Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Past 120 Years!

31 July 19 Progressive-burning, nitro-cellulose, “smokeless” propellant was developed by the French in the 1880s. As French always are, they were secretive about this new ontogenesis, but within a decade, smokeless propellants were widely known (and rapidly displacing) conventional black powder in much of the world. The sage of the era quickly recognized that the […]

Gilroy, CA

29 July 19 Gilroy, CA Shooting, yesterday: Yesterday, a single suspect, armed with ‘some kind of rifle,” started shooting into an crowded local festival in CA. Several fatalities and many injuries resulted. Some injuries were caused by the panicked stampede of attendees, rather than from bullet impacts. Apparently aware that festival attendees were being wanded […]


24 July 19 “When you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting!” Dave Young PDW (Personal Defensive Weapon) The term, “PDW,” has been conferred upon an ill-defined class of individual firearms that armies, including ours, have historically looked to for issue to “rear-echelon” troops. Back in the Cold-War Era, commanders imagined […]

Squandering Time and Other Valuable Resources!

22 July 19 “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin Yet another anemic excuse for indolence and non-productivity: The State of OR will allow school students to take “mental health days” off, five every ninety days, but of course that will quickly be […]


19 July 19 Triggers for Serious Guns: Trigger “pull-weight” on revolvers is usually between nine and fourteen pounds when fired via the trigger-cocking mode. As a general rule, the smaller the revolver, the heavier the trigger pull. Who have small hands and/or low hand-strength thus often find revolvers, particularly snubbies, incompatible with any kind of […]

Blackout in NYC!

17 July 19 Report from Manhattan during Saturday’s power failure, from a friend and colleague: “My wife and I had been in NYC all week. It was still light outside early Saturday evening. We were enjoying dinner on a secluded outdoor terrace at a Manhattan restaurant. Then, the blackout happened! Owing to ambient light, we […]

DTI on-line Course Regristration

12 July 19 Dear DTI students and friends: DTI Web Page on-line Course Registration is today back up and running! I’m delighted to report that our DTI Web Page at, once more, includes a convenient, fast, and easy-to-use on-line Course Registration section. Only this time, it is vastly improved and expanded! You can now […]

Violence Against Women!

11 July 19 “I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender’ … It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.” Financier and major contributor to the DNC, Jeff Epstein, in his despicable excuse for sexually molesting underage girls, on a serial basis! Jeffrey Epstein, now joining with, Eric Schneiderman (former […]


8 July 19 Extraction: With military autoloading rifles, pistols, and machine-guns, there are several methods of accomplishing the autoloading function, and all “work,” to one degree or another, and of course, all have issues, successful case extraction being the most critical. Extraction always involves two sequential phases: SIE (slow, initial extraction), followed by case withdrawal. […]


5 July 19 The “Translation” “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” Saul Bellow My good friend and colleague, and CEO of Robinson Armament, Alex Robinson, told me in a recent conversation: “When we conceived the XCR Rifle, we knew the design was sound and […]

Converting law-abiding citizens into criminals!

2 July 19 “Voting, we might even say, is the next-to-last refuge of the politically impotent. The very last refuge is, of course, giving your opinion to a pollster, who will get a version of it through a desiccated question, and then submerge it in a Niagara of similar opinions, and convert them into, What […]