Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2017 Week 12

This week’s Tour d’Horizon may actually publish on time. That’s kind of a big deal, as last week’s was finally published today (minus a few categories). You can read last week’s TDH at this link. (Link fixed, thanks to Brian Jaynes for the heads up -Ed.)

Guns

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

Build Your Own… SIG

This post on Gunnit Rust (the reddit gun-building sub-thread sub-thread) about homebuilding a SIG P229 clone reminded us that Matrix Precision Parts can provide with every part, jig and tool you need to make your own, legally (in most states of the US, that is. If you’re in some hellhole like North Korea or New Jersey, may God have mercy on you). First, here are the ingredients:

The basic jig (#2 in that picture, the numbers are fully broken out in the thread) also works with 1911s. There are two setups, here’s one of them (and he warns that the Hyskore “Armorers Vise” he used is crap):

Conclusion: 

Overall, this process took about four hours on my first run (I had to cut the slide rails a little more a second time because the slide was seizing up and refusing to cycle). As you can see, I had a cheap and subpar setup and managed, even though the most complex mechanical tool I was ever entrusted with with were safety scissors. Anybody can do it if they want to.

He did run into problems. The SIG factory coating on the slide chews at the bare aluminum frame, for instance. It’s also no way to save money on a SIG: Counting his tooling costs, he’s out $1500, although some of that was simple unwisdom (he purchased bluing equipment, while what the frame needs is anodizing or hard Cerakote). Still, he up and did it.

1970s Beretta 92S Pistols

If you missed these when a rash of them hit GunBroker, Robertson Trading Post in Tennessee still has them in five grades from $289 to $359. This model (92S) differs from the USGI M9 and commercial 92FS in three major particulars: it lacks ambidextrous controls, it does not have the firing pin safety, and it does not have the magazine release in the customary “Browning” position at the back of the trigger bow. Instead, the push-button mag release is at the rear base of the grip.

Even the lowest-priced firearms are serviceable; these guns predate the economization that introduced plastic and MIM parts. These specific firearms were made from 1977 to 1981.

Now That’s a Bayonet Mate

French RSC 1917 semi-auto with its stabber — all six feet of it. Embiggen for effect. This was one of the first semi-autos, and the first one issued seriously by a major power’s army.

There was actually a lot of innovation in this early shot at a semi-auto service rifle; one suspects John Garand remembered this operating rod.

It was a product of the same committee that gave France the Chauchat — which actually worked OK for France, compared to the monumental failure of the US Cal .30 version.

Ultimately, they gave up on keeping them running and converted ’em to straight-pull bolt-actions That makes survivors extremely rare, and given the gun’s importance, extremely expensive. Here’s the source.

Gun Stocks update

Anyway you want it: we have the table, our analysis, and the popular chart. We have simplified to one chart and table, incorporating Olin.

Gun Stocks since the Election
Week Ending RGR SWHC AOBC VSTO OLN
11/8/16 64.40 28.45 38.94 22.45
11/18/16 53.20 24.13 40.02 25.16
11/25/16 52.50 23.82 41.05 25.69
12/2/16 50.25 21.10 39.66 25.94
12/9/16 51.90 21.07 38.62 25.87
12/16/16 53.45 21.59 36.81 25.42
12/23/16 54.05 22.11 38.03 26.21
12/30/16 52.70 21.08 36.90 25.61
1/6/17 54.15 21.00 38.08 26.39
1/13/17 51.35 20.60 28.70 27.07
1/20/17 50.65 20.13 27.78 26.64
1/27/17 51.90 20.58 28.33 26.69
2/3/17 50.05 20.12 26.18 30.83
2/10/17 50.15 20.07 21.58 29.81
2/17/17 49.70 19.22 20.89 30.86
2/24/17 49.85 19.45 20.72 30.78
3/3/17 48.75 18.83 20.47 32.34
3/10/17 52.15 19.52 20.71 31.70
3/17/17 53.55 19.45 20.89 33.07
3/24/17 51.90 18.73 20.31 32.77

Everybody’s down this week, as are the indices (Dow Jones 300 Industrials, Standard & Poor’s 500). Most of the industry news this week has been in non-public firms (Remington, Colt). Q1 of 2016 ends this month and by mid-April we should have some financials to look at.

Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger holds RGR, bought at about 56.40 on 9 Nov 16. It bottomed in the 40s later that day before rebounding a little by close, but it is taking its sweet time recovering. Yeah, shoulda bought OLN. (It’s still paying a dividend, though).

Gun Poly-Ticks

Head

Kansas, like many states, has a firearms law that explicitly exempts in-state made and -sold firearms that never leave the state from Federal regulation, having, as they do, no nexus with interstate commerce. The law was always arguable if not outright questionable, but many pro-gun legislatures have laid them down as a marker of their pro-gun bona fides. These laws have been the target of anti-gun elements in the DOJ and in the last Administration, and one of the Kansans who acted in accordance with the state law was made an example of. His case is now on appeal, and the state Attorney General has asked US AG Jeff Sessions not to defend the case on the appellate level. Failing that, he wants Sessions’s support for a Presidential pardon for the unlucky Kansan. Sessions has given an noncommittal answer, promising only to consider the AG’s plea. (GOA Article) (KS AG’s letters to Sessions).

Shorts

  • New York pols are upset that a Federal law may allow out-of-staters to defend themselves from the NYC criminal element — and cut into the market for $10k bribes for licenses.
  • The Czech Government wants to enshrine gun rights in the national constitution. If nothing else, it keeps a market alive for CZ-UB despite EU overreach.
  • Back to New York, Attorney General Schneiderman, this assclown… …isn’t very interested in pursuing actual violent criminals, but he’s death on guns — even toy guns. In New York City, there’s actually a Stasi snitch page on the city website for turning in toy sellers!

Usage and Employment

 The hardware takes you only half way.

Negligent Lesson

This guy gave himself one in the hat… which was on his bed-post. The 5.45mm round continued through the bedpost and hit the wall sideways. Here’s his take-away:

[L]ast night I bought myself some nice East German AK-74 mags. This morning I was bored and decided to function check them and make sure they fed properly.

First mistake, I should of just waited until I went to the range on Monday. There is a time and a place for everything, and 7am in my bedroom was not it.

So I cycle a few times and everything was running fine and dandy. I remove the magazine and rack the bolt back. Must be clear! Nope!

Pull the trigger to drop the hammer and BANG! My first and hopefully last negligent discharge.

My idiot self forgot to visually inspect the chamber. The extractor must of failed to eject the round, and the rest is history.

Geez, did  this bozoid do anything right? Turns out, he did.

Fortunately I was following the “Point in a safe direction” rule, so nothing important was damaged.

