2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another "Movie + Gun = Panic" situation in Ohio...


I swear there must be something in our water supply here in the Buckeye state....

Remember a couple of months ago when a guy got caught carrying a CCW in a man bag in a theater up in Cleveland and found himself in trouble?  Well it happened again, this time a bit closer to home this time (at least for me)...


Man Who Allegedly Took Gun Into ‘Twilight’ Movie Removed By Police


Alright, you may start with the "If my girlfriend drug me to see Twilight I would bring a gun to shoot myself too" jokes at your convenience...


OK, enough joking.  Back to the issue at hand.  Dude, what the hell were you thinking?  First off, you were carrying where you were not supposed to be, which is against the law to begin with.  Yes, I know that there is probably a bevy of people at any given movie carrying "under the radar" for protection, and God knows (and most of you too) that I whole heartily support ones right to self defense in all situations; and think that the  banning of legally owned and licensed firearms for CCW in these establishments is ridiculous and does not prevent another Colorado type shooting....but.......  Dude, you took it out in public.  A firearm is one of two things in your pants you don't whip out while in public unless you really need to.   I think the guy had to go practice some low level bombing in the bathroom and didn't want to risk his pistol falling out of his pants or what not, but why in hell would you just pull it out in the theater and place it on a seat in "plain view" for others to see?  Even in a dark theater you would be surprised how well you (and others in this case) can see once your eyes get adjusted.

This theater is somewhat close to THE Ohio State University campus and also is near a relatively populated and upscale neighborhood (and liberal as well) as such gets fairly busy on the weekends and such and is usually crowded.  Its obvious to me that the guy meant no harm, hell he even brought his girlfriend (no, she brought him I bet) I cannot condone the guy (who has not been charged at this point) with carrying illegally, but for crying out loud man, one of the primary rules of CCW is to keep it hidden, hence the "Concealed" in CCW!

And I will admit....I went to see the last installment of the Twilight films with my family on opening day a few weeks ago..... The things you do for your family.  I am on "Team Alice" BTW...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful...

I have shown this pic before and probably will again...Thanksgiving Day Camp Arifjan Kuwait, 2006



I have an awful lot to be thankful about this year....and most every year

  • A great family
  • Great friends
  • A job
  • The fact that despite some misgivings, we once again as a country elected our government without bloodshed.
  • My freedoms I hope the above mentioned government will continue to uphold.
  • and much more..

And now I am thankful for a G21 Gen4 that made its way into the safe today also...


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jeep Australia gets in hot water for "sexist pic"

Story here..

The Jeep is an iconic vehicle linked to the past military history of our nation, and many countries outside of the US as well.  Thousands of these lightweight, multipurpose vehicles were built and given to allies of the US during the 40+ years they were in production.  Even the commercial variants which are still being produced still have metallic DNA rooted in these veteran warhorses of yesterday.

This is the picture that Jeep Australia posted suggesting that the Australian military could say money by changing the uniforms of females soldiers to G-Strings and T-shirts....


The only problem I have with the pic is after looking at it multiple times I still can't seem to find a damn jeep!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Caveat Emptor

You've probably heard that before, its Latin for "buyer beware"

Found a guys selling .45 ammo on gunlistings this week.  Prices were good and he had some Winchester Ranger +P HP ammo as well.  Good price on the range ammo but about list on the HP and the bulk Winchester white box he had.  Anyway, I said screw it and agreed to buy it all...

Met us this week.  Guy pulled up and saw some stickers on my truck, conversation then went more or less as follows...
him: so you were in the Army?
me: yeah, Army guard 21 years...and you?
him: I was a marine.
me: oh cool...what did you do?
him: I was in the adjutant office...but I didn't spend any time there, I was always out in the field blowing stuff up.....
Yep, because as I know from my admin training in the Army that demolitions is taught right between preparing a memo and non-judicial judgement sections of the course material...bet you got to work with some Recon unit too there Chesty....

Guy came with more ammo than I realized he had and ran me more money than I had budgeted but I said "what the hell" and just got it all (about 800 rounds, or so I thought).

