Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Thursday - November 06, 2014

One Million Pounds-Feet

Test firing a reproduction bronze 24 pounder cannon, modeled on the guns found on the famous 1628 sunken Swedish ship Vasa.

A 24 pounder fires an iron ball 5 1/2 inches in diameter. A full charge of 16 pounds of black powder propels the cannon ball out the muzzle of this 9 1/2 foot long gun at 1650 feet per second.

Mass (in grains, of which 7000=1lb) times velocity (fps) times velocity (fps) divided by 450240 = pounds-feet of kinetic energy.

1,015,858.209 lb-ft, to be exact.

Given that the surface area of a hemisphere is 2πr2, a 24lb cannonball has 47.5 square inches of impacting surface to distribute that force. That’s over 21,379 pounds-feet of energy per square inch, which compares quite well with heavy rifles, whose bullets generate about 24,500 lb-ft/in2. But this is 24 pounds, versus 9/10 ounce. Momentum to spare. No wonder the ball blasts right through 2 6 inch thick oak planks without hardly slowing down.


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calendar   Wednesday - November 05, 2014

gun lust


See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Thursday - October 30, 2014

Guns Are Too Complex For Some; Stick With Hickory Sticks

Jose Canseco Shoots Off His Finger

While Cleaning His Gun

“I didn’t know the gun was loaded”

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco blew his middle finger clear off his hand while cleaning his handgun at home in Las Vegas.

Jose’s fiancée Leila Knight tells TMZ Sports ... he was sitting at a table in their home cleaning the gun when it went off. She says he didn’t know it was loaded—and the shot ripped through the middle finger on his left hand.

Leila tells us 50-year-old Canseco is in surgery right now as doctors desperately try to save what’s left of the finger. She says the bullet tore through the bottom part of the finger and doctors have already said he’ll never have full use of it again ... even under the best of circumstances.

Worst case ... it may be amputated.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.

more ...

Good grief. Ok, we’ll buy this BS for now. But they’d better come up with a better story if he suddenly needs to go to Betty Ford or some other clinic after this.

And for the rest of us, PLEASE don’t start your gun cleaning session by cocking the action and pulling the trigger. Remove the bolt, open the lever, drop the slide, slip out the cylinder, unhook the barrel ... all of these ways will take down even a loaded firearm without it going off.  Naturally, emptying the magazine and clearing the chamber - twice - is the best way to start, but for those of us best suited for a career of playing kid’s games, at least opening up the gun will almost always keep it from going off.


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calendar   Sunday - October 26, 2014

Whittle Whittle Whittle

... from one of Rich’s comments ...

A Second Take From Bill Whittle

Whittle paraphrases a discussion about the Second Amendment between an author at the Constitution Center and a college professor/expert grammatician, and came to the same conclusions the rest of us did: “which part of shall not be infringed don’t you understand?”.

Didn’t the Supreme Court do something very much like this in the Heller case 6 years ago? IIRC. Problem with Heller wasn’t the decision, it was the voting. HOW DARE the black robes not rise above petty politics on what was obviously a landmark case, and return a partisan 5-4 decision instead of the 9-0 vote in favor of more freedom for the people (or at least a 7-2). But never fear, things haven’t changed much in the years since, so Whittle lays it all out. And it hasn’t changed a bit.


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calendar   Wednesday - October 15, 2014

double oops


click pic for a massive version

via Armory Blog

There are two errors on this picture. Find them. One is an obvious error in labeling, the other is an unforgivable error of omission. Small hint: neither error has anything to do with the fighting men featured. Hey, I’ve even stood on the John Basilone memorial bridge over in Raritan, as it’s right next to the only Whipple Truss bridge in NJ.


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calendar   Saturday - September 27, 2014

Gun Sales Still At Record Setting Levels, 6 Years On


The latest NICS numbers from the FBI.

While gun sales are not directly reflected in the NICS numbers, to a large extent they actually are. Every time anyone buys a gun from a gun shop, there is a NICS check run. Of course, if the customer wants to buy 5 guns at once, it’s only 1 NICS check. And person to person sales don’t often use the system.  Furthermore, NICS isn’t used for the vast majority of “antique” or “reproduction” black powder firearms (nor are felons prohibited from owning them!), so there are a few tens of millions of guns out there that have never flowed through NICS.

So the record setting pace continues. From a basically flat lined history of 9 million checks per year, since the 2008 election the numbers have increased every month and every year. In 2013 there were 2 1/2 times as many NICS checks done as in 2002.

