Sunday, February 24, 2013
And now, according to the Washington Times, Mayor Doomberg has extended his ban on high capacity assault soda to officially putting the kibosh on 2 liter bottles of soda with pizza delivery! You read that correctly. He has banned the sale and/or transfer of high capacity sodas with your pizza. No more assault Mt Dew will be coming to your door when you call up Domino's. Nope, your done!
It's our fault, people. It really is. We have stood idly by far too long, and the uninformed voter, the low informed voter, the Unions, the banks, the Fed, and our educational system have been indoctrinating us far too long. I would like to think that a peaceful solution to this mess we are in is possible, but the more I see of these emboldened little Hitlers popping up in every state, the more and more I feel that my worst fears will come true: There will be an armed revolution. My children will live to see it. We will all lose in one way or another. And whom do we have to blame but ourselves? If you want to point the finger at somebody, just look in the mirror. Yes, I know some have been out there, beating the drums and blowing the whistles and sounding the alarm bells, but as much as I praise you, you have been outgunned. It's far easier to keep people ignorant than it is to keep them informed.
And now our government is emboldened by our President. His socialist policies, usurpation of the political processes through executive orders, his naming his political opponents in Washington enemies, and his blatant disregard for the Constitution stand as a rallying cry for all the little bastard politicians who would use their position of authority to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens who just want to be left alone. It is at all levels that you see this. From corrupt politicians to gestapo police officers who think that they can trample a man's rights just because they are an authority figure. Welcome to the New World Order.
You people need to wake up! I know I'm just beating my head against the wall when I say this. But no matter. I'm going to keep screaming it until I can't draw breath any longer. At least when we're all dead, I can stand at the Pearly Gates and say, "I told you so!" We need to have our politicians vetted properly. We need to know who they are BEFORE they get into office. We need to read the Constitution and know the laws and statutes that govern our states, counties and cities. We need to know what our rights are so that when ignorant cops stop us for open carrying our firearms, we can tell them, with confidence, "no, I won't show you my ID, and you need reasonable suspicion that I am committing a crime in order to detain me." We need to know the differences between a right and privilege. We need to stand together.
I demonstrated, along with fellow patriots, at the Capitol steps yesterday. Despite horrible weather conditions. we stood there, freezing our asses off, with our spouses, our children, and our friends to protect rights that were granted to us by a higher power - not some arbitrary supreme court justice. Yet, despite the fact that I was proud to be standing among so many like-minded individuals, who wouldn't miss this event for the world, we could have had more; a lot more. We need to have a ground swell at our demonstrations. We need the very earth beneath our feet shake as we march on the Capitol. We need to pack our government buildings when bills are sent in for committee or a vote. We need to make every effort to make our voices heard to our representatives so they vote in the favor of THE PEOPLE - not the special interest groups that buy them off.
We need to hold our politicians, judges, and police accountable for the wrongs they commit. Just yesterday, I was told that a man and his son were accosted by a Utah Highway Patrol officer, who said that his son carrying a rifle on his back was illegal since he was under age. That's bullshit! The only requirement that this kid needed was that a responsible adult, his father, was escorting him! Don't believe me? Google this: U.C.A 76-10-509(2) That child learned yesterday just what tyranny felt like. His rights were being trampled, and he witnessed it. He didn't learn of it from a history book, or some novel. He didn't have to imagine what it must have felt like. He was a victim of it! He tasted Statism through his own experience. I hope that awful taste lingers in his mouth for the rest of his life, and that he fights it wherever and whenever it occurs. I hope that boy grows up to be a champion of freedom - to protect those who need protecting. I hope he becomes a voice for those who have no voice.
My children will learn of patriotism through their lives. They will learn by my example, my teachings, and my guidance. I hope that all that I do today will help preserve what I have been able to take for granted for so many years. I hope they grow up to be patriot activists like me, willing to be inconvenienced to stand up for what I hold so dear, willing to stand in the cold to demonstrate, willing to encourage others to get active and involved, willing to fight and die to protect freedoms for their posterity.
