The light at the end of a barrel anyway.
I have now become and ever shall be a member of the Church of the Boresnake. Why? Because I've now had too many borebrushes come apart inside my rifles. That's it, I've had it with brass brushes though I may still use jigs for patches.
Want to ruin your shooting day? Have a brush come apart inside your rifle action. Just pop out of the metal seat and get stuck. It's more fun if the remains of the brush are too large to just tip out. Sure, you can try to push the end of the brush back into the rod, but that doesn't work. You don't want to push too hard because the brush is up against the firing pin. Try to push it into the barrel and get it out at the muzzle, oops, that doesn't work either.
Great, now you're stuck. Looks like a trip to the gunsmith but....your wife's unemployed and you can't justify spending $45. Try one more time. Of course your fingers are too fat to stick in a finger and pull out the brush and you keep getting stuck by the brass anyway. Think, think, think. Ahhh!!! Needle nose pliers! Your life - and money - saver. Just push the brush seat back into the action to steady it and gently insert said pliers and bend the brush out. Success!!! Quickly check the action to see if you damaged anything. No apparent damage. Whew! Breathe now. Apparent damage anyway. Too bad for you, but you can't finance another range trip until the better half gets a new job. Guess you'll have to wait for a while to find out if you've bolloxed up the works.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The light at the end of a barrel anyway.
Friday, January 19, 2007
A teenager was stabbed to death by another teen at a Boston area school this week, according to an Enemy Press AP story in the Victorville Daily Press. No antigun laws or assault weapons bans would have had any effect on this crime. Mayor Bloomberg's little group couldn't save the victim either.
Crime, and particularly murder, will happen whether guns are illegal or not. Everyone knows this, but our elected and unelected elites will continue their war against citizen self defense and constitutional rights anyway. Criminals don't obey laws, hence the name, criminal. Outlawing certain weapons will do nothing for lessening criminal's activities, but will only result in law abiding gun owners being denied their rights to keep and bear arms.
That essentially is what all gun control is about. Denying you, the common citizen, the right to protect yourself, family, and neighborhood from out of control criminal activity. Those who believe they have right to rule also believe they know best for you and that all uses of force must come from them. Too bad for the country that they seldom do what's really best for society.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Instapundit links to a NYT oped he wrote for today's Enemy Press New York Times.
Another sign of the Apocalypse? The Times allowing an opinion that runs counter to "All the guns fit to grab?" Professor Reynolds describes a town in Idaho that mandates gun ownership "calling for its citizens to own guns and keep them ready in their homes in case of emergency. It’s not a response to high crime rates." Of course gun ownership does have a deterrent to crime, as many criminals have stated that "they try to avoid homes where armed residents are likely to be present."
Gun ownership in case of emergency is perhaps a good place to start to remind people that they are their own best defense. Relying on police to arrive in time is wishful thinking, and as seen in New Orleans, the cops might just forget their duty and decide to take what they can get. Armed citizens did deter criminal activity as also seen in New Orleans.
Interestingly enough, even when the need for firearms during emergency situations is clearly demonstrated, the preparedness plans the government puts out for ordinary citizens never mentions having a gun. One wonders why? Fear that an armed populace might not be quite willing to obey dictates that may not be in their best interest? Perhaps, but authorities love order and during an emergency there's not much order. A citizen should take steps to protect themselves and others but we also must recognize the role of government in such times. Governments are created to protect us and the only time that the armed citizen should oppose government directives is spelled out in the Declaration of Independence. Only when government and our leaders are destructive to our freedom should we not obey them. A gun owner is also a citizen and those who believe in freedom also should believe in obeying lawful government.
There are many inside and outside office who don't believe we have those freedoms. Continued lawful gun ownership depends on the armed citizen only taking up arms during disasters, but also using our arms only when needed. We don't take up arms and hunt down thieves anymore, and the lawabiding among us have no desire to become vigilantes. By remaining inside the law and using our arms only when necessary, we can perhaps overcome the prejudice against guns that runs through certain segments of our fellow citizenry.
New York Times
Friday, January 12, 2007
Fox 5 News out of Las Vegas reports on the result of an armed robbery gone awry, for the robber that is. It seems someone attempted to rob a furniture store at closing time and thought that the back door would be the best way to enter.
Unfortunately for the would be heist man, the owner answered the door. "The store owner became suspicious and armed himself, police said. Upon opening the door, the owner was confronted by a man wearing a mask and carrying a metal pipe, police said. The owner fired and killed the man." According to police, the unidentified owner will not face charges.
Poor robber, he forgot the cardinal rule of crime. Don't bring a pipe to a gunfight.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The NRA-ILA reports that a Nevada Democrat!!! plans to author a bill in the state legislature to remove a grandfather provision that allows Clark County - the Las Vegas area - to force handgun registration, in direct opposition to the state constitution.
"State Senator John Lee (D-Clark County) is introducing legislation in the 2007 Session (BDR S-45) that will eliminate this 'grandfather clause' from the State Firearms Preemption Law. This will remove the patchwork of local gun laws and protect law-abiding Nevada gun owners from inadvertently becoming criminals."
Amazing that a Dem would do this? Well, not really so amazing as Senator Lee is involved in the development of the planned Clark County Shooting Park. Residents of Nevada would be well served by passage of this bill. The next legislative session begins in February and the people of the state need to show their representatives their desire to end this grandfather clause. It must be done this year as Nevada has biennial sessions and nothing else could be passed until 2009.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports on the "heroic" actions of a convenience store manager who escaped from his bonds during a robbery attempt and taught two criminals that crime doesn't pay by killing one and wounding another.
"The manager, whose name was not released, escaped from the ties and retrieved a gun stashed inside the store. Shortly after 2 p.m., the manager exchanged 'a bunch' of shots with the suspects, North Las Vegas police spokesman Tim Bedwell said." Unfortunately our police source doesn't indicate what a "bunch" is. Must be a technical term. The story also doesn't say what type of guns were used, so we must assume they weren't employing "assault rifles" or the evil 50 caliber - popularly known as the most common gun employed by street hoodlums.
The amazing thing is that the police representative Bedwell agrees that the managers actions are heroic. "Bedwell said police weren't considering charging the store manager in Friday's shooting of the robbery suspects. 'The initial impression of everybody is this was a justifiable shooting,' he said. 'In a situation where their business gets robbed and the suspects flee, you can't chase them down and shoot them,' he said. 'It doesn't look like anything like that happened today.' Bedwell said the store manager's gun was registered and the witnesses' opinion that the manager is a hero could be accurate. 'If everything holds up true ... then yeah, he is a hero,' Bedwell said." Nice to hear the police say something like that. Nary a word was spoken about not resisting or decrying a free citizens right to meet force with force. Remember, North Las Vegas is the town of the Nasty Boys.
Now the only thing to wait for is the probable moaning and crying by the hoodlums' relatives about the fate of the choirboys. The manager should pre-empt their grandstanding by filing charges against the late hoodlum's and the not so late hoodlum's families for allowing these two to menace the public.
Murder charges are expected to be filed against the surviving robber as allowed by Nevada law. One goblin down, one to go.
North Las Vegas
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
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Monday, January 01, 2007
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