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October 06, 2006

Gunblogger Rendevous, con't

Wake up in Leavenworth, have breakfast in Phoenix, and lunch at Carnelian Bay on Lake Tahoe. Gotta lurve the marvels of modern transportation!

Best.Margarita.Ever at Gar Wood's in Carnelian Bay. Gonna hafta find some agave nectar for CastleRitas.

Snow, slush, rain, sun, breeze, brisk temps, the smell of a pine forest - what's not to like?

We've met Mr. Completely, Rivrdog, and a blogger I'm kicking myself to remember - I think it's Conservative UAW Guy... whose guns got lost by the airline yesterday but were recovered and delivered at 1AM this morning. The Circus-Circus has been great to work with (and I would note that the facility here is really rather nicer than their property down in Las Vegas). They did ask if we'd store our firearms in the rooms rather than in their rather-too-small for this group facility in the office. But they have been gracious hosts.

Rivrdog brought three cases of Oregon microbrews for us to knock down...

Much discussion of beer and brown spirits. This might be a verrrrrrrrrry interesting crowd to spend a day at the range with. Very different crowd, so far, from a milblogger meet! More characters, if that can be believed...

SWWBO is asleep at the moment, dragging from not having slept last night worrying about all the things that could go wrong (she worries, so I don't have to- good thing, too - because she's going to worry whether or not I do), the altitude, and walking around at altitude.

I made the mistake of checking my work email... and that generated... work. D-oh! More to follow after I get the incriminating pictures taken and delete any taken of me...

by John on Oct 06, 2006

Gunblogger Rendevous!

SWWBO and I are here this weekend, while Prodigal Son guards the demesne.

The Gunblogger Rendezvous!

To keep you busy while we're getting there, another Whatzis? This one... well, this one is for MajMike.

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Sometime last century.

by John on Oct 06, 2006

September 26, 2006

A Giant Has Passed.

Colonel Jeff Cooper. Rifleman. Pistolero.

A giant in the field of firearms. The Armorer is a pale, pale, pale reflection, a shadow furtively lurking *in* the Colonel's shadow.

As JimB observed - at least now we know there will be a well-run range in Heaven.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

by John on Sep 26, 2006

September 15, 2006

It's that time again... Periodic Goblin Warnings...

This is my basement:

It's been a while since I've done this, and we've lost readers and gained new ones. So, it's time to drag this thing back up into the light for all you not-long-time readers. This is just a periodic post for relative newbies to the site who don't realize the real reason I set this thing up was to share my gun and militaria collection -The Arsenal of Argghhh! - with the world. I decided to move out from primary deviancy (where you hide what you are) and move past secondary (where everybody knows what you are) to tertiary - where you embrace what you are - and point out you don't know what the guy next door has in his basement... but that doesn't mean he's a nut. I did that after a friend asked me to be the guest speaker on the subject of gun collecting at my Rotary Club (which has a fair number of liberals in it) and the response was not hostile, though some were taken aback - but mostly, "Wow - that's kinda kewl, and you aren't some troll hunkered down in your basement with racks of AR15s and cases of ammo waiting for the Apocalypse..." Mind you, if you have a rack of AR15 and cases of ammo, that's fine with me, as long as you aren't (hopefully) delusional on top of that... if you are, get out more, eh? I *do* have cases of ammo, but they aren't stored with the weapons... But be damned if I'm going to spend the money on new-manufactured when there's all the nice surplus fodder out there! But that experience, along with being poked by Beth and Jonah to blog, is what got the Castle established, back on Blogspot, three years and 610,679 1,498,188 unique visits ago.

As the blog has morphed over time, now and again I've gotten a little too wrapped up in the politics and the war - and, well, yes, work, too - and I've strayed a bit from my roots. A lot, really. Well, that and the great parties the Denizens throw in the comment sections now and again... It makes it fun when sometimes it's real work to maintain.

I don't believe that I make the mistake that many celebrities make - that my opinions on things political somehow matter more than others. Not really. The Denizens are always there to deflate the ego. This is more the equivalent of standing on a soapbox at "Speakers Corner". And you have to come find me - I'm not infesting broadcast media. You *ask* my server for these packets.

Anyway - for you guys who are here because you heard that John of Argghhh! actually sometimes talked about guns and militaria - here's the navigation map to The Story So Far. They link to the appropriate archives by topic. I'm (still)working a new post on the evolution of the Vickers Machine gun - but these things take time! In fact, here's proof - I have the collecting jones so bad that I actually tracked down this - an actual Australian Army inventory sheet - so that I could fill this (procured buck-nekkid empty three years ago) so that it looks like this. (and the dang post *still* isn't finished... too much work and too many bright shiny objects!)

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Hi-res click here.

Anyway - here's some linkages to the discussions - where it says "The Arsenal" is a link to the photo-archive. (always available on the sidebar) - the rest are links to the blog archives.

Rifles
Pistols
Sub-machine Guns
Machine Guns
Gun Pr0n: A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly-bits.
Artillery
Grenades
Helmets
Ammunition
General Militaria
Guns by Nation

And, of course, there is always the direct link to the Imperial Arsenal itself!


Visitors should also note the following caveats:

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count as family, BTW. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.


Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types) Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own. On these pages I will from time to time share my toys, much like Kim du Toit does.

by John on Sep 15, 2006
» Pajamas Media links with: Keep And Bear:
» Pajamas Media links with: Keep And Bear:

August 29, 2006

Baby Pictures!

From Publicola, mind you - so you can guess what kind of baby... about 8.5 inches or so and 30 ounces. Werekitty! Sit! Stay!

hey y'all,

I picked this up last weekend. I had ordered it in April. Not crazy about the wait time but it seems to have been worth it.

Witness Elite Match. 4.75" barrel, 33 ounces empty, single action w/ over travel stop, extended mag release, adjustable sights (windage & elevation) & two tone finish w/ rubber grips. Mine is in 10mm. The magazine holds 15 rounds. & it's a steel frame.

It's got polygonal rifling which I'm no fan of but they didn't offer conventional rifling as an option. I may get a replacement barrel for it one day. I'm also thinking about switching out the rubber grips for some nicely figured wood, but I'll see how it shoots before I make up my mind. I'm not crazy about the two tone finish either. I mean it looks nice & all but I might make it a nice matte black all the way around in the next few weeks.

& no I haven't made it to the range yet. I'll try to do a range report on it when I get a chance. Just wanted to share a peek with y'all.

take care,

Publicola

Publicola's Witness Elite Match in 10mm

Larger pics available here, here (note his reading material), and here.

Feel free to send in your baby pictures, too!

by John on Aug 29, 2006

August 08, 2006

Gun Blogger Rendevous.

The Arsenal of Argghhh!'s French Chassepot needlegun.

A note from Mr. Completely:

The Gun Blogger Rendezvous is only a couple of months away, and registration for the dinner is way below what it needs to be. I haven't got a head count in front of me, but it's about a dozen people total, near as I remember. I think what's needed is for two or three of the big high-profile bloggers to commit to be there, and then have then make a big splash on their blog about it, so others will join in. You and Murdoc have been great slipping in a plug here and there and it's really appreciated, and a couple of other bloggers have been great too, but it's just not getting the job done. I'm just failing badly on getting the word out and encouraging folks to attend. So far I've got range time lined up, hospitality rooms for Friday and Saturday night, discount room rates, a Saturday night banquet with an outstanding guest of honor, and Reno itself as an attraction. The Rendezvous has all the stuff to be a fantastic weekend, and it's going to be fun anyway even if only a small group attend, but it ought to be a slam dunk to get 50 or 60 folks at a minimum, I'd think. KOS got over a thousand moonbats into Las Vegas earlier this year, you'd think between mil and gun bloggers we ought to be able to get 5% of that to a Gun Blogger Blogfest!
Reno, Nevada October 6th., 7th., and 8th at the Circus Circus Hotel.

Otay - serious question here, gun nutz: what's it gonna take to get you guys to go? Help a brother out here. Venue, cost, timing, who gives a fark? So far, every blogfest I've attended has been worth the effort of getting there... what will it take to get some of you guys there?

SWWBO and I *like* Reno, it's a beautiful place, and Lake Tahoe is an hour away. I've got a client deliverable to work around - but as of right now, we intend to be there.

The Arsenal of Argghhh!'s Portuguese Kropatschek rifle.

by John on Aug 08, 2006

June 26, 2006

Public Service Announcement:

Bored with the same old dull, sit-in-chairs-listening-to-bloggers-earnestly-discuss-how-important-they-are kind of conference? (Hey, I was there, I was as self-important as anyone, and lord the Press made sure we knew about YearlyKOS!)

Interested in attending about the most dangerous gathering of bloggers since YearlyKos? The Gunblogger Rendevous in Reno, Nevada! Well, dangerous if you're Sarah Brady, or The Senators SchuBoxerClinStein The pic says it all!. C'mon, Blogs, guns, booze, and gambling. Pretty much what we're fighting for around the globe, ain't it? At least *the bad guys" think so.

SWWBO and I are going to try to be there, too - client willing and the creek don't rise.

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H/t to Ride Fast and Shoot Straight for the pic.

by John on Jun 26, 2006

May 30, 2006

Announcement is made...

1st Milblogger's Shootout

Of the 1st Milbloggers Shootout! Francis Marion is recruiting.

Maggie claims she doesn't shoot, and what sort of entertainment will we provide her?

I say - she runs the butts.

Now, who will be first to explain why *that* is simply perfect?

by John on May 30, 2006
» Righty in a Lefty State links with: Save the Date! Milbloggers Shootout / July 15th

May 06, 2006

Speaking of horrible disappointments...

(The post below is about husbands...)

Imagine being *me*, the Freakin' Armorer for pity's sake, and coming across this in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

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Egads, what was the point of visiting the place, indeed, what is the *purpose* of the place, if not the National Firearms Study Gallery? I was so looking forward to the Sarah BoxSchumerstein Exhibit! Featuring Senator Feinstein displaying all her skillz in this safety briefing...

Feinstein with her finger on the trigger... ready to draw down on gun ownership

by John on May 06, 2006

May 03, 2006

Stolen Gun Alert

Okay collectors (if any of you guys still read this space)...

There was a big theft at Ft. Davis, Texas, National Historic Site.
If you see or hear of any of the following guns being offered for sale, contact the following person. :


John R. Heiner Chief of Interpretation Fort Davis National Historic Site National Park Service (432) 426-3224, ext. 23; or(432) 426-3122 (Fax)

Print this out if you're trolling the gun show circuit and if you find nice examples of the following weapons see if any MATCH these descriptions:

ALLEN & THURBER BAR HAMMER PERCUSSION PISTOL .36 cal. Manufactured by Allen & Thurber, Grafton, Ma. -. "319\" stamped upside down, left side of barrel; oval steel triggerguard stamped inside with \"287.\" - Museum number FODA # 4381

COLT MODEL 1849 REVOLVER .31. SN# 62416 - Manufactured by Colt, Hartford, Ct. Pistol encased in mahogany case lined with light brown velveteen. Inside of lid covered with velveteen. Case equipped with powder flask, bullet mold, cap tin, and loose bullets. - FODA #s 4376-4380

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER .36 cal. SN# 101394 - Manufactured by Colt, Hartford, Ct. - FODA # 174

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER .44 cal. SN# 112540 - Manufactured by Colt, Hartford, Ct. "K 10CAV", "K2K" on left side of barrel. Weapon cut for shoulder stock. FODA #206

COLT MODEL 1873 SAA REVOLVER .45 SN# 11065 - Manufactured by Colt, Hartford, Ct. Mixed serial numbers: 119999 on triggerguard; 190.illegible on butt. FODA# 12

COLT SAA .44RF SN# 316 - Manufactured by Colt, Hartford, Ct. - Weapon converted to centerfire. Barrel cut-down to 5 ½". FODA # 4374

U.S. MODEL 1842 PERCUSSION PISTOL .54 cal. Manufactured by Ira N. Johnson, Middletown, Ct. Barrel is stamped: U.S./SK/8. - FODA # 51

If you find any of them, be polite, put 'em down, leave, and go find the law enforcers and let *them* deal with it. But be thorough and be right. Why? The guy showing the gun isn't neccessarily the thief, okay? I've been there and done that. Bought a stolen gun from a *storefront dealer, not a pawnshop* (I *always* make a copy of a 3373 I fill out for my own records - which sometimes annoys the dealers) and when I traded it to another dealer - he ran the serial number and found out it was stolen. The first dealer (used to be in North Kansas City, Missouri) is no longer in business. Guess who was out the money? Just me. But the cops talked to me about where the gun came from.

Thanks to our friends pushers at Antique and Collectible Firearms and Militaria Headquarters for passing this info along. John Spangler has personally caused some Ramen nights at Castle Argghhh!!!.

As John observed:

Let's hope that the crooks are promply located, and we can all meet back at the local saloon for whiskey for our men and beer for our horses after dispensing justice to the theiving varmints.
by John on May 03, 2006

March 04, 2006

How much of a gun nut are you?

Their code is hosed for my installation of Moveable Type (something farked with the table and I don't feel like troubleshooting it) - so here's the relevant data, with an edit or two:

You Are 96% Gun Nut!

You are a true gun nut. The number of guns in your house is probably over five well over 100. All of them are truly effective in your hands. [Well, the ones that are deacts are only effective as bludgeons, and some of them aren't very handy for that...]

Heh. I got one wrong, but I really really really like the wrong answer, because I've got no idea which one I got wrong.

Take the test yourself by clicking here.

H/t, Cowboy Blob.

by John on Mar 04, 2006
» Silicon Valley Redneck links with: Yet another test.

February 24, 2006

House Guns

There's a meme running around the Gun Blogs that's interesting.

House Guns, started by Say Uncle, who further elaborates here.

The house gun is merely the gun you keep accessible at your home in case something goes bump in the night. I think there are generally three schools of thought on the house gun: handgun, carbine and shotgun.

The recent escape of a murderer from the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas (the little town south of us that butts up against Leavenworth), brought about a relook at the issue here at the Castle. Nothing changed in my choices, but it's always good to revisit key things like that.. The prison is only about 4 miles away from us - though, in truth, the last place escaping inmates want to be is here, hiding in an area that has 6 incarceration facilities...

Here at the Castle, we do two out of the three choices Uncle lays out. Pistols and shotgun. And we do both major varieties of pistol, auto and revolver.

The Castle's

The shotgun is a Winchester Model 97 full-choke 12 gauge, loaded with 00 buckshot. It's the "Fort Up" weapon you'd face if you were to come through the door or windows of the bedroom at SWWBO. The Polish Tokarev, seen here with a magazine of Soviet service ammo in it, is the primary 'roaming gun'.

Polish copy of the Soviet Tokarev T-33

Here is where I will get snarked by the Home Defenders. The revolver. The load for the revolver is... shot.

Smith and Wesson

Why? I understand *all* the arguments about "In the house and advancing, dead on the floor". Got it. I'll carry the revolver loaded with one round of shot for *two* reasons. 1. It's a critter that has gotten inside. 2. It's a kid. Yes, I know that the feral little savages may be packing and may happily shoot me for a thrill. They could also just be stupid punks. If they're being stupid, they get a "whiff of grape" so to speak, and the chance to leave, and live. If they don't surrender, or run, but come forward after that, or reach for anything, then the Tokarev will speak. And in any situation, if the Tokarev jams, the Smith will bark at least twice in quick succession, and six times if yer stubborn.

That's how I plan to defend the Castle. And with classicly Armorer-style armament, tried, true and proven. None of that new-fangled stuff here. Heck, I was reluctant to put up the flintlock saddle pistols... 8^D. And as our targets show, We can do it. SWWBO - she's just going to turn you into hamburger. Life's tough when yer stupid. Better hope you run into me.

Others blogging their thoughts on house guns are Jeff at Alphecca, Tamara at View From The Porch, Jay, at Toys in the Attic, and South Park Pundit. I'm sure there are more, I'll add 'em if I find 'em.

And with that, and the discussion developing in the comments - it's time to Re-run the Notices (in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry).

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Feb 24, 2006

February 19, 2006

Guns@school

SNERK, Snerk, snerk! From Jeff at Alphecca, discussing an initiative to teach some gun safety in Ohio schools:

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence called a potential relationship between schools and guns "a little bit obscene." The group's executive director, Toby Hoover, labeled the effort a ploy by the gun lobby to indoctrinate children in its beliefs.

Meanwhile, local educators said they can't fathom mixing weaponry with the classroom.

"I really think it's something that's better left in the hands of parents," said Bob Scott, superintendent of Avon Lake schools. "Even couched as gun safety, it would be too divisive. I don't know if it's the school's position to get involved."

You can't make this stuff up. For the people who generally inhabit that side of the political spectrum... teaching sex isn't obscene, and it too important to be left up to the parents. Abortion is too important to be left up to the parents. Evolution or Intelligent Design? Too important to be left up to the parents. (and no, you don't know my positions on those things, either. Don't make assumptions!)

But gun safety... well know, you know, that's divisive (like the other issues aren't)... and well, *that* ought to be left up to the parents...

Just sayin'.

Speaking of Jeff - he just went over a million visitors! Wa-hoo!

by John on Feb 19, 2006

February 17, 2006

And people wonder...

...why gun owners join gun rights organizations. And why gun owners are not necessarily trusting of agents of the government. Even those of us who have *been* agents of the government. Perhaps even more so.

"I don't care what the laws or the Supreme Court say. WE are NOT going to have people running around, wearing guns..." [the alleged words of a Gonzales, Louisiana LEO - ed.]

Mark Edward Marchiafava did not break the law in Gonzales, La. on January 28, 2006. But nonetheless, he was handcuffed, arrested, and his firearm, which he was legally carrying in the open on his side was confiscated and not returned.

So starts this entry by Nicki at The Liberty Zone, about an abuse of police authority in Gonzales, Louisiana.

One wonders, when will some Law Enforcement Officers recognize that *most* gun owners, especially ones who carry openly, or follow the rules to get permits, etc, are *on their side*?

Certainly, as someone who was briefly an LEO and is a retired soldier, I understand that all persons with weapons must be viewed with caution until intents and bona fides are established. I don't have a problem with that. There are ways to do it without being an a$$ at the same time - much less, as appears to be the case here, setting yourself up as above the law you are sworn to uphold.

Now, in looking around for some more data, I came upon this.

Mark, his wife, his daughter and other employees were at Mark's place of business 25 days ago when the parking lot was stormed by a dozen or more heavily armed, ninja-suited (complete with face masks) "law enforcement officers" who grabbed Mark and wrestled him to the ground, re-igniting an old jaw injury. These individuals presented no warrant and refused to tell Mark who they were as they hustled him off. They had "their man", but this wasn't enough. They stormed his place of business and pointed guns at a half-dozen or so women in the building, one of them in the bathroom at the time, and, still without identifying themselves or showing any sort of warrant, ordered them against the wall, faces to the wall, with guns pointed at all of them.

Mark was escorted away from the scene as he saw automatic weapons pointed at his wife and daughter. These people took Mark to the Coroner's office where the coroner asked Mark if he knew why he was there. Mark replied that he didn't, but that he had been asking. The Coroner said that Mark had threatened to kill 250 public officials, buy property in Mississippi, dig a hole and bury them in it. Mark denied making such comments, and to this date no proof of such comment has been offered, nor has any person taken the stand

That info (and more) comes from this website.

But, better - Mr. Marchiafava explains it himself, in this post at The Sierra Times.

Obviously, Mr. Marchiafava has F r iends in High Places. I suspect he's also a real pain in the a$$ to deal with when you are on his wrong side. And pugnaciously so.

