When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Levels

Erick Cross MugshotYou know, a level, like somebody uses at a construction site.

Except, this crankypants clown used it at a construction site for a somewhat non-standard purpose: to beat the living Jesus out of his boss. Busted his skull, in fact.

Turns out, the Level Avenger is a two-time level assault loser already, not to mention a whole bunch of other rap sheet filler — you could say he’s a man of conviction, plural.

Gee, it’s almost as if the mystery causative factor in crime is criminals or something simple like that. How can that be?

DEBARY — A construction worker on a Wal-Mart job site known as “Poke Chop” was arrested after authorities say he buried his boss in dirt using a front-end loader and critically injured the man by hitting him with a level.

A Volusia County Sheriff’s incident report states that 57-year-old Perry Byrd of Orlando suffered bleeding on the brain as well as a fractured skull after investigators said Erick Cox, 32, of Sanford buried him in dirt with a front end loader then repeatedly struck Byrd over the head with a 6-foot aluminum level from the construction site both were working at earlier this week.

A level appears to be a weapon of choice for Cox who was accused of using one in a 2003 beating.

A 9-1-1 call captures the urgency of Wednesday’s construction site incident.

“Please hurry, someone come out here, he just hit him with a level,” a man told a 9-1-1 dispatcher. ” ‘Bout to kill him.”

Amazing. You should probably Read The Whole Thing™ but we have to excerpt a little more for flavor:

In the other level beating, on Nov. 20, 2003 in Seminole County, Kevin Dillard said Cox hit him several times with a steel level, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.  Cox and Dillard were brothers-in-law. Prosecutors did not file charges.

Yeah, this guy is now a two-time loser for assaults with a deadly level. Maybe construction is not what God really intends him to do.

Cox has also had other arrests in violent crimes including one Aug. 30 when he was accused of repeatedly punching his twin sister, Ericka Cox, in the face, leaving her bruised with a bloody nose, according to a charging affidavit from the Sanford Police Department. He was charged with battery domestic violence but she later said she did not wish to proceed with charges, and no charges were filed. Erick Cox reportedly got angry after his sister argued with his wife, the report said.

In another incident in Sanford in 2012, Erick Cox was charged with felony battery, battery and hit-and-run. In that case, Erick Cox was accused of punching a woman multiple times and then getting a bat from his truck. When a man intervened, Erick Cox hit him with the bat, according to a report. The man took the bat from him and Erick Cox got in his truck and and tried to run over the woman but instead hit the man’s car. Then Erick Cox sped away.  He was adjudicated guilty to two counts of battery and one count of criminal mischief and sentenced to 60 days-time served.

That’s how the “bat” got into the word “battery,” we figure.

You might want to think twice about hiring this guy, or just generally being around him.

 

Even When They Hire Vets, VA Still Screws Up

Duckworth celebrates buying off VA whistleblowers on Friday

Duckworth celebrates buying off VA whistleblowers on Friday

Even when they hire veterans, the VA screws up. Illinois politician Tammy Duckworth is definitely a vet, but all she did at VA was squander money.

Item: $5.2 Million to Crony Firm for PR

The Senate confirmed Duckworth as assistant secretary of the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA) at the VA April 22, 2009. She served from April to June, 2011, when she resigned to run for a House seat.

After Duckworth left, the inspector general produced a report in 2014 that found OPIA blew $5.2 million on a contract for “services that lacked a specific connection to VA’s strategic outreach objectives,” and despite OPIA’s best efforts, the office could not prove that Woodpile’s outreach campaigns “yielded any increases in the use of VA healthcare, benefits, or services by veterans.”

During Duckworth’s tenure, a memo from Jan. 11, 2010, stated that OPIA needed a contractor to take on the task of a rebranding campaign, as no one on staff had the ability or expertise. In July of that same year, OPIA handed Woodpile a $5.2 million contract for “outreach campaigns,” but the inspector general report found numerous invoices that did not “clearly link to accomplishment of VA outreach goals.”

OPIA did not implement any performance metrics to assess the effectiveness of Woodpile’s work.

via Under Tammy Duckworth, VA Wasted $5.2 Million In Single Deal | The Daily Caller.

Ever seen a contract without any specific deliverables? The “connected” firm that connected themselves with this opportunity did.

Nice work if you can get it, as the old song says.

ITEM: Whistleblower Retaliation, Take I

That wasn’t all. She’s been credibly accused of joining VA officials in retaliating against whistleblowers:

Veterans Affairs whistleblowers Germaine Clarno and Dr. Lisa Nee claimed that Rep. Tammy Duckworth did little to respond to their claims of mistreatment of veterans and corruption within the Hines VA.

According to their allegations, Duckworth was largely unresponsive to evidence related to veteran mistreatment and inadequate investigations conducted by the VA’s inspector general.

Clarno claimed that, although she approached Duckworth “many” times, the congresswoman did little to respond to her claims.
“I never felt that [Duckworth] wanted to hear exactly what was going on,” Clarno said. “I really thought going to Tammy Duckworth, that she would be the one who would stand up and say this has got to stop.”

But hey, anybody who works for VA gets one accusation of wrongdoing these days… it’s not like there’s a pattern of ab–  oh, wait:

ITEM: Whistleblower Retaliation, Take II

Duckworth also faces charges of retaliation against two employees at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. The employees filed complaints alleging mistreatment and abuse of veterans at IDVA facilities during Duckworth’s tenure. Trial is set to begin on April 4.

The trial was rescheduled, and would have run just before this fall’s election, in which Duckworth, currently in the House, is hoping to unseat liberal Republican Mark Kirk from a Senate seat. For gun voters, it’s a nearly meaningless election because Kirk and Duckworth are identically hostile to gun owners and identically committed to sweeping gun bans. Indeed, Kirk, a nominal Republican, more usually votes with Democrats, but the Republicans want to re-elect him for the sake of retaining their Senate majority.

But there isn’t going to be a trial, because Duckworth and her lawyers folded on Friday — after blowing some $2 million of the State of Illinois’s money covering her legal flanks — dumping money on the plaintiffs to buy a gag order in the settlement paperwork, and to avoid having to testify under oath:

Embattled Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) settled on Friday a years-long legal dispute surrounding allegations the lawmaker wrongly retaliated against employees during her tenure as the head of Illinois’ Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duckworth, who is battling to unseat Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) this November, was accused of silencing state whistleblowers by humiliating them, giving them poor performance reviews, and eventually terminating the employees.

