Archive for category: Guns

It Looks Like 5.56 Days Are Numbered 6.8

11 Oct
October 11, 2018

The Army is moving $25 billion from high-end expensive development projects to other programs, including the development of a new series of small arms based on the 6.8mm cartridge.

Army Secretary Mark Esper announced the $25 billion figure here in his opening speech to the conference, the largest of the year. The final number awaits approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the White House’s Office Of Management & Budget, and ultimately Congress, Esper cautioned reporters afterwards, but, looking across the 2020-2024 budget plan (aka the FYDP), he said, “that dollar figure is a low end.”

The M16 series has been the standard rifle for the military for nearly sixty years. There have been numerous attempts to replace it with a better weapon. None have succeeded, but they have provided ways to improve the M16 platform. I’m hoping that even if this one doesn’t work out, we get a better M16 platform out of it.

Range Day Hijinks

09 Oct
October 9, 2018

Since I was off on Monday, Shootin’ Buddy and me decided to hit the range. I needed to rotate the carry ammo any way.

Sunday night, The Fiancée and I headed to Walmart to pick up ammo and other items. The range ammo is some IWI shit that has primers made out of titanium or something. All I know is my rate of F2F’s is horrific using it. Of course, it’s Walmart, so it takes a while for the clerk to come to unlock the case. Then she has to see my ID. Good news, because of all the weight I’ve lost, I don’t look like my photo. Bad news is I don’t look like my photo. For a moment, I was wondering if I was going to be able to buy the ammo.

Heading home, The Fiancée and I discussed gun terminology. She knows very little about guns, and really doesn’t want to know much more. Just enough to understand what I’m saying. There was some confusion about why a revolver isn’t considered a semi-auto because a revolver fired one round with each squeeze of the trigger. We also discussed the difference between ball and JHP ammo, and why they were different prices.

Monday I picked up Shootin’ Buddy and we went to the range. We both ran my M&P for a bit before switching over to his Glock… damn, I forgot my Glock decoder ring. It’s one of the subcompact .45’s. Shootin’ Buddy prefers the bigger bullet. I remembered why I don’t like shooting small Glocks. I really dislike Glock Knuckle. Still, we had fun turning money into noise.

Then it was time to window shop. We looked at – and lusted over – the Ruger PC9. Especially the suppressed version the range was selling for $1,000 (including tax stamp!). I really think my next AR-style rifle will be a Sig MCX. I’m liking those more and more. Someone also picked up the All American 2000 out of the used case that I was eyeing the last time I went shooting.

Overall, not a bad way to spend a day off.

I Vote Guns Part Something or Other

03 Oct
October 3, 2018

I was really hoping Nikki Fried would be a smart Democrat and just leave the guns issue alone. Her big platform push was to come up with a sensible medical marijuana system, and that’s something Florida needs. The current system was definitely written by prohibitionists, which makes it difficult on those who need it. So, I was just hoping Fried would just focus on that platform.

Unfortunately, she isn’t. According to the tweet published in Miguel’s article, Fried is somehow going to wrest control of the concealed weapons process from the NRA. Which means she’s probably going to toss control over to Bloomberg’s suite of lobbyists.

You done fucked with my third rail. I vote guns, and I vote against those willing to take them.

I Move and This Happens

18 Sep
September 18, 2018

Via Miguel and the NRA-ILA comes news that the incoming Senate President received a donation from Bloomberg’s Everytown.

Incoming Florida Senate President Bill Galvano calls himself a Republican but is rumored to be the one who colluded with anti-gun Democrats to engineer the gun control package included in SB-7026 this past session. SB-7026 contained three major gun control provisions and was rammed down the throats of Senate and House Republican legislators. The report below below adds credence to that rumor. Looks like our Second Amendment Rights were sold for a large contribution from anti-gun former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

All of this while the anti-gunners keep accusing legislators of taking money from NRA. In reality, no Florida Senate or House member or candidate for the Florida Senate or House has received a direct contribution from NRA in almost 20 years.

Guess who my state senator is now that I moves in with The Fiancée?

Friday Quote – Maj Toure

07 Sep
September 7, 2018

I don’t think there’s a Black gun culture or a White gun culture. I think there’s informed and uninformed gun culture. Our job is to get urban America on the informed side.

If you haven’t thought about sending Black Guns Matter some cash, I would recommend it. Maj is doing a great job to bring information to people who haven’t heard the truth about guns and gun control.

Donate the cost of a box of ammo.

Wednesday Gun Links

28 Aug
August 28, 2018

J.Kb over at Gun Free Zone wonders how the Jax shooter legally purchased his guns considering he’d been committed to a mental institution by his parents. My guess is that his commitment was as a minor and not included in NICS.

In a spite of principle, the ACLU defends the NRA against New York Gov Cuomo’s attacks on the NRA to obtain basic financial services. Or, the ACLU realizes if this isn’t challenged, the same tactic could be turned against them.

David French over at National Review opines on the danger of private sector gun control, particularly those who are designed to strangle the gun industry.

There was some pushback on those policies when Louisiana told BOA and Citi that they couldn’t participate because of their anti-gun policies.

This last isn’t strictly gun news, but it’s come about because of active shooter fears. The Wirecutter, which is my favorite review site, put up its recommendations for see-through backpacks for security theater.

Friday Quote – Sam Harris

24 Aug
August 24, 2018

“Why can’t civilized people like ourselves simply rely on the police? Well, look around you: Do you see a cop? Unless you happen to be a police officer yourself, or are married to one, you are very unlikely to be attacked in the presence of law enforcement. The role of the police is to respond in the aftermath of a crime and, with a little luck, to catch the person who committed it. If you are ever targeted by a violent predator, whether you and your family are injured or killed will depend on what you do in the first moments of the encounter. When it comes to survival, therefore, you are on your own. Once you escape and are in a safe place, by all means call the police. But dialing 911 when an intruder has broken into your home is not a reliable strategy for self-defense.“

Excerpt from this 2011 article. I would recommend that you RTWT.

Safe Moving Today

23 Aug
August 23, 2018

I’m moving my big gun safe down to my new place today. Which means unloading everything. Where the hell did I get some of this stuff?

Strangling the Gun Culture

16 Aug
August 16, 2018

Shopify suddenly decided it doesn’t like gun sales anymore and stopping all sales through their platform. Which has left a bunch of gun manufacturers and retailers up a creek. Including some big names like Spikes and Franklin Armory. These companies invested tens of thousands of dollars with Shopify. Now those dollars and all of their work have been flushed down the toilet.

I’m wondering if the biggest threats to our gun culture is coming from the private sector instead of the government. Deplatforming from social media and strangling the business by restricting access to banking services and internet sales. I would not be surprised if the gun industry was having to act like the legal marijuana shops are today with heavy cash transactions. Or the gun companies decide to form their own financial institutions to handle those kinds of transactions.

Parking Lot Shooter Going to Trial

15 Aug
August 15, 2018

State Attorney filed charges of manslaughter.

I’m sure the firestorm created by the chattering classes and professional victims were a large part of the decision. I’m sure the news will continue their long record of “accurate” reporting on self-defense laws. I’m sure the politicians will yammer about how this proves all of the stereotypes of gun owners, and particularly concealed carriers.

Should this case been brought forward? I’ve heard good arguments for both, particularly around the issue of whether the victim was continuing or stopping the assault once the gun came out. Unfortunately, those arguments aren’t what’s going to be in the media.