Not much to add to that. Reddit thread here, pictures of the damage here. If you’re not lucky enough to be good, it’s good to be lucky. (And the only luck you can count on is the luck you make for yourself by not doing stupid stuff).

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Happy Days at ICE

There used to be one single detainer form, but it was split into three more complex forms, the better to inhibit the detention of criminal aliens. The three new Obama detainer forms are replaced by one (again). And a serving agent observes, gleefully:

The new form is like our pre Obama form. The new policy is detain illegals!!

Long enough to ship ’em, anyway.

Who’s gonna gang rape the 14-year-olds Americans aren’t raping?

Career Criminal has a Second Second Act

Brett Kimberlin is a lifelong career criminal with an unusually eclectic palette of crimes: terrorist bombings, child sexual abuse (not proven but the evidence was strong), lots and lots of perjury and forgery. He did time for drug smuggling. He was a felon in possession of firearms (which were never recovered and are presumed to still be in his possession). He was also the only suspect in a cold-case murder that can’t be prosecuted without a confession, because the other witnesses are dead. He’s an adjudicated pedophile. But he has a new career… in the news media, the demand for dirt on President Trump is so strong that he’s become a valuable, even treasured source for the media.

The Perils of Kathleen: Long Tail

Not a lot of activity week. But it seems that nothing will ever knock former Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and convicted felon, Kathleen Kane, out of the news.

  • Item 20 Mar: Merger Kane Opposed between PA health care firms going forward. Her opposition was probably a shakedown attempt, rendered moot by her legal problems.
  • Item 15 Mar: Kane Still in Court on a civil suit by victims of her relatiation during her disastrous career as AG. She won dismissal in state courts; now her victims have gone to the Feds in a long-shot attempt to win justice.

The big news, which deserves a post of its own, is the indictment and arrest of the Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Williams was, briefly, a hero for taking up prosecutions of crooked politicians that Kane had spindled on political grounds. But he turned out to be an even bigger crook himself — while what he did with the public’s trust and money is pretty bad, he’s also jammed up for stealing his mom’s savings, and then, after running a fundraiser for her, stealing that money too!

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Cross Putin? Well… He has a Lot of TT-33s

A Russian turncoat parliamentarian who went over to the Ukrainians got the treatment that was once reserved for anti-Soviet exiles, like Stepan Bandera. An unknown assailant came up behind Denis Voronenkov and his bodyguard and emptied a pistol, including several headshots into the downed Voronenkov. The pistol was a 1940s-50s vintage, perfectly deniable TT-33.

It’s a pretty safe bet that investigators will learn nothing from this pistol. What are they going to do, ask Russia?

But let it never be said that Russian chivalry is dead. Despite the opportunity, the assailant didn’t also shoot Voronenkov’s pregnant wife, Maria Maksakova. She’s unharmed, for purely physical values of unharmed.

If I were the Ukrainians, I’d be looking hard at Voronenkov’s “bodyguard,” who seems to have taken a dive in this incident.

This assassination is only partly about whacking Voronenkov, as happy as the Kremlin no doubt is to be rid of him. It’s also sending a message. And that is: our reach is long. Even in the very center of Kiev, under the light of security cameras, mere yards from police positions: we can still find you, reach you, and pay you back.

What Do UN Peacekeepers Actually Do?

We know they don’t keep peace. In Lebanon, they just work for Hezbollah. (But then, so does the nominal Lebanese Army, to which we provide lethal and ISR aid). Seriously, though, you wouldn’t like UN Peacekeepers to do in your town what they do in the unfortunate locales  that have hosted them heretofore. Stuff like this:

In Haiti, UN peacekeepers dumped fecal waste into the local water supply, igniting a cholera outbreak that has killed 9,000 so far. In other strife-torn regions like Congo, peacekeepers have looked on while rival forces plunder the populace.

…peacekeepers stay for years to prop up dictatorships that have little local support.

Peacekeepers sent to the Central African Republic were accused of raping more than 100 girls in one community. Four of the girls were allegedly tied up and forced to have sex with a dog.

Poor dog. But hey, that’s just one country!

Sexual assaults by UN personnel have been documented in Bosnia, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo, Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Mali and Sudan.

Oh.

What they don’t do is keep the peace and protect people. (In the Balkans, Dutch UN peacekeepers handed over civilians to their murderers, for one rebarbative example). So why do we approve and fund them?

When we were growing up, in the 1960s, people thought the UN was a wonderful thing. But they felt that way about tie-dyes, “turn on, tune in, and drop out” and levitating the Pentagon with the power of their minds. It was a stupid time.

Hate-Crime Spree Turns Out to be Fraud

New York politicians, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-Five Families) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-Guns Done It) are demanding new powers to fight Hate Crimes, because of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers across the nation, and because vandals had trashed tombstones in a historic Brooklyn Jewish Cemetery. And they blamed, who else? Donald Trump.

But The Narrative™ is falling apart. First, a suspect for about 20% of the bomb threats was arrested — and instead of being the right-wing white d-bag everyone assumed, he was a left-wing black news reporter, Juan Thompson. Of course, “news reporter” is, as is well known, a synonym for “d-bag” these days. But there was still 80% Real Klan Nazi creeps out there — they couldn’t all be Reporters Of Color, could they? (And it did, in fact, turn out to be a white guy… but we’ll get to that).

Next, the cemetery story turned out to be as phony as that fifth of the bomb calls: turns out that it wasn’t that some random Klansman was turning over the tombstones of the respected ancestors of today’s New York Jews, but that today’s descendants don’t give a rat’s rip about great-great-great-whatsis Schlomo, and the fallen tombstones were the result of neglect, not vandalism. “It was years, if not decades, old,” explained the police.

“This is my hammer…there are many like it, but this one is mine — wait, does this pink tie make me look gay?”

Is anybody surprised that Chuck Schumer doesn’t honor his ancestors’ final resting place? Seeing as how there’s nothing in it for him?

And finally, this week, the third domino fell: the rest of the JCC bomb threats turn out to have been made by a Jewish kid — a 19-year-old American living in Ashkelon, Israel. And he appears to have been paid by somebody to do it. (We’ll just note that Morris Dees has a lot of money, even after paying alimony to five wives. So does the ADL).

Of course, these politicians, being Social Justice Warriors, double down and insist that even though round-to-100% of the antisemitic hate crime wave was phony, the Dark Curtain of Fascism is Descending on America. After Thompson’s arrest, Evan Bernstein and Oren Segal of the ADL blamed… the goys, of course.

Well, it would if we elected Schumer to anything important. Fortunately, he’s only a Senator, like Caligula’s horse.

Army Has a New Participation Trophy!