Duckworth’s legal fees may have cost taxpayers nearly $2 million, according to a FOIA response from Illinois’ attorney general.

Kirk’s camp accused Duckworth of settling the case to avoid incriminating herself at trial.

The Chicongo Trib writes:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, representing Duckworth in the case, said in a statement that during a pre-trial settlement conference in Downstate Union County “it became clear that we could resolve this matter… for nuisance value — saving the state the costs of lawyers preparing for and trying the case.”

Lisa Madigan is the career pol daughter of career pol and uber-fixer Mike Madigan. She’s a close ally of Duckworth, as is BOP Inmate Number 40892-424 at the Federal Correctional Institute, Englewood Colorado. From the same Trib story:

Duckworth had been appointed to head the state’s veteran’s agency by now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich following an unsuccessful run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton in 2006.

The Blagojevich connection, and allegations raised in the lawsuit, had prompted Kirk to accuse her of hiring “goombahs” at the former governor’s direction, and he questioned whether she wanted to avoid testifying. Duckworth has said she wanted to get all the facts out but was prevented from speaking about the case while it was being litigated.

She wanted to get all the facts out, until she had everyone else muzzled by court order. Well played, we must admit.

The Trib also dances around the root of the problem in Illinois: the pervasive, bipartisan culture of corruption, the so-called Chicago Way. (Remember how Inmate Number 40892-424 got to Englewood? He more or less held an auction for the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama on his ascension to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Presidency).

Duckworth [tried] to fire 22-year state employee Christine Butler from her administrative job …. Duckworth later reversed that decision after being told that she first had to follow written disciplinary procedures and instead issued a reprimand with a paid suspension against Butler.

Human resources secretary Denise Goins alleged complaints about her boss were ignored and led to an unfavorable performance review that prevented her from receiving a raise. Goins had said Duckworth urged her to “do your job and keep your mouth shut.”

Goins and Butler, who both continue to work at a veterans home, also say they were punished for speaking out after Patricia Simms, the acting administrator, allowed unauthorized people to care for a resident. The two state workers had originally sought compensation of at least $50,000, as well as other financial penalties.

Simms was and is a Duckworth/Blagojevich/Madigan ally. Note that this is a whole other case from her retaliation against Clarno and Nee.

It looks as if Madigan paid 100% of Goins’ and Butler’s legal fees, no questions asked, cutting the deal with the attorneys behind their nominal clients’ backs. Hey, it’s the Chicago Way.

If you’re a vet, or one of the VA docs who treats ’em, what do you think matters more to Duckworth: veterans’ health and lives, or her own career?

Who knows what heights she’ll ascend to by the time her old sponsor gets sprung from Englewood (currently scheduled for 2024)?

 

Yeah, We Won a Few Lots at the Auction

So, about that strategy of bidding seriously on a couple of gotta-have-it items, and lowballing a bunch of others? The strategy that had us put in a record, for us, 12 bids?

We won five of them, most of them just barely, showing we weren’t too far off in our estimates. The five lots include 14 pistols, of which we want to keep 6 or 7. That means we’ll be disposing 7 or 8 firearms, including some rarities and some pretty common dogs, in the days ahead.

The One that Got Away

In one very embarrassing case, we were sure we’d bid on a lot (2575: “Two Czechoslovakian Semi-Automatic Pistols -A) CZ Model 1924 Pistol with Military Markings B) Praga Zbrovka Model 1921 Folding Trigger Pistol”) and even entered the lot and our bid in our auction tracker spreadsheet. But we never entered the bid. We really wanted the Praga and we’ll be bummed if it was under our planned-but-never-executed $1300 bid. Here’s what those guns looked like:

Cz 22 and Praga 2 Cz 22 and Praga

 

 

 

 

 

 

The larger pistol is an early vz. 24, the Czechoslovak military’s first domestic standard service pistol. The oddball Praga is one of only two designs produced by the short-lived Zbrojovka Praha; it has a notch in the top of the slide to allow index-finger cocking, and when cocked, the trigger (visible in the photos) drops down.

In three cases, our winning bid (not including buyers’ premium) was under the low and high estimates. That’s good pickin’; in our opinion, all the auction houses set their estimates at the low end of a reasonable range. We presume they do this to encourage bidding, because many lots then get plenty of bidding action “down low,” and that may incite other buyers to join in.

In another case, our winning bid was right within the predicted range — higher than the predicted minimum, lower than the predicted max — and in the last one, we paid $400 more than the predicted minimum, and $100 more than the predicted max.

One lot where we’re keeping both guns for sure is #4257, “Two Cezska Zbrojovka Semi-Automatic Pistols with Holsters.” The two pistols are a rare Vz 22, that was only made for a very short period and is transitional between the Mauser Pistole N prototypes and the mass-produced Vz 24, and a rarer Cz 36 made in 1939, supposedly both with holsters although only one holster shows in the photos:

CZ 22 and CZ 36 L CZ 22 and CZ 36 R

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pistole N was an evolution of the Mauser 1910/14 with a locked breech (most of the Mauser prototypes are in 9 x 19 mm) and a hammer instead of the 1910/14’s striker. The unusual safety design of the pistol came directly from earlier Mauser designs, and it’s unclear whether it was Josef Nickl’s, or the creation of one of the Feederle brothers. There are two safety controls on the Vz 22 (the upper pistol in those pictures). The upper of the two safety controls visible on the left side, behind the trigger, applies the safety when it’s flicked downward; the push-button that looks like it might be a magazine release is actually a safety release. It’s easy to use and easy to adapt to, actually, although nobody will carry one of these relics as a practical firearm ever again.

This particular Vz 22 (not VZ1922, which is a different gun entirely; that’s a rare error in Rock Island’s labeling) bears unit marks identifying it as property of the Desatý Dělostrelecký Pluk — 10th Artillery Regiment — gun number 178.

