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.

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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).

Surprising Victory in california

SB 53 (ammo permits) has failed in the California Senate. There will for a while at least be no yearly fee to have a permit that allows you (oh so generously) to continue to purchase ammo. This should also help keep the cost of local ammo lower as people will now be able to still actually buy it as opposed to some idiotic license to get to purchase.

CAL-FFL, NRA, and FPC as well as everyone who called and sent emails did an amazingly effective job killing this bill. It’s snowing in Hell and today is a good day.

Well done, California, for not letting that happen.

New legal ruling in California

In the good news section, instead of riots over who knows what, it turns out the 10 day waiting period in California for repeat firearms buyers is unconstitutional, and California now has to change it.

There is no further reply to this other than “well done!” nor is more reply needed, although I suspect California will ignore it or do everything they can to avoid it because California only loves a strong government when that government isn’t saying ‘no’ to them.

Wishlist Wishmaster of Weirdness

The sooner I can work through talking about random stuff I want, the sooner this novelty or arguably travesty of an idea can end.

For the special this weekend, the gun of choice is a CVA Electra. An electrically fired muzzleloader, it has zero lock time and potentially a far better trigger than any conventional rifle or pistol. The accuracy potential would be greater if this was a bolt gun and not a front stuffer. Obviously, the correct answer here is to go nuts pretending there is no budget and make the craziest range toy ever.

To that effect, the first thing it needs is a front mounted bipod. For this, the oddity that is the extremely adjustable Sierra Bipod with Raptor Claws would be perfect in aesthetics and off the wall craziness. That would cause the loss of the front sling mount, so a BLACKHAWK! Adapter and BLACKHAWK! single point sling for mall ninja tacticoolness, as well as making every mall ninja convulse at a front stuffer with a single point sling. The fact that BLACKHAWK! is fun to say, or rather shout if their name is anything to go by is really the only reason they got chosen, along with laziness in finding a supplier making both an adapter and single point slings. Additionally, it would require some custom DIY work and a spare battery door, but making a battery eliminator so range time can be enjoyed without having to actually buy 9v batteries for it.

One rifle with a tacticool sling and a bipod, what could be forgotten-a scope! For starting fun and due to the limited range of a frontstuffer, an EOTech 517 would be a decently priced starting scope, costing roughly the same as the gun which costs roughly the same as the bipod, making it a balanced cost system if the sling is ignored. At some point in the future a Raytheon W1000 would be the best accessory ever, as while the ATN Thor-2 had a daylight camera and a power adapter, you only got a choice of one or the other. The Raytheon scope is not just higher quality compared to Another Tactical Nightmare, but allows use of both external power and an external high quality display while being a ruggedized mil-spec uncooled thermal scope made by a reputable maker. The loss of the daylight camera is a small price to pay for quality and having a gigantic sight mounted on the craziest tacticool front stuffer ever, even if the end result will make both mall ninjas and fudds convulse as they try to figure out to hate it or love it.

And what fun is a fun gun that was built for fun if owning it isn’t fun in and of itself, or the very existence of it fun?

Not For public Release

Something seems to be off about the statements in the opening of that video.

Apparently video games are bad because you don’t get the strength to load an M1 Garand, but perhaps with how surprisingly common they are in even modern FPS games, perhaps if the kid had ever played one he would know how to load an M1 as he would have seen it done, even if not perfect or ideal, the process would be known.

It could also just be me, but perhaps the best way with a beginner shooter or someone unfamiliar with the gun and trying it for a first time would be to show the various steps and not go “Does that look right? No, you did that wrong. No, that is wrong too. Fix this.” as that might have a better chance of the person shooting actually having fun instead of just being turned off from it.

Then again, I’m pretty sure this channel also has video of the son crashing on a motorcycle and no help being given.

Just-just why.

Stolen Valor at Range Time?

Full investigation over on Sniper’s Hide, and credit to the /k/ommandos for the original alert.

Long story short, it seems that Corey Jackson from Range Time with Corey and Erika has his actual military history limited to not a medical discharge, but to discharge for going AWOL before even making processing.

Wherever that photo of him with Yeager is, they make a good pair. He could teach Yeager to drive a manual in exchange for learning what it’s like to have “really” operated.

Is it wrong to wish for more people doing the public thing to be like Colion Noir? No faked history or background, just “I like guns and here are some videos about that and where I talk about that”.

Weekend end wishlist: pack rifle edition

Single shot rifles have some appeal. They are lighter in weight and have a greater simplicity, making them ideal for use as folding or take apart rifles for packing places or survival uses. They can help conserve ammo and can be fun things in their own right.

One rather interesting pack rifle is the Chiappa Little badger, a railed skeleton stock folding pack rifle that collapses to 16.5″ and has a nylong carry bag that isn’t identifiable as a gun bag, unless you’re already familiar with Chiappa or the Little Badger. it has adjustable sights and Picatinny rails, including one rail behind the trigger housing that isn’t actually following any standard. It has an attachable pistol grip that holds the cleaning supplies and weighs 1,33Kg or 2.93 Lbs. For the roughly $150 USD it costs, it’s a pretty good price, although the threaded muzzle calls for a silencer which is uneconomical for those in the US. Those who don’t have to deal with NFA fees for silencers, adding one to this rifle would be a bit more economical.

But there is the slight issue where according to an Italian poster over at AR15.com, Chiappa is the fuddiest of fudds and is quite happy to help restrict the ability of the Italian people to own firearms. That $150 is a good price, but you would be supporting Chiappa after than, and they do have cited reliable sources including the recorded votes.

On the other hand, there is a pricier yet far nicer alternative. Mountain View Arms makes the exquisitely machined if unimaginably named Pack Rifle. At $425 USD for the rifle, it is a tougher pill to swallow. However, it has an accessory laser and scope mount (or scope mount with preinstalled scope) as well as a collapsible fishing rod that can be bought and put inside the stock of the rifle, meaning for $90 more you can take down your pack rifle and then fish with it.

Aesthetically, it looks like this:

The body rotates open instead of collapsing forward, and the front half comes off to take it down. The trigger pull is fairly heavy, but it’s more of a striker fired rifle than the hammer fired Chiappa Little badger. The best part of this gun isn’t just the machining job, or the build quality; it’s the weight. If you’re the kind of person who pulls the cleaning rod out of your AK-pattern rifle and puts mattress foam in your plate carrier to save weight and counts the ounces of every accessory, the 15.5 ounce weight (0.43941761Kg, 0.96875lbs) is just insanely light.

 

In the end, the unimaginative yet pretty good looking pack rifle gets on the wishlist and a recommendation to check one out if you’re in the market for a pack rifle, don’t mind spending extra money and would rather not support Chiappa. The rifle with the fishing kit covers two pieces of gear in a compact and light package, and for those that need it, the .22 scope or scope mount and laser are quite affordable and add useful functionality.