Sunday, October 27, 2013

After Westgate, Interpol Chief Ponders 'Armed Citizenry'

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month's deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians. 

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called "soft targets" are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves. 

The article is about a week old but I hadn't heard about it before.

Got it in an email from   the JFPO

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nice Colt Walker Holster

Ah - No.

A little flimsy

I suppose that is a Little closer

That will almost work


Oh yeah.  That's the one!

I've been looking for a holster for a Colt Walker replica off and on for a few years.  It was never really a priority but I'd check around every now and then,  occasionally, once in a while, when I'd think about it and the mood struck me.

While looking for spring stock at Dixie Gun Works a few weeks ago, I tried to order their better quality Walker holster but they were out of stock and weren't going to get any more.  The reviews on their cheaper one were not particularly good so I decided to look elsewhere.  Track of the Wolf had one that was modern-looking and also out of stock so I just Googled it and found this one.

Bought it from a place called s_comfort_mercantile on ebay.  The stitching looks good and it fits the gun well. 

S_comfort_mercantile makes a lot of leather goods and they have a lot of stuff for reenactors.  This holster was a little over $40 with the shipping.  I just told them whether I wanted the barrel to stick out and what kind of belt loop I wanted and they made it the next day.  It was delivered so fast I didn't know what had arrived until I read the return address. 

They didn't pay me to say any of this.  Just seemed like I ought to say something since I am so pleased with the holster.   Sorry there's no link to their store.  My track ball mouse isn't speaking to my laptop and I'm not going to try to copy and paste using the built in pad-mouse-thing-from-hell on the computer.

Governing the Internet so its Easier to Govern You

Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible

A high-ranking official from the Chicago Police Department told attendees at a law enforcement conference on Monday that his agency has been working with a security chief at Facebook to block certain users from the site “if it is determined they have posted what is deemed criminal content,” reports Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist who attended the lecture.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

He Must Have Thought it Was Somebody's Dog

Police Officer Fired After Shooting and Pepper Spraying Squirrel

MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WBIR) - A Tennessee police officer has been fired after displaying heavy force in an attempt to rid a Dollar General Store of a squirrel.  The incident occurred last Thursday in Mountain City, when according to police documents, now-former Officer Jody Putnam found himself at the right place at the right time. Or the wrong place at the wrong time. Documents state that Putnam happened to be inside the Dollar General Store at the same time employees noticed a squirrel. That's when Putnam sprang into action, discharging his firearm at the squirrel inside the store. Unsuccessful, he moved on to option 2: pepper spray.  

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Health Care Rant (Non-Obama Care)

Last Thursday my dad mentioned that he was feeling bad.  Nothing specific.  Just generally felt bad and tired.  When he said he was too tired to get up to go to the bathroom, my mother diagnosed him as having a heart attack.  (All vines are poison ivy.  All dogs have rabies.  All fatigue and  pain above the belt and below the neck is a heart attack).  She gave him a nitroglycerine tablet and called the ambulance.

Dad has dementia.  By the time the ambulance got to the house, he had forgotten why they were there.  They hooked him up to their machines and decided to take him to the hospital.  After several hours, the doctor decided that he was dehydrated.  Its common with dementia.  The doctor  kept him for a few days while they pumped him full of fluids.  Dad has a temper and a vocabulary and didn't like being there so they also gave him some sort of happy pills too.  Combined with the dementia, those always send him off to fantasy land.

Some time during his stay, a "social worker" stopped by and asked him questions.  Why a social worker was there asking questions is beyond me but one did.  In his slightly drugged and more than slightly senile state of mind, he told the social worker that he was homeless and all his children were deceased.

He was supposed to come home early this afternoon but was overdue so my mother called to find out what was going on.   Care to guess what was going on?  The social worker had gotten to a computer and put in dad's record that he was homeless and all his children were deceased so the hospital was keeping him until they could find some kind of indigent shelter to send him to.

