02 December 2022

PARTISAN BARS

 

I know that there are no less than 863,439 people throughout history that have come up with a similar idea, but, as the Marines say of their rifle, "There are many like it, but this one is mine!" I'm talking about Partisan Bars.

For the last 3 or 4 years, I have frequently thought about a staple of some type that would last a very long time without refrigeration, taste fairly decent and be somewhat healthy. Hardtack, from days gone by, was a similar concept. The original hardtack would literally last for many years without refrigeration but didn't taste particularly good and it's heath benefits were questionable. It was boring. I wanted something that was a little less primitive but not really a recreational snack either. I wanted a staple. Something that would get me by for quite awhile without any additional supplement except water or perhaps a good companion for my Survival Tabs. I didn't necessarily care if it lasted for years but a few months would be nice.

A good friend of mine came up with something she called Freedom Biscuits and she shared the recipe with me. They were pretty good and I'll be saving the recipe but they were still not just exactly what I was looking for.

Enter the Partisan Bars (we'll talk about the name later). I think I have come up with the perfect recipe for ME. Your mileage may vary. You may not like them at all but I do, and I'm who I made them for.

The recipe below makes about 24, 3"x4" bars over ½" thick. They are fairly heavy and I compared them with 3 average sized oatmeal cookies down at the bottom.

Here we go...

4 tbsn of cultured buttermilk
powder.
3 c. all-purpose flour
3½ c. old fashioned rolled oats
4 tsn baking powder
1 tsn salt
½ tsn baking soda
4 tbsn shortening
3 tbsn brown sugar
1 c. raisins
1 tsn cinnamon
(for variety, you can add 4 tbsn of unsweetened cocoa powder)
2½-3 c. very hot water

Put flour, oatmeal, buttermilk, brown sugar and raisins in large bowl and mix thoroughly.

Put baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in smaller bowl and mix thoroughly.

Add the contents of the small bowl to large bowl and mix thoroughly.

Melt shortening in small container and sprinkle it all around on top of contents and mix.

Pour in hot water and mix well until the dough reaches desired consistency. About 2½ cups will make a very thick dough that can be made into individual cookies if desired. I make it a little thinner by adding 3 cups of very hot water, mixing well and evenly spreading dough about ½" thick on a 12x16 cookie sheet. The remainder will make another half-pan for a total of 24, 3"x4" bars (depending on thickness).
Bake at 375° for 30 min.

You can put them in the cookie jar, freeze them, vacuum pack them or put a few in a paper bag in the truck so you'll always have a nutritious snack. Each bar weighs 2½-3 ounces so a couple of them actually makes a light meal instead of a sugary snack. Great for hunting, traveling or eating on the run! Don't fret if they get hard. Just eat them!

Here's the nutritional breakdown as best as I could figure.

            1 bar             3 cookies

Calories - 161                336
Fat - 4g                         14g
Sodium-12mg             288mg
Carbs-28g.                    52g
Fiber-1.5g                    2.1g
Sugars-4g                     19g
Protein-4g                      5g
 
 



 

 In Liberty, Cope Reynolds (Desertscout1)  

Colts and Kimbers are what you show your friends. 

GLOCKS are what you show your enemies!

18 October 2022

RADIATION POISONING?

              Radiation Poisoning?

With the current threat of a nuclear exchange in which 2 or more countries may be involved, including the U. S., we are beginning to see renewed endeavors to warn people of impending doom. While many of these efforts are well-intentioned, much of the information that is disseminated is nothing but fear mongering and misinformation, oftentimes in an attempt to sell some service or product. Currently, there is a plethora of posts, articles, ads, podcasts, etc. concerning radiation poisoning and what you can do to prevent it or treat it. Much of this well-intended information comes from individuals that are trying to help but are not armed with enough facts. This article is very long but, with the help of a trusted friend in the medical profession that has spent a great deal of time in this field, I think you will find it chock-full of helpful information.

To begin with, there’s much confusion about what “radiation poisoning” even is much less what to do about it. Radiation poisoning or radiation sickness is caused by a large dose of radiation, that was received rather quickly, that does damage to the body internally. Obviously, the amount of radiation that the body absorbs will determine how sick the individual will get.

Now, here’s where the confusion starts… While certain symptoms of radiation poisoning can be treated, there’s no such thing as an “anti-radiation" pill or treatment, contrary to what you hear on the news or see in the movies. The vast majority of people assume that potassium iodide (KI) or potassium iodate (KI03) is some magic cure or preventative for radiation sickness. It is not. KI and KI03 does one thing and one thing only. They protect the thyroid gland from iodine isotopes or radioactive iodine that is found after nuclear detonations or accidents, by filling it with good iodine until it cannot accept anymore, thus preventing the contaminated iodine from entering.

Iodine is a beta emitter, Beta radiation is high speed positrons or electrons They can be stopped by a layer of foil or even heavy clothing.

The half life of the iodine isotopes is about 8-9 days. It is NOT recommended to take KI for more than 10 days UNLESS there is an extended hazard IE multiple detonations.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN
KI and KI03?

While both products are considered good thyroid blockers and the names are sound nearly the same, that is where the similarities end. Long story short, potassium iodide is superior in every way to potassium iodate.

Potassium iodate is not approved by the FDA where potassium iodide is. The FDA has gone to great lengths to get KI03 pulled off of store shelves but it can still be found on the internet if you look hard enough. Since it is not regulated nor approved, the chemical make-up of KI03 may not be consistent. KI, on the other hand, is consistent, stable, effective, inexpensive, and has a very long shelf life.

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, KI tablets have a 10+ year shelf life when stored cool and dry (KI liquid lasts 5 years). However, they also say that the chemical make-up of KI is so stable that it still good much, much longer than that. They say that after 10 years, the tablets may become harder and not dissolve as readily. The solution is to crush the tablets up and mix with juice or something and the effectiveness is unchanged.

The remainder of this article will pertain to potassium iodide (KI) only!

WHO SHOULD TAKE KI?

Infants (including breast-fed infants)

Infants have the highest risk of getting thyroid cancer after being exposed to radioactive iodine. All infants, including breast-fed infants need to be given the dosage of KI (potassium iodide) recommended for infants.

· Infants (particularly newborns) should receive a single dose of KI. More than a single dose may lead to later problems with normal development. Other protective measures should be used.

· In cases where more than one dose is necessary, medical follow up may be necessary.

Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that all children internally contaminated with (or likely to be internally contaminated with) radioactive iodine take KI (potassium iodide), unless they have known allergies to iodine (contraindications).

Young Adults

The FDA recommends that young adults (between the ages of 18 and 40 years), internally contaminated with (or likely to be internally contaminated with) radioactive iodine take the recommended dose of KI. Young adults are less sensitive to the effects of radioactive iodine than are children.

Pregnant Women

Because all forms of iodine cross the placenta, pregnant women should take KI to protect the growing fetus. Pregnant women should take only one dose of KI following internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine.

Breastfeeding Women

Women who are breastfeeding should take only one dose of KI if they have been internally contaminated with (or are likely to be internally contaminated with) radioactive iodine. They should be prioritized to receive other protective action measures.

Adults

Adults older than 40 years should not take KI unless public health or emergency management officials say that contamination with a very large dose of radioactive iodine is expected.

· Adults older than 40 years have the lowest chance of developing thyroid cancer or thyroid injury after contamination with radioactive iodine.

· Adults older than 40 are more likely to have allergic reactions to or adverse effects from KI.

Some adults with certain cardiac arrhythmias should limit KI doses. High levels of Potassium can cause heart rhythm changes.