2014 started a bit slower than 2013, but the numbers have caught up, and this year is on track to meet or slightly surpass last year’s record. Every year is a new record. It just isn’t slowing down.

A decently made firearm is going to last at least 50 years with just the smallest amount of care. Many firearms made in the 1880s are still in usable condition, and use modern ammunition. Heaven alone knows how many firearms are in America, but by the end of this year, there will have been 200 million NICS checks done, and we have a population of a little over 310 million. Armed camp much?

And in all that time, going on 16 years, how many “bad guys” has the system twigged?


Just over half a percent. HALF A PERCENT. 0.005784. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually a dozen corps (55 divisions) of bad guys.


I do this post every once in a while. We’ve been having a good discussion in the gun post I put up the other day, and I wanted to “run some numbers” on the system I proposed. You can find the 8 shot, 16” barrel rifle and the 11 shot, 20” barrel for just under $500 NIB. A Cimmaron or a Taylor’s brand version will cost double that. A Henry costs 3 times as much. Marlin’s 1894 in .44 Mag goes for about $700. A genuine NIB Model 92/94 Winchester? Cha-ching cha-chang baby.

.45 Colt ammo is not cheap, but it isn’t too hard to find. However, the kind of ammo I described is pretty rare, although Buffalo Bore sells just the right kind, for “only” $1.50 per shot. Horry clap.

The soft lead bullets are out there, but far from cheap at about $40/100. Fudge. Lead bullets used to cost about $9.

New .45 Colt brass cases are rarer than hen’s teeth. I looked at all my old suppliers, and only Grafs had any. And the ones they had were pre-primed Remingtons. NTTAWWT. But you can’t find Winchester or Starline cases for love or money.

Five and two thirds years into the Obama Regime, and while the ammo shortages aren’t as bad as they once were, the prices are still sky high. Sky high, and yet still mostly sold out.


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calendar   Thursday - September 25, 2014

Park Your AR15

Put A Little Lever Under The Bed

A neat little video over at Theo’s today from Wild Bill, suggesting that you might be better off putting the AR back in the gun safe, and keeping a “friendly looking” gun around for home defense. I couldn’t agree more, since I’ve been saying this for years. Blue steel, wood stocks. Not milsurp. No doo-dads, night scopes, Picatinny Rails, tactical lights, or bayonets. Because when you do have to use it, you don’t want to somehow put a flea up the arse of the local super-liberal DA when she sees your house gun. And nothing chambered in “magnum” anything.

Wild Bill suggests a lever action rifle. Grandpa’s old .30-30. Some old Marlin Model 36, or a Winchester Model 94. A plain old, all American lever action rifle, reminiscent of John Wayne, Wyatt Earp, and all those great old cowboys, singing or otherwise. And I think that’s a good idea. A great idea. But I’d take it another step further.

You don’t want a .30-30. My goodness, a “high powered rifle” used for shooting bears and deer! No, that’s a bit much. Worse, it only gives you about 5+1 shots. Better off using a pistol cartridge. I’d go with the good old .45 Colt. A big soft low speed bullet, it makes a mighty big hole in things. And while your standard lever rifle has a 24” long barrel, shorter versions exist. You can even find a “trapper” style cowboy carbine with a stubby little 16” barrel. While that one would be the most maneuverable, it’s starting to look “SBR”, like a cut-down weapon made just for shooting people. I’d say stick with a 20” barrel. That’s still pretty short, but it’s long enough to give you a 10+1 shot capacity with pistol size cartridges. And it looks “normal” as normal can be.

And to be smartest, be prepared to lose your rifle if you use your rifle. So don’t spend the big bucks. Buy the cheap gun brand. Get a Rossi Model 92, brand new for under $500. It’s a cheap reliable rifle, these days made by Taurus. Not a target rifle, but good enough for home defense. Plus, you hold a rifle with 2 hands, so at close range you usually hit what you point at even if you just aim a little bit. And with a metal capped walnut stock, it makes a decent club if necessary. You can’t say that for your black plastic bullet hose evil killing machine AR.


