Saturday, January 31, 2009

If you make public policy you should know what you are talking about

If I don't know something I'll talk to people who know what they are talking about, open a book, and I have nothing to do with public policy. I just can't believe people that are involved with public policy, who can take away civil rights, make no effort to do this, or at very least have reasonable reasons for their positions.

The NRA has an article that tells about total misstatement about semi-auto rifles firing 700 rounds a minute. A full-auto is capable, presuming that it is belt-fed. A collapsible stock doesn't make something more concealable, and just because a rifle has a pistol grip doesn't mean it is hip fired.

The boom in AR platform (the AR stands for Armalite, not assault rifle) has led to development into hunting calibers from .243 (deer) to .50 Beowolf (Wildboar). Semi-auto rifles and shotguns have been used in hunting since the begin of the 20th Century. Again we are dealing with over a 100 year old Technology.

There is nothing more disgusting than a politician that is willingly being dishonest and willingly being ignorant.

Friday, January 30, 2009

The next best thing to hunting

My Mom's Husband's daughter posted a Twitter about about a WildBoar Cam. Obviously, it's in Europe but is fasinating watching the animals rooting around for food. Shoot, I miss the Anderson farm.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Birthday of the single most important person that provided for this country safe





John Moses Browning was the most famous and competent gunmaker the world has
ever known. He was the son of Jonathan Browning, himself a highly competent
gunsmith, and Elizabeth Clark.
John Moses was born January 23, 1855 in
Ogden, Utah, U.S.A., where his father settled after the Mormon Exodus of 1847.
It was in his father's shop that John Moses first learned the art and secrets of
gunsmithing.
John Moses, however, was much more than a gunsmith in the sense
that he was much more interested in designing and building new, innovative,
firearms than repairing broken ones. His first creation was a single shot rifle
he built at the age of 14 for his brother, Matt.
1879 was an eventful year
for the Browings. Jonathan Browning died on June 21 and, soon thereafter, John
Moses and his brothers started their own shop. There they first used steam
powered tools, tools that were originally foot-powered but were converted by
John Moses to get power from a steam engine. That year also saw John Moses marry
Rachel Teresa Child, and his receipt of
his first gun patent (
No. 220.271) for the Breech-Loading Single Shot Rifle.
John
and his brothers began producing this rifle in their Ogden shop but customer
demand soon exceeded their shop's production capacity. They were unable to
expand the "Browning Gun Factory," as their shop was called, because they lacked
the capital required for expansion and didn't have a well established
distribution channel to market their products. One has to note here that
although John Moses Browning was very satisfied with the sales of his guns he
was also very unhappy that the production chores and the daily work prohibited
him from working on his new ideas.
A salesman for the Winchester Repeating
Arms Company named Andrew McAusland happened to see one of John's Single Shot
rifles in 1883. McAusland immediately bought one and sent it to Winchester's
headquarters. The gun drew Winchester's interest and T. G. Bennet, Winchester's
vice president and general manager, went to Ogden to buy the rights to
Browning's gun. When Bennet arrived in Ogden, it didn't take long for the men to
agree on the sale and Winchester paid John Moses $8,000 for the rights to
produce the gun. The agreement was beneficial to both parties. Winchester was
happy because they turned competitor into a benefactor, plus they added an
excellent rifle to their product line. John Moses was equally happy because the
money from the sale and the ensuing relationship with Winchester allowed him to
concentrate on inventing things instead of manufacturing them.
From 1883
until 1902, John Moses Browning designed several firearms for Winchester. Some
of them reached production status while others were never produced. They all,
however, were ingenious and innovative designs. In addition to that first Single
Shot Rifle, other guns that John Moses designed and which became best sellers
were: Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Repeating Rifle, Model 1887 Lever
Action Repeating Shotgun, Model 1897 Pump Action Shotgun, Model 1894 Lever
Action Repeating Rifle, Model 1895 Lever Action Repeating Rifle, etc.
At the
same time, John Moses was also working on another of his ingenious ideas. He
wanted to invent an automatic shotgun that would use the expanding gases of a
fired shell to recock the gun and make it ready for the next shot. John got this
idea while watching a friend of his, Will Wright, shoot his Browning-made rifle.
A clump of weeds just in front of the firing line bent with the muzzle blast.
This gave John the idea of using the gases for something productive like cocking
the gun. He designed a
testing gun with
which he tested his ideas.
When the testing validated his theory, John
applied the principle on three different guns: two machine-guns and a
repeating shotgun. His machine-guns, the
first fully automatic guns which used expanding gases for cycling, were later
sold to Colt and the U.S. Government and served the U.S. Armed Forces through
three wars. One was
Colt Model 1895
Peacemaker
machine-gun, while the other was the famous Browning Automatic Rifle, affectionately
called BAR by GI's. Browning's
machine-guns are still used by US and other
armies around the world.
The repeating shotgun that John invented was the
primary reason for the break between Browning and Winchester. When Winchester
denied production of this gun, John Moses, packed a sample of his shotgun into
his luggage, crossed the Atlantic, and negotiated an agreement for Fabrique
National de Belgique (FN) to produce his gun. FN was then a young company in
dire need of products to produce. Browning's automatic shotgun revolutionized
the hunting market. This same shotgun was later produced in U.S.A. by Remington,
as their Model 11. Still later, variants of this shotgun were produced by almost
all of the large shotgun manufacturers, including Savage, Franchi, and Breda.
John M. Browning was usually working on more than one project at one time.
He started working on automatic pistols before 1900. He was the first to invent
the slide which encloses the barrel and the firing mechanism of a pistol.
Pistols of his invention were produced by both FN and Colt and they range from
baby .25 caliber pistols to the .45
Government Model. The first automatic pistol designed by Browning was produced
by FN as FN's .32 caliber Model 1900. The most famous pistols of John's design,
however, were Colt's .45 ACP M1911 Government Model and FN's Browning High-Power
Model P-35 in 9mm Parabellum. A highly decorated sample of P-35, is shown at
left, while a contemporary version customized by Wayne Novak can be found
here.
John Moses Browning passed away in
Liege, Belgium, the day after Thanksgiving, 1926. He died of heart failure while
in his son Val's office at the FN factory. It was the last day on earth for this
ingenious person who invented more firearms than any other gunmaker in the
history of the world.
This medallion was produced by FN to honor the great
gunmaker.




