Monthly Archives: September 2016

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 39

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to.

Guns

I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We’re a bit light (and late) this week.

 ex-SAMCO Mausers are, As Suspected, Crap

SAMCO Global was a major importer and seller that had a warehouse full of, essentially, 10,000 unsalable crap Spanish and South American Mausers, along with some quality small lots of decent firearms, and . SAMCO’s owners got into a pissing contest and the resulting lawsuit plunged the company into bankruptcy court. The entire assets of the company were auctioned off and were bought by Century for $1.24 million, beating out Forgett Trading (at $1.235).

It seems that Century is selling these Mausers, most of which have extensive rust, mismatched parts, or are simply barreled actions, as “good” condition. They’re not even close. They are in a condition somewhere on the low side of “parts gun” or “gunsmith special,” and are probably better described as “tomato stakes.” Or “firewood and scrap iron.” Moreover, many of them don’t headspace. So they have no collector value and are not safe to shoot. That’s why SAMCO never sold them.

Ian Got His RSC-1917

Ian unbuggered his non-working French WWI semi with a good cleaning. Short-stroking no more! Pretty amazing that 100-year-old springs still worked, but here’s proof.

View post on imgur.com

And yeah, that seems to have been Karl in this image, and last week’s also.

Legal Guns or Legal Ganja: Pick One

Pennsylvania is getting ready to legalize marijuana for “medicinal purposes,” to the delight of the burnout users and gang-affiliated dealers of the state. But Federal law continues to criminalize wacky weed, and treats it as a DQ for gun use.

That means even patients accessing the medicine from state-licensed dispensaries on a doctor’s recommendation would run afoul of federal laws banning marijuana users from buying or possessing guns or ammo.

“It is a concern because they’re basically usurping our Second Amendment rights by telling us we can’t do what our state is saying we can do,” said Luke Shultz, an organizer with Campaign for Compassion, a group that advocated for Pennsylvania’s program.

Dope, guns, or criminality: the choice is yours. We’re guessing “criminality” wins.

Poly-Ticks: Gun Ban Groups Spend Big on their Allies

In a USA Today story, the false-flag Democrat gun-ban group Americans for Reponsible Solutions and its figurehead Gabby Giffords get a long tongue-bath from USA Today reporter (and fellow Democrat and gun-ban propagandist) Heidi M. Przybyla. Przybyla uses the ban groups’ focus-grouped euphemisms for gun bans and gun control: “gun safety” for bans and “background checks” for Federal licensing and registration. In the past, the extreme “Americans for Responsible Solutions,” now funded and controlled by Bloomberg, has supported all of those plus outright bans on “assault weapons,” all semi-autos, pistols, and concealed-carry licenses.

Przybyla did not seek an opinion or report a position of anyone opposed to ARS’s extreme positions, except to recount strawman versions of that opposition as presented by ARS.

Suggesting pre-debate collaboration, she reported that Mark Kelly, head of ARS, had hoped to place a pro-gun-control question with debate moderator Lester Holt. Holt did ask Kelly’s question, although he didn’t identify its source.

Meanwhile, on top of his spending on local, state and national races this year, Michael Bloomberg, Wall Street billionaire makler and dilettante politician, is pouring $300 million into his pseudo-academic arm, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which produces anti-gun studies on command.

Poly-Ticks (sorry, that season): Another Anti-Gun Gun Writer

jorge-amselle-mugshot“I got Charlie in my own strike force!” In this case, the quisling is Jorge Amselle. He told David Fortier that he was supporting an anti-gun candidate, and didn’t care about the 2nd Amendment, much. Fortier mentioned it on ARFCOM. Then, David Codrea picked it up.

Two well-known trainers, Grant Cunningham and Rob Pincus, attacked David Codrea for his (entirely factual) report. Cunningham backed Amselle, and called Codrea “despicable.” And both of them smeared Fortier as “unknown.” Cunningham said he was “someone hiding behind a code name.” Really? Apparently, they didn’t know that his AR-15 handle “gunwritr” has long, if not always been associated with his real name, and he’s been published in most of the major magazines (currently he’s in Firearms News a lot). In addition, in his original report, Fortier identified five other persons present who would corroborate his statement.

Knowing that Jorge Amselle is a dedicated Hillary supporter puts Amselle’s authorship of this article at Daily Caller, “Gun Owners, Hillary Will Soon Say ‘If You Like Your Guns You Can Keep Your Guns’”, in quite a different light. Amselle writes that article as if he’s pro-2A and anti-Hillary, but the thrust of his article is to suggest that maybe she’s not that bad. It seems to have been sheer dishonesty on his part.

You’re much more likely to read a Fortier article than an Amselle article (there are more of them, and they are better), but Amselle has written following book (no link. Wouldn’t want anyone to buy it):

Gun Digest’s Shooter’s Guide to Concealed Carry

He is currently employed by Athlon Outdoor Group (ex-Harris Communications) which is writing for Personal Defense World and Tactical Life, and his editors apparently are comfortable with his anti-2A activism. Athlon is owned by the militantly antigun publisher AMG/Parade. He has written for most of the Athlon and Harris titles.

Exit question: Does anyone read “Tactical Life” except for mall ninjas, anyway?

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work. 

It Can Happen Anywhere

Preparation counts. Nobody was prepared at the Townville Elementary School in the generically-named burg of Townville, SC, this week when a 14-year-old kid shot up the playground. The shooter was not a student there, he was homeschooled, and would have been a middle or junior high school student had he been in public schools. He was stopped by a responding firefighter who used no weapons, and at press time we do not know further details.

