Archive for December, 2009

December 31, 2009

An account

Big box store security guard tries to disarm law-abiding permit holder.

Another reason why Open Carry is not something I do.

Happy New Year

Thought I’d say that before I forget. And in case we don’t talk again today. How’d the year go? Well, blogwise, like this:

Traffic up 31% for the year.

Top Ten Most Veiwed Pages:

SayUncle (you like my main page, cool)

HR 45

SayUncle Page 2 (I guess you like to catch up if you miss a day)

2 shot dead at gun control rally

But Guns Cause Murder

Liberals and Guns

ATF explains ‘weapon of choice’

What Media Bias

Gun Bills in the New Congress

But arms are educational

Top sources of hits:

Direct access (meaning, I presume, you have me bookmarked and that’s nice of you)

Google Organic (dunno what that means but probably search engine)

Instapundit

Tam

Snowflakes in Hell

Yahoo Search

Google Referral (dunno how that’s different from organic – google reader?)

The Firearm Blog

Bing

GunPundit

Update: Oh, and thank you very much for reading. Commenting. Emailing me tips. And, most importantly, entertaining me.

More pocket holster discussion

I mentioned them yesterday. I still contend that they are not most effective carry method. But given how I dress, it’s the method I use most often.

Les Jones looks at the issue:

I mostly pocket carry because it fits the way I dress. With any kind of belt carry you have to conceal the gun and holster. I don’t walk around with an untucked shirt, which seems to be the major solution to concealing. I’d feel goofy wearing a vest all the time. It’s too warm in Tennessee to wear a coat most of the year and then once you’re inside you have to remove the coat.

I generally frown on the shoot me first vests in general. He also talks holsters.

Meanwhile, Jay shows us how quickly he can draw from a pocket. And, well, presuming I have my hand in my pocket; am not in a car; don’t have to set my child down; or drop my shopping bags; I can do that too. But it is limited.

Getting the new media on

For those who missed it yesterday, I have set up a SayUncle Facebook Page. In less than a day, up to 171 friends. So, look it up and become a fan.

Telling to me: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership has over 4k fans. NRA has over 178K fans.

M-41A

Mentioned the gun from Alien a bit back. More on it here.

Gun safety and kids

Ruger has a free video.

Pros and cons of possible SHTF rifle choices

Heh:

The MINI-14: Could be a good rifle, but it’s not black.

An event

Upcoming legal conference on the right to arms

TSA: Keeping you safe

From bloggers:

As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident.

TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public.

Via insty.

Wait, the narrative has changed

The AP a couple of weeks ago:

The number of officers killed in the line of duty by gunfire increased 24 percent from 2008, according to preliminary statistics compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a national nonprofit organization that tracks officer-related deaths.

The AP a couple days ago:

124 officers were killed this year, compared to 133 in 2008. The 2009 total represents the fewest line-of-duty deaths since 108 a half-century ago.

Well, which is it?

The Market and Guns

Kaveman:

Something my buddy and I discussed awhile back is the dearth of firearm innovation for the civilian market.

Well, as I’ve discussed before, there’s not much innovation in the military and police market either. Everyone seems to be making 5.56 semi-auto rifles that take STANAG magazines.

Taser Case to Supreme Court

Mentioned before that the 9th ruled that police had to think someone was a danger before tasering them. Speculation it could go to the Supreme Court.

Chicago Gun Case Updates

Chicago Magazine has a profile of the case (this time, easier to read).

Plus Brief for Chicago and Oak Park

Stupid Criminal Tricks

Thug shoots self in foot while drawing a sawed off shotgun. Keep your boogerhook off the bangswitch.

Lying to win

On the supposed NRA member poll:

The office of Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, responded that the Tiahrt amendment law “explicitly ensures that no restrictions are imposed on the police’s ability to use the data for criminal investigations.” As a result, the office argued, “making the claim that NRA members ‘had a problem with the Tiahrt amendment’ is not supported by the poll and is an unsubstantiated assertion.”

