Suppression

With the HPA becoming a thing, the last thing everyone needs is yet another self important blogger who thinks they are all that telling you why it will be the best thing ever or why it will be the death of shooting because all they do is take their remchesterby durr rifle out once a year to bag a whitetail and who needs a suppressor for that. Be a man and take the hearing loss or something, because tinnitus is just that fun.

This is the part I don’t get: people who would be positively affected by a pro gun rights thing pushing back against it. Trying to keep the perception of a hobby as only hunters for sport and sustenance. Trying to keep everyone else out of their secret club and to stop anyone else coming in who might be interested. It’s as if they don’t even let themselves enjoy their interests in fear of some mythical person coming through their door and demanding their bolt gun because those are now banned. It’s this idea that people opposed to arms don’t want to disarm them too and that they can be appeased.

Now, enough digression: I did want to cover a nice bit of the HPA, and that would be airgun suppression. See, airgun suppressors are legal because they are not rifle ones. Except they might not be if it could be removed and put on a rifle. But does removed mean unscrewed, or cut off the welded suppressor and drill it out? It’s not allowed to suppress a rifle: does that mean it can’t suppress the shots plural, or does that mean if it explodes on the first round but makes it a tiny bit quieter the law is broken? Is there a maximum durability they have to be before they become firearm suppressors?

It’s odd in a way, firearms laws effectively screwing over anyone with an airgun (which get plenty loud as well) despite it not being covered by arms law. Either it’s unintended consequences, or intended consequences of moral panic.

Also, in other news, seriously, fuck Springfield Armory and RRA for selling out state dealers for a cushy exemption to the law. Just go and stab your customers and the people selling your products in the back, that will work out well. People are still boycotting Ruger for what they did, and Springfield + RRA thought this would go over well with the public?

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And things change yet again

ATF has now said that the SB15 brace is not allowed to be shouldered. Instead of the intent when building that defines something, it’s now how you use it that defines it. Next firing a gun too fast will make it a machine gun. It’s strange that they now say pistols can’t be shouldered and are designed to be fired with one hand, considering most pistol techniques now are based on two hands, and if you were motivated you could shoulder a stock Glock although it would be painful.

So now SB15 braces are getting dumped onto the market for cheap. In a way, it makes sense given videos and forum posts were basically all “I can make an SBR without paying the stupid tax” and the ATF isn’t that stupid as to let something that obvious go. More malicious than stupid, so I guess everyone making those videos and posts are lucky their houses aren’t on fire and their pets shot.

Secondly, in other changes, the Hughes Amendment is under fire, and the government has filed their response. Apart from the spelling errors in it, it basically sums up as the absolute worst counterargument ever, it basically sums up as “oh please dismiss this we know we’re in the wrong and will lose this”.

But let’s be honest, even with new machine guns being illegal for civilians didn’t stop Yee and Holder from buying them and selling them to other criminals or giving them to drug cartels, so it’s not like the government will have a hard time arming random gangs in other countries if the Hughes Amendment deservedly gets eliminated. maybe if things go really well the NFA will go away too, given that taxes like poll taxes on the exercise of rights aren’t allowed.

How hard can I shill?

This hard, and I’m not even getting paid for it: For those who have never used it, Gunbot.net is a great website. It has realtime tracking of ammo and reloading supplies prices from various retailers with multiple sort options, so if you want to save a bit of money it’s really handy.

Of course, in this case “”’Shill’ means “I like the site and use it, I know it isn’t that well known so I shall tell some people about it to have some sort of post created despite not even getting paid for it.”

Four dealers file suit against the CA attorney general

According to CalGuns news, Tracy Rifle & Pistol has filed suit against the CA Attorney general over second amendment res-oh sorry, this one is over restrictions of First Amendment Rights, which I guess is a given considering how California can be.

The suit is due to the fact that it is illegal for gun stores to advertise in a way any passerby can see that they have handguns for sale due to a 1923 law, however there are no restrictions on anyone else using handgun terminology or imagery in a publicly viewable way, just stores are restricted providing they sell them.

They are joined in the case by CalGUns, the Second Amendment Foundation, the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, and the stores Sacramento Black Rifle, Ten percent Firearms, and PRK Arms, as well as a few business owners. People also helping on the case include a UCLA law professor specializing in First and Second Amendment cases.

Given how the law basically bans truthful and honest advertisements while simultaneously allowing anyone not advertising to use the same images/text/ad slogans has me thinking they have a really good case, in addition to wondering why the Attorney general is still in office and what sort of thing they have done right, considering how often they seem to be getting suit filed against them.

More details can be found at this link to the CalGuns press release.

Well done. well done.

An interesting thing happened the other day that an anonymous tipper was kind enough to point out to me.

A weapons forum, dedicated to pretty much every weapon and weapon related topic and filled with people from almost every country with internet who like weapons had a thread of pictures of women with guns. Prominent among those images were many of the fairly excellently pro-gun posters and images from Oleg Volk. The thread was ostensibly devoted to one particular brand of guns, and apart from some ribbing and potshots taken at the brand (including a mention of the price being high because they make so few of them) the majority of the replies were photos of people with guns, with the specified guns or fairly complimentary of Oleg Volk’s work.

And then, lo and behold, he found out too and posted it on his facebook page. A board with people complimenting his work and admitting to being great fans of his pro-gun posters and advertisements. Obviously, what is someone to do? Why, the first thing might be to be complimented by it!

But wait, what if it’s a board of a forum that’s popular to hate and someone has never been there and/or doesn’t understand it, or wants to be seen as regular and hip and not someone who visits that board? Well, fans or not, the only apparent proper thing to do is complain about projection. Because people going “I like that picture, who is the model in it?” is projection.

