CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE to read the need for RULE #5,“Always store firearms so that they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.”

Know when you are being played, recognize the players. CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE for the schoolyard-bully rules used by mendacious partisan politicians and their zealot stooges.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lockable pistol case for PSA or Browning Baby

Gift idea From Lenn Kristal, President
P.O. Box 931
Aspen, Colorado USA 81612
Telephone: (970) 390 5520
Fax: (970) 797 1630

Machined from aerospace aluminum, our two-tier, lockable pistol case has a fixed lower plate with cutouts for 12 bullets, 2 magazines and a barrel cleaning brush. The upper tier securely cradles your PSA-25, Baby Browning, Fraser, Bauer, or PSP pistol. Limited quantities. Made expressly for us by Mauro and his team at Technoframes in Bergamo, Italy.

Our Holiday Price: $135.00
  S & H: FREE!

Monday, November 21, 2011

EnGarde introduces ballistic blanket

(Zack note: The following is a product announcement from EnGarde.  As gunnie bloggers, we often consider many ways to put holes into the bad guys but rarely do we consider ways to prevent folks from putting holes into us.)

The EnGarde body armor Ballistic Bomb Blanket is one of the most versatile and useful pieces of ballistic protective equipment we offer.  Our bomb blankets provide personnel and property with Level IIIA protection from small explosive devices and grenade fragments in a convenient, lightweight package that can be deployed quickly and easily in a variety of threat situations.   

Designed for use by either unskilled personnel or EOD/IOD technicians, ballistic bomb blankets can be used in an almost infinite number of ways to protect personnel and property.  Our bomb blanket has a variety of heavy duty web straps and connectors that can be used to hang the blanket over windows and interior spaces or secure it around suspected explosive devices or equipment you want to protect from shrapnel.
Bomb blankets are one of the most cost effective and easy ways to provide extra protection to crew areas of a ship or industrial facility by quickly deploying the blankets to create "safe areas" for personnel. It's also possible to use the blankets to temporarily reinforce areas of a ship, such as the bridge and wheelhouse, which frequently contain a lot of glass and are particularly susceptible to high speed fragments. 

Our lightweight, highly portable ballistic bomb blankets are specifically designed to be quickly and easily secured over windows, doors, and walls. They can quickly be deployed in almost any high risk situation including executive security, perimeter defense, and other personnel and equipment security needs. 

Our bomb blankets are constructed from multiple layers of the latest Dyneema SB-71 fiber. The layers of Dyneema SB-71 are then carefully sealed into a 100 percent waterproof PVC cover. The PVC cover is then put into an heavy duty outside shell made of Nomex III Steel fabric, composed of 99 percent Nomex III and 1 percent steel. The outer shell of EnGarde's ballistic blankets is resistant to fire, abrasion, and chemicals. Our blankets are made with 12 straps with loopholes making it easy to attach the bomb blanket in a variety of scenarios. Compare that with our low-quality competitors that provide only corner straps.
This product has helped our customers secure ships, cars, trucks, planes, helicopters and industrial facilities. Due to the light weight and versatile construction, our bomb blankets are ready to be deployed any time the situation warrants, whether it be securing the bridge of a freighter traveling off the coast of Somalia or for adding a extra layer of protection to personnel quarters. 

Ballistic material: Dyneema SB-71
Protection Level: NIJ Level IIIA / V50 17 grain steel fragment @ 542 m/s
Size: 63" x 63" / 160 cm x 160 cm
Weight: Approximately 25 lbs / 11 kg
Inside cover: sealed waterproof PVC
Outside cover: NOMEX III Steel fabric
Color: Black

Saturday, November 19, 2011 now has a Facebook page

Dear Fellow Snub Shooters:

I hope this note finds you well.

Should interest permit I will be posting twice a month snub training tips on our Facebook page.

If you would like to receive them, you are invited to go to our Facebook site and "Like" the page.

The page link is located at:

Alternatively, you can request that our tips be send via e-mail if you are not currently on Facebook.

I hope you will enjoy the items and will feel free to comment on them as well.


Michael de Bethencourt

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It is time for this old Luddite to jump headlong into old technology

Yep, tomorrow I be getting me one of them highfaluting garage door opener thingies.  Out of the 86 houses built in this subdivision, only one buyer (that be me) was too cheap to include it into the construction price of the home.  Here it is 13-years later, and I am going high tech…  Lordy, may wonders never cease.  After all the years of inflation, a new unit installed is costing me only around 1/3 of what the developer wanted. 

Price was not the only reason I delayed getting a garage door opener.  For many years, burglars easily cloned the remote openers; now it is not so easy.  Some of the safety features were unreliable and easily bypassed, sometimes resulting in property damage or injury.  Sometimes the homeowners would drive away without watching their door fully close, only to have a safety switch reverse it to the full open position where it remained until they returned home.  Many folks in this neighborhood quit carrying keys to their house, leaving the connecting door to the garage unlocked, relying solely on the security of the garage door.  Other than the fact that these homes were easy picking for the local scoundrels, the homeowners were locked out of their houses during power failures.  Yeah, over the years a few moseyed over to ask “that survivor guy” if he could help them break into their own homes.  Almost universally, these folks left their second story windows unlocked, so my extension ladder provided the means.  They will wish they had not gotten into the habit of leaving the upper story windows unlocked once the area burglars wise up.