Two six-year-old kids were wounded. One of them was critically injured. A teacher was also wounded, and police visiting the home of the shooter found his 47-year-old father shot to death in the home.

Good response by that bold firefighter; pity there wasn’t a school resource officer or armed citizen handy, but the situation could have been worse. Prayers for the wounded.

The lesson for the rest of us is the Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared!”

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.

Pointing a Gun at Cops is Dumb, III

Yeah, we had this same headline last week, and the week before. but another guy did it this week, in El Cajon, east of San Diego. He didn’t have a gun but seems to have simulated one with something, in a possible suicide by cop. This produced the same predictable first- and second-order results as last week’s gunplay in Charlotte, NC.

The subject paced back and forth while officers tried to talk to him. At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance.

First-order result: an El Cajon cop shot him dead (another one simultaneously Tased him), and second-order: Black Criminals Lives Matter organized riots (with the help of the local hand-out-seeking The Reverends). Predictable, although the El Cajon riots haven’t risen to the level of looting yet, and are just blocking traffic. So far.

Third-order result: the press and the usual Beltway suspects are screaming for the cop’s head on a platter.

The people in California think they don’t want cops. Policemen there should give them exactly what they’re asking for.

Update

The El Cajon suspect extended a vapor-inhaling gadget towards the police, with a flat area roughly corresponding to a pistol grip in his hand, and a tube looking like a barrel towards the cop. Good shoot.

To Understand Chicongo

Well, there are options. You can:

  1. Read a thumbsucker from the Associated Press, all about teen gang culture;
  2. Watch a BBC video about teen gang culture, or read an analysis of it;
  3. Look up the latest butcher’s bill on HeyJackass.com;
  4. Or check out a real cop’s point of view at Second City Cop.

If you do the last of these, we recommend two posts to you. One mentions a recent violent crime, and quote Chicago’s best columnist, John Kass, about the gang-tatted murderer of a tourist:

 Pagan, police said, had been arrested 39 times, had four felony convictions and had pointed a gun at people twice during arguments. He was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Gee, why is crime off the charts in Chicongo? Gotta love that revolving door. And the other shows that they finally caught a chick that was straw-buying Glocks for gangbangers, and…

according to sources, she’ll get…..probation! For violations of Federal firearms laws. When ten years per count is the norm and might actually deter others from, you know, dealing in firearms.

Of course she gets lightest of wrist taps. Those serious sentences are held in reserve for the Great White Defendant. And they can’t put her in jail longer than any of the 39 times they locked up Paul Pagan, can they?

Too Dumb to be a Cop

A young policewoman, hired part-time in one PA town and a probationary full-timer in another, posted a snapchat selfie of herself in uniform, with the message, “I’m the law today, nigga.” Not any more she isn’t.

The Perils of Kathleen: What, Her Again? 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.

  • 28 Sep: The Porngate Report will be ReleasedAh, but in an edited version, says acting-jack AG Bruce Beemer. While the report was strong on “porn” allegations, most of the on-official-addresses emails for which Kane tormented her political opponents seem to have been merely off-color jokes. But former AG (and convicted felon) Kane spent, it turns out, over $1 million investigating the case, in hopes of deflecting other prosecutors from her own wrongdoing.
  • 26 Sep: Kane Horseholders back. We reported last week that Kane flunky, Blake Rutherford, was inexplicably rehired by Beemer. Now Chuck Ardo, the Baghdad Bob of her long flight from prosecution, is back in office, too. Even though his integrity, or lack of the same, was a perfect match for Korrupt Kathleen’s, his experience lying for his boss makes him an indispensable spokesman for Beemer and the transition team. Late in Kane’s decline, Ardo flipped on Kane, like Himmler and Göring trying to negotiate behind Hitler’s back. Unlike those worthies, Ardo seems to have pulled off a successful effort to save himself. Given his legacy of lies, nobody with any sense will ever trust him again, but does a payroll patriot like Ardo care? Nah, he just wants the money and perks. Now he has them ($10k a month!).

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.

ACLU Supporting & Defending NY/NJ Bomber

A face only a mother, another terrorist, or the ACLU could love.

A face only a mother, another terrorist, or the ACLU could love.

Of course they are. They’re the Atheist Criminal Lovers’ Union. It’s what they do:

Rahami’s family spoke with his doctors on Monday for the first time after numerous requests since the ACLU got involved, said Udi Ofer, the New Jersey chapter’s executive director. Ofer didn’t disclose Rahami’s condition, but ACLU attorney Alexander Shalom said law enforcement officials have informed the ACLU he remains unconscious.

Federal judges last week denied requests by public defenders to be appointed to represent Rahami, agreeing with prosecutors’ arguments that he had not officially been arrested by federal authorities.

Shalom said in a filing that Rahami’s father and wife requested the ACLU represent him until he is appointed a federal public defender or other lawyer.

Ofer said denying Rahami’s right to a lawyer “violates the Constitution and needlessly sacrifices civil liberties in the name of national security.”

“It is outrageous that Mr. Rahami has been in custody for a week yet has been denied the right to have an attorney visit him to confirm his condition and protect his constitutional rights,” Ofer said.

No. It is outrageous that Mr. Ofer and Mr. Shalom side with Mister Rahami, and not the 31 people that he wounded and crippled with three bombs built to al-Qaeda and ISIL plans. But then again, they are the ACLU. It’s what they do.

