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Utterly OT: An Unconventional 4th of July Dinner

Completely off topic, but here’s what’s up for din-din.

The main dish is going to be Hawaiian slow-cooked pork tenderloin, which will be seasoned with some leftover pork (with a Korean BBQ sauce) from a dinner this week that canc’d. The sauces come from Campbell pouches, but get added to.

So, the pork will go in the slow-cooker about 1100, old pork and all sauces first; it will simmer away all day; about 1700 we’ll add some pineapple slices for flavor. (This should be posted some time in the middle of all that).

Side dish: we’re kitbashing something from jasmine rice, wild rice, a lot of butter, a cup of chicken rice soup for flavor, and maybe some other spices depending on how it all tastes.

Veggies: There will be celery and carrots in with the pork. They go in at about H-3 hours. We’ll probably have green beans and maybe asparagus or broccoli (it seems like no two people of the eight attending have the same tastes in food.

And, oh yeah, gotta relocate the 3D Printer from the dining room table we’ve been working from for the last two weeks. Which means… ugh… cleaning the office so that there’s room on the credenza. Can we get an ugh?

This is either going to be a huge success or a spectacular failure.

No pressure.

Survival: How Many Things Did She Do Wrong?

The lede of the story is really, from a would-be survivor’s point of view, missing the point. Here’s how it kicks off:

What started out as a shortcut turned into a four day ordeal for a woman who was nine months pregnant and eventually gave birth while lost in the Plumas National Forest.

When Amber Pangborn started going into labor, she found herself fighting for not only her life but that of her daughter.

“I was just thinking, oh my gosh, i wasn’t sure if we were actually going to get out of here,” Pangborn said.

And here are a few things you’ll learn, in no particular order in the chaotic, disorganized original story, if you go to CBS San Francisco and  Read The Whole Thing™.

  • She was driving around (not sure why) when she knew she was nine-ninths pregnant. What she apparently didn’t know was the fuel state of her vehicle… she was already at bingo fuel when this whole evolution began.
  • She started to go into labor, and decided the right thing to do was take a long drive to her parents’ house. Look, we’re all about taking personal responsibility here, but there’s a time to call 911.
  • Since she was going to the folks’ house, and time seemed to be of the essences, she decided that this was the optimum time to check out a short cut she’d heard about but didn’t actually know. “I was told about this back road and people had shown it to me a few times but I’d never driven it myself.” Oh, brother. The shortcut ran through the remote Plumas National Forest.
  • She told nobody what she was doing, or where she was going.
  • The story doesn’t say this in so many words, but she apparently got lost.
  • On the mountain backroads, there was (now) no cell phone service. They don’t say it in so many words (again), but it seems she had neither map and compass nor skills to use them. Therefore, she couldn’t locate herself relative to other people or habitations1, even if she could have walked to any of them. And when her absence was noted, nobody knew where to look for her.
  • Then? She ran out of gas. Alone, lost, and in labor, she assessed her survival supplies: four apples and a little water.
  • After a miserable night, she delivered a healthy baby girl at 0500 the next morning.
  • Then she waited for rescue. People looked for her, but not in the Plumas National Forest. It was a miserable time:

The meat bees2 came out and were trying to get the placenta.  I was trying to get them not to sting her and I got stung trying to keep them away from the baby. But they went into the placenta.

  • After two more days, dehydrated and desperate, she started a signal fire.
  • She lost control of the signal fire, which became a forest conflagration.

California firefighters in a helicopter found and rescued her and the baby, and both were admitted to hospitals.

She did almost everything wrong, and survived. For which, nothing but purest chance can claim credit — it certainly wasn’t her wisdom or foresight.

Notes

  1. Fun fact about the lower 48: the furthest anyone can be from a maintained road, in the contiguous continental United States, is about 25 miles — a day’s walk for a healthy young person. Yet there are numerous cases of people dying much, much closer to civilization and safety every year. This young woman was nearly one of them.
  2. “Meat bees” is a regional term for the yellow-and-black striated wasps generally called “yellowjackets.” Unlike bees and other wasps, they do scavenge carrion and meat — and, apparently, afterbirths.

