I'm trying something new. I will, Drudge style, list headlines and give links to stories I think will interest my readers. Each time I have an '03 clipful or so I will post the list. The dark ages are fast approaching as Western civilization grows tired of truth, of fairness and of God. That's the story between the lines these days.
Pressures of other projects and concerns make me unable to continue posting to this blog for the present. However, the blogroll on the left of the screen will continue to update, keeping you informed of the latest developments in guns and gun politics. Thanks for reading--I hope this is not the end of The Gunner's Blog but a pause is necessary. I am evaluating my career path and religious calling (at the same time), dealing with several problems not of my own making and...dealing with something else of a happier nature. This blog didn't make the cut of "must do."
You know how it goes. Sometimes life's a beach, and sometimes it is a tsunami. See ya later.
There are aspects to this video that I find inexplicable, including the left hand placement and contents.
My question is, interfering with firefighters is ordinarily a rather hefty offense. Will any prosecution or even investigation happen in this case? I rather suspect not. It isn't like this was anything serious, like refusing to make a wedding cake with little statuettes two men on top of it.
My America, the homeland I honored as the highest expression of freedom's ideals, is no more. Limited government and sweeping individual liberty are things of the past. So is the business environment that sometimes allowed little David companies to become giant killers. We are burdened by taxes, by rules and red tape and the odious creed of political correctness.
What happened was that people abandoned God and good as their guiding lights. America has never been a very religious country, but for a long time the cultural influence of Christ's gospel was felt--honored only partially and quite inconsistently, but present none the less and tacitly accepted as a good thing. Now, though, some even openly call the gospel a bad thing. Few ever consider looking to it for moral guidance. This moral end-swap has left us without moral guidance. What we have instead is the desire to impose moralisms, often invented ones, on other people.
So the country that started out with people promising freedom to their neighbors in return for their own freedoms--their neighbors as themselves--now has become a hive of busybodies. Everyone thinks 'there oughta be a law' and oddly enough it is always other people's behavior they think it about. The idea that you create freedoms by imposing laws is entirely backwards. The word 'freedom' is appropriated and misused in arguments for restrictions, probably because it is traditionally a popular word in American politics. But it would seem we have forgotten what the dictionary says it means.
As I read the history books, great nations do not end in sudden cataclysm but decline slowly into folly and despair. They end not with a bang but a whimper. Where proud Romans once stood, illiterate peasants tended olives and garlic through the long Dark Ages. The great overarching lesson of history is that people fail to learn the great overarching lesson of history.
Up until 2007, Russian spacemen carried short barreled, three-barrel drilling guns in their survival gear. The shotgun barrels were 12.5mm and the rifle barrel underneath was 5.45x39. The gun's removable shoulder stock contained a machete. Remember that the Rooskies use ground landings for their capsules and this gun starts to make sense. Come down in a remote area and you may need some survival gear beyond a scout knife and a fire starter. A suitable firearm is a fine enhancement to your survival gear just about anywhere, providing meat for the pot as well as protection. The Cosmonaut gun also launched signal flares.
What the Russians worked out here is really rather clever. Reports elsewhere say that the gun is no longer in service because the peculiar shotgun ammunition that it uses is no longer readily available. The crew gun is now just an ordinary automatic pistol, which, while it may be adequate, is certainly not as imaginative.
"TP-82" by One half 3544
Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
The SIX12 is a revolver shotgun system that may be mounted as an under-the-barrel door buster on a rifle, or stocked as a stand-alone shotgun. It has some innovative design features that may lead you to discover further applications for it. I have not shot or even examined one, so I cannot say anything beyond that. I am, though, happy to see development and innovation in shotguns.
It's an odd thing. As soon as you commit to a certain caliber or weapon you become keenly aware of its limitations and the fine characteristics of the other choices. If you choose a riot gun over a modern rifle such as an AR-15, you become keenly conscious of the shotgun's range limitations. If you choose the rifle you become aware of its lesser hit probability, at close range where it counts. So it is with other sorts of guns--carry pistols or you name it. Your choice becomes a fence, on the far side of which the grass is greener. I suppose that is why some shooters have lots of guns. This gun does something or other better than that one, and the other one over here is lighter to carry than either of those, and so on.
Still, you have to narrow things down at some point. You cannot carry a whole safe full of guns with you, and it is not practical to stock up on ammo in a dozen calibers.
What if there are no wrong choices? In terms of likely threats, either the riot gun or the AR-15 will do a good job of protecting your life, and either the .38 snub or the pocket auto pistol is a good deal better than nothing if you need a gun unexpectedly. Doubtless the gun manufacturers would rather you not think this way, but why not ask yourself whether what you have is generally adequate? If it is, stop worrying about it. You don't need to go shopping.
What you really need to do is get to the range and practice, using drills of high relevance to real world scenarios. Solve any problem that tends to plague your shooting, whether it is a flinch, rushing the trigger, pointing not aiming or whatever. Worry about software not hardware--by which I mean, program your skills. In many cases, where there has been a real need to shoot to defend one's life, the kind of gun used has been the factor that has counted least of all.
And yet that is the one we worry about. Go figure!
The classic Cold War civil defense short film, courtesy of nuclearvault on Youtube.
Meet Bert the Turtle and find out why so many older people are not panicked by global warming, plastic bags and non-organic farming methods. Spend your childhood thinking you might get poisoned by radiation or vaporized and it gives you a curious way to measure how big a problem really is.