Civilian Self-Defense Code of Conduct: To keep my equipment in good condition.
It is amazing how far and how reliable the shooting tools have become. Guns can take an amazing amount of abuse, left without cleaning after thousands of rounds and still perform reliably. About a year I was at a range with a couple of fellow shooters and one of them, a fanatical IDPA shooter, was using a Glock that sounded like somebody was applying a grinder to a piece of rebar. The movement of the slide was less than gracious too so I suspected that such gun was lacking a tad of lubrication. I asked the shooter when was the last time he cleaned his gun and he could not give me an answer other than in the last three months. The weapon as disassembled and to say that it was dry as a bone and dirty as my thoughts would be generous. After a quick cleaning and lubrication (I keep an Otis kit in my range bag that rarely sees action) the gun once again sounded and behaved like it was supposed to. The shooter confirmed that the gun was performing better, but had never thought about it because you know, Glocks are so reliable. And indeed, Glocks, XDs, M&Ps, FN-Ps and the whole gamut of guns that have come out in the last 30 years are perhaps one of the most relaible we will ever see, but that does not mean they are perfect or maintenance free. They are man-made machines that will fail eventually and even more so if the proper care is not exercised. So keep your gun clean and lubricated.
Also, your ancillary equipment must be in good condition. Holster, mag pouches, belts, speed loaders, etc need to be in working order and you must make sure they are. Never assume that because they do not have the same complexity of parts as a gun they will not fail. A simple turn of a screw (or lack of it) may mean the difference between a life-saving moment or an Oh Crap! situation. This also include your range bag and the items in it. Is your eye and ear protection in good working condition? If something is to malfunction, Do you have spares? Cleaning kits? Spare ammo? A first aid kit? Anything that will keep you practicing is necessary because it is practice what keeps you efficient as a shooter. I know this sounds like a shooter’s silly version of For Want of a Nail but it takes just something that stupid to turn a possible situation from just scary and survivable to a visit to the local morgue by your loved ones in order to identify your remains.
Now this is fun. Here are several of the key searches that landed people in this blog.
Number one with a bullet for a single item is robin of berkeley. It comes from the entry Why do liberals bleed? and I am still trying to figure out who is behind this Nom de Guerre.
With the terrorist attack in Ft. Hood, Gun Free Zone and its variants make for the biggest bulk of the entries. And yes, I am still trying to figure out why something being so obvious can be so elusive to some alleged “smart” people and I am not alone when the query is why did an army base have a gun free zone?.
I am glad to see several queries on securing weapon cars and securing handgun in small car. I like personal responsibility and this gives me a lot of warm fuzzy. Same for locked box for weapons for air travel and center of mass make the secure it handgun safe.
The wasr 7.62 left handed thread pattern and variants seems to appear at least a couple of times a month. I am guessing there is more than one WASR owner cussing Century Arms up and down the coast. Welcome to the club!
This one is worrisome: make your house a gun free zone. Why?
Good news. No kinky stuff or weird Canadian pharmacy sales.
A Miami Police Officer trainee was injured by an instructor today. The Trainee took a shotgun load to his shoulder and I do hope he makes a full recovery. But the last part of this article is a tad worrisome.
Police have not said whether a live round hit the trainee or whether it was shrapnel that injured him, but live rounds are not usually used during training sessions.
Shrapnel? What the hell were they using? Grenades? And how can you train with a firearm without live ammunition? Do Miami PD train its officers by using an unloaded weapon and go “bang-bang-bang”?
I know the price of ammunition has gone sky high, but please people!
And just to be certain and in case that anybody does not know or forgot:
Jeff Cooper’s Rules of Gun Safety
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT’S BEHIND IT
Hundreds if not thousands of AlQaeda operatives sneaking through the US-Mexico border. They get relocated in differents towns and cities across the USA. They do not bother with weapons or high grade explosives, just a 5 gallon can of gas and some matches. The Jihadist proceed to initiate “Man-Made Disasters” (the Administration’s politically correct catchphrase for terrorist acts) in the form of arson all over the country and…. they let themselves be caught. They promptly admit that they are terrorists while providing plenty of evidence. Next they immediately demand to be interviewed by the FBI and once in federal custody they demand a lawyer and plea innocent. If travel to the US cannot be arranged, they will just do their jihadist thing in the sandbox but making sure they get arrested by our troops and demand the same constitutional protection as Khalid Sheik Mohammed or accuse the US Government of being racist and selective in its prosecution.
Imagine thousands of “Criminals” flooding the fedearl court system. Say goodbye to Federal Courts for the next 10 years. Thank you Mr. Attorney General Attorney General Eric Holder. And we thought Janet Reno was a dangerous moron.
MARINE CORPS ORDERS
No. 47 (Series 1921)
HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS
Washington, November 1, 1921
759. The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the
10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it
will be read upon receipt.
(1) On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental
Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name “Marine”. In memory of them it is
fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the
glories of its long and illustrious history.
(2) The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous
military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the
Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation’s foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the
Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home,
generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every
corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
(3) In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves
with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come
to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
(4) This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received
from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit
which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of
the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal
to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will
regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of
the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.
JOHN A. LEJEUNE,
Major General Commandant
Happy Birthday U.S.M.C.
Homeland Security Commissar, Janet Napolitano issued a stern warning against possible Anti Muslim backlash after the shooting in Ft. Hood by an obviously mentally unstable and beneficiary of the future Health Care Reform, Nidal Malik Hasan. Ms. Napoliotano gave this warning from Abu Dahbi where she is probably taking classes on how to kowtow and bend over to Muslim Extremists. The part that really churns me up from her warning is this:
Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan
Wait a goddamn minute here! Instead of pouring the resources of Homeland Security into investigating if there are (and there are) more extreme Islamic nutjobs ready to let loose at the local mall or public school, you are threatening the law abiding citizens of the United States and defending Hasan and Company? What kind of twisted, sick perverted politically correct skull full of manure are you carrying on those shoulders? I am the threat? Anybody who rightfully makes his or her displeasure to the complicit Muslim community is a threat? What is next? That the dead soldiers had it coming for going to Iraq?
Saddle up boys, the Idiot Posse is coming and they are ridding a Prius!
From what I have been seen in the news today and the way reporters, Talking Heads and “experts” Nidal Malik Hasan was “mentally unbalanced” and not a home grown jihadist. What is worse, they are painting every returning veteran as a potential nutjob about to blow. This is sickening!
So watch out folks, not only anybody you see in uniform is a potential mass murderer, but it is very likely that Islamofacism will be officially considered a mental health issue and will covered by the Obama Pelosi Universal Health Care program.