Monthly Archives: January 2017

You Can Always Trust the FBI

Fidelity… Bravery… and we forget what the “I” is, but it sure as hell isn’t “Inventory Control.”

An HK MP5 in 10mm has been lost by a southern California special agent. According to the agent, the submachine gun, the mag and ammo, and a protective vest were stolen from his or her car (the agent remains unidentified… when they screw up, FBI Special Agents are secret agents).

That was January 8th, in Lafayette. Or maybe it was January 9th, in Concord. Wait, it was the 8th or the 9th, in Concord, Lafayette or maybe Orinda. But, whatever, it’s missing now. 

Have you seen this lost puppy? Dial 1-800-FBI-CLUE (OK, that’s a joke, call the number in the actual post).

The Bureau snuck the press release out at the witching hour of all Washington embarrassments, Friday night, so there have been only brief stories in the San Francisco Chronicle (warning, autoplay video) at about 11 PM Friday, and Fox News even later, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, if you’re a SoCal WeaponsMan reader, and happen to stumble across the missing MP5-10, the Bureau requests you to call them at (415) 553-7400 or online at They certainly don’t want you to, say, take a picture of it for the media, and call the media after calling it in to your local Law Enforcement, who can get the pleasure of making whichever SA or manager snubbed them last, beg for its return.

Heard at the range: “Ah, he probably got tired of not having 10mm ammo and tossed it in San Diego Bay so they’d give him one in a caliber they could give him ammo for.”

The news stories linked above both reference a California law meant to address the epidemic of police carelessness with firearms, but CA has no authority over Federal LE. And, after all, they are the Only Ones dependable enough to be trusted with the careless storage of such terrible firepower. Because the FBI agent has always been a model of integrity.

If the agent was a local cop, a soldier, or God help him a citizen, he’d be getting the third degree right now. But he won’t. Because the FBI agent has always been a model of integrity, his word stands without question.

Reactions to the SIG MHS Win

New Hampshire Reacts

As you might imagine, local media here in the ‘Shire is a little bit excited over this, especially as SIG is saying that these pistols will be produced here in what we call the Portsmouth plant (it’s actually across the Newington line — the former Pease AFB, where the factory is, straddles the town line. These towns are in Rockingham county, in the lower right corner of the map on the right). On the one hand, newspapers (the Portsmouth Herald, Foster’s Daily Democrat of Dover, and the Manchester-based Union Leader) all went with the press release rewrites or cribbing from military-news websites, and have no local reaction in their stories. On the other hand, local talk radio, and the comments at the newspapers’ stories, have been highly positive. On the gripping hand, gun-culture folks encountered at FFLs (it was a pick-up-the-GunBroker-haul kind of day) were beyond positive. Grouchy old men were emitting giddy chuckles.

SIG-Sauer Reacts

SIG itself totally confounded our expectation of a slow media response and got pictures of their XM17 winners (full-size and compact, replacing the M9 and M11)…

…and a press release out Friday — maybe late Thursday, SHOT time. Text of the press release:

SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”

Well done, getting the word out, Ron and guys. We take back all our snide comments about your media shop.

Not Everyone Excels at Publicity

We’re not so thrilled with the MHS Team; in a world of increasing government transparency, they’ve emitted a lot more squid ink than information. When will we get a report on the course of the tests and how the various contenders did? The Army released this information from all the tests that led up to the 1911, and we got some information from the tests that led up to the M9. But the MHS Team has been treating the public like mushrooms: kept in the dark, and fed on horse $#!+.

A Glock Fanboy Reacts

Hey, you knew it was coming. Here’s Pete in The Firearm Blog. A taste:

Fanboy? Sure, call me names, throw rotten food at your devices, raise your torches and pitchforks. Listen to some Nickleback for crying out loud. But even if you pray to a different god, be it Sig, S&W, FN or some pot metal creation you got at a show a few years back – Deep down, you know the US Army should be carrying GLOCKs as their new handgun.

Read The Whole Thing™.

What’s a Nickleback?


Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2017 Week 03

As we all know from Junior High French, Tour d’Horizon means Hognose has too many stories in his open tabs at the end of the week. What do you expect? It’s Friday!


I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.

Take the Suppressor off your Mouth…

…And put it on your gun. Colion Noir, from NRA TV.
Hey, maybe that was a Gun Poly-Ticks post. Maybe. But we’ve always liked this guy.

