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Vive la liberté! Vive all y'all!
Ante omnia armari
To each of you ... Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
(Posted with permission)
I stumbled across your site today, and was delighted with your articles and photos of guns. Many of our personal tastes in firearms overlap, but I suppose it's difficult not to enjoy solid classics. I'm a retired MI state trooper and am currently a firearms/personal defense instructor. Although most folks show up at range sessions with currently-produced handguns, I'm always happiest when somebody breaks out "Grandpa's gun.” I've seen war-trophy Walthers, Lugers, and Tokarevs, as well as military-issue 1911s that came home with mustered-out doughboys. My recent favorite was a Colt Pocket Positive in .32 S&W Long that was alleged to have been the carry weapon of a Purple Gang associate. The client was an elderly lady and had never known her mother even owned a firearm. She didn't find about her parents having operated a speak-easy during Prohibition until after her mother's death. What can be cooler than finding your stodgy old parents had colorful pasts?
I used to have a patrol partner at the Detroit Freeway Post who carried a Colt hammerless Officer's .380 as an off-duty/backup handgun. He still carries it as a retirement piece, and he could have chosen much worse. I prefer the Remington m51 in .380, myself, but generally carry larger stuff despite being old and broken-down. The fact is, a lot of folks carry vintage handguns and are very well served by them.
Please keep up the good work, your site is very enjoyable.
Mike Stamm, Paw Paw MI
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Bluegrass Holsters has been removed from our sidebar gun holster website list; they are no longer in business.
CLICK HERE if you are interested in a forum discussion regarding the dissolution of Bluegrass Holsters.
"I am a strong supporter of our constitutionally provided right to bear arms including our rights to own handguns to protect our homes and to carry concealed weapons.
Private citizens are constitutionally guaranteed the right to own firearms. The 2nd Amendment is not at all ambiguous - this right “shall not be infringed.” Guns laws across the country infringe this right, day after day. It is my position that we do not need any more anti-gun laws. Private citizens must have the right to defend themselves, their families, their homes. This right must not be violated by federal, state and/or local government.
In the late 1990s, John Lott, PhD, wrote a seminal book, More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, that specifically addresses how gun control laws have NOT positively impacted the crime rate. In fact, according to Dr. Lott, those “states with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes.” I would work to repeal gun laws and to strengthen the constitutional protections given to gun owners."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The following is from ICarry.org
ICarry.org's board of directors has unanimously voted to endorse Republican candidate Adam Andrzejewski (An-gee-eff-ski) for Governor in the upcoming primary election in Illinois.. We believe it is better to endorse a candidate than to simply wait and see. We would rather give firearms owners the best chance to band together and vote for one candidate.
We conducted a poll to see how our members feel about the candidates and who they were planning on voting for in the upcoming primary election.
Adam Andrzejewski and Bill Brady were almost even, at less than 5 points from each other. After much consideration, we went with Adam for a number of reasons, believing him to be the best candidate for the job. Let's not see this vote split - let's show some unity and vote for Adam Andrzejewski.
We are asking everyone who reads this endorsement to please vote for Adam Andrzejewski. Our best chance at beating vehemently anti-gun Jim Ryan is to all band together and vote for the same guy. That guy is Adam. Please help us get out the vote! Copy this endorsement to every pro-gun individual and group you know. Adam has lots of support from other pro-freedom groups. For gun owners to become more politically effective, we need to start affecting elections by endorsing candidates and getting votes for them. We're starting now!!
To hear Adam's strong stance on the 2nd Amendment for yourself, please see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6UhNLZC0G4
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thank you for checking in.
Frustrated by the failure of anthropogenic global warming to affect our neighborhood, we took off on a somewhat spontaneous vacation trip to Florida late last week; we just got back. I love to see the USA in my Chevrolet (2005 Cobalt), especially at the 34.4 MPG we managed this trip. The Chevy Cobalt has been a good vacation vehicle for us and we don’t travel light.
As a rule, I leave the computers at home when vacationing. It will take me a week or more to catch up on reading my favorite blog sites. Jeez, I take a week off and the stock market goes all to hell.
My legs are recovering from slight sunburn (no, I was not wearing my fat-man beach thong).
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Perhaps some substantiation is called for. Here is a primer.
Click here for a December 9, 2008 MSNBC article, “Illinois has a long legacy of public corruption.”
Click here for a December 11, 2008 Time article, “A Brief History of Illinois Corruption.”
Click here for a December 13, 2008 Slate article, “Which state is the most crooked, Illinois or Louisiana?”
Click here for a December 15, 2008 Wall Street Journal article, “Obama was mute on Illinois corruption.” Ironically, our President later lectured Hamid Karzai about cleaning up Afghanistan’s government corruption.
