17 Aug 17
Spain this time!
Details on today’s bloody terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain are still coming in.
Multiple deaths and injuries.
The truck(s) involved drove into, and over, unsuspecting pedestrians for quite some distance before stopping.
Like Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, west Africa, Barcelona was selected by terrorists as a target, because it is a popular tourist destination. Tourists arrive in Barcelona from all over Europe, the UK, Russia, China, and the USA.
However, unlike Burkina Faso, Barcelona is part of Western Europe, so this incident is not being smugly ignored by the media, as was the Islamic terrorist attack in Ouagadougou earlier this week!
Rapidly-moving trucks are nearly impossible to stop, as I editorialized in my Quip of 11 May 17, talking about similar truck attacks on pedestrians in Nice, France in July of 2106, and in Stockholm, Sweden in April of this year.
No explosives, nor gunfire, nor skilled marksmanship are required! All that is needed are suicidal jihadists, and they’re flooding into Europe, all with the blessing of cynical leftists governments!
And, such truck attacks are essentially unpreventible. After yet another “success” today, we’ll doubtless see more!
Advice to the rest of us, here and there:
1) Don’t travel offshore, particularly to “popular tourist destinations!”
2) Stay away from crowds.
3) Stay alert
4) Always be prepared to move, quickly!
5) Go armed
Terrorists are on a roll! They will never stop, nor relent, nor display any species of mercy. Western Civilization has still not found a way to deal with them effectively, and may never.
You’re on your own!
16 Aug 17
Distributors are, once again, beginning to run low on 5.56!
This is a predictable response to current world and domestic events.
Between the never-ending North Korea situation and an impending indigenous race war, exacerbated by clamourous, violent criminals on both sides, the media, and sissified politicians (including police chiefs) who just can’t say “No,”
Americans are waxing nervous, once more.
I just got off the phone this morning with a friend in CA. He is frightened by current news and wants to buy an M4. I told him existing CA state law does not permit that, and will soon ban nearly all serious firearms from private possession.
I commented to him, “You voted for these sleazy Marxist ideologues. What did you think they would do? They have succeeded in bribing you with your own money, as leftists always do! Now, you’re sucking wind. Where you expecting another outcome?”
He is moving out of CA as fast as he can! Students in NY, MD, and other places find themselves in the same predicament!
Political violence is becoming a reality here in America, aggravated, indeed provoked, by our leftist media.
“Violent evangelism,” by Islamics is also a disturbing reality, here, and in all of Western Civilization. I don’t know why anyone is surprised. They’ve been doing it for the last 1400 years!
The unarmed/unprepared are cannon-fodder!
All the rest of us can do is be prepared and alert, and do our best to stay out of the way!
Now, for the commercial part:
But, my students and friends can go to:
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At m4precision.com, you’ll find details on, and be able to order, our wonderful Farnam Signature M4
15 Aug 17
I got my hands on an FN 509 today, at a local retailer.
I’ve carried its predecessor, the FNS, and still like it.
Both the FNS and 509 are modern, striker-fired, Glock-like pistols, but the 509 has a slightly shorter grip (which means magazines are not backward-compatible with the FNS) and is trimmer and more elegant overall.
The FNS is G17-sized. The 509 is G19-sized. However, both are double-column, 9mm,18-shooters. Both are priced in the ballpark with all the rest.
I get the impression that the 509 is superceding the FNS, but I’m told both are currently in production.
FN, like S&W, features a “jointed,” or “articulated” trigger, unlike Glock (and just about everyone else) which has a “tabbed” trigger. Many have personal preferences, but both systems are perfectly acceptable.
Some have voiced the opinion that a jointed trigger may be pushed backward by a tight-fitting holster, an eventuality far less likely with a tabbed trigger. But, I know of no incidents where anything like this has ever actually happened, so all that is just speculation.
Both systems are designed to prevent the pistol’s trigger from essentially “pulling itself,” through momentum, when the pistol is dropped on a hard surface and strikes the rear of the slide.
This makes the pistol “drop-safe” from any height, not just six feet.
