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Wed, Jul. 13th, 2016, 07:43 pm
Editors and publishers

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Toni Weisskopf, editor at Baen Books.

DeAnna Atwood, publisher at Iron Clad Press.


Wed, Jul. 13th, 2016, 01:02 pm
Writer John Ringo

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He specializes in writing about bloody mayhem.

Tue, Jul. 12th, 2016, 11:45 pm
Writer Jack Finley

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Jack’s books, mostly science fiction.

Tue, Jul. 12th, 2016, 11:32 pm

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A wonderful storyteller.

Mon, Jul. 11th, 2016, 10:37 pm
Maschinengewehr 42

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A little carbine got him the buzzsaw. Fun to run, less fun to carry. Much harder on the ears.

Thu, Jul. 7th, 2016, 10:17 pm
If you are at Libertycon, I recommend this workshop

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Friday, July 8

Lawyer / Author Amie Gibbons will conduct a 2 hour workshop on law basics for writers. It will include a general outline of criminal, constitutional, and tort law basics (on the writing side), as well as a treatment of intellectual property, copyright and contract law (on the business side). Location: Roosevelt Room at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel.

Wed, Jul. 6th, 2016, 09:58 am
Technical clarification

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Both Pennsylvania rifle and AR15 were used for hunting in advance of combative use. AR15 was sold to civilians from 1963, a year before the Army adopted it for special operations. Both were much lower in power than typical hunting or military rifles of the day, both for portability and to lower the the cost of powder and lead consumed. At the time when a typical musket was around .70 caliber, hunting rifles hovered between .32 and .45 calibers, with the bullet weight being 1/6 to 1/8 of those used by the military. Likewise, AR15 used 55gr bullets when military .308 and 30-06 used 145gr to 158gr projectiles.

Tue, Jul. 5th, 2016, 07:15 pm
US Postal service must be really slow…

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I was told “the check is in the mail” a couple of months ago, and it hasn’t arrived from Central Florida yet.  Two weeks ago, the same folks told me that they will actually have funds to pay at the end of June. Same result. They seem to be still in business, but I learned that they owe a month or two of salary to much of their staff.

I am about to publish an overview article that covers, in part, their flagship product. Would it be safe to assume the company will be bankrupt by the time the magazine comes out?

UPDATE: And it looks like they are Chapter 11. The owner told me they will re-organize. We’ll see…

Tue, Jul. 5th, 2016, 06:02 pm
ATF Rule 41F cometh

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In one week, new ATF rules (or whims) governing NFA trusts go into effect. I would like to recommend Matthew Bergstrom of Arsenal Attorneys for doing trust re-statements. That way, you will not risk a paperwork violation and be able to continue adding new items to the trust. He did a great job on mine. I know Matthew through joint effort on behalf of Friends of the NRA, so he’s not in it just for the money.

Tue, Jul. 5th, 2016, 03:39 pm
Need introductions to political publications

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My upcoming article and two illustrations took more than three hours of otherwise billable time. Yet, while I’ve been publishing numerous technical reviews, I’ve not found a site or a print publication suitable for my RKBA articles. Any suggestions or connections to titles that would have a budget for political and RKBA commentary? Wider distribution of content is the other half of the appeal.

Mon, Jul. 4th, 2016, 06:46 pm
The Free State of Jones, movie review

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I was pleasantly surprised by how well this film was done. Historic accuracy, near as I can judge, is pretty reasonable. Props, accents, details also seem fairly decent.

Plot: 4/5
Acting: 4/5

Both are just a little flat, but I find no actual fault with either.

Sound design: 4/5
SFX: 5/5 (other than the faces of dead by hanging being entirely too photogenic)
Visuals: 4/5 (good compositions, occasional shots with nothing in focus)
Lighting: 4/5 (realistic but a lot of spotty environmental effects)

The film is definitely engaging. Some over-simplifications of tactics,  but generally quite decent. For a mainstream movie, it’s outright amazing. The older movie Defiance, about Bielski Brothers’ guerilla band, was in the same genre, but The Free State of Jones is a much better done film. Definitely worth seeing in a theater.

Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2016, 10:58 pm
Was it worth it?

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For all that America isn’t perfect, we are alone of the former British, French or Spanish colonies to have a shot at retaining personal freedom, at least in some of the states.


Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2016, 08:02 pm
Terminology is important

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Sturmgewehr 44, the historic “assault rifle”, was a general purpose military weapon, moderately good in several roles but specialized for none. The name was an attempt to make wishful thinking become reality by raising troop morale. Since the generic term “assault rifle” has come to have a specific meaning, those who wish to disarm us have largely substituted their own: “assault weapon”. They apply that term to any item they wish restricted or banned. On the face of it, how could anyone be against banning weapons used to assault others?

We call auto handbrakes either “parking” or “emergency” brake. That’s because their regular use for one of those purposes. If somebody wanted to ban them, they could call them drift brakes and claim that they should be banned for enabling illegal turns.

Similarly, banning of camera could be accomplished by claiming they enable child porn production. Focusing on atypical criminal use and using that as an argument for banning a technology is disingenuous. A camera owners would be going against their own interests if they started referring to their equipment as “child porn makers”. Why should gun owners use the terminology of their foes?

