A good week…

Sometimes, not often, the confluence of events allows a little down time on a trip.

This one has proven to be that one break a year type of trip…

Got a chance to attend a military reunion of current/former Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance personnel, and also got a chance to have dinner with Uncle Jay.

We commiserated over the ‘joys’ of travel to foreign destinations, those ‘little’ problems that come up on the road, and how little time one really has during work trips to actually do anything other than work.

Jay is a great storyteller, and has a ton of those little travel faux pas stories, and we also cussed the various customs, ITAR and other petty regulations (like having to have an EXACT number of items in and out, otherwise go to jail, do not pass go, etc.).

Jay really IS one of those ‘little’ guys (actually pretty damn big guy), who make things work behind the scenes, and never get the ‘credit’ (unless something goes wrong). He’s also the guy you want backing you up, anywhere-anytime.

And he educated me on carrying one and more guns on a motorcycle, something I really hadn’t thought about. It IS an interesting problem, and not an easy one to solve.

We got some good food at Whitey’s Fish Camp, a place I used to hit at least weekly, and I almost didn’t recognize the place, it’s expanded so much! But the food was good!!! I think we scared the hell out of the poor waitress as we both grabbed for the bill (and I lost, dammit).

And speaking of motorcycles, coming back to the hotel last night I hear a Harley. Stopping at the light I look over and see a chopped Fat Boy, the rider has on a real helmet, leathers, shorts?? Wha??? Andddd… Flip flops!

Really??? Shorts and flip flops? Sigh… But then it IS Florida…

And lunch was at Sonny’s.

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Now I know not everyone likes Sonny’s, but I’ve eaten at this one for 38 years… It’s not gourmet, but it’s filling and you know what you’re getting. And it’s not expensive either!!!

I’m back on another airplane heading home for the day, then out again… Sigh…

Another YGTBSM…

I’ve re-written this post about three times, trying to express my disgust without cussing…

Did you know the Bible, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence all promote sexism? And racism?

According to a course (required course mind you) being taught by DEOMI, under the auspices of the Department of Defense, they do!

Those three cherished texts all count as “historical influences that allow sexism to continue,” according to a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a ”world-class human relations education.”

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Make sure you take your BP meds before you go read the article by A.R. Goldenberg at the Daily Caller, HERE.

I can’t help but wonder who is the drafter of this program and what their background is… I can take a guess, as well as you probably can.

What really frosts me though, is that this crap is allowed to be spewed to the attendees as ‘gospel’… Or can I even say gospel?

The PC police and SJWs are alive, well and with administration top cover, ramming crap like this down our throats, while penalizing those who put courses together than could actually BENEFIT the warfighters…

But you can’t say radical islam, nor make any negative references to muslims, or even use DOCUMENTED actions… That’s ‘prejudicial’…

Gah… $%^&**&%%$$!!!

h/t AFCM

TBT…

Down in JAX for the MPRA Symposium, and this is a perfect fit…

PBY- WWII

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P-2V7 This one is painted as VP-5 crew nine for a reason…IMG_2203

This is the reason… 38 years, but they were returned to their families…IMG_2205

And yes there are STILL WWII temporary buildings in use… IMG_2207

How big is a Navy battle flag? BIG!!!IMG_2210

The dinner last night had 400 attendees, the oldest from the late 1940s. We had from E-5 to Vice-Admirals in attendance, spanning at least three generations. In one case, a Lieutenant was recognized as the PACFLT NFO of the year, the award was accepted by his daddy, a retired Rear Admiral, who is himself the son of a retired Vice Admiral… :-)

This was a fitting backdrop for the dinner, and the lighting says it all… The P-3 on the right is fading out, and the P-8 on the left is coming into the fleet.IMG_2212It was great to see old friends, as one said, with the emphasis on OLD… We’re not 21 or even 31 anymore… sigh. But it was also fun to talk to the young sailors who are coming behind us. They got a chance tonight to rub shoulders with us old farts and maybe, just maybe, some of them will look back on this night as one that prompts them to stay the course and continue to serve.

