Went to a Gun Show last weekend

That ‘last weekend’ being 07-08 October, A. D. 2017.

No one was injured due to gunfire, with intent or without.  (We do a pretty good job of keeping saboteurs out.)  There was a dispute between a vendor and a customer; it was resolved without bloodshed or even fisticuffs.  Not every was happy about it, but life is like that.

I did not find any illegal (fully automatic, short barreled arms, suppressed arms or suppressors, all without proper documents or licenses) weapons for sale.

I didn’t see any ‘bump fire’ type stocks for sale.  I wasn’t looking, actually.  They don’t work worth a hoot on bolt action rifles.

I heard no discussions planning illegal activities.

There were no demonstrations for the anti-freedom faction.  Probably not enough press coverage.  (I didn’t ‘miss’ it.)

Didn’t find any super-bargains on anything.  One of my friends did find and purchase a Mannlicher-Schonauer (bolt action) rifle in 8x60mm.  He let me hold it.  It was sensuous in the same manner as shifting gears on a well made sports car or sleeping on silken sheets.  It was less than $600.00 Yankee dollars, rather a bargain.  (Presuming one appreciates that sort of thing.)  Then he and I discussed making reloadable cases for it.

Saw a bunch of old friends.  One of whom was not only still moving, he is getting better.  He had been ill with ‘something’ for far too long and the doctors finally figured out the problem.  It can be fixed with minor therapy and diet.  Nothing requiring him to be disassembled and reassembled.  (Thank you, Lord!)

I had dinner and pleasant fellowship and conversation – not all about guns and very little about politics – with some friends.

I found another history book on the First World War for $25.00.

Downside:  I worked ‘security’ on the midnight to morning watch.  Not a lot of sleep and I was really dragging when the show was over.  I’m nearly back to normal today (end of Monday following).

I LEARNED SOMETHING from each of several people.

 

From my point of view, I had a great time.

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Hate Speech and Murder

On 1st October, an alleged single male individual opened fire with several rifles on a crowd of people attending a Country and Western Music Concert in Paradise, Nevada.  Paradise, Nevada is located in the greater Las Vegas, Nevada area very close to McCarran International Airport.

As most adults are aware, some fifty-eight people were killed at the scene or died as a result shortly following.  Over four hundred people were wounded.

This is a horrific event.  All the victims of the homicidal attack were attending a music concert.   None of them, to anyone’s knowledge, had ever offended the murderer or even inconvenienced him.  This action was horrific.  Decent people around the world are horrified.

As horrible as this was, and the personal damage caused to victims and survivors alike is the reaction of the Left.  Those who claim to stand against ‘hate speech’ and publicly advocate an ‘inclusive’ and understanding view of others.

One Democrat, California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) made a Facebook statement, on his Facebook page, blaming and specifically including every firearms owner in the United States as being responsible.

Former Secretary Hillary Clinton made a comment of equal venom and ignorance by vilifying sound suppressors – ‘silencers’ – hypothetically.  Just for the record, no sound suppressors were employed.  Nor did the crowd react instantly to the sound of gunfire.

Even more disgusting were the comments by CBS vice president and senior legal counsel Hayley Geftman-Gold (formerly employed in New York).  She said victims of the Las Vegas mass murder were “Republican gun toters” not deserving of sympathy.  She was fired after the statements were made public; but her position indicated a level of bias.

It is interesting in this context to note her statement was made public in a Facebook statement.  She later, after being apprised of her indefensible statement, apologized with much more consideration of her words than her initial statement.

Her unguarded statement is frighteningly reminiscent of the attitude of many dictators and junta members of the last century in showing no regard for ‘them’ (whoever disagreed with the speaker or the speaker’s party).  She essentially wrote off everyone who wasn’t totally agreeing with her feelings.

Just so there are NO misunderstandings, this is HATE SPEECH at the rawest.  It is incredible hatred and undisguised.  One wonders how many other similar statements were made and NOT publicly reported.

In contrast, how many on the Left accuse normal people of hate speech for disagreeing with their continuing destruction of Western values and freedom?

In contrast:

In 2013 (no newer information) there were 6,056 abortions reported in the State of Nevada.  I’m not picking on Nevada, but that’s where the shooting occurred.  Reported.  So this is a minimum number, assuming everyone reports everything accurately and so forth.  This information is from ‘johnstonarchieve.net‘ and cites information from CDC information collection.

In other words, the murders of 1st October amount to One Percent (1%) of the abortions performed in 2013.  From another view, that was roughly seventeen abortions per day (counting Saturday and Sunday).  So in about three and one half days, the numbers of abortions performed roughly equalled the number of people killed at the Las Vegas murders.