Oh yeah, and the guy shorted me about half box of ammo too in the deal in one of the boxes of the Winchester Ranger, a handful of ball rounds were in the middle so the weight would not seem so much off.   No honor there Mr. J Head (and as not to disrespect marines I only use that term with marines I like or extremely dislike...this guy is the later at this point).  I emailed him with a pic (same below) saying "Thanks", don't expect a response and really don't want one either.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

RIP Twinkies...The Zed Apocalypse is gonna suck now...

Ah, twinkies. Those little yellow tubes of doughy cream filled goodness are going away.  Apparently a prolonged strike by union bakery workers caused the death knell for the entire Hostess company.   Well, folks, I guess you showed them!  Have fun collecting unemployment.  Guess you should of taken notice that the CEO of Hostess recently got done reading Atlas Shrugged.....

Asshole...
Anyway, as any good Zombie Apocalypse aficionado that watched Zombieland knows, Twinkies are THE snack for the post apocalypse party or for when you need that little bit of extra blood sugar to lop off the heads of the last few walkers in a lumbering herd of zeds.  It lends an allegorical lesson to Zombieland rule #32: Enjoy the little things...

Tallahassee just came...
So, hopefully the company will be bought, or at least the IP for the recipe, so the Twinkie may endure as long as its proverbial shelf life....in the mean time, much like ammo now is the time to stockpile Twinkies.

I'm gonna need a bigger basement....


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Wounded Warrior Project is Anti-Gun?


Seems like it from the following email exchange posted on a FaceBook page....


Wounded Warrior Project Email Exchange

by Gun Talk on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:56am ·
After Sunday's show, we've gotten many emails about Tom's remarks after WWP declined an interview request on Gun Talk Radio because it's a firearms-related show. We've also seen the forums that are suggesting many things that are not true. So, I'm going to lay it all out right here.
We thought it would be great to book the WWP on the Veteran's Day show to promote the organization, so I contacted them. I was flabbergasted when their PR contact, Leslie, sent me an email saying they could not participate because our show dealt with firearms. Knowing that WWP has had a booth at trade shows and various gun shows across the US, takes wounded warriors on hunts and range days, raffles guns and accessories as fundraisers, etc., their policy didn't make much sense. I forwarded the email on to Tom to get his take.
-Sarah

The following is the complete email exchange:
====================
Hello, Leslie:
Sarah forwarded me your email after I asked her to invite the Wounded Warriors Project to join me on "Tom Gresham's Gun Talk" radio show.

I'm stunned at your email saying that the WWP doesn't participate in an interview or activity related to firearms.  Inasmuch as there are 90 million gun owners and most of them support wounded veterans, I think they would be shocked to hear that they are, by way of their hobbies, somehow not worthy of helping with the Wounded Warriors Project.

 Does your policy apply also to police agencies and the military, since they are "related to firearms?"

I'm hoping that we have misunderstood your email.  Can you confirm that it is, in fact, an official policy of the Wounded Warriors Project to not do interviews with or participate in any activity related to firearms?

Thank you.
Tom Gresham

============

Good afternoon --

While we appreciate your interest in Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) you are correct that we decline the media opportunity.

Please note the following notice that appears on our website which also applies to WWP public awareness policy and inquiries from media outlets:

WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies.

 Thank you for your inquiry.

 LESLIE A. COLEMAN
 public relations director

O: 904.405.1433
 M: 904.654.8138
 F: 904.296.7347

 Wounded Warrior Project
 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
 Jacksonville, Florida 32256

====================
Thanks for confirming that, Leslie.  It was a simple opportunity to promote the WWP on a national program in an effort to send donations your way.
 I'll pass along the info that you don't want or need the help of America's gun owners.  

 Best regards,
 Tom Gresham

=====================

Good morning --
This policy is not a judgment on those who own and use firearms – clearly every member of our armed forces has been trained in the use of firearms and then called on to use them in the course of their service to this country.

Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.

 Thank you.
 LESLIE A. COLEMAN
 public relations director

=============================

Hello, Leslie:

Thank you for that explanation.

I do think -- and I'm being as kind as possible -- that it's the nuttiest thing I've heard in years. Suicides are not linked to firearms. Japan has a much higher rate of suicide than does the U.S., and they have essentially no firearms. Suicide is a serious issue irrespective of the methodology used.  

This explanation doesn't pass even the most simple "does this make sense" test.