As with all medications it should not be taken for “Just in Case.”

KI Tablets are sometimes in short supply but may be available in bulk powder form. There are many ways to prepare the powdered form of KI.

For those that reload their own ammunition your powder scale can weigh out accurate doses using this formula:
1 grain by weight equals 64.8 mg of KI.

Dosage of KI:

Adults 135 mg once every 24 hours until radiation hazard is past.

Children under 12 or 100 lbs 65 mg.

The best for storage of KI powder, but the hardest to do, is to make capsules. Capsules and the kits to fill them are available on Amazon and other places for around 20 bucks. They take a little practice but make great capsules.

If the proper amount of KI is not sufficient by volume to fill the capsules you are using, crush vitamin C tablets to a powder and use that to make up the difference.

Making a Potassium Iodide Liquid Mixture:

1. Put one 65 mg KI tablet into a small bowl and grind it into a fine powder using the back of a metal teaspoon against the inside of the bowl. The powder should not have any large pieces.

2. Add 4 teaspoons of water to the crushed KI powder in the bowl and mix until the KI powder is dissolved in the water.

3. Take the KI water mixture solution made in step 2 and mix it with 4 teaspoons of low fat white or chocolate milk, orange juice, flat soda, raspberry syrup, or infant formula.

4. The KI liquid mixture will keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. It is recommended that the KI liquid mixtures be prepared weekly. Throw away unused portions.
 
The amount of KI (65 mg tablet) in the drink when mixed as described above is 8.125 mg per teaspoon. The number of teaspoons of the drink to give your child depends on your child's age as described in the following table:

* 12 to 18 years of age and less than 150 pounds - 8 teaspoons = 65 mg dose. 

* 3 to 12 years - 8 teaspoons = 65 mg dose. 

* 1 month to 3 years - 4 teaspoons = 32.5 mg dose. 

* Birth to 1 month - 2 teaspoon = 16.25 mg dose. 

This method works well for adults that are unable to take solids also.

The simplest method with bulk KI is to weigh out the dose and place it in a shot of water and drink it down. But it is NASTY!

So there you have it! Buying huge quantities of KI is unnecessary unless you’re buying for friends or other family members. With that said, don’t wait too long to get it either. During the Fukishima meltdown in 2011, I saw many, many 15 dollar bottles of KI sell for $100 on eBay. If there is a nuclear accident, or if nuclear war becomes more likely, the harder it will be to find and the more expensive it will be.

While you’re buying, get a dosimeter for each member of your family and an inexpensive Geiger counter. Make sure your Geiger counter detects Alpha radiation!

Again, nuclear war is totally survivable. Get educated, keep your wits together and stay prepared!

 

13 October 2022

NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON?

There’s much wailing and gnashing of teeth right now over the increasing possibility of nuclear war. Personally, I don't think the chances are all that great but it certainly does remain a possibility. Without going into the politics or who's to blame for this yet to materialize event, let's discuss it from a preparedness and survivability aspect.

Understand that I am not a specialist or expert in this field but we had frequent training exercises for such an event when I was in the military and one of my dearest friends was a 54E, an NBC NCO, in an elite military unit for a number of years. For you non-military types, that's a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical non-commissioned officer (they don't call them that currently, but that's close enough). HE is an expert. Over the last 20 some-odd years, we have discussed this a number of times and have made some preliminary plans and preparations for our homes and acquired as much related protective equipment as practicable. The following is a culmination of information from some of these discussions as I understand it. I hope that it will help some of you to be better prepared, just in case, and less stressed out about your future!

The common consensus amongst the average folks on the street is if we engage in a nuclear war that all will be lost, the country will be destroyed and pretty much everyone will die. That is simply not so. Nuclear war is quite survivable assuming that you are not at "ground zero" or close to it. Quite obviously, the further you are away from the blast, the higher your chances are of survival. Take Hiroshima, Japan for instance. Did people die as a result of the atomic bombing of the city in August of 1945? Unfortunately, yes, quite a number of them did. By the end of that year, around 140,000 people were dead as a direct result of that single bomb. However, Hiroshima is a bustling city of over 1,000,000 people today. We began safely assisting the Japanese in rebuilding the city less than 2 years after it was totally destroyed. There are still people alive today that were less than 5 miles from the center of the blast when it happened. Yes, there are much more powerful weapons available today but they are, nonetheless, survivable

NUCLEAR DEFENSE

Of the three NBC threats, nuclear is the easiest to defend against. Nuclear follows very specific rules of physics, where chemical and biological agents are at the whims of nature.

The biggest thing to remember about nuclear is time and distance. The longer you are away, and the further, the better.

Types of Radiation

Alpha – these are fast moving helium atoms. They have high energy, but due to their large mass, they are stopped by just a few inches of air, or a piece of paper. Long-sleeved shirt, pants, gloves, hood and a protective mask will adequately protect you against these particles.
Note: It would behoove all of us to purchase numerous pairs of cheap, disposable coveralls for outside activities, such as decontamination efforts, in the aftermath of the event. 

Beta – these are fast moving electrons. Since electrons are a tad lighter than helium atoms, they are able to penetrate further, through several feet of air, or several millimeters of plastic or less of very light metals. Beta requires a little more protection than Alpha. Alpha and Beta are just as dangerous to the body as Gamma but they are easier to shield against. Obviously, the farther away you are and the less time you are exposed, the better off you will be. Alpha and Beta particles are both too small to see with the naked eye but may be carried on larger particles or debris that you can see and they can be carried by the wind. This is called fallout.

Canned food, most food in heavy packaging and water stored in barrels, water cans, etc are in no danger of becoming contaminated by fallout. Simply rinse with water, soapy if possible and use as normal. However, surface water will be contaminated.

Gamma – these are photons, just like light, except of much higher energy. X-Rays and gamma rays are really the same thing, the difference is how they were produced. Depending on their energy, they can be stopped by a thin piece of aluminum foil, or they can penetrate several inches of lead. If the blast is a few hundred miles away, Gamma rays will be of little or no concern.

Nuclear detonation is extremely destructive, but less so than a runaway reactor. To get maximum destruction the device needs to be detonated in the air. Ground bursts do not have the same “power”. Also, air bursts are much cleaner. The 15KT device we used on Hiroshima and the Trinity device detonated in NM were the same. As mentioned above, Hiroshima was being rebuilt just 2 years after device detonation. The Trinity site is still too contaminated to safely spend much time on. Why? The bomb was detonated at 1900 feet. Trinity was detonated at 100 feet. Essentially a ground burst.

Reactors, on the other hand, when they melt down, cause much greater contamination due to the fact they melt and then the steam build-up in the reactor vessel builds to a point that it blows the reactor and scatters much more dirty contaminants.  

Another serious hazard is dirty bombs. This is where some group steals nuclear material from hospitals waste areas or hijacks a transport and mixing that material in a regular terrorist device (ANFO for example) and detonating it in a stadium town center etc. No one knows a nuclear device has been used until people get sick from the radiation..

Alpha and Beta decontamination

The way to treat someone that has breathed in or ingested Alpha and Beta particles is to just remove them. In the early days of the nuclear age when workers were contaminated with alpha radiation. Beer. Lots of it and right now. It was first used for all alpha radiation then mainly for Tritium (radioactive Tritium is what makes your night sights glow)

But the idea is what’s called “water turnover”. So, lots of beer means lots of urine. Also by adding in what’s called Prussian Blue, a dye used in the last century, It will bind with Cesium and Thallium in the digestive tract and keep them from being absorbed. A protective mask, commonly and mistakenly called a gas mask, WILL protect you from Alpha exposure. Over the years following the disasters of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima a lot of research was done on how to rid the body of radiation. And yes beer, Prussian blue. There is no real “Anti Radiation Pill” as seen on TV. Potassium iodide (KI) is sold to a lot of preppers but it only works on radioactive iodine. Plus KI only works for 24 hours and excessive use is dangerous. I will have a separate article on KI very soon.

