Thursday, January 31, 2013
I’m very confused; I thought law enforcement officers already could do that VIA A COURT ORDER. I know of more than one instance when a local judge ordered guns removed for cause, but allowed the defendants’ attorneys to arrange for the sale of the guns so the defendants could pay legal fees.
Are Illinois lawmen and lawmakers trying to make it possible for police to arbitrarily SEARCH homes of those with FOID revocations WITHOUT the due process of a court issued search warrant? Having a FOID does not automatically mean someone OWNS A GUN. For instance, I could not legally take my adult daughter to the range before she obtained a FOID card. She had a good time at the range, but she never did buy herself a gun. (BTW, she no longer needs a FOID; she now lives in WISCONSIN.)
There is also the issue of when a household has two or more people with FOID cards. Does law enforcement plan on confiscating guns from all residents of a home based on the FOID revocation of one?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The photos and the following text came in via email from our good friends at Precision Small Arms.
THREADED 6,35 MM (.25 CALIBER) BARREL AND SUPPRESSOR ADAPTER FOR USE IN ANY FN BABY BROWNING, PSP OR PSA-25 PISTOL. WILL ALSO WORK WITH BAUER AND FRASER .25 CAL MODELS. KIT INCLUDES ONE SWISS SCREW MACHINED HEAT TREATED 416 STAINLESS STEEL THREADED BARREL, 5/8-24 INDUSTRY STANDARD SUPPRESSOR ADAPTER AND ADAPTER CAP (NOT SHOWN) IN MACHINE GRADE FINISH. 180 DEGREE FLATS TO FACILITATE QUICK TIGHTENING AND REMOVAL. DELIVERIES COMMENCE FEBRUARY 2013. ORDER YOURS BY VISITING OUR WEB STORE AND CLICK ON "BARRELS". DEALERS CALL FOR QUOTE FOR QUANTITIES OF 5 OR MORE. SUPPRESSOR NOT INCLUDED. $169.95
EDIT: Perhaps it was not true; the article is no longer available at the link. It was pulled for some reason. What was it about? Well, I don't want to write a summary of something that may have been total B.S.
The idea itself is just utter madness.
The idea itself is just utter madness.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
You know, after this prolonged media honeymoon period, the silliest damn thing for the press to finally challenge Obama with is whether he shoots skeet “all of the time.”
To my knowledge, not one of these hard charging “journalists” bothered to ask the POTUS, “What in all thundering tarnation does shooting skeet have to do with pending gun-ban legislation and The Second Amendment?”
Politicians seem willing to throw money at problems because it makes voters think that they care, and many partisan voters will never accept proof that these noble ideas are failures.
I have no problem with either major party trying something new, however, if it turns out that the program sucks, end it with malice.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Click HERE to stock on up! This load is often hard to find.
Once upon a time, the police in the United States found the transition from revolvers to 9mm pistols problematic; hollowpoints would not feed reliably and ball ammo would not stop felons reliably. Federal came up with the 9BP, which remained the 9mm hollowpoint standard for police departments for many years.
Not all 9mm handguns are rated for +P loads. Not all handguns were designed to reliably feed hollowpoint ammunition. If you own such a pistol and you are looking for a solution, this load just may be your salvation.
If you remain unconvinced, please check out this review of the 9PB by the late, great, Stephen A. Camp.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Glenn B and I are very fond of this day. The worst-case Groundhog-shadow scenario is six more weeks of winter; I can do that standing on my head, in a snowdrift, buck-naked.
Por fin! Spring is nigh! To celebrate, this morning I walked barefoot in the unblemished snow on the public sidewalk in front of our house. Yeah, that goofy little kid who gave so much anguish to my loving Mom is alive and well.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Constitutional scholar David E. Young’s blog site is much more than just a history lesson.
Both sides of the Second Amendment debate should consult him before paraphrasing the words of our founding fathers.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Pistol magazines, rifle magazines, and some shotgun magazines are being tossed, probably close to a hundred of them so far. It is amazing how much stuff we accumulate over the years.
I suppose I could have tried to sell them on eBay or at a trade show, but I just do not have the time. Once I have cleared the basement of all the old gun magazines, then I’ll work my way through the other stacks of magazines, such as Field and Stream, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Playboy, etc. My reading today is almost all done online, and I need the basement space more than I need the pulp archives.
Coyote is our Queen of Cats; she is pushing 19-years-old; she was 4-years-old when we found her at a shelter.
Soon after adoption we discovered how Coyote earned her given name; when she wants attention, she howls like a coyote.
Judging by her choice of personal protection, she may be planning a trip to New York State.
(NOTE: Obviously, I was just being silly; Coyote prefers to carry a Seecamp. The replica flintlock pistol has a broken spring, and for the photo I rechecked it to make sure it had no primer powder and that the bore was void of powder and ball. That powder flask is genuine and well over a century old.)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A rare busload of credit is due. Both made no excuses and both took no excuses; both demand better.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The photo and following announcement arrived via email from our good friends at Precision Small Arms.
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Monday, January 21, 2013
On top of that, another 60 death investigations are pending.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Let’s all entertain a fanciful thought, of a day when, by whatever governmental means you care or dare to imagine, 300-million firearms vanish from the possession of the U.S. citizenry, both the lawful and lawless. POOF, they are gone, destroyed, along with every round of ammunition and their components. Let us augment this miraculous event to include a worldwide ban on the private ownership of guns. All you now have to fear are the thugs who are bigger and stronger than you are, and those armed with clubs, knives, caustics / acids, flammables, IEDs, etc. However, at least you no longer have to “fear” guns. How long do you believe the “New Polite Society” would last in the U.S.A.?
