What can you do to help?


You can get yourself a sweet outfit and enjoy a pants-free lifestyle too, but more importantly you can donate to help fund awareness campaigns and research into fighting these diseases. Simply go to the Kilted to Kick Cancer Donate page and make your tax deductible donation today! Please remember to select "Team Guns & Coffee" from the drop-down menu as well.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fleet Farm Getting Handguns

I'd heard a rumor, and it's been confirmed, a big box-ish retailer in Wisconsin is going to start stocking handguns by the end of June. The big roll case displays will house them.

The employee didn't know what will be stocked right now, but knew at least Glock and Taurus.

I'm sure it'll be MSRP, but it may be a trade off for just driving across town rather than two 90 mile round trips to the nearest place that does.

More on it when I'm at a computer tomorrow or so.
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Steyr AUG to Continue US Sales

Good.  An AUG is on the list of 'eventual wants.'

Suddenly, Summer

Last week we had frost warnings at night, and it was dangerously approaching below freezing temperatures during my overnight shifts.  Now it's 81 degrees out, and hit 90 yesterday.  In true Wisconsin form, we decided to once again skip Spring.  It's a shame, since Spring used to be my favorite season.

Monday, May 30, 2011

"It's Not About You."

Jay G nailed down something I've mentioned to a few people today over the years with a quote...
The title of this post was something said... ...at last year's Memorial Day parade by a retired Major. He addressed the group of veterans gathered to march in the Memorial Day and reminded them that if they were here today, it was not about them. It was about those that can no longer march in parades; those who will never again taste the freedom they fought so valiantly to preserve.
I try to remind everybody who offers me, as a veteran, thanks today.  Today isn't about me, or the other veterans around.  We've got a day in November all to ourselves.  Today is about the veterans you can't thank, those that are long gone, but not forgotten.

Never Forget
















By all means, have fun if you have today off, hang out with friends and family; just remember what today is about.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wisconsin SB-93 (Constitutional Carry) Update

Yesterday the State Senate Judiciary Committee passed the amended version of SB-93, the "Constitutional Carry" bill, by a vote of 3-2.

The big thing in the amendment is the inclusion of a permit system to allow concealed carry within the magic 1000' school zone bubbles and to gain reprocity with states that require a license from the bearer's home state.

The full senate vote is expected when the senate reconvienes in early June.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ping!!!

Just pulled the metaphorical trigger on the Small Spring Base and Small Practical Plinger from Salute Products Inc.

The range I tend to frequent is generally in rough shape, being free and open to the public with no supervision (yeah, some scary moments over the years, but it beats the snot out of the county run alternative with downright retarded arbitrary rules...) The target stands generally don't make it more than a month on the shorter ranges, and even when they're still there, paper just gets boring after a while.

I like the easily replaceable target face, and from what I can find on the ol' interwebs, if you only use one spring they should respond to .22lr, which should make it more than fantastic for getting new shooters hooked.  The audible and visual indication of a hit always makes it more pleasurable.  (Paper still has it's place for training and technique evaluation though.)

I'm pretty excited though, hopefully it's just the thing to kick my butt back into getting to the range regularly.

June 5th Non-Event

Breda and a few others are planning an OC non-event for Sunday, June 5th.  The idea is to do what some of us do everyday, and that is to go about doing your daily business with an openly carried firearm (local laws apply.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jetboil Zip & Coffee Press

















So I got pretty tired of the lack of decent coffee when my unit's out in the field.  With the prospect of 2 weeks of wonderful Ft. McCoy coming up next month, I decided to do something about it.

Long ago I saw a Jetboil Java System in a camping catalog.  Really nothing more than their standard Flash cooking system with a French Press style filter that fits in the cup.  After minutes of gruelling online research, I found the Jetboil Zip and separate Coffee Press were cheaper to order separately than to get the full blown Java System.

What makes the Zip cheaper is a combination of a simpler stove, requiring a separate ignition source rather than the built in piezoelectric igniter on the other models; and a slightly smaller cup, 0.8 liters, rather than 1 full liter.

One of Jetboil's selling points is that their cooking systems all fold up and store inside the cooking cup.  Despite the smaller cup size on the Zip, I was still able to get everything I need for good coffee inside the system, and it fit quite nicely inside my new pack.  Jetboil claims the system comes in at 12oz, not counting the fuel can or little plastic stabilizer legs.



