Yes, I know pistols are not supposed to be dropped, but every gun manufacturer knows, or should know, that when their products get into the hands of average consumers, they will be misused, abused, beat-up, neglected, and otherwise ill-treated in every way imaginable, and some that defy imagination!
SIG, with its flagship pistol, the 320 (which currently has neither a jointed, nor a tabbed, trigger), is in the process of discovering this the hard way!
I like the FN 509, and I’ll probably be carrying a copy before long.
Good competition makes good products! The entire cadre of modern production service pistols, Glock, SIG320, FNS, FN509, H&K VP9, Walther PPQ and PPS/M2, S&W M&P, SAXD and XD/M, Canik TP9SF/Elite, CZ P10C, Kahr, Ruger AA, Beretta APX, I can recommend.
All are acceptable and suitable for serious use, including concealed carry, but none are “perfect.”
I don’t see a return to hammer-fired pistols with manual decocking-levers any time soon. That era is long-over.
Double-action revolvers still work just fine, but have their limitations.
And, the dwindling 1911 crowd will be around for a long time to come, but every year, they all get one year older!
“Today’s ‘advanced weapons’ are tomorrow’s museum exhibits!”
14 Aug 17
Islamic Terrorism Never Ceases:
Yesterday, in Ouagadougou, capitol city of the former west-African French colony of Burkina Faso, a group of Islamic terrorists burst into an upscale restaurant, popular with foreign tourists, and systematically murdered everyone they were able to, using AK rifles.
Death toll is at least eighteen. Many others wounded. At least one French tourist is among the dead.
Police eventually cornered and killed two of the attackers.
Displaying a degree of honesty rarely found in Western civilization, Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou immediately declared the incident a “terrorist attack.”
In January of 2016, a identical attack at another upscale restaurant in Ouagadougou saw thirty murdered.
In June of this year, yet another attack saw five murdered at a luxury resort in Mali, also a former French colony, also in west Africa.
These ongoing Islamic murder sprees, because the occur in Africa and other places not familiar to most Americans, are barely noticed by Western news media. Our naive liberal media gets excited only when such things happen in Western Europe, the UK, or CONUS.
Even then, when only a few are wantonly murdered, it’s not even “news” anymore! And, the Western media uses weasel-phrases, like “lone wolf,” and “It’s not really terrorism” in order to encourage all of us to pretend none of this is really happening. Precious little of what does not fit their liberal narrative is ever reported honestly, or reported at all!
But, the point is that these kinds of murderous attacks by radical Islamics continue to occur, almost daily, reported in the Western media or not, somewhere in the world.
They will likely continue for the rest of our lifetimes!
Offshore travel is not a good idea, and probably be won’t any time soon. Some places are worse than others, as noted above, but all offshore destinations are far more dangerous than they have ever been before.
Africa, in particular, has a large Islamic population. Not just north and west Africa, but the entire Continent. Jihadists are organized, dedicated, deadly, and relentless. They pay no attention to international borders, and local governments do not deal with them any more effectively than we do!
“People confuse ‘inner peace’ with some sense of insensibility whenever something goes wrong. In such cases, ‘inner peace’ is a permit for destruction: The unyielding optimist will pretend that the forest is not burning, either because he is lazy, or too afraid to put the fire out.”
9 Feb 17
“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws”
Guns in NYC!
I conducted a Defensive Handgun Course recently for a group of students, all of whom live and work in NYC. We did the Course itself at an outdoor range in NJ.
Several of my students (via past political connections) actually had CCW permits issued by the NYPD, nearly impossible to get, but they were very concerned about keeping them!
The sub-department that issues these permits has been fraught with scandal, one right after another. Several higher-ups have been indicted for accepting bribes. Corruption is rampant and decades old!
Reacting to criticism, the current mayor’s predictable reaction has been to direct the NYPD to even further reduce the minuscule number of permits currently valid. Hence, many NYC permit-holders, including several of my students, have received letters indicating that their city-issued CCW permits will not be renewed.
No reason given! No wrongdoing, real or imagined, on the part of disenfranchised CCW permit holders. Their precipitous castration is completely arbitrary!
