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Dude, Where’s My Gun?

An Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy left an AR like this, in its case with three loaded magazines, on the trunk of a patrol car before driving away. It remains missing. (Source: OCSD)

An Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy left an AR like this, in its case with three loaded magazines, on the trunk of a patrol car before driving away. It remains missing. (Source: OCSD)

In California, where guns are getting closer to being outlawed every time the legislature sits, a police gun that had gone missing turned up, exactly the way cops don’t want it to: in a homicide. And that got the Orange County Register curious: how many other guns are missing from SoCal cop shops? The answer: at least 329.

Southern California police agencies regularly lose track of all manner of firearms, from high-powered rifles and grenade launchers to standard service handguns – weapons that often wind up on the street.An Orange County Register investigation of 134 state and local police agencies from Kern County to the Mexican border found that over the past five years at least 329 firearms were lost by or stolen from law enforcement agencies.Dozens of these weapons wound up in the hands of criminals – and some were involved in crimes. In Northern California, a missing police gun was used in a suspected murder.But the number of guns known to be missing or stolen is almost certainly a fraction of the actual number that have made the jump from police agency to street. Not every department audits its weaponry. If agencies performed such audits, they’d find they were missing more guns

via Police might not know where their guns are, and the law says thats OK – The Orange County Register.

Despite losing a lot of guns, the cop managers say it’s not big deal, because they have a lot of guns; they should get some slack for losing a few.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, following a request by the Register, assembled a team of nearly two dozen employees to track through thousands of files on gun location and gun assignments. The research found that at least 103 L.A. County Sheriff’s Department guns, ranging from service handguns to shotguns, were lost or stolen over the past five years.

Hey, that’s only 20-point-something a year!

A spokesperson said the agency didn’t previously know how many guns were missing, and hadn’t recently conducted a centralized count of its service handguns. The missing weapons are a tiny portion of the department’s 20,000-gun arsenal.

Is it just us, or does that spokesman’s “it’s only 103 out of 20,000” sound kind of like, “Dad, it’d be a good grade if Mrs Throttlebottom graded on a curve,” or what?

But say, while LASD might look like they’re all butterfingers with their guns compared to say, you or us (hey, we had one out of place for two days, and it nearly induced a-fib), they look like the Ayatollah of Inventory Controll-ah compared to the slipshod cop shops in Northern California, a couple of whom lose guns at a rate of fifty-plus a year.

In recent years, police departments in Oakland and San Jose counted their weapons, and each found more than 300 service firearms had vanished over a six-year period, according to a report from Southern California News Group’s sister publications in the San Francisco Bay area.

(The link is to a feature at the San Jose Mercury News). And these departments are the ones that raised their hands and accepted the foul in good grace. Some of them didn’t answer the door when the cops media knocked.

At least 24 agencies contacted over the past three months didn’t respond to requests for data on missing or stolen weapons. And the Long Beach Police Department, one of the bigger agencies in Southern California, said it doesn’t track weapons because its officers provide their own guns.

Gotta love Long Beach: “Not our circus, not our monkeys.” Yeah, that’s how ATF Phoenix Group VII felt until the guns they walked started killing Feds and not just “mere” Mexicans. Although, the comparison isn’t really fair to the policemen: unlike the ATF, they weren’t trying to lose the guns.

There are about 300 million guns in America, and nobody knows how many are owned or controlled by police agencies.

That number is almost certainly low — extremely low. Almost 300 million guns have been made or imported in the last 25 years! But that’s another story.

What is known is that it’s not rare for police and their weapons to go separate ways and that, in general, lost or stolen police guns account for some of the weapons used to commit crimes.

“A significant source of guns in illegal hands, on the black market, come from stolen firearms,” said Ari Freilich, staff attorney with San Francisco’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

“We should be concerned that police – and all individuals that keep deadly weapons – know where their guns are.”

Normally, Halley’s Comet comes around more frequently than a non-risible statement from a functionary of some gun-ban group like the Law Center, but Freilich’s last sentence is completely unobjectionable. He’s right. Of course, the news people seem to think the whole problem is caused by exempting cops from California’s violent-criminal-friendly gun storage laws:

[O]n- and off-duty police officers are allowed to store and carry weapons in ways that would be unlawful for other citizens in California. The theory behind that law is to make sure an officer doesn’t have to unlock a stored gun to use it in an emergency, but in practice it often leads to police guns being stolen.