 

I missed this one…

In all the hoopla surrounding the NRA AM, I missed this one…

April 10th in History… The date was 150 years ago. 1865…

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Lee’s General Order Number 9 was recorded by Rev. Edmund Jennings Lee, IV (b. 1877) for an LP entitled THE CONFEDERACY (Columbia Records, DL-220).
Text follows.

The Last Order of General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army,
Commanding Army of Northern Virginia.

GENERAL ORDERS No. 9.

HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
April 10, 1865.

        After four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. I need not tell the brave survivors of so many hard-fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to the result from no distrust of them. But, feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of the contest, I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen.
By the terms of the agreement officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed; and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection.
With an increasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous considerations for myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell.

R. E. LEE,
General

One of the most memorable general orders ever…

And Grant’s order was also rather interesting, in that he didn’t make them prisoners.

“Appomattox Court-House, Virginia April 9, 1865.
“GENERAL: In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th instant, I propose to receive the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate, one copy to be given to an officer to be designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the government of the United States until properly exchanged; and each company or regimental commander to sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery, and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officers appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to his home, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.

“U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General.

One day that changed the face of America forever, and two gentlemen who understood the true cost of war. The conducted themselves with honor and did not stoop to the lows that could have very easily have destroyed the country.

h/t Stretch

NRA AM wrap up…

TL;DR version- Fun was had by all. Good folks, good food (except for Friday night), and great conversations. Neat toys too! The LEOs liked us, the service people liked us, and the cleaning people liked us! Win-Win-Win!!!

From the earlier posts, Sunday afternoon Charter STILL had not received their crate with guns. It will be interesting to see if we hear anything about this later.

Sunday’s Tennessean paper had a dig at the NRA, via a SEX headline… Pedi pretty much fisked that one HERE. At the airport yesterday morning I was talking with a Baptist preacher who is a youth counsellor for the NRA about it, and he was STILL livid…

Lots of folks took lots of pictures, so I’m only putting up a few.

I was asked what the size difference is between the G42 and G43. The G43 is on the left. It’s ‘about’ 1/2 inch longer…

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In answer to the Colt catalog issue with the LE6920- OEM 1 and 2, The OEM 1 has a front sight post.IMG_2183

The OEM 2 does NOT have a front sight post and is low profile. Both are the same price.IMG_2182

This is the heat shield on Jesse Smith’s competition Colt AR… :-) IMG_2185

And FN is selling ‘collector copies’ of military arms.  Now it’s interesting to note they are all flat tops, unlike the originals. But they ARE built to MILSPEC except for the fun switch…

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M-4 M4

M-249 (OBTW, $7000 for a semi-auto)…M249

And on a lighter note- pedalling for the beer… Makes one wonder how many times you could get drunk and work it off at the same time… And what happens if you ‘lose’ a couple enroute??? Saw quite a few of these, always with women on them, singing at the tops of their lungs… working for the beer

A one off at the Baer booth. Note the serial number. I asked Les if it was for sale, and he smiled and shook his head. He’d been sweating out the weather back home, as some pretty bad storms apparently missed some of his employees houses by a mile or less. But he said he’s busy, and every other manufacturer he’s talked to is too! Baer Boss

Colt Thompsons, 1921, 1927, 1928 versions. :-)Colt Thompsons

A closer look at the bottom one and lo and behold it’s a NAVY marked 1928! Sigh…1928 Navy

And last but not least, I got my paws on the ‘new’ 1903 Colt pocket hammerless that Colt will do a limited run of this year… .32 Cal just like the original.03 Colt LS

Same takedown procedures, and it will be a limited run of 5000. The first 500 will be ‘blued’…03 Colt slide lock

These are still pre-production models, and when I pointed out the slide/frame rub, the project manager acknowledged they were working on the ‘fiddley bits’… 1903 Colt RSIt is really strange to handle one that is tight and ‘new’, in more ways than one. I’d kinda like to have one, but I’m betting most of them, even at $1200 price point, are going to end up in collections.

They will also do a run of 1908’s in .380 after the run of the 03’s are complete.

Again, thanks to the fine folks at the NRA media group for coordinating with us, allowing us access, and treating us well. It IS appreciated. It was also great to see the usual group of folks, and honestly I never did get a good count, but I’m guessing probably 30+ bloggers were there over the three days.