President Vetoes Bill Exposing Saudi Terror Sponsors to Lawsuits; Congress Overrides

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act has passed the Congress over the President’s veto. It wasn’t close; while 77 members of the House of Representatives, all Democrats, voted with the President (and the Saudi terror sponsors), most Democrats and all Republicans supported the bill. In the Senate, only one Senator voted with the Saudi terror sponsors, retiring (and lobbyist-income-seeking) Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV. 97 of the 100 Senators supported the override. Two other Democrats didn’t vote either way (one of these Profiles in Courage was VP candidate Tim Kaine, whose motivation was probably also the Saudi lobby money that he’ll be prospecting for if he doesn’t win in November).

Meanwhile, seven other Afghans went over the hill in the USA

He's not just sleeping, he's also slow!

He’s not just sleeping, he’s also slow!

The sleeping policemen of Homeland Security are the only thing standing between you and the clump of afghans that were in the United States for military training, and are now considered AWOL.

Three of the Afghan military trainees fled from a Pentagon training program two weekends ago during the bombing spree in New York and New Jersey by Afghan-born bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, raising concerns among security officials that the missing Afghan students may be linked to terrorism or plans for attacks in the United States.

Two of the missing Afghans had been training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and one was training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

An Army source said the Afghans who left the weekend of the New York area bombings appeared to be part of a coordinated effort. The three men are being probed for possible connections to Rahami. “Initial assessment is that there is not relation and the timing is coincidental,” the source said.

Four other Afghan military trainees fled over the Labor Day weekend, two from Fort Benning, Georgia, one from Fort Lee, Virginia, and one from an Army facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A defense official said two of the Afghans were accounted for and suggested the two men may have fled the United States.

Hey, they’ve accounted for two out of seven. At DOD they probably grade that an A-.

Navy Has Some New Priorities

The Navy has marked a new milestone in the integration of women into combat units, when one of its sailors wound up in sick bay… with contractions. Hours later, she was delivered of a 7-pound girl, and some unspecified time after that, mother and baby were medevaced ashore.

…the main focus for the U.S. Navy, the ship and its crew is the safety and well being of the baby and the mother,” Cmdr. Bill Urban, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokesman, told The Virginian-Pilot.

The sailor was reportedly unaware she was pregnant, something that occasionally happens with morbidly obese mothers.

That’s today’s Navy for you. Ray Mabus is passing out cigars in the E-Ring.

Meanwhile, the Marines have seen fit to gag all commanders about issues around Women in Combat. Only Marine brass in Washington are allowed to speak on the issue — they have no trust in their field commanders’ ability to follow the twists and turns of the Party Line.

Update

The Marines threw a guy out with bad paper. What’d he do? Made a recruit sing.

The Marines’ Hymn. We are not making this up. Apparently the only approved tune under Ray Mabus is In the Navy by the Village People. Don’t drop the soap!

Veterans’ Issues

Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?

Suicide Hotline Workers Routinely Drop Calls, Leave Early

You know, if you wanted to prevent or reduce veteran suicides, the best thing to do probably would be to task the jeezly VA with promoting or increasing them. Because every attempt to get VA to accomplish anything, crashes on the shoals of VA’s toxic and veteran-hostile culture. Case in point:

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline’s former director.

Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as crisis calls have increased sharply in recent years, said Greg Hughes, the former director of the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line. Hughes said in an internal email that some crisis line staffers “spend very little time on the phone or engaged in assigned productive activity.” Coverage at the crisis line suffers “because we have staff who routinely request to leave early,” he said.

Out here in the Dreaded Private Sector, if you abuse requests for time off, you get more time off than you could possibly use – they fire your ass. Of course, it doesn’t work that way for your lords and betters at the VA.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

Choose VA and Die

It happened to several veterans among scores or hundreds — the VA OIG[.pdf] was not able to substantiate a whistleblower claim of 300 — of veterans whose positive colorectal screening tests were ignored by the VA in New Mexico, or were only followed up months later. (VA’s own loose and sloppy standard is 60 days, but there was no attempt to meet it. For example (edited for brevity):

This patient was … found to be FIT positive in 2014. ….A facility staff member contacted the patient in early 2015, 8 months after the positive FIT, to offer a colonoscopy, and the patient accepted. A colonoscopy was performed and a large rectal mass was found. Pathology testing confirmed the mass was cancer …. During the surgery, he was found to have unresectable metastatic disease and died a few months later

Thanks for serving your country… chump.

This patient was in his 60s and was found to be positive FIT in 2014. The patient’s EHR does not include documentation that he was notified of the results. Approximately 9 months later, the patient presented to his provider with complaints of rectal pain. General Surgery service was consulted, and the patient was seen on the same day. The patient was found to have a large anal/rectal mass. Pathologic findings from the biopsy revealed cancer. The patient received chemotherapy and radiation and died a few months later.

The reason for the missed follow-ups seems to be that the computer system, designed as usual at much higher expense than its civilian equivalents, throws so many alerts at the attending physician, PA, or NP, that it’s easy to miss the “better call, he might die from this and time counts” alerts among all the trivial popups.

But hey, no VA employees or contractors were harmed, and that’s what matters to the DVA.

Anybody else hear a clock ticking?

Hat tip, the Free Beacon.

VA Sets a Record

And naturally, it’s not a record anybody would want. 

VA said the agency “takes veteran privacy and the privacy of medical or health records very seriously.” But despite its “very” serious approach to patient privacy, VA tied CVS for the most privacy complaints that resulted in corrective action plans or “technical assistance” from US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2011 to 2014.

DisabledVeterans.org asks:

How can we continue to believe VA when it continues to have problems in protecting veteran privacy?

Guys, if you believe anything coming out of a VA spokesman, your disability might just be other than physical, if you get our drift.

