Walkabout In The Weminuche Wilderness

Herschel Smith · 05 Aug 2018 · 41 Comments

"There are no socialists in the bush" - HPS All of my physical training only barely prepared me for the difficulty of the Weminuche Wilderness (pronounced with the "e" silent).  It's National Forest land, not National Park.  The Department of Agriculture no longer prints maps of the area, so we relied on NatGeo for the map, and it's good, but not perfect. We have a lot of ground to cover, including traveling with firearms, the modification I made to one of my guns for the trip, the actors…… [read more]

Pete Buttigieg Wants To Close The “Boyfriend Loophole” And Control Ammunition Purchases Under Background Checks

BY Herschel Smith
2 hours, 4 minutes ago

This comes to us via Ammoland.  The actual link to Pete’s web site is here.

Close the “boyfriend loophole” in federal law to help prevent domestic abuse, including within the LGBTQ community. Federal law prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime from buying a firearm. The law as currently written, however, only protects those who are married to, live with or have lived with, or have children with their abuser. Pete supports federal legislation requiring that state or local law enforcement be notified whenever anyone, including a domestic abuser or convicted stalker, tries to buy a gun and fails a required background check.

Repeal PLCAA to stop shielding the gun industry from liability for negligent practices that lead to gun violence. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) shields the gun industry from civil liability for business practices that directly threaten public safety. Civil liability, which is used as a critical check for nearly every American industry and product, must also extend to the gun industry.

In other words, he supports bankrupting Remington (and other manufacturers) when their products are used in the commission of a crime.  I don’t suspect he also supports bankrupting Ford.

Ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. As a veteran, Pete knows that military-grade weapons have no place being sold to civilians. The same is true for high-capacity magazines. We’ve already decided that certain weaponry—like tanks and rockets—are unacceptable in civilian hands. Congress should similarly reinstitute a ban on selling federal assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Here’s his “military experience.”  It’s why he calls himself a veteran.  He says he was bored and spent his time driving dignitaries around (behind a paywall unless someone can give me another URL).

But don’t for a moment think that he’s the only creep in the democratic race.  Remember the twenty things about Bernie Sanders that you probably didn’t really want to know.

And then there’s Joe Biden, who likes it when little black children rub his leg hairs.  No, this isn’t a joke.  Or back to Sanders for a moment, read this missive from a number of years ago.

It sounds Nietzschean to me.  I think he’s a nihilist.

So, do you feel like you’re at a circus freak show?

Missouri City, Texas, Police Department Ignorant Of The Law

BY Herschel Smith
2 hours, 25 minutes ago

This is a remarkable video.  It comes from reader Joe.  I don’t know when this incident occurred, but the video was recently released.  Watch it all.

The officer repeatedly states that he is entitled to know the person’s identity for a lawful activity because he is “investigating” something or other, while also not making clear that the person has been detained or arrested.

He then goes inside and reads the statute aloud, while also reading the words detained or arrested on suspicion of a crime.

He’s conflicted.  The statute cited by the photographer, Texas Penal Code 38.02, says this.

(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.
(b) A person commits an offense if he intentionally gives a false or fictitious name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has:
(1) lawfully arrested the person;
(2) lawfully detained the person; or
(3) requested the information from a person that the peace officer has good cause to believe is a witness to a criminal offense.

The photographer was not under arrest.  He was also not being detained according to the officer, but the officer wouldn’t let him leave.  So the officer lied about it, and clearly doesn’t understand what it means to detain someone.  The officer merely repeated the point that he was conducting an investigation.

We’ve seen this before with the Prince William County PD, where they repeatedly claimed that the mere act of conducting an investigation was adequate cause for demanding identification.

Here’s the fact.  It’s not.  That couldn’t be clearer.  This wasn’t a so-called “Terry Stop.”  There was no suspicion of a crime (photography isn’t illegal), and the conduct of an investigation isn’t justification for violation of rights.

The police academy is lying to their students, or else, the officer is ignorant and unteachable.  There is another possibility – he just doesn’t care.  Their contact information can be found here.

