It’s Tour d’Horizon from New Orleans (well, actually, we flew home today). Because this week we tried to frontload the whole week so we could sightsee and hang out, we had a lot of stuff that cropped up during the week locked into various browser tabs to deliver today.
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.
Just How Ate-up is SIG Quality Control? ITEM I
We just heard a story of one guy whose issue pistol is a SIG 229 in .357 SIG. Well, in his six years on the job his issue pistols have been 229s… four of them, of which three crapped out and were replaced.
His agency takes pistol training and marksmanship seriously, and fires more than most of our local Deputy Dawgs. But still… he’s either the unluckiest man behind a badge, or SIG needs to tighten up their act.
OK, it’s Not a Gun, But…
This thing is available from Bud-K, the legendary supplier of legendary edged weaponry (trinkets, perhaps) to legendary mall ninjas. It’s the fruit of miscegenation between the cold steel arms of the US Marine and his onetime Imperial Japanese opponent.
We call it the Ka-Bartana. It is perfectly suited to the trans-Pacific martial art of Teen Hospitalized With Serious Injuries.
Just How Ate-up is SIG Quality Control? ITEM II
A guy we do business with pretty regularly, was, in an earlier career, a smith at SIG — when they stopped test firing their pistols. Yes, you read that right. That was a factor in his pursuit of a career change.
Why did they do something as fundamentally retarded as discontinue testing of a product that people use in life or death situations? His take on it, from the rubber-meets-the-road end of the company, was to remove a pair of bottlenecks in shipping product, to wit:
- It takes time to test pistols; and,
- It takes even more time to repair and retest any with deficiencies.
If you ship the deficiencies, they might not get discovered, at least not during the warranty period, and then you don’t have to repair and retest them! It’s brilliant, in an evil-mastermind kind of way.
Correlation between this and the self-disassembling 229s? Well, they are two data points. But the best frame of reference for understanding SIG is to imagine that the company is being run by moles from Glock.nd
And Last Week’s Mystery SMG?
The SS man was carrying an MP-28/II. Several of you nailed it.
The British Lanchester was a copy of this firearm, with brass features for extra steampunk points, and was widely used by the Royal Navy. The Lanchester informed the design of the massively simplified STEN, so the MP-28/II sits in an important historical juncture between the ur-SMG (the MP-18) and the second generation guns. This is a clearer shot of an MP-28/II.
Just How Ate-up is SIG Quality Control? ITEM III
Our transfer FFL has handled a number of MPXs of different specifications. Mostly pistols, some SBRs. And he gets the feedback, as he recounts it, like this:
- About 50% of buyers love the heck out of them and brag up their reliability;
- About 25% of buyers like them but with some complaints and reservations.
- About 25% of buyers can’t get their MPXes to run. At all, period, full stop. One guy in particular has returned his to SIG several times; each time they promise it’s fixed, and it isn’t.
Just FYI this is not a good record, or an industry-standard one. For 2016, it’s pretty awful.
Backdoor Registration and Other Initiatives
Backdoor registration of the Schumer-Manchin-Toomey was on the ballot in at least three states. It was defeated in Maine, but passed in Nevada, both by narrow margins. In California, initiatives sponsored by wannabe governor Gavin Newsom required ammunition and magazine transfers to be treated like firearm transfers, and go through dealers with background checks and possibly waiting periods. California voters also changed the state’s ban on standard-capacity magazines to no longer grandfather existing magazines, authorizing confiscation of existing magazines.
Washington State’s Initiative 1491 allows any person to get, ex parte and no questions asked, a restraining order specific to firearms against any other person, erasing the subject’s gun rights for a period of one year, indefinitely extendable. The accused has no recourse to court; nothing must be proven, the accusation suffices; in essence, the 2nd but also 4th and 5th Amendment rights of the accused are now a nullity in Washington. This passed by an overwhelming margin of more than 70/30.
On the gripping hand, three more states passed victims’ bills of rights, in one case over militant opposition by criminals and the defense bar.
President-elect Donald Trump says good things about guns and about judges. Let’s wait and see what he does. Defeated opponent Hillary Clinton was an aficionado of restrictions, even confiscation (she often admired the long-gun and handgun confiscations of Australia and Great Britain), so the outcome from the one-issue perspective is positive.
Two Republican Senators were defeated by Democrats who were extreme anti-gunners, but neither was strongly pro-gun. In fact, Mark Kirk (R-IL) was as extremely anti-gun as the Democrat who trounced him, Tammy Duckworth. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), squishily pro-gun, was narrowly defeated by former NH governor Maggie Hassan, whose personal opposition to the 2nd Amendment is strong and deep. For example, as Governor she fought against constitutional carry, vetoed several pro-gun bills, and expressed a preference for Massachusetts style may-issue. Fortunately, this net loss of one Senator isn’t enough to turn the whole chamber anti-gun. Several anti-gun challenges were narrowly averted, including in Indiana and Wisconsin, where former (and in Indiana’s case, 2nd-generation) anti-gun Senators were striving to get their old seats back.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work.
Jury Struggles with Cop Charged in Shooting
Officer Ray Tensing shot Sam Du Bose. That much is agreed on by all sides. Now Tensing is charged with murder by a prosecutor seeking to level up in politics, and the jury may have returned an answer today (this post was written last night). Bob Owens has a decent write-up and Tensing’s body cam video. Bob’s conclusion is that the cop screwed up, but Murder is a ridiculous overcharge.
One important take-away from the Tensing video is something we harp upon all the time — how incredibly fast these things happen.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment. This week, we have a local ‘Shire bias in the stories.
Cop Judge Was a Crim
She wanted to be a judge so bad, that while she worked in a courtroom, a judge let her try on the robes and try a few cases. She got caught.
Meanwhile, she ran for a judgeship (her state being one of the ones that allows this), and won. But she can’t take her seat on the bench while felony charges are outstanding.
Trannies Behaving Badly
So, a guy named Zachary Thomas McClimon is in jail, charged with shooting a co-worker at a Heritage, Pennsylvania Walmart. Why would he do a thing like that?
[He] said he shot his co-worker because he made negative comments over his decision to transition into a woman.
See, trannies are just like anybody else, they’re not mentally ill at all, and if you disagree, they’ll blow your gizzard out. Because nothing says “picture of mental solidity” like shooting someone who fails to join you in your delusions!
The guy who got plugged over McClimon’s bruised feelz is in stable condition. Which is more than you can say for the clown who shot him.
The Perils of Kathleen: Has She Learned Her Lesson?
She’s still trying to wriggle out of the clutches of justice, and keep her crooked corkscrew spine from relaxing on the comfortable bunks provided by the Commonwealth to its felons. (What’s your sleep number? And was it assigned to you by the Department of Corrections?)
- Item 6 Nov: Both Candidates to Replace Kane Claim to be Tough on Crime. The Democrat, a former Kane supporter, also promises to be tough on lawful gun owners. The Republican was a legislator who supported life sentences for recidivist kiddie diddlers, so he’s not all bad, even if it’s pretty weak compared to 10-20-Life.
- Item 5 Nov: Kathleen Kane learns lesson about the law. Well, that’s what the headline says. We’d say rather that she has received a lesson about the law. Has she learned? As the expression goes, the jury on that is still out.
She’s gradually trickling out of the news.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
The Social Justice Military
This is a hardy perennial, but it’SS
Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?
Nothing this week.
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
They Promised They Were Leaving, But Ran into Difficulties
Here’s a picture for you.