This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to. It’s gun-light this week.
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We lead with some Glock-heavy stories this week.
Wilson Combat Glock Barrels — an Appreciation
We’re not getting 100% of the accuracy potential out of our pistols. But some people are, and where do they go from there?
Kyle DeFoor, who has since reverted to shooting Glocks with stock factory barrels, highly recommends Wilson’s custom barrels (the kind that must be hand-fitted). Quoth KD:
To date the Wilson Combat hand fitted barrel is the most accurate I’ve seen for Glocks (yes, I’ve tried all currently out there). This is mine for my 17 I’ve had for 7 years. I’ve installed a number of them on the range for students, not hard once you get the hang of it and hand fitted will always outperform drop in if you know what you’re doing.
How good is it? It’ll damn near cut your group in half at 25 yds. Pair it with match ammo and it will get even tighter. Know that it will not help you with accuracy if you don’t have solid fundamentals down already, but it will absolutely benefit those that are there and should be considered for anyone who needs an added edge in competition or work. Additionally it’ll eat any kind of shit ammo you cycle into it in my experience.
So, if the Wilson’s so great, why did he go back to factory stock barrels?
So why don’t I use one anymore? Simply to show students what’s possible with bone stock issued Glocks and a solid grasp of shooting skills.
Fair enough. And yes, Wilson makes them in threaded. (And no, Kyle doesn’t have some deal with them, and neither do we). The Wilson barrels have conventional broached rifling, not the polygonal rifling hammer-forged into the Glock. Wilson believes that the stock rifling is prone to pressure spikes.
Experience: Glocks in a Special Mission Unit
A funny thing happened when most of the shooters in a special missions unit previously in love with the M1911 transitioned to .40 caliber Glocks. All appreciate the Glock’s reliability, durability and reduced downtime, and most of them shot better — except for the very best shots. They found that tighter overall groups have been challenged by random flyers.
The problem is, apparently, that the Glock generally shoots a really tight group, but will occasionally throw a random flyer that can’t be explained or tuned out of the guns (or, perhaps, ammunition). This happens every ten shots or so. There’s been a lot of talk about it, but nobody (including Glock) has a cause, let alone a solution, and not everyone believes that there’s a problem. (Wilson’s pressure-spike theory may fit here). The guys that are consistently shooting 9 out of 10 rounds into a 2″ circle and occasionally shooting 1 out of 10 into a 6″ circle don’t think it’s them.
These guys have some missions where inches really count. And so far they’re sticking with the Glock, because the pros outweigh the cons (in logistics, too, everything is a trade-off).
Maybe they need their armorers to fit some Wilson barrels?
SF Gives Up on Joint Service Pistol, buys Glocks
Meanwhile, “White” SF has bought a bunch of Glock 19s with MFP-11 special operations money. Why? Because they got tired of the delays and incompetence in Big Green’s (and the Joint blob’s) new service pistol program, and the options were to fight Big Green for new M9s to replace shot-out guns (the Army’s definition of “serviceable” is pretty loose), or just throw the SOF credit card down on the table. Think of it as an end-user vote of no confidence in the joint service pistol program.
Ironically, the new Glock 17M that’s been in the news lately seems to be responsive to the Joint Service Pistol requirements (notably, increased ambidexterity and deletion or finger grooves).
Insider consensus seems to be that the project has done nothing but waste scores of millions of dollars, and they doubt that it will produce anything except promotions for the clowns that have mismanaged it.
No word on whether the credit card gives double points.
Smith & Wesson: What’s M2.0?
Soldier Systems Daily found an interesting trademark filing from the Massachusetts firm: “M2.0” with rather vague terms about what it might apply to.
Next generation of the M&P striker fired pistols? That’s one guess. What’s yours?
Could New Jersey go Shall-Issue?
The possibility arises with a conditional veto by Governor Chris Christie of language intended to firmly codify the legally shaky de facto “no-issue” policy which stands on a “justifiable need” standard. The NJ standard (and most jurisdiction’s, when they use this term) is modeled on the old “literacy test” of Jim Crow voting laws — whether you passed or not was a question, as the saying goes, “of men, not of laws.” In other words, if you can’t ever threaten a cop’s career with a loud and rude, “Do you know who I am?!?” then, you can’t possibly have a justifiable need; and if you’re “connected” (in one or the other meanings of the word — it is New Jersey, after all) you can’t possibly not have such a justifiable need.