Time? Is it time yet?

VA Spends $100 Million in Illegal Payments to Prisoners

They’re so careless that they’ve paid out $100M to guys who, even if they are vets, are locked up in jails and prisons. But it’s worse than that. Reading the article, they’ve done nothing to fix the problem, and they’re on track to bump that number up another $100M in the next four years.

It’s not like they’re supposed to show up and do their jobs. It’s government work!

Their brilliant solution? Send bills to the jailed vets, and hope they pay the money back.

If it isn’t time to disband this thing now, what would it take?

Should VA Lease Facilities?

This is an interesting report of Congressional-VA back-and-forth on the issue. While in most of these things, the VA is pretty patently in the wrong, the VA’s rep in this instance makes some good points. Congressmen charge that leasing costs more money, but given the inefficiencies the VA imposes on the facilities it constructs (like the treble-budget treble-schedule white elephant in Aurora, CO), it’s not really clear it does. The VA counters that it wants to lease new facilities so as not to be stuck with obsolete facilities 20 years down the road — something it says it has many of. (So why hasn’t it dumped them?). In any event, it’s interesting, the VA may be right about this, so go Read The Whole Thing™.

Of course, they wouldn’t have to build or lease if we just disbanded the thing now.

Even After they Died, the VA Kept Screwing ‘Em

This happened in Chicago, where everything’s a straight as a spirochete to begin with.

[A]t least two unclaimed vets sat inside the morgue for at least 30 days this summer, allowing the bodies to badly decompose.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois complained to the VA secretary… “I have personally called Secretary McDonald and asked him to fire Christopher Wirtjes, the Chief responsible for this shameful treatment of our veterans’ remains. Bureaucrats at Hines should spend as much time helping veterans as they do covering up neglect and abuse.” 

Yeah, lots of luck with that. Covering up neglect and abuse is pretty much the job description of a VA manager these days. 

Another vet only got buried because a funeral home heard about him and stepped up and did it — no thanks to VA.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

Heartless, Crooked Manager Suing for Job Back

Sharon Helman, the former Phoenix VAMC manager who came up with the use of dual waitlists that condemned dozens of neglected vets to death while sluicing unearned bonus cash on herself and her cronies, was fired in 2014. Not for the wait-time scandal, which for the VA is just business as usual, but for taking bribes from contractors. She considers that terribly unfair and is suing VA for firing her.

If her lawsuit is successful, it will overturn the law that allows the VA to fire criminals and other substandard employees, guaranteeing all VA jobs forever to their incumbents, without regard to conduct. (In other words, not a very big change from the status quo).

Numerous veterans’ organizations have joined the suit on the other side now. The Department of Justice and the VA itself have generally taken Helman’s side; the VA has refused to use “fast-track” firing authority granted by Congress, and the DOJ has argued that the jobs are entitlements and that firing employees like the heartless, crooked Helman is somehow unconstitutional.

All the more reason to disband this thing now.

What “Disband” Might Look Like

After recounting some VA horror stories, Philadelphia area practitioner Craig M. Wax, DO, notes one of the causes of VA inefficiencies:

…costly, bloated, inaccessible, and red-tape-ridden VA facilities that many veterans have come to despise and fear.

And suggests an alternative:

Although I am not a VA-employed doctor, I still see many veterans who receive Tricare, which is essentially military health insurance. This allows those veterans to receive care wherever they want, whether it’s at the VA or from a private physician like me.

Why not enroll every veteran in Tricare, no exceptions?

Here’s how this plan would work. Every veteran would have major medical insurance that they could use at their discretion. ….Any veteran could find the physician or facility that best serves their unique needs, rather than being forced onto wait lists at their nearest VA facility.

Ain’t gonna happen, Dr Wax. Not enough opportunity for graft, not enough SES positions with six-figure salaries, six-figure benefit packages, and six-figure moving allowances any time you feel like a change of scenery.

The VA hasn’t run for the benefit of veterans for a very long time. It runs for the benefit, literally, of its own senior managers.

But it is time to disband it now, and this is how it could be done without punishing the vets or rewarding the VA drones who have grown rich and powerful by exploiting them.

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to. 

Reporter Fabricates Gunshop Bias, Gets Caught

As everyone who’s been in a gunshop in the last five years knows, the fastest growing demographics in firearms ownership are minorities and women. Outreach to women especially but also to other previously underserved markets is just good business, and every savvy shop manager and trainer does it these days. So imagine the consternation of Wisconsin women when TV reporter Mark Leland with WLUK Fox-11 Green Bay reported that Badger Gun Sales owner Perry Sarto…

…won’t sell a handgun to a woman without her first getting trained.

There was only one problem. Leland didn’t have that comment on camera, or even on audiotape. He didn’t have it at all because Sarto never said it. Leland made it up to fit his prefab narrative of gun culture hostility to Sainted Womanhood.

Yes, he fabricated the quote. So he’s fired, right? Of course not. This is TV news. This is 90% haircut and 0% journalism. WLUK doesn’t care if he made the whole thing up, and got around the vile smear of Sarto by attaching a mealy-mouthed non-apology non-correction to the online version of the fabricated report: “We apologize if such an inference was made.“

Jenn Jaques at BearingArms compared the WLUK report to her own interviews with Badger Guns personnel and customers, and wrote about it. The fabricator, Mark Leland, then called Jaques and left her a voicemail with even more lies in it.

Jenn now has the story about the story, and she did something that the lying fabricator Mark Leland and his equally dishonest editors and producers did not: she sought out women customers and asked them about their own experiences with Sarto and the store.