Kyle Defoor Learns About Big Army Maintenance

…O,r lack of the same. A class for a large Army unit came completely unglued as weapon after weapon failed. Charging handles broke. Dust covers went flying off. Locking lugs sheared. A furious Defoor, noting that the guns were Colts, posted a nastygram on his Facebook page with a photo of some of the parts:

failed parts from defoor post

These were supposedly new guns, but look at the condition of these parts. They’re not milspec parts after two days of shooting. The dust cover pins don’t appear to be grooved for the c-clip, which explains the absence of c-clips and the parts being off the firearm.

As it happens, Defoor learned more about the unit’s situation, and soon changed the title of his post to: Military and unit level maintenance issues with Colts produce serious issues in less than two days of shooting.

Soon, he posted a followup, explaining what he meant.

Update- After three broken locking lugs….(not kidding)

I made a mistake and posted too soon. My apologies.

Found that new bolts and c handles from new “headquarter” guns were interchanged with deployed guns or sent forward as spares and replaced with either used or non Colt parts. There is no rhyme or reason to the how or why and no one who can say who did what exactly. It’s a zoo and has turned training into a damn armory class.

My spot checking wasn’t good enough due to the large number of guns online, it provided a false feedback because I saw Colt bolt markings on the few I looked at. I should’ve checked them all along with c handles before the lugs broke. Big lesson learned but I could’ve never came up with this scenario if I tried.

Obviously we are steering them in the right direction but money seems to be the big issue here.

I changed the title of this post to reflect our findings and again shouldn’t have posted so quickly and apologize.

In other words, the bolts that failed were non-Colt bolts of unknown provenance that were swapped into some old guns after the bolts from the old guns were cannibalized to support a unit in the field.

It’s generally not good practice to replace new for worn bolts (or simply swap worn bolts from gun to gun) in AR rifles, unless you also replace the barrel extension. This is for the same reason it’s not good to replace a worn camshaft in an internal-combustion engine without also replacing the valve lifters or cam followers — otherwise the worn lifters will quickly reshape the cam.

The AR design can actually tolerate a lot of that, but not an indefinite amount.

The problem of no-name parts is a different, and larger one. Defoor continued:

They can’t within any reasonable degree tell the use of the parts that failed due to poor records and high turnover with personnel. Also there are no big mil tests for bolts or charging handles beyond “looks good” as I found out today. Very surprising.

Not that surprising. Military parts records are hamstrung by the one-size-misfits-all computer systems used for military inventories. (They still use thick printouts, impact-printed on green-and-white-striped paper — remember that?) It’s hardly a shock that a system designed to keep track of the wool socks in the warehouse in Shemya, and getting pallets of dry cargo from the Liberty Ship to the Red Ball Express, chokes on trying to trace the provenance of parts. (The Army’s aviation supply system can sort of do this, for obvious reasons; but they’re still decades behind the industry).

Some long-ETS’d or retired supply sergeant probably dealt with a bunch of yelling about deadlined rifles, especially in a headquarters company that hardly ever shoots, by shipping good parts to fix bad rifles downrange, and then, rather than wait for the bad parts to come back from the deployment, turn them in, and wait months for reissue, or simply turn the unserviceable weapons in for higher-echelon maintenance, simply went online and bought some generic AR parts and swapped them in. That’s our take on this; somebody bent the rules in classic SF “if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin'” style and the unit got bitten in the gluteus maximus because he didn’t know what he didn’t know.

See, parts is parts, right? No, wrong. Even though the military does a crap job of keeping track of the parts once they’re accepted, they actually test each lot of spare parts (on a sample basis, of course) fairly thoroughly. Many commercial parts are never tested at all, not even one in ten thousand parts, not even for critical parts like bolts. So the first “test” a charging handle, or dust-cover pin, or, God forbid, a bolt gets is when Joe unlimbers his service rifle at the range with live ammo.

There are some nondestructive ways to test some of these parts. For example, a properly forged charging handle is likely to weigh more than an el cheapo. Ditto for a bolt. The roll pin (a key point of failure) can be visually inspected. But these inspections are not in the manual, and in any event, the average Joe (the -10 level of maintenance, “operator” in a non-tactical sense) has no training on inspecting individual parts. Neither does his unit armorer (-20 level maintenance, “organizational”).