Those of us who live in states where CCW permits are easy to get (in fact, taken for granted) find the degrading contempt in which NYC residents are held by the city government (all liberal Democrats) astonishing, and frightening, particularly since NY’s current governor and NYC’s current mayor have both indicated a desire to run for president!
My students, all successful professionals, expressed an abiding contempt for NYC’s entrenched liberals, and pointed out that they stay in power via:
1) Imposing guns laws so voluminous, incomprehensible, arbitrarily enforced, and requiring paperwork that constitutes a full-time job in itself, that being “law-abiding” in NYC is probably impossible. In any event, one could never know if he was of not! What are supposed to be “rights” (and are for the rest of us) in NYC are “privileges,” enjoyed only by the ruling elite and their supporters.
The liberal ruling elite can thus terrorize citizens who dare speak-out against them, by withholding “privileges” and arbitrarily charging them with technical offences. The euphemism is “selective enforcement.” That means their political opponents must exactingly obey the law (as noted above, an impossibility), but they and their supporters don’t.
2) The maintenance and expansion of a vast and permanent “underclass,” (including many violent criminals whom liberals put to good use in coercing unarmed political opponents) from which there is no escape, and whose votes can be dependably purchased with taxpayer dollars, or terrorized out of them.
Among liberals, the foregoing represents “The Golden Rule!”
9 Aug 17
I flew out to the East Coast last weekend. Back to CO yesterday.
I flew on American Airlines. One connection on each leg of the round trip.
In all fairness, flights were comfortable and mostly on-time.
There was one problem:
AA now insists on putting a bright, red tag on all checked luggage that contains guns. The tag says:
“Return to RSO” (Baggage Security Office)
At AA, luggage containing guns does not go out to the carousal, as it does with most other airlines I fly. It is delivered directly to the AA baggage-claim office and must be surrendered personally to the legitimate claimant (after showing identification). I notice that it arrives at the baggage-claim office after all other luggage is out on the carousal, so you can now add at least ten minutes to your stay at the airport.
I guess I can understand their concern, but I don’t like this latest version of “steal me” tags hanging-off my luggage.
SW doesn’t do this to me, and they also don’t gouge me with luggage fees!
Again, in all fairness, both I and my luggage made both legs of my trip safely, and we both arrived at our destinations, mostly on-time. My checked bags contained my customary complement of guns, magazines, and ammunition, and none of that was any kind of problem.
However, as long as they insist on putting bright, red “steal me” tags on my checked luggage, I won’t be flying American Airlines!
5 Aug 17
The Meaning of Words:
In our litagaphobic civilization, liability has become an object of morbid fear on the part of anyone, particularly any business entity with sufficient assets to attract the attention of sleazy, erstwhile-unemployed lawyers.
This civilization is in desperate need of comprehensive tort reform!
Until that day, pitiable causalities are, of course, (1) truth and (2) frankness, and the foregoing is the reason it is nearly impossible to get a straight answer out of “Instructions-for-Use” manuals and “customer-service” representatives from nearly any manufacturer, particularly gun manufacturers.
Lawyers often use “weasel-words” and “weasel phrases,” more to confuse future litigants than to educate and enlighten current users of guns for which they purport to provide instructions. Unfortunately, precious few of those same lawyer/authors even own a gun, much less carry one as part of their daily routine.
Interpretation (more like “translation”) of gun-user manuals has thus become an art in itself, and when reading them one continuously asks himself:
“What are they really trying to say?”
In April of last year, I wrote that manuals provided with all modern pistols are improved, at least in the realm of honest, frank, and unambiguous language, over what they used to be.
However, starkly confronting the subject of routinely carrying serious guns for sedulous personal security is still almost never undertaken with any degree of honesty, either in manuals, nor in promotional material produced and promulgated by marketing departments.
For example, in just about all user manuals that come with serious pistols, you’ll find language like this:
“Never load our pistol (ie: put a live round in the chamber) until immediately prior to firing it. Unload the pistol immediately after firing.”
That language suggests to me that manufacturers of the pistol in question do not themselves believe it is safe to carry their own product while it is loaded, although they turn right around and heavily market those same pistols to police departments, where they know full-well that pistols carried by police personnel are routinely carried loaded.