An Army that keeps defining excellence down, to the point that a marginal SP/4 with zero deployments has a ribbon rack to match George S. Patton Jr’s after WWI and North Africa, is never going to fail… to entertain, anyway. The Army is developing the “Expert Action Badge” to ease complaints from the 95% of the Army that’s perma-fobbits that the combat-MOS guys get a shiny that they don’t. It’s not faiiiiir! < / whingey millennial voice> The new dongle will go to any soldier who demonstrates proficiency in his or her MOS, and is likely to look like this:

This Expert Fobbit Badge replaces the old motivational approach, the First Sergeant’s $#!+ List for those who don’t demonstrate proficiency in their MOS. (There’s already a shiny ribbon for graduating from Advanced Individual Training, but the Army admits with this badge that soldiers generally come out of AIT incompetent in their MOS). It’ll be interesting to see where the hurdles are set up. Will a finance clerk have to get a soldier’s pay started up within three months of him or her arriving on station? Will a cook have to set up both tray-packs, and MRE issue?

The CIB was created in 1942 to recognize that infantrymen were something unique, and the EIB recognizes the same thing in peacetime. The Combat Medical Badge and CFMB recognized that grunts and special operators don’t go into The Valley alone. But the Army today has to motivate the Tee Ball and Scoreless Soccer generation, and that means lots of praise, earned or not.

Shorts – Islamic Worship Edition

  • A Montreal mosque called for the extermination of the Jews, using a hadith, or reported saying of Mohammed — a fundamental scripture of the cult of Mohammed.
  • A nominal Briton,  who rented a van and murdered four people with it and common knives was a career violent criminal turned jihadi, who spent four years (2005-09) in top terror exporter Saudi Arabia being radicalized, but was dropped as not dangerous by British policeNow eight of his terrorist associates are in custody.
  • Person unknown makes a knife attack on two Swedes in a subway. What odds he’s an actual Swede?
  • A Libyan named Diallo Mamoudou assaulted two Italian policemen in Foggia with this kitchen knife or steak knife…  …and his car. He’s a guest of the Italian taxpayers now, which, when you think about it, isn’t really a status change for the bum.
  • Turkey’s Islamist strongman Recep Erdogan has begun revoking the citizenship of expatriate Turks in Europe, lest the Europeans try to send them home. Especially true of those suspected of opposition loyalties.
  • A nominal Frenchman with the Name of Peace® (Mohamed) loaded up his car trunk with weapons and did his best to plow into pedestrians in Antwerp, Belgium. His best was kind of lousy and he wound up in custody without killing anybody. No 72 virgins for you, Mo!
  • Meanwhile, staffers acquired by the Univision illegal-alien-media empire in the break-up of the Gawker gossip and revenge porn site had an active shooter briefing from DHS. Gossip columnist Anna Merlan wrote an outwaged jeremiad about how unfaiiiirly they suggested that terrorists Just Might Be Moslems. Her fear? White Christians, and all males.

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™?  Just shorts this week, or we’d never get the post up….

Dr Shulkin’s 10-Point Plan

VA head Dr David Shulkin is traveling the nation, telling veterans’ groups and VA workers about his 10-point plan to improve the agency.

  1. New accountability legislation
  2. Extend the Choice deadline past August
  3. Choice 2.0 Legislation
  4. Infrastructure improvements and consolidations
  5. VA/Defense Department federal coordination
  6. Enhance foundational services in VA
  7. Electronic medical record modernization
  8. Breakthrough in suicide prevention
  9. Appeals modernization
  10. Accelerating performance on benefits claims

Heh, there are some good points in there, but a lot of them look like the old VA bureaucrats’ wish list. We like our one-point plan better: disband this thing.

VA Exempts More Jobs from Hiring Freeze

Claims processing and cybersecurity jobs have been added to previous exemptions for patient care professionals, National Cemetery workers, and critical positions in contracting and project management. The claims processors were added because the backlog, which a max-overtime effort had brought down since 2014, is rising again.

Angry Feminists? Gee, there’s a change

Feminists were angry about a separate women’s auxiliary in the venerable Royal British Legion, so the leaders rolled it into the main organization. Then the feminists got more angry, demanding that women quit.  (But if you read all the way to the end of the very dishonest article by one Andrew Levy at the Daily Mail, they’re actually quitting because membership dues are being raised to equal mens’.

Health & Fitness

Nothing new. 

Lord Love a Duck!

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

Why this Rhino is Getting Chainsawed

A couple of weeks ago, criminals looking to steal something salable on the Asian traditional medicine market broke into a zoo in Thoiry, France, and shot a white rhinoceros named Vince dead. They got away with the animal’s horn, worth hundreds of thousands to unscrupulous merchants and quacks with superstitious customers in China and Vietnam.

So the zoos of Europe are taking chainsaws to their rhinos.

This keeper is dehorning the first of 21 rhinos in the Dvur Kralové zoo in the Czech Republic, but a Belgian zoo is doing the same thing, and others are expected to follow. As gruesome as it looks, the rhino is only sedated to let the keeper work — the horn is made of keratin, and cutting it is like trimming a human’s fingernails or a cat’s claws. Like those, the horn will grow back, requiring repeated trimming every few months.

The hope is that if murdering the beasts for money is made unprofitable, the animals — and the species, because its survival is already a near-run thing — may survive.

The Big Boys Wouldn’t Let Me Party With Them

Chuck Berry died this month. If you listen to or play rock n’ roll, you owe a debt to Chuck (and he owed it to a bunch of other guys that have gone before, like Louis Jordan).  It turns out that he had just cut a new studio album. Pity that now most of the money will stick to the fingers of LA middlemen, but that’s the business. Here’s the one single released so far, Big Boys:

He recorded this at age 89-90. Wow. (Some of the guitar riffing is his son filling in). It’s got those classic Chuck Berry conversational gems of lyrics:

If I would know then what makes the world go round
I woulda known what goes up must go down.

Most interesting guy, three-time felon for three different classes of crime, still playing monthly gigs near his Missouri home at age 88, and probably the most-licks-stolen-from guitarist since Charlie Christian plugged one into an amplifier.

RIP Charles Edward Anderson Berry, 1926-2017.

Oh, what the hell. Let’s bring him back for an encore… live on French TV, around the time Your Humble Blogger was born. Sometimes you listen to Beethoven, and sometimes you just want him to roll over.

49 thoughts on “Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2017 Week 12

  1. Jacobs

    There’s a kid at my work who claims to have played with Chuck Berry at some small-time gig in Long Beach, or something like that. He said he was a pretty down to earth guy, but he was totally perving on all the young girls. Was definitely within the past 7 years.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Could be true. Berry always traveled alone, and used a pick-up band in his show cities. After all, who doesn’t know the Chuck Berry repertoire? Over a few years as an amateur musician (trying half-assedly to go pro) I met a lot of guys who had played with Chuck. I did hear some complaints about how much they got paid — apparently being on stage with the great man was part of the compensation package, and they got maybe a ten-spot each (mind, this was in the 1970s).