Some of the comments on Defoor’s Facebook page are very helpful. For instance:

Matt Murray
As a former member of TACOM SARET, I’ll weigh here. I’m not sure what unit this was, or what MACOM they fall under, but preset and rest missions by TACOM and direct support units have been lacking in both funding and personnel since the slowing of the ARFORGEN cycle in 2011. Soldiers at the 10 level are not trained or qualified to make repairs or diagnostics on the myriad of issues that come to light in TIs per 23&P TMs. When units can no longer get the level of quality reset maintenance after deployments, or preset maintenance before deployments, issues like this unfortunately manifest on the range rather than the 30 level shop. Furthermore, unit armorers are not trained to identify issues as expertly as a 91F or TACOM equipment specialist, and lead times at DS assets are horrendous at present due to budget cuts. So when training cycles begin, armorers and Supply NCOs are stuck issuing weapons that haven’t been properly inspected at the 30 level for years in some cases. In any case, this ain’t Joe’s fault.

Stripped of the Army acronymese, Murray is saying the units are not getting the opportunity to have their weapons inspected pre- and post-deployment by expert direct-support or depot armorers and gunsmiths. So problems turn up in the range, when they would have been caught by a proper TI (technical inspection) at the -30 (direct support maintenance) level.

Which is frustrating to a unit that’s used some of its discretionary funds to bring in Kyle Defoor to train hundreds or at least dozens of soldiers (how does that even work?), and frustrating, obviously, to Defoor and his assistants.

How do you avoid this kind of problem with your firearm? Learn to inspect guns and parts, but also, be extremely judicious in your choice of parts.

Industry News Roundup

It’s a day when things are moving and shaking in the industry, some up, some down. Two of the most interesting are Colt and PTR Industries.

Colt

Colt’s Chapter 11 filing is proceeding, and the court seems willing to leave the looters the current management in charge. As this management appears to be more interested in operating the company to allow more and greater opportunities to load it with debt and pocket the cash, and the company right now is at 100% debt saturation, the debt will have to be erased or at least significantly diminished by the court for Colt to emerge from Chapter 11.

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A hearing was held Wednesday in which at least some bond holders tried to challenge the Colt proceedings (agenda here; pdf) but there does not seem to have been any significant result.

The company is unlikely to be able to make a true recovery as long as the Sciens Capital hedgies are in charge. But a true recovery doesn’t really appear to be their objective.

Don’t read too much into news that, “Colt has secured financing.” Read this press release, not yet on Colt’s website, and you’ll see that this is simply debtor-in-possession financing that’s a pretty normal and usual feature of Chapter 11 reorganization. This loan will have priority for payoff, but it’s there to provide the necessary cash to support ongoing operations.

Colt’s official filings in the case will be here.

http://www.kccllc.net/coltdefense

That site is operated by Kurtzman Carson Consultants, one of a small army of consultants, advisors, facilitators, and personified transaction-costs that pigpile on debtors in bankruptcy cases; think of them as opportunistic infections.

PTR Industries

From Horry County, SC, comes the unhappy news that PTR Industries, the Connecticut transplant, is having a hard time paying its rent and has been since 2014.

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It’s just been put on notice by the county (which owns its building) for the second time (the first was six months ago).

County officials sent a default notice to PTR on June 10 stating that the company had 30 days to pay its rent or the county would retake the building the company leases in the Cool Springs Business Park.

“We’ve come to a point in time where we’ve actually put them on notice that we’re looking at exercising our rights under the lease agreement to recover those arrearages,” said Arrigo Carotti, county attorney.

The letter states that county officials have tried to work out a payment plan with the company but haven’t received any payments since March 23. Horry leaders remain open to negotiating a repayment plan, but the notice stresses that the company must address the matter quickly.

“So it’s come to a point in time where we need some definitive action taken on their part,” Carotti said, adding PTR has responded to the county’s letter, but would not get into detail about the letter because it deals with contractual matters. “The county is not at the point of saying we’re going to evict you and that’s it. If the county could work something out with PTR, that would probably be our preference.”

It sounds as if PTR is struggling to make the payments arranged in a payment plan worked out after the January notice. Rent is not the only problem the company’s having, with some suppliers also complaining of arrears and missing payments. Do Read The Whole Thing at the Myrtle Beach Sun-News. Hat tip, Nathan S. at TFB.