3D Printed “M203” by RDECOM, Picatinny

This video shows the printing of both an M203 type launcher using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in aluminum, and an equivalent of the M781 training practice round using SLS and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

Gun Stocks update

Pre-Election closings: RGR 64.40, SWHC 28.45, VSTO 38.94.  [8 Nov 16]
-9 week’s closings: RGR 53.20, SWHC 24.13, VSTO 40.02. [18 Nov 16]
-8 week’s closings: RGR 52.50, SWHC 23.82, VSTO 41.05. [25 Nov 16] [short trading day and week]
-7 week’s closings: RGR 50.25, SWHC 21.10, VSTO 39.66. [2 Dec 16]
-6 week’s closings: RGR 51.90, SWHC 21.07, VSTO 38.62. [9 Dec 16]
-5 week’s closings: RGR 53.45, SWHC 21.59, VSTO 36.81. [16 Dec 16]
-4 week’s closings: RGR 54.05, SWHC 22.11, VSTO 38.02. [23 Dec 16]
-3 week’s closings: RGR 52.70, SWHC 21.08, VSTO 36.90. [30 Dec 16] (this was the final close for SWHC, which renamed itself AOBC).
-2 week’s closings: RGR 54.15, AOBC (ex-SWHC) 21.00, VSTO 38.08. [6 Jan 17]
Last week’s closings: RGR 51.35, AOBC 20.60, VSTO 28.70. [13 Jan 17]

This week’s closings: RGR 50.65, AOBC 20.13, VSTO 27.78. [20 Jan 17]

Everybody’s down a little bit this week.

Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger holds RGR, bought at about 56.40 on 9 Nov 16. It bottomed in the 40s later that day. We still think it has longterm growth potential, and we like the dividend, but we’ve lost (on paper) thousands of dollars.

Gun Poly-Ticks

How’s Open Carry Working Out in Texas?

Well, stop us if this shocks you, but the bloodbath that the anti-gun activists and the press (pardon the redundancy) predicted has not emerged. Herschel Smith has a report from Lubbock.

“We don’t have any reports that we’ve had any difficulty for the most part, the type of person–generally speaking– that wants to open carry is someone that wants to enforce the law. They understand what the law is therefor the reasons behind it,” [Lubbock Assistant Chief Jon] Caspell said.

Hersch is a constitutional hardcase. It doesn’t bug us if a cop asks politely for a license (spittle-flecked screaming whilst white knuckles close on his Glock, that’s different. Some guys just shouldn’t be cops, and the timid are among them). But he explains why it bugs him, and he makes sense:

There are three aspects of this report that deserve comment.  First of all, I don’t advocate open carry any more than concealed carry.  I advocate carrying the way you feel the most comfortable and tactically suited to the situation.  But if there are never any open carriers, then this right will be seen as a permission that is rarely used.  That’s not a good outcome.

We’ve had open carry around here for a long time, and one sees it occasionally. It doesn’t seem to bother anybody. I estimate that there are about 100 concealed carriers for every open carrier.

Chicago Still Can’t Ban Ranges

After the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted Chicago’s ban on firing ranges in what is known as the Ezell case, a Chicago bureaucrat (and Chicago Outfit moll), Zoning Administrator Patricia Scudiero, essentially zoned them out of existence based on fabricated claims of risk, while other Chicago bureaucrats imposed a variety of restrictions (forbidding parents teaching their children to shoot, for example), and Ezell sued again. A three-judge panel overturned the Outfit’s restrictions. See two reports in the Washington Post: David Kopel and Eugene Volokh.

Usage and Employment

 The hardware takes you only half way.

Assistance to Law Enforcement in AZ

A motorist stopped at a shocking scene: an angry man had gotten the best of state trooper Edward Andersson, had him down and seriously injured, and was beating him. As his fiancée called 911 for help, and he approached the officer, to offer immediate assistance.

According to Colonel Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the assailant was straddling Trooper Andersson’s chest, “taking big blows” with his fists “and trying to bang his head into the ground while striking him” when a good Samaritan stopped his car to help. While his fiancée called police, the Samaritan approached and asked if the trooper needed assistance. When he trooper replied that he did, the motorist retrieved a 9 mm pistol from his vehicle and told the assailant to stop attacking the trooper—at which point the assailant paused to swear at him before resuming his attack.

What the armed civilian did next indicates good adaptive skills (and decent shooting).

“Because of his position, he doesn’t think he can fire without hitting the trooper, so he adjusts his position, and he delivers at least two bullet strikes to the suspect, rendering the suspect incapacitated, albeit temporarily,” Milstead continued. “The good Samaritan then begins to administer first aid to Trooper Andersson … The suspect gets up a second time and begins to attack them again …  As the suspect approaches, the good Samaritan fires another round, this time striking the suspect in the head, mortally wounding him and ending the fight.”

