'd love to print my own little green tractor, the concept of a modern day "Liberator" pistol is indeed fascinating. A point we've made for years is that guns are really old technology, and not particularly complicated at that.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Well, first in order to correct some misconceptions, it is simply a farce to claim that gun ownership is declining in America. Second – and let me be clear about this – magazine capacity is a non-negotiable. But third, note the use of the AR to save the terrain, protect indigenous species, protect the plant life, prevent erosion, and save the farmers.
It’s like the health benefits of red wine or coffee. Is there anything an AR can’t do?
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I ended up doing more shooting today than I intended to do, falling back on one of my two Ruger SR-9s, which have been workhorses over the years. I shoot them; they work. I take them apart every so often and hose them out...they just keeps running. I would like Novak sights, but I always forget about that when I put the guns back in the safe. Today I was just lazy and carried the SR-9 in a Galco Yaqui slide, which, untruth, works totally fine and may be the most versatile holster on earth. I don't like slides for a gun the size of the SR-9 (say, Glock 19-ish) if I'm going to be sitting down a lot for fear of bumping the barrel and pushing the gun partially out of the holster, but there was no problem driving around today.
I talk a lot tomorrow on the podcast about my first impressions of the Sig Sauer P938, which was overwhelmingly positive. I would like to have all the edges knocked off, a la the Kimber Solo, and I'm hoping that Crimson Trace cooks up a natty set of LaserGrips like the ones for the Solo. Obviously, I haven't shot the 938 nearly as much as the Solo, but so far I'm very impressed.
BTW, speaking of mega-cheap home security, I hauled out an old 20 gauge Remington 870 that I bought for $100 from a gun store going out of business about a decade ago. I added a Nordic Components tube I'd picked up cheap and a set of discounted plastic furniture...took it to the range Sunday just to try it out. What a great little gun! Be super for home defense, especially for a smaller-framed person. Yeah, I'm not going to replace my own 12 gauge 870, but it's a nice little gun for even less than one would pay for a new Mossberg 500.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
When I'm tired, shooting guns I'm not familiar with, when the weather goes south, whatever, I default to "deliver the shot."
Today is probably a range day — I've got a Stag AR-15 that needs to get sighted in and no matter how long I keep stalling the dang thing refuses to sight itself in. Man, that's the next breakthrough! Assuming I pound the scope onto the rifle in preparation for today's session, I'm also talking my long-awaited Sig Sauer P938 9mm SA for a few rounds. I have to say I was blown away by handling the little gun...I think the Sig the only mini-9 I haven't shot. As you recall, I got in a P238 .380 to use in some eps of THE BEST DEFENSE with the full intent of returning the gun when we were finished. It was such a superb shooting little gun that I couldn't bring myself to return it. Am hoping the P938 lives up to my admittedly high expectations.
I'm fiddling around with a short piece for SHOOTING GALLERY 2013 on an ultra-lite breakdown AR-15. I've got a TAC2 Discreet Carry Kit for the basics, but I'm trying to decide on a donor gun. I'm waiting on one of the ATI polymer lowers, but I'm halfway thinking of one of the Bushmaster Carbon 15s, which certainly blow hot or cold depending on the reviews. My goal is an ultralight, easily packable gun, but one that works all the time as well.
I wish you could all make a swing by the Secret Hidden Bunker this time of year...the high aspen are all going golden, the air is crisp and there is no more beautiful place on earth.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 07, 2012
And finally, from HuffPo, of course, comes this little ditty:
Amid a continuing national gun control debate, a young California man has died during a game of Russian Roulette. It is at least the fourth death that has occurred during the deadly shooting game in the last eight months in the U.S.
Also, I'm honored to be allowed to pay for aging college "students" contraception! That's why I work as hard as I do, so little Jill (and Jack) can finish their 10-year degree in Norwegian Lesbian Sports Literature, 1659-1917 inclusive, while working their way through the Kama Sutra.
I'm going to spend the day looking at exotic sniper rifles, and I'll feel better.
BTW, a couple of more data points from Charlotte, the first from Peggy Noonan at WSJ:
Finally, and powerfully, Michael Goodwin at the NY Post:
This is not mere class warfare. That’s just a tactic. The goal, as it always has been for his kind throughout history, is to accumulate power that the elite can wield without accountability or checks and balances.Give the man his due. We have not seen his like in our times. His charisma and political skills are unmatched. If only they were admirably used.
Obama promised to unite the country and, his lie exposed, is now determined to win re-election by any means necessary. He may succeed.
Beware, America. The wraps have come off.Obama is unbound and the delegates in the convention hall went home in full revolutionary spirit. They don’t want to unite America. They want to conquer it.Barack Obama did build that.Peggy Noonan