Thursday, January 31, 2013

The state of the shooting sports as of today

I thought this was interesting. This is where shooting sports supplies are as of today.
Interesting status report from Valley Guns in West Virginia :

Status of gun industry

Attention F.B. fans: to follow will be several IMPORTANT Info updates about the status of the gun industry currently, followed by an INVENTORY UPDATE: We traveled to Texas for Industry meetings concerning the shortages, here's what we were told.

Smith & Wesson-is running at Full capacity making 300+ guns/day-mainly M&P pistols. They are unable to produce any more guns to help with the shortages.

RUGER: Plans to increase from 75% to 100% in the next 90 days.

FNH: Moving from 50% production to 75% by Feb 1st and 100% by March 1.

Remington-Maxed out!

Armalite: Maxed out.

DPMS: Can't get enough parts to produce any more product.

COLT: Production runs increasing weekly...bottle necked by Bolt carrier's.

LWRC:Making only black guns, running at full capacity...can't get enough gun quality steel to make barrels.

Springfield Armory: Only company who can meet demand but are running 30-45 days behind.

AMMO: Every caliber is now Allocated! We are looking at a nation wide shortage of all calibers over the next 9 months. All plants are producing as much ammo as possible w/ of 1 BILLION rounds produced weekly. Most is military followed by L.E. and civilians are third in line.

MAGPUL is behind 1 MILLION mags, do not expect any large quantities of magpul anytime soon.

RELOADERS... ALL Remington, Winchester, CCI & Federal primers are going to ammo FIRST. There are no extra's for reloading purposes... it could be 6-9 months before things get caught up. Sorry for the bleak news, but now we know what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted...

Related commentary from Bob Owens :
They didn’t know when they’d be getting anything back in stock, from magazines to rifles to pistols. Manufacturers were running full-bore, but couldn’t come close to keeping up with market demand. It wasn’t just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every last shell. Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants—of which every gun store always seems to have 10-20—were gone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free space marked their passing. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years was gone. This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war.

Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the Statists have done more to promote gun ownership than the NRA ever did. Well done, Democrats!

- “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?”written testimony of David B. Kopel

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


This is a product line of thread lockers and glues that is often mis-reported as to use. Most often, the recommended product is referred to by color only. I've done that because when you go to the actual product numbers people's eyes start to glaze over and it is obvious you are losing their interest. Via my friend Tycer L____ is some good info on the subject.

- 271, Red: High strength threadlocker for larger diameter hardware.
- 262, Red: High strength threadlocker for for hardware smaller than that which uses 271 (more like heli parts). Either does a good job for our stuff, however. I see 271 most commonly in auto parts stores.
- 609, Green: Retaining compound, high strength, for mounting slip fit bearings to shafts. An appropriate product for tail boxes.
- 603, Green: Retaining compound, high strength, similar to 609 but good where the parts may be a little oily. Good for mounting oilite bushings in housings, BTW.
- 640: Green: Retaining compound, high strength. Similar to 609 and 603. Lacks the oil tolerance of 603. I use it where I might have trouble with adjacent bearing contamination with the product, such as start shaft bearing blocks, since it has a little greater viscosity than 603.
- 638, Green, rather thick: Ultra strong retaining compound for assemblies with a marked amount of slop in the fit, min 0.004". Don't try to use this stuff for our normal bearings on healthy shafts. It sets almost immediately in the tight gap, and you'll never have the chance to get the bearing into place.
- 290, Green: Wicking product for thread locking AFTER assembly. Medium strength, much stronger than 242 blue in my experience. Not the correct choice per loctite for bearing mounting.
- 242, 243 Blue: Classic medium strength threadlocker for most of our threadlocking applications. 243 is the oil tolerant version.
- 222MS, Purple: Low strength threadlocker for small diameter or otherwise delicate fasteners.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Notes from the gun shop...

It was a pretty good day today. Not too busy, but it was busy. I think people are getting the word that we're just about out of stuff. We got a resupply of Glock pistols and promptly sold two. No ARs but there is an AK-47 type rifle. No Mini-14s (they were marked at $1400 at the local gun show this past weekend). We are starting to run out of primers, we've only got Federal Match in Small Pistol primers. We have no .22 LR except for the match/target stuff. We got some 9mm ball but we're rapidly moving through that even though we're limiting buyers to 2 boxes. We have some nice revolvers in the shop. We have Smith and Wesson Model 63 (4") and a 37 (3") both with boxes. We have a Smith and Wesson 16-4 (4") and we have a Colt Police Positive transitional/flat latch (4") in .38 S&W. Nothing really special came in or happened today. It is pretty difficult to just keep up with the volume of business we've been doing.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gun Show Observations...

Gun show today. Line at 10:00 when they opened. Had to wait about 20 minutes to get in. There were ARs and some of the high demand ammo available even after yesterday. NO .22 LR except match ammo. One dealer actually had .22 Shorts though. I bought 3 boxes of .348 Winchester (2 of Silvertips). Yes, I have brass and 9+ boxes of Hornady 200 gr. bullets but I wanted a baseline for reloading and I thought it would help sell the rifle after I'm dead. Lots of disgust with politicians expressed while waiting in the line. NRA table was mighty busy.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Browning Model 71 and the .348 Winchester

As with most cartridges created by the big firearms firms, the .348 Winchester had its foundations in marketing. Winchester had a problem. First, soldiers returning from the great war were enamored of the bolt action rifle and the ballistics of the .30-06 cartridge. Second, there was a desire to continue with Winchester's "trademark" line of lever-actions. So, the ideal thing would be to put .30-06 ballistics in a lever-action. Apparently, the Model 1895 just hadn't done it for the public with a magazine that was right where the balance point meant that one should put one's hand when carrying the gun.