Your policy does, in fact, brand firearms and the companies which make them as undesirables, and by association, you are saying that those who own and use firearms for recreation, hunting, self protection, and other safe and legal uses are to be avoided.

It's certainly your option to ostracize the firearms industry, the 90 million gun owners in America, and the media which support firearms safety training.  

At this point, I feel an obligation to make sure the millions who listen to my radio show and watch my two national television series know about your policy.

I cannot fully express how much I feel you are doing a disservice to our wounded veterans, and how disappointed I am to discover this bias at the Wounded Warriors Project.

Sincerely,
Tom Gresham
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The post is getting a lot of play across social media and the web, some pro and some anti the organization.  What do I think?

Well, it seems to me that I see folks talking one of two points..

  1. The overall mission of WWP is honorable and people should not politicize it over a particular issue.
  2. That the organizations stand on 2A is hypocritical concerning how many gun groups give to them and further donations to them should be directed towards other charities working to help veterans.

What I see happening is that the organization has just gotten too big.  WWP generates a lot of cash income from various sources to include both individual and corporate donations and also through merchandising their logo onto various items that are sold.   A group making that much money cannot exist stuffing it into coffee cans and running to the bank to make deposits into a checking account.  They have a full time administrative staff that oversees the collection and disbursement of these funds through their various outlets and, of course, those people have a vested interest in their own livelyhood in keeping the organization solvent with cash coming in.  These people in turn hire a PR company to handle both their image and public reputation who also now have a vested interest in the organization maintaining flush with donations.  

It seems to me in this instance that the spokesperson for WWP decided to go down the path of least resistance and stand against a "touchy" subject knowing full well that it would be harder for any individual or organization to shun disabled veterans in order to promote a pro-gun agenda.  More likely than not, people that do not agree with their position will still donated to WWP because of what they contribute to.  Hopefully  this is all it is and not, as I may fear, is an indication of the political leaning of the organization.
Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.
I cannot abide by or try to support this statement made by the WWP spokesperson as having much validity at all.  While I also do not condone the use of the term "nuttiest" in describing that response as used by Tom Gresham above, I do think it does show a bias against firearms and an ignorance that a firearm is a tool, and as such is sometimes used for purposed other than what it was intended for use.   If this is indeed a view shared by the entire organization itself it is truly sad as they often gladly take in large sums of money from both firearms companies, those in the shooting sports industry in other capacities or pro-2A individuals.  They will accept our donations to fund their livelyhood in the name of the cause they champion, but do not want us to associate with them.

I am going to wait a bit to see how this plays out (if it does any further) before I make any decisions to not support the project.  I have a friend who has benefited from WWP directly and I do believe their cause is just, as are many other organizations out there as well that may not share the same view.  What I think some people need to remember is that 99.9% of the population supports veterans in this day and age.  As far as core services to these affected veterans, the US government still provides the lion's share of resources for them in terms of medical care to try and get them physically heal.  Organizations like WWP do not pay for the surgeons or therapists that help heal physical wounds but help to provide a bride for the wounded to reintegrate back into society and deal with their new challenges.  So by not supporting them you will not be take a crutch or a wheelchair from out beneath a wounded veteran, but maybe make it more difficult for him to experience some needed "down time" at a later date while he deals with the (often Just as damaging and as scaring) mental injuries they also need to overcome.

I should point out this year I have pledged $10 a pay period to WWP through my employers combined charitable campaign.  I have also made both single cash and material donations to them in the past, as well as have actively promoted them on this blog and in other mediums.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Not saying there is going to be an ammo shortage now...but


OK, got a lot a folks skitish now that POTUS has a second term and is a lame duck in terms of having to worry about the consequences of any social agendas he may push via executive orders (which he has used extensively).  Not saying there is going to be a run on ammo, but I went out yesterday (yeah, panic buying I know, but I was down almost all of my calibers at home) and bought ammo.  The place I went was packed with folks doing the same thing...guys at the store said they expected to be out of the major sellers (9mm, .45, .38, 5.56 ect) by the end of the weekend.

I remember this happening in 2008 and while prices did go up and supply went down, it did eventually subside.  I just wanted to get some at the current prices while I knew it was still available.  Call me a sheeple if you must....

What a great ending to the day...Winchester M1 Carbine

Wow, that was a great way to end the day...

