Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 27, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"AR15 Trigger: Two Stage vs Single Stage, Geissele and AR-15 Milspec"--Modern Pawn (5-1/2 min.). This video shows the mechanical differences between a one-stage and two-stage trigger, using a AR-15 mil-spec trigger and a Geissele trigger, respectively, as examples.

Hurricane Harvey:
       Tropical Storm Harvey has stalled over Texas where extreme rainfall has occurred in the Houston metro area, leading to record-breaking, catastrophic flooding. Days of drenching downpours are ahead, along with the potential for tornadoes and lingering coastal flooding.
           Localized rain amounts of up to 50 inches are not out of the question once Harvey's rain is finished later this week. This may end up being one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.

    • "Sterilized East German MPi-KM from the Balkans"--The Firearms Blog. The wars in the Balkans resulted in illicit arms trading, including firearms that had their serial numbers removed to prevent the tracing of the weapon. According to the article, Apex has some parts kits from these type of firearms. If you have an AK rifle built from a parts kit, you know that most of the major parts--including the bolt, the trunion, the rear sight block, and even the dust cover, will have all or part of the serial number (hence the quest to get a kit with matching numbers). Of course, these numbers are irrelevant to building a kit because the serial number the ATF is concerned with will be on the receiver, and will be whatever the manufacturer assigns it (except for the occasional offer of a receiver with a custom serial number). Nevertheless, it would be an interesting curio and an interesting bit of history.
    • "Why 5.56 / .223 is BOTH the Best and Worst AR-15 Cartridge"--Abe's Gun Cave. A few days ago, I linked to an article from this author on why the .308 was such a terrible military cartridge. In this article, he discusses the .223 / 5.56 mm and how its terminal performance (at least with FMJ) depends on its fragmenting after it strikes a target, which, in turn, is determined by whether the projectile yaws when it strikes a target. The problem, he notes, is that the 5.56 is not consistent as to whether it will yaw. (I would note that the great success achieved when the rifle was first tested in Vietnam was because the twist rate was so slow, the bullets were yawing as they flew through the air--great for terminal performance, but terrible for accuracy). The military has ameliorated this problem to a certain extent by using heavier bullets. However, the author notes that if you want consistent performance, you will need to use ammunition designed for hunting which is both more dependable at fragmenting, and will fragment at lower velocities.
    • "Basic Self-Defense Moves Anyone Can Do (and Everyone Should Know)"--Life Hacker. This is better than the typical "how to defend yourself" articles in that it discusses avoiding trouble, in includes not just kicks and blows, but also how to get out of a couple holds, and video on escaping a mount. And then there was this:
    In my interview with Rener Gracie, whose grandfather established the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu method 90 years ago, he told me there are four phases to nearly all sexual attacks on women: 1) Identify an unsuspecting target, 2) Subdue the target, 3) Exhaust the target, and 4) Execute the sexual assault. We want to fight with all our might and the moves we have above in the second phase. In the third phase, however, right before an assailant executes his sexual attack, all he wants to do is exhaust the victim and gain complete control, so fighting back actually may backfire at that point, wasting energy. Gracie’s Women Empowered training program teaches women to recognize when they’ve entered that phase where they are truly trapped and are no longer in the defensive movements phase—and to feign giving in. Pretend to be compliant (kind of like playing dead for a bear). In those split moments, the predator will think you have given up and will loosen his grip, giving you a chance get away.
    • This sounds about right: "What Would A U.S. Civil War Look Like?" The author fancies that: "it will not look like the orderly pattern of descent which characterized the conflict of 1861-65. It will appear more like the Yugoslavia break-up, or the Russian and Chinese civil wars of the 20th Century."

    Other Stuff:
              In one city, 56.9 per cent of potential recruits were rejected after failing fitness tests. One in five was simply deemed too fat.
                The report claimed 8 per cent of male candidates suffered from enlarged testicular veins. “This is related to sitting too long on computer games, excessive masturbation and too little physical activity,” it said.
                  Some 46 per cent were rejected for failing the vision test, with the excessive use of electronic gadgets such as smartphones and tablets blamed.
          • Hmm. "WaPo Editorial: Satan Is Good; Christians Are Responsible for Charlottesville"--The Daily Wire. According to the Washington Post editorial: "The Satan of Modern Satanism is a metaphorical icon for Enlightenment values. Satanism adopts a mythological backdrop that we feel is more befitting to modern culture than the monarchical, feudalistic, theocratic superstitions of old. The Satanic Temple, far from endorsing crass nationalistic tribalism, actively fights for individual sovereignty and secular values."
          • "Does the Left Know Something's Coming Involving Guns?"--The American Thinker. Notwithstanding the conspicuous lack of gun violence at the various protests, rallies, etc., there are a lot of politicians calling for increased gun control. The author of this piece wonders:
                    ... So what if the discordant calls for gun control are because those politicians, anarchists, and activists (though I repeat myself) have foreknowledge of some kind of planned escalation of their brand of "protest" and are setting the stage for disingenuous "I told you sos'? What if they have something of a timeline along which they either believe that things will happen or will make things happen, to escalate the blitzkrieg of media and hysteria by which they effect "change" – meaning a coup?
                       What if they and the media are in bed together on this, too, and have prepared their stories and narratives ahead of time?  In Charlottesville, Trump was caught flat-footed but still gave an accurate response regarding hate on many sides, but Terry McAuliffe had a complete speech ready to go ...
                        Indeed, Charlottesville itself has more than a whiff of this.  Because the KKK types obeyed the law and obtained a permit, the officials in Charlottesville and Richmond, Democrats all, knew precisely where the protesters would gather and when.  Magically, an army of radical Marxist activists materialized, sans permit, many from out of state, as has been confirmed, to confront those who were obeying the law, even if they were saying or believed objectionable things.  When the two factions had been allowed within striking distance of each other by local authorities, who ensured they were not more safely separated, a state of emergency was declared.  The park had to be vacated, the KKK side and the Antifa side were somehow pushed together by police despite other means of egress from the park, a mêlée ensued, and the police who herded them together suddenly were far away, watching what they had facilitated.  The media were right there.
                          The left, it seems, has orchestrated these fights.  Their surrogates are not there to protest; they are there to provoke.  They come armed, masked, and emboldened by the political support of the left.  It's the Marxist left's goon squad, there to ensure that one side speaks, one side controls, and the other side stays quiet or is punished.  Liberal mayors and governors seem disinterested in preventing the violence, even ahead of time.  Police officers report, as in Baltimore and Charlottesville, that they were told to "stand down," though they knew that harm could have been prevented if they'd been allowed to do their jobs. 
                            The obvious next step in the string of events being put into effect by the left is a confrontation involving guns.  They seem to want, indeed, to have foreknowledge, that someone at one of these events will use a gun, perhaps one of their own pretending to be an opponent, or maybe a bystander will be threatened and will protect himself and those with him.  Regardless, the purge of the Second Amendment will take off as never before.  Imagine the hysterical, unhinged screaming that an Alt-Right lunatic finally proved all the leftists right and took a shot.  What happened won't matter.  Truth will be rejected.  The narrative will be everything. 
                      Lest this seem to be mere fancy, consider the following statements from the group Refuse Fascism (as reported by Peter Grant):
                        ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017:
                          We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

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