Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
bread and butter , but I have found that their knives deserve a good look as well.
And that's where the Crater C55bx comes in.
The C55bx belongs to the Crater family of knives, and there are multiple models under this banner. The C55bx functions as a basic everyday carry knife, but with a couple of goodies hidden inside. A few details of the C55bx: The blade is a 420HC (high carbon) steel
with a black oxide finish (on my particular model) and comes in at just over 3 inches long. My model has a partially serrated blade, and I know that some people do not like serrations, but I have found that they do come in handy every now and then.There is a thumb stud for
Friday, November 25, 2011
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Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Hope everyone has had a good weekend. It's Sunday evening and tomorrow work starts all over for many of us. I spent a portion of yesterday afternoon, plinking and adjusting some things on my rifles, particularly my main home defense carbine, my AR. I was not always sold on the AR, having listened early on in my shooting life to many of the gun snobs who tell you that the AR is inadequate when it comes to firepower, it's too finicky for serious work, or that it was prone to malfunction and damage. Many of the concerns were based on problem inherent in older design as well as isolated incidences that were blown far out of proportion. I have become a true believer in the AR-15, and while it is not always the right gun for everyone, it is the top dog around my little piece of heaven.
The AR-15 family of rifle is the number one choice of weaponry in America not only for military and law enforcement, but is also the top dog amongst the civilian population looking for a tactical rifle.
Now, I could go on a long diatribe about how amazing and wonderful the AR 15 is compared to all the other options out there, but that would be a waste of good article space. And when it comes to choice in rifle, a great deal of it depends on personal choice. An AR might be the right rifle for me, but the next guy may prefer the AK, or the FAL, or even a Mini 14. And you know something, that’s perfectly OK. The deciding factors on purchasing a defense rifle many times are cost, availability, and personal choice. And many of the other options to the AR will be covered here in time. We’ll focus on the AR today, without getting into the rivalries amongst many of the gun snob fan boys.
Eugene Stoner developed the AR in 1957 while working for Armalite Corp., it was an updated version of the company’s 7.62mm AR-10. Armalite started having some money issues, and in 1959 they sold the design the Colt . Colt saw the design for its possibilities and began to work on marketing it to the US military. Surprisingly, the first AR rifles to be fielded to a military force were not to the US army, but to Malaysia. Eventually the US Army picked up the AR and gave it the military designation M-16.
Early on, there were complaints about the operation and function of the rifle, but in time these issues have been improved and overcome. The rifle’s DGI (direct gas impingement) has been one of the issues of contention amongst gun enthusiasts for many years. In the DGI operation system, Gas is trapped from the barrel as the bullet moves past a gas port located above the rifle's front sight base. The gas rushes into the port and down a gas tube, located above the barrel, which runs from the front sight base into the AR’s upper receiver. Here, the gas tube protrudes into a “gas key” which accepts the gas and funnels it into the bolt carrier. The bolt carrier cycles back into the buffer tube of the stock, and the process begins again. The main complaint about this is the rifle “poops where it eats”, sending carbon and gas residue back into the receiver. If you properly clean your rifle and maintain it, this is not going to be an issue. I know, I can hear the AK purists saying “Well, an AK doesn’t have to be cleaned like that! Maybe you should dump the AR and get a man’s rifle!” I’m not even going to address that kind of nonsense. You want something that will smash through a wall, quick and brutal, you use a sledgehammer, you want something that will cut smooth and precise you use a razor. That is the difference.
A basic, no-frills carbine. No bells, or whistles, just good old fashioned American design
Notice the standard "bird cage" style flash hider. Standard front sight base, and no optics other than irons. While I do have an Aimpoint CompM4 as well as the Bushnell TRS-25 micro red dot, this particular rifle runs light and simple. Sporting a somewhat rare Mag-Pul EMag, smooth side 30 rounder, originally made for export.