The mass-murder on 1st October was hideous.  What does that make the number of intentionally caused deaths due to abortions?  And keep in mind, that isn’t the number of deaths caused currently – the information is four years old.

Of course, this is trivialized by those promoting abortion.  After all, those are not ‘real’ deaths, as the victims were not ‘real’ people; they hadn’t been born yet.  Who cares?

One wonders if the deaths of infants in the United States by abortion is trivialized by people like Hayley Geftman-Gold in similar manner?

Or, in the famous words of another famous (infamous?) leftist, “What difference does it make anyway?”

I should also explain the lives of people are precious in the sight of God, and therefore precious to me.  I am certainly not as good at it as God, but constantly getting better.  (Better than I was, anyway.)  I do not rejoice in the deaths of ‘others’.  Not other races, not other nationalities, not other religions, not other political viewpoints.  (I am aware some jackass will object I left something out in that last sentence.)  Yeah, at times I feel less ‘Christian’ than I should; but then I pray about it and get my head back on straight.

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Stephen Paddock is logically a Leftist, probably Democrat

It only makes sense.

Being transparent and open, I do not know for sure about this.  But it follows from the known facts.  Consider:

The shooter in the Las Vegas mass murder intentionally selected as his target a group of Country-Western music aficionados.  Overwhelmingly,  Country-Western music enthusiasts are pro-American and therefore voted for Donald Trump.  One concludes the shooter suffers from anti-Trump or Trump Derangement Syndrome.

It is silly and illogical to suggest a pro-American would select such a target group.

 

The shooter made sure the mass murder would fit the pre-arranged claims of the Left aligned Democrat Continuum.  Sure enough, on cue, all the wild eyed Leftists were primed and ready to deploy the ‘ban guns’ paranoid delusion.  (Almost as if they were expecting the incident?)

It is silly and illogical to suggest a pro-American would damage the Second Amendment in such manner.

 

The shooter didn’t want to face his victims.  They weren’t real people to him, just ‘them’.  Very typical of Leftist thought and behavior.

All the pro-American people I know are rather ‘person oriented’, at least in this sense.  Very few are back shooters.  Pro-American people tend to consider the consequence of their actions more carefully.

 

The shooter killed himself rather than face the public, the justice system or the real world.

That is self-evident and I’ll leave it alone.

 

The last bit of known fact presumes Mr. Paddock was in fact the murderer.  If Mr. Paddock was deployed only as a decoy, scape-goat or red-herring, the actual murderer fit into the first three items and then killed Mr. Paddock to cover his crimes.

At the very least the Las Vegas murderer committed his crime to assist the Left, based on logical thought.

 

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Time for LESS gun control

Everyone is talking about the mass murder in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Last I heard there were fifty-eight dead and over four hundred wounded.  Could be more by now.  That is hideous.  Senseless from a rational perspective.  (It probably makes sense of a sort to the late murderer; I might intellectually grasp the concept if I was informed, but I cannot empathize.)  I am horrified at the disregard of one human being for another.

As a Christian, I am directed to ‘love’ at least in the ‘agapeo’ sense of being concerned about my fellow man to my own expense.  Certainly to value other human beings at the same level as myself.  Included in that is the limitation of not murdering others for my own benefit, including amusement.

Manifestly, this did not apply to the murderer.  At least at the time of his action, he didn’t value any of his victims in any sense I would understand.  I do not claim to have magical or Divinely directed insight on his thinking, but his actions tend to give this impression.  That mass murder that the murderer committed demonstrates a disregard for other human life.  (From the circumstances one can rule out ‘just war’ or ‘self-defense’ as exemptions to the ‘murder’ concept; whether the reader accepts those concepts or not, they simply do not apply.)

In Christian terms, “sin” is disobedience of God.  God’s will and or God’s direct command.  Even without a Christian world-view, one can agree murder (killing another for personal reasons) is at least wrong, and ‘sinful’ by that criteria.  (If anyone disagrees, please explain.)  Therefore, murder, these murders is the result of sin.  At least for us Christians; non-Christians are free to theorize the murderer committed the acts because his underwear didn’t fit, or his parents didn’t buy him a dog or a bad breakfast or something.  (Feel free to disagree, but explain please.  I’d really like to hear.)

In fact, Jesus once made the statement about the inner being of a human (called the ‘heart’ in both Hebrew and Greek language and thinking) is the source of wrongful thoughts and actions.  I think ‘modern’ psychiatry would call this part of a human the ‘id’.  (I could be mistaken, but most all authorities agree there is a ‘central’ or ‘core’ portion of the human which to some extent or other directs human attitudes and actions.)