Well, that is why they’re in the game

Dave Workman:

Why is it that when the gun prohibitionist lobby invites gun owners to sit down and negotiate, they never bring anything to the table other than expectations that gun owners will give up some of their rights?

Destruction of evidence?

Man in Compton turns in 58 guns in no questions asked gun turn in program.

Funny right there

ACK quotes captain coo-coo banana:

If Al Gore had been President on September 11, 2001, there would have been no bi-partisan, United We Stand language coming from conservatives. The aggressive, partisan response we have seen to even this failed attack would have almost certainly meant impeachment proceedings against President Gore sometime in late 2001 or early 2002.

No doubt because Al Gore’s response would have been to plant trees in Afghanistan. Hey, it’s their alternate reality. I can make one up too.

December 30, 2009

Hamblen Loses Appeal

Seen at ACK’s:

A federal appeals court has denied a Tennessee state guardsman’s motion to overturn his conviction for possession of nine machine guns.

The ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit in Cincinnati states that Richard Hamblen built the guns himself out of parts from a kit after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks because he believed the guard was not well equipped with weapons.

Hamblen was charged in 2005 for unlawfully possessing machine guns and for possessing unregistered firearms. He was given a 15 month sentence followed by two years of supervised release.

9mm Self Defense Loads

Discussions here and here.

Getting my social media on

I now have a SayUncle Facebook Page here.

And don’t forget, I’m on twitter here.

The twitter works pretty well. The facebook, not so much. Seems TwitterFeed will only do five posts per whack. So, if you have an Uncle burst of ten posts in the morning (right after my coffee) you’ll miss half of it.

Testing a little something

Ignore. Or go here and have a look and tell me if it works.

Blood in the streets

Remember how people (including DC attorneys) said if Heller goes for the good guys there would be blood in the streets? Not so much:

D.C. homicides, in national trend, hit lowest level since ’64

At least they didn’t call it an AK47

But I think if you say banana clip three times, it will turn into one.

If only there was some billionaire with too much time on his hands

Tough financial times for the Brady Bunch?

You’ll put your eye out

This made me laugh:

Red Ryder, My Ass

Your gun for when you can’t carry a gun

Average Joe’s Handgun Reviews looks at pocket holsters. And it includes some must haves and must knows.

The thing about pocket holsters and guns is they suck. And you have to understand that. I have a KelTec that I keep in a pocket holster. I carry it quite a bit. But it is limited. The reason they suck is that pocket holsters are slower and more difficult to draw from. But if you can’t strap a hogleg to your hip, you may not have much choice if you choose to go armed. I’ve never timed my draw from a pocket holster but it feels like it’s a good bit slower than a holstered draw. I have found that cargo style pants pockets make the draw a bit easier but my wife tells me those are out of fashion these days.

If you carry in a pocket holster, practice. Getting that litte BUG out of your front pocket can be tough.

Well, that was the plan

The Sacramento Bee:

California regulators have approved far fewer semi-automatic pistols for sale in the wake of a state law that required new safety devices in 2006 and 2007.

Even More Fourth Generation Glock Stuff

Dennis Tueller Describes the Gen 4 Glock Pistols

More on the 40 point plan

Mayors Against Guns has their plan to target law-abiding gun owners. David notes the odd press treatment:

The contents of the report were reviewed by our good friends the “Authorized Journalists” back on Oct. 3:

The “Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns,” a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post… “would dramatically improve law enforcement’s ability to keep guns out of the hands of criminals — and, in doing so, save innocent lives.”

See, if they claim it, it must be so. Right? What, you expect evidence?

And:

Note how media allies got their copy to exploit, but gun rights advocates were forced to file a Freedom of Information Act request. Bloomberg & Co. are proposing requirements to bind all gun owners–many through reclassifications, executive order enforcement, ATF policies, etc.–in other words, stuff we can’t hold our elected representatives accountable for.

Yes. As I said before, these guys actually know the laws and the regulations and are trying to exploit them. Unlike the Brady Camp, which is ineffective.

And it should come as no surprise that Mayors Against Guns supports thuggish police tactics that congress wasn’t too happy about.