Granted I had to put the filter screen portion of the press in the measuring cup, it still fit fine provided it was upside down.  By leaving the regular stove top part (what they call the "pot stabilizer") at home I was able to get the press's rod sections inside the cup.

The stove assembles quickly and simply, the stabilizer (orange triangle bit) unfolds, the fuel can clips onto it, and the stove threads onto the top of the fuel can.  From there you can either place the cup with the "FluxRing" on it to boil water, or the pot stabilizer to use regular pots and pans or Jetboil's larger sized FluxRing frying pan or 1.5 liter pot.

Speaking of fuel, the only downside of the Jetboil system is that it uses Jetboil's proprietary fuel cans (it can run off of other backpacking stove manufacturer's pressurized cans, like MSR's, but they won't fit in the cup for storage.)  The nearest retailer that stocks them is a 40 minute drive for me, and if you're flying somewhere you'll have to find a source at your destination, since you can't fly with pressurized fuel cans.  On the upside, a 100oz can only runs about $5 and Jetboil says it'll boil about 10 liters of water.  I tend to use about a half a liter to make coffee, so 20 uses for $5 isn't too bad.

On the upside, the fuel burns hot and clean, with a nice pretty blue and purple flame.  Here's the stove running with the valve a little less than half open-























In practice, the little stove will bring the little pot of water up to a rolling boil in around 3 minutes.  I scalded my hand pretty good the first time I played around with it, so it's a good idea to watch it and not fill the cup too full.  The 500ml line on the cup is a good spot for coffee making, and fills my Nissan Thermos cup exactly.

The Press Kit is a thing of genius too.  It consists of a plastic and metal mesh filter that fits snuggly inside the Jetboil cup, and the rod unscrews into two sections and fits through the hole in the middle of the lid (which also has drain holes and a sippy spot.)




















Not much to say here for those familiar with French Press style coffee, the kit works fantastically, and there were no grounds in the bottom of my cup.  What else could you ask for?

As far as use goes, I assembled the system, filled the cup, and lit the stove up.  The water boiled quickly, I turned off the stove, tossed in the desired amount of quality grounds, stirred, and let steep for about four minutes.


Yummy
























After taking the photo, the press and lid were stuck on to keep bugs and other crap from getting on.

Coffee in the shade of a 5-ton Dump
























Once enough time has elapsed, the plunger was slowly plunged, and the liquid deliciousness was poured into my thermos so I could brew up another cup for the Section SGT.

Requisite gun and coffee.  M4 Carbine (I know, no mag. 
Stupid rules,) fresh pressed Guatemalan Dark.

























All said and done, easily the most delicious cup of coffee I've ever had while wearing ACUs.

Yawn...

Coffee's taking time to kick in... I'm going to retreat to a paperback and hopefully get some photos edited for some product review-ness in a bit.

Check back later I'd say.

Monday, May 23, 2011

8P'

That's an excited drooly face...

I want one.

Sounds About Right

Breda OC'ed in public... and the usual happened.

Where It All Goes Down

RTB asked a bunch of us about where most of our blogging happens.

at least 75% of it happens on my little Eee PC-















I've added a couple other stickers since I took that photo... a BCM Gunfighter (because they're awesome charging handles, and it fit perfect) and a Wisconsin Carry, Inc. member one (because they're just an awesome group.)

As far as the geographic location of said blogging, a vast amount occurs at Emy J's, my preferred area caffeine slinger.














I'll admit, the coffee place is borderline hippie/hipster at times, but I take a perverse joy in writing a heavily gunny oriented blog on a gun sticker festooned netbook at such a place.  Plus it is the best coffee in town, hands down.  I mean they're roasting fresh beans right now about 30 feet away from me.  It smells fantastic.

Conversion Commencing...

The girlfriend is dangerously approaching gun blogger status on her fledgling blog.  Work schedules and flat out crappy weather have conspired to prevent her inaugural range trip, but she's got The Four Rules down, and really can't wait to get out there.  (Which is good, I can't wait to get her out either, as I've said before, teaching new shooters is my favorite part of the sport.)

Well then.

So the Rapture came and went, and failed to interrupt our engineer task training and general FTXness.  Although it could have been only for my credit/debit cards, those apparently got degaussed over the weekend...

I guess that means I'll have to show up to work in a few hours.

Friday, May 20, 2011

FTX Time

Packing for a weekend FTX... be back Monday or so (aside from any posts from the field.)

