Tuesday, July 31, 2007

NBA Stars Homes Invaded

Yahoo! Sports reports an AP story concerning two NBA players who, along with their families, were victims of home invasion robberies. "Two hulking NBA stars were bound with duct tape and robbed of cash and jewelry by masked gunmen in separate holdups that have Chicago-area detectives wondering whether someone is targeting professional athletes. New York Knicks forward Eddy Curry -- 6-foot-11, 285 pounds -- was tied up along with his wife and an employee at his mansion in suburban Burr Ridge on Saturday. Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker, who is 6-foot-9, 245 pounds, was similarly robbed along with a relative at his $4 million townhouse in Chicago's exclusive River North section on July 10."

Wait a minute?! Chicago is a gun free paradise!!! How could these incidents have taken place? This story must be false! It must be some kind of Daley-Bloomberg plot to continue their crusade to disarm you.

The end of the story has a little nugget of information not often provided in other stories about guns. Probably because the reaction felt by the victim may lead to the understanding that you must take responsibility for your own defense, as the police may not arrive in time when you need them. "Curry's agent Lamont Carter said Curry had no immediate plans to return to his 'dream house.' 'He feels violated,' Carter said. 'He's relieved and happy that his family's OK. He's just relieved to be living.' Walker's robbery was so traumatic that the three-time All-Star said he was not sure if he could ever return home. 'I don't feel safe,' he told reporters shortly afterward. 'I feel violated a little bit. And now it's all over the news, so everybody knows where I live. I think it would be best for me to move on.'"

Amazing, isn't it? This man, described as a hulking NBA star, is afraid to be in his own home because armed men invaded it! If a hulking NBA star is afraid, how much more would a single woman or an elderly couple or a disabled person feel in that situation? Yet, there are those of that ilk, such as Mayors Daley and Bloomberg who desire that all of us be in that situation. Bound up and at the mercy of criminals. These NBA players had no other recourse except to allow criminals to bind them, breaking one of the most important rules about personal safety: do not let someone restrain you. Many times that leads to being killed. Never let someone do that, fight back. If you're in a public place, never be led out into a private place. Once the players and their families were bound, they were dead. Dead, if the robbers had wanted it that way. Fortunately, they did not.

Yet, so many of our betters demand that we submit to such criminal activity. They, of course, don't follow their own disarmament plans. They allow themselves to be armed or have armed bodyguards, you however, must submit to criminals. You must give up your life instead of your property. After all, to most of those who rule, you are not worth saving anyway. You went to the wrong schools, you have an imaginary friend who you visit on Saturday or Sunday, your carbon footprint is hurting the planet. No, better that you be disarmed and criminals run rampant. That way, the gun grabbers can be the "man on horseback," saving society from itself, while also giving away its freedom to the man on the white stallion.

Tagged As:
Second Amendment
Gun Control

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ciao, Bella!

Here it is, the box you've all been waiting for:

The CMP Inland manufactured M1 Carbine arrived this week. This carbine dates from August of 1944, so it's a war baby.

Not only that, but this baby spent some time in Europe, Italy to be exact. This carbine was loaned to the Italian government by the army. She had a makeover while she was there as you can see by her Italian label clothes.

The "FAT" cartouche stands for Fabbrica Armi Terni, where the carbine was apparently reworked and refinished in 1982. She must have eaten good pasta there as she's gained a potbelly....

The wood is in rather good condition except for one seemingly damaged spot. Someone marked it with a sticker and I haven't tried to remove it yet. Hopefully it's not a blemish or deep gouge in the wood. The handguards are the two screw type and it matches well with the rest of the stock. Fortunately the wood wasn't soaked in cosmoline, in fact, the metal looks to have be reparkerized, as it's all a uniform color and there is no finish wear except on the bolt and op slide handle. You would expect a mixmaster to have different wear points, but it doesn't.

The worst part of the stock is the sling side. There are wear marks, but they should clean off well enough.

I will just take a some mineral spirits to the stock and maybe a coat or two of linseed oil and leave it at that.

More metal and wood goodness.

Tagged As:
M1 Carbine

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New To Match The Old

This is a new manufacture 15 round magazine for the M1 Carbine by Promag. Looks and feels the same as the GI issued as seen below.

Testing soon....

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Accessories, Accessories....

Well, something is coming soon, but all is not ready - until today that is.

Hmmm...whatever could this box hold?

Why, two USGI 15 round M1 Carbine magazines and a sling! I ordered these from Numrich Gun Parts. The sling was described as a USGI M1 Carbine or Grease Gun sling. I never served in the military, so all I can say is there are no markings to indicate US issue, so perhaps it's a USGI style and not a surplus sling. No matter. The mags are genuine, one is marked "IA" for Inland, and the other one is marked "u" for Union Hardware.

