Sarah Palin is the reason compasses point North.

calendar   Sunday - November 24, 2019

New York Gestapo Red Flag Insanity

Cops Go Full SWAT Ninja Over Veteran With One Standard Rifle Magazine

Based On One Facebook Claim That Vet Has PTSD

What transpired on Saturday was exactly what advocates of red flag laws have asked for. A militarized police force, ignoring due process completely, confiscated the property and the civil rights of a U.S. citizen because of nothing more than the opinion of an associate.

If the current legal landscape allows for citizens to have their Second Amendment rights stripped from them without any legal opportunity to dissent, what are the next rights to be taken?  After all, our rights to speech or religion, or even due process itself, have no obligation to be respected by the government without the right to bear arms.

Every gun law, including the ones you agree with, is an infringement on our constitutional rights.


This is how Putnam County NY responds to one “high capacity” magazine and an unverified accusation

On Friday, police showed up to a young man’s workplace and tried to arrest him over social media posts reported to them by an old army buddy of the 28-year-old Afghanistan veteran.  This man, known as Alex and popular on Instagram under the handle of WhiskeyWarrior556, slipped out of the back door, hurried home to check on his family where he found out police had already forced themselves into his home and confiscated his legal firearms after threatening his wife with calling child protective services to remove her newborn child. Alex then barricaded himself inside his own attic, unarmed.  Law enforcement officers followed him, blocked off the road to all traffic and a seven-hour standoff began.

When it was over, the Putnam County Sheriffs, SWAT team and local police, armed with their own automatic rifles with 30 round magazines, arrested Alex for possessing a “high capacity magazine” for his legal AR-15.  In New York, “high capacity magazines” are defined as any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds.

Agreed. I’m against Red Flag laws, period. But if they have to exist, then they have to have some kind of immediate judicial oversight. County judge X is on call 24-7 to render a decision, and the laws must demand more credible accusations than “some guy on social media said so”.

hat tip to Wardmama

On a somewhat related topic, I was reading yesterday that President Trump is pushing hard for national CCW reciprocity. While many may view this as a good thing, others see it from the other side, and argue properly that reciprocity will even further empower state’s control of your rights. “Constitutional carry” is the right answer, across the whole country, but it’s going to cost “the gun show loophole” to get it, if it ever happens.

There has to be a way to keep guns - at least legal ones - out of the hands of mentally imbalanced people and those with significant criminal records. Banning person to person firearms sales without NICS approval might be the way. But why ban it when NICS could easily be involved? There is no reason that it costs anything, or anything much.

Heck, there could be NICS kiosks at the mall. Hand scanners take your fingerprints, along with your personal data that you enter, and run it through all the systems. If it comes back good, the machine prints you out a purchase approval form, with a serial number and an expiration date, then erases all your data other than that which is on the form.

You don’t have to run right out and buy a gun. You can get several of them a day if you want. OK, maybe it should charge you $5 per on your credit card. But if you add the approval form caveat, then the “gun show loophole” evaporates, and you still have your freedom.

All we would have to do is to trust that the kiosk actually is erasing the data afterwards. And yeah, your fingerprints would be in the system somewhere. So? Mine have been since I was in my early 20s. Not that I’d done anything wrong, or even applied for a gun permit. No, someone had planted a bomb in the store I worked in, so we all had to get fingerprinted to remove us from suspicion. Paper records in those days, but who can say if some cop clerk didn’t take every old set of prints and enter them in the system when that department went digital a couple decades later? 


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calendar   Saturday - July 30, 2016

Hot Rounds

thermobaric bullet or “natural” dieseling?


This is the Army’s new M80A1 EPR 7.62 bullet. It is made just like the M855A1 5.56 bullet: a copper base core behind a hardened steel penetrator front core with a gilding metal jacket. Hey, it’s lead free and thus “green”! Weighs in at about 130gr I think. It is not fired at any kind of extreme velocity. The bullet has been designed to fragment, usually breaking apart at the cannelure line the way Ball 5.56 ammo did back in the early 60s.

I’ve seen a lot of ballistics test gelatin block videos. I can’t recall ever seeing one that created an internal explosion that sat there huffing smoke rings before.