Naturally, the post on facebook got many positive replies as Oleg Volk had reconfirmed himself in their eyes to be one of them and not one of the people from that  forum. Frankly, people had a target it was socially acceptable to dislike and they decided to throw them under the bus, fans of the work or not.

There was one glimmer of intellect among the replies, as someone pointed out that the replies to the images were positive until Oleg Volk turned and called them psychopaths.

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People, fans of the works were hurt. Someone they looked up to for their very pro gun messages had decided to simply discard a section of the firearms community.

Socially acceptable targets are bullshit. In every case people find one group who isn’t them and in the minority to hate, and when that group becomes no longer socially acceptable they move onto someone else. First people went and hated people based on skin color. Then sexual orientation when the last became no longer accepted. now it’s based on what sites people visit or what things they own. Now it’s totally okay to make fun of people for watching a tv show, owning a certain hat style, or having some specific interests. This is bullshit from people who want to have someone they can just dump on and blame all of their problems or the problems they read about on but don’t want to choose a target that isn’t acceptable. 50 years ago these people who blame smokers for everything would have been blaming black people for everything. It’s nothing new, you aren’t a better person for hating someone who is now socially acceptable to discriminate against or hate. You’re just as bad as the people you look down upon for their previous actions, but you hide behind social acceptance as they did previously.

In this case, this is a post on PR. Sure, it may be socially acceptable to dump on one group. But don’t dump on your fans or you create a lot of disillusioned people who will spread the message you have no problems throwing people who like your work away as not worth your attention. If you don’t approve of the show they watch or the site they visit but they’re fans and complimenting you, just say “thanks” or some other non committal result. You don’t patronize a group you dislike by accepting their compliment. But discarding them and insulting them? Way to treat your fans.

In this case, I have to change my recommendation of Oleg Volk, same as I did with various stores post Sandy Hook.

If you want good photos of guns or people with guns, I recommend Simon Falvard (NTSPhotography) and Weapon Outfitters.

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I find their work more appealing and with no photos that appear overtly pale or monochromatic to the point of being washed out, while still being enjoyable photos.

For those who love the classics however, there is one other that I would love to be able to credit and recommend, but I do not know the photographer.

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For those who want to skip to the end, visit Simon Falvard (NTSPhotography) and Weapon Outfitters for your weapons based photography. They haven’t to my knowledge called their fans psychopaths, which is a big plus.

Apparently MDA swats people

According to this article, members of MDA have decided that the best answer to stuff they don’t like is calling the police and lying about what the person is doing, ideally with the end goal of getting that person shot.

So they plan to “solve” the fact they don’t like guns by having people with them shot by other people.

Irony, as well as decency, manners, respect, self respect and a generally likable personality or decent appearance are the least that these people are missing in addition to all brain cells a human should theoretically possess. Also apparently it’s totally okay to lie to the police so they execute someone you don’t politically agree with.

In fairness, MDA itself isn’t officially supporting this but they have not done anything to put down the people willing to violate the laws in attempts to get people they dislike killed or arrested for something that did not happen.

I realize they demand action, but given how extreme they go, they should try something other than having people executed. Perhaps anal since they’re demanding action that much.

Remember MDA, it hurts less than being single.

Minor tiny update

For those who followed the Failure To Fire series it seems it has sadly come to an end.

Perhaps a web comic about guns and a gun store isn’t really news when it ends. perhaps it was potentially interesting having a comic of the various jokes and experiences. Perhaps it’s 1 am and I don’t want to write an in depth post about Moms Demand  Action SWATting people, especially because at 1 am it’s too tempting to make fun of that group name as some sort of older woman themed dating site.

I lied, it’s always tempting to make fun of that name, and I will never be as good at it as k is.

Silencerco Infographic

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It’s amazing how in the US you so rarely hear people bring up any European countries with allowed or encourages silencer use. Even I believe France allows people to simply buy them since they’re useful safety equipment, no special license or permit needed. They probably are even disposable there, as opposed to here were a $200 fee to beg for your rights might allow you to own something, so they end up being things people try to keep maintained and working as long as possible.

And yet, those who like to argue the US needs to follow the European example refuse to believe silencers are allowed there, or don’t know about it at all, or they ignore those countries for the comparison. Way to pick and choose, just like they tend to love to accuse others of doing.

Seriously, it’s a silencer. Suppressor is more apt since they aren’t truly silent, but considering the very first Maxim Silencer was called the Maxim Gun Silencer, I’d imagine they have a bit of a history as that name. For added fun, the guy who invented them apparently also invented the car Silencer, except we call that a muffler now even if silencer is better.

Well done, Paul Allen

You know how Paul Allen threw a few hundred grand at pro gun control measures?

Turns out he’s a bit mad and is in fact suing over the non delivery or the fact his offer of $2.5 million for a tank wasn’t accepted. Some people say the one, some say the other. Most are going after clickbait on it being a German tank.

How (the complete opposite of) generous of him to make sure the masses have fewer options while buying himself a tank and suing over it. Apparently he considers himself above the rest of us, or at least, above the laws the rest of us have to follow.

Nobody is coming for your guns!

How many times has that been said? How many times have they said that when implementing some registry? How many times have people said it is of dubious honesty?

Well, turns out New York police are apparently demanding records of people who bought anything under the SAFE act from various gun stores. This isn’t yet full on confiscation, but why are they pulling the records? Why did they consider a swat raid? Why is New York City such a terrible place to live with obscene prices for everything and asinine laws that make a two liter soda illegal?

Hopefully nothing worse comes out of they NYPD demanding records, like dozens of random innocent people being shot up because they have a car that slightly looks like one a gun owner does, or being killed because they were near where some gun owner the NYPD wanted to shoot (and the NYPD are pretty much only good at hitting bystanders when they aren’t having NDs thanks to their incompetence and duty guns having 12#+ triggers).