This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to.
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We’re a bit light (and late) this week.
Here’s an Awesome Print
Very well done! If only we had a wall to hang it on (our walls tend to be covered with books, or tools). The amateur that created it writes:
Well here it is. Took a couple hours to make but I think it turned out well. Let me know what the group thinks. Also if you guys want to check out more, hit me on Instagram @av12g
Hmm. Our Spectre was FDE. Other that that, it’s about perfect.
Ian Struggles with an RSC-1917
Ian finally came to grips with the early French semiauto rifle, the only semi widely used in WWI. The RSC-1917 was about 20 years ahead of its time, a baroque gas-operated design that was not only ahead of its time but also ahead of the ammunition consistency of the era. He found that it didn’t quite work.
We note that he’s firing it right-handed (he’s a lefty), probably to avoid the gentle caress of the operating handle on that bolt carrier. Note also the M1-style operating rod below the ejection port; that’s what makes the action move.
Turns out it’s short-stroking. I suspect there is some gunk in the gas system that needs to be cleaned out, and I will be working on that later today. However, I’m quite happy to have this type of problem, and not one of it being overused and liable to damage itself. I’ve got plenty of time to get it working right while I dig up some of its proprietary and extremely scarce clips, anyway.
And, being Ian, he did troubleshoot the ancient thing successfully:
Disassembled rifle; found the front couple inches of the gas piston gummed up with old hardened grease. I had to pry the piston out, and I have little doubt that’s the cause of the problems
He’s got a cleaning job ahead … and then, he’s gotta find some clips if he wants to run it in a 2-gun match.
Frenchmen weren’t stupid… and postwar, they converted these things to repeaters. Just sayin’.
5th Circuit Panel Lets Defense Distributed Injunction Stand
In a procedural ruling on the ongoing Def Dist v US Department of State, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court let a preliminary injunction stand. Contrary to some of the half-assed reporting in the press (Popular Science, we’re lookin’ at you), this was not a ruling on the merits and it is not final or particularly precendential. (There is some better journalism on the ruling out there). Not surprisingly, a national socialist judge found that a bare assertion of “national security” by the State Department negates the 1st and 2nd Amendments; also, not surprisingly, said judge seemed to draw his reasoning and verbiage from the Brady gun-ban group’s amicus brief (which may be why some are freakin out). Yes, it is a profoundly anti-gun ruling but it’s a procedural ruling relative to a temporary injunnction, and it doesn’t change anything (except, perhaps, to stress the importance of removing domestic small arms and technical data appurtenant thereto, from the purview of the would-be UN-subordinates in the State Department).
Blog Ave Atque Vale, I
Some time ago, Mike Vanderboegh of the influential Sipsey Street Irregulars blog passed away. Mike was one of the two bloggers that helped ATF whistleblowers expose wrongdoing at the agency (the other was David Codrea). After Mike lost his last long fight, with cancer, his son continued the blog for a time, but has now closed it down.
Mike reminded everyone that a gun in your hand is a preferable option to a life on your knees…. Keep it legal. Keep it local…. And if the government is going to make of you a criminal, be the best one you can be.
We think we understand why he pulled the plug. Best of luck to him, and may his father rest forever in free soil.
Blog Ave Atque Vale, II
For quite a while, a gun blog we always enjoyed, Alphecca, has been on hiatus. Jeff Soyer, whose take on guns and libertarian politics was always entertaining, has said he plans it back, but we can relate to anyone getting worn down by daily blogging, with other things to do.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work.
Home Invaders become Out-vaders Under Fire
This video illustrates several points. First, three Black Lives Matter activists invade a home in Gwinnett County, GA (metro Atlanta area), working on two stereotypes of Asian businesspeople: (1) they keep lots of cash, and (2) they’re pushovers for violent crime. They kick the door and all three come in holding handguns in the movie-ready position, and spend the next two minutes in a disorganized search for something to steal. At about 2:04, everything changes.
