Boar Down!

Herschel Smith · 30 Oct 2022 · 9 Comments

Readers may have noticed I was absent the last several days.  It was a good time away.  A very good buddy and neighbor of mine, Robert, and I went hunting courtesy of the fine folks with Williams Hunting in South Carolina. I was shooting a 6mm ARC rifle with a Grendel Hunter upper, Aero Precision lower, Amend2 magazines, Brownells scope mount, Radian Raptor charging handle, Nikon Black scope, and a Viking Tactics sling.  I have no complaints about the gun.  It's at least a 1 MOA gun…… [read more]

Amicus Briefs Filed In The Case Of NYSRPA v. Bruen

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

There are a lot of them


Ted Cruz and 24 other republican senators.


Dave Hardy.

In all there are 43 briefs.

… 43 amicus briefs filed supporting this case. Among these groups, NRA-ILA is heartened to see support from numerous elected officials including 176 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives led by Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22), 25 U.S. Senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), 26 Attorneys General led by Mark Brnovich (AZ) and Eric S. Schmitt (MO), and Governor Greg Abbott (TX).

But the Supreme Court is filled with controllers and cowards.  My prediction: they’ve heard the truth now, and they will ignore it, or find some way to whittle down the scope of the decision, or decide that the meat of the claims have no standing in their court because blah blah blah.

A Minor Miscalculation With Explosives

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

Let’s get this off to an educated start.  Here’s a miscalculation for you.  I’ve seen engineers do it before despite being taught better in engineering courses.

Let’s say you’re trying to get the cross sectional area of a tube in stress with an inner and outer radius.  You cannot use this formula: pi() * (r2 – r1)^2, or pi() * (d2 – d1)^2 / 4.  Because that’s not the same thing as pi() * (r2^2 – r1^2).  That’s a miscalculation, and it’s the sort that can kill people (or over-design and cost money).  I corrected the engineer I saw doing this.

The title of this article is LAPD bomb squad ‘miscalculated” weight of homemade fireworks when ‘controlled detonation’ went horribly wrong destroying armored truck and leaving 17 people injured.

Los Angeles police have admitted their bomb squad ‘miscalculated’ the weight of fireworks before a planned controlled explosion which went wrong last month, destroying the team’s armored truck and leaving 17 people injured.

[ … ]

The vehicle has an iron chamber which is designed to contain 25 pounds of explosives, and officers estimated they were putting in 16.5 pounds in to it, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Monday.

But investigators later weighed the remains of the explosives and calculated that there must have been about 42 pounds of fireworks loaded into the device.

The resultant catastrophic failure of the armored chamber sent a plume of fire into the air, injured 17 people and shattered the windows of nearby buildings.

Chief Moore gave the update the investigation on Monday morning at the LAPD Headquarters and said an ‘apparent miscalculation’ and ‘human error’ led police to overload the containment truck.

Apparent miscalculation.”  He uses those words.  I do not think he understands what it means, and it makes me wonder if these folks have ever calculated anything in their lives.

If they tried, could they drive the intelligence quotient of LEOs any lower than it is right now?

And why couldn’t they have driven the truck into the middle of a field rather than do this on a city street?

Tip: WiscoDave.

Charleston, S.C., Shows Their Dislike Of Open Carry

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

You all know that S.C. recently passed permitted open carry, soon to take effect in S.C.  Well, that’s just not good enough for the controllers in Charleston.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The City of Charleston is making some changes to a few city ordinances regarding firearms as South Carolina’s new Open Carry with Training Act goes into effect on August 15th.

Monday, the Public Safety Committee voted to restrict open carry at all city permitted events. That includes, but is not limited to, parades, concerts, fairs, festivals, and, demonstrations. The act gives local municipalities the authority to implement such restrictions while staying within legal boundaries.

“We wanted to apply it across the board,” said Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.

The restrictions are all in the name of public safety, according to City Councilman Peter Shahid.

“Those who come to watch a parade, we want this to be a very safe operation and for those who are participating in a parade, we want them to be safe,” said Shahid.

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds stated that he’s in support of the restrictions.

“I think it’s the right thing for all the right reasons,” said Chief Reynolds.

But of course you do.  Public safety.  Forget that those same guns could be carried concealed, and forget that you wouldn’t know the difference, or that the carriers may not be permitted.

But … but … for the children!  Public safety.

MK18 Tuning Guide and Development

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago


This is a very well written and informative article.  For those who are wondering, the M18 is the M-4/AR-15 variant with a typically shorter barrel, usually sporting a quad rail.

I see the need for this sort of weapon, given the focus on CQB in recent years combined with the fact that suppressors are now ubiquitous in the U.S. military, so a 10.5″ barrel isn’t really 10.5″.

But it does cause problems, including lug breakage, high pressures, etc.  This article discusses some of the ways to mitigate those issues, including coated BCGs, adjustable gas blocks, and so on.

But just be sure to remember that when you go altering the design the engineer gave it, you introduce all sorts of unintended consequences.  The machine will usually perform its best when unaltered from the original design, assuming the engineer is good.

And Eugene Stoner was good.