Beware, dear readers.  The 2A sanctuary movement, bringing Sheriffs and local PDs on board with your 2A rights, may not be be all it’s cracked up to be.  For your AO, you need to ensure that it means what it means and your local LEOs are truly on board, not just saying things for the purpose of reelection.

If they’ll violate your first amendment rights with careless impunity, they’ll do it with the second amendment too.

Only The King’s Men Can Hunt The Royal Forests

BY Herschel Smith
2 hours, 38 minutes ago

News from Michigan.

For many years hunters and groups that support hunters have been relentlessly telling the unbelievers that hunting deer is needed to keep the deer herds in check.  These groups of people just will not believe the educated ones.

Now the Lansing State Journal is reporting that East Lansing City Officials last Tuesday voted to authorize the culling of the deer herds.  To those who may not know what culling the herd means; that means hiring sharpshooters who would kill the deer in specialized hunts in the city parks.

By hiring that means instead of hunters paying for the chance to hunt and kill a deer, the taxpayers of East Lansing has to pay the $6,000 it will cost for this round of culling.  When the cull happens the city manager would partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services to bring in those taxpayer-paid sharpshooters who will kill the deer in specialized hunts in the city parks.

It gets even better for all those who are against hunters and hunting, the East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas said the city most likely will not budget $6,000 but closer to $20,000 in case the culling program would be needed in more areas of the city and for a longer period.

The problem with the increasing deer population comes from the fact that they are destroying gardens, vegetation, and increased vehicular crashes.

During the debate Council member Mark Meadows said:

“This is not a vote, for me, based on whether hostas are eaten…There comes a point in time where there isn’t enough food for the deer, and I think controlling the population at this point in time is an appropriate way for us to go forward.”

That my friends is exactly what hunters and the groups that support hunters have been saying for decades.  When there is a protected species with no natural predators the herds will grow beyond them being able to sustain themselves.

Modern game management practices have increased herd sizes and made the herd healthier.  This has been known in America for a century or longer.  It’s probably been known worldwide for millennium.

But only the pros are good enough to hunt the parks.  It’s not good enough to dispatch bow hunters on the deer herd.  They are the “only ones.”

Because, as you know, “Only The King’s Men Can Hunt The Royal Forests.”

Bullets In The Rain

BY Herschel Smith
2 hours, 46 minutes ago

How do bullets behave in the rain?

I’ve heard a fair bit of conjecture over the years about what happens when a bullet flies through the rain. Speculation varies from nothing to maybe something. Until now, all I’ve had is an opinion. After conducting tests at EMRTC (New Mexico Tech) (emrtc.nmt.edu) for Guns & Ammo TV, observed by a team of ballisticians, I can honestly answer, “A lot more than you think.”

The most common speculation I’ve heard is that a pressure wave forms on the supersonic bullet’s nose and pushes anything out of the way — and water never touches the bullet. I’ve also heard that even if water hits the bullet, it moves too fast and has enough mass that a drop has no effect. Both hypotheses are false.

The impetus for this test was Dave Emary who write’s this magazine’s “Bullet Board” column. Emary shared with me an experience he had shooting a High Power Match at Camp Perry, Ohio, during which some serious rain showed up. Dave was shooting and doing just fine until he had one bullet barely clip the edge of the entire 600-­yard target board. It wasn’t just a few inches away from the rest of his group — it was a few feet! Dave was shooting an M1A chambered in .308 Winchester using 180-­grain bullets when his bullet hit about 3 feet away from his expected impact.

[ … ]

… EMRTC had the instrumentation to film a bullet hitting a drop of rain, so we decided it was time to find out exactly what happens when a bullet hits a drop by filming it occur in high speed.

Engineer David Hibbert and a couple of PhD candidates determined that a drop of rain induced a 3.2-­degree yaw on our 125-­grain bullet. Thanks to some judicious pixel counting by our big-­brained team of scientists, we also determined that the bullet’s yaw was not directly correlated to the flight path; 3.2 degrees is some serious yaw. We observed 4 inches of deflection at 50 yards, however, the bullet could have hit multiple water droplets due to our test setup.