Fine. Let's accept for a moment the premise that Mr. Marchiafava (whom I don't know personally) is an a$$.

And that his history with government and law enforcement probably generated the initial response by Gonzales Police.

I can accept that response, harsh as it seems to be, having been on the other side of the equation.

However, the apparent ignorance of state law and arrogant disregard for it when apprised - that is inexcusable.

Note to Gonzales cops - people who have bad intentions with their weapons usually don't carry openly while doing routine things, and are generally unable to produce concealed carry documents when found carrying concealed.

The Federal and State Constitutions are binding on you, too.

Y'all need to work a bit on your threat evaluation and target identification, and a little bit less about practicing for your 15 minutes of fame on Cops.

Just sayin'

H/t to Publicola for the head's up (and he takes a more direct view of actions that should be taken against the Officialdom involved) and David Hardy for the Sierra Times link.

by John on Feb 17, 2006

February 16, 2006

Just a reminder.

From KCSteve, a reminder (via Head's Bunker.) that there are Bad People out there.

Gentleman in Georgia has his (very nice) Luger collection stolen while transporting it to a gun show.

Bad for all the usual reasons. Any readers in the Southeast US who frequent gun shows or watch the classifieds for guns should carry this list around with them - especially if you see a new vendor selling Lugers.

BTW - the ATFE people have thoughtfully provided a form (not required for anyone) to record your personal weapons on that captures the data law enforcement and your insurance company would like to have in the event your weapons are stolen. I note that it is *nowhere* near long enough for the Castle.

I know I take a risk by talking about the collection, and it doesn't take rocket science to figure out where I live. One of the reasons I started the blog was to get "out of the closet" so to speak - to show people that normal people you meet in everyday life may just have a basement full of guns, yet aren't that dangerous. I'm doing okay with that, I think - well, except for the 'normal' part.

I've actually gotten positive comments from people who really did think that anyone with as many arms as we have here at the Castle pretty much had to be a dangerous, if not deranged, individual. Job holding, solidly middle class, over-educated me broke a paradigm for them.

But, reality is - you can figure out where we are, which *is* a risk. Of course, Precautions Have Been Taken, both passive and active, that extend beyond the Interior and Exterior Guard. The fact that the Armorer actually prefers beaters to museum pieces not only helps keep the cost down, it reduces value to knowledgeable thieves, and the fact that the Armorer has very little New Stuff (none, actually) and most of it is in odd, expensive, hard-to-get calibers also reduces the temptation *and* the risk to the public should the collection get stolen.

None of that will stop the Stupid Thieves, however. That's just a risk you take in life.

And there is this:

I know the fellow who owns these guns, and yes, this collection was many years in the making. He's a nice guy, very knowledgeable about German handguns and always willing to share his knowledge. Damn shame that some POS would steal from him. He's like many on this board, self employed, and selling off his collection was part of his retirement plan.

This is the second big gun collection theft I have heard of in the past few months. In the other case, they got some of the guns back and caught the guys, but not before the scum bags had sold off some of the better items.

Interesting tidbit: in the second case the collector had a C & R license, and because he had a federal license, the BATF got involved and the perps are now facing some major federal charges in addition to state charges.

So - It's time to Rerun the Notices®:

This is my basement:

It's time to drag this thing back up into the light for all you not-long-time readers. This is just a periodic post for relative newbies to the site who don't realize the real reason I set this thing up was to share my gun and militaria collection -The Arsenal of Argghhh! - with the world. I decided to move out from primary deviancy (where you hide what you are) and move past secondary (where everybody knows what you are) to tertiary - where you embrace what you are - and point out you don't know what the guy next door has in his basement... but that doesn't mean he's a nut. I did that after a friend asked me to be the guest speaker on the subject of gun collecting at my Rotary Club (which has a fair number of liberals in it) and the response was not hostile, though some were taken aback - but mostly, "Wow - that's kinda kewl, and you aren't some troll hunkered down in your basement with racks of AR15s and cases of ammo waiting for the Apocalypse..." Mind you, if you have a rack of AR15 and cases of ammo, that's fine with me, as long as you aren't (hopefully) delusional on top of that... if you are, get out more, eh? I *do* have cases of ammo, but they aren't stored with the weapons... But be damned if I'm going to spend the money on new-made when there's all the nice surplus fodder out there! But that experience, along with being poked by Beth and Jonah to blog, is what got the Castle established, back on Blogspot, almost three years and 1,077,000 uniques ago.

As the blog has morphed over time, now and again I've gotten a little too wrapped up in the politics and the war - and, well, yes, work, too - and I've strayed a bit from my roots. A lot, really. Well, that and the great parties the Denizens throw in the comment sections now and again... It makes it fun when sometimes it's real work to maintain.

I don't believe that I make the mistake that many celebrities make - that my opinions on things political somehow matter more than others. Not really. This is more the equivalent of standing on a soapbox at "Speakers Corner". And you have to come find me - I'm not infesting broadcast media. You *ask* my server for these packets.

Anyway - for you guys who are here because you heard that John of Argghhh! actually sometimes talked about guns and militaria - here's the navigation map to The Story So Far. They link to the appropriate archives by topic. I'm (still)working a new post on the evolution of the Vickers Machine gun - but these things take time! In fact, here's proof - I have the collecting jones so bad that I actually tracked down this - an actual Australian Army inventory sheet - so that I could fill this (procured buck-nekkid empty five years ago) so that it looks like this.

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Hi-res click here.

Anyway - here's some linkages to the discussions - where it says "The Arsenal" is a link to the photo-archive. (always available on the sidebar) - the rest are links to the blog archives.

Rifles
Pistols
Sub-machine Guns
Machine Guns
Gun P0rn: A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly-bits.
Artillery
Grenades
Helmets
Ammunition
General Militaria
Guns by Nation

And, of course, there is always the direct link to the Imperial Arsenal itself!


Visitors should also note the following caveats:

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count as family, BTW. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.


Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types) Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own.


by John on Feb 16, 2006

February 13, 2006

Cheney @ The Range.

Obviously, someone was out of position when the Veep went hunting yesterday. Whether it was the Veep or the Victim, the Veep has ultimate responsibility as the trigger puller, unless the victim was behind some bushes taking a leak or something. I'll leave that for others to settle.

It certainly didn't take long for the jokes to appear, once it was clear Mr. Whittington would survive.

Owen Dyer, in an email to me, observed it was a good thing that Cheney was a Republican, and therefore hunting with fatcat corporate lawyers. If he'd been a Democrat, those would have been personal injury lawyers...

IMAO has a contest going.

Go forth, Denizens, find the good, the bad, the ugly jokes. Find the Moonbat Howls at the Moon from the anti-gun, anti-Cheney, anti-anything-not-me crowd.

If you have posting privileges, slap 'em in here. If you don't, put 'em in the comments. Lets be a Cheney@TheRange clearinghouse!

For the record - after the investigation is over, based on whatever evidence is gathered and what the laws of Texas provide for - Cheney should suffer whatever consequences fall out from that. No more, no less. And no, a hunting accident is no more justification for confiscating weapons from law abiding citizens than car accidents are justification for banning car ownership.

Speaking of investigations, The Keystone Cops go Hunting.

CHENEY STATEMENT -- ON THE LICENSE, NOT THE SHOOTING [Byron York]

Vice President Cheney has not yet made a public statement about the incident in which he accidentally shot a fellow hunter in Texas Saturday, but his office has just released a statement about the issue of whether he had the proper license to be hunting quail:

It has been brought to the Vice President’s attention by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this afternoon that, although he had acquired a 125 dollar Texas non-resident season hunting license, he lacked a 7 dollar stamp for hunting upland game birds. To address any questions about the licensing:
-- A member of the Vice President’s staff wrote a check for 140 dollars understanding that this would purchase a Texas non-resident season hunting license that would permit the Vice President to hunt quail in Texas. It appears now that the license itself cost 125 dollars, and an extra 15 dollars covered the cost of a Federal migratory bird stamp. The Vice President did not need the Federal stamp, as he already possessed one.

-- The staff asked for all permits needed, but was not informed of the 7 dollar upland game bird stamp requirement.

-- Because the requirement is new, the Department has informed us that it is issuing warnings, and the Vice President expects to receive one. He will take whatever steps are needed to comply with applicable rules.

-- In the meantime, the Vice President has sent a 7 dollar check to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which is the cost of an upland game bird stamp.

Sigh. Amateurs. In my case, that would be a literal truth when it comes to hunting in Texas. In the Veep's case, he's been let down by his staff, *and* Ms. Armstrong, on whose ranch the hunt was conducted (if it's done as a business, anyway). No, I *don't* expect the Veep to take the time to personally check on all these details - that's what the staff is for. But he *should* take the time to clear his target area.

by Denizens on Feb 13, 2006
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February 12, 2006

Rednecks of Argghhh! - and a vote bleg.

As SWWBO noted in her post yesterday, it was a very Red State day at Argghhh! Buying large animal supplies, taking care of the horses, late breakfast at Waffle House, 400 rounds downrange in the afternoon. And of course it was a Castle Argghhh! Range Day, with two WWII vets providing the fun.

SWWBO is getting more famous among gun bloggers (hey, she's getting *linked* and I'm not!) than Castle Argghhh! Why is that? She's getting dangerous with a pistol. And by dangerous, I mean to the intended target, not random locations generally downrange, either. Just take a look here.

Don't mess with SWWBO!

That's three magazines, 45 rounds. No misses. Not bad for her first day shooting a semi-auto. And this isn't her only target, she put over 150 rounds downrange yesterday.

It was a typical day for a beginner - first round was a 10x. After that, we had the usual issues with grip, anticipating recoil, closing the eyes, etc. Rather than get all anal about technique, etc - I just let her blaze away downrange, keeping the occasional eye on things when they got bad (grip problems, especially) but mostly just let her get comfortable with the whole concept of shooting a pistol. We can drag out the Right and Left handed Castle Shooter Analysis Targets on a later trip, and start working on the pathologies. For all that - I must note - every round she sent downrange - hit her target. No misses, which I think says a lot about the pistol *and* the shooter. She tried both the Castle Nazi-marked Radom VIS-35 pistol and the Inglis Hi-Power. Although the VIS-35 probably fit her hand better, she likes the Inglis better - as that target above shows.

We went shooting at Total Range, L.L.C, in St Joseph, Missouri - a place we were introduced to courtesy of KCSteve who invited me to a Christmas party held there by members of MissouriCarry.com. At $20 per person per year, we bought memberships. Very nice place. We don't recommend it to you, however. Then you'd go buy memberships and start taking up range space and we might have to wait to get a shooting stall. Nothing to see here, move along.

The Armorer was pleased with his performance yesterday. I only put one magazine through the Inglis, at 5 yards, with this result. Mostly making sure the Inglis was in good shape, so that problems in shooting would be SWWBO-related, not weapon-related. Easier to fix when you can isolate the variables, eh? Our Product of Canada was in fine shape, only suffering from his user's problems, not those of his maker or bad storage.

Armorer's target, Inglis Hi-Power, 5 yards, PMC 9mm fodder

I then shifted over to the Nazi-marked Polish Radom VIS-35 pistol. Also a 9mm like the Inglis. Three magazines (24 rounds) through that, again at 5 yards.

Armorer's target, Polish VIS-35 pistol, PMC 9mm fodder, 5 yards

This is the first time I've shot the VIS-35. I'll spare you the target by target details, but after I was comfortable with it, I sent the carrier downrange to 20 yards. [I'll note at this point while I did cherry-pick the targets to post here, they were *all* like this] The head shots in the following picture are at 20 yards.

Armorer's target, head shots at 20 yards, body shots at 10.  Polish VIS-35 pistol shooting PMC 9mm

Not being happy with the leftward drift (combination of my glasses and how the downrange and uprange light interacted with target and sights), I pulled the target in to 10 yards and put a box of 50 through the Vis. You can see that in the pic above - or better yet - in this pic.

Armorer's target, Radom VIS-35 pistol, 10 yards, 50 rounds PMC 9mm

The Armorer *really* likes the VIS-35. A lot. That's 50 rounds in that target - no flyers, no misses. I really really really like that pistol. I need to find some more magazines.

Note to goblins - just remember - if you *do* get past me, SWWBO's right behind me, turning your liver into pate'. You should take the offer of "Turn around and leave" when it's offered. It will only be offered once.

All in all, a good Red State kind of day.

Which is why we think you should vote for us in the Best Master Gunnies competition! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafes! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get really busy and start doing what Bill's been doing- borrowing other people's computers... of course, that would be wrong.

by John on Feb 12, 2006
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February 11, 2006

The BMG Award - Still Bleggin'!

The vote bleg continues, and will through the 15th. But what better way to bribe than with archival Gun Pr0n? Especially since I'm on the road and producing new Gun Pr0n is a challenge. Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition.

It's working. We're at number 3 and holding, too. But Kim can be a devious sort, and may unleash a horde of minions, who knows.

To help justify the bleg, I've offering up stuff from the archives, today however - something new - the litt'lest Castle Firearm, our Webley .25 Automatic.

One with a completely unsubstantiated (but passed down through the family) history, and plausible, so we like it. But the story is the subject of a Future Post.

Webley .25 Auto

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafes! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get really busy and start doing what Bill's been doing- borrowing other people's computers... of course, that would be wrong.

by John on Feb 11, 2006

February 10, 2006

The BMG Award - Best Gun Blogger.

The vote bleg continues, and will through the 15th. But what better way to bribe than with archival Gun Pr0n? Especially since I'm on the road and producing new Gun Pr0n is a challenge. Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks. We're slipping, compared to yesterday, too.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today highlighting Max the Maxim.

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 10, 2006

February 09, 2006

The BMG Award - Best Master Gunnie (gun blogger)

...than with archival Gun Pr0n? Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks. We're slipping, compared to yesterday, too.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today highlighting one of the teaser contests I've run. This is the answer to the teaser.

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 09, 2006

February 08, 2006

What better way to bleg for votes...

...than with archival Gun Pr0n? Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks. We're slipping, compared to yesterday, too.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today highlighting the Ugly Guns of Castle Argghhh!, those weapons in the Arsenal that were subject to the no-longer-in-effect Assault Weapons Ban (also known as the Ugly Gun Ban) or other extra controls beyond your normal over-the-counter purchases.

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 08, 2006

February 07, 2006

The Gunnies - Still Vote Blegging.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today concluding with Ammunition, Part the 3rd.

But we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 07, 2006

February 06, 2006

The Gunnies - the vote bleg continues!

We didn't win in the first round but we apparently snuck into the finals as a wildcard.

We're still gonna get creamed. Oh, sure you could vote for these guys... Kim du Toit, Oleg, John Lott, Mr. Completely, Head's Bunker, Alphecca, Smallest Minority, mAss Backwards, or the Anarchangel.

But we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

We do some good stuff in this category - today's bit on the PIAT for example... how often d'you see those on any blog but this one?

And, as I said in yesterday's bleg - we've done some good stuff in the past, including the second installment of the Ammunition posts: Ammunition, Part the Second, a tale in three parts (thus far), and I'll link to other bits and pieces of past work as justification for the vote blegging.

But thanks is due to Countertop Chronicles for running this - and unlike the Weblog Awards - there's more than just pixels for a prize!

by John on Feb 06, 2006

February 05, 2006

The "Gunnies" continue.

We didn't win in the first round (hard to compete with Kit's tits over at Oleg's place) but we apparently snuck into the finals as a wildcard.

We're gonna get creamed. Nothing that happens here can compete with Kim du Toit, Oleg, John Lott, or, frankly, most of the others, like Mr. Completely, Head's Bunker, Alphecca, Smallest Minority, mAss Backwards, or the Anarchangel.

But if ya wanna go vote - go for it! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it.

We really do some useful stuff around here in this category - but I admit most of it of late is in the Archives.

Like: Ammunition, a tale in three parts (thus far), and I'll link to other bits and pieces of past work as justification for the vote blegging.

But thanks is due to Countertop Chronicles for running this - and unlike the Weblog Awards - there's more than just pixels for a prize!

by John on Feb 05, 2006

January 23, 2006

Time for a gun post...

...and not just because we've been nominated at Countertop Chronicles for "Best Gun Pron" in the Gunnies, either!

A topic covered in the gunblogs, I know by Murdoc and others, as well as me... Metalstorm gets closer to entering service. This is an ugly little spud.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Next month a new high-explosive munition will be fired in Singapore and then tested again by the U.S. Army, heralding what may be a sea change in weaponry: a gun that can fire 240,000 rounds per minute.

That's compared to 60 rounds per minute in a standard military machine gun.

Metal Storm Inc., a munitions company headquartered in Virginia but with its roots in Australia, has been developing a gun that can shoot at blistering speeds, albeit in short bursts as each barrel is reloaded.

Company website with video click here.

Speaking of Murdoc, I'll let him have at this story.

Speaking of machine guns... take a look at the durability (not to mention reliability) of the latest rendition of that venerable old pig, the M60. Do me a favor - right click and save as - don't stream it. Right-click and save-as here.

I'll close this post with a picture of a new Castle Armory acquisition - a M1886 German Shrapnel round - that has a very interesting (to the Armorer) time fuze. Subject of a future post.

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by John on Jan 23, 2006

December 18, 2005

The Christmas Party of Argghhh!

For those who don't follow She Who Buys Me Machineguns' saga this holiday season will have missed the fact that the Armorer usually has 5 pretty fun Christmas Parties in the season. My firm's, Beth's firm's, Rotary, the client's, and the sub-section of client's (the guys I actually work with day-to-day, vice the whole organization).

The client, being government, everybody pays out-of-pocket for those. Rotary, being a fund-raiser, ya pay some more (but it's still a fun party). The corporate parties are paid for by the firms, with mebbe a kicker for spouses. I hate doing parties stag. Really hate it. Suffice it to say that this year, SWWBO's travel schedule has prevented her from going to *any* parties, and all the money we paid for her to attend... well, ain't getting any of it back. There's a used Lee-Enfield rifle-equivalent of our cash gone back into the economy as donations...

I did attend the Rotary party, and while I put in an appearance at my company party, my heart wasn't in it, and rather than paste on a happy face, I left early. As in during the cocktail hour, *before* dinner, after I had made nice with the Senior People. I just couldn't force myself continue to be pleasant, and *that* would have been rude to everybody, just being a depressed lump at the table, tapping my fingers waiting for everything to end. So I left. I spent more time driving to and from than I spent at the party itself. Sometimes the Armorer just isn't a people person.

So why all this recitation of that doom and gloom? Simple. KCSteve to the rescue! Steve is a reader who lives in the KC area and is a member of Missouri Carry. He invited me to their local Christmas party, held last night at the Total Range complex in St. Joseph, Missouri (just north of here, for those not up on their regional geography).

It was odd, being among a bunch of people who *really* know their modern stuff, given that the Armorer thinks anything younger than 35 or so years of age is a punk. I saw some *very* nice carry pieces, target pieces, a combat shotgun... all in hands of nice, polite, but *very* serious people. Steve's wife was there, and she's a live wire... Steve, like me, is a large, scary man with a beard. Unlike me, he's married to a very petite woman (SWWBO is *regular* sized). A very petite woman who likes to shoot her pistol... with a laser on it... and that laser dot doesn't move very much at all. I only wish I was as steady as she is... for those who remember the Lethal Weapon movie with Mel Gibson's character shooting the happy face on the target? This pistol-packin' momma can actually do it...

The range can take hiigh-powered rifles (though I didn't ask about .50's), and they have a combat shooting range inside - a shoot house. And they do force-on-force in there, too, with training ammo. That might be fun, if I get to feelin' the need to get shot at again. Definitely a venue under consideration for the Blog Shoot of Arggghhh! this spring.

I won the nonexistent prize for oldest weapon. Being the Armorer, I took something historical. In this case, Georg, the Luger.

For an 87 year old guy, Georg shoots pretty well, hampered only by the fact that his assistant isn't anywhere near as good as he is. No jams, functioned flawlessly with American Eagle fmj fodder, at 20 yards. For such a stubby barrel, Georg ain't too bad, though he takes a while to reload. Yeah, yeah, I know, get a loading tool. Heh. All of us older guys take a while to reload... but I digress.

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The flyers in the 7 and 8 ring are all me in rapid fire. The trend left is a function of my glasses and lighting. I was paying attention to what I was doing with the trigger finger and grip. Shooting wearing progressive lenses is a challenge. If I was shooting competively, I'd get purpose made glasses for respective ranges.

For shooting bad guys in the parking lot at night... I think I have it down, even if I can't do a happy face.

by John on Dec 18, 2005
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December 09, 2005

On buying guns for people...

There was a deal-clincher for me marrying SWWBO. All the usual reasons were there - she bathed, laughed at my jokes, could cook, was passably likeable, didn't care (out loud) if I dropped my undies on the floor (usually next to hers, anyway), etc. All the usual reasons.

But... the deal clincher was she bought me a machine gun.

This one, in fact.

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But wait! There's more! The joke is that we get everything we want *before* the wedding... and during the honeymoon... but after that, well, y'know, things slack off... right?

Not SWWBO! Next Christmas I got this!

But! There's *always* a "but," right? There was a condition attached. I couldn't get any more guns.

That's right. Not a one. Deal-breaker, right?

Nope. I couldn't get any more guns *unless* I put them on display. In other words, to feed my jones, I was *forced*... yes, *forced* I say, to do this: I had to take a room in the basement and make it a museum!

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Now *that* is my kinda woman.

Heh. It seems that there's at least one other woman like that around... at least in Chris Muir's imagination.

And it's no mistake she's a Castle Gurl! You got Zed an AUG? You rock, woman! Those ain't cheap!

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by John on Dec 09, 2005

December 08, 2005

All right already! Back off the emails!

Sheesh! The Canadians (less CAPT H) are pinging me about the Liberal Party leader's proposal for a handgun ban in Canada.

Heh. File under "Oops I did it again!"

Alan of GENX@40 opened fire with this:

You know it is pretty hard to just slam them as liberals when they call themselves iberals: Martin set to promise tighter controls on handguns in bid to fight urban crime.

Being busy, I responded:

Heh. My only comment is that it's never worked anywhere else, but it will make them feel good.

Alan returned fire with:

Not to be snarky at all but how did the handgun ban not work in the UK? Is there any stats you are aware of? My interest is in writing about the topic not arguming so anything you are aware of would be useful.

Alan

And now Damian Brooks of Babbling Brooks jumps on me, too.

What? The Canadian Prime Minister proposes to ban handguns, and you have no posted opinion? I was expecting my favourite purveyor of gun-porn to blast the idea with both barrels.

Okay, I have an opinion. I sent it to Alan and to Damian.

It's a longish screed, so I'll put it beneath the fold, in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Dec 08, 2005
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November 20, 2005

Serious Timewaster

Especially if you'd like to spend some time getting some practice with sight pictures, and setting sights for competition weapons.

I lost an hour of my life here so far... and will no doubt lose more.

Euro Firearm Simulator.

Heh. Might be a way to work this into a Cyber-shoot...

Work safe for just about everybody but Ry.

by John on Nov 20, 2005

October 18, 2005

Let's mix 'n match a bit.

Jay wonders, if we change Muslim to, say, Episcopal, is it now illegal?

Alan coins a tongue-twister... guesstificationing. I agree with him, too.

Kat meets Captain America, and discovers that warriors are not drones... and gives a remarkable history lesson in so doing. On of your better ones, Kat - and that's saying something!

Barb is still worthless and has 7 on the brain, likes critters, and wants you to read a letter.

AFSis is keeping an eye on the counter-demonstrators at Walter Reed.

CAP H is outraged! So am I. There is far too little of this going on over there in Blighty! CAPT H also uses his keen eye to discover a bit more about that Brit officer who lost her pistol...

An interesting compare and contrast in the Washington Post today. How is what Bennet said in order to discredit a bad argument functionally different from what this family endures?

Okay - homework. A little googlecize for you.

Here are hand held devices. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify them (yes, it can be done via the search engines). What I'm interested in are some of the ties between them. Yes, I have a specific set of things in mind, and those who have *really* read my ouevre will prolly get pretty close - but that's playing stump the chump to ask you to read my mind. Hmmm, that didn't *quite* come out the way I meant.

Anyway - I'm interested in the connections, the odd juxtapositions, etc. Simpler than you think, but not necessarily up front. Have some fun.

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Here's another view.

by John on Oct 18, 2005

October 17, 2005

Ummmm, guns!

WE CAN'T LET THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN EXPIRE! BLOOD WILL RUN IN RIVERS DOWN THE STREETS! GUN BATTLES ON EVERY CORNER! HOUSES POCK-MARKED WITH BULLET HOLES! SCHOOLS OVER-RUN WITH GRUMPY TEENS WITH GUNS!

Oh, wait - no, that's just prime time tv.

The reality is a little more prosaic.

And, I'm being a little disingenuous, given the ban expired in September 2004. The 2005 numbers will be more instructive. Still, Sarahillary BoxSchumerstein *can't* be happy with that news.

Something to keep in mind while reading that - you are getting raw numbers and percent changes. So, what's missing contextually to help you better evaluate the news?

Well, best would be an apples to apples comparison, such as those figures given as a function of murders per hundred thousand people. That would be a good number. But it's not as fun as raw numbers for shock value. Showing the percent increase is okay - but it would be nice to know what the percent increase in the population was over the same time period... just to keep comparing apples to apples... Gives one a sense of perspective. Like the fact that a gross drop in discrete events, combined with the population increase actually makes the drop comparatively larger... just a thought.


SNERK! "Could cause serious injury..." If to nothing else, a career! H/t, CAPT H. (yeah, this *was* in the post below... you're not seeing things I just decided to move it up here).


In other news... Press Outraged Over Staged Flag Raising.


Well Damn! Despite our best efforts, too! War is on the wane... geez, where's them eeeevil Neocons when you need them? Jobs are at stake here! I blame Bush.


by John on Oct 17, 2005

September 15, 2005

Big Gun Pr0n

The Arsenal at Argghhh! is more than small arms. We have grenades, mines, maces for trench raiding, comfort items... etc. We also have a relatively decent assortment of artillery ammunition (it *is* after all, the ammunition that is the true weapon).

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We even know where we can get one of these:

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The dummy training projectile for the Iowa-class battleships. They're in Idaho, and at around 1800 pounds each, they'd be a tad expensive to ship.

More importantly, perhaps, we don't have the proper gear in the Arsenal to schlep 'em around, either (including the surly sailor!).

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But someday... someday, when the dream tower on the bluff overlooking the river is built... I'll get *two* to flank the driveway!

Oh, and I should caveat, all of this is in compliance with the Standard Disclaimers®.

And for all these reasons and more... the nomination of Judge Roberts is important to both sides of the debate. Why? Because things like the New Orleans rather arbitrary confiscation of firearms are going to end up before the court.

by John on Sep 15, 2005
» Alphecca links with: Hey, Big Boy...
» Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator links with: Democrats shift focus in court fight
» NIF links with: Another Today
» Don Surber links with: The First Katrina Lawsuit
» PatriotVoices links with: Farewell to most powerful ICBM

August 18, 2005

Taking care of business.

Tomorrow, the Castle Traveling Roadshow takes off for San Diego. I've got a little corporate training to attend, and intend to hunt up ways to leverage what we do in our local office with what our firm does in San Diego for the Navy. SWWBO, travelin' gal that she is, is gonna use up one of her free plane tickets and some hotel points so we can have a cheap mini-vacation. Joanie of Da Goddess is our entertainment director, and newly-wed Sean of Doc In The Box is hosting a BBQ on Sunday, where we're going to meet a bunch of local bloggers (that list is being managed by Sean, who knows what he can support)! I know the San Diego Zoo and the museums at Balboa Park are on the list - mebbe a visit to the Midway, as she's in port (snerk), and who knows what else. Joanie has all the energy, we'll just follow interestedly in her wake... We'll be back on Wednesday, I'm sure some reportage will come out of it all. Moving on...

Update: Heh. If only our traffic matched our linkage, we'd have skewed the curve - with our Joint Service Blog. Rusty Shackelford does a rough comparison of the military service of 101st Keyboardist Bde, vice the Chicken Little Brigade.

Barb points out that this is what happens when you Jump The Shark and become a cartoon.

Kapitalismo is a bit conflicted, finding he lives near a terrorist-wannabe. Smack in the middle of the country.

Jay of Stop The ACLU offers up some history of the organization... perhaps some of the supporters of the ACLU who I know lurk here will offer up some defenses.

The Confederate Yankee asks you to choose a side.

Mrs. Greyhawk gives us the Dawn Patrol.

Speaking of Ms. Sheehan, what about these guys? The You Don't Speak For Me Tour? More here, and catch the video at the bottom. H/t, Joe W.

Ah, the Wonderful World of the Mind of Disney. H/t, Alphecca.

Speaking of Alphecca, Jeff gives us his Weekly Check on the Bias against guns. Note the bit from the Mayor of Toronto, Canada. I suspect the Mayor would wet his tighty-whities at the sight of the Basement of Argghhh!

No one has griped about the lack of pictures of late. As many of you know, I got creamed by thoughtless people who hotlinked a video, sucking thirty-two thousand views of a 2 meg vid. Yeah, 32K. Which simply creamed my Fototime bandwidth, 32.7 gigs of bandwidth, vice the 20 I pay for. Hence, pic posting has taken a serious hit, and the blog had to be rebuilt, too. But, I've got *some* juice left, and I think we needa picture! Of something artillery-like. Modern. Yeah, that's the ticket. How about the brand-spanking-new Stryker 120mm Mortar Carrier? Firing? Yeah, baby!

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Even though it may seem like we're in a pause-ex, we aren't. Project Valour-IT is still on-going. Over $7,000 has been raised so far, and the first set of laptops is getting prepped for delivery to Bethesda next week. We'll keep you informed!

Meanwhile - This is the Roll of Identified Supporting Blogs! If you aren't on it - drop me a note and we'll fix that!

by John on Aug 18, 2005
» NIF links with: The Division of Indefinite Timeframes
» Stop The ACLU links with: Congrats, Thanks, and Linky Love
» Thoughts by Seawitch links with: Project Valour IT - Beginnings
» The Pink Flamingo Bar Grill links with: For Battle-Scarred, Airborne Backup
» CDR Salamander links with: Just a low pass – tastes like Jawa
» Da Goddess links with: Pressing Job

August 03, 2005

Paper targets fear them...

...and I have no doubt live ones would, too.

Castle Adjutant Barb and the Snarkatron Bad Cat Robot, Denizennes both, did a little shooting yesterday.

BCR has her target posted.

We are, *ahem* waiting on the Adjutant's target pics...

BCR needs to pull back the trigger finger a bit, and not pull so hard - an easy touch will do, and drag that center of mass right where it oughta be.

Not that where it *is* isn't going to be hard on a live target.

Lest anyone snark, the Armorer has posted his sadly deteriorating skillz before, too.

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Here are some more Armorer targets.

Update: Okay, so Barb did post one some time in the past... Last night! Last Night! Last Night! The Peasants with Pitchforks are roaring!

by John on Aug 03, 2005
» Don Surber links with: Git Er Done, East Virginia

July 27, 2005

Hmmm. Changing programs, checking guns, and surplus sales..

...when you rename a program, it's usually because it has garnered enough bad publicity that you are trying to drop the baggage. Which means, of course, as an analyst, you dig deeper to see what's being hidden.

Sounds like they do that elsewhwere, too.

I see that Gunner noticed, as well.

While we're doing this - let's link to Alphecca's Weekly Check on the Bias, too! (Worth it for the pics alone!)

Then there's this - calling all old farts! Remember those old Desk, Double Pedestal, Steel, that inhabited the Dayroom, CQ station, First Sergeant's and CO's offices?

Guess what! For Three Thousand Dollars - you can have a restored one! Yessireebob! Courtesy, Restoration Hardware! As observed in the email revealing this Decorator's Dream:

Remember the gray/cream colored steel "Desk, Double Pedestal" that furnished every Army Orderly Room? Restoration Hardware now refurbishes and sells them for $2000! And, you can get a recovered Army swivel chair for $1195!

$3300 for your den to look like a 1985 CQ dayroom. There's something ironically funny going on here. The DRMO staff are all driving Porsches.

Hee! I know better - my ratty unrefinished desk cost me $30 when I bought it at Fort Sill 10 years ago...

Yessir! I already got me a Tanker Desk! And better yet, it still has the markings on it from the old Pershing Missile PM office!

If you want one of your very own, just click here!

by John on Jul 27, 2005
» CDR Salamander links with: Changing names....using up ink...

July 20, 2005

Morning Glamour Shots...

Lessee, what's up this morning?

Denizen AFSis had a tough Monday. Go say nice things.

Poor John Roberts. As Confederate Yankee points out - it didn't take the Kossacks long... Right Thoughts caught it too, and linked directly. I prefer to *not* have my IP address showing up in Kos' server logs...

Anybody know what movie this gun was made for?

SWWBO (waxing eloquent here about schools) would go for this room! We can't afford it, but she'd go for it! H/t Larry K!

Jeff over at Alphecca has his Weekly Check on the Bias (regarding guns in the news, etc) up.

Xrlq offers this analysis of what Judge Roberts *might* mean to the Supreme Court. For us 2nd Amendment types, looks like we'll need to get at least one more Justice besides Roberts.

Michelle Malkin offers more.

Matty at Blackfive has been having some fun. Stuff like this is one reason I'm just as glad I'm not as big as Matt. The tediousness of dealing with wilful ignorance is just numbing.

Dean Esmay takes on Hugo Chavez... Always a romp when Dean gets rolling!

In closing... wouldn't this look *wonderful* on the Castle Coffee Table?

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(and I didn't mean the Grant there. It would take *many* Grants to put that hunka-hunka-burning brass on the Castle Coffee Table!)


by John on Jul 20, 2005

July 14, 2005

How about a little gunblogging...

According to the Supremes, the police still have absolutely no obligation to respond to anything. (Note to LEO's - I know you guys feel the *moral* obligation, and generally try very hard - this isn't about you guys, it's about policy, and governmental responsiblity - no slam on officers herein intended).

By a vote of 7-to-2, the Supreme Court ruled that Gonzales has no right to sue her local police department for failing to protect her and her children from her estranged husband.

I'm not arguing the facts or the merits of the case, or the decision. Just noting that the Supreme Court has again reaffirmed that the police are not obligated to provide protection for individuals, in individual cases. On a case-by-case, individual basis, the citizen is on his or her own. Therefore... you have *another* (not that we needed it) example to use when dealing with gun-grabbers who *also* seem to believe you have little to no individual right of practical self-defense. Not that most of them will listen. They certainly don't in Britain, as Say Uncle points us to a series of articles on the issue.

Because, as Ravenwood points out - it's all about the children.

Or, as Publicola notes, when you *actually do* successfully defend yourself, irked that they can't haul you away, they take your guns, instead.

The Great Race has always been between tyranny and freedom, with order as tyranny's worthy handmaiden, and crime as freedom's ugly stepsister.
- Dana Blankenhorn

by John on Jul 14, 2005

July 10, 2005

Sunday quick reads.

A suburban gun owner supports a ban on semi-auto weapons. Yeah, well, not really, mostly he spanks muddle-headed thinking.

Confederate Yankee has some suggestions for weathering hurricanes.

Don Surber blames Karl Rove for Bush being the Velcro President.

Debra Saunders is not impressed with Spielbergss view of Americans dealing with Aliens in War of the Worlds. Of course, neither are movie goers, since Fantastic 4 is spanking WotW in theaters. (Full Disclosure, the Master and Mistress of Argghhh! have seen Fantastic 4, and not WotW). H/t to Jeff at Alphecca, who prefers a slightly more permanent solution to wife-battering.

Random Nuclear strikes points to some clear-eyed writing in The Guardian, of all places.

Kim du Toit laments his lack of an 03-A3... this isn't the time to note there is more than one in the Castle Arsenal... though, oddly, we only have a picture of our M1903...

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Hanging on this wall, here.

H/t Mostly Cajun, who has one too.

Interesting reading on the Islamic Bomb over at Asia Times.

by John on Jul 10, 2005

July 01, 2005

Fusileer Alert! and other stuff.

Geldof and Co. will be having Live8. Let's face it, they're going to raise scads of cash. But there *is* an event competing for your dollars... and I encourage you to drop by Brainshavings, and plan on leaving a little cash with a fundraiser that will benefit the troops at the "Rear Echelon" blog-a-thon!

Publicola notes we have Buy A Gun Day, National Ammo Day, but no day to shoot all that ammo through all those guns, so he proposes American Range Trip Day, to take all those guns out and burn that ammo. He proposes the day of June 23rd, to mark the day the Supreme Court told Ms. Kelo that her house was only hers as long as some developer didn't want it, too bad, so sad. I say, let's not wait a year, go ahead and spend *this* years allocation this weekend! And write letters to your state officials about Eminent Domain abuse. Back to the subject... Publicola notes - any day that ends in "y" is a good day to go shoot!

In fact, I sent Publicola a note suggesting July 4th for this year - but, as you can see, he was pretty adamant about waiting until June 23rd next year... but to, well, prepare.

John, It's a date specific thing. A month ago if I'd have had this idea I would have went for April 19th. But since SCOTUS handed down Kelo on June 23rd I figure that's the most appropriate date we have at the moment. I know it'll be almost a year till the first ART day, but that'll give us that much more time ot get the word out. & of course I always recommend going to the range before you plan on going to the range just to make sure everything's cool, followed by going to the range after you've gone to the range to make sure everything was in fact cool. :)

take care,

Publicola

Works for me!

Mr. Completely offers up some Gun Pr0n!

TFS Magnum points out a disappointed District Attorney, but an un-raped abused wife.

If you've not visited the Blogging Babes of the Cotillion... well, perhaps you should?

Like Say Uncle - I really don't like people like this. And I *really* despise officious petty officialdom like these dolts Denise at The Ten Ring ran into.

In case you missed it, there's been some tut-tutting in the world about USGov response to an alleged Iranian Hostage Taker, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, being elected (such as elections work in Iran) President. The usual suspects in the MSM, in this specific instance, NBC's Brian Williams, pointing out that Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe were all, in the eyes of the British Crown at the time, equivalent characters - i.e., terrorists. I could go on about it - but Callimachus at Done With Mirrors has done so already.

Dean Esmay types a defense of Robert Heinlein's works - all I have to add is that Heinlein's Rocket Ship Galileo started me on seriously reading fiction, and hooked me on science fiction (c'mon, kids build backyard rocket for eccentric man - only to find Nazi's on the Moon... and use a Garand to conquer - what's not to like?) , when I was in the 6th grade, just as Russell Davis' Marine at War (personal memoir of the war in the Pacific, and better'n anything Manchester wrote, if only because it's all true...) twigged me to history, while in the 5th grade.

Greyhawk looks back at a year of combat in Iraq...

This will annoy somebody... Dittoes, Dean, regarding the UN.

Fallout from Kelo - both sides: Happy to pillage for dollars via The Agitator... and in building defenses against, via Say Uncle. For the record - I think the legislative remedy is the way to go.

Another soldier balladeer. Luke Stricklin.

Matt has probably already covered these guys... but here are three more soldiers you should know: Sgts. 1st Class Bradly M. Felix and Roger G. Watts, and Staff Sgt. David G. Colucci, all assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). Silver Star awardees.

And after Fallujah? The enemy is relying more and more on remote attacks and suicide bombers... which increases the casualties among the civilians... which is causing more and more civlians to help out with information. Now is *not* the time to set a hard date for withdrawal. Feel free to recall a few retirees to give the young 'uns a break...

An interesting Op-Ed in the NYT on how to proceed in Iraq. Food for thought.

Trying to influence the influencers...


by John on Jul 01, 2005
» Boudicca's Voice links with: Great Causes for our Troops
» PajamaHadin links with: Live8 celebrity benefit against poverty in Africa

June 30, 2005

Changing Canada, one mind at a time.

Gunblogging, and a little left mugging... changing Canadian minds about Gun Ownership... One Mind At A Time. H/t, Clayton Cramer - hey, Clayton, have you tried University of Kansas Press? And add me to the list of the delusional...

Changing subjects...

Hee!

by John on Jun 30, 2005

June 27, 2005

It's that time again...

This is my basement:

After having *no* Instalanches ever, and now having had 3, there are probably some new readers... It's time to drag this thing back up into the light for all you not-long-time readers. This is just a periodic post for relative newbies to the site who don't realize the real reason I set this thing up was to share my gun and militaria collection -The Arsenal of Argghhh! - with the world. I decided to move out from primary deviancy (where you hide what you are) and move past secondary (where everybody knows what you are) to tertiary - where you embrace what you are - and point out you don't know what the guy next door has in his basement... but that doesn't mean he's a nut. I did that after a friend asked me to be the guest speaker on the subject of gun collecting at my Rotary Club (which has a fair number of liberals in it) and the response was not hostile, though some were taken aback - but mostly, "Wow - that's kinda kewl, and you aren't some troll hunkered down in your basement with racks of AR15s and cases of ammo waiting for the Apocalypse..." Mind you, if you have a rack of AR15 and cases of ammo, that's fine with me, as long as you aren't (hopefully) delusional on top of that... if you are, get out more, eh? I *do* have cases of ammo, but they aren't stored with the weapons... But be damned if I'm going to spend the money on new-manufactured when there's all the nice surplus fodder out there! But that experience, along with being poked by Beth and Jonah to blog, is what got the Castle established, back on Blogspot, almost two years and 610,679 uniques ago.

As the blog has morphed over time, now and again I've gotten a little too wrapped up in the politics and the war - and, well, yes, work, too - and I've strayed a bit from my roots. A lot, really. Well, that and the great parties the Denizens throw in the comment sections now and again... It makes it fun when sometimes it's real work to maintain. SWWBO and I fought off 2,780 spams today, for example... but 0 got through and had to be slain inside the Keep. The Defenses have improved - if they are sometimes frustrating when the laser turrets fire on that comment you are trying to post.

I don't believe that I make the mistake that many celebrities make - that my opinions on things political somehow matter more than others. Not really. This is more the equivalent of standing on a soapbox at "Speakers Corner". And you have to come find me - I'm not infesting broadcast media. You *ask* my server for these packets.

Anyway - for you guys who are here because you heard that John of Argghhh! actually sometimes talked about guns and militaria - here's the navigation map to The Story So Far. They link to the appropriate archives by topic. I'm (still)working a new post on the evolution of the Vickers Machine gun - but these things take time! In fact, here's proof - I have the collecting jones so bad that I actually tracked down this - an actual Australian Army inventory sheet - so that I could fill this (procured buck-nekkid empty three years ago) so that it looks like this.

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Hi-res click here.

Anyway - here's some linkages to the discussions - where it says "The Arsenal" is a link to the photo-archive. (always available on the sidebar) - the rest are links to the blog archives.

Rifles
Pistols
Sub-machine Guns
Machine Guns
Gun P0rn: A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly-bits.a>
Artillery
Grenades
Helmets
Ammunition
General Militaria
Guns by Nation

And, of course, there is always the direct link to the Imperial Arsenal itself!


Visitors should also note the following caveats:

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count as family, BTW. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.


Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types) Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own. On these pages I will from time to time share my toys, much like Kim du Toit does.

by John on Jun 27, 2005

June 22, 2005

Live from Dayton, again.

The upside and the downside to deployed milbloggers - the war is real, and they are at risk. Speedy recovery, Chuck. H/t CAPT H.

It would appear that the Chinese government is up to it's usual tricks.

SondraK has an option if you like visiting sites and commenting on them... the ones that measure time in the Lunar Standard Time, that is.

Karl Zinsmeister is perhaps a little optimistic... but probably no more so than the MSM is pessimistic. H/T, SWWBO!

Speaking of SWWBO - this news is Important! It is Imperative that you follow this link!

Carnival of Cordite #18 is up at Technogypsy!! You remember Cordite, don't you?

At Carnaby Fudge - Kitty and Gun Pr0n! What more could you ask for?


Triggerfingers invites you into the mind of a gun-fearing wuss. Note the orientation-confusion the author (not Triggerfinger!) is suffering from. Heh.

Garand abuse! Shame! Shame! (The Armorer prefers his weaponry unfiddled-with, obviously, Publicola's mileage varies...)

Publicola also invites your attention to US Forestry Service actions in shutting down public shooting areas in Colorado. He wonders if it is a 'test the waters' tactic... and recommends you weigh in on the issue if you have an opinion. It might be nothing, but it might be something, too. And if they aren't coming out with reasons for doing it right away, my experience with bureaucracy is they *always* have a reason for doing something, and if they won't articulate it up front... well, there's reason to dig. And, well, there was... as Michael Bane points out.

I'll close this out with a little bit of KittyZen...

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Flexibility...


by John on Jun 22, 2005

June 21, 2005

Live from Dayton!

Heh. Well, aside from visiting the Air Force museum, and reconfirming my MBTI type, and discovering that some of my co-workers think I don't manage disagreement well (though they do like my integrity, technical and functional expertise, and the fact that I coach and develop (although it seems I must channel Bobby Knight at times), I'm also driving a tank.

Well, a Ford Expedition, but the distinction is meaningless. When I arrived at Dayton International (a grand name for an airport with exactly *two* aircraft at the myriad of empty gates... I think Cincy has been stealing their business) I trundled off to Avis, where they treat me right (because the company pays 'em to) and I walk out to my space... only to find that the keys don't work in the car there. Now, I *could* read the tag and do all that, but let's face it - it's just easier to be like Jason Bourne in the Bourne Supremacy and just start pushing the lock button on the keyfob until something squawks.

That works - it's the car three spaces to the left. So, I maneuver my now-sweaty bulk to the rear of that machine (a nice, gold, Grand Am) pop the trunk, drop in the overnighter... and note that the left rear bumper seems to be a *bit* near the streetlight stanchion base. As in, rubbed up against, indented, and otherwise folded, spindled, and mutilated.

So I wave over the little guy sitting at the Avis shack - who determines from my body language that I am a "Customer with a Problem" and promptly spies a young managerial type to deal with it.

We wander over to the wounded steed and he has some trouble understanding my odd midwestern dialect as I describe the problem. This could be because I *have* an odd midwestern dialect, but I'm thinking it has more to do that he wasn't from around Dayton himself, probably having come into this world in a nice sub-saharan African country once severely damaged with a French presence. Well, that and the fact that I'm half deaf, which wasn't helping.

Anyway - I finally get tired of saying "eh?" (he's trying hard, at this point it really *is* me with the problem) and wave my hand so he'll focus on it and then move it to the wounded area of my offered steed. And his eyes get big, understanding dawns, and well, the story is comical but repetetive and makes for a better video than novel. Sooooo, to make a long story short - I'm back at the terminal, speaking to another nice young man, who also doesn't understand my odd midwestern accent very well, because, well, let's just say he is from a country (a different one, I asked) that was also abused and saddled with a French administrative structure for a period of years, before being allowed to resume self-abuse, like we enjoy here!

And all that's left (I was perfectly happy with the still-hale, if flesh-wounded mount, but no, we can't have that!) is this parking lot behemoth, the Expedition. Which, if I might note, has a surprisingly pedestrian interior for what it costs, and is a voracious consumer of fossil distillates. But it *is* a nice bright Artillery Scarlet in color, so it ain't all bad, and all the little munchkin cars like Sions look even smaller and are more intimidated, too.

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah - I've got some responsiblities!

For those who have never seen a militant Canadian other than the Castle's mole in Lord Raglan's, er, Strathcona's Horse, CAPT H - there is in fact a whole mob of Canadian bloggers who remember when Canada had an aircraft carrier. In fact, more than one. The Red Ensign Brigade, and their bi-weekly link-fest is up - I strongly encourage you to visit - there's a reason so many good comedians come from Canada - I don't know what it is - but it affects many of the members of the Brigaded Blogs - this week ably hosted by A Chick Named Marzi!

Castle Security Guy and Assistant Armorer Sergeant B is considering joining the Washington National Guard... some old warhorses still paw the ground when they hear the bugle... slightly younger ones can still answer the call and keep the pace we glue-factorys-on-legs just can't quite muster anymore. Yes, I'm envious, I won't lie.

SGT B sent us to Froggy Ruminations, who essentially suggests we quit coddling terrorists in our custody, and send 'em to Boot Camp, instead.

Via CAPT H, small cracks in the edifice...

In other international news, Ry forwards this bit about tolerance in Sweden. Don't let your dislike of the US blind you to the fact that the kids involved don't like or respect you, either, fellas.

On a lighter and far-more-important note, Say Uncle has created a Gunbloggers Community over at the Truth Laid Bear. Some of us were apparently drafted in, but I'm sure we're taking volunteers, too!

Speaking of guns... via Mathew Maynard we come to Boots and Sabers, with a little tutorial on "How Not To Shoot Your Anti-Tank Gun." I make that distinction, because Jed dedicates it to we cannoneers, when it's, well, it's infantrymen in this little movie (at least in the US Army it would be...).

Jeff Quinton reports that Senator Durbin apologized, tears in his eyes, for comparing Guantanamo Bay to Gulags, Vernichtungslagers, and other fine places of incarceration.

His voice quaking and tears welling in his eyes, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate also apologized to any soldiers who felt insulted by his remarks.

"They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.

Feh, Senator. Just, feh.


Oh, and I should note - I pretty much agree with what my co-workers said about me; the bad stuff anyway. The good stuff - well, that just shows that some of 'em are scared of the basement...

by John on Jun 21, 2005

May 13, 2005

Condi Rice on the 2nd Amendment

Condi moved up several notches in my estimation of her suitability to be Prez. All emphasis in the quotes is mine.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, recalling how her father took up arms to defend fellow blacks from racist whites in the segregated South, said Wednesday the constitutional right of Americans to own guns is as important as their rights to free speech and religion.

In an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Rice said she came to that view from personal experience. She said her father, a black minister, and his friends armed themselves to defended the black community in Birmingham, Ala., against the White Knight Riders in 1962 and 1963. She said if local authorities had had lists of registered weapons, she did not think her father and other blacks would have been able to defend themselves.

I'm not a single issue voter... but with a basement like this (right click, open in a new window), I'm pretty close.

"I also don't think we get to pick and choose from the Constitution," she said in the interview, which was taped for airing Wednesday night. "The Second Amendment is as important as the First Amendment."

Amen, sister.

Those graphics come from this website - and are used with permission from the creator of the images.


Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on May 13, 2005
» Quotulatiousness links with: Gun control is racist

April 29, 2005

Gun Zen

The crud has migrated to the chest, enough so that I finally conceded and didn't go into the office today. Via the joys of a wireless connection (and anticipating the event yesterday) I brought the work machine home and will be slaving away, anyway. Dang those suspenses. But, since I slept in, feel like crap, and gotta get this thing done - here's what I've got for you today, courtesy the Admiral of the Moat Fleet and the Blogfather.

Gun videos! Prolly ought to right-click and save-as, but do whatcha want...

Via Boquisucio: Fun with machineguns!

Remember Jaws? Where Roy Scheider shoots the scuba tank in the shark's mouth? I remember when I saw the movie thinking - that kinda steel wouldn't fail that way... but aluminum might. Well, someone has tested the theory. The shark prolly would have been unhappy, regardless...

And finally... *rubbing bald head, staring at nothing* "the horror... the horror..."

Did someone mention cannon? Cannon-cockers? Heh. Musta been me. No, wait - it was Murdoc - talking about the infantry of the 2nd Battalion, Eigth Regiment of FIELD ARTILLERY. AUTOMATIC!

But what's more important... besides that Jointness - is the ratio of 'Combined' (i.e., allied forces)... 3:1.

That, and the fact that they scored some eBay material there - all those Ba'ath Party medals!

by John on Apr 29, 2005
» Murdoc Online links with: Friday Cat Blogging, Murdoc Style

April 15, 2005

Public Safety...

Say Uncle invites us to Head's Bunker - where we see an unfortunate cop caught on camera, and snarked at by us gun geeks.

Why? There he his, arms as big as a planet - guarding the NY Financial District - with the Aimpoint sight on his rifle... on backwards. Read the comments, as well.

Heck, since Say Uncle talks about it. Today is Tax Day Buy a Gun Day. The Castle's tithes have been e-filed to the Feds and state of residence, and the hard copy is on it's way to SWWBO's state of labor. Good thing most states don't really push hard on source taxing... or the Castle would be filing 16 or so state returns and be MUCH more activist about taxes! (Note to California Tax guys - SWWBO did *not* work in your state!)

The Armorer will not be buying a gun today, but a prompt repayment of the Castle's loan to the respective governments *might* finance a pick-up of a nice antique piece in N'awlins next week, as I will be winging down to join SWWBO for the weekend, to celebrate the end of this three months on the road. SWWBO *has* intimated that the Armorer has been a relatively good boy (low start point for the comparison, I assure you) and she is willing to consider a reward...

by John on Apr 15, 2005

March 16, 2005

Sigh, again.

Philadelphia. It's important to politicians to be *seen* as doing something, even if the gesture is, in the main, meaningless. Philadelphia is having a very bad spate of violence. 21 murders in 8 days is a Bad Thing.

Within the past eight days there have been 21 homicides in Philadelphia, including three in the late-night and early morning hours after the prosecutor made her appeal Monday.

The referenced appeal is to the witnesses, to come forward and help the police get the murderers, with a promise of protection. Well and good. Her job is exactly that, and she's in crisis mode.

Now the Mayor has to fly top-cover. And he's resorting to the usual stuff, most of which is pointless and doesn't address the issue.

Street has declared the violence throughout the city a crisis and as a result has ordered the full review of police department policies and has suggested a full moratorium on the issuing of gun permits.

In addition, Street has requested a meeting with Governor Ed Rendell to talk about possible new gun legislation.

So, we're going to prevent people who are willing to go through the legal hoops to procure a weapon from having that option... while the people who give a flying flip about legal hoops are *most likely* the ones doing the killing.

Yes, Mr. Mayor - let's make a symbolic yet pointless gesture that doesn't address the problem - but does give a nice soundbite impression of "doing something, anything" about the problem at hand.

It would appear from the article that most of the killings are drug-related. And the Philly PD is having real trouble getting cooperation from locals.

Law enforcement officials have been on a campaign to persuade city residents to cooperate more with police since last year’s killing of Faheem Thomas-Childs, a 10-year-old boy struck by a stray bullet outside at his North Philadelphia school. The shooting happened in front of dozens of people, but few witnesses have spoken up. “We know that people know who killed Faheem Thomas-Childs. We know that people know. We need them to come forward,” Abraham said. Nearly all progress made in that investigation has come from the work of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, not from the public, she said.

Just a thought, Mr. Mayor, Governor Rendell: Perhaps the issue isn't the guns, per se. Rather than further restrict the activities of lawful citizens, why don't we look at what motivates the murderers? Hint: The thought process *isn't* "Gee, I have this nice new Glock I bought from the guy behind that abandoned building - I think I will now go kill someone with it at random."...

Nor is it more like "Farking bassid is trying to muscle in on my turf, I"m gonna kill the bassid. I will now go to the police and get a permit, then go to a nice gun store and purchase a gun, and then go kill that farking bassid!"

Nope, it's more like, "Farking bassid is trying to muscle in on my turf, I"m gonna kill the bassid. I'll use a gun, but hell, a knife will do..."

Note - the primary motivation is not the weapon. Most spikes in gun violence in the last hundred years in this country are attributable to one thing. Prohibition of some sort - or renewed emphasis on enforcement of a prohibition - creating a vacuum of supply and demand that criminals fill. *That* is your issue, sir. Attack the drug war, you'll have some success. Attacking guns and lawful owners doesn't do a damn thing - but it looks good, doesn't it?

The whole story is here.

by John on Mar 16, 2005
» GOP and the City links with: Pull Out of Philly Now!
» JackLewis.net links with: Domestic idiots

March 05, 2005

Argghhh!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you, Mark Wilson, someone you should have known.

The citizen, 50 year old Mark Wilson, was one of the two people murdered. As CNN reported, “Everyone here agrees, Wilson saved lives.” Fox News' website quoted the sheriff as saying "if it hadn't been for Mr. Wilson, [Arroyo's son] would be dead."

The whole story is here.

by John on Mar 05, 2005

March 02, 2005

Getting back to my roots.

In light of comments in the post below, it is obviously time to drag this thing back up into the light for all you not-long-time readers. This is just a periodic post for relative newbies to the site who don't realize the real reason I set this thing up was to share my collection with the world - and point out you don't know what the guy next door has in his basement... but that doesn't mean he's a nut. As the blog has morphed over time, now and again I've gotten a little too wrapped up in the politics and the war - and, well, yes, work, too - and I've strayed a bit from my roots. Well that and the great parties the Denizens throw in the comment sections now and again... Please don't stop, Denizens! It makes it fun when sometimes it's real work to maintain (fought off 1,780 spams today, for example... but 132 got through and had to be slain inside the Keep!).

With great hubris I too have made the mistake that many celebrities make - that my opinions on things political somehow matter more than others. Well, not really. This is more the equivalent of standing on a soapbox at "Speakers Corner".

Anyway - for you guys who are here because you heard that John of Argghhh! actually sometimes talked about guns and militaria - here's the navigation map to The Story So Far. They link to the appropriate archives by topic. I'm working a new post on the evolution of the Vickers Machine gun - but these things take time! In fact, here's proof - I have the collecting jones so bad that I actually tracked down this - an actual Australian Army inventory sheet - so that I could fill this (procured buck-nekkid empty three years ago) so that it looked like this.

pltbox_web.jpg

Hi-res click here.

Anyway - here's some linkages to the discussions - where it says "The Arsenal" is a link to the photo-archive. (always available on the sidebar)

Rifles
Pistols
Sub-machine Guns
Machine Guns
Gun P0rn: A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly-bits.a>
Artillery
Grenades
Helmets
Ammunition
General Militaria
Guns by Nation

And, of course, there is always the direct link to the Imperial Arsenal itself!


Visitors should also note the following caveats:

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count as family, BTW. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.


Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types) Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own. On these pages I will from time to time share my toys, much like Kim du Toit does.

by John on Mar 02, 2005

January 20, 2005

America, and its unreasonable fears...

Of course, no one should be allowed to own guns.

Unless, of course, you can afford to hire someone to do it for you.

That's different.

Be interesting to see what, if anything, he has to say about it.


On a different gun-related note, Say Uncle points us to Les Jones' sometimes weekly gun links... which this week focuses on AKs and their clones...

But it also has a link to a funny bit on photoshopped guns over at Something Awful.

Of course, the Castle has some of it's favorite photoshopped firearms.

Behold.

Guns

For

Gun

Grabbers.

(From top to bottom, visually modified (not by me, but Italian artist Guido Poggi) Belgian pistol, French M1892 Ordnance Revolver, Soviet Nagant Revolver, Czech CZ1938)

by John on Jan 20, 2005

January 15, 2005

Hey - you over there, get with the Program!

Wheelgun has an interesting graph and post to show regarding gun ownership and crime.

The answer, of course, is not sympathetic to banner's needs, so they will no doubt fund some more studies until one does support their theme - then it will become the *only* sufficiently rigorous and therefore definitive study, all others being bogus.

The real reason I decided to link to it - since I expect most of my 2A-fascinated readers have already seen this discussed elsewhere is to point out the trend-line of gun ownership, now having reached around 4.1 or so per 1000 people.

Well, in the increment that includes Castle Argghhh!, the number is more like 6.8 per 1000, and that's assuming I'm carrying the whole load, which means that some a LOT of you are slackers.

Get with the program. Sheesh, people, I can't do it all myself!

Reached via the tech wench at Villainous Company.

by John on Jan 15, 2005
» Pirates! Man Your Women! links with: More Guns, More Happy Days!

January 08, 2005

Coupla things...

Want a free gun? Gunner has some suggestions.

Gunner also notes that the Brady Campaign wants to immediately ban all semi-auto firearms. Except the Ruger Mini-14.

Beth is just envious. I got the better end of the deal. Ask any woman standing in line at a public restroom, which they'd rather have. Of course, as Bill the Rotorhead observes... some women thought God said trains, and they missed theirs, and got these instead.

The military usually goes to great lengths when naming things and developing acronyms to avoid obvious goofs. We still got Operation Allied Force for Kosovo, however. Ever notice how the military in particular, but even the press never referred to it as OAF? Think that would be the case with OIF and OEF - acronyms you see all the time in military documents and even in the press?

Anyway - sometimes you just can't avoid it - those funny combinations. Click the picture below to see some engagement/wedding announcements that I'm sure the involved parties did not have a long discussion about whether or not they were going to hyphenate their name... Click the pictures in the album to see them in a readable size.

Hat tip - Rich B!

Here's a sailor who's career just ended, most likely. But at least it probably wasn't a complete act of dumbass like the good Colonel below.

Hat tip - Rich B!

by John on Jan 08, 2005
» The Original Musings links with: Hey, there's some new blogs linked down there

December 22, 2004

Oh, by the way...

Anybody notice that the Attorney General of the United States issued an official opinion dated August 24th, but not released until recently (probably to keep it out of the presidential campaign) that states:

The Second Amendment secures a right of individuals generally, not a right of States or a right restricted to persons serving in militias.

Really. They came out and said it.

Of course, a new Administration could come out and 'unsay' it - but it still carries weight I would think. Any lawyers out there?

Newmax covered it - did anybody else? I musta been asleep at the switch. There's a spate of articles in the NYT regarding the position - but all predate publication of the official document.

Heh. Be interesting to see how it gets applied.

I'm sure that Publicola, Alphecca, Say Uncle, SmallestMinority and others will keep an eye on the subject.

Is it important? Yep. Very important. I take some of the same risks here. One reason I started this blog was to point out that moderately normal, law abiding citizens might well have acquired an "Arsenal". For no ill intent or reason. And that it shouldn't matter.

And apropos of all that - here's some good advice.

And, since I'm talking about why I went public, and the Arsenal, and the fact that I like the old stuff... here's an NYT article about Cops who think like I do... Gimme some of that old time religion! Hat tip to CAPT H for passing that along.

by John on Dec 22, 2004

December 17, 2004

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that.

First - the latest installment of the Carnival of the Recipes is up! Complete with an Instalanche already! This week's host is SarahK of Mountaineer Musings!

Second - We at Castle Argghhh! don't hunt, either with hounds (though one of the oldest surviving Military Hunts in the US *is* at Fort Leavenworth) or firearms. CAPT H points us to Free Market Fairy Tales to see into the mind of some English Hunters... not surprisingly, these people would fit in well at a Party held here at the Castle, methinks. But - via FMFT, we come to a manner of hunting that the Armorer could see himself indulging in.

Extreme Hunting. Mind you - if Bambi made you cry, do NOT scroll down very far. These guys like the taste of venison.

Lastly, Martin at Fix Bayonets! is shamelessly plugging his brother's sea stories. He should. They're good.

by John on Dec 17, 2004
» Dust My Broom links with: Video - bow hunt moose

November 15, 2004

National Ammo Day.


Click the banner to find out more.

Don't forget - there's still time to follow the Baboon Pirate's example... if ya don't have a gun - buy one!

That particular piece is too new for my taste, but is based upon a design of acceptable age... 8^D

by John on Nov 15, 2004

November 13, 2004

National Ammo Day Buy-cott.

Here at Castle Argghhh! we like guns. D-uh. Whether little bitty ones, or depleted-uranium dispensing ones, or 16-inch monsters, we like guns. And, pretty much, we believe that you should be able to own 'em. Pretty much what you want to own. We'll entertain some restrictions, and you should have yours taken away if you don't know how to play safe, but other than that... we're pretty open ended on the subject.

Which is why we support Kim du Toit's efforts to make the US a Nation of Riflemen. As an annual event, Kim is pushing the 3rd Annual National Ammo Day. Buy a hundred rounds to make Schumer, Feinstein, Brady et.al., uncomfortable. Then go shoot 'em. Safely. (The rounds, at legal targets. Not the politicos. Hat tip to the English Teacher in Japan!) They really hate that, because it undermines their premise that you aren't smart and reliable enough to own guns... only agents of the government can. And I became unreliable the day I retired, as far as they are concerned. I could handle nukes, but now I shouldn't be allowed near handguns... but of course, they have government paid-for security, that, oddly enough, you don't have...

Anyway - if you don't own a gun, go buy one (in compliance with all the local laws, of course - even if you don't agree with 'em, unless you want to be the test case...) and get some ammo. If you support the concept, but don't want a gun, cool - buy some ammo for the gun owner you know! (Again, with all those legal disclaimers!)

While I'm at it - it's time for a Periodic Goblin Warning™.

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count, btw. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.


AND the Usual Disclaimers™ for Anti-gunners and surfing LEO's.

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own. On these pages I will from time to time share my toys, much like Kim du Toit does.

If ya don't want to wait on me, go hit the "Second Amendment Shrine" link over there on the right.

Update - fixed those pesky ATF links. Wascals went and moved everything!

by John on Nov 13, 2004

October 13, 2004

Bwahahahaha!!!...

This should drive John of Argghhh! completely effing nuts...

Bozos...

Instapilot
(HT to Drudge)

by Dusty on Oct 13, 2004

October 09, 2004

For the Record...

This is NOT the Armorer's house [registration req'd, see Flash Traffic]. Among other things, I'm only 47, and I don't have any pipe bombs, nor do I have 43 pounds of black powder. While I do own booby-traps, none are set, all are on display, and are inert, anyway. In fact, I have nothing that is illegal in Kansas, in the Armory. I would note that most of what is listed in the article isn't illegal, either. To include the 43 lbs of black powder - though that much black powder might be subject to some regulatory issues. I don't know - I'm still working through the one-pound can I've had for 4 years.

But events like this are exactly why I went public with the Armory - first in a presentation to my local Rotary Club (of which the Chief of Police is a member) which was the Genesis of The Castle - check those first few pics. To show people that not everyone is a dangerous loon, and to not seem like I'm hiding anything, and to in a sense, innoculate the Collection. No, that won't stop a zealous LEO or Prosecutor from trying - but serves to make it harder. But I live in an area where that isn't likely. Assuming the arsenal's contents were fully-legal in Seattle, for example (they aren't) I might have chosen a different path.

The gentleman in question in the article apparently drew attention to himself when, somehow, he or a family member threw away a training grenade that had been modified by plugging the hole, and filled with black powder and fused. The local trash haulers found the grenade and apparently were able to deduce the residence from the trash that accompanied the grenade.

The difference? Intent. Just as you cannot tell if a person buying a car is intending to use it in a robbery, the same thing holds true of people like me, who have large collections of military stuff, and the manuals that go with them.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Oct 09, 2004
» triticale - the wheat / rye guy links with: In The Meantime

September 14, 2004

Welcome back into the light...

Here are the weapons at the Armory of Castle Argghhh! that were subject to controls under the AWB, when in their original, military configuration, i.e., bayonet lugs, flash suppressors, and grenade launchers (all features eagerly sought by criminals):

Our M1A (in the middle).
Our L1A1
Our ROMAK (semi-auto AK clone).

Here are the weapons in the Armory that would be subject to banning by the strict interpretation of the bill (though the shotgun would be a stretch even for a liberal judge) that Senator Kerry is co-sponsor of:

Our Garand.
Our M1 Carbine, M1A, and Winchester M97 Riot Gun (top, center, bottom, in order)
Our French semis (the three on the bottom).
Our Tokarev carbine.
Our Tokarev rifle.
Our SKS's.
Our L1A1.

Here's what I could still own.

Our DEWAT Vickers.
Our DEWAT Maxim.

Under the law, both are reactivateable (izzat a word?).

If I were to acquire a registered base cup, our M2 60mm mortar would be legal in shootable condition, too.

As Charles Krauthammer noted (via Volokh in Legal Affairs), this isn't about safety, or crime. It's about boiling the frog, stone-souping the masses, desensitizing the public, for eventual confiscation. Which is why we will fight these fights again. Forever. Until/Unless they win - when the only way the fight will be fought again is as it was fought in 1776. Which is not really a Good Thing. So, we'll have to keep fighting 'em off, and fighting 'em off, and fighting 'em off.

Sigh.

Oh, and first time visitors to the Castle who find themselves shocked and horrified should probably go here, and read the Standard Disclaimer™ and stuff, before you grab the phone and ring up the ATFE. And first time visitors to the Castle who see an 'insta-collection' opportunity should probably also go read the Standard Disclaimers - especially the Periodic Goblin Warning™.

by John on Sep 14, 2004
» Bad Example links with: PLEASE PUT THE SILENT BACK IN SILENT NIGHT

September 13, 2004

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead! The sun sets on the assault weapons ban!


Quote:
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Breaking News

For September 13, 2004
Semiautomatic Assault Weapon Update

By statute, the prohibitions relating to semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices expired on September 13, 2004. As a result, certain sections of the Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, and its implementing regulations, 27 CFR Part 478, are no longer in effect.

David Kopel observes in NRO today:

At midnight tonight, the federal ban on so-called "assault weapons" expires. As a constitutional moment, the expiration is as significant for the Second Amendment as the March 3, 1801, expiration of the Alien and Sedition Acts was for the First Amendment. These federal laws were not found unconstitutional by any court, but the laws expired in disgrace because our political system, as expressed through congressional elections, determined them to be infringements on the Bill of Rights.

As detailed by Leonard Levy in his book Origins of the Bill of Rights, the political defeat of the Alien and Sedition Acts resulted in a much broader, more speech-protective understanding of the First Amendment. It is possible that that the political defeat of the gun prohibition will have a similar effect.

Of course, the Assault Weapons Ban wasn't really about those bad evil AK look-alikes. It was about this:

In an April 5, 1996, column in the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer, who forthrightly supports total gun prohibition, wrote, "Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation."

Huzzah to all of you who fought the good fight!


Walking the Walls
Publicola
Geek with a .45
Triggerfinger
SayUncle
Kim du Toit
Alphecca
Hellinahandbasket
The Smallest Minority
WeckUpToThees!
Gunner

and many, many, many others. If you want to get added to this list, just drop me a line (and point to a gun-loving post). I know I haven't even gotten close to listing everybody...

Now I'll have to go check on the upswing of drive-by bayonetings and rifle grenadings.

Because as Dr. Timothy Wheeler points out (also on NRO) - it ain't over yet. It ain't really ever over for the nanny-staters.

by John on Sep 13, 2004

September 09, 2004

Just another example of the importance of the 2nd Amendment.

Knowing how to use a pistol *can* save your life. All I have to say is - the dog needs to practice his aim. As for the human in the story... a$$hole.

Police: Puppy Shot Man Trying To Kill Dogs (NB: Good!)

POSTED: 7:02 am EDT September 9, 2004
UPDATED: 7:05 am EDT September 9, 2004

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A man who was trying to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs made the .38-caliber revolver discharge, deputies said.

Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, of Pensacola, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Bradford was being treated at an undisclosed hospital for the gunshot wound to his wrist, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy.

Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old puppies in the head because he couldn't find another home for the shepherd-mix dogs, according to the sheriff's office.

On Monday, he was holding two puppies, one in his arms and another in his left hand, when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger, making the gun discharge, the sheriff's report said.

The revolver and a rifle were seized from the home, deputies said.

Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford's home, Roy said. The other four appeared to be in good health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.

"That should never have to happen," said Bruce Rova, director of the Escambia County Animal Shelter. "There are so many options people have. We'll try to find them a new home."

by John on Sep 09, 2004

September 04, 2004

Lawmaking Shenanigans around the Country.

Via Say Uncle we go to Freedom Sight - to learn a bit about Ghost Voting in California, and some legislators who feel the laws are for you, not them. Especially laws passed by you, and not them.

by John on Sep 04, 2004

September 03, 2004

Need to add to your own arsenal?

But yer broke? Kids in college? Saving for that downpayment?

Gunner at No Quarters has some help for you!

Update: Don Sensing has a little something for your arsenals, too. Beretta's new shotgun. I'll wait until it's fifty years old before I get one. Just being consistent.

by John on Sep 03, 2004

August 16, 2004

Um, some day, maybe...

We'll learn that focusing on the tools, and not the behaviors, simply displaces the tools, not the behaviors.

But, we'll be seen as having 'done something' and in fact not really have to do anything...

by John on Aug 16, 2004

August 09, 2004

There really is some gun stuff here today.

If you want to skip the politics and get to the bullets: Go here.

by John on Aug 09, 2004

August 07, 2004

Today is range day at Castle Argghhh!

Wherein the Armorer will take his old high school pal and pal's 17-year old son out to do some shooting. Pal's son is from his first marriage to a Hungarian woman - who took son with her when she returned to Hungary. It's son's first time in the US, and he's got some interesting Euro-views. But he's enamored of things military, and the AK-47 in particular, so today we'll let him shoot the Arsenal's representative of the species.

Click the pic for hi-res.

As for myself, I will fire it as well, indulging myself in this little travesty - shooting it with an RPG-7 sight attached. Yes, it fits the rail. The rail is the standard Warsaw Pact rail...

This Mistress of Argghhh! is spending the day working the office of a horse show, otherwise she'd be bustin' caps with us.

by John on Aug 07, 2004

August 06, 2004

Gun Rights Symposium

Some of the leading lights of the Gun Rights debate (on the pro side) got together in 2003 to produce a counterweight to the predictable conferences conducted by the UN on the subject of global control of small arms.

There is a 56 minute DVD available here, for $16.95 (including shipping)

If you'd like a preview of the DVD, go here.

I've ordered one.

Hat tip to Dave Kopel via NRO.

by John on Aug 06, 2004

August 05, 2004

Think the Assault Weapons Ban made you safer?

Yeah, I know - not many of you who read this blog think that way... but who knows who wanders in from time to time?

Well, I know someone who *isn't* safer because we banned hi-cap mags, and bad combinations of bayonet lugs, grenade launchers, and pistol grips (read about how the drive by bayonetings and grenadings dropped from 0 to, well, 0?)

So, who *is* being injured and inconvenienced?

Soldiers.

Heartless Libertarian is on the case.

by John on Aug 05, 2004

June 21, 2004

Pull! & "Firers, watch your lanes!"

Americans Sharpen Shooting Skills Sunday, June 20, 2004 LOS ANGELES — Shooting for sport is becoming more and more popular across the country.

Along with Pilates and windsurfing, clay target shooting (search) and handgun target shooting (search) are some of America's fastest growing sports. Some 20 million Americans participate in recreational gun activities.

Those who shoot clays call it "golf with guns."

"It is being looked at more as a sport and recreation, it is not all about hunting," said Rick Matulich of the San Diego Shotgun Sports Association (search).

Target shooting dates back to the 14th century, and it became an Olympic sport in 1896. And while some worry about recreational gun safety, the government says a person is more likely to get hurt riding a bike, playing basketball or swimming.

"It is a great sport," said Bret Erickson (search), 2004 U.S. Olympic shotgun team member. "It is a sport for all ages; it is a sport for the whole family and it is a huge growing sport."

From Fox News.

by John on Jun 21, 2004
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Some things that make ya go, hmmmm.

IRAQ: Baghdad is Safer than Washington, DC

June 21, 2004: The anti-government violence in Iraq is causing a annualized death rate of 15 per 100,000 population for terrorist activities alone. That compares to a murder rate in the United States of 5.6 per 100,000. European nations have an average rate of about four per 100,000, while Russia is 20 per 100,000. Some nations are particularly violent. South Africa has a murder rate of 59, and neighboring Namibia is 45. Colombia, in South America, was over 50 a few years ago, but is now down to the 30s because a crackdown on armed militias. The Middle East tends of have low murder rates, with Turkey having a rate of 2.3. Israel also had a rate of 2.3, until the Palestinians began their terrorism campaign in late 2000. The deaths from suicide bombings and other
attacks doubled Israel's murder rate to about 4 per 100,000, although that has
been coming down in the past year.

But Iraq has become accustomed to a high murder rate. Saddam's police forces were the cause of many murders, and as far back as the 1970s, the official murder rate was 12 per 100,000. The coalition forces and Iraqi security forces have gotten the non-terrorist murder rate down to about five per 100,000. This, combined with the deaths caused by terrorists, produces a rate of about 20 per year. The murder rate in Washington, DC, is over 60 per 100,000.

One thing that jumps out there... "easy availability" of firearms does not seem to be a consistent factor, does it? Criminal and political violence seems to be a better, if not fully consistent, index. Yet, the middle east abounds with criminal activity, just not as vicious (though the political violence more than compensates). Hmmmm.

INFANTRY: New Helmet for Australian Infantry

June 21, 2004: Australia, after studying four different helmet designs, accepted one from an Israeli firm and is introducing it as the Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH). Some ten ounces lighter than the current helmet, the ECH also offers better protection and is much more comfortable. The Israeli proposal is a modified (to meet Australian specifications) version of the RBH 303 helmet (itself a modification of the RBH 103 helmet currently used by the Israeli armed forces.) The main modifications were improved ballistics protection, changes to the padding system, the elimination of the front brim and a reduction in ear coverage to enable troops to use “Active Noise Reduction” equipment. The ECH comes in four sizes (small, medium, large and extra large), with the heaviest one weighing 2.6 pounds. The RBH 303 only had three sizes, but it was found
that many Australian troops, well, had big heads.

The current Australian helmet, the PASGT, is similar to the Kevlar model adopted by the United States in the early 1980s, and by many nations after that. The Kevlar design was a third generation combat helmet, and nicknamed the “Fritz” after its resemblance to the German helmets used in both World Wars. The German World War I design, which was based on an analysis of where troops were being hit by fragments and bullets in combat, was the most successful combat helmet in that war. This basic design was little changed during World War II, and finally adopted by many other nations after the American Kevlar helmet appeared in the 1980s.

Most of the second generation helmets, which appeared largely during World War II, were similar to the old American “steel pot” design. The fourth generation helmets, currently appearing, use better synthetic materials and more comfortable design.

