I ran across the excellent posting on Knife Fighting by Marc “Animal” MacYoung on the www.ar15.com forums. He put’s things into perspective about edged weapon fighting and legality of pulling a knife on someone. I recommend everyone who comes across this post goes to the link above and reads his view on this matter. It is enlightening. My opinion about using knives in a self defense situation is that it should be used as a last resort.
When I read the article Marc “Animal” Young mentioned a knife called the Clinch Pick. The Clinch Pick is a vicious looking knife. If you click on the picture it will take you to the ShivWorks.com website where they show you how it can be used.
I read Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles originally in 1999 when Y2K was the big thing survivalists were talking about. When I read this book almost 12 years ago I thought it was fantastic. Since I had fond memories of the book I decided to purchase the updated copy and read it again. Since I am now older and a bit more cynical and less easily impressed my opinion of the book is less than what it was a decade ago.
The first few chapters of Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse are very interesting and get you hooked. James Wesley Rawles writes about equipment you can purchase and use in real life. The author and his characters are very religious and it seems a bit preachy for those of us who are moderately religious and down right over bearing for those of you who are not.
If you decide to buy and read this book keep in mind that everything the author writes about would happen in an extremely ideal situation. This book is not a how to book. It’s more of a short story that goes on for too long with a lot of great product recommendations. I would read this book with a highlighter and and a bunch of book tabs. Other than that it is a story of an ideal survival situation. In reality his friends and neighbors would be burned out and over run and the plucky heroes would not win in the end.
I came across this debt clock for the US the other day while researching taxes in different states. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this websites sources to make these calculations but even if it is somewhat close to the truth we are going to be in a world of hurt one of these days when the government has to tighten it’s belt.
I’m hoping that we as a country do not have to declare bankruptcy and watch our debtors sell off our assets in order to get paid. If the US went bankrupt the whole world would feel it and I doubt any country or group of counties want to have their economies go into chaos because of us (US)
So in the mean time check out the clock below and buy a little silver and gold just in case.
Here are some recent articles about politicians proposing additional gun control laws during the aftermath of the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. My prayers go out to all of the people affected by this tragedy.
Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson, Arizona shootings that left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded (was) is crazy. He was an unknown variable in the world that legally was able to purchase a gun because he passed the federal background check. The problem with preventing crazy people from doing horrible things is that if they have not been arrested previously there is no real way of predicting if and when the will become unhinged.
Unfortunately for us law abiding citizens we usually get penalized for the stupid, irresponsible and crazy people out in the world. The percentage of the people who cause these issues is minimal. I like to think that lawmakers are like parents scolding the citizens who they view as children when one of their brood acts up. Instead of placing blame where it is deserved, on the crazy person or the rambunctious child seeking attention, they penalize everyone by taking away their TV rights or in this case limiting or banning our gun rights.
Politicians are a self serving group. Their goal is to stay in office. In order to do so they need to appease most of the people most of the time. In times of tragedy when most people are fueled by emotion and do not take time to think things through is when they pass through legislation that is harmful. In this case our second amendment rights are in jeopardy.
There are over 300 million people in the United States. Yet the only people you hear about in the news are those who have done something wrong. I believe this focus on negative actions makes the rest of the population fearful and callous. Politicians use this fear to further their grasp of power and limit our ability to defend ourselves and our families. The majority of the United States population is overwhelmed with day to day issues to notice the actions of a select few politicians. These select few are changing the political landscape and are concentrating their power.
My Sig P238 has been a decent shooter, but never a 100% reliable. I kept it cleaned and lubed it according to Sig specs (not too much oil), hoping that one day after the initial break-in period a miracle would occur and my little Sig will be problem free. Well, that didn’t happen, instead I got a problem I’ve never experienced with any gun I’ve shot.
I was finishing a box of .380Auto Sellier & Bellot. I inserted a new loaded mag (6 cartridges) and fired the first shot. The slide moved back about a quarter of an inch and the gun got stuck with an empty shell still in the chamber. After dropping the mag, I made sure the gun was safe and tried to clear the chamber by pulling the slide back with no success. It got stuck so badly that no matter how much force I used it wouldn’t even move a millimeter in any direction.
I called our experienced range master who inspected the gun, making sure it’s safe and brought it back to his office. He put some oil on the gun (the excess oil is seen on the pictures above), and after several attempts to clear the pistol he plainly said : you need an experienced gunsmith, and recommended one.
I’ve purchased my Sig a little while ago, and still have the original manufacturer’s warranty. I hope this problem could be resolved without wasting too much time. I will be updating this post on how the whole ordeal goes down.
1/12/2011 – update
I’ve inspected the barrel more thouroghly and found a bulge about 1 inch from the muzzle. It looks like a bad Sellier & Ballot ammo caused the problem. Called a gunshop where I bought the Sig, and they nicely offered to look at it by their gunsmith… Hope new barrel will do it…
I asked my girlfriend to make some 25 meter zeroing targets for me. She is an awesome lady. They represent 100 meters while shooting at 25 meters. Each inch on the target represents 4 inches at a 100 meters. I was inspired the the US ARMY’s 25 meter zeroing targets that I used in the 90′s. The ARMY’s targets were setup to zero your rifle at 25 meters for 300 meters. I decided to make it less than that since I can’t find many ranges that have 300 meter shooting lanes.
Keep in mind there is a downside to using this target to zero your rifle. Due to rifle ballistics zeroing your rifle at 25 meters will make your shot placement lower at 100 meters. I’m not a pro so use these targets to get your rifles dialed in close enough and then zero them at a proper shooting range. Here is a Rifle Trajectory Table that I found that should help somewhat.
Please contact me if you have any suggestions or requests and I will ask my lady to make all of us new and improved targets.
One more thing. When you print these targets make sure to turn off borders so it prints to the whole page.
A buddy of mine told me about the KSG Dual Feed Bull-Pup Pump Action Shotgun from Kel Tec today. It’s not out yet so at the moment it’s just something to lust after. The Kel Tec KSG is based on the NeoStead 2000 which is made in South Africa. I like the KSG’s small size and high capacity dual magazines. I could see myself loading one tubular magazine with #2 shot and the other half with slugs for home defense purposes. I added a few pictures below so you can take a look for yourselves. If the price is not too ridiculous then I should be reviewing this shotgun once it comes out.
I have used several Kel Tec products over the years and they are well made. I have never had to contact their customer service but from what I hear you don’t want to either. Maybe they will get around to training their customer service reps now that they have remade their website. If you are thinking of buying any accessories for their products read the reviews on their site before you. Some of the reviews are down right scathing. On the positive side Kel Tec is not censoring the negative reviews which says a lot about the company. For a lot more info about Kel Tec and it’s products I recommend going to the Kel Tec Owners Group Forum.