An officer shouldn’t “have to unlock a stored gun to use it in an emergency,” but neither should any peaceable citizen. But the report, otherwise so good, seems not to have brought forward the key point. The problem of stolen guns leaching into the criminal black market really doesn’t stem from theft of guns held ready for self-defense, it primarily comes from guns stored in homes and cars and then stolen in residential and auto burglaries. Indeed, safe storage laws only go so far; as the old saying goes, “locks keep honest people out,” and a burglary in which burglars make off with a small safe or smash open a large one are distressingly common.

But you’re not helping by leaving them in an unlocked car, a common cop practice.

At least 22 of the stolen guns were retrieved. Authorities in Mexico recovered some guns stolen from U.S. law enforcement, while U.S. police found other weapons in the hands of fleeing felons.

Often, the reports show, officers treated their guns in ways that wouldn’t be legal for most civilians. High-caliber firepower was stowed in backpacks or gym bags and stuffed behind car seats. Handguns were stashed in center consoles or glove boxes. Burglars looking for weapons that on the street can be sold for several hundred to a couple of thousand dollars found them.

Makes our point about the sort of storage the criminals are exploiting, doesn’t it? A number of the thefts they go on to list (do Read The Whole Thing™) were from unlocked vehicles. Lots of shotguns and ARs were lost, including at least two full-auto M16s. Riverside PD lost a 40mm grenade launcher. And then there were these two bozos:

Two deputies, one in San Diego County and one in Orange County, separately left assault rifles worth $1,500 apiece on the trunks of their patrol cars and drove away. The Orange County deputy had put the rifle down to take a call on his cellphone, according to authorities. By the time the deputies realized what they had done, the weapons were gone. The California Highway Patrol found the San Diego rifle. The Orange County rifle remains on the streets.

There was another AR that was left in a locked patrol car — with the windows down. That one was recovered from the home of the drunk that winkled it out of the car. (We suspect that surveillance video came in with that save).

It’s unclear if agencies would welcome regulations requiring regular gun counts, but some police leaders believe the profession could do a better job of keeping track of weapons.

It’s staggering to think any agency wouldn’t do audits. Ask an FFL what happens if he tells his Industry Operations Inspector he’s missing a few firearms, and, incidentally, he last conducted an audit since Christ was a corporal. Or never. (Outcome: the next ATF official he’s talking to will probably be a special agent, not an IOI, and he’s not going to like the way the conversation goes).

Chuck Michel, an attorney who specializes in gun laws, said if police agencies were gun stores, many would go “out of business for the way they keep inventory.”

Amen. Sloppy inventory? Look at what happened to manufacturers CAV Arms and Stag. Again, do Read The Whole Thing™, and the feature on 944 missing NorCal cop guns in the Murky News, and check out the OC Register’s Database of Missing SoCal Cop Guns.

Meet the AH-64D Longboat

No, that wasn’t a typo. A Greek crew took their attack helicopter surfing. (NSFW warning: an obscenity, if you happen to know modern Greek).

The pilots both survived, although their military careers might not. (Russia Today says that the Greek military claimed the aircraft had engine failure. We note that the Apache is a twin-engine helicopter, and even on a hot day has no trouble flying on one engine at sea level.

Below sea level? That’s a problem.

Remember, pilots: you can never beat the World Low Flying Record. You can only tie.

Priorities, Priorities

Prepare for Global Warming

Prepare for Global Warming, gang.

The United States faces many national security challenges. In no particular order, these include:

  1. The unchecked rise of Islamic terrorism;
  2. The failure of the US-sponsored governments in Iraq and Afghanistan;
  3. Rise of the Islamic State;
  4. Rise of Iran, encouraged and funded by a self-destructive American foreign policy establishment;
  5. The fraying of NATO, illustrated by Turkey’s collapse into Islamist dictatorship and the EU’s pursuit of an independent (but oppositional to the US) military strategy;
  6. Failure of diplomacy to unite us with the Russians against the common enemy in Islam;
  7. …leading to, the necessity to marshal resources to counter Russian adventurism;
  8. Chinese seizure of the sovereign territory of US allies in the Pacific, including the Philippines (the one bright spot is the potential for US alliance with Vietnam, of all places);
  9. Chinese and Russian espionage and the complete failure of American leadership to take it seriously;
  10. Damage to US-Israeli relations from an ill-advised clandestine regime change attempt in Israel;
  11. The hollowing out of the military by 15 years of COIN war and numerous botched and cancelled procurement programs.
  12. Degrading of military readiness by pursuit of social engineering at the expense of combat effectiveness.

We could go on, and on, and on, but this list already goes to elebben — and beyond.

