We’ll cover the usual subjects: Guns, Usage and Employment, Cops ‘n’ Crims, Unconventional (and current) Warfare, and Lord Love a Duck!
We really wanted to write more about these gun stories. So many guns, so few fingers….
AREA Defense has a real small AR
The MCR Sub-Carbine folds up small. The barrel removes. As it has a conventional buffer, the folding stock has to be extended to fire. The briefcase (an option, made by SKB) is a nice touch.
We’re OKAY With This
One of the manufacturers of GI magazines was OKAY industries, all the way back to M16A1 days (they were one of the first vendors of 30-round magazines to USG, in 1973, and had made 20-round mags before that). Their advertising appropriately shows a retro AR and a modern one.
While the parent firm is a generic manufacturing job shop, the OKAY brand was always used only on GI contracts. Now, civilians can get them directly instead of waiting for their vet buddies to dig through that trunk of smelly web gear.
Other GI manufacturers of M16 magazines that haven’t appeared in the civilian market included Sanchez Enterprises and our personal favorite, Adventure Line. There is just something deeply satisfying about launching projectiles enemy-ward from a magazine that was labeled Adventure Line.
OKAY mags are available at surefeed.com. We saw the press release at AR15news.com.
OK, So This is Knives …
We got the word on Skallywag Tactical’s September knife give-aways too late to share with you guys. It’s an incentive to Like their page, among other hoops they encourage you to jump through. So here’s the link to their Facebook page in case they spring another contest in October.
Don’t say we never gave you anything. Say Skallywag Tactical never gave you anything.
Usage and Employment
We’ve got nothin’, this week, without making this post later than it already is.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
If You’re Gonna Shoot the Bystander, Charge Him
Danny Sanchez was going to take advantage of a police standoff in his neighborhood by shooting some cell phone video. Mistake. A pair of jumpy Sacramento cops mistook the cell phone for a weapon and did a mag-dump apiece in his general direction, hitting his house, his dad’s car, and various points in the Great Outdoors with most of the rounds, although one did hit Sanchez — in the leg.
The cops followed up with an arrest of Sanchez and another bystander, attorneys refused to go forward with obviously fabricated charges.
The two cops who opened up on Sanchez and then tried to lie him into prison have been awarded extra paid vacation.
On the plus side, other cops who were able to arrest the guy they’d been called out to confront — a no-kidding criminal who had opened up on a neighbor’s dog with a contraband full-auto AK-47. He surrendered without violence and is held on $1M bail on firearms and animal cruelty charges.
Naturally, this is the sort of thing that happens in gun-banned California. If you’re going to break a gun ban, like criminal Ben Ledford did, you might as well go all the way with a full-auto violation.
There’ll Always Be an England
And it will always have restrictive gun laws. And criminals will always get guns… and bombs.
Buying a gun was just like buying a bar of chocolate. I didn’t see it as a big deal at the time.
Along with a Glock (apparently a G19… looks too big to be a 26), several 33 round mags, and 94 rounds, an amount that shocked the British cops and courts, Liam Lyburd had three home-made pipe bombs. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Minnesota Rules BB Gun = Gun
Minnesota joined a number of other anti-gun states in ruling that a bb gun is a gun, at least for the purposes of prosecuting a felon in possession. In states like Massachusetts and New Jersey, this is written into state laws, but in MN the decision was taken unilaterally by the courts, in the absence of legislative action to define “firearm” to the court’s liking. The court explicitly rejected the Federal definition of “firearm” as too narrow, because it only encompasses firearms.
Anti-gun Ramsey County, MN, Attorney John Choi supports the law, arguing that todays BB guns are as lethal as conventional firearms.
Do depression meds make one violent?
A massive Swedish study has tried to answer that question with respect to SSRI inhibitors, drugs like Prozac that are prescribed to many patients suffering from depression and other mental illnesses. And, somewhat disappointingly, the answer seems to be: we’re not really sure. Here’s Derek Lowe at Science Magazine, and James Coyne at Mind the Brain, and the original paper at PLOS Medicine. A very thorough study – even though it doesn’t answer most of our questions.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields
Defense Gets Local Self-Defense Option
Under the Defense Authorization Bill passed Wednesday, the centralized Department of Defense can no longer prohibit local commanders from authorizing their troops to carry weapons in self-defense, inside the continental United States. This pertains to private as well as government-issued firearms; the carriage of both has been centrally prohibited for decades. This local option was bitterly opposed by Administration figures including Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; the Administration is generally more well-disposed to Islamic terrorists than to mere troops. It is unlikely many commanders will take advantage of this new freedom, given that they’re politically selected, and their political superiors oppose self-defense. Carter is on record that only trained and deputized law enforcement officers (and, of course, terrorists) should have access to firearms on base; military police and provost marshal officers tend to share his preferences.
Aggressive Medevac Saves Lives, Really
We expected this result, but the numbers are surprising: mandating medevac within the “Golden Hour” saves significant numbers of lives. Then SecDef Gates in 2009 overthrew the DOD’s requirement of 2 hours from call to arrival at a trauma facility, and reduced it to one hour. This required more medevac units downrange and more imaginative use of the ones that were there, as well as more arduous alert requirements for the medevac crews. But the payoff was substantial. A new study combining case management data from the DOD Trauma Registry, autopsy data from the Armed Forces ME, and data about medevac times (which had been classified), show the benefits of that incremental change from a two- to a one-hour policy.