Other Firms?

TFB also has news of layoffs at Surefire due to declining military sales. We’ve heard a local rumor of possible layoffs at SIG-Sauer but nothing in the news yet.

Publicly held firearms firms are doing well. Sturm, Ruger NYSE: RGR), which fell from its January 2014 peak of over $80 a share all the year long and bottomed at $34.50, has risen back to $57 largely on the strength of the market in general; Smith and Wesson (SWHC), normally much more volatile than Ruger, declined less in 2014, proportionately, and is trading at nearly $17, a five year high. It filed some statements with the SEC today and the directors have authorized a buyback of $50 million in stock. (A buyback is often a management vote of confidence in the future of the firm, and tends to support the price of the stock).

(Sorry for the delay in getting this post put up. Delays may continue all day Friday and into Saturday; stuff in the analog world keeps rescheduling our days – Ed.).

Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Special Operations History Foundation

The Special Operations History Foundation is a rare W4: Something we’re proposing not because of what it has done so far, but for its potential. The idea seems to be, a clearinghouse of original primary source material, mostly video, but it’s very sparse at this time with only a couple of civil affairs events, the Ranger/160th video we posted yesterday, and some photos from a routine administrative airborne operation by the late, lamented 12th Special Forces Group (USAR). 

The mission of the Special Operations History Foundation is to provide a digital repository of material relating to Special Operations Forces, to document and record the oral history of the Special Operations Community and provide scholars and authors interested in Special Operations a research tool.

via Special Operations History Foundation | About.

This site has great potential. Either we got a snapshot of it in its initial stages, or it died aborning and is one of those undead sites that clutter the net… if we monitor it for a while and more material is added, it’s the former; if it stays static, the latter.

So this is our first W4 that’s a complete toss of the dice. In the meantime, you can explore the current content rather quickly. Again, if they don’t continue adding to it, there’s going to be less Special Operations history there than there is here.

OT: Stowaway!

A nice day, a European Ultralight (a model called a Sky Ranger), an airstrip “somewhere in France.” An earnest (and, as it develops, gifted in the sang-froid department) young pilot thrills a lady with an airplane ride. But there is a stowaway on board!

One down, eight to go, perhaps.

The domestic longhair is the mascot of the flying club, and keeps aircraft structures free of rodents. It’s doing fine, but hasn’t been anxious to fly again.

And the club’s pilots have a new line on their preflight checklist: look down the wing cells for, well, anything.

Like a cat.

When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Canned Peas

sweet-peas-10-canActually, we don’t know for sure they were peas, but canned peas are nasty, school-lunch level stuff, so we’re totally prepared to slander them. And the 6+ lb. No. 10 can? Well, it has to have been an assault can, right?

Why this 59-year-old woman took up a can, or cans, of food and used it, or them, to bludgeon her boyfriend into the Choir Invisible is not revealed. Just that she did it, and is sitting in pokey with a reccommendation of $1M bail, awaiting trial for murder.

Linda Clarene Jackson faces one count of murder in connection with the death of 59-year-old David Ruiz, who was found dead Tuesday, June 16, in the 40200 block of 164th Street East.

Jackson allegedly killed Ruiz while he was at her house by bludgeoning him in the head with canned foods, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami. Details about a possible motive for the killing were not released.

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to the area around 1:20 p.m. June 16 regarding a person injured and bleeding, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies found a victim bleeding and unresponsive, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jackson was arrested around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to LASD inmate records.

The felony complaint filed Thursday alleges Jackson used canned food as a deadly and dangerous weapon and that she was convicted in 2005 for making criminal threats, the prosecutor said.

via AV woman charged with murdering boyfriend with canned foods | The Antelope Valley Times.

As usual, we blame the lack of “commonsense gun laws” like the outright bans the “commonsense gun laws” people advocate, and human depravity, but mostly human depravity.

Oh wait, this murder happened in California, where the “commonsense gun bans” are already in effect. Tough luck being dead, Ruiz, but at least you didn’t die of a gunshot wound, and San Franciscans can preen over that. 

Maybe what they really need is a banned on canned foods — especially those deadly #10 assault cans. After all, who needs a can that size?