You may want to put them in a different order, but the live question today is, which of these crises has the United States national command authority made a priority for Defense?

Ah. It was a trick question. The answer? None of the above. The White House:

Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans.

To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security.

There are several advantages that accrue to them by doing this.

  1. It diverts attention from all the problems above;
  2. It’s great for virtue signaling, and the big one,
  3. It allows them to loot the defense budget even further for non-defense purposes.

There’s a dirty little secret in the “fact” that the United States outspends everybody else on “defense”: a lot of stuff completely unrelated to defense is packed into the budget: handouts for Senator Manchin’s daughter’s company, money for Social Justice Entrepreneurs in the Beltway, fat padding of contracts for union bosses. Ever wonder why a government building takes longer to go up, and costs more, than a Wal-Mart, a factory, or an office block of the same size? Government procurement is packed with a century of embedded handouts.

And now, the Defense tit is offered to the Global Warming industry to suckle.

Meanwhile: sharpen your bayonets, boys, the ammo budget’s being cut again.



Clayton Cramer asks, about something he found on Yahoo News, “Why isn’t this getting more attention?”

Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium.

White House officials say Obama will reject the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” by a Friday veto deadline, after a little over a week of deliberation.

Obama’s aides tried and failed to have the legislation substantially revised….

Why, indeed. 100% of the US Citizens in Congress supported it. (Yes, its passage was unanimous. When was the last time that happened?) It is opposed only by the Saudis, the State Department, and the President.

Could it be a question of priorities?

Bubba’s Molested Mosin

This is better than the usual Bubba job; it’s merely poor conceptually and poorer workmanship, not the usual on-crack conceptually and drunk monkey workmanship.

Yes, that’s damning with faint praise. For crying out loud, look at it:


Bubba is not utterly lacking in self-awareness in this case. He titled both his imgur picture and his Reddit thread, “Ruined Russian Rifle: Shortened ’26 Tula Mosin.”

The Reddit crowd seemed to like it. It may say something about the end of the gun culture this Bubba is coming from that his nick there and on YouTube is “BooliganAirsoft.” He suggested that he was aiming for a “scout rifle,” conceptually.

That was the goal, something cheap, easy to shoot, short, and still with plenty of power behind it. This thing was completed for less than even a garbage blown out round receiver currently costs.

bubba-mosin-marksAssuming he got his ’26 hex receiver back when they were going for $75, that might be true, but… he’s put a couple hundred dollars and a gun that was now worth $300-400 together and produced a parts gun worth maybe $75. That’s not winning.

I’ve been sitting on this ’26 numbers matching Tula Mosin for the last 12 or so years, figured I’d finally ruin it. Had the barrel cut down to 16.5″ and finished with an 11 degree target crown, and threaded with 5/8×24. This was done on a CNC machine by a local friend at a large company who makes sweet gun things that we all know and love. Fitted a cheap two chamber muzzle brake which had “MOLON LABE” on the side, so I blued over that.

Stripped Olga’s shellac off the stock and refinished it with a simple poly coating. Nothing that’ll last forever, but I like how it turned out. Stock was a retrofit, no exciting markings to be found. Drilled and machined out the stock to fit the barrel length and reuse the stock dog collar sling. Cut the upper handguard to fit as well.

Here’s the Bubba job on the nose end of the stock:


It wouldn’t be a Bubba job without a Chinese schloptic (a portmanteau of schlock and optic), and here Bubba does not disappoint:

Aiming this thing is a piece of cake with a Kinetic Concealment reflex sight fitted on a 20mm rail adapter. This rail adapter took a ton of sanding to fit square, but it works and holds solid. Has a drilled anti-walk screw in the front, and it seems solid. I’m shocked the lens hasn’t popped off while firing this yet.


The Kinetic Concealment schloptic is a $50 Chinese imitation of a reflex, same as the ones sold to airsoft kiddies.

But what about that magazine? Well, Bubba wouldn’t be Bubba if it worked. It doesn’t, but that doesn’t dim this Bubba’s pride in his creation:

The 10 round mag is from Howling Raven. It needs a little love to feed properly, and I’m still having issues past 8 rounds, but the company has been great to work with at troubleshooting it.

So, this outfit that makes junk for Bubbas is sympathetic on the phone when Bubba calls with trouble? But they don’t actually fix the problem? Sounds like a match made in heaven!

Another commenter had similar problems with the same company’s Bubbamag for Mosins:

I really wish that HR mag would work. The follower (which is the spring) over tilts and jams like a [censored] on my mosin. On the plus side, their muzzle brake is pretty [censored] nice and cheap. Still have to run it to the range to see how well it works.