I have a Browning 1895 and I think it carries well enough but it doesn't feel in the hand the way that shooters were accustomed. Although the 1895 was chambered for the .30-06 cartridge, I have read of accounts of lengthening headspace and problems with the cartridge in the rifle. I don't know if those reports are true or if they really impacted sales. Another problem was that the 1895 didn't look right with that magazine. I don't think that bothered performance oriented users, one sees the rifle in almost universal use in some law enforcement circles. Then, too, a lot of the production of the gun came during the first world war and went to the Russian military.

Winchester had other problems as well. The continuing depression meant that there wasn't a desire to put a lot of money into development of another rifle or cartridge. So, Winchester made what they thought would be a double good move and modernize the 1886 rifle (i.e. redesign it internally to reduce production cost), continuing what they'd begun with the 1886 extra lightweight in .45-70 and .33 Winchester, while at the same time improving the ballistics of the .30-something cartridge with the .348 Winchester.

A .50-110 cartridge case was modified with taper (for easy feeding while retaining good case capacity) topped with 150-250 grain bullets and chambered to a slightly modified 1886 rifle dubbed the Model 71. Ballistic realities intruded to defeat the popular acceptance of the 150 and 250 grain bullets and the 200 grain bullet at about 2500 fps from the 24" barreled rifle came to dominate sales. The current Winchester .348 factory load (if you can find it) uses a 200 grain Silvertip bullet (SD .236) at a muzzle velocity (MV) of 2520 fps from a 24" barrel. The muzzle energy (ME) of this load is 2820 ft. lbs. The figures at 200 yards are 1931 fps and 1656 ft. lbs. The trajectory of the Winchester factory load looks like this: +1.4" at 100 yards, 0 at 150 yards, -3.4" at 200 yards, and -9.2" at 250 yards. The big case meant that one could easily attain these .30-06 sort of ballistics while keeping pressures relatively low and the tapered case ran through the action with ease. The power of the cartridge ensured that it had a following among hunters of the largest game but it wasn't too powerful for use on whitetail deer. This made the cartridge just popular enough to hang around, sometimes just barely, since it was introduced in 1936. Sometimes it seems that the wildcatting and reforming uses of the brass were the only reason that production of the .348 cartridge continued at all but it has and in 1987 Browning saw fit to bring back the rifles in 20" and 24" barreled versions. This is the rifle I finally acquired.

Browning made 4,000 20" carbines and 3,000 24" rifles in standard grade, and 3,000 of each in deluxe grade. Made by Miroku in Japan as were the Browning 1892, 1886, and 1895 rifles and carbines, these are excellent firearms. Fit and finish is outstanding. The wood is lacking "figure" but that's fine on a working firearm where the sturdiness of the stock is far more important than appearance. These rifles, produced by adoptees of the metric system, do not have the same threads on any of the threaded parts as on the Winchester Model 71 so parts aren't often interchangeable.

Seller's photo of the Browning M71 Carbine
My "rifle" is the "carbine", i.e. it has the 20" barrel. I am one of those oddities of the shooting world who likes the shorter barrels and is willing to accept the ballistic limitations one gets. It has the feel of a bulldog between the hands. The stock seems to fit me well and the sights naturally align with the eye when the gun is shouldered. It seems heavier than my Browning 1886 SRC. Like the 1886, it will soon have a Williams Foolproof receiver sight.

- The Model 71 Winchester and the .348 WCF Cartridge by Jim Taylor
- The Browning M71 by Miles Fortis

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Schwarzlose Model 1908

The Schwarzlose Model 1908 was a semi-automatic pistol, designed by Andreas Schwarzlose, produced in Germany from 1908 until 1911. These were chambered for the .32 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) also known as the 7.65mm Browning. The pistol uses a blow-forward action in which the barrel is blown forward and the action spring drives it back to pick up a cartridge from the magazine and the breach doesn't move.

A magazine recently had an article on this seldom seen firearm and I'm intrigued. I've always wanted one of these old school, small, .32 ACP pistols anyway. So I went looking for one.

What I found is that there weren't many looking for a buyer but because of what they are they aren't bringing big prices. Somewhere between $350 and $550 depending on condition seems to be the going rate for these. Of course you would still have to find one for sale!

Schwarzlose Model 1908

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Notes from the gun shop...

The shop is down to 10 boxes of CCI SGB @$7.99 a box and match ammo.  We have .22 WRM, .22 WRF, .17 HMR and that is all.  The last box of .22 shorts went out the door this morning and it was an old yellow Winchester box.  I am told that NOBODY has any from Harrisonburg to Roanoke.  I have enough for myself because I saw this coming.   I believe I might have mentioned it a time or two.    

We are getting in some firearms but even with re-supply I think we are down to about 30 center-fire pistols and fewer revolvers of any chambering.  Since we have no modern sporting rifles the 10/22 is the next thing and every one that comes in leaves pretty much the same day.  We sell a minimum of 16 firearms every day which is much more than we used to do.  If he can get product the boss might be able to pay off the shop this year. 


January 15, 2013

There are two Supreme Court rulings that directly relate to the current anti-Assault Weapon issue everyone needs to be reminded of.