The gamma rays are in and out at nearly the speed of light. They can and do cause damage and there is no true decontamination procedure. The best was found to be Zeolyte. For those unfamiliar with that name, it used to be the active ingredient in the first generation Quikclot. It was also used by spreading on the ground to absorb ground contamination. It works by attacking the heavy metals that are part of radiation absorbing them and then letting the body eliminate them. Mixed in a dilute solution, it binds with the radioactive particles, letting the body eliminate it naturally.

DECONTAMINATION PROCEDURES

(Proper decon procedures will require a functional, accurate Geiger counter)

Gross Whole-Body Contamination

1. Begin by carefully removing all of the victim's clothing outdoors or have victims undress themselves, working from head to toe. Removal of shoes and clothes can reduce contamination by as much as 90%.

2. Place all property of each victim in a single, airtight container e.g., property bag. Label property bag with victim's name, date and time of collection, location of collection and radiation warning label. 

Store property bags in secure outdoor location for appropriate disposal later.
 
Separate property bags from one another to avoid creating high radiation areas within contamination zone.

3. Perform whole body radiation survey.
Mark on victim's skin, using waterproof felt tip marker, any areas of high level contamination found by radiation survey.
 Ensure that meter-to-skin distance is consistent in all surveys to minimize inter-survey errors.
Record initial and all follow-up survey results for an individual victim on a body diagram include name, and time and date of initial and all follow-up radiation surveys.
Update body diagram after each decontamination cycle or use new body diagram for each cycle.            

4. Conduct decontamination in the following order:
*Whole body
*Radioactive shrapnel
*Open wounds
*Body entrance cavities: nose, mouth, ears urethra vagina rectum
*Localized skin decontamination starting with area of highest contamination noted on radiation body survey.
* Goal of whole body external decontamination is to decrease external contamination to a level of no more than .2 times of the background radiation level.

* Perform two decontamination cycles if feasible, with a whole body radiation survey after each cycle. 

* Use tepid decontamination water.
Avoid cold water which tends to close skin pores, trapping radioactive contamination. Cold water may also cause hypothermia.
Avoid hot water which tends to enhance absorption of radioactive material through vasodilation and increased skin blood flow. Hot water may also cause thermal burns.
Add mild soap (neutral pH) to water to emulsify and dissolve contamination.

* Direct contaminated waste water away from patient, rather than over the rest of the body.

* Stop whole body external decontamination efforts after 2 decontamination cycles and handle patient with standard precautions if the second whole body radiation survey shows:
 a. External Contamination in excess of 2 times background radiation level. 

 b. Additional whole body external decontamination efforts do not further reduce contamination levels by more than 10%.

* Consider that attempts to remove all contamination from skin may not be feasible or desirable.
Some radioactivity may be trapped in outermost layer of skin (stratum corneum) and will remain until normal sloughing occurs (12-15 days).

* Attempts at vigorous decontamination may result in loss of normal intact skin barrier and an increased risk of internal contamination.

* Cover areas of residual radiation contamination with waterproof dressings/drapes in order to limit spread of contamination to other body sites, immediate environment, and others.

* Persistently elevated levels of external contamination after adequate decontamination efforts may also be due to internal contamination retained radioactive foreign bodies (shrapnel), contaminated wounds, or contaminated body orifices.

Decontamination of Your Environment

In preparation for a nuclear event, stockpile dish soap or liquid hand soap, extra HEPA furnace filters, a large roll of heavy-duty sheet plastic, several rolls of duct tape and a heavy-duty stapler and extra staples. Also, if you feel that an event is imminent, dig drainage ditches around your house if possible for later decontamination efforts. Help protect your home or business by stapling or taping plastic over all doors, windows, vents, chimneys, etc.

 After the initial event, use large amounts of water (if available) and soap to literally rinse your house off. The soap helps keep the particles in suspension. The ditches will help carry the contaminated water away from the house. Take care not to further contaminate areas like fresh water sources, garden areas, your neighbor’s house, etc with your contaminated water.

Garden areas, fields and the soil surrounding your house can be decontaminated by scraping off the top 2 or 3 inches of soil and burying it with earthmoving equipment.

Lastly, pray that we do not have to use these measures!








05 October 2022

Holsters 101

Interesting observations and opinions regarding holsters; stolen from Larry Correia. While maybe not the most eloquently stated, every word below is true. I have stated as much myself many times during some of my classes. 

Here's Larry:

"Because Facebook keeps showing me advertisements for shitty holster companies, here is some advice for your concealed carry rig (I'm talking worn at the waist, strongside or appendix, not whatever goofy esoteric method* you are married to for whatever bizarre hipster reason)-

1. If your holster doesn't protect the trigger and prevent the trigger from being actuated while holstered, your holster is trash. If it is fabric and you can activate the trigger through the holster, that's a disaster waiting to happen. 
  
2. If the holster is floppy and closes on itself, so you need to use your other hand to get the gun back in, your holster sucks, and one of these days you will shoot yourself in the hand. 
    
3. If your holster flops around while you do anything even sorta strenuous, your holster is garbage. It needs to stay fixed to your body in about the same position it started the day in, or it's junk.
      
4. If your holster doesn't retain your pistol if you are forced to move fast, and the gun flops out, you are a danger to yourself and others, and one of these days you are going to shoot yourself or some other poor dumb bastard while you reflexively try to catch it. 
        
5. One Size Fits All means it doesn't fit anything well. Get a holster designed for your specific weapon. The only addendum to this is holsters that are designed to fit around a specific frame mounted flashlight, because those are designed for a specific fit, only in this case it's the light that its working off of. 
 
6. Avoid cheap garbage holsters with garbage attachments because they're going to break. 
    
7. Good concealment holsters don't need thumb breaks. They fit with friction sufficient to hold the gun in if you do a handstand or dunk a basketball, neither of which I can do, but that's theoretically possible for some of you. 
 
8. Holsters require maintenance too. They get worn out. Screws get loose. Check your stuff periodically. 
     
9. The gun must be secure, but it also must be accessible. If the design is such that you can't get a good grip on it for the draw, it's stupid, and it's going to slow you down unnecessarily. If you have to do stupid contortions to get your hand around it, that's dumb and pointless. 
      
10. It needs to be comfy enough to wear it so you don't cry and whine and then leave it home. Quit being a dork and glue some foam on those edges that bug you. My AIWB rigs look like pillows that hold a gun inside because I'm a fat guy who hates stuff rubbing on me. 
  
11. It doesn't matter if it is leather or kydex, all the same rules apply. 
         
12. Serpas have been banned from a whole bunch of places and courses for a reason. I don't need to rehash this, and if you disagree I don't care and don't feel like arguing with you. The only reason they still get used is Blackhawk is super good at having a variety in stock to ship to gun stores and they've got a great mark up. They suck as actual holsters. 
        
13. If you can't draw while sitting down, your holster is lame. Like that goofy ass lift the giant flap and the pops up above your belt rig FB keeps showing me. That's just dumb. They had to put a magnet in the new version to keep the guns from falling out, which makes it slightly less unsafe yet still stupid. Just get a normal rig. 
       