The CZ 36 is also interesting. The gun was produced in four major variations over its history; this is the first one. It’s a very early DAO pistol, and this example, like most CZ 36s, has a safety. (The safety was dispensed with on the next version, the CZ 45). There was also an American clone; some parts interchange among all variants. Perhaps some time we’ll do a story on these little CZs.

 

 

Sunday Spray-n-Pray

The prayer was brief, if heartfelt.

The spraying involves wing skins and primer, and if it’s successful we can finally finish the jeezly wings and move on to the center section. Yesterday we washed and etched the skins… the collapsible gazebo thing we usually use to hang these parts from spent the winter in the garden shed with the slumbering lawn machinery, which seems to have been a bad idea, as rodents ate some holes in it and relieved themselves all over the rest.

Mouse ordure has a very distinctive smell. Perhaps you can wash it off, but one notices the Blogbrother’s family cat was unusually interested in Your Humble Blogger last night. Standing out in the weather for a few nights has had a salutary effect upon the gazebo. Next winter it’s going in the mausrein basement.

In any event, today we will either get the skins primed, or learn something.

At the Auction, we have won, so far, thee lots containing eleven pistols, including some rarities. We’re out $4k so far (roughly) and we really only want four of those pistols. We may reconsign the rest to RIA, or take delivery and offer them in a blog post here for a limited time, before putting them on GunBroker and sending them on to someone who will love them.

The heavier stuff is up today, starting at 0900, and we have about $8200 in further bids in place.  All of these are keepers, if we win them, so we’ll probably release a few other things from the collection to keep the accounts in balance.

Tally-ho! The Blogbrother is here. Time to go make airplane parts safe from corrosion.

Update:

Brother was on time. New sprayer worked well enough. By 0900 all the wing skins were corrosion-protected with Stewart Systems primer. Some look a little runny, some look perfect, hell with it, nobody will see them once the wing is closed, eh. Mission accomplished!

Now for the auction, which kicks off at 0900 Central… maybe we’re not going to watch that like a lobster kettle. We’ll just open it at the appointed time and see how things cooked up.

Saturday Matinee 2016 25: Soldier of Orange (Dutch, 1977)

This is the movie that made Dutch director Paul Verhoeven a “name” in Hollywood and led to his subsequent career in the American movie industry. (He continues to work in his native Netherlands, too, occasionally returning to wartime stories). It is the story of several young friends and their disparate experiences in World War II Holland, including the brief shooting war of 1940, occupation, resistance, collaboration, exile, and liberation.

Scenes set in Holland are subtitled in English. Scenes set in England are not.

Scenes set in Holland are subtitled in English. Scenes set in England are not.

As the movie opens the protagonist, Eric Lanshof (Rutger Hauer), and his friends are undergoing the horrifying experience of a fraternity hazing, unaware of the real nightmares that lie right ahead. The friendships forged here are tested in various ways.

Several of the boys join the resistance: some boldly, some timidly. One is turned by threats against a third party — throughout, the Nazi counterintelligence operation is portrayed as ruthless and competent. One is torn by his mixed Dutch/German ancestry. One will be buried in an unmarked grave in the Dutch barrier dunes; another, executed in a horrifying way in a concentration camp. One winds up in the Dutch SS and becomes, for a time, a hero of the new Europe. And one just stays in school until it, too, is forced underground by the Occupation — and manages to keep studying.

Eric himself is not looking to be a hero, which makes him all the more convincing one. At one level, this movie is a gripping (if complicated) adventure story of resistance against an implacable and evil empire. At another, it’s an exposition of the techniques and countertechniques of resistance and repression. And overall, it is a great arching human tragedy of chances, choices, circumstances and consequences.

It can be difficult to see here in North America; it was posted to YouTube in sections, but at least one has been taken down by the copyright lawyers determined to score valuable points by keeping their clients’ art unseen. (Lawyers. Is there any question but that most of them would flock to the  ranks of the collaborators, were they to face the choices of these film characters?)

Acting and Production

The movie was quite expensive for a continental European production, with the best Dutch talent in front of and behind the talent, and some talented Germans brought in just to creep the audience out — the avuncular CI chief will stick in your mind, as will his gutter-minded assistant.

Rutger Hauer is powerful as Eric. He is perfectly cast as a big Dutchman (after all, he is a good-sized Dutchman). One other actor familiar to Anglosphere audiences is Edward Fox, typecast as usual as a British officer. The other actors, mostly Dutch,

Accuracy and Weapons

Someone worked hard on accuracy for this film. The 1940 Dutch Army is painstakingly equipped with appropriate guns, like Dutch Mannlichers and Browning 1922 pistols.

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Resistance guys have Stens, Webleys, and other British hardware. Dutchmen in exile train with Lee-Enfields. This is all more or less correct.

A couple of incidents involve a revolver (possibly a Webley) and a small .25. The Germans are armed appropriately, with German weapons, although they have an MG42 in 1940.

soldier_of_orange_01

Some of the bigger stuff works, some doesn’t. The “British” floatplane that comes to pick up a courier is a postwar DeHavilland Canada product; “German” tanks are Leopards. But a Russian RGD-33 grenade, a nearly forgotten frag grenade that would be just right for the tax in which it’s employed.

A lot of small, unexpected little details are accurate; some of the Morse radio calls and prosigns are those actually used: messages begin QRA DE (“any station receiving, this is…”) and then lapse into

The security check and duress check signals that the SOE and SIS used in 1940 are simplified, but the radio procedure is close.

Explosions are, unfortunately, Hollywood fireballs (one is excusable, as it is a gasoline FOOM).

Eric’s many roles in the war — Resistance man, pilot, aide to Queen Wilhelmina — seem to make him a Dutch Forrest Gump (or Zelig, if you prefer characters crafted by famous Hollywood pervs). But the character is actually based on a real Soldier of Orange, who filled all the roles.

The bottom line

Soldier of Orange is one of the best resistance films made in the last fifty years. (Hmmm… that would be a good list to make, wouldn’t it?)

For more information

These sites relate to this particular film. We watched it on a movie channel, where it occasionally shows up.

  • Amazon.com DVD page (yikes. Expensive DVD).

https://www.amazon.com/Soldier-Orange-Rutger-Hauer/dp/B000X03BBM/

  • IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076734/

  • IMFDB page:

http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Soldier_of_Orange

  • Rotten Tomatoes review page (a rare 100% Fresh rating):

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/soldier_of_orange/

  • Wikipedia  page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_of_Orange

  • History vs. Hollywood Page. (none).

