Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of Lake County, Illinois USA, WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ARE ADDICTIVE; EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED JOB PRODUCTIVITY, LACK OF SLEEP, SOCIAL ALIENATION, BIRTH DEFECTS, BLINDNESS, SEXUAL IMPOTENCY, AND / OR DEVIANT FUNAMBULISM. NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNITION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. (No, I will not trade my Colt Python for some lubricious adventures with your trophy wife and a future first-round draft pick.) CAVEAT: This blog is not suitable for viewing while at work, while inside a public library, while inside any public or private school, or while inside any public or private restroom. Do not view this blog while driving a motor vehicle or while piloting an aircraft. Viewing this blog may be illegal inside the EU, Chicago, and other parts of the Third World. THIS BLOG CONTAINS (albeit often very childish) ADULT-CONTENT. DISCLAIMER: This blog is a hobby, it is not a livelihood. Even though much of what I blog about relates to firearms collecting and recreational shooting, I am not an expert (by any measure) on any facet of guns, shooting, hunting, or personal defense. Entries at this blog are akin to good old-fashioned campfire chats or post hunt bourbon-fueled barroom-bluster; I offer no opinion on what you should or should not purchase, or what you should be using or doing. What does or does not work for me could be rugged-country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased / rented / leased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, distilled spirits, recreational pharmaceuticals, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review or blog post. TRACKING COOKIES: Google et al stick tracking cookies on everybody. If you are online, you are being spied on via one method or another, for one reason or another; 'nuff said. You may be able to minimize your online DNA residue by using Tor and Duck Duck Go. Vive la liberté! Vive all y'all! Ante omnia armari. To each of you, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it!
Please consider RECURRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS of ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL POLITICIANS (including but not limited to school records, acquaintances, employment history, Social Media, financial, drug, and psychiatric screenings). Please consider TERM LIMITS; political power corrupts.

'We the Politicians of the United States, in Order to avoid a more perfect Union, manipulate Justice, destroy domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common offense, promote general Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Progeny, do blaspheme and eviscerate this Constitution of the United States of America." ("Zack," circa 1966 -1970)

Make them earn it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We need to quit relying on the SCOTUS to do our voting for us.


We have the right to keep and bear arms. We have the right to vote. Just how many people exercise both rights? It cannot be very many or control-freak politicians such as Chicago’s Richard M. Daley would not be in office.

My enthusiasm was tepid with the 5 - 4 Heller ruling. I am equally underwhelmed with the 5 – 4 McDonald ruling. Yes, both were significant decisions, but they are nothing more than a pair of steps on what most likely will be a never-ending journey. For as long as many who keep and bear arms refuse to exercise their right to vote, there will be anti-gun politicians in office forever finding ways to infringe.

EDIT:  Click here for views from The Gun Zone.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I found nothing more profound said about today’s SCOTUS ruling than these words from Otis McDonald

“I was feeling the poor blacks who years ago had their guns taken away from them and were killed as someone wished. That was a long time ago, but I feel their spirit. That's what I was feeling in the courtroom. It was rough on me that way…”



Sunday, June 27, 2010

Anger-management counselor turns gunslinger

In January, in Fairfax County, Virginia, a former priest and respected anger-management counselor pulled a gun during a traffic dispute with two men who turned out to be U.S. Marshals. Fortuitously, during the altercation the U.S. Marshalls did not choose to perforate Mr. Anger Management’s anatomy with extreme prejudice.

Fifty-seven-year-old Jose Luis Avila of Annandale pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to assaulting a federal officer and received a one-year prison sentence.

Avila was driving by the marshals who were on assignment near his home. He honked his horn because he believed they were standing in the road. He then thought one of the marshals made an obscene gesture at him (the U.S. Marshalls say they were waving him to pass on by). Apparently, Avila’s anger management skills told him that was the appropriate moment to pull out a loaded handgun; predictably, the situation spiraled south for him.

Court records show that Avila has a CCW permit, issued in 2005, which Fairfax prosecutors moved to suspend. State records show that Avila has been a licensed professional counselor since 1994 and a licensed marriage and family therapist since 1998.

On top of his 12-month prison sentence, Avila has been reflecting on the wisdom of his actions from the confines of a local jail cell since January and he now has a court order to undergo… anger-management counseling.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Will a magazine for a Beretta U22 Neos work in the Colt .22 stainless pistols?

I bought one of the Neos mags from here and tried it in my Colt .22 pistol at the range on June 15, 2010. I put 120-rounds of Remington Thunderbolt (low-end ammo) through the pistol, 40-rounds each through the pair of Colt mags that originally came with the pistol and 40-rounds through the new Neos mag. The only feed failures that I experienced while using the lower quality Thunderbolt ammo were with the Colt mags. Except for the black plastic floor plate, the Neos mags do look to be identical to the Colt mags. The Neos mags also seem to do a better job locking in the slide stop after the last round than do the Colt mags, which seem a little weak, often barely pushing the stop lever into the slide stop notch.

Since a 40-round test of the Neos mag is hardly exhaustive, I am not going to guarantee to the entire world that it is perfect in fit and function for the Colt .22. However, the next time CTD has the Neos mags in stock I am going to purchase a couple more of them.