This is where you want to be friends with a reloader, or be one yourself. The venerable (circa 1873) .45 “Long” Colt is so mildly loaded that it hardly goes bang. Sure, you will get a little extra velocity by firing it in a locked breech rifle with a decent length barrel, but you’ll still only get about 900fps. Which is maybe enough. Maybe. But it’s so easy to ramp them up a little on the ammo press, making your own “+P” or even “+P+” or “+2P” rounds. And that ammo looks just like factory ammo. Great big flat point, soft cast lead bullet, 200-260 grains. You don’t want any of that “evil cop killer” hollowpoint stuff, and when the bullets are the size of your thumb, you don’t need them either. Get the velocity up to 1200fps, and cast lead bullets will mushroom into quarter size slugs at across the room distances. So will those copper plated bullets (eg Berry’s or Ranier), and they won’t lead your barrel. When used in a rifle, there is plenty of room for improvement to be gained with just a couple more grains of powder and a good roll crimp. Even souped up a big step, recoil in a rifle is just about nothing.

If you are the kind of person who isn’t going to work up custom ammo, these little lever guns are almost always available in .44 Magnum as well. Sure, it’s a smaller bullet (0.429” vs 0.454"), but it goes faster right from the factory box. But it does say “Magnum” on the rim, and it has that whole Dirty Harry thing attached to it. Tell your lawyer to say “deer rifle”, and know that it’s still a better indoors choice than a .30-30, even in a family friendly looking weapon like a good old lever gun.


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They Just Won’t Quit

DC Council Passes “May-Issue” CCW

After being spanked by the federal courts, the uppity twerks running our nation’s capital passed a firearms carry law that is likely to fail in court. Council members are still miffed that they have to obey the courts, and have to recognize any rights of the sheeple at all.

On the heels of ,a href="">being forced to adopt a gun carry law, DC City Council members decried the idea of anybody in the city owning a gun.

“We’d like to have much stricter–no carry rules at all,” Councilman David Grosso said. “and, preferably, no guns at all.”

“But the courts are ruling against us on this on a regular basis, and if they’re not, then Congress is coming down on us.”

They then debated whether or not they should expose the identity of gun owners to the public. “We should at least give our neighbors and residents a chance to know who has the gun, put it up there, let people be proud of it if they want to carry a concealed weapon,” Grosso said with a chuckle. “But at least we’ll all know who it is and we can treat them differently because they have a deadly threat in their possession.”

Councilman Phil Mendelson was more cautious, saying that “it runs the risk that we’re providing a means for somebody to find out who has a gun that then can burglarize or rob.”

“Who cares about the confidentiality of a gun owner?” Councilwoman Yvette Alexander said. “We don’t want it.”

Douche-apalooza, from the nearly unhinged leftists running the council. Video at the link.

DC’s new May-Issue carry law

n response to a federal court ruling that declared the city’s gun carry ban unconstitutional, the Washington, D.C., council voted to implement a restrictive may-issue carry law Tuesday. The new law is among the strictest in the country and may face new legal challenges, according to the Washington Post.

Tuesday’s vote was another example of the city’s liberal politics clashing with the federal judiciary’s increasingly conservative interpretations of the Second Amendment. In 2008, a Supreme Court ruling struck down the city’s three-decade-old handgun ban and set the stage for the end of the public-carry prohibition.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said the District’s new carry law is among the strictest in the nation, joining the likes of Maryland, New Jersey, and New York in establishing a highly restrictive regime that requires applicants to state good reason to want to carry a weapon. But he said a flat ban was no longer constitutionally feasible.

Alan Gura, the attorney for D.C. residents and workers who challenged the ban, said Monday that what becomes of the city’s gun laws will, indeed, continue to be an issue in the federal courts. Gura said the bill that passed Tuesday “plainly fails to comply with the court’s ruling” striking down the carry ban.

“The court instructed the city to treat the carrying of handguns as a right rooted in the constitutional interest in self-defense,” he said. “It’s not much progress to move from a system where ­licenses are not available to a system where licenses are only available if the city feels like issuing them. It’s something of a joke.”

Gura said he is prepared to take the matter before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., who struck down the carry ban in July and has scheduled an Oct. 17 hearing on the city’s request that he reconsider his decision.

“They have to explain why this is different than what currently exists,” Gura said. “I don’t believe they can do that.”

The bill would allow city residents who own properly registered handguns, as well as nonresidents with a state carry license, to apply for a permit to bear a concealed weapon in the District.

But applicants would need to show “good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property” or “any other proper reason for carrying a pistol,” and they would have to pass rigorous background checks and training requirements. The final decision on whether to issue a license would be the police chief’s, with appeals handled by a five-member review board.


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calendar   Thursday - August 28, 2014

It wasn’t the recoil

My Two Cents
Because you can’t fool physics.


There’s a news story buzzing around yesterday and today about how a 9 year old girl accidentally killed a range instructor in Arizona while shooting a machine gun.