Will be testing a few new products, the Jetboil ZiP, with Jetboil's coffee press assembly (that's right, taking field coffee to a whole new level!) a cheap-o solar charger for the smartphone, and the Grey Ghost Lightweight Assault Pack (in Multicam.)  Some pretty cool stuff lined up the upcoming weeks.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Be Prepared

Shelly tossed up some words worth reading at Gun Nutz.  Nothing new or groundbreaking, but something we should be reminded of every so often.

In the words of the grizzled old Sheriff, "This little thing?  Ma'm, if I was expectin' trouble, I woulda brought my rifle."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gun(s) & Coffee















I was going to post this photo last week, but Blogger was broke.

Anyway, CZ52, 6oz of fresh espresso poured on top of a sugar cube and a teaspoon of caramel flavor syrup... next time I'm going to omit the sugar though, makes it too candy-like for coffee.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Need Gear...

Specifically, a Multicam Molle pouch capable of holding a Jetboil system that doesn't cost almost as much as the stupid stove does.  Ideally by this weekend, but realistically by the second week of June.

Anybody have a lead on such a beast?

Picture of the...

Day, Week, Month.... I don't know anymore....


















I really like the clouds rolling over the mountains.

Readers may recognize Guns & Coffee friend/sometimes contributer Cro (of Rubber Band AR fame.  My evil plan is to rope him into more stuff when he's back.) He's currently in Afghanistan, but things are going well.

Magpul Dummies in Colors

Magpul has put up a limited run of their polymer dummy 5.56 rounds in FDE and Orange in cigarette box style 12 packs.














I'll probably snag a pack or two of orange.  That could be a handy color.

NRA's AAR

The NRA-ILA has also posted a summation of the meetings last week.

There's some good points in there-
"The Assembly Criminal Justice Committee met in Madison and heard Assembly Bill 126, the companion to SB 90.  Some of the most compelling testimony of the day came from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.  He described how he was an opponent of concealed carry until he began to see the effects of aviolent crime wave on the citizens of his county.  He realized that citizens really are the first line of defense against violent predators because his officers could not be everywhere all of the time.   Sheriff Clarke asked the committee to allow citizens the most efficient and effective means of protecting themselves -- a concealed handgun.  Many law enforcement officials throughout the state could learn from the Sheriff's example." 

NRA Workshop AAR/WI CCW Bills Info

Last Thursday the NRA-ILA, in conjunction with Wisconsin Force, put on a "Grassroots Workshop" at Gander Mountain.  Due to CCW legislation being recently introduced into the state house and senate, and a public hearing regarding these bills taking place across town from the meeting earlier in the day, the "workshop" turned into more of a CCW Bill familiarization class.

First off though, the turnout was great.  There was at least 100 people cramming into a room meant for about 40.

Yay, crappy cell pic!


















We were literally overflowing into the store.  The upside was that they mic'd the speakers, so the entire store could hear what was being said.

As far as the bills in circulation, there are three: AB126/SB90 (shall carry/licensed carry) and SB93 (Constitutional Carry.)  The NRA guys claim they support both.  While this seems a bit strange at first, what they mean is that they'd love to see both bills reconciled and combined.  Realistically, this would be a bit rough, but I tend to agree with their thought process.

It's pretty long, so more after the break-

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Military Appreciation Game.

The Brewers definitely give good seats to us vets. See you guys tomorrow!
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Ok... One More Quick Thing...

I can only assume the SEALs found it while flipping the mattresses, but given it was "electronic," it was more likely on a thumb drive under a poorly disguised folder name.  Not quite the way of the devout Muslim.

Out of the Office

I'll be a bit scarce over the next few days, running down to catch a couple Brewers games and some other stuff while we're in the neighborhood.

I was going to get some stuff down regarding the NRA "Grassroots Workshop" that took place last night, but Blogger's little hiccup kept me from writing from the event or getting to it last night while it was still fresh.  Overall, despite the "Join the NRA!!" overtones, it was a great summation of the current CCW Legislation going through Madison, and answered a lot of questions I had regarding that.  I did take a lot of notes, so come Monday I'll hopefully sum things up more.

Supposedly the missing posts from the last couple days will be popping back up soon-ish too, maybe even the one I tried to send from the meeting... who knows.

Anywho, back on Monday.

That Sucks...

It looks like Blogger had a massive aneurysm yesterday, and the powers that be killed all posts after a certain time on Wednesday. Don't know if they're going to come back, but I'm less than happy about that.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

NRA Workshop

Some quick things before I head to bed for the day (grumble grumble night shifts...)

