Help Needed

Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority is having serious medical issues and his family could use some help. Kevin is a great and honorable man I’ve known online for years, have met a few times in the real world and consider a friend.

His blog has been one of my regular reads for close to a decade. His posts are always extremely well thought out and meticulously researched and documented. He’s had a huge influence on me and how I view many issues including the Second Amendment.

Especially for my readers who are members of the shooting and gun-blogging community, but also for anyone who has a few bucks to spare, I ask you to consider kicking in a little to help out.

You can read a little more about him and donate to his gofundme page by clicking here.

Mass Shooting Averted in Florida

Hat tip to Stately McDaniel Manor

From Fox News:

An armed bystander shot a man who opened fire at a Florida park filled with over 100 people — including children — for a Saturday back-to-school cookout, officials said.

So…a whacko tries to shoot up a park…NOT a “gun free zone”…and a lawfully armed citizen stops him in his tracks.

Front page news right? We’ll be hearing about this on the major news outlets it for weeks and weeks, the talking heads will be analyzing what happened and how we can duplicate this success in the future. The hero that intervened will become famous overnight right?

Right?

AP

CBS

CNN

MSNBC

NBC

New York Times

Gee…it’s almost like there are certain aspects of the News that the Main Stream Media just doesn’t want us to know about isn’t it? Like, they’re…almost…pushing an agenda or something.

Naw…can’t be that. They’re purely objective, professional journalists right?

To their minimal credit, there were two news organizations I checked that at least had the story on their site. The story wasn’t on the main page and I had to search for it, but at least they didn’t completely ignore it.

The Washington Post

ABC News

Dogs On Deployment Fund Raiser

If you’d like to help out a worthy cause, my wife and I are participating in the Dogs on Deployment virtual 5k fund raiser this year.

Dogs on Deployment help service members find foster families to care for their pets while they are on deployment.

It’s a really great way to support the people who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

If you’re interested in supporting this worthy cause, please visit my fund raising page.

1911 Night Sights

History: I’ve always loved the 1911 platform and wanted one, but couldn’t afford a really good brand.

I ended up buying a Rock Island Armory Tactical 1911 (I got the tactical mainly for the Ambidextrous safety).

I’d heard good things about RIA, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much. Something I could take to the range and shoot.

I was very pleasantly surprised. I posted about it at the time, but one of the shortcomings to my mind were the sights.

Well, here it is 9 years later, and I finally fixed the sights issue.

I purchased Meprolight tritium night sights through Amazon.

The rear sight fit perfectly out of the box. No problems with it. The front sight required some fitting. The base was a bit too wide to get started. I also had to clean up the cuts on the slide a little bit. I don’t think the original was peened, but the edges of the cut were a bit rough and kept snagging when I tried to press the new front sight into the dovetail. A little work with my jewelers files fixed it right up.

The new sights stand just slightly taller than the originals. Not enough to interfere with holster fit or anything, and not really even noticeable without putting them right up next to each other.

As far as performance. I’m extremely happy. Here’s the sight picture under full light:

And here’s under low light:

They aren’t adjustable for elevation so I was a little concerned about that, but I took it to the range yesterday and point of impact was perfect for a center hold at 25 yards using my standard 230gr JHP at 850fps.

I couldn’t possibly be happier.

On another note, after having owned my RIA 1911 for 9 years and having fired thousands of rounds through it, I also couldn’t be happier with the gun. I am increasingly impressed with how it’s held up over time. At this stage in my life, I could afford to buy a “better” 1911 for a lot more money, but I have to say I feel no inclination to. I’m perfectly happy with my $425 RIA. It has proven itself to be reliable, accurate and a solid performer, and with the new sights, I’m even more confident in it.

New personalized Virginia Plate

Hat tip to Musings over a Barrel.

Virginia has come up with a new “Stop Gun Violence” license plate option

When I first saw it, I feared that the money from sales of the plate would end up going to some anti-gun organization, but a Republican amendment to the bill earmarks the funds for mental health programs, which I think is a fine purpose even if unrelated to violence or any particular tool.

With that in mind, I’m sorely tempted to order one of these for my truck who’s plates expire next month.

Paired with another accessory I have in mind, I think it would be a worthy addition:

What say you?

Speaking of Ammo companies…

On the other side of the aisle from the principled stand being taken by Hornady, You have Vista Outdoor.

Vista Outdoor Inc. has been pressured for months by retailers that sell its other goods like Bell bicycle helmets and CamelBak water carriers, to stop manufacturing firearms.

The Utah company said Tuesday that it will be seeking buyers for its firearms manufacturing business, and will focus on products for outdoor enthusiasts. It will continue to sell ammunition, its biggest core businesses.

Really? You seriously think after throwing us under the bus that we’re going to continue buying your ammo?

If you own stock in Vista Outdoor, I’d recommend you sell. Immediately. Oops…too late.