The Associated Press report attributed the cop’s survival to intervention by a drive-by shooter! And didn’t mention the background of the dead assailant, a career criminal, meth addict and dealer, and criminal alien fugitive who had been saved from deportation by the government policy of protecting illegal alien criminals.

37-year-old Leonard Penuelas-Escobar, an illegal immigrant from Mexico. He and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Vanessa Lopez-Ruiz, were reportedly meth users who had been evicted from their apartment for dealing drugs, and a warrant was out for Lopez-Ruiz’s arrest. The two were flying down the interstate around 4:00 a.m. when the vehicle overturned, ejecting the woman and killing her.

Well, he’s deported now. Trooper Andersson survived and they’re hopeful he will recover; Penis-Escobar killed his woman with his driving, and himself with his assault on an officer. Bad cess to the pair of them.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

When the Cop is a Crim, I

We got a lot of these today. Now, this guy’s not even indicted yet, he’s just gotten the fabled “target letter.” But he’s the Police Chief of Honolulu, and he’s behind the eight ball on a corruption charge. And so what are the city fathers doing? Showering him with money, in a deal cut behind closed doors. (Caution, autoplay video).

The Honolulu Police Commission approved a $250,000 payout deal for embattled Police Chief Louis Kealoha on Wednesday….

Kealoha will get the payout in addition to a pension of about $150,000 a year and free medical care for life.

That’s whether he’s convicted or not, the pension. The Commission, under fire from the City Council and public, did insert language that he has to pay back the quarter-mil in hush money if he loses the contest with judge and jury.

He had threatened to sue for “discrimination” (against a Hawaiian. In Hawaii) if they didn’t pony up the hush money, so they did. He’s credibly accused at being at the center of an attempt to frame an estranged relative (autoplay) for a theft; other HPD officers have already rolled over and pled guilty, so it’s probably all kabuki from here, but it has to play out.

Kealoha is a supporter of gun control, on record that the police are the Only Ones who should have guns because of their ethical and tactical superiority. Naturally.

Cop-Killer Got Thumped a Mite

Poor Markeith Loyd, seen in the before picture to the right, dindu nuffin. OK, so he whacked his ex, he dindu nuffin but that… well, OK, so he shot her brother, too. OK, so he killed a cop, Lt. Debra Clayton, shooting her dead in a confrontation at a Walmart, and OK, another office, Deputy Norman Lewis, died in a crash chasing him.

Apart from that, and having this pre-existing mugshot for reasons the press seem disinclined to mention, Markeith was a model citizen. Various friends, relatives, and the more general Black Criminals’ Lives Matter movement helped him evade arrest after he gunned Clayton down (some of them are in custody now on accessory charges). When the cops finally caught up with him, he ducked inside the home where he was being hidden — and came out in body armor and with two guns.

Despite that, the cops took him alive to face justice. In the process, Markeith got tuned up a little:

We suppose you could say they treated him like a king — Rodney King. But that’s OK, it only hurts when we laugh. Hurts him, that is.

When reporters and Black Criminals’ Lives Matter accused the cops of beating him, the Orlando, FL police chief said:

“He resisted arrest and there was force used.”

The reporters doubt that he resisted enough to take this thumping. Remember: two guns, body armor. The cops had every justification in the world for shooting this guy. Some pathogens just need antibiotics.

When the Cop is a Crim, II

In California, where guns are all but outlawed, you can always trust the Only Ones.

Kyle Rowland, 23, a rookie deputy who lives in Sacramento and recently started commuting to his new job in the Bay Area, was attending a small gathering late Thursday at a home in his downtown neighborhood. He left the party briefly, possibly after a dispute, only to return after midnight with two firearms, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

His return to the party created a “disturbance” and a confrontation ensued between Rowland and others at the house, police said. During the ruckus, Rowland fired a handgun “multiple times,” police said.

Yeah, he’s now experiencing the criminal justice system from the other side.

The Perils of Kathleen: Nothing this week, finally….

She’ll be back in the news soon enough, when her appeal kicks off. Barring some Perry-Mason-level courtroom event, the appeal will end with her reporting to state prison. But you get to play the last 10 minutes of the game even if you’re down fifty points. At this point, she’s paying her own lawyers, but she’s using the family fortune of the husband she’s divorcing, so it’s not like she’s contesting any of the bills.