The whole thing was captured on video.

It’s par for the course that you can expect the anti-gun people to make hay from this, but that isn’t my 2¢ point.

My point is that the news people are telling us how the recoil of the weapon caused it to flip up over her head and shoot the guy.

That’s nonsense.

I am not blaming the child. She’s going to spend the next decade in therapy as it is.

The range has now changed it’s policy and will in the future only allow shooters who are at least 12 years old, and/or at least 5 feet tall, to participate. And that’s a smart idea in my opinion. I’d take it further, and give first time shooters a couple magazines loaded with only 3 to 5 rounds first. Just in case.

Although they were made in several different calibers, an UZI is generally chambered in the 9x19 “Luger” cartridge. While this is a fairly powerful pistol round with a snappy recoil, adults can handle the recoil from pistols weighing as little as 12 ounces. An UZI is a small submachine gun that weighs 7 3/4lb empty. Mass absorbs recoil, and that’s a whole lot of mass for a pistol cartridge. You can see in the photograph, or on the video, that this one was fitted with a wire bar shoulder stock. Holding a pistol-like firearm like a rifle adds another point of body contact with the gun, and thus spreads the recoil impulse out further. Done properly, it also really helps you control the weapon. I’m not certain, but I think the gun pictured is also fitted with a large drum magazine. Filled with 50 to 100 rounds, this will add considerable mass. Add it all up, and the mass of the weapon at the time of firing was probably at least 10 pounds. Maybe 12. The recoil from that, even in fully automatic fire, would be so damped down that it wouldn’t be much more than a buzzing vibration. No kick at all.

What caused the accident was her not being instructed to hold the firearm properly. The video shows her “aiming” the gun with the shoulder stock’s butt plate contacting her torso nearly below her ribcage. Her left hand isn’t being used to grip the weapon by its forearm; instead she is wearing a hugely oversize glove and trying to support the gun with her hand below the magazine drum. Thus she is nearly firing from the hip, with a poorly mounted weapon, and her trigger hand is forced to do 3 things: fire the gun, control the gun, and support a good portion of the weight. That’s 2 more things than a trigger hand should be doing when firing a 2 handed weapon.

It wasn’t the recoil. She dropped the gun, or the terribly poor mounting let it slip off her body. And the only way she could even hold on to the thing was to squeeze with her right hand. Which had the trigger in it. In hindsight, this was an accident waiting to happen. Don’t let it happen to you.

I know, this is too concept too complex for a fast media soundbite. And “she dropped it” would imply blame. But for the rest of us ... if you can’t hold it, don’t try to shoot it. If you can hold it, hold it properly. Pull that butt into the pocket. Off hand forward, carry the weight and control the muzzle. Finger off the trigger until it’s time to shoot. Being smart is the first step towards being safe.


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calendar   Wednesday - August 27, 2014

A+ For Effort

In answer to the question posed a previous week’s post, “Rockin Red’s Mystery Rifle”, reader Thor has worked out that the model is holding a double barreled rotating flintlock rifle.

Sort of looks like this:


The model’s hand position blocks some of the action, the photograph isn’t razor sharp, and the angle the photographer used gives us some perspective distortion that messes with the actual length of the gun. All that, plus a) real ones were so darn rare that it’s almost impossible to find a picture of one, and b) the thing pictured above is a toy, so its “anatomical details” may not be 100% accurate. So it’s really supercalifragilistic detective work on his part. Very well done.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious detective work would have told me who made it and when, with references. Hey, caulk isn’t cheap these days! tongue laugh



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calendar   Wednesday - August 13, 2014

Time For A Judicial Recall

I swear, if I had to rewrite the Constitution, not only would I add term limits for ALL federal employees (or perhaps some kind of national draft of college graduates to do a 5 year hitch pushing papers), I’d throw in some kind of No Confidence vote. Especially for judges, who are nearly impossible to get rid of. And some of them are about 93 sizes too big for their britches ...

Federal Judge Rules AR15 not covered by 2nd Amendment

Say what???

The case in question is Kolbe et al v. O’Malley et al which named numerous plaintiffs including the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), among others which challenged the constitutionality of Maryland’s strict new gun laws.
In what looks to be a terrible ruling for Maryland gun owners a federal judge has essentially ruled that guns that were regulated by the state of Maryland last year, including AR-15 and AK style rifles (as well as other magazine fed, semi-auto rifles with certain features), “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms,” according to a 47 page opinion by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.

