The Paradox and Absurdities of Carbon-Fretting and Rewilding

Herschel Smith · 28 Jan 2024 · 4 Comments

The Bureau of Land Management is planning a truly boneheaded move, angering some conservationists over the affects to herd populations and migration routes.  From Field & Stream. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft plan outlining potential solar energy development in the West. The proposal is an update of the BLM’s 2012 Western Solar Plan. It adds five new states—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming—to a list of 11 western states already earmarked…… [read more]

Idaho Shuts Down Farming, Part II

BY Herschel Smith
10 hours, 33 minutes ago

Via WiscoDave, this short video continues our study into the corruption in Idaho.

This video does a more complete job.

I have done some research into Governor Brad Little and he seems to be involved in some shady affairs. I don’t have enough to catalog at the moment, but I’ll say this. There is more to the story than simply that the Twin Falls Canal Company wanted a little more water, or wanted the supply to be more stable.

If that was the end of the story, then you work up some sort of water sharing program and stick to it. Instead, farmers in northern Idaho are being completely shut out by water curtailment regulations forcing them to close wells, and that … permanently.

I will continue my investigation into this, and I invite reader submissions to help me along. But mark my words. Mark … my … words.

This is about a land grab. There is some sort of secret deal between Brad Little and large corporations who want that land for pennies on the dollar. I imagine you can guess who the most likely culprits are: Bayer, Kellog, Monsanto, Archer-Daniels-Midland, or whomever.

But there is some afoul in Idaho, and it comes out of the office of Brad Little.

Mark my words.

Prior: Idaho Shuts Down Farming

Revolver Fitting and Checkout

BY Herschel Smith
10 hours, 46 minutes ago

I like finding resources like this. Actually, reddit/Firearms is the source, and this comment was insightful.

Easiest way to check the forcing cone for wear is to put a straight edge on it (if you see light from a gap, it has some erosion – not necessarily an issue) and to run a q-tip around it to see if there are any burrs (the burrs will pull off strands of cotton).

Offhand, I would say that one looks pretty much new.

My first GP100 was bought well used and easily has 25k-35k rounds of handloads, including a ton of rapid fire (~900-1000 rounds in an hour and a half or so, barrel was literally too hot to hold) nuclear bear loads. Even with the forcing cone eroded a bit it will still shoot about a <4″ group at 100 yards.

The cylinder wear timing mark looks normal – GP100 / Redhawk / Security Six actions lift the cylinder stop pin into place relatively early to ensure it drops fully into the cylinder notch during rapid fire.

Pro tip to smooth out the trigger pull as a novice without messing with the sear:

  1. Take the hammer strut and smooth & polish the top and sides to mirror finish, then lube with grease – many of the factory guns are under lubed and may have burrs left from the factory (giveaway in the gunshop is if you hear a squeak when cocking the hammer).
  2. Deburr the trigger return spring / trigger guard latch hole and the trigger return plunger. These often have a burr.
  3. Polish the sides of the hammer and frame window where the hammer pivots to remove burrs – you can tell if this is necessary if there are rub or scrape marks on the sides of the hammer.

Then later in the comments, located on Google drive, is a more complete description of revolver checkout. If you have any resources yourself, feel free to drop them in the comments.

PFAS Explained: These Forever Chemicals Are Being Banned from a Variety of Outdoor Products. Now Gear Makers Are Scrambling

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 14 hours ago

Outdoor Life.

Outdoor gear is in the midst of a sea change. A common family of chemicals used for waterproofing, stain resistance, and durability — PFAS — is being banned in textiles in California and in apparel in New York starting in 2025. As a result, outdoor gear companies are working hard to remove these chemicals from their products. With PFAS being utilized in DWR treatments on wind jackets, waterproof treatment on down, tent fabrics, rain jackets, and much more, this will require a major shift for the industry. But what is PFAS, and why is it being banned?

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PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, was originally developed by Dupont in 1938, and a version of it quickly found its way into any number of household goods under a familiar name: Teflon. Its waterproof and stain-resistant properties made it extremely popular. Today there are nearly 15,000 chemicals in the PFAS family, including PFOS (Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) and PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), which are found in everything from rain jackets to food packaging to shampoo.

What makes these chemicals unique is the carbon and fluorine bonds in their atomic structure. Because carbon and fluorine bonds are very strong, they do not break down easily. For that reason, they are known as “forever chemicals.” They build up in the environment, and they build in the human body. Based on an analysis of survey data from the National Center for Health Statistics for the years 2011 to 2012, it is estimated that 97 percent of Americans have PFAS in their bloodstream.

It doesn’t matter that only two states intend to ban these chemicals. The rest will soon follow, and even if they don’t, the outdoor gear manufacturers will change their products in fear of lawsuits.