Tonight is the NRA "Grassroots" Workshop at the Rothschild/Wausau Gander Mountain.  I'll be there with the M&P in hanging out in it's Raven-clad glory assuming I wake up in time to make the drive.

Apparently the things filled up awful quick, what with the actual honest to FSM concealed carry bills being introduced, so they set up some more-

Dear Fred:


For Concealed Carry To Become a Reality, the NRA Needs Your Help! Due to popular demand for NRA-ILA's grassroots workshops, the NRA's state association Wisconsin FORCE has scheduled three more FREE Workshops to help secure the Right-to-Carry Concealed. It’s time for Wisconsin to join free America!

During last November’s elections, NRA members and gun owners throughout the Badger State sent a clear message to elected officials that a strong Right-to-Carry law must be a legislative priority. Residents of Wisconsin sent their legislators to Madison to secure their freedom.

To ensure we are prepared to meet the challenges posed by anti-gun forces and answer questions our members have about this legislation, Wisconsin FORCE, your NRA chartered state association, will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the state.

Please plan on attending to learn more about the bills, as well as what you need to do as gun-owners to assist in our efforts. At this meeting, Wisconsin FORCE will discuss the bills, as well as what each of you need to do to ensure victory. This meeting is absolutely free. The workshop will run about 60-90 minutes.

Please make plans to attend one of our events and encourage your fellow NRA members and Second Amendment supporters to attend as well.

Here are the details for the upcoming workshops:

Monday, May 16, 2011 6:30PM - 7:30PM-8:00PM
Ace's on 29th, 2827 Oakes Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

***Space is limited. Please register by emailing your full name to
Superior@wi-force.org.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:30PM - 7:30PM-8:00PM
Stadium View, 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay, WI 54304

***Space is limited. Please register by emailing you full name to
GreenBay@wi-force.org.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:30PM - 7:30PM-8PM
Americas Best Value Inn (Sicily Room), 3900 Milton Avenue, Janesville, WI 53546

***Space is limited. Please register by emailing you full name to
Janesville@wi-force.org.
Also, earlier in the day is the Concealed Carry Hearing at UWMC.  I'm not sure what the start time is, but it's supposed to run till 6pm.  If you're in the area, it would be an ideal time to voice your opinion to those making the decisions.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yup.

Some days there's more important things to do than blogging... Beating thunderstorms into submission to spend time with important people is one of those.























Yup. Kayaking with the girlfriend is definitely more important.

Constitutional Carry Needs You!

Greetings in Freedom,
I apologize for this hastily drafted email, but its a very busy week.  Word out of Madison yesterday was that neither Fitzgerald brother (One is speaker of the house, one speaker of the assembly) was going to allow the constitutional carry legislation to a vote.
TODAY I've been told the Capitol is abuzz about constitutional carry as a result of calls and emails from gun-owning constituents who want constitutional carry to have a fair shot.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO MADISON TOMORROW, The Madison hearing is ONLY hearing the "shall-issue" permit bill.  WHEN YOU SIGN IN at the hearing you have to sign in "in favor" of the bill or "against".  Wisconsin Carry along with our friends over at the massive Wisconsin Tea Party Coalition are asking our members to all WRITE IN a 3rd option and sign in, "in support of CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY."
This way they cannot tabulate people attending for constitutional carry in support of "shall-issue" nor could they tabulate people attending for constitutional carry as against concealed carry.
Wisconsin Carry, in a joint effort with the United States Concealed Carry Association is also preparing a set of radio ads to pressure the Fitzgerald brothers into standing up for smaller government and lower taxes and allowing constitutional carry a fair debate/vote in their respective legislative bodies.  We have funds set aside to begin this radio ad campaign in Milwaukee.
If you have monies you would like to donate to run these ads statewide (Madison, Fox Valley, Lacrosse, Wausau) you may donate on our website homepage www.wisconsincarry.org
It appears we REALLY need to put pressure on Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald to do the right thing and support the law-abiding citizens of Wisconsin who wish to carry concealed and not have to pay permit taxes, register with the government, nor take the government mandated training class.
We are asking you to make 4 PHONE CALLS today.  One to Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Senate, One to Jeff Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Assembly, and one each to your state senator and assembly person. If your assembly person HAS signed on as a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 93, thank them. if they have not, ask them TO sign on.
Constitutional Carry Senate Bill 93 viewable here:
You can read at the top of the bill which senators are co-introducing it and which representatives are co-sponsoring.
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/document?cite=proposaltext/2011/REG/SB93.pdf

Scott Fitzgerald contact info:http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=senate&district=13
Jeff Fitzgerald contact info:http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=assembly&district=39
Find YOUR legislators:http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
Carry On,
Nik ClarkChairman/President - Wisconsin Carry, Inc.www.wisconsincarry.orgnik@wisconsincarry.orgwww.youtube.com/wisconsincarrywww.twitter.com/wisconsincarryFacebook: Search "Wisconsin Carry"

Hmm.