The first is United States v. Miller 1939. Miller possessed a sawed-off shotgun banned under the National Firearms Act. He argued that he had a right to bear the weapon under the Second Amendment, but the Supreme Court ruled against him. Why? At the time, sawed-off shotguns were not being used in a military application, and the Supremes ruled that since it didn't, it was not protected. Even though Miller lost that argument, the Miller case set the precedent that protected firearms have a military, and thus a legitimate and protected Militia use. The military now uses shotguns regularly, but not very short, sawed-off shotguns, but an AR-15/AK-47 type weapon is currently in use by the military, therefore it is a protected weapon for the Unorganized Militia, which includes just about every American citizen now that both age and sex discrimination are illegal. (The original Militia included men of age 17-45) Therefore any firearm that is applicable to military use is clearly protected under Article II, and that includes all those nasty-looking semi-automatic black rifles, including full 30 round magazines.

The second important case is that of John Bad Elk v. United States from 1900. In that case, an attempt was made to arrest Mr. Bad Elk without probable cause, and Mr. Bad Elk killed a policeman who was attempting the false arrest. Bad Elk had been found guilty and sentenced to death. However, the Supreme Court ruled that Bad Elk had the right to use any force, including lethal force, to prevent his false arrest, even if the policeman was only trying to arrest him and not kill him. Basically, the Supremes of the day ruled that as a citizen, you have the right to defend against your civil rights being violated using ANY force necessary to prevent the violation, even if the offending party isn't trying to kill you.

Both of these cases are standing law to this day.

The Miller decision clearly includes AR-15/AK-47 type weapons as having a military application. The Bad Elk decision means that if the government tries to confiscate your AR-15/AK-47, or arrest you for having one, you can kill the offenders on the spot, even if they are not trying to kill you.

I didn't make these decisions; the United States Supreme Court did.

Carl F. Worden

- The Archives of Carl F. Worden

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Where have all the airplanes gone?

If you want to know, they're here. At any given time, it shows every plane in the sky, in the whole world. I'm surprised this info is available to the general public. Every day,we see planes in the sky, sometimes very high.. with or without con-trails. If you want to know about them,you can see all the information instantly...on your screen. Click on the link,

Some tricks: On the map you will see all the planes in the air. To view your region or town, you can zoom in by tapping with your mouse. Click on a airplane, and on the left screen you will get all the info; airline, type, speed, altitude in real time, re-calculated, every 10 seconds. On some you can even get a view from the cockpit!

Isn't technology wonderful?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Freedom Arms Model 97 in .45 Colt

FA 97 .45 Colt in Simply Rugged holster
I bought, several years ago now, a Freedom Arms 97 in .44 Special.  At the time I really wanted a .45 Colt because I wanted an example of the best .45 Colt single-action revolvers made in the US.  The .44 Special was sort of a stop-gap and a redirection to the .44 Special cartridge for my "best single-actions" collection.  I have Ruger and USFA but still no Colt and until now, no Freedom Arms gun.

Then, the other day, Glen F______ unexpectedly listed this one for sale.  "Unexpectedly" is important here as I didn't have quite enough for the gun thusly described.
Premier Grade Freedom Arms Model 97, .45 Colt, 4 1/4" barrel, complete with box, manuals, 2 spare front sights (different heights to allow for a wide range of bullet weights), and 2 custom made holsters (made by Tracker Leather, out of Sisters, Oregon -- one RH leather vertical belt holster, and one RH leather shoulder holster). $1600 shipped to FFL. Pictures available upon request. First "I'll take it" posted here gets it. If no takers by next Monday, I will put it on consignment here in a local shop.
This gun set up this way with fluted cylinder, micarta stocks and the extra front sights is $2173.50. Add the holsters and you have a real deal. THEN Glen threw in a Simply Rugged holster.  What a guy!  What a gun!  Then I had to wait!

Glen was kind enough to pass on some other information on the revolver:
Tracker Leather Holsters
The shoulder holster is a clever design that can be worn several ways. It's currently set up to go over the left shoulder (only), but it can also be set up to go over the head and shoulder as either a shoulder holster (i.e. under the arm) or a cross-draw over the belly. The belt holster is a traditional vertical rig, with an added "semi-pancake" loop which snugs the holster up to the hip quite nicely. It rides very well. They are both very well made.

The timing and lock up are tight -- classic Freedom Arms.

The throats are a snug .452", smooth and uniform throat to throat, and match up with the groove diameter nicely (I haven't measured it, but I *think* it's a .451" groove diameter) I have shot a wide variety of cast bullet loads in this gun and have had ZERO leading. I generally size cast bullets .451" since some cast bullet designs (with lots of bearing surface forward of the crimp groove) can be sticky to chamber if sized .452" (recall the close tolerances that FA uses to cut their chambers -- brass and loading dies are not held to the same tolerances, so if the crimp results in a slightly off-center .452" bullet, it won't go into a concentric .452" throat). I kept meaning to try some .4515" cast bullets in it, but I never got off my duff to do those experiments. For bullets with little or no bearing surface forward of the case mouth (e.g. the classic 250 grain RN-FP), this is a non-issue.

FA added the .45 Colt to the line up after they had already started production of the Model 97. The cylinder length is long enough to accept any round loaded to SAAMI OAL specs. Factory ammo and jacketed bullets generally conform to this spec (in terms of OAL or cannelure location), and so are no problem. Cast bullets may, or may not. The Keith 454424 SWC does not, and if crimped in the crimp groove, the loaded round is too long to fit within the cylinder (i.e. the nose pokes out the front). You can seat the Keith SWC deep and crimp over the forward driving band, if you'd like. The classic 250 grain RNFP works just fine, as does the 452423 and the SAECO 300 grain GC-SWC. I am sure there are others, I just stopped looking after I found these 3 worked. I can give you dimensions, if you want dimensions.