[ … ]

Does this mean that shooters need to worry about shooting in the rain? No. Even in a pretty steady rain, the likelihood of hitting a drop with a bullet is pretty low. However, there are a couple of instances where it would be worth remembering this study, should you find yourself shooting in wet weather.

Via Woodpile Report.  This is an interesting result, but not one I would try to plan or train for.  On a related note, I recall one time that “Myth Busters” tested the notion that walking faster or running in the rain caused you to get less wet than if you walked slowly.

It’s not true.  You can see rain drops in terms of specific concentration, or drops per cubic foot or cubic meter (or your favorite volume dimension).  You’re going to walk through the same number of water droplets running as you will walking.

For those who care.

Louisiana AWB Resolution Narrowly Fails

BY Herschel Smith
2 hours, 55 minutes ago

News from Louisiana.

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Caddo Parish Commission’s proposed resolution urging state lawmakers to strengthen the state’s gun laws and ban automatic weapons failed to win majority approval at Thursday’s meeting.

The commission voted 6 to 6 on the resolution authored by Commissioner Lyndon Johnson that brought out a full house of citizens opposed to the measure. The tie vote means the resolution failed and will not advance to the Legislature.

The resolution that came out of Tuesday’s work session sought to encourage the Legislature to change gun laws by setting mandatory requirements for owning and carrying a firearm as well as making it illegal to possess and use assault weapons, which were described as full automatic and semi-automatic with magazines/clips over 20 rounds. The only exception was for active military or law enforcement.

So gun owners in this Parish have a lot of work to do.  Six of the commissioners need to be thrown to the curb.

Virginia Legislators Enact Their Vengeance On Constitutional Sheriffs

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 11 hours ago

Via reddit/firearms.

This is wickedness.  The Holy writ: “For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”  [1 Timothy 5:18].

So says the Lord.  The obvious solution is to pay the legislators nothing for their “services” and see how they like it.

Taking Aim At The ‘Cult Of The Gun’

BY Herschel Smith
3 days ago

Cute title, huh?  It’s not mine.  It comes to us via the UCLA Newsroom.

Some gun control advocates believe the amendment was never intended to guarantee an individual’s right to bear arms.

Dunbar-Ortiz offered a darker view of the founders’ intent: “The violent appropriation of native land by white settlers was seen as an individual right in the Second Amendment” — one of several points in U.S. history when the right to bear arms was invoked to secure white privilege.

“That long, intergenerational, violent struggle to take the land is why descendants of those mostly Anglo and Scots-Irish settlers today believe they are the authentic lords of the United States and should govern — a kind of blood right,” she said.

Even as she delivered blunt appraisals of modern-day policing, the National Rifle Association, Republican leaders and the Junior ROTC — a program that she believes is responsible for the “normalization of militarism for children” — Dunbar-Ortiz shared stories of her own immersion in gun culture. She grew up around firearms in rural Oklahoma, and in her 30s, she joined an armed radical-left group that amassed a huge arsenal.

“A firearm slung over your shoulder or a 9 mm Browning tucked under your belt creates a sense of amplified power, without which you feel naked and vulnerable,” she said. “Guns are awesome. They are also beautiful objects that are addictive.”

[ … ]

“If we do hope to develop long-lasting gun reform, it cannot be done in a vacuum and without consideration for the legitimate claims of gun advocates,” he said.

Dunbar-Ortiz offered a counterpoint. Invoking her extensive experience with communities fraught with guns, she said, “I don’t think it’s worth your time to try to convert them, frankly.”

Instead, she called on passionate grassroots organizers to fight for gun control laws at the state and local levels.

“I think the social movements are going to be more important than candidacy to change things,” she said. But, she cautioned, “I doubt that any common-sense firearms regulation can be enacted until the Second Amendment is understood to represent white supremacy and genocide.”

It would be too involved to give this a complete fisking, but a few things jump out at me.

First, it’s apparent that these so-called “scholars” have never really read the founders with open minds and thus they have no idea what they really said or why they said it.  I’ll say again, my professor Dr. C Gregg Singer, made clear many times that one cannot be a real student of history unless he studies the primary source documents of the era.  So for example, if you really want to understand why the American war of independence happened, you must read the newspapers, speeches and especially read the sermons of the day.  The pulpit controlled the war effort.