14. If you pay attention to this stuff you'll notice that most of the people who take it real serious and actually practice and train tend to pick from a handful of companies that follow all these. Ironically, those companies aren't usually advertising their magical super gimmicks to gullible dupes on Facebook. 
        
15. No matter how good your holster is, it's going to suck if you hang it off a cheap, floppy belt. You want a quality, rigid, non-stretchy belt. Belts that offer clicks or tension adjust are more forgiving than traditional belt holes, as you can adjust better to keep that gun in the comfiest spot. 
    
16. I didn't name any shitty brands because inevitably when I do, somebody is going to get butt hurt and cry "But It Works For Me!" and It's "Just As Good!" And frankly I don't have time for your hurt feelings today. If your holster doesn't fit these basic criteria, you should get something better.      
 
17. Test your gear. Dry fire with it a whole bunch. Wear it around. Be honest with yourself, and all the shortcomings will become abundantly clear. Don't tie your self-esteem to your purchases. All gun people have bought stupid shit at one time or another. We all pay the derp tax. Just recognize it, move on, and get something better. Then test that too.
 
On your goofy esoteric methods- 

* Small of the back is dumb. 
It is stupidly slow. And it doesn't actually conceal any better. You just think it does because it is behind you so you can't see it. Pointless. Zero advantages. 

* Pocket. 
Designed for tiny guns, all the holster rules still apply, except it's main job is to cover the trigger and serve as an anchor so your pocket rocket stays in the same place.  

* Ankle. 
A weird and incredibly slow method that is rarely used now, which I've got almost no firsthand knowledge of because I've not used it much other than basic demonstrations in CCW classes a long time ago. 

* Belly Bands. 
Peak 1990s deep concealment technology. Which depending on how crappy the brand is may or may not actually retain the gun, probably collapses, and more than likely needs two hands to holster. An Enigma does the same thing better in every possible way. 

* Off The Body.
Crap like purses, briefcases. Lame. If you ever set it down, congratulations, you just left a loaded gun uncontrolled in public. Also super slow and hard to access. 

* Gunderpants. 
Which is my wife's joke name for any of those athletic shorts that come with a holster. Same rules apply, and they'll probably fail on the retention, safety, and floppy bits. 

* Shoulder Holsters
Look great in gritty cop shows. Comfy. Suck to actually use. Slow. Requires a bigger covering garment. And nobody ever trains with them because you can't use them without flagging half the range. 

* Cross draw. 
Most of the disadvantages of shoulder holsters, only you don't get to look like a grizzled homicide detective.   

If you've got some other weird ass method that I'm not thinking of, ask yourself why you're the only person who uses this brilliant system, and then just try not to shoot yourself or somebody else. The only times I've seen most of these make sense is somebody has an extremely specific role because of their lifestyle, or dudes who carry multiple handguns in different positions because they do weird dangerous shit for a living. Those are bell curve outliers. They probably aren't you. Quit being weird and get a normal holster. 

Also, an addendum... Magnet car holsters are stupid. Your car isn't a holster. If you carry in a holster that isn't an uncomfortable piece of shit then you're not out there manipulating your loaded gun in public to stick it onto your goofy car magnet holster, which would need to weigh about 80 pounds to actually retain that gun in order to not lose it during a crash. Every time I see these ads pop up on here it makes my eye twitch."

Do there you have it! Take it from those of us that have BTDT; use these guidelines when looking for the proper holster to carry your weapon. 

29 September 2022

Telling It Like It Is!


My next blog post was going to be on Home Security but I hadn't written it yet when this popped up. This letter was first posted about a year ago but it has resurfaced and I thought I would add it here. Excellent, excellent piece!
                   **************

 An Open letter to General Mark Milley, by a retired FBI agent, now Citizen Writer: Quentin L. Smith

 General Milley:

 During testimony before the Congress of the United States you stated:

 “I want to understand white rage, and I’m white...What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America?...I want to find that out.”

 Well, General, I am a 76-year-old white man, a former officer in the United States Army (1967-70), a retired Special Agent of the FBI with nearly 29 years of service (1971-1999). I attended Trump’s rally on January 6th and I think I may be able to help you understand the reasons for “white rage.”

 You impugn the motives of hundreds of thousands of patriotic citizens, whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, male, female, young and old. They weren’t trying to overturn the constitution! They wanted nothing more than to make their voices heard and, if possible, delay the certification of an election they believed, with probable cause, was stolen. You and the media repeatedly claim Trump’s allegations of a “stolen election” are false. Neither you, I, nor anyone else know whether this is true or not because the evidence (hundreds of witness affidavits signed under penalty of perjury, pristine mail-in ballots, xeroxed ballots, the synchronized shutdown of ballot counting in 5 swing states until observers were removed from the election headquarters, etc.) has never been tested in court or disclosed to the people.

 Apparently, my presence in Washington, DC on January 6th qualifies me, in your estimation, as one of those “outraged white people” you want to understand. Since you appear to be somewhat intellectually challenged, let me give you just 13 easy to understand reasons for my “white rage” as you like to call it.

 1. I’m outraged that a duly elected President, the most effective President in my lifetime, was harassed, falsely accused of being a Russian agent, undermined, and lied about by “Deep State” career officials like yourself and a media that has become the mouthpiece of the Democrat Party; he was impeached and acquitted, not once but twice, during his entire 4-year term of office on clearly fraudulent charges.

 2. I’m outraged that BLM, Antifa, and other Marxists rioted during the summer of 2020 in cities across the country, and “heels-up” Kamala Harris led an effort to bail those who were arrested, out of jail. Over 500 people, arrested for trespassing and vandalism at the Capitol on January 6th, remain in jail without bail and, in some cases, are held in solitary confinement. This is not a defense of vandalism, but, how does the damage from the riots of summer 2020 compare to that at the Capitol on January 6th?

 3. I’m outraged that a president who accomplished more for the American people in 4 years than his three immediate predecessors did in 24 years, e.g. restored the US economy, cut taxes and regulations, made the US energy independent, brought unemployment rates down to their lowest level ever, destroyed ISIS, brokered peace deals between Israel and other Arab nations, defended our southern border, put America first, etc., etc., was fought every step of the way by Democrats and the Deep State.

 4. I’m outraged that this same president, who received 11 million more votes than he did in 2016, was questionably defeated in an election in which election laws were unconstitutionally changed in the days, weeks, and months immediately preceding the election, supposedly because of a virus.

 5. I’m outraged that a senile 78-year old career politician, who can’t put a coherent sentence together, who accomplished nothing during his 36 years in the US Senate and 8 years as Vice President, who didn’t campaign and seldom left his basement during the campaign for President, and who could never draw a crowd of more than 200 people at one time, was declared the winner over a President who drew tens of thousands of enthusiastic supporters at each of his multiple rallies, daily, during the campaign.

 6. I’m outraged that Candidate Biden bragged about having put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics” (it’s on video!) during an interview on October 24, 2020, with Crooked Media, a left-leaning media company founded in 2017 by former Obama staffers, and the media says that Trump lies when he claims the election was stolen!?

 7. I’m outraged that on January 28, 2018, before the Council on Foreign Relations, Joe Biden bragged how he once threatened to withhold $1 billion in authorized military aid to Ukraine unless the former President of Ukraine “fired” the prosecutor who was investigating the corrupt energy conglomerate, Burisma, with whom Biden’s son, Hunter, was being paid $84,000 per month to serve on the Board of Directors. Can you say, “quid pro quo?” But, when Trump congratulated the newly elected President of Ukraine, who campaigned on fighting corruption, and encouraged him to follow through on his campaign promise, Rep. Adam Schiff blatantly lied about what Trump said and Trump got impeached!