In [the gospel of] Matthew, chapter 15, and Mark 7, Jesus is taken to task – criticized – by a small group of Pharisees because His (Jesus’) disciples didn’t follow a tradition (rule of conduct loosely based on the Mosaic Law) regarding the ceremonial washing of hands.  To be clear, this was not a violation of one’s Mother warning one to wash hands before eating to avoid germs, but a violation of a ceremonial rule (possibly verging on superstition) regarding ‘legal’ preparation for eating. Ignoring this rule was not just bad manners or slovenly living, but a ‘sin’ against God, according to the tradition.

Cutting much of the discussion (read Matthew 15 and Mark 7 for two accounts of the whole treatment), Jesus summed up the matter by telling the Pharisees “Listen to me, everyone, and understand.  There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”  (Matthew 15:17 and Mark 7:15 both say essentially the same thing.)  Later on, Jesus expounds a bit to His disciples by telling them (Matthew 15: 16-20 and Mark 7: 18-22) Jesus said, “Even after all this, are you still so foolish? Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach and then passes out into the sewer?  But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.  For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are the things that defile a person; it is not eating with unwashed hands that defiles a person.”

From this, one understands that external ‘artifacts’ are not particularly in control of a person’s actions or attitudes, but one’s own desires and intents are in control.

The concept ‘artifacts’ cause human behavior is difficult to explain and quite absurd in practice.  No one really believes ball point pens cause forgery, ball point pens cause mis-spelled words, flatware causes obesity, automobiles cause excessive speed or traffic accidents, windows cause peeping Toms, and my favorite, television causes insipidness of thought.

Of course, there is a political and life-style faction which holds firearms cause crime, especially violent crime.  Which is as silly and irrational as any of the above.

The mass murder in Las Vegas is indeed horrific.  As was the mass murder in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016.  As was the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.  As was several other mass murders without rational purpose.  Reasonable humans want to prevent such things from happening again.

However, blaming artifacts is wasting time and effort.  Not to mention those sorts of mass murders will continue.  The instrumentality may be different, but the murders will be the same.

 

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Yom Kippur

This year, the Jewish holiday (‘holy day’) of Yom Kippur begins today [Friday, 29 September] at sundown and ends tomorrow [Saturday, 30 September] at sundown. In the traditional Jewish calendar, any given day begins and ends at sunset. There is a reason, but is immaterial to this essay.

Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and is the formal remembrance of each individual’s need to atone – make amends or reparation; and includes sorrow for committing deeds of hatred and bearing attitudes of hatred, greed or anything else to diminish either other persons or the Lord Most Holy by disgracing His reputation by one’s improper actions.

As I may have mentioned, I am a practicing Christian. As such, I must always bear in mind the Jewish background of Christianity. I also must constantly monitor my behavior and attitudes in light of what the Lord Most Holy expects of me.

So I don’t expect Yom Kippur to be incorporated as a regular Christian holiday. However, the essence of Yom Kippur is part and parcel of Christian doctrine (if nothing else, check Matthew 5:21-26 for Jesus’ directions about dealing with others in this light). Christians are expected to atone daily, actually ‘as needed’, not just once every so often. (I rather expect practicing Jews see this in a similar fashion.)

For my part, not all those I have offended, attacked (verbally, usually) or wished evil upon are close enough to personally apologize. But I would like to. So while I cannot remove all the harm I have done or intended, I can say I regret doing so. And I intend to make the attempt to live closer to what the Almighty orders in the future.

The Hebrew language word translated into English as “shalom” generally is thought of as ‘peace’. It is, but as so many foreign language words, it actually means more. It conveys the idea of peace, but more than just absence of conflict or violence. It also indicates contentment, serenity, prosperity (more than just money) and living in accord with the Lord Most High. Probably more than that.

Saying ‘shalom’ as a greeting actually means bestowing all those things on the recipient. (Not that mere humans can do such, but the speaker is petitioning the Almighty to bestow such on the recipient.)

Therefore, “peace” – in that sense – to you all.

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One of the Obsolete Revolvers and Why It’s Better Than Popularly Thought

Cylinder open view

I have a nice old revolver.  It is a full sized belt gun.  It can be concealed with proper clothing – a jacket of some sort – but it was intended as an exposed holster gun.  The revolver is a Second Model Hand Ejector, and was made from about 1915 to 1940.  The caliber is .44 Special, one of the finest fighting and general purpose handgun cartridges ever designed.