Second, Dunbar-Ortiz, whomever that is, doesn’t think dialogue is useful (no doubt that’s probably correct).  Instead, the suggestion is to rely on “gun control laws at the state and local levels.”  Or in other words, take guns away from peaceable men by relying on … you guessed it, men with guns.  The cognitive dissonance is rich and rewarding (at least for me).  Whether they’re happy or not all depends upon who has the guns, yes?  It didn’t take long for Bohemian hippies to turn into full-orbed communists, did it?

Finally, the real “gun problem” isn’t a gun problem, it’s a cultural problem caused in part by government subsidies, welfare and SNAP payments, which disembowel the inner cities and create and sustain fatherless families.  Other gun owners are usually peaceable men.  And yet, these people want to control and disarm peaceable men to the point that they have forums, wring their hands, speak in somber and solemn terms, and recommend draconian legislation, laws and regulations.

And they accuse us being being a cult!  As I’ve said before, the desire to control other men is the infallible sign and premier vice of the wicked.  So rather than being an illumination about gun owners, they have shined the light on themselves.  Their article title was too clever by half.

The U.S. Military Betrayed

BY Herschel Smith
3 days, 1 hour ago

The Epoch Times.

Under the simple-minded President George W. Bush and the feckless President Barack Obama, as well as the peacetime generals whose conduct of the war will live in infamy, the U.S. military has been subjected to the greatest humiliation in its long and storied history.

It should have been asked to finish—decisively, quickly, and definitively, just as British Gen. Herbert Kitchener crushed the Mahdist forces at Omdurman in 1898—the conflict that began on 9/11; instead it has been turned into an instrument of “social justice,” a meals-on-wheels, three-cups-of-tea aggregation of sitting ducks, one held in open, murderous contempt by an armed rabble of primitive, superstitious, dog-hating goatherds.

Yep.  That sounds about right.  I had suggested that they drop Marines and Rangers at the border with Pakistan and let the Northern Alliance drive them to their deaths as they tried to cross the border, putting them in a pincer.  Then they could have put the Northern Alliance in charge and left.

Instead, they wanted anti-American Pashtuns in charge, and tried to test out their “three cups of tea” social workers with guns counterinsurgency bullshit.  And American boys perished for it.

And don’t even get me started on Iraq, or how they let the lawyers fight Americans as the Americans tried to stay alive.  There will be many men who stand before God and answer for the deaths of Americans on fields of battle in foreign misadventures.

AR-15 Architecture: The Key To Function

BY Herschel Smith
4 days ago

Shooting Sports USA.

Armalite’s original blueprints specified a 20-inch barrel, 12-inch (measured from the upper-receiver face) gas-port location and a ballpark 12,500 PSI gas-port pressure level. Those are the “rifle” specifications, which work just fine. Therefore, the problem isn’t in the design. Rather, it’s in the redesign. The shorter the front end is, the more redesign has its influence. Carbine-length barrels and especially pistol-length barrels create a condition where using the same ammo there is higher gas pressure at the gas port.

An AR-15 has a “direct impingement” system. Propellant gas is bled off through a gas port in the barrel, this gas goes through the gas manifold or “gas block,” through a gas tube, and into the carrier key atop the bolt carrier, and that’s the end of the line—the resultant force deposited into the key starts the bolt-carrier assembly in motion.

Think of this gas system as a pressure chamber with two valves—one at the gas port and the other at the muzzle, and the moving bullet opens each valve as it crosses each plane. Therefore, the spacing of the valves matters greatly.

The better way to think of this is each is an orifice (even though an adjustable gas block is an adjustable orifice), not a valve.

As the bullet enters the barrel bore and moves forward, the space (volume) behind the bullet is increasing, which lowers the pressure of the contained gas behind it. More available barrel-bore volume before the gas port translates to lower pressure at the port. So, post-gas-port barrel length influences how long the system is “sealed” under full pressure, and the shorter the length, the shorter time. Again, the bullet is serving as a plug that’s sealing all the pressure in the system—until it exits.