US Army Land Rovers? Yep, there was such a thing.

1993. Rangers prep their Ranger Special Operations Vehicles for lift by the 160th SOAR.

And then, they haul ’em.

Around this time, Group was developing the GMV, an SF-ified unarmored HMMWV, but we did use COTS Land Rovers in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were considerable advantages to the RSOV over the GMV — it could carry more people and stuff (the HMMWV is very large, but it’s badly designed from a trash-hauling standpoint) and it could fit on the roads and bridges in the real world, not the massive structures HMMWVs require.

Before the RSOVs, they had Chenoweth-built sand rails. Good off-road mobility, but as temperamental as a Lamborghini, and without much on them that was .mil standard (even the fuel, as the .mil went all-GP8).

Of course, it’s hard to beat a Toyota Hilux when you need a low-profile, dependable vehicle. Most US military vehicles are made by companies that do exclusively government contracts, and that therefore have no accountability and no reason to produce a reliable or maintainable product. So most US military vehicles suck.

Funny Land Rover story: the Aussies left their LRs behind for the Afghan military, as cheaper to buy new than to ship these back to Oz. But the Afghan National Army never got them — the various nabobs in the MOD parceled them out to family members and tribesmen, and every single one of over 100 Land Rovers (IIRC) was off the ANA books in under 24 hours.

It was one of our first windows into how dry-rotted with corruption the Hamid Karzai government, and especially the MOD of Fahim Khan, was.

Friday Tour d’Horizon Week 25

We haven’t done one of these in a while, but it’s time to slay a few browser tabs.

We’ll cover the usual subjects: Guns, Usage and Employment, Cops ‘n’ Crims, Unconventional (and current) Warfare, and Lord Love a Duck!

Guns

We really wanted to write more about these gun stories. So many guns, so few fingers….

Colt Might Be Bankrupt, but You Can Always Get a Knockoff.

Here’s something unique: a Colt/Llama/Ruby knock-off “Khyber Pass” pistol. By that most people are referring to a firearm made in the town of Darra Adam Khel in the Pakistan Tribal Territories. The gunsmiths of the Adam Khel tribe are quite gifted and a trip through Darra Adam Khel (not recommended unless you’re under the protection of a strong tribe yourself… even ISI coordinates before they show up) is an eye-opening education in what can be done with hand tools and patience.

We’ve seen Pakistani made Llamas that were clearly factory made, and parts-interchangable with the originals, even to the slide with a vent rib (and a nice bluing job). This one’s kind of a mixmaster, and a beater. Fascinating!

You are checking ForgottenWeapons.com all the time, and his YouTube and Full30 channels, right?

Glock the Guns vs Glock the Company

The guns? Utilitarian and utterly lacking in drama. We like to love our guns, and you can’t really love a Glock, but you can’t really fault it, either. It’s the AK of pistols, it just works, but it’s dull and shows signs of having been styled by a curbstone mason. The company? An endless soap-opera of accusations, threats, lawsuits, criminal cases with overturned-on-appeal felony verdicts, nasty divorces, even an assassination attempt. The latest round of Keeping Up With The Gastonians is a lawsuit described in depth at Guns.com.

Pombert, an Atlanta attorney, filed the complaint in March alleging company owner Gaston Glock Sr., Glock’s attorneys and Cobb County, Georgia, law enforcement officials helped bring about phony racketeering charges against Pombert and his associates. Those charges were dismissed in 2013 following a Georgia Supreme Court ruling regarding the statute of limitations on a similar crime.

Pombert was part of a team hired by Glock Sr., to investigate criminal wrongdoing within the gun-maker following an assassination attempt in 1999. His complaint accuses Glock, three attorneys and a subsidiary company of civil rights violations, malicious prosecution and multiple counts of civil racketeering.

According to the complaint, Harper’s Investigations ceased looking into criminal activity when James Harper, the lead investigator, discovered Mr. Glock intended to continue for his own benefit some of the criminal schemes uncovered by the investigation.

Eh. But the guns, they just work. There is that.

Russia: PL-14 Lebedev Pistol

We thought the excellent Strizh was the new Russian service pistol. But it has some competition.