Lack of inspiration... plus the weather's nice and I don't work until 11pm.  Check back laters perhaps.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Texas Readers-

Aaron at Weapon Blog is asking you contact your elected officials regarding HB 2756 (Open Carry).

For the Ladies

As a brother and a fan of ladies in general, I'd like to see them stick around.

Shooting Diva's has released a free pdf download of the Diva Defense Guide.  It's a great little primer on where to start, and packed full of useful tips.

Pass it along to the important women in your life.

M&P40 Review

From Robb Allen over at Guns, Holsters, and Gear.  It looks like Robb drank the Kool-Aid, and found it quite tasty.  More than a few chuckles, and a great review of a popular product.

His findings are pretty much right on line with what I've found with my M&P9, although I haven't had any issues with the sights (mine has night sights) and I have the thumb rests (er, "external safeties") to prevent me from inducing a slide lock failure (the key reason for switching from the SP2022 to the M&P.)

I should be slightly offended by how he describes the grip sizes though... I use the  ‘Wow, can you palm a basketball with those meat-hooks?’ size, but my hands aren't that big... just my palms.  My fingers aren't that long, but the added bulk of the Large grip fills my palm nicely (much like the arched mainspring housing on 1911s.)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Heh.

The girl mentioned last time she went in to her credit union, the first thing she noticed was the "No Firearms" sign on the door.  (UW Credit Union... typical "icky guns" syndrome from University people I assume.)  The corruption, er conversion, is coming along nicely.

(In all fairness, we'll be going to two Brewer's games this weekend.  I've never really gotten into organized team sports before, but it's fun to watch her get excited, so I'm playing along.  It's starting to grow on me.)

Hmm... Not in the "Big" News Sources...

 Apparently this happened earlier today-
Almurisi, described as a burly man, emerged from a bathroom in the back of the plane and "walked briskly" toward the front, where he began yelling unintelligibly and pounding on the cockpit door, police and witnesses said.
 "He was walking very fast all the way up to the front," said Angelina Marty, 35, of San Francisco, a passenger on the plane. "He kept walking faster and faster and faster. He was screaming something, and the lady in the row across from me who had spoken Arabic said, 'That's Arabic,' and she had translated it and said it was roughly, 'God is great.' "
(bold added for emphasis)

Ah, good old political correctness.  I guess printing "Allahu Akbar" would just be in poor taste.

At least it sounds like everything worked out, although I wonder how long it'll be before we hear he was on the "no fly list," yet they let him on the plane to help "build the case..."

New Shooters

A couple blurbs involving novice shooters.  One blogger takes a frightened novice out and conquers her fear, and a neuroscientist takes a reporter out shooting simply because everybody should do it.
He doesn't hunt. Rifle practice is just another way to mentor his students. "I try to teach them about life," he says. "How to shoot a gun is something you hope you never need. But, whatever one feels about gun ownership, everyone should know how to use one."
Sounds good to me.

(h/t Unc)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

75k

Neat.



















Sure, they didn't stick around long, but it's still pretty cool.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

3rd(?) Annual "Balls Am I Out of Shape" Ride

It's never a long one, but it's always an eye opener.  It's also not an official anything, simply the first time each year I manage to make it out to one of my choice single tracks and thrash my own body senseless.  I only rode for about a half hour today before calling it quits since it's going to be getting dark soon.

On the upside, one of those single tracks is a mere half a mile from my new apartment.  I will be taking advantage of that as much as humanly possible this summer, now that it's actually looking like spring around here.  The downside is that it's on a small island in the Wisconsin River.  Most of the trail was underwater last month, and it's still pretty soggy (actually there's a few spots where it's always wet...)

Apparently my current tires, some Specialized Sport Tracks, are the suck when it comes to the Island's sticky mud.


Traction is lacking when your treads are that clogged.  May have to look into that...

On the upside, despite being muddy and bruised (and maybe bloody... hard to tell under the mud...) I'm pretty darn happy, even if feeling like a giant sack of lard.