 8. I’m outraged that the FBI was given Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop computer, the hard-drive of which contained emails reflecting the corrupt practices of the Biden family vis-a-vie Ukraine and China and the FBI did nothing with it since crazy old’ Joe was running for President. Can you say: “Hillary Clinton and unauthorized servers containing top secret documents”? Do you see a pattern here?

 9. I’m outraged that the “New Oligarchs” of high tech are censoring virologists of their right to voice their thoughts and opinions when those opinions are in conflict with the Democrat Party or the CDC.

 10. I’m outraged that an agency for which I proudly worked for nearly 29 years was politicized and corrupted by James Comey who was accurately described as being “out of his mind” and a “crooked cop” by a former Deputy Director of the FBI.

 11. I’m outraged that 13 US Marines were recently killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban just because our senile President was too arrogant to follow the blueprint put together by President Trump and his military advisers for the “conditioned” withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan. Perhaps, you and our incompetent Secretary of Defense objected but were either too cowardly or too busy promoting Critical Race Theory to push back and provide needed oversight of this withdrawal. You succumbed to “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and now, as a result, you have the blood of 13 dead Marines on your hands.

 12. I’m outraged about how the precipitous withdrawal of US military personnel from Afghanistan was carried out “before” securing the removal of tens of thousands of US citizens, Afghani interpreters and others who assisted the US military over the past 20 years, leaving them and Afghani Christians to be tortured and killed by the Taliban. And, you didn’t even give advance notice to our NATO allies! 

 13. I’m outraged that you and Lloyd Austin carried out the withdrawal of the US military without first securing the removal of $85 billion worth of military equipment, weapons, ammunition, Humvees and aircraft, which you left behind for the Taliban, al Qaeda, and a re-emerging ISIS to use. I agree with a retired British Colonel who recently publicly stated that President Biden shouldn’t be impeached, but rather he should be court martialed. You should be, as well...for dereliction of duty and cowardice.
          
 I could go on but I believe you get “my drift” as to why I and so many others - white, black, Hispanic, Asian, male and female, rich and poor, young and old - are experiencing flashes of “rage” and “anger” against this current administration. If you had any honor and decency, you would resign and retire.      

Quentin L. Smith

24 September 2022

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS


(The two officers pictured above are not exactly demonstrating good situational awareness) 

Like so many other topics, there are numerous versions or interpretations of what effective situational awareness means. For the most part, they all mean the same thing, just explained differently. This information applies to every person out there, whether or not they carry a weapon. This should be shared /with loved ones and even children to help them become more aware of their surroundings. 

There are a number of tools and resources that can be utilized to help you facilitate the safety of you and yours. For my money, being aware of your immediate surroundings is the single-most important factor in maintaining your safety in all situations. No matter what other resources, tools or weapons you may have to help you deal with an unsuspected, dangerous event; your ability to recognize and the potential problem is your number one asset. Driving, hiking, shopping, working, gardening, cycling, hunting, sports events, etc, etc; all have unique and inherent concerns or dangers, regardless of how insignificant some of them may seem. Sadly, the world that we live in today is not like it was in the ‘60's. As they say, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!”. We live in a very fast-moving society where we are surrounded by evil. The criminal element that we face today is more cunning, savage, brutal and heartless than probably at any time in our Nation’s history. Values, morals and the very sanctity of life is diminishing daily. The chances of you or a loved one coming in contact with this evil are increasing at an alarming rate. Here’s how to decrease the probability of encountering these dangers and, thereby, decrease your likelihood of being mugged, robbed, injured or killed or simply avoiding an accident

The Color Code of Mental Awareness

The origin of the Color Code can be traced back to defensive weapons guru, Col. Jeff Cooper, of what is now Gunsite Ranch in central Arizona. This is critical, potentially life-saving information! The Code gives us the means to gauge personal awareness by putting a name and description to the amount of attention that we pay to our surroundings. By identifying a threat or potential threat early enough, we hope to be able to defeat fear and astonishment by replacing it with the knowledge that we have trained for this occurrence, and the confidence that we are willing and able to deal with 

Condition White is, unfortunately, the level of awareness that the majority of people stay in during their normal, day-to-day routine. They are largely unaware and unprepared for any type of event or activity that may threaten their personal safety or that of their loved ones. When this event or activity becomes a real threat and one is in this state, they are usually easily defeated and can be injured or killed if the event involves deadly force or some other specific danger.

Condition Yellow is best described as a relaxed state of alertness and is the minimum condition that you should allow yourself to be in at any time that you are not sleeping. In this condition, you are relaxed yet aware of your surroundings at all times and will have a much better chance of appropriately responding to the threat in a shorter period of time. Condition Yellow simply means that you are paying attention and does not require any further action.

Condition Orange is where you have become aware of a specific alert. Something has happened that has escalated your level of awareness. This could be a car following you through several consecutive turns or suspicious individual following in behind while your waling down the street. You haven’t reacted yet because it may be nothing more than a harmless coincidence but it now has your undivided attention until either a threat materializes or the circumstances relax. 

When this level of awareness has been reached, you will take whatever preliminary action that is necessary for you to immediately address the threat if it should present itself. This may include unzipping your jacket to facilitate immediate access to your weapon or moving your purse to the other shoulder or positioning yourself in such a way as to help provide a tactical advantage. Maybe it simply means leaving the area.

Condition Red is the condition of a specific, real alert. You are convinced now that the threat is real and dangerous and are taking action to appropriately respond to it. At this level, you will present your weapon, whatever it may be, and do whatever is necessary to effective protect yourself.

Condition Black was added sometime after Col. Cooper’s original release of the Code and is not really another level of awareness. It is instead designed to describe the act of being engaged or involved in a potentially lethal situation. At this point, your survival depends on the level of training you have received and your ability to control your mind. At this moment, the implementation of what may called “Survival Mode” or the “Fighting Mindset” is what will help you to be successful.

So there you have it! This is the Reader's Digest version of the situational awareness segment of some of my classes. This was derived from various sources that I have encountered over the years along with some of my own comments thrown in for good measure.

My next blog entry in the next few days will involve some simple, basic tips for home security.

14 August 2022

Is The IRS Law Enforcement?


Let me start this by saying that I am opposed to ALL federal law enforcement. I think they are unconstitutional, but they are not going away anytime soon.  

Whoever wrote that IRS job listing that everyone is freaking out about used a very poor choice of words and has likely been reprimanded. However, ALL law enforcement officers have to be willing to use deadly force. Even armed security guards need to be willing to use deadly force in the course of their duties if necessary. They have specific guidelines to follow in the use of deadly force. Do they abuse that? I'm sure they do sometimes, but nevertheless, they do not have an all-encompassing "license to kill" like so many of the weaker minded among us are saying. This is not unusual and not the same as being willing to murder Americans. 

Some Senator on the Mike Adams show said "bean counters" sitting in cubicles don't need guns. That Senator is a fool, just like his host. There are two different divisions of the IRS, the "bean counters" and CID. The bean counters are IRS "officers" and those in CID are IRS "agents" and are, in fact, federal law enforcement officers. Many on FB that will not do their own research keep saying that the IRS is not law enforcement. Well, the IRS, in and of itself, is not a law enforcement agency, but it has a law enforcement division and that is CID or the criminal investigation division of the IRS. This is not new. The IRS has had law enforcement capabilities for over 100 years!

The big issue here is the sheer number of new agents that they are planning to hire, not that they have LE capabilities. 

 I don't like it, but for the time being, that's the way it is.