Don’t get too worked up about this. The NJ legislature might still override Christie’s veto. It still marks a remarkable change of heart for a man whose career began with enthusiasm for banning guns. All a politician needs to come to Jesus, perhaps, is a political near-death experience. Or perhaps his thinking has evolved along with many legal scholars’ over the last several decades. In any event, friends and allies are where you find them.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work.
Deconstructing Terrorist Bombings
Greg Ellifritz has been on a roll lately, and he examines recent terrorist bombings in Thailand (targeting tourists, you may not have heard of these) and Canada (the self-radicalized and self-detonated splodydope who was in the news). There’s a lot of meat in the article, but here’s a few bullet points that struck (no pun intended) us.
- Thai police knew about the plot, but kept mum to prevent panic. Pretty normal cop behavior, he notes.
- The Canadian jihadi planned a small arms and bomb attack on people stuck in rush-hour traffic.
- Terrorists in the USA have preferred guns to bombs, mostly; Greg thinks that’s just availability, and any gun restrictions may simply tip the terror balance in the direction of using more bombs.
- He calls them “ISIS-inspired” bombings, but if it wasn’t ISIS/ISIL, it’d be some other mohammedan act of worship.
There’s a lot more going on, but we can’t put everything in every week!
Wedged in Late: Cops Shoot Homeowner
Tam has the story from her own little slice of Indian Territory. Basically, attempted carjacking leads homeowner to (1) call cops (2) gun up and (3) pursue suspect. Can you guess what happens next?
Read The Whole Thing™, especially the Lessons Learned. Surely the parenthetical note in LL #2 is not aimed at Your Humble Blogger. At Ian, maybe.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
“Stand down, Let them Beat the Trump Ralliers.”
The Minneapolis Police Department is denying that’s what they ordered, but there’s one problem with their denials: that’s what they actually were seen to have done. Minneapolis cops turned their backs while Black Criminals’ Lives Matter rioters assaulted people leaving a rally. The cops, perhaps through their union, had coordinated with paid protesters and only intervened when someone was actually being injured.
Tellingly, in those cases, all they did was tell the rioters to stop — and they did.
Lots and Lots of Cop-Involved Shootings
It’s a shooting gallery out there. Too many to list (going both ways, unfortunately). We may have something on that this week.
Now THIS is a War on Drugs
In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is waging war on drugs — complete with a drug dealer body count. This has the American media, for most of whom “drug user” calls up warm undergraduate memories, up in arms. Time Magazine (that’s still around?) calls it The Killing Time, and complains that, “the real threat to the Philippines is not drugs but the President himself.” (They do use the dishonest writer’s “some say” dodge to slip in this personal opinion). The Washington Post made its pro-drug poster child (literally) a kid killed by vigilantes who were whacking a dealer who’d just been through the revolving door. Reuters complains that about 36 people, mostly drug dealers, are getting whacked every day, 1,900 so far (Reuters is rounding up from 1,850; American newspapers are already inflating it to 2,000). Of these, 750 have been shot by cops, and the rest are under investigation. But you have to go nine paragraphs deep in the Reuters report to discover that 700,000 other drug dealers and users have turned themselves in, and that, with all these criminals off the street, all crimes apart from the drug-vigilantism related homicides are down.
Maybe Ryan Lochte Told the Truth?
If you don’t know who the hell that is, we wish we could trade skulls with you. For the contingent from Rio (Linda), Lochte is some kind of Olympic champion swimmer whose post-Olympic career of endorsements and appearances imploded because he supposedly lied about some drunken hijinks in Rio (de Janiero). But Lochte just may have told the truth, consistent with his level of inebriation, and the Brazilian cops may have lied.
See this article by Derek Hunter at the conservative site TownHall.com, or this one by David Meeks and Taylor Barnes at the liberal USA Today. Meeks and Barnes in particular have a well-reported story (Hunter seems to riff off their work), and it doesn’t match the headlines at all.