From the ruling ( “LCM” means Large Capacity Magazine, a magazine that can hold more than some arbitrary [ and historically decreasing ] number of cartrdiges ):

A. Infringement of the Second Amendment Right

The court must first determine whether the weapons at issue here are of the type falling within the Second Amendment’s scope. The defendants do not appear to claim Maryland’s ban on assault weapons and LCMs is longstanding such that it is presumptively valid.  ...

The court must instead evaluate whether the banned assault long guns and LCMs are in common use for lawful purposes. ... If they are not—or if they are dangerous and unusual —they fall outside the Amendment’s protections, and Maryland’s law banning the weapons is valid without further analysis.

20 pages of blah-blah-blah later ...

Upon review of all the parties’ evidence, the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual. First, the court is not persuaded that assault weapons are commonly possessed based on the absolute number of those weapons owned by the public. Even accepting that there are 8.2 million assault weapons in the civilian gun stock, as the plaintiffs claim, assault weapons represent no more than 3% of the current civilian gun stock, and ownership of those weapons is highly concentrated in less than 1% of the U.S. population. The court is also not persuaded by the plaintiffs’ claims that assault weapons are used infrequently in mass shootings and murders of law enforcement officers. The available statistics indicate that assault weapons are used disproportionately to their ownership in the general public and, furthermore, cause more injuries and more fatalities when they are used.

As for their claims that assault weapons are well-suited for self-defense, the plaintiffs proffer no evidence beyond their desire to possess assault weapons for self-defense in the home that they are in fact commonly used, or possessed, for that purpose.

Finally, despite the plaintiffs’ claims that they would like to use assault weapons for defensive purposes, assault weapons are military-style weapons designed for offensive use, and are equally, or possibly even more effective, in functioning and killing capacity as their fully automatic versions.

So even though there might be nearly EIGHT AND A QUARTER MILLION of this type of rifle owned by citizens, it still gets labeled as “unusual” and a “cop killer” even though that particular use is distinctively rare (and a statistic kept by the FBI).

And here’s true wisdom from the bench: because evil black rifles like the AR15 (and the AK47) LOOK like “Army Guns”, and army guns are made ONLY to take the killing to Teh NMEE, they have NO defensive use, only an offensive use. And, best of all, they are “possible even more effective” - in other words, MORE DEADLY - than actual genuine machine guns.

Therefore they deserve a double dip of scary sauce, and are thus properly illegal in the state of Maryland. And those ultra naughty evil LCMs too, because OMFG, how many more toddlers could be killed in the 5 seconds wasted changing out a smaller magazine.

This woman, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, a Clinton appointee, is a completely illogical idiot ruled by her feeeewings. Tear off that black robe, take away her gavel, and get her the hell off the bench. Forever. ASAP.

PS - given that rifles are NOT registered in nearly all the states, just how on earth would Ms. Judge be able to say with any certainty that those 8.2 million rifles are owned by merely 3.15 million people (1% of the population, give or take)?  And even if that was true, how could a “mere” 3.15 million owner make anything rare enough to be called “unusual”? That’s about as unusual as pigeons in a city park. As rare as chickens on a farm. As rare as flies on sh.. ... well, you know.

Whack a doodle doo.

PS - I have a relative who owns an 1822 Springfield musket. Converted to percussion ignition for the Mexican War, it’s complete with the original 18” long toad-sticker bayonet. Although it’s days of firing a massive .69 caliber ball are long since past, at nearly 11lb and 7 feet long with bayonet, it’s still a damn deadly weapon. And so unusual ... I doubt if there are 500 of them left in all the world. And though civilian owned, it was originally military issue. Guess that one ought to be banned as well!

PPS - talk about having it both ways. Or denying it both ways. This decision makes the case that actual military style firearms, the kind any “well regulated militia” would want to use, are properly denied citizen’s ownership. So now we’ve got Miller, 1939 saying that non-military weapons can be regulated and made illegal, and this case, Kolbe v. O’Malley saying that military-"ish" weapons can be regulated and made illegal. And of course, under BATFE’s “Class III”, actual genuine military weapons already ARE illegal and/or highly regulated. Both sides of the coin, plus the edge.

PPPS - I guess the “home” is another way of saying “a free State” now? And “defense” now means “security”? Because I’m pretty certain that “home defense” doesn’t actually explicitly come up in “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”


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calendar   Monday - July 28, 2014

Wait, Wait, That’s The Wrong Kind of Judicial Activism!

