This could be a most disjointed Tour d’Horizon, because rather than throw stuff in all week we left it until Thursday PM to begin. The weather continues unseasonably warm weather (yesterday we were out in a t-shirt. In New Hampshire. In December). If this is Global Warming, all of us (apart from the ski bums and ski bunnies, and they are making snow at altitude…) up here in the Granite State would like to thank everyone who’s bought an F-350 Powerstroke or greater over the last few years.
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.
More Tracking Point Videos
Like the ones we had the other day. They’re closing in on the end of the M700 promotion. (Note that their usual 5.56 will only give you a target solution for a shorter range. They can control all that in software… and no doubt, sell you options like in-app purchases in Angry Birds… only it’s more like “Angry Bees at 3,000 FPS.”)
For those of you who come to gunnery via video games, it’s not “First Person Shooter” but “feet per second.” At least, for those of us whose nations have sent men to the moon.
Duel 3: Prone Bipod, Moving Target, 650 Yards
This is a realistic shot, more so than the shoot-around-corners used in Duel 2 (there are 13 of these duels, total. The others are not yet released). Note that this was not done with the AR.
How are you at hitting moving targets at 650?
Duel 4: Canted at 45 Degrees, 350 Yards
Here’s a capability you didn’t know you could use.
Mauser Before Broomhandle
Mauser is primarily known as the greatest maker and innovator of the bolt action rifle, but they made a wide range of pistols for most of the 20th Century, ranging from the big pioneering Broomhandle, to a range of pocket and European police pistols, to the HSc and a couple of runs of Lugers. Before the C96 Broomhandle, there was the C78 “Zig-Zag” revolver; but before that, there was this, the C77 Hinterlader (Breech-Loader):
This particular example is on GB for an eye-popping $38k. These two crummy photos are the only ones provided. The description is terse:
Very rare gun only a few exist,I only know of 4 and last one sold for $42,000.00,So you have a chance to own this gun,and say you have one of a few that are known to be out there,this is the real thing,in great condition,NO RUST,Handle is also in great condition too, have any question hit me up.
Thumbing down the lever on the left side of the action caused the breechblock to fall; inserting a cartridge made it spring back up. Because the trigger is attached to the bottom of the breechblock, you need to have your fingers clear of the trigger guard before opening the breech; the block fills most of the trigger guard while down, and the trigger itself shoots through a hole in the trigger guard. A very steampunk creation, this.
Fewer than 100 of these 10mm pistols were made, all of which were sold to officers in the armies of Prussia and other German principalities. (Note that it’s marked as made in Wurttemberg, as Bismarck’s consolidation of Germany was not complete!) According to the seller, only four are known to survive.
If there’s demand, we’ll write more about this, as we have the references at hand.
Gun Stocks update
PreElection closings: RGR 64.40, SWHC 28.45, VSTO 38.94. [8 Nov 16]
-2 week’s closings: RGR 53.20, SWHC 24.13, VSTO 40.02. [18 Nov 16]
Last week’s closings: RGR 52.50, SWHC 23.82, VSTO 41.05. [25 Nov 16] [short trading day and week]
This week’s closings: RGR 50.25, SWHC 21.10, VSTO 39.66. [2 Dec 16]
Red, in case you were wondering, is not good.
All three were up going into Friday, but then Smith & Wesson released an earnings report Thursday night; Smith dropped 12% (!) and Ruger just under 6% on that report. Both stocks were heavily traded today.
The puzzling thing is that the report was positive and beat the Street estimates on sales and revenues, and Smith still got a sell-off. It is probable that the report’s setting forecasts for Q3 earnings lower than the Street had hoped was a factor. Or perhaps the Street hates SWHC’s plan to rename the holding company American Outdoor Brands, with Smith, Battenfield (accessories) and Crimson Trace (lasers and electro-optics) becoming divisions of AOB. (But the reorg is, 90%, just a name change).
Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger holds RGR, bought at about 56.40 on 9 Nov. It bottomed in the 40s later that day. We still think it has longterm growth potential, and we like the dividend, but we’ve lost (on paper) thousands of dollars.
Something Amazing in the ‘Shire
The Speaker of the State House of Representatives, a fractious 400-member assembly that had a lot of turnover this year, was re-elected. A well-informed local reporter noted that this year, unlike for the last several, the Republican House and Senate will be sending bills to a Republican Governor. There were several things that were vetoed by the outgoing liberal Democrat (who has been elected to the Senate, and won’t be seen in NH again for five years). Does that open up any possibilities?
The legislator: “Well, first thing is Constitutional Carry.”