If we leave this country in worse shape than we inherited it, how can we look at ourselves in a mirror? I, for one, will do everything I can to preserve the freedom we have left, and - God willing - take back some of what we've lost so that my children, and your children will taste the sweetness of freedom and liberty.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
2/23/13, Salt Lake City Day of Resistance rally at the Capitol. A few hundred of us braved the cold to exercise our First Amendment right to preserve the 2nd. Today, 2/23, was significant because on Jan 16, 2013, Obama signed 23 executive orders to restrict gun rights of law-abiding Americans without vetting them through the House and Senate. It also holds significance because the round commonly fired out of America's favorite rifle, the AR-15, is the .223 Remington cartridge. Additionally, this date holds significance because 2/23/45 is the date that our heroic Marines raised the Flag over Iwo Jima.
For me, the day started last night. I could feel the flu coming on and it was hitting me hard. After a few hours of toughing it out, I doped up on some NyQuil and went to bed. I woke up early today with a pounding headache and sinuses that felt like they were going to explode, but I remedied it with some Robitussin. After my wife woke up, we got the kids ready, ate some breakfast, and headed out into what we knew was going to be some snow.
We made it out of the driveway, and it hit. A big storm front was moving over the Wasatch Front and it made the roads very slippery. Fortunately, our Jeep suffered no loss of meaningful traction, and we arrived about and hour early to the rally. Experience has taught me that if you want a good parking spot, show up extra early.
About a quarter to the noon start time, we got the kids out, bundled them up, stuck them in the stroller, and made sure we had all the snacks and other goodies needed to keep kids happy. Then I got out my 3 Percenter Flag and my rifle, and we pushed the stroller up to the Capitol steps.
We had a feeling that turnout might be a bit low because of the weather, so only the most avid supporters of the 2nd Amendment would be there. We saw a couple kids with rifles slung over their shoulders too. It was cute, amazing, and heartwarming to see like-minded parents teaching their children to stand for what we believe. I also met a guy who drove from Idaho to be here in Utah with us. It was closer for him to drive here than to Boise in a blizzard. As I've driven in Idaho a couple of times during a blizzard, I tend to agree with his judgment.
One thing I can say about gun owners, especially the Dads and Moms who gathered there, they are so friendly and likable. I would have shaken every hand there if not for the fact that clenching that flag pole in that bitterly cold wind made my hands pretty stiff. Note to self: Mechanix Gloves are awesome for working, shooting, and general stuff (even in -15 degree F cold), but they do not do well when you are static. I should have brought my ski gloves, ha ha!
There were some speakers there, but I was making myself busy by mingling and networking. I gathered with Facebook friends, talked about the Liberty Pathfinders (an organization we have started in UT), as well as just talking about all the cool guns that so many people brought.
Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22. Cute! I think the best gun present was the Nerf gun that some 8 year old was packing. It had a sling and everything!
After parading my flag around the grounds, having had my picture taken by God knows how many people and news reporters, the festivities were over. I shook hands with friends and new acquaintances, and quietly left. I walked back to the Jeep to get warm. The People disbanded quietly, quickly, and without incident. I noted that not a single piece of trash littered the area we demonstrated at. Gotta love gun owners! We take care of our garbage, unlike other groups that "occupy" parks and government buildings.
There is bound to be another rally next month. I'll be ready. For now, I'm going to thaw out and let this cold do it's thing.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Okay, getting into details. This is a pretty squared away gun. Not only are the accessories chosen for it proven, but the rifle itself has been shaken down properly, and it's been reliable. I did have a stuck case one time, but a solid smack of the buttstock into the dirt, as well as pulling back the charging handle, solved that problem pretty handily.
Elzetta ZFL-M60. While Elzetta offers lights with various tail cap function options, I went with a simple rotary switch that provides momentary on/off with the push of the button, constant on if I rotate the switch, and lockout by twisting it out so the switch won't contact the batteries. This is a simple setup because 99.9% of the time, I'm just pushing the button for a second or two, and releasing. Light comes on. Light goes off. The head is their standard without a crenelated bezel. I don't need it. I'm not going to be hitting anyone with the light itself, and there's a barrel in the way of that sort of use anyway. The output is 235 lumens, which will illuminate a target 3 blocks away. The light is mounted to a Haley Strategic Thorntail light mount. This is a solution to a problem that seems like it was made for this gun. The main problem with mounting a light to the SR556 is that there is a gas block in the front, which houses the piston and the gas port regulator. This section of the gun gets very hot during operation. You can't mount a plastic light mount, like the VTAC because the heat will melt it. Additionally, mounting metal mounts will transfer heat to the flashlight quickly, and heat is the enemy of all high intensity flashlights. The Thorntail gives good stand off distance from the regulator with a good air gap, and the part that mounts to the rail sits far enough back that it doesn't absorb heat. It also gives me a good reference point for my thumb when not operating the light.