FA used the same 1 in 24" twist rate in this barrel that they used in the 454. Very cast bullet friendly. However at the slower velocities that this gun opereates at (relative to the Casull), accuracy is not at the same spectacular level that we've come to associate with the 454 unless you step things up somewhat, or move to lighter bullets. I've gotten my best results with velocities over 1000 fps (and a 300 grain bullet at 1000 fps out this light 5-shot revolver will definitely get your attention!). Not to worry, the metallurgy of the FA M97 is such that this little gun will handle any pressures that the large-frame Ruger Blackhawk will (confirmed by John Taffin), but my hands/wrists will not!

There are some very interesting moderate weight RNFP's that have come out for cowboy shooting (200-225 grains) that look like they might be just perfect for the FA M97. Again, I haven't tested them, but I think they have great promise. Lee have a couple that look great.
 Needless to say, this is a bunch of good info that can be trusted. Glen is a well known cast bullet "expert" and has experimented and written extensively on the subject. I do have some bullets on hand that I want to try even if I do have to crimp over the driving band. If they will work so loaded in my other .45 Colt revolvers that is all to the good as I'll be able to stick with a single load for all of them and won't have to change things up if I decide to sell a couple.

I'm very much looking forward to being able to carry this gun.  The 97s are as easy to carry as just about anything and the .45 Colt cartridge can handle any game or "critters" I am likely to encounter.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

You should be this guy...

In NAZI Germany, not that far away from your grandparents' lives, people would be called to mass meetings to here the NAZI leaders speak and to demonstrate their obedience. The NAZIs were bad, bad people who murdered others because they were different (handicapped, mentally ill, Jewish, Catholic, homosexual, or who disagreed with them). To not salute took some fair amount of courage. You should not submit to such tyranny.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Another brick in the wall...

Nana listened to the President's "ground breaking" speech on gun control and his efforts to end violence in America. He is prepared to use the force of the government against the law-abiding to prevent the criminals and crazy people from hurting children. Nana joined the NRA half-way through this speech. Here's the 23 things he is going to do and about which he signed executive orders today. Of course he also brought some kids up on stage to show he liked kids.

1. Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. The implication is that they do not do so at this time. What data would that be? Arrests? Investigations? Mention in an investigation? Somebody who was body cavity searched by the TSA?

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. Like those prohibiting doctors from asking if you own a firearm.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. Funding the infrastructure changes to allow the computers to share data?

4. Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks. Such as adding to or expanding the definitions of prohibited persons? Would this be like adding soldiers, still serving, who have been treated for PTSD?

5. Propose rule-making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.This would presumably be the same background NICS check done according to the law on transfers.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.You know, just in case Congress can be blackmailed into passing legislation requiring such checks for private sales.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign. Like the Eddy Eagle campaign?

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission). Better locks? Preparing for a requirement that owners must have gun safes (as opposed to security containers even)?

9. Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.The implication is that they aren't doing that now, but they are in an attempt to return that property to their rightful owners. I have such a gun, seized and returned to the person from whom it was stolen.

10. Release a Department of Justice report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement. Do they not release these reports now? Are they secret?

11. Nominate a new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Did he FINALLY find somebody who was qualified and not a crook?

12. Provide law enforcement, first-responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations. They sure do need that. As it is now, schools put too much faith in door locks and cinderblock walls.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime. Oh, you mean such as actually prosecuting those who are denied by NICS when they try to buy a gun? Actually prosecuting felons caught in possession of firearms? Funny, but none of these shooters was a felon.

14. Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. How about a look into the effects of these psychotropic drugs. Almost every one of these "mass" killers has been on one or another (or several).

15. Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun-safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies. Technology from companies bankrupted by Obamacare and tax increases...

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors from asking their patients about guns in their homes. In other words, change the law.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities. And presumably that the law won't prohibit them lying about it or misrepresenting the risk due to a personal dislike for an individual. You do know that the psychiatrists were a big help to the Soviets in dealing with their political opposition, aka dissidents, don't you?

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school-resource officers. That means money.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education. Necessary to do before offering the training mentioned earlier.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover. Will that include institutionalization, you know, to remove the nuts from society?

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges. Didn't they just say this?

22. Commit to finalizing mental-health parity regulations. What, again with health care? Isn't this really just one item rather than 4?

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on mental health. I've got your "dialog". Stay the hell out of my private business and quit trying to find excuses to control everything I do, think, or say.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Notes from the gun shop...

We were mighty busy today. Boss man says that it was about average for a day since 14 December 2012. We did EIGHT times the usual business in dollars and had 14 background checks. We should be slowing down just before a moderate up tick as tax refunds come in and then as spring turkey season approaches but it continues to run as hard as we possibly can give what we have in stock. AR sales have supposedly slowed, but we sold all we had as soon as somebody knew they were here. Stripped uppers continue to fly out the door. The big thing is handguns. We had a big re-supply on Glocks but were down to just 3 at the end of the day. One S&W M&P semi-auto, a couple Ruger SR9s, and even revolvers, especially concealed carry suitable guns, have sold leaving the cases with a noticeably empty look.