The flash you are seeing is real. Apparently gelatin block has some kind of flammable vapors in it (news to me I thought it was just Knox and water); when the bullet passes through it creates an enormous primary temporary wound channel that sucks lots of air into the entrance hole where it can mix with those vapors. When the block collapses - again at very high speed - it’s Chem 101 and the old PV=NRT ideal gas law - air temperature and pressure soars as the volume instantly diminishes to almost nothing, and this self ignites like a diesel engine. FOOM. And creates a One Two punch of a second temporary wound channel. And then the block sits there blowing smoke rings.

Enemies beware: not only does this one kill you dead, it blows you to shreds - twice - and sets you on fire. Oh, and it also shoots right through Level III armor, even at long distances. Nowhere to hide.

Horry Clap.

link 1

link 2

link 3 - effect still there even at low velocity (ie extended ranges)

link 4

Slow motion video with the 5.56 M855A1 EPR bullet below the fold. Watch the fireball burst into life.


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calendar   Thursday - June 16, 2016

Obama throws Orlando Victims under the Bus

As if we weren’t already reeling from all this death already. Both on this site and in general. The floor of the Pulse Club at Orlando is still awash in blood, the local hospitals still have people from Mateen’s shooting rampage in them, Israelis are mourning yet more murdered by The Usual Perpetrators, Bangladesh has Jihadis killing Hindus, Peiper has passed on… and honestly you just wish for a time in the world to not cry and cry and cry.

Much less spend hours trying to contact family friends living in that neck of the woods on the off chance things aren’t ok with them. But boy oh Boy, do we have a treat for you....

Have you ever wondered what things might have been like if- in the face of clear and present threats- the government refused to acknowledge the threat by its’ name? Well, we no longer have to because that’s the situation we live in, and have been living in for the *past Eight YEARS.* Now they’ve just made it clear how deep that goes, even when the butchers come for the “LGBTwhatever” community that is supposed to be a preserve- and set of special snowflake clients- for the Left. In the days since the mass murders, Obama has failed the American people so crushingly. Let us count the ways:

1. Not bothered to identify the Orlando shooter- or any of the perpetrators lately- by ideology or name.

2. Refused to give any statements or plans on how we will counterattack said ideological godfathers of this crime.

3. Called for yet more restrictions on our Second Amendment Right, which will make it even HARDER for the supposedly precious LGBTs- and everyone else- to defend themselves against an atrocity like this.

Over at PJ Media they do a good job showing how self-defeatingly stupid This is.

The more incompetent the Obama administration becomes, the less convincing its demand for public disarmament will be. Conversely, the more competence the administration demonstrates, the more likely the public is to entrust its safety to it.

Historically, state failure drives civilian armament, not the other way around. Perhaps the clearest example of this trend is Lebanon, where the inability of the central government to protect the sectarian communities has led each to protect itself. While America is not Lebanon, the same principles hold true: competence inspires confidence, and there is precious little competence in the administration.

Other people have covered this much, much better than I can. So please, I encourage you, check them. Victor Davis Hanson, Neo-Neocon, Ace of Spades, and the incomparable Mark Steyn (as well as Fernandez) have all given incredibly valuable things on this, but linking them all and giving juicy excerpts would probably bulk this post up too much. So I’ll limit my link to some gallows humor (Scimitar Sidebursters?)

Standard Leftist Procedure for after a Jihadist Massacre

But as for where my input comes in.... I have had my misgivings with Trump and still do, but I will say that I have been very, very impressed by how he has preformed here. Both in terms of how he has skillfully covered the issue (I do think he has been a rather sharp political operator lately), but on the moral and ethical issues. He did not HESITATE to identify the ideology that drove this atrocity and call out Obama for both trying to disarm law abiding American citizens using it and the disproportionate anger the manchild in chief had for him over *the man who murdered American citizens.* My recitation here can’t do it justice, so please read it too.

But of course, soon after he pointed it out you had the usual talking heads, apologists, and spin doctors get on their high horses to try and say “What’s the big deal?” That it really really really doesn’t matter if Obama or others use the term “Jihadist”, “Islamist”, “Radical Islam”, or- God Forbid- Islam itself to describe the perpetrator or his motivations. Or to quote Obama’s former rival, Secretary of State, and current (grudging) heir, “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

Well, I’ll tell you. Because all of these supposedly genius, big brained individuals are burning a lot of calories and doing a lot of mental gymnastics to try and avoid dealing with something that is really *Very, VERY simple.*

To avoid getting too deep into the linguistics (because I am not sure i know enough about it), words are a medium for conveying meaning. We use them to communicate concepts, ideas, and thoughts. I say “water” and you know I’m talking about what you drink. I say “Moss” and you know to look at green stuff growing on a rock.