Just enough time to shower, eat something, and report in for the night shift...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Squee!
















That is all.

Minotaur ITW Mag Pouch

The other day I mentioned I had found a new mag carrying solution.  Here in Wisconsin, where concealed carry is forbidden, Open Carry is the only way to go about being properly prepared.  Thankfully, this only applies to the gun itself, and spare ammo can be carried any way you see fit.  For the most part I've been carrying my spare magazine in some sort of OTW (outside the waistband) pouch, either a Raven Concealment pouch, or a Galco mag holder.

I decided I wanted to cut down on the amount of "outside" stuff I use for daily carry, since quite often I remove my holster because I can't bring my gun somewhere.  Also I'm starting to stock up on more CCW friendly equipment (I'm an optimist.)  I'd heard good things about Comp-Tac, and was looking at stuff on their site one day, and found the Minotaur IWB Mag holder, and decided to give it a go.

I decided to go with the "c-clip" option, and got it in a natural finish.  I'm a sweaty guy when the weather gets warm, and don't want dye seeping into my clothing, plus the natural shade of leather is quite appealing.

The ordering process was quite painless, and Comp-Tac sent emails at every step of the process.  Production time is only a couple days, a welcome change from Raven, and the pouch was in my hands within a week of ordering.

The pouch itself if very well made.  Clean and straight stitching, even color, and a smooth feel.




























This is by far the most comfortable magazine pouch I've ever used.  The leather comes up high enough to keep the magazine from digging into you, but is short enough that it doesn't interfere with drawing the magazine.  It conceals quite well, the girlfriend didn't even know it was there until I mentioned it.  The c-clip is nice, as it's unobtrusive on the belt-line, and on my belt I can remove the pouch without taking said belt off.  It provides plenty of support for a fully loaded 17 round M&P mag with 124gr loads.

The only problem I've had with the pouch is that with the single belt loop it has a tendency to rotate forward a bit.  It never goes so far as to dump the mag out or let it drop below my waistline however.

Overall I'm very pleased with this pouch.  Now hopefully the people down in Madison hurry things up and I have an excuse to try out some of Minotaur's IWB holsters.

Stats Show More Women Buying Guns

"I feel more independent, more safe, more of a stronger woman," Powers-Spurlock told Nashville's News 2.  "Never again am I going to ever let any man run me over like that."
Despite what Eric Heyl has to say on the subject.


There's a reason the Colt of old was known as "The Great Equilizer."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Charges Dropped Against Madison 5

For immediate release: 
Last fall five Wisconsin Carry members were peacefully enjoying dinner at a Madison area Culvers restaurant. Like thousands of Wisconsin residents, they carry a sidearm for self-defense as a daily practice in the only manner currently provided by Wisconsin law. After a 911 caller inquired as to the legality of open-carry, Madison police arrived en masse and illegally demanded identification from all five. Two members who politely declined to provide ID were wrongfully cited for obstruction of justice. (Wisconsin, a free state, does not require you produce identification when you have done nothing wrong.) Those citations were rescinded 2 days later and all 5 were mailed citations for disorderly conduct despite no evidence of a disturbance. Details of that initial incident are available on Wisconsin Carry's websitewww.wisconsincarry.org. Click on the "Sept. 23rd 2010" blog heading for details including the audio of the 911 call. 
Wisconsin Carry filed a federal civil lawsuit against the City of Madison and Police Chief Noble Wray on September 29, 2010. That lawsuit can be viewed here: http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/Ma...nComplaint.pdf
Wisconsin Carry also retained, on behalf of our members, notable defense attorney Chris Van Wagner, principal of the Madison law firm Van Wagner & Wood http://www.vanwagnerwood.com/ to contest the wrongfully issued disorderly conduct citations. 
Today, Wisconsin Carry is pleased to announce that Attorney Van Wagner has informed us that all of the charges against the "Madison 5" have been dismissed. According to Attorney Van Wagner "The Madison City Attorney agreed after a full review of the police investigation and 911 call that there was absolutely no disturbance created by our members and that the disorderly conduct citations were inappropriate". Van Wagner also added that "The ONLY disturbance created on that Saturday evening was by a mass of uniformed Madison police officers and squads arriving to investigate law-abiding citizens having dinner" 
Questions about this incident and subsequent actions by Wisconsin Carry and our attorney may be directed to Wisconsin Carry or Attorney Chris Van Wagner. Wisconsin Carry will shortly be filing a second civil lawsuit against Madison Police Chief Noble Wray and the City of Madison to obtain damages on behalf of our members for their wrongful detainment and costs associated with disposing of the citations. 
Wisconsin Carry, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the ability of law-abiding Wisconsin residents to legally carry in the manner of their choosing (open or concealed). 
Carry On, 
Nik Clark Chairman/President - Wisconsin Carry, Inc. nik@wisconsincarry.org www.wisconsincarry.org
 (bold emphasis mine)

This is good news indeed.