Who is buying? Well, you can't put it down to any one group except that group they used to call "the silent majority". People who just struggle/work through life as best they can, living life the way their parents told them that God wanted them to live. 21-92, male and female, of all races and economic levels. One 84-year old came in and said she wanted "thirty-eight" ammo for her mother's gun. She told us that she'd never shot it, that her mother had never shot it but that she needed the ammo to "exercise my second amendment rights."

We did have several people come in asking for paperwork to join the NRA. We got it for them. Presumably they are among the 250,000+ people who have joined this week. I want Nana to join. I think she's waiting on Obama's speech which is supposed to be Wednesday. We'll see.

Meanwhile, those who couldn't afford a gun apparently decided to start buying ammunition, like the aforementioned 84-year old woman. We are starting to run out of .22 LR and 7.62x39. Primers were flying off the shelves. Certain powders are gone, gone, gone.

I was very glad to get home and get off my feet.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Boy Scouts' Motto...

BE PREPARED!  At least that's how I remember the Boy Scouts' motto.  It makes sense.  If riding around in the winter, be prepared to have to walk or stand in the cold.  Have a coat, decent shoes and socks so that your feet won't freeze.  Be smart.  Hot days?  Have some water to drink or at least know where you can get some.  Whatever you do, don't ignore what is happening around you and be prepared to deal with it.

I've been saying this for years with regard to your shooting supplies.  Some of the folks who asked me for advice didn't take it and in 2008 they had to scramble.  Others asked if I thought that would repeat, I said yes but they ignored me and now THEY are scrambling as well.

As soon as 2 hours after the Sandy Hook School shooting by a deranged man who we now know was on some sort of psychotropic drug(s), some politicians were calling for gun control and many people saw the writing on the wall.  After the shooting at the theater in Aurora, Colorado (another young man on psychotropic drugs) they knew that all bets were off.  Since the initial reports were rapidly being skewed towards blaming "assault" rifles for the shooting many people saw the writing on the wall and decided to get theirs while they could.  The fear of the ban soon extended to anything with a magazine capacity of over 10-rounds and the magazines to feed them.  Then it extended, in some regions, to the ammunition for those firearms.  As the politicians ramped up their hyperbole in their everlasting search for something to make them necessary and relevant, more and more items were perceived as endangered by a ban.

Then, Senator Diane Feinstein of California, a perennially hypocritical supporter of gun control for the masses (but not for herself or her bodyguards) made her ever-ready bill public.  Apparently she gave the pro-gun people a bone and removed the anti-grandfather clause (more likely because she knows the government hasn't the money to actually pay for the guns already out there as required by the constitution) and changed it to an NFA type tax (actually higher at $250 per firearm).  Now people aren't just buying all they can, they are getting angry.  One now commonly hears the famous refrain uttered by Charlton Heston, "...from my cold dead hands."

I don't think this is simply macho rhetorical posturing either. The sentiment seems to be accepted by many women as well. There is also a component of realistic expectation associated with the statement or similar statements in that the speaker often acknowledges that injury or death would be a certain result of individual resistance. I think that so many seem to know of the young, former Marine Corporal's letter to Senator Feinstein and the daily progress of legislative talk is indicative of a fairly widespread knowledge of and interest in the subject. In short, these people are just shooting off their mouths...

Glenn Beck has rather famously predicted that there could be widespread violence here as we've seen in Greece, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and so forth. His conclusion was that the Obama administration and its allies would be accepting of such a crisis as an excuse to have a wide-ranging limitation of personal liberty. Certainly, there are a number of people who perceive this is true based on the rather arrogant way in which public opinion was ignored to enact Obama-care without legislators reading the bill, it being introduced in the House as required by the Constitution and the rather tortured opinion written by the Chief Justice of SCOTUS to uphold the act. People generally perceive this as what it is, a separation of the government from the people.

A lot of people are banking on their representatives voting down any such legislation, at least in the House of Representatives if not also in the Senate. But now we've heard from the Vice President of the United States that the President is considering acting by executive order. That is, the President of the United States, sworn to defend the constitution, is going to ignore the constitution recently upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, and unilaterally act to control firearms possession. No legislation required. No vote.

It has happened elsewhere that such an act as the attempted confiscation of arms lead to resistance which lead to revolution or civil war. While we've survived one Civil War, it was only by the extraordinary efforts of a few to mitigate the animosities that lingered and to forgive, by public policy, the "rebellion" that we were able to reunite. Neither a revolution such as we began in 1776 nor a civil war such as we had in 1861-1865 have ever been so well ended as they have been here. It isn't likely that such would happen again.

What does this mean? It means we need to be prepared, in many different ways. Yes, you should have food just in case food supplies are somehow put in jeopardy. Yes, you should have some other way of heating your house if electricity and/or natural gas is cut off from your community. Yes, you should have as much of your necessary medications on hand as possible. Yes, it means that you should network with your neighbors so that you can act together for each other if that is necessary. You really should do a lot of these things anyway, including having cash on hand and perhaps protecting your investments from rampant inflation or seizure. But there are other ways in which you should prepare.

You have to be prepared to make critical decisions on short notice.  What do you believe is right? What are you willing to do to support what you believe is right? To what risks will you subject yourself and/or your family? What is really important to you?  You have to know, now, so that should the decision be required with little notice you will act properly, i.e. you will act as you deem proper and in a way that you can accept the consequences of that decision without regret.  And let's face this one fact, EVERY act has consequences.

Will you be prepared?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Psychotropic Drugs...