Notes

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When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Cages

kededrique boyd mugshotDreadlocked, scowling Kededrique Boyd was a career criminal. But even he topped himself when he blew up at his girlfriend and threw her puppy — still in her cage — off an apartment balcony in Evansville, Indiana.

Being a product of the narcissistic Worldstar Hiphop generation, he filmed the whole thing, which makes proving the animal cruelty charges kind of simple and boring for the DA’s office.

Video:
Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

An Evansville man is in jail accused of doing the unthinkable to a puppy. 23-year old Kededrique Boyd was arrested Thursday night and faced a judge Friday on several felony animal cruelty charges.

Officers said it started with a fight between Boyd and his girlfriend, that lasted most of the day until she left for work. Police told 14 NEWS, while she was at work, Boyd filmed himself throwing her black lab puppy, in its cage, over their balcony Thursday night.

“When I seen the police, I suspected something else. That was the last thing I expected to hear, it’s pretty terrible,” said a neighbor who asked to not be identified.

EPD said on Thursday Boyd and his girlfriend argued over ownership of property and child custody and that argument, officers said, escalated to them breaking up.

Officers told us when Boyd’s girlfriend left for work, he shot this video on his cell phone, The video is graphic, and we’ve chosen not to show the cage hitting the ground.

“I just don’t know what this world is coming to, to throw a puppy or a dog or anything, it’s cruelty to animals,” said the neighbor. “I just think it’s awful.”

“We do a lot of family violence, domestic disputes, and arguments between couples and we also do a lot of animal cruelty runs,” said Lt. Scott Doan with Evansville Police. “But it’s very rare for us to see something where an animal is used as a ploy or a tactic for one person to get back at another.”

The 10 week-old black lab puppy, named “baby” is doing much better now.

In addition to Friday’s felony animal cruelty charges, Boyd already had an outstanding warrant out of Jackson County, Indiana. His bond is $25,000, or $2,500 cash. He’ll be back in court next week.

Animal control said the girlfriend signed over ownership of that puppy to them Thursday night. She’s with animal control now, and will be available for adoption in the next few days.

via Evansville man throws girlfriend’s 10 week-old puppy in its cage – Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV.

If you skimmed that and didn’t see what happened to the dog, she survived, she’s ok, and Kededrique’s (presumably ex-) girlfriend gave her up to a shelter, whence she’ll be going to a slightly less, shall we say, kinetic, household.

Kededrique? He’s probably going to prison. Be nice if someone could drop his cage off a high perch.

A Defense Policy Opportunity

Unless you’ve been under a rock —  in which case we’re profoundly grateful that your first act on emergence was to check out WeaponsMan.com — you’ve heard about Brexit, the British vote to exit the EU. This was profoundly shocking to the ITV commentators watched live, and redounds to the frustration of Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, and all the latest generation of would-be Napoleons who meant to crush British sovereignty and exceptionalism. (Not to mention all those Britons whose fondest dream is to be the Vidkun Quisling of such a European imperium).

Ah, but what does British exit from the EU’s dream of a continent ruled by a hereditary cast of technocrats mean for the greater world? It could mean greater integration of the Anglosphere. Writing in USA Today, James C. Bennett suggests that Britain should look to the lands of the British diaspora.

…[T]here is an interesting development, which to date, has been under the radar of most international political observers, but which now has been given a green light by yesterday’s and today’s events. This is the growing movement for closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, the so-called CANZUK nations. A Change.org petition calling for bureaucracy-free movement between those 4 nations recently gained over 100,000 signatures in a few months without any financial backing or big names in support. Boris Johnson, the flamboyant ex-mayor of London, and now victorious leader of the Leave movement in the Brexit referendum, has endorsed CANZUK free movement as a near term goal.

Beyond free movement, commentators such as Canadian publisher Conrad Black, and British economist Andrew Lilico, have called for some form of confederation of the CANZUK nations. As a superior alternative to the European Union, such a confederation would be a globe-spanning advanced technological, economic and military power bigger than Germany or Japan, and whose 4 members have individually been Americas most constant and capable allies. Unlike many so-called “allies”, when America has asked for help, these usually have shown up with soldiers, ships and planes. If such a plan went ahead, America could end up with the kind of partner it had always hoped the EU would be but which never showed up in reality. Brexit is a good thing even on its own terms. However, if it became the starting point of such a development, it could bring much much more for its own members and for the USA.

Such an Anglosphere Union has been at work for decades — since 1940, really — in the defense, security and intelligence realm. You’ve probably seen declassified documents marked REL FVEY — It means “releasable to the Five Eyes,” the five being in alphabetical order: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US). (A SECRET REL FVEY document can’t be given to any random Kiwi or Canuck any more than it can to any random American: this is a mechanism for intelligence sharing among cleared members of cooperating intelligence agencies). For a while, the Kiwis were out over a political disagreement over nuclear weapons, but all in all it’s been a strong alliance, and it’s well placed to frame greater defense, economic and political ties between the Anglosphere nations.

It is unlikely our current President, who affects a bogus African loathing of Britain as a colonial power, will be interested in supporting an Anglospheric Common Market or unified trade and travel treaty. It is unlikely that America’s rotten political elites will support it, absent signs that they can somehow turn it to greater graft. So it seems probable that, if such a thing comes to pass, the US will be on the outside looking in. However, most Americans of good will, whose lives and imaginations aren’t crippled by the daddy issues from an absentee father and the facile nonsense of academic dogma, would welcome such a development.

Do Read The Whole Thing™. And consider how it might extend.

One Cool Tool

US Tool Manual Bolt Extraction Device 556-308Here at the Wile E Coyote Institute for Applied Aeronautics (and Gunsmiting) we occasionally find a tool we really like. Here is one such tool that not only belongs in your shop toolbox, but in your range kit, and that goes double if you’re a unit or department armorer (or a small department’s go-to gun guy), or an SF guy that has to run ranges for the Third World, or a range officer at a range open to the public (almost the same thing).