I write “Pet” and you look to your pets.

And if I write OR say “cowardly dipshit” you look to the White House.

So the words you use are important for what kinds of concepts you convey, and thus what the nature of your message is. This is also relevant for the words you DON’T use. I’m *PROBABLY* not going to talk about a disaster where a bridge collapsed the exact same way if it was brought down because of construction flaws as if it was collapsed by a Bomb. Both are tragedies and both feature very similar chain of events, but one was an accident or negligence, the other is MASS MURDER.

And likewise, I am not going to blame the construction company for the collapse if it was primarily caused by a terrorist bomb, and I’m not going to call the construction company “terrorists” in the event they were to blame (even if they were massive douchebags whose actions claimed many lives).

Identifying the cause of the tragedy, its’ perpetrators (where there are any), and the motive for why they acted the way they did are CRITICAL to understanding why it happened, how it happened, and HOW IT COULD BE PREVENTED. As well as notifying the public of these facts and educating them on any threats they face, whether from depraved corruption in the meat industry, bad contractors, or totalitarian ideologies that want to murder or enslave us all.

Obama and his minions either don’t get this or are trying very very very hard to pretend they don’t.

But enough of me talking; let’s imagine what might have happened if other Presidents that came before took a similar approach to Obama. Let’s make a game out of it. I’ll stick some Obama-ated historical quotes below the cut. Can you guess A: The enemy it was originally referring to, and B: Who said it? I’m not even going to pick on the low hanging fruit and show how the other party has done it; For the sake of it, let’s limit ourselves to other Democrats.

Go to the comments if you want the answers.

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calendar   Saturday - April 30, 2016

still here

sorry, I got lost on the internet today. That happens sometimes.  Something said in the comments on an earlier post is making me want to go gun shopping again. Always a dangerous moment, as I can spend days daydreaming and looking stuff up.

I think I want a Marlin 1895 LTD II, only a new one built on the XLS machinery. The LTD II was rather like the 1895 Cowboy, only with 22” barrel and pistol grip stocks with checkering. Fine by me! I’d like to go with a Skinner aperture sight, and I’d really like some nice fiddleback maple stocks somewhere down the customizing road.  Well, Freedom Group, which took over Marlin several years ago, has come back with some new models and a big promise of care and commitment. We shall see ...


Almost perfect. Just needs a hefty octagonal barrel and the peep sight. And the big lever. this one is brand new, a fancy wood version designed, sadly, to live in some collector’s gun safe. Suckage, extra plus.

Eeeww. Eww!! OMG, a moldy canoe paddle that shoots bullets. Gross. Nothing but practical. Make it go away, oh please I’m begging you.

Oh thank you. For a minute there I thought I was going to loose my lunch. I must have the pretty boomstix.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/30/2016 at 02:55 PM   
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calendar   Monday - April 25, 2016

Fearsome And Effective

Maximizing Terminal Effectiveness


The new TSR shotgun slug from OATH. Photo courtesy of Oleg Volk.

I’m not really sure what to say here, other than “holy cow”.

This is the result of some cold, clear eyed engineering. The multi-billion dollar shooting and hunting industry can give you a nearly infinite selection of recommended calibers, cartridges, firearms, and bullet types, depending on what you are hunting and how far away your quarry is going to be when you shoot it.

There is another wing of what is pretty much the same industry that deals with self defense and home defense. They also can give you an endless list of recommendations, but almost never mention “hunting”, or what your “quarry” is. And in general, the distance is usually only a matter of feet, 25 yards or less.  It’s not a subject we’re really comfortable with, but when the ranges get much past 25 yards, then the focus group becomes “tactical” - military and militarized police - otherwise we’d be discussing weaponry for assassinations and cold blooded murder. Big no-no there.