Considering that the U.S. Government’s War on Drugs has been a miserable failure, my guess is that the worldwide drug cartels, which collectively never gave a damn about international laws or treaties, would expand their horizons into gunrunning. The gangs of Chicago, New York City, L.A., and Detroit would be back to full armament in short order, busily killing the hell out of each other and anyone in their way. Other criminals will be paying top dollar to buy “syndicate guns” for use in robbing the general population. Our politicians will be scrambling to come up with excuses and answers for their impotence. For instance, the government may ban private airports and ownership of private planes and jets because “drug dealers and gun runners use them.” “It’s only common sense. Do it for the children.” Besides, you don’t NEED your own private plane.
Aside from international gun running, I will speculate that an underground domestic gun manufacturing industry would emerge. It isn’t that difficult to machine the components for guns and ammunition. Politicians would then pass further useless laws to try to hinder this development, especially since many honest citizens may then be seeking to re-arm themselves with homegrown guns and ammo. On and on the story would unfold.
Your gun-free U.S.A. utopia would not last long. The vast majority of those 300-million guns that “vanished” when we began this fantasy belonged to law abiding citizens, who are now at the total mercy of criminals who never knew a law that wasn’t worth breaking, and a government that never could protect honest citizens in the first place.
You may want to be careful what you ask your lawmakers to do in the passion of a moment. They may just do it, and you just might not like how it all turns out.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Chicago public schools’ free lunch program plagued by fraud. Naturally, the taxpayers lose.
Does this surprise anyone?
Boycott Illinois. Boycott Chicago. It’s only common sense. Do it for the children.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
It is easier for Bloomberg and the mini-Cuomo to go after citizen-rights than it is for them to tackle organized crime. Maybe they are just not trying at all to battle The Mob. There is always the chance that if it were not for The Mob’s influence, neither of those two would be in office.
Boycott New York State and New York City. It’s only common sense. Do it for the children.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Now folks just beat tourists near to death with tire irons, baseball bats, and blackjacks. Way to go, Cuomo!
Two six-year-old kids suspended from school for playing cops-and-robbers during recess, with imaginary weapons.
Get a grip, teachers. Get a lawyer, parents.
Chicago is #1 in bed bugs. Like drugs and gang crime, bed bugs are moving to the upscale areas and everyone is at risk. The following statement is from this official Chicago website (my guess is that “The Administration” will order it removed as soon as they find out about it).
“Bed bugs can be found almost anywhere, from apartment buildings to four star hotel rooms.”
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
While it may seem premature, she has my nomination for the 2013 Mother of the Year award!
I find that hard to believe.
Monday, January 7, 2013
While it works okay via an Ethernet cable to the router, the Wi-Fi just plain sucks. Sometimes it connects, most of the time it fails. On the rare occasions that it does connect, more often than not it loses the Internet connection or moves slower than a 300-baud modem.
I’ve worked on Microsoft products since the beginning; I am not a novice. I’ve owned more PC and laptop brands than I care to remember. I updated every piece of software (and drivers) and I’ve run every diagnostic. I’ve Googled the web for answers and all I find is a large group of people with the same problem(s) and no fix. This has been a big waste of time and money. Bill Gates should go out, purchase a few of these laptops, and see for himself what a wonderful piece of crap Windows 8 truly is.
In case you are wondering, my wife’s old Toshiba (with the broken hinges) on Windows 7 still works fine on the Wi-Fi, as does my MacBook Pro. Something is hinky in Windows 8 and my best advice is to avoid it as you would a syphilitic blind date.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Whenever government does something to control costs, it usually means we are going to pay heavily for it.
“Redistribution of Poverty” is proving to be a much more efficient policy than “Redistribution of Wealth.” It is the great equalizer. It humbles the masses.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
My wife just went through another Toshiba laptop. My goodness, that makes three Toshiba laptops in a bit over four-years that failed due to broken hinges. None of our many prior Toshiba laptops ever had this problem; I suggested to her that that we give up our Toshiba allegiance and switch to HP. (Last year I switched to a MacBook Pro, which she does not care for; she prefers Windows.)
To be honest, the hinges on her new HP laptop look to be no improvement over those on the Toshiba laptops. We shall see. Apple clearly does better hardware engineering than the outfits that make laptops that run MS Windows.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
“The ISRA has learned from a credible source that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton will introduce a so called “assault weapons” ban on Wednesday when the legislature returns for its “lame duck” session. Cullerton hopes to ramrod the bill through and get it to Governor Quinn for signature by Friday. If he is successful at doing so, nearly every gun you currently own will be banned and will be subject to confiscation by the Illinois State Police.
Based on what we know about Cullerton’s bill, firearms that would be banned include all semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Pump action shotguns would be banned as well. This would be a very comprehensive ban that would include not only so-called “assault weapons” but also such classics as M1 Garands and 1911-based pistols. There would be no exemptions and no grandfathering. You would have a very short window to turn in your guns to the State Police to avoid prosecution. “
The Fishing Musician sees some evidence of it. A run would not surprise me any. THIS POST is the second most popular one here at this humble blog for last week, and the third most popular for all time. For whatever their reason(s), many people still make this minimal caliber their choice. Pistols chambered for the .25 ACP were targeted during the Gun Control Act of 1968 and it would not surprise me to see the .25 ACP again demonized in pending legislation.