We’ve all seen the stoppage you get when an overpressure round, or maybe a nasty chamber in an unlined barrel on a bargain-basement AR, solidly stuck. It’s like the thing brazed itself in there! It’s hard to get enough leverage on a charging handle to move the bolt carrier back and unlock that damn-near-welded bolt. If the carrier is fully forward, you can separate upper and lower and attack the carrier from underneath, but if it’s back just a few millimeters it’s hard to separate the upper and lower.

You can get a similar problem with a double-feed, commonly caused by crummy or worn-out magazines. Your gun is out of action until you can reduce the stoppage.

And then there’s the circumstance, when some schmo brings the seized rifle in to the shop after getting the case stuck and then letting it sit for three months in the salty sea breeze, hoping that time heals all wounds.

The US Tool & Design Manual Bolt Extraction Device is simplicity itself: a lever with a yoke at one end that can be inserted through the magazine well and pry the bolt carrier back. That lets you open things up and get the gun back into action, or at least, troubleshoot the problem. Here’s an image showing how it works, with the upper absent for clarity:

US Tool Manual Bolt Extraction Device 02

It’s available in three versions: compact 5.56mm and 7.62mm versions, and a double-ended dual-caliber variety. (Of course these will work with other calibers on the same platform, so order the 5.56 one for .300 BLK, for example; the critical sizes are the bolt and bolt carrier).

US Tool Manual Bolt Extraction Device three versions

The dual-ended one is perfect for the shop workbench, and we could see the other attached by a clip to the rails on one’s field rifle. It would give you a way to clear this kind of stoppage in combat.

US Tool Manual Bolt Extraction Device

Here’s what they say about their tool, for which they’ve applied for a patent:

The Manual Bolt Extraction Device (MBED) is designed to be used in the event of a malfunction where you need direct access to the bolt carrier group (BCG) and the leverage provided by the charging handle is insufficient. The MBED is effectively used to clear the most common stoppages such as a double feed where the second round is wedged above the BCG. The MBED can also be used to clear an over pressured round or any stoppage where the casing is stuck in the chamber and has seized function of the rifle.

The MBED can be used to aide in any stoppage where direct access to the bolt carrier is needed. The AR-15/AR-10 platform does not allow for the user to have access to the bolt like the AK47, M1 Garand or M14 style rifles. The charging handle gives minimal leverage to the bolt carrier group and requires multiple tools and at least two individuals to clear these stoppages. The MBED is a single tool that a single individual can use to get the rifle back into working order in a short amount of time.

This is simple and that’s what makes it brilliant. We’re ordering one for the bench and one for the range bag, at least until we can figure out the rail clip that we want to make. You can buy the MBED here: https://www.ustoolanddesign.com/products/manual-bolt-extraction-device

Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2016 Week 25

This Tour d’Horizon is the laziest, most telegraphic, check-the-boxingest one in at least a week.

Guns

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

A Collection of Bubba’d Glocks

At TFB, there’s a collection of different Bubbafied / WECSOG Glocks. Like Lizard Skin here:

ugly glock

When you’re done using it as a pistol, you can tan its hide and make a coin purse.

And then there’s its Meccano brother, below. Engineers, help us out here: is that a Warren or a Pratt truss?

ugly glock 2

Really, though, you gotta Read The Whole Thing™ to get to the very best bit, the gaudy (and sometimes, finger-paint lookin’) Cerakote jobs.

Think Your Guns Get Shot a Lot?

Don’t go making any wagers on that, unless you can beat this guy. He has some great facts about common firearms in a high-round-count environment. This detail surprised us:

USGI mags have outlasted all of the other brands. We use UGSI (Brownell’s with tan follower) and on a mag for mag basis, they have outlasted Pmags and a few of the other mags that we get from mfg’ers with new weapons. We don’t have to worry about various generations with different weapons like the MR556, SCAR, F2000, Tavor or a couple of others that use AR15/M4 magazines.

You don’t say.

Turns out Kuntzman Fabricated Parts of his Story

You know, the reporter that just about peed himself when handling the dread power of the mighty AR-15? The Philadelphia gun store owners he depicted as gun control advocates aren’t, quite:

[W]e did not know that Mr. Kuntzman would completely turn things around and make our establishment look like one of anti-gun advocates. We have received dozens of phone from all over the country in regards to the article. Many of these callers expressed disgust with the article and told us to stay away from the media.

Yeah, now they tell you.

Most reporters would never tell a lie, except on days that end in “Y”. Remember, we just had Katie Couric’s fake documentary, and NPR’s fake story on the myth of the “ordinary mom” who was a political flak for the Carnahan machine before becoming the pretty if heavily worked-on face of the gun ban movement. You can tell when they’re lying: words come out of ’em.

Speaking of Reporters Lying: The AR-15 Market was “Saturated” 18 Months Ago

And all the millions of ARs that have sold since then are figments of your imagination. Reporter John Boyle, of the Asheville NC Citizen-Times, used the old “some people” dodge that dishonest reporters use when they want to sneak their own opinions in:

Some even call it a glut.

Dishonest John’s article was picked up by USA Today, and therefore read by millions of people who are resolutely uninformed about anything.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way.

Michael Yon shares a Friend’s Post: 4GW Comes to America

Apart from the recommendation of Grossman, it’s a good article. Our favorite line:

It is clear that our federal and local law enforcement agencies are not capable of protecting us from the Islamic Jihadi threat.

You might want to write that down.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Another Lutheran Shoots a Cop

It seems like Pennsylvania is discovering how to keep our cops alive: breed a race of cops as hard as woodpecker lips. First we had the Philly cop run down his Sudden Jihad Syndrome ambusher, and now they’ve just had one survive seven hits, some to the vest but at least one to the face. And the trigger man — who goes by Abdul Wahi, but that may just be street posturing — is in the jug.

Christopher Dorman, 25, a Folcroft police officer, was in critical but stable condition late Friday as a result of the incident, which police said occurred about 10 a.m. near the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue in Folcroft outside an apartment building.

“I’m shot in the face! I’m shot in the face!,” Dorman shouts to a police dispatcher, according to a recording posted by NBC10.

District Attorney Jack Whelan identified the suspect as Dante Brooks Island, who goes by the alias Abdul Wahi, and whom he called a “career criminal.” He was to be arraigned Friday night.