One of the basic tenets of gun safety is that your are responsible. Period. But mainly, you are responsible for the bullets. Forever. From the day you buy them, to how you store them, to how you use them, how they fly, how they work on target, where they go after meeting the target, even right down to how do they impact the environment, no pun intended. Generally the hunter group and the tactical group aren’t concerned with the post-terminal performance of a projectile, and it’s never really been a primary talking point in the defense group. But in the real world, in a crowd, or in a neighborhood or apartment complex where the walls are made from little more than plastic covered thin sheets of wood chips held together with glue, a handful of spun glass fibers, and cardboard coated chalk with a bit of paint, then post terminal performance becomes a major issue. Because the truth is that most bullets potent enough to stop the bad guy in your living room will go right through him, right through the drywall/fiberglass insulation/chipboard/vinyl sided house wall behind him, right through the similar wall on your neighbor’s house next door, and still have enough power to kill somebody else if they have the misfortune of being in the way. And you are responsible.

Impact shock. Temporary wound channel. Permanent wound channel. Nervous system damage. Vital organ damage. Maximum exsanguination (rapid and massive blood loss). These are how bullets kill things.

And this is where the OATH TSR slug comes in. It’s designed specifically for all of those categories for use on thin skinned low density low muscle mass animals at short ranges. In other words, people. It fires a blunt ended 602 grain, 72 caliber bullet (12 gauge) at 1200fps. That’s huge. And the slightly cupped blunt end delivers maximum trauma. qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq2222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222211111111 [kitteh is helping me post!!!] Within an inch of penetration the sharp edged copper petals have peeled back, creating blades that cut a 3” diameter hole. Maximum permanent wound channel. Maximum exsanguination. And all that kinetic energy just slams into the target (maximum temporary wound channel), slowing the slug down so that it comes to a stop after only 10-12” of penetration. Post impact responsibility. And a giant hole gives you the best odds of doing major nervous system and organ damage.

The idea of a projectile that greatly expands on impact is nothing new. Bow hunters gave up fixed broadhead arrows decades ago, and now most use these swing-wing points that turn into double switchblades on impact. Superior aerodynamics, maximum tissue damage and blood loss. They really work!


OATH also makes similar, albeit smaller, bullets for popular handgun calibers. They look like they ought to be quite effective too, but not quite up there with the TSR. This thing looks like it was made to blow people in half. It’s a bullet made for killing. Which poses an ethical conundrum or two” What bullet isn’t made for killing? And, if one exists, wouldn’t killing someone with one be some kind of cruelty, making their death last longer than necessary? In those Girl With A Dragon Tattoo books that were popular a couple years ago, there was a sub text where all the characters were offended that the murderer had killed somebody with “hunting bullets”, which had the heinous property of expanding and creating a larger wound channel. I guess they thought the killer should have been nicer and just used non-expanding FMJ bullets. Because he was just shooting them out of anger, not from any real desire to kill them? How ghetto an attitude, coming from a Swedish socialist. So, if all bullets are for killing, then isn’t the one that does the job fastest the most ethical?

If this bullet should be a paradigm shifter, then I think the word should be spread far an wide. Let everyone know that shotgun ammo exists that will turn the perp into red curry and still be “apartment safe”. Let them know that pistol bullets exist that works nearly as well. Then put “On My OATH” warning stickers in your windows.


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calendar   Saturday - March 19, 2016



What good is a gun around the house if you have to go dig it out of the corner of the closet when you need it now? What good is having a bunch of guns easy to access if any burglar can find them in a second?

Hidden in plain sight, a modern evolution of the hidden compartment. Some of these are pretty ingenious.

One of my favorites, the empty display case that can hide a whole arsenal of firearms:


Link One.

Link Two.

Link Three.

a few repeats between them.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/19/2016 at 08:49 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - February 02, 2016

in scotland … you will need a license for an air gun.


Look forward to bmews comments on this one.
And hey, it’s for the kids. Keep that in mind.

Of course, goes without saying but I will anyway. 
Some folks will always do as they please regardless of laws and rules of behavior.  It’s usually the law abiding and those who don’t plan any sort of crime or misadventure, who will register or else turn in their air guns.  Which of course leaves ..... have to think about this some. Tuff one to call.

Police Scotland plan ‘surrender’ campaign to allow air gun owners without permits to hand in weapons

Chris Green, Scotland Editor
The Independent

Air gun owners in Scotland will be given a six month window to apply for a licence for their weapons before new laws controlling their use come into force at the end of this year, the Scottish Government has announced.

Anyone in Scotland who owns an air gun without a licence or permit after 31 December will face a fine or in some cases imprisonment of up to two years. In the rest of the UK, licences for the weapons are not required.