As you may (or may not) know, for a long time now I have wanted a GI issue M1 Carbine.  I have the Universal copy which works great, but its not the same.  The GI is superior to the various copies (as I have pointed out before), but unfortunately there are just not that easy to find for a good price anymore.
This was me for many a sad day....
Tonight my prayers were answered by the angels of armament (who work under Saint Michael)...

I just got back from meeting a guy that replied to my add for my Glock 34 on Gunlistings.  Yes, I know, that is (was) a great pistol, but it had become a safe queen.  I had originally bought it for steel plates but it only got used a few times for that and twice for indoor GSSF league matches and otherwise was one of those "eh, I'll shoot it later" guns I had in the safe.  I had posted that I either wanted to sell it or trade it for a GI M1 Carbine and boy, talk about two pieces of a puzzle that just fall together.  I wanted a M1 carbine and had a G34 that I didn't need.  This guy (I will call him LB) is a gentleman who is just getting into the pistol sports and was looking for a G34 and had a M1 carbine laying around.....can you see how this works out? Perfectly!

We actually talked in the parking lot of a McDonalds for about 20 minutes before the M1 even came out for inspection.  I approach every transaction that I do via one of these online sources with caution and care (meet in a public area, well lit, don't bring a lot of cash, ect), but after a few minutes talking to LB I found out we had a lot in common.  He had gotten the M1 from his brother and didn't shoot it much.  Matter of fact, he openly told me he didn't care for the design very much, but knew about its history none the less.  I knew when I looked down the barrel that it was coming home with me right away.  Even the import markings on the barrel ("Blue Sky, Arlington VA") from when it had been returned from Korea were cleanly stamped/engraved.  I had done some quick research before the meet and found multiple people claiming this importer had used "20 ton presses" to stamp that on them that bent barrels and such, but all seemed to be hearsay as is normal on forums ("I knew a guy who knew a guy who's brother was a Navy SEAL that had one while a door gunner on the space shuttle....").   I also looked up the serial number that was visible in a pic LB sent to me and it indicates that this carbine was made between February and November 1944.  The US cranked out a lot of these (as well as everything else) leading up to the Normandy invasions....hmmm...I wonder where this one has been!



Overall, the carbine is in great condition, seems that the metal was parkerized at some point during a rearsenaling of it as it is fairly uniform and without excessive wear as is seen on weapons that have seen field use.  The wood is fair with the upper hand guard being of different coloring than the bottom, no big worry there...lets see what some boiled linseed oil will do for it.  The bolt is of the later rounded design (stronger and sped up production times) and it incorporates the later style lever safety, rear ramp sights and a barrel band with bayonet lug that was added to these Korean models after WWII.   It came with one mag (marked "SS" for the Seymour Smith Co. ) and a sling and oiler, although at this time I do not know if they are original or not.  The bore looked shiny and clean and the land and groves of the rifling looked sharp to my untrained eye.  The action moves a bit sluggish with the bolt almost hesitating before going forward when charged to the rear.  A quick field strip when I got home revealed what I believe is the gremlin: old, dried up grease.   The grease on the bolt (where it has any) looks old and dirty.  Tomorrow I will totally take it apart, clean it with degreaser and rags and then properly give it a lube job with Slipstream grease and oil the metal with some CLP.  That should take care of that problem.

My pal Otto has already made me a deal I couldn't refuse on an original M4 bayonet (www.ebayonet.com) and I will be ordering a few additional mags and (hopefully after Tuesday) some ammo.

Firing line review when I have time!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Time to get ready to fight...

Well, last night the American people spoke.  I didn't like what they had to say but 51% of them said enough to keep our current POTUS in a paycheck for 4 more years.  Folks, it ain't over 'til its over.  We can still fight back against any infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights.  Just remember, some 40% of people who identify themselves as democrats are also gun owners.  We can still get the numbers to block passage of any AWB legislature if we just put forth the effort.  As soon as it arises we need to hit it like a whack-a-mole game by getting a hold of our congressional leaders and letting them know "NO"!



It ain't over....not by a long shot...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Go Vote folks...

