Rob Pincus’ NRA Comments, It is time to defend the defender

I am sure that everyone has heard about the comments that Rob Pincus made at the yearly NRA get together. The media is looking for some kind of proof that we are all exactly what they say we are.  Everyone knows the media uses comments to suit their purposes.

The media and the left are trying to turn Mr. Pincus into a monster.  Unlike Mr. Pincus, they have not spent  the majority of their time teaching people how to be safe and responsible.  Through his work, Mr. Pincus has had a hand in saving lives.  I wonder what the media and these anti-gun people have ever done to ensure that their own children would be protected if the police did not magically appear between them and the threat as soon as they dialed 911…

I find it hard to believe that anyone who can use common sense and logic could see what Rob said as somehow outrageous.  I remember when some leftist film makers made a movie about killing President Bush. I remember not very long ago, people wanting some of the Supreme court dragged out on the street and shot.  One guy I just saw made a public statement that he wanted Palin to die of cancer.  But, making a plan to make sure you can get to your childs room, then have a way to defend that child is worth some twit in the UK getting his knickers in a twist to such a point, that they have to comment on something happening in a country they do not live in.

There is nothing crazy or extra dangerous with staging firearms all through the house. In your own home, there are few of us who wear a sidearm on our person.  I will be honest and admit I do not have my 1911 on a belt in my PJs at 1:00 A.M. in the morning.  It is possible that some one may try to break in while I am taking a piss.  I am going to go out on a limb and say that if that happened, I sure would wish I had a gun stashed in the bathroom.  Mr.Pincus makes it clear that any parent will run to their kids at the first sign of danger.  I do not have kids, but I can see the logic.

Even I was a child at one time.  During that dark bleak time, I was taught about guns.  I was shooting when I was 9 years old.  This young age was not a big deal at the time, but today most parents would not allow kids to take a shower without a helmet and knee pads.  After firearms were explained to me, my curiosity ended.  I would have never dreamed of touching one without my Dad of Grandfather around helping me.  I knew that guns were dangerous.  Just like I would have never snuck and tried to drive a car, I knew I would never have grabbed a gun without an adult around.  Both would be the death of me if I tried.  I knew they were not toys.   Some seem to think kids are not as smart as we were when young, but that is absurd.   The fact is, humans have made it for a long time without knee pads and helmets.  As long as we are taught early in our lives that fire burns, cars can kill us and guns are not to be played with…

Of course a lot of these people who are outraged will let their kids in a pool out back with out anyone around, or ride an ATV into the country for hours at a time.  I even see some people who allow their teenagers to drink booze.  Is a child more likely to be hurt by a gun locked in a safe or playing grade school football?  Ask the local man my age who was paralyzed form the neck down when playing football as a child.  I am sure some anti gun left wing type will tell me,” at least he is still alive”.

The world is a very dangerous place. That is a fact. We are not all in danger all of the time and our fellow humans who call us paranoid point out how unlikely it is to need a gun or state some other BS about how we are more likely to hurt ourselves.  Well, we have car insurance. I have never been in a car accident.  I have a spare tire. I know people who have driven their entire lives without a flat.  The list could go on and on, but what I say will not make a difference to these people.   The truth is, they do not really care about protecting anyone.  They just use that as cover to have the moral high ground for their agenda.   I do not give them the credit for being people who mean well and are just ignorant, simply because they don’t give Mr. Pincus the same credit.  They may not choose to do what he says, but they would see how it does make sense.   Their reaction to this is political.  And they do what they always do, try to gin up an emotional reaction against it so they can claim a moral high ground and claim it as common sense.  But never do they actually use common sense.  Being all about saving kids, while at the same time being rabidly behind the idea of abortion is inconsistent.   …”if we save just one life”!!   …unless its not born yet?   It is really just more proof that it’s only about their agenda, not saving anyone.

I also wonder if this offends them over their own lack of parenting skills.  It is true that if you can’t teach and have your own child understand, then guns are dangerous around children.  But in that case, you probably have other problems…   Most trainers on the level of Mr. Pincus have children who are around firearms.  None of them have hurt themselves or others.  It’s not because these people have some secret to keeping their kids safe that others do not.  You simply can’t teach a child about something you are completely ignorant of yourself.

We need to get behind and support Rob right now.   He has done a lot to keep the good guys safe.  And, if you do not know much about him, he is a tireless defender of the RKBA.  He is often one of the first to speak up when things happen and has been leading the way on getting teachers who want to learn to use a gun, trained and offering free classes to help school workers protect kids with arms or unarmed.    He is the one person in the world that would never be casual about protecting children and anyone who really knew anything about him would never think he had anything but the best in mind.  Since CT, who else has done as much as Mr. Pincus in trying to make the changes to keep kids safe in the future by actually going out and offering free help?   …certainly not the media or the left.