To which Airsoft Bubba replied:

I had to drown mine in FrogLube to get it to feed semi consistently. My issues are that past 8 rounds, they start to stack and the rim gets stuck in the body. The lube helps with that, but still, I stick with loading 7 rounds for now. For actual important shooting, I’d still stick with the stock 5 round setup for now.

FrogLube. Naturally. He was out of FireClean.

Finishing off the stock is a rubber pad to give me some extra length of pull (6’2″) and a pouch to hold a few extra rounds and my custom made Trogdor patch from Whiskey Two-Four. It’s called Trogdor because, well, it burninates pretty bad. Daylight fireballs are impressive and you feel like you just opened the oven.

Gee, like any short-barreled Mosin (like the ’38, ’44, and Type 53). What a discovery.

Shooting this is a blast, literally and figuratively. Accuracy is actually improved as the old crown was hot garbage water. I’ve taken it out to 75 yards to pop clay pigeons so far, longer range testing is still in the works, but I’m liking the results so far.

Here’s a video of the shooting:

And here’s a video of the build, if you dare:


Where did the Gitmo Terrorists Go?

Here’s an interactive we found at Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.

Most of these terrorists are believed to have returned to terror activity. Such a return has been documented in over a third of cases.

Interesting to note that two of the Guantanamo terrorists were released into the USA — one Saudi, and one from Tanzania. Good (as in “connected”) lawyers from Covington & Burling or other greedy Terror Bar law firms? Newfound oil wealth by some middle-rank bureaucrat at the DOJ? These guys were our snitches inside? Any guess works, we suppose. The UK got stuck with 15 jihadis, but 9 of them were nominal, at least, Britons; only 6 were foreign jihadis. Why the Brits took them is beyond us.

Fitness: The Army, Doing it Wrong

The biggest key to Army fitness testing, is it has to be something that dumb people with no equipment can measure. Seriously.

The biggest key to Army fitness testing, is it has to be something that dumb people with no equipment can measure. Seriously.

A reader suggested the linked item at Mark “Rip” Rippetoe’s Starting Strength blog. Rip gives a platform to Major Ryan Long, who asks:  Why does the Army want me weak?

Why, indeed? Long had spent the previous two years (his article is from 2010) as a Phys Ed instructor at school: the United States Military Academy, to be precise. And he found some pathologies in Army fitness culture.

I encounter a common theme with the active duty military folks: lifting weights isn’t entirely compatible with military culture and combat-related fitness. I feel compelled to share my thoughts on why Starting Strength is exactly what we need.

The US Army has a strong focus on low-intensity cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness.

Semi-annually soldiers must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) consisting of 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of sit ups, followed by a 2-mile run on a flat road or track.

See Table 1 for passing and maximum performance standards by age and gender. The minimum standards are disappointing while the maximum standards are quite achievable.

Physical training (PT) is usually given only minimal attention and is often the first victim of a busy training schedule.  Additionally, unit commanders are required to regularly brief their combat readiness, one measure of which is APFT performance. As a result, PT becomes APFT-centric and our soldiers rarely improve anything….

This fanciful illustration reflects what the Army really believes, institutionally: that the best runner is the best prepared for combat.

This fanciful illustration reflects what the Army really believes, institutionally: that the best runner is the best prepared for combat.

What the PT Test often yields, in our experience, is a sort of runnerocracy where the fastest 2-miler is the fittest guy, period. (We were once one of those guys with an eleven-something two miler. It seems a century ago. Well, it was in the last century). So in combat it turns out maybe we’ve been training for the wrong thing:

Most combat operations are not done at the limit of a soldier’s low-intensity capacity, because we don’t go out and do a 6-mile dismounted patrol as fast as we can, at least not intentionally. …. Combat is usually conducted at either the very low or very high ends of the spectrum. I strongly believe, through personal experience, that high-intensity training is the key to survivability and performance on the battle field

But even the mismeasure of fitness that comes from the PT Test, and the mistraining that results, isn’t the whole problem. You’re about to meet the weird Army weight control system that punishes soldiers for extra muscle:

But if a Soldier buys in to the above – lifts heavy weights and eats to support that recovery – there is an additional hurdle: the Army “Tape Test.” The US Army uses height and weight to screen for obesity, similar to the body mass index or BMI assessment.