And, that offends me, because it smacks of hypocrisy, although I’m sure corporate lawyers smugly insist it is all “necessary.”
In fact, manuals provided with modern guns rarely mention the issue of even occasionally carrying, much less routinely carrying, pistols.
What needs to be said in gun-manuals, but probably never will be, is something like this:
“Our pistols and designed for, and intended for, serious use, by police, military personnel, other security professionals, and private citizens. It is thus appropriate and acceptable that our pistols be routinely carried (openly or concealed) on the person, loaded (live round chambered), with a fully-charged magazine inserted, and hence in a high state of readiness, so as to be effective during personal security emergencies (which is the sole purpose for which they are designed and produced to begin with)
Accordingly, our pistols are designed to be, and are, “drop-safe.” That is, no amount, nor kind, of eternal trauma is even remotely likely to cause the pistol to discharge, even when loaded, absent pressure being applied to the trigger.
While no gun is “perfectly safe” (nor would you want it if it were), our pistols are specifically designed for, and intended for, serious purposes, as noted above. In our design and manufacturing methods, we’ve achieved an acceptable “safety/utility” compromise, though we work on improving our products constantly.
Before considering “going armed,” as described above, we recommend that all new owners of our pistols attend competent, comprehensive training, provided by us or other qualified trainers.”
The foregoing applies to Glock, SIG320, FNS, FN509, H&K VP9, Walther PPQ and PPS/M2, S&W M&P, SAXD and XD/M, Canik TP9SF/Elite, CZ P10C, Kahr, Ruger AA, Beretta APX, all the pistols I recommend for serious use, including routine carrying for personal security.
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, he turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhaustive idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”
3 Aug 17
“When you are not prepared to confront your own death (with a grim smile) and chose to fight courageously, and die when that is the final outcome, for values and beliefs that are more important to you than life itself, then you are, in truth, unprepared and should never consider yourself ‘well trained.’”
Beware of agenda-driven “studies” that purport to “prove” the value (or lack of value) of a particular piece of equipment or technique, particularly when the report gets conclusions, assumptions, and suppositions mixed-in with each other, right from the beginning.
We need to keep in mind that studies and research projects into the Art of defensive shooting merely tell us what we did. They don’t tell us what we should have done!
The real issue in researching “actual gunfights” is foolishly succumbing to sweeping conclusions drawn from an invariably minuscule number of samples. In addition, much of the “data” from such research is extracted from second-hand observers. Even first-hand observers are influenced by prejudice, agendas, and misperceptions. “Confirmation bias” routinely rears its ugly head.
Truly “non-biased research” is thus a rare commodity!
Accordingly, I’m automatically skeptical when a researcher claims he has “proved” something, particularly when he actively advocated for his conclusion(s), long before his “research” ever started!
Gun manufacturers, in their promotional material, often cite dubious “studies” (often funded by the manufacturer) that claim to “prove” the superiority of their product. What a coincidence! Do you suppose their marketing departments are guilty of “confirmation bias?”
When a researcher claims that a technique is “invalid,” because it is not observed being used, that doesn’t necessarily mean it would not have been beneficial had it been used. It just means people aren’t doing it, for whatever reason.
This issue comes up frequently with the topic of the use of pistol sights. Some claim that pistol sights are useless, because in “actual gunfights” nobody ever really sees/uses them.
That may be at least partiality true, but the logical conclusion is not that the use of pistol sights could therefore never have been beneficial in any of those incidents, nor that many shooters actually do make use of sights, but just don’t remember those kinds of details well.
The fact that something isn’t observed being done, or isn’t done well, doesn’t necessarily mean it shouldn’t/can’t be done, nor does it necessarily mean training to do it would not be beneficial.
Years ago, we were told that holding a pistol in two hands is just a “range technique,” because “… in actual gunfights, everyone shoots with only one hand.”
The truth is, “in actual gunfights” our students will do what they’ve been trained to do. When their training is poor, poor results should not be surprising!