I removed the Troy BUIS from the weapon and replaced them with Magpul MBUS sights. I like them better. They are faster in deployment and it doesn't take three hands to put them back down when not needed. Irons are necessary for any gun of this kind. I also shaved a few ounces by switching to Magpul. Because the Magpul MBUS sights are plastic, I had to mount the front sight back from the gas regulator. It does nothing to my accuracy at the ranges I shoot, and actually works with my style of shooting because my thumb just comes up from the rail to the release lever for the front sight and it is instantly deployed. Can't complain about that!
Right off, you might notice the B.A.D. lever. I'm currently in my testing and evaluation phase with this piece. Before getting it, my concern was that it would be really hokey and have no use on my weapon system. Since running it out in the desert, it didn't impede normal weapon operation at all. In addition, I had spent some time practicing double feed malfunction/clearing drills at home (with no rounds of course). When I got to the range, I introduced actual double feed malfunctions using live rounds, and practiced clearing them with the B.A.D. lever. Whoa! It was intuitive and made it a very fast and easy process! I'm stoked! We'll see how it pans out in the long run, but as long as the screw doesn't work itself loose and falls off, it's staying there.
The SKT single point sling is very basic. It employs a simple trigger snap buckle that is spring loaded. The locking jaw overlaps 90+ degrees and provides a solid mounting option. The sling also features a quick release buckle, which is covered by a protective sleeve. The sleeve has a nylon tab that you can pull down away from the buckle itself. This combination prevents the buckle from being activated accidentally, but allows easy presentation and use, if needed. Honestly, I haven't unbuckled it but maybe a couple times to check function. I don't want to use it too often and find it breaking someday.
|After Initial Shakedown Last April, 2012|
Overall, I am totally satisfied with this gun and am happy with the way it turned out. When you get right down to the bottom of it, the Ruger SR556 is truly a remarkable rifle. The fact that you could (at the time) get a piston AR15 for less than $1500, with sights, is truly amazing. As my gun has been used, tested, changed, and used some more, I have really gotten to know this weapon and have had a lot of fun getting it from where it was when I bought it to where it is today. This is a rifle that will remain in my collection until I die.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Don't say anything. Just look... ... ... ...
Ah, it feels good to finally wrap up a gun project. This one went fairly quickly. The reason is that I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted before going into it, though a couple of products needed discovery during the process. This is my solution to a home defense problem. Let's get into specifics.
Remington 870 that I bought in July of 2011. At the time, I wasn't looking for anything other than a simple shotgun for home defense. But as I used the shotgun, and got to know it better, I found myself wanting a little more than what it offered. First off was to get new sights for it. However, that adventure would have turned out quite expensive for me, as getting sights onto a gun that doesn't have them to begin with is costly. I sold Ole Plain Jane to finance the Remington 870 Tactical that I purchased in late 2012. It was a couple hundred bucks more than the original shotgun I bought, but it saved me in the end because getting sights on Ole Plain Jane was going to run me $250+ from a gunsmith. I'm happy I went this route instead. For my money, I ended up with exactly the sighting system I wanted, plus a bonus in the form of a funny little tactical choke on the end. More importantly, the gun is not only equipped with this funny choke, but can accept others as needed. Ole Plain Jane was a cylinder bore with no option for chokes.
Not pictured is a Nordic Components Teflon coated follower. I didn't replace the magazine tube follower for any reason other than the fact that the one that came with the gun was made of thin plastic. On something that critical, I want metal. It hasn't failed yet, and seems to work well. I did notice, however, that when loading Sellier & Bellot 2 3/4" buckshot rounds, I can only fit 5 in the tube - not 6. But I think that's more the fault of the shotgun shell itself. It's longer than a Federal 2 3/4" shotshell.
Streamlight TLR1-S, I took the time to explain the advantages, disadvantages, and I dispelled some rumors about weapon-mounted lights. The short description is, "Own the light, own the fight." Being able to see down dark hallways and into dark rooms gives you many more advantages than if you were operating in total darkness. My main reason for having a light is target identification. When things go bump in the night, I want to know that the person I'm aiming my 12 gauge shotgun at is a burglar - not my wife getting up in the middle of the night to take a pee. Any disadvantage of having a light on a gun pales in comparison to the extreme disadvantage of having to explain to my Mother In-law why I just blew away her daughter at 2 in the morning.
