16 Mar 18
Earlier this week, a CA school-teacher, who is also a local reserve police officer, and an outspoken anti-gun
Democrat, brought his issue-G21 to a school classroom to serve as a “prop” during his now-famous “gun-safety lecture!”
While sternly warning his charges of dangers inherent to guns, the teacher casually pointed his pistol at the ceiling and pressed the trigger!
The G21 in question functioned flawlessly, of course, and launched a round, causing significant property damage and slight injury to a student.
The teacher has since apologized for his “accident,” but has not elaborated.
We understand the balance of his “safety lecture” has been postponed indefinitely!
The media reported, of course, that the G21 “just went off,” as they apparently do now and then, absent any input from the person holding the pistol.
Yet another “immaculate discharge!”
However, unknown to the shooter, the media, nor the manufacturer, the real culprit is the “LAD (Lilliputian Accidental Dischargers)!”
Yes, just a milli-second prior to the UD in question, the local chapter of the LAD, a highly-skilled, well-oiled, worldwide, intra-gun gang that has established a presence inside all manufactured firearms, swung into action!
Using pint-size axes, hammers, and wrecking bars, the LADs collectively beat on the innards of that hapless Glock 21 until they heard a loud bang and smelled the odor of burned gunpowder.
Their task for the day complete, they reverted back to drinking Australian beer and telling war stories.
As they shamelessly imbibed, LADs sang, in perfect harmony, their anthem:
“We’re the LADs, inside your guns,
Mighty tiny, we’re hard to see,
Takin’ the heat, when guns unexpectedly ‘go bang,’
For a most reasonable, monthly fee,
Our job is to make your guns ‘just go off,’
We are talented gun-parts riggers,
With us inside your carried guns,
There’s just no need for triggers!
We’re expert witnesses, in civil suits,
‘Weasel-word masters,’ when in the courts,
We repeat, ad nauseam, ‘accidental,’
Read about it in media reports.
‘Negligent Discharges’ do not exist!
They’re figments of wild imaginations,
We LADs are inside all guns,
In all ‘No-one’s-accountable’ nations!”
14 Mar 18
I’ve grown weary of recent editorials frantically warning us all that allowing school teachers and administrations to carry concealed pistols in school will lead to a “rash of gun-accidents,” because “… ‘those people’ just can’t be trained to use guns competently.”
In that case, I suppose no one can be trained to use guns competently!
The tired, liberal refrain, “You’re too stupid to own a gun,” is being resurrected, this time targeting teachers as the one class of citizens who are so feebleminded that they should never be allowed to even touch guns, much less actually carry them.
That same ridiculous prediction was made (by all the same people) at the beginning of the armed-pilots program, which has subsequently become a more-or-less complete success!
I remember having a discussion with Marine Corps brass, as I was promoting the concept of hot ranges on military bases, after having actually run several with their own troopers, of all ranks.
“But Mr Farnam, aren’t you worried about gun-accidents?”
“Colonel, you’re having accidents now, even on your “cold” ranges! All the while, your troopers are not learning how to confidently carry loaded guns.”
When people own, store, and carry guns for serious purposes, there will be mishaps. With competent training, accidents can be greatly reduced, but never eliminated.
The complete and utter eradication of gun-accidents, like traffic-accidents, is an unrealistic goal!
Even within police departments, we have gun accidents. And, now and then an officer (sometimes even the chief) inadvertently leaves his pistol sitting on the toilet tank at his favorite restaurant!
When these mishaps occur, we take note, make corrections as necessary, re-mediate/discipline as necessary, and then drive on!
But in our deteriorating world, be you an LEO or not, you don’t ever want to be unarmed!
Particularly when you’re among professing liberals, you’ll be the only one there who isn’t armed! Liberals may not care about your life, but they care a great deal about their own!
Be you a LEO, pilot, soldier, Marine, teacher, school administrator, or just a plain-vanilla citizen, you better know and understand that when anyone saves your life, it will probably be you, because you will be the only one in a position to change the outcome.