Little has been said in the media about the common thread of psychotropic drug use by participants in "mass" shootings. It would seem that there would have to be a connection. This is the last post John Noveske made on his Facebook page before he died in an auto accident (although some wonder if it was an accident):

Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold's medical records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather's girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic's file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family's Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara's parents said ".... the darn doctor wouldn't take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil...")

Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,
(Gareth's father could not accept his son's death and killed himself.)

Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family's detached garage.

Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and "other drugs for the conditions."

Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.
Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his
New York high school.

Missing from list... 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds....

What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21...... killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az

What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24..... killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado

What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or

What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct
Roberts is the only one that I haven't heard about being on drugs of some kind.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Notes from the gun shop...

Another day at the gun shop, 15+ more guns out the door, more ammo out the door, more people calling wondering why we don't have AR-15s in the racks or when it might be that we will have some in the racks.  Boss man has sold many stripped uppers at $155.00 since last Thursday, we shipped 4 out today.  Currently 2 FNH 20 Round Magazines SCAR 17S are at $205.00.  That's for 2, 20-round magazines.  We had a full parking lot most of the day, a full store most of the day, no time to sit down, few opportunities to take a drink, and some of us didn't even get to eat lunch.  We also worked an hour late taking care of people waiting on us to wait on them at closing time.

Our distributors are unable to keep up with demand either.  2-4 day turn-around on orders has gone to a minimum of 2-week turn-around and they lost that battle with only some of the stuff ordered 2-weeks ago coming in today.  Even if the distributors have the stuff they can't pack and ship it fast enough to keep up with demand at our end.  

Business has been at least 4X last year at this time every business day since 14 December.  More and more people are getting the word about pending/proposed gun legislation and more and more people are acting to get theirs before they can't.  Also, more and more people are getting ticked off at the "stupid" government (i.e. legislators and President) for their actions.  It doesn't help that more and more people are also noticing that their take-home pay has declined due to the withholding change.  Yes, this includes people with last year's Obama stickers on the bumper.  Race, creed, gender, sexual-orientation, income level, are seemingly no barrier to this visceral disgust at what is happening in Washington, D.C. 

What neat, old guns have come through the shop?  Well there, is a pre-lock, pre-MIM S&W 686 snub and a S&W .32 H&R (4") in the case.  We have a milled receiver AK-47 type rifle from Century Arms, a Winchester Model 97 in good shape except for a missing butt-plate and the Poly-choke (not really appreciated by today's shooters), and a very nice Winchester Model 24 12 gauge ($500 cash) in the racks. 

PS - One thing I forgot to mention is that Colt is shipping their M4 type rifles with the Slide-fire stocks installed.  Colt!  $1900.  A pretty good buy!!!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight? by Dean Garrison

If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?

solgunsI feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of rising up against our own government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die. The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I don’t think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns if the government comes for them. I blame traditional media sources for this mass brainwash and I carry the responsibility of all small independent bloggers to tell the truth. So my focus today is to lay out your constitutional rights as an American, and let you decide what to do with those rights.

About a month ago I let the “democracy” word slip in a discussion with a fellow blogger. I know better. Americans have been conditioned to use this term. It’s not an accurate term and it never has been a correct term to describe our form of government. The truth is that the United States of America is a constitutional republic. This is similar to a democracy because our representatives are selected by democratic elections, but ultimately our representatives are required to work within the framework of our constitution. In other words, even if 90% of Americans want something that goes against our founding principles, they have no right to call for a violation of constitutional rights.

If you are religious you might choose to think of it this way… Say that members of your congregation decide that mass fornication is a good thing. Do they have the right to change the teachings of your God? The truth is the truth. It doesn’t matter how many people try to stray from it. Did I just compare our founders to God? In a way I did, but please note that I am not trying to insult anyone. For the purpose of the American Government our constitution and founders who wrote it are much like God is to believers. It is the law. It is indisputable.

Our founders did not want a “democracy” for they feared a true democracy was just as dangerous as a monarchy. The founders were highly educated people who were experienced in defending themselves against tyranny. They understood that the constitution could protect the people by limiting the power of anyone to work outside of it much better than a pure system of popularity. A system of checks and balances was set up to help limit corruption of government and also the potential for an “immoral majority” developing within the American People. We have forgotten in this country that we are ultimately ruled by a constitution.

Why is a democracy potentially just as dangerous as a monarchy? Let’s look at something that Benjamin Franklin said because it answers that question more fully and succinctly than I can.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. -Benjamin Franklin
Even 230+ years ago our founders were perceptive enough to realize that democracy was a dangerous form of government. How so? Because the citizens of a country can become just as corrupt as any government. We have seen evidence of this throughout history. Ask Native Americans and African-Americans if this population can become corrupt.

I think in 2012 we are seeing evidence of what Franklin was trying to tell us. Just because a majority of people may support certain ideas it does not mean that those ideas are just. In simple terms, just because most Americans love our president and voted for him, it does not mean that he has the power to go against our constitutional rights.

Next I’d like to review the text of the second amendment. It is very clear. This is the law of this land. So when Senator Feinstein or President Obama talk about taking your guns, you need to think about something. Are they honoring their sworn oath to uphold the constitution?
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.
supremeThis is a pretty clear statement. The fact is that it took 232 years for the Supreme Court to even rule on this amendment because it has never been successfully challenged. In 2008 a case of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court ruled that a handgun ban in Washington D.C. was unconstitutional. One also has to take this into consideration. The Supreme Court supports your right to own guns. If you want to research this decision further you can start here.