Seriously.  Those  ass-wipes were about to send him to some homeless shelter because some blithering idiot of a "social worker" took a statement from a drugged and senile old man and didn't bother to check to see if he was, oh, I don't know,  maybe drugged or maybe senile.  Didn't bother to look at his record that showed the ambulance picked him up at his house, that his wife was the one that called the ambulance and that his daughter had Power of Attorney to make medical decisions for him at the hospital.   Nope.  This highly trained professional just said "he's homeless and his family is dead.  Find a shelter that will take him."  The social worker didn't bother to find out if what my dad said was true and nobody at the hospital bothered to check either.  

Dad finally made it home this evening despite the best efforts of the social worker and the hospital staff.   I wonder where he'd be if mother hadn't gotten worried and made that call.

A Real American Hero

From Life In The Backwoods

You're a 19 year old kid.
You're critically wounded and dying in
The jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam .
It's November 11, 1967.
LZ (landing zone) X-ray.
Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in.
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.
Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again.
As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.
You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.
Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you. 

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Workplace Violence

The elevator stopped and when the doors opened, in stepped the most beautiful brunette I've ever seen.  Perfect figure, fantastic smile and just the right amount of cleavage showing.

I was dumbstruck and trying not to stare at that beautiful cleavage when she smiled, and in the most charming Georgia accent you ever imagined, said "would you please press 1?"

The doctor said I was out for over six hours.

Friday, October 18, 2013

'Tis the Season Again

Actually its muzzle loader season but there wasn't a Far Side about that.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Duly Noted or Dually-Noted?

Saw this at Life In The Back Woods

Hey.  I'm all for encouraging community involvement in a worthy cause. 

Thank you for your support (or lack thereof)!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Real Leader

From Defending-the-Heritage Facebook Page


A.C. Battle of the Confederate army presided over a court martial of the Army of Northern Virginia. Case after case was disposed of and then the case of Edward Cooper was called; a young artilleryman charged with desertion. The prisoner pleaded not guilty and the judge advocate was beginning for the prosecution when the court interposed to ask the accused who his counsel was.

I have no counsel was the reply. The specifications against him were all sustained by the evidence and he was told to introduce his witnesses. “I have no witnesses,” he answered.

The president of the court astonished at the prisoner's calmness said, “Have you no defense? Is it possible that you abandoned your comrades and deserted your colors without any reason?”

“There was a reason,” said the young man. “But it will not avail me before a military court.”

“You may be mistaken.”

“The prisoner trembled and for the first time tears filled his eyes. He stepped up to Colonel Battle and handed him a letter. “There, Colonel, is what did it.”

The president read the letter and in a moment his eyes too were moist. The paper was passed from hand to hand and soon the whole court was in tears. This was the letter as Colonel Battle read it in the prisoner's defense: “My Dear Edward, I have always been proud of you and since your connection with the Confederate Army I have been prouder of you than ever. I would not have you do anything wrong for the world, but before God, Edward, unless you come home we must die. Last night I was roused by little Eddie crying I called and said, ‘What's the matter, Eddie?’ and he said. ‘O, mamma, I am so hungry.’ I and Lucy, your darling Lucy, she never complains, but she is growing thinner every day and I repeat; unless you come home we must all die, Your Mary.”

“What did you do when you received this letter?” asked Colonel Battle.

“I applied for a furlough.” was the prisoner's answer. “The application was rejected. Again and again I made application and it was rejected. Then one night, as I wandered back and forth in the camp with Lucy's eyes on me and her mother's words burning into my brain. I was no longer the Confederate soldier. I was the father of Lucy and the husband of Mary. And I would have passed those lines if every gun in the battery had fired upon me. I went home. Mary ran out to meet me. Her arms were round me as she whispered, ‘0, Edward, I am so happy. I am so glad you got your furlough.’ She must have felt me shudder. She turned pale as death and catching her breath at every word, ‘0, Edward, Edward, go back, go back. Let me and the children go down to the grave, but save the honor of your name.’ And here I am; not brought here by military power, but in obedience to Mary's command to abide the sentence of your court.”

Moved as the officers of the court martial were, they did their duty as they understood it and each in turn pronounced the same sentenced. Guilty.

Fortunately, the proceedings of the court were reviewed by the commanding general. He endorsed the record thus: Headquarter Army Northern Virginia. The finding of the court is approved. The prisoner is pardoned and will report to his company. RE Lee, General.