Can “little-old you” be trained to own, store, carry, and use guns correctly and lawfully?
Never doubt it!
And, never believe self-righteous liberal hypocrites when they try to tell you you’re too stupid!
That’s a great quip!
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> 10 Mar 18
> The Pale
> England’s on-again-off-again conquest of Ireland, starting in the 12th Century, entered an intense and bloody phase in the 16th, under the Tudors. >
> Henry VIII’s notorious split with the Roman Church, officially starting in 1534, injected an evangelistic religious element into Britain’s mostly unwelcome presence in staunchly Catholic Ireland. >
> The next two-hundred years were to be the bloodiest in Irish history! >
> “Pale” translates loosely to “sharp, pointed stick” It is the base for the verb “to empale .” Rows of pales were commonly used to bolster fortress parameters. Hence, the term quickly became associated with defensive military positions. >
> “The Pale,” as it became known, was from the beginning, the established “English District” of Ireland, much like the “Pale of Calais” on the coast of France. >
> Centered around Dublin on the island’s east coast, The Pale was protected by garrisons of British troops, and most towns therein have French or British names. >
> “The Pale,” then, was this heavily-defended area where British “visitors” in Ireland, overstaying their welcome, enjoyed at least some security. >
> When one ventured out, past the parameter, he was said to be “beyond the pale,” thus in “Indian Country!” >
> In modern parlance, the phrase is often used to describe risk-taking and “thinking outside the box,” but its original meaning was quite specific, and very serious! >
> Many such English words and phrases in common usage today have similar historic origins. >
> Unhappily, we remember the words, but forget the history!
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10 Mar 18
England’s on-again-off-again conquest of Ireland, starting in the 12th Century, entered an intense and bloody phase in the 16th, under the Tudors.
Henry VIII’s notorious split with the Roman Church, officially starting in 1534, injected an evangelistic religious element into Britain’s mostly unwelcome presence in staunchly Catholic Ireland.
The next two-hundred years were to be the bloodiest in Irish history!
“Pale” translates loosely to “sharp, pointed stick” It is the base for the verb “to empale .” Rows of pales were commonly used to bolster fortress parameters. Hence, the term quickly became associated with defensive military positions.
“The Pale,” as it became known, was from the beginning, the established “English District” of Ireland, much like the “Pale of Calais” on the coast of France.
Centered around Dublin on the island’s east coast, The Pale was protected by garrisons of British troops, and most towns therein have French or British names.
“The Pale,” then, was this heavily-defended area where British “visitors” in Ireland, overstaying their welcome, enjoyed at least some security.
When one ventured out, past the parameter, he was said to be “beyond the pale,” thus in “Indian Country!”
In modern parlance, the phrase is often used to describe risk-taking and “thinking outside the box,” but its original meaning was quite specific, and very serious!
Many such English words and phrases in common usage today have similar historic origins.
Unhappily, we remember the words, but forget the history!
9 Mar 18
“It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is, than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
People openly begging, in public places, is yet another telltale sign of the progressive deterioration of our civilization!
When I was growing-up in the 1960s, public begging was something rarely seen in America. In fact, Americans took great pride in the fact that public begging was a unsavory activity, mostly confined to third-world countries, like Mexico.
Curiously, state-run lotteries used to fall into the same category. Americans were always too proud to stoop to such squalid, dishonorable ways of extracting money from citizens. Mexico had state-run lotteries, but you would never find them here!
Just a distant memory now, as amoral, money-groveling leftist politicians piously insist that the end always justifies the means!
Back to the modern phenomenon of public begging:
I tell students that public beggars are mostly dishonest, and some are extremely dangerous. Your best interests are thus served by avoidance, particularly when you go armed. When that fails, aggressive verbal disengagement and rapid separation generally represent your best tactic.
In fact, we practice all this in class during roll-playing exercises.
Yet, some insist that an expression of charity (giving beggars money, food, etc) is appropriate, particularly for those of us who profess adherence to established religious beliefs.