Considering the modular capability of the AR, it has personally become my first choice of rifle. I chose to “roll my own”, in other words, I built my rifle from components rather than purchase one complete. That is not something I would recommend to everyone, but it was right for me. I built mine on a CMMG lower receiver, with a Mag-Pul CTR adjustable stock, Hogue rubberized pistol grip, and a Knight’s Armament quad rail forend on a Del-Ton 16 inch 1:9 twist barrel. It is a basic no-frills rifle, built from good quality parts. The nice part about an AR, is that uppers can be switched in and out without much issue, and this allows for alternatives in calibers in many cases. As referenced in my very first blog post, I purchased one of CMMGs dedicated .22LR uppers which I can swap out, and shoot cheaply, while keeping in practice the battery of arms of the main rifle. I prefer an AR which is chambered properly for both .223 Remington as well as the higher pressure 5.56 NATO, it gives you the options of ammo.
In my personal opinion (take it for what it’s worth) is that the AR in a defensive role in the civilian population is definitely worth consideration. Perhaps in an urban environment, this might not be an optimal choice, due to close proximity of homes to one another, as well as legal factors, but in a rural, farm or ranch environment, it is darn near perfect. Yeah, I’ll go with perfect on that. .223/5.56 NATO is an excellent round for use against predators, such as coyote, as well as 2 legged predators which might see fit to relieve you of some of your personal goods. The .223/5.56 round is very accurate with quality ammunition and with a good optic you can reach out several hundred yards and drop a target. Availability of parts and accessories make it a prime choice as well, with multiple companies carrying spare components. Magazines are plentiful (check your local laws for any restrictions on Mag capacity), and at the moment of my writing this, the ammo itself has dropped back down to a somewhat affordable price.
When shopping for an AR, remember to do your homework. Research the various companies, their track records, history of problems if any, etc. You can get a decent no frills AR-15 in the $750-$900 range if you buy it outright. I built the last one for around $625.
Take everything I say with a grain of salt. I’m just a guy shootin’ the breeze about things he loves. I am no expert. But I know a good thing when I see it.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Seriously, I think my family is going to have to give me an intervention. Every time I see a deal on a knife, I snatch it up. I can't control myself, but really, who can blame me? Knives and guns are my little joys in life, and they have purpose.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The State As God
Am I then saying that this is the fate of mankind? Am I prophesying the loss of the individual and the birth of One Assimilated Beast with its many parts denigrated to slavery?
Yes and no.The State has some design flaws.
Consider Ludwig von Mises and his life’s work exposing the endemic failures of socialism. To date, no one has been able to provide an accurate intellectual refutation of his position. Mises went to great pains to carefully dissect socialism and prove that the seeds of its destruction were part of its design. For example, socialism cannot peaceably coexist with a free market and yet socialism entirely depends on a free market because it has no mechanism to determine prices. Without a price mechanism efficient production is impossible. You end up with dramatic over production and shortages at the same time. But what Mises doesn’t clearly point out, although its not very well hidden either, is that his description of socialism is at the same time a description of the State itself, and that the economic structure that the State possesses is in fact socialism. Therefore the State is economically unstable and is much the same as a cathedral of cards, continually falling apart and only standing at all because its worshipers throw their lives into keeping it propped up.
So the State has an economic flaw and is unsustainable.The State has another flaw.
Just as Mises proved the lack of a price mechanism causes economic instability, Lysander Spooner proved the State has no rightful method of continuous authority.
A State exists either by brute force or by contract with its subjects. It should be clear that any State that is founded on brute force alone is a dead State waiting to hit the floor. Assuming no secondary contract based State is supporting it, the brute State will quickly revert to revolution and be replaced by a contract State by its subjects, generally within a generation or two of its inception.
As Spooner so thoroughly proved, any contract authorizing the authority of the State can only legally apply to those in agreement with that contract. The moment the State attempts to enforce its will upon some party not in agreement to that contract, it negates the value of having a contract and begins the slide into a brute State. And the State by its very nature will always break that contract. Additionally since a contract has no legal means of binding future generations the contract based State is a temporary arrangement at best, doomed to become a brute State.
So the State has no long-term legal foundation and is therefore legally unstable.I shall add just one more flaw in the design of the State, however I could go on like this for pages.
The State is entirely lacking a mechanism to determine morality.
I would contend that humans have two mechanisms working hand in hand to produce morality. We have a sense of natural law, a right to property, hard wired into our brains before birth. Some would debate this issue, but at this time in this article I will not. It is a fact almost to obvious to address. In addition to this innate morality in property, we learn moral lessons as we interact on a day-to-day basis with humans through the reward/punishment system.