Thorntail light mount. I then saw, for the first time, the INFORCE WML weapon light. The research on this was worth the affects of sleep deprivation I endured the next day at work. A small, easy to use, lightweight, durable, bright package, all for less than $125 bucks! The best part is that it comes with it's own integrated picatinny rail mount! This was definitely worth the look! At 125 lumens, it is perfect for work inside the house. Those who say that 125 lumens isn't enough, I suggest having your eyes examined. I've tried using my Elzetta, at 235 lumens, in the house. If I point it at directly at a white wall, and tapped the happy switch, guess what happens. Yeah, I end up blinding myself because it reflects 235 lumens back into my face! Of course, the keyboard commandos are revved up by now. "Don't point it directly at the wall!" Well, yeah, duh. But in a dynamic situation, where time is life, things can happen. And pointing a light at the wall is something that very well could happen when the shit is hitting the fan. But I digress.
The only concern I have is that because of the position of the light, and how far back along the barrel it sits, I get shadows to the right of the weapon when using it in the dark. This is mitigated by pointing the gun more toward the right. For my money, the disadvantage of having a standalone light this far back on the weapon beats the obvious disadvantage of clamping a light to the magazine tube and using a funny pigtail cord going back to the for end with a tape switch Velcro'd to it. Clamps come loose, and cords get caught on shit. Tape switches fail, and Velcro peels off and gets sticky. Ask me how I know. Or I can just take a tenth of a second to point the weapon to the right a little.
The last bits about the light are that it uses a CR123 battery and has a two hour run time. That's pretty standard. You can also rotate the back of the body up to cover the switch. It doesn't fully lock the switch out because I can get my thumb in there, but it makes accidental light discharge highly unlikely. It's a feature worth having.
Some day, I might get a Burris Fast Fire to put on the shotgun rail, but for now, for all intents and purposes, this shotgun project is done! Now to finish up the SR-556 once and for all, and move on to the OH-MEGA project!
Friday, February 8, 2013
This is a long video, but my friend and myself happen to be in it, and there is a lot of heartfelt talk going on here from gun owners in the state of Utah. All speeches and statements were made off the cuff. No planned speakers were in attendance today, and the hardcore gun owners in Utah came today and braved the cold, took the day off work, and were vocal about how they felt. Look for my good buddy at 12:25 and me at 15:10. I was a bit reluctant to speak because there were so many good points made, but when asked about the 3 Percenters, I was able to get through a fairly decent statement on who it was that defied the British with arms, and who it is that will be willing to defend this nation against tyranny, should that ever happen. I'm just glad I didn't have a booger hanging out of my nose when I spoke. That would have been awkward.
Posted by James at 10:24 PM
Thursday, February 7, 2013
In comes the OHT. With this tool, you just grab hold of the handle and give it a healthy "flick," and the pliers fly out willingly. Let one of the handles go, and the spring action opens them all the way up, and you're ready to go to work. Oh yes, unlike other competitors, these are spring loaded for ease of operation. When you are done, you simply grab the release buttons on either side and turn it over to allow the weight of the tool to close in on the pliers, or use your pinky to push the handle up over the pliers head.
2 tank wrench, can/bottle opener, #2 Phillips screw driver, small, medium, and large flat blade screw drivers. All of these tools can be accessed, as said above, by orientating the tool in your hand to access what you are looking for. And did you see the coyote tan body? It has each tool shown in a sort of pictograph so you can easily identify it until you memorize where they are. Is it necessary to have this? No. But it does at some cool form factor to it. Boasting a total of 16 tools, if you count the usual suspects on the pliers head - needle nose pliers, regular pliers, removable wire cutter, and hard wire cutters, you have a formidable tool to conquer 95% of the tasks you would employ it for.
When you talk about overall sizes, the Wave on the left is definitely the runt. The OHT is smaller than the Supertool 300, though it weighs more. The Supertool is the hog of the group. The head on the Supertool's pliers is also larger and seemingly more durable, but the outer dimensions coming to the tip of the needle nose pliers allows it to get into tighter spaces.
I have included a video with a lot of the same information above, but it also shows a demonstration of tool operation, as well as one-handed access to the various tools around the handle. I also compare the Supertool 300 and the Juice S2 in a 3 dimensional format instead of the usually pictures I normally take.