Palmer v. DC: Judicial Action That Furthers Freedom

Court gives DC a spanking over pistol laws, issues blanket no-permit CCW

From the court decision

The Idea
In their complaint, Plaintiffs assert two claims for relief. In their first claim, Plaintiffs
allege that, “by requiring a permit to carry a handgun in public, yet refusing to issue such
permits and refusing to allow the possession of any handgun that would be carried in public,
Defendants maintain a complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public by almost all

The Logic
Thus, having concluded that carrying a handgun outside
the home for self-defense comes within the meaning of “bear[ing] Arms” under the Second
Amendment, the Court must now ask whether the District of Columbia’s total ban on the carrying
of handguns within the District “infringes” that right.
This question is not difficult to answer. As the Seventh Circuit stated in Moore v.
Madigan, 702 F.3d 933 (7th Cir. 2012), “[a] blanket prohibition on carrying gun[s] in public
prevents a person from defending himself anywhere except inside his home; and so substantial a
curtailment of the right of armed self-defense requires a greater showing of justification than
merely that the public might benefit on balance from such a curtailment, though there is no proof
that it would.”

The Decision
Having reviewed the parties’ submissions and the applicable law, and for the above-stated
reasons, the Court hereby GRANTS Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and DENIES
Defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment; and the Court further
ORDERS that Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees and all persons in
active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of this Memorandum-
Decision and Order, are permanently enjoined from enforcing D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) to
ban registration of handguns to be carried in public for self-defense by law-abiding citizens; and
the Court further
ORDERS that Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees, and all persons in
active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of this Memorandum-
Decision and Order are permanently enjoined from enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a)

What does all this mean??
In simple terms, Washington DC merely gave lip service to the SCOTUS decision in DC v. Heller; while it allowed for people to keep a functional handgun in their home, it demanded that they have a permit to carry a gun outside the home. Yet the city never made such a permit available. The courts, quite righteously annoyed at this derisive act of wienie wiggling in their direction, have now bitch slapped DC and are saying that their law (code) is struck down, and since no permit process was ever enacted, then (for now at least) no CCW permit is necessary. Which means any DC resident who is a legal firearms owner can now carry in public, in whatever way they want. Right in the nutz DC, right square in the nutz.

One more piece of a certain uppity regime’s “we are above the law” attitude gets shot down in flames. Watch liberal loonies start screaming “Wild West, Wild West!!” as the street crime rate plummets ... although there might be a few highly justified goblin removals first.

Alas, this was “only” a decision from the District Court, not from the very top. But near enough, so now DC can’t continue to pretend to follow the rules while thumbing its nose at them instead. Gak, that kind of audacity we can live without.


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calendar   Tuesday - July 15, 2014

Redhead Gun Candy


Photograph by Oleg Volk. click pic to embiggenify.

Weapon shown is an MG 42, a Nazi machinegun from WWII. While I have absolutely no sympathy for Nazis or anything Nazi, this weapon was a superb design that was way ahead of it’s time, having a very high rate of fire (1200-1500 rpm) and being quite easy to maintain. The MG 42 is the direct father of the American M60 from the Vietnam Era, however the American weapon has only HALF the rate of fire as the original German gun, is less reliable, and harder to change hot barrels on because ours has the bipod mounted to the barrel and not to the barrel shroud like Jerry’s did ...


The M60, nicknamed “the pig” for it’s weight, was in use from the late 1950s until ... well, it’s still in use, but most of our guys and our allies had replaced it by 2000 with the improved M60E3 and M60E4 versions which weighed a bit less and were more reliable. And the official replacement is the Belgian FN, which our guys call the M240, and that replacement program has been going on for 20 years now. So the M60 is fading away.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/15/2014 at 03:27 PM   
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calendar   Friday - July 11, 2014

A decent amendment

Amendment to the Missouri State Constitution. Joint Resolution No. 36. Passed their House 122 to 23, passed their Senate 23 to 8.

That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.

Now it’s up to the citizens to vote on it. And yes, it does allow for concealed carry.
Nothing is perfect; I would have added a couple lines about no limits on firearms type or size, and no limits on magazine capacity or how much ammo you can own of any type or caliber, aside from explosive ordnance (which is not AP or tracer). May as well go whole hog.


See that New York? The Show Me State is showing you how it’s supposed to be done. Amend the state constitution to give the citizens MORE rights, and then when the bill passes the state legislature, give it to the people to VOTE ON.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2014 at 06:46 PM   
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