Officials said that an altercation ensued after Dorman responded to the scene. Shots were fired, they said, but Dorman did not return fire. Other officers also responded.

The heads of the DOJ, DHS, FBI and the President were mystified by his motive, same as with everybody else’s motives these days.

Thank You for your Assistance to Law Enforcement

An armed robber was doing fine evading Dallas, Texas cops in a Dodge Challenger until he came to a gaggle of cars stopped at a red light. He made his best effort to fit between an SUV and a minivan, which wasn’t all that good an effort.

And then, his troubles began.

 

The SUV was sent across the intersection like a croquet ball. Three angry people burst out of the  minivan. One, a woman, collapsed, injured. The two guys paid her no mind but seized the robber (they couldn’t have known he was a robber yet) and his further getaway attempts turned into a beatdown. When the cops finally

Was the Challenger stolen, too? He certainly drove it like he stole it.

Remember that Murder of a Whole Family in PA?

Case Closed. See the details at Officer.com; two suspects are in custody. It was a botched revenge whack among competitors in the thriving urban recreational pharmaceuticals industry.

To Be a Happy Crook, Be a Big Crook — or in Government

It looks like the VW mileage cheating scandal is going to wind up with a bunch of lawyers made rich, a bunch of government lawyers getting a slush fund, the few owners of the “cheat chip” diesels getting from $1k to $7k each, VW’s stockholders out between ten and eleven billion dollars — and no consequences for the cheating executives.

On Wednesday VW chief executive Mr Mueller issued a fresh apology to shareholders, saying the “misconduct goes against everything that Volkswagen stands for”.

Says the guy whose company’s cornerstone was laid by one Adolf Hitler.

Sorry We Lied to You… Well, Sorry We Got Caught

Who lied to you? ICE and DHS. So that’s your “shocked” face, huh? Anyway, last year they told the House Judiciary Committee that their policy of non-enforcement of law against criminaliens and release of 85,000 deportables into the interior had led to a “mere” 1,423 crimes. Where this number came from is uncertain, but it was probably from the lower end of some SES’s digestive tract, because the actual number of crimes committed by the Catch And Release Class of ’14 — at least, the crimes that they were subsequently caught for, not the ones for which they remain at large was 13,288. It’s a nice, convenient near ten times the lie they told under oath.

The list of convictions for offenses committed by criminals ICE did not deem worthy of deportation in FY 2014 includes: homicide, kidnapping, assault, sexual assault, drunk driving, and other offenses. Yet despite the clear knowledge that its policies resulted in thousands of avoidable crimes, ICE doubled down in FY 2015—releasing nearly 20,000 additional deportable criminals.

We don’t know what crimes the Criminalien Class of 2015 has committed yet, because they’re not done committing ’em.

Of course, if you lied in testimony, you’d be in trouble. But a Cone of Impunity™ seems to have settled over the region from Prince George’s County to Manassas, and, really, everything in that area. Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

Heroin Rescue Comes Undone

John Cramsey is a crusader against heroin — the scourge that slew his 20-year-old daughter Lexii. Called to “extract” a terrified 16-year-old from a New York flophouse — something he’d done before —  he launched from Allentown, Pennsyvania with two friends.

His error was putting a post on Facebook saying he was coming. Big Brother was listening.

He was intercepted by cops lying in wait, and he and his two friends were arrested and charged with gun possession, which, unlike heroin dealing and pimping out trafficked teens, is something the NYPD takes seriously.

The official story is now that Cramsey was stopped because of a cracked windshield, although no one mentioned that at the time and it took quite a few cops to concoct that story. In fact, unlike Omar Mateen, he seems to have been under surveillance, and the ex post facto “cracked windshield” seems to have been “parallel construction” to preserve the secrecy of warrantless surveillance and license-plate reader programs.

Oh, the 16-year-old kid? She didn’t get rescued, and who cares? NYPD and DHS had no interest in her. They’ll call a bus when someone calls her in, OD’d, dead. Until then, they’re fighting The War on (some) Guns, and they have to do it shorthanded a number of indicted senior managers, some of whom made a habit of using those trafficked 16-year-olds.

The Perils of Kathleen: She’s In the News Every Week

This is our ongoing series where we examine the ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane.

  • The Bizarre Tenure of Kathleen Kane Continues.” Sometimes the headline really does say it all. “This would really be funny if we weren’t all paying for it,” say the editorial board of the Lancaster News-Press. Heh, we’re in a  whole other state, we’re not paying for it, and you bet we’re laughing.
  • Kane Sat on Nearly $2M in Seized Money for Two Years. Nobody can figure out why, except for her general level of paranoia, which has infected the office. At that link, the Morning Call tries to figure out what the hell was and is going on. Not encouraging:

One source called the seizure by the state’s Mobile Street Crimes Unit “screwed up from the get-go” in part because it broke a rule against using relatives as informants.

Lord love a duck.

Lawsuits from ex-staffers and court filings in the criminal case against Kane detail a culture of paranoia that took hold as she engaged in a protracted war with former prosecutors and then reacted to the consequences of those disputes.

“If I get taken out of here in handcuffs, what do you think my last act will be?” Kane reportedly told her first deputy, Bruce Beemer, according to court documents.

  • Kane Still Has FansThe link is to a slobbering tonguebath by three ABC News reporters.
  • Kane’s Bid to Stop Trial FailsThis one is the latest of many, and she’ll probably throw more legal nonsense at the courts before she finally gives up and pleads out. It’s amazing to think that the person behind all these pathetic legal tactics is the attorney general of a state (sure, she’s basically recused from everything because she lost her law license, but she’s still spending the paycheck).

 

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

FARC Signs on the Dotted Line

After three years of negotiations, following decades of fruitless war, the Colombian rebel group FARC signed an initial peace agreement with the government, with a final agreement coming “soon.” Under the terms of the agreement they will report to camps, be guarded by the Army against death squads, and will marshal and turn in their weapons to UN monitors.

You’ve got to have been pretty deep in the jungle for a pretty long time, to still trust the UN. That went out somewhere between U Thant and Kofi Annan’s Oil For Food (and millions for no-brain son, Kojo Annan) racket.