Giving beggars money, motivated by your own guilt, helps neither them, nor you! It is extortion, pure and simple, plus it exposes you to significant personal risk.
Begging is neither an honorable, nor sustainable, lifestyle! Beggars need to be shown how to make an honest, upright living.
Giving them money just keeps them where they are!
Giving free money to beggars, out of personal guilt, is indicative of a pernicious neurosis! When people receive money which they know and understand they did not earn, and don’t deserve, it degrades both the giver, and the receiver!
No good comes from it!
When you need to give-away money to beggars in order to “feel good,” I suggest you get some competent physiological counseling!
In the interim, “Disengage and Separate!”
8 Mar 18
Addendum to the 380Auto:
In response to my Quip on the 380Auto cartridge, and various pistols chambered for it, I’ve received many comments!
Some comments, negative and positive, about the 380Auto are based on personal experience, and I surely have to respect that. For most of us, personal experience always trumps “statistical studies!”
Yet, most “personal experiences” are singular. That is, we’re basing our opinion upon a single occurrence, which may or may not be “typical.” I don’t know anyone who has been personally involved in dozens of gun battles, and is still alive!
As my esteemed colleagues, Evan Marshall and Ed Sanow, pointed out years ago, “information” upon which we base critical judgments with regard to caliber choice are largely anecdotal accounts, mostly second and third-hand.
Testimony by trauma surgeons about bullet wounds they have personally examined and treated are helpful, but only tell part of the story, probably only a small part!
In accumulating a credible statistical base (assuming that is even possible), the most critical information is represented by what the person who is shot actually does during the proceeding five seconds. When he is shot multiple times, that, of course, complicates the analysis!
Precious few actual shooting incidents are captured on video in real time! What we rely upon mostly is aftermath testimony of people who were actually there and personally witnessed the event.
Unhappily, even such “direct” testimony is often hopelessly compromised by personal agendas, and a host of perceptual distortions that we know affect almost everyone.
And, if you’re wondering if there is a point lurking in all this:
We’re never going to know much about “stopping power.” There is no shortage of opinions, as noted (including mine), but solid, credible, reliable statistical data does not exist, and probably never will!
And even when it does, such data will only give us “likelihood percentages”
It’s similar to playing poker! With each hand, there is a lot you don’t know, and you base decisions with regard to betting, or folding, upon statistical odds, and a host of other factors.
For good players, some of those decisions are right!
But, as they say in ads for contraceptives,
“Your results may vary!”
6 Mar 18
What is called the “380Auto” over here, is called “9mm Kurz,” “9mm Corto,” or “9×17” in Europe. “Kurz” and “Corto” both translate to “short”
The cartridge has been around for over one-hundred years, nearly as long as the currently more-popular 9mm Parabellum (AKA: “9×19,” “9mm Luger”).
The 380Auto’s enduring popularity is due partially to the fact that it is a low-pressure round, even by pistol standards. That being the case, pistols chambered for it have largely employed (until recently) straight “blow-back” designs and are thus much less expensive to manufacture than are pistols that incorporate a locking system.
And, because there are so many blow-back pistols chambered for this round, commercial ammunition manufacturers load the 380Auto strictly within SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute) specifications. Thus, the 380Auto can be loaded only so “hot!” You’ll probably never see a 380Auto “+p”
Some among my colleagues consider any pistol in 380Auto caliber to be inadequate for serious purposes, and maybe they’re right.
And yet, Glock’s G42 (Glock’s single-column 380Auto pistol) has been extremely popular among consumers (many of whom are admittedly naive) since it was introduced several years ago. So popular is the G42 in fact, that S&W recently brought-out their version, the Shield EZ.
Kahr’s version, the P380 (which has been around the longest) is smaller than either the Glock or the S&W
All are designed for discreet concealed-carry and personal protection.