For those who try to debate the spirit of the 2nd amendment, they are truly no different from people who will try to take Biblical quotes out of context to try to support their immoral decisions. The founders were very clear on the intent of the 2nd amendment.

Let me share a few quick quotes here:
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -Thomas Jefferson
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good. -George Washington

The Constitution shall never be construed….to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. -Samuel Adams
founderspicI could find hundreds of quotes like these. This country was built on the right to bear arms. It was built on the rights of an individual to bear arms, regardless of what his government or neighbor happened to think. This is crystal clear. Ironically the people who voice their opinions against this right have their free speech protected by your guns. Without guns in this country, all other amendments become null and void, simply because “We the People” will lose our power of enforcement.

We need to keep this in mind as our “representatives” try to push gun bans. I don’t care if 99% of people are in support of gun bans (which is far from the case), it is a violation of our constitutional rights, plain and simple.

A constitutional republic protects the rights of the individual even when their ideas are very much  in the minority. If I were the only person in America who believed in the 2nd amendment, I would still be within my rights to call upon it. You would all think I was insane and possibly celebrate if I was gunned down, but in the end I would be the only true American among us.

Our framers were very clear on this. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights that is covered by the 2nd amendment.

It is not my right, at that point, but my responsibility to respond in the name of liberty. What I am telling you is something that many are trying to soft sell, and many others have tried to avoid putting into print, but I am going to say it. The time for speaking in code is over.

soulonfireIf they come for our guns then it is our constitutional right to put them six feet under. You have the right to kill any representative of this government who tries to tread on your liberty. I am thinking about self-defense and not talking about inciting a revolution. Re-read Jefferson’s quote. He talks about a “last resort.” I am not trying to start a Revolt, I am talking about self-defense. If the day for Revolution comes, when no peaceful options exist, we may have to talk about that as well. None of us wants to think about that, but please understand that a majority can not take away your rights as an American citizen. Only you can choose to give up your rights.

Congress could pass gun ban legislation by a 90%+ margin and it just would not matter. I think some people are very unclear on this. This is the reason we have a Supreme Court, and though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt, in 2008 they got it right. They supported the constitution. It does not matter what the majority supports because America is not a democracy. A constitutional republic protects the rights of every single citizen, no matter what their “elected servants” say. A majority in America only matters when the constitution is not in play.

I just wrote what every believer in the constitution wants to say, and what every constitutional blogger needs to write. The truth of the matter is that this type of speech is viewed as dangerous and radical or subversive, and it could gain me a world of trouble that I do not want. It is also the truth. To make myself clear I will tell you again. If they come for your guns it is your right to use those guns against them and to kill them. You are protected by our constitution.

Most of the articles I am reading on the subject are trying to give you clues without just coming out and saying it. I understand that because certain things in this country will get you on a list that you don’t want to be on. I may well be on that list. This blog is small and growing so I may not be there yet, but I have dreams. I also have my own list of subversives and anyone who attempts to deny my constitutional rights is on that list.

I am not the “subversive” here, it is the political representatives who are threatening to take away my inalienable rights. If they come to take my guns and I leave a few of them wounded or dead, and I somehow survive, I have zero doubt that I will spend a long time in prison and may face an execution. But I would much rather be a political prisoner than a slave.

If I go down fighting then I was not fighting to harm these human beings. I was simply defending my liberty and yours. It is self-defense and it is what our country was built on. We won our freedom in self-defense. We would not be ruled by a tyrannical government in the 1770′s and we will not be ruled in 2012 by a tyrannical government. There is no difference.

This is a case of right and wrong. As of now the 2nd amendment stands. It has never been repealed. If Feinstein or Barack have a problem with the constitution then they should be removed from office. They are not defending the constitution which they have sworn an oath to protect. It is treasonous to say the least. They would likely say the same about me, but I have the constitution, the founders, and the supreme court on my side. They only have their inflated egos.

I am not writing this to incite people. I am writing this in hopes that somehow I can make a tiny difference. I have no idea how many of my neighbors have the will to defend their constitutional rights. 2%? 20%? I am afraid that 20% is a high number, unfortunately. When push comes to shove many people may give up and submit to being ruled. I believe that our government is banking on this.

What I do know is that this country was founded by people who had balls the size of Texas and Patriotic Americans take shit off of no one, especially our own government. For evidence of that, you might research the Revolutionary War. My question is how many Patriots are left?

I would hope that our officials come to realize that, regardless of our numbers, we still exist because they are calling Patriotic Americans to action. They are making us decide if we want to die free or submit to their rule. I can not tell you where you should stand on that. I do know that it may make the difference between living a life of freedom or slavery.

thinkingYou must start thinking about this because I believe that the day is coming soon and I personally believe it has already been planned. Not all conspiracy theories are hogwash. They may throw down the gauntlet soon and my suggestion is that you prepare yourself to react.
I mean no disrespect to our elected officials but they need to understand that “We the People” will not be disarmed. If they proceed then it is they that are provoking us and we will act accordingly. We are within our rights to do so.

For those who are in support of taking the guns, you need to ask yourself a very important question, and I am not just talking about the politicians, because if you support them, you have chosen your side.
Are you willing to die to take my guns?