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way. Let’s skip this one this week, again, but there’s a couple of videos in Cops ‘n’ Crims below that apply.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
Real-Life Tueller Drill
The cops ask him to put the knife or knives down, and he doesn’t. Instead, he seems to move towards one cop. (It’s hard to tell because they’ve blurred the criminal).
This happened in Baltimore. They tried ordering him, reasoning with him, and tasing him. Nothing but shooting would satisfy the guy, so they obliged. (And this is the Baltimore police, who know the DA will try to nail their skins to the wall for shooting black criminal). Amazingly, this clown still has a carbon footprint — they immediately disarmed him, secured him, and got him help.
(We wanted to embed the video, but it was impossible without autoplay due, apparently, to buggy code at Brightcove. If anybody knows actual working syntax for disabling the autoplayer in players.brightcove.net, please let us know. This player overrides the published code for disabling autostart -Ed.)
The Perils of Kathleen: Declining to Make the Rubble Bounce edition
Kane is forgotten, but not gone; and she still has friends in high (for some values of high) places.
- Item 22 Nov: The Times Misreads the Gansler / Beemer Report. The report by Kane flunky Doug Gansler, released by her successor Bruce Beemer, showed that the individuals named and shamed for sending crude emails by Kane were not the real violators (some of them sent exactly zero of the emails in question), but Kane’s political appointments. The Pennsylvania media at least reported this honestly (as we reported last week). Jess Bidgood in the New York Times, a Kane supporter, essentially makes up a different version of the report in which Kane is blameless and her targets wrong. (After her conviction, which took him by surprise, Bidgood was still defending her, prattling about “alleged leaks.” If you want more surprises in your life, get the news from the New York Times).
- Item Date: 1 Dec: Let’s Not Impeach the Crook, a panel recommends. The State House of Representatives panel was considering whether the convicted felon and former Attorney General not be impeached. Not that she doesn’t richly deserve it, they say, but it’s a waste of time and money, with her already out of office, convicted, and sentenced to a stint in State Pen. Obviously, they misunderstand the importance of making the rubble bounce in cases like this… Kane’s supporters are already saying that the panel “vindicated” her, but it did say “the evidence…detailed conduct which would meet the definition of ‘misbehavior in office’.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Complete report here makes other recommendations to reduce the payoff for future Kane-style corruption, like requiring the Attorney General and his or her staff attorneys to have law licenses (Kane hung on grimly to office after losing hers). (Similar 1 Dec story at the Allentown Morning Call).
- Item Date: 1 Dec. Threats of Retaliation held back some witnesses from testifying against Kane, according to the same report. Bottom of p.1 of the report: “Because of Attorney General Kane’s history of retaliation against those who[m] she perceived as a threat, several witnesses expressed a desire to cooperate but were reluctant to participate for fearAttorney General Kane would retaliate against them.”Oddly, this line in the reportwas not reported by the media which are generally pro-Kane.
The monumentally corrupt Kane took out a number of other politicians, and did considerable damage to licensed concealed carriers, in a short and rotten career that continues to resonate in Pennsylvania and the United States.
Victims Turned Crimefighters
- Item: One Out of Three Ain’t Bad
A home invasion burglary in Sunrise, FL saw the sun rise on one cold stone dead invader, and by sunset his two partners in crime were in court, about to eat a felony murder rap, to the distress of the judge.
The homeowner fired three shots from a slide-action shotgun.
Trannies Behaving Badly, Again
This article is kind of funny the way that political correctness and pronouns trip up the writer… when someone named Jeffery is identified as “she.” What’d she/he/xe/it do?
Police said they arrested Jeffery Mceleveen, 25, on Tuesday on counts of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
According to an arrest warrant, Mceleveen approached the victim on Jan. 11 when the latter stopped his vehicle at South Claiborne Avenue and Third Street. Mceleveen put a knife to his neck, while an accomplice got in the front seat, police said.
That sounds like Jeff was streetwalking, and has a plan to rob his/her/its john.
The two then drove the man to an ATM and to an unknown location to buy drugs, according to the warrant. The warrant states that Mceleveen also forced the man into various sexual acts.
Do not pass Go… do not collect $200… at this rate they’ll need a special Tranny Wing at crowbar motel.
On the other hand, Tranny Hooker, Kidnapper and Robber would be a good follow-on career for all of the hacks who need to get sacked over at VA. Welcome to the gig economy, where you get to choose your own pronoun.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
Tip Leads to Stolen Historic Gate
A missing gate from the Dachau concentration camp was found in Norway after someone tipped off the cops. The gate, a pedestrian gate of wrought iron bearing the notorious KZ legend Arbeit Macht Frei (“Labor Liberates” is, in our opinion, better than the usual translation) will be returned whence it was stolen. The investigation continues.