Why did I only shoot 120-rounds through the pistol for this test? The lower quality Remington Thunderbolt ammo leaded the bore of the pistol so badly that accuracy disappeared; the slugs were keyholing into the target (more on that in a subsequent post).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Remington 522 Viper

10 round .22 LR
Manufactured from 1993 - 1998

I may never forgive Remington for dropping the classic Nylon 66 from their product line. Their 522 Viper is unworthy of consideration as any sort of successor to the beloved Nylon 66. If you care to Google “Remington 522 Viper,” you will pull up links leading to a mix of forum comments; while some comments are favorable many are not. It was several years ago when I bought this rifle, only because a friend needed some money. At best, I find it to be suitable as a knockabout plinker; I would never willingly put my trust in it for survival. Sometimes it is a fun shooter, sometimes it is “challenging.”

Most of the Vipers that I see for sale nowadays are on the gun store bargain racks offered, “As is.” Caveat emptor, if you wind up buying an unreliable or broken 522 Viper you may be sunk. Magazines for the Viper are rare and there are (usually) no guarantees on the quality of those that you may find on the market. I have four plastic mags for my Viper and only one of them is any good. Gunsmiths should advise you that repairs on the Viper may cost you more than the market price of the gun; don’t be surprised if a gunsmith flat refuses to work on this model. If you want to try to do your own repairs, some parts are available from Numrich.

If you happen to be stuck with an inoperative Viper, you may be able to find someone online who is looking for a parts-gun. Heck, if you have no other option, some municipal “gun buy back” program may even give you between $50 and $100 for it (but you may want to forget to mention that it doesn’t work; some “buy back” programs only pay for functional guns).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Where can I buy spare magazines for my Beretta 950 Jetfire or my Browning Baby?

Queries such as that bring a fair number of hits to this site; the least I can do is point to a source.

The mags that I recently bought (for both pistols) were excellent quality items made by Mec-Gar of Italy. You can order them direct from their website, or (as I did) order them from Cheaper Than Dirt.

CLICK HERE for the Browning Baby mag

CLICK HERE for the Beretta Jetfire mag


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Today we welcome (AKA Gazelle Holsters); 117 Holster Websites are now on our sidebar list

As Gazelle Holsters, has been manufacturing holsters since 1966. Their USA division imports holsters from their factory located in Turkey. The company also owns a factory currently producing shotguns sold under US brand names. All of their holsters are hand made from top grain cowhide. Their gunleather product line has shoulder holsters, belt holsters, IWB holsters, along with tactical and duty holsters. They have quite a selection and are well worth a look if you are shopping for a new holster.

For those of you who are entrepreneurs, is establishing a dealer network and is seeking dealer inquiries and website affiliates.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Secure our borders, ALL OF THEM.

For the sake of discussion, let’s remove the issue of illegal Mexican immigration. Now let’s ask the question, “Why should we secure our borders?” I can come up with two obvious answers.

1) If the U.S. Government is sincere about their “war on drugs,” borders must be secure.
2) If the U.S. Government is sincere about “Homeland Security,” borders must be secure.

CLICK HERE for lawman Massad Ayoob’s take on our southern border areas.
I lifted the following local article in its entirety from here (because it will become a dead link soon).
June 3, 2010

Federal immigration agents have arrested 72 foreign nationals from 17 countries in the Chicago area, including Lake County.

Sweeps by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fugitive Operations teams were made between May 10 and May 28 targeting immigration fugitives and criminal aliens.

In Waukegan, agents arrested a 54-year-old Jamaican national May 25 outside his Waukegan residence. He had a prior criminal conviction for possessing a firearm and he had a loaded pistol at the time of his arrest.

Also arrested was a 50-year-old previously deported Mexican national. He was arrested May 24 in Waukegan because he had prior convictions for cocaine possession and retail theft.

Both individuals remain in ICE custody pending removal. For privacy reasons, ICE does not release the names of aliens arrested on administrative immigration charges.

Besides Waukegan, other county arrests were made in Mundelein, North Chicago and Round Lake.

Of the 72 arrested, 59 are fugitives with outstanding deportation orders. Immigration fugitives are aliens who fail to appear for their immigration hearings, or who abscond after being ordered by a federal immigration judge to leave the country. The remaining 13 were arrested based on their prior criminal or immigration histories. Some of their convictions and arrests were for drug possession, domestic battery, drunken driving, retail theft, residential burglary and larceny. Seven of those arrested were previously deported aliens.

Those arrested, 65 men and seven women, represent the following countries: China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Israel, Jamaica, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia and South Korea.

"A top priority for the ICE is to enhance public safety by locating and arresting criminal aliens and fugitives, with the ultimate goal of removing them from our country in a safe and humane manner," said Ricardo Wong, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Chicago. 

"ICE is dedicated to arresting violators who blatantly flout our nation's immigration laws," he said.

The arrestees will be processed administratively for removal from the United States.

Fugitives with outstanding deportation orders, and those who returned to the U.S. illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. All others are pending a hearing before an immigration judge.

Last year, ICE agents made more than 35,000 arrests nationwide. More than 31,000 of those arrests, or nearly 89 percent, involved immigration fugitives and aliens with prior criminal convictions.

ICE's Fugitive Operations Program is just one facet of the Department of Homeland Security's broader strategy to heighten the federal government's effectiveness at identifying and removing dangerous criminal aliens from the United States.
Note from Zack: 35,000 arrests nationwide in one year is a drop in the bucket. Politicians need to FUND and STAFF the agencies responsible for securing our borders or shut the hell up. Any act of terrorism by a foreign national on our soil is a failure by our politicians to do the jobs they were elected to do.


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