"Adler A110 Review"--The Hunting Gear Guy. Other than reproductions of the old Winchester lever action shotguns, I was not aware that anyone made such shotguns.
- "New York City Busts Gangs, Reduces 'Gun Violence.' Who Knew?"--The Truth About Guns. Robert Farago summarizes and excerpts a New York Times article on the reduction of gun violence in the Big Apple. The gist, however, is that it was because of more aggressive policing of gangs.
- "'Rogue One' Blasters Are Real Life Firearms in Sci-Fi Drag"--Inverse Entertainment. I think most of us know that in the original trilogy that the "blasters" were made using actual firearms that were heavily modified. Apparently they went back to that in this case. I noticed several not so modified AR style weapons (with accessory rails and such) when I saw the movie, but this discusses three of the weapons in particular. (H/t The Firearms Blog).
- "Long Gun vs. Handgun in Home Defense – Maneuverability Differences Overblown"--The Firearms Blog. The article links to, and comments about, a video from Thunder Ranch. The article begins with the statement:
It used to be conventional wisdom to have a 12 gauge at the ready for self defense. Then, slowly, the tactical world fell back in love with the handgun under the guides of manoeuvrability [sic] within the home. The thinking was that the handgun, being a smaller package, was better for one to clear their home. ...
... However, Thunder Ranch posits that this significant manoeuvrability [sic] advantage is overstated. While sure, the shotgun is a longer weapon, when presented to a target its really not significantly longer than the handgun at full arm extension in the proper firing position. They back this up with a quick demonstration of a common Mossberg 500, an over-under and a full-size 1911.
Sigh. There are several reasons to select a handgun over a long gun if you are moving about in your house. Massad Ayoob has written on this topic:
I teach the handgun as “infantry,” the long gun as “artillery.” If I have to go mobile, I want a hand free to work communications, illumination, doorknobs, etc. If I have to scoop a little kid and carry same to a safer position, a handgun will be more workable. Same if I have to answer an insistent 3 AM pounding at the door…which might just be a cop, who won’t take it well if I open the door holding a 12-gauge or a .223 rifle. But if the whole family is barricaded in the safe room and criminals are kicking down the door, it’s probably shooting time, and a .223 class autoloading rifle or a fast-firing shotgun gives way more power and hit potential on multiple targets in unforgiving circumstances.
There is also the issue that it is generally easier to disarm someone with a long-arm than a handgun.
As far as the maneuverability, notice that the qualifier is with "the handgun at full arm extension in the proper firing position." I've done plenty of practice trying to move about my house with a handgun, rifle and shotgun. The narrow interior corridor of my home, which is typical of most residences, and the narrow interior doorways, severely restricts the ability to move about with a long gun. It is impossible to get through a doorway with the shotgun up and extended without poking the muzzle way out (where it could be grabbed), and then I have to slide the muzzle around the corner and down the corridor before I can bodily clear the door enough to see where I've the barrel pointing. I agree that with a handgun at full arm extension, the maneuvering can be difficult as well. But here is the difference: I can pull the handgun in closer to me when making the same maneuver (barrel still pointed ahead), thus largely alleviating the risk of having the muzzle grabbed or sweeping across something I can't see, and making if physically easier to maneuver through the doorway and around the corner. (See also "When to Use a Handgun vs. a Shotgun for Home Defense" by Jason Hanson at USA Carry).
- While we are on the topic of home defense: "Home Defense Lessons"--Massad Ayoob at Personal Defense World.
- Use disposable gloves! "'Now stop claiming she set it up': Kim Kardashian's lawyer demands an end to claims Paris jewel raid was a stunt after the arrest of 17 veteran criminals"--Daily Mail. One of the key breaks in the case was the recovery of DNA of one of the suspects from the tape used to immobilize Ms. Kardashian.
- The narrative is breaking down: "2 arrested in assault of 7-Eleven clerk after crowd of party bus passengers loot store in OC, police say"--Yahoo News. (Warning: Video automatically plays). Just a short news report that indicates: "Two men have been arrested in the assault of a 7-Eleven clerk that occurred Saturday night when a crowd of unruly party bus passengers stormed the Huntington Beach convenience store and stole several items, authorities said." What is more interesting are the top trending comments.