“Fighting isn’t all there is to the Art of War. Men who think that way, and are satisfied to have food to eat and a place to sleep, are mere vagabonds. A serious student is much more concerned with training his mind and disciplining his spirit than with merely developing his martial skills.”
1 Aug 17
I am regularly asked about after-market “accessories” for production pistols, rifles, and shotguns, weapons that we recommend for serious use.
The vast majority of after-market add-ons do not enjoy my recommendation, and I advise students that reputable guns come from the factory in eminently useable condition, and adding things to them seldom enhances their utility, nor reliability.
Replacement “trigger/spring kits” abound, and sometimes do represent an improvement, but most consumers are not sufficiently sophisticated so as to be able to discern a wonderful trigger from an average one, nor is their trigger technique developed enough to take advantage of refinements offered.
Accordingly, I advise most students to extensively use their plain-vanilla production guns, just as they come from the factory. When one thus becomes “salty” enough to be able to take real advantage of legitimate refinements, then he might consider them and the minuscule (mostly insignificant) “advantages” they may offer, assuming he has nothing better to spend his money on!
As in the game of golf, many are lured into believing they can “buy” and improved score by spending large sums on “advanced” golf clubs. Of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting, and using, good stuff, but the real work, arduous self-discipline, professional training, and endless repetitions necessary to genuinely improve one’s game cannot be avoided, nor “replaced,” by merely throwing money at expensive equipment and accouterments!
Likewise with serious gun skills!
My advice for most students is to spend less on dubious after-market “accessories” and more on ammunition, professional instruction, and disciplined range time!
When tempted to spend money on glamorous after-market gun accessories, always ask yourself:
1) What is it for?
2) What problem does it “solve?”
3) Will it break, fall apart, fall off, or otherwise make my gun less reliable than it is now?
4) Is my motivation legitimate, or am I just being duped by slick marketing?
“The sole purpose of marketing is to sell more to more people, more often, and at higher prices. There is no other reason for doing it.”
26 July 17
If the amphibious assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on Tuesday, 6 June 1944, had failed (as it nearly did):
“I don’t know what you saw in Africa and Italy, but I know what I saw in Russia and Poland. We made a cemetery a thousand miles long and a thousand miles wide. Men, women, children, Poles, Russians, Jews, it made no difference. It could not be compared to any human action. It could be compared to a weasel in a henhouse. It was as though we felt that if we left anything alive in the East, it would one day bear witness against us. And, now, we have made the final mistake:
We’re losing the War”
German Army Officer Christian Diestl (played by Marlon Brando) in the 1958 movie version of Irwin Shaw’s 1948 novel about WWII, “The Young Lions”
Omaha Beach was the vital hinge of the entire D-Day Invasion. If Omaha failed, the whole Invasion would collapse, and everyone knew it! It would collapse ignominiously, much as did the ill-fated Dieppe Invasion two years earlier.
Had the D-Day Invasion failed, the War in Europe would surely have gone on at least through 1947, and would have likely ended in a notorious “negotiated settlement.” Hitler’s secret nuclear and V2 rocket programs may well have matured, undisturbed by advancing Allied Forces., and Hitler could have been in a position to threaten the UK, all of Europe, and most of Russia, with nuclear weapons!
In addition, the Holocaust would have expanded and continued, and the rest of the world would never know about it, as Hitler would have kept it all a secret, as he wrote the “official” history!
For that matter, the entire Eastern Campaign (Operation Barbarossa), which saw untold millions of Russian civilians slaughtered (as noted by Shaw, above), would likely be also unknown today.
In the West, it is barely known anyway!
As it is, courageous American forces made a success of Omaha Beach, at extreme cost!
As noted, we can only imagine how history would have been different, had they failed!
It makes one wonder what future historians will write about us and our time!
In this world, civilizations come and go. In the West, we dare not take our continued existence for granted. Our audacious previous generations surely didn’t.
In this world, when civilizations, even great ones, want to commit suicide, history will only too gladly accommodate them. It won’t be the first time!
There may well be another “Holocaust,” just around the bend!
Either way, history doesn’t care!
“We never looked back. The problem is: we never looked ahead either.”