When the Cop is Really a Crim

In a creepy story from Florida, an armed woman dressed in police gear and going door to door and pretending to be a detective seeking Markeith Loyd (see above), was not a cop at all, but probably casing homes for a burglary ring. Wary homeowners called 911 on her, but she got away.

Let ’em All Out

This infographic celebrates the pace of pardons in the outgoing Administration. If the following graphic was correct, it would show a gun or knife in the hand of the sprung prestoopnik.

The pardons and commutations included quite a few terrorists, including many jihadis transferred from Guantanamo to foreign nations that will return them to the jihad. 

There were also many violent criminals, including murderers on Death Row. And, of course, Bradley Manning; for some reason, Russians hacking a political party’s unsecured email server (P@ssword01!) is the crime of the century, but an insecure little weasel leaking masses of highly sensitive documents out of sheer self-aggrandization is excusable. More on that moron below in Veterans Issues.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields. 

SEAL History Highlights

Flagged by former SEAL officer Matt Bracken to this interesting history roundup, that hits some of the SEALs’ high points (although neither Grenada nor Paitilla Airfield was exactly a high point. Unlike Social Justice Warriors, real warriors don’t get valuable points by being victims). Some of the frogmen’s greatest successes are left off this article, which feels like what it is, a cheap tie-in to promote the upcoming series on History (aka the Paranormal Channel these days). The series looks, from its previews, utterly cringeworthy, and done on a budget of $31.73 in pennies from the producer’s couch and sock-drawer. But the roundup does remind us of the long and noble recent history of our naval special operations frog-brethren. (Yes, naval special operations existed before D-Day. Before WWII even! But hey, it’s the History Channel, so anything that engages with actual, you know, history, is a step up these days).

Veterans’ Issues

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

The Plague of Fake PTSD

In releasing traitor Bradley Manning, President Obama cited Manning’s “PTSD”. Manning has a veritable Petri dish of mental bugs, but to get real PTSD, one has to experience real trauma. There are tens of thousands of sniveling rear-echelon weenies like this sobbing drama queen who are riding phony 100% disabilities, and the VA encourages this behavior.

There are people that really suffer from what was called in World War I “Repression of War Experience,” but really, in order to have that, oughtn’t one to have some, you know, war experience? Not getting a stern talking to because you were a failure at your job, which was the full extent of ickle Bwadwey’s twauma?

We know, we know, he was twaumatized by his inability to grow up. Even in the great institutional imposers of adulthood: the Army, where he didn’t belong, and Leavenworth, where he did. C’est dommage.

At least he won’t be sucking up a 100% disability rating for his phony-baloney PTSD. Why not? Because he’s still a convicted felon, dishonorably discharged, and thus, the mousy little traitor can’t claim veterans’ benefits.

No doubt this poster child for Generation Snowflake will try.

VA: The Press Worm Turns

The Press, which supported Dr David Shulkin when Barack Obama named him to the #2 position, has suddenly found all kinds of things wrong with him when Donald Trump moved him up to the #1 position. Sample of how they do it:

USA TODAY spent several hours with Shulkin during the past year, and previously unpublished material gathered during those interviews provides a glimpse of who he is, beyond the static statements, what he may or may not do at the VA, and how he compares to current VA Secretary Bob McDonald.

Trump was rumored to be considering several high-profile candidates for the job, but in the end chose to move Shulkin up rather than install an experienced politician or business leader. (Prior to joining VA, Shulkin was an internist and a hospital-chain leader).

The USA Today report did close on an up note, noting that when a whistleblower settled a suit with VA he got something unexpected in the settlement — a letter of commendation from Dr Shulkin.

Is It Time to Disband This Thing?

Writing in the Boston Herald, John Graham says yes. He points out the VA inefficiency and waste are nothing new:

In 1949, for example, a commission led by former President Herbert Hoover criticized VA plans to spend more than $1 billion on new hospitals — almost $10 billion in current dollars — while existing hospitals were underutilized and the Army and Navy also were building facilities.

After all, building VA hospitals is not a medical necessity; it’s a jobs program, intended to curry favor with local members of Congress and assure the VA’s place at the public trough.

The Veterans’ Choice program is also a failure, not because other doctors and facilities aren’t holding up their end of the log, but because the VA bureaucracy isn’t, and it has stiffed enough of them that many won’t participate:

Branded Veterans Choice, the bailout was camouflaged as a way of providing veterans with additional health care options outside the government bureaucracy.

In a practical sense, though, it does no such thing because many private providers won’t see VA patients, knowing the agency doesn’t pay its bills in full or on time.