      One of the guys who played a gig with Berry wound up having an interesting career in a low-profile unit, before converting over to the civilian side. (He had pictures to prove the Berry thing).

  2. RostislavDDD

    >>>This assassination is only partly about whacking Voronenkov, as happy as the Kremlin no doubt is to be rid of him.

    Everything is much sadder and more ridiculous, dear Hognose
    The assassin was identified, he was a soldier of the National Guard of Ukraine Pavel Parshov. Dnepropetrovsk skinhead, a volunteer for various data from the battalion “Donbass” or “Azov” (possibly both). Callsign “Boxer”.
    Now his commanders certainly claim that he is a deserter and generally a bad person, “a coward who did not strive for fire” :).
    Video: youtu.be/e9Okwnrohz0
    Bodyguard is a layman, but a bold, cold-blooded guy. I guess the former policeman from “Berkut”

    P.S. segodnya.ua/ukraine/svidetelnica-ubiystva-nemcova-durickaya-kupila-chetyre-kvartiry-v-kieve-smi-890854.html
    Another news. Anna Duritskaya, after her escape from the investigation to Ukraine, bought four apartments in the center of Kiev. He lives in the fifth, bought Nemtsov for 130 000 dollars before the murder.
    Statements (including mine), this mistress led Nemtsov to the killers, can be considered proven.

  3. archy

    ***Brett Kimberlin is a lifelong career criminal with an unusually eclectic palette of crimes: terrorist bombings, child sexual abuse (not proven but the evidence was strong), lots and lots of perjury and forgery. He did time for drug smuggling. He was a felon in possession of firearms (which were never recovered and are presumed to still be in his possession). He was also the only suspect in a cold-case murder that can’t be prosecuted without a confession, because the other witnesses are dead. He’s an adjudicated pedophile. But he has a new career… in the news media, the demand for dirt on President Trump is so strong that he’s become a valuable, even treasured source for the media.***

    Convicted *Speedway Bomber* Brett Kimbelin’s brother Scott was the real brains of the family and was the *Dan Quayle classmate* who Brett based many of his charges about Quayle in law school upon; Scotty handled the entertainment bookings and other *entertainment* for his TKE fraternity chapter, so he did have the connections. Scotty will not divulge any details, however, he was killed with his own AK in Ohio [long before the Chinese AK semi’s came into this country] during a 1970s drug deal gone bad. BTW, that *felony charge* for which Brett became firearms prohibited was impersonation of a US Army Officer, uniform, decorations and all.

  4. James

    I will say the Matrix setup seems cool as hell seems as tools excepting side hand tools designed with one purpose(a good one)and think you are at that point might just get a mini mill,practice and make a lot of scrap and slowly learn some basic machining skills,so much one could do with a mill beyond a firearm build.

    The AK guy was very lucky(did he even have a coffee before checking his rifle)and on reddit chat one guy mentioned checking/clearing 3 times,figiures even if he forgot two times he still cleared safely.Hell,I
    mentioned measuring two/sometimes three times before cutting wood on projects,makes sense to me to check three times.

    This brings up a question,is glaser ammo worthwhile option for a handgun in home that may have other occupants/nearby neighbors.I realize that not shooting unless absolutely necc. and hitting target the foremost concerns but will it make a decent defensive round while adding a measure of safety for others?

    As a rainy day may do some reading,for fictional readers am in first third of a book by Simon Tolkien(JRR’s grandson)called Over The Top,story of a child growing up in early 1900’s England/working the coal mines and at some point ending up in the army and at the Battle Of The Somme.I am still in the younger years of tale and the coal mines of the time seem a horror in themselves,never mind the upcoming wa.,Simon seems to have picked up his grandfathers gift for telling a tale,nice read so far.My guess is the war part of the story based a lot on what he heard and read from his grandpa as JRR fought in the Somme and was wounded there,a nice read so far for those looking for something to read on a rainy day.

      1. James

        Thanks Dave,used to visit that site a lot/swapped OS’s and computers soo much lost in book marked shuffle,back there again.

    1. Ratus

      Re: Glaser ammo

      No, it is not a good choice for a self defense round in any situation.

      It is expensive, though not as expensive as it was. $30 for twenty rounds now vs $20-25 for six it was for a long time.

      It is known to not cycle semi auto pistols.

      It has a very shallow wound track, basically just a flesh wound.

      In one gel test on YouTube (GY6) a thin cotton t-shirt caused it to penetrate three inches less.

      Here’s much better video about Bullets vs Drywall youtu.be/k5219Q_XpSI

      Have a look at any of his videos on the good modern hollow points like the standard pressure Federal HST or Gold Dots.

      Also don’t over pay for self defense ammo, all ways look for the fifty round boxes. SGammo is a good starting place.

      Good luck.

      1. James

        Thanks Ratus,will check out video and believe have been to SG,usually when we like something we hit sites like ammoseek and go in on literally a few 1000 rounds between friends,then,large scale reload stock.

    2. John M.

      “Will provide adequate terminal performance on humans”

      And

      “Won’t penetrate drywall”

      Are currently conflicting requirements. Pick one.

      Although oddly, one of the best rounds for the compromise turns out to be some 5.56 mm hollowpoints. The lower weight of the 5.56 reduces overpenetration while the hollowpoint goes a long way to ameliorate 5.56 mm’s poor terminal performance. If a 5.56 will do your job, read up a bit.

      -John M.

  5. John Distai

    “…But the Army today has to motivate the Tee Ball and Scoreless Soccer generation, and that means lots of praise, earned or not….”

    Reminds me of this quote from ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’

    “…I was at dinner last evening, and halfway through the pudding, this four-year-old child came alone, dragging a little toy cart. And on the cart was a fresh turd. Her own, I suppose. The parents just shook their heads and smiled. I’ve made a big investment in you, Peter. Time and money, and it’s not working. Now, I could just shake my head and smile. But in my house, when a turd appears, we throw it out. We dispose of it. We flush it away. We don’t put it on the table and call it caviar…”

    The illegals raping the 14 yr old had me thinking. If this act were to occur in Vietnam during the war, would these folks have ‘fallen’ out of the helicopter during a transfer?

  6. Jim Scrummy

    Seth Williams….Hahahahahaahaahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…let me catch my breath…..hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…to infinity! Couldn’t have happened to one of the greatest a-holes I ever met in college. This news made my year! The college alumni magazine thought he was the greatest thing since Thurgood Marshall… Uh huh. The guy was full of excrement since forever.