Still, the local ADN Bogotá edition slugged the story, “Farewell to Arms.” Sure, it’s all done except the implementation, right?

In 1998 or so, they put a $50,000 price on your humble blogger’s head whilst he was working in Ecuador.  “Do I need to be concerned about this?” “No, señor,” our counterpart responded, “Everybody knows they do not have the money.” “But if they had the money, someone would shoot me?” [Counterpart puts on serious face]: “If they had the money, would shoot you.” (By the time the Taliban got around to putting a price on the same scalp, its value had diminished to $6,000. Perhaps due to male pattern baldness).

We Need More Jihadis, Don’t You Think?

So the Administration is pushing to admit 10,000 more Syrian rapefugees before the fiscal year is out on 1 October. Remember, 1 in 10 is a ringer, on average, among all refugees everywhere.

We Found One, But He’s Already in the Can

For some reason, the media doesn’t want to report these guys’ chosen Moslem names, but continues to call them by their rejected pre-jihadi monickers. Now, the President probably thinks this guy’s motivation is a mystery. What did this guy allegedly do?

Alex Hernandez, 31, of Worcester was charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the president of the United States.

In March 2015, Hernandez talked about his desire to kill Obama with another inmate as they attended a Muslim service, saying he was “upset about the way his people were being treated,” and wanted to kill the president in a “lone wolf” style attack, the affidavit states.

We guess we’ll never know why he was planning such a crime. Hernandez…

…has been charged with plotting to kill President Obama in order to help his “brothers” in the mujahedeen, according to a Secret Service affidavit.

Yep, what ever could be his motivation?

Afghanistan’s Even More Fabulous Army

A peculiar (in all senses of the word) tradition in Afghanistan is bacha bazi, which literally translated means “boy play,” but basically means institutionalized child buggery. It’s the part of Pushtunwali that they don’t teach you about in “cultural orientation” class. Agence France Presse manages to hold what we imagine to be a large Gallic nose, and reports:

Bacha bazi, which the US State Department has called a “culturally sanctioned form of male rape”, peels away the masculine identity of boys in a society where the sexes are tightly segregated.

In conservative areas women are mostly invisible in public — and often unattainable due to steep bride prices. Bachas supplant the role of women, adopting a feminine gait and sometimes wearing makeup and bells on their feet.

Many in Uruzgan see bacha bazi neither as paedophilia nor homosexuality, which is forbidden in Islam. If social norms had a pecking order, violating boys would be seen as far more ethical than violating women.

Insider attacks by child slaves have also been reported in recent years from neighbouring Helmand and Kandahar provinces, where bacha bazi is prevalent.

But the tactic appears more deep rooted in Uruzgan, where the boys are widely flaunted as a totem of affluence, with some officials openly displaying cellphone images to AFP of their “handsome bachas”.

Well, it looks like the Great Buggernaut has assimilated Afghanistan even more than the US Army, but the Taliban have been able to exploit the resentment of the buggered.

“The Taliban are sending boys — beautiful boys, handsome boys — to penetrate checkpoints and kill, drug and poison policemen,” said Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, who was Uruzgan’s police chief until he was removed in a security reshuffle in April amid worsening violence.

Hey, one good penetration deserves another.

“They have figured out the biggest weakness of police forces — bacha bazi,” he told AFP.

The assaults, signifying abuse of children by both parties in the conflict, have left authorities rattled, with one senior provincial official who echoed Rogh Lewanai’s view saying “it’s easier tackling suicide bombers than bacha attackers”.

The killings illustrate how bacha bazi is aggravating insecurity in Uruzgan, a remote province which officials warn is teetering on the brink of collapse, unravelling hard-won gains by US, Australian and Dutch troops who fought there for years.

“These bacha attacks have fuelled deep mistrust within police ranks,” Seddiqullah, a police commander at a checkpoint near the provincial capital Tarin Kot, told AFP.

The insurgents are using boys as honey traps, said 21-year-old Matiullah, a policeman who was the only survivor from an insider attack in Dehrawud district in spring last year.

He said the attacker was the checkpoint commander’s own sex slave, a teenager called Zabihullah. Late one night, he went on a shooting spree, killing seven policemen including the commander as they slept.

“He brought the Taliban inside and poked all the bodies with rifle butts to see if anyone was alive. I pretended to be dead,” said Matiullah, who now works as a tailor, pointing out a gash on his forehead.

“As his Taliban accomplices gathered our weapons and ammunition, Zabihullah declared: ‘Everyone is dead’.”

Now there’s what’s down at the bottom (no pun intended) of the slippery slope of Diverse Vibrancy™.

A Few Red Flags?

Jim Geraghty adds ’em up, and now we see the stuff ever’body overlooked about the Sudden Jihad Syndrome schmuck in Orlando who flew under the rader until he shot 100 people — that even woke up the FBI, which is pretty hard to do these days. Geraghty (with our inserted dates):

11 Sep 2001 — Mateen celebrated the terrorist attacks that day, claiming that Osama bin Laden was his uncle. “We joked that he’d become a terrorist. And then he did.”

Spring 2007 — Mateen erupted when his hamburger touched a piece of pork….Mateen told his classmates not to laugh at him because this was serious and “was going to come back and shoot us,” she said.

August 2007 — …authorities … escorted him off [police academy] property. An official told cadets Mateen had threatened to bring a gun on campus.

August 2007 — Mateen threatened to carry out a similar massacre [to the VA Tech massacre] at the police academy….

Supposedly, up to this point and for some years thereafter, nobody dimed him out to FBI or DHS.

May 2013 — Mateen first came to the FBI’s attention in May 2013, after making a series of “boasts” to co-workers about his various ties to terrorist groups.

May 2014 — Mateen is back in the FBI spotlight when one of the members of his mosque became a suicide bomber. This mosque has just 130 members. Two of them committed terror attacks.

Mateen’s pal Moner Mohammad Abusalha commited a suicide bombing in an Aleppo, Syria restaurant.

? 2014 — an informant told the FBI that Mateen had mentioned watching videos by Anwar al-Awlaki….

April 2016 — Disney security officials told the FBI they believe Mateen visited Disney World on April 26….

May 2016 — [A] gun shop owner says they immediately alerted the FBI about the suspicious man …. But the feds never followed up….