Moreover, the private option is available only to veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or those who have waited more than 30 days for a VA appointment. Further, the private care is still largely coordinated by the VA, which in most cases handles scheduling of appointments and patient records.

Graham suggests that, instead of having a failing bureaucracy try to manage veterans’ health, it would cost less and produce better outcomes, simply to pay the same physicians and facilities that handle everyone else’s to do it.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

This Guy Hates His Job

As Studs Terkel wrote, you can’t do anything for eight hours a day, but work. This poor bastard.


Poetry Minute: An Irish Airman Forsees His Death (Yeats, 1919)

An Irish Airman Forsees His Death
William Butler Yeats, published 1919

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public man, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

Many people take this poem as an example of Yeats’s powerful gifts of imagination and imagery, and his ability to bring modern events into classical poetic forms. But there actually was a real Irish Airman on the poet’s mind: Robert Gregory served with the Royal Air Force and was killed on the Italian front in 1917. Like Yeats, Gregory came from the wealthy Anglo-Irish gentry; his mother was a friend of the poet. This is the one that is best remembered, but Yeats actually wrote several poems about Gregory’s loss; In Memory of Robert Gregory is, after An Irish Airman, the one that is most critically admired. It uses a number of literary devices but then comes back to Yeats’s assessment of Gregory, the man:

Soldier, scholar, horseman, he,
And all he did done perfectly
As though he had but that one trade alone.

Gregory was a tragic figure. A 19-victory ace, at least according to Yeats, he had received the Military Cross and the French Legion d’Honneur, and was appointed to the command of 66 Squadron, RFC. Unbeknownst to Yeats, when he was shot down and killed on 23 January 1918, he fell not at the hands of a German or Austro-Hungarian enemy but either as a result of friendly fire from a mistaken Italian ally, or otherwise accidentally (the records are not clear).

Many fans of English poetry, especially Great War poetry, know An Irish Airman Forsees His Death. Break it down into quatrains and it’s easy to memorize, a great party trick — at least, with English Lit coeds. But relatively few of them can name the Irish Airman. Now you can.

Use your knowledge wisely.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will Fall for Anything

Attempted murderer, Anissa Weier

If you raise your kids not to believe in anything in particular, except, perhaps, for the messages of popular culture, don’t be surprised when they fall for one of pop culture’s fictional characters.

That’s what these two kiddie creeps, mugshotted here, did. Where were their parents? Not involved enough, apparently.

Now they’re involved. Now they want to get their murderous daughters out of lockup. (One is in jail, one has been moved to a nuthouse, as they’re using the “crazy dodge” to duck responsibility for their actions). The Daily Mail:

A teenage girl who was stabbed 19 times and left for dead in what is believed to have been a bloody homage to the fictional internet character Slender Man is thriving, two years after the horrendous attack.

Attempted murderer, Morgan Geyser.

Payton Leutner, 14, was 12 when her friends Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser allegedly stabbed her in woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on May 31, 2014, apparently in fear of the Slender Man.

That would be a Friend Selection Fail in the 12-inch-blade range.

The pair have pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to attempted murder and are awaiting trial.

via Payton Leutner two years after Slender Man stabbing | Daily Mail Online.

She wasn’t just stabbed by these two little savages, she was stabbed nineteen times. And most of the story at the link is about the sufferings of the poor suspects and their poor families, who are trying to get them out of jail and freed to kill again (well, to kill period, because their first attempt failed).

Aerospace Concepts for Firearms Safety

What can aviation teach us about safety? A lot, if we’re willing to look at what they’ve done, how they do it, and extrapolate from the concepts they’ve used to develop new ways of thinking of safety with firearms.

For many people, this is a dull subject, that they think is beneath them. “I’ve never had an ND, so this doesn’t apply to me.” We assure you that safety matters, and that no one is immune to mishap. Often the guy who has the ND is the same guy who read the same books as you do and who made the same “tsk, tsk” sound at the accident report on his morning news site. (Or who laughed along with us at one of our A Mess of Accidents roundups). Safety begins with the sober revelation that it can happen to you.

Reduction in accidents and fatalities

The numbers don’t lie, and once-occasional fatal mishaps have become extremely rare. The last scheduled airline crash in the United States that caused fatalities. entire years pass with no deaths. Even military flying, much more dangerous that airline aviation, is enormously safer that it was fifty years ago. Fifty years ago, the services thought nothing of losing a thousand planes and crews in crashes — every year!