31 July 2022

8-hr Disaster Preparedness Seminar in Alpine, Arizona

Our seminar in Tucson has been delayed until October but we have now scheduled one in Alpine, AZ for 27 August. 

Virtually every conceivable topic related to emergency preparedness will be discussed. Please bring note-taking materials!

This seminar will provide valuable and detailed information on the following topics:

* Food storage

* Communication

* Storing fuel

* Stress management

* Medical concerns and solutions

* Defensive weapons

* Finding, storing and purifying water

* Chemical, biological and nuclear information

* Survival Communications

* Bartering and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!

This class will be just a little different than previous classes. It is still an all-day event but the times will be slightly different and lunch will be available! Rather than breaking for lunch, we will take a very short break to order and the class will continue while you eat. We're doing it this way because of the venue and the distance that some people will be driving. You may still bring your lunch if you'd like but I encourage you to support our host and try a fresh burger or brat (or both!). We will also do a Q&A session during lunch.

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AS SEATING IS LIMITED!
You can Venmo to: Desertscout1
Or Zelle to 76paragon@gmail.com 

The cost is $49 per person for the whole day! We did this class for $125 for over 12 years but because of the urgency that we feel at this time, we are dramatically dropping the price! (Our host is feeling the same sense of urgency that we are and is closing his business for the day to provide this venue, so again, please support him!)

The seminar will be held at Ye Olde Tavern in beautiful Alpine, Arizona.
The address is:
42640 Us-180,
Alpine, AZ 
Call 928-693-7482 if you have trouble finding it. 
(Sorry, but no alcoholic beverages until the end of the class)

26 June 2022

Can't We All Just Get Along?


A question was posted today concerning the division and hatefulness that is so prevalent in America right now. I hear it in face to face conversations, radio, television and social media. People are asking, why we can't just agree to disagree anymore? Why can't we shake hands, put our differences aside and still be friends? Why do our differences in opinions or political ideologies result in unfriending and the dissolution of relationships? A lot of the people that I have seen asking these questions and trying to play peacekeeper are conservatives that still believe that our current dilemma is fixable if both sides could just find some middle ground make some attempt to compromise a little. It's always our side that tries to use reason, logic and common sense to fix things.
They are asking, "Can't we all just get along?"

Long story short, no, we cannot. Not anymore. Too much damage has been and continues to be done. Those that still believe in the traditional values that America was founded on are not willing to simply let them go. Too many good men and women died to create a Republic like no other in history. To create a free country that is the dream of practically every human being on the planet to at least visit, if not move to. Even more have died trying to preserve it. 

Officially, the 152nd celebration of Independence Day is approaching and I am reminded of a time nearly 100 years earlier when many "pre-Americans" came together to defeat the largest, most organized and well trained military in existence. The ones that didn't lend these early patriots a hand or the traitors that may have helped the King in some way, are equivalent of the progressives and liberals of today. 

America is also the envy of every evil, corrupt, despotic, tyrannical, two-bit wannabe ruler in existence. What tyrant wouldn't want to be in control of a country with the natural resources and vast amounts of untouched real estate that are available here? And many of them hate us simply because of the freedom that we enjoy (or did anyway).

America is being divided and destroyed by the Left and those that are sympathetic to their side. Virtually every civil, moral, social and patriotic value and tradition that ever existed in this country has been violated or erased by people that have every intention of destroying the Land of the Free. Abortion, gun control, normalizing pedophilia, permits, licenses, unreasonable taxes, CRT, racism, corruption, censorship, the economy and the environment. Boys and men are destroying the hopes and dreams of girls by competing in events that they have NO business competing in. Every level of government has offices that are being filled by people that don't know if they are male or female and their civilian counterparts that don't know which bathroom to use and the list goes on. The Founding Fathers would be sickened by what we have allowed to happen to their precious gem.

So, no, we can't just get along. Lines are being drawn between real Americans that cherish what the Founders gave us and those that would run her into the ground. Families are being divided. Life-long friends are parting ways. People are choosing sides. This happened one other time in America's history. 
It wasn't pretty...






15 June 2022

A Wake-up Call...

I'd like to think that this last few days have been a bit of a wake-up call for the people of eastern Arizona.

A malicious, intentional attack on a large section of fiber optic cable left thousands of people in virtually a complete communication blackout. All Verizon cell service, many landlines and internet were cut off for nearly 3 days. This dramatically affected many businesses including health services. Some businesses had to shut down because they couldn't take cards and many people are not carrying cash these days. People couldn't call and check on loved ones and those that work from home were mostly out of luck.

Actually, I say we were lucky. This temporary event should have taught us a couple of things.

1. Have an alternative form of communication. There are several types of very inexpensive two-way radios that are not dependent on cell towers or the internet. FRS, GMRS, MURS and Ham radio are the most common and each have their own benefits. 

2. This should be a no-brainer but have some cash on hand! We have become WAY too dependent on technology. So much so that some of us literally jeopardize our health and safety by depending on credit cards, cell phones and internet for almost everything we do.

Whether you want to believe it or not, America is headed for a major crisis. A lot of people talk about it but few practice what they preach. I see SO many people that have literally zero extra food and water in their homes. I cannot grasp their way of thinking. 

It doesn't even have to be as bad as a Nationwide crisis. It could be wildfire, earthquake, flooding, being snowed in, loss of job, unable to work, or any one of a dozen other things that may force you to fall back on your supplies.

There are 5 basics that one MUST consider to help keep themselves and their lived ones safe and healthy.

* Food-an absolute minimum of 2 weeks. Work towards 30 days, then 90, then a year.

* Water-absolute minimum of two weeks plus the means to purify more.

* Medical-first aid and trauma kits and training. 

* Defense-preferably guns and ammo. If you are opposed to guns, well, you and your family will suffer because of your bias. There are some alternatives but they are all inferior to firearms and proper training.

* Communications-you must be able to reliably communicate with team/family members. It is also beneficial to be able to monitor transmissions of others, particularly local government broadcasts.

All 5 of the basics are equally important. There are other important things that should be considered as well but these things are the most essential. 

For your own sake and the sake of those that depend on you, start working on these things NOW! TODAY! Some say it's never too late to start. They are wrong. We will all wake up one day soon and realize that it is, indeed, too late to start.

08 June 2022

Republicans are to blame...

Dear Republican leadership, 

YOU are to blame for the destruction of this country. NOT Biden, not the Democrats. You RINO, rat bastards should have supported President Trump when he needed you most! You power-hungry morons had the perfect chance to be heroes and continue to help make this country better that it has EVER been, now look at us! We're the laughing stock of the world with that decrepit, brainless idiot "in charge". America was well on its way to once again being exactly what the Founders had envisioned for us but you gutless wonders had to gang up on the one man that could fix it. 

The American people are now victims of the birth defects you suffer from. You were all born without spines or testicles. 
God help us...

31 May 2022

The Magic Bullet

FWIW, I want to expound a little on on that retarded statement about the "high power" 9mm ripping your lungs from your chest or whatever that idiot Biden said.

I can say with some degree of certainty that shot placement and bullet performance are probably the two most misunderstood aspects of shooting. Even amongst some of the more experienced shooters and most assuredly amongst novices and non-shooters. It's a science and not something that can be explained properly in a casual conversation at the barbershop. 

I've seen astonishing successes with smaller, slower, weaker calibers and dismal failures with larger, high-velocity, powerful calibers. Is it always about shot placement? No, it's not. Sometimes it's about bullet construction and sometimes it's a combination of the two. 

Just because I killed a bear once with a .22 magnum doesn't make the
.22 magnum a bear gun. I don't recommend it and don't condone it but the situation was urgent and that's what was handy. I fired a single, perfect shot at about 50 yards, he trotted about 3 steps and tipped over. Deader than a hammer.