  7. whomever

    “It’s also no way to save money on a SIG: Counting his tooling costs, he’s out $1500”

    Just FWIW, if the objective is to make a gun, vs a specific one, you might ask around the local gunsmiths. I found one who gave me almost all the parts for a 1911 except the frame and slide. He had accumulated a shoebox of old takeoffs over the years (because customers wanted upgrades).

    In the good news/bad news department, if you’re starting from a blank (as opposed to an 80%), a 1911 is one of the harder ones to do, I think, which somewhat offsets the widely available parts and troubleshooting expertise.

    1. Hognose Post author

      An “80%” (a term that means nothing to the ATF, but in the market means “as ready to finish as they’ll let us make it without calling it ‘firearm’,”) 1911 needs, as I understand it, only the slide rails, and the barrel seat, cut. A bare casting or forging needs a lot of machining operations, and some (decking the top springs to mind) are critical dimensions that everything else locates on. Like the difference between finishing an 80% AR (easy) or a bare forging (not for the faint of heart).

      1. whomever

        Right about 80%’s, AFAICT (I haven’t seen one). The difficulties with a from-the-raw forging or blank 1911 are that you need to make several custom tools (from memory, it’s been several years):

        -a microscopic tee cutter for the little detent slot that holds in the right side of the mag release
        -a larger tee cutter for machining out behind the holes where the safety goes
        -you can only reach parts of the slots the trigger rides in thru the magwell or trigger guard. I dunno how the factories did it – shaper or slotter, maybe? Not enough stroke for a broach, I think. I put a square file on the surface grinder and made two safe edges, sized to the slot dimensions.

        There were some other special tools – I have a baggie full of the custom cutters I made.

        The rear corners of the magwell are an issue, too – it’s a long skinny hole for a shaper. The factories used a broach, of course, but a broach like that would be a project. I kludged together a ‘single point broach’ shown below. The little cutting tooth is just about to enter the workpiece from the right. You cut a couple of thou, move the workpiece using the knee/saddle, and crank the table again.

        A modern doublestack is wide enough you have more options, and in general tend to be designed to be machinable with normal cutting tools, while in the era or the 1911 lots of custom cutters was the norm, IIUC.

    2. archy

      ***An “80% . … .. A bare casting or forging needs a lot of machining operations, and some (decking the top springs to mind) are critical dimensions that everything else locates on. Like the difference between finishing an 80% AR (easy) or a bare forging (not for the faint of heart).***

      The *zero point * dimension for a 1911 frame is not the top/frame upper flat, but the slide stop hole, at least on the 1911A1 Springfield Armory prints, dated 1944, that I work from. If you think completing a bare 1911 forging to 1911 finished specs is a chore, try reworking one to take an Argentine HAFDASA/ Balester Molina slide, trigger [pivoted] and grip safety [absent!]

      My vote for LOTS tougher to build than a 0% 1911: Walther P.38s/P1s.

      1. whomever

        Well, you need to orient in three dimensions. The slide stop hole is a convenient place to measure, but it doesn’t give you any alignment. The top of the rails is the most convenient place to use as that alignment reference. And you need to locate side to side, to e.g. center the mag well. The sides of the slide rails are the easiest place to use as a reference for that.

        The rails aren’t a particularly difficult feature to machine.

        “My vote for LOTS tougher to build than a 0% 1911: Walther P.38s/P1s”

        Oooo….wish I had one to inspect. It’s always fun to figure out how they did things.

  8. Quill_&_Blade

    Not exactly OT, as you’ve mentioned that ’70’s Baretta copy; but what about a weekly feature where people comment on their latest practice scores/improvement? I was president of the CaBARForLiom (can’t hit a barn for the life of me) pistol shooter’s club. Rifle, OK, pistol, no. A few weeks ago, we had a family firearms instruction day. At the end, I tried my pistol, with a much closer eye on exactly what I was doing. I noticed that I was pulling the trigger, not squeezing it, as I do with the long gun. Then, a friend showed me a better grip, and finally, there was a video about trigger method linked to by a Gab user. I put it all together, and presto! Something like 400% improvement. I was doing really good at first, but noticed that my arms were locked out straight, the guy in the video said arms should be flexed/bent at the elbows. Did that, and my performance dropped some. Not like before, but consistently low and left.
    Oh well, it feels like something to celebrate.

    1. LSWCHP

      Heh. My club ran its annual stock revolver championships yesterday. There’s a match for 6″ and a different one for 4″. I won both matches with my 4″ S&W Model 19.

      It’s all downhill from here. :-)

        1. LSWCHP

          The matches are taken from various stages of the PPC 1500 point match, or WA1500 as it’s known in the rest of the world.

          Double action revolvers with no mods. The 6″ match is shot from 7 to 50 metres, and the 4″ match from 4 to 25m.

          As anyone who has shot PPC would know, it’s a lot of fun and very demanding.

          1. Quill_&_Blade

            I figured it was double action, just confirming. It also confirms my suspicion that it’s “very demanding”. E-gads, I’m concentrating pretty hard just to get a single stack semi auto on target.

  9. archy

    *** Build Your Own… SIG

    This post on Gunnit Rust (the reddit gun-building sub-thread sub-thread) about homebuilding a SIG P229 clone reminded us that Matrix Precision Parts can provide with every part, jig and tool you need to make your own, legally (in most states of the US, that is.***

    I don’t really have any great desire for a SIG 229. However a conversion frame that would fit the top half of a SIG P225/ P6 to a new homebuilt frame that used SIG 228/P11 magazines, plus those from the SIG 226, would be another matter.

  10. Kirk

    In reference to this Action Badge(tm) thingy…

    All honor to the Infantry, who I’m always glad to have at my back as I’m forward of their positions either blowing obstacles for them, or putting them in as we withdraw together, but here’s a fucking clue about modern warfare: Where before the Infantry had an almost exclusive lock on deliberately going mano-y-mano with the enemy, just about anyone in uniform can find themselves in the same boat these days. It ain’t the primary job, but when it happens, it happens. And, when you’re a semi-REMF that either finds themselves in deliberate close combat, or worse yet, gets co-opted into “acting Infantryman, on-the-job-training version”, well… I think it’s fucking ridiculous that there’s no way for those guys to put the shiny on their uniforms or records. Because, let’s face it: If you’re going to act like a CIB is some Holy Thing, that only actual Infantry types can get, and you’re then snaffling up a bunch of cannon-cockers and other sorts to fill out the MTOE you depleted on the altar of the Bradley, it’s pretty fucked up that the only guys getting the fucking gong are the ones with the crossed rifles–Some of whom never left the fucking TOC. I literally observed that in action, during the opening phases of Iraq. Dudes who were grabbed up and used to fill the MTOE out for missions, who were not Infantry in either training or equipment, and who then spent the majority of their tour in Iraq kicking in doors, wound up with nothing to show for it, while the staff weenies that never left the wire of the FOB were all issued their ticket-punch CIB at the earliest point possible. That whole paradigm is utter bullshit, and always has been–If you’re the fucking FO that goes along with the line platoon to do the call for fire thing, and you’re doing your job, you ought to get the same respect and honors that the line dogs do. If anything? You really deserve a shit-ton more, because you’re doing it without the benefit of the training or the proper equipment, in all too many cases.