A corrupt government cannot stop government corruption. Only the voters can.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I tried some free anti-virus, anti-spyware software several years ago; my computer became loaded with viruses and spyware. I dumped that computer, bought a new one, and went back to paying annual fees for a major commercial brand anti-virus package. Recently that virus software began shutting itself off for no apparent reason. A web search showed that I was not the only person to experience this and the customer support offered that their engineers were working on it; the most likely cause was a conflict with a third-party screen-saver (which I don’t have on my computer). After checking and rechecking my computer, I decided to switch to a new brand, Microsoft’s free anti-virus package. I offloaded the old and switched to the new. Wish me luck.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I no longer subscribe to any outdoors, guns, hunting, or fishing magazines; the internet satisfies most of my information lust. Receiving a monthly copy of the American Rifleman magazine is one of the perks of being a National Rifle Association member. Traditionally, the American Rifleman has featured some very good writers. The January 2010 issue has a great John Barsness article (available to the public online here) about the Winchester Model 70 rifle. If you grew up reading the Jack O’Connor articles in Outdoor Life, there is a good chance you dreamed of someday prowling the mountainsides while toting a Winchester Model 70.
Many purists will hold the following confession as an apostasy; my sole Model 70 is a post 1964 push feed and is a .30-06 instead of a .270.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I gave my three (or four) year-old Tom-Tom GPS to my daughter. She was borrowing it so often that I figured it was time for me to get a new one. I settled on the Garmin nuvi 1450; it is not the top-of-the-line but it has most of what I need to see the USA in my Chevrolet. One feature that I like is the wider screen.
This evening I spent a few hours checking the nuvi out and putting in all of our regular (and contingency) waypoints and destinations. In case you are wondering, I still carry road maps.
I went to the Garmin site to register and download upgrades. Gaak! At DSL speed, it should be done downloading this time tomorrow. I hope the maps extract and install on the nuvi faster than they download.
Monday, January 4, 2010
For an interesting exchange of ideas and insights on chemical deterrents, visit this thread at Say Uncle.
James at Hell in a Hand Basket talks about chemical deterrents here. He is a personal defense instructor and much more qualified on the subject than I am.
So, what does the honest citizen carry for personal protection in Illinois? The laws here pretty much limit us to carrying prayer books. While prohibited from carrying guns, clubs, knives, stun guns, sticks and stones for protection we are “allowed” chemical sprays and gels. I’ve carried different brands of teargas or pepper spray for over twenty years; I never had an occasion to use any of it so I do not know how effective it is as a deterrent. Remember that any act of self-defense on your part is easily viewed as an act of aggression by the authorities, even when you just use bluster, bluff, and naughty words. As soon as possible, retreat to safety, be the first to call 911 to report an incident, and always have your lawyer on speed dial.
When off my property, my preferred everyday carry consists of two Kimber Pepper Blasters (one clipped in my shirt pocket and one in a nylon belt holster) and one 2 oz. Mace combination OC / CS spray (clipped in my other shirt pocket, or clipped to my shirt collar; the Mace belt-clip does not work well on my belt). I sometimes will carry only one Kimber and one Mace but I firmly believe more is better.
Kimber Pepper Blaster uses a non-aerosol pyrotechnic delivery system and will not lose pressure over time as some conventional sprays do. The ingredient formulation combines a solution of 10% OC (2.4% capsaicinoid content) with Benzyl alcohol for increased viscosity; it is bit more of a gel than a liquid. The OC comes out at speed around 90 MPH with a range of 13 feet. The units are not refillable; once you fire both loads, you toss the unit and buy a new one.
As with the double action High Standard .22 caliber Derringer, you get only two chances with the Kimber Pepper Blaster so you may want to consider carrying some backup; you may miss with the first shots or you may be facing multiple aggressors. Your target area when using chemical spray-liquid or gelled glop is much smaller than when using a bullet; with chemicals your target area is the face of the bad-guy. Any kid who has ever been in a squirt-gun fight with his brothers can tell you that hitting that target area is much harder than one would imagine. Spraying the bad-guy in the chest or the crotch would probably do nothing to stop aggression whereas shooting him anywhere with the smallest caliber bullet has a good chance to at least get his attention. With chemicals, you have to score a hit to the bad-guy's mug. Don’t expect an aggressor to cower from your threat to spray him. Once the bad-guy knows he is facing a chemical spray he may continue his attack and be a more difficult target, ducking-and-covering to protect his face. Derringer tactics traditionally have relied on surprise and may be the best bet when using chemicals. “When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.”
Getting a good firing grip on the Kimber Pepper Blaster (aka Kimber Guardian Angel) is not easy. What works best for me is to use the middle finger for the trigger while keeping my index finger alongside the top. If you have long fingers, make sure none of them extend past the muzzles of the unit when firing.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I thought I had found a word never before used in a blog entry title. I was wrong.
It is a perfectly good word. It is surprising our politicians have not worked it into their lexicon. Maybe we will hear it in the State of the Union address.