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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for reading our website and visiting us daily. I hope you all continue to comeback and enjoy our blathering about various things. We really appreciate you coming and reading and commenting. We will have more stuff for you in 2020 to (hopefully) enjoy. As always if you have any requests for things you want to read about this coming year please let us know in the comments.

My Top 2019 Picks

Here we are again at the end of all things. That means it’s time to talk about my favorite product of the year. It might be something that came out this year but it’s something I got in the past year that liked the most.

This was the year I really splurged and got some of the Vickers mags made by Wilson. Larry Vickers told Wilson what he always wanted out of a 1911 mag and they made them. It really turned out an outstanding mag too.

Strong, tough, utterly reliable. Everything you would want from a 1911 magazine. even the base plate is metal. Yes they cost a lot. That’s the downside. I don’t buy these for range toys so after months of testing, they became my carry mags. I have close to 50 Wilson Combat mags already for whatever else. All of them are great. i will never say anything bad about them but these are made with only fighting and combat conditions in mind. Is that enough to justify you paying nearly 60 bucks for one? I don’t know. Make up your own mind on that one. It was worth it to have three for me so far. I give them my highest recommendation.

The other top pick is Underwood ammo. In .45ACP and 10MM. Nothing but top quality in every load tried. Going forward it will be my exclusive 10MM carry ammo and 45 ACP hunting and specialty ammo. I’m still too in love with the Barnes +P solid copper HP loads in 45 for carry to give that up just yet.

There was other good stuff but these stood out this year. That’s about it for 2019 from me.

Mortar Use Oopsie

I saw this the other day over on the B-arfcom. As you can see in the video above, the guy is hanging a round at the muzzle then drops it and forgets the number one rule of using a mortar. i.e. don’t leave your hands over the muzzle. Or maybe the number one rule is don’t get hit by a mortar? Either way he broke both those rules.

Curious if he lost both the hands since it looks like two pieces of flapping skin after the oopsie, I tracked down an article about it.

an 88M truck driver who had hauled the ammunition to the range, wanted to take advantage of this unusual opportunity. However, he had never received training on the proper steps and procedures for dropping a mortar round into a tube. In addition, he had never been provided the appropriate level of primary instruction in firing a mortar system or received a safety brief. He was given a five-minute block of instruction on how and where to hold the round and to sweep the tube upon dropping it. Just five minutes of training …

The Soldier observed a couple of rounds being dropped for additional hands-on training. Then it was his turn. He approached the tube and base plate and received his instruction from the senior mortar man. The Soldier secured the 81 mm mortar from the gunner and was told to lift the round over the tube and drop it. What followed was chaos.

The Soldier performed every step of the task correctly except one: He failed to sweep the tube. The Soldier left his hands over the opening of the tube. When the round fired, it pushed through the opening of his hands. The fins on the bottom of the ammunition ripped through his hands and caused two large lacerations, one completely splitting his right hand in half like a hoagie sandwich bun, almost amputating his thumb. The Soldier was wearing gloves, which probably saved his left hand, but he lost all functionality in his right and eventually had his thumb amputated.

This incident resulted in a preventable Class B mishap. The major contributing factors include:

– Failure to recognize the risks involved with unqualified Soldiers firing ammunition
– Pressure to fire off every opened round to prevent a lengthy turn-in
– Failure to provide adequate training
– Failure to provide a safety brief to the injured Soldier
– Pressure to conduct a CALFEX in front of some of the top brass in the Army

There are commanders at all levels who are only focused on readiness, achieving Objective T and impressing the bosses to get that above-center-mass rating. Safety is not their primary focus. Until leaders at every echelon understand the importance of safety and implement it into all aspects of their training, mishaps will continue to degrade our readiness and impact our formations. Remember, readiness first, safety always!

Ok. Good tip, army.mil. Safety first. Seems like they got a handle on the problem and it won’t happen again.

You know, I’m no 4 star general and have never fired a mortar, but even I knew you drop the round then run your empty hands down the tube to prevent this sort of thing. At least he didn’t lose both hands. Stupid does hurt though. I know this because I am really stupid and hurt myself an inordinate amount of times in any given week.

If you are like me and always want to see more grue, this link to the live leak version of the video has a shot of the after results at the end.


“F-ing Pig” Coffee Cup Cop Caught Lying

I’m sure most of you saw or heard about this. A cop goes to get a cup of Joe and when he gets it, some words had been written on it that hurt his feelings. Like anyone wanting in on some of those sweet, sweet victim points he posted an image of the cup on social media. It went viral and you know how the rest of that goes. Except he is a liar. When I first saw this my gut told me it was BS. Just like the cop who lied about getting shot at a few months ago. I guess he thought it would be safer to lie about getting some words written on a coffee cup at mickey D’s than it was to fake a firefight. Well, he figured wrong.