Certainly part of the mishap reduction story in general aviation comes via the tightening coils of the airline-centric FAA, trying to squeeze it out of existence. GA aviators often joke that the largest office in the FAA, and the only one that has command emphasis, is the Office of Aviation Inhibition. But GA has tightened up on once-accepted practices such as flying after having a few sociables with the guys (in the 1960s, one in four fatal general aviation crashes involved a pilot with ethanol in his system).

But primarily, increased safety has come about by improving training and (especially) culture, making the safe decision the default one, and the one liable to be respected by colleagues.

Aerospace Safety Concepts and Technologies

Many concepts interweave to make the solid web of today’s air safety culture. But we’re going to focus on four formal programs that made aviation safer, and that are adaptable to professional and amateur use of firearms for self-defense, public safety, and recreation.

  • CRM – Cockpit/Crew/Complete Resource Management
  • ADM — Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Tool Accountability
  • LO/TO – Lockout/Tagout

To expand on them:

CRM is nothing more or less than using all the resources at hand, informational, material, and, especially, human. The co-pilot of 1967 was more of an under-pilot. He (and in 1967, it was always a “he”) was encouraged to sit still and shut up, letting a valuable safety cross-check from a trained professional go to waste. This video from the FAA describes the history CRM.

Since being developed in the aviation world, CRM has spread to other fields where active risk management is beneficial, including surgery, anesthesiology, and firefighting. Why not shooting?

A primitive version of a CRM technique should be familiar to all shooters: even on ranges where only a designated individual can declare the range “hot,” anybody has the right and responsibility to call “cease fire!” in the event of an unsafe act or condition. This empowers all the shooters to be an extra set of eyes and ears for the range officer, who is (loath though some of them may be to admit it) only human.

ADM is an interesting term. It is, in fact, Judgment Training, something that many old-time pilots thought was beneath them, so research psychologist Allen Diehl renamed it Aeronautical Decision Making. Nobody’s going to be enthusiastic about attending training that questions his judgment, but who would reject the chance to get some new decision-making techniques?

One key ADM technique is to develop the skills to recognize risk-increasing hazardous attitudes, and to use an “antidote,” a sort of countervailing mantra, to back oneself down from the attitude.

Aviation hazardous attitudes include such things as:

Resignation — “Whats the use? Forget it, I give up!”
Anti-Authority —  “The law is stupid. Regulations and procedures are for the little people!”
Impulsivity — “Do whatever, but do it NOW!”
Invulnerability — “It has never happened to me before, so it can never happen to me!”
Macho — “The average person can’t do this, but I’m so far above average it doesn’t apply to me!”

For each hazardous attitude, there is an ADM countermeasure.

Against Resignation — “I can make a difference!”
Anti-Authority —  “The regulations are written in blood. They are usually right.”
Impulsivity — “Wait! Think first. In an emergency, wind your watch.”
Invulnerability — “It can happen to me if I don’t take care. The laws of physics apply to everyone.”
Macho — “Taking chances is for fools; I play it safe and solid.”

The adaptability of these to the shooting (recreational, competitive, and combat) world should be all but self-evident.

The last two concepts, Accountability and LO/TO are important because many accidents happen because of failures in firearms control and storage. The military, which has relatively few accidents (for this reason) despite a wider range of ability and maturity levels than you are likely to have in your home or business, has managed to reduce weapons loss and accountability failure to a rounds-to-zero level. Other Federal agencies that do not practice similar control culture have much greater accountability problems.

Some of these concepts have already been implemented to some extent in gun safety. We’ve seen a reduction in hunting accidents since the 1950s, and a great deal of safety training .

Sometimes, though, the training and improvement that has gone before is nothing but the foundation for a better level of safety to come. This is one of those times.

Where we can improve, In General

  • Reject the idea that the current level of accidents is normal. “Is gun, is not safe,” fine, but accidents need not happen. “Is Plane, is not safe either,” but they have made planes pretty damned safe.
  • Study every accident and scour the record for learnable and teachable lessons.
  • Develop a formal Firearms Decision Making system of judgment training, and infuse it into the training culture.
  • Develop a Resource Management program with tiers for professional and amateur firearms users, and for individuals and teams.
  • Provide Accountability and LO/TO tools to the general gun-owning public.

Some of these things are already happening, but only on a sporadic, ad hoc basis. We need to get the big organizations (NRA and NSSF) behind FDM and FRM in a big way.

Adapting CRM, ADM, TA, and LO/TO to Firearms Training

Firearms Resource Management — identifies the entire ranges of resources that are available to the sport shooter, defensive gun user, police officer, soldier, and other armed professional, and works to familiarize those gun users with how to identify and use these resources. Best done with case studies.

