This post is lacking in content dear reader. It’s a post about desire. My current object of desire is a Smith and Wesson Model 327 TRR8 revolver. When I first saw it I just knew I had to have it. I will not be able to get it this year but I definitely will have the opportunity next year. So you may be asking yourself why am I talking about this large frame .357 revolver if I don’t have it in my hands to extol it’s virtues to those of you who are not fortunate to have one? Well I just wanted to say that I really want it and I can’t wait to get it. That is it, nothing more. In the mean time cast your eyes upon this hand cannon that the Australian Road Warrior Mad Max would be proud of.
Smith Wesson Model 327 TRR8
For those of us that live in states that allow transfers of firearms between private parties then the document below will point you in the right direction. Before you download the document and go forth and sell and or buy guns keep this disclaimer in mind. I’m not a lawyer, I don’t advocate using this document in place of legal advice.
I’m just a blogger, what the hell does a blogger know about the law anyway, so for your sake and mine talk to a lawyer and make sure the person you are buying from or selling to passes the comfort test. By the comfort test I mean do I trust this guy/gal with a gun or did this guy/gal is seemingly trustworthy enough to buy a gun from? Words to mull over, indeed.
Firearm Bill of Sale
A buddy of mine forwarded me this pic and I thought I would share it with everyone else. When I saw it I burst out laughing at work. I showed it to my coworker and he didn’t get it so I guess I would be the guy with the sign on my lawn with the arrow pointing at his house.
The same buddy who sent me the pic above also sent me a video for your viewing pleasure. It was interesting to watch and made a brutal point about putting your safety in the hands of others. I hate living in the big city that I am in now because of the strict gun laws in place. My opinion is that the general law abiding population is being punished because of the criminal activity a small percentage of people. Until I have an opportunity to leave this concrete cesspool of corruption I’m just going have to deal with it for now.
This post is part 2 for my girl friend. The other day she asked what is a bullet and I posted the response here. After trying to give a concise explanation of what is a bullet I naturally wanted to explain to my beloved what a bullet does when it enters the body and what kind of damage to expect. I tend to be overly graphic when explaining such things and I’m usually cut off before making my point because I tend to get overly gorey with the description.
To keep it relatively simple and gore free I wanted to explain what happens when a bullet enters and leaves the body. There are different ballistic traits for different types of ammo. I wanted to show the better half what happens, the damage the bullet causes and how the bullets look like after they expand. The pictures below give a good overview of what happens without the bloody details. In the future I may or may not go in depth and show the bloody result of the aftermath of getting shot.
Pistol Bullet Holes
Pistol Bullet Expansion
Pistol Round Wound Channel
Military Assault Rifle Round Wound Channel
I purchased a Remington 870 Express Tactical Shotgun several months ago. The shotgun was very accurate using the iron sights and I was shooting excellent groups with slugs at a 100 feet with out any trouble. After zeroing the shotgun I wanted to make some improvements. The default stock on the Remington 870 Tactical Express was pretty awful. The shotgun kicked like a mule and I started to flinch after less than a dozen rounds. I was very happy with a Speed Feed stock that I purchased for my Mossberg 590 over 10 years ago so I decided to get one for my Remington 870 as well. I initially was going to go with the pistol grip Speed Feed III stock but after reading reviews stating that the grip was better suited for larger hands I decided to go with the Speed Feed I stock which holds four shells, two on each side.
In addition to the stock I added a six shell TacStar Sidesaddle shot shell holder and your average run of the mill sling. The only thing missing on the shotgun was a flashlight. I’ve tried the Elzetta Tactical flashlight mount that I used on my Mossberg 590 but it pinched the magazine tube and bound up the spring and prevented proper loading of the shells. I considered one of the Sure Fire fore grips but the battery life on the flash lights is abysmal. The short battery life span plus the price tag on the Sure Fire fore grip, around $400, made me look for another solution. I’m considering several different options but I have not made up my mind just yet.
After I installed the stock and shot shell holder I took the shotgun to the range and put about 50 rounds of slug and 00 buck shot through it. The Speed Feed stock reduced the felt recoil of the shotgun noticeably. The stock 870 was pretty light weight with 6 shells in the magazine tube. After putting on the after market accessories I could keep 16 shells on/in the gun. The additional weight was noticeable but because of the placement the shotgun was still well balanced.