There’s a lot of news stories about this, but do yourself a favor and go right to the JAMA press release as put up by Science, and the original paper. Some things that we’ll call out for you, that may have been missed by the news guys covering this:
- The medevac crews beat the time requirement on average. When the requirement was 2 hours, their median was 90 minutes; when it was one hour, their median was 43 minutes. That’s what dedication and professionalism looks like.
- The fatality rates are the lowest in history. This means, among other things, that guys are surviving wounds that would have been deadly even earlier in the GWOT.
As a survivor of Afghanistan (and a medevac) from long before the initial two-hour limit was in place, we applaud the new policy and are particularly pleased to see that objective data bear ou the results intuition and experience would suggest.
Jeh Johnson’s DHS Admitted 1,519 Known Terrorists
The bottom line is this: if someone who is a member of a terrorist group, or material supporter of such a group, makes a statement to immigration officials that he was coerced, Johnson ruled that we have to let the guy in. Details at Powerline.
Very Last Frigate Gone
We covered the decommissioning of the penultimate Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, USS Kauffman, last month (which has us reading the bio of Admiral Draper Kauffman, the founder of UDT), and so we should mention that the very last one, USS Simpson, is now gone. Simpson is famous as the last USN surface combatant to have sunk a hostile vessel (the Iranian missile patrol boat Joshan, P.225, in 1988). The OHPs along with patrol boats and mine countermeasures ships are being replaced by two to three different styles of toothless, defenseless Littoral Combat Ships.
The frigates weren’t superships but they had a 76mm (3-inch) gun, a good antisub towed array, and Standard anti-aircraft and anti-missile missiles, none of which can be accommodated on the LCS at this time (if ever).
While the OHPs are gone, the US Navy does retain one frigate on the register. USS Constitution, which may be centuries old and presently drydocked, but has more offensive capability in its muzzle-loading broadside than an LCS.
Contrary view: George Will argues for the LCS, and naval modernization, plus the wave of the future from 1957, unmanned aircraft. Sir Duncan Sandys was not available for comment.
How To Beat ISIL: With a Chorus of Kumbaya?
There’s often a lot of good stuff at Foreign Policy, and then there’s stuff like this risible article by a couple of anti-military commentators (Nancy Lindborg and David Rothkopf), suggesting that the answer to ISIL is a “civilian solution”. Their four points are the same old tired peacenik tropes, starting with, (1) “address the underlying causes.” By that, they don’t mean Islamic extremism: the impetus behind ISIL is, they believe:
regimes that attempt to govern through exclusion, repression, and corrupt means… refugees running from conflict, repression, and poverty.
The answer? A bunch of shibboleths: “enabling women, local leaders, and youth.” Let a thousand community organizers bloom!
It wasn’t Lindorg or Rothkopf that suggested that Osama bin Laden’s popularity was due to his “building day-care centers,” but they are reasoning at the same level. It’s the sort of reasoning that’s so stupid you need a graduate degree to believe it.
So an SF Guy Was a Larry Correia Fan…
And while he was deployed, his wife got the idea to hit Larry at the Wordfire Press booth at the Salt Lake City Comic Con, and get a signed copy of everything. (We suspect hubby’s with 19th Group). Here’s how Larry tells it:
I had a Green Beret’s wife come by to pick up signed copies of everything. Her husband is a huge fan, and was currently deployed to an undisclosed location doing badass stuff to bad people. He recorded a video for her to play for me, and gave me a unit hat. That was neat, but even cooler, while I was signing her stack of books, somebody else standing in line had heard her story, and paid for all of her books while she wasn’t looking. Just to say thanks for her husband’s service, and then he walked away, anonymous. I didn’t even know until I got done signing, and Steve Diamond leaned over and said, yep, these are all already taken care of. She teared up. Because fans are awesome people like that.
Man, in our world SF doesn’t mean Science Fiction but… you gotta be humbled by public support like that.
We’re big fans of Correia’s Monster Hunter series here. Any series with a protagonist named for an obscure submachine gun and a defunct Communist gun plant has to be written for Our Kind.
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
Wrist Tap for Knock-out Knockout
We’ve made a When Guns are Outlawed feature out of Gloribel [aka Gloribels] Serrano, back when she was on the lam for knocking out a woman, apparently a romantic rival, with a tire iron at 0230 in May, 2015. While she was on the run, she taunted cops with posts of sultry selfies to her social media accounts. (Example right — strictly for the news value, naturally, and it’s purest coincidence that it embiggens with a click). Well, she appeared in court (oddly, not dressed at all like the picture) and received the typical New York tap-on-the-wrist for stoving someone’s head in with a tire iron. Her seven-year-assault-w-DW rap somehow came out of the court machinery as a one-year continuation for dismissal, if she can keep her tire iron out of other chicks’ brain housing groups that long.
Remember, guys, no matter how pretty she is, somebody, somewhere, is tired of dealing with her craziness.
A year from now Serrano will show up as having no record, and she’ll be 28 and one year closer to really wigging out as she approaches her sell-by date.
This Mother of The Year Was Married To Her Stepdad
We also featured this case back in August. It turns out that the mother who killed her three sons — serially, not all at once! — so her daughter would get more attention from her husband, was married to her own stepdad. After raising her, he began sleeping with her at 17. Everybody thinks their own family is dysfunctional, but we bet yours is not that dysfunctional.