- "Cracking the Machine Pistol’s Code: Is a Useful Fully Automatic Handgun Possible?"--The Firearms Blog. Nathaniel F. discusses whether it is possible to overcome the primary problem with machine pistols: the ability to control the weapon when firing full auto. He looks at a Colt machine pistol prototype from the 1970's as a possible answer, which overcame the problem with lower recoiling ammunition in .22 caliber. I would also note that the same approach was taken by the developers of the American 180 submachine gun which is, as the video above illustrates, very controllable. It used .22 LR. Some of the comments to the article, however, question whether there is any practical need for a machine pistol. The error, I believe, is a misunderstanding of the various uses of automatic fire; that is, the critics seem to believe that the only purpose of automatic fire is to provide suppressive fire. However, another purpose is, like the shotgun, to put multiple holes in a target with each pull of the trigger. The advantage that a machine pistol (or submachine gun, for that matter) has over a shotgun is (1) it shoots projectiles that are ballistically superior to buckshot, (2) it is more compact, and (3) has less felt recoil. In that regard, if it were not for the NFA and the ban on production of new civilian automatic weapons, I believe that there would be a fairly strong market for machine pistols and submachine guns for personal defense.
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- "Hunger haunts Venezuela, especially its children"--Miami Herald. "Malnourished children who faint in class. Children who, in the worst cases, die from hunger, their bodies nothing but skin and bones, the outlines of their ribs visible. Images like those have become common in Venezuela, where critical food shortages are pushing hundreds of thousands of children under a blanket of misery and hunger more often seen in the poorest countries in Africa."
- "A Socialist Les Miserables in Venezuela"--Sultan Knish. From the article:
Teachers sell passing grades to students in exchange for milk and flour. Lines at government stores are endless and an entire economy has been built on buying and trades spots on food lines. Fingerprint scanners are used to enforce milk rations. And a heavy military police and military presence is required to stop mobs of starving people from grabbing the food as soon as it arrives.
The military elite receive special food privileges. In a country where bread and butter have become distant memories for many, the guns used to oppress the Venezuelan people are paid for with butter. And the people are fighting back. The government calls its crackdown on starving people “Operation People’s Liberation”. The people however want to be liberated from their socialist liberators.
When the Socialist regime responded to electoral defeats by rigging the Supreme Court and arresting the free market opposition, the street battles intensified. The “Liberators”, who have the luxury of eating butter with their bread, are fighting hungry men and women in the streets of cities. And sometimes it’s the socialist “liberators” who are forced to retreat from the true people’s liberators.
While the socialists route food through the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s CLAP committees to their own supporters, ordinary Venezuelans are hunting pigeons, and even dogs and cats in the capital.
- "Miracle escape of the new Rorke's Drift Paras: Cut-off, surrounded and outnumbered - the incredible untold story of the 88 British soldiers who spent 56 days holding off 500 Taliban fighters... and survived"--Daily Mail.
- "Find 'Safety' in the Newest RUGER American Model"--The Firearms Blog. Ruger is introducing a version of its American Model Pistol with an ambidextrous thumb safety. Call me old school, but I like the idea of a manually activated safety a la the Colt 1911.
- Hmm. "Chaos for tens of thousands of air passengers as ALL Delta flights world-wide are grounded for five hours after power cut at airline's HQ made computer systems crash"--Daily Mail. The outage impacted Delta's global operations: not only flights, but reservations. Delta blamed a power outage in Atlanta, Georgia, for its computer system going down, but Georgia Power has said that there was no power outage, and that the problem had to do with Delta's own system.
- "Isis claims responsibility for machete attack on Belgian police officers"--The Independent. ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack that injured two female police officers before the attacker was shot dead by a third police officer. According to the Daily Caller, the attacker was in Belgium illegally, and had been ordered deported twice before.
- "The Return of History?"--American Interest. Recent polls indicate that Millennials don't view democracy as being as important as their elders, that more Americans than ever before support a strong executive and policy decisions by "experts," and that support for popularity sovereignty has declined among the wealthy. The young, foolish, and wealthy yearn for a tyrant who agrees with them.
- Signs that Russia may be moving to consolidate its position in the Ukraine: "Russia moves tanks to European border amid reports of deadly Crimea shooting"--Express.
- "Another church hit by vandalism in Danville"--GoDanRiver.com. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters have been vandalizing Christian churches by painting slogans on the buildings. One of the photographs not included among this set is a church with "F**k whitey" spray painted on a wall.
- "American Made DDI AKs Coming soon"--The Firearms Blog. Another source of U.S. domestically manufactured AK style rifles coming soon! They will be offering a fixed stock version, a folding plastic stock version, and a folding metal triangle stock version.