In fact, the Army height/weight table is keyed to the rigid BMI standards. You’re overweight at BMI 25, and the Army only lets the fit off the hook with a bizarre tape test, one that is designed not for accuracy but for (1) not requiring any expensive equipment and (2) capable of being executed by a first sergeant, operations sergeant, or sergeant major with an IQ of 75. (Why we have any NCOs with an IQ of 75 is a question for another time).

At my considerable height of 5’4” I am only allowed to weigh up to 158 pounds, and yes, I get taped. Fortunately the only punishment for exceeding this 90s-small weight is a body fat analysis done by measuring the Soldier’s neck and abdominal circumference (and hips also in the case of women). These measurements, along with height, are used to approximate body composition. As long as body composition remains below the maximum body fat percentage (20% men and 30% women ages 17-20) then the Soldier is free to weigh in excess of the weight threshold. Too many Soldiers see the act of being taped as a personal failure and strive to avoid it.

And the Army’s answer to a soldier who is over, fit or not — run more, do more cardio, get a runner’s build.

height weight screening

Think about professional athletes. Who would not be over on BMI? The scale doesn’t cover heavyweight boxers, but the world cruiserweight champion, Russian Denis Lebedev, is overweight, says the Army. About half of American football players are over. It doesn’t cover NBA centers, but if you extrapolate, Shaquille O’Neal would be way over at 7’1″ and 325. To find a champion who isn’t “Army fat,” you have to go to cycling (Lance Armstrong, 5’10” and 165) or straight to running (Usain Bolt, 6’5″ and 207). On the other hand, female pro athletes often come in below the Army standard. (Example: Elena Delle Donne, WNBA MVP, is 6’5″ and 187, but she’s built like a lean man).

Running is a good measure of one thing -- running. The only way to prepare for long walks with a ruck, is long walks with a ruck, but strength training is better prep for that than running is.

Running is a good measure of one thing — running. The only way to prepare for long walks with a ruck, is long walks with a ruck, but strength training is better prep for that than running is. Meanwhile, running Army brass wants a return to the prewar “running culture.”

So here comes a story declaring that the Army is way fat and out of shape based on, of course, the percent of soldiers whose computerized health records screened as eligible to be taped (about 8%, presumably including MAJ Long, if he hasn’t joined us in the Elysian Fields of retirement yet).

The story is in Military Times and is written by one Andrew Tilghman. A few words about Tilghman, who sells himself (on LinkedIn) as a “storyteller”  (in a profile that seems aimed at getting him PR moonlighting work for Beltway Bandits) and someone who has “10+ years’ experience with military and defense-related issues.” Where did he get all this experience? For example, “[w]orking from the Pentagon pressroom for the past five years…”

Oooooh. Can we touch him? (No. Don’t touch. Don’t even point). When MAJ Long was going through Ranger School, Tilghman was going through Columbia Journalism School. So he’s a sucker for whatever Someone in the Pentagon tells him, and here’s what they tell him:

About 7.8 percent of the military — roughly one in every 13 troops — is clinically overweight, defined by a body mass-index greater than 25. This rate has crept upward since 2001, when it was just 1.6 percent, or one in 60, according to Defense Department data obtained by Military Times. And it’s highest among women, blacks, Hispanics and older service members.

“Defense Department data obtained by Military Times,” is Tilghman’s self-important way of saying, “a Press Release handout I picked up from the boxes in the Pentagon press room,” because that’s exactly what he has got.

From that data point, he twists the data to clickbait extremes:

  • Today’s military is fatter than ever.
  • For the first time in years, the Pentagon has disclosed data indicating the number of troops its deems overweight

Well, none of your reporter Johnnies asked, did you?

  • raising big questions about the health, fitness and readiness of today’s force.
  • others say obesity can be a life-and-death issue on the battlefield.

And the answer is always available from the running acolytes, in this case the current Sergeant Major of the Army (and not the worst; that would have been the couple of ’em that went to prison):

“If I have to climb up to the top of a mountain in Nuristan, in Afghanistan, and if I have someone who is classified as clinically obese, they are potentially going to be a liability for me on that patrol,” said Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the military’s top noncommissioned officer and the senior enlisted adviser to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Troxell said today’s force is combat ready, but he believes the obesity trends are troubling, and demand careful consideration from senior leaders. “I don’t think it’s a clear readiness concern right now.  But I think it’s something that needs our attention. And we really have to look across our services at what we’re doing every morning or every day to prepare the men and women for what could be the worst day of their life,” Troxell said in a recent interview.

Translation: we runners think everybody should run more.