This pistol, the Lebedev LP-14 is being promoted in the West as the new  Russian Army pistol. However, this video makes clear it’s Kalashnikov Concern’s entry as the new pistol. The newest Kalashnikov rifles, including a bolt sniper, get shown off, too, in this short video. We haven’t had time to listen to the Russian-language audio, so there may be some nuggets there for later.

Meanwhile, Back in the USA

The Army has a new solicitation for its proposed M17 Modular Pistol. Here’s a couple of grafs from the solicitation. We’ll look at it in more depth later.

The Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ), on behalf of Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) anticipates awarding an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) Contract to support the Modular Handgun System (MHS). This Full & Open Competition (F&OC) intends to award 3 IDIQ contracts for Production Verification Testing (PVT) units and then down select to one awardee for production units.

This Draft RFP #2 reflects requirement and source selection updates inclusive of, but not limited to industry feedback. Industry is encouraged to review Draft RFP #2 and provide any additional feedback/questions. Interested vendors are requested to submit written questions regarding the content of the Draft RFP #2 no later than 28 June 2015 5:00 PM EST.

The draft RFP is available to qualified vendors that meet some specific requirements, including:

DD Form 2345 Military Critical Technical Data Agreement, AMSTA AR Form 1350 Technical Data Questionnaire, Non-Disclosure / Non-Use Agreement and an ITAR Registration….

Heck, even we don’t have all of those. But then, we’re not in the business of selling Uncle Sam pistols.

For the rest of the Friday Tour d’Horizon, including Usage and Employment (with more from OTR), Cops n’ Crims, and Unconventional Warfare (including way cool book lists from various pros), click the MO button.

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When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Knives

Phra_Ajan_Jerapunyo-Abbot_of_Watkungtaphao.Buddhist monks? Buddhist freakin’ monks?

Every once in a while you get a reminder that every human sub-group has some degree of crime going on in it, and this crime can usually be expressed fairly accurately by a normal distribution. The most solid fact in criminology, and the most denied, is that these distributions are generally the same shape, but they differ by population group in size, and especially in the location of the respective means and medians.

But, Great Lord Buddha, where is the center of the attempted-murder distribution curve for Buddhist monks? Somewhere way off to the left of the curve for “children of single-crack-ho families,” we’d guess. But it’s not zero… at least, not anymore.

An elderly Buddhist monk was in critical condition after being stabbed by a fellow monk in Oakland Tuesday night, a church elder confirmed to KPIX 5.

Oakland police say the assault happened at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday evening in the 600 block of Douglas Avenue in Oakland.  The 66-year-old man was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.

The small community of monks who live in the Oakland neighborhood say they’re committed to living in peaceful co-existence with one another.

You knew this had to be California, right? But wherever he may be coming from or going to, this dude is a no-go at the Peaceful Co-Existence Station.

There’s no reference in the news story to the murderous monk’s name, or to his being taken into custody, so we can only assume he’s still at large.

Like to hear the APB for that. “One Adam Twelve, suspect is an Asian male, short, wiry, no hair at all, wearing a bloody saffron robe and simple sandals.”

A church elder told KPIX 5’s Devin Fehely that the victim was a Buddhist monk from The Branch of International Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks Center, near the location of the assault.

“He was attacking him with two butcher knives, just chopping him up,” Monk Chundoeun Phin said.

Phin says he heard the attack and rushed downstairs to find one of his fellow monks on top of the 66-year-old leader of their community.

“My reaction was so fast. I pushed him as hard as i could. I must have startled him because he dropped both of the knives.”

Well, it wasn’t a good monk with a gun, but it does seem that the only thing that stopped a bad man with weapons was a good man with empty hands and courage.

Phin says the attacker ran away while he frantically called 911 for help.

“I grabbed a towel and put it on the victim’s head and told him to hold on until the ambulance came.”

via Elderly Buddhist Monk Survives Being ‘Chopped Up’ By Monk Reportedly Wielding Two Butcher Knives « CBS San Francisco.

Note that the quick-reacting monk also provided correct first aid (direct pressure) to the wounded man, apparently his elder or abbot or whatever that rank is among Buddhist religious.  It looks like he will survive to give the LAPD his story.

It will be interesting to see what the murderous monk’s story is. Mental illness? Survey says….