Firearms Decision Making — teaches using case studies of decision errors with tragic consequences. Highlights hazardous attitudes and the risks contained within, and provides tips for recognizing those attitudes in self and others, and countermeasures for each.

TA & LO/TO — provides safety-oriented training and equipment to insure that firearms are maintained under positive control.

SIG Wins Army MHS Contract – Up to $580 Million

A version of the SIG P320 modular pistol has won the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract, and has been tasked to provide pistols, accessories such as holsters and suppressors, and ammunition.

The pistol will replace the M9 and M11 pistols over the next ten years; then those firearms will join the M1911 and M1873 in honored retirement.

Is this what they want? The SIG P320 family. The compact is the “Goldilocks” midsize — about the same size as a G19.

The DOD slipped the contract out on the last day of the outgoing Administration, perhaps because of noises from the Senate that were encouraging incoming Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to cancel the program, the initial phase of which has already cost $350 million. Alternatively, it could simply be that the Army’s bureaucracy at Picatinny just got done shuffling the papers today.  Complete text of the DOD contract announcement:

Sig Sauer Inc., Newington, New Hampshire, was awarded a $580,217,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Modular Handgun System including handgun, accessories and ammunition to replace the current M9 handgun.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2027.  Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-17-D-0016).

OTR notified us from his sources at around the same time that one of our readers flagged us to Soldier Systems Daily in the comments to another post.  Soldier Systems Daily was, as far as we know, the first publication online with the story. CWCID.

The P320 has been well received, more so than the hammer-fired P250 that had teething problems that cost it the Federal Air Marshals Service contract some years ago. Tam Keel put a thousand or two rounds downrange from one last year; the NRA awarded it the Golden Bullseye for Handgun of the Year in June.

Stand by for an announcement from SIG (their PR shop works slowly and indirectly at the best of times). This is where their press release would be, if they had one.

This may fill in some of the blanks that we don’t know from the one-paragraph DOD contract announcement:

  • What color? The contract suggested the military preferred a brown or FDE shade of weapon, like the P320 Compact shown dismantled above.
  • What caliber? SIG submitted both 9mm and .40 S&W firearms.
  • Pure striker-fired, or with safety?

If the news hits before our post goes live in about 11 hours, we’ll add an update below.

Congratulations to the hard-working team at SIG, and condolences to the eight other teams that competed for this contract. The problem with any such competition is that choosing a “best” from a field of very good firearms (or anything else) is inherently subjective and difficult. If you recall the JSSAP trials that yielded the M9, runners-up included SIG’s then-flagship P-series DA/SA pistols, Smith & Wesson’s generation of DA/SAs, and several others that, like the SIG and Smith, found markets elsewhere, just as the rejects, this time including Smith and Glock among others, will this time.


The Firearm Blog has some details from SHOT, still sketchy, and this photo of what is the winning firearm, the P320 Compact, presumably in 9mm, with ambi manual safety. Nathaniel promises to keep that page updated, if and when the SIG bigs issue a statement.

TFB says this is the M17, or as close as SIG has at the show.

Here are some pictures of the P320 MHS manual safety firearm as submitted. These are all originally from SIG sources, although we ganked them from here and there over the last two years of the MHS program. The full size and compact submissions:

There’s a great deal of interchangeability. Eli Whitney, eat your heart out.

Here’s a close-up of the manual safety. It seems well-designed both to avoid snags and to be positive in operation. 

This does put the SOF Glock contracts at risk, for budgetary reasons. It would be very hard to quantify the superiority of the G19 over this pistol. Meanwhile, the SOF pistols come out of SOF specific money, Major Force Program (MFP) 11. MFP-11 is a finite amount; if SOF were to specify pistols that were a standard Big Green (Blue, Haze Gray, etc) NSN, the service would buy the pistols out of its general-purpose forces money, and that would leave the MFP-11 money for other SOF uses (other SOF-peculiar weapons, communications equipment, engineeer equipment, etc.).

This contract is big news in Gun Universe but back on Soldier Planet it’s not that big a deal. A pistol is almost always a secondary weapon, and the dirty little secret is that just about any service pistol will do — the SIG, the Glock, the SEALs’ P226, the Beretta, hell, the 1911. In combat, your big killers are your air and artillery, and then, your machine guns, and then, your rifles. The pistol is there for the same reason that there is a reserve canopy in your parachute rig — a backup, and a confidence builder.