    That used to piss me off no end–The same assholes that told my branch that, no, we couldn’t get the Dragon, that’s just for the Infantry guys, then wanted to use us as fill-ins for the Infantry when the shit hit the fan. Motherfucker, I’ll more than happily do your job, but don’t tell me I have to do it with one hand tied behind my fucking back because you want to hold on to the budget money associated with that weapon. It’s just like the mortar–A lot more people than the Infantry could find the 60mm mortar highly useful in the direct fire role, and even indirect with a little extra training. But, will we ever get them? Oh, hell no… That’s Infantry only, ‘cos ain’t nobody else needin’ that indirect-fire goodness. Which is bullshit.

    I think the Army as a whole needs to get the hell away from this whole idea that there are somehow different classes of soldier, and that the guys doing combat will only do combat, and the guys doing support will only ever do support. That’s utter bullshit–Units need to be as polyvalent as possible, and if we find that we have our support guys back in the logistics lines getting attacked, they need to be equipped and trained to deal out as much damage as the line infantry dudes can–Maybe not as proficiently, but they need the correct equipment, training, and mentality to do so. There should be no clear break between roles–You’re a combatant? Fine; you do what is necessary to the mission. If the fucking mission means you’re up all goddamn night putting in wire for a defense, then fine–Your cute little infantry ass gets out there and does it, because it needs to be done; you don’t wait for the engineers to show up and do the work, because its “their lane”. Motherfucker, that “lane” is a mile wide; if it doesn’t get filled, you are the one who is going to suffer, because the lack of that wire is going to mean that the enemy can get at your position–And, rest assured, he will.

    There is, in the final analysis, just one goddamn job: Soldier. And, whether or not you’re assigned to a logistics task in the staging areas, or you’re assigned to be kicking down doors at the objective, modern war means you’re going to be faced with combat just about anywhere. And, you’d better be trained and equipped to handle it, or you’re going to die.

    Frankly, I think the WWII deal where the Germans and Japanese learned to their despair that getting past the Infantry outfits on the front lines was often a shit sandwich, because what that meant was that the hoped-for “soft underbelly” of the rear area troops like the Engineers often meant that you were facing a fucking buzz-saw armed with twice the machine guns the grunts were able to carry on foot. Anyone begrudging the “supporting arms” their share of the weapons might want to reflect on the fact that what drastically slowed down and stopped the advance of Joachim Peiper’s armor column was that they happened to encounter LTC David Pergrin’s 291st Engineer Battalion, an outfit which had been assigned to Corps-level winterization support missions, and which happily dropped their shovels and sawmills to have a chance to go fuck up some Germans. Which they proceeded to do. German intel had told Peiper that he was home-free, ‘cos there were only “rear-area troops” in front of him. Right there at the last, before Peiper’s guys had to abandon their tanks and walk home, he was seen to be pounding on his hatch coaming and screaming incoherently about “…the damned Engineers…”, who had just blown up the only bridge he had left to use, right in front of his tanks.

    During WWII, the Corps of Engineers had the wisdom to ensure that all the Combat Engineer battalions were at least as well-trained as the Infantry; in that era, in some cases, they were even better trained than the Infantry in some basic Infantry tasks. It also helped that they had trucks, and could carry a lot more in the way of weapons (anyone who has ever heard that perennial Engineer gibe at the Infantry might recognize a vestige of this: “Engineers got trucks; grunts don’t!!!”, usually yelled out at as the Engineers drove by a marching column of leg Infantry…). In WWII, that was a literal truth; the Engineers often had more and heavier weapons than the equivalent-size Infantry outfit.

    What I’m getting at is that the whole “CIB vs. EIB vs. CAB” thing is an artifact of the past; it’s about damn time we recognized this, and did away with the bullshit surrounding it. Guy goes to work in an Infantry outfit, as a pressed-to-use Infantryman? Don’t be feeding me some bullshit about him not deserving a goddamn CIB; you guys are the ones who played patty-cake with the fucking MTOE, not us–And, if you’re gonna grab some guy to fill in for those missing Infantry types you chose to trade away for a mess of pottage and a Bradley, then you better treat that borrowed manpower with the same goddamn respect you give your own. If anything? That kid who joined up to be a supply clerk, got trained as one, and then found himself in a line Infantry squad for a tour kicking down doors is due some more goddamn respect because he a.) didn’t sign up for that shit, b.) didn’t get trained for it, and c.) did the same fucking job as the guy next to him, who did. And, my friends, there was at least one goddamn case where that exact thing happened, because I know the specific supply clerk I’m thinking of personally. His chain of command tried doing something for him, but the regs wouldn’t let them–Only response his commander got when he tried doing the right thing was a “letter of concern” from the first O6 in his chain of command, for “misuse of manpower”.

    Frankly, I think this hard and fast strict delineation between jobs in the Army is as obsolete as knighthood; on the one hand, it ignores the direct combat contributions of a lot of guys who went hands-on with the enemy right alongside their Infantry brethren, and it enables the commanders of a lot of support units to do one of those “Not my job…” hands in the air things, when the enemy shows up at their door. Which is equally as much bullshit, in the other direction–The enemy engages you? You kill him. Period. End of fucking story–You don’t “ignore the provocation” because “…that’s not our job or mission…”. You kill them–Simple as that. That’s how you win wars.

    1. DaveP.

      “Rear Area Troops”…
      That’s what my uncle Anthony was (a mechanic) when, middle of December 1944, the Germans came through an area they never were supposed to come through. He got issued a rifle and some ammunition (the last time he had touched a weapon was in Basic) and sent up into the line, because they needed warm bodies and he was there. He was lucky enough to survive but his younger brother (my father) said he was never really the same afterwards.

      1. Kirk

        I think it’s a huge disservice to both sides of the issue, when we tell guys “Hey, we’re gonna save some money and time, by not training you to the standard necessary to succeed in direct combat action…”, and then turn around and tell that same guy “Hey, you take your half-ass second-line gear, and get up there on the line to fill in for those first-line guys we did bother to train properly, and just didn’t make enough of…”.

        Frankly, no soldier should have the expectation that their job is a sinecure against direct combat probability; likewise, the commanders should never conduct “budget triage”, and train any soldier to a lesser standard.