Soon, I will be in this brave new high tech world of push-button garage doors.  The kid who grew- up next-door watching me manually opening my garage door all those years said the neighborhood would just not be the same. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dad was right. All in Congress are corrupt.

On the anniversary of the death of a loved one, it is hard not to think of them.  I just listened to a Sixty Minutes installment that reaffirms Dad’s contention that the halls of congress should be converted to a high security federal prison.

Dad, it has been five years since you died and during that time our government never once failed to live down to your expectations.  Rest in peace; you were right.

Friday, November 11, 2011

C.E. “Ed” Harris series of articles begins at The Revolver Liberation Alliance

CLICK HERE NOW for the first of this series!  My goodness, you will not want to miss this stuff.  I have long been in awe of Ed Harris.  He is the real-deal when it comes to guns and ammo knowledge.  If there ever is to be a Hall of Fame for gun writers (if there is one, I cannot find it), it will have to include Ed Harris somewhere near the top.  Aside from his NRA magazine articles, Ed was a pioneer in writing expert online guns and ammo prose dating back to the computer Bulletin Board System (BBS) days.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Today we had our first snow of the 2011 - 2012 season

It is all gone now, but for a short while today we bore witness to the strange sight of snow hanging from my still flowering petunias and marigolds.  There were several periods of wind driven snow and sleet throughout the day.  In a way, it was fun.  I spent some time outside and did some pre-season readiness-work on the snowblowers.  

We have yet to have a hard freeze in these parts; the very few frost mornings that we had so far were mild enough for many of my annuals to survive.  Tonight the air temperature will drop to 26F and finish the job of killing off all that remains of what was once a beautiful springtime.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Boomer retirements

Getting old is certainly not for sissies.  Via Reuters, there is a storm-a-brewing for Baby Boomer retirements.  While it may be easy to respond that older folks can just keep on working, senescence offers an obstacle course of cancers, heart disease, and a host of other maladies that can slam the brakes on even the most determined geezers. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Great Recession has been most depressing

It has been a difficult year for me to find the motivation to blog.  Family, friends, and neighbors are just barely scraping by.  My wife and I have helped until it hurts, but we cannot sacrificially put ourselves into poverty in order to help everyone else; what we have must last us until the end of our days.  It is hard to say “NO!” to those in need but we will be lucky if changes in the laws, price inflation, and higher taxes do not prematurely eat away our financial means.  The political ideal of “redistribution of wealth” has become the reality of “redistribution of poverty.”  The promises our politicians made to us were broken.  Our federal, state, and local governments failed us.  Lesson learned, “NEVER trust the government to fix anything, especially with YOUR money.”

The neighbor behind me lost his house to foreclosure a year or so back.  My eastside next-door neighbor lost his house to foreclosure this July past.  Just last night my westside next-door neighbor sauntered over to tell me that he was filing for bankruptcy in an attempt to keep his house.  He is still current on his mortgage payments, but only due to his sacrificing payments to other bills.  He is an honorable guy who is at the end of his financial rope.  The property taxes have doubled since he bought the house around six years ago, which is now worth only forty percent of what he paid for it.  Even though he has family health insurance, his daughter’s winning battle with leukemia had substantial out of pocket fees and co pays.  He earns good money but the needs of his family of five added up to more than his means and I am here to tell you that they are for the most part a frugal bunch.  His truck is sixteen years old and his family van is nine years old.  In any case, his lawyer is working to either consolidate his credit card and medical debts into a low interest repayment plan or outright make them go away.  I hope it all works out for him. 

On top of the aforementioned folks, we have several vacant homes going to seed in our small neighborhood and yet another neighboring house is in the foreclosure process.  Ironically, another neighbor is hoping to sell his house so he can get the hell out of the USA and move his family back to his native country.  So goes the American Dream. 

I took a case of canned food from my survival rack over to a recent well-publicized food drive held by my granddaughter’s soccer league.  WOW!  It was surprising how little food other folks were willing to part with.  From probably over a hundred parents and grandparents attending the matches, my wife saw one box of corn flakes and two bags of potato chips in the donation pavilion.  Are we all becoming too cynical?  Are we all getting to a point of “every man for himself?”  Are we all so financially tapped-out that we just cannot spare a brother a dime?  It is so very troubling.  Then again, there has been an overabundance of food drives in this area so maybe everyone has donated elsewhere. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

My ever-faithful LW Seecamp .380

This little firearm is with me the most.  I suppose it is high time that I take it to the range, blow out the carry ammo, and then clean it up and reload for another period of sweat and toil around the house and yard.  It is the perfect piece for me to carry when hot, heavy, chores make carrying a more formidable firearm an impediment.