Would you rather be wounded and dependent on a drag to safety by running SMA Troxell, or iron-pumping MAJ Long? What Troxell and the rest of the Army overhead don’t want to admit is that the original impetus and lasting enforcement of the Army height and weight standards gives a pseudoscientific gloss to what commanders really want, which is a way to get fat troops to slim down so the units don’t look bad. That’s all.

Does anyone remember when the Army first imposed height-weight standards, and why? We do. In the 1970s, Soviet officers were invited to observe NATO exercises in Germany. One of the Soviet senior generals, a man of no mean wit, observed to his counterpart, “Bathrobe” Bernard Rogers, then SACEUR (one of the lean, gangly running guys), that “In our army, all the generals are fat, but the sergeants are skinny. In your army, all the generals are skinny, but all the sergeants are fat!” Rogers was white with fury at the Russian’s joke, and soon we had height-weight tables and tape tests.

Like many well-credentialed but poorly-educated journalists, Tilghman also confuses the linguistic concept of gender with the biological concept of sex, but that’s the least of his sins. After a brief aside in which Pentagon health officials try to teach him some of the ways in which this data — computer derived from health records by simply applying the BMI calculation to reported height and weight — isn’t the clarion of Armageddon he wants it to be, he goes back to the quotable Troxell:

In the 90s we were a running culture. If you weren’t running, you weren’t training. And we were doing a lot of foot marching and things like that. As 9/11 happened and we started doing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the operational tempo rose for service members, I think more and more we started slowing down. We started doing more walking. Obviously in the Army and Marines, we started doing more walking with heavy loads, and moving over rough and uneven terrain, which in itself was developing muscles that we weren’t developing before. So now we were going from looking like runners to these block-y looking football players.

He says that like it’s a bad thing. And Troxell blames the new generation:

The men and women that are coming in today weren’t doing the things as they were growing up that I was doing when I was growing up, such as playing outside until dark, racing with my friends from one crack in the cement to another crack in the cement. More and more, young men and women are attracted to things that happen indoors and allow them be on a couch, like playing video games. Men and women are growing up differently. There is less physical activities and more mental activities.

Let’s see what (the fitness site created by steroidal cycling champ Lance Armstrong) says about BMI:

Kinesiology professor Sue Beckham, PhD of the University of Texas at Arlington, asserts that BMI is not useful in assessing athletic muscular individuals and is not a good indicator of changes in body composition. A 2007 study of male and female college athletes published in “Medicine and Science in Sports and Medicine” concluded that BMI incorrectly classifies athletes with normal body fat as overweight and that separate standards should be established for athletic populations.

Livestrong suggests that the better measure is Body Composition, which is Total Body Mass minus Fat Free Mass, but would require more high-tech measurement techniques (and possibly, smarter first sergeants and sergeant majors, a non-starter).

The CDC says more bluntly:

A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used as a screening tool but is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.

So why does the Army use it? Because it can enable the Tilghmans of the world to write clickbait articles? Or, for the same reason the drunk looks for the keys under the streetlight instead of in the dark alley where he lost ’em?

Hey, you can read Tilghman at Military Times. Or you can read The Duffle Blog about the APFT. The result is the same. But one writer is aware he’s having you on. And if you’re going to read one link from this long story, go to Major Ryan Long’s article at Starting Strength and Read The Whole Thing™.


Before Joining the Jihad, a Gap Year

It's not like all the slaves will be used up before I get there!

It’s not like all the slaves will be used up before I get there!

This is probably the best satire we’ve read all week. We found it here, via a post on If you’re not familiar with the concept of a Gap Year, it is a very First World Problems sort of thing in which yout’s from privileged (uh, meaning, wealthy) backgrounds spend a year bumming around touristy places, periodically putting the touch on Mater and Pater for the cash the whole enterprise runs on, between the Prep School snob factory and the Ivy League snob warehouse.

People might look at my desire to take a gap year as a sign I’m not fully dedicated to jihad. But it’s quite the contrary. I just want to be prepared to take on all of the things I’ll be learning. When I sit down to learn to field-strip my AK-47, I don’t want to be daydreaming of what it’d be like to walk along the White Cliffs of Dover. I want to know what it’s like firsthand.

Do I want to establish Allah’s kingdom on Earth? Of course I do. But I can’t think of a better way to prepare to destroy every country in the European Union than to travel through them with nothing but a change of clothes and a few Kerouac novels in my backpack. Being able to take in the collection at the Louvre with my own eyes will not only be a mind-opening experience; but it will also help me prepare for the work I’ll be doing with ISIS destroying priceless works of art around the world.

ISIS is a demanding environment, and once you start there’s no vacation.