By 2:11 in the video, it’s basically all over. The three first try shooting back, but quickly give it up as a losing proposition and flee in well-deserved terror. One of them (the creep in the dark jacket and the wig), career criminal Antonio Leeks, is dying, outside and off camera; Black Criminal Lives may Matter, but they sure are short (Leeks was 28). By the time the cops were on scene, he was assuming ambient temperature, and no one misses him except the mama that raised him wrong.
The third guy, who comes from inside on the right, passes in front of the firing woman in bug-eyed painic, and flees stage left and out the back door, once again proves the old adage that it is better to be lucky than to be good. He went through at such speed that, when the lady was on the phone to 911, she insisted that there were only two home invaders, the guys that went out the front door.
When the woman comes on the scene, firing, she’s using appalling technique, one-handed, not particularly aiming, but she still won the gunfight, and there are several lessons there. An imperfect defense, aggressively applied — and, not to stereotype too much, but she came on in full Tiger Mother mode — is better than a perfect defense, deferred.
Also, criminals like these expect to use their guns for intimidation. Ask any homicide detective how many times he’s heard something like “I didn’t plan to shoot him,” or “I was only going to rob the guy!” from some crestfallen scumbag whose IQ 70 master plan for a $100-score robbery to buy some weed or oxys turned into life in prison with the stroke of a finger. Criminals are not expecting armed resistance, and, as you can see, it scares the crap out of them.
Consider what would have happened if that had been one criminal coming out against three cops. The criminal would be the one wearing the toe-tag; same when one hadji pops up shooting in front of a stick of our soldiers. These robbers were 3-to-1; they were the aggressors; they were presumably alert; they had every advantage, except mindset. They had the mindset of criminals, bullies. Their world is always shattered by effective resistance.
The good news is that one of these guys, Leeks, bled out in the driveway. (Leeks had leaks. Heh). The bad news is that, despite the other two nogoodniks being more recognizable in this camera than in their drivers’ license pictures, the cops still don’t have their cuffs on the other two skunks.
Finally, the lady did two things in this video that you should never do. She got away with them, but you might not:
- She didn’t have good situational awareness and let a robber get behind her. Only his advanced state of HP saved her; if he had kept a cool head, he could have just shot her from his position in that side corridor, not fled past her and out the back door. You can’t count on getting a coward as a home invader, although the odds run that way.
- She kept shooting from the doorway at the fleeing robbers. Don’t do that. Many cops and prosecutors will interpret this as a change of your status from defender to aggressor, with devastating consequences for your self-defense claim. As this is a legal issue and we are not lawyers (and definitely not your lawyers), we strongly urge you to read The Law of Self-Defense by Andrew Branca and attend one (or more!) of his LOSD seminars. In criminal-hostile, defender-friendly Gwinnett County you might get away with what this woman did; in criminal-cuddly Boston she’d be held without bail on murder charges.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
Finders Not Exactly Keepers
Consider the case of Wilfred Martinez of New York.
Martinez, 48, copped to grand larceny in Manhattan Supreme Court in exchange for six months’ probation.
Sounds like a serious criminal. What’d he do? He…
…snatched $5 million in diamonds from a heap of garbage after dimwitted workers at a Midtown jewelry store accidentally tossed them out….
He admitted that he made the stunning find when he peeked inside three old wooden boxes that had been left on a pile of rubbish outside J. Birnbach Inc.’s office Nov. 24, 2015.
Some workers were helping the company move to a new floor in the Diamond District building on Fifth Avenue near 47 Street and absentmindedly tossed the weathered boxes, authorities said.
Martinez pocketed the pricey stones, including one worth $3.2 million, court papers show.
He sold some of the diamonds to a jeweler in the same building where he found them for $74,000, according to the criminal complaint. He turned over the rest of the stones — including the priciest bauble — to authorities ….
So why is Martinez in trouble, and Birnbach’s isn’t trying to take it out of the hide of their own incompetent workers? Simple. Birnbach’s owners are connected. Martinez is nobody.