Vista (VSTO)’s stock price fell 15% after the company released a separate statement online, where Chief Executive Officer Chris Metz said Vista “plans to explore strategic options” for Savage and Stevens firearms, as well as some non-gun brands, like Bell helmets.

Like Hornady XTP for self-defense ammo, CCI blazer has been my go to range ammo for quite some time…I especially like their .22lr offering. That’s OK…I imagine the other ammo manufacturers (like, say, Hornady) will appreciate a bit more business. I’m also partial to Alliant powders for reloading and CCI primers. I’ll use up what I have on hand, but there are plenty of alternatives out there. Probably the biggest sacrifice will be giving up Hoppe’s No 9. That’s been my go-to bore cleaner my whole life. Ah well…who knows, maybe there’s something out there I’ll find I like better that I’ve been missing out on all this time.

In case you are interested in a quick reference of brands I’m going to avoid, here are the brands that Vista owns:

Bushnell Optics
Weaver Optics
Simmons Optics
Millett Optics
Tasco Optics
Night Optics
Redfield scope mounts/bases
Primos Hunting supplies
Final Approach (FA) hunting supplies
Gold Tip Bows
Bee Stinger Bows
Blackhawk holsters and accessories
RCBS Reloading
Champion Targets and accessories
Butler Creek magazines and accessories
Uncle Mike’s holsters and accessories
Gunmate Holsters and accessories
Eagle Tactical accessories
Blazer Ammunition
Estate Cartridge Ammunition
Federal Premium Ammunition (includes American Eagle and Fusion)
CCI Ammunition and components
Speer Ammunition and components
Independence Ammunition
Force On Force Training Ammunition
Alliant Powder
Savage Arms (includes Fox) (for now)
Stevens Arms (for now)
Hoppe’s gun cleaning/lubricant
Gunslick gun cleaning/lubricant
Outers gun cleaning/lubricant
M-Pro7 gun cleaning/lubricant
Jimmy Styks Surfboards
Camp Chef outdoor cooking accessories
Camelbak hydration systems
Blackburn cycling accessories
Bolle Eyewear
Serengeti Eyewear
Cebe Eyewear and Helmets
Bolle Safety Goggles and Eyewear
Giro cycling/skiing helmets/goggles
Bell Helmets
Copilot bike child carriers
Raskullz child bike helmets and accessories
Krash child bike helmets and accessories

That’s the list. It’s quite extensive and giving up some of those products is going to hurt, but there’s plenty of competition out there and I have no doubt I’ll be able to find suitable alternatives.

By the way, this list came directly from the Vista Outdoor website.

I may come back and put them in alphabetical order, right now they’re grouped by product type which may make it more difficult to sift through. If there’s an edit to this post later on, that’s probably what changed.

Hornady gets it.

In response to the New York Comproller’s not so veiled “nice bank you’ve got there, it’d be a shame if anything happened to it” strong arm tactics to convince banks to discontinue servicing the gun industry, Hornady has opted to cease any ammunition sales to the New York government.

While it may not make a difference to New York, Hornady will not knowingly allow our ammunition to be sold to the Government of the State of NY or any NY agencies. Their actions are a blatant and disgusting abuse of office and we won’t be associated with a government that acts like that.

Hornady’s XTP Jacketed Hollowpoints have long been my go to round for self defense and I even buy the bullets for when I roll my own. They have several offerings that get very good reviews and I’m very happy with the performance of the XTP.

Since I’m a long time customer, I can’t exactly switch my business to them, they already have it, but what I can do is: 1) Recommend them to others, which I will…adamantly…hence this post and 2) Stock up. Looks like it’s time to invest in precious metals like lead and copper. You can never have too many bullets on hand, and as an added bonus, when properly stored, they never go bad.

Now if that evil NRA that controls the entire gun industry in the US (trust me, I know it’s true, I read it in the New York Times) could get all ammo, gun and accessory manufacturers to follow suit, we could put these petty attempted power grabs by even more petty politicians behind us.

What does an illegitimate lobby thwarting the will of the people look like?

It looks like this.

We know who supports the NRA. You can see NRA stickers on car windows even in the bluest cities in the country. But who really supports the anti-gun political network? You’ll need to spend hours sorting through paperwork, following the trail, comparing addresses and researching names, to even get a hint.

That’s what an illegitimate lobby thwarting the will of the people really looks like.

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy:

You know your state sucks when…

…the souvenir shops in the largest airport in your state…

…only sell souvenirs from a city in a different state.

I was in both Terminals A and C of the Newark International airport and there was not a New Jersey or Newark hat, t-shirt or coffee mug to be found.

Not that I would have wanted one had I found one…the absence was just striking to me. It’s the only airport I’ve ever been in (and I’ve been in a LOT of airports) that didn’t have some sort of memorabilia from…well…the location of the airport.