If you see the typical media smear article online, take the time out to comment or at least learn about Rob so you will see the obvious truth and get behind a tireless RKBA fighter and a man who does everything he can, day-in and day-out to make sure people are trained and ready to defend themselves and those who can not defend themselves.

If you do decide to get into this fight (and I ask you to please do)  you can find the usual suspects here in the links below.  I hate to give them traffic, but this is a fight for our rights and your right to protect your child as you see fit without some left-wing kook or someone from another country trying to butt in. It is also a fight to stand up and defend a man who has done more to keep you safe then you may ever know.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/04/nra-speaker-gun-safes-kids-bedrooms-home-defense_n_3216157.html

Super Sniper 1-6x Optic

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Super Sniper has got into the every popular market of  1-4x, 1-6, 1-8x   type scopes  intended for the tactical shooter.  The optics in this lower power range is meant to give you a more versatile  optic.  For a long time you could have large magnification, something like the ACOG in 4x give or take a few Xs and of course the red dot 1x scopes or a combo RD optic with a 3 to 4x magnifier to set behind them.

The problem has always been ( with some people) is that they really wanted the speed of a Aimpoint type optic, but they also wanted to be able to dial in, or zoom in , adjust elevation and take a sniper or DMR type shot on longer ranges.   You can make longer range shots with a 1x RDS, but you do not get the target ID you have with the high magnification  optics. The  S&B Short Dot optic was  the optic that really became well known as being one of the first to offer this general purpose ability.  Since then the list has grown to most of the big names, especially since the Army has stated a desire for a 1-6x optic to be adopted.

Super sniper has been around for a while and have been making tough optics that work at a price that is hard to turn your nose up to.   Looserounds has tried several of the SS optics from the original 10x up to this new 1-6x.  I have not heard anyone say that any of the SS scopes are not tough.

I was sent this SS optic from Howard to try out after he tested it out. At first I was really excited by this scope because it is useful.  I had recently purchased the Leupold 1x-4X tactical AR15 optic and have really come to like the concept. So. I was excited to see how this long awaited SS performed.

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The SS is large compared to the Leupold. A lot bigger and  heavier. Of course the Leupold is a 1x-4x but that is still a big difference.   Just looking the SS over and feeling it you can tell it is very well made and there is little doubt in my mind it can take a lot of abuse.

It has the Mil turrets that are easy to adjust and positive clicks that can be felt and heard easy. This is a feature I absolutely have to have in an scope I will be using for longer range shots.  The caps are not covered, but they are not so weak that will turn just from brushing against your shirt. A lot of people complain if they do not lock or have a cover, but I never have found it and issue on optics well made.  The Nikon 1-4s does have the problem if the turrets being  moved though and It is a pain.

The SS does have illumination, but it is not day light bright. The Leupod is not day light bright either  but it cost less then the SS.  The great feature of the SS is that between the brightness settings, it will turn off the illumination. So you don’t have to cycle through the switch to turn it off, Or think you have it turned off when you actually don’t. I wish all optics of this type had the same lighting controls.  The covering cap for the light will hold a spare battery which I appreciate greatly.

The reticle is in the 1st focal plain. Which a lot of people love. I hate it. I can not stress enough how much I hate this feature. I will elaborate in a later post why I hate it and my logic behind my thinking, but not now. The reticle is meant to act as a sniper reticle  at 6x, then be turned down and used like a aimpoint at 1x. This sounds great but since it will not light up day light bright, it does not work out so well.  The design of the reticle does not work very well for speed in my opinion.  I also found the scope to be very unforgiving of eye relief as well.  To me, it was worse then ACOGS like the TAO1 or the TA31F.  It was workable but on a optic meant to be ran fast on a carbine/M4 type gun, it is a major draw back.  My love of the optic on the first week went down hill pretty quick.  It is big, heavy, slow and not as user friendly as a optic of this price should be.

However, the turrets are repeatable and they were accurate to what they are suppose to track to. It stayed zeroed after a month of use and different weather conditions and riding around in a Jeep over very rough terrain. This does not seem serious, but I have seen more then a few Eotechs lose zero from having to ride over the terrain the SS handled easy.

The SS was matched up great with the Larue SPR mount. I have never seen anything that did not benefit from a Larue mount though, so no surprises there, 

The power ring was not hard to turn, but it did not offer much to grip on to and this bugged me on more then a few occasions when I was trying to use it like a red dot then dial up the power for a longer range shot.  Once I got it dialed up, it was easy to use the SS with its clear glass and turrets to make 700 yard shots with the carbine using 77 grain ammo. 

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The scope us heavy, but it did not seem to weigh the gun down or make it harder to handle the gun well.  Over all though, every one who tried it was not that crazy about it once they used it a bit.  Everyone agrees that is the SS was the price of the Leupold or maybe a little more, it would be a good solid optic if not perfect, but for its price, it is just not impressive or worth it.  For a little more, you could have a Nightforce or the more higher end Leupold.  If you are looking for one of these new general purpose 1 to 4-6 or 8x, I strongly suggest trying the leupold 1-4x or 1-6x out if you need to keep the price down. If you are willing to pay as much for a scope as this SS costs,  I can say hands down, pay a little more and go for something else. like a Nighforce.   the SS 1-6x would be worth buying if you found it on the used market for 350-400, but not for its price when sold brand new or even the sale price. 