Rifle Recoil

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

Saying you dislike heavy recoil is kind of like saying you can’t drive a manual transmission. Everyone likes to say they aren’t bothered by recoil. Everyone lies. I know shooters who boast of their recoil tolerance but when I see them at the range they have 50 lbs. of lead stacked behind the rifle.

Fool me all you want, but don’t fool yourself. If you really want to find out, have a friend at the range load the rifle for you, leaving the chamber empty on occasion so you never know if the rifle is going to fire or not. When the firing pin clicks on an empty chamber after a string of live rounds, you’ll know. If you really can handle it the sight picture will remain steady. If not … I’ve seen people with both eyes closed, face pulled away from the stock and contorted in a grimace. If shooting offhand sometimes they’ll actually stumble forward a step or two.

I always look for the gun which can supply the minimum recoil and still get the job done I am asking it to.  There is no virtue in unneeded recoil.

Is an Aluminum AR-15 Gas Block a Good Idea?

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

Yes, yes, I know

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

Expired security certificate.  Fixed now.

Hiker stranded for 17 days in Oregon wilderness

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

News from Oregon.

“I dropped all of my protocols that I would normally follow,” he said. “I didn’t implement the seven P’s: Proper, prior, planning prevents piss poor performance.”

Burleigh emphasized how leaving extra supplies behind, even a water bottle, made the situation even more challenging.

“It sounds funny, but it’s so true. You gotta take those kind of considerations when going out in Mother Nature,” he said. “And if you’re not prepared for it, she’ll hammer you.”

What was planned as an overnight fishing trip in the Twin Lakes area in early May turned into a 17-day search.

Burleigh began hiking into the Twin Lakes area before he lost the trail. What ensued was more than two weeks of pure survival as search and rescue teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest attempted to find the 69-year-old.

Burleigh was due to return from his fishing trip on May 6, a Thursday. Friday morning, Stacy Burleigh started to get concerned.

More than 100 volunteers assisted in the search for Burleigh in the Calf Creek area, ranging from trained mountain rescue and ground searchers, K-9s to eyes in the sky via both plane and helicopter. That search began on Mother’s Day, based at the lower Twin Lakes trailhead.

On May 16, searchers located a makeshift shelter and a fishing tackle box they identified as belonging to Burleigh. They left Burleigh some supplies, a lighter, asked Burleigh to start a fire, and left a note that said “we will be back tomorrow to get you.”

Here’s a little more detail.

Burleigh said he got lost and the next day it snowed. He tried to find his way out but realized things were serious.

“I tripped and fell and hit this first log, bounced to the next log, lost my fishing pole, crushed the reel against my hip and smacked my head pretty hard,” Burleigh said.

After a few days lost, Burleigh said he lost a sense of time and was feeling disoriented.

“It’s uncomfortable, it’s cold, you’re hungry. You have a sense of not thinking clearly,” Burleigh said.

Burleigh said he drank his own urine and ate bugs to stay alive.

But wait.  Does this paint a slightly different picture?

His 17-day disappearance and the search effort that followed consisting of about 100 volunteers began as an overnight fishing trip, but Burleigh said everything took a wrong turn when he started down a trail that was supposed to be a quick hike and lost his way.

This was going to be an over-nighter?  We’ve discussed this before.  For any trip into the bush – any trip, including day hikes – I carry the following: [1] Big bore handgun, [2] flashlight, [3] fire starter, [4] 550 cordage, [5] water and container, [6] energy bars and maybe other food, [7] knife, [8] heavy rubberized poncho or at least a rain parka for cover from rain and a tarp for the night.

And I should start religiously carry a med kit.

It’s a wonder this guy is alive.

Making the M1917 Bolt-Action Rifle

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

I could have done with some narration and without the music, but it’s still an interesting video.

Smart Gunz

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

Stupid news.

Tom Holland, president of SmartGunz, LLC, today announced pre-sales ordering availability of the company’s 9mm smart gun Sentry® pistol. An initial 10% discounted retail price is being offered for law enforcement and corrections agencies at $2,695.00 (single item purchase, additional quantity discounts provided) while the regular (civilian) retail price is $2,995.00 per unit. Product deliveries are anticipated to begin sometime during 4th quarter 2021. The 9mm Sentry® pistol is the company’s flagship smart gun technology firearm for use in prisoner transfer / transport as well as civilian home defense applications.

The 9 mm Sentry® features SmartGunz’s patent pending lock-out technology that is integrated with an RFID chip contained in a glove worn by the officer / owner. The officer must depress the grip safety on the firearm while wearing an RFID-enabled glove to permit firing. This helps to ensure that each SmartGunz Sentry firearm fires each and every time when it is supposed to AND ONLY when it is supposed to!

“Honey, tell the rapist and murderer to wait.  I need to get my glove on before I have a gun fight with him!  What?  Yea I know it stinks to high heaven – I haven’t washed the thing.  Oh wait!  I left it in the car.  Or not.  I don’t know where it is.”



These guys kill me.  For the same price you would spend on a boutique competition gun, you can be unable to respond in the middle of the night.


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