The State has no natural born appreciation for the right of property because it is not a living being. It can inherit no genetic traits from its parents because it has no biological parents. It is a figment of the imagination. And since its actions are the actions of individual people, when those actions cause harm the State is immune to punishment because only the individuals can be punished or rewarded. The State can feel nothing so it is incapable of learning a single moral lesson.So the State is an imaginary entity made up in the minds of humans, that strives to be not just a god (it is that already) but it desires to be The God. The State lacks a functional economic structure, a legal basis for its existence, and the ability to determine morality.
It is therefore unstable and doomed to collapse of its own weight as soon as it consumes enough of its host.
As an avid shooter who has been sending lead downrange since I was strong enough to lift a weapon, .22's have always held a special place for me. I began with .22s, specifically a Winchester single shot rifle. It taught me to focus my skills and technique, and as I grew older I was able to apply this to my centerfire rifles.
.22s have always had a special place in my heart because I have many great memories of childhood associated with them. And with the economy being as it is, and my cash being scarce like so many of us, .22s have returned to the forefront of my shooting hobbies, due to price of ammo, and just for the happiness and nostalgia they bring me.
The drawback for me, was the complicated process of breaking down the MKIII for cleaning.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this excellent design, here is a brief run down.
The Buckmark's production began in 1985 when it replaced Browning's older .22LR pistol designs, the Challenger and the International.
It is a simple blowback action, with a ten round magazine capacity just like the Ruger MKIII. It is available in various configurations, from bull barrels, to models with scope rails which allow for the mounting of red dot optics (which can be added very easily),wooden grips, rubber grips, standard iron sights, or in my case front fiber optic sights.
After weighing in my options, I decided that the Buckmark was right for me.
So, after selling a Draco AK pistol that was completely useless to me, I went to see a local dealer that I had struck a good re pore with. And for $325 and some change, I walked out the door with a new Browning BuckMark Camper model with front fiber optic sight (green version).
I was pleasantly surprised by this. The rubber grips felt like they were made for my hand. I found the controls to be very intuitive, easy to access, the magazine is a breeze to load, and as a guy who is learning to shoot left handed due to some recently developed eyesight issues, I found shooting left handed and switching was good as well. The green fiber optic on the front was great for quick acquisition, and the weight of the weapon felt meaty, but not overly bulky.
That afternoon, a buddy of mine came over for some .22 shooting and I decided to try some of the Federal Value Pack .22, which is the cheap, 36 grain bulk ammo...similar to the Winchester I had shot earlier in the week. At 35 yards my groups were perfectly acceptable to me, considering the cheapness of the ammo I was using. This was a quick acquisition group, drawing the weapon, acquiring the target; the one flier out to the side was due to me pulling it.
Along with a Ruger 10/22, this Browning Buckmark is quickly becoming my go-to gun for practice and fun plinking. As far as a precision test of the Browning, I hope to pick up some CCI ammo this week, to just see what this little firecracker can do with some high end ammunition through it.
I give the Browning Buckmark high marks for it's ergonomics, it's accuracy, it's size and weight, and decent price. It is an excellent target pistol, great for plinking, small game hunting if paired with a good optic, and fantastic for introducing new shooters to pistols.
Downsides? Well, it would have been nice if it had came with 2 magazines instead of 1. But that is becoming par for the course with most manufacturers these days.
in Vietnam, the 173rd Airborne division was ambushed by over 1200 Viet Cong soldiers.
48 American soldiers died during this incident, and for some reason every year I think about this on the exact day.
Lawrence Joel, who happened to be the first African American to recieve the Medal Of Honor since the Spanish American War, is actually from my home state of North Carolina.