One final note- If you see something you want, BUY IT!!! Sigh… I ‘waited’ to get two items till Sunday, since I didn’t want to haul them around…

Yep, BOTH were sold out… (color me stoopid, again)…

Husar’s Laws, Part 14…

The last ones…

  • Teamwork is essential; it gives them someone else to shoot at.
  • We are not retreating, we are advancing in a different direction.
  • I’ve learned that it’s not good to talk about my troubles. 80% of the people who hear them don’t care ant the other 20% are glad you have them.
  • If you have a problem with me, please write it nicely on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope, fold it up and shove it up your ass.
  • I can eat a can of alphabet soup and shit a better argument than that.
  • Wine – how classy people get shitfaced.
  • Hangover – just God’s way of saying you kicked ass last night.
  • I hate people that say “He’s a nice person once you get to know him”. They might as well just say “He’s a dickhead, but you’ll get used to it.”
  • Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
  • If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
  • I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
  • In filling forms where it says “in case of emergency, notify” I put doctor.
  • You don’t need a parachute to skydive, you only need one to skydive twice.
  • You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
  • Woman are like bacon; look good, smell good, taste good and slowly kill men.
  • It was a whole lot easier to get older than to get wiser.
  • It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
  • The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom.

Hope y’all enjoyed them,..

NRA AM Day 3…

Overheard at breakfast, a media type who is hired by the NRA to help with the big media events, audio and video set up. He was ‘complaining’ to s co-worker, “I wasn’t into guns, then I came to the first NRA show five years ago. Now I’ve got my CCW, I got into re-enacting, and I need to get another job to keep up with the gun purchases.” His co-worker laughed, and said words to the effect of, “Welcome to our world.”

Talking to the duty LEOs this morning, their responses were pretty much the same. Great crowd, polite, free money (They haven’t seen any of the normal miscreants since Wednesday), and they’ve enjoyed the interactions with not only the vendors, but the visitors too.

Talking to the cleaning forlks, they said this is the most polite group they’ve seen in a long time. No one is talking down to them, and one lady said we are the cleanest group.

Heading back to the floor for another pass…

NRA AM day two…

We started the day with a Shooter Self-Care Class taught by Ambulance Driver, Murph, JB, TOTW and Lawdog, with the Shekel commenting on legal issues.

A good review is HERE by Pedi.

In answer to questions concerning the Colt OEM issues, I’ll get pics up tomorrow. Dog slow connection at the hotel tonight.

Charter STILL has not received their guns, and haven’t gotten any real answers either.

Quick stop and chat with Les Baer, he said he thinks this show will be at least as big as Indy for attendance. He spent a good bit of time chatting with customers, and lots of folks wanted pictures with him. I have one of his that I took a picture of that I’ll try to get up tomorrow too, mainly for the serial number. :-)

The instructor training class was good, and they are working on a ‘new’ NRA Coach certification, and an AR certification, both of which received good comments from the 360 instructors in the room.

We also had a blogger dinner tonight, and as usual the conversations went EVERYWHERE…

One of the better ones was “If worst comes to worst, we’ll meet at the corner of Glock and Springfield.” That’s on the show floor… :-)

We also got into a conversation about the ‘perception’ of the left that we’re all knuckle-dragging cretins. So we did a little ‘informal’ survey…

Out of 19 people at dinner, there were 17 with Bachelor’s, 5 with Master’s (including 2 lawyers and 1 doctor), 1 PHD, 2 nationally certified paramedic instructors, 1 gunsmith, 4 published authors, 1 magazine editor, and 2 members of Mensa…

That is a helluva group of knuckle-draggers…

And we truly appreciate the access the NRA staff have once again given us bloggers.

NRA AM…

Mr. B asked me to check on the Remington/Para situation- The answer is that Para parts/warranty repairs will be done by Remington ONLY for guns purchased after Remington’s 2011 acquisition.

Finally got to put my paws on the new Glock 43.

Hearing and reading all the negatives about Glock being late, it’s going to take sales away from the G42, G26 and G19, it’s ugly Tupperwear. In other words the normal meme…

It’s on the left, next to the G42.  It’s a half inch longer.