Over the course of a couple of years, I had to kill 3 German Shepherds. I'm not going to explain why. Just suffice it to say that it was necessary and legal. One was feral, the other 2 were livestock chasers. The feral dog was 65 yards away, sitting by a bush. I fired one shot from my Glock 23 loaded with home-grown 165 gr. JHP's. The dog didn't even stand up. He dropped like a rock. A couple years later, a big male German Shepherd was on our land chasing horses. I whistled and he stopped briefly and turned to look my direction from maybe 100 yds away. I touched off a round from my .30-'06 loaded with 165 gr. BTSP's. Again, like a rock. However, a couple weeks later, his brother showed up and wormed his way under the fence and into our chicken pen. I hollered at him and he scooted back under the fence and offered a broadside shot. I shot him right behind the left shoulder but a tad higher than I wanted, with the same .30'06, same load. He yelped and ran about 3-400 yards to his house. The owner took him to the vet and got him patched up and he was running around again in a few days.

What was the difference? The first dog was shot a JHP handgun bullet designed for self-defense. Even at that range, the relatively slow handgun bullet expanded fairly well and left an exit wound the size of a grapefruit. A generic JHP probably would not likely have done so well and a FN-FMJ most definitely would have resulted in a wounded dog.

What about the other two dogs, shot with same gun and bullet?
Well, the first one was hit roughly at the point of shoulder and the bullet immediately encountered bone which shattered and sent fragments into the vitals, then traveled diagonally through the body and exited near the opposite side hip. Pretty dramatic. He was dead before he hit the ground. Different story with other dog. He was perfectly square, broadside to me. The bullet both entered and exited between ribs and traversed the body from left to right, just above the heart and through the top of the lungs. The bullet, being designed for big game, failed to expand and basically left a .30 caliber hole on both sides. Had that bullet hit the shoulder, or maybe even a rib, the results would have been different. If the bullet had been, say, a 130 grain JHP, it would have certainly cut the dog in half.

As many other hunters have, I've seen nearly every species of mammal in North America shot with everything from .22 LR to .30-30 to a dozen different types of magnums with results ranging from predictable to puzzling. Performance factors involved include velocity, bullet weight and diameter, bullet construction, bullet style and precise shot placement. Success may also be determined by the tenacity of the animal. See how much lead a badger, porcupine or opossum can soak up compared to a cottontail. Or a big bull elk compared to a bull moose.

So, I could go on and on about this but hopefully,  my point has been made. Choose your bullet and your shot carefully!

27 May 2022

Happy Memorial Day?

Just thought I'd throw this out there before it starts...

Happy Memorial Day?
There's nothing happy about Memorial Day, unless you're happy about the well over 1,000,000 American men and women that lost their lives or are MIA for something that they believed in, which in most cases was your freedom. 

To many, it's nothing more than the first holiday after warm weather sets in and it becomes all about fishing, camping and BBQing. Understand that there is nothing wrong with those activities and it's wonderful to spend time with family and friends but the sentiment and respect for the lost service members and the purpose of the day must not be lost in the recreational fervor of Memorial Day. To enjoy the day off, with pay for some, and ignore the reason you have it, is not unlike Atheists doing the same for Christmas. Why do they bother?

So, please enjoy your fishing trip and your BBQ and your family time but don't forget my brothers and sisters that signed that blank check for your freedom to do so and say a prayer for their families that are not able to do the same.

25 May 2022

The Solution to School Shootings

I am sick to death of hearing everyone crying about having armed guards or police officers at schools! 

The Uvalde, TX school shooter exited his grandmother's car after he crashed it carrying an AR-15 and a backpack. At 11:32, he entered Robb Elementary and was confronted by a "resource officer". No gunfire was exchanged.

In February of 2018, Scott Peterson was the cowardly "resource officer" that hid behind his car in the parking lot and did nothing, fully aware that Nikolas Cruz was continuing his shooting rampage inside Marjory Douglas Stone High School in Parkland, FL.

An entire tactical team hid behind trucks for 45 minutes outside the Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 will two young men continued to rack up their body count.

Apparently, few of you are familiar with Castle Rock vs. Gonzales. In 2005, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the police have NO obligation to protect your children or anyone else. If they happen be there and want to help, that's fine but they have no legal obligation to and you can't sue them if they choose not to. So you want to spend a bunch of money to help your children become accustomed to a police state that may or may not help when needed. Perfect!

We've tried "resource" officers. We've tried "Gun-Free School Zones". We've tried threatening everyone with felonies and all it has done is kept the good guys from being able to respond when needed. Some make-believe conservative said today, "We need universal background checks!". Well, thats just fricking brilliant! The most recent shooter had 2 brand-new AR-15's which he had to have had a BG check on to purchase. To the best of my knowledge EVERY school shooter has either had new guns or guns stolen from parents or someone else.
The Uvalde shooter bought his guns legally from a dealer, complete with background checks.
 Phffft... background checks indeed!

We've tried it your way for over 30 years and what has it gotten us? Dead kids. Lots of them!

Lets try it my way now...

These school shootings will never, EVER stop until one of two things happens...

First, and most desirable, get the federal government out of the education business and leave it to the states. Better yet, yank your kids out of government schools and either home school them or put them in private schools.

Since that is unlikely, let's do this. Develop a special, 25 to 40-hour handgun class specifically designed around the classroom environment and put all teachers through it. When they finish, let the ones that want to, be armed in class. Rearrange the classes in such a manner as to have the armed teachers evenly distributed throughout the school. Make it widely known that XYZ Elementary School has armed staff members.

So what is the take-home message here? When someone walks into a school (church, synagogue, gym, office building, political event,...) and starts shooting, you kill them. THAT, ladles and jellyspoons, will put a significant damper on this school shooting BS!

13 May 2022

Presidential Authority

Several of my followers have been duped by a story that oozed out today about Biden creating amendments to the World Health Organization that would jeopardize America's sovereignty.

The whole stupid story is nothing but contrived, fabricated BS. The story can be traced to one very questionable "source" who, like so many other "sources" are so eager to spread complete crap and further fuel the division of America. They are doing much more harm than good. I don't have time for that crap.

If you are remotely interested in truth, liberty and the American way, you need to watch this, share it and put this kind of crap to rest...

https://rumble.com/v14dhpp-episode-1444-krisanne-hall-show.html

28 April 2022

Goatzilla (or 10 Lessons Learned from an Animal Attack!)

My wife was born and raised in the People's Republic of Kalifornia. Lusting for freedom, she contacted me via a secure internet connection in the fall of 2009 and we began planning her escape. By 20 October we were ready to execute our plan and I headed to the PRK. Two days later, under the cover of darkness, we headed towards freedom.  On 24 October, we were married. 

Like many people who have escaped from the belly of the beast, one of her very first ambitions was to obtain a handgun and be able to freely exercise her constitutionally protected right to provide for her own defense so, the next thing on the agenda was training. She took several of my handgun classes and became a daily carrier of a Glock 26. She will not walk out of the house without it!

So where am I going with all this? Well, stay with me...

On Valentine's Day of 2012, I got a text that said, "You need to come home, I shot Snaps". I thought, "Oh great!" I had visions of getting home and finding Snaps standing beside the fence on quivering legs with blood running out of both nostrils and a very distraught woman with a gun in her hand. I wasn't really looking forward to it. You see, Snaps was a very large billy goat that we had raised from a wee kid and he loved Amy. Everyone else not so much but he loved Amy... until Valentine's Day of 2012.