A Swedish neo-Nazi, Anders Högström, was jailed for two and a half years for stealing a larger Arbeit Macht Frei gate from Auschwitz in Poland. He had torched it into three pieces to get away with it, and it took about as long to repair the gate as Högström spent in jail.
A Year after Terror Attack, California County Stiffs its Wounded Employees
There’s a long thumbsucker by Richard Perez-Peña at the New York Times about how poorly San Bernardino County has treated its employees who were wounded in the Dec 2, 2015 Sudden Jihad Syndrome attack. His double-barreled name may be familiar to those in the gun culture for his frequent anti-gun screeds, which he seems to approach with the axiom “write first, learn later, if ever” in mind. Even in this article, he has to launch an ill-informed blast at the AR-15:
As employees of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health took part in training sessions last December, one of them left and then returned with his wife.
Note, no mention of motivation. Allahhu akbar, eh?
The couple carried out the slaughter using variants of the AR-15 assault rifle. The weapon’s bullets travel three times the speed of rounds from a typical handgun and often fragment, causing wounds that trauma surgeons say are far worse than those from ordinary gunshots.
He doesn’t realize that AR jacketed bullets, lethal as they are compared to pistols, are considerably less lethal than even intermediate-powered deer rounds like the 19th Century .30-30, let alone the rounds that Californians might use to pursue mule deer.
The Wall Street Journal, shortly after the attack, made some points about guns used in the attack. (Google end run. It’s the 4 Dec 15 article)
The weapons were illegal under California law because they were modified and violated the state’s ban on assault weapons, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Thursday.
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the suspects in the Wednesday shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 wounded, were armed with four guns. They carried two .223-caliber semiautomatic weapons and two 9mm semiautomatic pistols, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.
The two semiautomatic rifles were versions of the popular AR-15 model, according to San Bernardino officials. One was made by DPMS Inc., and the other by Smith & Wesson.
While they were originally sold legally, with magazine locking devices commonly known as bullet buttons, the rifles were subsequently altered in different ways to enhance them, according to Meredith Davis, a special agent with the ATF.
The Smith & Wesson rifle was changed in an attempt to enable it to fire in fully automatic mode, while the DPMS weapon was modified to use a large-capacity magazine, she said.
Ms. Davis said one handgun was made by Llama and the other was made by Springfield Armory.
It makes one wonder whether P-P’s other reported “facts” in the story are similarly fabricated, but his description of the horrifying wounds suffered by some of the 22 survivors, and their incompetent and impersonal handling by the Workers’ Comp bureaucracy, ring true. Such as…
Her orthopedic doctors say her leg needs reconstructive surgery, including a bone graft, but it is not clear whether workers’ compensation would pay for the highly specialized operation.
“I have gone to weekly psychological appointments since January, and the county has made only two payments, and that was only after I called them,” she said. She goes to physical therapy weekly, but workers’ compensation is not paying for that, and her doctors’ requests for therapeutic exercise sessions with a trainer have been denied.
Another patient, partially paralyzed:
…still faces a long, hard road to reach something like recovery. She needs more operations, she relies on a home health aide, and her doctors want her to get physical and occupational therapy to relearn to use her arms and legs.
….visits from the health aide have been reduced, and she has been told they will end soon. Approval of her antidepressant medication was withdrawn. Her occupational therapy was cut off, and her physical therapy stopped, restarted and stopped again.
After she requested psychological services, she said, it took weeks for her to see a doctor, who diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, and weeks more to get an appointment for treatment — an hour’s drive from her home. “I could barely face leaving the house, and it’s too painful for me to sit for any length of time, so that was out of the question,” she said.
Hey, welcome to the world of government-regulated and controlled medicine, kids. As mostly unionized municipal employees, you haven’t been here before.
Is it time to o disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?
Wisconsin VA Dentist’s Unsanitary Practices Spread Viral Diseases
We’ll just put this out there…
[H]undreds of veterans were put at risk after a dentist failed to follow standard infection control procedures. Now the medical center is offering free screenings for the vets to test for infections like Hepatitis C and HIV.
There were 592 vets exposed to the unsanitary practices, but they have to go through the hit-and-miss appointment system to maybe get seen and find out if they’re infected.
The shortcut-happy dentist, who skipped sterilizing his instruments, and the dental assistant who conspired with him, have been removed from seeing patients for now, but they haven’t been fired. After all, that would be accountability, and nobody at VA wants that.
“He brought in his own burrs and cleaned them with Virex solution salt and a wipe, which is nothing we endorse,” [current don’t-blame-me-I-just-work-here Toma VA figurehead Victoria] Brahm said.
Not only is that against VA standards, but the president-elect of Wisconsin’s dental association says that’s no longer general practice.