Pointing a Gun at Cops is Dumb, II
Yeah, we had this same headline last week, but another guy did it this week, in Charlotte, NC, with predictable first- and second-order results.
First-order result: a Charlotte-Mecklenburg cop shot him dead. Good. And predictable.
Second-order result: Black Criminals Lives Matter organized riots and looting in the city. Also predictable. Like a GEICO ad, “it’s what they do.”
Third-order result: the DOJ sent a crack team to the city. No, not Federal agants to restore order, the notorious “Community Relations Service” to help organize the riots. In retrospect, this too was predictable.
No word on whether the Feds get to keep some of the looted cash, hair weaves, and consumer electronics.
The Charlottesville cops have learned something interesting: 70% of the violent rioters and riot organizers were from out of state, and someone (the DOJ? International ANSWER? The SEIU? All have profited from Black Criminals’ Lives Matter) has been busing them in.
Awww Poor Bwadwey Manning Again
His fans, who call the poor, confused thing Chelsea, are whining again (they have to whine for him, because in the jug no one can hear you whine, except the other cons). Why? Because he’s tried to kill himself, can’t color between the lines of prison life, and is locked up in solitary. Call that con a Waaahmbulance!
Here’s the charge sheet[.pdf]. Basically, they’re going to punish him because his self-centered (as usual) suicide attempt forced a lockdown and Force Cell Move Team activation (the FCMT picks up and moves prisoners who won’t or can’t, in this case because of the suicide attempt, cooperate in their own transfer).
The Perils of Kathleen: You’re Kidding, She’s Still in the News? Edition
Here’s where we chronicle ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun now-former Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane. It’s almost over at long last.
- 21 Sep: The Two Faces of Kane. Brad Bumsted, who has written at book length on the Keystone State’s culture of corruption (everyone thinks his own state’s political elite is the crooked one, which ought to tell us something), writes about Kane.
The state’s chief law enforcement officer was convicted of multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and official oppression. To smear a fellow prosecutor, Kane leaked secret grand jury material that ended up humiliating and embarrassing a third party, Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt Mondesire. She orchestrated a “cloak and dagger” cover-up to obstruct the investigation….
Bumsted thinks her mob lawyers blew it by not putting her on the stand. In retrospect, that seems sensible, but we have the hindsight of knowing that their gamble failed utterly. Bumsted, who sat through the trial, came away convinced that she was guilty of at least some of the charges.
- 21: Sep: A Kane Coatholder Returns. In one of those cases that makes Pennsylvanians think that they do have a uniquely incestuous and corrupt political culture, former Kane Chief of Staff Blake Rutherford will be back as a “Special Advisor” to temporary AG Bruce Beemer. Rutherford will draw no pay from the AG’s office, instead living off his position as a partner in the “connected” Philadelphia law firm, Cozen O’Connor. Rutherford’s connections also include Clinton loyalist Mack McLarty, and this may be a play to land Beemer (and Rutherford) gigs in a future Clinton administration.
One day, Kane will be out of the headlines, and in prison. Roll on sentencing, 24 October.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
There are No Lone Wolves
Andrew McCarthy (the prosecutor who jailed the 1993 WTC bombers), building on work by Patrick Poole, notes that:
the actor initially portrayed as a solo plotter lurking under the government’s radar turns out to be — after not much digging – an already known (sometimes even, notorious) Islamic extremist.
As amply demonstrated by Poole’s reporting, catalogued here by PJ Media, “lone wolves” –virtually every single one — end up having actually had extensive connections to other Islamic extremists, radical mosques, and (on not rare occasions) jihadist training facilities.
The overarching point I have been trying to make is fortified by Pat’s factual reporting. It is this: There are, and can be, no lone wolves.
The very concept is inane, and only stems from a willfully blind aversion to the ideological foundation of jihadist terror: Islamic supremacism.
McCarthy calls the denial of this fact “the deadliest lie.” Do Read The Whole Thing™.