Read The Whole Thing™. And never talk to the press — the best of them are snakes in the grass, and they go downhill from there.

Bad Day over the North Sea, 1975

Here’s audio-only 1975 peacetime ejection, resulting from a compression stall and inflight fire in an F-4E Phantom. Only the audio is live; the photographic slide show is a retrospectives on the mishap pilots career. The first 2 minutes, before the emergency audio begins , is accompanied by some pretty dreadful New Age music, so consider yourself warned.

The downed plane’s wingmen have a hard time coordinating the rescue for several reasons.

  • First, the weather’s crummy — not that they aren’t used to that, flying from England in the first place. But they have to fly low, under the overcast, and have limited visibility in the humid, misty air;
  • Second, crew visibility out of the F-4 Phantom, even with two sets of eyes per plane, is lousy. The jet was designed to grope its way to enemy targets by radar, and pilot visibility wasn’t something the designers at McDonnell took seriously in the 1950s. (This unlovely quality of the Phantom II is one reason the next generation — F-15 -16 and -18 — all had superior visibility).
  • Third, the lack of maneuverability of the F-4 (another artifact of its design as a missile-armed carrier-based interceptor) means that the pilot can’t simply turn around a point while keeping eyes on his buddy in his scroungy little raft, like he might have done in a 100-knot bugsmasher (or even a 150-knot C-130).
  • Fourth, the dynamic nature of the sea meant that the pilots and their rafts were easy to lose sight of in the waves, and that they were constantly being moved by wave action, currents, and especially wind — and so were the orbiting jets. It would be very difficult for an F-4 to orbit over a downed airman, or recover sight of one he’d lost his lock on, on terra firma; on the open ocean, it’s an order of magnitude more difficult.
  • Fifth, the state-of-the-art navigation system in the F-4E was unsuited for this task. It was  an inertial navigation system: good enough for bomb-dropping — if the bombs were nuclear. It was also prone to drift, to dump its data, and to lose its lock. And you could only put one thing in it at a time. (Listen to how nervous they were anytime the pilot had his navigator mess with the INS).

In the end, everybody got back home safe, with only one airplane lost (and one emergency-landed on a strip away from home). That’s a fantastic result, considering; every year of the Cold War, men ejected in these waters and died. Some of them were just never seen after bailing out. The water is so cold that surviving a night out here without an exposure suit (even in a survival raft) is probably not in the cards.

The wingmen really struggle to keep eyes on the ejectees, and to reacquire them when visual is lost. Not surprising: the deck is stacked against them.

The essential aerodynamic problem is that the F-4, despite having a very wide speed range, still had a speed range that was too high to let it operate with visual reference to a point on the ground. It’s a mathematical fact that the faster an airplane flies while orbiting in a turn of any given rate or at any given acceleration load, the bigger the circle has to get. The bigger the orbit, the greater the slant range to the airman in his raft (the slant range is the hypotenuse of an imaginary right triangle with its base the absolute range to the target and its height being the altitude above mean, or in this case, actual, sea level). The greater the slant range, the less of an arc the downed airman and his raft subtends in the eye of the orbiting airman — and the harder he is to see.

So how did these pilots beat the math and the aerodynamics, and get their two bailed-out buddies rescued? While dumb luck (or divine Providence) surely played a role, if you listen to that tape it seems like the key factor was sheer dogged persistence.

In the tag line of the greatest science-fiction series that never was, “Never give up. Never surrender!”

Thanks to the never-quit efforts of the crews of the orbiting Phantoms (not to mention the British rescue crews, and those merchant seamen or fishermen who turned their vessels towards the scene), two guys got to go home to their families, even as their jet sank forgotten in the muck at the bottom of the North Sea.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Gravity

wile-e-coyote-fallingYes, its your Lords and Betters at the CDC again (the same ones whose dream is to give the verbiage of paid Bloomberg propagandists a scientific patina, and save Bloomberg the money by looting the taxpayers to pay for the propaganda, instead). This time, instead of agitating for gun bans, they’re decrying the fact that old people fall down.

Every second of every day an adult aged 65 or older falls in the United States. Every 12 seconds, one of these older Americans is admitted to the emergency department for a fall; and every day, 74 of those will die from a fall.

Rail, rail against the gravitational attraction of the sphere! But in fact, it sounds like at least 11 out of 12 of the oldsters bounce right back up; only the ones that wind up in the ER and in the clutches of the Medical Establishment seem likely to parlay their falls into the ultimate fall that ends six feet under.

This year, on the first day of fall, Thursday, September 22, 2016, CDC along with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Falls Free Initiative, invites you to join us in observing Falls Prevention Awareness Day (#FPAD2016). This event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older Americans.

At least, this time, they’re not trying to ban something. Or are they? Maybe “small throw rugs,” but mostly, the advice at the page is remarkably sensible, especially the recommendation of “activities that strengthen legs and help with balance,” although it’s a headscratcher that the one they namecheck is the #stuffwhitepeoplelike Tai Chi and not the #besthealthimprovement strength training.

But then, Conquest’s Laws apply here — it is a government bureaucracy.

Exit question: if we have “Fall Prevention Day,” why don’t we have “Tyranny Prevention Day,” where everybody buys a gun? Preferably, one that the national socialists at the CDC would like to ban?

Scruff Face Loses a Round to Dead Chris Kyle

Law-ScaleAndHammerChris Kyle was already dead, but his widow Taya Kyle lost a large judgment in a lawsuit by Jesse “Scruff Face” Ventura against the estate of the murdered SEAL. Ventura, who in his pre-showbiz/politics life was a SEAL/UDT named James Janos, sued Kyle based on a sea story in Kyle’s book American Sniper. In the story, Kyle belts a former SEAL turned celebrity who’s badmouthing serving SEALS.