- First one: "The only thing they didn't steal were job applications."
- Second: "Why do they leave out the fact that they all appeared to be colored folks?"
- Third: "Gee how did I know just by reading the headline that the perps were black? Seriously! Uncivilized animals."
- Fourth: "Who paid for the bus when they can't even pay for 7-Eleven goods?"
- Fifth: "Just as fast as Barach is emptying our prisons they filling right back up."
The remaining ones are all similar to the foregoing.
- Speaking of which, Rod Dreher has penned a piece at The American Conservative worth the read: "The Cathedral Interprets The Chicago Attack." The article begins as an attack on the main stream media attempting to ignore or overlook the racial and political aspects of the attack of four blacks on a mentally retarded white youth. However, Dreher then concedes that:
The alt-right movement promotes many ideas, some of them stupid ..., many of them bad, some of them evil. But the most true and useful thing it ... has come up with is the concept of the Cathedral[.]
He then goes on to quote a list of characteristics of the Cathedral, which is sometimes referred to as the Establishment. Read the whole thing.
- Thank a fracker: "Mexican Ford Plant Workers Blame Trump For Dashed Dreams"--AP. Ford has decided to cancel construction of a new Ford Focus plant that had been planned for northern Mexico. The plant was anticipated to employ 2,800 people. The reason for the cancellation is the decline in popularity of the Focus due to the drop in gasoline prices. However, the plant workers and local officials are blaming Donald Trump. The real issue here, however, is that, as the Anonymous Conservative explains, "we have conditioned the rest of the world to expect that we will shoot ourselves in the foot to bring them happiness."
- Related: "The State of America’s Energy Interests Is Strong"--American Interest. The article indicates that "[t]his week’s solid performance makes it 29 out of the past 32 weeks that the U.S. rig count has increased...."
- "Fiat Chrysler announces $1 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing, 2,000 new jobs"--Fox News.
- Heh: "What Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton Have in Common"--The American Conservative. Key point: "If Putin thought helping Trump win the election would give him the weakest possible opponent, he would not be alone in his assessment: Hillary Clinton thought the exact same thing."
- While we are on the topic of the intel report on Russian hacking, it is important to remember that the report proved nothing: it states a conclusion but offers nothing to back it up. Of course, there are some other things that are apparent from the report, including that the Russians, if they were behind the Wikileaks material, did not doctor or alter the emails in any way. All they gave us was a peak behind the curtain. Rather, "[t]he most notable sections of the report are those that tie Russia’s government to a series of left-wing propaganda campaigns in the U.S." But, as Glenn Reynolds observes, "[t]hose didn’t constitute a national crisis, because they enhanced Democratic power rather than harming it."
- Democrats go Anti-Christ. Example: "The Bible Has No Place In Modern American Society: Sobering Lessons from Donald Trump and Kim Burrell"--Huffington Post. I would note that the author is described as being the Director of the Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University. However, he does note a sobering truth: "Although that ancient book still plays a prominent role in Judeo-Christian religious traditions, its content is seriously out of touch with modern American values." But he means it in the sense that we should stop paying attention to, or following the teachings of, the Bible.
- Related: "Muslim Persecution of Christians"-- Raymond Ibrahim at American Thinker. He reports that the number of incidents of Muslims attacking Christian churches has been increasing.
- A sign that Germans may be paying too much in taxes: "Germany Green Party pledges to pay for free sex with prostitutes for anyone who needs 'sexual assistance' and can't afford it"--Daily Mail. No, the Green Party won't be paying for prostitutes out of its own funds, but using the German government coffers.
- The religion of peace strikes again: "Militants attack checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai, killing 8"--AP. They used a garbage truck filled with explosives.
- Obama should be made to pay it all back: "Iran: U.S. Surrendered More Than $10 Billion in Gold, Cash, Assets"--Washington Free Beacon. Obama basically gave them enough money to keep the country afloat until sanctions could be lifted.
- I've noted before that obesity can result from various conditions and can be a more complex problem than most people think. Another example: "Woman sheds an incredible 77lbs after discovering undiagnosed ALLERGIES were the cause of her ballooning shape"--Daily Mail.
- Quote of the Day: "The central paradox of the liberal world is its compulsion to be inclusive while simultaneously denying the existence of an inside or an outside."