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Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

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Kristina Ribali – Aurora: My thoughts on this tragedy and calls for gun control

Folks, this is a must read…Musings from the “Blonde Momshell”: Aurora: My thoughts on this tragedy and calls for gun control.

This is why the 2nd Amendment is vitally necessary…when seconds count, (on multiple occasions) the cops are minutes away. And our justice system is but years away…notice how well all the existing laws worked in this situation?

…and yes, this is quite effective:


As Jay G is wont to say, “That is all.”

Pick and Pluck Foam FTW

I recently bought a house-brand Pelican-style camera case from Calumet Photo to use as a gun case – I figured I needed something with healthy dimensions to accommodate my folded Kel-Tec SUB2000  with optics attached.

To get the length and depth I needed, I had to move up to a pretty large case – but hey, extra space isn’t a bad thing! The case is built like a tank – with four latches and two locking points at each latch.

As you can see, there’s quite a bit of interior real estate – 22.83 x 17.32 x 8.66″ – Internal –  filled with a solid one inch piece of foam in the bottom, two layers of pick and pluck (diced) foam and topped with egg-crate foam in the lid.

It took about ten minutes to create the form-fit area for the SUB2K – pretty slick! Next step will be to fit slots for the magazines and mount that Magpul AFG and pluck foam to accommodate it.

That’s a Red Lion Precision, LLC SUB 2000 forend on the Kel-Tec – allows you to index the forend by 90° increments so you can add optics and accessories and still fold it. (Another solid piece of equipment – amazing how much more substantial it makes the gun feel.) More of a review and range-testing to follow soon.

There’s lots of “left-over” space in the case – room for four to six pistols and their mags – more to come on that.

This will make range trips (and grab-n-go) much easier – I’m really liking it!

Highly recommended…




FTC Disclaimer: I purchased the Kel-Tec SUB2000, the Calumet case, the Red Lion Forend and the Magpul AFG with my own money. I thought it might be worth writing about…I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this short-form review.
(…and bite me).


“Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim. The victim’s friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third try, she got through and, hysterical, could scream only their location.Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. It happened four blocks from where they work, here at The Virginian-Pilot.”

RTWT –  A beating at Church and Brambleton | |


There’s a whole lot of “what were they thinking” running through my mind  right now:

  • Why weren’t their car doors already locked?
  • Why didn’t they just drive off?  While a car may be vulnerable – it has more of a position of strength than an unarmed human.
  • Unarmed? In this day and age, why?
While being attacked, she called 911 – and it took three attempts to get through past “all lines are busy.”  In the PD’s defense, we don’t know if that recording was cell service or 911 call center generated. But remember – even once she got through – the police were only minutes away. Meanwhile, the mob beating continued…
Why did the responding officer record the incident as “simple assault”? Treat it as a mugging – less paperwork?
Why did the paper bury a story involving two of its staff? Political correctness?
From Twitter the next day:

“I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light,” wrote one person.

“I don’t,” wrote another, indicating laughter. “(do it for trayvon martin)”

Folks, this is merely the tip of the iceberg…


Buy A Gun Day…

I recently got a new Ruger SR9C – so I will not get a gun for B.A.G Day. However, in the spirit of the day, it’s time to start my slide down the slippery slope of reloading. I’m still researching what I’m going to buy – most likely a turret model. Any brand and model suggestions from the reloading crowd? I want to try the cast bullet end of things, too…

In other news, I’ve got a long way to go……but I’m really starting to like the new blog digs. I’m still “unpacking” and “putting stuff away” – so expect to see other changes over the next few days. Getting a blogroll configured was somewhat of a bear – the old Blogger site had a widget set to do the blogroll “out of the box.” I’m still not thrilled with the current setup – I’d like it to display the blog name as well as the post title – any suggestions there?

Why should you carry?

Officer “Smith” has an interesting read…

I’m going to say something here that is going to raise some hackles. Then I’m going to explain my statements and, hopefully, make everyone buy it. Here we go. Ready?
Buy a gun. Get a bat. Own some weapon and have enough skill to use it to save your own life and the lives of your family members. DO NOT RELY ON THE POLICE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE FOR YOU.
Wait. What’s this? What heresy are you speaking of? Officer Smith, are you really telling me not to rely on the police to protect me? What about that “Protect and Serve” horse shit plastered all over the sides of their patrol cars? Aren’t they SUPPOSED to protect me?
Now, let me explain.”


Officer “Smith” speaks the truth and explains it well…

Image courtesy Oleg Volk

Snell: Your life is precious, protect it – Iowa State Daily: Opinion

Someone who gets it:

“She was dead.