Owners will be able to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapon certificate from 1 July. The force is also planning a “surrender” campaign to allow people to hand in their unwanted weapons before the new legislation takes effect. It is estimated that there are currently around half a million unlicensed air weapons in Scotland.

The Scottish Government decided to introduce the licensing scheme, which critics have described as draconian and unnecessary, in the wake of the death of two-year-old Andrew Morton. The toddler was killed by an airgun in 2005 after being hit in the head by a pellet near his home in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow.

The Scottish Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, said: “This Government has a long-standing commitment to eradicating gun crime in Scotland and this new legislation will better protect our communities by taking these potentially lethal weapons out of the hands of those who would misuse them.

“Every day police, the public and animal welfare groups have to face the results of air weapon misuse, from anti-social behaviour to horrific and deliberate injuries to wildlife, pets and very occasionally people. We believe this legislation strikes the right balance between protecting communities and allowing legitimate shooting in a safe environment to continue.”


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calendar   Monday - February 01, 2016

ok boys and girls, here’s the plan. we go to norway to rob banks. brilliant

First thing I noticed in a paper this morning. Just a small paragraph with a big announcement.
OK it’s Norway so maybe not too big.

Norway has announced that it’s police officers will no longer be armed.

The law allowing “arms” for it’s police began in 2014, the report says, but will cease “as soon as possible” as it was deemed unnecessary to continue.

The restriction was passed last year but held back after the Paris attacks. But now that everything is nice and quiet and there won’t be any more terror attacks .... hey.  Who needs guns?  Nasty things ya know.  And Americans seem to like them.

Hmm. Wonder what this is. Oh yeah. I think it’s called a Trigger. No, that can’t be right. Trigger was the name of a horse. It’ll come to me in a minute.
Let’s see ... maybe if I look down this tube, I think I see something.
Hmmmm, what happens if I pull this thingy back. CLICK, CLICK

I go BOOM and faw down.

with fond remembrance
( Eddie Cantor - I Faw Down An’ Go Boom! 1929 )


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calendar   Friday - January 15, 2016

story a bit out of date but guns aren’t

H/T Lynne P.

Had not seen this one before.

Still not up to much but trying to get back into swing.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/15/2016 at 11:23 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 02, 2015

All I Want For Christmas Is A Brand New Gun

White America reacts to all the bullshit in their typical way ...

Most NICS Checks Ever On Black Friday

More Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on Black Friday than any day in the on record, according to data released by the FBI this week.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, one of the largest retail sales days in the country.

“This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s chief of multimedia productions. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”

Previous spikes for background checks, conducted before a gun buyer can obtain a firearm, occurred after prominent mass shootings, like in December 2012 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.


Meanwhile, World’s Greatest Gun Salesman Barack Obama may have inadvertently added tens of thousands, perhaps a million or more, inexpensive, high quality handguns to the public mix. Hard to believe, but true.

New Law Detail: CMP Will Sell 1911s To The Public

CMP is Civilian Marksmanship Program, the renamed DCM, a small branch of the government left over from WWI that helps train Americans how to shoot. One of the ways they do this is to put guns in the hands of the people. People join target shooting clubs which are affiliated with the office, then the DCM/CMP sells them surplus military weapons on the cheap. Millions of Trapdoor Springfields, Krag-Jorgenson rifles, 1903 Springfields, M1s, and M1 carbines have been sold off over the years, along with tens of millions of rounds of surplus ammunition.

Now, for the first time ever, the DCM is going to start emptying the warehouses of 1911 pistols. The 1911 semi-automatic pistol has been around since before WWI, and was the official military sidearm from then until some point in the 80s when it was replaced by the 9mm Baretta M92F. So, no exaggeration, there are millions of these pistols sitting in boxes covered in grease. Mountains of them.

On November 25th, 2015, President Barack Obama has signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016, included in which is a provision for the Civilian Marksmanship to sell 1911 handguns to the United States shooting public. The bill includes Section 1087, which allows the transfer of handguns from the United States Army to the Civilian Marksmanship program, and the subsequent distribution of those handguns to members of CMP-affiliated clubs.

This is a huge deal. Never before has the Civilian Marksmanship Program been able to sell handguns to the U.S. shooting public, and the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act with this provision in it signals a major change in the way firearms are viewed by the U.S legal system, similar to how Heller vs. D.C. affirmed the right of self defense for United States citizens.

