It’s a good thing…

…Japan has such strict gun control. Because that makes mass murders impossible or something.

A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

Everything you wanted to know about suppressors but were afraid to ask

Hi guys.  Long time no post.  I recently received a request from our friends at Ammo To Go to publicize a blog post they recently put up.

I had actually already seen the post and enjoyed it immensely, but when they specifically requested that I spread the word…well…here I am, spreading the word.

They basically cover everything you ever wanted to know about suppressors (aka silencers), from how they work, where they come from and why they are sometimes called suppressors and sometimes silencers; then they test several different calibers and types of ammunition with and without suppression to see how much difference it makes.

It’s a great article and well worth your time if you’re interested in the subject at all:

Silencer Guide with Decibel Level Testing

I’ve actually been interested in silencers for a long time. After being a shooter all my life and 21 years working up close and personal with jet aircraft, I’ve got a pretty severe case of Tinnitus. I’ve lost about 30% of my hearing and I have a constant ringing in my head. Sometimes the ringing changes pitches just to keep it fresh, but it never goes away. You get used to it after 20 years or so, so there’s that.

Anyway, I have a serious concern that if I ever do have to use a firearm in self-defense…especially in the close confines of my home…that firing multiple shots without hearing protection in those conditions could render me completely deaf, or nearly so.

I’ve been interested in getting a suppressor for a home defense gun for a long time. I’ve never done it because the price gives me pause, as well as the whole “pay the non-refundable tax, beg for permission, wait up to a year, and hope for the best” thing.

I’ve really been rooting for a legislative fix to get this common sense safety equipment taken off the NFA list so I could buy one like a free, law abiding citizen should be able to…pay your money and take it home.

The recent shooting in Virginia Beach dashed that hope (in spite of the fact that the incident should have proven beyond a doubt that suppressors don’t make gunshots silent or more deadly). My only hope is that more people become educated about what suppressors are and what they are really capable of (rather than what they see in hollywood movies).

And so…to that end…please click the link, read the article and share it with all of your friends.

Happy Buy a Gun Day!!!

I know, I’m actually a day late.  BAG day was yesterday…but close enough for non-government work, right?

Anyway, I just wanted to share my BAG day purchase with you.

A friend of mine bought one a while back and I shot his.  I really like the way it shoots and the premise behind it intrigues me so I decided I was going to pick one up at my earliest opportunity.  Here’s to promises (to myself) kept:

I present the Sig Sauer P320

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This is the “Carry” model in 9mm.  3.9″ barrel, full size magazine for a capacity of 17+1 9mm Luger.

It’s a slightly smaller version of the new Military M17, but the beauty of the platform is that it is modular, so every component can be changed and it can be turned into a full size, a compact, even a different caliber (.357 Sig or .40S&W).

I’ve fired it once and it points and shoots very well. Gonna take my wife to shoot it tomorrow, it may be replacing the G19 as her go-to handgun (we shall see).  If so, it may just mean that I have to get another one for me.

 

Ammo Can Giveaway

I’ve been remiss in that I was asked to post this a while ago and I’m just now getting around to it.  Better late than never I guess.

I was contacted by BulkMunitions.com about putting something up about their ammo can giveaway.  I’ve no problem supporting small business so here goes:

Ammo Can Storage Giveaway from Bulk Munitions.com:  Click the image to go to https://bulkmunitions.com/ammo-can-giveaway/

 

Bittersweet

I was seriously considering taking some vacation time for this, but I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately as it is so adding another trip to the schedule just didn’t seem feasible at the time.

It gratifies me to see that many others took up the baton and ran with it.

Thousands Show Up to Properly Send Off Texas Air Force Veteran

These are the people that Hillary and Barack and Michelle and Bernie and Joe disparage as “deplorables”.

These are the people that the media constantly accuse of being “literally hitler” and full of hate.

What I see are real people. People who work hard for what they have and don’t have the time to attend demonstrations and rallies over petty political squabbles…but when a true fellow American is in need, they’ll drop everything and rally to the call.

This is the America that I identify with…and it’s always *been* great.

Why we have so much plastic pollution:

This is something that just drives me nuts.

I’m using some medicine I just bought as an example, but this is true about lots and lots of goods that are packaged in quantity.

They sell this stuff in little bottles. They also sell bulk packages of three bottles and in this instance, they had them on sale, buy one get one half off.

I have to take this stuff daily so I’m always in the market to save a little money…three bottles in a pack for less than three separate bottles and on sale to boot…what could go wrong?

There are 14 pills in each bottle. This is what the contents of one bottle looks like.

Seriously?

They couldn’t have used a smaller bottle for that?

So…the first thing I did is consolidate to cut down on the number of stupid little pill bottles I had to store.

The contents of all those bottles filled a little over half of one bottle.

And resulted in this much plastic waste for no particular reason:

This is marketing…putting small quantities in big bottles so you’re willing to pay more because you feel like you’re getting more for your money.

It doesn’t make ME feel that way…when I get a package of something I’ve bought, open it up and find that it’s 90% full of air, I feel a bit ripped off and am a lot less likely to purchase that product again.

But I’m abnormal in a lot of ways so I guess that’s just one more.

But the thing I couldn’t help thinking was “they want to take away my plastic straws, but they don’t say a word about useless crap like this???

/rant

Laughing Out Loud in the airport

I was in the airport recently and was checking to see if they had free wifi.

The name of one of the local wifi access points (probably someone’s phone hotspot) caught my attention.

I laughed out loud after my initial double-take.

I wonder if that’s an effective way of keeping people from trying to hijack you’re internet connection.

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.