 

Left side of revolver. If the photo density allows, some flaking of the finish can be seen.

The sample living with me is NOT a pristine collector item.  It has been refinished; possibly in someone’s basement.  The finish is nickel (I think).  It could be chrome.  Whoever did it did know to disassemble the arm before plating it.  The finish is peeling in places.

The barrel has been shortened to just over 4.5 inches, the muzzle more or less squared off and more or less crowned.  The front sight was remounted.  I think I can make out the solder lumps.

The muzzle treatment is somewhat eccentric. The revolver shoots well in spite

Front sight; solder joint visible at base. Also note ‘vintage’ appearance.

Genuine Faux Ivory grips. The shining bit on the left of the grips is the Tyler T-Grip adapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The capper were Mother of Pearl grips backed with sheet metal (due to cracks) and an attempt to carve a long-horned steer on this.  (I could not bring myself to dig those grips out of hiding and photograph them.)  Those grips made the rest of the revolver look good. The good news was the grip straps were intact and the grips were replaced with some faux ivory magna type grips and a Tyler T-grip.  More good news is the revolver is mechanically sound and reasonably accurate.

The sights are the fixed variety.  I mean solidly fixed.  The front sight is machined from the stock forming the barrel.  (In my sample, it was cut off when the barrel was shortened and remounted by either soft or silver soldering.  It doesn’t move.  The rear sight is a groove milled in the rear of the receiver.  Oddly enough, the sights register the shots close enough not to bother.  Go ahead and hate me for that; I’ll survive.

Rear Sight from above. Note larger groove forward and smaller square groove aft.

Rear Sight almost from shooter’s position. A square groove in the top of the receiver

Front sight from above, solder may be evident in this view also. This is original sight.

 

 

View of the exquisite engraving mentioned. It does have a certain ‘character’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is decorated with – as described by the honest collector who sold it to me – “genuine Texas pawn shop engraving”.  Which appears to me to be ‘wriggle’ engraving presenting a basic set of lines and a four leaf clover.

Trigger pull is a bunch.  That is, the double action trigger pull pegs my rather inexpensive trigger pull gauge (eight pounds).  However, typical of Smith & Wesson revolvers (the older ones, at least) the pull is smooth and uniform beginning to end, so it’s pretty useful.

This is the revolver (series) with which the late Elmer Keith developed his ‘heavy’ load for the .44 Special.  Information based on several of the current loading manuals and articles posit those loads are not recommended for even ‘casual’ use in these revolvers.  However, I have found some information on loading ‘heavier’ loads than the ‘standard’ factory loads.  (The older factory standard loads were kept to the same pressure and velocity as the previous .44 Russian cartridge.  This predicated on the possibility .44 Special rounds could be loaded into the older .44 Russian revolvers.)

Turns out, Alliant Power Pistol will safely propel a 250 grain bullet at about 800 fps.  (By my chronograph, a five round string showed 824 FPS.)  That’s a .45 ACP hardball equivalent, except this revolver is shooting a flat meplat bullet much like that of a wadcutter.  The pressure level is suitable for this series of revolver.  For practice and friendly games, I load the same combination, except the bullet is a lead round nose.

Started a version of the old revolver vs. semi-auto argument.  Decided not to follow it.  I do carry both, all the autos are some variation of the Colt Government Model; all the revolvers are S&W (pinned barrels, recessed cylinders as appropriate).  I feel quite protected with both.

 

And I’m an old guy.  I like revolvers.

Right side. Note speedloader with flat fronted bullets

 

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Redundancy

Meaning “the state of being not or no longer needed or useful”, closely related to “redundant” meaning “(of a component) not strictly necessary to functioning but included in case of failure in another component”, with synonyms of “unnecessary · not required · inessential  · unessential  · needless · unneeded · uncalled for · surplus · superfluous”

 

Senator John McCain today announced he disapproves of President Trump’s decision to free the U. S. Armed Forces of the fiscal, administrative and tactical burden of ‘transgender’ people in the Armed Forces.  Sen. McCain’s position puts him squarely in  favor of the former President’s theory the U. S. Armed Forces is not intended to defend the U. S. militarily, but rather a social experimentation laboratory.

 

Sen McCain also disagrees with the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio regarding the Sheriff’s conviction of purely political ‘violations’.

 

My comments to the Senator from Arizona:  Relax, John; we all know you are a RINO and hate all contributing to the well being of the United States.  You can quit proving it.

 

Perhaps he should show some honesty and publicly change his political party affiliation.

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