        In any Army I organized, each and every support organization would be structured around the same basic MTOE as an Infantry organization of like size; you belong to a finance office with thirty soldiers in it? Fine; you have a secondary structure as an Infantry platoon, and a shadow leadership element that may or may not actually mirror the office structure. I’m fine with the Finance supervisor not being qualified to do more than run a fire team, and the guy who is the actual infantry-mode Platoon Leader being one of the finance clerks–But, when the shit inevitably hits the fan, I damn sure better have a functional combat element to throw into the line, when needed. And, they’d be fully equipped down to the latest weapons, sights, and body armor.

        Of course, to be honest? I see no damn reason we’d even have a uniformed Finance office in the first place. If a DA civilian could be handling the job here in the US, why the hell are we sending those jobs and missions forward into the combat zone? Couldn’t you do most of the work such folk do via a satellite link?

        If you’re in uniform, you’re a combatant, and you had better be prepared to deal with that fact. Effectively and thoroughly.

        1. Hognose Post author

          Funny you should mention that, with the chief of staf just saying we need fewer, but better trained and more mature and proficient troops.

          I’ll believe that when they sack the 49,000 personnel clerks.

          1. Kirk

            Those are 49,000 slots that could be filled with real soldiers, instead of the half-ass uniformed bureaucrats we turn those poor bastards into.

            My personal belief is that the Army needs to be severely de-bureaucratized, and the idea that there is such a thing as “echelons of support” needs to go away. Likewise, the concept that we can somehow triage equipment procurement, and have some guys exquisitely equipped for direct combat, while others are lagging two-three generations behind (on a good day…) in both training, equipment, and doctrine.

            I realized this the first time my unit took on a platoon of Force XXI guys, and they basically cleaned us up like they were shooting fish in a barrel. At night, when you don’t have sufficient NVGs and IR lasers to go around…? You’re dead meat. Period. That platoon of infantry took on a fully prepared, dug in, and most importantly, forewarned battalion of Combat Engineers equipped to the standards of a 1980s or so line infantry unit. Calling that a fight? Not even; it was a fucking massacre. From the time they started in on the attack, until around four in the morning when their batteries ran out, it was literally a case of them shooting fish in a barrel. You could hear them move around the cluster of company defenses we’d set up out in the woods, and it was strikingly disheartening to hear the “ping” of them taking single precision shots to set off our MILES gear, while our outgoing fires were heavy and with no effect. Those Force XXI guys were able to literally dance around our perimeters, taking shots as they presented themselves, and it wasn’t until the first light of the following morning that our surviving elements were able to run them to ground, out of batteries, in a thicket and take them out. In the course of one night, that platoon accounted for about 80% of our battalion.

            And, the key difference? All those “accessories” they were given; IR lasers, individual NVG sets that actually worked for every guy, and the tactical visibility that the Force XXI systems gave their squad leaders. At night, they were absolutely lethal, and I recognized what my SF friends were describing about their times in the PI going after the terrorists–The utterly unequal match between even well-equipped guys without those “accessory items”, and those that had them. Plus, of course, the proper training to effectively use them.

            My guess is that if you were to take a modern, 2017-era infantry company equipped to MTOE standard, and set them to a similar task…? They might be able to effectively destroy a 1940-era infantry division, piecemeal, over the course of a couple of nights. They’d sure as hell destroy the morale, because when you can’t answer the fires, and it seems like the rounds are coming in from nowhere…? Yeah; that’s a nasty, nasty feeling. Give that infantry company modern fire support, and I suspect they could probably take out that division from the 1940s in a night, with proper planning.

            Because of things like this, I think it is both wantonly foolish and even criminal to suggest that training and equipping even the most REMF-ish of “support troops” to any lesser standard is acceptable. If their jobs are so complex that they can’t do realistic combat training, I would suggest that those jobs probably ought to be done by civilians here in the US, and then linked to forward deployed elements in theater by telepresence. Every body we deploy ought to be able to handle themselves effectively in combat, or they shouldn’t fucking be there. Period.

          2. Aesop

            Exquisitely stated.

            Kind of why I always liked the “Every Marine A Rifleman” concept.
            Time was when every Marine went to ITR before their MOS training, just as all Marine officers, including air wing weenies etc. go to Basic School for six months of extended grunt work before getting broken out to their MOS field.

            Not least of which because the first thing that happens when they need more grunts instead of artillery is to park the trucks and guns, and redesignate the arty Bns as so many “Provisional Rifle Companies”.
            Like they did in Grenada, and again and again in OIF/OEF.
            Without so much as a hiccup.

            If your job title is soldier or Marine, that’s what you should be trained as.
            (Also Reason #207 on Why Combat Barbie Doesn’t Belong On Deployment. She quite literally can’t pack the gear.)

            Your MOS is just where they stick you to keep the green machine rolling.

          3. DaveP.

            Sounds a little like a Manchurian Theory* to me. I note that the idea of MORE, better-trained troops isn’t up for discussion.

            * ‘From our studies we have concluded that that thing that we really need is, coincidentally, that thing we already want to do anyway’. From foreign observers watching the Russo-Japanese war in Manchuria and deciding that the lesson from what they saw was exactly what they were already in favor of: the French felt the Japanese victory was due to the aggressive fighting spirit of the Japanese infantry (their “Spirit of the Bayonet”); the English felt it proved that a small, long-service army was superior to a mass army, et cetera.

    2. Pathfinder

      LOL. Every now and then you have a pretty decent rant. This ain’t one of them.

      Where was all the engineer support for the obstacles that I had to put in and breach over the years? No where. So don’t give me that unmitigated bullshit that you do the same job as an Infantryman does.

      Where were they all at during all the fights that I took part in? No where.

      This new badge and the CAB is nothing but a participation trophy for the snowflakes.

    3. John

      You definitely earned your CAB crying/complaing ass bitch award. You’re the same guy who probably brags about how high his GT score is (because we all know that’s the only measure of intelligence) and that is why you didn’t go Infantry.

    1. Hognose Post author

      That’s better than the video that was on the UK newspaper I saw. Looks like the bad guy put max effort into Voronenkov, and one shot into the bodyguard, who goes down, and the assailant turns his attention back to Voronenkov. Bodyguard gets his gun out and fires up the bad guy. (The murderer expired of his wounds in hospital, shade of Lee Harvey Oswald). In retrospect, the bloody TT-33 may be the bodyguard’s firearm, which makes you wonder about the general competence of the bodyguard. Since a TT-33 is not safe to carry chambered, he may have been in Israeli Carry mode.

      It occurs to me that, along with Putin, Putin’s Ukrainian quisling Yanukovych also had independent reasons to want Voronenko dead. There’s enough here for the Kremlin to throw lots of smoke in the court of world opinion.