It is as thin as the G42, and ‘feels’ about like my Kahr. I like the lengthened backstrap, seen above, that allows you to get a high grip on the pistol and not get bit by the slide. DSC01464

 

 

I don’t have a overly large hand but even with the ‘short’ magazine, it still feels like it would be as controllable as a G26.DSC01465

 

In other news, Charter Arms ENTIRE shipment of 60 guns has gone missing… Seems that Yellow Freight has ‘misplaced’ them.

I finally got a chance to coon finger the new Walther CCP, this is an unusual pistol in that the slide is actually VERY easy to rack. They’ve done a rather interesting design, and the recoil spring is lighter than normal. This would be a great pistol for those who don’t have the hand/arm strength to rack a slide in the usual way. Might be a player for smaller women and elderly/disabled shooters. MSRP is about $489.

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And it’s BACCKKK… Remington R51s will start shipping in Jun. Redesigned from a cam ejection lever (which was getting peened and caused the gun to FTE) to a lever ejector. The rep fully admitted they’d screwed up, and they listened to the customers.DSC01475

This is the little RM380. It’s small and would work for a pocket pistol. Trigger is supposedto be 10 lbs, and it stacks at the very end of the pull, but breaks clean. The reset is a bit long (for me), but it seems to be pretty consistent.DSC01476

Got me to thinking about the whole gun culture response and in the bigger picture the response of John Q. Public to anything ‘new’ like the G43 and some of the other things we’ve seen today…

What if we compared guns to cars? This is just ‘my’ little analogy…

Who is the Ford of the gun world?  Colt- Been doing the same thing for years. The 1911 is the Ford Pickup. It works. Maybe a little finicky, but if you like ‘em, you keep em. The T-Bird was the Python. Gone now but a collector’s item.

Who is the Chevy of the gun world? S&W- Old reliable. Comfortable like a family sedan. Innovating when they have to, but mainly staid and conservative. A law enforcement favorite. Their Corvette is the J frame Snubbie. Still improving it today.

Chrysler? I’d say Ruger- The mechanical underpinnings are good, fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired sometimes. A bit complicated, but the simple pieces run forever if you maintain them.  Like the 10-22 and the MK 1-3s

Mercedes? Probably H&K- Heavy, expensive, Teutonic efficiency. Pretty close to bullet proof, minor improvements year after year…

Porsche? I’d say Sig- ‘Sporty’ with multiple sizes but the same basic foundation. I bit complicated, and not for the average users.

VW? I’d give that one to Glock- Boxy, ugly, but reliable as the day is long. You either love them or hate them. If you love them, you probably have two or three. Kinda like the VW bug.

Fiat? That’s a tough one maybe Beretta- Been around forever. Some real home runs, some that fizzled. Not necessarily the most stylish at times, but pretty reliable if you keep the maintenance up.

Lamborghini?  This one I’d have to lump a few folks into- Ed Brown, Les Baer, Billy Laughridge, Bill Wilson, Richard Heinie, Luke Volkmann, Jim Garthwaite, Ted Yost, and others. Excellent customs, built to order. You’re going to pay a pretty penny, and probably wait a while, but you get a masterpiece when it’s done. Built to your specifications.

The analogy may not be true to the actual form, but ‘I’ do see a lot of parallels… I’ve been in both worlds, and the same attitudes on both sides. Some historical precedents, some fairy tales, and a whole bunch of misinformation, legends, and flat out BS…

I look at SHOT and the NRA AM as comparable to SEMA. Big shows, lots of ‘new’ things being put out there, never enough time to see it all, and when it’s all said and done, maybe one ‘nugget’ you actually remember and come back home and put your hard earned dollars down on.

Anybody think of any better ones? Or maybe other viable comparisons?

The usual suspects…

The usual suspects have gathered once again at the annual pilgrimage… The NRA annual meeting!!!

This year it’s Nashville, and we met early at the press room and caught up with those folks we haven’t seen since last year.

It’s going to be a crowded venue, as it’s smaller than Indy. There is at least one ‘rumored’ loss of an entire shipment of guns. More on that as I find out…

I’ve only gotten three requests, but plan on more cruising the floor this afternoon.