Posted: Mon 10:09 AM, Dec 30, 2019  |  Updated: Mon 9:57 PM, Dec 30, 2019

A Herington Police Officer is no longer employed after admitting he “fabricated” a story a McDonald’s employee wrote an expletive on his coffee cup over the weekend.

He lied. Her is a liar. He made up a lie to get victim points and toss low wage McDonald’s employees under the buss. Screw ’em right? They aren’t cops after all so they are just scum bags anyway.

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday confirmed in a news conference the officer resigned from the agency, calling it a “black-eye on the law enforcement community.”

“McDonald’s and its employees did not have anything whatsoever to do with this incident. This was completely and solely fabricated by a Harrington police officer who is no longer employed with our agency,” said Hornaday.

After initially standing by his story, Hornaday said the officer has since told him the note was “meant to be a joke.”

The officer made the claims Saturday, telling the Chief he was on his way to work when he ordered a coffee at the Junction City McDonald’s drive-thru. As he continued on his way, he saw the words “f***ing pig” written on his cup. Ha. Ha. Very funny. I bet the drive through window workers were laughing their ass off at this joke once the entire internet and the company upper management started leering at them.

Hornaday shared his concerns over the incident, along with a photo of the cup, in a Facebook post which quickly garnered thousands of shares. McDonald’s immediately said it was taking the allegation seriously. The man is a disgusting piece of shit and I would not be unhappy if some how a zillion dollar company like McDonalds or the employees could come up with a lawsuit to hit this turd with.

From there, the investigation led both McDonald’s and Hornaday to review surveillance videos.

“Based on what I saw this morning (Monday) in meeting with the McDonald’s representatives, we are looking further into this matter,” Hornaday said in an interview Monday afternoon.

McDonald’s Owner/Operator Dana Cook addressed the matter in a written statement Monday as well, saying, “My McDonald’s have the utmost respect for all members of law enforcement ( I bet not now) and the military and were troubled by the accusation made. We thoroughly reviewed our security video from every angle, which clearly shows the words were not written by one of our employees. We look forward to working with Chief Hornaday as he continues his investigation.”

“While we are glad that the evidence confirmed our evaluation that the McDonald’s and our employees, crew members were absolutely not involved, we stand with our community in being disappointed about these actions. We took seriously our role to be transparent and fully cooperative with Chief Hornaday and his department throughout his investigation. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the department moving forward. Our McDonald’s family maintains great respect for all members of law enforcement and our military. It is with great pride that our restaurant is always open to them,” said Lenor Brazzi, Director of Operations for the franchisee owner.

Oh well, at least he didn’t kill a UPS driver taken hostage or run over a woman in the middle of the street.


China says we shouldn’t have guns guys, time to turn them in

If there is one thing Communists know, it’s how dangerous guns can be. The other things commies know is that is that only the communist government should have guns. This way they can make sure you are protected from having any counter revolutionary thoughts.

“The Global Times, which is Chinese state-run media, published the op-ed after a good guy with a gun in Texas stopped a shooting in a church.

China mocked the United States, saying that “shootings are shocking in a US allegedly governed by law”:

Private gun ownership is a tradition from the early days at the founding of the US. In a modern society, the problems created by this tradition have already exceeded the benefits. …

American society has already seen serious problems caused by the private ownership of guns, but their massive number has contributed to an enormous inertia. Many interest groups have benefited from it and some ordinary people have truly gained a sense of safety. To change this habit which has lasted hundreds of years, tremendous political courage and a rearrangement of interests is required.

Facts have proved that the US system is unable to handle the intricacies of countless issues around guns including politics, economics, law and order and public psychology. The country can neither manage the safe storage and use of so many guns owned by ordinary people, nor can it establish a new national system that bans or strictly restricts guns. It cannot even form an overwhelming opinion regarding gun issues.

China is really good at “forming and overwhelming opinion”.

China’s attack on the Second Amendment comes after Hong Kong protesters have requested to have their own Second Amendment so they can defend themselves from the oppressive communist Chinese government.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Chinese dictator Xi Jinping had received a title that was normally reserved for Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong, who is the most prolific mass murderer in human history.

We found another issue the communists in china an d the communists in DC have in common.

An anti-extradition bill protester covers her one eye with a gauze during a mass demonstration after a woman shot in eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu