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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in For Tribbles, Guns | 0 comments

Gear Review:  AR-15 bolt cleaners

Gear Review: AR-15 bolt cleaners

There are a lot of new owners of modern sporting rifles based on the AR-15 design out there.     Some people I know have purchased these rifles sight unseen.  Normally you wouldn’t recommend someone do this. But when you’re talking about AR-15s, there isn’t much risk in buying something that the military and police use (in modified form). If you are unfamiliar with the rifle, the first time you handle one it is a bit of a departure from standard rifle designs. This is a good thing. The rifle breaks down easily, making all of the internal parts accessible for cleaning. The down side is the uniqueness of the parts themselves, most notably the bolt carrier assembly and bolt itself. If you’re like me, you already had gun cleaning tools prior to purchasing your AR-style rifle. Most of these are useless when attempting to clean your AR bolt carrier and bolt. Fortunately, a couple of companies have stepped up to make cleaning your bolt carrier easier. The first...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Politics | 0 comments

The Fall Classic

The Fall Classic

For baseball fans, it’s playoff time.  Teams that have spent the last six months positioning themselves for a playoff run now have one or two weeks to see if their strategy works.  In playoff games, teams behave differently.  They take chances they normally would not during regular season games.  That is because there is much more at stake.  Two or three losses and your team is out.  There is tension and excitement that makes playoff baseball much more exciting to watch. A similar situation has developed in Washington in the form of the shutdown non-crisis.  But unlike baseball, a playoff atmosphere can be manufactured at any time.  Republicans saw the problems coming with the implementation of Obamacare and chose (shockingly) to make a stand.  First, Ted Cruz’ 21-hour non-filibuster sought to bring Obamacare’s problems to the attention of the public.  Secondly, the House’s current refusal to fund the Obamacare law and the ensuing government slowdown (it’s not really a shutdown) has created a crisis atmosphere in Washington. In playoff...

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

L.A. Times still fighting the gun control fight.

L.A. Times still fighting the gun control fight.

In a post on the L.A. Times website, Thomas Curwen attempts to make a correlation between “gun-violence” and “gun-control” as if they are in any way related.  Thomas recounts a late-night shooting over the weekend of two boys near Torrance, California.  Based on the information available so far, the boy highlighted in the article was simply minding his own business with a friend when both were shot with a .45 caliber handgun.  The linked article recounts the heroic efforts of the trauma surgeon to save the boy’s life. Curwen goes on to quote various trauma doctors who are all in agreement that “gun violence” should automatically translate into increased “gun control”.  Nothing could be further from the truth. “Gun violence” is absolutely necessary and useful in a civil society.  To somehow equate the “gun violence” that put two bullets in Osama Bin Laden’s skull to two boys being gunned down on the streets of southern California is ludicrous.  But this is a typical tactic used by those who live with...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Guns, Politics | 1 comment

Girls and guns.

Girls and guns.

Oh look, Piers Morgan is spewing his verbal diarrhea again.  Thankfully, A.W.R. Hawkins was there to smack down his weak argument. Piers also lied about Virginia crime statistics.  This surprises no one.  But it does bring up a good topic of conversation. We never get to the point of discussing whether or not women should arm themselves if there is not a substantial group of female shooters out there asking for it. Our first job as gun owners is to tear down all of the fear and negative stereotypes that women have been deluged with prior to their first shooting experience.  I had an opportunity to do this last week. My 15-year-old niece wanted to tag along with me and my brother-in-law to the range.  My 19-year-old niece showed much less interest, but came along as well. Both had never been to a gun range.  After going over the basic gun safety rules and providing them with eye and ear protection, we handed them our Desert Eagles and waited...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Politics | 0 comments

Newton’s third law of political momentum.

Newton’s third law of political momentum.

It is November of 2010.  Democrats are reeling.  The House of Representatives had been lost.  The super-majority in the Senate was lost. A loosely-tied group of organizers had out-organized the Organizer-In-Chief.  Democrats were not going to take this sitting down. Newton’s third law of motion states: “When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body.” So Democrats got started using the tools available to them.  We know now that a number of prominent Democrats like Carl Levin had already begun pressuring government agencies to investigate those nefarious tea party groups.  A meme was already in place that equated tea party groups to militias hell bent on overthrowing the government.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  But the truth is irrelevant when the President’s agenda is in danger.  We now know that for a 27 month period, no tea-party-affilliated groups were granted tax-exempt status.  To an extent their...

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