Yet More Mystery Bird

Gear Scout has it on pretty good authority that the crashed helicopter (mentioned here and here) was a modded and kitted out MH60.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WI Constitutional Carry Bill!

It has been authored and introduced for co-sponsors.  WCI says the following-
Greetings in Freedon:
Today the authoring was completed on Constitutional Carry legislation in Wisconsin from Senator Pam Galloway and Rep Jeff Mursau.
Here is the bill that has been authored.  The bill has not yet been assigned a number, it is being circulated for CO-SPONSORS.
www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/bills/LRB-11-2007-1.pdf
Please contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to CO-SPONSOR the constitutional carry proposed legislation.  (I believe you can reference it by the Legislative Reference Bureau number: LRB−2007/1)
TODAY THERE WAS ALSO 2 shall-issue permit type legislation bills authored today and circulated.
These alternative bills have a myriad of fee's and other mandates to go along with them.
Here are those bills:
www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/bills/LRB-11-2027-1.pdfwww.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/bills/LRB-11-2033-1.pdf
PLEASE contact your legislators today and ask them to support constitutional carry for Wisconsin.  Your right to carry doesn't require taxes/permits/fee's/registration/government mandated training class, etc.
Its interesting to note that the constitutional carry bill is 19 pages.  The other 2 bills which create a massive amount of new legislation/requirements/fee's/fines/permits/registration, etc are THREE TIMES as long.  Freedom really is less complex than more government isn't it?
Carry On,
Nik ClarkChairman/President - Wisconsin Carry, Inc.nik@wisconsincarry.orgwww.wisconsincarry.orgwww.youtube.com/wisconsincarrywww.twitter.com/wisconsincarryhttp://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=340160200214
That last paragraph got me.  All too true.

Overall, it's about dang time this has been introduced.  Key points of the Constitutional Carry Bill include altering and repealing the (in my opinion) unconstitutional vehicle transport restrictions, as well as altering numerous state statutes to the point that "gun" and "firearm" do not mean "handgun" (this should keep the DNR people happy with their anti-poaching mindset (the reason for the poor vehicle transport law in the first place.))  It also fixes the 1,000 foot school zone law.

More Whirly Bird Stuff

Just to add to the conspiracy fun, there's a growing thread on ARFCOM in regards to the mystery tail I mentioned yesterday.

Lots of speculation and the usual ARFCOM stupidity abounds, but there's a couple mock-ups of what it could have looked like.

3D rendering of the object in the photo





















































There's also a possibility it was part of a Paki bird that got too close to the action.  If it is in fact a new stealthy chopper, I doubt we'll get the full story for years.  Still interesting stuff.

Ahh...

As a stark counterpoint to yesterday's snow, it's currently 57 degrees and climbing, and feels warmer due to the completely clear sky and bright sun.  It nice to enjoy driving around aimlessly in the work car with the windows down for the first time since October (it's also great to enjoy a daytime shift after a month of nights...)  Thankfully I'm done at 3, so bike riding shall occur before it gets cold and dank again tomorrow.

Also on a more positive note, tomorrow looks to be the last night with below 40 degree temps at night, at least for the foreseeable future.  This is important so the water in the small lakes around here can warm up.  Last Friday the girl and I went up to Gander Mountain and ended up driving back with something on top of my car...



















It was on sale well below her budget, and I'm all sorts of jealous, since it's 10 times nicer than my little boat.  (Although I can't complain too much... mine was free after all.)

It's looking to be a fun summer... assuming it ever gets here.

OC Works

"I was observing the yoot as he followed us. He was close to bad breath distance, and observed Unc's openly carried Glock 30. He then noticed my Smith & Wesson J-frame, also openly carried, and that's when he veered off sharply and started walking at a pace that could be described as "brisk", except that the rate at which he left us would make "brisk" seem like a slow amble..."
It's not just a political statement.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MHI TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry's sold the rights for MHI to be made into a TV show!