Where to Find SHOT News

The SHOT Show is on, and we’re not there, but there’s some interesting releases being made, and there’s a lot of media covering it, mostly, well. Here are the ones we’re reading:

  • The Firearm Blog. They’ve got quite a team on site gathering information.
  • Shooting Illustrated (an NRA publication). All their SHOT 2017 news should be on their SHOT Show page.
  • The Gun Feed. Always the best for daily gun links. More gun news than you can read! And they’ve been posting SHOT roundups.
  • A single thread that has the declining-with-thread-length quality that ARFCOM is famous (or infamous) for.

It’s hard to cherry pick stuff from everything there, but we’ll pull out two posts we liked.

There’s some great news for anyone using the AR platform for hunting varmints (4-legged type): the .22 Nosler. Read down into the comments on that post to see Daniel E. Watters compare it to some forgotten (except, by him!) experimental and wildcat cartridges of many years ago.

And at TFB, Nathaniel F has an update with photos of a display mockup of the M110A1, an HK product that won a Compact Semi-Auto Sniper System bid to replace the existing M110s, which were made by Knight’s Armament Company.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Cigarettes

Nope, this has nothing to with all the devastation that smoking visits on a body over 20, 30, or 40 years. This has to do with the devastation that smoking can bring in one big red FOOM if you’re a knucklehead about where you throw your butts.

Here in the ‘Shire, you’re about equally likely to burn to death as you are to be murdered, which is to say, not terribly likely. But just like your odds of murder go up with certain lifestyle choices, such as gang membership or dope dealing, your odds of dying screaming in fire or silently in fumes (before your already-dead body gets the luau treatment from the flames), go through the roof if you start throwing around things that are lit and burning. 

The article doesn’t say, but what are the odds Jungle Juice® is also present at the scenes of these crimes?

Eleven New Hampshire residents died in unintentional residential fires last year. And every one of those deaths was preventable, according to the state fire marshal.

Eight of the 11 deaths were related to smoking, including the deaths of four members of one family in Manchester last June. Six involved smoking materials; two victims died after smoking while using oxygen.

Fire Marshal J. William Degnan said the toughest thing for those who investigate fatal fires is “seeing the pain and anguish of the surviving family members.”

via Eight fire deaths in NH last year linked to smoking | New Hampshire.

In the case illustrated left, there probably weren’t any surviving family members to grieve because Mama Bear, Papa Bear and both Baby Bears crisp-fired to a crackly crunch in their own body fats. Cause? One of the adults (presumably) dropping their cigarette in the ratty old sofa on the porch. (Pro tip: outdoor furniture doesn’t have a lot of highly inflammable upholstery on it, a safety benefit you throw away when you use indoor furniture as outdoor furniture).

But we’ve got Moms Demanding Action here demanding that defense contractors in the state stop R&D, because gun deaths. Meanwhile other moms are throwing their damned cigarettes in all direction, cooking their own kids.

Manchester Fire Chief Daniel Goonan said … improper disposal of smoking materials continues to be a big problem in the city. And it’s especially dangerous on the exterior porches that are a common feature of multi-family buildings.

Residents often bring upholstered furniture outside and sit on the porches to smoke, he said. “It’s just a recipe for disaster,” he said.

That was determined to be the cause of the June 6 fire on Wilson Street that killed a couple and their two young sons. While the apartment had smoke detectors, the fire started on the outside porch, and by the time the alarm sounded, it was too late to escape, the chief said.

Fire is a powerful servant, and a terrible master.

Top Ten Things Nobody Ever Said About Bradley Manning

With the creepy little critter about to be sprung from prison by leaders that, in the end, privileged treachery over loyalty, Bradley Manning has been much in the news lately.

People are saying a great many things about him. But what about the things that they are not saying? Without further ado, we present the Top 10 Things Nobody Ever Said About Bradley Manning.


10. “I want to be just like him/her/it when I don’t grow up.”
9. “He’s logical and rationally grounded.”
8. “Ex-private Manning is a keen analyst of military strategy.”
7. “A poster child for loyalty.”
6. “Well done, the clearance adjudicators.”
5. “Bradley Manning: America’s secret weapon.”
4. “A credit to his uniform.”
3. “A great American and an exemplary soldier.”
2. “The textbook case of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, from being his unit’s worst intel analyst, miles from any action.”

Bradley Manning as he (?) sees him(?)self.

And, the Number One Thing that Nobody Ever Said About Bradley Manning:

1. “I’d hit that.”

Remember, this is the person that the DC plutocrats found to admire in the US military — a traitor.