Geraghty quotes a satisfied FBI Director James Comey as saying, “I don’t see anything in reviewing our work that our agents should have done differently.” And you know, he’s probably right; we know that there’s some risk involved in having robust protections of privacy and requirements that agents must meet to conduct surveillance or investigations.

Remember, the police and the FBI cannot protect you. They can only avenge you. You have to protect yourself.

GAO: Visa Waiver Program has some Problems

The Visa Waiver Program, which brought you 19 mostly Saudi hijackers and 3000+ mostly American dead, is still going strong — with security holes you can drive a 767 through.

More than a dozen countries participating in a program that allows visitors into the U.S. without a visa are not sharing terrorists’ identities and other vital information as required by law….“more than a third of VWP countries are not sharing terrorist identity information” or criminal history.

…list of specific countries in non-compliance is classified… three of the top 10 countries supplying the Islamic State with people are VWP countries.

The GAO report is here.

These countries can’t be bother to tip us to terrorists, but they can place names ex parte on the US Terrorist Watch List — you know, the one with no due process that some folks in Congress want to use to ban guns? (See pp. 13-14 of the GAO report).

The country’s in the very best of hands.

Hundreds of Terror Plots, Scores of “Refugees” Implicated

If a “Refugee” is seeking “refuge,” then what are these guys, reallyTarget-fugees? Fugees-us H. Christ.

For the period September 2001 through 2014, data shows the U.S. successfully prosecuted 580 individuals for terrorism and terror-related cases. Further, since early 2014, at least 131 individuals were identified as being implicated in terror.

Across both those groups, the senators reported that at least 40 people initially admitted to the U.S. as refugees later were convicted or implicated in terror cases.

Among the 580 convicted, they said, at least 380 were foreign-born. The top countries of origin were Pakistan, Lebanon and Somalia, as well as the Palestinian territories.

Hmmm. Good thing the DHS is looking for Christian terrorists everywhere!

Head of Benghazi Review was Paid Under the Table by Boeing, Iran

Former diplomat Thomas Pickering is profoundly loyal — to whomever is paying him.  It turns out that during the period he was trying to spin the Benghazi attack as something other than Islam being Islam, he was being paid vast sums by Boeing to promote its interests — including the sale of some 100 dual-use passenger and cargo jets to Iran, the better to transport the IRGC’s murderers of Americans (and citizens of many other nations).

But hey, it’s a dollar in Tom Pickering’s pocket, and what does he care if some distant schmo who’s beneath his notice dies of it?

Pickering never disclosed his conflict of interest, but says it was enough that he never denied it when asked. (Since he kept his shameful sellout a secret, who knew to ask?)

Likewise, State Department spokesman John Kirby, a deracinated naval officer, sputters with indignation when asked about the Department’s limp-wristed response to Iranian terrorism.

Any suggestion “that we would or will turn a blind eye to Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism or their terrorist-supporting activities is completely without merit,” Kirby said.

“…Kirby said, while turning a blind eye to Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism and terrorist-supporting activities.” There. Fixed it for you, Kirb.

If you want to know why the US Navy is more screwed up than a screen door on a submarine, consider that Jivin’ Johnny Kirby, who replaced the irritable, confused Jen Psaki and the undergrad dope connoisseur Marie Harf as the lying face of Foggy Bottom, retired as a flag officer.

 

Veterans’ Issues

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

Thanks for Your Service, Now Let Me Steal your Stuff

That’s basically what the cops say a crook named Kevin Lima did in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, on Old Cape Cod. He befriended a veteran who was visiting as a tourist; the vet and his family got the good old Massachusetts Treatment (for Veterans and other undesirables):

The veteran, who was visiting from Jacksonville, North Carolina, with his wife and two children, told Yarmouth police the family met a man and his young son at Cape Cod Inflatable Park on Wednesday night. The two befriended them and thanked the veteran for his military service, according to a statement from the police department.

“The victim and his wife and children left their belongings to take their children down a slide for a few minutes,” the statement said. “When they returned, the man was gone. At the same time, they realized that their belongings — which were all together in a beach bag — were missing.”

The wallets of the veteran and his wife were in the bag, along with his military identification cards, veterans affairs card, health care card and Social Security card, according to the statement.

Lima better be careful. The VA doesn’t like competition in the fine art of ripping off veterans!

Lord Love a Duck!

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

UK Votes LEAVE

This kept us up last night, and we’re not even Britons. Turnout was a remarkable 72%. All of the polls were strong for Remain (in the EU), including the two conducted on the day of the referendum. It’s almost as if the pollsters were missing people, or people were lying to the pollsters.

 

At the BBC page, color coding showed that Leave was big in England and Wales, and Remain won in Scotland.

How long until someone does one of those Downfall parodies with Jean-Claude Juncker getting the news of the election?

Five Tips for Gun Shop Staff

Rather than rave about what we see people doing wrong, here’s some “do” bullet points for you.

5. Listen three-quarters of the time.

Your customers are not in the shop for what interests you, but for what interests them. Talking about what interests them is a good way for you to sell them products and services that you can provide. It’s also a good way to establish yourself as an excellent listener, a personality type that is never in oversupply.

4. Know your products and inventory.

We really, really hate to go into your store and be the know-it-all, and we’ll never do it just to kill your sale. But if you’re recommending something entirely wrong, especially to a newbie, we’ll probably set you straight — tactfully, if you let us.

3. Be careful with assumptions about your customers.

The ancient Greeks used to believe that the gods periodically took on human form, often the form of an inconsequential character. The gods would then reward the decent folks who had been kind to what they thought was a fellow human, and punish the folks who had abused them. We’ve never heard of a gunstore encounter with Apollo or Hera, but we’d just like to remind you that among the people who go to gun stores are people who really are experts on some aspect of your inventory.

2. Greet everybody who comes in your store.

No exceptions. Nothing you are doing is more important that a customer who just walked in, especially a new customer. It is the customers that enable everything else; it is the new customers that may need all kinds of nice, high-margin accessories.

1. Always tell the truth.

And stop when you run out of truth. If you don’t know the truth, don’t try to bullshit. Just say you don’t know, and offer to find out. The customer may know more than you do, for one thing.