Friday, December 12, 2014

A Small Suggestion...

Maybe we should use "enhanced interrogation techniques" on Eric Holder as soon as he leaves office to find out what he really knew about Fast and Furious. And let's not forget Hillary Clinton and Benghazi…yep, fire up the old waterboard! Jonathon Gruber? Lois Lerner? Valerie Jarrett? Al Sharpton? Maybe we could do an American Idol type thing…call it American Idle maybe…have have people vote on who we'd like to see strapped on the big board next, televise the whole thing. The ratings would be HUGE, I tell you…HUGE!

And since school-age kids can vote, I'd say Michelle Obama and her school lunch program may be in their sights. I suggest something like this for a little variety:

Instead of a stream or river, though, I'd suggest lowering her into a vat of brussels sprouts. Now that's torture! Meanwhile:

Would-be carjackers in Florida couldn't drive stick shift

OCALA, Fla – Police in Florida say two would-be carjackers almost got away with a vehicle in Ocala but didn't know how to drive a stick shift.

This gives a whole new spin on "Drive It Like You Stole It."

Subtly segueing into seriousness, the Christian Science Monitor, which has never met a gun control lie they wouldn't publish and herald as revealed truth, seems puzzled that the whole nation has changed into a bunch of redneck peckerheads clinging to their guns:
A dramatic swing in public opinion when it comes to guns and gun control may be driven by current events – particularly high-profile police killings inStaten Island, N.Y., and Ferguson, Mo., a gun control advocate says. 
In 2012, 48 percent of Americans in a Pew survey said guns do more to protect people than place them at risk. According to a survey released Wednesday, that number has increased to 57 percent. 
The shift was even more substantial among African-Americans, going from 29 percent in early 2013 to 54 percent now (though with a margin of error of almost 10 percent due to a small sample size).
Color me shocked! I mean, African-Americans! Who could imagine that African-Americans would stand there watching their businesses and their lives go up in flames in Ferguson and thing, hmmmmmm…is there a way I could have stopped this?

I do love this quote from my brother the Right Reverend Kenn Blanchard:
He adds: “There’s a racial divide, too, that the anti-gun people have been using to suggest that white people don’t want black people to have firearms. But what I see are my white brothers, the old geezers, who are saying to the younger black generation: ‘Here’s a gun, I’ll show you how to shoot it.’”
Speaking as one of those old geezers, amen! I once had a wonderful dinner with Reverend Kenn and his congregation. I note from his website that he's a Tavor fan as well.

I also want to send you to a great blogpost from Matt over at Jerking the Trigger on setting priorities:
Why do people still refuse to use weapon lights? Perhaps they have prioritized the possibility that the light might draw fire over shooting dark, unidentified shapes in the night. I suspect many have learned the same safety rules as I have and yet, they conveniently throw out Rule 4 when it comes to weapon lights.
I was talking to Kevin Creighton from Misfires and Light Strikes this week and he was bemoaning the existence of an AR-15 in the Rock Island .22 TCM caliber (he talks about it on his blog at the link above). I kinda agree with him…considering the TCM is based on a .223, the bolt's not an issue. When I head out to the gun room this AM I'm going to see whether the TCM will feed from a standard Colt 32-round or Glock 9mm…that would be the only breaking point. I've shot the 5.7 X 28 upper, and it was really a cool (and loud) little gun. A TCM AR pistol with The Brace would make a neat little truck gun…I like the cartridge.


Alan said...

Re: lights on guns. Humboldt County (California) Sheriff Mike Downy is pretty good about issuing licences to carry but for some strange reason claims that mounting a light or laser on your approved carry guns invalidates the license.

Anonymous said...

re: public extravaganza

Something like "The Running Man"?


Michael Bane said...

That's ridiculous about the lights!

BTW, Overload, I mentioned the Streamlight little Sieges…I see them not as a replacement for the D-cell workhorses, but as a light in non-tactical situation. I've repeatedly woken up my Sweetie by triggering one of the Streamlight or SureFire flamethrowers when I'm simply looking for a pair of socks…


Overload in Colorado said...

that makes sense. I prefer lights that default to dim mode for that reason, but for a tactical light I'd want max output default. I give an LRI Photon Microlight to any of my friend's kids going into the military to help them find the latrine at night. I use a 9v Pak-Lite myself.
I've been playing around with kerosene 'hurricane' lanterns the last few months. Different makes and shapes.
One thing I picked up was a hood/ shade that kept the light going down. This helped me maintain my night vision when the lantern is on a table. I figure an omnidirectional light is usually not needed, but having more flood than a flashlight provides is (and most flashlights won't sit on their tail to bounce their light off the ceiling). The lanterns are a lot more bulky than the Seige, and safer, but these can be used indoors with lamp oil. I liked being able to turn it up and down to adjust the light (with related use of oil). Only advantage I can see for the lanterns is that they'll work after an EMP, and that lamp oil stores forever while batteries lose power over time.
I've acquired some chargers for AA and AAA batteries (Panasonic Enloop keep their charge longer in storage): solar, USB and even crank, but don't know their charge rates vs power drain in a Seige, for example. It would be useful if you could put rechargeables into the Seige and charge it up when you had power.

Anonymous said...

I like the lantern idea and have several types and sizes. Lehman's Hardware in Kidron, Ohio is my source. ( The "kid-sized" Deitz is a favorite for going to the latrine at night and for back-packing.

As a "scouter", they work all of the time and lamp oil can be carried in many different ways.

As for batteries, is it just me, or are Duracells losing their quality edge?

I've been using them for years and have recently had too many failures, in the form of device-ruining leakage even when the dates are as young as showing up to 3 years left on shelf-life. AND NO, they weren't discharged. They were new and on standby in the devices. I also regularly change them, even though they have never even been used except to test them initially.

Life Member

P. S.: The best Chief of Police in the country, James Craig, Detroit Police Department, has recommended that citizens get armed. As a result, crimes, such as robberies, car-jacking and home invasions are down! You may have read some stories from here that make the NRS's "Armed Citizen" columns.

Overload in Colorado said...

Life Member,
I have the Dietz Air King and Blizzard (actually the W.T. Kirkman #2 Cold Blast reproduction) lanterns. The taller Blizzard is supposed to work better at altitude and be brighter, while the Air King is supposed to be more efficient on lantern oil. I've not found the Blizzard to be brighter.

Duracells losing their quality edge? It's more that there's more than one grade of Duracell now. The most expensive, Duracells Quantum, are better than batteries of old, but I believe that the plain copper tops are low priced and low performance/ quality.

If you do go with disposable batteries, going with lithium batteries will give you longer storage life and better cold weather performance.

Will said...

I heard, and have now experienced, that Duracell had gone to cheaper chemicals to keep prices from being increased due to the ongoing inflation. I'm finding brand new ones bad, and have also had them suddenly die an early death. Very frustrating. it's no long a surprise when I find them leaking. I had never seen a 9v puke it's entire guts, until now. They were my "go to" battery for important uses, like smoke detectors and test equipment. Not any more.

Beaumont said...

I think the .22TCM has a longer OAL than the 9mmP, so not sure if would feed reliably thru those mags. Fred Craig originally went with a shorter round, but found that to achieve the velocity he wanted, he had to go to the longest cartridge OAL he could fit into a 1911.

I'd like to see the TCM chambered in a polymer pistol, but I suspect it would have to be based on a platform like the Glock 20/21.