IMPORTANT UPDATE From Dean Garrison!!! When this post originally went viral I was trying to answer every single comment and that lasted for almost 48 hours Then I came to grips with the fact that I am human and I can’t do it. If for no other reason I value my family and I can’t steal time from them to constantly be on the site. I want you all to know that I appreciate your support and good debate whether you agree or disagree. I also want to thank each and every American Patriot who has made the honorable choice to serve their country. Anyone who wants to repost this on their blog or website is also given permission to do so, so long as nothing is changed in the text of the article, and a link is provided back to this site. Again, thank you so much. I am humbled. This free wordpress blog has just gone from averaging 300 visitors per day 40,000-50,000 hits per day and I have no idea when things may return to normal. That was caused by the people that cared and not the author. I am just an average American that cares. Every Facebook share, retweet, and email is helping and please continue to support what you believe in. We make no money from this blog. We may someday, but for now it is our choice to offer the truth as we see it for the good of our country and not for anything material. Keep on sharing and let’s make them pay attention to us! No sane American really wants a Civil War. We want peace but we will not back down from a government that chooses to ignore our founding principles. I am forever in your debt and service. -Dean Garrison

Saturday, January 05, 2013

John Noveske killed in vehicle crash

John Noveske, owner of Noveske Rifleworks, Inc. is dead.
Posted: January 5th, 2013 9:23 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday night's single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 260 (Lower River Road) west of Grants Pass that resulted in the death of a Grants Pass man.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on January 4, 2013 at approximately 9:13 p.m., a 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser driven by JOHN NOVESKE, age 36, from Grants Pass, was westbound on Highway 260 near El Camino Way. As the vehicle negotiated a right curve, it traveled across the oncoming lane onto the dirt highway shoulder until it struck two large boulders. The vehicle rolled and NOVESKE was ejected.

NOVESKE, who is the owner of a local rifle manufacturing company, was not using safety restraints and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass and Central Point offices are continuing the investigation. Trooper Ryan Neuenschwander is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire Department, ODOT and AMR ambulance. No photographs for release.

Notes from the gun shop...

There are many people right now concerned about the availability of AR-15 type rifles.  The modern sporting rifle has been in very extremely high demand since the morning of 14 December.  A simple statement, perhaps ill-considered, by the President has resulted in the sale of tens of thousands of rifles that would have otherwise set on gun store racks and in warehouses.  It is very difficult to get AR-15 parts with delivery times estimated at between 4 weeks to 6 months after the order is placed.  But be assured, the manufacturers are doing all they can to produce to meet the demand.  As I noted earlier, the local manufacturer of lower receiver forgings is at full production, running 3 shifts, 7-days a week.

The boss man took delivery on 500 stripped uppers yesterday.  He's sold 206 already as of 9:30 this morning.  The demand is clearly still strong.

I learned some trivia on the production of lowers today.  First, a lower is not considered a receiver/firearm until it is 80% machined.  If the producer doesn't machine the cut for the safety and the trigger, the lower is not an item that the ATF tracks.  Also, forgings with any nicks, rough blanking marks (I'm sure there is a standard the inspectors follow, I just don't know what it is), and so forth are discarded.  At that point in time the manufacturer has $5.00 in the part for material, saw, heating, forging and blanking.  You may see some of these on the market as paperweights at about $19.95.  Of course, these could be machined and apparently some have been shipped overseas where they have been machined or the 80% machining jobs have been shipped overseas.  This MIGHT (emphasis on this as I'm not a lawyer either) be a violation of U.S. export law(s).  In any case these forgings are now marked so that the ATF can track back to the source.

Friday, January 04, 2013

"Gun" Control

We're experiencing a new run at "gun" control.  After a "mass" shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater where concealed carry was prohibited by the management, attempted at a Clackamas, Oregon mall where concealed carry was also prohibited by the management but ignored by ONE person who was seen by the shooter to merely draw his weapon (after which the shooter shot himself), and at the Sandy Hook Elementary School where, again, firearms were prohibited we are faced with a panicky run at gun control by certain illogical elements of society.  How this plays out is yet to be seen.  Many of us have already written and/or called our representatives no matter how little we think they will pay attention to us.  After all, they just voted to tax us even more while throwing away even more of our money.  Anyway, this new attempt at gun control is apparently has Senator Diane Fienstein as point and she recently laid out her perennial gun control bill as a starting point.  That elicited this letter.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, 
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joshua Boston

Cpl, United States Marine Corps
I don't know if this is "real" but it certainly expresses the sentiments of hundreds of thousands of military veterans. I've had several people mention it to me in conversation. It is all over the internet in those places frequented by shooters.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Notes from the gun shop...

I've been helping out with the end of year inventory the past couple of days.  There's lots less to inventory than there was on 14 December 2012.  You would think that the run on semi-automatic firearms, "high-capacity" magazines and such would be over.  Heck, we don't have much of that stuff.  But, no, it continues.  People are taking one look at the bare walls and some are changing "direction" by purchasing ammunition for guns they do have or buying reloading components.  Often, they walked in looking for one thing and decided that anything was better than nothing given what will happen (and they believe that severe restrictions WILL happen).  The racks and cases are starting to go bare except for single-shot shotguns and bolt-action rifles.  Many places are apparently completely out of .22 LR ammunition and so many customers we don't normally see are coming in search of rimfire ammo and surprised that we actually have some.

We are also located near a major manufacturer of the forgings used for AR-15 uppers and lowers.  As we understand it they have gone back to full shifts on production of those products.  We have also been told that the magazine manufacturers have stepped up production of magazine bodies in an attempt to fill their stocks before an actual ban takes place.