Initially, it seems that only 10,000 pistols a year will be distributed. Merely ten thousand. No word on prices, but the DCM used to offload rifles for 5 or 10 dollars. Even if they asked 200 for these .45s, it would still be an awesome deal. Especially if, as they’ve always done before, workers have graded all the pistols, and the first ones releases are the best ... NIB, never fired, covered in cosmoline for 50 years ... . Stop drooling Drew!!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/02/2015 at 03:50 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - October 27, 2015

more real steampunk

Another super modern firearm. Adopted in 1906. Total steampunk reality.

The Roth-Steyr M1907


The first semi-automatic pistol adopted by any military power. Served the Austrio-Hungarian Army throughout WWI. Everything I read leads me to believe it was designed as a cavalry pistol, at the dawn of the machine gun age.

Also known as the Roth-Krnka M.7, it field strips into just 7 parts and the frame.

It was a locked breech design, but an unusual one. Instead of a toggle link (eg 1911) or a rotating bolt, the M.7 used a rotating, recoiling barrel!

The Roth–Steyr pistol fires from an unusual style of locked breech. The bolt is very long. Its rear end is solid, except for a sleeve for the striker, but its front part is hollow and fits tightly over the barrel. The interior of the bolt has cam grooves cut into it, and the barrel has studs which fit into the grooves. When the pistol is fired, the barrel and bolt recoil together within the hollow receiver for about 0.5 inch. During this operation, the helical grooves in the muzzle bushing cause the barrel to turn 90 degrees clockwise, after which it is held while the unlocked bolt continues to the rear, cocking the action as it does so. For safety with intended use by mounted cavalry, the pistol has a heavy trigger pull against the firing striker spring, similar to a hammerless revolver.

See that? It was striker fired, just like the coolest new pistols you can buy today.

It had an internal 10 round magazine, so it was loaded via stripper clip ...


While the pistol deliberately had no safety, it had a very unique firing pin design: the gun only cocked the firing spring when you fired it! And no, it wasn’t “DAO”, not exactly; this one is a single action semi-auto.

The Roth-Steyr also has an unusual striker mechanism. As the bolt goes forward, the striker is held by the sear with minimal compression of the striker spring. Pulling the trigger forces the striker back, compressing the striker spring, until it is released by the sear to fire the cartridge. This mechanism, very similar to the Roth-Sauer pattern, is said to have demanded by the cavalry; demanding a conscious effort to fire, it guards against a skittish horse jolting a conventional cocked hammer out of engagement with the sear.

For cavalry who at the time used handguns as primary weapons (and who might be liable to drop a pistol from 7 or 8 feet off the ground), this was a considerable benefit. In the early part of the 20th Century, safety features like this were not yet common in automatic handguns, and the Roth-Steyr’s very large sear engagement surface and out of battery safety made it one of the safest automatic pistols of the period. Krnka designed this system 80 years before Gaston Glock designed his polymer wondernine, and over 30 years before Walther would popularize the DA/SA mechanism with the PPK, making his design truly a pistol ahead of its time.

The Roth-Steyr M1907 fired a 8mm (.32 caliber) 116 grain steel jacketed bullet at 1088fps. Not as potent as a 9mm Luger or a .32-20, but a good step up from a .32 ACP or even a .380 ACP. The steel casing on the bullet gave it superb penetration.

And it’s just so damn cool looking.

PS - that’s not a hammer spur you see in the top picture. This pistol was hammerless. The little bit sticking out is a hand rest, like the beaver tail on a modern 1911. It puts your hand in the proper position while you’re busy driving your horse.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/27/2015 at 10:16 AM   
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calendar   Friday - October 23, 2015

free guns for everyone

Well, free for some one. One. And they probably have to be American, living in the US of A.

But hey, free guns. An AR-15 no less. With just a click of the old mousey.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/23/2015 at 10:35 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 21, 2015

oh how I wish ….. but over here, carrying a can opener for beer cans or pop may be a crime

I am nowhere near as knowledgeable as many of you. I imagine if Drew were to post this he’d have all kinds of interesting to add to whatever the guy is saying here.
I haven’t that knowledge or ability to speak knowingly or raise tech issues.

However, I love the looks of this thing and wish I had one here.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/21/2015 at 11:16 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - September 05, 2015

sundown confusion

"Come on out to the bar in the back.” he says. “We’ll have a drink and watch the sun go down over the bay. Who knows, there could be fireworks.”

Spelling never was his forte.



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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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