New Black Chopper?

Defense Tech raises the question and has some photos of the alleged wreckage of the bird that "had a hard landing" during the raid and had to be destroyed in place.

Here's what's believed to be the tail rotor-





















I like helicopters, and pay a bit of attention to them.  I can't think of a single bird that has a tail like that.

It seems the two best guesses are a new MH-60 variant that's heavily stealthed, which would help explain how we penetrated Pakistani airspace (the "Beast of Kandahar" may have also helped there...)  The other option is a whole new secret airframe.  I'm leaning towards the first, as the first photo that came out looks very much like an MH-60 tail section hanging over the wall.

Interesting stuff...

Seriously?

Mother Nature? Snow? In May?

Walther P22

I took some photos of mine and posted them yesterday.  Now that I go back and look, I realize just how beat up that poor little gun is, and it's simply amazing that it's still running.

I purchased that piece in spring 2006.  I was at Gander Mountain with Dad waiting for him to do the paperwork for a little Ruger .22lr pistol all of us children had pitched in to get him for Father's Day, and the little Walther caught my eye, and felt good for such a tiny gun.  I often joked it was so cute it followed me home.

Since then I have come to despise the plastic sights (seriously, there's no hope in Hell of it holding a zero, the rear stripped out years ago, and the front one pops out if you look at it crosseyed... at least it did until I super-glued it in place.)  The slide wear from the trigger bar and slide stop on the usual spots, and I'm amazed it hasn't cracked in half yet.  It's often just tossed in the top of my range bag going to and from the range, or in a pocket on one of the tacticool rifle cases, so the finish is beat to snot, and the polymer frame is knicked and chewed up all over the place.

It often fails to strip the next round from the mag, and the slide locks back on an empty mag about 40% of the time.  However I clean the thing about as often as I change the oil in my car, that is to say maybe every 3,000 rounds; and even then it still cycles about 90% off of random bulk .22lr.  That's simply amazing for a semi-auto .22lr anything.

I could probably count the number of range trips the little thing hasn't come on with a single hand, and I couldn't even begin to guess how many people have shot that very pistol as their first pistol ever.  It's also taken a handful of rats from my grandpa's scrap pile (probably the best snap-shooting practice I've ever had.)

But even though it's pretty rough and blooded, it's still kind of cute after all these years.  Now if somebody would just make decent aftermarket sights...

Monday, May 2, 2011

P22

















Apex Tactical J-frame Kits

Looks like the myth of the ".38 snubby beast from Hell" is slowly being chipped away.  Caleb reports Apex Tactical announced a drop in trigger kit to smooth out the little gun's pull-
This thing completely changed the dynamic of the pull on the J-frame, instead of being super heavy and stacking towards the rear, it just rolled straight through with a clean, easy break.  It was much more like the trigger on my tuned up 625 than any J-frame trigger I’ve ever seen.
Word is they were selling them for $20 at the NRA show, I'd watch for them soon on Apex's site.  If it's anything like their M&P parts, it'll be a no-brainer to drop this into your J-frame.

ETA: Apex Press Release

Good Riddance

Source
















So after a short night's sleep (for some reason I was a bit keyed up after my shift ended at 11...) and some time for reflection on last nights announcement, I'm still giddy as a school boy with a new BMX.

The big thing; a strong reminder to the bad guys that these sheepdogs don't back off.  We get your scent, you're going down.  It may be a few years, but we don't back down.  I can only hope there's some guys holed up in caves losing even more sleep now.

The big thing in my mind, assuming it's really truly him, is what's going to happen with Pakistan.  As just about everyone with an ounce of sense has been saying, there's not a snowballs chance in Hell they didn't know he was there at some level.  If you needed more proof that Pakistan's military's got issues:  This. Is. It.  Combine that with the knowledge that he was in a relative mansion, not cramped up in some dank cave, and I know I'm less than happy with Pakistan at the moment.

I also wonder how much notice we gave them about going in, and how much "asking" for permission there was compared to just telling them.  Perhaps the prior point weighed heavily on that decision.  "You dun' effed up, and we're gonna fix it.  So sit down and shut up."

Tactically, this doesn't change a thing.  He'd been so busy hiding and so far removed that he was no longer in the approximation of a chain of command they operate with.  It is, however, a massive psychological blow to Al Qaeda, and just as massive of a morale boost to our guys and gals if facebook statuses are anything to judge from.  Just like I told Cro, keep your heads up (and don't party too much!)