If you purchase – or intend to purchase – rain gear, hunting apparel, or outdoor gear of any sort that is rated for water or rain resistance, this will affect you.

There are currently parkas on the shelves that you may want to purchase if you are so inclined to stay ahead of this ban.

Prosecutor declines filing charges in ATF shooting of Little Rock airport director

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 14 hours ago


Pulaski County Prosecutor Will Jones said in a letter to ATF that no charges in the shooting would be filed after reviewing the Arkansas State Police investigation of the shooting of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Executive Director Bryan Malinowski.

In his letter, Jones said the agents had properly identified themselves with police running lights and sirens outdoors before they entered and announced their presence at the front door. He wrote the ATF agents had shields and wore shirts that had ATF Police printed on the right side and bulletproof vests with ATF Police printed on the front. Jones wrote that during the raid one of the agents saw another agent fall to the ground, heard a gunshot and saw Malinowski holding a gun.

I’m sure this comes after Will Jones sold his soul to Satan.

The ATF agents hid the door cam with tape, cut power so that no lights were available, and never had to conduct the raid to begin with. If they had wanted to talk about their unconstitutional laws, they could have worn suits, knocked on the door in broad daylight, and spoken with the man.

This was a hit job, pure and simple. Nothing you say could convince me otherwise. The ATF agent who shot Mr. Malinowski is a murderer, and his co-criminals were guilty of aiding and abetting the crime. He will answer to God, but he should also answer in time and space for his crime and sin.


Ballistics Gelatin Testing of M855 Versus M855A1

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 14 hours ago

I always like to see ballistics gelatin testing, but I’m not sure if this proves much of anything. You can be the judge.

SCOTUS Bump Stock Ban Decision, Stephen Halbrook, and Senate Actions

BY Herschel Smith
5 days, 10 hours ago

Here is Mark Smith on the recent bump stock ban decision.

Here is Stephen Halbrook’s article in Reason. I haven’t read the comments – I never do at Reason because it’s made up mostly of arrogant and argumentative communists who think they know more than they do.

In recent news, the senate took up this matter.

Senate Republicans blocked Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) attempt to move forward legislation to ban bump stocks, reigniting a pre-election messaging battle over gun control measures.

Why it matters: The Supreme Court’s decision to toss a Trump-era ban on bump stocks has given Schumer an opening to put some of the chamber’s Republicans in the position of defending the gun attachment, which was used in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

 Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked senators for unanimous consent Tuesday afternoon to pass a bill that would ban bump stocks, but Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) objectedthwarting the effort.

The bipartisan bill had little chance of passing the chamber and was instead introduced to force Republicans to reject it.

I would have proudly rejected it and explained to my constituency why I did so. I would have run on that rejection. The senate republicans had better reject it.

Sergeant Jerry Shriver

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

This is the most awesome fact I found the entire weekend. Jerry Shriver, of MACV-SOG in Vietnam, carried a Marlin 444 lever action rifle.

Army Tags:

The London Police in all Their Glory

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

This is what happens when you don’t know what you’re doing around animals and you’re a scared punk. Note: most American cops don’t know what they’re doing around animals either.

It might be a much better idea to run over some jihadi rapists in England.

SCOTUS Declares Bump Stock Ban Invalid

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 2 days ago

Email directly from our friend Stephen Stamboulieh, the SCOTUS has finally ruled on the bump stock ban, siding with the fifth circuit.

Here is the ruling.

I really, really don’t like Alito’s concurrence where he invites Congress to “act.” So apparently the SCOTUS decided the case purely on the basis of statutory law rather than constitutionality (caveat: I haven’t read the entire decision in detail).

So much for “every terrible implement of the soldier.”

This is good news today, but the shot over the bow by Alito puts any future review of the constitutionality of the NFA in question.

UPDATE: David Codrea weighs in.

UPDATE #2: It looks like I’m not the only one who noticed Alito’s opinion. Now. Watch the House and Senate do just that.

On another note, Sotomayor is no mechanical engineer: “When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for the dissent. “A bump-stock-equipped semiautomatic rifle fires ‘automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.’ §5845(b). Because I, like Congress, call that a machinegun, I respectfully dissent.”

Judge Reed O’Connor Vacates ATF Pistol Brace Rule

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago


FORT WORTH, TX (June 13, 2024) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition announced a major legal victory in its Mock v. Garland lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s “pistol brace” ban rule issued by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In the decision, United States District Court Judge Reed O’Connor granted summary judgment in favor of FPC and its co-plaintiffs and issued a final judgment and order vacating the ATF’s rule. The case and opinion can be found at

The decision can be found here.

It’s nice to see that some things still work in America.

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