The Perils of Kathleen: Thought This was Over Edition
Here’s where we chronicle ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun now-former Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane. Last week we reported on her conviction and said, “we expect this to be our last regular update on Kane.” We misjudged her penchant for headline production.
- 25 Aug: The Porngate Report Will Not Be Released — at least, not for now. The report on which users of PA state court and justice information systems had exchanged off-color emails was created by Kane as part of her defense.
- 24 Aug: Law Prof: Professional Exile will Follow Prison Time for Kane. From his pen to the judge’s ears. He expects she will get a short stint in the state pen; while her conduct has earned her 28 years, no lawyer — and judges are lawyers first — would sentence another lawyer to that. Those sentences are for the muggles.
- 24 Aug: From the same Forbes article we learned that She Was Rated “Nation’s Worst AG” in 2015, not just because of these charges but also for retaliation against honest subordinates, and crony contracts that stank of corruption[.pdf]. The non-profit that rated her “worst” points out that they had determined her position prior to her indictment; that was just icing on the cake.
- 20 Aug: A retrospective on The rise and fall of Kathleen Kane in The Allentown Morning Call covers the basic history of her ascent to the job and the scandal that unseated her, and answers the question of why the media never vetted her: she was a Democrat, and therefore on “their team.”
- The key graf in the 20 Aug story is probably this one, tagged on at the very end:
Kane’s legal problems won’t end with her sentencing. A Pennsylvania House of Representatives subcommittee is continuing its impeachment inquiry. The state Ethics Commission is investigating her behavior. And in divorce court, she and her estranged husband are squabbling over more than $1 million from a depleted bank account.
Kane was wealthy, before she squandered her fortune (and perhaps as much as a million of Pennsylvania taxpayers’ money) on her quixotic legal defense, but the money was always her husband’s, a man of no visible talent who inherited a trucking company, Kane is Able.
Kane’s destruction of the family fortune falls into line with her destruction of the Attorney General’s office — and her own political and legal career.
The Cop was a Gun Crim UPDATE
Last week in this space, we mentioned Officer Thomas Abrahamsen of the San Francisco PD, charged with building an illegal AR-15.
Turns out, it wasn’t building the gun alone that did him, it’s that he did it in .50 Beowulf, a caliber specifically banned in the criminal-friendly, gun-owner-hostile, state. Needless to day, the guy behind the ban was the anti-gun, and pro-criminal (perhaps because he’s had several photo finishes with the FBI himself: 2013, 2014, 2015) Kevin de Leon, whose name also seemed to come up a lot in the Leland Yee (now in prison) and Ronald Calderon (ditto) cases (De Leon took a $5k bribe from the same bribe-payer — an undercover FBI agent — that slipped Calderon $88k). Naturally Yee and Calderon, convicted criminals, shared De Leon’s anti-gun policy position.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
The Horse Soldier, in a previous New York location.
We had the story back in 2012 when they moved the America’s Response statue (informally called De Oppresso Liber or The Horse Soldier) to New York City, but on 13 Sep 16 it’s going to be rededicated in its permanent setting.
A number of SF VIPs and luminaries are expected to be at the rededication. Former clerk-typist and legend in his own mind Rudi Gresham is not among them.
Air Force Caught Cooking A-10 Books
Shocked, we’re sure. The GAO has reported, in careful, lawyerly Washingtonian terms, that the USAF’s decision to scrap the A-10 was taken a priori, without a thought as to what requirements the A-10 and its dedicated community of CAS (and CSAR, and several other missions) pilots currently fulfill, let alone as to how the Air Force is going to fulfill them with a handful of F-35 hangar queens that also have to replace a much larger F-15 and F-16 fleet.
While A-10 pilots are recognized as the Air Force experts in providing close air support (CAS) to friendly forces, the A-10 and its pilots also perform other missions that are important to ongoing operations or to combatant commander operational plans and divestment will result in reduced capacity and capability in these other areas.
As you might expect, in a military problem, it’s a leadership problem; the USAF is rotting from the head.
[T]he department does not have guidance to ensure that the services and DOD are collecting quality information to inform divestment decisions on major weapon systems before the end of their service lives. Without quality information that fully identifies gaps and associated risks resulting from divestment that can be used to develop mitigation strategies, DOD and the Air Force may not be well-positioned to best balance current demands and future needs.
