I know some of the hands on gun review and project stuff has slowed down recently, But is is coming. Nearly 3 weeks of rain and thunderstorms then some other things have slowed down several projects that are ongoing for the site. Just wanted to update you on that. Today is another severe thunderstorm/lightening day. So I’m going to do another scattered shots random things that caught my eye recently.
This first picture is a very cool gun owner by friend of the website and all around cool guy Stuart Palmer. You may recognize it from a little known obscure film called “Blade Runner”.
This is a gun that is from another media franchise from the 80s. Not seen these days and not very accurate. A friend owns one of these he bought in the early 80s and I been trying to get him to loan it to me for a few years now. If I get my hands on it I will absolutely give a full review of it and play act my favorite episodes of The A-Team by shooting at a man sized target 5 foot away and still missing.
This is the coolest thing I have seen this month. or at least the thing I saw that I lusted for the most. The all brass cleaning rod and tool set for issue out to GIs issued the M1911 pistol.
I ran across this picture on facebook shared by a veteran of MACVSOG. These two guys really were innovators.
Above is a very nice “clone” of a Colt 601. The parts are almost all original save for the lower and the full auto control parts that would get the owner in trouble. The owner even managed to track down one of the original bayonets.
Below is a very nice collection of all the major retro variants with bayonets.
The below picture is of an experimental storage drum for M1911s that was proposed to be used to store pistols after WW2. It held about two dozen pistols plus two mags each. The top is glass but only for display purposes. I’d like to own that drum full of surplus M1911s.
Last is a funny little meme I found some where. It’s funny precisely because it is true.
In Officer Candidate School Quantico, in one of the many long and boring classes, there was a little event to wake the students up. At a set point in one of these classes a group of Marines would run in wearing their 782 gear and firing blanks. They would run up on stage and one by one recite (loudly and enthusiastically) the following. The section below is typed as the handout was typed.
I am the squad leader, I carry out the orders of my Platoon Commander. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 Bayonet. I am responsible for discipline, training, and welfare of my squad. In the event of combat I am responsible for the tactical employment of these motivated trained killers.
I am the fireteam leader, I carry out the orders of my motivated squad leader. I carry the M16A2 service rifle with M203 Grenade Launcher attached. I am responsible for the tactical employment of my fireteam, as well as my M203, and when you hear the “THUMP” of my 203 you will know death is in the house and HELL! is in session.
I am the automatic rifleman, I carry the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and K-Bar Killing Knife. I carry out the orders of my motivated fireteam leader. I am responsible for the care and effective tactical employment of my weapon, and when I open up, you will know that heavy metal thunder is about to rain down hot lead and fear on the enemy.
ASSISTANT AUTOMATIC RIFLEMAN
I am the assistant automatic rifleman. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 bayonet. I also carry the spare barrel and ammunition for the Squad Automatic weapon. I am responsible to ensure that the Automatic Rifleman continues to put deadly rounds on the enemy. In the unlikely event that the SAW Gunner goes down I will continue to cause hate and discontent in the hearts of our enemies!!
I am the rifleman, I am also trained as the Squad Scout. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 bayonet. I carry out the orders of my Fireteam Leader, I am the master of detection as the pointman of my Squad. I am responsible to locate and close with the enemy and to ensure death and destruction rain down upon the enemy.
Night vision is expensive. Then, there are all sorts of options, but they are sold by competing dealers so it is hard to find fair comparisons about them. It is true force multiplier as every day we experience darkness and the vast majority would not have something like night vision. It is also something that people won’t be throwing together in their garage after a SHTF event. You either have it or you don’t.
Not that long ago a night vision salesman was pushing a product I was really interested in. Then he started making all sorts of impossible claims. Made me decide not to buy from him. It can be hard to sort through the marketing bullshit, especially if you have limited knowledge or experience with night vision.
NITEWALKER posted an excellent comparison video of various Dual PVS-14 bridge mounts. Not a whole lot of people would get the chance to have their variety of sub $1000 bridge mounts on hand. That why I am so grateful to see this sort of information shared. No way would I be buying all that stuff.
So what do we say to this? “Close enough for government work”? That ATF is a one stop shop for firearm theft?
The agents are searching for some of their own retired service weapons as well as guns from other federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and DEA.
All of the weapons had been sent to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Firearms and Ammunition
Destruction Branch in Martinsburg, W.Va., to be shredded, according to
court documents and congressional letters.
A longtime guard at the ATF facility has admitted to carting off thousands of firearms, gun parts and ammunition and selling them over several years. Hey those were supposed to go to Mexican cartels!
Christopher Yates, 52, a guard who worked as a contract employee
for ATF for 16 years, was charged in federal court in West Virginia. He
pleaded guilty in April to possession of a stolen gun and stealing
Yates is set to be sentenced in August. He faces up to 10 years
in prison on each count, but is unlikely to get the maximum under
federal sentencing guidelines.
The ATF has recovered more than 4,000 guns and parts that had been reported missing while Yates worked there, according to Yates’ plea agreement.
Yates admitted to stealing at least 3,000 slides, a key part of a gun allowing it to fire, from Glock semiautomatic handguns. He also admitted to stealing dozens of guns, including at least four fully automatic machine guns, which are closely regulated by the ATF. HAW! Apparently not regulated very closely once they have them in their hands!
It’s not clear from the plea agreement if all of those machine guns have been recovered. Comforting
Yates told prosecutors that when he was alone at the facility, he stole the weapons and parts and then sold them.
The agency did not provide many details to Congress on the scope
of the theft in a letter to senators sent in March and obtained this
week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
In the March 28 letter, to U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), then-Acting ATF Director Tom Brandon said he could not say much because of Yates’ open case. By that he of course means he has no frigging idea but isn’t going to very well say it.
Johnson, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, and Peters, the committee’s ranking member, had written a letter in March asking for answers from the agency, saying they had been told about 600 guns and parts were stolen. “About”. Read- have no clue.
“We cannot at this time characterize the scope of the thefts from
the Martinsburg facility,” wrote Brandon, who retired from the agency
at the end of April.
Less than two weeks after Brandon’s letter was sent, many details
of the case were laid out in Yates’ plea agreement filed in federal
court in West Virginia.
The agency is still not publicly saying how many guns and gun parts have been taken, only disclosing that the loss was “significant.” Federal agency vague non-answer, check.
On Wednesday, ATF spokeswoman April Langwell noted in an email to the Journal Sentinel that “the total number cannot be released pending the ongoing investigation & recovery operations.” ” We haven’t a clue lol , but we sure ain’t gonna let the masses know that”.
FFLs. Please chime in and tell us if the ATF would accept that as an answer from you if a couple guns turned up missing during one of their friendly visits. Never mind, we all already know the answer to that one.
Asked why the agency did not disclose details to Congress that were in Yates’ plea agreement, Langwell wrote, “The investigation was ongoing and the timing of the release of information was a result of the regular judicial process.” “We have no intention of having to face any accountability because of our incompetence as the gov’s TOP. MEN.” “retirement pensions and dental plans may be at stake!”
Agents have been “running around the clock” trying to find the weapons, which has taken time from other investigations, according to several sources familiar with the effort to find the stolen guns. Sure.
It’s ok though, the world is now safe from bump stocks.
You can read the report on the ongoing complete failure of the ATF’s ability to keep track of the guns in their own possession here and bask in professionalism of some of the nation’s most TOP MEN here.