 

 

Real Bullet.com for the shooter that has everything

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I was  recently sent some products by a company called RealBullet.  They make some really net stuff.  The thing I liked was the  bottle openers, As you can see in the picture, they make bottle openers out of real non working .50BMG rounds.   I have been trying these out  for over a week now and they work great.  Sure it is not some major manufacturing feat to make a bottle opener that works, but, to make it out form something cool is a new take on some thing as old as dirt.

Also , as you can see I was sent a bottle opener from a 7.62 round that doubles as a key loop.   It works prefect as well and I have to admit, it has been handy having it on my Jeep keys.  I use to pass up buying mexican coke in a bottle when out driving because I always seem not to be able to open them and no kwiki marts around here ever seem to have a way to open older glass bottles. 

As  you can imagine this is a attention getter as well.  I would not give one to a kid though in the current climate. Nuff said about that I think.  Sadly.

They make more then just this of course. I also got a 50 cal round that is an ink pen, It is every but as cool as it sounds.  it looks and feels and is the exact size as a real 50 BMG round. Unfortunately, my camera stopped working when I tried to get a picture of it.  But you can find it on their website.   I gave the ink pen to my Dad to use and I have never seen him so excited over something as simple as an ink pen.

They also sent me this very nice T-Shit I think every one would appreciate.

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It is very well made.  The image and words are clear and it is not falling off.  One thing I can not stand on shirts is when they shrink after a wash and fade.  This one has done neither of those and I really appreciate that quality in a shirt.  I have worn and washed it at least 3 times and it still looks brand new and fits just right.

If you want to give something to a shooting friend of a B-Day gift or just to have something unique around to make liberals feel uncomfortable,  this place has you covered.  They know how to make products that make a statement, that is a fact. 

http://www.realbullet.com/

 

 

Buying a used ACOG.

I am a big fan of the Trijicon ACOG ever since I used one in Iraq.  Since 2006 I have owned over a dozen ACOGs, buying them cheap, and later selling them for a profit.

When you are looking to buy a used ACOG, this is what I recommend you do:

1.  First, find and check the serial number:

Trijicon TA01NSNTrijicon ACOG TA01NSN

Serial numbers are always on the top of the ACOG .  Often you can also find the serial number on the left side of the ACOG.

I highly recommend calling Trijicon and finding out if the optic you are looking to buy is stolen government property.  You do not want to spend your money on stolen property.  Also you can find out how old an optic is.  For example this optic was made in 2007 and was sold to Optics Planet.

2.  Check the lenses for damage.  ACOGs can get run hard, so clean the lenses and check them for damage and scratches.  While I could not get them to show up on camera, this particular ACOG has some nasty scratches and damage to the ocular lens.  Generally I would recommend against buying ACOGs with damaged lenses unless you are getting a very good deal.

3.  Check the windage and elevation adjusters for damage.

Trijicon ACOG TA01NSN

I have seen used ACOGs where the adjusters were very badly damaged from people using the wrong tools to adjust them.  Also I have seen the brass threads damaged for the protective caps.  Check to see if the o-ring is present and undamaged.

4.  Check the mount.

Trijicon ACOG TA01NSN

Once you have bought a used ACOG, check the rail mount if yours comes with one.  ACOG’s can be used with out an adapter to mount directly to a M16 carry handle.  Then there are a variety of adapters allowing ACOGs to be mounted to rails.  Normally you will see the Trijicon TA51 thumbscrew mount attached to the ACOG by two screws.  Check that the mount is installed correctly and that the screws are tight.  I have purchased used ACOGs where the mount was on loose, and have seen people put so much locktite on the screws and mounts that it did not fit correctly together.

If your ACOG came with a TA51 thumbscrew mount, and had the knobs on the left side of the optic, this would be a good time to flip it around and have the thumbscrews on the right side of the optic.  This keeps the thumbscrews out of the way when you operate your AR’s charging handle.

5.  Check the iron sights.  A couple of models of ACOG come with iron sights.  If you purchased a TA01NSN or an ACOG ECOS, your optic has a set of secondary sights.

Trijicon ACOG TA01NSN

These irons are suppose to be factory zero’d for 50m.  I have often found them to be way off.  Regardless if your ACOG is new or used, check the zero on the auxiliary iron sights.  Windage adjustment can be made by drifting the front sight.

The most important thing prior to buying a Trijicon ACOG is to make sure that is not stolen government property.  After that, checking the lenses, adjusters, and mount will help prevent issues that could have been caused by a previous owner.