Hardball ammunition is, of course, available for practice, but “serious” ammunition for the 380Auto is generally a hollow-point between 80 and 90grs. Velocities range from 950 to 1050f/s. Reputable manufacturers all make their own versions.
Penetration generally falls short of the 12″-18″ FBI Standard.
The real question is this:
Can we instructors, in good conscience, recommend for serious purposes, any 380Auto gun/ammunition combination?
As noted above, there is no universal agreement on this!
Some will insist the 9×19, even with modern +p ammunition, is still only marginally adequate, even grossly inadequate, and that only 40S&W, 357SIG, and 45ACP should ever be considered.
What I tell students is this;
Any pistol/ammunition combination can be correctly called “grossly inadequate!”
Pistols, in general, have scant “redeeming social value,” save the fact that they are small, and we can carry them around discreetly concealed.
When using a pistol, any pistol, in a desperate effort to save your life, multiple, precisely-aimed impacts will likely be necessary in order to precipitate any observable behavioral change on the part of the person(s) you’re shooting.
Even then, long seconds may agonizingly tick-by, with no sign of discomfort on the part of your attacker!
Accordingly, we must be trained and prepared to hit the violent felon, no matter what kind of pistol we’re using, (1) in vital areas, (2) multiple times, (3) rapidly.
Some calibers/pistols may represent a better choice than others, but any pistol, even a lowly 380auto, will surely be a significant improvement over being unarmed and unprepared!
For some of my students, particularly the small-statured, with small hands, limited upper-body strength, and limited tolerance for recoil and noise, a 380Auto pistol will be better than nothing, and surely better than anything less, such as 22 rimfire.
I encourage students to purchase what they can comfortably carry concealed, can comfortably and accurately
shoot in training (several hundred rounds at a sitting), and that they can comfortably fit into their lives.
Of course, the bigger and more powerful, the better. No doubt!
Is there room for the humble 380Auto in here?
You tell me!
1 Mar 18
More hypocrisy, from guess who:
I don’t fly Delta anyway, but it is even less likely I’ll fly with them now, after they precipitously canceled a discount arrangement with the NRA.
As we all agree, the NRA is far from perfect, but we’re all members and need to be.
And, most agree the NRA had nothing to do with the recent FL shooting, despite all the fraudulent blame being currently heaped upon it.
And, then there is Dick’s Sporting Goods. I’m not sure I’ve ever been in one, but they will never enjoy my business now, nor should they enjoy the business of any Operator!
Suddenly, they’re far too pure, too pious to sell “assault weapons,” which they can’t even define.
They need to get out of the gun business altogether. They have no friends here!
Who do enjoy my business are local gunshops, gun retailers who carry adequate inventory, sell lots of accessories, including ammunition, and are staffed by people who go armed, are knowledgeable, and cater to Operators.
Yes, I’ll take my business there!
Dick’s, and their ilk, can cater to snowflakes.
Good place for them!
27 Feb 18
Owain Glyndwr has been called the “Welsh Braveheart,” because of the similarity of his life and mission to that of William Wallace of Scotland, a century earlier.
Revered today throughout the UK as a great national hero, Owain was not loved by many of their ancestors at the end of the 14th Century!
Like Wallace, Glyndwr led a successful (at least temporarily) rebellion in Wales against English incursion and influence into his native region. Several less successful rebellions had proceeded him!
As with the spectacular Spartacan Rebellion against Imperial Rome in 70 BC, the Boudican Rebellion against Roman rule in England of 60AD, and the Boer Rebellion (led by Paul Kruger and others) against the British in South Africa in the early Twentieth Century, the ultimate outcome was never in doubt, but in our age we are fascinated and inspired by the tenacity, cleverness, audacity, and bravery of these brilliant and dauntless rebel leaders, righteously rising against notorious excesses of the established, ruling authority.
In fact, during most of the American Revolutionary War, of 1775-1783 (actually, organized hostilities continued through 1818), smart money was not on the Rebels. Ours was one of the few revolutions in world history that was permanently successful!