Source: The Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 3
Link to ebook:

From  Defending-the-Heritage Facebook Page

Free Shotgun Project Progress

Having given the epoxy plenty of time to cure, I decided to put the barrels back on the Hapgood just to see what would be needed next.   Its already starting to resemble a shotgun.

The barrels wobbled around quite a bit so I tightened up the mortise a little so the barrel wedge would go in snugly.  That took almost all of the slop out of it.   The metal to wood fit isn't so good in the breech / tang area.  I think some Glass Bed may be the next thing on the work order.

The book on making springs arrived.  I don't want to get into that until I have decided that I'm definitely going to fire it.  Its not that I'm scared.  It just looks like a pretty tedious thing to shape with a claw on one end, a peg in the middle and a bend or two.  It also has to be tapered.  Then I have to learn the heat treating part of it.  Even with a perfectly sculpted masterpiece of a spring, it will all be to do over again if I get the heat treating wrong and it breaks.

 I may finish the reassembly and test fire the left barrel.  If the wood holds together, I'll know its worth learning how to make a spring.  If it doesn't hold together, there will be another round of epoxy and a home over the fireplace.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

At Least They Aren't Blaming Bush per se

The Obama Care roll out is so bad, Carney is trying to say it was designed by Republicans.


Jay Carney
“A lot of the affordable care act is designed…it’s essential elements were designed by republicans. healthcare law was designed by republicans,” said Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney, in today’s press conference (see video below). If that were true, then one would think that at least republican would have voted for Obamacare (they didn’t).
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“A lot of the affordable care act is designed…it’s essential elements were designed by republicans. healthcare law was designed by republicans,” said Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney, in today’s press conference (see video below). If that were true, then one would think that at least republican would have voted for Obamacare (they didn’t). - See more at:
“A lot of the affordable care act is designed…it’s essential elements were designed by republicans. healthcare law was designed by republicans,” said Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney, in today’s press conference (see video below). If that were true, then one would think that at least republican would have voted for Obamacare (they didn’t). - See more at:
“A lot of the affordable care act is designed…it’s essential elements were designed by republicans. healthcare law was designed by republicans,” said Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney, in today’s press conference (see video below). If that were true, then one would think that at least republican would have voted for Obamacare (they didn’t). - See more at:

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Disappointment

The local Gander Mtn. recently spent some time and money remodeling the whole back of their store into something that's supposed to be some kind of a big deal.   A few weeks ago, I happened to talk to one of their employees and he told me that it was going to be great.  Once the construction was finished they'd move the smokeless powder cabinet back to the main floor where people can actually look for powder, they'd have a real reloading section again and the huge counter meant that they'd be able to serve customers much more quickly than ever before.

Well, they had the "Grand Opening" of their new Firearms Super Center or whatever they call it this past weekend.   The smokeless powder is still in the stock room.  You still have to wait 20+ minutes for your turn to ask for help and they still tell you that they don't have anything but black powder substitutes when you ask.  The one exception is that they have exactly one employee who will go back and look in the cabinet and come back and tell you what they actually do have in smokeless powders.  The trouble is that he doesn't work every day and you have a one in three chance of getting him after your 20+ minute wait if he does happen to be working when you are there.   According to that employee, they do get smokeless powder in their orders and they have it in the cabinet by 9:00 AM on Monday.  

Their reloading section is unchanged.  The same seven or eight boxes of bullets (270 and 22 caliber), the same pile of Claybuster wads (12 gauge only) and the same leftovers from when they got rid of their real reloading department a couple of years ago.

The guns are all well behind the counter and its just about impossible to read the tags to see the price, caliber or gauge even if they do have the tags turned so you can read them.  You have to wait your 20+ minutes for someone to help you with that.  For their "Grand Opening" I counted four employees working the gun counter.

Its the same store, the same service, (if you wish to call it that) and the same basic stock as before.  I saw nothing new but the counter.  I certainly saw no new reason to patronize the place. 

Last evening, I was looking through the 24 Hour Campfire and saw a thread on Gander Mtn.  It was a thread about the exact same thing in another location.  This seems to be corporate policy.

Its really a shame.

Awww. How Sweet

My sister sent me an email:

No. She doesn't work for Natchez Shooters Supply.