On that morning, Amy got up like every day, got dressed (which included putting on her gun) and headed out to feed the animals before coming into town to work. She helped me at our gun shop. But that day was different.

That day, her and our youngest daughter went out to feed and were greeted by a very large, very unhappy billy goat standing spraddle-legged in the middle of the trail with his head down and smoke coming from his nostrils. Amy recognized immediately that this wasn't going to go well. In the first place, he should have been in the very sturdy pen that  I built for him. To this day, we have no idea how he got out of it.

Well, it all went downhill from there. Understanding that the wheels were about to fall off this situation, Amy told our daughter to go lock herself in the pen with the baby goats while she kept the goat's attention. Snaps became more aggressive and the two of them danced around a tree for a little bit before Amy was able to seize an opportunity to run towards the feed shed. He caught up with her and knocked her down from behind. She regained her feet, made it to the shed and slammed the door behind her thinking she would be safe. Wrong! Snaps began butting the door until he eventually broke it down. Just to emphasize the size and power of this goat, this door was very solid, built of 2x4's and plywood. It also opened to the outside and closed against a solid stop. When Snaps got done with it, it opened to the inside!

OK, so now Amy and Mr. Attitude are in this little 10'x12' shed together and Amy has no way to escape. Left with no other option, she quickly presents her Glock 26 and fires a single shot at his head. At the very instant that she pulled the trigger, he lowered his head to charge causing the bullet to first go through a horn then into the body. Snaps kind of sat back on his haunches, his eyes rolled back in his head and, assuming he was done for, Amy quickly sidestepped him and made her escape out the door. As she was walking away, she heard a noise and turned around to find Snaps reared up on his hind legs, head down and ready to attack. As he dropped down to all fours and prepared to charge again, she managed to get off another shot which hit him between the eyes, bringing this dramatic little event to an abrupt halt. This brings us up to the point where she made the phone call to me.

OK, so I get there and find a very dead goat and a fairly distraught and injured bride. Let me stop right here for a minute and explain something to you that will help you put the rest of this story together and help you understand why I have gone to such great lengths to include every detail of this story.

My dear wife is the epitome of Dr. Doolittle. She LOVES animals and animals love her (at least most of them). She catches flies and moths and turns them loose outside. She very much prefers that I live-trap mice and go turn them loose somewhere and going hunting with me is completely out of the question.

Alright, this is where the joking stops. All kidding aside, you have to understand just how traumatic this incident was for her. Her having to shoot that goat, that she raised from a baby, was every bit the equivalent of you having to shoot your best friend. It took me a few days to really grasp the impact that this event had on her. Now, let's finish my lengthy presentation here...

OK, we left off where I had arrived at the scene of the crime...
She almost immediately told me her first recollection of what happened. She was badly bruised but fortunately no broken bones or open wounds. My son and I gutted and skinned the animal and took him to the meat processor as we didnt have the room or time to do it ourselves. His live weight was over 200 pounds! When we cut him open, we were surprised to find that the first 9mm bullet first passed through 2" of horn before entering the body.  Had it been a hunting scenario, it would have been a great shot. It was a killing shot but not a good stopping shot. Big difference. After the bullet passed through the horn, it entered the body about mid-way down from the front, between the shoulder blade and the center of the breast. It pretty much severed the aorta and went through one lobe of the liver and one lung. He was dead, but no one had bothered to inform him. The last attack was quite literally on his last breath.

When we went to bed that night, we learned that she had holstered her gun after the attack with a Type II malfunction, caused by sand and debris entering the action of the gun when she was knocked tonthe ground. By the Grace of God, the gun fired the last crucial shot before becoming inoperable. 

The next morning was not business as usual. The musky scent of the goat was still in the air, the hide was laying off to the side of the trail and there were still tell-tale signs of blood on the ground. Amy now had PTSD so I walked out with her to feed. While walking out to the feed shed with it's newly repaired door, she stops in her tracks, put her fingertip to her lips as if lost in thought and said, "Wait a minute, that's not what happened at all." She then proceeded to tell me a similar version of the story but with dramatically different details. OK. The rest of the day was fairly normal and aside from Amy being pretty restless, the night went well as well. The next morning, same thing. I mean EXACTLY the same thing complete with a brand-new version of the story which she maintains is still accurate today.

Now then, it's class time. What did you learn from this story? In case it's not really coming around for you, let's review what happened and see how it applies to a more common shooting scenario...

Lesson #1...
Have a gun.
Ladies and gentlemen, carrying a deadly weapon on your person is possibly the single most intense responsibility you will ever undertake in your life. If you're going to carry a gun, carry it ALL the time. Not sometimes. Not when you feel you might need it. Not when you're going to "that" side of town... ALL the time. It means don't leave home without it. Period. Ever.

If my sweet wife would have done what most people would have done and said, "I'm going to go out do chores then I'll come back and finish getting ready to go to town", she may have been very seriously injured or killed. Make no mistake, this was a lethal force scenario. 

Lesson #2...
Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. ALWAYS! Amy has always done remarkably well at this.

Lesson #3...
Do everything you can to protect the innocents that you are responsible for.

Amy demonstrated this by directing Kelly to go and lock herself in the other pen. In your home, it could have been shoving your kids or spouse in a closet or bathroom.

Lesson #4...
Do your best to exercise all avenues of retreat before engaging the threat. No, in many states you are not required to but in every state, it is still generally a good idea, although there are cases where it may not be possible.

Amy demonstrated this by locking herself in the feed shed. When her attacker forcefully entered, she was left with no choice but to engage.

Lesson #5...
Amy's first fail.
Never assume that one shot will be enough to permanently end your issue. Its not like the movies. Shoot them to the ground. Shoot them until they are incapable of continuing to do harm.

Lesson #6...
After the shooting, even if you feel safe, perform an after-action assessment to ensure that your attacker is incapable of continuing to harm you, that there are no additional hostiles, that you or your companions are not injured and lastly, that your weapon has not been damaged and is topped off with ammunition.

This was Amy's second fail. In spite of going through several classes where that was taught, it slipped her mind under the very real stress of this situation. She walked away from the initial shooting location thinking she had incapacitated her attacker and she was rewarded with a follow-up attack. 

Lesson #7...
In spite of the after-action fail, she performed admirably by going straight to the cranial-ocular cavity after the center-mass shot failed.

Lesson #8...
Another after-action fail. Even after your attacker has been put down hard, perform after-action the same way. In Amy's case, she didn't check her weapon or reload. Either one would have resulted in discovering the Type II malfunction. 

Lesson #9...
Immediately call 911 when you are sure you are safe. In this case, 911 was me but the principle is the same.

Lesson #10...
KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! 
Note that Amy told me three different stories, each of which she believed to be true. In a shooting where the law is involved, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! You have one chance to get it right. No matter how innocent and right you think you are, let your attorney do the talking!

When I say Amy failed a couple of points, let me explain something. Amy won. She was not a failure. However, this clearly demonstrates that no matter how much training youve had, you can still fail under that much stress. What she DIDN'T fail at was accuracy and determination. One she has practiced extensively, the other is an inherent trait. I know MANY men that would not have done as well in the same situation. All-in-all, Amy did quite well under the circumstances and she learned a lot. After all this, I think I would just as soon have my wife backing me up in a hostile environment as a great many men that I know. 

Using this real-life scenario is a great training aid and I use it in all of my defensive weapon classes. Several of my students have asked me to put it into text form so they can study it. So... here it is!

(Edit: After Amy read this, she corrected me on some of the details of the shooting. I have made the necessary corrections to the story.)