The Aussies have big heads? Say it ain't so, Vern! Trivia note on the 'fritz' helmet design. Deliberate decision made in the 50's when the steel pot got relooked to *not* go with the 'fritz' helmet shape. That shape was just too identified with german militarism and Nazi excess to even think about adopting it. A splinter argument, if you will, of the discussions about whether or not to use the Nazi concentration-camp-derived medical data, which was a mixed bag of yes and no, regarding it's use.

SURFACE WARSHIPS: Naval Gunfire Support Questions

June 21, 2004: The debate over naval gunfire support has raged since the retirement of the Iowa-class battleships in 1991. While the revolution in precision-guided munitions has made air support much more reliable and effective, there are still people who raise questions about adequate fire-support for Marine operations.

With the retirement of the Iowa-class battleships and their 16-inch (406mm) guns, despite superb performance in Operation Desert Storm, the largest guns for fire-support has been the 5-inch (127mm) guns on the Ticonderoga-class cruisers, and the Spruance and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The Spruances are headed for retirement, though. This leaves the Navy arguably short on bombardment capability, particularly due to the troubled development of the Extended-Range Guided Munition, which was to have a range of 100 kilometers. The 155mm shells for the Advanced Gun System on the Zumwalt-class destroyers will have a range of 180 kilometers. However, these are relatively small shells, weighing about 260 pounds (118 kilograms) for the 155mm and 110 pounds (50 kilograms) for the 5-inch shells.

While better than nothing, the United States Marine Corps is not convinced there is enough fire support to do the job, even with the shift of carrier air wings to an all-Hornet strike wing (consisting of F/A-18E/F and F/A-18C Hornets) . While aircraft with smart bombs can deliver ordinance (sic) cheaply ($18,000 for a GBU-31 based off of the Mk84), and on target (currently within 40 feet, but in reality it is much closer – a new version promises hits within ten feet), there is a lengthy turnaround time to fuel and re-arm the aircraft. Tomahawks or other land-attack missiles (like the suspended Land-Attack Standard Missile, which has a speed of Mach 3.5, and a range of 280 kilometers) are expensive ($500,000 per Tomahawk, roughly $420,000 for the Standard missile). Naval gunfire support (and artillery) doesn’t have the drawback of a lengthy period of time for a follow-up attack or high cost.

These perceived shortfalls in fire support are the reason that there has been a lobbying effort to reactivate at least two of the Iowa-class battleships, led by the United States Naval Fire Support Association (USNFSA). The two ships that would return to service should the USNFSA get its way are the Iowa (the #2 turret has been nearly repaired, and the parts to complete the repairs are stored in that turret) and the Wisconsin. These ships would be equipped with shells developed from the HE-ER Mk 148 program (cancelled after the 1991 decommissioning of the battleships). The Ex-148 was slated to have a range of 91 kilometers using a 13.5-inch (343mm) shell in a sabot. An 11-inch (280mm) version would have had a range of 180 kilometers (equivalent to the 155mm AGS). These shells, at 1,400 pounds/635 kilograms and 694 pounds/315 kilograms respectively, are much larger than the shells from the 127mm and 155mm guns. For targets close to shore (within 15 miles/25 kilometers or so), the Iowas could use their regular shells, either the 2,700-pound (1,225-kilogram) armor-piercing shell or the 1,900-pound (862-kilogram) high-capacity shell. This is possible due to the fact that the Iowa-class battleships carry much more armor than the Burke and Zumwalt-class destroyers, and are thus much more resistant to damage.

The controversy will not go away, even after the last Iowa becomes a museum. If anything, a new era of the big gun could be dawning as the United States Navy seeks to address the concerns of the Marines – or at least to quiet the complaints before Congress takes note of them and makes the Navy do something. – Harold C. Hutchison (hchutch@ix.netcom.com)

USNFSA website: (a number of links on that site are broken)

The Iowas were retired because they were expensive to crew and operate, and the cost to try to refit them with more automation was consdered prohibitive. And, just like the Army, when we retired the 8inch cannon for similar reasons (and the impact the ammo has on the logistics system - artillery ammo is very heavy in log terms, and takes up a lot of carry capacity for its volume) the guys on the ground still wish for something that gives as satisfactory a bang at the delivery end, in all weather, all the time, in ways that aircraft just can't. We tried going without artillery in Afghanistan... and found out we still need it.

This and other good stuff is available from Strategy Page.

by John on Jun 21, 2004
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June 03, 2004

Silly News Polls.

Since CNN is still running it - go vote in their poll regarding lifting or extending the Assault Weapons Ban. I think we know where the Armorer sits on this issue, eh?

And I offer this, without comment:

An Arkansas school teacher who gave her students a fish-shaped water gun is under fire from a parent who says she disapproves of weapons in her house, reports KPOM-TV in Ft. Smith, Ark. The teacher at an elementary school in Rogers, Ark., gave her students the squirter following a lesson about animals in the rain forest. School officials say she feels horrible about the entire situation and didn't mean to offend anyone.

The parent who complained, Karen Young, doesn't want fish-shaped toy guns in her house because she accidentally shot an ex-boyfriend one time when the gun she was beating him with went off.

Oh hell, I have to comment. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can't make this stuff up! From this little series of Fox News gems.

by John on Jun 03, 2004

May 21, 2004

And, for any new visitors...

This is why I started the site, even if I get distracted a lot. That ADD thing, y'know.

by John on May 21, 2004

April 18, 2004

Today should be a Good Day.

As it will involve shooting this:

Remington Zouave Rifle (Repro)


This:

Enfield 3-Band Rifle (Repro)

And This:

Charleville Fusil (Repro - we don't shoot the antique blackpowder, folks. Hard to replace)

Okay, so the last one isn't Civil War. I wanna shoot it anyway.


Taking some Japanese visitors from a Rotary-sponsored exchange group out shooting blackpowder Civil War era weapons. The above are my contribution, there will also be a Springfield M1861, and a Sharps and a Spencer.

by John on Apr 18, 2004

April 16, 2004

New Gun Video

In the tradition of the Glock video and other offerings of the Armory - we bring you a really cool video of Bluegrass Armory trying to destroy one of their .50 Cal BMG rifles.

I want one of these!

Dial-Up Connections

High Speed Connections

by John on Apr 16, 2004

April 15, 2004

Ooo! Look! Anti-Gun Humor!

Good to know we're all just hood-wearing redneck racist death merchants. He really knows us, doesn't he, this Mike Seate?

There probably won't be this many white men packing heat in our city since the 1918 Armistice Day parade.

Here's his list of thigh slappers:

· Ask a gun seller whether he carries any weapons that shoot rapid-fire cream pies. Explain that there's a particularly annoying clown on your block who needs to be taken out. Say this while winking every so often.

· When trying on a new .44 magnum pistol for size, ask whether there's a model available with a quart-capacity flask attached for evenings out. Remind the seller of how "the only thing more fun than shooting is drinking and shooting."

· Dress up in a white sheet and pointed hood and carry a noose. Then ask gun salesmen whether they have anything to "help create the perfect matching ensemble."

· Find the convention's organizers and demand to know why Dirty Harry, Rambo and "that weird Moses guy" aren't appearing in person this year.

· Tell passers-by you're thinking of starting a street gang and need information about the best kinds of guns and ammo to use for drive-bys.

· Set up a booth selling accidental death insurance policies and grave markers. Offer a free cemetery plot with the purchase of any assault rifle.

· Skip places in the line of visitors waiting to enter the convention center by insisting that you're mad as hell at that nosy mother-in-law and need to get even, right now.

· Get hold of the speaker phones connected to the public-address system and shout "Hey everybody -- Bill and Hillary Clinton are outside the building!" The stampede should last for hours.

· Find a table specializing in the sort of teflon-coated bullets that are capable of piercing bulletproof vests. Tell the seller you were considering becoming a police officer until you saw them.

Anybody got some (that are printable, people, and not criminal) that they'd like to send to him? From our side of the fence? Leave 'em here, or click on the "Mike Seate" link, and mail 'em direct! If you leave 'em here, I'll package 'em and send 'em along.

Hat tip to RL for pointing it out!

by John on Apr 15, 2004

"Guns make all photo's better"

Can't argue with that sentiment. So, without further ado...

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Squad Designated Marksman school. Taught by members of the Texas State Rifle Association National Match Team. All RNA highly classified shooters and Distinguished Rifles.

Hoo-ah!

by John on Apr 15, 2004

After you mail your taxes, go Buy A Gun!

Go exercise that 2nd Amendment right.

Aaron sez so!

I gotta wait for the refund, but then that M1911 is mine!

All these people can't be wrong!

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by John on Apr 15, 2004
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April 05, 2004

Some Random Noise on Guns and Crime.

From the Bureau of Justice Statistics :

Offenders

According to the 1997 Survey of State Prison Inmates, among those possessing a gun, the source of the gun was from -

-a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
-a retail store or pawnshop for about 12%
-family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%

NB: Note that huge loophole at work here. 2%. Vice the 12% that came through legally licensed dealers - who are either crooked or not doing their job (doing s/n checks on firearms coming into the store). The one stolen weapon I ever owned I bought properly (as in doing the paperwork) at a retail store, and when I subsequently resold it - the dealer buying it ran the s/n and it turned out to be stolen. I had to give the merchant his money back. And the police returned the pistol to it's rightful owner. The original dealer said, "Tough shit, not my fault." That got him a visit from the ATF. I never did get my money back, but he doesn't sell guns anymore, either. So, why all the noise about gun shows and flea markets? Simple. Good press, and a seemingly easy kill, though that hasn't really turned out to be the case. All shutting those venues down will do is shift the stuff back into the much-harder-to-catch column - the street, and stealing 'em. Ask the Brits and Aussies how well shutting down legal gun-sales venues has helped their firearms-related violence numbers.

During the offense that brought them to prison, 15% of State inmates and 13% of Federal inmates carried a handgun, and about 2%, a military-style semiautomatic gun.

On average, State inmates possessing a firearm received sentences of 18 years, while those without a weapon had an average sentence of 12 years.

Among prisoners carrying a firearm during their crime, 40% of State inmates and 56% of Federal inmates received a sentence enhancement because of the firearm.

Just thought y'all might be interested.

Don't believe me? Wanna look for yourself? Right here.

March 29, 2004

Update on the New Orleans Search Case.

I have a trackback to my post on that subject that offers a much more informed view than I had. I was gratified to find that Brutal Hugs does not consider me a 'chicken-little' blogger on the subject! 8^)

He also has the info that I hadn't found - the details of the case. So, I was 'howling' a bit - but it got me what I wanted...

I'm still sticking to my guns on the issue of allowing LEO access to my home (there are exceptions, of course, and I do have cop friends), but in general, as the courts have also held that a right undefended can be interpreted as a right surrendered in the context of the single instance, I'll defend.

But - you should go read Brutal Hug's discourse on the subject (even if he can't spell Argghhh! - two g's, three h's, sirrah!).

A snippet that helps illuminate the case:

The police went to the suspect's home (a 14x16 foot trailer) and entered at the invitation of the suspect's roommate. They were told the defendant was in the bedroom, so they go to the bedroom to conduct a Terry interview. Once in the bedroom, they discover the defendant is missing. So far, so good. They've done nothing wrong. Here's where it gets contentious.

The police then check the immediate area to make sure the defendant isn't hiding in the closets or under the bed because they fear he might jump out and harm them. In the course of that search, they find a couple rifles, but they left them there. The cops ran outside and found the suspect hiding in the woods (guess he jumped out the window). They questioned and arrested him, got a search warrant, and come back to seize the rifles.

I have to agree with the overall thrust of Brutal Hugs' argument here: if that's all there was to it - and the ruling truly limits it to that, then I have much less angst about it, and I fall back to the "shall not cross with my permission" stand. Of course, I'm hosed in that regard if The Wife or The Kid let's 'em in, but that's a horse of a different color. Not that I'm hiding anything. The collection is on the 'net after all, and I did a presentation on it at Rotary, where the Chief of Police is a fellow member...

by John on Mar 29, 2004
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March 27, 2004

Plucked from a comment thread...

Teresa in a comment pointed to this article via SheepFreeZone (worth a read by himself, btw) regarding the recent farcical actions by state governments in Australia.

For my Australian readers - my sincere condolences. Your leftistlators obviously don't have enough to do.

AUSTRALIANS are a dangerous lot. Weapons that would hardly cause a second thought in the hands of a citizen in another country generate concern when held by an Australian.

Fortunately, some Australian state governments have understood the dangers of letting ordinary Australians get access to weapons such as laser pointers, a popular device for making business and academic presentations in countries such as the US.

Americans may feel safe when an academic addresses a conference using a laser pointer. In the hands of an Australian, however, there is understandable fear that these devices could do untold harm. An Australian academic with a laser pointer would cause real panic.

The rest of it (a short read, and funny) is here.

by John on Mar 27, 2004

March 25, 2004

The rights of an englishman...

...to be prey, have just been reinforced. Rise up at the ballot box people - take back your rights.

From Manchester Online:


Man who killed armed intruder jailed

A Salford man who stabbed to death an armed intruder at his home was jailed for eight years.

Carl Lindsay, 25, answered a knock at his door in Salford, Greater Manchester, to find four men armed with a gun.

When the gang tried to rob him he grabbed a samurai sword and stabbed one of them, 37-year-old Stephen Swindells, four times.

Mr Swindells, of Salford, was later found collapsed in an alley and died in hospital.

Lindsay, of Walkden, was found guilty of manslaughter following a three-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.

He was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment.

WTF? I guess stabbing someone four times whose holding a gun on you is "excessive force"? I'm sorry - I've got a few Brit readers, can any of you, off line or in the comments shed light on the logic of this case? As reported, I can only assume that mad cow has affected the entire judicial system.

...After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Haworth said: "Four men, including the victim, had set out purposefully to rob Carl Lindsay and this intent ultimately led to Stephen Swindells' death.

"I believe the sentences passed today reflect the severity of the circumstances."

I can only hope that this man was badly misquoted.

Three other men were charged with robbery and firearms offences in connection with the incident, which took place in February last year.

Again I ask my readers - I don't have the time to surf for this this week - does anybody know what happened to the perps? Man, here's a guy in his house who is living the shopworn phrase, "Better to be judged by six than carried by twelve."

Idiots.

The whole article is here.

by John on Mar 25, 2004

March 03, 2004

In keeping track of the gun bills in Congress of late...

I have let Say Uncle and Publicola be my guide, as I'm waaay too busy at the moment to keep up on it minute by minute like those guys (and the people they linked to, as well) did!

Salute! And thanks, guys!

by John on Mar 03, 2004

March 01, 2004

Time to push your Senators!

Published as a public service to gun owners and wannabe gun owners nationwide. Remember - don't rely on the firearms industry to help on this. They don't care about the AWB ban, and they don't care about gun shows. It's not their ox being gored there.

OldGuns.net News Flash Attention all OldGuns.net Newsletter subscribers- the next 48 hours will determine the future of gun shows and gun collecting in the U.S. YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY, RIGHT NOW! As you know the Senate is debating SB 1805 to provide protection to the firearms industry against frivolous lawsuits being orchestrated by the gun ban lobby with the aim of putting all gun makers and dealers out of business through ruinous legal fees. After several years of work the NRA and pro-gun rights forces have gotten enough support to get that bill passed in the Senate, and it already passed the House by a large margin. Before voting on the frivolous lawsuit bill, anti gun extremists are trying to attach amendments that will kill it, or if it passes, will enact some of their pet projects to cripple gun rights. More amendments are being offered Monday (1 March), and they will be voting on amendments late Monday or Tuesday just before the bill comes up for a final vote. ONE MORE TIME!! CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS IMMEDITELY, THEN FAX THEM If you can only email, that helps, but they REALLY need to get PHONE CALLS and FAXES in their Washington and local offices all day Monday and early Tuesday. The message is simple: "SUPPORT SB 1805- Frivolous Lawsuit Protection, but we are counting on you to DEFEAT any "assault weapon ban" or "gun show" amendments. According to our sources, it looks like the pro-gun rights forces in the Senate have the votes to pass the lawsuit protection bill. We think we have the votes to keep the "assault weapons and magazine ban" from being attached. It is NOT CLEAR if they can keep the McCain-Reed "Gun Show Loophole" bill from being attached to the frivolous lawsuit ban. This is the critical vote where your Senator must support gun rights. Before an election the will tell you about how they own guns and "support the Second Amendment" which is usually BS. Let them know you will judge their support for gun rights by how they vote on the "gun show" amendment and the final vote on SB 1805 to ban frivolous lawsuits. NOT ONLY NO, BUT HELL NO! to gun show restrictions! The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics studies in 1991 and 1997 proved that LESS THAN 1% of criminals get their guns from gun shows. They mainly get them from family, friends, or illegal sources. Gun shows are not a crime problem. The McCain-Reed bill is not just aimed at making sales by non-dealers at gun shows go through a background check. It is aimed at putting gun shows out of business, and implementing a process that will enable a de facto registration system for all firearms transfers between law abiding citizens. The next step will be to force newspaper sales and family member transfers into the dealer record system. This is the bill that will require everyone taking a gun to a show to register and provide ID. If anyone so much as mentions a possible sale or trade at a show, the transfer MUST go through a dealer, or they will be guilty of a felony, even if the transaction takes place months or years later, and nowhere near a gun show. This bill makes the show promoter liable for any illegal transactions at (or after) a show, a risk that no sane person would accept. In short, it will end gun shows in the United States forever. One aspect of gun shows that politicians may appreciate (or fear) is that they are a gathering point for political free speech among people with generally conservative beliefs. Besides looking at guns, people at gun shows learn how be politically active, meet candidates, register to vote, and organize to share information about candidates and their positions. Putting an end to such "dangerous" meetings is probably as big a goal of the gun grabbers and their allies as their attack on gun rights. It is imperative that every gun owner ONCE AGAIN, contact your Senators and tell them Vote YES on SB 1805, and vote NO on any amendments dealing with "assault weapon bans" or "gun show loopholes." The assault weapon and gun show provisions are not anti-crime measures, they are deceptive gun control schemes that are unacceptable to law abiding citizens. HOW TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS- EMAIL ADDRESSES: This link will call up the NRA-ILA list of Senators and their sponsorship status. (it is a long one- you may have to cut and pste it into your browser window) http://www.capwiz.com/nra/issues/bills/?bill=5044436&cs_party=all&cs_status=all&cs_state=ALL Go to your state, and click on the envelope shape after your Senator's name. This will open up a window to select a prewritten email. You will have to fill in a form with your name, and address (so they can ignore mail from people outside their state). When you click "send message" another screen will open up and you will have to pick a subject and click "send" again before it actually goes out. This takes less than a minute, so please do it NOW! PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS Look in the blue pages of your phone books under U.S. Government and you will usually find both their Washington office and a local officer. Call and FAX to BOTH offices. They really do not pay much attention to names or details of your message- but mainly keep a tally of how many calls/faxes they get for or against an issue. Remember when you call- You will not talk to the Senator, just a nice staff member who really only wants to know what bill, and if you are for it or against it, so you don't need to be ready for a big debate. The message is simple: "SUPPORT SB 1805- Frivolous Lawsuit Protection, but we are counting on you to DEFEAT any "assault weapon ban" or "gun show" amendments. We apologize for taking up your valuable time, but if you like the junque we sell at http://OldGuns.net, then you NEED to take action on this IMMEDIATELY. If the "gun show loophole" bill is passed, it will be the end of gun shows in the U.S., and probably make your collection worthless and end the hobby. This is THAT serious! Thanks for you time. John Spangler & Marc Wade http://OldGuns.net
by John on Mar 01, 2004

February 26, 2004

And, we hear from the Junior Senator from New York on items of interest to gun owners nationwide.

