Sunday, August 20, 2017

BadThink DoubleSpeak

I realize it's been a while since I've written a political diatribe. I haven't really felt the need prior to today due to the common lunacy not requiring further commentary. It's become laughable due to the ineptitude of the leftist echo chamber. Then two things happened. It's looking more and more possible for the president to be removed. Secondly, Charlottesville.

These two seemingly unrelated subjects have become relevant due mostly to the fact that they have both become possible by the actions of the forth estate. The media has covered the actions of the antifreedom movement and worshiped at the altar of communism. They are responsible for the suppression of free speech and supporting the spread of mob rule. What they don't understand is the depth of the precipice they now stare into. For the first time in the history of our country, the abyss is staring back, silently. If this behavior continues, Clinton's rules will be applied.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

It's still a bit early to do something for the common person, but for the authorities, they are sorely lacking in their response to these actions. The best thing that can come of action is that one of the groups continues to hate them. Inaction on the part of law enforcement pretty much guarantees hatred from both sides. That is the worst of all possibilities for law enforcement. Alienating the people that do pay taxes, put out blue lights on their porches and lend support to officers without question is a horrible choice. If that grass roots support stops, I'm not sure what the extent of the fallout will be. We've had 6 officers shot this weekend and not much publicity or angst over it among the regular citizen. I'm afraid the slide has begun. The mistrust and hatred the common man has for the feds could become shouldered by local law enforcement.

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.  
  Edmund Burke County Meeting of Buckinghamshire (1784)

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength 

The youth and counter culture of today are fighting logic and morality at an unforgiving rate. By the end of the decade, we may be in a shooting war with our countrymen and women. Who do you think would benefit from that? A distracted and frightened populace will clamor for protection and freely give up liberty to stop the killing. It's just a matter of time at this point. As Matt Bracken has said so harshly, we are a single mag dump away from a civil war. Had it happened at Charlottesville, This might be a very different post. 

As far as the Trump Presidency goes, I had hoped that he might have gotten some traction and actually done a 10th of what was promised. Nope, not even close. He is mired in his poor choices for cabinet and can't make anything happen while the right and left in office oppose him. I pretty much expected such, but was cautiously optimistic. If they remove him from office, all bets are off. I cannot guess at the outcome. Consider what would have happened if they removed Obama and add in trillions of rounds of ammo and millions of guns that the obama supporters didn't have. Your guess is as good as mine. 

It's time to pick up your training tempo and consider your options for best defense if you are caught out in a riot. Might even be good camo to have a black hat and scarf in your vehicle to blend in and evade the opposition. There are so many options and strategies out there that we need to consider them all when things get dire. It's high time to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Most importantly, stay off the enemies' radar. Lives have been ruined by misidentified protestors and death threats have been levied.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Every Day Carry Philosophy Part 2: What have you done for me lately?

Normalcy bias has always been and will always be the biggest struggle for most concealed carriers and protection minded folks. We abhor a dynamic environment and instead concentrate on the "fun" variables that don't require training. We want to buy things to shortcut training and make us more lethal without the effort. Yes, there are better technologies coming out all the time.... No, not all of them are useful or necessary. Every once in a while some new tactic leapfrogs to the front of people's minds and monopolizes the market and conversation. Like now, appendix carry is the hot topic and driving force for holster innovation. It's a viable carry option for most and hides extremely well. It has a few drawbacks, but for the most part, it works.

Let's now go back 20 years when small of the back holsters were all the rage. Same rules apply. Has drawbacks, hides well, etc. It's no longer an accepted method by the masses due to inherent flaws. The biggest being that the person behind you can easily stop a draw and falling on your back can cause a broken spine.

My biggest issue with appendix carry is when I'm seated. I don't generally mingle with the public in an unknown venue very often, but when I do it's usually in a seated position at a conference, class, restaurant, or movie. It seems that a different method of carry would better benefit me. I'm currently testing out a new hybrid style holster called the Berkut II by Green Force Tactical/Forward Training Concepts. It's an improvement on the appendix by changing the draw stroke slightly and in doing so, making it slightly more sit friendly.

I'm currently seated trying out my new holster, and it's working so far. Only time will tell.

Another issue that seems to be at the forefront is pistol ammo. Everyone wants the new hot ticket. They change carry ammo more often than underwear. That (in my opinion) wasted ammo money would be better spent on FMJ at the range. Super performance ammo isn't worth a dime if you can't get solid hits. Even worse, misses with this ultra performance voodoo slug could be more harmful to an innocent if you hit them. Stick with the fundamentals and do your work at the range, not on the keyboard, unless of course you are testing your new wiz-bang holster by typing in a seated position.

BTW, not sure I'm going to stick with the threaded barrel in this configuration. It's protrusion happens to make contact with my personal protrusion, and that is an unwelcome distraction.