By the time I don my first balaclava to make my first beheading video, I want to be sure all my wanderlust is out of my system. I want my feet to be callused by weeks on the Appalachian Trail. I want the sights, sounds, and smells of the back alleys of Laos to be fresh in my memory. I see all of these young kids leaving high school early so they can join ISIS, and I’ve got to wonder if they don’t end up regretting joining before having a chance to get out in the world. That’s not me. I want to spread my wings and fly before I start my lifelong commitment to the destruction of infidels.

It’s not that I don’t care about impaling the heads of every Western leader on a flagpole flying the black flag of ISIS. It’s that I want to have lived my best life when I finally do.

That’s only an excerpt; you owe it to yourself to Read The Whole Thing™. And don’t just rush off to join the Jihad without taking some “me time,” first, okay? All beheading and no play makes Jamal a dull boy.

US Moves towards Exterminating Endangered Tigers

Sorry about that, big guy. It’s for your own good. You won’t feel a thing.

No, we’re not talking about the wild population of an estimated 3-4,000 Bengal and Siberian tigers, total. We’re talking about the world’s largest population of tigers: the 5-10,000 animals privately held captive in the United States.

The US Department of Agrictulture means to stamp out the trade in tigers, by requiring expensive may-issue permits from US Fish and Wildlife Services (hey, that’s the same outfit that has so badly bungled ivory regulation, isn’t it?) and, the inevitable precursor of confiscation, registration — under the Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration program.

Presently, six states do not regulate tiger possession, eleven more require permits, and thirteen more may allow them with permits, leaving just twenty with an outright ban, the direction that USDA wants to head to.

Karin Brulliard, a splendidly-credentialed but wretchedly educated writer at the Washington Post, sees this as peachy, but then, she, like the USDA, consulted only with the USG and their supporters in what she euphemistically calls “animal welfare groups” in preparing her article.  Her sources are the extreme Humane Society of the US (these are the guys who advertise animal shelters on TV to get crazy old cat grannies and naive urbanite Karen Brulliards to subscribe, but take the small percentage of that money that does not buy their fundraisers Bentleys, and use it to try to stamp out hunting and animal farming) and the World Wildlife Fund (the nonprofit as racket, on a global scale).

In the mixed-up, tossed-up, never-come-down ideology of the animal-rights extremists, exterminating 10,000 privately held tigers will somehow cause the lawless Chinese demand for tiger products to collapse, preserving the tenuous wild population. It’s one more sign that no one along the Acela Corridor ratline of liberal-arts majors really “gets” economics, but Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe (himself a sympathizer with the extremists and their jejune argument) insists that eliminating the domestic tiger population “will be a positive driver for tiger conservation.”

Sure, that’s always worked like that: restrict supply, and demand collapses.

When regulation doesn’t magically produce this illogical end, they’ll call for outright bans. (In fact, some people are already calling for that. This undated (but old) page by a big-cat rights group equates the cats to humans, calls for regulations like the ones currently proposed, but only and an interim measure, preparatory to an outright ban; and admits, “The only alternative is euthanasia.”

Yeah, we’re going to take things away for you, for your own good. And kill 10,000 cats, for their own good.

Despite both its illogical premise and its historical record, the easy, childish ban impulse gets tried over and over. A few examples from history: Chicago, Baltimore and Washington DC do everything they can to ban the lawful acquisition and carry of handguns, which has eliminated homicide there. Almost! And under the Volstead Act, the US banned the supply of intoxicating liquors, eliminating the accidents, misconduct and general degeneracy associated with the abuse of alcohol. Well, that was the plan, anyway, and please don’t disrupt their theory with your data, the science is settled.

But hey, it’ll work this time.

And they’ll have no trouble convincing themselves, it was all in the best interest of the dead tigers. Pity about the extinction.

Ted Bundy’s Pistol?

Somebody owns this, and takes pride in the ownership of Ted Bundy’s former boot gun. And it can be yours, instead: for a price.

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The GunBroker ad is headlined:


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That certainly endears it to you, no?