February 25, 2004

Mr. XXXXXXXXX
Canaseraga, New York 14822

Dear Mr. XXXXXXXXX,

Thank you for your letter and for sharing your thoughts about guns control. New York has a long and proud tradition in which hunters and sportsman have used guns responsibly; protecting the Constitution and the Second Amendment is vital to that tradition. I also believe, however, that we must do all we can to ensure that guns are kept safely away from children and out of the hands of criminals and terrorists. That is why I support strengthening laws concerning gun shows, and believe we need to give law enforcement agencies the resources they need to enforce existing gun laws in order to apprehend and prosecute violent criminals.

Hmmm. In writing, the Second Amendment is important. As long as we limit you to weapons available when the amendment was written. After all, wasn't that the intent of the Founders? Nice to know she's interested in enforcing the law. Some question of that back in the day. Of course, would that include the provisions of the Patriot Act, as well?

Closing the gun show loophole would help prevent criminals having easy access to guns without the background checks that are required of gun purchasers at regular licensed dealers. It would also help protect our children and families from the crimes that result when criminals acquire firearms from gun shows in many states that do not require this common sense safety measure. Although New York State requires background checks on gun buyers at all shows, New Yorkers are still at risk from guns trafficked from other states with more lenient laws. Because state borders do not stop criminals, a loophole anywhere is a loophole in New York - and everywhere else in our nation.

Aside from the dig at Federalism, the Funny Thing here is - not really true. The gun show 'loophole' has been in effect since the '84 change in the law - and, (especially after controlling for the gang wars in the late 80's) the gun violence trend has been down, not up. At least according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, at any rate.

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So, not only are the absolute numbers dropping - given the 10 million or so increase in population over the period - the rate is dropping as well. So, lets expend more effort on a meaningless gesture that makes us feel good, regardless of whether or not it works. Almost a perfect definition of the modern liberal, vice, say, Hubert Humphrey, Scoop Jackson, or Harry S. Truman.

I also support making permanent the ban on semiautomatic assault weapons, which is set to expire on September 13, 2004. Such weapons are not needed for legitimate hunting and gaming purposes and instead can cause great harm to New York.

From the 1999 Justice Department report on the effectiveness of the ban: "Given the limited use of the banned guns and magazines in gun crimes, even the maximum theoretically achievable preventive effect of the ban on outcomes such as the gun murder rate is almost certainly too small to detect statistically..." Hat tip to Say Uncle and AWBANSunset.


Lastly, I wanted to give you my position on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Proponents of this legislation claim that it will prevent frivolous lawsuits and protect firearms manufacturers, dealers, and distributors from being held responsible for the actions of criminals. A close examination of the bill, however, reveals that it would deprive gun violence victims of their legal rights by terminating pending and prospective civil cases involving a wide range of industry misconduct. The bill would rewrite well-accepted principles of liability law, which generally hold that persons and companies may be liable for the foreseeable consequences of their wrongful acts. It would give the gun industry legal protections no other industry enjoys. For these reasons, I oppose this legislation.

I don't have the energy to respond to this. Others no doubt will take care of it.

Again, thank you for sharing your views about gun control. As the legislative agenda of Congress proceeds, please continue to let me know how you feel about this and other issues important to New York and our nation. For regular updates on this and the many issues being debated before the United States Senate, I encourage you to visit my website at http://clinton.senate.gov.

Sincerely yours,
Hillary Rodham Clinton

It would almost be worth it to move to New York, just to vote against you. But I'll leave that up to New Yorkers.


by John on Feb 26, 2004
» Say Uncle links with: John on Guns

Head's up for Illinois gun owners.

Ya'll might want to come to turret defilade and start firing off the letters. I dunno if this is an annual ritual for you guys or if this is new. No, I don't know what what "...and any one of five additional characteristics" references.


Illinois Senate Bill 2561 Would Outlaw Virtually All Semiautomatic
Firearms -- And Would Seize The Guns You Now Own!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org


February 26, 2004


Just when it seems likely that Congress may sunset the
unconstitutional federal ban on new semiautomatic firearms, anti-gun
members of the Illinois Senate in Springfield are pushing
legislation that would make Washington, D.C., look pro-gun by
comparison.

Illinois Senate Bill 2561, sponsored by anti-gun zealot Senator
Antonio Munoz, would outlaw virtually all semiautomatic firearms --
whether or not covered by the federal ban -- and would require that
all banned guns be immediately relinquished.

What would be banned under the Illinois law? Under section 5 of the
bill, banned firearms would include:

* any semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine of any size
and any one of five additional characteristics;

* any semiautomatic pistol with a detachable magazine of any size
and any one of five additional characteristics;

* any semiautomatic shotgun with a folding or telescoping stock, a
protruding pistol grip, a fixed magazine capacity exceeding five
rounds, or an ability to accept a detachable magazine.

After 90 days, possession of all of these firearms would be
outlawed. If you fail to turn in, remove, or incapacitate your
semiautomatic firearm, the police could come and seize your firearm
-- at gunpoint, in the presence of your family -- and you would be
guilty of a Class 3 felony and subject to imprisonment.


ACTION: Contact your state senator. Tell him or her to oppose the
unconstitutional gun ban contained in Illinois Senate Bill 2561. A
roster of senators and phone numbers, as well as a pre-written
message, appear below. If you do not know your district, you can
find it at
http://www.elections.state.il.us/dls/pages/DLSAddresscrit.asp by
plugging in your zip code. Note: Illinois state senators do not
normally maintain public e-mail addresses.


by John on Feb 26, 2004

February 24, 2004

Thought for the day.

Don't bring a nickel-plated toy to a gunfight.

Looks like a kid who either needs help, or is a candidate for, as the Emperor would put it, Cloroxing out the gene pool.

by John on Feb 24, 2004

February 21, 2004

Proof - photos of Armed Canadians (not in the service)

An Armed Canadian in the Wild!

Dr. Funk did pick up that Czech rifle we talked about a while ago.

And took it out and used it!

And took pictures. And posted 'em. Some people in Ottawa are probably besides themselves. One can only hope, anyway!

by John on Feb 21, 2004

February 16, 2004

I want! I want!

From Iron Bear at Who Tends The Fires we find this link.

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I want one. BTW - did you know that PTRS anti-tank rifles are available now in Germany - but not here? Thanks, Sarah. Sigh. I want one of those, too. But I feel so much safer knowing the SaraHillary BradhyShumerStein is watching over me. I know they will come to my aid if I need it. Well, I'm sure they'll call 911 anyway. Probably to report me, not save me. Hmmm. Better take a happy pill.

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by John on Feb 16, 2004

Now this is almost as good as getting your ashes shot to the moon...

Now here's a woman who knows her man.

Husband's ashes used for shotgun cartridges By Auslan Cramb (Filed: 16/02/2004)


The widow of an expert on vintage shotguns had her husband's ashes loaded into cartridges and used by friends for the last shoot of the season.

Joanna Booth organised the shoot for 20 close friends on an estate in Aberdeenshire after asking a cartridge company to mix the ashes of her husband James with traditional shot.

A total of 275 12-bore cartridges were produced from the mix and were blessed
by a minister before they were used to bag pheasants, partridges, ducks and a fox on Brucklay Estate.

Mrs Booth, of Streatham, south London, said it was a marvellous day out and her husband would have loved it. "It was not his dying wish, but I remembered that he had read somewhere that someone had had their ashes loaded into cartridges and he thought it was very funny.

"One of our friends, a woman who had never shot before, got four partridges
with James's marked cartridges."

Mr Booth, an independent sporting and vintage gun specialist for Sotheby's in
London, died two years ago, aged 50, after 18 months in a coma following severe food poisoning.

Julian McHardy, of the Caledonian Cartridge Company in Brechin, Angus, said it
was the first request he had received to put ashes in shotgun cartridges. "He was loaded in our Caledonian Classic, a 28 gramme load, No 6 shot with degradable plastic wadding."

Before the first drive, the cartridges were blessed by the Rev Alistair Donald,
the Church of Scotland minister from the nearby village of New Deer, who said he had no qualms. "It was a perfectly normal scattering of ashes, a few words and prayers. After all, he had a lifelong interest in ballistics."

The special cartridges accounted for 70 partridges, 23 pheasants, seven ducks
and a fox on Jan 31.

"After all, he had a lifelong interest in ballistics."

So, what cartridge would you want to be? I think I'd like to get loaded into 75mm blanks that are used to fire the Salute To The Nation at military installations on the Fourth of July.... I don't think they'd let Beth have me loaded into projectiles being fired at Islamofascists for one last shot at the b@st@rds.

Article is here.

by John on Feb 16, 2004
» Curmudgeonly & Skeptical links with: Oh, Beauty!
» Straight White Guy links with: What's Going On?...

February 10, 2004

Now this is the kind of feedback that wakes up the little boy in me...

Someone discovered the Arsenal at Castle Arggghhh!

For the records, Gents. I AM married. To She Who Will Be Obeyed!, and I'm only 46. I got started in 1974 when I inherited my first rifle, a Springfield Trapdoor.

And, sadly for DWS, there is already a Son and Heir.

by John on Feb 10, 2004

February 08, 2004

Get some, Granny!

I'm not going to steal their thunder - you just need to go read about this California Grandmother who defended her Castle - brought to you by the gents at Boots and Sabers!!

You go, girl!

by John on Feb 08, 2004

February 06, 2004

Will wonders never cease!

The state of Illinois has dropped charges against the man who shot an intruder who was invading his home.

Charges dropped in Wilmette gun case 'We choose to prosecute the real criminal'

By Dan Gibbard
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 6, 2004, 12:44 PM CST

In a slap at Wilmette village officials, Cook County prosecutors today announced they would not pursue charges against a homeowner, who shot and wounded an alleged home intruder, for letting his state firearms registration lapse.

"We choose to prosecute the real criminal here, the person who broke into this house not once, but twice," said Assistant State's Atty. Steve Goebel, supervising prosecutor in the Skokie courthouse.

I previously blogged on this here. So, I feel duty bound to bring it up that at least the State is actually coming out in the open and poking Wilmette officials in the eye, and not just ignoring the whole thing as they could have done.

Wilmette resident Hale DeMar had been charged with failing to renew his state Firearms Owner's Identification Card when it expired in 1988. Had DeMar been found guilty of the misdemeanor, he could have been fined up to $2,500 or sentenced to a year in jail.

"He purchased a gun legally. It was registered. What he failed to do was keep current (his FOI card), and we chose not to prosecute this memory lapse," Goebel said.

Prosecution, Goebel said, "would violate the spirit of the law and be a narrow-minded approach." He said his office decided not to pursue the case after conferring with Wilmette police, who brought the charge.

While I commend the language, Illinoisans are still at the whim of a state official who may twist with the prevailing winds. But for now, good on Mr. Goebel.

And, It's still not over.

The resident still faces village sanctions for having allegedly violated Wilmette's handgun ban. His attorneys have filed a court challenge to the ordinance, saying it violates their client's constitutional privacy rights. The next hearing in that case is set for April 22.

If convicted under the village ordinance, DeMar could be fined up to $750.

Let's pull for DeMar and hope he gets the ban overturned!

The whole article is here. Hat tip to fellow Twit Teresa for pointing it out!

by John on Feb 06, 2004
» Say Uncle links with: Cool - sorta

February 04, 2004

From the Smallest Minority

Kevin details some activity by the Australian police - that of keeping the law-abiding law abiding, and not, perhaps, pursuing the non-law abiding. There are some cogent observations in the comments, too.

Can you imagine the size of the brick of shite these Ozzie police would drop in my basement?

by John on Feb 04, 2004

February 03, 2004

National Firearms Registry in Canada.

Maybe, just maybe, the Canadians are going to get a chance to undo a little bit of liberal folly.

Some key points:

The final battle over the $1-billion federal gun registry is set to be waged over the next two months, with a senior Liberal MP telling constituents he believes the controversial program may die of "financial malnutrition" after a free vote in the Commons.

For those of us in the US, a 'free vote' means that the MPs are going to be allowed to vote their conscience, not the party line. In the past, PM Chretien threatened any vote would be a 'confidence vote' which could trigger new elections if the vote didn't go the way the PM wanted it to.

Gallaway recalled the anger of Liberal MPs last year when Chretien declared a vote on $59 million in supplementary estimates for the Canadian Firearms Centre would be a vote of confidence in the government, meaning an election would have been called had the motion been defeated.

Since no one was willing to topple the government over the issue, it wasn't going to get overturned. Now however, there's a chance.

However, the usual suspects aren't happy.

The leading advocate for the registry, Wendy Cukier of the Coalition for Gun Control, calls the prospect of its demise "tragic."

Cukier accuses Martin and his government of undermining the program through anonymous leaks about a current review of the scheme.

She also criticized the January declaration by Albina Guarnieri, the minister for emergency preparedness who is reviewing the program, that all options are open.

Cukier expressed frustration at the meagre resources available to mount a last-minute lobbying campaign to retain the program. She accused the government of failing to communicate positive aspects to the public and MPs.

Ms. Cukier - perhaps that's because they read the report of the Auditor General?

Martin said during his leadership campaign that changes to the program last year in the wake of a scathing report by auditor general Sheila Fraser were insufficient. He said last month Canada must continue to register "weapons," but that left the door open to continue the decades-long practice of registering handguns while ceasing the registration of rifles and shotguns

Fraser touched off a firestorm in December 2002, when she disclosed massive overspending on the program, which the government originally said would cost $2 million. The latest estimates are $1 billion by the next fiscal year over the 10 years it has taken to implement the program. The program now costs about $113 million annually.

Now, some elements of the US political structure have wished to have the same sort of thing. Given those costs for Canada, imagine what it would cost here!

Let's give Ms. Cukier a last word:

"I think it would be tragic if Paul Martin's legacy was that he was the prime minister who killed gun control in Canada."

I'm just guessing here - but I bet there are other things Canada could spend 1 Billion dollars on. Just a thought.

by John on Feb 03, 2004

January 27, 2004

Now I wish I'd never left San Antonio

Because I sure as hell would have crashed this party!

And helped hunt the Texas Bowling Pin in the wild!

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by John on Jan 27, 2004

Dave Kopel on looming gun rights stuff.

Go take a gander at what Dave Kopel has to say in his piece on NRO today.

Some good stuff in there, especially for us haters of the "Some Guns Are Ugly" ban. Gotta keep an eye on the ball folks, and pressure on the right people, which includes this President.

by John on Jan 27, 2004

January 15, 2004

Misha has some good gun rights linksluttage going...

The Emperor is on a firearms roll today, fueled in part by myself and Kim du Toit. You should go read Misha's post (and the links, of course) as it provides context and grit to my posts about Mr. DeMar in Willmette, Il. Note, the Emperor, however grudgingly, will admit and retract when it finds out he, in military parlance, "Anticipated the Command"!

by John on Jan 15, 2004

January 09, 2004

Another nice gun collection on-line!

Go vist Larry!

by John on Jan 09, 2004

January 06, 2004

A test.

SWWBO sends us this test.

I passed. Will you?*

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Jan 06, 2004
» Electric Venom links with: The Letter Of The Day Is T

December 22, 2003

I'll take one of these.

In a rare nod to modern stuff, I'll take one of these things, recently unveiled at the AUSA conference.

Thanks to Mike L. for the heads-up!

UPDATE: Comes now George to wee-wee in my Wheaties (I yanked his comment up here):

I'm not so sure on this one. They got the bullet mass up, but have let the muzzle velocity drop to 2600 or so. I'd think a very slightly lighter bullet at 2800 would be more ideal, but it's certainly a tradeoff.

We're essentially going back to the 7mm Mauser on this one.

There are also the 6mm PPC and 6.5mm PPC AR-15s available, but PPC cartridges aren't the most feedable rounds in the world, with their sharp shoulders.

We certainly may have to up gun, especially with the possibility of facing an opponent that wears body armor. Unfortunately, all the choice are bound by our current powder, so maybe we need a new propellant that can maintain a more even pressure curve down the barrel, while fitting in the same case capacity.

I've thought of experimenting with a plastic chip/nitrous oxide hybrid, which is now used in rocketry, which gives a higher top exhaust velocity for a given propellant weight and chamber pressure. In efficiency it's between a solid propellant and a liquid propellant.

It's still not the ideal solution, though. Just something that would be easy to play with at home.

Any of you SmartGuys™ got an opinion on the subject?

by John on Dec 22, 2003
» murdoc online links with: 6.8 mm M16

December 10, 2003

New Brazil Gun Law.

Brazil passes strict new gun law

Brazil's Senate has passed a bill to outlaw the carrying of guns in public and control illegal gun ownership. The law will tighten rules on gun permits and create a national firearms register, with strict penalties for owning an unregistered gun. A referendum will be held in 2005 on whether to ban gun sales outright. About 40,000 people are shot dead each year in Brazil, mainly in urban shanty towns, giving the country one of the worst murder rates in the world. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will now give the law final approval.

After the law takes effect, gun owners will have 180 days to register their weapons or surrender them to the police. Thereafter, anyone with an unregistered gun faces a four-year prison term. Only strictly defined groups of people - including police, security officials, target shooters and transport companies - will be able to obtain a gun licence. The legal age for owning a gun is being raised from 21 to 25. In October 2005, a national referendum will ask: "Should the sale of arms and munitions be prohibited in Brazil?"

Slow change

More than 50 other gun control bills have come before Congress over the years and failed to be passed. Brazil's arms industry is the world's sixth largest, and strong lobbying has in the past blocked any changes to the law. Campaigners say that the difference this time is that public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of gun control. "The country is going to start to have efficient gun controls, something it's not had up to today," said Antonio Rangel of Rio de Janeiro anti-violence group Viva.

Any bets that true political and economic reforms would have a greater effect on those gun deaths than this law?

by John on Dec 10, 2003

Stupid Parent Tricks and the Lawyers Who Enable Them Dept.

Jed over at Boots and Sabers has a rant about the resurrected lawsuit against Beretta.

Money quote from incompetent parent and Moonbat plaintiff:

"If a cheap disposable camera can tell you when it's loaded, surely a handgun should indicate when there is a bullet in the chamber," Dix's father, Griffin Dix, wrote in a local newspaper editorial published after legislation was passed requiring clear chamber-loaded indicators and mechanisms that make guns inoperable if bullet clips are removed. "Effective designs for loaded-chamber indicators and magazine disconnect safety devices have been available for many decades."

This moonbat kept a loaded pistol in his camera bag. His son found it, yanked the magazine, and then pointed it at his friend. You can fill in the rest.

All righty then, Mr. Potatohead, lemme help you out here.

The first time my son saw a firearm in the house (and there are a LOT of them) he learned two things.

One. They ARE ALWAYS LOADED until you check them yourself - even a weapon you watched me clear and I handed to you. Smack upside the head if you don't check it yourself. You never, ever, rely on a mechanical indicator or another person. Not even your gun-savvy soldier, gun-collecting father. Once the weapon passes to your hands, YOU are the only one responsible for it's condition. No exceptions. None.

Two. You NEVER, EVER, point a projectile-launching device at ANYTHING you don't intend to hit with a projectile. EVER. PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION. And if I ever see you do that - the least you can expect is one upside da haid!

Not surprisingly, no one but me and my father in my family has ever shot anyone, or launched a projectile that didn't go safely where we wanted it to. We were soldiers in combat.

UPDATE: Fellow Tiger Sophorist has the full rules you should teach your children, as opposed to my situation specific ones in the rant. Be especially mindful to tell your kids to keep their hands off guns if there are no adults present and to tell an adult when/if they run across one. And, you have to match your security to your kids AND their friends. If you can't keep 'em away from the place you store your 'ready gun' then you've got to take appropriate measures... which probably does not mean leaving it with easy access and loaded.