The woman lay on her back in the middle of the street. Her eyes were open and staring up at the sky, clouds reflecting on the haze forming over them. Pools of thick, dark syrup formed under her back, her life blood oozing out across the black asphalt around her body.

I was there when she died.

It’s a hell of a thing, death. Anyone who has been around it knows about that moment when someone goes from being a person to a thing. It’s a curiosity, almost magical in a way. You can’t help but be mesmerized.

Dying is a threshold we all have to step over someday, and your instincts force you to watch someone else do it, perhaps to see if you can learn some secret — a secret that will help you the moment you cast off your own mortality.

But this was a time when the line was crossed too soon and for no good reason: This woman was shot and killed by her jealous ex-boyfriend.”

RTWT at Iowa State Daily:

Range Test – Kel-Tec Sub 2000

I have recently had the opportunity to test and evaluate (read “send a bunch of ammo downrange”) a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 in 9mm Luger. Kel-Tec  offers the Sub 2000 configured to use a variety¹ of readily available pistol magazines and they were kind enough to send me a test unit configured to use Glock 17 magazines.

When I picked it up at my local FFL, the gun was packed in a no-frills but form-fitted corrugated box and included a sight adjustment tool and a “key” to lock it in the folded position. Prominent on the lid of the box appears a large amount of American pride. In addition to the stylized American flag Kel-Tec logo, there are a series of smaller flag logos signifying American-Owned, -Made and -Parts – yeah, I like that.

At 16.1″ folded, the weapon is small enough to easily fit into a backpack, briefcase or laptop bag. (Or the available soft case from Keltec).
Spartan to the point of homeliness, this little ugly duckling comes into its own when you do what it was designed for – just shoot it. The cheek weld on the buffer tube leaves something to be desired (I believe a God’ A Grip Customizable Cheek Pad ² would be a very nice addition) but “as-is”  it is amazingly accurate. 
The sights were off out of the box – but the groupings were tighter than this old man’s eyes have a right to do. The sight adjustments are pretty straightforward – loosen a Phillips head screw with the supplied tool and then tweak the fluorescent blade up. Side-to-side sight adjustments are done with the hex end of the same tool by backing the locking pad out on one side and tightening by the same amount from the opposite side. Don’t over tighten!  
During my testing I’ve put over 300 rounds through the Sub 2K – a mix of Federal, Remington UMC and Tula. From the first magazine to the last – no failures whatsoever. That includes alternate loading the three different products in a single mag – still flawless.
Kel-Tec brought this little beauty (grin – it grows on you) in at a very attractive price point – $409 starting MSRP. Davidson’s shows models other than “basic black” as high as $446 MSRP. It looks like they retail for $300-350 – if you can find one in the wild. These puppies are scarce! 
The nice price point does open up some neat options – some I feel are must haves – some tacticool. For the must have list – the stock extension and more magazines. It works beautifully with the larger capacity mags as well. If you’d like to mount some type of optics and still retain the “foldability”, you’ll need the aluminum forend (available with two or four picatinny rails) and a good quick release scope mount.
Aside from being a fun gun to shoot, I see some strong utility. Take it hiking/backpacking, four-wheeling, working the back forty – a handy little truck gun. Due to its compact size and accuracy, it could also easily fill a niche as a home defense gun. Hmmm…might need to cycle some defense rounds through it…any excuse to head back to the range!
I’d love to see it in God’s own caliber – preferably using Springfield Armory XD .45 magazines. Being able to share mags would be wonderful. Even without that option, I’m loathe to return this little gem. I foresee another purchase in my near future.

¹ The 9mm SUB-2000 is available in the following magazine types: GLK17, GLK19, S&W59, BERETTA92, SIG226. 
The .40 SUB-2000 is available in the following magazine types: GLK22, GLK23, BERETTA96, S&W4006, SIG226.

² I bought one of God’ A Grip’s Cheek Pads and put it on my Ruger 10/22 – I’ll likely buy more. Good products.

FTC Disclaimer: Kel-tec was kind enough to ship this weapon to me via my local FFL for testing and evaluation. I paid the requisite transfer fees and purchased my own ammo for this test. The  God’ A Grip cheek pad I mentioned, I purchased with my own money. I will very likely purchase a Sub 2000 in the near future. I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this review.
(…and bite me).

Thanks to folks like Sean Sorrentino…

We are winning, one conversation at a time.

“His response? A big grin, and “I see your point. I see your point.” The grin told me that he was hearing me loud and clear. I don’t think he’ll run right out to get a license to carry, but if he did, I wouldn’t be surprised. What I do know is the next time that conversation comes up for him, he’ll be telling them that he doesn’t think that the State should be prohibiting self defense if the Church permits it.” RTWT

More flies with honey than vinegar – we could all learn a lesson here.

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