A modern defensive rifle. It’s equipped with a heads-up display, an automatic transmission with manual override, and a muffler, just like a typical car — and for the same reasons.

By intent and by overwhelming frequency of use, our firearms are “counter-assault weapons”, but even that term is too derivative of the enemy terminology. “Defensive” or “self-defense” or “self-protection” arm are all more accurate adjectives, and less encumbered with unintentional negative connotations. The importance of defensive use is in its reluctant employment. Hunting, sports, collecting are all elective activities, while defense of self and others is an obligatory, non-elective use for a firearm.

Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2016, 05:54 pm
All smiles

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The joy of personal empowerment.

Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2016, 04:27 pm
Training new shooters

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Four years ago, I did a photo shoot with Ariel, 16 at the time. While she was quite convincing with a variety of arms, she didn’t actually know how to use them. We decided to remedy that shortcoming. She was joined by her friend Treasure, and later Amie and our friend Eric, a metro police officer, came by as well.

The rules for successful introductory range trips:

  1. Safety
  2. Fun
  3. Learning

We lucked into fairly decent weather. The first rifle we used as an early 1930s Winchester 60, a single short, manually cocked bolt action similar to Henry Mini Bolt and Crickett. This was an entry level model and not even serial numbered, as there was no legal requirement to do so. We shot it with Aguila Super Colibri 20 grain CB caps ammo at bullseye targets starting unsupported at 3 steps, then from up to 1o yards from kneeling. The goal was to work on the basics with minimal report and recoil.

Once we got that figured out, we switched to a suppressed .22 AR15: a Taccom upper with 1.5x compact ACOG. Originally, it was mounted on a Cav Arms lower, but I tried Tennessee Arms Company lower for the length of pull adjustability. We ended up using several different lengths, so having the tele stock was a definite win.

Turned out that subsonic ammunition wouldn’t re-cock the hammer even though it reloaded properly, so switched to CCI Mini Mags and everything was reliable, if slightly noisier, from there on. Mini-Mags are my go-to load for training new shooters with semi-auto guns: they have been consistently reliable and accurate in a variety of rifles and pistols. Ear plugs were plenty to shut out the bullet flight noise. With full power ammo, we did more marksmanship practice, then switched to 3D humanoid targets designed by Tatiana Whitlock, just to put the practice into perspective of possible practical use. I will check performance with standard velocity ammunition: this lower might need a lighter buffer for rimfire shooting.

We practices a little of side-stepping combined with firing, failure to stop drills, then called it a wrap for the first day. Total time at the range: less than two hours. Total amount of ammunition expended: 30 rounds of Super Colibri, 80 rounds of Mini-Mags. One new shooter got the basic training and three current shooters got refreshers. And everyone had much fun. Fun is important. Making the initial learning stages simple and achievable also helps.

Note, that this photo was taken later. For the actual range time, eye protection and long pants were used to avoid mosquito bites and other environmental hazards. In the future, I will most likely use CZ455 rifle with a sling instead of the Winchester 60, just to be able to illustrate hasty sling techniques.



Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2016, 03:57 pm
Новости глазами иммигрантов

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Такое впечатление, что людям совсем не хочется опять жить при совке, даже и на территории Америки.

Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2016, 11:56 am
The real reason for shooting back

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In military actions prior to the Crimean War, the ratio of dead to wounded was usually around 1:1. After the 1850s, medical corps were formed and more of the wounded survived. By WW2, 1:2 ratio was common, and modern US army is closer to 1:4. In other words, people hit by military weapons are still far more likely to survive than to die. The factors contributing to survival are usually protective gear, good physical condition of the troops, and prompt medical attention.

In modern times, we know that people shot with handguns have an 85% chance of survival, provided they get medical treatment. The chances are far lower with shotgun or rifle, but even then modern medicine can accomplish near miracles. Given the proximity of most mass shootings to urban medical centers, how do we end up with statistics reflecting dead:wounded ratios opposite of the military numbers? How is it possible that a single person with a hand-held weapon could produce more deaths than non-fatal injuries? The answer is simple: control of the scene.

A murderer who has the crime scene to himself can take the time to shoot or stab every victim again, just to make sure they are dead. That’s been the typical mode of operation for the killers: shoot a group of victims, then backtrack and shoot everyone in the head. The other factor is the exclusion of medical emergency response personnel from the scene, meaning that the victims bleed out before anyone reaches them. Those two factors, combined with fear-driven compliance and resulting close-range shots on non-evading victims (likely the reason why the school attack in Newtown had 27 deaths to one injury), are the reason why murderers with seemingly light weapons are so efficient. Given control of the scene and lack of resistance, a 1770s regular soldier with a musket, bayonet and sword would have killed as many, primarily with the blades.

The emphasis on shooting back comes not only from the likelihood of stopping mass murderers dead before they can harm more than a few victims, but also because even suppressive fire distracts them from the initial quest. In all recorded incidents, attackers who came under fire — even when the return fire was ineffective — stopped what they were doing and either hid or tried to fight the responders. As a result, the wounded had much better chance of survival.


Immediate armed response is also important for avoiding friendly fire. A person present at the start of an incident are much more likely to know who the aggressor is than would responding cops.


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