The 870 Tactical came with a factory installed 2 round magazine extension, picatinny rail and an intimidating tactical choke tube. The tactical choke kept coming loose through out my time at the range. I found myself constantly tightening it and checking to see if it was in tight enough. I could put a drop of blue loctite on the threads but for a defense weapon and the occasional trip to the range I’m not going to bother. With my sparse additions I could store the shotgun with 16 rounds at the ready in case of an emergency. I have the shotgun loaded with Winchester 12-gauge Supreme Elite PDX1 shells and in case a home defense situation arose I believe it would more than suffice.
See the pictures below of the groups, the stock shotgun and the shotgun after the accessories were put on.
Stock Remington 870 Tactical Express
Remington 870 Tactical Express with Accessories Left Side
Remington 870 Tactical Express with Accessories Right Side
Remington 870 Tactical 15 Meter / 45 Foot Target
Remington 870 Tactical 33 Meter / 100 Foot Target
A couple of months ago I took Steve Tarani’s Anatomy of Edged Weapons Defense Course at the Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH. I used to carry a knife in the military and occasionally I carry one when I’m hiking outdoors. Even though I don’t carry a knife on a regular basis I’m still a firm believer of getting training in everything that you would use in a self defense situation. I took the class mostly for blocking and disarming techniques and I left the class with a great deal of knowledge regarding knife fighting in general.
My trip up to Epping, New Hampshire was pleasant since it’s a beautiful part of the country. When I got to the Sig Sauer Academy I was greeted by the staff and directed to the class room. The class compromised of 16 people including myself. The class participants were varied and ran the gamut from a criminal prosecutor to a retired cop to a truck driver and several doctors. We started the weekends worth of training going over different states of mind, knife shapes and tips, graphic pictures of knife wounds and several stories of Steve Tarani’s training over seas. Steve was very personable and happily answered any questions that we all had.
After the class room training we went to a large indoor space and warmed up before drills. The first day was spent practicing with fixed blades and folders. Steve had the Sharkee Dagger training knives for us on the first day and also an aluminum karambit trainer for the second day. The second day we trained with the karambit and we practiced escape techniques from single and multiple attackers. Overall I had a great time and the training went by too quickly as it usually does when you are enjoying yourself. After only one day of training with the karambit I can tell you that I was apprehensive about carrying one on my person. The karambit is a vicious knife and I didn’t want to cut myself while practicing with it so I purchased one of the aluminum trainers Steve had for sale. Steve also had his specially designed karambit for sale at cost which is distributed by 5.11.
Here is the equipment list, a summary of the things we went over during the two days of instruction and some pictures of the equipment.
- Rigid professional training knife (non-flexible, not a toy) such as the “Sharkee Training Knife“
- Personal folding or fixed blade carry knife
- Groin protection
- Eye protection
- Footwear suitable for rapid movement and turning
- Casual, comfortable civilian clothing suitable for training
- Orientation and Safety
- History of the Karambit and its modern application
- Carry and Deployment of the Karambit
- Grip and manipulation of the Karambit
- Effective use of the cutting edge and the point
- Safety and operation in daily (utilitarian) usage
- Basic Training in personal safety for close quarters altercations
- Full review of Day One Materials
- Advanced personal safety training drills
- Disarming and take downs
- Real life threat scenarios and their solutions
- Defensive Tactics Problem solving
- Certificates of Completion
Spyderco Endura Training Knife
Steve Tarani Karambit Training Knife
Steve Tarani Karambit
Let us not forget those lives that have been lost on September 11, 2001 and all of those lives that have been lost since fighting the war on terrorism.
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I just came back from watching the Contagion movie at a local cinema. The movie is an action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. It was a riveting movie and I wholeheartedly recommend seeing it.