The description (physical and behavioral) seemed to fit Ventura, whom quite a few SEALS have wanted to haul off and sock in the jaw over the years, and before his untimely death, Kyle confirmed in a radio interview that he did mean Ventura. Ventura sued, and without Kyle to testify the preponderance of evidence suggests that Kyle’s story as published had, at least, been “improved.” Well, that’s the nature of sea stories, isn’t it?

But a jury seems to have awarded Ventura, who hasn’t amounted to much since his disastrous turn as a Minnesota governor, functionally all of the money Kyle made on his book. Taya Kyle appealed and the 8th Circuit handed her a large win — and smacked Scruff Face in the jaw, figuratively. The Minneapolis Red Star/Tribune’s Randy:

A three-judge panel unanimously threw out the $1.35 million award to Ventura for “unjust enrichment,” saying Minnesota law did not permit it. And in a 2-1 decision, it reversed the $500,000 award for defamation, remanding the case to the district court for a new trial on that question.

The decision was a victory for Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who wrote the bestselling memoir “American Sniper” that Ventura said defamed him. It was also a win for national news organizations that had urged that the verdict be thrown out.

“If a person bringing a libel suit could collect not just for damages, but for unjust enrichment … the whole nature of libel law would have been changed in a very threatening way,” said Floyd Abrams, a prominent First Amendment attorney in New York, who had filed an amicus brief on behalf of 33 news organizations.

The ruling was a serious blow to Ventura, the former professional wrestler who served as governor from 1999 to 2003.

Only two guys know whether Chris Kyle belted Jesse Ventura on that boozy night in 2006, and Kyle’s station doesn’t come up on the net any more. (True or false, the story doesn’t reflect glory on either SEAL. “Hey, I decked some Social Security age dude?” And Ventura opened himself up for this kind of thing when he badmouthed the guys downrange during wartime, which is something he actually did even if he didn’t use the words Kyle’s story puts in his mouth).

We understand why Ventura would have the jaws about a story that paints him in a horrible  and negative light, especially compared to his carefully tended public persona. Doubly especially if that story is not true.

But what’s the right answer, if somebody lied about you? Is it to get the truth out, or is it to clean out the accounts of his widow and orphan? Pursuing this suit has just made Ventura look even worse. We totally understand why he might have done it, but he’s hurting himself.  And we’re here to predict that he’s going to fight this back in the district court (where the defamation judgment’s been remanded for a new trial) and to the Supreme Court (where he can appeal this 8th Circuit ruling, although it seems like a long shot). The story isn’t over. However unfortunate that may be for the reputation of the SEAL Teams and SOF in general.

Coming: a 10/22 Chassis Prototyped by 3D Printing

Rifle chassis are an “in” technology right now. They allow you to trade off the lighter weight and greater comfort of a polymer or wooden stock for the flexibility, rigidity, and accessory-compatibility of the typical chassis.

In the military the chassis is a good idea because the same rifle must often be reconfigured for different shooters and missions. Civilians might not need to do that, but it’s nice to have, say, adjustable pull length and cheekpiece position for a day at the range with the whole family.

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It was inevitable that someone would combine this popular accessory with the world’s second-most-popular accessory host, the Ruger 10/22 rimfire rifle. In this case, Canadian outfit Spectre Ballistics has designed, and is preparing for production, an economical and fairly light 10/22 stock. It’s not on their website yet, but they’ve shown the prototype — which was 3D Printed.

The actual stocks will be CNC billet aluminum.

There’s a pretty good discussion of the stock and its design and the manufacturing schedule on Reddit. In time, the stock will be available for pre-order on the Spectre Ballistics website (not yet!) in KeyMod and M-lok versions. Target price is $200 CAD, and, unlike American firms, Canadian accessory firms are not under ITAR pressure from their counterpart to our State Department.

dudley_doright(They only have to bowdlerize their 10/22 magazines because Dudley Dimwit of the Mounties can’t tell rifles from pistols).

This is the 3rd version of a 10/22 chassis I’ve been working on. Now I just need to do this one up in aluminium.

It has a KeyMod forend and fully free-floats the barrel. It also locks the action into the chassis using a clamp system better than any factory stock. I’ll also do an M-lok forend too.

Here’s the earlier prototype stock, for comparison’s sake. The main part of this one is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum (a strong alloy often used for things like automotive engine blocks and cylinder heads, and aircraft structural parts like landing gear struts and trunnions).

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The final stock will be CNC machined and anodized black. His explanation for making the stock from 6061-T6 aluminum rather than polymer makes perfect sense:

The idea here is to reinforce the action and stiffen the whole thing up. A quality polymer would be nearly the same weight since areas would need to be thicker. Also going synthetic would probably cost $100,000 in tooling for the molds.

Parts are CNC’d out of house, assembled in-house. Yes I have my own printer.

While the Canadian regulatory regime is superior from an exporter’s point of view, there’s things he can’t do. Such as? Make a bullpup stock. One of the bizarre disconnects in Great White North gun law is that, a factory bullpup design (Tavor) or a short-barreled rifle by US standards, is perfectly legal. A bullpup conversion stock? Prohibited. (“Prohibited” is a Canadian regulatory class that is not quite plain-English-meaning “prohibited,” but extremely difficult to own for an ordinary Canadian citizen).

Meanwhile, Canadians, Americans, and probably anybody else who can own a 10/22 can pre-order the sock sometime around the beginning of November, if all goes as planned.