Invading England from Gaul (France), Romans had considered the British Islands a “colony” since the First Century AD, in the process driving native Celtic tribes west, into Wales, and Scottish tribes north, into Scotland.
Romans called Wales “Cambria,” and the Welsh “Cymru.”
Curiously, there is little evidence that Romans ever set foot in Ireland, considering the island militarily insignificant. Even after Romans withdrew from England, remaining British would continue to express complete disinterest in Ireland for another six-hundred years!
Halfway through the 5th Century, a durable and dedicated St Patrick “Christianized” Ireland, welcoming native pagans to the Roman Church. His success was astonishing, but it set the stage for bloody sectarian conflict, which has persisted into the present age.
With the impending collapse of their continental Empire, Roman troops, and many Roman civilians (along with “Romanized” native civilians), withdrew from England, starting in the early 5th Century.
With the resulting power vacuum, England was promptly invaded by foreign armies, mostly Saxons (Germans).
Over the next few Centuries, there was a lively mixing of cultures, genetics, and language. As one might expect, armed conflict and territorial intrigue was more or less continuous!
The Normans successfully invaded, of course, in 1066AD
By the 14th Century, genetic Scots and Welsh were, once again, pushed to the margins, with political autonomy progressively slipping away. The seat of power was now firmly with English kings, all of whom called London home.
Seeing their culture, native Celtic genetics, and language slowly dissipating, the Welsh rebelled, led by Glyndwr, appealing to the French for military aid. Welsh considered themselves (and still do) to be the only “authentic” English. Kings residing in London traced their genetics mostly to Germany, Spain, France, et al.
By all accounts, Glyndwr, coming from a prominent and successful Welsh family, was highly educated, military astute, well respected, and otherwise had a promising career ahead of him.
Glyndwr’s rebellion lasted only fifteen years (1400-1415), but caught the English off-guard, and was
spectacularly successful, at least in the beginning. His uncanny ability to inspire, and persuade erstwhile feuding clans to work and fight together is matched by few others.
Unhappily, France’s participation was half-hearted and short-lived. And, in 1413 a recently installed King Henry (the 5th), rather than continuing the hard line of his father, offered pardons to many Welsh rebel leaders, as well as other concessions.
The Rebellion fizzled!
Glyndwr never accepted a pardon, nor was the hefty price on his head ever collected. Unlike William Wallace, he was never captured. He was last seen, at least officially, in 1412.
There are many theories, but Glyndwr was known to be a master is disguise, so he may have “re-invented himself” and vanished in plain sight.
As part of his legacy, English Kings ever since have unfailingly started with the title “Prince of Wales,” in an effort to claim a connection with the Island’s original, Celtic genetics.
Harlech Castle, built on the Welsh coast at end of the 13th Century by the King Edward (the 1st), representing a bold attempt at direct assertion of control over all of Wales by the British. It was an unwelcome symbol of repression for native Welsh for many decades.
The Scotch equivalent was Stirling Castle. In Ireland, Carrickfergus Castle performed the identical function.
In 1404, Glyndwr seized Harlech Castle after a brief siege. It became his headquarters until it was re-seized by the British in 1409.
However, in the interim Harlech was recast as a symbol and rallying call for Welch pride and icy stubbornness, and eventually by extension, the pride of all of England.
“Men of Harlech” has thus been used ever since to describe unyielding soldiers. Glyndwr surely set the example.
Welshmen never yield!
“Men of Harlech,” eventually became the title of song, once widely heard in Wales
The stirring music and verse first appeared as “March of the Men of Harlech” in musical and poetic relics of Welsh legends.
The song was first published in “Gems of Welsh Melody” in 1860. It was sung, with revised verse, as recently as 1964 in the feature film, “Zulu,” starring Stanley Baker and a young Michael Caine.
“March ye men of Harlech bold,
Unfurl your banners in the field,
Be brave as were your sires of old,
And like them, never yield!
What tho’ evry hill and dale,
Echoes now with war’s alarms,
Celtic hearts can never quail,
When Cambria calls to arms.