Our forefathers fought and died for our right to self govern and choose our own leaders instead of being at the feet of a King chosen solely on the basis of heredity.  As much as I hate all of the campaign adds (and believe me being in Ohio we have had it worse than most in this regard) at least I am seeing people getting involved in the political process and having open discussions (at times) about the issues and candidates.  Early voting here in the Buckeye state approached 1.6 million voters in the 30 days prior to today, including yours truly.  I normally am an "election day voter", but wanted to see what all of the fuss is about.  Personally, I think 30 days (in addition to having applications for absentee ballots mailed to every voter in the state!) is overkill.  I realize with our population and the voter turnouts we have seen over the past decade that maybe more than a single day is needed to allow everyone the time to vote.  A week maybe?  Sounds about right to me and will cost 25% of what we must be spending now.  I have already seen people on the morning new bitching about the lines at the polls this morning.  Sorry if standing in line is the price you have to pay to exercise a right that others have died protecting, especially after you've had an entire month to vote already.

You can't start a fire without a spark...Concord Bridge
I am not going to tell you who to vote for, use your conscious.  And besides, who the hell listens to me anyway?  But please, do listen to this.  There is a very real threat to another of your rights covered under the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, you know what it is.  And our incumbent candidate has stated that he will try and reintroduce another "assault weapons ban" that did nothing to seriously curb gun violence (Columbine anyone?  Committed with a Hi-Point 995 carbine specifically manufactured to meet the restrictions of the ban) and only succeeded in limiting our God given right to self preservation.  This ban will be crafted by special interest groups that he panders to based on emotion over logic, hype over fact and fear over liberty.  We cannot let that happen, regardless of the outcome of the election.

We changed our clocks in this country this past weekend, time to change something else today....

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sandy and prepping

The recent hurricane that landed in the NYC/New Jersey area with devastating results brings back some grim memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans 7 years ago.  What I find disturbing, once again, is the apparent lack of self preservation some people seem to have in regards to their own welfare.  Sandy was forecasted for over a week, there was plenty of time to evacuate or stockpile basic supplies for what came next.  I am not saying that help from federal, state and local agencies and other organizations is not warranted, surely if you have lost your home you do need such assistance.  But just take a look at this clip...(not going to embed, last time I did that from CNN it slowed down the page and played adds every time you came here)

http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/weather/2012/11/02/ac-intv-sandy-staten-island-molinaro.cnn.html

This resident seems to be indicating that she lives nearby, and I do not see any serious structural damage to the homes behind her.  She is pleading for help saying that they are going to die there, freeze to death.  Again I have to ask how much time she would of needed to get ready for a storm like this, and how long she should be able to be self sufficient before crying out for help from the POTUS like that.  You know, if she even followed the suggestions of DHS she should of had enough supplies on hand for a few days.

What I think people like her take for granted is that the government is going to be there to wet nurse you when times get bad and the expectation in their heads are that there should never be any interruption in residential power or water services.  That's just bullshit.

Prepping for scenarios like this isn't hard.


  • A propane grill with spare tanks can provide a place to cook and warm food and boil water if necessary....
  • A case of bottled water only costs a few bucks and can be added to your weekly shopping trip....
  • You can also fill bathtubs with water ahead of a storm in case water lines are broken...
  • Canned food is well known as a survival necessity...and besides, most Americans keep more than enough food in non-perishable form in their homes to meet caloric needs for 3+ days...
  • As for freezing to death, I see highs in the upper 40's and lows in the mid 30's for the area for the next week or so, certainly enough to be uncomfortable, but if you have a good winter jacket (check out the two ladieds that come in behind her, both wearing fleece gear) it is definitely survivable. 

What I do is keep some of those plastic storage bins you can pick up for a few bucks at the discount store and have a variety of both canned and dry goods in them "just in case" on some shelves in my basement.  Every 6 months or so I go down and see what is in them, check dates and rotate stock out and in.  Foods like peanut butter and canned soups keeps great in these conditions and can be seamlessly integrated into your existing pantry and shopping.  Sames goes with water, gallon jugs go for about 90 cents here, so a few a week and before you know it you have enough to last weeks.



I don't know any specifics about the lady in this clip begging for help, and I don't want to cast any downward glares at her because she is going through something that I am not currently.  It just seems to me that more and more the government is being used as some type of insurance scam for people to get something for free just because fate did not smile on them.  Life isn't fair folks, and it doesn't always favor the lucky, but it often does favor those that take the time to do small things to help themselves.