As can be seen, there are a few rust spots, but no apparent damage to the magazines. Numrich classified these as used, rated fair to good condition. They said that the magazines could have rust, dents, and dings. It appears I received good condition ones. No dents or dings anywhere on them.

I'm pleased at this point with the quality of the magazines. The real test will be how they work in a Carbine....

Tagged As:
M1 Carbine
Shooting Sports

Shark Attack In Hawaii

The Enemy Press AP reports in The Daily Journal out of New Jersey that an Ohio man was attacked by a tiger shark during a snorkeling session off the island of Oahu.

"The animal came after the a 36-year-old attorney from Toledo, Ohio, in clear blue waters in an area not known for shark attacks. The last such incident in that area dates back almost 50 years, the state's Shark Task Force said."

A lawyer, eh? What the hell happened to professional courtesy????

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Killer At Large? Break Out The Guns Dad!

I had just exited my bedroom to get some clothes out of the dryer to wear to work last night when my Dad said, "When you back out of the garage to go to work, make sure the door closes completely before you leave."


"Because there's an escaped killer on the loose in the neighborhood and he's considered armed and dangerous. Helicopters have been scouring the area and cop cars have been going up and down the streets all night."

Seems a mistake was made at the jail earlier in the day and someone was released who shouldn't have been. Funny that it's always a killer who gets out by mistake instead of a check kiter or confidence man.

By the time I was ready to go, most of the action had moved a few blocks away. Still, there's no reason to take chances that he could have been missed, or backtracked his way to the surrounding blocks. So I opened the safe, took out my Makarov and Smith & Wesson and loaded both up with hollowpoints and handed them over to Dad.

I had absolutely no qualms about arming the household on the threat. I was unable to stay as I had the shift and no one else was available, but Dad spent time in the army and was conversant with my particular home defense implements. So, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms shows itself to be useful and relevant today.

The threat was over long before I returned home. However, imagine someone living in a place where self defense is barred by law. The household members would be reduced to cowering inside, hoping the wanted man didn't try to get into their house. No chance of self defense, having to rely on the goodness of evildoers to escape possible injury or death had the killer chosen their forcibly unarmed house. This is not the way for free people to live. Sadly, many in government in various jurisdictions desire this state of affairs. They hate the freedom that everyone is entitled to as Americans. Their sensibilities are offended if you or Joe Sixpack demand the right to vote, or to speak, or to worship in ways that our self appointed elite deems incorrect. They want you docile, they want you malleable, they want you to shut up and obey your betters - them. If you are able to defend yourself and others and run your lives without their aid, they have no reason for office. You will have no need of them or their rules. Perhaps this is the reason many are afraid of your rights.

Tagged As:
Gun Rights
Second Amendment

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Open Open Open!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I Usually Don't Get Tagged, But...

Defiant Infidel sent me a little note asking me to participate, so here goes.

Eight Things About Me:

I love pizza, but hate cheese.

I spend more time on the internet then I should.

The older I get, the less tolerant I've become towards stupidity. My own included.

I'm too physically lazy for my own good.

Although I'm in a large metropolitan area, I would like someday to have enough money to purchase some rural land to have as a vacation and shooting retreat.

It takes time for me to make new friends. I prefer to learn more about someone before I'm ready to open up.

I've never gone to a blogger rendezvous.

I'd much rather work behind the scenes and have those who matter understand my contribution than trumpet myself as the doer of the deed.

My tagged bloggers:

(sob, I don't know eight bloggers well enough to ask them)

GuyK of Charming, Just Charming

Jimmy B of Conservative UAW Guy

Gear Daddy of Grinding Gears

DirtCrashr of Anthroblogogy

HNAV of Hillary Needs A Vacation

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

July 4, 1776

Monday, July 02, 2007

Blogroll Update

Check out these forums:

Firearms Talk


OutdoorsBest Shooting Forum

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Main Entry: rec·i·proc·i·ty
Pronunciation: "re-s&-'prä-s&-tE
Function: noun
Inflected Form: plural -ties
1 : the quality or state of being reciprocal
2 : the exchange, recognition, or enforcement of licenses, privileges, or obligations between states of the U.S. or between nations

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

On June 15th Governor Gibbons signed a reciprocity law allowing Nevada to sign concealed carry agreements recognizing permits from other states. Any state that has concealed standards equal to or greater than Nevada is eligible for mutual recognition.


Tagged As:
Gun Rights
Concealed Carry
Second Amendment