By each lofty mountain,
By each crystal fountain,
By your homes where those you love
Await your glad returning,
Let each thought and action prove,
True glory can the Cymru move,
And as each blade gleams in the light,
Pray ‘God defend the right!’
Clans from Mona wending,
Now with Arvon blending,
Haste with rapid strides along
The path that leads to glory,
From Snowdon’s hills with harp and song,
And Nantlle’s vale proceeds a throng,
Whose ranks with yours shall proudly vie,
‘Nobly win or die!’
March ye men of Harlech go,
Lov’d Fatherland your duty claims,
Onward comes the Saxon foe,
His footsteps mark’d in flames;
But his march breeds no dismay,
Boasting taunts we meet with scorn,
Craven like their hosts shall flee
Like mists before the morn.
On the foemen dashing,
Swords and bucklers clashing;
Smite with will their savage band
Nor think of e’er retreating:
But with a firm unflinching hand,
In blood quench ev’ry burning brand,
And for each roof tree cast away
A Saxon life shall pay.
Thus each bosom nerving,
From no danger swerving,
Soon shall the invader feel
The doom of fate rewarding;
They firmly grasp the flashing steel,
And as ye strike for Cymru’s weal,
Be this your cry, till life’s last breath –
‘Liberty or Death!’”
This is my heritage. These are my ancestors.
I love it!
24 Feb 18
Bump-Stocks and Mental Illness
We’ve yet to see where all this is going, at least at the Federal level, but even DJT currently thinks “Bump-Stocks” need to be banned, and NICS checks need to be “tightened,” particularly with regard to “mental illness,” however that illusive term might be defined.
As always, critical details are never talked about!
No legitimate Operator gives a damn about “Bump Stocks!” Their “kiddy-appeal” generated some retail sales, but they are silly and nothing that has any serious application, nor that would interest me.
Yet, arguments in favor of their banning are completely false!
A single, Bump-Stock-equipped rifle was found at the scene of the Las Vegas, NV shooting of 1 Oct 17, mixed-in with at least a dozen other rifles of various descriptions.
There is no evidence the Bump-Stock-equipped rifle was ever fired, nor used in any way! Nor have Bump-Stocks ever been involved in any other crime. But, a single copy was “found at the scene,” and I guess that alone “justifies” a federal ban, at least in our upside-down world!
No one is talking about exactly how Bump-Stocks currently in private hands are going to be rounded-up and apparently confiscated. Ugly details like that are “subject-non-grata” with our liberal media, and apparently with our President!
However, what concerns me much more is the ill-defined term, “mental illness,” being used to arbitrarily strip Americans of our Second-Amendment rights.
Who decides who is “mentally ill,” or for that matter, exactly what “mental illness” is?
Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and a host of other tyrants routinely used accusations of “mental illness” as a convenient pretext to disenfranchised political dissidents, eventually imprisoning and murdering them. Health-care “professionals” of the era were recruited to do the paperwork, and most were only too happy to comply!
I only wish I could put that scenario above our current generation of leftists!
So, will all with “MDs” behind their name, now be able to declare any fellow citizen “mentally ill,” and thus permanently disenfranchise him of her?
As I’ve said before, will a person’s entire (heretofore private) health-history now become an “open book” just because he wants to buy a gun?
Will there be any kind of appeal process? Will it take years? Of course, we know the answer to that!
Again, no one in the media, even Fox News, ever asks those inconvenient questions!
Most of us will agree that authors of the Magna Carta, and of our Constitution for that matter (particularly our Bill of Rights), would have been solemnly declared “mentally ill” by standards of the day, and by most “health-care professionals” of the period!
This is a slippery slope!
“When you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him. Give him only one. Better yet, give him none!
When government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it.
Give them contests they win by remembering the words to popular songs, or the names of state capitals, or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data. Chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant.’
Then they’ll think they’re thinking, and they’ll get a sense of motion without moving, and they’ll be happy!”