[ … ]

Approximate figures for M855 (genuine 5.56 NATO) chamber pressure is about 60,000 PSI; pistol-location gas port pressure, 50,000; carbine-location, 33,000; mid-length, 27,000; rifle-location, 19,000. Thus, 5.56 NATO is hot and getting hotter, and it has been for years.

Installing a heavier buffer and also a stouter buffer spring buys time. Both increase resistance to the bolt unlocking, thus delaying it from moving. The heavier buffer better resists movement and moves slower. The stouter spring increases in-battery load against the bolt carrier, increasing its resistance to initial movement, and the carrier also then moves slower coming back against the buffer.

“Just put an adjustable gas block on it” is also routine advice, and, yes, that helps, but ideally such devices should be used to tune function. If it’s needed just to make the gun run, then the chances are certain something else was missed, most likely in the architecture. That’s where we’ll find the cure.

[ … ]

That’s easy enough with a carbine-length front, 16-inch barrel. A mid-length gas port is located 2 inches farther ahead of carbine-standard. It effectively also shortens the post-port distance by the same amount meaning lower pressure getting in and a shorter time the system is under maximum pressure. Both are good things.

If you’ve got a hankering for an AR-platform pistol, choosing a 10.5- or 11.5-inch barrel makes it possible to get a carbine-length gas system affixed, and that is a 3-inch additional length over the common 4-inch pistol-port, and a significant reduction in post-port length. That really tames a little gun.

I think it’s becoming fairly routine advice to choose the right gas system for your gun as a first step to correct over- or under-gassed systems, rather than tinkering with the gas block.

This is what the author is calling the “architectural” solution to the problem.  This isn’t exactly the same thing as having an adjustable gas block on a new AR-10 6.5 Creedmoor with a fixed 20″ barrel for folks who want to shoot hotter loads or those who want to hand load specialized cartridges and need to make slight adjustments on the block to ensure reliable operation.

Politics Is War: Washington Gun Owners Caught Unaware Of New Gun Control Laws

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 1 hour ago

I’ve said it before, many times.  This explains what it means to ignore the war around you.

On July 1, 2019, I-1639 took full effect in the state of Washington. Seven months later, Shoni Pannkuk, co-owner of The Man Cave Outfitters in Downtown Centralia, says the news of I-1639 and the new process that comes with obtaining a firearm still catches some of her customers off-guard. 

“The number of, which was astounding to me, the number of customers we have, who are obviously gun enthusiasts, hunters, concealed carry, whatever, that have absolutely no idea what I-1639 was and the impacts that it now has,” Pannkuk said. “We get often (from customers) like, ‘I didn’t have to do this before, what do you mean I have to do this.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that passed, it was effective July 1.’”

According to the Washington Attorney General’s Office’s website, buyers have been required to go through, an “Enhanced background check and waiting period requirements for the purchase or transfer of semiautomatic assault rifles.” In addition, those looking to purchase a firearm after June 30, 2019 are required to have passed a “recognized firearm safety training program” within the last five years. It’s also the dealer’s responsibility to verify that a buyer has completed a course. 

The law also states that the training “must be sponsored by a federal, state, county or municipal law enforcement agency, a college or university, a nationally recognized organization that customarily offers firearms training, or a firearms training school with certified instructors.” Pannkuk still feels that verifying the legitimacy of a customer’s training can be ambiguous for the business.

This is via David Codrea.  Listen, I know that there are folks in Washington who live nearer to what is called the Northeastern redoubt, and others still are very busy and hard working people who farm and work all day.  These folks tend to be more isolationist than others.

But you simply can’t withdraw into your own world and forget those among whom you live.  You must see politics as war, and you simply must not let this sort of thing happen to you without having fought it until your last breath.

That there are some in that state who didn’t even know what the new gun laws say is a testimony to laziness, irresponsibility and disengagement.  I’m sorry if this sounds insulting to my Washington readers, some of whom I’m sure fought this new gun control in their state.  But everyone must get engaged.

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