"Exaggerated C-Clamp Rifle Grip: Hype or Not?"--CaptainBerz (20 min.). The author of the video generally has a "live-and-let-live" attitude about handling the front end of a rifle: if it works for you, great. But he goes on to discuss some shortcomings to the "exaggerated C-Clamp" rifle grip because of the unnatural position for the arm and potential to block the view through an optic or of the front sight.
- "Did The Single Stack Nine Kill The Carry Revolver?"--The Captain's Quarters. Smith excerpts from a Shooting Illustrated article that suggests that the small 9 mm autos available now have eliminated any need for snub-nosed revolvers. Smith says "no," explaining:
And I never worry about whether a round is chambered, or whether it will work when it’s supposed to. A round is ready, and it will work. I know that without a doubt. The wheel gun will never go out of style.
One thing that stuck out in the Shooting Illustrated article, and which I've seen other point out, is that the shape of the revolver lends itself to concealed carry more than an autoloader. The author of that article conceded that:
The thinner, slimmer design of the semi-automatic means it can slide into locations for concealed carry that aren’t available to thicker, bulkier revolvers, although, counter-intuitively, I’ve found that unless you pay attention to holster choice, a small .38 Spl. revolver forms an indistinct lump in a front pocket that’s easily mistaken for a wallet and keys, while the flatter, more angular form of a mini 9 mm sticks out and says “gun” more readily.
- A new Woodpile Report is out. Amongst other items, Remus discusses the surge in demand for luxury bomb shelters and retreats, including downsides, including that the person to whom you have outsourced your emergency shelter might not want to let you in, and once in, "[i]n any protracted catastrophe some bunkermates will do the arithmetic and expel the others."
- Rats abandoning the ship: "Rich Venezuelans Are Seeking Haven in Madrid"--Bloomberg. No surprise: those with the money are fleeing while they still can.
- The elites are revolting: "Sanctuary city mayors fire back at Trump administration's threat to cut fed funding"--Fox News (warning: video starts automatically). They are confident, probably with good reason, that the courts will side with them in any legal battle with the federal government.
- A couple new articles on the impending white genocide in South Africa:
- News.com.au reports: "‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate." The article relates the following recent attack:
LAST month, British woman Sue Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn were woken at 2am by three men breaking into a window of their remote farm in Dullstroom, a small town in the northeast of South Africa, about 240km from the nearest capital city.
The couple, who had lived in the area for 20 years, were tied up, stabbed, and tortured with a blowtorch for several hours. The masked men stuffed a plastic bag down Mrs Howarth’s throat, and attempted to strangle her husband with a bag around his neck.
The couple were bundled into their own truck, still in their pyjamas, and driven to a roadside where they were shot. Mrs Howarth, 64, a former pharmaceutical company executive, was shot twice in the head. Mr Lynn, 66, was shot in the neck.
Miraculously he survived, and managed to flag down a passer-by early on Sunday morning. Mrs Howarth, who police said was “unrecognisable” from her injuries, had multiple skull fractures, gunshot wounds and “horrific” burns to her breasts.
“Sue was discovered amongst some trees, lying in a ditch,” writes Jana Boshoff, reporter for the local Middelburg Observer newspaper. “Her rescuers managed to find her by following her groans of pain and then noticing drag marks from the road into the field.
“Her head was covered with a towel. Her eyes were swollen shut. She was partially clothed with just scraps of her shirt remaining. Her breasts and upper body was bloody. The plastic bag, shoved down her throat, took some effort to remove because her jaw was clamped down tightly.
“How she managed to breathe with the bag in her throat remains a mystery. One of her rescuers later recalled how Sue was unresponsive except for the constant groaning. Whilst the man ran back to the road to see if an ambulance has not arrived yet, she managed to curl one of her arms around her breasts in a last attempt to protect herself.”
She was rushed to hospital and placed on life support, but died two days later. ...
Although the attention given to this brutal murder is unusual, the fact of the murder is not. The story goes on to report:
In any other country, such a crime would be almost unthinkable. But in South Africa, these kinds of farm attacks are happening nearly every day. This year so far, there have been more than 70 attacks and around 25 murders in similar attacks on white farmers.
Earlier this month, for example, 64-year-old Nicci Simpson was tortured with a power drill during an attack involving three men at her home on a farm in the Vaal area, about two hours drive from Johannesburg.
While sometimes farmers and their families are tortured to obtain information, such as the whereabouts of keys to the safe, human rights groups say the excessive brutality may be intended to send a message to the general farming community — get out of our country.
Victims are often restrained, harmed with weapons such as machetes and pitchforks, burned with boiling water or hot irons, dragged behind vehicles and shot. Female victims are often raped during attacks.
AfriForum warns that the attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, military-style raids, but says community farm watch groups and sharing of information on WhatsApp and Facebook were thwarting a “significant” number.
The three men responsible for killing Mrs Howarth — Themba William Yika, Nkosinathi Yika and Lucas Makua — were arrested soon after, and more than 150 farmers turned up to demonstrate outside court.
But any form of justice is incredibly rare, and white farmers are increasingly questioning their future. The number of white farmers in South Africa has halved in a little over two decades to just 30,000. Thousands more farms are up for sale.
“The farmers live in fear, because being a farmer in South Africa is the most dangerous occupation in the world,” Henk van de Graaf, spokesman for the TAU, told Swedish newspaper Nya Tider last year.
“The average murder ratio per 100,000 or the population in the world is nine, I believe. In South Africa, it is 54. But for the farming community it is 138, which is the highest for any occupation in the world.”
Since 2007, at the direction of the government, South African police have stopped releasing statistics about the race of the victims. Monitoring group Genocide Watch says the cover-up has been exacerbated by American and European governments, which have “remained silent about the problem, reinforcing the campaign of denial”.
- "Targets In South Africa's 'Genocide' All White"--WND. This article also explores recent events in South Africa, but focuses more on the anti-White messaging from elected officials, including a call by South Africa's president to confiscate property from white citizens. The article goes on to relate:
The security crisis is exacerbated by the strict gun control imposed by the country by the African National Congress’ government and the breakup of the collective self-defense organizations, the commandos, which once guarded farmers.
“Many South Africans are still armed, although the government has worked hard, and is relentless, in trying to disarm law-abiding citizens,” said van Wyk. “It is difficult for a wicked government to wipe out tens of thousands of citizens opposing them, when those citizens are armed and prepared to defend themselves.”
Van Wyk points to the nightmare scenario in Zimbabwe, where whites were ethnically cleansed and famine gripped the entire country, as the possible consequence of a successful disarmament policy by the South African government. However, he does not believe the South African government is capable of such an action.
“Zimbabweans were disarmed by the Mugabe regime,” van Wyk observed. “A Zimbabwe-like operation like the Gukurahundi killings carried out by Mugabe’s Fifth Brigade between 1983 and 1987 and which killed tens of thousands of people, is unlikely with an armed populace in South Africa.”
Still, the high crime and racial hatred directed against the Afrikaners raise the question of whether they still have a place in the country they largely created.
I would close with the following observation from The National Review:
It appears that South Africa is about the most dangerous place you can be outside a war zone. What’s more worrying is the chance that it might become a war zone. Nelson Mandela was able to hold the “rainbow nation” together, but he’s passed on. Now, according to the human-rights organization Genocide Watch, South Africa is at pre-genocide stage 6 of 8: “Preparation.”
The National Review article is from two years ago.