      1. RostislavDDD

        Let’s open the cards. I would be only too happy if the FSB killed this rotten, corrupt, two-faced scoundrel. At least because he is a “communist”. The traitor was killed, the world is a little less stink.

        The current soldier of the volunteer battalion of Ukraine (now, of course, fired back) to Yanukovich worked? :)
        Yanukovich had problems with his loyal assassins even when he was in power. Now, after about a dozen sudden suicides among Yanukovych’s surroundings remaining in Ukraine, his opportunities can be called negative.
        The version that the useless Voronenkov was killed by Ukrainian radicals, more precisely controlling their politicians (Avakov, who started his career with the demonstrative political assassination of the “hero of the Maidan”) does not fit? :)
        We will have to admit that the regime does not aspire to democracy, whatever the Washington Post wrote. And at the same time to believe about the “school of saboteurs in the Crimea” from the Ukrainian media.
        The name surfaced only because he was killed by a bodyguard. If he had left, he would have been an anonymous “agent of the FSB”.
        This I do not even take into account those dangerous people who gave Voronenkov money in Russia to solve the issue. What led to the criminal case, the flight to Ukraine and the problems of these people. In Russia, lobbyism is an illegal and very criminal business where one does not forgive not rendered services.

      2. John M.

        In fairness, Oswald got his own creepy, terminal assassin with a crazy shady back-story. I don’t love the conspiracy theories, but Jack Ruby is the piece of the puzzle that’s just too perfect for me.

        -John M.

        1. RostislavDDD

          The situation becomes even more amusing. Seeking accomplice (driver) . Veteran Battalion Donbass, now fighter of the Right Sector. Also criminal (two criminal record) supporting independent Ukraine.
          Yanukovych does not even smell,% 80 probability, the murder occurred on the orders of Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Avakov. His people.

  11. Cap'n Mike

    I can see the Expert Action Badge being a good idea.
    What does the Expert Infantry Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge do for the guys in those MOSs?
    It gives them a standard to train for and a test to see how well that training stuck.
    As long as its focused on how a person would do their job (MOS) in combat, or other combat related tasks, I can see it increasing the combat readiness of the entire Army.
    When I earned my EFMB, everything was combat focused on treating causulties on the battlefield or on individual survival on the battlefield.
    Im not sure what a supply cerks job in combat would be, but if nothing in his job relates to the battlefield, That MOSs EAB testing should be all general combat related common tasks. If 88M truck drivers were somehow tested on thier reaction to enemy fire while in a convoy, this is the kind of thing that would have helped the 507th Maintenance company when they were ambushed in Iraq.

  12. HORSE GUNNER

    RE: PROPOSED “Expert Action Badge”. This is asinine. Every bogus Badge (e.g., “Expert Action Badge”), every bogus Tab (e.g., the Artillery’s “Pershing”, the Engineer’s “Sapper”), every bogus Ribbon (e.g., Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal) distracts attention from and, implicitly, dilutes the value of the Badges and Tabs that really matter, such as Parachutist Badge (various grades), Pathfinder Badge, the “Coveted Black and Gold” Ranger Tab, SF Tab, Aviator Badge (various grades).
    The Army has too many Awards and Decorations now!
    My proposed solution follows: Make award of the existing Good Conduct Medal dependent on passing BOTH an All-Army Skills Test AND an MOS-Specific Skills Test. The All-Army Skills Test would include Physical Fitness (e.g., 12 mile Road March in less than 3 Hours (EIB Standard)) and Marksmanship (e.g., Rifle and, possibly, Pistol Qualification). The Good Conduct Medal should mean more than “No Court-Martial” or ‘Bar to Re-Enlistment” since the last GCM.

  13. LSWCHP

    Third world shitholes make a lot of money by sending their rapey, looty “soldiers” off to other shitholes to rape and loot under the guise of keeping the peace for the UN.

    From sorta my region, I know this is a big money spinner for the Fijians. Pick any random shithole and you’ll find their gummint making bank out of this caper.

    If ever an organisation needed disbanding or blowing up it would be the UN. Saudi Arabia running the UN human rights crew? Lol.

  14. Looserounds.com

    I don’t know about you guys but I feel much sager knowing NY is on the ball when it comes to toy guns.

    those stolen rino horns, Man I made a lot of money sending back to Vietnam with Linh’s parents all the antlers from deer I have killed over the years . They sold them when they got back and it was a damn nice windfall.

  15. Mike_C

    I hope that sawing off those captive rhinos’ horns keeps them safe, but I imagine they will destroy the horns in some graphic manner for the press, maybe burning them with self-congratulatory fanfare. But I modestly hypothesize that if they really wanted to do something about the rhino-horn trade, they should process the horns, with a suitably toxic and fatal additive, and slip the resulting mess into the black market. Only not all at once mind you, but periodically at pseudo-random intervals. After a few fatal illnesses, word will get around, some heads might quietly roll, then the paranoia would subside. Which would of course be the time to let slip some additional contaminated rhino horn, through alternate channels. At some point the supply of rhino horn would be considered suspect no matter what its purported provenance.

  16. archy

    ***Now That’s a Bayonet Mate
    French RSC 1917 semi-auto with its stabber — all six feet of it. Embiggen for effect. This was one of the first semi-autos, and the first one issued seriously by a major power’s army.
    ***

    Looks can fool ya’ but it looks to me to be fitted with the regular Mle. 1886 Lebel rifle bayonet, known to the French troops in WWl as Rosalieafter a popular bloodletting song of the period by Theodore Botrell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90avarSawqI

    However since our word*bayonette* seems to derive from the French arsenal at Bayonne [or maybe from Bayonne, New Jersey?] we may also have a possible connection to another tdh news item.

    The minor amusement I managed to generate upon observing that new *bayonet bar* piece of uniform jewelry to be awarded, no doubt mostly to troops who’ll be strictly prohibited from actually carrying or possessing such a nasty killing tool [didn’t there used to be a *bayonet* tab for the expert rifleman’s award, to be worn along with the *rifle* *pistol* *grenade launcher* and *tank weapons* bars dangling from the expert/sharpshooter/marksman’s awards two loops?] could be improved by replacing the pointy sharpie thing depicted for the M4 carbine with a much longer version depicting that Lebel/RSC Rosalie pigsticker. It’d make a neat tietack, too. in a vertical format….

    Hey, how about an award of that *bayonet medal* to troops who’ve actually killed someone with a bayonet. Might even open up the consideration to SF personnel who use a V42 Case fighting knife like the one on the SF crest, or to 10th Mountain Division troops who use a Garand bayonet like the ones on their shoulder patch. Now THAT would generate some real interest and pride in unit patches/crests/DIs….

    8

    lebel

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