Why Arabs Lose Wars
If “Because they are Arabs,” is too much of a tautology for you, this excellent old (1999) essay by Norvell deAtkine explains just what it is about Arabs that makes them completely third-rate at the Art of War. This is true even when they can be, man for man and, sometimes, small-unit-for-small-unit, born warriors.
Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?
Service / Therapy / Emotional Support Dogs
In a rare veterans’ issue not related to the dismal VA, here’s an interesting study on public awareness of PTSD support dogs (note, study is from an advocacy source, so the story is probably a retyped press release, and the study’s probably bogus, like these things often are).
[S]even in ten employees felt “moderately informed” at best on the differences between service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals. That number includes 23 percent who said they are “not informed at all.”
Personally, we think just about any dog benefits just about any human (ditto horses, if you can afford them), and getting a dog has been a self-prescribed therapy for vets since long before a soldier-hating psychologist coined the term “PTSD” during the Vietnam War in an attempt to brand all veterans as unstable and dangerous.
Personally, we think that “service animals” are service animals, and we’ve yet to see a “therapy” or “emotional support” animal that was anything but some attention-craving Unique and Special Snowflake’s® pet. Vets with actual survivors’ guilt or other psychological stresses related to combat, all of which are lumped into the loosely defined and recklessly diagnosed “PTSD” by the quacks of the mental health industrial complex, tend to be the polar opposite of attention-craving. But what do we know about vets and combat? We never went to Harvard or Yale.
“Gross Mismanagement” in Denver
Well, that’s what we’ve come to expect from the DVA. Mismanagement. (Is “gross mismanagement” mismanagement x 144?. It seems that way). In this case, it’s the more-than-double-the-cost overruns of the already gold plated Denver VAMC in Aurora, CO. And there’s this little detail from ABC:
A report from the department’s internal watchdog also said a former senior VA official, Glenn Haggstrom, knew the project was veering toward huge cost overruns but didn’t tell lawmakers that when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014.
And, as always, there has been no accountability:
Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of veterans affairs, has said that everyone involved in the cost overruns has either retired or was transferred or demoted. No one has been fired or criminally charged.
Hey, a .gov job is an entitlement, and that’s ironclad. Taking care of veterans was a promise, and those come with an expiration date, in Washington.
Not surprisingly, Congress want Haggstrom, VA official Stella Fiotes, and other officials who lied to them investigated for perjury (Denver Post / The Coloradoan), but that’s not going to happen; the DOJ has the corrupt officials’ back.
After the DVA’s profound failure to manage the construction, it has been transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers, which has tried to cut some of the pricey artistic touches (like $8 million extra in ornamental landscaping) but the Corps managers say that contracts committed to by the DVA limit how much they can cut.
VA Stage-Manages Bogus “Reform” Legislation
VA officials, resistant as always to firing the crooks, thieves, patient-abusers and incompetents on their rolls, have thrown their weight behind a a bogus “reform” bill called the “Veterans First Act” which doesn’t actually do anything, but preserves all the protections bad workers have: “Veterans First” actually puts veterans last, behind the bad workers. The VA managers and bad employees want to substitute this toothless bill for a toothsome one that has already passed the House with strong bipartisan majorities. Dan Caldwell of Concerned Veterans of America explains what’s wrong with this Veterans Last Bill at USA Today.
We disagree with Dan, though, and think the real question is this:
Isn’t it time to disband this thing?
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
A Twitter Alternative?
Twitter’s gone round the bend, banning wrongthink — most recently Tennessee Law professor Glenn Reynolds, whom they unbanned later, after applying their point-of-view (in this case, in favor of Black Criminals’ Lives Matter rioters) censorship to his account.
We’ve heard rumblings that gab.ai is a potential alternative that will not have Twitter’s Owellian Trust and Safety Commissariat enforcing modern collegiate-style censorship. Instead, the perpetually offended can censor what they themselves see, and not impose their opinions on others. We signed up, and we’re in for the waiting list:
Although we’re on the list, we don’t think #64,999 is anywhere near the head of the line. And if it’s anywhere near the end, Gab is going to be struggling for a time.