I left the movie satisfied but my skin was crawling due to the subject matter. To make matters worse there was a woman sitting to the left of me coughing through out the whole experience. It was one thing watching a movie about contagious diseases and yet another watching the same movie with a woman hacking her lungs out for two hours. It kind of drove the message home that germs can spread very easily between people and that we have to be very cautious. Living in a large dirty city I tend to lean towards being a germaphobe just to keep myself and my loved ones healthy. I would bathe in hand sanitizer if I could
A couple of days ago I got an email from a friend of mine who is in regular contact with a former US military soldier who received an abundance of training. The below is credited to him, he knows who he is. For OPSEC reasons I’m not going to list any names.
Here’s the list of everything you need to survive an NBC threat. Nuclear is dumb because you need shielding against rogue neutrons, and that’s just not going to happen. So don’t bother with a mask if it’s raining plutonium. Just embrace your organs as they roast. For Mt. Volcano, you just need a basic mask, that’s it. For chemical or biological-
Short term (<8hrs), for each person:
Reasonable term (8-24hrs):
- Mask with drinking tube
- Canteens with drinking tube caps
- Spray bottle
Long term (24-1 week):
- You’re going to die. You should have bugged out.
- Everything in the reasonable term above
- Kiddie pool
- Bigger sprayer like what you’d use to kill weeds in your garden
- Lots of bleach
- Lots of water
- Water purification (not just filtration), recommend the biggest Berkey they make.
- Lots of plastic sheeting
- Lots of duct tape
- A place that you can actually seal off and make ~air tight
- A second area connecting the first area to outside that you can seal off and make ~air tight for decontamination, where you can hose everything down in bleach water and collect it in the kiddie pool You will need to drain/siphon the kiddie pool often, remember that.
- A positive pressure air purifier inside the area you’ve sealed off where you can hang out, and watch the world around you end as you know it
- Food stores inside the area you’ve sealed off
- A radio so you can hear the world talk about how crappy your life is
- A scanner so you can hear the local PD/FD talk about hot spots, trouble areas, all clear areas, in-laws that were tragically killed, etc.
- The army issues activated charcoal to help sop up contamination, and injections to keep you barely alive in the event of a nerve agent, but they’re pretty bleak about it too.
- Again, you’re going to die.
Have a great day!!!
My girlfriend is brand new to the whole gun culture universe that I have been involved with for the last 20 years and she has quite a few questions. The other day she asked what is a bullet? I was kind of dumb struck when she asked as I had no clear answer for her because a bullet is so many things and comes in so many different types of shapes and sizes. I told her it was kind of complicated and I would get back to her. So this post is for her. I dedicate this post to you honey.
I pulled this definition of a bullet from wikipedia: A bullet is a projectile propelled by a firearm, sling, or air gun. Bullets do not normally contain explosives, but damage the intended target by impact and penetration. The word “bullet” is sometimes used to refer to ammunition generally, or to a cartridge, which is a combination of the bullet, case/shell, powder, and primer.
The definition is spot on but in order to appreciate the different sizes it’s good to see ammo side by side as in the images below. I wanted to show my lady the different types of ammo that is around and how they vary in sizes and shapes. Some are so close together that they can fire in the same gun such as the .38 caliber and .357 rounds in some revolvers. Some rounds are also referred to in the standard and metric sizes and even though they are practically identical they might have more or less powder in them and not fire properly in some rifles or even have too much powder and damage the rifle or the operator.
With all the types of ammo out there and the different types of bullets and weights (grains) and speeds (powder amounts) that I wasn’t surprised after trying to write a somewhat reasonably comprehensive post, which this is not, why my significant other was confused as all heck. I added the images below to help make sense of all the differences.
The below is form the New York City OEM website.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management Get Ready New York campaign encourages New Yorkers to be ready for all types of emergencies. Develop a disaster plan and decide where you and your family will meet in the event of an emergency. Gather emergency supplies – some to keep in your home and others to keep in backpacks in case you must leave your home in a hurry. Finally, learn how to keep informed about the hazards you may face in New York City.
Take three steps to prepare for all types of emergencies:
- Make a plan
- Get a kit
- Be informed
Check out the website here.
While you’re at it check out these prepackaged survival kits as well.
Grab-’n-Go Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack
Deluxe Emergency Kit-2 Person, Emergency Zone Brand, Disaster Survival Kit
Grab `N Go Deluxe 4 Person Backpack