Oh, yeah - note to journos: It's a damn magazine. Not a clip. Clips load magazines, magazines load weapons. Not very many pistols floating around anymore (Broomhandle Mausers and Steyr M1912s come to mind) that are clipfed. And even then, the clip feeds the magazine.

Hat tip to Boobie Blogger Dana for the pointer. (Sorry Jed and Owen, she comes in higher in my blogroll so I went via her to you. She has a nicer door!)

by John on Dec 10, 2003
» Say Uncle links with: More Nonsense Gun Suits
» Sophoristically Speaking links with: firearm safety

November 28, 2003

Go Gran'ma Go!

Not all employees of the UN (well, she's a former employee, sadly) are wusses.

Jean Freke wields a mean sword!

For this, Grandma Freke is hereby awarded the 14th Century Landwarrior Award, for going medieval on some punks!

Profound thanks to his xiphiopsyllidaeic majesty for working yesterday while we yanks gorged. All Hail The Ethereal Flea!

Now to watch the story and find out she gets whacked by some magistrate for defending herself too energetically. The cynic in me awaits.

by John on Nov 28, 2003

November 25, 2003

Short and sweet.

I'm wordy. I'm pompous. I'm a bloviating windbag. I admit it.

So I appreciate a blogger who can communicate his point succinctly, like the Chaos Overlord at Chaos Central.

Here's what the excessively skinny fella had to say.

It is cold.

And it is snowing. It is finally looking like late November in Wisconsin. And I still can't carry a gun.

Damned hippies.

Go visit. He really does manage to jam a lot into a few words.

And I like his tagline: In terms of quality and content we promise nothing... and WE DELIVER.

by John on Nov 25, 2003
» brainstorming links with: Welcome Neighbor Chaos Central

November 20, 2003

Helping out a Buddy.

Since Blaster had trouble trying to buy ammo yesterday at his local K-Mart in Virginia,

I hereby donate 100 rounds of my 9mm buy yesterday to Blaster!

by John on Nov 20, 2003

November 19, 2003

The Assault Weapons Ban

Ya'd think a presidential candidate with pretensions of trying to woo over middle-of-the-roaders and those a few steps farther to the right (and especially those southern voters) would have some understanding of what the Assault Weapon Ban (less than 300 days 'til the Sunset!) actually does.

But nope. They don't.

It doesn't ban the weapon used by Malvo for hunting people. Though many states do ban that weapon for hunting deer - because it's ineffective!

It does ban the semi-auto version of the AK-47 (full military config) which actually happens to fire a cartridge suitable for hunting deer.

See my other rant, here.

by John on Nov 19, 2003

It's National Ammo Day!

Today is National Ammo Day. Even though I have jury duty - I can still order ammo! Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. and so on... If you don't like those places, check here. Or go visit your local gun dealer, Wal-Mart, etc. But get some food for your little metal pal. And don't forget to send in your ammo tally!

Big Brass Band to Kim du Toit and Mrs. du Toit!

UPDATE: My final tally is 250 9MM Para, 500 .22, 480 .303. 480 7.65x54mm, 350 7.63x39mm, 250 7.62 NATO, 250 8mm Mauser.

UPDATED UPODATE. Gotta decrement my 9mm total. I made a symbolic gesture to help a buddy out.

by John on Nov 19, 2003

November 18, 2003

Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

There's a nice little point-counterpoint over at Say Uncle today.

It's gun stuff, and it's civil!

Wow.

by John on Nov 18, 2003

Gun-loving Lawful Citizen Trusting Cops 1, GFW Nanny-stater paranoid distrusters of the public, 0

Cops making GFW's upset. What could be better? Jed at Boots and Sabers has a post about a police department running a gun raffle.

Money quote from the article cited by Jed:

"Tom Mannard, executive director of the Chicago-based Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, said guns like the CAR UTE Elite may not be on the banned list, but they basically are cloned replicas of assault rifles that are, like the Colt AR-15."

As Jed observes, any magazine-fed, semi-auto shooting the .223 round would in the broadest sense qualify as a 'clone' in terms of what makes it dangerous in the hands of someone who is already intent on violating the law. The rifle being raffled does not have the evil features of a bayonet lug (seen lots of use in drive-by-bayonetings and police asaults I might add - I thank the GFWs for having that feature banned), flash hider (vice a flash suppressor, which is legal and does essentially the same thing), and we can't forget the rifle-grenade launching capability (see comment about bayonets above). And don't get me started about pistol grips. Did you know they needed to be banned because they helped the shooter be more accurate? (sound of head imploding) Why, I'm ducking stray rifle grenades all the time (but remind me sometime to post about what a hoot it is to shoot tennis balls from a cup discharger - the thing on top!). Well, a certain combination of those features, anyway.

Apparently it's okay to mount your bayonet and shoot grenades if your rifle is bolt-action and or doesn't have a high-cap magazine and a pistol grips. Like the two rifles at the bottom of this pic... (sound of head imploding again). Depending on the courage of the politicians (and that statement is true whichever side you take) as of this posting, there are only 300 days, 15 hours, and 5 seconds left until the sunset of the 'Some Guns Are Ugly and I'm a Gun Fearing Wussy with Aesthetic Problems Ban', less accurately known as the 'Assault Weapons Ban"

Anyway, good on the boys in blue for walking tall.

If ya want to read the article in question, go read Jed's post and link from there!

by John on Nov 18, 2003

Kewl. Good Gals 1, Goblins, 0

In response to Beth's post about my Gun Fearing Wussy, a reader left this comment,

Funny thing about that "compensation" thing is that Sigmund Freud, who gets much of the blame for that notion, actually stated that a fear of guns was a sign of arrested sexual development.

My response to that charge is to point out that if my wife had been equipt with that which a gun supposedly compensates for, she might not have needed one. We'll never know for sure, as the man who kicked in the door of her apartment left without making his intentions clear even tho her first two shots missed him.

I suspect either The Smallest Minority, Kim du Toit, or myself would be more than happy to offer up some training in combat shooting, in case there is a next time, and your Amazon doesn't wish to give two warning shots before firing for effect.

by John on Nov 18, 2003

November 16, 2003

Outing Myself

So, when and why did I come out of the closet?

That got your attention, didn't it? Beth probably just spewed coffee/margarita all over the screen and keyboard depending on when she reads this.

Not that closet. The one a coupla doors down. The I am a gun owner. I mean GUN OWNER. Lots of guns and other fiddly bits and I live next door to you.” closet.

What follows in not a criticism of you who stay in the closet. If you live in high crime areas, or a community with rabid anti-gun politicos and law enforcement, let prudence be your guide. My situation allows me to come out in a safe environment.

For years, I would get a new gun, clean it, research it, repair/preserve as needed, and into the closet it went, except when I would drag it out for an afternoon of shooting, or to show a friend. When I got the job as the military history instructor at the Field Artillery School, I started taking items from the collection into class. (This was a GOOD THING – it also meant that they no longer counted against my weight allowance when moving… whee!) For convenience sake, in an interior hall of the house I put up two four-gun racks and hung up 8 rifles. The rest stayed in the closet. No, I’ve never had a safe. My sister came to visit, with her three small children, as an overnight on their way to New Mexico to visit some friends. Oddly, she’s never been back.

Then I met Beth. She bought me guns. And she was tired of not having anyplace to hang her clothes, so she made me put them up on walls in the basement. She said she wouldn’t be as supportive of my hobby if all it did was cost her closet space. So, since the basement is reasonably secure, and had the space I did it. And I liked it. And I saw that it was good.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Nov 16, 2003

November 15, 2003

In order to honor National Ammunition Day, I have to use up some.

So, to create the necessary space, I'll go shoot some up today.

A group of like-minded individuals from my Rotary Club are going to meet at a member's house and do a 'theme shoot'. Today is the Spanish American War. Krags, Trapdoors, M189X Spanish Mausers. I'm also going to take along my Inglis Hi-Power and my Enfield .22 trainer for later. A little history and coffee before we get cranked up, then go slaughter paper! I'll take my camera - if I get any good shots, I'll stick 'em up.

UPDATE: Shot a M1892 Krag, a M1893 Spanish Mauser, Springfield Trapdoor, Colt Peacemaker, Colt M1909 Revolver, Luger, Browning Hi-Power, M1A, No1Mk7. I used up about 150 rounds of 9mm, and about 100 .22 cal. So, now I'll have to go buy bulk 30.06, .303, 8mm Mauser, and other. And by bulk, I mean cases. Oh, yeah - except when I was showing off with the Browning, all rounds were in the black at 75 meters, standing freehand. Shot the Browning with the shoulder stock - it doesn't help much, and ensures your thumb will get whacked by the hammer. At least if your hands are as big as mine are!

by John on Nov 15, 2003

November 13, 2003

My, my, my. The 9th Circuit never ceases to amaze.

Via Volokh: The Ninth Circuit has held that the Commerce Clause can't be used to ban possession of homemade machineguns. They didn't make it a 2A issue - that would be way too out of character, but this certainly is a huge ripple in the debate.

I'll leave it to those guys to explain it better'n me. I'm still not moving to the 9th Circuit just yet.

by John on Nov 13, 2003

Girls and Guns.

Thank heaven I married WonderWife™! While NotWonderWife1™ and NotWonderWife2™ were gun friendly, neither of them were like this, or not only let me, but encouraged me to hang a gun in the kitchen.

So it was with sadness I read this over at Richard Poe's Mens News Daily:

A gun store clerk told me recently that many young men come into his shop offering to sell their entire gun collections. They dump the weapons on the counter and announce, "I’m getting married and my fiancée says it’s either me or the guns."

As the Curmudgeon, who tipped me to this, observes: Kim du Toit was right.

Fortunately, I married a woman who bought me a $900 Charger-Loading Lee Enfield (number 5 from the top) and Vickers gun BEFORE we were married. And let me buy a Maxim after we were married (she liked it because she likes corrugated water jackets). And all this other cool stuff. That's the test I recommend for you youngsters - if they won't let you keep 'em, or better yet, buy 'em for you and point out good stuff at gun shows - find another one. They're out there, trust me!

One last test before proposing - take 'em to a gun show and evaluate their behavior! But, seriously guys - if you take your gun rights seriously, and she demands that kind of sacrifice... you've probably got some other disconnects in that relationship, too. The same goes for you gals, too. Though I don't see too many gun girls hanging out with Franken-style men.

Oh! Yeah, I forgot - if you do surrender to the demand, and you are near Castle Argghhh! and have some curio and relic guns, drop by. I'll give you a better price than a pawn dealer will!

by John on Nov 13, 2003

November 12, 2003

I got an email from a GFW* today.

There I am at work, slaving to catch up to Bill Gates, when I decide to take a break, surf a blog or two (yeah, I've got that kind of job!) and check my email.

In it was a missive from a stunned GFW who apparently wandered into Castle Argghhh! by mistake and thought he had entered a house of horrors.

After the normal spluttering about how could something like my collection *possibly* be legal, he lowered the boom, after reading my Blackfive and Madfish Willie post.

"But quite aside from the frightening overdose of obvious over-compensation and excess hostility displayed in your "collection" and your "writing" I simply cannot believe you openly display a GUN IN YOUR KITCHEN, RIGHT ABOVE ALCOHOL!!!! How irresponsible is that? ANYONE can gain access to that gun and hurt someone! If you have children, you should be reported to Child Welfare!" (emphasis in original)

Well, gee. Lessee. What to do, what to do. I know! I'll post a picture of the bar!

See? Evil, ain't it? First off, I doubt there are too many critters who know what caliber a Boer mauser fired. And happen to be carrying rounds with them. Mine are in a safe, elsewhere in the house. So, I guess he could club me with it. Of course, while he's trying to swing a rifle around in the kitchen, I'm carving back with a butcher knife, and WonderWife is grabbbing the Trench Gun.
Or, maybe just the ClueBat®.The only kid at home is 18. Being law-abiding, he'd go for an SKS from the selection here, eschewing a handgun until he's 21. But then, being in college, he isn't home much. Then there are the dogs to consider, as well.

And a knowledgeable thief isn't going to screw with a very rare rifle (verified Boer trophy piece from New Zealand) and screw up his chance to sell it.

So, like as not, I'm going to take the rifle from a critter and beat him with it. If only to save him from Wonderwife®, who will probably reduce him to so much hamburger for screwing with HER KITCHEN!

Anyway, Eric, this Margarita's for you - and the unknown Boer who carried this rifle, and the Kiwi who captured it. Now, if all you want to do is lecture, don't bother visiting the Castle, either in person or in digits. But, if ya want a history lesson like I was doling out on Veteran's Day and other days, pull up a chair, I'll pour the first one. But bring a bottle or two - the collection ain't as expensive as it looks, but it ain't cheap, either!

Oh, yeah. WonderWife® will tell you there is no compensating or overcompensating - at all. Ask her.

Of course, I might have to wire it to the mounts if I ever invite the Corner of the Bar Gang over. Sheesh, even that pussified Marine might be dangerous!

*Gun Fearing Wussy.

UPDATE: How many of you noticed the brass tumbler on the table next to the bar? Ooooo! Reloading components! Call in the Black Helos!

Another Update: WonderWife™ doesn't like GFWs.

by John on Nov 12, 2003
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: some people are really annoying

November 09, 2003

Cows with Guns.

Go here. Watch this. It encapsulates the concept "And unarmed populace are subjects."

From LeAnn at The Cheese Stands Alone via She Who Will Be Obeyed (and who buys me guns...)!

by John on Nov 09, 2003

November 08, 2003

Another reason I'll never live in NYC, legally, anyway.

HIH, Emperor Misha I, has a good rant about how things work in NYC thanks to the Sullivan Act (a gun-control measure enacted to keep racial undesirables from owning guns... a fact that doesn't bother liberal Gun Fearing Wussies).

Speaking of Gun Fearing Wussies - howcum the libs don't denigrate boycotting things when they want to do it? Oh, right, d-uh. They aren't about freedom. They are about control.

I have moments of cognitive dissonance when I run across their fear of the NRA. They portray the NRA essentially as this huge, megalithic bloc. True, so far. But they imply that it is composed of these deep-pocket gun makers and their corporate allies... except that most of the people in the shooting sports/firearms industry aren't Fortune 500 corporate exploiters with deep pockets. The NRA (regardless of whether you like how they are doing things these days, I have some gripes) is a well-run grassroots organization composed of lots and lots of normal (well, we think we are, "THEY" don't - "THEY" think we're monsters) people. This is what I think of "THEY".

Which of course is what annoys and scares them. Once again, a bunch of un-washed helots daring to argue with them about something.

by John on Nov 08, 2003

October 17, 2003

Dumb Collectors and Possibly Venal Cops

From the NEAL KNOX REPORT on Shotgun New's website comes this tale of jerk cops and dumb collectors.

‘Engaging’ Traps More Collectors

["Engaging", in this context, means collectors engaging in activities that constitute dealing]

By Neal Knox


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 20) – Eight St. Louis area collectors were indicted Sept. 28 for “engaging in the gun business” without a Federal Firearms License. They are the latest victims in the 40-year battle over the fuzzy definition of who must have an FFL.

[I have a collector's license. The definition of 'dealing' is fuzzy. Apparently deliberately so|

Vaguely defined “unlicensed dealing” carries more severe punishment than some willful violations by licensed dealers – plus the potential forfeiture of every gun in a collection, and the loss of gun ownership rights, firearms hunting rights, and often even voting rights – for life.

[True. Strange, but true.]

In addition to the ruinous legal costs of fighting a felony offense punishable by up to five years imprisonment and $250,000 fine, the St. Louis collectors – five of them 60 to 79 years old – have had 572 firearms seized.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Oct 17, 2003

Periodic Disclaimer for Anti-Gunners and law enforcement surfers© (I don't mind you LE types)

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own. On these pages I will from time to time share my toys, much like Kim du Toit does.

If ya don't want to wait on me, go hit the "Second Amendment Shrine" link over there on the right.

by John on Oct 17, 2003

Periodic Goblin Warning ©

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count, btw. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.

by John on Oct 17, 2003

October 09, 2003

Gun Grabber Watch.

Gunboards Public Message Forums - OT - Pennsylvania Gun Grab Bill...


Go read and see how Pennsy gun-grabbers are developing a way to take all handguns legally in circulation out of circulation - without a direct confiscation.

It's essentially like saying that any car, whenever made, that can't pass current safety and emission standards is forfeit to the state.

Of course, unless the highway patrol sets up checkpoints at the border, if this passes a hell of a lot of guns are going to get smuggled out of Pennsylvania, making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens. Yes, yes, I know - a burglar who only burgles is 'otherwise a law-abiding citizen.'

You know what I mean.

by John on Oct 09, 2003

A great philosophy.

If you came here from Kim du Toit or Boots and Sabers, my apologies - you 've already seen this. If not, read on!


Gun-Fearing Wussie: Why don't you gun nuts go away and start your own country?

Response: We did. Who the f*ck let you in?

'Nuff said!

Quote from one of Kim's rants, as recalled by Jed.

I know, it's kinda cheating to blog a blogger blogging a blogger, but, well, I liked it and wanted it in the archives. It's my website, eh?


by John on Oct 09, 2003

October 07, 2003

National Ammo Day is coming up!

So, go buy at least 100 rounds of fodder for your loyal sidekick!


I'll be getting hundreds of rounds - .45, .303, 7.62x54, 7.62x39, 30.06, and even some of those europellets Kim dislikes, 9mm.

And some 7.5 French rifle and pistol if I can find enough of it not at scandalous prices. Got some to sell? Drop me a line!

by John on Oct 07, 2003

First Time Shooters.

Kim du Toit has an excellent primer for people interested in breaking into shooting. Go take a gander. Then you can shoot the goblins breaking in.

Someday, when I find a spare afternoon, I'll put together a primer on how to collect military (heck, any) firearms (of the older variety) cheaply, safely, and how to have fun shooting them. Including some tips on surplus ammo (it ain't all created equal!)

But that ain't gonna happen until after the conference in England end of this month (no, the house won't be uncovered. Armed internal security will be present, in case you are thinking about getting an instant collection!

by John on Oct 07, 2003

October 06, 2003

Time for some Gun Rights Stuff.

And this is particularly easy, because I'm just going to link to Kevin at The Smallest Minority and his take-down of the Washington Post's editorial on allowing the Assault Weapons Ban to sunset. While you're there, keep reading on down the postings.

Gonna be a light day today, folks. Really busy, and I want to keep the Operation Gothic Serpent post up high for you guys that only surf from work! 8^)

by John on Oct 06, 2003

October 03, 2003

Pass Laws Against Guns, and Guns Will Go Away.

Well, maybe not.

Hat tip to Across The Atlantic.

by John on Oct 03, 2003

September 28, 2003

Scotsman.com News - Gun crime - Police amnesty nets 4000 weapons

Oddly enough, the government spokesman says Scotland is safer because people turned in their guns, replica guns, etc.

Yet, the BBC says violent crime is rising...

Hmmmm?

by John on Sep 28, 2003

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count, btw. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.

by John on Sep 28, 2003

Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types)

Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own. On these pages I will from time to time share my toys, much like Kim du Toit does.

If ya don't want to wait on me, go hit the "Second Amendment Shrine" link over there on the right.

by John on Sep 28, 2003

I was gonna blog this, too... a Second Amendment discussion.

...but as usual got beat to it by someone else. Damn this having to work thing! Hats off to Jed and Owen.

by John on Sep 28, 2003