Another note: Our troops are still using the M-2 .50 that entered production in 1932. The venerable M1911, developed in 1905-adopted in, well, 1911. Our Special Forces, some Sheriffs Departments, and private citizens are still carrying this pistol.
An inventor like this deserves his own holiday

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President obama

The liberals said after President Bush was elected that he wasn't their President. I won't take that position. President obama is my President, even though I am diametrically opposed to 99% of what he espouses. I am an anti-socialist of every variation from the national socialist to communists. I DO NOT believe more government is better. The more taxes there are only subjugates...it doesn't free citizens. In spite of liking President Bush and supporting him in spite of some issues I opposed him on, the greatest disappointment I had in him was the last year where government nationalized businesses...leaving this country open to become a socialist country.

The benefit of doubt I gave President obama died the day he made it clear he loathes the constitution with his bitter comments about those of us that look to the Almighty and take our own safety in our own hands. If you go back into the blog you can see a clear shift.

The only support I can give President obama is prayer for him to have wisdom.

I can name six things off the top of my head I hope he fails in attaining:

  1. Socialized medicine.
  2. The Fairness Doctrine-nothing but silencing dissent. When the left opposed the Iraq War we heard dissent was the greatest form of Patriotism, but now the left wants to silence the right.
  3. Gun control/and or ammunition control.
  4. Talking to hamas, iran, and those that would strap on bombs to kill women and children.
  5. Destroying the coal industry. Electricity has to be produced somehow if not coal then we need more hydro-electric plants.
  6. Anything to fight global warming. The last two years point to global cooling.

I hope I'm wrong about the President, but with the choice of eric holder as his Attorney General it only underscores his bitter comments even more...and scares the living daylights out of me.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

So why can't we critizise again?

I have a buddy that doesn't like conservatives because 'we don't have any new ideas.' I guess I can understand that if conservatives trusted government to efficiently wipe everyone's noses, but we don't. Truth be told I don't trust The Almighty for my safety totally, so being intellectually honest there is no way I can conceivably trust some close-to-the-fort-politician with my freedoms, security, or money.

So, when I see the charlie rangle democrat New York hadn't paid taxes on property he has had for years, all the while sitting on the committee that is responsible to confiscate my hard earned money...anger is an understatement.

And now Senator barry has nominated a guy that is supposed to be a financial genius who somehow forgot to pay taxes FOR YEARS. I get that he has made amends, but us normal people would be in prison for tax evasion. I just have to ask: Do democrats really have a hard time paying taxes? They expect everyone else to do it, but it is the height of arrogance to NOT pay taxes and demand others pay more.

This guys nomination should be yanked. Screw change...arrest the criminals.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Violating my beliefs

The week before Christmas I had a gastric surgery. I had tried to figure out how to get out of it more ways than I can think of, but I did it violating most of my beliefs in the process. I have friends that were sure I was going to chicken out at the last minute...the truth be told I did. Just not the way they think. I keep hearing people saying that this is such a great thing, but let's think about it for a second.

Back in the 1950's lobotomies were performed on the mentally ill. Now days we say how inhuman it was to brutalize them just because they don't fit the 'social norm.' The surgery I had took 85% of my stomach. I have a 'friend' that ceased wanting to be around me because I let myself get fat (my fault I got fat, don't blame anyone but me) he was the loudest proponent because I didn't fit the 'social norm.' The dietitian asked if I was happy I had the surgery. I didn't know how to explain to her I think I made a mistake, but it doesn't help I think she's an idiot.

This is the first time I succumbed to peer pressure and I guess I did it in a huge way to allow my stomach to be butchered. I realize that I needed to do something about my weight, but I'm sickened about how I sold out my beliefs, just because I couldn't figure out how to get out of the path I was heading down.

I'll grant that in the three short weeks I've lost weight and am more active, but at what cost?