The pistol is, to be blunt, a piece of crap: a Rossi .22 caliber cap-and-ball double-barrel pistol, with dual hammers and dual triggers. These used to be sold widely (and may still be, for all we know) as essentially unregulated toys in most states.ted bundys rossi pistol 7 (Some states, like Massachusetts and New Jersey, regulate antique and replica guns as stringently as real, modern, practical guns). The seller says (although he said it in ALL UPPER CASE, we’ll spare you the shouting, and his erratic punctuation, too):

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Theodore Robert “Ted” Bundy’s Boot Gun. Yes, Ted Bundy, serial killer of at least 36 murders and experts say closer to 100…. Firearm is a Rossi 22 black powder cap and ball. Comes with holster and letter of authenticity of how a special operations officer Grover Ayers, Jr with the Ft. Walton Beach Sheriffs Office acquired the firearm. Truly one of a kind. There is only one.

ted bundys rossi pistol 2Bundy was a nasty piece of work, “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet” in his own words, so nasty that being a serial killer of young women wasn’t the most rebarbative of his behaviors. He would stash his kills and return to them, to commit bizarre necrophiliac rituals.

Worse, he attended law school (although he did do society a solid and drop out to focus on rape and murder instead).

Unlike most serial killers, Bundy seems to have been eager to alter his MO in order to conceal his misdeeds. Most of what we know about his murders comes from forensic evidence. There is a great deal of information from Bundy’s own statements, confessions and boasts, but Bundy was the archetype of the unreliable narrator. Still, his preferred methods of homicide appear to have been strangling or bludgeoning with bare hands or improvised weapons such as a crowbar, and he is not believed to have ever used a gun in a killing. He was not carrying a gun in any of his many arrests. (As well as being released for lack of evidence, he escaped from prison at least twice).

This is the cop who supposedly seized the weapon.

This is the cop who supposedly seized the weapon.

This peculiar little gun may be of interest to a crime museum, or to a Bundy groupie.

Bundy groupies? Yes, they’re a thing. One of them, Carol Ann Brown, so reveled in her fandom that she corresponded with and ultimately married the creep, having his kid by conjugal visit before he went to Old Sparky. As sick as it sounds, almost every serial killer has women who write him in prison and fall in love with him.

But is that as sick as a society that lets a Ted Bundy procreate in the first place?


Apparently the groupie thing is well-documented, as well as commonly obeserved. (“Chicks dig jerks,” and who’s a bigger jerk that a serial killer, rapist, and necrophiliac?) It even is a named disorder: hybristophilia. Bundy’s fan mail peaked at 200 letters a day.

Bubba Improves a Nazi-Occupation CZ 27

This isn’t just any Nazi pistol. It’s an SS pistol! How can we tell? Because Bubba stamped SS right on it, to go with the story he made up. Now it’s for sale. (We’re not implying the seller is the Bubba who faked the gun. He, too, may well be a victim).

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The pistol, apart from the SS stamp, is a garden variety CZ 27, a small police and general purpose pistol made in CZ’s Strakonice plant from 1927 to approximately 1949 (there may be one stamped 1950, but we haven’t seen it).

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The vast majority of all Cz 27s were produced during the Occupation. The Germans called it the Pistole Modell 27 and used hundreds of thousands of them. They were stamped with Nazi Waffenamt military acceptance marks on the frame…

WAA 76 is a Nazi mark for Böhmische Waffenfabrik aka CZ.

WaA 76 is a standard Nazi mark for Böhmische Waffenfabrik aka CZ.

…as well as on the parts….

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This not quite legible, and we’re no experts on Nazi markings. It lacks the plant ID code of a Waffenamt. It looks like a Wehrmacht eagle, and could simply be another fake stamp.

These stamps are available online, for the wannabe Nazi with the urge to redecorate his firearm.

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Unlike pre- and postwar guns, most Ocupation CZ 27s don’t have ordinary Prague proofs, although early CZ 27s that were taken over by the Nazis might have both civil Prague proofs and even Czechoslovak police markings, and Nazi acceptance marks of some kind, and a few police pistols have the Prague lion and a 42 or 43 date.

Technically, when this gun was built, the factory wasn’t CZ any more, but “Böhmische Waffenfabrik AG in Prag” (a German translation of the old CZ name, which vz. 24 and CZ 27 pistols used as a slide-top marking), and in organizational terms part of the Hermann-Göring Werke that seems to have been a holding company for looted Eastern European businesses. Like their counterparts today, the movers and shakers of National Socialism did well.

One interesting variant of the CZ 27 that was made during the Occupation was equipped with a special barrel that was made for a suppressor. Many thousands of these were made towards the end of the war, although no one has truly documented why or for whom within the black chambers of the National Socialist state.

After the war, more CZ 27s were made, in response to an urgent need of the Czechoslovak police for serviceable firearms. Existing occupation firearms were also used, sometimes with the Nazi markings defaced or ground off. By 1950, a modern double-action 7.65 mm pistol was in production for the police and the SNB.