The Air Force has identified no replacement for the A-10 in CSAR missions. The A-10 replaced the A-1D and A-E Skyraider as “Sandy” CSAR cover aircraft; with its high minimum speed and almost nonexistent loiter time, the F-35 has no real prospect of performing this mission, suggesting that the Air Force is so willing to unload the A-10 — principally to free up money for the F-35 — that they’re willing to jettison the idea of rescuing downed pilots in future conflicts.
Full GAO .pdf: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679205.pdf
Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?
Guess Which One they Fired
In Los Angeles, VA van driver Anthony Salazar reported to his supervisor, motor pool chief Robert Benkeser, that someone was abusing DVA credit cards for personal purchases — and, more seriously, that 30 of the 88 vehicles that were in the motor pool on paper, were not physically present.
You know where this is going: manager Benkeser, a $141k a year (not counting bonuses and benefits) VA bosses’ insider, and the individual who probably profited from the missing cars, got a toothless “letter of counseling,” and Salazar got the sack.
The Office of Special Counsel (note .pdf) filed an amicus brief in support of Salazar’s appeal, but at present Benkeser is still cashing checks, and Salazar still isn’t. The Merit Systems Protection Board, in an apparent attempt to suppress whistleblowing, has ruled that whistleblowers have an extra evidentiary burden relative to mere litigants.
It really hurt Salazar to lose his job — the VA was paying him $70k as a driver/supervisor. He’s not going to get that from anyone else. One more data point for the dysfunction and incompetence in VA management.
Is it time to disband this thing, yet?
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
It Takes Lots of Schooling to Get this Stupid
Penn coat of arms. The fish stands for the parents who send their sons and daughters to this place, and pay scores of thousands annually to do so.
The University of Pennsylvania is not the admit-nearly-anybody state party school that most “University of [State Name]s” are (that would be Penn State, home to the Jerry Sandusky of climate science and the real Jerry Sandusky, both). University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League snob school, and you know what that means: really nutty professors. The latest crusade from Penn: we must liberate zoo animals from the crushing tyranny of being one of two sexes.
Save the gay crossdressing alpacas, apparently.
This Death To Biology™ study, paywalled at some obscure pseudoscience (social psychology) journal, is credited to a critter named Betsie Garner (well, we can’t very well call it a “woman,” can we, in the light of its research interests?), and a carbon-based life form named David Grazian (same objection, except what it isn’t is a “man.”)
As is usual in the pseudosciences, the entire paper stands on a very high coil of steaming theory, with relatively few data points to support the professors’ crusade. How few? We didn’t believe it, on first read of the abstract.
We draw on public observations conducted in a zoo to identify three instances…
Public observations? Yes, if you take your kids to the Philly zoo, these perv profs may be scoping them out. Hmmm…. maybe it’s not Penn State that has the bigger short-eyes problem.
First, adults attribute gender to zoo animals by projecting onto them human characteristics associated with feminine and masculine stereotypes.
Um, animals (and humans) have sex, not “gender,” a word that means what confused people think it means from moment to moment. Some of these confused people have been so unable to function in society that they’ve been forced to stay in colleges long enough to receive PhDs, the poor things (two cases in point, here).
[A]dults mobilize zoo exhibits as props for modeling their own normative gender displays in the presence of children.
Oh, for Christ’s sake. What they mean is, “that lion is a male.” Or, “See how the Gorilla mother holds her baby.” Can’t have that! Omigawd, we’ve traumatized the kids by breaking their isolation from biology. How will they ever learn about the nonexistent womyn gorillas who would rather date other she-gorillas and go to Ranger School?
What do these two losers want?
In emphasizing the context of the zoo as a site for the naturalization of gender categories, we identify how adults transmit gender socialization messages to children that promote gender stereotypes associated with the biological determinism of the natural living world.
The two of them, whatever they are, need to get their genderfluid checked. It’s at least a quart low. Our only hope is that the contract Penn signed with Professor Rescue when they adopted these two losers, requires the institution to have them spayed and neutered — given their confusion, probably both, each.
Hat tip, Emily Zanotti at Heat Street, who seems to think it’s as stooopid as we do.