 

Posted as a Public Service

rabid_dogTo all you Offender-Americans out there (yeah, they’re not exactly the demo for this blog. C’est dommage), we, the public-spirited staff of WeaponsMan.com, commend the didactic message linked below.

We, ourselves, never thought of trying to address the criminal element directly. For one thing, they’re not big on reading. But as it turns out, one of our readers and commenters, Aesop, did indeed pen a personal advisory to criminals like the ones he sees handcuffed to bunks and gurneys in his ED at Callous Bastard Hospital, and posted it in his occasionally updated blog in April. And you really just have to read it.

We’ll just take one little snippet from this post. Now is the time to put down your beverages and make sure all fluids are safely downstream:

Two helpful bits of advice:

1) You can run from the cops, you can try to run from the police helicopter, but you cannot run away from the police dog.
Some cops are truly donut magnets, there are some places helicopters can’t fly, but anywhere you can run, a dog can run faster.
He is more agile than Officer Friendly, he cannot be reasoned with, and in 100% of cases, if you’re fleeing when he catches you, he’s gonna bite your ass, multiple times, which hurts a lot.
And then, he’ll get a Scooby Snack for his efforts from Officer Friendly.

You’ve probably noticed that he offered two helpful bits of advice. Well, to see the second one, you’re going to have to go Read The Whole Thing™.

And he’s not even done explaining why you don’t want to tangle with Officer K9.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Enchilada Cravings

teethAnd teeth.

While this sounds like a Florida Man sighting, the news attributes it to the whistlestop of Forney, Texas.

Police in Forney say a man bit his friend’s ear off during a fight about 9 p.m. Thursday outside Cowboy Chicken, 780 E. U.S. Highway 80. The fight broke out after the man, of Terrell, began arguing with an employee about receiving chicken enchiladas free of charge.

The man, who was reportedly drunk, became “belligerent” when he was denied free food, according to a police report obtained by inForney.com.

The story is from InForney.com, via the Houston Chronicle, as reported by PJ Media’s Steven Kruiser. Kruiser, for his part, understands:

For Mexican food lovers, the enchilada can be the pinnacle of the proper arrangement of tortilla, cheese and meat. Even mediocre enchiladas are hard to find. Good and great enchiladas often require a quest.

Still, knowing full well how powerful an enchilada craving can be, I’m not sure even I would go this far.

Kruiser’s sympathy is apparently matched by the victim, who refused to press charges against his friend:

When his friend removed him from the restaurant, they began fighting…. The man’s friend ran away and when police found him sitting on a curb, a large chunk of his ear was missing and he had blood running down his face.

You know what we’re thinking? We’re thinking, we hope we’re never as hard up for friends as that guy.

Besides, if you like spicy, Thai beats Mexican like a rented mule.

US Signs UN Gun Ban Treaty

All in favor, say, "Heil!"

All in favor, say, “Heil!”

Straight from his latest diplomatic triumphs in Syria and in handing over control of the American-invented Internet to a lawless UN body, Secretary of State John Kerry signed an extreme anti-gun treaty drafted by the totalitarian and authoritarian states that make up the majority of the United Nations.

Kerry, who has had an all-but-sexual drive to find someone, anyone, to surrender the United States to, ever since he tried to cut a private deal with the North Vietnamese in Paris in 1970, argues that the law does not infringe gun rights because it still allows hunters to have firearms, if government feels like giving them permission.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement.

As he signed the document, Kerry called the treaty a “significant step” in addressing illegal gun sales, while claiming it would also protect gun rights.

The main objective of the treaty is mandatory global gun registration. It does this by requiring signatories to report all firearms transfers, down to the level of “end users.” This is the backstory to the current push for “common sense gun laws” like “universal background checks,” or backdoor registration.

The treaty would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers….

The Control Arms Coalition, which includes hundreds of non-governmental organizations in more than 100 countries that promoted an Arms Trade Treaty, has said it expects many of the world’s top arms exporters — including Britain, Germany and France — to sign alongside emerging exporters such as Brazil and Mexico. It said the United States is expected to sign later this year.

The coalition notes that more than 500,000 people are killed by armed violence every year and predicted that “history will be made” when many U.N. members sign the treaty, which it says is designed “to protect millions living in daily fear of armed violence and at risk of rape, assault, displacement and death.”

The Coalition believes that, once this treaty is signed by Congo and South Sudan, the current violence in those African kleptocracies will come to an absolute standstill. There are some ideas so stupid that you pretty much have to be a globalist NGOnik or diplomat to believe them.

Of course, when that doesn’t happen, look for the same rootless globalists — like Kerry — who support the first treaty to propose a tightening. Because Kerry’s target is not some warlord in mismatched camo in whatever the natives are calling Stanleyville these days: his target is you.

Now, one may not be inclined to take the word of a retired sergeant, who is known in team room and Chancery alike for his disdain for diplomats and all their demoniac works, that this treaty is a steaming pile of that which issues from the south end of a northbound equine. So allow us to refer you to these words written four years ago by an actual striped-pants diplomat, and one who has, moreover, retired to not-quite-gun-free-but-working-on-it California, no less. In a long post on this treaty, he notes:

The treaty, as with all liberal/leftist efforts, seeks a massive role for the state and an implied one for lawyers, in those countries, such as ours, where we take the law seriously. Look at Article I, for example. The objectives laid out there would require an enormous new body of law and regulations to be drafted and implemented in the US; it would require it to be drafted in such a way as “to establish the highest possible common standards for regulating or improving regulation of the international trade in conventional arms.” In other words, we would have to try to bring our laws and regulations into sync with those of the rest of the world. I do not need to spell out what that means when it comes to bearing arms.