“When I first started doing dentistry in 1980, that was considered acceptable, but it really isn’t considered that anyway. The only way to make sure you’ve killed all the bacteria is to put it through a sterilization or an auto-clave,” said Dr. David Clemens.
Note that 1980 was before we understood a lot about viruses. In fact, HIV had not yet been fingered as the cause of AIDS.
Partisan Veterans Group and Media Hacks Sorry Their Candidate Lost
The Politico headline on the fake news article, by, naturally, their non-veteran “defense editor,” Bryan Bender, is “Veterans groups fear Trump will ‘burn down’ VA“. So who does Bender turn to? The Democrat partisan IAVA, whose máximo líder for life is one Paul Rieckhoff, a one-tour-wonder lieutenant and failed Democrat congressional candidate, who runs the organization as his own personal political platform. The “burn down” comes from Rieckhoff, bitter at his party’s losses:
The worst case scenario within the vets community is a total dismantling of everything they worked generations to create. There is a growing fear it is all going to get burned down.
IAVA and Rieckhoff have consistently been soft on VA misconduct — unionized VA workers are an important constituency for their party, naturally, and veterans are not, really. When he calls for VA reform, it’s of the “give the same bozos and crooks more money” variety. Ricekhoff promised that left-wing veterans’ organizations like his will conduct “an ideological war” with the Trump administration.
Who else does Bender quote?
- “Phillip Carter… director of the military, veterans and society program at the Center for a New American Security,” an Obama administration advisor. The CNAS is basically the shallow “defense bench” of Obamista Democrats.
- “Rep. Mark Takano of California, the acting ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.” By the way, Takano’s message was that “radical change is unnecessary.” And
- “Jim Wright, a former president of Dartmouth University and historian on the veterans’ movement.” He brought Wright in to make the point that “the VA provides health care that is as good or better than in the private sector.”
Funny, that’s a common refrain among people like Bryan Bender and Jim Wright who don’t try to use the VA system.
Bender did also quote somebody from the American Legion, but the apocalyptic quotes all came from the
sore losers Democrats. Funny, that’s a common refrain among people like Bryan Bender and Jim Wright who don’t try to use the VA system.
Yes, it is time to disband this thing.
Why is VA No Good?
A Veterans’ Day analysis we missed at the time has a lot of good stuff in it, including this brisant bipartisan brickbat:
I have heard it said that the Democrats decline to clean up the bureaucracy because the federal employee unions are a core constituency of the party, and that the Republicans refuse to take it on because they do not actually want an efficient government bureaucracy. There is truth in both assertions.
Remembering General Tso
Here’s a story about another “veteran” you might know. If you’re American, you’ve probably tasted and loved this spicy Hunan-inspired dish, but unless you’ve seen the 2014 documentary, The Search for General Tso, you probably didn’t know it was invented by a Hunanese restaurateur and refugee from Communism, Chef Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴), for a visit by American admiral Arthur W. Radford to Nationalist Chinese Taiwan in 1952. The dish came back to the United States about 20 years later, but it remains all but unknown on mainland China to this day.
Peng named the dish for a Hunanese historical hero:
Peng chose the name to honor General Tso, a famous military leader from Hunan who helped put down the Taiping Rebellion as well as other rebellions in the 1800s during the Qing Dynasty. He was well respected not only for his successes on the battlefield, but also for his contributions to Chinese agricultural science and education.
Peng passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 98 in his adopted home of Taiwan, and was the subject of a kind and gentle obituary in the Taiwan News.
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
What We Were Doing in November
Writing a novel, or trying to, in National Novel Writing Month. Due to taking 2/3 of the month off (we only actually wrote on it for 11 days) and also working on a non-fic project and the blog, we fell far short of our planned 50,000 word novelette. How short? A look at our NaNoWriMo Dashboard page says we got 17,801 words written by midnight on the 30th.
We cheated a little by recycling several existing characters from an earlier work (that’s a mess right now). This story picks up after the end of that thing, and was designed to advance the wartime story of the characters a good bit.
Its working title was 1942, but in fact we expect the action of the story to wrap up sometime in January of that year, so we need a new title. The story follows two Navy officers who became friends, and foiled a plot, in Panama through their visit to the Navy Department for debriefing and on to new assignments — in Honolulu. Where they arrive right after you-know-what, and their paths diverge.
So now, we have a decision, eh? Finish the novel… since Wake Island plays a role, there’s a longshot possibility we could have it ready for the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Wake. Or concentrate on the non-fic project(s) for now. And we really enjoyed the challenge, even if we botched it; we’re definitely in for last year.
What 1,430 Angelenos Were Doing in November
Getting cremated and dumped in a dictatorship-style mass grave, because no one has claimed their bodies for years. Is there any more poignant comment about the dissociation that comes with big-city living, especially in soulless LA?