This is an excerpt from Wikipedia about Joel's heroism that day:
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
|Feinstein Favors Firearms Registration|
Here is an excerpt from the article:
"Operation “Fast and Furious” — the scandalous sale of thousands of weapons to Mexican drug lords with the complicity of President Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (still known as ATF) — is now being used as an excuse for further governmental interference in the rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms. Rather than blaming the ineptitude of a federal agency run amok, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) declares that the fundamental problem exposed by the “Fast and Furious” debacle is, in fact, that “anyone can walk in and buy anything” when it comes to firearms. "
Read the whole article at the link below.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Since it's so nasty today, business is a little slow, and I have a little time to catch up on some of the articles that have been piling up. Nothing like a nice cup of coffee, a comfortable chair, and several news articles highlighting the current administration's incompetence and corruption to
make you feel just warm and fuzzy inside.
The Gunwalker" scandal, more commonly known as Operation: Fast & Furious is the icing of a 7 layer turd cake, which the ATF, Eric Holder, and most likely the President himself have all had their grubby little fingers in, licking the batter.
I really shouldn't be surprised at the antics of these people, considering their histories, but even in the furthest reaches of my imagination, I cannot fathom how they would have conceived that this was a good idea.
For those of you who might not be familiar with this, Operation Fast & Furious was a sting operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, & Explosives with direct ties to US Attorney Gen. Eric Holder, to supposedly permit otherwise-suspected straw purchasers to complete firearms purchases and transit to Mexico, in order to build a bigger case against Mexican criminal organizations suspected of being the ultimate buyer. My opinion: Complete nonsense.
They actually had gun shops cooperate with them in this ridiculous plan to "walk" guns over the border into Mexico, and when some of the guns in question was used to kill several US agents, it all blew up in their face.
What is the first thing they do? They blame the gun culture of America, the gun shops who were complicit in their plan, and even the NRA.
What do you do when a stupid plan goes to hell, and gets decent people killed? Blame everyone else, even though you're the one with the smoking gun in your hand, quite literally this time.
I had pondered this entire fiasco, and I think this was a multi layered plan, with the ultimate goal being more anti gun legislation and new gun bans. The Left is so far out of touch with reality, they actually think that the few remaining thinking Americans will buy into the idea that they were breaking their own laws for the greater good.
It's insulting to say the least. USAG Holder knows exactly what he did, and in my opinion, he needs to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter at the very least. And considering the Obama Administration's hostile view of gun owners, I'd bet my grandfather's Case XX that he knew exactly what was occurring in real time. Unfortunately, the current state of this once Republic tells me that absolutely nothing will come of this in the end. Some pencil pushing agents will take the fall for this, since we all know that shit rolls downhill.
There's really no need for me to expound on this any further. There's far better educated people who have picked this apart over the last few months, and I am just a blogging country boy with too much time on his hands.
Time for another cup of coffee.
By the way, if you want to read more on this big mess, check out the Sipsey Street Irregulars.
They were basically the ones who broke this scandal when no one in the mainstream would pay any attention to it.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
My wife is going to have to hide my money from me. Between guns and knives, I am going to be sleeping in a van down by the river before it is all said and done. But I could not turn this little baby down. I've always been a fan of Columbia River Knife and Tool. They provide good quality knives at an inexpensive price.I found this particular knife for approx. $20.00, and it is worth every penny. Called the Kasper, this blade compares on the level of the Kershaw Tremor in size and weight. Weighing in at about 7 and a half oz., it's got a little bit of weight to it, but it's not excessive for carrying, or it hasn't been for me.It's got the quality heft of knives that are 30 bucks more.The handle is a black zytel material, and has a non textured semi smooth feel. It's not slick, but it has not true textured gripping. I can't say that's really a downside, it just is what it is. I like the shape of the handle, it fills your hand, and the back of the body has good jimping. Blade material is AUS 6M , 55-57 HRC, coming in at about 3 7/8" in length. It has a standard liner lock, and I find it pretty easy to manipulate. Dual thumbs studs on either side of the blade make it simple to actuate. I don't like that the pocket clip cannot be changed, but that tends to be on a lot of knives these days. Some people poo-poo this blade due to the fact that it is made in China,I'm not crazy about that either. But it's getting harder and harder these days to find anything made in the US. Yes, Benchmade's are still made in America, but if I lose a $100 Benchmade in the woods, I might just break into tears. If I lose a $20 CRKT in the woods, yes...I will still be annoyed but not heartbroken. CRKT makes a good product at an affordable price, and this is a great knife for the money. Grab one up if you can.