Articles 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 comprise the core of the treaty. These articles would provide endless employment activity for “activists’ and their lawyers. They establish obligations on the “State Parties” that would, in essence, kill the trade in small arms. The language about weapons “being diverted to the illicit market,” or “used to commit or facilitate gender-based violence or violence against children” means endless lawsuits against exporting and importing states, manufacturers, and sellers. While the ostensible purpose is international trade, that would quickly become a domestic legal issue in the US. Say, for example, that a Glock, either one made in Austria or in a Glock factory in the US, were used for “illicit” purposes or was involved in an incident of “gender-based violence” in the US, the lawsuits would be ferocious. The threat of constant legal action effectively would halt the export and import of small arms–at least from and to those countries that take laws and treaty obligations seriously. The treaty would provide the basis for additional US domestic legislation that would incorporate the UN language and ideas into our laws. Private firm gun manufacturing and sales would be halted by the constant threat of lawsuits.

Again, these are the words of an actual diplomat, one who has served in Foggy Bottom, in many missions abroad, and actually in the United Nations itself. He speaks with the authority of the insider. And his conclusion?

While proponents claim that the UN Treaty would not infringe on the second amendment rights of Americans, that is a lie. The purpose of the treaty is to circumvent the second amendment by destroying the small arms industry and trade. It is an effort at a gun ban. They know that and we know that.

Deals from Surplus City

A Pennsylvania friend texted us today about two deals he found at Surplus City in Feasterville Trevose, PA. We’ve mentioned their seemingly bottomless wellspring of cop trade-ins before. He stopped in to check on one — a beater cop shotgun — and wound up going home with another, a beautiful Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver. Specifically, this one:

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Yes, that is pretty. The action matches, as well: niiiice. It was the only one like this, in amongst the marked department trade-ins. It doesn’t have a PD marking on it. (The Model 10s remaining in stock come with a variety of grips and are marked CDOC for the California Department of Corrections).

The gold-colored marking in the S&W crest appears to be original The walnut grips, on the other hand, may be aftermarket; and underneath them — it’s a round butt!

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Very high condition revolver for $250. It may be that old Smith and Colt revolvers in unloved calibers like .38 Special and .32 are the best bargain in used guns today. Being out of fashion means you can buy an excellent revolver for a price even the Chinese couldn’t build it for today, if the Chinese could build revolvers (they probably can, but they don’t bother; they’re as driven by fashion as any other).

This particular example a later Model 10, because it’s +P marked. This could not be earlier than the late 1960s, but probably dates from the 1970s or 80s. (For a fee, Smith & Wesson will document the revolver by serial number).

model_10_barrel

The original .38 S&W Special was introduced in 1899, loaded with 18 grains of black powder! It led to more powerful smokeless loads, then via Elmer Keith and the .38-44 to the .357 magnum. (.38-44 was basically an overloaded .38 Special meant to be shot only in stronger revolvers built on a .44 frame). Current target max pressure for .38 Special is 16,000 cup and .38 Special +P is 25% stronger at 20,000.

Meanwhile, our friend describes the shotties like this:

Remington 870 Police Magnum previous Wells Fargo weapons. $200.00. Beat up cosmetic condition.

Surplus City found one nicer than that for their Facebook page:

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They say some are priced at $200 and some at $250, there. The nicer ones might have been gone by the time our friend bopped in to Surplus City.

He’s thinking of getting one and giving it a cosmetic touch-up before presenting it to his chick. She’s the sort of woman that would be delighted with that kind of gift.

Editor’s note: hey, we’re now up to only 12 hours behind. But we did finally get the lawn mangler towed out of the hole we got it stuck down in, and only broke one towing cable and bent one clevis pin in the process, so there is that. Hoping Tractor Supply or Ace has a bin-o-clevis-pins when we drop by tomorrow. Or we can make one out of the crummy Spanish parts/junk Mausers that Century is grading “good” and flogging to unsuspecting dealers. -Ed.

Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: WINS for Non-Members

spy_vs_spyMost of all y’all aren’t members of AFIO, which we think goes by the initials now but used to be the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. (There are ways to join if you’re not former military or government spook, also). AFIO has two great benefits, if you’re not in the National Capital Area where they have frequent high-quality meetings. (Which are a great thing, but not enough to live in that loony bin. Visiting or blogging asylums is quite sufficient, thank you very much).

The first of those two benefits are the members’ magazine, The Intelligencer, which would be worth a membership just for the book reviews, even if all the other content sucked (which it definitely doesn’t). Some of it is retreaded (now declassified) stuff from Studies in Intelligence, most of which is going to show up on CIA’s Studies public website soon enough if it hasn’t already, and some of it is kind of inside-player personnel policy stuff, but enough of it is of value for a student of espionage and unconventional warfare to make the whole thing worth it, even without the reviews.

But the second one is a weekly information- and link-dense email called the Weekly Intelligence News, or WINS. Trying to unscrew our membership access to the site this week (the administrators ultimately bestowed a temporary password, for which, thanks), we stumbled across the fact that, while current and recent WINS are members-only, 2015 and earlier ones are available to all of those who are not intelligence officers.

(Or even, intelligence officers for an adverse party. Tell Vladimir Vladimirovich that WeaponsMan says hi, and why is he wasting bullets on journalists?)

To access the 2015 and earlier WINS, use this link.

http://www.afio.com/sections/wins/2015/2015_index.html

To get up to date WINS, see “membership” on the website.